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.

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

Drum roll, please! Latchis Arts is ready to unveil 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-sked-prrting 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 sjmpr@comcast.net. For more information, visit latchisarts.org.

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

In recognition of the 35th year of the AIDS pandemic and to honor the work of the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont, “A Weekend to Remember & Celebrate… Life, Loss, Love” will be presented at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main Street in Brattleboro, Vermont.

The benefit weekend begins on Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m., with the one-night-only performance of the 1989 show, “Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens,” the first piece written about the AIDS pandemic.  Elegies is a song cycle with music by

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Janet Hood and lyrics and additional text by lyricist Bill Russell. Each of the monologues is written from the perspective of characters who’ve died from AIDS, and the songs represent the feelings of friends and family members dealing with the loss. The piece was developed in the late 1980s and originally entitled “The Quilt” to acknowledge the AIDS Memorial Quilt, founded in 1985 by AIDS activist, Cleve Jones.

The show will open with a special performance by Jody Sperling, founder of the NYC dance company, Time Lapse Dance http://timelapsedance.com.

Elegies Director Sam Maskell and Music Director Richard Smith are joined by a cast of singers and actors from Vermont and New Hampshire, including leads Allie McGahie, Zac Binney, Gregory Higgins and Jeanie Levesque.  For a full cast list, visit www.elegiesvt.com.

There are three ticket price points: balcony $20, orchestra $40, and VIP $75 which includes a pre-show reception when a Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award will be presented to Shirley Squires of Guilford, Vermont who has raised over $300,000 to support the nonprofit organization. After the show, all ticket holders are invited to attend an informal reception on the stage of the main theatre. Visit https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=larts to purchase tickets.

On Sunday, October 16, the 1955 film, “All That Heaven Allows,” starring Rock Hudson will be shown at 4 p.m., at the Latchis. This film is free and open to the public. Donations of any amount will be gratefully accepted at the door. Hudson was the first major Hollywood star to go public with an AIDS diagnosis. In 1995, All That Heaven Allows was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Lead sponsor for the event is The Samara Fund, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, helping to create a vibrant Vermont LGBTQ community and ensure that LGBTQ Vermonters are connected, healthy, appreciated, safe, and empowered. The Fund will celebrate its 25th anniversary as Vermont’s premiere philanthropic organization for LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS causes in 2017. The Vermont Community Foundation is a family of hundreds of charitable funds and foundations dedicated to creating healthy and vital Vermont communities. http://www.vermontcf.org/samara

Net proceeds benefit the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont, a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 http://www.aidsprojectsouthernvermont.org .

For all details, visit www.elegiesvt.com. To purchase tickets visit https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=larts.

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.
“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.”
Latchis Arts will celebrate the release of “Greek Epic: The Latchis Family and the New England Theater Empire They Built” with a special event, reading and booksigning by Hayward during the Brattleboro Literary Festival on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m., at the Latchis Theatre. Hayward will be on hand to chat with readers and sign books, and tours of the Latchis Memorial Building, with insights into its many features, will be offered, as will Breakfast for Brattleboro from 9 to 10 a.m. that will include Greek yogurt, coffee and baklava.
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.

For more information and additional copies of the book, 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 https://tickets.catamountarts.org/Public/events/harlem%20gosepl%20choir/2016-10-22_19.30/latchis%20theater?area=886b0c9d-c137-4b05-b765-d381960eb00c&baType=&op=1&pt=ea3bbfc2-9f31-449a-9fb7-c2b80efd4fe5