The Raconteur, The Forum Theatre, and The Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission present
8 PM, Sat. Feb 12
W/Special Guest Director Ariel Schulman
We meet New York photographer Nev Schulman, brother of director Ariel, as he unwraps a painting of one of his photos by a young Michigan girl named Abby. They become Facebook friends, which eventually leads to Nev’s online romance with Abby’s older sister, Megan. But as he comes closer to meeting Megan in person, Nev uncovers some unsettling information.…I'll respect the studio's wishes by abbreviating the plot description, suffice it to say Catfish is a mash up of Blair Witch and The Crying Game in the world of Facebook. The Social Network is about origins, but Catfish, at once narrower and more universal in implication, is about consequences. Mr. Zuckerberg may be the genius who invented Facebook and cashed in on its success, but many of the rest of us live, at least some of the time, in the world he made, and on the evidence of Catfish, it can be a pretty creepy place. FOR TRAILER CLICK HERE. TICKETS: $12. TO PURCHASE ONLINE, CLICK HERE. THE FORUM THEATRE, 314 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ. GET HOOKED!
8 PM, Tues, Feb 22
Rac prop Alex Dawson reads with acclaimed author Alice Mattison and other Benningtonians at Brooklyn's beloved BookCourt. More info soon. FREE!
8 PM, Thurs, Feb 24
JESS ROW & EMMA STRAUB
NOBODY GETS LOTS & OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY
Jess Row is the author of NOBODY GETS LOST (forthcoming from FiveChapters Books) and the acclaimed story collection “The Train to Lo Wu” (Dial Press). Granta named Row one of the 21 best young American novelists. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Pushcart Prize and an NEA fiction fellowship. Emma Straub's debut story collection OTHER PEOPLE WE MARRIED is forthcoming from FiveChapters Books. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published by The Paris Review Daily, Barrelhouse, The Saint Ann’s Review, Cousin Corinne’s Reminder, and many other journals. FREE! Comp wine. Books on sale at event.
8 PM, Sat. Feb 26
SAFE TRAVELS & CIVIL WAR BUDDY HOLLIES
Safe Travels is a Phillie based indie/folk 4 piece (viola,
mandolin, guitar, and drums). Civil War Buddy Hollies is a Central Jersey indie/pop/fun group with a rotating cast of characters, some playing saxophones, flutes,and glockenspiel. FREE! Comp wine.
2 PM, Sun. Feb 27
THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN
Staged Radio Play
W/Carlyle Owens, Laurence Mintz, & Alex Dawson
The Metuchen Library
North of the Main Central Thrust, the highest ranges of the Himalayas rise abruptly into a realm of perpetual snow and ice. It is here, on the frozen slopes of the great mountain, terrified, caught in a blizzard, that our two headstrong heroes and their loyal Sherpa, Nah Song, realize that the hulking bear-like biped they've been doggedly hunting has suddenly...become the hunter! Theatrical lighting! Costumes! Sound FX! All Raconteur Radio Productions originate at The Raconteur.
8 PM, Thurs. March 3
COMING OUT, COMING HOME
LaSala draws on years of working with families and their gay and lesbian children to write a warm and wonderfully compassionate book. With insight and wisdom, his study examines very real and honest stories of how gay and lesbian people cope with accepting their families and how parents and siblings work to love and protect their offspring. A remarkable look into the human condition of gay and lesbian struggles in the twenty-first century. FREE! Comp wine. Books on sale at event.
8 PM, Fri. March 4
THE JOHN MELENDEZ DUO
Jazz prodigy John Melendez is a ninth-grade student from Metuchen. He has been studying piano for six years and jazz for three at the Mason Gross Extension School at Rutgers and the Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute. Currently, John holds a Young Artists Program scholarship at Rutgers. He has studied with Oscar Macchioni, Andy Michalec and Brian Axford. John's influences include Stanley Cowell, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock. John will be accompanied by his father, Rob Pallitto, on trumpet.
8 PM, Sat. March 12
WESLEY STACE & JONATHAN COE
CHARLES JESSOLD, CONSIDERED AS A MURDERER & THE TERRIBLE PRIVACY OF MAXWELL SIM
More info soon...
UPCOMING: Oscar nominated animator Bill Plympton