Thursday July 4, 2013

July 5

New Bennington Arts Guild Show opens

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Arts Guild will host a combined ceramics and art quilt show during July. Williamstown fabric artist Jeanne Marklin and Bennington potter Joshua Primmer will share the guest gallery at the Guild at 103 South St., Bennington. The show will open with a reception on Friday, July 5, from 5 to 8 p.m and will run till the end of the month.

Marklin trained as a photographer and worked as a photojournalist and a social worker before discovering the world of quilting. She dyes all her own fabrics and likens the experience to working in a darkroom. She uses many different dyeing methods but finds the Japanese Shibori techniques the most challenging and rewarding. After dyeing, she pieces her fabrics together and completes the wall hangings with machine stitching.

Joshua Primmer designs his ceramics on paper then works primarily on the wheel. He throws forms, allows them to dry to a leather-hard state and then assembles them to create the final composition. Monochromatic finishes place the primary emphasis on dramatic form in stoneware that is both sculptural and functional. He finds inspiration in nature, urban decay, architecture and the work of other artists.

For more information on both artists and other upcoming shows please visit the Guild’s website, www.benningtonartsguild.org. CL White ceramic piece by Joshua Primmer, Cliff Swallow

Grafton Music Festival: Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils, 7-9 p.m.

GRAFTON -- Samirah’s live performance repertoire runs the gamut from deep blues to jazz smooth as silk. She has often been compared to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, and Etta James. Like many jazz and blues artists, Samirah dedicates time to perpetuating indigenous American music. She was a longtime participant in the Blues Schoolhouse program sponsored by the International House of Blues Foundation.

July 6

Ten galleries in SVAC’s Yester House open soon

MANCHESTER -- With the onset of summer and a strengthening economy, the Southern Vermont Arts Center is prepared to greet art buyers at the 84th annual summer exhibition of the Southern Vermont Artists.

Beginning with an opening reception on July 6, the 10 galleries of the elegant Yester House will be filled with original oil paintings, sculpture, watercolors, pastels, photographs, prints and a range of mixed media pieces for sale by the region’s finest artists. For 2013, the Arts Center has returned this important exhibition to the summer season to honor a tradition that began in 1933. Over the past 80 years, this exhibition has grown to be the most important art event in Southern Vermont.

Also opening on July 6 is "A Lifetime of Vermont People," an exhibition of Peter Miller’s iconic black and white photographs of native Vermonters. A traveling exhibit organized by Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center, the show presents images from Miller’s latest book and complements a concurrent educational exhibit at the Mark Skinner Library. An artist talk by Peter Miller will be held at the First Congregational Church in Manchester on July 10 at 7 p.m.

All members of the community are invited. Art lovers can stop by Café Mamie for lunch before the opening. Hours are 11:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Opening reception at the Yester House: July 6, from 2 to 4 pm.

Grafton Music Festival: Grafton Ponds Bear Hill 5k/10k at Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center

GRAFTON -- Start the day with a 5k or a 10k on the Grafton Ponds trail, with its start and finish at the Grafton Inn. The race is primarily trail running on the Grafton Ponds Trails with some roads. The race benefits Grafton Cares. Register at Active.com; cost is $20 for the 5k, $30 for the 10k, kids fun run is free. 8:30 a.m. kids fun run; 9 a.m. start.

Food concessions and kids activities, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., behind the Grafton Inn.

Grafton Music Festival: Starline Rhythm Boys, 2-4 p.m

GRAFTON -- Danny Coyne, Billy Bratcher and Al Lemery make up the Starline Rhythm Boys, a rocking honky-tonk rockabilly band from Vermont with an amazing following.

Compaq Big Band with vocalist Rebecca Holtz, 6 to 8 p.m.

The Compaq Big Band showcases the power of 15 horns, a cookin’ rhythm section, a great feature vocalist, and terrific instrumental soloists. The concert will feature vocalist Rebecca Holtz, a young talented songstress with a powerful voice and great stage presence.

Sydorowich opens new exhibit at Hunter Gallery

GRAFTON -- Hunter Gallery of Fine Art in Grafton will hold a special reception July 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. to introduce the new works of Robert Sydorowich. The Vermont impressionist painter will be on hand to discuss his collection of new work, which will be on display in the Upper Gallery for the month of July. Sydorowich has been painting the scenes of Vermont life in and around his residential location in Andover for over 20 years.

Come meet the artists on July 6 or stop-by in July to see sprightly collection at Hunter Gallery of Fine Arts, next to the Grafton Inn on Main Street.

The Ash Brothers to perform at Memorial Hall

WILMINGTON -- A tribute to this cross-over country group with 21 Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum albums, 43 No. 1 singles, and over 73 million records sold, as well as over 150 industry awards including eight country music "Entertainer of the Year" honors, two Grammys, and two People’s Choice Awards. The Ash Brothers are the closest to the actual group as you can get. Seven musicians on stage.

See theashbrothers.com for a preview. Main floor seating: general admission: $36/adult; $28 student through high school; Balcony seating: general admission: $30/adult; $24 student through high school. An MHCA (formerly Memorial Hall Center for the Arts) presentation. Information: 802-464-8411. www.memhall.org.

July 9

Author J. Courtney Sullivan presents her new book ‘The Engagements’ at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- Best-selling author J. Courtney Sullivan presents "The Engagements," Tuesday, July 9, at 7 p.m.

From the New York Times best-selling author of "Commencement" and "Maine" comes a sprawling novel about marriage -- about those who marry in a white heat of passion, those who marry for partnership and comfort, and those who live together, love each other, and have absolutely no intention of ruining it all with a wedding.

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

Beatles tribute band Across the Pond perform at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Relive the music of the British Invasion with Across the Pond, a popular Beatles tribute band that strives to capture the exuberance of a Beatles live show, including later songs the Beatles recorded but never performed in concert. They perform at the Clark Art institute on July 9 at 6 p.m. Across the Pond was formed by singer-songwriter Marc Clayton, a musician based in the Saratoga/Glens Falls area whose passion for the Beatles goes back to his childhood attendance at the vigil for John Lennon in December 1980. Clayton is joined by Jonathan Newell, Joe Tucker, and Tim Wozniuk, all veteran musicians with deep roots in the music of the Fab Four. Since early 2009, the band has played numerous concerts at outdoor venues.

July 11

Next Stage and Apron Theater present ‘Wit’

PUTNEY -- The Apron Theater Company and the Next Stage Arts Project present Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, "Wit," directed by Hallie Flower. "Wit" opens Thursday, July 11, at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, and runs through Sunday, July 14, and Thursday, July 18, through Saturday, July 20. Evening performances are at 8 p.m. The Sunday, July 14, performance is a 2 p.m. matinee.

Tickets are $10, general admission. Reservations are welcome at: 802-387-0071. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.nextstagearts.org

July 12

Music from Salem ‘Back to the ‘50s!’ gala benefit party

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Dinner, dancing, silent auction, and a rockin’ good time. On July 12 at 5pm Music from Salem will hold a "Back to the ‘50’s!" gala benefit party in Argyle, N.Y. Join us for a terrific fun-filled evening and support Music from Salem! $75/person. For reservations, contact us at info@musicfromsalem.org or 518-232-2347.

July 14

MHCA Gala Dinner at the Inn at Saw Mill Farm

DOVER -- Come to the Saw Mill Farm for the MHCA Gala Dinner on July 14. The Inn is upscale and beautiful, a work of art in itself, enhanced by the design touches of architect Rod Williams. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a glass of wine, a short musical program will be performed by Barbara Lipstadt, piano, and Friends at 6 p.m., followed by a scrumptious four-course dinner with choice of entree at about 6:30 p.m. $60/person. See memhall.org for menu. Information: 802-464-8411.

Music from Salem Concert at Hubbard Hall: ‘Fantasy, Serenade, Romance’

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- On Sunday, July 14, at 2 p.m. Hubbard Hall will present the second concert of Music from Salem’s summer series. The surprise-laden program includes the rollicking Serenade for string trio by Dohnanyi, Schumann’s exquisite Romances for oboe, and the rarely heard Fantasia by Martinu. The Fantasia is scored for piano, strings, oboe and theremin (a 1950s instrument played by manipulating radio waves). In this performance the theremin part will be played on the handmade Udderbot - an instrument made of a sawed-off coke bottle and a rubber glove filled with water, capable of perfect accuracy in pitch, wonderful glissandos and an eerie, beautiful sound. Making his MfS debut on this concert is acclaimed young violinist Markus Placci, who will be joined by MfS founders and directors Judith Eissenberg (violin), Lila Brown (viola) and Judith Gordon (piano), as well as cellist Michael Kannen and Udderbot player Jacob Barton.

