2018-01-31 / Arts and Entertainment


Antje Duvekot and 
Beaucoup Blue perform

PUTNEY - Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music will present award-winning contemporary folk singer/songwriter Antje Duvekot and Philadelphia-based, Americana and acoustic blues duo Beaucoup Blue at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney.  
Duvekot is a German-born, American-raised singer/songwriter whose songs have been critically praised for their hard-won wisdom, dark-eyed realism and street-smart romanticism.  Her bicultural upbringing and relative newness to English have helped shape her unique way with a song, giving her a startlingly original poetic palette. She has won some of the top songwriting awards including the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the Kerrville Folk Festival Best New Folk Award and the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act. 
Beaucoup Blue, the father and son team of David and Adrian Mowry, features two soulful voices and acoustic slide guitar virtuosity.  From blues to bluegrass, their traditional and contemporary styles mesh into an innovative and authentic sound. During their years together as a duo they have received numerous awards including Grand Prize Winner of the Billboard Magazine World Song-Writing Contest, and the Grand Prize Winner of the Telluride Blues & Brews Acoustic Competition.  Songs from their four albums “Out Of The Woodwork,” “Hearts At Home,” “Free To Fall” and “Elixir” have placed in the top 40 on AMA’s Americana, Roots, & Folk radio charts. 
Tickets are $20 advance, or $22 at the door. For information, call (802) 387-0102.  Advance tickets are available at www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and Putney Food Co-Op in Putney.   

Yellow Barn presents
poetry, theater, music
PUTNEY — Yellow Barn will welcome a duo of alums, violinist Brigid Coleridge and pianist Lee Dionne, for a residency weaving free-verse poetry from Christopher Logue’s War Music with physical theater and music for violin and piano. The two will culminate their residency with an evening performance from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Next Stage, Putney. 
In 1959, BBC Radio Producer and classicist Donald Carne-Ross asked British modernist poet Christopher Logue to translate a section of the Iliad for a radio segment. There was one problem—Logue did not speak Greek. Carne-Ross, having known this all along, was hoping for much more than a literal translation. Logue went on to make the story of the Iliad his own.
Dionne and Coleridge bring past experience with education and theater to their residency, as well as their many summers at Yellow Barn. Coleridge previously has explored the theatrical possibilities of performance, combining her experience as a violinist with her experience as an actor and theatrical director during her earlier studies. As chamber musician and educator, Dionne is a member of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect.
Created in 2008 by Artistic Director Seth Knopp, Yellow Barn’s Artist Residencies program is first retreat in the U.S. created specifically for professional, performing musicians.
The event lasts approximately 70 minutes, and concludes with an open discussion between musicians and audience members. Tickets are $18 ($16 for seniors, $9 for students), available online at www.yellowbarn.org and by phone at (802) 387-6637. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged for guaranteed admission. Yellow Barn’s residency season continues through June 2018.

CBC to screen Sundance 
film on Wendell Berry

CAVENDISH — Cavendish Baptist Church will host a 7 p.m. screening on. Friday, Feb. 9 of the award-winning Sundance documentary “Look & See,” a powerful cinematic portrait of Wendell Berry — farmer, activist, and undoubtedly one of America’s most significant living writers. In 1965, Berry returned home to Henry County, where he bought a small farmhouse and began a life of farming, writing and teaching.  This lifelong relationship with the land and community would form the core of his prolific writings. A half century later Henry County, like many rural communities across America, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt - all of which have frayed the fabric of rural communities. Writing from a long wooden desk beneath a 40-paned window, Berry has watched this struggle unfold, becoming one its most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life.
Robert Redford, Terrence Malick, and Nick Offerman served as producers on “Look & See,” which, following its award-winning 2016 premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, was retitled, updated to reflect the conversations that have emerged since the election, and re-released at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
The film is free, due to a grant from the Cavendish Community Fund. Donations for refreshments will be accepted for the Cavendish Fire Dept. Emergency Shelter Initiative. 
For more information and to view the trailer, visit http://www.lookandseefilm.com.

Rock River Players 
present annual cabaret

WILLIAMSVILLE — The Rock River Players will present their second annual cabaret Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10 at the South Newfane Schoolhouse on Dover Road in South Newfane.
Singers, instrumentalists, dancers, actors, writers and raconteurs are all welcome to submit acts to be featured in the two-act café-style event.
For more information, contact director Annie Landenberger at verbatimvt@gmail.com or (802) 451-6283.
Rock River Players is a nonprofit little theatre home-based in Williamsville, Vermont. The South Newfane Schoolhouse is their winter home.

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