Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday's Jive 12.13.13

Good evening, it's Friday, December 13th, 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.

Here in Middletown, at The Buttonwood Tree tonight, Connecticut’s 15th State Troubadour, Kristen Graves, and Glenn Roth share the room. Saturday morning kicks off with Tai Chi and community yoga followed by a self-empowerment workshop. Saturday afternoon, the annual family-friendly Holiday ornament making workshop, a Holiday on Main Street activity, returns to The Buttonwood Tree.  Saturday night Charter Oak Bluegrass makes a return appearance.  On Sundays beginning at 1 pm, Food Not Bombs serves food outside, it's an open invitation to the community. You are also invited to help prepare the meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. Go to for more about these events.

Also in Middletown tonight, Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Ext.  presents Sez Zion and Saturday night the Alvin Carter Project featuring Nita Zarif command the Scatz stage. More can be found at

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, today's Early Show at 5pm features Mountains of the Moon. Later on tonight you can catch Rizzo's Dilemma with Blessed and Gifted.
Saturday afternoon’s weekly Jazz Jam will be hosted by Gary Grippo and Friends. Saturday night Tripeg Lobo Productions presents "All I've Got is a Photograph" featuring: Lys Guillorn, Elisa Flynn, The Sawtelles, Frank Critelli, George Hakkila, Brother Burnet, Daphne Lee Martin, Grimm Generation, Dawn Cook, Dave Hogan, Mercy Choir, Chris Bousquet, The Park. For information about these events and more go to

Tonight Toads Place in New Haven presents the Marion Meadows Annual Jazz Christmas Show with special guests Vincent Ingala & Elan Trotman.
Saturday night, Hip Hop artist Lupe Fiasco appears on the Toads Place main stage with Dee-1 and Political Animals opening the show. Visit

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, Mike Law and the Playboys return for a night of roots rock and blues.  Saturday night, Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood play the blues at Sally’s. More can be found at
Also in Hartford Saturday afternoon at 1pm, Real Art Ways and Hartford Public Library invite you to engage in a Community Conversation about how the physical characteristics of neighborhoods affect community experiences. Seating is limited: please RSVP by email to or by calling Real Art Ways at 860-232-1006. You can also access their website at

This is the closing weekend for Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater’s co production with CT Heritage Productions of "Oliver!", bringing the classic Dickens' story of Oliver Twist alive in this musical adaptation for families this holiday season. Shows are tonight and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets and info online can be found at, or by calling 860-347-6143.

Also in Middletown this Saturday, The City’s Holiday on Main Street festivities continue at 10am. More online at

Sweet Harmony Café & Bakery, 330 Main St., Middletown, hosts the Jovan Alexander Trio for Sunday afternoon jazz beginning at 1:30 pm. Call 860.344.9646

Also on Sunday at 4:00pm at First Church of Christ Congregational, 190 Court Street, Middletown the Annual Christmas Concert is taking place. Enjoy holiday anthems, a bell choir, Christmas readings and congregational carols. Information, call 860.346.6657

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

Tonight Real Art Ways in Hartford, opens the film MOTHER OF GEORGE about a Nigerian Crown Heights family trying to keep old traditions in a modern world.  Saturday and Sunday Real Art Ways is showing "American Promise", a documentary following the 12-year journey of two African-American families as they navigate the ups and downs of educating their sons. The Sunday afternoon screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Learn more at

Tonight at Cinestudio they begin a run of Enough Said, in which two of television’s biggest icons - James Gandolfini  (The Sopranos) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld) - star in a bittersweet comedy that is also Gandolfini’s final film. has 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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