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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Kat Wright to Host Live Album Recording Event

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2018 at 3:33 PM

Kat Wright - COURTESY OF ASH LAROSE
  • Courtesy of Ash LaRose
  • Kat Wright
This week, Burlington's reigning queen of soul, Kat Wright, is recording a live album. The artist and her Indomitable Soul Band set up shop on Saturday, August 18, at Applehead Recording in Saugerties, N.Y. — and you can be there to watch the magic happen.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Vermont Stage Finds a New Home at Black Box Theatre

Posted By on Sat, Aug 11, 2018 at 10:31 AM

Kim Rosenstock's 'Tigers Be Still,' from a review April 25, 2018 - COURTESY OF LINDSAY RAYMONDJACK
  • Courtesy of Lindsay Raymondjack
  • Kim Rosenstock's 'Tigers Be Still,' from a review April 25, 2018
Vermont Stage is leaving the FlynnSpace after 17 years to take up residence at the Main Street Landing Black Box Theatre.

"We have become a victim of our own success,"  wrote board chair Peter Espenshade in an email. "The move will allow us to meet the demand for live theater and will allow us more room, from the lobby to backstage, to produce world-class theater," he said.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Vermont Expat Comic Carmen Lagala on Taping 'Colbert' Set

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 3:49 PM

Carmen Lagala - JENNI WALKOWIAK
  • Jenni Walkowiak
  • Carmen Lagala
On July 19, the Burlington comedy scene took a victory lap when comedian and Vermont native Carmen Lagala made her national television debut with a set on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Check it out below:

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Nina's Brew Win Grand Point North Local Band Contest

Posted By on Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 2:02 PM

Nina's Brew - COURTESY OF NINA'S BREW
  • Courtesy of Nina's Brew
  • Nina's Brew
The results of this year's Grand Point North Local Band Contest are in. And the winner is … Nina's Brew!

Out of nearly 100 bands and artists nominated, Seven Days readers chose the bluesy soul outfit to join festival founder  Grace Potter, Jackson Browne, Ani DiFranco and others at the two-day music and arts festival, which runs Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16, at Burlington's Waterfront Park. As is tradition, the contest's winner opens Grand Point North on Saturday afternoon.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

'The King' Comes to the Queen City: Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki Talks About His New Doc

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 12:15 PM

Eugene Jarecki - COURTESY OF EUGENE JARECKI
  • Courtesy of Eugene Jarecki
  • Eugene Jarecki
Talking Trump-era politics with Eugene Jarecki is probably the equivalent of playing chess with Boris Spassky or standing across a tennis court from Roger Federer. The field is not level. You are not remotely in the same league. And that’s what makes it so much fun.

The Peabody and Emmy award-winning director of such acclaimed documentaries as The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002), Why We Fight (2005), Reagan (2011) and The House I Live In (2012), the Mad River Valley resident has been named a Soros Justice Fellow at the Open Society Foundations and a senior fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Against the Wall: April Cornell Gets a Makeover

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 3:46 PM

April Cornell (left) and Ginny Joyner - SADIE WILLIAMS
  • Sadie Williams
  • April Cornell (left) and Ginny Joyner
An already polychromatic building near the bottom of Main Street in Burlington is becoming much more colorful. Previously painted pastel yellow and pink, the  April Cornell headquarters now sports more than 20 different colors. Depictions of flowers, cats and butterflies adorn the walls. Even the fire escape flaunts radiant multicolored steps.

The new look is prompted in part by a re-branding effort: The 43-year-old company just redesigned its logo. The "retro logo," as the eponymous owner calls the original, still appears on the back of the building. The new one is painted on the front. Cornell says painting the new logo on the squat, blocky building induced her to ask, "How do you take something industrial and make it joyful?" The solution: more color.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Vermont Arts Council Exhibit Spotlights New American Artists

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 12:24 PM

Aline Mukiza (with drum) and Burundian dancers - COURTESY OF JEFF WOODWARD
  • Courtesy of Jeff Woodward
  • Aline Mukiza (with drum) and Burundian dancers
The Vermont Arts Council is on a mission to broaden the definition of who a Vermont artist is, said director Karen Mittelman. "There are new groups of Americans who are enriching [the] landscape in ways that most people don't see and recognize," she said.

Mittelman is hopeful that the arts agency's latest photo exhibit will introduce residents and visitors to the state's diverse cultural landscape.

With help from the Vermont Folklife Center, the VAC has assembled a collection of photographs for its Spotlight Gallery that feature the music, dance and fiber traditions of local Bhutanese, Bosnian, Burundian, Karen, Somali and Tibetan communities.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Refugee Communities Find Cause for Celebration During Difficult Year

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2018 at 4:09 PM

Interpreter Poe Poh (left) and Thaw Theet at Leddy Park in Burlington - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Interpreter Poe Poh (left) and Thaw Theet at Leddy Park in Burlington
For the last seven years, Thaw Theet has always attended local festivities to commemorate World Refugee Day, which is observed across the world on June 20.

"I came here as a refugee," said the South Burlington resident. "Even though I am now a U.S. citizen, I will never forget where I came from." Though Theet understands English, she's shy about conversing in the language and chose to speak through an interpreter instead.

Theet, an ethnic-Karen from Myanmar, isn't alone in wanting to honor her history. Last Saturday, upward of 300 people — refugees, former refugees, social service providers and community partners — gathered at Burlington's Leddy Park to celebrate World Refugee Day.

"It's a happy day for me," said Theet, 33.

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Musician Hikes Long Trail to Raise Awareness of Suicide Prevention

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2018 at 12:58 PM

Betsy LeBlanc and Sam - COURTESY OF BETSY LEBLANC
  • Courtesy of Betsy LeBlanc
  • Betsy LeBlanc and Sam
Elisabeth "Betsy" LeBlanc remembers being five years old and scrawling "I want to die" on plastic decorative balloons in her room. Months later, the self-abuse began. When she was in third grade, her family doctor noticed the bruises and bite marks on LeBlanc's arms. She had her first major crisis in high school and got help through therapy.

"You might ask why would a five-year-old want to die," says LeBlanc, now 40, in a video that she uploaded on Facebook. "I genuinely believed people would be better off without me."

LeBlanc continues that she was "properly medicated" for the first time when she was 27. It was also the first time she was able to experience anything other than depression, she adds.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Historic Vermont Silhouette Travels to Washington, D.C.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 12:07 PM

Silhouettes of Sylvia Drake and Charity Bryant, circa 1805–15 - COURTESY OF THE HENRY SHELDON MUSEUM OF VERMONT HISTORY
  • Courtesy of the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History
  • Silhouettes of Sylvia Drake and Charity Bryant, circa 1805–15

Vermont’s pioneering fight to legalize civil unions in 2000 cemented the state’s place amidst the landscape of American queer and civil rights history. Within just the past several years, the Green Mountain State has emerged as home to another gay cultural landmark: a handmade silhouette considered to be the earliest image of a same-sex couple.

The small, intimate portrait of Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake, which dates to the early 1800s, is now on view in “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now” at the Smithsonian Institute's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

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