Thursday May 2, 2013

May 2

Tibetan Buddhist scholar and teacher Anyen Rinpoche at Northshire

MANCHESTER -- Tibetan Buddhist scholar and teacher, Anyen Rinpoche, will speak on the topic of Authentic Happiness on Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at Northshire Bookstore. He invites people of all beliefs to this talk.

Rinpoche is a tulku from Amdo, Tibet. He is known for his kindness, profound understanding of Buddhist teachings and easy to understand explanations. He has taught extensively in Tibet, China, Japan, the United States and Canada, and is a faculty member of Naropa University, in Boulder, Col. He is the author of "The Union of Dzogchen and Bodhichitta," "Momentary Buddhahood," "Dying with Confidence" and "Journey to Certainty." He currently resides and teaches at Orgyen Khamdroling in Denver. $10 donation suggested. For more information call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit www.northshire.com

May 3

Watercolorist Annie Parham ‘13 Exhibits at Green Mountain College's William Feick Arts Center

POULTNY -- The William Feick Arts Center at Green Mountain College is exhibiting artwork from fine arts students through May of 2013.

Watercolorist and New Jersey resident Annie Parham ‘13 explores the natural flow of water using a kaleidoscope of hues -- with intentional mark-making and the manipulation of organic forms, she entices the imagination of the viewer into a whimsical world of shape and color.

Her exhibition "Aquarian Visions: An Exploration of Watercolor and Imagination" opens on Friday, May 3, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., and will run through May 12. Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

General gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. or by appointment. More information at 802-287-8398 or feick@greenmtn.edu Rob Williams author of ‘Most Likely to Secede' at Northshire

MANCHESTER -- In Vermont, long admired for its strong communities, careful stewardship of the land, and democratic governance, citizens are responding to this crisis proactively, through local and regional efforts toward greater self-reliance and resilience. Some have even concluded that political separation from empire -- that is, nonviolent secession -- is necessary for achieving these goals. Join Rob Williams as he discusses his new book, "Most Likely to Secede," on Friday, May 3, at 7 p.m.

"Most Likely to Secede" is a response to the political and economic decay of the U.S. empire. Defying conventional categories of "left" and "right," a diverse group of activists, scholars and entrepreneurs explore relocalized ways of meeting our essential needs for food, energy, financial stability and a robust community life. They explain why powerful highly centralized institutions, from government and global corporations to colossal educational and medical systems, mass media and agribusiness, conspire to destroy community, erode democracy, and enrich an elite few at the expense of everyone else. The authors argue that these monolithic and dysfunctional institutions will be unable to cope with an impending crisis brought about by climate change, depletion of resources, and collapse of the global economy.

For more information call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit www.northshire.com.

May 4

Jane Davies Pattern and Process at the Canfield Gallery

ARLINGTON -- "Pattern and Process" will feature the latest work of local artist Jane Davies. Jane's lively and vibrant mixed media paintings will be on view May 1 through 28 at the Canfield Gallery in Arlington.

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, May 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. A portion of all art sales benefits the Martha Canfield Library. For more information contact the library at 802-375-6153 or online at www.marthacanfieldlibrary.org.

May 5

Harpsichordist Victor Hill performs at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.-- Renowned harpsichordist Victor Hill will present a free solo recital at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. Admission is free.

The recital will feature "Goldberg Variations" by J. S. Bach. This work is the culmination of Bach's harpsichord compositions.

Comedian and rabbi Bob Alper at Northshire

MANCHESTER -- A rabbi who did stand-up comedy before 2,000 Muslims probably has a few good stories. Don't miss Manchester's own, Bob Alper, as he presents his new book, "Thanks. I Needed That," on Sunday, May 5, at 5 p.m.

