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The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio show at Stage 33 Live in November got snowed out, so there will be a second attempt on January 19! They burst onto the national folk scene with their 2015 EP, Still She Will Fly, and the title track was that year's #2 single on folk radio. Their 2017 CD, Singin', debuted at #1 and was the #11 folk charting album of the year. Heather’s new solo album, Lines and Spaces, came out last month and was her twelfth CD release.
The trio will bring their “traveling music store” of instruments — piano, acoustic guitar, tenor banjo, ukulele, melodica, cornet, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and maybe more — to Stage 33 Live in a special 2:00 PM matinee performance on January 19. Local up-and-comer Emily Lyons will open with Josh Maiocco.
The trio’s performances feature Heather’s multi-genre songwriting that spans from the streets of New Orleans to the valleys of Appalachia; heartfelt music featuring stirring three-part vocals and earthy charm with Shawn Nadeau on upright bass and Davy Sturtevant on "everything else."
“Sliding from sweet acoustic Appalachian old-timey vibe with Patty Griffinesque lyrics to brassy New Orleans blues piano with a bone thrown to Bessie Smith.” — DC Bloom, Lone Star Music Magazine
“Great vocals, outstanding instrumental prowess, and stellar songwriting.” — Don Baker, Acoustic Journeys, Asheville, NC
Sunday, January 19; door opens at 1:00, music starts at 2:00 PM. 100% of tickets sales support the musicians. At Heather’s request, tickets are just $10 both in advance and at the door; be sure to thank her. Seating is limited — advance tickets will have chairs reserved until 40 tickets are sold. If any chairs behind the reserved rows are available on show day, those will be available first-come first-served. Attendees are allowed to bring their own portable seating to set up behind the house chairs, or to use in place of their reserved chair.
Advance tickets are available online at stage33live.com — tickets sold for the snowed-out November show will, of course, be honored.
Stage 33 Live is an intimate, industrial-rustic listening room in a former factory located at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, VT, documenting live performances and presentations of original material on a simple stage. Coffee, soda, water, and snacks by donation. Find more info about the nonprofit all-volunteer project, and this and other other upcoming events online at stage33live.com
1/19/20 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge Street, Bellows Falls
Brattleboro Farm Stories Brings Photo Exhibit to Life at 118 Elliot
The Vermont Folklife Center, Brattleboro Words Project and 118 Elliot will present Brattleboro Farm Stories, a community storytelling event bringing together local farmers and residents to share personal reflections on our region’s agricultural heritage. Set amongst the backdrop of Richard Brown’s stunning photographic exhibit, “The Last of the Hill Farms: Echoes of Vermont’s Past”, Brattleboro Farm Stories will explore the connections between Vermont’s vital farming past and its living, breathing present.
1/19/20 3:00pm - 5:00pm
118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro
The story of displacement is a universal human story. Whether displaced through forces beyond our control, through choice, or even through the acceleration of cultural and technological evolution around us, all humans are marked by adaptation and re-orientation. Understanding this helps us understanding ourselves.
In 2019, after working for years with military veterans and their stories, The Telling Project officially launched this new initiative, “The Same Moon,” creating performances in which immigrant and refugee populations had the opportunity to tell their stories to their communities. Whether generations past, or in their own lifetimes, every American citizen bears the legacy of displacement – an experience that has impacted, and unites, us all.
During the late summer and early fall KCP Presents will work with the nationally acclaimed Telling Project to meet with Vermonters who have power experiences of migration to share. Through a series of dialogues, we’ll create a documentary theater script. Then we’ll rehearse the performance to present this evening-length show.
1/19/20 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro
Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie in Knives Out, a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death. With an all-star ensemble cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell, Knives Out is a witty and stylish whodunit guaranteed to keep audiences guessing until the very end.
Directed by Rian Johnson.
1/19/20 3:00pm - 5:10pm
Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock
Tickets: Adv. $16 at Door $20
To reserve your seat visit: http://www.cabotarts.org
Patrick Ross’s Website: www.patrickrossmusic.com
Traditional and original toe-tappin' tunes by a fifth-generation-Vermonter virtuoso!
