6 p.m. Latchis Theatre
The diverse creative work of many younger artists will be featured at the Latchis Theatre in what is being billed as a Local Artist Showcase on Saturday, May 30, from 6 to 9 p.m.
The brainchild of Latchis staff members Austin Rice and Alex Passino and some of their friends, the Local Artist Showcase will feature film, music, stand-up comedy, visual art and more. Admission is by donation, with proceeds shared between the local artists and Latchis Arts.
“I personally am a filmmaker and screenwriter, and I was talking to (fellow filmmaker) Mikal van Oene, and wanted a place to show our work. And Alex, he’s just really hilarious, and he thought it’d be a good opportunity to try out his stand-up comedy,” said event co-creator Austin Rice.
From there, the event grew. In addition to films by Rice and van Oene and Passino’s comedy, there will be music by members of the folk/indie rock ensemble The Love Sprockets, as well as work for sale by local t-shirt creator and artist Jacob White, paintings and drawings by Erica Balcom and more.
Now based on Austin, Texas, the Love Sprockets were founded in Brattleboro in 2012. Band members Jahnavi Newsom (vocals, guitar, ukulele, mandolin, banjolin) and Addison Rice (guitar, fiddle, harmonica and mandolin) rode their bicycles from Vermont to Texas, arriving in January 2014. There they quickly joined up with Aaron Watson (bass, vocals) and Pete Van Dyck (percussion, vocals) in a band whose sound they call “mojo folk.” They cite influences from The Devil Makes Three to The Civil Wars to Tom Waits. Newsom and Rice will be performing on May 30 as a duo.
A Putney resident, Austin Rice honed his interest in film at The Compass School and the River Valley Tech Center. One of his earlier films, “Noah,” premiered at the Latchis. He is part of the Latchis Theatre movie staff and has taught film at The Compass School. The short films to be shown are on May 30 include “The Intruder,” starring Maechyl Lloyd , "Hamstring" starring Jan Van Oene and “Spirit Bear - A Retrospective.”
3 p.m. Latchis Theatre
Under the direction of Maestro Hugh Keelan, the Windham Orchestra will perform the premiere of local composer Charles Dodge’s “Elegy for Viola and Orchestra,” as well as Sibelius’ “The Storm” and Debussy’s “Three Nocturnes.”
“Stormy Seas & Sirens” will also be presented on Friday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m., at Bellows Falls Union High School.
Admission to Windham Orchestra concerts is: Name your price from $5-50. For tickets and information please call the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523, or visit bmcvt.org.
Wed 03 - Fri 05
The Slow Living Summit is an annual conference takes which place June 3-5 in Brattleboro, with all plenary sessions taking place at the Latchis Theatre. This year's Summit is described as "a mindful exploration of the journey of food, from farming and food entrepreneurship to food systems to nourishment to food justice and policy". The Summit is subtitled "Food, Mindfully” and draws individuals nationally and internationally.
The Slow Living Summit is a conference presented by Strolling of the Heifers, a Brattleboro-based food advocacy organization with the mission of supporting farmers. We do this by connecting people with healthy local food from local farmers and local food producers, and by adding to their understanding of the value of local food systems. We are also committed to helping to build stronger local food systems by encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship at new and growing farm and food enterprises.
This year’s Summit will be focused fully on food and food systems. We are marketing the Summit to farm and food business leaders, engaged community members, entrepreneurs, bankers and funders interested in the farm/food sector, students and academics, food-related non-profit leaders, and related professionals. The Summit will have five major tracks which include:
- Food Entrepreneurship — How can locally-oriented farmers and food producers flourish in the face of a globalized food industry?
- Food Systems — How do we develop food systems holistically — serving the entire community, using the entirety of available food resources?
- Nourishment and Wellness — How do we strengthen the connections between food, body, mind, spirit and community?
- Food Justice and Access — Is good food just for those who can afford it and easily access it?
- Food Policy — What policies can maximize the value of our food systems?
Prices: General registration $249; Spouse/SO rate $199; One-day rate $140; Student rate $125; Limited means rate $45 to $169, subject to availability.
For registration and more information, visit http://www.slowlivingsummit.org.
7 p.m. Latchis Theatre
The Latchis Theatre hosts CineSLAM, Vermont’s LGBT Short Film Festival on Friday, June 19, at 7 p.m. CineSLAM Program Director John Scagliotti has collected a number of films from around the world which will be showcased at the 7th annual film festival, including “Your Kunst is Your Waffen” (“Your Art is Your Weapon”) a film by Ela Troyana featuring Carmelita Tropicana.
“This year we will see films from France, Los Angeles and Keene, New Hampshire. We derive our program diversity from our initials, LGBT, and we show a variety of films. So you’ll see that we like to cater to all our audiences senses including their stomachs which is why we’ll be serving ‘pride cake’ during our intermission,” said Scagliotti.
