Arts & Leisure

The Middlebury Studio School, on Route 7 South, will host a closing and opening art show reception for the community on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 5-7 p.m. Come meet the artists, see their work and explore MSS. The closing exhibition, “Expanding the Mind’s Eye,” in the school’s small gallery known as the “LOO-uvre” (ha! Can you guess why?) is of letterpress prints by John Vincent of Revolutionary Press. Vincent creates both visual and thought expanding word prints made with individual letters, inked and pressed into archival paper. He will bring a letterpress to the reception so you can create...

STORE MANAGERS PAMELA Martin (left) and Natacha Liuzzi (right) pictured in front of Kiss the Cook cooking supply shop in downtown Middlebury, right before one of their weekly cooking demonstrations. Independent photo/Nora Peachin
MIDDLEBURY — When Natacha Liuzzi was in high school, she got kicked out of Home Ec class for being a bit of a know-it-all. After growing up watching her mother and grandmother cook, Liuzzi was a little too advanced in the kitchen for her high school classmates. Today, Liuzzi brings the same love of cooking that got her booted out of class to her job at Kiss the Cook in downtown Middlebury. Liuzzi has worked alongside fellow employee Pamela Martin since she started in 2017. Martin has been with the store since it opened. Brandon residents will be happy to see that while their kitchen store may...

ROSE UMERLIK'S 'HOLD True” is one of eight large pieces that make up her exhibit “The Human Experience,” on view through August at Northern Daughters fine art gallery on Main Street in Vergennes. An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 26, from 5-8 p.m.
VERGENNES — A solo exhibit of new work from Rose Umerlik is coming to Northern Daughters fine art gallery in Vergennes. Umerlik’s work is abstract with a focus on form and line. Working in graphite and oil on panel, she explores the complexity of what it is to be human, in her exhibit “The Human Experience,” by mirroring that complexity in the interaction and layering of forms and lines in her work. “My art practice is inextricably tied to my personal history,” Umerlik said. “Stories of family, relationships, and self-awareness generate forces of emotion — fear, hope, loss, pain and love —...

THE YOUNG AND talented Omer String Quartet will perform at the Federated Church in Rochester on Friday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m. Part of the Rochester Chamber Music Society’s 25th anniversary summer concert series. Photo / MattDine
ROCHESTER — The Rochester Chamber Music Society presents the award-winning Omer String Quartet on Friday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m., at the Federated Church in Rochester, as part of the RCMS’s 25th anniversary summer concert series. Known for their energetic, enthusiastic and sophisticated performances, the Omer Quartet has garnered top prizes in numerous competitions. The evening program will include Brahms String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat major; Webern Six Bagatelles, Schumann String Quartet in F major, Op. 41, No. 1, Adagio;  Kurtάg “Aus Der Ferne III;” and Schubert String Quartet in G major, D. 887....
MIDDLEBURY — Point CounterPoint faculty musicians continue to celebrate the camp’s 40th anniversary with a another concert of chamber music on Thursday, Aug. 1, 8 p.m., at Mead Chapel on the Middlebury College campus. The professional musicians who teach at Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp on Lake Dunmore hail from prestigious music institutions and from many parts of the world. PCP Faculty changes every two weeks with each new session of campers.  Back in 1979 Middlebury’s Emory and Diana Fanning became the owners and directors of Point CounterPoint. Right from the beginning, they were...

RACHEL CHRISTOPHER, AS Helena, and Ralph Johnson, as Bertram, star in the Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble’s production of “Alls Well That Ends Well.” Performances at 8 p.m. nightly from July 31-Aug. 4. Photo / Rachel Dulude
RIPTON — The 2019 Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble production is William Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well,” directed by Stephen Thorne. Performances will run nightly, at 8 p.m., from Wednesday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 4, in the Burgess Meredith Little Theatre, on the Bread Loaf Campus. Tickets and seating are first-come, first-served and are available now by calling (802) 443-2771. Patrons may leave a message with ticket requests, and calls will be returned to confirm. Limit four tickets per caller.

BRANDON MUSIC WELCOMES rising star Cecilia Zabala of Buenos Aires, Argentina on Saturday, July 27, for a solo performance of her folkloric music.
BRANDON — Cecilia Zabala will take the stage at Brandon Music for the first time this Saturday, July 27. Zabala, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a rising star on the international music scene. Born in 1975, she began playing guitar at the age of 6, went on to study at Conservatory Alberto Ginastera and has since gone on to release 10 CDs under her own name, to teach full time at C.A.G. and the Leopoldo Marechal School of Art, and to tour extensively throughout South America, Europe and the United States, with great regularity since 2006. Zabala has been an active participant in the musical...

LOCAL TEENAGERS PERFORM “Legally Blonde,” directed by Doug Anderson, at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury this Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28.
LEGALLY BLONDE AT THT The Broadway hit, “Legally Blonde,” will come to the stage of Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Friday, July 26, at 7 p.m. and again on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, at 2 p.m. Director Doug Anderson works with professional actors and singers, talented Middlebury College students, and the best local talent, but once a year he gets to do what he calls his “dream job,” working with teenagers. “They bring so much energy and joy into rehearsals,” Anderson said, “and people are always surprised by how talented they are. They’re also just wonderful human beings. I love...

DIRECTOR MIKE LEONARD takes on the challenge of visiting every town in the state of Vermont in his documentary “One Town At A Time.” This feature is part of the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival and will screen on Thursday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m., at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival will kick off its fifth annual festival with a Vermont Film Showcase on Thursday, Aug. 22 in Middlebury.  The showcase will present four feature films directed and produced by Vermont filmmakers.  In addition, MNFF announces the Vermont Short Film Collection, a group of shorts directed by Vermont filmmakers to be shown throughout the Festival.  As in past years, MNFF continues its significant commitment to the emerging filmmakers of the Green Mountain State. The Vermont Showcase will comprise four feature films, all screened on Thursday, Aug...

FOUR WRECKS FROM the Shelburne Steamboat Graveyard were created using photogrammetry.
This summer, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum brings the remarkable story of Lake Champlain’s pivotal role in the Steamboat Revolution to the public through two new exhibits, “Jahaziel Sherman’s Steamboats,” and “The Archaeology of Lake Champlain Steamboats.” In the early 1800s, steam navigation transformed American culture, and revolutionized trade and transportation worldwide. Lake Champlain was central to the Steamboat Revolution. “The rediscovery of the long-lost portrait of Captain Jahaziel Sherman of Vergennes, Lake Champlain’s steamboat pioneer, is the springboard for these new special...

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