Music, songs, & stories on the Best Video deck Thurs., Oct. 15, & Sat., Oct. 17

Best Video Film & Cultural Center has gotten a great response from the community of local musicians to the use of our new deck as a venue. While weather permits, we will be hosting shows Thursday-Saturday during happy hour time with music usually occurring between 5 and 7 PM (but exact time varies according to the act).

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and masks are mandatory. (Yes, you can lower them to take a drink but please raise them up again.)

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up.

Playing this week:

Thurs., Oct. 15, 5 PM. Singer-Songwriter Vicki F. Vicki F is a rock musician and songwriter who was the lead singer and founder of The Dini Band from 2010 to 2016, and was one of the the lead singers and guitar players for the 80s post-punk band, Troupe DiCoupe, that headlined at CBGBs, Max’s Kansas City, other NYC venues and also Ron’s Place, New Haven. She is now performing originals in and around Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Sat., Oct. 17, 4:30 PM. Songs + Stories. Host Saul Fussiner presents storytellers Kevin “RevKev” Ewing, Saul Fussiner, Cynthia Rojas, and Mike Isko, along with singer-songwriter Joe Flood.

(The show planned for this Friday with The Sawtelles has been rescheduled to Thursday, Oct. 22, due to expected rain this Friday.)

On the schedule for next week:

Thurs., Oct. 22, 5 PM. Indie Rock: The Sawtelles
Fri., Oct. 23, 4:30 PM. Indie Rock: Little Silver
Sat., Oct. 24, 4:30 PM. Bluegrass/Country: Chet, David, & Pete

Join us at the virtual video counter with our series “A Favorite Movie”: Best Video staff & friends make recommendations

One of the great things about Best Video Film & Cultural Center is exchanging recommendations about movies. While BVFCC is temporarily closed to support social distancing during the pandemic, we decided to solicit movie recommendations from staff and friends.

The premise of the series is “A Favorite Movie,” not necessarily “The” favorite movie of contributors. Members, friends, and supporters of Best Video Film & Cultural Center talk about movies they like—and why they like them.

Here are the contributions to date, starting with Best Video founder and original owner Hank Paper, talking about the Argentinian film “The Last Suit”:

Here’s composer and singer Brian Robinson talking up his un-ironic affection for “Hudson Hawk”:

Neal Damiano likes “Valley Girl,” featuring Nicolas Cage’s first starring role:

Best Video staffer Mike Wheatley recommends “Galaxy Quest” as both a great comedy and great sci-fi film for the family:

New Haven Independent arts editor and musician Brian Slattery hymns the virtues of Spanish director Julio Medem’s “Lovers of the Arctic Circle”:

Documentary filmmaker, musician, and DJ contributes with a paean to Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Ali: Fear Eats the Soul”:

BVFCC member Kevin Munley and his son Yan Patrick have a special place in their heart for Star Wars Episode V aka “The Empire Strikes Back”:

Storyteller, writer, screenwriter, and educator Saul Fussiner praises “Bottle Rocket,” director Wes Anderson’s feature debut:

BVFCC member and Institute Library Operations Manager Eva Geertz picks a Coen Brothers dark horse, “Intolerable Cruelty,” for her choice:

Writer, musician, and pie-maker Val McKee offers up an appreciation of the 1985 film “Fandango”:

Literary: “Stories of Youth” presented by CT Library Consortium and CT Storytelling Center Fri., 4-6 PM

Wind down your week with “Stories of Youth” at Best Video Film & Cultural Center.

The Connecticut Storytelling Center and the Connecticut Library Consortium have teamed to present a novel way to spend your Friday rush hour. Saul Fussiner, accompanied by Brian Slattery on violin, presents “Stories of Youth,” featuring storytellers Cynthia Rojas, Sharen McKay, Wendy Marans and Sara deBeer, Oct. 18th from 4-6 p.m. at Best Video Film & Cultural Center, 1842 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

The audience can experience different forms and styles of storytelling; learn about Tellabration!, a month-long worldwide storytelling celebration that was founded by the Connecticut Storytelling Center; and learn about storytelling learning opportunities provided by the center and the CLC.

Fussiner is the director of creative writing at ACES School of the Arts in New Haven, and produces and hosts the “Songs + Stories at Next Door” series at Next Door in New Haven. His one-man show “The Ghosts of Poland” recounts his family connection and personal travels to Poland. His one-man show “I’ve Heard Those Drums All My Life” is about moments of deep connection in Ireland. Slattery is a novelist, journalist (arts editor at the New Haven Independent) and musician who’s involved in several projects.

Rojas has told stories at Chion Wolf’s “The Mouth-Off” storytelling series at Hartford’s Mark Twain House, as well as Institute Library in New Haven, the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, and Storytelling New Haven. She has shared in many storytelling gigs with all of the other tellers. McKay has told stories for many years. Besides some folktales, many of her stories recount her growing years in an Irish Catholic family in Rhode Island. Marans began storytelling in 2014, at New Haven’s Institute Library. She works with children who have speech and language disabilities, and is a board member of Music Haven. In her quieter moments, she can be found playing the cello and quilting. DeBeer has been a member of the storytelling community for over 40 years, and is vice president of the Board of Directors of the Connectcut Storytelling Center. Each November, with Arnold Pritchard, she leads the Institute Library storytelling workshops for “Tellabration!”

The program is free and open to the public. Snacks and drinks will be sold at the Best Video Coffee & Wine Bar. For more info, contact Amanda Stern, CLC Events & Special Projects Manager, at astern@ctlibrarians.org.

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