Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday's Jive Halloween (10-31-14)

Good evening, it's Halloween - Friday, October 31st, 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.

The weekend at Wesleyan University has a number of Senior Thesis performances and you can learn more at

In New Haven at Café Nine at 5 today, you can catch an early set with Mark Ferraro, followed at 9:30 by Zak G cd release/Halloween Party featuring Vinyl Cape, Sketch The Cataclysm, Jules Baxter, Apollo Suns, Zak G, Mister, Dj Mo Niklz, and Abnormal Area.  Saturday’s jazz jam will be with Mike Coppolla & Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by A Day Of The Dead Burlesque Cabaret with Robin Banks, Kitty Katastrophe, Dot Mitzvah, Circus Delecti, and Lipgloss Crisis.  Sunday evening you can join the Blues Boot Camp With Greg Sherrod. Learn more at

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, the Twiddle: Halloween Show features Mun and the Bobby Paltauf Band. Sunday night Toads presents Brothers Keeper with John Popper (of Blues Traveler). Visit

In Hartford at Black-eyed Sally’s, Ray Morant's Soul Tsunami takes the Sally’s stage tonight. Saturday night The Cedric Burnside Project takes the stage. Burnside is the grandson of the legendary late blues man R.L. Burnside. Visit

Tonight Manic Productions presents Ex Hex (feat. Mary Timony from Helium and Wild Flag), alongside Speedy Ortiz, Ovlov, and loom at The Space in Hamden. Saturday night they present AJR, Minor Soul, and The Go To at the Space. Details at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford tonight the legendary Los Lobos take the stage and Saturday classic rockers, America, make an appearance. Go to

Tonight “Spirits at Stowe:  An Otherworldly Tour” happens at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 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

At The Buttonwood Tree, here in Middletown, The Aligned With Source workshop, led by Annaita Ghandy, continues on Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme being “Your Life, Your Purpose, Your Story.”  Saturday night, vocalist Sissy Castrogiovanni with her group Intra Lu Munnu, offers a provocative blend of Sicilian / Mediterranean music and contemporary jazz. Go to to learn more. On Sunday’s Food Not Bombs serves food outside The Buttonwood Tree around 1pm. All are welcome to enjoy the meal and to help prepare it at First Church on Court Street in Middletown at 11:30am. Visit

CT-native Noah Preminger plays Saturday at the Side Door, 85 Lyme St, Old Lyme with his quartet featuring pianist Frank Kimbrough, bassist Ed Howard and drummer Billy Drummond. Sets at 8:30 and 10:00 p.m.

Spuyten Duyvil  (pronounced "SPITE-en DIE-vil") comes to Bridge Street Live! 41 Bridge St. in Collinsville tonight at 8pm. Opening is CRB Unplugged. 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

Friday Real Art Ways in Hartford begins runs of Expedition to the End of the World, an epic journey to North-East Greenland and much more than a travelogue directed by Daniel Dencik; and Listen Up Philip, about living a life that becomes the stuff of art directed by Alex Ross Perry. Visit

Through Saturday, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, continues with Magic in the Moonlight, written and directed by Woody Allen. Sunday begins a run of The Skeleton Twins featuring Kristen Wiig and Bill Haden and directed by Craig Johnson. 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

And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at anytime. Thanks for listening!

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