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Latchis Arts offers Popular Movies for Kids

Latchis Arts' Popular Movies for Kids series continues in January with a theme of Heroes, Big and Small. Series screenings take place on Sundays at 11:30 a.m., and admission is by donation.

Heroes, Big and Small screenings begin on Jan. 13 with "The Tale of Despereaux." This 2008 film is Rated G and tells the tale of Despereaux, a brave mouse banished to the dungeon, who joins forces with several other unlikely heroes in a story of braveness, forgiveness and redemption, with the ultimate message: what you look like doesn't equal what you are. Common Sense Media recommends it for ages 6 and up, saying this "touching, beautiful tale is an excellent family film."

The series features a hero on a larger scale on Jan. 20 with "Babar: The Movie," a G-rated animated gem from 1989 which brings the famous storybook elephant to life on the big screen. Common Sense Media recommends this film for ages 5 and up, but reminds parents that there is one scene of troubling violence and peril early on.

Celebrating a partnership with the Latchis on the Movies for Kids series, friends from the Brooks Memorial Library will be on hand on Jan. 20 with books to check out and a chance for local youngsters to get their own library cards.

The series concludes on Jan. 27 with "Once Upon a Forest," a 1993 G-rated ecologically-conscious adventure about a badger who inhales toxic fumes and is saved thanks to her forest pals, a mouse, a hedgehog and a mole. The Hartford Courant called it a "pleasing, sweet primer in caring for our flora and fauna." Common Sense Media recommends it for ages 6 and up.

Latchis Arts' Movies for Kids series films continue on Sunday mornings through March. For information, visit

BUHS presents an evening of a cappella

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The Brattleboro Union High School music department will present an evening of a cappella music on at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the BUHS Auditorium.

The concert will feature student arrangements of songs spanning from folk to pop to oldies, presented in small student led ensembles. The BUHS singers will also be joined by independent student led groups Renegade, Spiralia, Shoulder Narrows, and Xpressivo.

This concert culminates a unit in which the 56-member chorus divided into smaller ensembles, led by student leaders and coached by community members and BUHS chorus alumni. Coaches have included Danny Lichtenfeld, Rhys Glennon, Izabel Estrin, Elijah Taylor, Derrick Harnish, and Julia Waldron. For more information call 451-3516.


Library featuring Ely Porter

Ely Porter is the featured Artist of the Month for January at the Wardsboro Public Library.

Porter is a self-taught artist who uses pen, ink, acrylics and whatever is at hand to create what can be described as modern psychedelic illustrations. Heavily influenced by music, esoteric languages and symbols, his signature is always done in the runes of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Born in 1981 in Manitoba, Canada, he has been drawing since he could hold a pencil. Porter currently lives in Wardsboro.

He has done commissioned work for the Massachusetts based band Watercure and did design work for Wicked Good Cookies. Porter's work is shown in the Artrageus1 gallery in Brattleboro and in private collections, barns and libraries in the United States and Canada. He has been exploring collaborative work including a deck of playing cards.

Porter's art will be on display at the library, 170 Main St., during library hours in the month of January. For more information, call 802-896-6988 or visit the library's website


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