Music: Singer-songwriter Sabrina Trueheart Fri., Sept. 5, at 8 PM

Singer-songwriter Sabrina Trueheart, who attends Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School in New Haven, returns to perform at the Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Sept. 5. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

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Sabrina Trueheart is a folk-oriented singer/songwriter who performs at various venues around New Haven county. She is a flower child who enjoys nature, environmental awareness, and listening to vinyl records.

Sabrina’s music and songwriting is inspired by Jewel, Joni Mitchell, Anthony Green, and Jim Morrison. She is currently enrolled in a performing arts school where she studies jazz and music theory.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Aug. 28. FREE IMPROV: FUCHSPRELLEN

• Friday, Aug. 29. INDIE ROCK & FILM SCREENING: AL HOWARD

• Wednesday, Sept. 3. CARIBBEAN/POP: LUKE RODNEY, FILM BY PHINEAS I. GACK

• Thursday, Sept. 4. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Friday, Sept. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Wednesday, Sept. 10. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, Sept. 12. CHORAL ROCK, INDIE ROCK: THE DRESS-UPS (CD RELEASE!), THE SAWTELLES

• Wednesday, Sept. 17. NEO-FOLK/RAGTIME: AMY KUCHARIK

• Thursday, Sept. 18. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Friday, Sept. 19. INDIE ROCK: EURISKO

• Wednesday, Sept. 24. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, Sept. 25. JAZZ: THE ELLIGERS BROTHERS

• Friday, Sept. 26. INDIE ROCK: THE SHRINNIRS

• Wednesday, Oct. 1. SINGER-SONGWRITER: NAMOLI BRENNET

• Thursday, Oct. 2. ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC/JAZZ: GEORGE LESIW BAND

• Friday, Oct. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: DAPHNE LEE MARTIN, HANNAH FAIR

• Wednesday, Oct. 8. AMERICANA: GOODNIGHT BLUE MOON

• Thursday, Oct. 9. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Oct. 15. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN of MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Thursday, Oct. 23. CABARET/SPOKEN WORD: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY

• Friday, Nov. 14. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

 

Music: Acoustic rock with the Lonesome Sparrows on Thurs., Sept. 4, at 8 PM

Lonesome_Sparrows_full_band_BV_041714_WebJames Velvet returns to the Best Video Performance Space with his acoustic group the Lonesome Sparrows on Thursday, Sept. 4. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Original acoustic rootsy rock ‘n’ roll. Songwriter extraordinaire James Velvet fronts the Lonesome Sparrows. The band includes Johnny Memphis on guitar, fiddle and harmony vocals. Memphis and Velvet have been playing together since 1985. Memphis is also a long-standing member of Washboard Slim and The Blue Lights. Velvet and Memphis are joined on dobro, mandolin and banjo by DickNeal, well-known in Southern CT for his bluegrass band, Hoe. Johnny Java plays electric bass and percussion.

Johnny Java and James Velvet played original roots R&R in The MockingBirds for a dozen years (buttressed for many of those years by DickNeal’s guitar playing). The Sparrows are happiest at Coffee House/Gallery concerts (Never Ending Bookstore, John Slade Ely House, The Buttonwood Tree, Best Video Performance Space) or, in the warm weather, at  CT’s  many tasty Farm Markets. In April, 2010, the group released their 13-track CD Black Velvet Royalty.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Aug. 28. FREE IMPROV: FUCHSPRELLEN

• Friday, Aug. 29. INDIE ROCK & FILM SCREENING: AL HOWARD

• Wednesday, Sept. 3. CARIBBEAN/POP: LUKE RODNEY, FILM BY PHINEAS I. GACK

• Thursday, Sept. 4. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Friday, Sept. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Wednesday, Sept. 10. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, Sept. 12. CHORAL ROCK, INDIE ROCK: THE DRESS-UPS (CD RELEASE!), THE SAWTELLES

• Wednesday, Sept. 17. NEO-FOLK/RAGTIME: AMY KUCHARIK

• Thursday, Sept. 18. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Friday, Sept. 19. INDIE ROCK: EURISKO

• Wednesday, Sept. 24. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, Sept. 25. JAZZ: THE ELLIGERS BROTHERS

• Friday, Sept. 26. INDIE ROCK: THE SHRINNIRS

• Wednesday, Oct. 1. SINGER-SONGWRITER: NAMOLI BRENNET

• Thursday, Oct. 2. ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC/JAZZ: GEORGE LESIW BAND

