Music: The Haven String Quartet with Sambeleza play Thurs., Apr. 4, at 8 PM

The Haven String Quartet joins Sambeleza, one of New Haven’s finest jazz and Brazilian music ensembles, for an evening of Brazilian Bossa Nova music at the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Apr. 4. Admission is $5 and the music starts at 8 PM.

The string quartet arrangements (created by Sambeleza bassist Jeff Fuller) include several well-known songs by Tom Jobim (including “Desafinado,” “Girl From Ipanema,” “One Note Samba,” “Corcovado” and more) as well as works by composers Ivan Lins, Janet de Almeida and Haroldo Barbosa.

As the permanent quartet-in-residence of Music Haven, the Haven String Quartet’s mission is to integrate music and creative endeavor into community life. The quartet provides access to free music education and world-class chamber music performances to residents in New Haven’s most underserved neighborhoods. In conjunction with these activities, the Haven String Quartet actively performs in other communities, providing engaging performances in traditional concert halls and reaching new audiences in non-classical venues.

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Each quartet member is an exemplary performer who also enjoys the work of a teaching artist. They have graduated from such institutions as Yale University, Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Rice University, and Longy School of Music, and enjoy successful careers as performers and teachers.

Yaira Matyakubova and Tine Lee Hadari are the Quartet’s resident violinists. Colin Benn and Matt Beckmann, respectively, are resident violist and resident cellist for the Haven String Quartet.

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.” The Sambeleza lineup for this show is Isabella Mendes (piano, vocals), Jeff Fuller (bass, vocals) and Joe Carter (violão).

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Apr. 10. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, Apr. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Apr. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON

• Monday, Apr. 22. FILM SCREENING FOR “WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” SERIES: “WALK ON WATER”

• Thursday, Apr. 25. JAZZ: THE NICK Di MARIA QUARTET

• Sunday, May 5. FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION: “ALL ME: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WINFRED REMBERT”

• Wednesday, May 8. INDIE ROCK: POOLS ARE NICE, BUCK McGRANE

Music: Indie rock and folk with Lys Guillorn Band Wed., Apr. 3, at 8 PM

The Lys Guillorn Band plays the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Apr. 3. The cover charge is $5 and the music starts at 8 PM.

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Lys Guillorn is a singer/songwriter of the same musical school as Laura Veirs and Kristin Hersh, with a little Emmylou Harris thrown in: dreamy, lyric-driven, melodically interesting, and indefinable.  She makes “oddly uplifting, folk, blues, country-infused, acoustic semi-electric psychedelic dark pop music.” (Geraint Jones, Comes With a Smile, UK). In recent years, Guillorn has released a full-length CD, an EP, and a collection of compilation tracks on her own Little Cowgirl Records. She is working on her second full-length CD of original material. At the Best Video Performance Space on April 3, she will perform with her full band.

Vincent Bator profiled Guillorn in the Hartford Indie Music Examiner last April, writing:

Labeling the 38-year old Guillorn’s musical style is too confining and counter-intuitive, but a starting point is her reverence for distinctly American music. Neither a straight-ahead purist nor a campy reinterpreter of the country and folk classics she’s obviously influenced by, Guillorn’s voice is authentic, stark and refreshing…

While she’s invariably compared to artists like Laura Veirs, Emmylou Harris and Kristen Hersh, it’s not a stretch to add Lisa Germano and Lucinda Williams to the list of comparisons. There’s an element of subtle experimentalism in both her songcraft and recordings; like Germano’s, and a subtext of world-weariness in her vocals similar to Williams’. On the surface, the songs’ arrangements seem conventional, but below it, odd tunings and bits of sound collage-y stuff give texture and true artistry to the tunes. Guillorn’s voice is at times restrained, hushed and ragged — no histronics here.

