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Monday, November 20, 2017

Joke of the Week: The Results Are In

Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 12:55 PM

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It's Monday, which means it's time for your weekly dose of locavore levity: the Joke of the Week! This week's joke comes from Burlington's Richard Bowen. Take it away, Richard…

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Playtime: Hallowell, "Follow (ft. Elin Smith)"

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 12:47 PM

Joseph Pensak - COURTESY OF JOSEPH PENSAK
  • Courtesy of Joseph Pensak
  • Joseph Pensak
Hallowell is the musical alias of  Joseph Pensak, perhaps better known as the minister of the Presbyterian church Redeemer Burlington. Pensak is preparing to release his upcoming full-length debut as Hallowell on Great Comfort Records — the New Jersey label responsible for Sufjan Steven's Seven Swans. To raise awareness (and money) for the album, Pensak has unveiled a music video for the album's first single, "Follow (ft. Elin Smith)."

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Cannabis
A Class Proves That Growing Cannabis Is Anything But Simple

Posted By on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 1:36 PM

Hemp in a grow tent at Green State Gardener - ELIZABETH M. SEYLER
  • Elizabeth M. Seyler
  • Hemp in a grow tent at Green State Gardener
In 25 years of growing organic veggies, I've never met a plant quite like cannabis. It responds to pruning the same way basil or broccoli does — by sending out multiple shoots that eventually flower. It thrives in nutrient-rich soil with the right amounts of light and water. And it's susceptible to the usual insects and diseases.

But terms like "mother plant," "screen of green," and "cloning" never quite enter the conversation when we're talking tomatoes and peppers.

Those cannabis terms rolled off Jahson Friedman's tongue on Saturday at Green State Gardener's "Free Cultivation Class: Vegging and Flowering" in Burlington. A GSG employee and registered medical cannabis cardholder, Jahson Friedman — who goes just by the name Jahson — is a consummate practitioner of the art and science of nurturing  the flowering plant.

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Joke of the Week: Playing Favorites

Posted By on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 12:20 PM

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It's Monday, which means it's time for your weekly dose of locavore levity: the Joke of the Week! This week's joke comes from Burlington's Sky Sandoval. Take it away, Sky…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Playtime: Lean.Tee, 'Cerulean Spin'

Posted By on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 11:05 AM

Lean.Tee, 'Cerulean Spin' - TAYLOR KRACHER
  • Taylor Kracher
  • Lean.Tee, 'Cerulean Spin'

When the temperature drops and my broke self feel nervous about cranking the thermostat, my bed becomes a down blanket oasis. Maybe that explains why I deeply enjoy seeing the tag "bedroom" as a musical genre. The concept of an artist escaping into their imagination, safely within their sleep nook speaks to my sun in Pisces. There's often an audible intimacy in the softness that the bedroom environment inspires.

Taylor Kracher recorded his debut EP, Cerulean Spin, as Lean.Tee in his bedroom, during the first summer he spent in Vermont. Kracher is a self-declared "trial and error" producer; he plays to his own loops and filters layers of rain and birdsong. And, yeah, it all sounds kinda dreamy.

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Local Bookstores Take Aim at Amazon

Posted By on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 9:41 AM

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  • Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • Stacey Mitchell (left) and Olivia LaVecchia
It should come as no surprise that independent bookstores are more than a little miffed at online monolith Amazon. But mom-and-pop book shops aren't the only businesses affected by the retail giant's ever-expanding reach and dominance. The massive corporation captures one of every two American dollars spent online. That's according to a 2016 report published by Stacy Mitchell and Olivia LaVecchia of the nonprofit advocacy group Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

But two Vermont bookstores are fighting back — or at least, talking about fighting back. Phoenix Books, Northshire Bookstore and local news website VTDigger present a pair of public discussions this week with Mitchell as the featured speaker. The idea: Present listeners with enough info to arm them for the coming retail war — or, more likely (and less dramatically), the long, slow, uphill trudge.

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Art Against the (Trump) Machine

Posted By on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 8:42 AM

Drying posters - RACHEL JONES
  • Rachel Jones
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Do you remember where you were a year ago, when the polls closed, the votes were tallied, and Donald J. Trump was elected 45th president of the United States? In commemoration of this momentous anniversary, community members gathered Thursday night in Burlington for an original and colorful protest: For a $5-10 donation, guests could create their very own poster art by throwing paint-filled balloons at images of Trump and members of his administration.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Remembering Robert De Cormier: The Music and the Man

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 3:18 PM

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  • Robert De Cormier
When choral conductor and arranger Robert De Cormier passed away on Sunday at the age of 95, the remembrances were swift and heartfelt. A resident of Belmont with his wife, Louise, since 1956, he was beloved by all, in part because he worked with musicians across all spectrums — musical and otherwise.

Trained at the Juilliard School, De Cormier directed the New York Choral Society for 17 years; he also served as musical director and arranger for the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary for 30 years. He performed and recorded with such classical-music greats as Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle and James Levine, while also arranging music for the likes of Harry Belafonte and Pete Seeger.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Reuben Jackson To Leave Vermont Public Radio

Posted By on Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 4:41 PM

Reuben Jackson - COURTESY OF REUBEN JACKSON
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  • Reuben Jackson
Reuben Jackson, host of "Friday Night Jazz" on Vermont Public Radio, announced Tuesday via Facebook that he is leaving the show in April. He has helmed the popular weekly jazz program since 2012 when he replaced George Thomas. Thomas had hosted "Jazz with George Thomas" on VPR for over a decade.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Joke of the Week: 50 Shaves of Gray

Posted By on Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 11:59 AM

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It's Monday, which means it's time for your weekly dose of locavore levity: the Joke of the Week! This week's joke comes from Burlington's Omega Jade. Take it away, Omega…

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