Arts & Leisure

MIDDLEBURY — On Wednesday, March 18, the Marquis theater in Middlebury will hold three screenings of the film “Fantastic Fungi: The Magic Beneath Us” by Louie Schwartzberg, narrated by Brie Larson. The screenings will be held at 1, 4 and 7 p.m., with a Q&A following the 7 p.m. show with the executive producer Geralyn White Dreyfous. Dreyfous is the Founder and Board Chair of the Utah Film Center, a non-profit that curates free screenings and outreach programs for communities throughout Utah. In 2007, she co-founded Impact Partners Film Fund with Dan Cogan, bringing together financiers and...

DON’T MISS LIDA Winfield Dance’s performance of “IMAGINARY” on Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dance Theater at Mahaney Arts Center in Middlebury. Photo/Colin C. Boyd
Playfully blending elements of dance, theater, storytelling and original live music, Lida Winfield Dance brings the innovative company work “IMAGINARY” to the Dance Theater in Middlebury College’s Mahaney Arts Center (MAC) on Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. The work challenges how we understand ourselves, others and the world by sifting through facts, allegations and possibilities. “These magnificent moments of absurdity and righteous silliness … left me thinking more cheerfully, more seriously, more wholly about the way we see the world we inhabit and the people we...
Hi, I’m Tilly. I was recently adopted from Homeward Bound and now live in Salisbury with my new humans Brian and Leah. I love to play with my toys — especially when my people are playing with me too! I also like to watch the birds and squirrels outside at the feeder. I think I want to go outside too but it is a big scary world out there for a little kitty. Tilly   Note from the humans... Tilly thought we should send a more dignified picture but we like this one. Brian and Leah Keller Salisbury
(Simon & Schuster) Prepare to enter the surreal landscape of the wildlife-crime underworld where you’ll meet notorious wild-bird trafficker and convicted egg thief Jeffrey Lendrum. You, like the author, may not have even considered that a lucrative black market for wild birds’ eggs existed, much less that obtaining these valuable eggs would involve dangerous missions to the remote corners of our planet. In Dubai, one of the places this well-researched and meticulously-documented book will take you, there are exquisitely organized falcon racing competitions, with prizes in the millions of...

"ORWELL BARN," A photograph by Jim Westphalen
MIDDLEBURY — Coming up next Thursday, March 12, Shelburne photographer Jim Westphalen will give an artist talk at Edgewater Gallery on the Green in Middlebury, from 5-7 p.m. During the talk “Vanish Series: The Art and Process,” Westphalen will discuss “The Vanish” collection and how it chronicles and honors the handsome structures that have stood proudly along the byways and in the fields of local landscapes for generations. Westphalen captures their dignity and beauty with his unique photographic method, printing process and presentation. He will talk about the path that led him to his...
MIDDLEBURY — With elections fresh in our minds from Town Meeting Day, the Middlebury Community Classic Film Club will host its second film in the spring series on Tuesday, March 10. “The Candidate” (1972) will screen at 6 p.m. in the Isley Library’s Community Meeting Room. What happens when an idealistic candidate for the U.S. Senate faces the real pressures of our commercializing political system? Will he become just another product to be branded, merchandized and sold? While this film (featuring Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, and Melvyn Douglas) was made almost 40 years ago its themes are...

During the summer I often spy common garter snakes sunning themselves in my garden. As the snow piles up through winter, covering the landscape in cold white, I wonder where these warmth-seeking creatures have gone. Without fur or fluffed-up feathers for insulation, how do these ectotherms survive the long months between autumn’s fading warmth and spring’s arrival? The short answer is: they seek shelter underground. Often, dozens of snakes will share winter dens. These dens (also called hibernacula) take many forms. “Since our snakes are unable to dig their own holes, they are reliant on what...

JEFF PIDGEON, FAR left, holds his 25th anniversary award with a couple of his colleagues, Mark VanDewettering and Mark Adams, at Pixar Animation Studios in California._ Courtesy of Jeff Pidgeon
For as long as Jeff Pidgeon can remember he drew. Constantly. “My goal was to be able to make a living doing it,” said the 1983 Vergennes Union High School graduate in a recent interview. Um, check. This animation artist now lives in California’s San Francisco Bay area, close to the Pixar studio in Emeryville — where he’s worked since the early ’90s. His work has been recognized in Academy Award-winning films such as “WALL-E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” and, at the Oscars just last month, for “Toy Story 4.” “It’s always a huge thrill to have your work recognized in such a prominent way,” Pidgeon...

MICHAEL B. JORDAN and Jamie Foxx star in “Just Mercy,” the latest film in Middlebury Showing Up for Racial Justice’s film series.
MIDDLEBURY — The Seeing Color/Seeking Justice Film Series, now in its third year of showing a wide array of movies pertaining to racial justice, will be presenting “Just Mercy” on Wednesday, March 11, at 1, 4, and 7 pm. at the Marquis Theater.  The feature film, starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who, with the help of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, appeals his murder conviction. “Just Mercy” is based on the memoir of the same name, written by Stevenson. Stevenson has assisted in cases that have saved dozens of prisoners from the death...

Photo courtesy of Evolve Creative Storytelling
VERGENNES — The 7th annual Carnevale Vergennes brought some pretty stellar costumes to the Vergennes Opera House last Saturday. This year's theme, "Fasion is art and you are the canvas," was a wild clash of runway-ready fashion and wearable art. Proceeds from this modern take on the Italian tradition will benefit the Vergennes Opera House, Vergennes Partnership and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes. To date, the event has raised upwards of $135,000. 


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