Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday's Jive 01-24-13

Good evening, it's Friday, January 24th, 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 in Hartford, Bragging Rights w/ Sadplant & Two Fisted Law take the Sully’s Pub stage. Saturday brings an appearance by Dirty Sanchez. Visit

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight is the Opus Blizzard B-Day Bash 2014, presented by Mindsnap Music, featuring Alcoholica, Earth, Darkitecht, Nasty Disaster, Kings & Liars, NightBitch, and Curse The Son. Sunday brings Lotus and The Werks to Toad’s. has your details.

Also in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight it’s Tom Hearn, followed by The Dictators NYC and Dead City. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon jazz jam session will be hosted by Tony Dioguardi & Friends.  That’s followed at 9pm by the Go Kat Go! Birthday Bash, with Screamin' Rebel Angels and The Bloodshots. Sunday’s bluegrass jam at Café Nine is with Stacy Phillips, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Morris Trent Band. will provide more info.

In Middletown tonight, at The Buttonwood Tree, it’s Cricket Tell the Weather, a five-piece indie string band featuring bluegrass-inspired original music.  Saturday morning brings Qigong (chee gung), community yoga and an empowerment workshop to the Buttonwood, and then at 8 p.m., Asylum Quartet performs - four saxophonists performing classical masterpieces, pulsing electronic sounds of minimalism, and klezmer at breakneck speeds. Visit .

On Sunday at 3 pm the Greater Middletown Concert Association presents "The Emperor of Atlantis", a short opera by Viktor Ullman which is an allegorical depiction of a Kaiser that eventually was considered a satire on Adolf Hitler. The opera is sung in German with English subtitles projected above the stage. Call 860.347.4887 or 346.3369 or visit

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s Friday, Blues Man -Poppa Chubby, takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday, it’s Ryan Hartt &the Blue Hearts. has details.

Manic Productions brings several shows to nearby venues this week. Saturday at Hamden’s Spaceland Ballroom, it’s a night of Ska with Mephiskapheles, Flip Ya For Real, Inspector 7, and the Hempsteadys. Visit

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

At RealArtWays in Hartford, opening tonight and running until the end of January is "The Rocket", in which a boy who is believed to bring bad luck leads his family (and a couple of ragged misfits) through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by war, the boy builds a giant rocket to prove he's not cursed and to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: a rocket festival. Saturday, for one matinee showing only, it’s Blue is the Warmest Color, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes last year. The film centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle, who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. Learn more at

Tonight at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, they continue a run of the thriller, "Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks. Sunday brings Generation War, part 1 and part 2, a controversial and widely-seen German television miniseries that has finally gotten a film release in the United States. It tells the story of five friends who, on Christmas Eve 1941, celebrate and promise to meet again in one year’s time. It turns into the last moment of their youth, as the war begins, affecting them each in different ways. has complete info.

2014 marks 75 years of alternative music, public affairs, and community service for WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at We also hope you'll vote for WESU as the Best College radio station in the CT area through CTNow / Hartford Advocate Best of Hartford Readers Poll. Look for our DJs in the Best Radio show category too!   You can find a link to the poll on our website or at . The polls are only open through February 5th, so please help us out and spread the word! Thanks!


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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