Music: Singer-Songwriters Kathy Muir, Susan Carson play Thurs., Sept. 7

Singer-songwriters Kathy Muir and Susan Carson will play solo sets on Thursday, Sept. 7, at Best Video Performance Space. The cover is $5 and the show starts at 8 PM.

Kathy Muir.

Soulful balladeer Kathy Muir conjures enlightened songs that paint vivid landscapes of her journey as she transforms elements of pop, folk, jazz and the blues into brand-new sounds. Her warm, playful voice glides through lyrics that unfold like the words of an inviting diary and are joined by ethereal guitar melodies and rhythms of an orchestra of other instruments that help tell the story of her well-traveled life. Muir’s fine-tuned skills as a songwriter and a photographer as well as her willingness to share personal perspectives and bold emotions enrich her intimate, multidisciplinary approach to her art.

Muir’s frequent collaborations with artists across media have allowed her to continuously evolve her work while extending the boundaries of singer/songwriter material into unexpected realms. Her new single, “Second Life” explores metamorphosis and change and celebrates her love of sweeping, dramatic ballads.

Raised in Edinburgh’s south side, Muir felt spellbound by the catchy folk hymns sung on Sundays at her local church as a young girl. Muir’s roots in spiritual songs stuck with her as she voyaged beyond Scotland, to France and ultimately Stamford, CT, where she now resides. Along the way, she has found her own inner voice as a songwriter and an organic approach that is inspired as much by her personal experiences as it is by her own boundless energy and pure imagination; the melodies flow through her, and she ties them together with delicate threads of chords and lyrics.

Susan Carson.

Susan Carson is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Stamford, Connecticut. Throughout years of performing in the Midwest, New England, and stretching to the Southeast and Canada she has produced 2 full-length independent releases, has made appearances on local radio shows, showcased in music industry events and headlined festivals such as Undercurrents Music Showcase in Cleveland, Ohio and TAXI Songwriter Conference in Los Angeles, California.

Displaying an extremely dynamic vocal range, she delivers raw, personal original material as well as cover songs from a variety of genre. Carson’s original songs come from the internal struggle of emotion and reconciling one’s place in the world. A very muscular sound and presence on stage, Susan Carson is a professional performer who captivates audiences with intimate, honest songs delivered in a skilled and polished package.

Susan Carson is also an accomplished visual artist, specializing in expressive paintings and sketches of independent musicians.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Thursday, Aug. 31. INDIE ROCK: DISCO TEEN ’66

• Friday, Sept. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY LOMBARDOZZI

• Wednesday, Sept. 6. ALT-COUNTRY: JUNEBUG SADDLE

• Thursday, Sept. 7. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: KATHY MUIR, SUSAN CARSON

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Sunday, Sept. 10, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Monday, Sept. 11, 7:30 PM. INDIE ROCK: LEA, ALIEN BOY, PERFUME V, NECKLINE

• Wednesady, Sept. 13, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

Thursday, Sept. 14. ACOUSTIC SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Wednesday, Sept. 20. BLUEGRASS: BAIT AND SWITCH

• Thursday, Sept. 21. ROOTS ROCK/GARAGE SOUL: BRONSON ROCK

• Friday, Sept. 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Sept. 27. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, Sept. 29. FOLK: FLINT LADDER

• Saturday, Sept. 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOHN GORKA (FERNANDO PINTO PRESENTS) Tickets available online at johngorkatickets.brownpapertickets.com

• Sunday, Oct. 1, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Thursday, Oct. 5. NORDIC/CELTIC FOLK MUSIC: GARY WIKFORS AND ANGUS MOSSMAN

• Friday, Oct. 6. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Friday, Oct. 13. FLASH FICTION: PAUL BECKMAN

• Sunday, Oct. 15. POWER POP: JOHN HARRISON & THE HARRISONICS

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Oct. 27. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: THE BOSSA NOVA PROJECT

• Saturday, Oct. 28. LIGHT UPON BLIGHT HALLOWEEN SHOW

• Saturday, Nov. 4. SOLO MODERN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER

• Sunday, Nov. 5, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN (SOLD OUT!)

• Friday, Nov. 17. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Saturday, Nov. 18. BVFCC ANNIVERSARY GALA AT THE BALLROOM AT THE OUTER SPACE

• Sunday, Nov. 19, 3 PM. JAZZ: TRIO 149

• Thursday, Nov. 30. BLUEGRASS: EAST ROCK RAMBLERS

• Sunday, Dec. 3, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, Dec. 8. BLUEGRASS: TWISTED PINE (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Friday, Jan. 12, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: BEPPE GAMBETTA (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Friday, Mar. 16. BLUEGRASS: ZOE & CLOYD (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

 

Music: Junebug Saddle perform Wed., Sept. 6

Junebug Saddle plays Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Sept. 6. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5, which the band will donate to Best Video Film & Cultural Center.

Junebug Saddle is the passion project of singer Val McKee, who longed to dig up the roots of her Southern upbringing and bring some of her favorite musicians along to play in the dirt.

