Friday, April 24, 2015

Fridays Jive 04-24-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, April 24th, 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 The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, they bring you the well-known and well-worn storyteller and southern singer/songwriter Eric Taylor. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30, the theme is Miracles in Your Life. Later at 8, they bring you Electronhic to experience rhythmic drums and the Chapman Stick. And 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. Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets.

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents Eugene Ionesco’s  “The Bald Soprano,” a seminal play of the Theater of the Absurd, through Saturday at the CFA Theater. The senior recital of Jacob Feder takes place at Memorial Chapel tonight at 9. The Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble perform tonight at 7 in Crowell Concert Hall. Included is the world premiere of Noah Baerman’s “The Rock and the Redemption.” You can enjoy a Wayang Kulit, a Javanese puppet play with music, tonight at 8 in World Music Hall.  Details about all of these events and more online at  

In New Haven at Cafe Nine, today's 5 o'clock feature is The Coracles, followed at 9 by The Fleshtones and The Split Squad. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with the George Baker Band, and The Gravel Pit and Blockhouses take the stage later at 9. Their Sunday Soul Service happens at 8 p.m. Visit

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight Phonosynthesis takes the stage.  On Saturday they feature the SNL Live Band vocalist Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez. Visit for more.

Tonight at The Space in Hamden, Manic Productions brings you Speedy Ortiz, Mitski, Krill, and Blessed State. On Sunday, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, it’s the Spirit Family Reunion, appearing with The Horse Eyed Men. Visit

Through Sunday Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown is home to Terri Klein’s Vintage Players/Hours Apart stage production, “You Can’t Be Serious!,” an evening of short plays with music interludes. All proceeds will be donated to Oddfellows Playhouse and Adath Israel. Visit for times and reservations.  

At Infinity Hall Hartford, tonight the reggae band Mighty Mystic has the stage.  Saturday you can catch the Eric Clapton Tribute with The Bell Bottoms Blues Band at 8. Comedian Ralphie May is there Sunday at 7:30.

Big Lee and Co. makes for a night of smooth Jazz at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge here in Middletown, tonight. Saturday night, Scatz presents their Spring Fling Comedy showcase featuring, Del Harrison, Marlen Baker, and Hassan Oliver, hosted by CT’s own Chris Clark. Visit with a “Z”!

WESU DJ Karen Stein, host of the Imagine show, performs acoustic guitar every Saturday from 12:15 to 3 p.m. at Brewbaker’s on Main Street in Middletown.  

The Music at the Hubbard House series in Middletown presents Dogs Like Us, performing blues, folk, and more, this Saturday at 7:30.  Proceeds benefit the Children of Peace Project. Visit

Saturday brings the 4th annual Big Draw Middletown from 1 to 4pm, celebrating drawing in all its forms, with free workshops & events on the Wesleyan campus.  Details at

This Saturday, WESU’s own Uncle John, host of Dead Air, celebrates 10 years of Radio with a WESU fundraising event at  New Britain’s  Austrian Donau Club located at 545 Arch St. Live music will be provided by Dead Show plus food, drinks, raffles, and surprises! Check out the Dead Air 10th anniversary facebook page for more details. 

This weekend also brings The Meriden Daffodil fest, a free annual music festival in Meriden's Hubbard Park celebrating a return of Spring with "food, flowers, fireworks and fun." Rob DeRosa, host of WESU's Home grown local music show has put together another diverse line up of entertainment for this year's festival featuring over 30 bands on three stages. Some of the acts you can find are Kindred Queer, Giggle juice, "All-Capps LADD", Wise Old Moon, Mark Mirando, Big Fat Combo, Graylight Campfire, Straight to VHS, The Balkun Brothers and The Funky Dawgs Brass Band plus much more. Details online at

You are invited to celebrate Poetry Month with The James Merrill House Spring Fellows, Moira Egan & Damiano Abeni who will discuss their work translating the poems of James Merrill, Allen Ginzburg, Elizabeth Bishop, Frank Bidart, and other American poets, into Italian. Egan, an award-winning poet will also present a reading of her own work. The event will be held at the Stonington Free Library, 20 High Street on Sunday at 5pm. A reception follows. For more information, go to Facebook or

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they open “Hunting Ground” tonight, an exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses.  There’s a post-film discussion after tonight’s show led by University of Hartford faculty members. It runs through the weekend.
Visit for more info.

Tonight and Saturday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues with “Selma,” about Martin Luther King’s 1965 march, a seminal event in the Civil Rights movement. Saturday night it’s their annual Reel Youth Hartford Film Festival, featuring shorts made by local middle school and high school students. It includes a red carpet event and reception. On Sunday their National Theatre Live series presents Tom Stoppard’s new play, “The Hard Problem.”  And on Sunday they open a run of “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” with Maggie Smith and others managing a hotel in Jaipur for silver-haired British ex-pats. 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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