Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday's Jive 11-15-13

Good evening, it's Friday, November 15thand 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.

Tonight in Middletown, the Mattabesset Canoe Club at Harbor Park you can catch some live blues. has more details.

Anhared Stowe & Carolyn Halsted play music for violin & piano by Bach, Smetana, and Franck in a benefit concert for St. Vincent DePaul Place at South Church in Middletown Saturday beginning a 7:30pm.

And, on Sunday, the Adath Israel synagogue on the corner of Broad and Old Church Sts. is hosting a Thanksgiving Celebration of Diversity and the Arts beginning at 3pm. Voluntary contributions benefit St. Vincent DePaul Place. The program will feature 15-20 performances reflecting religious institutions, community arts organizations, and Wesleyan cultural groups.

Here in Middletown, tonight at The Buttonwood Tree the band TRAG performs original Prog-Rock with an Alterna-twinge.  Saturday mornings get started with Tai Chi, Qigong (chi kung), and Yoga followed by self empowerment workshops. Saturday evening, Singer Songwriter Brad Cole stops by for his self- described eclectic blend of Americana over a grooving bossa nova/rock sound. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree at 1pm. All are Welcome.  Rumpus invites you to join in a community rhythmic experience on Sunday inside The Buttonwood while Food Not Bombs serves it up outside. You're also invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church on Court Street. Details about all this and more online at

Down in New Haven tonight at Café Nine tonight there’s an early show featuring Paul Belbusti and Scott Fitch. Eddie Spaghetti, Bloodshot Bill, & Shaka & the Soul Shakers take the stage at 8pm for the late show. Saturday, the weekly Café Nine Jazz Jam session will be hosted by Tony Dioguardi and Friends. Later on Saturday night Oddball Events presents The Tarbox Ramblers along  Girls, Guns, and Glory. provides details.

Here in Middletown, tonight, Saturday and Sunday at Wesleyan’s 92 Theater you can catch the Connecticut premiere of Kyle Abraham’s Abraham.In.Motion’s dance event, “Pavement” in which the company re-imagines John Singleton's 1991 film "Boyz N The Hood". Also, Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" with a student cast is being performed tonight, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night in the CFA Theater. Saturday night at 8pm The Annual Wesleyan Orchestra Fall Concert takes place in Crowell Concert Hall. More details about all of these events at

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford tonight The Michael Cleary Band takes the stage. Saturday night Blues chanteuse Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers take the stage. has details.

Manic Productions Presents: Friday night A Special Intimate Evening with... CAT POWER (performing SOLO) at Center Church on the Green (aka Meeting House) in New Haven. Nico Turner opens that show. Visit to learn more.

Hometown musical superstars, Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem will perform at Middlesex Community College tonight at 7 p.m. in Chapman Hall. The concert will be family-friendly with the first part aiming at the kid crowd, and the second half directed to an older audience, but will contain nothing a child couldn’t enjoy as well. Although the concert is free, reservations will be required. Check for the reservation link.

Speaking of local musical superstars, two of Middletown’s own will perform this weekend at a new venue in Middletown. The Noah Baerman Trio will perform at Scatz Restaurant and Lounge on Main St Extension this Friday evening.  Saturday night living legend  blues and Jazz Vocalist, Ms. Kitty Kathryn takes the Scatz stage.  For more information call (860) 347-2289

Gallery 53 is running its "Miniature Masterpiece" show through November 20th. Gallery 53 is located at 53 Colony Street in Meriden. For further information please go to

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight is the start of runs of the surrealist film “Escape from Tomorrow” and the documentary “La Camioneta“. Visit for details.

Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, is presenting their 15th annual Eros Film festival. You can find the detailed listings online 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 

And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at anytime. Thanks for listening!

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