Night of the Living Dead TV Themes

Classic TV lovers, unite! The groovin’ musical group Television graces listeners’ ears with jazz-infused renditions of retro tunes during Kansas Public Radio’s Retro Cocktail Hour, starting at 8 p.m. at Pachamama’s (800 New Hampshire, in Lawrence, 785-841-0990). The show features the memorable themes of Star Trek, Dragnet and Bullwinkle. Television started playing quirky versions of classic TV themes in 2004. Leader Stan Kessler thinks most people are intrigued by his group’s unusual format and remain interested in the melodies because they relate to the music. “I’ve always loved arranging existing material in new ways,” Kessler says. “All of the melodies are intact, but the harmony, styles and rhythm have been altered.” Kessler enjoys musical intros from the ’50s through the ’80s — “the golden age of TV themes,” he says. Tickets cost $10; purchase at kansaspublicradio.org.— Abbie Stutzer

Sat., Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m., 2011