• Upcoming Silent Film Screenings

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

• Sunday, May 29, 2016, 4:30 p.m.: "Dress Parade" (1927) starring William Boyd and Bessie Love; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Mark Memorial Day weekend with a silent film honoring those who serve their country. An amateur boxing champion stops at West Point to see a dress parade and falls for the commandant's daughter. He wins an appointment to the Academy and begins a rivalry for her affection. Part of a 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, June 2, 2016, 8 p.m.: "Battling Butler" (1926) starring Buster Keaton; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Buster Keaton's inspired silent comedy about a pampered young man mistaken for a boxing champion. See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• Friday, June 3, 2016, 10 a.m. Silent film program for students at Great Brook Middle School at Antrim Town Hall in Antrim, N.H. To impress the girl of his dreams, mild-mannered portrait photographer Buster takes up the glamorous profession of newsreel cameraman. One of the best comedies of the silent era. Our sixth annual presentation to some of the brightest kids in southern New Hampshire!

• Sunday, June 5, 2016, 2 p.m.: "Flesh and the Devil" (1926) starring John Gilbert, Greta Garbo; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Garbo and Gilbert steam up the camera lens in this torrid romance set in 19th century European high society. MGM's box office smash was aided by the pair's off-screen love affair. Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 6 p.m.: "My Boy" (1922) starring Jackie Coogan; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Seldom-seen drama in which young Coogan plays an orphan adopted by an aging sea captain. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Thursday, June 9, 2016, 6:30 p.m.: "The Winning of Barbara Worth" (1926) starring Ronald Colman, Vilma Banky; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Epic Western drama 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. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Friday, June 10, 2016, 7 p.m.: "The General" (1927) starring Buster Keaton; 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 $10 per person.

• Sunday, June 12, 2016, 8 p.m. "The Kid" (1921) starring Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan; Aeronaut Brewing Co., 14 Tyler St., Somerville, Mass. Admission $10 per person, limited seating. Celebrate Father's Day (which is actually next Sunday) with Chaplin's breakthrough feature, a story with "a smile, and perhaps a tear," blends comedy and pathos in equal measures; five-year-old Coogan delivers one of the most remarkable child performances in all of cinema. Plus Chaplin short comedies that helped establish his world-wide fame in the early days of 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, June 16 to Saturday, June 18, 2016: "Mostly Lost" in Culpeper, Va. Three-day festival of early cinema with an emphasis on collaborative identification of unknown material; not invited to accompany, but planning to go out and watch and listen.

• Thursday, June 23, 2016, 8 p.m.: "Don Q, Son of Zorro" (1925) starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr.; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Follow-up to immensely successful 'Mark of Zorro' allowed Fairbanks to continue the swashbuckling story 30 years into the future. Terrific sequel that brilliantly plays off the strengths of the original, augmented by improved filmmaking technique and featuring a great adventure that stands on its own. A must-see! See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person. Note: This replaces the originally scheduled screening of 'Spies' (1928) on this date; we'll run that film in a future season.

• Friday, June 24, 2016, 7 p.m.: "Sherlock Jr." (1924) starring Buster Keaton; Franklin Opera House, 316 Central St. (City Hall), Franklin, N.H. Part of Opera House annual meeting. More details to come!

• Saturday, June 25, 2016, 7 p.m.: "The Iron Horse" (1924) directed by John Ford; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. 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. 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, June 26, 2016, 4 p.m.: "Show People" (1928) starring Marion Davies, William Haines; The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto, ON M6R 2M9, Canada; (416) 531-9950; http://revuecinema.ca A silent film about the silent film business! Young Peggy Pepper (Marion Davies) ventures to Hollywood to make her mark in drama, but finds an unexpected (and unwelcome) flair for slapstick comedy. King Vidor directed this entertaining valentine to an art form that would soon be swept aside by talking pictures. Full of cameos of stars ranging from Charlie Chaplin to Douglas Fairbanks Sr.

