Music: Classical performance by Ravenna Michalsen and Bethany Wilder Fri., Dec. 4, at 8 PM

Michalsen_Wilder_WebCellist Ravenna Michalsen and violist/violinist Bethany Wilder—both of whom teach at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven—play Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Friday, Dec. 4. The program starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Michalsen and Wilder will play a program of Bach duos, Beethoven “Eyeglasses Duet”, Mozart and Albrechtsberger.

Bethany Wilder is an eager contributor to the Connecticut arts scene as a performer and mentor. An active freelancer, Bethany enjoys chamber music collaborations of all sorts, and is a perennial sub for local groups, including the Eastern Connecticut Symphony and the Mostly Baroque players in Glastonbury.

Ms. Wilder holds a Master of Music degree in viola and Suzuki pedagogy from the Hartt School, where she was a member of 20/20, Hartt’s select chamber music program. Her Bachelor of Music degree is from the University of Denver. Prior to her time at the Lamont School, Bethany spent two years in France and Switzerland studying French and chamber music.

In her role as mentor, Ms. Wilder has a private violin/viola studio in New Haven; she is also on the faculty of the Neighborhood Music School. In her free time she enjoys hiking and reading (but not at the same time.)

Ravenna Michalsen is a cellist and an active participant in the Connecticut musical scene. She teaches a large studio of fantastic cello students and ensembles both privately and at Neighborhood Music School. Ravenna holds a BA and MA from Yale University and an MA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and occasionally translates short Tibetan Buddhist works.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Nov. 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Sunday, Nov. 29. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“THE KILLING”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Sunday, Dec. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“PATHS OF GLORY”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 9. JAZZ: THE THELONIOUS MONK PROJECT BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)

Music/Multi-media: Avmus on Thurs., Dec. 4, at 8 PM

avmusphoto_WebElectronic musician Avmus performs Thursday, Dec. 4, at Best Video Performance Space. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Avmus is the audio/visual work of CT native, John C. Miller. For the past 15 years Miller has been creating a sense of a distant planet where Avmus serves as the soundtrack.  The 1950’s film, ideology, and early electronic music influence the audio and visuals of Avmus.

The music is created on guitar, synth, and violin that is sampled, tweaked, re-sampled and possibly tweaked once or twice more only to be re-sampled several more times using an old 4-track and Ableton Live.  The process is as important as the product. A genre that Avmus fits in is hard to find, but for a generic label, electronic will suffice. Think Add N to (X) meets Tom Dissevelt and Kid Baltan’s “The Fascinating World of Electronic Music” with a strong influence of Caribou.

“…a joyfully psychedelic listen, perfectly suited for solo space expeditions without leaving the comfort of your chair and high-end, isolating headphones.”  – Paul Belbusti, No Nutmeg

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Nov. 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Sunday, Nov. 29. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“THE KILLING”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Sunday, Dec. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“PATHS OF GLORY”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 9. JAZZ: THE THELONIOUS MONK PROJECT BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)

New Releases 11/24/15

Top Hits
Ricki and the Flash (drama, Meryl Streep. Rotten Tomatoes: 65%. Metacritic: 54. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “‘Ricki and the Flash,’ a gentle-hearted baby boomer guilt-trip family drama directed by Jonathan Demme and written by Diablo Cody, is bookended by two musical performances from the rock ’n’ roll bar band that gives the movie its name. It would be a spoiler to say too much about the number that ends the movie, a Bruce Springsteen cover, but the opener, sung to a sparse, appreciative audience at a scruffy club in Tarzana, Calif., is a competent version of an old hit by Tom Petty. [If that name doesn’t ring a bell, go ask your dad.] Ricki, the lead singer, sporting a blue Telecaster, heavy eyeliner and half of Bo Derek’s haircut from ’10’ [ask your dad about that too], belts out the lyrics with perfect credibility, landing somewhere between Chrissie Hynde and Bonnie Raitt on the spectrum of available reference points. Ricki is played by Meryl Streep, which may be sufficient reason to believe in her.” Read more…)

