’House (Hausu)’ by Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
TROY, N.Y. -- Playing at EMPAC this Halloween, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m., Nobuhiko Ôbayashi’s 1977 psychedelic Japanese cult horror classic, House (Hausu), is a nightmarish film about a schoolgirl named Gorgeous and six of her classmates who vacation at her aunt’s home in the country. Each of the characters is marked by a special trait -- Melody plays music, Mac likes to eat, Kung-fu is a martial arts expert, Sweet is very tidy, Fanta daydreams, and Prof is a skillful logician. One by one, the girls encounter possessed objects that become the instruments of their demise.
An outlandish and visually stunning spectacle that parodies horror film clichés, Ôbayashi collaborated with his daughter to create the deranged script, employing many of the techniques he learned through his background in experimental cinema and as an advertisement producer for television.
Don Mitchell appearing at Northshire Bookstore
MANCHESTER -- When a biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department approaches Middlebury writing professor and shepherd Don Mitchell about tracking endangered Indiana bats on his 150-acre farm in Vermont’s picturesque Champlain Valley, Mitchell’s relationship with bats -- and with government -- can be characterized as distrustful, at best.
But the flying rats, as Mitchell initially thinks of them, launch him on a series of "improvements" to his land that will provide a more welcoming habitat for the bats -- and a modest tax break for himself and his family. Whether persuading his neighbors to join him in pulling invasive garlic mustard out of the ground by hand (marketed to them as an opportunity for "silent meditation"), navigating the tacit ground rules of buying an ATV off Craigslist, or leaving just enough honeysuckle to give government inspectors "something to find," Flying Blind is as profound as it is funny--a journey that changes Mitchell’s relationship with bats, the land, and, ultimately, his understanding of his own past.
The event starts at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1. at the Northshire Bookstore.
New England Rhythm Fest
BRATTLEBORO -- Get your groove on at Headroom Stages in Brattleboro on Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2 for the first New England Rhythm Fest! On Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. you can sample a new style of dance: tap, Zumba, belly dance, breaking, African dance, and from 8 to 9 p.m. you can jam with our musicians and instructors.
On Saturday, take classes with local artists and performers from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., then come see our performance at 7:30 p.m. This event is aimed at everyone. Whether you have years of experience or have never set foot in a dance class before, you’re welcome.
Williamstown Film Festival adds Gore Vidal documentary
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass -- "Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia," which won critical praise at this spring’s Tribeca Film Festival, has been added to the Williamstown Film Festival’s lineup for its 15th Anniversary Season. The Berkshire premiere of the film will take place at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on South Street in Williamstown on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.
Gore Vidal is the rich portrait of a controversial man who left his mark on many aspects of modern America - theater, literature, politics, history, and the culture wars. His career spanned a half-century both at home and (as an expatriate living in Italy for four decades) abroad. It’s hard to fathom how one man could write both Lincoln and Myra Breckinridge, work for M-G-M and run for Congress, advocate for the New Left and open sexuality, and know everyone from Eleanor Roosevelt, the Kennedy clan, and Tennessee Williams (friends) to William F. Buckley (enemy). Gore Vidal was, to put it mildly, one of a kind.
With a fluid blend of archival footage and wittily candid interviews with Vidal including his prophetic comments on corporate control, the erosion of personal liberties, and the sorry state of our government and political parties, Nicholas Wrathall’s hugely entertaining film offers an indelible portrait of a brilliant, often outrageous public figure.
Tickets to "Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia" are $12 (students $6), and may be purchased at www.williamstownfilmfest.com
Bears of Hogback Mountain
WEST MARLBORO -- Join the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum for a look at Vermont’s bears. We will meet at 10 a.m. on Nov. 2 at the museum for a brief introduction to bear biology, history and population in Vermont.
We will then take a walk onto the Hogback Mountain Conservation Area with Museum Assistant Director, Michael Clough to look for some evidence of bear activity on the mountain! Dress for the weather and a walk over uneven terrain. This program is FREE, contact the museum for more information or to pre-register at (802) 464-0048 or www.vermontmuseum.org
Author Simon Winchester speaking at Northshire Bookstore
MANCHESTER -- Simon Winchester, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Atlantic and The Professor and the Madman, delivers his first book about America, The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible: a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings.
Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa. Those books were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006, Mr. Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by her Majesty the Queen. He lives in Manhattan and in western Massachusetts.
The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2 at the Northshire Bookstore.
’Murder in the Mountains:’ A murder mystery dinner party
MANCHESTER -- The Wilburton Inn invites all history lovers and armchair detectives to "Murder in the Mountains" an interactive murder mystery dinner party on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Wilburton Inn. The cost for the 3-course dinner and entertainment is $40. For reservations or information call 802-362-2500.
The mystery is set in 1900 and based on the actual history of the Chicago railroad tycoon, A.M. Gilvert who won the land that become the Wilburton Inn in a rigged game of poker. Guests are invited to dress in elegant attire and mingle with the suspects over drinks, dinner and dessert. After dinner, guests solve the murder - Was it the angry farmer? Gilbert’s dazzling debutant daughter? His mistress? His banker? His chef? Or did the butler do itŠ
The cast features New York actors Alysia Reiner, star of the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black and David Alan Basche, currently starring in the new series The Exes on TV Land, as well as a cast of local Vermont actors.
Visual Arts Lecture Series with Cora Cohen
BENNINGTON -- A visual artist and Guggenheim Fellow known for works that draw on contemporary urban and philosophical sources, Cora Cohen’s current paintings are based on seemingly contradictory ways of seeing and painting.
