Arts & Leisure

(Doubleday Books) It’s not uncommon to see the No.1 New York Times bestselling author of “Midwives” and “The Flight Attendant” cycling along Addison County roadways. A resident of Weybridge, Chris Bohjalian truly lives among us. Bohjalian’s novels are a pleasure to read and always an education, of sorts, as he so enjoys the research aspect of his job. Pick up any of his novels and you will come away having a deeper understanding of what drives another individual wholly unlike you. After reading his latest novel, “The Red Lotus,” you will be well-versed in bicycle touring, Vietnam, ER doctors...

ALISON “ALIT” TURNER performs at Otter Creek Brewing on Exchange Street in Middlebury on Friday, March 20, from 5-7 p.m.
Note: As a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease, Middlebury College has cancelled all arts events on campus through April 12. The walkOver concert with Moira Smiley in Bristol on Saturday, March 21, has also been cancelled. Several performances at Town Hall Theater have been canceled as well. Check with the promoters of the events listed below to make sure that these events are still happening. Brandon Music welcomes Snake Mountain Bluegrass to Brandon Music on Saturday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. This fun and energetic group is extremely popular and always well...

“PARADIGM SHIFT,” Mixed Media, 2019, 12”x 12” CR, by Victoria Blewer
MONTPELIER — Artist and Weybridge resident Victoria Blewer will have her work displayed at the Vermont Supreme Court Galley from April 1 to June 29 with an opening reception on Friday, April 3, from 4:30-7 p.m. The show, “At a Crossroads” is an exhibition of her mixed media photography.  As a photographer Blewer explores a variety of photographic mediums from silver-print black and white, hand-colored images with oil paint, to the use of Kodak’s 35mm infrared film. These traditional photographic processes create experiential visual effects that are represented in this exhibition. Even with...
(Vintage) Hope Jahren, an award-winning geobiologist and writer, was tasked with teaching a class on climate change. Feeling like she had no business telling anybody anything about this subject, she resolutely sat down at her desk and began to research change. She catalogued population data, agricultural intensification, increased energy use; she set out to quantify global change in concrete and precise terms. That research became the foundation for her course, as she discovered, along the way, how we got to climate change and where to go from here. This book is essential reading. It puts...

VANESSA DUNLEAVY, LEFT, and Miranda Ferriss Jones had planned to present their first collaborative musical, “Showing Up,” at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury next week.
MIDDLEBURY — The old adage “write what you know,” may be a little cliché, but it didn’t fail Vanessa Dunleavy and Miranda Ferriss Jones when they set out to write their first musical together. “What we know is our relationship,” said Ferriss Jones, who’s known Dunleavy since they were kids growing up in the Middlebury area. So that’s exactly what they used to craft “Showing Up” — a story of how two women hold on to what’s important: their passions, their values, and, most importantly, each other. The two-woman show is loosely based on the lives of the creators, and was scheduled to take the...

POET RAJNII EDDINS will present a poetry reading and discussion at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury, on Monday, March 16, from 4-6 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — The Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury will join the local chapter of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) to present an important and powerful poetry reading and discussion with Rajnii Eddins on Monday, March 16. Eddins is a Burlington-based poet, author, teacher, facilitator and spoken-word performer. Much of his professional work is aimed at empowering youth through self-expression, as well as addressing white supremacy and the social construct of race for students, educators, professionals and community members in general, from elementary school to...

MATT BEAN, CINDY Hill, Tom Hanley and Becca Hanley will perform at Notte in Middlebury for a special hometown St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Saturday, March 14.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s own Irish-American folk band is making a rare hometown appearance at Notte on Main Street, Middlebury on Saturday, March 14, in celebration of the St. Patrick’s Day season. The band features Middlebury police chief Tom Hanley, his daughter Becca Hanley, local attorney Cindy Hill and Essex musician Matt Bean. The band has been performing together for 18 years. Tom Hanley, a second-generation Irishman descended of immigrants from Counties Laois and Roscommon, performed with bar rock bands since the early 1970s. When asked by a social organization to perform some Irish...

EVEN WHEN OUTDOOR winter temperatures are chilly, it is possible to achieve high enough temperatures in the compost pile to break down food waste into compost. Photo courtesy of Gordon Clark
While you might think that cold temperatures keep a compost pile from composting, that is not the case. In my winter compost pile I regularly achieve temperatures in excess of 130 degrees Fahrenheit even when it’s in the low teens or single digits at night. I simply charge (or fill) it when temperatures go above freezing, which happens increasingly often as spring nears and as our winter climate changes. According to a study from Climate Central, since 1970 Northern New England winters have warmed at an average rate of more than 1 degree Fahrenheit per decade. Burlington has seen the greatest...
VERMONT — Funding is now available for Vermont artists and arts organizations through the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund and the Concert Artists Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation.  The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund awards grants up to $5,000 to support the creation and presentation of new work by Vermont artists and arts organizations. Grants are typically made in the fields of dance, theater, music composition and performance, sculpture, painting, photography, film and creative writing — including poetry, short stories, novels, and plays. Work in other media may also be eligible. The...
LINCOLN — Eloise & Co. will perform for the Burnham Music Series at Burnham Hall in Lincoln on Saturday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. This duo features the combined creative force of Becky Tracy and Rachel Bell. These two, who are often joined by various guest guitarists including Owen Morrison, Andrew VanNorstrand and Bethany Waickman, crank out dance and concert music with unbridled energy. Their depth and versatility is evident not only in their dynamic playing, but also in their rich and unique repertoire, ranging from exciting original compositions to rock-solid traditional tunes. Eloise...


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