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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

A new multi-media exhibit, “Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults” has just opened in the Lower Lobby of Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts off Route 30, as well as at the Town Hall Theater’s Jackson Gallery in downtown Middlebury.

Through life-sized painted canvases and “sound portraits,” artist Kate Gridley marks the passage of 17 emerging adults as they come to realize their selves and claim their voices. “Passing Through” is an installation that uses the images and voices of many characters to expand the notion of portraiture, beyond capturing moments of an individual life to noting psychological presentations of self in a particular time, culture and place.

Ten of the portraits are on display at the Jackson Gallery in the Town Hall Theater, and seven are on display in the Center for the Arts. Viewing hours at the Jackson Gallery are Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and one hour before events. The Mahaney Center for the Arts is located at 72 Porter Field Road, just off Route 30 in Middlebury.

The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 26, is free and open to the public.

THT’S YOUNG COMPANY

On Thursday at 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater’s Young Company will tackle two shows at once: Jean Giroudoux’s “Ondine” and the new Mel Brooks musical “Young Frankenstein.”

“Ondine” is a romance set in medieval times, where a knight falls madly in love with a powerful selkie who desires to be human but has difficulty fitting in at court.

“Young Frankenstein” is based on the hilarious Mel Brooks movie, which is full of jokes and songs. Tying the two seemingly divergent shows together is the theme “man versus nature.” The ensemble is comprised of 12 young actors ages 13-21 who spend four hours each day learning songs, lines and choreography.

The plays feature the talents of Gianna Kiehl, Ethan Allred, Patrick Davison, Eden Ginsburg, Sophie Lefkoe, Connor Harris, Emma Pope McCright, Arin Murray, Ethan Markwieka, Hannah Roque, Rachael Mayer and Zac Lounsbury.

According to Education Director Lindsay Pontius, “This experience is designed to be immersive and intense. Everyone plays a role in each production, sometimes very different roles. We train together as an ensemble and work really hard.”

Performances are free and THT is accepting donations at the door to benefit the education program. For more information, call 388-1436 or email education@townhalltheater.org.

BANDANNA

BandAnna will play at Lincoln Peak Vineyard on Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m.This local crowd-favorite, high-energy band offers a dance-a-licious mix of great vocals set on top of irresistible beat-driven original arrangements of favorite and little heard R&B gems along with some of today’s best new sounds.

Members include Anna Lienau (vocals), Jim Lienau (rhythm guitar), Ray Paczkowski (keyboards), Ron Rost (keyboards), Glen Goodwinn (bass guitar) and Jacob Highter (drums/percussion).

Picnicking opens at 5:30 pm.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.

LIVE MUSIC AT 51 MAIN

There will be two live musical events this week at Middlebury’s 51 Main. At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, the 51 Main Blues Jam continues. Members of Conqueror Root and Left Eye Jump will provide lead guitar, bass, keyboard and drums and these guys will back you up or take a break and let you play. All musicians and blues fans are welcome. Everyone will get a chance to play.

Then, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Soule Monde takes to the stage. Soule Monde is instrumental, organ-driven funk in its purest form. Erupting from the syncopated minds of power-drummer Russ Lawton and organ-wizard Ray Paczkowski, the duo takes soul-jazz back to the deep end. Forged off a sound that originated with Booker T. and Jimmy Smith, yet highly influenced by the redeveloped grooves crafted by Medeski, Martin & Wood and The Beastie Boys, Soule Monde is the ideal union of swagger and raw talent.

All ages, no cover. For additional information visit www.go51main.com or phone 388-8209.

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN

There will be one live musical performance this week at Two Brothers Tavern located in Middlebury when Torus takes to the stage, beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday. Local rockers Torus make their debut in the lounge and will not disappoint. Hailing from New Haven and other parts of Vermont they craft a sound rooted in rock tradition but all their own as well. Playing a mix of covers from Radiohead to the Allman Brothers, they are not to be missed. There is a $3 cover. For additional information, call 388-0002.

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