Annie Lisa offers PSYCH-K® seminar Wed., Dec. 6, at 7 PM

PSYCH-K® facilitator Annie Lisa rents Best Video Performance Space on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 18, for a seminar on the self-development technique. The event starts at 7 PM and admission is $15.

Ever wonder why your vision boards or affirmations aren’t working? Join Annie Lisa for a special presentation on PSYCH-K® — a unique blend of contemporary neuroscience research and ancient mind/body wisdom that help clear beliefs at the subconscious level that impact the reality you are trying to create.

How does PSYCH-K® work?

PSYCH-K® uses safe and easy muscle testing and balances to create a whole brain state to help you change beliefs that limit you, into believes that support you—in minutes. And unlike most healing modalities, PSYCH-K® uses permission protocols at the sub-conscious and higher conscience levels to be sure a particular belief is safe and appropriate for you before proceeding with a balance.

What are the benefits of a whole brain state?

A PSYCH-K® balances communicates with your subconscious to increase the cross talk between your two brain hemispheres to achieve what’s known as a “whole brain state” which is ideal for changing subconscious beliefs.

When the right and left brain hemisphere-s are both responding to a situation you can maximize your full response potential to a situation. So instead of avoiding something your subconscious perceives as uncomfortable for you, or needing will power, discipline or determination to get past something you avoid or fear, your subconscious is more open and willing to move forward. As a result, your life becomes less of a struggle and more of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Annie Lisa:

I’ve spent the past 25 years reading and watching a host of brilliant spiritual teachers, scientists, and researchers on a variety of subjects in the realm of quantum physics. But it wasn’t until Dr. Bruce Lipton magically popped up on my computer that I found the missing link: subconscious beliefs were sabotaging my reality. I was then led to Rob Williams and PSYCH-K®.. As a PSYCH-K®. Facilitator. I have been amazed by the changes in my life and others in areas of spiritual growth, career, relationships, health , wealth and more. My mission is to use PSYCH-K®. to empower people to live the lives they want, and to help raise the consciousness of this planet.

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

• 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

• Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7 PM. ANNIE LISA: PSYCH-K

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

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

• Saturday, Dec. 9. SINGER-SONGWRITER/FUTURE SOUL: PAUL BRYANT HUDSON; 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!); SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI

• Wednesday, Dec. 20. INDIE ROCK: WAR WAR WAR, REDUCTION PLAN, ROSS MENZE

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

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

• Friday, Dec. 29. INDIE ROCK: WALLY

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

• Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Jan. 11. ROCK: TINY OCEAN

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

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

• Thursday, Jan. 25, 6:30 PM. INDIE ROCK: BONZO, BILGE RAT, PINFINGER, SHORT MONTH

• Friday, Feb. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Feb. 8. BLUEGRASS: JOE K. WALSH & CELIA WOODSMITH, feat. BOBBY BRITT & ZOE GUIGUENO

• Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC

• Friday, Feb. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER/FUTURE SOUL: PAUL BRYANT HUDSON

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

• Saturday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

 

New releases 11/28/17

Top Hits
Logan_LuckyLogan Lucky (action, Daniel Craig. Rotten Tomatoes: 93%. Metacritic: 78. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “‘Logan Lucky,’ Steven Soderbergh’s gravity-defying, ridiculously entertaining new film — one that ends a blessedly brief retirement from big-screen directing — concerns itself with a desperate attempt to even the odds. It’s a caper movie, a modern-day Robin Hood tale organized around an elaborate, improbable but curiously plausible heist. A gang that includes a wounded veteran, an unemployed former coal miner, a hairdresser and other motley members of the noncoastal nonelite conspires to knock over a Nascar race sponsored by Coca-Cola. The event sucks a lot of cash from people like them, and the thieves quite literally set out to suck it right back up.” Read more…)

