Starring Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and Sofia Vergara, the film finds the tiny blue Smurfs transported from their magical village to our world after the evil wizard Gargamel chases them away.
Kane, of Bridgeport, will release “Just A Plus” and” Ease Ur Pain” on Thursday, Sept. 8, while KMelz, a Stamford native, will drop “If I Can’t Have U Girl” on Thursday, Sept. 15. All the tracks are available on Amazon and iTunes.
Since signing with BSE at 25, Kane has gradually made a name for herself on the national stage. Her first single, “Here With Me,” reached No. 69 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, while the follow-up, “Burnin 4 Ur Luv,” was featured on the VH1 series, “Single Ladies.”
KMelz, who is also a writer and producer for BSE (his credits include Kane’s “Here With Me”), had previously released the single, “Let Me Getcha Number.” In 2010, he appeared alongside Calvin Richardson, Donell Jones and Faith Evans at a music festival in Augusta, Ga.
Right: Break out your yarmulkes — Hasidic reggae star Matisyahu will perform at Toad’s Place in New Haven.
Six years ago a Jewish, Hasidic reggae artist would have seemed more like a character from “Saturday Night Live” than a serious recording artist.
But today — thanks to the success of Hasidic reggae superstar Matisyahu — nothing seems strange (at least to his legions of fans) about a yarmulke-wearing, long-bearded, rhyme-spitting emcee, who belts out biblically inspired lyrics over reggae grooves, as his payes (side curls) sway to the beat and he occasionally crowd dives.
Matisyahu proved just how hip Torah teachings can be when he released his breakout album, Live at Stubb’s. That album contained the hit “King Without a Crown,” and since its 2005 release he has toured the world and created such hits as “Jerusalem” and the Bruno Mars-produced “One Day,” which NBC used during advertisements for the 2010 Olympics.
He is currently touring behind the release of Live at Stubb’s II and will be stopping in Connecticut for a performance Sunday, Sept. 4, at 8 p.m. at Toad’s Place in New Haven.
Born Matthew Miller, Matisyahu (which is Hebrew for Matthew) grew up in White Plains, N.Y., in a secular Jewish household. The first song he ever wrote was “King Without A Crown.”
Matisyahu will perform Sunday, Sept. 4, at 8 p.m. at Toad’s Place, 300 York St. in New Haven. Tickets are $25. Call 203-624-TOAD or visit Toad’s Place online. — Erik Ofgang
Photo: David Arquette participates in a Senegalese dance lesson with Samoul Faye during his recent trip to help end malaria in Africa. (Photo/Laura Hajar)
David Aequette recently got back from his first trip to Africa to mark his upcoming 40th birthday with Malaria No More, a nonprofit determined to end malaria deaths in Africa. Now, he wants to share his experience with fans through photos and videos and by giving gifts that he found during his travels in Senegal.
During his trip to the West African Nation, Arquette distributed mosquito nets to families in need, talked with parents who are working to protect their children and met with village chiefs to learn how they are fighting malaria in their communities.
Now that he’s back in the U.S., he’s engaging supporters online through “David Arquette’s Birthday Giveback” campaign on Crowdrise. Malaria’s victims are mostly young children under the age of 5 — but the disease is preventable and treatable.
For his birthday, Arquette is asking fans to help him and Malaria No More give children in Africa the gift of growing up. To supercharge his efforts, Sumitomo Chemical/Olyset — a leader in the global fight against malaria — has promised to match every dollar raised, up to $25,000.
From now until his birthday on Sept. 8, Arquette will upload trip photos and videos from his trip and post some of his favorite Senegalese souvenirs on the site for Crowdrise supporters to win throughout the campaign.
If you want to help Arquette help children in Africa, click here.
Above: Roddy Piper stars in John Carpenter’s 1988 sci-fi/horror film “They Live.”
The popular series kicks of Thursday, Sept. 22 with “They Live,” writer/director John Carpenter’s 1988 alien invasion film starring Roddy Piper, Keith David and Meg Foster. A commercial flop at the time of its release, “They Live” went on to become one of Western cinema’s great left-field hits, earning praise for its “subversive blend of horror and sci-fi” and stinging critique of American consumerism.
Cult Classics continues with “a surprise werewolf double feature” on Oct. 6 (hint: it is the 30th anniversary of both films) and “a surprise Wes Craven double feature” on Oct. 20 (hint: they are two of the director’s best flicks from the 1970s).
The schedule continues as follows:
Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” on Nov. 3
Jim Henson’s “The Muppet Movie” on Nov. 17
Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” on Dec. 1
Photo: The ComiCONN convention is still slated to swoop into Stamford this weekend despite Hurricane Irene.
As Hurricane Irene charges north along the Eastern Seaboard — it’s scheduled to reach Fairfield County on Sunday — the only places you’re probably going to be this weekend are either your own home, or the home of a friend or relative.
But before battening down the hatches, you may want to get out there for some last minute, pre-Irene fun.
The Punch Brothers, a progressive bluegrass band from New York City, will bring their genre-drifting musical machinations to Stage One at Fairfield Theatre Company on Friday, Aug. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
If you’re looking to take in a show that is as dark as the weather predictions, you might want to drop by the Westport Country Playhouse for a performance of Tennessee Williams’ one-act drama, “Suddenly Last Summer.” Shows are slated for Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m.
And even though the rain and wind might pulverize the average earthling, it won’t stop the superhero and sci-fi freaks planning to descend on Stamford’s Plaza Hotel for ComiCONN on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day-long, jam-packed convention is scheduled to include appearances by legendary comic artists, professional wrestlers and collectibles dealers.
Stevie Wonder, the Motown legend and Grammy Award-winning musician who has earned recognition for his social and political activism, will be honored with the Spirit of Hope Award at the 15th Annual Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Fall Gala at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich on Thursday, Oct. 29.
The fundraiser will feature performances by Michael McDonald, a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and former member of the Doobie Brothers and Steeley Dan; and Darius Rucker, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Hootie and the Blowfish.
All funds raised will support research into treatments for multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer.
A longtime supporter of the MMRF, Wonder has pursued many philanthropic endeavors throughout his 50-year career. In the early 1980s, he helped spearhead the initiative that made Martin Luther King Day a national holiday and in 2009, he was designated as a United Nations Messenger of Peace with focus on persons with disabilities. Recently, Wonder performed at Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief and Stand Up To Cancer.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the MMRF – an organization that has helped so many families affected by multiple myeloma,” Wonder said in a press release. “Cancer has touched someone in all of our lives. It is my hope that . . . we can play a role in helping the MMRF bring patients new treatments that will extend their lives.”
Wonder’s first wife and longtime collaborator, Syreeta Wright, died of breast cancer in 2004.
Tickets cost $500 to $1000. To reserve a table at the MMRF Fall Gala, donate an auction item or join the planning committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-584-5463.
While completing research on Saucers, the recently reunited New Haven-based indie rock band performing at Cafe Nine Sept. 3, I came across a fascinating piece of pop culture associated with one of the group’s former drummers.
Mark Mulcahy, an influential figure in the Elm City’s underground rock scene, was also the frontman of the New Haven indie band Polaris. That group provided the soundtrack (including the theme song, “Hey Sandy”) to the Nickelodeon children’s series, “The Adventures of Pete and Pete.”
Check out the opening credits to the show below: