Now that Best Video’s renovations are done (see earlier item) and the stage is in its new place, the store (at 1842 Whitney Avenue in Hamden) has been able to book its music concerts and film screenings for months in advance.
Tonight (Wednesday April 30), the performer is bassist/composer Jack Vees. A fan of everything from pop to Zappa to Charles Ives to experimental classical sounds, Vees has had his works performed locally at everywhere from Firehouse 12 to Morse Recital Hall to the John Slade Ely House art gallery. He’s played Best before, and was complimented for how he was able to make some out-there stuff so appealing an accessible.
The rest of the sched, with (generally speaking) bands on Wednesdays, singer/songwriter shows on Thursdays and film screenings on Mondays.
One distinction of the Best concerts is that, if they wish, musicians can choose film to play behind them silently while they perform.
Wednesday, May 7: Jellyshirts
Thursday, May 8: Fuchsprellen (improvised music by (Pete
Brunelli, Pete Riccio, Richard Brown and Steve Chillemi)
Monday, May 12: Screening of Memento
Wednesday, May 14: Ragweed
Thursday, May 15: Frank Critelli, Mark Mirando
Sunday, May 18: Sunday Children’s Film Matinee screening.
Monday, May 19: Screening of “Mulholland Dive”
Wednesday, May 21: Haven String Quartet
Thursday, May 22: Ilana Zsigmond, Sabrina Trueheart
Monday, May 26: Screening of Local Hero
Wednesday, May 28: Mission Zero
Thursday, May 30: Sam Perduta, Jason Prince
Thursday, June 5: Kath Bloom & Tom Hanford, Bop Tweedie
Wednesday, June 11: A literary evening, with readings by Alice Mattison and Sandi Kahn Shelton
Thursday, June 12: The Anne Marie Menta Band
Wednesday, June 18: Sambeleza
Thursday, June 19: Happy Ending
Thursday, June 26: Shawn Persinger Is Prester John