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Thursday, August 26, 2021

The Flynn Announces Daniel Bernard Roumain as Creative Chair

Posted By on Thu, Aug 26, 2021 at 1:21 PM

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On Wednesday, the Flynn announced that composer, violinist and activist Daniel Bernard Roumain has been officially installed as its new creative chair. The acclaimed musician, who has played with everyone from Philip Glass to Lady Gaga, and whom the New York Times described as "omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets," aims to shepherd the Burlington performing arts organization toward a bold new future.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Bradford Hosts Black Musicians Matter Celebration

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2021 at 5:28 PM

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The Summer Street Music Series in Bradford returns this Thursday, August 26, but with a new look. Titled "Black Musicians Matter," the celebration features performers who are Black, Indigenous and other people of color. The show starts at 5 p.m. at the Denny Park gazebo.

Local neo-soul artist Senayit headlines the event, along with singer-songwriter and Madagascar native Mikahely and Boston-based performance artist Kali & Ancestors in Training.


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Saturday, August 21, 2021

Ivamae Celebrates New Album With Release Show at Burlington Waterfront

Posted By on Sat, Aug 21, 2021 at 2:55 PM

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Ivamae released her debut LP, Tender Meat, on June 25. When the Burlington-based singer-songwriter spoke with Seven Days at the time, she confided that she wanted to do something a little special to celebrate the album.

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Friday, August 13, 2021

Higher Ground to Require Proof of Vaccination for Indoor Shows

Posted By on Fri, Aug 13, 2021 at 3:01 PM

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South Burlington music venue Higher Ground announced Friday it will require for proof of vaccination for all indoor shows.

"We will be requiring all patrons to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, or a negative test from the past 72 hours, along with a matching photo ID," wrote Higher Ground marketing director Amy Wild in an email to Seven Days.

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Radio Bean to Require Proof of Vaccination to Enter

Posted By on Thu, Aug 12, 2021 at 11:58 AM

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  • Radio Bean community photo in 2016
Radio Bean is the latest Burlington establishment — and first music venue — to require proof of vaccination for admittance into the club. As COVID-19 numbers in Chittenden County increase and the Delta variant of the coronavirus  spreads in Vermont and across the country, Radio Bean owner Lee Anderson made the call.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Singer-Songwriter Alice Howe Returns to Stowe, This Time to Play

Posted By on Tue, Aug 10, 2021 at 5:39 PM

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Alice Howe's family has been coming to Stowe for a century. A great-great-uncle of the singer-songwriter built a cabin in the popular resort town for the family to gather in over the generations. Howe, a native of Boston, describes the home as "truly magical, and one of my favorite places on Earth."

For the first time in her career, the folksinger will play rather than vacation in the area she so cherishes, when she stops through Stowe and Waterbury this week.

"I have such a connection with Stowe," Howe tells Seven Days over the phone. "It's really cool to bring this side of my life to a place I love. It was time."

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Monday, August 2, 2021

Elka Schumann, the 'Heart and Soul' of Bread and Puppet, Dies

Posted By on Mon, Aug 2, 2021 at 1:23 PM

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Elka Schumann, whose personal and artistic partnership with her husband, Peter, was a guiding force of Bread and Puppet Theater for almost 60 years, died on Sunday. She was 85.

Her death, at North Country Hospital in Newport, was confirmed by  Michael Romanyshyn, a family friend and longtime puppeteer.  Elka was "everything" to Bread and Puppet, Romanyshyn said. "She was the heart and soul."

Elka was born in Russia in August 1935 to a Russian mother and an American father. Her family left that country, bound for the United States, when she was a young girl.

Elka met Peter, an artist and puppeteer, in his native Germany while she was a college student studying abroad.  The Schumanns were married in 1959 and lived in New York City, where Peter founded Bread and Puppet on the Lower East side of Manhattan in 1963. The couple moved with their five children to Plainfield in 1970, before settling at the Bread and Puppet farm in Glover in 1974.

She was the "bedrock" for both the family and the theater, said her son, Max Schumann.
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This summer, Bread and Puppet is celebrating the 50th anniversary of  its  Domestic Resurrection Circus. Elka, dressed in white, walked arm in arm with Peter across the natural amphitheater on July 11 at an opening performance of the season  to take her seat on the grassy stage. She played recorder during the show. She also participated  in last Saturday’s performance, Romanyshyn said.

In recent years, Elka became interested in gatherings to remember and mourn the dead in the pine woods at Bread and Puppet, where a memorial village of sculptures, paintings and installations pay tribute to deceased puppeteers, artists, friends and family. One little house honors Elka's parents, John and Masha Dikareva Scott.
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  • Peter and Elka Schumann

Walking through the memorial village two summers ago, Elka stopped at a site in the grove of trees and listened to Peter as he talked about people dear to them whose names he had carved on a board to mark their deaths.

When he got to the last name, where space had run out on the carving, Elka said: "Peter, you really should make another board."

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Lou Barlow To Play Burlington Record Plant

Posted By on Sun, Aug 1, 2021 at 4:19 PM

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Every now and then, a show is announced that warrants a double take. One could be forgiven for blinking and refreshing the browser upon seeing that Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, Folk Implosion) is playing a show at — of all places — the Burlington Record Plant.  The news is real, people: On Monday, August 2, Barlow will indeed perform at the BRP.

"Nick Mavodones from Waking Windows, Bobby Hackney and I were trying to get someone a little bigger, from out of town, to come in and play an acoustic set," says BRP owner Justin Crowther. "Then we heard that Lou Barlow was looking to play some more off-the-beat kind of places on his tour. So Nick reached out, and it came together pretty quickly."

Barlow helped pioneer the early 90's low-fi indie-rock sound and has rightfully earned his place among the legends of that generation of rockers. He's even in the midst of a late-career resurgence with Dinosaur Jr., who have returned to releasing albums and touring regularly.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

251: Tracing History at Bennington Centre Cemetery

Posted By on Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 3:56 PM

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  • Bennington Centre Cemetery
If my father had been with me on Saturday at Bennington Centre Cemetery, he would’ve died and gone to heaven — if he hadn’t already achieved the former.

At Vermont’s oldest cemetery, I found a few of his favorite things: U.S. history, poetry, peace and quiet. He also loved graveyards themselves and this one — with a mountain view; stones carved with birds, flowers and angels; and a grassy path to a gravestone etched with an epitaph for the ages — is hard to top.

The cemetery is on Monument Avenue in the historic district of Bennington, next to the Old First Church. The people buried on its grounds include 75 soldiers who fought for the nation’s independence, five Vermont governors and the author of the state’s Declaration of Independence.


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Friday, July 23, 2021

William Tyler Cancels Backside 405 Set After Testing Positive For COVID-19; Steve Gunn Set Still On

Posted By on Fri, Jul 23, 2021 at 7:10 PM

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Los Angeles-based indie-folk artist William Tyler has canceled the remainder of his shows for the next week, including this Saturday at 405 Backside in Burlington, after positive for COVID-19. Tyler is currently touring with guitarist Steve Gunn, who will perform as scheduled.

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