Arts & Leisure

ADAM GUETTEL, THE grandson of Richard Rodgers and a talented composer in his own right, is Broadway royalty. He is in Middlebury this month to work with Doug Anderson to stage Guettel’s musical “The Light In the Piazza,” featuring college actors and singers. Guettel will give a public talk this Thursday, Jan. 16, at 4:30 p.m. at Town Hall Theater.
When “The Light In the Piazza” opened on Broadway in 2005, critics knew they were seeing something rare. The New York Times wrote that Adam Guettel had created “the most intensely romantic score of any musical since “West Side Story.” It won the Tony Award for Best Score, won a Best Actress Tony for Victoria Clark, and made a star out of fresh young talent named Kelli O’Hara. “After I saw it at Lincoln Center, I immediately went back to see it a second time,” says Town Hall Theater Artistic Director Douglas Anderson. “That had never happened to me before. I was completely swept away by it.”...

EMMA WATSON, SAOIRSE Ronan, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen in “Little Women” (2019).
Little Women — Running Time: 2:14 — Rating: PG If you are thinking of skipping “Little Women,” think again. It has been read in Louisa May Alcott’s book and seen in movies by all ages ever since it was published in 1868. Now, as a gift to all of us, Greta Gerwig has assembled and directed a superb cast in a new version that is packing theaters. It is both a tribute to the book and a salute to families of any era. Just go. This story may have been written five decades ago but director Gerwig has dropped it into the present as she develops the sisters who are both intelligent and emotional in...
(Grove Press) In a thoroughly readable, engaging and informative book, author Ada Calhoun delineates many of the extenuating factors — not excuses — for why middle-aged women are plagued with unmanageable insecurities. She interviewed women across the country concentrated on the middle class and utilized her own experiences as well as those of her friends, revealing the unique predicament of Generation X women. Like a middle child, Gen Xers, born between approximately 1965 to 1984, are uncomfortably sandwiched between the much larger generations of baby boomers and millennials. Calhoun brings...

TOM ADELMAN OF Weybridge, released a new CD “Updated Just Now” under the name Camden Joy on Jan. 1. Independent photo/Steve James
WEYBRIDGE — Typically when we meet someone new, we have a brief interaction with them and part, assuming a basic understanding of who they are, what they do and perhaps a few commonalities we share. It’s not a bad assumption — perhaps one we’re all accustomed to living in a rural community where most of us know a little too much about one another anyway — for better or worse. Meeting Tom Adelman last week was nothing of this sort. He came into the office to offer a new CD he released on the first day of the New Year. “A review would be great,” he said unassumingly. But there was something...

THE CHRISTINE MALCOLM Band will perform their original country folk-rock on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Brandon Music.
BRANDON — The Christine Malcolm Band will launch the 2020 music scene at Brandon Music on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m.  This highly acclaimed Vermont band will be performing a special blend of rich original country, folk and blues with a high note of rock. Malcolm is a northern Vermont songwriter transplanted from balmy southern Vermont. Her writing is influenced by artists like Lori McKenna, Chris Stapleton and Joni Mitchell. She debuted “Crickets, Coyotes and the Big Yellow Moon,” her first album, in 2015. She followed it in September 2019 with “I Like You,” which showcases Malcolm’s...

MATT FLINNER, JAMIE Masefield and Will Patton and will perform at Burnham Hall in Lincoln, on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m., for the Burnham Music Series. These concerts are $10 for adults, teens and kids are free.
LINCOLN — Matt Flinner, Jamie Masefield and Will Patton and will perform at Burnham Hall, 52 River Road in Lincoln, on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m. The trio brings together three of Vermont’s finest mandolinists for a rare evening of bluegrass, jazz and roots music. Joined by journeyman bassist Pat Melvin, the group will perform music of Bill Monroe, Django Reinhardt, J.S. Bach and everything in between. MATT FLINNER  Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways. Starting out as a banjo prodigy who was playing bluegrass festivals...
MIDDLEBURY — After wowing audiences with his astounding production of “Lulu” in 2015, South African artist William Kentridge now focuses his extraordinary visual imagination on on Australian composer Alban Berg’s other operatic masterpiece, which comes to cinemas for the first time on Jan. 11. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium for this important event, with baritone Peter Mattei as the disturbed title character. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck’s unfaithful mate, alongside a commanding cast that also includes tenor Christopher Ventris, bass-baritone Christian Van...
MIDDLEBURY — For over 25 years, Ben Cohen has been a cartoonist and educator. Born in Boulder, Colo., raised in the California Bay Area, trained in Savannah, Ga., and parenting in Jericho, Vt. His work focuses on an intersection where comics have been firmly rooted. Where the inclusive go to speak up, remembering what has been and what could be. Come discuss the art of storytelling on Jan. 18, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury to explore how the popular genre of graphic novels and comics can relate to problem solving through teamwork. Making comics with...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Community Players will hold auditions for adult actors and children/teens age 11 and up for the musical version of “Tuck Everlasting” on Wednesday, Jan. 15, and Thursday, Jan. 16, from 6:30-9 p.m., at Mary Hogan Elementary School, 201 Mary Hogan Drive, in Middlebury. “Tuck Everlasting” is a musical based on the 1975 American children’s novel “Tuck Everlasting” by Natalie Babbitt. Adapted for the stage by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle, it features a soaring score from Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen. Eleven-year-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure beyond...

THE HEATH QUARTET returns to Middlebury with two concerts. The first is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, in the Mahaney Arts Center’s Robison Hall. They return on Jan. 17.
MIDDLEBURY — The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet is one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment, steadily building a reputation for their upbeat and integrated sound. In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birth year, the Heath Quartet is presenting his entire string quartet cycle over the course of six concerts in Middlebury. Middlebury College’s Performing Arts Series opens the quartet’s second week-long residency of the season with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, in the Mahaney Arts Center’s Robison Hall. This special New Year treat will feature...


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