Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday's Jive 06-27-14

Good afternoon, it's Friday, June 27th, 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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Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight at 9 they have Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers, with a new blues sound they’re calling “Charles River Delta Blues.” On Saturday at 9 Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood return to Sally’s, with their mix of blues, rock, funk, and soul. Visit  

Tonight down in New Haven, Café Nine the Happy Hour at 5 features Victor Roland, and at 9 p.m. they offer Jesse Mailin’s Full Band, Don DiLego, and The Backyard Committee.  Saturday’s jazz jam at 4:30 is with the George Baker Band. Later Saturday night, they’ve got Five in the Chamber, and Brother Stanley.  On Sunday at 4 they’re presenting a Bluegrass Jam with Stacy Phillips, followed by the Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 with The Cobalt Rhythm Kings. Visit

Also down in New Haven at Toad’s Place, on Saturday you can catch The White Panda. Go to

Manic Productions on Saturday at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden, presents Mother Falcom, Goodnight Blue Moon, and The Family Crest. Check out

At First Church on Court St. in Middletown Argentine Tango is taught on Fridays – For more information call Gem at (203) 543 8099.

Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown,  there’s a CD Release Celebration for singer songwriter Frank Critelli & Friends, presenting their 13th album.  Saturday morning, starting at 7:45, the Buttonwood offers Qigong, tai chi, and community yoga.  Saturday evening brings the musical universe of Beppe Gambetta, an Italian composer and performer who plays and sings his personal mosaic of sounds. Sunday at 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food outside The Buttonwood Tree for any and all. You’re invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. There's always more at

In some of our local galleries this week, The Buttonwood displays the artwork of Kathy Parrish Peterson.  Also, Michelle Podgorski’s exhibit, “Fragmented Landscape,” is on view all month at the Green Street Arts Center. And the Middlesex Community College 10th Annual Arts and Media Festival continues at the Middletown Campus.  Information at 860-343-5806.

The Jonah Center for Earth and Art is sponsoring River Paddle, a crowd performance art event, this Saturday at Harbor Park in Middletown.  Canoe and kayak paddlers of all ages are needed for the event.  For information, call 860-398-3371.

The Middletown Symphonic Band performs on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Riverfront Recapture in East Hartford.  More at

And every Friday, at 9 p.m., Dave Downs hosts a weekly open mic and invites songwriters to perform at The Nest, located at 129 Church Street, Middletown. Info at 860.788.2736.

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, beginning tonight they’re showing “Citizen Koch,” an exposé that follows the money behind the rise of the Tea Party.  There’s a post-film discussion tonight with AFL-CIO of Greater Hartford President Peggy Buchanan, and others.  “Citizen Koch” continues on Saturday.  Also on Saturday, at 6 p.m. there’s a one time showing of “Before Stonewall,” commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.  There will be an after-screening discussion with Executive Producer John Scargliotti and True Colors. Visit 

This weekend at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, they're showig “Fed Up,” a documentary that investigates corporate interests in the food industry. This film was co-produced by Katie Couric and Laurie David. 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 6:30pm 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.

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