Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday's Jive 06-26-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, June 26th, 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 Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight you can join The Hollands! for Americana folk harmonies and a sing-along. On Saturday The Red Hots take the stage, with classic blues, jazz, and more. 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 on Monday mornings at 10:30. Visit

Saturday, Manic Productions presents Old Gray, Milo, Clique, and Setsuna at The Space in Hamden. Sunday, Manic brings you Melvins, and Le Butcherettes at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden. Visit

New Haven's Cafe Nine early set at 5pm today features Victor Roland, followed later by A Muscle Shoals Music Revue featuring Amy Black and Sarah Borges. Café Nine's weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band. Butch Hancock and special guest Rory Hancock take the main stage at 9pm. On Sunday at 1pm there's a Tribute to the Life of Kenny Melillo, with the usual Sunday Soul Service happening later at 8. Visit

Toad's Place in New Haven on Saturday features Shakedown, Eggy, and The Remnants. Visit

At Infinity Hall Hartford, Liberty Comedy presents "Letterman's Favorites" tonight.  On Saturday, Connecticut's own Jeff Pevar and "Mo" Pleasure bring an all-star lineup to the stage with special guests. On Sunday, iconic folk artist Tom Rush performs at 7:30. Details at

Hartford's Black-eyed Sally's brings reggae, funk, electronica and more by Roots of Creation tonight. Hear blues rock on Saturday with Night Train. Go to

The Hartford Public Library Poets on Poetry series continues this Saturday with a discussion of the work of Galway Kinnell. Visit

At Scatz Restaurant and Lounge in Middletown, you can enjoy the Medusa Band tonight. Saturday, Rahsaan Langley takes the stage. has details. That's Scatz with a Z.

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours happen this Friday and Saturday at the Mark Twain House in Hartford.  Visit for details.

Artists for World Peace holds its third annual Dance for Peace this Saturday at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook.  Proceeds benefit the Dr. Yoram Kaufmann Scholarship Fund.  Details at

The Middletown Symphonic Band performs an outdoor concert this Saturday at Riverfront Recapture Great River Park in East Hartford.  Details at

By utilizing Connecticut's Farmer's Markets you can enjoy healthy locally grown food. You can visit East Haddam every Wednesday from 4 to 7, Durham every Thursday from 3 to 6, Clinton every Thursday from 4 to 7, Middletown North End Friday from 10 to 2, Higganum Village Friday from 3:30 to 6:30, Cromwell on Friday from 4 to 7, Old Saybrook on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and Chester on Sunday from 10 to 1.  Middletown's Long Standing Farmer's market on the South Green will begin in July. Stay tuned to the Jive for updates on more openings, and visit for full details.

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

The Global Lens film series resumes at the Hartford Public Library's downtown location. This week they're screening "Image Threads," a film from India about self-discovery through the eyes of an internet hacker.  Visit for days and times.

Hartford Parks free Movies After Dark series returns, showing "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory tonight at sunset in Bushnell Park.

Hartford's Real Art Ways continues their run of "When Marnie Was There," an animated parable about friendship and emotional repair through the 28th.  Tonight they open "The Yes Men Are Revolting," a documentary about an activist group taking on climate change; as well as "The Wolfpack," a Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary about brothers locked in a Lower East Side apartment who discover the world through movies. Visit

Tonight Hartford's Trinity College's Cinestudio opens "The Last Waltz," a restored version of Martin Scorsese's 1976 concert film of The Band's farewell performance in San Francisco.  Saturday's matinee is Julie Taymor's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Sunday's matinee is the National Theatre Live's production of "The Audience," starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II. Details at 

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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