Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday's Jive 7-11-14

Good afternoon, it's Friday, July 11th, 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.

WESU is proud to present our Doo Wop Extravaganza at the Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School this Saturday, July 12 at 8 p.m. It’s headlined by The Tokens, who recorded the mega hit “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”  There’s also The Super Girls Group, with five amazing female singers from hit-making groups of the 50’s and 60’s, making for a night to remember with world-class entertainment. For tickets and info call the Wesleyan Box office at 860-685-3355 or visit This is a fundraising event for WESU with an emphasis on FUN!

The Middletown Symphonic Band performs at The Village at South Farms, 645 Saybrook Rd, Middletown, at 6:30 p.m. Their summer schedule is  at

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Russell Writers meets on Saturday morning at 9:30. Go to to see their full schedule.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight they bring in the B. Willie Smith Band at 9. On Saturday at 8 they’ve got the three acts of Connecticonn Entertainment, including Art the “Adult” Hypnotist, the Glum Puppet Band, and Zach Anderson. Go to

In New Haven tonight you can catch Ports of Spain, Hannibal Montana, and Dance Charlatan at Café Nine. On Saturday the weekly Jazz Jam will be hosted by Gary Grippo and Friends at 4:30, followed by the 9 p.m. show with M.T. Bearington, and Snake Oil.  Sunday’s 4:30 show headliners are Michael William Charles, and High Times For Low Lifes. Learn more at

Manic Productions brings several other acts to our area this week. On Saturday, at the Ballroom at Outer Space in Hamden, they present King Buzzo (of Melvins), Mary Halvorson, and Emma Ruth Rundle.  On Sunday, at the Space, also in Hamden, there’s DIIV, Lodro, and Regal Degal. Their website is

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight at 8 they feature the Eight Mile River Band, offering traditional and modern interpretations of bluegrass.  On Saturday, there’s an Art Reception featuring the glassware of Alex Ortiz at 4 p.m., followed at 8 that evening by the CD Release Party for WESU’s own J-Cherry and the Strawberries. Sunday at 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree. All are welcome to share in the meal and also, at 11:30 am to prepare it at First Church on court St. More at

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents Camille A Brown and Dancers at 8 p.m. tonight at CFA Hall. Visit

Hartford’s Riverfront Recapture presents its annual Riverfest on Saturday at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford, and Great River Park, East Hartford.  The event ends with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. has more.

Connecticut’s summer farmer’s markets are in full gear: 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. Visit

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

Hartford Parks’ free Movies After Dark series will present “Whip It,” on Friday at 6:30 p.m., in Bushnell Park. Visit

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, beginning tonight is “Sol LeWitt,” a film about the contemporary American conceptual artist.  The opening event includes a post-film discussion with Lary Bloom, the authorized biographer of DeWitt.  “The Dance of Reality” also starts its run tonight.  This is a Chilean autobiographical film about the surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky. Check out

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, opens the run of “Palo Alto,” starring James Franco and Emma Roberts.  Gia Coppola directs this film about a high school soccer coach in Northern California.  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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