From the borderlands of Quebec in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom where Ross learned traditional folk tunes from his father and began his journey as a fifth-generation fiddle player. He won the Vermont-State Fiddle Championship at age fourteen. He has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and shared stages with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Paul McCartney. He now lives in Newbury, Vermont, with his wife and daughter.
His solo concerts include a worldwide range of fiddle styles as well as songs he has penned with guitar, banjo, mandolin and cello.
1/19/20 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Willey BuildingAuditorium, Cabot
Capital City Concerts (CCC) presents a multi-media concert "Pictures at an Exhibition” on Saturday January 18 at 7:30PM and Sunday January 19 at 4PM at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. Washington, D.C. pianist Jeffrey Chappell returns for a concert in which the artwork of students from Central Vermont schools will be projected over the stage during the performances. Flutist Karen Kevra will join Chappell in a work by Charles Koechlin, featuring images from legendary National Geographic photographer James Blair's collection Our Threatened Inheritance.
For more information and to order tickets ($15-$25) visit www.capitalcityconcerts.org. Tickets also available at Bear Pond Books. (Check or cash only-in person)
1/19/20 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Montpelier
The traditional music, dance, and flavors of Brittany—the “Celtic” region of northwestern France—is highlighted at the College’s second Fest-Noz (Breton night festival). Join piper Timothy Cummings and special guests for authentic music, participatory dances, and crêpes and cider. Free
Le Château, Grand Salon, Middlebury
The "Sonny Saul Spectacular"
Sunday, January 19th 4-7pm
Join us for this energetic two-part concert featuring original music composed by Sonny Saul.
The musicians range in age from 17-81, and with the exception of Sonny's children, all are local and currently involved in jazz workshops with Sonny.
All music composed by Sonny Saul.
This program features songs dedicated to friends, family, heroes, and animals. The concert will be divided into two long sets with an intermission for food and drink.
Bill Martin, Peter Concilio, Glendon Ingalls
Pete Michelenie, Tim Gilmore, Mark van Gulden
Kathleen Dolan, Al Wakefield
Artistree Community arts center & gallery, South Pomfret
VCFA's MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program residency will present a series of public readings January 1 through January 20. Readings feature VCFA faculty, visiting writers, and graduating students, with special guests Ann Dávila Cardinal, Gilbert Ford, Charles R. Smith, Jr., and Padma Venkatraman. All readings are held on the VCFA campus in Montpelier, and are open to the public and free of charge.
See https://vcfa.edu/public-events-for-winter-2020-wcya-residency/ for the daily schedule and information about the special guests.
1/11/20 7:30pm - 1/20/20 2:00pm
Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier
Catamount Arts is pleased to announce its fifth annual juried show, “Arts Connect at Catamount Arts,” which will be on view in the Catamount Arts Galleries from November 23 through January 24. Juried by Katie Wood Kirchhoff, Associate Curator at the Shelburne Museum, this exhibition offers area residents an opportunity to view outstanding work by emerging and established member artists. An opening reception for artists, family and friends will be held on Saturday, November 23 from 4-6 pm. All are welcome to attend.
Katie Wood Kirchhoff is associate curator at Shelburne Museum where she explores the museum’s historic collections in such varied exhibitions as “Harold Weston: Freedom in the Wilds,” “Pieced Traditions: Jean Lovell Collects,” and “Backstage Pass: Rock and Roll Photography.” A graduate of Smith College and the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, Kirchhoff received her PhD from the University of Delaware and worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate before her arrival at the Shelburne Museum. She is currently working on “Eyesight & Insight: A Lens on American Art” as part of the Vermont Curators Group’s 2020 Vision Project.
For more information about “Arts Connect at Catamount Arts,” on view from November 23rd to January 24th, or to learn more about the galleries at Catamount Arts, call (802) 748-2600 or visit www.catamountarts.org.
11/23/19 4:00pm - 1/24/20 12:00pm
Catamount Arts, Saint Johnsbury
Artists Susan Calza, Ginger Pearl Irish, and Nina Dubois present personal and particular interpretations of an enduring theme. // This multimedia exhibition includes sculpture, video, photography and work-on-paper. The pieces are often whimsical, poignant and sometimes tongue-in-cheek but all three artists share a commitment to uncovering the authority inherent in truth.