Crown Heights (drama, Lakeith Stanfield. Rotten Tomatoes: 76%. Metacritic: 64. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “This story inspired a gripping, enraging episode of ‘This American Life,’ and ‘Crown Heights,’ written and directed by Matt Ruskin, tries to adhere both to the factual record and a careful, detail-focused documentary ethos. Like its protagonist, sensitively and shrewdly played by Lakeith Stanfield, the film is soft-spoken and thoughtful, with sweet, lyrical touches that alleviate some of the grimness without blunting the cruelty and injustice of what happened.” Read more…)

Woodshock (drama, Kirsten Dunst. Rotten Tomatoes: 19%. Metacritic: 38. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ New York Times review: “Unlike their spring 2018 fashion collection, Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s first foray into moviemaking, ‘Woodshock,’ is depressingly dull and terminally inarticulate. Oh, it’s pretty enough, in the superficially embellished style of a perfume ad or fashion video — the gifted Finnish cinematographer Peter Flinckenberg virtually empties his bag of tricks. But it’s more lacking in substance than a yard of silk chiffon.” Read more…)

LeapLeap! (animated feature, Elle Fanning [voice]. Rotten Tomatoes: 37%. Metacritic: 48. From Ken Jaworowski’s New York Times review: “Nit-picking will get you nowhere with the target audience of ‘Leap!,’ an animated movie for tweens — they’re unlikely to care about critical quibbles. As for the adults who’ll get dragged to the theater: You’ve seen it all before, though it’s pleasant enough to watch again.” Read more…)

The Ottoman Lieutenant (historical drama/romance, Michael Huisman. Rotten Tomatoes: 19%. Metacritic: 26. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “Forbidden love! Two men fighting over a woman! Panoramic horse rides though golden meadows while danger lurks! The film, written by Jeff Stockwell and directed by Joseph Ruben, has all the elements of a type of female fantasy that has seemed out of step since the 1950s. It aims to be an epic in the ‘Doctor Zhivago’ mold, but somehow the crashing score and picture-postcard images only diminish the world-shaking events swirling around this romantic triangle.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
Logan Lucky
Leap
Disconnected (1984, cult/slasher, directed by Gorman Bechard, Vinegar Syndrome 2K restoration)

New Foreign DVDs
ClashClash (Egypt, drama, Nelly Karim. Rotten Tomatoes: 93%. Metacritic: 78. From Glenn Kenny’s New York Times review: “Sitting through ‘Clash’ is largely a miserable experience, and that’s deliberate. The movie is set in the aftermath of the 2013 overthrow of Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood movement. Directed by Mohamed Diab from a script he wrote with his brother Khaled Diab, “Clash” begins in the back of an empty police truck.” Read more…)

Machines (India, documentary, work conditions, textiles. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%. Metacritic: 76. From Ben Kenigsberg’s New York Times review: “Following in the footsteps of other documentaries from the last decade and a half — including ‘Behemoth,’ ‘Darwin’s Nightmare’ and ‘Workingman’s Death’ — Rahul Jain’s ‘Machines’ casts an unflinching eye on dire poverty, trafficking in the disjunction between surreal, aesthetically striking images and sounds and the squalor those images depict… ‘Machines’ is at its strongest when interviewing the workers, who aren’t named and who, the film not so subtly implies, have become cogs in the machinery themselves.” Read more…)

Daguerréotypes (France, Agnes Varda-directed documentary. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%.)

New Classic DVDs (pre-1960)
SouthernerThe Southerner (1945, Jean Renoir-directed drama, Zachary Scott. From Bosley Crowther’s 1945 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “The poor, white sharecropper, probably as unfashionable a subject for screen treatment as could be contemplated, has been given forthright, sympathetic and seemingly honest expression in ‘The Southerner.’ For the drama, which came to the Globe on Saturday, has invested its persevering farm family not only with the blights of poverty, pellagra and crop-destroying storm but also with dignity, humility, indigenous humor and a vestige of hope. Essentially the story of one man’s overpowering love of the good earth in the face of bitter adversity and despite the prospects of a different, easier way of life, ‘The Southerner’ is a worthy addition to the year’s roster of fine films.” Read more…)

