Thursday April 18, 2013

April 18

‘Love and Death in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost: A Study in Contrasts’ Dr. Lea Newman to lecture at Sweetwood

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Sweetwood Lecture Series continues on Thursday, April 18, at 4 p.m. with a provocative look at the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost by author and longtime professor Lea Newman, PhD. Newman’s talk is entitled "Love and Death in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost: A Study in Contrasts." Please note that this month’s lecture will take place on Thursday, rather than the usual third Wednesday of each month at Sweetwood.

Newman earned her doctorate at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and is Professor Emeritus of American Literature at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. She is past-president of the Hawthorne Society and the Melville Society. She is also a founding member of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum and currently serves as the vice-president of the Friends of Robert Frost. A reception will follow the lecture. The program is free and open to the public. For more information contact Sweetwood of Williamstown at 413-458-8371. Frederik Logevall, author of ‘Embers of War,’ at Northshire

MANCHESTER -- Frederik Logevall presents his widely researched and eloquently written account of how the U.S. came to be involved in Vietnam . . . certainly the most comprehensive review of this period to date, "Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam," Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m.

An epic story of wasted opportunities and tragic miscalculations, featuring an extraordinary cast of larger-than-life characters, Embers of War delves deep into the historical record to provide hard answers to the unanswered questions surrounding the demise of one Western power in Vietnam and the arrival of another. This book will become the definitive chronicle of the struggle’s origins for years to come.

Author Fredrik Logevall is John S. Knight Professor of International Studies and professor of history at Cornell University, where he serves as director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

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

April 19

Chuck Brodsky at Meetinghouse Café, Bennington

BENNINGTON -- Chuck Brodsky, well known for original songs that take a satiric look at life, will be at Bennington’s Meetinghouse Café of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Friday, April 19. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. The Fellowship is located at 108 School St. in downtown Bennington.

Brodsky’s songwriting pokes fun at political corruption, road rage, and mischief he made as a kid. He sings about unsung heroes and forgotten but incredible people. These include odd characters from the game of baseball, migrant fruit pickers, the Goat Man, and a clown.

His song about "Radio," a developmentally disabled man and the love showered on him for 40 years at a high school in South Carolina, was used in the 2003 movie "Radio."

In addition to being fixtures on the Dr. Demento show, his songs have been recorded by Kathy Mattea, David Wilcox, Sara Hickman, Chuck Pyle, and many others. His tune "Blow ‘em Away" was selected by Christine Lavin for Shanachie’s 1996 "Laugh Tracks" album. He’s appeared on nationally syndicated radio programs "Mountain Stage," "Acoustic Cafe," and "River City Folk," and has performed three concerts of his celebrated baseball story songs at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Information about the concert is on the UU Fellowship’s web page at www.uubennington.org.

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.

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 20

Elizabeth Graver, author of ‘The End of the Point’ reads at Northshire

MANCHESTER -- Spanning half a century, this novel combines emotional and an evocative atmosphere, charting the dramatic changes in the lives of three generations of one remarkable family and the summer place that both shelters and isolates them. Don’t miss Elizabeth Graver as she reads from and talks about The End of the Point, Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m.

A powerful portrait of one family’s journey through the second half of the twentieth century. "The End of the Point" artfully traces the hairline fractures that lie beneath the surface of our lives, even after they’ve been reassembled by time, place, and one another. The result is a layered exploration of the complex legacy of place, and of family - what we are born into, what we pass down to the next generation, and what we must preserve, cast off, or willingly set free.

Elizabeth Graver’s new novel, "The End of the Point," is set in a summer community on Buzzard’s Bay from 1942 to 1999 and has received starred early reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Booklist. She is the author of three other novels: "Awake," "The Honey Thief," and "Unravelling." Her short story collection, "Have You Seen Me?," won the 1991 Drue Heinz Literature Prize.

