PRESIDENT ED: He's played everyone from Santa Claus to everyone's favorite news director. Lou Grant. Ed Asner has won seven Emmy Awards (16 nominations), five Golden Globes and he's even a member of the TV Academy Hall of Fame. Tonight, he's going solo at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. Asner will assume the role of Franklin Roosevelt in a performance of "FDR." The show is based on Dore Schary's Broadway hit, "Sunrise at Campobello." Tickets are $75. 8 p.m.
SOUNDS FROM THE IN BETWEEN: Embrace the bizarre tonight at Cafe Nine in New Haven. Alabama indie band The Thunderfakers will present their American Gothic Vegas-style variety show. The show takes place in the waiting room of purgatory. The Fakers will be joined by Brooklyn's Radical Dads and Melbourne's Electric Jellyfish. All around, it's an evening of experimental indie sure to leave you feeling something. Tickets are $5. 9 p.m.
MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD: Head over to Farmington to take part in a day-long festival celebrating the written word. The Seventh Annual Writers Festival is going on at the Tunxis Community College. Several nationally recognized writers of fiction and nonfiction (Stephen Spignesi, John White, Allan G. Johnson, Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno and Jane Haddam) will speak about their work and the process of writing. The day will also include a poetry slam and jazz music. It's free to participate. 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.