Arts Preview: November 2-8, 2017

BRATTLEBORO
Camille Thurman jazz
Saxophonist/vocalist/composer Camille Thurman will appear in the “Emerging Artist Series” with the Darrell Green Trio at the Vermont Jazz Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Called a “rising star” by Downbeat Magazine and a “first class saxophonist that blows the proverbial roof off the place” by All About Jazz, Thurman will be accompanied by her touring ensemble, which includes Darrell Green, drums; David Bryant, piano; and Rashaan Carter, bass.
As a vocalist, Thurman was a runner-up in the 2013 Sarah Vaughan Jazz Vocal Competition. You can hear her intimate familiarity with Sassy’s singing on Thurman’s album “Inside the Moment,” where she draws on Vaughan’s classic phrasing in her performance of “Cherokee.” Thurman usually plays the tenor saxophone on her compelling originals. As a composer, Thurman has been honored by the Kennedy Center and was a two-time award-winning recipient of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award.
Tickets are $20, $15 for students; call 802-254-9088, ext. 1, or go online to www.vtjazz.org.

RUTLAND
Author Stephen Kiernan
At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, Phoenix Books Rutland will host Stephen P. Kiernan for a talk on his new novel, “The Baker’s Secret.” From the critically acclaimed author of “The Hummingbird” and “The Curiosity,” “The Baker’s Secret” is a novel of World War II — a tale of courage, determination, optimism, and the resilience of the human spirit, set in a small Normandy village on the eve of D-Day.
On June 5, 1944, as dawn rises over a small town on the Normandy coast of France, Emmanuelle is making the bread that has sustained her fellow villagers in the dark days since the Germans invaded her country. Only 22, Emma learned to bake at the side of a master, Ezra Kuchen, the village baker since before she was born. Apprenticed to Ezra at thirteen, Emma watched with shame and anger as her kind mentor was forced to wear the six-pointed yellow star on his clothing. Under the cold, watchful eyes of armed soldiers, she builds a clandestine network of barter and trade that she and the villagers use to thwart their occupiers.
Admission is free; call 802-855-8078, or go online to www.phoenixbooks.biz. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St.

MIDDLEBURY
‘The Nether’
Middlebury Actors Workshop presents “The Nether” by Jennifer Haley, the second in its series of four staged readings, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at The Vermont Coffee Company, 1197 Exchange St. The goal is to share the bold, clever work of some of the most dynamic young writers to hit the New York scene in the last 5 to 10 years.
“The Nether” is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Just log-on, choose an identity and indulge your every desire. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination. (It is not recommended for children under the age of 16.)
Admission is free (donations welcome); go online to www.middleburyactors.org.

RUTLAND
Cookies with Cookie
At 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, Phoenix Books Rutland will host Lynda Graham-Barber for a story time featuring her new book, “Cookie’s Fortune.” Attendees will also be treated to a visit with Lynda’s rescue dog, Biscuit, and locally baked cookies.
Come along on a small dog’s journey from surviving in a vast city to finding her forever home. In simple, poetic language, with captivating art that portrays the challenges of a huge city, “Cookie’s Fortune” depicts a stray dog as she searches for food, shelter and comfort. Compelling and age appropriate, this adorable stray’s quest will engage animal-loving children, their parents, teachers and librarians with its message of hope and compassion. The story is based on the author’s own adoption of a dog she saved from a subway station.
Graham-Barber, who holds a MFA in writing for children from Vermont College, lives in a small stone cottage, which she helped build, situated on 160 wooded acres in the Northeast Kingdom, with her artist-husband, David, and their rescued dog, Biscuit.
Admission is free; call 802-855-8078, or go online to www.phoenixbooks.biz. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St.

