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In the Jackson Gallery

ELINOR STEELE TAPESTRY

 

Opening reception Friday, Feb. 16  5 – 7 pm

On exhibit February 10 – March 31, 2018.

Vermont designer/weaver Elinor Steele Friml will display examples representing forty years of dedication to the art of contemporary hand-woven tapestry. The exhibit will include works from several of her series, including abstract and impressionistic images, landscapes, and geometric compositions.

Calendar of Events

MET Live in HD: L’Elisir d’Amore

Saturday, February 17*

Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met as the feisty Adina, opposite Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences as Nemorino in 2013 with his ravishing “Una furtiva lagrima.” Bartlett Sher’s production is charming, with deft comedic timing, but also emotionally revealing. Domingo Hindoyan conducts. A free talk about this opera will be given in the studio on the lower level before the broadcast at 12:15 PM (45 minutes before the start time) by Scott Morrison. Run time 2hrs 39mins

*the date and time vary from the MET’s published schedule

1pm
$24  (+$2 preservation fee)
$10 students (+1 preservation fee)

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I Am Evidence

MNFF Winter Screening Series

Sunday, Feb. 18

The powerful documentary I Am Evidence exposes the alarming number of untested rape kits in the United States through a character–driven narrative, bringing much needed attention to the disturbing pattern of how the criminal justice system has historically treated sexual assault survivors.
Why is there a rape kit backlog? What can we do to fix the problem? This film explores these questions through survivors’ experiences as they trace the fates of their kits and re-engage in the criminal justice process. I Am Evidence illuminates how the system has impeded justice while also highlighting those who are leading the charge to work through the backlog and pursue long-awaited justice in these cases.

This courageous film seeks to send a clear message to survivors that they matter, that the nation will do everything possible to bring them a path to healing and justice, and that their perpetrators will be held accountable for their crimes.

I AM EVIDENCE won the 2017 Audience Award for Best Documentary at Provincetown International Film Festival and at Traverse City Film Festival.
Trish Adlesic, the director of I AM EVIDENCE, will attend the screening which will be introduced by noted Vermont filmmaker Bess O’Brien. Bess will also lead a Q&A with Trish Adlesic following the screening. 

2:00 pm

$12 + $1 preservation fee

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Daddy Long Legs

Tim Guiles Productions

A heartwarming Cinderella story about a witty and winsome young woman and her mysterious benefactor, Daddy Long Legs is a beloved musical in the spirit of Jane Austen, The Brontë Sisters and “Downton Abbey.” Based on the classic novel, which inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire, Daddy Long Legs is a beautifully told story set in 1908 about a young woman (played by Hannah Logan) entering college to pursue her dream of being a writer.  She discovers the secret of happiness.  This story is also about her generous but illusive, patron (played by Elliot Franklin) who funds her education and learns about charity in the process.  Who is helping whom? It’s a funny, poignant and thoughtful musical that resonates with our times. 

The wonderfully intimate orchestrations are performed by guitarist, Michael Corn, and cellist, Dieuwke Davydov under the direction of pianist, Tim Guiles.

Wednesday, February 21 7:30pm
Thursday, February 22 7:30pm
Friday, February 23 7:30pm

Tickets $18 (plus $2 THT preservation fee)

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MET Live in HD: La Bohème

Saturday, February 24

The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with a series of exciting casts. Angel Blue, Anita Hartig, and Sonya Yoncheva share the role of the fragile Mimì, with Dmytro Popov, Russell Thomas, and Michael Fabiano alternating as the poet Rodolfo. Alexander Soddy and Marco Armiliato share conducting duties.

A free talk about this opera will be given in the studio on the lower level before the broadcast at 11:45 PM (45 minutes before the start time) by Scott Morrison. Run time 2hrs 55mins

12:30pm
$24  (+$2 preservation fee)
$10 students (+1 preservation fee)

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The Cutting Edge Play Reading Series

Middlebury Actors Workshop

Join us Sunday, February 25 for the 3rd play in the play reading series, Laura Eason’s Sex With Strangers

When youngish prodigy sex blogger Ethan tracks down his idol, the gifted but unsung forty-ish novelist Olivia, he finds they each crave what the other has. As attraction turns to sex and they inch closer to getting what they want, both confront the dark side of ambition and the trouble of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away. Rated R for adult language and sexual situations. 

