Music on the Best Video deck this week: Thurs., 10/22 (The Sawtelles); Fri., 10/23 (Little Silver); Sat., 10/24 (Chet, David, & Pete)

Best Video Film & Cultural Center has gotten a great response from the community of local musicians to the use of our new deck as a venue. While weather permits, we will be hosting shows Thursday-Saturday during happy hour time with music usually occurring between 4:30 and 7 PM (but exact time varies according to the act).

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and masks are mandatory. (Yes, you can lower them to take a drink but please raise them up again.)

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up.

Playing this week:

Thurs., Oct. 22, 5 PM. Indie Rock: The Sawtelles. Husband and wife duo Pete and Julie Riccio are the foundation of the Sawtelles. They have added a new texture to their palette in recent years with the addition of guitarist and saxophonist Richard Brown but will play this show as a duo. It’s a CD release party for their newest CD release, “lost and last/zap.” If you have followed the duo over the last 20 years you know that almost every release is a different color. this one is purple.

Friday, Oct. 23, 4:30 PM. Indie Rock: Little Silver. Originally based in Brooklyn and now calling Hamden their home, Little Silver released their debut album “Somewhere You Found My Name” July, 2017. Built around the ethereal vocals of married duo Erika Simonian and Steve Curtis, “Somewhere You Found My Name” is a gorgeous collection of original songs which confront the shifting landscape of gaining and losing loved ones, changes in perspective, and the uncertainty of life itself. Little Silver’s sparse arrangements and beautifully understated vocals bring these everyday truths to life.

Saturday, Oct. 24, 4:30 PM. Bluegrass/Country: Chet, David, & Pete. Chet Duke, David Sasso, and Pete Kaufman are three multi-instrumentalists taking turns on guitar, mandolin, and banjo. They sing old country songs. They pick fiddle tunes. And they play original string band music in the acoustic folk tradition.

Music, songs, & stories on the Best Video deck Thurs., Oct. 15, & Sat., Oct. 17

Best Video Film & Cultural Center has gotten a great response from the community of local musicians to the use of our new deck as a venue. While weather permits, we will be hosting shows Thursday-Saturday during happy hour time with music usually occurring between 5 and 7 PM (but exact time varies according to the act).

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and masks are mandatory. (Yes, you can lower them to take a drink but please raise them up again.)

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up.

Playing this week:

Thurs., Oct. 15, 5 PM. Singer-Songwriter Vicki F. Vicki F is a rock musician and songwriter who was the lead singer and founder of The Dini Band from 2010 to 2016, and was one of the the lead singers and guitar players for the 80s post-punk band, Troupe DiCoupe, that headlined at CBGBs, Max’s Kansas City, other NYC venues and also Ron’s Place, New Haven. She is now performing originals in and around Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Sat., Oct. 17, 4:30 PM. Songs + Stories. Host Saul Fussiner presents storytellers Kevin “RevKev” Ewing, Saul Fussiner, Cynthia Rojas, and Mike Isko, along with singer-songwriter Joe Flood.

(The show planned for this Friday with The Sawtelles has been rescheduled to Thursday, Oct. 22, due to expected rain this Friday.)

On the schedule for next week:

Thurs., Oct. 22, 5 PM. Indie Rock: The Sawtelles
Fri., Oct. 23, 4:30 PM. Indie Rock: Little Silver
Sat., Oct. 24, 4:30 PM. Bluegrass/Country: Chet, David, & Pete

Music this week on the Best Video deck: Seth Adam (10/8), The Red Hots (10/9), Thabisa (10/10)

Best Video Film & Cultural Center has gotten a great response from the community of local musicians to the use of our new deck as a venue. While weather permits, we will be hosting shows Thursday-Saturday during happy hour time with music usually occurring between 5 and 7 PM (but exact time varies according to the act).
We ask respect for social distancing, please, and masks are mandatory. (Yes, you can lower them to take a drink but please raise them up again.)
No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up.
Playing this week:
Thurs., Oct. 8, 4:30 PM. Singer-Songwriter Seth Adam. Seth Adam writes compelling, genuine songs with honest lyrics. The alt-country, Americana rocker draws comparisons to Counting Crows, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, and Jason Isbell.
Fri., Oct. 9, 4:30 PM. Novelties, Swing, & Blues: The Red Hots. The Danbury-based The Red Hots are two beautiful and talented ladies who bring life back to many classic jazz standards, old blues tunes and feisty originals with their blend of unique vocals, ukelele/guitar and harmonica, mixed with driving organic percussion.
Sat., Oct. 10, 5 PM. Afro-Soul: Thabisa. Thabisa, a charismatic dynamo of Afro-soul song from South Africa and now New Haven’s songbird, shares her talents and journey through music and storytelling.

