Entertainment briefs


Early Spring Bands Concert at B.U.H.S.

The Brattleboro Union High School Music Department will present an Early Spring Bands Concert on Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in the B.U.H.S. auditorium. No admission will be charged for this concert and the public is warmly invited to attend.

The concert will begin with the Concert Band whose program includes Frank Ticheli's Cajun Folk Songs, Susan Botti's Eye of the Hawk and Samuel Hazo's A Zillion Nickels.

The second group to perform will be Jazz Workshop. They will play Antonio Carlos Jobim's S Dan o Samba, John Coltrane's Mister PC and Eugene Uman's The Stalking of Darkness.

The final ensemble will be the Jazz Band, presenting arrangements of Dexter Gordon's Cheesecake, Mercer Ellington's Things Ain't What They Used to Be, and Brian Setzer's Jumpin' East of Java.

Stephen Rice directs the Concert Band and Jazz Band. Eugene Uman and Rob Freeberg co-direct Jazz Workshop. For more information call 802-451-3511.


'Spirited Away' is this week's Hayao Miyazaki film

Latchis Arts' Movies for Kids series continues with the theme of Miyazaki in March, highlighting the brilliant animated films of Hayao Miyazaki. On Sunday at 11 a.m., the series presents "Spirited Away," at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Admission is by donation.

Over a career that spans more than five decades, Japanese director, producer, writer and artist Hayao Miyazaki has won international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and animator. Film critic Roger Ebert has held Miyazaki up as a maybe the best animated filmmaker of all time.

Released in 2002, "Spirited Away" is a surreal Alice in Wonderland-like tale about a lost little girl. On a family outing 10-year-old Chihiro and her parents pass through a tunnel and discover an abandoned amusement park. When Chihiro's parents discover an empty eatery that smells of fresh food, they eat — and turn into giant pigs. Chihiro learns that this strange place, where all sorts of bizarre gods and monsters reside, is a holiday resort for the supernatural after their exhausting tour of duty in the human world. Soon after befriending a boy named Haku, Chihiro learns the rules of the land and tries to figure out how to leave.

"The result is nothing less than magical, a throwback to the very best of early Disney. If I can't remember the last time I was this enchanted by an animated film, it's because I was too young," wrote critic Jack Matthews of the New York Daily News. Ted Shen of the Chicago Reader called it "enchanting and impressively crafted."

Miyazaki in March continues in March with "My Neighbor Totoro" on March 26.

For more information, visit latchisarts.org or theatre.latchis.com.


Day-long memoir workshop with Pam Bernard

New 8-week sessions beginning mid-March and/or once-a month, day-long sessions, the next scheduled for Sunday, all at Pam Bernard's home in Walpole, NH.

Pam approaches the writing of personal narrative not as family history, but as a learned craft, which, if explored honestly and rigorously, can change your life. As the tide trends toward the fleeting and disposable, an effort to take account of real experience by honoring our unique human predicament becomes crucial. In the face of relentless information overload, we are starved for human stories. But, as Pam suggests, if you don't tell you story, who will?

The workshops are intimate and nurturing, yet rigorous. Included are readings and explorations of craft, several free writes from prompts, and sharing of drafts. You need not have extensive background in the genre, just a willingness to open to its possibilities.

Please visit Pam's web site for information atpambernard.com or email pam@pambernard.com, or call 603-756-4177.


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