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Saturday, May 25, 2019

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May
25
2019

Film: Avengers: Endgame

Film: Avengers: Endgame
Description:

Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers — Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner — must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos — the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.

Time: 5/25/19 7:30am - 10:30pm
Location: Pentangle Arts Council, Hall Theatre 31 The Green, Woodstock
May
25
2019

Americana group Cradle Switch returns to Brandon Music

Americana group Cradle Switch returns to Brandon Music
Description:

Brandon Music welcomes back firm favorites Cradle Switch to Brandon Music on Saturday May 25th. A five-piece acoustic Americana group, based in Cambridge, NY, Cradle Switch’s repertoire promises something for everyone. With ballads as well as up-tempo rhythms, the group’s lyrics cover the emotional spectrum moving easily from spirited and gritty to some mellow love songs too. With each performance Cradle Switch balances contemporary songs and classic tunes drawing from bluegrass, country, folk, and a little blues with their own authentic compositions.

Singer-songwriters Ferrilyn Sourdiffe and Dave Lawlor swap out guitars for banjo and mandolin, while group member Kate Ritter brings it on the fiddle, along with some angelic vocal harmonies to add to Ferrilyn and Dave's robust vocals. Bruce Weatherby adds some bounce on the upright bass and David Norman keeps the beat on percussion.

Time: 5/25/19 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Location: Brandon Music - 62 Country Club Rd., Brandon
May
17
2019
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May
25
2019

Rock River Players present David Mamet's Oleanna

Rock River Players present David Mamet's Oleanna
Description:

WILLIAMSVILLE The Rock River Players (RRP) offer four performances in May of David Mamet’s Oleanna. Written in 1992, inspired by the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill Senate hearings yet well before the #MeToo era, the succinct three-act play detonates the fury of sexual politics through a power struggle between a male college professor and a female student. Twenty-seven years later, the subject could not be more relevant.

According to director Bahman Mahdavi, “As with all great works of art, nothing is simple in this story. The characters are complex and flawed, sincere and manipulative. The playwright has been quoted as saying he wants to make his audience members choose as they squirm and hyperventilate over the onstage fireworks. The goal is ultimately to create debate and discussion.”

There is much in Oleanna that rings frighteningly true: a smug professor, enamored with his own oratory prowess, dismissive of a struggling student; students trying to shut down a class because the professor's reading list is "questionable,” and, most notably, a shift in the balance of power between the generations and the sexes, using language as their ammunition and tool for winning power over one and another.

Mahdavi explains, “For my directorial debut, I chose a play with only two characters depicting human conflicts and exploring how we act when we are put in a situation where we have no control. The play is not a code for some deeper feelings; it's not an elaborate attempt to say anything other than what it says. It’s primarily about language --its power, its limitations, and who controls it. David Mamet, one of the greatest American playwrights, has a clipped, precisely-crafted style of diction leaving no room for error nor improvisation. Like a classical music score where everything is in the execution.”

Oleanna features Jon Mack and Rebecca Musgrove. Dody Riggs assists, Miles Keefe is on lights.

Performances are May 17-18, 8pm, at the Williamsville Hall, Dover Road, Williamsville, VT and May 24-25, 8pm at the Hooker-Dunham Theatre, 139 Main St., Brattleboro. Tickets--$10, $8 for students and seniors--will be available at the door; order on line at williamsvillehall.com.

Rock River Players, a 501c3 non-profit theatre collaborative, grows on the inspiration and initiative of those who wish to see the lively arts thrive in the West River Valley.

Time: 5/17/19 8:00pm - 5/25/19 8:00pm
Location: Williamsville Hall, Williamsville
May
24
2019
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May
25
2019

Mamet - Oleanna

Mamet - Oleanna
Description:

The Rock River Players (RRP) offer four performances in May of David Mamet’s Oleanna.
Written in 1992, inspired by the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill Senate hearings yet well before the #MeToo era, the succinct three-act play detonates the fury of sexual politics through a power struggle between a male college professor and a female student. Twenty-seven years later, the subject could not be more relevant.

Time: 5/24/19 8:00pm - 5/25/19 10:30pm
Location: Hooker Dunham Theater, Brattleboro
May
17
2019
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May
26
2019

Dorset Players Present OKLAHOMA!

Dorset Players Present OKLAHOMA!
Description:

The Dorset Players will bring down the curtain on their 91st anniversary season with Oklahoma!, considered one of the seminal musicals in Broadway history.  Performances will be at the Dorset Playhouse on May 17-18 and May 24-25 at 7:30 PM and on May 19 and 26 at 2 PM.

The first collaboration of legendary Lyricist Richard Rodgers and Librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, the show was a game-changer when it took Broadway by storm when it opened in 1943.  Memorable songs such as “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’,” “People Will Say We’re In Love,” and “Oklahoma!, rather than just providing filler, advanced the story of a cowboy, Curly, who falls for a farm girl, Laurey, against the backdrop of prairie life in the Indian Territory, circa 1907.
Over the past four months, Director Suzi Dorgeloh, Musical Director Tom Salmon and Choreographer Kelly Gaiotti, have marshaled a talented cast of 23 from 17 area towns in Vermont and New York.  Newcomer Josh Bond takes the lead as Curly, while Danielle Houston who last appeared with The Players in the 2014 production of Miracle on 34th Street, is Laurey. Dana Haley, who wowed audiences in The Players’ production I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, sashays in as Ado Annie - the girl “who cain’t say no.”  Two actors fresh from leading roles in The Players’ Witness for the Prosecution, are Joe Mozer, as Will Parker, who does his utmost to romance Ado Annie and Drew Davidson who portrays the tortured Jud Fry, who pines for Laurey and cannot have her.  Aunt Eller is played by Caren McVicker, who is also new to the Dorset stage.
The balance of the cast is peppered with new and familiar faces to Dorset audiences, including Christy Vogel, Richard Grip, Chris Restino, Billy Jamieson, Dan Silver, Errol Hill, Bill Cruikshank, Michael Gallagher, Lily Gallagher, Zachary Barnett, Bob Fogelgren, Sara Gregory, Maeve Keeton, Laura King, Lily Butler, Ginny Edinger, and Annie Nash.

Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.dorsetplayers.org, in person, or by calling (802) 867-5777. Oklahoma! is proudly sponsored by Above All Vermont, The Barn Restaurant, Errol L. Hill Painting, La Peche Lingerie, RK Miles, Southern Vermont Medical Center, Bob & Martha Schoenemann, Spivey, Lemonik Swenor, PC, and The Wilburton Inn.

Time: 5/17/19 7:30pm - 5/26/19 4:30pm
Location: Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Rd Dorset, Dorset
May
25
2019
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May
26
2019

Carve a Wood Spoon

Carve a Wood Spoon
Description:

Alexandra Forbes leads a workshop for beginners with no previous woodcarving experience or advanced carvers who are hankering to carve a ladle, spoon or spatula.

Time: 5/25/19 9:00am - 5/26/19 5:00pm
Location: The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, West Rutland
May
25
2019
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May
26
2019

Karen Deets Stained Glass Open Studio

Karen Deets Stained Glass Open Studio
Description:

Enjoy a visit in the scenic Lake Bomoseen area, to a lively stained glass studio, featuring demonstrations and finished work for sale. You are welcome to learn how to cut glass and see the various work areas where Deets creates experimental works of art and jewelry, including kiln fired fusing and painting. Our traditional recipes of homemade cookies will be fresh out of the oven. There is plenty of parking and some friendly chickens.

Time: 5/25/19 10:00am - 5/26/19 5:00pm
Location: 728 Moscow Rd., Fair Haven
May
25
2019
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May
26
2019

Dry Stone Wall Building

Dry Stone Wall Building
Description:

A hands-on introduction to the basics of dry-jointed stone work with Dan Snow.

Time: 5/25/19 9:00am - 5/26/19 5:00pm
Location: The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, West Rutland
Apr
27
2019
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Jun
9
2019

David Rohn: Watercolors

David Rohn: Watercolors
Description:

David Rohn was born in Chicago in 1934 and grew up in the small town of Ludington, along the shore of Lake Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Design and stepped into a creative life richly lived as cartoonist, puppeteer, printmaker, teacher and painter.

Running parallel to his explorations in abstract painting and printmaking, and during his tenure at Windham College in Putney, Vermont, in the mid-1960s and ’70s, David’s watercolor painting gave relief from the more formal demands and cultural mandates of artistic invention and novelty of non-figurative oil painting. The delicate washes and expansive passages of color represent liberation from an art world of expectation and judgement. His modest still-lifes are deceptively loose and easy, and we’re comforted by the associations we bring to his unassuming and familiar scenes.

In 1953, I was the kid who was good at drawing, actually one of three in eighth grade. I did airplanes. After hundreds of airplanes, then dozens of cartoons, I was introduced to looking at paintings. I began to learn about the language of visual art: not depiction, but the secret language—form, color, symmetry, rhythm. This felt fundamental.

I thought I might give it a go.

There are other secret languages in art, of course, including some I don’t quite grasp. Art, done well, Is a way of twanging the mind, and the mind is infinitely resonant. Who knows what’s coming next? For me it’s mainly the classical ideas of form/color/architecture, plus the paradox of 3-D on a 2-D surface that Cézanne calls attention to.

Working from observation offers an endless variety of visual situations, and has the bonus of requiring prolonged intimate contact with plain stuff—a jar, an apple. I begin by gathering in. I yield to it. Later, I play with what I have harvested, playing the dialogue between the parts.

