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Aug
25
Fri
2017
Conversations with the Unseen: Paintings by Rosemary Ladd
Aug 25 – Nov 14 all-day

Next Stage Gallery
Aug 25 – Nov 14 | Artist Reception on  August 25, 4 – 6pm

Artist Statement: Rosemary Ladd

I have always wanted to be an artist and portray the beauty I see around me.
When illness affected my ability to paint, I took the opportunity to find new pathways. These paintings represent my exploration into the world of non-representational painting with cold wax and oil.

Layers are applied and removed, lost and found, slowly allowing the painting to emerge. By allowing myself to be open, I am finding beauty in this wild, uncharted world.
I look forward to seeing where it will lead.


Rosemary has been a member of the Putney Painters since 2001. She has worked and studied with Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik, Dennis Sheehan, Jeremy Lipking, Diane Rath, amongst others.

Sep
24
Sun
2017
The Dancingmaster of Canterbury
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm

The Monadnock Folklore Society
& The Brattleboro Music Center present
Keith Murphy as Dudley Laufman
In the world premiere performance of

The Dancingmaster of Canterbury

Larry Siegel’s latest
Verbatim Musical Theater Portrait
Featuring Dudley’s own words, Sung by Keith
Accompanied by Becky Tracy and Larry Siegel
With original choreography by Mary DesRosiers

 

 

The evening also features Keith and Becky in a solo set of songs and tunes

 

Tickets available here
Sunday, September 24, 2017
7:00pm

General Admission: $20 in advance, $24 at the door

Sep
30
Sat
2017
Chris Smither at Next Stage
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm

Next Stage Arts Project is pleased to present Chris Smither, on Saturday, September 30, at 7:30pm. Tickets are $22 general admission/$24 at the door, available online at: www.nextstagearts.org (now), and at the Putney Coop and Turn It Up in Brattleboro (as of 9/1/17).

Chris Smither is one of the most talented and creative guitarists and singer/songwriters in the American folk music scene today. According to the Associated Press, Smither is “an American original, a product of the musical melting pot, and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world.” Goody Goodrich will be accompanying Chris on guitar and other stringed instruments.

From his early days as the New Orleans transplant in the Boston folk scene, through his wilderness years, to his reemergence in the 1990s as one of America’s most distinctive acoustic performers, Chris Smither continues to hone his distinctive sound. Smither continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers with the 14th record of his lengthy career Hundred Dollar Valentine (Signature Sounds).

Bathed in the flickering glow of passing headlights and neon bar signs, Smither’s roots are as blue as they come. There is plenty of misty Louisiana and Lightnin’ Hopkins in Smither’s weathered singing and unhurried picking. So fine. – Rolling Stone

The masterful combination of pure folk songwriting and intricate guitar blues are tangible signs of the singer-songwriter’s vigorous genius. A megawatt solo performer. – Wired

Oct
2
Mon
2017
Next Stage Cooks – Oktoberfest German Cooking
Oct 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Next Stage Cooking Class
OKTOBERFEST GERMAN COOKING CLASS
October 2, 2017
6:00pm-9:00pm

Come celebrate Oktoberfest with an evening of hearty German faire with Thorsten Lauterbach. Thor is a professionally trained chef from Berlin, where he owned The Birch Café. He occasionally cooked at the famed Suppenkuche in San Francisco when he was not busy traveling the world. Finally settling down in Guilford Vermont, Thor has gained his underground cred as a host of good food, good humor and the German micro brew beers that he crafts from the buds of his hops field.

This is a hands on class, making a full German Oktoberfest dinner. The class will cook and dine together (good imported German beer included) and a tasting of Thor’s Brew.
*His Wife just might perform the Chicken Dance… if the crowd is friendly.

Oktoberfest German Cooking Class
Date: Monday October 2, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $65
Instructor: Thor Lauterbach
Limit: 12

MENU

Appetizer: Pretzels with Specialty Mustards (pre prepared) Cucumber Salad with French Mustard Dressing
Entree: Schnitzel..Pork, Beef, Chicken
Sides: Red Cabbage and Roasted Potatoes
Dessert: Swedish Sundae (Vanilla ice cream, homemade applesauce, egg nog and whipped cream)
Beverages: Oktoberfest Beer, Underberg and Coffee will be served

~ Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies.

Oct
7
Sat
2017
River Gallery School – 27th Annual Benefit Auction
Oct 7 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, October 7    5:30 – 8:00 pm
Benefit Auction

River Gallery School is hosting its 27th Annual Benefit Auction on Saturday October 7th at Next Stage Arts. The Silent Auction will feature items from local artists, restaurants and businesses with the Main Auction offering adventures ranging from an African Photo Safari, a Tuscan villa in Italy, to a weekend in the Silver Lake District of Los Angeles. Admission is $25 either at the door or in advance at rivergalleryschool.org.  Admission ticket includes light fare catered by the Guilford Country Store.

