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Jan
25
Thu
2018
Sarajevo Roses: Documentary Series [framed]
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm
Sarajevo Roses: Documentary Series [framed] @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

The documentary series [framed] continues at Next Stage in Putney on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7:30pm with Sarajevo Roses, a film by director and producer Roger M. Richards. Richards is an award-winning filmmaker and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominated photojournalist who was in Sarajevo at the height of the conflict and has witnessed and filmed its restoration on numerous returns––and who is thus uniquely positioned to share the tragedy’s impact on a great people and a very special place.

The Honorable Patricia Whalen, who served as a judge in the International War Crimes Tribunal of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo and Bill Holiday, a career local history teacher who has traveled and researched in the former Yugoslavia & Sarajevo, will lead a post-screening discussion.

What happens when a modern society implodes?  Imagine waking up to find society collapsed: stores shuttered, electricity and water shut off, no food or medicine, neighbors become enemies and fighting in the streets.  That’s what happened in the city of Sarajevo, only eight years after hosting the 1984 Winter Olympic games.

These are stories of Sarajevo: a surgeon turned psychiatrist to understand and heal his PTSD; a tuxedo-clad cellist playing for the dead at massacre sites; a young woman immortalized in a photograph as she flees a sniper’s bullet; and children struggling to survive in an orphanage near the frontline.  When Josip Broz, aka Tito, the benevolent dictator of the federation of Yugoslavia, died on May 4, 1980, nobody had an inkling of the bloodshed and ruin to come.  In early 1992, a referendum on independence took Bosnia down the path to war.

During the four-year siege of the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, the longest of the 20th century, hundreds of thousands of artillery, mortar and tank shells were fired into the city from the surrounding hills.  As each exploded, it left a crater in concrete resembling a flower.  Citizens stoically painted these “pavement petals” red and called them “Sarajevoroses.”  Some remain today, fading reminders of innocent blood that was spilled on these streets, in this once all-embracing city.  The Sarajevo “rose” represents the impact of the war on the lives of these individuals and all citizens of Sarajevo.

At its heart, “Sarajevo Roses” is a meditation on the search for inner peace and recovery after experiencing PTSD from the horrors of war; how the neighbor next door is capable of committing the most inhuman acts; and personal testimony that love, and living fully in the present, are the best we can hope for as human beings.  Important lessons for a troubled world.

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

The newly-renovated Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT in the village center. The landmarked building was constructed in 1841, and is now fully accessible with an elevator and hearing assist system, excellent sound and sightlines, and supremely comfortable seating. Next Stage has been recognized nationally, including receiving awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtPlace America.

Individual event tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Those attending the film can get 20% discount on entrée at The Gleanery Restaurant www.gleanery.com.

Jan
27
Sat
2018
Next Stage Speaks: Authors Robin MacArthur and Lauren Markham
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm
Next Stage Speaks: Authors Robin MacArthur and Lauren Markham @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Next Stage Arts Project continues its literary series, Next Stage Speaks, on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at 7PM with Non Fiction Writer Lauren Markham and Fiction Writer Robin MacArthur: A Reading Followed By A Discussion About The Similarities And Differences Between Writing Fiction And Non Fiction.  The event will be hosted by poet Chard DeNiord. There is a suggested donation at the door of $10.

Robin MacArthur is the author of the new novel Heart Spring Mountain, due out January 9th, 2018 from Ecco Press, and a book of short fiction titled Half Wild, Stories that Ecco also published 2016. She is also the editor of the anthology Contemporary Vermont Fiction published by Green Writers Press in 2014.

She is one half of the musical duo Red Heart the Ticker, alongside her husband, Tyler Gibbons.

She received an MFA in Fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts  and a BA from Brown University, and two creation grants from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

When not writing, she spends her time prying rocks out of unruly garden soil, picking blackberries and raspberries outside her back door, and traipsing through woods with her big-hearted and half-wild children.

Lauren Markham is a writer and reporter based in Northern California. She writes fiction, essays and journalism — mostly about migration, youth and the environment, though about other things, too.

She is the author of The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life, published in September 2017 by Crown. Her essays and journalism have appeared in outlets such as VQR (where she is a Contributing Editor), The New Yorker.com, The GuardianThe New Republic, GuernicaVICE MagazineOrion, California Sunday, The Utne Reader, Pacific Standard, and on This American Life.

A graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA in fiction writing program, she has the great fortune of having been awarded fellowships from the Mesa Refuge, the UC Berkeley 11th Hour Food & Farming Journalism Fellowship, The French American Foundation, The Rotary Foundation, and the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism. In addition to writing, she works at a high school for immigrant youth in the Bay Area.

Lauren will be reading from Far Away Brothers.

The Next Stage Speaks format includes poet Chard DeNiord conducting an interview with the featured guest/s about their career and recent works. The interview is followed by a reading, then followed by a Q&A.

Chard deNiord is the poet laureate of Vermont and author of six books of poetry, most recently Interstate, (The University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015) and The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011). His book of essays and interviews with seven senior American poets (Galway Kinnell, Donald Hall. Maxine Kumin, Jack Gilbert, Ruth Stone, Lucille Clifton, Robert Bly) titled Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs, Conversations and Reflections on 20th Century American Poets was published by Marick Press in 2011. His new book of interviews with ten contemporary poets titled I Would Lie to You If I Could is scheduled to be published by University of Pittsburgh Press on March 23, 2018. He is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Providence College and a trustee of the Ruth Stone Trust. He lives in Westminster West, Vermont with his wife Liz.

Jan
29
Mon
2018
Next Stage Cooking Class: Soups & Stews of Spain & Portugal
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Next Stage Cooking Class: Soups & Stews of Spain & Portugal @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Next Stage Cooking Class

Soups & Stews of Spain & Portugal

Monday, January 29th 6:00pm-9:00pm

Cost: $65

Instructor: Linda Stavely

Limit: 12

Please join us for an evening of Soups & Stews from Spain and Portugal with Linda Stavely. Linda helped start the Common Ground restaurant in Brattleboro, started and ran The Portable Feast at the Colony Mill Marketplace in Keene, and has been teaching cooking classes in the Keene area for many years. Her classes are fun and informative!

This is a hands on class, where we will cook and dine together (wine included)!

 MENU

The class will be making six soups and stews from Spain and Portugal to warm you this cold winter. The menu includes:

 ~ Sopa de Pedra (Portuguese stone soup, hearty vegetable soup)

~ Caldo Verde (Portugese green Soup, sausage, kale and veggies)

~ Caldeirada a Moda de Guincho (Portugese fish chowder)

~ Sopa de Ajo (Spanish spicy garlic soup)

~ Sopa al Cuarto de Hora (Spanish clam, shrimp, and rice soup)

~ Caldo Gallego (Spanish bean, potato and meat stew)

Breads will be served to soak up the broths!

Beverages:    Wine will be served

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

Feb
1
Thu
2018
On Tour! The Best Of The 2017 Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm
On Tour! The Best Of The 2017 Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

On Tour! The Best Of The 2017 Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

Jay Craven, Artistic Director.  Lloyd Komesar, Producer

on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 7:00pm.

The films are Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, directed by Alexandra Dean and An Autobiography: directed by Mari Mantela.

What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s — and the brainy inventor whose concepts led to cell phone and bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage who was widely heralded as “the most beautiful woman in the world” — and was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman.  But Lamarr also had a secret identity—as a technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during WWII.

This riveting film weaves interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life.  We get an up-close look at her beginnings as an Austrian Jewish emigre whose scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film, Ecstasy, caused such an enormous international uproar that even the Pope was moved to denounce it. After capturing Lamarr’s glittering Hollywood life and her ground-breaking but completely uncredited inventions, director Dean follows the actress/inventor’s retreat, during her later years, when she became a recluse, impoverished and almost forgotten.

BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY brings to light the story of an extraordinary, unusual and accomplished woman, spurned as too beautiful to be smart, but still a role model to this day.

“Very enjoyable—one of the best movies of 2017.  Ms. Dean relates Lamarr’s ventures, those onscreen and off, with savvy and narrative snap, fluidly marshaling a mix of original interviews and archival material that includes film clips, home movies and other footage.”

— Manhola Dargis, New York Times.

“Yet what what makes “Bombshell” intriguing is not just Lamarr’s gift for invention, it’s also what a fiery individualist she was, someone who had no regrets about her eventful life (“You learn from everything”), not even its racy, tabloid elements.”

— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY:
Directed by Mari Mantela

From the director’s statement: “Anja is a woman who knows everything about cars but nothing of herself. . . The film is a quiet comedy with a warm heart that beats for every character in the story. The audience never sees the outside world as the garage where Anja works is both a concrete milieu and a reflection of her internal world. It is only in the end that we see a vision of the world outside, as Anja makes a journey to the top floor of the car company. There is light at the end of the tunnel leading outside from the parking hall. There is hope for Anja – and maybe for every one of us – the hard working girls.”

