Arts & Leisure

09/09/2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon — Running Time : 1:37 — Rating: PG-13 The Peanut Butter Falcon offers a complex movie experience. Some of you will be thoroughly absorbed while others may well be disappointed. Whichever emotion claims you, just know this movie is beautifully acted and directed. If ordinary moviemakers had set out to tell the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a boy in his 20s wrapped in Down Syndrome, they might have handed us the problems, the heroes and a solution. None of that happens here. One quote captures the whole: “Friends are the family you choose.” The family Zak chooses is...
09/09/2019
(W. W. Norton & Company) A collection of stories as refreshingly cool and bright as these last few weeks have been in our Land of Milk and Honey, and shot through with startling observations on the human condition that are occasionally as difficult to grasp as the strands of a dream. These stories reveal the vivid and mythic imagination of Ayşe Papatya Bucak, an author born in Istanbul, Turkey — to an American mother and a Turkish father — who grew up in the United States. Each one is like a steppingstone to a new world somehow contained within itself. In “Little Sister and Eminem” a...
09/09/2019
STARKSBORO — The following arm’s-length real estate sales were recorded in Starksboro between October 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019: •  Oct. 1: Addison County Community Trust Inc. to Eric Bean, modular home at 90 Hillside Dr., $3,000. •  Oct. 12: Howard Bill Brydon to Nicholas H. Shepard, home on 2 acres at 164 Sam Stokes Road, $165,000. •  Oct. 19: George J. Thomas to Casey Ayers, mobile home at 20 Bluebird Lane, $18,500. •  Oct. 19: Thomas F. Usher to Jason Cousino, mobile home on 4.12 acres at 1181 Mason Hill North Road, $123,300. •  Oct. 25: Thomas P. Acquaviva to Justin Houle, home on 17.43...

ELAINE MITCHAM OF Bridport models a full-length bear skin coat her husband Ed has been holding onto for years. The couple donated the coat to the Fabulous Flea Market to be held on Sept. 14 at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury to raise funds for the local theater. Independent photo/Steve James
09/05/2019
Elves, of a sort, have been bustling around Town Hall Theater transforming it into a wonderland of antiques, crafts and collectibles. On Saturday, Sept. 14, they will open the stately building at the top of Middlebury’s Merchants Row to the public for the 10th annual Fabulous Flea Market — a fundraiser that helps maintain the 135-year-old structure and supports the myriad arts activities it hosts. Organizers say there will be a wide range of items including: kids toys and games, kitchen gadgets and small appliances, rugs, paintings and prints, gardening tools, lamps, small electronics… whew!...

BARBARA KOPPLE’S DOCUMENTARY film “New Homeland,” screened at the recent Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, tells the story of five refugees — two brothers and another teen from Syrian, plus a set of brothers from Iraq — who face the totally new experience of summer camp.
09/05/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Alan Kurdî died on this day — Sept. 2 — in 2015. The three-year-old Syrian boy drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when his family and other refugees attempted to reach Europe. In a photo that went viral, Kurdî lies face down on the beach near Bodrum, Turkey, wearing a red T-shirt, blue shorts and tiny brown-soled shoes. If it weren’t for the surf lapping at his cheek we might have mistaken him for a toddler felled by sleep. Because of the impact it had on some of the subjects of Barbara Kopple’s new documentary film, she features “the photo of the dead boy on the beach” near the...

MNFF ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Jay Craven, right, asks legendary film director and screenwriter Paul Schrader a question about his career during a Q&A after the screening of his film “First Reformed” at Town Hall Theater during the recent Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival. Schrader, writer of “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” was given a VTeddy Award for Sustained Excellence in Cutting Edge Filmmaking. Independent photo/Steve James
09/05/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The fifth annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF5) was a rousing success by virtually all barometers. It broke attendance records and drew some of the best quality films in the history of the four-day event that has become a major attraction for Addison County’s shire town. Festival Producer Lloyd Komesar said MNFF5, which kicked off with a Kids & Family Day on Aug. 21 and wrapped up with the screen of the documentary film “Ernie & Joe” on Aug. 25, filled more cinema seats than ever. Based on a preliminary count of seats filled at five viewing venues, Komesar...

EXPERIENCE THE FULL sound and dynamic vocal range of singer songwriter Steve Hartmann at Brandon Music on Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m.
09/05/2019
BRANDON — Brandon Music welcomes back the compelling and enigmatic singer-songwriter, Steve Hartmann from Jericho. At the beginning of the year, Hartmann stunned the Brandon Music audience with his highly accomplished and unique sound. He is a polished guitarist with amazing vocals and engaging stage presence. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Hartmann majored in piano and double majored in stage performance and song writing. Born in Dalat, Vietnam towards the end of the Vietnam War, Hartmann was adopted at the age of 5 months. He struggled to find a sense of belonging until he found...
09/05/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Actors Workshop’s Cutting Edge staged reading series is back with Amy Herzog’s smart, engrossing “After The Revolution,” which will be performed on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 4 p.m., in the Vermont Coffee Company Theater on Exchange Street in Middlebury. The play is a bold and moving portrait of an American family in an intergenerational tailspin, forced to reconcile a thorny and delicate legacy.  The brilliant Emma Joseph proudly carries the torch of her family’s Marxist tradition, devoting her life to the memory of her blacklisted grandfather. But when history reveals a...

DIANA FANNING, LEFT, Arielle Levioff and Michael C. Haigler will perform a concert of solo and four-hand music at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society on Friday, Sept. 6.
09/05/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Faculty members of Pianos on the Point, a new program for serious adult piano students at Point CounterPoint Camp on Lake Dunmore, will perform a concert of solo and four-hand music at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Court, in Middlebury, on Friday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m.  Featured pianists are Diana Fanning, Arielle Levioff, and Michael C. Haigler.  This performance is sponsored by Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp.  Admission is free, donations appreciated.

PLAYWRIGHT AMY HERZOG’S thought-provoking contemporary work “After The Revolution” will be read by actors at the Vermont Coffee Company Theater in Middlebury this Sunday, Sept. 8, at 4 p.m. as part of the Middlebury Actors Workshop’s Cutting Edge series.
09/02/2019
Middlebury Actors Workshop’s Cutting Edge staged reading series is back with Amy Herzog’s smart, engrossing “After The Revolution” on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 4 p.m. in the Vermont Coffee Company Theater located at 1197 Exchange St. in Middlebury. The play is a bold and moving portrait of an American family in an intergenerational tailspin, forced to reconcile a thorny and delicate legacy. The brilliant Emma Joseph proudly carries the torch of her family’s Marxist tradition, devoting her life to the memory of her blacklisted grandfather. But when history reveals a shocking truth about the man...

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