Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday's Jive 10-24-14

Good evening, it's Friday, October 24th, 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 right now Robert Obie is performing, followed at 9 by Akua Naru and Dooly-O. Saturday’s jazz jam at 4 is with the George Baker Band, with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Ian McLagan taking the stage at 9:30.  Sunday’s 4 p.m. Bluegrass Jam is with Stacy Phillips, and the Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 features The Morris Trent Band. Visit

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight Shakedown plays the Dead & beyond, with Deep and The Remnants opening that show. Visit

Saturday morning at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it's the Aligned With Source workshop, led by Annaita Ghandy at 10:30, with this week’s theme being “Transmutation & Transformation.” Saturday’s big event celebrates 25 years and John Basinger, Buttonwood’s Board President Emeritus, and the musicians, poets, and artists who support the center.  It starts at 7 with a V.I.P Meet and Greet on the Rooftop garden of the Community Health Center on Main St. in Middletown.  That’s followed at 9 by a special presentation by the National Theatre of the Deaf, along with music and food at both the Mac 650 Art Gallery and The Buttonwood Tree.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime event and includes surprise artists. Visit

In Hartford tonight, at Blackeyed Sally’s beginning at 9, there’s a Connecticut Blues Society Fundraiser Party, with the Balkun Brothers, who will represent CT at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Saturday’s show headlines the Michael Cleary Band, in their 21st year of presenting original groove/funk/rock. Visit

At Infinity Hall in Hartford tonight at 8 it's Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. On Saturday at 8 it’s Grammy Award-winner Mary Chapin Carpenter, with Special Guest Tift Merritt.  Sunday The Marshall Tucker Band takes the stage at 7:30. Go to

Manic Productions tonight presents Transit, Such Gold, and more at the Space in Hamden beginning at 7.  On Saturday, they bring The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die to The Space, along with other performers. Visit

Tonight Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents a Yiddish Dance Extravaganza at 157 Church St in Middletown at 5:30, featuring klezmer music and dancing.  A panel discussion, “To Not Forget Crimea:  Uncertain Quiet of Indigenous Crimean Tatars, is scheduled at 6:00pm tonight in Wesleyan’s Beckham Hall. That’s followed at 8pm by the premier of an associated dance performance in Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel. Also tonight David McBride of the Hartt School in Hartford performs “Sonatas and Interludes: Keyboard Music by Cage, Scarlatti, and MacBride,” at Crowell Concert Hall at 8.  On Saturday, the Wesleyan University Orchestra presents a Symphony à la Carte at 8, also at Crowell Concert Hall, presenting movements from several large-scale symphonic works. Find information about all CFA events at

Real Art Ways in Hartford presents Improvisations, curated by musicians Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes, who welcome a different guest each month for a collective improvised performance. This month's guest on Sunday at 3pm is Bryan Carrott on vibraphone. Visit

Every Friday and Saturday in October, “Spirits at Stowe:  An Otherworldly Tour” happens at 6:30 at the Harriett Beecher Stowe House in Hartford.  Join them for a flashlight tour in the dark and learn about unexplained events from past and present. Visit

On Saturday, the Art Guild of Middletown invites you to a charcoal portraiture workshop by award-winning local painter Jack Montmeat, from 9 to 3 at the First Federated Church in Middlefield. Learn more at

On Saturday at 6, Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford holds their one-night-only Haunted History Lantern Tour. Reservations are required, visit

The 13th annual Money Conference for Women happens this Saturday at the Connecticut Convention Center. Visit

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
The Russell Library, Middlesex Community College, and Wesleyan University have partnered to show acclaimed international films on Tuesday evenings through November 4. Learn more at

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the French thriller “The Blue Room” continues through Oct. 30th. The film “20,000 Days on Earth: A Documentary about Nick Cave” will be shown tonight and Saturday. And the documentary Pump, that tells the story of America's addiction to oil, begins a run tonight through Tuesday. Visit

Through Saturday, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, continues their run of the latest Marvel blockbuster, Guardian’s of the Galaxy. 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 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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