February 11, Wednesday

Dinner and Conversation with Friends

6:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

The pre-performance dinner is back by popular demand! Before settling into the Concert Hall for an evening of piano music by Steven Osborne, join fellow concertgoers for a meal and a creative conversation about the arts in our community. Meet friends or make new ones at this catered buffet dinner. Tickets: $25. Go to the online box office>>


February 11, Wednesday

Steven Osborne, piano

7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Recently recognized as Instrumentalist of the Year by both the Royal Philharmonic Society and Gramophone magazine, Steven Osborne is renowned for his idiomatic approach to a wide variety of repertoire from the mainstream classical works of Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms to the rarefied worlds of Messiaen, Tippett, and Britten. His much-anticipated return to Middlebury features a performance of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier sonata. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Reserved seating. Tickets: $25/20/6. Go to the online box office>>

Photo Benjamin Ealovega

February 13, Friday (through April 19)

Outside In: Art of the Street

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Christian A. Johnson Memorial Gallery

From outlaw status to the auction room, street art has become a global phenomenon. Its major practitioners—JR, Banksy, and Shepard Fairey, to name a few—have achieved rock-star recognition. This exhibition presents the graphic art of 19 street artists whose prestige has carried them from urban legend into high-profile international art museums and galleries. Free

Shepard Fairey (American, b. 1970), Occupy Protestor, 2012, screenprint on paper, 24 x 18 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Foster Family Art Acquisition Fund, 2012.009


February 14, Saturday

Frances Ha

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Director/writer Noah Baumbach creates a modern comic fable that explores friendship, class, ambition, failure, and redemption through the trials of a young dancer named Frances (Greta Gerwig). The film is both a timeless story of the joys and sorrow of youth and a dead-on portrait of one particular New York woman. “A small miracle of a movie, honest and funny with an aim that’s true”—Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Noah Baumbach, USA, 2012, 86 minutes) Free

February 18, Wednesday

Nathaniel Nesmith, Department of Theatre, “Oral History: Contributions and Connections of Theatre to the Civil Rights Movement.”

4:30 PM, The Orchard (Room 103), The Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

Presented as part of the Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series. Free





February 19, Thursday

Exhibition Opening and Gallery Talk

4:30 PM, Middlebury College Museum of Art

Cocurators Chris Murray and Emmie Donadio discuss the range of artists and the provocative practices surveyed in the newest exhibition at the Museum of Art. Free

OutsideIn Street Art Shepard Fairey Obama Hope




February 19, Thursday

McLeod Kredell Architects

Moving Toward Architecture for All

7:00 PM, Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Is it possible to make architecture for all? Is it a worthwhile goal? What does it even mean? Architects John McLeod and Stephen Kredell present their firm’s work to date, their teaching, and their community-based design/build program in Maine. They will also discuss their latest thinking about the role of architects and architecture. McLeod and Kredell both teach in Middlebury’s Architectural Studies Program. Free

Pictured: McLeod Kredell Architects: Foote Farm House, Cornwall, Vermont

February 19 (through February 24)

Painting in Water-Based Media

Johnson Memorial Building

An exhibition of paintings in water-based media from visiting professor Jenny Kemp’s class, including watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and ink. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free


February 20, Friday

Kinobe: Music from Uganda

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Herbert Kinobe (pronounced “Chin-O-bay”) is a gifted Ugandan multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer known for his inspired synthesis of African roots and global fusion. He has performed all over the African continent and the world, studying and playing with celebrated musicians including Toumani Diabate, Youssou N'dour, Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Oliver Mtukudzi, and Baaba Maal. Kinobe’s  latest CD Searching for Survival was recorded in Uganda with his band WAMU SPIRIT and released in spring 2013. Kinobe is a World Ambassador for the Harmony Foundation (Canada), supporting their important work on environmental protection and social development, and improving the lives of children and their families around the world. At Middlebury he performs with four musical collaborators in this lead-up event for the upcoming Nile Project. Sponsored by the Mahaney Center for the Arts, the Performing Arts Series, the Arts Council, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. Free


February 24, Tuesday

NER Out Loud

7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

In the tradition of public radio's Selected Shorts, enjoy this evening of original prose and poetry from the New England Review literary magazine, read aloud by Middlebury College students. A partnership between the Mahaney Center for the Arts, the Oratory Society, and the New England Review. Join the readers and organizers for a "s'more readings" reception after the event. Free


February 26, Thursday

Faculty Dance Concert

8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

The Dance Program offers an introduction and welcome to the multifaceted talents of our new faculty members Tzveta Kassabova, Trebien Pollard, and Scotty Hardwig, joined by Christal Brown. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale February 9. Go to the online box office>>

Pictured: Tzveta Kassabova, photo Lillian Cho

February 28, Saturday

Something in the Air

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours, Paris je t’aime) directs a vibrantly crafted story of a young man’s artistic awakening in the politically turbulent and increasingly dangerous French student movement of the late ’60s and early ’70s. “Free of nostalgia and not overly critical in hindsight, it captures the immediacy of youth in hugely endearing fashion”—Dave Calhoun, Time Out. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Olivier Assayas, France, 2012, 122 minutes) Free


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