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

Laura Molinelli and Chris Clark perform at the West Mountain Inn

ARLINGTON -- Saturday, April 20, at, 7 p.m. Laura Molinelli and Chris Clark will perform at the West Mountain Inn’s intimate living room and tavern setting. Molinelli has been an active part of the New York and New England music scene for the past 15 years. With four self-produced albums of original material under her belt, she is readying to release another collection of tunes in collaboration with her husband and former Sliver frontman, Chris Clark (guitar, vocals.) They are joined by Jim Gilmour (bass,vocals), John Clark (guitar), Dylan Blake (drums) and other guest performers on this forthcoming album of 12 new originals dubbed "Cinematica". The album will be released locally in May, but this is special acoustic preview at the West Mountain Inn.

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 Road. For more information contact 802-375-6516 or info@westmountaininn.com.

April 21

Pownal Historical Society Annual Meeting to feature author, historian Richard Smith

POWNAL -- In May 1775, following the events at Lexington and Concord, a race was on to capture the cannons at Fort Ticonderoga, N.Y. Benedict Arnold, Ed Mott, and Ethan Allen’s brother Herman, all led volunteers recruited from Connecticut and Massachusetts to Vermont for the assault. On the way, all passed through Pownal, which will be the focus of Smith’s presentation.

The Pownal Historical Society annual meeting and lecture will be held on Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m. at the Solomon Wright Public Library on Main Street. Smith is president of the Manchester Historical Society and a trustee of the Vermont Historical Society. He has written two bestselling books: "Ethan Allen and the Capture of Fort Ticonderoga: America’s First Victory" and "The Revolutionary War in Bennington County."

April 22

Auditions for ‘Private Lives’ and ‘I Am My Own Wife’ in Dorset

DORSET -- The Dorset Players will be holding auditions for "Private Lives" by Noel Coward on Monday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the Dorset Playhouse. This comedy focuses on a divorced couple who discover that they are honeymooning with their new spouses in adjoining rooms at the same hotel. The script calls for two male actors and two female actors to play the primary roles. There is also a smaller role for a female as the French maid. This play will be the opening show of the Dorset Players’ new season with performance dates set for October 2013. Janet Groom, who previously directed "Amadeus," "The Secret Garden" and "Agnes of God," will be directing the show. Those who would like to audition need only come one night and there is no advanced preparation necessary.

Auditions for Doug Wright’s "I Am My Own Wife" will also be held on Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at the Playhouse. Director, Sherry Kratzer, will be running auditions privately with each actor. An alternate audition appointment may also be arranged through Sheila Conway. "I Am My Own Wife" requires one male actor to play over 30 separate characters while transitioning between accents as well as genders. The script is based on an American playwright’s 1990 interviews with Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transgendered person. Performance dates are set for March, 2014 with rehearsals/preparations beginning in June. Call Sheila at 802-867-5570 to arrange for audition material to be picked up or delivered to you via email.

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 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.

April 28

’Musick and Song’ series continues with organ recital at Old First Church

BENNINGTON -- On Sunday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m., as part of the church’s recently launched "Musick and Song at the Old First Church" series, the First Congregational Church of Bennington (the "Old First Church") presents an organ recital featuring Charles Olegar, current organist at Old First and First Baptist Churches in Bennington, and Scott Smedinghoff, Olegar’s immediate predecessor in both positions. The program includes great classical works for organ by Bach, Buxtehude, and Mendelssohn. Free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted, to be directed toward funding improvements to Old First’s 45-year-old pipe organ, along with operational costs of the "Musick and Song" series.

Clark Art institute presents lecture and documentary on Edward Hopper

WILlIAMSTOWN, Mass.-- Artist, writer, and art critic Brian O’Doherty, winner of the 2012 Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing, will lecture and introduce his documentary film about artist Edward Hopper on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. (film at 3 p.m.) at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Both the lecture and the film are free and open to the public.

O’Doherty’s lecture, "Hopper’s Windows," offers personal insights into the life of the enigmatic artist. Hopper--a man of notoriously few words whom O’Doherty called "mysterious even to himself" -- was a longtime friend of O’Doherty until the artist’s death in 1967.

O’Doherty will take questions from the audience before introducing Hopper’s Silence, a documentary film he created in 1981. The film, which examines Hopper’s paintings and the locations that inspired them, includes footage taken in the artist’s New York City studio as well as interviews with acquaintances. Running time is approximately 46 minutes.

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