Arts & Leisure

“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...

THE TURTLE ISLAND Quartet will play a collaborative jazz concert with pianist Cyrus Chestnut on Friday Nov. 22 at the Mahaney Arts Center. Photo / Crystal Broussard
MIDDLEBURY — The Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet makes its Middlebury debut at the Mahaney Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 22 in a collaborative concert with the Performing Arts Series’ most frequent jazz artist, acclaimed pianist Cyrus Chestnut. The performance will traverse countless colors of jazz in a program called “Carry Me Home.” The partnership is infused with the global reach of gospel and sacred music, ranging from the Appalachian Mountains to the spiritually defined musical landscape of J. S. Bach. This moving night of Duke Ellington, Bill Monroe, Bill Withers, Coltrane, and more...

THE MIDDLEBURY COMMUNITY Chorus will host its annual Thanksgiving concert at the Mahaney Arts Center’s Robison Hall on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m. The concert is free and open to all.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College Community Chorus presents its annual Thanksgiving performances on the Middlebury College campus at the Mahaney Arts Center’s Robison Concert Hall at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening, Nov. 23 and again at 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 24. Historic and contemporary music fills the free, hour-long program entitled “Songs of Rejoicing and Remembrance.” Jeff Rehbach conducts and Tim Guiles accompanies the 110 community and student members of the choir — among the largest choirs in the state. “This is the sound of one voice, one spirit, one people: voices singing...

'DOOLITTLE FARM HEIFER,' a painting by Hannah Sessions
VERGENNES — Northern Daughters will host its fourth annual small works exhibit, “more light,” at the gallery’s 221 Main Street location in Vergennes beginning this Friday, Nov. 22. The show features all new works from Bonnie Baird, Brenda Myrick, Anne Cady, Hannah Sessions, Pamela Smith and Reid Brechner in a range of media, including English porcelain, watercolor and oil painting. There will be an opening reception on Friday from 5-8 p.m., where there will be live music from Casey Burger and Mike Walker, wine and Daily Chocolate pairings, and other comestibles for all. “more light” is the...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance presents the annual Fall Dance Concert on Nov. 22 and 23, at the Mahaney Arts Center. This year’s show, “Unwritten Collective,” is a compilation of five student choreographers’ original work, developed under the direction of Assistant Professor of Dance Laurel Jenkins. The evening will also include the Newcomers’ Piece choreographed and filmed by Artist in Residence of Dance Tori Lawrence.  Using improvisation, singing, narrative, touch and elaborate lighting, this collection explores the tenderness and difficulties of the...


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