Cradle Switch, a five-piece acoustic Americana group, plays originals plus a range of songs drawing from bluegrass, country, folk and blues. Cradle Switch performs songs from their debut upcoming album, plus fan-favorites, at Brandon Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.
With ballads as well as up-tempo rhythms, the group’s lyrics can be on the darker side (along the lines of Buddie & Julie Miller or Judith Edelman), or dip into the Romantic genre with sweet love songs. They also cover contemporary songs by writers like Lindi Ortega, Steel Drivers and HoneyHoney, as well as classic tunes like “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Long Journey Home.”
Singer-songwriters Ferrilyn Sourdiffe and Dave Lawlor swap out guitars for banjo and mandolin, while Kate Ritter brings it on the fiddle, along with some angelic vocal harmonies to add to Sourdiffe and Lawlor’s robust vocals. Singer-songwriter David Cuite adds some bounce on the upright bass as well as lead and harmony vocals, and David Norman throws in some percussion (and has been known to entertain the audience with his special washboard tie).
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.
Bandaloop returns to Middlebury College to kick off the 25th anniversary season of the Mahaney Center for the Arts, with free public performances at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. The pioneer in vertical performance seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography, and the art of climbing to turn the dance floor on its side. (Please check go.middlebury.bandaloop in case of inclement weather.)
The company will also offer a free public career talk at 12:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theatre.
Bandaloop first made a splash at the college in 2004, when it performed on the Davis Family Library for its opening and then-President Ron Liebowitz’ inauguration. Middlebury alumnus Mark Stuver ‘97.5 was a dancer in the company then, and returns as artistic associate, leading the company’s work as they craft a performance specifically designed for the Mahaney Center for the Arts plaza.
Bandaloop honors nature, community, and the human spirit through perspective-bending dance. The dance company’s indoor/outdoor work has been presented in theaters and museums, on skyscrapers, bridges, billboards and historical sites, in atriums and convention halls, in nature on cliffs, and on screen.
Admission is free; call 802-443-3168, or go online to go.middlebury.edu/bandaloop.
‘The King of Hearts’
FOLA (Friends of Ludlow auditorium) will introduce a new first in its programming, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium, a French language comedy, “The King of Hearts.” The film is in French with English subtitles.
“The King of Hearts (Le roi de cœur)” is a 1966 French comedy-drama directed by Philippe de Broca and starring Alan Bates. The film is set in a small town in France near the end of World War I. As the Imperial German Army retreats they booby-trap the whole town to explode. The locals flee and, left to their own devices, a gaggle of cheerful residents of the local insane asylum escape the asylum and take over the town — thoroughly confusing the lone Scottish soldier who has been dispatched to defuse the bomb.
Admission is free (donations are appreciated); call 802-228-7239, or go online to www.fola.us.
Sue DiCicco and The Peace Crane Project are visiting Phoenix Books Rutland at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. After a story time featuring DiCicco’s picture book “Origami Peace Cranes,” attendees will be invited to fold an origami crane.
“Origami Peace Cranes” is a multicultural children’s story about the capacity for friendship in all of us, and the power that small things have to make a big difference. When Emma moves to a new town, she’s afraid she’ll never make friends. She tries her hardest to make a good impression on her new classmates. Through an origami crane project, her classmates show her that they really want to get to know her.
Writer, illustrator, sculptor and former Disney animator Sue DiCicco founded Armed with the Arts (ArmedWithTheArts.org), a program dedicated to encouraging creative expression in kids. She is the creator of the Peace Crane Project—which is designed to promote the concept of peace within and between our schools, homes, communities, states and nations — with participation from over 150 countries. She has written dozens and illustrated hundreds of books for kids.
Admission is free; all ages are welcome; call 802-855-8078, or go online to www.phoenixbooks.biz. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St.
Artist Roger Sandes
The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) unveiled a new exhibit of artwork by Roger Sandes that will remain up through Oct. 8. Occupying the museum’s large Center Gallery, “Constellations: Roger Sandes” features 21 paintings created by the artist over the past 27 years. Sandes and his wife, collage artist Mary Welsh, live and work in Williamsville.
According to BMAC’s chief curator, Mara Williams, the exhibit is organized as a series of constellations, each consisting of a recent painting displayed alongside one or more older paintings upon which the recent one is based.
“The new paintings are kaleidoscopic abstractions of the earlier works,” says Williams, “at once symmetrical and asymmetrical, figurative and abstract, ebullient and quiet.”
“Making art is my purpose in life,” Sandes says. “It’s always in my imagination, waiting for realization. For 50 years I have produced figurative works on nature-based, multicultural, and art historical themes. I incorporate symbols of life and fertility — icons integral to art in all cultures since primitive times — highlighting their natural beauty and form. I also integrate elements of modern and folk art, nature and artifact.”
For more information, call 802-257-0124, or go online to www.brattleboromuseum.org.
On Friday, Sept. 15, the Middlebury College Museum of Art opens “Land and Lens: Photographers Envision the Environment,” an exhibition several years in the making.
Featuring 71 images spanning the mid-19th century to the present day, the works on view come primarily from the museum’s holdings of historic and contemporary photography. Among the wide range of artists represented are historic figures Ansel Adams, Arthur Rothstein, Eliot Porter and Alfred Stieglitz, as well as many contemporaries. Among these Jamie Stillings, Richard Misrach, David Maisel, James Balog, and Edward Burtynsky are well known for their concerned image making.
“Land and Lens,” which remains on view through Dec. 10, was curated by Kirsten Hoving, professor of History of Art and Architecture, with the aid of numerous research assistants, interns and students in her classes.
The Middlebury College Museum of Art is located in Mahaney Center for the Arts, South Street (Route 30); call 802-443-5007, or go online to www.middlebury.edu/museum.
The Bennington College Dance program and the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College present “Séancers” by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko ‘05. The event will take place at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8 and 9, in the Margot Tenney Theater.
“Séancers” is a performance work that combines lyrical poetry, psychic movement forms, and strategies of discursive and visual performance to investigate concepts of black magic, resurrection and paranormal activity. Interrogating issues related to American history and terrorism, “Séancers” journeys into the surreal and fantastical states of the Black imagination as it traverses the “fatal” axis of abstraction, illegibility and gender multiplicity.
Kosoko, originally from Detroit, is a Nigerian-American curator, poet and performance artist. He studied dance at Bennington College and graduated in 2005.
Admission is free; go online to www.bennington.edu.
Arts Preview: September 7-13, 2017