Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday's Jive 10-11-13

Good afternoon, it's Friday, October 11thand 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.

Friends of the Russell Library Book Sale continues Saturday at noon. The Russell Writers will meet on Saturday 9:30am - noon in Meeting Room 3. More can be found at

Here in Middletown, at The Buttonwood Tree, tonight Brian Adler ‘s The Helium Project" comes to The Tree for an evening of Jazz. Saturday evening, Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli perform Folk, Soul, Blues, Jazz and Pop” at the Buttonwood. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree at 1pm while Rumpus invites you to join in a community rhythmic experience. You're also invited to help prepare the Food Not Bombs vegetarian meal at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church on Court Street.  All Month you can catch the Photography of David Bauer on display in the Buttonwood Gallery. Go to for more info.
Down in New Haven tonight, Keller Williams and Floodwood appear on the Toads Main stage. Sunday Matt Jaffe & The Distractions take the Toads Place stage. Visit

The Riverwood Poetry 2013-14 Series continues tonight featuring Bruce Cohen, author of three acclaimed volumes of poetry. The reading is at Asylum HIll Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford upstairs in the music hall. More can be found at

Down in New Haven at Cafe Nine tonight, Manic Productions Presents: Quasi and  The Mountain Movers . Saturday the weekly Café 9 Jazz Jam session will be hosted by Gary Grippo and Friends.  Later on Saturday night its The 15th IndepenDisc / 1st Cygnus Radio Birthday Bash, featuring Paper Hill Casket Company, Post Modern Panic, and Hannah Fair. Sunday morning Drinkdeeply presents: an 11am set by Saxtet

Tonight at Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, seasoned veteran of the guitar Jay Jesse Johnson is in. Saturday night Avenue B plays R&B, Funk and Dance Music. has details.

Tonight Manic presents Title Fight, Balance and Composure, Cruel Hand, and  Slingshot Dakota at El n’ Gee club in New London. Sat night Manic also Presents: Ra Ra Riot, Caveman, and Cayucas at Center Church on the Green (Meeting House) in New Haven. More about these events can be found at

Wesleyan University's Center For The Arts Annual Navaratri Festival continues through Sunday. One of India's major festival celebrations, Navaratri is a time to see family and friends, enjoy music and dance, and seek blessings for new endeavors. A full list of performers and events for Wesleyan’s 37th Navaratri festival can be found online at

There are still a few farmers' markets in our area in Middletown and in Higganum. Find farmers' markets all over the state by going to

This weekend the Portland Agricultural Fair is at the Exchange club fairgrounds on RT 17A just over the river from Middletown. This annual event features all the fixings of a good New England country fair including Truck, Tractor, and Draft pulls, agricultural exhibits, a carnival midway, and more. Live entertainment includes Addison Station, Theresa Wright, Big Charlie's Rubber band, Faith Zeigler, Gunsmoke, The Michael Cleary Band, and more.

Vocalist Nekita Waller performs on Sunday night at 7:00 at The Mattabesset Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown. Visit for details.

Saturday is the WESU Fall Community Record Fair at Wesleyan's Beckham Hall on Wyllys Avenue from 11am-4pm.  This is a free event open to the public and features dozens of vendors selling music of all genres in all formats. Plus some of your favorite WESU DJs will be spinning vinyl live all day. WESU will also be selling super cheap records and CDs as well as offering WESU merchandise. So, come on out to support your favorite community radio station and pick up some new (or old) music. Don't miss the WESU Community record fair this Saturday. There's more online at

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

Common Ground 2013: The Fifth Middletown International Film Festival happens on Tuesdays in October and November. Visit for the list of films and locations.

Real Art Ways in Hartford continues their run of Blue Caprice. Go to  for details.

Tonight, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, continues a run of the new indie film THE SPECTACULAR NOW.  More information can be found 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.

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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