The July 14 concert will take place at 2 p.m. at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, N.Y. Admission is pay what you can. ($20 suggested) For advance tickets: www.hubbardhall.org or 518-677-2495.

July 15

THE CLARK TO SCREEN 1994 FILM LITTLE WOMEN

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WILLIAMSTOWN, MA--The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s "Homericana" summer film series, which spotlights films set in Winslow Homer’s America, continues on Monday, July 15 with a free screening of Gillian Anderson’s 1994 film Little Women. The film will be shown at 3 pm in the Clark’s auditorium.

The film, which is adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s 1869 novel, follows the trials and tribulations of the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, as they come of age during the American Civil War. Faced with rationing, a restricted income, and the absence of their father, who is serving in the Army, the girls must simultaneously find their place in the world while supporting each other. Alcott drew inspiration from her own childhood in Concord, Massachusetts when she was writing the novel, which made an immediate--and enduring--connection with readers of all ages.

This Oscar-nominated adaptation is notable for its talented cast, including Winona Ryder as Jo March, Susan Sarandon as matriarch Mrs. March, Christian Bale as the March’s neighbor Mr. "Laurie" Lawrence, and a twelve-year-old Kirsten Dunst as Amy March.

July 16

Bennington favorites Funk in the Trunk rock the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Based in Bennington, Funk in the Trunk is a multicultural celebration of motown, soul, and funk music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The band’s members include John Carson on guitar, Nathan Meunier on drums, Joe Wiley on bass, and Nicki Skipper on keyboards and vocals. Vocal accompaniment singers, affectionately known as "The Golden Assets," include Kim Turner, Kiah Morris, and Linda Allard. They perform at the Clark Art institute on July 16 at 6 p.m.

July 19

Beth El hosts klezmer fusion concert

Congregation Beth El will be hosting Cradle Duende for a klezmer fusion concert on Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m. Suggested $10 donation at the door.

Cradle Duende presents a combination of Klezmer and Flamenco Klezmenco with an infusion of reggae and cumbia rhythms. Cradle Duende takes its name from the Spanish word duende, in reference to a musically heightened state of emotion, expression, and authenticity; and a merging of disparate musical traditions that each evolved from independent cradles of civilization.

July 20

Free craft demonstrations at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- Free craft demonstrations/workshops for all ages at the Northshire Bookstore with Stacy Gates start July 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The first in a series with Stacy Gates, owner of Create with Bogate, Manchester arts and crafts studio: Saturday, July 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. Felting Frenzy!: Use a special barbed needle to compress loose wool fibers & turn them into solid objects, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry & accessories. Different needle felting techniques will be demonstrated.

Saturday, Aug. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m.: No Shrinkin’ Way! Shrink plastic has come a long way since the Shrinky Dinks of the ‘70s. After draw-ing on this thin, plastic film, it is cooked briefly, emerging thick and rigid at about 40 percent its original size. Plastic comes in different colors and some can go through an inkjet printer. Discover the different looks & objects that you can make from this simple material.

Books, kits, & supplies will be available at each demonstration to purchase. Finished items will be on display & for sale.

Stacy Gates, owner of Create with Bogate is on a personal mission to help people find or rekindle their creativity by making things & working with their hands. She offers: art and craft classes; group projects; studio rental; and retail supplies; for more details go to: www.bogate.wordpress.com, or Create with Bogate on Facebook.

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

Village Light Opera Group performs at Memorial Hall

WILMINGTON -- Forty accomplished NYC vocalists return with Broadway standards, light opera favorites, and well-known songs from Gilbert and Sullivan on July 20 at 7:30 p.m. A tradition in the Deerfield Valley, this special concert benefits MHCA and Village Light Opera Group. Piano accompaniment. Main Floor seating: general admission: $26/adult; $17 student through high school; Balcony seating: general admission: $21/adult; $14 student through high school. An MHCA (formerly Memorial Hall Center for the Arts) presentation. Information: 802-464-8411. www.memhall.org.