4pm
in the Byers Studio (downstairs at Town Hall Theater).  
Suggested Donation – $10

MNFF’s Oscar Red Carpet Party

Sunday, March 4
This event has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience. 

 

Holbein: Eye of the Tudors

Great Art Wednesdays

Wednesday Mar. 7

As Henry VIII’s court painter, Hans Holbein witnessed and recorded the most notorious era in English history. He painted most of the major characters of the age and created the famous image of the king himself that everyone still recognizes today. But who really was Holbein? Where did he come from? And what were the dark and unsettling secrets hidden in his art?
Waldemar Januszczak looks at the life and work of an artist who became famous for bringing the Tudor age to life, but who could have been so many other things. Running time is 1hr.

11am
$13/ $8  (each ticket includes $2 THT Preservation/Box Office fee)

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Runa- Celtic Roots Music

March 8

Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,” Runa has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats since their formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.

Runa consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Zach White of St. Louis on guitar, vocals and mandolin, and Maggie White of Kentucky on the fiddle and Mandolin.

Seeking to preserve and continue a traditional culture in a modern age, Runa creates the backbone of its signature roots sound from the musical and geographical diversity of its individually established band members. Their strive for excellence and creativity blazes a trail for the future of folk music, earning them the reputation as one of the most innovative Irish folk groups of this generation.

7pm
$20 (+$2 preservation fee)

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MET Live in HD: Semiramide

Saturday, March 10

This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast. A free talk about this opera will be given in the studio on the lower level before the broadcast at 12:15 PM (45 minutes before the start time) by Jim Pugh. Run time 4hrs

1pm
$24  (+$2 preservation fee)
$10 students (+1 preservation fee)

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Novitiate

MNFF Winter Screening Series

Sunday, Mar. 11

Spanning over a decade from the early 1950s through to the mid-60s, NOVITIATE is about a young girl’s first initiation with love, in this case with God. Raised by a non-religious, single mother in rural Tennessee, a scholarship to Catholic school soon finds Cathleen drawn into the mystery and romanticism of a life devoted to the worship and servitude of God.

With the dawn of the Vatican II era, radical changes in the Church are threatening the course of nuns’ lives. As she progresses from the postulant to the novitiate stage of training, she finds her faith repeatedly confronted and challenged by the harsh, often inhumane realities of being a servant of God. Cathleen finds herself struggling with issues of faith, sexuality, and recent changes in life of the Church.

2:00 pm

$12 + $1 preservation fee

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Anne of Green Gables – The Musical

Poor Lost Circus Performers is proud to present their inaugural production: Anne of Green Gables – The Musical.

A cast of 36 players, ranging in age from 6 to 76, presents this timeless tale of a spunky young orphan whose accidental presence transforms the lives of all who encounter her.  Anne rises from destitution to happiness in the farm country entirely by virtue of her pluck and personality. Anne’s adventures at Green Gables, the farm owned by her new caretakers, are both comical and heartwarming. Set in late-19th Century Prince Edward Island, Canada, Lucy Maud Montgomery’s touching stories of Anne and those around her have captivated audiences around the world.

Awarded the Guinness World Records title for “Longest Running Annual Musical Theatre Production” at its home stage at the Charlottetown Festival in Prince Edward Island.

March 16 7:30
March 17 2pm and 7:30pm
March 18 2pm 

$20/ $18 seniors/ $15 students (+ $2 preservation fee)

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Loving Vincent

March 23

Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully oil painted feature film. The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters.

No other artist has attracted more legends than Vincent van Gogh. Variously labelled a martyr, a lustful satyr, a madman, a genius and a layabout, the real Vincent is at once revealed in his letters, and obscured by myth and time. Vincent himself said in his last letter: ‘We cannot speak other than by our paintings’. We take him at his word and let the paintings tell the real story of Vincent van Gogh. 

Loving Vincent was first shot as a live action film with actors, and then hand-painted over frame-by-frame in oils. The final effect is an interaction of the performance of the actors playing Vincent’s famous portraits, and the performance of the painting animators, bringing these characters into the medium of paint. With Saoirse Ronan, Chris O’Dowd, and introducing theatre actor Robert Gulaczyk in his first film role as Vincent van Gogh.

