An archive of past flyers hang on the walls of 242 for its farewell show.
Hello again, friends! It is my duty in this column to reflect and project about local music, and I certainly have a lot to write about this week. My recent thoughts concern the end of Burlington's iconic all-ages venue, 242 Main.
Since the public announcement that Memorial Auditorium — the building that houses 242 — would be closing due to structural issues, the local music community has been mourning the loss of what was once a sanctuary for the Northeastern punk movement. As I monitored the reactions to the club's terminal diagnosis, I began to reflect on my own time spent at the venue as a teenager growing up in Burlington. I noticed something was missing in the historical narrative of the space: The experiences of the young women who bravely navigated the overwhelmingly male-dominated culture that thrived behind 242 Main's doors.
If you ravenously scour Seven Days' weekly club listings — which I know you all do religiously — you may have noticed a new name popping up nearly every week. Since their inception in early September, 2016, neo-Americana trio Navytrain have been on a hot streak of local and regional gigs. On Friday, December 2, they celebrate the release of their first EP, Souls, at SideBar in Burlington. The show starts at 8 p.m., and the first 50 people will receive a free copy of the EP. Listen below.
By Dan Bolles
on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 8:01 AM
Courtesy of Avi Salloway
Standing Rock, November 24, 2016
Recently, some 40 Vermonters and New Englanders, many affiliated with the local grassroots environmental advocacy organization 350 Vermont, traveled to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to join the ongoing protests there against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The Vermont Humanities Council has made its selection for the 2017 iteration of Vermont Reads: Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming will be the centerpiece for programming in towns and municipalities across the state.
Woodson's memoir, written in verse, has been awarded the Coretta Scott King BookAward and the National Book Award, among other honors, since its publication in 2014. And, it's the first book by an African American woman to become the Vermont Reads choice.
Elizabeth Bluemle, Darrilyn Peters and Josie Leavitt at Flying Pig Bookstore
When customers flock to local shops for Small Business Saturday this weekend, one independent bookstore will be marking a milestone.
Shelburne's Flying Pig Bookstore turns 20 years old today and, on Saturday, owners Elizabeth Bluemle and Josie Leavitt will celebrate with "cupcakes, cider and customer memories," according to a press release.
Bluemle and Leavitt opened the store shortly after moving north from New York City "without jobs planned," Bluemle told me in a 2007 interview. When he saw a "For Rent" sign on Charlotte's former post office, "I just immediately wanted that building," she recalled.
The duo opened the store about 10 weeks later with a name that slyly referenced its origin as a "pipe dream," says their press release — i.e., something that will "happen when pigs fly."
The Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga is a model for the arts center being considered by South Burlington
In late October, four focus groups convened to discuss the future of the arts in South Burlington, specifically the creation of the South Burlington City Center for the Arts. The conversations, led by theater consultant Don Hirsch, were all hypothetical — asking attendees to visualize what such a center might do, who it would serve, and how it would benefit the community. Thirty five people attended, not all of them South Burlington residents.
The interest comes on the heels of the city's push to develop an actual downtown center. As the first step toward that end, residents passed a bond for the redevelopment of Market Street and the development of a park.
By Dan Bolles
on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 9:15 AM
It's Monday, which means it's time for your weekly dose of locavore levity: the Joke of the Week! This week's joke comes from South Montpelier's Sky Sandoval. Take it away, Sky …
So, my name is Sky. I have two half-sisters, and my half-sisters' names are: Star … and Jennifer.
It’s an interesting choice on my dad’s part naming us Sky, Star and Jennifer. It makes me wonder what he’d be like if he were in charge of other things using that logic. I always like to imagine what it’d be like if he booked a music festival.
The singers of 'Amore Per Tutti.' Ryan Power pictured middle, top row.
Hello, weird wide web. Thanks for coming over to hang out with my disembodied voice for awhile. If you're new to this weekly transmission, the purpose is to relay my experience of local music. Today on my local radar, is the recently released track "Modern Man" from the album Amore Per Tutti by Tredici Bacci, featuring Ryan Power. Amore Per Tutti is availablethrough NNA Tapes, the critically acclaimed independent label making waves out of Burlington since 2008. The album is an intersection of great international composers, brilliant classically-trained conservatory graduates of the Boston area and the underground voices of Vermont.