Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday's Jive 10-10-14

Good afternoon, it's Friday, October 10th, 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.

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown this evening, the BluesGrass duo performs blues, old jazz, folk and other music from American roots.  The Aligned With Source workshop, led by Annaita Ghandy, continues on Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme being “Keeping the Balance.”  Saturday night the Doug White Jazz Quintet takes the floor.  Sunday’s show includes Jake Huffman and Jeff Howard, original founding members of The McLovins, and songstress Krizta Moon. Visit

Wesleyan's Center for the Arts presents at 8p on Saturday, in Crowell Concert Hall, the Vijay Iyer (sounds like “VID-Jay ) Trio, with a pre-concert talk at 7:15.  Iyer is a Grammy-nominated composer, jazz pianist, and MacArthur Fellow.  On Sunday, “This is It!  The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part IV” will be presented in Crowell Concert Hall at 3 p.m.   Find complete information at

In New Haven at Café Nine at 5 today hear Sean Conlon, followed at 9 by The Candles, and Invisibleman. Saturday’s jazz jam is with Gary Grippo and Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by Ballroom Thieves, The Ghost of Paul Revere, and Little Ugly.  The Original Sunday Night Jam features the George Baker Band this week. Visit

Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight presents an Electro Glow Party, with EDM DJs.  On Sunday, Papadosio and Jimkata will take the stage. Visit

Manic Productions presents tonight at the Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, Polaris and Ovlov.  On Saturday, Alvvays and Team Spirit are performing at The Outer Space. View the complete schedule at

In Hartford tonight at 9, Blackeyed Sally’s brings you One Eyed Johnny & the Gravediggers. Saturday’s show features the Spampinato Brothers, who perform a variety of styles including rockabilly, jazz rock, Americana, folk rock, and more. And there is more at

Infinity Hall in Hartford tonight presents guitarist Richard Thompson with Special Guest Kerri Powers.  On Saturday, Grammy-award winning icon Herb Alpert performs with his wife, Lani Hall, to kick off their fall concert tour, “In the Mood,” at 8 p.m.  And on Sunday, the South African musicians and freedom fighters Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela perform music of the anti-apartheid movement at 7:30. Visit

At the Russell Library on Saturday at 2, the Anime/Manga club is sponsoring the Phoenix Performing Arts Program of Chinese Dance and Music, with traditional costumes and instruments. Details at

And across the CT River from Middletown, The Portland Fair takes place today through Sunday. Enjoy rides, food, exhibits, animals, truck and tractor pulls, music and much more. There's more at

Every Friday and Saturday at 6:30 in October at the Harriett Beecher Stowe House in Hartford, you can take part in “Spirits at Stowe: An Otherworldly Tour”. Join a flashlight tour in the dark and learn about unexplained events from past and present. Details are at

The Hartford HodgePodge street fair and festival continues through October 18 every Saturday from 11 to 4 at State House Square. Visit

This Saturday at 5 pm, the James Merrill House sponsors a free poetry reading featuring Merrill Fellow Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran and Former CT Poet Laureate Marilyn Nelson, reading from their work at Stonington Free Library with a reception to follow. More online at

Connecticut’s summer farmer’s markets are winding down but several are offering fall harvests. Check for the latest details.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Real Art Ways in Hartford begins a run of “Kelly and Cal,” a film about the relationship between a punk-rocker turned suburban mom and her 17-year-old neighbor, at 5:20p today.  Also opening tonight is “The Two Faces of January,” starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst in a thriller set in Greece and Istanbul involving an ex-pat American scam artist.  Both films run through the weekend. Visit 

And at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, tonight and Saturday they’re showing “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” starring Andy Serkis as a grown-up ape leading a simian community in the redwood forests of California. Sunday Cinestudio open a run of “The Conformist,” a restoration of Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1970 masterpiece about a philosophy professor who’s fear of being gay draws him into the murky world of Italian fascism. 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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