New releases 10/31/17

Top Hits
The Glass Castle (memoir/drama, Brie Larson. Rotten Tomatoes: 49%. Metacritic: 56. From A.O. scott’s New York Times review: “‘The Glass Castle’ wrestles with two conflicting impulses: the longing for order and the desire for wildness. The main object of that ambivalence is Rex Walls, a big-talking, big-dreaming ne’er-do-well played with the usual guile and gusto by Woody Harrelson.” Read more…)

The Dark Tower (action, Idris Elba. Rotten Tomatoes: 16%. Metacritic: 34. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “Every so often in ‘The Dark Tower,’ you catch a glimpse of what might have been: the might-have-been narrative ambition, the might-have-been pop mythology, the might-have-been genre assemblage. Based — loosely seems altogether too generous a word — on the Stephen King series, the movie is an unappealing hash of moviemaking clichés that, after much scurrying and blathering, devolves into a generic shoot’em-up. About the only thing holding it together is Idris Elba, whose irrepressible magnetism and man-of-stone solidity anchors this mess but can’t redeem it.” Read more…)

It Comes At Night (thriller, Joel Edgerton. Rotten Tomatoes: 89%. Metacritic: 78. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “What happens is both shocking and, in retrospect, brutally inevitable. ‘It Comes at Night’ is pretty terrifying to sit through, but it may be even scarier after it’s over, when you sift through what you’ve seen and try to piece together what it may have meant.” Read more…)

Person to Person (comedy/drama, Abbi Jacobson. Rotten Tomatoes: 47%. Metacritic: 53. From Nicole Herrington’s New York Times review: “Despite some notable names in ‘Person to Person,’ it’s the lesser-known actors who leave an impression. But maybe that’s not entirely surprising for a movie loosely about authenticity and the little absurdities that abound in New York City. In expanding his 2014 short film, the writer and director Dustin Guy Defa re-enlisted his friend Bene Coopersmith, a Red Hook record shop owner with limited acting experience, for this low-budget indie feature unfolding over the course of a day and divided into several separate story lines. Mr. Coopersmith’s, though, is one of the more watchable and entertaining. He’s a real character.” Read more…)

Kidnap (action, Halle Berry. Rotten Tomatoes: 36%. Metacritic: 44. From Teo Bugbee’s New York Times review: “The greatest strength of ‘Kidnap’ is that it casts the maternal instinct as a primordial will to enact violence, to drag a man from a moving van, to beat a kidnapper with a shovel. We see Karla find her best weapons in blunt objects, and to its credit, ‘Kidnap’ is a blunt movie.” Read more…)

Little Sister (New York Times Critic’s Pick, comedy/drama, Addison Timlin. Rotten Tomatoes: 92%. Metacritic: 74. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ Times review: “A strange, spiky movie that refuses to beg for our affection, ‘Little Sister,’ the fifth feature from Zach Clark, molds the classic homecoming drama into a quirky reconciliation between faith and family. At the center — though far from centered — is Colleen [Addison Timlin], a nun in training who quietly ministers to the needy in her Brooklyn neighborhood. An out-of-the-blue email from her mother, Joan [a clenched Ally Sheedy], calls her home to North Carolina, where her older brother [Keith Poulson] has returned from the Iraq war after barely surviving a land-mine explosion. His severe disfigurement and mental anguish, however, are only the latest stresses on a family whose deep dysfunction has resulted in Colleen’s estrangement.” Read more…)

Marfa Girl (drama, Adam Mediano. Rotten Tomatoes: 27%. Metacritic: 37. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “‘Marfa Girl’ is the latest exploration — and exploitation — of teenage sexuality from Larry Clark, the photographer and filmmaker who has been splitting the difference between fearless honesty and leering prurience for more than four decades. ‘Tulsa,’ the 1971 book of portraits that made his reputation, still has the power to shock and unsettle with its blunt portrayal of drug use and promiscuity among the provincial American young. But the scandal of Mr. Clark’s more recent movies, including ‘Wassup Rockers’ and ‘Ken Park’ and this new one, resides more in its tedium and lack of insight than its strenuously provocative content.” Read more…)

Descendants (family fantasy, Kristin Chenoweth. Metacritic: 63.)

New Foreign DVDs
Hermia & Helena (Argentina, comedy/drama, Agustina Muñoz. Rotten Tomatoes: 86%. Metacritic: 79. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Glenn Kenny’s Times review: “Starting with ‘Rosalinda’ in 2010, the Argentine filmmaker Matías Piñeiro has been making what he calls ‘Shakespeareads,’ modern-day stories inspired by the playwright’s heroines. Which is not to say that you need to brush up on your Shakespeare to engage with ‘Hermia & Helena,’ the latest in Mr. Piñeiro’s series and the first one set in the United States.” Read more…)

Slack Bay (France, comedy, Juliette Binoche. Rotten Tomatoes: 62%. Metacritic: 66. From Glenn Kenny’s New York Times review: “This is a spirited and often gorgeous film [Guillaume Deffontaines, the cinematographer, makes the eyes of even the most ostensibly unattractive characters supernaturally beautiful], but it’s not an easy one. As it turns out, modes of farce and fantasy enable [director Bruno] Dumont to pull the rug out from under the viewer in a number of new and upsetting ways. Be prepared.” Read more…)

Three (China, action, Vicki Zhao. Metacritic: 71.)

