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Sunday, May 19, 2019

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May
19
2019

CircusNEXT: We Will Rock You!

CircusNEXT: We Will Rock You!

Join us for a glamorous night with our epic Youth Troupes! We'll be channeling all the excitement of one of the most iconic bands in history and jamming out to the anthems that rocked the world.

Tickets range between $10-25.

5/19/19 12:00pm - 4:00pm

New England Center for Circus Arts, Brattleboro

May
19
2019

Althea SullyCole with Guests!

Althea SullyCole with Guests!

Althea SullyCole is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and ethnomusicologist from New York City.

Althea received her B.A. in Ethnomusicology at Barnard College, Columbia University in 2012 and her M.A. with Distinction in Music in Developmen t at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2016.

As a musician, Althea has worked with Billy Harper, Billy Bang, Ras Moshe, Fred Ho, Sahad Sarr, Daara J Family, Faada Freddy, Royal Messenger and father Bill Cole (in his Untempered Ensemble), among others. in 2010, she was a weekly vocalist at the legendary St. Nick’s Pub. She has also worked as an accompanist for flamenco dance companies and studios on guitar. Althea has studied kora under korists Yacouba Sissoko and Edou Manga and was a resident artist at Bois Sakre studios in Senegal from 2013-15. In 2015, Althea formed the duo 42 Strings alongside traditional Chinese zheng player, Muqi Li, with whom she performed at Royal Albert Hall and on BBC 3 Radio.

As an ethnomusicologist, Althea worked as an FCC licensed jazz programmer at WKCR; interned in the Public Programming department at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; worked as an archivist Association for Cultural Equity (home of the Alan Lomax Archives); hosts The Earfull, an audio podcast that explores the lives of musicians through music (Listen on iTunes); performed research for the Musee de Thies; worked as a music specialist at the International School of Dakar; and was most recently the Music Programs Editor at SOAS Radio.

5/19/19 4:00pm - 5:30pm

ArtisTree Community Arts Center, South Pomfret

May
19
2019

Sage City Symphony to perform spring concert May 19

Sage City Symphony to perform spring concert May 19

On Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m., Sage City Symphony will present a free spring concert at Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA Building at Bennington College, sponsored by People’s Bank. The program is built around the world premiere of “E,” a composition for jazz combo and orchestra by local-boy-made-good Leo Yucht, an up-and-coming jazz percussionist and composer now based out of NYC. This work was commissioned by Sage City Symphony as part of its mission to support new composers.

A graduate of Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, VT (ʼ13), and William Paterson University (ʼ17), Yucht has performed with some of the most acclaimed musicians in the world, including Jon Batiste, Aaron Goldberg, Harold Mabern, Pete Malinverni, and many more. He performs regularly in the New York metropolitan area with his band and also as a sideman with other world-renowned jazz artists. Yucht’s jazz quartet for the Sunday concert and the Saturday Community Jazz Brunch includes Bob Bruya on bass, Thomas Linger on keyboard, and Daniel Berkey on tenor saxophone.

Yucht’s composition, simply titled “E,” is dedicated to his wife, Ekin. “The piece is my tribute to her,” Yucht says. “She is a special person and I feel lucky that I get to write it for her.” He adapted his original melody for Sage City Symphony’s strings, a few wind instruments, and glockenspiel, which will accompany his four-piece jazz quartet. In describing his process, Yucht says, “Musically, I drew inspiration from many historical recordings of a similar nature; for example, Charlie Parker’s ‘Bird with Strings,’ ‘Clifford Brown with Strings,’ Wayne Shorter’s ‘Without a Net.’ I feel that the piece is dynamic. It is not simply ‘this’ or ‘that’; rather, it embodies a spectrum of moods and sounds.”

Also on the program is Symphony No. 7 in D minor by Antonín Dvořák, and “Fanfare,” a rousing brass piece written to precede the ballet “La Péri,” by Paul Dukas. (Dukas is perhaps best remembered for his orchestral work “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” which was notably used in Disney’s 1940 animated film “Fantasia.”)

As an appetizer to this concert, Sage City Symphony will host a Community Jazz Brunch on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Park-McCullough House Carriage Barn in North Bennington featuring live music by the Leo Yucht Jazz Combo. The menu will include a variety of brunch favorites, including quiches, smoked salmon, fruits, and pastries. Tickets for the brunch are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and free for kids ages 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Village School in North Bennington and the Kitchen Cupboard food pantry in Bennington. This event is made possible by the Fund for North Bennington and the Board of Sage City Symphony.

