Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday's Jive 12-06-13

Good evening, it's Friday, December 6th, 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.

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 at 8, it’s Nor’easter Noel Songwriter Sessions at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, with a stellar cast of emerging songwriters from the Northeast celebrating the season with original holiday songs as well as classics. Featured performers will be Lara Herscovitch, Lisa Martin, Marc Douglas Berardo and duo Michelle Rubin and Rick Gedney of Open Book. Saturday morning, it’s Qigong (Chi Kung), Tai Chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop. From 1 to 4 on Saturday, it’s the Free Poets Collective. That’s followed at 8 by trumpeter and vocalist Ricky Alfonso with a showcase of tight, joyful and uplifting jazz music guaranteed to please well-seasoned and casual jazz fans alike. And on Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm, as Rumpus, an invitation to express the rhythm inside you, takes place inside. All are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. Visit

Tonight at 7, Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts brings West African Drumming to Crowell Concert Hall, featuring a full chorus and drumming ensemble of students in the "West African Music and Culture" courses directed by Master Drummer Abraham Adzenyah. More info is at

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight, Sean Conlon performs. And on Saturday, Manic Productions presents The Melodic, with Vikesh Kapoor and Bird Courage. The Saturday afternoon jazz jam is with the Mike Coppola Group. Saturday night, Go Kat Go presents The Throttles and Lynette and the Longshots. Then on Sunday at 8, the Original Sunday Night Jam features the George Baker Band. Visit

Tonight, Manic Productions presents Grandchildren, Snake Oil and Sway; at Bar in New Haven. And Sunday, at the Outer Space in Hamden, it’s Frontier Ruckus, with Brother Burnet. Visit

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, you can catch Mixed Signals, a 5-piece rocking machine, tonight. Saturday, it’s Mark Mercier & the Big Yams, an evening of swampy New Orleans funk and soul. Visit

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight, Shakedown plays The Dead and Beyond, along with Disable Time and Relative Souls. Visit

Back in Middletown tonight at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, 139 Main Street Ext., Saskia Laroo performs. Saturday brings the Alvin Carter Project to Scatz. Visit

Everyone's favorite Wesleyan band gone wild, MGMT, brings their tour to the Oakdale in Wallingford tonight. More about the concert online at     

Saturday afternoon at 2 the Russell Library  hosts a panel discussion titled, “Mental Health Matters: Living Successfully with Mental Illness,” featuring people who live with a mental health diagnosis, sharing their experiences of Hope in Recovery.  The program will include successes in moving from homelessness to independently living in the community, experiences of working in a competitive job, creating and enhancing personal and family relationships and living a life that is thriving and not just surviving.

Hale Hill Farm is hosting its Ninth Annual Christmas Tree Charity Day Saturday, from 12:30 - 3:30 pm at the Hale Hill Farm, 815 Glastonbury Turnpike, Portland. The Farm, situated on the town lines of Glastonbury and Portland, will host this holiday-themed event, complete with a good old fashioned barn party with music by The Side Doors and featuring pre-cut and cut-your-own trees for a suggested donation of $50. All proceeds benefit the fight against multiple sclerosis.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, through next Tuesday you can catch the documentary “Muscle Shoals” which tells the story of the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative music in American history. Opening tonight is "Mother of George", an enlightening look at immigrant life in the Crown Heights' Yoruba community. Visit

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, tonight begins a two-day run of Rush, director Ron Howard’s take on Formula One racing. And Sunday begins a run of the 1956 French classic, Pig Across Paris, a dark comedy set in WWII Paris during the German occupation. Visit

Also in Hartford, Cinema Symphonic is a new film series being offered by HartBeat Ensemble at the Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Ave, Hartford. The series will begin with the silent film "Metropolis", showing tonight and Saturday night at 7:30pm, with original music composed and performed by Hartt School of Music students.  Composers Jake McSheffrey and Evan Cogswell have written musical composition for two violins, cello and piano. More information and reservations can be made at 860-548-9144 or 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 

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