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With the wave of the wand, you will be amazed, amused and astounded by the Hocus Pocus Magic. show. The show features Master Magician, Blaine Goad, who has been entertaining folks since he was eight. You will help make the magic happen by saying the secret magic words! Things will magically appear, float in the air, and disappear. You are guaranteed to have a wonder-filled time!
General admission $10, groups of 10 or more $8. Tickets at (802) 728-9878
2/16/20 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Chandler Music Hall, Randolph
Classicopia celebrates African-American History month with a rousing program of spirituals and ragtime in Fairlee Town Hall Auditorium. Mezzo-soprano Laura Compton joins pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser in arrangements of such favorite spirituals as “Amazing Grace,” “Deep River,” and “My Lord, What a Morning.” Dr. Weiser will also play popular ragtime pieces by Scott Joplin, James Scott, James Lamb and others, as well as explain how these two musical traditions came together in the early part of the 20th century to produce an iconic American musical genre that spread around the world and lead to the rise of blues and jazz as our American idiom. Admission is $20 at the door, $18 online in advance. Students and ages under 18 are free. This concert is a presentation of Fairlee Community Arts, the first of three by Classicopia in 2020. See www.fairleearts.org for all FCA programs and tickets.
2/16/20 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Fairlee Town Hall Auditorium, Fairlee
The orchestra will take on challenging and exciting works, showcasing their musical abilities with pieces such as Mario Gaetano’s Two Designs, played by the VYOA Percussion Ensemble, Franz Liszt’s Les Préludes, and the first movement of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, Maestoso. VYO Senior Soloist Nathan Wu is the second featured soloist of the season, performing the first movement of Samuel Barber’s Violin Concert, Op. 14.
2/16/20 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington
When it’s discovered that the evil Emperor Palpatine did not die at the hands of Darth Vader, the rebels must race against the clock to find out his whereabouts. Finn and Poe lead the Resistance to put a stop to the First Order’s plans to form a new Empire, while Rey anticipates her inevitable confrontation with Kylo Ren.
Directed by J.J. Abrams.
2/16/20 3:00pm - 5:22pm
Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock
The Northern Third Piano Quartet presents:
The Northern Third Quartet members are violinist Sofia Hirsch, violist Elizabeth Reid, cellist John Dunlop, and pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti, all of whom are among Vermont top professional instrumentalists. The quartet performs throughout Vermont to both audience and critical acclaim. Founded in 2013, the quartet is noted for its strength of ensemble playing and emotive musicality, offering audiences a showcase of Vermont’s remarkable talent.
This concert features the World premiere of Don Jamison’s “Walking Meditation” and music of Beethoven, Debussy, Dvorak, and Suk.
2/16/20 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Plainfield Opera House, Plainfield
Tom Pirozzoli is celebrating Reckon by the Light, the newest CD in his 40-years-and-counting career. He got his start busking on street corners and performing at anti-war rallies, eventually finding his way into the coffeehouse scene. His Fast Folk Music recordings are now part of the Smithsonian's collection. He was named a winner in MUSICIAN magazine's Best Unsigned Band Contest in the early '80s, and has shared stages with artists like Greg Brown, Jesse Winchester, and Doc Watson. "Pirozzoli’s observations and travels bring seemingly dissimilar elements to harmony." — Boston Globe
Dave Richardson has been writing, recording, and performing as a solo artist for over 10 years, weaving threads of folk, country, and traditional music. He took third place in the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival songwriting contest; was awarded a featured showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference; and was an invited performer at the New England Folk Festival. "True folk rooted in the tradition is increasingly rarely encountered. All the more reason to celebrate the music of Dave Richardson." — Fervor Coulee
This co-headline show will be Sunday, February 16, at 7:00 PM. Stage 33 Live is at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Suggested donation $10 at the door, all proceeds support the musicians. Seating is limited. The performances will be recorded and filmed.
