***CORRECTION: The Aldo Merusi exhibit at the Chaffee is not currently running. We apologize for any confusion.
#1 | A Jimi thing
FILM SCREENING: ‘Jimi Hendrix: Live at Woodstock’ / Friday, 8 p.m. / Town Hall Theater / Middlebury
See Jimi Hendrix’s complete historic set from Woodstock, on the Town Hall’s big screen. The original 16 mm footage has been digitally restored together with a new audio mix. Also included is a documentary following the struggle to stage the festival and secure Hendrix as its headline artist. Tickets: $10. For more info, visit townhalltheater.org or call 382-9222.
#2 | Piano man
CONCERT: Jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut / Friday, 8 p.m. / Mahaney Center for the Arts / Middlebury College / Middlebury
Virtuosic and playful, jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut makes his return to Middlebury as part of a trio with bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Billy Williams. Blending contemporary and traditional jazz, gospel, with notes of Latin and samba, Chestnut’s style gives him the freedom to explore different emotions, while keeping his music in recognizable form. Tickets: $25. Call 443-MIDD or visit to www.go.middlebury.edu/arts for more info.
#3 | Drawing on history
EXHIBIT: Looking at Lincoln: Political Cartoons from the Civil War era / Saturday-Sunday (all month), 10 a.m.-3 p.m. / Billings Farm & Museum / Woodstock
The exhibit explores the Civil War and slavery from the standpoint of political cartoons created by President Lincoln’s contemporaries. These images were created during an era in which racism was deeply ingrained in American life. Even ardent abolitionists who fought to end slavery, often took little account of its implication for race relations. The cartoons are vividly biting — challenging viewers to put aside 21st century biases and consider events through the eyes of those living during that era. Admission: $3-$12. Visit www.billingsfarm.org or call 457-2355.
#4 | Don’t look down
FILM SCREENING: ‘Man on Wire’ / Saturday, 3 p.m. / Billings Farm & Museum / Woodstock
On Aug. 7, 1974, Philippe Petit, a French wire walker and street performer just days shy of his 25th birthday, spent 45 minutes walking, dancing, kneeling and lying on a wire he and friends strung between the rooftops of the Twin Towers in New York City. Contemporary interviews, archival footage and recreations tell the story of his previous walks between the towers of Notre Dame and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and how success profoundly changed Philippe’s life. Rated PG-13. Admission: $6-$11. Visit www.billingsfarm.org or call 457-2355.