• Upcoming Silent Film Screenings

Here's a running list of upcoming screenings of silent film with live music by Jeff Rapsis.

• Saturday, April 28, 2018, 4:30 p.m.: "Die Nibelugen, Part 1: Siegfried" (1924) directed by Fritz Lang; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. One of the greatest artistic and technical achievements of the German silent cinema, Fritz Lang's monumental Die Nibelungen is a passionate retelling of Nordic legend, invested with all the resources of the colossal UFA Studios. 'Siegfried' establishes larger-than-life heroic characters who are defined by tests of valor and rigid codes of honor. In order to win the hand of Kriemhild (Margarete Schoen), Siegfried (Paul Richter) must win a bride for her brother, King Gunther. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Part 2 to be shown on Sunday, April 29. Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, April 29, 2018, 4:30 p.m.: "Die Nibelugen, Part 2: Kriemheld's Revenge" (1924) directed by Fritz Lang; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. One of the greatest artistic and technical achievements of the German silent cinema, Fritz Lang's monumental Die Nibelungen is a passionate retelling of Nordic legend, invested with all the resources of the colossal UFA Studios. Kriemhild's Revenge begins after the death of Siegfried, and weaves the treacherous tale of his widow's ungodly vengeance upon his murderers. The noble qualities of the first film become liabilities in the second, as the blood oaths and vows of loyalty bring about a maelstrom of violence that results in the slaughter of entire armies. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Saturday, May 5, 2018, 7:30 p.m.: "The Phantom Bullet" (1926) starring Hoot Gibson; the Edison Theatre at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, 37417 Niles Boulevard, Niles, Calif. In this vintage Western from Universal, Hoot Gibson stars as Click Farlane, a Colorado cowboy returning to the old homestead when his father (John T. Prince) is murdered by a mysterious gang of rustlers. To learn all he can about the murderer, Click assumes the disguise of a complete nincompoop, a ruse that succeeds only after a couple of close calls. Along the way, our hero falls in love with blonde houseguest Jane Terrill (Eileen Percy). Wonderful vintage Edison theater from 1913 now fully restored; shows silent films with live music every week. Suggested admission $5 per person for members, $7 for "not yet members."

• Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7 p.m.: "The Winning of Barbara Worth" (1926) starring Gary Cooper, Ronald Colman, Vilma Banky; in the Stonyfield Theatre at Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. Epic Western about the settling and irrigation of California's Imperial Valley, once a wasteland but now an agricultural paradise. Shot on location by director Henry King in Nevada's Black Rock desert, one of the first films to take audiences to the wide open spaces of the great American West. With a young Gary Cooper playing a key role. Silent film with live music at this popular venue for independent and arthouse cinema in New Hampshire's state capital. Admission $12 per person.

• Sunday, May 13, 2018, 2 p.m.: "Steamboat Bill Jr." (1928); Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Pampered Buster returns home from college to help his father, a tough riverboat captain, battle to save the business; falling for the archrival's daughter doesn't make things easier. Climaxed by an eye-popping cyclone sequence. Join us for 'Silents, Please!' at the Somerville Theatre, a 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film on the big screen. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700.

• Thursday, May 17, 2018, 8 p.m.: "The Black Pirate" (1926) starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr.; The Capitol Theatre, 204 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, Mass.; (781) 648-6022; http://capitoltheatreusa.com/. The granddaddy of all pirate films, with Fairbanks as an athletic young aristocrat who seeks revenge by joining the pirate band responsible for his father's death. Silent film with live music at a terrific locally owned neighborhood cinema!

