Category Archives: Performance Space Events

Thurs., Oct. 6th, 5 -9 PM: LOUNGE NIGHT w/Ambient DJs Cam & Simply T

Enjoy a glass of wine, beer, or cafe drink during a relaxed evening at Best Video Film& Cultural Center with a curated mix of lounge music by DJ’s Tyler and Cameron who will start spinning at 7pm.  Special small taste plates make for a perfect evening atmosphere to welcome October.

Fri., Oct. 7th @ 7pm – Improvise Music: GoBruCcio and Vance Provey

The free improvisation trio GoBruCcio presents trumpeter Vance Provey in a show at Best Video Film & Cultural Center Fri., Oct. 7. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.
GoBruCcio will do an opening set followed by an extended quartet performance with Vance Provey.
The trio of guitarist Bob Gorry, bassist Pete Brunelli, and drummer Peter Riccio create dynamic and consistently intriguing free improvisations as GoBruCcio.  Their debut album, GoBruCcio, was released to positive reviews in the worldwide music press.
Provey considers himself as trumpet Soloist. With a long history as a composer and leader, his approach is rooted in the jazz idiom. Some may call his playing “free” or avant-garde. Trumpeter and educator Bill Dixon was a major influence, giving Provey the opportunity to work at Bennington College in The Black Music Division.
As this is an indoor show, masks are strongly recommended.

Sat., Oct. 8th, 10:30 AM – Robert Messore Toddler Tunes

Robert Messore brings his Toddler Tunes kids’ music show to Best Video Film & Cultural Center Sat., Oct. 8. The event starts at 10:30 AM. This will be an outside show, weather permitting.
Robert Messore puts on a high-energy sing-and-dance-along program for young children and their parents.
Voted “Best Entertainer for Toddlers” in the 2011 Kidhaven.com readers poll, Messore’s public “Toddler Tunes” program at St. John’s Episcopal Church in New Haven is the place to be every week! The songs are a mix of the classics and some newer songs that folks love. He recognizes that these programs are a place for parents to get together as much as anything, so he encourages folks with newborns through 6-yr-old children to attend.
Suggested donation is $5-10 per family but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

Sat., Oct. 8th @ 7pm – Brian Jarawa Gray – The Healing Drum

Brian Jarawa Gray—better known as Jarawa—presents “The Healing Drum” on Saturday, October 8th, at Best Video Film & Cultural Center.
The show starts at 7 PM and there is a $10 cover.
A native New Havener, Jarawa has more than 30 years of experience as a percussionist, songwriter, band leader, and performing artist. He has taught world music in public and private schools and universities in Connecticut and New York. Jarawa performs Natural Centric Drumming and the music of the African Diaspora.  Jarawa has also released his own CDs titled “Berdisha Pertasha,” “You’re So Special” and “Stories of Life.” Jarawa has Performed at Lincoln Center with vibraphonist Jay Hoggard, SOBs with drummer Pheeroan akLaff, Seventh Avenue Theater with Joseph Jarman, Brooklyn Academy of Music with Chuck Davis Dance Company, and many more venues across the country.
As this is an indoor show, masks are strongly recommended.

Thu., Sept. 29 @ 7 PM – Dave Scanlon and Mother Juniper

Dave Scanlon and Mother Juniper share a bill at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Thurs., Sept. 29. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.
Dave Scanlon pursues a practice of writing austere songs and continues a series of “counting” compositions focusing on intonation, numerology, and measurement. He is also a member of the experimental rock band JOBS and the pop group Leverage Models.
Scanlon has released music on Ramp Local, New Amsterdam Records, Tzadik Records, Hometapes, Clean Feed Records, New Atlantis Records, and Whatever’s Clever. He has performed at Issue Project Room (NYC), Roulette (NYC), The Stone (NYC), Shinjuku Pit Inn (Tokyo, Japan), Yokohama Airegin (Yokohama, Japan), Boston Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA), Casa Del Popolo (Montreal, Canada), and many more.
Mother Juniper is made up of dream story weavers, many myths, and a three-stringed street banjo.
As this is an indoor show, masks are strongly recommended.

