Arts & Leisure


JUST ONE OF the lovely items on offer at the silent auction.
Art on Main will host its Annual Fall Fundraising Silent Auction at the Bristol Harvest Fest on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Stop by their booth and bid on jewelry, ceramics, paintings, prints, textiles, books, Vermont food products, gift certificates for local restaurants, healing arts, lodging, cultural events, skiing, and other products and services. Proceeds benefit the gallery’s classes and community like the local student clay show, the Mount Abraham Emerging Artists exhibit and the HOME exhibit. Art on Main is located at 25 Main Street in Bristol Vermont. For more...
RIPTON — ON SATURDAY, OCT. 5, at 7:30 p.m., the Swedish band Kolonien will perform at the Ripton Community House. Doors open at 7 p.m.  The four members of Kolonien grew up in the traditional Swedish music scene. As Kolonien they reinvent their roots, both instrumentally and vocally with their rich harmonies. Their music is fueled by the vision of a united world, taking them on multiple tours in Europe and beyond. Kolonien has released two albums, which have received Swedish Folk and World Music Awards.  Refreshments available. The Ripton Community House is wheelchair accessible. Call ahead...

LAUDED STORYTELLER BILL Torrey will perform “Cutting Remarks” on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m., at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater.
Bill Torrey will be performing his Storytelling Extravaganza, “Cutting Remarks,” at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. The NPR Moth Mainstage Performer and Four-Time Moth StorySlam Winner shares true, heartwarming and sometimes heart wrenching stories of his life. He spent his childhood roaming the fields and forests, which led him to a 40-year career working in the woods. By the time he was 19, he was working as a logger earning 80 cents a tree. His timber harvesting skills and forest stewardship was considered some of the best in the state. While working...

THE HEATH QUARTET will perform the full Beethoven string quartet cycle this season at the Mahaney Arts Center. Photo / Kaupo Kikkas.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s Mahaney Arts Center is preparing to launch its 2019–2020 season lineup, with diverse performances in music, theatre, and dance, as well as exhibitions, films, spoken word events, and more. This year is extra special because the Middlebury Performing Arts Series will celebrate its 100th anniversary — making it the longest running performance series in the state. The centennial season toasts the return of some of the Performing Arts Series’ favorite artists from the past, while also inviting new voices to point to the future. Several exciting new commissions of...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College will host the live performance event Cocoon, inspired by the popular storytelling phenomenon The Moth, on Friday, Sept. 27, at the Mahaney Arts Center. Six hand-picked storytellers will tell a diverse range of stories around the theme of “resilience.” The audience is invited to a reception with the storytellers after the show. This year’s storytellers will include: Middlebury College students Sabian Edouard ’21 and Hawa Abdullahi Adam ’22; alumna Tania Flores ’18; Education Studies professor Tara Affolter; and community members Jack Mayer and Pierre Vachon....
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival announces the launch of MNFF Selects, the rebranded monthly screening series that, come this October, will replace the MNFF Winter/Spring Screening Series. Offering a robust schedule of one film per month over eight months from October 2019 through May 2020, MNFF Selects will take its audiences on an entertaining ride in the months ahead.  All the films will screen at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.  MNFF Selects signals a broader, more freewheeling approach to MNFF’s seasonal screening series, mixing films by first- or second-time...
(Knopf Publishing Group) As the Cold War began to intensify in the mid-1950s, the not-so-venerable C.I.A., referred to as “the Agency” in Lara Prescott’s sensational new novel, devoted a portion of its resources to playing the long game, and one of its objectives was to undermine the Soviet Union using their own art and literature against them. At that time, artists were sometimes taken as political prisoners, ending up in the infamous Gulag, a forced-labor prison camp, and their work was censured or banned. The story of how Boris Pasternak’s novel, “Doctor Zhivago,” came to be published,...

The cast of “Hands on a Hardbody” rehearse the musical, which will be performed on September 20-22 at Town Hall Theater.
MIDDLEBURY — Trey Anastasio became a legend in the world of rock & roll with his Burlington-based jam band, Phish. Not many people know, however, that he wrote the songs for a Broadway musical, “Hands on a Hardbody,” in 2013. The show received decent reviews, but it had a surprisingly short run. Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater is giving the show its Vermont premiere on Sept. 20-22. Based on a 1997 documentary, the show centers on a bizarre contest in Texas. Ten people put their hands on a brand-new pick-up truck and stand there in the wilting Texas heat. The last person standing with their...

THE THIRD ANNUAL Eat on the Green Food and Music Festival will take place on the Vergennes City Green this Saturday, Sept. 21, from 3-9 p.m. Festival goers will enjoy food and drink from local vendors, local music and games. Proceeds benefit four Vergennes nonprofits.
VERGENNES — For the third year, the green in Vergennes will become a bustling hub of grub, games, music and more on Saturday, Sept. 21. From 3-9 p.m., the annual Eat on the Green Food and Music Festival will take over the Little City’s park with delicious dishes, desserts and brews served up by Vergennes-area eateries.  “This event is so fun because you can literally eat your way through Vergennes,” said city resident Laura Mack, who’s also the owner of lu·lus ice cream on Main Street.  lu.lus will have scoops available at Saturday’s event, plus Mack might throw in fantastic pastries for good...

“THE MESSENGER,” 2019 by Dana Simson
MIDDLEBURY —The Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury presents “The Animals Are Innocent,”  a mixed media/ceramic exhibit of colorful, boat sculptures and paintings, both featuring animals, by Maryland artist, ceramist, author, and illustrator Dana Simson. The exhibit opens on Tuesday, Sept. 20 and will remain on view through Jan. 11, 2020.  A reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, from 5-7 p.m., at the Sheldon Museum. Simson’s goal through her art is to show animals are losing both habitat and food sources, suffering the man-made effects of pollution and wilderness encroachment, and are...

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