• Friday, Oct. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: DAPHNE LEE MARTIN, HANNAH FAIR

• Wednesday, Oct. 8. AMERICANA: GOODNIGHT BLUE MOON

• Thursday, Oct. 9. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Oct. 15. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN of MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Thursday, Oct. 23. CABARET/SPOKEN WORD: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY

• Friday, Nov. 14. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

 

Music: Caribbean-influenced pop by Luke Rodney Wed., Sept. 3, at 8 PM

Luke_Rodney_BV_093013_WebLuke Rodney returns to Best Video to perform on Wednesday, Sept. 3. The Music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Rodney resides in Branford. A drummer, Rodney has played with many bands from his home country as well as numerous groups in the New Haven area, including the Cobalt Rhythm Kings, Inity, Jah Movements, St. Luke’s Steelband and his main group, White-eyed Lizard. Rodney’s performance at the Best Video Performance Space last September was his first concert performing his original music.

Rodney began playing the ukelele about three years ago, inspired by an old children’s guitar he found in a dumpster, which he repaired with the thought of giving to his two young children.

“When I got to four strings, I decided to keep it and tune it as a cuatro. I began hearing chords for the original songs I wrote,” says Rodney. “Many years ago a school teacher Juan O’Garo taught me three chords: C, F, G7. Those came in as my base for finding my way around the uke.”

Rodney has been writing his Caribbean-inflected music since the 1970′s. He is now recording many of the songs with the assistance and support of George Lesiw, Chris Fitzpatric, Dan D’Onofrio, Mike Huno and Lee Ann Lovelace.

“I am grateful for all the people who give me their time and support to help with this venture,” says Rodney. “The music is raw and natural. The intent is to bring a happy feeling to whomever hears it. I want to make a difference in the world as a person and with my music.”

Watch Luke Rodney and his group perform “Yesterday Morning” at Best Video Performance Space in 2013:

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Aug. 28. FREE IMPROV: FUCHSPRELLEN

• Friday, Aug. 29. INDIE ROCK & FILM SCREENING: AL HOWARD

• Wednesday, Sept. 3. CARIBBEAN/POP: LUKE RODNEY, FILM BY PHINEAS I. GACK

• Thursday, Sept. 4. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Friday, Sept. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Wednesday, Sept. 10. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, Sept. 12. CHORAL ROCK, INDIE ROCK: THE DRESS-UPS (CD RELEASE!), THE SAWTELLES

• Wednesday, Sept. 17. NEO-FOLK/RAGTIME: AMY KUCHARIK

• Thursday, Sept. 18. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Friday, Sept. 19. INDIE ROCK: EURISKO

• Wednesday, Sept. 24. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, Sept. 25. JAZZ: THE ELLIGERS BROTHERS

• Friday, Sept. 26. INDIE ROCK: THE SHRINNIRS

• Wednesday, Oct. 1. SINGER-SONGWRITER: NAMOLI BRENNET

• Thursday, Oct. 2. ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC/JAZZ: GEORGE LESIW BAND

• Friday, Oct. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: DAPHNE LEE MARTIN, HANNAH FAIR

• Wednesday, Oct. 8. AMERICANA: GOODNIGHT BLUE MOON

• Thursday, Oct. 9. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Oct. 15. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN of MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Thursday, Oct. 23. CABARET/SPOKEN WORD: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY

• Friday, Nov. 14. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

 

New releases 8/19/14

Top Hits

Only Lovers Left Alive (vampire drama, Tilda Swinton. Rotten Tomatoes: 85%. Metacritic: 77. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “Yes, another vampire movie. But Mr. Jarmusch is not Stephenie Meyer, Ms. Swinton is not Kristen Stewart, and, despite its title, Only Lovers Left Alive is less about sex than about art. Vampirism, in other words, serves in this film as a metaphor not for insatiable desire (as it has, to different effect, in the ‘Twilight’ movies and the HBO series ‘True Blood’), but for passionate creativity. Mr. Jarmusch imagines the tribe of the blood-consuming undead as a kind of aesthetic aristocracy, counting in their ranks most of the world’s geniuses of painting, fiction, cinema and music.” Read more…)

The Sacrament (horror, Joe Swanberg. Rotten Tomatoes: 63%. Metacritic: 51. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “The director Ti West, whose credits include the very fine horror movie The House of the Devil, has a talent for dread. He’s so good at raising the little hairs on your neck and keeping them on alert that you can only feel let down when he doesn’t deliver a movie that makes good on his setup. That’s the case with his latest, The Sacrament, a neo-exploitation flick that shifts from the unnerving to the hollow after it becomes evident that Mr. West is more interested in showing how his characters die than how they lived.” Read more…)

Breathe In (drama/romance, Guy Pearce. Rotten Tomatoes: 55%. Metacritic: 60. From Stephen Holden’s New York Times review: “What distinguishes Breathe In from countless similar movies about marital discontent and disruption is the restraint with which the story is handled, the subtlety of its performances and its almost perverse refusal to turn into a prurient, heavy-breathing examination of adultery and its consequences. It offers few vicarious thrills. The would-be lovers in “Breathe In” exchange longing glances but no ravenous kisses.” Read more…)

Toy Story of Terror (animated short, in Top Hits. Rotten Tomatoes: 90%. Metacritic: 79.)

New Blu-Ray
The Amazing Spider-Man 2

New British
My Boy Jack (period war drama, Daniel Radcliffe)
37 Days (period political thriller, Ian McDiarmid)

New Television
The Good Wife: Season 5 (legal drama, Julianna Margulies. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%.)
The Mindy Project: Season 1 (comedy, Mindy Kaling. Rotten Tomatoes: 81%.)
The Mindy Project: Season 2 (comedy, Mindy Kaling. Rotten Tomatoes: 87%.)
The Millers: Season 1 (comedy, Will Arnett. Rotten Tomatoes: 46%.)

New Documentaries
Manakamana (religion, Nepal, travelogue. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. Metacritic: 86. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Manohla Dargis’ Times review: “The faces in Manakamana, a transporting ethnographic film set in a green sliver of Nepal, stare into the camera, out into space and, perhaps, into the great beyond. The faces are sometimes creased and weathered, sometimes smooth as pebbles. A few look etched with worry, as if they were weighed down by a heavy burden, although they may also be seized with fear. That’s because for 10 or so minutes at a time, these faces are floating hundreds of feet above a lush Nepali forest in a cable car that takes pilgrims to and from the temple that gives this film its rhythmic title.” Read more…)

Dancing in Jaffa (dance, Israeli-Arab relations. Rotten Tomatoes: 90%. Metacritic: 775. From Andy Webster’s New York Times review: “Pierre Dulaine, a teacher and former champion in ballroom dancing, is the founder of Dancing Classrooms, a nonprofit organization behind the events in Marilyn Agrelo’s 2005 documentary, Mad Hot Ballroom. That film concerned Dancing Classrooms’ work with New York students; in Hilla Medalia’s charming Dancing in Jaffa, Mr. Dulaine heads to Israel to try to instill mutual respect in 10- and 11-year-old Jewish and Palestinian Israelis through a 10-week course in the movements [and courtesies] of Latin dance.” Read more…)

The Amish (society, religion)
Every Everything: Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart (music bio, Husker Du, Grant Hart, Gorman Bechard, in New Music)

Music & Film: Al Howard to play Fri., Aug. 29, at 8 PM; also screening of film “I Clown Open” by Phineas I. Gack

Al_Howard_beachball_WebAl Howard performs at Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Sept. 29. Howard’s set will be followed by a screening of the short absurdist film “I Clown Open” by the mysterious filmmaker  Phineas I. Gack. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Al Howard has been performing his songs in the New Haven area for about a decade. Many years ago, in the Hartford Advocate, Dan Barry wrote, “His songs were stuffed with wit so dry that a stray ember might have lit a forest fire: ‘I made a peace sign for the President / He was dead / He had to find the top of his head.’ His songs were a feast for the eyes. Howard’s patterned, deliberate delivery gave listeners time to envision each of his lyrical paintings. ‘Al’s, like, this Zen songwriter,’ Peter Riccio [of The Sawtelles] whispered in my ear during Howard’s first set. And like the Zen painters who try to wring the most meaning from the fewest possible strokes, Howard left the bulk of his work to his listeners.”

“I Clown Open” is rated L12—whatever that means—and “may be too intense for younger children but may intensify protracted childhoods.”

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Aug. 20. BLUEGRASS: DUDLEY FARM STRING BAND

• Thursday, Aug. 21. ROCK: ROPE, JAMES VELVET

• Friday, Aug. 22. CABARET: RICH MORAN

• Thursday, Aug. 28. FREE IMPROV: FUCHSPRELLEN

• Friday, Aug. 29. INDIE ROCK & FILM SCREENING: AL HOWARD

• Wednesday, Sept. 3. CARIBBEAN/POP: LUKE RODNEY, FILM BY PHINEAS I. GACK

• Thursday, Sept. 4. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Friday, Sept. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Wednesday, Sept. 10. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Thursday, Sept. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, JACKET THOR

• Friday, Sept. 12. CHORAL ROCK, INDIE ROCK: THE DRESS-UPS (CD RELEASE!), THE SAWTELLES

• Wednesday, Sept. 17. NEO-FOLK/RAGTIME: AMY KUCHARIK

• Thursday, Sept. 18. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Friday, Sept. 19. INDIE ROCK: EURISKO

• Wednesday, Sept. 24. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, Sept. 25. JAZZ: THE ELLIGERS BROTHERS

• Friday, Sept. 26. INDIE ROCK: THE SHRINNIRS

• Wednesday, Oct. 1. SINGER-SONGWRITER: NAMOLI BRENNET

• Thursday, Oct. 2. ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC/JAZZ: GEORGE LESIW BAND

• Friday, Oct. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: DAPHNE LEE MARTIN, HANNAH FAIR

• Wednesday, Oct. 8. AMERICANA: GOODNIGHT BLUE MOON

• Thursday, Oct. 9. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Oct. 15. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN of MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Thursday, Oct. 23. CABARET/SPOKEN WORD: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY

• Friday, Nov. 14. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

Music: Free improvisation by Fuchsprellen on Thurs., Aug. 28, at 8 PM

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Fuchsprellen performing at Best Video Performance Space on May 8, 2014.

The free improvising group Fuchsprellen will perform in the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Aug. 28. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Fuchsprellen—the name comes from “fox tossing,” a popular blood sport of the 17th and 18th centuries—play free-form, improvised music.  The quintet this evening will be comprised of Steve Chillemi (who plays drums in Captain  Beefheart cover band Doctor Dark) on bass clarinet and soprano saxophone, Peter Riccio (guitarist and singer of The Sawtelles) on drums, Pete Brunelli on electronics, Best Video manager Richard Brown on alto saxophone, and Jeff Cedrone on guitar and synthesizer. No foxes will be harmed in the making of this music.

This is music composed in real time with the various players listening to and responding to the sounds created by their compatriots. Anything can happen and it often does. This music evokes the free jazz of the 1960’s and 1970’s—although it isn’t really “jazz,” per se—and the New York City loft scene of the 1980’s.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Monday, Aug. 18. FILM SCREENING: DANNY SAYS (ROUGH CUT) with FILMMAKER BRENDAN TOLLER

• Wednesday, Aug. 20. BLUEGRASS: DUDLEY FARM STRING BAND

• Thursday, Aug. 21. ROCK: ROPE, JAMES VELVET

• Friday, Aug. 22. CABARET: RICH MORAN

• Thursday, Aug. 28. FREE IMPROV: FUCHSPRELLEN

• Friday, Aug. 29. INDIE ROCK & FILM SCREENING: AL HOWARD

• Wednesday, Sept. 3. CARIBBEAN/POP: LUKE RODNEY, FILM BY PHINEAS I. GACK

• Thursday, Sept. 4. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Friday, Sept. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Wednesday, Sept. 10. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Thursday, Sept. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, JACKET THOR

• Friday, Sept. 12. CHORAL ROCK, INDIE ROCK: THE DRESS-UPS (CD RELEASE!), THE SAWTELLES

• Wednesday, Sept. 17. NEO-FOLK/RAGTIME: AMY KUCHARIK

• Thursday, Sept. 18. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Friday, Sept. 19. INDIE ROCK: EURISKO

• Wednesday, Sept. 24. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, Sept. 25. JAZZ: THE ELLIGERS BROTHERS

• Friday, Sept. 26. INDIE ROCK: THE SHRINNIRS

• Wednesday, Oct. 1. SINGER-SONGWRITER: NAMOLI BRENNET

• Thursday, Oct. 2. ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC/JAZZ: GEORGE LESIW BAND

• Friday, Oct. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: DAPHNE LEE MARTIN, HANNAH FAIR

• Wednesday, Oct. 8. AMERICANA: GOODNIGHT BLUE MOON

• Thursday, Oct. 9. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Oct. 15. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN of MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Thursday, Oct. 23. CABARET/SPOKEN WORD: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY

• Friday, Nov. 14. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

Music: Cabaret with Rich Moran Fri., Aug. 22, at 8 PM

Rich_Moran_BV_061913Singer Rich Moran performs in the Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Aug. 22. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

“Here’s To The Ladies Who Rhyme” — Rich Moran presents an evening of music and commentary celebrating of the contributions of female lyricists to the Great American Songbook.

