gEEK tHINGS fOr jUNE 29th

  • Community Bike Shop, 5–8PM, Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Bikes)
  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castle)
  • Casting Call – Loyal’s House of Blood Production seeks actors and camera crews for two micro-budget movies, I Monster and Forest of Lost Souls. 5–6:30PM, VCAM Studio, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • RPG Game Club, 3–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Gaming)
  • ‘Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom: What’s Next for the Family Farm?’, 6–7PM, Montgomery Town Library, Montgomery Center. Free. (Farming)
  • Yestermorrow Summer Lecture Series, 7–9PM, Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Waitsfield. Free. (Architecture)
  • Authors at the Aldrich: MT Anderson. “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vols I & II. 6pm, Aldrich Library, Milne Community Room, Barre. (Books)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Batteries and Motors, 11:00 a.m. Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Mirrors, 3:00 p.m. Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • 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, Triple Play, Lebanon NH, (Gaming)

Nosferatu at the Big Picture Theater

Tonight, the Big Picture Theater’s Film Club is presenting F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu, a 1922 silent film with live accompaniment from piano player Will Ogmundson.

The film, a take on the story of Dracula, a German Expressionist horror film, and according to Wikipedia, is an unauthorized adaptation of the book:

Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter’s wife. Silent classic based on the story “Dracula.”

It looks like it could be a fun evening. A discussion will follow the film. Tickets are $8 per person.

Big Picture Theater

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 22nd

  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castles)
  • Casting Call – Loyal’s House of Blood Production seeks actors and camera crews for two micro-budget movies, I Monster and Forest of Lost Souls. 5–6:30PM, VCAM Studio, Burlington. Free. (Acting)
  • RPG Game Club, 3–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Summer Reading Club, 1PM, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. Free. (Teens)
  • Bob Belenky – “Paradise Lost: Memories of Jewish Agricultural Settlements and Collective Farms in Ukraine and Crimea, 1921-1945: An Interview Study,” 7PM, Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield. Free. (History)
  • Winooski River Sojourn Dinner – “Impacts of Climate Change on the Champlain Valley.” Dinner, 6 p.m.; talk, 7 p.m. Wesley United Methodist Church, Waterbury. $5 for talk; $12-22 for dinner and talk; free for kids under 10. (Climate Change)
  • Yestermorrow Summer Lecture Series – “Integrative Design: The Key to Cost-Effective Green Buildings.” 7–9PM, Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Waitsfield. Free. (Architecture)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Learn About Our New NOOK Simple Touch, 5:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (eReaders)
  • Author Appearance: Neil Gaiman, 7:30pm, Portsmouth, NH (Authors)
  • Dark Side Reading Group – The Devil’s Rooming House:The True Story of America’s Deadliest Female Serial Killer, by M. William Phelps, 1pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center. (Books)
  • Community of Observers, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Science)
  • 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)

Big Picture at 5 years

Claudia Becker

Seven Days has a fantastic article on the Big Picture Theater and its community focus:

Picture this: Two scientists from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory are sitting on a red couch on a stage and talking casually about the human race’s options for a new planet when the sun inevitably becomes a red giant and swallows the Earth … in about five billion years. The roughly 100 people watching them are rapt.

“We never should have demoted Pluto,” jokes one of the scientists, Margaret Geller, and everybody laughs. Outside the theater, kids are playing in the lobby, gleefully banging on an old piano. In the nearby bar, a young couple orders chocolate cake while singles sip beers. It’s just another Thursday night at the Big Picture Theater & Café in Waitsfield.

For the full article, go here.

Picture from Seven Days.

Geek Things for June 10th


  • Village-Building Convergence. View vbc-vt.org for schedule. 9AM–9PM, Various locations, Montpelier. Free. (Sustainability)
  • Village-Building Convergence: Village Gathering – View vbc-vt.org/village-gathering for schedule. 7PM, Twin Pond Retreat Center, Brookfield. Donations accepted. (Sustainability)
  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castle)
  • ‘Name That Movie!’, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Shifting & Drivetrains 101, 6–7:30PM, Onion River Sports, Montpelier. Free. (Bikes)
  • After School Book Discussion, 3–4PM, Lyman C. Hunt Middle School, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • High School Book Group, 4:30–5:15PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Science & Stories: Turtle Talk, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, 8PM, 11:59PM, Merchants Hall in Rutland. $18-20. (Theater)
  • Art Walk, 4-8pm. Details at http://www.montpelieralive.org, Montpelier (Art)
  • Art Opening. 5:30-8pm, Helen Day Art Center, Info. 253-8358, Stowe. (Art)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, The Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Middlebury Art Walk, 5 – 7pm, 51 Main at the Bridge. Middlebury. (Art)
  • Hooked on Who, http://nescifievents.org/?p=2499, 9:30pm – 9:30pm, Cambrige, MA (Dr. Who)
  • Artist Appearance: Mark McKenna, 6pm – 8pm, Rubber Chicken Comics, Bellingham, MA (Comics)
  • Joe Roman -Listed – Dispatches from America’s Endangered Species Act, 7 pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center. (Authors)
  • Palio di Stonemarche, Hosted by Barony of Stonemarche, June 10th, 2011 – June 12th, 2011, Contoocook, NH. (SCA)
  • Cartoon Lunch, 12-2pm, Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield. (Cartoons)