BELLOWS FALLS
Cameo Baroque
Stone Church Arts and Cameo Arts Foundation will present a benefit concert for relief for Puerto Rico at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at Immanuel Episcopal Church. Cameo Baroque was formed in 2013 as an ensemble committed to sharing the music of the Baroque era using 18th-century performance practices on period instruments.
A program of 18th-century Baroque masterworks will be performed by Cameo Baroque — Leslie Stroud, traverso (Baroque flute); Beth Hilgartner, recorders and voice; Laurie Rabut, viola da gamba; and Ernie Drown, harpsichord. The program will include music of J. S. Bach, Telemann and others.
Admission is by donation (proceeds benefit Episcopal Relief and Development’s Fund for Hurricane Relief); call 802-460-0110, or go online to www.stonechurcharts.org.

BRATTLEBORO
LEGO contest & exhibit
The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) invites creators of all ages to design and build original LEGO sculptures and display them at the museum in BMAC’s 10th annual LEGO contest & exhibit Nov. 9-12.
Every entry that is submitted will be displayed at BMAC. A panel of judges will award prizes based on creativity and craftsmanship in six age groups. Other prizes will be awarded at the judges’ discretion. Every contestant will receive a personalized certificate of participation and complimentary admission passes to BMAC.
According to BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld, memorable entries from past years have included a replica of BMAC, an amusement park, a model of Brattleboro’s Harris Hill ski jump, a working pinball machine, and a Bernie Sanders campaign rally. “One thing we want to emphasize,” Lichtenfeld said, “is that, although it’s a contest, no one is really focused on the competition. It’s all about celebrating creativity and having fun at the museum.”
Entries must be delivered to BMAC from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, along with an entry form and $5 entry fee. The opening reception and awards ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. All entries will remain on display at the museum through Nov. 12.
Contest guidelines and entry forms are available at www.brattleboromuseum.org or by calling 802-257-0124, ext. 101.

MIDDLEBURY
Chuck Miller jazz
Chuck Miller and his group of talented jazz musician friends have been performing together for over 20 years. Join them for an evening of original jazz at Town Hall Theater, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Improvisation is the heart of these originals, so audiences should prepare for the unexpected.
Miller graduated from the Berklee School of Music with a degree in composition and has been writing, recording and performing his music in casual venues for 40 years. He recently retired from a teaching career at Mary Hogan Elementary.
This concert is the first time Miller has formally performed this music for the public, a melding of jazz, pop, folk and rock. With Miller on piano, Steve MacLauchlan plays the woodwinds, Glendon Ingalls is on acoustic bass and trumpet, Bear Irwin plays trombone and Nick Aloi plays percussion.
Tickets are $17; call 802 382-9222, or go online to www.towhalltheater.org.

MIDDLEBURY
‘NER Out Loud’
In the tradition of Public Radio International’s “Selected Shorts,” students from Oratory Now will read selections from the New England Review (NER) literary magazine in this fourth annual live performance of “NER Out Loud,” at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. The event will be followed by a “S’more Readings” reception with representatives of several student literary magazines who will read from their work.
Admission is free; call 802-443-MIDD (6433), or go online to go.middlebury.edu/arts.

MIDDLEBURY
Rubens extra large
Town Hall Theater presents the second film in its Great Art Wednesday series, “Rubens: An Extra Large Story,” at 11 a.m. Nov. 8.
These days, nobody takes Rubens seriously. His vast and grandiose canvases, stuffed with wobbly mounds of female flesh, have little appeal for the modern gym-subscriber. And it’s not just the bulging nudity we don’t like. The entire tone of Rubens’s art offends us. Everything in it is too big – the epic dramas full of tragedy, the fantastical celestial scenery, the immense canvases and murals adorning the walls and ceilings of Europe’s grandest palaces. All of it seems too much for modern sensibilities.
But filmmaker Waldemar Januszczak begs to differ. In Januszczak’s eyes, Rubens has been traduced by modern tastes, and a huge misunderstanding of him has taken place. By looking in detail at Rubens’s fascinating life, by understanding his art in more enlightened ways, Januszczak sets out to correct the extra-large misconceptions that have arisen about Rubens.
Tickets are $13, $8 for students; call 802 382-9222, or go online to www.towhalltheater.org.