MET Live in HD and National Theatre Live Start 2013-2014 Season at The Latchis Theatre

The Latchis Theatre is excited to announce that tickets for the 2013-2014 Metropolitan Opera Live in HD are on sale now in addition to our new offerings of the National Theatre Live on Sundays, following certain MET Live in HD Saturdays. Please see the following schedule and note that there will be no MET Live in HD encores.

October 5 EUGENE ONEGIN (Tchaikovsky) – New Production Start time 1:00. Run Time 4 hrs 4 min.

Acclaimed English director Deborah Warner’s new production of the romantic tragedy conducted by Valery Gergiev. Anna Netrebko as Tatiana and Mariusz Kwiecien as the self-confident Eugene Onegin in a much-admired interpretation he has sung in many of the world’s leading Opera houses. The Sunday Telegraph praised it’s “mixture of haunting visual and emotional impact: cutting straight to the heart of the work…”

New Climate Change Report Says Your Kids Will Live a Hot Life

The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate change report is out and .

According to, a child born today could see temperature rises of up to 6.3°C in its lifetime – enough to bring catastrophic impacts to the planet if he or she lives to be in their mid 90’s.

They report that we have major changes to go through, as “humans cannot burn all of the coal, oil and gas reserves that countries and companies possess” without causing significant damage to the habitability of the planet.

Blow Back for An Empire

Blow back for an Empire


drones swoop over Pakistan

incessant buzzing death

faceless killers buzzing death

American killer buzzing death

incessant buzzing death

The Letter, The Book, and The Print

On Thursday October 3rd at 5pm, David Walter’s Master Craft Gallery hosts the opening of “The Letter, the Book, and the Print”

The exhibition features the work of three esteemed local artisans: Julia Ferrari, Abigail Jones, and Brian Cohen who are among a small handful of individuals globally who work to master the arts of letterpressing, bookbinding, and printmaking.

Julia Ferrari has spent 33 years exploring the art of language and the book. She works by hand at the arts of punchcutting, letterpress (for which she designs and hand-cut her own letters), prints, and binding. She is also a poet.

The Complete Cycle of Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Cello In Two Concerts in One Day


On Sunday, September 29, the Brattleboro Music Center’s 2013-14 concert season opens with an exceptional performance of the complete cycle of Beethoven’s sonatas and variations for piano and cello.

World renowned musicians, cellist Sharon Robinson and pianist Benjamin Hochman, will play Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano, five sonatas and three sets of variations, in two concerts, 3 pm & 7pm, at Centre Congregational Church in Brattleboro, VT. 

A Lifetime of Vermont People – Talk and Exhibit at Brooks Library

A Lifetime of Vermont People  
Exhibit all October
Talk on Wednesday, October 09, 2013, 7 pm – 9 pm

Frog Hollow, the nations first state craft center, presents a traveling exhibit A Lifetime of Vermont People – A bold glimpse of the rural people who gave Vermont its character as documented over 60 years by the photographer-writer Peter Miller.

This tour coincides with the release of Peter Miller’s new book of the same title and focuses on Vermont Libraries as community hubs to tell the tale of the writing of the book which explores the changing culture of Vermont over the past half century.

Poetry 180 at the Brattleboro Literary Festival

Poetry 180 at the Brattleboro Literary Festival 
Thursday, October 03, 2013, 7 pm –  9 pm

The Brattleboro Literary Festival was founded in 2002.  Since then the festival has gone on to present nearly 300 authors, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, Newbery Medal, and the Caldecott Medal.

Since 2003–the first year of Vermont Reads, which featured Brattleboro’s Newbury Award Winning resident Karen Hesse and her book,  Witness–Vermont Reads program has been an integral part of the Festival.

The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England

Photographer Paul Wainwright will present at talk on New England’s colonial meetinghouses.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Using photographs of the few surviving “mint condition” meetinghouses as illustrations Wainwright will tell the story of the society that built and used them, and the lasting impact they have had on American culture.

Vernon Flood, 1936

I just ran across this article


Vernon, VT Dam Burst & Flood, Mar 1936. Big Vermont Dam Goes Out; Deaths In Its Path Feared.

BOSTON, Mass., March 18, 1936 (AP).—A $1,000,000 dam at Vernon, Vt., went roaring out before the force of the flood swollen Connecticut River Wednesday night. State police announced as they ordered everybody out of the valley below.

150 Years Ago (1863 09/24)

Brattleboro, Sept. 24th,1863.

It is a mystery to me why I am here. While I was writing the foregoing sheet I received order to pack my knapsack and go to Brattleboro. In two minutes from that time I was on my way to the boat stopped over night in Boston reached here last night. The captain that came on with me knew no more about it than I did. He said Major Jarvis had orders from Major Austin to send me back.

Author Elly Griffiths at Everyone’s Books

English author Elly Griffiths will be at Everyone’s Books on Monday, September 23 at 4:30 pm to discuss her new novel, A Dying Fall. With baby Kate in tow and Cathbad the Druid to help, Forensic Archeologist Ruth Galloway heads off to Lancashire to investigate the death of a friend as well as the momentous discovery he said he had made.

Ms. Griffiths will also be available to sign books.

Common Core Curriculum: National Standards or Corporate School Reform?

This year, Brattleboro’s schoolchildren and their teachers will be working within the new national curriculum, known by most as Common Core.  The Common Core Curriculum, or CCSS, has been adopted by 46 states, Vermont among them.  It will replace the regional and state curriculums now in place, and usher in a new era of standards-driven education aimed at creating graduates who are ready for “the global economy.”

What is this thing called Common Core, who created it, what are its goals, and why are so many people, including and especially teachers and parents,  against it?

150 Years Ago (1863 09/22)

Long Island, Boston Harbor,

Sept. 22d, 1863

Dear wife,

I received your letter this morning. I was truly glad to hear from you, for I had begun to feel uneasy about not hearing from you, but it made my heart jump when I received it, but when I perused it and found that you were all well I felt better, but do not sit up too late to write to me. I had rather not hear quite as often. I am so afraid that you will make yourself sick. I am on guard again so that I have time to write you this afternoon, but tonight comes the lonely time.

About those photographs, I had them taken from the old plate at Montpelier. I found Dr. Watson at work there and left the money with him and am glad he has sent them on so faithfully. I do not care who you give one of them to. I thought I would have him send two, as they cost but 50 cents apiece and the postage.

BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 9/23/13

BCTV Ch. 8 Schedule for the week of 9/23/13

                   Monday September 23                

12:00 am      ILEAD Summer Lecture Series: Hiding Behind my iPhone

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       The Road to Recovery: Young Adults in Recovery

5:00 am       Decommissioning Entergy Vermont Yankee

6:00 am       For the Animals: Blessing of the Animals

Weekend Concert Series: Blue Oyster Cult

Blue Oyster Cult are a lot like Babe Ruth – many home runs, and a lot of strike outs. When examining their musical output, you have to dig through a ton of dirt to get to the gold. However, when Blue Oyster Cult hit a home run, they hit it out of the park. 

Their origins date all the way back to 1967 and they have been recording and performing ever since. In fact, I had the opportunity of seeing them live when they played the Colonial Theatre in Keene a few years back. Blue Oyster Cult were intelligent, highly proficient musically, and at times, rocked harder than almost any other band. For this weekend’s concert, I have included Youtube cuts of 5 of my favorite Blue Oyster Cult ragers, enjoy:

Free Demo “Spanish Together” Class September 25th

“Spanish Together” classes are a great way to learn Spanish with your child. As a result of so many parents wishing that they could enroll in Spanish classes with their children, we’ve designed a class for children ages birth-5 and their parents!

Class is comprised of songs, movement, gestures, and music from Latin America.

It’s never too early (or too late) to start learning Spanish!

A Heavenly Report from the Latchis

The Latchis Theatre construction project is making great strides, with exciting developments everyday.

The Heavenly portion of the program is complete… and completely magnificent.

Before we leave The Heavens, here are some final images from above the staging.

The ceiling is smooth and whole.

New Class! Mini-Mozarts for Ages 5-7

Mini Mozarts is a composition and singing based theory class that focuses on learning the basics of rhythm, melody, and harmony through a hands-on, creative approach. The young musicians will experiment with sounds in order to achieve a deeper understanding of how music is constructed. We will march, clap, and play games to learn about how rhythm, tempo, and time signatures affect musical expression. Students will learn about scales by creating their own, then describing what those scales sound like. Students will also experiment with harmony by discovering how different notes sound while played together. At the end of each class, we will take time to write our own individual compositions based on what we learned that day. On the last day of class, each student will get to go home with a book of their original music!

New Journal of the Plague by Namaya

by Namaya

 New Journal Of The Plague on Amazon. Published by Unlimited Publishing.

 This book is a penetrating first person memoir by a male nurse and Vietnam era veteran who worked with AIDS patients at a Veterans hospital in NYC in the early ‘nineties. Though set in the first years of the epidemic, one reader has said, “This book will stand among the classic tales of illness and healing.”