This year, the art world’s ability to rally and produce engaging and vital works has been a constant glimmer of hope amidst global turmoil. With the revived Friday Five, we bring you our weekly choice of the top five things to check out in the near future—highlights from all over, as well as from the Flynn. And as you enjoy, please consider supporting these artists and arts organizations. Every donation counts. We hope these diverse works from all corners of the art world ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination, and help strengthen and energize our community.
In addition to these weekly selections, we also keep a more comprehensive rolling list of ongoing and upcoming happenings at our ONLINE ARTS GUIDE.
In this duet, Vermont dancers Christal Brown and Lida Winfield explore their similarities. Even as they recognize their differences—some superficial, others deeply-rooted—they keep an unwavering focus on how their individual paths led them to this point of collaboration and connection. Both artists are 41 years young. Both recently lost their mothers. Lida grew up in the North, Christal in the South; both come from small towns. Lida is white; Christal is Black. They’ve both lived the rigor of being artists, educators, and survivors.
Same But Different is presented by the Flynn and was created with support from Middlebury Performing Arts Series. This performance will stream through the Flynn website and is available January 30 at 7 pm through February 6. Tickets can be purchased and redeemed any time within that period.
This one-hour conversation will feature a dream team of three women who, with Vermont host Hannah Assefa, will discuss the role of music in moving from statements of solidarity to action for individuals, organizations, and systems committed to racial justice.
Afa Dworkin is an accomplished violinist and president and artistic director of the Sphinx Organization. Leyla McCalla is a cellist, composer, and a Grammy Award-winning member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, solo-artist. Regina Carter is a violinist, a multi-Grammy nominee, and a MacArthur Fellow. Hannah Assefa (host) is a Young Tradition Vermont board member, an educator, and an accomplished fiddler.
JANUARY 13: A JAZZ IMPROVISATION MASTERCLASS with Tom Cleary for teens & adults
FEBRUARY 22-26: TEEN SHAKESPEARE INTENSIVE VACATION CAMP with Marisa Valent for ages 13-18
FEBRUARY 22-26: A RIFF ON THE WIZARD OF OZ VACATION CAMP with Tray Vicory-Rosenquest for ages 8-12
MORE STARTING NEXT WEEK!
Tap, Burlesque, Musical Theater Dance plus pre-recorded Mini-Dancers and Hop-Hop for Kids
MORE STARTING IN TWO WEEKS!
Music Together, Show Choir, and Movement for Parkinson's
As long as you can stream at home, you can take these online classes with the Flynn! Find out more online or email Sarah and Deirdre with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Sarah at 781-718-8185 & Deirdre at 845-596-2250 (these are not Flynn phone lines as we are currently working remotely).
Backstage with a Magician is a virtual magic show featuring interactive tricks that occur in your home, elegant sleight-of-hand, and startling optical illusions. With a desk as a stage, Noah Levine shares his love for his craft while you watch from the best seat in the house. Recommended for ages 16 and up.
The Ambler Theater usually offers Hollywood classics in person, on the big screen. They are keeping the tradition alive by streaming some of Hollywood's best public domain titles right into your home. Join them for free YouTube Live streams every Thursday night at 7:30 pm (EST) and chat with everyone during the show.
On January 14 they premiere Hollow Triumph. Paul Henreid plays dual roles in this 1948 Film Noir about a gangster who assumes the identity of a psychiatrist after his scheme to rob a casino goes awry. Featuring famed femme fatale Joan Bennett.
Available to watch starting January 14 at 7:30 pm and at anytime through January 20. Find out more about this film and others in the series.