Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday's Jive 11-01-13

Good afternoon, it's Friday, November 1stand 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, tonight at 8, the Mattabesset String Collective, a 5-piece acoustic ensemble, plays an eclectic mix of bluegrass, blues, folk, country and rock at The Buttonwood Tree.  Saturday morning at The Buttonwood, it’s Qigong (Chi Kung) and community yoga. Saturday night at 8pm, singer-songwriter, guitar instrumentalist and blues player Stan Sullivan takes the stage. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1pm. Rumpus, with an invitation to express the rhythm inside you, happens inside during Food Not Bombs. All are welcome to both. You are also invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal beforehand at 11am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. Sunday evening, the Great Make Believe Society brings improv comedy to the Buttonwood. has more info.

Tonight at 9 p.m., at Wesleyan University, Dar Williams, class of ’89, plays Crowell Concert Hall.  Saturday is Wesleyan’s Homecoming/Family Weekend Reception, with an alumni art exhibit between 2 and 4 p.m. at the Zilkha Gallery. There will be a talk by guest curator John Ravenal at the gallery at 2:30.

Also on Saturday, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Zilkha Gallery, you can catch We Buy White Albums, an event put on by Rutherford Chang, (Wesleyan class of ’02.) Where you can browse and listen to a collection of over 750 first-pressings of The Beatles’ "The White Album" (1968). You can also sell copies to Chang, who usually pays up to $20 per copy, while he happily accepts donations of copies of the album. He has also created a new version of the album—which visitors can play in the gallery—by layering recordings from 100 albums in his collection over one another. 

The Friends of the Wesleyan Library will hold their annual Book Sale on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church St. Over 3500 books will be offered for the bargain price of $1-$5, with some special books costing more. The selection is quite eclectic.  It’s always fun to browse and you never know what treasures you will find. Contact

Another Wesleyan event on Saturday afternoon, at 3, is the Friends of the Davison Art Center Silent Auction, at Alsop House, Davison Art Center, 301 High St. Learn all about it at

Saturday night is a Wesleyan Center for the Arts’s 40th anniversary celebration concert with Wes alum Amy Crawford and STORM and mamarazzi; that’s at the Crowell Concert Hall at 8 p.m. Go to for details.

Saturday at 2 p.m., Grayson Hugh, an internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and pianist, will present a concert with his wife Polly Messer in the Hubbard Room at The Russell Library in Middletown. Visit

Also in Middletown on Saturday night, at 7:30 p.m., the Greater Middletown Concert Association brings Der Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman), performed by  The Connecticut Lyric Opera and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, to the new, state-of-the-art, MHS Performing Arts Center 200 LaRosa Lane, opposite 680 Newfield Street (Route 3) . Information or reservations:

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine Friday’s Weekly Wind-Down Happy Hour features Sean Conlon. And tonight, Manic Productions Presents Kingsley Flood, with Little Ugly and Golden Bloom. Saturday’s jazz jam is with Mike Coppola and Friends. And Saturday night, Jesse Malin plays, along with Hollis Brown and The Backyard Committee. And Sunday night brings the Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod to Café Nine. Find more at

Tonight at The Space in Hamden, Manic Productions presents Moving Mountains, with Field Mouse, This Old Ghost and Caravela. Saturday, at the Outer Space in Hamden, it's You Won't , The Spring Standards, and Alexander Burnet (of The Proud Flesh) performing. has more.

In Hartford, at Sully’s Pub, tonight it's Frank Viele. Saturday is the Post-Halloween Massacre with End Time Illusion and the return of The Coathangers, and Sunday is the Electric Open Mic. has details.

At Black Eyed Sally’s in Hartford tonight it’s the Pontani Sisters Burlesque-a-pades, recently named the #1 Burlesque attraction in the US by Saturday, Jeff Pitchell and the Texas Flood play. Visit

Now here's a rundown of some cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight they kick off a run of Let the Fire Burn, a documentary about race relations in Philadelphia in the mid-‘80s. Also opening Friday and running through Thursday is Cutie and the Boxer, a New York tale of two artists’ long marriage. for details about films and other events.

At Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, tonight begins a run of the Mexican film “Instructions Not Included”, in which Eugenio Derbez plays an Acapulco “player” whose life changes when a girlfriend leaves their baby for him to raise on his own. has the details on this and other films showing.

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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