Epsilon Spires Presents ‘ Fahrenheit 451 ’
Epsilon Spires and the Brattleboro Literary Festival team up to present a new series that will showcase film adaptations of banned books . The first film , Truffaut ’ s classic Fahrenheit 451 , will be screened on December 1 at 7:30pm in the Sanctuary at Epsilon Spires , 190 Main Street . Admission is free for anyone who presents a copy of Fahrenheit 451 at the door or shows a library card from Brooks Memorial Library . The film and book will be introduced by screenwriter and producer Tim Metcalfe and writer and film buff Tom Bedell . Popcorn and refreshments provided !
Fahrenheit 451 is a 1966 dystopian sci-fi film directed by French New-Wave Auteur François Truffaut , starring Julie Christie , Oskar Werner , and Cyril Cusack . Based on the 1953 novel by Ray Bradbury , set within a tightly controlled future where the government deploys “ firemen ” to incinerate all literature to prevent any independent thinking that books would encourage that could come to question or challenge the established order . Fahrenheit 451 presents a disconnected society where technology and media creates a pacifying virtual world far from the disturbing truths of reality . Bradbury portrays television and mass media as a distracting veil that obscures real experience and interferes with the viewers ’ ability to think deeply about societal issues or act with agency over their own lives . Ironically , Fahrenheit 451 has faced multiple censorship and banning attempts throughout the years , primarily for vulgarity and discussions about drugs , but also for going against religious beliefs . epsilonspires . org .
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The Weston Winter Cabaret
Weston ’ s beloved tradition - A Weston Winter Cabaret - is back for its 6th rendition , with new songs on December 1 and 2 at Walker Farm in Weston , VT ! Join King of the Cabaret Tim Fort and former Young Company members Matthew Pitts , Grace Martini , Bella Muller , Ana Laura Santana , and Allie Seibold ( among other TBA guests !) for a hilarious , tastefully irreverent night of comedy . BYOB ( no hard alcohol , please ) and laugh the night away ! Proceeds generated from the Cabaret will benefit next year ’ s Young Company Tour . Your attendance will ensure that we can bring free professional theater to towns across Central and Southern Vermont .
Clark Art Institute Events
Symposium : On November 30 from 9am to 5pm , the Clark ’ s symposium British Art 1750 – 1919 : Reflections and Futures is presented in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Manton Research Center building , which is the home to the Clark ’ s gallery dedicated to British art . Free . A 5pm reception in the Michael Conforti Pavilion precedes the event . The symposium presents an opportunity to reflect on the Manton Collection of British Art , assembled by Sir Edwin A . G . Manton and his wife Florence , Lady Manton , over the course of some sixty years . In 2007 , the Manton Foundation made a transformative gift to the Clark of more than 300 British paintings , drawings , and prints , constituting the most significant addition of art to the Clark since it was founded in 1955 . The addition of the Manton Collection dramatically enhanced the significance and visibility of the Clark ’ s holdings of British art .
Free Gallery Tours : On December 1 at 10:15am , the Clark hosts a tour of its permanent collection galleries for new parents / caregivers and infants . The event is free . Participants should meet at the Clark ’ s main Admissions desk . In this special program , new parents and caregivers bring their infants into the galleries for a guided visit and the opportunity to socialize with other community members in a casual environment . The informal tour includes a unique look at the Clark ’ s permanent collection , featuring an array of works by a variety of artists . Each month offers a different selection of artworks . Best suited for adults with pre-toddlers . Strollers and front-carrying baby carriers are welcome .
Holiday Walk Weekend : The Clark joins in the community-wide celebration of the holidays during Williamstown ’ s 40th Annual Holiday Walk weekend , held the first weekend in December . The Clark kicks off the festivities on December 1 with a live concert by Johnny Irion and U . S . Elevator . On December 2 , the Clark hosts art-making activities and horse-drawn carriage rides . The Institute ’ s popular First Sundays Free program continues on December 3 . Offering free admission to the galleries and special exhibitions from 10am to 5pm , the day also features a series of light-themed special activities from 1pm to 4pm , and a special production by Williamstown Theatre Festival ( WTF ) at 3pm of Sammie and Dan : Singing and Holiday Cheer with Samantha Williams and Dan Rudin in the Clark ’ s auditorium , located in the Manton Research Center . Free . Space is limited and advance reservations are strongly encouraged . Secure tickets through the Williamstown Theatre Festival Box Office at wtfestival . org . For more information about all Clark events , visit clarkart . edu / events . For details on Williamstown ’ s Holiday Walk weekend , visit DestinationWilliamstown . org .
10 Vermont News Guide November 27 , 2023