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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Vermont PBS Begins Series With Tech Star Victoria Taylor

Posted By on Sat, Jan 16, 2016 at 1:49 PM

  • Courtesy of Vermont PBS
  • Victoria Taylor
Last fall Vermont PBS announced that Victoria Taylor, former organizer of the popular "Ask Me Anything" forum on reddit, would be the face of its new tech-focused show, "InnoVaTe." The six-episode mini-series, which features Vermont's tech entrepreneurs, launches in its entirety online on Tuesday, January 19.

Each 10-minute episode takes viewers behind the scenes of tech-centric companies such as Generator, Burlington's maker space; and Logic Supply, the manufacturer of compact industrial computers. Seven Days' annual Tech Jam gets a spot, too. 

When reporter Ethan de Seife wrote about Taylor's new gig in October, he called her an "ideal choice" to host the show because of both her love for public television and her tech savvy. Find out more at Vermont PBS, and watch the promo below:

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Movies You Missed: The Duke of Burgundy

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Chiara D'Anna as Evelyn - IFC FILMS
  • IFC Films
  • Chiara D'Anna as Evelyn
This week in movies you missed: This year, two arty lesbian romances garnered boatloads of critical acclaim. One of those movies you'll see at the Oscars — that's Carol. This is the other.

What You Missed
Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) is an entomologist who studies butterflies and moths all day in an immense, ravishingly elegant villa. Evelyn (Chiara D'Anna) is her maid — or so it appears at first. Then Cynthia "punishes" Evelyn for not hand-washing a pair of her undies properly, and it's clear something else is going on here.

As we watch, the women's relationship becomes more and more complicated. Cynthia is the dominant in their carefully scripted erotic play, but she doesn't always seem happy with that role. Evelyn is meek and submissive — or is she?

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A Wake for David Bowie (and a Song)

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 1:02 PM

David Bowie
  • David Bowie
As the world continues to mourn the passing of David Bowie, who died from cancer on Monday morning at age 69, local tributes to the pop icon are beginning to crop up. This includes a vigil at Burlington's Radio Bean this Saturday, January 16, called Ziggy's Dust: Awake for David Bowie. Here's the pertinent info, direct from the Bean's Lee Anderson:

Visitation hours: 1/16 4-6:00
Where: Radio Bean
Why: planet earth is blue
Whose: shirts you wear 
(The terror of knowing) What: this world is about
Anderson says several local artists have signed to perform Bowie tunes and other tributes, though specific details are still being hashed out. The late-afternoon wake is open to the public, and anyone with a song or story or poem to share is welcome to do so. The obsequies will conclude with a "funeral parade finale," which, knowing the Bean, promises to be fittingly fabulous.

In other local Bowie news, BTV surf band Barbacoa are slated to host their own homage to the Thin White Duke at the Bean next Friday, January 22. Look for more details on that in next week's Soundbites column.

Finally, local pop phenoms Madaila have recorded an impromptu cover of Bowie's "Starman," from the classic 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Here's Madaila's Jer Coons on how the song came together:
We originally had a Madaila session scheduled yesterday, but when we got into the studio and heard about David Bowie, we abandoned it to record this. It felt like the only proper way to process the loss of such a cultural icon. We spent 14 hours straight putting it together. It turned into a wonderfully cathartic and inspiring marathon day. Willoughby [Morse] one-taked the outrageous guitar solo as I frantically copy & pasted the outro repeatedly so as to capture the magic and not cut the moment short. I don't really have the words for everything he meant to us as a band or the world at large. I'll leave that to more literate scribes. All I know is that we sure as hell wouldn't be wearing neon spandex if it weren't for him.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Daryl Storrs Artwork to Represent Vermont History Expo

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 3:22 PM

Detail of "Lake Champlain," pastel by Daryl Storrs. PC: Sally MacKay - COURTESY OF VERMONT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
  • Courtesy of Vermont Historical Society
  • Detail of "Lake Champlain," pastel by Daryl Storrs. PC: Sally MacKay
The Tunbridge Fairgrounds host more than the town's legendary annual World's Fair; every other June, the Vermont History Expo brings together more than 150 local historical societies, museums and heritage organizations, as well as musicians, authors, genealogists, crafters and other talented professionals, to dig into — what else? — the history of Vermont.

Organized by the Vermont Historical Society, this year's expo falls on June 18 and 19. The VHS has just announced its signature artwork for the event: "Lake Champlain," a pastel landscape by Huntington artist Daryl Storrs. 