• Sunday, July 3, 2016, 4:30 p.m.: "Boxing Dramas: A Double Feature"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Put up your dukes as we continue a summer-long series of silent boxing films! The bell rings first for 'Battling Bunyan' (1924), an obscure comedy/drama about a scrawny kid who finds boxing an unexpected avenue to achieve his aims. In 'The Shock Punch' (1925), Richard Dix stars as a boxer in a death defying thrill comedy, featuring lots of action along the exposed girders of a towering skyscraper. Part of a 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, July 7, 2016, 8 p.m.: "A Sailor-Made Man" (1921) starring Harold Lloyd; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Uproarious send-up of Navy life helped established Harold Lloyd as a top-tier silent film comic, allowing him to make the leap into feature productions. See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• Sunday, July 10, 2016, 2 p.m.: W.C. Fields double feature "So's Your Old Man" (1926) and "The Old Army Game," introduced by granddaughter Harriet Fields; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. A pair of crackerjack silent comedies from the incomparable W.C. Fields, presented in pristine restorations by the Library of Congress and introduced by Harriet Fields, the comedian's granddaughter. In 'So's Your Old Man,' inventor Fields attempts to upend the auto industry with his new unbreakable glass; in 'The Old Army Game,' Fields plays a pharmacist who gets tangled up with real estate con men. The real deal! Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Thursday, July 14, 2016, 6:30 p.m.: "Spite Marriage" (1929) starring Buster Keaton; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Keaton's final silent feature finds the poker-faced comic smitten so much by stage actress Trilby Drew (Dorothy Sebastian) that he joins the cast of her production. But the fun really begins when she impulsively asks Buster to marry her just to get even with an old flame. Classic Keaton comedy, underrated and full of great routines, and featuring a shipboard climax reminiscent of Keaton's classic comedy 'The Navigator.' Plus Keaton short comedies! Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Friday, July 15, 2016, 7 p.m.: "Bardelys the Magnificent" (1926) directed by King Vidor and starring John Gilbert; Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. Stand aside, Douglas Fairbanks, as John Gilbert tries his hand at swashbuckling in this big-budget MGM historical extravaganza about exploits of an unjustly disgraced French nobleman. A major film long thought lost until a single print was recently discovered in France. Silent film with live music at this popular venue for independent and arthouse cinema in New Hampshire's state capital. Admission $10 per person.

• Saturday, July 16, 2016, 7 p.m.: "A Sailor-Made Man" (1921) starring Harold Lloyd; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Back by popular demand! A evening of uproarious comedy featuring bespectacled Harold Lloyd, the silent era's most popular box office star. Join Harold as he mistakenly joins the U.S. Navy, then ships out to foreign lands just in time to rescue his vacationing girlfriend from the clutches of an evil potentate. Lloyd's pictures are known for their audience reactions, so get ready for the whole family to have a great time. Plus other Lloyd comedies. 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, July 17, 2016"Melodramas That Pack A Punch"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Our summer-long series of silent boxing films continues with two melodramas set in the world of the prize ring! Up first is 'The Battling Food' (1924), in which a minister's son takes up boxing. In 'American Pluck' (1925), a cowboy-turned-prizefighter comes to the rescue of a visiting foreign princess. Part of a 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, July 21, 2016, 8 p.m.: CHRISTMAS IN JULY! "Tess of the Storm Country" (1922) starring Mary Pickford; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Mary Pickford's intense melodrama with a classic Yuletide finish. Plus Christmas short films from the studios of Thomas Edison! See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• Saturday, July 23, 2016, 7;30 p.m.: Silent Film Program; Canaan Meeting House, Canaan, N.H. More details to come!

