Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday's Jive 03-13-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, March 13th, Spring is only 1 week 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.

In New Haven at Cafe Nine, today's 5pm showcase features Tim Payson, followed by Big Lazy and Happy Ending for a 9pm show. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Gary Grippo &  Friends. At 9 they bring you the Swan Day Rev Up show, with Lys Guillorn, Jennifer Hill and the Sarah Lemieux Quintet. On Sunday at 12, Spotty Dog brings in the St. Patrick’s Pre-Parade Party, and the After-Party at 3 features Sasquatch & The Sick-A-Billys. Visit

The Hartford Public Library Baby Grand Jazz series continues Sunday at 3 p.m. with guest artists Noah Baerman on piano and Joshua Breakstone on guitar. Visit

Up in Hartford, at Black-eyed Sally’s tonight they headline the Van Gordon Martin Band.  On Saturday at 9, it’s Eric Sardinas & Big Motor bringing you blues-rock. has more.

The Mark Twain House tonight offers An Evening of Celtic Magic with Daniel Green Wolf, with comedic storytelling. Writing workshops offered include Memoir Writing with Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, and Writing Children’s Books with Pegi Deitz Shea. Learn more at

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight it’s the Byrdspeak Free Pop Excursion with pianist Warren Byrd, for a night of musical games and improvisational music. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30 with the theme Sharing Your Abundance. At 1:15 they celebrate Pi Day with a presentation of Nerd Music. Snowapple – a group of vocalists and multi-instrumentalists from Amsterdam - takes the stage at 8. 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. The “Wonder of Women” art exhibit continues through the month. Visit

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight at 7 they offer the Dipset Reunion Tour.  They’ve got U2 & Other Irish Favorites on Friday night as well, to benefit the New Haven St. Patrick’s Parade & Youth Gaelic Sports Club. On Saturday, Hollywood Undead and From Ashes To New take the Toads’ stage. On Sunday they bring you Safe Francis, a CD release by Ceschi, and others. has more.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight it’s Rock N Roll Hall of Famer Jorma Kaukonen with blues/rock at 8.  Tommy Emmanuel with special guest Richard Smith takes the stage on Saturday.  On Sunday at 7:30, they’ve got the classic swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. There's more at

ARTFARM is holding public auditions for circus performers for their Shakespeare in the Grove production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream Saturday from 4 to 6. Details at  

The Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade happens this Saturday starting at 11, rain or shine.  Enjoy marching bands, fire trucks, Irish step dancers, and more. Visit

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra holds a fund-raising concert for the Middletown High School Music Department this Saturday at 7:30 at the Performing Arts Center @MHS.  There’s a multimedia world premiere work by artist-in-residence Chris Brubeck, along with music by Leonard Bernstein and Duke Ellington. They’ll perform Dave Brubeck’s Grammy-nominated “Ansel Adams: America,” with music to accompany 100 of Adam’s majestic images.

There’s free admission the second Saturday of each month at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford as part of their Second Saturdays for Families.  Create art, or enjoy gallery exhibitions, music, and more. Visit

The monthly “Journey Writer’s Workshop” happens this Sunday at Sweet Harmony Café in Middletown at 1 p.m.  Local writers and performers showcase their work. Visit for details. 

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they open a run of “Ballet 422” tonight - a documentary of the highly-guarded world of professional ballet that shadows Justin Peck, chief choreographer of the New York City Ballet. There’s a post-screening discussion with CONNetic Dance’s Carolyn Paine tonight.  They also open “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine,” a documentary remembrance of the man who lost his life because of his sexual orientation. Visit for more info.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, Sunday they’re screening National Theatre Live’s production of “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” a play based on Katherine Boo’s Pulitzer Prize-winning saga of slum life in Mumbai. Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical “Into The Woods” starring Meryl Streep will be shown tonight and Saturday.  On Sunday they begin a run of “Two Days, One Night,” a French film about the precarious life of a factory-working mother in Belgium. 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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