The newly-renovated Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT in the village center. The landmarked building was constructed in 1841, and is now fully accessible with an elevator and hearing assist system, excellent sound and sightlines, and supremely comfortable seating. Next Stage has been recognized nationally, including receiving awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtPlace America.

Those attending the film can get 20% discount on entrée at the Gleanery. www.gleanery.com .

Feb
3
Sat
2018
Antje Duvekot and Beaucoup Blue
Feb 3 @ 7:30 pm
Antje Duvekot and Beaucoup Blue @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present award-winning contemporary folk singer/songwriter Antje Duvekot and Philadelphia-based, Americana and acoustic blues duo Beaucoup Blue at Next Stage on Saturday, February 3 at 7:30 pm.

Antje Duvekot is a German-born, American-raised singer/songwriter whose songs have been critically praised for their hard-won wisdom, dark-eyed realism and street-smart romanticism.  Her bicultural upbringing and relative newness to English have helped shape her unique way with a song, giving her a startlingly original poetic palette.  They are the keys to the powerful, even revolutionary, empathy that informs everything she writes.  She has won some of the top songwriting awards including the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the Kerrville Folk Festival Best New Folk Award and the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act.

Since the release of her debut studio CD “Big Dream Boulevard,” which was voted #1 Folk Release of 2006 by the Boston Globe and was named to the Top 10 Releases of the Year by National Public Radio’s Folk Alley, Antje has been touring extensively, criss-crossing the US and Europe.  She is a compelling live performer and has played at major festivals, including Newport, Mountain Stage, Philadelphia, Falcon Ridge, Great Waters and Kerrville.  Her second CD “The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer” was voted top album of 2009 by lauded folk station WUMB 91.9 FM in Boston.  Antje’s fourth studio release, 2016’s “Toward the Thunder,” centers around themes of courage, resilience and striving for something better, and as with most of her writing, a sense of hope and perseverance shines through the songs.  “Antje Duvekot’s provocative, dark-eyed ballads are becoming the talk of the folk world.” – The Boston Globe

Beaucoup Blue, the father and son team of David and Adrian Mowry, features two soulful voices and acoustic slide guitar virtuosity.  From blues to bluegrass, their traditional and contemporary styles mesh into an innovative and authentic sound.  They pretty much cover the full range of Americana music quite uniquely in their songwriting and how they choose to represent classic material.  During their years together as a duo they have received numerous awards including Grand Prize Winner of the Billboard Magazine World Song-Writing Contest, and the Grand Prize Winner of the Telluride Blues & Brews Acoustic Competition.  Songs from their four albums “Out Of The Woodwork,” “Hearts At Home,” “Free To Fall” and “Elixir” have placed in the top 40 on AMA’s Americana, Roots, & Folk radio charts.

Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT.  Tickets are $20 Advance / $22 At the Door.  For information, call 802-387-0102.  Advance tickets are available 3 weeks in advance of show at www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and Putney Food Co-Op in Putney.

Feb
10
Sat
2018
Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm
Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Next Stage Arts Project is thrilled to bring Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez back to Putney by rousing popular demand for an all out rock n’ soul concert/dance party on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 7:30pm, at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT. This dance party will feature the expanded and improved Next Stage dance floor and lighting, part of major recent renovations. Tickets are $18 in advance, general admission, $20 at the door. Tickets on sale here. Also on sale at the Putney Co-op and Turn it Up in Brattleboro 3 weeks in advance of show. For more information, contact Next Stage Arts at (802) 387-0102 or nextstagearts@gmail.com.

Known as “The Beehive Queen” for her outrageous, mile-high hairdo, Christine is the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band. Voted #7 on Alternate Roots’ list of top 30 Female Vocalists, this queen of blue-eyed rock n’ soul grew up loving equally the sweetness of a Memphis horn line and the raunch of an electric guitar riff, whether played by Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, or Pop Staples. Teased her blonde hair into a beehive in honor of Ronnie Spector and never looked back, picking up a guitar and forging a career as a songwriter in the process.

