Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday's Jive 11-22-13

Good evening, it's Friday, November 22nd, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedyand 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.

At The Buttonwood Tree tonight at 8, classical pianist Jacob Smullyan will return for a program including one of Beethoven’s earliest masterpieces, the Sonata in E flat Opus 7, and one of Schubert’s last, the c minor Sonata, D958. Also, on the program will be works by Webern and Brahms. Saturday morning, it’s Qigong (Chi Kung), Tai Chi and community yoga. And Saturday night at 8, Joe Fonda joins with jazz legend Harvey Sorgen and the “Mexican Guitar Wizard” Omar Tamez for an evening of jazz, blues, Mexican folk music and everything in between. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm, while Rumpus - an invitation to express the rhythm inside you - takes place inside. All are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the Food Not Bombs vegetarian meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. Sunday afternoon at 2:30 John Basinger performs from Book 11 of Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost. Books will be provided to follow along with the performance. Visit

Tonight, Sez Zion performs at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, on Main Street Extension in Middletown. Saturday it's a performance by Nu Groove. Take a look at for info.

Also tonight at 7 p.m., Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts presents Music from East Asia, featuring Wesleyan’s East Asian Ensembles presenting a variety of musical styles and repertoires from East Asian cultures. That’s at Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue. On Saturday, the Center for the Arts presents  Gamelan—Classical Music of Central Java, featuring an orchestra of bronze gongs, xylophones, drums, strings and voices, at World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave. And Sunday at 3, the World Guitar Ensemble Concert, featuring a variety of world music, comes to World Music Hall. Saturday through Monday at 9 pm there is an Experimental Music Series at the Russell House on High St. More details are at or on

Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm, The Vintage Players present "More Fall Follies", short works of comedy in a staged reading at Congregation Adath Israel, 8 Broad St in Middletown. Call 860.346.4709.

On Saturday at 7 pm, then again on Sunday at 4, the Greater Middletown Chorale presents Zimriyah! A Festival of Jewish Choral Music, at Zion Lutheran Church, 183 William Street, Portland. The eclectic program is drawn from a repertoire that spans several centuries. Visit

Saturday at 8 pm The Tom Sanders Band performs at Cypress Restaurant, 1265 S. Main St., Middletown.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, the Kortchmar/McDonald Band, featuring famed session musician Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar, who worked with David Crosby, Carole King, Graham Nash, Carly Simon and James Taylor to help define the signature sound of the ‘70s, takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday, it’s bluesman Tas Cru at Sally’s. Find additional info at

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight the Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour at 5 p.m. features DJ Dave Coon. That’s followed at 9 by Goodnight Blue Moon, Great Elk, and The Naked Stills. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band, followed at 9 by the New Haven CD Release Show of The Spampinato Brothers, with special guests The Zambonis. Sunday afternoon’s Bluegrass Jam is with Stacy Phillips. Then at 8, it’s The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Morris Trent Band. Their website,, provides more.

Also in New Haven at Toad’s Place on Sunday, the Party with Your Friends Tour features Hoodie Allen, OCD Moosh & Twist, Mod Sun, and D-Why. You will find more at

Manic Productions brings several shows to nearby venues. Tonight River City Extension, with Elison Jackson and Johnny Mainstream, play The Space in Hamden.  Saturday’s Manic Production presents Kevin Devine and The GD Band, with Now Now and Harrison Hudson at The Space. Visit their website

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, La Camioneta, continues with showings Saturday and Sunday. This is a film about what happens to the decommissioned American school buses sent to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected.  Opening tonight and running into next week is Broadway Idiot, which follows Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong from a punk rock concert at Madison Square Garden to the opening of his musical, American Idiot, on Broadway - only ten blocks away, but worlds apart. Learn more at

At Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, tonight through Saturday at Cinestudio, it’s Austenland, a new romantic comedy. Starting Sunday and running through Tuesday, it’s Russian Ark, called an amazing technical tour-de-force: the entire film, shot inside St Petersburg’s Hermitage art gallery, is done in a single take by incredible Steadicam operator Tilman Büttner, of Run Lola Run fame. is the source for more information.

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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