Arlo Guthrie on Hand at Mahaiwe to Screen ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ on 50th Anniversary of Littering Arrest

The young Arlo Guthrie in a scene from "Alice's Restaurant," the film.

The young Arlo Guthrie in a scene from “Alice’s Restaurant,” the film.

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Nearly 50 years to the date when Arlo Guthrie and his pal, Rick Robbins, were arrested by Stockbridge Police Officer Bill Obanhein, setting into motion a cross-platform series of cultural events that has made “Alice’s Restaurant” nearly as much a Thanksgiving tradition as eating turkey, Guthrie will be on hand for a screening of the 1969 film, “Alice’s Restaurant,” based on his song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” about the events of that day and how they wound up saving him from the Vietnam-era draft and certain death, at the Mahaiwe on Wednesday, November 25, at 7pm.

A co-presentation of the Guthrie Center, Arlo Guthrie will introduce the film, directed by the late Arthur Penn, in a conversation moderated by Alan Chartock, president of WAMC Northeast Public Radio Network.

This year marks the 50th reunion of that fateful Thanksgiving Day in 1965, when Arlo Guthrie, then age 18, drove to the Berkshires to have Thanksgiving dinner with friends Alice and Ray Brock at their Great Barrington home in the Trinity Church on Division Street. The Trinity Church is where the song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” began and where the movie “Alice’s Restaurant” was filmed. It continues to service the local and international community as the home to the Guthrie Center and the Guthrie Foundation.

Tickets are $10 (general admission). Please note that this is a date change: the Mahaiwe originally announced a screening of this film for November 27.

The Mahaiwe is located at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6pm and three hours before show times. For tickets and information, see the Mahaiwe or call 413.528.0100.




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