Harry Potter Series @ Catamount Performing Arts Center

In the St. Johnsbury area over the next month? The Catamount Performing Arts Center will be holding a screening of each of the Harry Potter films in anticipation of the final installment in the series. Best of all? Tickets are free to the general public!

Here’s the schedule:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Tuesday, June 28th, 10 am
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Thursday, June 30th, 10 am
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Tuesday, July 5th, 10 am
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Thursday, July 7th, 10 am
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Tuesday, July 12th, 10 am
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, Thursday, July 14th, 10 am

It looks to be an excellent opportunity to see the films on the big screen once again. Unfortunately, they’re all in the early morning, but if you’re free, so’re the films!

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Geek Things for June 28th

  • Community Farm Work Day, 4–6PM, Community Farm, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Farms)
  • Public Forum – How Vermont will meet its energy needs far into the future, 6–9PM, Cafeteria, Colchester High School, Colchester. Free. (Energy)
  • Efficiency Vermont Meeting, 8-10am, Board Room. 8–10AM, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington. Free. (Energy)
  • Green Drinks, 6-8pm, Lake Lobby, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington. Free. (Environmentalism)
  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castle)
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’, 10AM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Films)
  • Tuesday Night at the Movies – Nosferatu. A piano player provides accompaniment. Open discussion follows. 7PM, Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield. $8. (Films)
  • Game Day, 9:30–10:30AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Creative Writing Group, 10:30AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. Free. (Writing)
  • Willem Lange & Mary Azarian – A Dream of Dragons: A Saga in Verse, 7PM, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier. Free. (Books)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Quarterstaff Games, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • CliF Presentation, Richford Daycamp, Richford, (Kids)
  • Magnets, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Who Sank the Boat? 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Vermont Book Shop Book Discussion, 7:30 – 11:59pm, 51 Main @ The Bridge, Middlebury. (Books)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive. 12:30-5:30pm, Bethel White Church, Bethel. (Blood Drive)

Geek Things for June 27th

  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castle)
  • Draw Comics!, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Comics)
  • ‘The Future of Indie Films’ – Christine Vachon leads the discussion. 4–6PM, Goddard College, Plainfield. Free. (Films)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Constructed, 7pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Build a Hoopster Gilders, 11:00 a.m. Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Honeybees, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)

Middlebury Town Hall Theater Science Fiction Series

This summer, the Middlebury Town Hall Theater will begin a summer run of science fiction films, with E.T.: The Extraterrestrial screening tonight. According to Shelburne News, the screening is part of a fundraising drive for the 2011-2012 season: “Aliens Demand: Take Me to Your Theater!”. Prior to the film will be a screening of the 1902 French short film ‘A Trip to the Moon‘ with live accompaniment by Aaron Morse.

Films to follow this summer are ‘It Came from Outer Space‘, on August 18th, with a talk by Filmmaker Tim Joy, and with ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind‘ on the big screen on September 1st, with a talk by filmmaker Daniel Frye.

All tickets will be $3, and will be held on their respective nights at 7pm. More information can be found at (802) 382-9222, and you can purchase tickets ahead of time.

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Geek Things for May 12th

  • Raptor Encounter, 11AM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (BirdS)
  • Talk to the Trainer, 2PM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • Lunafest 2011, 6:30PM, Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon. $14-20. (Films)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Karl Decker & Nancy Levine – “The Tour Buses Don’t Stop Here Anymore: The Impacts of and Responses to Social, Economic or Environmental Change on Small Vermont Towns,” 6PM, Pierson Library, Shelburne. Free. (Talk)
  • Keith Pillsbury – Vietnam War and 2008, 3:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (History)
  • Roberta Harold – “Vermont and New York in the Gilded Age,”, 7PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (History)
  • Tim Brookes – “Disappearing Alphabets and the Future of the Written Word,” 7–8PM, Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield. Free. (Language)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive. 12-5:30pm, St. Leo’s Hall, Waterbury. (Blood Drive)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)

