Fri 06 - Sun 22
Noon Latchis Theatre
The 24th annual Women’s Film Festival, a fundraiser for the Women’s Freedom Center, returns this year at the Latchis Theatre and New England Youth Theatre from March 6-22, featuring 47 films – 29 full-length and 18 shorts – directed by, and about, women.
The festival opens with an outrageously fun gala and screening of “Fabulous Fashionistas” on Friday, March 6, from 7 to 9 p.m., at New England Youth Theatre. Opening weekend screenings continue exclusively at NEYT. Screenings at the Latchis Theatre take place Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15 and 21-22 at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m., all four days. Festival screenings continue at NEYT on March 12-15.
Screenings at the Latchis on March 14 include “A Good Match” and “Heartbeat” at noon, “Afternoon of a Faun” at 2 p.m., and “Wild & Precious and Supreme Price” at 4 p.m. Latchis screenings on March 15 include “Shoes” and “Breastmilk” at noon, “Chica’s Day” and “Let’s Ruin It with Babies” at 2 p.m., and “Miss Todd” and “Born to Fly” at 4 p.m. Festival features at the Latchis on March 21 include “Holiday at the Seaside” and “Marussia” at noon, “American Revolutionary” at 2 p.m., and “Papusza” at 4 p.m. The festival wraps up at the Latchis on March 22 with “Another Dress” and “Odd Brodsky” at noon, “Do I Have To?” and Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” at 2 p.m., and “Fabulous Fashionistas” at 4 p.m.
Tickets for movies will be $8.50 general admission, $7.50 for students and seniors. A five-movie pass is available for $35. Passes may be purchased at Everyone’s Books and the Twilight Tea Lounge in Brattleboro and World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield, Mass. Passes may also be purchased through paypal at womensfreedomcenter.net by clicking on the Donate button and specifying "film pass" in the donation line or by calling the Women’s Freedom Center at 802-257-7364.
For more information, including a complete schedule and film descriptions, visit womensfreedomcenter.net.
10 a.m. Latchis Theatre
Green Mountain Thaw, an IFPA Pro Qualifier competitive bodybuilding event returns to the Latchis Hotel and Theatre on Sunday, March 8, beginning at 10 a.m. Competition takes place in several divisions, including Men’s Bodybuilding, Masters (40+), Men’s Physique, Women’s Bodybuilding, Women’s Physique, Figure and Bikini.
Admission for spectators is $25, $10 for ages 18 and under, free for children age 10 and under. Trainers’ tickets are $35.
For tickets and information, visit www.greenmountainthaw.com
7 p.m. Latchis Theatre
Why wait for April in Paris?
Celebrating its 80th Anniversary Seaseon, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Jaime Laredo, presents a program titled “Paris in Spring,” featuring Mozart’s Symphony No. 31 “Paris”, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 “Spring,” along with two works by contemporary composers – Erik Nielsen’s Fanfare in B-flat and David Ludwig’s “Pictures from the Floating World,” featuring bassoon soloist William Short. “Paris in Spring” is co-presented with the Brattleboro Music Center and the Latchis Theatre.
Tickets are $35, $25 and $15 and $9 for students and are available at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, the Brattleboro Music Center (802-257-4523), the Latchis Theatre (802-246-1500), vso.org or bmcvt.org.
4:30 p.m. Latchis Theatre
This project was inspired by the fight of a local young lady, Alexis Giallella, who passed away in November of 2013 after a battle with cancer. It is meant to raise awareness about childhood cancer in the hope that the more awareness we raise, the more work will be done to find a cure for this terrible illness. In addition 50% of the proceeds from the tour go to Pediatric Oncology units around New England. The more you support, the more we will be able to donate.
This will be an evening length dance work telling the story of one young girl’s journey. It will also open windows into the lives of other children fighting cancer and the battles that their families experience. The piece will be performed by dancers ages 10 to 35 and is a story of courage and tragedy. The tour has stops now in New York City, Boston, Springfield, Mass., Lebanon, N.H., and Manchester, Vt., with more dates likely to be added.
The performance itself will raise funds for the pediatric oncology units and will be followed by a reception fundraiser from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., that helps to support the dance program which will keep these young dancers doing projects like these throughout the years. Please come to the Latchis to see us perform and join us afterwards. Even if you cannot attend, you can purchase a ticket to donate to a family (which will help us raise money for the pediatric oncology units) or simply make a donation.
Tickets are available at cancerproject.brownpapertickets.com.
7 p.m. Latchis Theatre
On Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m., the Latchis Theater in Brattleboro will present a special concert, "Music across Borders: Sounds of Japan” as part of its expanding number of live performances in the main theater at The Latchis, 50 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT. The program features two of the foremost performers of Japanese music, Yoko Hiraoka playing the string instruments koto and shamisen, and Ralph Samuelson on the shakuhachi bamboo flute. It represents a rare opportunity to hear the sounds of these stunningly beautiful instruments in Vermont as played by these internationally recognized performers.
Yoko Hiraoka, a performer of koto (a 13 string zither) and shamisen (a 3-string plucked lute), is a native of Kyoto, Japan, and has studied classical and modern Japanese music from an early age. Her performance career originated in Japan and spans more than 30 years. Since moving to the United States in 1993, she has performed extensively at festivals, concerts, lecture-recitals and on television, radio, and studio recordings. She has appeared at the Art Institute of Chicago, Princeton University, Yale University, UCLA, Bowdoin College, Wesleyan University, Columbia University, and many other venues across the US. Ms. Hiraoka has been the beneficiary of funding and support from the Consulate Gen. of Japan and has undertaken residencies at Duke University, Texas A & M, and elsewhere. She taught world music ensemble at the University of Colorado and has been teaching at Naropa University in Boulder since 1995.
Ralph Samuelson is a performer and teacher of the 5-hole Japanese bamboo flute, shakuhachi. He was trained in the classical tradition of the Kinko School of shakuhachi by the late Living National Treasure Goro Yamaguchi (whose recording of his own composition “Crane’s Nest” was included on the 160 track “Golden Record” that was launched into space on a Voyager mission in 1977 and was intended for extraterrestrial life forms.) Samuelson has performed both traditional and contemporary music throughout the US, Asia, and Europe. He has recorded for CBS Masterworks along with many other labels. He was the shakuhachi soloist in the New York City Ballet production of Jerome Robbins’ "Watermill" and his "Flutes of Hope” ensemble commemorating the victims of the earthquake/tsunami in Japan at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York in 2012 and 2014, and at Carnegie Hall in 2013. He is a visiting lecturer/artist and international advisor for the Seoul Institute of the Arts in Korea and is senior advisor and former director of the Asian Cultural Council in New York.
The shakuhachi, koto and shamisen are three of Japan's most well-known musical instruments, representative of the Edo Period (1603- 1867), a golden age of culture when music and the arts flourished. The chamber music descending from that era, often set to sung poetry, is today being studied and performed around the globe.
The April 25 concert is an exciting event not simply because it brings the beautiful sounds of Japanese music to Vermont, but because it highlights a unique moment in the history of music-- these are musical instruments that are no longer associated only with a particular time and place, but indeed have evolved to become part of the contemporary international musical landscape. This concert will feature solo and duo pieces from the classical repertoire, modern compositions, and a new work written especially for Yoko Hiraoka and Ralph Samuelson by noted New York composer Elizabeth Brown.
It is said that a distinguishing feature of Japanese music is its concern not simply with melody or harmony, but with the world that lives within each individual sound. "When we play, we seek the universe within a single tone.”
Proceeds from the concert benefit Latchis Arts and its work to preserve the Latchis Memorial Building and promote and host cultural activities. Tickets are $20, $12 for students and are available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 802-254-1109, ext. 3.