Thursday August 1, 2013

Aug. 1

Music from Salem free open rehearsal

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Music from Salem announces a free Open Rehearsal on Thursday August 1 at 4 p.m. at the Brown Farm, 154 Priest Road in Salem, N.Y. The Open Rehearsal offers a chance to observe the process of shaping the upcoming weekend Hubbard Hall concert "Four Hands, Luminous Work," featuring chamber music by Chausson, Clarke, and works for piano four-hands. Informal, free and open to the public. For directions, call 518-854-7246 David Gumpert discusses food at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- On Thursday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m., a discussion about an issue that affects us all with author David Gumbert: "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights: The Escalating Battle Over Who Decides What We Eat."

Do Americans have the right to privately obtain the foods of our choice from farmers, neighbors, and local producers, in the same way our grandparents and great grandparents used to do? Yes, say a growing number of people increasingly afraid that the mass-produced food sold at supermarkets is excessively processed, tainted with antibiotic residues and hormones, and lacking in important nutrients. Public-health and agriculture regulators, however, say no: Americans have no inherent right to eat what they want. Out of the intensity of this unprecedented crackdown, and the creative and spirited opposition that is rising to meet it, a new rallying cry for food rights is emerging.

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

Aug. 2

Bennington Arts Guild open house for new show

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Arts Guild will host a combined exhibit by a trio of well-known Vermont artists during August. Mary Angus, Ellie Roden and Stacie Mincher will share the guest gallery at the Guild at 103 South St., Bennington, showing blown glass perfume bottles, pressed flower pictures and recycled zipper creations respectively. The show will open with a reception on Friday, Aug. 2, from 5 - 8 p.m., and will run till the end of the month.

The reception will be part of the Bennington Arts Weekend as the town holds its First Friday celebrations and welcomes the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival.

For more information visit at www.Benningtonartsguild.org.

Ivy Pochoda presents ‘Visitation Street’ at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- Ivy Pochoda presents "Visitation Street" on Friday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m.

Summer in Red Hook, Brooklyn, an isolated blue-collar neighborhood where hipster gourmet supermarkets push against tired housing projects and the East River opens into the bay. Bored and listless, 15-year-olds June and Val are looking for fun. Forget the boys, the bottles, the coded whistles. Val wants to do something wild and a little crazy: take a raft out onto the bay. But on the water during the humid night, the girls disappear. Only Val survives, washing ashore in the weeds, bruised and unconscious. Ivy Pochoda combines intensely vivid prose with breathtaking psychological insight to explore a cast of solitary souls, pulled by family, love, betrayal, and hope, who yearn for a chance to break free.

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

Aug. 3

Pearl and the Beard perform at the Bennington Center for the Arts

BENNINGTON -- Pearl and The Beard is three voices, one cello, one guitar, one glockenspiel, one melodica, several drums, one accordion and one soul. The group performs at the Bennington Center for the Arts on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 8 p.m.

United in New York City, the trio has now traveled the states on a multitude of national tours and across the pond for a hugely successful inaugural UK tour in 2011.

Ticket prices: $15 in advance, $20 at the door Tickets can be purchased either on browpapertickets.com or calling the box office at 802-442-7158

Hubbard Hall Opera Singers to perform at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass -- On Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m., singers from the Hubbard Hall Opera Theater based in Cambridge, N.Y. will travel to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute to perform selections from Gioachino Rossini’s comic opera "Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)." Tickets are $18 ($15 members). To purchase tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call 413-458-2303.

The Hubbard Hall Opera Theater is a non-profit arts center that showcases a variety of arts productions in a historic 1878 opera house. Seeking to build rural audiences for opera with affordable, high-quality productions, Hubbard Hall’s resident opera troupe combines experienced performers with young artists in order to help perfect the younger singers’ techniques.

Music from Salem Concert at Hubbard Hall: ‘Four Hands, Luminous Works’

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- On Saturday, Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. Hubbard Hall will present Music from Salem’s third summer season concert "Four Hands, Luminous Works," titled for part of the program that involves two pianists on one piano. Music for piano four-hands is as much fun to watch as it is to listen to -- the closeness of two players navigating their hand crossings and sharing their musical impulses can be as beautiful as a choreographed pas de deux. This concert offers a fascinating group of transcriptions by celebrated composers for piano duet, as well as Bach organ preludes transcribed for cello and piano by Kodaly. The program also features a meltingly melodious Dumka by Rebecca Clarke and Chausson’s romantic piano quartet. Performing this summer for the first time with MfS is violinist Lydia Forbes, of the Da Ponte string quartet, and acclaimed pianist Alissa Leiser, along with Marc Ryser, a director of Music by the Sea. Wonderful cellist Scott Kluksdahl returns, as does artistic director and violist Lila Brown.

