Arts & Leisure

PANTON — The following real estate sales were recorded in the second half of 2019: •  July 9: Robert and Lauren Meyer to Thomas and Kirsten Dunn, home on 14.07 acres at 119 Ruffled Grouse Lane, $628,000. •  Sept. 19: Betsy and Juan Carlos Felix to David Martini and Jane Rice, home at 480 Staton Drive on 1.35 acres, $961,000. •  Oct. 2: Williamson Family Trust to Scott and Olga Clark, home on 10.5 acres at 5181 Jersey St., $299,900. •  Oct. 16: Robert and Joan DeGraaf to Scuttleship Farm LLC, multi-family property at 81 Basin Harbor Road on 120 acres, $703,000. •  Oct. 25: Shepard Trust to...

PICTURED FROM LEFT to right: Laura Mack, of lu•lu ice cream parlor, Eliza Benton of Bar Antidote and Hired Hand Brewing Co., Dickie Austin of The Black Sheep and Park Squeeze, Matt Birong of Three Squares, Andrea Cousineau of Black Sheep and Park Squeeze, and Ian Huizenga of Bar Antidote and Hired Hand Brewing. Independent photo / Steve James
VERGENNES — On any given day, Vergennes’ downtown is a postcard-perfect Vermont city. Community members and visitors peruse the shops for locally-made gifts, gather in City Park, and eat in one of the many restaurants. The weekends often feature special events organized by community members themselves or by the local non-profit organization The Vergennes Partnership. Vergennes’ Main Street is a charming center, but it is also a striking illustration of the vitality of the city. “[The Vergennes Partnership is] so good at putting things on that make for a rich community life and make people...

MIDDLEBURY — Back in 2003, the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series (PAS) was the first American series to present world-renowned pianist Paul Lewis, who quickly became a favorite for PAS audiences. Fast-forward 16 years, and the series will host Lewis’s 22nd appearance at the Mahaney Arts Center, on Wednesday, Feb. 19. For this special concert, Lewis will be joined by internationally acclaimed pianist Steven Osborne, who is also a friend of PAS, having won audience hearts in three previous Middlebury recitals. In this tour-de-force collaborative concert — one of only three U.S. stops on...

MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School graduate Harry McEnerny V plays Heinz in the first reading of Emily Rosenbaum’s “Precession” at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Acting Company’s (formerly Middlebury Actors Workshop) Cutting Edge Staged Reading Series begins its fourth season of provocative, relevant and intelligent plays this month. This year the group has chosen to feature three Vermont playwrights. The first reading, “Precession” by Emily Rosenbaum, will be performed on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m., in the Byers Studio at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. The play is based on historical events. At the end of WWII, the U.S. military needed to interrogate and process high-level German prisoners of war. They brought them to Fort...

‘SILO’ MAKES ITS New England premiere at the Vergennes Opera House.
VERGENNES — The film “SILO” will have its Vermont and New England premiere with two screenings at the Vergennes Opera House on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 1 and 7 p.m.  The screenings are free thanks to the underwriting of Co-operative Insurance Companies, with additional support from Agri-Services. “SILO” is inspired by true events and follows a harrowing day in an American farm town. Disaster strikes when teenager Cody Rose is entrapped in a 50-foot-tall grain bin. When the corn turns to quicksand, family, neighbors and first responders must put aside their differences to rescue Cody from...

THE NORTHERN THIRD Quartet will perform “Beautiful Wanderings” at Brandon Music on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m.
BRANDON — The Northern Third Piano Quartet returns to Brandon Music on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m., with the program “Beautiful Wanderings.” The group will perform the music of Central Europe and America with music by Beethoven, Debussy, Dvořák, Suk and Vermont composer Don Jamison. Jamison’s string trio “Walking Meditation” will premier on Saturday evening. “My ‘Walking Meditation’ is modeled on a mantra-like verse that I often recited to myself on my morning walks a couple of years ago,” he explained. “The musical form, like that of a tune for a dance, creates a simple and regular...
VERGENNES — Are you into LEGOs? First-timers to fanatics will compete in the second annual LEGO contest and exhibit at the Bixby Library in Vergennes. Online registration closed on Feb. 3, but those still interested in participating can call the library at (802) 877-2211. All entries must consist primarily of LEGO, Duplo, Megablocks or other LEGO — compatible plastic bricks and related pieces. The constructions must be original creations, not based on LEGO-designed kits or instructions found online in a magazine, etc. Entries should be dropped off at the Bixby Library on Thursday, Feb. 13,...

THE SWEET REMAINS take the stage at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Friday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
After the tremendous viral spread of their music in 2016, including the rare milestone for an all-indie band of nearly 20 million plays on Spotify, The Sweet Remains are excited to present live-takes of songs from their three studio albums to date. Founders Rich Price, Greg Naughton and Brian Chartrand lead The Sweet Remains live at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Friday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. An unusual band on today’s music scene, The Sweet Remains is headed by three singer-songwriters, each of whom contribute to the writing and three-part harmonies that define the band’s sound. Driven...

MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND Jamie Foxx star in “Just Mercy” (2019).
Just Mercy — Running Time: 2:16 — PG-13 “Just Mercy” is the one to see this week. This true story stuns on many levels as it delivers the tale of a young black lawyer who becomes deeply involved in helping a black man unjustly accused of murder. At 18, Rhonda Morrison has been shot while walking. She was white. Police listen to a white prisoner who accuses a black man of the murder. The immediate and total acceptance of the accusation is what stuns us. A white participant is believed. A black suspect is called a liar. Both a white court judge and a white witness announce that justice has been...
(Riverhead Books) Two sisters were born to a mother who died young, a victim of the opioid addiction crisis, and their paths diverged. One excelled in school, then became a police officer, patrolling the decaying Philadelphia neighborhood where the girls grew up. The other succumbed early to addiction, worked those same streets for money, and nearly lost her life multiple times. Now those streets are even more dangerous. Girls, just like officer Mickey’s sister Kacey, are turning up dead, and Kacey is missing. Fearing the worst, Mickey works furtively behind the scenes, but her inexperience...


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