Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday's Jive 04-25-14

Good evening, it's Friday, April 25th, 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 and Saturday night at 7 pm and also at 2 pm you can catch the Spring Faculty Dance project "Threshold Sites: Feast", an view of life through the lens of food at the Cross St. Dance Studio. The Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Adjunct Professor of Music Jay Hoggard ’76, and the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jazz Ensemble Coach Noah Baerman kick off the 13th Annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend in Crowell Concert Hall at 8 pm and on Saturday at 8, the Oliver Lake Big Band performs there. Additionally, the Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Piano Recital takes place in Memorial Chapel on Saturday at 2 pm. In addition, on Sunday there are 2 graduate recitals taking place: Nathan Friedman at 3pm and Sean Sonderegger at 7pm in Crowell Concert Hall. The Chinese Music Ensemble performs in World Music Hall at 8pm. Details are online at

Dave Downs hosts an Open Mic every Friday beginning at 9pm at The Nest, 129 Church St, Middletown. Call 860.788.2736.

On Saturday, visit the Russell Library for Aaron Krerowicz's multimedia presentation "The Beatles' Alter Ego, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" at 1 p.m. Visit or call(860) 347-2528

The Vintage Players marks its 20th anniversary with the award winning play, "Dancing at Lughnasa," tonight through Sunday at 7pm at the Green St. Arts Center in Middletown.  This play is a semi-autobiographical reminiscence of the impact of change on the lives of five sisters and their family in a rural Irish community during the summer of 1936, written by Brian Friel.  

Tonight at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown present singer/songwriters Hugh Birdsall and Arlene Wow showcasing acoustic versions of their original songs with violinist Dana Takaki. Saturday morning at the Buttonwood there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, and community yoga. Saturday evening at 8 p.m. enjoy Jussi Reijonen:Un, a group of musicians blending American and Scandanavian jazz with the folk music of the Middle East and Africa. 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.   More at

Up in Hartford, tonight Blackeyed Sally’s presents the Truck Stop Troubadours, with classic sounds of country music.  Round out the week on Saturday night with Boston-based vocalist and harmonica player Diane Blue. Visit

Tonight down in New Haven, at Café Nine Monster Eats Pilot, Revolution, I Love You, Hot Girl Roadkill, and All Riot take the 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. Visit

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place tonight you can catch Max Creek on the stage.   On Saturday night stop in to "The Original Saturday Night College Dance Party." Sunday night features "The Both" with Aimee Mann & Ted Leo. Visit

Saturday Manic Productions presents Andrea Gibson and Jesse Thomas at The Space, Also on Saturday, Neil Hamburger, Major Entertainer Mike H, and Dan Rice perform at The Ballroom. has details.

The Hartford Public Library presents Emery Austin Smith in it's Baby Grand Jazz series this Saturday, at 3 p.m. Visit

Don't forget the Meriden Daffodil Festival this Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm both days. There will be plenty of activities and WESU's Homegrown specialist, Rob DeRosa plays a significant role in the making of this annual festival.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Beginning at 5:15 pm this afternoon Real Art Ways in Hartford begins a run of "Nymphomaniac Volume I" and "Nymphomaniac Volume II", about the memories of a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who's taken into the home of an old bachelor, directed by Lars von Trier. Learn more at

Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford is showing Disney's "Frozen," winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Picture and Best Original Song, through Saturday. Sunday brings "The Last of the Unjust," a shortened version of "Shoah", which is Claude Lanzmann's 9.5 hour documentary on the Holocaust.  Details are 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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