Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday's Jive 05-22-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, May 22nd, 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 The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown presents: Attila Vural and Eugene Ruffolo in concert at 7pm and it's an evening of boundary pushing guitar and vocals. The Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30am. This week’s theme is Living In Love. Later Saturday evening at 8, The Buttonwood presents Alba’s Edge who’ll offer their fusion of Scottish fiddle, jazz, funk and Latin rhythms. 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. The Hearing Voices Network meets weekly on Monday mornings at 10:30. Visit

In New Haven at Cafe Nine right about now Tom Hearn is playing the early set. Later, Oddball Entertainment Presents The Blues Magoos, Happy Ending, & Rope. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 will be hosted by The George Baker Band.  Saturday night Cafe Nine presents LOOM, Dr. Martino, The Sleep Cozies, and Disco Teen 66. Sunday night their Sunday Soul Service offers a night of 70's grooves, dope disco, and funk starting at 8 p.m. Go to

At Black-eyed Sally’s in Hartford tonight, Jen Durkin & The Business make for a night of funk. Saturday night you can catch Paul Oscher - award-winning blues singer, songwriter, recording artist, & multi-instrumentalist. Visit

Sunday Manic Productions presents Ivan & Alyosha, and Kris Orlowski at The Ballroom at The Outer Space Learn more at

Toad’s Place in New Haven presents electronic dance music this weekend - tonight its an event called LITUATION featuring 8 DJs. Saturday brings their glow party with more than a dozen DJs. On Sunday at Toad’s Gorilla Music presents The New Haven Music Festival. Visit

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight's Art Garfunkel show is sold out. Saturday night it’s the rock/roots Jackie Greene Band. On Saturday the Hall presents Live At The Fillmore: The Definitive Tribute To The Original Allman Brothers Band. Sunday brings Forward Festival In Concert: Sybarite5 With Sara Chase, Rupert Boyd And Full Force Dance Theatre. Visit

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

As Wesleyan University wraps up its academic year with Reunion and Commencement this week, The Center for The Arts squeezes in a couple final events. This Saturday at 11:00 am in the CFA Hall Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston will talk about their collaboration for the exhibition A Body in Fukushima. The Wesleyan University Senior Thesis Art Exhibition Reception happens Saturday at 2pm in Zilkha Gallery showcasing the work of the Class of 2015’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program, curated by Professor of Art Tula Telfair. Details at

The Middletown house-concert series presents an Irish kitchen concert this Saturday at 7:30pm. Their repertoire includes the driving reels and lilting jigs and hornpipes one would find in an Irish pub session, as well as stately waltzes, slow airs, and old and new songs of emigrants, soldiers, lovers, lawyers and computer programmers from both sides of the Atlantic.  The band features George Wilson on fiddle, banjo and vocals, Dora Hast on tin whistle and recorders, and Stan Scott on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and vocals. For reservations and directions, please call Jody Cormack 860-983-7963 or email

The Middletown Symphonic Band will be performing the first of a three part outdoor concert series at Riverfront Recapture Great River Park at 7pm on Saturday. Admission is free. Rain Date: Sunday, May 25, 2015. Subsequent concerts in this series will be held on June 28th and July 26th.Visit

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

Opening tonight and running through May 28th at Real Art Ways in Hartford is Man From Reno, wherein a stranger in San Francisco, Japanese crime novelist Aki Akahori (Ayako Fujitani), nicknamed “the J. D. Salinger of Japan,” is unsure of precisely what role she has to play in a real-life murder mystery.  Also opening today is The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared, a comedy about a mischievous centenarian on the run. Visit

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues Clouds of Sils Maria starring Juliette Binoche thru Saturday. On Sunday they begin a run of Tales of Hoffman, based on the opera by Jacques Offenbach, and the stories of E.T.A. Hoffman. 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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