Thursday October 4, 2012

Opening Oct. 5

Dorset Players open musical ‘Trailer Park’

DORSET -- The Dorset Players open the first show of their 85th season, "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," a two-act musical written by David Nehls and Betsy Kelso that "explores the relationships between the tenants at the Armadillo Acres Trailer Park in Starke, Florida. Agoraphobia, adultery, spray cheese, road kill, kleptomania, flan and disco" -- Really! -- on Friday, Oct. 5.

The show, at the Dorset Playhouse, runs two weeks through Oct. 14.

In a unique audience availability, there will also be several tables on stage during each performance where audience members can sit and be a part of the on-stage action.

The Dorset Playhouse is located on Cheney Road. Performances will be Oct. 5-7, 12-13 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25, $10 for age 18 and under. Be aware that this show contains strong language and adult humor. For tickets and information call 802-867-5777 starting Oct. 1. On-stage audience tables are $200 and seats four people; contact Sheila Conway at 802-867-5570 if interested in purchasing a table ticket.

Northshire Bookstore Presents: "The Science of Cooking."

MANCHESTER -- Christopher Kimball founder and editor of Cook’s Illustrated and host of America’s Test Kitchen, the public television cooking show now in its 13th season, presents the revolutionary book that brings science to the stove, The Science of Cooking, Friday, October 5, 7 pm.


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The Science of Good Cooking includes more than 400 Cook’s Illustrated recipes that take the science to the stove, putting the principles to work. The book offers a fresh perspective on everything from roasting a chicken to baking chocolate chip cookies. These are the fundamental recipes home cooks struggle to get right. And when these recipes are coupled with the simple science explaining how--and why--they work, the results are illuminating.

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.com.

Opening Oct. 6

Bennington Arts Guild presents show of hooked rugs and art porcelain.

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Arts Guild will present a joint exhibit by two of its member-artists from October 6 to November 17 - hooked rugs by Dan Barber and porcelain vessels by Colleen Williams.

Arlington, VT, artist, Dan Barber, recycles used clothing to form his rug wall-hangings. He pulls loops of yarn or fabric through a stiff woven base to create scenes of everyday life in a small New England town, a collection he calls "My Town."

With an emphasis on form and surface design, Colleen Williams, of North Adams, MA, presents intricate, textural, patterned designs onto hand-built, colored porcelain forms, celebrating autumn. Surfaces are achieved by layering porcelain, using a resist and water-etching.

Photographs of Colleen Williams’ work are available by emailing Alison Kolesar at Alison.kolesar@gmail.com An opening reception with refreshments will be held Saturday October 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the gallery at 103 South Street, Bennington, VT

Library hosts opening of ‘Landschap’ exhibit

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Library will host an opening artist’s reception for its newest installation of Wall Works, "Landschap," which features recent works by Aimee LaPorte, on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will remain up through Jan. 31, 2013.

LaPorte’s exhibition features paintings of area landscapes, the inspiration for this show’s title, selections from a colonial inspired portrait series of beloved family pets and an ongoing series on bridges which incorporates mixed media elements.

LaPorte grew up and attended schools locally. She received her BA from Alfred University’s School of Art and Design and MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, affiliated with Tufts University.

The Bennington Free Library is located at 101 Silver St. For information call 802-442-9051.

’Pop-Up’ gallery in Manchester during Columbus week

MANCHESTER -- W. Vanderlip & Co. will host the opening of "Home Grown" -- an art show celebrating local artists including Donnel Barnum, Leslie Parke, Leslie Peck, Christopher Pierce, Brian Sweetland, Kathie Thompson, Thomas Torak, and Mark Tougias -- on Friday, Oct. 5, with an opening reception Saturday, Oct. 6 from 3 to 7 p.m., through Oct. 14, at a "pop up" gallery at 4361 Main St., near Mother Myrick’s.

The reception is free and open to the public.

For information regarding the "Home Grown "Columbus week "pop-up" gallery or the artist studio tours call 802-770-8820.

MASS MoCA hosts ‘Jerry’s Map" in Hunter Center

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a short, two-week run of Jerry Gretzinger’s "Jerry’s Map" -- in the vein of popular world-building games like "Sim City" and "Minecraft," Gretzinger has created a vast living map comprised of individual, handcrafted panels, a map which evolves and shape-shifts as he reworks a panel every day -- in the Hunter Center from Oct. 5 to 14, and open for viewing during gallery hours.

MASS MoCA will host a special meet the artist party with Gretzinger and Whitmore on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.

With over 2,600 painted and collaged panels spanning a jaw-dropping 2,000 square feet, the project -- part cartography, part imaginative narrative -- will be displayed in its entirety. During the exhibition, Gretzinger will continue to work on the project, while documentary filmmaker Greg Whitmore uses this opportunity to convert the entire Hunter Center into a film soundstage, documenting the artist and this project.

