Arts & Culture

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Tim Barden

Bluegrass and the blues, comedy and cartoons — all great choices for upcoming weekend arts events!

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Composer and performer Ben Cosgrove writes music about natural landscapes he encounters as he drives around from place to place all over North America. But last fall, when he was the artist-at-sea onboard the Research Vessel Falkor with the Schmidt Ocean Institute, he found the only thing surrounding him was the endless ocean.

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Sunday Mass is no longer held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at Pine and Cherry streets, but once a month a Vietnamese priest comes down from Montreal to perform Mass in Vietnamese for the local community.

They came to Vermont in the thousands and tens of thousands, in cold weather and hot. Not speaking the language, often relegated to the hardest and most difficult work, they were treated as second class citizens.

At the time, one Vermont scholar wrote that they were “an abominable crew of vagabonds, robust, lazy men and boys, slatternly women with litters of filthy brats….The character of these people is not such to as to inspire the highest hope for the future of Vermont,” he concluded, “if they should become the most numerous of its population.”

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If books are supposed to open up new worlds to readers, then Victoria Jamieson's graphic novel Roller Girl has hit its mark with a group of young readers at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum.

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As part of their senior seminar, a group of Middlebury College students took a close look at the Vermont dairy industry. They looked into the issue of farm viability and related their findings in a series of three podcast episodes called CowTalk.

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When the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened, The Washington Post asked people to submit objects that made up their own lived experiences of black history. These objects were then used to curate a "people's museum" of personal artifacts, family photos and more.

Young Writers Project: 'Parts Of War'

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Finding people surprised them.

Spanish ships and the promise of gold had brought them here.

“They don’t look like us,”

their guns whispered as they spit bullets.

“They don’t act like us,”

their blood sang as it rushed to their heads.

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Ballet auditions for summertime outdoor performances, photography of the NEK and a play full of hilarity and heartbreak are on the docket for things to do in the region's art world this week and next!

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The tropical Asian root loves heat and a long growing season, so you'd think it wouldn't grow well around here. But with a little help, ginger can — and now's the time to get started by planting roots indoors!

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Just days before passing away, Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher accepted the 2017 Herb Lockwood Prize In The Arts at his home in Irasburg.

The world premiere coming into its final weekend at Northern Stage, in White River Junction, is called Trick or Treat, and it’s an emotional roller coaster ride. Playwright Jack Neary gives us a working class family trying to hold itself together in Lowell, Massachusetts. For years, they’ve been keeping dark secrets from each other, and from the rest of the town.

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President Donald Trump has a tense and at times hostile relationship with the media, and news organizations have been grappling to figure out how to cover an administration where a top official has referred to the press as the “opposition party.”

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In his fictional Kingdom County, Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher brought to life the culture and landscape of the Northeast Kingdom. Beloved by Vermonters and beyond, Mosher's work stands as a testament to the power of storytelling.

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Acclaimed Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher has died. Mosher, 74, succumbed to cancer Sunday morning at his home in Irasburg.

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As I walk into the hospital,
I breathe in the scent of disinfectant
and stale air,

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Last summer, while leading a tour of gardens in England and Wales, I learned a few design tips that can work in any sized garden.

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