Black Film Mini-Series concludes this Sat., Oct. 3, at 6:30 PM, with Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing”

Best Video Film and Cultural Center, Ignite the Light, and Spring Glen Church in collaboration with the Hamden Dept. of Arts and Culture are excited to host the Hamden Black Film Mini-Series and Discussion event. The series consists of three, Black-centered movies with universal themes of love, heroes, loss, immigration and more followed by community discussion with keynote speakers relating each movie to the issues, experiences, joys, struggles and achievements of the Black community in Hamden. Attendees are invited to come for the movies and stay for discussion if interested, otherwise, come out and enjoy films together in the company of community.

The first screening, of “42: The Jackie Robinson Story,” took place on Sept. 17, and “Brown Sugar” was shown Sept. 25.

All movies will be presented outdoors with social distancing on the lawn at Spring Glen Church, 1825 Whitney Avenue. The program starts at 6:30 PM.

The final film in this mini-series will be Saturday, October 3rd, Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.”

Dr. Don C. Sawyer III will introduce and keynote the discussion of “Do the right thing.” Dr. Sawyer is the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He is a tenured associate professor in the department of sociology, criminal justice, and anthropology as well as assistant clinical professor in the Frank H. Netter, MD, School of Medicine. He teaches courses on Race, Education, Popular Culture, Social Research Methods, and Visual Sociology, including the university’s first course dedicated to the sociological study of hip-hop culture. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology and M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University and a B.A. in Psychology from Hartwick College. His scholarly focus is on race, social justice, urban education, hip-hop culture, and the experiences of formerly incarcerated citizens.

Writing in 2001, film critic Roger Ebert declared “Do the Right Thing” one of the “Great Movies”:

I have been given only a few filmgoing experiences in my life to equal the first time I saw “Do the Right Thing.” Most movies remain up there on the screen. Only a few penetrate your soul. In May of 1989 I walked out of the screening at the Cannes Film Festival with tears in my eyes. Spike Lee had done an almost impossible thing. He’d made a movie about race in America that empathized with all the participants. He didn’t draw lines or take sides but simply looked with sadness at one racial flashpoint that stood for many others.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required but an RSVP to the Facebook event is appreciated. Please RSVP to this invitation so we may estimate the number of potential attendees (and calculate available lawn space).

Black Film Mini-Series continues Fri., Sept. 25, at 6:30 PM with “Brown Sugar”

Best Video Film and Cultural Center, Ignite the Light, and Spring Glen Church in collaboration with the Hamden Dept. of Arts and Culture are excited to host the Hamden Black Film Mini-Series and Discussion event. The series consists of three, Black-centered movies with universal themes of love, heroes, loss, immigration and more followed by community discussion with keynote speakers relating each movie to the issues, experiences, joys, struggles and achievements of the Black community in Hamden. Attendees are invited to come for the movies and stay for discussion if interested, otherwise, come out and enjoy films together in the company of community.

The first screening, of “42: The Jackie Robinson Story,” took place on Sept. 17.

All movies will be presented outdoors with social distancing on the lawn at Spring Glen Church, 1825 Whitney Avenue. NOTE that the time has changed: The program for the final two films will start at 6:30 PM, which is moved up from the 7:30 start time for “42: The Jackie Robinson Story.” The remaining movie line-up is as follows:

Friday, September 25th: Brown Sugar
Saturday, October 3rd: Do the Right Thing

Dr. Siobhan Carter-David from Southern Connecticut State University will lead the discussion for “Brown Sugar.”

