Arts & Culture

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VPR News
6:15 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Vermont Advocate: Men Must Help Change The Culture Of Domestic Violence

About 40 years ago a group of women in Brattleboro got together to create a safe haven for other women in their community who were suffering from abuse.

The Women’s Crisis Center changed its name a few years ago to the Women’s Freedom Center. VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb spoke with Shari May, community outreach advocate for the Women’s Freedom Center.

The late 1960s and early 1970s marked a time of great change around civil rights issues, including women’s rights.

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7:45 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Henningsen: Rise Of The Operabots

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.”

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VPR Cafe
6:10 am
Fri April 18, 2014

VPR Cafe: Waterbury Makes A Culinary Comeback

Chef Robert Barral's specialty, the Cafe Provence seafood stew with saffron risotto
Emily McManamy / FREE PRESS

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?"

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Weekly Conversation On The Arts
4:12 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Poetry Out Loud State Champ Heading To Finals

Sam Boudreau performing at the Poetry Out Loud State Semi-finals. Boudreau will compete in the National Championshop in Washington, D.C. April 29th.
Courtesy Peter Arthur Weyrauch

Poetry Out Loud is a national competition for high school students, which calls on them to memorize and recite great works of poetry.

This year’s state champion is Sam Boudreau, a junior at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans.

Boudreau was one of 5000 Vermont students who took part in this year’s program.

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Vermont Edition
1:51 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Bartender, Make Mine A Rattle-Skull! Mixing Up Forgotten Cocktails

The Ale Flip was a cocktail made with beer and heated with a red-hot poker.
The History Press

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.

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Art Hounds
12:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Art Hounds: Bluegrass

Hot Flannel poster
Patrick Ross Music

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.

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Arts & Culture
8:27 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Film Tackles Age-Old Question: Should I Stay (In Vermont) Or Should I Go?

The new film "Loser's Crown" explores a man's struggle with the decision between staying in Los Angeles or moving home to Vermont.
Colin Thompson

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.

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Arts & Culture
2:05 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Celebrating Vermont's Local ... Cat Videos?

“Esteban’s Nap," the winner of a recent A-CAT-emy Awards, features a sleeping cat who barely stirs when his tongue is pulled from his mouth several times in a row. The event was a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Chittenden County.
Matthew Thorsen

Almost everyone’s seen a cat video on the Internet. Whether it’s a slapstick routine set to an impressive soundtrack or just a cute, furry face, the clips can be hard to resist.

Recently, the Humane Society of Chittenden County held a cat film festival — and fundraiser — for Vermonters to showcase their pets.

On a recent Sunday morning, almost 300 cat lovers gathered at the Majestic 10 theater in Williston to do something that most people do when nobody’s looking: watch funny cat videos.

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Vermont Edition
1:47 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Gettysburg Address Documentary Premieres

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.

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