Music: New Haven legends The Furors play Fri., Sept. 9

Furors_BVFCC_012216_01_WebNew Haven rock ‘n’ roll legends The Furors play Best Video Performance Space again Friday, Sept. 9. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Comprised of guitarist Derek Holcomb and drummer Tom Dans—Holcomb sings lead and Dans harmonizes—The Furors have been playing together for over three decades. They have self-released numerous vinyl 45s, a vinyl LP and several compact discs. Their catalog is so beloved among local musicians that a tribute album, “Let’s Get Furious,” was released in 2003 featuring 38 Furors songs covered by 38 local musicians and groups.

The Furors’ music is joyful, quirky three-minute pop, like a cross between They Might Be Giants and early British Invasion rock ‘n’ roll.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Sept. 1. ACOUSTIC BLUES/FOLK: DITTYMACK

• Friday, Sept. 2. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Sept. 4. FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM SPONSORED BY GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS

• Thursday, Sept. 8. INDIE POP: MISSION ZERO

• Friday, Sept. 9. ROCK: THE FURORS

• Monday, Sept. 12. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE WAY”

• Wednesday, Sept. 14. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: QUIET GIANT (SOLO), THE REFECTORY

• Thursday, Sept. 15. FOLK/SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Saturday, Sept. 17. BLUEGRASS/SWING: TOO BLUE

• Monday, Sept. 19. FILM SCREENING: “THIRTEEN DAYS”

• Thursday, Sept. 22. SPANISH AND LATIN AMERICAN PIANO MUSIC (with commentary): DONALD ALFANO

• Friday, Sept. 23. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, EDDIE SEVILLE

• Sunday, Sept. 25. SURJ FILM SCREENING (3 PM): “RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION”

• Sunday, Sept. 25. FILM SCREENING (7 PM): “THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE”

• Tuesday, Sept. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH, CK, GLUMPUPPET

• Wednesday, Sept. 28. BRAZILIAN CHORO MUSIC: ROGÉRIO SOUZA, EDINHO GERBER & STEPHEN GUERRA

• Thursday, Sept. 29. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SWAMP YANKEE, ALEXANDER

• Friday, Sept. 30. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Oct. 5. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN OF MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Thursday, Oct. 6. POST-PUNK: GRIST, DEADBEAT CLUB

• Friday, Oct. 7. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)

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

• Monday, Oct. 10. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN”

• Tuesday, Oct. 11. FILM SCREENING: “ELMER GANTRY”

• WEdnesday, Oct. 12. ROCK/BLUES: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Friday, Oct. 14. CELTIC/APPALACHIAN: REELIN’ AWAY

• Sunday, Oct. 16. FILM SCREENING: “DR. STRANGELOVE…”

• Wednesday, Oct. 19. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: STEPHEN CHOPEK

• Friday, Oct. 21. BLUEGRASS/POP: JACKSON’S ISLAND

• Sunday, Oct. 23. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE MALTESE FALCON”

• Wednesday, Oct. 26. SINGER-SONGWRITER: NAMOLI BRENNET

• Friday, Oct. 28. HALLOWEEN SILENT FILM SCREENING WITH LIVE SCORE: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT PLAYS TO “NOSFERATU”

• Sunday, Oct. 30. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE”

• Sunday, Nov. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE ASPHALT JUNGLE”

• Sunday, Nov. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE AFRICAN QUEEN”

• Friday, Nov. 11. FERNANDO PINTO PRESENTS JESSE TERRY & CALLAGHAN

 

Music: Mission Zero’s effervescent indie pop on Thurs., Sept. 8

Mission_Zero_BV_041515_02_WebMission Zero plays the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Sept. 8. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Growing up playing a range of musical instruments together, siblings Chenot and David crafted and honed their ability to communicate telepathically as performers. After touring the world separately and together in various bands, they decided to join forces as Mission Zero.

Intentionally forgoing traditional pop instrumentation, the duo focuses on their strong suits—powerful, sultry vocals and blistering, dynamic percussion—supported live by a unique body of synthesized sounds (lovingly referred to by the band as The Robots). The result is smart, sexy synth-pop with bite. Their third album, “People in Glass Yachts,” was released in May, 2015.

The siblings have played separately and together all over the world in a variety of bands (including David’s current gig with rock icon Ritchie Blackmore in Blackmore’s Night). As Mission Zero, they’ve headlined at the world famous Whisky A Go Go, and opened for national acts such as Jimmy Destri (of Blondie), White Hinterland, and Hank & Cupcakes.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Sept. 1. ACOUSTIC BLUES/FOLK: DITTYMACK

• Friday, Sept. 2. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Sept. 4. FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM SPONSORED BY GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS

• Thursday, Sept. 8. INDIE POP: MISSION ZERO

• Friday, Sept. 9. ROCK: THE FURORS

• Monday, Sept. 12. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE WAY”

• Wednesday, Sept. 14. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: QUIET GIANT (SOLO), THE REFECTORY

• Thursday, Sept. 15. FOLK/SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Saturday, Sept. 17. BLUEGRASS/SWING: TOO BLUE

• Monday, Sept. 19. FILM SCREENING: “THIRTEEN DAYS”

• Thursday, Sept. 22. PIANO MUSIC: DONALD ALFANO

• Friday, Sept. 23. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, EDDIE SEVILLE

• Sunday, Sept. 25. SURJ FILM SCREENING (3 PM): “RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION”

• Sunday, Sept. 25. FILM SCREENING (7 PM): “THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE”

• Tuesday, Sept. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH, CK, GLUMPUPPET

• Wednesday, Sept. 28. BRAZILIAN CHORO MUSIC: ROGÉRIO SOUZA, EDINHO GERBER & STEPHEN GUERRA

• Thursday, Sept. 29. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SWAMP YANKEE, ALEXANDER

