BUSTER KEATON STARS in “Our Hospitality” (1923), a classic silent comedy film to be screened with live music by Jeff Rapsis on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. at Brandon Town Hall. Admission is free; donations are encouraged.
BRANDON — He never smiled on camera, earning him the nickname “the Great Stone Face.” But Buster Keaton’s comedies rocked Hollywood’s silent era with laughter throughout the 1920s, and remain popular crowd-pleasers today.
See for yourself with a screening of “Our Hospitality” (1923), one of Keaton’s landmark features at Brandon Town Hall on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. The program, the latest in the Town Hall’s silent film series, will be accompanied by live music performed by silent film composer Jeff Rapsis.
Admission is free; donations are encouraged, with all proceeds support ongoing...
MIDDLEBURY — Meet local author Jeremy Holt for an in-person signing of his latest graphic novel “Before Houdini,” on Friday, Aug. 9, from 5-7 p.m., during the Jackson Gallery’s opening reception of Holt’s exhibit “The Making of a Graphic Novel.”
This one-of-a-kind exhibit will showcase the creative process behind how a comic book page gets made. Original art and prints will be available for sale. Illustrations by John Lucas. Books provided by The Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury.
Holt is a Vergennes-based author whose most recent works include “Before Houdini,” “After Houdini,” and “Skip to...
BILL SCORZARI WILL perform at Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 7:30 p.m.
BRANDON — Bill Scorzari gave up his life as a preeminent New York trial attorney to follow his inner voice and become a full time musician. This singer-songwriter gives audiences a new kind of sound: one that’s gritty, lived-in, raw and sad. Hear for yourself on Saturday, Aug. 10 at Brandon Music, at 7:30 p.m.
Scorzari first began playing a guitar when he was eight years old. By the age of 13, he had formed his first group and performed with friends in and around his home town. His musical tastes grew to be all-inclusive, as he explored different genres throughout his formative and college...
MIDDLEBURY — The German for Singers program will present a colorful operetta and opera pasticcio loosely based on Carl Millöcker’s operetta “Gasparone” (1884) — translation: “If only I was the thief.” The medley tells the story of the young Countess Carlotta who has fallen in love with the famous robber Gasparone during a robbery while the man who saved her from the hands of said robber, Count Ermione, is trying to win her heart. As Carlotta’s three impoverished cousins vie for Ermione’s attention, he decides to pose as a robber to make himself more attractive to the capricious Carlotta. His...
ROCHESTER — The Rochester Chamber Music Society closes their 25th summer season on Sunday, Aug. 11, at 4 p.m., in the Federated Church of Rochester. The grand Baroque concert will feature period instruments with performers from the Boston area, including, Na’ama Lion, traverso; Julia McKenzie, violin; Gigi Turgeon, violin; Anna Griffis, viola; Rebecca Shaw, cello; Andres Arceci, bass; and Cynthia Huard on harpsichord.
Lion is well known in the Boston area as a versatile performer on early flutes. She has explored medieval music, playing with “Sequentia;” Renaissance music with...
BREAD AND PUPPET’S Circus will be in the Marble Works in Middlebury to perform “Diagonal Life” and serve up their eponymous bread on Thursday, Aug. 8, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Photo courtesy Bread and Puppet
Middlebury Underground will present Bread and Puppet Theater’s Diagonal Life Circus outdoors at Middlebury’s historic Marble Works District on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 5:30 p.m..
Diagonal Life explores the bewildering, beguiling, and downright funny possibilities and implications of diagonality with the help of state-of-the-art paper-maché weaponry and the riotous Bread and Puppet Brass Band.
The Diagonal Life Circus continues Bread and Puppet’s longstanding embrace of the puppet circus, an annual production in which puppet animals, cardboard politicians and picture performance combine to tell...
BRUCE GREENWOOD AND Ella Purnell star in “Wildlike,” which will screen during the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m., at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival will welcome special guests at the 5th Annual Festival, Aug. 22-25. Among those guests will be iconic screenwriter and director Paul Schrader, Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood and French New Wave filmmaker Anges Varda.
PAUL SCHRADER: “First Reformed”
Originally a film critic, Schrader burst onto the filmmaking scene in 1972, turning to writing in a moment of existential drift. In two weeks, he completed a script about a nocturnal loner who stalks the streets of New York in his yellow cab with fantasies of cleansing the city of its depravity....
BRAD PITT AND Leonardo DiCaprio star in Quentin Tarantino’s new film “Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood” (2019).
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood — Running Time: 2:41 — Rating: R
1969 was a key year in the slippage of power from old Hollywood to the new. Quentin Tarantino has made “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” as his goodbye wave to the old movie world. While it seems certain that people with any connection to the industry will love it, ordinary movie lovers may find its 2.75 hours, too long and often confusing. Those not familiar with that movie era may miss the significance of the move away from Hollywood’s preoccupation with Westerns made by the industry’s enormously powerful male bosses.
It is 1953, and Iran’s intense political upheaval, that culminates with the democratically-elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh being overthrown, coincidentally orchestrated by the United States, is at its peak. Amid this unrest and cultural shift, two young people meet and fall in love, in the eponymous stationery shop located in the heart of Tehran. The proprietor is not only introducing great works of classic and foreign writers to the young people who frequent the shop, he is also distributing political tracts, in support of Mosaddegh. Bahman Aslan, charismatic, brash...
MIDDLEBURY — On Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m., at the Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Concert Hall, Middlebury College music faculty Diana and Emory Fanning and Dieuwke Davydov will be joined by Grammy-nominated flutist Karen Kevra of Cornwall for a free concert celebrating the closing of local photographer James P. Blair’s exhibit, “Being There,” at the Middlebury College Museum of Art.
The 45-minute concert of music inspired by images will include works for flute, cello, and piano by J.S. Bach, Debussy, Brahms, and Chopin. It will feature Charles Koechlin's 14 Pieces for Flute and Piano, which...