Music: The Furors, Tom Hearn play rock ‘n’ roll Fri., Aug. 14, at 8 PM

New Haven rock ‘n’ roll legends The Furors will perform on Friday, Aug. 14. Tom Hearn opens. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover charge is $5.

The Furors

The Furors

Comprised of guitarist Derek Holcomb and drummer Tom Dans—Holcomb sings lead and Dans harmonizes—The Furors have been playing together for over three decades. They have self-released numerous vinyl 45s, a vinyl LP and several compact discs. Their catalog is so beloved among local musicians that a tribute album, “Let’s Get Furious,” was released in 2003 featuring 38 Furors songs covered by 38 local musicians and groups.

The Furors’ music is joyful, quirky three-minute pop, like a cross between They Might Be Giants and early British Invasion rock ‘n’ roll.

Tom Hearn

Tom Hearn

Tom Hearn, who performs solo to open the evening, is well known as the front man of local rockabilly group the Big Fat Combo.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Aug. 7. INDIE ROCK: MERCY CHOIR

• Wednesday, Aug. 12. ELECTRONIC IMPROVISATION: DAVID ELKIN-GINNETTI & DEREK PIOTR

• Thursday, Aug. 13. INDIE FOLK: KINDRED QUEER

• Friday, Aug. 14. ROCK: THE FURORS, TOM HEARN

• Wednesday, Aug. 19. FOLK: WALKINGWOOD MANDOLIN QUARTET

• Thursday, Aug. 20. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND

• Friday, Aug. 21. BLUEGRASS: FIDDLE FOREVER

• Tuesday, Aug. 25. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Thursday, Aug. 27. AMERICANA: PATRICK DALTON & MIKE SKAGGS

• Friday, Aug. 28. FILM SCREENING: “HEAD” (CT-PRODUCED LIVE PUPPET HORROR FEATURE)

• Friday, Sept. 4. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Wednesday, Sept. 9. COMEDY OPEN MIC WITH JAKE NIETOPSKI

• Thursday, Sept. 10. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA

• Friday, Sept. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNW MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Sept. 16. CARIBBEAN/FOLK: LUKE RODNEY

• Friday, Sept. 18. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DAPHNE LEE MARTIN

• Tuesday, Sept. 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: HANNAH FAIR

• Wednesday, Sept. 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANGELA EASTERLING

• Thursday, Oct. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI

• Friday, Oct. 23. ALT-COUNTRY: TANNERSVILLE

• Friday, Oct. 30. HALLOWEEN FILM SCREENING WITH LIVE SCORE: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

Film series continues with “Now, Voyager,” starring Bette Davis, Mon., Mar. 16, at 7 PM

1942-now-voyager_WebThe latest film series in collaboration with Temple Beth Sholom continues Monday, Mar. 9, at 7 PM with a screening of the 1942 movie “Now, Voyager,” starring Bette Davis, eyes and all. “Found Horizons: Changes and Choices in Mid-Life” features powerful films in which the protagonists face stark mid-life choices. As has been our practice, each screening begins with a short, context-setting introduction and is followed by an optional discussion.

Each screening begins at 7 PM. The cost for each movie is $5 and reservations are encouraged. The series is co-sponsored by Temple Beth Sholom Adult Education.

Can a Boston spinster without self-esteem and completely dominated by her wealthy mother blossom under therapy and find impossible romance? “Now, Voyager” is one of the most romantic movies — and perhaps most affecting Bette Davis film — ever made.

REMAINING SCHEDULE:

Monday, Mar. 16: “Now, Voyager” (1942)

Monday, Mar. 23: “Up in the Air” (2009)

In this very contemporary film starring George Clooney and Vera Farmiga, Clooney enjoys a lucrative virtual life flying around the country firing people on behalf of their corporations, until he finds this perfect life threatened by a new hire and a frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.

Monday, Mar. 30: “A Late Quartet” (2012)

“A Late Quartet” one of Best Video owner Hank Paper’s favorite films of the last couple of years. Featuring rapturous music and bravura acting (including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Christopher Walken in a completely involving “straight” role), this dramatic film portrays a classical string quartet, approaching its 25th anniversary recital, that suddenly finds itself struggling to stay together in the face of long suppressed emotions, competing egos and uncontrollable lust. It’s what movies are all about!

Thanks for making the Best Video fundraiser a success!

Crowd_shot_WebThanks to everybody who made Sunday’s fundraiser both a financial and social success!

Thanks to Carol Merriman (who baked wonderful cookies and brownies), to Caseus Cheese Shop (which gave us a big break on two wonderful large cheese platters), to Karen Kleinerman (who donated some delicious chocolate candies) and to Best Video member Luisa Chapman (who brought in a shrimp platter).

Thanks to the musicians who donated their time and skill: cellists Ravenna Michalsen and Lynne Bonnett; jazz musicians Jeff Fuller and Joe Carter; folk musicians James Velvet and Johnny Memphis; and the members of the quintet trumpeter Nick Di Maria assembled for the event—Nick, Mark Kaplan, Nate Trier, Aaron Nobel and Greg Perault.