• Friday, Sept. 30. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Oct. 5. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN OF MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Thursday, Oct. 6. POST-PUNK: GRIST, DEADBEAT CLUB

• Friday, Oct. 7. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)

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

• Monday, Oct. 10. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN”

• Tuesday, Oct. 11. FILM SCREENING: “ELMER GANTRY”

• Friday, Oct. 14. CELTIC/APPALACHIAN: REELIN’ AWAY

• Sunday, Oct. 16. FILM SCREENING: “DR. STRANGELOVE…”

• Wednesday, Oct. 19. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: STEPHEN CHOPEK

• Sunday, Oct. 23. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE MALTESE FALCON”

• Sunday, Oct. 30. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE”

• Sunday, Nov. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE ASPHALT JUNGLE”

• Sunday, Nov. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE AFRICAN QUEEN”

 

Hail to the Chief! New film series dealing with Presidents begins Mon., Sept. 12

Presidents_films_flyer_WebThe Oval Office meets the silver screen as Best Video founder Hank Paper presents five great films dealing with the most powerful role in the world— three based on history (“All the Way,” “Thirteen Days,” “All the President’s Men”) and two classics of Cold War-era paranoia (“The Manchurian Candidate,” “Dr. Strangelove”). All films start at 7 PM—except the Oct. 16 screening, which starts at 2 PM—and admission is $7.

SCHEDULE:

MON., SEPT. 12: ALL THE WAY • Just out on DVD and Blu-ray: HBO’s adaptation of the critically acclaimed long-running Broadway play starring “Breaking Bad”’s Bryan Cranston as LBJ. Following the chaos of JFK’s assassination, Cranston, in his bravura portrait of LBJ, is forced to go “breaking bad” with Southern senators in order to pass the Civil Rights Act.

MON., SEPT. 19: THIRTEEN DAYS • Kevin Costner plays JFK advisor Kevin O’Donnell in this highly suspenseful political thriller that deftly portrays the real people involved in the most tense thirteen days in the 20th Century: the Cuban Missile Crisis. Intellect and reason battle with impulse during two weeks of alarming escalation that brings us as close to nuclear winter as we’ve ever come.

SUN., SEPT. 25 (moved to accommodate 1st Presidential debate): THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE  • A rogue nation manipulating our Presidential election; our minds being hacked, our behavior controlled! This John Frankenheimer political thriller, uncomfortably prescient in its own time, remains distressingly relevant today. Stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, and Oscar-nominated Angela Lansbury. If  Hank Paper were making a BVFCC People’s Choice submission for a screening at Best Video this would be it: his all-time favorite film. In fact – he is screening it!

MON., SEPT. 26: First Presidential Debate

MON., OCT. 10: ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN • Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman and Jason Robards, Jr., offer galvanizing, peak performances amid an incredible cast in this multi-Oscar nominated political thriller about tracking the source of the Watergate break-in all the way to the White House – ultimately leading to the President’s resignation.

SUN., OCT. 16: DR. STRANGELOVE… • Stanley Kubrick’s impending nuclear war satire remains as fresh as the day it was released: hilariously funny as it is frightening. Amid an all-star cast, Peter Sellers plays three roles while George C. Scott takes wing as General “Buck” Turgidson. Oscar nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Sellers), and Best Screenplay (Kubrick and Terry Southern). A truly one-off film about a one-off event.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Aug. 31. BLUES/FOLK: CODA BLUE, THE RED HOTS

• Thursday, Sept. 1. ACOUSTIC BLUES/FOLK: DITTYMACK

• Friday, Sept. 2. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Sept. 4. FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM SPONSORED BY GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS

• Thursday, Sept. 8. INDIE POP: MISSION ZERO

• Friday, Sept. 9. ROCK: THE FURORS

• Monday, Sept. 12. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE WAY”

• Wednesday, Sept. 14. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: QUIET GIANT (SOLO), THE REFECTORY

• Thursday, Sept. 15. FOLK/SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Saturday, Sept. 17. BLUEGRASS/SWING: TOO BLUE

• Monday, Sept. 19. FILM SCREENING: “THIRTEEN DAYS”

• Thursday, Sept. 22. PIANO MUSIC: DONALD ALFANO

• Friday, Sept. 23. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, EDDIE SEVILLE

• Sunday, Sept. 25. SURJ FILM SCREENING (3 PM): “RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION”

• Sunday, Sept. 25. FILM SCREENING (7 PM): “THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE”

• Tuesday, Sept. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH, CK, GLUMPUPPET

• Wednesday, Sept. 28. BRAZILIAN CHORO MUSIC: ROGÉRIO SOUZA, EDINHO GERBER & STEPHEN GUERRA

• Thursday, Sept. 29. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SWAMP YANKEE, ALEXANDER

• Friday, Sept. 30. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Oct. 5. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN OF MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Thursday, Oct. 6. POST-PUNK: GRIST, DEADBEAT CLUB

• Friday, Oct. 7. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)

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

• Monday, Oct. 10. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN”

• Tuesday, Oct. 11. FILM SCREENING: “ELMER GANTRY”

• Friday, Oct. 14. CELTIC/APPALACHIAN: REELIN’ AWAY

• Sunday, Oct. 16. FILM SCREENING: “DR. STRANGELOVE…”

• Wednesday, Oct. 19. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: STEPHEN CHOPEK

• Sunday, Oct. 23. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE MALTESE FALCON”

• Sunday, Oct. 30. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE”

• Sunday, Nov. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE ASPHALT JUNGLE”

• Sunday, Nov. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE AFRICAN QUEEN”

 

