The Cream Of 48 Hours Screened At Best Video

by Brian Slattery | Jul 19, 2018 7:43 am

In The Saddest Day, a man looking for his brother is helped and accosted by a man wearing a cheerleader’s outfit. In Steeping, a detective who keeps getting beaten up on the trail of an investigation doesn’t know how much he’s being played — until he does. In G.R.C.E., a space explorer runs into trouble on his mission. And in Friendly Advice in a Coffee Shop, a woman and a man try to renegotiate a relationship, but their cleverness keeps getting in the way.

They all have a few elements in common. They have characters named Grace Broha. They have cheerleaders. They have the line “let me tell you something.” And most of them were made in New Haven — all of them as part of New Haven’s chapter of the 48 Hour Film Project, now in its eighth year and going strong.

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The Rough Draft Begins Its First Chapter

by Karen Ponzio | Jun 18, 2018 7:47 am

Karen Ponzio PhotosRight before his final song of the first set of the first singer songwriter night in the round at The Rough Draft Saturday night, Chris Q. Murphy said he was “immediately impressed as both a musician and a Brooklynite” with the venue opening at the site of the former Space. He said the Rough Draft had actually carried out what similar places in his town are trying to accomplish.

“I can’t wait to go back and tell everyone I played at a place in an office park, and it was incredible!” he told the audience, who responded with laughter and cheers.

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Musicians Address The State Of The Union

by Karen Ponzio | May 14, 2018 7:33 am

Karen Ponzio Photos“I’ve always been into political music that pushes for social change,” said singer-songwriter Seth Adam before his final song on Friday night. “But for seven or eight years I was told to not get involved. Now I write about what I see. I look at song as a means to unify and create change.”

Adam spoke for the general sentiment of a show called The State of the Union, organized by musician Nancy Tatspaugh and musician and Best Video program director Hank Hoffman as a follow-up to last year’s Should We Talk About the Government show. Though this year’s theme and layout was slightly different.

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Welcome to the Space (Ballroom) Jam

by Karen Ponzio | Apr 23, 2018 8:32 am

Karen Ponzio PhotosBefore the show started last Friday night at the Space Ballroom in Hamden, Tom Connolly of the New Haven-based band Witch Hair was sitting at the newly refurbished front bar, talking about the night’s headliners, Acid Mothers Temple, visiting from Japan.

“Every time I see them I feel like they are holding my hand and lifting me up,” said Connolly, “like I’m on a journey.”

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You’re Never Too Old To Rock With The Mold Monkies

by Karen Ponzio | Apr 9, 2018 7:44 am

Karen Ponzio PhotosDid Russell Shaddox have any final words after the final set of The Mold Monkies show at Best Video Thursday night?

“I’m old and I’m tired,” he said, which elicited a laugh from those around us, and from Shaddox himself. “Old and tired” were not words anyone at the film and cultural center on Whitney Avenue would have used to describe this New Haven-based band.

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Kath Bloom And Dan Greene Live The Dream

by Karen Ponzio | Mar 12, 2018 12:03 pm

Karen Ponzio PhotoAs David Shapiro came up from the audience to join Dan Greene and Rick Omonte on guitar for the last three songs of the set, Greene told the crowd that it was his first time playing with Dave. “It’s my millionth time playing with Rick,” he joked, and everyone laughed along

On an early evening at Best Video where the room was aglow with friendship, it seemed only appropriate that this solo set swelled with more musicians, and more music.

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