Arts & Leisure

KATELYN BROWN, LEFT, from the Danville School and Mary Nagy-Benson, from Middlebury Union High School, discuss their films at a work session last year. Vermont youth filmmakers will debut their films at MountainTop Film Festival in Waitsfield on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 4 p.m.
WAITSFIELD — The 17th annual MountainTop Film Festival in Waitsfield will, for the first time, feature a selection of documentary films from Vermont youth. Festival organizers have selected five short films created through the “What’s the Story?” program, a free course open to all Vermont secondary students ( The festival is hosted by Big Picture Theater in Waitsfield, and the youth-films will be screened Sunday, Jan. 19, at 4 p.m.  The five short films: “Breaking Binary,” “Dear Daughters,” “Foster Care: A New Beginning,” “Got Guilt?,” and “Preserving the Heart of Vermont...
MIDDLEBURY — November marked the first of a storytelling series launched by Middlebury UndergrounD and Bundle. The Nov. 1 event “Memorable Dishes” focused a curated open-mic night on tales of food and flavor, and local storytellers had quite the appetite to get up and share. “We are happy to report it was a packed house and a powerful evening featuring a range of high-quality storytelling,” said Lisa Mitchell, cofounder of MUD. “For our next installment, we invite the community to tell their tales profiling many types of love.” On Friday, Jan. 24, from 5:30-7 p.m., MUD and Bundle invite...

ACTORS MICHAEL KOUTELOS, Madison Middleton and Charlotte Katz rehearse for the Town Hall Theater/Middlebury College Dept. of Music co-production of “The Light in the Piazza.” The show will take the THT stage on Jan. 24-27.
MIDDLEBURY — Adam Guettel’s Tony Award-winning musical “The Light in the Piazza” comes to Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater as the 15th Winter Term production — the annual collaboration between THT and the Middlebury College Department of Music. Douglas Anderson will direct the show. The musical follows a mother and daughter vacationing in Florence, Italy, in 1960. The daughter falls into an intense love affair with an Italian boy, forcing the mother to reconsider both her daughter’s future, and her own. The production stars students from Middlebury College as well as talented local performers...

RICHARD RUANE AND Beth Duquette will perform a concert at Brandon Music with special guest Mitch Barron on Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. The duo will also play the day prior, Friday, Jan. 17, at 3:30 p.m., at EastView Middlebury for free. Photo / John Moyers
BRANDON — Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette are a Vermont-based acoustic duo performing original music with a clear traditional-roots influence that is steeped in tradition, but of its own time. They are known for their strong, imaginative vocals and harmonies, often compared to classic sibling harmony duos. Some of their original songs harken back to traditional ballads and jazz tunes from the ’30s, but also remain firmly planted in life’s current challenges and joys.  The duo will perform a free concert on Friday, Jan. 17, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., at EastView Middlebury; followed by an evening...

ADAM GUETTEL, THE grandson of Richard Rodgers and a talented composer in his own right, is Broadway royalty. He is in Middlebury this month to work with Doug Anderson to stage Guettel’s musical “The Light In the Piazza,” featuring college actors and singers. Guettel will give a public talk this Thursday, Jan. 16, at 4:30 p.m. at Town Hall Theater.
When “The Light In the Piazza” opened on Broadway in 2005, critics knew they were seeing something rare. The New York Times wrote that Adam Guettel had created “the most intensely romantic score of any musical since “West Side Story.” It won the Tony Award for Best Score, won a Best Actress Tony for Victoria Clark, and made a star out of fresh young talent named Kelli O’Hara. “After I saw it at Lincoln Center, I immediately went back to see it a second time,” says Town Hall Theater Artistic Director Douglas Anderson. “That had never happened to me before. I was completely swept away by it.”...

EMMA WATSON, SAOIRSE Ronan, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen in “Little Women” (2019).
Little Women — Running Time: 2:14 — Rating: PG If you are thinking of skipping “Little Women,” think again. It has been read in Louisa May Alcott’s book and seen in movies by all ages ever since it was published in 1868. Now, as a gift to all of us, Greta Gerwig has assembled and directed a superb cast in a new version that is packing theaters. It is both a tribute to the book and a salute to families of any era. Just go. This story may have been written five decades ago but director Gerwig has dropped it into the present as she develops the sisters who are both intelligent and emotional in...
(Grove Press) In a thoroughly readable, engaging and informative book, author Ada Calhoun delineates many of the extenuating factors — not excuses — for why middle-aged women are plagued with unmanageable insecurities. She interviewed women across the country concentrated on the middle class and utilized her own experiences as well as those of her friends, revealing the unique predicament of Generation X women. Like a middle child, Gen Xers, born between approximately 1965 to 1984, are uncomfortably sandwiched between the much larger generations of baby boomers and millennials. Calhoun brings...

TOM ADELMAN OF Weybridge, released a new CD “Updated Just Now” under the name Camden Joy on Jan. 1. Independent photo/Steve James
WEYBRIDGE — Typically when we meet someone new, we have a brief interaction with them and part, assuming a basic understanding of who they are, what they do and perhaps a few commonalities we share. It’s not a bad assumption — perhaps one we’re all accustomed to living in a rural community where most of us know a little too much about one another anyway — for better or worse. Meeting Tom Adelman last week was nothing of this sort. He came into the office to offer a new CD he released on the first day of the New Year. “A review would be great,” he said unassumingly. But there was something...

THE CHRISTINE MALCOLM Band will perform their original country folk-rock on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Brandon Music.
BRANDON — The Christine Malcolm Band will launch the 2020 music scene at Brandon Music on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m.  This highly acclaimed Vermont band will be performing a special blend of rich original country, folk and blues with a high note of rock. Malcolm is a northern Vermont songwriter transplanted from balmy southern Vermont. Her writing is influenced by artists like Lori McKenna, Chris Stapleton and Joni Mitchell. She debuted “Crickets, Coyotes and the Big Yellow Moon,” her first album, in 2015. She followed it in September 2019 with “I Like You,” which showcases Malcolm’s...

MATT FLINNER, JAMIE Masefield and Will Patton and will perform at Burnham Hall in Lincoln, on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m., for the Burnham Music Series. These concerts are $10 for adults, teens and kids are free.
LINCOLN — Matt Flinner, Jamie Masefield and Will Patton and will perform at Burnham Hall, 52 River Road in Lincoln, on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m. The trio brings together three of Vermont’s finest mandolinists for a rare evening of bluegrass, jazz and roots music. Joined by journeyman bassist Pat Melvin, the group will perform music of Bill Monroe, Django Reinhardt, J.S. Bach and everything in between. MATT FLINNER  Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways. Starting out as a banjo prodigy who was playing bluegrass festivals...


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