Raconteur Radio Presents Sunset Boulevard May 19th

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7:30 PM, Sat. May 19

$10 at the door

With Caryle Owens, Laurence Mintz, Michael Jarmus, and featuring Jane Hardy as faded film star Norma Desmond

The Old Franklin Schoolhouse

491 Middlesex Ave in Metuchen (btwn the firehouse and the Masonic Lodge and across from the Public Libary)

The lifeless body of struggling young Hollywood screenwriter Joe Gillis floats in the swimming pool of long-forgotten silent-film star Norma Desmond's palatial mansion on Sunset Boulevard, as Joe narrates, in flashback style, the story of his becoming Desmond's kept man and the events leading up to his own murder.

Click HERE to watch the theatrical trailer for Billy Wilder's masterpiece.

Raconteur Radio productions include costumes, theatrical lighting, and extensive sound effects.

Again, reservations are strongly suggested. To reserve simply reply to this e-mail with the number in your party.


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7:30 PM, Thurs. May 24

Singer/songwriter Shayfer James (recently dubbed "new and noteworthy" by i-tunes and featured on MTV.hive.com) tickles his tusks as logging saws sing; playwright/author/performer Clay McLeod Chapman (called "hauntingly poetic" by Time Out New York, compared to Lovecraft by the New York Times, and described as a "demon angel on a skateboard" by author Tom Robbins) grinds and kickflips his way through campire stories about kids with corn cob arms; and circus side show Honor Amongst Thieves wolf down Samaraii swords, then juggle (and simultaneously shave with) recently stropped machetes. Plus yours truly will be reading a brand new story about a Chinese Giant and an Illustrated Boy who are, you guessed it, private detectives! All this for a mere sawbuck! That's right folks, a roster of awe-inspiring wonders for one measly tenner. And who knows, maybe, just maybe, someone will dangle an anvil from their tongue.

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Former Raconteur house band and featured Rip Rac guests, The Roadside Graves, come to the Old Franklin School

8 PM, Friday May 11, 2012

From their doleful dirges to their sweet, romantic blues to their wild American poetry, the Gravesserve up torchers, scorchers and languid back porchers bursting with woodland wisdom and street corner philosophy. $5 at the door.Proceeds go towards a special fund to purchase audio equipment for the Old Franklin School (so they can provide an even better space to hear live music). Please note: this is not a Raconteur Ventures event (RV approved, yes, but not RV sponsored).

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