Music: Free Sunday afternoon bluegrass jam on the 2nd Sun., Jan. 8, 2-5 PM

The “First Sunday” Hamden Bluegrass Jam—hosted by GuitarTown CT Productions—takes place on the second Sunday afternoon in January, Jan. 8, 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Jan. 4. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE FURORS

• Friday, Jan. 6. ACOUSTIC FOLK BLUES & MORE: VANGE DURST

• Saturday, Jan. 7. MUSIC OF “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Sunday, Jan. 8. GUITARTOWNCT MONTHLY FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Jan. 11. AMERICANA: PLYWOOD COWBOY

• Thursday, Jan. 12. FILM SCREENING: “LANDLORD” (WEB SERIES)

• Friday, Jan. 13. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Wednesday, Jan. 18. POSTMODERN JAZZ STANDARDS: MÉLANGE À TROIS

• Thursday, Jan. 19. GOTH/SHOEGAZE: TELEGRAM SCAM

• Friday, Jan. 20. BLUEGRASS: THE PAGE TURNERS (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)

• Thursday, Jan. 26. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: THE BOSSA NOVA PROJECT

• Saturday, Jan. 28. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Monday, Jan. 30. FILM SCREENING: SEAN KERNAN’S “CROW STORIES”

• Wednesday, Feb. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY LOMBARDOZZI

• Friday, Feb. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Feb. 9. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, Feb. 10. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING, MERCY CHOIR (solo)

• Friday, Feb. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ALEX BLAIR

• Friday, Feb. 24. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Saturday, Feb. 25. MUSIC: “SHALL WE TALK ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT?”

• Friday, March 3. FREAK FOLK: THELMA, HALF WAIF

• Friday, Mar. 10. POP: THE DRESS-UPS

• Thursday, Mar. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, KATHY MUIR

Music: Music from “The Simpsons” played by Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps & Friends Sat., Jan. 7

dr_caterwaul_simpsons_montage_webEclectic world music/folk band Dr. Caterwaul’ss Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps with special guests will play music composed by Alf Clausen and Danny Elfman for the animated TV comedy “The Simpsons” at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 7 PM. Tickets are $8 in advance, available through Brown Paper Tickets.

All tickets are general admission. There is no reserved seating so arrive early to claim your spot! Buy your tickets now!

Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps composed of Michael Tepper on upright bass, Adam Matlock on accordion and vocals; Michael Paolucci on percussion; Chris Cretella on electric guitar and Brian Slattery on violin, banjo, trombone and vocals plays as much music as its able to: blues and murder ballads, Eastern European folk, traditional music from North and South America, tango, swing, classical music, and the songs of contemporary songwriters (including Matlock), using the influences of the music they love to create fluid, improvised arrangements. The group will be joined at this event by special guests Nathan Bontrager on cello and Anne Rhodes on voice.

For this show, the group will be playing music composed by Alf Clausen and Danny Elfman for the long-running hit show. While Elfman is best known for composing the show’s iconic theme, Clausen has actually been the driving musical force behind the comedy.

In previous shows at Best Video Film & Cultural Center, Dr. Caterwaul’s has played music from “Twin Peaks,” film scores of Bernard Herrmann and music by Kurt Weill.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Dec. 30. IMPROVISED/AVANT-GARDE: NAGUAL, THE ZACH ROWDEN + CHRIS CRETELLA DUO, CONOR PERREAULT (HUMAN FLOURISHING)

• Wednesday, Jan. 4. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE FURORS

• Friday, Jan. 6. ACOUSTIC FOLK BLUES & MORE: VANGE DURST

• Saturday, Jan. 7. MUSIC OF “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Sunday, Jan. 8. GUITARTOWNCT MONTHLY FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Jan. 11. AMERICANA: PLYWOOD COWBOY

• Thursday, Jan. 12. FILM SCREENING: “LANDLORD” (WEB SERIES)

• Friday, Jan. 13. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Wednesday, Jan. 18. POSTMODERN JAZZ STANDARDS: MÉLANGE À TROIS