Sometimes a dynamic equilibrium results—a perpetually self-charging energy source. That’s the goal.

Location: Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main Street, Brattleboro
May
15
2019
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Jun
15
2019

Listen to the Wind

Listen to the Wind
Description:

Charles Norris-Brown, solo show, exhibiting original illustrations from his children's book Did Tiger Take the Rain?, originally published by Green Writers Press and now being offered as open source through Pratham Books of India plus illustration studies from his graphic novel in progress. Plus framed watercolors and float framed ink drawings on board.

Time: 5/15/19 11:00am - 6/15/19 5:00pm
Location: Canal Street Art Gallery, Bellows Falls
May
11
2019
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Jun
22
2019

Retrospective of Two Generations

Retrospective of Two Generations
Description:

Hallie Richards Monroe's stained glass work uses contemporary and traditional vitreous glass painting techniques, that are fired in a kiln and are fused to the surface of the glass. Sometimes she uses sand blasting and etching with hydrofluoric acid to effect the surface of the glass. Then the glass pieces are assembled into a stained glass panel, using cooper foil or lead came to hold all the puzzle pieces together. Hallie's passion of illustration gives me the desire to incorporate conceptual imagery and the beauty of nature into most of her artwork. She has been doing stained glass commissions for over 35 years.

Time: 5/11/19 12:00pm - 6/22/19 6:00pm
Location: Castleton University Bank Gallery, Rutland
May
8
2019
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Jun
23
2019

Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage
Description:

The show will run from May 8 – June 23, 2019 with an opening reception for on Saturday, May 11 from 3-5pm. Exhibition of mixed-media paintings by outsider artist, Jason Horwitz.

Time: 5/8/19 10:00am - 6/23/19 5:00pm
Location: BigTown Gallery, 99 N. Main Street, Rochester
May
8
2019
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Jun
23
2019

Grasp the Sparrow's Tail

Grasp the Sparrow's Tail
Description:

The shows will run from May 8 – June 23, 2019 with an opening reception for both on Saturday, May 11 from 3-5pm. Exhibition of photography by Cathy Cone.

Time: 5/8/19 10:00am - 6/23/19 5:00pm
Location: BigTown Gallery, 99 N. Main St., Rochester
May
3
2019
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Jun
25
2019

The Art of Wood Exhibit at Brandon Artists Guild

The Art of Wood Exhibit at Brandon Artists Guild
Description:

"The Art of Wood" is the theme for this exhibit of member artists' works celebrating the Brandon Artists Guild's 20th anniversary. Artists will interpret the theme across all media, including fabric, ceramic, glass, paint -- and wood. Free opening reception Friday May 3 from 5pm to 7pm. Exhibit runs through June 25. Information: 802 247-4956

Time: 5/3/19 5:00pm - 6/25/19 5:00pm
Location: Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center St., Brandon
May
18
2019
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Jun
30
2019

The Vermont Watercolor Society Does Wildlife!

The Vermont Watercolor Society Does Wildlife!
Description:

The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 12-5pm.

The opening reception is May 18th from 2:00-4:00

Location: Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester
May
11
2019
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Dec
1
2019

Made in Vermont

Made in Vermont
Description:

The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce, Made in Vermont, a group exhibition of new and recently completed work by Vermont artists to be held in its galleries in Reading, Vermont. Including paintings, works on paper and sculpture by Arista Alanis, Steve Budington, Clark Derbes, Jason Galligan-Baldwin and Sarah Letteney, this show spotlights artists who live and work in Vermont. On view from 11 May through 1 December 2019. Appointments available 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sa–Su. $10 pp. First Friday of every month, 5–8 p.m., free without a guide.

Time: 5/11/19 11:00am - 12/1/19 4:00pm
Location: Hall Art Foundation, Reading
May
11
2019
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Dec
1
2019

Malcolm Morley

Malcolm Morley
Description:

The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce an exhibition by British-born American artist Malcolm Morley at its galleries in Reading, Vermont. Hailed internationally as a pioneering figure of his generation, Morley was a founder of Super-Realism, which developed as a counterpoint to Pop Art in the 1960s. He is also remembered as an artist who deliberately broke away from the stylistic innovations which brought him this initial fame. Over a career spanning sixty years, Morley’s practice continually evolved, his paintings becoming ever more colorful, expressive and distinctive. This exhibition includes approximately 40 paintings, sculptures and works on paper created between 1964 and 2016 from the Hall and Hall Art Foundation collections. On view from 11 May through 1 December 2019. Appointments available 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sa–Su. $10 pp. First Friday of every month, 5–8 p.m., free without a guide.

Time: 5/11/19 11:00am - 12/1/19 4:00pm
Location: Hall Art Foundation, Reading