Sarah McQuaid in Bennington
BENNINGTON -- International singer Sarah McQuaid will be at Bennington’s Meetinghouse Café on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and "honey poured into wine" (Minor 7th). A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument.
The Meetinghouse Café is located at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 108 School St. in Bennington. Tickets are $15. Further information is at www.uubennington.org.
Her musical output reflects her own eclectic background: Sarah was born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holds dual US and Irish citizenship, and now lives in rural England. Refusing to be pigeonholed, she spans the genres with both her beautifully crafted originals and her interpretations of material from around the globe and down the centuries.
Sarah’s third solo album The Plum Tree and the Rose has drawn critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic: "Impeccable," wrote fRoots (UK), while Midwest Record (USA) called it "low key but glorious and incendiary" and Hot Press (Ireland) said it "should feature on many end-of-year best-ofs."
The Tune Travelers performing at HAYC3
HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. --Travel back in time to the era of flappers and prohibition and the birth of jazz at The Owls Nest on Friday, Oct. 11 from 7 to 8 p.m. Experience Tune Travelers as they transform The Owl’s Nest at The Armory Hoosick Falls into the ultimate 1920’s speakeasy on Friday, Oct. 11th from 7:00 to 8 p/m/. Come hear the music that made the Roaring Twenties roar, dance the dances and sing along to classic tunes.
The Tune Travelers is a regional band made up of friends who have been playing and performing together for years. Sharing a love for the classic jazz, blues, and show tunes of the 20th century, they will take you on a fabulous toe-tapping tour of the Great American Songbook, connecting you to our rich musical heritage and love for live music. Join vocalists Andrew Hanerfeld, Liz Hill and Ingrid Schaaphok, along with Dottie Cross on keyboard, Mike Chapman on drums, and Bill Cottrell on horns, as they bring to life the era that was named for its music, The Jazz Age.
Part of HAYC3’s Music in Hoosic program, the Tune Travelers concert is free, suitable for all ages and open to everyone. For more information please visit www.HAYC3.org or call 518-686-9050.
Bennington College presents ‘Machinal’
BENNINGTON -- Machinal, by American playwright Sophie Treadwell, was inspired by the case of Ruth Snyder. The story involves Helen, whose entire life has been dictated to her. She follows the rituals that society expects of a woman, marries her boss, has a baby, has an affair, murders her husband, and is sent to the electric chair. Though the play premiered in 1928, the machine depicted by Treadwell continues to inhibit civil rights in capitalist nations across the globe. Directed by Eva Bond. The play will be staged Oct. 11 and Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. in Bennington College’s VAPA Margot Tenney Theater.
’The Vermont Movie’ coming to Bennington Museum
BENNINGTON -- On Sept. 27, after seven years of production, Upper Valley Arts of Norwich, Vt. released "Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie," the first ever documentary series about the many voices, cultural and political traditions that give the Green Mountain State its egalitarian ideals and bold, iconoclastic spirit. The six-part film, a collaboration of three dozen critically acclaimed Vermont filmmakers and historians, is led by award-winning filmmaker Nora Jacobson.
What is it about Vermont? From 1777 to the present, Vermont has been a beacon, a haven, a refuge, an idea, a symbol, a state shaped by independent and courageous decision-makers, thinkers, political leaders, workers, artists, immigrants and innovators. It was the first state to outlaw slavery, to allow same sex civil unions, to call for the impeachment of President Nixon, and to protect the environment with Act 250. It is a state in which conservatives and liberals are not only neighbors -- they frequently depend on each other for survival. And yet, as we see in town meetings and legislative debates, the pursuit of freedom has, on occasion, threatened the state’s unity.
"A state has boundaries, a central government, state laws. These factors give it unity. My challenge, as editor of the diverse pieces, was to fi nd the common thread in all our stories, the thread that made this not only a Vermont story, but a universal story as well." - Nora Jacobson, director, "Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie"
Part two of the movie, entitled "Under The Surface," will be screened at the Bennington Museum on Oct. 12 at 7:30. Tickets cost $8, or $5 for students.
Trevor Wilson returns to Bennington College
BENNINGTON -- Bennington College alumnus Trevor Wilson is a composer and songwriter, most recently known for the alternative vocal harmonies and song structures employed in his Vocal Ensemble. Ensemble members Michael Chinworth ‘08, Eliza McKelway ‘11, Alice Tolan-Mee ‘12, and Ethan Woods ‘12 met at Bennington. Their albums, Soft Wings and All Material, combine five part harmonies and simple guitar riffs with elements of fantasy and drama. They perform extensively in New York City. The concert will be held Oct. 12 at 9:30 p.m. in Bennington College’s Barn 100.
National Fall Open at S.V.A.C.
MANCHESTER -- 57th Annual National Fall Open at Southern Vermont Arts Center Annual exhibit explores contemporary trends in the American landscape, still life and portraiture The Southern Vermont Arts Center announces its 57th Annual National Fall Open, a juried exhibition featuring works from more than 100 artists across the U. S. David Miller, highly respected artist and former Professor of Art at Skidmore College, was guest juror for the exhibition. Known for traditional New England landscape painting, the Arts Center is placing special emphasis this year on artists who are finding new ways to express America’s Landscape. The exhibition runs from Oct. 5 - Nov. 17 in Yester House and will include works by Ian Marion, Robert Carsten, Leslie Parke, Elizabeth Allen, Linda Durkee and others.
A reception will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 from 2 - 4 p.m., which is free and open to the public. Many of the artists will be on hand to discuss their works. All of the artwork in the show is available for purchase. Arts Center hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Southern Vermont Arts Center is located at West Road in Manchester, Vermont, on a 100-acre campus overlooking the Battenkill Valley. Home of the Southern Vermont Artists, the Arts Center is dedicated to making both the visual and performing arts an integral part of the life of its community and the region. For further information, please call 802. 362. 1405 or go to www.svac.org
Open studio and reception
BENNINGTON -- On Oct. 12 and 13 from 12 to 5 p.m., Irene Biller-Berkson of Brooklyn and West Rupert is having an open studio located at 269 Hidden Valley Road in West Rupert, Vermont (between Dorset Vermont and Salem New York.) The Opening is being held at Ms. Berkson’s Vermont Moss and Stone Gardens property. Enjoy walking woodland trails and view ecologically correct moss and stone designs. The garden is inspired by oriental gardens but has a Vermont flavor.
Locally Ms. Berkson has shown her art at The Southern Vermont Arts Center, Landscapes for landsake in Cambridge NY, Art on the Green in Pawlet, VT and a Juried show at Larac Gallery in Glens Falls, NY. She is a member of Artisan Market in Cambridge, NY. She also won 1st and 3rd prizes at the Pen and Brush Gallery in New York and has shown her sculptures in other New York locations over the years. Some of the other artists who will show their work and attend the opening are Irene Berkson, Ann Casselman, Michal Bonadio, Leif Johnson, Stephen Present, Francine Panely, Brian Sweetland, Adam Sarrano, Erika Schmidt, Christopher Smith.
This is an opportunity to meet, talk to and look at the artists’ work.
For directions and information call 802-394-2411 or go to www.vermontmossandstonegardens.com.
Experimental film ‘Consuming Spirits’
BENNINGTON -- This 15 year project by filmmaker Chris Sullivan is ". . . a work of obsessive artisanal discipline and unfettered artistic vision. You have never seen anything like it. At least not in a movie theater, and not recently. This achingly sad, occasionally grotesque story of family secrets, sexual longings and small-town malaise, told through drawings, paper cutouts and miniature models, has more in common with intimate graphic novels than with any live-action indie melodrama I can think of." - A. O. Scott, New York Times. The film will be screened at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 in Bennington College’s Tishman Lecture Hall.
Visual Arts Lecture Series with Chris Sullivan
BENNINGTON -- A skilled illustrator animator, screenwriter, director, editor, composer, actor, and cultural omnivore, Sullivan decorates his imaginary landscape with odd jokes and allusions. His work Consuming Spirits is unlike anything ever seen--meticulously made via stop motion from richly drawn cutouts, pencil renderings, collages, and miniatures that are beautifully raw and disarmingly exquisite. The lecture takes place Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennington College’s Tishman Lecture Hall. Consuming Spirits will be shown on Oct. 14 at 6:30 pm in Tishman.
Carriage Barn Series presents Chris Lewis
BENNINGTON -- Christopher Lewis, piano and chamber music instructor, will play a program exploring the sound of the piano through the works of two great composers. The program will include Debussy’s complete Preludes, Book 2 and a selection of works by Franz Liszt. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. on Oct. 15 in the Deane Carriage Barn.
Clark Instutute screening "Macbeth" from London’s National Theatre Live
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Kenneth Branagh stars in Macbeth, airing live at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. The production is part of the Clark’s ongoing series of live transmissions from London’s National Theatre Live. Tickets are $18 ($15 members). To purchase tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0524.
Written in the early 1600s, Macbeth remains one of Shakespeare’s most enduring and powerful tragedies. It tells the story of a Scottish general who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that he will become King of Scotland. Fueled by greed and a lust for power, Macbeth murders King Duncan and ascends to the throne. Haunted by guilt and paranoia, he soon becomes a murderous tyrant as civil war ensues. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth (played by Alex Kingston) are quickly drawn into a world of insanity, narcissism, and treachery.
Directed by Branagh and Rob Ashford, this electrifying new production is set in Manchester within the intimate walls of a deconsecrated church. saThe production is very much a movie-style presentation, making it appealing to broad audiences--including those who have never experienced Shakespeare. Approximate running time is 120 minutes.
Due to the construction activity and limited parking at the Clark, visitors should plan to arrive twenty minutes before the performance.