Jay Craven’s new independent narrative feature film, “Jack London’s Martin Eden,” will play a special Greensboro date, 7pm, Friday, July 1st.  Director Craven will introduce the screening and lead post-film discussion.

“Jack London’s Martin Eden” received its world premiere at the Nantucket Film Festival and has won Best Film and Best Director awards at the Boston Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature at the Arlington International Film Festival.  Other festival dates include The Woods Hole Film Festival St. Louis International Film Festival, Sonoma International Film Festival, Berkshire International Film Festival and a special screening at the biennial symposium for Jack London scholars.  

The film is based on Jack London’s autobiographical novel, “Martin Eden.”  Set in 1909, it tells the story of a poor and unschooled sailor who unexpectedly meets Ruth Morse, a magnetic young woman of means and education. Their unconventional attraction upends both lives and propels timely themes of impossible love, dogged individualism in pursuit of the American Dream, and the quest for a comfortable place in an inconstant world.  

Jack London was America’s most popular writer at the turn of the 20th century, having written stories including “Call of the Wild” and “White Fang.” His novel, “Martin Eden,” inspired Ernest Hemingway, Susan Sontag and Upton Sinclair, among others.  Italian filmmaker Pietro Marcello recently made another adaptation of the story that has been well received.  “We were surprised to see an Italian version being made simultaneously,” Craven noted. “Although I like Marcello’s stylistic approach and it gives audiences a chance to compare notes on both films and dig deeper into the story and its cultural context.”

“Martin Eden’s” cast includes Andrew Richardson in the title role and Hayley Griffith and Annet Mahendru as Ruth Morse and Lizzie Connolly, respectively.  Richardson trained at Carnegie Mellon and London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Royal Academy of Dance.  His credits include eight film and television productions along with theatrical stagings of “Taming of the Shrew” and “Othello.”

Annet Mahendru is best known for her co-starring role as Nina Krilova, the U.S. Russian embassy operative who has a love affair with FBI agent, Stan Beeman, in the long-running Emmy-winning series, “The Americans.”  She also co-starred as Elena Evanovich in the Amazon series, “The Romanoffs.” 

Hayley Griffth’s credits include “Law and Order” and “Bull.”  Other supporting actors Missy Yager (“Mad Men,” “Manchester by the Sea”), Grainger Hines (”Lincoln,” “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”), Phil McGlaston (Broadway’s “Little Foxes,” Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold and the Boys,” August Wilson’s “Fences”), Michael Benz (“Downton Abbey,” “Joker”), Jo Armeniox (“Boardwalk Empire”), Ken Wulf Clark (“House of Cards”) and Rebecca Faulkenberry (co-star of “Spiderman” on Broadway). 

“Jack London’s Martin Eden” was produced through director Craven’s Semester Cinema program, hosted for this iteration at Sarah Lawrence College.  28 professionals mentored and collaborated with 35 students to make the film.  For more information contact Jay Craven ([email protected])

Masks are required for indoor events. We strongly suggest that patrons wear surgical paper masks (which we can provide) or N95 masks and not cloth masks.

Bar and lawn open – 6:00 PM
Concert begins – 7:00 PM

Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Lisa Batiashvili Foundation to support musicians in Ukraine.

Program: 
Trio for Two Violins and Viola – Mykola Lysenko
Ukrainian Rhapsody for violin and piano No.1, Op. 34 – Mykola Lysenko
Quintet for oboe, violin, two violas and cello – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
Piano Quintet in E flat Major, Op.44 – Robert Schumann 

Performers:
Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin
Claudia Schraer, violin
Laura Sacks, viola
Gregory Beaver, cello
Igor Leschishin, oboe
Steven Beck, piano

Ukrainian composer, pianist, conductor, and ethnomusicologist Mykola Lysenko was the central figure of Ukrainian music in the late 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. Now that the whole world is discovering Ukraine, it is timely to present Mykola Lysenko’s romantic classical music with a flair for Ukrainian folklore. Lysenko, similarly to Czech composers Dvorak and Smetana, and as a contemporary of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, incorporated national music traditions in his works.

Lysenko was an ardent supporter of Ukrainian folk music — He promoted the use of the Ukrainian language, and made a point of highlighting Ukraine culture in his works. For many people, Lysenko’s musical compositions reflect the heart of Ukrainian music.

Originally written as Serenade for Winds K.388 and then as Quintet in C Minor for Strings, K.406, Caspian Monday Music presents an oboe, violin, 2 violas, and cello version of the piece.

The concert will culminate with the ultimate masterpiece, Piano Quintet in E flat by Robert Schumann, which he composed during his very productive “year of chamber music.”

Masks are required for indoor events. We strongly suggest that patrons wear surgical paper masks (which we can provide) or N95 masks and not cloth masks.

