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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Radio DJ Mike Luoma Fired From the Point

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 12:29 PM

Mike Luoma - COURTESY OF MIKE LUOMA
  • Courtesy of Mike Luoma
  • Mike Luoma
Mike Luoma has been let go as the music director of local radio station 104.7 WNCS-FM the Point. The longtime local DJ announced the news last week on his Glow in the Dark Radio blog and via social media. Luoma, who has been a prominent figure in Vermont radio since 1983 — including nearly two decades at 106.7 WIZN-FM — had been with the Point for almost eight years.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Bhutanese Community Prepares to Host Major Kirat Rai Festival

Posted By on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 1:10 PM

Sakela dance rehearsal at the Old North End Community Center - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Sakela dance rehearsal at the Old North End Community Center
For the past three years since he resettled in Vermont in 2014, Harka Rai was unable to perform ceremonial rituals to celebrate Ubhauli Sakela. On that day, members of the Kirat Rai community ask Mother Nature for healthy crops and protection from natural calamities.

Last week, the octogenarian was at the Old North End Community Center in Burlington to watch a dozen people practice a dance that they'll perform on Saturday, April 28, to mark Ubhauli Sakela. "It's good. This is the way," Rai said of the dance rehearsal.

And Rai will lead the day's rituals, as the local chapter of the Bhutanese Kirat Rai Organization of America hosts the festival in Vermont for the first time.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Seven Questions for Vermont SABR Chair Clayton Trutor

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 1:38 PM

Clayton Trutor - COURTESY OF CLAYTON TRUTOR
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  • Clayton Trutor
Vermont baseball nerds, rejoice! This weekend, the Vermont chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) takes the field after a long rain delay, metaphorically speaking. The Gardner-Waterman (Vermont) SABR chapter holds its spring meeting at the Robert Miller Community and Recreation Center in Burlington this Sunday, April 22.

The local SABR chapter was founded in the 1990s by noted local baseball historian Tom Simon and others. But according to current chair Clayton Trutor, the collective of baseball researchers, historians and statisticians had fallen dormant in recent years. Trutor is attempting to jumpstart the chapter and hopes to hold meetings at least twice per year.

"It's an opportunity for members to present their research on the history of baseball and the statistics of the game," Trutor tells Seven Days. He adds: "There will also be a trivia contest."

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Gilbert Gottfried on Working (Really) Blue, Roasting Trump and Friendly Nazis

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 5:37 PM

Gilbert Gottfried - COURTESY OF GILBERT GOTTFRIED
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  • Gilbert Gottfried
Gilbert Gottfried is disgusting — and proudly so. In reviews of the 2005 documentary film The Aristocrats, which chronicles the supposed dirtiest joke in the world, the squinty-eyed comic with the famously grating voice is often cited as stealing the film with his rendition of the obscenely taboo joke during a Friars Club roast of Hugh Hefner in New York City shortly after 9/11.

"One of the reviews said, 'Of the hundred or so comedians in the film, no one is more disgusting than Gilbert Gottfried,'" the comic recalls. "And I thought, You know, that's really an honor."

But as another, more recent, documentary reveals, Gottfried — who performs at Burlington's Vermont Comedy Club this Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 — is something else, too. He's thoughtful, sweet, devoted to his family and more than a little cheap, especially when it comes to hoarding hotel freebies.

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Mommy Issues: Complications Company Seeks Submissions for 'Other Mothers'

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 10:13 AM

Actor Cael Barkman last year in Complications Company's production of Making Babies. - COMPLICATIONS COMPANY
  • Complications Company
  • Actor Cael Barkman last year in Complications Company's production of Making Babies.
Have you ever wanted to tell a story about your mom, without ensuring she'll write you out of her will? Or simply share a warm moment about her, without having to expose yourself? Well, a Burlington theater company has just the thing.