Val, Cheryl Cronan, Gerry Giaimo, Thom Guthrie, and David Johnson pay homage to some of their favorite classic country musicians, in addition to originals and “countrifying” songs they grew up on.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Thursday, Aug. 31. INDIE ROCK: DISCO TEEN ’66

• Friday, Sept. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY LOMBARDOZZI

• Wednesday, Sept. 6. ALT-COUNTRY: JUNEBUG SADDLE

• Thursday, Sept. 7. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: KATHY MUIR, SUSAN CARSON

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Sunday, Sept. 10, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Monday, Sept. 11, 7:30 PM. INDIE ROCK: LEA, ALIEN BOY, PERFUME V, NECKLINE

• Wednesady, Sept. 13, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

Thursday, Sept. 14. ACOUSTIC SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Wednesday, Sept. 20. BLUEGRASS: BAIT AND SWITCH

• Thursday, Sept. 21. ROOTS ROCK/GARAGE SOUL: BRONSON ROCK

• Friday, Sept. 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Sept. 27. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, Sept. 29. FOLK: FLINT LADDER

• Saturday, Sept. 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOHN GORKA (FERNANDO PINTO PRESENTS) Tickets available online at johngorkatickets.brownpapertickets.com

• Sunday, Oct. 1, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Thursday, Oct. 5. NORDIC/CELTIC FOLK MUSIC: GARY WIKFORS AND ANGUS MOSSMAN

• Friday, Oct. 6. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Friday, Oct. 13. FLASH FICTION: PAUL BECKMAN

• Sunday, Oct. 15. POWER POP: JOHN HARRISON & THE HARRISONICS

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Oct. 27. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: THE BOSSA NOVA PROJECT

• Saturday, Oct. 28. LIGHT UPON BLIGHT HALLOWEEN SHOW

• Saturday, Nov. 4. SOLO MODERN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER

• Sunday, Nov. 5, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN (SOLD OUT!)

• Friday, Nov. 17. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Saturday, Nov. 18. BVFCC ANNIVERSARY GALA AT THE BALLROOM AT THE OUTER SPACE

• Sunday, Nov. 19, 3 PM. JAZZ: TRIO 149

• Thursday, Nov. 30. BLUEGRASS: EAST ROCK RAMBLERS

• Sunday, Dec. 3, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, Dec. 8. BLUEGRASS: TWISTED PINE (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Friday, Jan. 12, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: BEPPE GAMBETTA (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Friday, Mar. 16. BLUEGRASS: ZOE & CLOYD (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

 

New releases 8/29/17

Top Hits
Baywatch (action/comedy, Dwayne Johnson. Rotten Tomatoes: 18%. Metacritic: 37. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “The film, directed by Seth Gordon [‘Identity Thief,’ ‘Horrible Bosses’], can be viewed from several perspectives, most notably the abdominal, the pectoral and the gluteal. If torsos and tails are not your thing, other aspects of human anatomy are also available for study. Arms and legs, for example. But though acres of flesh are exposed to view — most of it pleasingly sculpted — there is very little outright nudity and no sex to speak of. You will, however, witness some rude and suggestive sight gags and an extended sequence in a morgue involving the genitals of a dead man. Those bits, and the energetic profanity in the script [written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift], represent cosmetic alterations intended to secure an R rating, at the moment a mark of credibility in the world of big-screen comedy. Make no mistake, though: The project’s essential network prime-time DNA remains intact. Like its source material, “Baywatch” is sleazy and wholesome, silly and earnest, dumb as a box of sand and slyly self-aware. It’s soft-serve ice cream. Crinkle-cut fries. A hot car and a skin rash. Tacky and phony and nasty and also kind of fun.” Read more…)

Dean (drama/comedy/romance, Demetri Martin. Rotten Tomatoes: 63%. Metacritic: 58. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “Demetri Martin joins the ranks of comics who have written and directed films with the movie “Dean,” a mild but respectable story about a father and son who react to grief differently and have to recalibrate their relationship as a result. Mr. Martin plays the title character, an illustrator who has been at sea personally and professionally since his mother’s death. Kevin Kline is Robert, Dean’s father, who also feels the loss but is reconciled to moving on. Among the ways he plans to do so is to sell the house where he still lives and where Dean grew up, a decision Dean is not ready to accept.” Read more…)

My Cousin Rachel (mystery/romance, Rachel Weisz. Rotten Tomatoes: 75%. Metacritic: 63. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “A young man, a strange woman and an unsettled death that may be a murder — “My Cousin Rachel” vibrates with possibility. That’s especially the case when Rachel arrives in Britain, sweeping into the family manor, wearing widow’s weeds and a Mona Lisa smile. The story’s gift and its lever, Rachel is the enigmatic, perhaps unknowable woman whose ambiguity is at once a kind of freedom (for her, at least in part) and a cause for suspicion (for everyone else, though chiefly Philip). She quickly pries open both the story and Philip, setting loose the emotions that had been straining beneath all the polite manners and smiles, the buttoned-up clothing and desires.” Read more…)

Inconceivable (thriller, Gina Gershon. Rotten Tomatoes: 29%.)
Batman and Harley Quinn (animated PG-13 superhero feature. Rotten Tomatoes: 50%.)

New Blu-Ray Discs
Baywatch

New Foreign
Heal the Living (France, drama, Emmanuelle Seigner. Rotten Tomatoes: 89%. Metacritic: 82. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ New York Times review: “If you have ever been moved to tears by a television commercial, then prepare to be devastated by ‘Heal the Living,’ one of the most gorgeous and beautifully acted sales pitches you are ever likely to encounter. What you’re being asked to buy, however, is not cereal or sugary soda; no, this juggernaut of sentiment — whether intentionally or not — plays like nothing so much as a hugely expensive advertisement for organ donation.” Read more…)

A French Village: Seasons 3 & 4 (France, historical drama series, Audrey Fleurot)

New Classic DVDs (pre-1960)
The Breaking Point (1950, film noir, John Garfield. From Bosley Crowther’s 1950 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “Warner Brothers, which already has taken one feeble swing and a cut at Ernest Hemingway’s memorable story of a tough guy, ‘To Have and Have Not,’ finally has got hold of that fable and socked it for a four-base hit in a film called ‘The Breaking Point,’ which came to the Strand yesterday. All of the character, color and cynicism of Mr. Hemingway’s lean and hungry tale are wrapped up in this realistic picture, and John Garfield is tops in the principal role.” Read more…)

New American Back Catalog DVDs (post-1960)
The Mechanic (1972, action thriller, Charles Bronson. Rotten Tomatoes: 40%. From Vincent Canby’s 1972 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “‘The Mechanic,’ which opened yesterday at the Victoria and other theaters, is about Arthur Bishop [Charles Bronson], a cool professional killer who lives in lonely splendor in the Hollywood hills, with a pool in his living room and an ache in his heart. Although Arthur is a genius at planning the accidental deaths of others [including an old associate, on whom a contract has been let], and although he spends a lot of time keeping fit [jogging, handball, karate, flying a plane], something is awfully wrong in Arthur’s life.” Read more…)

New British
Delicious: Series 1 (romance/drama, Dawn French)

New TV
Elementary: Season 4 (mystery series, Lucy Liu)
The White Princess (costume drama, Jodie Comer)

New Documentaries
Kiki (LGBTQ teens, race, dance, gender. Rotten Tomatoes: 83%. Metacritic: 73. From Glenn Kenny’s New York Times review: “Jennie Livingston’s 1991 film, ‘Paris Is Burning,’ was a vivid look at an influential gay subculture in New York before the term L.G.B.T.Q. even existed. The ‘Paris’ crew, made up largely of black and Hispanic transgender women and drag performers, took its outlandish ballroom competitions from Harlem to Times Square and the Village, jolting the pop culture of the time. It also chronicled their individual struggles to survive. More than 25 years later, ‘Kiki,’ a new documentary directed by the Swedish filmmaker Sara Jordeno [and credited as a film by Ms. Jordeno and Twiggy Pucci Garçon], explores the contemporary Harlem gay and transgender scene. Yet the absence of elder mentors is sadly conspicuous. It’s possible that many, maybe most, of that earlier generation is no longer with us.” Read more…)

The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (art, philosophy, politics, John Berger. Rotten Tomatoes: 67%. Metacritic: 56. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Times review: “The novelist, art critic, art historian, painter and poet John Berger, who turns 90 this year, is so much a Renaissance man that calling him one almost seems like damning him with faint praise. His 1972 novel, ‘G,’ won the Booker Prize. His screenplays have yielded several critically acclaimed films, including ‘Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000’ [1976]. He was a widely seen television personality in 1960s and ’70s Britain. He is still active and prolific today, and the anthology film ‘The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger’ is a challenging, sometimes poignant engagement with the man and his work.” Read more…)

[New Children’s DVDs
Toy Story That Time Forgot (Disney animated short)
Peanuts by Schulz: School Days (cartoons)

Music: Jazz duo Jeff Fuller & Tony Lombardozzi play Fri., Sept. 1

Jeff Fuller and Tony Lombardozzi  play jazz at Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Sept. 1. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $10.

In the style of the great Jim Hall/Ron Carter duets, we’ll play music by T. Monk, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Tom Jobim and many other jazz greats!

Whether performing on stage and in clubs, teaching jazz and coaching ensembles, or composing and arranging in his home studio, Jeff Fuller brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to all his musical endeavors.

An integral part of the Connecticut, New York and international jazz scenes, Fuller toured worldwide and recorded with saxophonists Lou Donaldson and Paquito D’Rivera. He has played with jazz masters from all styles and eras including such diverse artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Mose Allison, “Papa” Jo Jones, Gerry Mulligan, and Clark Terry.

Fuller is one of the most sought after jazz bassists in Connecticut, and currently leads his own ensembles in many jazz venues. In September, 2014, he was awarded the annual Jazz Haven Award, “For all you have done in presenting and preserving the culture and music of jazz.” Fuller plays the Upton Hawkes Hybrid double bass, and a Ken Smith 6-string bass guitar.

Jazz guitarist Tony Lombardozzi teaches at Wesleyan University.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Monday, Aug. 28, 6:30 PM. PROMOTING ENDURING PEACE PRESENTS “VIDEOS AGAINST FASCISM” (FREE)

• Tuesday, Aug. 29, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Thursday, Aug. 31. INDIE ROCK: DISCO TEEN ’66

• Friday, Sept. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY LOMBARDOZZI

• Wednesday, Sept. 6. ALT-COUNTRY: JUNEBUG SADDLE

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Sunday, Sept. 10, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesady, Sept. 13, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

Thursday, Sept. 14. ACOUSTIC SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Wednesday, Sept. 20. BLUEGRASS: BAIT AND SWITCH

• Thursday, Sept. 21. ROOTS ROCK/GARAGE SOUL: BRONSON ROCK

• Friday, Sept. 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Sept. 27. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, Sept. 29. FOLK: FLINT LADDER

• Saturday, Sept. 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOHN GORKA (ODDBALL PRODUCTIONS) Tickets available online at johngorkatickets.brownpapertickets.com

• Sunday, Oct. 1, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Thursday, Oct. 5. NORDIC/CELTIC FOLK MUSIC: GARY WIKFORS AND ANGUS MOSSMAN

• Friday, Oct. 6. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Friday, Oct. 13. FLASH FICTION: PAUL BECKMAN

• Sunday, Oct. 15. POWER POP: JOHN HARRISON & THE HARRISONICS

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Oct. 27. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: THE BOSSA NOVA PROJECT

• Saturday, Oct. 28. LIGHT UPON BLIGHT HALLOWEEN SHOW

• Saturday, Nov. 4. SOLO MODERN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER

• Sunday, Nov. 5, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN (SOLD OUT!)

• Friday, Nov. 17. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Saturday, Nov. 18. BVFCC ANNIVERSARY GALA AT THE BALLROOM AT THE OUTER SPACE

• Sunday, Nov. 19, 3 PM. JAZZ: TRIO 149

• Sunday, Dec. 3, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, Dec. 8. BLUEGRASS: TWISTED PINE (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Friday, Mar. 16. BLUEGRASS: ZOE & CLOYD (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

Music: Indie rock from Disco Teen ’66 Thurs., Aug. 31

Rock trio Disco Teen ’66 plays Best Video Performance Space Thursday, Aug. 31. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Disco Teen ’66 is a band that comes from the musical collaborations between songwriter/guitarist Sean Pulito and bassist Greg Perault.

In 2016 they began working with drummer Dan Carr and are currently working on a new album at Blind Moose Studios. Disco Teen ’66 has been playing around the New Haven area at venues like Cafe Nine, Stella Blues, and The Space for the past four years and now reside in the east shore area. They take influence from The Beatles, The Pixies, Led Zeppelin, Ween, Primus, The Grateful Dead, King Crimson, Sly and the Family Stone, and many more. Some called it surf punk, others called it cotton candy fuzz pop. Either way, it got a positive response from the CT underground and d.i.y. community.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Monday, Aug. 28, 6:30 PM. PROMOTING ENDURING PEACE PRESENTS “VIDEOS AGAINST FASCISM” (FREE)

• Tuesday, Aug. 29, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Thursday, Aug. 31. INDIE ROCK: DISCO TEEN ’66

• Friday, Sept. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY LOMBARDOZZI

• Wednesday, Sept. 6. ALT-COUNTRY: JUNEBUG SADDLE

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Sunday, Sept. 10, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesady, Sept. 13, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

Thursday, Sept. 14. ACOUSTIC SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Wednesday, Sept. 20. BLUEGRASS: BAIT AND SWITCH

• Thursday, Sept. 21. ROOTS ROCK/GARAGE SOUL: BRONSON ROCK

• Friday, Sept. 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Sept. 27. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, Sept. 29. FOLK: FLINT LADDER

• Saturday, Sept. 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOHN GORKA (ODDBALL PRODUCTIONS) Tickets available online at johngorkatickets.brownpapertickets.com

• Sunday, Oct. 1, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Thursday, Oct. 5. NORDIC/CELTIC FOLK MUSIC: GARY WIKFORS AND ANGUS MOSSMAN

• Friday, Oct. 6. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Friday, Oct. 13. FLASH FICTION: PAUL BECKMAN

• Sunday, Oct. 15. POWER POP: JOHN HARRISON & THE HARRISONICS

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Oct. 27. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: THE BOSSA NOVA PROJECT

• Saturday, Oct. 28. LIGHT UPON BLIGHT HALLOWEEN SHOW

• Saturday, Nov. 4. SOLO MODERN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER

• Sunday, Nov. 5, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN (SOLD OUT!)