Guillorn was interviewed for Chip’s Unnamed Local Band show and played one of her songs. Watch:

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Thursday, Apr. 4. CLASSICAL/BRAZILIAN: HAVEN STRING QUARTET with SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Apr. 10. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, Apr. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Apr. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON

• Monday, Apr. 22. FILM SCREENING FOR “WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” SERIES: “WALK ON WATER”

• Thursday, Apr. 25. JAZZ: THE NICK Di MARIA QUARTET

• Sunday, May 5. FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION: “ALL ME: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WINFRED REMBERT”

• Wednesday, May 8. INDIE ROCK: POOLS ARE NICE, BUCK McGRANE

Hank’s Recommendations 03/19/13

hank_paperUNDEFEATED – A customer recommended this movie to me.

It takes place in Tennessee rather than Texas, at an all-black rather than mixed race high school; there’s the volunteer and truly amazing real-life Coach Bill Courtney instead of Coach Taylor and it’s a documentary feature instead of a fictional TV series. But it bears some fine resemblance to the landmark series FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS—all in 114 minutes rather than seven seasons.

Yes, it’s the usual against-the-odds-triumph story with heart (the Memphis Tigers never won a play-off game since the school was founded in 1899), but stands out from simple formula in the portrayals of the team’s brilliantly moving coach and two particular critical players. An undersized but tough-minded linebacker nicknamed Money does everything right, including academically and in his team-playing, while, Chavis, back from fifteen months in juvenile detention, directs well-honed anger-management issues both at the team and his former friend Money. How the two players come to switch roles through unexpected personal adversities is one of the many fine personal foci in this justifiably rousing film.

The true meaning of the title is what the film’s about. You’ll have to watch it.

seduction-of-joe-tynan-poster_WebTHE SEDUCTION OF JOE TYNAN — This is an early film that turned me on—in every sense of the word—to Meryl Streep. I saw it in a theater 33 years ago and it’s just come out on DVD. It’s a way to see how Streep initially lit up the screen with her commanding talent and the seasoned performer she’s since become.

It’s not the only reason to see this film.

Compellingly candid and at times humorously written by its co-star Alan Alda (playing the liberal New York senator Joe Tynan), this film is surprisingly up-to-date about family and politics—and whether the hybrid energy required by both is able to keep them on the same road. The film is poignant and subtle.

In a boisterous Washington arm-twisting kitchen scene, one conservative southern senator (Rip Torn) passes around his homemade gumbo while his aging colleague (Melvin Douglas) tries to get Tynan to swallow a critical Republican Supreme Court nominee. But the scene winds up being not about politics but about the elder patriarch’s sudden manifestation of Alzheimer’s.

The honest and liberal Joe Tynan, however, is not immune to ambition, and what such fulfillment ultimately requires. Many, especially liberal people today, don’t like the idea of mixing a politician’s personal life with his or her political performance. Too often, it smacks of fear mongering and tabloid expediency. But this film offers a fresh take on the question of whether, indeed, you can have political integrity without personal integrity. Can there be such a hybrid as a married politician?

To its very last telling scene, indeed shot, this movie tells a story that still deserves our attention.

Film Screening: Stephen Dest’s “My Brother Jack” on Thurs., Mar. 28, at 7 PM—reserve your seat now!

MBJ-onesheet_WebMake your reservations now to see local actor, director and filmmaker Stephen Dest’s first feature-length narrative film, the New Haven-based mystery “My Brother Jack.” “My Brother Jack” will be screened on the Best Video Performance Space’s 120″ projection screen on Thursday, Mar. 28. Admission is $10 and reservations are absolutely essential: Two showings of “My Brother Jack” at the Criterion Cinemas earlier this year sold out very quickly!

From Stephen Dest’s Facebook page:

From time to time, I am asked where I studied film. My response is always the same: Best Video. As a young man living in New Haven, Best Video was my introduction and long love affair with World Cinema. Simply put, the films that stocked those shelves showed me a world I had only imagined, but till then had never seen. So when [owner] Hank [Paper] approached me and asked if I would screen MY BROTHER JACK, I most humbly agreed. BV is a true independent business, and one of only a handful, of its kind, remaining in operation today.

