Music: The Moody’s Blues—NOT The Moody Blues—Thurs., Apr. 7

MoodyS_Blues_WebThe Moody’s Blues—duo Travis Moody and Steve Asetta—play Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Apr. 7. The tunes commence at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover.

Travis Moody is an encyclopedia of acoustic guitar styles and tunes.Steve Asetta plays soprano and baritone saxophones. Together they are The Moody’s Blues. Anything can happen and it will.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Apr. 1. BLUES ROCK: JUST US featuring NOAH KESSELMAN

• Sunday, Apr. 3. FREE 2 PM AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, Apr. 3. BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER & THE INSTITUTE LIBRARY present “BOOKS TO FILM: THE WAY,” with special guest JACK HITT at The Institute Library in New Haven

• Monday, Apr. 4. FILM SCREENING: “THE BEST MAN”

• Wednesday, Apr. 6. INDIE ROCK presented by Redscroll Records: HEX INVERTER, DIRT DEVIL, NOTHING ISRAEL

• Thursday, Apr. 7. BLUES: THE MOODY’S BLUES

• Friday. Apr. 8. FOLK: HUGH BIRDSALL & DANA TAKAKI

• Monday, Apr. 11. FILM SCREENING: “THE CONTENDER”

• Thursday, Apr. 14. INDIE ROCK: SPIT-TAKE, BOX FAN

• Tues., Apr. 19. FILM SCREENING: “BULWORTH”

• Wednesday, Apr. 20. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Thursday, Apr. 21. INDIE FOLK: THE MID SEASON, XAVIER SERRANO

• Friday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT, GARY GRIPPO & FRIENDS

• Monday, Apr. 25. FILM SCREENING: “A FACE IN THE CROWD”

• Thursday, Apr. 28. SEPHARDIC MUSIC: THE HERETICS OF CORDOBA

• Monday, May 2. FILM SCREENING: “THE CANDIDATE”

• Friday, May 6. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Saturday, May 7. SOFT ACOUSTIC/ROCK: THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS

• Monday, May 9. FILM SCREENING: “FRUITVALE STATION”

• Wednesday, May 11. ROCK: THE NEW CHASTITY

• Friday, May 13. THREE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, DICK NEAL, GLEN ROETHEL

• Monday, May 16. FILM SCREENING: “SARAH’S KEY” (in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of New Haven)

• Friday, May 20. JAZZ VOCALS & GUITAR: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

Music: Redscroll Records presents Hex Inverter, Nothing Israel, Dirt Devil in early 7 PM show Wed., Apr. 6

April_6_Flyer_WebRedscroll Records, the cool underground record shop in Wallingford, presents a triple bill on Wednesday, Apr. 6. Hex Inverter headlines, with Nothing Israel and Dirt Devil opening. This show starts at 7 PM rather than our usual 8 PM start. Yep, really at 7 PM!

Philadelphia five-piece Hex Inverter may be intent on maintaining a low profile but their highly evolved take on meditative psych rock and its sub genres is bound to garner them more than just a modicum of success–boasting current members of Pennsylvania sibling act Empty Flowers (Mick Mullin-guitars, Christian McKenna-vocals/moog, and Andre Gallifi-drums/percussion), even their best attempt at anonymity (the only hint at their identity is each member’s capitalized three letter initial) is trumped by a stellar reputation that proceeds itself.

The band’s eight track eponymous debut (CD/DD and vinyl versions were released in February via Translation Loss and Redscroll Records respectively) is one of a growing number of albums by similar minded artists—take NYC’s Psychic Ills, or Manchester’s Dead Sea Apes for example—that abandons faddish trends of witchcraft props and gratuitous odes to Satanic/Occult lore and runs for the hills to an even darker and more intellectualized oasis – naturally, this ‘authenticity of sound’ has a longer artistic shelf life than the widening pool of over-reverbed, under-talented pseudo existential, post-whatever fodder that crowds most of the net these days.

Hex Inverter is definitely on to something here; part cinematic score, part dark folk—it’s less about labels and more about balancing the extremes of tension and release through manipulation of mood and atmosphere. This end effect is effortless for the greatest storytellers and this band’s brew of heady shoegaze and bleak retro-futurism tells its own story that’s no less vital to the modern ear than classic Floydian prog or The Lamb Dies Down On Broadway era Genesis was (at the time) to the countless followers and fans craving their next hit of inspiration.

Dirt Devil, out of western Massachusetts, play a hypnotic form of dreamy fuzz pop with hints of the shoegaze sound pioneered by My Bloody Valentine.

