Monday, October 17, 2016

Joke of the Week: Famous Last Words

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 4:00 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 expat and current Baltimore resident Richard Bowen. Take it away, Richard…

"I ain't goin' out like this." — The last words of a guy who was about to go to the club but realized his outfit was whack and then died.

About that joke
Says Bowen: "If I had a nickel for every time I have turned a popular phrase or idiom into a joke, I would guess that I would have 50 to 60 nickels." 

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Peace Paper Project Turns Underwear to Art at Local Colleges

Posted By on Sun, Oct 16, 2016 at 9:33 AM

Panty Pulpers poster - RACHEL JONES
  • Rachel Jones
  • Panty Pulpers poster
Artist Drew Matott is now based in Hamburg, Germany, but he and the arts-activism initiative he cofounded, the Peace Paper Project, have roots in Burlington. Beginning in 2002, the South End Arts District — specifically the Green Door Studio — witnessed the transformation of Matott's personal paper-making practice into the Combat Paper Project with Drew Cameron. It has since grown into a robust network of international workshops and studios dedicated to paper making as a "vehicle for personal expression and cultural change."

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Playtime: Ivamae, 'Ocean Studios EP'

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 6:30 AM

Ivamae in her element. - EMILY DUMAS
  • Emily Dumas
  • Ivamae in her element.

Hey, critters! Welcome to Playtime. Each Friday I'll be writing about my offbeat local music obsessions. If you're feeling especially drained today, your eyes sore from photo-retouching, your wrists strained from silk-screening, back thrown from squash-picking, I have the perfect sounds to pour some life back into you.

This week I'm stoked about sister of soul, Ivamae — aka Brittany Langdon — and her week-old debut EP, Ocean Studios EP. You should play it on the leaf-peeping drive between apple picking or with a nice hot cup of something.  

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Interactive Artworks Take Flight at BTV

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 4:43 PM

James Keats '18 interacting with "Graffiniti" - STEVE MEASE
  • Steve Mease
  • James Keats '18 interacting with "Graffiniti"
In his opening remarks, Burlington International Airport aviation director Gene Richards dubbed the airport's two new interactive art installations as "advertisements, with a twist." Just behind his head, a red and yellow biplane toot-tooted cheerfully among digital clouds. The 70-inch wall-mounted monitor is the vehicle of "Flight," one of two new works developed by students at the Emergent Media Center at Burlington's Champlain College.  

In game programmer James Keats' words, "Flight" lets passengers and passersby do that thing that we all do as little kids: "pretend to be a plane." Adapted from a Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect, the experience uses skeletal tracking technology — motion detectors — to let viewers standing in front of the screen "become" the plane/pilot and control its gentle, ever-forward trajectory through their own movement.

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Comedian Jim Breuer on Heavy Metal and Baseball

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 1:25 PM

Jim Breuer - JIM THORPE
  • Jim Thorpe
  • Jim Breuer
When Jim Breuer swings through Burlington this weekend for a two-night, five-show run at the Vermont Comedy Club, he'll be doing so as part of his current standup comedy tour, "Marriage Warrior." He will not, sadly, be bringing his band.

That's right. Breuer, the veteran comic and actor — you might know him as Goat Boy from "Saturday Night Live" or the stoner Brian from Half Baked — has a band. And good one at that. Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy recently released their debut album, Songs From the Garage, on heralded heavy metal label Metal Blade Records. That Breuer is now label mates with the likes of GWAR and Cattle Decapitation should give you some idea of just how legit his new venture is. The record itself will fill in the rest.

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A Year of Firsts: Holy Ghost!'s Alex Frankel On His New Solo EP, Negative Space

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 6:30 AM

  • Alex Frankel
After years of fronting the New York City electronic-pop duo Holy Ghost!, Alex Frankel is taking a minute to strike out on his own. For starters, he became a business owner this year. He and his brother, Zach Frankel, along with El-P and Despot, opened Frankel's Delicatessen in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. A traditional Jewish deli, the shop specializes in brisket, bagels and smoked fish, among other fare. He's also just released first solo EP, Negative Space, on his own label ADF Records. 