No Escape (thriller, Owen Wilson. Rotten Tomatoes: 46%. Metacritic: 38. From Daniel M. Gold’s New York Times review: “In 2001, already developing a comic acting career, Owen Wilson tried to stretch. In ‘Behind Enemy Lines,’ he played a naval aviator shot down and pursued by bloodthirsty Serbian paramilitary units. Not quite an action hero, he conveyed the intense fear and desperation of a fugitive in the cross hairs. Now Mr. Wilson returns for run-for-your-life seconds. In ‘No Escape,’ he is again in hostile territory, as Jack Dwyer, an engineer who has joined a multinational corporation after his own company failed, and is moving his family to an unnamed Southeast Asian country.” Read more…)

Shaun the Sheep Movie (animated feature. Rotten Tomatoes: 99%. Metacritic: 81. A New York Times Vritic’s Pick. From Neil Genzlinger’s Times review: “It wouldn’t be summer without a movie that stars one or more animals. ‘Free Willy’ [1993]. ‘Babe’ [1995]. ‘Jaws’ [1975]. ‘Jaws: The Revenge’ [1987]. And now, ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie,’ a charming and clever concoction from the stop-motion animation studio Aardman Animations, which is known for the ‘Wallace & Gromit’ franchise. The film tries something unusual in the world of animated family fare: It tells its 84-minute story without words.” Read more…)

Guidance (comedy, Pat Mills. Rotten Tomatoes: 87%. Metacritic: 66. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ Times review: “Pursuing his character’s self-destructive, often tasteless agenda, [actor, writer and director Pat] Mills [drawing on his own experiences and doing triple duty as the director and screenwriter] gives a performance of rancid single-mindedness. It’s a fearlessly unsympathetic role that provides plenty of space for train-wreck humor but almost no wiggle room for redemption.” Read more…)

American Ultra (action comedy, Jesse Eisenberg. Rotten Tomatoes: 44%. Metacritic: 50. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “Some of the many, many promotional spots for ‘American Ultra’ make it seem like more of a comedy than it is. That’s not said as a criticism, just a warning. If you go, expect a diverting summer action adventure with occasional laughs, not a diverting stoner comedy with occasional action.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
Ricki and the Flash
Shaun the Sheep Movie
No Escape

New Foreign
1001 Grams (Norway, drama, Ane Dahl Torp. Rotten Tomatoes: 82%. Metacritic: 65. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “‘1001 Grams’ achieves a charming equipoise of levity and gravity, of formal rigor and soulful sentiment. It’s a quiet movie, sometimes to the point of near inaudibility, and a small one, so unassuming that, like Marie herself, it seems to want at times to disappear altogether. But here it is, sure of its proportions and also much bigger and messier than it looks.” Read more…)

A Place to Call Home: Season 1 (Australia, drama series, Marta Dusseldorp, in New British section)

New Classic (pre-1960)
The Kid From Cleveland (1949, sports drama, Russ Tamblyn, Cleveland Indians. From Bosley Crowther’s 1949 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “Rather this ‘Kid from Cleveland’ turns out to be a labored tale of the generous attempts of a sports announcer to help a wayward youth. And in these benevolent endeavors, he recruits not only Bill Veeck, the personable owner of the Indians, but apparently the whole team. In fact, Mr. Veeck and the Indians pay so much attention to this pursuit that one perceives (since the time is the present) why maybe the Indians are in third place.” Read more…)

The Devil’s Disciple (1959, history/satire, Burt Lancaster. From A.H. Weiler’s 1959 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “a vegetarian who managed to roar like a man-eating lion in print, would be surprised, it is fairly safe to state, at the film version of “The Devil’s Disciple,” which was unveiled yesterday at both the Astor and Normandie Theatres. And it is likely, too, that aficionados of the master of Ayot’s plays would be a mite confused by this copiously edited and re-written edition of his noted lampoon of American Revolutionary events and some Englishmen involved in losing a valuable colony. As revealed now, ‘The Devil’s Disciple’ is, somewhat disappointingly, less the biting satire of the stage and more an unevenly paced comedy-melodrama leaning heavily toward action.” Read more…)

Voodoo Man (1944, chiller, Bela Lugosi)