Bar and lawn open – 6:00 PM
Concert begins – 7:00 PM

Program:
Violin Sonata – Maxim Berezovsky
“Regret, La Romance d’Ariel, Romance-Silence ineffable” – Claude Debussy 
“It Floats Away From You” for soprano and trumpet (2020) – Beth Weimann 
“Two pieces for trumpet, violin and piano” (2009) – Ya-Jhu Yang 
“Tourbillon for violin, trumpet in B flat and piano” (2009) – David R. Gillingham
Piano Trio in G Minor Op.3 – Ernest Chausson

Performers:
Corrine Byrne, soprano

Andrew Kozar, trumpet
Steven Beck, piano
Francis Carr, cello
Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin

The Byrne-Kozar Duo, created by NYC and Boston-based soprano Corrine Byrne and trumpeter Andy Kozar, presents historically informed performances of Baroque music for natural trumpet and soprano in addition to commissioning new works for modern trumpet and soprano. The Duo is new to the Caspian Monday Music festival and will bring the exciting work “It Floats Away from You” by the Burlington native composer Beth Weimann. 

Weimann’s compositions have won awards from the Opera Vista Chamber Opera Competition, the Orvis Foundation, Copland House, the Colorado New Music Festival, and American Women Composers. 

We are also thrilled to present a violin sonata by Ukrainian composer and contemporary of W.-A. Mozart,  Maksym Berezovsky; as well as the luscious Chausson Piano Trio and Debussy songs.

The evening will feature award-winning, American pianist Steven Beck, graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, cellist Francis Carr, and spectacular violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv.

Masks are required for indoor events. We strongly suggest that patrons wear surgical paper masks (which we can provide) or N95 masks and not cloth masks.

Have you ever stopped to think about the threads that make up the fabric of everyday life? What prevents the fibers from completely unraveling? The impossible unfolds in Rag Tag: A Circus in Stitches as a mismatched group of threadbare, yarn-spinning characters weave their tapestry of talents to explore a new, patchwork world. Sometimes fitting together, sometimes a tangled web of knots, these loose ends create a new story.

The Boston-based circus theater company Cirque Us was created when eight Circus Smirkus alumni and friends held onto a dream to create their own powerful circus shows that would connect audiences to each other, the stage, and the world. Through circus, they underscore the necessity of human connections and relationships to uphold community. They demonstrate that through trust and communication we can hold one another up literally and figuratively, and that with an open mind and heart, we can be the best versions of ourselves, both on and off stage.

Masks are required for indoor events. We strongly suggest that patrons wear surgical paper masks (which we can provide) or N95 masks and not cloth masks.

PERFORMANCE & A PICNIC 

Enjoy a delicious picnic dinner before the show! Order your meal in advance when you purchase your tickets online and dinner will be ready for pickup starting at 5 PM. A limited number of meals will be available for on-site purchase. We suggest bringing lawn chairs or a picnic blanket if you are able, but patio tables may be used on a first come, first serve basis. Plan enough time to eat before the show starts at 6:30 PM.

Shrimp Stir Fry Bowl – $14
Tender shrimp, bell peppers, snow peas, bok choy, and onions in a savory Asian-inspired sauce served over jasmine rice with a side of our fresh cucumber salad

BBQ Chicken Skewer – $13
Grilled chicken smothered in our housemade BBQ sauce and served on a skewer with creamy cheddar mac & cheese and a side of fresh cucumber salad

Hummus Wrap (V) – $10
Housemade hummus and a rainbow of summer veggies in a wrap with a bag of kettle cooked potato chips and a side of fresh cucumber salad

Brat and Beans – $11
German-style bratwurst served on a skewer with a side of mustard, hearty baked beans with bacon, and fresh cucumber salad

Artist Statement by Lois Eby

Since the early 80s I have been drawn to the empty, yet evocative spaces of Asian ink paintings, to the energies and emotions of African American improvised music, and to the creative possibilities of Western abstraction.   Seeking ways to combine open spaces, rhythmic vitality, and color, over the years I have sought to develop my own visual language.  When I improvise with line and color, watching energies, emotions and rhythms come into being,  I keep an eye on the empty space out of which they, like us, arise.  Creating these paintings, I feel myself alive in the mysterious experience of being human, and I hope others viewing my work can experience the joy and mystery of that experience, with all its suffering and all its unknowns, as well.  

This exhibit at Highland Center for the Arts includes works from about 20 years ago to the present, works which show the various ways in which I have explored and developed these themes.

Artist Statement by Judith Wrend

My sculpture is about feeling and emotion, relationships, and states of being.  Shapes, lines and openings repeat and reinvent themselves in a progressive continuity.  Within each sculpture I explore relationships of light, space, color and reflection.

