Arts & Leisure

THE SWEET REMAINS will bring their three-part harmonies to the Town Hall Theater stage on Friday, Feb. 14. Yes, that’s Valentine’s Day and a sweet thing to do with your sweetie.
MIDDLEBURY — Looking for something sweet to do this Valentine’s Day? Check out The Sweet Remains at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Friday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Founders Rich Price, Greg Naughton and Brian Chartrand will present live takes of songs from their three studio albums to date. An unusual band on today’s music scene, The Sweet Remains is headed by three singer-songwriters, each of whom contribute to the writing and three-part harmonies that define the band’s sound. Driven by strong lyrical and melodic writing, their songs easily appeal to fans of modern folk-rockers such as Ray...

COMEDIAN KRISH MOHAN will perform at the Marquis Theater on Friday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. Photo by Seth Farrington
MIDDLEBURY — Described as “dangerously perceptive,” nationally touring, DIY, Indian comedian, Krish Mohan uses his unique brand of comedy to talk about socio-political issues like organized religion, late-stage capitalism and the class system, along with stories about India, in a brand new hour of comedy. Mohan uses storytelling and historic anecdotes to make an audience feel comfortable with talking about tough issues in today’s political climate. This show will go into topics and issues that aren’t covered in mainstream politics or comedy. Come check it out at The Marquis Theater on Friday...

MIDDLEBURY — For the past two years, the Middlebury Community Classic Film Club has seen some great films and the group will continue this spring. Their films have included such classics as “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “West Side Story,” “El Norte,” “The Color Purple,” “On the Waterfront,” “African Queen,” “The Joy Luck Club,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” and “Roman Holiday.” The group hosts these free screenings monthly at the Isley Library in Middlebury. Each event is followed with an engaging discussion and baked goods. Kicking off its third year, the film club is tackling this year’s...

'DAISY AND THE Doll” is a true story as told by Vermont’s African American storyteller Daisy Turner.
FERRISBURGH — In recognition of Black History Month, Rokeby Museum will be open Sundays in February, from noon to 5 p.m., for exhibits and special programs for children, teens and adults.  Admission to the museum is $10/adult; $8/children age 5 and up. The museum is located at 4334 Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. For more info call (802) 877-3406 or email “Free & Safe: the Underground Railroad in Vermont” Sunday, Feb. 2, 12-5 p.m. In honor of Black History Month, visitors may take advantage of special winter hours to visit the only permanent exhibition in New...

PETE'S POSSE WILL play in Lincoln for the Burnham Music Series on Saturday, Feb. 8.
LINCOLN — Vermont’s own trad-roots power trio Pete’s Posse will be performing for the Burnham Music Series at Burnham Hall on Saturday, Feb. 8. Composed of acclaimed musician Pete Sutherland, his talented protégé Oliver Scanlon and the uber-dynamic Tristan Henderson, Pete’s Posse never fails to surprise and excite. Twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over high-powered guitar and pounding foot percussion with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jaw harp, rocking keyboards and soaring vocal harmonies add color to the Posse’s sonic landscape. With a steady flow of powerful uplifting energy that spans...

Middlebury College students Ben Merz, left, Cate Becker and Ellie Copps work with others chiseling out mortises in the roof of the Japanese teahouse they built as part of a Winter Term course. The interdisciplinary course, which wrapped up last week with a Shinto blessing and tea ceremony on Thursday, taught not only carpentry but also the cultural underpinnings of apprenticeships in Japan. Photos by Douglas Brooks
MIDDLEBURY — For several years, Vergennes boat builder Douglas Brooks has taught Middlebury College students how to make boats using traditional Japanese methods. This Winter Term he mixed things up a bit by overseeing 14 Middlebury students in the construction of a Japanese teahouse, which provided the students a global, experiential learning opportunity. The Middlebury students followed a strict adherence to the Japanese apprentice system in which there was no music, no talking and no power tools. One observer said Brooks “turned the studio into a peaceful oasis of concentration and focus...

LC JAZZ BAND will help chase away the winter blues when they take the stage at Vergennes Opera House on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Winter won’t seem so long once you’ve secured your ticket to the annual LC Jazz Band’s free Winter Thaw Community Concert at The Vergennes Opera House on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. LC Jazz is a Vergennes-based 17-piece big band with vocalists and a whole lot of heart and talent. LC Jazz plays the music of the greats (Basie, Ellington, Goodman, Miller, Sinatra and Darin) and, for over 25 years, has raised funds for their music scholarship program. The scholarships benefit students from Vergennes, Mt. Abe and Middlebury union high schools who are entering a music performance or music...

GEORGE MACKAY AND Dean-Charles Chapman star in “1917” (2019).
1917 — Running Time: 1:59 — Rating: R “1917” is a quality movie that led me to some dark thoughts. If the story doesn’t trigger lasting thoughts for you about men and war, then fine, just enjoy this good movie. The quality came from director Sam Mendes and the two fine actors who carry the film. Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) is chosen to deliver a crucial message to the war front. Schofield (George MacKay) joins Blake and the entire movie unfolds as they carry the message that will, if they are successful, stop the Allies from attacking the Germans who are secretly hidden as they wait for the...
(Harper) Peggy Orenstein, bestselling author of “Girls & Sex,” returns with a companion book, subtitled “Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity.” She spent over two years talking to young men between the ages of 16 and 22, and in some cases, hearing stories that the boys had never before confessed to anyone but her. The case studies are revealing, with one or a few of the boys’ stories forming the backbone of a chapter’s subject, and featuring quotes and real-life examples of boys’ experiences. Orenstein describes the last story of the book as “...
Snow day! The announcement draws squeals of joy from students throughout the school district and groans from parents who must scramble to provide care for their kids and face a treacherous commute. But fourth-graders with overdue homework and harried parents aren’t the only ones whose fortunes hang in the balance when new snow blankets the region. A snowfall can bring salvation or suffering to wild critters as well. Take the bobcat, for example. This surprisingly small carnivore stands little more than housecat-high on small paws that sink in fluffy snow. The bobcat cannot afford the...


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