Arts & Leisure

VERMONT — A couple of decades ago, I spent several winters living in Crested Butte, Colo., where I learned to peer into the cottonwood trees between Route 135 and the East River on the rare occasion when I needed to travel south to the closest “big” town. There, just downstream from the local fish hatchery, I would often find a group of bald eagles perched and waiting for their dinner to swim by. Growing up in New England, I’d never seen a bald eagle close to home — and certainly not a dozen of them in one cluster of trees. But the birds that serve as our country’s emblem have made a...

THE MIDDLEBURY NEW Filmmakers Festival Selects Screening Series will continue on Sunday, Jan. 12. “Colette” will screen at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival continues its MNFF Selects film screening series on Sunday, Jan. 12 with the luminous drama “Colette,” starring Keira Knightly. The film will screen at 2 p.m. at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Presenting a robust schedule of one film per month over eight months from October 2019 through May 2020, MNFF Selects offers its audiences a diverse and entertaining array of films. All the movies will screen at Town Hall Theater. MNFF Selects embraces a broader, more freewheeling approach to its seasonal screening series, mixing films by first- or...

CHARLIZE THERON AND John Lithgow in “Bombshell” (2019).
Bombshell — Running Time: 1:48 — Rating: R In an attempt to take a fair look at corporate sexuality, “Bombshell” offers a depressing look at office politics leading to the current surge of revelations about the corporate promotion system. These politics continue still. Ask, if you care to, why some women do and some don’t dress in the sex-for-promotion way. As this movie makes clear, woman seducers will usually have blonde hair and a good figure adorned in scanty clothes. In this film, these women are then surprised when head of Fox News Roger Ailes demands sex in return for promotion. Why,...
G. P. Putnam’s Sons It’s refreshing to start the new year with a new perspective. And it’s refreshing to start reading a fun, contemporary new novel and find at the end that you’ve walked a mile in someone else’s shoes. Caught between two important people in her life, both seemingly supportive of her but actually presenting false fronts, 26-year-old Emira Tucker is stuck. As a nanny for affluent Alix Chamberlain, living an Instagrammable life, Emira manages the real-life stickiness of Alix’s children so Alix can appear effortlessly chic. And Kelley, the boyfriend, well-meaning in a pushy way...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE'S ASSISTANT Professor of Theater Michole Biancosino and Associate Professor of Theater Claudio Medeiros are spearheading a new theater series beginning in January presented by the Middlebury College Department of Theater. The 21st Century Theater Festival has plans to bring five performances with two playwright residencies to Middlebury. All of the performances are open to the public.
MIDDLEBURY — When it’s snowy, cold and dark, it’s easy to hunker down in your cozy routines and hibernate. Middlebury College’s Associate Professor of Theater Claudio Medeiros and Assistant Professor of Theater Michole Biancosino are fighting that hibernation urge. How? They’re gearing up for the launch of a new theater series, presented by the Middlebury College Department of Theater, called the 21st Century Theater Festival. “This is a theater series dedicated to bringing new works by diverse theater artists from New York City and Chicago to Middlebury,” Biancosino said. The 21st Century...

“QUEEN & SLIM,” a film written by Emmy award winner Lena Waithe, will be shown on Wednesday, Jan. 8, a the Marquis Theater for the next film in Showing Up for Racial Justice’s Seeing Color/Seeking Justice Film Series.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury chapter of the national organization Showing Up for Racial Justice is presenting the first film of 2020: “Queen and Slim,” written by Emmy award-winner Lena Waithe, and starring Daniel Kaluuya, of “Get Out” fame, on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 4 and 7 p.m., at the Marquis theater, 65 Main St. in Middlebury. The Seeing Color/Seeking Justice Film Series, now in its third year, is a collaboration between Middlebury SURJ and the Marquis Theater. The films screened in the series have ranged from documentaries about music, activism, education, and farmworker rights, to short...

A SCENE FROM "An Elephant Sitting Still," which will screen at Middlebury College's Dana Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 11.
MIDDLEBURY — The Hirschfield International Film Series will continue its showings of foreign and independent films in 2020. These films are free and screened on most Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. in Dana Auditorium at the Sunderland Language Center on Middlebury College’s campus. All films are open to the public. This series runs from September 2019 through May 2020. New titles are added monthly. Here’s the line up for January: Saturday, Jan. 11 3 and 8 p.m., Dana Auditorium “An Elephant Sitting Still” In Mandarin with English subtitles. (Bo Hu, China, 2019, 3 hours, 50 minutes) Free Under the...

THE HEATH QUARTET will play the music of Beethoven at the Mahaney Arts Center on Jan. 11 and 17. Photo by Simon Way
MIDDLEBURY — To celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birth year, the Heath Quartet will present his entire string quartet cycle over the course of six concerts in Middlebury this season. This dynamic and charismatic British chamber ensemble will perform a free concert on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s concert will feature Beethoven’s first string quartet composition, Quartet no. 3 in D Major, op. 18; his last; Quartet no. 16 in F Major op. 135; and the first Razumovsky Quartet no. 7 in F Major, op. 59. No tickets are required for this concert, thanks to a gift from the Sunderman Family...

PIERRE VACHON Independent photo/Steve James
Arts+Leisure celebrated it’s third full year in 2019. Twelve months, 52 issues, over 830 pages, all dedicated to arts and events going on in Addison County.  In 2019, we had the opportunity to highlight the work of more than 50 local artists, actors, musicians and craftspeople; see over 60 exhibits; profile 51 films; suggest 363 don’t-miss events happening right here in Addison County; learn nine valuable gardening lessons from our own Master Gardener Judith Irven; recommend 52 books (reviewed by The Vermont Book Shop); and 52 movies (reviewed by Joan Ellis). Oh, and we hope you’ve enjoyed...

SAM ROCKWELL AND Paul Walter Hauser star in “Richard Jewell” (2019).
Richard Jewell — Running Time: 2:26 — Rating: R Think 1996. The explosion at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta has killed innocents. The press has made Richard Jewell a hero throughout the country. Suddenly, the press labels Jewell the bomber and we watch him turn from hero to criminal in seconds on the front pages. Two things stamp the movie — “Richard Jewell” — with quality. Nothing is spared in creating both the explosion and the aftermath. Drawing on the always increasing new techniques of cinematic creation, the filmmakers drop us into the hideous reality of what happened in...


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