Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday's Jive 09-13-13

Good afternoon, it's Friday, September 13and 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.

At The Buttonwood Tree here in Middletown Saturday morning at 7:30 start off with Tai Chi and Qigong followed by community Yoga, and self empowerment workshops. Saturday evening, the Jazz group Nilsson/Fonda/Nilsson celebrates the release of their new CD, “Powers”
. The group features composer, bassist, and recording artist, Joe Fonda alongside Swedish brothers – Anders and Peter Nilsson. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree all are welcome for the meal and to help prepare the meal beforehand at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church of Christ on Court Street. In addition, Rumpus lets you express yourself musically indoors while the food is served outside. Check for more details and info. 

Tonight, the Mattabesset Canoe presents live blues and there is more music offered throughout the weekend. Visit for details.

The monthly Friends of Russell Library Book Sale happens this weekend and The Russell Writers gather this Saturday at 9am. Visit

Saturday morning from 10 to 11:00 AM, Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes start in Wesleyan’s World Music Hall. Sunday, afternoon at 3:00 PM, Music at The Russell House: features Chai-lun Yueh, the baritone vocalist, performing 17th and 18th century Italian songs and arias with piano accompaniment. Visit to learn more.

In New Haven at Cafe Nine tonight, Manic Productions Presents “Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion” plus “The Melodic” and Frank Critelli. Café Nine’s Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by Gary Grippo and Friends and Saturday night The Manchurians, The Downbeat 5, and Big Fat Combo make for a night of CT rocking rhythm and blues.  Drink Deeply invites you to Swap vinyl with friends and strangers at Café Nine during their Record Swap from 11am-5pm! has details.

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford this evening, Biscuit Miller & the Mix take the stage for a night of funk soul and Rock and Roll. Saturday brings an evening of blues and roots rock and roll with John Fries & The Heat. For details visit

Tonight Manic Productions presents “The Stepkids” and “Mad Satta” in the Spaceland Ballroom as well as a bill featuring O’brother, Native, Daylight, and Old Gray Saturday night at the Space. Learn more at

The Riverwood Poetry Series, continues on the Second Thursdays each month through November in The Music Room @ Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford. Tomorrow’s program features Sean Thomas Dougherty from Pennsylvania. Go to to learn more about the Series.

This Saturday, Middletown Gospel Fest! features local Gospel groups and a special appearance by “The Believers” plus food, a community resource booth, and free “gently-used” clothing on Middletown’s South Green/Union Park.  Free Admission - All are Welcome! Noon to 6 p.m.

Several farmers' markets in our area are still in full swing. In Middletown, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Halloween, there's a longstanding farmer’s market on the South Green. Through October 25th, on Fridays, in Middletown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The North End Farmers Market happens in the parking lot of It's Only Natural Market on Main St., near the intersection of Liberty St. In Durham, the farmers' market is on Thursdays, on the town green through September 12. In Cromwell, on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., the farmers' market is at Covenant Village through September 26 with live entertainment weekly from 4-5pm.  Through October 25th, 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 through October 2nd. 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:

Real Art Ways in Hartford is showing Computer Chess, about a group of software programmers who organize a chess tournament and lay the groundwork for artificial intelligence in the early days of personal computing.  The late night shows this weekend feature: Rob Reiner’s mocumentary, This is Spinal Tap. Additional details are at

At  Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, continues a run of (Wesleyan Alum) Joss Whedon’s film adaptation of the Shakespeare Classic Much Ado About Nothing, and Sunday they begin a short run of Richard Linklater's Before Midnight. Go to for information on upcoming films.


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.

Coming in at 6:30 it's a half-hour with the Middletown Youth Radio Project - A weekly radio program featuring the thoughts, voices, creativity and talent of the kids in the WESU neighborhood.

At 7 until 8:30pm 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, 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 Midnight until 2am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - taking the word of God and mixing it with the music of God then shifting it into overdrive! Praising God with the best Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music on the planet!

At 2 to 2:30am it's Bassment Beats with DJ Lokash - Celebrating its 10th year of bringing you the latest in aboveground & underground hip-hop mixed live.

Then at 2:30 until 3am catch the New World Show from Pacifica - The best in Global Bass mixed live. Baila coño!

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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