Christine and the Saturday Night Live Band sang at SNL’s 25th Anniversary telecast, Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary bash at The Garden (with George Harrison, Chrissie Hynde, and others), the 2009 Obama Inaugural Gala in Washington, D.C., The Lincoln Center “American Songbook” series with Sting and Lou Reed, and the Central Park Summerstage Tribute To Janis Joplin (fronting both Big Brother & The Holding Company and the Kozmic Blues Band); appears on Grammy nominees A Tribute To Howlin’ Wolf (with Taj Mahal and Lucinda Williams) and Charlie Musselwhite’s One Night In America (with Marty Stuart); sings the theme song for NBC’s 30 Rock; worked on a musical with the late Cy Coleman (who compared her sense of timing to Peggy Lee’s); duets live whenever possible with the aforementioned Miss Spector, as well as with blues legends Eddie Kirkland and Hubert Sumlin; collaborated on critically-acclaimed tracks with Marshall Crenshaw (Labour Of Love: The Music of Nick Lowe), Big Al Anderson (Pawn Shop Guitars), and Ian Hunter (Shrunken Heads); edited legendary Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham’s autobiography 2Stoned and is a cover-story-writing contributor to Elmore Magazine; and worked with Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder & others on the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Awards–all the while continuing to torch clubs up and down the Eastern Seaboard in support of her recordings (Strip, The Hard Way, Radio Queen, Wicked Time, 2008 career retrospective Re-Hive, 2010’s The Deep End, her first CD of original material in five years, featuring special guests/duet partners Ian Hunter, Dion DiMucci, and Marshall Crenshaw, plus Levon Helm, GE Smith, Andy York, Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Catherine Russell, Big Al Anderson and others, and 2011 concert DVD “Live Hive”) with her band Rebel Montez (Michael Colbath-bass; Cliff Goodwin-guitar; Larry Donahue-drums). “I’ve come here tonight to set your souls on fire,” she’ll tell an audience. And she will.

Feb
11
Sun
2018
Open Auditions for 2018 Season: Apron Theater Co.
Feb 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Open Auditions for 2018 Season: Apron Theater Co. @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States
THE APRON THEATER CO. 
Residence Theater Co. at Next Stage Arts Project in Putney,Vt.

Announces:
OPEN AUDITIONS!! for the 2018 SEASON

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11th 1:00-3:00 PM at NEXT STAGE ARTS

We continue to be committed to open casting and welcome anyone interested to come and learn more about The Apron and our 2018 projects.
 
For new friends yet to meet, actors of all ages & stages are welcome!
Reading materials and calendars will be provided at the event.
For old friends who wish to participate this season, come on in and look at the schedule or contact by email and let us know about your interest.

Please contact Karla Baldwin for more information: karla.keith.devlin@gmail.com or 802-387-4795
Feb
12
Mon
2018
Next Stage Cooking Class: CHOCOLATE CELEBRATION
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Next Stage Cooking Class: CHOCOLATE CELEBRATION @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Please join us for an evening of a Chocolate Celebration with Linda Stavely. In this class you will learn all about chocolate, including how to melt chocolate, learn the different types of chocolate and when to use each. Linda helped start the Common Ground restaurant in Brattleboro, started and ran The Portable Feast at the Colony Mill Marketplace in Keene, and has been teaching cooking classes in the Keene area for many years. Her classes are fun and informative!

This is a hands on class, where we will cook and dine together (wine included)!

Chocolate Celebration

Date: Monday, February 12th

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Cost: $65

Instructor: Linda Stavely

Limit: 12

To enroll, follow this link: http://nextstagearts.org/tickets-2/

 

MENU

~ Chocolate Fallen Souffle Cake

~ Chocolate Espresso Pots de Cream

~ Salted Caramels dipped in dark chocolate

~ Chocolate cups

~ Hot Fudge Sauce

~ Fruit dipped in different chocolates

~ Chocolate coated bacon, pretzels, crackers

 

Beverages: Wine will be served

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

Feb
17
Sat
2018
Next Stage Arts Gallery: Thaw: A Conversation in Words and Imagery
Feb 17 – May 15 all-day
Next Stage Arts Gallery: Thaw: A Conversation in Words and Imagery @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Next Stage Gallery
Feb 17 – May 15 | The opening reception is Saturday, Feb. 17, 4-6 pm, with a poetry reading by Whitney at 5 pm.

Thaw: A Conversation in Words and Imagery

Encaustic paintings by Evie Lovett

Poems by Diana Whitney

Artist Evie Lovett and poet Diana Whitney have each drawn inspiration from the Connecticut River in their work. In this multimedia exhibition, entitled Thaw, they share their points of intersection on the muse of the river, as friends and fellow artists. Lovett’s encaustic paintings and several of Whitney’s poems show in the gallery at Next Stage Arts Project in Putney, Vermont, February 17 – May 15.  The opening reception is Saturday, Feb. 17, 4-6 pm, with a poetry reading by Whitney at 5 pm.

