Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday's Jive 08-15-14

Good afternoon, it's Friday, August 15th, 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 at Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, at 9pm they’ve got the Blu Union trio featuring Felicia’s Vibe, with the vocal talent of Felicia Renee March. Saturday’s 9 p.m. show opens with John Fries, and is followed by blues harmonica with Brandon Santini. Go to

Beginning at 5pm in New Haven at Cafe' Nine Stephany Brown plays an early show, followed at 9 by jazz with the Kris Jensen Quintet. Saturday afternoon’s weekly jazz jam session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by Walt Wilkins, and Chris Berardo and the Desberardos.  Sunday at 8, the original Sunday Night Jam features The Langley Project. Visit

In New Haven, at Toad’s Place tonight, Shakedown plays The Dead and beyond, and shares the bill with The Backyard Committee and The Mushroom Cloud. Visit

Manic Productions presents tonight, at The Space in Hamden, Titus Andronicus, Liquor Store, and Wicked Kind. Visit

Also tonight, at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge in Middletown, Outa the Boxx performs at 8:30. Saturday brings Sez Zion to the stage. Check in at And that’s scatz with a z.

The Buttonwood Tree has been closed for renovations, but reopens on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with the Aligned with Source workshop - the topic is “In Tune with Nature – Accepting Her Gifts.” On Sunday, there's a Poetry Potluck beginning at 4. Visit them at

This Saturday brings the 3rd annual Trinidad style Caribbean Carnival to Harbor Park in Middletown from 1-9pm featuring steel drumming bands plus performances by Baba Shanta, Patch, Yankee Boy, Taplree, Lava Rebel and more.  For info, call Michael Charles at 860-818-0678.

The Riverfront Dragon Boat and Asian Festival happens this Saturday and Sunday at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  More at

The Dry Dock in Wallingford, an alcohol and drug free venue, presents The Joey Sexton Band live, this Saturday at 8.  They’re celebrating the upcoming release of their new CD, THESE HORSES!   For more information call 203-626-5560. This event is sponsored in part by WESU.

WESU’s own Dr. Helen Evrard, host of “Mind Matters,” will be at the Astrological Society of Connecticut’s New Age Fair this Sunday from 10-4 at the Keeney Memorial Center, 200 Main St., Wethersfield.  She’ll have copies of her book “Positive Matters:  Words, Quotations, and Stories to Heal and Inspire.”  Information at 860-538-6241

Connecticut’s summer farmer’s markets are in full bloom, 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. has complete details.

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

The Classic urban take on The Wizard of Oz (starring a young Michael Jackson, Dianna Ross, and many more popular pop artists), The Wiz, will be presented this Friday at Keney Park in Hartford, as part of their Free Movies After Dark series. Visit

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, a run of “Siddharth” begins tonight - a contemporary Indian film about a twelve year old boy who, after leaving home to find work, is discovered to have been abducted by possible child traffickers. It continues through Sunday.  Also continuing through the weekend, they bring back the 50th anniversary release of the 1964 Beatles’ classic, “A Hard Day’s Night”. Visit

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, tonight begins the Masterpieces of Polish Cinema series, with a different film each day, chosen by filmmaker Martin Scorsese.  Tonight’s offering is “The Saragossa Manuscript,” followed by “Ashes and Diamonds” on Saturday, with two films offered on Sunday:  “Blind Chance,” and “Mother Joan of the Angels.” Go to


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 CafĂ©
 with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy CaffĂ© 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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