Calendar

Feb
23
Thu
2017
[framed] Documentary Film Series Pass @ Next Stage
Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm – Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm
Series Pass for All Six Films: $50. 
Individual Films: $10 advance / $12 at the door

Next Stage Arts Project, in collaboration with former Tribeca Film Festival director Nancy Schafer, presents [framed], a brand new series of feature length documentary films, each presented by the filmmaker in an intimate setting at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, in Putney, Vermont.

[framed] films will be screened at Next Stage on six Thursdays, beginning March 30th, 2017, at 7:30  PM. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.  (A second group of films will be screened in the fall.)

The films in the [framed] series have recently played on the festival circuit around the world including Sundance and Tribeca, and all have been recognized with festival honors. The eclectic lineup explores a wide range of issues including gender, incarceration, beauty, otherness, greed, and the role of family and tradition. Each of the [framed] films celebrates the power of skillful storytelling.

Films:
March 30th: Best and Most Beautiful Things (2016) (Jury Award Winner, Florida FF, 2016)
In a celebration of outcasts everywhere, a precocious young blind woman disappears into quirky obsessions and isolation. With humor and bold curiosity, she chases love and freedom in a surprising sex-positive community, on her path to adulthood.
Presented at Next Stage by filmmaker Ariana Garfinkel.

April 6th: Solitary (2016) (Independent Spirit Award Nominee, 2017)
A daring exploration of the lives of inmates and corrections officers in one of America’s most notorious supermax prisons, built to hold inmates in 8×10 cells, 23-hours-a-day, for months, years and sometimes decades. With unprecedented access, the film captures a complex, unexpected and deeply moving portrait of life inside.
Presented at Next Stage by filmmaker Kristi Jacobson.

April 13th: The Eagle Huntress (2016) (Peoples Choice Winner, Denver Intnl FF 2016)
Aishol-pan, a 13-year-old girl, trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Many old Kazakh eagle hunters vehemently reject the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition, but Aisholpan’s father believes otherwise.
Presented at Next Stage by producer Stacey Reiss.

April 20th: Miss Sharon Jones (2015) (Best Documentary, Sarasota FF 2016)
After years in obscurity and being told she was too black, too short, too old,” Jones finally broke-through in her forties and has been hailed as a modern-day female James Brown. The film chronicles a remarkable year as she struggles to hold her band The Dap Kings together while battling a cancer diagnosis and finds her way back to the stage with the unstoppable determination of a true soul survivor. Presented at Next Stage by filmmaker Barbara Kopple.

April 27th: Tickling Giants (2016) (Nominee, Best Documentary, Tribecca FF 2016)
In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef makes a decision that is every mothers worst nightmare… He leaves his job as a heart surgeon to become a full-time comedian. Presented at Next Stage by editor Moaz Elfarouk.

May 4th: Betting on Zero (2016) (Official Selection, Tribecca FF 2016)
Follow billionaire hedge fund titan Bill Ackman and several former Herbalife distributors after Ackman takes a billion dollar short position in Herbalife, alleging it is a pyramid scheme destined to collapse. The film chronicles Ackman’s feuds with Herbalife CEO and investor Carl Icahn, and the resulting controversy over both the short and Herbalife’s business practices. Presented at Next Stage by filmmaker Ted Braun.

Mar
4
Sat
2017
Views and Perspectives: Oil Paintings by David Rohn @ Next Stage
Mar 4 @ 2:00 pm – May 24 @ 12:00 pm

Next Stage Gallery
March 4 – May 24 | Artist Reception on March 4, 2 – 4 PM

About the Artist                                  

David Rohn is a watercolor and oil painter.  He currently lives and creates art in the woods of Southern Vermont.