New Classic DVDs (pre-1960)
Show Girl in Hollywood (1930, comedy/musical, Alice White. From Mordaunt Hall’s 1930 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “Flashes of fun and several interesting glimpses of work on a set and behind the cameras in a film studio are the main assets of ‘Show Girl in Hollywood,’ an audible pictorial adaptation of J. P. McEvoy’s novel, ‘Hollywood Girl,’ which is now holding forth at the Winter Garden. In film form this story is somewhat puerile, one in which subtlety is conspicuous by its absence.” Read more…)

S.O.S. Tidal Wave (1939,drama/thriller, Ralph Byrd. From Frank S. Nugent’s New York Times review [requires log-in]: “In more distress than it realizes, the Criterion is hammering out ‘S O S Tidal Wave,’ a synthetic quickie produced in a flash by Republic Pictures. We have a vague recollection of seeing the destruction of New York by earthquake and flood once before. The shots of the Empire State Building crumbling, a liner piling up against the Subtreasury walls, Times Square melting away—these all have a familiar look. Was it ‘End of the World,’ ‘Atlantis,’ or another? It doesn’t matter really.” Read more…)

The Sea Wolf (1941, adventure, Edward G. Robinson. From J. Hoberman’s 2017 New York Times DVD review: “Of the many film adaptations of ‘The Sea-Wolf,’ one of Jack London’s most popular novels, published in 1904, none surpasses the atmospheric, action-packed and anti-fascist Warner Bros. version, first released in 1941. Restored to its original 100-minute running time on a new Warner Archive disc, ‘The Sea Wolf’ is a triumph of studio filmmaking. The movie marshaled the talents of an expert director, Michael Curtiz; a politically engaged writer, Robert Rossen; and a high-energy cast headed by Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino and John Garfield; with help from a distinguished composer, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and a newly acquired fog machine seemingly operating at full throttle. The mise-en-scène is moody. The movie may have been shot in a studio tank but the schooner on which it mainly takes place is lit to suggest the stippled patterns of a film noir nightclub.” Read more…)

Big City (1948, musical, Margaret O’Brien. From A.W.’s 1948 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “At a time when tolerance, an often elusive virtue, is most needed, a film thematically stressing brotherly love should be a shining golden nugget in a world of dross—a veritable needle in a haystack of hate. But ‘Big City,’ which obviously was turned out with much love by the artisans at Metro, displays only the slightest speck of intolerance to justify its story and hardly any reason for the standard and, sometimes maudlin, sentimentality with which it is copiously laced. For this newest Margaret O’Brien vehicle, which arrived at Loew’s Criterion on Saturday, seems designed basically to tax that wistful young lady’s talents to extremes, to say nothing of audiences’ lachrymal glands.” Read more…)

New American Back Catalog (post-1960)
Nightwatch (1997, thriller, Ewan McGregor. Rotten Tomatoes: 23%. From Stephen Holden’s 1998 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “All the world’s a morgue and the people in it either corpses or panting homicidal necrophiles in Ole Bornedal’s laughably garish thriller, ‘Nightwatch.’ Well, not all the people. Although an obsession with necrophilia doesn’t apply to everyone in this putrid fun house of a movie, it often feels that way.” Read more…)

New Documentaries
Dawson City: Frozen Time (New York Times Critic’s Pick, cinema history, history. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. Metacritic: 85. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Glenn Kenny’s Times review: “The filmmaker Bill Morrison customarily constructs his movies with footage from other films that are very old and whose prints are very worn. No matter the ostensible subject of his individual pictures, the overarching theme is impermanence; his best-known work, ‘Decasia’ [2002], is an artfully edited assemblage of found footage whose visual appeal is the crumbling of the film emulsion itself. So it’s a bit of a shock that ‘Dawson City: Frozen Time’ begins with a brightly colored, completely intact clip from a television show about baseball in which Mr. Morrison appears, talking to an enthusiastic host about newly discovered footage related to the Black Sox baseball-betting scandal of 1919. Mr. Morrison’s film tells the story of how that footage, and several hundred other reels of volatile nitrate film from the 1910s and ’20s, were discovered decades after they were presumed to be permanently lost. But part of the point of ‘Dawson City’ is that the film prints had actually been forgotten — buried underground in an era when not much thought was given to their artistic or historical value.” Read more…)

New Children DVDs
Descendants (family fantasy, Kristin Chenoweth. Rotten Tomatoes: 49%. Metacritic: 56.)

BVFCC Second Anniversary Gala scheduled for Sat., Nov. 18, tix available; gala is free to any who donated more than $100 in 2017

Please join us on Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 7-10 PM, in celebration of the second anniversary of Best Video Film and Cultural Center (BVFCC), a non-profit created to preserve Best Video’s rich archive and explore new ways to bring people, film, and music together. The celebration will take place at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

Tickets are $25 but please consider making a donation over and above that amount. Supporters who donate over $100 — or have donated over $100 this year — will receive complementary admission to the show. Donations in excess of the value of admission are tax-deductible as allowed by law. You can purchase tickets online here.

BVFCC was officially recognized as a tax-deductible non-profit by the IRS in 2016.

We have increased our programming with over 120 music events; more film screenings with larger turnouts and great discussions; more lectures on films by Yale Prof. Mark Schenker; and increased use of the Performance Space by community groups.

We organized a film festival — BestFest Student Films, which had its initial event on Dec. 10, 2016 — to showcase the work of local high school students. In addition, educators and filmmakers involved in the organizing of BestFest Student Films offered several free filmmaking workshops for students.