MASS MoCA is located off Marshall Street. Tickets to the Oct. 6 after-hours party, or entry to the Hunter during gallery hours, are $5. MASS MoCA members are admitted free. For information call 413-662-2111 or visit massmoca.org

Oct. 6-8

Brews, foliage and family fun for Stratton’s Columbus Day weekend

STRATTON MOUNTIAN -- With the Vermont maples bursting into color, Stratton Mountain is planning a busy Columbus Day weekend with events for all ages in a series of events Saturday, Oct. 6 through Monday, Oct. 8.

Harvestfest is a "Family fall-spectacular" with hay rides, pumpkin painting and caramel apple dipping, plus sand art, facepainting, henna tattoos, a magician and the Vermont Raptors Show in Stratton Village. More adult entertainment is available with sampling of the finest local brews and stews at Brewfest and the Chili Cook-off.

Free live music will be available all weekend, featuring Twiddle on Saturday, guided hikes, a summit art class, wine tasting and donut making put the icing on the cider donut, the foam on the beer, the paint on the pumpkin. Plus, the summit gondola will run all weekend for a bird’s eye view of the fall colors of southern Vermont.

For information visit stratton.com.

Monday, Oct. 8

Social Science Colloquium series: Kimball Gallagher

BENNIGNTON -- Juilliard-trained classical pianist, Kimball Gallagher comes to talk about music and cultural diplomacy. Mr. Gallagher is the Deputy Director of Cultures in Harmony, an organization that brings Western classical musicians to locations in the developing world for music instruction, concertizing, and cultural exchange. From Afghanistan to Tunisia to the Philippines, Cultures in Harmony has traveled the world seeking to forge spaces of understanding through making music together.

This talk is free and open to the public. Monday Oct. 8 in the CAPA Symposium at 7 p.m. For info call 802-440-4743.

Friday, Oct. 12

An Evening with Howard Fishman

NORTH BENNINGTON -- In his 14th appearance on the Basement Music Series stage, Howard Fishman returns to Vermont Arts Exchange’s Sage Street Mill on Friday, October 12, at 8 p.m., doors open at 7

"An Evening with Howard Fishman" features the composer-guitarist-singer-bandleader Fishman with Ron Wilkins on trombone, violinist Skye Steele and Andrew Hall on double bass.

General admission tickets for the Friday evening concert are $20 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets at brownpapertickets.com or by calling (toll free) 800-838-3006, (price includes a small service fee). Tickets are $24 at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Libations, provided by Thyme Tables Catering of Shaftsbury, are available through a cash bar.

For more information about Vermont Arts Exchange, the Basement Music Series, exhibitions, classes, workshops and studio memberships, contact VAE at 802-442-5549 or visit vtartxchange.org.

Saturday, Oct. 13

Williams hosts talk on lost ‘American Dream’

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams College will host Hedrick Smith -- a former foreign correspondent, editor, and Washington bureau chief for The New York Times -- will give a talk about his new book, "Who Stole the American Dream?" Saturday, Oct. 13, at 9:30 a. m., in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.

The talk is free and open to the public.

In "Who Stole the American Dream?" Smith reveals the trail of political and corporate decisions that he says have dismantled the American Dream -- a steady job with decent pay and health benefits, a home of one’s own, a secure retirement, and the hope that one’s children will enjoy a better future -- and created two nations: The rich and everyone else.

Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 1974 for his coverage of Russia and other areas of Eastern Europe. He is an Emmy-award winning producer and correspondent for the PBS show Frontline.

For information call 413-597-4277.

Monday Oct. 15

Social Science Colloquium series: Paul Rapp, Esq.,

BENNIGNTON -- Intellectual property attorney in private practice and an instructor at Albany Law School, and a former rock guitarist, Paul Rapp comes to talk about the practice of music in the digital age. File-sharing technologies have decimated the recording business, but Rapp embraces the new technological era with legal expertise and good humor based upon his experience as an attorney and a front man for the late lamented rock group Blotto.

This talk is free and open to the public. Monday Oct. 8 in the CAPA Symposium at 7 p.m. For info call 802-440-4743.

Through Oct. 16

Valley Artisans Market hosts paintings by Elizabeth Coyne

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The Valley Artisans Market continues a exhibition of "Life’s Lessons: Paintings by Elizabeth Coyne, through Oct. 16.

"My paintings offer a contemplation into life and the possibilities of existence," Coyne said in supplied material. "All of my work’s images come from the natural world. I look at the world and absorb it and try to put that back onto the canvas in a personal way. Plant life, images from nature, bits of the universe and cosmos, images from the body, brain structures, DNA structures, wind structures, ocean life, cell structures, emotional life and being human: each of these worlds is contained in my paintings."

The Valley Artisans Market’s Small Gallery is located at 25 East Main St. For information call 518-677-2765

Through Oct. 18

Bennington College opens year with exhibit ‘Uniting States’

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Bennington College’s Usdan Gallery continues its first exhibition of the year, "Uniting States of Americans," a presentation by Cynthia Weber that documents and juxtaposes two of the most significant periods in recent American history, on view through Oct. 18.

