Music: Uri Shaham presents jazz Fri., Jan. 30, at 8 PM

Uri Shaham

Uri Shaham

Pianist Uri Shaham offers “A Jazzy Evening of Pure Joy and Lots of Fun” at Best Video on Friday, Jan. 30. The music starts st 8 PM and the cover is $5. In other words, a few of the busiest local jazz musicians gather for a swinging Friday evening of jazz standards and gooooooooood vibes.

Shaham has been playing jazz for about 10 years, first in Israel and since two years ago, also here. He performs regularly in New Haven and the vicinity, in particular in The 9th Note and Cave a Vin.

“I play mainstream jazz with strong Hard Bop Influences. Among my strong influences are jazz pianists Kenny Barron, Barry Harris, Hank Jones, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Bud Powell, Red Garland, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea,” says Shaham.

The band for the night is Jilian Grey (vocals), Billy Cofrances (sax), Joe Cardinale (guitar), Uri Shaham (piano), Sam Suggs (double bass), and Eric Hallenbeck (drums).

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Jan. 22. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Friday, Jan. 23. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITERS: DEEPER SLEEPER (GARY VELUSH), MICHAEL KUSEK

• Sunday, Jan. 25. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “NORTH BY NORTHWEST”

• Wednesday, Jan. 28. BRAZILIAN MUSIC—A TRIBUTE TO TOM JOBIM: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, Jan. 29. THEATER READING: “COZY BEACH” by STEVE BELLWOOD

• Friday., Jan. 30. JAZZ: URI SHAHAM

• Wednesday, Feb. 4. ALT-COUNTRY: LINES WEST

• Friday, Feb. 6. AVANT-GARDE: RIVENER, LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

• Monday, Feb. 9. FILM SCREENING: “LOST HORIZON”

• Wednesday, Feb. 11. JAZZ: BRETT BOTTOMLEY

• Thursday, Feb. 12. INDIE ROCK: HAPPY ENDING, LYS GUILLORN

• Friday, Feb. 20. INDIE ROCK: THE MOUNTAIN MOVERS

• Monday, Feb. 16. FILM SCREENING: “ABOUT SCHMIDT”

• Monday, Feb. 23. FILM SCREENING: “CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS”

• Monday, Mar. 2. FILM SCREENING: “THE SWIMMER”

• Thursday, Mar. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Mar. 6. JAZZ: NICK DiMARIA WiRED

• Monday, Mar. 9. FILM SCREENING: “GRAN TORINO”

• Monday, Mar. 16. FILM SCREENING: “NOW, VOYAGER”

• Monday, Mar. 23. FILM SCREENING: “UP IN THE AIR”

• Friday, April 3. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR

• Thursday, Apr. 9. 150th ANNIVERSARY OF APPOMATTOX/FOLK MUSIC: SHELDON CAMPBELL

• Friday, April 17. WPKN BENEFIT

• Friday, May 1. FILM FEST: “A DARK ROOM”

Playwright Steve Bellwood presents theatrical reading of “Cozy Beach” drama Thurs., Jan. 29

SONY DSCPlaywright Steve Bellwood debuts his drama “Cozy Beach” with a theatrical/reading performance at Best video Performance Space on Thursday, Jan. 29. The event starts at 8 PM and admission is $5.

Prolific New Haven playwright and free-form original story-teller Steve Bellwood ventures into the long-form live theatrical possibilities of a drama series. Originally inspired by Robert Altman’s interweaving movie meldings in “Short Cuts” and his (relatively late) introduction to the onslaught high literary and dramatic quality of various television series, Bellwood seeks to emulate such in live theatre.

As the primary source of his exposure to these series, it seems appropriate to premier an introductory program-presentation-reading of “Cozy Beach” at Best Video Performance Space.

Set in New Haven and a neighboring shoreline community, involving multiple characters and interwoven stories, this work-in-development will be presented in an adaptive shape of excerpted scenes to introduce primary characters and themes, and hopefully provoke and inspire general discussion and involvement.

Steve Bellwood

Steve Bellwood

Two prep-school senior girls are brutally murdered in a parents’ leafy suburban home, and the double homicide spins off an exploration of sex-drugs-organ trafficking, mercy-killing, PTSD, addiction, success and failure, justice, revenge, gender-identity, cultural identity, corruption and complicity by omission. When the underworld invades the over world….

