Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday's Jive 11-8-13

Good evening, it's Friday, November 8thand 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.

In Middletown tonight at the Buttonwood Tree you'll find the Humble Tripe Album Release Party beginning at 8pm. Saturday morning, there’s Qigong (Chi Kung) and community yoga at The Buttonwood. Saturday night, jazz guitarist Sinan Bakir returns to perform. 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. Rumpus extends an invitation to express the rhythm inside you inside The Buttonwood at 1pm while food is served outside.  Sunday afternoon at 3, it’s Piano & Stories with Robin Spielberg. Learn more at

At the Russell Library Saturday, the Friends of the Russell Library are holding their monthly book sale.  More can be found at

The Eric Kuhn Group performs on Sunday at the Cypress Grill, 1265 Main St, beginning at 6pm.

Also on Sunday at 6pm, Poor Old Shine appears in the Music at the Ridge series at Quarry Ridge, 9 Rose Hill Road, Portland. The Rosenthals also will perform. Call 860.342.1399 for details.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, today at 5 is the Weekly Wind-Down Happy Hour with Dan Greene of Mountain Movers. That’s followed at 9 by Paper Hill Casket Company, 1974, and Them Damn Hamiltons. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Saturday night at 9, it’s Duece Bug and Hip Hop Haven. Sunday afternoon at 4 is the return of Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School. Sunday at 8 brings The Original Sunday Night Jam, with the George Baker Band. Visit

In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight at 9 is Brant Taylor's All Star Jam. Saturday, blues man Dave Keller takes the Sally’s stage. www.blackeyedsally’ has more info.

Manic Productions presents on Sunday at 8, Empty Flowers, with F-ing Invincible and Stone Titan at the Arch Street Tavern in Hartford. And down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, tonight at 8, Manic Productions presents Diarrhea Planet, with Lovely Bad Things, Chris Cappello, and Furness (formerly The Ferns). Sunday, NV Concepts brings GRiZ: The Rebel Era Tour, with Pegboard Nerds and The Floozies. Find out more at

Back in Middletown, Wesleyan University’s Olin Library has a new exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination: “Retracing President Kennedy’s Final Journey: Selections from William Manchester’s Research Files.” The exhibition, located outside the Special Collections & Archives in Olin Library, includes selections from the thousands of items amassed by Manchester, author of The Death of a President. It includes private notes and correspondence, sketches, government documents, newspapers, souvenirs, and more.

Also at Wesleyan, on Saturday, at 8 p.m., it's the Connecticut premiere of The Center for the Arts Juice Vocal Ensemble at Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave. There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:15 by Wesleyan music professor Neely Bruce. And Sunday at 3 p.m., the Center for the Arts presents Mazz Swift's Solo MazzMuse at Russell House, 350 High Street.
Here in Middletown tonight, Scatz Restaurant and Lounge on Main St Extension features live music with soul singer Nekita Waller.  For more info call 860 347 2289 or check out their website at

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

Opening today at 5:30p and running through next week is Jonathan Demme’s Enzo Avitabile: Music Life, about the Neapolitan multi-musician and composer but also about the city of Naples, with all of its treasures and contradictions. Also opening tonight and running through next week is After Tiller, which intimately explores the highly controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. On Saturday, for one showing only at 1pm, Real Art Ways presents a free screening of A Girl Like Her, director Ann Fessler’s haunting group portrait of women who surrendered their children for adoption in the 1950s and '60s due to enormous social pressure at a time when "nice girls" didn't get pregnant. has details.

Showing tonight and Saturday at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, is “Prisoners”, described as a mystery with brains as well as jolts to the nervous system, tells the tale of a Thanksgiving afternoon when two children disappear, with the only salient clue being an abandoned RV.  Opening on Sunday afternoon at Cinestudio is, “In a World”, an offbeat comedy about a young woman aspiring to do movie-trailer voiceovers in a field dominated by deep-voiced men, where her own father is the reigning king. has 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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