Geek Things for June 9th

  • Public Forum – How Vermont will meet its energy needs far into the future. 6–9PM, Riverside Middle School, Springfield. Free. (Energy)
  • Basic Bike Maintenance, 5:30–6:30PM, Skirack, Burlington. Free. (Bikes)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Understanding & Protecting Intellectual Property. Preregistration requested. 7-9pm, Dean’s Conference Room, Morrill Hall, University of Vermont, Burlington. (Copyright)
  • Green Mountain Global Forum – The astrophysics of the warming of planets throughout the history of the solar system in “Just How Hot? Climate Change and Lessons From the Universe.” 7PM, Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield. Free. (Astrophysics)
  • ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, 8PM, 11:59PM, Merchants Hall, Rutland. $18-20. (Theater)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)

Geek Things for May 19th

I’m out of the country for the next week and a bit, so these lists might be a bit out of date. We’ve got a list of 30 or so websites that we check every morning – that list can be found here. (Let us know if there’s something that we have to add up)

  • Way to Go! Commuter Challenge – Visit waytogovt.org for details. 12AM–11:59PM, Various locations statewide. Free. (Environment)
  • Build Your Own Rain Barrel, 5:30–7PM, Public Works Building, South Burlington. $25. (Water)
  • Mt. Mansfield Scale Modelers, 6:30–8:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Models)
  • All-Community Youth Art Festival, 8AM–9PM, Various locations, Woodstock. Various prices. (Youth)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Morning Bird Walk. Preregister, 7–9AM, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. $6. (Birds)
  • Media Maven Luncheon, 12–1:30PM, Channel 17 Studios, Burlington. $5-15; additional $5 for lunch. (Tech)
  • ‘Facebook 101 and More’, 8–10AM, Franklin Conference Center, Rutland. $20-25. (Tech)
  • Susan Morse – “Bobcats, Bears, Cougars, Moose … and More!”, 6–8PM, Library, Vergennes Union High School & Middle School, Vergennes. Donations accepted. (Nature)
  • ‘The Crucible’, 7:30PM, Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, St. Johnsbury. $5-10. (Theater)
  • The Moth – An evening of storytelling with a metamorphosis theme. 7PM, Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield. $10. (Theater)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Author Signing: Jack McDevitt, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Flights of Fantasy Books and Games, Albany NY. (Author Signing)
  • Alan Benoit, Sustainable Living Series, 7pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester. (Environment)

Geek Things for May 17th

  • Essex CHIPS Community Forum, 9AM–12PM, Essex CHIPS & Teen Center, Essex Junction. Free. (Awareness)
  • Transition PechaKucha, 7–8:30PM, Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield. Free. (Energy)
  • Way to Go! Commuter Challenge. Visit waytogovt.org for details. 12AM–11:59PM, Various locations statewide. Free. (Environment)
  • 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)
  • Creative Tuesdays, 3–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Science & Stories – Fireflies and why they light up. 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids, Science)
  • Wild Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk – Preregister. 6–7:30PM, Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. $10; no one turned away for lack of funds. (Plants)
  • Howard Coffin – The Civil War’s effect on Vermonters. 7:30PM, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington. Free. (History)
  • Bill Schubart – ‘How easily food can overwhelm a life’, 6PM, Phoenix Books, Essex. Free. (Food)
  • Henry Homeyer – ‘Organic Gardening (Not Just) in the Northeast’ 7PM, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier. Free. (Organic)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • CLiF Authors and Illustrators – John Steven Gurney, Fisher Elementary School, Arlington. (Kids)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive, 12-5:30pm, Northfield High School, Northfield. (Blood Drive)

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)