Artist Reception & Artist Talks: January 19th, 2-4pm
Gallery is open at listed times or by appointment, 802-224-6827
(closed 12/28 & 12/29)
12/7/19 2:00pm - 1/26/20 5:00pm
138 Main St., Montpelier
End of Day by Laura Heijn (pronounced hine) will be showing at Vermont Studio Center in the Red Mill Gallery from January 5 through January 31, with a closing reception on Wednesday, January 29, from 6 to 8 pm.
The Red Mill Gallery is located in the main meeting building on the VSC campus on Pearl Street in Johnson, Vermont. Shows in this gallery are rotating. Laura Heijn had a Vermont Studio Center residency in January 1993, and returned as a staff member later that year. She and her husband have resided in Johnson ever since, where she has painted exclusively from home, run a small dairy operation, and raised three children. Laura grew up in Massachusetts and studied fine arts and English literature at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at Harvard University, where her teachers included Carole Bolsey, Jon Imber, and Dmitri Hadzi. Over the past 25 years, she has shown at the Vermont Studio Center and in other northern Vermont galleries.
1/6/20 9:00am - 1/31/20 5:00pm
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson
The Valley Players will present Out of Sight, Out of Murder by Fred Carmichael, January 17-19, 24-26, and Jan. 31-Feb. 2. Shows on Fridays and Saturdays are at 7 pm, and Sundays at 4 pm. The Valley Players Theater is located at 4254 Main Street in Waitsfield.
Out of Sight, Out of Murder was the first play to receive the Valley Players' Vermont Playwright Award in 1983. In the play, author Peter Knight (Jesse Putnam, Warren) is grinding out a murder story in an old mansion in Vermont where another author was murdered years before. A weird electrical storm effects a cosmic snafu and his characters come to life. There's the lovely ingenue (Aimee Clement, Waitsfield), the trusty butler (Brent Adams, Warren), a feisty character woman (Ruth Ann Pattee, Fayston), a dauntless hero (Louis Bronson, Warren), a fascinating "other woman” (Rachel Natvig, Northfield), the always pregnant serving girl (Marci Robinson, Warren), and the wily lawyer (Sal Spinosa, Waitsfield) waiting for midnight to read the will. Peter loses control of his characters and there is a murder; the intended victim is Peter. Other murders follow and the culprit is among characters who, having also worked for other authors, know a great deal about the subject. Charlotte Robinson, Warren, is also in the cast. The play is directed by Doug Bergstein, Warren, and stage managed by Mikki Nucci, Waitsfield. Jasper Mayone, Waitsfield, is the light operator.
Tickets are on sale now and are available by going to valleyplayers.com, or by calling 802-583-1674.
1/17/20 7:00pm - 2/2/20 4:00pm
Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield
Mindy Fisher grew up in a small town in New Hampshire where she took as many art classes as she possibly could, including attending courses at The River Gallery Art School in Brattleboro, VT. In 1998 she moved to Chicago to study Set Design at Columbia College. She stayed in Chicago and focused on painting, cartooning, and self taught herself animation. She also had the opportunity to teach youth cartooning and sewing at Right Brained Studio in Oak Park, IL. She now lives in Vermont and has moved her studio into the Exner Block in Bellows Falls Mindy has shown work in Chicago, IL, Cincinnati, OH, Rutland, VT, Lafayette, LA, Portland, OR, and Clifton Springs, NY and has sold work to collectors around the globe.
Over the past decade I have been creating a series of paintings called “Ornaglyphs”. These surreal, gouache paintings feature a crazy cast of bird-like characters and a hieroglyphic non-language that is open to interpretation. The paintings started off as comic panels and have now morphed into clustered, layered abstract paintings. Each painting is a spontaneous experiment with color and shapes colliding. When people experience my work I want them to get lost and find new things.
Main Street Arts, Saxtons River
OPENING RECEPTION & ARTIST TALK: SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 BEGINNING AT 5PM
Mark Barry celebrates life with paint brush in hand. No moment is too small — flying down the hill on a sled,skiing in fresh powder or snuggled by the fire with a favorite book — and he captures each one with bold, brilliant color, often in large scale, to capture each moment’s importance. Mark Barry paints happiness and celebrates the gift of time and his deep appreciation of life — and the viewer quickly realizes it is contagious.
