Green Mountain Graveyards: Special exhibit

Haunted Mary

The Vermont Historical Society will be hosting the folks behind Green Mountain Graveyards this coming Saturday, October 18th in Montplier.

Daniel Barlow and Scott Baer team up to bring you a fascinating look into the past with an exhibit entitled Green Mountain Graveyards.
Their photograph exhibit shows how cemeteries are more than final resting places for the dead, they are also important historic sites that express grief through art. The opening is free of charge. Call Amanda Gustin for more details at (802) 828-2180.

The exhibit will be on display until April 2015, admission included with museum fee.

The opening event will be from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Vermont History Museum at 109 State Street in Montpelier. Details. RSVP.

Snowpiercer: Coming to Vermont

 

Snowpiercer is one of those SF films that’s been getting a lot of press in recent months: studios and distributors have wanted to aggressively cut it down and edit it, critics have really loved it, and it’s not going anywhere near a mainstream theater. Fortunately, we’re plesantly surprised (somewhat) to see Montpelier’s Savoy Theater pick up the film.

Here’s the blurb:

Set in the near future, after an attempt to counteract global warming has backfired, the entire movie takes place on a hurtling art-deco locomotive that circumnavigates the globe at a rate of one revolution per year and holds all that remains of our population. Survivors are ruthlessly subdivided into warring classes in segregated compartments. The soot-covered 99 percent are penned in like steerage refugees in the tail of the train, where they subsist on gross, gelatinous protein blocks and are powerless when armed thugs confiscate their children. Closer to the front are the fat cats living in decadent comfort. They worship an Oz-like figure named Wilford who resides at the very head of the train and sets the Darwinian rules.

Snowpiercer starts Friday, July 11th, the film will be screened in Montpelier. No word on times just yet, or for how long.

Hopefully, this signals that the Savoy will be picking up more and more of these indie SF films that don’t get a lot of screen time in places like the Majestic 10 or Essex Cinemas.

Savoy Theater: SF Offerings

This is rare: Montpelier’s Art House theater, The Savoy, has not one, but two SF films screening, at the same time. Montpelier’s snooty veneer is cracking!

Right now, you can catch Under the Skin in their Upstairs theater, starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien who cruises around England looking to eat men. Downstairs, you can catch Only Lovers Left Alive, starting Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton (what a match that is!) as a pair of vampires.

It’s easy to see just why the Savoy has picked up both films: both have gained a considerable amount of critical buzz, even if the subject matter really isn’t that of what you typically find in your summertime Scifi fare. In a lot of ways, it goes to show just how pervasive science fiction ideas are, especially in this day and age. It’s impossible to deny the influence and impact of technology, and humanity’s relationship to it, and it seems to be bleeding into the types of films that the Savoy typically picks up. Also see Her, which recently screened at the theater, while Jodorowsky’s Dune is coming later this month.

Still, I have a visceral  dislike of a dismissal of modern science fiction films. Movies such as MoonPrimer, Gravity, District 9, Minority Report, Children of Men, and others carry with them real weight as entries in SF film canon, and shouldn’t be dismissed in the same breathe as films such as Transformers. However, even films such as Star Trek, Avatar and Pacific Rim have real qualities that not only make them huge summertime spectacles, but also often with some excellent points to pull out and examine.

Under the Skin is Upstairs at 6:30 & 8:30 each evening and with 1:30 & 4:00 matinees on the weekend.

Only Lovers Left Alive is Downstairs at 6:00 & 8:15 each evening, 1:00 & 3:30 matinees on the weekend, and with a special, 11pm screening tonight.

So, maybe it’s time for us to rethink our feelings on the Savoy. Maybe they’ll be on track to bring in some of the latest, critically acclaimed SF films that theaters such as the Majestic 10 and Essex Cinemas wouldn’t touch. Either way, I’ll likely be getting tickets soon.

Kevin Macneil Brown Book Release

Local author Kevin Macneil Brown will be releasing his latest mystery novel today in Montpelier. Titled Snow-Dark Crossing, it’s the fourth book in his Vermont-based series featuring historian Liam Dutra. The event will be at Kellogg-Hubbard Library at 6:30pm.

You can read an excerpt from the book here!

Jodorowsky’s Dune: Coming Soon to Vermont

It’s looking like two Vermont theaters are set to screen the well-reviewed documentary Jordowsky’s Dune. It’s about Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unsuccessful attempt to adapt and film Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel Dune in the mid-1970s.

