Monday, January 16, 2017

Burlington Shows Love, Again, for Richard Brautigan

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 2:25 PM

Brautigan Library courtesy of Todd Lockwood - SADIE WILLIAMS
  • Sadie Williams
  • Brautigan Library courtesy of Todd Lockwood
Burlington seems to have a cosmic connection to counterculture author Richard Brautigan, known for his 1967 novella Trout Fishing in America, among other titles. On Sunday night at Radio Bean in Burlington, a small group of local artists and fans got together to celebrate the spirit of the writer's work with the Richard Brautigan Group Art Show.

The event, which riffed on a fictional library in Brautigan's 1971 book The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966, invited attendees to bring a piece of original artwork to hang on the walls of the small coffee-shop-cum-concert-space. Artists Sarah Letteney, 32, and James Bellizia, 40, organized the event/exhibit and said the works will be on display for a month.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Don't Panic: In Advance of Trump Inauguration, Burlington Activists Perform Hysteria

Posted By on Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 4:09 PM

Lindsay London - RACHEL JONES
  • Rachel Jones
  • Lindsay London
Saturday afternoon in Burlington, Winooski resident Lindsay London shouted through a megaphone at the top of Church Street: "'Hysteria' comes from the Latin word for 'wandering uterus'!"

London was met with cheers, jeers, moans and wails from a group of approximately 20 people, assembled for a "Public Panic Attack" in response to the impending inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump. "Because sometimes the only reasonable response is to PANIC!!!!!!" declared the group's Facebook event.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Playtime: Chance McNiff, 'thoughts count'

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 6:30 AM

'thoughts count', Chance McNiff - ELIZABETH JEWETT
  • Elizabeth Jewett
  • 'thoughts count', Chance McNiff

Hey, pals. Remember my first post for the Live Culture blog? I wrote about an obscure musical artifact from 2013 titled Sequoiahedron, by Brattleboro's Chance McNiff. In the post, I predicted that McNiff had some new sounds in his reserve and expressed the hope that 2017 would see them presented to the public. To my delight, just one week into the new year, McNiff sent me a Bandcamp link to a new collection of modular synth compositions. The collection, titled thoughts count, is a hypnotic exploration of  vaguely psycho-tropical ambience and rhythm with minimalist execution.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

MOXIE Productions Stages Solo Show Series

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 12:36 PM

  • Courtesy of Renata Hinrichs
  • Renata Hinrichs
There's a new act in town — or, more precisely, four new acts. Monica Callan, of the local theater company MOXIE Productions, is gearing up for a winter run of solo shows titled the "One & Only Series" at the Grange Hall Cultural Center in Waterbury Center.

Renata Hinrichs opens the series with performances this Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15. The New York City actor and playwright presents her autobiographical show, Random Acts, which chronicles her upbringing as the daughter of a white Lutheran minister on the South Side of Chicago. The show won Best Storytelling Script in the 2014 United Solo Festival.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Venezuela's Betsayada Machado y Parranda El Clavo Come to Burlington

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 9:54 AM

  • Courtesty of Betsayda Machado
  • Betsayda Machado
Mixed Methods is bringing Afro-Venezuelan icons Betsayda Machado y Parranda El Clavo to Burlington for a special performance on Wednesday, January 11, at North End Studios. Below, you'll find a video announcement made especially for their Burlington show.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Generator Revs Up in New Burlington South End Quarters

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 3:16 PM

Lars Hasselblad Torres at Generator on Sears Lane - SADIE WILLIAMS
  • Sadie Williams
  • Lars Hasselblad Torres at Generator on Sears Lane
Burlington's Generator has completed the move from its former home in Memorial Auditorium to new digs on Sears Lane in the city's South End. The move was financed by a $300,000 fundraising campaign. Leased from Champlain College, the new Generator includes some notable changes.

One of them, explained director Lars Hasselblad Torres, is a new key card system installed by John Yasaitis, a former Generator member and a cofounder of the Alternator lab on Pine Street.  The system allows studio members to access the studio any time of day or night.

Generator's educator-in-residence program is also new. The maker space is offering a Vermont educator two months of free studio time and a $500 monthly stipend. The goal, said Torres, is to provide the teacher with the time, and physical and intellectual resources, to develop a new curriculum.

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Joke of the Week: Candid Camera

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 9:16 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 Burlington's Hunter Congleton. Take it away, Hunter…

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

James Kochalka Featured on Vermont PBS Innovate Series

Posted By on Sat, Jan 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM

James Kochalka
  • James Kochalka
Prolific comic artist James Kochalka was recently featured on the year-old Vermont PBS mini-series InnoVaTe, a show hosted by former reddit employee Victoria Taylor that highlights local innovators.

Kochalka is known for his adorable, emotive comics such as American Elf and Johnny Boo — and for being Vermont's first comic laureate. (His successor, Edward Koren, now holds that title.) He's also the front man for band James Kochalka Superstar, with fans around the world.

Generally, Taylor's episodes — which run about 10 minutes long — focus on tech-centric businesses such as Marguerite Dibble's Game Theory or Richmond-based robotics company Greensea Systems. For his segment, however, Kochalka focused less on the tools usually associated with innovation and more on its source.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

UVM Prof's Photography Book 'Ground' Named One of Year's Best

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 2:26 PM

"Mr. Tronson, farmer near Wheelock, North Dakota, 1937," detail - COURTESY OF BILL MCDOWELL
  • Courtesy of Bill McDowell
  • "Mr. Tronson, farmer near Wheelock, North Dakota, 1937," detail
In April 2016, photographer and University of Vermont professor Bill McDowell released the artist book Ground: A Reprise of Photographs From the Farm Security Administration. As the year came to a close, the book was one of 11 included among the Mother Jones round-up of the best photography books.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Outgoing Governor Shumlin and August Burns Unveil New Portrait

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 6:57 PM

Artist August Burns speaks at the unveiling of Peter Shumlin's official portrait. - JEB WALLACE-BRODEUR
  • Jeb Wallace-Brodeur
  • Artist August Burns speaks at the unveiling of Peter Shumlin's official portrait.
Many, many paintings go unnoticed, but some are marked to hang on institutional walls — or at least be protected in institutional archives — for all of foreseeable eternity. After delivering his farewell address yesterday, outgoing Democratic governor Peter Shumlin unveiled his new forever-in-history portrait amid Statehouse clamor. The painting by Middlesex classical realist August Burns depicts a pensive Shumlin, arms crossed and eyes down, against a deep, dark, layered background.

Some — including Statehouse curator David Schutz — quickly drew parallels between Burns' 28-by-40-inch oil and the official presidential portrait of John F. Kennedy. Aaron Shikler painted the latter in 1969, years after Kennedy's assassination.

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