Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday's Jive 05-16-04


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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Tonight at The Buttonwood Tree, here in Middletown, there’s a CD Release Party for Cricket Tell the Weather, an indie string band with bluegrass-inspired original music. Saturday morning, beginning at 7:45, it’s the usual offerings of quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, and community yoga. Saturday night at 8, you can catch Ricky Alfonso, a trumpeter and mainstay on the East Coast jazz scene, playing compositions with elements of blues and swing. 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. Throughout May, The Buttonwood Tree is showing the paintings and photographs of WESU’s own, host of Acoustic Blender, Bill Revill in the exhibit “Down by the Sea”. More at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight at 8:30, it’s the afrobeat sounds of The Superpowers. Saturday at 9 they offer singer/songwriter and guitarist John Fries and the Elements, highlighting Blues and Roots Rock and Roll. More details at

Tonight, at Cafe Nine in New Haven, Peelander-Z, Guerilla Toss, and The Hymans are on. Saturday afternoon’s jazz jam session will be hosted by Garry Grippo & Friends at 4:30, and Saturday night there’s a Bluegrass Supergroup event with The Deadly Gentlemen and Goodnight Blue Moon. Sunday they’ll have Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School at 3:30, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam featuring The Langley Brothers Band at 8 p.m. has more.

Tonight Manic Productions presents Brick + Mortar, Yuppy Flu, and Branchwater at The Outer Space in Hamden. On Sunday, at the Ballroom at the Outer Space, they offer Geographer and Hooray for Earth at 8 p.m. Visit

At Oddfellow’s Playhouse in Middletown tonight and Saturday, the Elementary Repertory Company presents “For Feet’s Sake”, a take on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid by Krista Knight under the direction of Kristen Palmer. More at

Every Friday, Dave Downs hosts an open mic at The Nest, 129 Church St. in Middletown, starting at 9 p.m. Details at 860-788-2736. 

Friday night Gregory Glover and special guests take the stage at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main St Extension in Middletown. An author’s luncheon and Southern Style Tea is happening this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Scatz and Sez Zion appears on Sunday. Call 860-685-0348, or visit

The 7th Annual Thank The Lake Day in East Hampton is at Sears Park from 1-4PM. with Joseph FireCrow, gigglejuice, and J-Cherry and the Strawberries, yoga, food vendors and information on healing our water supply. 

Also on Saturday, Middlesex Hospital’s Vocal Chords choral group will present its annual spring concert at Portland High School, 95 High St. This year’s performance includes ballads, Broadway hits, classic pop and selections from the Great American Songbook. Call 850-342-3120, or visit

Continuing in the Wesleyan Potters Gallery shop on S. Main St. in Middletown, this week, you can catch “Black and White: a Member’s Show.” Check

At Wesleyan University, ongoing art exhibitions include Silent Faces/Ahgkor, a multidimensional exhibition by Mary Heebner at the Freeman Center. Hyperrealist drawings by Julia Randall are found in the “Oral Exhibitions” collection shown at the Davison Art Center. And the Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of 2014’s thesis students of Art and Art History. More information about all these shows can be found at or by calling 860-685-3355

The Middletown Commission for the Arts is now accepting applications for the summer Kids Arts enrichment program featuring the Children’s Circus for ages 8 through 14. Call the City Arts Office, 860-638-4510, or visit 

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight through Sunday they’re showing For a Woman, a French film about a woman examining her parents’ lives through old photographs and letters. On Saturday at 8 is Speak Up, an evening of live true stories with a common theme. Details at

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, continues its week-long run of Nymphomaniac, Volumes One and Two, about a woman’s erotic adventures with the chilly intellectual who found her collapsed on a Parisian street. On Sunday at 7:30 they open the newly-restored 1952 classic, Orson Welles’ Othello. 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 CafĂ©
 with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy CaffĂ© 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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