Lecture and Arts at Johnson

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Spring 2020 Johnson Lecture and Arts Schedule

Northern Vermont University’s Lecture and Arts Series is made possible in part by the Harriett M. Sherman Lecture Fund, the Lecture and Arts Endowment, Maret ’92 and Tad ’89 Asaro, Bourne’s Energy, and Donald P. Blake Jr. Inc.


Mal Maiz

Tuesday, February 11, 7 p.m., Dibden Center for the Arts
Multi-instrumentalist Maiz Vargas Sandoval, originally from Costa Rica, leads the Burlington-based band, whose style is influenced by modern jazz, funk, and Afro-Caribbean music.  
This event is free and open to the public

"Good Kids"

Thursday, February 13-Saturday, February 15, 7 p.m., Sunday, February 16, 2 p.m., Dibden Center for the Arts
NVU instructor Margo Whitcomb directs "Good Kids", presented by the Performing Arts Department at the Johnson campus, which explores sexual assault and its impacts. The play, written by Naomi Iizuka, is set at a Midwestern high school and examines a sexual assault at a party and the aftermath. The play contains adult language and images about sexual assault. 
General Admission: $10 | Free for NVU student, faculty, staff

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"Diary of a Westward Journey"

Wednesday, February 19, 7 p.m., Dibden Center for the Arts

NVU dance instructor Maris Wolff and her Vermont Dance Collective will present a dance/theater piece she created, based on pioneer women’s diaries and letters about the wagon train movement to reach the “land of golden promise” of the American West in the 1800s.   
Free and open to the public


Brett Hughes and His Honky-Tonk Crowd

Saturday, March 7, 7 p.m., Dibden Center for the Arts
Brett Hughes has hosted Honky-Tonk Tuesday at Radio Bean in Burlington for years and is known for his creative harmonies with local performers, including Marie Claire, Kat Wright, Toni Catlin, Lesley Grant, and Lila Webb. This is a rockin' show you will not want to miss.
General Admission $10 | Free for NVU students, faculty, and staff

"Althea" Documentary 

Wednesday, March 11, 4 p.m., Bentley Hall, Room 207
The late tennis star Althea Gibson is featured in this PBS documentary. She became the first black tennis player to win at Wimbledon when she notched the women’s singles title in 1957, which was the first year she also won the U.S. Nationals tournament, the precursor to the U.S. Open. The film shows her achievements in the segregated tennis world of the ’50s and other challenges she overcame during the Civil Rights movement.
This event is free and open to the public

Vermont Comedy Improv Performance

Monday, March 16, 7 p.m., Stearns Performance Space
What began as a labor of love for husband and wife Nathan Hartswick and Natalie Miller grew into a robust community – and eventually, a comedy venue and training center. As comedians with few chances to perform in their home state of Vermont, Nathan and Natalie decided to create their own opportunities, and began producing shows, then teaching comedy classes, and finally creating a comedy venue and training center in downtown Burlington – one that made comedy accessible to everyone – Vermont Comedy Club. Come enjoy the fun of Improv as they create spontaneous comedy magic.
This event is free and open to the public.

Peking Acrobats

Wednesday, March 25, 7 p.m., Dibden Center for the Arts
For the last thirty-two years, THE PEKING ACROBATS have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs and display their technical prowess at such arts as trick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They push the limits of human ability, defying gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control.
Tickets: $45, $35, $25


Paula Poundstone

Friday, April 10, 7 p.m., Dibden Center for the Arts
Originally scheduled for February, Paula Poundstone performs live in Johnson, Vermont! Paula is a popular panelist on NPR’s # 1 show, the weekly comedy news quiz, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Paula’s guest appearances include The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Late Night with Carson Daly, The Montreal Comedy Festival/Just for Laughs, Nerdist with Chris Hardwick, and she was a clue in a New York Times crossword puzzle.
Existing tickets from the February show are valid for the April date.

Keya Chatterjee Ellsworth Lecture

Tuesday, April 14, 7 p.m., Bentley Hall, Room 207
The executive director of the US Climate Action Network (USCAN) will talk on what it will take to end the climate crisis. The Ellsworth lectures are funded by the Robert A. Ellsworth Trust at NVU’s Johnson campus.
This event is free and open to the public

Mark Lavengood Band

Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m., Stearns Performance Space
A master of many stringed instruments and percussion, Michigan-based Mark Lavengood has performed at the renowned Telluride Bluegrass Festival and a variety of other festivals and has appeared on stage with stars such as Johnny Irion, Infamous Stringdusters, and Greensky Bluegrass. 
This event is free and open to the public


Thursday, April 23-Saturday, April 25, 7 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m., Dibden Center for the Arts
The Performing Arts Department at NVU-Johnson will present the rock musical “Hair.” The production, first performed in the 1960s, reflects the counterculture of the time. NVU assistant professor and former member of the Blue Man Group, Isaac Eddy will direct the group of community and student actors.
General Admission $10 | Free for NVU student, faculty, and staff

Funk Fusion Concert

Wednesday, April 29, 7 p.m., Dibden Center for the Arts
Support student musicians, directed by instructor Greg Matses, as they perform tunes by James Brown, Amy Winehouse, and others.


Concert Band Performance

Friday, May 1, 7 p.m., Dibden Center for the Arts
The NVU-Johnson concert band will perform a variety of dance music, including American and European traditional music and a piece with unique lighting effects.  
General Admission $5 | Free to NVU student, faculty, and staff


Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, 7 p.m.
Cheer on the NVU-Johnson dance club at its popular end-of-semester extravaganza, featuring a mix of dance styles. The show usually sells out, so reserve your tickets early!

Choral Concert

Sunday, May 10, 7:30 p.m., Dibden Center for the Arts
Celebrate spring with this concert performed by NVU’s talented choral groups, featuring the chamber singers, the Johnson campus chorale, and the Badger Beats a capella singers.
General Admission $5 | Free for NVU student, faculty, and staff