Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday's Jive 05-01-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, May 1st, 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

Our WESU Spring Pledge drive is on!  Help us close out our capital campaign with a donation to help strengthen WESU and the service we provide. You can make your donation online at Thanks!

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

Tonight Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts features members of the New York Virtuoso Singers presenting Experimental Music for Vocal Quartet at 8 in Crowell Concert Hall. The Wesleyan Spring Dance Concert takes place tonight and Saturday.  On Saturday at 8, the Wesleyan University Orchestra performs in Crowell Concert Hall, including works by the winners of the University Concerto Competition.  The Worlds of Dance Concert happens on Sunday at 2 in Crowell Concert Hall, and the Wesleyan Concert Choir performs works for chorus and organ at 3 in Memorial Chapel.  At 7, the Chinese Music Ensemble presents their spring concert, “Middle Kingdom” in Middletown, at 7, in World Music Hall. Details at

At the Russell Library in Middletown on Saturday they have an Introduction to MELT class at 10 a.m., led by Joanne Wilcox. At 2 p.m. they have Stories from India with storytellers Angela Calderella and Tata Canuelas. Visit for details.

In New Haven at Cafe Nine today’s 5:00 feature is Mountains of the Moon, followed at 8 by a benefit for the Devil’s Gear Bike Shop, with a variety of artists. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Billy Cofrances.  At 9, it’s the CD Release Party for Mission 0. Their Sunday Soul Service happens at 8 p.m. Visit

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight they offer Circa Survive, Balance and Composure, and Chon. On Sunday they headline ILOVEMAKONNEN for their Loudest of the Loud Tour at 9. has the complete line-up.

In Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s on Saturday they feature Neal Vitullo & the Vipers. Learn more at

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown today at 5:30 there’s an Artists’ Reception to open the new exhibition “Paint the Town,” by Jacqueline Jones, featuring local scenes from Middletown. At 8, Kerri Powers and Eric Lichter take the stage. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues Saturday morning at 10:30. This week’s theme is Cleaning up and Letting Go. At 1, it's the Free Poets Collective along with music and an Open Mic, featuring Tony Brown of the Duende Project.  At 8 p.m. it’s The 2nd Line Quartet with jazz offerings. Food Not Bombs serves food outside 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. Visit

At Infinity Hall in Hartford tonight, it’s the “Back to the Eighties” Show with Jessie’s Girl.  On Saturday, they feature D.A. Foster & The Shaboo All-Stars with Duke & The Esoterics, as a benefit for Work Vessels for Vets.   On Sunday at 7 it’s Puccini’s La Bohème by the Connecticut Lyric Opera and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. Visit

Ronnie Spector sings the Fabulous Ronettes Friday night at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville. Showtime is 8pm. Visit

It’s a bit out of our area but there’s also a big doo wop show happening at the Vets Theater in Providence this Saturday, when Richard Nader’s DooWop and Rock and Roll All Stars present an evening with Shirley Alston Reeves, The Legendary Teenagers, Jay Siegel’s Tokens, The Charlie Thomas Drifters and more. Details at   

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

Samba Fest, cosponsored by Trinity College and Riverfront Recapture, happens this Saturday at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford starting at 11.  Celebrate the regions’ rich Brazalian culture with international and local music and more. Learn more at

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

Tonight, Real Art Ways in Hartford, continues a showing of “The Wrecking Crew,” about the unsung studio musicians that provided the backbeat for may 1960’s hits.  They open a run of “Dior & I,” a behind-the-scenes look at the haute couture collection of its new artistic director, Raf Simons. Also, the early show tonight and Sunday is La Sapienza, directed by Eugene Green. Visit

Tonight Cinestudio, at Trinity College in Hartford, is showing the 2015 Oscar-Nominated short films in the Live Action Category.  The Oscar nominee series continues on Saturday with screenings of Animation nominees.  At 4 on Saturday it’s the fourth annual Trinity Film Festival, with red carpet arrivals, awards and more, screening short film entries from students across the country. On Sunday they open a run of “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

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

And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at anytime. Thanks for listening!

No comments:

Post a Comment