New American Back Catalog (post-1960)
Child_WaitingA Child Is Waiting (1962, John Cassavetes-directed drama, Burt Lancaster. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%. From Bosley Crowther’s 1963 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “Some painful but compelling instruction on how to adjust emotionally to the sometimes calamitous problem of the mentally retarded child is conveyed with courageous candor and dramatic simplicity in Stanley Kramer’s new film, ‘A Child Is Waiting’… Don’t go to see it expecting to be agreeably entertained or, for that matter, really uplifted by examples of man’s nobility.” Read more…)

The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant (1971, wacky cult film, Bruce Dern. From A.H. Weiler’s 1971 new York Times review [requires log-in]: “On the other hand, Bruce Dern, as the dour scalpelwielder responsible for ‘The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant,’ really doesn’t rate much sympathy. As a dedicated researcher who has clicked with two-headed snakes, rabbits and monkeys, if not with his photogenic, blonde wife, Pat Priest, he might have demurred in using a sex-crazed, homicidal maniac and a giant, mentally retarded farm hand for his human experiment. Movie plots notwithstanding, it soon becomes obvious that the best results he could expect would constitute an economy size menace to the community.” Read more…)

Larger Than Life (1996, comedy, Bill Murray. Rotten Tomatoes: 11%. From Stephen Holden’s 1996 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “How could a comedy based on the tantalizingly funny notion of Bill Murray transporting a circus elephant across America misfire as badly as ‘Larger Than Life’?” Read more…)

New British
Drowning By Numbers (1988, dark Peter Greenaway-directed comedy, Joan Plowright. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%. From Janet Maslin’s 1991 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “The mind that embraces pure gamesmanship is rarely as fanciful as that of Peter Greenaway, who obviously plays by his own rules. Mr. Greenaway’s love of puzzles, riddles, obscure references and obsessive schematization is truly astounding, but it is rarely matched by an equivalent interest in whatever has set these maneuvers in motion. He would be perfectly capable, it often seems, of staging an elaborate whodunit without bothering to determine whether anyone was ultimately to blame.” Read more…)

A Place to Call Home: Season 1 (Australia, drama series, Marta Dusseldorp, in New British section)

 New TV
Inside Amy Schumer: Seasons 1, 2, 3 (comedy series)

New Documentaries
1971 (civil liberties, American history. Rotten Tomatoes: 97%. Metacritic: 73. From Stephen Holden’s New York Times review: “In the age of encryption, computer hacking, WikiLeaks and Edward J. Snowden, the theft of typewritten government documents from an unlocked file cabinet 44 years ago by ordinary citizens may seem quaint. But on the evening of March 8, 1971, while much of America was distracted by the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight, burglars broke into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s office in Media, Pa., and stole files that revealed the bureau’s unlawful surveillance of antiwar activists. Photocopies were mailed anonymously to three major newspapers, including The New York Times, but only The Washington Post published anything from the files. The uproar that followed was enormous.” Read more…)

The New Rijksmuseum (art, architecture. Rotten Tomatoes: 87%. Metacritic: 66. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “Until April of this year, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, a peer of the Louvre, the Prado and the Hermitage, was mostly closed for almost a decade, thanks to an extensive, expensive and frequently controversial renovation. That hiatus, during which some of the finest Rembrandts, Vermeers and other masterpieces of Dutch art vanished from public view, would most likely be forgotten if not for ‘The New Rijksmuseum,’ Oeke Hoogendijk’s eye-opening, patience-testing new documentary. The film dwells on the logistical and bureaucratic details of the process, and if it does not exactly write a fresh chapter in the history of art, it stands as an exemplary study in the sociology of art administration.” Read more…)

Music: Mark Mirando, Dick Neal, Bob Csugie—songwriters in the round—Wed., Dec. 2, at 8 PM

Singer-songwriters Mark Mirando, Dick Neal and Bob Csugie play Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The music 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 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 Connecticut’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.

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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.

Bob Csugie has been performing as part of the bluegrass and acoustic scenes in Connecticut for over 20 years. Among his roles has been playing upright bass with The Anne Marie Menta Band.

