Performance Notes, Aug. 6

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Artist to give virtual studio tour

Artist John Gibson will give a free tour of his studio in a virtual event presented by the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

The event will take place via Zoom and Facebook live at 7:30 p.m. Aug.13.

For more than 30 years, Gibson has focused primarily on paintings of balls, often decorated with dots or stripes. "I paint balls because they are the most fundamentally different thing from the flat surface of a painting that I can think of," Gibson said in a statement. "Every day, I try to wring a 'real' ball out of a flat surface, and every day I can't quite do it. In the good paintings, there is some residue of that effort, and in the best paintings, there is a lot. In many ways, the subject of these paintings — at least for me — is just that residue: a wish for something that cannot be had, a version of a ball overlaid with desire."

A socially distanced camera operator will follow Gibson through his studio, livestreaming the event. Afterward, museum director Danny Lichtenfeld will interview Gibson via Zoom and take questions from the virtual audience.

His installation, now on display in the museum window bays, is called "Jazz."

The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center is in the historic Union Station at the intersection of Main Street and routes 119 and 142. The museum is wheelchair accessible.

The livestream can be accessed through the museum's website, or on Facebook live on the museum's page, @brattmuseum. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit the website.

Vermont Jazz Center offers virtual summer workshop

Vermont Jazz Center is offering Zoom into Jazz, a virtual summer workshop from Sunday to Aug. 14.

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This multi-generational program is suitable for intermediate to advanced students, ages 16 and up.

There are still openings for the following instruments: flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass and drums.

Many instrumentalists will have multiple teachers instructing their masterclasses. For example, on bass and drums, students will have a different teacher each day, guiding through topics they feel are critical to understanding how the instrument fits within a jazz context.

For more information and to register, visit the Vermont Jazz Center website,

Lunchtime Zoom conversations with local artists

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A series of lunchtime Zoom presentations and conversations with artists begins Aug. 12.

In-Sight Photography is hosting a Summer Artist Talk for three Wednesdays at noon. Featured artists are Jon Henry ( on Aug. 12, Evan Lockhart ( on Aug. 19 and Lyntoria Newton ( on Aug. 26. In the coming days before each event, the In-Sight Instagram account, @insightphotoVT, will feature the work of each artist.

Virtual seats are limited to 100 per artist. Registration is at

To ask questions about the events or to submit questions for the artists, email Brittany Wilson at


Jill Sachs to perform outside library

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Vermont artist Jill Sachs and friends will perform at 7 p.m. Friday outside of the Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Road.

Sachs offers a range of acoustic covers with a sweet and soulful twist. Her multi-instrumental performances include guitar and banjolele along with varied percussion.

In January, Sachs performed at the Snow Barn as the opener for Kat Wright.

A resident musician at several restaurants in the Deerfield Valley, she is a regular at Mount Snow local favorites, including One More Time, Maple Leaf Tavern, The Bullwheel and Fairways Golf Course.

Free shows in town park

Classic rock, jam band and bluegrass are all on tap for the Dover Town Park on Route 100, West Dover, in the coming weeks.

Groove Prophet, a classic rock band, will play Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., Rob Hubert and Friends will play classic rock and jam band music Aug. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. and the Vermont trio Three Way Street will play Aug. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. Three Way Street features Lisa Brande on fiddle, Mark Trichka on mandolin and Kevin Parry on guitar. The trio plays bluegrass, Cajun and blues all fused into one style.

All three shows are free, with social distancing required. More information is available by calling 802-464-5100 or going online to


Next Stage presents Alisa Amador and Seth Glier

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present a socially-distanced lawn concert by contemporary folk singer-songwriters Alisa Amador and Seth Glier at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Cooper Field. Attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets for outdoor seating in distanced pods on the ballfield and face masks to wear whenever leaving their pods. Rain date for the concert is Saturday. Tickets are $20 and $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Advance tickets are available online at For more information, visit the Next Stage website or call 802-387-0102.


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