Latchis Arts launches Splice

Latchis Arts announces the launch of Splice, a series of interwoven conversations around themes found in the artwork in the Latchis 4 Gallery, a monthly film screening in Latchis 4, and occasional events such as a casual lecture or music or reading or more.

The inaugural theme is memory and the sky, combining the multimedia artwork of Hannah Cummins that explores memory, loss and grief; a screening memory-and-the-skyof short films on Tuesday, October 18, with the centerpiece being Chris Marker’s cine-poem on memory and love (La Jetee), and a conversation following the screening with Cummins and others.

Cummins’ artwork, a series titled With You, will be exhibited in the Latchis Gallery for the month of October. With You is part of an ongoing multimedia project rooted in the process of remembering, using art as a tool for navigating loss and grief. An opening reception will be held in the gallery during Gallery Walk on Friday, October 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. For the rest of October, the gallery will be open during regular Latchis Theatre hours and other times to be announced.

The idea of Splice is to create a program that makes a deliberate thematic connection between gallery shows and films, and with invite conversation around ideas inspired by them. “The idea is that the door between the Latchis 4 Theater and the gallery is a bridge,” said Jonathan Schwartz, Latchis Arts Board member, filmmaker and associate professor of film at Keene State College.

Cummins’ artwork will be exhibited all month in the Latchis Gallery. An evening of films and conversation connected to the exhibit will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation.

Hannah Cummins is an artist who explores themes of memory through multimedia storytelling. Using photography, video installation and performance she works through autobiographical narrative that reflects on personal identity, family ties and notions of home and place amidst diaspora. Her series With You, exhibited in the Latchis Gallery in  October is part of an ongoing multimedia project rooted in the process of remembering, using art as a tool for navigating loss and grief.

A Brattleboro resident, she sees her art practice as intrinsically tied to bringing community together through art and has been involved in several art, community and educational initiatives including The Future Collective and Brattleboro GRRRLS Camp.

Cummins earned a BA from Goddard College and has studied at Marlboro College, Burren College of Art and Oxbow School of Art. Her work has been shown at the Urbano Project in Boston, at the Massachusetts State House Violence Transformed annual showcase, Le Laboratoire in Paris and Cambridge, MA, Goddard College, as well as local shows curated through The Future Collective. This will be her first solo exhibition.

Future Splice exhibits, films and conversations are planned for November and December.

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Lineup of Met Opera, National Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet simulcasts announced

Latchis Arts once again hosts a stellar 2016-17 season of simulcasts from the Metropolitan Opera, National Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet, shown at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro.

The schedule includes 10 live broadcasts from The Met: Live in HD, stamet-2016-17-bw-schedule-800x618rting on Oct. 8 with Wagner’s ‘Tristan Und Isolde.’ Also scheduled are six broadcasts each from the National Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet.

Ticket prices for all simulcast presentations at the Latchis Theatre are the same as last year. For presentations of the National Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet, admission is $20 general admission, $10 for students.

For The Met: Live in HD, tickets are $22 for general admission, $20 for MET CLUB FOREVER members and $10 for students.

Contact Sharry Manning for questions or advance credit card sales at 802-257-5717 or For more information, visit

Harlem Gospel Choir

The world-renowned Harlem Gospel Choir will be performing at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro, on Saturday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m. The concert is a benefit for the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust.hgc-banner

Harlem Gospel Choir is the premier gospel choir in America. They travel the globe, sharing their joy of faith through music and raising funds for children’s charities. Their fabulous mix of traditional and contemporary gospel music with amazing choreography and audience participation is fun and inspirational for the whole family. Every performance will take your breath away.

The Choir was founded in 1986 by Allen Bailey, who got the idea for the Choir while attending a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Cotton Club in Harlem. The Choir presents the finest singers and musicians from Harlem’s Black Churches and the New York City-Tri-State area.

Windham & Windsor Housing Trust strengthens the communities of Southeast Vermont through the development and stewardship of permanently affordable housing and through ongoing support and advocacy for its residents. To accomplish this, WWHT acquires, rehabilitates or constructs, and holds land and housing in trust, providing permanent access to decent and affordable housing for citizens of Windham and Windsor Counties.

Tickets for the Oct. 22 concert on sale now at 888-757-5559 or at

The Met: Live in HD – Don Giovanni

The Met: Live in HD continues its 11th season with Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” transmitted live to the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro, on Saturday, October 22, at 1 p.m. An encore presentation will be offered on Sunday, October 23, at 1 p.m.

