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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Film Tour Remembers NEK Novelist Howard Frank Mosher

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 11:56 AM

Howard Frank Mosher - JAKE MOSHER
  • Jake Mosher
  • Howard Frank Mosher
Film history is littered with failed adaptations of novels. Oftentimes a film adaptation falls prey to the commercial time constraints of movies, and the necessity of wholesale excising of text. Sometimes it’s just a matter of poor casting decisions. Then there are authors like James Joyce and William Faulkner, whose stream-of-consciousness styles are for the most part unfilmable.

But occasionally, a writer and director’s artistic sensibilities coalesce with such kinship that their paths seemed destined to cross. Such was the case with director Jay Craven and celebrated Northeast Kingdom novelist Howard Frank Mosher, who died from cancer on January 29 at the age of 74.

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Exclusive: Dwight & Nicole Unveil New Video, 'Wait'

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 11:06 AM

Dwight & Nicole, "Wait" - STILL FROM "WAIT"
  • Still from "Wait"
  • Dwight & Nicole, "Wait"
In these troubled, turbulent times, it's likely you've found yourself thinking, Self, you know what I could really go for? A gorgeous, rock-tinged, soul-snuggling new single from Dwight & Nicole, that's what. Also, at the risk of getting greedy, maybe a cool new video, too.

Well, guess what? On Monday, July 24, the Burlington-based trio released "Wait," the A-side for a forthcoming  45rpm release. Today, the band unveiled the video for said single. Let's just jump right in, shall we?

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Joke of the Week: Cultural Inappropriation

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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 East Orange's Bitsy Biron. Take it away, Bitsy…

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Generator Director Lars Hasselblad Torres Departs

Posted By on Sun, Jul 23, 2017 at 9:32 AM

Lars Hasselblad Torres - FILE: JEB WALLACE-BRODEUR
  • File: Jeb Wallace-Brodeur
  • Lars Hasselblad Torres
Burlington's Generator has announced that executive director Lars Hasselblad Torres "has moved on to pursue other opportunities."

Torres has led the emerging maker space for two and a half years, during which time the facility moved from Memorial Auditorium to the South End. While the board looks for a new director, founding board member Michael Metz will serve as interim director.

"Throughout his tenure," a press release by board member Dan Harvey reads, "Lars oversaw some important growth in membership, programs and partnerships, and managed the move to our new home at 40 Sears Lane in Burlington. We thank him for his contributions and wish him well."

Torres was unable to comment for this post when reached on Friday afternoon. On his Facebook page, he wrote, "Friends, I have summarily become a freelancer," and asked if anyone had leads on potential jobs.

This post will be updated as information becomes available.

Clarification, July 23, 2017: This article previously indicated portions of the Generator website were taken down; that was due to a technical problem and unrelated to Hasselblad Torres' departure.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Ben Stiller Brings Casting Call for Prison Escape Series to Plattsburgh

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 1:08 PM

Ben Stiller - DREAMSTIME
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  • Ben Stiller
In recent weeks, Ben Stiller has been spotted in various locations around Plattsburgh and upstate New York.

And just what is the famed comedic actor doing in the sleepy Lake City, exactly? Pounding Bud Light Limes at the Naked Turtle, perhaps? Getting in some quality "me time" after splitting with longtime wife and fellow actor Christine Taylor? Scouting locales for Zoolander 3, Meet the Grandparents or (pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease) Mystery Men 2?

Almost, but not quite.

Stiller is indeed scouting locations for a new project. He's directing an untitled miniseries for Showtime centered on the June 2015 prison escape of two inmates from the Clinton Correctional Facility in nearby Dannemora, N.Y.

And guess what? You can be in it! A casting call for the series is slated for this Saturday, July 22, at the Strand Center Theatre in downtown Plattsburgh.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Vermont Arts Council Selects a New Executive Director

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 6:17 PM

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  • Karen Mittelman
The Vermont Arts Council announced today that it has found a replacement for former executive director Alex Aldrich, who stepped down in April. Karen Mittelman will take the helm at the state nonprofit organization in October.

Mittelman is currently director of the Division of Public Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C., where she has worked since 1998. With a doctorate in U.S. history from the University of Pennsylvania, she has also held positions at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

VAC selected Mittelman from a pool of 70 applicants from Vermont and across the U.S. Her ties to the Green Mountain State have been in the form of visits to the Bennington area throughout her life.

“We are thrilled that Karen Mittelman has accepted the executive director position,” said VAC chair Bob Stannard in a press statement. “In a time when federal arts funding is uncertain, it is vital to have an executive director who has significant experience in a national leadership role."

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Half Lounge to Reopen in August

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 11:18 AM

L-R: Boudee Luangrath, Aaron Chiaravelotti, Adrian Sackheim - COURTESY OF HALF LOUNGE
  • Courtesy of Half Lounge
  • L-R: Boudee Luangrath, Aaron Chiaravelotti, Adrian Sackheim
When Half Lounge closed its doors in March, it left a fairly large hole in Burlington's nightlife scene. But the pint-sized, live music hotspot will reopen soon under new ownership.

The proprietors of Mr. Mikes Pizza, Aaron Chiaravelotti and Boudee Luangrath, along with SideBar talent buyer Adrian Sackheim, purchased the business in May and hope to reopen it in early August. Chiaravelotti and Luangrath also own SideBar, which they opened in 2016.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

New RETN TV Channel Hosts Local Filmmakers

Posted By on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 11:50 AM

Still from Alec Julien's film "Anonymous" - ALEC JULIEN
  • Alec Julien
  • Still from Alec Julien's film "Anonymous"
In late June, the Regional Educational Television Network announced a new channel carried by Burlington Telecom. Called BTV HD, it's dedicated to the works of local filmmakers.

The high-definition programming runs on Channel 216. According to a June 26 press release, it carries "different programming than RETN's current standard-definition educational access channel found in the BT channel lineup at Channel 16."

The first local film to debut on the new channel was "Anonymous" by Alec Julien, by Burlington writer, educator, musician and graphic designer. Seth Jarvis directed. The first-time filmmaker said that RETN provided equipment for the production, and that executive director Jess Wilson served as the lighting director.

"When she asked me to premiere "Anonymous" with RETN, I was happy to oblige," Julien said.

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Joke of the Week: Don't Sweat It

Posted By on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 11:08 AM

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 Williston's Peter Brown. Take it away, Peter…

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Style Points: Lucy Leith Designs for Humans and Robots

Posted By on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 9:12 PM

Lucy Leith's Trilobite Coat - LUCY LEITH
  • Lucy Leith
  • Lucy Leith's Trilobite Coat
Twenty-one-year-old Lucy Leith hasn't wasted her year off from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The fashion student is half way through her studies — she moved back to her native Burlington in May 2016 and plans to complete her education in the fall. Since February 2017, she's been a driving force in developing the sewing and textile program at Burlington's Generator maker space.

When she's not looking for new teachers or leading workshops at the South End organization, Leith volunteers at Burlington City Arts, works as a teaching assistant for area artist Kate Donnelly and freelances as a gardener.

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