Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday's Jive 09-27-13

Good afternoon, it's Friday, September 27thand 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, singer/songwriter and humorist, Don White performs. Saturday mornings get started at 7:30 with Tai Chi and Qigong (chi kung) followed by self empowerment workshops at 10am.     Saturday evening, Parker’s Tangent, based out of greater New Haven, brings their blues and roots based original material to the Buttonwood. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree at 1pm. All are Welcome.  Rumpus invites you to join in a community rhythmic experience inside the Buttonwood at the same time. You're also invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church on Court Street. Visit for more info.  

At The Mattabesset Canoe Club at Harbor Park tonight you can catch some live blues.  Vocalist Nekita Waller performs at the Canoe Club on Sunday night at 7:00. has details.

Down in New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine, tonight Oddball Events Presents: Scott Biram along with Black Pistol Fire, and Fave Hill opening.  Saturday, the weekly Café 9 Jazz Jam session will be hosted by The George Baker Band.  Later on Saturday night at 9pm String Band takes the Cafe 9 stage. Mountains of the Moon and Knot the Band open the show. Visit

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, Jimmy Thackery takes the Sally’s stage for a night of Blues Rock and Roll tonight. Saturday brings more Blues with Bad Rooster. has details.

Manic Productions Presents at The Space in Hamden tonight Ska with Big D and the Kids Table and The Pietasters. Manic also presents Blitzen Trapper and PHOX at The Arch St Tavern in Hartford. Learn more about these shows and others at

Down in New Haven on tonight, Toad's Place is featuring the legendary reggae rhythm section, Sly and Robbie present: DanceHall masters Shaggy and Barrington Levy live on stage. For list of Bands visit 

This Friday and Saturday, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts and Theater Department present the Connecticut Premiere of Who's Hungry, a stunning work of Puppet Theater that weaves together oral histories of five very different homeless and/or hungry residents of Santa Monica, California.  Together with the Center for Community Partnerships (CCP) and Amazing Grace Food Pantry, the production also aims to help focus attention on food insecurity in Greater Middletown.  This month, Amazing Grace issued a RED ALERT: meaning they simply don’t have enough food to feed the over 1,000 families that rely on the pantry to put food on their tables.  The pre-holiday season is often one of the most difficult times of the year for contributions. To learn how you can help, search Amazing Grace Food Pantry online.

Sunday at 3pm you can catch the first of twelve CD-length recitals by Wesleyan Professor of Music Neely Bruce of his piano music. This recital will feature the world premieres of “A Partita for Wilhelm Gertz (1927-2007)”, and “A Fugue for Sophia”.

This Friday and Saturday Grammy nominated Folk/Pop/Rock/Punk Singer/Songwriter and former WESU DJ,  Lauren Agnelli is featured in 2 events  in Artreach's year-long Songwriting for Social Change project.  Friday night you can catch Lauren in a solo concert and Saturday afternoon she will present a songwriting workshop at the Donald Oat Theater in Norwich. 860-887-0014 for more information.

The Greater Middletown Concert Association 2013-2014 Concert Series presents The Swing Legacy featuring seven acclaimed jazz musicians, six instrumentalists and a vocalist at the Middletown High School Performing Arts Center on Sunday at 3 pm. For info and reservations: call (860) 347-4887

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 is in the parking lot of It's Only Natural Market on Main St., near the intersection of Liberty St. And, 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:

This weekend, Real Art Ways in Hartford is showing: Short Term 12, an emotional drama set in a foster care facility, and The Trials of Muhammad Ali. for details.

This weekend, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, is showing Star Trek, Into Darkness. for more information.

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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