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Arts Beat for Aug. 18: Gridley's portraits, young thespians and bands on tap

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Posted on October 7, 2013 |
By Greg Pahl



Art Beat for July 7: Festival to offer great music all week plus dancing

The Ripton Community Coffee House, a nonprofit community concert series, welcomes singer-songwriting duo Patti Casey and Bob Amos on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

For this concert, two of Vermont’s best songwriters have come together in a Green Mountain acoustic tour de force that showcases beautiful guitar playing, terrific harmony singing, and unforgettable songs.

Native Vermonter Patti Casey has long been one of Vermont’s most popular and acclaimed singer-songwriters, having won several national songwriting contests, most notably the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Chris Austin Song Writing Contest, and Prairie Home Companion’s Talent From Towns Under Two Thousand Contest.

Bob Amos achieved national recognition as a singer, guitarist and songwriter with his former band Front Range, which recorded five CDs for indie label Sugar Hill and toured throughout North America and Europe for 12 years. His current band, Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing, includes fiddler Freeman Corey, as well as Colin McCaffrey, Mike Santusso and Patti Casey.

As always, the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with an open-mike set, followed by the featured performers. Open-mike performers are encouraged to call in advance and reserve one of the five open-mike slots.

Admission to the coffeehouse is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and teens, and $3 for children. Refreshments will benefit the Middlebury Union High School girls’ soccer. The coffeehouse is held on the first Saturday of each month, except August. For more information, contact Richard Ruane or Andrea Chesman at 388-9782.

McLANE & CUMMINGS

The dynamic duo of Jeremiah McLane and Timothy Cummings perform at Brandon Music on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m.

Their repertoire includes French dance tunes such as the mazurka and bourrée, as well as jigs and reels from the British Isles. The duo’s original tunes reflect these influences, but also North American roots music, including Appalachian, Cajun and Quebecois dance tunes.

Accordionist and pianist Jeremiah McLane plays a mix of musical styles. WCAX refers to him as “the master of all things accordion.” He has appeared at numerous festivals in the U.S. and in Europe. He has composed many pieces for film and theater and has received NPR’s “Favorite Picks” award for his second solo recording, “Smile When You’re Ready.”

Monkton-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Timothy Cummings shares an uncommon hybrid of traditional folk styles — primarily Scottish and Appalachian. Cummings has been a member of the highly competitive Manawatu Pipe Band (New Zealand) and also served as artist in residence at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts (PEI, Canada).

Tickets for the concert are $15. A pre-concert dinner is available for an additional $20. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call 465-4071 or e-mail info@brandon-music.net for reservations or information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon. For more information, visit brandon-music.net.

CLAUDE BOURBON

Brandon Music presents Claude Bourbon, a highly acclaimed acoustic guitar player, on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Bourbon, who has a reputation as a formidable performer, was born in France in the early ’60’s and grew up in Switzerland where he was classically trained. His playing is firmly rooted in classical Spanish guitar; however, he stretches the genre with a vast array of influences, East and West, ancient and modern.

Bourbon has performed and studied all over the world; he has crafted an unbelievable fusion of classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influences, and Spanish and Latin elements with strains of Western folk.

The BBC says, “Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers.”

Tickets are $15. Reservations are recommended. Venue is BYOB. Please note: Dinner will not be available at this concert. Call 465-4071 or e-mail info@brandon-music.net for reservations or more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon. For more information, visit brandon-music.net.

‘ArtFULL VERMONT’

“ArtFULL Vermont” opens this Friday at Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon. This multi-media group exhibit celebrates the remarkable diversity of creativity throughout Vermont with work by artists in the contemporary, artisanal and fine art fields.

Meet the artists at the opening reception on Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m. and enjoy another art form that Vermont is known for: music. Isabel Oliart on fiddle and McKinley James on cello, winners of the Young Tradition Weekend Contest, will give a performance at 6:15. Both classically trained, they will perform a mixture of New England-style and Celtic music. Oliart and James are members of Young Tradition Vermont, which provides opportunities for young people to learn and present traditional tunes, songs and dance, and supports families with life-threatening illnesses.

The exhibit, which runs through Nov. 2, is free. The Compass Music and Arts Center is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Drive in Brandon. (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, and is located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off of Arnold District Road.) For more information, visit cmacvt.org.

NEW EXHIBITS AT COLLEGE

Two new exhibits open on Tuesday at the Middlebury College Museum of Art.

The first, “Hyper! Works by Greg Haberny,” is located on the Upper Balcony at the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Artist Greg Haberny uses an array of materials, refusing to conform to a single medium. Melted crayons and Band-Aids add a vital texture to his work, while appropriated images of pop culture, like the iconic Mickey Mouse, create a tone of cultural and political critique. The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 26, is free.

The second exhibit, “Visual Weimar, 1919-1933,” is located in the Overbrook Gallery at the Museum of Art. This exhibit brings together select paintings, drawings and etchings by some of Weimar Germany’s most prominent artists, including Otto Dix, George Grosz and Käthe Kollwitz. The works confront the viewer with representations of this highly visual culture in Germany’s first democracy. The exhibit, which runs through Dec. 7, is free. For more information, call 443-3168 or visit middlebury.edu/arts.

SWING NOIRE AT LPV

Swing Noire brings hot swinging jazz, in the tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, to Lincoln Peak Vineyard on Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Call it what you like — gypsy jazz, hot swing, jazz manouche — but Swing Noire transports audiences back to the early days of jazz with the energy, soul and sophistication of the ’30s and ’40s. Violinist David Gusakov, twins Rob and Jim McCuen on guitar and double bass, and rhythm guitarist Jared Volpe make up this Hot Club-style quartet.

Picnicking opens at 5:30 p.m. Food will be for sale by Almost Home and wine will be sold by the glass. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket. The Wine Down Friday series happens rain or shine — there’s room on the winery porch in the case of rain. No alcohol may be brought onto the grounds, and please leave your pets at home. Lincoln Peak Vineyard is located three miles north of Middlebury just off Route 7 at 142 River Road in New Haven.

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN

There will be two live musical performances this week at Two Brothers Tavern in Middlebury. On Wednesday, the tavern will feature Open Mike Night, beginning at 9 p.m. Hosted by Kai Stanley, the Open Mike Night follows Trivia one Wednesday per month. The stage is open to musicians and performers of all kinds on a first-come, first-served basis, and it’s free to enter. There’s no cover charge.

Then, on Friday, the tavern presents J. Rumney, at 9 p.m. J. Rumney is the solo project of musician/producer Julian R. DeFelice. Mixing saxophone with synths, guitars and a number of atmospherics, his music is wholly original. Don’t miss this extremely talented and prolific songwriter as he makes his debut in the Lounge. There is a $3 cover charge. For more information, call Two Brothers at 388-0002.

‘MEDEA’ AT THT

The National Theatre Live production of Euripides’ “Medea” will be broadcast at Town Hall Theater on Thursday, at 7 p.m.

Medea is a wife and a mother. When her husband, Jason, abandons his family for a new life, she exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear. Carrie Cracknell directs a new translation by Ben Power.

“Thrilling and merciless,” writes the Daily Telegraph. “This production of Euripides’ ‘Medea’ leaves you feeling both appalled and elated.”

Tickets are $17 general admission and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased at townhalltheater.com, 382-9222, at the THT box office, or at the door.

ROCHESTER HARVEST FAIR

The White River Valley Players’ 26th annual Harvest Fair will take place this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the park in Rochester.

The fair will offer live music and other entertainment throughout the day, many food choices, a flower show on the bandstand, activities for kids, craft vendors and demos, nonprofit organization information booths, displays and more. There will be a collection point at the entry gate for donations of non-perishable food items for the community food shelf.

Admission is by a suggested $2 donation. For more information, call Martha Slater at 767-3025 or Ginny Bowman at 767-3954.

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