Lovett photographed the Connecticut River for the 2016 From the River, To the River public art project in Brattleboro. Patterns and rhythms of the river seeped into work she was creating in the encaustic studio at that time. Serendipitously, Lovett’s friend Diana Whitney had given her two poems–both unfinished, works in progress–and the poet’s language captured the contrasting forces of calm and peril, freeze and thaw that compelled Lovett to the river.  Lovett tacked Whitney’s poems up in her studio and returned to her words again and again as she navigated her own work.

For Diana Whitney, too, the river is a presence that has resurfaced repeatedly in her writing. Since living along the Connecticut in college, she has written poems informed by its changing moods and states. Witnessing the river’s seasons has become a source of imagery, consolation, and insight. Even during early motherhood, when she essentially stopped writing, a single river poem emerged. Somehow she gave a draft to Lovett, one of the two poems pinned on her studio wall. In 2017, the two artists, who had talked about collaborating since 2005 when they met at the Vermont Studio Center, realized that they shared a common muse.

Thaw is the outcome of these two artists discovering a felicitous connection with each other and seeking to connect with others through their shared contemplation of the river: solace, muse, companion, place of freeze and thaw, danger and beauty, surface and unplumbed depths.

Evie Lovett is an artist and educator who lives in Westminster West, Vermont.  Most of her personal work is in documentary portraiture, encaustic and mixed media.  Recently, she has been interested in creating public art, accessible to all and with community input.  In 2016, Evie and two collaborators created From the River, To the River, a creative place-making public art project of five interrelated art installations for the town of Brattleboro, funded by a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant. She is a Teaching Artist with the Vermont Arts Council, a digital media instructor with the Vermont Folklife Center, and she teaches photography at Vermont Academy.

Diana Whitney writes across the genres in Brattleboro, Vermont. Her first book, Wanting It, became an indie bestseller in 2014 and won the Rubery Book Award in poetry. She’s the poetry critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and her work has appeared in Glamour, The Kenyon Review, The Washington Post, and many more. She has received grants and awards from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. A Creative Writing instructor at CCV,  she’s currently finishing a memoir-in-essays about motherhood, sexuality and generational patterns of female silence.

Mar
9
Fri
2018
Scar Tissue: An Evening of Storytelling
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm
Scar Tissue: An Evening of Storytelling @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Scar Tissue: An Evening of Storytelling

Four storytelling stars, featured on The Moth and This American Life, come together for one night of poignant and hilarious stories exploring the vulnerability and resilience of the human body and heart.

Adam Wade   (The Moth Radio Hour, The New Yorker Magazine)
Ophira Eisenberg (NPR’s Ask Me Another)
Peter Aguero (Daddy Issues)
Tom Bodett (NPR’s Wait,Wait…Don’t Tell Me!)

Mar
10
Sat
2018
Claudia Schmidt CD release show
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm
Claudia Schmidt CD release show @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Next Stage Arts Project presents Claudia Schmidt in a special CD release concert at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Tickets are $20 in advance $24 at the door, available online, through the Next Stage website (www.nextstagearts.org) or 3 weeks in advance of show at the Putney Co-op or Turn It Up in Brattleboro 3 weeks in advance of show. Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT, and features a newly-renovated, accessible performance space.

Claudia Schmidt is a powerful vocalist and adventurous artist, who combines lively folk, jazz and blues with rich poetry and playful humor. Hailing from Michigan, she knew at a young age that she was destined to be a singer. Performing in numerous choirs throughout her youth, Claudia soon pursued a professional career while in Chicago, leading her to Wisconsin and Minnesota, where she was a frequent guest on the early days of A Prairie Home Companion. More than thirty years and 22 albums later, Claudia continues to perform on the road to her loyal legions of fans across the country. Mixing folk, jazz, traditional ballads and breathtaking originals, there’s not a style she can’t master.  Claudia ‘s incredible voice and charismatic stage presence makes her a marvel in concert.

More than 4 decades as a touring professional have found Michigan native Claudia Schmidt traversing North America as well as Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theatres, and festival stages in front of 25,000 rapt listeners. She has recorded mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring her acclaimed 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer playing.

