Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday's Jive 01-23-15

Good evening, it's Friday, January 23rd, 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 in Middletown tonight at 7, Bobtown – a Folk-Americana group - commandeers their performance space.  On Saturday at 4 there’s an Art Reception with Andrew Wallach to celebrate his artpiece “Evolution of the Revolution.”  At 8 on Saturday, there’s a “Where’s Warren?” 50th birthday solo concert with Hartford’s own Warren Byrd. Sunday at 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food in front of the Buttonwood. You may help prepare the vegetarian meal at 11:30 at First Church on Court Street. Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. Get full details at

In New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine, beginning at 5, the Weekly Wind-down Happy Hour features Byl Cote, followed by the 9:00 show featuring Sasquatch & The Sick-A-Billys, along with Lushlife.  Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with the George Baker Band, followed by the January Jam at 9 with Rizzo’s Dilemma and Low Key. The Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 this week features the Morris Trent Band. Get the complete daily lineups at

In Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, it’s the Spiritual Rez reggae funk dance experience with Frank Viele at 9. On Saturday they’ve got Neal Vitullo & the Vipers.  Find more at

At the Russell Library in Middletown on Saturday at 10 a.m. there is a Preschool Information Fair for Middletown residents. Visit

In New Haven at Toad’s Place, tonight’s offerings begin at 8:30 with Shakedown, Tyrone Shoelaces, and Carbonated Insight. On Sunday, Helium Brothers, and The Professors of Bluegrass take the Toad’s stage. Visit for more.

In Hartford, at Infinity Hall tonight they bring you the blues/funk band The Subdudes at 8.  On Saturday they’ve got Voyage, the “Journey” tribute band. Learn more at

Phil Rosenthal will be performing Songs of Pete Seeger at the Simsbury Public Library tonight beginning at 7:30 in their Friend's Coffeehouse series. Visit for more.

This Saturday at 11 and 2 the Connecticut Historical society invites you to a Behind-the-Scenes Tour: The Downton Abbey Era in Connecticut.  Enjoy a special tour of costumes and artifacts from the Edwardian era. Learn more at

Sunday afternoon at 2 Stan Scott performs in a concert of folk music from India, Ireland and North America at the Wallingford Public Library. Details at

The Baby Grand Jazz Series is underway at the Hartford Public Library.  This Sunday at 3 it’s the Tarantino/Terefenko Duo of piano and saxophone. Visit

You can still skate for free at the Winterfest Hartford rink in Bushnell Park, thanks to the City of Hartford and The iQuilt Partnership.  Free skate rentals are available. Go to

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford the run of “Antartica:  A Year on Ice,” a documentary following the scientists, technicians and craftsmen who live year-round on the Antarctic continent, ends its run Sunday. Tonight they open the run of the Italian thriller “Human Capital,” about unexpected events that occur when two families from different economic backgrounds become entwined.  Also opening is “Point and Shoot,” which won the Best Documentary award at the Tribeca Film Festival.  It follows a timid man with OCD who leaves home and ends up filming the war in Libya until he was captured by Gaddafi’s forces. Both run through the weekend. Visit

Tonight, Cinestudio at Trinity College will be screening “Birdman,” the Academy Award-nominated film starring Michael Keaton as a washed up superhero actor.  It continues through Saturday.  On Saturday they’re also showing “National Theatre Live’s Treasure Island,” a new stage adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic.  On Sunday there’s a one-time screening of The Bolshoi Ballet:  Swan Lake,” directed by Vincent Bataillon.  There's more 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 on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of the month. An hour long musical sugar high. Power-pop plus Brit-pop and singer/songwriters from the 60's to today. Then at 6, following Chocolate Cake it's half an hour with Argus News Radio 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 straight through to 6:30.

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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