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Public Post
1:31 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Mirror Theatre Gets Green Light In Greensboro

Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency has won conditional approval to construct a new theater, arts center and cafe.

Last week's decision by the Greensboro Development Review Board was unanimous. The Mirror Theatre, as it will be named, will be built on 10 acres where the Hazendale Farmstand is currently located.

The board's approval is subject to the following conditions:

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Public Post
1:34 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Public Post: LED Street Lights, Sign Thefts, The Mirror Theatre

Fair Haven is asking for public participation in a street light evaluation before making the switch to LED fixtures. Sign thefts and signing regulations have been a topic of discussion for several select boards. Greensboro's Development Review Board gives a green light to the Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency's plan to build the Mirror Theatre.

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Weekly Conversation on The Arts
4:55 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

One Man's 'Wild And Precious' Meditation On Change

Steve Cadwell
Joe Levine

How cathartic would it be to step onto a stage and give the performance of your life, literally? Steven Cadwell grew up in Pittsford in the 1950s and didn't come out as a gay man until the 1970s. He is now a married and works as a psychotherapist in the Boston area. His one-man performance is called Wild and Precious.

In the performance, Cadwell uses his own poetry, song, photos and costume changes to tell the story of his own life and the immense changes that have taken place in gay history in the last 50 years.

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Art Hounds
4:33 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Art Hounds: Jazz, Comedy & Spanish Film

Jazz musician Brian McCarthy
Photo credit, J. Michael Worthington

Abbie Tykocki, the former marketing manager for the Discover Jazz Fest, suggested the jazz concert with the Brian McCarthy Quintet at St. Michael's College on Thursday, September 27th at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Reliving History, Musket In Hand

Members of the Champlain Valley Historical Reenactors fire their muskets at their Confederate counterparts while staging a mock battle in Orwell in 1997.
Chris Line AP

Some people like to read about history, other people like to live it. We'll talk with historical reenactors about what motivates them to put on the shoes of another era's soldiers.

We'll hear from Steve Smith, a member of the Champlain Valley Historical Reenactors. Smith runs a troop of Confederate reenactors here in Vermont. We'll also hear from Admiral Warren Hamm, co-chair of the 150th Anniversary of the St. Alban's Raid Committee.

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Arts & Culture
7:31 am
Thu September 18, 2014

In Waitsfield, An Unexpected Museum Of Industrial Design

This 1937 Electrolux vacuum cleaner is on display in the permanent collection at the Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design.
Mike Heney

The town center of Waitsfield in Mad River Valley is one of those postcard-perfect New England villages. White clapboard houses and shops, nestled on the river bank around a covered bridge. But one of those 19th-century farmhouses is home to something unexpected: the Madsonian Museum. Now, the Smithsonian it is not. But the Madsonian does take a collector’s approach to honoring the beauty and cleverness of industrial design.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Twerking Still Prohibited, But Bennington High Schoolers Will Get Their Dance

MAU Class President Jessie Kuzmicki says the cancellation made students stop and think about the way they were dancing.
Susan Keese VPR

The school that canceled its homecoming semi-formal in response to a sexually suggestive dance craze has scheduled a new dance. But twerking won’t be tolerated at Bennington’s Mount Anthony Union High School.

Twerking has been around long enough to make it into online versions of Britain’s Oxford Dictionary. It’s defined as dancing “in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.”

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Arts & Culture
9:43 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Vermont Cartoonist Wins MacArthur Genius Award

Cartoonist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel is a recipient of the 2014 MacArthur genius award.
Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

A 2014 MacArthur Fellowship has been given to Vermont cartoonist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel. The Bolton artist has been at the forefront of the genre for more than 30 years. Her seminal comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, chronicled the lives of a group of lesbian friends. And her critically acclaimed memoirs explore her relationship with her parents and their own complicated inner lives.

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Arts & Culture
8:31 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Hari Kondabolu Brings Serious Laughs To ArtsRiot In Burlington

Comedian Hari Kondabolu performs at ArtsRiot in Burlington on Sept. 18.
Courtesy

Comedian Hari Kondabolu is known for his smart comedy, which often digs deep into issues of race. His newest album is called Waiting for 2042. That’s the year when it’s projected that white people will be the minority in the United States.

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