• Thursday, Jan. 19. GOTH/SHOEGAZE: TELEGRAM SCAM

• Friday, Jan. 20. BLUEGRASS: THE PAGE TURNERS (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)

• Thursday, Jan. 26. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: THE BOSSA NOVA PROJECT

• Saturday, Jan. 28. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Monday, Jan. 30. FILM SCREENING: SEAN KERNAN’S “CROW STORIES”

• Wednesday, Feb. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY LOMBARDOZZI

• Friday, Feb. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Feb. 9. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, Feb. 10. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING, MERCY CHOIR (solo)

• Friday, Feb. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ALEX BLAIR

• Friday, Feb. 24. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Saturday, Feb. 25. MUSIC: “SHALL WE TALK ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT?”

• Friday, March 3. FREAK FOLK: THELMA, HALF WAIF

• Friday, Mar. 10. POP: THE DRESS-UPS

• Thursday, Mar. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, KATHY MUIR

 

Music: Vange Durst & Dee-Lish play Fri., Jan. 6, at 8 PM

Vange Durst & Dee-Lish play Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Jan. 6. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Vange Durst

Vange Durst

Guitarist Durst will be joined by Deb Piccolo (drums, vocals), Donyne Cohen (bass) and Mel Aja (keyboards). Along with their originals, they will be jamming out on some songs by the Dead, Bonnie Raitt, Amy Winehouse and others. Durst describes their style as “blues, jammy with funky overtones.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Dec. 30. IMPROVISED/AVANT-GARDE: NAGUAL, THE ZACH ROWDEN + CHRIS CRETELLA DUO, CONOR PERREAULT (HUMAN FLOURISHING)

• Wednesday, Jan. 4. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE FURORS

• Friday, Jan. 6. ACOUSTIC FOLK BLUES & MORE: VANGE DURST

• Saturday, Jan. 7. MUSIC OF “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Sunday, Jan. 8. GUITARTOWNCT MONTHLY FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Jan. 11. AMERICANA: PLYWOOD COWBOY

• Thursday, Jan. 12. FILM SCREENING: “LANDLORD” (WEB SERIES)

• Friday, Jan. 13. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Wednesday, Jan. 18. POSTMODERN JAZZ STANDARDS: MÉLANGE À TROIS

• Thursday, Jan. 19. GOTH/SHOEGAZE: TELEGRAM SCAM

• Friday, Jan. 20. BLUEGRASS: THE PAGE TURNERS (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)

• Thursday, Jan. 26. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: THE BOSSA NOVA PROJECT

• Saturday, Jan. 28. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Monday, Jan. 30. FILM SCREENING: SEAN KERNAN’S “CROW STORIES”

• Wednesday, Feb. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY LOMBARDOZZI

• Friday, Feb. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Feb. 9. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, Feb. 10. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING, MERCY CHOIR (solo)

• Friday, Feb. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ALEX BLAIR

• Friday, Feb. 24. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Saturday, Feb. 25. MUSIC: “SHALL WE TALK ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT?”

• Friday, March 3. FREAK FOLK: THELMA, HALF WAIF

• Friday, Mar. 10. POP: THE DRESS-UPS

• Thursday, Mar. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, KATHY MUIR

New releases 12/27/16

Top Hits
snowdenSnowden (contemporary fact-based drama, Joseph Gordon-Leavitt.  Rotten Tomatoes: 61%. Metacritic: 58. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden,’ a quiet, crisply drawn portrait of the world’s most celebrated whistle-blower, belongs to a curious subgenre of movies about very recent historical events. Reversing the usual pattern, it could be described as a fictional ‘making of’ feature about ‘Citizenfour,’ Laura Poitras’s Oscar-winning documentary on the former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden. That film seems to me more likely to last — it is deeper journalism and more haunting cinema — but Mr. Stone has made an honorable and absorbing contribution to the imaginative record of our confusing times. He tells a story torn from slightly faded headlines, filling in some details you may have forgotten, and discreetly embellishing the record in the service of drama and suspense.” Read more…)

