From Kathmandu to Everest:
Marriage, Culture and Mountains in the Highest Place on Earth


Red River Theatres is proud to present a once-in-a-lifetime event on one of the most fascinating and mysterious places in the world, Nepal. Learn about the many facets of this tiny mountain country presented from two writers and climbers who have been there.

Travel writer Dan Szczesny and mountain climber Jake St. Pierre will present a multi-media show on their experiences living, eating, trekking and marrying in Nepal. The event is sponsored by Lincoln Financial Group of Concord.

From Kathmandu to Everest: Marriage, Culture and Mountains in the Highest Place on Earth is a FREE event, though reservations are suggested. Dan and Jake will use video, readings, and slides to present Nepal both as a mountain destination and as the rich, multi-cultural society the two mean experienced while there. Dan married in Kathmandu in a traditional Nepali wedding ceremony, the honeymooned with a trek to Everest Base Camp. Jake was at Base Camp this past spring for the worst climbing disaster in Everest’s history, an avalanche that killed 16 Sherpa.

166Dan Szcznesy is the Associate Publisher of the The Hippo and a long-time journalist and author from Manchester, NH. He’s also a hiking guide and naturalist for Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center in Massachusetts. His books include the hiking memoir, The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie, and Notes from Alaska, a series of essays about the Last Frontier. Dan will be discussing and reading from his latest book, The Nepal Chronicles, about his month long unguided trek to Everest Base Camp and marriage in Kathmandu. He’ll have video and slides from the trail.

Jake St. PierreJake St. Pierre the owner of Juggernaut Summit Performance and a certified personal trainer and climber from Concord, NH. He’s been climbing mountains for over 30 years and has been invited by the American Climber Science Program to join a science research expedition to the Everest region to study climate change. Jake will be discussing the Everest 2014 climbing season, the deadly avalanche that killed 16 Sherpa and what the tragedy means for the future of the highest peak in the world. He’ll have photos from the recovery effort and from the avalanche site itself.

Thurs. Oct. 2 @ 6:30  PM    FREE but reservations are strongly encouraged!!


NORTHERN BORDERS Directed by Jay Craven
Northern Borders tells the story of ten year-old Austen Kittredge, who is sent to live on his grandparents’ Kingdom County Vermont farm, where he has wild adventures and uncovers long-festering family secrets. It’s 1956 and Austen experiences rural Kingdom County as a place full of eccentric people including his stubborn grandparents, whose thorny marriage is known as the Forty Years War.  Initially feeling stuck in this fractured household, young Austen plans a quick exit but ends up stranded with no choice but to navigate and endure. A humorous and sometimes startling coming-of-age story, Northern Borders evokes Vermont’s wildness, its sublime beauty, a haunted past, and an aura of enchantment.Northern Borders is directed by award-winning indie filmmaker Jay Craven and based on Howard Frank Mosher’s novel that was recently declared by The London Guardian as one of the “Top Ten Books Featuring Grandparents” (others included Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” and Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”).The picture stars Bruce Dern (“Coming Home,” Hitchcock’s “Family Plot”) and Geneviève Bujold (“Anne of a Thousand Days, “King of Hearts”).  Dern was named Best Actor at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, for Alexander Payne’s new film, “Nebraska” which he shot immediately after completing “Northern Borders.”  Both Bujold and Dern have received Academy Award nominations. Northern Borders also stars Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (“Moonrise Kingdom,” Before Midnight) and 2010 Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht (“Sideways,” “Friends”).   Others in the supporting cast include John Shea, Jay O. Sanders, Mark Margolis, Tom Bodett, Rusty Dewees, and John Rothman.Join us for a special screening with Director, Jay Craven in the Lincoln Financial Theater Thursday August 21. He will answer questions following the film!
Run continued! Screening in the Simchik Cinema starting 8/29 for one week only!

Presented by the Center for Health Promotion
Can meditation make a difference? Can people be freed from their troubled existence and helped to lead ordinary lives? Free the Mind follows three test subjects – one school-aged boy and two veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – on a daring journey into the deepest recesses of the human mind. Learn about the work of Dr. Richard Davidson, who has worked with young children dealing with ADHD and anxiety in school settings, as well as American war veterans struggling with PTSD, in an attempt to discover whether mind-focused techniques, such as meditation and yoga, can ease their pain, relax their nervous systems, improve their attention and help them become happier and more peaceful.The film will be followed by a panel discussion by Center for Health Promotion educators Nancy Kalinski, PA, Tom Sherman and Martha Mae Emerson, who will discuss their teaching experiences and direct audience members to local opportunities for learning how to free their minds.
Wed. Sept. 24 @6PM

A special screening to celebrate the life and career of Robin Williams
Celebrate the life and career of Robin Williams with a special screening of one of Williams underrated films. PATCH ADAMS is a 1998 semi-biographical comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams. Directed by Tom Shadyac, it is based on the life story of Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams and the book Gesundheit: Good Health is a Laughing Matter by Adams and Maureen Mylander. Despite being poorly received by most critics, Robin’s performance was praised by many viewers and the film was a box-office success, grossing over twice its budget in the United States alone.SJ_benefiting_pref_tag_black
Tues. Sept. 30 @6:30 PM

Presented by the NH Palestine Education Network
Where Should Birds FlyScreening @ 12:15 PMWHERE SHOULD THE BIRDS FLY? is the first film about Gaza made by Palestinians living the reality of Israel’s siege and blockade of this tiny enclave. It is the story of two young women, survivors of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead. Mona Samouni, now 12 years old and the filmmaker, Fida Qishta, now 27, represent the spirit and future of Palestinians. The film is a visual documentation of the Goldstone Report. But it is so much more. It reveals the strength and hope, the humanity and humor that flourishes among the people of Gaza. Few films document so powerfully and personally the impact of modern warfare and sanctions on civilian population.Human rights activist, social worker, and Gaza advocate Ridgely Fuller and Gaza psycho-social therapist, Gaza resident, and MA candidate at the School for International Training in Brattleboro , VT, Ayman Nijim will comment and facilitate the discussion following the screening.


