Thursday September 27, 2012

KIDS & FAMILIES

Craft Producers’ Craft Sale

At Riley Rink

Manchester. 802-362-3658.

Sept. 30 from noon to 3 p.m. -- Craft sale including entertainment by "Downtown" Bob Stannard and Those Dangerous Bluesman. Walloomsac Farmers Market

Bennington. bccdvt.org.

Sept. 29 (Saturdays through October) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- at Riverwalk at Bennington Station (Depot Street). Free.

NIGHTLIFE

(Drive responsibly!)

Kevin’s Pub and Restaurant

North Bennington. 802-442-0122.

Sept. 28 -- Ransom Notes

Sept. 29 -- Kelli and Cindy

WORDS, WORDS

EMPAC at RPI

Troy, N.Y. 518-276-3921.

Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. -- "Peter Matthaes: Art Fraud: Recognizing Authenticity in Art," discussion, part of the Observer Effects discussion series, at the EMPAC Studio 2. Free. Matthaes, director of the Museo D’Arte e Scienza, will present a dynamic discussion on art fraud, and the use of science and the senses to recognize authenticity in art. Free.

Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. -- "Manuel Lima: Session: The Power of Networks," discussion, part of the Observer Effects discussion series, at the EMPAC Studio 2. Lima, author of Visual "Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information," will lead a discussion on network visualization that will be rendered live in image by ImageThink (Nora Herting and Heather Willems). Free.

Northshire Bookstore

Manchester Center. 802-362-2200.

Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. -- Five-time Vermont State Senator and business entrepreneur Hinda Miller discusses and signs copies of her new memoir "Pearls of a Sultana: What I’ve Learned About Politics, Business, and the Human Spirit." Free.

Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. -- Jon Katz returns to the Northshire to read from and sign copies of "Dancing Dogs," 16 stories about one of life’s most unique relationships. Free.

Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. -- Children’s author Colleen Paratore reads from and signs copies of her new book, "BIG." Free.

Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. -- Eric Jay Dolin reads from and signs copies of his book "When America First Met China," wherein Ancient China collides with newfangled America in this epic tale of opium smugglers, sea pirates, and dueling clipper ships. Free.

Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. -- Andrea Chesman discusses and signs copies of "The Pickled Pantry," recipes as diverse as they are delicious. Free.

Palace Theatre

Albany, N.Y. 518-465-3335.

Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. -- Comedy show with Gabriel Iglesias, "Stand Up Revolution" Tour.

Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. -- The Second City’s "Second City for President" comedy tour.

Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. -- Bill Cosby Live! Comedic legend and television star.

FILM

Bennington College

At CAPA Building

North Bennington. bennington.edu/featuredevents

Oct. 1 from 6:30-11 p.m. -- CAPA Symposium featuring premiere screening of "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide," a new movie by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Refreshments served from 8:30 to 9 p.m.; the program will air in two parts on Vermont Public Television on Oct. 1 and 2 at 9 p.m. Free.

Cinema7

Bennington. 802-442-8179

Call for regular film schedule.

Images Cinema

Williamstown, Mass. 413-458-5612.

Call for regular film schedule.

DANCE

Bennington Contra Dance

At the Masonic Lodge

Bennington. 802-447-2173.

Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. -- Community dance and lessons with callers.

The Clark Art

Williamstown, Mass. 413-458-0524.

Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. -- Live in HD Video: Moretti and Monteverdi’s "Caravaggio," with the Staatsballett Berlin performing choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti’s contemporary ballet based on the life of the famed painter. Paul Connelly conducts.

Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. -- Live in HD Video: "Giselle," with the Mariinsky Ballet performing Marius Petipa’s classic story of a village girl who falls in love with a prince disguised as a peasant.

Jan. 27, 2013, at 1 p.m. -- Live in HD Video: Ludwig Minkus’s "Don Quixote," the Dutch National Ballet performs as the story of Miguel Cervantes’s haphazard hero is brought to life. Kevin Rhodes conducts.

