Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday's Jive, the 13th (of June)

Good evening, it's Friday, June 13th, but don't despair - 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 The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight at 8 you can catch Don White, a songwriter from Lynn, Massachusetts.  Saturday morning, starting at 7:45, the Buttonwood offers Qigong, tai chi, and community yoga.  At 2 p.m. The Buttonwood participates in Connecticut Open House Day, with an outdoor concert in the Rockabilly style performed by The Whiskey Rebels.   Also on Saturday, at 8 p.m., the Omar Tamez and Angelica Sanchez Duo performs, presenting combined improvisational and original compositions.  Sunday at 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree. You’re invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. The Buttonwood’s Monthly Poetry Potluck gathering will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday. 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. The Art Guild of Middletown features their 2014 members exhibition through Sunday, the 22nd at the Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery on the campus of Wesleyan Univ. daily from 1 to 4 pm. 

At the Russell Library in Middletown on Saturday there’s a book sale from 9-5, and at 3 p.m. international tap dance star Kazunori Kumagai performs, accompanied by Joe Fonda. Learn more at .

Down in New Haven starting now at Café Nine, you can catch an early show with Mountains of the Moon, followed at 9 by the 2nd annual Luau Cabaret, including burlesque, circus, and music performances. Saturday’s jazz jam is with Gary Grippo and Friends this week. Later Saturday night, Manic Productions presents Simone Felice, and Elison Jackson. Sunday’s Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 features The Langley Project. Check

Manic Productions presents, on Saturday at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, as well as The Primate Fiasco, and Frank Viele.  On Sunday, Manic presents Willie Nelson & Family at the Summer Concert Series at Simsbury Meadows, with Alison Kraus & Union Station, and Kacey Musgraves. Visit

Tonight at Toad’s Place in New Haven, you can catch Getter & AFK’s “Gnartillery Tour”. Learn more at

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

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.

The Strawberry Festival in East Hampton is Saturday kicking off with Free Yoga on The Green at 9:00AM; @ 10:00 am over 30 Different Vendors serving up all sorts to things; beginning at 11:30 am there will be music all day until 10 pm. w/Gatsby's Shipwreck entertaining between Bands. The lineup:
11:30 am "David Coffey & Sammy The Pirate"
1:00 pm "Seat of Our Pants"
2:30 pm "Parkers Tangent"
4:00 pm "Gigglejuice"
6:00 pm "Hannah's Field"
7:30 pm "Sympetalas"
8:00 pm "J. Cherry & The Strawberries"

Also Saturday, 9 am to 2 pm at the Durham Fair Grounds, the Vinal Tech High School Parent Faculty Friends Organization is sponsoring a Spring Car Show. Contact

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.

On Saturday the Green Street Arts Center in Middletown hosts an Open House, with an arts and crafts sale and music.  There will be door prizes, and the unveiling of the Green Street Mosaic Project, as well as the presentation of a new donor tree.  Information at 860-685-7871.

The Middletown Artists Co-op presents the Occom Woods Trio in concert at the MAC650 Gallery on Sunday at 7 p.m. Information at 860-347-0834. 

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford you can catch "Ida", a Polish film about a woman who, before taking final vows as a nun, discovers a family secret from the Nazi occupation. Tonight begins a run of “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago”.  This film follows pilgrims from all walks of life as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot.  Tonight only, there’s a post-film discussion with the director Lydia Smith and Annie O'Neil, one of the pilgrims featured in the film.  Information at

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, offers an encore of National Theatre Live’s “A Small Family Business,” a comedic exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier-award-winning playwright Alan McCracken on Sunday.  Tonight they begin a run of the high-definition restoration special director’s cut of Queen Margot, a French film about the queen married to Henri VI, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas.  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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