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Falconworks Theatre Benefit will be held at 8 p.m. September 12 at the Red Hook performing arts space, Jalopy.

Join musicians, actors and artists in celebrating and supporting the work Falconworks Artists Group. The evening features music by Xylophone People, Nick Howard, Thursday Night All Stars and Bad Girlfriend.

Falconworks supports and empowers communities and individuals through theater that addresses personal and local issues. Falconworks achieves its mission through workshops in playwriting and performance that offer individuals the skills and resources to tell their own stories.

The show opens with Xylophone People, a xylophone based band comprised of Phil Kester, xylophone, marimba and drums; Sean McCaul, xylophone, vibes, accordion and vocals; Mike Dillon, lead guitar and Alison Oelke McCaul, executive producer.

The Thursday Night All Stars is described as an Iranian jazz-rock band with a revolving line-up that blends world music, jam rock, jazz, and pop music all in one entertaining show, complete with comedy, costumes and a bit of satire thrown in. Each member of the group parodies the role of a different religious figure of varying cultures: a Pontiff, a Rabbi, a nun, a Persian Ayatollah, a Friar, a Sheik, and a Monk — all in light-hearted way of symbolizing a sense of harmony among all creeds, cultures, and sects under the fictitious ideology they call Selfishtology.

Their songs involve vocals (male and female), drums, saxophone, keyboards, electric guitar, bass guitar and an upright bass, as well as a Persian Tar played by front man Piruz Partow (as the zany Ayatollah Fancy).

The band’s name is itself a play on Muslim cultural tradition. As Friday is the traditional Muslim day of rest, Thursday night is generally understood to be a big party night within that culture.

Jalopy is at 315 Columbia Street in Red Hook. For more, call 718-395-3214 or visit www.jalopy.biz. Admission for the benefit is $25.

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