MAU Pops concert
BENNINGTON -- The MAU Music Department presents the annual Pop Concert on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 14, 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. in the MAU Auditorium. The highly anticipated Pop Concert will feature the Jazz Band, Chamber Singers, Da Capos and Pop Choir and many solo and small group acts performing a wide variety of pop tunes. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at the High School Main Office or at the door.
Van Gogh discussion at the Clark
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- On Thursday, March 14, at 12:30 p.m., the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute invites visitors to spend a half hour with Curatorial Research Assistant Alexis Goodin for a discussion about Vincent van Gogh's Terrace in the Luxembourg Gardens, on view in the Clark Remix gallery.
Looking at Lunchtime is a free event held on the second Thursday of each month. Members of the Clark's staff select a few of their favorite works in the collection to discuss with visitors to the museum.
Clark Remix features more than 80 paintings, nearly 20 sculptures, and more than 300 decorative arts objects from the Clark's permanent collection. The exhibition is both a physical reality and a virtual space, featuring a dynamic salon-style installation and two new digital applications that offer exciting ways to engage with the collection.
David Burstein presents ‘Fast Future'
MANCHESTER -- A millennial examines how his generation is profoundly impacting politics, business, media, and activism.
David Burstein presents "Fast Future," Friday, March 15, 7 p.m. With 80 million millennials (people who are today 18 to 30 years old) coming of age and emerging as leaders, this is the largest generation in U.S. history, and, by 2020, its members will represent one out of every three adults. They are more ethnically and racially diverse than their elders and have begun their careers at a time when the recession has set back the job market. Yet they remain optimistic about their future and are deeply connected to one another. Drawing on extensive interviews with his millennial peers and compelling new research, Burstein illustrates how his generation is simultaneously shaping and being shaped by a fast-paced and fast-changing world.
Burstein is the founder and executive director of Generation18 and director of the documentary "18 in ‘08." A frequent contributor to Fast Company, Burstein has appeared as a commentator on youth and politics for a range of publications and media outlets. He lives in New York City. For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website, www.northshire.com
Bennington Free Library announces new installation of WallWorks, featuring prints by Barbara Ackerman.
BENNINGTON -- The newest installation of WallWorks: Art at the Library will feature prints by local artist Barbara Ackerman. The public is invited to meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments at an opening reception March 16, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the reference area of the library.
Barbara Ackerman is a Bennington native and teaches igital art at Mount Anthony Union High School. Her advanced graphics design students have contributed designs for the Library's limited edition mugs for the past two years and have designed this year's edition as well.
Ackerman's exhibit features a "series of monoprints in acrylic and ink and is the result of a reflective and exhilarating set of summer residencies. The creative process continues to awe my sensibilities and the natural world and perhaps the spiritual, to provide mysteries, beauty and contradictions to explore."
Call the library at 802-442-9051 for more information
Meet Bruce Lisman, founder of Campaign for Vermont
MANCHESTER -- Meet Campaign for Vermont Founder Bruce Lisman, Saturday, March 16, 7 p.m. at Northshire Books. This is a new group that is working to give voice to these issues and is building a diverse, nonpartisan coalition to advocate for reforms that will get real results. Please come join the conversation and add your voice to this choir of commonsense Vermonters dedicated to real solutions, real change and real results.
International Shorts: Party Mix at Images Cinema shorts highlights from the New York International Children's Film Festival
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Images Cinema continues its International Family Film series in March with Party Mix on Saturday, March 16, at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Party Mix is a collection of hilarious, heartfelt and beautiful short films around the world, selected from the New York International Children's Film Festival. Recommended for ages 8 and up, these films hail from India, Argentina, Australia, Switzerland, Canada, France and the USA. They are in English, or with English subtitles. The program is 65 minutes long and admission is $5. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring St., Williamstown, Mass; imagescinema.org
Clark to broadcast Metropolitan Opera's ‘Francesca da Rimini'
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- On Saturday, March 16, at noon, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will air a live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera's "Francesca da Rimini." Tickets are $25 ($22 members, $18 students) and may be ordered at clarkart.edu or by calling 413-458-0MET (458-0638).
Piero Faggioni's opulent and realistic production marks the first revival of Riccardo Zandonai's early 20th century melodrama in more than 25 years. Marco Armiliato conducts Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role of a noblewoman who is tricked into marrying the brutal Gianciotto, sung by Mark Delavan, instead of her true love Paolo, sung by Marcello Giordani. Robert Brubaker sings the wicked Malatestino, whose jealousy incites a murder.
The opera, based on Dante's Inferno, premiered at Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy on Feb. 19, 1914. Approximate running time is 300 minutes.