Geek Things for April 8th

  • ‘Name That Movie!’, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Films)
  • After School Book Discussion, 3–4PM, Hunt Middle School, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘Alice in Wonderland’, 7PM, H.O. Wheeler Elementary School, Burlington. Free. (Theater)
  • ‘Draw Comics!’, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘The Jungle Book’, 7PM, Rumney Memorial School, Middlesex. $2-4; $10 per family. (Theater)
  • Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski – “The Role of the Liberal Arts in a 21st-Century Education: Dreams and Values.” 2:30PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Talk)
  • ‘Short Clips of Great Trips’, Preregister. 6:15–9:30PM, Doubletree Hotel, South Burlington. $7 minimum donation; cash bar. (Talk)
  • ‘Eurydice’, 8PM, Seeler Studio Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, Middlebury. $6-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’, 7PM, Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School, Essex Junction. $4-6. (Theater)
  • ‘Peter Pan’, 7:30PM, Middlebury Union High School Auditorium, Middlebury. $8-15. (Theater)
  • ‘Romeo and Juliet’, 7PM at McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Theater)
  • ‘Scaphondre’, 9–10PM, 4 West Center Street, Winooski. $5. (Theater)
  • ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), 7PM, Rochester High School, Rochester. $7. (Theater)
  • Graphic-Novel Readers & Creators, 5:30PM, Phoenix Books, Essex. Free. (Comics)
  • Tolkien Readings, 7:30–9PM, John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill Building, UVM, Burlington. Free. (Tolkien)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, The Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Books and Beyond, 10:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m., Monshire Museum, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Biblical and Midrashic Models of the Islamic Foundation Narrative, 12:15 – 1:30pm, Robert A Jones ’59 Conference Room, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Laboring Justice: Land, Food, People, and Policy, 3 – 5pm, Franklin Environmental Center 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Museum Lecture: Marking Time, 4:30 – 6pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Murder Mystery Theater – My Fatal Valentine, 6:00 pm, Bellows Falls Union High School. Bellows Falls Tickets $15 in advance. (Theater)
  • Final Admission Deadline for Odyssey Writing Workshop (http://nescifievents.org/?p=2131), Friday, Apr 8, 2011, Manchester, NH (Writing)
  • UBCon XXII (http://www.ubcon.org/), Apr 8 – 10 2011, Buffalo, New York (Conventions)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Youth Birding Program: Owl Prowl & Snipe Search. For pre-teens & teens. North Branch Nature Ctr, Montpelier. FREE, 7:30-9pm. Pre-reg. 229-6206. (Birds)

Geek Things for March 25th

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Burlington, 10AM–2PM, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Woodstock, 12:30–5PM, Woodstock Union High School, Woodstock. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • Mud Season Book Sale, 9AM–9PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Books)
  • Green Mountain Film Festival. Visit greenmountainfilmfestival.org for details. 11:30AM–10PM, Various locations, Montpelier. Various prices. (Film)
  • ‘Draw Comics!’, 3–4:30PM at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Family Movie – Despicable Me. 6:30–8:05PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Kids)
  • Science & Stories – Maple sugaring from sap to syrup, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • ‘Wii-tastic!’, 3–4:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Kids)
  • Dr. Timothy Whiteford – “Differences in Global Mathematics Education.” 3:45PM, Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Math)
  • Jan Reynolds – Record-setting expedition climbing and skiing all the peaks circling Mount Everest. Proceeds benefit the Vermont Ski Museum. 7PM, Akeley Memorial Building, Stowe. $5; $10 per family. (Exploration)
  • Mark C. Starrett – “Gardens as Living Laboratories,” 2PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $5. (Talk)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, The Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • “Through the Windshield: Transportation Practices and Dis/embodied Landscapes,” 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Billings Library, North Lounge B300, UVM, Burlington. (Talk)
  • ConBust, Mar 25 – 27 2011, Northampton, MA (Conventions)
  • Steampunk Industrial Revolution, Mar 25 – 27 2011, Nashua, NH (Conventions)
  • Death and the Powers: The Robots’ Opera, 7:30pm, American Repertory Theater, Boston, MA (Robots)
  • Star Party at GMO, (Call Jack St. Louis 802-658-0184 (H), 802-656-1287 or Paul Walker 802-388-4220 (H), 802-861-8640 (W)), 7:30pm-11:00pm, Observatory Road, Hinesburg (Astronomy)