New American Back Catalog (post-1960)
Cop-Out (1967, drama, James Mason)
Disconnected (1984, cult/slasher, directed by Gorman Bechard—his first film, Vinegar Syndrome 2K restoration)

New Television
Fargo: Season 3

New Documentaries
Called_Him_Morgan 2I Called Him Morgan (jazz. Bio, Lee Morgan. Rotten Tomatoes: 96%. Metacritic: 90. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “In February 1972, in the midst of a blizzard, the jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan died after being shot in a Manhattan nightclub by his common-law wife, Helen. The shooting was tragic and traumatic for those who were there — one of Morgan’s band mates stayed away from New York for many years after — but for the rest of the world, it has the qualities of a sad, strange, faded tabloid story. ‘I Called Him Morgan,’ a suave and poignant documentary by Kasper Collin, dusts off the details of Morgan’s life and death and brushes away the sensationalism, too. This is not a lurid true-crime tale of jealousy and drug addiction, but a delicate human drama about love, ambition and the glories of music.” Read more…)

Watermark (documentary, art, water uses, environment. Rotten Tomatoes: 77%. Metacritic: 68. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ Times review: “So goes much of ‘Watermark,’ Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s second investigation [after ‘Manufactured Landscapes’ in 2007] into the impact of human beings on the natural world. Driven by the question “How does water shape us, and then how do we shape water?,” Ms. Baichwal and Mr. Burtynsky, a photographer noted for his large-scale industrial panoramas, travel across 10 countries and countless human activities, seeking an answer. From the denatured Colorado River delta to abalone fisheries along China’s Fujian coast, the filmmakers find a species in thrall to H2O and largely heedless of the consequences of its unnatural manipulation.” Read more…)

Machines (India, documentary, work conditions, textiles. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%. Metacritic: 76. From Ben Kenigsberg’s New York Times review: “Following in the footsteps of other documentaries from the last decade and a half — including ‘Behemoth,’ ‘Darwin’s Nightmare’ and ‘Workingman’s Death’ — Rahul Jain’s ‘Machines’ casts an unflinching eye on dire poverty, trafficking in the disjunction between surreal, aesthetically striking images and sounds and the squalor those images depict… ‘Machines’ is at its strongest when interviewing the workers, who aren’t named and who, the film not so subtly implies, have become cogs in the machinery themselves.” Read more…)

No Gods, No Masters (political history, anarchism, Sacco & Vanzetti)
Who Is Lydia Loveless (music bio, Lydia Loveless, by local filmmaker Gorman Bechard)
Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall & the NAACP (civil rights, American history, bio, Thurgood Marshall)

New Children’s DVDs
Leap! (animated feature, Elle Fanning [voice])

New releases 11/28/17

Top Hits
Logan Lucky (action, Daniel Craig. Rotten Tomatoes: 93%. Metacritic: 78. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “‘Logan Lucky,’ Steven Soderbergh’s gravity-defying, ridiculously entertaining new film — one that ends a blessedly brief retirement from big-screen directing — concerns itself with a desperate attempt to even the odds. It’s a caper movie, a modern-day Robin Hood tale organized around an elaborate, improbable but curiously plausible heist. A gang that includes a wounded veteran, an unemployed former coal miner, a hairdresser and other motley members of the noncoastal nonelite conspires to knock over a Nascar race sponsored by Coca-Cola. The event sucks a lot of cash from people like them, and the thieves quite literally set out to suck it right back up.” Read more…)

Crown Heights (drama, Lakeith Stanfield. Rotten Tomatoes: 76%. Metacritic: 64. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “This story inspired a gripping, enraging episode of ‘This American Life,’ and ‘Crown Heights,’ written and directed by Matt Ruskin, tries to adhere both to the factual record and a careful, detail-focused documentary ethos. Like its protagonist, sensitively and shrewdly played by Lakeith Stanfield, the film is soft-spoken and thoughtful, with sweet, lyrical touches that alleviate some of the grimness without blunting the cruelty and injustice of what happened.” Read more…)

