Music: Swamp Yankee, Alexander offer American Primitive Guitar sets Thurs., Feb. 4, at 8 PM

Swamp Yankee and Alexander perform Thursday, Feb. 4. The show—influenced by the “American Primitive” guitar stylings of artists like John Fahey—starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

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Swamp Yankee

Swamp Yankee aims to marry the guitar-as-orchestra model of John Fahey, James Blackshaw, and other American Primitive guitarists with an actual orchestral instrument– the cello. Taking cues from the experimental music that produced the likes of Daniel Bachman, Swamp Yankee focuses their instrumental work to the struggles and victories of small New England cities. As finger-picked, syncopated melodies played by Danhy Ravizza on guitar contrast against droning cellos played by John Longyear, Swamp Yankee paints the tale of land and love lost along the Thames river in their new EP, Kelo V. New London.

New England is often painted as quaint and bucolic paradise. Swamp Yankee aims to show the thorns of the rose that is New England.

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In his American Primitive guitar persona Alexander, David Shapiro (Nagual, Glambats, Copper Blue) claws against common time and the droning ghosts of John Fahey and Jack Rose. (Shapiro previously played abstract electric guitar improvisations at BVFCC under the name Lituya Bay.)

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Monday, Feb. 1. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “THE MARTIAN”

• Wednesday, Feb. 3. YIDDISH SWING/JAZZ VOCALS: THE SELTZER SISTERS of the NU HAVEN KAPELYE

• Thursday, Feb. 4. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SWAMP YANKEE, ALEXANDER

• Friday, Feb. 5. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: MERCY CHOIR, PAGEANT DOVE

• Sunday, Feb. 7. BLUEGRASS JAM 2-5 PM (FREE)

• Monday, Feb. 8. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “SICARIO”

• Friday, Feb. 12. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Monday, Feb. 15. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “SUFFRAGETTE”

• Wednesday, Feb. 17. ACOUSTIC BLUES/FOLK: DITTYMACK

• Thursday, Feb. 18. JAZZ: THE MONK PROJECT BAND

• Friday, Feb. 19. GUITARISTS/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: RANDY COLLINS, IAN ETHAN CASE

• Monday, Feb. 22. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “99 HOMES”

• Friday, Feb. 26. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Thursday, Mar. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOY IKE

• Friday, Mar. 4. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Friday, Mar. 11. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER

• Thursday, Mar. 24. ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Wednesday, Mar. 30. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: EUGENE GALLAGHER, WESTERN ESTATES

• Thursday, Mar. 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI

Music: The Seltzer Sisters of Nu Haven Kapelye play Wed., Feb. 3, at 8 PM

Hedda and Jackie Selzter_WebThe Seltzer Sisters of Nu Haven Kapelye perform at Best Video Film & Cultural Center Wednesday, Feb. 3. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Best Video and Mainmensch Music Co. present “From Second Avenue to Broadway: The Seltzer Sisters sing 1930’s New York.”

In Best Video’s delightfully intimate setting, The Seltzer Sisters of the Nu Haven Kapelye bring you repertoire ranging from their favorite Yiddish swing numbers to the best loved tunes of the American Song Book.

The line-up: Jackie Sidle Seltzer (vocals), Hedda Rubenstein Seltzer (vocals), Christina Crowder (accordion), Stacy Phillips (violin) and David Chevan (bass).

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Jan. 29. NHV REMEMBERS DAVID BOWIE—THE EARLY YEARS (1964-1987)

• Monday, Feb. 1. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “THE MARTIAN”

• Wednesday, Feb. 3. YIDDISH SWING/JAZZ VOCALS: THE SELTZER SISTERS of the NU HAVEN KAPELYE

• Thursday, Feb. 4. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SWAMP YANKEE, ALEXANDER

• Friday, Feb. 5. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: MERCY CHOIR, PAGEANT DOVE

• Sunday, Feb. 7. BLUEGRASS JAM 2-5 PM (FREE)

• Monday, Feb. 8. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “SICARIO”

• Friday, Feb. 12. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Monday, Feb. 15. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “SUFFRAGETTE”

• Wednesday, Feb. 17. ACOUSTIC BLUES/FOLK: DITTYMACK

• Thursday, Feb. 18. JAZZ: THE MONK PROJECT BAND

• Friday, Feb. 19. GUITARISTS/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: RANDY COLLINS, IAN ETHAN CASE

• Monday, Feb. 22. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “99 HOMES”

• Friday, Feb. 26. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Thursday, Mar. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOY IKE

• Friday, Mar. 4. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Friday, Mar. 11. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER

• Thursday, Mar. 24. ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Wednesday, Mar. 30. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: EUGENE GALLAGHER, WESTERN ESTATES

• Thursday, Mar. 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI

Film Series: Oscar series continues Mon., Feb. 1, with “The Martian”

Best Video Film & Cultural Center’s seven-movie, Oscar-oriented film series continues on Monday, Feb. 1 with a screening of “The Martian.” Each screening starts at 7 PM and admission is $7.

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“The Martian” stars Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney who is left stranded on Mars after he is presumed dead by his crew after a storm. Watney is thrown back on his own ingenuity while NASA, international scientists and his crew members try and figure out if and how they can bring him back home.

A New York Times Critic’s Pick, “The Martian” earned a glowing review from critic Manohla Dargis:

A space western and a blissed-out cosmic high, “The Martian” stars Matt Damon as an American astronaut who, like a latter-day Robinson Crusoe, learns to survive on his own island of despair. At once epic and intimate, it involves a dual journey into outer and inner space, a trip that takes you into that immensity called the universe and deep into the equally vast landscape of a single consciousness. For this accidental castaway, space is the place where he’s physically marooned, but also where his mind is set free — a dynamic that of course invokes moviegoing itself.

“The Martian” has garnered six Oscar nominations, for Best Picture, Best Actor (Damon), Sound Editing, Production Design, Visual Effects and Adapted Screenplay.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Jan. 27. SURF ROCK: THE CLAMS; SHADOW PUPPETS: KIM MIKENIS, THE HUMAN LIGHT BOX

• Thursday, Jan. 28. BLUEGRASS: THE DUDLEY FARM STRING BAND

• Friday, Jan. 29. NHV REMEMBERS DAVID BOWIE—THE EARLY YEARS (1964-1987)

• Monday, Feb. 1. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “THE MARTIAN”

• Wednesday, Feb. 3. YIDDISH SWING/JAZZ VOCALS: THE SELTZER SISTERS of the NU HAVEN KAPELYE

• Thursday, Feb. 4. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SWAMP YANKEE, ALEXANDER

• Friday, Feb. 5. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: MERCY CHOIR, PAGEANT DOVE

• Sunday, Feb. 7. BLUEGRASS JAM 2-5 PM (FREE)

• Monday, Feb. 8. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “SICARIO”

• Friday, Feb. 12. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Monday, Feb. 15. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “SUFFRAGETTE”

• Wednesday, Feb. 17. ACOUSTIC BLUES/FOLK: DITTYMACK

• Thursday, Feb. 18. JAZZ: THE MONK PROJECT BAND

• Friday, Feb. 19. GUITARISTS/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: RANDY COLLINS, IAN ETHAN CASE

• Monday, Feb. 22. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “99 HOMES”

• Friday, Feb. 26. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Thursday, Mar. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOY IKE

• Friday, Mar. 4. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Friday, Mar. 11. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER

• Thursday, Mar. 24. ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Wednesday, Mar. 30. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: EUGENE GALLAGHER, WESTERN ESTATES

• Thursday, Mar. 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI