Philharmonic picnic DUXBURY — At 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, the Vermont Philharmonic presents its annual outdoor Summer Pops Concert at Moose Meadow Lodge. This year’s program will feature current and classic Broadway hits with special guest artist Marc Dalio, plus works featuring Vermont high school students. The grounds open for picnicking at 3 p.m. In the event of rain, location is the Thatcher Brook Primary School in Waterbury. Dalio will perform songs from “She Loves Me,” “Chess,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Man of La Mancha.” In addition, the program includes selections from “Carmen,” the “The King and I” and others. Student French horn player Thomas Bergeron will perform, and “Traffic Lights,” by student composer Grace Carlomagno, will be featured. Dalio has performed as Gaston and Beast in the Broadway National Tour of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” as well as in the Broadway National Tour of “Les Miserables,” and “Songs for a New World.” He has played regional leading roles in “South Pacific,” “Aida,” “Miss Saigon” and the American premiere of “Metropolis.” Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, $5 for students, available at the gate; go online to www.vermontphilharmonic.org. Art of the Duo MONTPELIER — The Art of the Duo will perform “Creativity, Syria and Sri Lanka” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., followed by a Q&A with the artists. The Art of the Duo is a collaboration project between the Grammy Award-winning Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh and Sri Lankan-born Canadian innovative pianist and composer Dinuk Wijeratne. This project fuses elements of Arabic and Southeast Asian vocabulary with classical and jazz music idioms to create a new sonic world that the legendary Marcel Khalife called “Wings of Breath.” The duo released its album “Complex Stories, Simple Sounds” in 2009 and has been touring around the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Europe and the Middle East. Their programs consist of music composed by Azmeh and Wijeratne with their own personal stories, inspirations and influences attached. Improvisation is a cornerstone of their performances, making each experience unique for the audience. Admission is by donation ($20 suggested); go online to www.monteverdimusic.org. The concert is co-presented by Monteverdi Music School and Seven Stars Arts Center. Author Rick Winston HARDWICK — In his new book “Red Scare in the Green Mountains,” Rick Winston delves into the effects of McCarthyism on the people and politics of Vermont. Join Winston at The Galaxy Bookshop at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, to hear the author discuss his research; he will also sign copies of his books. In the book, Winston explores some forgotten history as we see how a small, rural “rock-ribbed Republican” state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the McCarthy era. Through nine gripping dramas, Winston shows how the Green Mountain State challenged the national narrative. There is also a personal angle to the book; As a “red diaper baby,” Winston’s progressive educator parents were the subject of investigations into communist activities, though he wasn’t aware of this fact until many years later. Winston owned the Savoy Theater in Montpelier for 29 years and was one of the founders of the Green Mountain Film Festival. One of Winston’s side projects is constructing “double-crostic” puzzles for The Times Argus/Rutland Herald twice a month. Admission is free; call 802-472-5533, or go online to https://galaxybookshop.com. The Galaxy Bookshop is located at 41 S. Main St. Front Show 27 MONTPELIER — The Front, the downtown Capital City’s sole collective art gallery, celebrates the opening of Show 27, 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. The opening reception will feature guitarist Steve Grunewald providing live music for the evening. The exhibition, which runs through Sept. 30, will feature recent work of the gallery’s membership of Vermont-based contemporary artists. Hours are: 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment; call 802-552-0877, or go online to www.thefrontvt.com. The Front is located 6 Barre St. ‘Madama Butterfly’ COLCHESTER — Barn Opera made its debut by presenting Puccini’s timeless and tragically romantic “Madama Butterfly” in the intimate venue of Brandon Music, with professional singers and piano. An encore performance will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Vermont Public Radio’s Studio One. This and all subsequent performances of Barn Opera will benefit the Compass Music and Arts Foundation, and will seek to provide opportunities for local and regional talent to be featured, as well as raise funds to provide cost-free arts education to the families and residents of Vermont. The initial event featured a principal cast of all professional artists that all currently reside in Vermont, and this second performance will feature many of the same, including: soprano Helen Lyons (Butterfly), tenor Joshua Collier (Pinkerton), baritone Cailin Marcel Manson (Sharpless), mezzo-soprano Julie Olsson (Suzuki), with Ken Olsson, who leads the ensemble from the piano. Admission is by advance donation of $50 or more; call 1-800-838-3006. The Stetson Studio One is located at 365 Troy Ave.