Music: Birthday party free & open to public with music by Rebecca Scotka, Greg Sherrod, Kevin Day Sat., Aug. 24, 5-7 PM

Lordy, lordy, Rebecca’s … 50? Belatedly? VERY?

Nah, we don’t believe that for a minute. But it’s true, apparently. Rebecca Scotka – singer, librarian, woman of a thousand costumes, and maker of funky earrings – will throw her own party, Rebecca’s VERY Belated 50th Birthday Concert, on Saturday, Aug. 24th, from 4-7 PM at Best Video Film & Cultural Center, 1842 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

Rebecca has long been a fixture in local music circles – from being a part of notorious New Haven vocal trio The Who Whos in the ’90s, to being a regular participant in Dean Falcone’s traditional night-before-Thanksgiving extravaganza, Vomitorium, at Café Nine in the Elm City. Most recently, she hosted a Sweetheart of the Rodeo benefit at the Nine, in which she and other local musicians sang The Byrds’ touchstone country-rock album front to back to raise money for the Joshua Tree National Park Foundation. In the daytime, armed with an array of clever and creative costumes, she’s a librarian who gives readings and presentations to young Shoreline kids, sometimes with a touch of rock’n’roll.

And of course, it’s a concert, so there will be music, performed by Greg Sherrod and by Kevin Day. Greg, who’s been playing his craft in Connecticut and Rhode Island for three decades, is a mighty singer who can provide power an array of styles: rock, blues, R&B, you name it – if it has a soul, he’s on it. Kevin, meanwhile, is the singer/songwriter who fronts gigglejuice, an East Hampton-based groove-rock band, billing them as “good time fun and danceable music.” He, Rebecca, and Greg took part in the Sweetheart of the Rodeo show.

There will be snacks. And, of course, cake. And admission is free. Call 203-287-9286, go to www.bestvideo.com, or go to the Best Video & Cultural Center Facebook page.

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Literary/Music: Chris Arnott & Lys Guillorn host Joycean “Bloomsday” Thurs., June 16, at 7:30 PM

Bloomsday_promo_WebChris Arnott and Lys Guillorn will be co-hosting a Bloomsday celebration at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Thursday, June 16, 2016 with readings and musical performances by a cast of local luminaries in honor of James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses.The event begins at 7:30 PM and the cover is $5.

According to the hosts, “Bloomsday is the annual celebration of the fictional events of June 16, 1904, the day on which Joyce’s novel was set. This event will draw inspiration from Ulysses and Joyce’s other writings. It will *not* be academic. It will often be weird.”

Performers/readers so far, in no particular order: Rebecca Scotka [The Odyssey];  Lys Guillorn [Calypso]; The Catercloth Family Players (featuring Brian Slattery and Adam Matlock) [Sirens?]; Steve Asetta & Co [Eumaeus]; Thom Guthrie & Pete Brunelli; Tatiana Andrasko [Joyce’s letters]; Karen Picone Ponzio [Penelope].

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wed., June 8. INDIE ROCK: GUN SHY, SHIRESE

• Thursday, June 9. CABARET/SINATRA: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY

• Friday, June 10. ROCK: NOTHING SPECIAL

• Sunday, June 12. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY BILLY WILDER (“DOUBLE INDEMNITY”)

• Thursday, June 16. CHRISTOPHER ARNOTT & LYS GUILLORN CELEBRATE BLOOMSDAY

• Friday, June 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Sunday, June 19. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY BILLY WILDER (“SUNSET BOULEVARD”)

• Wednesday, June 22. SURF MUSIC: THE CLAMS

• Thursday, June 23. INDIE FOLK: JACKET THOR, CAT THUMBS, PALE MOON PALE WITCH

• Friday, June 24. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH, ALT-COUNTRY: LINES WEST

• Sunday, June 26. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY BILLY WILDER (“STALAG 17”)

• Monday, June 27. BEER CLASS WITH MAX FINNANCE OF SIXPOINTS BREWING

• Wednesday, June 29. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS CD RELEASE SHOW

• Thursday, June 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: EUGENE GALLAGHER, QUINN HARLEY

• Friday, July 1. POST-PUNK: TELEGRAM SCAM, SPECTRAL FANGS

• Sunday, July 3. FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, July 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOSÉ OYOLA

• Saturday, July 9. FILM SCREENING: A DARK ROOM FILM FEST WITH TONY JULIANO

• Sunday, July 10. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY BILLY WILDER (“WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION”)

• Monday, July 11. FILM SCREENING: “REMEMBER”

• Wednesday, July 13. ROCK: HOLIDAY PING

• Thursday, July 14. SINGER-SONGWRITER/INDIE ROCK: DANIELLE CAPALBO

• Friday, July 15. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, BOP TWEEDIE

• Monday, July 18. FILM SCREENING: “LIFEBOAT”

• Wednesday, July 20. BLUEGRASS: DUDLEY FARMS STRING BAND

• Thursday, July 21. JAZZ: BRETT BOTTOMLEY

• Friday, July 22. FOLK: HOMEMADE JAM

• Sunday, July 24. INDIE, HIP-HOP: RUNNING LAPS & NATHAN CORP, THE FOREST ROOM, CHEF THE CHEF, ZAK G.

• Monday, July 25. FILM SCREENING: “ACE IN THE HOLE”

• Wednesday, July 27. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF ENNIO MORRICONE

• Thursday, July 28. DIY/EXPERIMENTAL: PAINTED FACES, BIG NURSE

• Friday, July 29. ART-ROCK: FE FI FO

• Monday, Aug. 1. FILM SCREENING: “THE TRAIN”

• Wednesday, Aug. 3. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Thursday, Aug. 4. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: THE NAMELESS TRIO

• Friday, Aug. 5. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND, EARTHLINGS

• Monday, Aug. 8. FILM SCREENING: “MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION”

• Friday, Aug. 19. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: PONYBIRD, FRANK CRITELLI, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Friday, Oct. 7. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL