On April 23, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. spent the night in Room 306 of The Lorraine Motel in Memphis, which turned out to be the last in his life. The following day, at 6:01 p.m. on the motel’s balcony, the civil rights leader was shot and killed. In Katori Hall’s reimagining of King’s final night, he is visited by a maid from room service — who is a lot more than she seems.

It’s rare if at all that a concert preview would include bluegrass music with a synagogue in the same sentence. However, with the arrival of Nefesh Mountain for a two-night swing through Vermont the unlikely becomes a reality.

Last week, we looked at the vibrant live music options happening this month. This week, we cast our gaze at a slew of October happenings that are bright spots on the horizon.

Currently open in-person public art exhibits, galleries and museums throughout the region.

It has to be one of the strangest and funniest love scenes ever. Middlebury Acting Company opened an hilarious and deeply touching production of John Patrick Shanley’s 2014 romantic comedy “Outside Mullingar” — and it was ever so Irish — under a tent behind the Swift House Inn. The final per…

A granite fireplace stands in the center of Studio Place Arts’ Main Floor Gallery, flame red glowing amid the logs — granite logs. A kneeling granite garden angel, a smile playing on its lips, exudes kindness. A tabletop of petrified wood, with growth rings from millennia ago still clear, si…

When the temps start to dip, it’s a sure sign that the live music action in nightclubs and concert halls starts to heat up — a welcome return following a long COVID-induced hiatus — and this fall’s lineup delivers a plethora of pop music options, including some outdoor venues. Here’s a look …

Paolo Veneziano lived in 14th-century Venice, a time when the Bubonic Plague, the so-called “Black Death,” decimated one-third of the European population. During this dire period, the already devout Roman Catholic faithful were in a state of heightened spirituality, and found hope and solace…

The Barre Opera House’s upcoming season is set and, as always, central Vermonters can look forward to another eclectic lineup of performances by regionally, nationally and internationally-known artists traveling to the Granite City’s historic stage.

“Aliceheimer’s,” based on Dana Walrath’s graphic memoir of the same name, tells the story of Walrath’s mother Alice, and her dementia journey, from her perspective.

Currently open in-person public art exhibits, galleries and museums throughout the region.

ADAMANT — G. Richard Ames — or Rick, as he is best known — is one of the most familiar actors on central and northern Vermont’s stages, professional and community. (He will be appearing in Lost Nation Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” Sunday on the Vermont State House La…

The feeling of sharp edges, cold steel and industry emanates from Gloria King Merritt’s triptych digital painting “Changing Gears,” a piece inspired by a vintage model used by a gear salesman. The model is also on display. “20/20 Hindsight: Seeing the Past Anew with Contemporary Art” opens this weekend at Kents Corner State Historic Site in Calais.

The countries of Georgia, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Corsica have little in common unless you listen to their singing traditions. Each has a tradition of harmony singing, some very ancient in origin. Larry Gordon, the leader and founder of Northern Harmony, a touring group of singers is preppin…

Studio Place Arts (SPA) has selected two local artists, Michelle Lesnak of Montpelier and Tracey Hambleton of East Montpelier, for its annual competitively awarded Studio Residency Program.

Currently open in-person public art exhibits, galleries and museums throughout the region.

The grandeur of the forest, the comfort of being surrounded by nature, a sense of vibrant energy of trees — a walk in the woods is filled with experiences, and may open new directions of contemplation. A new installation at T.W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center in Montpelier draws visitors to that forest experience and invites exploration of that universe.

Following the February release of “Winter Comes,” her first new song in nearly 20 years, central Vermont singer-songwriter Peg Tassey is back with another song that’s fit for the season. “Queen of Flowers,” released in July, is a potent rocker and quintessential Tassey tune that fires on all…

It might be argued that surrealist paintings cannot be considered either good or bad. How so? Because the primary source of inspiration for surrealist artists are dreams — fueled by the writings of Sigmund Freud, who asserted that higher forms of truth might be found in the subconscious thro…

The Barre Opera House’s upcoming season is set and, as always, central Vermonters can look forward to another eclectic lineup of performances by regionally, nationally and internationally-known artists traveling to the Granite City’s historic stage.

Currently open in-person public art exhibits, galleries and museums throughout the region.

Behind and all around the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland are the remains of what was years ago a thriving marble quarrying operation with a rich history, which the blocks of marble, old equipment and looming structures left behind only hint at.

Currently open in-person public art exhibits, galleries and museums throughout the region.

What better way to end the summer theater season than with a charming and unexpected romantic comedy, and Vermont Stage found a delightfully quirky one. The Burlington professional company closed its summer season with an irresistible production of Audrey Cefaly’s “Maytag Virgin,” at its tem…

After a year’s hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lake Chaplain Chamber Music Festival has returned for its 12th year at the Elley-Long Music Center. Sunday’s second concert introduced a young virtuosic string quartet and an emotionally gripping work by a living African American co…

RANDOLPH — The string quartet is considered the most intimate form of chamber music and is most often performed by performed by established ensembles that play together nearly all the time. So when the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival closed its 28th season, Saturday at Chandler Music …

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, after a virtual year due to the COVID-19, is back with its seventh edition, Aug. 25-29, celebrating first and second-time filmmakers from around the world. More than 120 films will be screened in-person at Town Hall Theater, the Marquis Theatre, Swift …