Archives for August 2012


Novelist Kathy L. Czepiel and poet Claire Zoghb will read from their published works at Best Video Performance Space in Hamden. The program will start at 7:30 PM.

Kathy Leonard Czepiel is the recipient of a 2012 creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, and her debut novel, A Violet Season, was published in July by Simon & Schuster. Czepiel teaches in the First-Year Writing Program at Quinnipiac University. She lives in Hamden with her husband and their two daughters.

Blurb on the book:
The violet industry is booming in 1898, and a Hudson Valley farm owned by the Fletcher family is turning a generous profit for its two oldest brothers. But Ida Fletcher, married to the black sheep youngest brother, has taken up wet nursing to help pay the bills, and her daughter, Alice, has left school to work. As they risk losing their share of the farm, the two women make increasingly great sacrifices for their family’s survival, sacrifices that will set them against each other in a lifelong struggle for honesty and forgiveness. A Violet Season is the story of an unforgettable mother-daughter journey in a time when women were just waking to their own power and independence.

Claire Zoghb’s full-length collection, Small House Breathing, won the 2008 Quercus Review Poetry Series Award and was published in fall 2009. A chapbook, Dispatches from Everest, is forthcoming from Pudding House Press. Her work has appeared in Connecticut Review, CALYX, Saranac Review, Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America, Mezzo Cammin, Crab Creek Review and Natural Bridge, and in the anthologies Through A Child’s Eyes: Poems and Stories About War, Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems, and the forthcoming CRUSH. Twice a Pushcart Prize nominee, Claire was the winner of the 2008 Dogwood annual poetry competition, judged by Irish poet Micheal O’Siadhail. She is a recipient of two Artist Fellowships from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, an Urban Artists Initiative grant, a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, and has earned a certificate from the Amherst Writers and Artists Institute.

The Best Video Coffee Bar will be open with a fine selection of delicious snacks and refreshments, including Willoughby’s coffee. The Best Video Coffee Bar is now also licensed to sell wine and beer. Admission—as for all of Best Video’s Performance Space events—is free.

Video: Shellye Valauskas Experience at Best Video Performance Space

The Shellye Valauskas Experience—featuring Shellye Valauskas on guitar and vocals, Dean Falcone on lead guitar and vocals, Chuck Roscoe on bass and Bruce Crowder on drums—played the Performance Space on August 7. And our good friend Rev. Dave Kelsey of Golden Microphone Productions was there to capture the performance on video.

Here is The Shellye Valauskas Experience playing their song “Box It Up” at Best Video Performance Space, courtesy of Dave Kelsey:


CARANCHO – In this Argentinian action-noir-romance, an idealistic ER doctor with a drug habit and an ambulance-chasing attorney with a conscience repeatedly cross paths at the hospital, fall in love and try to help each other out of their bad habits.

Like the traffic flow of Buenos Aires itself, the film moves at breakneck pace; you’re never sure what’s about to hit you. The two leads are basically likable, decent, down-to-earth people trying to do the right thing but trapped by unfortunate histories, bad choices and worse circumstance. We like these people and hope their relationship doesn‘t hit a snag.

The film addresses a supposedly real-life phenomenon in Buenos Aires involving the unusually high number of automobile accidents and a criminal syndicate’s control of accident insurance scams.

Full of twists and turns and surprises that come out of nowhere, the film makes you feel like a rubbernecker glad to be doing his traveling in an armchair. An armchair that should come with a seat belt.

You can’t take your eyes off the action, nor off the two compelling leads. Would that such enforced attention applied to our own daily cellphone-tapping, text messaging driving habits here in the States.

Good luck.