Thanks to the artists who donated work for our silent auction: Tony Juliano, Gerald Saladyga, Steven DiGiovanni, William McCarthy, Nancy Eisenfeld, Marjorie Gillette Wolfe, Keith Johnson, Peter Ziou, Joan Fitzsimmons, Graham Honaker, Christopher Mir, Hank Paper.

And especially thanks to our members who came out in droves and made the afternoon such a joyful community event.

If you wanted to donate but couldn’t make it, you still can do so by dropping by the store, sending a check to Best Video (put “fundraiser” in the memo) or calling up and putting a donation on your card.Ravenna_Michalsen_Web

Music: Wry Bred rises to the occasion Wed., Mar. 12, at 8 PM

Wry_Bred_Best_Video_120413_WebThe contra dance trio Wry Bred plays the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Mar. 12. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover charge is $5.

The contra dance trio Wry Bred engages in joyful musical conversations with driving rhythms and exuberant harmonies.

With Julie Sorcek on flute and saxophone, Mickey Koth on fiddle, and Robert Messore on guitar, Wry Bred sensitively supports dancers and callers alike. The band was founded in 2009 and has been playing at dances, concerts, private parties, and other events ever since. They’ve developed a growing reputation and won the respect and admiration of dancers and music lovers throughout the area and beyond. The members of Wry Bred each bring years of experience as dancers and musicians.

Listen to “Road to Lisdoonverna/Swallowtail Jig/Scollay’s Reel” as played by Wry Bred:

Wry Bred has played for contra dances in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts and, in 2011, with dance caller Bill Fischer, went on tour to North Carolina and Tennessee.

Julie Sorcek has been playing flute since she was ten years old, and has been off and running ever since. She added piccolo in college, and has had extensive experience playing with high school and college symphonic bands, and in the late ’80s and early ’90s with the Danbury Community Orchestra. She also plays saxophone and occasionally bodhran and recently began lessons on the fiddle. She is a founding member of Wry Bred.

Mickey Koth was a strictly classical player for the first 40 years of her life. Like Julie, Mickey began playing flute at age ten. As a music education major in college, she learned all the instruments, except double bass and tuba. Her favorites were the bassoon and trombone. At age 39, she started contra dancing and loved the music so much, she rented a violin for her 40th birthday and soon began studying with bluegrass fiddler and dobro player Stacy Phillips. Before the end of her first year playing, she had joined a pick-up band. She and John Kalinowski were the founding members of the contra dance and concert band Wild Notes. With her husband contra dance caller Bill Fischer she performs with Out On A Whim , a band of ever-changing membership that plays for family dances and contra dances as well as for special events.

Robert Messore plays guitar in Wry Bred. He has passionately devoted himself to the guitar for 30+ years. Voted Best Instrumentalist in a New Haven Advocate readers’ poll, Robert has been called the Heart of the New Haven Folk Scene for his vital and many-faceted contributions as solo performer, side man, recording artist, teacher and concert presenter (working on several concert series and the Connecticut Folk Festival). He also plays guitar and bass with soul/rock group, The Chrissy Gardner Band, and presents a weekly program called Toddler Tunes, which is the largest children’s sing-along in CT!

Watch a slice of Wry Bred on YouTube:

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Thursday, Mar. 6. BUOYANT POP ROCK: THE FURORS

• Monday, Mar. 10. FILM SCREENING: “BABEL”

• Wednesday, Mar. 12. CONTRA DANCE MUSIC: WRY BRED

• Thursday, Mar. 13. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES, LYS GUILLORN (solo)

• Monday, Mar. 17. FILM SCREENING: “MEMENTO”

• Monday. Mar. 24. FILM SCREENING: “MULHOLLAND DRIVE”

• Wednesday, Apr. 2. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, Apr. 17. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS

Re the rumors: We’re sticking around!

Perhaps you’ve heard rumors that Best Video is closing. Best Video is not closing.

But there are changes. Hank Paper, Best Video’s owner, has sold the building in which the store is located. The new owner wants to keep the store as a tenant and we intend to stay. But the new owner will be taking one-third of the space—where the Coffee Bar and Performance Space are currently situated—for his own business.

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This means that we will have to fit all that we do—maintain our extensive wonderful video archive, present performances and have a Coffee Bar—in a smaller footprint. And we intend to keep doing all that we do. The Performance Space will be moved and the Coffee Bar will be moved.

If you come into the store, you will see that cabinets are being moved and sections being rearranged. All the new releases—Top Hits, New Foreign, New TV, etc.—will be on one wall. Browsing will be different—please feel free to ask for help from the staff. That can’t be stressed enough: Please ask the staff for help in finding what you are looking for!

We know there is a lot of support for the store in the community. We’re developing exciting new strategies for our continued vitality. As the changes develop, we will keep you posted and ask for your support.

It’s harder to be better than “Best” but that’s what we’re shooting for.