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Arts Beat for Sept. 30: Irish, Quebecois, Afro pop all on tap

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The 19th season of the After Dark Music Series gets under way on Friday with a performance by John Doyle and Oisin McAuley in Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater at 8 p.m.

Doyle is not only a superb guitarist but also is an excellent singer-songwriter. He is world-renowned for his work as founding member of the groundbreaking Irish/American band Solas; his exciting yearly contributions to the Transatlantic Sessions at Celtic Connections and through his own critically acclaimed solo recordings on Compass Records.

Oisin McAuley, without a doubt, he is one of the best new fiddlers to come out of Ireland in some time, though it is not completely correct to call him a new musician; he has toured for years with groups including the well-known Irish group Danu. McAuley is rooted and grounded in the West Ireland musical tradition. Like other Donegal fiddlers, McAuley incorporates styles from outside Ireland with Scottish influences.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $28 at the door. Tickets are available by mail to After Dark Music Series, or at Main Street Stationery in downtown Middlebury. For tickets and information, call 388-0216 or visit afterdarkmusicseries.com.

RIPTON COFFEE HOUSE

The Ripton Community Coffee House, a nonprofit community concert series, welcomes the youthful Quebecois band Goldilocks and the Three Bears on Saturday at the Ripton Community House in a concert co-presented by Young Traditions.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a quartet consisting of some of the best young players from Quebec: Nicolas Babineau, Alexis Chartrand, Sarah Marchand, and Beatrix Methe. Three of these musicians were winners at the Young Tradition Weekend contests in Burlington held in May. In Ripton they will sing and play traditional music. They are all talented performers on a number of instruments, including fiddle, foot percussion, and banjo.

As always, the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with a one-hour open mike set, followed by the featured performers. Open mike performers are encouraged to call in advance and reserve one of the five open-mike slots.

Admission to the coffeehouse is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and teens, and $3 for children. The coffeehouse is held on the first Saturday of each month, except August. For more information, contact Richard Ruane or Andrea Chesman at 388-9782.

HIROYA TSUKAMOTO

Hiroya Tsukamoto will perform on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Brandon Music. Tsukamoto’s music has been described as “new acoustic music which is a blend of North and South American folk plus Japanese roots.”

Tsukamoto is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer/songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. While a student at Osaka University, Tsukamoto was introduced to a musical and social movement in South America called Nueva Cancion headed by musical legends such as Victor Jara and Violeta Para.

The Boston Herald says “A Japanese guitarist, Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us on an impressionistic journey.”

General admission is $15. A pre-concert dinner is available for $15. Reservations may be made at 465-4071 or e-mail info@brandon-music.net. Venue is B.Y.O.B. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon. For additional information visit brandon-music.net.

ANGELIQUE KIDJO

Grammy Award-winning artist and social advocate Angelique Kidjo will appear in concert in Middlebury College’s Nelson Recreation Center at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

A Grammy winner (Best Contemporary World Music Album) for her 2007 release “Djin,” Kidjo has been called “Africa’s premier diva” by Time magazine and “the undisputed queen of African music” by the Daily Telegraph of London.

Her music is recognized for its diverse influences and infusion of energy, drawing upon Afropop, Congolese rumba, jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel and Latin style to create a repertoire uniquely her own. Kidjo has collaborated with a number of music’s leading recording artists, including Peter Gabriel, Bono, Alicia Keys and Branford Marsalis, and has played sold-out venues around the globe.

Ticket are $20 for the general public, and can be purchased through the college box office and at the door.

‘OTHELLO’ BROADCAST

Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed National Theatre production of Shakespeare’s “Othello,” with Adrian Lester in the title role and Rory Kinnear as Iago, will be broadcast to Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Thursday, at 7 p.m.

Othello, newly married to Desdemona who is half his age, is appointed leader of a military operation to defend Cyprus from the Turks. Iago, his ensign, passed over for promotion in favor of young Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair.

“Witty, agile, lucid and deeply felt. A gripping production of a tragedy which is also an intensely painful psychological thriller,” says the Daily Telegraph.

Tickets are $17 general, $10 students, and may be purchased through the THT box office at 382-9222, townhalltheater.org, in person daily except Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., or at the door if available.

THE MET: LIVE IN HD

“The Met: Live in HD,” the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live transmissions to movie theaters, begins its eighth season at 1 p.m. on Saturday with a new production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin.” Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater joins more than 1,900 theaters in 64 countries in presenting this groundbreaking series.