• Friday, Nov. 17. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Saturday, Nov. 18. BVFCC ANNIVERSARY GALA AT THE BALLROOM AT THE OUTER SPACE

• Sunday, Nov. 19, 3 PM. JAZZ: TRIO 149

• Sunday, Dec. 3, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, Dec. 8. BLUEGRASS: TWISTED PINE (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Friday, Mar. 16. BLUEGRASS: ZOE & CLOYD (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

New releases 8/15 and 8/22/17

Top Hits
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (comic book action, Chris Pratt. Rotten Tomatoes: 82%. Metacritic: 67. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ has all the digital bells and whistles as well as much of the likable, self-aware waggery of the first. In many respects, it’s not much different except it all feels a bit strained, as if everyone were trying too hard, especially its writer-director, James Gunn.” Read more…)

The Monster (horror, Zoe Kazan. Rotten Tomatoes: 78%. Metacritic: 69. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “Monstrous motherhood has never gone out of fashion, including in movies — recent examples include ‘The Babadook’ and ‘Goodnight Mommy’ — that are more obvious fodder for art houses than for multiplexes. ‘The Monster’ is cleverly pitched somewhere in between, with the kind of generous splatters that evoke the good old nasty days of grindhouse horror and enough sleek, self-conscious moves for festival play dates. Part of the ticklish enjoyment in ‘The Monster’ is how the director, Bryan Bertino [‘The Strangers’], plays with genre registers and how, after opening with disquieting stillness and an isolated child, he slowly yet surely turns up the shrieks.” Read more…)

Alien: Covenant (sci-fi, Michael Fassbender. Rotten Tomatoes: 71%. Metacritic: 65. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “To complain about its lack of ambition would be to misconstrue its intentions. Rather than setting out to conquer new worlds or excavate primal fears, this “Alien” is content to uphold a long-lived and well-regarded brand. Correcting some of the previous film’s mistakes — not enough alien! too much mythological mumbo-jumbo best left to movies with “Star” in the title! — Mr. Scott parcels out carefully measured portions of awe, wonder and terror on the established installment plan. This episode needs to satisfy you just enough to make sure you come back for the next one.” Read more…)

The Wall (war, Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Rotten Tomatoes: 69%. Metacritic: 57. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ New York Times review: “Combine two Army Rangers and one pile of stones, throw in a disembodied voice and a whole heap of sand, and you have almost the entirety of ‘The Wall,’ a compressed thriller from Doug Liman that’s more psychological standoff than traditional war game. Working with an unusually small budget [this is no ‘Edge of Tomorrow’] and an uncomfortably tight shooting schedule [14 days in the California desert], Mr. Liman answers the siren song of minimalism with gusto if not complete success. In lieu of flying shrapnel and fancy production design, the director ramps the intensity to 11, then breaks the dial.” Read more…)

Chuck (boxing/sports, Liev Screiber. Rotten Tomatoes: 79%. Metacritic: 68. From Glenn Kenny’s new York Times review: “[Actor Liev] Schreiber has almost no physical resemblance to [boxer Chuck] Wepner, in his heyday a burly, mustachioed redhead. Mr. Schreiber is a terrific actor, however, and he pulls it off. His portrayal works partly because of its understatement. He doesn’t try to Jersey things up too much, so to speak; nor does Elisabeth Moss, as the philandering boxer’s long-suffering wife. Naomi Watts, on the other hand, playing a later love of Wepner’s, clearly relishes the opportunity to perform in a vintage glitter sweater and painted-on jeans.” Read more…)

Everything, Everything (romance, Amandla Sternberg. Rotten Tomatoes: 47%. Metacritic: 52. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “With a pair of irresistible leads and a straightforward love-overcomes-adversity story, ‘Everything, Everything’ scores a direct hit on the teenage-girl market. Others might find it pretty enjoyable as well. Stella Meghie directed this adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s young-adult novel about a teenager, Maddy, who has spent her life inside a sterile house because of an immune system disorder that leaves her catastrophically vulnerable to diseases. [Did you just have a flashback to ‘Bubble Boy’? Rest easy; this movie is a completely different animal.]” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray Discs
Alien: Covenant
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

New Foreign
Goodnight Mommy (Germany, horror/thriller, Georg Deliovsky. Rotten Tomatoes: 86%. Metacritic: 81. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ Times review: “Like many foreign movies that venture outside their home countries, ‘Goodnight Mommy’ must live with an English title far inferior to its Austrian original, which literally translates as ‘I see, I see.’ Eyes — and what we think they see — are everything in this carefully controlled creep-out, gazing into mirrors and peering through shutters and tightly wrapped gauze. When it’s over, even those who have guessed its final twist (because we have seen it before) will immediately want to watch again, if only to check the logic of its shifting points of view.” Read more…)

La Poison (France, 1951, black comedy, Michel Simon)

Francofonia (Russia, documentary/drama, Benjamin Utzerath. Rotten Tomatoes: 84%. Metacritic: 71. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “The fate of art is the main concern of ‘Francofonia,’ which takes place mostly in and around the Louvre. Its museum setting makes the film a companion piece of sorts to ‘Russian Ark,’ [director Alexander] Sokurov’s single-shot tour of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and something of an American art house hit in 2002. But while that film was a 99-minute sprint through the Russian past, this one lingers over a particular episode during the Nazi occupation of France. It takes the form of an extended cinematic essay, blending fictionalized re-enactments of plausible events with excursions into scholarship and fantasy.” Read more…)

