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Friday, December 14, 2018

Charlotte Potter Named Yestermorrow Executive Director

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 4:04 PM

Charlotte Potter - COURTESY OF CHARLOTTE POTTER
  • Courtesy of Charlotte Potter
  • Charlotte Potter
On January 2, 2019, Charlotte Potter will take over as executive director at Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Waitsfield. It's a homecoming for the Mad River Valley native, who for the past six years worked as the glass studio manager and program director at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Va. She succeeds former Yestermorrow ED Claire Gear, who is now the executive director of the Shelburne Craft School.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Nico Muhly on His Latest Opera, 'Marnie'

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 1:42 PM

Isabel Leonard as Marnie (in yellow) with other cast members of 'Marnie' - KEN HOWARD/THE MET
  • Ken Howard/The Met
  • Isabel Leonard as Marnie (in yellow) with other cast members of 'Marnie'
In his latest opera, Vermont-born composer Nico Muhly, along with librettist Nicholas Wright,  reimagined Winston Graham's 1961 novel Marnie. The story follows a beautiful but troubled young woman who assumes multiple identities. Marnie, played by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, compounds layers of deception as she drifts from job to job and lover to lover, eventually landing in the cruel, abusive grasp of a wealthy businessman, Mark Rutland, played by baritone Christopher Maltman.

The book inspired Alfred Hitchcock's disturbing 1964 film of the same name, in which the filmmaker used shuddering camera work and long, leering shots to render Marnie's increasing derangement. For his version, Muhly turns to music — specifically, his gift for mysterious tonality and dramatic composition — to convey the lead character's inner mania.

After premiering in London last year, Marnie opened at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City last month. It's the second Muhly opera commissioned by the Met. The first was his acclaimed  2013 work Two Boys.

Following a seven-show run, Marnie closed on November 10. If you missed it, either live or via one of the numerous "The Met: Live in HD" simulcasts, despair not. Town Hall Theater in Middlebury presents an encore broadcast of the opera this Sunday, November 18 — exactly one year to the day after it originally premiered in London. Seven Days recently caught up with Muhly by phone.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Six Vermont Artists and Art Advocates Recognized at Governor's Arts Awards

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 3:43 PM

Jerry Williams, left, and Chris Miller - JEB WALLACE-BRODEUR
  • Jeb Wallace-Brodeur
  • Jerry Williams, left, and Chris Miller

Last evening,  November 14, Gov. Phil Scott and the Vermont Arts Council honored six Vermont artists at the annual Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony, held at the Statehouse in Montpelier.


This year’s Award for Excellence in the Arts went to two recipients, selected by Scott from among 20 nominees: Sculptors Chris Miller and Jerry Williams, who worked together on a new Ceres statue for the top of the Statehouse dome. (The previous one had rotted and was removed earlier this year.) The figure, an allegorical representation of Vermont’s agricultural heritage, will be installed on November 30.

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New Voices Series Showcases Local Korean and Ghanaian Drum Groups

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 10:24 AM

Sori Mori - COURTESY OF THE FLYNN CENTER
  • Courtesy of the Flynn Center
  • Sori Mori
When Cindy Rancourt was living in her native country of South Korea, she wasn’t interested in Korean traditional music. But since moving to Vermont in 2006, the Essex resident has had a voracious appreciation for all things Korean.

Rancourt teaches at the Green Mountain Korean Culture School, helps out during the Korean Food Fest, practices taekwondo and attends a Korean church in Essex. She’s also a member of an all-female drumming troupe, Sori Mori, that performs in the samul nori folk style. These are all an expression of her “longing and yearning” for her home country, said Rancourt.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates Speaks at Sold-Out UVM Event

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 9:15 AM

Ta-Nehisi Coates - COURTESY OF GABRIELLA DEMCZUK
  • Courtesy of Gabriella Demczuk
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates
Best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates was 33 when he voted for the first time. That was in 2008 and he voted for Barack Obama, Coates told the 3,200-strong audience at the University of Vermont’s indoor tennis courts on Tuesday evening.

The West Baltimore, Md., native said he had a “very radical but limited view of politics." Coates had felt that voting was "bad" and thought he would end up endorsing “for the lesser evil, at best.” But a professor friend recently told him, “Yes, that’s true, but I’m in favor of less evil.”

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Tech Heavyweight Tan Le to Discuss Brain-Computer Interfaces at UVM

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 1:19 PM

Tan Le - COURTESY OF TAN LE
  • Courtesy of Tan Le
  • Tan Le
Five years after Tan Le was recognized in 1998 as Young Australian of the Year, she found herself at a career crossroad. She had been trained as a lawyer, done a stint as an entrepreneur and was also a community advocate.

But she was seeking a lifelong endeavor. “I wanted to find something that wasn't just a short stint or exciting for a few years,” recalled Le. And she found her calling in studying the human brain.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Burlington's Old Gold Moving to Cherry Street

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 1:07 PM


Old Gold owner Karin Eisenberg - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Old Gold owner Karin Eisenberg
Two thousand T-shirts, cartons of nippies and pasties, scores of sequined gowns, a rainbow of tutus and stacks of faded Levis will relocate in time for the New Year as Old Gold, a Burlington sartorial landmark, decamps to Cherry Street.

The vintage clothing store and costume shop, whose window mannequins enliven Main Street, is moving from the jam-packed, jaw-dropping space it has occupied since 1977. The store's lease at 180 Main Street will end on December 31, Old Gold owner Karin Eisenberg told Seven Days. She will move her business to 153 Cherry Street — the onetime home of the B Side skate shop — and open there on January 2, 2019.

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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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