• Sunday, July 24, 2016, 4:30 p.m.: "The Ring" (1927) directed by Alfred Hitchcock; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. We continue our summer of silent boxing films with this British thriller from a very young Alfred Hitchcock. A woman married to an amateur boxer finds herself drawn to a champion pro fighter. The two men then must face each other in the squared circle. Part of a 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, July 24, 2016, 8 p.m. "The Thief of Bagdad (1924) starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr.; Aeronaut Brewing Co., 14 Tyler St., Somerville, Mass. Admission $10 per person, limited seating. Eye-popping spectacle starring swashbuckling star Douglas Fairbanks Sr. in top form as Arabian adventurer who must complete a series of epic tasks to save his beloved. Timeless tale told imaginatively and on a grand scale, complete with cutting edge special effects. 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.


• Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, 6 p.m.: "Desert Nights" (1929) starring John Gilbert, Ernest Torrance; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. A thieving couple victimize a diamond mine and kidnap its manager, but he gains the upper hand (and falls in love with the woman) when they flee into the hostile desert. Superstar Gilbert's final silent film, climaxed by an immense sandstorm.Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, "Her Sister From Paris" (1925) starring Constance Talmadge, Ronald Colman. Talmadge in top form playing two very different sisters in this effervescent battle-of-the-sexes romantic comedy. Silent film program part of Vintage Dance Week at the Biltmore Hotel in Providence, R.I. More details to come.

• Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, 8 p.m.: "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp" (1926) starring Harry Langdon; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Comic Harry Langdon enters a cross-country foot race to save the family business as well as impress his dream girl, Joan Crawford. Langdon's first feature comedy featured a script by a very young Frank Capra. See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, 7 p.m.: "The Yankee Clipper" (1927) starring William Boyd; Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. Two clipper ships, one British and one American, race from China to Boston in the 1840s, with a massive tea contract and national pride in the balance. Produced by none other than Cecil B. Demille! Silent film with live music at this popular venue for independent and arthouse cinema in New Hampshire's state capital. Admission $10 per person.

• Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, 2 p.m.: "Stella Maris" (1918) starring Mary Pickford; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Stella Maris is a beautiful, crippled girl, who is cared for by a rich family that shields her from the harsh realities of the world. Unity Blake is a poor orphan all too familiar with the harsh realities of the real world. These two young women both fall in love with John, which is complicated by the fact that he is still married to (though separated from) a bad wife. The real deal! Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, 6:30 p.m.: "The Sheik" (1921) and "Son of the Sheik" (1926) starring Rudolph Valentino; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Double bill starring the screen's original Latin lover in his most famous role, that of Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassad, ruler of a vast desert empire and conqueror of many a woman's heart. Prepare to swoon! Exotic adventure films that captured the imagination of early movie audiences. Shown in honor of the 90th anniversary of Valentino's untimely death in August 1926 at age 31. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, 7 p.m.: "Metropolis" (1927) directed by Fritz Lang; Ludlow Auditorium, Ludlow, Vt. German director Fritz Lang's amazing epic about a futuristic society where an educated elite enjoys life in a glittering city, all supported by colonies of workers forced to live deep underground. A film that set new standards for visual design and changed movies forever! Silent film with live music in the lovingly restored Ludlow Auditorium in Ludlow Town Hall, 37 Depot St., Ludlow, Vt. Looking forward to bringing silent film to life with live music in this wonderful and historic venue!

• Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, 8 p.m. "Son of the Sheik" (1926) starring Rudolph Valentino; Aeronaut Brewing Co., 14 Tyler St., Somerville, Mass. Admission $10 per person, limited seating. Early superstar Valentino's final film, released two weeks after his untimely death in 1926 at age 31. A sequel to his 1921 hit 'The Sheik,' Valentino plays the son on Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassad, ruler of a vast desert empire and conqueror of many a woman's heart. Prepare to swoon! Exotic adventure film that captured the imagination of early movie audiences. 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. 25, 2016, 8 p.m.: "Son of the Sheik" (1926) starring Rudolph Valentino; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. The film film of silent screen icon Rudolph Valentino, starring in his most famous role, that of Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassad, ruler of a vast desert empire and conqueror of many a woman's heart. Prepare to swoon! Exotic adventure films that captured the imagination of early movie audiences. Shown in honor of the 90th anniversary of Valentino's untimely death in August 1926 at age 31. See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, 7 p.m.: "The Sheik" (1921) and "Son of the Sheik" starring Rudolph Valentino; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Double bill starring the screen's original Latin lover in his most famous role, that of Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassad, ruler of a vast desert empire and conqueror of many a woman's heart. Prepare to swoon! Exotic adventure films that captured the imagination of early movie audiences. Shown in honor of the 90th anniversary of Valentino's untimely death in August 1926 at age 31. 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. 28, 2016, 4:30 p.m.: "Battling Butler" (1926) starring Buster Keaton; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Our series of silent boxing movies concludes with Keaton's riotous boxing comedy. Keaton plays Alfred Butler, a pampered rich idler with the same name as a feared boxing champion. When a girl he's pursuing thinks he's the fighter, Keaton has no choice but to start training. Part of a 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.

• Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, 6 p.m.: "The Last Laugh" (1924) starring Emil Jannings, directed by F.W. Murnau; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Engrossing character study of what happens when the head doorman at a posh Berlin hotel is ordered to give up his uniform due to encroaching old age. German film full of iconic images that stretched the expressive power of cinema. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, 6:30 p.m.: "The Freshman" (1925) starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. We welcome football season with Harold Lloyd's blockbuster hit about a college boy who dreams of success on the gridiron. One of Lloyd's all-time best! Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

TENTATIVE: • Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, time, program TBA. Silent film with music at the historic Hunt Memorial Library Building in Nashua, N.H. More details to come!

• Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, 8 p.m. "College" (1927) starring Buster Keaton; Aeronaut Brewing Co., 14 Tyler St., Somerville, Mass. Admission $10 per person, limited seating. 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 an extended look at the silent star's athletic prowess. 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, Sept. 14, 2016, 7 p.m.: "The Lost World" (1925) starring Wallace Beery, Bessie Love; Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 North Turnpike St., North Andover, Mass. (978) 837-5355. First-ever movie adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary tale of British explorers who discover pre-historic creatures still thriving atop a remote South American plateau. Great entertainment; ground-breaking special effects by the same team that later created 'King Kong' mesmerized early movie audiences and remain impressive today. Silent film with live music on the campus of Merrimack College. Free admission. For more information, visit the Rogers Center online.

• Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, 8 p.m.: "The Winning of Barbara Worth" (1927) starring Ronald Colman, Gary Cooper, and Vilma Banky; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Director Henry King took his production crew to Nevada's remote Black Rock desert to get location shots that set the standard for Hollywood westerns. Colman and cooper compete for a woman'e favor as valley residents attempt to dam the mighty Colorado River to grow crops. See great silent films with live music in a summer-only theater opened in 1923 and barely changed since. Admission $10 per person.

• Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, 7 p.m.: "Spies" (1928) directed by Fritz Lang; Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. Director Fritz Lang's tale of espionage was the forerunner of all movie spy sagas, packed with double agents, hi-tech gadgets, beautiful (and dangerous) women, and an evil genius with a plan to take over the world, mwah-ha-ha-ha! Silent film with live music at this popular venue for independent and arthouse cinema in New Hampshire's state capital. Admission $10 per person.

• Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, 7 p.m.: "The Kid" (1921) starring Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Chaplin's breakthrough comedy/drama finds the Tramp raising an infant against all odds. Highlighted by amazing work of five-year-old Coogan, who delivers one of the most remarkable child performances in all of cinema. As the film tells us: "A story with a smile, and perhaps a tear." Also, two of Charlie's earlier slapstick comedy shorts that helped establish him as a star. 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. 18, 2016, 2 p.m.: "The Mark of Zorro" (1920); Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. Douglas Fairbanks Sr. stars in the still-thrilling original adaptation. Great crowd-pleaser that had an enormous impact on popular culture, including inspiration for the "Batman" comic book series. The real deal! Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, 4:30 p.m.: "Sherlock Holmes" (1916) starring William Gillette; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. 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. Part of a 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, Sept. 30, 2016, 7 p.m.: "The General" (1927) starring Buster Keaton; Mascoma Valley Regional High School, 27 Royal Road, Canaan, N.H. Come check out the school's brand new performing arts center, and enjoy Buster Keaton's action comedy masterpiece about a Civil War-era railroad engineer forced to go behind enemy lines to retrieve his locomotive. Free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted.

• Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, 2 p.m.: "Title TBA"; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. The real deal! Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, 6 p.m.: "The Leopard Woman" (1920); Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Battle-of-wits jungle drama about an British explorer and a female spy from a rival goverment ordered to foil his mission. The fun begins when rather than killing the explorer, she falls in love with him—and then he goes blind! Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, 6:30 p.m.: "Woman in the Moon" (1929); The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. The final silent film of director Fritz Lang ('Metropolis') is an amazing epic about mankind's first-ever lunar voyage, complete with espionage, romance, stowaways, and spectacular visual design. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, 7 p.m.: "The Cat and the Canary" (1927) directed by Paul Leni, starring Laura LaPlante; Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. Can a group of strangers survive the night in a haunted house to learn the secret of a madman's will? Find out in the original Gothic thriller from silent film director Paul Leni. Just in time for Halloween, a movie filled with deep shadows, dark secrets, and a surprisingly timeless mix of humor and horror that will keep you guessing. Remember: in silent film, no one can hear you scream! See if if you dare! Silent film with live music at this popular venue for independent and arthouse cinema in New Hampshire's state capital. Admission $10 per person.

• Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, 7 p.m.: "The Man Who Laughs" (1928) starring Conrad Veidt; Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Main Street/Route 7, Brandon, Vt.; http://www.brandontownhall.org. Silent film adaptation of Victor Hugo's historical novel about a man cursed with a permanent carnival-freak-like grin on his face. The make-up job for actor Conrad Veidt inspired the look of Batman's arch-nemesis the Joker. Directed by Paul Leni, who pioneered the visual style used in Universal horror classics such as 1931's 'Dracula' and 'Frankenstein.' See it if you dare! Preceded by spooky comedy short subjects. 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. 23, 2016, 1 p.m. "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1921) starring John Barrymore; Whitingham Free Public Library, 2948 Route 100, Jacksonville, Vt.; (802) 368-7506. Just in time for Halloween! John Barrymore plays both title roles in the original silent film adaptation of the classic novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. A performance that helped establish Barrymore as one of the silent era's top stars. Free and open to the public.

• Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, 8 p.m. "Phantom of the Opera" (1925) starring Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin; Aeronaut Brewing Co., 14 Tyler St., Somerville, Mass. Admission $10 per person, limited seating. 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. Just in time for Halloween! 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. 26, 2016, 7 p.m.: "The Man Who Laughs" (1928) starring Conrad Veidt; Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 North Turnpike St., North Andover, Mass. (978) 837-5355. Creepy and unnerving adaptation of Victor Hugo's historical novel about a man cursed with a permanent carnival-freak-like grin on his face. The make-up job for actor Conrad Veidt inspired the look of Batman's arch-nemesis the Joker. Great Halloween film, set the stage for Universal horror classics such as 'Frankenstein' and 'Dracula.' Silent film with live music on the campus of Merrimack College. Free admission. For more information, visit the Rogers Center online.

• Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, 6:30 p.m.: "The Man Who Laughs" (1928) starring Conrad Veidt; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Silent film adaptation of Victor Hugo's historical novel about a man cursed with a permanent carnival-freak-like grin on his face. The make-up job for actor Conrad Veidt inspired the look of Batman's arch-nemesis the Joker. Directed by Paul Leni, who pioneered the visual style used in Universal horror classics such as 1931's 'Dracula' and 'Frankenstein.' See it if you dare! Preceded by spooky comedy short subjects.Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, 8 p.m.: "The Man Who Laughs" (1928) starring Conrad Veidt; Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit, Maine; (207) 646-3123; http://www.leavittheatre.com. Silent film adaptation of Victor Hugo's historical novel about a man cursed with a permanent carnival-freak-like grin on his face. The make-up job for actor Conrad Veidt inspired the look of Batman's arch-nemesis the Joker. Directed by Paul Leni, who pioneered the visual style used in Universal horror classics such as 1931's 'Dracula' and 'Frankenstein.' See it if you dare! Preceded by spooky comedy short subjects. 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. 30, 2016, 4:30 p.m.: "Phantom of the Opera" (1925) starring Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. 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. Just in time for Halloween! Part of a 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.

• Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, 6 p.m.: "The Third Alarm" (1922) and "The Coast Patrol" (1925); Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. Fire and water mix in a double bill of classic low budget melodramas, one about a firefighter forced to retire when the department switches from horses to motorized vehicles, and another about smugglers who threaten a lighthouse keeper's peaceful post. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, 6:30 p.m. "Wings" (1927) directed by William Wellman, starring Clara Bow, Buddy Rogers, Richard Arlen; Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, N.H.; (603) 669-4820. 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. Fund-raiser for the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire. Admission charge. More details to come.

• Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, 6:30 p.m.: "Her Sister From Paris" (1925) starring Constance Talmadge, Ronald Colman; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.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, who was Buster Keaton's sister-in-law. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, 7 p.m.: "The Big Parade" (1925) directed by King Vidor, starring John Gilbert; Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. We mark Veterans Day with MGM's landmark film, a sweeping drama about U.S. doughboys facing down death in the World War I trenches. Starring John Gilbert and directed by King Vidor, an epic that set the standard for generations of war movies to come. Silent film with live music at this popular venue for independent and arthouse cinema in New Hampshire's state capital. Admission $10 per person.

• Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, 2 p.m.: "Title TBA"; Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, Mass.; http://www.somervilletheatreonline.com. The real deal! Silent film shown in 35mm on the big screen with live music. Part of a monthly series at the Somerville Theatre, a wonderful 100-year-old moviehouse committed to keeping alive the experience of 35mm film. Featuring outstandingly exacting work of legendary projectionist David Kornfeld. For more info, call the theater box office at (617) 625-5700. Admission $15 per person.

• Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, 4:30 p.m.: "Silent Comedy Double Helping"; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Finish off your Thanksgiving weekend with a pair of comedies that will help you work off calories with laughter. The inimitable Raymond Griffith stars in both 'Paths to Paradise' (1925) and 'Hands Up!' (1926). Part of a 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.

• Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, 6 p.m.: "Mockery" (1927) starring Lon Chaney; Carpenter Memorial Auditorium, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, N.H.; (603) 624-6550; Manchester Public Library. During the Russian Revolution, a mentally challenged peasant saves a beautiful countess from invading Cossacks, then obsesses over her. Often overlooked Chaney drama with heavy helping of class warfare. Monthly series of rarely screened silent films presented with live music in 1913 auditorium. Admission free, donations encouraged.

• Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, 6:30 p.m.: "The Kiss" (1929) starring Greta Garbo; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H.; (603) 536-2551; http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/. Take a break from holiday shopping with this steamy romance and courtroom thriller. Will Garbo resort to murder, risking everything for love? Garbo's last silent role and the final silent film released by MGM. Part of a monthly silent film series at a newly restored moviehouse in Plymouth, N.H. Admission, $10 per person.

• Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, 8 p.m. "Tess of the Storm Country" (1922) starring Mary Pickford; Aeronaut Brewing Co., 14 Tyler St., Somerville, Mass. Admission $10 per person, limited seating. What did people watch before special holiday TV programs such as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" made their debut in the 1960s? See for yourself with a special program of holiday classics from way back during the silent film era, all accompanied by live music. Included will be the first-ever film versions of such popular tales as 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas,' the poem by Clement C. Moore. Highlighted by Mary Pickford's feature-length melodrama 'Tess of the Story Country' (1922), with a touching Christmas-time conclusion. 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.

• Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, 7 p.m.: "Tess of the Storm Country" (1922) starring Mary Pickford; Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord, N.H.; (603) 224-4600; http://www.redrivertheatres.org/. What did people watch before special holiday TV programs such as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" made their debut in the 1960s? See for yourself with a special program of holiday classics from way back during the silent film era, all accompanied by live music. Included will be the first-ever film versions of such popular tales as 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas,' the poem by Clement C. Moore. Highlighted by Mary Pickford's feature-length melodrama 'Tess of the Story Country' (1922), with a touching Christmas-time conclusion. Silent film with live music at this popular venue for independent and arthouse cinema in New Hampshire's state capital. Admission $10 per person.

• Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, 4:30 p.m.: "Tramp Tramp Tramp" (1926) starring Harry Langdon; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Warm your spirits on Christmas Day with Harry Langdon's very first feature comedy, which finds our hero entering a cross-country walking race to impress the girl of his dreams, played by a very young Joan Crawford! Frank Capra co-wrote. Part of a 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, Jan. 25, 2017, 7 p.m.: "The Winning of Barbara Worth" (1926) starring Ronald Colman, Gary Cooper, Vilma Banky; Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 North Turnpike St., North Andover, Mass. (978) 837-5355. Epic-scale Western about the settlement of California's parched Imperial Valley, and the struggle to harness the Colorado River to create an agricultural paradise. Great story with Ronald Colman and Gary Cooper competing for Vilma Banky. Shot on location in Nevada's spectacular Black Rock desert; climaxed with an entire town getting swept away by a flood. Silent film with live music on the campus of Merrimack College. Free admission. For more information, visit the Rogers Center online.

• Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, 4:30 p.m.: "Way Down East" (1920) starring Lillian Gish; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. One of the most popular films of the silent era features Lillian Gish as a wronged woman who can't escape her past. Still-thrilling climax on ice floes heading towards the falls was filmed on the Connecticut River! Part of a 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.

• Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, 7 p.m.: "To Be Announced"; Phillips Exeter Academy Concert Series, Exeter, N.H. Live accompaniment to screening of silent film, plus improvisation workshops. stay tuned for more details.

• Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, 4:30 p.m.: 7th Heaven (1927), starring Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell; Wilton Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Wilton, N.H.; (603) 654-3456; www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com. Celebrate Valentine's Day with Frank Borzage's legendary tale of romance on the eve of World War I. Leading lady Janet Gaynor won the very first Academy Award for Best Actress for his work in this moving, emotional tribute to love that stands the test of time. Also first-ever Oscars for Best Director to Borzage and for Best Adapted Screenplay to writer Benjamin Glazer. Warning: Bring tissues! Part of a 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, Feb. 19, 2017, 2 p.m.: Silent Film Comedy Program, Siouxland Film Festival, Sioux City, Iowa. Siouxland Film Festival is western Iowa's premier film event, featuring dozens of local, national and international films each year. The event is presented at the Historic Orpheum Theater in downtown Sioux City, Iowa each winter. More details to come!

• Friday, Feb. 24 & Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, 21st 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.

• Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m., "The Kid" (1921) starring Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan; Silent film program at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Boulevard, Covington, Kentucky. (859) 491-2030; www.thecarnegie.com. Chaplin's breakthrough feature, a story with "a smile, and perhaps a tear," blends comedy and pathos in equal measures; five-year-old Coogan delivers one of the most remarkable child performances in all of cinema. Silent film with live music at a terrific cultural museum that's just across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.

• Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 7 p.m.: "The Passion of Joan of Arc" (1928); Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 North Turnpike St., North Andover, Mass. (978) 837-5355. Danish director Carl Dreyer's intense recreation of the trial of Joan of Arc set new standards for cinematography and expanded the language of film in new directions. Extreme close-ups, expressionistic photography, and a stellar cast (including, in the title role, the only film performance of legendary stage actress RenĂ©e Falconetti) combine to create a movie-going experience that remains riveting today. Silent film with live music on the campus of Merrimack College. Free admission. For more information, visit the Rogers Center online.