A lineup of superb local artists have offered to donate their talent for this event: bluegrass group Five in the Chamber, klezmer big band Nu Haven Kapelye, indie rock chamber group Olive Tiger, and the string quartet rock band The Tet Offensive. We will also be showing locally made short films between musical acts.

Steve Rodgers, owner of The Space and The Outer Space, has generously donated use of The Ballroom for our gala event.

About BVFCC

Best Video Film and Cultural Center (“BVFCC”) was created to preserve Best Video’s rich archive and explore new ways to bring people, film, and music together. On November 1, 2016, BVFCC took over BEST VIDEO, a valued community space serving Greater New Haven with its world class film archive, performance space and coffee bar.

The entire film archive — one of the finest such collections in the country — remains in place and continues to grow with additions of more foreign and domestic films, documentaries, and television series. In addition, the music events, film screenings and other presentations in the performance space have been expanded to reach a broader community audience.

New Membership Options

Our goal is to bring good movies and good people together. For customers who like the way we do that now, nothing will change. For just a few dollars, you will still be able to rent any movie in our archive. However, we now offer new membership formats that we believe better serve BEST VIDEO’s diverse customers and provide more value and simpler access to our expansive archive and our music and film events.

Our Success Depends on You

We invite the support of every member of the BEST VIDEO family. If you are unable to make it to the concert, please consider making a donation. All amounts are greatly appreciated. We look forward to the participation of all of our existing members and are excited to welcome new members to our family as we continue in our efforts to enrich the cultural wealth of the greater New Haven region.

Music: Shawn Persinger CD & Book Release show Sat., Nov. 4, at 7:30 PM

Guitarist Shawn Persinger plays a solo show at Best Video Performance Space this Saturday, Nov. 4. The music starts at 7:30 PM and the cover is $5.

Come celebrate the release of his mix media work – CD, Books, Art – “Halloween Baptizm.”

From Shawn:

“Halloween Baptizm” – my new music, books, and art project – has finally been released!!!

The full package contains a CD (E.P.) of guitar quartet music, all parts performed by me; two books, a diary documenting the process, the other a notated transcription of the music; and wonderful artwork by both Maria Nicklin, who did the CD cover, transcription book cover, and poster, and Gonzalo Fuentes who did the diary cover and also contributed more than 20 amazing illustrations to the interior of the book.

Early listeners of the music have described it as the Kronos Quartet (if they played guitars) playing the music of Larry Coryell, Frank Zappa, and The Minutemen.

With a unique blend of acoustic folk, jazz, pop, classical, bluegrass, humor, and the avant-garde, Shawn Persinger has a sound that is entirely his own.

The Chicago Tribune once said of Persinger (who has performed under the name “Shawn Persinger is Prester John”), “Prester John has made a career out of balancing technical prowess with pop accessibility (and) a dash of punk-rock rawness.” One minute you’re hearing a pop/rock song in the tradition of Cat Stevens or Jack Johnson, the next you’re listening to music that could have been composed by Stravinsky or Frank Zappa. When it comes to traditional and mainstream styles Prester John’s authenticity is also difficult to match; their bluegrass repertoire sounds straight out of Appalachia (no doubt due to Persinger’s West Virginia roots) and their swing tunes recall the bygone days of The Hot Club of France. The ease and flexibility they display traversing and transcending genres is practically unheard of in this day and age (if ever).”

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

• Wednesday, Nov. 1. OLD-TIMEY/BLUES: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Thursday, Nov. 2. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: JOE MILLER

• Friday, Nov. 3. AMERICANA: FYFE AND STONE

• Saturday, Nov. 4, 7:30 PM. 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. 9. GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK: RICH MORAN

• Friday, Nov. 10. MODERN ROCK: NALANI & SARINA, CHASER EIGHT NAKED (PRESENTED BY AIM PRODUCTIONS)

• Saturday, Nov. 11, 7-10 PM (at ORDINARY tavern in New Haven): ART OPENING: “CREEPSHOW”—A BENEFIT FOR BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER with art by AUDREY NEFORES & NICK HURWITZ-GOODMAN

• Sunday, Nov. 12, 7 PM. FOLK: MINK, SOCK & LUTIE

• Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

• 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: 5 IN THE CHAMBER, OLIVE TIGER, NU HAVEN KAPELYE, THE TET OFFENSIVE

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

• Monday, Nov. 20, 7 PM. FILM SCREENING: “SON OF SAUL” (WITH TALK BY PROF. CHRISTOPHER SHARRETT)

• Friday, Nov. 24. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

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

• Friday, Dec. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY PURRONE

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

• Thursday, Dec. 7.ART SONG/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: OLIVE TIGER (SOLO), AN HISTORIC

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

• Saturday, Dec. 9. JAZZ/AVANT-GARDE: KLEPTOKRAT; WORLD MUSIC/FOLK: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

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

• Thursday, Dec. 14, 8 PM. JAZZ: PAUL SHANLEY

• Friday, Dec. 15. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE FURORS (CD RELEASE!)

• Thursday, Dec. 21. SURF MUSIC: THE CLAMS

• Friday, Dec. 22. HOLIDAY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SHOW: DUST HAT, BRONSON ROCK

• Friday, Jan. 5. AFRO-FUNK/ELECTRONICS: ENERGY

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

• Friday, Jan. 19. BLUES ROCK: VANGE DURST

• Friday, Feb. 9. BLUEGRASS: JOE WALSH & SWEET LOAM

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

Music: Fyfe and Stone presents Americana Fri., Nov. 3

Duo Fyfe and Stone play Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Nov. 3. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Fyfe & Stone is an Americana duo featuring dynamic acoustic instrumentation and rich harmony vocals. The Connecticut-based duo—composed of Lindsey Fyfe and David Sasso, presents audiences with inventive originals and creative covers—establishing a warm space for listening, thinking, and reflecting. In its sets, traditional early-American and British tunes sit comfortably alongside bluegrass and folk standards and contemporary Americana. Fyfe’s clear and homespun vocals match Sasso’s midwestern sound to lift songs up in careful harmony. Sasso’s songwriting is highlighted through sensitive arrangements of guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, and banjo.

