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In the Jackson Gallery

The LIGHT SHOW

Unique lamps by Vermont artists

OPENING RECEPTION   Friday, February 15 from 5 – 7 pm

Featuring creative lamps and lighting by Clay Mohrman, Kristian Brevik, Elizabeth Saslaw and Susan Kuehnl (York Hill Pottery), Tawnya Kiernan (Bee the Change) and Cindi Duff. On exhibit through March 24.  Image: Lamp by Clay Mohrman.

Calendar of Events

Jorge Martín & Friends

Presented by Town Hall Theater and The Opera Company of Middlebury

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Saturday, Feb. 23
7:30
$20/ $30/ $40 plus fees

Town Hall Theater and The Opera Company of Middlebury present a very special concert featuring Middlebury’s own Jorge Martín, celebrated Cuban-American composer. Mezzo-soprano Cherry Duke, star of Opera Company of Middlebury’s The Italian Girl in Algiers performs with tenor Brian Downen (a Metropolitan Opera alum) in a varied program of Jorge Martín’s songs and arias. Learn More . . . 

Met Live in HD: La Fille Du Régiment

Saturday, Mar. 2

Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks—including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis,” with its nine high Cs. Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro trade off as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts. Pre-performance talk at 12:15 pm will be given by Richard Marshak in the Studio downstairs.

1pm 
$24  plus fees
$10 students 
plus fees

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A History of the American Musical

Doug Anderson’s four-part exploration of 175 years of Broadway

March 4 – April 1, 2019

The Broadway Musical is perhaps America’s greatest contribution to the arts.  It’s a glorious, jazzy, star-studded and surprisingly turbulent history, one that remains largely unknown to people who love musicals.  THT artistic director Douglas Anderson expands on a class he has taught at colleges and universities, using  THT’s big screen to bring you actual footage of historic performers such as Al Jolson, Fanny Brice, Ethel Merman, and Julie Andrews, as well as musical numbers from decades of Broadway hits, with Doug’s expert commentary to put it all into perspective.  Doug also teaches part of each class from the piano, with guest performers singing key songs from important musicals.  Each session will be a wildly entertaining evening, while also touching on the American musical’s engagement with sex, race and politics. Each session will last approximately 90 minutes. Bar and refreshments will be available. Scholarships are available through a generous grant from Middlebury Community Players. To request a scholarship, email education@townhalltheater.org.

March 4 1840s to 1920s:
From Minstrelsy to Showboat
 
March 11 1930s to 1950s:
From Rodgers and Hart to Rodgers and Hammerstein
 
March 25 1960s-1990’s:
Hair, Sondheim, Webber and The Disney Invasion
 
April 1 2000 to Today:
The Contemporary Musical & The Economics of the Broadway Musical
 
All sessions are 7pm-8:30pm

$25 per session.
Four-session pass for $85

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Sickert vs. Sargent

Great Art Wednesdays

Wednesday, March 6

Sickert vs. Sargent brings to life two of the biggest characters in modern British art: Walter Sickert–the gruff, aggressive man-of-the-people–and John Singer Sargent–the urbane and charming dandy. The film focuses on some of the most beautiful and alarming paintings ever made in England: pictures of aristocrats and prostitutes, coronations and killings, opera houses and music halls, and will evoke the long-lost atmosphere of Edwardian London. But above all it will show that from their two outposts in Chelsea and Camden, Sickert and Sargent were waging a war whose legacy still haunts us today. These two larger-than-life immigrants were battling for nothing less than the future soul of British art. Surveying the big names of recent British art Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, Paula Rego, Jenny Saville, Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon and their thick paint, ugly aesthetic and proletarian fleshiness, it is clear that it was the master of the kitchen who was victorious. A Film by Waldemar Januszczak.

11am & 7pm
$13/ $8 (includes a $1 preservation fee)

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Front Porch Forum: The Story of Vermont’s Quiet Digital Revolution

Presented by Front Porch Forum and Town Hall Theater

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Thursday, Mar. 7
6-8pm
Free

Town Hall Theater and Front Porch Forum present a screening of a new independent documentary from Canadian filmmaker Peter Strauss, The Story of Vermont’s Quiet Digital Revolution. Front Porch Forum is now a part of the daily routine of thousands of residents across Vermont. How does participation on their local forums transform Vermonters and their communities? Find out as this film follows the stories of several Front Porch Forum members, each from different walks of life. Learn More . . . 
 

