Thursday March 7, 2013

March 7

Williamstheatre presents ‘The Crucible’

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller Directed by Omar Sangare March 7, 8, 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Adams Memorial Theatre $3.

Once emblematic of political persecution in the 1950s, "The Crucible" is an allegory that resonates wherever sanctimony is used as a weapon of oppression and intolerance. In this canonical American drama set during the seventeenth-century Salem witch trials, Arthur Miller explores human cruelty and the manipulations, accusations, and dishonesty that afflict a paranoid community looking for scapegoats. Celebrating Dysfunction ‘Belles’ Auditions

WEST RUTLAND -- The Marble Valley Players are holding open auditions for their Mother’s Day Weekend production of "Belles" by Mark Dunn. Told in "two acts and 45 phone calls," Belles visits six southern sisters, who, over the course of a weekend, seek to bridge the physical and emotional distance between them via the telephone, and in the process come to terms with their shattered family history. The gold standard among Dunn’s many plays about southern women, Director Nancy Manney compares this play to her previous production of "Steel Magnolias." She is looking to cast six women for the very strong female roles in this ensemble piece. Preference given to those with personal experience with dysfunctional families who can still laugh about it. Should be between the ages of 30 and 50. No special preparation required.

All auditions will be held at the West Rutland Town Hall Conference room on Thursday and Friday, March 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. Show dates will be May 10, 11, and 12.

March 8

Harry Martin talk: ‘Emily Dickinson, Her Life and Work’

MANCHESTER -- Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m., Join Harry Martin for an evening celebrating Emily Dickinson’s life and work: her personal history and family life; comparisons of her work to other authors; and a deeper analysis of two of her poems.

There was a little lady just a hundred miles north in Amherst, Mass. who went on writing magnificent poetry in near isolation for years, including love poems to men she had met only a few times in company, whose imagination encompassed a world known primarily from books.

March 9

Widescreen Wonders series: ‘Gandhi’ at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- As part of its ongoing "Widescreen Wonders" film series, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents a free screening of the 1982 classic film "Gandhi" on Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m.

Richard Attenborough directs Ben Kingsley as the spiritual leader, along with an all-star cast, in a sprawling epic of India’s independence. The film won eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director.

"Apart from all its other qualities, what makes this movie special is that it was obviously made by people who believed in it," glowed Roger Ebert in his review.

Approximate running time is 188 minutes.

"Widescreen Wonders" is a free series of Saturday afternoon matinees celebrating the biggest and best of popular classic movies, while showcasing the Clark’s HD projection capacity. All the films in the series boast super-widescreen aspect ratios (2.20:1 or more) and numerous Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Experience the scope of epic moviemaking in this festival of the big screen.

Greg Barrett presents ‘The Gospel of Rutba’

MANCHESTER -- Saturday, March 9, 7 p.m., journalist Greg Barrett presents "The Gospel of Rutba -- Go and tell the world of Rutba." That was the only request the Iraqis had of the American peacemakers whom they rescued and cared for during the outset of war in 2003.

Journalist Greg Barrett, a twenty-year veteran of local, national, and foreign reporting for wire and newspapers in Georgia, the Carolinas, Hawaii, and Maryland, interweaves two extraordinary stories in The Gospel of Rutba.

The first, a story of three U.S. Christian peacemakers (including Shane Claiborne, author of the bestseller The Irresistible Revolution) who remained in Baghdad during the horrifying first days of Shock and Awe only to be nearly killed in a car accident, then rescued by Iraqi Muslims who took them to a clinic in the town of Rutba (where the only hospital had been bombed). The second story: the peacemakers’ return to Rutba in 2010 to thank the doctors and all who saved them and to contribute to a process of peace, friendship, and reconciliation. In his afterword, Shane Claiborne describes the impact of this experience and the lessons it holds for the cause of peace.

For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com

’Start with Art’ at the Clark welcomes preschoolers and parents

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will hold a special art session for preschoolers, "Start with Art: Colors and Shapes," on Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m. Admission is free.

"Start with Art" engages children ages three through six with a themed talk, gallery guide, and art-making activities. This month’s session will feature rolling and shaping clay, decorating heart-shaped cards, and coloring puzzles. Art can be messy--dress appropriately.

March 10

Pam Houston: ‘The 10 Books You Must Read’

MANCHESTER -- Grow your personal reading hit list, help create a new direction for your reading group, or just join us for an afternoon celebrating great books. Pam Houston, author of "Cowboys are My Weakness," "Sight Hound," "Waltzing the Cat", and her recent collection, "Contents May Have Shifted." Houston will be discussing and reading from 10 books that have influenced her successful writing and teaching career. For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com

March 16

International Shorts: Party Mix at Images Cinema Shorts Highlights from the New York International Children’s Film Festival

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Images Cinema continues its International Family Film series in March with Party Mix on Saturday, March 16 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Party Mix is a collection of hilarious, heartfelt and beautiful short films around the world, selected from the New York International Children’s Film Festival. Recommended for ages 8 and up, these films hail from India, Argentina, Australia, Switzerland, Canada, France and the USA. They are in English, or with English subtitles. The program is 65 minutes long and admission is $5. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring St., Williamstown, Mass; imagescinema.org

Clark to broadcast Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Francesca da Rimini’

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- On Saturday, March 16 at 12 p.m., the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will air a live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s "Francesca da Rimini." Tickets are $25 ($22 members, $18 students) and may be ordered at clarkart.edu or by calling 413-458-0MET (458-0638).