New releases 8/30/16

Top Hits
Jungle_BookThe Jungle Book (new Disney live action adventure, Neel Sethi. Rotten Tomatoes: 95%. Metacritic: 77. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “Studios are in the recycling business, and while this ‘The Jungle Book’ is lightly diverting, it is also disappointing, partly because it feels like a pumped-up version of Disney’s 1967 animated film, with more action and less sweetness. It also feels strangely removed from our moment. About the only thing that feels of today is that its lush and arid environments and padding paws were digitally created. The resulting look, pitched between photorealism and impressionism, hovers between the realistic and the uncanny. It turns out that the movie was shot in a Los Angeles warehouse, which paradoxically seems like an old-fashioned way to make worlds.” Read more…)

Me Before You (romance/drama, Emilia Clarke. Rotten Tomatoes: 58%. Metacritic: 51. A little more than half the critics liked this movie. New York Times critic A.O. Scott was in the other half. From Scott’s Times review: “A recent screening of ‘Me Before You’ concluded with audible sniffles and even a sob or two. Why not gales of laughter or quiet snores? These are the mysteries that trouble a critic’s uneasy mind. This floppy British romance, directed by Thea Sharrock and adapted by Jojo Moyes from her best-selling novel, sits at the point where tedium, ridiculousness and heartfelt sentiment converge, separated by an all-but-imperceptible distance. You can’t really argue with someone else’s tears. You can, however, find yourself mystified by them.” Read more…)

The Phenom (sports drama, Ethan Hawke. Rotten Tomatoes: 77%. Metacritic: 66. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “‘The Phenom’ is a baseball movie with virtually no baseball, which would be fine if the thing it relied on instead — lots and lots of talking — exhibited zest and originality. It doesn’t.” Read more…)

God’s Not Dead 2 (faith-based drama, Melissa Joan Hart. Rotten Tomatoes: 9%. Metacritic: 22.)

New Blu-Ray
The Jungle Book

New British
The Night Manager (6-part miniseries thriller, Tom Hiddleston. Rotten Tomatoes: 92%. Metacritic: 82. From Mike Hale’s New York Times review: “The novels of John le Carré are steeped in shadows and ambiguity. So it’s a little disconcerting that ‘The Night Manager,’ the first television adaptation of a le Carré novel in 25 years, is so bright and straightforward and that, despite a few nasty but necessary killings, it’s so clear who we’re supposed to root for. If TV shows had jaws, this one’s would be square.” Read more…)

Documentaries
Bolshoi Babylon (Russian ballet, dance, intrigue. Rotten Tomatoes: 78%. Metacritic: 61. From Brian Seibert’s New York Times review: “In its Soviet years and after, the Bolshoi Ballet earned a reputation for valuing spectacle over substance, offering heroic force in place of refined artistry. ‘Bolshoi Babylon,’ a documentary about the Moscow troupe that has its debut on HBO on Monday at 9 p.m., upholds that reputation without fully exploiting it. The film, directed by Nick Read, is full of sumptuous images — it’s more attractive than illuminating — yet despite the tabloid-bait subject matter provided by recent scandals, it’s surprisingly short on drama.” Read more…)

Recent Highlights: The Nice Guys, The Huntsman: Winter’s war, The Man Who Knew Infinity, Sunset Song, Maggie’s Plan, Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong, A Taste of Honey, inspector Lewis: Season 8, Endeavour: Season 3, Roots (re-make), Weiner, The Brainwashing of My Dad, Dark Horse, The Other Side, Paths of the Soul, Papirosen, The Angry Birds Movie , 11 Minutes , Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moo, Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words , The Lobster, Mother’s Day, Keanu, Mr. Right, Last Days in the Desert, Batman: The Killing Joke, April and the Extraordinary World, Marguerite, Key & Peele: Complete Series, The Knick: Season 2, The Girlfriend Experience: Season 1, Barbershop: The Next Cut, The Boss, Born to Be Blue, Criminal, I Am Wrath, Hardcore Henry, Sing Street, L’Attesa, River, Deadline-U.S.A., Pioneers of African-American Cinema, Evils of the Night, Jack Irish: Season 1, Jack Irish: The Movies, The Russian Woodpecker, The Winding Stream: The Carters, the Cashes and the Course of Country Music, Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice , Elvis & Nixon, Miles Ahead

Music: Jovan Alexandre’s virtuosic jazz saxophone Fri., Sept. 2

Jovan_Alexandre_WebTenor saxophonist Jovan Alexandre  performs at Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Sept. 2. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Alexandre will be accompanied by Tadataka Unno on piano.

Jovan Alexandre is an emerging jazz tenor saxophone phenomenon, known for the brightness of his tone and the elegant bearing of his compositions. He may be situated, broadly speaking, within the penumbra of hard-bop and post-bop styles elaborated and taught in Alexandre’s native New England by the iconic Jackie McLean [1931-2006] during his later, seminal years as a Connecticut resident and educator.

Alexandre has been a soloist on recordings for drummers Ralph Peterson (Outer Reaches [2010]) and Winard Harper (Coexist, sharing the tenor spotlight with Frank Wess [2012]), and for the South African jazz singer Nonhlanhla Kheswa (Meadowlands, Stolen Jazz [2013]). Alexandre’s first album as a leader, Collective Consciousness, will be released worldwide on February 24, 2015.

Just as Jackie McLean himself had—in such albums for Blue Note as Let Freedom Ring [1962] and One Step Beyond [1963]—extrapolated upon both the lyricism and projection of a Charlie Parker or a Dexter Gordon and the angular modes and scales of John Coltrane, so has Jovan Alexandre revealed himself as a spiritual heir to McLean with authoritative and imaginative excursions into the free-flowing modernist colloquy pioneered by McLean.

