Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday's Jive 12-27-13

Good evening, it's Friday, December 27th, 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, here in Middletown, Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Ext.  presents a night of jazz vocals with Ian Woods.  Saturday night Rahsaan Langley takes the Scatz stage. Visit

Down in New Haven at Café Nine there’s an early show at 5pm featuring Mark Daniel. Later tonight, Drink Deeply presents: Wess Meets WestPorts of Spain, and The Morning On Fire. Cafe Nine’s Saturday afternoon’s weekly Jazz Jam will be hosted by Billy Cofrances this week. Saturday brings the Second Annual Beehive Holiday Blowout with Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, and The George Baker Band. Sunday afternoon brings a Bluegrass Jam w/ Stacy Phillips – there's more online at

Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford reopens for business tonight, offering a night of blues with the Cheryl Arena Band and Special Guest Hash Brown. Saturday night, Sally’s presents The Roxy Perry Holiday Show. Go to

The Guru, Cold Fronts, DRGN King, SHMNS, Furnsss share a bill at The Space, in Hamden tonight. Lord Fowl plays at the Outer Space, tomorrow/Saturday night visit

At The Buttonwood Tree, things pick back up tomorrow morning with Tai Chi and community yoga.  Saturday night brings The Buttonwood’s (Impromptu) Holiday Party from 7-11 pm. On Sunday, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm, and all are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. Go to the website at

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place Saturday night, horror rockers GWAR bring their nasty stage show to Toads Place with Battlecross and Iron Reagan opening the show. Check out

 The Brian McCarthy quintet plays a gig at the Side Door in Old Lyme on Saturday for a night of contemporary jazz, visit
The JOVAN ALEXANDER TRIO performs "Sunday Afternoon Jazz" at Sweet Harmony Cafe & Bakery on Main St. in Middletown this Sunday from 1:30-3:30pm.Their website is

Sunday night Manic Productions presents an evening of alt country and Americana with Stephen Kellogg and Dan Mills at Arch Street Tavern in Hartford. Manic's full schedule is at   

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

This weekend Real Art Ways in Hartford continues their run of the animated children’s tale, "My Neighbor Totoro". The story follows Satsuke and Mei, two young girls who find that their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called Totoros. This family-oriented feature has a powerful ecological theme. Tonight Real Art Ways opens the documentary on Noam Chomsky called “Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?”. Learn more at

Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, has closed their doors for their annual break and will reopen on January 2nd. Stop in at 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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