Arts & Leisure

SQUASH AND OTHER cucurbits are among the many plant species that can be affected by powdery mildew, a persistent disease that thrives in humid conditions. Photo / Scot Nelson
If you've ever lost a nice zucchini plant or a crop of cucumbers or melons to this white fungus, then you know the heartbreak of powdery mildew. It is a plant disease that looks like its name. It starts as small white circles that look like talcum powder, circles that will spread and eventually cover your plant, reducing the amount of photosynthesis and fruit production if left untreated. Powdery mildew is actually not one single fungus, but a family of closely related fungal species that affect a range of trees, flowers and vegetables, including apple, rose, ash, birch, grapes, zinnia, lilac...

Jessie Buckley stars in “Wild Rose” (2018).
Wild Rose — Running Time: 1:41 — Rating: R How can a young woman capture us with an impossible dream? “Wild Rose” does just that by joining the inspired abilities of a singer/actor, a writer, and a director in creating on-screen magic. Actor Jessie Buckley becomes Rose-Lynn, a young mother with a beautiful voice and gut level determination. She lives a simple family life in Glasgow with her family and without any path to her dream of becoming a country singer in Nashville, Tenn. Rose-Lynn hates earning her living by cleaning the house of Susannah, a beautiful woman who sees the talent in the...
(Tin House Books) “Costalegre,” Courtney Maum’s slim new novel (smartly designed with a colorful textured jacket), will whisk you away to the beaches along the western coastline of the Mexico. Narrated by Lara — the 15-year-old daughter of Leonora Calaway, an heiress intent on creating an artist’s haven as World War II bears down — a young girl, left mainly to her own devices, desperate for affection, and finding none coming from her mother, who turns instead to the artists who have commandeered her mother’s attention. In particular, she develops a crush on Jack Klinger, a sculptor, whom she...
The Middlebury Studio School, on Route 7 South, will host a closing and opening art show reception for the community on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 5-7 p.m. Come meet the artists, see their work and explore MSS. The closing exhibition, “Expanding the Mind’s Eye,” in the school’s small gallery known as the “LOO-uvre” (ha! Can you guess why?) is of letterpress prints by John Vincent of Revolutionary Press. Vincent creates both visual and thought expanding word prints made with individual letters, inked and pressed into archival paper. He will bring a letterpress to the reception so you can create...

STORE MANAGERS PAMELA Martin (left) and Natacha Liuzzi (right) pictured in front of Kiss the Cook cooking supply shop in downtown Middlebury, right before one of their weekly cooking demonstrations. Independent photo/Nora Peachin
MIDDLEBURY — When Natacha Liuzzi was in high school, she got kicked out of Home Ec class for being a bit of a know-it-all. After growing up watching her mother and grandmother cook, Liuzzi was a little too advanced in the kitchen for her high school classmates. Today, Liuzzi brings the same love of cooking that got her booted out of class to her job at Kiss the Cook in downtown Middlebury. Liuzzi has worked alongside fellow employee Pamela Martin since she started in 2017. Martin has been with the store since it opened. Brandon residents will be happy to see that while their kitchen store may...

ROSE UMERLIK'S 'HOLD True” is one of eight large pieces that make up her exhibit “The Human Experience,” on view through August at Northern Daughters fine art gallery on Main Street in Vergennes. An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 26, from 5-8 p.m.
VERGENNES — A solo exhibit of new work from Rose Umerlik is coming to Northern Daughters fine art gallery in Vergennes. Umerlik’s work is abstract with a focus on form and line. Working in graphite and oil on panel, she explores the complexity of what it is to be human, in her exhibit “The Human Experience,” by mirroring that complexity in the interaction and layering of forms and lines in her work. “My art practice is inextricably tied to my personal history,” Umerlik said. “Stories of family, relationships, and self-awareness generate forces of emotion — fear, hope, loss, pain and love —...

THE YOUNG AND talented Omer String Quartet will perform at the Federated Church in Rochester on Friday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m. Part of the Rochester Chamber Music Society’s 25th anniversary summer concert series. Photo / MattDine
ROCHESTER — The Rochester Chamber Music Society presents the award-winning Omer String Quartet on Friday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m., at the Federated Church in Rochester, as part of the RCMS’s 25th anniversary summer concert series. Known for their energetic, enthusiastic and sophisticated performances, the Omer Quartet has garnered top prizes in numerous competitions. The evening program will include Brahms String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat major; Webern Six Bagatelles, Schumann String Quartet in F major, Op. 41, No. 1, Adagio;  Kurtάg “Aus Der Ferne III;” and Schubert String Quartet in G major, D. 887....
MIDDLEBURY — Point CounterPoint faculty musicians continue to celebrate the camp’s 40th anniversary with a another concert of chamber music on Thursday, Aug. 1, 8 p.m., at Mead Chapel on the Middlebury College campus. The professional musicians who teach at Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp on Lake Dunmore hail from prestigious music institutions and from many parts of the world. PCP Faculty changes every two weeks with each new session of campers.  Back in 1979 Middlebury’s Emory and Diana Fanning became the owners and directors of Point CounterPoint. Right from the beginning, they were...

RACHEL CHRISTOPHER, AS Helena, and Ralph Johnson, as Bertram, star in the Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble’s production of “Alls Well That Ends Well.” Performances at 8 p.m. nightly from July 31-Aug. 4. Photo / Rachel Dulude
RIPTON — The 2019 Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble production is William Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well,” directed by Stephen Thorne. Performances will run nightly, at 8 p.m., from Wednesday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 4, in the Burgess Meredith Little Theatre, on the Bread Loaf Campus. Tickets and seating are first-come, first-served and are available now by calling (802) 443-2771. Patrons may leave a message with ticket requests, and calls will be returned to confirm. Limit four tickets per caller.

BRANDON MUSIC WELCOMES rising star Cecilia Zabala of Buenos Aires, Argentina on Saturday, July 27, for a solo performance of her folkloric music.
BRANDON — Cecilia Zabala will take the stage at Brandon Music for the first time this Saturday, July 27. Zabala, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a rising star on the international music scene. Born in 1975, she began playing guitar at the age of 6, went on to study at Conservatory Alberto Ginastera and has since gone on to release 10 CDs under her own name, to teach full time at C.A.G. and the Leopoldo Marechal School of Art, and to tour extensively throughout South America, Europe and the United States, with great regularity since 2006. Zabala has been an active participant in the musical...


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