BVFCC to host Oscars day brunch and fundraiser Sun., Feb. 26, from 4-6 PM

The red carpet rolls out when Best Video Film & Cultural Center hosts an afternoon Oscars brunch and fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 26, from 4-6 PM. It’s the perfect event to get ready for the evening Academy Awards ceremony. The Oscars brunch will be held at BVFCC, located at 1842 Whitney Avenue in Hamden.

Admission includes mimosas, a bagel bar, quiche and assorted desserts. Jazz duo Joe Carter (guitar) and Tim Moran (sax and flute) will provide background music.

Each attendee will be given an Oscar ballot to fill out with great prizes for those who correctly choose the most winners. Among the prizes are a $100 Wave Gallery gift card and a $100 Café Amici gift certificate. Drawings for door prizes will also be held throughout the event.

Tickets are $25 in advance—available at BVFCC or online through Brown Paper Tickets—or $30 at the door. Additional tax-deductible donations above the cost of the ticket are welcomed.

BVFCC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing people, film, and music together. For more information, check bestvideo.com or call (203) 287-9286.

BestFest Student Films Festival this Saturday, Dec. 10, at 4 PM, FREE

bestfeststudentfilmslogo_bvfcc_webThe 2016 BestFest Student Film Festival screens short films by area high school students this Saturday, Dec. 10, starting at 4 pm. The event—the first in what is planned as an annual event— will be held at Best Video Film & Cultural Center at 1842 Whitney Avenue in Hamden. BestFest Student Films is a project of BVFCC.

The event is free and open to the public.

BestFest Student Films was created to showcase films by area high school students. The festival is open to all high school students from New Haven, Connecticut, and adjacent communities (East Haven, West Haven, Hamden, North Haven, Woodbridge, and Orange).

Among the schools represented in the festival are Wilbur Cross High School and Metropolitan Business Academy in New Haven and East Haven High School.

Local professional documentary filmmaker Brendan Toller will give a keynote address. Toller’s second film was picked up by Magnolia Pictures for worldwide distribution this year and was the inaugural offering of Arthouse Theater Day in September. “Danny Says” documents the life and times of Danny Fields, the first manager of The Ramones and a key figure in the 1960s New York City rock counterculture.

Beyond presenting students’ films, the festival serves as an educational resource for student filmmakers. BestFest Student Films presented workshops for students in June and November covering topics including pre-production, lighting, capturing good audio, and effective storytelling techniques.

For more information, call (203) 287-9286 or email BestFest Student Films at bestfeststudentfilms@bestvideo.com. BestFest Student Films can also be contacted through Twitter at @BestFestFilms. Information is also available at www.bestvideo.com/student-film-festival/.

Support BVFCC on #GivingTuesday—matching funds make YOUR gift go farther!

november29_copy_webThanks to the generous support of key Best Video Film & Cultural Center members, we have raised $15,000 in matching funds as an incentive for others to pitch in!

A great time to show your support with a tax-deductible donation is this Tuesday, Nov. 29, Giving Tuesday. #GivingTuesday is held the first Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgving. Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Matching funds make your tax-deductible donation go farther. But they also are available to encourage BVFCC supporters who haven’t yet joined one of the new Movie Plans to do so. The plans, which are already being enjoyed by several hundred area families, allow members to pay a flat fee on either a monthly or annual basis rather than a charge per rental. Unlike the original Best Video rental plans, there are no late fees with the 1 Movie Plan ($10 per month, or $108 for a year), 2 Movie Plan ($20 per month, or $216 for a year) and 4 Movie Plans ($30 per month, or $324 for a year).

To make a tax-deductible donation to support Best Video Film & Cultural Center this #GivingTuesday, click here.

To support BVFCC by joining one of the plans, click here. (The monthly rental plans are NOT tax-deductible.)

Of course, you can also make a donation and/or join one of the plans by coming down to BVFCC at 1842 Whitney Ave.

Thanks for your support!