Nothing Israel offers up solo soundscapes.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Mar. 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI, JOE FLOOD

• Friday, Apr. 1. BLUES ROCK: JUST US featuring NOAH KESSELMAN

• Sunday, Apr. 3. FREE 2 PM AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, Apr. 3. BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER & THE INSTITUTE LIBRARY present “BOOKS TO FILM: THE WAY,” with special guest JACK HITT at The Institute Library in New Haven

• Monday, Apr. 4. FILM SCREENING: “THE BEST MAN”

• Wednesday, Apr. 6. INDIE ROCK presented by Redscroll Records: HEX INVERTER, DIRT DEVIL, NOTHING ISRAEL

• Thursday, Apr. 7. BLUES: THE MOODY’S BLUES

• Friday. Apr. 8. FOLK: HUGH BIRDSALL & DANA TAKAKI

• Monday, Apr. 11. FILM SCREENING: “THE CONTENDER”

• Thursday, Apr. 14. INDIE ROCK: SPIT-TAKE, BOX FAN

• Tues., Apr. 19. FILM SCREENING: “BULWORTH”

• Wednesday, Apr. 20. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Thursday, Apr. 21. INDIE FOLK: THE MID SEASON, XAVIER SERRANO

• Friday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT, GARY GRIPPO & FRIENDS

• Monday, Apr. 25. FILM SCREENING: “A FACE IN THE CROWD”

• Thursday, Apr. 28. SEPHARDIC MUSIC: THE HERETICS OF CORDOBA

• Monday, May 2. FILM SCREENING: “THE CANDIDATE”

• Friday, May 6. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Saturday, May 7. SOFT ACOUSTIC/ROCK: THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS

• Monday, May 9. FILM SCREENING: “FRUITVALE STATION”

• Wednesday, May 11. ROCK: THE NEW CHASTITY

• Friday, May 13. THREE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, DICK NEAL, GLEN ROETHEL

• Monday, May 16. FILM SCREENING: “SARAH’S KEY” (in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of New Haven)

• Friday, May 20. JAZZ VOCALS & GUITAR: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

Music: Sunday afternoon bluegrass jam 2—5 PM, Apr. 3

The “First Sunday” Hamden Bluegrass Jam takes place this Sunday afternoon, Apr. 3, from 2—5 PM in Best Video Performance Space. There is no cover so come on down—have a coffee, beer or glass of wine and enjoy the music. It’s all acoustic and mostly traditional. Any and all bluegrass players are welcome.

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Bring your instrument or just bring your ears. Come to pick or just to listen. Hosted by GuitarTown.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Mar. 30. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: WESTERN ESTATES, ZACH ANDERSEN

• Thursday, Mar. 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI, JOE FLOOD

• Friday, Apr. 1. BLUES ROCK: JUST US featuring NOAH KESSELMAN

• Sunday, Apr. 3. FREE 2 PM AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, Apr. 3. BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER & THE INSTITUTE LIBRARY present “BOOKS TO FILM: THE WAY,” with special guest JACK HITT at The Institute Library in New Haven

• Monday, Apr. 4. FILM SCREENING: “THE BEST MAN”

• Wednesday, Apr. 6. INDIE ROCK presented by Redscroll Records: HEX INVERTER, DIRT DEVIL, NOTHING ISRAEL

• Thursday, Apr. 7. BLUES: THE MOODY’S BLUES

• Friday. Apr. 8. FOLK: HUGH BIRDSALL & DANA TAKAKI

• Monday, Apr. 11. FILM SCREENING: “THE CONTENDER”

• Thursday, Apr. 14. INDIE ROCK: SPIT-TAKE, BOX FAN

• Tues., Apr. 19. FILM SCREENING: “BULWORTH”

• Wednesday, Apr. 20. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Thursday, Apr. 21. INDIE FOLK: THE MID SEASON, XAVIER SERRANO

• Friday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT, GARY GRIPPO & FRIENDS

• Monday, Apr. 25. FILM SCREENING: “A FACE IN THE CROWD”

• Thursday, Apr. 28. SEPHARDIC MUSIC: THE HERETICS OF CORDOBA

• Monday, May 2. FILM SCREENING: “THE CANDIDATE”

• Friday, May 6. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Saturday, May 7. SOFT ACOUSTIC/ROCK: THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS

• Monday, May 9. FILM SCREENING: “FRUITVALE STATION”

