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Friday, April 28, 2017

Burlington's Brickwork Art Studios to Be Closed

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 5:02 PM

Brickwork Art Studios in Burlington's South End - PAMELA POLSTON
  • Pamela Polston
  • Brickwork Art Studios in Burlington's South End
On Thursday, April 28, the tenants of 266 South Champlain Street, otherwise known as Brickwork Art Studios, received letters in the mail stating that they have 60 days to vacate the premises.  The current owner of the building is Overlake Park LLC, a company co-owned by Jesse Jacobs of Montpelier Property Management. The letter was signed by  attorney David Bookchin, and Jacobs was copied on it.

Jacobs is the son of longtime Montpelier landlord Jeff Jacobs, and is responsible for securing tenants in long-vacant Montpelier properties. He bought the Burlington building as a part of a larger portfolio of neighboring properties in December 2016. Those include 257-277 Pine Street and 266 South Champlain Street.

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Playtime: Meet Burlington Triple Threat Courtney Pryce

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 10:19 AM

  • Courtney Pryce

Hey, dudes! As I type this, the sun is shining and my vitamin D-deficient shell of a body feels like a starved vampire after drinking a quart of Type O. Are you ready for at least four months of  extra oxygen and seemingly endless parties? I sure am.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

'Breathe' Underwater: An Aquatic Opera at Middlebury College

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 3:38 PM

  • Courtesy of Gabriel Forestieri
  • From "Breathe" is a website dedicated to speculative definitions of the noun-as-verb "worlding," introduced by philosopher Martin Heidegger in the 1920s. The term is also the name chosen by dancer and choreographer Gabriel Forestieri to describe his practice of outdoor, site-specific movement — on land and under water.

On Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, the Middlebury College natatorium* will be transformed for two performances of "Breathe," a multi-disciplinary and immersive performance made in collaboration with composer Loren Kiyoshi Dempster and writer/visual artist Adrian Jevicki.

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Trey Anastasio Band, Grace Potter Highlight 2017 Grand Point North Lineup

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 12:37 PM

Grace Potter - BEN HUDSON
  • Ben Hudson
  • Grace Potter
Yesterday, Higher Ground Presents and Grace Potter announced the lineup for the seventh annual Grand Point North music festival in September. The news likely has many Phish-heads and jam fans "bouncing 'round the room."

Traditionally, Potter headlines both nights of the end-of-summer blowout at Burlington's Waterfront Park — that's a perk of hosting your own music festival. This year, Potter still plays both nights, but Sunday's headlining slot goes to the Trey Anastasio Band. Supporting the Phish front man are vocalist/trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick,  keyboardist Ray Paczkowski, drummer Russ Lawton and bassist Tony Markellis.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Joke of the Week: Decisions, Decisions

Posted By on Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 12:46 PM

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 Paul Church. Take it away, Paul…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Playtime: Femme Techno Night at Speaking Volumes

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 9:32 AM

Hey there, earthworms and early robins. Welcome back to my online music zone!

Earlier this week, Seven Days music editor Jordan Adams introduced you to local fringe music enthusiasts Caroline DeCunzo and Jack Braunstein. The two are high-functioning mitochondria in the cell of Burlington music and social action groups, Pushing A Brain Uphill and Babe Paradise. Adams' article gave you the head's up about PABU's experimental sound festival this weekend at Burlington City Arts and Speaking Volumes. I'm going to fill you in about Friday night's PABU event, Femme Techno Night, co-hosted by Babe Paradise.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

South African 'Visual Activist' Zanele Muholi at Saint Michael's

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM

"Bester IV, Mayotte, 2015" - ZANELE MUHOLI
  • Zanele Muholi
  • "Bester IV, Mayotte, 2015"
Zanele Muholi is an internationally renowned photographer and self-described visual activist who has made her career taking portraits of members of South Africa's queer  community.

Muholi came of age — and came out — as the country's apartheid policies were falling apart. In 1996, post-segregation South Africa became the first country to draft a constitution explicitly forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation. Despite this progressive legal stance, wrote Jenna Wortham in a 2015 New York Times article, anti-gay hate crimes have been pervasive, and many of the country's lesbians are still subjected to "corrective rape."

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Art With a Twist: Pretzel Drawings at Feldman's Bagels

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 12:53 PM

Drawing by one of Leslie Fry's students, Blair Shields - COURTESY OF LESLIE FRY
  • Courtesy of Leslie Fry
  • Drawing by one of Leslie Fry's students, Blair Shields
A new art show at Feldman's Bagels on Pine Street comes full circle — or full twist. Drawings of pretzels by students in sculptor Leslie Fry's University of Vermont introductory drawing classes will occupy the cheery yellow walls of the bagel joint through the end of April.

Fry, who's taught as an adjunct at the university on and off for the past 20 or so years, says she got the idea during a conversation with Feldman's original owner, Roy Feldman. "We were eating pretzels," she recalls, "and he mentioned how there are similarities between the ways he makes pretzels and I make sculptures. And all of a sudden I thought, Isn't a pretzel a great shape?"

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tlingit Weaver Ricky Tagaban Visits Johnson State College

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 6:35 PM

  • Courtesy of the artist
  • Ricky Tagaban
"We don’t have a word for art in Tlingit," says Ricky Tagaban, "because
almost everything that we would make would have a crest on it."

The significance of languages — written, spoken and visual — and their intrinsic relationship to multiple identities is a strong thread that runs through the artist's tandem engagements as a contemporary artist, indigenous weaver and drag performer.

The Juneau, Alaska-based artist is in residence this week at Johnson State College, as part of the university's annual Ellsworth Lecture programming. Tagaban delivered his talk, “Weaving Politics and Process: Expressing Northwest Coast Textiles Through a Two-Spirit Life,” on Wednesday, April 12, and will offer a public weaving demonstration on Friday, April 14, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Dewey Hall Commons.

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PBS to Air Documentary on Rutland Basketball and Racism

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM

'Divided by Diversity' film poster - COURTESY OF DUANE CARLETON
  • Courtesy Of Duane Carleton
  • 'Divided by Diversity' film poster
Local filmmaker Duane Carleton's documentary, Divided by Diversity, premieres on Vermont PBS  on Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m. The doc centers on the Mount St. Joseph Academy basketball team that won the 2011-12 Division II high school state championship.

Specifically, Carleton's film chronicles the racism that five black athletes from the Bronx faced after enrolling at the private Catholic school in Rutland to play basketball. Some parents and players complained about losing playing time to "outsiders." The five players also endured racist epithets from rival fans during games.

Cam Whittemore, a postal service worker
 who played surrogate mother to the athletes, was featured on the cover of Seven Days in December.

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