Arts & Leisure

The cast of “Hands on a Hardbody” rehearse the musical, which will be performed on September 20-22 at Town Hall Theater.
MIDDLEBURY — Trey Anastasio became a legend in the world of rock & roll with his Burlington-based jam band, Phish. Not many people know, however, that he wrote the songs for a Broadway musical, “Hands on a Hardbody,” in 2013. The show received decent reviews, but it had a surprisingly short run. Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater is giving the show its Vermont premiere on Sept. 20-22. Based on a 1997 documentary, the show centers on a bizarre contest in Texas. Ten people put their hands on a brand-new pick-up truck and stand there in the wilting Texas heat. The last person standing with their...

THE THIRD ANNUAL Eat on the Green Food and Music Festival will take place on the Vergennes City Green this Saturday, Sept. 21, from 3-9 p.m. Festival goers will enjoy food and drink from local vendors, local music and games. Proceeds benefit four Vergennes nonprofits.
VERGENNES — For the third year, the green in Vergennes will become a bustling hub of grub, games, music and more on Saturday, Sept. 21. From 3-9 p.m., the annual Eat on the Green Food and Music Festival will take over the Little City’s park with delicious dishes, desserts and brews served up by Vergennes-area eateries.  “This event is so fun because you can literally eat your way through Vergennes,” said city resident Laura Mack, who’s also the owner of lu·lus ice cream on Main Street.  lu.lus will have scoops available at Saturday’s event, plus Mack might throw in fantastic pastries for good...

“THE MESSENGER,” 2019 by Dana Simson
MIDDLEBURY —The Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury presents “The Animals Are Innocent,”  a mixed media/ceramic exhibit of colorful, boat sculptures and paintings, both featuring animals, by Maryland artist, ceramist, author, and illustrator Dana Simson. The exhibit opens on Tuesday, Sept. 20 and will remain on view through Jan. 11, 2020.  A reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, from 5-7 p.m., at the Sheldon Museum. Simson’s goal through her art is to show animals are losing both habitat and food sources, suffering the man-made effects of pollution and wilderness encroachment, and are...

“THE JOY LUCK Club” will start the Middlebury Community Classic Film Club’s fall season on Sept., 26, 6-8:30 p.m., in the Ilsley Library’s Community Meeting Room. Free and open to all.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Community Classic Film Club is excited to be starting its new set of films. This season the theme is “The Pursuit of Happiness.” All films will be shown from 6-8:30 p.m., at the Ilsley Library’s Community Meeting Room.  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Of all the lines that Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, that one is likely the most well known. If you visit...
BRANDON — Brandon Music welcomes Lara Herscovitch, a modern American songwriter-poet-performer, creating masterful contemporary folk with blues, pop and jazz influences, to the stage on Saturday, Sept. 21. Former State Troubadour of Connecticut, she writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, delivering performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain.  Herscovitch is “a remarkable performer” (WSHU Public Radio), “sharp as a tack (and wickedly funny)… polished, confident, talented” (Scenic Root). She has appeared as a guest on A Prairie Home Companion with...
MIDDLEBURY — The following arms-length real estate sales were recorded in Middlebury from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. It should be noted that due to changes in Vermont property-transfer forms, only one buyer and seller are listed in most transactions: •July 2, 2018, Ian Johnson to Jason L. Sherry, a home at 89 Drew Lane on 5.73 acres, $334,000. •July 2, Dagan Murray to Evelyn Bushey, a home at 263 Mean Lane, $200,000 •July 2, Deborah Saporito to Jutta Miska, a condo at 46 Twin Circles, $240,000. •July 12, Jacqui Josler to David Bennett, a mobile home at 47 Parkline Place, $39,500. •...

CELLIST SOPHIE SHAO and her chamber ensemble kick off the 100th year of Middlebury College’s Performing Arts Series on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m., at Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd., in Middlebury.
The Middlebury Performing Arts Series’ 100th anniversary season opens on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m., with perennial Middlebury favorite, cellist Sophie Shao. Applauded by the New York Times for her “eloquent, powerful” interpretations, Shao has a gift for assembling impromptu chamber ensembles that are brimming with passion and talent. This season, she’s joined by violinists Jennifer Frautschi and Zachary DePue, violists Paul Neubauer and Che-Yen Chen, and cellist Fred Sherry for a program including Brahms’s Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, selected Consorts for Six Viols by Orlando Gibbons...

BURLINGTON ARTIST KEVIN Ruelle paints his Vermont travel posters en plein air. See Ruelle’s work in “Vermont Art Deco” on view at Art on Main in Bristol now through Columbus Day.
BRISTOL — Art on Main in Bristol has a new exhibit on view, featuring work from Burlington-artist Kevin Ruelle. Ruelle has created a series of faux vintage travel posters inspired by Vermont's unique tourist past: nostalgic, not only in theme but also in the way they were painted, traditional airbrush and watercolor. The owner of Ruelle Design & Illustration for over 30 years, located in Burlington, this artist specializes in technical illustrations, book illustrations, packaging art, illustrated maps, cartooning, and decorative art. Other works include impressionist landscapes from New...

JILLIAN BELL STARS in “Brittany Runs a Marathon” (2019).
Brittany Runs a Marathon — Running Time: 1:44 — Rating: R At some moment when you need a touch of cheer, try “Brittany Runs a Marathon.” This comedy is rooted in more than competition. It’s the story of the moment when Brittany begins to recognize that her social/emotional problems are rooted in both her weight and her personality. The cure, she decides, lies in running the New York Marathon — not in winning it, just running it. Actor Jillian Bell’s creation of the friendless, overweight woman becomes strong as we slowly begin to understand her complex isolation. She rebuffs people, even...
(G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers) Frank Li is “Frankly in Love,” but just who is he in love with? Frank, a Korean American teen who runs with the Apeys-crowd (they’re sober kids, all in the same Advanced Placement (AP) classes), is torn. Can he finagle a way to make things work with Brett Means, a smart and beautiful girl? But Brett is white, and “Mom-n-Dad” have already disowned his older sister Hanna for marrying a non-Korean. At the monthly “Gathering,” with all the Korean families in their social circle, Frank realizes the issue: his parents came to America and built “this...


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