Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday's Jive 08-09-13

Good afternoon, it's Friday, August 9thand this is the Jive at Five - WESU's Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. I'm Stephan Allison, host of River Valley Rhythms heard Thursdays at 4 pm here at WESU. Thanks for tuning in.

For the latest in local arts and entertainment anytime you're not hearing it on our Jive, go to – the City’s website for what’s going on and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That's

Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.

Here in Middletown, at The Buttonwood Tree, arts and crafts for kids and adults are offered free every weekday through August from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tonight, the Taubl Family Singers & Sound Proof Vocal Ensemble play the Buttonwood at 8 p.m. Saturday, the Barone-Keene Piano and Guitar Duo perform an evening of Italian and central European music. On Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares vegetarian food at about 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome. You may help prepare the food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. Rumpus, which usually plays during Food Not Bombs, will instead be at Middletown’s Music Festival at Middlesex Community College, from 12-8pm. You'll hear more about the Festival later in the Jive. For more about Buttonwood Tree events, go to

Also in Middletown tonight, at the Mattabesset Canoe Club at Harbor Park, it’s Friday Night Blues. Saturdays are for hearing classic rock with live bands. For details, go to

Down in New Haven at 5 pm today at Cafe Nine, the weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features Tom Hearn, followed at 9 by Eddie Clendening & the Blue Ribbon Boys, and The Barley Hoppers. The Saturday Jazz Jam Session is hosted by Gary Grippo & Friends at 4:30. That’s followed at 8 by a benefit for Dave Lamb of Brown Bird, featuring Joe Fletcher And The Wrong Reasons, Proud Flesh, Elison Jackson, and Amanda Bloom. The Sunday after-Supper-Jam is with the George Baker Band. You can go to for details about all of these events and more.

Also in New Haven tonight at Toad's Place, it’s Explosions in the Sky, with José Oyola & the Astronauts. Saturday is the EDM/DUBSTEP Glow Party. Also Saturday, Gorilla Music presents the New Haven Battle of the Bands. Sunday at Toad’s, Del the Funky Homosapien plays, along with Full Blast Movement and Debo. Go to for more details.

Up at Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford tonight, Jen Lowe performs. Saturday, River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs bring southwestern Louisiana sounds to Sally’s stage. Go to for details.

On Saturday at 6 p.m. there will be Summer Jazz on the Lawn at Middlesex County Historical Society, 151 Main Street, Middletown, featuring Middletown-born Mike Augeri and his Mike Augeri Jazz Project with special guests bassist Paul Brown and vocalist Kitty Kathryn. The performance benefits the Historical Society.

Also on Saturday evening, beginning at 7 p.m., the Middletown Symphonic Band will perform a free concert as part of a Riverfront Recapture Concert. That’s at Great River, 301 East River Drive, East Hartford. The rain date is Sunday. For more information about the band and its complete concert schedule, visit

On Sunday WESU's own DJ J Cherry, with funding from the Middletown Commission on the Arts, presents the 2nd annual Middletown Music Festival. It takes place rain or shine from noon to 8 p.m. at Middlesex Community College. This year's lineup features the Michael Cleary Band, The Mighty Soul Drivers, Two Virgins, Super Trance, Gigglejuice, and J-Cherry and the Strawberries. Learn more at

Several farmers' markets in our area are in full swing. Here are two: In Middletown, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. there's a market on the South Green, and another in Middletown's North End at 575 Main Street, on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go to Learn about farmers' markets all over the state by going to

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight a run of the film Crystal Fairy begins: on a trip through Chile a boorish American expat and three Chilean brothers set off in search of the prized San Pedro cactus and its promise of beachy hallucinations and wind up with more of an adventure than any of them had bargained for. Tonight’s late-show screening is of Jaws, keeping swimmers out of oceans since 1975. Then the weekend brings matinee screenings of the New York International Children's Film Festival: Party Mix. Go to for more information.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, the digitally restored 1969 classic Hello Dolly appears in glorious 4K ultra-high-definition. Directed by Gene Kelly and starring a young Barbra Streisand, it’s the story of a widowed Yonkers matchmaker who has a way of bringing light into everyone’s lives. You can find show times and info at


And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s
 Chocolate Cake with DJ Rob. An hour long musical sugar high. Power-pop plus Brit-pop and singer/songwriters from the 60's to today.

From 6:00 to 6:30pm 
it’s Free Speech Radio News - Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

At 6:30 until 8pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.

Next up until 10pm, we take it
 From the Otherside with 
Rok-A-Dee - The Voice of Hartford, including local artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He also features upcoming artists performing Caribbean R & B, Soca and international music.

From 10 until Midnight, take in
 the sounds of Rumba en el Patio 
with Michael
- Classic Salsa for the dancers, Afro-Latin Big Band for the discerning ear. Join us as we adventure through the history of Musica Latina!

At Midnight until 2am Saturday we go 
In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with 
Dope Dave - Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.

At 2, to 3am it's the Bassment Beats – the Real Hip-Hop is over here.

The next hour 'til 4am it's Maximum Rock & Roll Radio - A weekly radio show featuring the best international DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rock n roll radio record collection.

+Sing Out! Radio Magazine with Tom Druckenmiller comes on at 4 until 5am with a weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program, featuring interviews in addition to “live” and recorded traditional folk musics.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the 
BBC World News 
- a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation

And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6:00 to 7:00am it’s
 the Celtic Café
 with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am 
with Francesco Fiumara, the former host of WESU's own WESParla 
 - A weekly roundup of news, music and memories from Italy.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

The Music behind today’s Jive At Five is from Kevin Norton’s Metaphor Quartet, a CD entitled Not Only In That Golden Tree . . . featuring (the late) Wilber Morris, Masahiko Kono, Hitomi Tono’Oka and Kevin Norton, the selection “not drunk, but stunned” and it’s out on clean feed records.

The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at 

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