Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday's Jive 11-14-14

Good evening, it's Friday, November 14th, 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 and through the weekend here in Middletown, the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan presents their production of the Tony Award-winning “In The Heights, ” a musical about New York’s Washington Heights at the Center for the Arts Theater.  Visit for all the details.

At the Russell Library in Middletown, on Saturday at 2, the internationally acclaimed Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet performs in the Hubbard Room. Look for details at

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight at 5 you can catch an early set with Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne, followed at 9 by J. Robbins, Johan Matranga, and others. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session will be with Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by the Record Release Show headlining Joe Fletcher, along with Proud Flesh, and Finn. Sunday’s 4:00 event is Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Langley Project at 8. Learn more at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight’s 9:00 show headlines the blues performer Victor Wainwright. Saturday’s offering is the Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase, featuring regional and national Blues Harmonica talent.  Visit

Suday, Manic Productions presents You Won’t, and Golden Bloom, performing at The Outer Space in Hamden at 8:30. Visit

At Infinity Hall Hartford tonight, iconic folk musician Arlo Guthrie takes the stage at 8 p.m. On Sunday, the legendary jazz innovators Spyro Gyra perform at 7:30, marking their milestone 40th anniversary year. Check out

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight’s show headlines Mimosa, along with Dr. Jeep and GIG i.c., while in Lilly’s Pad they present a variety of performers for a 6:30 event.  Sunday’s 9:00 show is their 2014 Reggae Extravaganza featuring Ft. Wayne Wonder, and others. Go to

At The Buttonwood Tree, here in Middletown, tonight the Ebin-Rose Trio with Ravens in the Wood takes the stage at 8 p.m.  The  “Aligned With Source” workshop, led by Annaita Ghandy, continues on Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme being “Your Health in Your Hands.” On Saturday at 7 they’re opening a photographic exhibit by Emily Zeitlin and Scotty Giffen.  There’s an artist’s reception that includes a meditative experience with healing music. Visit  
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. You can learn more at:

On Friday, Middlesex Community College presents a free concert at 7 featuring the Canadian folk band Ritchie Parrish Ritchie (RPR) at Chapman Hall.  Details at

The Al Fenton Big Band presents an evening of swing music at the Mattabesett Canoe Club on Harbor Drive in Middletown beginning at 8 p.m. Call 860.347.9999 or visit for details. This event supersedes their weekly Saturday Salsa Night.

This Sunday, WESU’s Mind Matters host Dr. Helen Evrard will be at the Astrological Society of Connecticut’s New Age Fair in Wethersfield with her book, “Positive Matters: Words, Quotations, and Stories to Heal and Inspire,” and Positive Pulls. Learn more at

The "Journey Writer's" Workshop at Sweet Harmony Café on Main St. in Middletown takes place on Sunday from 1 to 3pm featuring writers, playwrights, poets, singers and actors showcasing their distinctive talents. Call 860.344.9646 or visit

And the Shaped Note Singers meet at 650 Main St. (mac650) in Middletown on Sunday from 4 to 6pm. All are welcome. Contact Neely ( or 860.343.3239) for further information.

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

 At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Last Days in Vietnam,” Rory Kennedy’s documentary about the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, continues through Sunday. Tonight they start a run of “Citizen Four,” Laura Poitras’ documentary of the events of the Edward Snowden security leak. It runs through Sunday. Visit

Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, continues their 2014 EROS Film Festival tonight with a 7 p.m. screening of “Boy Meets Girl,” followed at 9 by “Eat With Me.”   Saturday’s 3 p.m. film is the documentary “Out In The Night,” followed by “Appropriate Behavior” at 7, and “I Feel Like Disco” at 9.  The series closes on Sunday at 3 with the documentary “Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine.”  Sunday night they begin a run of “Pride,” a film about a group of gay activists who support striking mineworkers in England in 1984. Check

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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