Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday's Jive 04-10-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, April 10th, 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.

At the Russell Library in Middletown Saturday at 3, dancer and author Rachna Agrawal will perform classic North Indian dance. On Sunday at 1:30, you can attend a Zentangle drawing class led by Pam Miller. The Friends of the Library book sale happens this Saturday and Sunday. Visit for details & information.

The Hartford Public Library hosts a Veterans Open Mic and Poetry Reading Saturday at 1, followed by a reading by Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely, author of “Letter from Italy, 1944.”  Their Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3, featuring the Curtis Brothers. Visit 

On Sunday Manic Productions is co-sponsoring Sufjan Stevens and Cold Specks at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford. Visit

In New Haven tonight it’s M.A.K.U Sound System, Rudeyna, and Fernandito Ferrer at 9. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, followed by Lipgloss Crisis presenting Spring Fever Burlesque at 9.  On Sunday they host the Elm City Folk Festival at 1, closing with a Sunday Soul Service at 8 p.m. Visit

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight enjoy the Brummy Brothers, blending bluegrass, rock, and improvisation. Saturday they bring Big Mean Sound Machine to the stage at 9, with selections from traditional funk to avant-garde jazz. On Sunday at 4 you can enjoy Paint Night, all materials provided. has more.

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight classical pianist Smullyan performs Brahms, Beethoven, and more at 8.  The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30 and the theme is What Is Our Youth Telling Us?  At 8, they bring you NS4GK4strings, playing their favorite dynamic violin duos going back four centuries. 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. The Great Make Believe Improv Show brings you comedy Sunday night at 7. On Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. Visit

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents at 8 pm tonight in Crowell Concert Hall, the world premier of “The Nile Project” featuring musicians and vocalists from countries along the Nile Basin. There’s a pre-concert talk at 7:15. There’s a senior music recital on Sunday by Robert Don, “Humble: An Indie Game Expo,” at World Music Hall at 7, followed at 9 by Tim Gallivan’s recital, “Let There Be Light!” in Beckham Hall. Details are at

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight at 9, Lil’ Bibby and others take the stage. has the complete weekend line-up.

The Art Guild of Middletown hosts award-winning artist Bob Noreika for an all-day workshop in watercolor painting starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, at the Woodside Elementary School in Cromwell. Details at

The 10th annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival continues through Sunday at Trinity College in Hartford. The featured headliner is the man credited with starting HIP HOP, DJ Kool Herc.  The Festival features concerts, lectures, workshops, film screenings and more. There's more at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, on Friday, Rubblebucket and Vacationer take the stage at 8pm. On Saturday, blues and pop artist Bernie Williams makes his Infinity Hall debut, appearing with the Gil Parris Quintet.  Details at

The Greater Middletown Concert Association presents a multimedia musical tribute to three 19th Century Middletown composers – Reginald deKoven, Henry Clay Work, and Edward Barrett, produced and directed by Joe Flood, this Sunday at 3 at the Performing Arts Center @Middletown HS. Visit

A concert to benefit Artists for World Peace happens this Sunday at 3 at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Gallery in Chester. The blues singer/songwriter Chester “Big Boy” Coda performs, along with special guests. Visit

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, opening tonight is “The Wrecking Crew,” about the unsung studio musicians that provided the backbeat for may 1960’s hits.  Also opening is “An Honest Liar,” a documentary about world-famous magician and escape artist James “The Amazing” Randi. Both run through the weekend. Their Speak Up live storytelling series continues this Saturday at 8. Visit for more info.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, “The Imitation Game,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as British mathematician Alan Turing, who breaks the Nazi Enigma Code in World War II, runs through Saturday. On Sunday they open their April in Paris Film Festival with two offerings, "Le Brasier Ardent” and “Hiroshima Mon Amour.”

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
 Ear-Candy with DJ Sick Nelden where you hear the newest in Indie Rock, through the lens of pop and the absurd. Then at 6, it's half an hour of Argus News Radio with Simon Korn providing campus and Middletown news. And on the 2nd and 4th Fridays it's Music, Eh?! with Annalee followed by half an hour of Counterspin.

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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