Among the films featured in CineSLAM are: “La Princesse de Lamour Damour,” in which filmmaker Arnaud Lalanne, a native of France, asks, “Can a princess fall in love with a prince and a princess?”; Heath Daniels’ “International Male”; and Cynthia Lubow’s “Masculine and Pregnant: Transcending Gender,” in which masculine-of-center-identified people speak to their experiences of gender expression, gender identity, attractions, parents, partners, pregnancy, breastfeeding, conflicts, parenting and hopes for the future through the lens of carrying a baby in their bodies. The film seeks to confront assumptions about gender that limit understanding of gender, such as the assumption that there are only two genders, that only men have facial hair, that non-binary gender implies anything about sexual preference, that gender is static, that body shape determines gender, and that male identity and pregnancy are incompatible or incomprehensible.
Leading off the program is “Secrets and Toys,” a delightful short film where a surprise visit, a bumbling bestie, and many years of tight-lipped deception cause everyone’s ish to hit the fan. The chaos caused in this comedy of errors is full of sexy moments and tons of laughter. “Secrets and Toys” will warm your heart as you root for the lovers to make it through the storm. It stars Dalila Ali Rajah (Cherry Bomb, Grey’s Anatomy, New Girl), Shelli Boone (Saints and Sinners, Entourage), Diane Sellers (Rules of Engagement, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Darryl Stephens (Noah’s Arc, Hot Guys with Guns), Doug Spearman (Noah’s Arc, Old Dogs & New Tricks), Jill Bennett (Second Shot, Dante’s Cove), Marc Samuel (General Hospital, Hot Guys with Guns) and Jason Stuart (Big Gay Love, Coffee Date).
“Your Kunst Is Your Waffen” is the short film that won the coveted Teddy Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Accepting the award was Carmelita Tropicana, the alter ego of Alina Troyano, a performance artist and writer who burst onto New York’s downtown performing arts scene as the spitfire Carmelita Tropicana. A tireless and prolific artist and filmmaker, you may have seen her sister Ela Troyano’s PBS documentary, “La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul,” which was nominated for a prestigious Alma Award. The Troyano sisters love working together and their current projects include a collaboration with Sara Coffey, founder and director of Vermont Performance Lab, a performance incubator in the foothills of Vermont.
Tickets to CineSLAM are $10 available at www.cineslam.com.
Following the festival screenings, there will be the annual Pride Dance organized by CineSLAM and Green Mountain Crossroads.
CineSLAM kicks off three days of events as part of the annual Pride Weekend in Southern Vermont.
On Saturday, audiences are invited to head out to the Organ Barn at the Tree Frog Farm in Guilford where VPL and CineSLAM will present “A Journey into Film and Performance” — a hybrid performance-film-artist talk with an introduction by John Scagliotti of CineSLAM and Sara Coffey of Vermont Performance Lab and a conversation with Carmelita Tropicana and Ela Troyano who will share excerpts from their newest collaborative hybrid work “Schwanze-Beast.” Alina Troyano, better known by her stage name Carmelita Tropicana, started by performing at the now-famous lesbian performance space known as the WOW Café. Ela Troyano is an award winning interdisciplinary filmmaker, as well as a writer, director and performer. Both have played prominent roles in the New York avant-garde film and theater movements of the 1980s. VPL has been working with Tropicana since 2014 supporting her research and development of “Schwanze-Beast.” Following the event, audience members are invited to stay for an Italian themed Picnic, sponsored by Pride of the Ocean’s LGBT Venice Film Festival.
On Sunday, VPL and Green Mountain Crossroads present a wonderful opportunity for a LGBTQ-identified writers and performers in the area to participate in a “Writing and Performing Autobiography Workshop” with Tropicana and Troyano. This workshop introduces participants to writing and performing autobiography. The morning session includes writing exercises by Irene Fornes to generate original material. The second part of the session participants are led through theater and improvisation exercises to shape the writing developed in the workshop into an informal short performance. Participants are asked to bring a pen and a notebook to write as well as comfortable clothes for light stretching and visualization exercises. Open to teens and adults – no previous performance or writing experience required. The workshop sponsored in part by The Samara Fund of Vermont.
Tickets and Reservations for the CineSLAM Festival at The Latchis Theater ($10 including Pride Cake, June 19th) and VPL/CineSLAM Organ Barn event at Guilford’s Organ Barn ($12 including Italian Picnic) can be made at CineSLAM’s web site, www.cineslam.com and at the Latchis Hotel Lobby Desk. For information and registration for the workshop “Writing and Performing Autobiography” visit www.greenmountaincrossroads.org/our-events.