Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday's Jive 02-20-15

Good evening, it's Friday, February 20th, 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.

Tonight, at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Ear Candy for the Soul, featuring Arlene Wow! w/Dana Takaki and special guest Vincent Tuckwood, take the main room at 7:30. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30 with the theme Embracing Your Feminine Self. Saturday night Karen Frisk sings jazz, and Bernard Purdie performs and brings his autobiography, “Let the Drums Speak,” for a book signing. Food Not Bombs serves food outside The Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m. They welcome your help preparing the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30. At 3, there’s an artist reception for David S Chorney and his ongoing exhibit “The Ultimate Love Life of Chaos and Beauty.”  Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. Check out

At the Russell Library in Middletown, on Saturday at 2 you can hear award-winning pianist Ko-Eun Yi in concert.  Visit for details and information on more community activities.

Tonight, Infinity Hall Hartford presents Grammy-nominated blues singer Tab Benoit. On Saturday it’s Beau Bolero, The World’s #1 Tribute Band to Steely Dan. On Sunday the Connecticut Lyric Opera and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra bring you Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at 7. Details are at

At Cafe Nine in New Haven tonight’s headliner is Midge Ure, appearing along with Richard Barone. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, and at 9 you can catch Goodnight Blue Moon, Dan & The Wildfire, and Kate Callahan. Sunday afternoon, Lys Guillorn’s Big Little Sunday Show is at 3, followed by Sunday night’s Original Jam with The Morris Trent Band at 8. Visit

Tonight at Toad’s Place in New Haven, along with the Black Solidarity Conference at Yale, they bring you Vic Mensa and DJ RellyRell. On Sunday at 9, Simon Posford presents Shpongletron 3.1, with Phutureprimitive. has more.

Tonight in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s it's The Bus Drivers, featuring Rootsy Rock.  On Saturday at 9 it’s Johnny & the Pushers with Brian Jackman. has more.

Today and Saturday Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts hosts “Idiopreneurial Entrephonics,” a series of concerts, workshops and talks at World Music Hall.  It’s a festival of artisanal and homemade electronic music together with the instruments used to make it.  On Saturday at 7:30 pm, Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental and the CFA offer, at CFA Theater, the Connecticut premier of “17 Border Crossings,” a solo work by Thaddeus Phillips based on his actual travel experiences. There’s a post-performance discussion with the author. On Sunday at 3 Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the fifth in his piano recital series “This Is It!” at Crowell Concert Hall. Next Monday at 4:30 there’s an artist reception for “(Re)presenting Place: A Portrait of the Coal River Valley,” at the Zelnick Pavilion. This photographic exhibit explores areas in West Virginia that are highly affected by mountaintop coal mining. Details at
Also at Wesleyan, on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., there'll be a conference, "Creating a Better World: Perspectives on Local and International Development. That's at the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, 222 Church St. No registration is required, there is no fee, and brunch will be served.

The Art Guild of Middletown hosts “Soup to Nutz” cartoonist Rick Stomoski this Saturday for a workshop beginning at 9 am, where he’ll demonstrate cartoonist and illustration techniques.  It takes place at the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell. Visit

Oddfellows Playhouse and ARTFARM bring you Circophany’s Circus on the High Seas this Saturday at 2:30 p.m at the Playhouse, 128 Washington St. in Middletown. Come and enjoy the talents of teenage circus performers. Information at

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they continue their run of the 2015 Oscar Shorts. Tonight they open a run of “Northern Borders,” the story of a young boy sent to live on his grandparents’ farm in Kingdom County, Vermont, in 1956. The director, Jay Craven, will hold a conversation after tonight's showing.  Also opening as the early show is “Timbuktu,” a story of a cattle herder and his family who live near this ancient city that is now ruled by religious Jihadist extremists. Visit

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio  a run of “Big Eyes,” Tim Burton’s film that stars Amy Adams as the artist whose husband took credit for the big-eyed waifs of the ‘60’s that she painted. On Sunday they’ll start screening “The Passionate Thief,” a restored 1960 Italian classic about a seductive starlet who hooks up with a con man to pull off a robbery at a lavish party. 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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