Thursday January 31, 2013

Feb. 1

Jason Lorber to headline "Comedy Night" at the Dorset Playhouse

DORSET -- Have you heard the one about the comedian turned legislator, who opened for Joan Rivers? Well he’s coming to the Dorset Playhouse on Friday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m.

Jason Lorber headlines the show, less than a year after Joan Rivers selected him to open for her at the main stage of the Flynn in Burlington. Lorber is known statewide not just for his comedic skills, but also for having served in the Vermont House of Representatives for eight years, from 2005 to 2012. His comedy reflects that, politics being one of his staples of comedy.

"I ran for office because I wanted to spend less time with my family," said Lorber. "Now, I need other excuses. That’s partly why I’m coming to Dorset."

Lorber has performed comedy nationally, including at French Toast in Los Angeles, Punchline in Atlanta, and for family members of the Vermont National Guard. He also performs regularly at scores of venues in Vermont including the Flynn Main Stage, Middlebury College, the Chandler, Smuggler’s Notch, Higher Ground, at Green Mountain Comedy Festival (headliner), as well as at numerous charity fundraisers.

Joining Lorber on stage are two other all-star comedians Carmen Lagala and Mike Thomas who along with Lorber have been winning consistent top showings in comedy contests.

Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door. There will be a wine reception at 7:30 p.m. in the Playhouse café before showtime. Please visit

www.dorsetplayers.org for more information about comedy night and other upcoming events. B.A. Shapiro at Northshire

MANCHESTER -- B. A. Shapiro presents her historically rich, deliciously witty, sensuous, and smart tale of authenticity versus fakery, the New York Times best-seller, "The Art Forger", Friday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m.

In the early morning of March 18, 1990, two thieves disguised as Boston police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and made off with thirteen pieces of art today worth over $500 million. The works, including four by Edgar Degas, have never been recovered, making this the largest unsolved art heist in history. This crime is the inspiration for B. A. Shapiro’s exhilarating literary thriller, "The Art Forger," which Publishers Weekly described as "filled with delightful twists, turns, and ruminations on what constitutes truth in art a lively ride." B.A. Shapiro lives in Boston and teaches creative writing at Northeastern University.

For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com

Martha Canfield Library to house Sweetland works

ARLINGTON -- The Martha Canfield Library is proud to announce the work of Brian

Sweetland will be exhibited in the gallery at the Library from Feb. 1 to Feb. 26

The official opening will be Saturday, Feb. 2.

In 1977, Dean Fausett brought Brian Sweetland to Vermont under a grate from the Society for the Preservation of Traditional Values in the Fine Arts. Sweetland had his first major exhibit in 1980 in Middleburg, Va., and since then has had successful annual exhibits at several galleries throughout Vermont.

Sweetland joins many other contemporaries in this region’s long tradition of representational plein-air landscape painting. His style might be generally described as hybridized impressionism.

Currently, Brian Sweetland’s paintings hang in the permanent collection of the Southern Vermont Art Center as well as many private collections worldwide.

Be sure to visit the library in February to enjoy Brian Sweetland’s work. The gallery is free to the public. The Martha Canfield Library is located at 528 E. Arlington Road in Arlington. For more information on this exhibit and other events at the Library, call 802-375-6153 or visit the Library online at www.marthacanfieldlibrary.org.

Feb. 5

Lecture on Peace and Civility at Southern Vermont College

BENNINGTON -- A lecture on peace and civility in relation to

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech of hope and racial equality will be held at Southern Vermont College (SVC) on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Free and open to the public, the lecture will take place in the College’s Everett Theatre at 2:20 p.m. followed by a reception in the Burgdorff Gallery.

The lecture will be presented by Dr. Thomas Redden, Professor of History and Politics, and Dr. Joan Sakalas, Adjunct Professor, both faculty members from The Donald Everett Axinn Division of Social Sciences at SVC. Drs. Redden and Sakalas will address Dr. King’s dream of a peaceful community and civic engagement through service and social justice.

For more information on this event, contact Corie Steinke, Civic Engagement Coordinator, at 802-447-4667 or csteinke@svc.edu. Founded in 1926, Southern Vermont College offers a career-enhancing, liberal arts education with 17 academic degree programs for more than 550 students. SVC recognizes the importance of educating students for the workplace of the 21st century and as successful leaders in their communities. SVC’s athletic teams are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association ( NCAA) Division III and the New England intercollegiate Collegiate Conference ( NECC). The College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has been designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Community-Engagement Classification institution.

