7:30 p.m. Latchis Theatre
Southern Vermont-based The Hatch presents its fifth Storytellers on a Mission event featuring nationally renowned storytellers who will tell moving and hilarious stories to raise money for a great cause, The Winston Prouty Center for Child Development in Brattleboro. Storytellers on a Mission will be held on Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro.
This spring’s Storytellers on a Mission will benefit The Winston Prouty Center. Incorporated in 1969, Winston Prouty provides inclusive education and family support to promote the success of children and families. Now in its 46th year, it has grown to a nationally-recognized center of excellence for early education and support for child and family development. This year, the organization is setting forth a capital campaign to expand its center to accommodate the needs and the growth of its services for southern Vermont families and children.
The evening’s storytellers will be hosted by Hatch co-founder Tom Bodett, a Vermont-based humorist and regular panelist on National Public Radio’s (NPR) Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Featured performers include co-creator of The Daily Show Lizz Winstead, Ernesto Quiñonez, Catie Lazarus, David Martin and Adam Wade. All are veterans of critically acclaimed stages that include The Moth, This American Life, The Daily Show, Comedy Central and even the New York Times best seller list.
Event organizers The Hatch launched in early 2013 to produce entertaining storytelling events for the community and donate the proceeds to nonprofit organizations in Vermont. Since its inception, The Hatch has raised more than $150,000.
“Working with The Hatch will help us creatively raise funds for and awareness around our capital campaign for the Winston Prouty Center," said the Center's executive director Chloe Learey. "The future expansion of Winston Prouty will enable us to increase our services to children and families in the community for another 45 years and beyond."
The lineup includes:
Lizz Winstead, co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show, as well as Air America Radio co-founder, has helped changed the very landscape of how people get their news. In addition to her behind-the-scenes prowess, she is a natural performer. She was a correspondent on The Daily Show, a co-host of Air America Radio’s Unfiltered, and has made numerous appearances on stage and TV showcasing her wit and humor. She can be seen regularly doing hilarious and insightful commentary on MSNBC.
Ernesto Quiñonez is an American novelist. His debut novel Bodega Dreams was chosen as a Los Angeles Times Notable Book of the year and The New York Times claimed it a “New Immigrant Classic.” It has become a landmark in contemporary American literature as it is required reading in many high schools and colleges around the country. Quiñonez is a frequent Moth storyteller, a Sundance Writer's Lab fellow and is an associate professor in the English Department at Cornell University’s MFA program.
Catie Lazarus is a writer and hosts the talk show Employee of the Month at New York City-based Joe's Pub, where she is an Artist-in-Residence. She also types for a living. ECNY (Excellence in Comedy in New York) selected her as “Best Comedy Writer” and she has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, Marie-Claire, Cosmo, Funny or Die, Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival and Out Magazine. Lazarus has also done storytelling at The Moth, RISK, Slideshow Goshko, The LIAR Show, and Asscat at UCB.
David Martin is a long-standing performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. He is also the host and producer of The Nights of Our Lives, the second-longest running storytelling show in NYC and is the author of the book Officespeak.
Returning for his fourth Hatch event, crowd favorite Adam Wade has been performing in New York City for more than 10 years. A graduate of Keene State College, he is an 18-time StorySLAM Champion at The Moth. Wade has been called "New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket" by The Wall Street Journal. Wade has been featured on both The Moth Radio Hour and The Moth Podcast, and with the Upright Citizens Brigade.
The evening’s host is radio personality, author and Moth performer Tom Bodett, who has been a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! for 10 years. He has been the brand spokesman for the Motel 6 lodging chain for more than 25 years. The author of seven books and numerous audio publications, Bodett’s work has appeared in a wide variety of national newspapers and periodicals.
Tickets to Storytellers on a Mission are $60 front orchestra, $40 rear orchestra, $25 balcony and can be purchased online at CatamountArts.org. As the lineup of storytellers has been known to tell late-night stories with late-night content, this event is not suitable for children. The event begins at 7:30 pm.
Supporters of the event include Foard Panel, Farnum Insulators, The Richards Group, as well as media sponsor Vermont Public Radio.
7:30 p.m. Latchis Theatre
Stars of American Ballet will be coming to the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro, on Monday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.
This performance will include two couples - three Principal dancers and one soloist who regularly dance with New York City Ballet and Stars of American Ballet.
Stars of American Ballet travels to cities that rarely host ballet performances and offers top-notch choreography with principal and soloist-level dancers from major American companies. Founded and directed by New York City Ballet principal dancer Daniel Ulbricht, who works alongside Executive Director Andrew Robertson, Stars also sponsors dance education programs, consisting of master classes, pre-performance lectures and community outreach projects, to build a better awareness and overall experience with the art form, and offers free tickets for underprivileged children.
The mission of Stars of American Ballet is to one day see all parts of this country entertained, educated, lifted up and inspired by the art of ballet and great dancing, delivered to anyone, anywhere who wishes to share this experience. For more from Daniel Ulbricht visit: http://danielulbricht.com.
Proceeds from this performance will go to support the Southern Vermont Dance Festival.
Tickets range from $18 to $75 and are available at http://bringtheballet.bpt.me.
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. 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 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 U.S., 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 email@example.com or calling 802-254-1109, ext. 3.
4 p.m. Latchis Theatre
Bryce Dance Company's performance of its collaborative work “To You, Around You, About You,” which examines the themes of health and illness, care-taking, aging, dignity and loss, scheduled for Sunday, April 26, at 4 p.m., at the Latchis Theatre, has been cancelled. For more information, visit brycedancecompany.com.