BVFCC First Anniversary Gala Concert & Benefit Thurs., Nov. 10, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space

anniversary_gala_graphic_webPlease join us on Thursday, November 10, 2016, from 7—10 PM, in celebration of the first 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. On November 1, 2016, BVFCC purchased Best Video from founder Hank Paper and began running it as a cultural non-profit. The celebration will take place at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

• A lineup of superb local artists have offered to donate their talent for this event: jazz group Jeff Fuller & Friends, indie rock group Mercy Choir, roots rock trio The Bandidos and swing/blues group The Red Hots.

• We will be showing some locally made short films.

• There will also be munchies—wings, cheese platter, veggies and hummus, bruschetta.

Tickets are $25 but please consider making a donation over and above that amount. Supporters who donate over $100 will receive complimentary admission to the show. Donations in excess of the value of admission are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Or, you can purchase tickets at BVFCC at 1842 Whitney Avenue in Hamden. Tickets will also be available at the door. If you can afford to make a donation over and above the ticket price, it is both tax-deductible and much appreciate. It is support like that which has enabled us to maintain the archive and expand our programming!

In the past year:

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

• 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 have organized a film festival — BestFest Student Films — to showcase the work of local high school students this fall.

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

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.

BestFest Student Films to host free workshop for high school students on importance of strong storytelling Sat., Nov. 5, at 2 PM

best_fest_workshop_story_110516_webBestFest Student Films, a project of Best Video Film & Cultural Center, will offer a free workshop on effective storytelling in movies for high school students on Saturday, November 5, at 2 PM. The event will be held at Best Video Film & Cultural Center at 1842 Whitney Avenue in Hamden.

BestFest Student Films was created to showcase films by area high school students. The festival is open to all high school students from New Haven, Connecticut, and adjacent communities (East Haven, West Haven, Hamden, North Haven, Woodbridge, and Orange). Selected films will be screened at the 2016 BestFest Student Films Festival December 10, 2016. The deadline for submission of films is November 18.

Beyond presenting students’ films, the festival will serve as an educational resource for student filmmakers. The steering committee plans to assemble a group of expert volunteers—including film industry veterans and educators—to offer advice on issues ranging from screenwriting to audio engineering, film financing to editing.

As part of BestFest Student Films’s educational mission, BestFest is offering a free afternoon workshop on November 5 to acquaint aspiring student filmmakers with the techniques of strong storytelling. Among the topics to be covered include creating compelling characters, plot construction, and genre conventions—both how to work within them and how to use the element of surprise to subvert them.

In addition to the discussion of the importance of story as a foundation of effective filmmaking, the group will offer an ask-us-anything panel at the event for students who have questions about other aspects of filmmaking.

To reserve a place at the workshop, call (203) 287-9286 or email BestFest Student Films at bestfeststudentfilms@bestvideo.com. BestFest Student Films can also be contacted through Twitter at @BestFestFilms.

For more information as this festival is developed please visit www.bestvideo.com/student-film-festival/.

Film screenings: New England Underground Film Festival at BVFCC Sat., Oct. 8, starting at 4 PM

Still from "The Patchwork Girl of Oz" (written and produced by L. Frank Baum, 1914).

Still from “The Patchwork Girl of Oz” (written and produced by L. Frank Baum, 1914).

The New England Underground Film Festival, a celebration of the best of underground cinema, will have its sixth annual presentation on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Best Video Film & Cultural Center in Hamden, CT. The event will be held from 4—10 pm. General admission is $10 and students with school ID can pay $5.

This year’s festival includes new films from Connecticut filmmakers Kim Mikenis (Hamden) and Manuel Saldana (New Britain), along with a very rare public screening of the 1914 fantasy The Patchwork Girl of Oz, written and produced by L. Frank Baum.

The festival is programmed by Phil Hall, film critic at Cinema Crazed, host of the upcoming podcast The Online Movie Show on SoundCloud, and author of the books The History of Independent Cinema, The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time and In Search of Lost Films.

Best Video Film & Cultural Center is located at 1842 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT; the telephone number is (203) 287-9286 and the website is www.bestvideo.com.

The festival schedule is as follows:

4:00 pm – Introduction by festival programmer Phil Hall

4:05 pm – Please Punish Me (directed by Chris Esper, Massachusetts). A businessman’s guilt over his seemingly easy success forces him to seek punishment for his “curse.”

4:20 pm – Primitive Technology (directed by Bo Price, California). A group of misfits believe they can make any dream come true by using their imagination and Primitive Technology.

4:35 pm – Glen or the Bride of the Night of the Plan 9 from Outer Space (edited by Jesse Berger, California). The celebrated bad movies of Edward D. Wood Jr. are edited into a new tale of a young man who discovers his father is an evil scientist from outer space.

5:00 pm – Lost and Found (directed by Kim Mikenis, Connecticut). In this experimental narrative short, a paper mache stick and rod puppet is the main character, supported by a cast of plastic puppets.

5:10 pm – The Patchwork Girl of Oz (directed by J. Farrell MacDonald). A very rare screening of the 1914 silent feature, written and produced by L. Frank Baum and based on his beloved Oz stories.

6:30 pm – Intermission

6:45 pm – Behind Closed Doors (directed by Manuel Saldana, Connecticut). A paranoid former soldier who believes the government is responsible for deaths in his family is visited by federal agents.

7: 25 pm – Incarnation Shaped My Life (directed by Andy Lindfield, Great Britain). A documentary on Connecticut’s Incarnation Camp, the oldest co-ed camp in the United States, and the impact it had on those that spent their summers there.

7:55 pm – A Sad Tail (directed by Tyler Sajko, Australia). Two stoners attempt to uncover an Illuminati conspiracy while the housemate just wants the house cleaned.

8:05 pm – She Kills (directed by Ron Bonk, New York). When a young woman’s husband is murdered by a vicious gang called The Touchers, she finds she possesses a strange hidden power to aid her in her quest for revenge.

The New England Underground Film Festival is online at http://newenglanduff.webs.com

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Sept. 30. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Sunday, Oct. 2. FREE FIRST SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Sunday, Oct. 16. FILM SCREENING: “DR. STRANGELOVE…” (2 PM)

• Sunday, OCt. 16. KLEZMER JAM (6 PM)

• Thursday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: THE KOREY BRODSKY BAND

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

• Saturday, Oct. 22. JAZZ JAM with ALLEN LOWE

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

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

• Thursday, Oct. 27. CELTIC AMERICA: THE EBIN-ROSE TRIO; SINGER-SONGWRITER:  DOUGLAS ALAN

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

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

• Thursday, Nov. 3. ROCK: ROPE, THE TOMMYS

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

• Thursday, Nov. 10. ALT-COUNTRY: SEPIATONE

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

• Sunday, Nov. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE AFRICAN QUEEN” (1 PM)

• Sunday, Nov. 13. KLEZMER JAM (6 PM)

• Saturday, Nov. 19. JAZZ JAM with ALLEN LOWE

• Friday, Nov. 25. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: DAVE PETERSON (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)

New Haven Independent reports on BestFest Student Films workshop “The Nuts & Bolts of How to Make a Movie”

Reporter Tom Breen of the New Haven Independent attended last Tuesday’s free workshop on filmmaking and wrote up a great report for the online journalism site, “Local Filmmakers Prepare Students For Fall Film Festival”:

Now that Best Video has successfully transitioned into its status as a non-profit, the Hamden-based video rental store/cafe/performance venue is looking to bolster its value as a practical and educational resource for young filmmakers in the community. The first major initiative that they’re taking to help realize that mission is through the BestFest Student Film Festival, which will offer a venue for high school students from New Haven, East Haven, West Haven, Hamden, North Haven, Woodbridge, and Orange to submit and present their work.

Tuesday night’s session, which ran from 7 to just after 9 p.m., was the first step in preparing student filmmakers for that festival, bringing together a handful of experts to share tips, best practices, and a wealth of personal and professional anecdotes.

Thanks to Tom Breen for covering this inaugural event for BestFest Student Films. And thanks to our presenters filmmaker Gorman Bechard, Jay Miles (East Haven High School), Robb Blocker (Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School), Rebecca Abbott (documentarian and professor at Quinnipiac University) and Caden Rodems-Boyd (student filmmaker, Educational Center for the Arts).

Presenters Robb Blocker (Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School) and Caden Rodems-Boyd (a student filmmaker in the visual arts program at Educational Center for the Arts). Tom Breen Photo

Presenters Robb Blocker (Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School) and Caden Rodems-Boyd (a student filmmaker in the visual arts program at Educational Center for the Arts). Tom Breen Photo

Read the complete article here.

BVFCC announces BestFest Student Films festival for fall; workshop for aspiring student filmmakers Tues., June 28, 7—9 PM

BestFest_student_workshop_flyer_WebBest Video Film & Cultural Center (BVFCC), a cultural nonprofit based in Hamden, announces the creation of BestFest Student Films, a new film festival to showcase work by area high school students. The festival will be open to all high school students from New Haven and adjacent communities (East Haven, West Haven, Hamden, North Haven, Woodbridge, and Orange).

“With the widespread availability of video technology and editing software, movie-making has become an accessible option for young people. We want to encourage student creativity by offering a forum for the screening and recognition of their work,” said Hank Hoffman, BVFCC Program Director.

Beyond presenting students’ films, the festival will serve as an educational resource for student filmmakers. The steering committee plans to assemble a group of expert volunteers—including film industry veterans and educators—to mentor and coach students who seek advice on issues ranging from screenwriting to audio engineering, film financing to editing.

As preparation for the festival, BVFCC will host a session titled “The Nuts and Bolts of Making a Movie” on Tuesday, June 28, from 7-9 PM. Experienced filmmakers will be available to explain the step-by-step process of creating a movie. Among the topics covered will be pre-production solutions, the under-appreciated importance of good sound, and how to get a gorgeous shot with just one light. The second half of the session will consist of a hands-on exercise in shooting a scene, based on an existing short film.

Submissions to BestFest Student Films will be accepted through late October with the festival taking place in early November. Entry is free, and students should submit films through withoutabox.com.

“We know you have film ideas—now it’s time to make it,” said Caden Rodems-Boyd, a student filmmaker who attends Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven.

For more information as this festival is developed please visit www.bestvideo.com/student-film-festival/.

Best Video Film & Cultural Center launches crowd-funding campaign; IRS grants official 501(c)(3) status

Shelves_for_Web_site_WebA little over a week after the Internal Revenue Service officially recognized Best Video Film & Cultural Center as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, BVFCC has launched a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo, setting a goal of $20,000. The campaign will last for one month, ending on April 8. Best Video Film & Cultural Center took ownership of the incomparable Best Video archive from founder Hank Paper in November, 2015. Being recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit allows BVFCC to receive tax-deductible contributions and bequests and classifies us as a public charity.

Having made it through the change of direction, we want to take the energy from our switch to a film cultural center and use it to take steps to reinvent ourselves for this new era. With a successful campaign we will establish a solid foundation to expand our collection of the interesting and obscure films and to press on with our ambitious plans to provide educational opportunities for varied ages and interests. We will be able to provide you with more screenings, lectures and live music events to enjoy with friends and neighbors.

With the support of the public, we can accomplish these goals:

1 • Plan and fund our first film festival to showcase student work as we organize and staff the development of new education programs.

2 • Double our intimate curated film screenings to at least 40 per year.

3 • Pay off a big chunk of the debt for the thousands of films we purchased from our predecessor store

4 • Maintain our unique listening room for local artists performing genres from rock to classical, jazz to folk.

These are exciting times. We can do great new things but we need to fund them. Please help support us and share information about Best Video Film & Cultural Center’s fundraising with those you know!

BVFCC and The Institute Library present two “Books to Film” screenings; “The End of the Tour” Sun., Mar. 6, with Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies on hand for Q&A at BVFCC; “The Way” Sun., Apr. 3, at The Institute Library with Jack Hitt Q&A

Best Video Film & Cultural Center and The Institute Library are teaming up to present two special “Books to Film” screenings. “The End of the Tour” will be screened at Best Video Film & Cultural Center; “The Way” will be screened at The Institute Library. Tickets for each event are $15 in advance through Eventbrite (with a $1.82 service charge) or $20 at the door.

