Thursday October 11, 2012

Continuing Oct. 11-14

Dorset Players presents musical ‘Trailer Park'

DORSET -- The Dorset Players open the first show of their 85th season, "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," a two-act musical written by David Nehls and Betsy Kelso that "explores the relationships between the tenants at the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park in Starke, Florida. Agoraphobia, adultery, spray cheese, road kill, kleptomania, flan and disco" -- Really! -- running through Oct. 14.

In a unique audience availability, there will also be several tables on stage during each performance where audience members can sit and be a part of the on-stage action.

The Dorset Playhouse is located on Cheney Road. Performances will be Oct. 5-7, 12-13 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25, $10 for age 18 and under. Be aware that this show contains strong language and adult humor. For tickets and information call 802-867-5777 starting Oct. 1. On-stage audience tables are $200 and seats four people; contact Sheila Conway at 802-867-5570 if interested in purchasing a table ticket.

Closing Oct. 14

'Pop-Up' gallery in Manchester

MANCHESTER -- W. Vanderlip & Co. will host the opening of "Home Grown" -- an art show celebrating local artists including Donnel Barnum, Leslie Parke, Leslie Peck, Christopher Pierce, Brian Sweetland, Kathie Thompson, Thomas Torak, and Mark Tougias -- through Oct.


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14, at a "pop up" gallery at 4361 Main St., near Mother Myrick's.

For information regarding the "Home Grown "Columbus week "pop-up" gallery or the artist studio tours call 802-770-8820.

MASS MoCA hosts ‘Jerry's Map" in Hunter Center

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a short, two-week run of Jerry Gretzinger's "Jerry's Map" -- in the vein of popular world-building games like "Sim City" and "Minecraft," Gretzinger has created a vast living map comprised of individual, handcrafted panels, a map which evolves and shape-shifts as he reworks a panel every day -- in the Hunter Center through Oct. 14, and open for viewing during gallery hours.

With over 2,600 painted and collaged panels spanning a jaw-dropping 2,000 square feet, the project -- part cartography, part imaginative narrative -- will be displayed in its entirety. During the exhibition, Gretzinger will continue to work on the project, while documentary filmmaker Greg Whitmore uses this opportunity to convert the entire Hunter Center into a film soundstage, documenting the artist and this project.

MASS MoCA is located off Marshall Street. Tickets to the Oct. 6 after-hours party, or entry to the Hunter during gallery hours, are $5. MASS MoCA members are admitted free. For information call 413-662-2111 or visit massmoca.org

Closing Oct. 17

Bennington Arts Guild presents show of hooked rugs and art porcelain.

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Arts Guild will present a joint exhibit by two of its member-artists from through Nov. 17 - hooked rugs by Dan Barber and porcelain vessels by Colleen Williams.

Arlington, VT, artist, Dan Barber, recycles used clothing to form his rug wall-hangings. He pulls loops of yarn or fabric through a stiff woven base to create scenes of everyday life in a small New England town, a collection he calls "My Town."

With an emphasis on form and surface design, Colleen Williams, of North Adams, MA, presents intricate, textural, patterned designs onto hand-built, colored porcelain forms, celebrating autumn. Surfaces are achieved by layering porcelain, using a resist and water-etching.

Photographs of Colleen Williams' work are available by emailing Alison Kolesar at Alison.kolesar@gmail.com

Through Jan. 31, 2013

Library hosts opening of ‘Landschap' exhibit

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Library continues its installation of Wall Works, "Landschap," which features recent works by Aimee LaPorte, through Jan. 31, 2013.

LaPorte's exhibition features paintings of area landscapes, the inspiration for this show's title, selections from a colonial inspired portrait series of beloved family pets and an ongoing series on bridges which incorporates mixed media elements. 

LaPorte grew up and attended schools locally. She received her BA from Alfred University's School of Art and Design and MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, affiliated with Tufts University.

The Bennington Free Library is located at 101 Silver St. For information call 802-442-9051.

Friday, Oct. 12

An Evening with Howard Fishman

NORTH BENNINGTON -- In his 14th appearance on the Basement Music Series stage, Howard Fishman returns to Vermont Arts Exchange's Sage Street Mill on Friday, October 12, at 8 p.m., doors open at 7

"An Evening with Howard Fishman" features the composer-guitarist-singer-bandleader Fishman with Ron Wilkins on trombone, violinist Skye Steele and Andrew Hall on double bass.

General admission tickets for the Friday evening concert are $20 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets at brownpapertickets.com or by calling (toll free) 800-838-3006, (price includes a small service fee). Tickets are $24 at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Libations, provided by Thyme Tables Catering of Shaftsbury, are available through a cash bar.

For more information about Vermont Arts Exchange, the Basement Music Series, exhibitions, classes, workshops and studio memberships, contact VAE at 802-442-5549 or visit vtartxchange.org

Gallery Talk and Performance: Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Robert Sterling Clark professor of art history and exhibition curator, Charles W. Haxthausen, and associate 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.

