Thursday December 13, 2012

Dec. 14

'Circus Nutcracler' returns to NECCA

Brattleboro -- Join the New England Center for Circus Arts for their annual holiday show that puts a circus spin on the classic Nutcracker tale. "The Flying Nut: A Dark & Stormy Night" is a quirky fantasy where a party leads to a magical gift, and the gift leads to a circus adventure in mysterious lands.

This annual show brings together onstage the Professional Adult Program with the Youth Performance troupe and sprinkles in guest artists. The show is fun for the whole family with high flying trapeze, acrobatics, partner balancing, juggling, trick roller skating and more! Performances are at NECCA's main studio located on the 3rd floor at 74 Cotton Mill Hill in Brattleboro.

The show has sold out in past years, so NECCA has added a 5th show for this season, and it is highly recommended to puchase your tickets in advance.

Shows are Friday, Dec. 14 (7 p.m.), Saturday, Dec. 15 (1 pm & 5 pm) and Sunday, Dec. 16 (1 p.m. and 5 p.m.). Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for kids under 12, kids under 2 are free.

Tickets are available online at www.necenterforcircusarts.org Woods Tea Company at Meetinghouse Cafe

BENNINGTON -- Woods Tea Company, the Vermont-based folk trio, will perform their eclectic blend of traditional and new music at the Meetinghouse Café of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Bennington on Friday, Dec.


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14, at 8 p.m. The concert will include traditional folk songs as well as songs of the holiday season.

The Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse is at 108 School Street in downtown Bennington. Admission is $15. Coffee, tea and desserts will be available for purchase.

Woods Tea Company is an acoustic group that performs fiery Celtic tunes, bluegrass, sea shanties, and American folk songs with ease and skill. The trio includes Tom MacKenzie on hammered dulcimer and banjo, Howard Wooden on bass and guitar, and Patti Casey on guitar and flutes.

After building a solid reputation in New England, Woods Tea Company started touring on the concert circuit nationwide, eventually playing in all the lower 48 states. Notable performances include New York's Lincoln Center (twice), the Chautauqua Institute (three times), appearances on PBS and National Public Radio, who labeled them "Vermont's hardest working folk group."

Tickets will be available at the door. Information is available at www.uubennington.org.

Dec. 15

Images Cinema continues it's International Family Film Series with ‘Tales of the Night.'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- 3D French animated film from reknowned animator Michel Ocelot (Kirikou and the Sorceress, Azur & Asmar). "Tales of the Night" will show on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m. and 1p.m. Puppet artist David Lane will provide an introduction to both screenings. These screenings will be an opportunity for movie-goers of all ages to experience Images Cinema's recent digital upgrades. Tickets are $8 per person. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, Mass.

"We're so excited about the dramatic improvement in image and sound quality for film presentation at Images, we want to shout it from the rooftops!" said Images Cinema's managing director Janet Curran. "I hope the full spectrum of ages come out for this beautiful film." David Lane=A0is a painter, sculptor, puppeteer and director based in the Berkshires. His street performances of Punch and Judy toured coast to coast in the both the US and Canada including a day at Lincoln Center's Out-of-Doors Festival. Currently he teaches theatrical design at BCC and is the Co-Director of the New England Puppet Intensive.

"Tales of the Night" 3D Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m. and 1p.m. In French with English subtitles. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

"Tales of the Night" weaves together six exotic fables each unfolding in a unique locale, from Tibet, to medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, the African plains, and even the Land of the Dead. In Ocelot's storytelling, history blends with fairytale as viewers are whisked off to enchanted lands full of dragons, werewolves, captive princesses, sorcerers, and enormous talking bees - and each fable ends with its own ironic twist.

The only one of its kind in Berkshire County, Images Cinema is a year-round non-profit, member-supported community film house that presents a wide range of films that impact filmmaking and our culture. Images continuously seeks to entertain, educate and engage the community with quality programming, while maintaining its dedication to independent film and media. Images Cinema serves organic popcorn, real butter, locally-made baked goods, and naturally sweetened sodas, as well as traditional concessions fare. Images Cinema is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Dec. 19

Free Concert of Tall Spire Ringers

Manchester -- Wednesday, Dec. 19, the Tall Spire Ringers will provide a free holiday concert including the First Congregational Church Chancel Choir, the Emerald Valley Recorder Ensemble, cellist Jared Shapiro and narrator Sue Pierce. Sponsored by the Manchester Historical Society, the concert will be at the First Congregational Church in Manchester at 7p.m. The program is open to the public. Come celebrate the season and enjoy the talents of these wonderful musicians! Refreshments will be served following the program. For more information, see www.manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.org

Bennington dancers perform at the Egg in the Albany Berkshire Ballet's The Nutcracker

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A holiday tradition in many communities would not be complete without the annual Nutcracker performances. The coveted role of "Clara" is a dream opportunity for a young female dancer. Ellis Broderick, 12, who dances with the Berkshire Dance Theatre, will perform in the lead role of Clara in the Albany Berkshire Ballet's The Nutcracker on Sunday, Dec. 16 at the Egg Center for Performing Arts in the 2:30 p.m. show.

Ellis, a student at Mount Anthony Union Middle School, has been rehearsing twice a week in Albany since the end of September, in addition to practicing on her own. "Dancing the role of Clara is a dream come true, and I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity," said Ellis. "The Nutcracker is magical and it has been a lot of fun to learn the dances," she continued.

Three other Berkshire Dance Theatre dancers from the area will perform in the Egg performance: Noa Chaney as a Mouse; Mercedes Chen as a Solider; and Elizabeth Malinowski will be a Party Child (6:30 p.m. show).

A limited number of tickets are still available for both shows by calling the Egg box office at 518-473-1845 or online at theegg.org.

Through Jan. 31, 2013

Library hosts opening of ‘Landschap' exhibit

Bennington 802-442-9051

The Bennington Free Library continues its installation of Wall Works, "Landschap," which features recent works by Aimee LaPorte, through Jan. 31, 2013.

LaPorte's exhibition features paintings of area landscapes, the inspiration for this show's title, selections from a colonial inspired portrait series of beloved family pets and an ongoing series on bridges which incorporates mixed media elements.

LaPorte grew up and attended schools locally. She received her BA from Alfred University's School of Art and Design and MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, affiliated with Tufts University.

The Bennington Free Library is located at 101 Silver St. For information call 802-442-9051.

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