Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday's Jive 05-15-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, May 15th, 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.

In New Haven right about now at Cafe Nine the 5 o'clock Happy Hour artist is Victor Roland, followed at 9 by Agent Orange, In the Whale, and Drug Shock. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, with Manic Productions bringing you Mystic Braves and more for a 9:00 show. Their Sunday Soul Service happens at noon. Go to

Manic Productions headliner tonight is The Feelies, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Visit

In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight they bring you The Marks Brothers, a Connecticut jamband playing rock-n-roll. On Saturday you can hear Bluesiana Swamp Soul with Shaka & the Soul Shakers. has more.

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight they bring you singer songwriter Davey O, along with Connecticut's State Troubadour Kristen Graves. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30. This week’s theme is Spiritual Growth. Later at 8, internationally known guitarist/composer Peter Griggs takes the stage with “Music for Here and Now.” Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m. and they welcome your help preparing the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30. Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. Visit

And again in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight you can enjoy Cosmic Dust Bunnies, The Hornitz, and more at 8. Saturday, it’s the Hot Rod Circuit, with Small Brown Bike, The So So Glos, and Smoke Signals. has the complete line-up.

This Saturday, 3 bands and will perform at a festival to raise money for the Save the Children Foundation, specifically for kids in Nepal and Syria. Music starts at 6:00 and continues to midnight. The event is being held in the historic "Hurley Mill building" in New Hartford, CT where there will also be a juried gallery of visual art work on display. Performing bands incude Soul Tsunami featuring Nekita Waller, Wizard Farm, and the reggae group "One Band International". Visit for info!

The 8th annual Thank the Lake Day happens this Sunday at Sears Park in East Hampton. This event features live music, vendors, a flower offering to the water with the headline performer Joseph Fire Crow.  Info at

The monthly “Journey Writers’ Workshop” for poets, playwrights, singers and more is this Sunday from 1 to 3 at Sweet Harmony Café on Main St. in Middletown. Visit

The Community Partners In Action Prison Arts Program Annual Show 2015 is currently open for viewing through June 7 at the John Slade Ely House Center for Contemporary Art at  51 Trumbull Street in New Haven with a reception this Sunday from 2-5pm. This show features 797 artworks from 140+ Connecticut inmates, displayed floor to ceiling (literally) throughout two floors of a huge Elizabethan house. Visit for complete details.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they open “Iris,” a documentary about nonagenarian Iris Apfel, a longstanding style maven on the New York fashion scene.  It runs through the weekend. Visit

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, the run of  “Still Alice”, starring Academy Award winner Julianne Moore as a linguistics professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, continues through Saturday. On Sunday they open “Effie Gray,” a British film about the repressive Victorian marriage of author James Ruskin and Effie Gray. 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.

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