Good afternoon, it's Friday, October 25th, and 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.
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Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.
Tonight, Wesleyan's Center for the Arts presents a performance by Vieux Farka Touré (sounds like View Farka Too-ray) in Crowell Concert Hall. Often called the "Hendrix of the Sahara", Vieux, known for dazzling audiences with his speed and dexterity on the guitar, combining West African music with blues, rock, and reggae, is the son of late legendary guitar player Ali Farka Touré. Saturday night the CFA presents: So Much of Any Year is Flammable: Mantra Percussion + Paula Matthusen, an evening of works by Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen performed by Mantra Percussion Ensemble as well as special guest vocalist Jamie Jordan in Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel on High Street. Go to www.wesleyan.edu/cfa for more.
Also here in Middletown, tonight the Klezwoods mix traditional klezmer and Balkan music with modern grooves, improvisation on The Buttonwood Tree stage. Saturday morning, the Buttonwood offers Qigong (Chi Kung) at 7:30 am, followed by community yoga. Saturday evening, The John Funkhouser Trio provides a night of modern jazz in celebration of the release of their new CD, called “Still”. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1pm. All are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal beforehand at 11am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. Sunday night at 7 pm, four seasoned musicians from Finland, Turkey, Sweden and Palestine, Jussi Reijonen: Un traverse the boundaries between musical cultures in performance. You can also catch the photography exhibit, “Sunsets: A Middletown Transformation”, by WESU’s own David Bauer, during the month of October at The Buttonwood Tree. Details about this and more are online at www.buttonwood.org.
The Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown presents the blues tonight. Saturday night is a dance party and Sunday The Eric Kuhn Group takes The Canoe Club stage at 6 to be followed by Vocalist Nekita Waller at 7pm. www.mattabesettcanoeclub.com.
In New Haven tonight, at Café Nine you can catch “The Grimm Generation Spaghetti Western Roundup” featuring members of The Danbury Lie, The Sawtelles, Lys Guillorn, Rope, Dave Hogan, and The Grimm Generation. Saturday, Café Nine’s Weekly afternoon jazz jam will be hosted by the George Baker Band. Saturday night New Haven Burlesque presents Day of the Dead Burlesque Cabaret. Sunday brings a Bluegrass Jam w/ Stacy Phillips at 4pm. More online at www.cafenine.com.
Tonight up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, Lustre Kings will make for a night of rooting-tooting rock and roll. Saturday night Easy Baby a brand new New England blues act takes the stage. Visit www.blackeyedsallys.com
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight, Shakedown plays the Grateful Dead and Beyond. String Band and Eggy open that show. Details at www.toadsplace.com.
Also in New Haven tonight, at The Spaceland Ball Room, Manic Productions Presents: Obi Fernandez, Sammy Kay & The Fast Four, and Math the Band plus another show at the Space featuring Cute Is What We Aim For, Turnover, Tallhart, and more. Visit www.manicproductions.com if you'd like to find out more.
This Saturday from noon to 5pm, Middletown’s ARTFARM and Vermont's iconic Bread and Puppet Theater join forces to offer "Arse Kicking Puppetry, Ding Dongs and the Radical Farming of Art", a unique community workshop where participants will learn techniques to develop new work and then create original pieces. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Contact ARTFARM at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (860)346-4390 for more information or to register.
Saturday night, Real Art Ways in Hartford presents The Oddball, their annual masquerade party and biggest fundraising event featuring tricked out galleries, eerie photo ops and outrageous tunes. Doors open at 8 PM. and the night features a DJ & live performances by Girls Like Bass. Learn more online at www.realartways.org
As frost threatens to stamp out the remainder of our seasonal gardens, Farmer’s Market season is just about over. The Higganum Farmer’s Market is the last standing and wraps up at 6:30 p.m tonight on their town green.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, there will be no films through the weekend as Real Art Ways prepares for their annual fundraising gala, The Odd Ball. Visit www.realartways.org for details.
Tonight and Saturday, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, is showing Lee Daniels' The Butler. On Sunday, in preparation for Halloween, a run of The Wicker Man-Final Cut begins and continues through Halloween. www.cinestudio.org.
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.
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