EMPAC

Troy, N.Y. 518-276-3921.

Oct. 5-6 at 8 p.m. -- "Miriam," a dance-theater performance by renowned choreographer and dancer Nora Chipaumire.

MASS MoCA

North Adams, Mass. 413-663-8548.

Nov. 1 at 6:30 and 8 p.m. -- "LeWitticisms," The Williams College Contemporary Dance Ensemble (CoDa) presents new music and contemporary dance in the MASS MoCA galleries inspired by the wall drawings of Sol LeWitt.

MUSIC

Bennington Center for the Arts

Bennington. 802-442-7158.

Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. -- An Evening with Tom Rush, a night of music, humor and folk rock history.

The Colonial Theatre

Pittsfield, Mass. 413-997-4444.

Sept. 29 -- Woody’s Roadhouse Reunion, featuring four acts that performed at the legendary Berkshire nightclub: The Commander Cody Band, Fat, The Spampinato Brothers Band (featuring Joey and Johnny formerly of NRBQ) and Burnt Bacon and The Home Fries.

Hudson Valley Community College

At Stapleton Theatre

Troy, N.Y. hvcc.edu/culture.

Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. -- Jay Unger and Molly Mason Family Band.

Oct. 25 at noon -- Thomasina Winslow, blues singer/guitarist. Free.

Nov. 1 at noon -- Lost Radio Rounders, who "make music from another time. Free.

Nov. 15 at noon -- Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, bluegrass music. Free.

MASS MoCA

North Adams, Mass. 413-663-8548.

Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. -- The Bandana Splits brings nostalgic charm and 1950s and ‘60s bubblegum and doo-wop music to Club B-10.

Mohawk Theater

(With MASS MoCA)

North Adams. Mass. 413-664 4481.

Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. -- Harold Ford and The Johnny Cash band perform a tribute concert, "The Spirit of Johnny Cash," same stage that Cash played on in 1988; a fundraiser for the Mohawk Restoration Project and the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation.

Palace Theatre

Albany, N.Y. 518-465-3335.

Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. -- The Heavy, leads Miller Time night of music.

Changed from Oct. 11; April 4, 2013, at 8 p.m. -- "An Evening with Johnny Mathis."

Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. -- Return of "The Australian Pink Floyd Show" and its "Exposed to the Light" production.

Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. -- Straight No Chaser," male a cappella group that is neither straight laced or straight faced.

Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. -- Martina McBride and "The Joy of Christmas," and evening of timeless holiday classics, with a portion of every ticket proceeds going to the local "Pennies from Heaven" program.

May 11, 2013 at 8 p.m. -- An Evening with Joe Bonamassa, award-winning blues rock guitar and singer-songwriter.

South Mountain Concerts

At Mass. routes 7 and 20

Pittsfield. Mass. 413-442-2106.

Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. -- Brentano String Quartet; program includes world premiere of Eric Moe’s "Of Color Braded All Desire."

Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. -- Saint Lawrence String Quartet; program includes world premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s "Voyage for String Quartet."

South Street Café

Bennington. 802-447-2433.

Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. -- Indie bluegrass singer/songwriter Conor Mulroy. Free.

Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse Café

Bennington. 802-440-9816.

Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. -- Michele Choiniere, an award-winning Smithsonian Folkways recording artist, with Franco-American music overlaying a raw authenticity.

Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. -- Christopher Shaw, singer and teller of songs and stories from the Adirondacks.

Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. -- Woods Tea Company, returning for annual local crowd favorite.

Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. -- Claudia Schmidt the remarkable singer of original and folk stories and songs, returns.

Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. -- The Modern Grass Quintet, a Vermont group, which includes Steve Light, an award-winning banjoist and a staple of the Northeast acoustic scene.

March 15 at 8 p.m. -- Dafé Brudäjo, the Williamstown, Mass., plays an eclectic mix of contemporary folk, jazz and original compositions.