Screening @ 2:30 PM

VOICES ACROSS THE DIVIDE is a powerful documentary and oral history project by Alice Rothchild and Sharon Mullally. The film explores the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through rarely heard personal stories. Narrated by Alice Rothchild, and American Jew raised on the tradgedies of the Holocaust and the dream of a Jewish homeland in Israel, the film follows her personal journey as she begins to understand the Palestinian narrative, while exploring the Palestinian experience of loss, occupation, statelessness, and immigration to the US- stories that need to be a part of the dialogue if peace with justice is to be achieved. The documentary is both a personal journey to understand the Palestinian narrative as well as the implications and contradictions of deeply held cultural beliefs in the Jewish community.

Filmmaker and author Dr. Alice Rothchild will comment and facilitate the discussion following the screening.


Screening @ 5:00 PM

AL-HELM: MARTIN LUTHER KING IN PALESTINE is the Award-winning film about an African American gospel choir who serves as the Greek chorus for a Palestinian play on Martin Luther King, Jr. Together, the African Americans and Palestinians tour the West Bank preaching nonviolence. The choir is apprehensive about working with the Palestinians whose American media image is that of angry, violent terrorists. For the Palestinian actors, Americans are unconditional supporters of their occupiers. It is a personal and cultural exchange where, over the course of the journey, their ideas about each other are radically transformed. Happy to finally visit the Holy Land, the choir witnesses life in the occupied territories, performs in a unique theater inside a refugee camp, and meets Fadi Quran, a young leader of the nonviolent movement for justice. At the end of their tour reality will astonishingly mirror the play on MLK, a man who died for his beliefs.

African American Dr. Carmen Buford-Paige and Palestinian-Jordanian Tarek Abu Jabarah will comment and facilitate the discussion afterward.

***Tickets are $7 per film OR $15 for 3-film ticket*** For pre-paid tickets with pick-up at the door, send checks to “NH Peace Action- Education Fund” with the memo: Palestine Film Festival or use the donate button on http://nhpeaceaction.org/donate/ and enter PEN on the notes field alone with the movie title.

Sun. Oct. 5 

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Our annual Quote and Sing-Along October Tradition! A Wicked night out featuring men in drag, a young couple about to lose their innocence, and a few monsters to teach you to dance the Time Warp.Your ticket includes: Prop Bags, Naughty Pre-show games, Costume Contest, and a live cast of characters.RULES: Have Fun! WE expect courtesy, but if you expect a quiet night out THIS IS NOT the event for you!NO OUTSIDE PROPS!!! We will be checking at the door, so expect a pat-down (seriously, no extra charge!)Fri. Oct. 24: 16+ Night (IF UNDER 18 YOU MUST HAVE AN ADULT(OVER 18) WITH YOU – WE WILL BE CHECKING ID’S)Sat. Oct. 25: 18+ NIGHT (PLEASE HAVE ID’S READY – WE WILL BE CHECKING!) ARRIVE EARLY TO TAKE PART IN A BEER TASTING AND OTHER DEBAUCHERY BEFORE THE FILM STARTS! 
Fri Oct. 24 & Sat. Oct. 25 @ 9:30



Andrew Pinard: Discovering Magic. Are you the type of person who loves to be surprised; the kind of person that marvels at how remarkable the world is and celebrates the weird and wonderful ways that we experience the world? If so, Discovering Magic is the experience for you! Back for its second year, this “mind-numbing, jaw-dropping, eye-opening” experience takes audiences on a guided tour of the impossible and the absurd. Using only the most ordinary of objects, accomplished actor, conjuror, puppeteer, storyteller, and award-winning performer Andrew Pinard brings the ordinary to life with the most surprising results. The only show of its kind in the New England, audiences have traveled from Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire to experience sleight of hand, con games, psychology, history, science, comedy, cognitive development, political spin, and more through the eyes of a “perceptual engineer” on his quest to explore distortion and guile.Pinard has been a full-time performer and theatre artist for over twenty-five years. He has presented thousands of performances throughout the northeastern United States as well as internationally in Canada, England, Switzerland, Germany, and Italy. Pinard has been recognized by his peers as one of the finest close-up performers throughout the Northeast and took the top honors in the 18th Annual New England Magic Competition. Pinard was selected twice as Editors’ Choice for Best Magical Entertainer in “The Very Best of New Hampshire” issues of New Hampshire Magazine.The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts has referred to his “impressive ability with sleight-of-hand.” After attending the premiere episode of Discovering Magic, Rick Broussard, Editor of New Hampshire Magazine, wrote: “Your show is remarkable, Andrew. Anyone who hasn’t seen it owes it to themselves to go.
Third Wednesday of each month Sept-June @ 8PM