Dog Eat Dog (crime drama, Willem Dafoe.  Rotten Tomatoes: 43%. Metacritic: 53. From Glenn Kenny’s new York Times revew: “Despite its slim running time — barely over an hour and a half — ‘Dog Eat Dog’ somehow feels like six different movies. The first one, which depicts an especially appalling double murder through the speedy, sickly colorful perspective of an extended drug binge, is probably the least effective of the batch. But it lets you know that the filmmakers are not coming at you from a benevolent place, and that impression never lets up.” Read more…)

The Dressmaker (revenge drama/comedy, Kate Winslet.  Rotten Tomatoes: 43%. Metacritic: 57. From A.O. scott’s New York Times review: “It’s the early 1950s, and Tilly Dunnage [(Kate) Winslet] has returned to her dusty Australian hometown in search of vengeance. She moves in with her dotty mother, Molly [(Judy) Davis], and promptly sets tongues wagging and bad memories stirring. As a child [then known as Myrtle], Tilly was bullied by a rich kid and blamed for his death. That supposed crime will be revisited, and the closets of this wicked little hamlet will disgorge their skeletons.” Read more…)

Coming Through the Rye (coming-of-age story, Alex Wolff.  Rotten Tomatoes: 71%. Metacritic: 64. From Andy Webster’s New York Times review:”With the glossy ‘Coming Through the Rye,’ the director James Sadwith pays heartfelt tribute to both J.D. Salinger, the reclusive writer of ‘The Catcher in the Rye,’ who died in 2010, and the book itself. He also affectionately fictionalizes his own past [he wrote the script], drawing from his actual meeting in adolescence with Mr. Salinger.” Read more…)

In a Valley of Violence (western, Ethan Hawke.  Rotten Tomatoes: 77%. Metacritic: 64. From Jeannette Catsoulis’  New York Times review: “Ignore the clichés and underdeveloped characters, though, and there are plenty of substitute pleasures. Jeff Grace’s wonderfully expressive musical score adds the urgency the plot lacks, and John Travolta, playing a hard-nosed marshal who intuits Paul’s traumatic past, has rarely been this enjoyably commanding. And if the sniping sisters who run the hotel [Taissa Farmiga and Karen Gillan] exude a modernity that can detach them from the story, they also bring a tumbling, clumsy vitality. The movie would be grimmer — and quieter — without them.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
Snowden

New Foreign
man_called_oveA Man Called Ove (Sweden, comedy/drama, Rolf Lassgård. Rotten Tomatoes: 92%. Metacritic: 69. From Glenn Kenny’s New York Times review: “Sweden’s official entry for a best foreign-language film at the Academy Awards proves that Swedish pictures can be just as sentimental and conventionally heartwarming as Hollywood ones. Granted, few Hollywood films would deign to tell the story of a protagonist’s life through a series of flashbacks brought on by unsuccessful suicide attempts. But still.” Read more…)

New American Back Catalog DVDs (post-1960)
The Phynx (1970, rock ‘n’ roll spy spoof, Ray Chippeway and lots of old-time Hollywood stars cameos)

New British
Undercover (thriller mini-series, Sophie Okonedo.  Rotten Tomatoes: 78%. Metacritic: 58.)
Jericho of Scotland Yard (detective series, Robert Lindsay)

Music: The Furors play rock ‘n’ roll Wed., Jan. 4

furors_bv_120314_02_webNew Haven rock ‘n’ roll legends The Furors play Best Video Performance Space again Wednesday, Jan. 4. 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.

