Neal Charnoff

Neal was a reporter and VPR's All Things Considered host from 2001 to 2014. He joined VPR in 1996, hosting VPR's jazz programming, including live performances from the VPR studios and the Discover Jazz Festival. Prior to VPR, Neal was a programmer and host for WNCS in Montpelier and WDEV in Waterbury. He holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.

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Neko Case is on a roll. The singer-songwriter is a card-carrying member of the indie supergroup The New Pornographers, who are about to release a new album, Brill Bruisers. And she’s touring in support of her latest solo release, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.

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There’s a new prize in town. Burlington City Arts has announced the first recipient of the $10,000 Herb Lockwood Prize, the largest monetary award related to the arts in Vermont.

The award went to actor and director Steve Small of Middlebury.

The  57-year-old Small has performed in countless productions over the years, and is the director of the Addison Repertory Theater in Middlebury, a training program for high schoolers.

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The process of creating a Broadway musical has been chronicled a number of times. Think A Chorus Line on Broadway, or the television show Smash.

But perhaps the most meta take on the creative process can be found in a show called (title of show), which kicks off the Stowe Theater Guild’s summer season.

Director Nick Caycedo offers this summation of (title of show): "The show is a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical. So try to wrap your head around that."

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Desha Peacock wears many hats as an entrepreneur based in her hometown of Brattleboro. As a career development and lifestyle expert, she’s coaches people in finding what she calls the “sweet spot” of success.

She has now applied her philosophy to home decor, highlighted in her new book: 'Creating The Style You Crave On A Budget You Can Afford: A Sweet Spot Guide To Home Decor'.

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The annual Slow Living Summit kicks off on June 4 in Brattleboro, and this year there will be a new emphasis on collaborations between speakers and artists.

The artistic director of the summit, Linda McInerny, says the Slow Living concept can be traced back to the Slow Food and Slow Money movements, with the notion of living "sustainably, holistically and with a respectful relationship with the earth."

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The Vermont Legislature created the Vermont Arts Council in June of 1965. Its mission as a private non-profit is to help fund and support the arts in Vermont.

With the Arts Council's 50th anniversary approaching, the Vermont legislature has declared calendar year 2015 as the Year of the The Arts.

Vermont Arts Council Executive Director Alex Aldrich says this anniversary is an opportunity to bring into better focus how robust and diverse the Vermont Arts scene is as we approach 2015.

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The hills are alive with the sound of people laughing. We’re in the midst of the sixth annual Green Mountain Comedy Festival, and you can’t walk through Burlington, Barre or Montpelier without tripping over a stand-up comedian.

The festival features many of Vermont’s top comedians, as well as national artists such as the festival headliner, Tig Notaro. The GMCF runs through Sunday, May 25 with shows across the three cities.

The Vermont Legislature is working toward an adjournment this weekend, but many issues are still unresolved. Among them is a bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage. But lawmakers haven’t been able to agree how much the wage should go up, and when.

There’s been some last minute maneuvering around this issue, with Gov. Peter Shumlin getting involved and a vote in the House later tonight.

Bryan Gallery

The Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary with a show featuring the work of Mary Bryan.

The gallery was founded in her memory by her husband Alden, and continues to exhibit some of New England’s finest landscape painters.

In The Studio With Mary Bryan will run through Sept. 7.

Neal Charnoff speaks with the Bryan Gallery's Executive Director Mickey Myers about the legacy of Mary Bryan.

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Memoirs are everywhere. It seems natural that we’ve always been drawn to reading about other people’s lives. But where does this appeal come from, and why does it seem that the popularity of memoirs has exploded in recent years?

Dartmouth College professor Irene Kacandes will be discussing the appeal of the memoir in a lecture entitled The Memoir Boom on May 7 at the Rutland Free Library. The lecture is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays series.