Alexandre’s uniqueness, though, lies in his personal sound. He plays free of bombast, full of texture. His sound can variously seem molten and sharp-cornered within the same tune, sometimes practically within the same phrase. The melody lines are stately, whatever their tempo.

At Hartt, Alexandre’s primary mentor was Jackie McLean’s own son, tenor saxophonist René McLean. He also studied with other direct protégés of Jackie McLean, especially tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene and alto saxophonist Kris Allen, along with pianist and arranger Chris Casey, trombonist Steve Davis, and bassist Nat Reeves. These instrumentalists are all key contributors to what some have called a “Hartford sound” grounded in Jackie McLean’s teachings and continuing influence, and especially his notions of historicity and the value of hand-to-hand transmission of jazz knowledge.

Even before graduating from Hartt, Alexandre had begun to earn a reputation as one of the most interesting of the new tenor saxophone soloists, through appearances with several top-name musicians such as Hank Jones,  Dionne Warwick, Curtis Fuller, Harold Mabern, Larry Willis, Charles Tolliver, Randy Brecker, Antoine Roney, Benito Gonzalez, Shimrit Shoshan, and Kendrick Oliver & The New Life Jazz Orchestra.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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

• Wednesday, Aug. 31. BLUES/FOLK: CODA BLUE, THE RED HOTS

• Thursday, Sept. 1. ACOUSTIC BLUES/FOLK: DITTYMACK

• Friday, Sept. 2. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Sept. 4. FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM SPONSORED BY GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS

• Thursday, Sept. 8. INDIE POP: MISSION ZERO

• Friday, Sept. 9. ROCK: THE FURORS

• Monday, Sept. 12. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE WAY”

• Wednesday, Sept. 14. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: QUIET GIANT (SOLO), THE REFECTORY

• Thursday, Sept. 15. FOLK/SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Saturday, Sept. 17. BLUEGRASS/SWING: TOO BLUE

• Monday, Sept. 19. FILM SCREENING: “THIRTEEN DAYS”

• Thursday, Sept. 22. PIANO MUSIC: DONALD ALFANO

• Friday, Sept. 23. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, EDDIE SEVILLE

• Sunday, Sept. 25. SURJ FILM SCREENING (3 PM): “RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION”

• Sunday, Sept. 25. FILM SCREENING (7 PM): “THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE”

• Tuesday, Sept. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH, CK, GLUMPUPPET

• Wednesday, Sept. 28. BRAZILIAN CHORO MUSIC: ROGÉRIO SOUZA, EDINHO GERBER & STEPHEN GUERRA

• Thursday, Sept. 29. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SWAMP YANKEE, ALEXANDER

• Friday, Sept. 30. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Oct. 5. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN OF MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Friday, Oct. 7. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)

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

• Monday, Oct. 10. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN”

• Friday, Oct. 14. CELTIC/APPALACHIAN: REELIN’ AWAY

• Sunday, Oct. 16. FILM SCREENING: “DR. STRANGELOVE…”

• Wednesday, Oct. 19. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: STEPHEN CHOPEK

• Sunday, Oct. 23. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE MALTESE FALCON”

• Sunday, Oct. 30. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE”

• Sunday, Nov. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE ASPHALT JUNGLE”

• Sunday, Nov. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE AFRICAN QUEEN”

 

New releases 8/23/16

Top Hits
Nice_GuysThe Nice Guys (action/comedy, Russell Crowe. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%. Metacritic: 70. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “The climax of Shane Black’s ‘The Nice Guys’ involves a hectic, gunfire-riddled chase through a crowded Los Angeles hotel in pursuit of a film canister that rolls and bounces and Frisbees like something out of a cartoon. What’s in the can — a dirty movie with a political message — is ostensibly vital to the plot, but it’s also a nostalgic totem, an expression of Mr. Black’s devotion to the old days, when pornography was printed on celluloid and promoted on marquees.” Read more…)

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (fantasy, Chris Hemsworth. Rotten Tomatoes: 17%. Metacritic: 35. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “The conventional wisdom holds that none of these disasters happen on purpose, that nobody ever sets out to make a bad movie. ‘The Huntsman’ challenges that idea, since it seems to be exactly the movie that the money behind it wanted to see made. Its badness is not extreme, but exemplary: It’s everything wrong with Hollywood today stuffed into a little less than two hours.” Read more…)

The Man Who Knew Infinity (period drama, Dev Patel. Rotten Tomatoes: 62%. Metacritic: 56. From Andy Webster’s New York Times review: “It’s time for Dev Patel to add fresh paints to his palette. This talented actor — who got his feature start in Danny Boyle’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ — has largely specialized in handsome, earnest and well-meaning characters[(in both ‘Best Exotic Matigold Hotel’ movies and the canceled HBO series ‘The Newsroom’]. Now comes ‘The Man Who Knew infinity,’ Matthew Brown’s respectful and, yes, earnest biopic about the early-20th-century mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, who found the divine in integers. Ramanujan, who was mentored by the Cambridge professor G. H. Hardy, eventually became the first Indian to hold a fellowship at Trinity College.” Read more…)

Maggies_PlanMaggie’s Plan (comedy, Ethan Hawke. Rotten Tomatoes: 86%. Metacritic: 76. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “[Director Rebecca] Miller’s choices are hard to argue with. She steers gracefully through a zigzagging plot, slowing down for quiet, contemplative stretches and pausing for jokes that are irrelevant but irresistible. She finds a tricky balance of farce, satire and emotional sincerity, a way of treating people as ridiculous without denying them empathy. They are all flawed, difficult and easy to laugh at, but the mockery is devoid of contempt, and arises from the simple fact that they all — John and Georgette in particular — take themselves so seriously that we don’t have to.” Read more…)

