Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday's Jive 02-07-14

Good evening, it's Friday, February 7th, 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

We are now on our Spring schedule, stay tuned for the program line-up for tonight and overnight. Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.

Tonight you'll find Oberon Rose, playing psych folk/rock, at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, and Saturday, there'll be qigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop. Saturday at 8 p.m., the Tekalli Duo, a brother and sister with Japanese and Libyan roots, presents “Re-imagine," a performance of original and classical works on violin and piano. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm; all are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Buttonwood, there will be an artists' reception for "The Middle Towner" exhibit featuring stick-figure cartoons by Fred Carroll and Ebony Milling. Drawn exclusively with a Pilot pen on recycled paper, this show is a “snapshot” style depiction of day to day life in the “The Big M", also featured in this show is “The Art of Clean” by The Mattabesset Broom Club. More at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, Damon Fowler takes the stage playing a hybrid of roots-rock and blues. Saturday, it’s the Australian vocalist and blues guitarist Anni Piper, along with guitarist Brent Johnson. Find out more at

Also in Hartford, at Sully’s Pub, tonight it's Shag Frenzy. Saturday brings Snuffbox. And Sunday is the electric open mic night. has more.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight brings Eddie Clendening and the Blue Ribbon Boys; Saturday’s Jazz Jam session at 4:30 is with Gary Grippo and Friends, followed at 8 by a Benefit for JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, with The Vultures, the Clams, and the Hulls. Sunday’s Original Sunday Night Jam at Café Nine is with the George Baker Band. has more details.

On the Wesleyan University CFA schedule, on Sunday at 3 p.m., is the inaugural concert by the Wesleyan Consort, an instrumental and vocal ensemble composed of Wesleyan faculty and invited guests. The works range from early classics to contemporary compositions More info at the website.

In New Haven, at Toad’s Place tonight, it’s the Cosmic Dust Bunnies, with Jimkata, the Mantras, Balkun Brothers and Father Time. Sunday brings Emancipator Ensemble, featuring a live band and a new large-scale video show, as well as Odesza and Real Magic. Go to

Tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m., there will be an opening reception for the Wesleyan Potters' gallery shop’s show, “Hartford Art School: Dirty for a Reason," an exhibit of work by University of Hartford ceramics faculty and majors. Check out

The Middletown Art Academy will host its 2014 spring Free Open Door and Open Studio on Saturday, between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., with the various time slots devoted to participants’ age groups.  Light healthy snacks, organic teas and beverages will be offered. has the schedule.

Also on Saturday, at 1:30 p.m., the Art Guild of Middletown will present a rescheduled showing of the film "Camille Claudel," in the Hubbard Room of the Russell Library, 123 Broad St. The film recounts the troubled life of French sculptor Camille Claudel and her long relationship with legendary sculptor Auguste Rodin.

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

At RealArtWays in Hartford, Oscar-nominated shorts programming – both live action and animated – continue through the end of February; Saturday, it’s "Psychedelic Cinema," in which Super 8 films that were shot between 1967 and 1969 – basically, a swirl of colors, lights, and images – are projected in the style of the live light shows that were a fixture of concerts in the 1960s. Visit

Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, continues a run of "Blue is the Warmest Color," winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes last year. Sunday, a run of "Philomena," nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, begins. Visit

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.

From 6 to 6:30pm, pick up Blackout with dj smoothchilD. Upon waking up, dj smoothchilD and dj ROCK find out they are lost. Having no idea where they are, they must explore, listening to music, speeches, poetry, and anything else they can find to figure out where they are and how to get home. The first person to call in and guess the correct mystery location win's a prize (of the dj's choosing).

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 with DJ Lokash 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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