Thursday April 25, 2013

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."

April 26

Leslie Maitland of ‘Crossing the Borders of Time’ at Northshire

MANCHESTER -- "Crossing the Borders of Time." A true story of love lost during World War II and then found again 50 years later when a daughter’s investigative journey reunites her mother with her teenage sweetheart.

Leslie Maitland, a former reporter for The New York Times, returned to Europe throughout the ‘90s in search of her mother’s lost love. She was possessed by a history that was not her own and with questions that remained unanswered for more than 50 years. What had happened to Roland Arcieri in the time since the madness of war and the Holocaust had separated him from his young fiancée? What had happened to this Frenchman whose picture she had so often seen secretly tucked in her mother’s purse? Maitland was propelled to seek out answers and a new future for her mother that would either bring closure or the promise of a reunion.

Maitland comes to Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m.

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. April 27

Annual Aurora Dance Party this Saturday

BENNINGTON -- On April 27, the Annual Aurora Dance Party is Saturday Night at 210 South St. in Bennington. The Party starts at 8 p.m. and the fun continues into the late hours. DJ Jimmy Woodward keeps the event moving all evening. The featured band is Funk In The Trunk and they are a really popular group. Pick up your tickets in advance for $13 or wait until Saturday and buy them for $15 at the door. There will be a cash bar and light refreshments. Come dressed for an uuter space experience.

Win a prize for the best costume.

Call the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce at 802-447-3311. Tickets are available at the Chamber, Beverage Den, Kevin’s Sports Pub, Evans’ News and the Bennington Bookshop.

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.

Allegra di Bonaventura comes to Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- Allegra di Bonaventura will be at the Northshire Bookstore to present her book, "For Adam’s Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England" on Saturday, April 27, 7 p.m.

"A work of astonishing ingenuity, intellectual and emotional depth, and (most of all) brilliant writing." --John Demos, author of The Unredeemed Captive. In the tradition of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s classic, A Midwife’s Tale, comes this groundbreaking narrative by one of America’s most promising colonial historians. Joshua Hempstead was a well-respected farmer and tradesman in New London, Connecticut. As his remarkable diary -- kept from 1711 until 1758 -- reveals, he was also a slave owner who owned Adam Jackson for over thirty years. In this narrative of family life and the slave experience in the colonial North, Allegra di Bonaventura describes the complexity of this master/slave relationship and traces the intertwining stories of two families until the eve of the Revolution.

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

’Met: Live in HD series’ continues with ‘Giulio Cesare’ at the Clark

WILLIAMTOWN, Mass. -- The "Met: Live in HD series" continues at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, April 27, at noon with a dynamic staging of "Giulio Cesare," David McVicar’s second new production of the season. Tickets are $25 ($22 members; $18 students) and may be ordered online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413-458-0524.

The opera incorporates elements of Baroque theater and 19th-century British imperialism to illuminate themes of love, war, and empire building. David Daniels stars as the title character, opposite Natalie Dessay in her Met role debut as the bewitching Cleopatra, Alice Coote as Sesto, Patricia Bardon as Cornelia, Christophe Dumaux as Tolomeo, and Guido Loconsolo in his Met debut as Achilla.

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

WILIAMSTOWN, 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.

May 2

Tibetan Buddhist scholar and teacher Anyen Rinpoche at Northshire

MANCHESTER -- Tibetan Buddhist scholar and teacher, Anyen Rinpoche, will speak on the topic of Authentic Happiness on Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at Northshire Bookstore. He invites people of all beliefs to this talk.

Rinpoche is a tulku from Amdo, Tibet. He is known for his kindness, profound understanding of Buddhist teachings and easy to understand explanations. He has taught extensively in Tibet, China, Japan, the United States and Canada, and is a faculty member of Naropa University, in Boulder, Col. He is the author of "The Union of Dzogchen and Bodhichitta," "Momentary Buddhahood," "Dying with Confidence" and "Journey to Certainty." He currently resides and teaches at Orgyen Khamdroling in Denver. $10 donation suggested. For more information call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit www.northshire.com

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