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

• Wednesday, Nov. 1. OLD-TIMEY/BLUES: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Thursday, Nov. 2. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: JOE MILLER

• Friday, Nov. 3. AMERICANA: FYFE AND STONE

• Saturday, Nov. 4, 7:30 PM. 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. 9. GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK: RICH MORAN

• Friday, Nov. 10. MODERN ROCK: NALANI & SARINA, CHASER EIGHT NAKED (PRESENTED BY AIM PRODUCTIONS)

• Saturday, Nov. 11, 7-10 PM (at ORDINARY tavern in New Haven): ART OPENING: “CREEPSHOW”—A BENEFIT FOR BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER with art by AUDREY NEFORES & NICK HURWITZ-GOODMAN

• Sunday, Nov. 12, 7 PM. FOLK: MINK, SOCK & LUTIE

• Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

• 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: 5 IN THE CHAMBER, OLIVE TIGER, NU HAVEN KAPELYE, THE TET OFFENSIVE

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

• Monday, Nov. 20, 7 PM. FILM SCREENING: “SON OF SAUL” (WITH TALK BY PROF. CHRISTOPHER SHARRETT)

• Friday, Nov. 24. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

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

• Friday, Dec. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY PURRONE

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

• Thursday, Dec. 7.ART SONG/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: OLIVE TIGER (SOLO), AN HISTORIC

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

• Saturday, Dec. 9. JAZZ/AVANT-GARDE: KLEPTOKRAT; WORLD MUSIC/FOLK: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

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

• Thursday, Dec. 14, 8 PM. JAZZ: PAUL SHANLEY

• Friday, Dec. 15. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE FURORS (CD RELEASE!)

• Thursday, Dec. 21. SURF MUSIC: THE CLAMS

• Friday, Dec. 22. HOLIDAY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SHOW: DUST HAT, BRONSON ROCK

• Friday, Jan. 5. AFRO-FUNK/ELECTRONICS: ENERGY

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

• Friday, Jan. 19. BLUES ROCK: VANGE DURST

• Friday, Feb. 9. BLUEGRASS: JOE WALSH & SWEET LOAM

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

Music: Roots rock ‘n’ roll from Joe Miller & the Hipshakers Thurs., Nov. 2

Joe Miller & The Hipshakers come to Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Nov. 2, to crank out some blistering roots rock ‘n’ roll. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Joe Miller is a singer/songwriter/guitarist born in New Haven,Connecticut.

Growing up with the sounds of Rock n Roll throughout his life, he quickly learned to play the guitar at the young age of 13. Before anyone knew it, Miller was writing songs with influences of vintage rock and blues.

His styles range from straight ahead raw Rock N Roll and dirty blues to backwoods folk with a country flavor. His songs have been featured on such well known radio stations as 99.1 WPLR CT’s #1 Rock Station and Little Steven’s Underground Garage satellite show on Sirius XM.

Through 2015-2016 Joe Miller served as the lead singer/rhythm guitarist for famed guitar player, Arlen Roth (Simon & Garfunkel/Bob Dylan)

As a high energy performer in his twenties, doing all of his own songwriting, he delivers a sense of free confidence and charisma. Have a listen to one of his albums or catch a show and see for yourself!

The band is Joe Miller (guitar, vocals), Brian Carr (organ, piano), Jon Puzemis (bass) and Chuck Peterson (drums).

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

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

• Saturday, Oct. 28. LIGHT UPON BLIGHT HALLOWEEN SHOW: “CARNIVAL OF SOULS” with LIVE IMPROVISED MUSICAL SCORE

• Wednesday, Nov. 1. OLD-TIMEY/BLUES: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Thursday, Nov. 2. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: JOE MILLER

• Friday, Nov. 3. AMERICANA: FYFE AND STONE

• Saturday, Nov. 4, 7:30 PM. 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. 9. GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK: RICH MORAN

• Friday, Nov. 10. MODERN ROCK: NALANI & SARINA, CHASER EIGHT NAKED (PRESENTED BY AIM PRODUCTIONS)

• Saturday, Nov. 11, 7-10 PM (at ORDINARY tavern in New Haven): ART OPENING: “CREEPSHOW”—A BENEFIT FOR BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER with art by AUDREY NEFORES & NICK HURWITZ-GOODMAN

• Sunday, Nov. 12, 7 PM. FOLK: MINK, SOCK & LUTIE

• Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

• 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: 5 IN THE CHAMBER, OLIVE TIGER, NU HAVEN KAPELYE, THE TET OFFENSIVE

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

• Monday, Nov. 20, 7 PM. FILM SCREENING: “SON OF SAUL” (WITH TALK BY PROF. CHRISTOPHER SHARRETT)

• Friday, Nov. 24. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

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

• Friday, Dec. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY PURRONE

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

• Thursday, Dec. 7.ART SONG/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: OLIVE TIGER (SOLO), AN HISTORIC

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

• Saturday, Dec. 9. JAZZ/AVANT-GARDE: KLEPTOKRAT; WORLD MUSIC/FOLK: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

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

• Thursday, Dec. 14, 8 PM. JAZZ: PAUL SHANLEY

• Friday, Dec. 15. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE FURORS (CD RELEASE!)

