Sept. 5

Watercolor master Charles Reid presents at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- In conjunction with Plein Air Vermont 2013, watercolor master Charles Reid will be painting a portrait of a young woman at the Northshire during his presentation of watercolor techniques. The demonstration will start at 6:30 p.m. and run until 7:30 p.m., followed by an opportunity to ask questions and a book signing.

Charles Reid has long been considered a master of the medium of watercolor. His paintings are fresh and spontaneous, displaying his profound understanding of light and color and expert drawing ability. The viewer is immediately drawn into his rich compositions. His figures are beautifully rendered, in a simple, direct and natural, gestural manner that reveals his interest in painting the light as much as the person.

Additional appearance on Friday, Sept 6 from 3-5 p.m. at the Bennington Museum for "A Conversation With Charles Reid" at the Bennington Museum. Charles Reid will be interviewed by Frank M. Constantino and will be giving a short demonstration of watercolor techniques from his latest DVD.

For more information call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit www.northshire.com. Sept. 6

Youth art show in Arbor Hill

ALBANY, N.Y. -- On Friday, Sept. 6, Albany Barn will hold an opening reception for the 9th Annual "Summer In The City" Youth Talent Exhibition from 5 to 9 p.m. at Stage 1, Albany Barn’s storefront art space, located at 46 North Swan St.

The opening reception will be held in conjunction with the monthly "1st Friday" arts walk. Child-friendly refreshments will be available. Admission is free.

"Summer In The City" annually celebrates the accomplishments of young people in Arbor Hill and other downtown neighborhoods, showcasing performing arts, multimedia, poetry, cultural knowledge projects, and more created in programs during the preceding summer and year. This is the fourth year that Albany Barn has hosted "Summer In The City" at Stage 1.

The exhibition will remain on view throughout the month of September. See www.albanybarn.org for gallery hours.

Sept. 7

Oldcastle Theatre Downtown Arts announces auditions

BENNINGTON -- If you have ever wanted to perform, but just need the right opportunity, Oldcastle Theatre Downtown Arts is having auditions for their first annual Bennington Talent Showcase Night, to be held at the theatre at 331 Main Street in Bennington on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Auditioners can be singers, instrumentalists, groups, bands, magicians, or comedians. For the auditions, musical performers should bring whatever they need (instruments, music) in order to perform three songs; comedians and magicians should be prepared to do 10 minutes. 12 performers will be chosen to compete in the Talent Showcase Night on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m., and the night’s two winners will receive the opportunity to perform in a concert at Oldcastle Theatre.

For more information, call Oldcastle Theatre at 802-447-0564. www.oldcastletheatre.org.

Sept. 12

Jazz Pianist Miro Sprague plays at Williams College

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music presents Miro Sprague with a program of jazz piano on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m., in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the college campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Pianist Miro Sprague, originally from western Massachusetts, is an established local sensation. In addition to his solo career, he has been leading his own group, the Miro Sprague Trio, since 2002. He is the pianist for Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils, and also for the Michael Zsoldos Quartet and Duo.

The Brattleboro Reformer described Sprague’s improvising as unexpected but melodic, "where three trailing notes of a phrase can become seed, stem and blossom in a completely different place. ... No matter how far fetched, each new turn is entirely musical."

Sprague has received National Student Music Awards from Downbeat Magazine in 2002, 2003, and 2004. His recordings include Trio Mission (2002), Opening (2005), and Center of the Art (live solo recording 2012.)

Sprague is currently studying at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA. He graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz piano performance.

The Clark invites the public to a conversation with Darby English

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Darby English, the newly appointed Starr Director of the Research and Academic Program (RAP) at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, engages in a conversation with RAP Associate Director David Breslin on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m.

The conversation is free and open to the public and will be held at Stone Hill Center.

The conversation will touch on English’s intellectual interests and his past and current writing projects.

English is the author of How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness (MIT Press, 2007). In addition to numerous articles, essays, and reviews, English is also a co-editor of Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress (MIT Press, 2003; republished Rizzoli, 2007). He is currently completing work on a new book, 1971: A Year in the Life of Color, which studies social experiments with modernist art undertaken over a period just prior to that year.

Sept. 13

Paul McCartney’s epic ‘Rockshow’ to air at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute broadcasts the concert film Rockshow on Friday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 ($10 members). To purchase tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call 413-458-0524.

In 1975 and 1976 Paul McCartney and Wings undertook the epic "Wings over the World" tour, the largest scale tour they would ever undertake as a band. From this tour came both the legendary "Wings over America" triple live album and the concert film Rockshow. Although filmed live at the enormous King Dome in Seattle, Rockshow -- originally a cut-down version of the concert -- was not premiered until November 1980 in New York and April 1981 in London. It was released on Betamax and later on laserdisc.

Now available for the first time, the complete full-length concert has been fully restored from the original 35mm film with remastered sound. The Clark’s auditorium’s superior acoustics capture Paul McCartney and Wings live on stage as never seen before.

