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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Inside Vermont's First Target Store

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2018 at 9:10 PM

Target storefront - JORDAN ADAMS
  • Jordan Adams
  • Target storefront
Dreams do come true.

Finally, after months of anxious waiting, certain Vermonters were blessed with a preview of the new Target store at the University Mall in South Burlington. On Tuesday evening, a select group of media personalities and other individuals — let's call them "the Chosen Ones" — were invited to attend a special friends-and-family early-access event to bask in the glory of all that is Target.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

National Book Award Finalists Have Ties to Vermont College of Fine Arts, Dartmouth

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2018 at 2:05 PM

M.T. Anderson
  • M.T. Anderson
Last month, I wrote about how Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier has been cleaning up when it comes to literary honors, producing a wealth of National Book Award winners and finalists. Seems this year is no exception. Yesterday, the college announced that two more of its affiliates are finalists in the prestigious competition.

Poet Terrance Hayes, a past National Book Award winner and a MacArthur Fellow, will be a guest writer at the college's MFA in Writing program this December. A finalist for American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, written during the first 200 days of the Trump presidency, he's the artist-in-residence at New York University.

Closer to home, East Calais young-adult author M.T. Anderson is also no stranger to the NBA roster: He won for The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party in 2006 and was a finalist for Feed in 2002.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

'SNL' Skewers Vermont, Where 'the Leaves Change Colors But the People Never Do'

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 2:52 PM

Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney - SCREENSHOT: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
  • Screenshot: Saturday Night Live
  • Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney
The long-running NBC sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" opened its 44th season on Saturday with actor Adam Driver as host and musical guest Kanye West. Alongside bits on the Kavanaugh hearings and the video game Fortnite — as well as an impromptu speech by West in support of President Trump that didn't air in the original live broadcast — was a sketch that lampooned Vermont, the second whitest state in the country, for its lack of diversity.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Jay Craven Describes His Film 'Wetware,' Screening This Week

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 4:36 PM

'Wetware' film still - COURTESY OF JAY CRAVEN
  • Courtesy of Jay Craven
  • 'Wetware' film still
On Saturday, September 22, in Burlington, Vermont filmmaker Jay Craven offers two preview screenings of Wetware, his 10th feature. Craven is well known for his period adaptations of  Vermont-centric novels by the late Howard Frank Mosher, including Where the Rivers Flow North (1993) and A Stranger in the Kingdom (1999). His latest is a distinctly different venture.

Rife with moody neon and existential angst, Wetware takes place in the near future, in which human genetic enhancement technology is being woven, with snags, into the fabric of everyday life.

The Vermont International Film Festival and Kingdom County Productions present two benefit screenings tomorrow at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Film House of the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. Proceeds support KCP youth education programming. On Saturday, September 29, Town Hall Theater in Middlebury hosts one preview screening.

In advance of this weekend's screenings, Craven fielded questions from Seven Days.

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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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Friday, September 14, 2018

Aziz Ansari to Perform in Burlington

Posted By on Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 4:12 PM

Aziz Ansari - COURTESY PHOTO
  • Courtesy photo
  • Aziz Ansari
Higher Ground Presents announced on Friday that actor and comedian Aziz Ansari will perform on Thursday, September 27, at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington. The former star of television series "Parks & Recreation" and "Master of None" is attempting a comeback after being accused of sexual misconduct in January.

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Tina Friml Wins Vermont's Funniest Comedian

Posted By on Mon, Sep 3, 2018 at 12:55 PM

Tina Friml - FILE: MATTHEW THORSEN
  • File: Matthew Thorsen
  • Tina Friml
The results are in: Tina Friml is Vermont's Funniest Comedian of 2018. The annual competition came to a head on Saturday, September 1, at Burlington's Vermont Comedy Club. Fifteen comics competed for the distinguished honor, out of an original 56 who entered the preliminary round in August.

Last year's Funniest Comedian, Tim Bridge, hosted the nearly three-hour, sold-out showdown. Contestants were given nine minutes to regale the audience with their most hilarious bits. Friml was the final comic to take the mic.

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Writer Moustafa Bayoumi to Discuss New York's Arab Community Post 9/11

Posted By on Mon, Sep 3, 2018 at 5:00 AM

Moustafa Bayoumi - COURTESY OF NEVILLE ELDER
  • Courtesy of Neville Elder
  • Moustafa Bayoumi
In the American classic The Souls of Black Folk, W. E. B. Du Bois asked, “How does it feel to be a problem?” The book, written during the Jim Crow era, consisted of several essays on the black experience, including the rise of the black church, education in the South and racism.

More than a century later, Moustafa Bayoumi posits that Arabs and Muslim Americans are the “new problem” of American society since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Flynn Center Races to Complete Repair Work After Flooding

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 9:40 PM

Repair work outside the Flynn Center - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Repair work outside the Flynn Center
The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is in a race against time to ensure that the flooding repair work in the FlynnSpace is completed before the upcoming performing arts season.

A water main pipe, located under the marquee, burst early Monday morning, causing water to flow into the downstairs venue and a storage area where production equipment, including lighting, was kept.

"We are too early on in assessing the damage," said Anna Marie Gewirtz, who assumed her new role as executive director of the Flynn just six weeks ago. "We are doing everything in our power to get things back in pristine condition and working order."

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Burlington Celebrates the Fifth Annual A_Dog Day

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 5:45 PM

Andy "A_Dog" Williams - COURTESY OF BEN SARLE
  • Courtesy of Ben Sarle
  • Andy "A_Dog" Williams
One of the most important days for Burlington's hip-hop and skateboard community is upon us. Now in its fifth year, the annual A_Dog Day celebrates the life of DJ, artist and skateboarder Andy "A_Dog" Williams, who passed away nearly five years ago. The multifaceted memorial event kicks off on Saturday, August 25, with a multitude of artsy happenings at various locations in downtown Burlington.

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