Arts & Leisure

10/28/2019
(Little Brown and Company) Leslie Jamison, author of the award-winning essay collection, “The Empathy Exams,” is an astute observer of the people she investigates, holding her skepticism in check, as well as herself, and how she relates to the stories she uncovers and what they say about the storytellers, herself, and the human race at large. Her topics are fascinating — 52 Blue, a blue whale whose song was recorded at an impossible (for blue whales) frequency; virtual lives; a quarter century photography project — on the surface, but in the unraveling and unspooling, Jamison gets at the...

Photo by Dana Entrott, Ethereal Photography
10/28/2019
Brittany and Ryan’s lives have been aligned almost their whole lives. Their initial meeting would date back to Evergreen preschool in Vergennes. They then reconnected at Vergennes Union High for middle and high school. Brittany went off to Castleton University and Ryan went to Vermont Technical College. Their lives probably crossed hundreds of times, but it wasn’t until their second year of college that the two recognized the extra-special nature of their friendship. After college, the pair settled into their first shared home in Ferrisburgh, and brought three dogs into their home: Scout,...

Photo by Andrea Warren
10/28/2019
Lilian and Brian’s story is one of patience, faith and hope. They met at Two Brother’s Tavern back in 2014, where Brian was working at the time. Seemingly innocently, Brian was fixing his tie one night when Lilian asked if he would teach her how to tie a tie. The rest was history. A little less than a year later, the couple welcomed a baby boy. Fast forward two years to January 2017 on the night the Patriots beat the Pittsburg Steelers in an AFC Championship game. As Patriots fans, the night was already looking pretty great, but to top it off, Brian proposed. The couple decided not to rush...
10/28/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater is marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death with a limited screening of “Leonardo: The Works,” directed by Phil Grabsky on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m. Leonardo da Vinci is acclaimed as the world’s favorite artist. Many TV shows and feature films have showcased this extraordinary genius but often not examined closely enough is the most crucial element of all: his art. Leonardo’s peerless paintings and drawings will be the focus of “Leonardo: The Works,” as the film presents every single attributed painting, in Ultra HD quality, never seen...

KELLY HICKEY, MANAGER of Bundle, and Lisa Mitchell, co-founder of Middlebury UndergrounD, are partnerting to host “Memorable Dishes” — an evening of tasty tales at 51 Main Street in Middlebury on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5:30-7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come, listen and, if inspired, share their own stories. Independent photo/Steve James
10/24/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Food, oh, glorious food! It’s an amazing catalyst. Sure, sometimes it’s the same boring cabbage salad you bring to work five days a week, but other times, food can excite our senses, spur conversation and connect us to people and places around the world. And that’s worth biting into. Lisa Mitchell, co-founder of Middlebury UndergrounD (MUD) and Kelly Hickey, manager of Bundle, thought so too. So they partnered and are co-hosting a pop-up event called “Memorable Dishes” on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5:30-7 p.m., at 51 Main Street in downtown Middlebury. Memorable Dishes is a free,...

SOLOMON W. JEWETT AND apparitions, c. 1885. Collection of Henry Sheldon Museum.
10/24/2019
MIDDLEBURY — On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the Sheldon Museum will host Spooky Night at the Museum, an evening of pre-Halloween entertainment in conjunction with the Sheldon’s current exhibit “Conjuring the Dead: Spirit Art in the Age of Radical Reform.” Stop by for an evening of pre-Halloween fun from 6-9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Spooky Night at the Museum will offer a range of spirit-inspired activities. Curious what the future has in store? Penelope Wade and Sass Carey will provide tarot card, fortune telling, and palm readings throughout the evening. Did you ever have a...

THE ALL-WOMEN barbershop chorus, Maiden Vermont, will perform their annual fall concert on Saturday, Oct. 26, 4 p.m., at Middlebury Union High School. Jon Gailmor will join the chorus as a special guest. Tickets $15-25. Courtesy photo
10/24/2019
MIDDLEBURY — When you hear the term “barbershop music,” do you picture four guys in straw boaters, crooning a song from the 1890s? Sure that’s one ol’ fashioned way to sing barbershop, but it’s done differently here in Middlebury. Maiden Vermont is the local chorus of around 40 women singing four-part, a cappella music with tight harmonies and exciting interpretations, and they’re giving their annual fall concert at Middlebury Union High School on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. Maiden Vermont, which rehearses weekly in Salisbury, draws members from all over the Champlain Valley and sings a wide...

MADELEINE CIOCCI '20 plays Agave in Chuck Mee’s “The Bacchae 2.1,” which will be performed Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at the Mahaney Arts Center in Middlebury.
10/24/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance will present Chuck Mee’s “The Bacchae 2.1,” directed by Michole Biancosino. The production will feature music by Brooklyn Raga Massive’s Neel Murgai and Ronnie Romano ’20, as well as a unique Video and Projection design by Visiting Artist, Shawn Boyle. In this remaking of a classic Greek play, Dionysus (son of the god Zeus and the mortal woman Semele) comes to Thebes where the city’s ruler, Pentheus, refuses to acknowledge him as a god. In this poetic quilt-like piece, composed in the way that Max Ernst made his Fatagaga...

Photo by Debbie Peters
10/24/2019
When Vickey and Rachel first met back in 2009, neither had dated another female before. They were introduced through mutual friends and initially just really enjoyed talking and spending time together. Soon enough, though, it was clear there was something more. However, even after they started dating (in January of 2010), they tried to hide their relationship from everyone around them. In time, some of the people closest to them started questioning them and the curtain finally was drawn. “We were scared and nervous about the reactions we would get, but in turn received nothing but love. No...
10/24/2019
Courtney and George had been dating for eight years and were out to celebrate at Fire & Ice for dinner. They ordered drinks and exchanged cards. In no particular rush, Courtney pushed hers aside to first examine the menu, but George insisted she open it right away. “So I did, and the next thing I knew he was on his knee with a box open!” Courtney recalled. “I was so shocked that he had to ask me again! I laughed, sat there for a minute, and realized I needed to answer him.” She said yes, and the couple went on to plan an intimate and meaningful ceremony that took place August 10, 2019 on...

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