Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday's Jive 07-10-2015

Good afternoon, it's Friday, July 10th, 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

Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight at 8, Jim Matus on laoutar w/Larry Derdeyn on piano, provide melodies, harmonic twists and trance grooves with an emphasis on improvisation. And Saturday at 8 brings Sissy Castrogiovanni’s Unplugged Trio to The Buttonwood Tree playing jazz, Mediterranean and world music, with a touch of classical and African influences, all blended into Sicilian lyrics, rhythms and old folk traditions. Sunday at 5 pm there will be an artist’s reception for Jennifer Misseri, whose photographs are on view through July. The Hearing Voices group meets at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays. Details at

Infinity Hall Hartford brings Black Violin tonight, playing bluegrass as well as classical, hip hop and R&B. Saturday, it’s blues rock with the The Allman Neville Pitchell Band, comprised of Gregg Allman’s son Michael, Charles Neville (from the Neville Bros.) and CT's Jeff Pitchell. has more.

At Café Nine in New Haven, today’s weekly wind-down happy hour features Sean Conlon at 5 p.m., followed at 9 by Big Lazy and The Claudettes. Saturday’s afternoon jazz jam session is with Gary Grippo and friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by Manic Productions’ presentation of Shilpa Ray, with Rydeya and Violent Mae. Sunday at Café Nine, at 3 p.m., it’s The Rezillos, with Lost Generation and The Deacons. Then at 8, the Sunday Soul Service begins. Visit

Tonight New Haven's Toad’s Place has Styles P and Sheek Louch, with Tony Moxberg and the Big V Bday Bash. Then Saturday brings the Mighty Mighty Bosstones to the Toad’s stage, along with Street Dogs and Interrupters. See

At Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford tonight, Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang take the stage. And Saturday it’s the Pat McGee Band. Visit

Tonight, the CT Tango Fest's opening tango social happens at 8:30, after the 7:30 tango class, at First Church of Christ, 190 Court St. in Middletown. Visiting guests are Dale Ellison and Jorge “Gem” Duras. On Saturday, there will be a tango boot camp for beginners. Find information at

Free performances of “Tomorrow the World,” an immersive play, continue tonight and Saturday at the KidCity Children’s Museum in Middletown. The play is for mature audiences, however. It is adapted from Aldous Huxley’s thought-provoking 1931 novel Brave New World and explores the future of technology and humanity and the things people do to protect it. During the show, the audience members will choose which characters and story lines to follow as scenes happen simultaneously in Kidcity's wild and colorful exhibits. The cast, crew, and design team - working together as The Mad Generation Theater Company - are all recent high school graduates from throughout New England. has more.

Saturday evening "The Mixashawn Trio: MX = triodata" presents 100 years of jazz with original saxophonics, flute, vocals and spoken word, percussion and bass. Infinite sounds for the heart and mind… There is a Drum Finale and open mike following the concert. BYOB Sat. 7 PM @ Bregamos  Community Theater, 315 Peck St New Haven. Call 203 904 2967 for the details.

Back in Middletown, at Wesleyan, on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Crowell Concert Hall, Neely Bruce presents “That’s It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce,” the sixth in a series of CD-length recitals of his piano music, featuring the world premiere of Four Friendly Fugues. has details.

Support Connecticut’s Farmer’s Markets and enjoy healthy food. The East Haddam Farmer’s market happens Wednesdays from 4 to 7, Durham’s is on Thursdays from 3 to 6 while the Clinton market is Thursdays from 4 to 7. Middletown’s North End farmers markets on Fridays are in Middletown's North End from 10 to 2, in Higganum Village from 3:30 to 6:30 and in Cromwell from 4 to 7. In Old Saybrook there are farmer’s markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Chester Farmer’s Market is open on Sundays from 10 to 1. Middletown’s long running Farmer’s Market at the South Green runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays through October. Stay tuned to the Jive for openings updates, and visit for more details.

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

Hartford's Real Art Ways opens 2 films today: “Charlie’s Country” and “The Overnight”. And there are weekend matinees of "The Wolfpack" and "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared". Visit

Also in Hartford tonight Trinity College’s Cinestudio begins a run of the 2015 Mexican road trip movie “Güeros,” shot in black and white in the classic more square picture ratio by Alonso Ruizpalacios, in his directorial debut. Visit 

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05-6:30pm, it'll be Covering the Beatles - Take a ride forward and backward on a "Magical Mystery Tour." An exploration of covers of Beatles songs by new artists and early rock and roll tunes covered by the Beatles.            
From 6:30-7pm its Radio Curious from Pacifica.

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 different genres like Reggae Dancehall, R&B, and new artiste.    
Then from 10pm - midnight, 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 soundscapes.

At Midnight until 3am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE w/Clarence Scott & Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

3-3:30 am will be Bassment Beats with DJ LOKASH from Pacifica - The best in underground & above ground hip-hop mixed by DJ LOKASH.

From 3:30-4 am is a New World Show with DJ LOKASH from Pacifica, exploring contemporary sounds in global bass redefining the term "world music." curated & mixed by DJ LOKASH

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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