The exhibition, which includes a series of films, photographs, and textual vignettes from Weber’s coverage of post-9/11 America and of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Weber is a professor of International Relations at Sussex University, England, and documentary filmmaker.

For more information call 802-379-5116 or visit bennington.edu

Through Oct. 20

Museum hosts USS Bennington exhibit

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Museum, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the construction of the USS Bennington (CVA-20), currently has an exhibit of items commemorating the early period of this ship’s history and reflecting the community on board, on display in the orientation gallery. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 20.

The exhibit is curated by Blair L. Williams, intern in the collection department of the museum. As an unofficial repository, the museum maintains in its collection a number of archival and manuscript documents relating to the USS Bennington

Since being launched in 1944, the USS Bennington and the town of Bennington have formed a close relationship. The ship’s bell currently resides outside the town offices in recognition of the relationship the town holds with the ship.

Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main St. Regular admission is $10, $9 for seniors and students over 18. Admission is free for younger students or to visit the museum shop. For information call 802-447-1571 or visit benningtonmuseum.org

Through Oct. 21

Bennington Museum displays famous Stickle quilt

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Museum has opened it yearly short-term exhibit of the Jane Stickle Quilt and it will be on display through Oct. 21.

Brought to the museum 60 years ago, the Jane Stickle Quilt is only shown for a short time each year due to the fragility of the fabric; Quilters from around the country and world plan trips to the region during that time to see the 1863 quilt. The Jane Stickle quilt is comprised of 169 five-inch blocks, each in different patterns, containing a remarkable total of 5,602 pieces surrounded by a unique scalloped border. The craftsmanship of the quilt has been mentioned in numerous quilting books, and is the topic of "Dear Jane, The Two Hundred Twenty-Five Patterns from the 1863 Jane A. Stickle Quilt," by Brenda Papadakis.

"The significance of quilts, with their vibrant colors and precise geometric patterns, goes beyond the comforting, everyday use they received by their original owners," Jamie Franklin, curator of the Museum, said in supplied material. "Today, within the context of museums, these early textiles can be re-envisioned as works of art on par with any abstract painting of the twentieth century. The Stickle quilt, with its dizzying array of printed cloth patterns and individual block designs, surely embodies this idea of quilt as art."

Jane Stickle was born Jane Blakely on April 8, 1817 in Shaftsbury. Married to Walter Stickle sometime before 1850, they did not have a family of their own. They did, however, take responsibility for at least three other children in the area. In an 1860’s census, Jane Stickle was listed as a 43 year-old farmer living alone. She eventually reunited with her husband, but during that time alone, she lovingly created what is now known as the Jane Stickle Quilt. As a reminder of the turbulent times the country was going through, she carefully embroidered "In War Time 1863" into the quilt.

The Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main St. For information call 802-447-1571 or visit benningtonmuseum.org

Through Oct. 30

Bennington Museum hosts Rockwell Kent’s ‘Egypt’

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Museum’s featured summer exhibit, "Rockwell Kent’s ‘Egypt’: Shadow and Light in Vermont" -- first exhibit to focus on Kent’s life and work in Vermont, 1919-1925 -- continues on view through Oct. 30.

Kent purchased a hill farm called "Egypt" on the slopes of Red Mountain in Arlington, 20 miles north of Bennington, in the spring of 1919. There, he made use of the landscape, the mountains and valleys of the Green Mountains, to create a series of powerful paintings including "Autumn" and "Nirvana." These, along with over 50 works of this artist, including many rarely seen paintings created in Vermont, prints and drawings are on view in this exhibit.

A focused examination of the artist’s time in Vermont, according to a museum press release, "uncovers a complex, psychologically probing body of work that indicates an artist who found much inspiration in both the awe-inspiring physical landscape that surrounded him at "Egypt" and in his own internal musings on life, death, and man’s place in the world.

The Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main St. (Route 9). It is open Thursday through Tuesday, and every day July through October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students over 18; younger students are free, as is a visit the museum shop. For information call 802-447-1571 or visit benningtonmuseum.org

Through Nov. 25

Williams art museum hosts ‘Laylah Ali: The Greenheads Series’

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Museum of Art continues its show "Laylah Ali: The Greenheads Series" -- the first time the Greenheads series, created between 1996 and 2005, will be shown as a comprehensive body of work -- is on view through Nov. 25. The museum is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will be part of the museum’s new season celebration, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will also be a gallery conversation on "The Greenheads Series," on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 4:30 p.m.

The figures inhabiting Ali’s works -- the Greenheads -- are, according to supplied material, "enigmatic round-headed beings of indeterminate sex and race who inhabit a regimented, dystopian world where odd and menacing, though sometimes strangely humorous, encounters prevail."

The Williams College Museum of Art is located on Main Street. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For information call 413-597-2429 or wcma.williams.edu

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