Sunset Song (period drama, Peter Mullan. Rotten Tomatoes: 80%. Metacritic: 72. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Stephen Holden’s Times review: “The rolling green meadows and the radiant face of Chris Guthrie [Agyness Deyn], a bright, hard-working Scottish farm girl in Terence Davies’ film ‘Sunset Song’ fuse into a luminous vision of the land and the people tending it. The movie immerses you in the intoxicating beauty of the natural world, but it doesn’t ignore the hardships of the peasantry who toil day in and day out to raise crops and put food on the table. ‘Sunset Song” is adapted from Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 novel, set mostly on the fictional Estate of Kinraddie in northeastern Scotland in the years before World War I, and considered a British literary classic. The movie, which has the look and feel of a magnificently illustrated historical novel, proceeds at a deliberate, meditative pace that rewards patient attention.” Read more…)

New Foreign
Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (Hong Kong, romance, Jamie Chung. Rotten Tomatoes: 78%. Metacritic: 54. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “Stories don’t come much thinner than the one in ‘Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong,’ a will-they-or-won’t-they romance that invests a lot in the attractiveness of that city. Ruby [Jamie Chung], a Californian visiting Hong Kong for the first time, can’t decipher the urban landscape well enough to locate the friends she’s trying to meet. Fortunately, Josh [Bruan Greenberg], an expat East Coaster who has been living in Hong Kong for years, is nearby when her cellphone dies and he offers to guide her to her buddies. As they walk and walk and walk, flirtation occurs, but the moment is broken by a minor revelation that, in the context of this sweet but uneventful film, would constitute a spoiler. Suffice it to say that hooking up, for these two, would not be without consequences.” Read more…)

New British
Taste_of_HoneyA Taste of Honey (1961, Criterion Edition British drama, Rita Tushingham. Rotten Tomatoes: 80%. From A.H. Weiler’s 1962 New York Tikes review [requires log-in]: “Shelagh Delaney’s ‘A Taste of Honey,’ which justifiably drew theatregoers like flies, to London and Broadway, is more memorable on film. The British-made drama, which was unveiled at the ‘Paris Theatre yesterday, has been given specifically effective scope in the movie medium. Freed from the constricting confines of the stage, the shining honesty, the trials, the disenchantment of the drama’s low-born Lancashire principals have become all the more striking and true. The dedicated producers have concocted a bitter ‘Honey’ that is rare and travels well.” Read more…)

Inspector Lewis: Season 8
Endeavour: Season 3

New Television
Roots (mini-series re-make, Laurence Fishburne)

New Documentaries
WeinerWeiner (politics, scandal, Anthony Weiner. Rotten Tomatoes: 96%. Metacritic: 84. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Stephen Holden’s Times review: “‘What’s wrong with you?’ That question, posed to the disgraced New York City mayoral candidate Anthony D. Weiner in the infuriating and depressing but rivetingly watchable documentary that bears his name, is never answered and only barely addressed in the film, directed by Josh Kriegman [a former Weiner aide] and Elyse Steinberg. As almost everyone knows, Mr. Weiner’s meteoric political career was ended — or at least interrupted — by a sexting scandal in which he, sometimes under the preposterous pseudonym Carlos Danger, flirted with and exhibited himself to women.” Read more…)

The Brainwashing of My Dad (politics, radio, media. Rotten Tomatoes: 58%. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “A lot of people, especially on the liberal side of the spectrum, will certainly identify with ‘The Brainwashing of My dad,’ Jen Senko’s documentary about how right-wing news programs, talk shows and Internet sites turned her once reasonable father into a raging embodiment of intolerance and suspicion. The film, though, feels as if it’s arriving late to its discoveries and, given the current political climate, as if it’s only scratching the surface.” Read more…)

The Other Side (forgotten America, social issues, underclass. Rotten Tomatoes: 76%. Metacritic: 65. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Glenn Kenny’s Times review: “‘The Other Side’ opens in lush, verdant woodland. Camouflaged men [one or two blend into their surroundings so well that they are difficult to spot within the frame] stalk or crouch amid the trees and brush, brandishing assault weapons. At the edge of the forest, a naked man is asleep in some tall grass. He awakens, gets up and starts walking down a narrow two-lane road. The camera follows him. Although it’s being marketed as something like a documentary, this film, directed by Roberto Minervini, is, in fact, something oddly different. To call it a cross between reality television and art film would perhaps be more accurate. Whatever genre it belongs to, ‘The Other Side’ is powerful and disturbing.” Read more…)

Dark_HorseDark Horse (horse racing, social class. Rotten Tomatoes: 97%. Metacritic: 75. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ Times review: “Bred from a crazy broodmare [‘She was just mental,’ one character says] and raised on an unkempt allotment in an unremarkable Welsh village, the gangly foal known as Dream Alliance seemed unlikely to set the racecourse on fire. Yet ‘he looked classy,’ one of Dream’s many part owners, Brian Vokes, recalls. “He looked the part.” Spanning a decade of trepidation and triumph, ‘Dark Horse’ is the thoroughly disarming story of that foal’s canter through the class barrier to challenge his Thoroughbred betters. Behind him, he dragged the hopes of a depressed former coal mining town forced back on its heels by the pit closures of the 1980s and the absence of financial alternatives.” Read more…)

Paths of the Soul (Buddhism, Tibet. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. Metacritic: 90. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Glenn Kenny’s Times review: “‘Paths of the Soul’ is rare in several respects, not least that it is a depiction of Buddhism in Tibet that has passed muster with Chinese censors. Directed by Zhang Yang, it dramatizes a 1,200-mile pilgrimage by the actual residents of the Tibetan village of Nyima. The movie so upends the traditions of documentary and narrative filmmaking that ‘dramatizes’ may be inaccurate — the filmmakers followed the real pilgrims for a full year, after all. But the movie is so well made and engaging that such distinctions will make little difference to the viewer.” Read more…)