Watch them perform their song “Hey Joni” at Best Video in 2014:

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Dec. 29. JAZZ: MICHAEL COPPOLA

• Friday, Dec. 30. IMPROVISED/AVANT-GARDE: NAGUAL, THE ZACH ROWDEN + CHRIS CRETELLA DUO, CONOR PERREAULT (HUMAN FLOURISHING)

• Wednesday, Jan. 4. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE FURORS

• Friday, Jan. 6. ACOUSTIC FOLK BLUES & MORE: VANGE DURST

• Saturday, Jan. 7. MUSIC OF “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Sunday, Jan. 8. GUITARTOWNCT MONTHLY FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Jan. 11. AMERICANA: PLYWOOD COWBOY

• Thursday, Jan. 12. FILM SCREENING: “LANDLORD” (WEB SERIES)

• Friday, Jan. 13. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Wednesday, Jan. 18. POSTMODERN JAZZ STANDARDS: MÉLANGE À TROIS

• Thursday, Jan. 19. GOTH/SHOEGAZE: TELEGRAM SCAM

• Friday, Jan. 20. BLUEGRASS: THE PAGE TURNERS (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)

• Thursday, Jan. 26. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: THE BOSSA NOVA PROJECT

• Saturday, Jan. 28. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Monday, Jan. 30. FILM SCREENING: SEAN KERNAN’S “CROW STORIES”

• Wednesday, Feb. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY LOMBARDOZZI

• Friday, Feb. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Feb. 9. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, Feb. 10. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING, MERCY CHOIR (solo)

• Friday, Feb. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ALEX BLAIR

• Friday, Feb. 24. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Saturday, Feb. 25. MUSIC: “SHALL WE TALK ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT?”

• Friday, March 3. FREAK FOLK: THELMA, HALF WAIF

• Friday, Mar. 10. POP: THE DRESS-UPS

• Thursday, Mar. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, KATHY MUIR

 

(UPDATED) Music: Nagual, The Zach Rowden + Chris Cretella Duo, Human Flourishing (solo)Fri., Dec. 30

UPDATED: Human Flourishing (solo) has been added to this bill.

We end our musical year with some adventurous improvisation from three acts, Nagual and The Zach Rowden + Chris Cretella Duo, Human Flourishing (solo). The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Nagual

Nagual

Nagual has been performing since 2010, releasing cassettes on various labels and an LP on Ergot Records. David Shapiro (Alexander, HEADROOM, Stefan + Friends) and Ian McColm play guitars and electronics.

“Their tools are more varied than what you might find on a Pandit Pran Nath record, but Ian McColm and David Shapiro’s aim is trained on the same trance-inducing throb,” reads a review in Dusted Magazine.

Zach Rowden

Zach Rowden

Zach Rowden deals with the acoustic and performative possibilities/issues of the upright and electric basses. Currently based in New Haven, Connecticut, and from Richmond, Virginia. Collaborators and associations include Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana-Maria Avram, Robert Black, Lindsey Vickery, Matt Sargent, Leila Bordreuil, Sean Ali, Chris Cretella, and Michael Foster. He has performed at venues such as Harpa (Reykjavik), Issue Project Room, Fridman Gallery, Firehouse 12, Cafe Oto, Real Art Ways, and living rooms or basements found throughout the United States.

Chris Cretella

Chris Cretella

Chris Cretella is a guitarist, composer and improvisor working out of New Haven, CT (well…actually Meriden…but that’s close enough to New Haven…right?). He holds a BA in music from Southern Connecticut State University and an MM in Contemporary Improvisation from The New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Joe Morris and Anthony Coleman. Since leaving NEC Chris has been working on developing a system of playing on the guitar through regular small group improvisation with frequent collaborators such as Joe Morris, Nigel Taylor, and Zach Rowden. This work on the guitar is often spit back out somewhere down the line as compositions. Very much an improvisor at heart, Chris’ written music often deals with some sort of open parameters.

Human Flourishing—featuring Connor Pereault and Gregory Paul (Pereault will be playing solo for this show)—explores the spiritual connectivity between people through the creation of tense sound environments in a variety of spaces. Whether located in an abandoned farm structure or a New York gallery, the audience is encapsulated by the experience happening before them; transforming the surroundings into an ethereal or satanical plane.

Human Flourishing at BVFCC March, 2016.

