Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday's Jive 08-01-14

Good afternoon, it's Friday, August 1st, 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.

Down in New Haven at Café Nine tonight highlights include Knife, and Miggs, along with other acts, at 9. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Mike Coppola and Friends, followed at 9 by Estrogen Highs, Civil Union, and Medication.  On Sunday, there’s Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod at 8. Visit

Tonight  at Toad’s Place in New Haven, there’s the Riders on the Storm Doors Tribute, with other acts. On Saturday a variety of loud rockers take the Toad’s stage for their showcase Summer Slamfest IV, starting at 7.  Acts include Blacklist, Goat Herder, Mind Over Master, Paragon, The Rips, Runamuk, and the Middletown connected band, Stikpin. Go to

Going on now until 11 at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford they’ve got the annual Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival. Details at   

At Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, tonight at 9 they offer Tas Cru, a blues performer who’s been dubbed the “Master of Triple Entendre.” On Saturday, also at 9, Easy Baby, finalists in both the 2012 and 2013 Connecticut and Boston Blues Society Blues Challenges, takes the stage. They have more at

Tonight, at Bar in New Haven, Manic Productions presents Bob Log III, The Pork Torta, and Rusty Things. Their website is

Tonight at 8 at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, you can catch the Yabuno Ettun Project, a jazz collaboration between Japanese pianist Haruko Yabuno and Israeli double bass player Enud Ettun. On Saturday at 7 it’s Charter Oak Bluegrass, offering an evening of traditional acoustic bluegrass.  Then on Sunday at 7, the Great Make Believe Society hosts First Sundays with the GMBS Improv troupe, offering improv comedy. Visit

And beginning at 5pm today, the Middletown Commission for the Arts Kids Arts program wraps things up for 2014 with the presentation of the 26th annual Oddfellow’s Playhouse Children’s Circus performance: Circus Saves the Day, at Middletown's Macdonough School, 66 Spring St., Middletown. Additional support comes from the Middlesex United Way. Visit

Dave Downs makes his monthly stop at Brewbakers this Sunday at 10 in the morning.  Find out more by calling 860.788.2736.

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 for a complete statewide listing.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Snowpiercer,” a futuristic action thriller about a perpetual motion train that travels the world in a post-apocalyptic setting, continues. Tonight through next Wednesday they have “A Coffee in Berlin,” a German film about the twists and turns encountered by a solitary observer drifting through the streets of Berlin.  On Saturday at 2 there’s a one-time screening of “Tiny: A Story About Living Small,” about people who downsize their lives into houses smaller than the average parking space.  There’s a post-film discussion with tiny house builders Louise and Shawn Gleason, as well as Katie Jackson, administrator of Tiny House Connecticut.  There’s also a gallery reception Saturday at 6 to celebrate the exhibits “Real/Unreal,” “Extraction,” and “Collision Repair.” Visit

 Hartford Parks’ free Movies After Dark series will present “The Karate Kid” on Sunday at 6:30 p.m., in Goodwin Park. Learn more at

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, opens a run of the restored 1967 film “Accident,” a psychological thriller by Harold Pinter, starring Dirk Bogarde as an Oxford Don whose involvement with one of his students ends in a fatal outcome.  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.

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

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