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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Vermont Reads Selects 'Brown Girl Dreaming'

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 2:24 PM

Jacqueline Woodson - COURTESY OF THE AUTHOR
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  • Jacqueline Woodson
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 Book Award 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.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Joke of the Week: Brush It Off

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 11:25 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 Montpelier's Bryanna Doe. Take it away, Bryanna…

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Flying Pig Bookstore Celebrates Its 20th Birthday

Posted By on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Elizabeth Bluemle, Darrilyn Peters and Josie Leavitt at Flying Pig Bookstore - SANDY FIRST
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  • 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."

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

South Burlington Sets Its Sights on Arts Facility

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM

The Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga is a model for the arts center being considered by South Burlington - CITY OF RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CALIF.
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  • 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.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Joke of the Week: The Name Game

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 9:15 AM

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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.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Playtime: Tredici Bacci ft. Ryan Power, "Modern Man"

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 6:30 AM

The singers of 'Amore Per Tutti.' Ryan Power pictured middle, top row. - MICHAEL TONN
  • Michael Tonn
  • 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 available through 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.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Ideas Take Center Stage at ArtsRiot This Fall

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 5:14 PM

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  • Brian Murphy
On Tuesday night, Champlain College professor and poet Brian Murphy took to the stage of ArtsRiot  to address about 15 attendees. The Pine Street venue is known for packing the house for touring musical performances, but the smaller turnout for Murphy suggests fewer people appreciate the club's other cultural offerings. They should.

Murphy was the first speaker in the fall season of the Vermont Humanities Council's Ideas on Tap series, which started in spring 2015. VHC collaborates with the Humanities Center at the University of Vermont to produce the events. The aim is to deepen conversations about the environment, society or history, pairing a scholarly lens with good food and beer. Not to mention, it's free.

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Gov. Shumlin and Arts Council Present 2016 Governor's Art Awards

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 2:57 PM

Gov. Shumlin with Excellence in the Arts award winner Eric Aho and family - RACHEL STEARNS
  • Rachel Stearns
  • Gov. Shumlin with Excellence in the Arts award winner Eric Aho and family
On Tuesday evening, November 15, Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Arts Council honored six Vermont artists with the annual Governor's Arts Awards. This year's ceremony took place at the Putney School, in Shumlin's hometown.  Eric Aho, who lives and works in nearby Saxtons River, received the 2016  Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.

It's no coincidence that the six award recipients are clustered in southern Vermont. As Kira Bacon, VAC communications and outreach manager, explained, awardees are selected from a pool of nominees through a nomination process that is open to the public.

Trustees review all nominations, consider staff input and then provide the governor with a list of suggestions for the Governor's Award. Once he has selected a recipient, Bacon said, "We see if we can find a cluster [of arts leaders] in the same part of the state" to increase community momentum. Last year, the "cluster" was focused on the Montpelier area; in 2014, it was St. Johnsbury.

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Abenaki Women Share Heritage With Champlain College Community

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 7:56 AM

Lucy Cannon-Neel (far right) and Melody Brook (second from right) leading the drumming workshop - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Lucy Cannon-Neel (far right) and Melody Brook (second from right) leading the drumming workshop
Lucy Cannon-Neel travels all over the Green Mountain State to teach Abenaki history and culture to elementary school students. But on Wednesday, she found herself co-leading an Abenaki drumming workshop to a much older audience at Champlain College.

The workshop was the last in a series of events organized by Melody Brook, operations manager of residential life and adjunct professor with the Division of Education and Human Studies at Champlain College, to commemorate Native and Indigenous Heritage Month. Cannon-Neel, a registered nurse, is the chair of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs. Brook is the commission's vice-chair.

"We say the drum is the heartbeat of Mother Earth and it keeps everything equal, sound," said Cannon-Neel, when asked about the importance of drumming in Abenaki culture. Drumming can be done at any time, the Holland resident added.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

World Gotcha Down? Go Nuzzle Molson the Dog

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 4:25 PM

Molson the Dog - COURTESY OF STEPHANIE BERTONI
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  • Molson the Dog
If you've been by the top block of the Church Street Marketplace in Burlington recently, it's likely that you've encountered the sweet, fuzzy phenomenon that is Molson the Dog. And he probably made your day, because OHMIGOD, LOOK HOW FREAKING ADORABLE HE IS! WHOSAGOODBOY?!

Ahem…

Like the statue of Big Joe Burrell —  only much cuter and, despite his sleepy demeanor, not a statue — Molson has become a top-block fixture. So much so that a reader who works nearby recently alerted Seven Days to his all-consuming cuteness and suggested we write about him. Being the dedicated, hard-nosed journalists that we are, how could we refuse?

In the three months since his people, Annette Didrickson and Ric Crossman, opened the Vintage Photography Emporium on the corner of Church and Pearl streets, you can find Molson on the street in front of the shop almost every day. He's usually unattended and snoozing, schmoozing or generally soaking up the adoration of nearly anyone who happens by, because I JUST WANNA SMOOSH YOUR FACE, MOLSON!

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