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Art Hounds: History

Jun 13, 2013
Vermont Performance Lab

Ellen McCulloch-Lovell has produced many performances at Marlboro College and suggested the Vermont Performance Lab's unique theater work about two people who can never meet, called, "Not What Happened."

The play's writer and director Ain Gordon refers to his 2-actor piece as "a battling duet between two people who could never meet – the historical re-enactor and the actual historic figure they re-enact."

See the show Friday and Saturday, June 14th and 15th at 8 at New England Youth Theater in Downtown Brattleboro.

Sunday June 9, 2013

A sleeping bandstand
I miss the crowds already
Jazzy souveniers.


Saturday June 8, 2013

A student asked if
I had a second career.
Yes. Chasing music.

AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

Friday, June 7 at 5:57 pm & Sunday, June 9 at 9:35 am   This native American fruit has been grown here for 13,000 years. It has some of the highest levels of anti-oxidants of any fruit we eat and has been known to help prevent urinary tract infections, heart disease and improve night vision.  I just like eating them in pies, muffins and shakes. It's the blueberry!

The Green Mountain Monteverdi Ensemble of Vermont (a serious ensemble with a tongue-in-cheek name) visits the VPR Performance Studio for a taste of their 'Double Takes' program.  It features paired settings of the same text by different composers, including Bach, Schutz and others.  They perform the program this week in Strafford, Burlington and Montpelier.

Copyright Ryan Morrissey

Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 8:58 am   Some believe the song of the Wood Thrush to be the most beautiful bird song in North America. Others select the song of the Hermit Thrush. Still others name the singing of the Swainson’s Thrush. How do thrushes like this Veery create such fine music? The answer is that the birds have a double voice box, unique to them, called the syrinx. A fine singer like a thrush can voice notes independently and simultaneously from each half of its syrinx, notes which blend brilliantly as ethereal, harmonious tones.

Tom Bodett, author and regular panelist on NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me never finished college. He dropped out and began an adventure that led him to a variety of places, including Alaska. He recently spoke to graduates of the Community College of Vermont as part of their commencement ceremony. In his speech, he shares the lessons he has learned on his unconventional path.

This commencement address was recorded on June 1st at Norwich University, where CCV held its ceremony.

Bruce R. MacDonald

Thursdays at 4:50 p.m. & Fridays at 7:55 a.m.

This week, dancer and photographer Sarah Vogelsang-Card urged listeners to attend the HAVOC Gallery's "3D, Hi-Def and Actual Size" exhibit opening on Friday, June 14th.

See works by Bruce MacDonald, Damien Hirst, George Peterson and many more at the gallery's Sears Lane space in Burlington.

Cecelia Daigle, of Moretown, is a senior at Harwood Union High School in Duxbury.  Her piece for strings plus oboe and bassoon is called "Something About Goblins," and it depicts a civilization of underground goblins who overthrow their oppressive master.

Listen Monday 6/3 at 4:05 pm, Wednesday 6/5 at 12:05 pm, and Friday 6/7 at 8:05 am.

Kari Anderson / VPR

Electric violin virtuoso Tracy Silverman has been lauded by some of the great names in 20th century music. With concertos written for him (and the 6-string electric violin of his own invention) by the likes of John Adams and Terry Riley, he is a pioneer in a field of ever-blurring genres.

Young Writers Project: The Chicken Coop

Jun 3, 2013

David is one of this year's Farm Project, for artfully depicting the importance of farming in Vermont's communities.

The Chicken Coop
By David Amouretti
Grade five, Thomas Fleming School
I open the coop’s squeaky door.
I pass the rooster sleeping in a feathery mass.
He opens one eye, then closes it,
Deciding that I’m not a threat.
At the laying area, I reach in
The tiny room with the mother hens,
White, brown, spotted,
Sleeping on the side.
Waiting for a peck,
But nothing happens.

Flickr: jblndl 22828359

The summer music festival season is suddenly upon us with the Roots on the River Festival in Bellows Falls and the Strolling of the Heifers in Brattleboro, both next weekend.

June 2, 2013 10:45am.  As Betty Botter discovered, a better butter makes a better batter.  And Vermont butters are considered the best by chefs and bakers here in the U.S. and abroad.  Melissa Pasanen talks with Ric Cengeri about the making of butter in Vermont and what makes it better.  You'll find a recipe for Butter Pecan Icebox Cookies below.

flickr/Mangrove Mike

Friday, May 31 at 5:57 pm & Sunday, June 2 at 9:35 am  The dogwood tree is a classic native of the Eastern American forests. The most widely known version is the flowering dogwood or Cornus florida. It grows up to 30 feet tall producing white or pink colored flower brachts in spring. The flowering dogwood is said to have gotten its name from its hard wood. Native peoples would make skewers or "dags" from the wood. Hence the tree was known as dag or dogwood.

Art Hounds: Circus

May 30, 2013
Nancy Stone

Thursdays at 4:50 p.m. and Fridays at 7:55 a.m.

Jim Westbrook of Brattleboro suggested a trip to his town to take in the culmination of several young performers who have practiced for months to present, "An Improbable Misadventure of Circus Proportions," at the New England Center for Circus Arts next Saturday and Sunday.

Hannah Sherman

VPR Classical celebrates the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Stravinsky's groundbreaking ballet "The Rite of Spring" with a live performance by pianists David Kaplan and Timo Andres of the piano 4-hands arrangement .  The two pianists will also play the work in Burlington on Wednesday, May 29th (the true anniversary of the work) under the auspices of Burlington Ensemble.

Young Writers Project: Happily Ever After

May 27, 2013

This is a creative response to a writing prompt asking you to create a fairy tale that incorporates the phrase, “one thousand peas.”

Happily Ever After
By Sam Van de Ven
Grade Nine, Woodstock Union High School

I'm not perfect
or your dream come true
and I won't deny it
you aren't too.

But if we meet in the middle
and you slide on my glass shoe
you don't need a white horse
or a magic mirror to break through.

Let's check out which magical spell
we dipped into

May 27, 2013 7:00pm  You’ll hear four of the most entertaining storytellers on the planet as VPR presents Storytellers On A Mission, hosted by Tom Bodett.  The event was recorded at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro April 20th..   The line up:

flickr/pizzodisevo, slowly i will recover

Fri 5/24/13 5:55 pm & Sun 5/26/13 9:35 am  This South African native flower is also known as the sword lily. It's in the iris family and gardeners have been breeding and growing it for hundreds of years. It's the birth flower of August and said to symbolize infatuation. Have you guessed it yet? It's the gladiolus.

Emily McManamy/Free Press

May 26, 2013, 10:45am  In February, 2011, the barn at Pete's Greens in Craftsbury burned to the ground.  As is the Vermont way, customers and community came together to raise money for Pete Johnson to rebuild the farm.  In the meantime, however, Tropical Storm Irene hit and Johnson saw that he was not the only one in crisis.  He used the money to establish The Vermont Farm Fund to make loans to help farms recover - and - to give other farmers the opportunity to launch