Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday's Jive 04-11-14

Good afternoon, it's Friday, April 11th, 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.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight you can catch The Spampinato Brothers. Saturday night Avenue Groove makes for a night of R&B/Funk/Dance. Visit

Tonight down in New Haven, Monster Eats Pilot, Revolution,  I Love You, Hot Girl Roadkill, and All Riot take the Café Nine stage. Saturday, Café Nine’s weekly Jazz Jam session will be hosted by Gary Grippo and friends. Saturday night, you can catch a hip hop show featuring Duece Bug, Joey Batts and Them,  Eli Hazel,  Wednesday Atoms and more. Check out

Tonight at 8:00pm at the Buttonwood Tree on Main St in Middletown, you can catch the acoustic trio Ebin-Rose as well as Davey O, performing a night of American, Celtic and traditional folk music. Saturday morning at the Buttonwood there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, and community yoga. The Buttonwood’s Jazz concert originally scheduled for Saturday evening has been cancelled. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm; all are welcome and you are also invited to help prepare the meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. There's more at

You can catch Simon Riker’s senior recital, “Me Prometheus”  in Wesleyan's Beckham Hall tonight and Saturday night. You can also catch the stage production Vatzlav both nights in the CFA Theater. This panoramic political farce is a mash-up of 18th-century French philosophical tales like Voltaire’s “Candide” and the Marquis de Sade’s “Justine”. Saturday at 7pm in Wesleyan’s World Music Hall, you can catch the senior music recital: “Gratitude: Music by Jeff Berman.” Later Saturday night at 9pm you can catch another music recital by Molly Balsam, called “Unstuck in Time.” On Sunday, Jasmine Lovell-Smith presents her graduate music recital, "New Music for Large and Small Ensembles" in World Music Hall at 7pm. Details for all of these events are online at

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight you can catch WYBC’s Ante Fling 2014 featuring WET on the Toads Main stage while Afton presents a bill of local artists on the Lily pad stage. Sunday night, Blast-Master KRS ONE returns to Toads Place for a night of conscious hip hop. has more info.

Manic Productions presents Cloud Nothings and Riley Walker at the Space in Hamden Saturday night. Visit 

Poet and writer Kelly Groom, the James Merrill House Spring 2014 Writer-in-Residence, will present a reading at The Stonington Free Library on Sunday at 5 p.m. Groom is the author of "I Wore The Ocean In The Shape of a Girl: A Memoir" which has been selected by The New York Times Book Review and O Magazine. The library is at 20 High St., Stonington. A reception follows the reading and the event is free and open to the public. Visit or call the library, 860.535.0658.

This Saturday as part of WESU 75th anniversary celebrations, WESU Presents a Free concert featuring Canadian Rockers “Yamantaka Sonic Titan” at Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel on High St. The Concert is free and open to the public. For info look for our event details on facebook.

Shaped Note Singers meet every Sunday at 4pm at MAC650 Gallery on Main St. in Middletown and all are welcome to this singing activity organized by Neely Bruce. Call him at 860.343.3239 for details.

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

Real Art Ways in Hartford continues a run of "Particle Fever" and begins a run of "The Unknown Known" a documentary offering a portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War, who provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public.  Saturday RAW also offers a onetime showing of "Inequality for All", a powerful look at Robert Reich and his theories on the growing divide between America's rich and poor.  Over the weekend, Real Art Way’s continues to show New York International Children's Film Festival Animated Shorts. Go to to find out more.

Tonight and Saturday, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, continues a run of Gravity, Winner of seven Academy Awards this year. Saturday night is a special "Wild & Scenic Film Festival" presented by the CT chapter of the Sierra Club. Sunday begins a run of "The Wind Rises", Hayao Miyazaki's latest anime film. Learn more at


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.

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 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.

Then at 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.

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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