Arts & Leisure

On Friday, Aug. 13, at 7:30 p.m., the Salisbury Summer Performance Series will host a chamber concert by the faculty ensemble of the Point Counterpoint Music Camp under Music Director Beste Tiknaz. The professionals staffing the camp’s fourth summer session hail from the likes of Istanbul, Barcelona and Puerto Rico as well as London’s College of Music and the New England Conservatory.  Their international careers have found them performing at Aix en Provence, Salzburg, London’s Guildhall and BBC Proms, and Turin, as well as Tanglewood and Lincoln Center. They will perform Handel’s “...
BOOK REVIEW: Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor — by Anna Qu When Anna was a small child in China, in the early ’80s, her father grew ill and died and her mother sought and failed to get support from his family. She fled to America, leaving Anna with her grandparents. After marrying again and having two more children, and financially secured with a family garment business, her mother was able to bring her over, but upon arrival, Anna was kept hidden, treated as a subservient member of the family, left behind when the family went on vacations. She was also forced, as a teen, to work...

ROBERT DE NIRO, right, delivers a marvelous performance as a psychotic killer stalking the character played by Nick Nolte.
They never got a break. I mean the Bowden family in the film “Cape Fear,” who are terrorized by the ex-con Max Cady (Robert De Niro). Cady poisons their dog. He stalks their daughter. He murders their housemaid then impersonates her. And when the Bowdens escape on a fast drive to their houseboat retreat, he defies physics and human physiology by latching onto the bottom of their car for the whole ride. When he dusts himself off, it’s as if this is just another Tuesday for Cady. “Cape Fear” (1991) — Martin Scorsese’s remake of the 1962 Robert Mitchum thriller — was screened Aug. 4 at the...

ACTORS GRACE EXPERIENCE and Stephen Shore pose amid the beehives in Charlie Mraz’s backyard in Middlebury. The duo will perform in Middlebury Acting Company’s first live performance since the pandemic hit. “Constellations” comes to the outdoor stage on the Swift House grounds in Middlebury on Aug. 12-15. Photo by Peter Lourie
Slowly, slowly, the stars are beginning to align. We’re emerging from this pandemic with some trepidation — nod to the Delta variant — but nonetheless, press forward. Masks on, masks off… masks on again? Let’s do whatever it takes to hold onto the live performances we lost last year.  Speaking of which, the Middlebury Acting Company is preparing its first live performance, Aug. 12-15, under a tent on the grounds of the Swift House in Middlebury.  The play? “Constellations,” written by Nick Payne and directed by Melissa Lourie, starring New York actors Grace Experience and her real-life...
Potomac Theatre Project (PTP/NYC), in association with Middlebury College, is getting ready for it’s third and final virtual performance this summer. These three unique streaming productions are part of PTP/NYC’s 34th year, running July 9-Aug. 16. On Aug. 13, “A Small Handful,” directed and conceived by PTP’s co-artistic director Jim Petosa, will air. The show will premiere virtually on Friday at 7:30 p.m. After the Friday premiere the stream will be available on demand for four days — then disappears. Reservations are required to receive a link and password, which can be made at PTPNYC.org....
(Flatiron Books) Inti Flynn, biologist — impulsive, idealistic yet deeply knowledgeable and passionate about reintroducing wolves as a way of rewilding environments and thus combating climate change — cannot bear the possibility of their decimation as a species. In fact, the depth of her empathy knows no bounds; Inti feels sensations of touch that mirror what she sees, a condition known as mirror touch synesthesia. When a person, or any creature is touched, in a nurturing or hurting way, and she observes it, she can feel it. For this new assignment, reintroducing gray wolves to the Cairngorms...
On Tuesday, Aug. 10, Burlington-based author Nancy Hayes Kilgore will launch her new book “Bitter Magic” with a virtual event beginning at 7 p.m.  Kilgore, winner of the Vermont Writers Prize, author of two previous novels, “Wild Mountain” and “Sea Level,” presents her new novel, “Bitter Magic,” based on the life of Isobel Gowdie, who confessed to witchcraft in Scotland in 1662. During this time, witches were burned at the stake, but the historical record is inconclusive about what actually happened to Gowdie. Kilgore’s story springs from that silence to imagine what Gowdie’s fate might have...

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This Wednesday, Aug. 11, Brandon will welcome blues enthusiasts for the Vermont Blues Retreat — a four-day adult camp with master classes, workshops, discussions, jam sessions, rehearsals and public performances. The retreat will culminate in a faculty concert at Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m. The Vermont Blues Retreat is produced in collaboration with Hands-On Music, creating community and educational programs since 1989, and the venues Compass Music and Arts Center and Brandon Music. This year’s retreat has assembled an all-star faculty featuring Dennis Willmott, leader of...

NOTHING TASTES BETTER than a slice of buttered toast slathered with homemade raspberry jam. Photo by Joyce Amsden
What’s more delicious than a sun-warmed raspberry plucked from the bush and popped into your mouth? Hmmm.  Keep that delicious flavor into the winter by freezing raspberries, adding them to your baked goods, smoothies or yogurt, or making a batch of freezer jam. Here are some helpful tips for making raspberry freezer jam. Do some research to learn when raspberries will be available in your area. The timing varies from early July to early fall depending on the varieties grown and the location of the berry farm. Purchase fruit pectin. Several brands are available, but check that the brand you...

DIRECTOR SAM POLLARD will be in Middlebury for the 7th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival on Aug. 26 to screen and discuss two of his films. Pollard will be presented with an honor from MNFF for Sustained Vision, Courage and Excellence in Filmmaking.
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival will welcome director, editor and producer Sam Pollard to the seventh annual festival on Thursday, Aug. 26, for the screening of two of his films and extended conversations. MNFF will present Pollard with an award for Sustained Vision, Courage and Excellence in Filmmaking.  With a significant career in filmmaking that spans nearly 50 years and over 130 film credits in directing, editing and producing, Pollard has made an indelible mark in the world of historical documentaries. His work has garnered an Academy Award nomination, multiple Emmy Award wins,...

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