Arts & Leisure

“THE JOY LUCK Club” will start the Middlebury Community Classic Film Club’s fall season on Sept., 26, 6-8:30 p.m., in the Ilsley Library’s Community Meeting Room. Free and open to all.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Community Classic Film Club is excited to be starting its new set of films. This season the theme is “The Pursuit of Happiness.” All films will be shown from 6-8:30 p.m., at the Ilsley Library’s Community Meeting Room.  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Of all the lines that Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, that one is likely the most well known. If you visit...
BRANDON — Brandon Music welcomes Lara Herscovitch, a modern American songwriter-poet-performer, creating masterful contemporary folk with blues, pop and jazz influences, to the stage on Saturday, Sept. 21. Former State Troubadour of Connecticut, she writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, delivering performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain.  Herscovitch is “a remarkable performer” (WSHU Public Radio), “sharp as a tack (and wickedly funny)… polished, confident, talented” (Scenic Root). She has appeared as a guest on A Prairie Home Companion with...
MIDDLEBURY — The following arms-length real estate sales were recorded in Middlebury from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. It should be noted that due to changes in Vermont property-transfer forms, only one buyer and seller are listed in most transactions: •July 2, 2018, Ian Johnson to Jason L. Sherry, a home at 89 Drew Lane on 5.73 acres, $334,000. •July 2, Dagan Murray to Evelyn Bushey, a home at 263 Mean Lane, $200,000 •July 2, Deborah Saporito to Jutta Miska, a condo at 46 Twin Circles, $240,000. •July 12, Jacqui Josler to David Bennett, a mobile home at 47 Parkline Place, $39,500. •...

CELLIST SOPHIE SHAO and her chamber ensemble kick off the 100th year of Middlebury College’s Performing Arts Series on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m., at Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd., in Middlebury.
The Middlebury Performing Arts Series’ 100th anniversary season opens on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m., with perennial Middlebury favorite, cellist Sophie Shao. Applauded by the New York Times for her “eloquent, powerful” interpretations, Shao has a gift for assembling impromptu chamber ensembles that are brimming with passion and talent. This season, she’s joined by violinists Jennifer Frautschi and Zachary DePue, violists Paul Neubauer and Che-Yen Chen, and cellist Fred Sherry for a program including Brahms’s Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, selected Consorts for Six Viols by Orlando Gibbons...

BURLINGTON ARTIST KEVIN Ruelle paints his Vermont travel posters en plein air. See Ruelle’s work in “Vermont Art Deco” on view at Art on Main in Bristol now through Columbus Day.
BRISTOL — Art on Main in Bristol has a new exhibit on view, featuring work from Burlington-artist Kevin Ruelle. Ruelle has created a series of faux vintage travel posters inspired by Vermont's unique tourist past: nostalgic, not only in theme but also in the way they were painted, traditional airbrush and watercolor. The owner of Ruelle Design & Illustration for over 30 years, located in Burlington, this artist specializes in technical illustrations, book illustrations, packaging art, illustrated maps, cartooning, and decorative art. Other works include impressionist landscapes from New...

JILLIAN BELL STARS in “Brittany Runs a Marathon” (2019).
Brittany Runs a Marathon — Running Time: 1:44 — Rating: R At some moment when you need a touch of cheer, try “Brittany Runs a Marathon.” This comedy is rooted in more than competition. It’s the story of the moment when Brittany begins to recognize that her social/emotional problems are rooted in both her weight and her personality. The cure, she decides, lies in running the New York Marathon — not in winning it, just running it. Actor Jillian Bell’s creation of the friendless, overweight woman becomes strong as we slowly begin to understand her complex isolation. She rebuffs people, even...
(G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers) Frank Li is “Frankly in Love,” but just who is he in love with? Frank, a Korean American teen who runs with the Apeys-crowd (they’re sober kids, all in the same Advanced Placement (AP) classes), is torn. Can he finagle a way to make things work with Brett Means, a smart and beautiful girl? But Brett is white, and “Mom-n-Dad” have already disowned his older sister Hanna for marrying a non-Korean. At the monthly “Gathering,” with all the Korean families in their social circle, Frank realizes the issue: his parents came to America and built “this...

BRISTOL'S MOIRA SMILEY will bring her folk music to Tourterelle in New Haven for an Epic Little Folk Fest on Friday, Sept. 20. INSPIRE PHOTO ART (TONYA LESLEY)
NEW HAVEN — The name says it all: Epic Little Folk Fest. This one-night festival of folk music, food and friends is coming to Tourterelle in New Haven on Sept. 20 — and, yes, it’s going to be, well, epic. Mark your calendars now. Moira Smiley and the beloved Nordic folk band SVER (pronounced “Sfeer” — which means “grand” by the way) will headline the evening with energizing folk and traditional tunes. Smiley’s plaintive, powerful voice will weave between the fiery, inventive forces of SVER’s fiddles (including the special Norwegian hardanger fiddle), accordion, guitar, and drums. Alternating...

"AMERICAN FACTORY" TAKES a deep dive into a post-industrial Ohio, where a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant and hires two thousand blue-collar Americans still recovering from the effects of the 2008 recession.
MIDDLEBURY — The Hirschfield International Film Series kicks off the 2019-2020 season on Saturday, Sept. 14. This film series hosted by Middlebury College shows foreign and independent films that are screened on most Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m., in Dana Auditorium at the Sunderland Language Center. All screenings are free and open to the public. The Hirschfield International Film Series runs from September through May. Some of the works in this series may be inappropriate for children. New titles will be added mostly to the series’ website; visit

GREG AND AIDAN Ryan, formerly known as the group They Might be Gypsies, will be opening this season’s Burnham Music Series at Burnham Hall on Saturday, Sept. 14.
LINCOLN — Greg and Aidan Ryan, formerly known as the group They Might be Gypsies, will be opening this season’s Burnham Music Series at Burnham Hall on Saturday, Sept. 14. Inspired by the 1930s Gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli and contemporary gypsy masters as well, Greg and Aidan play high energy, uplifting music with tremendous passion. Their two records received rave reviews, with their debut album winning the Vermont Times Argus' Instrumental Album of the Year. In addition to playing with Aidan, Greg performs in a duo with Rani Arbo of the American roots band Rani...


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