Human Flourishing at BVFCC March, 2016.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Dec. 23. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: DUST HAT (DEBUT!), SOLO ELECTRIC GUITAR: BILL BECKETT

• Thursday, Dec. 29. JAZZ: MICHAEL COPPOLA

• Friday, Dec. 30. IMPROVISED/AVANT-GARDE: NAGUAL, THE ZACH ROWDEN + CHRIS CRETELLA DUO, CONOR PERREAULT (HUMAN FLOURISHING)

• Wednesday, Jan. 4. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE FURORS

• Friday, Jan. 6. ACOUSTIC FOLK BLUES & MORE: VANGE DURST

• Saturday, Jan. 7. MUSIC OF “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Sunday, Jan. 8. GUITARTOWNCT MONTHLY FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Jan. 11. AMERICANA: PLYWOOD COWBOY

• Thursday, Jan. 12. FILM SCREENING: “LANDLORD” (WEB SERIES)

• Friday, Jan. 13. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Wednesday, Jan. 18. POSTMODERN JAZZ STANDARDS: MÉLANGE À TROIS

• Thursday, Jan. 19. GOTH/SHOEGAZE: TELEGRAM SCAM

• Friday, Jan. 20. BLUEGRASS: THE PAGE TURNERS (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)

• Thursday, Jan. 26. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: THE BOSSA NOVA PROJECT

• Saturday, Jan. 28. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Monday, Jan. 30. FILM SCREENING: SEAN KERNAN’S “CROW STORIES”

• Wednesday, Feb. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY LOMBARDOZZI

• Friday, Feb. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Feb. 9. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, Feb. 10. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING, MERCY CHOIR (solo)

• Friday, Feb. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ALEX BLAIR

• Friday, Feb. 24. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Saturday, Feb. 25. MUSIC: “SHALL WE TALK ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT?”

• Friday, March 3. FREAK FOLK: THELMA, HALF WAIF

• Friday, Mar. 10. POP: THE DRESS-UPS

• Thursday, Mar. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, KATHY MUIR

 

Holiday hours 2016

To allow our staff to enjoy time with family and friends, we will have the following schedule for the holiday weekend:

Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24:

Video Side: 9 AM—8 PM
Coffee Bar: 8 AM—4 PM

Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25:

CLOSED

Monday, Dec. 26, we will resume regular hours.

Please have a joyous and safe holiday weekend!

 

Music: Michael Coppola plays jazz guitar on Thurs., Dec. 29

michael_coppola_bvfcc_010716_02_webJazz guitarist Michael Coppola, who plays a special 9-string guitar, will perform at Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Dec. 29. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

After playing for 20 years, Michael Coppola, on a mission to solve the age old problem of executing jazz piano voicings on guitar, created a tuning for an 8 stringed instrument. This new type of guitar, with inner high end strings was the predecessor to the 9 string “hydra”, which became Coppola’s instrument for life. Michael Coppola has become one of a small handful of guitarists who have pushed the boundaries of the instrument, and the only to come up with this unique tuning.

Reviews of his CDs have been filled with descriptions such as unique, amazing, mind-boggling, magical, inventive and so much more. He has played at major guitar shows and concerts throughout the world including the  Montreal Jazz Festival, The Chet Atkins Festival, Namm,and many others, as well as some of the country’s top jazz clubs such as the Blue Note, The Iridium, Knickerbocker and many others.Mainly a solo artist, Coppola has alsoperformed or recorded with many of today’s top musicians, especially guitarists such as Gene Bertoncini, Jack Wilkins, Tony Purrone, Howard Alden, Stephen Bennett, Tommy Emmanuel, and Joscho Stephan.

Michael was a regular guest on Monday nights at the Iridium, invited by Les Paul himself. Lately, he has been performing with his 17 year old prodigy daughter Michaela, who is the CT high school Allstate jazz guitarist as well as the national honor ensemble jazz guitarist (#1 in the country).

