Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday's Jive 12-19-14


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.

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight the Jolly Beggars bring the rich tradition of Celtic folk music and storytelling. Saturday morning at 10:30, Annaita Gandhy hosts here weekly Aligned with Source workshop. Saturday night at 8, La Hot Jazz performs tunes from the Great American Songbook at The Buttonwood. 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 in Middletown at 11:30am. Later, from 3 to 5 Sunday evening, renowned jazz pianists, composers and educators Jen Allen and Noah Baerman bring their new group, Trio 149, featuring Jen on piano, Noah on synthesizer, and Jonathan Barber on drums, to The Buttonwood. This performance celebrates the recent publication of Sitting In: Jazz Piano, a new instructional book co-authored by Jen and Noah. Details about all events are at  

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, you can catch Ceschi and Anonymous Inc; Political Animals; and Tommy V.; among others. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 features the George Baker Band, followed at 9 by Rude Boy George, The Clams and Someone You Can Xray. The Original Sunday Night Jam is with The Langley Project. Visit

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight it’s night one of Kung Fu & Friends, presenting Steely Dan’s “The Royal Scam,” with Steely Dan members Jon Herington and Bernard Purdie. Also performing will be Consider the Source and Gubbulidis, featuring Mihali & Zdenek of Twiddle. And in Lilly's Pad, it’s the Joyful Giving Holiday Soiree, featuring Paris, Cary Liptak, Ricky Alan Draughn, and Kyle Serniak. Your ticket to the show includes a donation to ConnCan, an educational advocacy group, plus holiday themed treats. Cocktail attire is requested. Saturday brings night two of Kung Fu & Friends to Toad’s, with Twiddle and Cosmic Dust Bunnies. Visit for more.

At Infinity Hall Hartford, tonight it’s Judy Collins, who will also perform at Infinity Hall’s Norfolk venue on Saturday. Saturday’s Hartford performance is by Albert Cummings. Sunday brings Jen Lowe and the Super Sensitive Dude-A-Palooza to the Hall in Hartford. Details about all shows at

Also in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight it's a Phish tribute with 7 Below. Saturday, The Curl Daddys, a California-styled surf band, recreate a time of hot rods, bikinis and fun in the sun. Visit

Manic Productions presents: tonight at The Space in Hamden, We Are the In Crowd with Nick Santino of A Rocket to the Moon. Also tonight they present The Slackers, with Mephiskapheles and Jesse Wagner (of the Aggrolites) for a night of Ska at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Sunday, Anthony Raneri (of Bayside), along with Wolves at Bay, performs at The Space. Details at

This evening at 7 and on Saturday at noon and 4, ArtFarm’s Circophony brings Circus on the High Seas to the Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown. In this display of teen talent, sailors are clowns, pirates dance on stilts, an octopus juggles, sea creatures dive through hoops and the mermaids are contortionists. Details at

Saturday brings the final opportunity to enjoy Middletown’s Holiday on Main Street - featuring a variety of entertainment ranging from free horse and carriage rides to Santa Claus - something for everyone. Details at

Saturday night in East Hampton at Higher Ground Coffee House and Gallery it's giggle juice! The show starts at 8PM.

On Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., the "Journey Writer's Workshop," a talented group of writers, playwrights, poets, singers and actors showcase their gifts at Sweet Harmony Café & Bakery, 330 Main St., Middletown. Visit

Also on Sunday, at 5, the Greater Middletown Chorale, backed by the New Haven Symphony, performs Handel’s Messiah at the MHS Performing Arts Center, 200 LaRosa Lane, Middletown. Details at

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Tonight Real Art Ways in Hartford begins a run of Awake: The Life of Yogananda, an unconventional biography of  an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Saturday and Sunday bring a showing of The Tale of Princess Kaguya, in which a mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. Learn more at

Tonight Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, continues their alternative holiday tradition - the run of Samsara – Sanskrit for the everturning wheel of life. It’s a non-verbal visual experience celebrating the diversity and inter-connectedness of life on Earth, shot in 100 locations and 25 countries. Sunday afternoon’s screening at 12:55 is of a live performance by the Bolshoi Ballet of The Nutcracker. That’s followed at 4 and 7:30 by It’s a Wonderful Life, running through Christmas Eve. Details are 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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