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Awesome Etiquette: When Someone Forgets Your Name

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It can be difficult to remember the names and faces of everyone you meet, especially if you just meet someone for a few minutes at a party. What's the most graceful way to handle running into an acquaintance when the person doesn't remember you?

Courtesy of Claude Dufresne

Ready to outdo itself again this year, the brash and bawdy — yet completely kid-friendly — ShazamFest begins its second decade entertaining micro-throngs of music lovers. 

My Place: Laura Nyro

May 27, 2016
Courtesy, Joel Najman

This week on My Place, Joel Najman explores the music of singer and songwriter Laura Nyro.  Memorable songs recorded by the 5th Dimension, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Laura Nyro herself are among the selections featured.

 

Artwork by Alex Serrano, courtesy of Springfield Community Players

This weekend is the Vermont Crafts Council Open Studios Weekend, plus you can catch several plays and performances on stage both this weekend and next.

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The WFMT Radio Network is proud to make the American Opera Series available for broadcast here on VPR Classical. The American Opera Series is designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, filling in the schedule with 29 weeks to complete the year.

This year the American Opera Series features great performances by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Glimmerglass Festival and Opera Philadelphia.

U.S. Public Domain

In September of 1895 the Meningen Music Festival in Germany dedicated over two weeks of performances to the music of three composers, Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Brahms was 62 years old at the time; so could you possibly imagine a greater honor for a living composer? It’s completely fitting that the music of Johannes Brahms would be included in that line of prestigious and influential German composers. His music walked the line between tradition and the Romantic ideals of the 19th century.

Young Writers Project: Allegro

May 23, 2016
Courtesy, Susan Reid

I find light in the way you hum a melody and look to me for the words.
My heart is brimming and overflows more often than my eyes these days.
I never thought I would see this day,

Monica Donovan / Burlington Free Press

If you stopped by the Hilton in Burlington at the end of April, you might have thought you had accidently wandered into a speed-dating event. But instead of pairing people, the Vermont Food Matchmaker event pairs food producers and retailers to kindle business relationships.

Awesome Etiquette: Friends With Kids

May 21, 2016

Often there is a point in life when many of your friends are married and have children. If you also have kids this can be great and allow you to continue to spend time with your friends. But if you don't have kids, it can sometimes be difficult to keep those friendships strong. 

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The Four O'Clock is a bit of an odd flower: Its different colored blossoms open in the late afternoon and close in the morning.

Mary Williams, VPR

In a modest greenhouse tucked back from Route 7, just across from the iconic covered bridge of the Shelburne Museum, Jessica Gallas of Milton coaxes hundreds of seedlings, vegetable starts and flowering plants to grow.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

This week on My Place, hear an hour of vintage hit songs on the U.S. Hot 100 that were partially or entirely sung in Spanish, with memorable recordings by Ritchie Valens, the Coasters and the Sandpipers.

Courtesy, Bridge Street Art Fair

VPR's Art Hounds have found an annual art fair in Waitsfield, youth dancers performing Cinderella in Johnson and a call-to-artists to create a sculpture from an old bike.

Kent McFarland

The lake sturgeon is an ancient, long-lived and peculiar fish that lives in Lake Champlain. Lake sturgeon can live as long as 150 years and weigh 300 pounds. They are basically a prehistoric relic — a fishasaurus!

U.S. Public Domain

19th century Germany was not a hospitable environment for female composers. Nevertheless, Clara Weick-Schumann left an indelible mark with her compositions, her soulful musicianship, her inspired instruction and her influence on many major composers of her generation.

Young Writers Project: Cold

May 16, 2016
Photo courtesy of Susan Reid.

Daen moved slowly through the woods. Quietly, so the crunching of the snow beneath his boots was almost imperceptible, he prowled between the trees. His frozen cloak glittered in the faint moonlight. Like a phantasmal wolf, he glided on the ice, shining sword held before him like an eerily beautiful fang. Daen danced to the melody of snow and frost, lost to the song of cold and darkness.

Ryan Mercer / Burlington Free Press

While many are intrigued by the idea of growing vegetables at home, the care and maintenance required can be a turn off.  Finding or remember the joy of past seasons can help you avoid being overwhelmed by weeds or losing the drive get out into the dirt.

Awesome Etiquette: Paying Your Share On A Family Trip

May 14, 2016
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What's the best way to communicate a desire to pay your own way to family or friends when traveling?

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The spirea is a spring blooming shrub that can look magnificent when cared for properly. Unfortunately, many gardeners plant them in the wrong location and they get too big blocking windows and walkways and end up pruning them into little geometric shapes.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

Over the years, many individual recording artists have professionally used just a single name. In modern times, Prince, Beyonce and Adele come quickly to mind.

This week on My Place with Joel Najman, we take a look back in time for the earliest examples of "mononymous" recording artists - those who have been best known by just a single name. Among the artists featured are Annette, Fabian and, of course, Cher.

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