Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday's Jive 10-3-14

Good afternoon, it's Friday, October 3rd, 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, down in New Haven at Café Nine, Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge starts at 5, followed at 9 by Las Cafeteras, with Rick Reyes and Fernandito Ferrer. Saturday’s jazz jam will be with Mike Coppola and Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by The 3 Pack and The Manchurians. Sunday afternoon, the Vultures, Thee Icepicks and Tsunamibots perform at 3, followed at 8 by the Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod. Visit   

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, it's Lee-Ann Lovelace & G Tree tonight. Saturday, it’s Mike Law and the Playboys. Visit

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts hosts a number of events this week, tonight at 8 in the CFA Theater, the Builders Association presents Sontag: Reborn, the CT premiere of a synthesis of poetic video and sound about Susan Sontag. Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Russell House, the West End String Quartet performs works by Shostakovich and Mozart.
In co-operation with the American Guild of Organists, Wesleyan University presents Filippo Mariottini from Rome at the Higganum Congregational Church, 23 Parsonage Road in Higganum. Visit

Manic Productions presents Balance and Composure at The Heirloom Arts Theater in Danbury tonight.  Also Manic presents EMA and other bands at The Space in Hamden. Visit

At Toad’s Place, down in New Haven tonight it’s Cherub, with Ghost Beach and Gibbz. Visit

This evening, The Buttonwood Tree presents NYC-based performing artist Zach Maxwell with a blend of hypnotic-spiritual grooves and pop hooks. Saturday’s performance is by Turkish jazz guitarist/composer Sinan Bakir. Visit

This weekend brings the Powder Ridge Festival to Middlefield. This two-day family friendly event brings together more than a dozen regional and local bands, food, a beer and wine garden, and a Kid’s Zone! There will be a bounce house, face painting, jugglers, craft activities and foliage lift rides. Musical entertainment includes The Michael Cleary Band, The Bus, The McLovins, Shakedown, James and the Untold Riches and more. Details at    

This Saturday The Spiritualist Church of Love and Light presents a Fund Raising concert with Didgeridoo performer, Phil Shiva Jones from at 7pm at First Church of Christ, Congregational Church on Court Street in Middletown. Learn more at

On Saturday and Sunday, The Connecticut Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "The Gondoliers” at Valley Regional High School in Deep River. Visit

On Sunday, the Middletown County Historical Society’s 29th Annual Antique Car Show and Flea Market will feature a 1964 ½ Mustang , which was introduced to the public at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. This year’s event is at a new location, Palmer Field in Middletown. Car registration begins at 8:30 am and judging starts at 11:30 am with trophies awarded at 2:30 pm. In case of rain, the show will be held Sunday, October 12. The Middletown Sports Hall of Fame at Palmer Field will also be open to visitors beginning at 10 am.

Based in Middletown, Artists for World Peace presents its fourth annual Broadway fundraiser, this Sunday in NYC, featuring over one dozen Broadway performers who will sing, dance, and tell stories to help children all over the world. The evening will begin at 9:00 PM in Joe's Pub, and will be followed by a post-show party with the cast in The Public Theater's restaurant, The Library. This is a rare opportunity to see Broadway performers in an intimate club setting. Visit to learn more and reserve your place.

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

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

The Russell Library has partnered with Middlesex Community College and Wesleyan University to select and screen six acclaimed international films on Tuesday evenings through November 4. Visit

Real Art Ways in Hartford begins a run tonight of Richard Linklater's Boyhood.  Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, this groundbreaking story of growing is seen through the eyes of a child named Mason, who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. They also open a run of the film Wetlands, telling the story of 18-year-old Helen Memel, who, struggling with her parents’ divorce, spends her time experimenting and breaking one social taboo after another. Visit 

Tonight and Saturday Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, is also presenting the Richard Linklater film, Boyhood. Then Sunday begins a run of A Letter to Momo, a delicate hand-drawn film that will delight fans of anime, no matter their age. 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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