Arts & Leisure

MIDDLEBURY — Singers and players gather each December at the Congregational Church in Middlebury  for a joyful reading and rendering of selections from Handel’s Messiah. Join this year’s “Messiah Sing” on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m., to sing favorite choruses, or play in the orchestra, or simply watch and listen. Led by Jeff Rehbach.  Open to all; donations welcome at the door. For additional information contact Jeff at 989-7355.
LINCOLN — Alex Smith will perform for the Burnham Music Series at Burnham Hall in Lincoln on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Smith grew up in Long Lake, in the rural heart of New York’s Adirondack Park, and his music strives first and foremost to echo the people and culture of that area. He builds songs from a blend of traditional folk harmony and strikingly modern lyrics, confronting today’s most pressing issues with a style of honest and accurate observation often compared to songwriters Stan Rogers and Jason Isbell. Smith’s mother is a historian and his father is a writer and boat builder...
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CYNTHIA ERIVO STARS in “Harriet” as the escaped slave who returns to the Antebellum South to help other African Americans flee from their oppressors and find freedom in the North. Middlebury Showing Up for Racial Justice is sponsoring three screenings of the film this Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. at the Marquis Theater.
MIDDLEBURY — The hit film “Harriet,” about the escaped slave who helped others African Americans get out of the slave states of the South, will be screened in Middlebury this week for one day only. The group Middlebury Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is joining with Rutland Area NAACP to host three showings of “Harriet” on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Marquis Theater. The fourth movie in this year’s Seeing Color/Seeking Justice Film Series, “Harriet” will be shown at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. The series is a collaboration of SURJ and the Marquis. Wednesday’s film tells the extraordinary story of...

VENETIAN PAINTER TINTORETTO will be the subject of the latest Great Art Wednesday film at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. The film screens on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m.
As part of the Great Art Wednesdays series, “Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice” will be shown on the big screen at Middlebury’s Town Hall theater on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. The film fully immerses audiences in the life of the last great artist of the Italian Renaissance. With the enchanting narrative voice of two-time Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter, cinema audiences visit places that evoke and preserve the memory of the painter, including the State Archives, the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square, the Church of San Rocco and more, all in celebration of the 500th anniversary of...
(Candlewick Press) The winter solstice, as many readers know, is a day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. It’s also the first official day of winter. This year it falls on Saturday, Dec. 21. Also called midwinter, Yule, or the Longest Night, many cultures around the world celebrate this day as the birthday of the sun. Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper wrote the poem “The Shortest Day” for early music revivalist John Langstaff’s Christmas Revels, where it is performed annually across the country. Caldecott Honoree Carson Ellis brings the Yuletide poem to...

JAMIE LEE CURTIS, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon, Riki Lindhome, Jaeden Martell and Katherine Langford star in “Knives Out” (2019).
Knives Out — Running Time: 2:11 — Rating: PG-13 See “Knives Out” when you’re in that blissful movie mood of wanting to sit in the dark waiting to be transported to a different time and place. Actors, writers, and director Rian Johnson all moved together on this one to create a place we have never been before and it is magical. Let the mood roll over you slowly. Mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) has been found dead in his home of a head wound at 85. As police stand on the scene, Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) investigates Thrombey’s dysfunctional family and devoted...

EMILY CASEY OF Orwell, will give a talk on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m., about her new collection of essays “Made Holy.” The conversation will take place at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury in conjunction with an exhibit of eight pieces of artwork done by Vermont artists to represent portions of one of Casey’s essays. PHOTO / LESLIE TWITCHELL
ORWELL — Emily Casey didn’t always like essays. “I had always thought of essays as boring, nature stories… that just didn’t appeal to me,” she said in a conversation last week. “But when I was in college other people were really pushing the boundaries of what an essay could be… Braided essays really spoke to me — with a theme weaving through thoughts.” Casey, a 2012 MFA graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, didn’t always like telling the truth either. “The publishing of my book ‘Made Holy’ coincided with the truth of telling about my own recovery,” she said. “The day the book...

MATTHEW DELIA-LOBO works on a coffee creation at Royal Oak Coffee on Seymour Street in Middlebury. Photo by Hope Allison
MIDDLEBURY — On the wall in Royal Oak Coffee, alongside the hanging plants and stylish geometric artwork, is a brightly-colored print entitled “The New Taster’s Flavor Wheel.” With more than fifty flavor and aroma possibilities, it’s clear that our collective understanding of coffee isn’t what it used to be. The wheel — and Royal Oak Coffee itself — represents the new kind of cafe experience that’s come to Middlebury. In a cozy one-room house, next to Fire and Ice on Seymour Street, co-owners Alessandra and Matthew Delia-Lobo have created a haven for the caffeine-addicted and coffee-obsessed...

LIVINGSTON TAYLOR WILL perform at Town Hall Theatre in Middlebury on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., in celebration of over 50 years of making music.
MIDDLEBURY — Livingston Taylor’s career as a professional musician has spanned 52 years. He maintains a performance schedule of more than 100 shows a year, delighting audiences with his unique brand of popular music which includes mostly original repertory from his 13 albums. He’s bringing his show to Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Taylor is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate and Hugh. Taylor recorded his first record at the...


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