Arts & Leisure

08/19/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival-goers can look forward to many special events this year; including a special cinematic presentation with the VSO, a Saturday Film Symposium, signature festival parties, as well as a new film event, “Late Night at the Marquis.” VSO LIVE For the third consecutive year, MNFF, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and Middlebury College’s Mahaney Arts Center will partner to present a special live music cinematic event.  This singular event, unique to MNFF in the film-fest world, will feature the world premiere of last year’s VSO Award Winner Jeremy...

POTTERY BY SU Chi
08/19/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Next Friday, Aug. 23, an artist market will pop-up at Bundle on Main Street in Middlebury. The market will showcase the beautiful works of local artists, including Kristine Andrews (basketry), Kathy Clarke (pottery), Sean Dye (pastels), Danielle Gori-Montanelli (felt work), Catherine Manegold (pottery), Jane Ploughman (handbound books), Su Shannon (pottery), John Vincent (letterpress printer) and others. All proceeds will benefit Middlebury Studio School. Of special interest, Mary Lower, an accomplished artist, will be offering portraits in the open space next to Town Hall...

CHRIS M. MOSIER in Changing the Game (2019) was one of Joan Ellis’ top-picks from this year’s Monmouth Film Festival.
08/19/2019
This year’s Monmouth Film Festival — an international film festival in Red Bank, N.J. — opened with two complex films that kicked off the annual weekend celebration created by founder and president Nick Marchese.  The festival unfurled nearly constant screenings in the Two River Theater while other parts of the theater offered celebrity talks, industry film panels, and editing workshops along with a stream of film professionals from New York. One thing you can count on is the Marchese family’s determination to bring films that both rattle and expand our pre-existing understanding of...
08/19/2019
(Graywolf Press) Rereading is its own simple pleasure, and discovering a book that you want to reread is a treasure. I first read “Out Stealing Horses” by Per Petterson, when published in the U.S. in 2007 and since then, it is often the book I name when asked: “What’s your favorite read?” We first meet Trond, the story’s narrator, in 1999; his two children are grown and he lives pointedly alone, “in a small house in the far east of Norway.” He is set on fixing up the property, living out his days there, much in the manner of his father before him. In 1948, Trond spent a formative summer with...

Eden Ginsberg and Ethan DeWitt practice one of their songs during rehearsal last week. Ten of the songs in this production are originals from members of this cast. Independent photo/Elsie Lynn Parini
08/15/2019
Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” might not be an obvious choice for Town Hall Theater’s Young Company — a troupe of youthful players ages 12-26 — considering our time’s current attention to oppression and equality. But that didn’t scare off the theater’s Education Director Lindsay Pontius; she took this controversial classic and decided to make it a rock concert. Performances are Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16 and 17, 7 p.m., at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. “Clint Bierman of The Grift agreed to do a class with me back in February,” she said. “The class was primarily scene study of...
08/15/2019
This year marks the fifth edition of the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (Aug. 22-25).  In film festival years, that makes us a teenager.  Since our ambitious first round in 2015, we’ve played more than 500 short and feature-length films and we’ve hosted more than 300 filmmakers and special guests, among them writers Russell Banks and Dick Lehr; actors Maggie Gylenhaal, Peter Sarsgard, Emmett Walsh, and Michael Murphy; and Academy Award winners Barbara Kopple (documentary filmmaker) and David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco (production designers). Each August, after a year of preparation,...

Ali Ryerson and Joe Carter
08/15/2019
Two world-class musicians will be performing and celebrating Brazilian Jazz at Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Ali Ryerson, regarded as one of the best flutists in jazz, and guitarist Joe Carter have joined forces to perform music of Brazil. By using their jazz backgrounds to add improvisation into the tunes, the Ryerson and Carter duo create a sound that blends the best of both worlds. ALI RYERSON Born in 1952 in New York City, Ali Ryerson grew up in a musical family. Her father, Art Ryerson, was a renowned jazz guitarist who got his start with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra...

Han Chen, Aoi Mizuhara, Diana Lin, and Awkwafina star in Lulu Wang’s film “The Farewell” (2019).
08/12/2019
“The Farewell” is a grand mixture of cultures, a deeply caring family, and a group of fine actors who are introduced quickly and with clarity. Writer/Director Lulu Wang first sketches the characters who will merge as the family gathers in China for the approaching death of their family’s grandmother. Thirty-one year old Billi (Awkwafina) is a young Chinese woman living in New York with a stalled writing career. In China, her grandmother Nai Nai (Shuzhen Zhao) has undergone tests for a nagging cough that won’t go away under prescribed medicine. When the family gathers in support in China,...
08/12/2019
Will McCallum has been at the front of the antiplastics movement in his role at Greenpeace U.K. He recently spent a month in Antarctica with his team, investigating whether plastic is reaching the most remote region on the planet. It is. Plastic waste and toxic chemicals found in remote parts of the Antarctic this year add to evidence that pollution is spreading to the ends of the Earth, environmental group Greenpeace said in June of last year. McCallum delivers grim news — the statistics are staggering — peppered throughout this accessible guide to eliminating plastic from your life, with...
08/12/2019
Two world-class musicians will be performing and celebrating Brazilian Jazz at Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Ali Ryerson, regarded as one of the best flutists in jazz, and Joe Carter playing guitar, have joined forces to celebrate the music of Brazil. By using their jazz backgrounds to add jazz improvisation to the tunes, the Ryerson and Carter Duo create a sound that blends the best of both worlds. In other words: music from “Both Sides of the Equator.” Ryerson and Carter often perform together on flute and guitar, and together they delight audiences wherever they go....

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