Film Screening: Brian Robinson presents rock musical “The Apple” Wed., May 11, at 7 PM

When Brian Robinson’s rock band The New Chastity had to postpone their scheduled May 11 show, Robinson stepped up with another idea: He offered to host a screening of the 1980 cult musical “The Apple,” starring Catherine Mary Stewart and George Gilmour. The screening starts at 7 PM and admission is $5.

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Robinson—managing director of Yale Symphony Orchestra and a connoisseur of cult films—describes “The Apple” as “the greatest bad post-glam rock-musical ever created.”

From the Daily Grindhouse Web site:

“The Apple” is basically a nihilistic, dystopian, kitchen-sink fantasia, blending the musical virtuosity of “The Running Man” with the non-stop action of “American Idol”. It tells the story of Alphie (George Gilmour, who appeared in a feature film never before and never again) and his true love Bibi, a young pair of aspiring pop stars who are tempted, like Adam and Eve, by the forces of absolute evil, played here by the music industry, and who are separated and who each nearly lose their way entirely before finding redemption and salvation and each other.

Now, you don’t want to miss that!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, May 6. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Saturday, May 7. SOFT ACOUSTIC/ROCK: THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS

• Monday, May 9. FILM SCREENING: “FRUITVALE STATION”

• Tuesday, May 10. ECLECTIC: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS, PRETEND IT DIDN’T HAPPEN, THE HUMAN LIGHT BOX

• Wednesday, May 11. FILM SCREENING: BRIAN ROBINSON PRESENTS “THE APPLE”

• Friday, May 13. THREE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, DICK NEAL, GLEN ROETHEL

• Saturday, May 14. FILM SCREENING/WINE & CHEESE TASTING: VINO/NOIR

• Monday, May 16. FILM SCREENING: “SARAH’S KEY” (in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of New Haven)

• Wednesday, May 18. BLUES: CODA BLUE

• Thursday, May 19. EXPERIMENTAL: RIVENER, CRETELLA|PAOLUCCI DUO, ID M THEFT ABLE & FLANDREW FLEISENBERG

• Friday, May 20. JAZZ VOCALS & GUITAR: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER

• Thursday, May 26. EXPERIMENTAL: ELECTRONHIC

• Friday, May 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Thursday, June 2. HALFWAY TO GUITAR NIGHT: SHAWN PERSINGER, NANCY TUCKER, NORMAN PLNKEY, ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, June 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR

• Thursday, June 9. CABARET/SINATRA: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY

• Thursday, June 16. CHRISTOPHER ARNOTT & LYS GUILLORN CELEBRATE BLOOMSDAY

• Friday, June 24. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH, ALT-COUNTRY: LINES WEST

• Thursday, June 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: EUGENE GALLAGHER, QUINN HARLEY

• Friday, July 1. POST-PUNK: TELEGRAM SCAM

• Friday, July 29. ART-ROCK: FE FI FO

• Friday, Aug. 5. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

Music: String quartet rock with The Tet Offensive on Friday, June 5, at 8 PM

The Tet Offensive plays Best Video Performance Space on Friday, June . The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

The Tet Offensive at Best Video September, 2014.

The Tet Offensive at Best Video September, 2014.

Their self-description:

The Tet Offensive are a string quartet-powered rock band led by composer and singer Brian Robinson. I know that you just read a sentence that used the words “string quartet” and “composer” in them. And yet we’re still a rock band. We still cover the White Stripes and Soundgarden. We’ve playing the Knitting Factory and CBGBs.

We still play rock music despite the contemporary notion that string quartets are a part of the classical music world, and that composers are brooding and effete loners with sallow complexions and mood swings. I say to Hell with that preconception.

In a genre that celebrates the visceral and gritty, is there nothing more visceral than screaming a taut bow of horsehair against strings, and having no amplification or effects pedals to mask what you’re playing? We’re celebrating the risk-taking and scary parts of rock. Where Dylan plugged in, we’re kicking out the whole band and replacing it. Like our namesake, we are the surprise attack during a national holiday. We are the Tet Offensive.

They’ll have new songs and the added thwack! of a new drummer. Don’t miss it.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, May 28. SINGER-SONGWRITER; ACOUSTIC GUITARIST: SETH ADAM; GLENN ROTH

• Friday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Wednesday, June 3. ALT-COUNTRY: LINES WEST; SINGER-SONGWRITER: KYLE DUKE

• Thursday, June 4. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR, PARLAY DRONER

• Friday, June 5. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Monday, June 8. FILM SCREENING: “FINDING TATANKA”

• Wednesday, June 10. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, DAN GREENE

• Thursday, June 11. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS & THE CYGNET SISTERS

• Friday, June 12. BLUEGRASS: THE WOOL HATS STRING BAND

• Monday, June 15. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH, GLUMPUPPET

• Thursday, June 18: SILENT FILM with MUSIC: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT scores “THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI”

• Friday, June 19. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Wednesday, June 24. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA (CD RELEASE SHOW!)

• Friday, June 26. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Wednesday, July 1. ART SONG: TWINS OF EL DORADO; JAZZ: WORK AND WHY WE DO IT

• Friday, July 17. PIANO POP/PAINTING: POCKET VINYL

• Friday, July 24. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: ANNE MARIE MENTA, SHELLYE VALAUSKAS

• Friday, July 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SAMUEL BASS

• Wednesday, Aug. 26. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Wednesday, Sept. 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANGELA EASTERLING