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Arts Beat: THT to screen ‘Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice’

VENETIAN PAINTER TINTORETTO will be the subject of the latest Great Art Wednesday film at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. The film screens on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m.

As part of the Great Art Wednesdays series, “Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice” will be shown on the big screen at Middlebury’s Town Hall theater on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. The film fully immerses audiences in the life of the last great artist of the Italian Renaissance.
With the enchanting narrative voice of two-time Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter, cinema audiences visit places that evoke and preserve the memory of the painter, including the State Archives, the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square, the Church of San Rocco and more, all in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Tintoretto’s birth.
This event is being presented in partnership with local nonprofit the Middlebury Studio School, whose mission it is to foster community engagement and creative growth in the visual arts through quality instruction. Starting at 10 a.m. on the day of show, the school will be providing coffee, light refreshments and custom-made mugs available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Middlebury Studio School.
Great Art Wednesdays is a series of matinee film screenings on Wednesday mornings featuring full length documentaries about history’s greatest artists and artworks — from the past to the present day. (The film will be screened on a Tuesday rather than Wednesday due to scheduling issues.) In addition to Tintoretto, this year’s series includes Alexander Calder, Leonardo Da Vinci, Al Hirschfeld, Louise Bourgeois, The Prado Museum, Easter in Art, Lucian Freud and Frida Kahlo.
Tickets are $13/$8 including all fees. Tickets may be purchased by calling 802-382-9222, at the THT box office located at 68 South Pleasant St. in Middlebury, Monday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., or online at

Barn Opera of Brandon and the Salisbury Congregational Church are collaborating to offer a holiday present to Addison and Rutland counties — Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” — at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, at the meetinghouse on Maple Street in Salisbury Village.
The scale of this opera is ideally suited to the intimacy and acoustics of the historic Salisbury meetinghouse. Its accessible and heartwarming story, humor, child’s perspective, and one-act length make it ideal for introducing young audiences to opera.
Artistic Director Joshua Collier has assembled an adult cast of Vermont-based professionals with national and international careers, including Helen Lyons of VPR Classical (Ferrisburgh) as the mother, and Calin Marcel Manson (Putney), Joshua Collier (Brandon), and Nicholas Tocci (Rutland) as the kings. Amahl will be sung by Jonathan and Joshua Kafumbe of Middlebury. The shepherds’ chorus will be comprised of local vocalists.
The family-friendly character of the production accords with the mission of Barn Opera and of its affiliate, The Compass Music and Arts Foundation, who seek to make musical experiences available to broad audiences of all ages. To this end the sponsors of “Amahl” are offering up to two children/youth (17 and under) admissions free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder.
Adult ticket reservations at $30 may be purchased at Barn Opera’s website (, Brown Paper Tickets ( or, as available, for check or cash only at the door. For more information visit the Barn Opera website or call 802-247-4295.

Year after year, ski and snowboard enthusiasts of all ages look forward to the coming of winter. This fall, Warren Miller Entertainment (WME) confirms that the joys of winter are eternal with its 70th full-length feature film, “Timeless,” which will be screened on Wednesday, Dec. 11, and Thursday, Dec. 12, both at 7:30 p.m. in Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater.
Much of the world has changed since Miller started making ski films in 1949, but the passion of snowriders across the globe has stayed the same. “Timeless” emulates the enduring spirit of winter and gives a deserving nod to the past seven decades of ski cinematography while focusing on the future. Get ready to kick off your winter with a cast of fresh faces, inspirational locales, plenty of laughs and camaraderie and a classic blend of the new and old.
From the mountains of British Columbia, across the steeps of the Colorado Rockies, to the rooftop of the European Alps, “Timeless” explores winter stoke across the globe.
All ski and snowboard fans, young and old, are invited to come together to carry on the legacy of the official kickoff to winter. Film attendees will enjoy lift ticket deals and gear discounts from WME resort and retail partners. Plus, all moviegoers are entered into nightly door prize drawings and the national sweepstakes to win gear, swag and ski trips. Warren Miller’s “Timeless” is more than a ski and snowboard film, it’s an experience 70 years in the making.
Tickets are $21 including all fees, and may be purchased by calling 802-382-9222, at the box office located at 68 South Pleasant St. in Middlebury, Monday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., or online at

Alex Smith will be performing for the Burnham Music Series, at Burnham Hall, 52 River Road in Lincoln, on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
Alex Smith grew up in Long Lake, in the rural heart of New York’s Adirondack Park, and his music strives first and foremost to echo the people and culture of that area. He builds songs from a blend of traditional folk harmony and strikingly modern lyrics, confronting today’s most pressing issues with a style of honest and accurate observation often compared to songwriters Stan Rogers and Jason Isbell.
His stories draw on the triumphs and hardships of friends, relatives and neighbors near and far. Smith is truly a “working musician,” playing nearly 200 a shows a year.
In the fall of 2012, at the close of his first extensive summer tour, Smith signed with acclaimed folk label Wepecket Island Records. He has since toured internationally both solo and with his band The Mountain Sound; been featured on Emmy-Award-winning documentary “Songs To Keep” alongside Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow and Dan Berggren; won an NTCMA award for his record “Hamilton County”; and received extensive radio play nationwide.
Sarah Craig, director of the legendary Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., calls Smith “a natural storyteller with a rich voice who is creating poignant songs rooted in the heritage of his Adirondack home,” while Country Music News International’s Bob Everhart says he is “a wonderful, poetic writer who captures words full of meaning, matching them with creative music that creeps quietly into the past at the same time as dancing with the present and sneaking a peek at the future.”
When he’s not on the road, Smith splits his time between the Adirondacks and Leicester, Vt. “Live from Caffe Lena,” Smith’s third album, was released in November of 2017.
The show at Burnham Hall is $10 for adults. Kids and teens get in free. Refreshments will be served during intermission.

The monthly (second Saturday of the month) Blues Jam, hosted by Tom Caswell at Sister Wicked in Brandon will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. A signup sheet for musicians is available. Singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboardists, harmonica players — everyone is welcome to come and play the blues. Nothing but the blues from 8 until late.
Sister Wicked is a unique venue. Not a bar, not a club, but a store located on 3 West Seminary St. in Brandon. At the back of the store there is a large music space with plenty of room for seating and dancing. For more information, call 802-236-3368.

As part of the 2019 Music Series at Otter Creek Brewing, singer/songwriter Alex Russett will perform at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, in OCB’s pub space.
This local (Addison County) musician performs covers as well as his own songs on acoustic guitar. Come on over to the Pub for a great night of jams.
Otter Creek Pub Space is located at 793 Exchange St. in Middlebury. For more information, call 802-388-0727.

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