Woodshock (drama, Kirsten Dunst. Rotten Tomatoes: 19%. Metacritic: 38. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ New York Times review: “Unlike their spring 2018 fashion collection, Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s first foray into moviemaking, ‘Woodshock,’ is depressingly dull and terminally inarticulate. Oh, it’s pretty enough, in the superficially embellished style of a perfume ad or fashion video — the gifted Finnish cinematographer Peter Flinckenberg virtually empties his bag of tricks. But it’s more lacking in substance than a yard of silk chiffon.” Read more…)

Leap! (animated feature, Elle Fanning [voice]. Rotten Tomatoes: 37%. Metacritic: 48. From Ken Jaworowski’s New York Times review: “Nit-picking will get you nowhere with the target audience of ‘Leap!,’ an animated movie for tweens — they’re unlikely to care about critical quibbles. As for the adults who’ll get dragged to the theater: You’ve seen it all before, though it’s pleasant enough to watch again.” Read more…)

The Ottoman Lieutenant (historical drama/romance, Michael Huisman. Rotten Tomatoes: 19%. Metacritic: 26. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “Forbidden love! Two men fighting over a woman! Panoramic horse rides though golden meadows while danger lurks! The film, written by Jeff Stockwell and directed by Joseph Ruben, has all the elements of a type of female fantasy that has seemed out of step since the 1950s. It aims to be an epic in the ‘Doctor Zhivago’ mold, but somehow the crashing score and picture-postcard images only diminish the world-shaking events swirling around this romantic triangle.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
Logan Lucky
Leap
Disconnected (1984, cult/slasher, directed by Gorman Bechard, Vinegar Syndrome 2K restoration)

New Foreign DVDs
Clash (Egypt, drama, Nelly Karim. Rotten Tomatoes: 93%. Metacritic: 78. From Glenn Kenny’s New York Times review: “Sitting through ‘Clash’ is largely a miserable experience, and that’s deliberate. The movie is set in the aftermath of the 2013 overthrow of Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood movement. Directed by Mohamed Diab from a script he wrote with his brother Khaled Diab, “Clash” begins in the back of an empty police truck.” Read more…)

Machines (India, documentary, work conditions, textiles. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%. Metacritic: 76. From Ben Kenigsberg’s New York Times review: “Following in the footsteps of other documentaries from the last decade and a half — including ‘Behemoth,’ ‘Darwin’s Nightmare’ and ‘Workingman’s Death’ — Rahul Jain’s ‘Machines’ casts an unflinching eye on dire poverty, trafficking in the disjunction between surreal, aesthetically striking images and sounds and the squalor those images depict… ‘Machines’ is at its strongest when interviewing the workers, who aren’t named and who, the film not so subtly implies, have become cogs in the machinery themselves.” Read more…)

Daguerréotypes (France, Agnes Varda-directed documentary. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%.)

New Classic DVDs (pre-1960)
The Southerner (1945, Jean Renoir-directed drama, Zachary Scott. From Bosley Crowther’s 1945 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “The poor, white sharecropper, probably as unfashionable a subject for screen treatment as could be contemplated, has been given forthright, sympathetic and seemingly honest expression in ‘The Southerner.’ For the drama, which came to the Globe on Saturday, has invested its persevering farm family not only with the blights of poverty, pellagra and crop-destroying storm but also with dignity, humility, indigenous humor and a vestige of hope. Essentially the story of one man’s overpowering love of the good earth in the face of bitter adversity and despite the prospects of a different, easier way of life, ‘The Southerner’ is a worthy addition to the year’s roster of fine films.” Read more…)

New American Back Catalog (post-1960)
Cop-Out (1967, drama, James Mason)
Disconnected (1984, cult/slasher, directed by Gorman Bechard—his first film, Vinegar Syndrome 2K restoration)

