Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday's Jive 07-25-14

Good afternoon, it's Friday, July 25th, 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.

Tonight and again Saturday and Sunday evenings, Artfarm’s Shakespeare in the Grove series is back with a production of King Lear, starring John Basinger. Tonight there’s also a post-production “Talk Back” with the director and actors. Performances start with live music at 6 p.m. in the Grove at Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Rd, Middletown.  More at

Down in New Haven at Café Nine during happy hour this early evening, Useless Degree performs, followed at 9 by Elison Jackson, Pat Dalton, Clenn Thousand Blades and J. Screamin. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with the George Baker Band, followed at 9 by the Sarah Borges Band, with Jay Russel and Jim Aveni of The Wagon Riders. Sunday’s Bluegrass Jam is with Stacy Phillips, followed at 8 by The Morris Trent Band. Check out

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place tonight, it's Shakedown, playing The Dead and beyond, with String Band and Deep. Saturday at Toad’s, Afton Shows presents 2Face Entertainment, pi, E.T.A., and Tall, White with Ransom and Guests. That’s followed by Wake Up Productions’ presentation of a Summertime Party with Love Dollhouse and Jacob Latimore. On Sunday, The Winery Dogs take the Toad’s stage, with Charm City Devils. Go to

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight at 8, they are presenting a concert entitled Music is the Healing Force of the Universe, featuring improvisational sax, flutes and vocals. Saturday morning at 10:30, a holistic healing workshop is offered. At 8 pm Saturday, La Hot Jazz performs music from the Great American Songbook. Then Sunday, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree. All are welcome, and you’re also invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 a.m. Visit

Friday Manic Productions brings Midlake and Snake Oil to The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Visit

Connecticut’s summer farmer’s markets are in full gear, and are located: in Middletown on Tuesdays; in East Haddam and Old Saybrook on Wednesdays; in Clinton, Durham, and Middletown on Thursdays; in Higganum and Middletown on Fridays; in Ivoryton on Saturdays, and in Chester on Sundays. Go to

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Life Itself,” the Steven James documentary about  film critic Roger Ebert’s life, continues.  Late Saturday night's late show is “Venus in Fur.” This French film about a director auditioning women for a lead in his play is based on the Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives. "SnowPiercer" opens tonight, this is a futuristic action thriller about a perpetual motion train that travels the world in a post-apocalyptic setting. Learn more at

Hartford Parks’ free Movies After Dark series will present “Jaws” on Sunday at 6:30 p.m., in Riverside Park. Visit

And Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, begins a run tonight of “Ida,” a Polish film about an orphaned woman, ready to take final vows as a nun, who embarks on a trip to find out the truth about her dead parents. There's 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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