BARRE – Vermont Actor Company and Vermont Youth Theater will present “You Can’t Take It With You,” the classic romantic comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Vermont Granite Museum.
The classic and beloved American comedy tells of the devil-may-care Sycamore family and their one “normal” daughter who falls in love with a pedigreed chap from Wall Street stock. Not a good mix? Come find out in a night of laughs.
Tickets are $20, $10 for students, at the door; for information, go online to https://vermontyouththeater.com.
New Dave Keller CD
MONTPELIER – Catfood Records announces the October 19 release of “Every Soul’s a Star,” the label debut from acclaimed Vermont soul/blues singer and guitarist Dave Keller. Produced by Grammy-winner Jim Gaines (Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Luther Allison) and recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, the album showcases 10 original songs, plus a scintillating cover of the Aretha Franklin classic, “Baby, I Love You.”
Keller will perform for a CD release party at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Sweet Melissa’s. He will perform solo at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Mulligan’s in Barre.
Keller’s soulful vocals are supported by The Rays, which includes not only legendary Motown guitarist Johnny McGhee, but also Bob Trenchard, bass; Dan Ferguson, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer, keyboards; Richy Puga, drums; Mike Middleton, trumpet; Nick Flood, tenor and baritone sax, plus the voices of Janelle Thompson and Shakara Weston, background vocals; and Christopher Serrano, percussion.
Catfood label head Bob Trenchard calls Dave Keller, “The most-talented songwriter I’ve ever worked with,” and it was he who suggested Jim Gaines to produce the new project.
For information, go online to www.davekeller.com.
RANDOLPH – The Opera Company of Middlebury will bring its statewide tour of Gaetano Donizetti’s comic classic “L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love),” to Chandler Center for the Arts for a special matinee performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.
“L’Elisir d’Amore” is one of masterful Italian composer Donizetti’s most beloved works. The frothy romantic opera tells the story of a con artist who convinces a town that his strange concoction can cure any ill — and even make people fall in love with you. Ever innovative and creative, the Opera Company of Middlebury offers its own special take on the comic masterpiece, which was originally set in an ancient, rustic locale. The opera company’s production places “L’Elisir d’Amore” in a more sophisticated setting — a Roaring ‘20s bar straight out of “The Great Gatsby.”
Tucked into the madcap mirth is one of the most famous tenor arias of all time — the haunting ballad “Una furtive lagrima.”
For tickets or information, call 802-728-6464, or go online to www.chandler-arts.org.
JOHNSON — Vermont Vaudeville will perform its variety show at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Northern Vermont University-Johnson’s Dibden Center for the Arts.
The Greensboro-based comedy troupe was founded in 2009 by Maya and Brent McCoy, Justin Lander and Rose Friedman. They’ve been featured by Vermont news media, including Seven Days, WCAX, the Burlington Free Press and Vermont Public Radio.
Admission is $10; for more information, call 802-635-1408.
MONTPELIER – The Front, downtown’s sole collective art gallery, celebrates the opening of Show 28, 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1.
The exhibition, which runs Oct. 19-Dec. 2, will feature recent work of the gallery’s membership of Vermont-based contemporary artists, including the most recent additions. The opening reception is free and open to the public, and will feature live music for the evening.
Hours are: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sundays; and by appointment; email email@example.com. The Front is located 6 Barre St.
Celebrating Pete Seeger
RANDOLPH – The 100th anniversary of the birth of iconic folk musician and political activist Pete Seeger will take place in 2019. The Vanaver Caravan, one of America’s most celebrated folk music and dance troupes, will pay homage to longtime friend and mentor Seeger with the new, full-length music and dance program “Turn, Turn, Turn!,” slated for the Chandler Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.
Inspired by the 40-year collaborative relationship between The Vanaver Caravan’s founders and Seeger, “Turn, Turn, Turn!” will have its world premiere at Chandler. As company co-founders and co-creative directors, Bill Vanaver and Livia Drapkin Vanaver explain,
“Now more than ever, The Vanaver Caravan’s musicians and dancers feel moved to bring Pete’s social consciousness to the stage through dance and new musical arrangements.”
Featuring five musicians and seven dancers, “Turn Turn Turn!” will take the audience on a journey through American history, focusing on the period from the 1930s through the early 2000s. The performance showcases a variety of folk and popular dance styles, from clogging to swing dance to Zulu “Gumboat” dancing.
STOWE – West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park will present “Moving Pictures,” an exhibition of new abstract expressionist works on canvas by Krista Harris, up through Nov. 6. Accompanying this exhibition will be the figurative ceramic sculpture of Vermont artist Susan Wilson. A public opening reception will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.
Karris’ gestural, abstract paintings are evidence of the artist’s deep love of both drawing and painting. Her densely layered surfaces conceal as much as they reveal, leading the viewer to fully explore “the blurry postcards and mashed together maps that dissolve and shift and reassemble themselves.” She resides in Southwest Colorado, and has exhibited in prestigious galleries across the country.
Wilson resides and creates her provocative works in Putney. Of these archetypes/portraits, Wilson states: “I am on a journey, making images of fellow travelers in my life. They are mentors and muses, dreamers and youth, seekers and those who wait, companions who reach out, even myself looking within. We are all on a journey.”
For information, go online to www.westbranchgallery.com. West Branch Gallery is located at Town Farm Lane.
Guitarist Christopher Schoelen
RANDOLPH – Born in California and raised in central Vermont, Christopher Schoelen is an award-winning virtuoso classical guitarist and teaching artist who has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, Schoelen brings his classical artistry back home to the Chandler Center for the Arts, performing an evening of 19th- and 20th-century works for guitar titled “A Spanish Serenade.”
The concert by Schoelen kicks off the 2018-19 “Live & Upstairs!” series of acoustic music performances in the intimate, 80-seat confines of Chandler’s Upper Gallery. The performance showcases seven compositions for the guitar by renowned Spanish composers, spanning more than 150 years. It also includes a show-opening rendition of a beloved traditional instrumental from 19th-century Spain, “Spanish Romance.”
Myra Flynn in concert
RANDOLPH – Myra Flynn, the Randolph native who has long captivated Vermont audiences with her soulful voice and sinewy songwriting, is garnering mounting acclaim as a rising star in the soul and pop music world. Now Flynn is returning to the Chandler Music Hall stage of her youth for a concert and party celebrating the release of her new CD, “Never Mind the Mourning.”
Flynn will grace the Chandler main stage with her quartet, Flynn, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. In addition to Flynn on vocals, the band features three of Vermont’s most highly regarded jazz and pop musicians — Andric Severance on keys, Paul Boffa on bass, and Caleb Bronz on drums.
As her career as an acclaimed indie-soul songstress skyrockets, Flynn is spending more and more of her time on the West Coast, where she relocated several years ago. “Never Mind the Mourning,” Flynn’s fourth release, was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Grammy Award winners Jared Lee Gosselin and Tony Ghantous. She says the latest release charts a new direction for her music.
“I’ve been known in the past for my more down-tempo, singer-songwriter work. This album is more of an exploration into what I call indie/pop,” Flynn says. “While the sound is more pop-oriented, the lyrics are not about what one might think. Wrapped in the sugary pop sounds are songs that speak of war, infidelity, and domestic abuse. ‘Never Mind the Mourning’ is a reminder that our joy is a form of resistance.”