Friday, February 13, 2015

February's Friday the 13th Jive

Good evening, it's Friday, February 13th, 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.

The talk at the Russell Library in Middletown by author Jon Katz, originally scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday has been postponed to a later date in March.

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents University Organist and Artist in Residence Ronald Ebrecht, who will play Romantic music by Widor, Liszt, and others in Memorial Chapel on Saturday, Valentine’s Day, at 4. View more at

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine it’s the Albert Lee Band, along with Girls, Guns and Glory. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, and at 9 they bring you Valentine’s Day Jazz Cocktails in the Living Room with Kevin St. James. Sunday’s 3 p.m. show brings you Sonic Supercharger 66, Diztrict Allstars, and The Boardlords. Sunday night’s Original Jam is with The Langley Project. Visit

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown presents the Alturas Duo tonight at 7, offering a blend of classical and South American music. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday morning at 10:30 with the theme:  A Perfect Match. Saturday night at 7:30 it’s the Buttonwood’s Meet Your Mates Potluck Party. Bring a dish and meet others who enjoy music and life.
Food Not Bombs serves food outside The Buttonwood Tree Sunday around 1 p.m. You can help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30 a.m. On Mondays at 10:30 a.m. the Hearing Voices Network meets.  The exhibit “The Love Affair of Chaos And Beauty” by David Chorney runs through the month. Visit

In Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight is Roots of Creation, bringing you reggae, rock and funk. On Saturday Latanya Farrell takes the stage with soul, blues, and dance classics. Check out

On Sunday at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, you can catch Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic & DJ Abilities for an 8:30 show, presented by Manic Productions. Visit them at

Tonight at Toad’s Place in New Haven they headline Cosmic Dust Bunnies, along with Relative Souls, The Mushroom Cloud, & The SETI Project. Visit
At Infinity Hall Hartford tonight, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell takes the stage.  On Saturday it’s country star Robert Earl Keen, with special guest Bonnie Bishop. On Sunday at 8 multiple Grammy-winner jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves appears.

Enjoy “Second Saturday for Families” this Saturday from 10 to 1 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford.  Admission is free.

The third annual Art Sled Derby takes place this Saturday starting at 11 at Elizabeth Park in Hartford.  There are judges and prizes for the best art sleds.  Details at

The “Journey Writer’s Workshop” happens this Sunday at 1 at Sweet Harmony Café on Main St in Middletown.  Writers, playwrights, poets and more will showcase their talents. has details.

On Sunday afternoon there’s free jazz with the Baby Grand Jazz series at the Hartford Public Library.  The featured performer is The Steve Clarke Trio. Visit

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, their run of the 2015 Oscar Shorts continues.  Choose from Animated and Live Action categories. On Friday and Sunday they bring back “Ida,” a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film, about a Polish novice in a nunnery who discovers her family is Jewish, and takes a trip with her aunt to discover the truth about her parents.  They also bring back a limited run of “Citizen Four,” Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature, on February 14 & 16. This film brings you details of the Edward Snowdon story in his own words.  Another Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature, “Song of the Sea,” opens a limited run on Saturday.  It’s the story of two siblings who journey across a magic world to return to their home by the sea. Visit

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, tonight and Saturday you can enjoy the 1942 Oscar-winning classic “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Sunday’s offering is “The Long Goodbye,” the 1973 Robert Altman classic starring Elliott Gould and Nina Van Pallandt in a restored version for the big screen. Check out

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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