Stealing from Work: Sketch Victims Unit

Friday, Mar. 8

Stealing from Work is back with a full show of brand new sketch comedy written by Angie Albeck and Marianne DiMascio. Join actors Chris Caswell, Marianne DiMascio, Amy Halpin Riley, Alex Hudson, Jory Raphael,and Geeda Searfoorce for a fast-paced evening of lunacy and lampoonery. Directed by Seth Jarvis, the actors deftly transform into a different set of extraordinary characters, alternately spoofing contemporary culture and the political issues of the past and present. With sound design by Jess Wilson, Stealing from Work’s production takes on familiar and new topics, all with a local flavor.

7:00
$15 plus fees

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Donna the Buffalo

Saturday, Mar. 9

Presented by A & R Entertainment
with opening act The Gary Douglas Band

Donna the Buffalo offers everything you want in a roots band — songs that matter, a groove that makes you dance, an audience that spans generations, and a musical voice that evokes a sense of community.

Donna the Buffalo draws on a lot of musical influences, from country and rock ‘n’ roll, to bluegrass and old-time fiddle, as well as Cajun and Zydeco.  In many ways, they were Americana before the term was ever coined. The common thread? Songs of the human spirit, and an incredibly tight relationship with their fans.

“The fans, they show up to be a part of it. We show up to be a part of it,” Puryear says. “And we don’t have an intimidating vibe where we’re different than them.  If a scene is really on, it doesn’t matter whether you’re watching, listening, dancing, or playing – it’s on, everybody knows it’s on and it feels great! I think that’s the nature of the connection.”

7:30
$49 orchestra, $39 Balcony plus fees

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Phoebe Stone and Francois Clemmons: Reading and Conversation

Presented by the New England Review

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Tuesday, Mar. 12 
7-9 pm
Free

Two Middlebury artists, known for their work in painting, opera, TV, and children’s books, will read from and discuss their memoirs-in-progress. Readings will be followed by an audience Q&A and a reception in the Jackson Gallery. Presented by New England Review, where both writers have recently published excerpts from their new work, and Town Hall Theater. Free and open to the public. Learn More . . . 

Of Grief, Garlic and Gratitude – A Night with Kris Francoeur

Presented by United Way of Addison County 

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Thursday, March 14 
6:30 pm
Free

United Way of Addison County and Middlebury Union Middle School Principal, Kris Francoeur author of the book “Of Grief, Garlic and Gratitude – Sam’s Love Story” invite you to Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, VT for a special presentation and look into the process of sharing a very personal and difficult story. LEARN MORE . . . 


Vermont Comedy All-Stars with Tina Friml

Presented by Town Hall Theater

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Saturday, March 16, 2019
7:30 pm
$15 balcony / $20 main floor plus fees

Join us for an evening of the Vermont’s best and brightest comics with Vermont’s Funniest Comedian of 2018 Tina Friml, featuring Tim Bridge, Tracy Dolan and Sky Sandoval.


Chef Flynn (MNFF Winter/ Spring Screening Series)

Sunday, Mar. 17

Ten-year-old Flynn McGarry, child cooking prodigy, transforms his family’s living room into a supper club using his classmates as line cooks. Experiencing rather sudden fame, Flynn outgrows his bedroom kitchen, and sets out to challenge the hierarchy of the culinary world. An absolutely fascinating and entertaining documentary from director Cameron Yates.

2pm
$13
 plus fees

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On Golden Pond

Poor Lost Circus Performers

March 21-24

Presented to great critical and popular acclaim first off then on Broadway, On Golden Pond is a touching, funny and warmly perceptive study of a spirited and lovable elderly couple facing their twilight years.

7:30pm Mar. 21-23
2pm & 7:30pm Saturday, Mar. 23
2pm Sunday, Mar. 24

$20/$17 students plus fees

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The Black Feathers

Thursday, Mar. 28

From the U.K., Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler first became aware of the magic between them while collaborating on several musical projects, becoming The Black Feathers and life partners in 2012. Americana, Folk, and Acoustic Indie Rock sensibilities coexist comfortably in their musical world, with Hughes’ guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands.

Their 2016 debut album, Soaked to the Bone, was met with critical acclaim and broke into the Top 10 in the iTunes Country chart and the Official UK Americana Chart. The ability to write songs that are both modern and ancient is a rare thing. The product of an arcane art of weaving in traditional influences so thoroughly that they become the warp and weft of fresh creations.

