ARTS PREVIEW: August 16-22, 2018

MIDDLEBURY
Young ‘Menagerie’
Town Hall Theater’s Young Company presents the great American classic play “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams, at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 21 and 22.
This classic play focuses on the Wingfield family: Southern matriarch Amanda and her children, the restless poet Tom and the damaged introvert Laura. The THT Young Company includes 11 actors, which is rare for a four-character play.
“The play is a memory play,” says Lindsay Pontius, education director and co-director of the production. “Williams is such a brilliant writer, and this is his most autobiographical play. He has endowed each character with his memory and also part of himself, making it a brilliant and delicate tribute to humanity. As perspectives and memory shift, so does the casting.” The actors range in age from 12 to 54.
Tickets are $15, $5 for children 12 and younger; call 802-382-9222, or go online to www.townhalltheater.org.

BRANDON
DaddyLongLegs
The Addison Independent called DaddyLongLegs’ music “irresistibly exuberant.” The trio of seasoned Vermont musicians — David Gusakov, Rick Ceballos and Matt Witten — infuses 15th century French country dances and “old-timey” melodies with Celtic music and jazz pieces. The mixed repertoire, according to the Addison Independent, results in a night of music “guaranteed to brush away the blues,” with music that is “upbeat, whimsical, delightful.” Catch the trio at Brandon Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.
The convergence of these three musicians’ talents forms a highly original acoustic trio. Ceballos is a banjo and button accordion player who has been playing and promoting traditional folk music for over 25 years. Gusakov is a long-time member of the Vermont Symphony, while also exploring a variety of other genres with a number of ensembles, including Last Train to Zinkov and Swing Noire. Witten’s main gig is with the Swing Peepers, carrying on the tradition of earth-friendly songs for families.
Tickets are $20 (pre-concert dinner is available for $25; reservations are required); call 802-247-4295, or e-mail info@brandon-music.net. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road.

BRATTLEBORO
‘Leo Party’
Samirah Evans invites all astrological signs to her traditional “Leo Party” celebration at the Stone Church at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.
Evans and Trailer Park have been joining forces of late and finding it to be a winning combination of infectious dance music, including New Orleans R&B, rock, blues and originals from their respective repertoires. The band first backed Samirah for a Mardi Gras celebration at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, and the show’s success landed them a spot at this year’s Green River Festival.
“Playing with Trailer Park is so much fun, and we’ve had great chemistry since the first rehearsal,” says Evans. “I’ve really appreciated how they’ve committed to learning my catalog, and it’s felt so natural to join in on some of their tunes.”
Joining Trailer Park’s regular quintet of Tom Mahnken, bass and vocals; James Robinson, guitar and vocals; Joe Fitzpatrick, drums; Greg Lauzon, saxophones; and Rick Page, saxophones, for this show is special guest pianist Peter Jones.
Tickets are $18, $15 in advance; go online to www.stonechurchvt.com. The Stone Church is located at 210 Main St.

MANCHESTER
Arts weekend
Earth Sky Time Farm, The Wilburton Inn, and The Museum of the Creative Process host a “Creativity Celebration” over Labor Day weekend. From a family-friendly music festival at an organic farm to “The Innkeeper’s Daughter” racy cabaret to sculpture tours exploring the intersection of psychology and art, there is something for all ages and interests in this unique Labor Day happening.
What connects these events is the Levis family, that farms, sings, thinks, hosts, works and plays together in these neighboring authentic Vermont enterprises. As the Boston Globe noted, “This family is all inn.” Melissa Levis turned her year of 50 blind dates into naughty cabaret with songs of love in the age of Tinder, “The Innkeeper’s Daughter,” presented at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Wilburton.
Oliver Levis and wife Bonnie, founders of Earth Sky Time Community Farm, host the third annual Moonshine Music Festival at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 ($15, $10 for students, kids free). Organic pizza, dessert, and artisanal cocktails are available.
Psychiatrist and family patriarch, Albert Levi, M.D. leads a guided tour of the Museum of the Creative Process, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. Max Levis, Ph.D., the youngest Levis, hosts a “Creativity for Self Discovery” workshop at 2 p.m.
A cocktail party reception for artists and art lovers kicks off the weekend at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. Rutland Herald drama critic Jim Lowe is “INN Conversation” with Dr. Levis at 10 a.m., to discuss the dramatic structure from Greek drama to “West Side Story.” Both events are free and held at the Wilburton.
For reservations or information, call 802-362-2500, or go online to www.wilburton.com.

