Friday, March 21, 2014

03-21-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s, Friday March 21st and this is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown 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 weeknights and weekends.   I'm Ben Michael – Thanks for joining us.

Here's a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this weekend.

Tickets go on sale this week for a Hunger Awareness Banquet, sponsored by the ECO Club at Coginchaug Regional High School. The event will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students with i.d. Tickets are available in advance by calling 860-759-0085.

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown, John Pray & Dan Pelletier take the Buttonwood stage, performing original compositions.

Saturday morning brings qui gong (chi kung), yoga and an empowerment workshop to the Buttonwood.

Then on Saturday evening at 7:30, it’s a One Book One Middletown Event, featuring the Zydeco music of the Bayou Brethren, and Author Rita Leganski, who wrote The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow.

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. On Sunday evening the father daughter duo Brian and Sophia LaBlanc perform Neil Diamond songs.  Details about all Buttonwood events at

Also in Middletown tonight, at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, 139 Main St. Ext., Sez Zion performs. On Saturday, it’s Rahsaan Langley. And Sunday brings Ol’ School Soulful And that’s scatz with a z.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight at 9, the Lustre Kings make for a night of rock and roll. The Beehive Queen, Christine Ohlman & he band Rebel Montez return to the Sally’s stage Saturday for a night of rock and soul.

Down in New Haven, at Café NineGo Kat Go presents The Di Maggio Connection, with The Clams.  Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam session is with the George Baker Band, followed by the rescheduled All I’ve Got is a Photograph. Then Sunday at Café Nine, the original Sunday night jam is with The Morris Trent Band. Details can be found at

Tomorrow morning at Middletown’s Russell Library, 123 Broad St., members of the Connecticut Irish-American Historical Society invite you to learn how to research your Irish family history.  They will focus on starting family research and learning to use available Irish records, including online documents.  The program benefits beginners and seasoned genealogists alike.  Although this workshop is free, registration is requested.  You can find more details or reserve your place by calling the library’s Information Department at 860-347-2528, or go to .

Also in Middletown, on Saturday evening from 5 to 7, the second annual Passionate Waters art show will celebrate World Water Day at the MAC650 Gallery on Main Street. The event will feature a water-themed art exhibit, presentations by local legislators and water activists, music and dance performances and a water blessing ceremony. Appetizers, wine and spring water will be served, and proceeds from the $10 ticket will benefit the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s 18th annual Source to Sea Cleanup. More information can be found You can also learn more at or by contacting Jacqueline Talbot at

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

Opening tonight in Hartford, at Real Art Ways is the “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me”, a documentary using rare archival footage and cinema verite to chronicle the life of the 87-year-old Broadway legend. There will be a skype Q & A session following the 7pm screening.  oscar WINNER: 2014 Best foreign language film, The Great Beauty is being held over through the weekend. has details.

Running through Saturday at Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford,  it’s "Her", the Spike Jonze film in which Joaquin Phoenix falls for the voice of his phone’s operating system, played by Scarlett Johansson. Opening Sunday is the Belgian film Broken Circle Breakdown, in which a woman’s idyllic life in the countryside is disrupted by her daughter’s for details.

Right after the Jive At Five until 6:30 its Chocolate Cake with DJ Rob. Fo an hour long musical sugar high. Spotlighting Power-pop plus Brit-pop and singer/songwriters from the 60's to today.


From 6:30 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.

At 10pm its Bassment Beats with DJ Lokash - Celebrating its 10th year of bringing you the latest in aboveground & underground hip-hop mixed live. at 10:30 DJ Lokash switches it up for his New World Show with for The best in Global Bass mixed live.
At 11pm we switch formats again to bring you
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.

At Midnight until 2am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

a 2am 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.

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.

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