Arts & Leisure


KELLY HICKEY, MANAGER of Bundle, and Lisa Mitchell, co-founder of Middlebury UndergrounD, are partnerting to host “Memorable Dishes” — an evening of tasty tales at 51 Main Street in Middlebury on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5:30-7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come, listen and, if inspired, share their own stories. Independent photo/Steve James
10/24/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Food, oh, glorious food! It’s an amazing catalyst. Sure, sometimes it’s the same boring cabbage salad you bring to work five days a week, but other times, food can excite our senses, spur conversation and connect us to people and places around the world. And that’s worth biting into. Lisa Mitchell, co-founder of Middlebury UndergrounD (MUD) and Kelly Hickey, manager of Bundle, thought so too. So they partnered and are co-hosting a pop-up event called “Memorable Dishes” on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5:30-7 p.m., at 51 Main Street in downtown Middlebury. Memorable Dishes is a free,...

SOLOMON W. JEWETT AND apparitions, c. 1885. Collection of Henry Sheldon Museum.
10/24/2019
MIDDLEBURY — On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the Sheldon Museum will host Spooky Night at the Museum, an evening of pre-Halloween entertainment in conjunction with the Sheldon’s current exhibit “Conjuring the Dead: Spirit Art in the Age of Radical Reform.” Stop by for an evening of pre-Halloween fun from 6-9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Spooky Night at the Museum will offer a range of spirit-inspired activities. Curious what the future has in store? Penelope Wade and Sass Carey will provide tarot card, fortune telling, and palm readings throughout the evening. Did you ever have a...

THE ALL-WOMEN barbershop chorus, Maiden Vermont, will perform their annual fall concert on Saturday, Oct. 26, 4 p.m., at Middlebury Union High School. Jon Gailmor will join the chorus as a special guest. Tickets $15-25. Courtesy photo
10/24/2019
MIDDLEBURY — When you hear the term “barbershop music,” do you picture four guys in straw boaters, crooning a song from the 1890s? Sure that’s one ol’ fashioned way to sing barbershop, but it’s done differently here in Middlebury. Maiden Vermont is the local chorus of around 40 women singing four-part, a cappella music with tight harmonies and exciting interpretations, and they’re giving their annual fall concert at Middlebury Union High School on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. Maiden Vermont, which rehearses weekly in Salisbury, draws members from all over the Champlain Valley and sings a wide...

MADELEINE CIOCCI '20 plays Agave in Chuck Mee’s “The Bacchae 2.1,” which will be performed Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at the Mahaney Arts Center in Middlebury.
10/24/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance will present Chuck Mee’s “The Bacchae 2.1,” directed by Michole Biancosino. The production will feature music by Brooklyn Raga Massive’s Neel Murgai and Ronnie Romano ’20, as well as a unique Video and Projection design by Visiting Artist, Shawn Boyle. In this remaking of a classic Greek play, Dionysus (son of the god Zeus and the mortal woman Semele) comes to Thebes where the city’s ruler, Pentheus, refuses to acknowledge him as a god. In this poetic quilt-like piece, composed in the way that Max Ernst made his Fatagaga...

Photo by Debbie Peters
10/24/2019
When Vickey and Rachel first met back in 2009, neither had dated another female before. They were introduced through mutual friends and initially just really enjoyed talking and spending time together. Soon enough, though, it was clear there was something more. However, even after they started dating (in January of 2010), they tried to hide their relationship from everyone around them. In time, some of the people closest to them started questioning them and the curtain finally was drawn. “We were scared and nervous about the reactions we would get, but in turn received nothing but love. No...
10/24/2019
Courtney and George had been dating for eight years and were out to celebrate at Fire & Ice for dinner. They ordered drinks and exchanged cards. In no particular rush, Courtney pushed hers aside to first examine the menu, but George insisted she open it right away. “So I did, and the next thing I knew he was on his knee with a box open!” Courtney recalled. “I was so shocked that he had to ask me again! I laughed, sat there for a minute, and realized I needed to answer him.” She said yes, and the couple went on to plan an intimate and meaningful ceremony that took place August 10, 2019 on...

YAA! SAMAR DANCE Theater will give a master class, lecture, and performance as part of its residency at Middlebury College Wednesday, Oct. 23 through Friday, Oct. 25. Courtesy photo
10/21/2019
As part of a three-day residency at Middlebury College, the Yaa! Samar Dance Theater will offer a number of events. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m., in the dance theater at the Mahaney Arts Center, company founder Samar Haddad King and Addison County native Zoe Rabinowitz will lead a Movement Matters Master Class designed to meet and challenge students wherever they are in their technical training and physical practice. During a lecture demonstration on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 4:30 p.m., in the Robert A. Jones conference room in The Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, King and Rabinowitz...

THE U.S. AIR Force American Clarinet Quartet will give a free community concert on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., at the Vergennes Opera House.
10/21/2019
VERGENNES — The United States Air Force American Clarinet Quartet is returning to the Vergennes Opera House on Thursday, Oct. 24, with a free community concert. The performance will begin at 7 p.m., with the doors opening by 6:15 p.m. Though this is a free event, tickets can be reserved in advance online, or you may simply come to the Opera House the evening of the performance and pick up a ticket then. The American Clarinet Quartet is a component of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. As professional Airman-musicians, the members...

JOAQUIN PHOENIX STARS in “Joker” (2019).
10/21/2019
Joker — Running Time: 2:02 — Rating: R If “Joker” had been made by ordinary people, it would have been dismissed as an overdone dive into violence. Instead, a team headed by actor Joaquin Phoenix and director Todd Phillips has created a wicked nightmare on film. The arguments generated by its violence spring from fear of spreading violence in young people. Whatever your theories, the combination of acting, music and filming will glue you to your seat. Just try to look away. We meet Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) who carries a card explaining that he is infected with a disease of frequent,...
10/21/2019
(Rootstock Publishing) Luke isn’t interested in learning anything about Peshawar or Pakistan, because even though his dad “had him over Christmas vacation. It said so in the divorce,” Peshawar, and the “Great Goddamn Project,” as he and his mother referred to it, and his dad’s obsession with the project, was the reason the divorce happened. So Luke may be in Peshawar, but he’s planning on spending most of his time with his Walkman affixed to his person. It’s 1986. His dad is working with a professor he also worked with in the United States; their families become close in that time. Now the...

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