After the Storm (Japan, drama, Hiroshi Abe. Rotten Tomatoes: 96%. Metacritic: 84. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Glenn Kenny’s Times review: “[Director Hirokazu] Kore-eda, whose most noteworthy family dramas include ‘Still Walking’ [2009] and ‘Like Father, Like Son’ [2014], works in a quiet cinematic register, and the slightest error in tone could upend the whole enterprise. Slow-paced, sad, rueful and sometimes warmly funny, ‘After the Storm’ is one of his sturdiest, and most sensitive, constructions.” Read more…)

New American Back Catalog DVDs (post-1960)
The Savage Innocents (1960, Nicholas Ray-directed drama/adventure, Anthony Quinn. Rotten Tomatoes: 90%. From Eugene Archer’s 1961 new York Times review [requires log-in]: “By working with a visual style emphasizing violent eruptive motion rather than smoother, more graceful techniques, and by deliberately concealing his symbolic meanings beneath the bewildering surface level of his plot, Mr. Ray has simultaneously sacrificed his chances for popular acceptance and allied himself with such difficult and controversial European filmmakers as Michelangelo Antonioni [‘L’Avventura’] and Jean-Luc Godard [‘Breathless’].” Read more…)

New Documentaries
Homo Sapiens (human existence, architecture, landscapes, post-apocalypse. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. Metacritic: 84. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Glenn Kenny’s Times review: “The latest film from the meticulous, provocative Austrian director Nikolaus Geyrhalter could be described as an environmental documentary. Its form is as simple as death. A stationary camera takes in, one after the other, a single image of a space constructed (or simply scarred) by humankind, and subsequently abandoned. In the first minutes of “Homo Sapiens,” we see railroad tracks, a bicycle rack and the rudiments of a train station.” Read more…)

Betting on Zero (pyramid scheme, Herbalife, financial skullduggery, Bill Ackman. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. Metacritic: 72. From Ben Kenigsberg’s New York Times review: “Even without an upbeat ending, though, ‘Betting on Zero’ would be persuasive advocacy. [hedge fund manager William A.] Ackman comes across as sincere in his outrage and cogent in his presentations. Even more valuable is the opportunity to meet and learn about Herbalife’s purported victims, from Queens to Chicago to Oklahoma.” Read more…)

Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (bio/history, Hannah Arendt. Rotten Tomatoes: 94%. Metacritic: 66. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “‘Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt,’ a vigorous and thoughtful new documentary by Ada Ushpiz, frames its inquiry into Arendt’s career with her encounter with Eichmann. But its focus is much wider than the still-potent debate over ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem,’ which was widely and fiercely attacked for what critics took to be its trivialization of Eichmann’s deeds and its lack of sympathy for his victims. Though both Arendt’s defenders and detractors are heard from, Ms. Ushpiz’s film situates the Eichmann episode within a broad and rich portrait of an intellectual determined to use the tools of rationality to comprehend historical events that seem to defy all reason.” Read more…)

Francofonia (Russia, documentary/drama, Benjamin Utzerath. Rotten Tomatoes: 84%. Metacritic: 71. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “The fate of art is the main concern of ‘Francofonia,’ which takes place mostly in and around the Louvre. Its museum setting makes the film a companion piece of sorts to ‘Russian Ark,’ [director Alexander] Sokurov’s single-shot tour of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and something of an American art house hit in 2002. But while that film was a 99-minute sprint through the Russian past, this one lingers over a particular episode during the Nazi occupation of France. It takes the form of an extended cinematic essay, blending fictionalized re-enactments of plausible events with excursions into scholarship and fantasy.” Read more…)

Appeal progress update: An outpouring of support!

Dear Friends,

It has been almost a week since we went to the public to appeal for support because our finances were faltering. And the response to our appeal has been an outpouring of affection for Best Video Film & Cultural Center, expressed in memberships, donations, social media sharing, and reports in such media outlets as Connecticut Public Radio and The Arts Paper. This support has been expressed numerous times by members coming into Best Video to tell us, “We don’t know what we would do without you.”

As of mid-day Monday, we have raised almost $18,000 through donations and supporters signing up for new membership plans or upgrading the plans they already have. These funds enable us to pay off all our outstanding bills and to start building a cushion for the rest of the year. This campaign has already substantively broadened our base of support in the community.

Having reached this point, we hope we can shoot for the goals of $20,000, or $25,000, or even our ultimate goal of $50,000.

With the addition of those who have joined over the past week, we now have over 400 members on the monthly or annual plans. Can you help us reach 450 or 500 by the end of the week? We have had longtime Best Video members who haven’t rented since as far back as 2010 sign up for plans. And we have had completely new members respond, too.