New Television
Fargo: Season 3

New Documentaries
I Called Him Morgan (jazz. Bio, Lee Morgan. Rotten Tomatoes: 96%. Metacritic: 90. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “In February 1972, in the midst of a blizzard, the jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan died after being shot in a Manhattan nightclub by his common-law wife, Helen. The shooting was tragic and traumatic for those who were there — one of Morgan’s band mates stayed away from New York for many years after — but for the rest of the world, it has the qualities of a sad, strange, faded tabloid story. ‘I Called Him Morgan,’ a suave and poignant documentary by Kasper Collin, dusts off the details of Morgan’s life and death and brushes away the sensationalism, too. This is not a lurid true-crime tale of jealousy and drug addiction, but a delicate human drama about love, ambition and the glories of music.” Read more…)

Watermark (documentary, art, water uses, environment. Rotten Tomatoes: 77%. Metacritic: 68. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ Times review: “So goes much of ‘Watermark,’ Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s second investigation [after ‘Manufactured Landscapes’ in 2007] into the impact of human beings on the natural world. Driven by the question “How does water shape us, and then how do we shape water?,” Ms. Baichwal and Mr. Burtynsky, a photographer noted for his large-scale industrial panoramas, travel across 10 countries and countless human activities, seeking an answer. From the denatured Colorado River delta to abalone fisheries along China’s Fujian coast, the filmmakers find a species in thrall to H2O and largely heedless of the consequences of its unnatural manipulation.” Read more…)

Machines (India, documentary, work conditions, textiles. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%. Metacritic: 76. From Ben Kenigsberg’s New York Times review: “Following in the footsteps of other documentaries from the last decade and a half — including ‘Behemoth,’ ‘Darwin’s Nightmare’ and ‘Workingman’s Death’ — Rahul Jain’s ‘Machines’ casts an unflinching eye on dire poverty, trafficking in the disjunction between surreal, aesthetically striking images and sounds and the squalor those images depict… ‘Machines’ is at its strongest when interviewing the workers, who aren’t named and who, the film not so subtly implies, have become cogs in the machinery themselves.” Read more…)

No Gods, No Masters (political history, anarchism, Sacco & Vanzetti)
Who Is Lydia Loveless (music bio, Lydia Loveless, by local filmmaker Gorman Bechard)
Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall & the NAACP (civil rights, American history, bio, Thurgood Marshall)

New Children’s DVDs
Leap! (animated feature, Elle Fanning [voice])

Book? Movie? Why not both? Bundled gifts available at BVFCC

Read the book? Watch the movie? Both experiences are valid and your holiday gift recipients can choose in which order they want to go with the classic book-and-movie gift bundles now on sale at BVFCC.

Available as attractively packaged book-and-movie bundles are:

• “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Truman Capote

• “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White

• “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” by Robert C. O’Brien (movie title: “The Secret of Nimh”)

• “The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs

• “The Zookeepper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman

A message from BVFCC on this #GivingTuesday

To our members, friends and neighbors: December is upon us, the end of another year and a time for giving. We appreciate and thank all for another year of support, exciting events and relative stability. We could not have done it without your interest and participation.

This holiday season please keep us in your holiday gift giving plans, every little bit helps. Customer activity can get a bit lean during the dead of winter so coming out now for a coffee, a show, a beer or wine and meet up with a friend, a holiday special order or purchase can all add up to a happy and sustaining season for Best Video Film and Cultural Center.

Consider, too, renewing a soon-expiring membership, purchasing a gift membership for a friend and buying a gift certificate for anything and all we offer. Please consider a donation as well as year end nears. Remember, we are a not-for-profit charitable cultural organization and any donation to Best Video is completely tax deductible. Your accountant will be proud of you! And we’ll be as happy as Rudolph leading the way!

We wish all a safe, happy and healthy holiday season and hope to see you at BVFCC sometime soon. And thanks again for your continued support. We’ll give it all back to you in the coming year, adding more films to our vast library, more live music, beautifying our space, and having a place for you, your families and neighbors to meet and feel the sense of community that is yours and ours. Here at Best Video Film and Cultural Center.

