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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Madaila Release New Single, "Where Do We Go From Here?"

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 2:36 PM

  • Brendan McInerney
  • Madaila
Tonight, President Trump will outline his vision for America in that most hallowed of hollow traditions, the State of the Union address. The supremely orange leader is expected to riff on all his greatest hits: immigration,  tax breaks, stripping children and the elderly of health insurance, and which countries presently are or are not shitholes. In essence, he'll address the question: Where do we go from here?

He's not the only one pondering that particular topic at the moment — or every effin' day for the past effin' year. In Burlington today, ahead of a trio of regional tour dates this week, Technicolor popsters Madaila released a new single that also ruminates on the uncertain state of our union — or perhaps, disunion: "Where Do We Go From Here?" (Spoiler alert: Madaila and Trump arrive at slightly different conclusions.)

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Cultural Mosaic: Neeru Cvakoti Teaches Nepali Pride Through Dance

Posted By on Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 5:43 PM

Neeru Cvakoti - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Neeru Cvakoti
When she was growing up in a refugee camp in Nepal, Neeru Cvakoti used to watch her sister dance while their brothers played the accompanying music live. "Tabla, flute — they had a crew," Cvakoti recalled.

Today, such performances are "impossible" in the U.S., said the now Winooski-based dancer. "We have so many bright artists from our Bhutanese community," she explained. "But they live in different states."

That makes finding a backing band difficult. So when she performs, Cvakoti dances to music that she has downloaded on to a pen drive. She does the same when she teaches.

These days, Cvakoti, 24, plays an active role in nurturing a newer generation of Nepali-Bhutanese performers. When she lived in Pennsylvania, Cvakoti opened a dance school. When she relocated to Vermont last year, she wanted to continue following her passion for dance and teaching.

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Extra: 'Floydian Slip' Host Explores the Cover Art from 'Wish You Were Here'

Posted By on Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 11:56 AM

Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here album cover art, recreated using images of "Floydian Slip" radio host Craig Bailey. - FILE ART BY REV. DIANE SULLIVAN
  • File art by Rev. Diane Sullivan
  • Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here album cover art, recreated using images of "Floydian Slip" radio host Craig Bailey.
It was cool to discover recently that "Floydian Slip," the globally syndicated Pink Floyd radio hour, emanates each week from a quiet residential neighborhood in Shelburne. Seven Days profiled the program's creator and radio host, Craig Bailey, in its January 24, 2018 story, "The Great Gig: Radio host Craig Bailey reflects on two decades of 'Floydian Slip.'"

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Vintage Dealers Come Together for Pop-Up Shop

Posted By on Sun, Jan 28, 2018 at 12:27 PM

  • Sadie Williams
  • Jenn Jarecki
Thursday evening might not seem like the ideal time for a shopping spree, but that's what it became for some folks at ArtsRiot. The first Vintage Pop-Up Market, organized by Sam duPont and Jenn Jarecki, brought together 11 local vintage-goods sellers under one roof.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Moves and Retail Changes in Store for ReSOURCE

Posted By on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 1:47 PM

ReSOURCE Building Supply in Burlington's South End - SADIE WILLIAMS
  • Sadie Williams
  • ReSOURCE Building Supply in Burlington's South End
Changes are afoot for ReSOURCE stores in Burlington. Last week, we reported that the ReSOURCE Household Goods store in the Soda Plant would be leaving at the end of February. But that news focused primarily on how the Soda Plant space would be transformed after the organization's departure: Owner Steve Conant will turn the 17,000-square-foot quarters into below-market-rate studios and spaces for creative entrepreneurs.

So, where is ReSOURCE going? What's happening to the remaining building supply store at 339 Pine Street? And what are locals who rely on the low-cost home-furnishings venue to do? ReSOURCE executive director Tom Longstreth answers some of those questions.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tom Leytham Watercolors Acquired for State Collection

Posted By on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 12:53 PM

"Tunbridge Mill" by Tom Leytham - COURTESY OF TOM LEYTHAM
  • Courtesy of Tom Leytham
  • "Tunbridge Mill" by Tom Leytham
Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Vermont State Art Collection has just acquired several new works: five watercolors by celebrated Vermont artist and architect Tom Leytham. Known for his surprisingly light, airy depictions of the state's rural-industrial decay, Leytham, in his mid-seventies, has been committing the state's dilapidated factories, granaries, mills and mines to the art historical record since 2007.

State curator David Schutz first worked with Leytham  for the artist's 2015 Governor's Gallery exhibition "The Other Working Landscape." According to Schutz, the two discussed "how wonderful it would be if somehow [Tom's] work found its way into our collection." The hitch? The state has no budget for such acquisitions.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Souped Up: Foodie Fundraiser Boosts Local Entrepreneurs

Posted By on Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 11:53 AM

Lena Jacobs (left) and Lucy Scott serve soup at Study Hall in Burlington - SALLY POLLAK
  • Lena Jacobs (left) and Lucy Scott serve soup at Study Hall in Burlington
The other night at Study Hall Collective, a coworking space on College Street in Burlington, about 55 people gathered for an event called Soup. For $5, we each got a bowl of  minestrone soup thick with greens, veggies, pasta and turkey, served with slices of baguette.

For our money,  we also got treated to standup entertainment that was interesting, informative and original. This came in the form of pitches — four of them — presented by people who had conceived of projects and were hoping to fund them with a little cash. Soup money.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Artist Elizabeth Bunsen Wins 2018 Barbara Smail Award

Posted By on Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 3:04 PM

Elizabeth Bunsen (left) and Heather Ferrell - SADIE WILLIAMS
  • Sadie Williams
  • Elizabeth Bunsen (left) and Heather Ferrell
Burlington City Arts was packed last night for the opening of its winter exhibitions and the announcement of this year's Barbara Smail Award winner. The new exhibitions feature art by Dusty Boynton, Edwin Owre and 2017 Barbara Smail Award winner Elise Whittemore. The 2018 award winner is Elizabeth Bunsen.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Style Points: Bad Luck Goods

Posted By on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 8:00 AM

CryBB Patch, Cherry Pie Patch, One Juicy Peach Patch and Barbed Patch by Bad Luck Goods - COURTESY OF BAD LUCK GOODS
  • Courtesy of Bad Luck Goods
  • CryBB Patch, Cherry Pie Patch, One Juicy Peach Patch and Barbed Patch by Bad Luck Goods
Welcome back to Style Points! We took a holiday break but are diving into a new year that will surely be filled with flair. Enter Emma Fern, the nimble needleworker behind Bad Luck Goods.

It's safe to say that Fern, 21, has a lot on her plate … or in her sewing basket. In addition to her budding embroidery company, she's a full-time art student at the University of Vermont. Fern also works at Common Deer in downtown Burlington.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

ReSOURCE to Relocate, Soda Plant to Offer New Incubator Workspaces

Posted By on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 5:52 PM

ReSOURCE storefront in Burlington - SADIE WILLIAMS
  • Sadie Williams
  • ReSOURCE storefront in Burlington
On Wednesday, second-hand store and reuse facility ReSOURCE announced that part of its business is leaving Burlington. ReSOURCE Household Goods has been located in the Soda Plant at 266 Pine Street for 22 years. In February, when its lease is terminated, the nonprofit will move to 326 Harvest Lane in Williston.  

What will take its place? A number of new incubator spaces for small, business-minded artisans and makers, according to Steve Conant.

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