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Sunday, Nov. 22. FILM SCREENING/BLACK LIVES MATTER BENEFIT: “ANNE BRADEN: SOUTHERN PATRIOT”

• Friday, Nov. 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Sunday, Nov. 29. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“THE KILLING”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: MARK MIRANDO, DICK NEAL, BOB CSUGIE

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Sunday, Dec. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“PATHS OF GLORY”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 9. JAZZ: THE THELONIOUS MONK PROJECT BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)

Music: The Birdmen on Fri., Nov. 27, at 8 PM

The Birdmen return to Best Video Performance Space the day after “Turkey Day” aka Thanksgiving. They play Fri., Nov. 27, at 8 PM. The cover is $5.

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The Birdmen are Johnny Java (bass), John Lindberg (electric guitar), Johnny Memphis (vocals/guitar/fiddle), and Dick Neal (vocals/guitar/mandolin/banjo). All four are longtime musical collaborators of James Velvet, a beloved figure on the New Haven music scene who passed away this past April. They will carry on performing music either composed by James or associated with his many musical personas.

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Johnny Java and Dick Neal performed with Velvet in his bands The Mockingbirds and The Lonesome Sparrows. John Lindberg played guitar with Velvet in the Ivory Bills; Java played drums in that group. Johnny Memphis, who played guitar and fiddle in The Lonesome Sparrows was a longtime collaborator with James Velvet.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Nov. 18. FILM SCREENING: THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

• Thursday, Nov. 19. DARK FOLK: ELISA FLYNN; SOUL PUNK: AN HISTORIC

• Friday, Nov. 20. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Sunday, Nov. 22. FILM SCREENING/BLACK LIVES MATTER BENEFIT: “ANNE BRADEN: SOUTHERN PATRIOT”

• Friday, Nov. 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Sunday, Nov. 29. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“THE KILLING”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Sunday, Dec. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“PATHS OF GLORY”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 9. JAZZ: THE THELONIOUS MONK PROJECT BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)

New Mark Schenker lecture series focusing on the films of Stanley Kubrick starts Sun., Nov. 29; reservations strongly suggested

Stanley_Kubrick_WebIn this second installment of his series “How to Read A Film,” Mark Schenker of Yale College presents four lectures on “The Films of Stanley Kubrick.” All four lectures will be held on consecutive Sunday afternoons at 2 PM, starting on Sunday, Nov. 29. Admission to each lecture is $7.

Reservations are highly recommended.

Kubrick (1928-1999) was, like Alfred Hitchcock — the subject of Mark Schenker’s first series here at Best Video — one of the world’s greatest filmmakers. And he provides a nice counterbalance to the older director in that Hitchcock was born in England and emigrated to America to continue his movie-making, while Kubrick was born in the U.S. and moved permanently to England in 1962, going on to write and direct more seven films after leaving Hollywood.

Mark will be discussing four Kubrick films, a pair from each side of that divide: The Killing (1956);  Paths of Glory (1957);  Dr. Strangelove (1964), and Barry Lyndon (1975).

Nov. 29: “The Killing”

Dec. 6:   “Paths of Glory”

Dec. 13: “Dr. Strangelove”

Dec. 20: “Barry Lyndon”

Mark Schenker’s lectures are accompanied by clips from the films to illustrate the points he is making. His previous lectures on the films of Alfred Hitchcock and the historical context in which the TV series “Downton Abbey” took place were erudite and entertaining.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Nov. 18. FILM SCREENING: THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

• Thursday, Nov. 19. DARK FOLK: ELISA FLYNN; SOUL PUNK: AN HISTORIC

• Friday, Nov. 20. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Sunday, Nov. 22. FILM SCREENING/BLACK LIVES MATTER BENEFIT: “ANNE BRADEN: SOUTHERN PATRIOT”

• Friday, Nov. 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Sunday, Nov. 29. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“THE KILLING”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Sunday, Dec. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“PATHS OF GLORY”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 9. JAZZ: THE THELONIOUS MONK PROJECT BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)

