Jan. 9

I/O Fest 2014 presents new music

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music presents I/O Fest ‘14, a three-day festival of adventurous new music from around the globe. The festival includes five concerts with several world premieres, music of many composers, performances by the I/O Ensemble and IOTA, and special guest ensemble-in-residence counter)induction. This event runs from Thursday, Jan. 9 through Saturday, Jan. 11 on the Williams College campus. All events are free and open to the public. Neither tickets nor reservations are required. Keller Williams at the Pickle Barrel

KILLINGTON -- National recording artist Keller Williams will appear in concert on Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Pickle Barrel Nightclub in Killington. The show is open to anyone 21 years of age and older.

Described by JamBase.com as "guitar’s mad scientist," Williams’ music combines elements of bluegrass, folk, alternative rock, reggae, electronica/dance, jazz, funk, and other assorted genres. He is often called a ‘one-man jam-ban’’ due to his frequent use of live phrase looping with multiple instruments. Since he first appeared on the scene in the early ‘90s, most of his career has been spent performing solo, while accompanying himself with an acoustic guitar connected to a sound system that allows him to simulate a full band.


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A native of Fredericksburg Virginia, he has opened shows for Victor Wooten and for the jam band String Cheese Incident. His latest CD titled "Funk" was released in November.

Tickets for Keller Williams are on sale now at www.picklebarrelnightclub.com. Cost is $18.50 (plus tax) in advance, $21.50 (plus tax) day of show. Doors open at 8 p.m. The Pickle Barrel is located midway on the Killington Road. For more information, call the Pickle Barrel Nightclub at (802) 422-3035.

Jan. 10

The Lost playing at Oldcastle

BENNINGTON -- The Lost, a Bennington County power trio featuring Cody Myers, Jake Hill and Kevin Breese, will play a hometown show at the Oldcastle Theatre on Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. The band’s sound blends alternative and rock sounds inspired by artists like Queen, The Killers, KISS, and Van Halen.

Tickets are available at the Oldcastle Theatre box office at 331 Main St.

Jan. 11

Something with Strings coming to Oldcastle Theatre

BENNINGTON -- On Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m. the Oldcastle Theatre will host the progressive acoustic band Something with Strings.

Something With Strings has been picking its original blend of bluegrass, country and rock to foot-stomping crowds of all ages and sizes around the northeast for over 5 years. Hailing from Burlington, VT, Something With Strings focuses on good song-writing, meaningful lyrics, tight melodies and harmonies and creative improvisation to bring bluegrass to new audiences with high-energy live shows. They’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such acts as Trampled By Turtles, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Waylon Speed.

Tickets are available at the Oldcastle Theatre box office at 331 Main St.

The unique sounds of Brushy One String

NORTH ADAMS, Mass -- Performing on a classical guitar with nothing but a D-string, Brushy One String manages to pack the energy and soul of an eight-piece Jamaican dance-hall band into just one string and one huge voice. Mass MoCA’s Free Day turns into a fun night up in the club. The concert starts at 8 p.m. in the museum’s Club B-10 performance space.

Sponsored by the Hans & Kate Morris Fund for New Music.

Bruce Seifer and Ed Antczak present "Sustainable Communities"

MANCHESTER -- Citing Burlington’s remarkable rise to award-winning status, this book examines the balance of community planning, social enterprise development, energy and environment, food systems and cultural well-being. Aimed at policymakers, development practitioners, students, and citizens, this book describes which and how multiple influences faciltitate the creation of a local, durable and truly sustainable economy.

Bruce Seifer is a consultant with deep experience in economic development. He led the City of Burlington Vermont’s Economic Development efforts for three decades, providing technical assistance to 4,000 businesses and numerous non-profits. Bruce frequently speaks at national forums on policy and strategy, city revitalization, and program design and evaluation.

After 20 years in business, Ed Antczak joined CEDO’s Economic Development Division in 2003 focusing on assisting businesses at all stages of growth, managing a revolving loan fund, and being a member of various development project teams. He currently serves on the steering committees of several national Sustainable Economic Development organizations.

The pair will speak at the Northsire Bookstore on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.

Southern Vermont Arts Center opening 2014 exhibits

MANCHESTER -- All are invited to the opening reception of the Southern Vermont Arts Center’s 2014 Winter Members Exhibition plus solo exhibits by Gyula Varosy, Robert Moylan and Elizabeth Nagle. Our group exhibit features works done exclusively by SVAC artist members. Our solo exhibits include sculptor Gyula Varosy, who forms human shapes with other objects to present small worlds of imagination and surreal moments. Robert Moylan’s luminous landscape oils are brightly colored renderings of the rural beauty of upstate New York and Vermont. The works of abstract artist Elizabeth Nagle are individual journeys with their own lives, with some images clear and others left to linger mysteriously. View all original artwork -- paintings, watercolors and pastels, photography, mixed media and sculpture in the ten galleries of Yester House. All artwork is available for purchase.

Join us for the free opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Jan. 12

Sunday afternoon concert with Long Time Courting

The Boston-based band Long Time Courting will appear at the Meetinghouse Café in Bennington in a special Sunday afternoon concert, Jan. 12. The group offers an extraordinary blend of neo-traditional Irish, Scottish and American music that showcases each musician’s versatility, creativity, and mastery.

The concert begins at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15; $10 for students. Seating is first-come, first seated and no reservations are accepted. The Meetinghouse Café is located at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, 108 School St., Bennington. Information is available at www.uubennington .org.