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Jan. 22. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Friday, Jan. 23. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITERS: DEEPER SLEEPER (GARY VELUSH), MICHAEL KUSEK

• Sunday, Jan. 25. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “NORTH BY NORTHWEST”

• Wednesday, Jan. 28. BRAZILIAN MUSIC—A TRIBUTE TO TOM JOBIM: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, Jan. 29. THEATER READING: “COZY BEACH” by STEVE BELLWOOD

• Friday., Jan. 30. JAZZ: URI SHAHAM

• Wednesday, Feb. 4. ALT-COUNTRY: LINES WEST

• Friday, Feb. 6. AVANT-GARDE: RIVENER, LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

• Monday, Feb. 9. FILM SCREENING: “LOST HORIZON”

• Wednesday, Feb. 11. JAZZ: BRETT BOTTOMLEY

• Thursday, Feb. 12. INDIE ROCK: HAPPY ENDING, LYS GUILLORN

• Friday, Feb. 20. INDIE ROCK: THE MOUNTAIN MOVERS

• Monday, Feb. 16. FILM SCREENING: “ABOUT SCHMIDT”

• Monday, Feb. 23. FILM SCREENING: “CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS”

• Monday, Mar. 2. FILM SCREENING: “THE SWIMMER”

• Thursday, Mar. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Mar. 6. JAZZ: NICK DiMARIA WiRED

• Monday, Mar. 9. FILM SCREENING: “GRAN TORINO”

• Monday, Mar. 16. FILM SCREENING: “NOW, VOYAGER”

• Monday, Mar. 23. FILM SCREENING: “UP IN THE AIR”

• Friday, April 3. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR

• Thursday, Apr. 9. 150th ANNIVERSARY OF APPOMATTOX/FOLK MUSIC: SHELDON CAMPBELL

• Friday, April 17. WPKN BENEFIT

• Friday, May 1. FILM FEST: “A DARK ROOM”

Music: Brazilian music group Sambeleza presents “A Tribute to Tom Jobim” Wed., Jan. 28, at 8 PM

Sambeleza_BV_092414WebSambeleza plays the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Jan. 28. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Sambeleza—featuring Isabella Mendes, Jeff Fuller, Joe Carter and Asher Delerme—performs a wide variety of Brazilian songs, both old and new, with a jazz twist. For this show, the group presents a tribute to legendary Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, also known as Tom Jobim. The concert comes three days after what would have been the late Jobim’s 88th birthday.

Brasil (spelled with an “s” in Portuguese) is well known for its rich heritage—a blend of indigenous, African and European cultures—from which the music has risen with fascinating rhythms, soaring melodies and colorful harmonies. The musicians of Sambeleza are outstanding U. S. and Brazilian interpreters of the great songs of the bossa nova and samba traditions, as well as outstanding jazz artists in their own right. Sambeleza derives its name from two words: samba, the national dance of Brasil, and beleza, Portuguese for “beauty.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Jan. 22. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Friday, Jan. 23. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITERS: DEEPER SLEEPER (GARY VELUSH), MICHAEL KUSEK

• Sunday, Jan. 25. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “NORTH BY NORTHWEST”

• Wednesday, Jan. 28. BRAZILIAN MUSIC—A TRIBUTE TO TOM JOBIM: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, Jan. 29. THEATER READING: “COZY BEACH” by STEVE BELLWOOD

• Friday., Jan. 30. JAZZ: URI SHAHAM

• Wednesday, Feb. 4. ALT-COUNTRY: LINES WEST

• Friday, Feb. 6. AVANT-GARDE: RIVENER, LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

• Monday, Feb. 9. FILM SCREENING: “LOST HORIZON”

• Wednesday, Feb. 11. JAZZ: BRETT BOTTOMLEY

• Thursday, Feb. 12. INDIE ROCK: HAPPY ENDING, LYS GUILLORN

• Friday, Feb. 20. INDIE ROCK: THE MOUNTAIN MOVERS

• Monday, Feb. 16. FILM SCREENING: “ABOUT SCHMIDT”

• Monday, Feb. 23. FILM SCREENING: “CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS”

• Monday, Mar. 2. FILM SCREENING: “THE SWIMMER”

• Thursday, Mar. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Mar. 6. JAZZ: NICK DiMARIA WiRED

• Monday, Mar. 9. FILM SCREENING: “GRAN TORINO”

