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STRATTON

Stratton Mountain School to screen 'Face of Winter'

Stratton Mountain School's annual Summit Series is back for 2019, featuring film for the first time. The series kicks off on at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, with Warren Miller's "Face of Winter," featuring world-class skiers — including SMS's own Sophie Caldwell (Nordic '08), Jessie Diggins (SMS T2), and Simi Hamilton (SMS T2) — as they train like champions.

Loving the pure joys of winter is something we have in common with the late, great Warren Miller — who helped create and capture the magic of skiing. This fall, Face of Winter, the 69th installment from Warren Miller Entertainment presented by Volkswagen, will bring new and veteran athletes together to pay tribute to the man who started it all. Follow along and celebrate a life lived in high places by joining in on the Stratton Mountain School campus on Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

For more information, visit gosms.org/summit-series, or call 802.856.1120.

Stratton Mountain School is an independent boarding and day school that focuses on college preparatory academics and competitive winter sports. Located at the base of Stratton Mountain, SMS serves students in grades 7-12.

BRATTLEBORO

Hooker-Dunham will hold auditions for 'Gaslight'

Vermont Theatre Company will host auditions for a production of "Gaslight" by Patrick Hamilton on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6pm and Saturday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. at the Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. The production will be directed by James Gelter, produced by Justin Fetterman, and will perform May 3-5 and May 10-12.

"Gaslight," sometimes known as "Angel Street," is a victorian thriller written in 1938. The play brought about the term gaslighting, which means "to manipulate someone by psychological means into questioning their own sanity."

Bella feels she is losing her grip on reality. This theory is propagated by her husband, Jack, who accuses her of being responsible for a series of strange incidents that have happened in their home. When the eccentric Detective Rough reveals to her that these incidents are not her fault, but are truly evidence of her husband's brutal crimes, Bella must find a way to bring Jack to justice.

The audition will be in the form of a group workshop. All auditioners will be required to arrive at the beginning of the workshop with a small passage of text memorized. The text, and a breakdown of the characters, can be found on Vermont Theatre Company's Facebook page and at vermonttheatrecompany.org. If you plan on auditioning or have any questions, email the director, jamesgelter@gmail.com, with the subject line "Gaslight."

Vermont Theatre Company is a non-profit community theater serving the greater Brattleboro area.

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BRATTLEBORO

Northern Roots Festival returns Jan. 26 & 27

The Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival returns Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26 and 27, with music, dance and celebration.

Now a cornerstone of the traditional music calendar in New England, the Northern Roots Festival, directed by Keith Murphy, continues to offer a unique showcase of a variety of northern musical traditions including Irish, Scottish, English and French Canadian. The festival musters the local talent in the Brattleboro area as well as a select roster of regional guests.

The Festival begins Saturday at noon with a full slate of daytime participation and performance activities at the Brattleboro Music Center, including workshops, panels, mini-concerts, a dance band class, and more. Also offered is a special "family track," which includes a concert and a dance for all ages.

The evening gala concert at 7:30 p.m. caps the day, as featured musicians take the stage, including Dominique Dodge, Owen Marshall and Jenna Moynihan, David Surette and Flynn Cohen, Becky Tracy and Rachel Bell, along with Traddleboro 2019.

The Festival continues Sunday from 1 to 5:30 p.m. with a boisterous series of participatory sessions - pub singing, French Canadian and Irish tune jamming - at the local pub, McNeill's Brewery.

For more information, visit the BMC website at bmcvt.org or call 802-257-4523.

PUTNEY

Sunny Lowdown to perform at Next Stage

Next Stage Arts Project presents The Next Stage Juke Joint Blues & BBQ with 2018 Blues Blast Music Award nominee Sunny Lowdown and The Ice Cream Men at the Next Stage Caf , 15 Kimball Hill, on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 pm.

Sunny Lowdown plays a raw, deep blues, drawing from the music of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and R.L. Burnside. Sunny was only 16 when he played his first professional gig backing John Lee Hooker. He has since worked with many of his favorite blues musicians: Howlin' Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin, Muddy Waters pianist Pinetop Perkins, Chicago blues legends Otis Rush and George "Wild Child" Butler, Fat Possum recording artists R.L. Burnside and Cedell Davis, and others.

Before acquiring the nickname "Sunny Lowdown," Sunny had achieved renown as Louie X. Erlanger, guitarist for the group Mink DeVille, during which time Mick Jagger called him one of his favorite guitarists. His guitar playing can be heard in many feature films and TV shows, including the popular Showtime series "Billions," and graced the theme song to Vermont radio's "Green Mountain Mornings." Sunny's latest release, "Down Loaded," which was nominated for a 2018 Blues Blast Music Award, continues the tradition he began with his critically acclaimed first CD, "The Blues Volume Low," which was selected as "Blues CD Of The Year" by Spokane Public Radio. "Down Loaded" contains seven tracks penned by Sunny, and five traditional tracks reaching back to bluesmen like Li'l Son Jackson, J.B. Lenoir and Lightnin' Hopkins. It is soulful, heartfelt blues that takes its time and only says what needs to be said — not a word or note more. The Ice Cream Men are Ben Carr, drums, Luke Houk, bass, and Paul Nadeau, keyboards.

Admission is $10 in advance available online at nextstagearts.org or by suggested donation at the door. Top of The Hill Grill will provide the BBQ, beginning at 6 p.m. Next Stage offers a beer and wine cash bar, and there will be a dance floor. For more information, visit info@nextstagearts.org.


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