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In the Jackson Gallery

HOLIDAY EXHIBIT OF ART AND FINE CRAFTS

by Local Artists

ON EXHIBIT through December 31.

    The Jackson Gallery is filled with original, handmade and hand printed art and fine crafts. This holiday season show has become a tradition at Town Hall Theater and features unique and affordable works available for immediate purchase. This year’s exhibition features twenty-two regional artists whose work represents a wide variety of media and styles, including several artists who are new to the show, and more three-dimensional works, both decorative and functional.

Calendar of Events

Night Fires

This year, Night Fires, the annual winter solstice play about to celebrate its thirty-fifth year, will be a big shout of hope inside a passionate prayer for this beautiful, aching country of ours. With a completely new script and story each year, the theme has always remained the same: that of setting out, at the darkest time of year, on a journey into and through a fruitful darkness in order to arrive at the “light”. And as in our country today, sometimes it is only when the dark is darkest, that countless small, strong, shining pin-points of light begin to show their faces for the first time.

With an eloquent plaiting of song, dance, poetry and prose, the production features music from folk traditions of many lands as well as contemporary folk and classical pieces, recent prose pieces from the times we all are currently swimming in, and dance that – along with the music – brings us always back to moments of utter timelessness in what has been called a “mystery play for our own time.”

Pre-show singing begins approximately 20 minutes before each show.

Dec. 15 at 8 PM
Dec. 16 at 4 PM &  8 PM
Dec. 17 at 4 PM

$25/ $21 seniors/ $20 student (+$2 preservation fee)

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New Year’s Eve with The Grift

Sunday, December 31

The best band in New England rocks the region’s biggest dance floor for a New Year’s Eve Party with a free champagne toast at midnight (for 21+).  The Grift is guaranteed to get you on your feet and keep you there until 2018 and beyond! Sponsored by Otter Creek Brewing.

Doors open at 8:00 pm
Band kicks in at 9:00 pm

$18 door/ $15 in advance

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California Typewriter

MNFF Winter Screening Series

Sunday, Jan. 7 

A documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, this intriguing and beautiful film features Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others.

It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking. In the process, the film delivers a thought-provoking meditation on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, as the digital age’s emphasis on speed and convenience redefines who’s serving whom, human or machine?

2:00 pm

$12 + $1 preservation fee
Series Pass for all six films: $60 + $2 preservation fee

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MET Live in HD: Tosca

Saturday, January 27

Rivaling the splendor of Franco Zeffirelli’s Napoleonic-era sets and costumes, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for extraordinary singing. Kristine Opolais stars as the title prima donna alongside Vittorio Grigolo and Bryn Terfel. Emmanuel Villaume will conduct. 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 53mins

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

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Cabaret

The ground-breaking Kander & Ebb musical is the latest Winter Term collaboration between the Middlebury College Department of Music and the Town Hall Theater.  A talented student cast, under the direction of Douglas Anderson and musical director Carol Christensen, bring to life this haunting, theatrical tale of bohemian life in Berlin during the rise of Nazi intolerance.

Friday, January 26  7:30 pm
Saturday, January 27  7:30 pm
Sunday, January 28  2:00 pm
Monday, January 29  7:30 pm

$20/$15 (plus $2 THT preservation fee)/ $6 MC students (plus $1 THT preservation fee)
Tickets on sale Wednesday, January 10 at 8 am

 

The Opera House

Saturday, Feb. 3

A new film by multiple Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke surveys a remarkable period of the company’s rich history and a time of great change for New York. Drawing on rarely seen archival footage, stills, and recent interviews, The Opera House chronicles the creation of the Metropolitan Opera’s storied home of the last 50 years, against the backdrop of the artists, architects, and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the 50’s and 60’s. Amongst the notable figures in the film are famed soprano Leontyne Price, who opened the new Met in 1966 in Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra; Rudolf Bing, the Met’s imperious General Manager who engineered the move from the old house to the new one; Robert Moses, the unstoppable city planner who bulldozed an entire neighborhood to make room for Lincoln Center; and Wallace Harrison, whose quest for architectural glory was never fully realized.

2pm
$15/ $10 students + ($2/ $1 ticket fee)


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David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts

Great Art Wednesdays

Wednesday Feb. 14

Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide.
Now entering his 9th decade, Hockney shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness.
Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London. 
Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to craft this cinematic celebration of a 21st century master of creativity. Running time: 85 minutes

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

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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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Novitiate

MNFF Winter Screening Series

Sunday, Feb. 18

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
Series Pass for all six films: $60 + $2 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 starring a cast of young stars, including Sonya Yoncheva as the fragile Mimì and Michael Fabiano as the poet Rodolfo. Marco Armiliato conducts. 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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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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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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I am Evidence

MNFF Winter Screening Series

Sunday, Mar. 11

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. 

In this film, we seek to send a clear message to survivors that they matter, that we as a 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.  

2:00 pm

$12 + $1 preservation fee
Series Pass for all six films: $60 + $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

Sunday, 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
Series Pass for all six films: $60 + $2 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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The Judge

MNFF Winter Screening Series

Friday, May. 11

When she was a young lawyer, Kholoud Al-Faqih walked into the office of Palestine’s Chief Justice and announced she wanted to join the bench. He laughed at her. But just a few years later, Kholoud became the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s Shari’a (Islamic law) courts. THE JUDGE offers a unique portrait of Judge Kholoud—her brave journey as a lawyer, her tireless fight for justice for women, and her drop-in visits with clients, friends, and family. With unparalleled access to the courts, THE JUDGE presents an unfolding vérité legal drama, with rare insight into both Islamic law and gendered justice. In the process, the film illuminates some of the universal conflicts in the domestic life of Palestine—custody of children, divorce, abuse—while offering an unvarnished look at life for women and Shari’a.

7:00 pm

$12 + $1 preservation fee
Series Pass for all six films: $60 + $2 preservation fee

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