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Friday, June 23, 2017

Playtime: Tuned In Promotes Intersectional Feminism in Vermont Music

Posted By on Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 11:37 AM

AMELIA DEVOID
  • Amelia Devoid
Hey, pals. Welcome back to my virtual couch. This week, let's check in with Tuned In, a new social activism organization calling for a shift in the power dynamic of the Vermont music industry.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Documentary on Syrian Refugees Draws a Large Crowd in Rutland

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 4:42 PM

A still from '8 Borders, 8 Days' - COURTESY OF '8 BORDERS, 8 DAYS'
  • Courtesy of '8 Borders, 8 Days'
  • A still from '8 Borders, 8 Days'
In the summer of 2015, Sham decided to take life into her own hands. For 16 months, the Syrian refugee and her children had been living in Lebanon as they waited for their application to be resettled in the U.S. to be approved. Finally, Sham decided to make the journey that hundreds of thousands of her countrymen had already taken in order to start a new life after fleeing the war in Syria.

Sham put herself and her two kids on a flimsy raft to cross the Aegean Sea, before landing on the Greek island of Lesvos. Thereafter, they continued their journey by ferry, taxi, foot, bus and train to reach their final destination: the German capital Berlin.

As the family went in search of a better future, Amanda Bailly was with them to document their journey. Last night on World Refugee Day, Bailly held a screening of her 60-minute documentary film, 8 Borders, 8 Days, at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ECHO Seeks Proposals for Outdoor Art Installations

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 6:26 PM

Attendees at a meeting regarding the RFP for art installations - SADIE WILLIAMS
  • Sadie Williams
  • Attendees at a meeting regarding the RFP for art installations
This morning, about 30 people met at Echo Leahy Center for Lake Champlain for a presentation on the request for proposals issued by the science center and Burlington City Arts earlier this month.

The RFPs are for two public art projects, both individual components of the Energy Commons project. In turn that is part of the much larger ECHO Sustainability Park — one of six Public Investment Action Plan projects (large development or redevelopment projects) announced by Miro Weinberger in 2014. (Another was the Moran Plant redevelopment project.)

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Keep Your Pants On: Beloved ’90s BTV Band Enters the Digital Age

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 11:57 AM

The Pants; L to R: Paul Jaffe, Neil Cleary, Tom Lawson, Eric Hutchins - COURTESY OF THE PANTS
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  • The Pants; L to R: Paul Jaffe, Neil Cleary, Tom Lawson, Eric Hutchins
Defunct for nearly two decades, the Pants may eventually be relegated to the clothes hamper of local rock history. But for now, precious few Burlington bands from the 1990s still garner as much adulation and acclaim as Tommy Law, Pistol Stamen, Hutch and Tad Cautious — aka Tom Lawson, Paul Jaffe, Eric Hutchins and Neil Cleary.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Phoenix Books Essex Moves to New Location — Around the Corner

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 3:32 PM

The future Phoenix Books Essex location - SADIE WILLIAMS
  • Sadie Williams
  • The future Phoenix Books Essex location
Phoenix Books Essex — the flagship retailer of the Vermont bookstore company — is moving, a little. In mid-July, the store will move to 2 Carmichael Street, around the corner from its current location at 21 Essex Way.

The Essex store is one of a handful owned by Michael DeSanto and Renee Reiner — in Rutland, Burlington and Chester (Phoenix Books Misty Valley). They're also new co-owners of Vermont's oldest independent bookstore, the Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock.

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Joke of the Week: Fecal Freakout

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 11:54 AM

It's Monday, which means it's time for your weekly dose of locavore levity: the Joke of the Week! This week's joke comes from Winooski's Jared Hall. Take it away, Jared…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

On the Move: Local Folkies Rally to Preserve Utah Phillips' 'Caboose'

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 6:50 PM

Utah' Phillips' flanger car - DAN BOLLES
  • Dan Bolles
  • Utah' Phillips' flanger car
North Ferrisburgh residents might hear a folky ruckus emanating from Covered Bridge Road this Saturday, June 17, the likes of which hasn't been heard ’round those parts in many a year.

That's because an all-star collection of folk musicians of both local and national renown are gathering on the former site of Philo Records. They'll be paying tribute to one of the most famous songwriters — and certainly the most famous hobo — ever to (occasionally) call Vermont home: Utah Phillips.

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Vermont Organizations Receive NEA Grants

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 5:18 PM

Miro Weinberger participates in the Festival of Fools, an annual affair staged by Burlington City Arts. - COURTESY OF BURLINGTON CITY ARTS
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  • Miro Weinberger participates in the Festival of Fools, an annual affair staged by Burlington City Arts.
The National Endowment for the Arts announced its spring grants on June 14. Because, despite concerns, the organization continues to function. And while President Trump has made his feelings for the NEA clear, the 2017 budget he signed on May 5 actually included a 2 million dollar increase for the arts. Vermonters are set to benefit from the moolah flowing out of Washington, D.C., to a variety of programs.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Parent University Students Attend Class at City Hall

Posted By on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 2:52 PM

Parent University students with Mayor Miro Weinberger at the City Hall - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Parent University students with Mayor Miro Weinberger at the City Hall
Parent University students had a special tour of  Burlington City Hall yesterday, where they met Mayor Miro Weinberger and representatives from city departments.  The trip followed a workshop on local government that Phet Keomanyvanh, from the Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO), had conducted in April for the students.

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Boston Artist Alex Cook Lends Love to Burlington

Posted By on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 1:12 PM

Alex Cook in front of his Cherry St. mural. - SADIE WILLIAMS
  • Sadie Williams
  • Alex Cook in front of his Cherry St. mural.
Boston-based artist Alex Cook paints murals with a mission. His "You Are Loved" mural series, which began in New Orleans in 1997, aims to spread a message of positivity and acceptance through simple declarations of appreciation. He's painted over 120 murals bearing that slogan — among others — from Sacramento, Calif. to Natick, Mass. This weekend, Burlington was added to that list, thanks to Cook's new mural on Cherry Street.

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