Arts & Culture

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Cardboard has been around since the early 1800s, but a couple of Vermonters who have been working with cardboard for awhile now have come up with a novel use of the old packaging material: building cardboard pinball machines.

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This week, VPR's Art Hounds suggest looking up at aerial circus arts in Wilmington, looking to the past and future at the Steampunk Festival in Springfield and looking to the trees at the Vermont Woodworkers Forest Festival in Woodstock.

"Steampunk" combines the style of the Victorian era with the futuristic ideas of writers like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Beginning on Friday, Springfield will be hosting its second annual Steampunk Festival.

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Brave Little State is answering a question about Vermont's best ghost stories — and we want to collect your creepiest tales for a Halloween podcast extra.

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Vermont is an eclectic place, and we're serving up an eclectic mix of topics in today's program - from technology that's changing the way we think about cardboard, to the fantasy sci-fi world of steampunk, to the serious work of protecting civil liberties.

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What do you think is the most memorable public art in Vermont? But before answering that, let's back up even a bit further – how does one define public art?

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The Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus are officially under new ownership. For the Mitchell family that owned the papers, the sale marks the end of an era that that spanned three generations and seven decades.  

The sale of the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus was finalized Friday afternoon.  

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When the Northeast Kingdom EB-5 projects came to a halt in light of fraud allegations last spring, Newport was left with an eyesore in the heart of its downtown – where a hotel was supposed to go. But some local artists are changing that eyesore into an attraction.

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Forty years ago, when we turned on the radio, we were hearing "Show Me the Way," the first hit from the album Frampton Comes Alive!, which was released on Jan. 6, 1976. The songs from that album came from four concerts, and one of them was held on the campus of Plattsburgh State University in New York.

Married political pundits Mary Matalin and James Carville will be at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre Sunday. It’s the latest in a 14-month series aimed at boosting civic engagement during the presidential race.

Steve Earley

The Burlington Free Press has announced the hiring of Denis Finley, formerly the editor-in-chief of the Virginian-Pilot, as its new executive editor. Finley begins the job on Oct. 17.

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Once called the unofficial poet-laureate of the Northeast Kingdom, poet Leland Kinsey has died at the age of 66. 

Eric Aho

The Vermont Arts Council gave out five statewide awards this week, and every recipient is from Windham County.

Poster design by Eden Alessi

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Block out some time on your calendars this weekend for an exhibit of sacred paintings, the works of 12 Syrian artists and a play about a man who treated his OCD with psychedelic mushrooms.

Julia Jordan

Jazz musician George Walker Petit has played with plenty of prominent musicians all over the world, but it was the Vermont music scene that recently called him back.

Life is full of uncertainty, but I refuse to limit my activities just because there’s the possibility of danger. After all, I could get hit by a car driven by a texting teen while I’m walking to the post office. Or I could simply fall down a set of stairs and end up like Humpty Dumpty. So I’m not about to deny myself the joys and learning experiences of travel – especially to France – one of my favorite places to visit.

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