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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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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

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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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Friday, May 17, 2019

Margaret Coleman Takes the Helm of T.W. Wood Gallery

Posted By on Fri, May 17, 2019 at 10:27 AM

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  • Margaret Coleman
It didn't seem like the best time for Margaret Coleman to take on another job. Co-founder and executive director of the national nonprofit Art Shape Mammoth, founder and director of the O.N.E. Arts Center in Burlington, and mom to two little ones — ages 2 and a half years and 4 months — she had her hands full.

In recent months, too, Coleman had taken over management of Flynndog gallery and was involved in developing new arts spaces in that South End building. "It's wild timing," she conceded.

But none of this stopped Coleman from applying for, and accepting, the position of executive director at Montpelier's T.W. Wood Gallery. She was won over by "the commitment to accessibility [to art] and the historic collection." She also liked the gallery's diversity in programming, including after-school classes, adult classes, art camps and exhibition space for contemporary exhibitions, as well as works from the Wood collection. The gallery also hosts film nights for local filmmakers and other community events.

The Wood "is at a place in history where it has the potential for growth, and I'm excited by that," Coleman said. "It's an open book for what can happen."

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Christy Mitchell Named New Executive Director of SEABA

Posted By on Thu, May 9, 2019 at 9:28 PM

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  • Christy Mitchell
It seems only right that someone who's been an artrepreneur on Burlington's Pine Street the last 15 years of her life should rise up to helm the South End Arts and Business Association. And that's exactly what has happened.

Christy Mitchell, founder/director of the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in the Soda Plant, was today named executive director of the nonprofit organization that brings us the annual South End Art Hop. She will replace interim director Jeanne Kirby, who will rejoin the board. Previous ED Adam Brooks stepped down last December.

A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design and an artist herself, Mitchell has been an active member of the city's art scene since her arrival in it. In addition to launching S.P.A.C.E. — which in addition to the gallery offers studio space to emerging artists — she has opened additional working artist spaces in the South End and was the director of maker space Generator in its early years. She was also instrumental in designating the official term "South End Arts District."

“My passion for the arts and love of creative endeavors has led me down a path of connecting artists to opportunity," Mitchell writes in a press release. "My vision for the South End consists of building up relationships and paving new ways for artists and entrepreneurs to connect and communicate with each other and the broader community."

Seth Mobley, president of the SEABA board of directors, said, “Christy is the right person to guide SEABA, to nurture its strengths, and to support the innovation taking place across our community.”

One of the first orders of SEABA business is planning the 27th annual Art Hop — this year September 6 through 8. But in addition the board is engaged in a longer-term process of honing goals for the organization, as well as priorities for serving businesses and artists in the ever-evolving South End.

According to Mitchell, one goal will be to find a new home. Last December, SEABA's lease at 404 Pine Street was not renewed (ArtsRiot has expanded into the space), and it has been operating from a significantly downsized office in Generator on Sears Lane.

Meantime, Mitchell writes on Facebook: "I can’t wait to lead this organization, creating a platform to raise awareness and give a common voice to artists and businesses, so that we all may thrive. I’m looking forward to many exciting days ahead!" 

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Holy Hell! Anaïs Mitchell's 'Hadestown' Scores 14 Tony Award Nominations

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 1:27 PM

Eva Noblezada and the Broadway cast of 'Hadestown' - MATTHEW MURPHY
  • Matthew Murphy
  • Eva Noblezada and the Broadway cast of 'Hadestown'
Anaïs Mitchell's Hadestown has received 14 2019 Tony Award nominations. The Vermont native's "folk-rock opera," which opened on Broadway this month, nabbed more nominations than any other production this year, edging out the musical Ain't Too Proud, which received 12 nominations.

"This is such a total and complete honor! What I feel most of all this morning is enormous gratitude," wrote Mitchell in a statement following the nominations announcement. "Hadestown really took a long and winding road to Broadway, and so many creative, soulful people have put their hands on it along the way and kept it moving forward."

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