Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday's Jive 08-28-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, August 28th, 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.

This Sunday it’s the annual Open Air Market and Festival at the Mansion starts at 10 a.m., with Connecticut-grown produce, local artisan vendors, and music by the Middletown Symphonic Band, The Michael Cleary Band, Slowpoke, and more at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown. Visit

Hartford's Blackeyed Sally’s tonight has the psychedelic Dixieland Jazz band Primate Fiasco. On Saturday it’s soul with the Mighty Soul Drivers. Visit

New Haven's Café Nine early show today features the Jen Allen Quintet at 7, followed by Grizzlor, Intercourse, and Fashion Week for a 10 p.m. show. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Billy Cofrances, followed at 9 by Jittery Jack and more. Sunday’s matinee show features the folk/punk music of Leonhardt, and Kiel Grove, with a Reunion Weekend Show featuring Pencilgrass later at 9. Visit

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight the folk duo Oakes and Smith command the performance space.  The National Beat Poetry Festival comes in on Saturday and Sunday.  Call the Buttonwood at 860-347-4957 for details. And visit to see their full weekend schedule of events.

New Haven's Toad’s Place has the Riders on the Storm (Doors tribute Band) in tonight. Visit

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they headline the roots rock sounds of The Bo Deans tonight. On Saturday, Lotus Land takes the stage with The American RUSH tribute.  On Sunday you can hear world music with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, performing with special guests The Alchemysts. Go to

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

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours happen this evening and Saturday at the Mark Twain House in Hartford. You can make a reservation at

Oddfellow’s Playhouse in Middletown holds its fall Open House this Saturday from 10 to 1.  Stop by to meet teaching artists and learn about their Youth Theater and empowerment programs. Refreshments, juggling demos, arts activities and more are all part of the fun. Visit

Here in CT as the summer winds down and kids head back to school, we enter agricultural fair season bringing carnival midways with rides and games, agricultural displays, and contests, as well as truck and tractor pulls, animal shows, vendors and more.  The Brooklyn Fair runs through Sunday.  Additionally, The Chester Fair and The Terryville Lion’s Club Fair also happen this weekend.  The Haddam Neck and Woodstock Fairs will take place Labor Day weekend.

This weekend also brings the 2015 Plainville Fire Co Hot Air Balloon Fest. Events kick off this evening at 5pm with a craft fair, food, music, a balloon glow at dusk and fireworks. Activities continue on Saturday and Sunday with more music, crafts and balloon launches. Learn more at

Support Connecticut’s Farmer’s Markets while benefiting from the healthy food. Middletown’s long-running market on the South Green on Tuesdays and Thursdays continues through October. Middletown’s North End market is on Friday from 10 to 2, outside It’s Only Natural groceries store on Main St. Durham’s market is on Thursdays from 3 to 6. There’s one in Higganum Village on Friday from 3:30 to 6:30, and in Cromwell on Friday from 4 to 7. The East Haddam Farmer’s market happens every Wednesday from 4 to 7. The Chester market is open on Sundays from 10 to 1.  Down on the shore, The Clinton market happens on Thursdays from 4 to 7 and in Old Saybrook markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There’s also a market at 53 Broadway in New Haven every Friday from 10 to 2.  Visit for details.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
The Hartford Public Library concludes its Global Lens Film Series Saturday at 1pm in the Downtown Library with “Pardon My French,” an Egyptian film about a boy from a privileged background trying to fit in at a government school. Visit

Tonight Hartford's Real Art Ways opens two features. First is “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” celebrating Gibran’s elegant text as an animated musical adventure. They also open “Meru,” about three friends and their attempts to conquer the Shark’s Fin on Mt. Meru in the Himalayan Mountains of India.  Both run through the weekend. Also ending its run this weekend is Best of Enemies. Visit

Trinity College’s Cinestudio features “The Kindergarten Teacher,” an Israeli film about a teacher who discovers that her kindergarten student has a rare facility for poetry.  It runs through the weekend.  Full details at

Middletown’s first ever Mayoral Film Series continues this Saturday at Wesleyan’s Center for Film Studies, with a screening of “Angels With Dirty Faces” at 7:30.  The series 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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