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Entertainment Highlights: Dance That Packs a Wallop

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Opens Hopkins Center’s Winter Slate

Choreographer Bill T. Jones became known in the early 1980s as a provocateur, as someone who bucked dance traditions and hired dancers who didn’t fit the stereotype of tall, lean and fit. At the time, it was radical. And it blew the Hopkins Center for the Arts’ programming director away.

“I can go all the way back to being an undergraduate and seeing his company for the first time,” Margaret Lawrence said. “And it just hit me with a wallop.”

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will perform “Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Music” at the Hop on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. At 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the company’s associate artistic director, Janet Wong, will host a free panel on the use of the body as a political statement during performance, joined by Dartmouth faculty members Giavanna Munafo and Maral Yessayan. The panel will take place in Haldeman 41.

Jones hasn’t shied away from making political statements with his dance in the past, Lawrence said, even if this year’s Dartmouth program isn’t very politically motivated. But there’s still what she calls his 1989 “signature piece,” D-Man in the Waters , which Jones choreographed and dedicated to a dancer in his company named Demian Acquavella. Acquavella was fighting AIDS at the time; he ultimately died in 1990.

But the piece is optimistic, Lawrence said, as it’s “set to some of the most joyous music ever written,” the “exuberant” Octet for Strings in E-Flat Major by Felix Mendelssohn.

The program also includes 2000’s Spent Days Out Yonder, which is set to Mozart’s String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, and 1977’s Continuous Replay, which is set to two Beethoven string quartets and was choreographed with the troupe’s late co-founder Arnie Zane, who died in 1988.

All the pieces will be performed with live music by The Borromeo String Quartet and the Gioviale String Quartet. The show will be the second of three in this Hop season that combine dance with live music. The next one will be Flamenco dancer Israel Galvan in March; the previous was the Mark Morris Dance Group in September.

Though Morris and Jones exist within the sphere of modern dance, they apply music differently to their performances, Lawrence said.

“Mark Morris tries to make you see the music through the body,” she said. “Bill T. Jones kind of eludes the music.

“It’s very personal for the dancers,” she said. “They’re not trying to mime things with their faces, but he’s asking them to be very, very expressive with their bodies.”

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will perform “Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Music” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets range from $22.50 to $50, and can be purchased by calling 603-646-2422.

Best Bet

Keller Williams, the solo artist who loops his funky music as he plays it live, turning himself into a one-man band, will perform at the Pickle Barrel in Killington on Thursday, Jan. 9. The 21-and-over show begins at 9 p.m., and doors open an hour beforehand. Tickets are $18.50 in advance and $21.50 day of show, and can be purchased by calling 802-422-3035 or going to picklebarrelnightclub.com.

Looking Ahead

Enfield’s Shaker Bridge Theatre will put on a production of the off-Broadway show Freud’s Last Session, in which the infamous psychoanalyst wages a battle of wills with professor and author C.S. Lewis. The first performance will take place on Friday, Feb. 7.

Film

Billings Farm & Museum will show The Lives of Others, the latest in its 2013-2014 film series, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11. The 2006 movie, which depicts East Berlin in the years just before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Call 802-457-2355 to purchase tickets, which are $9 for adults.

Bar and Club Circuit

Rutland, Vt.-based acoustic storyteller James Mee will perform at The Stone Arch Bakery in Lebanon on Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

∎ The Peter Concilio Jazz Trio will return to Hartland’s Skunk Hollow Tavern for a 9 p.m. show on Friday.

∎ The jazz, funk and Vermont swamp boogie group the Malicious Brothers will play at Lebanon’s Salt hill Pub, starting at 9 p.m. on Friday. At the same time the next night, R&B, soul and dance band The Squids will perform.

∎ The Whiskey Geese, a pair of blues and rock artists out of Boston, will play at the Salt hill Pub in Newport on Friday, starting at 9 p.m. The next night at 9, classic rock group Hi-Way Five will take the stage.

∎ Local mainstay Brooks Hubbard will play the Salt hill Pub in Hanover on Friday. Rocker Dan Walker will play at the bar on Saturday. Both shows start at 9 p.m.

∎ Nashville recording artist Clay Canfield brings his talents to the River Stones Tavern in Quechee on Fridays and Saturdays, starting at 8 p.m. He also performs at Bentleys Restaurant in Woodstock on Sundays, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

∎ Folk duo Dana and Susan Robinson will perform at Hanover’s Canoe Club tonight. On Friday, jazz guitarist and vocalist Ted Mortimer will play the club, and Tim Utt and Barbara Blaisdell, of the group Sensible Shoes, will perform on Saturday. All shows begin at 7 p.m.

∎ Borderstone will perform at Jesse’s in Hanover on Friday. The music starts at 5 p.m.

Open Mics

∎ Ramunto’s Brick & Brew Pizza in Bridgewater hosts an open mic starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Participants get a free large cheese pizza.

∎ Salt hill Pub in Hanover runs an open mic hosted by Chad Gibbs on Mondays at 7 p.m.

∎ At Salt hill in Lebanon, Brian Warren and Seth Barbiero will host an open mic tonight starting at 8.

∎ Brian Warren also hosts an open mic at Bentleys Restaurant in Woodstock. It’s on Mondays, starting at 8:30 p.m.

∎ Bradford’s Colatina Exit hosts an open mic on Tuesdays starting at 8 p.m.

∎ The Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon runs an open mic on Wednesdays, beginning at 8 p.m.

∎ Gregory Brown hosts an open mic at Hartland’s Skunk Hollow Tavern, beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.