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October 2, Wednesday

Angelique Kidjo and Damascus Kafumbe in Conversation

4:30 PM, McCullough Social Space

Grammy Award-winning artist and social advocate Angelique Kidjo will join Middlebury faculty member Damascus Kafumbe in conversation on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in the McCullough Social Space at Middlebury College. The discussion will serve as the 2013-2014 John Hamilton Fulton Lecture in the Liberal Arts. The lecture is free and open to the public, with seating priority granted to Middlebury ID holders. 

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October 3, Thursday

Angelique Kidjo in Concert

8:00 PM, Nelson Recreation Center
 
A Grammy winner (Best Contemporary World Music Album) for her 2007 release "Djin Djin," Kidjo has been called “Africa’s premier diva” by Time magazine and “the undisputed queen of African music” by the Daily Telegraph of London. Her music is recognized for its diverse influences and infusion of energy, drawing upon Afropop, Congolese rumba, jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel and Latin style to create a repertoire uniquely her own. Kidjo has collaborated with a number of music’s leading recording artists, including Peter Gabriel, Bono, Alicia Keys and Branford Marsalis, and has played sold-out venues around the globe. Ticket prices are $5 for students with a valid ID from any college or university, $10 for Middlebury faculty and staff, and $20 for the general public. Buy tickets>>
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October 4, Friday

Dayve Huckett, guitar

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

Affiliate Artist Dayve Huckett and special guests create an evening of original music mixed with a wide range of cover material by many artists, making for an enjoyable evening of song with a casual vibe. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Orah Moore

 

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October 5, Saturday

Tomboy

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

When 10-year-old Laure moves with her father, mother, and little sister to a new neighborhood at the start of summer, she is mistaken for a boy and consequently takes on a new identity as Mikael. Director Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies) explores the divides between sex and gender as she “edges around her characters attractively . . . gently harnessing them to her low-key realism”—Manhola Dargis, New York Times. In French with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Department of French as part of the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Céline Sciamma, France, 2011, 82 minutes) Free

 
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October 5, Saturday

Anne Janson, flute

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

This special and unique performance of works for flute includes Vermont Counterpoint by Steve Reich and Poem by Charles Griffes. Projected images of paintings from the Hudson River Valley School accompany the performance, courtesy of the Middlebury College Department of History of Art and Architecture. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

October 7, Monday

Gyrokinesis Master Class with Sarah Lustbader

2:50–4:15 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

GYROKINESIS®, a somatic technique developed by Juliu Horvath, systematically and gently works the joints and muscles through rhythmic, fluid movements. Sarah Lustbader has worked with dance faculty member Catherine Cabeen since 2009. Open to all levels. Offered in conjunction with the week-long residency with dance company Catherine Cabeen-Hyphen. Free

 

October 8, Tuesday

Ballet Master Class with Karena Birk

9:30–10:45 AM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 109

Karena Birk MFA has worked with Catherine Cabeen since 2010. Open to all levels. Offered in conjunction with the week-long residency with dance company Catherine Cabeen-Hyphen. Free

 

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October 8, Tuesday (through October 15)

Line in Space: Just a Corner of Your Memory Palace

Johnson Memorial Building

Students from Sanford Mirling’s fall class, Sculpture I: Communicating in Three Dimensions, exhibit works that focus on the limitless, form-making possibilities of welded-steel rod. While tackling elemental aesthetic issues of balance, volume, perspective, and scale, each sculpture provides a glimpse into the artist’s own personal narrative. As a collection, these pieces represent earnest experiments in translating two dimensions into three and memories into new realities. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Work by Robbie Seltzer ’15, untitled

 


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October 9, Wednesday

Movement Invention and Collaboration

12:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

In this lecture/demonstration, Catherine Cabeen and members of Hyphen perform excerpts from their upcoming performances and discuss the collaborative process. Bring a bag lunch. Residency activities are made possible by the Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts. See full schedule at go.middlebury.edu/hyphen13. Free

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Pictured: Catherine Cabeen, photo Julietta Cervantes

 

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October 9, Wednesday

Art Conservation Challenges at the Shelburne Museum

Rick Kerschner and Nancie Ravenel ’86

4:30 PM, Twilight Auditorium

Rick Kerschner, Director of Preservation and Conservation, and Nancie Ravenel ’86, Objects Conservator will discuss art conservation challenges at Shelburne Museum.  This talk is given in conjunction with Richard Saunders and Sarah Laursen’s History of Art and Architecture class HARC  0248: Gold, Sex, and Death at the Museum. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Committee on the Arts, and the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Free

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October 10, Thursday

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 Imogen Cooper, join fellow concertgoers for dinner and a creative conversation about the arts in our community. Tickets: $25. Go to the Box Office>>

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October 10, Thursday

Imogen Cooper, piano

7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Recognized worldwide as a pianist of virtuosity and poetic poise, Imogen Cooper has established a reputation as one of the finest performers of the classical repertoire. Cooper’s epic Middlebury program features Schubert’s three final piano sonatas, opuses 958–960. “Imogen Cooper has shown herself to be one of the interpretative élite . . . and one of the finest Schubertians in the world”—International Record Review. Due to the extended nature of this program, please note the early start time; complimentary refreshments will be served during the two intermissions. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6.  Go to the Box Office>>

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Photo Benjamin Ealovega

 

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October 10 - 12, Thursday - Saturday

18th Annual First Years Production: Life Under 30

8:00 PM each evening, plus a 10:30 PM late show on Friday only, Hepburn Zoo Theatre

Danielle needs work advice, Ike and Terry contemplate death at the grocery store, Mel and Billy are dysfunctional friends, Rex the Mex has a theory as to what causes cancer, and Charlene wants that promotion—badly. Life Under 30, an evening of ten minute plays exploring the issues of, well, what happens after college. Directed by Lisa Velten Smith. Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Tickets: $4  Go to the Box Office>>

 

 

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October 11, Friday

Mummy Mysteries: The Story behind Ancient Egyptian Mummies and Artifacts in Small Museums and Universities

12:15 PM, Middlebury College Museum of Art

Melinda Nelson-Hurst of Tulane University presents the latest research into the history of ancient Egyptian collections from around the U.S., including those from New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Middlebury. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch in the lobby. Presented as part of the series Off the Wall: Informal Discussions about Art. Sponsored by the Museum of Art, Director of the Arts, Committee on the Arts, and Departments of History of Art and Architecture and History. Lunch is provided. $5 donation suggested; free to College ID cardholders

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October 11–12, Friday–Saturday

Catherine Cabeen—Hyphen

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

Hyphen is a contemporary dance company anchored in the choreography of dance faculty member Catherine Cabeen. Join us for an evening of interdisciplinary collaboration, investigating how collaboration can be used to build new movement vocabularies—shifting intersections of language, sound, color, emotion, and love—arising from the dancing body. “Highly kinetic, complex movement . . . visually exquisite . . . beautifully performed”—New York Times. Stay for post-performance discussions with the artists both evenings. See associated event October 9.  Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and the Dance Program. Tickets: $20/15/6.  Go to the Box Office>>

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Pictured: Catherine Cabeen in Composites, photo by Paulo T Photography


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October 12, Saturday

Kon-Tiki

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

In order to prove that pre-Columbian South Americans could have crossed the sea and settled in the Polynesian islands, Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl traversed the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947. Kon-Tiki dramatizes Heyerdahl’s 4,300-mile journey, with powerful visuals that range from “flying fish, electric eels that light up in the nocturnal waters, or simply the rapturously beautiful panoramic view of the tiny craft as a speck on the vast oceanscape”—Roger Ebert. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series(Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, UK/Norway/ Denmark/ Germany/ Sweden, 2012, 118 minutes) Free

 

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October 14, Monday

Lasyam: An Evening of Indian Classical Dance

7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

World-renowned artist Sasikala Penumarthi and her students from the Academy of Kuchipudi Dance, in Atlanta, Georgia, perform an array of dances in the south-Indian classical style of Kuchipudi. Sponsored by the Department of Religion, Dance Program, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Program in South Asian Studies, Director of the Arts, and Department of History of Art and Architecture. Free

Pictured: Kuchipudi artist Sasikala Penumarthi

 

 

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October 15, Tuesday

Remaking Cinema with Home Movies

4:30 PM, Axinn Center, Room 232

A lecture by Rick Prelinger, archivist, writer, and filmmaker, and founder of Prelinger Archives, a collection of 60,000 advertising, educational, industrial and amateur films. Sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Culture.  Free

 

 

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October 16, Wednesday

Collecting Chinese Art at the Metropolitan Museum:
Jason Sun

4:30 PM, Twilight Auditorium

Dr. Jason Sun, Curator of Chinese Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art will discuss Collecting Chinese art at the Metropolitan Museum. This talk is given in conjunction with Richard Saunders and Sarah Laursen’s History of Art and Architecture class HARC  0248: Gold, Sex, and Death at the Museum. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Committee on the Arts, and the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Free

 

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October 24, Thursday

Master Class: Compas de Nicaragua 

9:30-10:45 AM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Compas (Friends) de Nicaragua supports sustainable community development projects through work with a women’s group in Managua called “Women in Action,” and a farmer’s cooperative in La Paz, Nicaragua called, “Brothers and Sisters in Union.” They also organize several service trips each year which bring students and professionals to Nicaragua to work side by side with Nicaraguan partners. Limited space is available for this master class. Free, donations accepted.

 

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October 24, Thursday

The Photo Book and the Camera Animal: Dayanita Singh’s House of Love

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

Lecture by Ajay Sinha, professor of art, Mount Holyoke College: Indian photographer Dayanita Singh is known for her documentary work and hauntingly beautiful images of interiors. Her recent work moves away from using single images to using seemingly random arrangements of images in photo books. Singh’s book House of Love (2011) disturbs traditional expectations of seeing a fixed reality, suggesting that her camera no longer functions as her artistic medium. Cosponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Director of the Arts, and South Asian Studies Program. Free
Pictured: Ajay Sinha


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October 25, Friday

The Eternal Monk: The Middlebury Museum’s Late-Gothic Statue of Saint Barbara

12:15 PM, Middlebury College Museum of Art

Madeline Firestone ’13 returns to campus to present her recent research on the museum’s sculpture of Saint Barbara in the context of medieval surrogacy, devotion, and ways of seeing. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch in the lobby. Presented as part of the series Off the Wall: Informal Discussions about Art. Sponsored by the Museum of Art, Department of History of Art and Architecture, and Committee on the Arts. Lunch is provided. $5 donation suggested; free to College ID cardholders

Pictured: Anonymous (French), Figure of Saint Barbara, 16th century, stone, H. 40 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by the Fine Arts Acquisition Fund, 2012.006

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October 25, Friday

The Arts in the Media

4:30 PM, Dana Auditorium

Jeffrey Brown, chief correspondent for arts, culture, and society at PBS NewsHour, and author, poet, and Middlebury professor Jay Parini interview each other on Samuel Beckett, books, the arts, and the media. This event is presented as part of the Theatre Program's Cascando Project. See associated events on Saturday at 4:30 PM and Sunday at 4:00 PM. Free


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October 25, Friday

Cocoon

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

Inspired by the popular storytelling organization The Moth comes a special evening of true stories told live and without notes. The diverse range of stories will be told around the theme "metamorphosis." This community-wide event is produced by the creators of Middlebury College's famed student storytelling organization The Middlebury MothUP. A reception with the storytellers follows. Sponsored by the Mahaney Center for the Arts and Committee on the Arts. Tickets: $10/8/5. Buy tickets>>

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 *THIS EVENT CANCELED-- see replacement film below
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October 26, Saturday

The Grandmaster

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

Director Wong Kar-wai (Chungking Express, As Tears Go By) recounts the story of real-life martial-arts master Ip Man, Bruce Lee’s trainer and a master of Wing Chun. This visually stunning film offers a new take on a stock genre: “It’s a melancholy romance at heart, but punctuated in this case with long and meticulously choreographed sequences of gravity-defying martial arts”—Tim Robey, The Guardian. In Chinese with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. (Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong/ China/ US, 2013, 123 minutes) Free. *Please note: this screening has been canceled due to a shift in the film's release date.  Instead, the Hirschfield Series will screen A Touch of Sin.  See listing below.

 

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October 26, Saturday

A Touch of Sin

3:00 and 8:00 PM, Dana Auditorium

A four-part story, inspired by real life events, about loosely connected individuals whose lives are touched by violence or death. This latest film from internationally acclaimed director Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life) focuses on the violent impact, and hefty human sacrifice, enacted by the Chinese economic boom on its own citizens.  “An angry, painful, satirical lunge into what the director clearly sees as the dark heart of modern China” –Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series in lieu of the previously scheduled film The Grandmaster. Free

 

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October 26, Saturday

A Concert/Conversation on Collaboration

4:30 PM, Mahaney Center of the Arts, Room 221

Cellist Maya Beiser and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang discuss their work together on " World to Come",  commissioned for Ms. Beiser by Carnegie Hall.  Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Free

 

 

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October 27, Sunday

The True Story of Peter and the Wolf

2:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra presents its second-annual Halloween family event. This kid-friendly woodwind quintet concert includes an introduction of the instruments and several seasonally spooky selections. The highlight of the performance is an arrangement of Prokofiev’s classic Peter and the Wolf with special guest narrator, music professor Peter Hamlin ’73. Audience members young and old are invited to come in costume for a parade. Sponsored by the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Tickets: $8 adults; $6 seniors and children; $16 families (up to 5 people).  Go to the Box Office>>

 

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October 27, Sunday

Cascando

4:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

A workshop exploration of Samuel Beckett’s Cascando, a rarely produced short radio play originally subtitled “a radiophonic invention for music and voice.” An important 20th century work, Cascando investigates the nature of creativity as well as its pleasures and agonies. The audience is invited to attend an intimate staged reading of the play in an informal salon setting, and then discuss the work with director Dare Clubb, composer David Lang, cellist Maya Beiser, and performers Jeffrey Brown and theatre professor Alex Draper '88. Following the discussion, a second iteration of the performance offers a unique opportunity for further conversation and conviviality.  Sponsored by the Theatre Program. Free

 


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October 29, Tuesday

Behind-the-Scenes Lunch and Discussion: Vinegar Tom

12:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

Join director Cheryl Faraone, musical director Carol Christensen, and the cast and crew of Vinegar Tom for a sneak preview and backstage look at the process of building this provocative show about misogyny, torture, and songs. For mature audiences.Vinegar Tom contains mature subject matter. There are some disturbing scenes of violence against women.  $5 donation suggested; free to College ID cardholders

Pictured: Howard Pyle, Arresting a Witch, 1883

 

 

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October 29, Tuesday

Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

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

Twenty-year-old pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is already internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and profound interpretations. Gramophone named him 2012 Young Artist of the Year. Renowned for his distinctive sound, Grosvenor is described as “poetic and gently ironic, brilliant yet clear-minded, intelligent but not without humor, all translated through a beautifully clear and singing touch”—The Independent. In his Vermont debut, Grosvenor performs works by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Mompou, Medtner, Ravel, and Gounod/Liszt. Professor Greg Vitercik, chair of the music department, offers a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 PM in Room 125. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $20/15/6.  Go to the Box Office>>

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Photo Sussie Ahlburg

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October 29, Tuesday (through November 6)

Pinhole Photography

Johnson Memorial Building

These images are made by direct contact with 4-by-5-inch negatives that are exposed in cameras of the students’ own design and construction. No lens is used; the aperture is a hole 1/50th of an inch in diameter; exposures range from several seconds to hours. Pinhole photographs are pure photographic expression. Sponsored by the Program in Studio Art. Free

Pictured: Sarah Briggs ’15, pinhole photo, 4 x 4 1/2 inches

 

 *THIS EVENT CANCELED
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October 31, Thursday

Middlebury College Orchestra Halloween Concert

Andrew Massey, conductor

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

Andrew Massey conducts the Middlebury College Orchestra in a light-hearted concert featuring Saint-Saens’s Danse Macabre, Chopin’s Funeral March, the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and other spooktakular works. Audience members in costume are particularly welcome. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Photo Brett Simison


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October 31–November 2, Thursday–Saturday

Vinegar Tom

7:30 PM each evening and 2:00 PM on Saturday only, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

Vinegar Tom is a play with songs and a play with subversive intent—a cabaret about hanging witches. Written by Caryl Churchill; directed by Cheryl Faraone. For mature audiences. Vinegar Tom contains mature subject matter. There are some disturbing scenes of violence against women. Sponsored by the Theatre Program.  Approx. run time 95 minutes, no intermission. Tickets: $12/10/6; on sale October 14.  Go to the Box Office>>

Pictured: Howard Pyle, Arresting a Witch, 1883



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