Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday's Jive 04-17-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, April 17th, 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

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Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.

Tonight at 7pm, WESU and the Wesleyan Argus present the third and final event of the series “Media & Journalism Speaker Series”with two speakers, Miriam Gottfried '05, columnist for The Wall Street Journal's Heard on the Street and Nicholas Quah '12, currently a reporter for the BuzzFeed Mobile News app. They will be discussing their paths from Wesleyan into journalism jobs. They will also be talking about what students can do now to improve their journalism and produce work that will impress future employers. It takes place at Wesleyan’s Allbritton Center for Public Life, Room 311 and is open to the public. More online at

Speaking of Wesleyan, senior thesis exhibits and recitals continue through the weekend as well. Details at

At the Russell Library in Middletown, there’s a Beginning Meditation workshop on Saturday at 2, with Hillary Gauvreau. On Sunday they offer a Natural Products Workshop with Ann Buchanan at 1:30. Visit for details.

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, the show includes Duece Bug, Phil Blount, Heat Mizer, and the Eardrugz. On Saturday they’ve got Los Jamones and more at 9. Their Sunday Soul Service happens at 8 p.m. Visit

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s on Saturday they’ve got Mississippi Heat, playing traditional blues with a unique sound. has more.

Manic Productions brings you Elvis Perkins and Elison Jackson at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden tonight.  On Saturday, at The Space, it’s River City Extension and more for an 8 p.m. show.  The Ballroom at the Outer Space brings you Kimkata and Back From Earth on Saturday at 9.  On Sunday at 8:30, it’s Todd Barry and Ken Reid. Visit

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight at 7, Ameranouche returns with their Gypsy Flamenco Swing. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues Saturday at 10:30 and the theme is Abundance & Privilege. Later at 8, the folksinging/songwriting team of Terry Kitchen and Mara Levin perform.  Food Not Bombs serves food outside The Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m. You can help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30. Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. Learn more at

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight it’s Badfish, a tribute to Sublime, along with Primitive Whomp featuring Brightside & Friends in Lilly’s Pad.  On Sunday they headline QQ and The Jackhammer Tour. has more details.

Tonight, here in Middletown, Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge presents Basically Blues. Saturday night Fade2Black provides a night of new and old school jams. Visit and that’s scatz with a “Z”.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, it’s blues singer Taj Mahal tonight at 8.  On Saturday, they’ve got Martha Davis and the Motels, with special guest Ruby Rose Fox.  You can hear toe tapping and foot stomping Americana and more on Sunday with friend of WESU, Rani Arbo and her internationally acclaimed band, daisy mayhem. Visit

Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown presents a Master Class on Acting For Film, by award-winning director Keith Bearden, Saturday at 10 a.m. To register, visit

You can celebrate Earth Day by visiting the Trashion Fashion Eco-Market on Sunday at 11 in Hartford, featuring earth-friendly artisans, vendors, food, and more.  Details at

The Baby Grand Jazz series continues this Sunday at 3 at the Hartford Public Library.  This week they present The Brian Marsella Trio. Visit

Artists for World Peace and Comedy On Demand present dinner and improv comedy on Sunday at Typhoon Restaurant in Middletown. Visit

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 Wrecking Crew,” about the unsung studio musicians that provided the backbeat for many 1960’s hits. Opening tonight is “White God,” a Hungarian film about a young girl separated from her beloved dog, and the unwanted dogs who rise up to reunite them.
 Visit for more info.

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, their April in Paris Film Festival continues all weekend. Check the website for offerings and times. On Sunday they’re showing the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of Prokofiev’s “Ivan the Terrible.”  They also open a run of the award-winning “Red Army,” a documentary about the Soviet Union’s dominance of ice hockey during the Cold War. 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
 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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