Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday's Jive 03-07-14

Good evening, it's Friday, March 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

Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.

Tonight The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown brings Marci Geller and Stefilia’s Stone to their performance room. Saturday morning brings quigong (chi kung), tai chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop.  At 7:30pm Saturday, Joe Fonda presents the Ninth Annual Composers and Improvisers Festival featuring the Claire Daly Duo, the Charlie Kohlhase Explorers, and the Michael Musillami Trio. 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.  Details about all Buttonwood events can be found at

It's DanceMasters Weekend at Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts. Master classes take place Saturday and Sunday and the weekend conclude with a showcase performance at 8pm in the CFA Hall featuring Souleymane Badolo, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Ronald K. Brown/Evidence. Find out more at
Also, Saturday marks the return of the annual Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition with an opening reception at 5pm in the Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery on the campus. The art show includes works from grades K through 12 and will be on display through March 16.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, it’s the West End Blend Record Release Show. Saturday at Sally’s, it’s Gracie Curran & the High Falutin' Band. Details at

Also in Hartford, at Sully’s Pub tonight, it’s Shag Frezy. More can be found at

Down in New Haven at Café Nine beginning at 5p, it’s the ARTS ON9 Photo Exhibit Opening, with special musical guests the Furors! The photo exhibit focuses on the early years of punk in NYC and New Haven. Tonight at the  Nine, it’s Sarah Borges, and Girls, Guns, and Glory. Saturday afternoon’s jazz jam session is with Gary Grippo and Friends. Saturday night, it’s The Black Hollies, Trummors, and The Mountain Movers. Sunday afternoon brings Liz Wood to Café Nine. Then at 8, it’s The Original Sunday Night Jam, with the George Baker Band. Details at
Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Twiddle takes the stage tonight, along with Mun, and Eggy. Saturday, it’s the Blackout Party, with Psylar, MIX MASTER DJ SCIENCE, Zip, Xander, Diatonic, and HighLife. Sunday brings the 19th annual Amity Teen Center Benefit to Toad’s, with Set Sail at Sunrise, Those Guys, Bepo and the Like 12 Experience, Henry Sidle, Keegan Jay, Speed, Attack Memphis, Limitless, and The Foresters. Details at

Saturday night Joe Flood celebrates the release of 2 new CDs in a show called “Busker Stories, Blues and Brassens” at Lyric Hall on Whalley Ave. in New Haven.  Joe will be joined on stage by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Skip Ward, and Special Guests Danny Fitzgerald and the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band. Go to for info.

At the Russell Library in Middletown on Saturday at 2, the Atwater-Donnelly Duo and sibling band, The Millers, perform traditional American and Celtic folk music and percussive dance. On Sunday at 2 at the library, Durham resident Cindi Pietryzk will lead an illustrated program called Off the Beaten Path, about her exploration of Connecticut. The Friends of the Library book sale will run through Sunday. Visit for more information.

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

At RealArtWays in Hartford, The Great Beauty, winner of the Oscar for best foreign film ccontinues a run. Opening tonight is: Like Father, Like Son, about the repercussions of two babies being switched at birth. has your details.

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, Dallas Buyers Club, which won Matthew McConaughey the Oscar for best actor, is showing through Saturday. Sunday begins a run of the 1963 Italian classic Il Sorpasso.

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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