The August 3 concert will take place at 8 p.m. at historic Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY. Admission is pay what you can, so everyone can attend. ($20 suggested) For advance tickets: www.hubbardhall.org or 518-677-2495.

Cinema and discussion at Bennington Free Library

BENNINGTON -- On Saturday, Aug. 3, Bennington Banner columnist Alden Graves will host a discussion and screening of a 1940s classic movie. Graves’ talk will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the film will follow, beginning approximately at noon. This event is part of the library’s Groundbreaking Reads Adult Summer Reading Program. The movie is free and open to the public. Guests may bring a lunch; the library will provide popcorn, drinks, and dessert. The Bennington Free Library is located at 101 Silver St. in Bennington, and the library is wheelchair accessible. For more information call the library: 802-442-9051

Aug. 4

Director of Shelburne Museum to lecture at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Thomas Denenberg, director of the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, delivers a free lecture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, Aug. 4, at 3 p.m. The talk, entitled Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place, is the third in a series of lectures that focus on the relationship between artists and the locations they depict in their art. Denenberg’s lecture will examine Winslow Homer’s long relationship with the community of Prout’s Neck, Maine.

Prior to being named director of the Shelburne Museum, Denenberg served as deputy director and chief curator of the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine. While at the Portland Museum of Art, Denenberg curated an exhibition of Homer’s works, and has published two monographs on "Homer: Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place (2010)" and "Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine (2012)."

Aug. 6

Concertante Players featured in the Clark’s first chamber music concert of the season

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- On Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 8 p.m., the Concertante Chamber Players will inaugurate the 2013 Chamber Music Series at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. This concert series presents a different chamber ensemble at the Clark every Tuesday evening in August. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for members, and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at clarkart.edu, in person at the Museum Shop, or by calling 413-458-0524.

An optional three-course fixed price meal served in the Clark Café before the performance allows guests to choose from a variety of appetizers, entrées, and desserts for $29 per person. Reservations are required; call 413-458-0524.

Don’t Leave Band returns for a fun filled night of rocking music

MANCHESTER -- The Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series will feature Don’t Leave Band, a local favorite, on Tuesday Aug. 6, from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Manchester Town Green.

2013 starts another year and Don’t Leave remains Southern Vermont’s most resilient and respected rock band, performing its ageless, unique blend of time honored rock and roll built around powerful vocals, contagious energy and the pure joy of making music together. They have been rocking the Northshire (and areas throughout the Northeast) for over 28 years with no end in sight. The band is anchored by Bill Muench (acoustic guitar and vocals) and Lee Romano (bass guitar and vocals) who together started Don’t Leave in 1985, and Dave Domenick (guitar) who’s been with Don’t Leave for 15 years. Mike Meaney (drums and vocals) and Greg Snedeker (piano, cello and vocals) round out this high energy ensemble who people say are "more fun than is absolutely necessary." On any given night they might be joined on stage by other musicians who sit in regularly. Great guys, great music and great energy.

Berkshire Bank, "America’s Most Exciting Bank", is the sponsor of the Concert series again this year. The Town of Manchester, Orvis and Long Trail School are all supporting sponsors this year. Concerts are free and open to the public. Please plan on bringing a chair, and come out and enjoy great music. For more information, please call the Chamber at 802-362-6313.

Aug. 8

From Purcell to Clarke, MMF Presents a Centuries-spanning Program of English Chamber, Song

MANCHESTER -- Manchester Music Festival’s Aug. 8 concert, English Landscape, the fifth of its seven-concert Panoramas summer series, will offer concertgoers an eclectic mix of instrumental and vocal music by British composers from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Joining the Vermont ensemble will be the pianists Adam Neiman and Susan Dedell, cellist Sophie Shao, violinist Stefan Milenkovich, and soprano Jennifer Bates.

MMF summer concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings through Aug. 22 at the Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Arkell Pavilion in Manchester, Vermont, with a season-benefit pops concert featuring Audra McDonald on Sunday afternoon, August 25. Young Artist concerts are held at 7 p.m. on Mondays from through Aug. 12 at Burr and Burton Academy’s Riley Center for the Arts, also in Manchester.

Stephen Kiernan speaks at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- Stephen Kiernan presents "The Curiosity," Thursday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m.

A powerful novel in which a man, frozen in the Arctic ice for more than a century, awakens in the present day and finds the greatest discovery is love . . . A gripping, poignant, and thoroughly original thriller, Stephen P. Kiernan’s provocative debut novel raises disturbing questions about the very nature of life and humanity--man as a scientific subject, as a tabloid novelty, as a living being: a curiosity.

