Arts & Leisure

CATHERINE MACLELLAN WILL perform on Thursday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — Catherine MacLellan has become one of Canada’s finest and favorite singer-songwriters on her own merits. She’s kept away from the media circus and celebrity scene, preferring to live at home in rural Prince Edward Island. But she’s coming into the spotlight for a performance on Thursday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Since releasing her debut album in 2004, MacLellan has toured internationally, and her music has been a perennial fixture at the top of Canada’s Roots Music Charts, winning all sorts of acclaim. Tickets range from $18 to $30 plus fees...

“FAR ROCKAWAY” IS one of the 10 pieces by Hannah Morris on view now at Northern Daughters Gallery on Main Street in Vergennes. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 13, from 5-8 p.m.
VERGENNES — A solo exhibit of new work from Hannah Morris is now on view at Northern Daughters Gallery in Vergennes. “Waiting to Happen” features 10 pieces created with Morris’ signature combination of collage and gouache paint. Morris fabricates visual stories and scenes by arranging, refashioning, and building upon found images. “These pieces, created over the past half year, are emblematic of my pursuit to piece together new narratives from old images,” Morris explained. “Using figures, objects and scenes in a collage base layer comprised of bits and pieces from vintage magazines and paper...

CATHERINE MACLELLAN TAKES the stage at Town Hall Theater on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m.
With her grace and charm, award-winning singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan captivates audiences with deep emotional connections through intimate lyrics as well as easy-going and light-hearted fun. MacLellan will be on stage at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Catherine MacLellan has become one of Canada’s finest and favorite singer-songwriters on her own merits. She’s kept away from the media circus and celebrity scene, preferring to live at home in rural Prince Edward Island. She’s worked diligently at her craft, releasing a series of remarkable, creative...

FASHION MODEL GABRIELLE as she appeared in a newspaper article in the 1960s. Photo courtesy of the Henry Sheldon Museum
MIDDLEBURY — On Saturday, Sept. 14, at noon, Gabriella Karsch will talk about the early 1950s Girl Scout uniform she wore as a young girl (born Sally Anita Smith) in Middlebury. She recently donated the uniform to the Sheldon Museum’s vintage clothing collection. Gabriella will tell stories from her time as a Girl Scout in Middlebury and explain how Girl Scouts made an impact on her life.  She will share highlights of her inspiring and varied careers — as a high fashion model (Gabrielle) in New York City and Los Angeles in the 1960s and serving in the USO in the 1960s and ’70s entertaining...
The Peanut Butter Falcon — Running Time : 1:37 — Rating: PG-13 The Peanut Butter Falcon offers a complex movie experience. Some of you will be thoroughly absorbed while others may well be disappointed. Whichever emotion claims you, just know this movie is beautifully acted and directed. If ordinary moviemakers had set out to tell the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a boy in his 20s wrapped in Down Syndrome, they might have handed us the problems, the heroes and a solution. None of that happens here. One quote captures the whole: “Friends are the family you choose.” The family Zak chooses is...
(W. W. Norton & Company) A collection of stories as refreshingly cool and bright as these last few weeks have been in our Land of Milk and Honey, and shot through with startling observations on the human condition that are occasionally as difficult to grasp as the strands of a dream. These stories reveal the vivid and mythic imagination of Ayşe Papatya Bucak, an author born in Istanbul, Turkey — to an American mother and a Turkish father — who grew up in the United States. Each one is like a steppingstone to a new world somehow contained within itself. In “Little Sister and Eminem” a...
STARKSBORO — The following arm’s-length real estate sales were recorded in Starksboro between October 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019: •  Oct. 1: Addison County Community Trust Inc. to Eric Bean, modular home at 90 Hillside Dr., $3,000. •  Oct. 12: Howard Bill Brydon to Nicholas H. Shepard, home on 2 acres at 164 Sam Stokes Road, $165,000. •  Oct. 19: George J. Thomas to Casey Ayers, mobile home at 20 Bluebird Lane, $18,500. •  Oct. 19: Thomas F. Usher to Jason Cousino, mobile home on 4.12 acres at 1181 Mason Hill North Road, $123,300. •  Oct. 25: Thomas P. Acquaviva to Justin Houle, home on 17.43...

ELAINE MITCHAM OF Bridport models a full-length bear skin coat her husband Ed has been holding onto for years. The couple donated the coat to the Fabulous Flea Market to be held on Sept. 14 at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury to raise funds for the local theater. Independent photo/Steve James
Elves, of a sort, have been bustling around Town Hall Theater transforming it into a wonderland of antiques, crafts and collectibles. On Saturday, Sept. 14, they will open the stately building at the top of Middlebury’s Merchants Row to the public for the 10th annual Fabulous Flea Market — a fundraiser that helps maintain the 135-year-old structure and supports the myriad arts activities it hosts. Organizers say there will be a wide range of items including: kids toys and games, kitchen gadgets and small appliances, rugs, paintings and prints, gardening tools, lamps, small electronics… whew!...

BARBARA KOPPLE’S DOCUMENTARY film “New Homeland,” screened at the recent Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, tells the story of five refugees — two brothers and another teen from Syrian, plus a set of brothers from Iraq — who face the totally new experience of summer camp.
MIDDLEBURY — Alan Kurdî died on this day — Sept. 2 — in 2015. The three-year-old Syrian boy drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when his family and other refugees attempted to reach Europe. In a photo that went viral, Kurdî lies face down on the beach near Bodrum, Turkey, wearing a red T-shirt, blue shorts and tiny brown-soled shoes. If it weren’t for the surf lapping at his cheek we might have mistaken him for a toddler felled by sleep. Because of the impact it had on some of the subjects of Barbara Kopple’s new documentary film, she features “the photo of the dead boy on the beach” near the...

MNFF ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Jay Craven, right, asks legendary film director and screenwriter Paul Schrader a question about his career during a Q&A after the screening of his film “First Reformed” at Town Hall Theater during the recent Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival. Schrader, writer of “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” was given a VTeddy Award for Sustained Excellence in Cutting Edge Filmmaking. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The fifth annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF5) was a rousing success by virtually all barometers. It broke attendance records and drew some of the best quality films in the history of the four-day event that has become a major attraction for Addison County’s shire town. Festival Producer Lloyd Komesar said MNFF5, which kicked off with a Kids & Family Day on Aug. 21 and wrapped up with the screen of the documentary film “Ernie & Joe” on Aug. 25, filled more cinema seats than ever. Based on a preliminary count of seats filled at five viewing venues, Komesar...


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