Performance Notes, June 18

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BELLOWS FALLS

Vermont Summer Group Show to open online Friday

Nineteen artists with assorted mediums will be featured in the Vermont Summer Group Show, to open Friday and run through Sept. 12.

The show is Canal Street Art Gallery's third annual open call to regional artists, showing artworks in all mediums, styles and subject matters, with a goal to celebrate the diversity and abundance of local art in Southern Vermont.

The exhibit kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday with the online Bellows Falls Third Friday Gallery Night, to be streamed on Facebook (@canalstreetartgallery). The online event replaces the opening reception typically held in the gallery at 23 Canal St.

The gallery is open by appointment Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to

5 p.m. For more information, go to

canalstreetartgallery.com, call Mike or Emmett by phone at 802-289-0104, or email artinfo@canalstreetartgallery.com.

The 19 artists and their mediums in this year's show are: Clare Adams, enamel painted glass; Penelope Arms, oil and acrylic painting; Zoee Blossom, cyanotype prints; Jean Cannon, oil and acrylic painting; Sloane Dawson, found object sculpture; Spaulding Dunbar, original photography, Carolyn Enz Hack, metal and mixed media sculpture; Nancy Fitz-Rapalje, oil painting; Kim Grall, painted mixed media sculpture; Felicity Haselton, mixed media painting; Deedee Jones, pastel painting; Carol Keiser, acrylic painting; Susan MacNeil, acrylic painting; Jeanne McMahan, oil painting; Lisa Eckhardt McNealus, acrylic painting; Charles Norris-Brown, ink drawing, ink wash, and watercolor painting; MC Noyes, oil painting; Rodrica Tilley, pastel painting; Kathleen Zimmerman, serigraphic prints.

BRATTLEBORO

Convergence Quartet to perform via jazz center livestream

A performance of original compositions influenced by Colombian rhythms, funk, gospel and bebop is to be broadcast via the Vermont Jazz Center Saturday night.

Eugene Uman's Convergence Trio with special guest Wanda Houston — the Convergence Quartet — will perform at

8 p.m. over a livestream on the jazz center's website, vtjazz.org, and its Facebook page, @VermontJazzCenter.

The group includes Uman on piano, Houston on vocals, David Picchi on electric piano and Jon Fisher on drums. The concert will be performed live with only the production staff in attendance, preceded by a 15-minute interview of Uman conducted by Tom Reney, discussing Uman's 20-plus year tenure at the jazz center. The interview will be recorded the day before the show and streamed before Saturday's concert.

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The Convergence Quartet was scheduled to perform live before an in-house audience, but modified the plan to a livestream in light of the pandemic. In order to stay within safety guidelines, the jazz center has reduced the number of performers at this event to the core trio, plus vocals. The group usually includes a front line of vocals, trombone, trumpet and saxophone.

The Vermont Jazz Center is at 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. There is no charge for the livestreamed show. The ticketed prices of jazz center concerts are sliding scale $20 to $40. Online listeners are asked to donate if they are able to help sustain the production costs of this event.

Open call for virtual reading

Writers are invited to share a poem or short prose written during the quarantine.

Write Action, with help from Epsilon Spires, has planned a Virtual Open Reading Saturday night at 7.

The piece to be read does not need to specifically address the pandemic or lockdown. It can include work that's already been in the Write Action newsletter, but organizers encourage the reading of new work.

Each participant will read for up to four minutes. The host will give a brief introduction for each reader. To sign up, send your name and contact information (phone number is helpful, as well as email) to writeactionenewsltr@aol.com. Writers on the roster will be asked for a very brief bio. Readers will be chosen on a strictly first come, first serve basis. Please put "virtual open reading" on the subject line. For a link to attend this event, go to the events page on the Epsilon Spires website, epsilonspires.org/upcoming-events. The reading is hosted by Andy Burrows, owner and manager with his wife Elise, of Pro Lingua Associates, specializing in books for English language learners.

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NEWFANE

Crowell Gallery at Moore library reopens with exhibit focused on Vermont beauty

"A Walk in the Park," a look at Vermont's natural beauty, is on display in the Crowell Gallery through July 28.

Married couple Tiffany Soukup and Chris Brader have worked in Vermont state parks for over a decade, and wildlife and nature photography is one of their passions. They often spend their winters traveling abroad to photograph wildlife, and most recently, spent two months in Brazil photographing wild jaguars, giant anteaters and the maned wolf, among other animals.

The gallery, at the library at 23 West St., is open Tuesday from 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 2 to 6 p.m., Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m., Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More of their work can be viewed online at vagabondway.net.

PUTNEY

Sandglass Theater to stream archival footage

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Sandglass Theater is offering a look into its history with archival videos, to be released each week, of productions it no longer performs.

The first video is to be released via livestream at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25, on its website, sandglasstheater.org, and Facebook page, @SandglassTheater. A Q&A will accompany each livestream and will include special guests such as Sandglass founders, ensemble members and collaborators.

"Going through these archives seems particularly relevant right now; we feel an urgency to look back and take time to reflect in order to decide how to move forward," the theater company said in a statement.

Sandglass was founded in 1982 with Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass' first work "Sand," which they created together and is the first archival performance to be livestreamed. "Sand" is a story about a Jewish man and a German woman on the night before they begin a life together.

The rest of the streaming schedule is currently as follows. All shows are at 7 p.m.:

The First Decade

June 25: "Sand" (1985)

July 2: "Dwarf Longnose" (1991) (for family audiences)

July 9: "Invitations to Heaven" (1990)

Ensemble Work

July 16: "Never Been Anywhere" (1997)

July 23: "One Way Street" (2002)

New releases and additional livestreaming dates will be announced on the Sandglass Theater website, via Facebook and a weekly e-Newsletter.

Sandglass Theater is at 17 Kimball Hill.


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