Arts & Leisure


'TANGLED BRANCHES,' A photograph on kite form by Winslow Colwell
11/07/2019
BRANDON — The Brandon Artists Guild (The BAG) kicks off the holiday season with an exhibit of affordable, gift-able art and craft pieces.  The show, “Celebrate with Art,” runs from Nov. 8 through Jan. 28.  The public is invited to the free opening reception on Friday, Nov. 8, from 5-7 p.m. “Art makes a great gift, but buying art for someone else can be a little intimidating,” said Wenda Curtis, a BAG jewelry designer and board member. “So we’re focusing on more affordable, approachable — and fun — pieces.  The kind of work that makes people smile. “In this all-member, all-media show we’ve...

INTO THE MYSTIC will present an intimate evening of Van Morrison’s greatest hits on Friday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m., at the Vergennes Opera House.
11/07/2019
VERGENNES — On Nov. 15, at 8 p.m., Justin Panigutti will bring his seven piece band, Into The Mystic:  Van Morrison Experience, to the Vergennes Opera House for an intimate evening of Van Morrison’s greatest hits and deepest cut’s. Initially formed in Vermont in 2016 Into The Mystic has been on the road, tirelessly re-creating the spirit and energy of Van Morrison’s catalog for audiences all across the Country. “I like to refer to the band as an ‘experience’ because we, the musicians, and audience alike, are experiencing songs we know and love, in a live setting, allowing us to go ‘Into The...

THE VERMONT BLUEGRASS Pioneers will be performing for the Burnham Music Series at Burnham Hall in Lincoln on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m.
11/07/2019
LINCOLN — The Vermont Bluegrass Pioneers will be performing for the Burnham Music Series at Burnham Hall in Lincoln on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. It was bound to happen sooner or later… Banjo-playing Dan Lindner and his mandolin-playing brother, Willy Lindner, met the versatile musician Danny Coane at a music festival in Milton, in 1971, and realized they shared a passion for bluegrass music, a high-powered version of mountain string-band music pioneered by Bill Monroe in 1945. Time passed and Dan and Willy formed Banjo Dan & the Midnite Plowboys, a band that recorded prolifically and...

STILE ANTICO CELEBRATES 16th century female rulers when they perform Renaissance works by female composers on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m., at Mahaney Arts Center in Middlebury.
11/04/2019
The three-time Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Stile Antico will present “Breaking the Habit” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, in Robison Hall at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Arts Center. The concert will celebrate the unprecedented number of female rulers in the 16th century, from the powerful Medici women in Italy to the great Tudor queens of England, many of whom used their patronage to facilitate the production of exquisitely beautiful music by female composers. Through this fascinating program, Stile Antico will shine a light on often-neglected repertoire, bringing women from the...

THE HIRSCHFIELD INTERNATIONAL Film Series will present “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles” at Dana Auditorium on the Middlebury College campus, on Nov. 9 at 3 and 8 p.m. The screening is free and open to all.
11/04/2019
MIDDLEBURY — On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Hirschfield International Film Series will present “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles” at Dana Auditorium on the Middlebury College campus, at 3 and 8 p.m. The screening is free and open to all. Set in Paris, 1930, the infamous surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel is left penniless after the scandalous release of “L’Age d’Or” leads to a falling out with collaborator Salvador Dalí. On a whim, Buñuel’s good friend, sculptor Ramón Acín, buys a lottery ticket and promises to devote his winnings to fund Buñuel’s next film. Incredibly, Ramón wins the jackpot,...

MELVIL POUPAUD IN “By the Grace of God” (2018).
11/04/2019
By the Grace of God — Running Time: 2:17 — Rating: R “By the Grace of God” scorches the screen. It is very rare to see a powerful film explore its subject at the height of its disturbing influence. See it for quality and for the willingness of its makers to take on the Catholic Church at this moment of deep conflict. Few people are brave enough to tackle a contemporary problem this strongly, while all sides are mired in disagreement. Hats off to everyone connected to making this French film. Alexandre Guérin (Melvil Poupaud) goes public with his anger 40 years after he was sexually assaulted...
11/04/2019
(Atria Books) When we meet Jacob Marley in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” and yes, this is the selfsame man in Jon Clinch’s delectable new novel, he is a haggard specter, weighted down with heavy chains. It is his desire to save Scrooge from a similar fate that summons the apparitions to visit Ebeneezer Scrooge. In Dickens’ tale, we see snippets of what Scrooge’s life could have been; in Clinch’s tale, we get the entire backstory, and discover how the miserable miser came to be. It is, indeed, a dark yet lively re-imagining. Marley and Scrooge meet as young men at Professor’s Drabb’s Academy...

THE THREE-TIME Grammy nominated early music vocal ensemble Stile Antico will perform at the Mahaney Arts Center on Nov. 9. Photo / Marco Borggreve
11/04/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The three-time Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Stile Antico will present “Breaking the Habit” on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Mahaney Arts Center. The concert will celebrate the unprecedented number of female rulers in the 16th century, from the powerful Medici women in Italy to the great Tudor queens of England, many of whom used their patronage to facilitate the production of exquisitely beautiful music by female composers. Through this fascinating program, Stile Antico will shine a light on often-neglected repertoire, bringing women from the Renaissance to life through song....

MAYA BRECKENRIDGE, RIGHT, scares Chance Koenig during a rehearsal of “HONK!, JR.,” the upcoming Middlebury Community Players Foundations musical production that will take the Town Hall Theater’s stage Nov. 7-10. The 25-member cast of kids are all from Addison County. Independent photo/Steve James
10/31/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Being different takes courage, and in a world comfortable with conformity “different,” unfortunately, often means facing harsh bullies. Hans Christian Andersen illustrated this first in his classic 1843 fairy tale “The Ugly Duckling,” where a homely little bird suffers abuse from all around him until he matures into a beautiful swan. The story of personal transformation in the face of adversity will be re-hatched by the Middlebury Community Players, with “HONK!, JR.,” Nov. 7-10 on the Town Hall Theater stage in Middlebury. This children’s musical adaptation of the Ugly Duckling...

DWIGHT & NICOLE WILL perform their sharp jazz/blues/rock at the Vergennes Opera House on Saturday, Nov. 9.
10/31/2019
VERGENNES — After several years, and many awards and accolades later, Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson will return to the Vergennes Opera House stage on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. The duo is well known for their dynamic live shows and well-crafted songs; gaining plenty of industry respect with nods for nine Boston Music Awards, seven Boston Phoenix Awards, seven Daysie Awards, and six New England Music Awards. Joining them on stage is powerhouse drummer Ezra Oklan. “The last time Dwight & Nicole played at the Vergennes Opera House people were immediately asking when we could get them...

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