Sage City Symphony (www.sagecitysymphony.org) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, registered in the State of Vermont, and relies entirely on generous donations, grants, and volunteer services from individuals, local foundations, businesses, and sponsors. Concerts are always free and open to all.

About Sage City Symphony
Led by music director Michael Finckel for the past 25 years, Sage City Symphony was founded in 1972 as a community and college orchestra with close ties to Bennington College. In addition to performing traditional classical repertoire as well as contemporary music, the symphony commissions and premieres new pieces each year. The symphony attracts a high caliber of dedicated amateur as well as professional musicians who travel from throughout Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts for weekly rehearsals during the concert season. Auditions are not required, and academic credit is available for Bennington College students who participate. Information about joining the symphony is available at www.sagecitysymphony.org/join.htm.

5/19/19 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Greenwall Auditorium, VAPA Building, Bennington College, Bennington

May
19
2019

Film: Avengers: Endgame

Film: Avengers: Endgame

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.

5/19/19 7:30pm - 10:30pm

Pentangle Arts Council, Hall Theatre 31 The Green, Woodstock

May
18
2019
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May
19
2019

Clay Sculpture Workshop

Clay Sculpture Workshop

Led by Amanda Sisk, "Bas Relief Sculpture" offers the opportunity for the creation of dynamic clay forms.

5/18/19 9:00am - 5/19/19 5:00pm

The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, West Rutland

May
18
2019
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May
19
2019

Slate Lettering Workshop

Slate Lettering Workshop

"Letter Carving" with Kerry O. Furlani introduces participants to ancient techniques of cutting letters in slate using hand chisels and mallets.

5/18/19 9:00am - 5/19/19 5:00pm

The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, West Rutland

Apr
10
2019
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May
19
2019

Once

Once

Winner of eight Tony Awards, Once is a truly original theatrical experience. Based on the hit movie and featuring an ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage, Once tells the enchanting story of a Dublin street musician who is about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. A musical collaboration becomes much more as their songs and lives become intertwined. Hansard and Irglová’s Oscar-winning music will take audiences on a heartbreakingly romantic journey.

Northern Stage, White River Junction

May
17
2019
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May
26
2019

Dorset Players Present OKLAHOMA!

Dorset Players Present OKLAHOMA!

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.

5/17/19 7:30pm - 5/26/19 4:30pm

Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Rd Dorset, Dorset

Apr
27
2019
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Jun
9
2019

David Rohn: Watercolors

David Rohn: Watercolors

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.

Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main Street, Brattleboro

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

"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

5/3/19 5:00pm - 6/25/19 5:00pm

Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center St., Brandon

Jul
13
2018
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Sep
6
2019

Scattered Geometry; The Ceramics of Jenny Swanson & Holly Walker

Scattered Geometry; The Ceramics of Jenny Swanson & Holly Walker

Jenny Swanson’s high-fire wall pieces, each one a unique microcosm, are inspired by the art of India, and by floating lotuses she was intrigued by during her residency in Shangyu, China. Also on view are her unglazed, low-fire sculptural vessels carbonized in saggars, in bottle and funnel-like forms. Swanson’s innovative work gracefully curves and undulates.

In contrast, Holly Walker’s terracotta forms are Shakeresque and utilitarian. Rolled coils of clay are glazed with bold colors that are playful, saturated, and luminous. Walker’s painterly designs are geometric, floral, and sometimes alphabetical. Walker’s colorfully patterned rectangular palettes and disc shapes are the foil to Jenny Swanson’s silky black and white ceramics.

OPENING RECEPTION JULY 13, 5-7pm, with Artists' Talk

7/13/18 5:00pm - 9/6/19 11:59pm

White River Gallery @ BALE, South Royalton

May
11
2019
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Dec
1
2019

Made in Vermont

Made in Vermont

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.

5/11/19 11:00am - 12/1/19 4:00pm

Hall Art Foundation, Reading

May
11
2019
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Dec
1
2019

Malcolm Morley

Malcolm Morley

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.

5/11/19 11:00am - 12/1/19 4:00pm

Hall Art Foundation, Reading