Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday's Jive 09-19-14

Good afternoon, it's Friday, September 19th, 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 The Buttonwood Tree here in Middletown, Indian Summer performs at 7, with easy listening jazz and pop.  Saturday morning at 10:30 they continue the Aligned with Source workshop with Annaita Gandhy, and this week’s theme is “Our World – Our Family.”  Saturday at 8 they have New Age piano with Dan Kennedy, and on Sunday there’s Poetry Potluck at 4 p.m.  Eric Kuhn’s photography exhibit, “Quintessential New England:  A Day in the Life,” continues though the month. Visit

At Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, tonight at 8:45 they’ve got Shaka & the Soul Shakers, offering Swamp Soul. On Saturday at 9, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood takes the stage, offering blues, rock, funk, and soul. has more.

At Cafe' Nine in New Haven tonight it's The Bernie Worrell Orchestra, along with Jen Durkin and the Business, at 9. Saturday afternoon’s weekly jazz jam session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by The Weeks, and Laundry Day.  On Sunday at 4 there’s Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School, with The Original Sunday Night Jam following at 8 p.m., featuring The Langley Project. Go to

Infinity Hall’s new Hartford venue has New Riders of the Purple Sage with special guest Kerri Powers tonight, and on Saturday there’s Deer Tick, with special guest Oh, Cassius!  Sunday’s 7:30 show brings Chick Corea & The Vigil, with acoustic and electric classics. has the details.

At Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge in Middletown tonight they have Sez Zion on the stage at 8, with a first-time performance by SHOWTIME on Saturday night. Visit

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place tonight Shakedown plays The Dead & beyond, with open performances by Off the Dome, and Back From Earth.  In Lilly’s Pad, they’ve got Positive ID, Goat Herder, Zavier, and more for a 6:30 show. has the full lineups.

The Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan features a landscape paintings exhibit of Tula Telfair. The exhibit runs through December 7.  Also at the CFA Theater tonight, the dance ensemble LeeSaar The Company will perform Princess Crocodile at 8 p.m.

WESU is a sponsor of "Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan", a yearlong exploration presented by Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts to expand awareness, knowledge, and understanding of Muslim cultures through the lens of performance.
This Saturday, the Planet Hip Hop Festival, curated by Nomadic Wax, will feature three afternoon workshops and evening performances by international  Muslim women in hip hop, including London's spoken-word duo Poetic Pilgrimage, the U.S. debut of Montreal-based Algerian singer-songwriter and rapper Meryem Saci as a solo artist, and the New England debut of Washington, D.C.-based and Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, poet, and emcee Maimouna Youssef a.k.a. Mumu Fresh as a solo artist.  For more information call 860-685-3355 or visit

On Saturday at 2pm, Anthony Riccio will speak on his book “Farms, Factories and Families:  Italian American Women of Connecticut.” at the library. Learn more at

The Hartford Public Library has offerings to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.  Bomba & Plena workshops and presentations occur all week.  On Saturday at 1 p.m. the Damian Curtis Trio performs jazz outdoors at the downtown branch. The exhibit “Family Traits,” by Peruvian artist Isabel Acosta, continues through the month at the Artwalk gallery downtown. has more.

Connecticut Heritage Productions of Middletown presents “Equus” through Saturday at Oddfellows Playhouse. All the details are at

Every Friday, at 9 p.m., Dave Downs hosts a weekly open mic and invites songwriters to perform at The Nest, located at 129 Church Street, Middletown.  Info at 860.788.2736.

The Guilford Agricultural Fair happens this weekend, Friday through Sunday.  Enjoy rides, a llama show, tractor pull, food and more. Visit

The Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program sponsors the Connecticut Cycling Festival this Saturday and Sunday in Hartford, and includes trials, tours, training, freestyle shows, and more.  Find locations and start times at

Hartford’s Envisionfest festival takes place this Saturday in Hartford from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and includes art, theater, music, biking and more.  Their two open-air markets include Hartford HodgePodge and State of Makers Marketplace. Go to to learn more.

Connecticut’s farmer’s markets are offering their fall harvest to you, full details including locations are at:

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight the run of “God Help the Girl” opens; it’s a story of musicians spending a dream-like summer together in Glasgow, Scotland.  On Saturday they open “The One I Love,” about a couple on a weekend romantic getaway that turns surreal. As part of the Feminist Film Festival, there’s a one-time showing at 3 on Saturday of “Strong,” a documentary about Olympic weightlifter Cheryl Haworth.  And Saturday night at 7, there’s the monthly Improvisations event, featuring legendary British saxophonist Evan Parker. Visit

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, this evening through Sunday you can see “Magic in the Moonlight,” Woody Allen’s film starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone.  On Saturday they open “The Dance of Reality", a film by Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, about a copper-mining town high above Santiago.  There’s a matinee of National Theatre Live’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” this Sunday. Visit

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6pm 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 it's a half-hour with (1,3,5) Argus News Radio on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of the month with campus and Middletown news, from our microphones to your ears and on the 2nd and 4th Fridays it's Ear-Candy with DJ Sick Nelden
where you hear the newest in Indie Rock, through the lens of pop and the absurd.
Then from 6:30 to 7pm listen to the Middletown Youth Radio Project - A weekly radio program featuring the thoughts, voices, creativity and talent of the kids in the WESU neighborhood.

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 10pm, 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 10pm 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 3am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

At 3, it's Bassment Beats with DJ LOKASH, celebrating its 10th year of bringing you the latest in aboveground & underground hip-hop mixed live; followed by his New World Show, with the best in Global Bass mixed live til 4. Baila coño!

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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