Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday's Jive 07-31-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, July 31st, 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.

Right about now the 27th Annual Children's Circus of Middletown entitled "Headin' West!", a Kids Arts 2015 presentation by Oddfellows Playhouse, is beginning at Spencer School, 207 Westfield St. in Middletown.

Tonight The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown presents Layers and Frames, a Philly-based duo with world music, folk, and more.  On Saturday at 4 there’s a guitar workshop with Japanese performer/composer Hiroya Tsukamoto. Later at 8, he performs Cinematic Guitar Poetry. On Sunday at 7, the Great Make Believe Improv Show brings you Comedy for the Family.

Dave Downs, will make his monthly stop at BrewBakers, 169 Main St., Middletown, performing popular American songs from the 30's, 40's, 50's & beyond on Sunday, starting around 10:00 a.m. Call 860-852-0034.

New Haven's Café Nine Friday Happy Hour features The Helwigs this week, followed at 9 by Five in the Chamber and River Whyless. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session features Mike Coppola and Friends, with Rideyna, Mercy Choir, and The Tet Offensive coming your way later at 9. The Sunday Soul Service (funk and soul dance party with DJ  Dooley-O) happens at 8. Learn more at

Also in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight, they’ve got Big Jim’s Birthday Bash with a host of artists performing. It’s Summer Slamfest 5 on Saturday. Visit

At Infinity Hall in Hartford tonight Girls, Guns and Glory take the stage, with special guests The Mallett Brothers, bringing you Country Rock.  On Saturday you can catch some laughs with A Christian, A Muslim and a Jew, or Two Comedy show. Visit

At Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford tonight, it’s a double-header with Damon Fowler and Jason Ricci taking the stage. Saturday’s headliner is The Kinsey Report, with brothers Donald and Ralph and their legacy blues sound. Go to

The Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival happens this Saturday starting at 1 p.m. in Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford.  Enjoy Caribbean food, music, cool island beverages, and more. Rain date is Sunday. Learn more at

The Connecticut Ballet brings its Summer Dance Caravan to Middlesex Community College in Middletown on Saturday with a free open-air performance at 7:30.  Rain date is Sunday, August 2.  Details at

This Weekend also brings one of CTs biggest summer music festivals, The Gathering of the Vibes. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the music fest and features a huge line up with dozens of national acts at Seaside Park in Bridgeport. Tickets and info at

Support Connecticut’s Farmer’s Markets and enjoy healthy food while you’re at it! The East Haddam Farmer’s Market happens every Wednesday from 4 to 7, Durham’s is on Thursdays from 3 to 6. The Clinton market is every Thursday from 4 to 7. Middletown’s North End Farmers Market is on Friday from 10 to 2. There’s one in Higganum Village on Friday from 3:30 to 6:30, and in Cromwell on Friday from 4 to 7. On the shore, in Old Saybrook markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Chester market is open on Sundays from 10 to 1. Middletown’s long-running market on the South Green runs Tuesdays and Thursdays through October. Stay tuned to the Jive for updates on more openings, and visit for details.

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

The Hartford Public Library’s Global Lens Film Series brings you “Nina’s Dowry,” about a husband pursuing dowry rights in Cameroon, at 1pm on Saturday. Full details at

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight they open “Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary,” a documentary about LEGOs, their global fan base, and innovative uses.  Also opening is “A Borrowed Identity,” about a Palestenian boy trying to fit in with his Jewish schoolmates at boarding school.  Both run through and beyond the weekend. Visit

Tonight Trinity College’s Cinestudio opens “The Third Man,” a restoration of the 1949 classic Cold War tale that takes place in occupied Vienna.  Starring Joseph Cotton, Trevor Howard, and Orson Welles, it is released on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Welles. Details at

Films on Foss is a pilot open-air movie series happening in Middletown at Foss Hill on the Wesleyan Campus.  A brainchild of the Mayoral Youth Cabinet, they’re bringing you “Frozen” this Saturday at 7. 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.

The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at

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