April 19 at 8 p.m. -- Singer/songwriter Chuck Brodsky, whose songwriting pokes fun at political corruption, road rage, mischief he made as a kid.

Williams College

Williamstown, Mass. 413-597-3146.

Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. -- Avery Sharpe and his sextet, a presentation and a concert with the title "Sojourner Truth -- Ain’t I A Woman?" in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. Free.

THEATER

Dorset Players

At the Dorset Playhouse

Dorset. 802-867-5777 (after Oct. 1)

Opening Oct. 5 through Oct. 14 -- The Dorset Players open their 85th season with "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," a two-act musical written by David Nehls and Betsy Kelso.

Hubbard Hall Opera Theater

Cambridge, N.Y. 518-488-7733.

Sept. 28-30 -- Boston-based company Guerilla Opera production of "Heart of a Dog," loosely-based on the novella by Mikhail Bulgakov, with chamber orchestra. (Pay what you will.)

Oct. 27 (at Dorset Playhouse) and Oct 28 (at University of Albany) -- Puccini’s "La Boheme," piano, reduced version, semi costumed and staged.

Feb. 7-15 -- Verdi’s "La Traviata," fully costumed and staged and sung in Italian, at Proctors Theater in Albany, N.Y.

MUSEUMS/GALLERIES

Opening, Closing, Events

Williams College Museum of Art

Williamstown, Mass. 413-597-2429.

Season opening reception Sept. 28 from 5-7 p.m., running through to Dec. 9 -- Reception introducing the museum’s season exhibitions, including "Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid" and other new exhibits. Free.

Bennington Center for the Arts

Bennington. 802-442-7158.

Opening Sept. 29 (through Oct. 27) -- "Oil Painter of American Eastern Regional Exhibition," about 120 pieces will be on view and for sale this fall.

Through October 30 -- Plein Air Vermont award winners; painting from the recent contest and exhibition in North Bennington.

Bennington Free Library

Bennington. 802-442-9051 .

Opening reception Oct. 6 from 1-3 p.m., through Jan. 31, 2013 -- Wall Works’s presents "Landschap," which features recent works by Aimee LaPorte. Free.

Agricultural Stewardship Association

At Mable Ridge Gallery

Coila, N.Y. 518-692-7285.

Opening reception (admssion fee) Oct. 6 from 3-6 p.m., open through Oct. 8 -- "Landscapes for Landsake," The 11th Annual Art Exhibition to benefit farmland conservation. (Gallery also open by appointment.)

Continuing

Bennington Center for the Arts

Bennington. 802-442-7158.

Opening Sept. 29 (through Oct. 27) -- "Oil Painter of American Eastern Regional Exhibition," about 120 pieces will be on view and for sale this fall

Through mid-December -- "The Small Works Show."

MASS MoCA

North Adams, Mass. 413-663-8548.

Opening Oct. 5, with opening event Oct. 6 from 5-7 p.m., through Oct. 14 -- "Jerry’s Map," a cartographic adventure from Jerry Gretzinger, builder of games such as "Sim City" and "Minecraft." Special event on Oct. 6 includes Gretzinger and filmmaker Greg Whitmore.

Bennington College

Usdan Gallery

North Bennington.

Bennington. 802-379-5116.

Through Oct. 18 -- "Uniting States of Americans," a presentation by Cynthia Weber that documents and juxtaposes two of the most significant periods in recent American history, includes a series of films, photographs, and textual vignettes from Weber’s coverage of post-9/11 America and of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Free.

Bennington Museum

Bennington. 802-447-1571.

Through Oct. 20 -- An exhibit of historical artifacts of the USS Bennington (CVA 20) in the orientation gallery.

Through Oct. 21 -- Jane Stickle Quilt on display.

Through Oct. 30 -- "Rockwell Kent’s Egypt: Shadow and Light in Vermont," the first comprehensive documentation of Kent’s life and work in Vermont.