Simon Keelyside brings his acclaimed Don Giovanni to The Met: Live

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in HD for the first in Tony Award-winner Michael Grandage’s staging of Mozart’s masterpiece. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads a cast that includes Hibla Gerzmava as Donna Anna, Malin Bystrom as Donna Elvira, Serena Malfi as Zerlina, Paul Appleby as Don Ottavio, Adam Plachetka as Leporello, Matthew Rose as Masetto and Kwangchul Youn as the Commendatore.

General admission is $22, $20 for MET CLUB FOREVER members, $10 for students. For information and advance purchases, contact Sharry Manning at or 802-257-5717. Running time is approximately 3 hours and 22 minutes, with one intermission.

As an added treat, Mozart aficionado and scholar Lisa Cox will present a 45-minute Pre-Opera talk on Saturday at noon. Admission is $10 general, $8 for MET CLUB FOREVER members.

Bess O’Brien’s ‘All of Me’

The Brattleboro Retreat is presenting the local debut of All of Me, a new Kingdom County Productions documentary film on eating disorders by award-winning filmmaker Bess O’Brien. The film will be shown at the Latchis Theatre on Thursday, October 27, at 7:00 pm.poster

All of Me centers on the lives of women, girls, and boys in Vermont who are caught in the downward spiral of eating disorders and their struggle to regain a sense of self-compassion and healing. The film also focuses on the parents of children who struggle with this devastating disease.

Eating disorders are pervasive, debilitating, and sometimes fatal conditions that include anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating associated with extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors around body weight and food issues. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 20 million women and 10 million men in the U.S. suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life.

“As is the case with most mental health issues, the stigma around eating disorders generates shame and can prevent people from getting the help they need and deserve,” said Louis Josephson, president and CEO of the Retreat. “I encourage everyone in our community to see this film not only because it inspires empathy for those who are suffering, but it harnesses the kind of collective awareness that helps strengthen our efforts to prevent and treat these disorders.”

While the film focuses primarily on bulimia and anorexia, it also touches on the underlying issues of other eating disorders and takes an in-depth look into the often pervasive ways that food, dieting, and body image affect all of us on a daily basis.

Most importantly All of Me centers on what are the underlying emotional issues that eating disorders stem from including depression, anxiety, trauma, sensitivity, control, perfectionism, and other mental health issues. In addition, the movie gives hope to those who are struggling and reminds us that people can recover and reclaim their bodies along with their emotional connections to themselves and others.

Bess O’Brien’s last film was the highly acclaimed Hungry Heart about the prescription drug crisis in Vermont. The film served as a catalyst for change in both public policy and public attitudes throughout Vermont and beyond.

Tickets for All of Me are $12 for adults and $7 for youth, available at the door only. Advance tickets will not be sold. The Latchis Theatre is located at 50 Main Street in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.

Sneak Preview of ‘Power Struggle’ film about VY

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will speak at a “Sneak Preview” benefit screening of POWER STRUGGLE, a new 104-minute feature-length documentary film, which chronicles the grassroots political battle to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, at the Latchis Theater on Thursday, November 3, at 7pm.

Democracy goes nuclear in this feature documentary about how an engineer turned whistle-blower, a 93-year old grandmother, and a scrappy new governor join forces with a creative array of activists to take-on the federal government and one of the biggest nuclear power companies in America to shutter an aging atomic plant in Vermpower-struggle-poster-bratt-3-0b-10-17-16-small-1ont. An even-handed, but at times humorous and terrifying chronicle of citizens who believe in the right to energy choices and to keeping their communities safe.

The 104-minute film, slated for national broadcast by HBO, captures engaging perspectives on all sides of the story, including Governor Shumlin, nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen, Vernon’s State Representative Mike Hebert and other elected officials, former Entergy Corporation spokesperson Larry Smith, federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials and area activists who speak passionately for and against nuclear power – many who will attend the pre-film reception in the Latchis Hotel Lobby from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and the post-film discussion.  Several important festivals are considering the film for an early 2017 premiere. Finishing and outreach funds are needed to help this local film have national impact.

POWER STRUGGLE is directed and produced by Pioneer Valley independent documentary filmmaker Robbie Leppzer and his Wendell, MA based production company Turning Tide Productions, in association with HBO and NHK, the largest television network in Japan. Leppzer will be launching a national grassroots distribution campaign for POWER STRUGGLE in 2017 to use the example of Vermont to help inform communites about and participate in the upcoming national policy debate around the crisis of prolonged radioactive waste storage at commercial nuclear power facilities across the U.S.

“One in three Americans lives within 50 miles of a nuclear reactor,” says Leppzer. “I hope the film will be a catalyst to galvanize increased citizen awareness around aging nuclear power plants and the radioactive waste they may forever house.”

