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click to enlarge Movie still from Miss Sharon Jones! - COURTESY OF VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FOUNDATION
  • Courtesy of Vermont International Film Foundation
  • Movie still from Miss Sharon Jones!

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Vermont International Film Festival

Going to the movies can be a passive activity: Buy a ticket, be seated and be entertained. But for more than three decades, the Vermont International Film Festival has used the cinematic arts to spark community conversation. This year's lineup showcases films from all over the world addressing hard-hitting, timely subjects, including refugee and LGBT issues. Among the highlights are Microbe and Gasoline, in which two young friends travel across France in a homemade vehicle; Miss Sharon Jones!, a documentary chronicling the soul singer's courageous battle with cancer; and Tanna, a fascinating story of star-crossed lovers on a remote Pacific island. So sit back, relax and enjoy the shows — then stick around to chat with filmmakers and fellow theatergoers.

October 21 to 30 at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington.

Fall Performing Arts

click to enlarge Le Vent du Nord
  • Le Vent du Nord

September in Burlington means more than fabulous foliage. The month marks the start of the city's stellar performing arts season. Right on Main Street, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts' lit-up marquee announces an incredible variety of acts, from piano-pop darling Ben Folds (September 24) to hip-hop troupe Rennie Harris Puremovement (October 7) to Grammy-winning jazz prodigy Esperanza Spalding (October 14). Up the hill, the University of Vermont Lane Series specializes in more intimate performances. Québécois quartet Le Vent du Nord (September 30) combine traditional music with a cosmopolitan edge, while the Guy Mendilow Ensemble (October 15) gives voice to traditional Jewish Sephardi legends. Las Cafeteras (October 28) sing of the fight for justice in inspiring English and "Spanglish" lyrical poetry, and, in a feat of master storytelling, Mike Daisey (November 9 and 10) connects Moby-Dick with the Star Trek franchise. On with the show!

The University of Vermont Lane Series and Flynn Center for the Performing Arts season begin September 24 in Burlington.

South End Art Hop & First Friday Art

click to enlarge MATTHEW THORSEN
  • Matthew Thorsen

Burlington has long been considered one of the country's best small cities for the arts. If you want to feast your eyes on what its resident visual artists are up to, it's as easy as walking — or hopping. Every first Friday of the month, dozens of citywide venues — galleries, nightclubs, cafés, colleges and more — open their doors from 5 to 8 p.m. for free exhibitions and arts events. And once a year, the South End Art Hop draws more than 30,000 visitors for three days of open studios, outdoor art, juried exhibitions and even a local-fashion showcase with a catwalk. Talk about painting the town.

South End Art Hop: September 9 to 11, Pine Street in Burlington.
First Friday Art: Held the first Friday of every month in Burlington.

Vermont International Film Festival

click to enlarge Movie still from Miss Sharon Jones! - COURTESY OF VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FOUNDATION
  • Courtesy of Vermont International Film Foundation
  • Movie still from Miss Sharon Jones!

Aller voir un film peut être une activité passive : acheter un billet, s'asseoir et se laisser distraire. Mais depuis plus de trente ans, le Vermont International Film Festival utilise le septième art pour susciter des échanges dans la communauté. Au programme cette année, des films de partout dans le monde qui abordent des sujets d'actualité percutants, comme le dossier des réfugiés et les problèmes qui touchent la communauté LGBT. Mentionnons en particulier Microbe et Gasoil, dans lequel deux jeunes amis parcourent la France à bord d'un véhicule fabriqué de leurs mains, Miss Sharon Jones!, un documentaire relatant le courageux combat d'une chanteuse de soul contre le cancer, et Tanna, l'histoire fascinante de deux amoureux, maudits par le sort, sur une île perdue du Pacifique. Installez-vous confortablement dans votre fauteuil, et bon visionnement! Une fois les lumières rallumées, ne manquez pas la discussion avec les cinéastes et les autres spectateurs.

Du 21 au 30 octobre au Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, à Burlington.

Fall Performing Arts

click to enlarge Esperanza Spalding
  • Esperanza Spalding

Le mois de septembre à Burlington ne se résume pas aux fabuleuses couleurs d'automne. C'est aussi le début de la saison des spectacles en ville. Directement sur Main Street, la marquise scintillante du Flynn Center for the Performing Arts annonce un programme des plus variés, allant du virtuose du piano-pop Ben Folds (24 septembre) à la troupe de hip-hop Rennie Harris Puremovement (7 octobre), en passant par Esperanza Spalding, prodige du jazz et lauréate d'un prix Grammy (14 octobre). Plus haut sur la colline, l'événement Lane Series de l'Université du Vermont propose des prestations plus intimes. Le quatuor québécois Le Vent du Nord (30 septembre) donne dans la musique traditionnelle aux accents cosmopolites, tandis que le Guy Mendilow Ensemble (15 octobre) prête voix aux légendes traditionnelles des Juifs séfarades. Le groupe Las Cafeteras (28 octobre) chante la lutte pour la justice dans une poésie lyrique mêlée d'anglais et d'espagnol et, de main de maître, Mike Daisey (9 et 10 novembre) réalise un mélange étonnant de Moby-Dick et de Star Trek. Place au spectacle!

L'événement Lane Series de l'Université du Vermont et le Flynn Center for the Performing Arts lancent leur programmation le 24 septembre à Burlington.

South End Art Hop & First Friday Art

click to enlarge MATTHEW THORSEN
  • Matthew Thorsen

Burlington est depuis longtemps considérée comme l'une des petites villes les plus dynamiques du pays sur le plan culturel. Pour profiter du véritable festin artistique concocté par les artistes visuels du coin, vous n'avez qu'à marcher — ou plutôt à sauter — d'un endroit à l'autre. Le premier vendredi du mois, des dizaines de salles dans toute la ville — galeries, boîtes de nuit, cafés, collèges, etc. — ouvrent leurs portes de 17 h à 20 h pour des expositions et des activités artistiques gratuites. De plus, une fois par année, plus de 30 000 visiteurs participent à l'événement de trois jours South End Art Hop : ateliers ouverts, expositions-concours et même un défilé de mode sont au programme. Une ville colorée, vous dites?

South End Art Hop : Du 9 au 11 septembre, sur Pine Street à Burlington.
First Friday Art : Tous les premiers vendredis du mois, à Burlington.

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