Her image is fitting for this year's theme, "h20: The Power of Water in Vermont History." She created the work in March 2015, expanding from plein air landscapes made during the warmer months. This one is a view of the Champlain Valley viewed from a friend's home in Charlotte.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Nominations Open for Barbara Smail Award

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 1:36 PM

Left to right: BCA Chief Curator DJ Hellerman, Barbara Smail 2014 winner Sumru Tekin, BCA Asst. Curator Ashley Jimenez, Barbara Smail 2015 winner Clark Derbes - COURTESY OF BURLINGTON CITY ARTS
  • Courtesy of Burlington City Arts
  • Left to right: BCA Chief Curator DJ Hellerman, Barbara Smail 2014 winner Sumru Tekin, BCA Asst. Curator Ashley Jimenez, Barbara Smail 2015 winner Clark Derbes
Burlington City Arts is now accepting nominations for the 14th Barbara Smail Award, an arts prize awarded to a Vermont-based mid-career artist who "has a desire to expand his or her creative experience, has displayed enthusiastic support of his or her peers, and has been under-recognized in the community either through exhibition or other awards and programs." 

The award was created in 2003 in memory of local painter Barbara Smail, who was a founding member of the Firehouse Gallery (now BCA Center). She died in 2001. Smail Award artists receive a $1,500 stipend, approximately $1,000 worth of classes and/or studio time in BCA's facilities, and a culminating exhibition at BCA Center. 2015's winner, Clark Derbes, will open his exhibition on April 15. Past winners include Diane Gabriel, Peter Gallo, Catherine Hall, Kat Clear, Gregg Blasdel, Kate Donnelly and Sumru Tekin

Nominations will be accepted through January 29. For more info, visit the BCA website.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Call to Poets: PoemTown Randolph Seeks Good Lines

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 3:38 PM

Sydney Lea reads at Three Bean Café during PoemTown Randolph last year. - COURTESY OF TIM CALABRO
  • Courtesy of Tim Calabro
  • Sydney Lea reads at Three Bean Café during PoemTown Randolph last year.

Most poets rarely see their work under the spotlight; it's understood that, for the majority of their career, they will read to small audiences or sell a few chapbooks in the local indie bookstore. However, in April, Vermont's verse peddlers will have the opportunity to see their work plastered in store windows throughout Randolph. The February 1 deadline to submit to the monthlong celebration approaches, so sharpen those pencils, poets. 

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Special Collections: Handy's Lunch

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 10:44 AM

Earl Handy reaches for a bill in his restaurant collection. - RACHEL ELIZABETH JONES
  • Rachel Elizabeth Jones
  • Earl Handy reaches for a bill in his restaurant collection.
Numismatics refers to the study and/or collecting of currency, and might bring to mind hole-in-the-wall businesses run by bespectacled, white-haired gentlemen, or nostalgic county fair stalls, or maybe even the flash-in-the-pan 1990s game Pogs, which briefly made coin-like discs all the rage. Handy's Lunch in Burlington, however, has its own far less calculated brand of numismatics — though proprietor Earl Handy certainly recognizes the allure that an in-house collection gives to his business. 

"You’re sitting in a diner, you’re waiting for your food to cook," he told Seven Days over the lunch counter. "You can see me cooking your food, and Mary [his sister] is there visiting with you. It’s kind of neat, when you look up, there’s something on the ceiling." 

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

An Arts Acquisition: Brattleboro's Arch Street Building

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 2:26 PM

View of the Arch Street Building along Whetstone Brook - COURTESY OF BRATTLEBORO MUSEUM & ART CENTER
  • Courtesy of Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
  • View of the Arch Street Building along Whetstone Brook
According to the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, the disused industrial building at 11 Arch Street in downtown Brattleboro has been granted "a new lease on life" — BMAC purchased the property from Green Mountain Power on December 11.

The approximately 4,500-square-foot brick building is more than 130 years old. "For most of its life it was used by various power companies," BMAC director Danny Lichtenfeld told Seven Days. Formerly, it was the generating station, substation and service center for Central Vermont Public Service Corporation, Twin State Gas & Electric and Brattleboro Gaslight Company. "Plans for the new facility have yet to be finalized," he added, "but may include artist housing or studios, gallery or event space, classrooms and a terrace overlooking the brook." 

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