Stage 33 Live is an intimate, industrial-rustic listening room in a former factory, documenting live performances and presentations of original material. 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
2/16/20 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge Street, Bellows Falls
The Vermont Philharmonic will present their Winter Concert on Sunday Feb. 16th, at the Barre Opera House (2:00 pm), with music director Lou Kosma conducting. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 students and are available at the door or through the VP website: www.vermontphilharmonic.com.
The program includes Wagner’s “Prelude to Act III” from Lohengrin and the 2019 winner of the Borowicz Memorial Scholarship, cellist Layla Morris, performing the first movement of Schumann’s Concerto for Cello, opus 129. Also, Virgil Thompson’s suite The Plow that Broke the Plains and concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in c minor, Op. 67.
Conductor Lou Kosma has been the acclaimed music director of the Vermont Philharmonic since 1999. The Vermont Philharmonic has been making beautiful music in central Vermont since 1959 making it Vermont’s oldest community orchestra.
More information is available at vermontphilharmonic.com.
2/16/20 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael's College, Colchester
Woodstock Flurry: Vermont Snow Sculpture Festival & Competition
February 14th - 16th
Come to the Vermont State Snow Sculpture Competition and cheer on professional snow sculpting teams as they compete to create large, stunning sculptures over a three-day period.
On the Woodstock Village Green
Currently scheduled for Presidents Day Weekend
February 14th-16th, 2020
The Woodstock Village Green is transformed into a celebration of winter and the visual arts as the 7th annual Vermont Flurry comes to town! Cheer on professional snow sculpting teams as they compete to create large, stunning sculptures over a three-day period. You can even vote for your favorite “Peoples’ Choice” sculpture.
The Woodstock Flurry is a state-sanctioned snow sculpture contest. Each team votes on their favorite sculpture. The winner of the “Team Vote” goes on to compete in the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Voting ends on Sunday, February 16th at 12:00 pm.
The winners will be announced on Sunday, February 16th at 12:30 pm!
Free and open to the public.
This event is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled on short notice.
2/14/20 9:00am - 2/16/20 1:00pm
on the Woodstock Village Green, Woodstock
DORSET PLAYERS TO STAGE COMIC TOUR OF SHAKESPEARE
Dorset – The Dorset Players has announced that a special production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” will open on the Dorset stage for a limited three performances beginning on Friday, Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Three actors take on 37 Shakespeare plays in less than two hours in this irreverent romp by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.
The show is a comedic mix of Shakespeare, improvisation, actor discourse, anachronistic reference, and audience participation. Veteran Dorset Players Mike Cutler, Joe Mozer and Chris Restino make up the cast directed by Todd Hjelt.
The original London and New York productions of “The Complete Works…” were well received by reviewers, with the London Times calling it “stupendously anchorless joy.” The Today Show opined that “If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show.”
Curtain time for “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” is at 7:30 p.m., February 14 and 15, and at 2:00 p.m., February 16. The Players production is sponsored by the Inn at Manchester
For tickets and information visit the Players website at dorsetplayers.org, or call the boxoffice at 802-867-5777.
The Dorset Players, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that owns the historic Dorset Playhouse and presents live theatre from October to May. The Players is dedicated to fostering the arts in the community through theatrical presentations and to providing growth and educational opportunities for both children and adults through a variety of theatrical experiences.
2/14/20 7:30pm - 2/16/20 4:00pm
The Dorset Playhouse, Dorset
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
The Front kicks off 2020 with the first of six all-member shows. Show 37 will open with a reception during Art Walk on Feb 7th from 4–7 pm and will run through the month. In a new show format for 2020, the Front will be alternating its all-member group shows with solo shows. Join us to take in this year’s first all-member show. Free and open to the public—enjoy live music, food, and drink while you take in recent works by the membership of Montpelier’s sole collective art gallery!
Gallery Hours: Fridays, 4 to 7 pm; Saturdays, 11 am to 5 pm; and Sundays, 11 am to 5 pm. The gallery is also open by appointment - email email@example.com.
2/7/20 4:00pm - 3/1/20 5:00pm
The Front Gallery, 6 Barre Street, Montpelier
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
Chris Groschner grew up drawing and building “stuff” in suburban Detroit. That stuff included an airplane and a submarine of scavenged scrap wood, aesthetically funky but functionally unsound.
He still likes the use of reuse of materials. His method is trash-picking and curating. All the forms, textures, and colors are chosen, re-imagined, reorganized, revalued. These constructions and the layering of these elements reflect his interest in time, the continuing process of existence, and the coalescence of events in the past, present, and future.
The remains of the past, the seasons, the time of day, the magic moment, the eternal cosmic clock, and the endless river of times inspire my images. He intends that the bits and pieces of life convey some feeling of the odd, uneven moment in time, familiar but slightly unsettling.
1/31/20 6:00pm - 3/14/20 8:00pm
North Common Arts, Chelsea
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
The Center for Arts and Learning is presenting Cat McQ: United Signs of America in our second-floor gallery, and paintings by Jeanne Thurston on the first floor. Cat McQ: United Signs of America takes the viewer on a road trip looking backwards. Intense skies are punctuated by vintage signage, some rusted, some vibrant, each a portrait of a larger road culture. Jeanne Thurston’s paintings use intensely colored, dimensional bars of color to create reliefs full of movement and volume. Both exhibitions open during Montpelier Alive’s Art Walk on Feb.7th and run through March.
2/7/20 4:00pm - 3/28/20 11:59pm
The Center for Arts and Learning, 46 Barre St., Montpelier
"Portraits: A Group Show" features art from 12 artists working in various mediums. On display at The Beyond Gallery in Bennington, VT.
Friday 4PM - 8PM
Saturday 11AM - 6PM
Sunday 12PM - 4PM
2/7/20 4:00pm - 3/29/20 4:00pm
The Beyond Gallery 437 Main St., Bennington
Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts presents a large group exhibit, "MGFA 2020", February 15 through April 12. An Artists Reception is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 5 pm. Featured along with the work of gallery artists is a selection of collaborative prints by master printer Lisa Mackie, including collagraphs by Wolf Kahn and Mary Frank, and lithographs by Bill Murphy. As well, the gallery is honored to introduce three new artists: Tim Segar (bronze sculptures), Jim Urbaska (landscape oil paintings), and Jen Violette (vegetable-inspired glass sculpture).
Gallery hours: Wed. - Mon., 11-5
2/15/20 11:00am - 4/12/20 5:00pm
Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro
Inclusive Arts Vermont presents ANEW, a traveling exhibition of work by 29 Vermont artists with disabilities. All of the artwork included represents the artists’ interpretation of the title, highlighting beginnings, doorways, fresh starts, and opportunity. The show will travel statewide throughout 2020, opening at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington on February 15th.
· Anthony Vito Jacinto
· Aurora Berger
· Carol Langstaff
· Cindy Blakeslee
· Colin Fulchino
· Cristina Clarimon
· Gwendolyn Evans
· Gyllian Rae Svensson
· James Prim
· Jean Cherouny
· Jeffrey J. Hill
· Jessica Greenwald
· Joel Bertelson
· John Killacky
· Karen J. Lloyd
· Kat Pringles
· Kent Corduan
· Kristen Wiley
· Liana Pederzani
· Lissa Nilsson
· Margaret Lampe Kannenstine
· Marguerite Adelman
· Michael Leavitt
· Paul Betz
· Persephone Ringgenberg
· Randall Neal
· Robert Gold
· Susan Williams
· Willow Bascom
The opening reception will feature written verbal description, tactile representation of selected works, audio tours, braille, large print, ASL interpretation, and a quiet space.
Please make additional requests by contacting Katie Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-871-5002 by February 1.
All exhibition host galleries are physically accessible. As it travels, ANEW will provide accessible program and communication features including verbal descriptions, audio tours, large print, braille, and gallery tours.
For more information, please contact:
Katie Miller, Executive Director
Inclusive Arts Vermont
Flynn Center, Burlington