• Wednesday, May 11. ROCK: THE NEW CHASTITY

• Friday, May 13. THREE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, DICK NEAL, GLEN ROETHEL

• Monday, May 16. FILM SCREENING: “SARAH’S KEY” (in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of New Haven)

• Friday, May 20. JAZZ VOCALS & GUITAR: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

BVFCC and The Institute Library present second “Books to Film” screening; “The Way” Sun., Apr. 3, at The Institute Library with Jack Hitt Q&A

The_Way_WebBest Video Film & Cultural Center and The Institute Library are teaming up for the second of two special “Books to Film” screenings. “The Way” will be screened at The Institute Library on Sunday, Apr. 3. Tickets are $10 in advance through Eventbrite (with a $1.82 service charge) or $15 at the door. “The End of the Tour”—with screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies on hand for a spirited discussion—was screened at Best Video Film & Cultural Center the first Sunday in March.

The Institute Library is located at 847 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510. Phone (203) 562-4045.

On Sunday, Apr. 3, at The Institute Library, BVFCC and the Institute Library will screen “The Way,” starring Martin Sheen. Writer Jack Hitt will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A.

Did you know that The Way is based on Jack Hitt’s book, Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Route into Spain, and his real-life experience traversing El Camino de Santiago–not once, but twice? The Way stars Martin Sheen as Tom, a bereaved and irascible father whose son has died in an accident while making a pilgrimage along “The Way of St. James” from France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Rather than just return home after retrieving his son’s body, Tom decides to complete the pilgrimage himself to honor—and mourn—his son, running into some memorable characters along the way. Join us at The Institute Library for a showing of the film, and a discussion afterwards with Jack.

Purchase tickets to “The Way” through Eventbrite.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Mar. 30. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: WESTERN ESTATES, ZACH ANDERSEN

• Thursday, Mar. 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI, JOE FLOOD

• Friday, Apr. 1. BLUES ROCK: JUST US featuring NOAH KESSELMAN

• Sunday, Apr. 3. FREE 2 PM AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, Apr. 3. BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER & THE INSTITUTE LIBRARY present “BOOKS TO FILM: THE WAY,” with special guest JACK HITT at The Institute Library in New Haven

• Monday, Apr. 4. FILM SCREENING: “THE BEST MAN”

• Wednesday, Apr. 6. INDIE ROCK presented by Redscroll Records: HEX INVERTER, DIRT DEVIL, NOTHING ISRAEL

• Thursday, Apr. 7. BLUES: THE MOODY’S BLUES

• Friday. Apr. 8. FOLK: HUGH BIRDSALL & DANA TAKAKI

• Monday, Apr. 11. FILM SCREENING: “THE CONTENDER”

• Thursday, Apr. 14. INDIE ROCK: SPIT-TAKE, BOX FAN

• Tues., Apr. 19. FILM SCREENING: “BULWORTH”

• Wednesday, Apr. 20. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Thursday, Apr. 21. INDIE FOLK: THE MID SEASON, XAVIER SERRANO

• Friday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT, GARY GRIPPO & FRIENDS

• Monday, Apr. 25. FILM SCREENING: “A FACE IN THE CROWD”

• Thursday, Apr. 28. SEPHARDIC MUSIC: THE HERETICS OF CORDOBA

• Monday, May 2. FILM SCREENING: “THE CANDIDATE”

• Friday, May 6. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Saturday, May 7. SOFT ACOUSTIC/ROCK: THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS

• Monday, May 9. FILM SCREENING: “FRUITVALE STATION”

• Wednesday, May 11. ROCK: THE NEW CHASTITY

• Friday, May 13. THREE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, DICK NEAL, GLEN ROETHEL

• Monday, May 16. FILM SCREENING: “SARAH’S KEY” (in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of New Haven)

• Friday, May 20. JAZZ VOCALS & GUITAR: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

 

New Releases 3/29/16

Top Hits
Hateful_EightThe Hateful Eight (western/action, Kurt Russell. Rotten Tomatoes: 75%. Metacritic: 68. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “The movie is a western, a tale of vengeance and double-dealing set in a frontier outpost some time after the Civil War. In spite of the vast screen, the sprawling length and the larger-than-life genre archetypes, it’s a curiously small-scale entertainment. After a preliminary stagecoach ride through snow-lashed mountains, the ragged story settles into a confined space, where the main characters [a motley crew of outlaws and bounty hunters] drink coffee, warm themselves by the fire, and talk about this and that until it’s time for them to start killing one another. In its blending of verbiage and violence, its deft manipulation of tension, its blurring of the line between slapstick and shock, and its intricate weave of allusions to obscure and canonical films of the past, ‘Hateful Eight’ is — what’s the term I’m looking for? — a Quentin Tarantino movie” Read more…)

