Thursday April 4, 2013

April 4

Robert Frost interactive talk at One World Conservation Center

BENNINGTON -- "New England Imagery in Robert Frost’s Poetry: Birch Trees, Stone Walls, and a Drunken Cow" is the subject of Lea Newman’s interactive talk at the One World Conservation Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 4. The program is free and part of "The Valley We Live in Series" supported by the Bank of Bennington. The Center is located at 413 US Route 7 South in Bennington. 802-447-7419.

Newman is the author of "Robert Frost: The People, Places and Stories Behind His New England Poetry." She is a founding member and vice-president of the Friends of Robert Frost who operate the Robert Frost Stone House Museum in Shaftsbury. She is Professor Emerita at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, where she taught Frost’s poetry for over 25 years. Burr and Burton Academy hosts film ‘The Summer of Walter Hacks’

MANCHESTER -- Burr and Burton Academy is excited to host a screening of an award-winning Vermont film "The Summer of Walter Hacks." Media Arts students will be treated to a master class from the film makers during class time. In the evening, the film will be shown as a fundraising event to benefit the AKP Foundation founded by Jon Wilson.

The film, which was directed and co-written by Waterbury dairy farmer and actor George Woodard and produced and co-written by Ferrisburgh resident Gerianne Smart, has been shown throughout the state as a successful fundraiser for close to a dozen organizations.


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Tickets are $7 and available at the Northshire Bookstore and at the door, with all proceeds going to the Foundation, all donations will be gratefully accepted as well. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the screening beginning at 7 p.m. Both filmmakers will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions afterwards.

April 5

Spring Concerts at Green Mountain College Feature Eclectic Mix of Music

POULTNEY -- A pair of concerts featuring the Green Mountain College Choir, the GMC and Community Band, and special guests will be held at the College’s Ackley Hall in April.

On Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m., the choir and guest musicians present a night of popular music ranging from Tin Pan Alley to the great jazz standards of the 40s and 50s. The performance is directed by GMC music professor James P. Cassarino.

On Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m., The GMC and Community Concert Band presents its annual spring concert featuring selections from Carl Orff’s famous Carmina Burana. Other highlights will include a collection of Welsh battle marches, whimsical French folk songs, and a high energy suite of Balkan and Armenian dances. Conducted by James P. Cassarino.

Both performances are free and open to the public.

April 6

Bluesman Chris Kleeman Performs at Spring Local Music Series

ARLINGTON -- Saturday April 6, master blues singer and song stylist Chris Kleeman will take the stage at theThe West Mountain Inn in Arlington for the second show in their Spring Local Music Series. One of Vermont’s best-kept blues secrets, Kleeman will perform in the Inn’s intimate living room and tavern setting.

Saturday night’s performance starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. A farm to table tavern menu and drinks will be available. Cover charge is $10. The West Mountain Inn is located at 144 River Rd. Arlington. For more info contact 802-375-6516 or info@westmountaininn.com.

Art of the Kitchen Garden in Manchester Village

MANCHESTER VILLAGE -- Ellen Ecker Ogden, gardener, garden designer and author of The Complete Kitchen Garden, will host a workshop "Art of the Kitchen Garden" in April.

The workshop is open to the public and will be held on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy on 57 Seminary Avenue in Manchester Village.

Participants will be polled during the workshop about their interest in a follow-up and optional workshop later in the spring on "Kitchen Garden Design".  Sponsored by Transition Town Manchester, a local group of citizens working to envision, create, and realize a sustainable community in Manchester, Vermont and surrounding towns that is based on local food, sustainable energy sources, resilient local economies and a heightened sense of community well-being.

$10 suggested donation or pay what you can. For more information contact Rich Thompson Tucker at Transition Town Manchester at 802-867-4591, by email at hellorichtt@hotmail.com or visit www.transitiontownmanchester.org

Band Chasing Macie presents ‘Wake UP!’ sexual awareness event

BRATTLEBORO -- New band Chasing Macie will consummate their first "Wake UP!" sexual awareness event at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, in Brattleboro’s Hooker Dunham Theater. The two-set show features a racy mix of originals, covers and takeoffs -- pun intended -- guaranteed to get the adults-only audience thoroughly fired up. The event will host some local groups to help spread the message of diversity, empowerment and celebration, including LGBTQ community organizations Green Mountain Crossroads and Homo Promo. Onstage games with audience volunteers competing for prizes will be part of the pleasure, with members of the Elm City Derby Damez roller derby team joining in the fun.Chasing Macie entertains throughout the region with an array of genres including Rock, Jazz and Blues, masterfully backed by their agile four-piece band, the Eager Beavers.