Long Time Courting is an all-women group featuring Shannon Heaton (flute, accordion, vocals) of Matt & Shannon Heaton and Childsplay, Liz Simmons (guitar, vocals) of Annalivia and the John Whelan Band, Valerie Thompson (cello, vocals) of Laura Cortese’s Acoustic Project and Fluttr Effect, and newest member Katie McNally (fiddle, vocals), also of Childsplay. Together the group executes vocal harmonies combined with formidable instrumental prowess to create music that is both playful and richly satisfying.

Jan. 14

"The Painting (Le Tableau)" at Images Cinema

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- In this wryly inventive parable, a kingdom within a painting is divided into three castes: the impeccably colored Alldunns, the incomplete Halfies, and the barely outlined Sketchies who are treated as outcasts. Chastised for her forbidden love of the dashing Ramo, Claire runs away into the cursed forest. Ramo and his friends journey after her, crossing over the boundaries of the forest only to arrive at the very edge of the painting -- where they tumble through the canvas and into the Painter’s studio. The abandoned workspace is strewn with paintings, each containing its own vividly animated world and characters -- and in a feast for both the eyes and the imagination, Ramo, Lola, Quill and Magenta explore picture after picture, in a quest to discover just what the Painter has in mind for his creations.

The screening will be hosted by Images Cinema on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.

The film will be followed by a conversation with local artist Gabriela Vainsencher.

Jan. 16

Garrison Keillor live at the Paramount

RUTLAND -- Northshire Bookstore is proud to partner with Paramount Theatre as they present Garrison Keillor live on Jan. 16 at 7:30.

The charming and witty, and always-entertaining writer, humorist, and celebrity speaker Garrison Keillor is probably best known for his widely popular radio show "A Prairie Home Companion." The show attracts more than two million listeners on more than 450 NPR stations weekly. Keillor is also the host of the Daily Radio and online program, The Writer’s Almanac, and best-selling author of many books.

Garrison Keillor will be signing copies "O What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound" and other titles after the show. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

"O What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound" is the first poetry collection written by Garrison Keillor, the celebrated radio host of A Prairie Home Companion. Although he has edited several anthologies of his favorite poems, this volume forges a new path for him, as a poet of light verse. He writes -- with his characteristic combination of humor and insight -- on love, modernity, nostalgia, politics, religion, and other facets of daily life. Keillor’s verses are charming and playful, locating sublime song within the humdrum of being human.

Garrison Keillor lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, home of "A Prairie Home Companion," his radio show that has been on the air since 1974. He is the author of many books including the Lake Wobegon novels, and he edits the Good Poems anthologies. He is a contributor to the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and Salon.com. In 2006, he wrote the screenplay for the film "A Prairie Home Companion," directed by Robert Altman.

Jan. 18

Guitarist Eric Despard performing at Oldcastle

Heralded as a "talented classical guitarist" by the Times of Trenton, guitarist Eric Despard will perform at the Oldcastle Theatre on Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Despard performs extensively throughout North America as a soloist and with various chamber ensembles. His dynamic solo concert programs include "The Latin Guitar" featuring Spanish, Latin and South American guitar composers and "World Guitar" featuring music and transcriptions of composers from around the world. In addition to solo classical guitar concerts, Eric regularly performs with various jazz, blues, and rock groups throughout the Northeast.

Eric is currently an affiliate artist at Middlebury College and an instructor of guitar at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He also serves on the faculty and is the Music Director at Southern Vermont College where he teaches music history, music theory, concert jazz band, and related performance classes. Students from his private studio have been accepted to the Boston Conservatory, Crane School of Music, SUNY Fredonia, Ithaca College, William Patterson University, the University of Vermont, and the Berkelee College of Music.

Tickets are available at the Oldcastle Theatre box office at 331 Main St.

Jan. 19

Battenkill Chorale presents "Northern Lights" concert

Bennington residents Carol Poppe, Paul Lambert, and Nicholas Lasoff will be featured soloists as the Battenkill Chorale presents "Northern Lights", a program of evocative, spiritual music from Norway, Latvia, and Russia, on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. at Zankel Music Center’s Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling (518) 692-7458 or emailing jen.braucher@gmail.com. There is also a free open dress rehearsal Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m., at Zankel Music Center, no tickets required.

Jan. 24

Adam Boyce presents "The Man from Vermont: Charles Ross Taggart: The Old Country Fiddler"

MANCHESTER -- Discover the remarkable story of the man from Vermont who helped Americans forget their troubles when they needed it most with his mimicry, stories, and fiddling.

In 1895, East Topsham’s Charles Ross Taggart set his sights on becoming a traveling musical humorist. His uproarious ventriloquist and musical performances brought rave reviews in his Vermont community. He was soon thrust into the world of the lyceum and Chautauqua circuits, journeying far and wide across North America. His forty-three-year career spanned some of America’s most exciting and most difficult times, and his folk performances -- especially his beloved "Old Country Fiddler" -- brought smiles to all who experienced them. He was also an innovator in the entertainment industry, recording his music and humor, as well as appearing in one of the first "talkie" films.

Adam R. Boyce, whose family has called Vermont home since the 1760’s, has been a life-long student of history. He grew up on a farm in Williamstown which his great-grandfather purchased in 1896, and was the same place where his father and grandfather were also raised. A composer of more than 100 fiddle tunes, he is a Juried artist with the Vermont Arts Council, and has appeared in several central Vermont stage productions, including Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier and George Woodard’s Ground Hog Opry out of Waterbury. Adam and his wife, Mary-Anne, live in West Windsor, Vermont.

The talk will be held at the Northshire Bookstore on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m.

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