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Friday, November 19, 2021

Fletcher Free Library Branch Coming to Burlington's New North End

Posted By on Fri, Nov 19, 2021 at 2:07 PM

SIte of new library at Ethan Allen Shopping Center - ELIZABETH M. SEYLER ©️ SEVEN DAYS
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  • SIte of new library at Ethan Allen Shopping Center
A satellite branch of the  Fletcher Free Library in Burlington will open December 15 in office space at the Ethan Allen Shopping Center, library director Mary Danko said.

The new library in the New North End will have books, periodicals, computers and internet service. Perhaps most importantly, Danko noted, it will also have a librarian.

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Monday, November 15, 2021

Highlight New Year's Eve Celebration Returns to Burlington With a Hybrid Format

Posted By on Mon, Nov 15, 2021 at 4:25 PM

Highlight 2019 - COURTESY OF KYLE TANSLEY
  • Courtesy of Kyle Tansley
  • Highlight 2019
Fireworks, a tropical oasis, a circus, bonfires, ice bars — all are promised on the poster for Highlight, Burlington's New Year's Eve celebration on Friday, December 31. Presented by Burlington City Arts, the citywide event features live music, comedy, performance art, arts and crafts and local foodstuffs at a slew of locations all over the Queen City and online.

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Monday, November 8, 2021

After Bike Accident, Beloved Musician Larry Gordon Has Died

Posted By on Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 3:21 PM

Larry Gordon - COURTESY OF CLAYTON CLEMETSON
  • Courtesy of Clayton Clemetson
  • Larry Gordon
Note: This story and headline was updated after Gordon died.

A community radio station in Plainfield, WGDR, will broadcast a live show in tribute to Gordon on Sunday, November 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will feature Village Harmony music and stories about Gordon's life; people can call the station at 454-7762 to share stories. Tune to 91.1 or 91.7 on the FM dial to listen to the show, stream it online at WGDR.org.

Larry Gordon had a deep bass voice and a love of singing — and he devoted much of his life to joining with others in song. Gordon, 76, had a particular fondness for shape-note singing, a tradition he worked to revive in central Vermont and beyond through Village Harmony, the group he founded in 1989.

On November 1, Gordon was in a bicycle accident (with no car involved) near his home in Marshfield, said Sinead O’Mahoney, a Village Harmony staffer and singer. Gordon suffered a brain injury and was on life support before he died on Tuesday, November 9.

“Shape note is a singing tradition that started here in New England and almost died out here in New England,” O’Mahoney, 28, said. “Larry was really the one who revived the tradition around here. Now it’s very strong.”

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Flynn's Grand Reopening Celebration Starts the 2021-22 Season With Heart

Posted By on Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 3:47 PM

The Flynn marquee - COURTESY OF LUKE AWTRY PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Courtesy of Luke Awtry Photography
  • The Flynn marquee
I’ve attended many captivating performances at the Flynn Main Stage since the 1990s, but Saturday’s Grand Reopening Celebration was historic. The art deco theater was beautiful; the staff was friendly and well organized, as usual; and the performances were stellar. But Vermont storyteller Ferene Paris Meyer and Flynn executive director Jay Wahl moved me to tears. Their personal yet universal accounts of the past 19 months clarified the essential nature of gathering with neighbors in a beloved place for a live performance.

“Dear Flynn Theater!” were Paris Meyer’s opening words — the first spoken from the Flynn stage to an audience since mid-March 2020. Her story was part love letter to the theater, extolling its community-enriching capacity, and part memoir of her journey to develop her voice as a woman of color. She reminded us of the Black lives lost to violence and the requisite reckonings of the recent past.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Charlotte Gallery Bauschaus VT Hosts Night of Ambient Music and Art Installations

Posted By on Fri, Oct 15, 2021 at 6:30 PM

Zach Pollakoff - COURTESY OF CALEB KENNA
  • courtesy of Caleb Kenna
  • Zach Pollakoff
Artist, musician and advertising professional Zach Pollakoff is throwing the second show at his Bauschaus VT gallery in Charlotte this Saturday, October 16. Six artists will display large-scale installations in Pollakoff's historic gallery and home, accompanied by a live soundtrack from Brooklyn's Elori Saxl, an Emmy-nominated composer and filmmaker, and Photay, an electronic producer, also from New York City.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Montpelier Author Kekla Magoon Named National Book Award Finalist

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2021 at 2:16 PM

Kekla Magoon - COURTESY OF KEKLA MAGOON
  • Courtesy of Kekla Magoon
  • Kekla Magoon
Updated at 3:58 p.m.