Berkshire Museum

Pittsfield, Mass. 413-443-7171.

Through Jan. 6, 2012 -- "Rethink! American Indian Art," contemporary and historic art objects.

Doll and Toy Museum of Vt.

Bennington. dollhouseandtoymuseumofvermont.com.

Saturday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. -- New exhibit is an assortment of historical puppets and marionettes, with several puppet theaters, on exhibit throught the fall; continuing, "Dolls of the World" collection, featuring baby dolls and baby bottles.

Gardenworks

Salem, N.Y. 518-854-3250.

Through Oct. 21 -- "Points of View," an exhibit of new works by mother-daughter artists Virginia and Annie McNeice and their friend, Helen Young; a show of elegant pastels and paintings of barns and flowers. Free.

MASS MoCA

North Adams, Mass. 413-663-8548.

Opening Oct. 5, with opening event Oct. 6 from 5-7 p.m., through Oct. 14 -- "Jerry’s Map," a cartographic adventure from Jerry Gretzinger, builder of games such as "Sim City" and "Minecraft." Special event on Oct. 6 includes Gretzinger and filmmaker Greg Whitmore.

Through summer 2012 -- "Oh Canada," billed as the first comprehensive survey of Canadian contemporary art in decades, features more than 100 works by 62 artists, including more than a dozen major new commissions.

Through 2012 -- "Sanford Biggers: The Cartographer’s Conundrum," in Building 5; "New Work" by Anna Betbeze.

Thorugh January 2, 2013 -- With Williams College/Clark Art, "Making Room: The Space Between Two and Three Demensions."

Through Feb. 4, 2013 -- Group show: "Invisible Cities," titled after Italo Calvino’s book which re-imagines Marco Polo’s poetic descriptions of China’s cities.

Through Feb. 4, 2013 -- Anna Betbeze: New Work.

Permanent -- Sol LeWitt: "A Wall Drawing Retrospective."

North Bennington Art Park

And Train Station Gallery

North Bennington. northbennington.org.

Through summer -- 15th Annual North Bennington Art Park, located on the grounds around the North Bennington Post Office and train station including Welling Town House and the Aldrich property next door. With artists including Fred Brownstein, Willard Boepple, Joe Chichirillo, Matthew Perry, sculptors from Salem Art Works; gallery show with the works of Pat Adams, Kevin Bubriski, Susie Cronin, Ann Pibal, Leslie Parke, John Recco, Barbara Sussman and Elaine Witten. Free.

South Street Café

Bennington. 802-447-2433.

Through Oct. 30 -- "Chickens!" by Amy Cloud, acrylic paintings in recycled shutters. Free.

Valley Artisans Market

Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2765.

Through Oct. 16 -- "Life’s Lessons: Paintings by Elizabeth Coyne," in the Small Gallery. Free.

Williams College Museum of Art

Williamstown, Mass. 413-597-2429.

Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m. -- Gallery talk and performance, "Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid" curator Charles W. Haxthausen and professor of music Ed Gollin explore the affinity between LeWitt’s systematic artistry and Bach’s musical structure through discussion and live musical performances. Free.

Through Oct. 21 -- "Power Runs in Many Channels: Diversity in Nigerian Art," an exhibition that explores the rich diversity of cultural and artistic production in traditional African art from Nigeria. Free.

Nov. 1 at 6:30 and 8 p.m. -- "LeWitticisms," The Williams College Contemporary Dance Ensemble (CoDa) presents new music and contemporary dance in the MASS MoCA galleries inspired by the wall drawings of Sol LeWitt. (Tickets required.)

Through Nov. 25 -- "Laylah Ali: The Greenheads Series," described by curator as "Onto these timeless, genderless figures we can project a multitude of scenarios encompassing anything from schoolyard bullying to racial crimes." Free.

Through Dec. 9 -- "Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid." Multi-media show on artist style and science of Sol LeWitt. Free.

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