Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday's Jive 03-06-2015

Good evening, it's Friday, March 6th, Spring is only 2 weeks away, 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, the Ehud Ettan Trio performs jazz at 8. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Choose Your Expression.  There’s a free Poets Collective Open Mic at 1 pm.  Saturday night at 8, The Buttonwood brings you saxophonist and vocalist Kendra Emery, along with Lisa Dowling on upright bass. 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.  Celebrate International Women’s Day at 4 at the opening reception for The Wonder of Women art exhibit, which runs through March and features a variety of women artists.  Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. Visit

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place,tonight  tonight at 7 it’s the final show of Hostage Calm, with a variety of performers, brought to you in association with the ARC Agency. Saturday’s feature is Bright Night 15: Electro Glow party at 9:30. has the complete line-up.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford tonight, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds with special guest West End Blend, take the stage. On Saturday at 8 you can enjoy Juno Award-winner Jesse Smith and his nuevo flamingo music. On Sunday at 7:30 they bring you Mike & the Mechanics, with Special Guest Daryl Stuermer. There's more at

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts DanceMasters two-day immersion in contemporary dance series happens this weekend, with a Choreographers Conversation on Saturday at 12 at the Exley Science Center. The series’ Master Classes happen Saturday and Sunday with multiple teachers at a variety of locations. The Opening Reception for the Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition happens Saturday at 5, at the Zilkha Gallery on Washington Terrace. It’s co-sponsored by the Middletown Board of Education and the Middletown Public Schools Cultural Council. Details at

At the Hartford Public Library, their Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3 p.m. with guest artist Matt DeChamplain. Visit

On Saturday, at the Space in Hamden, Manic Productions presents Gladshot, The Zambonis, and others for a 7:15 show. Visit them at

In New Haven at Café Nine, today at 5, there’s an Opening Reception and party for “It’s a Black & White World,” the photos of John Lawler.  Tonight’s performers include The Hymans, Shock Pistols, and Bomber. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Mike Coppola and Friends.  At 8 they bring you Protest Karaoke, celebrating with Artspace the exhibition “Vertical Reach.”  The 10 p.m. headliner is Lea.  Sunday afternoon brings you The Excitement Gang and others at 3, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with the George Baker Band at 8. Visit

In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight rock n' roll favorites The Mambo Sons, with special guest Jack Sonni, return at 8. On Saturday night, the Kortchmar/McDonald Band takes the stage at 9. has more.

The Iktus Percussion Ensemble performs tonight at 7:30 at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford.  They’ll offer compositions from the Women Composers Festival of Hartford international score competition.  The Alpaca String Quartet performs music of local women composers on Saturday at 7:30. Visit

This Saturday, and on Monday, Middletown’s ARTFARM is conducting public auditions for their Shakespeare in the Grove production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Middlesex Community College.  Visit for details. 

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Girlhood opens tonight and continues through Mar. 12th. The Village Voice calls Girlhood "raw and insistent, bold and brawling . . .". Also Queen and Country, John Boorman's follow up film to Hope and Glory, opens as the early show and continues through Mar. 12th. Visit for more info.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio two films receiving Oscar nominations are highlighted this weekend. Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon, screens tonight and Saturday. Beginning Sunday, they're showing Whiplash, an indie film dealing with jazz, art, and the pursuit of perfection. 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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