The show also blends in some cabaret-style intimacy and a humorous burlesque flair for innuendo. Fronting the group are Jacky Rose, Alexandria "Red Shorts" and Jelly Nora Macie. Usually joined by several surprise "Guest Macies" to round out the scope of feminine expression, their performance features solid quality vocals, sexy costuming with a mild striptease focus, and some hilariously fun audience interaction. Tickets are available at the door for $12 the night of the show at Hooker Dunham Theater and Gallery, 139 Main St., Brattleboro.

One-Act Play Festival in Dorset

DORSET -- The Dorset Players are proud to present their 10th Annual One-Act Play Festival. This year brings a wealth of entertainment in a variety of offerings. "Here We Are" by Dorothy Parker explores a newly married couple’s anxieties as they anticipate the consummation of their marriage later that night. "Ferris Wheel" by Mary Miller is a funny and poignant story that proves love can be found in the strangest places, including fifty feet above a county fair. "Life With Actors" by Robert Sugarman brings us to a theatrical boarding house in the 1950’s as a group of actors try to help their boozy old castmate shape up and learn his lines. "Waiting On Trains" by D.M. Larson takes us inside a train station where a sleeping bum awakens to what she believes to be God speaking to her.

Proudly sponsored by Express Copy, performance dates will be Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. with a special Sunday matinee on April 7 at 2 p.m. General (open) seating is $10 per person. Please join us for an opening night reception in the Playhouse café immediately following the Friday show. Call Sheila Conway at the Players business office at 802-867-5570 for more information or visit www.dorsetplayers.org.

April is National Autism Awareness Month, author John Robinson comes to Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- When John Elder Robison published his memoir, "Look Me in the Eye," in 2007, readers were given a window into the life of a man who spent 40 years knowing that he was different, but not knowing why. It was not until he learned that he had Asperger’s syndrome a diagnosis that made sense of his often peculiar behavior that John emerged as a fully realized adult.

"Look Me in the Eye" quickly became a New York Times bestseller. Robinson followed it up with "Be Different" (2011), in which he argued that Asperger’s is about difference, not just disability, and offered new insights into the Aspergian mind. In his new book, "Raising Cubby: A Father and Son’s Adventures with Asperger’s, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives" Robinson offers readers a father-son memoir like no other, he will speak at Northshire Books April 6 at 7 p.m.

Robinson also serves on committees and review boards for the CDC, the National Institutes of Health, and Autism Speaks. A machinery enthusiast and avid photographer, John lives in Amherst, Mass. with his family, animals, and machines. For more information call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit www.northshire.com

Jazz Concert & Gala to Help School Kids

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Southshire Community School will present its Second Annual Spring Gala on Saturday, April 6 at the Vermont Arts Exchange in North Bennington.The event will feature the Leah Carroll Quintet playing classic jazz standards and songs from the American Songbook, including Gershwin, Berlin and Porter. The community is invited to enjoy live music, dancing, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar while helping to raise funds for the school’s transportation fund.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be obtained by visiting www.southshiregala.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 802-442-4601.

Art talk at the Clark

WILLIAMTOWN, Mass. -- The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents "This Is a Portrait If I Say So," a public conversation that concludes a curatorial roundtable, on Saturday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. The free event will be held in the Clark Café and is open to the public.

This roundtable and public conversation are centered around the development of an exhibition by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery that will examine the rise and evolution of symbolic, abstract, and conceptual portraiture in American art. Spanning one hundred years of American art, the exhibition--scheduled to open in 2015--will explore new ways of thinking about and picturing the self and others. This preparatory event, culminating in the public conversation, will help form the intellectual framework for an exhibition that hopes to reassess the theoretical underpinnings of portraiture as a genre, practice, and social activity over the course of the past century.

April 7

Free lecture acompanies ‘Electric Paris’ at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Art historian Nancy Mowll Mathews, Eugénie Prendergast Senior Curator, Emerita at the Williams College Museum of Art, will present the free lecture "Moving Pictures: Thomas Edison and American Art in Paris" at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. The lecture is presented in conjunction with the Clark’s Electric Paris exhibition, on view through April 21.

The emergence of moving pictures, pioneered by Thomas Edison in the late nineteenth century, changed the way artists represented the world around them. In this lecture, Mathews explores early film technology and its impact on artists working in Paris.

