Arts

Up Close with Major Jackson, Poet

Up Close with Major Jackson, Poet

by Nat Frothingham MONTPELIER — At the very moment when the April 2 issue of The Bridge is going to press — poet Major Jackson will be kicking off PoemCity 2015 with a presentation and reading at the Vermont State House. Not to worry if you have missed out on the State House event because […]

Poetic Play at Library Features African American Voices

by Margaret Blanchard MONTPELIER— The Kellogg-Hubbard Library will present “Our Dream Deferred: Past, Present, and Future,” a play by Sue Morris, of Marshfield, that features the words of African American poets on April 20 at 7 p.m. The running theme throughout the play is “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes. “I have been involved in […]

Lost Nation to Open Season with Contrasting Productions

Lost Nation to Open Season with Contrasting Productions

by Nat Frothingham MONTPELIER — Two very different plays, “Eurydice” by American poet and playwright Sarah Ruhl, and the classic coming-of-age adventure story “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson and adapted for the stage by Kim Bent, founding artistic director of Montpelier-based Lost Nation Theater, will open the 2015 season of plays and events. The […]

Teams to Compete in “Film Slam” Competition

by John O’Brien Have you ever made a seven minute video? I suspect many readers can respond in the affirmative to this question. It’s not all that difficult to record your cat for seven minutes. Or to shoot your child in the chorus at a school concert. Or to “film,” with your iPhone, a friend […]

Films Abound at the Green Mountain Film Festival

Films Abound at the Green Mountain Film Festival

  by Dahria Messina MONTPELIER — Spring is upon us and so is the event of the year! Every March the Green Mountain Film Festival takes over the town, as for a few days the community is brought together by a diverse selection of some of the greatest films recently produced. The festival’s tagline, “The […]

Does Poetry Matter?  Five Poets Wrestle With this Auden-Inspired Question.

Does Poetry Matter? Five Poets Wrestle With this Auden-Inspired Question.

by Nat Frothingham MONTPELIER — PoemCity 2015, a month-long celebration of poetry, will kick off April 1 at 7:30 p.m., with a Farmer’s Night appearance by poet Major Jackson at the State House. Five Vermont poets explored the meaning of a single line from a W.H. Auden poem written shortly after he learned of the […]

Green Mountain Film Festival Returns to Enliven March

by Dahria Messina MONTPELIER — The Green Mountain Film Festival is a tradition that residents of Montpelier look forward to every year. For a few days in the middle of March, the town comes alive with discussion of the event. From classics and contemporary masterpieces to student-made films, there is something for every fan of […]

Local Musician Launch’s Anti-Bullying CD for School Children

MONTPELIER — Local singer/songwriter Susan Picking is set to perform with local children on Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. at North Branch Cafe, 41 State St. Montpelier. Picking, who won the 2014 Montpelier Singer/Songwriter contest sponsored by The Lost Nation Theater and Guitar Sams, is creating a Children’s CD. This performance with the children marks the conclusion of her […]

And Why Was the U.S. Capitol Police at the Library Last Week?

And Why Was the U.S. Capitol Police at the Library Last Week?

by Tom McKone MONTPELIER — The U.S. Capitol Police arrived about 45 minutes in advance. It was Monday, Dec. 29.  Carol, a circulation staff member, came around the corner and leaned into my office:  “Tom, the security people are here.”  I went out and met two friendly, athletic men who were waiting for me.  A […]

ALEPH TAV, Paintings of the Hebrew Letters,  a Kabbalistic Journey

ALEPH TAV, Paintings of the Hebrew Letters, a Kabbalistic Journey

by Joyce Kahn Currently gracing the walls of the sanctuary at Beth Jacob Synagogue on Harrison Avenue in Montpelier are six large paintings of individual letters of the Hebrew alphabet — part of a complete collection of the 22 Hebrew letters donated by the family of Montpelier resident, Ivy Zeller. This ambitious collection, ALEPH TAV, […]