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Arts Beat for June 20: Theater, music and photography are all on display this week

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Arts Beat for June 20: Theater, music and photography are all on display this week

PHOTOGRAPHER JAMES BLAIR will be honored at the reception for his show “Being There: Photographs by James P. Blair,” at the Middlebury College Museum of Art on Wednesday, June 19, at 4:30 p.m.

Photo Steve James

By GREG PAHL

Middlebury Actors Workshop will present the Vermont premiere of the extraordinary one-person show, “Every Brilliant Thing,” featuring Aly Perry, at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, June 20, at the Vermont Coffee Company Playhouse, 1197 Exchange Street, in Middlebury. Repeat performances will be on Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, June 23, at 2 p.m.

A long running hit in both London’s East End and New York City’s Off-Broadway, this show handily won the New York Times Critics’ Pick of 2015. Ice cream. Things with stripes. Water fights. Thus begins a list the play’s narrator makes as a child to help her chronically depressed mother see the beauty of life and, well, to keep her alive.

What’s brilliant? Things worth living for. At seven years old, determined to expand this list as long as necessary to remind her Mom of the reasons to live, she makes the reasons hard to ignore. She puts them between pages of her Mother’s book, beneath her pillow, on the bathroom mirror.

The girl grows up, falls in love, begins her adult life, and as she faces her own struggles, the list grows into the thousands, taking on a life of its own. Having dessert as a main course. Really good oranges. Dreams of flying. Nina Simone’s voice. And then what happens? For this, you’ll have to come see.

On Sunday, June 23, after the 2 p.m. matinee, there will be a post-show talk back with Mark Nash, former artistic director of Vermont Stage and currently a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Burlington.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, and can be purchased though the Town Hall Theater’s box office at 802-382-9222 or online at townhalltheater.org.

TONY TRISCHKA AT TOWN HALL THEATER

Town Hall Theater presents legendary banjo master Tony Trischka on Friday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. Now 70 years old, Trischka has over the past half-century garnered a reputation as one of the most influential figures in roots music. As a banjoist he set new standards for genre-bending virtuosity, inspiring legions of younger players, among them Béla Fleck. Through his tireless efforts as an educator and such divergent projects as his collaborations with his friend and fellow banjoist Steve Martin, he’s helped to elevate and transform his chosen instrument’s profile within American culture. His forthcoming album, “This Favored Land,” is a visionary exploration of Civil War history featuring an all-star cast.

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Trischka’s interest in banjo was sparked by the Kingston Trio’s “Charlie and the MTA” in 1963. His career has taken him on tour to Japan and back, and he has performed and recorded with Peter Rowan, Richard Green, Béla Fleck, Tony Rice and many other luminaries.

He has a prolific discography, has appeared on NPR numerous times, including Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and From Our Front Porch, and also recorded the theme song for Books on Air.

Trischka will be teaching a banjo workshop to a limited number of students. To register for a spot, visit townhalltheater.org or call the Town Hall Theater box office at 802-382-9222.

Tickets are $20-$25 (plus fees) and may be purchased at townhalltheater.org, by calling 802-382-9222, at the THT box office Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., or at the door one hour before show time. The Town Hall Theater is located at 68 S. Pleasant Street in Middlebury.

'ALL ABOUT EVE' AT TOWN HALL THEATER

Town Hall Theater will screen the production of the National Theatre’s “All About Eve” on the big screen Sunday, June 23, at 2 p.m. Directed by Ivo Van Hove and starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James, this new stage adaptation of “All About Eve” is based on the classic award-winning film.

“All About Eve” tells the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve ... don’t you ...? Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production, from one of the world’s most innovative theatre directors, Ivo van Hove, asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old.

“All About Eve” is adapted by Ivo van Hove from the 1950 Twentieth Century Fox film by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and the play “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr. Ivo van Hove directs this new stage version recorded from London during the live broadcast April 11. Tickets are $17/$10 students plus fees and may be purchased at townhalltheater.org, by calling 802-382-9222, at the THT box office Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., or at the door one hour before show time. The Town Hall Theater is located at 68 S. Pleasant Street in Middlebury.

MARK DALY DEBUTS DOUBLE ALBUM AT FOODAROO

Foodaroo 5, the 5th annual food, music and street performer festival, is coming to Middlebury’s Historic Marble Works at 137 Maple Street in Middlebury on Sunday, June 23, from 4 to 9 p.m.

At 6 p.m., Foodaroo 5 will debut Mark Daly’s new solo act and double album, “I’m Gonna Do It (Anyway),” under his new moniker “Ernest.” Mark Ernest Daly gained critical acclaim and a following as the leader of the bands Madaila and Chamberlin. Over the past two years, Daly has seen quite a bit of change, igniting the most prolific writing period of his life in an attempt to capture all these wild experiences as they happen. From becoming a husband and father, to his band Madaila going on hiatus, it has been both equally beautiful and challenging.