One new member wrote on Facebook today, “This is becoming a wonderful new routine! Just picked up a copy of The Mist (located in the Stephen King section) to blow my girlfriend’s mind tonight. Did you know that Best Video has a full bar and offers Foxon Park soda?”

In response to community interest, our café will be open later on Monday and Tuesday nights starting next week to go along with the hours it is open Wednesday through Friday when we have shows.

Also in response to a suggestion by a local resident, we will soon be rolling out a new membership option—the Cultural Membership Plan—for those who are more interested in the music and film events we offer than the movie rentals. The Cultural Membership will cost $20 a month or $200 for the year and will entitle the members to attend any BVFCC event at no further cost just by showing their member card. (It will not apply to events presented by outside promoters.)

We believe it is important to be responsive to the community. The community has always been there when we have needed help. We know what needs to happen and we believe it is possible, but we need your help to get us there. There are three ways that you can contribute:

• If you are not already a member, become a member today by signing up online or coming into our space. Programming director Hank Hoffman suggests a target of 200 additional members over the next few months in order to have enough recurring revenue to cover our current operating expenses.

Make a donation online (or in person).  General manager Richard Brown says raising $20,000 would catch us up with bills currently owed to vendors. Even better, BVFCC Board of Directors President David Margolis points out that raising $50,000 would enable us to also pay off the remaining debt to Best Video founder Hank Paper and establish a financial cushion that would facilitate expanded community programming and improvements to the physical space.

• If you have already donated and/or gotten a membership, share your affection for BVFCC on social media. The success of this campaign to date has been driven by incredible word-of-mouth on Facebook and other social media outlets. Please help us keep up the momentum through this second week by telling your friends what Best Video means to you.

We know that we can make that happen. Approximately 5,000 households support Best Video each year by renting videos, purchasing items at our cafe, or attending our events. If just one in five sign up for a membership plan, then we will reach our goal. If just one in ten make a donation of $100 or more, then we will exceed our goal of raising an additional $50,000 this year. Many hands…

If BVFCC were just a “video store,” we would have closed years ago. And perhaps deservedly so. But BVFCC is much more than that. It is a community gathering place, a performance venue, a film screening room, a national-level archive of the history of cinema, and a safe place for neighborhood children to come and hang out after school. It is a place where people, film, and music come together.

When you are a member of Best Video Film & Cultural Center—whether you pay on a recurring monthly basis or get a 10% discount by paying annually—BVFCC becomes your library of film. Depending on your level of membership, you get free admission to from 1-4 shows per month. Most importantly, you are part of a community dedicated to keeping BVFCC as an essential part of the cultural wealth of the greater New Haven area.

Very Truly Yours,
The BVFCC Board:

David Margolis, President
Scott White, Treasurer
Jean Blue, Secretary
Elin Schoen Brockman
Linda Satin Pancoast
Avi Kamrat
Richard Brown, General Manager
Hank Hoffman, Programming director

Appeal: Community support needed for Best Video Film & Cultural Center

Dear Friends:

Without a groundswell of support, Best Video faces the very real threat of having to shut our doors.

What happens in the very near future will determine whether Best Video Film and Cultural Center will close, will limp along, or will soar.

• If you are not already a member, become a member today by signing up online or coming into our space. Programming director Hank Hoffman suggests a target of 200 additional members over the next few months in order to have enough recurring revenue to cover our current operating expenses.

Make a donation online (or in person). General manager Richard Brown says raising $20,000 would catch us up with bills currently owed to vendors. Even better, BVFCC Board of Directors President David Margolis points out that raising $50,000 would enable us to also pay off the remaining debt to Best Video founder Hank Paper and establish a financial cushion that would facilitate expanded community programming and improvements to the physical space.

After more than a year-and-a-half of operation, BVFCC is proud of the community support that has carried us this far. We have already raised over $35,000 in donations in the fiscal year beginning October 2016. Of particular note as a marker of the value the community places on Best Video, is this year’s performance in The Great Give, the May online charity marathon organized by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Out of some 500 worthy nonprofits, BVFCC finished in the Top 10 in number of individual donors and in the Top 25 in total contributions.

Unfortunately, despite our successes, when it comes to bringing in enough income to cover our expenses and pay off our debts, we are falling short. We have a 2nd Anniversary Gala celebration planned for November. We had hoped to get to that event without calling on the public but a slower than expected summer necessitates this appeal.

The average monthly operational income shortfall that donations need to make up is approximately $4,700; in the past ten months, we have been averaging about $3,500 in donations. Good but not quite enough. ($2,000 of that $4,700 per month is remaining debt for the purchase of the assets; that obligation is fulfilled by June of next year.)

Presenting programming to delight and educate the community. Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps playing music from “The Simpsons” TV show to a sold-out crowd this past July.

When we opened as a nonprofit in November 2015, we knew that the traditional video rental model was not viable. For several years leading up to Hank Paper’s sale of Best Video’s assets to BVFCC, rental income was decreasing by 20% a year. Anticipating that the trend would continue, we started offering annual membership plans. With membership plans starting at $10 per month, we projected that if we can reach 700-1,000 members by the end of the third year, we would be able to replace the rental income with membership revenue.