• Thursday, Dec. 21. SURF MUSIC: THE CLAMS

• Friday, Dec. 22. HOLIDAY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SHOW: DUST HAT, BRONSON ROCK

• Friday, Jan. 5. AFRO-FUNK/ELECTRONICS: ENERGY

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

• Friday, Jan. 19. BLUES ROCK: VANGE DURST

• Friday, Feb. 9. BLUEGRASS: JOE WALSH & SWEET LOAM

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

Music: Old-timey toons from The ZuZazz String Orkestra Wed., Nov. 1

The ZuZazz String Orkestra plays Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Nov. 1. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

A swinging sextet sporting combinations of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, string-bass, piano, ukulele, and steel-guitar, ZuZazz plays American music from the first three decades of popular recordings.

Their repertoire includes abandoned and regional styles including: Old-timey, Vaudeville, Hawaiian, Blues, Jump, Bluegrass, Cowboy, Swing, Traditional Jazz and tasteless Novelty. Songs from Charlie Poole, Mae West, Helen Hume, Jimmie Rodgers, Irving Berlin and W.C Handy are the band’s mainstays.

Come hear a bunch of good-time tunes with dancing beats, ironic lyrics, bad rhymes, tight harmonies and forgotten history, rendered with long instrumental breaks, unanticipated laughter and moving feet.

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

• Thursday, Oct. 26. INDIE ROCK: SEAN HENRY, RYXNO, STEVE HARTLETT (Just added!)

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

• Saturday, Oct. 28. LIGHT UPON BLIGHT HALLOWEEN SHOW: “CARNIVAL OF SOULS” with LIVE IMPROVISED MUSICAL SCORE

• Wednesday, Nov. 1. OLD-TIMEY/BLUES: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Thursday, Nov. 2. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: JOE MILLER

• Friday, Nov. 3. AMERICANA: FYFE AND STONE

• Saturday, Nov. 4, 7:30 PM. 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. 9. GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK: RICH MORAN

• Friday, Nov. 10. MODERN ROCK: NALANI & SARINA, CHASER EIGHT NAKED (PRESENTED BY AIM PRODUCTIONS)

• Saturday, Nov. 11, 7-10 PM (at ORDINARY tavern in New Haven): ART OPENING: “CREEPSHOW”—A BENEFIT FOR BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER with art by AUDREY NEFORES & NICK HURWITZ-GOODMAN

• Sunday, Nov. 12, 7 PM. FOLK: MINK, SOCK & LUTIE

• Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

• 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: 5 IN THE CHAMBER, OLIVE TIGER, NU HAVEN KAPELYE, THE TET OFFENSIVE

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

• Monday, Nov. 20, 7 PM. FILM SCREENING: “SON OF SAUL” (WITH TALK BY PROF. CHRISTOPHER SHARRETT)

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

• Friday, Dec. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY PURRONE

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

• Thursday, Dec. 7.ART SONG/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: OLIVE TIGER (SOLO), AN HISTORIC

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

• Saturday, Dec. 9. JAZZ/AVANT-GARDE: KLEPTOKRAT; WORLD MUSIC/FOLK: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

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

• Thursday, Dec. 14, 8 PM. JAZZ: PAUL SHANLEY

• Friday, Dec. 15. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE FURORS (CD RELEASE!)

• Thursday, Dec. 21. SURF MUSIC: THE CLAMS

• Friday, Dec. 22. HOLIDAY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SHOW: DUST HAT, BRONSON ROCK

• Friday, Jan. 5. AFRO-FUNK/ELECTRONICS: ENERGY

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

• Friday, Jan. 19. BLUES ROCK: VANGE DURST

• Friday, Feb. 9. BLUEGRASS: JOE WALSH & SWEET LOAM

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

New releases 10/24/17

Top Hits
War for the Planet of the Apes (sci-fi/action, Andy Serkis. Rotten Tomatoes 93%. Metacritic: 82. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ directed by Matt Reeves, is the grimmest episode so far, and also the strongest, a superb example — rare in this era of sloppily constructed, commercially hedged cinematic universes — of clear thinking wedded to inventive technique in popular filmmaking. The distinction of this run of ‘Planet of the Apes’ movies has been its commitment to the venerable belief that science fiction belongs to the literature of ideas, and its willingness to risk seeming to take itself too seriously. Each episode has pursued a stark ethical or political problem, and each has shifted the moral ground from human to ape… Really, though, it’s a lot of fun, in spite of the somber picture I’ve been painting. Mr. Reeves, who also directed ‘Dawn,’ has a dark vision, but also a light touch when necessary, and, above all, a commitment to creating a world that is coherent as well as fantastical.” Read more…)

The Emoji Movie (animated feature, T.J. Miller [voice]. Rotten Tomatoes 10%. Metacritic: 12. From Glenn Kenny’s New York Times review: “For a long time, Hollywood has been propagating the idea that the panderingly, trendily idiotic can be made to seem less so, by polishing it up with bright shiny gloss and enlisting engaging talented performers and writers. I can’t be entirely certain of this, but I would say ‘The Emoji Movie’ takes this notion to the outer limits of credibility.” Read more…)

