Upcoming events: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ at FOLA; youth, adult art classes at Helen Day; local author at Wilder Library; faculty concert to benefit music school scholarship; and memoirist Baird at Misty Valley

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Oscar Isaac stars as folk singer Llewyn Davis.

March 7: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ FOLA featured movie for March

Friends of the Ludlow Auditorium will feature the award-winning comedy-drama Inside Llewyn Davis at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium, 37 Depot St., Ludlow.

Set in 1961, the film follows one week in the life of Llewyn Davis, a folk singer struggling to achieve musical success while keeping his life in order. Davis (Oscar Isaac) is a struggling folk singer in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

The movie then proceeds to tell the story of Llewyn’s efforts to find employment as he travels around New York City and the country.

The screening is open to everyone and is free; donations to underwrite the cost of the film are appreciated. The free popcorn is supplied courtesy of Berkshire Bank; FOLA supplies free bottled water. For information, call 802-228-7239.

March 7: Helen Day Art Center announces youth, adult classes

The Helen Day Art Center at 90 Pond St. in Stowe will offer a full roster of classes for artists of every skill level and every age. Classes begin Saturday, March 7. Registration is now being taken for day, evening and weekend art offerings for youth, teens and adults.

Claire Desjardin art

Claire Desjardin will teach at the Helen Day Art Center

Youth classes include “Investigating the Self Portrait” bringing self-expression and multiple media together for 8–12 year olds. Youth ages 4–8 may choose from classes in painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media. These courses will teach the tools to expand their creative potential and explore the world through art. School break camps offer a full week of engagement for students interested in deeply exploring a fascinating art medium. Young artists can travel to paradise in the Tropical Spring Break camp and teens can become Awesome Animators this April in the Hand Animated Public Service Announcement spring break camp.

Teens get the run of the studio twice a month at Teen Art Studio. In addition, they are welcome to take adult classes.

Adult classes range from  Expressions in Paint with Claire Desjardins  to Assembling Our Identities, a mixed media workshop with Zoe Boucher, to  Rustic Furniture Making  with Greg Speer. Weekly classes will include Mixed Media Drawing and Stained Glass. A monthly gathering of Draw and Sip will draw on the resources and inspiration of exhibiting artists.

Scholarships make classes accessible for anyone needing financial assistance and Art Center members get $25 off each class. Registration and information about classes and workshops is available at www.helenday.com or by calling 802-253-8358 or emailing education@helenday.com.

Kerri Maclaury library director shows off newly aquired graphic novels which will be available for loan on Take Your Child to the Library Day.

Kerri Maclaury is the director of the Wilder Memorial Library.

March 7: Local author at Wilder Memorial Library

Wilder Memorial Library’s celebration of national Take Your Child To The Library Day brings local author David Quesnel, to the library at 24 Lawrence Hill Road in Weston at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. Quesnel will give a reading of stories from his recently published book, GrandPAW’s Memoirs: Growing Up On A Dirt Road.

At this family event, the author will share humorous stories about his childhood growing up on a small farm in rural Vermont. His stories are light, funny, nostalgic and from back roads of Vermont. Space is limited. Call 802-824-4307 or email wilderweston@gmail.com to reserve a spot. For more information visit wildermemoriallibrary.org.

Take Your Child to the Library Day raises community awareness about the importance of the library in the life of a child, and promotes library services and programs for children and families.

Wilder Memorial Library welcomes Weston and non-Weston residents of all ages to sign up for a library card. For more information about their services, programs, and resources, visit its website www.wildermemoriallibrary.org or visit during regular hours : 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday  and 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 6 p.m.Wednesdays and Saturdays.

March 8: Faculty concert to benefit music school scholarship

Sunday, March 8 at 4 p.m. at Centre Congregational Church at 193 Main St. in Brattleboro, the Brattleboro Music Center presents music school faculty violinist Michelle Liechti and pianist Chonghyo Shin in a benefit concert for the BMC scholarship fund. The concert program includes Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96; Brahms’ Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op. 108; Chopin’s Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60; Schumann-Liszt’s Widmung and Bach’s Chaconne from the Partita in D minor.

This series offers the community a chance to glimpse the wealth of talent and experience present at the school as faculty members and guests perform solo and small ensemble recitals. Tickets are $30 patron, $15 general, $10 student, no charge to BMC students 18 and under. To order call the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523 or visit www.bmcvt.org.


Author of He Wanted the Moon, Mimi Baird

March 8: Baird reads from memoir on father at Misty Valley Books

Mimi Baird, author of He Wanted the Moon, will be at Misty Valley Books, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 8 on the Green in Chester to talk about her extraordinary memoir of the life of her father, Dr. Perry Baird. A reception and book signing will follow.

He Wanted the Moon is a physician’s raw, unvarnished account of his own descent into madness, along with his daughter’s attempt to piece his life together, make sense of her own and create a cogent portrait of a deeply troubled man.

Interviewing numerous friends and colleagues of her father’s, reading and reproducing the psychiatric reports from his hospitalizations, and quoting at length from her father’s own hand-written notes, Baird pieced together a portrait that is moving and disturbing.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the bookstore at 802-875-3400 or visit www.mvbooks.com.

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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