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Entertainment Highlights: Amid Health Care Debate, Dance Company Performs ‘Healing’

Sharon — Can patients cure, dispel or at least ease what ails their bodies, their minds or their souls through their own actions? Over the next 10 days, the Flock Dance Troupe will ask, if not fully answer, that question through seven performances of artistic director Carol Langstaff’s new piece Healing.

Langstaff will premiere the dance at the Star Mountain Amphitheater in Sharon on Friday night at 6:30, after years of ruminating over the consequences of a system of medicine that leans more toward drugs and technology in hospitals than on human touch and better eating habits in everyday life.

“I watched the medical world find amazing new ways to fix what is broken in us,” Langstaff recalled this week. “However, it surprised me that still the way a person is touched is often lacking that caring, intention-to-heal energy, and the food that is put into us is missing the nutritional value so important to keeping our bodies going. The idea that the doctors and the pills will fix us has a way of letting us off the hook. We need to take responsibility for our own bodies and work to heal ourselves along with what the medical world offers.”

Langstaff added that she started working on Healing in the midst of the debate over the Affordable Care Act, which fueled “my own fury towards the insurance companies. ” Then she learned about a community-nurse program that focuses on “how we can carry out the care for ourselves within our communities” and the concepts and the choreography fell together.

An ensemble of 16 Flock dancers ages 8 to 70 will examine these questions through movement, with what Langstaff describes as “a full-length dancer/dream theater production” with “a full score of eclectic music” from Grammy-winning composer Jim Rooney.

The F lock Dance Troupe will perform Healing at the Star Mountain Amphitheater in Sharon at 6:30 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and on July 25, 26 and 27 . Tickets are $10 to $12. The troupe also will offer a free performance at Lebanon’s Colburn Park Wednesday night at 6:30. For more information, call 802-765-4454 or visit flockdance.org.

Best Bets

Director and Kingdom County Productions founder Jay Craven resumes the 100-town tour of his most recent Vermont movie, Northern Borders, this weekend with 7:30 screenings on Saturday night at Newbury (Vt.) Elementary School and on Sunday at Blue Mountain Union School in Wells River. Based on Howard Frank Mosher’s novel about an adolescent boy sent to live with his grandparents in the Kingdom in the mid-1950s, the film includes Bruce Dern as an aging farmer balancing his responsibilities to his far-flung, flaky family with his own tortured past — an intriguing contrast with his Oscar-nominated turn as Woody in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska. Fellow Oscar nominee Genevieve Bujold plays the troubled grandmother, in a cast that also features appearances by Vermont performance artists/authors Rusty DeWees and Tom Bodett. Tickets cost $5 to $12 at the door.

Classicopia pianist and artistic director Dan Weiser will join forces with violinist Yumi Okada and cellist Patrick Owen for three performances of “Russian Elegy,” a pair of piano trios that Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky composed as memorials. The first two concerts will take place at private homes, at 7 at night on Friday in Hanover and Saturday in Grantham, at an admission price of $40 a person. And at 4 p.m. on Sunday, the trio will perform at Lebanon’s First Congregational Church, with tickets costing between $10 and $20. To reserve tickets for the house concerts on Friday and Saturday, and for more information, send e-mail to marcia@classicopia.org or call Marcia Colligan at 603-643-3337.

Looking Ahead

In advance of the New York Theater Workshop’s re-imagining of her Hadestown song cycle, Vermont-based folk singer Anais Mitchell will perform a wide spectrum of her music with longtime collaborator Michael Chorney, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, in Moore Theatre at Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center. Tickets cost $9 to $18. For more information about the concert, and about the upcoming workshopping of Hadestown, visit hop.dartmouth.edu or call 603-646-2422.

Theater/Performance Art

For two more weeks, the New London Barn Playhouse is probing the funny bone of the Dark Ages with Spamalot, the musical that Eric Idle distilled from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Shows are slated for 7:30 tonight, Friday night and Saturday night, at 5 p.m. on Sunday, 7:30 Tuesday night and Wednesday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. For tickets ($19.50 to $40) and more information, visit nlbarn.org

The Thursdays in the Park series for families continues this afternoon at noon at Lebanon’s Colburn Park, with a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk by the No Strings Marionette Company.

The Momentum Theater Troupe will perform its twist on Shakespeare tonight with a free performance of Juliet and Her Romeo on the bandstand at Colburn Park in Lebanon as part of the city’s Front Porch Series. The opening act will be singer-songwriter Lisa Piccirillo, who will take the stage at 7.

The Old Church Theater in Bradford, Vt., will stage the Paul Osborn comedy Morning’s at Seven for a second weekend, starting Friday night at 7:30. Sheila Kaplow directs a cast of nine in this examination of a 1930s family that juggles humor and dysfunction. After Friday night, performances are scheduled for Saturday night at 7:30 and the closing performance on Sunday afternoon at 4. For reservations, call 802-222-3322 or send e-mail to reservations@oldchurchtheater.org. More information is available at oldchurchtheater.org.

North Country Community Theatre this weekend will close the curtain on its production of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical Carousel at Lebanon Opera House with 7:30 performances tonight, Friday night and Saturday night. Leavening the drama about a carousel barker and a millworker with struggle in their marriage after losing their jobs is a score that includes the classic songs If I Loved You and June Is Bustin’ Out All Over. Tickets cost $15-$18. For more information, visit ncct.org/carousel.


