Arts Preview: August 25-31, 2016

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Rudolph Valentino stars

He was the cinema’s first sex symbol, causing hordes of female moviegoers to flock to his pictures throughout the 1920s. He starred in films designed to show off his Latin looks, his smoldering eyes, and his dancer’s body. And his untimely death in 1926 prompted mob scenes at the funeral in New York.

He was Rudolph Valentino, who remains an icon for on-screen passion long after he caused a sensation in the 1920s.

One of Valentino’s most acclaimed films will be screened with live music at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Brandon Town Hall and Community Center (Route 7). Live music will be provided by Jeff Rapsis, a New England-based composer who specializes in creating music for silent film presentations.

In “Son of the Sheik,” Valentino tackles two roles, as a father and his son. Ahmed (Valentino), the son of an Arab sheik and a kidnapped English gentlewoman (Agnes Ayres), loves local dancing girl Yasmin (Vilma Banky). When he slips out of his father’s heavily guarded compound to woo her, he is kidnapped and held for ransom by a group of bandits led by Yasmin’s father (George Fawcett) and Ghabah (Montagu Love), the Moor to whom she is betrothed.

Can Valentino escape the clutches of his enemies and win the heart of his true love?

Admission is free (donations are encouraged, to support ongoing renovation); go online to For information about the music, visit


Peter Yarrow returns

Peter Yarrow, the Grammy Award-winning folk singer-songwriter best known as one third of Peter, Paul and Mary, will perform at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27.

As a successful artist and activist, Yarrow’s talent is legendary. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs Peter, Paul and Mary have recorded, including “Puff, The Magic Dragon,” “Day Is Done,” “The Great Mandala” and “Light One Candle.” His musical creativity has always gone hand in hand with his commitment to social justice and equity in society. And today, he’s reaching a whole new generation with his music and advocacy.

Tickets are $45-$60 (plus tax); call 802-382-9222, or go online to


John Funkhouser Quartet

“Complex rhythms, deep soulful moments, rock and passion and sensitivity” is how Bebop Spoken Here describes the John Funkhouser Quartet. With influences as wide ranging as Woody Guthrie, Thelonious Monk, Frank Zappa, Frederic Chopin, Ravi Shankar, and Abdullah Ibrahim, the quartet is a band of musicians without borders.

The quartet returns to Brandon Music for its fourth concert in four years at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.

Funkhouser’s latest compositions flow from a new influence, his recent tour of South Africa. Each of Funkhouser’s expansive compositions inhabits a unique universe, while the band seamlessly integrates composed music with improvisation into what describes as “a whirling dervish of sound and light.”

Tickets are $20 (pre-concert dinner is available for $25; reservations required); call 802-247-4295, or e-mail Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road.


Neptune’s Car

The folk duo Neptune’s Car, featuring Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes, will be bringing their water-tight harmonies, tasty guitar and solid songs to Main Street Arts for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.

Hanson’s light soprano blends with Hayes’ warm tenor, while vibrant lyrics and compelling melodies nestle in inviting arrangements, telling stories rich in detail, from a miner’s life in “A Blue Sky Turned to Rust” to “Emily Dickinson,” told with lyrics as beautiful as the poet’s own words.

The duo offers music in a down-to-earth style that has earned the praise of the Great American Song Contest, which called their “Fly Fishing the Big Hole” “…vivid, focused and engaging.”

Tickets are $15; call 802-869-2960, or go online to


‘Kaleidoscope of Color’

Gallery at the VAULT presents a new “Open Wall” show, “Kaleidoscope of Color.”

This show includes photographs, paintings, sculpture, pen and ink, linen bowls, jewelry, mixed media and wood art. Also on exhibit is a steampunk table and hair fascinators. The works will be on display until July 28, along with wooden toys for the younger set. “Open Wall” is a non-juried show for any artists living within a 30-mile radius of Springfield.

The Gallery at the VAULT is located at 68 Main St. Hours are: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; call 802-885-7111, or go online to


Theater auditions

Vermont Theatre Company is holding auditions for its fall production, “They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!” an Italian farce written by Dario Fo and directed by Michelle Page. Auditions will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, in the Brattleboro Union High School auditorium. Enter the building through the first door on the right when approaching from Canal Street (Route 5).

There are roles for three men and two women ages 20-60. The show calls for two married couples, one young and one older. There is also one male who plays several roles. Actors will be asked to do cold readings from the script. The production will run Nov. 11-13 and 17-20, at Hooker Dunham Theater.

For more information or to schedule an alternate audition time, email the director at