Arts & Culture

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Courtesy of Topaz Weis

Topaz Weis is an expressive arts facilitator with a space called Expressive Arts Burlington. She recently sat down with VPR to talk about her practice and how each of us has creative abilities within.

Courtesy, Brattleboro Concert Choir

Gail Nunziata from Brattleboro suggested the benefit concert for Black Lives Matter and Brattleboro Concert Choir featuring Charles Mays, Jr. called, "Songs Of The Journey" on Sunday, Feb. 7 at the Center Congregational Church in Brattleboro beginning at 3 p.m.

Al Goldis / AP

There are a lot of things people think they know about tattoos, and tattoo historian Anna Felicity Friedman is here to set the record straight.

Regina Troiano

Joseph "Chip" Troiano represents Caledonia District 2 in the House. Troiano worked for more than 30 years as a defense investigator in Vermont. The job allowed him to make use of his skill as a photographer, which is currently on display at the Statehouse.

Courtesy of Rosalind Saunders

Five years ago, when she couldn't find good theater roles as a young teen, South Burlington senior Noa Saunders founded her own production company, Spotted Pup Productions

When I was a teenager, I interviewed my elderly great aunties in England about their lives as parlor maids, tweenies and cooks for wealthy London families and their experiences as suffragettes. Some of their stories were hilarious, with slapstick moments, plans gone wonky and generally cheeky mischief – a very wry sense of humor seems to be in our genetic coding.

Michael Chorney

Storyteller  Sue Schmidt recommended fellow storytellers in 'How Much Longer?' at The Twilight Theater at Lyndon State College on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.

I grew up in rural upstate New York. I was lucky enough to live in a university town, so that when music changed in the sixties, and folk and gospel entered the mainstream, I could go to concert halls or sports arenas on the university campus to hear Judy Collins, Peter, Paul and Mary and Odetta.

Patti Daniels / VPR

This week, VPR's Report from Iowa has been exploring how caucus-goers in that state are weighing which presidential candidate they're going to support - in particular in the Democratic race between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

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When we hear about climate change in the media, the message tends to be of the gloom and doom variety. But there’s a message of hope to be found in a recent book about, of all things, soot.

We love our phones, our tablets, and our televisions.

photo: Rob Swanson

Well-known former Vermont journalist Rod Clarke has died at 77.

Courtesy of Chris Flockton

Actor Christopher Flockton was born in Scotland, worked in New York City and then five years ago, moved to Hartford, Vermont with his family.

Courtesy, Bitsy Biron

Comedian Bitsy Biron from East Orange suggested the comedy showcase at The Wagon Wheel in Chelsea on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 8 to 10 p.m.

Courtesy Lucy Ring

Let’s face it: Most news stories are not of the happily-ever-after variety. Sometimes they can be downright rough to read. That is … ruff! As in the human approximation of what a dog's bark sounds like.

And if that terrible pun gives you paws – er, pause – don't worry. We’ll get right to the news story that really does end well – about a beloved dog being reunited with his family after being on the run for more than a year in Vermont.

Rachel Portesi

Honoring his Finnish roots, Saxtons River painter Eric Aho partakes in the tradition of sitting in a steamy outdoor sauna in the wintertime and then jumping into the waters of a frigid pond to cool down.

Courtesy, NextStage Arts

Jim Malley from Bellows Falls suggests Main Street Arts' performance of Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris at Next Stage Arts in Putney on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Young Writers Project: Joy

Jan 11, 2016
Credit, Susan Reid, Young Writers Project


By Ben Maksym

Waking up on a tired day
and lying. Not moving, just sitting.
To have no duties, no arduous ordeals

It’s a New Year. Daylight’s lasting longer, though our perception is mostly mathematical. We have a sprinkling of snow if not much sun, and I’m ready for a new year.