Feb. 7

Williamstheatre Presents ‘book/marked’ a new work instigated and directed by John Chandler Hawthorne

WILLIAMTOWN, Mass. -- Williamstheatre proudly presents John Chandler Hawthorne’s Senior Honors Project in Theatre, entitled book/marked.

What does it mean and how does it feel to be lost, confounded, and overwhelmed by complexity and profundity? What might it be like to get lost in a library, full of too many books for any one person to read on her own, and what might it take to find your way out? Is the music of Burt Bacharach and the Beach Boys overly sentimental schmaltz, or is it heartbreakingly beautiful? What significance might emerge from these questions, taken together and theatricalized? book/marked is a new performance piece, instigated and directed by John Chandler Hawthorne ‘13 and developed with an ensemble of students, looking to examine these questions. This is a play for a small audience in a big theater. The performances are Feb. 7 to 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the ‘62 Center’s MainStage, located at 1000 Main St., in Williamstown, Mass. Tickets are Free.

The Department of Theatre works to develop in each student an understanding of theatre that is both broad and deep. Through creative expression and critical study, we challenge students to engage both contemporary and historical modes of performance. Theatre students make artworks through design, acting, directing, and dramaturgy. They are encouraged to experiment, to risk, and to make bold choices. Working collaboratively with faculty and guest artists, students integrate intellectual, physical, and emotional responses into an array of live performances each academic year.

For tickets, visit the Williams ‘62 Center Box Office Tues-Sat, 1-5 p.m. or call 413-597-2425. For more information, please visit http://62center. williams.edu

Feb. 9

Rachel Barton Pine performs in Montpelier

MONTPELIER -- Capital City Concerts presents virtuoso violinist Rachel Barton Pine on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier in a varied and global program of works for violin, featuring two of the great Romantic sonatas: Beethoven’s Sonata for violin and piano No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 12 No. 3, and Strauss’ Sonata for violin and piano in E-flat major, Op. 18. The program will also include the rarely performed masterpiece Sonata No. 3 by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos as well as the Egyptian-flavored Sonata for Solo Violin, a piece written for Rachel Barton Pine by Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz.

American violinist Rachel Barton Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, Dallas, Baltimore, Montreal, Vienna, and the Philadelphia Orchestras, and the Israel and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, working with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, and Placido Domingo. She has been featured on St. Paul Sunday, Performance Today, From the Top, CBS Sunday Morning, and NBC’s Today Show. She holds top prizes from the J.S. Bach (gold medal), Queen Elisabeth, Paganini, Kreisler, Szigeti, and Montreal international competitions, and has twice been honored as a Chicagoan of the Year. She plays the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742), known as the "ex-Soldat," violin on generous loan from her patron.

For more info and to charge tickets ($10-$25) go to www.capitalcityconcerts.org. Tickets may also be purchased (cash or check only) in person at Bear Pond Books, Montpelier. Advance sale tickets are recommended.

Feb. 10

Bennington Cultural Summit

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Cultural Summit: Arts as an Engine of Economic Development Sunday, Feb. 10, 1-4 p.m., at Mount Anthony Country Club.

Please join us for a meet, greet and brainstorming session about how we can work together towards engaging and sustaining a creative economy in Bennington. At the Summit we will explore the drafting of a cultural component to Bennington’s Town Plan, update a directory of arts-related people, programs, assets, and venues in the Bennington area, and identify creative initiatives that we can move forward.

Everyone is welcome -- theatre artists, musicians, visual artists (2D & 3D), venue owners, art galleries, restaurants, chefs, vendors, suppliers, and educators. We want your brilliant ideas, creative solutions, passionate participation, and innovative strategies about attracting people to Bennington -- artists, businesses, tourists, anyone and everyone who wants to join us and to experience Bennington and its many creative assets at their best.

RSVP to the Better Bennington Corporation @ 802-442-5758 or

admin@betterbennington.com. The Bennington Cultural Summit is sponsored by the Arts Committee of the Better Bennington Corporation (BBC) with support from the Bennington County Regional Commission.

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