• Saturday, May 19, 2018, 7 p.m.: "The Wizard of Oz" (1925); Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. This early silent film version of L. Frank Baum's immortal tales features silent comedian Larry Semon in a slapstick romp that also casts Oliver Hardy as the Tin Man. Oz as you've never seen it before, and completely different from the beloved MGM musical classic. Plus an even earlier short version of the Oz story filmed more than 100 years ago. Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Sunday, May 20, 2018, 4:30 p.m.: "The Perfect Clown" (1925) and other films starring comedian Larry Semon; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Although his work never equaled Chaplin, Keaton, or Lloyd, slapstick comic Larry Semon kept audiences laughing throughout the 1920s with outrageous gags, wild chases, and eye-popping stunts. Rediscover this forgotten silent comic as we run several of his short films and 'The Perfect Clown' (1925), a feature starring Semon as a clerk who misses banking hours and must safeguard a $10,000 deposit overnight. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Thursday, May 24, 2018, 6:30 p.m.: "A Western Double Feature"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Join us for a two-fisted double feature starring actors who pioneered the Western in Hollywood. Silent film with live music by Jeff Rapsis. First up: Hell's Hinges (1916) starring William S. Hart. In the wayward western town known as Hell's Hinges, a local tough guy is reformed by the faith of a good woman. Hailed as Hart's masterpiece; uncompromising and unglamorous look at the Old West. Followed by The Great K & A Train Robbery (1926) starring Tom Mix. Treachery on the rails as our hero goes undercover to learn who is tipping off bandits. One of the best Tom Mix films, with plenty of action, fantastic stunt work, and Tony the Wonder Horse. Part of an ongoing silent film series at a restored moviehouse and concert venue in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Sunday, June 3, 2018, 7:30 p.m. "Go West" (1925) starring Buster Keaton; Aeronaut Brewing Co., 14 Tyler St., Somerville, Mass. Admission $10 per person, limited seating. Buster heads out to ranch country, where the stone-faced comedian encounters romance with—a cow! Can he save his love from a trip to the livestock yards? Rustle up some belly laughs as Buster must once again prove himself worthy to all those who doubt him. Preceded by 'Hell's Hinge's' (1916), an early William S. Hart western. Part of the Aeronaut Brewery's commitment to showcase local music, art, and performance. Limited seating so reserve early; for more details on tickets, visit Aeronaut Brewing online.

• Saturday, June 9, 2018, 7 p.m.: "Steamboat Bill, Jr." (1928); Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Pampered Buster returns home from college to help his father, a tough riverboat captain, battle to save the business; falling for the archrival's daughter doesn't make things easier. Climaxed by an eye-popping cyclone sequence, 'Steamboat Bill' is crammed with classic Keaton gags and sequences. Silent comedy at its finest! Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Sunday, June 10, 2018, 2 p.m.: "Chicago" (1927); Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Join us for 'Silents, Please!' at the Somerville Theatre, a 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience on the big screen. The original big screen adaptation of the notorious Jazz Age tabloid scandal, based on real events. Dancer Roxie Hart is accused of murder! Is she innocent or headed for the slammer? Later made into the popular Broadway musical. Note: shown via DCP.

• Thursday, June 14, 2018, 8 p.m.: "The Iron Horse" (1924) directed by John Ford; The Capitol Theatre, 204 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, Mass.; (781) 648-6022; http://capitoltheatreusa.com/. A young John Ford directed this big Fox production on a big subject: the building of the Transcontinental Railroad following the Civil War. Epic story weaves together several narratives and includes parts for everyone from Abraham Lincoln to Buffalo Bill. Plus great western action sequences that set new standards for cinema! A remarkable picture from a filmmaker who would go on to win a record four Oscars for Best Director. Silent film with live music at a terrific locally owned neighborhood cinema!

• Friday, June 15, 2018, 9 a.m. Silent film program for students at Great Brook Middle School at Antrim Town Hall in Antrim, N.H. Our eighth annual presentation to some of the brightest kids in southern New Hampshire!

• Saturday, June 16, 2018: "To Be Announced" at First Congregational Church, Nashua, N.H. More details posted when available.

• Sunday, June 17, 2018, 4 p.m., "College" (1927) starring Buster Keaton; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. Buster heads off to a college campus to find sports is the only sure-fire route to popularity. One of Keaton's most gag-filled comedies offers priceless visual humor and a look at the silent star's athletic prowess. Plus Buster Keaton short comedy 'Cops' (1922). Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. More information about tickets and admission to come.

TENTATIVE • Friday, June 22, 2018, "Houdini's Silent Screen Career" starring Harry Houdini; North Theatre, 629 North Main St., Danville, Va; (434) 793-7469; http://thenorththeatre.com. First-ever three-day gathering of Houdini fans and enthusiasts at historic theater. More information about tickets and admission to come.

