Arts

Getting Ready For Cajun-Inspired Spice On Snow Festival

Getting Ready For Cajun-Inspired Spice On Snow Festival

by R.D. Eno MONTPELIER — When old-time fiddler Katie Trautz of Cabot, a founder of Montpelier’s Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture, was down in western Louisiana a few years ago learning the repertoire from its living masters, it struck her that Vermonters could use a warm blast of bayou soul in the dead […]

Moving Toward Racial Justice: Dismantling Institutional Racism An Event Series at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center

MONTPELIER — This week the City announced that the Montpelier Senior Activity Center will host an art show, artist reception and panel discussion in January and February to call attention to and deepen understanding of issues related to racism and racial justice. They are timed to coincide with other community activities celebrating Martin Luther King Day, and […]

Getting Lost Locally: Members Show at Studio Place Arts

Getting Lost Locally: Members Show at Studio Place Arts

by Matthew Maitland Thomas BARRE — Involving more than 75 artists, “Celebrate,” the annual members show at Studio Place Arts, is an explosion of local shape and color. Nearly every usable inch of the building’s three floors is covered with work by artists from Washington and Chittenden counties. The pieces are grouped largely by color, […]

Dave Mallett, Mike Burd and Others to Perform Benefit Concert

Dave Mallett, Mike Burd and Others to Perform Benefit Concert

by Nat Frothingham GREENSBORO — The Greensboro Arts Alliance will present a star-studded, one-night-only holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the United Church of Christ in Greensboro. The concert’s headliner is singer and songwriting great Dave Mallett, whose 40-plus year career has seen him perform in clubs, concert halls and festivals […]

A Christmas Carol at Plainfield Opera House

A Christmas Carol at Plainfield Opera House

Vermont Youth Theater debuts its original version of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, performed by a cast of twenty-five student actors, ages 5-14. Set entirely to music, the story features gravediggers, spirits, poor children, Scrooge, the Cratchits and, of course, Tiny Tim. Singing, dancing, acting…they will charm and disarm even […]

A CCC String Orchestra Concert at Montpelier High School on November 20

by Nat Frothingham In a wide-ranging phone conversation with musician and conductor Lou Kosma — he spoke with genuine anticipation about a Capital City Concerts string orchestra concert to be performed on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. at Montpelier High School’s Smilie Auditorium. “This is an unusual program,” said Kosma, who played for 36 […]

In Search of Color’s Epicenter

In Search of Color’s Epicenter

by Michael Jermyn Everybody knows that New England has the most spectacular fall colors in the world. Every October here in Vermont we are treated to one of natures’ most dazzling displays, and each year I set out with my Nikon in search of the very epicenter of color. Some years we wait for the […]

Matter at Hand: Current Exhibits at SPA

Matter at Hand: Current Exhibits at SPA

by Matthew Maitland Thomas BARRE — Art that flows directly from the environment of its maker is uniquely bewitching. When that environment, that natural context, is our own, our bewitchment becomes exhilarating, as our immediate world ripples with possibility — every familiar stone a statue, every bit of trash a component of a collage, every […]

James Facos Reads from His ‘Collected Lyrics’ at  Kellogg-Hubbard Library

James Facos Reads from His ‘Collected Lyrics’ at Kellogg-Hubbard Library

by Nat Frothingham Much honored Montpelier poet, playwright, novelist, teacher and World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran James Facos visited Kellogg-Hubbard Library on Thursday evening, Oct. 6 and read from his “Collected Lyrics.” Facos is a traditionalist who has little interest in the ramblings of so-called modern poets whose poems — he criticizes […]

Capital City Concerts presents ‘A Feast of Suites’  Nov. 20 at Montpelier High School

Capital City Concerts presents ‘A Feast of Suites’ Nov. 20 at Montpelier High School

For its second offering in the 2016-2017 season, Capital City Concerts (CCE) presents Lou Kosma conducting three orchestral suites that celebrate autumn. Kosma who played in the bass section of the Metropolitan Opera for 36 years and who has conducted widely has bought together a professional orchestra of musicians from the East Coast to play […]