Papirosen (family, history, Argentina, The Holocaust. Rotten Tomatoes: 83%. Metacritic: 80. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ Times review: “In ‘Papirosen,’ the Argentine filmmaker Gastón Solnicki trains his camera on four generations of his wildly volatile Jewish family, folding 10 years of modern footage into a visual collage that covers more than half a century. But instead of a dignified stroll down genealogy lane, Mr. Solnicki has made a sparking, gossipy soap opera that’s riddled with emotion and stuffed with strong characters.” Read more…)

Music: Acoustic blues and folk from DittyMack Thurs., Sept. 1

DittyMack_BVFCC_021716_02_WebThe duo DittyMack—vocals, guitar and saxophone—plays Best Video Performance Space for the first time on Thursday, Sept. 1. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

DW Ditty writes, “With a repertoire spanning blues, pop, tin pan alley, classic, and more, we are excited to perform for you in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy a glass of wine, a beer, coffee, and more.  Please come. You will get two gold stars — one for supporting local music and another for supporting Best Video Film and Cultural Center.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Aug. 24. OLD-TIMEY/BLUES: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Thursday, Aug. 25. JAZZ: BRIAN JARAWA GRAY

• Friday, Aug. 26. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

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

• Wednesday, Aug. 31. BLUES/FOLK: CODA BLUE, THE RED HOTS

• Thursday, Sept. 1. ACOUSTIC BLUES/FOLK: DITTYMACK

• Friday, Sept. 2. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Sept. 4. FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM SPONSORED BY GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS

• Thursday, Sept. 8. INDIE POP: MISSION ZERO

• Friday, Sept. 9. ROCK: THE FURORS

• Monday, Sept. 12. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE WAY”

• Wednesday, Sept. 14. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: QUIET GIANT (SOLO), THE REFECTORY

• Thursday, Sept. 15. FOLK/SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Saturday, Sept. 17. BLUEGRASS/SWING: TOO BLUE

• Monday, Sept. 19. FILM SCREENING: “THIRTEEN DAYS”

• Thursday, Sept. 22. PIANO MUSIC: DONALD ALFANO

• Friday, Sept. 23. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, EDDIE SEVILLE

• Sunday, Sept. 25. SURJ FILM SCREENING (3 PM): “RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION”

• Sunday, Sept. 25. FILM SCREENING (7 PM): “THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE”

• Tuesday, Sept. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH, CK, GLUMPUPPET

• Wednesday, Sept. 28. BRAZILIAN CHORO MUSIC: ROGÉRIO SOUZA, EDINHO GERBER & STEPHEN GUERRA

• Thursday, Sept. 29. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SWAMP YANKEE, ALEXANDER

• Friday, Sept. 30. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Oct. 5. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN OF MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Friday, Oct. 7. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)

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

• Monday, Oct. 10. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN”

• Friday, Oct. 14. CELTIC/APPALACHIAN: REELIN’ AWAY

• Sunday, Oct. 16. FILM SCREENING: “DR. STRANGELOVE…”

• Wednesday, Oct. 19. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: STEPHEN CHOPEK

• Sunday, Oct. 23. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE MALTESE FALCON”

• Sunday, Oct. 30. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE”

• Sunday, Nov. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE ASPHALT JUNGLE”

• Sunday, Nov. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE AFRICAN QUEEN”

 

Music: Coda Blue, The Red Hots to play folk, swing, novelties, blues Wed., Aug. 31

Coda Blue returns to Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Aug. 31, with Danbury-based The Red Hots opening. The show starts at 8 PM and cover is $5.

Coda Blue

Coda Blue

Coda Blue brings together three New Haven area musicians—Louis Audette, James Weisser and Ron Guerrette—to play their unique arrangements of blues, country and folk songs, as well as some originals. They will be joined at this show by Tim Quinn on harmonica.

The members of this trio have played in a variety of settings and each brings a wealth of understanding and experience to their performances.

Louis Audette on bass provides a solid foundation for the music. He started out playing with the Grey Sky Boys and then with the Greenbriar Boys. He chose not to follow that band when they hit the road to back Joan Baez. As he explains it, he was “tied to the mast.” He helped Frank and Barbara Shaw to start the popular bluegrass band Shoregrass. He has played in other bands: CornBread, the Moonshiners, Fairfield Crossing, and Chicks ‘n Sync. Louis is also a member of the ZuZazz String Orkestra.

James Weisser adds guitar and vocals to the mix. He has been known to pull out a blues harp. He will sometimes double on mandolin or concert ukulele. He is half of the songwriting duo of Nyren and Weisser. James founded the duo Woodrock with Steve Nyren. The duo performed in many of the venues in and around New Haven. As a founding member of the Dudley Farm String Band he played guitar and provided the lead vocals.

Ron Guerrette, an acoustic finger style and slide guitar player also known to torture an electric guitar from time to time, has played in many settings. The name of the trio is derived from Ron’s uncanny “ability” to tag any song with an unusually long ending. These inventive codas challenge an audience to determine if a song has reached its conclusion. Ron provides vocals as needed.

The Danbury-based (quartet), The Red Hots are two beautiful and talented ladies who bring life back to many classic jazz standards, old blues tunes and feisty originals with their blend of unique vocals, ukelele/guitar and harmonica, mixed with driving organic percussion. Members are Cynthia Preston (guitar, vocals) Petra Herceg (ukelele, vocals) Russ Preston (guitar, vocals, harmonica), Jay Margolin (percussion).

The Red Hots

The Red Hots

The Red Hots band began in October of 2012 in Danbury, CT — the brainchild and collaborative effort of Petra Herceg and Cynthia Preston, two beautiful and talented ladies who grew up playing music and had both performed professionally in the past. The band began re-imagining and re-doing classic, timeless pieces of music that were beginning to be lost to the ages, particularly old blues, jazz, ragtime and rockabilly.

