Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday's Jive 02-21-04

Good evening, it's Friday, February 21st, 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 at The Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown there will be a CD release party for the acoustic duo BluesGrass. Saturday morning brings qigong (chi kung), tai chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop.  At 8 p.m. Saturday, the Dan DeChellis trio plays original jazz compositions. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm and all are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street.  At 3 on Sunday afternoon, the 2014 CT Youth Poetry Slam Tryouts take place at The Buttonwood Tree. Contestants must be between 13 and 19 years old to compete to join the OneWordCT National Youth Poetry Slam Team. Details about all Buttonwood events are at

The Art Guild of Middletown invites you to take part in a workshop on Saturday, from 9 am to 3 pm at Middlefield Federated Church in Middlefield, CT. Master Sumi-E Artist and Printmaker Keiji Shinohara will lead a workshop in Sumi-E Art (The Art of Japanese Brush painting) and printmaking. Please contact Eva Dykas at or 860.508.4852.for details.

The Green Street Arts Center of Wesleyan University invites you to participate in their Greening Green Street Mosaic Project by taking a mosaic class taught by nationally known pebble mosaicist Debora Aldo. In the 4-hour Make+Leave Workshop you will learn how to make a black & white pebble mosaic that will become part of a permanent installation in the front Green Street garden – a space for youth education programs and community gathering. Workshop fees help us purchase materials for the AfterSchool portion of the Greening Green Street Mosaic Project. Call or email Green Street today at 860-685-7871 or to sign up.

In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, Jen Lowe and the Sensitive Dudes are appearing. Saturday, The Bob Margolis Blues Band & Friends perform at Black-eyed Sally’s.You can find out more at

In New Haven tonight the happy hour at Café Nine is with Victor Roland, followed at 9 by Atrina, Beasty, and New Turks. Saturday’s Jazz Jam session at 4:30 is with the George Baker Band, followed at 8 by Mission O and The Simple Pleasure. Sunday’s Bluegrass Jam at 4 is with Stacy Phillips, followed at 8 by the Original Sunday Night Jam with the Morris Trent Band. You'll learn more at

Winter White featuring DSK CHK, Tommy Two Times, and Joey Fedz are at Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight. Also tonight, Afton presents Keeping Company, Aye-Jay, Negative Three, Foxes in Sockses, Orice Jenkins, Cheem, MyOhMy!, Eli Cannon, and J-$wag General. Sunday, Toad’s Place, in association with Manic Productions, brings “Into It. Over It”, along with “The World is a Beautiful Place”,  “A Great Big Pile of Leaves”, “Old Gray”, and “Ovlov”. Visit

At 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday, back by popular demand after its sold-out January run, Circus in Wonderland will be performed at the Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington St. in Middletown. This fast-paced, 45-minute show is performed by the talented teens of Circophony, a collaboration between the Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater and Artfarm. Circus in Wonderland explores the magical world of Alice in Wonderland through the joy and spectacle of circus, with juggling, unicycling, clowning, and acrobatic feats. More information is available by emailing or by calling the Oddfellows Playhouse at (860) 347-6143.

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

At RealArtWays in Hartford, Oscar-nominated shorts programming – both live action and animated – continues through the end of the month. Also, tonight brings Best Offer, a mystery starring Geoffrey Rush. And Saturday brings a one-time showing of How to Die in Oregon, about physician-assisted suicide. has more detail.

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom continues through Saturday. Sunday, Visitors, by the director of the Koyaaniqatsi trilogy, with music by Philip Glass, opens for a three-day run. 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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