New Releases 11/17/15

Top Hits
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (action, Henry Cavill. Rotten Tomatoes: 67%. Metacritic: 55. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “Guy Ritchie makes the kind of enjoyably disreputable movies that are fun to watch until they’re not. He’s a talented flimflam artist and, for the industry, I imagine, a useful one because of how he glosses up schlocky, sketchy projects [his ‘Sherlock Holmes’ movies and other hyperkinetic baubles], making them seem as if there’s more to their slick surfaces than naked commercialism, agency fees and facile pleasure. It works for him [he keeps getting hired], and sometimes also for us.” Read more…)

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition (fantasy/action, Martin Freeman. Rotten Tomatoes: 60%. Metacritic: 59. From Nicolas Rapold’s New York Times review: “What this adaptation of ‘The Hobbit’ can’t avoid by its final installment is its predictability and hollow foundations. It’s been said before, but Mr. Jackson himself is still haunted by the past: For all the craft, there’s nothing here like the unity and force of ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ which is positively steeped in mythology and features [wonder of wonders] rounder characterization than the scheduled revelations on display here.” Read more…)

The Beatles: 1 (remastered music videos)
The Grateful Dead: Fare Thee Well —Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead (farewell concert, Grateful Dead with special guests)

New Foreign
Tu Dors Nicole (Canada, coming of age story, Julianne Côté. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. Metacritic: 79. New York Times Critics Pick. From Stephen Holden’s Times review: “‘Tu Dors Nicole,’ the third feature by the Québécois director Stéphane Lafleur, is a movie about wasting time. Is there really such a thing? Or is all of life what might be called ‘a learning experience’ with interludes in which nothing seems to be happening, while a storm brews.” Read more…)

New Classic (pre-1960)
Exit Smiling (1926, silent comedy, Beatrice Lillie)

New American Back Catalog (post-1960)
Problem Child/Problem Child 2 (1990/1991, comedy, John Ritter)

New Documentaries
Meru (mountain climbing in the Himalayas. Rotten Tomatoes: 90%. Metacritic: 77. New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ Times review: “To dedicated mountaineers, an unconquered — and believed unconquerable — peak is an irresistible, insistent taunt on their to-do lists. ‘Meru’ is the story of one such peak, the notorious Shark’s Fin atop Mount Meru in India and the pea beneath the mattress of the climber Conrad Anker. Blindingly beautiful and meticulously assembled by the award-winning editor Bob Eisenhardt, ‘Meru’ easily makes you forget that what you are watching is completely bananas. Having failed to reach the summit in 2003, Mr. Anker returned in 2008, accompanied by his longtime climbing partner Jimmy Chin [who directed the film with his wife, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi] and the young climber and artist Renan Ozturk.” Read more…)

New Music
The Beatles: 1 (remastered music videos)
The Grateful Dead: Fare Thee Well —Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead (farewell concert, Grateful Dead with special guests)

Film screening and benefit: “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot” Sun., Nov. 22, 3-6 PM, for #BlackLivesMatter New Haven

AnnBradenPoster_front_WebShowing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) CT- New Haven presents “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot” at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Sunday, Nov. 22. The film screening and community conversation takes place 3-6 PM. The suggested donation is $10. All donations will go to Black Lives Matter New Haven.

“Anne Braden: Southern Patriot” is a documentary film exploring the extraordinary life and legacy of this American civil rights leader. After she was charged with sedition for attempting to desegregate a Louisville, Kentucky neighborhood in 1954, Braden used the attacks to turn herself “inside out” and embrace a lifetime of racial justice organizing matched by few whites in American history.

Braden was hailed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail as a white southerner whose rejection of her segregationist upbringing was “eloquent and prophetic,” and named as one of only five southern whites he could count as allies. Labeled a “traitor to her race” and ostracized as a “red” by segregationists and even many in the civil rights movement, she fought for an inclusive movement community and demonstrated that protecting civil liberties was essential to gaining civil rights.

Described as “one of the great figures of our time” by historian Jacquelyn Hall, Braden died in 2006 leaving a remarkable legacy as a grassroots organizer, committed journalist, movement strategist, social chronicler, teacher and mentor to three generations of social justice activists.