Dr. Carter-David is an Assistant Professor in History, teaching in the areas of fashion/beauty studies, American culture and identity politics, and African American, urban, and recent United States history. Her research explores the “new” politics of racial uplift as represented in the fashion instruction of post-Civil Rights African American print media, as well as more broadly, American fashion, beauty culture, and the politics of presentation. She has written and given numerous talks on hip-hop music, black nationalism, youth culture, culture and clothing, and urban style. She also curated an exhibit, “Strong Shoulder: Revisiting the Women’s Power Suit,” which explored the meaning of “power dressing,” its position within third-wave feminism and corporate culture, and the evolution of women’s professional fashions in the 1980s.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required but an RSVP to the Facebook event is appreciated. Please RSVP to this invitation so we may estimate the number of potential attendees (and calculate available lawn space).

Prof. William Foster addressing the audience at the Sept. 17 screening of “Brown Sugar.”

Weather permitting, music already booked on the BVFCC deck Thursdays-Saturdays through Oct. 10

Anne Marie Menta and Richard Neal playing the Best Video deck to a safely socially distanced crowd Sept. 12, 2020.

Best Video Film & Cultural Center has gotten a great response from the community of local musicians to the use of our new deck as a venue. While weather permits, we will be hosting shows Thursday-Saturday during happy hour time with music usually occurring between 5 and 7 PM (but exact time varies according to the act).

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and masks are mandatory. (Yes, you can lower them to take a drink but please raise them up again.)

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up.

This is what is booked as of Sept. 16, 2020:

Thurs.-Sat., Sept. 17-19:

Thursday, Sept. 17, 5-7 PM. Singer-Songwriter: The Bargain (featuring Frank Critelli, Shandy Lawson, & Muddy Rivers)

Friday, Sept. 18, 4:30-6:30 PM. Roots Singer-Songwriter: Buzz Gordo

Saturday, Sept. 19, 5-7 PM. Singer-Songwriter: Shawn Taylor

Thurs.-Sat., Sept. 24-26:

Thursday, Sept. 24, 5-7 PM. Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar: Glenn Roth

Friday, Sept. 25, 6 PM. Harmony Pop: Pigeon English

Saturday, Sept. 26, 5:30 PM. Singer-Songwriter Pop: Shellye Valauskas & Dean Falcone

Thurs.-Sat., Oct. 1-3:

Thursday, Oct. 1, 4:30-6:30 PM. Swing Music: Leg Up feat. Leo & Brian Slattery

Friday, Oct. 2, 4:30-6:30 PM. Jug Band: Washboard Slim Trio

Saturday, Oct. 3, 4:30-6:30 PM. Jazz: Warren Byrd & David Chevan

Thurs.-Sat., Oct. 8-10:

Thursday, Oct. 8, 5-6:30 PM. Singer-Songwriter: Seth Adam

Friday, Oct. 9, 4:30-6:30 PM. Swing: The Red Hots

Saturday, Oct. 10, 5 PM. Afro-Soul: Thabisa

Also on the schedule:

Saturday, Oct. 17, 4:30 PM. Songs + Stories, Hosted by Saul Fussiner

Also on the BVFCC schedule, being held across the street at the Spring Glen Church: (in collaboration with Hamden Department of Arts and Culture, Spring Glen Church, Ignite the Light):

Thursday, Sept. 17, 7:30 PM. Film Screening at Spring Glen Church: “42: The Jackie Robinson Story” (1st in the Black Film Mini-Series sponsored by BVFCC, Hamden Department of Art & Culture, Spring Glen Church, and Ignite the Light)

Friday, Sept. 25, 7:30 PM. Film Screening at Spring Glen Church: “Brown Sugar” (2nd in the Black Film Mini-Series sponsored by BVFCC, Hamden Department of Art & Culture, Spring Glen Church, and Ignite the Light)

Saturday, Oct. 3, 7:30 PM. Film Screening: “Do the Right Thing” at Spring Glen Church (3rd in the Black Film Mini-Series sponsored by BVFCC, Hamden Department of Art & Culture, Spring Glen Church, and Ignite the Light)

 

Upcoming music on the Best Video deck

Once we got over the hiccup of the rainout of a our scheduled first night, the launch of our new series of music on the Best Video Film & Cultural deck went great. Thanks to the musicians David Sasso and Pete Kaufman (Friday night) and Anne Marie Menta and Richard Neal (Saturday night) for great sets. And thanks, also, to everybody who came out and for responsibly wearing your masks!