Geek Things for March 24th

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 12–5PM, Johnson State College, Johnson. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Mud Season Book Sale. Proceeds support library programs and services. 9AM–5PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Books)
  • ‘Pawsitive Pup’, 6–7:30PM, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. Donations accepted. (Pets)
  • Green Mountain Film Festival. Visit greenmountainfilmfestival.org. 12–10PM, Various locations, Montpelier. Various prices. (Films)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Computers)
  • Charles A. Dana Category 1 2011 Lecture Series – “Merchant Princess and Irish Abolitionist: The Story of Isabel Jennings.” 12:15-1, Multipurpose Room, Kreitzberg Library, Norwich University, Northfield. Free. (Talk)
  • Lani Guinier – “Diversity, Opportunity and the Shifting Meritocracy in Higher Education.” 7–8PM, Ira Allen Chapel, UVM, Burlington. Free. (Talk)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Living with Coal, and Fighting Back, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Waterman Building 413, UVM, Burlington. (Energy)
  • Gideon Rose Lecture, author of ‘How Wars End’, 12:15 – 1:30pm, Robert A Jones ’59 Conference Room, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)

 

Geek Things for March 23rd

  • Social-Media Marketing, 8:30–10:30AM, Charles E. Carter Business Resource Center, St. Johnsbury-Lyndon Industrial Park, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Social Media)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 8:30AM–2PM, Missisquoi Valley Union High School, Swanton. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • Mud Season Book Sale, 9AM–9PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Books)
  • Green Mountain Film Festival. Visit greenmountainfilmfestival.org for details. 12–10PM, Various locations, Montpelier. Various prices. (Green Mountain Film Festival)
  • ‘The Constant Gardener’, 7pm, Room 200, Yokum Lecture Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh. Free. (Films)
  • High School Book Group, 5–6PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Books)
  • Middle School Book Group, 4–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Books)
  • Juan Torres – “Powering the Future: Smart Grid Challenges and Opportunities.” 4:30PM, Jeffords Hall room 234, University of Vermont, Burlington. Free. (Talk)
  • ‘Recognizing and Honoring Vermont’s Women Veterans’ 9AM–4PM, Various downtown locations, Montpelier. Free. (Talk)
  • Writers’ Group, 7–9PM, Johnson Public Library, Johnson. Free. (Writing)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • “Golden Showers: the Coagulating Cosmos of a Fourteenth-Century Mad Scientist”, 4:30 – 6pm, Franklin Environal Center 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Learn About NOOK Color, 6:00 PM. Barnes & Noble, South Burlington. (eReaders)
  • Marvelous Maples. Dress for a walk on the trails. 10-11:30am, North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier. $5 per child. Info. 229-6206. (Kids)
  • Real CSI Symposium. 4-7pm, Dole Auditorium, Norwich University, Northfield. (Talk)
  • Amphibian Monitoring Training Program. 6pm, Waitsfield Elementary School, Waitsfield, Free. Info. 229-6206. (Nature)
  • USDA Forest Service Public Meeting. 2-5pm or 7-10pm, Rochester Ranger District. Info: 767-4261, Rochester. (Nature)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, New Hampshire (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Night at Triple Play, 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, NH. (Gaming)

Green Mountain Film Festival


This weekend marks the start of the Green Mountain Film Festival, which is used to promote films of cultural, social and historical interest from around the state. We had a look through the films to see what caught our eyes.

ANIMATION FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Downstairs – D19
This program features exciting new animation in all styles, from Poland (Millhaven), Canada (The Sapporo Project, The Necktie), and Great Britain (Train of Thought), among other places. Community Partner: School of Cartoon Studies. Approximately 70 minutes.
SATURDAY, MARCH 26 3:30 PM @ Savoy Downstairs

THE BLOOD IN THIS TOWN
Pavilion Auditorium – P18
A sneak preview of Art Jones’ forthcoming film, aimed at promoting community revitalization in Vermont. When Rutlanders learn that one pint of blood can save up to three lives, they break all blood-donation records. The film goes from there to chronicle Rutland’s drive to revitalize, from developing world-class natural recreation, farm-to-table networks, and entrepreneurial start-ups to the revival of an historic downtown. Post-film event: director Art Jones and Paul Costello of the Vermont Council on Rural Development will lead the discussion after the screening. 80 minutes. Web site
SATURDAY, MARCH 26 6:15 PM @ Pavilion Auditorium

