Friday, June 6, 2014

Friday's Jive 06-06-14

Good evening, it's Friday, June 6th, 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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Tonight at The Buttonwood Tree, here in Middletown at 8 p.m., sacred-song preserver Peia will perform originals and traditional folk music from across the globe, accompanied by guitarist Sean Frenette and percussionist Tom Monaghan. Saturday morning, starting at 7:45, the Buttonwood offers Qigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, community yoga and an empowerment workshop. Also on Saturday, at 8 p.m., Jim Matus— a composer, bandleader, arranger, guitarist, teacher and studio engineer — who specializes in progressive world fusion and improvisational music, performs. Sunday at 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree.  Anyone is welcome. You’re invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. More at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s it’s the rockin’ bar band Mixed Signals tonight.  On Saturday, The Mighty Soul Drivers celebrate the release of their debut CD 'Qualified!'. has more info.

Tonight, down at Toad’s Place in New Haven, Shakedown plays The Dead and Beyond, with Blessed & Gifted and Off the Dome. Visit

Also in New Haven, tonight at, at Café Nine, Friday’s Happy Hour features Dan Greene (of Mountain Movers). That’s followed at 9 by Manic Production’s presentation of Nat Baldwin (of Dirty Projectors), with Celestial Shore and Throw Vision. Saturday’s jazz jam at 4:30 is with Mike Coppola and Friends. That’s followed at 9 by a benefit for Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital featuring Losers Sometimes Win, Blastmat, and Death Prayers, with DJ Bill Beckett. Sunday’s Original Sunday Night Jam is with the George Baker Band. Check

Every Tuesday in June, WESU’s own DJ Lord Lewis presents The Rumpus Room on the Waterfront, playing vinyl sets of the best in contemporary and vintage heavy funk, soul, afrobeat, rare groove and more. That’s at the Canoe Club, 80 Harbor Drive, in Middletown and it starts at 6pm!

Manic Productions present Saturday at the Ballroom at the Outer Space Lissie and The Sea, The Sea. Also Saturday, at The Space in Hamden, it’s Saintseneca, Crying, Memory Map and 10,000 Blades. Visit

Argentine Tango is taught in Middletown on Fridays through June by a teacher who studied with Forever Tango performers, at the First Church on Court St.: beginners at 7:30; intermediate and advanced at 8:30 then a tango social is at 9:30. For information-call Gem at (203) 543 8099.

Every Friday, at 9 p.m., Dave Downs, president and CEO of The Highly Unsuccessful Songwriters Association (HUSA), invites songwriters to bring their worst songs to perform at The Nest, at 129 Church Street, Middletown. Info at 860.788.2736.

On Saturday, the Art Guild of Middletown hosts the opening reception of its 2014 exhibit, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Zilkha Gallery South, at Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown. The exhibit runs through June 22.  Eva Dykas has more information at

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, a run of Sundance shorts begins. Additionally a run of Ida begins - Poland, 1962. Anna, an eighteen-year-old novitiate nun is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. To find times, go to

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford,  the 27th Connecticut LGBT Film Festival ends tonight, then the cinema is closed for maintenance until Thursday, June 12th. Visit

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:30pm 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.

Coming in at 6:30 it's a half-hour with Earth Out Loud/Youth Radio- 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 10:30pm, 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.

Then at 10:30pm 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.

At Midnight until 4am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

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.

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