Music: Shadow performs Wed., Mar. 18, at 8 PM

image2_WebShadow performs at Best Video on Wednesday, Mar. 18. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Modern Rock/Spoken Word Songstress, Shadow carries 6 strings, 76 keys and a couple of sequencers to present poignant poetry, riveting rhythms, uncluttered yet vibrant choruses and melodies dancing up and down a 3-octave range to spew spoken word and song, with a ferocious flair to fan the flames that feed the fire, as a one woman, rock and roll medicine show spreading love from place to place.

Shadow shines in unconventional venues such as festivals, bookstores, coffeehouses, libraries, subways, parks, house concerts and art exhibits. Shadow’s videos and music can be seen and heard on www.divashadow.youtube.com

In 2013 Shadow was invited to become a member of The Singer/Songwriter Sessions at The Bitter End in New York City. Shadow completed her latest documentary “Behind The Pastie” A Peep Inside The World of Burlesque, showcasing the world famous Le Scandal Cabaret and Burlesque Theatre Company of NYC. Shadow is currently completing her BA in Music at Southern Connecticut State University, where she is president and founder of the SCSU Music Club.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Mar. 13. BLUEGRASS: THE WOOL HATS STRING BAND

• Monday, Mar. 16. FILM SCREENING: “NOW, VOYAGER”

• Wednesday, Mar. 18. MODERN ROCK SPOKEN WORD SONGSTRESS/INDIE FOLK ROCK: SHADOW & COMPANY

• Thursday, Mar. 19. RAGTIME/BLUES: THE RED HOTS

• Friday, Mar. 20. ALT-COUNTRY: THE HELLWIGS

• Monday, Mar. 23. FILM SCREENING: “UP IN THE AIR”

• Thursday, Mar. 26. ROCK: LA TUNDA

• Friday, Mar. 27. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Monday. Mar. 30. FILM SCREENING: “A LATE QUARTET”

• Thursday, April 2. ROCK/POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Thursday, Apr. 9. 150th ANNIVERSARY OF APPOMATTOX/FOLK MUSIC: SHELDON CAMPBELL

• Friday, Apr. 10. ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Friday, April 17. WPKN BENEFIT

• Thursday, Apr. 23. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC MUSIC: PRESTER JOHN featuring SHAWN PERSINGER & DAVID MILLER

• Friday, Apr. 24. BLUEGRASS: THE KOREY BRODSKY BAND

• Friday, May 1. FILM FEST: “A DARK ROOM”

• Wednesday, Aug. 26. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

Music, Image & Spoken Word: Mark Saba and Alphonse Izzo Sun., May 19, at 3 PM

MarkSaba_72dpiBest Video Performance Space will host a multimedia event by poet Mark Saba and composer Alphonse Izzo on Sunday, May 19, at 3 PM. Admission is $5.Mark will read poems from his recently-published collection, “Painting a Disappearing Canvas” (Grayson Books) against an original score composed by Alphonse as well as images produced by Mark in iMovie. Images will also accompany Alphonse’s composition, “Special Green Interlude,” before Mark concludes the evening with one of his short stories.

Mark Saba has been writing fiction, poetry, and nonfiction for over thirty years. In addition to his poetry collection, he has had two short novels published, as well as many stories, essays, and poems in literary magazines and anthologies around the U.S. and abroad. Several of the poems in “Painting a Disappearing Canvas” reflect his Pittsburgh roots.

Tony Norman reviewed “Painting a Disappearing Canvas” for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, writing:

There are poets who exercise admirable restraint, yet somehow manage to squeeze in a lot of images between the lines. Former Pittsburgher Mark Saba falls into this category. His language is rich and imagistic, but nuanced; tender, yet suspicious of false sentiment. A few poems touch on Pittsburgh in this collection, but most are about other states of mind and being. “Painting a Disappearing Canvas” is sublimity guaranteed to linger.

Mark is a graduate of Wesleyan University (BA) and Hollins College (MA), where he won an Academy of American Poets Award as well as the Andrew James Purdy fiction award. He is also a painter. See some of his work at his Web site.

Alphonse_IzzoAlphonse Izzo, a graduate of the Hartt School, is a composer and performer based in New Haven, CT. His music has been performed throughout the USA, most recently at Carnegie Hall, in Canada, Europe and Argentina.

He has composed music for fixed media, film, dance, chamber ensembles and rock bands. Alphonse Izzo’s music is represented by Honey Rock Publishing and Canondale Publishing. His music appears on CD via Trace Label and Vox Novus. See his Web site for more information.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, May 15. JAZZ: THE NICK Di MARIA QUARTET

• Thursday, May 16. ROCK—ROPE

• Sunday, May 19. MUSIC, IMAGE & SPOKEN WORD: MARK SABA & TOM IZZO

• Thursday, May 23. HOCKEY ROCK: THE ZAMBONIS

•Thursday, May 30. ACOUSTIC FOLK: ROBERT MESSORE

• Wednesday, June 5. PUNK/BLUES: SPACE ORPHANS

• Thursday, June 6. INDIE ROCK: ELISON JACKSON

• Wednesday, June 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANNA AYRES-BROWN

• Thursday, June 13. INDIE ROCK: THE MOUNTAIN MOVERS

• Wednesday, June 19. CABARET: RICH MORAN

• Thursday, June 20. INDIE POP: THE FURORS, AL HOWARD

• Wednesday, June 26. INDIE ROCK: THE JELLYSHIRTS

• Thursday, June 27. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, MARK MIRANDO

• Wednesday, July 10. ACOUSTIC FOLK: SHELDON CAMPBELL

• Thursday, July 11. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS

Ann Prum “Wildlife Stories” event cancelled

Unfortunately, the Ann Prum “Wildlife Stories” event slated for this Wednesday, Nov. 7, has been cancelled. Hopefully we will be able to have Ms. Prum tell her stories in the Performance Space sometime in the new year.

Alice Mattison & Sandi Kahn Shelton to read Wed., Oct. 17

Alice Mattison and Sandi Kahn Shelton (aka Maddie Dawson) will read from their fiction on Wednesday, October 17, at 7:30 PM.

Alice Mattison will read from her new novel, When We Argued All Night, about which The New York Times Book Review wrote, “Mattison always operates in both close-up and wide angle, and here the effect is often dazzling.”  See her website, AliceMattison.com.

Sandi Kahn Shelton will read from her work-in-progress, a novel called The Opposite of Maybe, which will come out next year from Crown Publishers. Sandi’s earlier books include the novel Kissing Games of the World and The Stuff That Never Happened (written as Maddie Dawson and published in 2010).  She writes feature stories for the New Haven Register. Her website is SandiShelton.com.

The Best Video Coffee & Wine Bar will be open with a fine selection of delicious snacks and refreshments, including Willoughby’s coffee. Best Video is also licensed to sell wine and beer.