Oct. 4

Shaftbury artist opens show at Arts Guild

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Arts Guild will host a show by Shaftsbury artist Mary Jane Sarvis in its Gayle Garrison Guest Gallery from Oct. 4 through Nov. 18. All are invited to attend the opening reception from 5 - 8 p. m. on Friday, Oct. 4 at the Gallery, which is located at 103 South Street at the "Four Corners" intersection of Bennington.

A graduate of Bennington College, Sarvis is best known for her sumptuous, fine art clothing made from fabrics that she has dyed, printed and painted -- and this show will include some of the scarves, bags and pillows she creates of silks and velvets decorated with metallic inks, as well as some of her newest fabric designs.

The show will also highlight her photography. Sarvis discovered the IOS system of shooting and editing with an iPhone in 2010. Her subject matter ranges from botanicals to Vermont scenes to abstracts, which she digitally alters to increase a sense of mystery, depth and other-worldliness, often achieving the look of old oil paintings.

For more information visit the guild’s website at www.benningtonartsguild.org. The gallery is open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. BAG is closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Oct. 5

Met Live in HD presents ‘Eugene Onegin’

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS.


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-- A new season of live opera, broadcast from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, begins at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 12:55 p.m. with the airing of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Tickets are $25 ($22 members, $18 students). To purchase tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call 413-458-0524. The complete 2013-14 Met: Live in HD schedule is also available on the Clark’s website.

The three-act production of Eugene Onegin, which closely follows the novel of the same name by Alexander Pushkin, was first performed in Moscow in 1879. It premiered in the United States in 1920 at the Metropolitan Opera.

In Deborah Warner’s new production of the fateful romance, Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien star as the lovestruck Tatiana and the imperious Onegin; Piotr Beczala is Lenski, Onegin’s friend turned rival. Set in the late nineteenth century, the opera moves episodically from farmhouse to ballroom, with a powerful snowstorm providing the dramatic setting for the finale.

Russian maestro Valery Gergiev conducts.

Approximate running time is 244 minutes.

Due to the construction activity and limited parking at the Clark, visitors should plan to arrive 20 minutes before the performance.

Oct. 8

Conversation with art historian Georges Didi-Huberman

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Georges Didi-Huberman engages in a wide-ranging conversation about his life, his intellectual pursuits, and his scholarship at this public event.

Didi-Huberman is a philosopher and art historian. He teaches at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (École des hautes études en sciences sociales) in Paris, where he has been a lecturer since 1990. He is a winner of the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art given by the College Art Association.

Born in Saint-Etienne on June 13, 1953, Didi-Huberman is the son of a painter. He studied philosophy and art history in Paris, complementing his studies in Rome (Academy of France), Florence (Villa I Tatti, Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies), and London (Institute of Advanced Study, Warburg Institute).

He has written many books including Images in Spite of All: Four Photographs from Auschwitz (2008); Confronting Images: Questioning the Ends of a Certain History of Art (2005); and Invention of Hysteria: Charcot and the Photographic Iconography of the Salpêtrière (2003).

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 8.

Oct. 9

Poet Alex Dimitrov coming to Bennington College

BENNINGTON -- Alex Dimitrov is the author of Begging for It. His poems have been published in The American Poetry Review, which awarded him the 2011 Stanley Kunitz Prize, The Yale Review, The Kenyon Review, Slate, Tin House, Boston Review, Poetry Daily, and others. He is the content editor at the Academy of American Poets, teaches creative writing at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and is the founder of The Wilde Boys queer poetry salon in New York.

The talk will take place Oct. 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Tishman Lecture Hall at Bennington College.

Randy Markin speaking on dance and finance.

TROY, N.Y. -- n this commissioned talk, New York University professor Randy Martin will link the movement of capital within financial markets to the history of dance. Made in response to Bureau de l’APA’s La Jeune-Fille et la Mort, performed on Oct. 12, Martin will draw parallels between choreographies of currency and bodily movement. Using the concept of the derivative as a key example, he will show how logics from financial markets inform social values and ultimately impact cultural production.

Randy Martin is a professor of art and public policy and director of the graduate program in arts politics. Dr. Martin holds degrees in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and the City University of New York. He has studied, taught, and performed in dance, theater, and clowning in the US and abroad. He previously served as professor and chair of social science at Pratt Institute, associate dean of faculty at Tisch School of the Arts, and as an editor of the journal Social Text.

Oct. 10

’Buddy film’ screening and discussion series begins

MANCHESTER -- Don’t miss Mark Skinner Library’s Film and Discussion Series with Harvey Flaxman. View and discuss three iconic "Buddy Films" at Manchester’s public library.

The series begins on Thursday, Oct. 10 with a viewing of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," winner of 4 Academy awards and starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Katherine Ross. Rated PG. Running time: 110 minutes.

Future screensings will feature Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in "48 Hours" and Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in "Thelma and Louise."

Professor Emeritus Harvey Flaxman will facilitate the program. Flaxman was the department chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Farleigh Dickinson University. He is an Academy Award nominated film producer as well as a screenwriter and actor.

All three programs begin at 6:30 p.m. Mark Skinner Library is located at 48 West Road in Manchester Village. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments served. Info: (802) 362-2607.