Prior to recording Negative Space, the Los Angeles-based production/DJ duo Classixx tapped Frankel to sing on a track for their 2016 album, Faraway Reach. This collaboration would inspire/force Frankel to produce his first solo work (more on that below) and to do so on a strict deadline, which is something Holy Ghost! rarely, if ever do. The duo's label, DFA Records,  doesn't impose deadlines, which explains HG's leisurely release history — a string of singles and remixes, two full-lengths and two EPs, including the 2016 EP Crime Cutz, since forming in 2007.  

The Classixx collaboration would also lead to his current tour with that duo in support of the EP. Classixx and Frankel play on Wednesday, October 19, at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge in South Burlington. Harriet Brown opens.

Seven Days recently caught up with Frankel by phone in the midst of that tour.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Stream Team Decorates Burlington Storm Drains

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 5:10 PM

Mural by Jo Levasser, near Edmunds Middle School - RACHEL JONES
  • Rachel Jones
  • Mural by Jo Levasser, near Edmunds Middle School
Storm drains are generally pretty good at their job, which is to whisk rainfall away so that our cities don't become petri dishes of stagnant, standing water. This urban infrastructure is so good that most people hardly think about it — an error that the Chittenden County Stream Team seeks to correct through public art. 

Late last month, the Stream Team and four local artists fell upon Burlington storm drains, beautifying them with horizontal murals and, more importantly, making them known. 

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Joke of the Week: Needle in the Hay

Posted By on Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 9:24 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 Alex Bonson. Take it away, Alex…

Heroin is a big problem in Vermont, no doubt about it. I was at Shelburne Farms recently and what did I find? A needle in the haystack.
About that joke
Says Bonson: "I wrote this joke to supplement a previous one I wrote about how I don't do the typical things Vermonters do, such as skiing and heroin. Having lived in the green mountain state all my life, I enjoy writing bits about local topics/concerns, especially those that have a bit of an edge to it. If I can take something unsettling and turn it into laughter, I feel like I've done my job as a comic." 

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Playtime: Zammuto, 'Veryone'

Posted By on Fri, Oct 7, 2016 at 6:30 AM

Nick Zammuto has a fascination with Rubik's Cubes. - AMELIA DEVOID
  • Amelia Devoid
  • Nick Zammuto has a fascination with Rubik's Cubes.

We made it through another week, you guys! In case you missed my debut post last week, welcome to Playtime. Each Friday I'll be writing about my offbeat local music obsessions. If you're feeling especially drained today, your eyes sore from data entry, your wrists strained from milk-steaming, back thrown from box-lifting, I have the perfect sounds to pour some life back into you. Plus, a bonus local film that you can watch online for free! Say hello to Zammuto.

This is pretty much what its like inside my brain.

A video posted by Zammuto (@zammutosound) on

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Andrew Bird on Guns, Whistling and Muppets

Posted By on Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 2:59 PM

Andrew Bird - ADDIE JUELL
  • Addie Juell
  • Andrew Bird
On his latest record, Are You Serious, Andrew Bird gets, well, pretty serious. The album, released in April of this year, came on the heels of a series of profound life challenges — the most significant being his wife's treatment for cancer. The songwriter/singer/violinist/whistler extraordinaire has long been known for a whimsical streak bordering on ethereal in his writing and composing. But Are You Serious represents some of Bird's most deeply personal and direct songwriting. It is beautiful and unsettling and reaffirming all at once.  

In his typically eloquent and insightful manner, Bird has spoken at length about the heavy circumstances surrounding the record. (Such as here. And here. And here.) So when Seven Days recently spoke with him by phone, we thought we'd digress to some (mostly) lighter topics. Maybe give the guy a break, y'know?

Ahead of his show at the Higher Ground Ballroom with Sinkane on Monday, October 10, we chatted with Bird about Muppets, whistling, his cool new Facebook Live video series “Live From the Great Room” and gun control — see: “(mostly) lighter,” above.

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