Friday, November 28, 2014

Friday's Jive 11-28-14

Good evening, it's Friday, November 28th, 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, tonight’s early show at 7:30 features cellist and singer Leyla McCalla, and at 10 you can catch the Late Show with Hank and Cupcakes, and Mission O. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session will be with Billy Cofrances at 4:30, followed at 9 by their Skansgivin’ Skaturday with The Hempsteadys, The Dialtones, and Llama T Ska. Sunday’s 3 p.m. Jam is with Stacy Phillips, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Cobalt Rhythm Kings. Visit

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s 9:00 show headlines Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez. Saturday night they bring you jazz with the Allegra Levy Band featuring Sean Clapis. Visit

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, this evening they bring Chris Webby and MarBar to the stage. Saturday’s 9pm show brings George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, along with Amy Lynn & The Gunshow. Visit

Tonight at 8 at Infinity Hall in Hartford, they’ve got "The Weight" performing the music of THE BAND. On Saturday, Max Creek takes the stage, offering electric rock jam starting at 8. On Sunday, they offer Ryan Montbleau and Band, with special guest Jesse Dee, for a 7:30 show. Visit

Tonight, the 29th Annual Holiday on Main Street festival begins in Middletown. The evening includes a tree lighting on the South Green at 6, the arrival of Santa by horse and carriage, the Middletown High School Marching Band performs, and the evening concludes with a tree lighting at Eli Cannon’s lighting at 8:15. Visit

Winterfest Hartford opens tonight and includes music, ice skating, and free photos with Santa. Visit

At The Buttonwood Tree here in Middletown, tonight at 8 you can hear the Omar Tamez Quartet play their unique blend of jazz and traditional Mexican music. On Saturday, the Buttonwood celebrates its new Steinway piano with a Musical Offering by Carolyn Halsted, playing Bach, Beethoven and more, at 7:30. Every Monday morning, the Hearing Voices Network meets at the Buttonwood at 10:30 a.m. "Beyond Visible," a meditative photographic exhibit by Emily Zeitlin and Scotty Giffen, continues through the week. Visit

And 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 beforehand, at First Church on Court Street in Middletown at 11:30am. You can learn more at

And tonight the Holiday Light Fantasia opens in Hartford at Goodwin Park. Visit

Beginning right now and continuing until 8p, there’s an opening reception for a show of the paintings of David Schulz at Middletown Framing, 502 Main St. Visit

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. Also continuing is Diplomacy, a French drama about Hitler’s plan to destroy Paris in WWII. Opening tonight is BFFS, a female buddy comedy about posers in a weekend couples retreat. All continue through the weekend. On Saturday they’re showing the Internet Cat Video Festival, for cat lovers of all ages. On Sunday at 2 there’s a one time event, Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey, with the award-winning show Mark Twain Tonight and a post-film discussion with director Scott Teems. Visit the newly redesigned

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, tonight through Sunday you can see "Boyhood," a film that follows a boy in his journey from childhood to adulthood. On Sunday they open Rome, Open City, a restored ultra high definition version of the 1945 classic about Italian resistance fighters being hunted by the Gestapo, which continues through next week. 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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