Arts & Leisure


WHO WAS THE woman behind the bright colors, the big brows, and the floral crowns? Take a journey through the life of a true icon, discover her art, and uncover the truth behind her often turbulent life on January 13.
One of the most popular series at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater has been Great Art Wednesdays, which features filmed tours of major art exhibitions from around the world. The pandemic has put a temporary halt to any events inside of the theater, but THT has put together a new round films for the spring season, this time available to be streamed directly into homes. “This series has been a really enjoyable part of our educational mission,” said THT artistic director Douglas Anderson. “The films are absolutely gorgeous, and the camera moves in to give you close-up views of the art, the kind of...

ELSIE LYNN PARINI
Arts+Leisure celebrated it’s fourth full year in 2020. Twelve months, 52 issues, over 700 pages, all dedicated to arts and events going on in Addison County — in spite of COVID-19. They say hindsight is 20-20, so what do we have to say now looking back at a year like no other? We’ll stick to the positives: In 2020, we had the opportunity to highlight the work of more than 46 local artists, actors, musicians and craftspeople; see over 36 exhibits; 12 film events; suggest 93 don’t-miss events happening right here in Addison County; learn nine valuable gardening lessons from our own Master...
(Algonquin Young Readers) Badger, a rock scientist without steady rock work, but most assuredly on the precipice of an Important Rock Discovery, lives in his Aunt Lulu’s brownstone, offered as a place for him to live, “until-you-get-back-on-your-feet” Aunt Lulu said, three years ago. And while Badger is aware of the many letters from Aunt Lulu that are piling up in the mail pail, he is most decidedly unaware that they contain advance notice of a new roommate, one who will undoubtedly wreak havoc on his most-settled routine. Skunk. Skunk, who also refers to the most gracious and generous owner...
This Saturday, Jan. 2, Lissa Schneckenburger and Corey DiMario of Low Lily and Crooked Still will perform a Ripton Community Coffee House livestream concert from their home in Southern Vermont. Free admission. All donations benefit the artists.  Raised in a small town in Maine and now living in Vermont, Schneckenburger grew up with music. She began playing fiddle at the age of six, inspired by her parent’s interest in folk music. In 2001, she graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in Contemporary Improvisation. She has been performing and teaching music around the...
The organizers at the Vergennes Opera House planned to celebrate the 15th year of presenting Broadway Direct in a fun and unusual way. Like so many other things this year, Broadway Direct looks a little different but it is just as wonderful as ever with the talent and creativity of our performers Bill Carmichael (Bill Walsh), Elisa Van Duyne, Jonny Barden and Caitlin Walsh, accompanied by the expert pianist Scott Nicholas. Together, and under the direction of Sue Walsh, they will bring this annual performance to life — safely! The first video, which is available now (visit VergennesOperaHouse...

THE SCULPTURE
Downtown Middlebury is all decked out in holiday spirit, but have you noticed the sculpture in the window of the National Bank of Middlebury?  “It’s not a wreath, it’s not lights and it’s not a tree,” said sculptor Daniel Houghton, who is Animation Studio Producer at Middlebury College. “But it seems right at home in a holiday window.” Anyone know what it is? Why it’s a miniature diorama of a gigantic otter-monster attacking the Town Hall Theater, of course.  The fantastical sculpture, “Attack on the Town Hall Theater,” was conceptualized and then constructed by Houghton (plus a few other...
(Random House) Be prepared to be amazed as you enter the world of fungi, from yeast to psychedelics, mycelial networks to metabolic masters. You’ll learn about fungal worm-hunting and zombie fungi (a group of fungi that hijack the bodies of insects to spread their spores). You’ll accompany your most-qualified guide, writer and biologist Merlin Sheldrake, as he roots for valuable esculents (like the Piedmont white truffle), and participates in clinical drug-testing with LSD, which, like psilocybin, is a fungal molecule, or is derived from one. Sheldrake’s pure and unadulterated excitement for...

HOST AND SCROOGE Cailin Marcel Manson is captured on the screen during one of Barn Opera’s online performances. The venue decided to film and screen its holiday productions this year.
SALISBURY/BRANDON — In a holiday season full of creative ways to share good tidings despite the pandemic, Brandon Opera is no exception. The nonprofit is using the power of video to share its holiday productions this year. The goal of Barn Opera has always been to bring opera to a wider audience, which has been a labor of love for founder and operatic tenor Josh Collier. But throw a global pandemic in the mix and suddenly recording is the way to share songs and performance. This holiday season, Collier had planned to mount a repeat production of the Italian opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitor...

VISITORS TO THE Adachi Museum of Art in Yasugi, Japan, can explore its six outdoor gardens designed by museum founder Adachi Zenko. photo / Tanya Jones
When planning a foreign adventure, adding a garden to the itinerary is an ideal way to be outside, avoid large crowds and leisurely explore on a budget. You’re able to see sweeping landscapes designed by architects as well as exotic plants up close. And you will come away with ideas for your own garden back home. Botanical gardens and their greenhouses not only provide insight into the local flora and fauna but also the culture and history of the country you’re visiting. Although international travel is limited now, we will be able to use our passports again one day. Until then, why not visit...
The folks behind Zig Zag Lit Mag would like to remind you that this could be your last, best chance to accomplish something SMART™ with your quarantine. Specifically — accepting writing (fiction, nonfiction, dramatic forms, poetry, et. al; any genre, any topic) and art (high-res, black-and-white, photography, doodles, paintings, etc.) Measurable — maximum of three pieces per person, up to 3,000 words each. Attainable — submissions are accepted only from those who live, labor or loiter in Addison County. Results — Issue.10 is on track to be our best issue ever and “published” looks nice on all...

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