Sept. 27

Locals Bevel Summers coming to VAE Basement Concert Series

NORTH BENNINGTON, Vt. -- Join us at the Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) on Friday, Sept. 27, as we welcome Bevel Summers to the Basement Stage.

Bevel Summers performs with the philosophy of quick draw pistoleer the Sundance Kid from the famed 60’s post-modern Western: "I’m better when I move." Likening comparisons from Johnny Cash to The Wailers to Fleetwood Mac and back, at a Bevel Summers show, you’ll find yourself singing along with choruses that seem to burst through the confines of whatever hole-in-the-wall joint or basement the band is playing, and you might feel, for an instant, as if you’re on a back porch in the middle of the woods, the sounds of fiddle, summer crickets, lush harmonies, and the plink of guitar strings melding so effortlessly.

In its entirety, Bevel Summers is Jeb Brinkley and fellow songwriter David Hutcheson, multi-instrumentalist and Bennington native, Dylan Turner, vocalist (and recent Bennington College graduate) Alicia Best, drummer Jack Fleishman, pianist Matt Greenslade, and fiddle/trumpet player Ian Williams. Together, these seven talented musicians have the power to transform a room full of introverts into a foot-stomping ruckus, checking hipster pretension at the door in favor of instantly memorable lyrics and songs that plant themselves in your head in seconds flat.

Tickets to this concert are $15 at the door on the day of show on a first-come, first-served basis. Thyme Tables Catering will provide libations with a cash bar.


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Edgerton to speak at Clark Symposium

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- On Friday evening, Sept. 27, the Clark Symposium will begin with a lecture by Samuel Edgerton, Amos Lawrence Professor Art History Emeritus, Williams College. The lecture, "Piero della Francesca’s Madonna Enthroned with Four Angels: The Spiritual Perspective of Her Heavenly Palace," will take place at 5:30 pm at the Hunter Studio at Stone Hill Center. The painting will be on view at Stone Hill Center, and the galleries at Stone Hill Center will remain open until 5:30 pm that day.

EMPAC to celebrate film DVD release with screening

TROY. N.Y. -- Screening/Release party: "Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then" September 27, 2013, 7:30PM Celebrate the DVD/Blu-ray release of Brent Green’s Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then. Produced in conjunction with, as well as shot and mastered at EMPAC, the film of the live version will be screened, followed by a discussion with Green. Purchase of a ticket includes a copy of the release.

Through live action and hand-drawn stop-motion animation, Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then tells the true story of a man who fought against reason and nature to save the woman he loved from illness. Heartbreaking, darkly humorous, and philosophically challenging, Brent Green touches on everything from the vastness of space and the existence of God to the futility of our actions and the power of human will. Green narrates the film and provides a soundtrack along with his band.

Lawton presents histoical thriller at Northshire

MANCHESTER -- The first in a gripping new historical thriller series following Joe Wilderness, an East End Londoner turned spy, working in the rubble of post-war Berlin, who becomes embroiled in the machinations between intelligence agencies at the start of the Cold War. "Then We Take Berlin" is a moving story of espionage and war, and people caught up in the most tumultuous events of the twenty-first century.

John Lawton is a producer/director in television who has spent much of his time interpreting the USA to the English, and occasionally vice versa. He has worked with Gore Vidal, Neil Simon, Scott Turow, Noam Chomsky, Fay Weldon, Harold Pinter and Kathy Acker. He thinks he may well be the only TV director ever to be named in a Parliamentary Bill in the British House of Lords as an offender against taste and balance - he has also been denounced from the pulpit in Mississippi as a ‘Communist’, but thinks that less remarkable. Author of the Fredrick Troy series he has been named one of "50 Crime Writers to Read Before You Die" by the Daily Telegraph (London) and in 2010 the New York Times chose his novel A Lily of the Field as "Pick of the Year". The talk begins 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

Sept. 28

Bennington College to open faculty visual arts exhibit

BENNINGTON -- At 4 p.m. on Sept. 28 the public is invited to come meet the visual arts faculty artists at a reception to celebrate their latest work. in the VAPA Usdan Gallery. The works of Barry Bartlett, Colin Brant,Warren Cockerham, Thorsten Dennerline, Liz Deschenes, Yoko Inoue, Jon Isherwood, Jonathan Kline, Mary Lum, Jason Middlebrook, Aysha Peltz, Ann Pibal, Kate Purdie, Robert Ransick, Sue Rees, Donald Sherefkin, Guy Snover, Andy Spence, Anthony Titus, James Voorhies, Liz White will be on show. The show runs September 17-October 18. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 1:00-5:00 pm.

Southern Vermont Arts Center hosts family-friendly day of "Art on the Hill"

MANCHESTER -- Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, 11-3 "Art on the Hill" is our annual fun family event, free of charge for adults and kids alike. It takes place Saturday, September 28 from 11 am - 3 pm (rain or shine) on the beautiful grounds of the Arts Center. There will be food, music, and of course lots of art activities for kids of all ages! Bring the whole family!

Local author Ellen Stimson to speak at Northshire

MANCHESTER -- In self-deprecating and hilarious fashion, Mud Season: How One Woman’s Dream of Moving to Vermont, Raising Children, and Sheep, and Running the Old Country Store, chronicles Ellen Stimson’s transition from comfy suburb to rickety Vermont farmhouse.

When she decides she wants to own and operate the old-fashioned village store in idyllic Dorset, pop. 2,036, one of the oldest continually operating country stores in the country, she learns the hard way that "improvements" are not always welcomed warmly by folks who like things just fine the way they’d always been.

She dreams of patrons streaming in for fresh-made sandwiches and an old-timey candy counter, but she learns they’re boycotting the store. Why? "The bread," they tell her, "you moved the bread from where it used to be."

Can the citified newcomer turn the tide of mistrust before she ruins the business altogether?

Follow the author to her wit’s end and back, through her full immersion into rural life--swapping high heels for muck boots; raising chickens and sheep; fighting off skunks, foxes, and bears; and making a few friends and allies in a tiny town steeped in history, local tradition, and that dyed-in-the-wool Vermont "character."

Stimson’s talk will begin at 7 p.m. at the Northshire Bookstore. 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

Sept. 29

Harpsichordist Victor Hill performing at Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Harpsichordist Victor Hill presents a program of Johan Sebastian Bach pieces, including Toccata in C minor, BWV 911; Partita 1 in B-flat major, BWV 825; Partita 2 in C minor, BWV 826; and Toccata in D major, BWV 912. The concert is free.

Hill plays the two-manual harpsichord of eighteenth-century Franco-Flemish design that was built for him in 1997 by Richard Kingston of Asheville, North Carolina.

He has tuned it at A=3D415 (a semitone below modern A=3D440) and in the Werckmeister III unequal temperament of 1691. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. on Sept. 29.

Oct. 2

Literature evening with Caleb Crain

BENNINGTON -- At 8 p.m. on Oct. 2 Caleb Crain will read from his new novel, Necessary Errors. In painstaking detail, the book documents the daily existence of a circle of English-speaking expatriates in early-90s Prague.

Crain wonderfully evokes the novel’s setting in a few deft strokes. He’s a master of the thumbnail character sketch, populating his novel with memorable supporting characters.

Line by line, the book is chock-full of masterly word choices and images and lovely, sure-handed prose.

Miss Tess and the Talkpacks to perform at Bennington College

BENNINGTON -- At 8 p.m. on Oct. 2 in Bennington College’s student center Miss Tess and the Talkbacks will play original songs influenced by and deeply rooted in the rich history of American music: Western Swing, Blues, Country, and early Rock and Roll.