Landline (comedy, Edie Falco. Rotten Tomatoes 74%. Metacritic: 66. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “‘Landline’ was directed by Gillian Robespierre, who wrote it with Elisabeth Holm. They also collaborated on ‘Obvious Child,’ which starred Ms. Slate, and which was notable for the mixture of sweetness and candor it brought to the subject of abortion. There was something bracing, as well as brave, about that film’s honesty. Oddly, the new one is much more cautious and decorous in its treatment of the emotional dynamics of a complicated family.” Read more…)

Annabelle: Creation (horror, Stephanie Sigman. Rotten Tomatoes 69%. Metacritic: 62. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ New York Times review: “‘is the third cinematic outing for the demon-hosting doll of the title, after a guest spot on ‘The Conjuring’ in 2013 and a star turn the next year in ‘Annabelle.’ The narratives lurch backward, with each film acting as a prequel to its predecessor. Should this trend continue, we could very well see one of Annabelle’s ancestors causing catastrophic delays in the building of the pyramids.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
War for the Planet of the Apes

New Foreign DVDs
Personal Shopper (France, supernatural drama, Kristen Stewart. Rotten Tomatoes 79%. Metacritic: 77. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “If ‘Personal Shopper,’ Mr. Assayas’s new movie, is a supernatural thriller and an unnerving inquiry into the drift and mystery of modern life, it is also a raw and smoldering study in grief. Kristen Stewart, who plays Maureen, has something in common with other stars of Mr. Assayas’s films, notably Maggie Cheung in ‘Irma Vep’ and ‘Clean’ — a quality of self-enclosed detachment that becomes its own peculiar form of intensity. She possesses an uncanny ability to turn her natural charisma into diffidence. You can’t take your eyes off her, even as she seems to be making every effort to deflect your attention, to obscure her radiance, to disappear onscreen.” Read more…)

Heartstone (Iceland, drama/coming of age/LGBT, Baldar Einarsson. Rotten Tomatoes 86%. Metacritic: 70.)
Center Of My World (Germany, coming of age/LGBT, Louis Hofmann. Rotten Tomatoes 100%.)

New American Back Catalog (post-1960)
River of Grass (1995, Kelly Reichardt’s directorial debut, comedy, Lisa Bowman. Rotten Tomatoes 93%. Metacritic: 69. From Stephen Holden’s 1995 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “‘River of Grass’ has the look and feel of a sophisticated home movie featuring everyday people instead of actors, and it is wonderful at conveying a sense of suffocating ennui. Too wonderful, since the story is so sketchily told and the dialogue is so fragmentary that it doesn’t quite cohere. The characters remain hazy ciphers in the torpid atmosphere of a place you’ll never want to visit.” Read more…
From Brian Tallerico’s review on RogerEbert.com on the release of the restored version of “River of Grass” on DVD: “The kind of meandering apathy that Reichardt is going for in ‘River of Grass’ can be tough to connect to as a viewer, and it’s interesting that her films became more resonant when they switched from what is kind of a comedy to drama. How do we deal with our insignificance? Cozy and Lee don’t really deal with anything. We barely care about Cozy and Lee because it feels like Reichardt barely cares about Cozy and Lee. There are enough times when Reichardt’s wit and skill comes through to make it worth a look in its restored version, especially if you’re a fan of her later work, but it’s almost too ethereal, it slips through your fingers when you try to grab it.” Read more…)

New British
The Durrells in Corfu: Season 2 (bio/drama series, Keeley Hawes. Rotten Tomatoes 100%. Metacritic: 77.)

New Documentaries
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (environment, climate change, advocacy, Al Gore. Rotten Tomatoes 78%. Metacritic: 68. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Ben Kenigsberg’s Times review: “In a summer movie landscape with Spider-Man, a simian army waging further battle for the planet and Charlize Theron as a sexy Cold War-era superspy, it says something that one of the most compelling characters is Al Gore. ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,’ a follow-up to ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ Davis Guggenheim’s Oscar-winning documentary from 2006, is a reboot that justifies its existence — and not just because Mr. Gore has fresh news to report on climate change since his previous multimedia presentation played in multiplexes.” Read more…)

New Gay & Lesbian
Heartstone (Iceland, drama/coming of age/LGBT, Baldar Einarsson. Rotten Tomatoes 86%. Metacritic: 70.)
Center Of My World (Germany, coming of age/LGBT, Louis Hofmann. Rotten Tomatoes 100%.)

3rd annual Halloween special film screening & live score: 1962 “Carnival of Souls” with music by Light Upon Blight Ensemble Sat., Oct. 28

Avant-garde rock group Light Upon Blight Ensemble returns for their third annual Halloween special on Saturday, Oct. 28, this time improvising a live score to Herk Harvey’s 1962 horror classic “Carnival of Souls.” The show starts at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover. Costumes and other Halloween trick or treatery are encouraged and welcomed.

From the Criterion Collection Web site on a page that features video of director Herk Harvey discussing the film:

Fifty-four years ago, director Herk Harvey made his atmospheric horror film Carnival of Souls, and in the time since, it has become not only a beloved cult classic but a landmark of American independent cinema. Made independently from the Centron Corporation, a company in Lawrence, Kansas, where Harvey had made several industrial and educational films, this low-budget feature was shot primarily at an abandoned amusement park on the shore of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Initially released in drive-in theaters in 1962, Carnival opened to a limited audience as part of a double feature, but it left an indelible mark on those who did see it, like director George A. Romero. It wasn’t until 1989 that the film finally had a proper revival and was given a theatrical release in New York, establishing it as one of the most influential horror films of its time.

