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Monday, December 19, 2016

Vermont Architecture Group Announces This Year's Awards and Accolades

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 3:54 PM

Two Shed by Birdseye Design - COURTESY OF BRIAN MAC, BIRDSEYE DESIGN
  • Courtesy of Brian Mac, Birdseye Design
  • Two Shed by Birdseye Design
The Vermont chapter of the American Institute of Architects held its year-end meeting, award ceremony and all-around party on Saturday night at ArtsRiot in Burlington. Board president Gary Corey opened with the news that “this will be a good year and a bad year” for architecture in Vermont. Good because membership is up — Vermont’s chapter is now the third largest in New England — and “bad because of the election.” Architecture, Corey said, will likely suffer under the new administration.

“Impeach Trump!” an architect in the audience yelled out in response.

While it’s good to prepare for the future, the awards given this year put the recent past in excellent stead. Some interesting work has lately gone up in the Green Mountains. (And one to-die-for ski chalet in Québec).

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Joke of the Week: Little Whitening Lies

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 8:00 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 Essex Junction's Joe Gingras. Take it away, Joe…

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Playtime: ouzkxqlzn, 'I'm Going To Protect You'

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 8:45 AM

Cover of 'I'm Going To Protect You' by ouzkxqlzn - COMO TAPES
  • Como Tapes
  • Cover of 'I'm Going To Protect You' by ouzkxqlzn
Hey, readers! Are you staying warm amid the deep freeze presently descending upon our state? (Remember, there is nothing wrong with wearing two parkas at once.) If winter or the holiday season in general stirs more gloom than glee in your heart, you should check out I'm Going To Protect You by Burlington's ouzkxqlzn, via Como Tapes.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Meet NODON, Burlington's Anti-Hate Power-Punk Duo

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 12:44 PM

NODON - COURTESTY OF NODON
  • Courtesty of NODON
  • NODON
Have you ever felt so impassioned and outraged by the outcome of an election that you decided to start a band to channel your rage? If not, don't worry. Burlington's NODON have got you covered. The outspoken power-punk duo openly opposes fascism, hate and misogyny in their music. They will make their debut on Sunday, December 18, at Radio Bean in Burlington, with support from Pissant and Zodiac Sutra. Seven Days caught up with NODON at a Burlington watering hole near their rehearsal space in the Old North End.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Joke of the Week: I'll Tell You What

Posted By on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 9:56 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 Lyndonville's Caleb Teske. Take it away, Caleb…

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Cinema Casualties Series Gets in the Christmas Spirit, Sort of

Posted By on Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 2:30 PM

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OK, so maybe not everyone has the same definition of "the Christmas spirit." Maybe horror fans in particular have a very special understanding of the term that encompasses the schlocky Silent Night, Deadly Night movies. The first of them — about a kid traumatized by a killer Santa who then grows up to become a killer Santa — drew outraged think-of-the-children protests when it appeared in 1984.

In the wake of the very real horrors of 2016, however, perhaps a killer Santa suddenly seems a bit less threatening as a concept and a bit more, well, refreshingly absurd. Anyway, it's sure to please the self-aware fright fans who show up for Cinema Casualties, a Burlington film series that I wrote about a few months ago.

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Playtime: Erasurehead, 'Yauhtli'

Posted By on Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 8:40 AM


'Yauhtl' by Erasurehead, complete with lucida seeds. - PLUME RECORDS
  • Plume Records
  • 'Yauhtl' by Erasurehead, complete with lucida seeds.

Hey, folks! Thanks for joining me again in the quest for rare local music gems and forward thinking. I also want to thank all the rad people that added their voice in response to my post last week concerning my experiences at 242 Main. Check out this amazing clip of Jessica Amelia, of the band Spies in America, saying it better than I did onstage at 242 Main's final show last Saturday.


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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Burlington Printmaker Noah Lagle Crafts an Alternative CSA

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 3:20 PM

"Radial" by Clark Derbes - COURTESY OF PUBLIC WORKS PRESS
  • Courtesy of Public Works Press
  • "Radial" by Clark Derbes
For the second year, Public Works Press is offering a different spin on a traditional Community Supported Agriculture program: an Art CSA. Buyers pay a lump sum for a half or whole year and, in return, receive a series of handmade, 11-by-14-inch prints by area artists.

Noah Lagle, the South End printmaker behind Public Works Press, is tweaking the production slightly for 2017. The roster includes 12 artists, just like last year. But, instead of dispensing one print a month,  Lagle is offering quarterly shares of three prints each for $240.  Buyers can also opt for a half share — six prints for $150.

By switching up the format, Lagle, 26, says he was able to reduce costs from last year — shipping four times a year instead of 12 definitely helps. In addition, "I think it will lead to stronger work because of the longer development time," he says.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Joke of the Week: Democracy Inaction

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 9:39 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 Kendall Farrell. Take it away, Kendall…

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Playtime: 242 Main — Farewell to the Boys' Club

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 10:00 AM

An archive of past flyers hang on the walls of 242 for its farewell show. - 242 MAIN
  • 242 Main
  • An archive of past flyers hang on the walls of 242 for its farewell show.

Hello again, friends! It is my duty in this column to reflect and project about local music, and I certainly have a lot to write about this week. My recent thoughts concern the end of Burlington's iconic all-ages venue, 242 Main.

Since the public announcement that Memorial Auditorium — the building that houses 242 — would be closing due to structural issues, the local music community has been mourning the loss of  what was once a sanctuary for the Northeastern punk movement. As I monitored the reactions to the club's terminal diagnosis, I began to reflect on my own time spent at the venue as a teenager growing up in Burlington. I noticed something was missing in the historical narrative of the space: The experiences of the young women who bravely navigated the overwhelmingly male-dominated culture that thrived behind 242 Main's doors.

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