Michael Coppola’s album Return Of The Hydra was chosen as a top ten pick for the year 2002, in Coda Magazine. His original composition “Movin”, released on the New Impressions album, was a winner in the 2002 John Lennon Song Competition. Reviews and articles about his work have appeared in numerous magazines including: Guitar Player, Just Jazz Guitar, Jazztimes, 20th Century Guitar, and Fingerstyle Guitar.

Michael was listed as a main entry in acclaimed critic Scott Yanow’s 2013 book “The Great Jazz Guitarists, the ultimate guide”. Yanow names Coppola “The master of the 9 string guitar”.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Dec. 22. HOLIDAY CONCERT: ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Dec. 23. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: DUST HAT (DEBUT!), SOLO ELECTRIC GUITAR: BILL BECKETT

• Thursday, Dec. 29. JAZZ: MICHAEL COPPOLA

• Friday, Dec. 30. IMPROVISED/AVANT-GARDE: NAGUAL, THE ZACH ROWDEN + CHRIS CRETELLA DUO, CONOR PERREAULT (HUMAN FLOURISHING)

• Wednesday, Jan. 4. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE FURORS

• Friday, Jan. 6. ACOUSTIC FOLK BLUES & MORE: VANGE DURST

• Saturday, Jan. 7. MUSIC OF “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Sunday, Jan. 8. GUITARTOWNCT MONTHLY FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Jan. 11. AMERICANA: PLYWOOD COWBOY

• Thursday, Jan. 12. FILM SCREENING: “LANDLORD” (WEB SERIES)

• Friday, Jan. 13. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Wednesday, Jan. 18. POSTMODERN JAZZ STANDARDS: MÉLANGE À TROIS

• Thursday, Jan. 19. GOTH/SHOEGAZE: TELEGRAM SCAM

• Friday, Jan. 20. BLUEGRASS: THE PAGE TURNERS (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)

• Thursday, Jan. 26. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: THE BOSSA NOVA PROJECT

• Saturday, Jan. 28. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Monday, Jan. 30. FILM SCREENING: SEAN KERNAN’S “CROW STORIES”

• Wednesday, Feb. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY LOMBARDOZZI

• Friday, Feb. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Feb. 9. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, Feb. 10. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING, MERCY CHOIR (solo)

• Friday, Feb. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ALEX BLAIR

• Friday, Feb. 24. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Saturday, Feb. 25. MUSIC: “SHALL WE TALK ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT?”

• Friday, March 3. FREAK FOLK: THELMA, HALF WAIF

• Friday, Mar. 10. POP: THE DRESS-UPS

• Thursday, Mar. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, KATHY MUIR

 

New releases 12/20/16

Top Hits
sullySully (true-life hero drama, Tom Hanks. Rotten Tomatoes: 85%. Metacritic: 74. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Manohla Dargis’ Times review: “Clint Eastwood’s latest movie, “Sully,” is about a man who is excellent at his job. Specifically, it tells the story of Capt. Chesley Sullenberger and how, on a frigid January afternoon in 2009, he came to land a plane on the Hudson River. The movie is economical and solid, and generally low-key when it’s not freaking you out. That it unnerves you as much as it does may seem surprising, given that going in, we know how this story ends. But Mr. Eastwood is also very good at his job, a talent that gives the movie its tension along with an autobiographical sheen.” Read more…)

Goat (hazing drama, Nick Jonas. Rotten Tomatoes: 77%. Metacritic: 64. From Glenn Kenny’s New York Times revoew: “Directed by Andrew Neel from a script by David Gordon Green, Mike Roberts and Mr. Neel, the movie is shot in hand-held, quasi-documentary style, although Mr. Neel weirdly forgoes a lot of what would have been useful exposition in the first quarter. The movie is similarly indirect in its approach to the admittedly inarticulate characters’ psychology. But in depicting the atrocities of the frat’s ‘Hell Week,’ it is painstakingly explicit, a junior varsity variant on Pier Paolo Pasolini’s study of fascist sadism, ‘Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom.'” Read more…)