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

Music from Salem Free open rehearsal

CAMBRDIGE, N.Y. -- Music from Salem announces a free Open Rehearsal on Thursday Aug. 8, at 4 p.m. at the Brown Farm, 154 Priest Road in Salem, N.Y. The Open Rehearsal offers a chance to observe the process of shaping the upcoming weekend Hubbard Hall concert "Magic in Pairs", featuring chamber music for strings by Arensky and Brahms. Informal, free and open to the public. Don’t miss this rare and interesting opportunity. For directions: 518-854-7246.

Aug. 9

Mystery reading group forming at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- The Northshire Bookstore is delighted to announce the formation of a new reading group - Classic Mystery Reading Group. The first session is set for Friday, Aug. 9, in the bookstore ConferenceRoom. The group will meet the second Friday of every other month.

This group developed from the enthusiastic Mystery and Thriller Reading Group, which concentrates on contemporary novels. Members expressed an interest in tracing the development of the mystery/thriller novel from its origins to the present, which is the intent of the new group. We will select books by chronology or by theme: the first session will emphasize the earliest mystery writers, such as Edgar Allan Poe and Wilkie Collins (exact titles have not been chosen yet). At other meetings we might discuss themes, such as the origins of the private detective, early police procedurals, the development of the female detective, differences between American and international mystery writers, the earliest spy novels - and the influence of early writers, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, on the genre. The group will select themes and titles, depending on their interests and availability of the books. We will most likely read two or three books for each session, as the group will meet every other month.

For further information and to enroll, contact Louise Jones at ljones@northshire.com, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit www.northshire.com.

Susan Gillotti reads at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- Susan Gillotti presents "Women of Privilege," the decline of a once-privileged Hudson River Valley family, Friday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m.

Carolyn Heilbrun, in Writing a Woman’s Life, states that books about the real lives of women aren’t written oftenenough. "Women of Privilege" is an attempt to fill that gap. The book describes three generations of women at Grasmere -- a country estate in Rhinebeck, N.Y. -- who suffered because of the patriarchal attitudes of the men in their lives. On the surface, everything seemed enviable; but below the surface was mental illness, alcoholism, and yearning for divorce, as well as questions about sexual identity.

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

Aug. 10

A writing workshop and reading with award-winning Vermont children’s authors, Linda Urban and Jo Knowles

MANCHESTER -- Join Linda Urban and Jo for a morning of writing and sharing. Through interactive exercises we’ll explore what makes a fantastic first page and how to "show not tell" to create an active and engaging scene. Writers of all experiences ages 10 and up welcome. Following the workshop, please join us for a reading with both authors. 9:30 to 11 a.m. -- Workshop, ages 10 and up (grownups welcome, too).

At 11:30 a.m. -- A joint reading with both authors, followed by Q-and-A and a signing.

Reservations required, admission $5 per attendee, admission receipt good as voucher toward any book written by workshop leaders. Stop by the store or call 802-362-2200 or 800-437-3700 to purchase you ticket and reserve your spot.

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

Mark Slouka comes to Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- Acclaimed author, Mark Slouka will be at the Northshire on Saturday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m. presenting his novel "Brewster."

Mark Slouka’s work has been called "relentlessly observant, miraculously expressive" (New York Times Book Review). Reverberating with compassion, heartache, and grace, Brewster is an unforgettable coming-of-age story from one of our most compelling novelists. Reverberating with compassion, heartache, and grace, Brewster is sure to remind readers of Andre Dubus III and Richard Russo.

Mark Slouka is the author of four previous works of fiction including Lost Lake, a New York Times Notable Book, and The Visible World, a finalist for the British Book Award. His 2011 essay collection, "Essays from the Nick of Time," was the winner of the PEN/Diamonstein-Speilvogel Award. A contributing editor at Harper’s, Slouka’s work has also appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. He lives in Brewster, New York.

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

Aug. 11

Music from Salem Concert at Hubbard Hall: ‘Magic in Pairs’

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- On Sunday, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. Hubbard Hall will present Music from Salem’s last summer season concert "Magic in Pairs." This program celebrates luscious music for strings featuring two cellos -- Brahms’ G major sextet and Arensky’s quartet -- played on cellos made by Matteo Gofriller (1685-1735), the Stradivarius of cello makers and the founder of the Venetian school of luthiers. These two beautiful instruments have distinguished histories: one was owned by Hermann Busch, the cellist of the Busch string quartet, founding members of the Marlboro Music Festival. Matthias Naegele, a frequent Music from Salem guest artist, has this cello directly from Busch. The other was owned by the well-known 19th-century cellist and composer Carlo Alfredo Piatti, and now belongs to Jonathan Miller, member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and director of the Boston Artists Ensemble, making his Music from Salem debut this summer. Returning to MfS after many years is Bayla Keyes, professor at Boston University, violinist of Triple Helix piano trio (with MfS’ Rhonda Rider) and former member of the Muir string quartet. The concert also features artistic director and violist Lila Brown, and two gifted conservatory students playing alongside their teachers, violist John Batchelder and violinist Christina Adams.

