Wendy M. Levy

Gizmo, one of the lead characters in the horror comedy classic “Gremlins,” which will be screened at Epsilon Spires in Brattleboro on Dec. 22.

A sci-fi/horror/comedy classic returns to the big screen

Epsilon Spires celebrates the season with the 1984 darkly funny Christmas film. And ugly sweaters.

This year, Epsilon Spires presents a Christmas event worthy of its reputation. Pop culture, satire, and unusual music fill the bill on Friday, Dec. 22, when the downtown arts organization will screen the comedy-horror hit, Gremlins.

Guests are encouraged to wear their best - or worst - ugly holiday sweater to win gift certificates to local businesses and other prizes. Mulled cider, eggnog, and other seasonal treats will be served.

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Looking forward to seeing Dunklee around (and sneaking up in the pancake line)

Now that I'm no longer a regular reporter at this newspaper, it's probably OK for me to admit this in public: One of my favorite assignments was interviewing Lester Dunklee. Oh, but I sure was intimidated. (Not that that stopped me, of course.) I moved to Brattleboro in 1994.

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‘The problem is unrestrained capitalism’

Epsilon Spires presents ‘They Live,’ John Carpenter’s 1988 anti-consumerist cult-classic film — on Black Friday

Which holiday is scarier: Halloween or Black Friday? If you answered the latter, you may find comfort and fellowship on Friday, Nov. 24, when arts organization Epsilon Spires screens John Carpenter's anti-consumerist cri de coeur, They Live. Described as a science fiction action horror film, They Live stars Roddy...

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Three bands with N.E. roots push boundaries of styles, genres

In honor of the vintage English nursery rhyme ("Thursday's child has far to go"), Epsilon Spires presents a midweek lineup on Thursday, Oct. 19, of three far-ranging musical acts, each one pushing the boundaries of song styles and genres. The common denominator? All earned the bulk of their musical cred in New England. Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang of Damon & Naomi began playing music together in the late 1980s as the rhythm section, co-songwriters, and sometimes singers, with guitarist...

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‘An unparalleled journey of evocative mythic imagery’

Epsilon Spires - in the spirit of its tagline, "Rewarding the Curious" - will present an evening of interesting music for interesting people on Saturday, Sept. 23, when Daniel Higgs and Chris Weisman bring their respective multidisciplinary, genre-crossing performances to the Sanctuary of 190 Main St. Perhaps best known as the singer and lyricist of the band Lungfish, Higgs, of Baltimore, has been observing and participating in various underground sub-scenes for over four decades, sharing poems, songs, and paintings. His...

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Wendy M. Levy: ‘Libraries match my ethics and values’

Hello, neighbors. I am excited to be on this year's Town Meeting ballot as a library trustee. I believe my leadership skills, my love for libraries, and my knowledge of how crucial they are to a community make me an excellent addition to the Rockingham Free Public Library's Board of Trustees. I moved to Bellows Falls from Brattleboro in April, 2022, and I am so glad I did. One of my favorite things about living here is the Rockingham Free...

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Use public funds for people’s basic needs, not rent-a-cops

Nancy Braus recommends that the town of Brattleboro hire “private security” to patrol the streets of downtown. This is a predictable trajectory. Downtown Brattleboro already has a fountain, a sketchy parking garage, shops selling items I can't afford, and an ugly glassed-in food court. I guess the only thing missing to complete its transformation into an upscale mall is a posse of rent-a-cops. But can't we get gaggles of goth teenagers, a Cinnabon, and some escalators first? All Gen-X snark...

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Hashim: the qualities of a leader

When I look at the ballot, I cast my votes using a sort of mathematical equation for each candidate: supports my values + has “lived experience” to inform their values + has public service or leadership experience + shows integrity + listens to a variety of opinions + educates themselves to develop their own opinions. In adding all of this up, I have (easily) come to the conclusion that I'm voting for Nader Hashim for state Senate. When I was...

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