Music: GuitarTownCT Free Monthly Bluegrass Jam Sun., Dec. 3, 2-5 PM

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

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

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

• 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

• Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7 PM. ANNIE LISA: PSYCH-K

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

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

• Saturday, Dec. 9. SINGER-SONGWRITER/FUTURE SOUL: PAUL BRYANT HUDSON; 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!); SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI

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

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

• Friday, Dec. 29. INDIE ROCK: WALLY

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

• Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Jan. 11. ROCK: TINY OCEAN

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

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

• Thursday, Jan. 25, 6:30 PM. INDIE ROCK: BONZO

• Friday, Feb. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Feb. 8. BLUEGRASS: JOE K. WALSH & CELIA WOODSMITH, feat. BOBBY BRITT & ZOE GUIGUENO

• Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC

• Friday, Feb. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER/FUTURE SOUL: PAUL BRYANT HUDSON

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

• Saturday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

Music: Jeff Fuller & Tony Purrone play jazz Fri., Dec. 1

Jazz bassist Jeff Fuller and Tony Purrone, one of the world’s greatest guitarists, will perform a reunion concert on Friday, Dec. 1, starting at 8 PM at Best Video Film and Cultural Center, 1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT. Cover is $10.

Fuller and Purrone are reuniting for the first time in many years after starting their careers in New Haven’s jazz scene at clubs like the Foundry Café, and gaining valuable experience accompanying such visiting artists as Frank Foster, George Coleman and Jimmy Heath. It was with the Heath Brothers that Purrone made his leap into the jazz world, earning a reputation as one of the most amazing soloists in jazz, as witnessed by a number of Columbia LPs the group released. Fuller was discovered and picked up by saxophonist and NEA Jazzmaster Lou Donaldson and toured and recorded with him for the next 15 years, before moving on to Paquito D’Rivera’s New York/Havana Quintet and other NYC-based groups.

Both Fuller and Purrone currently reside in CT and have continued to build their solid reputations in jazz. Friday’s concert will reignite the chemistry the two have had since the 1970s, when their critically acclaimed album “Expansion” was released. A few copies of the collector’s album will be sold at the concert.

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.

Tony Purrone was born and raised in Connecticut. His love affair with the guitar started with his first lesson at age nine. This early ability, expressed across a diversity of styles, led to acceptance by the University of Bridgeport Jazz Ensemble at a very young age. Four years later, whilst still a student, he performed with the Don Elliott Quintet and the Gerry Mulligan Sextet. After transferring to New York University, Tony graduated with a BSc in music.

In 1978, he came to the attention of Jimmy Heath in Connecticut and was invited to join the Heath Brothers Band, going on to record five albums on CBS and Island-Antilles in between touring the world.

In 1982, Tony left to carve his own impressive niche in the eclectic jazz world. He has performed with a Who’s Who of Jazz, including: Frank Foster and the Count Basie Band, Jerome Richardson, Lee Konitz, Al Cohn, Pepper Adams, Paquito D’Rivera, Sal Nistico, Nick Brignola, Bill Barron, Dave Leibman, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Brecker, Lew Soloff, Jon Faddis, Donald Byrd, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman band members, the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Stanley Cowell, Billy Eckstine, Johnny Hartman, the Trio (3) with Pete Levin and Lenny White, and his own groups.

Tony has taught music at Housatonic College and Wesleyan University in Connecticut and at Queens College in New York. Tony participated in two Grammy nominated albums, “Heath Brothers Live at the Public Theater”, (1980); and “Jimmy Heath-Little Man, Big Band” (1994). Tony has also recorded with Jimmy Heath on the Landmark, Verve, and Steeplechase labels, Ed Thigpen on the Reaction label and is the featured guitar soloist along with bassist, Stanley Clarke, on the song “Dark” co-written with Lenny White on Lenny’s CD, “Present Tense” (Hip Bop records).

