Thursday March 21, 2013

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 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. Proceeds will go to the HFCS Performing Arts Council.

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 more than 60 middle and high school students involved in the production, along with several elementary students as well.

The show is free and open to the public. There will be a 20-minute intermission 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 more than 20,000 participants from around the world, will be offering a weekend conference focused on the scholarship of M.


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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. O’Connor 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.

O’Connor 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.

Currently O’Connor 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."

O’Connor will offer a 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 filmmaking. 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

Off the Shelf with Jodi Picoult

MANCHESTER -- "Off the Shelf: Authors in Conversation," the Northshire Bookstore author series with partner WAMC/Northeast Public Radio announced its "March 2013: Jodi Picoult, the Storyteller" event to be held at Maple Street School, doors open at 5 p.m., event begins at 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, March 21, Picoult, the New York Times bestselling author of "Sing You Home," "House Rules," "Handle With Care," "Change of Heart," "Nineteen Minutes," and "My Sister’s Keeper," will take the stage for an interview with Joe Donahue, host of Northeast Public Radio’s The Book Show, to discuss her searingly honest new novel, "The Storyteller."

For tickets call the Northshire at 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit www.northshire.com.

National Theatre live to air the comedy ‘People’ at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- On Thursday, March 21, at 3 p.m., the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will air a live transmission of the National Theatre’s production of "People," the new play by Britain’s most celebrated comic playwright, Alan Bennett. Tickets are $18 ($15 members and students) and can be ordered online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413-458-0524.

Nicholas Hytner directs the cast that includes Tony and Olivier award winner Frances de la Tour as Dorothy, who frets over people traipsing through her house and ponders having an attic sale.

London’s Times calls the play "a richly enjoyable evening. Provocative fun ... entertaining, funny and touching."

The much anticipated "People" is the sixth of Bennett’s plays to premiere at the National Theatre. Approximate running time is 140 minutes.

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 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.

Widescreen Wonders series concludes with ‘The Last Emperor’

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Concluding the successful "Widescreen Wonders" film series, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents a free screening of "The Last Emperor" (1987, 163 minutes) on Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m.

Bernardo Bertolucci presents the opulent portrayal of the captivity of Pu Yi, the infant emperor of China, as he endures abdication and humiliation at the hands of the Communists. Winner of nine Oscars, the film covers the years 1908 to 1967 -- from the time the child emperor was just 3 years old until a decade after he was freed from his Communist imprisoners.

The film was widely acclaimed and continues to take top spots in many "best movies" compilations. The Los Angeles Times called it "as coolly lavish an epic as we may ever see."

"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."

March 24

Free family day at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Celebrate the remarkable diversity and beauty of decorative arts in the collection--from elaborate works of silver and elegant furniture to charming teacups and colorful glass objects -- at a free Decorative Arts Family Day on Sunday, March 24, from noon to 4 p.m.

The day’s program offers plenty of fun for parents and children alike. Music, demonstrations, and art projects are just some of the activities that will highlight the decorative arts in the Clark’s collection. Participants will learn about some of the Clark’s treasures of silver, porcelain, glass, and wood. Among the planned events:

* Demonstrations by master silversmith Stephen P. Smithers, master carpenter Hugh Glover, bookmaker Amanda Malkin, potter Tim Duncan, glass artist Atticus Robbins, and Japanese lacquer artist Christine Puza.

* A sing-along with popular local band The Wandering Rocks

* Art projects for all ages, including designing a three-dimensional clay tile and stenciling a mirror.

* A workshop on making decorative foods.

* A gallery talk by Curatorial Assistant Alexis Goodin, who will offer new insights on decorative arts in the Clark’s collection.

* Shopping for unique handmade items from the artisans above and a special trunk show offering from Spoon River Jewelry This program is supported by funding from the officers and employees of Allen & Company Inc.

April 2

SVC and Hiland Hall School present Vermont Reads discussions

BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College and The Hiland Hall School are collaborating for this year’s Vermont Reads book selection, "Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry," an anthology of inviting, contemporary poems selected by former U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins. The 2013 Vermont Reads program is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. "Poetry 180" aspires to compel people to read, recite, and, most of all, enjoy poetry.

On Tuesday, April 2, SVC will host an event, entitled "Favorite Poem Community Reading." Members of the audience will have an opportunity to read aloud a poem of their choice and to listen to those that others read. The event, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will take place in the College’s Everett Mansion Theatre, and a reception will follow in the Burgdorff Gallery. The Everett Theatre at SVC is ADA accessible.

The Vermont Reads Program is "A Statewide, One-book Community Reading Program," sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. To learn more go to http://www.vermonthumanities.org. The public is invited to these events, which are free. For more information, contact SVC’s Reference Librarian Andrea Robare at 802-447-6311 or e-mail arobare@svc.edu.

April 6

Band Chasing Macie presents ‘Wake UP!’ sexual awareness event

BRATTLEBORO -- New band Chasing Macie will consummate their first "Wake UP!" sexual awareness event at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, in Brattleboro’s Hooker Dunham Theater.The two-set show features a racy mix of originals, covers and takeoffs -- pun intended -- guaranteed to get the adults-only audience thoroughly fired up. The event will host some local groups to help spread the message of diversity, empowerment and celebration, including LGBTQ community organizations Green Mountain Crossroads and Homo Promo. Onstage games with audience volunteers competing for prizes will be part of the pleasure, with members of the Elm City Derby Damez roller derby team joining in the fun.Chasing Macie entertains throughout the region with an array of genres including Rock, Jazz and Blues, masterfully backed by their agile four-piece band, the Eager Beavers.

Their show also blends in some cabaret-style intimacy and a humorous burlesque flair for innuendo. Fronting the group are Jacky Rose, Alexandria "Red Shorts" and Jelly Nora Macie. Usually joined by several surprise "Guest Macies" to round out the scope of feminine expression, their performance features solid quality vocals, sexy costuming with a mild striptease focus, and some hilariously fun audience interaction. Tickets are available at the door for $12 the night of the show at Hooker Dunham Theater and Gallery, 139 Main St., Brattleboro.

April is National Autism Awareness Month, author John Robinson comes to Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- When John Elder Robison published his memoir, "Look Me in the Eye," in 2007, readers were given a window into the life of a man who spent 40 years knowing that he was different, but not knowing why. It was not until he learned that he had Asperger’s syndrome a diagnosis that made sense of his often peculiar behavior that John emerged as a fully realized adult.

"Look Me in the Eye" quickly became a New York Times bestseller. Robinson followed it up with "Be Different" (2011), in which he argued that Asperger’s is about difference, not just disability, and offered new insights into the Aspergian mind. In his new book, "Raising Cubby: A Father and Son’s Adventures with Asperger’s, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives" Robinson offers readers a father-son memoir like no other, he will speak at Northshire Books April 6 at 7 p.m.

Robinson also serves on committees and review boards for the CDC, the National Institutes of Health, and Autism Speaks. A machinery enthusiast and avid photographer, John lives in Amherst, Mass. with his family, animals, and machines. For more information call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit www.northshire.com

June 15

Bennington County Choral Society presents ‘A Patchwork of American Folk’

BENNINGTON -- Saturday, June 15, 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 16, 3 p.m. The Bennington County Choral Society presents a lighthearted concert of American folk songs in "A Patchwork of American Folk," at the Second Congregational Church in Bennington. Performances feature a wide variety of music, including well known and lesser-known pieces.

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