Arts & Leisure

THE STEVEN KIRBY Quintet will bring their exciting, melodic and lyrical contemporary jazz to Brandon Music on Saturday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m.
BRANDON — Brandon Music welcomes back the Steven Kirby Jazz Quintet on Saturday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m. The Boston-based group performs contemporary and mainstream jazz arranged and composed by Steven Kirby. Kirby plays guitar, Carl Clements plays flute and sax, John Funkhouser plays piano, Mike Connors plays drums and a special guest will perform bass. Kirby is known for performing exciting, melodic, lyrical and expressive mainstream and contemporary jazz.  His most recent album, “Illuminations” was an Editor's Pick earlier last year in the jazz publication Downbeat. He has appeared on over...

EXPERIENCE ONE OF Fort Ticonderoga’s signature events, “Montcalm’s Cross” a two-day battle reenactment, Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21.
TICONDEROGA, N.Y. — Experience one of Fort Ticonderoga’s signature events, “Montcalm’s Cross,” a two-day battle reenactment, Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21. Featuring hundreds of reenactors, cannons, drums, muskets and more, this is the largest battle reenactment of the year at Fort Ticonderoga. The battle will highlight the epic Battle of Carillon fought between the British and French in July 1758, considered the bloodiest battle in North America until the American Civil War. All weekend, Ticonderoga will bring to life the stunning logistic feat by the British to amass more than 16,...

GARY MARGOLIS, A poet from Cornwall, has recently published a book of poems inspired in part by his time volunteering in a maximum security prison, where he facilitated poetry and writing workshops for inmates. Independent photo/Steve James
CORNWALL — When’s the last time you wrote a poem? For some of us, it was a long time ago… like, before Facebook, OMG — back when journals served as outlets for inward, emotional tweens. For others, like Gary Margolis, poetry is a daily practice. Every morning when this poet wakes up in his Cornwall home, he gets up and heads out for an hour’s walk down Sperry and Bordeau roads. “It’s a way for me to get into my body easily,” Margolis said. “It’s meditative. I go out with no expectations of writing.” He opens himself up to what he sees, hears and feels. “It’s about being open to whatever it is...

JANE KRAMER AND Nathan Evans Fox will join forces and perform at Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. in Brandon on Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Brandon Music will welcome Nathan Evans Fox and Jane Kramer to Brandon Music Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. Fox and Kramer are both highly regarded singer/songwriters from North Carolina who frequently perform individually and with other artists, but for this American tour have come together to co-headline a special night of Americana Folk with a North Carolina overlay. They will be playing together and separately. Fox is an Americana songwriter and musician from Glen Alpine, N.C. Growing up immersed in country, rock, bluegrass and hymns, Fox synthesizes his musical roots to produce a sound...

LINDA RADTKE WILL present an evening of historical Vermont music, costume included, at the Salisbury Meeting House on Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m.
SALISBURY — On Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m., the 40th annual Salisbury Summer Performance Series (at the Salisbury Congregational Meetinghouse), in collaboration with the Salisbury Historical Society and the Vermont Council on the Humanities, will sponsor an evening of historic Vermont song performed by Linda Radtke and pianist Arthur Zorn. Classically trained, Radtke, host of the Choral Hour on Vermont Public Radio, is a member of Counterpoint, the Oriana Singers, and Vermont Symphony’s Ah!Capella.  Her program brings Vermont history to life with performance and commentary about songs found...

'THE DOG DOC' will be the opening night film at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival in August.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival announces its opening and closing night films for this year’s fifth annual event, Aug. 22-25 in Middlebury. In addition, MNFF is introducing a late night screening at the festival. MNFF has selected an inspiring documentary, “The Dog Doc,” as the opening night film, screening on Aug. 22, 7 p.m., at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. “The Dog Doc” tells the story of Dr. Marty Goldstein, a maverick veterinarian, and his dedicated team of DVMs at Smith Ridge Veterinary Center, as they create a mecca for pets and their owners looking for hope and...

Himesh Patel stars in “Yesterday” (2019).
Yesterday— Running Time: 1:56 — Rating: PG-13 Any summary of “Yesterday” would miss its magic.  Don’t look for the good, the mediocre or the bad in this one. Just try watching and waiting for it to wrap you in its arms. That takes about five minutes. In its entire length there is nothing by the scriptwriter or any actor that trips the whole, and the whole is not a story so much as it is a fairy tale. Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) and his dear friend Ellie (Lily James) have a friendship that borders on more but is rooted in her being his manager while she isn’t working at her job as a school...
(Milkweed Editions) “Late Migrations” is, on the surface, a collection of essays. Astute observations and vignettes of natural surroundings, place and wildlife, that set the scene for anecdotes of family, ancestry and heredity. There's remembrance and recognition in the passages; they are precious and inclusive simultaneously. Tales relayed by the author's grandmother are studded with relics of dialect that lodge the stories firmly in time. These stories paint a portrait of a family, a child’s view of a family at first, and then a shift in point of view, as the observer becomes an adult....
BRANDON — A research professor in Brandon has taken a skill he developed as a scientist and used it to pivot into writing works of fiction. Gary Meffe is releasing a book that captures the feel of life in rural Vermont so well you would think he was a lifelong Vermonter. “I learned concise writing as a scientist and I feel I came in with good basic tools based on 30 years of writing professionally,” Meffe said. “I had never really dreamed of being a novelist, but I realized long ago that I do like writing.” The New Jersey native said he was looking through a bookshelf one day and saw the...

JOANN WHANG IS one of the faculty members at Point CounterPoint who will perform in their annual concert at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Friday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Donations appreciated.
MIDDLEBURY — The professional musicians who teach at Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp on Lake Dunmore hail from prestigious music institutions and from many parts of the world. PCP Faculty changes every two weeks with each new session of campers.  The performance on Friday, July 12, at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury will feature Ari Streisfeld, Anne Lanzilotti, David Kaplan, Joann Whang, Jessica Tong, Romina Monsanto and Isabel Ong. This year’s musical program includes Three Madrigals from Book VI by Carlo Gesualdo, arr. Ari Streisfeld, Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor Op. 66...


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