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.

In 2006, he wrote the screenplay for the film "A Prairie Home Companion," directed by Robert Altman.

Jan. 17

’Parallel Lives’ at Hubbard Hall

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall (TCHH) teams up with Pauline Productions to present the 1980’s comedy classic written by Kathy Najimy (Sister Act, Veronica’s Closet, Dirty Blonde) and Mo Gaffney (Mad About You, Absolutely Fabulous), "Parallel Lives," aka "The Kathy and Mo Show." Jeannine Haas and Julie Waggoner embody over a dozen characters in this romp with a feminist sensibility. This coproduction with Hubbard Hall is directed by Brenny Rabine.

Pioneer Valley award-winning actress/comediennes Jeannine Haas (Artistic Director of Pauline Productions, who directed "You Can’t Take It With You" and "Amadeus" for TCHH) and Julie Waggoner ("The Villa Jidiots," "The HaHa Sisterhood") team up to reprise their smash hit production of "Parallel Lives" -- a collection of uproarious skits celebrating life’s joy and absurdity. Through the course of the evening, Haas and Waggoner portray a wide variety of comic characters including: two Supreme Beings tossing the dice over human gender responsibilities; two Catholic school-mate "friends for life"; a frat boy and sorority girl on a date, Syvvie and Maddie -- two feisty old New Yorkers who’ve signed up for a women’s studies course only to find themselves on a field trip to a feminist performance-art piece; and Hank and Karen Sue, a couple of struggling souls ritually playing out a mating game weekly in a honky tonk bar. Be swept back to the 80’s in this comedy with a feminist twist and leave exhausted and refreshed with laughter.

The performance runs Fridays and Saturdays from Jan. 17 to Feb. 2, with a "pay what you will" preview on Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.

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.

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

Jan. 30

National Theatre Live presents ‘Coriolanus’

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- National Theatre Live broadcasts "Coriolanus," William Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 ($15 members, students). To order tickets, visit clarkart.edu.

Broadcast from London’s intimate Donmar Warehouse theatre in Covent Garden, the production stars Tom Hiddleston in the title role and Mark Gatiss as Menenius. Josie Rourke directs.

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on its hero and defender: Coriolanus. But despite his hero’s welcome, Coriolanus gains enemies, too. Famine threatens the city, and the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change. Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people -- including two clever tribunes who eventually force him into exile.

Due to the construction activity and limited parking at the Clark, visitors should plan to arrive 20 minutes before the performance. To have brief items included in the E-Week entertainment calendar please send them to jmcmanus@ benningtonbanner.com.