Arts & Culture

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Courtesy of Eli Klein Gallery, New York City.

An exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum is offering up a smorgasbord of Chinese art.

And that food metaphor is no accident.  The exhibit is called Hot Pot: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art and it runs through June 23.

Brattleboro Museum Chief Curator Mara Williams says the potpourri of painting, sculpture and conceptual art can be an entryway to understanding this huge and diverse society.

Art Hounds: Festive

May 16, 2013
BarnArts Center for the Arts

Art teacher Marianne McCann  from Chelsea suggested Mark Goodwin's abstract art exhibit at the Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier, which runs through June 28th with an opening on June 7th.

Chuck Malerich of Bridgewater called in to recommend the American folk opera, "Porgy and Bess" in concert at Barnard's First Universalist Church this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Mareva Millarc

Thursday, 4:55 p.m. and Friday, 7:55 a.m.

Theater performer and Middlebury attorney Jennifer Wagner called the VPR Art Hounds hotline to suggest a group which performs Renaissance polyphony, called Amaryllis.

They perform a program featuring the works of Josquin at St. Stephen's Church in Middlebury on Wednesday, May 15th.

Joyce Hendley of South Burlington suggests an evening taking in some future actors with a stage performance of the much-loved play, "Fiddler on the Roof."

Heliand Consort Live

May 8, 2013

The Heliand Consort will tour northern Vermont May 8-11 with music of Telemann, Dvorak and others for flute, clarinet, bassoon and piano.  They join Walter Parker in the VPR Performance Studio for a live preview.

VPR/Nina Keck

U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins’ search for poetry to include in Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry,  led him to believe that “clear, reader-conscious poems are the ones that will broaden the audience for poetry.”

Vermont’s poet laureate, Sydney Lea, agrees with that approach.

VPR/Susan Keese

Educators say that most children love rhymes. And they say that poetry can be helpful in many ways as children learn to read, write, listen and express themselves.

In her kindergarten class at Oak Grove School in Brattleboro, teacher Chelsea Dowd is reading a favorite story.

It’s Dr. Seuss’s ‘One Fish, Two Fish,” and the students are joining in.

Many of the children have the same book at home. But that’s not the only reason they’re able to shout out the final word in every line. It’s also because the rhyming pattern is predictable and easy to remember.


Tue 5/7/13 Noon & 7pm Look back through your middle school journals and you'll probably find some poems scrawled in the margins. When did you stop writing and reading poetry? Is writing poetry a different skill from reading poetry? Post your questions or comments about poetry here or email them to

The Vermont-based Book Jam is devoted to promoting reading, independent bookstores and public libraries. 

Readers can find reviews, recommendations, discussions and author interviews.

And The Book Jam is holding a live book-discussion event this coming Tuesday in Hardwick. 

VPR's Neal Charnoff speaks with Book Jam co-founders and moderators, Lisa Cadow  and  Lisa Christie to talk about the blog.`

Art Hounds: Hands-On

May 2, 2013
Ken Howell / Cargo Collective - User Required

Thursday at 4:55 p.m. and Friday at 7:55 a.m.

Christy Mitchell, owner and director of the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington called the VPR Art Hounds hotline to recommend an exhibit at BCA Center in Downtown Burlington, called, “User Required.”

There are two floors of interactive art work and the exhibit is up through May 18th.

Courtesy of Robert Eddy, First LIght Studios

Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier has opened its 25th season with an original play which is based on the letters of a civil war soldier from West Rochester, Vermont.

“Ransom” takes a startling look into the lives of soldiers, and those left at home.

“Ransom” grew out of a trove of letters and a diary written by Civil War soldier Ransom Towle.  They recount his enlistment in 1861, his capture by the Confederates, his remarkable escape while being marched to Andersonville Prison in Georgia and his journey back to Union lines.


It's official: Joel Najman is a Vermont broadcasting legend! Last week the legislature passed a resolution honoring Najman as a "rock and roll impresario."

Courtesy of Blance Moyse Chorale

J.S Bach’s choral masterpiece, the Mass in B Minor, was often a highlight of performances of the New England Bach Festival, which was disbanded in 2004.

Now the piece is returning to Southern Vermont courtesy of the Blanche Moyse Chorale, which is based at the Brattleboro Music Center.

The center was founded by Moyse in 1951. 

The Chorale will be joined by the Strathmere Orchestra and a quartet of vocal soloists, for concerts this weekend in Bellows Falls and Brattleboro.  

Al Karevy

Sunday, April 28, marks Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day! And aficionados of this simple method of taking pictures with pinhole cameras are celebrating in Brattleboro with a full day of events.

Al Karevy is a board member at the Vermont Center for Photography. He’s been shooting with pinholes for years. He spoke with Vermont Edition about the event.

Young-adult author MT Anderson of East Calais called the VPR Hotline recommending this weekend’s classical music concert from Capital City Concerts with the Borromeo String Quartet.

The concert, is the finale of Borromeo's tour and will feature the world premiere performance of a work by Mohammed Fairouz is in Montpelier this Saturday, April 27th on Main Street in Montpelier.

Photo: Melissa Pasanen, for the Burlington Free Press

This week, Melissa Pasanen takes us behind the scenes at cooking competitions.  From Junior Iron Chefs to gourmet challenges, cook-offs are fun for the participants and always a treat for the judges.  Melissa has judged many competitions over the years and gives us a taste of what that’s like.

Photographer Don Ross At Jackson Gallery

Apr 18, 2013

Brandon photographer Don Ross has been honing his craft for 20 years and many of those years have been spent amidst the quiet, stony fortresses of Vermont's abandoned quarries.

Art Hounds: eARTh

Apr 18, 2013

Maya Curtis of ArtsRiot in Burlington sent in a suggestion to view the new exhibit at UVM’s Davis Center, called, " Created by eARThlings, Inspired By Earth."

Student artists, faculty and professional artists' works are on display at the Fireplace Lounge and Gallery on the fourth floor of the Davis Center through May 10th. There is an opening reception Monday, April 22nd at 5:30 p.m.