• Monday, Mar. 16. FILM SCREENING: “NOW, VOYAGER”

• Monday, Mar. 23. FILM SCREENING: “UP IN THE AIR”

• Friday, April 3. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR

• Thursday, Apr. 9. 150th ANNIVERSARY OF APPOMATTOX/FOLK MUSIC: SHELDON CAMPBELL

• Friday, April 17. WPKN BENEFIT

• Friday, May 1. FILM FEST: “A DARK ROOM”

Hitchcock lecture series concludes Sun., Jan. 25, at 2 PM, with “North By Northwest”

north_by_northwest_xlg_Web2Mark Schenker, Dean of Academic Affairs at Yale College and frequent lecturer on film and literature topics at venues throughout Connecticut, has been presenting lectures on the films of Alfred Hitchcock on successive Sunday afternoons in January. The series, which concludes this coming Sunday, has been one of the most popular programs here at Best Video. The lecture begins at 2 PM. Admission cost is $7.

Dean Schenker’s talks are both informative and fun, as attendees of his August lecture at Best Video on the historical context of the “Downton Abbey” TV series can attest.

The series concludes with one of the director’s classics:

Sun., Jan. 25: “North by Northwest” (1959), with Cary Grant as another of Hitchcock’s innocent men on the run in a movie that is a sophisticated blend of thriller, romance, and comedy.

From A.H. Weiler’s 1959 New York Times review:

Since he is a peripatetic operative who loves to beat about the bush while beating about the countryside, director Alfred Hitchcock and a covey of willing and able traveling companions have made “North by Northwest,” which was unveiled at the Music Hall yesterday, a suspenseful and delightful Cook’s Tour of some of the more photogenic spots in these United States.

Although they are involved in lightning-fast romance and some loose intrigue, it is all done in brisk, genuinely witty and sophisticated style. With Mr. Hitchcock at the helm, moving “North by Northwest” is a colorful and exciting route for spies, counterspies and lovers.

The lectures address aspects of the individual works, characteristics of Hitchcock’s art, and ways that participants can be better “readers” of film—more adept at what to look for and see in considering movies as work of art at no cost to their ability to entertain and enthrall us. Clips from each of the films will accompany the lectures.

Music: Deeper Sleeper, Mike Kusek on Fri., Jan. 23, at 8 PM

Deeper Sleeper and Mike Kusek play Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Jan. 23. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Deeper Sleeper is the solo project of Gary Kiernan Velush (Fake Babies, Milksop:Unsung). It is, at its core a collection of songs about the most primal, visceral moments life gives to those brave enough to live it. these stories are told through song verse, beats and light.

Gary Velush

Gary Velush

Mike Kusek is a New Haven based singer songwriter who has until recently been known primarily as the lead guitarist of local folk-rockers Elison Jackson. Kusek’s solo material, while still being guitar based, is much more ambient, sometimes gentle, while exploring darker, even sinister tones and themes.

Mike Kusek

Mike Kusek

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Jan. 16: INDIE ROCK: MERCY CHOIR

• Sunday, Jan. 18. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “REAR WINDOW”

• Wednesday, Jan. 21. SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE: MARK MIRANDO, DICK NEAL, REX FOWLER

• Thursday, Jan. 22. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Sunday, Jan. 25. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “NORTH BY NORTHWEST”

• Thursday, Jan. 29. THEATRICAL READING: “COZY BEACH” BY STEVE BELLWOOD

• Friday., Jan. 30. JAZZ: URI SHAHAM

• Wednesday, Feb. 4. ALT-COUNTRY: LINES WEST

• Friday, Feb. 6. AVANT-GARDE: RIVENER, LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

• Wednesday, Feb. 11. JAZZ: BRETT BOTTOMLEY

• Thursday. Mar. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Mar. 6. JAZZ: NICK DiMARIA WiRED

• Friday, April 3. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR

• Thursday, Apr. 9. APPOMATTOX 150TH ANNIVERSARY/FOLK MUSIC: SHELDON CAMPBELL

• Friday, April 17. WPKN BENEFIT

• Friday, May 1. FILM FEST: “A DARK ROOM”

Next film series—”Found Horizons: Changes and Choices in Mid-Life”—begins Mon., Feb. 9

All_7_posters_2_rows_WebThe next film series in collaboration with Temple Beth Sholom begins Monday, Feb. 9, at 7 PM with a screening of the 1937 Frank Capra-directed “Lost Horizon.” “Found Horizons: Changes and Choices in Mid-Life” will feature powerful films in which the protagonists face stark mid-life choices. As has been our practice, each screening will begin with a short, context-setting introduction and by followed by an optional discussion.