In this show Rich Moran will be continuing his exploration of the treasures of the Great American Songbook. Once again, he’ll be joined by Judy Webber on piano, Jeff Webber on woodwinds, and Noah Golden on drums.

They will be playing many classic tunes with a focus on the contributions of the woman who wrote lyrics for the repertoire. Songwriting through the early to mid part of the 20th century was not only an art form, it was also big business. The melodies heard on the radio, off the Broadway stages and at the movies were crafted by professional composers and lyricists who generated much of their income first through the sale of sheet music, and later through the royalties generated by the recordings of their works.

Recording artists did not, for the most part, write their own songs as they often do today. Yes, songwriting was big business and like most businesses in America during that time, it was dominated by men. It took a tremendously talented woman to break into their ranks. The relatively few who did created a wonderful legacy of work albeit mostly as lyricists and not composers.

From the effortless colloquialism of Dorothy Fields and the cool erotically charged sophistication of Carolyn Leigh though the urbane wittiness of Betty Comden and the humanistic sentimentality of Marilyn Bergman, Rich Moran will be presenting the words of these woman set to lovely rhythms by composers such as Cy Coleman, Jule Stynne and Jerome Kern. In between songs, he will share anecdotes and stories from the history behind the music. Moran will also sprinkle in an assortment of standards from the likes of Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen, and the Gershwin brothers.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Aug. 14. ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Friday, Aug. 15. POP/ART/PUPPETRY: POCKET VINYL, GLUMPUPPET

• Monday, Aug. 18. FILM SCREENING: DANNY SAYS (ROUGH CUT) with FILMMAKER BRENDAN TOLLER

• Wednesday, Aug. 20. BLUEGRASS: DUDLEY FARM STRING BAND

• Thursday, Aug. 21. ROCK: ROPE, JAMES VELVET

• Friday, Aug. 22. CABARET: RICH MORAN

• Thursday, Aug. 28. FREE IMPROV: FUCHSPRELLEN

• Friday, Aug. 29. INDIE ROCK & FILM SCREENING: AL HOWARD

• Wednesday, Sept. 3. CARIBBEAN/POP: LUKE RODNEY, FILM BY PHINEAS I. GACK

• Thursday, Sept. 4. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Friday, Sept. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Wednesday, Sept. 10. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, Sept. 12. CHORAL ROCK, INDIE ROCK: THE DRESS-UPS (CD RELEASE!), THE SAWTELLES

• Wednesday, Sept. 17. NEO-FOLK/RAGTIME: AMY KUCHARIK

• Thursday, Sept. 18. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Friday, Sept. 19. INDIE ROCK: EURISKO

• Wednesday, Sept. 24. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, Sept. 25. JAZZ: THE ELLIGERS BROTHERS

• Friday, Sept. 26. INDIE ROCK: THE SHRINNIRS

• Wednesday, Oct. 1. SINGER-SONGWRITER: NAMOLI BRENNET

• Thursday, Oct. 2. ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC/JAZZ: GEORGE LESIW BAND

• Friday, Oct. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: DAPHNE LEE MARTIN, HANNAH FAIR

• Wednesday, Oct. 8. AMERICANA: GOODNIGHT BLUE MOON

• Thursday, Oct. 9. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Oct. 15. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN of MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Thursday, Oct. 23. CABARET/SPOKEN WORD: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY

• Friday, Nov. 14. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

 

New releases 8/12/14

Top Hits

The Railway Man (drama, Colin Firth. Rotten Tomatoes: 66%. Metacritic: 59. From Stephen Holden’s New York Times review: “What place is there nowadays for a solid, old-fashioned movie about war, remembrance and reconciliation? That question occurred to me while watching The Railway Man, an unabashedly stodgy, high-minded film in the David Lean tradition [without the grandeur], starring Colin Firth as Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who served and suffered during World War II.” Read more…)

