2018-01-10 / Arts and Entertainment


Night Tree performs
in Bellows Falls

BELLOWS FALLS — Night Tree, a Celtic, Swedish and American folk sextet, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls.

Rooted in original works spanning from the Celtic world, sextet Night Tree creates original music that borrows from the Swedish, Jewish and American folk tradition.

Tickets in advance are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, and $45 for premium, reserved seats. At the door, prices increase by $5. Information and advance tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers, by phone at (802) 460-0110, and online at www.stonechurcharts.org.

RAMParts Presents opens
With ‘Angels in America’

BELLOWS FALLS — RAMParts Presents, in partnership with National Theatre Live, Bolshoi Ballet and Exhibition on Screen will bring art, stage and dance offerings to the big screen from January through June in 2018 in the Bellows Falls Opera House.

On Sunday, Jan. 14, the National Theatre Live brings Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America Part 1: Millenium Approaches.” This seminal work was begun in the late 1980s, reached Broadway in 1993, and then became an HBO mini-series in 2003. Viewers will see the live production staged in July 2017 from London’s National Theatre, starring Broadway superstar, Nathan Lane (The Producers), Andrew Garfield (Spiderman, Hacksaw Ridge), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Denise Gough, 2016 Olivier Award for Best Actress (People, Places and Things). Doors open at 11 a.m., screening 11:30 a.m –3:30 p.m. with intermission. Tickets are $20.

On Sunday, Jan. 21, RAMParts premieres the Bolshoi Ballet in the Opera House with a modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s Classic, “Taming of the Shrew.” Doors open at 12:30 p.m., screening 1-3 p.m. Tickets are $20.

On Thursday, Jan. 25, Exhibition on Screen brings “Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing.” Made in close collaboration with curators and researchers at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, which houses the largest collection of Vincent’s artistic output in the world, and features great works such as The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, Irises, Autumn Blossoms, The Bedroom and many of his self-portraits. This film not only provides viewers with the moving and inspiring experience of seeing Vincent’s iconic masterpieces on the big screen but also examines new insights and interpretation from specially invited guests including curators, historians and artists. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., screening at 7. Tickets are $10 each.

Monthly subscription prices are available to patrons purchasing tickets to both the NTL and Bolshoi screenings. All ticketing information is available at www.rampartstickets.com. Seating is general admission. For more information, contact Susan MacNeil at (603) 313-0052 or email susan@svidol.com.

National Theatre Live
Presents Follies

MANCHESTER — National Theatre Live, the best of British theater broadcast to cinemas around the world, comes to Burr and Burton Academy’s Riley Center for the Arts at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) will offer the screening of Follies, in which Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre.

Set in New York, 1971, there’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs, and lie about themselves. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it is directed by Dominic Cooke.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at bbatickets.com. National Theatre Live is sponsored by Aviva and distributed internationally (ex-UK) by New York-based BYExperience.

Trischka, Territory,
and Stockwell Bros. perform

PUTNEY — Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year Tony Trischka and his band Territory, plus and contemporary folk and bluegrass quartet The Stockwell Brothers Band, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 at Next Stage.

In a consistently adventurous musical career that spans nearly half a century, Trischka has established himself as one of America’s foremost visionaries of the five-string banjo and perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. Widely regarded as the most innovative banjoist of his generation, his dexterity and restless creative spirit have inspired generations of fans and acoustic musicians, including Bela Fleck – one of his early students, all according to a press release. He has shared the stage and studio with the likes of Steve Martin, David Grisman, John Denver, The Boston Pops, Jorma Kaukonen, Sam Bush, Chris Thile, Peter Rowan, Earl Scruggs and countless others. He has appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman,” Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" and "Mountain Stage," and is featured on the soundtrack of the film “Driving Miss Daisy’ and the theme song of the NPR show “Books on the Air.” In 2012, he was awarded the United States Artists Friends Fellow in recognition of the excellence of his work.

Bruce, Barry, Alan and Kelly Stockwell's music spans traditional and progressive styles, but their trademark acoustic sound features new singer/songwriter material recast with banjo, alternative rhythms and three-part harmonies. They cover straight ahead bluegrass songs, finger picked acoustic guitar ballads, full tilt breakdowns and traditional mandolin tunes mixed in with more unusual fare - Americana melodies riding world beat grooves and Celtic, jazzy, even neo-classical instrumentals.

Featuring 2005 Merlefest bluegrass banjo contest winner Bruce Stockwell, The Stockwell Brothers have performed alongside artists from Bill Monroe, Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs to Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Jonathan Edwards and Asleep At The Wheel, recorded with Mike Auldridge and Phil Rosenthal of the bluegrass supergroup The Seldom Scene, and toured throughout the United States and in Canada and Europe. As a trio, they have released two albums, “Stobro” and “Leave My Dreams Alone.”

Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney. Tickets are $20 advance / $24 at the door. For information, call (802) 387-0102. Advance tickets are available at www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and Putney Food Co-Op in Putney. For more information, visit www.www.nextstagearts.org.

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