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MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE'S ASSISTANT Professor of Theater Michole Biancosino and Associate Professor of Theater Claudio Medeiros are spearheading a new theater series beginning in January presented by the Middlebury College Department of Theater. The 21st Century Theater Festival has plans to bring five performances with two playwright residencies to Middlebury. All of the performances are open to the public.
MIDDLEBURY — When it’s snowy, cold and dark, it’s easy to hunker down in your cozy routines and hibernate. Middlebury College’s Associate Professor of Theater Claudio Medeiros and Assistant Professor of Theater Michole Biancosino are fighting that hibernation urge. How? They’re gearing up for the launch of a new theater series, presented by the Middlebury College Department of Theater, called the 21st Century Theater Festival. “This is a theater series dedicated to bringing new works by diverse theater artists from New York City and Chicago to Middlebury,” Biancosino said. The 21st Century...

“QUEEN & SLIM,” a film written by Emmy award winner Lena Waithe, will be shown on Wednesday, Jan. 8, a the Marquis Theater for the next film in Showing Up for Racial Justice’s Seeing Color/Seeking Justice Film Series.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury chapter of the national organization Showing Up for Racial Justice is presenting the first film of 2020: “Queen and Slim,” written by Emmy award-winner Lena Waithe, and starring Daniel Kaluuya, of “Get Out” fame, on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 4 and 7 p.m., at the Marquis theater, 65 Main St. in Middlebury. The Seeing Color/Seeking Justice Film Series, now in its third year, is a collaboration between Middlebury SURJ and the Marquis Theater. The films screened in the series have ranged from documentaries about music, activism, education, and farmworker rights, to short...

A SCENE FROM "An Elephant Sitting Still," which will screen at Middlebury College's Dana Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 11.
MIDDLEBURY — The Hirschfield International Film Series will continue its showings of foreign and independent films in 2020. These films are free and screened on most Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. in Dana Auditorium at the Sunderland Language Center on Middlebury College’s campus. All films are open to the public. This series runs from September 2019 through May 2020. New titles are added monthly. Here’s the line up for January: Saturday, Jan. 11 3 and 8 p.m., Dana Auditorium “An Elephant Sitting Still” In Mandarin with English subtitles. (Bo Hu, China, 2019, 3 hours, 50 minutes) Free Under the...

THE HEATH QUARTET will play the music of Beethoven at the Mahaney Arts Center on Jan. 11 and 17. Photo by Simon Way
MIDDLEBURY — To celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birth year, the Heath Quartet will present his entire string quartet cycle over the course of six concerts in Middlebury this season. This dynamic and charismatic British chamber ensemble will perform a free concert on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s concert will feature Beethoven’s first string quartet composition, Quartet no. 3 in D Major, op. 18; his last; Quartet no. 16 in F Major op. 135; and the first Razumovsky Quartet no. 7 in F Major, op. 59. No tickets are required for this concert, thanks to a gift from the Sunderman Family...

PIERRE VACHON Independent photo/Steve James
Arts+Leisure celebrated it’s third full year in 2019. Twelve months, 52 issues, over 830 pages, all dedicated to arts and events going on in Addison County.  In 2019, we had the opportunity to highlight the work of more than 50 local artists, actors, musicians and craftspeople; see over 60 exhibits; profile 51 films; suggest 363 don’t-miss events happening right here in Addison County; learn nine valuable gardening lessons from our own Master Gardener Judith Irven; recommend 52 books (reviewed by The Vermont Book Shop); and 52 movies (reviewed by Joan Ellis). Oh, and we hope you’ve enjoyed...

SAM ROCKWELL AND Paul Walter Hauser star in “Richard Jewell” (2019).
Richard Jewell — Running Time: 2:26 — Rating: R Think 1996. The explosion at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta has killed innocents. The press has made Richard Jewell a hero throughout the country. Suddenly, the press labels Jewell the bomber and we watch him turn from hero to criminal in seconds on the front pages. Two things stamp the movie — “Richard Jewell” — with quality. Nothing is spared in creating both the explosion and the aftermath. Drawing on the always increasing new techniques of cinematic creation, the filmmakers drop us into the hideous reality of what happened in...
(Trinity University Press) When Vermont writer Leath Tonino headed out west for college, a friend predicted, “the west will swallow you.” Luckily for us, Tonino hasn’t forgotten his Vermont roots, and in his writing, his strong sense of self and place has only developed with his wanderings. In these collected essays, he explores California, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and... “Hither and Yon.” His infectious enthusiasm for this earth, on display in “The Animal One Thousand Miles Long: Seven Lengths of Vermont and Other Adventures” published in 2018, spills out in every paragraph...
Start 2020 with The Grift The Grift is excited to be back at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater for New Year’s Eve. The doors open on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. The band’s sound defies easy categorization, blending booty-shaking grooves and improvisation with radio-friendly hooks, witty lyrics, and tight vocal harmonies. Grift shows are energetic and original, with band members swapping instruments and occasionally playing two at a time. Their deep catalog of original music blends roots-rock and pop and jam. The Grift was formed by two Middlebury College grads Clint Bierman and Jeff Vallone in...

TOWN HALL THEATER welcomes Mairi And Nathan Harris Grewar on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 7:30 p.m., for “A Night at the Theater,” where the duo will play piano duet arrangements of some of their favorite music from the world of ballet and opera.
(Note: Since there will not be a Monday edition of the Addison Independent on Monday, Dec. 30, some of the events in this week’s column are being published one week early. Check the dates carefully.) “A Night at the Theater,” featuring Mairi and Nathan Harris Grewar, will come to Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 7:30 p.m. When we want to get swept away by passion, drama, fantasy and magic we go to the theater. Drawing on their experience at opera companies across Europe, London based pianists Mairi and Nathan Harris Grewar present “A Night at the Theater,” piano duet...
Moira loves to hike in the woods with me, jumping over sticks on command. I have set up a stick course for her in the woods that we navigate each day. She can jump over and back and even sideways. Anything for a Greenie! Not bad for an 11-year-old Norwegian Elkhound who clearly loves to eat as naturally as possible. Her diet is of raw meats, fruits and cooked veggies with added supplements. She also looks forward to chewing big beef knuckle bones whenever I can find them locally. Mary Mester Ripton


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