Storks (animated feature, Andy Samberg [voice]. Rotten Tomatoes: 63%. Metacritic: 56. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “Birds have been fine — memorable, even — as secondary characters in animated fare. Zazu in ‘The Lion King.’ Scuttle in ‘The Little Mermaid.’ But giving a bird or birds top billing is another matter, as demonstrated by ‘Storks.’ This film, directed by NIcholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland, is a harmless enough way to occupy a youngster for an hour and a half. It’s just not especially rich in extraordinary characters or moments.” Rea more…)

magnificent_sevenThe Magnificent Seven (action/Western re-make, Denzel Washington. Rotten Tomatoes: 63%. Metacritic: 54. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “This time, the seven are riding — and shooting — under the adequate if unremarkable direction of Antoine Fuqua. Working with truckloads of dust and high-contrast cinematography that tends to turn shadows into bottomless inky blots, Mr. Fuqua approaches the western like an ardent fan, leaving no genre element untouched, from gun spinning to trick riding to atmospherically flapping dusters. The story — the script is credited to Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk — pretty much follows the line of the 1960 film, with some tweaks that speak to contemporary mores, including a gun-toting frontierswoman, Emma [Haley Bennett].” Read more…)

Hitchcock/Truffaut (cinema history, interview. Rotten Tomatoes: 95%. Metacritic: 79. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ Times review: “Just as a snooty reader might be enticed to the novels of Stephen King by a thumbs-up from The New York Review of Books, movie buffs were likely to view Truffaut’s enthusiasm for Hitchcock as a sufficient entree to their discerning fold. But the book, an engrossing record of Truffaut’s days-long interview with his idol in 1962 [excerpts of which are included in this film], did more than just reposition its subject’s reputation. It also provided riveting insight into the art and craft of moviemaking, revealing Hitchcock’s mastery of time and space and his unwavering preference, honed by his period of making silent movies, for image over dialogue.” Read more…)

Hairspray Live (musical, Kristin Chenoweth. Rotten Tomatoes: 79%. Metacritic: 66. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times television review: “Based on the 1988 John Waters film, the musical’s story of social outcasts and racial barriers is set in 1962, and it should amaze and distress us with its continued relevance in 2016. The broadcast, though, didn’t generate as much power as it could have because of all the shots of the cast members golf-carting from one set to another, of viewing parties in various cities and so on. Only Jennifer Hudson, who played Motormouth Maybelle, found the real strength of this Tony Award-winning musical, delivering a knockout rendition of ‘I Know Where I’ve Been,’ a gospel-infused power number, late in the show.” Read more…)

Dad’s Army (comedy, Bill Nighy. Rotten Tomatoes: 31%. Metacritic: 38.)

New Blu-Ray
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New Classic DVDs (pre-1960)
ruthlessRuthless (1948, Edgar Ulmer-directed drama, Zachary Scott. From the 1948 New York Times review by “T.I.P.” [requires log-in]: “A long, tedious recital about how a poor lad worked his way up the Wall Street ladder in the fabulous Twenties, brutally trampling over friend and foe, is being unfolded on the screen of the Gotham in ‘Ruthless.’ Without ever managing to bring the story to a dramatic point, the authors build a financial pirate of titanic proportions, a man so possessed by avarice and so cruelly cold and inhuman that he assumes a degree of monstrousness unrelated to reality. In short, it is impossible to become concerned about a character so patently fabricated.” Read more…)

No Man of Her Own (1950,film noir, Barbara Stanwyck. From Bosley Crowther’s 1950 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “The appearance of Barbara Stanwyck as a dame plagued by the swarming consequences of some indiscreet social offense is one to which movie audiences should be well accustomed by now. Along with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, she is one of the steadiest sufferers on the screen. Seems like every time Miss Stanwyck makes a picture she makes a false step—fictionally speaking, that is. People know what to expect.” Read more…)

