This Monday’s scheduled screening of “Memento” postponed to Mon., Mar. 30

MementoBecause of the rearranging of the store and the relocation of the Performance Space and screening room to the other side of our space, this Monday’s scheduled showing of the 2000 thriller “Memento” is being rescheduled to Monday, Mar. 30. The Mar. 24 screening of “Mulholland Drive” will take place as originally scheduled.

The theme of the current current Best Video/Temple Beth Sholom film series collaboration is “Complex and Compelling: Fun Movies That Make You Think.” Best Video owner Hank Paper and Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic take turns presenting and leading discussions of six unique and stirring films that not only make you think but change the way you think.

Each movie starts at 7 PM. Admission cost is $5. Reservations are highly recommended.

The next film to be shown now will be “Mulholland Drive,” director David Lynch’s 2001 take on film noir. Best Video owner Hank Paper will introduce the film and lead the post-screening discussion. In his 2001 review of “Mulholland Drive, ” film critic Roger Ebert wrote:

David Lynch has been working toward “Mulholland Drive” all of his career, and now that he’s arrived there I forgive him “Wild at Heart” and even “Lost Highway.” At last his experiment doesn’t shatter the test tubes. The movie is a surrealist dreamscape in the form of a Hollywood film noir, and the less sense it makes, the more we can’t stop watching it.

The now final film in the series is the 2000 thriller “Memento.” Best Video staffers Michael Wheatley and Rob Harmon will introduce the film and lead the discussion afterwards. Directed and written by Christopher Nolan, “Memento” stars Guy Pearce. In his 2000 New York Times review critic A.O. Scott wrote:

“Memento” is a brilliant feat of rug-pulling, sure to delight fans of movies like “The Usual Suspects” and “Pi.” Like Darren Aronofsky (who directed “Pi” and last year’s “Requiem for a Dream”), Mr. Nolan demonstrates a supercharged cinematic intelligence. He’s clearly excited by the way the medium can manipulate time and information, folding straightforward events and simple motives into Moebius strips of paradox and indeterminacy.

This is the remaining schedule for “Complex and Compelling”:

• Monday, Mar. 24: MULHOLLAND DRIVE
• Monday, Mar. 30: MEMENTO

Best Video manager Richard Brown to perform Thurs. with The Sawtelles

Best Video manager Richard Brown will perform several songs on saxophone this Thursday, Mar. 13, when The Sawtelles play the final show in the original Best Video Performance Space. The Sawtelles played the very first Performance Space show in June, 2011. The new Performance Space will be on the other side of the store.

The show will start at 8 PM with an opening solo set by Lys Guillorn, The cover is $5.

Brown has played sax and guitar with renowned singer-songwriter Mark Mulcahy. He plays lead guitar and sax in the local band Happy Ending with Best Video assistant manager Hank Hoffman.

Watch Brown perform the song “Hale Bopp” with Big Fat Combo at the Best Video Performance Space June 14, 2012:

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Music: The Sawtelles, Lys Guillorn perform Thurs., Mar. 13, at 8 PM

Sawtelles_Guillorn_WebThe Sawtelles, who played the first concert in the Best Video Performance Space, will play the last show in the original room. They will be joined on the bill by Lys Guillorn playing a solo set. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

The music of husband and wife duo The Sawtelles is a balance of four elements: alternate-tuned guitar, stand-up drum kit (ala Velvet Underground’s Mo Tucker) and two voices. Sparse but intricately arranged pop that is as lush as it is threadbare makes what is played as important as what isn’t. Peter plays guitar and Julie plays drums; they both sing. Their sparse but intricately arranged pop is as lush as it is captivatingly unique.

Their self-produced DYI philosophy aligns them more with the hand painted Sun Ra LP’s of 1950’s and 60’s then it does with those striving for mainstream commercial success. They have released 4 CDs; for a preview, see their website.

Lys Guillorn is a singer/songwriter of the same musical school as Laura Veirs and Kristin Hersh, with a little Emmylou Harris thrown in: dreamy, lyric-driven, melodically interesting, and indefinable.  She makes “oddly uplifting, folk, blues, country-infused, acoustic semi-electric psychedelic dark pop music.” (Geraint Jones, Comes With a Smile, UK). In recent years, Guillorn has released a full-length CD, an EP, and a collection of compilation tracks on her own Little Cowgirl Records. She put out her second full-length CD of original material, “Winged Victory, ” in 2013.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Mar. 6. BUOYANT POP ROCK: THE FURORS

• Monday, Mar. 10. FILM SCREENING: “BABEL”

• Thursday, Mar. 13. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES; LYS GUILLORN

• Monday, Mar. 17. FILM SCREENING: “MEMENTO”

• Monday. Mar. 24. FILM SCREENING: “MULHOLLAND DRIVE”

• Wednesday, Apr. 2. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, Apr. 17. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS

Music: Wry Bred rises to the occasion Wed., Mar. 12, at 8 PM

Wry_Bred_Best_Video_120413_WebThe contra dance trio Wry Bred plays the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Mar. 12. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover charge is $5.

The contra dance trio Wry Bred engages in joyful musical conversations with driving rhythms and exuberant harmonies.

With Julie Sorcek on flute and saxophone, Mickey Koth on fiddle, and Robert Messore on guitar, Wry Bred sensitively supports dancers and callers alike. The band was founded in 2009 and has been playing at dances, concerts, private parties, and other events ever since. They’ve developed a growing reputation and won the respect and admiration of dancers and music lovers throughout the area and beyond. The members of Wry Bred each bring years of experience as dancers and musicians.

Listen to “Road to Lisdoonverna/Swallowtail Jig/Scollay’s Reel” as played by Wry Bred:

Wry Bred has played for contra dances in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts and, in 2011, with dance caller Bill Fischer, went on tour to North Carolina and Tennessee.

Julie Sorcek has been playing flute since she was ten years old, and has been off and running ever since. She added piccolo in college, and has had extensive experience playing with high school and college symphonic bands, and in the late ’80s and early ’90s with the Danbury Community Orchestra. She also plays saxophone and occasionally bodhran and recently began lessons on the fiddle. She is a founding member of Wry Bred.

Mickey Koth was a strictly classical player for the first 40 years of her life. Like Julie, Mickey began playing flute at age ten. As a music education major in college, she learned all the instruments, except double bass and tuba. Her favorites were the bassoon and trombone. At age 39, she started contra dancing and loved the music so much, she rented a violin for her 40th birthday and soon began studying with bluegrass fiddler and dobro player Stacy Phillips. Before the end of her first year playing, she had joined a pick-up band. She and John Kalinowski were the founding members of the contra dance and concert band Wild Notes. With her husband contra dance caller Bill Fischer she performs with Out On A Whim , a band of ever-changing membership that plays for family dances and contra dances as well as for special events.

Robert Messore plays guitar in Wry Bred. He has passionately devoted himself to the guitar for 30+ years. Voted Best Instrumentalist in a New Haven Advocate readers’ poll, Robert has been called the Heart of the New Haven Folk Scene for his vital and many-faceted contributions as solo performer, side man, recording artist, teacher and concert presenter (working on several concert series and the Connecticut Folk Festival). He also plays guitar and bass with soul/rock group, The Chrissy Gardner Band, and presents a weekly program called Toddler Tunes, which is the largest children’s sing-along in CT!

Watch a slice of Wry Bred on YouTube:

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Thursday, Mar. 6. BUOYANT POP ROCK: THE FURORS

• Monday, Mar. 10. FILM SCREENING: “BABEL”

• Wednesday, Mar. 12. CONTRA DANCE MUSIC: WRY BRED

• Thursday, Mar. 13. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES, LYS GUILLORN (solo)

• Monday, Mar. 17. FILM SCREENING: “MEMENTO”

• Monday. Mar. 24. FILM SCREENING: “MULHOLLAND DRIVE”

• Wednesday, Apr. 2. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, Apr. 17. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS

Film Screening: “Being John Malkovich” on Mon., Mar. 3, at 7 PM—reserve now!

So many of the movies playing today are formula, by-the-numbers. In truth, that has probably always been the case. But every now and then a film that is truly original somehow manages to get funded and released. One such movie—written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze—is “Being John Malkovich.”

“Being John Malkovich” will be screened on Best Video’s 120″ projection screen on Monday, March 3, at 7 PM as part of the ongoing “Complex and Compelling” film series. Admission is $5.

This is what critic Roger Ebert had to say about the movie when it was released:

What an endlessly inventive movie this is! Charlie Kaufman, the writer of “Being John Malkovich,” supplies a stream of dazzling inventions, twists and wicked paradoxes. And the director, Spike Jonze, doesn’t pounce on each one like fresh prey, but unveils it slyly, as if there’s more where that came from. Rare is the movie where the last half hour surprises you just as much as the first, and in ways you’re not expecting. The movie has ideas enough for half a dozen films, but Jonze and his cast handle them so surely that we never feel hard-pressed; we’re enchanted by one development after the next.

A unique and beguiling movie, it will be introduced by Best Video owner Hank Paper, who will also lead what promises to be a lively post-film discussion. Admission is $5 and reservations are recommended.

This is the remaining schedule for “Complex and Compelling”:

• Monday, Mar. 3: BEING JOHN MALKOVICH

• Monday, Mar. 10: BABEL

• Monday, Mar. 17: MEMENTO

• Monday, Mar. 24: MULHOLLAND DRIVE

Literary Reading: Paul Beckman, Doug Mathewson Wed., Mar. 5, at 7:30 PM

Writers Paul Beckman and Doug Mathewson will read from their works in the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Mar. 5. The event starts at 7:30 PM.

Paul Beckman, left, and Doug Mathewson, right

Paul Beckman, left, and Doug Mathewson, right

Paul Beckman’s outrageously humorous family stories have entertained readers of Playboy Magazine and audiences at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. He is the author of two story collections, including “Come, Meet My Family and Other Stories.” Widely published here, his work has also appeared in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Germany. Prepare to be entertained.

Doug Mathewson works as a writer and editor. His work has been performed at the 92nd St. YMCA in New York City, “Snow-oetry” in Ohio, and by the East Haddam Players. He is a regular contributor to riverbabble, Graffiti Kolkata, Durable Goods, Right Hand Pointing, and The Boston Literary Magazine. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Award, and  The Best of The Web Short Fiction Award. He is a senior member of Full Of Crow Press and Distribution, and works with  Pandemonium Press of Berkley California as a section editor of Door Knobs & Body-paint.  He is the editor of Blink-Ink, and contributing editor of the street zine MUST.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Feb. 26. DECONSTRUCTING POP: THE LUCK PUSHERS

• Thursday, Feb. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Monday.Mar. 3. FILM SCREENING: “BEING JOHN MALKOVICH”

• Wednesday, Mar. 5. SHORT STORY READING: PAUL BECKMAN, DOUG MATHEWSON

• Thursday, Mar. 6. BUOYANT POP ROCK: THE FURORS

• Monday, Mar. 10. FILM SCREENING: “BABEL”

• Wednesday, Mar. 12. CONTRA DANCE MUSIC: WRY BRED

• Thursday, Mar. 13. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES, LYS GUILLORN (solo)

• Monday, Mar. 17. FILM SCREENING: “MEMENTO”

• Monday. Mar. 24. FILM SCREENING: “MULHOLLAND DRIVE”

• Wednesday, Apr. 2. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, Apr. 17. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS