2017-10-11 / Arts and Entertainment

A & E Calender

Rock River Players open season with new play

WILLIAMSVILLE — The Rock River Players will open their 2017-2018 season with new play, “I Used to Have a Cat,” by writer/director Robert Fritz, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 through Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Williamsville Hall, Dover Road. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Award-winning filmmaker and best-selling author Robert Fritz of Newfane has turned his attention to the RRP stage.

“ I Used To Have a Cat” features only two actors, Sara Vitale and Natalie Neilson, who play sisters with contrasting life-styles and temperaments who live together.

For more information, contact producer Annie Landenberger at verbatimvt@gmail.com.

Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton to play Next Stage

PUTNEY — Bluesman Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton will appear at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at Next Stage, located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney.

Paxton is an American musician from Los Angeles. A vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Paxton's style draws from blues and jazz music before World War II and was influenced by Fats Waller and "Blind" Lemon Jefferson. He is a young multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, piano, banjo, and fiddle with equal mastery, and is breathing new life into traditional music.

Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door, available online at www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro, and the Putney Co-op. For more information contact mariabasescu@nextstagearts.org.

Scott Ainslie brings acoustic blues to Wardsboro

WARDSBORO — Wardsboro Curtain Call, Inc.’s 2017 Music Series will conclude on Friday, Oct. 13, with a performance at 7 p.m. by renowned blues guitarist and historian Scott Ainslie at Wardsboro Town Hall. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is $10 at the door; café setting.

From community concert series and local schools to the Kennedy Center and the renowned Empire Music Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ainslie plays and speaks of the music with passion and authority. With more than 40 years of scholarship and 50 playing guitar, he brings a beguiling mix of the African and American roots music to the stage, in story and song. With six CDs, a teaching DVD on the guitar techniques of Delta Blues legend Robert Johnson, and a book on Johnson’s music, “Robert Johnson/At The Crossroads” to his credit, as a performer and a teacher, Ainslie continues to present programs that are engaging, vital, and entertaining.

To learn more or to sample his music, visit cattailmusic.com. For more information about the show, email kwkmdavis@yahoo.com or call (802) 896-6810.

Community Players to present ‘Cruizin’ concert

SPRINGFIELD — Cruizin’ - composed of Carl Brogan, Phil Dupont and Brian Kennell - will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday Oct. 14, presented by the Springfield Community Players, at 165 South St., Springfield.

The show will include several tribute songs and medleys for Glen Campbell, Glen Frey, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and more. The band will also perform some of its original songs written by Brogan, including "North Country Girls," “U S Route 1,” “Fun Stuff” and “Cruizin'” (their theme song). To learn more, visit cruizinband.com.

Dave Keller Band and Mo’ Sax Horns to play

BELLOWS FALLS — Stone Church Arts presents The Dave Keller Band and the Mo’ Sax Horns at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at 20 Church St., Bellows Falls. Tickets in advance are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, and $45 for premium, reserved seats. At the door, tickets will be $25 general admission and $20 for seniors. Information and advance tickets are available in person at Village Square Booksellers on the Square in Bellows Falls, by phone at (802) 460-0110, and online at www.stonechurcharts.org.

Craft Tour will include Putney, Saxtons River

PUTNEY – Putney will celebrates Craft, Culinary and Performance Weekend, highlighted by a free Putney Craft Tour. The Top Ten Vermont Winter Event, for Year of the Arts 2017, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 24, 25 and 26. The tour features blacksmiths, glass blowers, potters, jewelers, weavers, woodworkers – even artisan cheese makers and custom bike makers. One-of-a-kind gifts will be available direct from the artisan who made it. Part of the fun is meandering through the Vermont countryside, following the map to find the prominent craftspeople and view the works where they are conceived and created. All studios are within a 12-mile radius of Putney and Saxtons River, Vermont. Visitors may start at The Gleanery Restaurant, 133 Main St. for a preview exhibition of the artisans’ works, and to pick up maps. Admission to the tour is free. The tour will also raise funds for the Putney Foodshelf for the fourth year, an effort started by Nancy Calicchio, an artist on the tour. For information, visit www.putneycrafts.com, call (802) 387-4032 or email prime@svcable.net.

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