Weekly Conversation On The Arts

Thursdays 4:50p.m.

Weekly Conversation On The Arts is your window into the Vermont arts community. Every week, we talk with authors, actors, playwrights, musicians, artists and the people who make the arts happen in our area.

Courtesy, Anne Guay/Old Brewery Mission

The Old Brewery Mission in Montréal has a motto: "Voyez le fin de l'itinérance" or "See the end of homelessness." And since 2009, clients, visitors and volunteers can also see art.

Courtesy, Jack Mayer

Jack Mayer wears many hats: He is a pediatrician in Middlebury, a speaker with the Vermont Humanities Council, an instructor in pediatrics at the University of Vermont School of Medicine and a writer. But it's his role as a son and grandson of a family who fled World War II-era Germany and the Holocaust, he says, that has informed his latest book.

Elsie Smith

Elsie Smith and her identical twin sister, Serenity Smith Forchion, were seemingly born to fly. She and her sister began their careers in the circus arts at a young age and started teaching others early too.

Courtesy, Fay Webern

In the opening chapter of her new book, Montpelier author Fay Webern reveals to the reader, in frank language, the devastating origins of her given name. And throughout the rest of the book's 42 chapters, the 89-year-old writer conjures up a clear picture of her family life and the warm, creative, resourceful people who resided alongside them in the Utopian housing community known as Lavanburg in 1920's New York City's Lower East Side.

Greg Davis

When the whole planet full of sounds is yours to draw from to make experimental music, where do you begin? Since 2001, Burlington-based musician Greg Davis has taken on that challenge and filled nearly three dozen albums with his tech-focused music.

Courtesy, Sandglass Theater

The ancient method of sharing news, culture and knowledge with the oral storytelling tradition also serves as a powerful way to enact social change within a community. And two local arts organizations are acting as facilitators to help move community stories into action.

Courtesy, Kristen M. Watson, artist

You've probably noticed you're seeing - and therefore scrutinizing - your own image and those of others more and more these days. Vermont multi-disciplinary artists Mary Admasian and Kristen M. Watson noticed, too.

Courtesy, David Schein, OffCenter For The Dramatic Arts

Burlington's Old North End has a way of attracting creative types to it environs and it has for a long time. Local theater actor and writer David Schein said that is likely due to the fact that the neighborhood is more affordable.

Artist, Ellen Tumavicus

A writer and an illustrator from Brattleboro have written a new picture book aimed at kids that asks them to put aside fears of our differences and embrace them instead.

Courtesy, Dan Weintraub

A couple hundred days ago, Vermont singer and songwriter Dan Weintraub challenged himself to write one song each day for 1,000 days.

Julia Jordan

Jazz musician George Walker Petit has played with plenty of prominent musicians all over the world, but it was the Vermont music scene that recently called him back.

Mary Williams VPR Poster created by The Solidarity of Unbridled Labor

Erika Senft Miller is a dancer and choreographer who draws inspiration from specific sites and incorporates them into to her performances.

As an arts educator and steward of the land and the lake, Senft Miller has chosen to stage her latest site-specific piece at the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center on Burlington's waterfront.

Courtesy, Northwest Nightmares

Costume and fashion designer Renee Laroche-Rheaume dressed dozens of television and movie actors at her former gig in a large three-story vintage clothing shop not far from the iconic cross-streets of Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles.

Jenni Bee

Plainfield artist and illustrator Jenni Bee's latest endeavor uses a common site in many town centers to showcase the artwork of others.

Courtesy, University of Vermont Medical Center

More than 100 pieces by Vermont artists are on display, available to browse and search in a virtual gallery whose beginnings sprang from the desire to honor the memory of a loved one.

Sarah-Lee Terrat/Boys & Girls Club

Jill Badolato is determined to fuse her work with the local arts community with her role as director of social responsibility for Dealer.com in Burlington.

Stephen Mease, Champlain College

South Burlington artist Todd Lockwood said he waited for "something evolutionary to share" before he mounted a new show.

He said he feels that time is now.

Sather Robinson-Waters

During singer/songwriter Dana Robinson's travels across the country and beyond, he says a single trait stood out about certain communities: Places that play music together function better.

Sean Jacobsen

This fall, Stowe native Owen Leavey heads back to New York City for the second of a two-year professional actors' training program at Cap21 Conservatory. But while he's home for the summer, he is taking on his directorial debut at Stowe Theater Guild with "Almost, Maine."

Matthew Thorsen

If you know a young adult reader who likes the kind of books that you need to store in the freezer at night, you might steer them toward the newest thriller from Margot Harrison.

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