Concussion (drama/sports/medicine, Will Smith. Rotten Tomatoes: 61%. Metacritic: 55. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “The sickening crunch of football players crashing against each other, helmet to helmet, echoes through ‘Concussion’ like an alarm. There’s another appalling sound here, too, created by the collision of corporate avarice — in the blurred form of the National Football League — and a doctor fighting a righteous fight. In the hands of a filmmaker like Michael Mann, who took on Big Tobacco in his 1999 thriller, ‘The Insider,’ the clash between industry and humanity would be front and center and very loud. But while ‘Concussion’ has some fine things going for it, notably science and Will Smith, it lacks the exciting, committed filmmaking that rises to the level of its outrageous topic.” Read more…)

Point Break (action, Edgar Ramirez. Rotten Tomatoes: 9%. Metacritic: 34. From Nicolas Rapold’s New York Times review: “Over the course — or should I say obstacle course? — of ‘Point Break,’ people hurl themselves off cliffs, down slopes, through waves, out of windows (and planes), and up rock faces. In Ericson Core’s remake of Jathryn Bigelow’s brilliant 1991 thriller, the story of an athlete turned F.B.I. agent is mostly an excuse for showcasing impressive stunts.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
The Hateful Eight
Point Break

New Foreign
MediterraneaMediterranea (Burkina Faso, drama, Koudous Seihan. Rotten Tomatoes: 88%. Metacritic: 77. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Stephen Holden’s Times review: “‘Mediterranea’ is impressive for the degree to which it lends its characters complex human dimensions and gives equal weight to everyone’s joys and frustrations. Well-intentioned films about African immigrants tend to portray them as exotic outsiders with pure souls who are grateful for any largess. Neither Ayiva nor Abas could be described as a saintly innocent. Ayiva, who communicates with his African family via Skype, is a likable, principled man, but he is not a naïf.” Read more…)

Tokyo Story (Japan, 1953, classic drama/Criterion edition, Chishu Ryu. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. From Roger Greenspun’s 1972 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “It is important to remark the characteristic look of the Ozu movies—the product of an almost immobile camera usually shooting from a low position, and the absolute rejection of such sleights of cinema as the fade or the dissolve—and to note that this look is in itself an example of the seemly patience the films mean to invoke. Tokyo Story really deals with three generations passing through life, but mostly with the generation that is passing out of it, and it understands that a calm reticence may be the true heroism of ordinary old age.” Read more…)

New Documentaries
Poem_Is_Naked_PersonLeon Russell: A Poem Is a Naked Person (Les Blank-directed, bio, music. Rotten Tomatoes: 85%. Metacritic: 76. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “As he appears in ‘A Poem Is a Naked Person’ — a documentary made in the early ’70s and now receiving a belated and welcome United States theatrical release — Leon Russell is an enigma wrapped in a mystery and wearing his signature top hat. With silver hair and an air of sagacity belying his youth at the time [he was born in 1942], Mr. Russell seems to have sprung from the commingled imaginations of J. R. R. Tolkien and Mark Twain. He’s a wizard and a mountebank, an old-timey song-and-dance man dabbling in ancient magic. This film, commissioned by Mr. Russell and directed by Les Blank, is among other things a strange and gorgeous artifact of its moment.” Read more…)

Dreams Rewired (technology, society, history. Rotten Tomatoes: 71%. Metacritic: 62. From Stephen Holden’s New York Times review: “‘Dreams Rewired,’ a montage of clips from nearly 200 vintage films, is a lively, visually enthralling attempt to gaze into the future by remembering the past. The snippets — mostly obscure excerpts from dramas, cartoons and scientific and educational films — are seamlessly fused into a whoosh of images, many of them zany, all from the 1880s to the 1930s. The later ones have sound. Directed by Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart and Thomas Tode, a German-Austrian team, and written by Ms. Luksch and Mukul Patel, ‘Dreams Rewired’ reminds you that anxieties about the potentially destructive effects of new technologies are nothing recent.” Read more…)

New Music DVDs
Leon Russell: A Poem Is a Naked Person (Les Blank-directed, bio, music)

