Films about living simply and deliberately

Two films about living deliberately and simply will be presented by donation at the Latchis Theatre this Saturday, Aug. 27, at 4 p.m., as a prelude the upcoming Tiny House Festival in Brattleboro.

Saturday’s film program include’s “Tiny,: A Story About Living Small,” an award-winning documentary about by Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller which recotiny filmunts Smith’s attempt to build a tiny house and stronger roots and connections. “Tiny” looks at Smith’s process and those of six other “Tiny Housers” as they redefine their priorities in the face of changing financial and environmental climates. The Hot Docs Film Festival called it “powerfully realized … compact, economic and elegant, a fitting testament to the spirit of the tiny house movement.” “Tiny” runs an hour and six minutes.

The other film is “Living The Good Life with Helen and Scott Nearing” by John Hoskyn-Abrahall, a 1977 film capturing the “parents of the back-to-earth movement” in their daily life at Forest Farm, the Maine homestead where they lived deliberately, denouncing all forms of exploitation, growing their own food, and hand-building their own stone house. The film runs 30 minutes.

Admission to the films is by donation, and proceeds benefit the Tiny House Festival and Latchis Arts.

The Tiny House Festival will be held on Sunday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Flat Street in Brattleboro. Learn from experts on tiny houses, the tiny house lifestyle, green construction, off-grid technologies, zoning issues and more, and have a lot of fun doing it. The event also includes a dance party from 8 to 10 p.m. Festival passes are $30. For more information on the festival visit Facebook.com/tinyhousefestvermont or support the festival at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tiny-house-fest-vermont-countdown-green#

For more information on the Aug. 27 films, visit www.latchisarts.org.

Off the Beaten Path: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

BRATTLEBORO _ The Latchis Theatre’s Off the Beaten Path film series, which showcases recent films which might have slipped under the radar but shouldn’t have, continues this weekend with the acclaimed comedy, action and adventure “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.” Screenings take place this Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28, at 4 p.m.

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new footbpster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, director Taika Waititi masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. A hilarious, touching crowd-pleaser, “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age) and those who help us along the way. “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” is Rated PG-13 and runs 101 minutes.

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a hoot with heart,” wrote Tom Long in the Detroit News. “IT’s a classic reluctant camaraderie story with emotion that sways like trees in a gentle breeze between sad, bittersweet, and rambunctious adventure,” wrote Neil Miller of Film School Rejects.

Off the Beaten Path continues the weekend of Sept. 3 and 4, with a reprise of “Maggie’s Plan,” which was the selection on Aug. 12-13, before technical difficulties forced its cancellation on Aug. 13. Audience interest was so high, the Latchis decided to bring it back.

In “Maggie’s Plan,” a young woman longing to start a family (Greta Gerwig) becomes involved in a complicated love triangle with a professor (Ethan Hawke) and his theorist wife (Julianne Moore). Rafer Guzman of Newsday wrote: “Something between Shakespeare, Woody Allen and Noah Baumbach, a cautionary tale filled with Manhattanite wit and small moments that have the ring of truth.”

For more information on Off the Beaten Path, visit theater.latchis.com.

 

 

‘Modern Times’ with live accompaniment

Latchis Arts and local composer and musician Dan DeWalt are teaming up to present Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” with a live, original soundtrack on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre. Admission is by donation.

Dan DeWalt is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who has worked throughout the Eastern seaboard for the last 40 years. His tastes favor musical stylechaplin films from the African diaspora: jazz, afro-cuban, calypso/reggae and various other styles of African music to name a few. For “Modern Times,” the score is derived entirely from an aesthetic reaction to the story line; a combination of composition and improvisation. It may be “jazzy,” “dissonant,” “impressionistic” or heavily rhythmic at times, but it cannot be categorized as any particular type of musical score. It simply is what it is.

One of the great films of all time, “Modern Times” (1936) is a slapstick skewering of industrialized America, as politically incisive as it is laugh-out-loud hilarious. “Modern Times” was ranked chosen as one of the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Films of All-Time (No. 78).

DeWalt currently plays in various bands in the region, locally he works with Simba, Creacion Latin Big Band, and in various musical theater productions in Southern Vermont.

For more information, visit www.latchisarts.org.

The Wonder Twins present Hip-Hop Dance

They dazzled the audience at the Southern Vermont Dance Festival performance at the Latchis Theatre in July. Now, The Wonder Twins are coming back to the Latchis to perform their entire set on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. The performance is a benefit for the Southern Vermont Dance Festival.Wonder-Twins-Performing-300x161

Blending the technical facilities of hip-hop, the sophistication of the glory days of the Cotton Club, the flash of Rat Pack era Las Vegas and elements of robot, tap, vaudeville and mime, the Wonder Twins have created a style all their own. Billy and Bobby McClain had a wonderful career sharing the stage with many Hip Hop legends including Queen Latifah, Bobby Brown (as back up dancers), MC Hammer, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, KRS One and many more.

As part of their visit to Brattleboro, the Wonder Twins are doing a Hip-Hop and Street Dance Workshop on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m., at Headroom Stages. There are only 30 spots for the workshop, so, get your tickets early. For information and admission to the workshop and the performance at the Latchis, visit www.southernvermontdancefestival.com.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra: Made in Vermont

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is hitting the road again, just in time for Vermont’s famous foliage to blanket the state in a stunning sea of reds, oranges, and yellows. This year, we vso poster conertare visiting Vermont’s state colleges, the opera houses in Vergennes and Derby, and we are thrilled to announce that we have added a new stop on our fall tour for the vibrant arts community in Brattleboro at the Latchis Theater. The performance at the Latchis is Friday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s program opens with Mozart’s Divertimento No. 11, a piece he wrote for his sister, then turns to American composer Aaron Copland’s brooding “Quiet City,” featuring two VSO soloists in the unusual pairing of solo trumpet and solo English horn. This year’s commission, “in clarion fields,” comes from Norwich-born composer Zach Sheets. The program concludes with principal guest conductor Anthony Princiotti’s own arrangement of Alexander Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2, which provided much of the music for the Broadway musical “Kismet.”

Tickets are $25, $10 for students and children, and are available now at www.vso.org.