Much like volcanic eruptions, Light Upon Blight performances are uncompromising acts of spontaneous destruction and creation. Purging and destroying the old while simultaneously laying new, fertile ground. No two Light Upon Blight performances are ever the same, just as nature intended. Sounds like: Free Jazz with a noise aesthetic or an exorcism.

The Light Upon Blight Ensemble is the jazzier & groovier off-shoot of the Psych/Free Improv/Doom/Noise project Light Upon Blight. For this show, Light Upon Blight Ensemble features Jeff Cedrone (guitar, analog synth), Bob Gorry (guitar), Tom Hogan (drums), Pete Riccio (drums), Pete Brunelli (bass), and BVFCC’s own Richard Brown (alto sax).

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

• Wednesday, Oct. 25. NEW ORLEANS-STYLE FUNK: BAND OF DRUTHERS

• Thursday, Oct. 26. INDIE ROCK: SEAN HENRY, RYXNO

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

• Saturday, Oct. 28. LIGHT UPON BLIGHT HALLOWEEN SHOW: “CARNIVAL OF SOULS” with LIVE IMPROVISED MUSICAL SCORE

• Wednesday, Nov. 1. OLD-TIMEY/BLUES: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Thursday, Nov. 2. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: JOE MILLER

• Friday, Nov. 3. AMERICANA: FYFE AND STONE

• Saturday, Nov. 4, 7:30 PM. 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. 9. GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK: RICH MORAN

• Friday, Nov. 10. MODERN ROCK: NALANI & SARINA, CHASER EIGHT NAKED (PRESENTED BY AIM PRODUCTIONS)

• Saturday, Nov. 11, 7-10 PM (at ORDINARY tavern in New Haven): ART OPENING: “CREEPSHOW”—A BENEFIT FOR BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER with art by AUDREY NEFORES & NICK HURWITZ-GOODMAN

• Sunday, Nov. 12, 7 PM. FOLK: MINK, SOCK & LUTIE

• Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

• 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: 5 IN THE CHAMBER, OLIVE TIGER, NU HAVEN KAPELYE, THE TET OFFENSIVE

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

• Monday, Nov. 20, 7 PM. FILM SCREENING: “SON OF SAUL” (WITH TALK BY PROF. CHRISTOPHER SHARRETT)

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

• Friday, Dec. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY PURRONE

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

• Thursday, Dec. 7.ART SONG/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: OLIVE TIGER (SOLO), AN HISTORIC

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

• Saturday, Dec. 9. JAZZ/AVANT-GARDE: KLEPTOKRAT; WORLD MUSIC/FOLK: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

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

• Thursday, Dec. 14, 8 PM. JAZZ: PAUL SHANLEY

• Friday, Dec. 15. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE FURORS (CD RELEASE!)

• Friday, Dec. 22. HOLIDAY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SHOW: DUST HAT, BRONSON ROCK

• Friday, Jan. 5. AFRO-FUNK/ELECTRONICS: ENERGY

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

• Friday, Feb. 9. BLUEGRASS: JOE WALSH & SWEET LOAM

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

Music: Seductive Brazilian tunes from The Bossa Nova Project Fri., Oct. 27

The Bossa Nova Project plays Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Oct. 27, The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $10.

The Bossa Nova Project was founded by Brazilian native singer-songwriter/pianist, Isabella Mendes with an intent to bring people happiness through music. The group this night features Isabella Mendes ( vocals/piano/founder), Joe Carter (guitar), and Dirceu Drummer (percussion).

Isabella Mendes is a rising talent known for her sensitive interpretations of jazz, bossa novas, as well as the pop-tinged music and her own originals. Joe Carter started guitar studies at an early age, eventually focusing on Jazz. While earning B.A. and M.A. degrees in Jazz Performance and starting his Jazz Ph.D. studies at New York University he studied privately with guitarists Sal Salvador, John Scofield, Allan Hanlon, saxophonist Lee Konitz and pianist Don Friedman. After several performance and teaching trips to Brazil his current specialty is Brazilian Jazz, combining Straightahead and Bebop styles of Jazz with Samba, Bossa Nova and Northeast styles of Brazilian music.

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

• Wednesday, Oct. 25. NEW ORLEANS-STYLE FUNK: BAND OF DRUTHERS

• Thursday, Oct. 26. INDIE ROCK: SEAN HENRY, RYXNO

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

• Saturday, Oct. 28. LIGHT UPON BLIGHT HALLOWEEN SHOW: “CARNIVAL OF SOULS” with LIVE IMPROVISED MUSICAL SCORE

• Wednesday, Nov. 1. OLD-TIMEY/BLUES: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Thursday, Nov. 2. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: JOE MILLER

• Friday, Nov. 3. AMERICANA: FYFE AND STONE

• Saturday, Nov. 4, 7:30 PM. 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. 9. GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK: RICH MORAN

• Friday, Nov. 10. MODERN ROCK: NALANI & SARINA, CHASER EIGHT NAKED (PRESENTED BY AIM PRODUCTIONS)

• Saturday, Nov. 11, 7-10 PM (at ORDINARY tavern in New Haven): ART OPENING: “CREEPSHOW”—A BENEFIT FOR BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER with art by AUDREY NEFORES & NICK HURWITZ-GOODMAN

• Sunday, Nov. 12, 7 PM. FOLK: MINK, SOCK & LUTIE

• Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

• 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: 5 IN THE CHAMBER, OLIVE TIGER, NU HAVEN KAPELYE, THE TET OFFENSIVE

