Arts & Leisure


RENEE ZELLWEGER AS Judy Garland in "Judy."
10/06/2019
Judy — Running Time: 1:38 — Rating:  PG-13 “There’s only one of her.”  So says a friend of Judy Garland in the new film “Judy.” That comment summons the complications in the grand new wave of biographical fictions that are flooding our theaters.  Many of them are finely made, as this one is.  What’s more fun than looking under the surface of someone who has charmed much of the world?  For those who are seeing her as a past performer, Judy Garland is just a famous singer.  For those of us who were alive during her time, she is something else.     This movie digs into the culture of her family...
10/06/2019
(St. Martin's Press) Renia’s diary — because that is what you hold in your hands, the diary of a young girl, a teenager, whose childhood was, as Greta Thunberg would say, stolen from her — feels private and due consideration should be accorded when reading it, and yet it is important that this written testimony be read and shared. Miraculously, this long-hidden diary survived the Holocaust but the young woman, an aspiring poet and hardworking student, did not. It has been translated from the original Polish, with notes included by her surviving sister. In descriptive prose, with verses of...

SARA GRANSTROM, LEFT, Sophie Pickens, center, and Justine Jackson, right, are reviving Marrowbone — a celebration of storytelling through poems, music and dance, performed in the woods of Lincoln. This year the performances will be held Oct. 12 and 13, beginning at 1 p.m. COURTESY PHOTO
10/03/2019
LINCOLN — Marrowbone is a celebration of story and storytelling performed outside in the blaze of Lincon’s autumn woods. Perhaps you remember it? This annual tradition was conceived, produced and directed for about 20 years by Marianne Lust; but she hung up the reins in 2009. Since then, those woods have belonged only to the birds and the bears, and a few good caretakers keeping the path open in case Marrowbone would someday be revived. Well, that “someday” is here. Three childhood friends are rekindling the production for the first time in nearly a decade. Sara Granstrom, Justine Jackson and...

SUSAN GINGRAS IS the featured quilter this year for the biennial Milk & Honey Quilters’ Guild show that will take place on Oct. 12 and 13 at the Middlebury Recreation Center.
10/03/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Coming up on Oct. 12 and 13, the Milk & Honey Quilters’ Guild will host their annual show at the Middlebury Recreation Center on Creek Road. Guests are invited to come marvel at more than 90 quilts made by members of this Addison County group. Each year the Guild picks a featured quilter, who gets their own space to exhibit as many quilts as they can fit. This year, Susan Gingras of Weybridge was selected for the spotlight. “They picked me when I wasn’t there,” laughed Gingras, referring to one of the monthly meetings the Milk & Honey Guild holds for its members. “I’ll be...

A TIGER SWALLOWTAIL feasts on lilac flowers. Photo by Dick Conrad
10/03/2019
We all love the flowers we grow in our gardens — an ever-changing palette from spring to fall — and by contrast, the stark beauty of winter.  But birds and butterflies add their own ephemeral magic to our gardens — they are like the icing on the cake.  For me, the opportunity to observe these winged visitors as the seasons pass is an endless source of pleasure and wonder. A few highlights This year the waning weeks of summer were pure delight, as butterflies and hummingbirds savored those last mellow days of the season.  Not long ago I watched a lone Monarch butterfly with a consort of...
10/03/2019
Once again, the all-volunteer team at the Vergennes Opera House has pulled together a robust and eclectic season of shows for locals and visitors alike to enjoy. The season kicks off on Oct. 12 with a rousing blues event and ends on Feb. 29 with the presentation of the 7th annual Carnevale Vergennes. “This season we’ve brought back some favorites along with a smattering of new shows, including two events that are free to the public,” said Gerianne Smart, President of the Friends of the Vergennes Opera House. “Our mission includes being an economic driver for the city of Vergennes and we are...

FROM LEFT, EMILY Arnason Casey, Rahat Huda, Sara London, Sarah Wolfson
10/03/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The NER Vermont Reading Series presents an evening of new writing with poets Sara London and Sarah Wolfson, essayist Emily Arnason Casey, and fiction writer Rahat Huda. The Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury will host this event on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. London’s new collection is “Upkeep,” from Four Way Books, and Middlebury native Wolfson’s debut collection, “A Common Name for Everything,” has just been published by Green Writers Press. Emily Casey of Orwell just released her debut essay collection, Made Holy (Univ. of Georgia), and Rahat Huda is a Middlebury College junior...

DAVID AND NATHAN Gusakov, father and son, perform original songs and old tunes about life and death and the beauty of the hills.
10/03/2019
LINCOLN — Last Train to Zinkov will perform at the Burnham Music Series, Burnham Hall, 52 River Rd. in Lincoln on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. David and Nathan Gusakov, father and son, perform original songs and old tunes about life and death and the beauty of the hills. Featuring clawhammer banjo, fiddle, and family harmonies, Last Train To Zinkov’s music draws from Appalachian old-time, gypsy jazz, classical, and the klezmer of their Eastern European roots. Zinkov: a small town in rural Ukraine, and the ancestral hometown of the Gusakovs. The duo plays with a lively, toe-tapping touch,...
10/03/2019
BRANDON — On Saturday, Oct. 5, Brandon Music will welcome The Umoya Trio for their debut performance of classical recorder music at the Brandon venue. The Umoya Trio is a multi-generational ensemble hailing from three different countries, connected by their love of recorder music and the gratification of experiencing the energy it brings with it. The word “Umoya” (Xhosa for “wind”) is a nod to the energy of the wind: of fierce siroccos, turbulent gales, swirling mistrals, and gentle cool breezes, and of course, the energy from their wind-powered instruments. This Boston-based group (Kaleem...

“Nefta Football Club” directed by Yves Piat will be among the movies screened at the Marquis Theater in Middlebury this Wednesday as part of the Manhattan Short Film Festival.
10/01/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Marquis Theater in Middlebury is giving movie viewers a chance to be the judge when it screens this year’s 10 finalists for the Manhattan Short Film Festival on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 2 and 6 p.m. Tickets will be sold at their regular rate. The screening runs simultaneously in more than 400 cities worldwide. The Best Film and Best Actor awards are determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating venue. By virtue of their selection by Manhattan Short, each short film is automatically Oscar-qualified. The final 10 films represent the best short films from among...

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