• Upcoming Silent Film Screenings

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

• 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; 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.

• Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, 7:30 p.m.: "When Knighthood Was In Flower" (1922) starring Marion Davies, William Powell; Cinema Detroit, 4126 3rd Ave., Detroit, Mich.; (313) 482-9028; www.cinemadetroit.com. Marion Davies stars in this big-budget historical costume drama produced and financed by William Randolph Hearst. Admission $12 per person. Silent film with live music at Detroit's independent movie theater, located downtown in a former furniture store!

• Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, 7 p.m.: The Scarlet Letter (1926) starring Lillian Gish; Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio; (216) 421-7450. Splashy MGM adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic tale of old New England, with Lillian Gish in the leading role as Hester Prynne. After having a child out of wedlock, a young Puritan woman is pressured to reveal the name of her lover. Ah, the good old days! Silent film with live music at Cleveland's premier venue for great movies.

• 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. Screenings include: Friday, Aug. 31: "Sunshine Dad (1916) starring DeWolf Hopper and Fay Tincher. Saturday, Sept. 1: "Sadie Thompson" starring Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore; "Special Delivery" (1927) starring Eddie Cantor; "Braveheart" (1925) starring Rod LaRocque; "Battling Butler" (1926) starring Buster Keaton; "The Nickel Hopper" (1926) starring Mabel Normand. Sunday, Sept. 2: "The Coming of Amos" (1925) starring Rod LaRocque; "The Kid Brother" (1927) starring Harold Lloyd. Plus plenty of short comedies and curiosities!

• Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, 7 p.m.: "Barbed Wire" (1927) starring Pola Negri, Clive Brook. During World War I, the French government commandeers a family farm for use as a camp for German POWs, setting the local population at each other. Intense drama about forbidden love and the human condition with a special holiday twist. Silent film with live music at the Manchester (N.H.) Historic Association's Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford St., Manchester, N.H. Cost is $10 for MHA Members, $12 for general guests and includes refreshments. Call to reserve your spot (603) 622-7531 or visit www.manchesterhistoric.org to buy tickets online.

• Friday, Sept. 7, 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.

• Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, 7 p.m.: "Her Sister From Paris" (1925) starring Ronald Colman, Constance Talmadge; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.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. Join us for another season of vintage cinema at the historic Leavitt Theatre. See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• 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.

• Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, 7 p.m.: "Different from the Others" (1918) and "I Don't Want to be a Man" (1918); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 North Turnpike St., North Andover, Mass. (978) 837-5355. A double bill of early German films dealing with homosexuality and gender identity issues. Silent film with live music on the campus of Merrimack College. Free admission. For more information, visit the Rogers Center online.



• 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.

• Thursday, Oct. 4, 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.

• 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., "Nosferatu" (1922) directed by F.W. Murnau; The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick, Mass.; (508) 647-0097; http://www.natickarts.org/. Just in time for Halloween: the original vampire film, this loose adaptation of the 'Dracula' story just gets weirder and creepier as the years go by. See it for yourself! 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, 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.

• Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, 7 p.m.: "Faust" (1926) directed by F.W. Murnau, starring Emil Jannings; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Join us for another season of vintage cinema at the historic Leavitt Theatre. Emil Jannings stars in F.W. Murnau's terrifying version of the classic tale. A visual tour de force, full of creepy characters and frightening images. See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• 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.

TENTATIVE • Friday, Nov. 2, 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, 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.

• Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, time TBA: "Der Stadt ohne Juden" (1924), location TBA. Live music for silent film from Austria; screened as part of the annual Boston Jewish Film Festival. More info to come.

• 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.

• Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, 7 p.m.: "The Big Parade" (1925), directed by King Vidor; Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 North Turnpike St., North Andover, Mass. (978) 837-5355. Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice with MGM's 'The Big Parade' (1925), the epic World War I adventure starring John Gilbert and Renee Adoré. Silent film with live music on the campus of Merrimack College. Free admission. For more information, visit the Rogers Center online.

• Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, 8 p.m., "Title TBA"; Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies annual conference; Boston Marriott Copley Place, 1, Tremont. This group's 50th annual conference will include a program of silent film with live music! More details to come.

• 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.

• Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, 7 p.m.: "Safety Last" (1923) and "Why Worry?" (1923); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 North Turnpike St., North Andover, Mass. (978) 837-5355. Two crackerjack comedies from Harold Lloyd, including the famous one where he is forced to climb a downtown office building. Silent film with live music on the campus of Merrimack College. Free admission. For more information, visit the Rogers Center online.

• Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, 7 p.m.: "To Be Announced""; Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water St.; Newburyport, Mass.; www.thechmm.org; 978-462-8681. A silent film program featuring adventure on the high seas! Details coming soon.

• Sunday, Feb. 17, 2018, "Title TBA"; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; (617) 625-5700; Somerville Theatre. Silent film with live music, part of the 43rd Annual Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival's annual 24-hour science fiction film marathon, which runs noon on Sunday, Feb. 17 to noon on Monday, Feb. 18. Admission charged. For more info, visit the festival's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BostonSciFi.

• 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!)

• Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7 p.m.: "King of Kings" (1927); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 North Turnpike St., North Andover, Mass. (978) 837-5355. Just in time for Easter: Cecil B. DeMille's epic retelling of the story of Christ and the crucifixion. Silent film with live music on the campus of Merrimack College. Free admission. For more information, visit the Rogers Center online.