Arts & Culture

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This weekend, Marshfield classical composer and musician Evan Premo will premiere a song cycle he's written, which sets late Vermont writer David Budbill's poems to music. Budbill, a poet and playwright and musician, died in the fall of 2016.

Chris and Martin Kratt performing their live 'Wild Kratts' show on stage.
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The Kratt brothers have introduced kids across the country to a love of animals and nature through a series of wildly popular TV shows, including Kratts' Creatures, Zoboomafoo and now Wild Kratts.

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A short film based on a Rutland couple's struggles with pregnancy will premiere this week on Vermont Public Television. 

Kids on the Ball

An offshoot of a Vermont-based nonprofit is helping young athletes in Cuba with some critical improvements to the places they play. And we're not talking about baseball.

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Before her tribe was recognized along with three others in Vermont in 2011 and 2012, Vera Longtoe Sheehan wasn't able to call herself an "Abenaki artist."

Young Writers Project: 'Happy Ballerina'

Apr 14, 2017
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she dances her way out of everything/soaring/arms curled cruelly around her head.
passe/develope/grande jete/and she's off/
i was a fool to think she could keep her eyes away from the mirror.
she glances/face glistening at her reflection/punctuating every tondu with a gaze.
i tell her to be happy and she laughs/her feet bleeding as she jumps again.
'i am happy' she replies/casting a longing look at the stage.

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Celebrate poetry month with events at venues statewide, take in a play about parenting, buy some local artwork and hear a Vermont artist whose been making it on the Nashville music scene.

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This week's My Place program is the conclusion of a two-part profile of session guitarist Hugh McCracken.

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Nancy Stearns Bercaw is a Vermonter and a championship swimmer who struggled for years with alcohol addiction. She found a path to recovery in an unlikely – and very dry – place: Abu Dhabi. 

Geoff Gevalt

He had soft brown eyes and a forgiving soul.
He had a hug that consumed me in warmth.
He had lips that curled up at the ends and dimples when he laughed.

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Hugh McCracken was one of New York's most skilled, first-call studio guitarists. He played on countless sessions with top-name artists over a four-decade period.

Maxim Shumlin

From jazz to world to folk music, book discussions, political puppetry and comedy for a good cause, there's lots to do around the state this weekend!

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Two young boys learn about death and mercy on a camping trip, a fishing guide contemplates and crosses a dark line during an excursion with a rich, entitled client and a teenager following the Grateful Dead for a summer tour plunges into a frightening drug addled spiral.

These are just some of the characters searching for truth and meaning in life and death in the new short story collection by Vermont author Tim Weed.

K-Films Amérique

The Global Roots Film Festival is a program of the Vermont International Film Foundation which aims to bring movies made about and by many diverse cultures. This year, the movies screening in downtown Burlington will focus on the cinema of Québec.

Volcan Lanin in the background as a bicycle and car travel the road below.
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The Spanish phrase "Mundo Pequeño" means "small world," and it's also the name and the mission of a massive undertaking by three cyclists from our region. 

When I was young, I attended one of those boarding schools that held daily chapel. I can’t say that exercise brought me any closer to God, but it did instill in me a lifelong love of singing hymns.

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