ARTS PREVIEW: August 30 – September 5, 2018

BRANDON
Cradle Switch
Playing a mix of originals and a range of songs drawing from bluegrass, country, folk and blues, the five-piece acoustic Americana group Cradle Switch perform at Brandon Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.
With ballads as well as up-tempo rhythms, the group’s lyrics can be on the darker side (think Buddie & Julie Miller or Judith Edelman), or dip into the Romantic genre with sweet love songs. The band also covers contemporary songs from writers like Lindi Ortega, Steel Drivers and HoneyHoney, or classic tunes like “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Long Journey Home.”
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.

MANCHESTER
‘Street Art Meets Glass’
The Southern Vermont Arts Center is presenting “Thriving Spaces: Street Art Meets Glass,” a collaborative exhibit that creates synergy between two mediums through a shared theme of nature. The exhibit showcases new, original work from well-known New York street artists and accomplished glass artists from the Vermont Glass Guild. The opening event — featuring live art demonstrations—will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.
In “Thriving Spaces,” glasswork and street art intertwine to create a unique landscape in SVAC’s contemporary Wilson Museum. Over the last several decades, street art has transformed urban spaces and engaged public audiences, and the street art pieces in this exhibit are large-scale and bold.
Alison Wallis, the guest curator, is bringing together a group of NYC-based street artists. One of the artists, who goes by the name Lady Pink, was born in Ecuador and raised in New York City. Her career as a street artist started in the late 1970s, and she quickly became prominent in a subculture formerly dominated by men. Today, Pink’s work can be found in museum collections including the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Groninger Museum of the Netherlands.
Alongside the street artists, the artists who belong to the Vermont Glass Guild represent a diversity of style and technique within glasswork. The Vermont Glass Guild began in 2010 as a way to connect glass artists working in Vermont.
Admission is free; for information, call 802-362-1405, or go online to www.svac.org. The Southern Vermont Arts Center is located at 930 SVAC Drive.

MIDDLEBURY
Opera gala
The Opera Company of Middlebury presents its 15th Anniversary Gala at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Town Hall Theater. Since 2004, OCM has produced 20 operas, as well as concerts and other events.
Performers from OCM’s first 15 seasons will travel back to Middlebury from across the country to celebrate, singing arias and duets that captivated audiences in the original productions, from “Carmen” (2004) to “A Streetcar Named Desire” (2018).
The company has been featured in both Opera News and the Huffington Post, and a radio commentator called it “the most exciting opera company in New England.”
Tickets are $45; or for table seating (prices starting at $100), with food provided by the Waybury Inn and cash bar; call 802-382-9222, or go online to ocmvermont.org.

CASTLETON
Robert Gilson photos
Castleton University presents “Beyond the Pale: Photographs by Robert Gilson” Aug. 27-Nov. 3 at The Christine Price Gallery, 45 Alumni Drive. An artist’s reception will be held 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27; an artist’s talk will be presented at 12:30 p.m. in the Herrick Auditorium.
This exhibition is a collection of photographs, divided by images that document human interventions and text, in rural and urban landscapes, and through images that chronicle things Gilson finds amusing. Beginning his photographic journey at Castleton, Robert reveals a photographic theme of capturing daily moments in time and space. He is a Castleton University alumnus, and his photographs have been exhibited and published in the U.S. and in Europe.
“I am interested in human expression in all its various guises: music, visual art, dance, literature, religion, signage and roadside kitsch,” Gilson said. “Humor represents only one facet of my photographic practice, however, it became the dominant theme when selecting work for this exhibition.”
Hours are: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; call 802-468-1119, or go online to www.castleton.edu.

BRATTLEBORO
BMC double bill
The Brattleboro Music Center presents a double bill Saturday, Sept. 8. The 7 p.m. concert features the roots-based music group Night Tree and the contemporary acoustic ensemble Dunham Shoe Factory.
Night Tree is made up of six diverse musicians who came together unexpectedly within the walls of Boston’s New England Conservatory. The sextet of two fiddles, cello, accordion, saxophone, percussion, voice, and the occasional viola and mandolin, incorporates traditions from Irish, classical, Swedish, jazz, klezmer and Afro-Cuban music.
Local ensemble Dunham Shoe Factor is a collaboration between Anna Patton, Mac Ritchey, Todd Roach and Dave Haughey, playing original compositions and influenced by world traditions.
For tickets or information, call 802-257-4523, or go online to bmcvt.org.

RUTLAND
Recognizing trees
Phoenix Books Rutland invites community members to get ready for fall with Mark Mikolas, who will guide attendees through “A Beginner’s Guide to Recognizing Trees of the Northeast” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6.
In this friendly and approachable field guide, writer and avid hiker Mark Mikolas shares a unique approach for year-round tree identification. His method, which centers on the northeastern United States where 20 species make up the majority of trees, will prepare readers to recognize trees at a glance, even in winter when leaves and flowers are not present.
Mikolas, author of “Nature Walks in Southern Vermont,” lives and guides hikes in Brattleboro. His writing has appeared in the Old Farmer’s Almanac, Country Journal, and Mother Earth News.
Admission is free; call 802-855-8078, or go online to www.phoenixbooks.biz. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St.

MIDDLEBURY
Staged readings
Middlebury Actors Workshop’s Cutting Edge staged reading series is back with Lucas Hnath’s “Red Speedo,” a dark, stylish exploration of America’s obsession with winning, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, in the Byers Studio at Town Hall Theater. Refreshments and a talkback follow the performance.
Ray’s swum his way to the eve of the Olympic trials. If he makes the team, he’ll get a deal with Speedo. If he gets a deal with Speedo, he’ll never need a real job. So, when someone’s stash of performance-enhancing drugs is found in the locker-room fridge, threatening the entire team’s Olympic chances, Ray has to crush the rumors or risk losing everything.
Admission is by donation ($10 suggested); go online to www.middleburyactors.org.

MIDDLEBURY
Hitler vs. Picasso
Town Hall Theater’s series Great Art Wednesdays returns at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 5 with “Hitler vs. Picasso and the Others.”
“We’re very excited about this season,” says series curator Haley Rice. “We’re bringing back art critic Waldemar Januszczak, whose approachable and often hilarious films are a nice counterpoint to the more serious visual stunners. This season also features a broader scope of films: a documentary about gorgeous pre-historic cave art and a profile of design innovators Ray and Charles Eames.”
Revealing the Nazi obsession with art, “Hitler vs. Picasso and the Others” offers viewers a rare look at condemned works that have finally come to light. In 1937, the Nazi regime held two exhibitions in Munich: one to stigmatize “degenerate art,” and one, personally curated by Hitler, to glorify “classic art.” Narrated by Toni Servillo, the film is an incredible journey through five exhibitions, displaying masterpieces by Botticelli, Klee, Matisse, Monet, Chagall, Renoir and Gauguin.
Tickets are $13, $8 for students; call 802-382-9222, or go online to www.townhalltheater.org.

RUTLAND
VART auditions
Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre will hold a second round of auditions for its 2018- 2019 season 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 8, at the College of St. Joseph’s Tuttle Hall Theatre, 21 Clement Road. Sides from each of the plays will be available at auditions. ART is also looking for people to fill crew positions. A stipend will be provided.
The second show of the season is “And Then There Were None,” by Agatha Christie and directed by Susan Gladding-Heitzman, Feb. 7-10 and 14-16. The third show, “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” by Alfred Uhry and directed by Alex Nicosia, will be presented April 4-7 and April 11-13.
For more information, please email producer@actorsrepvt.org.