This Next Stage show will mark the release of Hark the Dark, Claudia Schmidt’s 22nd recording in a career spanning almost 45 years of composing and performing. She takes a thematic turn here, offering an homage to the oft-maligned season of the winter. Along with her original pieces, she has gathered some musings of fellow musicians, and thrown in a couple standards. Along with her extraordinary voice, dulcimer, and deluxe pianolin, she is accompanied brilliantly by pianist Miro Sprague, bassist Marty Jaffe, drummer Conor Meehan, and pianist/accordionist Chris Haynes.

Winner of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 2017 and ArtPlace America in 2014, Next Stage Arts Project has gained national recognition as a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney’s cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage.

Since its founding in early 2011, NSAP has hosted dozens events including classical, folk, and popular music concerts, films, spoken word and theater. Folk artists appearing have included Jonathan Edwards, Cheryl Wheeler, Chris Smither, Patty Larkin, John McCutcheon and Tony Trischka.

Mar
17
Sat
2018
Bold Women, Brazen Acts; A Staged Reading and Open Mic Event
Mar 17 @ 7:30 pm
Bold Women, Brazen Acts; A Staged Reading and Open Mic Event @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Next Stage Arts presents BOLD WOMEN, BRAZEN ACTS at 7:30pm on March 17, 2018, in honor of International Women’s Day. Admission is $12 suggested donation at the door.

 

BOLD WOMEN, BRAZEN ACTS is based on That Takes Ovaries! Bold Females and their Brazen Acts, conceived and edited by Rivka Solomon. It is produced by writer, journalist, workshop leader and speaker Elayne Clift, and co-directed with Rebecca Waxman. The actors include: Acadia Barrengos, Nan Mann, Nancy Stephens, and U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo.

When Rivka Solomon decided to edit a collection of women’s and girls’ real-life stories of gutsy acts they’d committed she had no idea that the book, and the play that followed, would be read and performed around the world. The book placed all the stories, from frivolous to political, under the umbrella of freedom and empowerment. It became a way of saying to the world, “No way am I accepting the limits placed on me!”

The idea came to Rivka at a party one night when someone told a story about a woman who had done something totally brazen. When he finished, Rivka said, “Wow, that took ovaries!” She decided to use it as the title of a book to add to the literature of women’s studies that were rapidly appearing to celebrate women’s voices and resilience.

“I envisioned a book that would excite women — and men of all ages who wanted to see their sisters, mothers, grandmothers, friends and partners lead empowered lives — mothers and father who cared about their daughters growing up self-assured and confident, and girls eager to be part of the growing women’s movement. That Takes Ovaries! would be for everyone interested in challenging cultures wrought with inequality and double standards and anyone hungry for unabashedly powerful females.”

Convinced by the success of the book whose message was “What femininity needs is a boost of bravado,” Rivka and her mother, Bobbi Ausubel, a feminist activist too, developed a full-length play based on the stories in That Takes Ovaries!

An essential part of the play is the Open Mic at the end of the scripted reading. Audience members are invited to come onto the stage and share a story about themselves or someone they know whose brazen acts deserve to be heard. Men are especially encouraged to tell a tale of courage – their own or in honor of someone they know or love — perhaps a girlfriend, a relative, a boss whose actions have inspired or encourage them, or made them laugh!

Have you fought for gender equality? Spoken up for women? Encouraged local activism? The possibilities are endless. We hope to see you there and hear your stories. We know you’ll enjoy the ones Rivka has collected.

Mar
19
Mon
2018
Next Stage Cooking Class: VIETNAMESE COOKING
Mar 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Next Stage Cooking Class: VIETNAMESE COOKING @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Please join us for an evening of Vietnamese Cooking and explore this healthy clean cuisine with great flavors, taught by Linda Stavely. Linda helped start the Common Ground restaurant in Brattleboro, started and ran The Portable Feast at the Colony Mill Marketplace in Keene, and has been teaching cooking classes in the Keene area for many years. Her classes are fun and informative!

This is a hands on class, where we will cook and dine together (wine included)!

Vietnamese Cooking

Date: Monday, March 19th
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $65

Instructor: Linda Stavely
Limit: 12

 MENU

~ Fresh Spring Rolls (filled with veggies, seafood and/or sausage)
~ Chicken Pho (Vietnamese chicken soup
~ Fried Rice with Crab and Vegetables
~ Stir-fried Pork Balls with Vegetables and Noodles
~ Bananas with Coconut Milk Custard

 Beverages: Wine will be served

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

Mar
24
Sat
2018
Bread & Puppet Theater: The Basic Bye-bye Show
Mar 24 @ 7:30 pm
Bread & Puppet Theater: The Basic Bye-bye Show @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Bread & Puppet Theater returns to Next Stage in Putney, Saturday, March 24th with a new play, The Basic Bye-bye Show, a poem on transformation, inspired by Dürer’s apocalyptic woodcuts, Brahms’ “4 Serious Songs,” and the daily news.