• Sunday, June 24, 2018, 4:30 p.m.: "Haldane of the Secret Service" (1923) starring Harry Houdini; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Last year's program of adventure films starring illusionist Harry Houdini were so popular, here's another. In 'Haldane of the Secret Service,' Houdini's final starring vehicle, he plays the son of a detective slain by a gang of counterfeiters. Seeking vengeance, he rescues a girl (Leslie) from the gang, but is thrown into river by them for dead, and escapes. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Saturday, June 30, 2018, 7 p.m.: "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" (1926); Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Taken from 'The Arabian Nights,' the first full-length animated feature tells the story of a wicked sorcerer who tricks Prince Achmed into mounting a magical flying horse, sending him off to a series of wondrous and romantic adventures. A masterful example of silhouette-style animation and a true breakthrough in cinematic story-telling. Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Thursday, July 5, 2018, 8 p.m.: "The Beloved Rogue" (1926) starring John Barrymore; The Capitol Theatre, 204 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, Mass.; (781) 648-6022; http://capitoltheatreusa.com/. Epic costume adventure based on the life of the 15th century French poet, François Villon. Wrongly banished from the Royal Court and sentenced to death, can the patriotic poet save France from an evil plot and while he's at it, win the hand of his noble beloved? Silent film with live music at a terrific locally owned neighborhood cinema!

• Sunday, July 8, 2018, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Join us for 'Silents, Please!' at the Somerville Theatre, a 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film on the big screen. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700.



Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, "To Be Announced"; Vintage Dance Weekend, Knights of Columbus Hall, Nahant, Mass. Private event not open to the general public.

• Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, 7 p.m.: "Laurel & Hardy: A Silent Fine Mess"; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. The beloved comedy team got their start in silent film, and so celebrate their origins with a selection of their funniest short comedies. Get ready to laugh as Stan and Ollie made fine messes out of everything from a day in the country to a night on the town. Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Join us for 'Silents, Please!' at the Somerville Theatre, a 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film on the big screen. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700.

• Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8 p.m.: "Her Sister From Paris" (1925) starring Constance Talmadge, Ronald Colman; The Capitol Theatre, 204 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, Mass.; (781) 648-6022; http://capitoltheatreusa.com/. The scene: Europe. The cast: Rich people. Get swept off your feet by not one but two privileged ladies, both played by amazing actress Constance Talmadge, in this effervescent battle-of-the-sexes comedy. Silent film with live music at a terrific locally owned neighborhood cinema!

• Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, 11 a.m.: "Peter Pan" (1924); Townsend (Mass.) Public Library, 12 Dudley Road, Townsend, Mass.; (978) 597-1714; http://www.townsendlibrary.org. The original silent film adaptation of J.M. Barrie's immortal tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up. Join the Darling children as they follow Peter to Never Never Land to do battle with the evil Captain Hook. A film that has lost none of its power over children of all ages. Celebrate summer with a silent film program at a very nice town library; free admission!

• Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, 1 p.m.: 'The Navigator' (1924) starring Buster Keaton; Silsbury Free Public Library, Charlestown, N.H. Free admission. A nautical-themed afternoon with silent film comic Buster Keaton. Set sail with Buster's classic comedy 'The Navigator,' which finds two wealthy socialites adrift on a giant ocean liner. Timeless visual comedy. Preceded by Keaton's short film 'The Boat' (1921).

• Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, 7 p.m.: "Her Sister From Paris" (1925) starring Constance Talmadge, Ronald Colman; Ludlow Auditorium, Ludlow, Vt. The scene: Europe. The cast: Rich people. Get swept off your feet by not one but two privileged ladies, both played by amazing actress Constance Talmadge, in this effervescent battle-of-the-sexes comedy. Silent film with live music in the lovingly restored Ludlow Auditorium in Ludlow Town Hall, 37 Depot St., Ludlow, Vt.

• Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, 7:30 p.m. "Clash of the Wolves" (1925) starring Rin Tin Tin; Aeronaut Brewing Co., 14 Tyler St., Somerville, Mass. Admission $10 per person, limited seating. Canine star Rin Tin Tin saves the day in this crackerjack action picture set in the Old West, one of his best surviving feature films. See Rinty leap from cliffs and rooftops (and even climb trees!) as he aids the good guys, chases down the bad guys, and saves his own on-screen dog family from a raging forest fire. See what made Rin Tin Tin one of the most popular stars of early cinema! Part of the Aeronaut Brewery's commitment to showcase local music, art, and performance. Limited seating so reserve early; for more details on tickets, visit Aeronaut Brewing online.

• Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, 7 p.m.: "The General" (1926) starring Buster Keaton, Marion Mack; in the Stonyfield Theatre at Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. Buster's Civil War-era masterpiece that tells the story of a Confederate railroad engineer whose train is hijacked by Northern spies. One of the great films of any era! Silent film with live music at this popular venue for independent and arthouse cinema in New Hampshire's state capital. Admission $12 per person.

• Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, 4:30 p.m.: "Harold Lloyd Silent Film Comedy" starring Harold Lloyd; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. A selection of some of the best short comedies starring Harold Lloyd. See what made Lloyd the most popular comedian of the silent era in films such as 'Never Weaken' (1921), which finds Lloyd wandering the perilous upper reaches of an uncompleted skyscraper! Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, 6:30 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Part of an ongoing silent film series at a restored moviehouse and concert venue in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Friday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 3, 2018: The Western New York Movie Expo and Memorabilia Show, Adams Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo, N.Y. Four-day successor to Cinefest, annual vintage film festival in Syracuse, N.Y. that ended in 2015. Information on film screenings to come.

• Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, 7 p.m.: "Sherlock Holmes" (1916) starring William Gillette; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Recently discovered in France after being lost for nearly a century, see this original 1916 adaptation of Sherlock Holmes stories as performed by William Gillette, the actor who created the role on stage and performed it more than 1,000 times. With the blessing of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Gillette's play combines elements of four classic short stories into a memorable battle with arch-nemesis, Prof. Moriarty. Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Join us for 'Silents, Please!' at the Somerville Theatre, a 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film on the big screen. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700.

• Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, 8 p.m.: "The Last Laugh" (1924) directed by F.W. Murnau, starring Emil Jannings; The Capitol Theatre, 204 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, Mass.; (781) 648-6022; http://capitoltheatreusa.com/. Towering performance by Jannings as aging doorman at posh city hotel whose unexpected change of jobs robs him of self-respect and identity. Directed by Murnau as a purely visual tale devoid of any dialogue intertitles. A masterpiece of the silent cinema! Silent film with live music at a terrific locally owned neighborhood cinema!

• Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, 11 a.m.: "Wings" (1927) starring Clara Bow, Buddy Rogers, Richard Arlen, Sioux City International Film Festival, Sioux City, Iowa. Sunday's programming will be presented at the historic Orpheum Theater in downtown Sioux City, Iowa, with live accompaniment on the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ! Sweeping drama about fighter pilots in World War I; one of the great achievements of the silent cinema, winner of "Best Picture" at the first-ever Academy Awards. Compelling story, great performances, battle scenes filmed on an immense scale, and in-air aviation sequences that remain thrilling even today. With a young Gary Cooper playing a key role. The Sioux City International Film Festival is western Iowa's premier film event, featuring dozens of local, national and international films each year.

• Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, 2 p.m.: "The Last Command" directed by Josef von Sternberg; starring Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent, and William Powell. Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton, Mass.; (978) 598-5000. Intense drama about a former high-ranking military officer in Czarist Russia now reduced to playing extra in 1920s Hollywood. Towering performance in the lead role helped Emil Jannings win 'Best Actor' at the first-ever Academy Awards. Transcends the usual cliches of romantic drama to explore the nature of power as well as the unreality of the nascent movie business itself. The result: a timeless mediation on life, love, and loss that transcends its era. Admission info to come.



• Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, 7:30 p.m., "To Be Decided"; silent film program with live music at the Eastman Community Association, Grantham, N.H. More details coming!

• Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, 4 p.m., "The Thief of Bagdad" (1924) starring Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. Eye-popping spectacle starring swashbuckling star Douglas Fairbanks Sr. in top form as adventurer in ancient times who must complete a series of epic tasks to save his beloved, all set in a fantastic world of monsters, underwater caves, and flying carpets. Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. More information about tickets and admission to come.

• Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, 8 p.m.: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923) starring Lon Chaney; The Capitol Theatre, 204 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, Mass.; (781) 648-6022; http://capitoltheatreusa.com/. Lon Chaney stars in the original screen adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel about a deformed bellringer in medieval Paris. A moving and timeless drama filled with classic scenes and capped with a thrilling climax! Silent film with live music at a terrific locally owned neighborhood cinema!

• Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, 7 p.m.: "Der Golem" (1920); Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Our annual "Chiller Theatre" presentation. Get ready for Halloween with a very weird flick! In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates a giant creature from clay, called the Golem. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution, but then complications ensue. Early German fantasy movie anticipates Frankenstein story. Join us for a series of silent films and live music in a wonderfully restored town hall in Brandon Vt. that features great acoustics. Admission free, donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

• Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Join us for 'Silents, Please!' at the Somerville Theatre, a 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film on the big screen. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700.

• Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, 7:30 p.m. "The Phantom of the Opera" (1925) starring Lon Chaney; Aeronaut Brewing Co., 14 Tyler St., Somerville, Mass. Admission $10 per person, limited seating. Celebrate Halloween with one of the all-time classics. Long before Andrew Lloyd Webber created the hit stage musical, this silent film adaptation starring Lon Chaney helped place 'Phantom' firmly in the pantheon of both horror and romance. Part of the Aeronaut Brewery's commitment to showcase local music, art, and performance. Limited seating so reserve early; for more details on tickets, visit Aeronaut Brewing online.

• Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, Time TBA: "Frankenstein program" at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington, Mass; (781) 646-4849. More details to come!

• Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, 6:30 p.m.: "Wings" (1927) starring Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Richard Arlen; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Sweeping drama about fighter pilots in World War I; one of the great achievements of the silent cinema, winner of "Best Picture" at the first-ever Academy Awards. Compelling story, great performances, battle scenes filmed on an immense scale, and in-air aviation sequences that remain thrilling even today. Presented in honor of the coming 100th anniversary of Armistice Day: Nov. 11, 2018. Part of an ongoing silent film series at a restored moviehouse and concert venue in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, 7 p.m. "Harry Houdini Celebration"; Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington, Mass; (781) 646-4849. Celebrate the birthday of Harry Houdini, legendary illusionist and escape artist, with an evening that combines live performance with a silent film starring Houdini himself as a James Bond-like action/adventure hero. Silent film with live music in a treasured neighborhood theater and performance space.

• Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, 4:30 p.m.: "Der Golem" (1920) starring Paul Wegener; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates a giant creature from clay, called the Golem. Using sorcery, brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. Early German fantasy flick anticipates Frankenstein story. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

>• Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, Time TBA: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923) starring Lon Chaney; Colonial Theatre, 95 Main Street, Keene, N.H.; (603) 352-2033; www.thecolonial.org. Perfect for Halloween night: Lon Chaney stars in the original screen adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel about a deformed bellringer in medieval Paris. A moving and timeless drama filled with classic scenes and capped with a thrilling climax! Plus, the very first feature film shown at the Colonial when it first opened in 1924! Admission charge, more details to come.

• Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, Time, Title TBA. Armistice Day Silent Film Screening at First Congregational Church, 1 Concord Street, Nashua, N.H. More details to come, but very excited at the prospect of doing a show in my hometown, and in a church where I once sang in the choir.

• Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, 7 p.m.: "Wings" (1927) starring Clara Bow, Buddy Rogers, Richard Arlen; in the Stonyfield Theatre at Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. In honor of Veterans Day as well as the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of Nov. 11, 1918 that ended World War I. Sweeping drama about fighter pilots in World War I; one of the great achievements of the silent cinema, winner of "Best Picture" at the first-ever Academy Awards. Compelling story, great performances, battle scenes filmed on an immense scale, and in-air aviation sequences that remain thrilling even today. With a young Gary Cooper playing a key role. Silent film with live music at this popular venue for independent and arthouse cinema in New Hampshire's state capital. Admission $12 per person.

• Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, 2 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Join us for 'Silents, Please!' at the Somerville Theatre, a 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film on the big screen. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700.

• Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, 4:30 p.m.: "Charlie Chaplin Short Comedies" starring Charlie Chaplin; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Chaplin's fame as a filmmaker rests largely on his great feature-length films. But what about the short comedies that first rocketed him to fame? See for yourself what first made the Little Tramp a world-renowned icon as we run a family-friendly selection of his best short comedies. Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, 4 p.m., "Grandma's Boy" (1921) starring Harold Lloyd; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. A cowardly young man must learn to conquer his fears before dealing with a larger menace to his community. Riotous comedy that helped propel Harold Lloyd into the most popular movie comedian of the 1920s. Plus short comedy, 'There Ain't No Santa Claus' (1926) starring Charley Chase. Silent film with live music in a renovated firehouse that's now a terrific arts center. More information about tickets and admission to come.

• Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, 4:30 p.m.: "Hearts of the World" (1918) directed by D.W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Intended originally as a propaganda film to support America's entry into World War I. Directed by Griffith on a large scale, including location shots from the front lines in France, the story follows a boy, a girl and their families as they are thrust into the horror and violence of what was known then as "the Great War." Monthly series of silent films with live music at a theater where movies have been shown since 1912! Admission free, donations of $5 per person encouraged.

• Friday, Feb. 22 & Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, 22nd Annual Kansas Silent Film Festival at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Annual pilgrimage to wonderful two-day celebration of silent film with live music. Check it out at www.kssilentfilmfest.org. (My 20th consecutive year of attending this festival!)