Music: Blues rock by Just Us with Noah Kesselman Fri., Apr. 1

Just_Us_WebNo fooling: Just Us plays Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Apr. 1. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Just Us is a Blues Rock power trio formed in January, 2016. The members include Noah Kesselman, Henry Sidle, and Sam Oliver. Noah Kesselman is the primary guitar player and vocalist and will be continuing his musical education at Berklee College of Music in the fall of 2016. The bass player is Henry Sidle, who has studied with a great variety of musicians ranging from Tim Palmieri to Dweezil Zappa. The drummer for Just Us is the 2013 Guitar Center Drum Off winner, Sam Oliver. Oliver’s musical background consists of genres from Gospel to Funk Fusion.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Mar. 25. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DICK NEAL

• Monday, Mar. 28. FOLK: TREVOR HEALY/JASON LABBE DUO, CHUCK JOHNSON

• Wednesday, Mar. 30. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: WESTERN ESTATES, ZACH ANDERSEN

• Thursday, Mar. 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI, JOE FLOOD

• Friday, Apr. 1. BLUES ROCK: JUST US featuring NOAH KESSELMAN

• Sunday, Apr. 3. FREE 2 PM AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, Apr. 3. BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER & THE INSTITUTE LIBRARY present “BOOKS TO FILM: THE WAY,” with special guest JACK HITT at The Institute Library in New Haven

• Monday, Apr. 4. FILM SCREENING: “THE BEST MAN”

• Wednesday, Apr. 6. INDIE ROCK presented by Redscroll Records: HEX INVERTER, DIRT DEVIL, NOTHING ISRAEL

• Thursday, Apr. 7. BLUES: THE MOODY’S BLUES

• Friday. Apr. 8. FOLK: HUGH BIRDSALL & DANA TAKAKI

• Monday, Apr. 11. FILM SCREENING: “THE CONTENDER”

• Thursday, Apr. 14. INDIE ROCK: SPIT-TAKE, BOX FAN

• Tues., Apr. 19. FILM SCREENING: “BULWORTH”

• Wednesday, Apr. 20. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Thursday, Apr. 21. INDIE FOLK: THE MID SEASON, XAVIER SERRANO

• Friday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT, GARY GRIPPO & FRIENDS

• Monday, Apr. 25. FILM SCREENING: “A FACE IN THE CROWD”

• Thursday, Apr. 28. SEPHARDIC MUSIC: THE HERETICS OF CORDOBA

• Monday, May 2. FILM SCREENING: “THE CANDIDATE”

• Friday, May 6. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Saturday, May 7. SOFT ACOUSTIC/ROCK: THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS

• Monday, May 9. FILM SCREENING: “FRUITVALE STATION”

• Wednesday, May 11. ROCK: THE NEW CHASTITY

• Friday, May 13. THREE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, DICK NEAL, GLEN ROETHEL

• Monday, May 16. FILM SCREENING: “SARAH’S KEY” (in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of New Haven)

• Friday, May 20. JAZZ VOCALS & GUITAR: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

 

Music: Singer-songwriters Frank Critelli, Joe Flood perform Thurs., Mar. 31

Singer-songwriters Frank Critelli and Joe Flood amble into Best Video Performance Space for a show on Thursday, Mar. 31. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

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Frank Critelli

Frank Critelli writes songs. He dabbles in haiku and other short poetry. He also writes other things. Like postcards. His songs are available on compact disc or for download at Independisc and other places like CD Baby. Critelli often performs live. Sometimes he performs solo, sometimes he is accompanied by one or more musical co-conspirators (“The Don” Horton: bass guitar, acoustic guitar; Shandy Lawson: lead guitar, mandolin; Mark Mirando: keys, guitar, backing vocals; Al Raebuck: guitar, backing vocals; Rich “Southbound” Suarez: drums; Jim Stavris: drums; Ed Leonard: percussion; Bumpy Chimes: guitar, misc) or in conjunction with other songwriters (most specifically, as part of the Times Three Tour with Christopher Bousquet and Mr. Ray Neal). Over the years he’s played in streets and subways, barrooms and classrooms, coffeehouses and colleges, theaters, festivals, and (most recently) in his kitchen.

Playing a variety of stringed instruments, Joe Flood delivers original material in what Karen Schoemer in the New York Times called “a gravelly voice that perfectly straddles the fence between country and the blues.” His songs inhabit a place where folk and blues roots meet the craft of Tin Pan Alley and the soul of the street.  They have been covered by artists as diverse as the New Orleans style jazz band The Flying Neutruinos and alt-country Chanteuse Laura Cantrell. His individual style has made him a favored co-writer of Levon Helm of the legendary group The Band as well as producer/guitarist Eric “Roscoe” Ambel.

