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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Questionable Authority: Seven Days Staffers Weigh in on Vermont Youth and e-Cigarettes

Posted By , , and on Tue, Feb 12, 2019 at 10:57 AM

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On Tuesday, February 12, middle and high schoolers who are members of Our Voices Xposed (OVX) and Vermont Kids Against Tobacco (VKAT) — Vermont’s youth-led movements to reduce youth smoking and vaping  —  are scheduled to march to the Vermont Statehouse for a rally against the perils of electronic cigarettes and flavored tobacco among their peers.

As the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday, nearly 5 million American youth used e-cigarettes in 2018. The U.S. Surgeon General  also warned that their use is skyrocketing among minors, with one in five high school students reporting last year that they used e-cigarettes at least once in the last month. Many teens assume that vaping nicotine is a "safe" alternative to other tobacco products, such as its combustible cousin, the analog cigarette (aka, the "cancer stick"), the cigar ("ye olde stogie") and snuff and chewing tobacco ("Mr. Spitty McBrown Teeth.")

This week, Seven Days staffers weighed in on the e-cig craze among Vermont youngsters:

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Waking Windows 2019 Lineup Announced

Posted By on Tue, Feb 5, 2019 at 2:19 PM

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) at Waking Windows 2017 - FILE: LUKE AWTRY PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • !!! (Chk Chk Chk) at Waking Windows 2017
Strap in, folks. The Waking Windows music-and-arts festival has just revealed its 2019 lineup. The highly anticipated three-day indie-music bonanza kicks off in Winooski on Friday, May 3, and concludes on Sunday, May 5.

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Slideshow: A Fond Farewell to the Cottonwoods of Poplar Drive at Shelburne Farms

Posted By on Sat, Feb 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Can you mourn the end of an era when you weren't there for the beginning? That's what I wondered on the bright, frigid morning of December 19 as I took a run at Shelburne Farms, zipping up the walking path from the entrance to the inn and back.

On my way, I saw something that chilled me even more than the scathing wind. I'd already heard that the majestic Eastern Cottonwoods of Poplar Drive were slated to be removed; that the trees were dead or dying and increasingly posed a hazard to passersby. But I'd put the news out of my mind, as we often do with unwelcome news we can't change.

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Legends & Lore Marker Program Comes to Vermont

Posted By on Sat, Feb 2, 2019 at 7:00 AM

A Legends & Lore marker in New York state - COURTESY OF THE VERMONT FOLKLIFE CENTER
  • Courtesy of the Vermont Folklife Center
  • A Legends & Lore marker in New York state
The Vermont Folklife Center has partnered with the Syracuse-based William G. Pomeroy Foundation to bring the latter's Legends & Lore Marker Program to Vermont. The VFC is the sixth cultural center to join the program, along with organizations in Alabama, Connecticut, New York, North Carolina and Oregon.

According to the Pomeroy Foundation website, the program is "designed to promote cultural tourism and commemorate legends and folklore as part of cultural heritage." It does so by placing markers at sites of local cultural, if not precisely historic, significance. Like, as in the example pictured above, the site of the Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse in Kinderhook, N.Y., where Jesse Merwin taught. Merwin was the real-life inspiration for the protagonist Ichabod Crane in Washington Irving's classic "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Death Doula Introduces Mourning Bracelets

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 12:12 PM

Mourning bracelets - COURTESY OF ANNE-MARIE KEPPEL
  • Courtesy of Anne-Marie Keppel
  • Mourning bracelets
As a death doula and a funeral celebrant, Anne-Marie Keppel doesn’t shy away from talking about death. But for most of us, death is a difficult subject to broach. That's often especially true for those who have recently lost loved ones. 

Long gone are the days when people would wear mourning clothes, so it isn't always obvious when someone has suffered a loss. “There’s no signal to each other that [we] are in pain,” Keppel noted. "I think it's a societal change that we need to have."

Last week, the 41-year-old Craftsbury Common resident introduced the mourning bracelet. It’s a visual cue to others that the wearer needs space, understanding and solidarity.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2019: First Look

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 1:40 PM

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2015 - FILE: BRIAN MACDONALD
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  • Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2015
The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival unveiled its initial 2019 lineup on Monday. The 10-day celebration of all things jazz takes over the Queen City from Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 9. Scores of local, national and international acts perform all around the city, from the Church Street Marketplace to small clubs to large performing arts venues.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Magic Hat Cancels Mardi Gras Parade, Relocates Festivities to Church Street

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 5:54 PM

Mardi Gras Parade 2016 - FILE: MATTHEW THORSEN
  • File: Matthew Thorsen
  • Mardi Gras Parade 2016
Magic Hat Brewing Company has canceled its annual Mardi Gras parade in Burlington. The local craft brewery will still throw a weekend-long Mardi Gras party this year. But for the first time in 24 years, those celebrations will not include a procession downtown. The 2019 festivities will take place from Friday, March 29, through Sunday, March 31, at Burlington's Church Street Marketplace and nearby establishments.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Seven Days Photographer Matthew Thorsen Dies at 51

Posted By on Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 3:55 PM

Matthew Thorsen - MELANIE MARIA GOODREAUX
  • Melanie Maria Goodreaux
  • Matthew Thorsen
We're deeply saddened to report the death, from cancer, of  Seven Days' longtime beloved staff photographer Matthew Thorsen. Though expected, his passing — on New Year's Day 2019 — is nonetheless devastating to us all.

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Cultural Mosaic: Rapper K Prince Encourages Positive Thinking

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Kahambwe Prince Felekeni - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Kahambwe Prince Felekeni
Local rapper Kahambwe Prince Felekeni, 22, said he first heard Tupac Shakur's music when he was in a refugee camp in Tanzania. The American hip-hop artist died in the same year that he was born.

“That’s how powerful music is,” said Felekeni, who also goes by the moniker K Prince. “You can be gone, but your voice is still heard.”

Earlier this month, Felekeni released a music video for "Young King." The song’s main message, he said, is this: “If you want something, you can’t just wait for someone to bring it to you.” Winooski-based Que Beats produced the music video, which was filmed at Battery Park and the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Binge-Watch Local Programming on Your Holiday Break

Posted By on Fri, Dec 21, 2018 at 12:06 PM

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The holiday season is at hand, and there's no doubt you're looking forward to everything that comes with it: family gatherings, office parties and, of course, figuring out how you'll spend New Year's Eve.

But let's be real. It's been a tough 12 months, and all you really want to do on your end-of-year vacay is throw on your Snuggie and plop down on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn. You've been putting off checking out a bunch of new streaming series until your holiday break, and you can practically hear "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" calling out your name.

In the spirit of keeping things local, consider bumping the second season of "Making a Murderer" down the queue to make room for some locally sourced programming. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

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