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Arts Beat for Sept. 11: International Film Series to kick off school year with 'Moonlight'

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Arts Beat for Sept. 11: International Film Series to kick off school year with 'Moonlight'

THE DANCE COMPANY BANDALOOP, above, first performed in Middlebury at the opening of the college’s Davis Family Library in 2004. It returns this weekend for the silver anniversary of the Mahaney Center for the Arts.

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BANDALOOP returns to Middlebury College to kick off the 25th anniversary season of the Mahaney Center for the Arts, with public performances at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. A pioneer in vertical performance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography, and the art of climbing to turn the dance floor on its side.

BANDALOOP first made a splash at Middlebury in 2004, when they performed on the Davis Family Library for its opening and then-President Ron Liebowitz’ inauguration. Middlebury alumnus Mark Stuver ’97.5 was a dancer in the company then, and returns with BANDALOOP now, as artistic associate, leading the company’s work as they craft a performance specifically designed for the Mahaney Center for the Arts (MCA) plaza.

The dance company’s indoor/outdoor work has been presented in theaters and museums, on skyscrapers, bridges, billboards and historical sites, in atriums and convention halls, in nature on cliffs, and on screen. BANDALOOP honors nature, community and the human spirit by bringing dance to new audiences, activating public and natural spaces, and re-imagining what dance can be.

BANDALOOP is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the company creates work for its biannual home season and for 15–30 touring performances presented around the globe each year. To date, BANDALOOP has performed in front of nearly a million people in over 17 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and Asia.

In a presentation at the Mahaney Center on Friday at noon, Stuver will talk about his professional journey, and how being open to other, possibly unexpected, disciplines, forms and experiences has shaped his career path.

The performances are free. Free parking is available in the MCA parking lot, on Route 30, on campus, and near Athletics, but please consider carpooling, walking, biking, or taking an ACTR bus. For more information, visit go.middlebury.edu/bandaloop or call 443-3168.

ANGELS IN AMERICA BROADCAST AT THT

Town Hall Theater’s National Theatre Live series kicks off with a broadcast of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play “Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches” and “Angels in America Part 2: Perestroika” captured live from London. “Part 1: Millennium” will be screened on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. and “Part 2: Perestroika” will be screened on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. as part of the NT Live Series.

Set in America in the mid-1980s, in the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. The new staging of the play is directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott and stars Andrew Garfield as Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough, Nathan Lane, James McArdle and Russell Tovey.

“Part 1: Millennium Approaches” was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by “Part 2: Perestroika” the following year.

“Andrew Garfield gives one of the performances of year in Tony Kushner’s hallucinatory epic,” says TimeOut.

Tickets are $17 / $10 for students, and may be purchased at townhalltheater.org, over the phone at 382-9222 or in person at the THT box office (daily except Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.).

INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES

The 2017-2018 Hirschfield International Film Series begins on Saturday at Middlebury College with the 2016 U.S. film, “Moonlight,” directed by Barry Jenkins.

BARRY JENKINS’ FILM “Moonlight” chronicles the life of a gay black man from childhood to adulthood in a rough neighborhood.

A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, “Moonlight” chronicles the life of a gay black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

At once a vital portrait of contemporary African-American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship and love, Moonlight is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths. Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast, Barry Jenkins’s staggering, singular vision is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the moments, people and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.

The film will be shown at 3 and again at 8 p.m. in Dana Auditorium on College Street (Route 125). It’s free. Some of the films in this series may be inappropriate for children.

SECOND ANNUAL HILLBILLY BALL

Enjoy bluegrass blazing the best of the ’80s with a hillbilly twist at the second annual Hillbilly Ball, coming to Middlebury’s Marquis Theater on Friday, Sept. 15, from 7:30 p.m. ’til midnight.

The Grift’s bluegrass band DoJo fuses the foot-stomping, down-home sounds of bluegrass with popular ’80s tunes. DoJo features Clint Bierman, Peter Day, Jeff Vallone and Matt Schrag, with special guest star Laura Thomas. This year, a new king & queen of the ball will be crowned. Fire up your best ’80s or country look and come on down.

The Hillbilly Ball is co-produced by the Marquis Theater, The Grift and Middlebury UndergrounD (MUD). Creative dress encouraged but not required.

Tickets are $5 at the door. Food, beer, wine and specialty cocktails available. The Marquis is in the heart of Middlebury at 65 Main St. For more information, contact Lisa Mitchell at 388-6124 or email [email protected].

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN

There will be two live performances this week at Two Brothers Tavern located at 86 Main St. in Middlebury. Join Two Brothers every Wednesday at 9 p.m. for The Open Mic, an evening of music, comedy or anything else. Alternately hosted by Mark Sikora and Kai Stanley, come cheer on your friends or let loose on the stage. It’s free to enter and there is no cover charge.

Then, on Saturday, the tavern presents The Casual Ales at 9 p.m. The Casual Ales are four dudes playing some awesome rock n’ roll. The band is Mac Stormont, lead vocals, guitar, keyboards and harmonica; Mrig Mehra, lead guitar, vocals; Cliff Bueno de Mesquita, bass guitar, fiddle, vocals; and Patrick Hebble, drums, saxophone and vocals. Come on down to The Lounge and check them out. For more information, call Two Brothers at 388-0002.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AT COLLEGE

A new exhibit, “Land and Lens: Photographers Envision the Environment,” opens on Friday, Sept. 15 in the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Gallery at the Middlebury College Museum of Art.

Photographs drawn primarily from the museum’s rich holdings make up this comprehensive survey of photography and the environment, presenting some 70 images through the lens of environmental appreciation, concern or activism. Professor Kirsten Hoving and her students have produced an innovative and comprehensive digital catalogue of the exhibition.

The exhibit, which runs through Dec. 10, is free.

PORTRAITS OF POWER AT COLLEGE

An exhibit of student art, “Portraits of Power,” just opened in Middlebury College’s Johnson Memorial Building on Chateau Road off College Street (Route 125).

Paintings from Jim Butler’s Portraiture in Ceramics and Oil Paint course convey visions of who and what students think is powerful in their lives. The large-scale paintings and ceramic assemblages use dynamic design and powerful color to create images that range from photorealistic to expressionistic. The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 18, is free and the public is welcome. Johnson Memorial is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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