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Joe Flood

Joe’s delivery on record and in person is straightforward, real, and engaging, a style that is a direct result of his years as a busker and journeyman musician whose survival depended on making it count every time he played or opened his mouth to sing.  Joe hit the road at eighteen playing the streets of San Francisco, New Orleans, Montreal, and Boston, and seeing forty-six of the fifty states. He then headed to Europe where he honed his songwriting skills and toured the continent.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Mar. 24. ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Friday, Mar. 25. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DICK NEAL

• Monday, Mar. 28. FOLK: TREVOR HEALY/JASON LABBE DUO, CHUCK JOHNSON

• Wednesday, Mar. 30. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: WESTERN ESTATES, ZACH ANDERSEN

• Thursday, Mar. 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI, JOE FLOOD

• Friday, Apr. 1. BLUES ROCK: JUST US featuring NOAH KESSELMAN

• Sunday, Apr. 3. FREE 2 PM AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, Apr. 3. BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER & THE INSTITUTE LIBRARY present “BOOKS TO FILM: THE WAY,” with special guest JACK HITT at The Institute Library in New Haven

• Monday, Apr. 4. FILM SCREENING: “THE BEST MAN”

• Wednesday, Apr. 6. INDIE ROCK presented by Redscroll Records: HEX INVERTER, DIRT DEVIL, NOTHING ISRAEL

• Thursday, Apr. 7. BLUES: THE MOODY’S BLUES

• Friday. Apr. 8. FOLK: HUGH BIRDSALL & DANA TAKAKI

• Monday, Apr. 11. FILM SCREENING: “THE CONTENDER”

• Thursday, Apr. 14. INDIE ROCK: SPIT-TAKE, BOX FAN

• Tues., Apr. 19. FILM SCREENING: “BULWORTH”

• Wednesday, Apr. 20. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Thursday, Apr. 21. INDIE FOLK: THE MID SEASON, XAVIER SERRANO

• Friday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT, GARY GRIPPO & FRIENDS

• Monday, Apr. 25. FILM SCREENING: “A FACE IN THE CROWD”

• Thursday, Apr. 28. SEPHARDIC MUSIC: THE HERETICS OF CORDOBA

• Monday, May 2. FILM SCREENING: “THE CANDIDATE”

• Friday, May 6. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Saturday, May 7. SOFT ACOUSTIC/ROCK: THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS

• Monday, May 9. FILM SCREENING: “FRUITVALE STATION”

• Wednesday, May 11. ROCK: THE NEW CHASTITY

• Friday, May 13. THREE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, DICK NEAL, GLEN ROETHEL

• Monday, May 16. FILM SCREENING: “SARAH’S KEY” (in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of New Haven)

• Friday, May 20. JAZZ VOCALS & GUITAR: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

 

New film series, “Candidates, Campaigns & Controversies: Great Political Films,” kicks off Mon., Apr. 4

Candidate_Film_list_final_WebThe next Best Video Film & Cultural Center film and discussion series begins on Monday, Apr. 4, with a screening of the 1964 brokered convention drama “The Best Man,” starring Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson. With the exception of “Bulworth” on Tuesday, Apr. 19, all the screenings will be on Mondays at 7 PM.

Programmed in consultation with the League of Women Voters (Hamden-North Haven) and Temple Beth Sholom, the series—dubbed “Candidates, Campaigns, and Controversies: Great Political Films”—features classic films dealing with politics and political issues. Admission to each screening is $7 (TBS members get in free).

The schedule:

APR. 4: THE BEST MAN • Looking back — and looking ahead — with the brilliant Gore Vidal’s masterfully dramatic screenplay about a brokered national convention. Stars Henry Fonda as the candidate we’d like, Cliff Robertson as the one we fear.

APR. 11: THE CONTENDER • Joan Allen as a nominee for Vice President! With an Oscar contending turn by Gary Oldman as the inquisitor senator and Jeff Bridges as the wily, loosey-goosey President.

TUESDAY, APR. 19: BULWORTH  • Even these days, who says fun and politics can’t mix? Our vote is for Bulworth: brilliant, hysterical and terrifying tour-de-force with Warren Beatty and Halle Berry.

APR. 25: A FACE IN THE CROWD • Andy Griffith — yes, a great actor — as a folksy demagogue! It can’t happen here — or can it? A cautionary, prescient tale of politics and the media.

MAY 2: THE CANDIDATE • Idealism: What have you got to lose when you know you can’t win? Or can you? Robert Redford as an earnest young nominee.

