Arts & Leisure

MIDDLEBURY — On Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., Associate Champlain College Professor Stephen Wehmeyer will present “By Seen and Unseen Hands: Spirit Artists and their Art in the 21st Century,” a talk to be held at the Sheldon Museum in Middlebury. Since the earliest days of its history, the American Spiritualist movement has been closely tied to the visual arts.  Renowned mediums like the Bangs Sisters and the Campbell Brothers trafficked in “precipitated” paintings — artwork purportedly produced by spirit hands — while the emergent technology of photography offered believers (and the...
MIDDLEBURY — On June 4, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of a male Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a male same sex couple, citing his religious beliefs and First Amendment rights. This decision followed years of similar interactions across the United States between bakers who refused to honor gay marriages and pairs who wanted to tie the knot. In “The Cake,” the couple is lesbian and the baker is a middle-aged woman. Della makes cakes, not judgment calls — those she leaves to her husband, Tim. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North...

“MADAMA BUTTERFLY” WILL screen Live in HD during an encore performance at Town Hall Theater on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — This Saturday, Nov. 16, the Met will present an encore performance of “Madama Butterfly,” which will be rebroadcast at Town Hall Theater at 1 p.m. Soprano Hui He takes on the heartbreaking title role of the doomed geisha, with tenor Andrea Carè as the American naval officer who abandons her. Paulo Szot takes the role of Sharpless, and Pier Giorgio Morandi is on the podium for Anthony Minghella’s sweeping production, a perennial audience favorite. The title character of “Madama Butterfly” — a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting...

GARY SMITH OF Bristol, and James Peacock ’21 rehearse a scene from “One Flea Spare.” Courtesy photo
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance will present “One Flea Spare” directed by Cláudio Medeiros, Nov. 21-23, in Wright Memorial Theatre. The year is 1665. The setting is London, a city in the throes of the devastation caused by the bubonic plague. Mr. and Mrs. Snelgrave await the remaining three days of their 28-day quarantine. In the middle of the night two strangers enter what they believe is an empty home: a rough-spoken sailor and a mysteriously intuitive 12-year-old girl. From now on, imprisoned within the claustrophobic walls of their confinement, the...

EAST MIDDLEBURY SINGER-songwriter Melissa D will perform at the Brandon Town Hall on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
BRANDON — Melissa D will perform with her trio on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m., in the Brandon Town Hall. She is a singer-songwriter from East Middlebury. Her music is relaxing with reflective lyrics that will take you on an emotional journey. She is a classically trained vocalist with a distinct voice that, from her very first note, immediately sets her apart from the pack. Phil Henry, award winning singer-songwriter from Rutland accompanies Melissa on guitar along with special guest Steve Latanision, a stellar multi-instrumentalist who studied at the Berklee College of Music. Sit back,...

THE LEGENDARY TOM Rush will take to Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater stage on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
Tom Rush will hit the stage at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. He will be accompanied by Matt Nakoa. Now celebrating more than 52 years of touring, Rush has been thrilling audiences here and abroad with hits like “No Regrets,” “Circle Game,” “Remember Song,” “Urge for Going” and “Merrimack County.” Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the ’60s and the renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty and Garth Brooks...

“DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER My Name” will screen at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. This film is presented by the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival’s Selects film screening series.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival continues its MNFF Selects film screening series on Friday, Nov. 15, with the compelling documentary “David Crosby: Remember My Name.” The film will screen at 7 p.m. at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Offering a robust schedule of one film per month over eight months from October 2019 through May 2020, MNFF Selects will take its audiences on an entertaining ride in the months ahead. All the films will screen at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. MNFF Selects embraces a broader, more freewheeling approach to its seasonal screening series,...

NICHOLAS HOULT PLAYS Nikola Tesla in “The Current War” (2017/2019)
The Current War: Director’s Cut — Running Time: 1:47 — Rating: PG-13 Here’s how the studio describes “The Current War: Director’s Cut:” “The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.” So off I went with pleasure to see the history of what changed the world as nothing else ever has. What I saw was no such thing, but let’s start at the beginning. Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has created Thomas Edison a man whose mind is rooted full time in his creative/competitive mode....
(Houghton Mifflin) There are a multitude of YouTube stars these days, I know, but bear with me, I believe Andrew Rea, best known for creating the “Binging with Babish” channel, is the real deal. As Andrew writes in his introduction (which is moving, raw and honest), he had reached a very low point in his life, doubtful that he would find a way to express himself creatively. Enter psychedelics… No, really. Also revealed in the revealing intro (one paragraph begins, “Now you might be asking yourself, ‘I was certain I bought a cookbook, so why am I being subjected to your life story?’”), Rea...

Looking for an artist in Vermont? Easy, check any home studio, any shared collaborative space, look on the stages, and in the workshops and sheds that cluster in the “artsy areas” of Vermont towns, or out behind some bucolic farmhouse. They’re there — the violinmakers, dancers, painters, musicians, potters, thespians, glass blowers, metal workers… they’re everywhere. But when you stop to try and identify who a Vermont artist is, suddenly the task isn’t so easy. The Vermont Arts Council’s Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier is attempting to shed a little light on who artists in Vermont are these...


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