The Flagpole Radio Café

    is a lively variety show presented by Flagpole Productions™
in association with the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission

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Program for February 5, 2011 with Bethany & Rufus

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Honoring Washington
'Wild Horses', Dick Neal on banjo
Barbara Gaines' Newtown, 'Funny Valentine'

Bethany & Rufus
5, 6, 7, 8

'Three Card Monty', Major 7th, 'Carry On' 10

V.Day Dining
'Feel It All Over', Closing

A Message from the Executive Producer

Due to the incessant bad weather including snow, ice, wintry mix, high winds, ice dams, snow drifts and sub-zero temper­ atures, management of The Flagpole Radio Café regrets that we were unable to provide a complete playlist of the evening’s offerings in time for the programs to be printed.

If we were able to provide the complete playlist it probably would have set forth something along the lines of The Opening Song, a parody commercial, one or two songs (1), a longer sketch perhaps with an eye towards a historical event or current holiday (2), another song or two (3), a contrasting contemporary sketch (4), more music followed by our guest artists Bethany and Rufus (5, 6, 7, 8).

Their set would be followed by The Flagpole Radio News (9), legitimate arts news (9) and a return to the show proper with some more music, perhaps an original song by Jim (10). That would be followed by another commercial parody (10), followed by another song (10), followed by a sketch involving a husband and wife and their petty problems (11), leading to the last song and a recapitulation of the theme song (12).

But as I said, bad weather prevented the full realization of this plan and the above outline will have to suffice.

If you have any complaints, please direct them to the Weather Channel.



BETHANY & RUFUS duo that push the boundaries of American roots music far into unexpected territories, sliding seamlessly between groove, world, blues, and traditional folk music.

As the daughter of folk legend Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary), Bethany Yarrow absorbed much of this music through osmosis in her early childhood, but it’s her tour-de-force stage presence, mesmerizing voice and deep knowledge of the material that allows her to turn these songs inside out and find their less explored, enchanted underside. Rufus Cappadocia is renowned for his cross cultural collaborations, taking the cello into previously unexplored realms. Cappadocia has collaborated with a wide spectrum of world music artists, and through his work with West African, Haitian Vodoun and Arabic Music his unique musical voice traces the lineage of American music back to its root sources.

In January 2007 Bethany & Rufus released their debut record “900 Miles” on Hyena Records.

Jim Allyn, Rick Brodsky, Howie Bujese, Dick Neal, Chris Teskey
with Francine Wheeler

Martin Blanco, Barbara Gaines, Kate Katcher, David Wheeler

Written by Martin Blanco

with Jim Allyn, Barbara Gaines, Kate Katcher, John Morogiello,
Greg van Antwerp, and David Wheeler

  • Sound Engineers
  • Stage Manager
  • Box Office
  • General Manager
  • Graphic Design
  • David Shugarts, Dan Williamson
  • Ann Hithcock
  • Jennifer Johnston
  • Richard Gaines
  • David Wheeler

For those not acquainted with The Flagpole Radio Café, it is an engaging variety show created by Martin Blanco, Barbara Gaines and Jim Allyn in conjunction with the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. It features music by Jim Allyn and the Flagpole Radio Café Orchestra, a dynamic ensemble created for the show, and radio style comedy sketches by the hyperbolically named Flagpole Shakespeare Repertory Theatre. The Flagpole Radio Cafe is hosted by musician and radio personality Chris Teskey, who also broadcasts the show on his celebrated program on WPKN radio. Each show features a musical guest artist such as Peter Yarrow, Vanesse Thomas, Phil Bowler and Yale’s internationally acclaimed male choir The Whiffenpoofs.