Intrinsic in our criminal justice system is the understanding that if individuals commit a crime and serve out their sentences, they are given a clean slate. In the eyes of the state, that’s true. However, at home in our communities, that’s not always the case.

Vermont became a destination for top-notch classical music instrumentalists with the founding of Marlboro Music Festival in 1951, but most played and left. Not so anymore, as many fine musicians have made Vermont their home, while others grew up here and stayed or returned.

Tusk: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute brings its tasteful and spot-on reproductions of the original band’s hit recordings to the Barre Opera House for a Celebration Series concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.

The power of destiny, of love, of grief. The big orchestral sound matching the big operatic voices and the big emotions. All of this and more can be heard at the Vermont Philharmonic’s annual Opera Gala conducted by Lou Kosma at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Cen…

“Frankenstein” has been made and remade and parodied since it was first written in 1818 and it’s still a classic. It’s a perfect Halloween story with its mix of camp and horror, and Shoot the Moon Theater Company is presenting “Frankenstein” Oct. 19-Nov. 2 for its annual Halloween Spectacular.

When mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of “Carmen” at the Metropolitan Opera, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera when they open the season in the title roles of Saint-Saëns’ biblical…

BARRE – Studio Place Arts (SPA) has selected local artist Tuyen My Nguyen to participate in its Studio Residency Program from Nov. 1, 2018 to Oct. 12, 2019.

Blanche Honegger Moyse, likely Vermont’s most influential musician and one of the world’s great Bach conductors, died in Brattleboro in 2011 at the age of 101. Since then, her Blanche Moyse Chorale and Brattleboro Music Center have remembered her annually with a Bach concert that brings toge…

Comprehensive listings of public art exhibits throughout the region.

Every once in a great while, a local musician around these parts assembles a project that features a myriad of our local talent, a local "supergroup" if you will. Central Vermont based bass player and singer-songwriter Ben Dunham has done just that with his latest, Backline Collective.

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell shared a passion for the perfect poem. But they also shared a largely unrequited passion for each other – both romantic and literary – portrayed with tenderness in Sarah Ruhl’s 2012 play “Dear Elizabeth.”

Donizetti’s comic opera “L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love)” is one of tenor Joshua Collier’s top-five operas. Collier will reprise his role as Nemorino, along with soprano Bevin Hill as Adina, when Opera Company of Middlebury presents its first-ever tour.

“That’s Justin – he does our plowing,” said one visitor to Highland Center for the Arts last weekend, pointing to a photograph of young Justin Foster, perhaps 10 years old, standing bare-chested in the barn, pausing with both hands on a shovel – a photograph taken a few decades ago.

Arts organization Art Is Vital made a public call to artists wishing to exhibit in temporary alternative galleries in Rutland. Six artists responded and are currently showing their work in two sites on Merchants Row and one on West Street. The exhibitions are the responsibility of the artist…

The “Alice’s Restaurant – Back by Popular Demand Tour,” which comes to Stowe’s Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center Wednesday, coincides with the 50th anniversary of the film “Alice’s Restaurant” originally released in 1969.

Some artists use a pallet, an easel and paintbrushes. Steve Halford uses a chainsaw, an 1800-degree oven and fallen trees.Deep in the woods of Tinmouth, Halford, 74, has been hunting interesting pieces of wood on his property for years.

The Met HD Season begins with a live broadcast of Verdi’s “Aida.” In what should be a highlight of the new season, soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. Aleksandrs Antonenko and Yonghoon Lee alternate as Radamès.

BURLINGTON – The Off Center for the Dramatic Arts will present new and wild performance work at the sixth annual Burlington Fringe Theater Festival, featuring 22 shows over four days in genres ranging from live video performance, theater, performance art, puppetry, comedy, improv, storytelli…

BRATTLEBORO – Five new exhibits opened at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center Friday. They include a six-decade survey of the work of abstract artist Emily Mason, photographs by Michael Poster of people in recovery from addiction, and artwork by Orly Cogan, Robert Perkins and Elizabeth Turk.

Comprehensive listings of public art exhibits throughout the region.

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 – and this fall’s lineup has been delivering a plethora of pop music options.

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – While historical theater can be dry, “Oslo,” J.T. Rogers’ re-creation of the story behind the 1993 Oslo Accords that brought Israel and the Palestinians together for the first time, is less documentary than mystery-thriller. In fact, it won the Tony Award for Best Play…

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – While historical theater can be dry, “Oslo,” J.T. Rogers’ re-creation of the story behind the 1993 Oslo Accords that brought Israel and the Palestinians together for the first time, is less documentary than mystery-thriller. In fact, it won the Tony Award for Best Play…

WESTON — The “Cheers” TV theme song, “Where Everybody Knows Your Name,” might well apply to “Two Trains Running,” the seventh of August Wilson’s 10-play “Pittsburgh Cycle.” But the comic moments, backed by deeply drawn characters, are both darkened and heightened by the urban racism of 1969.

CASTLETON — The loudest response the Vermont Symphony Orchestra has received in memory greeted the opening concert of its annual Made in Vermont tour Thursday at Castleton University’s Fine Arts Center. The capacity audience, largely students, roared its approval with shrieks, yells and whis…

Activist Emma Goldman’s force of character shows through in her mug shot, peering out through a layer of mica. A round pebble sits in the center of concentric ripples of Danby marble. A granite block seems to balance on a welded steel beam.

His music is insanely catchy and upbeat. His most popular song, “Say Hey I Love You,” you’ll probably recognize instantly by the lyrics, “It seems like everywhere I go, the more I see the less I know, but I know one thing, I love you.”

One of the most intriguing singer-songwriters on the indie-pop scene, Cat Power — the stage name of Chan (pronounced like “Sean”) Marshall — is back in a big way with her first album in six years.

New England needs an unofficial comedian and I nominate Juston McKinney who lives in New Hampshire for the title. He would fit in perfectly with the other unofficial but popular aspects of New England life. We already have an unofficial baseball team, the Boston Red Sox, and an unofficial fo…

As lead singer and founder of the legendary group Three Dog Night, Danny Hutton gave us songs like “Joy to the World,” “Mama Told Me Not to Come” and “One.”

Walking up the stairs to the Third Floor gallery at Studio Place Arts, even before the top step, a complex installation of lines and planes unfolds. Taut lines fan out from vertices along the walls and ceiling, stretching across the room and hallway. Like strands of a web or laser beams, the…

Cabot is going to add some European spice to its traditional turkey supper Tuesday with the entertainment that follows the meal. Danza del Fuego (Dance of Fire) will perform at the Cabot Town Hall (Willey Building) at 7 p.m. after dinner.

CABOT — Cabot is going to add some European spice to its traditional turkey supper Tuesday with the entertainment that follows the meal. Danza del Fuego (Dance of Fire) will perform at the Cabot Town Hall (Willey Building) at 7 p.m. after dinner.

“A Simple Favor” isn’t your typical Paul Feig film. The psychological thriller, based on the popular novel by Darcey Bell, is a departure for the director behind big-name studio comedies like “Ghostbusters,” “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat.” It’s a tonal shift Feig navigates deftly as he deliver…