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

• 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

• Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7 PM. ANNIE LISA: PSYCH-K

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

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

• Saturday, Dec. 9. SINGER-SONGWRITER/FUTURE SOUL: PAUL BRYANT HUDSON; 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!); SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI

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

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

• Friday, Dec. 29. INDIE ROCK: WALLY

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

• Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Jan. 11. ROCK: TINY OCEAN

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

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

• Thursday, Jan. 25, 6:30 PM. INDIE ROCK: BONZO

• Friday, Feb. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Feb. 8. BLUEGRASS: JOE K. WALSH & CELIA WOODSMITH, feat. BOBBY BRITT & ZOE GUIGUENO

• Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC

• Friday, Feb. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER/FUTURE SOUL: PAUL BRYANT HUDSON

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

• Saturday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

Music: East Rock Ramblers offer bluegrass Thurs., Nov. 30

The East Rock Ramblers bring their traditional approach to bluegrass and country to Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Nov. 30. The music starts at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover.

A traditional bluegrass and country music quartet, the East Rock Ramblers feature David Sasso (mandolin, banjo, and vocals), Dan O’Keefe (banjo and vocals), Dave Casali (bass) and Chris Wuerth (guitar and vocals). Chris Wuerth—who puts on the popular Guitartown Productions concerts in the area—has previously played Best Video as part of the bluegrass group Ragweed.

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

• 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

• Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7 PM. ANNIE LISA: PSYCH-K

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

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

• Saturday, Dec. 9. SINGER-SONGWRITER/FUTURE SOUL: PAUL BRYANT HUDSON; 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!); SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI

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

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

• Friday, Dec. 29. INDIE ROCK: WALLY

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

• Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Jan. 11. ROCK: TINY OCEAN

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

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

• Thursday, Jan. 25, 6:30 PM. INDIE ROCK: BONZO

• Friday, Feb. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Feb. 8. BLUEGRASS: JOE K. WALSH & CELIA WOODSMITH, feat. BOBBY BRITT & ZOE GUIGUENO

• Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC

• Friday, Feb. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER/FUTURE SOUL: PAUL BRYANT HUDSON

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

• Saturday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

BVFCC closed Thanksgiving Day—have a wonderful holiday!

In order to allow all our staff to enjoy the holidays with friends and family, Best Video Film & Cultural Center will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24.

We wish all our members and friends a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

And thanks to all for the tremendous support BVFCC has received throughout this year. We are truly grateful and humbled by your generosity and your continuing patronage.

Thanks for making our 2nd Anniversary Gala a success! Show our Program Book sponsors some love!

Olive Tiger performs at Best video Film & Cultural Center’s 2nd Anniversary Gala on Nov. 18, 2017.

Best Video Film & Cultural Center’s 2nd Anniversary Gala was held this past weekend at The Ballroom at The Outer Space and was a great success. A fine turnout, great music, short films, food and community. Thanks to all who attended.

We want to thank Steve Rodgers and The Ballroom at The Outer Space for donating the use of the room and for their fine hospitality.

Thanks also to the superb musicians who donated their talents: Five In the Chamber, Olive Tiger, The Tet Offensive and Nu Haven Kapelye. Thanks to the filmmakers who offered their work to be screened: Nasty Women Connecticut (specifically, the film “Segmented Sleep” by Mira Steinzor, Rie Ito-Haraki, Christina Schnabel), Mike Franzman (whose two films, alas, could not be shone due to technical difficulties), and the Mindplow collective.

Thanks to the sponsors who purchased ads in our Program Book: (Full Page) Adler Travel, Cork & Barrel, Presence CT: Led Zeppelin Tribute, Wave Gallery, (Half Page) Advance Paper Co., Art Nails, Paul & Eddy’s Pizza, Spring Glen Hardware, (Quarter Page) Holly A. Bryk, Cherry On Top, Garden House, Tim Moran Woodwinds, Richard Penna Salon, Spring Glen Cleaners.

Support our sponsors! Thank them for buying ads in the Anniversary Gala Program Book.