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Friday, July 21, 2017

Ben Stiller Brings Casting Call for Prison Escape Series to Plattsburgh

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 1:08 PM

Ben Stiller - DREAMSTIME
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  • Ben Stiller
In recent weeks, Ben Stiller has been spotted in various locations around Plattsburgh and upstate New York.

And just what is the famed comedic actor doing in the sleepy Lake City, exactly? Pounding Bud Light Limes at the Naked Turtle, perhaps? Getting in some quality "me time" after splitting with longtime wife and fellow actor Christine Taylor? Scouting locales for Zoolander 3, Meet the Grandparents or (pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease) Mystery Men 2?

Almost, but not quite.

Stiller is indeed scouting locations for a new project. He's directing an untitled miniseries for Showtime centered on the June 2015 prison escape of two inmates from the Clinton Correctional Facility in nearby Dannemora, N.Y.

And guess what? You can be in it! A casting call for the series is slated for this Saturday, July 22, at the Strand Center Theatre in downtown Plattsburgh.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Vermont Arts Council Selects a New Executive Director

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 6:17 PM

Karen Mittelman - COURTESY OF VERMONT ARTS COUNCIL
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  • Karen Mittelman
The Vermont Arts Council announced today that it has found a replacement for former executive director Alex Aldrich, who stepped down in April. Karen Mittelman will take the helm at the state nonprofit organization in October.

Mittelman is currently director of the Division of Public Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C., where she has worked since 1998. With a doctorate in U.S. history from the University of Pennsylvania, she has also held positions at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

VAC selected Mittelman from a pool of 70 applicants from Vermont and across the U.S. Her ties to the Green Mountain State have been in the form of visits to the Bennington area throughout her life.

“We are thrilled that Karen Mittelman has accepted the executive director position,” said VAC chair Bob Stannard in a press statement. “In a time when federal arts funding is uncertain, it is vital to have an executive director who has significant experience in a national leadership role."

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Half Lounge to Reopen in August

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 11:18 AM

L-R: Boudee Luangrath, Aaron Chiaravelotti, Adrian Sackheim - COURTESY OF HALF LOUNGE
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  • L-R: Boudee Luangrath, Aaron Chiaravelotti, Adrian Sackheim
When Half Lounge closed its doors in March, it left a fairly large hole in Burlington's nightlife scene. But the pint-sized, live music hotspot will reopen soon under new ownership.

The proprietors of Mr. Mikes Pizza, Aaron Chiaravelotti and Boudee Luangrath, along with SideBar talent buyer Adrian Sackheim, purchased the business in May and hope to reopen it in early August. Chiaravelotti and Luangrath also own SideBar, which they opened in 2016.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

New RETN TV Channel Hosts Local Filmmakers

Posted By on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 11:50 AM

Still from Alec Julien's film "Anonymous" - ALEC JULIEN
  • Alec Julien
  • Still from Alec Julien's film "Anonymous"
In late June, the Regional Educational Television Network announced a new channel carried by Burlington Telecom. Called BTV HD, it's dedicated to the works of local filmmakers.

The high-definition programming runs on Channel 216. According to a June 26 press release, it carries "different programming than RETN's current standard-definition educational access channel found in the BT channel lineup at Channel 16."

The first local film to debut on the new channel was "Anonymous" by Alec Julien, by Burlington writer, educator, musician and graphic designer. Seth Jarvis directed. The first-time filmmaker said that RETN provided equipment for the production, and that executive director Jess Wilson served as the lighting director.

"When she asked me to premiere "Anonymous" with RETN, I was happy to oblige," Julien said.

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Joke of the Week: Don't Sweat It

Posted By on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 11:08 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 Williston's Peter Brown. Take it away, Peter…

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Style Points: Lucy Leith Designs for Humans and Robots

Posted By on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 9:12 PM

Lucy Leith's Trilobite Coat - LUCY LEITH
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  • Lucy Leith's Trilobite Coat
Twenty-one-year-old Lucy Leith hasn't wasted her year off from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The fashion student is half way through her studies — she moved back to her native Burlington in May 2016 and plans to complete her education in the fall. Since February 2017, she's been a driving force in developing the sewing and textile program at Burlington's Generator maker space.

When she's not looking for new teachers or leading workshops at the South End organization, Leith volunteers at Burlington City Arts, works as a teaching assistant for area artist Kate Donnelly and freelances as a gardener.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Joke of the Week: Separation Anxiety

Posted By on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 6:30 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 Essex Junction's Damien Harshbarger. Take it away, Damien…

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Flynn Center Presents New Concert Series: Exhibitionists

Posted By on Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 1:29 PM

Death Pesos - NOISE FLOOR PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Death Pesos
The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is exploring unknown territory with its new, evocatively titled free concert series, Exhibitionists. Starting Friday, July 7, and continuing on Fridays for the remainder of summer, a horde of mostly local rock bands will take over the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery for a sonic assault the likes of which have never been attempted in that particular space.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Vermont's Capital City Gets a New Flag, Because Why Not?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 7:20 PM

New Montpelier City flag - CHET LARROW
  • Chet Larrow
  • New Montpelier City flag
This evening, Montpelier City Councilor Anne Watson and City Clerk John Odum unveiled the state capital's new flag during the annual July 3rd celebrations.

The minimalist winning design, by East Montpelier native Chet Larrow, features rolling green hills topped by a navy-blue sky. Centered in the blue field is a circle of 14 golden stars. Larrow is an industrial designer for Key Technologies in Baltimore, Md.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Playtime: Jessica Rabbit Syndrome Release Debut Tracks

Posted By on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Ali Evans and Amy Wild - LUKE AWTRY
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  • Ali Evans and Amy Wild
Jessica Rabbit Syndrome took the stage for the first time in May at Waking Windows 2017. The duo was draped in black sequins and unleashed sludgy garage rock laden with an air of overcast, glamorous doom. The group now possess the power of three: Ali Evans on guitar; Amy Wild on drums and Cate Tobin on bass. Based between Burlington and Boston, Mass., the band's aesthetic reflects a fondness for Riot Grrrl, hanging out in graveyards and Simon Hanselmann's illustrated stoner witch Megg.

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