For more information about POWER STRUGGLE, links to purchase tickets online, and to watch a 6-minute movie trailer, visit the website at 

General Admission: $20 advance // Preferred Seating with Donation // $25 at door // $10 for College Students (with ID) / Free for High School Students (No one will be turned away for lack of funds). Purchase Tickets Online at

Latchis Arts publishes ‘Greek Epic: The Latchis Family and the New England Theater Empire They Built’

Latchis Arts announces the publication of “Greek Epic: The Latchis Family and the New ngland Theater Empire They Built,” a fascinating and lively book that combines local history and personal stories with sweeping themes in the news today – immigration, the American Dream, and the importance of family, community and culture.

Author Gordon Hayward, a nationally known garden designer, writer and lecturer, and current president of Latchis Arts, the non-profit organization which oversees the Latchis Memorial Building, spent more than a year conducting scores of interviews with local historians, Latchis staff and board members past and present, many Lagreek-epic-covertchis family members and even the granddaughter of Louis Jambor, the Hungarian immigrant artist
from New York City who painted the murals on the Latchis Theatre walls in 1938.

The result is an engaging and eye-catching 220-page book with 85 color and black-and-white photographs that brings to light the extraordinary Latchis family, their journey from Greece to Brattleboro, the challenges and successes of their assimilation into their new community and American culture, the resilience they showed through changing times, cycles of fortune and loss, and hurricanes and fires, to build a 14-theater empire in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Ultimately, the book is a testament to the hard work of four generations of a remarkable family and the dedicated group of community-minded people who stepped in to save the Latchis Memorial Building and make sure it continues to serve as a cultural hub for future generations.

Copies of the book are available at the Latchis Hotel front desk or by e-mailing

“Movies and the performing arts are centered in Brattleboro around the nearly eighty-year-old Latchis Memorial Theatre, which, since 2003, has been overseen by what is now Latchis Arts, a non-profit for which I have been board president since October 2014. I have written this book to further this cause: to keep the theater thriving, to maintain and restore this magnificent historic building, and to celebrate its contribution to the culture of southeastern Vermont. All of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go toward the work of the non-profit Latchis Arts organization,” writes Hayward in the Introduction to “Greek Epic.”

Friends of the Latchis and fans of Brattleboro history will appreciate the story of the now nearly 80-year-old art deco Latchis Memorial Building, which the family built in 1938 to honor the work of their patriarch, Demetrios. He immigrated from Greece in 1901, arrived in Brattleboro and began as a fruit peddler, working his way up to business owner and head of a theater empire. Local readers will also appreciate Hayward’s insights into the history and importance of the arts in Brattleboro and the extraordinary people – Rudyard Kipling, Blanche Moyse, Rudolf Serkin, Robert Flaherty, architect William Rutherford Mead, and the Estey Family among them – who have lived and made their art here.

Readers throughout Vermont and New Hampshire will learn about the importance of historic buildings and cultural centers like the Latchis in maintaining the health of their downtowns and their communities. Furthermore, the book, is testament to the crucial role non-profits organizations and the volunteer spirit play in the health and success of our communities and to the ways the non-profit and for-profit sectors can work together to make common goals happen.

“Greek Epic” also sheds light on the history of southeastern Vermont in the 20th century, as we learn about the Latchis family as they battled shifting cultural and economic forces through the Roaring Twenties, the Depression, World War II and the rapid changes brought in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s

“Greek Epic” lives up to its title in sweep and scope. The story of the Latchis family is a quintessential American immigration story. In the context of our current climate where the role of immigration is debated vigorously on both sides of the aisle, “Greek Epic” puts immigration in a personal light, reminding readers of the multi-faceted contributions made by people who moved here and overcame adversity and cultural obstacles.

“Greek Epic” is also a story of “the American Dream” – what it was for one man and his family, how it came to fruition, how it withstood threats, challenges and tragedies, how it ultimately had to change and how new people with new dreams, but a common core of personal and community values took over. Shifting its focus to home and hearth, “Greek Epic” is also about family – about fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, grandchildren – and how they all came together in a New World to build something that still stands with
their name on it.

Above all, it is a human story, which opens the doors of this four-screen movie theater and 30-room hotel in this massive art deco building to reveal a setting where the loves and labors, triumphs and tragedies, setbacks and rises, and hopes and dreams of a large cast of wonderful characters are revealed, not as the plot of the latest movie seen on the Latchis Theatre screens, but in the real-life story of those who once made and
still make the Latchis happen.

“Greek Epic” was designed and edited by Wind Ridge Books, with additional editorial assistance from John Barstow, Irene Canaris, Castle Freeman and John Carnahan.

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