Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday's Jive 6-12-2015

Good afternoon, it's Friday, June 12th, 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, Cynthia Holiday offers you jazz, blues, and pop standards. The Aligned with Source Workshop series continues Saturday morning, with this week’s theme being A Journey of Peace.  Saturday evening the Buttonwood brings you the folk/soul duo Lillie and John, along with singer/songwriter Mark Wayne Pollard. 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. At 5, there’s an artist's reception for WESU’s Karen Stein, celebrating her month-long painting exhibition, “Imagine.” The Hearing Voices Network meets on Monday mornings at 10:30. Visit

The Friends of the Library Book Sale happens on Friday and Saturday at the Russell Library. Visit for details.

In New Haven tonight, Cafe Nine’s Wind-down Happy Hour at 5 features Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge, with Hymen Holocaust and more later for a 9:00 show. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session features Gary Grippo & Friends, followed later by Kingsley Flood, Lines West, and James Maple.  On Sunday there’s a fundraiser for She’s Well Preserved at 3, with the usual Sunday Soul Service at 8. Visit

Up in Hartford, at Black-eyed Sally’s tonight it’s the debut show of the Loups Garou Band, with electric funk, mandolin, junk-accordion and more. Saturday’s headliner is Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood, with R&B, rock, soul and more. Visit 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, on Saturday it’s the Bright Night 19: Electro Glow Party, with a host of artists and DJs spinning in two rooms.  Sunday they headline Golden Gate Wingmen. Go to

Manic Productions tonight brings Self Defense Family and others to The Space in Hamden, visit

The annual Hartford Blooms Garden Tour showcases the city’s spectacular gardens and historic architecture.  A special tour of the Colt Complex is included. Sunday’s wrap-up, “The Spirit of it All,” includes visits to churches, labyrinths, and a contemplative garden.  Tour tickets are available at various locations.  Information at

Connecticut Farmer’s Markets are revving up.  Visit the market at Higganum Village today to 6:30, and in Cromwell to 7.  Stay tuned to the Jive for updates on more openings, and visit for details.

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford now offers free admission every Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 5 p.m.  It’s free as well this Saturday as part of their Second Saturdays for Families series. Learn more at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, it’s a magic show with illusionist Mike Super tonight.  On Saturday they headline Connecticut native On Cue with hip-hop.  Details at

In preparation for the Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival later this summer, there's a Children's Village Youth Talent Fundraiser this Friday at ArtSpace on Asylum Avenue in Hartford. This event, which includes a fashion show, song, poetry, and more is open to youth of all ages.  Call 860-214-2557 for information. 

Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge in Middletown welcomes David Davis and his band tonight. Saturday night, Vocalist Theresa Wright returns. More at - that’s Scatz with a “Z”.

This weekend Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown celebrates forty years of promoting the growth of young people through the performing arts, with two days of events today and Saturday at its 128 Washington Street location. Festivities include a “(pay the) Rent Party,” an all star alumni variety show, a family dance party and more!  Details at

The Art Guild of Middletown holds an opening reception for it’s 2015 exhibition Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Zilkha Gallery on the Wesleyan campus.  Meet the artists and view the show.  The exhibition continues through June 20. 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. 

This weekend also brings the grand opening of the Vintage Hi-Fi museum in West Hartford, on Saturday and Sunday. You can explore examples of mid-century stereo design, listen to music on vintage tube amplifiers, check out their vinyl collection and more. Information at

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight they open “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story,” a documentary of the man who has been Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for over four decades.  A post-film talk follows the opening night screening.  It runs through the weekend. Visit

Trinity College’s Cinestudio tonight and through the weekend is showing “About Elly,” an Iranian drama about Iranian middle class citizens trying to adapt to their country’s strict Islamic laws. 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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