Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday's Jive 11-21-14

Good evening, it's Friday, November 21st, 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 Wesleyan's Center For The Arts presents at 9 in Memorial Chapel, “The Slot,” when the MIDI system of the concert organ goes live on the Web!  On Saturday at 6, the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble presents “Classical Music of Central Java” in the World Music Hall.  And at 8, the University Orchestra and Choir present their symphonic repertoire at Crowell Concert Hall.  On Sunday at 7, the three East Asian ensembles, including the Chinese Music Ensemble, the Korean Drumming Ensemble, and the Taiko Drumming Ensemble, present “Music from East Asia” at Crowell Concert Hall. And on Monday at 4:15, the Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan series continues with an artist talk by Egyptian artist Ghada Amer, who will discuss female figures on canvas.

At The Buttonwood Tree, here in Middletown, on Friday at 7 the Jocelyn Pleasant Quartet performs “Medusa,” featuring her signature percussion talents.  The  “Aligned With Source” workshop, led by Annaita Ghandy, continues on Saturday morning at 10:30, with this week’s theme being “Gratitude.”  On Saturday, the gypsy reggae duo HannaH’s Field and Secret Sage take the stage for a Positive Acoustic Night.  Every Monday morning, the Hearing Voices Network meets at the Buttonwood at 10:30 a.m. Learn more at
On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside The Buttonwood Tree around 1pm. All are welcome to enjoy the meal and to help prepare it beforehand at First Church on Court Street at 11:30am. You can learn more at

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine tonight at 5 you can catch an early set with Victor Roland, followed at 8 by the Full Blast Productions presentation of Hip Hop Haven 3 featuring over 15 MCs from the area. Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session will be hosted by the George Baker Band then later at 9pm The Wagon Riders and DJ Dave Coon take the stage.  On Sunday’s at noon Café nine presents the Ball and Socket Arts Fundraiser, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Morris Trent Band at 8. Details at

Also in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight, they headline Shakedown, bringing you The Dead and Beyond, Carbonated Insight, and Solistic. On Saturday at 9:30 there’s the Bright Night 8 Electric Glow Party. On Sunday Jacob Whitesides and others take the stage for an early show at 2, with VIP Packages available. Find more at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s 9:00 show headlines studio drummer Yonrico Scott. Saturday’s featured artist is Louisiana songwriter/guitarist Tommy Malone at 8. Check out

Tonight Manic Productions presents in The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden The Budos Band, and Electric Citizen. Saturday’s Ballroom offering is The Primate Fiasco, along with Elephant Wrecking Ball, and Yojimbo, for an 8:30 show.  On Sunday, the Ballroom stage will feature Moon Hooch, Out of the Beardspace, and Back from Earth at 8:30. Visit

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight, Dave Davies, original founding member of “The Kinks,” takes the stage at 8.  On Saturday it's the Del McCoury Band, with his bluegrass/country offerings. Visit

Realto Café on Rapallo Ave in Middletown, presents “Caribbean Night” on Saturday with the band “Caribbean Planet” featuring T-Forbes and Patrick Burke (lead Singer of the band “Cool Runnings”) with a special guest appearance by Sophia Brown and Music by DJ Tippy Don. More info at 860-995-5094

At the Stonington Free Library this Saturday, Merrill Fellow Adam Wilson reads from his work at 6 p.m.  He’s a National Jewish Book Award finalist and winner of The Terry Southern Prize.  A reception follows. Learn more at

There’s a one-woman pastel show featuring the work of Janine Janaki this Saturday from 11-5 at deKoven House, 27 Washington St., here in Middletown. Details at

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Citizenfour,” Laura Poitras’ documentary of the events of the Edward Snowden security leak, continues through next Wednesday. This evening they start a run of “Diplomacy,” a French drama about Hitler’s plan to destroy Paris in WWII. Visit

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, Cinestudio begins a run of  “My Old Lady,” a comedy starring Maggie Smith and Kevin Kline about a playwright moving in with an English tutor in Paris.  It runs through Saturday.  On Sunday you can see the Bolshoi Ballet’s performance of “The Pharoah’s Daughter” at 12:55.  They open a run of “The Blue Room,” a French crime drama based on the novel by Georges Simenon on Sunday, which continues through next week. Go to

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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