Arts & Culture

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An undated photo of abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
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The Vermont Humanities Council is hosting people across the state in reading Frederick Douglass' "The Meaning of the Fourth of July for The Negro" speech.

Hartland's Civil War soldiers are commemorated with this statue in the center of town.
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Vermont Civil War historian Howard Coffin discusses some of his new research about the role that Vermonters played at the Battle of Gettysburg, a pivotal Union victory.

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Live From The Fort features musicians from around the state performing live at the VPR studios in Colchester. Through music and casual conversation, the series connects music lovers with Vermont-based musicians.

Travel writer Jen Rose Smith shares tips on New England road trips. She lists Portland, Maine – which is where the pictured Harbor Fish Market is located – as an outstanding food destination.
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Four-day weekends don't come along often, so now that you've got one, how will you use it?

Travel writer Jen Rose Smith is the author of New England Road Trip, and she shares some ideas on Vermont Edition.

Lots to do in the art world this holiday weekend like bluegrass music to raise awareness of blue-green algae and an auction of four-by-four-inch paintings in Stafford.

The players of "Doggie Hamlet" rehearse in a field near Dartmouth College. They premiere the show Thursday, June 29 on the Dartmouth Green.
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As the old saying goes, you haven't truly experienced Shakespeare until you've experienced it performed outdoors by tightly choreographed Vermont sheep and herding dogs. And indeed this is what you'll experience at Doggie Hamlet, which has its world premiere on Dartmouth Green.

The 2016 Aphasia Choir in the McCarthy Arts Center;  Karen McFeeters Leary directing;  Jess McDonald, UVM speech pathology student (left) and Cheryl Lattrell, stroke survivor (right) enjoy a laugh during practice.
Jessica Clarke

How is it that survivors of stroke and certain brain injury are often unable to speak but they still can sing? The answer lies in the brain's physiology. By tapping into the undamaged right hemisphere, the stroke survivor can recall familiar melodies and express them through song. Enter, the Aphasia Choir.

Brent McCoy / Modern Times Theater

Most Vermont cities and towns don't have a big theater district, But the good news is, that makes the whole state something of a theater district! There are performances going on from Southern Vermont to the Northeast Kingdom - and that includes some traveling performers who bring their show to you.

Bill Hurd, Capitol Steps Press Secretary

Happy Independence Day! Vermont Edition has the holiday off and returns at noon and 7 p.m., on Wednesday, July 5. In the meantime, you can relax with special holiday programs on  VPR and VPR Classical.

Mike Horn, a Vermont-based veteran watches as a 3-D printer he built crafts a fidget spinner he designed. Horn hopes it will help him cope with symptoms related to a brain injury.
Rebecca Sananes / VPR

The White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center has a new tool for therapy and veteran job training: 3-D printers.

Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano are hosts of 'The Dinner Party Download.''
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VPR is conducting a test run of The Dinner Party Download  and we want to know what you think. Listen Saturday afternoon at 3 and take our survey.

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When a stand-up comedian records a live album, they need an audience that can give them some reliable laughs. For comedian Jared Logan, that audience is in Burlington, Vermont. He's recording an album over five shows this weekend at Vermont Comedy Club.

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You can fill your social calendar up with a little bit of music in the meadow, a little shop of horrors, a traveling Hamilton exhibit and a brass quintet.

Ben Stoll, 17, wrote this poem about the song he and his younger brother would listen to on the drive to work at a berry farm, which was their first paying job.
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Could you play that one song?
You know the one I’m talking about.
You know,
the one we blared from the car stereo,
with all the windows rolled down so all could hear,
the song we would play picking blueberries
in that all-natural,
weed-choked
berry farm.

Montpelier-based musician Ben Dunham hand-picked a dozen musicians to form The Backline Collective. The group performs the songs Dunham penned and the album-release party is Friday night at Positive Pie in Montpelier.
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Local songwriter Ben Dunham's eight new songs chart his own personal growth over the past year. But in order to record them in all their multiple shades and moods, he needed to enlist a diverse bunch of Vermont musicians to get the job done. The finished project, called Backline Collective, will premiere at an album-release party this Friday night in Montpelier.

Eva Mondon, in foreground, listens to a recording she made about the Andrew's Inn at an exhibit at Next Stage Arts in Putney. A portrait of Mondon hangs on the wall.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Andrew's Inn, a gay bar in Bellows Falls that was open from 1973 through 1984, is the subject of a new oral history project that features the voices and stories of people who worked at and went to the club.

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