Arts news in brief

Saturday May 11, 2013

May 10

Author interview with Fred Waitzkin at Northshire

MANCHESTER -- Andrew McKeever, Manchester Journal Managing Editor, sits down to interview author Fred Waitzkin as he presents his new book, "The Dream Merchant," Friday, May 10, at 7 p.m.

Author and journalist Fred Waitzkin captivated readers with his critically acclaimed, bestselling memoir, Searching for Bobby Fischer. Now, almost 30 years later, Waitzkin makes his fiction debut with The Dream Merchant, an exquisitely written heart-of-darkness tale about a charismatic yet morally ambiguous salesman and what Kirkus Reviews called, "Ša singular and haunting morality tale, sophisticated, literary and intelligent. Thoroughly entertaining. Deeply imaginative. Highly recommended."

For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at

May 11

Songs from musical theater at Equinox Terrace

MANCHESTER -- Everyone is invited to come hear local Dorset Players’ actor Bob Fry, along with singer Rebecca Sampson, and accompaniment by former Carnegie Hall chamber musician Rosemary Haake sing popular musical theatre numbers at Equinox Terrace. These local performers are all very talented and love sharing music with the residents at Equinox Terrace, and invite the public to come do the same. They will be performing numbers from Showboat and Kismet along with other popular musical numbers at Equinox Terrace, May 11, at 1 p.m. The Old First Church hosts ‘Travels with a Masked Man’

BENNINGTON -- "Travels with a Masked Man," a one-man show written and performed by John Hadden and directed by Kate Holland, will be shown on Saturday, May 11, at 7 p.m.

Haunted by unanswered questions about his childhood overseas, a man confronts his father -- an ex-CIA officer who ruminates darkly on the American Empire, the human animal, and himself. Hadden, who plays both characters, evolved the play from many hours of conversations he taped with his father 10 years ago. Alternately poignant and hilarious, the play evokes memories and responses about parents and children and growing up during the Cold War.

Admission is $15. Seats may be purchased at the door. Following the one-hour performance, desserts and tea accompany a discussion with the actor and director.

Williams Student Symphony presents ‘Elements of Absurdity’

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.-- The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Student Symphony on Saturday, May 11, at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus. This free event is open to the public.

A unique student orchestra, the Williams College Student Symphony is a 50-member group conducted and administered by students, with sponsorship by the music department. In keeping with a tradition of inspired programming, the orchestra presents a concert entitled "Elements of Absurdity." The orchestra is co-conducted by three students, Meghan Landers ‘13, Casey McLellan ‘14, and Jasmine Thomasian ‘15. The evening promises a wide variety of musical styles.

The concert begins with the first movement Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K.550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Also included are Elgar’s beautiful "Chanson de matin" and Samuel Barber’s beloved work for string orchestra, "Adagio for Strings." The orchestra premieres a new work by Jasmine Thomasian ‘15 titled, "Gnomes and Fairies, Fairies and Gnomes."

May 16

Live in HD at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- London’s National Theatre Live in HD Presents "This House", James Graham’s biting new play about 1970’s Westminster politics, at 2 p.m. at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Tickets are $18 ($15 members, students). To purchase tickets, visit or call 413 458 0524.

Native vs. invasive plants at Northshire

MANCHESTER -- Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. at the Northshire Bookstore, Alan Benoit and Brian King will team up once again to talk about some common invasive plants, the trouble they cause and some native alternatives that are available.

This event is free and open to the public. Visit for more information.

For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.precom.

May 17

Fourth Annual Brew, Cider and Food Pairing at Bennington Museum

BENNINGTON -- Are you a person who thoroughly enjoys a great craft beer or cider? Are you a person who thoroughly enjoys a delectable dish deliciously paired with that great craft beer or cider? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these, mark your calendar to be at the Bennington Museum on Friday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. for the Annual Brew and Food Pairing. Enjoy wonderful dishes created by many of the restaurants, bakeries, chocolatiers, and chefs in the region paired with brews (and ciders) that have been carefully matched by Scott Anderson, Craft Beer Portfolio Manager, and beer and food pairing expert. He ‘brings to the table’ great international, domestic and Vermont craft brews, as well as ciders. $40 per ticket $35 if you are a museum member. Call 802-447-1571 to get your tickets. Major credit cards are accepted.

Wintergreen Trio on May 17 at Meetinghouse Café, Bennington

BENNINGTON -- Wintergreen Trio will perform at Bennington’s Meetinghouse Café on Friday, May 17, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at the door. The Café is at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School Street in Bennington.

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