Here is a list of our currently scheduled shows:

Thursday, Sept. 17, 5-7 PM. Singer-Songwriter: The Bargain (featuring Frank Critelli, Shandy Lawson, & Muddy Rivers)

Saturday, Sept. 19, 5-7 PM. Singer-Songwriter: Shawn Taylor

Thursday, Sept. 24, 5-7 PM. Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist: Glenn Roth (rescheduled from 9/10)

Friday, Sept. 25, 6 PM. Harmony Pop: Pigeon English

Saturday, Sept. 26, 5:30 PM. Singer-Songwriter Pop: Shellye Valauskas & Dean Falcone

Fri., Oct. 2, 5 PM. Jug Band: Washboard Slim & The Blue Lights Trio

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and masks mandatory. (Yes, you can lower them to take a drink but please raise them up again.)

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up.

Due to the rain, this evening’s scheduled Glenn Roth performance on the deck has been postponed to Sept. 24

Mother Nature has intervened and our first music on the deck happy hour has been cancelled. Guitarist Glenn Roth will instead perform (weather permitting!) on Thursday, Sept. 24, from 5-7:30 PM.

But forecast is looking good for tomorrow’s music with David Sasso and Pete Kaufman. Sasso and Kaufman are bandmates in the bluegrass quintet Five N’ Change and they will be playing as a duo from 4:30-7 PM (with some breaks.

The Best Video Film & Cultural Center cafe will be open for coffee drinks, beer and wine. Respect social distancing and wear masks. (Yes, you can pull them down to take a drink—but pull them back up again!)

Black Film Mini-Series begins Thurs., Sept. 17, with “42” at Spring Glen Church

Best Video Film and Cultural Center, Ignite the Light, and Spring Glen Church in collaboration with the Hamden Dept. of Arts and Culture are excited to host the Hamden Black Film Mini-Series and Discussion event. The series consists of three, Black-centered movies with universal themes of love, heroes, loss, immigration and more followed by community discussion with keynote speakers relating each movie to the issues, experiences, joys, struggles and achievements of the Black community in Hamden. Attendees are invited to come for the movies and stay for discussion if interested, otherwise, come out and enjoy films together in the company of community.

All movies will be presented outdoors with social distancing on the lawn at Spring Glen Church, 1825 Whitney Avenue. All movies start promptly at 7:30pm with discussion to follow directly after. Movie line-up is as follows:

Thursday, September 17th: 42 – The Jackie Robinson Story
Friday, September 25th: Brown Sugar
Saturday, October 3rd: Do the Right Thing

Prof. Bill Foster is a long time Comic Book and Film Historian, who specializes in the “Changing Image of African Americans.” He has presented to audiences both nationally and internationally on these topics.

He is the author of 15 books and 10 plays. He will provide a historical context for the movie “42”, a biopic about sports legend, Jackie Robinson.

Future keynote speakers TBA.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required but an RSVP to the Facebook event is appreciated. Please RSVP to this invitation so we may estimate the number of potential attendees (and calculate available lawn space).

Music returns to Best Video, socially distanced, on the deck

Making the best of the situation, Best Video Film & Cultural Center will restart its music programming on the new outdoor deck, weather permitting. The Best Video cafe will expand its curbside hours to 4-8 PM Thursdays through Saturday and we will try to schedule acoustic music on the deck for as many of those evenings as possible.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and masks mandatory. (Yes, you can lower them to take a drink but please raise them up again.)

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up.

The schedule so far is:

Thursday, Sept. 10, 5-7:30. Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar: Glenn Roth

Friday, Sept. 11, 4:30-7:30 PM. Bluegrass/Roots: David Sasso & Pete Kaufman (members of Five N’ Change)

Saturday, Sept. 12, 5:30 PM. Singer-Songwriter: Anne Marie Menta & Richard Neal

Thursday, Sept. 17, 5-7 PM. Singer-Songwriter: The Bargain (featuring Frank Critelli, Shandy Lawson, & Muddy Rivers)

Saturday, Sept. 19, 5-7 PM. Singer-Songwriter: Shawn Taylor

Friday, Sept. 25, 6 PM. Harmony Pop: Pigeon English

Saturday, Sept. 26, 5:30 PM. Singer-Songwriter Pop: Shellye Valauskas & Dean Falcone