Art Notes: Upper Valley’s summer arts off to a hot start

Alison Turner records a vocal melody in her home studio in Royalton, Vt., on Wednesday, March 15, 2023. Turner will release her third album as Ali T on March 24. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Alison Turner records a vocal melody in her home studio in Royalton, Vt., on Wednesday, March 15, 2023. Turner will release her third album as Ali T on March 24. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. James M. Patterson

By ALEX HANSON

Valley News Staff Writer

Published: 06-19-2024 4:33 PM

The heat is supposed to break by Friday, if the forecast is for real.
That’s a good thing in general, but particularly for Randolph, where the Chandler Center for the Arts and other organizations have made big plans for International Make Music Day.

Friday will mark Randolph’s fifth Make Music Day, which features a day-long slate of free musical performances around Randolph Village, starting with Royalton pop singer-songwriter AliT playing at Wee Bird Bagel Café at 10 a.m. The headlining performance starts at 6 p.m. at Trillium Plaza, behind Wee Bird, and features a triple bill of the Krishna Guthrie Band, the Ivorian singer and dancer Dobet Gnahoré and her band, and a set from DJ Denisova.

For more information, go to chandler-arts.org.

Will Pilgrims progress?

Leading local garage rock exponents The Pilgrims release a new record with a show Saturday night at 7 at the Main Street Museum in White River Junction. Opening for The Pilgrims are Claremont’s own Chodus and the Lowell, Mass., four-piece outfit Tysk, Tysk, Task. Admission is $10, but no one is ever turned away for lack of funds; Scrooge McDuck types are encouraged to pay more, but probably won’t.

Legitimate stage

Hartland native Zofia Zerphy brings her play “How to Urn a Living,” a farce set in a funeral home, to Sawtooth Kitchen for a “rehearsed reading” at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Zerphy is the daughter of comedian and actor Michael Zerphy and a veteran of Upper Valley theater. She recently graduated from theater school in London and is raising money to finance performances of “Urn” in London later this summer and fall. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

On Friday, North Country Community Theatre opens a production of “The Music Man” at Lebanon Opera House. The show runs through June 30. For tickets and info, go to lebanonoperahouse.org or call 603-448-0400.

Isn’t time money?

The Upper Valley Young Professionals are holding a Free Time Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Norwich’s Tracy Hall. The event offers the public an opportunity to meet representatives of 30 to 40 Upper Valley organizations, ranging from AVA Gallery and Art Center to WISE. The intent is to help the busy 20-to-40-year-old UVYPs find a new activity, hobby, volunteer opportunity or what have you, but everyone’s welcome. To see a list of participating groups and to sign up in advance (and get a free raffle ticket) go to uvyp.org.

The jury is out

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Two Upper Valley visual arts stalwarts are showing big juried exhibitions right now. For the uninitiated, that means artists submit work and a juror selects the pieces that will go on display. The resulting show is usually a pleasingly messy survey of what artists are working on.

Newport’s Library Arts Center’s Juried Regional Exhibit opened last week and is on view through July 24.

And AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon opens its Biennial Juried Exhibition with a reception from 5 to 7 Friday evening. The show runs through July 13.

Alex Hanson can be reached at ahanson@vnews.com or 603-727-3207.