ARTS PREVIEW: September 14-20, 2017

Dave Keller Band
Dave Keller is one of the finest soul and blues men of his generation. He’s a first-class singer, guitarist and songwriter who has produced three acclaimed albums, turning his personal experiences into universal ones. His latest CD, “Right Back Atcha,” showcases his powerful voice, dynamic guitar playing, and his meaningful, memorable songs. Elmore Magazine says Keller’s “soul can send chills through you.”
Bring your sweater to Brandon Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, and experience the Dave Keller Band.
Keller has been described as “a superb songwriter and storyteller” by Bill Wilson of Billtown Blues. Wilson goes on to say, “He is, without question, the real deal, pouring it out with heart, soul and a power that emanates from the deepest regions of the heart. This is the finest soul I’ve heard since the early days.”
Keller launched The Dave Keller Band in Vermont in 1996. Over the years, he’s worked with deep soul singer Mighty Sam McClain and soul/blues greats Johnny Rawls and Robert Ward, adding further depth to his music.
Tickets are $20 (pre-concert dinner is available for $25; reservations are required); call 802-247-4295, or email Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road.

Bach and organ
“Light from Leipzig: J.S. Bach and His Influence” is a concert program being given by organist Lynnette Combs in September. Johann Sebastian Bach, as organist and composer, has been an inspiration and challenge for over 300 years. Come and hear how composers have responded to this genius.
Composers include C.P.E. Bach, Hindemith, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Max Reger. The concert will be given in four locations:
– Saturday, Sept. 16: Rutland – Trinity Episcopal Church, 7 p.m.
– Sunday, Sept. 17: Montpelier – Christ Episcopal Church, 4 p.m.
– Saturday, Sept. 23: Burlington – First Baptist Church, 7:30 p.m.
– Sunday, Sept. 24: Bellows Falls – First Baptist Church, 4 p.m.
Combs is organist and choirmaster at Christ Episcopal Church in Montpelier. She has been celebrating the organ and its music in recitals and church services for over 30 years.
Admission is by donation (benefits the Vermont chapter of the American Guild of Organists); for information, call 802-371-5066, or email

‘Title and Deed’
“We all have a funny little map in our head that divides the world into home and away.” The speaker in Will Eno’s one-character play “Title and Deed” is a recent arrival on our shores, disoriented from culture shock and homesickness, and he is struggling to illuminate both sides of that map with a torrent of words: absurd, tragic, stinging, hilarious words.
The original New York production of “Title and Deed” was on ten-best-plays lists for 2012 in both The New York Times and The New Yorker. The Times described it as “a haunting and often fiercely funny meditation on life as a state of permanent exile.” John Lahr in The New Yorker wrote, “Eno’s joking seems to me a great act of courage: a way of facing lostness and learning to live with it. His voice is unique; his play is stage poetry of a high order…. In this tale’s brilliant telling, it is not the narrator who proves unreliable but life itself.”
Now this unusual theater experience comes to the Hooker-Dunham Theater for two Saturday performances, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 and 23. The production, first presented in February by the Apron Theater Company at Next Stage in Putney, features Michael Fox Kennedy as the unnamed exile. Christopher Emily Coutant is director.
Tickets are $15; for reservations, call 802-254-9276. The Hooker-Dunham Theater is at 139 Main St. (through the alley and down the stairs).

‘Angels in America’
Town Hall Theater’s National Theatre Live series kicks off with a broadcast of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play “Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches” and “Angels in America Part 2: Perestroika captured live from London.”
“Angels in America Part 1” will be screened at 7 p.m. today, and “Angels in America Part 2” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21.
Set in America in the mid-1980s, in the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. The new staging is directed by Olivier- and Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott, and stars Andrew Garfield (“Silence,” “Hacksaw Ridge”) as Prior Walter, along with a cast including Denise Gough, Nathan Lane, James McArdle and Russell Tovey.
Tickets are $17, $10 for students; call 802-382-9222, or go online to

Cartoonist Harry Bliss
The New Yorker Magazine cover and cartoon artist Harry Bliss, whose books and paintings are on display in the current Henry Sheldon Museum exhibit “Draw Me a Story — Tell Me a Tale,” is the featured speaker at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History.
Bliss will entertain with a presentation humorously detailing “his growing up in a family of artists in the pervasive dysfunction of the suburban 1970s, and his subsequent path from nearly incarcerated realist painter to drawing cartoons and covers for The New Yorker Magazine.” The evening begins with a brief introduction to the Sheldon’s exhibit followed by the talk.
Bliss is one of 20 Vermont artists/authors featured in the current exhibit at the Sheldon Museum. An accomplished artist, who graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and received a master’s degree from Syracuse University, he brings his creative skills to his children’s books and cartoons. His books are inspired by his family dogs, his trips to museums, and his maudlin, yet endearing, sense of humor.
Admission is $5; call 802-388-2117, or go online to

RAMParts Presents, in partnership with Exhibition on Screen, brings “Rembrandt — Master Works” to the Bellows Falls Opera House at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21. The 90-minute feature was filmed in London’s National Gallery and the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
See the master works of an artist whose soulful, honest and deeply moving creativity defines the man. Go behind the scenes to tour the galleries as they open their exhibitions. Includes examination of his biblical masterpieces and the revolutionary, brand-new art form — printmaking, with commentary from art historians.
Rembrandt was born in 1606 and was an innovative and prolific draftsman, painter and printmaker. He is generally considered to be the most important artist of the Dutch Golden Age. His work depicts a wide range of style and subject matter, from portraits, self-portraits, landscapes, genre scenes, allegorical and historical scenes, Biblical and mythological themes, and animal studies.
Tickets are $10 at the door or online at

Fabulous Flea Market
Town Hall Theater will hold its 10th annual Fabulous Flea Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16.
Each year, a variety of vendors and dealers set up shop inside the theater to sell antiques, folk art, prints, rugs, quilting items, hand-knit multicolored socks and other desirable items. The theater is stuffed with an eye-popping variety of delightful things to buy. Almost Home will be selling delicacies and coffee so shoppers can grab a snack or a meal as they browse.
Adding to the fun is a special flea market section composed of items donated to THT specifically for the sale. Also returning this year is the popular jewelry table with fine and costume jewelry.
Admission is free; call 802-382-9222, or go online to