For information call 413-597-4277.

Saturday, Oct. 13

Annual fall Oktoberfest coming to North Bennington

NORTH BENNINGTON -- North Bennington's Oktoberfest will feature the music of The Rymanowski Brothers Orchestra -- as heard on their radio program on 88. 3 FM? -- as well as a day of family fun on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Presented by the NorShaft Lions and Historic Park McCullough, the Oktoberfest will be a day of Bavarian food, great music and cold Oktoberfest beers (and wine). Visitors will also have an opportunity to browse the stalls of craft vendors, purchase the commemorative beer glass, and tour the Park McCullough House.

The event takes place on the grounds of Historic Park McCullough, located on Park Street in North Bennington, one block west of the library. Admission is $5. For information visit parkmccu lough.org Williams hosts talk on lost ‘American Dream'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams College will host Hedrick Smith -- a former foreign correspondent, editor, and Washington bureau chief for The New York Times -- will give a talk about his new book, "Who Stole the American Dream?" Saturday, Oct. 13, at 9:30 a. m., in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.

The talk is free and open to the public.

In "Who Stole the American Dream?" Smith reveals the trail of political and corporate decisions that he says have dismantled the American Dream -- a steady job with decent pay and health benefits, a home of one's own, a secure retirement, and the hope that one's children will enjoy a better future -- and created two nations: The rich and everyone else.

Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 1974 for his coverage of Russia and other areas of Eastern Europe. He is an Emmy-award winning producer and correspondent for the PBS show Frontline.

For information call 413-597-4277.

MASS MoCA: Nerd Nite

NORTH ADAMS, MA -- It's like the Discovery Channel--with beer! Born in Boston, Nerd Nite is a phenomenon that has quickly gone global, spreading from Austin to Amsterdam, Liberia to Leipzig, and now to North Adams. Enjoy funny-yet-smart presentations beginning with one about Mumblecore: The Film Movement that Didn't Roar. Whether you've got a Netflix queue full of mumblecore or this is the first you've heard of the "m" word, there's much to muse aboaut in these homegrown indie movies that forged the first film movement of the 21st century.

The show moves on to "Hey, Where's My Robot Girlfriend? The Singularity, Sperm Bots and the Future of Sexual Technology explaining how hybrids of sex and technology are flourishing in contemporary culture." Will we be able to disable our foes with weaponized orgasms? Can you learn to love a robot, and can a robot learn to love you? Bring a few friends, have a few cocktails, and learn something new. 8 p.m. MASS MoCA, Club B-10

MASS MoCA is located off Marshall Street. Tickets are $14 in advance, $18 day of the show,$10 for students. For information call 413-662-2111 or visit massmoca.org

Dead Man's Cell Phone

BENNINGTON -- A Student production of the play "Dead Man's Cell Phone. In this acclaimed comedy by Sara Ruhl, a man dies while at a cafe. But his cell phone will not stop ringing. The woman at the next table, Jean, picks up the cell phone and ends up stuck in the middle of all his troubles.

Margot Tenny Theater, VAPA, Bennington College 8 p.m. For information call 802-442-5401

Sunday Oct. 14

Gotham Early Music Scene: Galileo's Muse

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams College Department of Music and Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS) present the early music ensemble Listening To History in concert. The event is free and open to the public.

The New York based early music group Listening To History is led by baroque cellist Benjamin Wolff. Together with his quintet, he presents a multifaceted performance piece titled "Galileo's Muse", which explores the delightful and surprising relationship between scientist Galileo Galilei and the music of late Renaissance Italy. The piece tells the story of how Galileo's love of music and his experience as a lute player held the key to one of his most important scientific accomplishments--the formulation of his "Law of Falling Bodies." The program invites us into Galileo's musical and scientific worlds with rarely performed lute music composed by Galileo's father and brother, as well as sparkling 17th century Italian dances and sonatas, and a live reenactment of the experiment of the Inclined Plane.

Williams College Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, For information call 413-597-4277.

Dead Man's Cell Phone

BENNINGTON -- A Student production of the play "Dead Man's Cell Phone. In this acclaimed comedy by Sara Ruhl, a man dies while at a cafe. But his cell phone will not stop ringing. The woman at the next table, Jean, picks up the cell phone and ends up stuck in the middle of all his troubles.

Margot Tenny Theater, VAPA, Bennington College 8 p.m. For information call 802-442-5401

Monday Oct. 15

Social Science Colloquium series: Paul Rapp, Esq.,

BENNINGTON -- Intellectual property attorney in private practice and an instructor at Albany Law School, and a former rock guitarist, Paul Rapp comes to talk about the practice of music in the digital age. File-sharing technologies have decimated the recording business, but Rapp embraces the new technological era with legal expertise and good humor based upon his experience as an attorney and a front man for the late lamented rock group Blotto.

This talk is free and open to the public. Monday Oct. 8 in the CAPA Symposium at 7 p.m. For info call 802-440-4743.