Manchester Music Festival's Michael Rudiakov Music Academy Spring Recital
MANCHESTER -- The Manchester Music Festival's Michael Rudiakov Music Academy will present its Spring recital on March 17 at 3 p.m. at Israel Congregation of Manchester. This event is free and open to the public.
Violin students of Joana Genova and Vesela French, viola students of Ariel Rudiakov, and cello students of Jared Shapiro will show their progress and play a variety of music. Suzuki method violin teacher Elizabeth Kilpatrick will do a demonstration with her young students, ages 4 to 6, who are taking their first steps in music.
Established in 2001, MMF operates the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy offering private lessons in violin, viola and cello, and a youth ensemble for string players. MRMA offers free concerts and residencies to local schools, and each July the organization offers Music Discovery Week where children can take a week of instrumental lessons with a member of our Young Artists Program.
The Manchester Music Festival operates year-round and offers classical music performances and music education of the highest caliber. As a non-profit corporation, under the guidance of our Board of Directors, the festival produces classical music concerts throughout the year. These include seven summer concerts at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, the Manchester Chamber Orchestra's Fall Tour, and Holiday Concerts around the Northshire. MMF hosts renowned musicians and provides a full-scholarship summer chamber music program for pre-professional performers.
Elizabeth Field presents ‘Marmalade' with tasting
MANCHESTER -- Elizabeth Field presents her gem of a book, "Marmalade: Sweet and Savory Spreads for a Sophisticated Taste" -- samples, too. -- at this event at 4 p.m.
With half of its recipes devoted to marmalades of all stripes, the book also includes recipes that use marmalade.
With 50 recipes to choose from, try the Bitter Orange Marmalade with Rosewater and Almonds; Cherry Marmalade; Double Ginger Pear Marmalade; Red Onion Marmalade; and more. Recipes for buttermilk biscuits, brown soda bread, and rugelah all serve as excellent vehicles for the bittersweet preserves, and you can make a meal of it with Marmalade Roast Duck or Glazed Country Ham.
Field has been a food writer for over 20 years and a contributing author for the New York Times, Gourmet, Saveur, and Gastronomica. The quest for marmalade drove her through Europe and the UK, collecting recipes and techniques as well as researching for her dissertation on the history of marmalade to obtain her master's in gastronomy. For more information call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com
HFCS Drama Club to perform ‘Disney's Beauty and the Beast' March 22 to 24
HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Falls Central School's Drama Club will be performing Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and like many musicals in the past, it is offered as free entertainment to people of all ages. The performances are on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, beginning at 7 p.m., with the final performance on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during the intermission in the cafeteria.
The movie and musical have won many awards, and have several unforgettable songs and moments. Lumiere (the candelabra) sings the show-stopping "Be Our Guest," and Mrs. Potts sings the eternal and Oscar winning "Beauty and the Beast" while Belle and Beast dance together. This promises to be an enormous show, with more than 60 middle and high school students involved in the production, along with several elementary students as well.
Local businesses or friends and families are invited to financially support the Drama Club by purchasing advertisement space in the program and placing in either a message or information about your business (or both).
Hollywood film producer to give scriptwriting seminar in Brattleboro for the Assisi Institute
BRATTLEBORO -- The Assisi Institute, an internationally recognized psychoanalytical educational organization based on the research and work of Michael Conforti, with more than 20,000 participants from around the world, will be offering a weekend conference focused on the scholarship of M. L. Von Franz, March 21 through 24 in Brattleboro. The conference will feature lectures and presentations from leading scholars in the field including Dr. Conforti as well as Susan Rowland, author and associate chair of the Jungian and archetypal studies programs for Pacifica University. On Saturday, March 23, the conference will feature the work of Gregory O'Connor, an award-wining film producer, content creator and entrepreneur. His company Solaris Entertainment is a successful film and television company based in New York and Los Angeles. O'Connor started his career in film in 1999 with "Tumbleweeds," an independent film that won the Filmmaker's Award at Sundance also nominated for an Academy Award and winner of the Golden Globe for Best Actress for Janet McTeer.
O'Connor has since created and/or produced films including "Miracle" with Kurt Russell for Disney, "Pride & Glory" with Ed Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voigt for Warner Brothers, "The Smashing Machine" for HBO, indie cult favorite "The Slaughter Rule" with Ryan Gosling and Amy Adams, and the recently released "Warrior" with Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte for Lionsgate.
Currently O'Connor is writing a television pilot called "The Afterlife of Oliver Graves" for television studio Fremantle, preparing his next feature film "Payday" (based on the Sony video game) and writing a feature film for his directorial debut based on the memoir "War Child."