BLOOM: THE PLIGHT OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN
Pavilion Auditorium – P13
Is Lake Champlain in decline? Officials in bordering states and Quebec think so. So does Jon Erickson, the managing director of University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and the executive producer of this new documentary, a wake-up call to the Vermont public. The film examines several factors that may be responsible for the increased levels of blue-green algae throughout the lake. Blue-green algae is a potentially toxic plant that has attracted growing concern over the past few summers. Post-film event: A panel will discuss the film. Sponsored by Vermont Natural Resources Council. Community Partners: Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Conservation Law Foundation, Friends of the Winooski. 35 minutes; free admission, no tickets required. Read article here
THURSDAY, MARCH 24 6:15 PM @ Pavilion Auditorium

THE ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS
Pavilion Auditorium – P12
This thought-provoking film makes the case that our most serious problems – climate chaos, economic meltdown, ethnic conflict, the epidemic of depression – all have their roots in an economic system “run amok”. Thinkers and activists from across the globe argue that the localization movement provides not only an alternative to corporate capitalism, but a solution that can heal both the planet and ourselves. Post-film event: A panel including Steve Gorelick, one of the directors, will discuss the film. 75 minutes. Sponsored by Mathew Rubin. Community Partner: New England Grassroots Environmental Fund. web site
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 6:15 PM @ Pavilion Auditorium

ELEANOR’S SECRET
City Hall Arts Center – CH9, CH27, CH36
Family film! In this delightful animated feature, young Nathaniel has received a gift in his aunt’s will: a whole library of old books. He discovers that the books are inhabited; Captain Hook, Alice, and even the Wicked Fairy all live inside. These tiny heroes need Nathaniel to protect them all, and he must learn to read the magic inscription in the library to keep them alive. For ages 6 and up. Community Partners: Center for Cartoon Studies, Everybody Wins! Vermont, Orchard Valley Waldorf School, Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 72 minutes. Review
SUNDAY, MARCH 20 10:00 AM @ City Hall Arts Center
THURSDAY, MARCH 24 4:00 PM @ City Hall Arts Center
SATURDAY, MARCH 26 11:45 AM @ City Hall Arts Center

MY DOG TULIP
City Hall Arts Center – CH21, CH24, CH29
Beautifully animated and featuring the voices of Christopher Plummer, the late Lynn Redgrave, and Isabella Rossellini, My Dog Tulip is a bittersweet retrospective account of author J. R. Ackerley’s 14-year relationship with his adopted Alsatian, Tulip. Ackerley hardly thought of himself as a dog lover when, in middle age, he came to adopt the beautiful but high-strung Tulip. To his surprise, she turned out to be the love of his life, the ideal companion he had been searching for in vain. Written, directed, and animated by award-winning filmmakers Paul and Sandra Fierlinger, My Dog Tulip is the first animated feature ever to be entirely hand drawn and painted using paperless computer technology. The New York Times: “The film’s animation and Mr. Plummer’s understated conversational voice combine to make it one of the most sophisticated dog movies ever created.” Sponsored by Karen Jenney. Community Partner: School of Cartoon Studies. 71 minutes. Warning: definitely NOT for children. Web site
TUESDAY, MARCH 22 6:30 PM @ City Hall Arts Center
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 4:00 PM @ City Hall Arts Center
THURSDAY, MARCH 24 8:00 PM @ City Hall Arts Center

SCI-FI SILENCE (The Call of Cthulhu)
Downstairs – D10
In the 1920s, American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft created the Cthulhu Mythos, a cycle of stories. Some 80 years later a group of indie filmmakers made The Call of Cthulhu into a contemporary silent movie. Also on the program: clips from silent films of Georges Melies and Fritz Lang. Sci-fi aficionado Eric Reynolds will introduce the program. Approximately 90 minutes. Web site
TUESDAY, MARCH 22 7:00 PM @ Savoy Downstairs

The full list of movies can be found here: What do you find interesting? Are you going?