Arts & Leisure

PAINTING BY ADRIEN Larocque, grade 12
BRISTOL — Bristol’s gallery Art on Main has the 12th Annual Mount Abe Emerging Artists exhibit on view now through March 25. In celebration of Youth Art Month this special exhibit will feature the work of 20 Mount Abraham Union High School students in grades 9-12. This is a great opportunity for these young artists to showcase their work in a professional gallery space. The student artists were invited to submit their work on the basis of their artistic talent and dedication to creating art as well as their potential as future artists.  The mediums represented will include painting,...

'HEADING HOME,' A painting by Joan Drew
BRANDON — As the landscape thaws and life begins to stir, the Brandon Artists Guild (BAG) presents “Wanderlust” — a new, all-member, all-media art show. The exhibit opens with a free reception on March 6, from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit will be on view through April 28. “Wanderlust” celebrates journeys real, fanciful and metaphorical. The show features original artwork from the BAG’s exhibiting members in glass, watercolor, oil, ceramics, fabric, photography and more. “Even when we’re happy at home in lovely Vermont, our hearts sometimes yearn for the romance of new locales and experiences — that’s...

MIDDLEBURY — The year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer and pianist extraordinaire, Clara Schumann. To honor the occasion, the Heliand Consort presents “Kindred Spirits”, a new program of chamber music by Clara and Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, along with letters detailing their deep love and friendship. This free concert will be held on Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m., in the Mahaney Arts Center’s Robison Hall. The concert will offer a glimpse into the tragic and beautiful story of love, friendship and art. The program includes Robert Schumann’s “Romances for Oboe...

LIDA WINFIELD AND her collaborators will perform the magnificently absurd and righteous dance theatre work “Imaginary” at the Mahaney Arts Center on March 13 and 14. Photo / Colin C. Boyd
MIDDLEBURY — Playfully blending elements of dance, theater, storytelling and original live music, Lida Winfield Dance brings the innovative company work “Imaginary” to the Mahaney Arts Center on March 13 and 14. The work challenges how we understand ourselves, others and the world by sifting through facts, allegations and possibilities. The production brings together the creative capacities of five accomplished artists, many with Middlebury connections: dance faculty member Lida Winfield; music professor Matthew Evan Taylor; alumna Ellen Smith Ahern ’05; Joseph Hall; and former Andrew W....

Photo / Tim Cummings
MIDDLEBURY — The Department of Music presents a Celtic music concert exploring tradition and innovation in a genre that is at once ubiquitous, diverse and loosely defined. The performance, on Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m., in the Mahaney Arts Center’s Robison Hall, will feature Irish and Scottish traditional elements and fusion with different traditions, led by Jeffrey Buettner and Timothy Cummings. Free. For more info visit or call (802) 443-3168.

ITALIAN FLATPICKING GUITAR maestro and vocalist Beppe Gambetta will perform at Brandon Music on Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.
BRANDON — Master innovator of the acoustic guitar Beppe Gambetta is coming to perform at Brandon Music on Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. From his background as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music as well as the music of his native country, Gambetta has traveled the world and even crossed the “Iron Curtain” to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. He has an impressive 11 CDs, DVDs, teaching books and collaborations with many other top-flight musicians under his belt. While Gambetta still lives in his native Genova, Italy, he travels to North America at least...

“SEVEN,” THE DOCUMENTARY play by L.A. Theatre Works, will be staged at Middlebury College’s Wright Memorial Theater on Tuesday, March 3, and Wednesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. Photo/Rich Rose
MIDDLEBURY — L.A. Theatre Works has been called a “national theatrical treasure” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. The premier radio theater company brings its riveting documentary play “SEVEN” to Wright Memorial Theater at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, March 3, and Wednesday, March 4, as part of the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series’ 100th anniversary season. Written by seven female writers, the play is based on personal interviews with seven remarkable women who faced life-threatening obstacles — resistance, death threats, entrenched norms, and pervasive violence — yet later brought heroic...

NORDIC FOLK GROUP Dreamer’s Circus will perform at the MAC on Friday, March 6. Photo / Kristoffer Juel Poulsen
MIDDLEBURY — Dreamers’ Circus, the hot young Danish trio hailed as the new driving force in Nordic world music, will make their Middlebury debut on Friday, March 6, at the Mahaney Arts Center. Contemporary and endlessly innovative in their approach, the award-winning ensemble draws inspiration from the deep traditions of Nordic folk music and reshapes them into something bright, shiny and new. This concert promises to be one of the most popular events of the Middlebury Performing Arts Series’ 100th anniversary season. Performing Arts Series Director Allison Coyne Carroll learned about the...

THE QUEBECOIS QUINTET Rosier will perform at the Ripton Community Coffee House on Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.
RIPTON — The Ripton Community Coffee House welcomes back Rosier (formerly Les Poules à Colin) to the Ripton Community House on Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. The Montréal-based band explores the connections between Québec folk and a mix of indie, jazz, pop, bluegrass and contemporary styles with original compositions, sophisticated arrangements, harmonic progressions and reinvented traditions. The bilingual band injects exuberant color into folk traditions, taking its roots and spinning this foundation into mature, well-controlled music filled with emotion and a surprising freshness. Rosier...
(Bellevue Literary Press) In Andrew Kirivak’s slim new novel, a father meticulously and lovingly teaches his only offspring, his wise young daughter, how to live on the land, how to mark the seasons, how to craft, how to survive. Their days are marked with rituals dictated by time and circumstance. He leads her to be self-sufficient; they are, quite possibly the last two living humans. There’s a transcendence in Krivak’s prose; while the cadence is almost ponderous, there is comfort to be found in the methodical descriptions of travel across land or the fashioning of a bow and rhythm in the...


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