Mark making as figuration is followed by acts of erasure. Discernible imagery gives way to uncertainty, waywardness, and displacement.
She will speak on Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennington College’s Tishman Lecture Hall.
Tibetan Scholar and Teacher Anyen Rinpoche discusses ‘The Tibetan Yoga of Breath’
MANCHESTER -- Heal the body, quiet the mind, and find emotional balance with simple practices from Tibetan Yantra Yoga. Vibrance, good health, and longevity have one thing in common -- they all begin with the breath. Modern science and classic spiritual traditions agree: regulating the breath leads to radiance and wellness in the body, mind, and spirit.
The Tibetan Yoga of Breath pairs the teachings of Tibetan Yantra Yoga (breathing yoga) with select contemplative ideas and practices and examines how well they complement each other through the lens of Western medical science.
The benefits of proper breathing are offered from the point of view of classical Indian/Tibetan practice, and contemporary medical research supports how breath cultivates physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Basic Yantra Yoga techniques -- also called wind energy training -- are the key practices for achieving this vitality, down to the cellular level.
Anyen Rinpoche is a tulku from Tibet of the Nyingma (Longchen Nyingthig) tradition. He lives primarily in Denver, Colorado, where he founded Orgyen Khamdroling Center with a shedra (college) for Westerners.
He is the author of The Union of Dzogchen and Bodhichitta, Dying with Confidence, Journey to Certainty, and Momentary Buddhahood.
The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the Northshire Bookstore.
Reading with Helene Aylon
BENNINGTON -- American, multimedia, ecofeminist artist and 2002 Jewish Cultural Achievement Award recipient, Helene Aylon will discuss her work and read from her newest book, Whatever is Contained Must Be Released: My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist. The autobiography covers the author’s upbringing in a Jewish Orthodox family, her dreams of escaping to a more open culture, and her involvement with the environmental art scene of the 1970s. Reception and book signing at 5:30.
She will speak on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in Bennington College’s CAPA Symposium.
NPR Host Tom Ashbrook Discusses His News Career
MANCHESTER -- Tom Ashbrook, host of National Public Radio’s On Point, will share his perspective on the news world in a talk at First Congregational Church in Manchester on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. His talk, "A Life in the News," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.
Ashbrook will consider how the landscape and definition of "news" has changed during his career, from cub newspaper reporter at The South China Morning Post to the Boston Globe, the Internet start-up world, and NPR post-9/11.
Ashbrook is an award-winning journalist brought to public radio following the attacks of September 11, 2001, when he was enlisted by NPR and WBUR-Boston for special coverage, after a distinguished career in newspaper reporting and editing. His career in journalism spans 20 years as a foreign correspondent, newspaper editor, and author. He is a recipient of the Livingston Prize for National Reporting and is host of On Point on NPR.
The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Manchester are hosted by Mark Skinner Library. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.
The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. "A Life in the News" is sponsored by Vermont Public Radio. Mark Skinner Library is sponsored by The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern, The Spiral Press Café, and Vermont Renewable Fuels.
For more information, contact Mark Skinner Library at (802) 362-2607 or email events@ markskinnerlibrary.org.
The Monstrous ‘Other’: Grendel, Golems, Goya, and Beyond
BENNINGTON -- Description: Stephen R. Bissette, Center for Cartoon Studies instructor, author, and artist, will trace and discuss the power and perils inherent in making monsters of the ‘Other.’ The depiction of the ‘Other’ in monstrous forms has long been used to manipulate and/or give a face to private and public fears. Examples such as Fransciso de Goya’s etchings, war-era propaganda posters, films, comic books, and children’s bogeyman imagery from Mother Goose to Maurice Sendak all show the ‘Other’ as monstrous.
The lecture takes place on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in Bennington College’s CAPA Symposium.
MAU Drama Club presents ‘Urinetown’
BENNINGTON -- Mount Anthony Union High School Drama Club is excited to present the hilarious comedy "Urinetown, the Musical" on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 7 and 8, at 7 p.m. & Saturday, Nov. 9th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Don’t miss this modern, Tony Award winning show!
Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 28. Tickets are $6.00 and can be purchased in advance in the MAU Main Office or at the door.
Helène Aylon coming to Northshire Bookstore
MANCHESTER -- Helène Aylon was a good Jewish girl raised in orthodox Brooklyn, married to a rabbi, and mother of two when her world split apart. A widow at thirty, she broke free of tradition to become an eco-feminist artist whose work deals in transgressive images about war and peace, women’s bodies, women and god, and the deeply religious world that continues to influence her work to this day.
This memoir is a charming dash through the years of a structured orthodox life and the artistic life that freed her to question the misogyny of her beloved religion. It is also a tell-all about the art world, with fascinating details about luminaries such as Ana Mendieta, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, and Betty Parsons.
Helène Aylon is a visual, conceptual, and installation artist and eco-feminist whose work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum and the Jewish Museum in New York, among many others. She turned eighty this year.
The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Northshire Bookstore.
The History and Techniques of Printmaking at the Clark
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a woodcut and a wood engraving, or between an engraving and an etching? And what exactly is a lithograph?
The history and techniques of printmaking have fascinated artists and collectors for centuries. The Clark’s collection of works on paper includes fine examples of all the above and many other kinds of printed images. Join Michael Cassin, director of the Clark Institute’s Center for Education in the Visual Arts, at 2 p.m. on Nov. 7 for a look at some of the Print Room’s treasures. This is a three-part series. Space is limited; reservations are required. Click here to register or call 413 458 0524.
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