Women's Film Festival to present films from around the world

This year's The 25th annual Women's Film Festival, a Women's Freedom Center fundraiser, kicks-off with a joyful gala on Friday, March 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the New England Youth Theatre. The gala will begin with a reception of champagne and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a screening of the film – "Mavis!" – a spirited and captivating bio-doc that entwines rarely-seen archival material, newly filmed interviews and live performances to celebrate gospel/soul singer Mavis Staples' life. The festival will present a total of 38 films from around the world this year – 25 full-length and 13 shorts directed by, and about women. Over the course of two weeks, beginning with an opening night gala on Friday, March 11 and continuing to Sunday, March 20, 17 documentaries, seven feature films and 14 shorts will be screened at the New England Youth Theatre.

Festival highlights include "Mustang," and "Something Better to Come." Find film information, trailers and schedule at www.womensfilmfestival.org.

Tickets for movies will be $8.50 for general admission, $7.50 for students/seniors. A five-movie pass is available for $35. Passes may be purchased at Everyone's Books in Brattleboro and World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield or online through Paypal at womensfreedomcenter.net. Put "film pass" in the message line and they will be mailed to you, or by calling the Women's Freedom Center at 802-257-7364.


Tickets for the gala are $30 and are being sold now – to purchase online: go to womensfreedomcenter.net – click the donate button, put "gala ticket" in the message line and we'll mail them out to you call the Women's Freedom Center 802-257-7364 or email:advocates@womensfreedomcenter.net

The New England Youth Theatre is located at 100 Flat St., Brattleboro.

Creative Black Tie by the Southern Vermont Young Professionals

The Creative Black Tie Gala is the first event of its kind in Southern Vermont that brings together community members of all ages to celebrate and support our young professionals; all of the proceeds from the event will be used to expand and enrich the programs and networks they've worked so hard to create. The event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 7:30 to 11 p.m.

With food catered by The Porch Too, beverages by Hermit Thrush and Saxtons River Distillery, and music by a variety of local musicians, this night intends to celebrate not only young professionals, but the businesses and organizations that are fueled and run by them. There will be a raffle, featuring prizes from Trinity Botanicals, Whetstone Station, Hermit Thrush Brewery, and the Mount Snow Naturespa.

Proudly presented by Southern Vermont Young Professionals with partners Brattleboro Museum & Art Center and Mondo Mediaworks.

Tickets available at youngprosgala.eventbrite.com. Tickets are $10 for one, and $15 for two.

Apron Theater's 'Other Desert Cities' in new Next Stage

Next Stage Arts Project and The Apron Theater Company present "Other Desert Cities" by Jon Robin Baitz on March 17,18, 19, 20* and 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 20. Tickets are $15, general admission, available online at www.nextstagearts.org, by phone reservation at 802-387-0071 or at the door. This will be Apron's first production in Next Stage's newly-renovated performance space at 15 Kimball Hill, which is now fully accessible, with an elevator and listening assist systems. There is comfortable seating, excellent sightlines and acoustics.

Set in Palm Springs over Christmas weekend, "Other Desert Cities" centers on the powerful Wyeth family. Patriarch Lyman Wyeth, (played by Michael Kennedy) an actor-turned-ambassador during the Reagan administration, and matriarch Polly, (Christopher Coutant) a former screenwriter, are set to celebrate the holidays with their adult children. Without informing her parents, daughter Brooke Wyeth, (Bridget McBride) a once-promising novelist, has written a memoir exposing painful family secrets. Her brother, Trip, (Greg Lesch) the creator of a hit TV reality series, tries to stay out of the crossfire as their alcoholic aunt, Polly's sister Silda, (Diana Stugger) eggs Brooke on. In a series of confrontations, the Wyeths sift through conflicting memories of the past and face serious choices about how to go forward.

For more information contact: Maria Basescu, Executive Director, 802-387-0102 or nextstagearts@gmail.com.