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The Twangtown Paramours – Mike T. Lewis and MaryBeth Zamer – perform at Brandon Music Oct. 13.


Twangtown Paramours

This will be the Twangtown Paramours’ fifth consecutive year performing in Brandon. The husband and wife’s acoustic “sophisticated Americana” sound is a hybrid of the Nashville and Austin music scenes that continues to captivate audiences at Brandon Music. WDVX-FM in Knoxville, Tennessee, says they are “well accomplished musicians” who blend “thought provoking lyrics with angelic vocals.”

The Nashville Paramours come to Brandon Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 13.

Both MaryBeth Zamer and Mike T. Lewis are known for their well-crafted and award-winning songs. Lewis writes for Universal’s Asian territories and has had songs recorded by independent artists in the U.K, Japan, Korea and the U.S. Together, their song “Widow of the Mountain” was recently released by the Price Sisters on Rebel Records, and the duo is currently writing music for a new play by Vermont playwright Elaine Davida Sklar.

The Twangtown Paramours have opened for Joe Ely, Claire Lynch, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Carrie Newcomer, and Kim & Reggie Harris, among others, and have performed at nationally recognized venues such as Uncle Calvin’s in Dallas, Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, and the Bluebird Café in Nashville.

Tickets are $20 (pre-concert dinner is available for $25; reservations are required); call 802-247-4295 or email info@brandon-music.net. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road.


Art in the Park

All are invited to attend the Chaffee Art Center’s 57th annual Art in the Park Fall Foliage Festival October 6 and 7 in Main Street Park at the Junction of Routes 4 and 7. The show features juried fine artists, craftspeople, and specialty food producers. Rounding out the festival are food vendors, live music, kids’ activities, a community art project, pet area, live demonstrations, and vendors offering face painting and caricatures.

Opening the festival with live music will be Andy Lugo, followed by Moose Crossing, and then Nikki Adams on Saturday. The lineup Sunday will be Phil Henry, Moose Crossing, and finishing with Andy Lugo. Free kids’ activities will be held under the Chaffee’s main tent throughout the weekend.

Hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free, but a voluntary donation is appreciated; call 802-775-0356, or go online to www.chaffeeartcenter.org.


Puccini’s ‘Turandot’

The Windham Orchestra’s upcoming production of Puccini’s “Turandot” summons our current issues of living: politics and hierarchies, racial conflict, miscommunication, parenting challenges, and even the disparity of rights between genders.

This “Turandot” is set in a fantastical distant empire, says Music Director Hugh Keelan, “and promises a life-enhancing experience. The music is lush, gorgeous, and spine-chillingly brutal.”

Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, October 12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, October 14, at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro; and at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 18, at the Academy of Music in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Featured will be Jenna Rae as Turandot, Roseanne Ackerley as Liù, Alan Schneider as Calaf, Cailin Marcel Manson as Timur, Tom Gregg as the Emperor Altoum, and Charlie Berrios as the Prince of Persia.

For tickets or information, call 802-257-4523, or go online to http://bmcvt.org.


VSO Made in Vermont

In a musical celebration of autumn, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) returns to Middlebury College, at the Mahaney Center’s Robison Hall at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 6, for the penultimate performance of its annual Made in Vermont statewide tour.

Following another successful year of collaboration with the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, the 2018 tour features the world premiere VSO-commissioned piece “How We See Water” by Vermont composer and Middlebury alumnus Matthew LaRocca ’02, accompanying the new film of the same name by Robin Starbuck. Internationally renowned violinist Soovin Kim conducts the ensemble and opens the concert with his performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The program also includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 60, “Il Distratto,” and Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 1.

Tickets are $25, $10 for students under 18; call 802-443-MIDD (6433), or go online to www.middlebury.edu/arts/tickets. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road, just off Route 30 South (South Main Street).


Jason Lutes’ ‘Berlin”

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 9, Phoenix Books Rutland will host Jason Lutes for a talk on his new book, “Berlin.” Twenty years in the making, this sweeping work charts Berlin through the rise of Nazism. Lutes lives in Vermont with his partner and two children, where he teaches comics at the Center for Cartoon Studies.

During the past two decades, Lutes has created one of the books of the graphic-novel golden age. Serialized in 22 issues, collected in two volumes, with a third to be released at the same time as this omnibus, “Berlin” is an intricate look at the fall of the Weimar Republic through the eyes of its citizens — Marthe Müller, a young woman escaping the memory of a brother killed in World War I; Kurt Severing, an idealistic journalist losing faith in the printed word as fascism and extremism take hold; the Brauns, a family torn apart by poverty and politics. Lutes weaves these characters’ lives into the larger fabric of a city slowly ripping apart.

Admission is free; call 802-855-8078 or go online to www.phoenixbooks.biz. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St.


Russian Renaissance

The Brattleboro Music Center’s 2018-19 Chamber Series begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 12, when Russian Renaissance presents a program drawn from three centuries of Russian classical and folk music composers.

After emerging with the $100,000 Grand Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world, Russian Renaissance has firmly established itself, and is redefining the possibilities of their traditional Russian folk instruments.

Arts of Michigan called a recent performance “one of the finest displays of musicianship in the world.”

For tickets or information, call 802-257-4523, or go online to http://bmcvt.org.


Ukulele Harvest

After a successful freshman year, the Vermont Ukulele Harvest is back for another event filled with ukulele fun, including two concerts, a full day of workshops, jam sessions, and an open mic. The festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13, and will again be held at Main Street Arts. Performers include Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee, Ben Carr, Bernadette McMahon, The Dirty Hillers and Veronica Stevens.

For a full schedule of events, workshop offerings and registration, go online to www.vermontukuleleharvest.com.


Intarsia art

Rutland Free Library is displaying Alan Shelvey’s “intarsia” art through Jan. 1.

Wikipedia says, “Intarsia is a woodworking technique that uses varied shapes, sizes, and species of wood fitted together to create a mosaic-like picture with an illusion of depth.” Since no stain or paint is used, wood species and grain selection provide color and texture. On display are pieces crafted by Shelvey, of Shrewsbury.

Hours are: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; call 802-773-1860 , or go online to www.rutlandfree.org. Rutland Free Library is located at 10 Court St.


Maxine Linehan

Concert and recording artist Maxine Linehan will perform her solo concert, “An American Journey,” at the Southern Vermont Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 13. “An American Journey” was co-created by Linehan and Scott Siegel, with music direction by Ryan Shirar.

In “An American Journey,” the Irish born Linehan serves up a story that is both achingly personal and extraordinarily universal, using a diverse catalog of music that includes Broadway, country, pop, traditional Irish and original songs. Through these songs, she tells the story of leaving Ireland almost two decades ago for a life in America.

Tickets are $40-$80; call 802-362-1405, or go online to www.svac.org. SVAC is located at 930 SVAC Drive.

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