The Rough & Tumble
BRANDON – Formerly from Nashville, The Rough & Tumble now find themselves living full time on the road, in a 16-foot camper with an 85 lb. puppy named Puddle. The folk-Americana duo has been making tire tracks nationwide since 2011, and if you ask Mallory Graham or Scott Tyler how they got here, they’d likely respond, “with careful planning, spreadsheets and shoddy cellphone service.” The camper stops at Brandon Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.
On its new album, “We Made Ourselves a Home When We Didn’t Know,” the duo retraces its mileage back to early footsteps and explores the struggle between going home and being home already when there’s no other home and everywhere is home. The album is a portrait of what has happened so far and what they hope is still to come. Bill Kopp of Mountain Xpress said the album is “as cozy, comfortable, and inviting as a well-worn couch.”
Tickets are $20 (pre-concert dinner is available for $25; reservations are required); call 802-247-4295, or email email@example.com. Brandon Music is at 62 Country Club Road.
Author Katherine Paterson
RUTLAND – Acclaimed Vermont children’s author Katherine Paterson will discuss her historical novel of the 1912 “Bread and Roses” strike in a talk at Rutland Free Library at 7 p.m. Nov. 7. Her talk, “Bread and Roses, Too,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.
VHC’s 2018 Vermont Reads pick tells the story of the 1912 strike in the Lawrence, Massachusetts, textile mills through the eyes of an Italian-American girl and a runaway boy. The novel relates the journey of Rosa, who, along with Jake and other children, are sent temporarily out of harm’s way to foster families in Barre, as children actually were during the strike. Paterson will discuss how the novel came to be and answer audience questions.
Paterson is the author of more than 30 books, including 16 novels for children and young people. She has twice won the Newbery Medal, for “Bridge to Terabithia” in 1978 and “Jacob Have I Loved” in 1981. In 2000, the Library of Congress named her a Living Legend.
Admission is free; call 802-773-1860, or go online to www.vermonthumanities.org.
Bebe Miller dance
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College dance program will host Bebe Miller Company’s newest work “In a Rhythm” Nov. 8–10 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. With multiple Bessie awards, National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim honors, and Doris Duke and Ford Fellowships to her credit, Miller is one of the most important and recognized voices in American dance. Current and past faculty members Christal Brown and Trebien Pollard will perform in the company.
“In a Rhythm” is a suite of dances based on the dynamics of adaptation and translation inspired by the writings of Gertrude Stein, Toni Morrison and David Foster Wallace, whose voices capture diverse cultural relevancies through their structure of language. Miller examines the syntax of movement — how we apprehend meaning through the juxtaposed dynamics of action and context in time and space. According to Alyssa Motter of New City Stage, “‘In A Rhythm’ offers a broad cross section of our cultural moment cut by the critical empathy of Miller and her collaborators. The effect is a powerful artistic experience that leaves the audience openhearted and with a greater sense of connection.”
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 8 and 9, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Dance Theatre. A discussion with the company will follow Friday’s performance. There will be two free public master classes with the company, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, also in the Dance Theatre.
Tickets are $15; $8 for 18 and younger; call 802-443-MIDD (6433), or go online to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street.
MANCHESTER – Get away with murder at the Wilburton Inn in Manchester, Vermont at the annual Autumn Murder Mystery Weekend Nov. 2-4.
All are welcome to join the Wilburton’s immersive Murder Mystery Dinner Party at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Guests are invited to dress in 1930s glamour or cocktail attire as they follow a cast of actors through the 1902 Wilburton mansion to solve a movie-themed mystery inspired by the era when the Wilburton Inn was owned by Hollywood’s RKO Radio Pictures as a hideaway for studio executives and stars.
This year’s mystery saga, “The Dangerous Divorcee,” by Tajlei Levis, is inspired by Hollywood’s Golden Age movies. Playwright and innkeeper Tajlei Levis explains, “In the 1930s, RKO Pictures produced marvelous musicals with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, dancing to songs by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hart. As part of the mystery party, we invite the audience to dress up and dance to songs from the era played by Grammy-winning music producer Brian Drutman.” The evening is directed by Weston Playhouse’s David Bonanno, with a cast of New York and Vermont actors, including Susan Haefner and Munson Hicks — and lots of audience participation.
Murder Mystery Dinner tickets are $70 and include dinner and champagne toast; for reservations, call 802-362-2500. For a video peek at last year’s mystery, visit www.wilburtoninn.com.
‘A Hound’s Holiday’
RUTLAND – At 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, Phoenix Books Rutland will host a story time with songs and party games from the Victorian period featuring Heather Ballanca and Kim Spensley — illustrator and author of “A Hound’s Holiday” — and musician Steve Spensley.
Do you hate to leave your dog at home when going off to do something fun? That’s how this Victorian-era family feels when they head out in the sleigh for a family gathering. Set in a snowy New England landscape, this picture book of woodcut-style illustrations will appeal to all with nostalgia for bygone days, or for whom it is an unknown world.
Admission is free; call 802-855-8078, or go online to www.phoenixbooks.biz. Phoenix Books Rutland is at 2 Center St.
BRATTLEBORO – A concert spotlighting the music and magic of “The American Mandolin” is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Brattleboro Music Center.
The concert will feature Flynn Cohen and August Watters, who recently played Carnegie Hall. The duo will demonstrate the breadth of mandolin music by performing selections covering 400 years of plucked-string compositions and ranging from classical, folk and popular styles. The Emmy-winning Watters will also deliver a presentation on the American mandolin tradition, tracing its roots from Italy in the 19th century through jazz, bluegrass and beyond. There will be a chance for audience members to try out a selection of mandolins at the end of the presentation.
Tickets are $15, $10 for students; call 802-257-4523, or go online to https://bmcvt.org.
LUDLOW – “Present Laughter” will be the next FOLA Broadway Live movie, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Heald Auditorium at the Ludlow Town Hall. This movie is a taped performance of the Broadway show performed in New York City in 2017.
Whatever would we do without Kevin Kline? In an age of lesser stars, he’s a bona fide matinee idol of the ideal age and with the urbane sensibility to do justice to sophisticated scribes like Noel Coward. “Present Laughter” is a delicious drawing-room comedy that Coward dashed off in 1942 to amuse himself and his friends, while engaging in a bit of sober self-reflection. Kline relishes the comic challenge in this snazzy production.
Admission is free (donations are appreciated); call 802-228-7239, or go online to www.fola.us.
Flute and piano favorites
MIDDLEBURY – Flutist Anne Janson of Ferrisburgh and pianist Annemieke McLane of Sharon will perform together at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The evening program features some of the most popular repertoire for flute and piano with a special performance of “Autumn Lute Song” by Su Lian Tan, professor of music at Middlebury College. Janson is an affiliate artist at Middlebury College and the University of Vermont, and flutist with the Vermont Symphony. McLane, originally from the Netherlands, is known as one of Vermont’s finest classical pianists.
Admission is free; call 802-443-5221, or go online to www.middlebury.edu/arts.