Friday, May 9, 2014

Friday's Jive 05-09-14

Good evening, it's Friday, May 9th, 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.

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At Wesleyan University tonight at 8 in World Music Hall, it’s Toneburst Electroextravaganza, with Wesleyan’s Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble, directed by Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen, performing works written by ensemble members.  More information about all these Wesleyan events can be found online at or by calling 860-685-3355.

Tonight at 8 at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, the duo Stefilia’s Stone plays piano and guitar. Saturday morning, it’s the usual offerings of quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, and community yoga. Then Saturday night at 8, Sissy Castrogiovanni, performs Intra Lu Munnu, Inside the World, a blend of  jazz, mediterranean and world musicd, with a touch of classical and african influences, blended into Sicilian lyrics, rhythms and old folk traditions. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm; all are welcome. Help prepare the meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street.  Don't forget to check out the shoreline artwork of WESU’s own Bill Revill, host of Acoustic Blender, on the walls of the Buttonwood throughout May. Find out more at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight at 9, it’s the award-winning Delta Generators. Then Saturday, it’s Joe Louis Walker, who was inducted last year into The Blues Hall of Fame. Sunday Blackeyed Sally's has a Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch featuring live music by the Mary Taylor Soul Band. There will be two seatings. Visit

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, Conagra presents Hunter Hayes, the 24-Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger, an effort to break the Guinness World Record for the Most Concerts Played in multiple cities in a 24-hour period. Also on tap are Dan & Shay. That’s followed at 9 by a night of electronic Dance Music. Saturday at Toad’s, it’s Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond; along with The Mushroom Cloud and The Remnants. Visit

Also in New Haven, tonight, at Café Nine, Ports of Spain, Surfing, and Spectral Fangs are playing. Saturday afternoon’s jazz jam session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. The Original Sunday Night Jam is with the George Baker Band. Find more at

Sunday, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, Manic Productions presents Sharon Van Etten and She Keeps Bees. Check out

Friday and Saturday, the Friends of the Russell Library host their monthly book sale. Details about all library events at

Fridays in Middletown, Argentine Tango is taught at the First Church, 190 Court St. The beginners’ session is at 7:30; the intermediates’ at 8:30 and at 9:30 there’s a tango social which includes snacks. Teacher Jorge “Gem” Duras has information at 203-543-8099.

Dave Downs hosts an open mic every Friday at The Nest, 129 Church St. in Middletown. As president and CEO of The Highly Unsuccessful Songwriters Association, he invites songwriters to bring their best and worst songs to perform, starting at 9 p.m. Details at 860-788-2736.

Tonight is an opportunity to experience the unveiling of the Jazz Samaritan Alliance in CT, who will help jazz composer, pianist, and educator Noah Baerman conclude his release tour for his recent CD, “Ripples”. The concept behind the Jazz Samaritan Alliance is to create and present socially conscious jazz. This event happens at Firehouse 12 in New Haven. Info and tickets at

ARTFARM's Fifth Shakespeare Slam and Elizabethan Birthday Bash will take place on Saturday, at 7 pm at the Community Health Center, on Main Street in Middletown. This year they’ll celebrate the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare. The SlamBash is ARTFARM's primary fund raising event for their Shakespeare in the Grove productions, which will take on King Lear this summer. More online at

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, opening tonight is the documentary “Finding Vivian Maier”. Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, she was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Also opening tonight is Mistaken for Strangers, hailed by filmmaker Michael Moore as one of the best documentaries about a band he’d ever seen. It’s described as a truly hilarious, unusual, and moving film about two brothers, Matt and Tom Berninger. Details at

Running through Saturday at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, is Le Week-end, a bittersweet love story that gets real about the ups and downs of longtime marriages. It’s described as “sad, sweet, dark, funny and possibly even redemptive.” Sunday brings Nymph()maniac, Vol. One, about a woman’s erotic adventures with the chilly intellectual who found her collapsed on a Parisian street. has 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.

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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