HARDWICK — On the last weekend of October, Vermont Vaudeville will stage its 20th production, “10 Years Later,” at the Hardwick Town House. The all-ages performance will feature world-touring circus, music and comedy acts, as well as local characters and live music. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee.
“10 Years Later” will feature The Red Trouser Show, an internationally touring acrobatic and juggling duo that started out 20 years ago with Circus Smirkus. Making his Hardwick debut will be Dr. Professor Alonzo Nonnamis — Miracle Man. Co-founders Justin Lander, Rose Friedman, Maya McCoy and Brent McCoy will present new comic work, and the whole evening will have the support of the illustrious Vaudeville House Band. Miso Hungry, a local food truck, will serve ramen on the lawn of the Town House all weekend.
Tickets are $15, $8 for 12 and younger; go online to www.vermontvaudeville.com. The Hardwick Town House is located at 127 Church St.
STOWE — Join in for fun for the entire family at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Spruce Peak Arts Center to delight in “Spooky Silents: A Silent Film Halloween” with the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra. Travel back to the early 1900s to cheer and hiss at three ghostly silent films paired with the original historic orchestral scores — Buster Keaton in “The Haunted House” (1921), Laurel and Hardy in “Habeus Corpus” (1928), and Charlie Chaplin in “One A.M.” (1916).
Between the films, enjoy the rollicking rhythms of the early 20th century as played by Peacherine, featuring favorites by Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin and more. Come in costume and join a parade timed with the ragtime music, with prizes for participants, young and young-at-heart. The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra is “the premier American ragtime ensemble” as hailed by the Washington Post.
Tickets are $25-$35; call 802-760-4634, or go online to www.sprucepeakarts.org. Spruce Peak Arts Center is located at 122 Hourglass Dr.
‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’
BURLINGTON — Direct from Broadway, “Monty Python’s Spamalot” is on the Flynn main stage at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22.
The Tony Award-winning Best Musical launches its tour in search for the Holy Grail this fall. This outrageous musical comedy is lovingly ripped off from the film classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” with a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics by the Grammy Award-winning team of Idle and John Du Prez.
“Spamalot” tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the problems along the way.
Tickets start at $25; call 802-86-FLYNN (863-5966), voice/relay calls welcome, or go online to www.flynncenter.org.
HANOVER, N.H. — Senegalese superstar, singer-songwriter and activist Youssou Ndour brings his rousing music and message to the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Spaulding Auditorium.
For 30 years, Ndour has been a beacon within African music, “a singer with a voice so extraordinary that the history of Africa seems locked inside it” (Rolling Stone). He and his band concoct a sublime mixture of compulsive rhythms, jangling guitars, traditional Senegalese sound, Cuban-influenced jazz and funk. His supple, golden tenor — named one of the world’s 50 great voices by NPR — not only resonates with the griot lineage into which he was born, but engages the wider world in causes of human rights and food security. This is Ndour’s Hop debut.
Tickets are $50 and $30, $19 and $17 for 18 and younger; call 603-646-2422, or go online to http://hop.dartmouth.edu.
‘Voices of Muslim’
BURLINGTON — Ping Chong + Company presents “Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity” on the Flynn Center’s main stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.
“Beyond Sacred” illuminates the daily experiences of five young Muslim-Americans who came of age in a post-9/11 society, and are building their lives in a time of continued fear of and violence towards Muslims. The cast members are from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and reflect a wide range of Muslim identities, including: those who have converted to Islam, those who were raised Muslim but have since left the faith, those who identify as “culturally” Muslim and those who are observant on a daily basis.
“A beautiful, funny, and intensely poignant cry for tolerance” (Santa Barbara Independent), “Beyond Sacred” supports greater dialogue and understanding among and between Muslim and non-Muslim communities. While at the Flynn, the company also hosts a teacher panel discussion at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, and performs a Student Matinee Series performance.
Tickets start at $15; call 802-86-FLYNN (863-5966), voice/relay calls welcome, or go online to www.flynncenter.org.