Robin Gimm to present summer project at Williams College

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams College student Robin Gimm ‘14 will host an art opening for her summer project, two series of artwork titled "Aesthetic Edibles" and "Polluted Paintings." This event, free and open to the public, will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, in the atrium of the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance on the Williams College campus.

Cricket Creek Farm grilled cheese sandwiches will be served.

Gimm was the artist-in-residence at the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives during summer 2013. She presents botanical line drawings and acrylic paintings in an effort to give visual form to abstracted ideas of sustainability. In "Aesthetic Edibles," Gimm highlights the inherent beauty of plants in detailed ink drawings of common garden varieties. In "Polluted Paintings," she addresses a variety of environmental and sustainability concerns, including climate change, food, water pollution, and biodiversity.

Sept. 17

Auditions held for new twist on holiday classic

DORSET -- Auditions for The Dorset Players’ holiday production, "It’s A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play" by Joe Landry, will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17 and Wednesday, Sept.18, at 7 p.m. at the Dorset Playhouse located at 104 Cheney Road.

Inspired by the classic American film, "It’s A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play" is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience.

The production will use five male actors, three female actors and four children to play the multiple character roles. Children should be in the 8-11 year old age range. Adults can be a variety of ages.

This new holiday classic will start rehearsal in October and run Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13,14 & 15. The Sunday performances will be matinees. Angie Merwin, who has previously directed Spiders Web, Crimes of the Heart and Judevine, will be directing the show.

No special preparation is necessary but the roles will require some singing and multiple character voices for each actor. If you have any questions, contact Sheila Conway, business manager (802-867-5570) or Angie Merwin (802-362-3021).

Sept. 18

Children’s authors Erin and Philip Stead come to Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- A special event for the 8 and under set on Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. The husband-and-wife team behind the 2010 Caldecott winner, "A Sick Day for Amos McGee," Erin and Philip Stead, will present their latest books "Hello, My Name is Ruby" and "If You Want to See a Whale."

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

Louise Penny, author of ‘How the Light Gets in" to speak at Northshire Bookstore

SARATOGA, N.Y. -- Tickets for our event with Louise Penny, the highly acclaimed author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels, are on sale now. Join us as Penny presents and discusses her latest installment to the Inspector Gamache series, "How the Light Gets In."

Penny will present "How the Light Gets In" at the Holiday Inn Saratoga, Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. Tickets to this event cost $35 and include one seat and one copy of the book. Tickets can be bought online at northshire.com or by calling the store at 802-362-2200 (Manchester location) or 518-684-4200 (Saratoga Springs location).

For more information visit www.northshire.com.

Sept. 27

Archer Mayor comes to Next Stage

Putney -- Next Stage Arts Project Stage is thrilled to present an evening with Vermont’s own crime writer, Archer Mayor on Friday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m., at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney.

Mayor is a local hero with a national reputation, a beloved hometown son who writes about the streets, towns and community that students and community members know intimately. His latest book is "Three Can Keep a Secret" (Minotaur Books, Oct. 1) in which Investigator Joe Gunther deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

Tickets are $10 general admission, available online at www.nextstagearts.org and at Offerings in Putney. This reading is funded in part by a grant from the Vermont Humanities Council.

Next Stage Arts Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney’s cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage.

Information about upcoming events, renovation plans and theater enhancements, and a wide range of opportunities for support are available at www.nextstagearts.org.

Oct. 4

Presentation by Brenda Papadakis at Bennington Museum

BENNINGTON -- Join author Brenda Papadakis at the museum at 7 p.m. for a lecture on "Dear Jane." Hear stories of Brenda’s research on Jane Stickle’s life and times. See quilts made by friends of Jane throughout the world. $10 for not-yet-members and $7 for members of the Bennington Museum. Reservations are not required for this event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 5

Quilting workshops with Brenda Papadakis

BENNINGTON -- Join Brenda Papadakis for quilting workshops held in the Ada Paresky Education Center at the Bennington Museum on Saturday, Oct. 5, and Sunday, Oct. 6, at 9 a.m. Saturday’s class will challenge you with some of the more difficult blocks from Jane’s quilt. Techniques included are machine and hand-piecing, using freezer paper templates and appliqué.

Learn to relax with a needle and thread and hand-piece some new Dear Jane blocks in the process during Sunday’s workshop. Learn to use foundation techniques without a sewing machine. Workshops recommended for those with intermediate skill. Each workshop is independent of the other, and students can enroll in one or both days. Enrollment limited to 25 people each day.

Pre-registration is required. Contact Deana Mallory at 802-447-1571 or dmallory@benningtonmuseum.org to register. Both workshops are $60/day for Bennington Museum members and $75/day for not-yet-members.

The Met: Live in HD returns to the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- "The Met: Live in HD" returns to the Clark this fall with extraordinary stars, breathtaking music, and visionary interpretations by today’s most celebrated directors and conductors. This Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series features 10 live transmissions in the Clark’s auditorium, beginning Oct. 5.

Tickets are $25 ($22 for members; $18 students) and may be ordered online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413-458-0524.

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