Fri., Sept. 30 @ 7 PM – Love N’ Co and Lars

Love n’ Co plays Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Fri., Sept 30. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10. Lars opens the show.
Emerging from New Haven in 2019, Love n’ Co delivers powerful sonic waves that caress the soul, aiding in the journey of self-discovery and raw expression.
The core duo of the band consists of Lovelind Richards and Lamar Smith, the former born and raised in Florida while the latter grew up in Hamden, Connecticut. The band’s sound has been described to have a range, “from high-energy funk to surging pop.”
Lars is a queer musician and singer sharing their love for ukulele. They have been playing for 7 years and are featured in the band uncis with two published albums which can be found on all streaming platforms.
This is an inside show, these are our covid protocols: masks are strongly encouraged.

Thu., Sept. 22, 5 – 9 pm – Lounge Night w/Ambient DJ

Enjoy a glass of wine, beer, or cafe drink during a relaxed evening at Best Video Film & Cultural Center with a curated mix of lounge music by DJ’s Tyler and Cameron.  Special small taste plates make for a perfect evening atmosphere to welcome Fall.

Fri., Sep. 16 @ 5:30 PM – Joe Carter & Darren Litzie

Guitarist Joe Carter and pianist Darren Litzie play “Sambas, Choros, Bossa Novas & More!” in an outdoor concert at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Fri., Sept. 16. The show starts at 5:30 PM.

Joe Carter has recorded and performed with Jazz artists such Art Farmer, Lee Konitz, Cecil Payne, Rufus Reid and others and with Brazilian artists such as Luiz Eca, Mauricio Einhorn, Robertinho Silva, Paulo Russo and others. In addition, he has recorded several CDs through the years, his most recent is Both Sides of the Equator, with bassist David Finck and percussionist Ze Mauricio.  Joe Carter is currently the Director of the Academic Music Program at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, where he teaches The History of Jazz, The Music of Latin America and directs the Jazz Ensemble.

Pianist/composer Darren Litzie studied jazz piano with Dr. Rex Cadwallader, jazz theory, improvisation, and composition with Jim McNeely, Mike Holober, Jimmy Greene and Jamie Begian. Darren completed a three-year stint with the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, where he had several of his works premiered in concert by the BMI Jazz Orchestra. Litzie—who has played Best Video several times as a member of the Jeff Fuller & friends jazz trio—recently released his first album as a bandleader, “My Horizon.”

There will be donation vases for the musicians and the venue. Please consider being generous in supporting musicians—opportunities to perform have been fewer the past couple of years. Suggested donation of $10.

The parking lot is closed off for seating. There is on-street parking on Thornton Street, as well as parking behind our building and across the street at Spring Glen Church.

Sat., Sep. 17 @ 5:30 PM – Anne Marie Menta w/ Richard Neal & Cadence Carroll

Anne Marie Menta plays Best Video Film & Cultural Center outside on Sat., Sept. 17, starting at 5:30 PM.
She will be joined by Richard Neal on guitar and mandolin, and Cadence Carroll on harmony vocals and percussion. The cover is $10.

Anne Marie Menta hails from New Haven, CT., where she has been a long time favorite singer/songwriter. She comes from a family of three brothers, where playing and listening to music was their great passion. Her musical credits include fronting various rock & roll, folk, and country bands as a singer/guitarist, including The Wanderers, Sugar Moon, Sky Riders, and Rodeo Radio.

There will be donation vases for the musicians and the venue. Please consider being generous in supporting musicians—opportunities to perform have been fewer the past couple of years. Suggested donation of $10.

The parking lot is closed off for seating. There is on-street parking on Thornton Street, as well as parking behind our building and across the street at Spring Glen Church.

Tues., Sep. 6, 7 PM – A WOMAN’S WORK Film Series – “Desert Hearts”

All films begin at 7pm followed immediately by a talkback session. There is a suggested donation of $7. Coffee, wine, beer, and soft drinks will be available for purchase at the Best Video Cafe.

This program is made possible through a generous grant from the CT Humanities organization, an independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs.   

For more information, please call (203) 287-9286. Best Video Film and Cultural Center is located at 1842 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06517. There is limited parking in the Best Video lot, additional parking is available on the street or across the road at Spring Glen Church.