Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps, Pretend It Didn’t Happen and The Human Lightbox perform at Best Video Performance Space on Tuesday, May 10. The show is an early one, starting at 8 PM. The cover is $5.
Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps–composed of Michael Tepper on upright bass, Adam Matlock on accordion and vocals; Michael Paolucci on percussion; Chris Cretella on electric guitar and Brian Slattery on violin, banjo, trombone and vocals–plays as much music as it’s able to: blues and murder ballads, Eastern European folk, traditional music from North and South America, tango, swing, classical music, and the songs of contemporary songwriters (including Matlock), using the influences of the music they love to create fluid, improvised arrangements.
Pretend it Didn’t Happen is a performance art group; members are Kaia Gilje, Lorene Bouboushian, Valerie Kuehne. Their statement:
We constructed situations that investigate social pathologies, myths, and zones at work at “the show.” We aim to poke at and shift the audience’s belief in why they are even present. To this end, we disorient and activate our audiences and ourselves through disturbance and explosion, despair and boredom. This has resulted in performers driving away from the venue, creating messes for no reason, or staring at the audience in bleak confusion for extended periods. In our recent collaborative work, You Are the Bus, we created elaborate organizations of errands for chosen audience members to complete (delivering pizza to the venue, picking up laundry) or gifts they received at establishments outside the venue (drinks at bars, food at restaurants, new friends at bodegas, hangouts at apartments). Between collaborative performers, there is mutual trust in a certain set of implied boundaries, but the cracks are where the light shines through. We want to get to the core of the kind of rebellion that can reveal a fuller spectrum of being human: inexplicable, inimitable, highly sensory acts. Preach in a grocery cart while brushing your teeth with a lollipop. Because you have to.
Kim Mikenis is The Human Lightbox:
Kim Mikenis’ artist statement:
I am fascinated with combining art and science with my love of nature. I play with paper, sculpt, assemble, collage, paint and sew. I enjoy figuring out where to place the finished figures on the canvas and often feel a sense of sadness once the figures are permanently attached to one final fixed position. My enjoyment with play and constant movement has spurned creation of dozens of puppet shows and stop motion animations. I am also inspired by travels abroad, the comforts of home, vaudeville, circus, human fears, scientific phenomenon and animals.
• Friday, May 6. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA
• Saturday, May 7. SOFT ACOUSTIC/ROCK: THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS
• Monday, May 9. FILM SCREENING: “FRUITVALE STATION”
• Tuesday, May 10. ECLECTIC: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS, PRETEND IT DIDN’T HAPPEN, THE HUMAN LIGHT BOX
• Wednesday, May 11. ROCK: THE NEW CHASTITY
• Friday, May 13. THREE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, DICK NEAL, GLEN ROETHEL
• Saturday, May 14. FILM SCREENING/WINE & CHEESE TASTING: VINO/NOIR
• Monday, May 16. FILM SCREENING: “SARAH’S KEY” (in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of New Haven)
• Wednesday, May 18. BLUES: CODA BLUE
• Thursday, May 19. EXPERIMENTAL: RIVENER, CRETELLA|PAOLUCCI DUO, ID M THEFT ABLE & FLANDREW FLEISENBERG
• Friday, May 20. JAZZ VOCALS & GUITAR: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER
• Thursday, May 26. EXPERIMENTAL: ELECTRONHIC
• Friday, May 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN
• Thursday, June 2. HALFWAY TO GUITAR NIGHT: SHAWN PERSINGER, NANCY TUCKER, NORMAN PLNKEY, ROBERT MESSORE
• Friday, June 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR
• Thursday, June 9. CABARET/SINATRA: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY
• Thursday, June 16. CHRISTOPHER ARNOTT & LYS GUILLORN CELEBRATE BLOOMSDAY
• Friday, June 24. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH, ALT-COUNTRY: LINES WEST
• Thursday, June 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: EUGENE GALLAGHER, QUINN HARLEY
• Friday, July 1. POST-PUNK: TELEGRAM SCAM
• Friday, July 29. ART-ROCK: FE FI FO
• Friday, Aug. 5. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND
• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS
• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL