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Jim Lowe is music critic and arts editor for the Rutland Herald and The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus writes about arts events around Vermont.

One night in Memphis: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash

By JIM LOWE Staff Writer On Dec. 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash found themselves in an impromptu jam session at Sun Record Studios…

‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’:: What happens when Nora returns?

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN It was the door slam heard around the world, when Nora Helmer walked out on her husband in Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 dramatic masterpiece, “A Doll’s…

Janet Fredericks’ view of her earth: ‘Land Marks: The Land We Mark, Marks Us’

By VICTORIA CRAIN Arts Correspondent The eagle’s eye: That’s the view of American topography Janet Fredericks presents for our consideration. “Land Marks … The Land We Mark, Marks Us” is…

‘West Side Story’: Tackling the greatness of Bernstein-Sondheim-Robbins-Laurents

By JIM LOWE The Lowe Down For his swan song as one of Weston Playhouse’s three co-artistic directors of 30 years, Tim Fort is directing “West Side Story.” The iconic…

Weston Playhouse’s ‘Fun Home’: Unflinching musical tells Alison Bechdel’s story

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN “Fun Home,” the Tony-winning musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, will be only the second to grace the new Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm….

Killington Music Festival: Learning the art of collaboration and community

By JIM LOWE The Lowe Down For Daniel Andai, Killington Music Festival’s artistic director of five years, collaboration is the aim, and essential. “For me, I can’t imagine anything in…

Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town’: A 1938 classic for today’s America

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN When Steve Stettler, Tim Fort and Malcolm Ewen decided to step down after 30 years as artistic directors of Weston Playhouse, they chose Thornton…

‘Anne of Green Gables’: Weston showcases theater’s next generation

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN When the Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford musical adaptation of “Anne of Green Gables,” the L.M. Montgomery classic, opened in New York in 2007, critic…

You can come home: New York Philharmonic cellist returns to his Vermont roots

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN When asked how he became a cellist, Eric Bartlett responded, “Practice, practice, practice! … Oh, that’s Carnegie Hall!” The Marlboro native and member of the…

‘A Streetcar Named Desire’: André Previn’s opera delivers the power

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN Two American icons shared history when André Previn set Tennessee Williams’ 1947 masterpiece, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” to music as an opera in 1998. “The…