7 p.m. Latchis Theatre
“Approaching the Elephant,” a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary, will be shown at the Latchis Theatre on Thursday, January 29, at 7 p.m. A panel discussion will follow.
Directed by Marlboro College alumna Amanda Wilder,“Approaching the Elephant” chronicles the first year of the Teddy McArdle Free School, where kids come-of-age in unusual ways and rules are made democratically.
At Teddy McArdle, the youngest student and the school’s director have equal votes. And all classes are created by the students.
Among the film’s characters: 8-year-old Lucy—bold, bright, confident, always testing the limits; long-haired Jio—a natural leader with an instinct for trouble; Sara, timid, perceptive observer and unlikely voice of reason; and the school’s charismatic director, Alex, working by trial and error and shaping the school’s daily practice—even as he questions his own commitment. Filmed in the direct cinema style of Frederick Wiseman and compared to Nicholas Philibert’s award-winning French documentary film, “To Be and To Have,” “Approaching the Elephant” poses the vital question of how kids and adults learn to sort things out and live with each other.
The film was an official selection of Brooklyn Academy of Music’s prestigious BAMfest, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, Torino Film Festival and the True/False Film Fest. It was the winner of the Emerging Cinematic Vision Award at the Camden Film Festival.
Panel discussion includes director Amanda Wilder, education innovator Ron Miller, Brooklyn Free School alumna Erin Huang-Schaffer, Teddy McArdle founder/director Alex Khost and “Approaching the Elephant” producer Jay Craven.
“Rather extraordinary…so intense a portrait of disorder and power among adolescents that it often feels like a suburban riff on “Lord of the Flies,” wrote the Village Voice. The Wall Street Journal said the film “shows a filmmaker thinking outside the box.”
4:00 p.m. Latchis Theatre
IBIT Dance Company will be doing a mini mini tour that is every bit as stunning as our main annual tour! Showcasing choreography by Brenda Lynn Siegel, Billbob Brown, Adrienne Hawkins and Aurora Corsano, IBIT will perform on Saturday, January 31, at 4 p.m., at the Latchis Theatre.
The performance will be fun and vibrant and will also kick off our Childhood Cancer Project. The performances will also be held on Friday, January 30, @ 7:30 p.m., at East St. Dance Center, Hadley, Mass., and on Sunday, February 1, with details TBA.
IBIT will also take this opportunity to fundraise for the Childhood Cancer Awareness project. If you donate, the money will be used to help IBIT travel to hospitals and do research as well as to bring this piece to many locations. This same show will be performed for children and their families who have cancer throughout New England. Come check out what our pre-professional training program has been working on.
Tickets for the Latchis performance are $12 for students and $16 general in advance, $14 and $18 at the door. Tickets are available at www.ibitdance.com.
7:30 p.m. Latchis Theatre
This popular annual benefit concert for the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center returns to the historic Latchis Theater in downtown Brattleboro, with a lineup featuring six great groups: Tufts Amalgamates, Clark Bars, University of Vermont Cat’s Meow, Williams College Ephlats, Middlebury D8s, and the Tufts Beelzebubs, veterans of NBC’s The Sing-Off!
Tickets range from $20-$75. Purchase online at CatamounTIX. This concert typically sells out, but as of January 13 there were still some tickets left. All seating is reserved, no general admission. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. show.
The concert is sponsored by Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Twombly Wealth Management Group, The Richards Group, Mary Meyer Corporation and Business & Tax Consultants.
For information, call 802-254-0124, ext. 101.
7 p.m. Latchis Theatre
The Latchis Theatre hosts a concert of sizzling music to heat up a winter’s night, when Kingdom County Productions and Marlboro College present Antibalas and Zap Mama on Monday, February 9, at 7 p.m.
Collaborating for the first time ever, Zap Mama and Antibalas will come together to celebrate the evolution of contemporary Afro music. From Afrobeat to Afro-Pop music, Zap Mama mixes African vocal techniques with European polyphony while Antibalas effortlessly seams Afrobeat with New York City Latin funk and traditional drumming of Cuba and West Africa.
| Reserved seats are $49, $39, $29, $18. Gold Circle seats are $59. Students pay $5. Tickets are available at www.KingdomCounty.org or by calling 802-748-2600.