"Nocturnes" by William Basinski
TROY, N.Y. -- Best known for his ambient, slowly evolving sound compositions such as "The Disintegration Loops" (2002), tape-loop tinkerer William Basinski presents his most recent piece, Nocturnes. Originally recorded in 1979, the piano metallic tape loop used in Nocturnes was stored for more than 30 years, gradually being degraded and transmuted by time. Basinski has further altered the identity of the sound by removing the attacks of the piano notes and overlaying them, creating an underwater-like atmosphere that is strangely recognizable as the ghost of the piano.
The performance will be held at EMPAC on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m.
Ben Sargent "The Catch: Sea-to-Table Recipes, Stories and Secrets"
MANCHESTER -- An avid fisherman, home cook, and veteran surfer, Ben Sargent has been mesmerized by fishing since childhood, and he catches almost everything he eats. Whether you fish or not, Sargent’s debut cookbook, "THE CATCH: Sea-to Table Recipes, Stories, and Secrets," is the perfect book for cooking simple, delicious fish and shellfish. Sargent, also known as "Doctor Klaw," or the guy in Brooklyn behind the Underground Lobster Pound, where he served lobster rolls out of his basement apartment, is coming to the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester on Oct. 26 to share his fascinating stories and favorite sea-to-table recipes collected from his adventures, and teaches home cooks how to make all of his seafood favorites. The event starts at 7 p.m.
Ben Sargent is the host of the primetime hit show Hook, Line & Dinner, in its third season on Cooking Channel. On Food Network he has been a judge on Iron Chef America and a contestant on Chopped and Throwdown! with Bobby Flay. He has cooked alongside Martha Stewart and has been profiled in the New York Times, Daily News, New York Post, and HuffingtonPost, among other major media outlets. He is the creator of the Brooklyn Fishing Derby and his alter ego Doctor Klaw, of the Underground Lobster Pound, has reached cult status. Ben is a graduate of Skidmore College. Ben lives in Brooklyn, New York. For more information, visit www.BrooklynChowderSurfer.com.
Freddie Bryant, Shubhendra Rao perform at Williams
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music presents guitarist Freddie Bryant and sitarist Shubhendra Rao on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m., in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the college campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Guitarist Freddie Bryant, and sitarist Shubhendra Rao appear at Williams as part of the Ernest Brown World Music Series that brings musicians from across the globe to share their musical talents with the Williams College community. The series is named for Professor Emeritus Ernest D. Brown, who taught at Williams from 1988 to 2011. Joining Shubhendra Rao are Saskia Rao-de Haas on Indian cello and Harshad Kanetkar on tabla. Mr. Bryant is joined by purcussionist Keita Ogawa.
Bryant and Rao share a very special and unique musical experience. The soul of their music lives in a spontaneous energy that crosses cultural lines. By fusing elements of Indian classical music, employing American jazz concepts, and combining written forms with improvisational traditions, they explore ever expanding musical possibilities. Finding a musical collaborator in the Indian tabla player Kanetkar, the group has a percussionist versed in Indian rhythm. Rao-de Haas’s Indian cello gives the ensemble a deep resonance that contrasts with the timbres of the sitar and guitar.
Maboula Soumahoro presents "Rewriting the Triangle: An Afropean Self-Narrative"
BENNINGTON -- Appointed to the French National Committee for the Memory and History of Slavery by PM Jean-Marc Ayrault, Maboula Soumahoro’s research focuses on the African diaspora and American Black Nationalisms. Her research Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women is dedicated to recovering the history of black women as active intellectual subjects and to moving the study of black thought, culture, and leadership beyond the "Great Men" paradigm that characterizes most accounts of black intellectual activity.
The lecture will be held Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in Bennington College’s CAPA Symposium
Poetry at Bennington with Paisley Rekdal
BENNINGTON -- Paisley Rekdal is the author of the poetry collections Animal Eye, The Invention of the Kaleidoscope, Six Girls Without Pants, and A Crash of Rhinos and the essays The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee: Observations on Not Fitting In. She has received fellowships from the Amy Lowell Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. She is a professor of English at the University of Utah.
She will speak on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in Bennington College’s Tishman Lecture Hall.
"House (Hausu)" by Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
TROY, N.Y. -- Playing at EMPAC this Halloween, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m., Nobuhiko Ôbayashi’s 1977 psychedelic Japanese cult horror classic, House (Hausu), is a nightmarish film about a schoolgirl named Gorgeous and six of her classmates who vacation at her aunt’s home in the country. Each of the characters is marked by a special trait -- Melody plays music, Mac likes to eat, Kung-fu is a martial arts expert, Sweet is very tidy, Fanta daydreams, and Prof is a skillful logician. One by one, the girls encounter possessed objects that become the instruments of their demise.
An outlandish and visually stunning spectacle that parodies horror film clichés, Ôbayashi collaborated with his daughter to create the deranged script, employing many of the techniques he learned through his background in experimental cinema and as an advertisement producer for television.
Don Mitchell appearing at Northshire Bookstore
MANCHESTER -- When a biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department approaches Middlebury writing professor and shepherd Don Mitchell about tracking endangered Indiana bats on his 150-acre farm in Vermont’s picturesque Champlain Valley, Mitchell’s relationship with bats -- and with government--can be characterized as distrustful, at best.
But the flying rats, as Mitchell initially thinks of them, launch him on a series of "improvements" to his land that will provide a more welcoming habitat for the bats--and a modest tax break for himself and his family. Whether persuading his neighbors to join him in pulling invasive garlic mustard out of the ground by hand (marketed to them as an opportunity for "silent meditation"), navigating the tacit ground rules of buying an ATV off Craigslist, or leaving just enough honeysuckle to give government inspectors "something to find," Flying Blind is as profound as it is funny -- a journey that changes Mitchell’s relationship with bats, the land, and, ultimately, his understanding of his own past.
The event starts at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1. at the Northshire Bookstore.
Author Simon Winchester speaking at Northshire Bookstore
MANCHESTER -- Simon Winchester, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Atlantic and The Professor and the Madman, delivers his first book about America, The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible: a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings.
Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa. Those books were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006, Mr. Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by her Majesty the Queen. He lives in Manhattan and in western Massachusetts.
The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2 at the Northshire Bookstore. "Murder in the mountains:" A murder mystery dinner party
MANCHESTER -- The Wilburton Inn invites all history lovers and armchair detectives to "Murder in the Mountains" an interactive murder mystery dinner party on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Wilburton Inn. The cost for the 3-course dinner and entertainment is $40. For reservations or information call 802-362-2500.
The mystery is set in 1900 and based on the actual history of the Chicago railroad tycoon, A.M. Gilvert who won the land that become the Wilburton Inn in a rigged game of poker. Guests are invited to dress in elegant attire and mingle with the suspects over drinks, dinner and dessert. After dinner, guests solve the murder - Was it the angry farmer? Gilbert’s dazzling debutant daughter? His mistress? His banker? His chef? Or did the butler do itŠ
The cast features New York actors Alysia Reiner, star of the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black and David Alan Basche, currently starring in the new series The Exes on TV Land, as well as a cast of local Vermont actors.
Visual Arts Lecture Series with Cora Cohen
BENNINGTON -- A visual artist and Guggenheim Fellow known for works that draw on contemporary urban and philosophical sources, Cora Cohen’s current paintings are based on seemingly contradictory ways of seeing and painting. Mark making as figuration is followed by acts of erasure. Discernible imagery gives way to uncertainty, waywardness, and displacement.
She will speak on Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Bennington College’s Tishman Lecture Hall.