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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 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    

Payomet presents: Readings of Eugene O'Neill

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

Gregg Sullivan Quartet

Saturday, May 7th, 2016 7:00 pm
BUY TICKETS HERE Prez Hall welcomes the Gregg Sullivan Quartet for their first appearnce at the hall! Gregg Sullivan (guitar), Fred Boyle (keyboard), Rich Hill (bass), and Bart Weisman (drums). The Quartet wil perform R&B-jazz-groove tunes from The Crusaders, Steely Dan, Jimmy Smith and many more. Gregg will also play some solo acoustic fingerstyle guitar as well. Gregg Sullivan is a versatile guitarist and veteran sideman originally from the NJ/NYC area who now resides on Cape Cod. He's performed and/or recorded with world renown jazz-rock band "Blood, Sweat & Tears", Roger Daltrey of "The Who", Mary Wilson of "The Supremes", The Rascals and many more. Gregg has toured throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe playing at legendary venues including, The Hollywood Bowl, Birdland in NYC, BB King's in NYC, The Fillmore in San Francisco, The Toronto Jazz Festival and countless others. Gregg also performs as a solo musician playing acoustic fingerstyle guitar in the tradition of Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel and Jerry Reed. WATCH VIDEO OF GREGG HERE    

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.

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  

Kate Dillingham and Jory Vinikour

Sunday, June 5th, 2016 3:00 pm
celebrating Bernard Greenhouse
Join us June 5 at 3pm when Kate Dillingham and Jory Vinikour celebrate the 2nd printing of the edition Bernard Greenhouse and Kate Dillingham co-edited for G. Schirmer, Inc. and the release of their new CD recording with a performance of Three Sonatas for Violoncello and Harpsichord, BWV 1027-1029 by J.S. Bach. Colleagues from G. Schirmer, Inc will be on hand to present a short talk about the Greenhouse~Dillingham edition and the legacy passed from Casals to Greenhouse to Dillingham. Kate Dillingham enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, collaborative artist and is an avid proponent of the music of living composers. Following her New York debut, which featured world premieres of works by Augusta Read Thomas and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon, the press deemed her “an excellent cellist; dignified, intelligent, and compelling. An adventurous, dedicated champion of contemporary music … an extraordinary performer who displayed musical insight and emotional depth…” She has performed as a soloist with The St. Petersburg Philharmonic, The Moscow Symphony Orchestra, The Salzburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, Bargemusic and Symphony Space in New York City. Recent highlights include concerts at the Tsereteli Gallery in Moscow, Russia, Weill Recital Hall and The Dimenna Center in New York City. Ms. Dillingham was a student of Bernard Greenhouse at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and Maria Tchaikovskaya at the Moscow Conservatory. A long association with Mr. Greenhouse led to collaboration on an edition of the Sonatas for Violoncello and Keyboard BWV 1027-1029 by J.S. Bach, published by G. Schirmer Inc., which she presented in a combined concert and lecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Kate’s enthusiasm for broadening the range and repertoire of the cello has led her to commission, perform, and record music written by composers of the 21st century. Ms. Dillingham has recorded four albums of varied repertoire: Haydn Cello Concertos with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Lutoslawki and Herbert Concertos with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, music of Debussy, Honegger and Fauré and CROSSSINGS; New Music For Cello all of which are available at itunes, READ MORE ABOUT KATE HERE                                                                                                                               Photograph by Nuccio di Nuzzo Jory Vinikour is recognized as one of the outstanding harpsichordists of his generation. A highly-diversified career takes him to the world's most important festivals, concert halls, and opera houses as recitalist and concerto soloist, partner to many of today's finest instrumental and vocal artists, coach, and conductor. Born in Chicago, he came to Paris on a Fulbright scholarship to study with Huguette Dreyfus and Kenneth Gilbert. First Prizes in the International Harpsichord Competitions of Warsaw (1993) and the Prague Spring Festival (1994) brought him to the public’s attention, and he has since appeared in festivals and concert series, and as soloist with major orchestras, throughout much of the world.He has appeared as conductor/harpsichordist with the Juilliard415 Baroque orchestra at Carnegie Hall, as well as with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Korea Chamber Orchestra, etc. He has collaborated with many of the most prominent singers of today, notably Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, Rolando Villazon. His solo recordings have been widely praised in the international press. His recording of the complete works of Jean-Philippe Rameau (Sono Luminus, 2012) was nominated for a Grammy in the field of Best Classical Solo Intrumental Recording. READ MORE ABOUT JORY HERE    

Inside the Pages: Jacquelyn x 2

Thursday, June 9th, 2016 7:30 pm
$12.00 - Featuring Jacquelyn Mitchard & Jacqueline Sheehan
BUY TICKETS HERE Listen in as two authors interview each other and ask questions no one else dares to ask them. Jacquelyn Mitchard and Jacqueline Sheehan, both best-selling authors, appear together for the first time - right here at Prez Hall! They will also read excerpts from their new novels, take questions from the audience, and autograph books. About the authors: Jacquelyn Mitchard is the number one New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels for adults, including The Deep End of the Ocean, which was the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club and also made into a major feature film. Her latest novel, Two If By Sea, was released on March 15, 2016 to rave reviews.The editor of a realistic Young Adult imprint, Merit Press, Mitchard also is the author of seven novels for Young Adults. Her work has won the Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson awards, as well as the UK’s Walkabout Prize and was short-listed for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. She is a professor of Creative Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts and a contributing editor for More magazine. Mitchard grew up in Chicago, and now lives on Cape Cod with her family. Jacqueline Sheehan, Ph.D., is a fiction writer and essayist. She is also a psychologist. She is a New Englander through and through, but spent twenty years living in the western states of Oregon, California, and New Mexico doing a variety of things, including house painting, freelance photography, newspaper writing, clerking in a health food store, and directing a traveling troupe of high school puppeteers. She is the acclaimed author of the novels The Comet’s Tale, a Novel about Sojourner Truth; Lost & Found; Now & Then; and Picture This. She has also published travel articles, short stories, and numerous essays and radio pieces. Jacqueline's laest novel, The Center of the World, was released in December 2015 to rave reviews.

Feed Your Love Open Mic

Wednesday, June 15th, 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.

Provincetown International Film Festival

Thursday, June 16th, 2016 12:00 pm
details TBA

Provincetown International Film Festival

Friday, June 17th, 2016 12:00 pm
details TBA

Provincetown International Film Festival

Saturday, June 18th, 2016 12:00 pm
details TBA

Provincetown International Film Festival

Sunday, June 19th, 2016 12:00 pm
details TBA

Eleanor Dubinsky in concert

Friday, July 1st, 2016 7:30 pm

Mosquito Storyslam

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 7:30 pm

Castle Hill presents: Artist Panel Discussion

Thursday, July 14th, 2016 7:00 pm
details TBA

Feed Your Love Open Mic

Wednesday, July 20th, 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.

Summer Spirits

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 5:00 pm
Cocktails & music every Weds. in the garden!
Join us for delicious cocktails, wine or beer in our charming back garden with accompanying live music provided by fantastic local musicians. Non-alcoholic beverages also available. Share a toast before heading off to dinner at one of Wellfleet's fabulous eateries. Every Wednesday through August from 5-7pm, starting July 27th.

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