Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday's Jive 1-9-15


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 8, contemporary folk is presented by Seat of Our Pants (SOOP), with an opening performance by Kali Stoddard-Imari.  On Saturday night, you can catch Turkish-born jazz guitarist/composer Sinan Bakir.  Sunday, at 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food in front of The Buttonwood.  Help prepare the vegetarian meal at 11:30 a.m. at First Church on Court Street. Go to for details.

In New Haven at Cafe Nine, beginning right this minute, the Weekly Wind-down Happy Hour features DJ Fast Eddy and DJ Dave Coon, followed at 9 by a Tribute To Elvis Show with a host of performers. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Gary Grippo & Friends, with the 8 p.m. show later featuring Jovial Crew and The Amples for a St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fundraiser. Sunday at 3 brings the Die Hipster Records Showcase, and the Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 features the George Baker Band. Visit

In Hartford at Black-eyed Sally’s tonight, the Mike Crandall Band with Special Guests perform for a Memphis Fundraiser. The Fundraiser continues on Saturday at 9 with The Boogie Boys. More at  

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place tonight, Big Jim presents Murray The Wheel’s CD Release show, along with other performers.  Saturday night is the Bright Night 10: Electro Glow Party with a list of performers. Visit for more.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford tonight, you can hear blues and rock with Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters. On Saturday at 8, there’s Back in Black – the AC/DC Tribute show. Visit

On Saturday, the Friends of the Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University sponsor a tour of the exhibition “Goya – Order and Disorder” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Visit  for more information, or call 860-685-3355. 

The Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival happens this Saturday and Sunday at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford.  This Renaissance-period festival celebrates the Christmas story and the arrival of the three kings, and includes live music, dance, and drama. Visit

Merrill Fellow and award-winning poet, Kathleen Winter, author of Nostalgia for the Criminal Past is giving a reading at the Stonington Free Library on Saturday at 5pm.  A reception follows. More information, visit Facebook or 

You can still skate for free at the Winterfest Hartford rink in Bushnell Park through Feb. 1, thanks to the City of Hartford and The iQuilt Partnership.  Free skate rentals are available.

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford is showing, through Jan. 15th, “Antartica:  A Year on Ice,” a documentary following the scientists, technicians and craftsmen who live year-round on the Antarctic continent. Also through the 15th, “The Great Invisible" a documentary about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Visit

Cinestudio at Trinity College tonight and through the weekend is showing “St. Vincent,” starring Bill Murray as a retiree providing after-school care for a stressed single mother. Sunday begins a run of “Whiplash,” about a jazz drummer striving for greatness with a mentor that puts a drill sergeant to shame. 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

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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