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Monday, June 24, 2019

Vermont PBS Announces Season Two of 'Mister Chris and Friends'

Posted By on Mon, Jun 24, 2019 at 2:51 PM

  • File photo courtesy of Vermont PBS
  • Chris Dorman
The talking Wishing Well on Vermont PBS has granted another big wish: "Mister Chris and Friends" is coming back for a second season of family-friendly music and merriment.

Filming has already begun on six new episodes of the Emmy-nominated children's television show,  Holly Groschner, president and CEO of Vermont PBS, announced Monday.

The show, which launched in November 2018, features live music, movement and "everyday adventures" throughout Vermont, which allow kids to explore science, nature, and emotional and social development. Designed primarily for preschoolers, "Mister Chris and Friends" is hosted by the show's eponymous co-creator and star, Chris Dorman of Shelburne.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Far Out: Vermont Folklife Center Launches Green Record Project

Posted By on Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 12:50 PM

Trish Denton (left) and Mary Wesley - COURTESY OF TIMOTHY CUMMINGS
  • Courtesy of Timothy Cummings
  • Trish Denton (left) and Mary Wesley
Roughly 13.5 billion miles from Earth, human voices hurtle through the yawning unknown of interstellar space at over 30,000 miles per hour. They’re recorded on a gold-plated disc and stored in a perfect vacuum, all in the hopes of someday transmitting a greeting and a message to extraterrestrials: We were here.

This project was called the Golden Record, a collection of music, nature sounds, images and greetings in 55 different languages, placed aboard the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft and launched into space in 1977. The challenge of encapsulating life on earth on a single record was, for the scientists and researchers involved, a daunting and a thrilling one.

That mission is what the Vermont Folklife Center, along with the Fletcher Free Library and the Champlain College Emergent Media Program, aim to recreate with this summer’s Green Record Project, a “series of audio stories that represent life in Vermont to the universe at large.” Vermonters young and old can sign up in teams or individually to become audio explorers of the community around them and, with support, to produce an audio record of life in this state. It’s all totally free.

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Grand Point North 2019: First Look

Posted By on Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 12:01 PM

Grace Potter performing at Grand Point North - FILE: BEN HUDSON PHOTOGRAPHY
  • File: Ben Hudson Photography
  • Grace Potter performing at Grand Point North
The lineup for this summer's Grand Point North festival has been announced. The two-day music fest hits Burlington's Waterfront Park Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15. Vermont's first lady of rock, Grace Potter, coproduces, along with Higher Ground Presents. As is tradition, Potter headlines both nights of the event.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Anaïs Mitchell's 'Hadestown' Wins Eight Tony Awards

Posted By on Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 12:05 AM

Eva Noblezada and the Broadway cast of 'Hadestown' - MATTHEW MURPHY
  • Eva Noblezada and the Broadway cast of 'Hadestown'
Anaïs Mitchell's Broadway musical, Hadestown, has won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The Vermont-grown "folk-rock opera," which opened April 18 at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City, received 14 Tony Award nominations. The annual award show honoring the best of Broadway aired on CBS on Sunday, June 9.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Brian Wilson Cancels Burlington Discover Jazz Festival Performance

Posted By on Thu, Jun 6, 2019 at 11:53 AM

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  • Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson has canceled his upcoming appearance at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. The 76-year-old cofounder of the Beach Boys announced via his website and social media that he is postponing his summer tour. Wilson was set to close out the 10-day festival on Sunday, June 9, at the Flynn MainStage.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Local Hip-Hop Promoter Kyle Hoyt Dead at 31

Posted By on Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 12:43 PM

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  • Kyle Hoyt
The Vermont hip-hop community was shocked and saddened to learn of the unexpected passing of longtime local promoter and event producer Kyle Hoyt. According to rapper and DJ Dakota Burr, 31-year-old Hoyt was found dead on Thursday, May 30, in his Montpelier apartment. As of this writing, no cause of death has been announced.

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St. Paul & the Broken Bones Cancel Burlington Discover Jazz Fest Appearance

Posted By on Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 11:49 AM

St. Paul & the Broken Bones - COURTESY OF MCNAIR EVANS
  • Courtesy of McNair Evans
  • St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Birmingham, Ala., soul powerhouse ensemble St. Paul & the Broken Bones have canceled their appearance at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. The band was set to perform on Thursday, June 6, at the Burlington Waterfront Park.

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Monday, June 3, 2019

UVM’s Major Jackson Selected as Co-Editor of 'The Best American Poetry'

Posted By on Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 9:05 AM

Major Jackson - COURTESY
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  • Major Jackson

Acclaimed poet and South Burlington resident Major Jackson, an English professor at the University of Vermont, has been selected as co-editor of the 2019 edition of The Best American Poetry. Yes, non-poetry peeps: that is a BFD. The anthology, published by Simon & Schuster, is slated for release on September 10 — the day after Jackson’s 51st birthday.

The recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a Whiting Award, Jackson is the author of four volumes of poetry. Two of his books, Hoops and Holding Company, were finalists for the NAACP Image Award. His debut collection, Leaving Saturn, won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Jackson's poems and essays have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Callaloo, the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, the Paris Review, Ploughshares and Tin House, as well as several volumes of The Best American Poetry.

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