Arts events: Feb. 16 through Feb. 22, 2016

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February exhibit features 11 regional artists

Vaune Trachtman art

Photograph by Vaune Trachtman.

Now through March 6, the Southern Vermont Arts Center offers an eclectic solo exhibit in the Yester House Galleries at Southern Vermont Arts Center Drive in Manchester Center. The exhibit hosts 11 regional artists who capture the world through their mediums of photography and painting.

Local landscape photographer Christopher Dant, photographic painter Barbara Harshman, photographic artist Vaune Trachtman, oil painter Kathie Thompson, hyper-realistic oil painter Leslie Peck, painter Irene Cole, mixed media artist Annie Parham, pastel artist Susan Wadsworth, artist Cheryl Joan, painter Jeri MacDonald and painter Graham Mears.

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Feb. 19: ‘Spirit of Johnny Cash’ visits Claremont Opera House

spirit of johnny cashThe Claremont Opera House welcomes the return of Harold Ford and the Cash Band with “the Spirit of Johnny Cash” show at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19 at the Opera House, 58 Opera House Square, Claremont N.H. Tickets are $20 and are available online at Online handling fee will apply, or at the Opera House box office, or by calling 603-542-4433 the night of the show.

Feb. 20: ‘Blue Broadway Cabaret’ at Main St. Arts

Main Street Arts presents “Blue Broadway Cabaret” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. As part of Saxtons River’s Blue February, the cabaret features Broadway standards and audience favorites. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

Veterans of past Main Street Arts shows reprise pieces from shows including “Les Miserables,” “Gondoliers,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Edwin Drood,” and the recent touring production of “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well.”

The show is part of Saxtons River’s “Blue February” promotion, which is the village’s solution to cabin fever, offering a special events for people to get out and about during the month.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Call 802-869-2960 for more information or go online at

Feb. 21:  Speckers & friend fiddle concert

From 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21 legendary Vermont fiddler John Specker and his daughter Ida Mae, joined by special guest Darrin Hacquard, present a concert of traditional American fiddle music at the Andover Town Hall, 953 Weston Andover Road, Andover. Their twin fiddles, claw hammer banjo, guitar, washboard and soulful harmonies have the audience tapping double time. Admission is free and open to the public, and children of all ages are encouraged to attend. Visit for more information.

Feb. 22: Performance tells story of Japanese-American internment camp

BendMarlboro College presents Bend, Kim Maeda’s multimedia solo performance piece that tells the true story of two men incarcerated in a Japanese American Relocation Camp during World War II. The performance will be in Marlboro’s Whittemore Theater, 2582 South Road in Malboro on Monday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

Using sand as her canvas and brooms, rakes, and blocks of wood as her brushes, Maeda transforms image after image, calling to mind the Arizona desert where Robert Maeda was interned, Noguchi’s landscape designs, as well as Zen rock gardens. She combines live feed video projection of these drawings with archival footage so that in the end all that is left is the audience’s memory of the performance. Maeda is a theater artist based in Columbia, S.C., whose intimate visual performances cross disciplines and push boundaries.

For more information, contact the Marlboro College marketing and communication office at 802-251-7644 or

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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