“Eugene Onegin” stars Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien and Piotr Beczala in Deborah Warner’s new production, conducted by Valery Gergiev and directed by Fiona Shaw in her Met debut. The production is set in the late 19th century and captures the splendor and passion of Tchaikovsky’s opera.

Tickets, $24 general, $10 students, are available through the THT box office at 382-9222, townhalltheater.org, in person daily except Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., or at the door if available.

PRINDLE WISSLER EXHIBIT

The Compass Music and Arts Center offers a chance to see a selection of work by one of the area’s most beloved artists. Prindle Wissler was a life-long artist and teacher who was a lifetime learner, right up to the time of her death in 2011 at the age of 99.

The collection of work Wissler left behind reflects a lifetime of learning and experimenting, resulting in pieces that show a great range of artistic styles, mediums, and influences. The title of the exhibit, “The Inhabited World of Prindle Wissler,” speaks to this variety seen in her work, but also to her incredible sense of humor and fun. The exhibit of over 20 pieces continues through October. All works are for sale.

Compass Music and Arts Center is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at 333 Jones Drive in Brandon. Visit cmacvt.org or call 247-4295 for more information.

WESTON BESSETTE BAND

Helen Weston & Bessette Quartet will play at Lincoln Peak Vineyard on Friday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the final show of the Wine Down Friday season at the vineyard. The group performs jazz classics and swing favorites, with some rock and blues.

With songs ranging from Cole Porter to Adele, Helen Weston’s theatrical vocals are complemented by the tight grooves of the Bessette Quartet.

Admission is free. Food is for sale by Almost Home Market and wine is available by the glass. This show will be indoors and may spill onto the porch, weather depending. No alcohol may be brought onto the grounds, and please leave your pets at home. Lincoln Peak Vineyard is at 142 River Road in New Haven. More information is at lincolnpeakvineyard.com or 388-7368.

INT’L FILM SERIES

The exciting 2013-2014 Middlebury College International Film Series continues on Saturday with the 2011 French film “Tomboy” directed by Céline Sciamma.

When 10-year-old Laure moves with her father, mother and little sister to a new neighborhood at the start of summer, she is mistaken for a boy and consequently takes on a new identity as Mikael.

The film, in French with English subtitles, will be shown at 3 and again at 8 p.m. in Dana Auditorium. It’s free. Some of the films in this series may be inappropriate for children.

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN

There will be two live musical performances this week at Two Brothers Tavern in Middlebury. On Friday, the tavern will feature a dinner show with Cooper & Lavoie performing acoustic blues, beginning at 6 p.m. It’s free and open to all ages. Then, at 10 p.m. on Friday, the tavern presents The Retrofit with an evening of classic rock. There is a $3 cover charge. For more information, call Two Brothers at 388-0002.

LIVE MUSIC AT 51 MAIN

There will be one live musical event this week at Middlebury’s 51 Main on Friday, when Eight 02 takes to the stage, at 8 p.m. Check out Eight 02’s unique blend of smooth and fusion jazz currently deemed “accessible fusion.” Influences cover world beat artists to traditional, modern and contemporary jazz and jazz-rock.

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

DAYVE HUCKETT & CO.

There will be a performance by Dayve Huckett on guitar at 8 p.m. on Friday in the concert hall of Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. Huckett and special guests will create an evening of original music mixed with a wide range of cover material by many artists, making for an enjoyable evening of song with a casual vibe. It’s free.

ANNE JANSON AT COLLEGE

Anne Janson will perform on flute at 8 p.m. on Saturday in the concert hall of Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. This special and unique performance of works for flute includes “Vermont Counterpoint” by Steve Reich and “Poem” by Charles Griffes. Projected images of paintings from the Hudson River Valley School will accompany the performance. It’s free.

‘THE VERMONT MOVIE’

This month, after seven years of production, Upper Valley Arts of Norwich will release “Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie,” the first ever documentary series about the many voices, cultural and political traditions that give the Green Mountain State its egalitarian ideals and bold, iconoclastic spirit. The six-part film, a collaboration of three dozen critically acclaimed Vermont filmmakers and historians, is led by award-winning filmmaker Nora Jacobson.

The “Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie” Barnstorming Tour arrives in Middlebury with a reception and screening of Part 1 at Town Hall Theater next Monday, Oct. 7. A reception with director Nora Jacobson and members of the Vermont Movie Collaborative begins at 6 p.m., with the screening at 7 p.m., followed by a question and answer session.

Tickets, $15 with reception, $8/$5 for movie only, are available by calling 382-9222, at townhalltheater.org, at the box office daily except Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., or at the door if available.

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