Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday's Jive 08-21-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, August 21st, 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.

If you visit The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight you can hear bluegrass by the Matt Flinner Trio beginning at 8.  Another trio - Jazzage - takes the stage on Saturday at 8, performing to celebrate the opening of the Saratoga Soul Photo Exhibit, which continues through the month of August. Visit

Visit for information on summer events, children’s activities, and more at the Library here in Middletown.

Infinity Hall in Hartford tonight presents the Best of CT Music Awards for local singer/songwriters. On Saturday they present Moody Blues’ founding member Justin Hayward, with special guest Mike Dawes. See more at

At Hartford's Blackeyed Sally’s, rising blues stars from Florida, the Selwyn Birchwood Band, appear tonight. On Saturday it’s Rhythm Inc., with reggae, dub, hip hop, and more. Visit

In New Haven, at Café Nine, today’s Happy Hour feature is Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge, followed at 9 by Ceschi, Smokee B, Ricky Swift, Kiddead, and DJ Taco. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with the George Baker Band, followed at 9 by the Record Release Show for The Mountain Movers, who appear along with Dead Leaf Echo, and Landing. Sunday’s matinee show headlines Oberon Rose, followed by the Soul Service at 8 p.m. Check
New Havens Toad’s Place offers the Local Rock Showcase, with a variety of performers tonight.  There’s another Bright Night: Electro-Glow Party on Saturday, with DJs spinning in two rooms. Go to to learn more.

You can tango every Friday at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, it starts at 4 p.m. and goes until 10. Details at

Slide the City happens Saturday starting at 10 a.m. in Hartford, with 1000 feet of water slides, music, and food in Bushnell Park. Visit for details.

Middletown’s Jonah Center for Earth & Art is sponsoring a Sunset Paddle in the Floating Meadows Saturday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. for canoeists and kayakers.  The outing starts at the new Phil Salafia launch on Johnson Street, and explores the 1000-acre marshland along the Mattabesset River. Call John Hall at 860-398-3371 for details, or visit

On Sunday you can attend the 62nd All Natural Food Summer Picnic, sponsored by the CT chapter of Natural Food Associates.  Share a potluck organic meal starting at 1:30 at Marcus Cooke Park in Wallingford.  The guest speaker, Dr. Yuriy May, a holistic dentist, will discuss controversies about root canals, alkaline balance, and more. Call 203-269-9091 for details. 

Support Connecticut’s Farmer’s Markets while benefiting from healthy food! 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 market is on Friday from 10 to 2, with the long-running market on the South Green on Tuesdays and Thursdays through October. 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, Old Saybrook markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. A new market is open at 53 Broadway in New Haven every Friday from 10 to 2.  The Chester market is open on Sundays from 10 to 1.  Visit for details and additional markets.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
The Hartford Public Library continues its Global Lens Film Series with “The Pardon,” a Rwandan film about the consequences to be faced after a man murders his best friend’s family on Saturday at 1. Visit

Tonight, Middletown Recreation and Community Services presents "Homeward Bound" outside their Center at 61 Durant Terrace. Call 860.638.4500 for info. An ice cream social takes place at 8 p.m. followed by the movie at dark. Please bring chairs and blankets.

The Cedar Hill Movie Series brings you the 1952 classic “Pat and Mike,” with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, tonight at 7:30 at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford.  Details at

Hartford's Real Art Ways has 2 films running through the weekend.  You can see “Listen To Me Marlon,” an inner look into Marlon Brando’s mind using archival personal material.  Or choose “Best of Enemies,” which chronicles the 1968 television news debate between William F Buckley and Gore Vidal. Visit

Through August 26, Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its screening of restored films from “The Apu Trilogy,” by Satyajit Ray, considered the greatest Indian director of his generation. Offerings include “Apur Sansar,” “Pather Panchali,” and “Aparajito.”  Full details at

Middletown’s first ever Mayoral Film Series premieres this Saturday at Wesleyan’s Center for Film Studies, with a showing of “The Maltese Falcon” at 7:30.  The series continues for three weeks and features classic gangster movies. Proceeds benefit The Buttonwood Tree. Details at

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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