Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday's Jive 06-05-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, June 5th, 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 Cafe Nine’s weekly Friday Wind-down Happy Hour at 5 features Gary Heriot, followed at 9 by The Famines, Spectral Fangs, and Lea. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 features Mike Coppola and Friends.  Saturday night they’re throwing an after-party following the screening of “Danny Says,” a documentary about Danny Fields showing at the Whitney Humanities Center. Headliners are The Hymans, Dave Richman and The Modern Covers, and Jacques LeCoque.  The School of Rock Madison CT Showcase starts Sunday at noon, followed by the usual Sunday Soul Service at 8. Visit

In Hartford, at Black-eyed Sally’s tonight it’s Danny Pease & the Regulators, bringing you Dirty Punk Reggae and more. Enjoy New Orleans funk on Saturday with The Colbys, along with special guest Charles Neville. Go to 

Manic Productions brings you Sebadoh and Total Babes at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden tonight. Sunday, at The Space in Hamden, they bring you Alex G, Pinegrove, and Pupppy. Visit

At Infinity Hall in Hartford tonight, they bring you folk legend Livingston Taylor. Saturday, Americana singer/songwriter Martin Sexton takes the stage, along with special guests Brothers McCann. Pre-show meet and greet tickets are available. Sunday, you can hear soul singer/songwriter Marc Broussard, along with special guest Andy Suzuki & The Method.  Details at

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight it’s Nested Drift, giving you fusion, improvisational jazz, and more. Saturday at 8 it’s the George Mastrogiannis Quintet. 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. Sunday beginning at 7p, it’s the Great Make Believe Society Improv group of actors and musicians. The Hearing Voices Network meets on Monday mornings at 10:30. Visit

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight they offer the John Valby XXX-Comedy show. On Saturday it's Mobb Deep. Visit

The annual St. George’s Greek Festival takes place through Saturday in Hartford. There’s music, theater, food and more. Info at

The Haddam-Killingworth High School student art exhibit opens today at the MAC650 gallery on Main St in Middletown. An opening reception with music, refreshments, and more starts at 5:30. Details at

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours happen this and Saturday evening at the Mark Twain House in Hartford.  Reservations are required.  Find out more at

The reSet Incubator Space in Hartford’s Parkville region hosts a National Day of Civic Hacking all day Saturday.  Learn about open data sources in Hartford, and join in designing community tools for I-84 redesign and more. Visit

The Sporting Chance for Youth Day happens on Saturday at Riverside Park in Hartford.  Youth of all abilities can try rowing, fishing, soccer, mountain biking and more.  Visit for details. 

Tree expert John Kehoe leads a 2-mile tree walk this Saturday in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford.  Learn more at

WESU DJ Karen Stein, host of WESU’s Imagine radio show airing on Thursdays, performs acoustic guitar every Saturday from 12:15 to 3 p.m. at the original Brewbaker’s on Main Street in Middletown. And, on Sunday beginning at 10am, it's crooner Dave Downs entertaining there.

The annual Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival Del Coqui happens this Sunday at Bushnell Park in Hartford.  Enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of Hispanic culture. There's more at

Connecticut Farmer’s Markets are starting their new season. Stay tuned to the Jive for updates on openings, and visit for details.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
“Every Secret Thing,” a crime thriller based on the novel by Laura Lippman, about the deception surrounding a series of missing child cases, is screening tonight and continues through the weekend at Real Art Ways in Hartford. Go to

Trinity College’s Cinestudio ends their 28th Connecticut LGBT Festival. tonight with “Happy End,” a German/Dutch production preceded by several shorts. The theater will then go dark and reopen on June 11. 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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