July 23

Latin-fusion group Incendio performs at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Latin guitar world fusion group Incendio combines a unique alchemy of composition, technique, and performance, intertwining seductive melodies with explosive improvisatory journeys. In the seven critically acclaimed CDs released by the band, the bold, romantic Spanish guitar is at the heart of every track, its timeless sound recast in powerful modern arrangements. Incendio, renowned for their onstage energy and fretboard wizardry, performs more than 150 shows throughout the United States every year. They perform at the Clark Art institute on July 23 at 6 p.m.

July 30

International folk artists The Jammin’ Divas perform at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Jammin’ Divas perform stunning renditions of traditional and contemporary original folk music and elements of improvisation from multiple cultures. Band members Aoife Clancy (Ireland), Becky Chace (United States), Kath Buckell (Australia), Hadar Noiberg (Israel), and Craig Akin (United States) blend stunning three-part harmonies bedded against the plush melodic landscape of the flute and double bass. The Jammin’ Divas draw the audience into an experience that transcends the history of three continents by sharing songs and stories of how each country culturally influences and enriches one another. They perform at the Clark Art institute on July 30 at 6 p.m.

Aug. 9

Mystery reading group forming at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- The Northshire Bookstore is delighted to announce the formation of a new reading group - Classic Mystery Reading Group. The first session is set for Friday, Aug. 9 in the bookstore ConferenceRoom. The group will meet the second Friday of every other month.

This group developed from the enthusiastic Mystery and Thriller Reading Group, which concentrates on contemporary novels. Members expressed an interest in tracing the development of the mystery/thriller novel from its origins to the present, which is the intent of the new group. We will select books by chronology or by theme: the first session will emphasize the earliest mystery writers, such as Edgar Allan Poe and Wilkie Collins (exact titles have not been chosen yet). At other meetings we might discuss themes, such as the origins of the private detective, early police procedurals, the development of the female detective, differences between American and international mystery writers, the earliest spy novels - and the influence of early writers, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, on the genre.The group will select themes and titles, depending on their interests and availability of the books. We will most likely read two or three books for each session, as the group will meet every other month.

For further information and to enroll, please contact Louise Jones at ljones@northshire.com

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

Aug. 17

August Dulcimer Daze returns to Memorial Hall

WIlMINGTON -- On Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. MHCA favorite, August Dulcimer Daze returns, featuring this traditional folk instrument and talented performers. Call Folk Craft Music (802-368-7437) for information about companion weekend workshops. General Admission: $15/person; $10 student through high school. An MHCA (formerly Memorial Hall Center for the Arts) presentation. Information: 802-464-8411. www.memhall.org.

Aug. 24

Farm to Table Dinner at Bennington Museum

BENNINGTON -- Bringing farm-fresh goodness to the table, the Farm to Table Dinner is a Tuscan-inspired, elegantly casual, seven-course tasting dinner hosted by Bennington Museum and held in the Paresky Wing of the museum. The dinner incorporates vegetables, fruits, cheeses, cider, honey, meats and more from farms in Bennington County and the surrounding area. Each course is paired with a wonderful wine specifically chosen for that course. Meet the chefs, listen to the live music accompanying your meal, and go home with a special gift for each couple selected just for this evening. With only 100 tickets available to this event, you are invited to get your tickets today by calling the Bennington Museum at 802-447-1571. Tickets are $75 per person with all the proceeds benefiting Bennington County Meals on Wheels Program and Bennington Museum. All major credit cards are accepted.

Aug. 31

A cappella group The Tribunes perform at Memorial Hall

WILMINGTON -- The Tribunes are a legendary five-man a cappella group specializing in the performance of vocal music from the 1950s and 1960s. The group was originally formed in 1957 and disbanded in the early 1960s. In 1997, The Tribunes were reestablished and are comprised of Mike Cuomo, Shelly Wengrovsky, Les Levine, Johnny Costello and Bert Archilla. Each member is also part of a current top oldies act performing throughout the U.S. and abroad. An incredible evening of Doo Wop, and more, as it was and still is, with five men on stage on Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m.

See thetribunes.net for a preview. Main Floor seating: general admission: $26/adult; $17 student through high school. Balcony seating general admission: $21/adult; $14 student through high school. An MHCA (formerly Memorial Hall Center for the Arts) presentation. Information: 802-464-8411. www.memhall.org.

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