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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Catherine Brooks Takes the Reins at Rokeby Museum

Posted By on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 3:43 PM

Catherine Brooks (at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan) - COURTESY OF CATHERINE BROOKS
  • Courtesy of Catherine Brooks
  • Catherine Brooks (at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan)
The Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh might not be known for festive parties, but that's exactly what took place on November 30. The occasion was to honor outgoing director Jane Williamson for 20 years of tireless devotion to the museum — not to mention achievements that earned the venue national acclaim.

A highlight of the evening was a big surprise: Staffers pulled down a temporary banner to reveal the words "Jane Williamson Gallery" installed in relief over the entrance of said gallery. The room, used for exhibitions and events, is on the first floor of the museum's newest building. The capacious contemporary venue is a far cry from Williamson's tiny, cramped former quarters in the bathroom-less historic former farmhouse.

The event's other surprise, at least to many of the assembled guests, was from Williamson herself: She announced that the new director would be Catherine Brooks, former president of the Rokeby's board of trustees.

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Moran Plant Mural Has Been Vandalized

Posted By on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 12:10 PM

King Street Center and community volunteers painting the Moran Plant with Clark Derbes in 2015 - OLIVER PARINI
  • Oliver Parini
  • King Street Center and community volunteers painting the Moran Plant with Clark Derbes in 2015
A colorful collaborative mural on the west side of the Moran Plant building recently received some uninvited additions. "Fuck me," one carelessly scrawled message reads. "Pussy" and "Anal" also made the grade, as well as a handful of hastily fashioned octopi, or maybe squid. In contrast, there are also a few little red hearts. The bare brick walls on either side of the mural were untouched.

The original mural was created in August 2015 and was a collaboration of artist Clark Derbes, 10 kids from the King Street Center, nonprofit developers New Moran and more than 40 community members. At the time,  Derbes told Seven Days, "I think the kids that were there will maintain a sense of ownership over that project," referring to the then-anticipated redevelopment of the Moran structure by the New Moran team.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Clemmons Family Farm Receives ArtPlace America Grant

Posted By on Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 4:18 PM

L to R: Jack and Lydia Clemmons with their daughter Lydia - CALEB KENNA
  • Caleb Kenna
  • L to R: Jack and Lydia Clemmons with their daughter Lydia
Tucked among Charlotte's many scenic vistas is a 148-acre family-owned farm that has quietly become a vibrant multicultural center dedicated to celebrating African American heritage through the arts.  The Clemmons Family Farm launched programming in the summer of 2016 and began hosting public events this past summer. And it just got a massive boost toward future programming in the form of a $350,000 grant from ArtPlace America's National Placemaking Fund.

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Cannabis
Holiday Stash: A Cannabis Gift Guide

Posted By on Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 3:24 PM

Mary, Mary Patch - BAD LUCK GOODS
  • Bad Luck Goods
  • Mary, Mary Patch
The recreational use of cannabis is yet to be fully legalized in the great state of Vermont. But plenty of locals still partake, including a growing number of medical cannabis users who do so legally. And that's to say nothing of industrial hemp — that's cannabis low in THC — which is increasingly harvested for its cannabidiol, aka CBD.  CBD is extracted in oil and added to lotions, salves, chocolates and oil-based pills of all sorts. It's an easy, plant-based way to mellow out after a long day — especially before the parade of anxiety-inducing holiday parties and family events .

With that in mind, we've put together a little gift list of seven CBD and THC-related goodies for you and your loved ones this year.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

'The Bachelor' Comes to Vermont

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 11:27 AM

'The Bachelor: Winter Games' Arrival Celebration flyer - VERMONT PRODUCTION COUNCIL
  • Vermont Production Council
  • 'The Bachelor: Winter Games' Arrival Celebration flyer
"The Bachelor" is coming to Vermont — Manchester, specifically.

Earlier this fall, reports began circulating that ABC television would be shooting  "The Bachelor: Winter Games," a spinoff of the network's hit reality dating series, "The Bachelor," at a ski resort in Vermont. Details have been sparse these past few months — including where, precisely, the show would be filmed.

On Tuesday the Vermont Production Council circulated a flyer on Facebook and Twitter announcing an "arrival celebration" parade for the show. The shindig is scheduled for Tuesday, December 5, on Main Street in Manchester. (BTW, given its proximity to Manchester, the smart money would seem to be on Stratton Mountain Resort as the filming locale.) Fans of the show can take part in welcoming, as the above flyer puts it, "Bachelor nation favorites … from across the globe as they prepare for winter competitions & a journey to love."

According to a report from the Bennington Banner, those wishing to join in the love journey — as spectators, that is — can register at the Stratton Magazine office in Manchester from now until Saturday, December 2.

"The Bachelor: Winter Games" is scheduled to air on ABC in February.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Artist Armando Veve Makes Forbes' 30 Under 30

Posted By on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 1:45 PM

Armando Veve - COURTESY OF ARMANDO VEVE
  • Courtesy of Armando Veve
  • Armando Veve
Armando Veve's meticulous graphite drawings combine objects from everyday life in surreal, whimsical and often thought-provoking ways. His work elicits a sense of wonder, a quality for which the South Burlington High School grad has lately been receiving a lot of attention. Most notably, Forbes has included him on the 2018 edition of the its annual 30 Under 30: Art & Style list.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Joke of the Week: The Results Are In

Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 12:55 PM

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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 Burlington's Richard Bowen. Take it away, Richard…

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Playtime: Hallowell, "Follow (ft. Elin Smith)"

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 12:47 PM

Joseph Pensak - COURTESY OF JOSEPH PENSAK
  • Courtesy of Joseph Pensak
  • Joseph Pensak
Hallowell is the musical alias of  Joseph Pensak, perhaps better known as the minister of the Presbyterian church Redeemer Burlington. Pensak is preparing to release his upcoming full-length debut as Hallowell on Great Comfort Records — the New Jersey label responsible for Sufjan Steven's Seven Swans. To raise awareness (and money) for the album, Pensak has unveiled a music video for the album's first single, "Follow (ft. Elin Smith)."

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Cannabis
A Class Proves That Growing Cannabis Is Anything But Simple

Posted By on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 1:36 PM

Hemp in a grow tent at Green State Gardener - ELIZABETH M. SEYLER
  • Elizabeth M. Seyler
  • Hemp in a grow tent at Green State Gardener
In 25 years of growing organic veggies, I've never met a plant quite like cannabis. It responds to pruning the same way basil or broccoli does — by sending out multiple shoots that eventually flower. It thrives in nutrient-rich soil with the right amounts of light and water. And it's susceptible to the usual insects and diseases.

But terms like "mother plant," "screen of green," and "cloning" never quite enter the conversation when we're talking tomatoes and peppers.

Those cannabis terms rolled off Jahson Friedman's tongue on Saturday at Green State Gardener's "Free Cultivation Class: Vegging and Flowering" in Burlington. A GSG employee and registered medical cannabis cardholder, Jahson Friedman — who goes just by the name Jahson — is a consummate practitioner of the art and science of nurturing  the flowering plant.

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Joke of the Week: Playing Favorites

Posted By on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 12:20 PM

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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 Burlington's Sky Sandoval. Take it away, Sky…

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