MAY 9: FRUITVALE STATION  • One of the most powerfully affecting independent films, starring Michael B. Jordan (Creed) as Oscar Grant, a young Black man shot by the police. Based on true events, up to the minute and unforgettable.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Mar. 23. EXPERIMENTAL: THE FOREST ROOM, NICK Di MARIA: ZERO DOLLAR SOLO

• Thursday, Mar. 24. ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Friday, Mar. 25. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DICK NEAL

• Monday, Mar. 28. FOLK: TREVOR HEALY/JASON LABBE DUO, CHUCK JOHNSON

• Wednesday, Mar. 30. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: WESTERN ESTATES, ZACH ANDERSEN

• Thursday, Mar. 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI, JOE FLOOD

• Friday, Apr. 1. BLUES ROCK: JUST US featuring NOAH KESSELMAN

• Sunday, Apr. 3. FREE 2 PM AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, Apr. 3. BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER & THE INSTITUTE LIBRARY present “BOOKS TO FILM: THE WAY,” with special guest JACK HITT at The Institute Library in New Haven

• Monday, Apr. 4. FILM SCREENING: “THE BEST MAN”

• Wednesday, Apr. 6. INDIE ROCK presented by Redscroll Records: HEX INVERTER, DIRT DEVIL, NOTHING ISRAEL

• Thursday, Apr. 7. BLUES: THE MOODY’S BLUES

• Friday. Apr. 8. FOLK: HUGH BIRDSALL & DANA TAKAKI

• Monday, Apr. 11. FILM SCREENING: “THE CONTENDER”

• Thursday, Apr. 14. INDIE ROCK: SPIT-TAKE, BOX FAN

• Tues., Apr. 19. FILM SCREENING: “BULWORTH”

• Wednesday, Apr. 20. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Thursday, Apr. 21. INDIE FOLK: THE MID SEASON, XAVIER SERRANO

• Friday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT, GARY GRIPPO & FRIENDS

• Monday, Apr. 25. FILM SCREENING: “A FACE IN THE CROWD”

• Thursday, Apr. 28. SEPHARDIC MUSIC: THE HERETICS OF CORDOBA

• Monday, May 2. FILM SCREENING: “THE CANDIDATE”

• Friday, May 6. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Saturday, May 7. SOFT ACOUSTIC/ROCK: THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS

• Monday, May 9. FILM SCREENING: “FRUITVALE STATION”

• Wednesday, May 11. ROCK: THE NEW CHASTITY

• Friday, May 13. THREE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, DICK NEAL, GLEN ROETHEL

• Monday, May 16. FILM SCREENING: “SARAH’S KEY” (in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of New Haven)

• Friday, May 20. JAZZ VOCALS & GUITAR: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

 

New Releases 3/22/16

Top Hits
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (fantasy/action, Jennifer Lawrence. Rotten Tomatoes: 70. Metacritic: 65. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Manohla Dargis’ Times review: “There’s no risk that Katniss Everdeen, the warrior who has led the charge against oppression in ‘The Hunger Games’ movies, can ever return to her current incarnation. Even if she and her world are rebooted back into franchise existence by a ravenous studio, her moment was now. Katniss, as played by Jennifer Lawrence over three years and four blockbusters, has evolved from a backwoods scrapper in the first movie into a battle-scarred champion and an exemplar of female power on screen and off — and the battles she’s fought have extended far beyond the fictional nation of Panem.” Read more…)

Daddy’s Home (comedy, Will Ferrell. Rotten Tomatoes: 30. Metacritic: 42. From Stephen Holden’s New York Times review: “‘Daddy’s Home’ is an ugly psychological cockfight posing as a family-friendly comedy. Laugh-free — except for some farcical, life-threatening stunts at the expense of Will Ferrell’s character, Brad — it is best avoided unless a movie that has the attitude and mind-set of a schoolyard bully happens to be your thing.” Read more…)

James_WhiteJames White (drama, Christopher Abbott. Rotten Tomatoes: 92. Metacritic: 83. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Stephen Holden’s Times review: “‘James White’ burrows so deeply into the consciousness of its title character, a flailing young Manhattanite played by Christopher Abbott [‘Girls’], that his self-loathing and panic feel contagious. Who hasn’t, at a certain point in life, faced a sink-or-swim moment when a promising future suddenly began to seem out of reach? James combats the terror of grown-up responsibility with copious amounts of booze and late-night carousing in which he picks fights in bars and behaves like a brat. But Mr. Abbott’s performance makes you aware that James’s bad behavior stems from fear; deep down he has a warm heart.” Read more…)