Laura Roald and Mary Beth McNulty of Complications Company are seeking submissions from playwrights for "Other Mothers," a production cum competition that prompts scribes to quickly draft dramas about each other's mothers. Participants will have 24 hours to create a short show, after being assigned a mom at a launch event at Butch & Babes on Friday, May 4. The lot will be staged on Sunday, May 6, at Off Center for the Dramatic Arts in Burlington's Old North End.

So far, Roald says, the company has received four submissions through its website. She hopes to end up with 10 in total. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, May 2.

The questions on the submission form are a mix of multiple choice and essay that allow for tender, or not so tender, reflections on one's mother. For example, "If your mom were an animal, she would be a …" Or, "Advice from your mother you never followed." McNulty notes that they're not looking for solely sugar sweet reflections, citing the complexities of motherhood and parenting.

While Roald can't confirm which actors will be reading the finished scripts for the Sunday show, she says they're all relatively well known, locally. She and McNulty will serve as directors.

Roald and McNulty will meet with the actors on Sunday morning to run the scripts, and the plays will be staged that afternoon at 4 p.m. Complications Company is partnering with BurlingtonVT Moms Blog for the event. Judges from that latter organization will crown one of the subjects "Mother of the Year" at the end of the show. May the best mom win!

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Sudanese Community Rallies to Send Kids to Camp Rock Point

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 10:51 AM

From left: Deacon Stan Baker, Rev. Sherry Osborn, Bishop Thomas Ely, Chol Dhoor - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • From left: Deacon Stan Baker, Rev. Sherry Osborn, Bishop Thomas Ely, Chol Dhoor
This summer might bring a new experience for fourth graders Nyankoor Anyang and Rosa Kuku. Along with their teammates from Chittenden County's Nile Bright Stars Academy soccer team, the students hope to spend a week at Rock Point Camp in Burlington. The entire local Sudanese community is rallying behind them.

Last Saturday, the Sudanese Foundation of Vermont and the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington  organized a fundraiser dinner so that kids from the Sudanese community can attend Rock Point Camp, which is run by the Episcopal Diocese.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Cultural Mosaic: Megha Nath Adhikari Finds Harmony on the Harmonium

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2018 at 12:32 PM

Megha Nath Adhikari - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Megha Nath Adhikari
Megha Nath Adhikari admits that his fingers aren't quite as deft on the duki tabala, a pair of hand drums, these days because he has dedicated himself to the harmonium, a portable pump organ.

"When we came [to Vermont], there was no one to play this one," says the Essex Junction resident, gesturing to the harmonium. "So, my focus goes to the harmonium."

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Christal Brown Named Director of Visual & Performing Arts at Clemmons Family Farm

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Christal Brown - FILE: MATTHEW THORSEN
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  • Christal Brown
Fueled by a $350,000 creative placemaking grant received last December, Charlotte's Clemmons Family Farm continues toward its goal of becoming a major African American and African diasporic cultural center in Vermont. In one of several grant-funded positions now officialized, Middlebury dancer and choreographer Christal Brown has been appointed as director of visual and performing arts at the farm.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Style Points: In With the Old at Billie Jean Vintage

Posted By on Sun, Apr 1, 2018 at 12:32 PM

Meghan Jean Mello and Diane Jean - SADIE WILLIAMS
  • Sadie Williams
  • Meghan Jean Mello and Diane Jean
The amount of quality vintage clothing in Burlington just went up a notch — or a storefront. Billie Jean Vintage, a boutique and Etsy store run by cousins Diane Jean and Meghan Jean Mello, recently moved from Stowe to Battery Street in Burlington.

Mello grew up in Charlotte. Jean is a Jersey girl. But for the past three years, they've been hawking new and vintage reproduction goods for their discerning customers. Jean also plays in the band Clever Girls.

In Burlington, BJV joins other vintage newbies, such as the Vault Collective on Cherry Street, and staples of the scene such as Old Gold on Main Street. It seems that the Queen City has an appetite for retro, recycled habiliments.

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