Singer-songwriter Julia Mark
“I have literally seen people’s breath taken away when they first hear Julia Mark,” says Jay Ottaway, with the Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival. Julia Mark is a singer-songwriter and pianist of jazz-inflected folk-pop, but her songs are unique in their subjects. She writes lyric-driven, optimistically dissonant songs about life on the moon, loss of memory, shifting homes, and palindromes. Mark will play Brandon Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10.
Mark is the complete musical package. Ottaway goes on to say “Her combination of piano chops, soaring pin-point vocals, tightly woven evocative lyrics, and sweet but confident stage presence grabs her audiences’ attention and doesn’t let it go until the last note rings. No flaws in her game!”
Tickets are $20 (pre-concert dinner is available for $25; reservations are required); call 802-247-4295, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road.
Author Chris Bohjalian
At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, Phoenix Books Rutland will present Chris Bohjalian at the Unitarian Universalist Church reading from and discussing his new book “The Flight Attendant.”
From the New York Times bestselling author of “The Guest Room” comes a story about the ways an entire life can change in one night: A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man — and no idea what happened.
Bohjalian is the Vermont author of 20 books, including “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands,” “The Sandcastle Girls,” and “Midwives” which was a number-one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah’s Book Club. His work has been translated into many languages, and three novels have become movies (“Secrets of Eden,” “Midwives” and “Past the Bleachers”).
Admission is free; call 802-855-8078, or go online to www.phoenixbooks.biz. The Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 117 West St.
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival continues its 2017-18 Winter Screening Series at Town Hall Theater with the narrative drama, “Novitiate,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11.
Directed by Margaret Betts, “Novitiate” takes place in the Vatican II era in the early 1960s, as radical theological changes in the Catholic Church threaten the course of nuns’ lives. As young Cathleen progresses from postulant to novitiate within the fraught confines of a cloistered community, her faith is repeatedly challenged by the harsh, often inhumane realities of being a servant of God. The film portrays the powerful attraction of a religious vocation and why, at such a tender age, young women would willingly embrace its rigors.
Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times noted, “‘Novitiate’ sure-handedly takes us inside the world of belief with care, concern and a piercing, discerning eye.”
Tickets are $12; call 802-382-9222, or go online to www.townhalltheater.org. For information, visit middfilmfest.org.
Benefit variety show
The West Rutland Variety Show for The Dodge House will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the West Rutland Town Hall, 35 Marble St. A variety of local talent will perform music, comedy and dance.
The ninth annual show will showcase local talent to raise money for The Dodge House. Tom Leypoldt, executive director of PEG-TV, will serve as master of ceremonies. Members of St. Bridget and St. Stanislaus Kostka Churches in West Rutland will perform, as will dancers from “Just Dance” Studio; Castleton University’s a cappella group Vocal Unrest; and musicians from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. All funds raised will go directly to The Dodge House.
Tickets are $8, $5 for seniors and children under 12, $20 per family call 802-438-2490.
Runa Celtic roots
Town Hall Theater gets a jump on St. Patrick’s Day celebrations by welcoming Celtic band Runa at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8.
Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,” Runa has been pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats since its formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a redefining take on traditional music.
Tickets are $22; call 802-382-9222, or go online to www.townhalltheater.org.
Rutland Youth Theatre is holding open auditions for “Honk, Jr.,” the musical about the ugly duckling, 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 4, and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Rutland Youth Theatre, Courcelle Building, 16 North St. Extension.
Produced by Saskia Hagen Groom, directed and choreographed by Tegan Waite, “Honk, Jr.” is a heartwarming celebration of being different. Grades K-12 are invited to audition. Choose one audition only, but stay for the duration of the audition.
For information, call 802-779-2221.
Music From China
For three decades, Music From China has created a unique place in the music world by playing not only traditional Chinese repertoire, but the latest in contemporary works as well. Critics have praised the ensemble as “musicians of extraordinary accomplishment and sensitivity, performing sophisticated, involving music” (Kansas City Star).
Music From China is filling in the concert date for the originally scheduled duo of Moody Amiri. Tickets purchased for the Moody Amiri concert originally scheduled for this date/time will be honored.
No stranger to Middlebury, Music From China last performed in the Performing Arts Series in 1999, and is a frequent visitor to the Summer Language Schools. Their program at the Mahaney Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10, will feature a quartet of traditional Chinese stringed instruments, including the erhu (two-string fiddle), pipa (lute), zheng (zither), and daruan (bass guitar).
Tickets are $22, $10 for 18 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.
FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) will present the hit Broadway comedy play, “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” on screen at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium. The comedy stars Nathan Lane, Harriet Harris and Jean Smart in the play’s recent revival.
“The Man Who Came to Dinner,” by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, is set in the small town of Mesalia, Ohio in the weeks leading to Christmas in the late 1930s. The exposition reveals that the famously outlandish New York City radio wit Sheridan Whiteside (Sherry to his friends) is invited to dine at the house of the Stanley family. But before Whiteside can enter the house, he slips on a patch of ice outside the Stanleys’ front door and injures his hip. Confined, Whiteside drives his hosts mad by viciously insulting them, monopolizing their house and staff, running up large phone bills, and receiving many bizarre guests.
Admission is free; call 802-228-7239, or go online to www.fola.us.
Innovative jazz duo
Marlboro College welcomes a duo from the New York City music scene to its Music for a Sunday Afternoon concert series at 3 p.m. March 4, in Ragle Hall, Serkin Center for the Performing Arts. Composer and percussionist Adam Rudolph and pianist Alexis Marcelo will share a concert of wild and wide-ranging music.
Hailed as a “pioneer in world music” by the New York Times and “a master percussionist” by Musician magazine, Rudolph has performed extensively in concert throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia for the past four decades. Pianist, composer and producer Alexis Marcelo has a unique sound founded on the great traditions of African American music with a driving quest for new music.
Admission is free; go online to www.marlboro.edu.
The Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) will present the Leo Yucht Quartet at 8 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Powers Market.
A local Bennington boy, Yucht graduated from Mount Anthony Union High School in 2013, and then headed off to William Paterson University, graduating in 2017. He is now based out of New York City and continues to forge ahead, drumming and composing in the world of jazz. He performs regularly in the New York metropolitan area with his band and also as a sideman with other world-renowned jazz artists.
Tickets are are $15, $10 in advance; call 800-838-3006, or go online to www.vtartxchange.org.
Arts Preview: March 1-7, 2018