“Rohn’s paintings seem part  of  another diction altogether, one free of jargon and its thin gratifications; free, also, of art-schooled ambition to please teacher/critic/dealer, but rarely the eye of the beholder. The eye of this beholder is soothed and delighted, reminded of the old sense of magic which manifests itself in art. I llike to call it magic, or alchemy, since these words convey transformation: the way all true art, representational or abstract, changes the visual world into a vision of the world.”   Ann Lauterbach,   from  “Light Repositories: On David Rohn’s Watercolors”

“…..each picture having a highly artculate – but seldom outspoken – air.  Yet when Rohn gets right down to it, his very delicacy of means yields up something deeply felt and expressed.     …. Rohn finds feeling; he is a still-life painter of surprising force.”   Gerrit Henry, Art In America

Mar
30
Thu
2017
Best and Most Beautiful Things (2016) – [framed] Documentary film series @ Next Stage
Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm

March 30th  – 7:30PM

Best and Most Beautiful Things (2016) (Jury Award Winner, Florida FF, 2016)

In a celebration of outcasts everywhere, a precocious young blind woman disappears into quirky obsessions and isolation. With humor and bold curiosity, she chases love and freedom in a surprising sex-positive community, on her path to adulthood.

Presented by filmmaker Garrett Zevgetis.

1h 30m


[framed] films will be screened at Next Stage on six Thursdays, beginning March 30th, 2017, at 7:30  PM. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. The filmmakers will also be working with area students as part of Next Stage Arts’ ongoing collaborations with schools. A second group of films will be screened in the fall.

Curator Nancy Schafer worked for the iconic Tribeca Film Festival for 11 years, where she was most recently the festival’s executive director. Schafer and Next Stage co-founder Billy Straus met at the Camden International Film Festival in 2015 where Schafer serves on the advisory board, and the idea of programming a documentary series for Next Stage was born.

The films in the [framed] series have recently played on the festival circuit around the world including Sundance and Tribeca, and all have been recognized with festival honors. The eclectic lineup explores a wide range of issues including gender, incarceration, beauty, otherness, greed, and the role of family and tradition.

[framed] will run for 6 consecutive Thursdays at Next Stage, beginning March 30th. A series pass for the six films is $50. Individual event tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Apr
6
Thu
2017
Solitary (2016) – [framed] Documentary film series @ Next Stage
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm

April 6th  – 7:30PM

Solitary (2016)
 (Independent Spirit Award Nominee, 2017)

A daring exploration of the lives of inmates and corrections officers in one of America’s most notorious supermax prisons, built to hold inmates in 8×10 cells, 23-hours-a-day, for months, years and sometimes decades. With unprecedented access, the film captures a complex, unexpected and deeply moving portrait of life inside.

Presented by filmmaker Kristi Jacobson. 1h 30m


[framed] films will be screened at Next Stage on six Thursdays, beginning March 30th, 2017, at 7:30  PM. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. The filmmakers will also be working with area students as part of Next Stage Arts’ ongoing collaborations with schools. A second group of films will be screened in the fall.

Curator Nancy Schafer worked for the iconic Tribeca Film Festival for 11 years, where she was most recently the festival’s executive director. Schafer and Next Stage co-founder Billy Straus met at the Camden International Film Festival in 2015 where Schafer serves on the advisory board, and the idea of programming a documentary series for Next Stage was born.

The films in the [framed] series have recently played on the festival circuit around the world including Sundance and Tribeca, and all have been recognized with festival honors. The eclectic lineup explores a wide range of issues including gender, incarceration, beauty, otherness, greed, and the role of family and tradition.

[framed] will run for 6 consecutive Thursdays at Next Stage, beginning March 30th. A series pass for the six films is $50. Individual event tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Apr
7
Fri
2017
Green Writers Press Book Launch @ Next Stage
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Gather & Read: At Next Stage
Green Writers Press Book Launch Celebration

Friday, April 7, 2017  |  7:00 PM

Brattleboro’s own Dede Cummings will host a reading from her first poetry collection, To Look Out From, winner of the 2016 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize. Dede will read a few poems and host the event: Putney’s TIM WEED, will read from his highly-anticipated, first short story collection, A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing. Guilford’s MEGAN BUCHANAN, has a first poetry collection that she will read a few poems from entitled Clotheseline Religion. Brattleboro scribe, PETER GOULD, will read from his memoir of commune tales, Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm. JAMES CREWS, poetry editor of The Hopper, will read from his poetry collection, The Book of What Stays and a new chapbook. CHARD deNIORD & SYDNEY LEA have co-edited a poetry anthology entitled Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry.

Special guests include Jim Krosschell, author of One Man’s Maine, and Burlington’s Cardy Raper, author of An American Harvest. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

This Book Launch Party is an annual affair that GWP hosts with Next Stage in a partnership to bring out the best of Vermont literature, and new books from outside the state, published by an emerging, independent publishing house located in southern Vermont! Please join us to hear these local poets and authors read, as well as hear the voices of two Vermont poet laureates: Sydney Lea, and current laureate, Putney’s own, Chard deNiord, as well as Tim Weed! Proceeds benefit Next Stage—$10 or sliding scale or free!

Apr
8
Sat
2017
Bread & Puppet Theater at Next Stage, April 8 @ Next Stage
Apr 8 @ 7:30 pm

INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED BREAD & PUPPET THEATER
TO PERFORM IN PUTNEY, VT
ONE DAY ONLY! 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8th

Bread & Puppet Theater returns to Next Stage in Putney, Saturday, April 8th with a new play, Faust 3, a proletarian rumination on displacement, heaven, and satisfaction in the tradition of Medieval Faust puppet shows and Goethe’s epic verse drama.
As thematically and formally diverse as Goethe’s Faust 1 and 2, Bread and Puppet’s Faust 3 draws its public through a dreamlike succession of scenes depicting various aspects of proletarian experience in our time: from refugee migration, to the ubiquity of the gun; from the hunger that accompanies food product diversity, to the daily experience of factory workers, the rebellion of prisoners, and the adoration of the sun. “Faust 3” himself is played by a small hand-puppet, darting between the hopper and the spout of a giant grain mill. A phalanx of black folding chairs menaces the masses with its resolutions of pity. The arms of a giant blue embracing puppet fill the stage. Lubberland choral dancers hop, wiggle, and whistle. And a purple brass band arrives to jitter levity into the feet of the population.

Bread and Puppet director, Peter Schumann, describes Faust 3 as follows:

“After Faust 2’s contract with the devil came to an end — because the guest had been fulfilled and satisfaction had been achieved — Faust 2 died. But the demand for more light which Goethe issued at his own death requires a new model of Faust, an actor in the history of light, a conspirator who pursues the disordering of the existing order of life, & sides with the Proletariat’s demand for the radicalization of leisure. Gargoyles are employed to manage the uneasy masses. Both devil & angel, disguised as undercover agents, accompany Faust 3’s journey through the mess of the modern empire all the way to the glorious final appearance of the Here.”

After the performance Bread and Puppet will serve its famous free sourdough rye bread with aioli, and Bread and Puppet’s “Cheap Art” – books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from the Bread and Puppet Press – will be for sale.
The Bread and Puppet Practitioners-Of-The-Pursuit-Of-What String Band will welcome the public.

ABOUT BREAD AND PUPPET THEATER

B&P2Bread & Puppet Theater is an internationally recognized company that champions a visually rich, street-theater brand of performance art filled with music, dance and slapstick. Its shows are political and spectacular, with huge
puppets made of paper maché and cardboard. Founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side, The theater has been based in the North East Kingdom of Vermont since the early 1970s.

For more on Bread & Puppet Theater contact Joshua Krugman jrkrugman@gmail.com or go to www.breadandpuppet.org.

Apr
9
Sun
2017
Ukulele-in-a-Day! with Lisa McCormick @ Next Stage
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

A 1-Day Quick-start Intensive for Beginners,
taught by Lisa McCormick!

Ukulele-in-a-Day!
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 10am – 3pm. Tuition – $125.

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You will learn:

  • How to tune
  • How to strum
  • Proper positioning
  • Easy powerful chords that work magic together
  • How to make smooth chord transitions
  • The skills you’ll need to be able to play tons of fun and easy songs

No Musical Background Required!
Take-home handbook included, with all info from the workshop, songs to play, and more.

Ukuleles available to use for the day.

Location: Next Stage Arts, Putney, VT

Apr
10
Mon
2017
Babylon Rehearsals
Apr 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Apr
11
Tue
2017
Babylon Rehearsals
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Apr
12
Wed
2017
Babylon Rehearsals
Apr 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm