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Payomet & Harbor Stage present: Reading of Long Day's Journey Into Night

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 4:00 pm
Free & Open to all!
Join us for a reading of the classic Long Day's Journey Into Night by Eugene O'Neill, considered by many to be America's greatest playwright. A second reading of Desire Under The Elms is scheduled for May 4th at 5pm, as part of this "O'Neill x 2" series, co-presented by Payomet Performing Arts and Harbor Stage. This evening's event is directed by Myra Slotnick and features Stephen Russell, Robin Russell, Jane MacDonald and Andrew Clemons. The play, with its underlying theme of addiction and the destructive effects it has on the members of the Tyrone family, is more relevant than ever today. Complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages for sale.

Best of Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

Saturday, April 30th, 2016 5:00 pm
7 Short films + bonus feature - $10
Schedule: Saturday 4/30 the shorts program shows at 5pm, followed by bonus feature The Sound & The Shadow (90 Min). at 7:30pm. BUY TICKETS HERE FOR SATURDAY 4/30 Sunday 5/1 the same shorts program screens again at 2pm, followed by bonus feature Figurine (78 min.) at 5pm. BUY TICKETS HERE FOR SUNDAY 5/1 WATCH THE TRAILER HERE Prez Hall is honored to have been invited to screen the shorts program and 2 feature-length narrative films of this wonderful new festival. We will be the ONLY venue only Cape Cod screening this program! The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is all about the work of first and second time filmmakers. This first-time event took place in scenic Middlebury, Vermont in late August of 2015. The festival was a massive success, and organizers anticipate screening approximately 90 films in Year 2 of the MNFF, a diverse array of features and shorts across all genres, as selected by Artistic Director Jay Craven. (Craven has previously presented two of his collaborative student/professional feature films at Prez Hall) What truly distinguishes the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is what comes after the event. The MNFF created a New England Circuit that gives their top filmmakers valuable additional exposure throughout the region. Here's the lineup of the short film program which screens both Saturday & Sunday (7 shorts, 117 min. total): FOUREYES (Narrative Comedy), 13 min., English language. SYNOPSIS: Seeing is believing! A 10-year-old boy is thrust into the tumultuous world of puberty when he gets a new pair of eyeglasses. Hilarious and memorable, Foureyes offers a winning comedic homage to Wes Anderson in its style and boldness. JOHN THE BAPTIST (Documentary), 24 min. in Portugese w/subtitles. SYNOPSIS: "John the Baptist," a documentary short film, follows the title character through a day of intense work. Despite his arduous routine, John still finds the strength and inspiration to bring joy to the people of his city after his labors are over. “John the Baptist” delivers a beautiful yet unsentimental portrait of a workingman’s life, distilled into its powerful essence.   MINIMUM WAGE (Narrative Drama), 15 Min., English, SYNOPSIS: While hustling into the bar where she works, Kit is reminded that rent is due...rent she doesn’t have. Hours later - questionably fired, car towed with her wallet inside, phone dead - she is forced to walk home. When a stranger mistakes her uniform for a prostitute’s, Kit takes a chance. Minimum Wage covers an amazing amount of emotional ground in a very brief amount of time. Exceptionally well done. MY GAL, ROSEMARIE (Documentary), 16 Min., English, SYNOPSIS: Somewhere on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Rosemarie and Ray pass time in an apartment packed and cluttered with the detritus of a half century of marriage. With their meager Social Security checks going straight to covering rent every month and nothing in savings, Ray collects cans to get a little cash together so he can grant Rosemarie her one and only 90th birthday wish: a trip to In ‘N Out for hamburgers. Poignant, honest, humorous and sharply observed. OBSOLETE (Narrative Comedy), 12 Min., English, SYNOPSIS: Retiree Donald is thrown into the frightening complexities of new technology after being assigned the task of entertaining his grandson, little Jimmy. This causes an intense mental battle to rage within Donald's mind - represented through a 1940's office block. Brain Cortex Executive Orson Belles commands and leads his team to try to complete the high level task. However, when equipment explodes in the Frontal Lobe Department, chaos erupts. Crisply directed, clearly imaginative and very funny. PARALLEL CHORDS (Narrative Drama), 14 Min., English, SYNOPSIS: "Parallel Chords" (overture) is based on the true story of a young violinist struggling to assert her individuality amidst the intense pressure of her pianist father and the formidable weight of her own musical ability. Surreal images fill her interior life, and provide her with some escape, until she ultimately breaks free in reality. A provocative short, with splendid cinematography. STUNNED (L’ÉTOURDISSEMENT), (Narrative Drama/comedy), 23 Min., in French w/subtitles. SYNOPSIS: Following the accidental death of a colleague, Eddy is charged with the task of announcing the terrible news to the wife of the deceased. His colleague, George, offers to accompany him for support, taking advantage of the opportunity to leave work early. Upon arriving at the widow’s house, the two men struggle with the gravity of the situation. Brilliantly conceived and executed, Stunned marvelously achieves a delicate balance between comedic absurdity and poignant drama. 7:30pm BONUS narrative feature screening THE SOUND & THE SHADOW (90 min). Synopsis: When the 6-year-old girl next door goes missing, Harold realizes that his secret audio recordings of the neighborhood may provide clues to the case. But when his overzealous new roommate Ally pushes him into a dangerous investigation, Harold’s world is turned upside down. Against the backdrop of an urban community's mystery, The Sound and the Shadow examines the perceptions and stories we create from the sounds of our neighbors -- and the secrets we hide behind our own walls. Both a tense, compelling drama and a tale of human insecurity, The Sound and the Shadow showcases the craft of a promising new voice, Justin Paul Miller.  READ MORE ABOUT THE FILM FESTIVAL HERE    

Best of Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 2:00 pm
7 Short films + bonus feature - $10
BUY TICKETS HERE WATCH THE TRAILER HERE Prez Hall is honored to have been invited to screen the shorts program and 2 feature-length narrative films of this wonderful new festival. We will be the ONLY venue only Cape Cod screening this program! Saturday 4/30 the shorts program screens at 5pm, followed by bonus feature The Sound & The Shadow (90 Min). at 7:30pm. Sunday 5/1 the shorts program screens at 2pm, followed by bonus feature Figurine (78 Min.) at 5pm.  All for only $10 admission each day! (please note: the shorts program Sunday is the same as Saturday) The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is all about the work of first and second time filmmakers. This first-time event took place in scenic Middlebury, Vermont in late August of 2015. The festival was a massive succes, and organizers anticipate screening approximately 90 films in Year 2 of the MNFF, a diverse array of features and shorts across all genres, as selected by Artistic Director Jay Craven. (Craven has previously presented two of his collaborative student/professional feature films at Prez Hall) What truly distinguishes the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is what comes after the event. The MNFF created a New England Circuit that gives their top filmmakers valuable additional exposure throughout the region Here's the short film program lineup: FOUREYES (Narrative Comedy), 13 min., English language. SYNOPSIS: Seeing is believing! A 10-year-old boy is thrust into the tumultuous world of puberty when he gets a new pair of eyeglasses. Hilarious and memorable, Foureyes offers a winning comedic homage to Wes Anderson in its style and boldness. JOHN THE BAPTIST (Documentary), 24 min. in Portugese w/subtitles. SYNOPSIS: "John the Baptist," a documentary short film, follows the title character through a day of intense work. Despite his arduous routine, John still finds the strength and inspiration to bring joy to the people of his city after his labors are over. “John the Baptist” delivers a beautiful yet unsentimental portrait of a workingman’s life, distilled into its powerful essence.   MINIMUM WAGE (Narrative Drama), 15 Min., English, SYNOPSIS: While hustling into the bar where she works, Kit is reminded that rent is due...rent she doesn’t have. Hours later - questionably fired, car towed with her wallet inside, phone dead - she is forced to walk home. When a stranger mistakes her uniform for a prostitute’s, Kit takes a chance. Minimum Wage covers an amazing amount of emotional ground in a very brief amount of time. Exceptionally well done. MY GAL, ROSEMARIE (Documentary), 16 Min., English, SYNOPSIS: Somewhere on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Rosemarie and Ray pass time in an apartment packed and cluttered with the detritus of a half century of marriage. With their meager Social Security checks going straight to covering rent every month and nothing in savings, Ray collects cans to get a little cash together so he can grant Rosemarie her one and only 90th birthday wish: a trip to In ‘N Out for hamburgers. Poignant, honest, humorous and sharply observed. OBSOLETE (Narrative Comedy), 12 Min., English, SYNOPSIS: Retiree Donald is thrown into the frightening complexities of new technology after being assigned the task of entertaining his grandson, little Jimmy. This causes an intense mental battle to rage within Donald's mind - represented through a 1940's office block. Brain Cortex Executive Orson Belles commands and leads his team to try to complete the high level task. However, when equipment explodes in the Frontal Lobe Department, chaos erupts. Crisply directed, clearly imaginative and very funny. PARALLEL CHORDS (Narrative Drama), 14 Min., English, SYNOPSIS: "Parallel Chords" (overture) is based on the true story of a young violinist struggling to assert her individuality amidst the intense pressure of her pianist father and the formidable weight of her own musical ability. Surreal images fill her interior life, and provide her with some escape, until she ultimately breaks free in reality. A provocative short, with splendid cinematography. STUNNED (L’ÉTOURDISSEMENT), (Narrative Drama/comedy), 23 Min., in French w/subtitles. SYNOPSIS: Following the accidental death of a colleague, Eddy is charged with the task of announcing the terrible news to the wife of the deceased. His colleague, George, offers to accompany him for support, taking advantage of the opportunity to leave work early. Upon arriving at the widow’s house, the two men struggle with the gravity of the situation. Brilliantly conceived and executed, Stunned marvelously achieves a delicate balance between comedic absurdity and poignant drama. Feature film program, 5pm: Figurine (Canada, 78 min., Language: English) Synopsis: Karin leads a quiet life working at a truck wash and ushering part-time at the hockey arena. Her solitary routine is broken when she meets James, a truck driver seeking work in the city. As autumn approaches winter, Karin opens herself to the possibility of romance. As directed by Hans Olson, Figurine’s sensitive and exquisite portrait of loneliness doesn’t need to rely on dramatic fireworks. Its quiet power speaks for itself.    

Payomet presents: Readings of Eugene O'Neill

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 5:00 pm
details TBA

Independent Documentary Series:TROUBLEMAKERS: THE STORY OF LAND ART

Thursday, May 5th, 2016 5:00 pm
$10.00
BUY TICKETS HERE FOR THURS. 5/5  BUY TICKETS HERE FOR FRI. 5/6 Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. The film features a cadre of renegade New York artists that sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest. Today these works remain impressive not only for the sheer audacity of their makers but also for their out-sized ambitions to break free from traditional norms. The film casts these artists in a heroic light, which is exactly how they saw themselves. Iconoclasts who changed the landscape of art forever, these revolutionary, antagonistic creatives risked their careers on radical artistic change and experimentation, and took on the establishment to produce art on their own terms. The film includes rare footage and interviews which unveil the enigmatic lives and careers of storied artists Robert Smithson(Spiral Jetty), Walter De Maria (The Lightning Field)and Michael Heizer (Double Negative); a headstrong troika that established the genre. As the film makes clear, in making works that can never be possessed as an object in a gallery, these troublemakers stand in marked contrast to the hyper-speculative contemporary art world of today. Troublemakers points out that land art was rife with contradiction and conflict, a site where architecture, landscape, sculpture, technology, archaeology and photography would all converge. Against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, Cold War anxieties and other political uncertainties of the nuclear age, land artists often subscribed to a dystopian view of the future that questioned the military-industrial complex, consumerism and the banalities of modern life and culture. The period was also marked by the release of the first image of the entire earth. Produced by NASA, such images turned the conceptual space of earth into a two-dimensional sphere; an object on which to conceivably draw, design and create. The most compelling land art sites offered viewers a means to imagine and negotiate the scale of the human body with the enormity of our planet. Land artists were exploring a larger canvas to work on while simultaneously seeking to create works that induced awe in the viewer, thus producing a new kind of pilgrimage and a new kind of visceral viewing experience. The film shows how nature performs in these works and alters them over time sometimes radically reclaiming them, creating an ongoing competitive dialogue between artist and the natural world. Using original footage produced with helicopters and rare re-mastered vintage footage from the period, Crump’s cinematic journey takes viewers on a thrill ride through the most significant land art sites in California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, an immersive and physically transportive experience that movie goers will not forget. WATCH VIDEO TRAILER HERE      

Independent Documentary Series: TROUBLEMAKERS: THE STORY OF LAND ART

Friday, May 6th, 2016 7:00 pm
$10.00
 BUY TICKETS HERE Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. The film features a cadre of renegade New York artists that sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest. Today these works remain impressive not only for the sheer audacity of their makers but also for their out-sized ambitions to break free from traditional norms. The film casts these artists in a heroic light, which is exactly how they saw themselves. Iconoclasts who changed the landscape of art forever, these revolutionary, antagonistic creatives risked their careers on radical artistic change and experimentation, and took on the establishment to produce art on their own terms. The film includes rare footage and interviews which unveil the enigmatic lives and careers of storied artists Robert Smithson(Spiral Jetty), Walter De Maria (The Lightning Field)and Michael Heizer (Double Negative); a headstrong troika that established the genre. As the film makes clear, in making works that can never be possessed as an object in a gallery, these troublemakers stand in marked contrast to the hyper-speculative contemporary art world of today. Troublemakers points out that land art was rife with contradiction and conflict, a site where architecture, landscape, sculpture, technology, archaeology and photography would all converge. Against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, Cold War anxieties and other political uncertainties of the nuclear age, land artists often subscribed to a dystopian view of the future that questioned the military-industrial complex, consumerism and the banalities of modern life and culture. The period was also marked by the release of the first image of the entire earth. Produced by NASA, such images turned the conceptual space of earth into a two-dimensional sphere; an object on which to conceivably draw, design and create. The most compelling land art sites offered viewers a means to imagine and negotiate the scale of the human body with the enormity of our planet. Land artists were exploring a larger canvas to work on while simultaneously seeking to create works that induced awe in the viewer, thus producing a new kind of pilgrimage and a new kind of visceral viewing experience. The film shows how nature performs in these works and alters them over time sometimes radically reclaiming them, creating an ongoing competitive dialogue between artist and the natural world. Using original footage produced with helicopters and rare re-mastered vintage footage from the period, Crump’s cinematic journey takes viewers on a thrill ride through the most significant land art sites in California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, an immersive and physically transportive experience that movie goers will not forget. WATCH VIDEO TRAILER HERE

Spring Clothing Swap & Soiree

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 5:30 pm
$10 and your best bag of clothing
If you've been before, you'll know that it's an event that you won't want to miss! Bring $10 and your best bag of clothing. Items must be clean and in good condition -  PLEASE BE SELECTIVE. Shoes and accessories welcome. Complimentary beverage included. All ages.

Love Is Blind: Music Inspired by Amy Winehouse

Saturday, May 14th, 2016 7:30 pm
with Emily Wade Adams. $25 General Admission
BUY TICKETS HERE Prez Hall will be transformed into a New York City jazz club for the unique, one-of-a-kind production that sold out at its Cotuit Arts Center premier last June.  Emily Wade Adams, a Nauset High graduate now living in New York City, and producer Ruth Condon of Brave Horse Music bring music inspired by the late Amy Winehouse to life in this one-of-a-kind production. Winehouse, who would have been 32 in September, died tragically four years ago, leaving behind a catalog of some of the best music of the last decade. From her solo hits to her duets with artists including Tony Bennett, her talent was unparalleled. Her recordings span genres, covering everything from Jazz to Motown to Hip Hop. Her voice, which has been compared to Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, had a rich quality unexpected in someone so frail, so delicate. "Love is Blind" features a combination of the standards that inspired Winehouse, a selection of her own compositions, and songs of contemporary artists she influenced. The music is the star of this show, featuring a world-class band and a collection of hits that will have you on your feet dancing by the night’s end.Ms. Adams, formerly of the San Francisco swing band The Cosmo Alleycats, first debuted this show in San Francisco in 2012. Of Winehouse, she says, “There is so much depth to her music. You can listen to it over and over again and catch something new each time, whether in her clever lyrics, unique arrangements or unusual - and virtuosic - vocal choices. I admire her for bringing jazz to a new audience.” WATCH VIDEO HERE            

Feed Your Love Open Mic

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 7:00 pm
Free & Open to all!
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, The Feed Your Love Open Mic is a tolerant and supportive, diverse, engaging and, most of all, entertaining environment (whew!). We host musicians who sing and play everything from old timey folk to rock-n-roll; acoustic guitar solos to improvisational jazz sets; poets and story-tellers, first-time performers (ages 6 to 86) to retired professional musicians. All are welcome and made to feel at home. If you are not already a member of our musical (and poetic) community, please stop by to listen, to play, or just to say hello.  Cash bar serving cold and hot drinks and snacks.

