Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday's Jive 03-14-14

Good evening, it's Friday, March 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.

Tonight at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Hannah’s Field brings their unique “gypsy reggae” sound to the Buttonwood listening room. Saturday morning gets you started with quigong (chi kung), tai chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop.  At 7:30 pm on Saturday, Sean Clapis plays jazz guitar at the Buttonwood. Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm and all are welcome. Of course, you are also invited to help prepare the meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. This Sunday evening is the monthly Poetry potluck event at The Buttonwood Tree.   Details about all Buttonwood events are at

Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main St Extension in Middletown hosts The Alvin Carter project for a night of Jazz tonight. Saturday Scatz presents comedy and the Basically Blues Band.

The Annual Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition is on display in the Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery on the campus of Wesleyan University. The art show includes works from grades K through 12 and will be on display through this Sunday. Weekend hours are until 7pm this evening and 1 to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday.

And, the Wesleyan Potters Student Exhibit on South Main St. in Middleetown ends this Sunday. Hours are Saturday 10-4 and Sunday Noon-4, call 860-344-0039 for info and directions.

In New Haven at Café Nine beginning at 5, Lonesome Bill Calash plays a set. Then later at 9pm you can catch Run Jenny, an explosive, all-female, pop/alternative rock infused band. This week's Saturday afternoon jazz jam session is with Tony DioGuardi and friends. Saturday night, Manic Productions Presents: Xenia RubinosAn Historic, & Olive Tiger. Sunday afternoon brings a St. Patricks Day Parade Party featuring King Sickabilly & His Full Moon Boys to Café Nine for a 4pm show. Then at 8, it’s The Original Sunday Night Jam, with the Langley Project. Find out more at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight you'll find Paul Gabriel. Saturday, Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood return to the Black Eyed Sally’s stage. Details at

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 continues a run into next week and the new Romanian drama "Child’s Pose" opens tonight. has your details.

Tonight, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, begins a run of The Cohen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis. Sunday, Cinestudio begins a run of Afternoon of a Fawn: Tanaquil Le Clercq, a new documentary on the gifted dancer of the same name. Visit for details.

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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