Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday's Jive 02-14-14

Good evening, it's Valentine's Day, Friday, February 14th, 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.

Up in Hartford tonight at Blackeyed Sally’s, Latanya Farrell and The Bookman Style command the stage. Saturday, independent artist and multi-instrumentalist Eliot Lewis, takes the stage.You can learn more at

Down in New Haven at Café Nine tonight, there is a "Valentines Day Cabaret" and Lipgloss Crisis Birthday Party! featuring The Blondettes, Dot Mitzvah, Uber Dami, Kitty Katastrophe, Robin Banks, Scarlett Damnation, and DJ E-Bomb. Saturday’s Jazz Jam session at 4:30 is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. At 8pm, Oddball Events presents a bill featuring Leyla McCalla with Lara Herscovitch and Leila Crockett. Visit

Here in Middletown tonight at The Buttonwood Tree, Uri Shaham and Julian Reid on electric keyboards are playing favorite jazz standards for a Valentine’s Day special concert.
Saturday morning at The Buttonwood there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop. Then, Saturday at 8 p.m. there is a CD release concert by Harpeth Rising – it's an evening of acoustic Americana, Folk, Blues and more.  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.
Also, during February you can see "The Middle Towner" exhibit of stick figure drawings by Fred Carroll and Ebony Milling, also featuring  “The Art of Clean” by The Mattabesset Broom Club. There's more at

Tonight Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Extension in Middletown presents an evening of live jazz with Ian Woods. has more.

Manic Productions Presents a triple bill at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden this Sunday, featuring Dead Meadow, Lord Fowl, The Mountain Movers, and DJ Tim Daltrey.Visit

Sunday brings The Expendables Winter Blackout 2014 tour to Toads Place in New Haven. Stick Figure and Seedless are the opening acts. Sunday also brings The Bold And The Brutal Tour Presented By Gorilla Music to Toads. Find out more at

Tonight Wesleyan University's CFA invites you to enjoy an evening of classical and Romantic music in concert by 27-year old Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko, the Gold Medalist of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Also tonight and Saturday at 8pm, Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents: Margaret Jenkins Dance Companies 40th anniversary production: “Times Bones”, a play on the myth of Osiris. There will be a pre-performance talk by Wesleyan DanceLink Fellow Cynthia Tong tonight at 7:30pm in the CFA Hall. Sunday afternoon at 3pm, hear “This Is It!” The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce—Part II in Wesleyan’s Crowell Concert Hall. There is more online at

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

Real Art Ways in Hartford continues their run of Oscar-nominated live action and animated shorts through the end of February; Tonight Real Art Way opens a run of The Girls in the Band, which sheds long overdue light on the many unsung female jazz instrumentalists of the 1930s and 1940s. Visit
At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, they kick off a run of the 1942 classic film, Casablanca. And then, on Sunday they begin showing the classic, Rebel Without A Cause, featuring James Dean. 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 the Anthony Braxton Quartet, 8 Standards (Wesleyan) 2001, featuring Anthony Braxton, Kevin O'Neil, Andy Eulau, and Kevin Norton. The selection is Nuages and it's out on Barking Hoop Records.

The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at 

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