Outermost Contra Dance

Friday, May 20th, 2016 7:30 pm
$10 suggested donation
Come dance! The Outermost Contra dance happens on the third Friday of each month, and in different locations on the Outer Cape. There is a community potluck beforehand at 6:30, with the dance starting at 7:30. Guest musicians TBA. What is contradance? Contra dancing is the old time dance of New England, danced to the exuberant reels and jigs from the traditional repertoires of the British Isles, Canada and America. Contra dancing is social interaction set to music, meeting people, and making new friends. A caller, working with a group of live musicians, guides new and experienced dancers alike through a variety of dances. No need to bring a partner, but bring friends and family! All dances are taught, and if you can walk you can dance! Or you can just come to listen. People of all ages and lifestyles, including children, are welcome. Contra dances are a place where people from many walks of life come together to dance and socialize. Our dance is supported by a small grant from the Country Dance and Song Society and by donations. The suggested donation is $10 or whatever you can afford to put towards supporting the dances.

Art Exhibit - The work of Glenna Ellicott Benson

Saturday, May 21st, 2016 10:00 am
Receptions 4-6pm Sat. & Sun.

Art Exhibit - The work of Glenna Ellicott Benson

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 10:00 am
Receptions 4-6pm Sat. & Sun.

PRIVATE EVENT

Sunday, May 29th, 2016 10:00 am

Artworks Exhibit

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 10:00 am

Artworks Exhibit

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 10:00 am

Nauset High School event

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 7:00 pm

Artworks Exhibit

Friday, June 3rd, 2016 10:00 am

Monica Rizzio CD Release Show

Friday, June 3rd, 2016 7:30 pm
Tickets $20 Advance, $22 at the door
BUY TICKETS HERE Join us for this special show celebrating the release of Monica's new CD Washashore Cowgirl! No stranger to the east coast music scene, Texas-bred and Cape Codwashashore, Monica Rizzio is emerging as one of the finest singer songwriters that call New England home. For over 10 years she played fiddle and sang with Tripping Lily, a folk acoustic pop band, who toured up and down the east coast. In 2012, Monica left the band to rejuvenate her passion for music and began writing to help cope with the loss of the band and love. At FreshGrass, the following year, while perusing the vendors Rizzio found a 1956 Martin 0-18 guitar that would change her life and her song. She calls it the “moment I found Jesus again.” Drawing on her East Texas roots, Monica and her Martin, brought back the the little girl who loved to barrel race on her horse Bo, and she found her outlaw country sound deep within the folk world. Her debut album, aptly named, Washashore Cowgirl, is completely autobiographical, often times delivered in a fictional approach, sometimes with humor, and sometimes so strikingly honest you can feel the pain in her voice. The album is a testament to the relationships she has forged with many artists over the years and features Mark Erelli, Sierra Hull, Abbie Gardner & Molly Venter of Red Molly, G. Love, Tim Chaisson, Brittany Haas, and Laney Jones. Last December, Monica shared the stage with Tom Rush and Red Molly at his annual show at Symphony Hall in Boston and has supported Dianna Krall, Slaid Cleaves, and Joan Osborne. “It’s time that I saddle on again and hit the road sharing my crazy washashore cowgirl story,” says Rizzio, who is probably most at home when she is on stage sharing her songs. "I made the tactical error of inviting Monica Rizzio to share the stage with me at Symphony Hall and she went and stole the audience right out from under me!"-TOM RUSH "She has reinvented the landscape with her unique voice and technicolor sound, redefining what has gone before. I am so glad she has washed ashore!-PATTY LARKIN READ MORE ABOUT MONICA HERE  

Artworks Exhibit

Saturday, June 4th, 2016 10:00 am

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