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On Sunday, Mar. 6, at 2 PM, BVFCC will present “The End of the Tour,” a 2016 movie adapted from journalist David Lipsky’s book “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace.” Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Yale Theater professor Donald Margulies—who adapted Lipsky’s book for the screenplay—will be on hand after the film for a Q&A with the audience.

Purchase tickets to “The End of the Tour” through Eventbrite.

Thinking it might be grist for a new play, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies’ agent sent over a copy of journalist David Lipsky’s book about the time Lipsky spent interviewing novelist David Foster Wallace (“Infinite Jest”) on the last leg of Wallace’s book tour in 1996. Margulies was taken with the book but saw in it a movie rather than a stage production. “The End of the Tour,” which stars Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel, is a not-quite-buddies film and a modern literary road movie. A New York Times Critic’s Pick, reviewer A.O. Scott wrote, “There will always be films about writers and writing, and this one is just about as good as it gets.”

And on Sunday, Apr. 3, at The Institute Library, BVFCC and the Institute Library will screen “The Way,” starring Martin Sheen. Writer Jack Hitt—whose book “Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Route into Spain” provided anecdotes used in the movie—will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A.

Purchase tickets to “The Way” through Eventbrite.

“The Way” stars Martin Sheen as Tom, a bereaved and irascible father whose son (played in flashbacks by Sheen’s real life son Emilio Estevez) has died in an accident while making a pilgrimage along “The Way of St. James” from France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Rather than just return home after retrieving his son’s body, Tom decides to complete the pilgrimage himself to honor—and mourn—his son.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Feb. 17. ACOUSTIC BLUES/FOLK: DITTYMACK

• Thursday, Feb. 18. JAZZ: THE MONK PROJECT BAND

• Friday, Feb. 19. GUITARISTS/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: RANDY COLLINS, IAN ETHAN CASE

• Monday, Feb. 22. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “99 HOMES”

• Wednesday, Feb. 24. BLUEGRASS: THE EAST ROCK RAMBLERS

• Friday, Feb. 26. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Monday, Feb. 29. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “SICARIO” (Rescheduled due to snow)

• Wednesday, Mar. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BEN ERICKSON, STEPHEN HLADUN

• Thursday, Mar. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOY IKE

• Friday, Mar. 4. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Mar. 6. FILM SCREENING & Q&A WITH SCREENWRITER DONALD MARGULIES (Co-presented with The Institute Library): “THE END OF THE TOUR”

• Monday, Mar. 7. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “SUFFRAGETTE” (Rescheduled from 2/15 due to snow)

• Wednesday, Mar. 9. SINGER-SONGWRITER: PAT STONE with AMANDA BELITTO

• Thursday, Mar. 10. EXPERIMENTAL: HUMAN FLOURISHING, LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

• Friday, Mar. 11. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER IS PRESTER JOHN

• Sunday, Mar. 13 FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Mar. 16. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Oct. 18. ALT-COUNTRY: NO LINES NORTH

• Wednesday, Mar. 23. EXPERIMENTAL: THE FOREST ROOM, NICK Di MARIA: ZERO DOLLAR SOLO

• Thursday, Mar. 24. ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Friday, Mar. 25. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DICK NEAL

• Wednesday, Mar. 30. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: EUGENE GALLAGHER, WESTERN ESTATES

• Thursday, Mar. 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI, JOE FLOOD

• Wednesday, Apr. 6. INDIE ROCK presented by Redscroll Records: HEX INVERTER, DIRT DEVIL, NOTHING ISRAEL

• Friday. Apr. 8. FOLK: HUGH BIRDSALL & DANA TAKAKI

• Thursday, Apr. 14. INDIE ROCK: SPIT-TAKE

• Friday, Apr. 15. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT, GARY GRIPPO & FRIENDS

• Wednesday, Apr. 20. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Thursday, Apr. 28. SEPHARDIC MUSIC: THE HERETICS OF CORDOBA

• Saturday, May 7. SOFT ACOUSTIC/ROCK: THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS

• Friday, May 13. THREE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, DICK NEAL, GLEN ROETHEL

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

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