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

• Monday, Nov. 20, 7 PM. FILM SCREENING: “SON OF SAUL” (WITH TALK BY PROF. CHRISTOPHER SHARRETT)

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

• Friday, Dec. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY PURRONE

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

• Thursday, Dec. 7.ART SONG/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: OLIVE TIGER (SOLO), AN HISTORIC

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

• Saturday, Dec. 9. JAZZ/AVANT-GARDE: KLEPTOKRAT; WORLD MUSIC/FOLK: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

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

• Thursday, Dec. 14, 8 PM. JAZZ: PAUL SHANLEY

• Friday, Dec. 22. HOLIDAY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SHOW: DUST HAT, BRONSON ROCK

• Friday, Jan. 5. AFRO-FUNK/ELECTRONICS: ENERGY

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

• Friday, Feb. 9. BLUEGRASS: JOE WALSH & SWEET LOAM

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

Music: Indie rock Thurs., Oct. 26, from Sean Henry and Ryxno

Sean Henry.

Indie rock performers Sean Henry and Ryxno crank up the guitars at Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Oct. 22. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Sean Henry is the stage name of musician Sean Henry Posila. Settling on his own name after Bandcamp and cassette releases under the likes of Boy Crush and High Pop on such rising underground labels as Run for Cover and Birdtapes, Sean Henry found a home and a family with Double Double Whammy, run by members of LVL UP and the first label of kindred musical spirit, Frankie Cosmos.

Joined live by various hometown heroes, including studied bassist Dan George and youthful drummer Evan House, this current incarnation sees the Connecticut raised and now Brooklyn based songwriter in his truest form. His music’s blend of a muscular rhythm section with tooth achingly sweet guitar chords, updates the sounds of 90’s alternative music titans into the present tense. The songs are coated with Sean Henry’s intimate and sometimes fragile voice, a near falsetto that invites you into his private world of daydreams, insecurities, and reveries. His lyrics paint portraits in miniature, not unlike a botanist pruning a beloved bonsai tree.

Sean Henry’s new album, created with producer Eddie Golden III at The Shop Sound in Naugatuck is slated for release in early 2018.

Ryxno at Cafe Nine Sept., 2017. (Hank Hoffman photo)

What to say about the kinetic rockers of Ryxno? New Haven Independent writer Karen Ponzio wrote them up in a recent live show review:

The final band to take the stage was the New Haven-based Ryxno (pronounced “rhino”), five young men who despite the late hour and dispersing crowd were clearly there to have a good time and take the audience along with them. Fronted by Frederick Kaeser and including Brian Antonucci and Kevin Caputo on guitars, Sean Koravo on bass, and Bridges Stanley on drums, this band plays as friends who both work and hang out often do, extremely tight yet with a lightness that comes from the joy in being together. Song after song gave those who remained a reason to dance and sing along, goaded on by Kaeser, who remained in constant interaction with band and audience.

Kaeser also proved the master of the prop, whether swinging a cane over his shoulder, posing for a requested picture from an audience member, pretending to talk on his cell phone as part of a song, or wielding a broken mic stand as if it was his trusty sword. Ryxno’s newest song, “Outside,” is reminiscent of the mid-‘90s music from The Killers with less weariness and more enthusiasm. The band easily married strong lyrics and a solid danceable punk-hard rock sound without sacrificing one to the other.

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

• Wednesday, Oct. 25. NEW ORLEANS-STYLE FUNK: BAND OF DRUTHERS

• Thursday, Oct. 26. INDIE ROCK: SEAN HENRY, RYXNO

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

• Saturday, Oct. 28. LIGHT UPON BLIGHT HALLOWEEN SHOW: “CARNIVAL OF SOULS” with LIVE IMPROVISED MUSICAL SCORE

• Wednesday, Nov. 1. OLD-TIMEY/BLUES: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Thursday, Nov. 2. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: JOE MILLER

• Friday, Nov. 3. AMERICANA: FYFE AND STONE

• Saturday, Nov. 4, 7:30 PM. 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. 9. GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK: RICH MORAN

• Friday, Nov. 10. MODERN ROCK: NALANI & SARINA, CHASER EIGHT NAKED (PRESENTED BY AIM PRODUCTIONS)

• Saturday, Nov. 11, 7-10 PM (at ORDINARY tavern in New Haven): ART OPENING: “CREEPSHOW”—A BENEFIT FOR BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER with art by AUDREY NEFORES & NICK HURWITZ-GOODMAN

• Sunday, Nov. 12, 7 PM. FOLK: MINK, SOCK & LUTIE

• Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

• 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: 5 IN THE CHAMBER, OLIVE TIGER, NU HAVEN KAPELYE, THE TET OFFENSIVE

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

• Monday, Nov. 20, 7 PM. FILM SCREENING: “SON OF SAUL” (WITH TALK BY PROF. CHRISTOPHER SHARRETT)

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

• Friday, Dec. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY PURRONE

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

• Thursday, Dec. 7.ART SONG/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: OLIVE TIGER (SOLO), AN HISTORIC

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

• Saturday, Dec. 9. JAZZ/AVANT-GARDE: KLEPTOKRAT; WORLD MUSIC/FOLK: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

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

• Thursday, Dec. 14, 8 PM. JAZZ: PAUL SHANLEY

• Friday, Dec. 22. HOLIDAY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SHOW: DUST HAT, BRONSON ROCK

• Friday, Jan. 5. AFRO-FUNK/ELECTRONICS: ENERGY

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

• Friday, Feb. 9. BLUEGRASS: JOE WALSH & SWEET LOAM

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