Arts & Culture

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Enjoy arts events featuring student writers, musicians and actors, a holiday pop-up shop with works by local artisans and some holiday concerts.

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When visiting someone in a shared building with a security system, you may find yourself waiting at the door to be buzzed in. If others are waiting as well, should you let them in with you when your friend buzzes you in, or ask them to wait for the person they're visiting to unlock the door for them?

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After Chile's right-wing coup in 1973, Chilean songwriter and activist Victor Jara was tortured and killed – but he and his music became a powerful symbol of hope in Latin America and beyond.

Young Writers Project: In The City, In The Night

Dec 7, 2016
Courtesy, Susan Reid

In the city, in the night,
a ticket stub sits on the salty, damp sidewalk.
The play title, “A Christmas Carol” is barely visible,
concealed by bootprints and slush.

In the city, in the night,
a ripped-off Christmas bell,
too full of sludge to ring clear,
lies as a remnant of the Salvation Army
and their dances for pocket change.

In the city, in the night,
a small girl, dark braided hair tucked under a felt cap,

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Seventy-five years ago, Americans woke up to shocking news on the radio. The bombing of Pearl Harbor thrust America into war on two fronts – and for nearly everyone, it meant the world as they knew it would never be the same.

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It's the end of an era in Burlington for what's been called the country's oldest all-ages punk venue. 242 Main, which was housed in the basement of Memorial Auditorium, is closing for the time being due to structural issues with the building.

Hannah Palmer Egan

Some of Vermont's prisoners are helping to prepare Vermont-raised foods for their fellow inmates as part of a new "farm-to-prison" program. Seven Days food writer Hannah Palmer Egan visited the VPR Cafe to talk more about it.

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Singer, songwriter and record producer Gary S. Paxton passed away in 2016 at age 77.

Young Writers Project: Road

Dec 2, 2016
Courtesy, Susan Reid

Don't play in the road.
Crisp, stern mouth
pushes our feet faster.
Mother always told us
to be cautious.
But we were not cautious.

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The amaryllis bulb has become one of the symbols of the holiday season. Amaryllis bulbs have traditionally produced large, single flowers in the red, pink or white color range. Now there are unusual colored types with double flowers, striped flowers and dwarf selections.

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From Cajun fiddling to a twist on classic ballet to printmaking and photography, find lots of diverse arts events this weekend all around the region.

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There’s a unique opportunity for local actors happening in Greensboro. This week auditions are being held for a staged reading of a new Christmas play by two well-known children’s authors.

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Is it that living in the far north only attracts a brave and hearty soul? Or does almost six months of winter weather start to addle the brain and motivate seemingly sane individuals to enter events like the Lake Elmore Polar Splash or the 8-Hour Polar Bear Obstacle Challenge ?

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After the tofurkey and pie and leftovers and football, here are some arts events to be grateful for this holiday weekend and beyond.

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Hundreds of people stood in line for hours in downtown Montpelier Tuesday for a chance to meet Sen. Bernie Sanders. The event was part of Sanders' promotional tour for his new book Our Revolution , which chronicles Sanders' political career and provides his road map for the Democratic Party to gain the support of millions of working people in the future.

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"Found art" involves turning an object created for a utilitarian purpose into art. When that object is part of our everyday lives, the transformation can be surprising — especially so when the object is a pair of shoes.

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Thanksgiving is almost here. What are you thankful for? We're talking about gratitude and opening the phones to listeners.

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