By popular demand: BVFCC adds new return box at Lyric Hall in Westville

Graham Honaker installs new return box at Lyric Hall.

Graham Honaker installs new return box at Lyric Hall.

Ever since Edge of the Woods Market asked us to remove the return box we had there, customers from the Westville area—as well as customers from Woodbridge and other towns easily accessible to Whalley Ave. from the Wilbur Cross Parkway—have been inquiring as to the possibility of getting a new return location on that side of town.

Well, now we have it! Thanks to John Cavaliere, who owns the historic Lyric Hall on Whalley Ave., we now have a new location where Best Video Film & Cultural Center patrons can return their movies. Lyric Hall—a restored vaudeville-era theater and venue for Cavaliere’s antiques restoration business—is located at 827 Whalley Ave., New Haven, 06515. Phone (203) 389-8885.

Thanks also to Best Video Film & Cultural Center employees Graham Honaker and Brian Johnson (of Johnaker art productions) for making and installing the box.

Rent more great movies from Best Video Film & Cultural Center and return them to the new box at Lyric Hall!

Mark Your Calendar: Best Video fundraiser on Sun., June 29, from 3—6 PM (UPDATED 6/27—Silent Art Auction, Performers, Premiums for Larger Donations)

Fundraiser_color_alt version_rev_062714_WebUPDATED 6/27: Silent art auction! Details below.

UPDATED 6/26: Premiums for different donation levels posted!

UPDATE 6/23: Performers names and times posted below!

Best Video is holding a fundraiser on Sunday afternoon, June 29, from 3—6 PM to help defray the costs of our renovations. Donation levels for attending are Friend ($25 and up), Patron ($50 and up), Movie Star ($100 and up), Oscar Winner ($500 and up) and Mogul ($1,000 and up)There will be special premiums for Patron, Movie Star, Oscar Winner and Mogul donors.

Patron donors ($50) will receive one monthly free rental for a year as well as a Best Video coffee mug. For the Movie Stars among you ($100 donation), expect the monthly free rental, the coffee mug and a Best Video t-shirt. Oscar Winners get the mug and t-shirt as well as two free movies per week for a year. If you’re a Mogul, you’re entitled to the mug, the t-shirt and four free movies per week for a year.

The event will feature music, delicious snacks (from baker Carol Merriman, renowned New Haven restaurant Caseus and others). The store may be closed during the event, which will be a fun time where members and supporters of the store can relax, chat, network and enjoy the music. Let’s all celebrate the continued vitality of our contribution to the local cultural community. And learn more about our plans for expanded programming in our beautiful new Performance Space.

Cellist Ravenna Michalsen will perform works from the English/Scottis/Irish cello canon from 3:05—3:30 PM with accompaniment by cellist Lynne Bonnett. Brazilian music with jazz inflections will be offered from 3:50—4:15 by bassist Jeff Fuller and guitarist Joe Carter. Local singer-songwriter and proponent of Local Bands on WPLR-FM James Velvet takes a turn from 4:35—5 PM, joined by his guitar-playing compatriot Johnny Memphis. And from 5:20—5:45 PM, trumpeter Nick Di Maria will offer up some swinging modern jazz sounds with his quintet.

There will also be a silent art auction as part of this event. Among the respected local artists and photographers who have donated or will be donating works are Gerald Saladyga, Marjorie Wolfe, Keith Johnson, Christopher Mir, Steven DiGiovanni, William McCarthy, Nancy Eisenfeld, Tony Juliano, Graham Honaker and Best Video owner Hank Paper.

Make your reservation in advance at the store or by phone (203-287-9286) or contribute at the door on June 29.

If you want to contribute but can’t make it on Sunday, you can still support us! You can drop by the store and contribute, or call and use a card (203-287-9286) or send a check to Best Video, Attention: Best Video Fundraiser, 1842 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06517.

Enlist your neighbors and encourage your friends to sign up for our email list at our Web site or at the front counter in the store.

Stay tuned for more details!

New Coffee Bar up and running

Getting the room cleared out for the Performance Space to resume shows is proceeding slower than we hoped. But the Coffee Bar is relocated and serving that great Willoughby’s brew, along with fine beers and wine.

Barista Kate Taussig gives a thumbs-up for the new Coffee Bar set-up.

Barista Kate Taussig gives a thumbs-up for the new Coffee Bar set-up.

We think artist/Coffee Bar manager Graham Honaker and barista Brian Johnson did a great job building the new coffee bar. They used planks from former cabinets for displaying videos for the counter facade and Graham made the countertop much as he makes his paintings/collages—putting down a layer of vintage magazine pages and coating it with clear epoxy resin.

Hand-built countertop made by Coffee Bar manager and artist Graham Honaker and barista Brian Johnson.

Hand-built counter-top made by Coffee Bar manager and artist Graham Honaker and barista Brian Johnson.

We lost a few days’ revenue in making the move so if you want to help out, come on down and get a great cappuccino or a glass of wine and check out our progress in making the new Best Video!