Arts Calendar: Virtual
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From Paradise to Hell on Earth— a video montage of monologue and song by six area performers filmed by Brattleboro Community Television — premiers simultaneously on BCTV and on YouTube Friday, January 15 at 7:30 PM. The free opening showing is capped with an online session at 8:15 where audience members will have a chance to chat with cast, directors, producers, and technical staff. Each episode of SOLOs is a co-production of the Rock River Players (RRP) and the Hooker-Dunham Theater (H-D), filmed on the H-D stage.
RRP’s Bahman Mahdavi produced Episode 3, the third in a series of programs of exclusively public domain and original works. Conceived and launched by Mahdavi and H-D Director Jon Mack, SOLOs is proving to be a welcome COVID-time alternative to live performance. (Mahdavi and nearly two dozen Rock River players were in the midst of rehearsing a classic comedic chestnut, The Front Page, when the pandemic hit.)
SOLOs Episode 3 features Stewart McDermet in four excerpts from Edgar Lee Masters' 1915 Spoon River Anthology. A collection of reflections and reminiscences from Spoon River's deceased, it offers a slice of small-town life that's poignant, witty, innocent, and wise. Annie Landenberger and Thomas Ely have excerpted from Mark Twain’s diaries of Adam and Eve to showcase Twain’s wit, wisdom, and tenderness. Each discovers and surreptitiously digests the other's entries which, to quote Twain, “were translated from the original hieroglyphics by [himself]." T Breeze VerDant performs Legacy (Grandfather, Father, Son). His lyrics offer testimony to the lasting effects of alcohol and war on men with their manifest demons of isolation, dark thoughts, and shame. The song also witnesses the healing power of opening up and letting others bear the burden alongside oneself. Shakespeare buff and academic, Dan Lloyd, performs the riveting “Is this a dagger I see before me…” soliloquy from Macbeth, II, 1. Lloyd brings us inside Macbeth's fevered mind as he creeps toward regicide. Finally, John Moran performs Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. In the present, Lincoln looks to the past, to his presidency, and to the war he prosecuted, despite the cost, to preserve the Union—and to Gettysburg, at time of mourning and hope for the future of a reborn America.
About this episode, Mahdavi, who has trained and worked in film production as well as, more recently, in directing and acting notes: “Watching and working with talented performers is what always brings me the greatest joy. Here I had the chance to reunite with some actors from SOLOs Episode 1 --Tom and Dan—and to work with some well-known Rock River Players—Stewart, John, Breeze, and founder, Annie Landenberger. Ten months into the COVID era, I'm grateful to be part of this collaborative effort that brings us all a much-needed creative outlet.” Co-producer Jon Mack says, “I am delighted by the high quality of theatrical performance this collaboration is creating. In this period of stressful isolation, we are finding ways to keep the artistic juices flowing for our community of artists and audience.”
To request links to the YouTube video and to the talk-back following write firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Both the January 15 premiere and the talk-back following are free of charge and the sharing of links is encouraged.
Next in the SOLOs lineup: Episode 4, premiering the first week in February, features local filmmaker, philosopher, and circus performer Bill Forchion in his original piece, “Spirit Dance, a Conversation with the Ancestors.” Later in February, SOLOs will present an original tenor saxophone performance by recording artist and frequent Yellow Barn contributor, Travis Laplante. Two more episodes of sets of monologues will air in March. One consists entirely of original works, while the other features performers stretching the artificial boundaries of gender roles." For more information email Hooker Dunham or the Rock River Players at the emails above.
1/15/21 7:30pm - 8:15pm
BCTV & BCTV's "Hooker-Dunham Presents" YouTube Channel, Brattleboro
Our new monthly series begins with the epic: Mughal-e-Azam directed by K. Asif (1960) with a very special introduction and post-film discussion hosted by Vidhi Salla of the International radio show Vidhi's Bollywood Jukebox. Set in 17th century India, this masterpiece portrays a historical legend of forbidden love with epic battles, extravagant dance, unforgettable music and dazzling costumes that have become a hallmark of the genre...
RSVP to join us Saturday, Jan. 2nd, 8pm (EST) for the post-film discussion with curator Vidhi Salla.
12/30/20 5:00pm - 1/16/21 12:00am
Epsilon Spires Virtual Cinema, Statewide
Using interviews and rare archival footage, John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles the Georgia representative’s 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, then 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes inter- views with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.
1/14/21 12:00am - 1/17/21 11:30pm
Join us for Lyric Theatre Company's newest production, Miracle on Green Tree Drive: A Lyric Family Christmas Special.
Miracle on Green Tree Drive is a televised Christmas Special celebrating Lyric’s survival through these tough times and our unwavering commitment to ring in the holiday the only way we know how: through song and dance and storytelling. A completely original Lyric version of a 60’s Variety Christmas television show… think Lawrence Welk except packed full of Lyric members doing Holiday songs and sketches with full costumes, scenery and special effects. A few songs, a few jokes, a few tears, a few memories, and a whole lot of fun.
12/20/20 7:30pm - 1/20/21 11:59pm
Lyric Theatre Company - Online Event, Statewide
Lyric Theatre Company presents “Miracle on Green Tree Drive: A Lyric Family Christmas,” an original televised musical special, presented in streaming video format. The show premieres Sunday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m., and tickets/access are available through Jan. 20, 2021.
