Arts & Leisure

01/27/2020
(Tin House Books) A memoir penned by a poet is pure delight to read, and this particular poet has penned an astonishing memoir. First the structure is unique: Koh translated letters, composed in Korean, that her mother sent to her over the course of the years Koh and her brother were left in the United States while their parents returned to Korea for a job opportunity her father could not pass up. The letters themselves, in handwritten Korean, are also reproduced in the book, complete with her mother’s often erroneous translations into English for her daughter (“She writes, I have to assert...
01/27/2020
I’m a two-year-old rescue from Virginia who’s learning to love Vermont snow. I’m not always very aware of my surroundings; I sometimes sit up and beg at the edge of the sofa — good thing I’ve got lots of furry padding! I have a healthy suspicion of my food dish; when I’m done eating, I moonwalk backwards away from it so it doesn’t ambush me. My ability to discover random “snacks” is legendary, and when I’m happy, I like to run full-speed into the nearest piece of furniture. What a time to be alive!  Midori Batten Bristol

RUSTY DEWEES WILL return to the Vergennes Opera House on Saturday Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m., to perform an evening of humor, storytelling and music. PHOTO / PAUL ROGERS PHOTOGRAPHY
01/23/2020
VERGENNES — A lot of us know “The Logger” — or at least we know of him. He stands at 6-feet 4-inches, weighs in at 195, has red hair, blue eyes, rarely wears sleeves and struts his blue-collar-Vermonter persona around the state with pride. This comedian, musician, actor and all-around entertainer has done a masterful job dialing in his brand; complete with merch like hoodies, caps, duct tape wallets and even undies. He tapped into the beginning of his success with “The Logger” act back in the 1990s and has been riding that wave for 23 years. DeWees will return to where it all began — the...

HONEY IN THE Hive is a family band including: Romy on fiddle, viola, flute, whistle, small pipes and feet; Ben on piano, mandolin and accordion; Andrew Munkres on five-string banjo, guitar and accordion; and Kristin Bolton on upright bass and feet.
01/23/2020
CORNWALL — The Bolton/Munkres family band, Honey in the Hive, will offer a concert at the Cornwall Town Hall on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 2-3:30 p.m. They will perform music that’s inspired them from a wide variety of musical traditions including Appalachia, Cape Breton, French, Irish, Scottish and Scandinavia. Admission is by freewill donation. The concert is a fundraiser for Ben and Romy Munkres’ musical tour with Young Tradition Vermont (YTV) to Vermont’s Sister State: Tottori, Japan. There will be a variety of fundraising items for sale including CDs, honey products and raffle tickets for a V...

GRAMMY-WINNING VOCAL ensemble Roomful of Teeth will perform January 30 at the Mahaney Arts Center, alongside the Dublin Guitar Quartet. Photo Bonica Ayala
01/23/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Mahaney Arts Center program features Vermont native Nico Muhly’s ‘How Little You Are’ The Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and the world-renowned Dublin Guitar Quartet will make their Middlebury debuts in a collaborative concert at the Mahaney Arts Center on Thursday, Jan. 30. Together they will perform the East Coast premiere of a new, intimate arrangement of Vermont native Nico Muhly’s “How Little You Are.” Originally commissioned in 2015 for three guitar quartets and massed choir, the piece is based on texts written by pioneer women during the 19th century. In...
01/23/2020
The Winter Renaissance Faire returns to the Champlain Valley Exposition ini Essex Junction on Feb. 1 and 2. Come inside from the cold and snow for a full weekend of merriment and fun for the whole family. This year the Winter Renaissance Faire will feature a sundry of performance troupes including singers, musicians, acrobats and dancers; as well as medieval living history and demonstrations of life in the Old World. With over 50 artisans and craft vendors — including over a dozen new to the faire vendors — you can discover handcrafted jewelry, woodcrafts, medieval-inspired clothing,...

THE KIDS AT Ferrisburgh Central School were mesmerized by artist in residence Troy Wunderle, who taught different circus skills and brought them to the brink of joyful chaos with his humor one second and serious direction the next. Independent photos/Steve James
01/20/2020
Ferrisburgh Central School kicked off 2020 with a two-week residency with circus artist Troy Wunderle of Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures. The kids were mesmerized by Wunderle, who has performed with Circus Smirkus. He taught different circus skills and brought the youngsters to the brink of joyful chaos with his humor one second and serious direction the next. The residency culminated in a performance at the Vergennes Union Middle School gym this past Thursday. Addison Independent photographer Steve James caught a rehearsal of the big performance and took these photos. Click here to watch a...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE ACTORS Michael Koutelos, Madison Middleton and Charlotte Katz rehearse for the Town Hall Theater/ Middlebury College Music Department production of “The Light in the Piazza.” The musical will take the THT stage on Jan. 24-27.
01/20/2020
Stephen Sondheim called it “dazzling.” The New York Times called it “the most intensely romantic score of any Broadway musical since West Side Story.” Adam Guettel’s Tony Award-winning musical, “The Light in the Piazza,” comes to Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, as the 15th Winter Term production, the annual collaboration between THT and the Middlebury College Department of Music. Douglas Anderson directs. Additional performances will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25, and Monday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Jan. 26. The musical follows...
01/20/2020
Hello! My name is Nieve. I am a sweet girl and 14 years old. I was a sled dog before I was adopted. My best friend was my sister Chili, but she died this past summer. I love getting treats, especially turkey! I love going on walks and being snuggled by my family. You might see me walking around town. I love seeing other dogs because I am very friendly! I am very furry and love being petted. My ears are the softest part of me. Kaisa and Maëlle Remsen Middlebury

ADAM SANDLER IN “Uncut Gems” (2019)
01/20/2020
Uncut Gems — Running Time: 2:15 — Rating: R It is my great pleasure today to write a review of the worst movie I have ever seen. This will be a special challenge because the actors, the directing, and even the premise are all good. Here’s the problem. For the first half hour, we watch Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) as he runs through streets, buildings and underground tunnels. Yes, the photography is good, and no, we learn little about who he is or what he is doing. At long last, a box containing rare opals embedded in a rock arrives. From this point forward, that small rock is the trigger for...

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