O'Connor will offer an in-depth look at his work and how he has been able to incorporate the power of myth, symbols and archetypal meaning within the commercially competitive field of Hollywood film making. During the afternoon session, Gregory will work with the script material presented by the participants to share his insights and recommendations.
Conference registration is open to the public for the entire weekend or on a daily basis. For more information, visit www.assisiinstitute.com
Off the Shelf with Jodi Picoult
MANCHESTER -- Off the Shelf: Authors in Conversation, the Northshire Bookstore author series with partner WAMC/Northeast Public Radio announced a new author coming to the series in "March 2013: Jodi Picoult, the Storyteller," event to be held at Maple Street School, doors open at 5 p.m., event begins at 6:30 p.m.
On Thursday, March 21, Picoult, the New York Times bestselling author of "Sing You Home," "House Rules," "Handle With Care," "Change of Heart," ‘Nineteen Minutes," and "My Sister's Keeper," will take the stage for an interview with Joe Donahue, host of Northeast Public Radio's The Book Show, to discuss her searingly honest new novel, The Storyteller; a searingly honest novel that explores the lengths we will go to in order to protect our families.
For tickets call the Northshire at 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com
National Theatre live to air the comedy ‘People' at the Clark
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- On Thursday, March 21, at 3 p.m., the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will air a live transmission of the National Theatre's production of People, the hilarious new play by Britain's most celebrated comic playwright, Alan Bennett. Tickets are $18 ($15 members and students) and can be ordered online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413-458-0524.
Nicholas Hytner directs the cast that includes Tony and Olivier award winner Frances de la Tour as Dorothy, who frets over people traipsing through her house and ponders having an attic sale.
London's Times calls the play "a richly enjoyable evening. Provocative fun ... entertaining, funny and touching."
The much anticipated "People" is the sixth of Bennett's plays to premiere at the National Theatre. Approximate running time is 140 minutes.
Bennington County Choral Society presents Fauré's ‘Requiem'
BENNINGTON -- Saturday, March 23, 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, 3 p.m.
The Bennington County Choral Society performs Fauré's "Requiem" at the First Baptist Church in Bennington. One of the best-loved choral works of the 19th century, the "Requiem" was not conceived as a complete liturgical setting but developed over several years, as movements were added between 1887 and 1900. The program includes Romantic music by composers such as Mendelssohn, Brahms and others. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door, in advance from choristers or at the Bennington Bookshop.
Widescreen Wonders series concludes with ‘The Last Emperor'
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Concluding the successful "Widescreen Wonders" film series, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents a free screening of "The Last Emperor" (1987, 163 minutes) on Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m.
Bernardo Bertolucci presents the opulent portrayal of the captivity of Pu Yi, the infant emperor of China, as he endures abdication and humiliation at the hands of the Communists. Winner of nine Oscars, the film covers the years 1908 to 1967--from the time the child emperor was just three years old until a decade after he was freed from his Communist imprisoners.
The film was widely acclaimed and continues to take top spots in many "best movies" compilations. The Los Angeles Times called it "as coolly lavish an epic as we may ever see."
"Widescreen Wonders" is a free series of Saturday afternoon matinees celebrating the biggest and best of popular classic movies, while showcasing the Clark's HD projection capacity. All the films in the series boast super-widescreen aspect ratios (2.20:1 or more) and numerous Academy Awards, including "Best Picture." Experience the scope of epic moviemaking in this festival of the big screen.
Free family day at the Clark
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- There's more to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute than its magnificent paintings. Celebrate the remarkable diversity and beauty of decorative arts in the collection--from elaborate works of silver and elegant furniture to charming teacups and colorful glass objects -- at a free Decorative Arts Family Day on Sunday, March 24, from noon to 4 p.m.
The day's program offers plenty of fun for parents and children alike. Music, demonstrations, and art projects are just some of the activities that will highlight the decorative arts in the Clark's collection. Participants will learn about some of the Clark's treasures of silver, porcelain, glass, and wood. Among the planned events:
Demonstrations by master silversmith Stephen P. Smithers, master carpenter Hugh Glover, bookmaker Amanda Malkin, potter Tim Duncan, glass artist Atticus Robbins, and Japanese lacquer artist Christine Puza.
A sing-along with popular local band The Wandering Rocks
Art projects for all ages, including designing a three-dimensional clay tile and stenciling a mirror.
A workshop on making decorative foods.
A gallery talk by Curatorial Assistant Alexis Goodin, who will offer new insights on decorative arts in the Clark's collection.
Shopping for unique handmade items from the artisans above and a special trunk show offering from Spoon River Jewelry This program is supported by funding from the officers and employees of Allen & Company Inc.
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