CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Sunday, January
BRATTLEBORO "The Return of Martin Guerre": Express Fluency (the language school), and Latchis Arts team up to offer this classic film starring Gerard Depardieu and Nathalie Baye. 4 p.m. Afterwards, the public is invited to converse informally in English about the film at Express Fluency, 8 Flat St. By donation. Proceeds shared by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) and Latchis Arts. Latchis (Films), 50 Main St. Information: 802-246-1500; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO "Broadcast News" (Journalism Film and Discussion Series): Starring Holly Hunter, Albert Brooks, and William Hurt, this 1987 dramatic comedy took place during a period of transition for broadcast journalism. It was the last decade, before the rise of the internet and 24-hour cable news channels, when the news operations of the three major television networks delivered both prestige and profits and tens of millions watched the evening news each night. But many of the pioneers of television news in '50s and '60s were leaving the scene, and a new generation of broadcast journalists were taking over. Selling the sizzle, not the steak, became the new goal of television news. Along the way, the film slides in some bigger topics, such as journalistic ethics, the clash of profits with news gathering, and why the "pretty boys" seem to get all the career breaks in TV news. This series is produced by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library, Brooks Memorial Library, The Commons, the Brattleboro Reformer, and the Latchis Theater. 4 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Latchis (Films), 50 Main St. Information: 802-246-1500; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Ukulele-in-a-Day! with Lisa McCormick: Quick-start intensive for beginners. Learn how to tune, how to strum, proper positioning, easy and powerful chords that work magic together, how to make smooth chord transitions, and the skills you’ll need to be able to play tons of fun and easy songs. No musical background required. Take-home handbook included, with all info from the workshop, songs to play, and more. Ukuleles available to use for the day. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $125. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Reserve your spot: bit.ly/UkeDay.
SAXTONS RIVER Fireside Chat: The Back-to-the-Land Movement in VT: Peter Gould, author of "Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm," moved to Guilford in the 1970s at the height of the desire of young people to get back to their roots and live a simpler life. With the help of locals, they learned forgotten skills as they struggled to balance their peaceful communal life with the chaos brought on the rest of the country by the Vietnam War. Although they didn't know it, the new farmers were to have an impact on the future of agriculture on Vermont as they provided the early impetus for the rise of organic farming and sustainable food production in the state. Attendees are invited to share their own experiences, photos, artifacts and stories related to the topic of the evening. Offered by Main Street Arts and the Saxtons River Historical Society. 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. in the dining room. Free; donations accepted. Saxtons River Inn and Restaurant, 27 Main St. Information: 802-869- 2110.
BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Mary Ellen Cannon. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations welcome. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: www.brattleborocircledance.org.