Arts & Culture

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Actor, writer and director Rob Cunning relied on self-discipline, a group of supportive friends and resources he found online to create the film, "Haze." It took him the better part of three years to complete.
Rob Cunning, courtesy

With a with ton of self-discipline and 27 pages of script, Burlington's Rob Cunning made a featurette-length film with no money. Plus encouraging words from his film-making idol just days before beginning to shoot turned out to be priceless.

A new bluegrass band takes the stage in East Fairfield and two local actors read 50 years' worth of love letters in Middlebury.

Frances Davenport (left) and her search for her husband George's remains is the subject of the film "Death in the Wilderness."
Kevin Thornton / Film: "Death in the Wilderness"

A Civil War widow from Brandon, Vermont set out to find her husband's remains on a Virginia battlefield, and shaped the way her hometown remembered the Civil War. That's the subject of a new film, Death in the Wilderness.

The Stowe Mountain Lodge Classic pro-tennis tournament starts Tuesday and last until Thursday. World class players will compete and use the tournament to warm up for the U.S. Open.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Some of the world’s top tennis players are competing this week in the first Stowe Mountain Lodge Classic.

On Monday, the moon will completely eclipse the sun, and people all over the U.S. will watch.

For those who have been boning up on eclipse trivia for weeks, congratulations. For everyone else, here are the things you need to know about the phenomenon.

Peacham Acoustic Music Festival, courtesy

An outdoor music fest, a chance to hear live Argentinian music performed by a diverse set of musicians and a step back in time and into some colonial homes.

Young Writers Project: 'Rainbow'

Aug 18, 2017
Isabel Blankenbaker, 14, of Rutland, writes in response to President Trump’s Twitter announcement on July 26 that transgender people would be banned from serving in the military.
YWP Photo Library, photo by Holly Margulis, South Burlington

It's happening ever so slow,
Day after day,
They're chipping at our rights,
Wearing them away.

Clever Girls' bandmembers are, left to right: Winfield Holt, Rob Slater, Diane Jean, and Tobias Sullivan.
Brett Marshall, Winwood LLC

If Diane Jean, from the Burlington-based band Clever Girls, was shipwrecked on a desert island, she knows just which five records she'd like to listen to until the rescue ship arrived.

St. Michael's College graduates Danny Divis, left, and Justin McKenzie, right, throw out first pitches at the Boston Red Sox's "Vermont Night" at Fenway Park on Aug. 5. The two hockey players were awarded the Hockey Humanitarian Award last spring.
Dan Brown / Kapitol Photography

Danny Divis and Justin McKenzie, recent St. Michael's College graduates who played on the hockey team, started the mental health awareness campaign Hope Happens Here while they were students. This past spring they were recognized with the Hockey Humanitarian Award, a national honor for collegiate athletes who give back to their community.

Betty Smith Mastaler, seen here in 1978, talked to "Vermont Edition" recently about her first years at VPR and the state of the station.
VPR file

Aug. 13, 2017 marked Vermont Edition's 10th anniversary, and the 40th anniversary of Vermont Public Radio. To mark the occasion, we talked to someone who has been with the station for more than 40 years and has done a little bit of everything: Betty Smith Mastaler.

Nicholas Erwin / flickr

Next week, people across the country will turn their eyes - hopefully safely protected - to the skies to watch a rare solar eclipse. We're looking up too. We'll talk about the eclipse, and about stargazing, astronomy, and all the latest from space - including the dramatic final mission of the Saturn probe Cassini. 

Catamount Arts

Here’s something you don’t see at every farmer’s market: a guy driving a steamroller over a piece of paper big enough to fill a parking space. The paper is laid over a piece of intricately carved wood or linoleum, which has been inked, and the result is a big, bold, beautiful print.

Young Writers Project: 'Blueberry Poem'

Aug 11, 2017
Janet McIntosh Barkdoll, 17, of Shoreham wrote “Blueberry Poem” after a quintessential Vermont summer day experience. She recorded the sounds of the blueberry patch – pie tins and birds – for the final two stanzas of her piece.
Bryan Storck

Follow the shade in the morning for as long as you can,
Hopping down the row, down the hill, from bush to bush.
The way the sunlight falls through the hedgerow and the trees above, it
Leaves some shady splotches and then some sun-soaked bits.

In the morning, if you follow the shade you'll stay cooler.
And you'll spend less time bent over picking in the sun
With your shirt climbing up your back,
Leaving your lower back exposed.

Awesome Etiquette: The Art Of The Online Compliment

Aug 11, 2017

This week's question delves into the realm of online dating. A listener wrote in to ask how best to respond to the comment, "You're too pretty to be on a dating site!"

Though the person who sent it probably meant his comment as a compliment, there are better ways to compliment someone on a dating site that you haven't met yet in real life.

Modern Nurseries, courtesy

Many of our favorite flowering shrubs bloom in the spring and early summer then are nondescript for the rest of the growing season.

Shape-note singing in South Hero plus a new exhibit of paintings in Greensboro are on the docket for arts events to take in around the region.

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