Each screening begins at 7 PM. The cost for each movie is $5 and reservations are encouraged. The series is co-sponsored by Temple Beth Sholom Adult Education.

This is the schedule:

Monday, Feb. 9: “Lost Horizon” (1937)

Action adventure meets mystical adventure in this Frank Capra, Best Picture Oscar nominated film about a disparate group of travelers whose plane crashes in Shangri-La – each individual confronts change and possibility, but is it the miraculous utopia it’s supposed to be?

Monday, Feb. 16: “About Schmidt” (2002)

In this alternately outrageous, hilarious and tender film directed by Alexander Payne (“Nebraska,” “The Descendants,” “Sideways”) Jack Nicholson offers one of his iconic roles as an insurance worker who, upon retirement from a safe, predictable life, embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter’s wedding only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected.

Monday, Feb. 23: “Crimes and Misdemeanors” (1989)

(Martin Landau, Woody Allen) Without forsaking his self-reflexive humor, this Woody Allen film offers one of the most profound examinations of temptation and guilt. Oscar-nominated for Best actor, director and writing.

Monday, Mar. 2: “The Swimmer” (1968)

In this unique movie filmed in New Canaan, CT, a charismatic and mysterious man (played by Burt Lancaster), after a summer away, decides to swim in a succession of his neighbor’s pools that lead to his home, a stunt that winds up telling his life story. Engaging poolside encounters with an interesting cast of characters (including Joan Rivers, Marge Champion and Cornelius Otis Skinner) lead to a shattering revelation in this film that, once seen, is never forgotten.

Monday, Mar. 9: “Gran Torino” (2008)

In this multiple award winning film and old school parable, Clint Eastwood (who also directed the film) plays a disgruntled Korean veteran living alone in a Vietnamese neighborhood, determined to fight his own demons and prejudices with grit and resolve. DIRTY HARRY grows up.

Monday, Mar. 16: “Now, Voyager” (1942)

Can a Boston spinster without self-esteem and completely dominated by her wealthy mother blossom under therapy and find impossible romance? One of the most romantic movies – and perhaps most affecting Bette Davis film – ever made.

Monday, Mar. 23: “Up in the Air” (2009)

In this very contemporary film starring George Clooney and Vera Farmiga, Clooney enjoys a lucrative virtual life flying around the country firing people on behalf of their corporations, until he finds this perfect life threatened by a new hire and a frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.

How to Read a Film: Mark Schenker lectures Sunday on Hitchcock’s “Rear Window”

Mark Schenker, Dean of Academic Affairs at Yale College and frequent lecturer on film and literature topics at venues throughout Connecticut, has been presenting lectures on the films of Alfred Hitchcock on successive Sunday afternoons in January. The series began on Sunday, Jan. 4, with a talk to a packed room about Hitchcock’s 1946 thriller “Notorious,” starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. Attendance and enthusiasm were similarly high for the Jan. 11 lecture about “Strangers on a Train.” Each lecture begins at 2 PM. The cost is $7 per lecture or $25 for the entire series.

Dean Schenker’s talks are both informative and fun, as attendees of his August lecture at Best Video on the historical context of the “Downton Abbey” TV series can attest.

The series continues with the last two movies in chronological order of their release:

Sun., Jan. 18: “Rear Window” (1954), with James Stewart and Grace Kelly in a voyeuristic thriller.

Sun., Jan. 25: “North by Northwest” (1959), with Cary Grant as another of Hitchcock’s innocent men on the run in a movie that is a sophisticated blend of thriller, romance, and comedy.

The lectures address aspects of the individual works, characteristics of Hitchcock’s art, and ways that participants can be better “readers” of film—more adept at what to look for and see in considering movies as work of art at no cost to their ability to entertain and enthrall us. Clips from each of the films will accompany the lectures.