Alper is the world's only full-time stand-up comic and practicing rabbi, whose hilarious routines are heard daily on the Sirius/XM clean comedy channel." Thanks. I Needed That" features 32 true stories -- 12 of which center on the Northshire area; including stories about the Manchester Town Office, the old Village Fare restaurant, East Dorset Cemetery, and the Bennington Kennel Club, and many other familiar names -- from settings as far flung as The Tonight Show studio, the hills of Vermont, and a tiny Polish village. Readers meet a stained-glass artist whose granddaughter is Drew Barrymore, a woman who attends services with her dog, a 5-year-old grief counselor and an elderly Holocaust survivor who discovers that he can speak about his lost sisters for the first time.

For more information call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit www.northshire.com.

May 11

The Old First Church hosts ‘Travels with a Masked Man'

BENNINGTON --"Travels with a Masked Man," a one-man show written and performed by John Hadden and directed by Kate Holland, will be shown on Saturday, May 11, at 7 p.m.

Haunted by unanswered questions about his childhood overseas, a man confronts his father -- an ex-CIA officer who ruminates darkly on the American Empire, the human animal, and himself. Hadden, who plays both characters, evolved the play from many hours of conversations he taped with his father ten years ago. Alternately poignant and hilarious, the play evokes memories and responses about parents and children and growing up during the Cold War.

Admission is $15. Seats may be purchased at the door. Following the one-hour performance, desserts and tea accompany a discussion with the actor and director.

Williams Student Symphony presents ‘Elements of Absurdity'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.-- The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Student Symphony on Saturday, May 11, at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus. This free event is open to the public.

A unique student orchestra, the Williams College Student Symphony is a 50-member group conducted and administered by students, with sponsorship by the music department. In keeping with a tradition of inspired programming, the orchestra presents a concert entitled "Elements of Absurdity." The orchestra is co-conducted by three students, Meghan Landers ‘13, Casey McLellan ‘14, and Jasmine Thomasian ‘15. The evening promises a wide variety of musical styles.

The concert begins with the first movement Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K.550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Also included are Elgar's beautiful "Chanson de matin" and Samuel Barber's beloved work for string orchestra, "Adagio for Strings." The orchestra premieres a new work by Jasmine Thomasian ‘15 titled, "Gnomes and Fairies, Fairies and Gnomes."

May 17

Fourth Annual Brew, Cider and Food Pairing at Bennington Museum

BENNINGTON -- Are you a person who thoroughly enjoys a great craft beer or cider? Are you a person who thoroughly enjoys a delectable dish deliciously paired with that great craft beer or cider? If you answered ‘yes' to either of these, mark your calendar to be at the Bennington Museum on Friday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. for the Annual Brew and Food Pairing. Enjoy wonderful dishes created by many of the restaurants, bakeries, chocolatiers, and chefs in the region paired with brews (and ciders) that have been carefully matched by Scott Anderson, Craft Beer Portfolio Manager, and beer and food pairing expert. He ‘brings to the table' great international, domestic and Vermont craft brews, as well as ciders. $40 per ticket $35 if you are a museum member. Call 802-447-1571 to get your tickets. Major credit cards are accepted.

June 15

Bennington County Choral Society presents ‘A Patchwork of American Folk'

BENNINGTON -- Saturday, June 15, 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 16, 3 p.m. The Bennington County Choral Society presents a lighthearted concert of American folk songs in "A Patchwork of American Folk," at the Second Congregational Church in Bennington. Performances feature a wide variety of music, including well known and lesser-known pieces.

Aug. 24

Farm to Table Dinner at Bennington Museum

BENNINGTON -- Bringing farm-fresh goodness to the table, the Farm to Table Dinner is a Tuscan-inspired, elegantly casual, seven-course tasting dinner hosted by Bennington Museum and held in the Paresky Wing of the museum. The dinner incorporates vegetables, fruits, cheeses, cider, honey, meats and more from farms in Bennington County and the surrounding area. Each course is paired with a wonderful wine specifically chosen for that course. Meet the chefs, listen to the live music accompanying your meal, and go home with a special gift for each couple selected just for this evening. With only 100 tickets available to this event, you are invited to get your tickets today by calling the Bennington Museum at 802-447-1571. Tickets are $75 per person with all the proceeds benefiting Bennington County Meals on Wheels Program and Bennington Museum. All major credit cards are accepted.

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