Friday’s Jive 10-05-12

Good afternoon, it’s Friday, October 5th, 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

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area:

Tonight Sean Clapis, Noah Baerman, and Jesse Engle return to The Buttonwood Tree for a jazz performance. Then on Saturday, it’s the Vintage Vox Quartet, with Kathy Bonaccorsi on vocals, Darryl Patterson on piano, Kenny Palmieri on drums and Jerry Fanfarelli on guitar. On Sunday, “Food Not Bombs” shares food in front of the Buttonwood beginning about 1 p.m. Also on Sunday there is an Artists’ Reception from 4-6pm sponsored by Sweet Harmony Cafe and Bakery for the exhibit “Who is Janine 2012?” Pastel Paintings by Janine Janaki – open during the month of October. Information about all Buttonwood events can be found on its website at

Tonight, down at Toad’s Place in New Haven, you can catch Blue October, with Empires and Stars in Stereo. More details can be found at

Over at Café Nine in New Haven tonight the 2nd annual L.A.M.P. Festival features the Mates of State in a free show with live visual projection.  Saturday, it’s the Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host The Mike Coppola Trio, followed by the Independisc 14th Anniversary Bash, featuring: The Grimm Generation; The Sawtelles; and Farewood. On Sunday, it’s the Sunday-After-Supper Jam: w/ host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More information about these and other events can be found online at

This evening, at the MAC650 Gallery and Artspace, located on the 1st floor of Middletown’s North End Artist Cooperative building on Main Street, there will be a closing reception for the Tibetan art show that’s been on view, as well as a Singing Bowl Concert. For information, you can contact Carolyn at Up next at the MAC650 gallery will be Bifurcated Nudes: Wall Sculptures by Anesti Zakos, with an opening reception on Saturday featuring live music, Tschudin chocolates & wine from 7 to 10 p.m.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight it’s Mixed Signals, a five-piece rock band. Saturday brings John Fries & The Heat, with special guest Matt Zeiner, to Sally’s. More can be found at

On Saturday, at Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, the dance performance “visible” will take place in CFA Hall, with a pre-performance talk by dance professor Nicole Stanton. The performance work explores journeys, myths, dreams and memories of the known world, and an imagined future in an unknown land. On Sunday afternoon from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Wesleyan’s Russell House, Wesleyan music professor Neely Bruce and University of South Carolina viola professor Constance Gee will present “New & Recent Music for Viola and Piano,” including Mozart’s Sonata in F Major. For more information, visit

Wesleyan Writers Conference & Shapiro Creative Writing Center present A Celebration of New Letters: A day of readings and panels by innovative writers of prose and poetry. In addition to readings and panels on alternative publishing and innovative literary forms, there will be time throughout the day for students to have informal conversation with these writers. Held at Albritton Center on campus beginning at 10:30 a.m.

On Saturday at the Russell Library in Middletown, the Russell Knitters meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Look for more info at  

Sunday at 2pm at Adath Israel synagogue in Middletown, you can catch a staged reading of “What happens next?” a new full-length play by Terri Klein and directed by Richard Kamins, followed by a talkback with the cast and creative team. For more information, search “Floating Theater Company” on Facebook or call Terri Klein, 860-324-4740

Over at the Wesleyan Potters gallery shop, through Nov. 2, you can catch “Fibers,” a show of baskets and weavings in the Gallery Shop.

27th Annual Antique & Classic Car And Truck Show/Flea Market presented by Middlesex County Historical Society is Sunday and is taking place at Middletown High School on LaRosa Lane, off Newfield Street. Car registration begins at 8:30 am and judging starts at 11:30 am with trophies awarded at 2:30 pm. For more information, call the Society at 860-346-0746.

With the arrival of fall, farmers’ markets have given way to country fairs, including this one: The Berlin Fair, at the fairgrounds on Beckley Road in Berlin, running from Friday through Sunday. This major agricultural fair features horse shows, tractor pulling, flowers, arts and crafts, exhibits, a midway, contests, games, and more. For info, go to

Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten paths of central CT:

At Real Art Ways, the New Austrian comedy “Mahler on the Couch” continues through Sunday. Through next Thursday, RAW is also showing “Beauty is Embarrassing.” a funny, irreverent, and inspiring documentary featuring the life and current times of one of America’s most important artists, Wayne White, (who among other things was one of the creators of Pewee’s playhouse. Opening Friday night at Real Art Ways is the film, Liberal Arts in which a newly single 35 year old makes his way back to his college where he reunites with fond memories and old relationships. Oopening on Saturday, Real Art Ways presents “Redlegs”. In which a trio of old friends reunites to attend the funeral of a childhood pal after a mysterious murder. More can be found online at

Over at Cinestudio, Trinity College’s theater,; “Himalaya” is given a special one-time screening tonight. Friday and Saturday, it’s “Moonrise Kingdom.” And Sunday’s film is “Ruby Sparks.” Tickets and information can be found at

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

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s
 Wild Wild Live with MC Apper

A sneak peek into the magical live music scene of Wes. Tune in for in-station sets from campus bands and recordings of up-and-coming artists’ campus shows.

From 6:00 to 6:30pm 
it’s Free Speech Radio News – Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

For the next half hour, until 7pm you have 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.

From 10 until Midnight, take in
 the sounds of Rumba en el Patio 
with Michael
- Classic Salsa for the dancers, Afro-Latin Big Band for the discerning ear. Join us as we adventure through the history of Musica Latina!

At Midnight until 1:30am Saturday it’s 
N.E. Tempo with 
DJ Berk
- Serious turntablism – Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

At 1:30am we go 
In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with 
Dope Dave 
until 3am – Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.

At 3, to 4am it’s the Bassment Beats – the Real Hip-Hop is over here.

Then, we bring you
 Sing Out! 
from 4 to 5am, on a mission to preserve and support the cultural diversity and heritage of all traditional and contemporary folk musics, and to encourage making folk music a part of our everyday lives.

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 Italiafrom 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 Kevin Norton’s Metaphor Quartet, a CD entitled Not Only In That Golden Tree . . . featuring (the late) Wilber Morris, Masahiko Kono, Hitomi Tono’Oka and Kevin Norton, the selection “not drunk, but stunned” and it’s out on clean feed records.

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

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