Avant-garde rock group Light Upon Blight returns for their second annual Halloween special, this time improvising a live score to F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent film classic “Nosferatu.” The show starts at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover. Costumes and other Halloween tick or treatery are encouraged and welcomed.
“Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens ” (translates as “Nosferatu: A symphony of Horror”) is as masterpiece of German Expressionist filmmaking. An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”—Stoker’s estate sued and won; fortunately, not all copies were destroyed as ordered by the court—”Nosferatu” was a sensation upon its release.
Roger Ebert enshrined “Nosferatu” as one of the “Great Movies,” writing, “To watch F.W. Murnau’s “Nosferatu” (1922) is to seethe vampire movie before it had really seen itself. Here is the story of Dracula before it was buried alive in clichés, jokes, TV skits, cartoons and more than 30 other films. The film is in awe of its material. It seems to really believe in vampires.”
Much like volcanic eruptions, Light Upon Blight performances are uncompromising acts of spontaneous destruction and creation. Purging and destroying the old while simultaneously laying new, fertile ground. No two Light Upon Blight performances are ever the same, just as nature intended. Sounds like: Free Jazz with a noise aesthetic or an exorcism.
The group for this performance is Jeff Cedrone (guitar, synth, voice, electronics), Tom Hogan (drums, percussion), John C. Miller (synth, electronics), and Pete Riccio (drums, percussion).
• Wednesday, Oct. 26. SINGER-SONGWRITER: NAMOLI BRENNET
• Thursday, Oct. 27. CELTIC AMERICA: THE EBIN-ROSE TRIO; SINGER-SONGWRITER: DOUGLAS ALAN
• Friday, Oct. 28. HALLOWEEN SILENT FILM SCREENING WITH LIVE SCORE: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT PLAYS TO “NOSFERATU”
• Saturday, Oct. 29. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “SPIRITED AWAY” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)
• Sunday, Oct. 30. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE”
• Wednesday, Nov. 2. RECEPTION TO HONOR FRANZ DOUSKEY AS HAMDEN’s FIRST POET LAUREATE
• Thursday, Nov. 3. ROCK: ROPE, THE TOMMYS
• Saturday, Nov. 5. AMERICANA: MATT WHEELER, GOODNIGHT BLUE MOON DUO, JON SCHLESINGER
• Sunday, Nov. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE ASPHALT JUNGLE”
• Thursday, Nov. 10. BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER GALA FIRST ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT (at The Ballroom at The Outer Space)
• Friday, Nov. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FERNANDO PINTO PRESENTS JESSE TERRY & CALLAGHAN
• Sunday, Nov. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE AFRICAN QUEEN” (1 PM)
• Sunday, Nov. 13. KLEZMER JAM (6 PM)
• Wednesday, Nov. 16. IMPROVISATION/AVANT-GARDE: TOM BLANCHART, CHRIS CRETELLA< ZACH ROWDEN
• Thursday, Nov. 17. LITERARY READING: ALICE MATTISON
• Saturday, Nov. 19. JAZZ JAM with ALLEN LOWE, JEFF FULLER & ED CERCONE
• Wednesday, Nov. 23. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: DANIEL BACHMAN, ALEXANDER
• Friday, Nov. 25. BLUEGRASS/TRADITIONAL COUNTRY: DAVE PETERSON (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)
• Saturday, Nov. 26. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)
• Thursday, Dec. 1. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: GLENN ROTH
• Friday, Dec. 9. BLUEGRASS: DALE ANN BRADLEY BAND (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)
• Friday, Dec. 16. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS
• Saturday, Dec. 17. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “THE GOONIES” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)
• Friday, Jan. 13. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER
• Saturday, Jan. 28. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)