Mixing the retro-stylized covers in with their own eclectic sound, The Red Hots began gigging at local places around town, experimenting with their sound and musical elements. After dabbling with various instruments and line-ups, the band has solidified their image as a tight-knit trio, expanding their live performances all the way to NYC festivals and private parties at the Jersey shore, as well as becoming a well-known act in their hometown. Their adaptability has become their coup de grace, able to play anything from low key acoustic shows in wine bars and lounges, to swingin’ and jivin’ upbeat sets in bars and rock venues.

The line-up includes Petra Herceg on ukulele and vocals, Cynthia Preston on guitar and vocals and Russ Preston on blues harp and guitar. The group plays with several distinguished area musicians as guest performers on upright bass, saxophone, piano and percussion.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Sunday, Aug. 21. INDIE ROCK: WALTER, ETC.; BLOWOUT, 1 more TBA

• Wednesday, Aug. 24. OLD-TIMEY/BLUES: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Thursday, Aug. 25. JAZZ: BRIAN JARAWA GRAY

• Friday, Aug. 26. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

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

• Wednesday, Aug. 31. BLUES/FOLK: CODA BLUE, THE RED HOTS

• Thursday, Sept. 1. ACOUSTIC BLUES/FOLK: DITTYMACK

• Friday, Sept. 2. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Sept. 4. FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM SPONSORED BY GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS

• Thursday, Sept. 8. INDIE POP: MISSION ZERO

• Friday, Sept. 9. ROCK: THE FURORS

• Monday, Sept. 12. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE WAY”

• Wednesday, Sept. 14. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: QUIET GIANT (SOLO), THE REFECTORY

• Thursday, Sept. 15. FOLK/SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Saturday, Sept. 17. BLUEGRASS/SWING: TOO BLUE

• Monday, Sept. 19. FILM SCREENING: “THIRTEEN DAYS”

• Thursday, Sept. 22. PIANO MUSIC: DONALD ALFANO

• Friday, Sept. 23. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, EDDIE SEVILLE

• Sunday, Sept. 25. SURJ FILM SCREENING (3 PM): “RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION”

• Sunday, Sept. 25. FILM SCREENING (7 PM): “THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE”

• Tuesday, Sept. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH, CK, GLUMPUPPET

• Wednesday, Sept. 28. BRAZILIAN CHORO MUSIC: ROGÉRIO SOUZA, EDINHO GERBER & STEPHEN GUERRA

• Thursday, Sept. 29. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SWAMP YANKEE, ALEXANDER

• Friday, Sept. 30. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Oct. 5. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN OF MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Friday, Oct. 7. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)

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

• Monday, Oct. 10. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN”

• Friday, Oct. 14. CELTIC/APPALACHIAN: REELIN’ AWAY

• Sunday, Oct. 16. FILM SCREENING: “DR. STRANGELOVE…”

• Wednesday, Oct. 19. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: STEPHEN CHOPEK

• Sunday, Oct. 23. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE MALTESE FALCON”

• Sunday, Oct. 30. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE”

• Sunday, Nov. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE ASPHALT JUNGLE”

• Sunday, Nov. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE AFRICAN QUEEN”

 

Music: Stacy Phillips & His Bluegrass Characters pick at BVFCC Tues., Aug. 30, at 7:30 PM

Stacy_Phillips_WebStacy Phillips & His Bluegrass Characters return to Best Video Performance Space on Tuesday, Aug. 30 for another night of picking, twang and good times. The show starts a little early, at 7:30 PM, and the cover is $5.

Stacy Phillips and His Bluegrass Characters features a rotating pool of the best acoustic musicians and singers in the Northeast.  The band features traditional bluegrass repertoire, good natured insults and a fun approach to this quintessential American music.

This time the band will be Phil Zimmerman (mandolin), Pete Kelly (banjo), Andy Bromage (guitar) and Rick Brodsky (bass).  As usual, The Characters are led by Grammy award winning dobro/violin player Stacy Phillips. These guys have played all over the world with the likes of Bela Fleck, Mark O’Connor, Pete Rowan, Dave Bromberg, Michael Cleveland, etc. etc.  Expect other fine musicians drop by for a tune or two.

Three chords and the truth, sung from the heart and through the nose. This is a recurring last-Tuesday-of-the-month show.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Aug. 19. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: PONYBIRD, FRANK CRITELLI, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET

• Sunday, Aug. 21. INDIE ROCK: WALTER, ETC.; BLOWOUT, 1 more TBA

• Wednesday, Aug. 24. OLD-TIMEY/BLUES: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Thursday, Aug. 25. JAZZ: BRIAN JARAWA GRAY

• Friday, Aug. 26. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

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

• Wednesday, Aug. 31. BLUES/FOLK: CODA BLUE, THE RED HOTS

• Thursday, Sept. 1. ACOUSTIC BLUES/FOLK: DITTYMACK

• Friday, Sept. 2. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Sept. 4. FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM SPONSORED BY GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS

• Thursday, Sept. 8. INDIE POP: MISSION ZERO

• Friday, Sept. 9. ROCK: THE FURORS

• Monday, Sept. 12. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE WAY”

• Wednesday, Sept. 14. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: QUIET GIANT (SOLO), THE REFECTORY

• Thursday, Sept. 15. FOLK/SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Saturday, Sept. 17. BLUEGRASS/SWING: TOO BLUE

• Monday, Sept. 19. FILM SCREENING: “THIRTEEN DAYS”

• Thursday, Sept. 22. PIANO MUSIC: DONALD ALFANO

• Friday, Sept. 23. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, EDDIE SEVILLE

