Friday, April 4, 2014

04/04/14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Friday, April 4th -  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! 

Tonight here in Middletown tonight, you can catch a free stage production of Circophony’s Circus in Wonderland at Middlesex Community College at 7pm. Under the Direction of Dic Wheeler, this production is a fast paced circus performance that brings based on the tale of Alice in Wonderland featuring performers 12-18 years old. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Find details and register online at    
Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown, you have a rare chance to experience a live performance by Danny Fitzgerald and the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band, a street busking band that has entertained audiences across the globe. The group also features CT based musician, Joe Flood and offers romping versions of classic Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey style early blues. Saturday morning’s Quigong (chee gung), tai chi, and community yoga to classes have been cancelled for this week.. Saturday afternoon, there’ll be an artist’s reception for Sheila Margaret Mullen’s exhibit, “Structured Chaos: Assemblage Collage.” Then Saturday night at 8, it’s rockabilly time with The Whiskey Rebels. 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.  Sunday evening at 7, it’s the Great Make Believe Improv. Details about all Buttonwood events can be found at

Here in Middletown tonight at 7:30 as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2pm, Oddfellows Playhouse Jr. Rep company presents “Buccaneers,” about young Enid Arabella who longs for adventure and escape from her family’s poverty. She runs away and is captured by a pirate king and his crew of kidnapped children. More info at
Tonight at Wesleyan there will be two senior recitals. The first, at 7, is by musician Tennessee Mowrey. Titled “Actualizing Time,” happens at Crowell Concert Hall. The second music recital, by Noah Rush, is titled “Shoestrings,” at 9 p.m. at The Memorial Chapel. Tomorrow/Saturday at 7 p.m. brings “Highway Alive: A Concept Album,” a recital by senior Lindsay Schapiro, to Wesleyan’s World Music Hall. More info about these events can be found at the

Also in Middletown on tonight, at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, on Main St. Ext., Out the Box performs. On Saturday, it’s MD111. ... And Sunday brings Ol’ School Soulful Sundays. And that’s scatz with a z.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight at 9pm, Neal & the Vipers take the stage. Tomorrow/ Saturday at 9 brings the Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase to the Blackeyed Sally’s, featuring four premier harmonica virtuosos, backed by the jump blues trio The Eric Ducoff Band. Details at

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight brings the CT Rollergirls Fundraiser featuring Chaser Eight, Bragging Rights, Nasty Disaster and Rusty Things. Saturday’s weekly jazz jam session at 4:30 is with The Morris Trent Band, followed at 9 by the New Haven Record Release for “Frost,” with Daphne Lee Martin, Elison Jackson, and Amy McCarley. Sunday’s Blues Boot Camp at 8 is with Greg Sherrod. Details at

Tomorrow/Saturday morning at 10am at the Russell Library, Judith Margolin, former executive with the Foundation Center in NYC, will present a workshop offering advice and resources for the individual grant seeker..  A light lunch will be provided, and there will be time for networking afterward as well as a hands on course in Microsoft excel. Register by calling the library at 860 347 2520. More info about all programs can be found at

On Saturday, SWAN DAY CT will once again be joining a world-wide celebration of women artists as part of the 7th international "Support Women Artists Now Day" (SWAN Day). It will be a day to raise visibility and raise funds for women artists of all kinds – a powerful new way to put the spotlight on women’s cultural contributions during the final weekend of Women’s History Month. Organized by Jen Hill, this year's event features over 25 acts including music/art/film/and dance at Illusions Nightculb on Rt 69 in Wolcott Ct.  you can find all the details on their Facebook event page Swan Day CT”

Tomorrow/ Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., the Greater Middletown Concert Association brings the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra to the MHS Performing Arts Center, 200 LaRosa Lane, Middletown, to perform “Ellis Island: The Dream of America,” a multimedia production with live narration by actors, and images from the Ellis Island archives. More info at

Sunday brings the Davison’s Big Draw to from 1-4pm. This is a community celebration of drawing in all its forms, offering workshops for people of all ages and skill sets and happens at  happens at Wesleyan’s Davison Art Center on High St inMiddletown. Details at

Now for a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:  Real Art Ways in Hartford begins a run of “Particle Fever”.  The film follows six scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet. Then Saturday and Sunday, it’s the New York International Children's Film Festival Animated's Shorts. . Check out the full line-up at

This weekend Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, concludes their April in Paris festival of French and Francophone films. Tonight you can catch Barbarella. Saturday’s matinee is City of Lost Children, followed at 8 by Mars et Avril.  Sunday, there’s an encore presentation of Alphaville. Visit  for the complete schedule.

Now, Here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming here on WESU Middletown.

From 6-6:30 It’s Blackout with With DJ Smooth Child and DJ Rock, who invite you to figure out what city they’ve blacked out in this week!1

at 6:30 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 at 8pm, 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 you are invited 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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