The Letters: The Untold Story of Mother Teresa (biopic/religion, Juliet Stevenson. Rotten Tomatoes: 30. Metacritic: 25. From Ken Jaworski’s New York Times review: “‘The Letters’ doesn’t preach to the converted, or to anyone else, for that matter. Instead, this fairly standard biopic about Mother Teresa tells its tale with a minimum of flourish, resisting most opportunities to grandstand. That’s not high praise, but it’s also not an insult.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

New Foreign
Brighter_Summer_DayA Brighter Summer Day (Taiwan, 1991, drama, Chen Chang. Rotten Tomatoes: 100. Metacritic: 90. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “[Director Edward] Yang, who died in 2007 at the age of 59, is best known in the United States for ‘Yi Yi,’ his brilliant, inexhaustibly insightful chronicle of family life in modern Taipei. Of his half-dozen other features [all of which were part of Lincoln Center’s recent retrospective, ‘A Rational Mind’],  ‘A Brighter Summer Day’ is, by critical consensus, the masterpiece. And it deserves that overused designation in several specific ways. In every aspect of technique — from the smoky colors and the bustling, off-center compositions to the architecture of the story and the emotional precision of the performances — this film is a work of absolute mastery. Its imaginative authority and the scale of its achieved ambition make it not just a wonderful movie but also an essential piece of modern cinema.” Read more…)

New Classics (pre-1960)
City_LightsCity Lights (1931, legendary silent comedy in new Criterion edition, Charlie Chaplin. Rotten Tomatoes: 98. From Mordaunt Hall’s 1931 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “Charlie Chaplin, master of screen mirth and pathos, presented at the George M. Cohan last night before a brilliant gathering his long-awaited non-dialogue picture, ‘City Lights,’ and proved so far as he is concerned the eloquence of silence. Many of the spectators either rocking in their seats with mirth, mumbling as their sides ached, ‘Oh, dear, oh, dear,’ or they were stilled with sighs and furtive tears. And during a closing episode, when the Little Tramp sees through the window of a flower shop the girl who has recovered her sight through his persistence, one woman could not restrain a cry.” Read more…)

New Documentaries
Pearl_ButtonThe Pearl Button (Chilean history, politics, nature, dir. Patricio Guzman. Rotten Tomatoes: 91. Metacritic: 78. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Nicolas Rapold’s Times review: “For decades, the Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán has made nonfiction movies about his country’s troubled history, specifically the dictatorship o Augusto Pinochet and the murders and disappearances during Pinochet’s regime that continue to reverberate. The subject exerts something like a tidal pull on Mr. Guzmán, but in ‘The Pearl Button’ he turns his lyrical, probing mind to the ocean that lines Chile’s seemingly endless coast and defines his homeland.” Read more…)

Merchants of Doubt (propaganda, lobbying, public relations, spin. Rotten Tomatoes: 85. Metacritic: 70. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “Late last month Senator James M. Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, brandished a snowball on the Senate floor, suggesting that the ugly winter weather afflicting the Eastern Seaboard was evidence that global warming is a hoax. This moment of political theater was widely ridiculed [by Jon Stewart and others], but ‘Merchants of Doubt,’ Robert Kenner’s informative and infuriating new documentary, ought to remind us that the denial of climate change is hardly a joke.” Read more…)

By popular demand: BVFCC adds new return box at Lyric Hall in Westville

Graham Honaker installs new return box at Lyric Hall.

Graham Honaker installs new return box at Lyric Hall.

Ever since Edge of the Woods Market asked us to remove the return box we had there, customers from the Westville area—as well as customers from Woodbridge and other towns easily accessible to Whalley Ave. from the Wilbur Cross Parkway—have been inquiring as to the possibility of getting a new return location on that side of town.

Well, now we have it! Thanks to John Cavaliere, who owns the historic Lyric Hall on Whalley Ave., we now have a new location where Best Video Film & Cultural Center patrons can return their movies. Lyric Hall—a restored vaudeville-era theater and venue for Cavaliere’s antiques restoration business—is located at 827 Whalley Ave., New Haven, 06515. Phone (203) 389-8885.

Thanks also to Best Video Film & Cultural Center employees Graham Honaker and Brian Johnson (of Johnaker art productions) for making and installing the box.

Rent more great movies from Best Video Film & Cultural Center and return them to the new box at Lyric Hall!