Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday's Jive 05-08-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, May 8th, 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.

At the Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, tonight at 8, there’s an electronic music concert in CFA Hall. The Feet to the Fire Riverfront Encounter Festival happens on Saturday starting at noon at Harbor Park - enjoy art, kids’ activities, environmental exhibits, crafts and more as part of the Wesleyan Creative Campus Initiative. Details at

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight they bring you two songwriting teams:  Ben and Nancy Parent of The Rivergods, and the Ravens in the Woods duo of Rempe Kooij and Lauren Agnelli. The Aligned with Source workshop Honoring Your Truth with Annaita Gandhy is Saturday at 10:30. Later at 8, they bring you the jazz quartet Medusa, featuring tap dancer Corey Hutchins. 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 a.m. Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. Visit

In New Haven, Café Nine's 5 p.m. Happy Hour artist is The Helwigs, followed at 9 tonight by Toyz, If Jesus Had Machine Guns, and Ports of Spain. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Gary Grippo & Friends, with a live concert-recording session of the George Baker Band later at 9. The Sunday Soul Service happens at 8 p.m. Visit

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight they bring you The Neybas, a Connecticut cult favorite with danceable classic rock. On Saturday they feature the Roberto Morbioli Band with his unique guitar interpretations. has more.

Saturday Manic Productions brings Polaris, with Mark Mulcahy, and more to the newly opened College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Visit

At the Russell Library in Middletown, the Friends of the Library Book Sale happens this weekend. On Saturday at 2, it’s Stories and Secrets:  A Mother’s Day Event, featuring Elisabeth Petry and Hanna Perlstein Marcus sharing stories of their mothers’ extraordinary lives. Visit for details.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight the rock/roots Jackie Greene Band visits. On Saturday they present An Evening with Delbert McClinton and his band.  There’s a Mother’s Day brunch at the Bistro on Sunday. Visit

In New Haven, at Toad’s Place tonight you can catch Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg with Andrew W.K. on vocals. Saturday Toad’s features Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. has the complete line-up.

There’s a free bird walk this Saturday starting bright and early at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, led by Jay Kaplan of the Roaring Brook Nature Center. Check the website for more detail,

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

Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown presents “The Waltz” by Carolyn Kirsch this Saturday at 7:30, staged by Vintage Players, with all proceeds going to the Playhouse to benefit ongoing children’s programs. The play was a semi-finalist at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Details at

And don't forget, the biennial Middletown High School Goes to the Symphony on Monday beginning at 7 p.m. at the Bushnell Center for the Arts in Hartford. Tickets are available by emailing or at the door on the 11th.

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  “Dior & I,” a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the first haute couture collection of it’s new art director, Raf Simons.  Also continuing is “La Sapienza,” about a man’s trip to Italy to complete a book about the architect Borromini.  Tonight they open “3 Hearts,” a French drama about destiny, connections, and passion in a classic love triangle.Visit

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, the run of  “Queen and Country” continues through Saturday, it's a realistic comedy-drama about a young man entering the British Army in the 1950’s. On Sunday they open “Seymour: An Introduction,” Ethan Hawke’s film about the octogenarian Seymour Bernstein who teaches piano in New York City. 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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