Tod Machover may not yet be a household name, but give him time. A composer, computer scientist, and all-round futurist at MIT’s Media Lab, Machover is the central figure in Opera of the Future, an ambitious effort to, as he puts it, “humanize technology and make technology, especially in music, be an extension of human gesture.”
When Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont, it hit Waterbury hard - wiping out the state office complex and the jobs that filled it. The small town's economy was temporarily erased. But now, a variety of restaurants and pubs have put Waterbury back on the map. Sally Pollak, who writes for The Burlington Free Press Savorvore Section, tells us about the culinary delights she discovered there... and asks "Why do tacos have two flour tortillas?"
What if the Revolutionary War happened just because all the colonists were rowdy drunks ginning one another up at the various taverns liberally sprinkled around New England? That’s taking it too far, of course, but those early colonists did enjoy their beverages.
The Green Mountain Boys hatched their plans for liberty and freedom over tankards at the Catamount Tavern in Bennington. And the Continental Army gave a ration of spruce beer to all its soldiers on a daily basis.
Music lover Cindy Ross of Newbury suggested the "newgrass" group, Hot Flannel in concert at the Island Pond Town Hall on Saturday, April 19th and Sunday, April 20th at the Tillotson Center for the Arts in Colebrook, New Hampshire.
With apologies to Thomas Wolfe, a new film with life in Vermont at its core challenges the famous writer’s notion that you can’t go home again.
The movie is called Loser’s Crown, and digs deep into the conflicted feelings many young Vermonters may have about whether to seek a life and career far away from the familiar Green Mountains, or embrace the place that, in many ways, will always feel like home.
In Putney, the Greenwood School has been educating boys with significant learning differences since 1978. And for most of those years, the boarding school has maintained a tradition of teaching their students to memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address.
Lincoln delivered the speech at the dedication of the Gettysburg battlefield more than 150 years ago. But the speech and the act of reciting it in a formal hall to hundreds of assembled adults has real significance to Greenwood’s modern-day students.