In the film Braden recalls 60 years of activism that intersected and linked issues of race with civil liberties, class, gender, sexuality, economic justice, environmentalism, and peace. She delivers a powerful message on the dangers of racism and white supremacy, why it poses such an obstacle to social change, and the necessity of whites organizing with people of color to eliminate it. Braden biographer Catherine Fosl, Angela Y. Davis, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Barbara Ransby, Rev. C.T. Vivian and Cornel West among others add their comments on the far-reaching implications of Braden’s life for activists, students, scholars and anyone interested in building a better world.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Nov. 18. FILM SCREENING: THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

• Thursday, Nov. 19. DARK FOLK: ELISA FLYNN; SOUL PUNK: AN HISTORIC

• Friday, Nov. 20. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Sunday, Nov. 22. FILM SCREENING/BLACK LIVES MATTER BENEFIT: “ANNE BRADEN: SOUTHERN PATRIOT”

• Friday, Nov. 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Sunday, Nov. 29. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“THE KILLING”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Sunday, Dec. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“PATHS OF GLORY”)

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)

Music: Singer-songwriter Sabrina Trueheart performs Fri., Nov. 20, at 8 PM

Sabrina_Trueheart_2015_WebSabrina Trueheart returns to Best Video Performance Space Friday, Nov. 20. Trueheart plays at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Sabrina Trueheart is a singer/songwriter from New England. Her music is folk-based, her main instrument is guitar but sometimes ukulele and harmonica are included in her music. She is comparable to singer/songwriters such as Jewel, Joni Mitchell, Lana Del Rey and Anthony Green. Sabrina currently studies jazz guitar and music theory in school.

Sabrina currently assists a songwriting after-school program at her school and is being trained in teaching Doso guitar to elementary school children. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising and recycling.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Nov. 18. FILM SCREENING: THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

• Thursday, Nov. 19. DARK FOLK: ELISA FLYNN; SOUL PUNK: AN HISTORIC

• Friday, Nov. 20. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Sunday, Nov. 22. FILM SCREENING/BLACK LIVES MATTER BENEFIT: “ANNE BRADEN: SOUTHERN PATRIOT”

• Friday, Nov. 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Sunday, Nov. 29. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“THE KILLING”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Sunday, Dec. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“PATHS OF GLORY”)

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)

Music: Elisa Flynn, An Historic play Wed., Nov. 19, at 8 PM

Elisa Flynn and An Historic play sets at Best Video Performance Space this Thursday, Nov. 19. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Elisa Flynn

Elisa Flynn

Brooklyn indie folk chanteuse Elisa Flynn is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who has played in indie rock, punk, and Americana bands for the better part of the last two decades. After leaving her last band and taking voice lessons from Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), she took her stronger voice and headed out with an acoustic guitar and a suitcase full of effects pedals to play solo. Her broodingly nuanced vocals and sardonic humor, laced with an undercurrent of unease, make a darkly gothic twist on the singer-songwriter genre. She has just released her new EP “My Henry Lee.”  See elisaflynn.com for more info.

Adam Matlock

Adam Matlock

An Historic is the songwriting alias of composer/accordionist/vocalist Adam Matlock, focusing on frenzied and narrative songs with elements of Balkan music, cabaret, many varieties of art-song and American soul and punk. Songs are performed live with a core of solo accordion and voice, and sometimes fleshed out and fully inhabited with the confident interplay of guitarist Chris Cretella, percussionist Michael Paolucci, multi-instrumentalist Brian Slattery and bassists Mike Tepper or Carl Testa.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Nov. 18. FILM SCREENING: THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

• Thursday, Nov. 19. DARK FOLK: ELISA FLYNN; SOUL PUNK: AN HISTORIC

• Friday, Nov. 20. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Sunday, Nov. 22. FILM SCREENING/BLACK LIVES MATTER BENEFIT: “ANNE BRADEN: SOUTHERN PATRIOT”

• Friday, Nov. 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Sunday, Nov. 29. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“THE KILLING”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Sunday, Dec. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“PATHS OF GLORY”)

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)