PUTNEY – Twilight Music continues its 19th Twilight on the Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, zydeco, Celtic, rock and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday July 3 with zydeco sextet Planet Zydeco. Co-presented with Next Stage Arts Project, the four-concert series continues on Sundays, July 17 (Cary Morin) and July 31 (The Stockwell Brothers).
Planet Zydeco captures the essence of traditional accordion-driven rural-style dance music as it is played in clubs and dance halls in Southwest Louisiana today. The band plays a popular mix of up-tempo songs, as well as slower blues-inspired numbers and traditional waltzes, to enthusiastic audiences throughout the Northeast.
New England-based Planet Zydeco features Cannon Labrie (accordion, vocals), Nick Keil (electric guitar, vocals), Alan Bradbury (bass, vocals), Jack Ezicovich (drums), Michelle Kaminsky (fiddle) and Bonita Weissman ( scrubber).
All concerts start at 6 p.m. in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at the Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. Admission is free (donations are accepted) and food will be available; call 802-387-5772 or go online to nextstagearts.org
Maya Deren, Ukrainian surrealist
BRATTLEBORO — Four short films by Maya Deren, the Ukrainian-born artist and writer whose work is widely credited with starting the avant-garde film movement in America, will screen at Epsilon Spires at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 . The soundtrack will be performed by musician Rob Schwimmer on piano, theremin and a tactile synthesizer called Haken Continuum.
Deren was born in Kyiv in 1917 and fled with her family five years later to escape anti-Semitic violence during the formation of the Soviet Union. She earned degrees in journalism and literature before buying a Bolex camera with an inheritance she received from her father’s death. Deren’s first film, Afternoon Meshes, won the International Grand Prix for 16mm Experimental Film at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival and is considered the first American avant-garde film to contain a narrative. .
Broadway’s Andrea McArdle
MANCHESTER — Andrea McArdle, who rose to fame as the Broadway original Annie, will perform at the Arkell Pavilion at the Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC) at 8 p.m. on Wednesday July 6 as part of the ‘Broaway in Vermont’ concert series hosted by Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff.
McArdle, who was the youngest performer ever nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, won Theater World and Outer Critics’ Circle Awards for her performance. On Broadway, she originated the roles of Ashley in “Starlight Express” and Margy in “State Fair”, and she was seen as Belle in “Beauty and the Beast” and as Fantine in “Les Miserables”.
In “Confessions of a Broadway Baby,” McArdle will mesmerize audiences with the music of legends Stephen Sondheim, Kander and Ebb, Jerry Herman, Johnny Mercer, and Charles Strouse, to name a few. She tells the stories of her unique life on the stage, and she sings masterpieces like only this super talent can.
“The Joy of the Righteous”
ROCHESTER – “There are all kinds of justice… But give me the justice of Aunt Ella Reikert, the time she was chased off the road by the preacher’s wife. The Bald Mountain Theater presents “The Joy of the Just” by John Gardner at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, July 7 and 8, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 at Spice Studio.
When elderly Aunt Ella becomes embroiled in a battle of wills with the new preacher and discovers no one believes or cares about her side of the story, she takes the issue of God’s punishment into her own hands. One of Gardner’s finest short stories, author of “Grendel and Vlempk the Box Painter,” “The Joy of the Just” will be adapted and performed by master reader and art director Ethan Bowen.
Bowen will be accompanied by pianist Susan Bushnell and a mini church choir. The featured hymns will not only provide atmosphere, but also witty and ironic commentary on the events of the story.
WEST RUTLAND — The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center has announced that in honor of the organization’s 35th anniversary, an anonymous donor is offering special opportunities to residents of Vermont. A discounted rate is available for two people to attend hands-on workshops in July using ancient sculpting materials.
From Assyrian relief carving to 21st century art objects, alabaster has been prized for its ease of carving, as well as for its stunning beauty. Nora Valdez will lead an exploration of working with this wonderful stone in “Carving Alabaster” from July 11-15.
It’s easy to imagine prehistoric people finding and improving shapes in natural wood forms. “Wood Sculpture: Reshaping Trees, Logs and Branches” with Bill Woolf, July 18-22, examines the artistic possibilities of a material that surrounds us.