Mathews is the author of "Moving Pictures: American Art and Early Film, 1880-1910," as well as "Mary Cassatt: A Life and Paul Gauguin: An Erotic Life."

Electric Paris is the first exhibition to explore the ways in which artists depicted both older gas lighting and the newer electric illumination that began to supplant it around the turn of the 20th century.

April 11

Bennington Museum presents films with ‘Engage’ and ‘More Like You Than Not’

BENNINGTON -- The first of two film events in conjunction with the current exhibits "Engage" and "More Like You Than Not" is presented in the Ada Paresky Education Center. Engage artist, Mark Utter, and "More Like You Than Not" artist, Larry Bissonnette, along with their communication facilitators, Emily Anderson and Pascal Cheng respectively, will present their films "I am in Here" and "My Classic Life as an Artist: A Portrait of Larry Bissonnette" at 7 p.m. Both artists were born with neurological differences that make it difficult for them to communicate verbally but have learned to communicate via typing. The audience can enjoy the films written by both men and have the unique and informative experience of being able to witness facilitated communication in action. Admission fees of $8/member and $10/non-member will help offset the cost of the event. ASL interpretation is available upon request by contacting Deana Mallory at dmallory@benningtonmuseum.org Please call by April 8.

April 14

Public lecture at the Clark explores fortuny fabrics

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The free public lecture series, "A Feast for the Eyes: Food, Porcelain, Silver, and Luxury Fabrics," continues at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute with the lecture "Fortuny Fabrics" by author Brian Coleman on Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m.

Created by Spanish emigree Mariano Fortuny over a century ago in Venice, Fortuny fabrics today remain among the most luxurious and beautiful printed cottons in the world. Coleman, author of Fortuny Interiors, will discuss Fortuny’s rich history and heritage.

Coleman calls Fortuny fabrics "the most beautiful, timeless, and unique fabrics in the world." In this lecture, he visits a palazzo in Venice, a country estate in Provence, a New York City Upper East Side salon, and a Malibu beach house, exploring how the romance and magic of Fortuny is interpreted today. A book signing with the author will follow the lecture.

"A Feast for the Eyes: Food, Porcelain, Silver, and Luxury Fabrics" celebrates sumptuously decorative, yet functional, works of art dating from the Middle Ages to today. The talks highlight the luxury and opulence of decorative art objects and explore their intriguing social contexts.

The Clark’s extensive collection of decorative pieces, including silver and porcelain, are showcased in the Remix galleries as part of the ClarkNOW effort. The "Feast for the Eyes" series is a direct result of the museum’s commitment to looking at decorative arts in new ways.

April 19

Spring Concerts at Green Mountain College Feature Eclectic Mix of Music

POULTNEY -- A concert featuring the Green Mountain College Choir, the GMC and Community Band, and special guests will be held at the College’s Ackley Hall in April.

On Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m., The GMC and Community Concert Band presents its annual spring concert featuring selections from Carl Orff’s famous Carmina Burana. Other highlights will include a collection of Welsh battle marches, whimsical French folk songs, and a high energy suite of Balkan and Armenian dances. Conducted by James P. Cassarino.

The performance is free and open to the public.

April 25

Bennington Museum presents films with ‘Engage’ and ‘More Like You Than Not’

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Museum presents the second of two film events in conjunction with "Engage" and "More Like You Than Not." Admission fees of $8/member and $10/non-member will help offset the cost affiliated with the presentation. "Dreaming Awake" by John Killacky, and "Crip Shots: Six Performative Portraits," by John Killacky and Larry Connolly will be shown. (Note that "Dreaming Awake" contains nudity and is intended for a mature audience.) Also scheduled is Jay Craven’s "Gayleen" (1984) a documentary film that explores the wonderful world of Vermont artist Gayleen Aiken, whose work is on view in "More Like You Than Not." Requests for ASL interpretation should be made by April 22. Please call Deana Mallory at 802-447-1571 or you can write dmallory@benningtonmuseum.org. For relay call 711.

April 27

Bennington Museum volunteer luncheon

BENNINGTON -- Join the staff of the Bennington Museum as it thanks its current volunteers and welcomes new ones with the annual Volunteer Luncheon at noon on April 27. Learn about the opportunities at the museum for volunteers as docents, educators, assistants in the genealogical library or shop, or with the curatorial staff. The potluck lunch is prepared and served by the staff of the museum. Reservations should be made by calling Deana Mallory at 802-447-1571.

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