Arts Preview: January 4-10, 2018

RUTLAND
‘Obsession’
Paramount Theatre presents “Live in HD from the National Theatre: ‘Obsession’,” starring Jude Law and directed by Ivo van Hove, in an encore broadcast, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7. This unique collaboration brings together three of Europe’s most celebrated producing organizations: The National Theatre of Great Britain, Barbican Theatre Productions Limited, London and Toneelgroep Amsterdam.
Gino (Law) is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a roadside restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.
Bruce Bouchard, executive director of The Paramount, commented, “We are so honored to be able to present these world-class productions, in encore presentations from The National Theatre. Some of the stunning and unforgettable productions that have shown on our screen have represented as good a theatrical product as can be seen anywhere.”
Tickets are $20, $10 for students; call 802-775-0903, or go online to www.paramountvt.org.

MIDDLEBURY
Pianist Shai Wosner
Born in Israel and educated at Juilliard, pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition. Known as an interpreter of the works of the Franz Schubert, Wosner will treat audiences to an all-Schubert program at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12.
Wosner’s concert program will include opuses 42, 51 and 78, the “Fantasie.” These late sonatas are not only the culmination of Schubert’s piano works, but also some of the most profound essays in all of music.
“We have certainly heard late Schubert sonatas performed before on the Robison stage,” Coyne Carroll, series director, said, “but the works are often a revelation in the hands of a different pianist, especially one as exceptional and insightful as Shai.”
“The pianist Shai Wosner again proves himself a fine Schubertian with a gorgeously phrased and soulful interpretation,” reported The New York Times.
Tickets are $28, $10 for 8 and younger; call 802-443-MIDD (6433), or go online to www.middlebury.edu/arts/tickets. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road, just off Route 30 south.

BRATTLEBORO
Crankie Fest
Celebrate the magic and diversity of “crankies” at New England Youth Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, with a vibrant collection of artists presenting their work at the fourth annual Vermont Crankie Fest.
Sweeping the nation, crankies are illustrated scrolls that are hand-cranked within a small wooden theater, accompanying songs and stories. This show will bring together artists from far and wide, with crankies that accompany Scottish stories, original poems, Appalachian ballads, and even a barn quilt trail.
At 3 p.m., there will be a community-crankie making workshop were everyone will have a chance to work on one giant crankie for Si Kahn’s classic song, “Here is My Home,” reflecting on what we value about our community. At the end of the evening performance, folksinger Tony Barrand will lead the audience in the song while the group crankie is performed. (Suggested donation for the community workshop is $5-$20.)
Tickets are $20, $18 in advance; go online to vtcrankiefest.brownpapertickets.com.

RUTLAND
Arnowitt on Copland
Pianist Michael Arnowitt will present the music of Aaron Copland in a lecture-performance at Trinity Church, 85 West St., at 7 p.m. Jan. 10. “Aaron Copland’s America” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. (Note: this event takes place on a special date on the second Wednesday of January.)
A longtime presenter for First Wednesdays, Arnowitt will perform and discuss the iconic and distinctly American music of Copland — including music from “Four Piano Blues,” Piano Variations, “El Salon Mexico,” “Conversation at the Soda Fountain,” his famous “Appalachian Spring,” and music he wrote for the film version of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.”
Arnowitt is a classical and jazz pianist and recording artist who has performed with orchestras throughout the U.S. and Europe. His life and music is the subject of an award-winning documentary by the American filmmaker Susan Bettmann, “Beyond Eighty-Eight Keys” (2004). His First Wednesdays lecture performances have explored the music of Beethoven, Chopin, Stravinsky, and George Gershwin.
For more information, contact Rutland Free Library, 802-773-1860, or the Vermont Humanities Council, www.vermonthumanities.org.

LUDLOW
“WALL-E”
“WALL-E” will be FOLA’s (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) first 2018 movie, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.
“WALL-E” is a 2008 American computer-animated science fiction film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. It follows a trash compactor robot in a deserted world, left to clean a largely abandoned city. However, he is visited by a probe sent by the Axiom ship, who he falls in love with and pursues across the galaxy.
Admission is free (donations are appreciated); call 802-228-7239, or go online to www.fola.us.

