Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday's Jive 06-20-14

Good afternoon, it's Friday, June 20th, 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 8, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s performer/songwriter Hugh Moffatt offering music with international and multi-dimensional themes. Saturday morning, starting at 7:45, The Buttonwood offers Qigong, tai chi, and community yoga.  Saturday evening Omar Tamez & Angelica Sanchez Jazz Duo perform at The Buttonwood Tree.  Sunday at 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree.  All are welcome. You’re invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am.  More at

This week, The Buttonwood displays the artwork of Kathy Parrish Peterson.  Also, Michelle Podgorski’s exhibit, “Fragmented Landscape,” will be on view all month at the Green Street Arts Center, downtown Middletown. The Art Guild of Middletown offers their 2014 exhibition through Sunday at the Zilkha Gallery South Wing at Wesleyan University with hours from one to four p.m.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, they’re hosting the 15th annual Black-eyed and Bluesfest starting at 5 p.m. at the Bushnell Park Pavilion in downtown Hartford. Some of the hottest blues bands around will be performing. On Saturday they’re featuring blues guitarist Chris Ruest at 9 p.m. Visit 

Tonight in New Haven, at Café Nine, the Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour at 5 features Tom Hearn, and at 9 p.m. they offer True Blues, Someday Rumble, and Polluter.  Saturday’s jazz jam at 4:30 is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. Later Saturday night, Taco Hut presents Zanders, Not Blood Paint, Loom, and Branchwater at 9 p.m. On Sunday at 3 they’ve got The Return of Drink Deeply’s Summer Surf Series, featuring Ninth Wave, and The Vivisectors.. Sunday’s Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 features The Morris Trent Band. Details at

Tonight, down at Toad’s Place in New Haven, the Summer Jam 2014 starts at 7:30, featuring a variety of artists.  On Saturday at 8 their INTENSE! Series features The M Machine, Vaski, and others.  On Sunday at 7:45 they headline Tegan and Sara, with their Let’s Make Things Physical tour, along with other acts. Learn more at

The Middlesex Community College 10th Annual Arts and Media Festival continues at the Middletown Campus.  Information at 860-343-5806.

At First Church on Court St. in Middletown, Argentine Tango is taught on Fridays through June.  Beginners at 7:30; intermediate and advanced at 8:30; then a tango social at 9:30. Information by calling Gem at (203) 543 8099.

Also, every Friday, at 9 p.m., Dave Downs hosts a new weekly open mic and invites songwriters to perform at The Nest, located at 129 Church Street, Middletown. Info at 860.788.2736.
Jeff Halper, founder and Coordinating Director of the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions, will be speaking this weekend in Storrs and Old Lyme. He is sponsored by the Israel/Palestine Peace, Education and Action Group of Northeast Connecticut.  More information at 203-934-2761.

This Sunday, Riverwood Poetry, Inc., presents its annual Social Justice Poetry Reading at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, from 2-4 p.m.  This year's theme is “Alabanza:  In Praise of The Spirits That Move Us,” featuring Martin [Mar-teen] Espada, UMASS-Amherst professor who has been called the Latino poet of his generation. He is joined by poet and performance artist Ngoma [In-go-ma] Hill. has more.

Also on Sunday, the Greater Middletown Chorale has its annual gala event at the Wadsworth Mansion, starting at 4 p.m.  This year’s theme is The Roaring Twenties.  Learn more at, or 860-316-4854. 

Spring Bird Walks happen every Saturday at 8 a.m. at The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Rd in Madison.  The number to call is 203-245-9056.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, a run of “Next Goal Wins” begins, about the American Somoa soccer team that’s transformed from the world’s worst team into World Cup contenders by a Dutch coach.  On Friday and Saturday, the late show at 9:30 is "The Double", starring Jesse Eisenberg. On Saturday, Real Art Ways and Family Life Education celebrate the reopening of George Day Park with a block party from 1 to 4 p.m. that includes free art and music workshops for kids.  Information at

Friday through Sunday Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, is showing  “The Lunchbox,” a comedic love story about a widower nearing retirement in Mumbai who receives lunchboxes from a mysterious source.  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 6:30pm 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- which digs into learning about our habitat! For more info on this lively youth project visit

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.

The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at

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