From Dest’s Web site, a plot synopsis of “My Brother Jack”:

As young boys, found object sculptor Jack and his brother Vincent witnessed the brutal murder of their parents. Twenty years later, the man convicted of the crime is released from prison and is found stabbed to death shortly after his release.

Who Killed the Killer?

All signs point to Vincent who battles the demons of mental illness and sleep paralysis – a condition that blurs the line between the real and unreal. To protect his brother, Jack is forced to confront his own demons and uncover the painful truth of what really happened on the night of his parents murder.

From David Sepulveda’s New Haven Independent article on the Criterion screenings:

The film, a psychological thriller and murder-mystery, has some disturbing and graphic moments, but it is also filled with poignant vignettes of love; brotherly love, romantic love, and a dark, aberrant love that emerges as the plot unfolds. MBJ’s musical soundtrack, primarily by local composer-musician Jonny Rodgers, weaves magically through the scenes, adding an important sensory component to the mood and texture.

Viewers of the film were treated to many familiar scenes of the city; the New Haven Green, Audubon Street environs, Pitkin Plaza, the interiors of local bars, Diesel, Stella Luna, and Westville’s Kehler Liddell Gallery.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Apr. 3. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN BAND

• Thursday, Apr. 4. CLASSICAL/BRAZILIAN: HAVEN STRING QUARTET with SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Apr. 10. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, Apr. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Apr. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON

• Monday, Apr. 22. FILM SCREENING FOR “WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” SERIES: “WALK ON WATER”

• Thursday, Apr. 25. JAZZ: THE NICK Di MARIA QUARTET

• Sunday, May 5. FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION: “ALL ME: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WINFRED REMBERT”

• Wednesday, May 8. INDIE ROCK: POOLS ARE NICE, BUCK McGRANE

Music: Stark Raving Lulu to play Wed., Mar. 27, at 8 PM

Stark Raving Lulu play the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Mar. 27. The cover is $5 and the music starts at 8 PM.

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What do you get when you combine The Shangri-Las (“Leader of the Pack,” “Give Him a Great Big Kiss”) with The Ramones? One answer might be Stark Raving Lulu. Based in Central Connecticut, the group’s “Welcome to the Fun-O-Sphere!” CD is available through iTunes and CD Baby and probably at the show, too.  On Facebook, the “grrrl rockers” list their influences as “punk, 60’s, garage rock, girl groups, rock and roll, PBR and Skinny Girl Margaritas” and their interests as “nonsense and shenanigans.” Band members are LaLa Lulu (vocals), Bella Lulu (guitar), LowEnd Lulu (bass) and BoomBoom Lulu (drums).

So you know it’s going to be fun.

How much fun? Check out this video of Stark Raving Lulu performing their song “All Hail to the Sucker Queen” at Two Boots Pizza in Bridgeport :

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Thursday, Mar. 28. FILM SCREENING: STEPHEN DEST’S “MY BROTHER JACK”

• Wednesday, Apr. 3. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN BAND

• Thursday, Apr. 4. CLASSICAL/BRAZILIAN: HAVEN STRING QUARTET with SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Apr. 10. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, Apr. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Apr. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON

• Monday, Apr. 22. FILM SCREENING FOR “WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” SERIES: “WALK ON WATER”

• Thursday, Apr. 25. JAZZ: THE NICK Di MARIA QUARTET

• Sunday, May 5. FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION: “ALL ME: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WINFRED REMBERT”

• Wednesday, May 8. INDIE ROCK: POOLS ARE NICE, BUCK McGRANE

Authors JoeAnn Hart and Matt Debenham to read Sun., Mar. 24, at 2 PM

Hart_Debenham_image_WebAuthors JoeAnn Hart (Float) and Matt Debenham (The Book of Right and Wrong) will read from their work in the Best Video Performance Space on Sunday, Mar. 24, at 2 PM.

JoeAnn Hart lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America’s oldest seaport, where fishing regulations, the health of the ocean, and the natural beauty of the world are the daily topics of wonder and concern. She is the author of the novel Addled, a social satire that intertwines animal rights with the politics of food. Her essays, articles, and short fiction have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals and national publications, and she is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe Magazine. She will read from her novel, Float, recently released by Ashland Creek, a press that specializes in environmental literature. Float swirls around bankruptcy, jellyfish, conceptual art, and plastics in the ocean.

