Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday's Jive 08-23-13

Good afternoon, it's Friday, August 23rdand 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, tonight at 8 you'll find a co-bill of Beth Patella and Kelly Kancyr, for a night of folk and country music. Saturday morning at 10:30 brings the Aligned with the Source empowerment workshop. Saturday night Two Virgins takes The Buttonwood Tree stage for a night of rock'n'roll. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs shares vegetarian food at about 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome. You are invited to help prepare the food beforehand at the First Church Court Street in Middletown at 11:30 am. Rumpus, with an invitation to express the rhythm inside you, also happens on Sunday afternoon at The Buttonwood indoors. There's more info at

Also in Middletown tonight, the Mattabesset Canoe Club at Harbor Park features live blues. And there's more live music through the weekend including the Eric Kuhn Group on Sunday at 6pm. Details at

Down in New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine, Michael Beach, the Estrogen Highs, Closely Watched Trains and Fatal Film share the night. The weekly Saturday Jazz Jam Session will be hosted by George Baker this week. That’s followed at 8pm by the Ideat Village Rock Lottery. The Sunday afternoon Bluegrass Jam is hosted by Stacy Phillips, followed by the Sunday After Supper Jam with The Morris Trent Band. Their website, has details.

Also in New Haven tonight, at Toad’s Place, listen to Kung Fu, Fikus, the Bobby Paltauf Band, and Like Violet. And on the Lilly Pad stage, Afton presents eleven11, Off The Dome, Quicksand Planet, Tyrone Shoelaces, Like Changing Seasons, Bangfield, and more. for details.

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford tonight, The Delta Generators play the blues. Saturday brings The Dirty Bones to Sally’s for the first time in 20 years; they will play their own brand of rock, blues, R&B and funk. Details at

On Sunday, the Wadsworth Mansion, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown, hosts its 11th annual Open Air Market and Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The historic Mansion will transform its 700 foot vista into a marketplace and festival where over 80 Connecticut vendors will gather to sell their Connecticut grown or made products. Lounge on the lawn with lunch and listen to live music performed on the patio. Among the performers will be the Middletown Symphonic Band from 10 to 11:45 a.m., followed by The Michael Cleary Band from 12:00-1:45 p.m. Convenient shuttle parking will be available from Snow School. Additional parking is available at Mercy High School. For a complete listing of performers and vendors visit

Also on Sunday, the new Middletown Art Academy hosts an open house for children, teens and adults between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. To learn when a presentation for your age group is scheduled, go to

Several farmers' markets in our area are overflowing with fresh produce and other delights. 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 for info about that one, and learn about farmers' markets all over the state by going to In Durham, the farmers' market is on Thursdays, on the town green. In Cromwell, on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., the farmers' market is at Covenant Village. In Higganum there’s a Market on Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m on the town green. In East Haddam, there's a farmers' market from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the town grange on Town Street.

Saturday, brings the 2nd Annual Music Revolution Festival to the Polish National Home on Charter Oak Ave in Hartford from 1PM and 6PM. This free festival features the Tony Gonzalez Youth Percussion Ensemble, the Carlos Abadie Quintet, Igmar Thomas and Cypher, Ed Fast's Conga Bop, and Ralph Irizarry and Timbalaye. 

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

Tonight Real Art Ways in Hartford begins a run of the documentary, Free the Mind, in which, Richard Davidson examines the nature of consciousness to offer new hope for soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and kids with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Real At Ways also begins a run of the new Drama “The Hunt” starring Mads Mikkelsen who won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his role in this film as a former school teacher who is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity following untrue remarks about him. Visit for details.

Through next Tuesday Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, is showing the a 35mm restoration of classic 1960 Italian film noir, L’Avventura, for a rare chance to see a great classic of cinema. Go to for details.


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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