Arts & Leisure

LOCAL TEENAGERS PERFORM “Legally Blonde,” directed by Doug Anderson, at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury this Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28.
LEGALLY BLONDE AT THT The Broadway hit, “Legally Blonde,” will come to the stage of Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Friday, July 26, at 7 p.m. and again on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, at 2 p.m. Director Doug Anderson works with professional actors and singers, talented Middlebury College students, and the best local talent, but once a year he gets to do what he calls his “dream job,” working with teenagers. “They bring so much energy and joy into rehearsals,” Anderson said, “and people are always surprised by how talented they are. They’re also just wonderful human beings. I love...

DIRECTOR MIKE LEONARD takes on the challenge of visiting every town in the state of Vermont in his documentary “One Town At A Time.” This feature is part of the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival and will screen on Thursday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m., at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival will kick off its fifth annual festival with a Vermont Film Showcase on Thursday, Aug. 22 in Middlebury.  The showcase will present four feature films directed and produced by Vermont filmmakers.  In addition, MNFF announces the Vermont Short Film Collection, a group of shorts directed by Vermont filmmakers to be shown throughout the Festival.  As in past years, MNFF continues its significant commitment to the emerging filmmakers of the Green Mountain State. The Vermont Showcase will comprise four feature films, all screened on Thursday, Aug...

FOUR WRECKS FROM the Shelburne Steamboat Graveyard were created using photogrammetry.
This summer, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum brings the remarkable story of Lake Champlain’s pivotal role in the Steamboat Revolution to the public through two new exhibits, “Jahaziel Sherman’s Steamboats,” and “The Archaeology of Lake Champlain Steamboats.” In the early 1800s, steam navigation transformed American culture, and revolutionized trade and transportation worldwide. Lake Champlain was central to the Steamboat Revolution. “The rediscovery of the long-lost portrait of Captain Jahaziel Sherman of Vergennes, Lake Champlain’s steamboat pioneer, is the springboard for these new special...

Luciano Pavarotti stars in “Pavarotti” (2019).
Pavarotti — Running Time: 1:26 — Rating: G A mild warning about the wonderful “Pavarotti.” Those of you who are genuine opera lovers may find it borders on being frenetic. Those who are looking at it as a biography rather than a musical event will see it differently. Yes, it is frenetic, but so is the man and that’s why this portrait of him is so good. What is more fun than unravelling the mystery of any human being who has had the courage and determination to develop an inborn talent? Several things become clear quickly about the man himself. He wants to be remembered as a man who brought...
The Nickel Boys — by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) Colson Whitehead’s “The Nickel Boys” is a masterpiece of fiction rooted firmly — and disturbingly — in fact. Inspired by the real life horrors which occurred at a boys’ reformatory in northern Florida well into the 2000’s, Whitehead brings to life the story of Elwood Curtis, a sweet, hardworking boy who, upon being arrested for unknowingly taking a ride in a stolen vehicle, is sent to Nickel Academy. There, Elwood experiences first-hand the segregation, discrimination, and humiliation — to put it mildly — his hero Dr. King spoke out against so...

AUTHOR JEREMY HOLT poses among the shelves at Monroe Street Books in Middlebury. ELISABETH WALLEN PHOTOGRAPHY
MIDDLEBURY — Comics are for kids. They should be light-hearted, fun and simple. Um, nope. Sure, some comics are geared toward the young at heart, but the graphic novel genre is vast and covers topics that are anything but juvenile. “Tell me what you like to read, and I can find it for you in a graphic novel,” said Jeremy Holt, whose eighth publication, “Before Houdini” (art by John Lucas), hits shelves this week. This is a companion novel to his earlier released “After Houdini” (art also done by John Lucas). “‘Before Houdini’ pulls back the curtain on the life of this extraordinary man,” Holt...

A CLAY POT by Stacey Stanhope Dundon
BRISTOL — Bristol’s Art on Main gallery presents “HomeThrown,” an exhibit featuring Bristol area potters: Judith Bryant, Robert Compton, Ken Martin, Matlak Mayforth, Stacey Stanhope and Liz Saslaw.  The exhibit opens on Friday, July 19 with an artist’s reception from 5-7 p.m. and will be on display until Aug. 18. ROBERT COMPTON “I have come to understand that life is a journey, not a destination, and I feel privileged to be making that journey as a potter.” Robert Compton’s studio on the edge of Bristol has for many years offered a behind the scenes look at many of these techniques. His home...

FOUNTAIN PLACE, DALLAS, Texas. Photo / Alan Ward, 2013, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation
MIDDLEBURY — Landscape architect Peter Ker Walker will discuss the highlights of his landscape projects on Saturday, July 20, at 2 p.m., in the conference room of the Middlebury Town Offices. The presentation is in conjunction with the Henry Sheldon Museum’s summer exhibit “The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley.” Born in Scotland, Walker trained as an architect and landscape architect and is dedicated to creating aesthetically-pleasing and environmentally-sound solutions to landscape planning projects worldwide. He worked for the Swedish architects Jaenecke & Samuelson 1958-1959...

THE STEVEN KIRBY Quintet will bring their exciting, melodic and lyrical contemporary jazz to Brandon Music on Saturday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m.
BRANDON — Brandon Music welcomes back the Steven Kirby Jazz Quintet on Saturday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m. The Boston-based group performs contemporary and mainstream jazz arranged and composed by Steven Kirby. Kirby plays guitar, Carl Clements plays flute and sax, John Funkhouser plays piano, Mike Connors plays drums and a special guest will perform bass. Kirby is known for performing exciting, melodic, lyrical and expressive mainstream and contemporary jazz.  His most recent album, “Illuminations” was an Editor's Pick earlier last year in the jazz publication Downbeat. He has appeared on over...

EXPERIENCE ONE OF Fort Ticonderoga’s signature events, “Montcalm’s Cross” a two-day battle reenactment, Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21.
TICONDEROGA, N.Y. — Experience one of Fort Ticonderoga’s signature events, “Montcalm’s Cross,” a two-day battle reenactment, Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21. Featuring hundreds of reenactors, cannons, drums, muskets and more, this is the largest battle reenactment of the year at Fort Ticonderoga. The battle will highlight the epic Battle of Carillon fought between the British and French in July 1758, considered the bloodiest battle in North America until the American Civil War. All weekend, Ticonderoga will bring to life the stunning logistic feat by the British to amass more than 16,...


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