Matt Debenham is the author of The Book of Right and Wrong, winner of the 2009 Ohio State University Press Prize for Fiction. His work has appeared in such publications as Roanoke Review, Battered Suitcase, The Pinch, Painted Bride Quarterly, and many others. He has received a Fiction Fellowship from the state of Connecticut, was a Sewanee Writers’ Conference Scholar, and is the host of the books podcast What Are You Reading? He blogs about writing at mattdebenham.com.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Mar. 27. PUNK ROCK: STARK RAVING LULU

• Thursday, Mar. 28. FILM SCREENING: STEPHEN DEST’S “MY BROTHER JACK”

• Wednesday, Apr. 3. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN BAND

• Thursday, Apr. 4. CLASSICAL/BRAZILIAN: HAVEN STRING QUARTET with SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Apr. 10. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, Apr. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Apr. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON

• Monday, Apr. 22. FILM SCREENING FOR “WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” SERIES: “WALK ON WATER”

• Thursday, Apr. 25. JAZZ: THE NICK Di MARIA QUARTET

• Sunday, May 5. FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION: “ALL ME: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WINFRED REMBERT”

• Wednesday, May 8. INDIE ROCK: POOLS ARE NICE

Music: Ghost of Chance to play underground psychedelic rock Thurs., Mar. 21, at 8 PM

Ghost_of_Chance_WebGhost of Chance play the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Mar. 21. The cover charge is $5 and the music starts at 8 PM.

Rock music isn’t the cutting edge pop music it used to be; arguably, that label would apply to hip hop and electronic dance musics. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a vibrant rock underground. Indeed there is. Across the country there are hundreds of bands taking advantage of low-cost recording technology (both analog and digital) to crank out new records (and, yes, I do mean “records”) informed by rock’s past but performed with contemporary urgency. Ghost of Chance have released a couple of albums on CD-R (now available for purchase as downloads on Bandcamp) and, more recently, the 7″ EP “Paddle Boat.”

Ghost of Chance are an post-garage rock quartet based in New Haven, Connecticut. The group’s distinctive style is characterized by subtle time signature changes and sonically open experimentation set to surrealist lyrics. Ghost of Chance’s sound takes its influence from 1960s psychedelica and garage rock while maintaining the shimmer of classic pop sensibilities. All of this adds to the unique yet familiar sound that Ghost of Chance have cleverly cultivated. Engaging the audience with a anxious energy and the desire to communicate, Ghost of Chance share a sense of imperativeness with great pop predecessors like the 13th Floor Elevators and John Cale—sincerity combined with pop knowledge.

The songs on the “Paddle Boat” EP evoke such frenzied guitar-strumming combos as the Velvet Underground, Luna, The Feelies, Galaxie 500. Pop hooks—particularly in the song “Wooden Tambourine”—swim in a 21st-century haze of guitar overtones and cavernous reverb.

The group is J. Adirondack on guitar and vocals, Mike Mindpilot on drums, Dan on guitar and Jake Ryder on bass.

Some press commentary on recent Ghost of Chance releases:

From the Hartford Courant on the group’s “I Feel Fine” single:

It’s a fast, jangling tune, with a bright guitar part reverberating in what feels like a cavernous, dark space that washes over Jayson Munro’s vocals, which take on an insistent, almost urgent cast as he repeats the refrain. The song has a classic feel that calls to mind alt-rock in the late ’80s and early ’90s: edgy, a little twitchy and definitely compelling.

Ghost of Chance’s “Paddle Boat” 7″ EP made the blog Styrofoam Drone’s list of “Top 30 7″ Records of 2012”:

Ghost of Chance came bearing a peculiar 7″ that blended elements from both garage rock and frothy dream pop, a combination we don’t hear very often. They also mess around with rhythm and tempo mix-ups, making for sudden changes in tracks that occur within moments, requiring close, careful listening.

Check out a couple of Ghost of Chance videos on YouTube. “Go Away”:

Ghost of Chance’s “New Carthage” set to a public domain silent movie:

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Sunday, Mar. 24. READINGS: JOEANN HART & MATT DEBENHAM

• Wednesday, Mar. 27. PUNK ROCK: STARK RAVING LULU

• Thursday, Mar. 28. FILM SCREENING: STEPHEN DEST’S “MY BROTHER JACK”

• Wednesday, Apr. 3. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN BAND

• Thursday, Apr. 4. CLASSICAL/BRAZILIAN: HAVEN STRING QUARTET with SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Apr. 10. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, Apr. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Apr. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON

• Monday, Apr. 22. FILM SCREENING FOR “WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” SERIES: “WALK ON WATER”

• Thursday, Apr. 25. JAZZ: THE NICK Di MARIA QUARTET

• Wednesday, May 8. INDIE ROCK: POOLS ARE NICE

Music: David Chevan & Bassology play jazz Wed., Mar. 20, at 8 PM

Bassology_72dpiDavid Chevan and Bassology will play the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Mar. 20. The cover charge for this show is $5 and the music starts at 8 PM.

David Chevan is a rare individual in the music world. An active bassist and composer, he is involved in some of the most dynamic and musically exciting jazz projects in Southern Connecticut. In addition to his busy performance schedule, Chevan also holds a Ph.D. in jazz history and is a full-time professor of music at Southern Connecticut State University.

Chevan’s artistic career has continued to blossom. He leads two of his own ensembles, BASSOLOGY and THE AFRO-SEMITIC EXPERIENCE, performs in two critically acclaimed duos, and is a free-lance bassist in the New Haven area.

Chevan’s band, BASSOLOGY, performs his original compositions along with arrangements of classic jazz compositions and favorite pieces from a number of traditions. The band has been featured in a number of local New Haven venues and continues to perform at special events. The band has participated in a number of festivals including New Haven’s Art on theEdge Festival, the New Haven Streetfest and the New Haven Harborfest, Norwalk’s SoNo Arts Festival and a variety of children’s concerts, and has released two CDs.

BASSOLOGY will be playing a mix of blues and standards with an emphasis on tunes that drummer Ron Bragg sings. Bragg, according to Chevan, sounds like a cross between Johnny Hartman and Lou Rawls. The band for the evening will consist of Ron Braggs on drums and vocals, Will Cleary on saxophone, Sam Parker on keyboards and Chevan on bass.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Thursday, Mar. 21. INDIE GARAGE ROCK: GHOST OF CHANCE

• Sunday, Mar. 24. READINGS: JOEANN HART & MATT DEBENHAM

• Wednesday, Mar. 27. PUNK ROCK: STARK RAVING LULU

• Thursday, Mar. 28. FILM SCREENING: STEPHEN DEST’S “MY BROTHER JACK”

• Wednesday, Apr. 3. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN BAND

• Thursday, Apr. 4. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Wednesday, Apr. 10. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, Apr. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Apr. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON

• Monday, Apr. 22. FILM SCREENING FOR “WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” SERIES: “WALK ON WATER”

• Thursday, Apr. 25. JAZZ: THE NICK DiMARIA QUARTET

Hank’s recommendations 03/12/13

hank_paperHITCHCOCK — Murder is so much fun in Hitchcock!

The only suspense in this thoroughly delightful, well-written and acted, film is how the aging Hitchcock, fresh off his success in NORTH BY NORTHWEST in 1959, seeks to prove he still has what it takes to be, well, Hitchcock. The vehicle he chooses to confirm his continued worth and, in fact, be fresh and current and different, is adapted from a then-current gruesome horror novel about the serial killer Ed Gein. The bestseller is called PSYCHO, displaying graphic subject matter that cause both his agent and longtime studio to avert their eyes from supporting it, forcing the Hitchcocks to mortgage their beloved Hollywood home in order to finance the film themselves. Talk about a scarily suspenseful adventure!

This movie has all the elements that make, not a perfect “Hitchcock film,” but a perfect film about Hitchcock and the making of Psycho: the advisory phantom of Ed Gein himself, backstabbing studio politics, Hitchcock’s eccentrically brilliant directorial craft, the famous shower scene, his trademark Hitchcock TV show, his infatuation with his blonde leading ladies, his less than earnest battle with corpulence, and, above all, his longstanding marriage to Alma Revel who was his confidante, advisor, editor and supporter in every film—right through Psycho—since their early days making British silent films together. The question of whether Hitchcock’s might finally acknowledge her irreplaceable role is another fine element of suspense.

The two actors—Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren—are expectantly excellent, especially Hopkins. One would think no one could convincingly portray the unique, inimitable Hitchcock, but you soon forget you’re watching anyone but the famous director himself.

All the dry wit and acerbic perceptions, the sense of fun and surprise you associate with Hitchcock are in this well-written movie.

The last three lines are the perfect capstone:

“You know, Alma, I will never be able to find a Hitchcock blonde as beautiful as you.”

“I’ve waited thirty years to hear you say that.”

“And that, my dear, is why they call me…the Master of Suspense.”

THE FLAT — A 98 year old grandmother dies in Tel Aviv. Her daughter, in her 70s, and her own older children and grandchildren go to clean out the apartment.

Among the old German furniture and bric-a-brac are discovered a huge and surprising cache of letters, photo albums and mementos harkening back to a pre-war Berlin where the grandmother and her traffic judge husband led a privileged life. Among the aging relics is a prominent Nazi newspaper from the late 30s whose banner headline announces the couple’s trip abroad to Palestine in the company of a high Nazi official.

The mother claims she never knew anything about that. Her parents never talked about their past life nor did she ever ask any questions. She herself lives only for the here and now. Her own apartment in Tel Aviv is neat as a pin: no clutter, everything in its place, not a thing that’s reminiscent of the past.

But the son evinces surprise and curiosity. The video he happens to be recording of the apartment cleaning becomes the movie we are watching as he decides to pursue that curiosity. What he discovers as he travels across Israel and to Germany to uncover his grandparents’ hitherto unrevealed life defies belief, leading to personal confrontations that will dispel complacency, reveal hard truths and alter lives on both continents.

This profound and haunting family mystery raises unfathomable questions and goes to places you couldn’t expect. It will have its intended effect if you don’t first read the spoilers on the back of the DVD cover.

Wine tasting with Robert Jordan of The Wine Thief, Thurs., Mar. 14, at 6:30 PM

Please join the Wine Thief and Best Video for “Great Wines You’ve Never Heard Of,” a night of cinematic and oenophilic pleasures. On the evening of March 14, starting at 6:30 PM, there will be wine, hors d’oeuvres, a silent subtitled screening of “Sideways”—set in the California wine country and starring Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church—and much knowledge to be gained.

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The Wine Thief’s very own resident wine-savant-and-Paul-Giamatti-look-alike Robert Jordan will present and pour a selection of both eschewed and revered wines relevant to the movie. Admittance is $20 and all-inclusive. Reservation are strongly suggested and can be made by calling Best Video at (203) 287-9286.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Mar. 20. JAZZ: DAVID CHEVAN

• Thursday, Mar. 21. INDIE GARAGE ROCK: GHOST OF CHANCE

• Sunday, Mar. 24. READINGS: JOEANN HART & MATT DEBENHAM

• Wednesday, Mar. 27. PUNK ROCK: STARK RAVING LULU

• Thursday, Mar. 28. FILM SCREENING: STEPHEN DEST’S “MY BROTHER JACK”

• Wednesday, Apr. 3. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN BAND

• Thursday, Apr. 4. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Wednesday, Apr. 10. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, Apr. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Apr. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON

• Monday, Apr. 22. FILM SCREENING FOR “WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” SERIES: “WALK ON WATER”

• Thursday, Apr. 25. JAZZ: THE NICK DiMARIA QUARTET