Arts & Leisure

BRANDON — Julian Loida will perform an evening of percussion at Brandon Music on Saturday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., at Brandon Music. The Boston-based composer, producer and percussionist will take the Brandon stage for the first time as a soloist on Saturday offering the audience a unique sound experience, comprising all original music on vibraphone written and performed by Loida himself.  Loida first revealed his high skill level as a percussionist when performing at Brandon Music as drummer with the Burlington based band Ameranouche. Loida’s says his music gives voice to all “wallflowers” — the...
MIDDLEBURY —The Vermont Book Shop will celebrate 70 years in business this Dec. 17. To commemorate the occasion, Middlebury’s downtown bookstore will collaborate with John Vincent of A Revolutionary Press to create a broadside of a Robert Frost poem, “A Time to Talk.” This poem speaks to the mission of The Vermont Book Shop as a place for the community to gather and interact with their friends and neighbors. The bookstore will also partner with Sunrise Orchards of Cornwall, to offer free cider on Monday, Dec. 2, a day becoming known as “Cider Monday” — a shop local initiative created by the...

JULIAN LOIDA BRINGS his unique sound to Brandon Music on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m.
Brandon Music welcomes the highly talented composer, percussionist and producer Julian Loida to Brandon Music for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. This promises to be a unique sound experience comprising all original music on vibraphone written and performed by Loida himself.  Loida first revealed his high skill level as a percussionist when performing at Brandon Music as drummer with the Burlington-based band Ameranouche. Loida says his music gives voice to all “Wallflower,” the title of his debut album released in September. He asks his listeners to explore the introvert in...

MARIO THE MAKER Magician will perform with his handmade robotic creations at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Saturday, Nov. 30.
MIDDLEBURY — On Saturday, Nov. 30, Town Hall Theater in Middlebury presents Mario “the Maker Magician” Marchese, a New York-based, touring family performer known for his handmade robotic creations, up-cycled props and new school slapstick character. It’s magic through the lens of the Maker Movement! As seen on “Sesame Street,” “Sprout,” and live on tour with David Blaine, Mario’s show is an upbeat, hilarious and a very interactive experience that leaves children and families inspired to nurture their own creative paths. Blaine calls him “the best kids’ magician in the world!” Show times are 1...

“Scandalous: The True Story of the National Enquirer” directed by Mark Landsman
Scandalous — Running Time: 1:37 — Rating: R Consider the studio’s promotion sentence about “Scandalous: The True Story of the National Enquirer:” “Scandalous is the true story of the National Enquirer, the infamous tabloid with a prescient grasp of its readers’ darkest curiosities.”  If that sentence repels you, go no farther, but for me it was an interesting look at a newspaper I never read because I thought gossip was ugly.  This documentary tells us about the newspaper and the many subjects of their published scandals. At 16 years old, Gene Pope wanted to take over his father’s paper that...
(Riverhead Books) Much of what has been taught in schools, and propagated through popular culture about the role of Indians (the term used by the author throughout this book) in America’s early colonies and westward expansion, are myths. For instance, when Ponce de León arrived in Florida in 1513, Indians had been living there for at least 12,000 years, and when the Mayflower landed at Plymouth in 1620, almost 90 percent of the population of the New England tribes had already been wiped out by European diseases. Colonial powers used language, a “rhetoric of rightful possession,” as well as...

MAXINE 'MICKEY' DAVIS holds up some of the Christmas ornaments she has made at her home studio in North Ferrisburgh. Independent photo/Steve James
FERRISBURGH — What’s your favorite space in your home? Curled up under a blanket by the wood stove? Soaking in your deep tub? Perhaps, sitting at the kitchen counter with a strong cup of coffee, or crawling into bed at the end of a long day? For Maxine “Mickey” Davis it’s her glass studio. “I have a 16-foot-by-22-foot playroom in my house,” she said beaming as she walked into the space at her Ferrisburgh home. At first Davis used a smaller version of her studio for painting, but then about 14 years ago, she asked her husband, Norton, to build an addition to the room so she could fit a glass...

MIDDLEBURY STUDIO SCHOOL instructor and artist Kathy Clarke’s work hangs in the MSS new studio The Loouvre. It will soon be replaced by a Small Works Show on Friday. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. All welcome. Independent photo/Elsie Lynn Parini
MIDDLEBURY — On Nov. 22 the Middlebury Studio School will host an opening for their Small Works Show at its nonprofit pottery and visual arts school, on Route 7 South in Middlebury. The opening reception will be held from from 5-7 p.m. Nothing unusual about that. Except there is. When guests arrive to view the artwork they’ll be led straight into the bathroom. Yup, that’s right, the potty. The new gallery space is irreverently named “The Loouvre.” The Loouvre has had some informal shows since its inception last spring, but the Small Works Show marks the first time that the space is going...
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...
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...


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