The good news is that almost 370 households have signed up for one of the three membership plans. The bad news is that—for BVFCC not to run into recurrent cash flow crises and, ultimately, face the awful decision to close—we need 200-500 more member households.

We know that we can make that happen. Approximately 5,000 households support Best Video each year by renting videos, purchasing items at our cafe, or attending our events. If just one in five sign up for a membership plan, then we will reach our goal. If just one in ten make a donation of $100 or more, then we will exceed our goal of raising an additional $50,000 this year. Many hands…

If BVFCC were just a “video store,” we would have closed years ago. And perhaps deservedly so. But BVFCC is much more than that. It is a community gathering place, a performance venue, a film screening room, a national-level archive of the history of cinema, and a safe place for neighborhood children to come and hang out after school. It is a place where people, film, and music come together.

BVFCC exists bring people, film, and music together.Pre-Oscars Brunch this past February.

When you are a member of Best Video Film & Cultural Center—whether you pay on a recurring monthly basis or get a 10% discount by paying annually—BVFCC becomes your library of film. Depending on your level of membership, you get free admission to from 1-4 shows per month. Most importantly, you are part of a community dedicated to keeping BVFCC as an essential part of the cultural wealth of the greater New Haven area.

Very Truly Yours,
The BVFCC Board:

David Margolis, President
Scott White, Treasurer
Jean Blue, Secretary
Elin Schoen Brockman
Linda Satin Pancoast
Avi Kamrat
Richard Brown, General Manager
Hank Hoffman, Programming Director

Music: Stacy Phillips & his Bluegrass Characters return Tues., Aug. 29, at 7:30 PM

Stacy Phillips & His Bluegrass Characters return to Best Video Performance Space on Tuesday, Aug. 29 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 (bass), Andy Bromage (guitar) and Jerry Oland (banjo). 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 (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Wednesday, Aug. 23. INDIE ROCK: ROZ & THE RICE CAKES, TEENAGE HALLOWEEN, GLAMBAT, QUIET GIANT (A TINY BOX BOOKING SHOW)

• Thursday, Aug. 24. ROCK/JAZZ/SOUL: JOE STEIN; INDIE ROCK: ALEX MCGUIRE

• Friday, Aug. 25. POP ROCK: OBERON ROSE; SINGER-SONGWRITER: CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET

• Monday, Aug. 28, 6:30 PM. PROMOTING ENDURING PEACE PRESENTS “VIDEOS AGAINST FASCISM” (FREE)

• Tuesday, Aug. 29, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Thursday, Aug. 31. INDIE ROCK: DISCO TEEN ’66

• Friday, Sept. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY LOMBARDOZZI

• Wednesday, Sept. 6. ALT-COUNTRY: JUNEBUG SADDLE

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Sunday, Sept. 10, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesady, Sept. 13, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

Thursday, Sept. 14. ACOUSTIC SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Wednesday, Sept. 20. BLUEGRASS: BAIT AND SWITCH

• Thursday, Sept. 21. ROOTS ROCK/GARAGE SOUL: BRONSON ROCK

• Friday, Sept. 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Sept. 27. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, Sept. 29. FOLK: FLINT LADDER

• Saturday, Sept. 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOHN GORKA (ODDBALL PRODUCTIONS)

• Sunday, Oct. 1, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Thursday, Oct. 5. NORDIC/CELTIC FOLK MUSIC: GARY WIKFORS AND ANGUS MOSSMAN

• Friday, Oct. 6. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Friday, Oct. 13. FLASH FICTION: PAUL BECKMAN

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Saturday, Oct. 28. LIGHT UPON BLIGHT HALLOWEEN SHOW

• Saturday, Nov. 4. SOLO MODERN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER

• Sunday, Nov. 5, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN (SOLD OUT!)

• Saturday, Nov. 18. BVFCC ANNIVERSARY GALA AT THE BALLROOM AT THE OUTER SPACE

• Sunday, Nov. 19. JAZZ: TRIO 149

• Sunday, Dec. 3, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, Dec. 8. BLUEGRASS: TWISTED PINE (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Friday, Mar. 16. BLUEGRASS: ZOE & CLOYD (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

 

Promoting Enduring Peace presents “Videos Against Fascism” Mon., Aug. 28, 6:30 PM

Activist organization Promoting Enduring Peace has rented Best Video Performance Space for a Monday, Aug. 28, screening of “Videos Against Fascism.” The event starts at 6:30 PM and admission is free.

The group will show a collection of videos and trailers to spur discussion on how to oppose fascists and a tribute to Sacco and Vanzetti on the 90th anniversary of their execution in Massachusetts. Among the videos will be New Haven vs. The Proud Boys; The Antifascists; Charlottesville: Heather Hayer, Deandre Harris; Z (Greece); Killah P I won’t cry, I won’t fear (Greece); Hell on Earth (Syria); Here’s to You Nicola and Bart; Bella Ciao; and more.