BRANDON
Joel Cage in concert
Joel Cage is an award-winning veteran singer-songwriter from Boston. Once a member of the rock band Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Cage has been performing solo for the past two decades. Brandon Music welcomes the guitarist and vocalist at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13.
“Joel Cage’s music is both evocative and raucous. He spans the gamut from sounding like a full rock band to ‘hear your own heartbeat’ intimacy. He is also a master interpreter of other people’s music, spanning a wide field of musical genres,” reported Acoustic Rock Song Stylist.
Tickets are $20 (pre-concert dinner is available for $25; reservations are required); call 802-247-4295, or email info@brandon-music.net. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road.

BELLOWS FALLS
Elizabeth Rogers in concert
Elizabeth Rogers, singer-songwriter, was born and raised in Manhattan. She started singing at the age of 9 with the New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. She has toured internationally as a classical and jazz singer. In 2000 she moved to the north of Scotland, where she concentrated her efforts as a folksinger-songwriter.
Rogers currently resides in Vermont and will be performing a “Stone Church by Candlelight” concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St.
“Ms. Rogers has a hauntingly beautiful voice, particularly effective in conveying the old-English feel of many of the tunes presented,” reported the Falmouth (Massachusetts) Enterprise.
Tickets $25, $20 for seniors, $20 and $15 in advance, $45 for premium reserved; call 802-460-0110, or go online to www.stonechurcharts.org.

RUTLAND
‘Hidden Vermont History’
At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, Phoenix Books Rutland will host Mark Bushnell for a talk on his new book, “Hidden History of Vermont.”
Vermont’s history is marked by fierce independence, generosity of spirit and the saga of human life along its steep slopes and fertile valleys. Meet the widow who outwitted Tories and may have spied for the Green Mountain Boys. Encounter the family who gained a national following by summoning spirits. Discover why one governor opposed women’s suffrage and how that may have involved spirits of another sort. Visit an island retreat where Harpo Marx cheated at croquet and satirist Dorothy Parker wore nothing but a garden hat. Bushnell offers a glimpse of the Green Mountain State rarely seen.
Bushnell worked for a dozen years as an editor for Vermont newspapers. Realizing that writers have more fun than editors, he began freelancing. Since 2002, he has written regularly about Vermont history, first for the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, and more recently a weekly column for VTDigger, a statewide news website.
Admission is free; call 802-855-8078, or go online to www.phoenixbooks.biz. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St.

BRATTLEBORO
‘New Visions’
Through Jan. 29, seven Brattleboro-West Arts members will exhibit recent work in a variety of media at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden.
The art on display will include acrylic paintings, watercolors, hooked and braided wool, oil paintings, encaustics and pastels. The artists, offering new visions of wildlife to landscapes to abstraction, include: Julia Eva Bacon, Maisie Crowther, Lesley Heathcote, Ron Karpius, Kris McDermet, Walter Slowinski and Jen Wiechers.
Brattleboro-West Arts is a group of about three-dozen artists who create their art and make their homes within the watershed of the Whetstone Brook in West Brattleboro, Marlboro and Dummerston.
The River Garden, at 157 Main St., will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays -Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays; for more information, email brattleborowestarts@gmail.com.

BELLOWS FALLS
Artists’ town meeting
The Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP) is hosting its Artists’ Town Meeting at 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at 33 Bridge St., home to WOOL FM and Chris Sherwin’s Glass Studio. The meeting was originally scheduled for Dec. 7. The meeting is informal and includes a potluck.
The focus of these meetings is to bring together artists, artisans and local growers in order to share ideas, challenges and opportunities. Some of the topics will include a debriefing of current gallery tours, past Vermont Open Studio weekends, planning for a month-long arts celebration in May culminating with Memorial Day open studio weekend, and update on the Vermont Arts Council Creative Network Initiative.
RSVPs are encouraged and appreciated: email ramp@sover.net.