Arts & Leisure

11/18/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Time to get ready for the 21st annual Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Creations will be on display from Thursday, Dec. 5 through Friday, Dec. 20, with an opening reception on Friday, Dec. 6, from 4-6 p.m. The theme this year is “Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.” Participation in the theme is voluntary. Your own original designs are always welcome, but there is an additional prize awarded for “Best of Theme.” Here are some of the rules for entry: 1) Your entry must be built upon a base no larger than 12 inches by 16 inches. 2)...

ADDISON COUNTY NATIVES Miranda Ferris Jones and Vanessa Dunleavy are workshopping their newest musical at the Town Hall Theater on Nov. 22, at 7 p.m., and again on Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. The public is welcome to come and participate. Tickets are $14. The premiere of the show will take the THT stage in March 2020.
11/18/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater is inviting the public to be part of the development of a new musical. “Showing Up” was written by local writer-actors Miranda Ferris Jones and Vanessa Dunleavy, with orchestration by Simon Broucke. The workshop will be directed by Douglas Anderson with a first draft presented Nov. 22, at 7 p.m., and Nov. 24, at 2 p.m., and the world premiere at Town Hall Theater March 20-22, 2020. Growing up in Addison County, Jones and Dunleavy starred in high school musicals and dreamed of making it to Broadway. Life took them through New York stages, success and...

SCARLETT JOHANSSON, AZHY Robertson and Adam Driver star in “Marriage Story” (2019).
11/18/2019
Marriage Story — Running Time: 2:16 — Rating: R “Marriage Story” opens beautifully as a husband and wife describe each other and the path of their marriage from day one to now. As each finishes the personal tale, we have become happy captives in their problems. The rest of the story expands our knowledge of this marriage based on that fine beginning. We have been warned there will be a divorce but have no idea where that will lead. It’s common knowledge now that the conventional long marriage between two individuals — each different from the other — can be a big problem confirmed by divorce...
11/18/2019
(Doubleday Books) Critically acclaimed Newfoundland author Michael Crummey’s new novel transports the reader to another time, another place. What begins as a story of survival — a sister and brother orphaned at young ages, odds already stacked against them — deepens into an exploration of perseverance, will, and family against a backdrop of unrelentingly harsh conditions, working and living. The Best family, with Evered and Ada now being the only two left, eked out a meager existence on the northern coastline of Newfoundland, living off the land, relying on their catch of fish to supply them...

LUCY ALLEN TENENBAUM of Rutland is the choir director of the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society choir as well as of the Ladies’ Night Out Women’s Chorus. She’s also a piano tuner, private voice instructor and forager. The Ladies’ Night Out Women’s Chorus will perform on Saturday evening at CVUUS. Independent photo/Steve James
11/14/2019
MIDDLEBURY — When you’re 65 years old and have been focused on something since you were a teenager, it’s no wonder that “something” turns into more than just a hobby. For Lucy Allen Tenenbaum, that’s music — specifically singing. And, like so many lucky Vermonters, she’s found a way to turn her passion into a lifetime career. Locally, Tenenbaum is known as the choir director of the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury — a job the Rutland resident took in 2014. Or perhaps you have a piano, and recognize Tenenbaum’s name because that’s who comes to tune the keys. “...

'TWO CONTINENTS,' BY Patricia LeBon Herb
11/14/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Jackson Gallery will be filled with original, handmade and hand-printed art and fine crafts beginning Nov. 15. This 12th annual holiday exhibition features 25 regional artists whose work represents a wide variety of media and styles. All have been recognized for their individual approaches to design and image. An opening reception will be held Friday, Nov. 15, from 5-7 p.m. Judy Albright brings her beautiful pastel drawings and Ray Hudson returns with his multi-layered woodblock prints. Patricia LeBon Herb will show paintings that reflect her thoughtful approach to image...

SYDNEY LEA
11/14/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Sydney Lea, poet, writer, former Vermont Poet Laureate and Pulitzer finalist, will read from and discuss his new collection of poetry, “Here,” on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m., at The Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury. He will be joined by fellow poet and Middlebury College educator, Karin Gottshall. The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the discussion. In “Here,” his 13th book of poetry, Lea gives voice to the deep connection between human life and the natural world as well as their fragility and transience. While there is reckoning, there are few...
11/14/2019
MIDDLEBURY — On Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., Associate Champlain College Professor Stephen Wehmeyer will present “By Seen and Unseen Hands: Spirit Artists and their Art in the 21st Century,” a talk to be held at the Sheldon Museum in Middlebury. Since the earliest days of its history, the American Spiritualist movement has been closely tied to the visual arts.  Renowned mediums like the Bangs Sisters and the Campbell Brothers trafficked in “precipitated” paintings — artwork purportedly produced by spirit hands — while the emergent technology of photography offered believers (and the...
11/14/2019
MIDDLEBURY — On June 4, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of a male Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a male same sex couple, citing his religious beliefs and First Amendment rights. This decision followed years of similar interactions across the United States between bakers who refused to honor gay marriages and pairs who wanted to tie the knot. In “The Cake,” the couple is lesbian and the baker is a middle-aged woman. Della makes cakes, not judgment calls — those she leaves to her husband, Tim. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North...

“MADAMA BUTTERFLY” WILL screen Live in HD during an encore performance at Town Hall Theater on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m.
11/14/2019
MIDDLEBURY — This Saturday, Nov. 16, the Met will present an encore performance of “Madama Butterfly,” which will be rebroadcast at Town Hall Theater at 1 p.m. Soprano Hui He takes on the heartbreaking title role of the doomed geisha, with tenor Andrea Carè as the American naval officer who abandons her. Paulo Szot takes the role of Sharpless, and Pier Giorgio Morandi is on the podium for Anthony Minghella’s sweeping production, a perennial audience favorite. The title character of “Madama Butterfly” — a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting...

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