The Aug. 11 concert will take place at 2 p.m. at historic (and air-conditioned) Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, N.Y. Admission is pay what you can, so everyone can attend. ($20 suggested). For advance tickets: www.hubbardhall.org or 518-677-2495.

The Clark to screen film on work of Edvard Munch

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- In 1893, Norwegian Edvard Munch created The Scream, a painting that would become one of the twentieth century’s most emblematic images. The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute celebrates the 150th anniversary of Munch’s birth with a screening of Munch 150, part of the series Exhibition: Great Art on Screen. The film will be shown Sunday, Aug. 11, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 ($10 for members and students). To order tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call 413-458 0524.

Munch 150 offers a guided visit through the exhibition of the same name, which is jointly hosted by the National Museum of Norway and the Munch Museum, both located in Oslo, Norway. The audience will have an opportunity to see the largest collection of Munch’s works ever assembled, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how the exhibit was put together. A variety of art historians, led by host Tim Marlow, comment on Munch and his legacy.

Jay Clarke, the Clark’s Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, offers introductory remarks before the film and hosts a question-and-answer session afterwards

Aug. 13

Explore China information forum in Manchester

MANCHESTER -- Thinking about exploring China with the Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce? Then it is time to mark your calendar for Tuesday August 13th to attend the "information forum" and find out more about this extraordinary and affordable yet travel opportunity.

The forum will be held at the Visitor Welcome Center at 39 Bonnet St. beginning at 7 p.m. The Chamber trip is open to all - membership in the Chamber is not required -- and will take place March l8-26, 2014. This journey is a unique overview of the Chinese culture with time spent in Beijing, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai.

For more information and to RSVP for the forum, please contact Executive Director Berta Maginniss at the Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce at 802-362-6313.

Aug. 16

A Night of Ragtime and Boogie-Woogie at Arkell Pavilion

MANCHESTER -- Tickets for a guaranteed crowd-pleasing musical event at Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Arkell Pavilion are now on sale to the general public. Bob Milne: A Night of Ragtime and Boogie Woogie will be Friday, Aug. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Declared a "national treasure" by the Library of Congress, Milne’s concert tours have taken him around the world and in front of Presidents and Royalty. Audiences rave over his infectious energy and wall-to-wall, toe-tapping music. Get ready to be wowed by this consummate showman’s virtuosic piano playing. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. You can order tickets online at www.svac.org

Come early and enjoy terrace dining at Café Mamie before the show. Chef Mariah MacFarlane offers artfully prepared and locally grown fare with a full cocktail service in a lovely setting. Come and enjoy a wonderful evening in a beautiful mountain setting.

The Southern Vermont Arts Center is located at West Road, Manchester, Vermont, on a 100-acre campus overlooking the Battenkill Valley. Home of the Southern Vermont Artists, the Center is dedicated to making both the visual and performing arts an integral part of the life of its community and the region. For further information call 802-362-1405 or go to www.svac.org/calendar

Aug. 17

Samite performs at the Bennington Center for the Arts

BENNINGTON -- Born and raised in Uganda, Samite became one of East Africa’s most acclaimed flutist before he was forced to flee to Kenya and eventually the US. Today his smooth vocals accompanied by the kalimba, marimba, litungu, and various flutes mesmerize audiences throughout the world and we are proud to introduce him to Bennington. He performs at the Bennington Center for the Arts on Saturday, Aug.17, at 8p.m. Ticket prices: $30 in advance, $35 at the door

August Dulcimer Daze returns to Memorial Hall

WIlMINGTON -- On Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. MHCA favorite, August Dulcimer Daze returns, featuring this traditional folk instrument and talented performers. Call Folk Craft Music (802-368-7437) for information about companion weekend workshops. General admission: $15/person; $10 student through high school. An MHCA (formerly Memorial Hall Center for the Arts) presentation. Information: 802-464-8411. www.memhall.org.

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.

Aug. 29

’Love Letters’ at the Park-McCullough House

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Back by popular demand Aug. 29, the Anniversary Celebration to commemorate the courtship and marriage of Lizzie Park and John McCullough.

Guests will be treated to a delightful reading of "Love Letters written by Lizzie and John" and read by great-grandson Allen McCullough and his wife Randolyn Zinn, both professional actors. Prior to the reading enjoy a delicious tasting buffet and adult beverages from the cash bar provided by Pangaea Restaurant. Call for reservations 802-442-5441, $35 per person.

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