Locke (thriller/action, Tom Hardy. Rotten Tomatoes: 88%. Metacritic: 81. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “A movie about a man in lockdown — emotionally, psychologically, existentially — Locke asks you to spend 85 minutes in intimate quarters with Tom Hardy, who’s mostly seen in medium close-up behind a steering wheel. In recent years, moviegoers have had ample opportunities to explore his beautiful mug in films like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, in which he wore a bleach job and wounded mien as a British spy who, while doing his dirty work as a so-called scalp hunter falls tragically in love. It was ideal casting because part of what makes Mr. Hardy pop, even in a relatively modest role, is how his somewhat blunt, swaggering, at times inflated physicality — in general, he registers as being bigger than he is — works in expressive counterpoint to his soft, yielding face.” Read more…)

Filth (thriller, James McAvoy. Rotten Tomatoes: 63%. Metacritic: 56. From Stephen Holden’s New York Times review: “James McAvoy goes whole hog in Filth, an adaptation of a 1998 novel by Irvine Welsh, the Scottish author of Trainspotting. And by whole hog, I mean exactly that. His character, Bruce Robertson, who narrates the film, is an Edinburgh police detective sergeant on a catastrophic downward spiral. As he loses his sanity, he suggests a wounded wild boar on the rampage, dragging his entrails behind him as he charges around in circles. Compared with this maniac, the rotten policeman of two Bad Lieutenant films is a garden-variety bad boy.” Read more…)

Muppets Most Wanted (family, Tina Fey. Rotten Tomatoes: 79%. Metacritic: 61. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “The United States government today called on Walt Disney Pictures to delay or cancel the release of Muppets Most Wanted on national security grounds. Or at least, it should have. Not only might this movie annoy Russia, with whom the American government is already nose-to-nose over Crimea, but it could also cause any European allies being courted by President Obama to unfriend him and the rest of the country.” Read more…)

Disneynature: Bears (nature doc, John C. Reilly [narrator]. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%. Metacritic: 68. From Nicolas Rapold’s New York Times review: “The photography, though no doubt dangerous and time-consuming to achieve, is not overtly dazzling, but a salmon hunt and an early avalanche prologue are impressive. Despite the bracing beauty of the wilderness, and the respite provided by cubs at play, the movie is primarily a sobering treatise on survival.” Read more…)

God’s Not Dead (drama, Kevin Sorbo. Rotten Tomatoes: 17%. Metacritic: 16.)

New Blu-Ray
Dom Hemingway (comedy crime drama, Jude Law, not available on DVD. Rotten Tomatoes: 58%. Metacritic: 55. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “There is, perhaps, only so much to say about a movie that opens with a man delivering a soliloquy about his penis. When you first see the title character of Dom Hemingway, a violent British comedy about a gangster who talks the hard-boiled talk with verve and gutter lyricism, he’s speaking and staring into the camera. His arms are stretched out to the side, Christlike, and while the camera doesn’t show the full monty, the shot is wide enough for you to see that Jude Law has packed on a few pounds to play this flamboyant tough guy and hasn’t taken a Gillette to his chest.” Read more…)

Muppets Most Wanted
Disneynature: Bears

New Television
The Blacklist: Season 1 (mystery, James Spader)

New Documentaries
Disneynature: Bears (ursine nature doc, John C. Reilly [narrator]. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%. Metacritic: 68. From Nicolas Rapold’s New York Times review: “The photography, though no doubt dangerous and time-consuming to achieve, is not overtly dazzling, but a salmon hunt and an early avalanche prologue are impressive. Despite the bracing beauty of the wilderness, and the respite provided by cubs at play, the movie is primarily a sobering treatise on survival.” Read more…)

New Children’s DVDs
Muppets Most Wanted (family, Tina Fey, in Top Hits: 79%. Metacritic: 61. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “The United States government today called on Walt Disney Pictures to delay or cancel the release of Muppets Most Wanted on national security grounds. Or at least, it should have. Not only might this movie annoy Russia, with whom the American government is already nose-to-nose over Crimea, but it could also cause any European allies being courted by President Obama to unfriend him and the rest of the country.” Read more…)

Film screening and fundraiser with India-based (and Hamden native) disability advocate Jonathan Sigworth Sat., Aug. 16, 3:30—6 PM

ESCIP_promo_WebFilmmaker Jonathan Sigworth will screen his award-winning short documentary “More Than Walking” and discuss his advocacy for those in India—like himself—with disabilities. The event begins at 3:30 PM with a Meet and Greet. At 4 PM, Jonathan will screen the film and tell some stories about his experiences. From 5—6 PM, there will be a Q&A with refreshments. There is no charge for this event but Jonathan will be soliciting donations for the nonprofit he founded, Empowering Spinal Cord Injured Persons, or ESCIP.