In The Basic Bye-bye Show a series of quiet object fantasies unfolds in black, white, and grey inside a small fabric stage printed with elementary words — “Resist,” “Bread,” “Yes,” “Sky,” “Riot,” “Byebye.”  Outside, an orchestra of nonsense instruments arises, spins, and recedes. A birch forest grows. Sculpted clouds produce hands, chairs, and rain. The storm passes. The episodes that make up The Basic Byebye Show develop in abstract counterpoint to periodic handkerchief-assisted “basic byebyes” to various brutal unnecessities of our current politics.

B&P director, Peter Schumann, says of the show: “The Basic Bye-bye Show is based on the fact that our culture is saying its basic bye-bye to Mother Earth by continuing the devastating effects of the global economy on our planet – which is why our show proclaims the Possibilitarian’s basic bye-bye to capitalism in order to welcome the 1000 alternatives to this rotten system.”

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.

Apr
7
Sat
2018
Moonlight Davis Sings the Music of Stevie Wonder
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm
Moonlight Davis Sings the Music of Stevie Wonder @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Moonlight Davis will appear at Next Stage on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Next Stage at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, available online at www.nextstagearts.org, 3 weeks in advance of show at Turn It Up in Brattleboro, and the Putney Coop. Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vermont.

One of New England’s most powerful and soulful vocalists, Moonlight Davis has been thrilling audiences for decades with his compelling renditions of soul, gospel, blues and jazz repertoire. Moonlight is well known for the intense emotional impact and mature musicality that he brings to every performance. Moonlight has shared the stage with the late, legendary Billy Preston and has performed with local musical luminaries: Charles Neville, Samirah Evans, Evelyn Harris, Miro Sprague and Derrik Jordan, among others. Since 1992, he has performed with his wife Morning Star Chenven in the musical duo, “Moonlight and Morning Star”.

For this special event, Moonlight turns his focus to the music of the legendary Stevie Wonder, presenting a high-energy concert with a world class band. Musical director Miro Sprague has assembled a group of extraordinary musicians with extensive national and international touring experience. The band and backup singers fuel the fire of Moonlight’s electrifying interpretations of Wonder’s classic material. At a recent sold out show in Massachusetts they had audiences dancing in the streets.  Get your tickets early, this show will sell out!

Moonlight Davis – Lead Vocals

Miro Sprague – Musical Director /Piano/Keyboards

Jason Ennis – Guitar

Jon Suters – Bass

Conor Meehan – Drums

with special guests

Don Anderson – Trumpet

Doug Tanner – Harmonica

Backing Vocalists “The Wonder Women Trio”

Morning Star Chenven

Lou Leelyn

Laurie Didonato

The newly-renovated, fully-accessible Next Stage is at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT (across from the General Store). There will be a beer/wine cash bar.

Apr
14
Sat
2018
Patty Larkin’s CD release concert
Apr 14 @ 7:30 pm
Patty Larkin’s CD release concert @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Next Stage Arts Project presents Patty Larkin in a special CD release concert at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Tickets are $22 in advance $25 at the door, available online, through the Next Stage website (www.nextstagearts.org) or 3 weeks in advance of show at the Putney Co-op or Turn It Up in Brattleboro. Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT, and features a newly-renovated, accessible performance space.

Patty Larkin is a true phenomenon among singer/songwriters in the American folk music scene today. She redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. The New York Times describes her as “A virtuoso guitar player and mood-shaper…She is also a superb slide guitarist whose mature work is comparable to the best of Bonnie Rait and Lucinda Williams.” “Riveting” says the Chicago Tribune, “hypnotic”, Entertainment Weekly and a “drop dead brilliant performer”, Performing Songwriter.

Patty Larkin is part of the urban-folk/pop music phenomenon that spun off of the singer/songwriter explosion of the seventies, reinterpreting traditional folk melodies, rock, pop, bossa nova, drawing on anything from Dylan (Bob) to Dylan (Thomas). A self-described “guitar-driven songwriter”, Larkin has wound her way through soundscapes of evocative vocals, inventive guitar wizardry and imaginative lyrics. Her songs run from impressionistic poetry to witty wordplay.

