Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday's Jive 01-10-13

Good evening, it's Friday, January 10th, 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 the Bruce Gregori Trio takes the Blackeyed Sally’s stage in Hartford. Saturday it’s the Alexis P. Suter Band, playing roots, blues and soul. The web has details at

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, early tonight the Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour at 5 is with Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge. That’s followed at 9 by Sarah Borges and Girls, Guns, and Glory. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session at 4:30 is with Gary Grippo & Friends. At 9, The Iguanas bring New Orleans roots rock to the Café Nine stage. Sunday afternoon at 4, there’ll be a free pre-release listening party for the original cast recording of The Devil Plays Poker.  That’s followed at 8 by The Original Sunday Night Jam, with the George Baker Band. The web has details at

Tonight in New Haven, at Toad’s Place Riders on the Storm pay a musical tribute to The Doors on a long bill featuring Action Potential and Annie Nirschel, Circadian Rhythm, Eightfold, INK, the Nate Moore Band, Stephen Gonza, Terra Firma and Trag. Saturday, it’s Keeping Company, with Aye-Jay, Metasine, J Crow, Dr. Ink, Scats and Ysanne & Guests. For more information and times you can check out

Tonight Manic Productions presents David Dondero and Jay Prince at The Outer Space in Hamden. The web has details at

In Middletown tonight at 8 p.m., The Buttonwood Tree presents music by singer/songwriter Ellen Bukstel. Opening for Ellen will be an old friend of the Buttonwood, Eric Kuhn, who has been on the Middletown music scene since the early 1980s.  Saturday morning, it’s Qui Gong (chee-kung), community yoga and an empowerment workshop. At 8 p.m. Saturday, it’s Noise in the Key of Bliss with trumpeter Saskia Laroo and pianist/vocalist Warren Byrd. The web has details at

The Friends of Russell Library continues a book sale on Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 1-4pm. Fiction and non-fiction in many categories as well as children's books are priced to sell.  Purchases support library programs that benefit the community.  Also on Saturday at 2pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, violinist Hye-Jin Kim and guitarist João Luiz team up for a classically-rooted, dance-inspired. The two offer music by Paganini, Piazzolla & Paquito D’Rivera and original arrangements of traditional folksongs from their native cultures—Korea and Brazil. The web has details at

On Saturday at 8pm the Branford Folk Music Society hosts Connecticut-based Mestizo Manta, a group of Peruvian aficionado musicians joined to cultivate Andean music from Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and other neighboring countries of South America. Performance takes place at Branford Folk Coffeehouse, First Congregational Church of Branford, 1009 Main St. in, you guessed it! – Branford. Call 203-488-7715.

Tonight in East Hampton, Old Bank Flowers & Greenery on Main St hosts an opening reception for their new gallery installation including recent work from featured Middletown artist, Pierre Slyvain. WESU’s own David Bauer will also have some of his photography on display.  The event is open to the public and features light refreshments and live jazz from 6:30-8:30pm. Visit for info.

Speaking of WESU connected visual artists, you can see the watercolor paintings of Bill Revill, host of Acoustic Blender, on display at The Infinity gallery, Infinity Hall in Norfolk through April. The web has details at

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

At RealArtWays in Hartford, you can catch "Bettie Page Reveals All", an intimate look at the rise, and fall, and rise again of one of the world's most recognized and controversial sex symbols. With her razor sharp wit and Tennessee twang Bettie Page emerges from decades of seclusion to reveal her secret past and narrate her life story. Showing through next Thursday, Jan. 16. Tonight's opening night special event is with Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School. The web has details at

Running through Saturday at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema, is “All is Lost”, starring Robert Redford, alone in the ocean. Sunday at Cinestudio begins a special week-long premiere of "The Great Beauty", which has been both hugely popular and sharply dividing audiences with its overarching question, Is Italy in Decline? More can be found 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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