When telling you where he’s from, Jonathan might say Hamden, CT… but more often than not he’ll say New Delhi, India and then wait for you to ask how he ended up there. Jonathan’s award winning short documentary “More Than Walking” tells that story, as well as the basis for his current work in Delhi running a transitional living house for quadriplegics like himself.

After the film, Jonathan will share about some of the other wheelchair users he has met while living in India this past year  and the unique challenges and creative opportunities they face in breaking down stereotypes and stigmas of disability. His transitional living program in Delhi offers peer-mentoring, wheelchair rugby, physical therapy, disco dancing, and vocational rehabilitation to residents. Oh yes, Disco Dancing.

For a sneak peak at Jonathan’s work, visit www.escip.org. Jonathan is Co-Founder & Director of ESCIP Trust India, Empowering Spinal Cord Injured Persons.

Music: Rope, James Velvet Thurs., Aug. 21, at 8 PM

The rock band Rope plays the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Aug. 21. Singer-songwriter James Velvet will open the show with a solo set. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

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ROPE is a New Haven based trio playing original music, classics, underground gems, lowdown blues and folk. We also dig surf-music and lay it out both electric and acoustic. Members are all veteran performers having played in such bands as Bill Bakers Satins, SUBDUEDS (New Haven), Christine Ohlman, Hilton Valentine’s Skiffledog (guitarist for The Animals) to name a few. Sal Paradise—guitars vocals, composer/arranger—has been active in the New Haven and CT Music scene since 1978.

ROPE is Sal Paradise (guitar, vocals) Pat Quinn, (drums, back-up vocals) and David Hurd (bass).

James Velvet is a New Haven songwriter and band-leader. The Mocking Birds, The Lonesome Sparrows, and The Ivory Bills are his three best- known “bird bands.”

Brian G. Larue, writing in the New Haven Advocate, described Velvet as “casually poetic, fascinated by Americana…the kind of performer fans of clever, subtle songwriters like Randy Newman, Elvis Costello and Billy Bragg would appreciate.”

He has opened for Marshall Crenshaw, Steve Forbert, Martin Sexton and Ray Davies, among others. He is proud now to be opening for Rope.

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Aug. 13. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND, SETH TIVEN

• Thursday, Aug. 14. ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Friday, Aug. 15. POP/ART/PUPPETRY: POCKET VINYL, GLUMPUPPET

• Monday, Aug. 18. FILM SCREENING: DANNY SAYS (ROUGH CUT) with FILMMAKER BRENDAN TOLLER

• Wednesday, Aug. 20. BLUEGRASS: DUDLEY FARM STRING BAND

• Thursday, Aug. 21. ROCK: ROPE, JAMES VELVET

• Friday, Aug. 22. CABARET: RICH MORAN

• Thursday, Aug. 28. FREE IMPROV: FUCHSPRELLEN

• Friday, Aug. 29. INDIE ROCK & FILM SCREENING: AL HOWARD

• Wednesday, Sept. 3. CARIBBEAN/POP: LUKE RODNEY, FILM BY PHINEAS I. GACK

• Thursday, Sept. 4. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Friday, Sept. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Wednesday, Sept. 10. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, Sept. 12. CHORAL ROCK, INDIE ROCK: THE DRESS-UPS (CD RELEASE!), THE SAWTELLES

• Wednesday, Sept. 17. NEO-FOLK/RAGTIME: AMY KUCHARIK

• Thursday, Sept. 18. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Friday, Sept. 19. INDIE ROCK: EURISKO

• Wednesday, Sept. 24. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, Sept. 25. JAZZ: THE ELLIGERS BROTHERS

• Friday, Sept. 26. INDIE ROCK: THE SHRINNIRS

• Wednesday, Oct. 1. SINGER-SONGWRITER: NAMOLI BRENNET

• Thursday, Oct. 2. ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC/JAZZ: GEORGE LESIW BAND

• Friday, Oct. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: DAPHNE LEE MARTIN, HANNAH FAIR

• Wednesday, Oct. 8. AMERICANA: GOODNIGHT BLUE MOON

• Thursday, Oct. 9. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Oct. 15. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN of MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Thursday, Oct. 23. CABARET/SPOKEN WORD: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY

• Friday, Nov. 14. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER