Arts

Space, Outer Space Rescued

by Brian Slattery | Jan 22, 2018 8:09 am

Brian Slattery PhotoLive music for all ages is returning to Space and Outer Space, after a brief intermission.

Mark Nussbaum and Keith Mahler — the intergenerational team that promotes live music at most of New Haven’s top venues like College Street Music Hall — plan to announce Monday that they’re reopening the recently shuttered Outer Space and rechristening it the Space Ballroom, complete with beer, wine, and top acts.

And in the same former industrial complex, two New Haven high-school teachers named Karen Robinson and Chris Scionti have been inside the original Space music performance building preparing to reopen it soon as a renewed performance space of their own.

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The Furors Are Back

by Karen Ponzio | Dec 18, 2017 7:41 am

As singer-songwriter Frank Critelli tuned his guitar at Best Video on Friday, he joked that “one big problem with a Furors show is the face cramps you get from smiling so much.” The audience laughed, but it turns out this was no joke. On a snowy night, a fairly large crowd gathered to help local legends The Furors celebrate the release of the band’s first album in 11 years, Psychozoic.

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Hip Hop Lights Up Ballroom Stage

by Karen Ponzio | Nov 6, 2017 7:35 am

Astronautalis was about halfway through his set at the Ballroom at the Outer Space on Saturday night. He told the crowd that after a playing a “bunch of sad songs” he was now going to play a “bunch of loud songs.”

“I know you’re not a dancing crowd,” he said, “but you’re gonna dance by the end of this song.” The crowd laughed, cheered, and as predicted, danced the rest of the night away.

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Best Video Opens Up The Mic

by Karen Ponzio | Sep 15, 2017 7:10 am

It was Peter Lehndorff’s first set at Best Video’s new Second Wednesday Open Mic.

“It’s my first time here, and I live in Hamden. And it’s my first time in Hamden,” he said.

Some confusion spread out through the audience before Lehndorff reported that he was from a town called Hampden in Massachusetts. The crowd of performers and patrons responded with laughter and welcomed their new “neighbor” — one example of the congenial tone and community fostered at the beloved video store turned cultural center on Wednesday evening.

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