Kekla Magoon had just picked up groceries to cook dinner on Monday evening when she saw that she had missed a phone call.

“I didn’t even hear the phone ring,” the Montpelier author said on Wednesday. She was in the grocery store parking lot when she noticed a voicemail from a 212 number.

“I figured that might be related to publishing, so I listened,” she said. “And it was the executive director of the National Book Foundation.”

Magoon is one of five finalists for the 2021 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for her forthcoming nonfiction book Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party's Promise to the People. “It’s pretty exciting,” she said. “A little surreal, also.”

She had known since September that she was on the long list for the prize, and she knew that the foundation planned to announce all 25 National Book Award finalists — five in each of five categories — on Tuesday, October 5, at 10 a.m. She hadn’t expected to hear anything until then. In a long “congratulatory voicemail with some logistics information,” foundation executive director Ruth Dickey asked Magoon to keep the news quiet and not to tell even her publisher.

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Friday, October 1, 2021

What Doth Life Festival Returns to Windsor

Posted By on Fri, Oct 1, 2021 at 11:52 AM

Kiel Alarcon at the Windsor Exchange - COURTESY OF TOM MCNEILL
  • courtesy of Tom McNeill
  • Kiel Alarcon at the Windsor Exchange
Windsor music collective What Doth Life roars back to life this weekend. After a tough year with little to promote, the WDL crew is staging What Doth Life Fest II on Saturday, October 2, at the Windsor Exchange.

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Friday, September 24, 2021

Marchers in Burlington Protest Oil Pipeline Expansion in Midwest

Posted By on Fri, Sep 24, 2021 at 10:52 PM

Demonstrators on Burlington's Main Street in the Stop Line 3 March and Rally - DARIA BISHOP
  • Daria Bishop
  • Demonstrators on Burlington's Main Street in the Stop Line 3 March and Rally
Martha Hammond and her three daughters were among the roughly 200 people who gathered in Burlington on Friday afternoon for the Stop Line 3 March and Rally. Line 3 is a proposed oil pipeline expansion that would bring tar sands from Alberta, Canada, to Superior, Wisconsin, crossing Native American land and numerous bodies of water in Minnesota. The girls, ages 10, 6 and 4, each carried a hand-painted sign with a picture of a water bird: a loon, a trumpeter swan, a kingfisher.

Demonstrators convened in City Hall Park, where organizer Natalee Braun of Essex laid out the march's three goals: stop Line 3, deepen the connection among activists, and educate passersby.


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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Montpelier Author Kekla Magoon Long-Listed for National Book Award

Posted By on Tue, Sep 21, 2021 at 4:02 PM

Kekla Magoon - COURTESY OF KEKLA MAGOON
  • Courtesy of Kekla Magoon
  • Kekla Magoon
Montpelier's Kekla Magoon has been long-listed for the prestigious National Book Award for Young People's Literature for her forthcoming nonfiction book Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party's Promise to the People. The author of children's and young adult titles such as The Rock and the River and the Robyn Hoodlum series, Magoon is a faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Revolution in Our Time, which will be released on Tuesday, November 23, traces the Black Panther Party through its social and historical contexts, from slavery to the group's inception in 1966 to today's ongoing anti-racist efforts.

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Monday, September 20, 2021

Roost.World, Pons Headline Night of Indie Rock at Club Metronome

Posted By on Mon, Sep 20, 2021 at 4:26 PM

Roost.World live at the Broccoli Bar - LUKE AWTRY
  • Luke Awtry
  • Roost.World live at the Broccoli Bar
Indie-electro outfit Roost.World are back in the club. The Burlington-based group brings its chaotic blend of Synth-pop and DIY punk energy to Club Metronome this Saturday, September 25. The show is a proper indie music showcase, featuring Burlington ex-pats Pons, New Haven, Conn., punk rockers Them Airs, Brattleboro's Guy Ferrari and DJ Metaspirit.

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