Arts & Leisure

11/21/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Megan Price will read from and discuss her latest collection, “Vermont Wild, Adventures of Fish & Game Wardens, Volume Six,” on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury. The talk is free and open to the public. The Vermont Book Shop will provide book sales and there will be a book signing after the discussion. Price’s new book is chock full of new and exciting stories of Vermont’s fish and game wardens. There’s a wild night chase into downtown Brandon involving the late Dave Rowden as told by retired warden Don Isabelle of Pittsford, a tracking...
11/21/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Metropolitan Opera presents Philip Glass’s modern masterpiece “Akhnaten” live in HD on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. The screening will take place in Middlebury at the Town Hall Theater. “Akhnaten” explores the life of the avant-garde pharaoh, who introduced the concept of monotheism to ancient Egypt, using texts drawn from ancient hymns, prayers, letters, and inscriptions — sung in their original languages set to Glass’s distinctive music. Director Phelim McDermott tackles another one of Philip Glass’s modern masterpieces, with star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo as the...

THE TURTLE ISLAND Quartet will play a collaborative jazz concert with pianist Cyrus Chestnut on Friday Nov. 22 at the Mahaney Arts Center. Photo / Crystal Broussard
11/21/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet makes its Middlebury debut at the Mahaney Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 22 in a collaborative concert with the Performing Arts Series’ most frequent jazz artist, acclaimed pianist Cyrus Chestnut. The performance will traverse countless colors of jazz in a program called “Carry Me Home.” The partnership is infused with the global reach of gospel and sacred music, ranging from the Appalachian Mountains to the spiritually defined musical landscape of J. S. Bach. This moving night of Duke Ellington, Bill Monroe, Bill Withers, Coltrane, and more...

THE MIDDLEBURY COMMUNITY Chorus will host its annual Thanksgiving concert at the Mahaney Arts Center’s Robison Hall on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m. The concert is free and open to all.
11/21/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College Community Chorus presents its annual Thanksgiving performances on the Middlebury College campus at the Mahaney Arts Center’s Robison Concert Hall at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening, Nov. 23 and again at 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 24. Historic and contemporary music fills the free, hour-long program entitled “Songs of Rejoicing and Remembrance.” Jeff Rehbach conducts and Tim Guiles accompanies the 110 community and student members of the choir — among the largest choirs in the state. “This is the sound of one voice, one spirit, one people: voices singing...

'DOOLITTLE FARM HEIFER,' a painting by Hannah Sessions
11/21/2019
VERGENNES — Northern Daughters will host its fourth annual small works exhibit, “more light,” at the gallery’s 221 Main Street location in Vergennes beginning this Friday, Nov. 22. The show features all new works from Bonnie Baird, Brenda Myrick, Anne Cady, Hannah Sessions, Pamela Smith and Reid Brechner in a range of media, including English porcelain, watercolor and oil painting. There will be an opening reception on Friday from 5-8 p.m., where there will be live music from Casey Burger and Mike Walker, wine and Daily Chocolate pairings, and other comestibles for all. “more light” is the...
11/21/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance presents the annual Fall Dance Concert on Nov. 22 and 23, at the Mahaney Arts Center. This year’s show, “Unwritten Collective,” is a compilation of five student choreographers’ original work, developed under the direction of Assistant Professor of Dance Laurel Jenkins. The evening will also include the Newcomers’ Piece choreographed and filmed by Artist in Residence of Dance Tori Lawrence.  Using improvisation, singing, narrative, touch and elaborate lighting, this collection explores the tenderness and difficulties of the...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE STUDENTS Will Koch and Katie Mashall play two of the key roles in the play “One Flea Spare.” Performances will take place at Middlebury College’s Wright Memorial Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, Friday, Nov. 22, and Saturday, Nov. 23.
11/18/2019
The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance will present “One Flea Spare,” directed by Cláudio Medeiros, on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Middlebury College’s Wright Memorial Theater. The performance will repeat on Friday, Nov. 22, and Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. The year is 1665. The setting is London, a city in the throes of the devastation caused by the bubonic plague. Mr. and Mrs. Snelgrave await the remaining three days of their 28-day quarantine. In the middle of the night two strangers enter what they believe is an empty home: a rough-spoken sailor and a...
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...

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