A cast of 100+ and dozens of crew and creative volunteer members bring to life this nostalgic yet modern variety show, packed full of holiday songs and original scenes with full costumes, scenery and special effects. Through the magic of film and technology, scenes and songs were recorded safely over a few months, adhering to all state of Vermont health regulations on capacity, distance and masking, at Lyric’s Marjorie Howe Rehearsal Space on Green Tree Drive in South Burlington and a few other Vermont locations.
“The show celebrates Lyric’s survival through these tough times, and our unwavering commitment to ring in the holiday the only way we know how: through song and dance and storytelling,” said producer and writer Serena Magnan O’Connell.
On sale to public Cyber Monday, Nov. 30
Available through Jan. 20, 2021
$20 individual, $45 family/multiple viewers in one location.
A small service fee will be added to each transaction. After you purchase tickets online, you will be emailed a specific link to access the video. Once you press play, the video is available to watch for 48 hours.
CAST AND SHOW INFO
Online - A Streaming Video Special, Statewide
VTIFF's Virtual Cinema playing in Dec/Jan includes a diverse and thought provoking selection of films viewable from the comfort and safety of your home. Films this month include CODED BIAS, ZAPPA, CITY HALL, FRANCISCA, NYICFF KIDS FLICKS and more. Visit our website, vtiff.org to view all available films!
12/7/20 12:00am - 1/21/21 11:59pm
Vermont International Film Festival's Virtual Cinema, Burlington
What is MANHUNT?
You are a detective in training. You receive a box of evidence in the mail for an active murder case. Suddenly, you are thrust from training into the real world -- and time is running out! You will need to put all your sleuthing skills to the test to solve the puzzles and decipher the clues. Hints will be provided along the way -- everyone will be busy and entertained! As the plot unfolds into a night of twists and turns - along with virtual live performances that plunge you deeper into a world of noir and intrigue - you realize this is about much more than the items in the box. You begin to wonder: in this virtual game of cat and mouse... who's chasing who? And why is one of your objects a clock that's slowly counting down? And... perhaps most importantly of all... what happens when it hits zero?
Please note that this is designed for everyone to succeed! This is a fun and engaging virtual experience that can be enjoyed by one person or the whole family (though younger children may find it challenging). The evidence boxes are extremely detailed and require an incredible amount of manpower to put together. For this reason, we have to put a total limit on the number of boxes available.
This is also a fun and unique holiday gift! Boxes can be purchased not only for your own household but also for friends and family. Boxes will be shipped immediately after Christmas!
Enjoy In the Box Entertainment! MANHUNT: Mystery in a Box
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
In this virtual game of cat and mouse... who's chasing who?
January 12-16, 19-23 @ 8:00pm EST
*If tickets are purchased less than 6 business days in advance of the event, we cannot guarantee your box will arrive in time.
**This show is family-friendly but will be difficult for young children to participate due to the difficulty of the clues/puzzles.
1/12/21 8:00pm - 1/23/21 11:59pm
Artistree Community Arts Center, South Pomfret
All are invited to the gallery opening of Jackie Abrams, Precarious Shelters: Houses that Hold Us, and Erika Radich, Deportees: A Tribute, Saturday, January 9, 12:00 - 7:00, with artists present from 5:00 - 7:00. The exhibit of sculpture and collage sheds light on issues of social justice, equality and human dignity, and - as Radich explains, "...the exhibit may become 'personal' to each person experiencing the exhibit." Through February 21, 2021. For those unable to attend, this exhibit is currently available for safe viewing online. (Image: Abrams, Precarious Shelters)
1/9/21 12:00pm - 2/21/21 7:00pm
Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro
The 11th Annual Woodstock Vermont Film Series takes on a new look this year, with an online platform to stream our 15-film series.
Curated by Vermont filmmaker Jay Craven, inspired by the surrounding countryside, the Woodstock Vermont Film Series transports viewers to distinctive cultures, critical turning points in history, and destinations that share a strong sense of place. Through the medium of cinematography, we celebrate the diversity and joy of humanity and the powerful influence of place in our lives.
Most of the films will include the added benefit of a post-viewing interview of the director or participants in the film by Jay Craven.
Tickets and multi-film passes are available.
ON DEMAND STREAMING, Woodstock
Cooper Hewitt offers free, dynamic educational programs for K–12 school groups. Our immersive learning experience is designed to align with city, state, and national learning standards. Drawing upon the museum’s exhibitions, design educators facilitate thoughtful discussions and activities focused on the process of design thinking. We empower students to view the world optimistically through the lens of design and to improve it by honing their design thinking abilities.
The virtual Design Field Trip experience is a 60-minute program in which K-12 students explore the design process, build connections to Cooper Hewitt’s collection, and foster a deeper understanding of brainstorming techniques and inclusive design. Our interactive field trip inspires the next generation of designers to take action in their community, build self-confidence and self-esteem, and learn how to harness their superpowers to create change for the better.
11/11/20 10:00am - 6/18/21 1:00pm
Virtual/Online, Outside Vermont