LUDLOW
Silent movies
FOLA’s (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) annual Silent Movie Festival screens at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, in the Heald Auditorium at Ludlow Town Hall, featuring two comedic tales of marriage woes.
In “Her Sister from Paris,” Ronald Colman and Constance Talmadge play a wealthy American society couple living in Vienna. Due to an argument, she leaves to stay with her mother. At the railway station she meets her identical twin, a celebrated dancer in Paris (also played by Talmadge), who agrees to trick the husband to help rekindle her sister’s marriage. Jeff Rapsis performs on a digital synthesizer that reproduces the texture of a traditional movie score sound.
That will be preceded by a short comedy starring the great silent screen comedian Charlie Chase. “Mighty like a Moose” parallels the feature movie’s plot with a distinct twist: It’s not based on marriage fights but, rather, on the results of plastic surgery. Glenn Brown will provide the musical background.
Admission is free (donations are appreciated); call 802-228-7239, or go online to www.fola.us.

POULTNEY
Kids’ Day
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, the Slate Quarry Park Group will celebrate Kids’ Day on the future site of Slate Quarry Park at 76 Main St., next to the Poultney Auto Parts Store.
Kids’ Day will include activities such as slate splitting demonstrations, a slate carving demonstration by Kerry O. Furlani, craft activities, games such as bean bag toss, music and free ice cream sundaes courtesy of Stewarts.
The purpose is to hold an end-of-summer event for children and their families and to highlight the activity and entertainment space envisioned for the park. Once construction is complete, the park will be a gathering place for events and for all members of the community to sit and enjoy. The projected start of construction is June 2019.
Admission is free; go online to www.slatequarrypark.org.


BELLOWS FALLS
Activist rockers
International music collective David Rosane & The Zookeepers bring their intellectually driven, fun-but-serious activist rock to Stage 33 Live at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, for the only scheduled southern Vermont appearance during their “Across the ZOO-niverse” tour.
Head zookeeper David Rosane has strong ties to Vermont, but for much of the year lives and works in Paris, France, where he also maintains a French version of the band. The core Zookeeper members in the U.S. are Don Sinclair and Jennifer Grossi of Bradford. This summer, the band chose to skip playing traditional venues almost entirely in favor of doing a library benefit tour to raise money and awareness for literacy in small, rural, economically challenged communities in northern Vermont.
Admission is by donation ($5 suggested minimum).


WESTON
David E. Sanger

New York Times national security correspondent David E. Sanger returns to Weston Playhouse for a special one-night-only lecture at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19: “A World Turned Upside Down: Russia, North Korea, and the Crises of the Trump Era.”
Sanger will offer his take on current events, and a moderated audience question-and-answer session. It will be followed by a book-signing reception for Sanger’s newest release, “The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age,” plus an opportunity to meet, mingle and discuss.
Tickets are $45 (benefiting Weston Playhouse Theatre Company); call 802-824-5288, or go online to www.westonplayhouse.org.


BRATTLEBORO
Artist Debra Ramsay
Debra Ramsay’s installation, “Painting Time,” on view at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) through Sept. 24, is the artist’s interpretation of her walks in the woods across four seasons. Large bands of paper, each painted with a single color, twist and curl to form an abstract, three-dimensional landscape in BMAC’s Mary Sommer Room.
To create “Painting Time,” Ramsay walked to the same spot in the woods in spring, summer, fall, and winter, taking one photograph for every 100 steps. She then distilled each image – 18 per season, 72 in total – into a single representative color, painted onto a long strip of paper. Gathered together, these ribbons of color intertwine and spill out across the floor.
“This artwork is about time,” says Ramsay. “I used the landscape as a time-keeping device by documenting the change in its colors at the same location in New Berlin, New York, over the course of a year. I think of the work as a pure landscape, reduced to the actual colors I found there.”
For more information, call 802-257-0124, or go online to www.brattleboromuseum.org.

MANCHESTER
Modern Jane Austen
Dorset Theatre Festival, now in its 41st season, returns to its “PlayTalks,” a series of guest experts in their field to engage and inform theater audiences. At 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main St., Bennington College professor of literature Brooke Allen will give the talk, “The Ever-Modern Jane Austen.”
The event coincides with the festival’s production of Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice,” playing at the Dorset Playhouse through Aug. 25.
“‘Pride and Prejudice’ is a story that has been told a hundred ways, and Brooke Allen’s insights on how the novel has stood the test of time are sure to do just that,” said Dina Janis, the festival’s artistic director.
Admission is free; call 802-867-2223, ext. 101, or go online to dorsettheatrefestival.org.