Piero Faggioni’s opulent and realistic production marks the first revival of Riccardo Zandonai’s early twentieth-century melodrama in more than 25 years. Marco Armiliato conducts Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role of a noblewoman who is tricked into marrying the brutal Gianciotto, sung by Mark Delavan, instead of her true love Paolo, sung by Marcello Giordani. Robert Brubaker sings the wicked Malatestino, whose jealousy incites a murder.

The opera, based on Dante’s Inferno, premiered at Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy on Feb. 19, 1914. Approximate running time is 300 minutes.

March 17

Manchester Music Festival’s Michael Rudiakov Music Academy Spring Recital

MANCHESTER -- The Manchester Music Festival’s Michael Rudiakov Music Academy (MRMA) will present its Spring recital on March 17 at 3 p.m. at Israel Congregation of Manchester. This event is free and open to the public.

Violin students of Joana Genova and Vesela French, viola students of Ariel Rudiakov, and cello students of Jared Shapiro will show their progress and play a variety of music. Suzuki method violin teacher Elizabeth Kilpatrick will do a demonstration with her young students, ages 4 to 6, who are taking their first steps in music.

Established in 2001, MMF operates the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy offering private lessons in violin, viola and cello, and a youth ensemble for string players. MRMA offers free concerts and residencies to local schools, and each July the organization offers Music Discovery Week where children can take a week of instrumental lessons with a member of our Young Artists Program.

The Manchester Music Festival operates year-round and offers classical music performances and music education of the highest caliber. As a non-profit corporation, under the guidance of our Board of Directors, the festival produces classical music concerts throughout the year. These include seven summer concerts at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, the Manchester Chamber Orchestra’s Fall Tour, and Holiday Concerts around the Northshire. MMF hosts renowned musicians and provides a full-scholarship summer chamber music program for pre-professional performers.

March 21

HFCS Drama Club to perform ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’ March 22 to 24

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Falls Central School’s Drama Club will be performing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and like many musicals in the past, it is offered as free entertainment to people of all ages! The performances are on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, beginning at 7 p.m., with the final performance on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during the intermission in the cafeteria.

Based on the famous 1991 Academy Award winning film, the story follows Belle, a girl who is dissatisfied with her boring small town life, and in particular tired of fending off the misplaced affections of the overly conceited Gaston. She stumbles upon the Beast’s castle and its enchanted characters, and offers to give her life for her father’s freedom. In the beginning Belle views him as nothing more than a monster, and he views her as difficult and stubborn. But the two soon discover that change is possible. Will their budding relationship be in time to save the Beast and his companions of being cursed forever?

The movie and musical have won many awards, and have several unforgettable songs and moments. Lumiere (the candelabra) sings the show-stopping "Be Our Guest," and Mrs. Potts sings the eternal and Oscar winning "Beauty and the Beast" while Belle and Beast dance together. This promises to be an enormous show, with over 60 middle and high school students involved in the production, along with several elementary students as well.

Local businesses or friends and families are invited to financially support the Drama Club by purchasing advertisement space in the program and placing in either a message or information about your business (or both).

Hollywood film producer to give scriptwriting seminar in Brattleboro for the Assisi Institute

BRATTLEBORO -- The Assisi Institute, an internationally recognized psychoanalytical educational organization based on the research and work of Michael Conforti, with over 20,000 participants from around the world, will be offering a weekend conference focused on the scholarship of M. L. Von Franz March 21 through 24 in Brattleboro. The conference will feature lectures and presentations from leading scholars in the field including Dr. Conforti as well as Susan Rowland, author and associate chair of the Jungian and archetypal studies programs for Pacifica University. On Saturday, March 23, the conference will feature the work of Gregory O’Connor, an award-wining film producer, content creator and entrepreneur. His company Solaris Entertainment is a successful film and television company based in New York and Los Angeles. Greg started his career in film in 1999 with "Tumbleweeds," an independent film that won the Filmmaker’s Award at Sundance also nominated for an Academy Award and winner of the Golden Globe for Best Actress for Janet McTeer.

Greg has since created and/or produced films including "Miracle" with Kurt Russell for Disney, "Pride & Glory" with Ed Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voigt for Warner Brothers, "The Smashing Machine" for HBO, indie cult favorite "The Slaughter Rule" with Ryan Gosling and Amy Adams, and the recently released "Warrior" with Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte for Lionsgate. Greg has also worked developing and producing television under a 3 year production deal with Paramount Television Studios.

Currently Greg is writing a television pilot called "The Afterlife of Oliver Graves" for television studio Fremantle, preparing his next feature film "Payday" (based on the Sony video game) and writing a feature film for his directorial debut based on the memoir "War Child."

Gregory will offer an in-depth look at his work and how he has been able to incorporate the power of myth, symbols and archetypal meaning within the commercially competitive field of Hollywood film making. During the afternoon session, Gregory will work with the script material presented by the participants to share his insights and recommendations.

Conference registration is open to the public for the entire weekend or on a daily basis. For more information, visit www.assisiinstitute.com

March 23

Bennington County Choral Society presents Fauré’s ‘Requiem’

BENNINGTON -- Saturday, March 23, 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, 3 p.m.

The Bennington County Choral Society (BCCS) performs Fauré’s "Requiem" at the First Baptist Church in Bennington. One of the best-loved choral works of the 19th century, the "Requiem" was not conceived as a complete liturgical setting but developed over several years, as movements were added between 1887 and 1900. The program includes Romantic music by composers such as Mendelssohn, Brahms and others. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door, in advance from choristers or at the Bennington Bookshop.