Both the Savoy Theater in Montpelier and The Merrill Roxy theater in Burlington list the film under their respective coming soon sections, although there are no dates are announced just yet. The documentary’s website doesn’t yet list Vermont as receiving it just yet.

Stay tuned: this looks like it’ll be excellent.

Journey Into Nyx Pre-Release Weekend at The Book Garden

The Book Garden in Montpelier will be hosting a weekend of gaming for the Journey Into Nyx release. Here’s what they’ve got on their Facebook Page:

Join us for the pre-release of Journey Into Nyx at The Book Garden. We have 3 events planned. Friday night at Midnight, Saturday at 10 am, and Sunday at 10 am. The cost for each event is $25, and there will be JIN booster packs for the top finishers.

Schedule:

  • Friday night, 4/25/14: 11pm sign-up, play starts at Midnight.
  • Saturday, 4/26/14: 9 am sign up, play starts at 10 am.
  • Sunday, 4/27/14: 9 am sign up, play starts at 10 am.

RSVP here!

Vermont Tabletop Gaming Round-up

A Game of Thrones board game. Photo by François Philipp.

A Game of Thrones board game. Photo by François Philipp.

There must be something in the weather, because new opportunities to get out, meet new people and play tabletop games are springing up all over the state. Let’s take a look at the state of play in open gaming events as it currently stands, divided up by regions of the state.

Central Vermont

Northeast Kingdom

  • Border Board Games meets monthly at the Derby Line village hall for an evening of friendly gaming, usually on the third Saturday.
  • Parker Pie in West Glover hosts a Tuesday night game gathering, according to a recent Facebook update from Green Mountain Gamers.

Northwestern Vermont

  • Bakuretsucon, Vermont’s anime convention, includes an open gaming space as part of the festivities.
  • Fall-loha is a Burlington area game day hosted by Green Mountain Gamers at some point in the fall.
  • Quarterstaff Games hosts themed game nights all week long in downtown Burlington. Area of focus include board games, Magic: The Gathering, Legend of the 5 Rings, other card games, Warhammer, Warmachine, Dungeons & Dragons and the Pathfinder Society living role-playing campaign.
  • Vermont Gaming Community is a new Facebook community based out of Winooski. They regularly host Magic and board game nights at the moment, with occasional LAN parties.
  • Westford Strategy Board Gaming meets periodically in the Westford area.

Southwestern Vermont

  • Gamers Grotto in Bennington has a full calendar of daily gaming activities. They cover tabletop and video games, with the analog focusing on MagicNaruto and Warhammer.

Statewide

  • 802 MTG is a Facebook group serving as an access point for Magic players all around Vermont.
  • Green Mountain Gamers is an independent social network for Vermont gamers to meet each other and share news of what’s going on. They also host a series of game days around the state.
  • Tru Gaming VT connects players via events and Facebook.

Upper Valley

  • Carnage is an annual weekend convention of gaming, convening in Killington, Vermont in early November.
  • The Colatina Exit in Bradford sees the playing of board games every third Monday. The organizer advertises them via Facebook.
  • Fairlee Public Library‘s after school programming includes gaming on Thursdays. Tonight, May 24th, they’re experimenting with a evening board game night, too.
  • MEGA Spring Meltdown recently became the Green Mountain Gamers’ longest event, held at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee.[1]
  • Triple Play, a hop over the Connecticut River in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, offers in-store gaming most nights of the week, offering board games, miniatures, card games and more.

Have we missed something? Let us know in the comments.


[1] Green Mountain Gamers also host two game days that float around Vermont. Visit their website for details.

Remote Controlled VR Flight Workshop in Montpelier Tonight

Tonight, Jim Carroll and Mark Rochefort host a workshop on remote controlled, virtual reality flight at Local64, a coworking space in downtown Montpelier:

Come learn about the exciting world of remote controlled virtual reality flight. Join programmer and VR flight hobbyist Jim Carroll for a fun evening of presentation and how-to talk. We’ll see some killer videos of flights captured in gorgeous HD video and talk about some of the underlying technology and its real-world application. Jim will have some of the basic tools available to show.

You can sample the video playlist planned for this evening over on Youtube. Space is limited and the chance to fly through VR glasses coveted, so reserve a space through the Eventbrite listing now.

[Tip via the Vermont Area Group of Unix Enthusiasts.]