Oct
13
Fri
2017
Bluesman Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton at Next Stage Oct. 13
Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm

Bluesman Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton will appear at Next Stage on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door, available online at www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro, and the Putney Coop. Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vermont.

Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton is an American musician from Los Angeles. A vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Paxton’s style draws from blues and jazz music before World War II and was influenced by Fats Waller and “Blind” Lemon Jefferson.

The charismatic songster bluesman, reports that he hails from an African American Jewish familiy with mixed Creole/Choctaw Indian ancestry – transplanted Louisiana sharecroppers who moved to South Central Los Angeles, but Jerron now lives in Queens. In other words, he is a true American.

He is a swiftly capable multi-instrumentalist who picks banjo and guitar, plays harmonica, piano and other instruments, including the fiddle, his first instrument. The virtuoso is a joyous entertainer, humorous with a smooth vernacular, dazzling with, a terrific storyteller, exuding an affable excitement.

 

Oct
20
Fri
2017
Adam Strauss returns: The Mushroom Cure
Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm

ADAM STRAUSS RETURNS TO NEXT STAGE OCTOBER 20-21
THE MUSHROOM CURE & THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE
Next Stage Arts Project is thrilled to bring back Adam Strauss for two shows October 20 and 21, 2017. Adam will reprise the hilarious, harrowing and heartrending show THE MUSHROOM CURE on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:30pm.  It is the True Tale of One Man’s Attempt to Cure OCD with Psychedelics, and wowed the sold out audience last year at Next Stage.

Inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder, Adam Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology. The New York Times says The Mushroom Cure, Adam’s true tale of his attempt to treat his severe OCD with psychedelics, “mines a great deal of laughter from disabling pain” and Time Out New York calls it “riveting… a true-life tour de force” and named it a Critics’ Pick. After a sold-out, off-Broadway run, The Mushroom Cure is currently having its west coast premiere at The Marsh in San Francisco through June 3rd.

This unique theatrical experience, starring Adam Strauss and directed by Jonathan Libman, first ran in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, garnering widespread acclaim before being workshopped in the New York Fringe Festival, where The New York Times said it “mines a great deal of laughter from disabling pain” and Time Out New York called it “riveting… a true-life tour de force” and named it a Critics’ Pick. The piece also won it won the Fringe’s Overall Excellence Award for Solo Performance.  The Mushroom Cure has also been presented at NY’s Cherry Lane Theater and the Broadway Comedy Club.

On Saturday, October 21, Adam will perform a new work, entitled The Uncertainty Principle, a new solo comedy about sex, God, OCD, quantum physics, and the fundamental uncertainty of everything. Adam won the New York Fringe Festival’s Overall Excellence Award and the Leffe Beer International Craft Your Character Storytelling Competition. He’s lost too many things to mention here.

Tickets are $20 for each show, $24 at the door, available, online at nextstagearts.org. The newly-renovated, accessible Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT.

Adam Strauss is a writer and performer based in NYC. He won the Leffe Craft Your Character Storytelling Competition and is currently penning a memoir based on The Mushroom Cure. He’s also a professional stand up comedian, appearing nightly at many of New York’s best comedy clubs, and most of its worst ones. Adam received his B.A. in Psychology from Brown University.

Oct
21
Sat
2017
Adam Strauss returns: The Uncertainty Principle
Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm

ADAM STRAUSS RETURNS TO NEXT STAGE OCTOBER 20-21
THE MUSHROOM CURE & THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE

On Saturday, October 21, Adam will perform a new work, entitled The Uncertainty Principle, a new solo comedy about sex, God, OCD, quantum physics, and the fundamental uncertainty of everything. Adam won the New York Fringe Festival’s Overall Excellence Award and the Leffe Beer International Craft Your Character Storytelling Competition. He’s lost too many things to mention here.
Next Stage Arts Project is thrilled to bring back Adam Strauss for two shows October 20 and 21, 2017. Adam will reprise the hilarious, harrowing and heartrending show THE MUSHROOM CURE on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:30pm.  It is the True Tale of One Man’s Attempt to Cure OCD with Psychedelics, and wowed the sold out audience last year at Next Stage.

Inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder, Adam Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology. The New York Times says The Mushroom Cure, Adam’s true tale of his attempt to treat his severe OCD with psychedelics, “mines a great deal of laughter from disabling pain” and Time Out New York calls it “riveting… a true-life tour de force” and named it a Critics’ Pick. After a sold-out, off-Broadway run, The Mushroom Cure is currently having its west coast premiere at The Marsh in San Francisco through June 3rd.

This unique theatrical experience, starring Adam Strauss and directed by Jonathan Libman, first ran in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, garnering widespread acclaim before being workshopped in the New York Fringe Festival, where The New York Times said it “mines a great deal of laughter from disabling pain” and Time Out New York called it “riveting… a true-life tour de force” and named it a Critics’ Pick. The piece also won it won the Fringe’s Overall Excellence Award for Solo Performance.  The Mushroom Cure has also been presented at NY’s Cherry Lane Theater and the Broadway Comedy Club.

Tickets are $20 for each show, $24 at the door, available, online at nextstagearts.org. The newly-renovated, accessible Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT.

Adam Strauss is a writer and performer based in NYC. He won the Leffe Craft Your Character Storytelling Competition and is currently penning a memoir based on The Mushroom Cure. He’s also a professional stand up comedian, appearing nightly at many of New York’s best comedy clubs, and most of its worst ones. Adam received his B.A. in Psychology from Brown University.

Oct
23
Mon
2017
Next Stage Cooks – Thai Cooking Class
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

NEXT STAGE COOKS
Thai Cooking Class
October 23, 2017
6:00pm-9:00pm

We are delighted to offer a final Thai cooking class taught by locally renowned Aew Ladd. Aew is well known for her delicious Thai food served at the Putney Farmer’s market each week, as well as her catering. After living here for 27 years, Aew will be returning to Thailand as soon as her house sells. We will miss her!

This is a hands on class where we will cook, dine, and have fun together.

Thai Cooking Class
Date: Monday, October 23, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $65
Instructor: Aew
Limit: 12

 

MENU

Appetizers: Golden Cup with Pork and Mixed Vegetables

Main Course: Massaman Curry, a stew with potatoes, chicken, cashews

Side Dish: Collard greens with Miso Sauce

Salad: Thai-style Green Papaya Salad

Dessert: Banana Cake with Fresh Coconut

Beverages: Wine and Coffee will be served

 

~ Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies.

 

Oct
26
Thu
2017
When God Sleeps (2017) – [framed] Documentary film series
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm

October 26th – 7:30PM

When God Sleeps, A Love Story in the Age of Terror (Partner Pictures).

When God Sleeps premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. It is written and directed by Till Schauder and features Shahin Najafi.

 

Winner “Most Valuable Documentary of the year” Cinema for Peace 2017
Winner Best Music Documentary Krakow Film Festival 2017
Nominated for Best Documentary Tribeca Film Festival 2017

Both Mr. Schauder and Mr. Najafi will be in attendance for an introduction and Q & A following the screening.


When God Sleeps depicts the journey of Iranian musician Shahin Najafi who is forced into hiding after hardline clerics issue a fatwa for his death and offer a $100,000 reward for his murder.

“My songs didn’t make me famous. The fatwa did.” And so we embark on the journey of rapper Shahin Najafi, whose bold style and transgressive lyrics put him in the crosshairs of religious clerics in his native Iran. The clerics issued a fatwa for his death incensed by one of his rap songs that focuses on the oppression of women, sexism and human rights abuses.
When God Sleeps tells the story of this tireless artist-activist against the backdrop of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks and the global right-wing backlash against Middle Eastern refugees. Shahin’s escape leads to an impossible romance when he falls in love with Leili Bazargan, the granddaughter of the first Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran. With such family backgrounds, Shahin and Leili become a modern day Romeo & Juliet, caught in the storm of Europe’s refugee crisis, rising Trumpism and global anxiety about the increasingly violent clash between art and religion. (Tribeca Film Festival)
whengodsleepsfilm.com

[framed] is a presentation by Next Stage Arts Project, in collaboration with Nancy Schafer, former director of the Tribeca Film Festival, of 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] completed its highly successful first series of 6 films in the fall of 2016, and returns by popular acclaim! The current series of films will run on the last Thursday of each month through March 2018. Subsequent titles in the series TBA.


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.

Oct
28
Sat
2017
Orchard Pageant at Green Mountain Orchards
Oct 28 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Orchard Pageant
at
Green Mountain Orchards, Putney VT
October 28th & 29th
5:30 – 6:30 PM

On October 28th and 29th, a large-scale pageant will unfurl across the fields of Green Mountain Orchards, a hundred-year-old family farm in Putney, VT. Movement, large-scale puppetry, poetry and music will converge to explore the themes and small beauties surrounding this storied orchard.

The pageant is an investigation of place. It explores the inter-generational transitions that family farms face, the people new and migrant and old and older who have animated Putney over the years, and the enduring commitment to live alongside the land.

We hope our pageant will offer a beautiful way to experience the orchard landscape anew and feel out the forces that are acting on this place.

directed by: Michael Bodel
with poetry by: Chard DiNiord
choreography, puppetry, and performances by many others
co-presented with: Next Stage Arts Project

The Mammals (featuring Mike + Ruthy), plus Brian Dunne
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present roots, old time and Americana quintet The Mammals (featuring Mike + Ruthy), plus folk/rock singer/songwriter Brian Dunne, at Next Stage on Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 pm.

Woodstock, NY-based Ruth Ungar and Mike Merenda founded The Mammals with Tao Rodriguez-Seeger (grandson of the legendary folk singer Pete Seeger) in 2000, and after touring the world for the next seven years with the likes of Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger, emerged as one of acoustic America’s most revered musical duos – Mike + Ruthy.  The daughter of fiddle legend Jay Ungar and country singer Lyn Hardy, Ruthy is an earthy country-blues singer with the unmistakable stage presence of a natural-born performer.  Mike is an artfully prolific songwriter with an indie rock soul and feather-touch vocals.

This year, Mike and Ruth have brought back the original band name that energized crowd in the 2000’s and gave them their start.  This time around, The Mammals’ goals remain two-fold: raise positive social awareness and have a good party.  This stringband of subversive acoustic traditionalists was always known for its rabble-rousing musical statements which sometimes caused a stir with politically divided audiences.  With former Mammal members including Jacob Silver and Ken Maiuri, the 2017 lineup features the signature mix of Americana hoedowns, sassy blues, Motown soul, old-timey harmonies, rock-n-roll energy and inspired, political songwriting.

“A string band at the core, The Mammals augment their sound with drums and electric guitar to create a collectively harmonized howl as thrilling and rocking as any band currently subverting folk traditions” – No Depression

New York City-based, folk rock singer/songwriter and guitarist Brian Dunne is quickly gaining attention and praise across the US for his sharp lyrical prowess and country-influenced vocals.  His second album “Bug Fixes & Performance Improvements” was released in May, 2017, debuting at #10 on the iTunes Songwriter charts and earning Brian performances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, 2017’s Cayamo Cruise and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

 

Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT.  Tickets are $18 Advance / $22 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.themammals.love, www.briandunnemusic.net, and www.twilightmusic.org.

Oct
29
Sun
2017
Orchard Pageant at Green Mountain Orchards
Oct 29 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Orchard Pageant
at
Green Mountain Orchards, Putney VT
October 28th & 29th
5:30 – 6:30 PM

On October 28th and 29th, a large-scale pageant will unfurl across the fields of Green Mountain Orchards, a hundred-year-old family farm in Putney, VT. Movement, large-scale puppetry, poetry and music will converge to explore the themes and small beauties surrounding this storied orchard.

The pageant is an investigation of place. It explores the inter-generational transitions that family farms face, the people new and migrant and old and older who have animated Putney over the years, and the enduring commitment to live alongside the land.

We hope our pageant will offer a beautiful way to experience the orchard landscape anew and feel out the forces that are acting on this place.

directed by: Michael Bodel
with poetry by: Chard DiNiord
choreography, puppetry, and performances by many others
co-presented with: Next Stage Arts Project

Nov
13
Mon
2017
Next Stage Cooks – Pie Making Class
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Next Stage Cooking Class
Pie Making Class
November 13, 2017
6:00pm-9:00pm

In this hands on class you will learn everything you need to know about making pies from Taylor Burt. Taylor is a nutritionist, former pastry chef & educator with a particular lifelong passion for pies. After working in fine dining at various locales across VT, he found his calling in working directly with people and their food.  He is very excited to help students overcome their fear of pie and/or expand the repertoire of even the most experienced baker.

The class will be making 5 varieties of pies with different crusts and toppings. You will leave this class with all your questions answered about making pies, and will have the confidence to make a host of pies for the holiday season. Students will bake and dine together, and share in the leftovers to take home (if any)!

Pie Making Class
Date: Monday November 13, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $65
Instructor: Taylor Burt
Limit: 12

Enrollment link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3089966

MENU

For Dinner : A light and savory pie based dinner & salad

Pies to be made: Pumpkin Sweet Potato Pie with Nut Crust (GF)

Old Fashioned Apple Pie with Double Crust

Blueberry Ginger Pie with Lattice top

Banana Chocolate Cream Pie with Nut Crust and Whipped Cream topping

Peach Pie with a Crisp topping

Beverages: Wine & coffee will be served

~ Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies.