Music: David, Sheldon and Gail to perform “Songs of Misery, Despair and The Supernatural” Thurs., Oct. 30, at 8 PM

David_Sheldon_Gail_WebDavid, Sheldon and Gail perform a program of “Songs of Misery, Despair and the Supernatural” on Thursday, Oct. 30. The seasonally shivery songcraft begins at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

David and Sheldon and Gail and have been singing together for about a decade now. They combine infectious enthusiasm, humor, and sweet three-part harmony singing of traditional and modern folk music.

In honor of Halloween we’ve brought out some of our most depressing, awful, and frightening material, and funny songs about hell and misery.  Come on out for a depressing and scary evening, and miserable attempts at entertainment. Winter’s coming, so you might as well get a start on feeling bad, while joining choruses in harmony.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Oct. 22. INDIE POP: PLAYFIGHT

• Thursday, Oct. 23. CABARET/SPOKEN WORD: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY

• Sunday, Oct. 26. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “SHORT CIRCUIT”

• Wednesday, Oct. 29. ECLECTIC POP: MISSION ZERO

• Thursday, Oct. 30. “SONGS OF MISERY, DESPAIR & THE SUPERNATURAL”: DAVID, SHELDON AND GAIL

• Sunday, Nov. 2. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN”

• Monday, Nov. 3. FILM SCREENING: “THE JEWISH CARDINAL”

• Thursday, Nov. 6. NEO-URBAN TRADITIONAL MUSIC: THE STACY PHILLIPS-PAUL HOWARD DUET

• Friday, Nov. 7. INSTRUMENTAL ROCK: THE SIX PACK DUTCHMEN

• Monday, Nov. 10. FILM SCREENING: “A PRICE ABOVE RUBIES”

• Wednesday, Nov. 12. JAZZ: DAVID CHEVAN & WARREN BYRD

• Thursday, Nov. 13. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, JASON PRINCE

• Friday, Nov. 14. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Monday, Nov. 17. FILM SCREENING: “I CONFESS”

• Thursday, Nov. 20. FILM SCREENING: “SEVEN DAYS IN MAY”

• Friday, Nov. 21. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: BECKY KESSLER (Violent Mae), SAM PERDUTA (Elison Jackson)

• Monday, Nov. 24. FILM SCREENING: “BABETTE’S FEAST”

• Friday, Nov. 28. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Monday, Dec. 1. FILM SCREENING: “DOUBT”

• Thursday, Dec. 4. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT

• Friday, Dec. 5. BLUEGRASS: PHANTOM OF THE OPRY

• Monday, Dec. 8. FILM SCREENING: “THE END OF THE AFFAIR”

• Friday, Jan. 9. MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

Music: Mission Zero to play Wed., Oct. 29, at 8 PM

Mission Zero performing at Best Video this past May.

Mission Zero performing at Best Video this past May.

Mission Zero plays the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Growing up playing a range of musical instruments together, siblings Chenot and David crafted and honed their ability to communicate telepathically as performers. After touring the world separately and together in various bands, they decided to join forces as Mission Zero.

Intentionally forgoing traditional pop instrumentation, the duo focuses on their strong suits—powerful, sultry vocals and blistering, dynamic percussion—supported live by a unique body of synthesized sounds (lovingly referred to by the band as The Robots). The result is smart, sexy synth-pop with bite.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Oct. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: KATH BLOOM & TOM HANFORD, BOP TWEEDIE

• Sunday, Oct. 19. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “ANNIE”

• Wednesday, Oct. 22. INDIE POP: PLAYFIGHT

• Thursday, Oct. 23. CABARET/SPOKEN WORD: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY

• Sunday, Oct. 26. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “SHORT CIRCUIT”

• Wednesday, Oct. 29. ECLECTIC POP: MISSION ZERO

• Thursday, Oct. 30. “SONGS OF MISERY, DESPAIR & THE SUPERNATURAL”: DAVID, SHELDON AND GAIL

• Sunday, Nov. 2. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN”

• Monday, Nov. 3. FILM SCREENING: “THE JEWISH CARDINAL”

• Thursday, Nov. 6. NEO-URBAN TRADITIONAL MUSIC: THE STACY PHILLIPS-PAUL HOWARD DUET

• Friday, Nov. 7. INSTRUMENTAL ROCK: THE SIX PACK DUTCHMEN

• Monday, Nov. 10. FILM SCREENING: “A PRICE ABOVE RUBIES”

• Wednesday, Nov. 12. JAZZ: DAVID CHEVAN & WARREN BYRD

• Thursday, Nov. 13. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, JASON PRINCE

• Friday, Nov. 14. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Monday, Nov. 17. FILM SCREENING: “I CONFESS”

• Thursday, Nov. 20. FILM SCREENING: “SEVEN DAYS IN MAY”

• Friday, Nov. 21. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: BECKY KESSLER (Violent Mae), SAM PERDUTA (Elison Jackson)

• Monday, Nov. 24. FILM SCREENING: “BABETTE’S FEAST”

• Friday, Nov. 28. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Monday, Dec. 1. FILM SCREENING: “DOUBT”

• Thursday, Dec. 4. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT

• Monday, Dec. 8. FILM SCREENING: “THE END OF THE AFFAIR”

• Friday, Jan. 9. MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

 

Fall kids’ matinee series—sponsored by Cafe Amici, Evan’s Toy Shoppe and Richard’s Corner Gourmet—continues with “Annie,” Sun., Oct. 19, at 1 PM

Found @ Central Archive for Movie Posters - http://cafmp.comThe Best Video Fall Family Movie Series continues on Sunday, Oct. 5, with “Annie.” The sun will come out tomorrow. John Huston directed this 1982 musical starring Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks and Carol Burnett as the conniving Miss Hannigan. Come sing along.

The movies will be shown on Sunday afternoons at 1 PM. Admission is $5. The series is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Richard’s Corner Gourmet, Evan’s Toy Shoppe and Cafe Amici.

The Sunday Children’s Matinee Schedule:

Sun., Oct. 19: “Annie”

The sun will come out tomorrow. John Huston directed this 1982 musical starring Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks and Carol Burnett as the conniving Miss Hannigan. Come sing along.

Sun., Oct. 26: “Short Circuit”

“Johnny 5 is alive!” Animal rescuer Stefanie (Alley Sheedy) takes in a self aware robot that’s more Wall-e than the military weapon he’s supposed to be and saves him from his creators. Steve Guttenberg stars as Newton Crosby, one of those creators who finds that Johnny is more than the sum of his parts.

Sun., Nov. 2: “Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein”

Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein: one of the comedy duo’s best featuring Dracula,  the Werewolf, and of course Frank. Hilarious Halloween family fun. Costumes encouraged.

“Religion & Society” movie series starts Mon., Nov. 3, at 7 PM

All_6_movies_WebA rabbi, a priest and a minister walk into Best Video Performance Space…

Wait, it’s no joke! The next film series in collaboration with Temple Beth Sholom begins Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 PM. “A Rabbi, A Priest and A Minister Walk Into Best Video Performance Space” will feature powerful films with the theme of religion and society. As has been our practice, each screening will begin with a short, context-setting introduction and by followed by an optional discussion.

Each screening begins at 7 PM. The cost for each movie is $5 and reservations are encouraged.

This is the schedule:

Mon., Nov. 3: “The Jewish Cardinal”

The Jewish Cardinal tells the true and provocative story of Jean Marie Lustiger who, while retaining his Jewish identity, converts to Catholicism at age 14 and becomes a priest. Quickly rising through the ranks of Bishop, Archbishop, and Cardinal to become personal advisor to Pope John Paul II, he withstands pressure from Jews and Catholics alike as well as his own family while viewing himself as a symbol of religious reconciliation. This human and even-handed portrait of a man both fused and torn raises questions about faith, heritage and identity that is guaranteed to provoke some lively discussions.

Mon., Nov. 10: “A Price Above Rubies”

This passionate, acclaimed film, starring Renee Zellweger and Julianna Margulies, portrays the intense drama of a young wife and mother in a Brooklyn Hasidic community who—struggling against a patriarchal world she finds isolating, lonely and oppressive—seeks to establish for herself a life of independence and artistic fulfillment beyond her community’s religious and personal strictures while attempting to overcome a terrible secret that could shatter both her and it.

Mon., Nov. 17: “I Confess”

In this unique drama stunningly filmed in Quebec, a murderer confesses his heinous crime to Father Michael Logan, a local priest who, because of the sanctity of the confessional, cannot reveal the confession, not even when he himself becomes the leading suspect! This model piece of film-making directed by Alfred Hitchcock features haunting location shots, mounting suspense and, as Father Logan, a charismatic Montgomery Clift whose face you will not be able to take your eyes from. In a film that will have you hooked all the way, you will discover that, while confession may be good for the soul, it also may be deadly to your life.

Mon., Nov. 24: “Babette’s Feast”

In this simple yet sumptuous Oscar winning film, adapted from an Isak Dinesen short story, two beautiful daughters of a devout, self-denying clergyman carry on his austere teachings by sacrificing their youth and passion to faith and duty. Like their entire hamlet, their lives are lived in self-denial. That is, until the arrival of Babette, a mysterious refugee from France’s civil war. As a servant to the daughters for fourteen years, Babette suddenly reveals her own passion and artistry that moves toward a tumultuous transformation of the town’s inhabitants. This film will raise issues of art and duty, self-indulgence and self-denial, asking the question: can or should there be a balance?

Mon., Dec. 1: “Doubt”

Sister Aloysius Beauvier, played by Meryl Streep, is the rigid and fearsome principal of a Bronx Catholic high school who has an extreme dislike for the progressive and popular parish priest, Father Flynn, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Looking for wrongdoing in every corner, she believes she has uncovered the ultimate sin when she hears Father Flynn has taken a special interest in a troubled boy. But there is no clear proof; the only thing certain is doubt. Based on the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play and nominated for 5 Academy Awards, there is little doubt this is one of the most honored films of recent times. Also starring Amy Adams and Viola Davis, the superbly acted, spellbindingly suspenseful film raises questions about whether doubt should interfere with action when safety is at issue, even when that issue might be personal.

Mon., Dec. 8: “The End of the Affair”

During the London blitz, a married Londoner, played by Julianne Moore, suddenly breaks off a passionate five-year affair with writer, Maurice Bendrix, portrayed by Ralph Fiennes, who suspects another love. When, years later, Fiennes accidentally meets with her dull, civil servant husband, played by Stephen Rea, and then hires a detective to follow Moore, what he discovers becomes a blitz of the soul. This intense adult drama, adapted from a Graham Greene novel and directed by Oscar winner Neal Jordan, poses questions about love, faith and betrayal that will have you searching your own soul long after the movie is done.

Franz Douskey & Rich Moran present tribute to Frank Sinatra Thurs., Oct. 23, at 8 PM

Rich Moran, left, and Franz Douskey, right

Rich Moran, left, and Franz Douskey, right

The life and times of Frank Sinatra come alive on an evening of stories and songs presented by Franz Douskey, author of Frank and Me: The Very Good Years,  and vocalist Rich Moran at Best Video on Thursday, Oct 23, at 8 PM. The cover is $5.

Frank and Me: The Very Good Years features the recollections of New Haven native and Sally’s Pizza co-founder, Tony Consiglio, who met fellow teenager, Frank Sinatra, while visiting family and spending time on the streets of Hoboken, New Jersey in the early 1930’s. They formed a fast and true friendship that lasted until Sinatra’s death in 1998. Consiglio was not only Sinatra’s friend, he served as his confident, valet, and true “right hand man” for many years. From the early days when Sinatra was trying to establish himself as a singer to the mid 1960’s, Tony worked with Sinatra and was there to share the highs and lows of his career.

After rebuffing many requests for interviews about his relationship with Sinatra through the years, Tony was introduced by a family member to local author, Franz Douskey when he was in his 80’s. Tony hit it off with Franz and eventually began sharing the fond remembrances of his life with Sinatra. Franz compiled the tales he heard into the book, “Sinatra and Me…The Very Good Years”, an “as told to” memoir published in 2012.

At this event, Franz will share Tony’s stories from the book as well as his own insights on the life and career of Francis Albert Sinatra. In between anecdotes, vocalist Rich Moran will perform a number of classic Sinatra tunes back by pianist Judy Webber, saxophonist Jeff Webber, and drummer Noah Golden.

Franz is a Pulitzer Prize author who has been published in over 200 hundred publications including The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. He also co-produced and co—hosted, Once Upon a Bandstand on WQUN featuring the music of Frank Sinatra and many others of his era.

Rich has performed at Best Video on several occasions, each time bringing his neo-traditional interpretation to a different part of the Standards repertoire. Together with the Webbers, he has played venues throughout southern Connecticut. Their most recent concert set titled, “Here’s To the Ladies Who Rhyme” was performed at the Guilford Concert Under the Stars series and Best Video this summer.

The pairing of Franz and Rich for this event came at the suggestion of Hank Paper. Since meeting, Franz and Rich have enjoyed sharing their mutual appreciation for the Great American Songbook and the singers who have put their stamp on the genre including Frank Sinatra. They look forward to presenting what they hope will be an informative and entertaining evening for all who attend.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Sunday, Oct. 19. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “ANNIE”

• Wednesday, Oct. 22. INDIE POP: PLAYFIGHT

• Thursday, Oct. 23. CABARET/SPOKEN WORD: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY

• Sunday, Oct. 26. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “SHORT CIRCUIT”

• Wednesday, Oct. 29. ECLECTIC POP: MISSION ZERO

• Thursday, Oct. 30. “SONGS OF MISERY, DESPAIR & THE SUPERNATURAL”: DAVID, SHELDON AND GAIL

• Sunday, Nov. 2. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN”

• Monday, Nov. 3. FILM SCREENING: “THE JEWISH CARDINAL”

• Thursday, Nov. 6. NEO-URBAN TRADITIONAL MUSIC: THE STACY PHILLIPS-PAUL HOWARD DUET

• Friday, Nov. 7. INSTRUMENTAL ROCK: THE SIX PACK DUTCHMEN

• Monday, Nov. 10. FILM SCREENING: “A PRICE ABOVE RUBIES”

• Wednesday, Nov. 12. JAZZ: DAVID CHEVAN & WARREN BYRD

• Thursday, Nov. 13. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, JASON PRINCE

• Friday, Nov. 14. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Monday, Nov. 17. FILM SCREENING: “I CONFESS”

• Thursday, Nov. 20. FILM SCREENING: “SEVEN DAYS IN MAY”

• Friday, Nov. 21. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: BECKY KESSLER (Violent Mae), SAM PERDUTA (Elison Jackson)

• Monday, Nov. 24. FILM SCREENING: “BABETTE’S FEAST”

• Friday, Nov. 28. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Monday, Dec. 1. FILM SCREENING: “DOUBT”

• Thursday, Dec. 4. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT

• Monday, Dec. 8. FILM SCREENING: “THE END OF THE AFFAIR”

• Friday, Jan. 9. MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

Music: Playfight performs Wed., Oct. 22, at 8 PM

Playfight_WebPlayfight performs at the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

PlayFight is a new indie-pop duet from New Haven, CT, featuring Sara-Joy and Lamont. They will be releasing their first single STREAMS in October of 2014.

Their original music is somewhat A.D.D allowing them to keep listener’s attention. Some songs would fit seamlessly into an old black and white movie, others are more energetic and playful, while their mid-tempo songs tend to be relaxed and would fit nicely onto a vacation or summer mix.

Through lyric and sound, they seek to transcend the unimaginative and get the audience singing and dancing—feeling alive and free to let go. They may then shift to a more serious or melancholy topic, one that is equally moving in a completely different way. Lamont’s humanitarian and environmental pursuits paired with Sara-Joy’s deep desire to connect with others makes them a loving force on and of the stage. They are not to be missed.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Monday, Oct. 13. FILM SCREENING: “CAPE FEAR” (Original)

• Wednesday, Oct. 15. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN of MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Friday, Oct. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: KATH BLOOM with TOM HANFORD; BOP TWEEDIE

• Sunday, Oct. 19. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “ANNIE”

• Wednesday, Oct. 22. INDIE POP: PLAYFIGHT

• Thursday, Oct. 23. CABARET/SPOKEN WORD: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY

• Sunday, Oct. 26. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “SHORT CIRCUIT”

• Wednesday, Oct. 29. ECLECTIC POP: MISSION ZERO

• Thursday, Oct. 30. “SONGS OF MISERY, DESPAIR & THE SUPERNATURAL”: DAVID, SHELDON AND GAIL

• Sunday, Nov. 2. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN”

• Monday, Nov. 3. FILM SCREENING: “THE JEWISH CARDINAL”

• Thursday, Nov. 6. NEO-URBAN TRADITIONAL MUSIC: THE STACY PHILLIPS-PAUL HOWARD DUET

• Friday, Nov. 7. INSTRUMENTAL ROCK: THE SIX PACK DUTCHMEN

• Monday, Nov. 10. FILM SCREENING: “A PRICE ABOVE RUBIES”

• Wednesday, Nov. 12. JAZZ: DAVID CHEVAN & WARREN BYRD

• Thursday, Nov. 13. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, JASON PRINCE

• Friday, Nov. 14. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Monday, Nov. 17. FILM SCREENING: “I CONFESS”

• Thursday, Nov. 20. FILM SCREENING: “SEVEN DAYS IN MAY”

• Friday, Nov. 21. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: BECKY KESSLER (Violent Mae), SAM PERDUTA (Elison Jackson)

• Monday, Nov. 24. FILM SCREENING: “BABETTE’S FEAST”

• Friday, Nov. 28. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Monday, Dec. 1. FILM SCREENING: “DOUBT”

• Thursday, Dec. 4. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT

• Monday, Dec. 8. FILM SCREENING: “THE END OF THE AFFAIR”

• Friday, Jan. 9. MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

 

Wine tasting Wed., Oct. 15, 6 PM, with Bob Feinn of Mt. Carmel Wine & Spirits

Bob_Feinn_France_map_WebNot many wine proprietors actually go to France and walk through the fields and towns of Bordeaux and other regions in search of rich and delicious bargains on wine. But that’s what wine expert Bob Feinn of Mt. Carmel Wine & Spirits does.

Feinn returns to Best Video on Wednesday, Oct. 15, for a tutorial and wine tasting. Feinn has presented wine tastings before at the store and the events have been well-attended, educational and—most important—fun. The cost for this event is only $20 and seating is limited. Call Best Video at (203) 287-9286 for reservations. Attendees should plan to gather in the Best video Performance Space at 6 PM and the tasting will start promptly at 6:15.

For this tasting, the focus will be on French wines. Hors d’oeuvre will be available and are included in the event price.

Don’t miss this one. Reservations are very strongly recommended. This is a great opportunity to learn about and stock up on quality affordable wines, guided by the advice of an expert.