Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
Monday, September 21, 2015
Tuesdays, 8-10 AM
FGF: Quite frankly why you have ears!
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Monday, September 14, 2015
Sunday, September 13, 2015
CCSU’s year-long celebration of Frank Sinatra’s birth centenary continues this fall with a variety of activities, including free films, a panel discussion, an evening lecture, a weekly radio show, and will culminate on the singer’s 100th birthday in December with a 24-hour music marathon on the campus station, WFCS, 107.7 FM.
The CCSU Alumni Association will show three free movies as part of its “Classic Fridays” series: “From Here to Eternity” (1953), featuring Frank’s Academy-Award winning performance, on Sept. 18; the Cold War classic “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962) on Oct. 30; and Sinatra’s sole directorial effort, “None But the Brave” (1965), on Nov. 13. Each film begins at 2 p.m. in Torp Theatre in Davidson Hall and will be introduced by a different CCSU faculty expert: Brian Folker and Lee Einhorn, associate professors in the English Department, and Jerold Duquette, associate professor of Political Science. No tickets or reservations are required.
On Friday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m., also in Torp Theatre, the English Department will screen the powerful civil rights film “Kings Go Forth” (1958), starring Sinatra, Natalie Wood and Tony Curtis. The movie will be followed by a panel of CCSU professors: Carol Austad from the Peace Studies Program; Beverly Johnson from African-American Studies; Thom Delventhal from the Theatre Department; and Karen Ritzenhoff from Cinema Studies. Both the film and panel are free and open to the public.
At the Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington, our own Sinatraphile Gilbert Gigliotti, professor of English, will host a three-film Sinatra series on Wednesdays in October and November: Hollywood legend Frank Capra’s “A Hole in the Head” (1959) on Oct. 7; Sinatra’s greatest collaboration with Gene Kelly, “On the Town” (1949) on Oct. 21; and the great World War II escape film “Von Ryan’s Express” (1965) on Nov. 4. All movies are free and begin at 6:30 p.m.
On Thursday, Dec. 3, from 6-8:30 p.m., CCSU’s Continuing Education Department will kick off its new cabaret-style speaker series with “The CLASS-ic Sinatra,” an evening celebrating the life and art of Ol’ Blue Eyes, with Gigliotti’s discussion (including music and video excerpts) of why Sinatra still matters. The small cost of $20 will support the scholarship fund of College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) and include hors d’oeuvres, coffee, and tea. A cash bar also will be available to toast the Birthday Boy his way. The program will be held at CCSU in Memorial Hall’s Constitution Room.
CCSU has celebrated Sinatra regularly since 1993 on its weekly radio show, “Frank, Gil and Friends” (Tuesdays 8-10 a.m.), on WFCS and wfcsradio1077.com. But on Saturday, Dec. 12, Frank’s birthday, WFCS is planning something special: a Sinatra marathon from midnight-11:59 p.m. What could be a more fitting way to fete the man who toasted his audiences with, “May you live to be 100, and may the last voice you hear be mine!”
Mark your calendars and join us this fall at CCSU — where the Sinatra Centennial is Central!
(Some of the) Guests Over the Years
Frank Sinatra, Jr., scion, singer, and band leader
Michele Monro, daughter of Matt and author of The Singer's Singer: The Life and Music of Matt Monro (06/01/10)
Will Friedwald, author of Sinatra
The Song Is You: The Singer's Art
Tom Santopietro, author, Sinatra in Hollywood (11/03/09)
Anthony Rudel, author, Hello, Everybody: The Dawn of American Radio (10/13/09)
David Lloyd, poet, The Gospel According to Frank (9/29/09)
Rob Zappulla, trumpeter and vocalist, You Ought to be Having Fun, with back-up singers Nick Pastula and Cecilia Gigliotti (7/21/09)
Merlin Mann, web guru (pictured)
Alfred J Masciocchi, a.k.a., “Long-Time Listener Al”
Thom Delventhal, in a one-man performance of Playing Sinatra by Bernard Kops
The cast of CCSU's It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play (December 2014)
Duets III: Sinatra and Academe: CCSU professors, their research, and the host's valiant attempts to connect it to Sinatra (with, among others, Abigail Adams, Carrie Andreoletti, Louis Auld, Candace Barrington, David Blitz, Gloria Caliendo, Matt Ciscel, Jacqueline Cobbina-Boivin, Steve Cox, Guy Crundwell, Christine Doyle, Susan Gilmore, Victoria Ginter, Jason B. Jones, Andrea June, Paul Karpuk, Peter Kilduff, Larry Klein, Paloma LaPuerta, Kris Larsen, Vivian Martin, Mark McLaughlin, Pam Perry, Paul Petterson, Paul Resetarits, Karen Ritzenhoff, Ben Sevitch, David Spector, Barry Westcott, Armand Zottolla, and Cindy White (pictured).
Glynis Fitzgerald (Graduate), Faris Malhas (Engineering, Science, and
Technology), Zdzislaw Kremens (Engineering and Technology), Paulette
Lemma (Graduate), Susan Pease (Arts and Sciences), Siamack Shojai
(Business), and Mitch Sakofs (Education and Professional Studies),
not to mention Provost and Academic Vice President Carl Lovitt
Frank and Dean(s): CCSU Deans Michael Alfano (Education and Professional Studies),
The last four Presidents of Central Connecticut State University (Jack Miller, Robert Aebersold, Richard Judd, and Merle Harris)
Saturday, September 12, 2015
15 September 2015 - Present:
"All of Me" (Gerald Marks/Seymour Simons, 4/19/1954)
Friday, September 11, 2015
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
900th show: Tuesday, 4 March 2014, 8-10 AM
1000th Show: Tuesday, 12 April 2016, 8-10 AM