• Sunday, Sept. 25. SURJ FILM SCREENING (3 PM): “RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION”

• Sunday, Sept. 25. FILM SCREENING (7 PM): “THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE”

• Tuesday, Sept. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH, CK, GLUMPUPPET

• Wednesday, Sept. 28. BRAZILIAN CHORO MUSIC: ROGÉRIO SOUZA, EDINHO GERBER & STEPHEN GUERRA

• Thursday, Sept. 29. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SWAMP YANKEE, ALEXANDER

• Friday, Sept. 30. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Oct. 5. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN OF MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Friday, Oct. 7. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)

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

• Monday, Oct. 10. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN”

• Friday, Oct. 14. CELTIC/APPALACHIAN: REELIN’ AWAY

• Sunday, Oct. 16. FILM SCREENING: “DR. STRANGELOVE…”

• Wednesday, Oct. 19. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: STEPHEN CHOPEK

• Sunday, Oct. 23. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE MALTESE FALCON”

• Sunday, Oct. 30. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE”

• Sunday, Nov. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE ASPHALT JUNGLE”

• Sunday, Nov. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE AFRICAN QUEEN”

 

New releases 8/16/16

Top Hits
Angry_BirdsThe Angry Birds Movie (animated feature, Jason Sudeikis. Rotten Tomatoes: 43%. Metacritic: 43. From Glenn Kenny’s New York Times review: “As motion pictures adapted from video games go, ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ is leagues superior to, say, 1993’s ‘Super Mario Bros.’ This new movie, which uses the bright, color-rich palette of the smartphone phenom for which it’s named, as well as its hook of nonaeronautic feathered creatures getting around via catapult, is not much beyond a superficially amiable ball of fluff.” Read more…)

The American Side (thriller, Matthew Broderick. Rotten Tomatoes: 77%. Metacritic: 65. From Ben Kenigsberg’s New York Times review: “The director, Jenna Ricker, who wrote the script with [lead actor Greg] Stuhr, has made a cinephile’s movie, a throwback that delights in homages [to ‘Kiss Me Deadly’ and ‘North by Northwest,’ among others] and an off-kilter sense of period [Charlie is never shown using a cellphone]. If the self-consciousness can be charming, it also prevents ‘The American Side’ from becoming fully its own film. The movie plays like an exercise for the cast members, who labor with the stylized dialogue, and for an audience flattered at catching a reference.” Read more…)

New Foreign
11 Minutes (Poland, drama, Richard Dormer. Rotten Tomatoes: 67%. Metacritic: 51. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “You could call [director Jerzy] Skolimowski, who is 77, an old dog, and while the multistranded, chronologically intricate narrative conceit of ’11 Minutes’ isn’t exactly a new trick, it’s one he pulls off with devilish panache and startling impact. His career stretches back to the 1960s, with something of a hiatus from the early 1990s to the mid-2000s, and it has been characterized by an elusive but unmistakable mixture of gravity and mischief, a deep skepticism about human motives and behavior that always stops short of nihilism.” Read more…)

New Classic DVDs (pre-1960)
Good-bye, My Lady (1956, family drama, Walter Brennan)

New American Back Catalog (post-1960)
Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970, Otto Preminger-directed drama, Liza Minnelli. Rotten Tomatoes: 25%. From Roger Ebert’s 1970 review: “Otto Preminger’s ‘Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon’ is one of his better recent films. It succeeds, among other things, in making human entertainment out of a rather unlikely story. Preminger’s on so many talk shows these days that you probably know the story better than I do, but anyway: It’s about the efforts of three handicapped people to build a new life together. Liza Minnelli has been scarred on the face and arm by acid. Ken Howard suffers strange psychosomatic seizures. Robert Moore is a homosexual paraplegic. So it’s like they don’t have a lot going for them.” Read more…)

New Television
Ray Donovan: Season 3

New Documentaries
Ingrid_BergmanIngrid Bergman—In Her Own Words (cinema history, bio, Ingrid Bergman. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. Metacritic: 75. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “Directed by Stig Bjorkman, ‘In Her Own Words’ is cinephile catnip. For those who love Bergman, the behind-the-scenes images — many taken by her — are particularly delightful for the glimpses they offer of both her professional life [Hitchcock tooling around in a backyard] and personal [notably, the charming home movies of her life with her second husband, the Italian director Roberto Rossellini]. When she wasn’t performing for the camera — or writing one of her many letters, some read here by Alicia Vikander — Bergman, whose father owned a camera store, was often looking through a lens herself. She seems to have been a relentless moviemaker, particularly of people, from screen comrades to her children, some of whom feel rather more like extras than co-stars.” Read more…)

Requiem for the American Dream (politics, economics, wealth, power, Noam Chomsky. Rotten Tomatoes: 92%. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Daniel M. Gold’s Times review: “But citing Aristotle, Adam Smith and James Madison, among others, [Noam Chomsky] melds history, philosophy and ideology into a sobering vision of a society in an accelerating decline. He never raises his voice in this easy-listening jeremiad. ‘There’s nothing surprising about this,’ he repeats gently in describing what he sees as a 40-year trend of government bent to the will of the superrich at the expense of everyone else. ‘That’s what happens when you put power in the hands of a narrow sector.'” Read more…)

New Children’s DVDs
The Incredible Journey (Disney classic on DVD for 1st time, 2 dogs & 1 cat. Rotten Tomatoes: 88%. From an unsigned 1963 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “Leave it to the old master, Walt Disney, to provide an ideal live-action picture for the small fry — say about 3 to 10—with the holidays approaching. For ‘The Incredible Journey,’ arriving yesterday on the circuits, is about as gentle, warm and lovely a color movie as any pet owner could wish at least, for the kids.” Read more…)