11am
7pm
$12 (+ $1 preservation fee)/ $7 students (+ $1 preservation fee)

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Young Tradition Touring Group

March 24

The Young Tradition Touring Group are teen players, singers and dancers who focus on learning and performing traditional music and dance repertoire over the course of a 8-month, late September through early May session, most often culminating in an April performance tour.  Group members learn from and are supported by guest musicians and dancers/dance leaders, in addition to musical exchanges with young musicians and dancers while on performance tours.  Touring Groups have traveled to Cape Breton, Northumberland in England and Scotland, and the West Coast of Ireland.  

The group is supported by artist leaders Pete Sutherland, Dominque Dodge and Andrea Beaton, youth leaders Rose Jackson and Oliver Scanlon, and manager Mark Sustic, the 2017/2018 Young Tradition Touring Group includes 24 auditioned members ranging in age from 12 to 20. Though most Touring Group members are from throughout Vermont, the group also includes members from Massachusetts and the Adirondacks in New York State.

The evening will include 2 sets with an intermission. The first half will feature artist leaders and youth leaders with members of the Touring Group. The second half will feature the full Touring Group.

7pm
$20 + ($2 preservation fee)

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Champlain Philharmonic: Lion and Lamb

March 25

Under the direction of Matt LaRocca, join the Champlain Philharmonic for their Spring Concert Series, entitled “Lion and Lamb.” On the program will be Verdi’s La Forza Del Destino, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite 1, Sibelius’ Spring Song, and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony No. 8 in B Minor. www.champlainhilharmonic.org

4pm
$15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $5 for students (+ $2 preservation fee adults, $1 for seniors, students)

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Stealing From Work: The Unbearable Whiteness of Being

March 30

Stealing from Work brings their brand new sketch comedy to Middlebury for the first time! Join actors Marianne DiMascio, Alex Hudson, Jory Raphael, Amy Halpin Riley, and Geeda Searfoorce for a fast-paced evening of lunacy and lampoonery. Stealing from Work takes on familiar and new topics, spoofing contemporary culture and the political issues of our time with a local flavor. Written by Angie Albeck and Marianne DiMascio. Directed by Seth Jarvis. You may want to leave the kiddos at home for this one!

7:30
$15 (+$2 preservation fee)

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MET Live in HD: Così fan tutte

Saturday, March 31

A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island—complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters, and a Ferris wheel. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducts. A free talk about this opera will be given in the studio on the lower level before the broadcast at 12:15 PM (45 minutes before the start time) by Scott Morrison. Run time 3hrs 31mins

1pm
$24  (+$2 preservation fee)
$10 students (+1 preservation fee)

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Cezanne- Portraits of a Life

Great Art Wednesdays

Wednesday Apr. 4

One can’t appreciate 20th century art without understanding the significance and genius of Paul Cézanne. Featuring interviews with curators and experts from the National Portrait Gallery London, MoMA New York, National Gallery of Art Washington, and Musée d’Orsay Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself, the film takes audiences beyond the exhibition to the places Cézanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps the least known of all the impressionists – until now.

Running time is 85 mins

11am
$13/ $8  (each ticket includes $2 THT Preservation/Box Office fee)

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Lady Bird

MNFF Winter Screening Series

Saturday, Apr. 7 

In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

7:00 pm

$12 + $1 preservation fee

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MET Live in HD: Luisa Miller

Saturday, April 14

Plácido Domingo stars in this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years. A free talk about this opera will be given in the studio on the lower level before the broadcast at 11:45 PM (45 minutes before the start time) by Jim Pugh. Run time 3hrs 38mins

12:30pm
$24  (+$2 preservation fee)
$10 students (+1 preservation fee)

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MET Live in HD: Cendrillon

Saturday, April 28

For the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met. Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role, with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production. A free talk about this opera will be given in the studio on the lower level before the broadcast at 12:15 PM (45 minutes before the start time) by Scott Morrison. Run time 2hrs 47mins

1pm
$24  (+$2 preservation fee)
$10 students (+1 preservation fee)

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