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Thursday, July 2, 2020

The Flynn Cancels Its Teaching Artists Program for Fall

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2020 at 10:55 AM

Students at the Integrated Arts Academy in 2017 - COURTESY OF THE FLYNN
  • Courtesy of the Flynn
  • Students at the Integrated Arts Academy in 2017
The Flynn has canceled its teaching artists program for the fall semester, putting a halt to a program that employs about 10 artists to work in Burlington schools.

“At the heart of the matter, it’s a public health consideration,” said the Flynn’s interim executive director Charles Smith. “The complications are just too great.”

State guidelines for Vermont schools are explicit: “No outside visitors and volunteers except for employees or contracted service providers for the purpose of special education or required support services, as authorized by the school or district.”

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Vermont Lake Monsters 2020 Season Canceled

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 6:55 PM

Burlington's Centennial Field - COURTESY OF VERMONT LAKE MONSTERS
  • courtesy of Vermont lake monsters
  • Burlington's Centennial Field
There will be no Hot Dog Heaven nights at Burlington's Centennial Field this summer. Nor will there be rousing renditions of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch, or condiment races around the infield between innings. On Tuesday, the Vermont Lake Monsters announced that their 2020 season is canceled.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Couch Cinema: 'Curon'

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 5:00 PM

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Where do we find entertainment these days? On our laptops and in our living rooms. The streaming options are overwhelming — and not always easy to sort through. So, in this weekly feature, I review a movie or series that might otherwise be easy to overlook.

The series:
“Curon” (2020)

Where to see it:
Netflix

The deal:
The top of a bell tower pokes bizarrely from a lake in Curon, Italy, part of a village that was drowned beneath the sparkling waves. The tower’s bells have been removed, but sometimes, locals say, people still hear them ring. Then bad things happen.

Something bad happened to Anna (Valeria Bilello) when she was a teen — a nightmarish experience that ended with her mother dead. Now an older Anna returns from Milan to the hotel her father owns in Curon, fleeing an abusive husband with her teenage twins, Daria (Margherita Morchio) and Mauro (Federico Russo).

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Hopkins Center and Dance Theatre of Harlem Launch a New Partnership

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2020 at 4:02 PM

Dance Theatre of Harlem performing 'Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven' - COURTESY OF DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM
  • Courtesy of Dance Theatre of Harlem
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem performing 'Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven'
This summer marks the start of a multiyear collaboration between the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College and Dance Theatre of Harlem. During three summer residencies, the partners will create a new ballet work, expand experiential learning opportunities in dance, support links between choreography and academic scholarship, and engage the arts as a tool for social change.

Based in New York City, Dance Theatre of Harlem has been shaping the ballet world for more than 50 years. Its founder, Arthur Mitchell, was the first Black principal dancer at New York City Ballet and was a protégée of Russian-born choreographer George Balanchine.

Dance Theatre of Harlem offers training and career opportunities to dancers of color and celebrates African American culture through the arts. Through its work, the multiethnic company has made the art of ballet more inclusive and expanded its audience.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Flynn: No Main Stage Shows in 2020

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 2:53 PM

The Flynn marquee - MARGARET GRAYSON
  • Margaret Grayson
  • The Flynn marquee
The Flynn in Burlington announced on Thursday that it will not hold any performances on its Main Stage for the remainder of 2020 due to operating restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

"This was not a decision made lightly, and we explored many possible alternatives before concluding that we cannot safely host performances in the theater for the remainder of this year," said interim executive director Charlie Smith in a press release. "Right now, we are unable to open to normal operations, but we’re eager to resume activity and will do so as soon as possible."

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

On Church Street, a Black College Student Wants to Discuss Race

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 3:50 PM

Danyeh Gutema, left, talking with a man about race and law enforcement - KEN PICARD
  • Ken Picard
  • Danyeh Gutema, left, talking with a man about race and law enforcement
Danyeh Gutema knows how hard it is for people to talk about race, especially in the current political climate. So this summer, the 21-year-old college student, who is Black, is devoting two hours each day to sitting on Burlington's Church Street and inviting strangers to sit down and have a conversation with him.

“How do we move forward? How do we come to solutions? It’s by talking to one another, sharing ideas [and] by communicating,” Gutema said. “That’s how you humanize a movement.”

