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Friday, November 9, 2018

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Nov
9
2018

Madeleine Kunin discusses Coming of Age

Madeleine Kunin discusses Coming of Age
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Northshire Bookstore and Manchester Community Library are thrilled to welcome back former VT governor Madeleine May Kunin to share her new memoir that is not only about the physical and emotional tolls of aging, but is also an honest and positive look at aging and how it has effected her life.

Many readers are already familiar with Madeleine Kunin, the former three-term governor of Vermont, who served as the deputy secretary of education and ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton. In her newest book, a memoir entitled Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties, the topic is aging, but she looks well beyond the physical tolls and explores the emotional ones as well. And she has had an extraordinary life: governor, ambassador, feminist, wife, mother, professor, poet, and much, much more.

Time: 11/9/18 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center
Nov
9
2018

Bread and Roses, Too staged reading

Bread and Roses, Too  staged reading Vermont Arts 2018
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Bread and Roses, Too
by Katherine Patterson

“Bread and Roses, Too” is a novel of historical fiction that tells the story of the 1912 “Bread and Roses” strike in the Lawrence, Massachusetts textile mills through the eyes of an Italian-American girl and a runaway boy. The novel relates the journey of Rosa, who, along with Jake and other children, are sent temporarily out of harm’s way to foster families in Barre, Vermont, as children actually were during the strike.

A Staged Reading of the book will be presented Friday, November 9 at 7:30pm on the Dorset Playhouse Stage. Director, Maureen Chaffee, has adapted a reading from the book.

This production is made possible by the Vermont Humanities Council’s Vermont Reads program and is free and open to the public.

Vermont Reads is a statewide one-book community reading program that began in 2003. Since the beginning of the program, Vermont Reads events have taken place in over 200 Vermont towns.

Time: 11/9/18 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Rd., Dorset
Nov
9
2018

Arc Iris Release Show at Stone Church

Arc Iris Release Show at Stone Church Vermont Arts 2018
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ARC IRIS

This fall, Arc Iris releases Icon of Ego, its third groundbreaking album, as a trio that packs the heft of a far bigger band with fully realized sonic and visual intensity. Overcoming rebuffs and rejections, Arc Iris has become an unstoppable force out of necessity. On Icon of Ego, they deliver heavily and ask nothing in return.

The groups two previous albums, Arc Iris and Moon Saloon, were both released to critical acclaim and fervent fan embrace. Originally formed in Providence, R.I., by singer-songwriter Jocie Adams who was coming off a term with The Low Anthem, the group initially embodied an eight-piece rock orchestra, creating innovative dynamics of rhythm and melody with a full color palette. Four years on, Arc Iris are just three musicians: lead vocalist Adams, keyboardist and sample artist Zach Tenorio-Miller, and drummer Ray Belli. They have crafted a vividly expressionistic new album that reflects both the groups protean talents as well as its journey of survival.

Soon after its self-named 2014 debut on the ANTI- label, Arc Iris faced considerable adversity. Critical acclaim, tours with St. Vincent and Jeff Tweedy and festivals like Bonnaroo followed, all creating for Arc Iris the belief that they had beat the long music industry odds. However, the group lost its manager, followed by its booking agent, then was dropped from the label. Band members departed. Opportunities evaporated. Through it all, Adams, Tenorio-Miller and Belli worked with undiminished energy and reinvented themselves as a quartet, which included Robin Ryczek on cello. Within two years, Arc Iris self-released Moon Saloon, in the US while British independent record label Bella Union released the album in Europe. Soon after this release, Ryczek left to teach cello in Afghanistan, and the three remaining members once again set about adapting.

Arc Iris assembled its own promotions team and booked its own shows. Notable is what Arc Iris has achieved completely by itself: tours supporting Kimbra, Gene Ween, a complete re-imagination of Joni Mitchells Blue performed at Washingtons Kennedy Center, and a growing, international fan base that has remained dedicated throughout.

Icon of Ego finds a happy middle with a smaller label, a more focused support team, and a stronger, more experienced band. Recording at Providences Columbus Theater, home to silent movies and vaudeville during the 20s, the band has evolved into a concentrated pop-prog explosion, mixing styles with disparate elements that captivate and surprise.

In Icon of Ego, the band interrogates the notions of celebrity, fame, and idol worship. What makes an icon? How do people fall under the spell of a charismatic other (or entity?)? What is it like to be that icon? Adams poetic, nuanced lyrics provide both inquiry and insight. On Dylan & Me Adams sings changing times / you could not have been / waiting to be remembered / a trophy in so many eyes / a Renoir for the great pretenders.

The group has always embraced theatricality. Displaying an array of costumes, flare, and light rigs, enhanced by choreographed dance moves, an Arc Iris live performance is a proper spectacle that matches the groups manifest musical abilities and talents. A whole new live experience accompanies the Icon of Ego performances.

With heavy synthesizer work by Tenorio and Adams, and seemingly impossible transitions executed effortlessly by Belli, the songs on Icon of Ego carry a thick, analog electronic sound that harks back to the 70s. Presiding over these are Adams powerful vocals that house the energy under pop forms.

Nowhere is this more evident than in $GNMS, a complete reinterpretation of Money Gnomes, the lead track on the first album. Where the original version carried a folksy looseness, with a banjo and brush drums, the new iteration goes total sci-fi. Any impish charm is wrung out and sculpted into Kraftwerkian logarithms. Plugged-in machines replace acoustic instruments, and the songs renewal mirrors that adjustment. Witnessing $GNMS develop over the years is a rare window into the changing goals of a band, as these played out through the recordings.

Arc Iris is never more self-defined than when faced with difficulty. Icon of Ego is about Arc Iris overcoming adversity and ultimately coming out leaner, sharper, and more fully realized.

Time: 11/9/18 8:00pm
Location: Stone Church, Brattleboro
Nov
8
2018
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Nov
11
2018

11th Annual LEGO Exhibit

11th Annual LEGO Exhibit
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This event is generously sponsored by People’s United Bank.

Build your very own LEGO creation and display it at BMAC!

Design and build an original LEGO structure according to contest guidelines available below, or just drop by and check out the fantastic submissions on display November 9-11, 2018.

Prizes for Creativity and Craftsmanship will be awarded in seven age groups: preschool, grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, adult, and adult/child collaborations. Other prizes will be awarded at the judges’ discretion. All prizes will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 8 at 5 p.m.


Entries must be delivered to the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center on Tuesday, November 6, 4-6 p.m. See entry form for more information.
Admission to the November 8 Awards Ceremony is $5 for adults and teens, $3 for children ages 6-12, free for BMAC members and children 5 and under. The same admission fees apply throughout the weekend while LEGO entries are on display.

Every contestant will receive a personalized certificate of participation and two complimentary passes valid for unlimited admission to the Museum for the duration of the LEGO Contest & Exhibit.

Time: 11/8/18 5:00pm - 11/11/18 5:00pm
Location: Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro
Oct
4
2018
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Nov
12
2018

The Photography of ROBERT COHEN

The Photography of ROBERT COHEN Vermont Arts 2018
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The Photography of Robert Cohen
Exhibition Dates: October 4th through November 12, 2018
Opening Reception: October 4th (5:30 pm to 7:00 pm)

LEONARD ROBERT COHEN

He began his photographic journey in elementary school using an Ansco box camera. His “eye” has evolved considerably since then (along with the camera). He is an inveterate traveler and photographs what appeals to his eye and the moment, from whimsy to abstraction to light to nature.

Time: 10/4/18 5:30pm - 11/12/18 5:00pm
Location: Main Street Arts, Saxtons River
Oct
5
2018
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Nov
18
2018

Now featured at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts: Deidre Scherer, “Human Textures”

Now featured at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts: Deidre Scherer, “Human Textures” Vermont Arts 2018
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October 5 through November 18: Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present Deidre Scherer’s
“Human Textures”, showcasing her paper and fabric weavings, as well as collaborative vessels with artist Jackie Abrams. Artist Opening Reception Friday, October 5 from 5-7pm, Artist Talk featuring both Artists Saturday, October 27 at 5pm.

Pioneering in the medium of thread-on-layered-fabric, Scherer's collages, both in fabric and paper media, engage the viewer with the tenderness of being human. The Rhode Island School of Design honored Scherer with their 2010 Alumni Association Award for Artistic Achievement “for the innovative medium of textile art she has developed, and for her thought-provoking investigations of our society’s views of aging, reflections on life, death, family relationships and the welfare of future generations.” Scherer has exhibited in hundreds of shows since 1979, and has been featured in several galleries nationwide including the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Heller Museum in NYC.

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is committed to presenting innovative, contemporary works in a variety of media that stimulate both the seasoned collector and aesthetic explorer.

Time: 10/5/18 5:00pm - 11/18/18 5:00pm
Location: Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro
Nov
9
2018
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Nov
18
2018

Charles Henry's Final Curtain

Charles Henry's Final Curtain Vermont Arts 2018
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Charles Henry’s Final Curtain is an original Vaudeville show tucked inside a new musical play that celebrates the life and artistry of Vermont’s itinerant painter, playwright, actor and theater artist Charles W. Henry.

In the early 20th century, Henry, accompanied by his wife and children, drove across Vermont in a horse and wagon, producing original Vaudeville shows with accompanying painted theater curtains in local theaters, granges and town halls. All members of his family appeared in the productions making them true family shows. Today, few people remember Vaudeville and even fewer know about Henry’s magnificent theater curtains that are now recognized as national historical treasures and are part of Vermont’s theater heritage. This original musical and Vaudeville show aims to introduce a new generation of audiences to this now-vanished form of entertainment, and in the course of the show audiences will learn about small-town life in pre-World War I Vermont and see on stage some of the finest examples of Charles Henry’s painted theater curtains.

Time: 11/9/18 7:30pm - 11/18/18 8:45pm
Location: Main Street Arts, Saxtons River
Oct
13
2018
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Nov
18
2018

Fall Member Show

Fall Member Show Vermont Arts 2018
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Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Fall Member Show Inside Out includes the work of SVAC’s artist members who represent a variety of styles and mediums: abstract, portrait, and landscape painters alongside photographers, sculptors, and other creators. There’s something for every taste, and all artwork is for sale. Free & open to the public. Suggested donation $5.

Artwork: Terry Findeisen, "Portrait of a Conversation," watercolor on paper

Location: Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester
Nov
9
2018
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Dec
21
2018

Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America

Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America Vermont Arts 2018
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The Christine Price Gallery in the Fine Arts Center at Castleton University will have on display "Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America" from November 9 through December 21. An opening reception will be held Friday, November 9 from 5-6 p.m. The Christine Price Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The art show is not simply an expression of the personal thoughts and emotions of the incarcerated artist, but transcends these in the kind of creative engagement that changes a person’s thinking. This work proves that the unlimited human capacity to create beauty and goodness exists in all of us, no less in an incarcerated person, and can be elicited just as violence can.

About the Artist:
Phyllis Kornfeld, author and lecturer of "Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America" and a contributor to Art Education Beyond the Classroom, has been working directly with incarcerated men and women for 35 years —in all levels of security from county jail to maximum security to death row, and around the country —providing the transformative experience of creating sincere and beautiful art.

Location: Christine Price Gallery at Castleton University, Castleton