Music: Heather Fay at Best Video on Thurs., Jan. 22, at 8 PM

Heather_Fay_candid_WebHeather Fay and her band play the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Jan. 22. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Alt-country singer, songwriter and guitarist Heather Fay chronicles her philosophies and adventures through honest songs with bright, delicate melodies and inventive lyrics. Each of her original tunes is rooted in raw emotion and unfolds a fresh plot that explores her personal perspectives on love, heartbreak, hope, endings, new beginnings and the complex human journey.

Her careful work in the studio illuminates her command as a musical storyteller, sparked by the many poets and artists that have colored her world, including Tom Waits, James Taylor, Carol King, Fiona Apple, Jeff Tweedy, Simon & Garfunkel, Billy Bragg and Colin Hay. Heather invites her growing audience of worldwide listeners into each imaginative, intimate stage of her creative process through energetic live online performances that express her faith in the collaborative nature of music and its power to forge intense bonds and build enduring friendships.

After Heather started a family, the challenge of making music while having two young children at home inspired her to seek alternative avenues for releasing music and delivering live performances. Heather put out her first album “Scrape Knee’d Girl” in 2009. In 2011 she became one of the first musicians to use the Hangouts On-Air platform on Google+ to build a global audience for her music and now has more than 1,000,000 global followers. She also hosts a series of open-mic hangouts that allow her to collaborate with and provide a platform for a huge network of musicians from around the world. In 2012, she was invited to play Google’s CMJ event in honor of her many accomplishments as a songwriter on the Google+ platform. In 2013, Heather was asked to be a part of the Agit8 Campaign and appeared on the Ultimate Protest Song album sponsored by Bono’s ONE.org and Spotify alongside major acts like U2, Bruce Springsteen, Mumford & Sons, Elvis Costello, Muse, Green Day and many others. Most recently, Heather funded her latest album “Cherish The Broken” 100% through crowdfunding. In support of her albums she continues to play frequently at venues in Connecticut and New York City, including Rockwood Music Hall and The Living Room.

Heather Fay’s latest release “Cherish the Broken” is a sparkling collection of lyrics-driven songs infused with bluegrass, folk and Americana elements and further shaped by harmonies provided by mandolin, bass and percussion. She is currently planning a release event and mini-tour for Fall 2014. “Cherish the Broken” is available now through the Heather Fay website and on iTunes and Google Play.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Jan. 14. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Thursday, Jan. 15. SOLO ACOUSTIC GUITAR: ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Jan. 16: INDIE ROCK: MERCY CHOIR

• Sunday, Jan. 18. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “REAR WINDOW”

• Wednesday, Jan. 21. SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE: MARK MIRANDO, DICK NEAL, REX FOWLER

• Thursday, Jan. 22. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Sunday, Jan. 25. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “NORTH BY NORTHWEST”

• Thursday, Jan. 29. THEATRICAL READING: “COZY BEACH” BY STEVE BELLWOOD

• Friday., Jan. 30. JAZZ: URI SHAHAM

• Friday, Feb. 6. AVANT-GARDE: RIVENER, LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

• Wednesday, Feb. 11. JAZZ: BRETT BOTTOMLEY

• Thursday. Mar. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Mar. 6. JAZZ: NICK DiMARIA WiRED

• Friday, April 3. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR

• Friday, April 17. WPKN BENEFIT

• Friday, May 1. FILM FEST: “A DARK ROOM”

Music: Songwriters in the round—Mark Mirando, Dick Neal, Rex Fowler—Wed., Jan. 21, at 8 PM

Three singer-songwriters—Mark Mirando, Dick Neal and Rex Fowler—perform in the round at best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Jan. 21. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Mark Mirando started his music career in New Haven Connecticut playing in the legendary “Dogs”, a group that was well know for their originals as well as carefully chosen, well crafted covers.

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Mark Mirando at Best Video in November, 2014.

Mark concentrates on original music now, although he’ll pull out a Beatles gem on occasion – and he’s recorded with no less than Beatle Ringo Starr.   Mark played guitar and sang backup vocals on Ringo’s releases, “Ringo-Rama”, “Choose Love”, and two of Ringo’s greatest hits CD’s, “Photograph” and “Ringo 5.1″.

He performs the east coast singer songwriter circuit working both solo and also with his band and also travels to Nashville to write, record and perform with Nashville’s top songwriters including Georgia Middleman and Ct’s own Gary Burr. Mark’s latest CD is titled “Now That You Mention It” and it features such guest artist as Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman, Jim Photoglo, Victoria Shaw and Stealing Angels (Caroline Cutbirth, Jennifer Wayne, Tayla Lynn). One of Mark’s song’s, “What More Do You Want?” was recorded by Kristin Chenoweth and was released on her latest cd titled “Some Lessons Learned.”

Dick Neal is a student of music, songwriting, record production, and live performance. A multi-instrumentalist (guitar, 5-string banjo, mandolin, dobro, slide), he has been privileged to make a living as a musician and to work in a wide variety of musical settings and styles.

Dick Neal at Best Video Performance Space in November, 2014.

Dick Neal at Best Video Performance Space in November, 2014.

Dick appears regularly in concert as a sideman for any number of acts, and also as a regular member of the bluegrass band HOE. His newest band is the bluegrass combo Phantoms of the Opry, who will play Best Video in December. As a solo artist and songwriter, he has released 2 CD’s of original music, HOE and Beacon. Several of his compositions have been recorded by other singers.

Rex Fowler, who performs solo this evening, has spent a lifetime of making music together with Neal Shulman in the folk/rock duo Aztec Two-Step. After taking their name from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and with four plus decades as staples of progressive FM radio, major record deals and non-stop touring, Rex and Neal continue to impress audiences with intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar and soaring two-part harmonies. The duo has performed worldwide, been critically acclaimed in major U.S. newspapers, reviewed in Rolling Stone Magazine and appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, including The King Biscuit Flour Hour and David Letterman.

Rex Fowler

Rex Fowler

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Jan. 14. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Thursday, Jan. 15. SOLO ACOUSTIC GUITAR: ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Jan. 16: INDIE ROCK: MERCY CHOIR

• Sunday, Jan. 18. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “REAR WINDOW”

• Wednesday, Jan. 21. SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE: MARK MIRANDO, DICK NEAL, REX FOWLER

• Thursday, Jan. 22. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Sunday, Jan. 25. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “NORTH BY NORTHWEST”

• Thursday, Jan. 29. THEATRICAL READING: “COZY BEACH” BY STEVE BELLWOOD

• Friday., Jan. 30. JAZZ: URI SHAHAM

• Friday, Feb. 6. AVANT-GARDE: RIVENER, LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

• Wednesday, Feb. 11. JAZZ: BRETT BOTTOMLEY

• Thursday. Mar. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Mar. 6. JAZZ: NICK DiMARIA WiRED

• Friday, April 3. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR

• Friday, April 17. WPKN BENEFIT

• Friday, May 1. FILM FEST: “A DARK ROOM”

Music: Mercy Choir to play Fri., Jan. 16, at 8 PM

Mercy_Choir_BV_062514_2_WebMercy Choir plays the Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Jan. 16. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Mercy Choir is the songwriting and recording project of New Haven, CT based musician Paul Belbusti. Over the past decade, Paul has produced a large quantity of critically acclaimed music ranging from abstract experiments to more traditional pop and rock and roll. His latest releases include the scattershot “His Noiseless Ball, His Boxwood Rattle” and the punishing experimental “PPIANO.”

Paul Belbusti plays guitar and sings, Tim Goselin plays bass, Chris Zollo is on keyboards and Sachin Ramabhadran plays drums.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Jan. 9. MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

• Sunday, Jan. 11. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “STRANGERS ON A TRAIN”

• Wednesday, Jan. 14. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Thursday, Jan. 15. SOLO ACOUSTIC GUITAR: ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Jan. 16: INDIE ROCK: MERCY CHOIR

• Sunday, Jan. 18. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “REAR WINDOW”

• Wednesday, Jan. 21. SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE: MARK MIRANDO, DICK NEAL, REX FOWLER

• Thursday, Jan. 22. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Sunday, Jan. 25. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “NORTH BY NORTHWEST”

• Thursday, Jan. 29. THEATRICAL READING: “COZY BEACH” BY STEVE BELLWOOD

• Friday., Jan. 30. JAZZ: URI SHAHAM

• Friday, Feb. 6. AVANT-GARDE: RIVENER, LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

• Wednesday, Feb. 11. JAZZ: BRETT BOTTOMLEY

• Thursday. Mar. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Mar. 6. JAZZ: NICK DiMARIA WiRED

• Friday, April 3. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR

• Friday, April 17. WPKN BENEFIT

• Friday, May 1. FILM FEST: “A DARK ROOM”