With guest flutist Nicole Densmore, pianist-composer William Ogmundson will perform works of Beethoven, Chopin, Poulenc, Liszt, Giles Farnaby, and his own 24 Preludes tonight at 7:30 in New London’s First Baptist Church. Tickets are $25. For more information, or to reserve tickets, visit summermusicassociates.com, call 603-526-8234, or buy via cash or check at Morgan Hill Bookstore, Tatewell Gallery, or the Chamber of Commerce.

The young indie rockers of The Snaz will perform their own music at noon today on the green in Woodstock, in week three of the Pentangle Arts series of admission-free brown-bag concerts. If it rains, the concert will move into the nearby Town Hall Theatre.

Andrew Salgado will perform original country music on the Quechee Green tonight at 6:30, in week five of the Hartford Parks & Recreation Department’s series of summer concerts.

The Vermont-based vocal ensemble Counterpoint crosses the Connecticut River on Friday night to perform “Heartstrings” at Hanover’s St. Thomas Episcopal Church, at 7:30. A quintet of area string players will join Counterpoint for a program that includes Brahms’ Love Song Waltzes and works of Puccini and Beethoven. Tickets are $15-20. For more information, visit counterpointchorus.org or call 802-540-1784.

Canadian rock guitarist-singer Pat Travers leads his band — with bass player Rodney O’Quinn, drummer Sean Shannon and guitarist Kirk McKim — into Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction on Friday night at 8. Reserved tickets are $40. For more information, visit tupelohallvermont.com.

The Freese Brothers Big Band arrives in New London on Friday night to play a 6:30 concert on the Mary Haddad Bandstand on the town green.

The Norwich Women’s Club’s series of summer concerts on the Norwich Green continues Friday night with a 7 p.m. performance of classic rock and oldies from The Flames.

The a cappela jazz ensemble Maple Jam will perform a memorial tribute to Robert Meyers on Sunday afternoon at 2 at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish. Admission is included in the price to enter the historic site. For more information, visit nps.gov/saga/planyourvisit/summer-concerts.htm.

Sferes & White will play acoustic blues and rock in Lebanon’s Colburn Park on Monday night at 7.

In the first of a series of concerts by performers in the Lyra Summer Music Workshops at Randolph’s Chandler Music Hall, violinist Robin Scott will play works of Mozart, Janacek, Brown and Dvorak on Monday night at 7:30. Tickets cost $10 to $15. For more information, visit chandler-arts.org or call 802-728-6464.

The Panhandlers Steel Band will bang on the drums with a Caribbean beat at the green in Canaan at 7 on Tuesday night.

Bill Wightman will lead the Josa Ensemble onto the Ben Mere Bandstand on Sunapee Harbor Wednesday night at 7, to play jazz with guest trumpeter-singer Christine Fawson.

Weather permitting, the Dave Keller Band will perform original blues and soul at Lyman Point Park in White River Junction at 6:30 on Wednesday night. Because of construction on the Hartford Municipal Building next door, parking is limited for this summer’s series. The rec office is advising late arrivers to park at the White River Junction Visitor Center downtown or at the White River Elementary School.

Bar and Club Circuit

Guitar maestro Tom Pirozzoli opens the next week’s parade of performers through Hanover’s Canoe Club tonight at 7. Following him to the microphone with 7-to-10-p.m. sets are jazz guitarist Bill Rosen on Friday, the Sensible Shoes duo of Barbara Blaisdell and Tim Utt on Saturday, pianist Randall Mullen on Tuesday, and the sibling duo of singer Rebekah Schweitzer and guitarist Isaac Luxon performing jazz on Wednesday. The one break in the stream of music: Marko the Magician will perform his weekly sleight-of-hand on Monday night between 5:30 and 8:30.

The Vibrochamps hit Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland Four Corners on Friday night at 9, with guitarists Ted Mortimer and Ed Eastridge, Skip Truman on bass and Bobby G on drums.

Cloud makes its debut appearance at Salt hill Pub in Lebanon at 9 on Friday night with a mix of classic rock and country. And 24 hours later, singer-songwriters Mark and Deb Bond also introduce themselves to the venue.

Rocker-storyteller Brian Warren lands at Salt hill Pub in Newport at 9 on Friday night, followed on Saturday at the same hour by country and classic-rock recording artist Wayne Canney.

Fedor and the Green Room plays at Jesse’s on Friday night

Dr. Burma returns to the Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee on Saturday night at 8:30.

The Mark Harding Band will play at Windsor Station at 9 on Saturday night. On Tuesday at 6, Clint Pecor will come calling.

Jim Hollis will perform classic and pop rock Friday night at Salt hill Pub in Hanover at 9. At the same venue and time on Saturday, The Squids will bring on the funk and the noise.

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.

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

Thomas Chapin will host an open mic at the Eclipse Grange Theater in Thetford on Saturday night at 7. All ages and abilities are welcome. For more information, send e-mail to tychapin@gmail.com.

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.

David Corriveau can be reached at dcorriveau@vnews.com and at 603-727-3304.