Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday's Jive 1-30-15

Good evening, it's Friday, January 30th, 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 Cafe Nine in New Haven, tonight’s weekly Wind-Down Happy Hour at 5 brings The Louds, followed at 9 by Johnny Carlevale & The Rolling Pins, with Sean Coleman and The Quasars, Jeff Deware & The Bop Thrills. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Billy Cofrances, followed at 9 by Frank Viele, with Steve Broderick and The 100 Watt Suns and The Palindromes. Sunday afternoon, Kath Bloom performs, along with Linda Draper and Bop Tweedie. They’re followed at 8 by the Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod. Details are at

In Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight you'll hear Gong Tuff:, A Tribute To Bob Marley. Saturday brings Hartford Hot Several and the Expandable Brass Band to Sally’s. has more.

Wesleyan’s Center for The Arts, in Middletown, presents the Calefax Reed Quintet, an Amsterdam-based classical chamber music group, in Crowell Concert Hall at 8 p.m. tonight, with a pre-concert talk at 7:15 by Wesleyan Prof. Neely Bruce. Info about all CFA events is at

Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight brings Opus’s B-Day Blizzard Bash 2015, two stages of music of loud music headlined by Jasta. has the complete line-up.

In Hartford, at Infinity Hall, tonight they bring in Bela Fleck with The Knights. Saturday’s performance is Riders on the Storm. Sunday, at 2 it's Ladysmith Black Mombaso. Details at

Tonight at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown the Ricky Alfonso Jazz Duo begins the music at 7. Saturday at 8 you'll hear the Greg Diamond Jazz Trio. Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m. Help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30. Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. Visit

And at BrewBakers just a few blocks south of The Buttonwood Tree on Main St., you can catch Middletown Music Ambassador Dave Downs crooning away during his monthly 1st Sundays appearance beginning at 10 a.m. Call 860.852.0034.

Also in Middletown, on Sunday at 2 p.m., Adath Israel presents a program by Durham resident Dr. Michael Good, author of The Search for Major Plagge: The Nazi Who Saved Jews. Dr. Good is the son of Holocaust survivors from Vilna, Lithuania. He tells the story of how Karl Plagge, a German army officer, saved his mother and more than 250 other Jews. His book is based on five years of research, using German documents that had been closed for fifty years, and interviews with survivors. Learn more by calling 860-346-4709 or emailing

Also on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Russell Library, there will be a free concert by award-winning folksinger and songwriter Joe Crookston, playing guitar, banjo and fiddle. Details at

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford starting tonight and running well into February are the always fun Oscar-nominated short films. The full schedule is available at

Tonight and Saturday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues their run of Interstellar, your only chance in Connecticut to see it on film, in the format specifically recommended by celluloid devotee director Christopher Nolan! Unlike Gravity, Melancholia, and most cosmological movies, Nolan’s Interstellar gets a “thumbs up” from most physicists. And environmental activists are said to like it, too. Sunday The Babadook opens. It’s a terrifying film in which a young widow struggles with her 8-year-old son Samuel's fears and tantrums as best she can. But rational thought goes out the window when they start reading a pop-up book with a monster called the Babadook, whose power to haunt the mind is chillingly real. 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 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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