City That Never Sleeps (1953, film noir, Gig Young. From “H.H.T.”‘s 1953 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “A half-hearted attempt to document nocturnal Chicago as the ‘City That Never Sleeps’ rarely camouflages the routine crime melodrama that bowed in with the Palace’s new stage bill yesterday. This Republic offering can claim an erratic exploration of the Chicago skyline — obviously injected in hopeful reminiscence of what ‘The Naked City’ did to our town—a good, murkily photographed chase finale and a ready, willing and fairly able cast, headed by Gig Young, Mala Powers, William Talman and Edward Arnold. And all, unfortunately, in vain.” Read more…)

New Documentaries
hitchcock_truffautHitchcock/Truffaut (cinema history, interview. Rotten Tomatoes: 95%. Metacritic: 79. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ Times review: “Just as a snooty reader might be enticed to the novels of Stephen King by a thumbs-up from The New York Review of Books, movie buffs were likely to view Truffaut’s enthusiasm for Hitchcock as a sufficient entree to their discerning fold. But the book, an engrossing record of Truffaut’s days-long interview with his idol in 1962 [excerpts of which are included in this film], did more than just reposition its subject’s reputation. It also provided riveting insight into the art and craft of moviemaking, revealing Hitchcock’s mastery of time and space and his unwavering preference, honed by his period of making silent movies, for image over dialogue.” Read more…)

Music: Rock ‘n’ roll band Dust Hat debuts, Bill Beckett opens Fri., Dec. 23

New rock ‘n’ roll band Dust Hat—featuring filmmaker Brendan Toller on guitar and vocals—makes its debut this Friday at Best Video Performance Space. Guitarist Bill Beckett opens. The show starts at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover.

Dust Hat

Dust Hat

Garage-y rock ‘n’ roll party band Dust Hat dubs itself a rock ‘n’ roll affront for modern times on its Bandcamp page. The group features Robin Woerner (Vox, Maracas, Vibes); Brendan Toller (Vox, Guitar, Tambourine Man); Jeff Slocum (Guitar, Fire Extinguisher); Dan Soto (Thunderstick); and Rob Ruby (Beat of The Traps). (Woerner is out of the country and won’t be part of this show.)

Bill Beckett

Bill Beckett

Bill Beckett describes the music he is playing as “melodic, modal, dreamy.” Among the myriad influences he names are “Elizabethan, Medieval, 19th-20th century French Classical, Afghani, Indian, Psychedelic, The Hagakure, and Films in general.” Artists name-checked by Beckett are “Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Purcell, Debussy, Satie, Ravel, Kurosawa, Fellini, Jim Jarmusch, and John Fahey.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Monday, Dec. 19. MEMBER’S CHOICE FILM SCREENING: “CONTACT”

• Wednesday, Dec. 21. AVANT-GARDE: RYAN KAYHART, GAA

• Thursday, Dec. 22. HOLIDAY CONCERT: ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Dec. 23. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: DUST HAT (DEBUT!), SOLO ELECTRIC GUITAR: BILL BECKETT

• Thursday, Dec. 29. JAZZ: MICHAEL COPPOLA

• Friday, Dec. 30. IMPROVISED/AVANT-GARDE: NAGUAL

• Wednesday, Jan. 4. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE FURORS

• Friday, Jan. 6. ACOUSTIC FOLK BLUES & MORE: VANGE DURST

• Saturday, Jan. 7. MUSIC OF “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Wednesday, Jan. 11. AMERICANA: PLYWOOD COWBOY

• Friday, Jan. 13. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Thursday, Jan. 19. GOTH/SHOEGAZE: TELEGRAM SCAM

• Friday, Jan. 20. BLUEGRASS: THE PAGE TURNERS (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)

• Friday, Jan. 27. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Saturday, Jan. 28. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Friday, Feb. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Feb. 10. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING, MERCY CHOIR (solo)

• Friday, Feb. 24. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Saturday, Feb. 25. MUSIC: “SHALL WE TALK ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT?”

• Friday, Mar. 10. • Friday, Mar. 10. POP: THE DRESS-UPS