Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday's Jive 12-5-14

Good evening, it's Friday, December 5th, 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.

At The Buttonwood Tree, here in Middletown, tonight at 8 you can catch the acoustic duo Moonshine Holler, who bring you traditional American music and flatfoot dancing. On Saturday morning at 10:30, the Aligned with Source Workshop, hosted by Annaita Gandhy resumes, with this week’s theme being “Ownership:  What, Who & How much do you Own?” On Saturday night, the jazz duo of Uri Shaham and Mark Kaplan take the Buttonwood stage.  On Sunday at 3, there’s a recital by the students of The Hartt School of Music featuring compositions for guitar and harp. Sunday night at 7 there’s the Great Make Believe Improv Show, with comedy fit for the family. Every Monday morning, the Hearing Voices Network meets at the Buttonwood at 10:30 a.m. Visit 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. You can learn more at:

Down in New Haven, Café Nine brings Gary Heriot to their stage for an early show at 5 this evening, followed at 9 by a Proto Punk show including Estrogen Highs, and Stark Raving Lulu. The weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session will be with Mike Coppola and Friends. Later at 9pm, Lydia Lunch and Weasle Weasle Walker headline a show with Elisa Ambrogio, and Whore Paint opening.  On Sunday at 3 Kath Bloom headlines, followed by the Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod at 8. Visit

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight’s 9pm show headlines blues performer Popa Chubby. On Saturday they bring you Southern New England blues favorite Easy Baby at 9. Visit

At Wesleyan's Center For the Arts this weekend the Senior Capstone Project presents Jean Claude van Italie’s “The Serpent” by Sivan Battat tonight and Saturday at the Patricelli Theater. Also tonight and Saturday, student choreographers present their Winter Dance Concert at CFA Theater.  Tonight at 9, visiting Professor David Berhman hosts the graduate music student concert “All” Means “Necessary”  in World Music Hall. And on Sunday in Crowell Concert Hall, choreographer Iddi Saaka presents the West African Dance Concert at 2 p.m. Visit

Manic Productions brings the Manchester Orchestra and Chris Staples to the Center Church on the Green in New Haven at 7:30pm Sunday. Visit

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight's offering is Tusk, the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band. Saturday’s headliner is the alternative rock band Sister Hazel with special guest Shayna Leigh. And Sunday, the New England Jazz Ensemble performs Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker” and other holiday favorites at 1:30pm. Visit 

Saturday, the Russell Library in Middletown offers the third Writing Workshop hosted by author Steve Liskow, with this month’s theme being “I’ve Got a First Draft:  Now What?” Learn more at

In New Haven, Toad’s Place tonight presents Zach Deputy for a 9pm show. Visit for their full schedule.

The Friends of the Davison Art Center at Wesleyan host their Holiday Open House this evening from 5 to 8pm at the Davison Art Center located in the Alsop House, 301 High St. in Middletown. Details at

The Middletown Symphonic Band performs its holiday concert at Westbrook High School in Westbrook at 7 p.m. tonight. Visit

Holiday on Main Street 2014 continues in Middletown this Saturday morning, starting at 9am. Learn about all the activities being offered at

The annual Christmas “Holly Fair” at First Church on Church St., Middletown takes place Saturday beginning at 9:30am. Enjoy baked goods, crafts and lunch. 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; as well as “Diplomacy,” a French drama about Hitler’s plan to destroy Paris in WWII continue through Sunday. Tonight starts a run of “Pelican Dreams,” Emmy-Award-winner Judy Irving’s documentary that follows a California brown pelican from an arrest on the Golden Gate Bridge to care at a rehabilitation facility.  Also opening is “Force Majeure,” a Cannes Jury Prize-winning psychodrama about a Swedish family on vacation in the French Alps.   Both continue through Dec 11. Visit for all their activities.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, the run of “Dear White People,” about a black student on a mostly white Ivy League campus who produces shows about stereotypes, continues through Saturday. On Sunday there’s a one-time showing of the Bolshoi Ballet’s “La Bayadère” in ultra-high def at 12:55.  And on Sunday “The Green Prince” opens - a documentary following the friendship between a Hamas sympathizer and a member of the Israeli security service.


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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