Arts & Leisure

THE CHRISTINE MALCOLM Band will perform their original country folk-rock on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Brandon Music.
BRANDON — The Christine Malcolm Band will launch the 2020 music scene at Brandon Music on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m.  This highly acclaimed Vermont band will be performing a special blend of rich original country, folk and blues with a high note of rock. Malcolm is a northern Vermont songwriter transplanted from balmy southern Vermont. Her writing is influenced by artists like Lori McKenna, Chris Stapleton and Joni Mitchell. She debuted “Crickets, Coyotes and the Big Yellow Moon,” her first album, in 2015. She followed it in September 2019 with “I Like You,” which showcases Malcolm’s...

MATT FLINNER, JAMIE Masefield and Will Patton and will perform at Burnham Hall in Lincoln, on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m., for the Burnham Music Series. These concerts are $10 for adults, teens and kids are free.
LINCOLN — Matt Flinner, Jamie Masefield and Will Patton and will perform at Burnham Hall, 52 River Road in Lincoln, on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m. The trio brings together three of Vermont’s finest mandolinists for a rare evening of bluegrass, jazz and roots music. Joined by journeyman bassist Pat Melvin, the group will perform music of Bill Monroe, Django Reinhardt, J.S. Bach and everything in between. MATT FLINNER  Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways. Starting out as a banjo prodigy who was playing bluegrass festivals...
MIDDLEBURY — After wowing audiences with his astounding production of “Lulu” in 2015, South African artist William Kentridge now focuses his extraordinary visual imagination on on Australian composer Alban Berg’s other operatic masterpiece, which comes to cinemas for the first time on Jan. 11. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium for this important event, with baritone Peter Mattei as the disturbed title character. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck’s unfaithful mate, alongside a commanding cast that also includes tenor Christopher Ventris, bass-baritone Christian Van...
MIDDLEBURY — For over 25 years, Ben Cohen has been a cartoonist and educator. Born in Boulder, Colo., raised in the California Bay Area, trained in Savannah, Ga., and parenting in Jericho, Vt. His work focuses on an intersection where comics have been firmly rooted. Where the inclusive go to speak up, remembering what has been and what could be. Come discuss the art of storytelling on Jan. 18, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury to explore how the popular genre of graphic novels and comics can relate to problem solving through teamwork. Making comics with...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Community Players will hold auditions for adult actors and children/teens age 11 and up for the musical version of “Tuck Everlasting” on Wednesday, Jan. 15, and Thursday, Jan. 16, from 6:30-9 p.m., at Mary Hogan Elementary School, 201 Mary Hogan Drive, in Middlebury. “Tuck Everlasting” is a musical based on the 1975 American children’s novel “Tuck Everlasting” by Natalie Babbitt. Adapted for the stage by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle, it features a soaring score from Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen. Eleven-year-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure beyond...

THE HEATH QUARTET returns to Middlebury with two concerts. The first is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, in the Mahaney Arts Center’s Robison Hall. They return on Jan. 17.
MIDDLEBURY — The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet is one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment, steadily building a reputation for their upbeat and integrated sound. In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birth year, the Heath Quartet is presenting his entire string quartet cycle over the course of six concerts in Middlebury. Middlebury College’s Performing Arts Series opens the quartet’s second week-long residency of the season with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, in the Mahaney Arts Center’s Robison Hall. This special New Year treat will feature...

VERMONT — A couple of decades ago, I spent several winters living in Crested Butte, Colo., where I learned to peer into the cottonwood trees between Route 135 and the East River on the rare occasion when I needed to travel south to the closest “big” town. There, just downstream from the local fish hatchery, I would often find a group of bald eagles perched and waiting for their dinner to swim by. Growing up in New England, I’d never seen a bald eagle close to home — and certainly not a dozen of them in one cluster of trees. But the birds that serve as our country’s emblem have made a...

THE MIDDLEBURY NEW Filmmakers Festival Selects Screening Series will continue on Sunday, Jan. 12. “Colette” will screen at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival continues its MNFF Selects film screening series on Sunday, Jan. 12 with the luminous drama “Colette,” starring Keira Knightly. The film will screen at 2 p.m. at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Presenting a robust schedule of one film per month over eight months from October 2019 through May 2020, MNFF Selects offers its audiences a diverse and entertaining array of films. All the movies will screen at Town Hall Theater. MNFF Selects embraces a broader, more freewheeling approach to its seasonal screening series, mixing films by first- or...

CHARLIZE THERON AND John Lithgow in “Bombshell” (2019).
Bombshell — Running Time: 1:48 — Rating: R In an attempt to take a fair look at corporate sexuality, “Bombshell” offers a depressing look at office politics leading to the current surge of revelations about the corporate promotion system. These politics continue still. Ask, if you care to, why some women do and some don’t dress in the sex-for-promotion way. As this movie makes clear, woman seducers will usually have blonde hair and a good figure adorned in scanty clothes. In this film, these women are then surprised when head of Fox News Roger Ailes demands sex in return for promotion. Why,...
G. P. Putnam’s Sons It’s refreshing to start the new year with a new perspective. And it’s refreshing to start reading a fun, contemporary new novel and find at the end that you’ve walked a mile in someone else’s shoes. Caught between two important people in her life, both seemingly supportive of her but actually presenting false fronts, 26-year-old Emira Tucker is stuck. As a nanny for affluent Alix Chamberlain, living an Instagrammable life, Emira manages the real-life stickiness of Alix’s children so Alix can appear effortlessly chic. And Kelley, the boyfriend, well-meaning in a pushy way...


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