Greg Pahl

CATHERINE MACLELLAN TAKES the stage at Town Hall Theater on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m.
With her grace and charm, award-winning singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan captivates audiences with deep emotional connections through intimate lyrics as well as easy-going and light-hearted fun. MacLellan will be on stage at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Catherine MacLellan has become one of Canada’s finest and favorite singer-songwriters on her own merits. She’s kept away from the media circus and celebrity scene, preferring to live at home in rural Prince Edward Island. She’s worked diligently at her craft, releasing a series of remarkable, creative...

PLAYWRIGHT AMY HERZOG’S thought-provoking contemporary work “After The Revolution” will be read by actors at the Vermont Coffee Company Theater in Middlebury this Sunday, Sept. 8, at 4 p.m. as part of the Middlebury Actors Workshop’s Cutting Edge series.
Middlebury Actors Workshop’s Cutting Edge staged reading series is back with Amy Herzog’s smart, engrossing “After The Revolution” on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 4 p.m. in the Vermont Coffee Company Theater located at 1197 Exchange St. in Middlebury. The play is a bold and moving portrait of an American family in an intergenerational tailspin, forced to reconcile a thorny and delicate legacy. The brilliant Emma Joseph proudly carries the torch of her family’s Marxist tradition, devoting her life to the memory of her blacklisted grandfather. But when history reveals a shocking truth about the man...

THEY’RE BACK AGAIN. Local favorite Gypsy Reel returns to Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m.
Gypsy Reel returns to play high-energy music at Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m. Always a firm favorite at Brandon Music this very popular group is known for creating major “electricity” when they perform live. A Celtic band that rocks, Gypsy Reel has spent the last two decades playing stirring music rooted in the Celtic tradition but garnered from the whole world. They have “bags of originality” (Andy Cheyne, “Folk Roots”) and according to “The Message” in Chester, Vermont, is “the hottest acoustic band around.” Gypsy Reel are returning for their fifth show at Brandon Music...

RISING STAR KIMBERLY Townsend performs at Brandon Music on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m.
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is dedicated to the work of first- and second-time filmmakers. The exciting 5th annual MNFF kicks off with a Vermont Film Showcase at 10 a.m. this Thursday, Aug. 22, in Middlebury with films shown at Town Hall Theater (68 S. Pleasant Street), as well as both screens at the Marquis Theater (65 Main Street). Another group of films will show at the same locations at 1:30 p.m. A special Opening Night Party will take place at THT with a welcome at 6:30 p.m., a film, “The Dog Doc,” at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with director Cindy Meehl and Dr. Jacqueline...

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...

FIDDLER JAKE BRILLHART and singer-songwriter Alex Smith make a welcome return to Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m.
Fiddler Jake Brillhart and singer-songwriter Alex Smith make a welcome return to Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m. This talented duo have toured extensively for the past six years performing Brillhart’s Cape Breton-influenced fiddle tunes and Smith’s finely crafted folk ballads. The result is a show that is both energetic and contemplative, and one that has captivated audiences from Iowa to Maine. Sarah Craig, at Caffe Lena calls Smith “a natural storyteller.” He builds songs from a blend of traditional folk harmony and strikingly modern lyrics, confronting today’s most pressing...

LOCAL TEENAGERS PERFORM “Legally Blonde,” directed by Doug Anderson, at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury this Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28.
LEGALLY BLONDE AT THT The Broadway hit, “Legally Blonde,” will come to the stage of Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Friday, July 26, at 7 p.m. and again on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, at 2 p.m. Director Doug Anderson works with professional actors and singers, talented Middlebury College students, and the best local talent, but once a year he gets to do what he calls his “dream job,” working with teenagers. “They bring so much energy and joy into rehearsals,” Anderson said, “and people are always surprised by how talented they are. They’re also just wonderful human beings. I love...

JANE KRAMER AND Nathan Evans Fox will join forces and perform at Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. in Brandon on Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Brandon Music will welcome Nathan Evans Fox and Jane Kramer to Brandon Music Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. Fox and Kramer are both highly regarded singer/songwriters from North Carolina who frequently perform individually and with other artists, but for this American tour have come together to co-headline a special night of Americana Folk with a North Carolina overlay. They will be playing together and separately. Fox is an Americana songwriter and musician from Glen Alpine, N.C. Growing up immersed in country, rock, bluegrass and hymns, Fox synthesizes his musical roots to produce a sound...

SMALL GLORIES bring their Canadian Prairie sound to Middlebury’s Festival on-the-Green at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9.
Middlebury’s exciting Festival on-the-Green continues its 41st season on Tuesday, July 9, at noon, when Jon Gailmor, will present a Brown Bag Special musical performance for the whole family. At 7 p.m., The Small Glories, a musical tour-de-force duo planted on the Canadian Prairies, hits the stage with their songs of love, loss and environment, delivered with soaring, interwoven vocals on various combinations of stomping clawhammer banjo, guitar and harmonica. Then, at 8:30 p.m., the Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio will perform a wide selection of Americana originals ? folk, jazz, and blues ?...

WINDBOURNE, FEATURING VIRTUOSIC vocal harmony deeply rooted in American folk-singing traditions, will play Monday, July 8, at Middlebury’s Festival on-the-Green at 7 p.m.
The Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green, celebrates its 41st anniversary season from July 7 through 13 on the Middlebury Town Green. The festival kicks off this Sunday, July 7, at 7 p.m., with jazz pianist turned roots musician Sam Reider and the Human Hands, performing an irresistible mixture of bluegrass, gypsy jazz and mysterious sounds from around the world. The festival, again rated a “Top 10 Summer Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, continues next Monday, July 8, with a “Brown Bag Special” presentation at noon by Rik Palieri. Then, at 7 p.m., the festival really gets under...

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