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Monday, November 13, 2017

A Class Proves That Growing Cannabis Is Anything But Simple

Posted By on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 1:36 PM

Hemp in a grow tent at Green State Gardener - ELIZABETH M. SEYLER
  • Elizabeth M. Seyler
  • Hemp in a grow tent at Green State Gardener
In 25 years of growing organic veggies, I've never met a plant quite like cannabis. It responds to pruning the same way basil or broccoli does — by sending out multiple shoots that eventually flower. It thrives in nutrient-rich soil with the right amounts of light and water. And it's susceptible to the usual insects and diseases.

But terms like "mother plant," "screen of green," and "cloning" never quite enter the conversation when we're talking tomatoes and peppers.

Those cannabis terms rolled off Jahson Friedman's tongue on Saturday at Green State Gardener's "Free Cultivation Class: Vegging and Flowering" in Burlington. A GSG employee and registered medical cannabis cardholder, Jahson Friedman — who goes just by the name Jahson — is a consummate practitioner of the art and science of nurturing  the flowering plant.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Old Spokes Home Wins Award for Exceptional Hiring Practices

Posted By on Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Chuda Karki (second from left) with colleagues from Old Spokes Home - COURTESY OF OLD SPOKES HOME
  • Courtesy of Old Spokes Home
  • Chuda Karki (second from left) with colleagues from Old Spokes Home
Every Thursday, Jeremy Kehoe rushes home from his job at Old Spokes Home in Burlington to attend an American Sign Language class organized by Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront. He's been taking ASL lessons since this summer, when the bike shop and nonprofit community center hired Chuda Karki, a deaf Bhutanese man who doesn't speak English, as a technician.

"Chuda had become pretty ingrained in the shop, so I thought it would be much better to be able to communicate with him," said Kehoe. "Once I taught myself the alphabet, it became more and more interesting."

On Tuesday, both Kehoe and Karki were on hand when Donna Curtin, chairperson of the Vermont Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities, presented Laura Jacoby, executive director of Old Spokes Home, with a Spirit of the ADA award.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Boob Banners in Burlington Promote Breastfeeding

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 7:12 PM

"Mamas of Invention" designs by Mamava & Solidarity of Unbridled Labour - COURTESY OF MAMAVA & SOLIDARITY OF UNBRIDLED LABOUR
  • Courtesy of Mamava & Solidarity of Unbridled Labour
  • "Mamas of Invention" designs by Mamava & Solidarity of Unbridled Labour
Throughout history, few things have been able to turn heads and captivate attention as much as breasts. A current installation of banners hanging above Maglianero coffee shop at 47 Maple Street in Burlington harnesses the power of the secondary sexual feature in a graphic attempt to bring attention to breasts' evolutionary function: feeding babies.

The six banners, which will remain up through September 9, represent the collaboration of Burlington breastfeeding advocacy company Mamava and design firm Solidarity of Unbridled Labour.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

New Community Center Focuses on Programs for Youths of Color

Posted By on Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 11:06 AM

Clockwise from far left: Heritier Badibanga, Rida Kori, Olivier Enwa, Joy Garelnabi, Abdillah Hassan, Ramzi Kori - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Clockwise from far left: Heritier Badibanga, Rida Kori, Olivier Enwa, Joy Garelnabi, Abdillah Hassan, Ramzi Kori
Burlington youths will now have a space that they can call their own right in the heart of the Old North End.

Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department and the Association of Africans Living in Vermont on Sunday hosted a kickoff event for the O.N.E Youth Center, which is located on the second floor of the Old North End Community Center, the former St. Joseph School, on 20 Allen Street.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Chew Chew Memorabilia for Sale

Posted By on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 12:28 PM

Rick Norcross at his tractor-trailer of Chew Chew Festival gear - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Rick Norcross at his tractor-trailer of Chew Chew Festival gear
If you participated in a lard fight in Burlington's City Hall Park in June of 1988, there's a T-shirt commemorating the event that you may want to snag. Despite the passage of time, you'd likely remember if you had flung fat in this particular food fight: It was a special event at the Chew Chew Festival that involved taking 10 paces, turning around, and lobbing a load of lard at your opponent.

The shirt — and other relics from the erstwhile Chew Chew — will be for sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at a puddle-pocked trailer lot off Pine Street. The food festival was founded in 1984 by musician Rick Norcross, who is selling its memorabilia and gear.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

An Aquatic Ramble Through Burlington's Old North End

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 6:26 PM

Ramblers on North Street - THE RAMBLE
  • The Ramble
  • Ramblers on North Street
It's that time of year again — spring has sprung to summer, and summer's almost gone (sorry), and the creative denizens of Burlington's Old North End are gearing up for yet another Ramble.

For those unfamiliar with the fest, it is as it sounds: On Saturday, July 29, attendees will ramble and rove throughout the funky neighborhood, stopping at yard sales, checking out musical performances, playing lawn games and more. This year's Ramble is themed "Under the Sea."

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Fond Farewell to Artists John Brickels & Wendy James

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 2:08 PM

  • Courtesy of Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center
  • Wendy James and John Brickels
In 1986, sculptor John Brickels was juried into Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center. His wife, artist and Essex High School art teacher Wendy James, began to show her work at the gallery in 2011. Now, after decades of working within and supporting the Vermont arts community, the couple have announced they will be moving to Massachusetts in June, following James' retirement from her teaching career.

To bid the pair bon voyage and honor their contributions to the state,  Frog Hollow will mount the exhibition "Here to There," opening Thursday, June 1, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. The show will include an array of works spanning the artists' careers, including Brickels' celebrated architectural clay sculpture and later steampunk-themed pieces, and a selection of James' paintings and photomontages.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Shifting Places in Burlington's Soda Plant

Posted By on Sun, May 7, 2017 at 6:30 AM

The entrance to S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in the Soda Plant - PAMELA POLSTON
  • Pamela Polston
  • The entrance to S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in the Soda Plant
Last week, Seven Days learned that the owner of Brickwork Art Studios evicted its tenant artists at 266 South Champlain Street in Burlington's South End Arts District.  This week, more movement is afoot with studio spaces: Backspace Gallery, a part of S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in the Soda Plant, is going to be reclaimed by property owner Steve Conant beginning June 5, according to studio manager Christy Mitchell. Backspace houses six artists as well as a gallery and event space. Conant is the founder of Conant Metal & Light, a fabrication shop also located in the building.

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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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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Curator Kerri Macon Departs Burlington City Arts

Posted By on Tue, Apr 11, 2017 at 5:16 PM

  • Courtesy of Burlington City Arts
  • Kerri Macon
After seven years with Burlington City Arts, Kerri Macon has left her position as the organization's director of art sales and curator of the Vermont Metro Gallery. Macon joined the organization in 2010, after having worked as the Fleming Museum's business manager and as an independent arts consultant. Macon plans to dedicate herself to completing an autobiographical book about her family history, and to continue to work independently in artist development.

"I’ve spent the last seven years really supporting other people’s creative visions," Macon told Seven Days by phone, "and I sort of wanted to turn the tables a little bit and be on the other side. I was sort of at the end of my run at BCA in terms of where I could grow and the types of ideas I could explore."

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