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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

From a Montpelier Porch, an Art Installation Joins an International Festival

Posted By on Tue, Oct 13, 2020 at 4:36 PM

"Interspace" seen at night - ALISA DWORSKY-DANNY SAGAN
  • Alisa Dworsky-Danny Sagan
  • "Interspace" seen at night
Alisa Dworsky and Danny Sagan, married architects, artists and educators at Norwich University, are participating in an international art festival without leaving home. On the porch of their house in Montpelier, the couple has constructed an installation called "Interspace" that can be seen not only by locals but by anyone in the world who cares to look.

CEC ArtsLink, an international arts organization with an office in St. Petersburg, Russia, hosts Art Prospect, its seventh annual public art festival, from October 15 to 18. Normally an on-site event with physical and augmented-reality installations, the event has perforce gone online because, well — what isn't virtual in 2020?

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Dispute Over Vermont Mozart Festival Cancellation Hits Facebook

Posted By on Tue, Jul 16, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Michael Dabroski conducting a concert in 2017 - COURTESY OF STEPHEN MEASE
  • Courtesy of Stephen Mease
  • Michael Dabroski conducting a concert in 2017
The former leader of the Vermont Mozart Festival took to Facebook on Monday to blame the nonprofit organization’s board of directors for the cancellation of this summer’s planned concert events. A volunteer involved with the board denies these claims.

Michael Dabroski was the leader of the Vermont Mozart Festival until June 16, when he resigned and notified concert venues and the board that this year’s festival would be cancelled. The festival publicly announced the cancellation via Facebook on July 9, as reported by the Shelburne News. According to the festival website, the shows were scheduled to begin Monday and run through August 4.

On Monday afternoon, a post appeared on the VMF Facebook page titled “Official Statement by Michael Dabroski.” This was posted without prior knowledge of the board, according to Gene Richards; the director of the Burlington International Airport has volunteered to help the board navigate the cancellation. Dabroski did not respond to Seven Days' requests for comment.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

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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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Waking Windows 2019 Lineup Announced

Posted By on Tue, Feb 5, 2019 at 2:19 PM

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) at Waking Windows 2017 - FILE: LUKE AWTRY PHOTOGRAPHY
  • File: Luke Awtry Photography
  • !!! (Chk Chk Chk) at Waking Windows 2017
Strap in, folks. The Waking Windows music-and-arts festival has just revealed its 2019 lineup. The highly anticipated three-day indie-music bonanza kicks off in Winooski on Friday, May 3, and concludes on Sunday, May 5.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2019: First Look

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 1:40 PM

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2015 - FILE: BRIAN MACDONALD
  • File: Brian MacDonald
  • Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2015
The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival unveiled its initial 2019 lineup on Monday. The 10-day celebration of all things jazz takes over the Queen City from Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 9. Scores of local, national and international acts perform all around the city, from the Church Street Marketplace to small clubs to large performing arts venues.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Magic Hat Cancels Mardi Gras Parade, Relocates Festivities to Church Street

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 5:54 PM

Mardi Gras Parade 2016 - FILE: MATTHEW THORSEN
  • File: Matthew Thorsen
  • Mardi Gras Parade 2016
Magic Hat Brewing Company has canceled its annual Mardi Gras parade in Burlington. The local craft brewery will still throw a weekend-long Mardi Gras party this year. But for the first time in 24 years, those celebrations will not include a procession downtown. The 2019 festivities will take place from Friday, March 29, through Sunday, March 31, at Burlington's Church Street Marketplace and nearby establishments.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Burlington City Arts and Signal Kitchen Team Up to Replace First Night on New Year's Eve

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Highlight publicity image - STEPHEN MEASE/BURLINGTON CITY ARTS
  • Stephen Mease/Burlington City Arts
  • Highlight publicity image
Maybe it's much too early, but, to quote an old song, "What are you doing New Year's Eve?"

In Burlington, at least, that's a question many have pondered since the news broke in April that First Night Burlington was ending after 35 years of producing its citywide NYE celebration. Would-be revelers might find some, ahem, resolution in the form of a new partnership between two local organizations that hope to rekindle end-of-year magic in the Queen City.

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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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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tibetans Honor Longtime Activist at New Year Festivities

Posted By on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 4:15 PM

Grace Spring (center, first row) with representatives from International Campaign for Tibet and Tibetan Association of Vermont, and her daughter, Cassandra Corcoran (far right) - TSETEN ANAK
  • Tseten Anak
  • Grace Spring (center, first row) with representatives from International Campaign for Tibet and Tibetan Association of Vermont, and her daughter, Cassandra Corcoran (far right)
Last Saturday, about 150 people gathered at Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington to honor  Grace Spring, an artist and a longtime activist and Tibetan supporter. The award ceremony was held in conjunction with Losar — the Tibetan New Year — celebrations.

Spring, 84, is arguably best known for staging a vigil every Friday outside the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C., for more than two decades to protest Chinese rule in Tibet. She moved to Middlebury last April, said her daughter, Cassandra Corcoran.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hop Jam Canceled Due to Slow Ticket Sales

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 10:27 PM

Hop Jam is canceled - FILE
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  • Hop Jam is canceled
Hop Jam, a beer and music festival scheduled for August 19 at Bolton Valley, has been canceled, according to the festival organizer. Meg Schultz told Seven Days that she is calling off the event due to poor ticket sales. News of the cancellation was posted on the Hop Jam website.

Fewer than 200 tickets to Hop Jam had been sold as of Thursday afternoon, Schultz said. Last year at this time, 700 tickets had been sold — more than half of the 1,300 in total sales to the daylong festival, according to Schultz. She'd hoped to sell 1,000 tickets for this year's event.

"The numbers are not encouraging," she said. "There's only so much debt I'm willing to take on, and we were way out of my threshold."

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