Under a sweltering Tuesday afternoon sun, a masked Gutema sat in front of Burlington City Hall with two hand-lettered signs taped to his folding table that read, “It’s uncomfortable. Join me and let’s talk about race,” and “We move forward by talking to each other.”

A Vermont native, Gutema is studying environmental engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and is home for the summer. As he explained, the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police last month sparked a lot of anger in him, but also a desire to address issues of racial inequality in a more productive way than just exchanging barbs on social media.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Couch Cinema: 'Fast Color'

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2020 at 4:48 PM

CODEBLACK FILMS
  • Codeblack Films
Where do we find entertainment these days? On our laptops and in our living rooms. The streaming options are overwhelming — and not always easy to sort through. So, in this weekly feature, I review a movie or series that might otherwise be easy to overlook.

The movie:
Fast Color (2018)

Where to see it:
Amazon Prime Video, Hulu; rentable on iTunes.

The deal:
The future is here, and it’s parched. In the world of Fast Color, rain hasn’t fallen for eight years, water is strictly rationed, and grocery-store shelves are sparsely stocked.

But Ruth (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) has bigger problems to worry about: We meet her fleeing from a warehouse with rope burns on her wrists. As she drives across the wasted landscape, we soon learn who imprisoned her and why: Ruth has seizures that can cause earthquakes, opening new seismic faults. Hunted by government agents, she’s continually being betrayed by a power she can’t control.

Out of options, Ruth eventually makes her way to her childhood home, an isolated farmstead where her mother, Bo (Lorraine Toussaint), welcomes her with misgivings. Bo has devoted herself to providing a safe haven for preteen Lila (Saniyya Sidney), the daughter whom Ruth abandoned in her infancy.

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Bandcamp's Joe Holt on Donating Sales for Juneteenth

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 2:14 PM

Bandcamp Record Store and Performance Space in downtown Oakland, Calif. - COURTESY OF BANDCAMP
  • Courtesy of Bandcamp
  • Bandcamp Record Store and Performance Space in downtown Oakland, Calif.
On Friday, June 19, online music store and streaming platform Bandcamp will donate 100 percent of its sales to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. June 19, or Juneteenth, is a 155-year-old holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

"The current moment is part of a long-standing, widespread, and entrenched system of structural oppression for people of color, and real progress requires a sustained and sincere commitment to political, social, and economic racial justice and change," Bandcamp cofounder Ethan Diamond wrote in a June 15 statement on the website. "We stand with those rightfully demanding justice, equality, and change, and people of color everywhere who live with racism every single day."

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Nectar's and Club Metronome to Reopen

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 8:32 PM

Nectar's - FILE: MATT THORSEN
  • File: Matt Thorsen
  • Nectar's
Nectar's and Club Metronome will reopen on Friday, June 19.

The downtown Burlington nightclubs have been dark since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. A press release sent out on Wednesday announced a weekend schedule of live bands and DJs, as well as specifics regarding ticket sales and safety precautions the businesses will enact in order to maintain social distancing.

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Couch Cinema: 'Shirley'

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 5:00 AM

Michael Stuhlbarg and Elisabeth Moss as Stanley Hyman and Shirley Jackson - COURTESY OF NEON
  • Courtesy of Neon
  • Michael Stuhlbarg and Elisabeth Moss as Stanley Hyman and Shirley Jackson
Where do we find entertainment these days? On our laptops and in our living rooms. The streaming options are overwhelming — and not always easy to sort through. So, in this weekly feature, I review a movie or series that might otherwise be easy to overlook.

The movie:
Shirley (2020)

Where to see it:
Hulu; rentable on various services; and at VTIFF Virtual Cinema.

The deal:
At midcentury, Rose Nemser (Odessa Young) accompanies her professor husband (Logan Lerman) to Bennington College, where he’s secured a job. The young couple boards with older prof Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg) and his wife, Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss), who recently became a literary celebrity for her dark short story “The Lottery.”

At Stanley’s urging, pregnant Rose takes over the domestic tasks of the household for Shirley, who is depressive, borderline-agoraphobic and struggling with her next novel. Meanwhile, Stanley enjoys his pick of a “harem” of adoring female students. Shirley knows he’s unfaithful, and wicked barbs fly between the pair.

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