On her new project, Song Poems, slated for release in 2018, Larkin reflects:

I have been energized by the poets, writers and artists I have met while teaching, and find myself on a journey to break down some of the predictable pathways that songs can travel. I have begun my writing days by reading the work of my favorite poets. I sit in hotel rooms, in my studio, at my kitchen table and recite the lines out loud. I look at poetry the way I look at nature. It feeds my imagination like water. Over time, my morning ritual evolved into the desire to sing some of my favorite poems. By singing the words, I have been able to follow the poet’s mind where I would never have traveled alone. As a songwriter, the song form, the frame, can be restrictive. My task in songwriting has been to find the freedom within the form. To push the sides out and stretch it. But to set someone else’s words to music is to be freed from songwriting form, freed from the necessity of rhyming lines, making choruses or building bridges. Poems can do all of that, of course, but it happens in a different way. Lines in poems can stretch musically into another measure, or can appear as a wisp of melody that overlaps in the background. In short: anything is possible, and so, after writing songs since age 11, I sit in my studio with a “beginner’s mind.” Rhythm, cadence, song form, style, all of the elements of songwriting become more malleable when I set a poem to music.

 Song Poems, a collection of poems I have spontaneously, organically set to song. The process has inspired me in my own songwriting, and has reignited my love for the sound of words. The act of making music from poetry has been a very joyful one.   And what a beautiful thing it is to make a joyful noise.

 Winner of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 2017 and ArtPlace America in 2014, Next Stage Arts Project has gained national recognition as a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney’s cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage.

Since its founding in early 2011, NSAP has hosted dozens events including classical, folk, and popular music concerts, films, spoken word and theater. Folk artists appearing have included Jonathan Edwards, Cheryl Wheeler, Chris Smither, John McCutcheon and Tony Trischka.

Apr
21
Sat
2018
Cantrip and Lindsay Straw at Next Stage
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm
Cantrip and Lindsay Straw at Next Stage @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of traditional and contemporary Celtic music featuring high energy bagpipes/fiddle/guitar trio Cantrip and folksinger/multi-instrumentalist Lindsay Straw at Next Stage on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 pm.  The concert celebrates Cantrip’s 20th anniversary, with the band performing a mix of brand new music, as well as their entire 2001 album “Silver.”

From the strong base of its Celtic roots, Cantrip branches out into the music of other European cultures.  Weaving together songs and tunes, Dan Houghton, Jon Bews and Eric McDonald take an audience on a cultural journey, putting their own spin on each style.  Known for their innovative arrangements, un-produced sound and dry wit, Cantrip has toured throughout Scotland and the US, expanding the boundaries of Celtic music along the way.

Cantrip sprung from a local music session in Edinburgh, Scotland sixteen years ago. The band name is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell or piece of mischief, and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in the trio’s musical arrangements as well as the compelling potency of their musicianship.  Dan Houghton (bagpipes, flute, whistles, guitar, vocals) was born in Ghana, but was transported to Scotland shortly thereafter, where he was surrounded by the indigenous music.  He has won the Scottish Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society Open Borderpipes and New Composition events, as well as the Maitre de Cornemuse at St. Chartier.  Jon Bews (fiddle, vocals) came to Scots music from a classical education by way of Goth rock.  He has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Malinky, James Yorkston, Mikel Urdangarin, Ranarim, Deaf Mutes and Samling.  As a US native, Eric McDonald (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, vocals) found his way to traditional music through the rich local music scene in Boston, and studies with guitarist/mandolinist John McGann and cellist Eugene Friesen at Berklee College of Music.

“Cantrip must have one of the strongest group personalities on the folk circuit. Their presentation is all energy as they channel modern swoops & slides of sound into the traditional repertoire. Their music comes from wild landscapes & wild places of the spirit.”  – The Orcadian

“One of the most intriguing sounds in Celtic music today. An instrumental sound that travels from the darkness to the light. An unmistakable and enormously versatile style. Cantrip both has its feet solidly in tradition, and sees innovation clearly from where it is standing.” – Celtic Beat Magazine

Ballads have been a source of inspiration for Lindsay Straw since her childhood in Montana, but she truly grew into the art while studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  There she began to tie together the threads of the traditions she was most passionate about – English, Scottish, Irish and American songcraft.  Accompanying herself on guitar and bouzouki, Lindsay has toured throughout the US, Ireland and England.