Arts & Leisure

09/23/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College will host the live performance event Cocoon, inspired by the popular storytelling phenomenon The Moth, on Friday, Sept. 27, at the Mahaney Arts Center. Six hand-picked storytellers will tell a diverse range of stories around the theme of “resilience.” The audience is invited to a reception with the storytellers after the show. This year’s storytellers will include: Middlebury College students Sabian Edouard ’21 and Hawa Abdullahi Adam ’22; alumna Tania Flores ’18; Education Studies professor Tara Affolter; and community members Jack Mayer and Pierre Vachon....
09/23/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival announces the launch of MNFF Selects, the rebranded monthly screening series that, come this October, will replace the MNFF Winter/Spring Screening Series. Offering a robust schedule of one film per month over eight months from October 2019 through May 2020, MNFF Selects will take its audiences on an entertaining ride in the months ahead.  All the films will screen at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.  MNFF Selects signals a broader, more freewheeling approach to MNFF’s seasonal screening series, mixing films by first- or second-time...
09/23/2019
(Knopf Publishing Group) As the Cold War began to intensify in the mid-1950s, the not-so-venerable C.I.A., referred to as “the Agency” in Lara Prescott’s sensational new novel, devoted a portion of its resources to playing the long game, and one of its objectives was to undermine the Soviet Union using their own art and literature against them. At that time, artists were sometimes taken as political prisoners, ending up in the infamous Gulag, a forced-labor prison camp, and their work was censured or banned. The story of how Boris Pasternak’s novel, “Doctor Zhivago,” came to be published,...

The cast of “Hands on a Hardbody” rehearse the musical, which will be performed on September 20-22 at Town Hall Theater.
09/20/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Trey Anastasio became a legend in the world of rock & roll with his Burlington-based jam band, Phish. Not many people know, however, that he wrote the songs for a Broadway musical, “Hands on a Hardbody,” in 2013. The show received decent reviews, but it had a surprisingly short run. Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater is giving the show its Vermont premiere on Sept. 20-22. Based on a 1997 documentary, the show centers on a bizarre contest in Texas. Ten people put their hands on a brand-new pick-up truck and stand there in the wilting Texas heat. The last person standing with their...

THE THIRD ANNUAL Eat on the Green Food and Music Festival will take place on the Vergennes City Green this Saturday, Sept. 21, from 3-9 p.m. Festival goers will enjoy food and drink from local vendors, local music and games. Proceeds benefit four Vergennes nonprofits.
09/19/2019
VERGENNES — For the third year, the green in Vergennes will become a bustling hub of grub, games, music and more on Saturday, Sept. 21. From 3-9 p.m., the annual Eat on the Green Food and Music Festival will take over the Little City’s park with delicious dishes, desserts and brews served up by Vergennes-area eateries.  “This event is so fun because you can literally eat your way through Vergennes,” said city resident Laura Mack, who’s also the owner of lu·lus ice cream on Main Street.  lu.lus will have scoops available at Saturday’s event, plus Mack might throw in fantastic pastries for good...

“THE MESSENGER,” 2019 by Dana Simson
09/19/2019
MIDDLEBURY —The Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury presents “The Animals Are Innocent,”  a mixed media/ceramic exhibit of colorful, boat sculptures and paintings, both featuring animals, by Maryland artist, ceramist, author, and illustrator Dana Simson. The exhibit opens on Tuesday, Sept. 20 and will remain on view through Jan. 11, 2020.  A reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, from 5-7 p.m., at the Sheldon Museum. Simson’s goal through her art is to show animals are losing both habitat and food sources, suffering the man-made effects of pollution and wilderness encroachment, and are...

“THE JOY LUCK Club” will start the Middlebury Community Classic Film Club’s fall season on Sept., 26, 6-8:30 p.m., in the Ilsley Library’s Community Meeting Room. Free and open to all.
09/19/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Community Classic Film Club is excited to be starting its new set of films. This season the theme is “The Pursuit of Happiness.” All films will be shown from 6-8:30 p.m., at the Ilsley Library’s Community Meeting Room.  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Of all the lines that Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, that one is likely the most well known. If you visit...
09/19/2019
BRANDON — Brandon Music welcomes Lara Herscovitch, a modern American songwriter-poet-performer, creating masterful contemporary folk with blues, pop and jazz influences, to the stage on Saturday, Sept. 21. Former State Troubadour of Connecticut, she writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, delivering performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain.  Herscovitch is “a remarkable performer” (WSHU Public Radio), “sharp as a tack (and wickedly funny)… polished, confident, talented” (Scenic Root). She has appeared as a guest on A Prairie Home Companion with...
09/19/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The following arms-length real estate sales were recorded in Middlebury from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. It should be noted that due to changes in Vermont property-transfer forms, only one buyer and seller are listed in most transactions: •July 2, 2018, Ian Johnson to Jason L. Sherry, a home at 89 Drew Lane on 5.73 acres, $334,000. •July 2, Dagan Murray to Evelyn Bushey, a home at 263 Mean Lane, $200,000 •July 2, Deborah Saporito to Jutta Miska, a condo at 46 Twin Circles, $240,000. •July 12, Jacqui Josler to David Bennett, a mobile home at 47 Parkline Place, $39,500. •...

CELLIST SOPHIE SHAO and her chamber ensemble kick off the 100th year of Middlebury College’s Performing Arts Series on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m., at Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd., in Middlebury.
09/16/2019
The Middlebury Performing Arts Series’ 100th anniversary season opens on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m., with perennial Middlebury favorite, cellist Sophie Shao. Applauded by the New York Times for her “eloquent, powerful” interpretations, Shao has a gift for assembling impromptu chamber ensembles that are brimming with passion and talent. This season, she’s joined by violinists Jennifer Frautschi and Zachary DePue, violists Paul Neubauer and Che-Yen Chen, and cellist Fred Sherry for a program including Brahms’s Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, selected Consorts for Six Viols by Orlando Gibbons...

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