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Friday, December 1, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Sabra Field Lecture Hall (Room 125)

The annual Visual AIDS’ Day With(out) Art Video Series offers seven video works, each seven minutes long, that highlight the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis. This year’s program places particular emphasis on those marginalized within broader Black communities nationwide, including queer and trans populations. Part of the Fridays at the Museum series. Free

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Friday, December 1, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 7:30 PM


Wright Memorial Theatre

Please note: there will no longer be a Saturday 2:00 PM matinee for this production.

In this play by Will Eno, the strange beauty of life and its sometimes unbearable weight are considered with a screwball lyricism. Directed by Alex Draper ’88. Talkback with the cast and crew after the Friday evening show. Approximate running time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, including intermission. This play contains themes of power-based violence, ableism, racism, drug and alcohol use, and discussion of suicide. A Theatre Program event. Tickets: $15 General public/$12 Midd ID holders/$6 Midd students

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Imani Winds

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Long requested by Middlebury students, and extolled by the Washington Post as “exuding a sultry sophistication,” the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds are renowned for their dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, and adventurous collaborations. Their program “Classically Improvised” includes arrangements of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, a Piazzola tango, classical woodwind quintet repertoire, and more. A Nelson Series event. A Performing Arts Series event. Tickets: $28 General public/$22 Midd ID holders/$10 Youth (18 and under)/$6 Midd students; PASS Members $22 General public/$16 Midd ID holders/$5 Midd students. Approximate running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes including 1 intermission. More about this event>>

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Photo Matt Murphy

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Fall Dance Concert

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

This dynamic evening of ideas in motion showcases choreography by emerging student dance artists at the intermediate and advanced levels, and the annual Newcomers’ Piece, choreographed this year by Artist in Residence Julian Barnett. The evening is directed by Barnett in collaboration with the choreographers. A Dance Program event. Tickets: $15 General public/$12 Midd ID holders/$6 Midd students; on sale November 13

Roxy Adviento '18, photo Alan Kimara Dixon

Friday, December 1, 2017 to Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Story of Art: Gifts and Bequests from Charles Moffett ’67 and Lucinda Herrick

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery

This exhibition, organized by Assistant Professor of History of Art Carrie Anderson and her students, tells a story of artistic production from its conception to its afterlife. The eclectic selection of drawings, photographs, paintings, and sculpture comes from the generous gifts of Impressionist scholar and alumnus Charles S. Moffett ’67 and Lucinda Herrick. Museum hours >> Free

Adolf Hiremy-Hirschl (Hungarian, 1860–1933), Study of a Figure Walking Away, c. 1895, chalk on paper, 20 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches. Gift of Charles S. Moffett ’67

Friday, December 1, 2017 to Sunday, December 10, 2017

Land and Lens: Photographers Envision the Environment

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

Photographs drawn primarily from the museum’s rich holdings make up this comprehensive survey of photography and the environment, presenting some 70 images through the lens of environmental appreciation, concern, or activism. Professor Kirsten Hoving and her students have produced an innovative and comprehensive digital catalogue of the exhibition. Museum hours >> Free

James Balog, Greenland Ice Sheet, 28 June 2009, Adam LeWinter Surveys Birthday Canyon, 2009, chromogenic color print on paper. Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Fine Arts Acquisition Fund. 2015.006

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 3:00 PM
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 8:00 PM


Sunderland Language Center, Dana Auditorium

Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) struggles with grief and anger as she attempts to comfort her children, renew her faith, and make her husband’s death meaningful. The Hollywood Reporter calls it “a shattering reflection on loss and legacy.” Following both screenings, Middlebury’s own Assistant Professor of Film and Media Culture David Miranda Hardy will facilitate a conversation about the film, on which he served as Sound Designer. Miranda will discuss both the specifics of the film’s use of sound, and the larger context of the film’s take on history, memory, and representation in the context of director Pablo Larrain’s work. A Hirschfield International Film Series event. Free

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble: Monk & Dizzy @ 100!

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

The Sound Investment celebrates the centennials of two of the giants of jazz: Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. The program features their original compositions as well as standards they loved to play. Certain to be a special evening. Dick Forman, director. A Music Department event. Free

Photo Anastasiya Prokhorenko ’19

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

The Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble (also known as MiddWinds) has a special offering this season. Ken Weston has written another fine arrangement of a work by Verdi—the Prelude to I Masnadieri—and its performance will feature his daughter Alice as euphonium soloist.  Also on the program: music by Clifton Williams, Duke Ellington, and a salute to Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, which closed in 2017 after 146 years of operation.  Jerome Shedd conducts. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Department of Music. Free

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The Music of 209

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Students in Su Lian Tan’s Music I course perform original compositions in a semester-end celebration of their work. A Music Department event. Free

Photo Josep Molina

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Dance Master Class with Michelle Gibson

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Michelle N. Gibson’s work is firmly rooted in her own “New Orleans Second Line Aesthetic” that involves improvised movement, defined footwork, brass band music, and the embrace of communal ritual. The class structure includes history, theory, technique and practice. Explore the NOLA essence reflected in voice, facial expression, body language, and eye contact. Open to all abilities and experiences. Free

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Improvisation Showing

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

An informal evening of dance experiments by the new batch of choreographers emerging from the Improvisational Practices course, facilitated by Laurel Jenkins. Live music by Michael Chorney, Ron Rost, Matthew Taylor, and Peter Hamlin. Live light design by Jennifer Ponder. Free

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 5:00 PM

DCM Works in Progress Showing

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

The Dance Company of Middlebury presents excerpts from Native + Stranger, under development for performance in January. Free

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Film and Media Culture Fall Screening

Sunderland Language Center, Dana Auditorium

Join the Department of Film and Media Culture for an evening showcasing student work produced in Sight and Sound II and 3D Computer Animation. Free

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Jazz Showcase

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

Some of the College’s top jazz instrumentalists and singers will present selections from their term’s work.  It’s a celebration of the music that’s been called America’s National Treasure.  Free

Photo Anastasiya Prokhorenko ‘19

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Jim Blair, “The Past is Prologue”

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

In 1970 Blair photographed the relatively “new” issue of ecological crisis for National Geographic magazine. He has continued to cover the topic all over the planet. Using photographs from many stories he discusses “how we have made some progress but are still always playing catch up.” Part of the Fridays at the Museum series. Free

*Please note this event replaces the previously publicized Contemplative Coloring session at the same date/time.

Photo: James P. Blair, Clear Cutting in Sequoia National Forest, California, 1970

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Presence as Performance with Karima Borni

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

In this workshop, participants investigate the cultivation of embodied presence with techniques drawn from Butoh and other somatic dance traditions. Learn to access your body using exercises that develop attention, sensitivity, curiosity, self-inquiry, and refinement. Dancers are encouraged to disappear into the task at hand, foster their own creativity, and cultivate enriched performance skills. Open to movers of all levels. Free

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Vocal Recital

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Students of affiliate artists Carol Christensen, Susanne Peck, and Beth Thompson cap off a semester of vocal study with an evening of songs and arias. Accompanied by affiliate artist Cynthia Huard, piano. A Music Department event. Free

Miguel Castillo ’18, photo Anastasiya Prokhorenko ’19

Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 4:00 PM
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas

Mead Memorial Chapel

Modeled after the longstanding European tradition, this annual program includes Bible readings of Advent and Christmas and carols performed by the College Choir and Collegium under the direction of Jeffrey Buettner. Middlebury College Chaplain Laurie Jordan will lead the service. Donations are collected for area charities. A Music Department event.

Photo Trent Campbell

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