Friday, October 4, 2013

Friday's Jive 10-04-13

Good afternoon, it's Friday, October 4thand 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, all month, you can enjoy “Sunsets: A Middletown Transformation,” a photography exhibition by WESU’s own Dave Bauer, with an opening reception planned for Sunday, Oct. 6. 

Also at The Buttonwood Tree this weekend, tonight at 8 p.m., Jamie Anderson & The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra take the stage. Saturday mornings, the Buttonwood offers Qigong (Chi Kung), community yoga and empowerment workshops. Saturday evening, The New Unity Band with Matt Dwonszyk (sounds like: Dwon-zick) performs. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1pm. All are welcome and 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. Go to for more info. 

Tonight and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2, Collective Consciousness Theatre presents How to Break by Aaron Jafferis and the Mixing Text Collective at ECA Arts Hall, 55 Audubon Street, New Haven. Collective Consciousness Theatre is a multi-cultural theatre company dedicated to social change through the art of live theatre. For more information visit

Tonight at the Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park, it’s blues; Saturday, classic rock; and Sunday, mixed musical offerings. Visit

In New Haven at Toad’s Place, tonight hear the Cosmic Dust Bunnies, with 7 Below (a tribute to Phish), Turbine, and Rizzo’s Dilemma. Also on Friday, in Lilly’s Pad, Afton Presents Negative Three, Great Blue, Amanda Blackmarsh, J Crow, Orphan Andies, Fat Bradley, Man the Builder and Shemata. On Sunday, it’s Bayside/Motion City Soundtrack, with What's Eating Gilbert and State Champs. Details at can be found at

Also in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight, it’s the L.A.M.P. Festival featuring Mark Mulcahy, with The Streams. Saturday The Nine’s weekly afternoon jazz jam will be hosted by Mike Coppola and Friends. The Gina Sicilia show that was to follow the jazz jam has been canceled. At 9 p.m. on Saturday Murdervan plays, along with Orb Mellon. Sunday brings the Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod and his band. Visit

In Hartford, at Sully’s Pub, tonight Up is Down and Post Modern Panic take the stage. Saturday, you can catch Dirty Sanchez. And Sunday, brings the weekly Electric Open Mic. Visit  for details.

Also at Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, the Truck Stop Troubadors stop in tonight. And on Saturday, it’s Ana Popovic. Learn more at

Today beginning at 5 p.m. until 8, it’s the monthly Middletown Gallery Walk, a chance to take in the latest art exhibitions along the northside of Washington and Main Sts.

Saturday afternoon at 2, at the Russell Library, you can enjoy "Romanticism Forever Young" with Pianist Pi-Hsun Shih and Cellist Tanya Anisimova performing Chopin and Mendelssohn.

Sunday, a rare Model T-Ford advertising vehicle will be among the features of the  Middlesex County Historical Society’s 28th annual Antique Car Show and Flea Market.  The show, at Middletown High School on LaRosa Lane, off Newfield Street, opens with car registration at 8:30 a.m. Get details from the Society at 860-346-0746.

Now that the Durham Fair has ended, fairgoers turn their attention to the Berlin Fair, which runs today through Sunday at 430 Beckley Road, East Berlin. Info at

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

Here in Middletown on consecutive Tuesdays through Nov. 5th, The Fifth Middletown International Film Festival presents a foreign film lineup, accompanied by expert commentary. Films are shown at the Russell Library or the Wesleyan Center for Film Studies Cinema at 7pm. Find out more at

At Real Art Ways in Hartford this weekend you can catch: Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers; and Herb and Dorothy, 50 by 50, about a world-class art collection built by a postal clerk and a librarian in their modest home, then donated, one work to each of the 50 states. for details.

At Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, tonight begins a run of The Conjuring, a creepy horror film based on real events in Rhode Island. And Sunday begins a run of Twenty Feet from Stardom, a documentary in which great backup singers get the attention they deserve.


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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