1/10/20 12:00pm - 2/16/20 8:00pm
Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro
Time Lapse: Contemporary Analog Photography celebrates the work of 14 international and national contemporary artists who use the darkroom as a type of laboratory and find inspiration in the vast array of 19th-century photographic processes, from daguerreotypes to photograms. Experimenting with the mutable medium of photography and employing a variety of materials—from cyanotype dresses made of tamale wrappers to a three-dimensional shelter displaying tintype portraits—these artists depict familiar subjects of landscapes, portraiture, and still life through a contemporary lens.
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne
Ages 18+ | Movement and dance education workshop
Immerse yourself in this two-day intensive course on the DEL Model of Dance Education: Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), collaborative dance making, lesson planning, human development, strategies for effective teaching, and linking dance to curriculum for children and teenagers.
Dates & Location
October 19-20, 2019 | Perles Family Studio
January 25-26, 2020 | Perles Family Studio
DEL Essentials Dance for Social Change examines varied approaches for empowering dancers and dance educators as advocates for social change. *Prior experience in DEL workshops and courses highly recommended as a prerequisite for participation.
March 14-15, 2020 | Perles Family Studio
$290 with housing*/$240 without; includes workshop & training, meals, and Jacob’s Pillow programming. Please review the refund policy. Need financial support? Generous scholarships are available.
Housing is located on the Jacob’s Pillow campus, a 3-minute walking distance from the workshop location. On-site housing Pillow provides single rooms, co-ed bathrooms, and common areas that include a small kitchenette.
REGISTER HERE https://jacobspillowdance.formstack.com/forms/jpdel
Concepts & Content
Overview of the DEL Model
Rationale for Dance Education for children & teens
History of Rudolph Laban
Applied Laban Movement Analysis (body, effort, space, relationship) Movement Sentence
Choreography & LMA
DEL Lesson Plan format
Making connections to other disciplines
Developmental benchmarks of children and teens
Effective teaching strategies
10/19/19 10:00am - 3/15/20 5:00pm
Jacob's Pillow, Outside Vermont
This winter, SVAC is proud to offer a suite of exhibitions addressing important and topical issues. The I Am More: Facing Stigma photography exhibition, created and sponsored by the Yellow Tulip Project, features black and white portraits of people who are dealing with mental health challenges personally or through the experiences of family or friends. The individuals–musicians, artists, nature lovers, parents, and more–are dedicated to challenging assumptions and stigma around mental illness and what mental illness “looks like.”
The Forty-Seven Main Street Artists Group demonstrate the inspirational power of abstract self expression in paint.
Renowned photographer Gisela Gamper documents her personal journey of love and mourning in her photographic series titled “Longing for David.” After David, her husband, lover, musician and sometime collaborator of 43 years suddenly passed away she missed her physical connection to him. In her grief she found some consolation in playing with his favorite clothes and documenting herself wearing them. The photographs are a visual testament to her grieving process.
Bennington College Visiting Professor Terry Boddie takes a complex approach to the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade. Nationally recognized photographer Carl Austin Hyatt shows portraits made from two decades of travels in the Andes of Peru. In mixed media portraits, students from area schools present themselves as they want to be seen. We are, all of us, more than meets the eye!
These artists, offered opportunities for solo or group exhibitions, curated and organized by faculty and/or staff, are responding to related but distinct themes: “art that heals,” “personal narrative,” “I am more than meets the eye,” or “art as asocial message.” The exhibition will empower members of our community to speak up about a range of critical issues.
Alongside the artwork, SVAC will host a panel discussion with some of our area’s leading mental health experts, in conjunction with various artists. We hope the I Am More: Facing Stigma exhibition along with the panel discussions will raise essential awareness of mental health issues. We also hope that the varied artwork coming together in this exhibition will be the catalyst for other conversation–about what matters most, both to the artists and to our gallery visitors. For some, mental health will be at the heart of that discussion. For others, different aspects of identity and humanity will resonate.
SVAC staff are not healthcare providers. Our role in curating this exhibition is to create an opportunity for art to inspire connections and conversations. The exhibition will provide space to come together–which is at the center of our mission. SVAC will provide opportunities for visitors to express their responses to all the artwork on display.
Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester