Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday's Jive 10-18-13

Good afternoon, it's Friday, October 18thand 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 this evening at 8, the trio Cotton Hollow Rising performs an acoustic mix of Americana folk, ballads, Celtic, blues & more. Saturday morning, it’s Qigong (Chi Kung) and community yoga. Saturday at 8 p.m., the Karen Frisk Jazz Group plays. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1pm while Rumpus extends an invitation to express the rhythm inside you, inside The Buttonwood Tree. You are also invited to help prepare the vegetarian meals for Food Not Bombs at 11am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. Also, this Sunday, at 4, there will be a poetry potluck, where patrons share poetry – not food. Information about all of these events can be found on their website at

Tonight at the Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park, former Middletown resident and Wesleyan alumnus, Jay Vernali, class of ’77, a keyboardist and producer for 30 years in Nashville, puts together a reunion gig. Saturday, it's classic rock. And Sunday, you can catch vocalist Nekita Waller. More can be found at

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight the Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour at 6 p.m. features Mark Daniel, followed at 9 by a record release show with Elison Jackson, with M.T. Bearington, Milksop: Unsung, and Hanging Hills. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4 p.m. is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, followed at 7:30 by Milton, and at 9:30 by the Velcro Lewis Group and Estrogen Highs. Sunday at Café Nine, from 2 to 6 p.m., there will be a celebration of Tom Hosier, with Disturbance, The Furors, Dj Bill Beckett, and more. Sunday, at Café Nine, it’s the Original Sunday Night Jam, with The Langley Project. Access their website at

At Sully’s Pub in Hartford tonight you can catch the Aerolites. Saturday brings DeadBeat to Sully’s, and Sunday is the weekly Electric Open Mic. There's for more details.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight you'll hear Candye Kane and Saturday it’s Danny Draher. More can be found at  

Sat night Manic Productions Presents: The Wild Rovers Tour at The Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden featuring: Cory Chisel, The Candles, Invisibleman, Adriel Denae, and Special Guests! For these and other events visit

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line w/special guest Sarah Barrios appears tonight beginning at 9p at Bridge Street Live!, 41 Bridge St, Collinsville. Visit or call 860.693.9762 for info/reservations.

Several farmers' markets in our area are still open for business. In Middletown, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Halloween, you can still catch the 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. - more about that market online at Through October 25th, in Higganum, there’s a market on Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m on the town green.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford tonight, runs of the films Rebels with a Cause and Good Ol’ Freda begin. Sunday features both those films, plus a one time showing of Gasland 2. Visit for more details.

At Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, through Saturday, NT LIVE presents MACBETH. And Sunday, they offer two films: Exhibition: Vermeer and Music, and the psychological thriller, The Servant. Visit for further 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.

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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