Ernest is one of five live entertainment acts at Foodaroo 5, joining local legend Josh Panda with British Isles; the modern rhythm and blues band Shake; and two internationally acclaimed street performing acts, Alakazam the Human Knot and Her Majesty’s Secret Circus. All performances will be complemented by more than 30 food and beverage vendors, two King Arthur Flour Baking competitions, a Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op kids cooking activity, a fortune teller and more fun surprises.

Foodaroo tickets are $5 at the door for adults; kids under 12 free. For more information, contact Lisa Mitchell at 802-388-6124, email [email protected] or visit foodaroo.org.

COOIE’S JAZZ ENSEMBLE AT BRANDON MUSIC

On Saturday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music welcomes back the popular Vermont singer, songwriter and guitarist Cooie DeFrancesco. Frequently enjoyed as a solo performer, this time DeFrancesco will be accompanied by her Jazz Ensemble, made up of veteran musicians Robert Gagnon (guitar), Andy Smith (bass) and Rob Zollman (drums).

Music has been Cooie DeFrancesco’s lifelong companion, from harmonizing with her family in the car as a child, listening late at night to the artists that still inspire her — until the transistor radio batteries gave out — to finally following her heart and bringing her voice to others personally. Now a regular and much-sought-after performer, DeFrancesco has the ability to touch her audiences, leading their emotional journey through the music that has always brought her comfort.

Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call 802-247-4295 or e-mail [email protected] for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon.

SCORED PAINTINGS AT JACKSON GALLERY

A new exhibit of paintings by Karla Van Vliet opens with an artist’s reception in the Jackson Gallery at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater from 5 to 7 p.m., on Friday, June 21. Van Vliet uses a technique that she created to have the look and feel of an etching. The process incorporates aspects of both painting and drawing. She scores the surface of the painting and then applies and removes paint, over and over, as the paint fills in the scoring to create line and form. She works with several recurring patterns and images that resonate in her. The exhibit will remain on display through Aug. 4.

The Jackson Gallery is located in the lower level of Town Hall Theater in the center of Middlebury. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday noon to 5 p.m., and an hour before any public events in the building. For further information call 802-382-9222 or consult townhalltheater.org.

RECEPTION FOR JIM BLAIR AT MUSEUM OF ART

In conjunction with the current exhibit, “Being There: Photographs by James P. Blair,” there will be a reception in the Middlebury College Museum of Art on Wednesday, June 19, at 4:30 p.m.

For more than 35 years, Jim Blair was one of the people who millions of “National Geographic” readers counted on each month to give them a sense of the greater world. His exhibition documents the breadth of his career, gives a sense of his dexterity, determination and breadth of vision. His best images have become part of our visual lexicon and remind us that the world is a varied and stimulating place, sometimes breathtaking in its beauty and at other times heartbreaking in its degradation, but always informative.

Free admission, cash bar. The Museum of Art is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 (South Main Street).

BLUES JAM IN BRISTOL

Middlebury-based English bluesman Tom Caswell will be hosting a Blues Jam in Bristol at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, at Hatch 31, located at 31 Main Street. The jam will feature both local and statewide blues musicians and is open to anyone wanting to hear great music.

This is a monthly event on the third Wednesday of the month. If you are a musician or singer planning to take part in the jam, there will be a sign-up sheet located near the stage. The host band, The Tom Caswell Blues Band, will begin the proceedings at 8 p.m. before people are called up from the sign-up sheet to form bands and play the blues. The jam will end with the host band taking the stage once more to wrap things up. Although the music begins at 8 p.m., an earlier arrival is advised. Admission to the jam is free.

SUNDAY SESSIONS AT LPV

Relax on the porch at Lincoln Peak Vineyard with wine and live music on Sunday afternoons this season. The Sunday Sessions continue on Sunday, June 23, from 2 to 4 p.m., with Sarah King.

King sings blues, alternative, and rock music, all delivered with a side of Southern soul. Taking the stage with only an acoustic guitar, she captivates audiences with her haunting melodies, confident stage presence and thought-provoking lyrics. Wine is available by the glass, and there will be a good selection of Vermont cheese, sausage, crackers and chocolate available. Music is rain or shine on the covered porch (we’ll move indoors if it’s pouring). Lincoln Peak Vineyard is located at 142 River Road in New Haven. More information is at lincolnpeakvineyard.com.

BRASS QUINTET IN ROCHESTER

The Rochester Chamber Music Society’s 25th Anniversary Season for Summer 2019 continues this week with a free public concert by the Inora Brass Quintet on the Rochester town park bandstand, on Sunday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m.

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