Arts & Leisure

JOAQUIN PHOENIX STARS in “Joker” (2019).
Joker — Running Time: 2:02 — Rating: R If “Joker” had been made by ordinary people, it would have been dismissed as an overdone dive into violence. Instead, a team headed by actor Joaquin Phoenix and director Todd Phillips has created a wicked nightmare on film. The arguments generated by its violence spring from fear of spreading violence in young people. Whatever your theories, the combination of acting, music and filming will glue you to your seat. Just try to look away. We meet Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) who carries a card explaining that he is infected with a disease of frequent,...
(Rootstock Publishing) Luke isn’t interested in learning anything about Peshawar or Pakistan, because even though his dad “had him over Christmas vacation. It said so in the divorce,” Peshawar, and the “Great Goddamn Project,” as he and his mother referred to it, and his dad’s obsession with the project, was the reason the divorce happened. So Luke may be in Peshawar, but he’s planning on spending most of his time with his Walkman affixed to his person. It’s 1986. His dad is working with a professor he also worked with in the United States; their families become close in that time. Now the...

BOSTON-BASED BERKLEE College professors and old friends John Funkhouser on piano and Jerry Leake on tabla will come together to perform ragas from North India at Brandon Music on Saturday, Oct. 26.
BRANDON — What do you get when traditional classical Indian music becomes fused with contemporary jazz by two highly acclaimed musicians? Piandia. What? Piandia, it’s a duo. And they’re playing at Brandon Music on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Boston based Berklee College professors and old friends John Funkhouser on piano and Jerry Leake on tabla will come together to perform ragas from North India. Ragas consist of at least five notes, and each raga provides the musician with a musical framework within which to improvise, an area in which Funkhouser and Leake excel. “Musically we start...

THE VERMONT ARTS Awards recognize outstanding individual and organizational contributions to the arts, honoring educators, artists, performers, advocates, administrators, volunteers and scholars.
MIDDLEBURY — The Mahaney Arts Center will host this year’s Vermont Arts Awards, presented by the Vermont Arts Council. These prestigious annual awards recognize outstanding individual and organizational contributions to the arts, honoring educators, artists, performers, advocates, administrators, volunteers and scholars. In 2019, Vermonters will be recognized for their contributions in five categories. All awardees will be honored at a reception and ceremony co-sponsored by Middlebury College on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Mahaney Arts Center. The ceremony is free, but attendees should  RSVP...
MIDDLEBURY — Village Health is looking for some help to add some color to their beautiful grey walls as they move into their new space in the Star Mill building in Middlebury. So they’re holding a grand opening art contest. Professionals, amateurs, adults and children, including groups, are invited to submit original, visual artwork (of all mediums that can hang relatively flat against a wall) for consideration by Nov. 30, 2019. The themes: community, joy and/or health. The grand prize winner will receive a $500 cash prize and the display of their labelled artwork in the Village Health...

Photo by Megan Panek of Mae Meadows Photography
Though neither had high hopes for the platform, Brad and Alicia had initially met online. They started off tentatively, just talking for well over a month before they finally agreed to meet in person. But then their relationship blossomed and they slowly started thanking the clever the algorithms that initially brought them together! On a chilly December day in 2018, Brad asked Alicia if she wanted to go for a hike up to Silver Lake. Always game for a hike, Alicia excitedly agreed. On the way up Brad was a little quiet, but Alicia says she didn’t think too much of it at the time. At the top,...

Photo by Andrea Warren
One might think Ashlie and Ethan’s wedding story was stolen right out of a fairy tale written about Addison County. The couple started out as high school sweethearts at MUHS in 2013. They stayed locally and now live together on a farm in Addison. On a Saturday afternoon in early October 2017, Ashlie arrived home from work and Ethan said he had a surprise for her. She climbed onto the back of his four-wheeler and he blindfolded her. They drove a short distance to the far side of their barn and Ethan helped Ashlie dismount, still blindfolded. He told her to wait until the cue and at that moment...

CRAIG MARAVICH AND Chris Caswell, star as Benedick and Beatrice, in the Middlebury Actors Workshop’s take on the classic “Much Ado About Nothing,” which runs at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury October 24 through 26 at 7:30 p.m. and October 27 at 2 p.m. Photo by Peter Lourie
MIDDLEBURY — Since Shakespeare’s perky rom-com “Much Ado About Nothing” opened in London 400 years ago, you might think that by now it had been staged in every conceivable way, and the good news is, you’d be wrong. Next week Middlebury Actors Workshop offers a truly original and refreshing entertainment based on the classic. Set in New York City in 1945, Melissa Lourie’s adaptation becomes a play-within-a-play. Members of an acting troupe gather at a joyous formal dinner party to welcome two of their number home from the long war. As entertainment for themselves and their friends (you, the...

THE YAA! SAMAR Dance Theater will be coming to Middlebury for a residency Oct. 23-25. A master class will be held on Wednesday, a lecture demonstration on Thursday, and a final performance on Friday. All free and open to the public. Photo / Samar King
MIDDLEBURY — The mission of Yaa! Samar Dance Theatre (YSDT), based in New York City and Palestine, is to create invigorating performance and education programs that expand access to — and promote understanding through — the arts.  YSDT believes art should be liberating, transformative, and accessible to all. The company is committed to uniting diverse artists and audiences in the creative process. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m., company founder Samar Haddad King and Addison County native Zoe Rabinowitz will lead a Movement Matters master class designed to meet and challenge students...

A SCENE FROM F.W. Murnau's ‘Faust,' to be shown on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., at Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Square, Route 7, Brandon, Vt. Admission is free; donations are encouraged. All proceeds support ongoing restoration of the Town Hall.
BRANDON — When movies first appeared a century ago, it was only a matter of time before they tackled “Faust,” the tale of a man who consigns his soul to the Devil to obtain power in the present. At the height of the silent era, German director F.W. Murnau created a cinematic version of  “Faust” filled with stunning images that maintain their power to astonish. See the original silent film adaptation of the classic legend for yourself on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., in the Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Square, Route 7 in Brandon. Admission is free; donations are encouraged, with all proceeds...


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