“Positively sparkles with energy and joy. Magical ballads that would encourage the rowdiest of crowds to fall silent.” – For the Country Record

7:30
$15/ $20/ $25

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Met Live in HD: Die Walküre

Saturday, Mar. 30

In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts. Pre-performance talk at 11:15 pm will be given by Greg Vitercik in the Studio downstairs.

12pm 
$24 plus fees
$10 students
plus fees

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A Story’s a Story- A Benefit for North Branch School

Saturday, April 6


Deborah Lubar starring in “A Story’s A Story”

Two wild old immigrant women, one an Italian Catholic and the other a Polish Jew, neighbors and friends on the Lower East Side of Manhattan unravel the stories – sacred and profane, traditional and of their own making – which have shaped their lives. Shopping bag mystics both, they face the obstacles coming their way with heart, chutzpah, coraggio – and each other’s support. In the telling, they unearth the light beneath the pain, and the humor, (sometimes delicate, sometimes outrageous) which helped them survive the hardship and heartbreak of their lives as immigrants to this country one hundred years ago. “Deborah Lubar is the only artist whose work always makes me laugh, always makes me cry, and always makes me glad to be alive.” –The Valley Advocate

All proceeds from this performance benefit the financial aid program of the North Branch School in Ripton, Vt., serving students in grades 7-9.

7:30
$15 senior.student/ $20 general/ $50 generous/ $100 extra generous plus fees

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The Michelangelo Code: Lost Secrets of the Sistine Chapel

Great Art Wednesdays

Wednesday, April 17

This is the definitive film about the Sistine Ceiling, full of exclusive new footage of the worlds greatest art work, shot specially for this project.

It’s the largest painting in the world, the most ambitious and the most famous. But the hidden meaning of Michelangelo’s masterpiece has eluded 500 years of investigation and speculation. Now Waldemar Januszczak has finally discovered what the great painting is really trying to tell us, and the results will amaze you.

Granted unparalleled access to the Sistine Chapel by the Vatican, Januszczak works out the secret code that Michelangelo had hidden in the ceiling, overturns the myths surrounding the masterpiece, and presents an exciting new theory that involves the Branch Davidians of Waco, two della Rovere Popes, a Vatican spin doctor and an intensely religious artist by the name of Michelangelo Buonarroti.

“Fascinating from start to finish” – Daily Telegraph
“This is an incredible programme…you’ll never look at Michelangelo’s work in the same way again” – Radio Times
“This astonishing film tells us the true meaning of his masterpiece” – TV Times

11am & 7pm
$13/ $8 (includes a $1 preservation fee)

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Museo (MNFF Winter/ Spring Screening Series)

Thursday, Apr. 18 

On a fateful Christmas Eve in Mexico City, two unremarkable men decide it’s finally time to distinguish themselves by executing the most infamous cultural artifacts heist in all of Mexican history. The magnitude of the theft exceeds the amateur thieves’ expectations, and by the very next morning they realize, too late, the full scope and implications of their actions. Inspired by true events, and shot on never-before filmed locations in Mexico, Museo is a sardonic cautionary tale that underscores the old adage: you don’t know what you have until you lose it. Directed by Alonzo Ruizpalacios, this spectacular drama was the winner of the Best Screenplay award at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival.

7pm
$13 plus fees

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Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Great Art Wednesdays

Wednesday, May 8

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. But their personal lives and influence on significant events in American life–from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age–has been less widely understood. Narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and the Painter is the first film since their death dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work. 

11am & 7pm
$13/ $8 (includes a $1 preservation fee)

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Wildlife (MNFF Winter/ Spring Screening Series)

Friday, May 10

In 1960s small town Montana, a 14 year old boy witnesses his parents’ marriage falling apart after his golf pro father loses his job and leaves to fight fires in the Canadian wilderness. Featuring exquisite performances from Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal, Wildlife is an emotionally resonant debut film from Paul Dano.

7pm
$13 
plus fees

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Met Live in HD: Dialogue Des Carmélites

Sunday, May 12

Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time, returns to the Met as the Prioress. Pre-performance talk at 12:15 pm will be given by Scott Morrison in the Studio downstairs.

1pm 
$24 plus fees
$10 students
plus fees

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Van Gogh & Japan

Great Art Wednesdays

Wednesday, June 12

“I envy the Japanese,”  Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. In the exhibition on which this film is based–Van Gogh & Japan at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam–one can see why. Though Van Gogh never visited Japan, it is the country that had the greatest influence on him and his art.

In this little-known story of Van Gogh’s art, we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands, but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.

11am & 7pm
$13/ $8 (includes a $1 preservation fee)

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