Sited outdoors, a sculpture forms a relationship with its surrounding landscape and with the changing wind and light.  Wands sway and turn, shadows move.  Reflections and ghost images appear within the sculpture as the light changes.

Whether sited indoors or outside, sculptures invite us to take a closer look at the inhabited space, at relationships, balance, and movement.  Ultimately they ask the viewer to stop thinking, stop looking for meaning, and join the dance.

Artist Statement by Lois Eby

Since the early 80s I have been drawn to the empty, yet evocative spaces of Asian ink paintings, to the energies and emotions of African American improvised music, and to the creative possibilities of Western abstraction.   Seeking ways to combine open spaces, rhythmic vitality, and color, over the years I have sought to develop my own visual language.  When I improvise with line and color, watching energies, emotions and rhythms come into being,  I keep an eye on the empty space out of which they, like us, arise.  Creating these paintings, I feel myself alive in the mysterious experience of being human, and I hope others viewing my work can experience the joy and mystery of that experience, with all its suffering and all its unknowns, as well.  

This exhibit at Highland Center for the Arts includes works from about 20 years ago to the present, works which show the various ways in which I have explored and developed these themes.

Artist Statement by Judith Wrend

My sculpture is about feeling and emotion, relationships, and states of being.  Shapes, lines and openings repeat and reinvent themselves in a progressive continuity.  Within each sculpture I explore relationships of light, space, color and reflection.

Sited outdoors, a sculpture forms a relationship with its surrounding landscape and with the changing wind and light.  Wands sway and turn, shadows move.  Reflections and ghost images appear within the sculpture as the light changes.

Whether sited indoors or outside, sculptures invite us to take a closer look at the inhabited space, at relationships, balance, and movement.  Ultimately they ask the viewer to stop thinking, stop looking for meaning, and join the dance.

Logan Chaput, baritone, is a native of the Northeast Kingdom, hailing from Newport Center, Vermont. He is a recent graduate of Ithaca College’s School of Music where he studied voice under the tutelage of Dr. Jennifer Kay and Dr. Brad Hougham. During his time in New York, he performed with the Ithaca College Opera Company, the Ithaca College Choir, the Ithaca College Madrigal Singers, the Ithaca College Chorus, and the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, making appearances at a variety of venues across the east coast. Most recently, he performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City alongside the Grammy award-winning Fisk Jubilee Singers.

As an educator, Logan spent time working at the Idyllwild Arts Academy summer program in southern California where he helped prepare young musicians for performances at the Disney Concert Hall. Additionally, he served as a faculty instructor at Exploration Summer Programs, in the Bronx, NYC, and will serve as the organization’s programming manager starting in June of this upcoming summer. Through Ithaca College, he has also taught music to students at the schools of Belle Sherman Elementary, South Hill Elementary, and Vestal High.

Chaput attributes much of his success to the strong musical foundation he was able to build during his time growing up in Vermont. His earliest understanding of and exposure to music were provided by Dr. Sara Doncaster of Coventry, Vermont who was his elementary school music teacher and private piano teacher. He later went on to study voice with Lynn Leimer of Newport, Vermont, and Victoria Cole of Franconia, New Hampshire. At North Country High School, he was a member of both vocal and instrumental ensembles under the direction of Danielle Carrier and Bill Prue, participated in musicals, state and regional choral festivals, and was the recipient of the Quincy Jones Overall Musician award. Outside of the classroom, he sang with Northsong, performed at the MAC Center for the Arts and Fourth Friday’s Music Jams, and took part in numerous QNEK productions.

As an emerging scholar, Chaput graduated with summa cum laude honors and accumulated over twenty scholarships, awards, and grants during his time in college, including the Presser Foundation’s National Undergraduate Musician Award. His research has centered around the geographic luck of classical music’s most notable musicians and bringing choral classroom pedagogy into the United States’ common core curriculum. This fall, he will be attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a master’s degree in leadership and organizational performance.

Proceeds from ticket sales support youth theatre and arts programming. 

With the health of our community in mind, patrons are expected to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and will be asked to show proof of vaccination, either with an original vaccination card, photocopy of the card, cell phone photograph, or verifiable health info PDA app. Alternately, attendees can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) performed within 72 hours of the show.

PRE-PERFORMANCE PICNIC 

Enjoy a delicious picnic dinner before the show! Order your picnic in advance when you purchase your tickets online. Dinner will be available for pickup starting at 5 PM to be enjoyed on the patio or lawn. A limited number of meals will be available for on-site purchase.

Pulled Pork Wrap – $14
Slow roasted pulled pork in a tangy BBQ sauce with cheddar cheese, crispy onion rings, and a Cajun aioli served with a bag of kettle cooked chips and a side of our fresh cucumber salad

Mac & Cheese – $13
Tender pasta in a creamy sauce of blended cheeses, hearty baked beans with bacon, and a side of fresh cucumber salad

Yellow Coconut Curry (V, GF) – $13
Chickpeas, cauliflower, and bell peppers in a richly seasoned curry sauce served over jasmine rice with a side of fresh cucumber salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad – $12
Grilled chicken, summer veggies, feta cheese, and fresh basil in a Mediterranean-inspired vinaigrette served with a bag of kettle cooked chips and a side of cucumber salad

Back Roads Readings was created to bring esteemed poets and writers, both local and regional, to read their work to people in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Readings are followed by a book signing and reception, and are held outside in a tent with socially distanced seating.

Dan Chiasson is a poet, critic and journalist and teaches at Wellesley College. He is the author of five books of poetry: The Math Campers (Knopf, 2020), Bicentennial (Knopf, 2014), Where’s the Moon, There’s the Moon (Knopf, 2010), Natural History (Knopf, 2005) and The Afterlife of Objects (University of Chicago Press, 2002). A widely published literary critic, Chiasson was the poetry editor of The Paris Review and is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. His next non-fiction project is Bernie for Burlington: A Biography of his Rise in a Changing Vermont, 1968-1991 (Pantheon, 2025.)

Toussaint St. Negritude is the former Poet Laureate of Belfast, Maine. Originally from San Francisco, he has lived broadly across the African Diaspora, from the sacred mountains of Haiti to the Coltrane District of North Philadelphia. A self-taught bass clarinetist, he is the leader of the band Jaguar Stereo, a free-form ensemble of his own poetry and improvisational jazz. Toussaint St. Negritude’s poetry was described by Gwendolyn Brooks as “Full of Sweet Sounds and Surprises.” His works, poetry and performances, have been widely published & recorded for over 40 years.

Back Roads Readings was created to bring esteemed poets and writers, both local and regional, to read their work to people in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Readings are followed by a book signing and reception, and are held outside in a tent with socially distanced seating.

Brad Kessler is a critically acclaimed novelist whose early work includes a novel, Lick Creek, (Scribners, 2000), The Woodcutter’s Christmas (Council Oak Books, 2001),and several award-winning children’s books. He won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize in Fiction for his 2006 novel, Birds in Fall (Scribners), a Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an NEA Fellowship, as well as a Whiting Writers Award. He is an educator and farmer and the author of a memoir, Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese (Scribners, 2009.) His most recent novel is North (Overlook Press), published in 2021.

Jay Parini is a poet, novelist, critic and biographer who teaches at Middlebury College. His numerous books, include New and Collected Poems 1975 – 2015 (Beacon Press, 2016), The Way of Jesus: Living a Spiritual and Ethical Life (Beacon, 2018), The Damascus Road: A Novel of Saint Paul (Doubleday, 2019) and biographies of Frost, Faulkner, Steinbeck and Vidal.  Borges and Me: An Encounter (Doubleday, 2020) is his memoir of a trip in 1970 through the Highlands of Scotland with Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentine literary fabulist. His novel about Leo Tolstoy, The Last Station (Henry Holt, 1990), was made into an Academy Award-nominated film with Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer in 2010.

Back Roads Readings was created to bring esteemed poets and writers, both local and regional, to read their work to people in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Readings are followed by a book signing and reception, and are held outside in a tent with socially distanced seating.

Join a poetry workshop with Ben Pease and Bianca Stone from the Ruth Stone House from 12PM – 1:30 PM at the Greensboro Public Library. Ages 16 thru adult. Pre-registration required, [email protected]

Bianca Stone is a poet, visual artist and small press publisher. Her poetry collections include: The Mobius Strip Club of Grief (Tin House, 2018), and Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Octopus Books / Tin House, 2014). Her illustrations appeared in the children’s book A Little Called Pauline, with text by Gertrude Stein, (Penny Candy Books, 2020) and in a special edition of Anne Carson’s Antigonick. Her latest poetry collection is What is Otherwise Infinite (Tin House, 2022) She teaches poetry and hosts a podcast as Creative Director at the Ruth Stone House in Goshen, Vermont.

Sharon Olds is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Arias (Knopf, 2019), Odes (Knopf, 2016) and Stag’s Leap (Knopf, 2012), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and England’s T. S. Eliot Prize, and The Father (Knopf,1992). The Unswept Room (Knopf, 2002,) was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her newest collection, Balladz (Knopf) is forthcoming in 2022. Sharon Olds received the Wallace Stevens Award for outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry from the Academy of American Poets in 2016, and in 2022, the Poetry Society of America awarded her the Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.