‘Portraits of Conservation’ Celebrates the Nature of Vermont

April 12, 2012  
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As part of the of the Nature Conservancy Vermont Chapter’s 50th anniversary, director Bob Klein is exhibiting over 30 years of photos, including this portrait of Dr. Hubert (Hub) Vogelmann, former chair of the UVM Botany Department, the Chapter’s founder.

“Portraits of Conservation,” a new exhibition of photographs by Bob Klein, Director of The Nature Conservancy Vermont Chapter, will be shown at the University of Vermont Davis Center through April 28. The exhibit, on display in the Mt. Mansfield Room, celebrates “Earth Art” month at the Davis Center.

The idea for the photo show came together as part of the celebrations for the Vermont Chapter’s 50th anniversary. With more than 30 years of photographs to draw on, Bob Klein, the Chapter’s first state director and the longest serving state director in the Conservancy, saw an opportunity to share the people, the places and the stories behind the Vermont Chapter’s work. Klein’s photographs are accompanied by brief narratives, small stories that give texture, context and human scale to conservation in Vermont.

“Our mission is to conserve the land and waters on which all life depends,” says Klein. “But Nature herself doesn’t make conservation happen. People do. It is people that care about the place they live, who manage the land, restore the forests, discover new species, get rid of invasive plants, build trails and raise funds to secure the future of our small corner of the earth. It’s people who care about nature.”

Among Klein’s photos is a portrait of Dr. Hubert (Hub) Vogelmann, former chair of the UVM Botany Department, the Chapter’s founder and the force behind the Conservancy’s early land conservation in Vermont. Hub Vogelmann’s vision guided acquisition of the Conservancy’s natural area at Shelburne Pond, which became one of the earliest of the organizations network of 55 natural areas around the state. Other photos portray the work of volunteers, student interns, Conservancy staff and scientists. A photo of Cathy Paris, Senior Lecturer in Plant Biology at UVM and expert in plant “systematics,” tells how she used DNA analysis to confirm a rare maidenhair fern, leading to protection of this endangered plant at another Conservancy site.

Over the years, working with many partners, The Nature Conservancy has conserved nearly 200,000 acres of Vermont’s natural heritage. Many of the Conservancy’s natural areas are the best examples of Vermont’s bog, fens, extensive forests, undisturbed ponds and pristine river shores. “Portraits of Conservation” illuminates these important Conservancy projects: from fossil rocks at Kingsland Bay to large-scale landscape protection at Victory Bog, and locally, a Conservancy “jewel in the crown,” the rare old-growth clayplain forest at Williams Woods preserve in Charlotte.

“Portraits of Conservation” is a traveling exhibit and will tour the state over the next few years. Klein will speak at a reception, free and open to the public, on Thursday, April 19 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information, visit nature.org/Vermont, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TNCVT.

Spotlight Gallery Features Drawings by Gowri Savoor

April 12, 2012  
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The Vermont Arts Council’s Spotlight Gallery is currently hosting an exhibit of drawings by Montpelier artist Gowri Savoor through April 30. A reception will be held on April 27 from 4p.m.to 7p.m. in conjunction with Montpelier’s Art Walk.

Savoor is a visual artist working in environmental sculpture and creating works on paper. In her artist statement, she said, “Through my drawings, I like to ask questions. Questions about our relationship to the land and our environment. Questions about our journeys, our culture and our personal histories. Questions about what it is that defines us and how we are connected to one another. These can all be found in the hidden tensions that exist just beyond the surface.”

The Spotlight Gallery is located in the Vermont Arts Council offices at 136 State Street in Montpelier and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m.

For more information on the the Vermont Arts Council, visitwww.vermontartscouncil.org.

Green Mountain Chorus Wins Regional Competition

April 12, 2012  
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The Green Mountain Chorus consists of over 35 active participants, ranging in age from 18 to 78, who sing a capella in four part harmony, in a style called barbershop. (Contributed photo)

The Green Mountain Chorus took first place recently at the Regional Contest of the Northeast District of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Choruses from Quebec, Vermont and northern NY, gathered in Albany, N.Y. for the weekend of competition, which is held every spring to determine who goes on to the district contest and eventually to the international competition.

“It was a great win for the Green Mountain Chorus,” said Greg Morrill, Director of the Green Mountain Chorus. “The guys came to sing, and they gave it their all.”

The Green Mountain Chorus took the championship title in the Mountain Division of the Northeast District. “These competitions are not only great fun, but they help us polish our singing for upcoming public events like our annual Spring Show. I’m really proud of the way they performed today,” Morrill said.

The win qualifies the Green Mountain Chorus to compete in the next level at the District contest, held in the fall in Portland, Maine.

The Green Mountain Chorus is the Burlington chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society and has been singing for 64 years. Members come from all over northern and central Vermont and Quebec.

For more information, visit www.greenmountainchorus.org.

What’s Playing at the Paramount

April 12, 2012  
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The Playhouse Theatre of Rutland opened on Jan. 16, 1914 and was heralded as one of the finest theatres in America. Top performers traveling via the Rutland Railroad between Montreal and Boston would stop to perform in The Playhouse. Minstrel shows, grand and light opera and vaudeville, and appearances by Tom Thumb, Will Rogers, Sarah Bernhardt, Ethel Barrymore and The Great Houdini delighted local audiences.

When “talking pictures” came to town, The Playhouse embraced the movie phenomenon, and as a motion picture theatre, was renamed The Paramount in 1931. But paralleling the decline of the film industry, it closed its doors in 1975 and set neglected for nearly a decade.

The successful restoration of the Paramount Theatre was completed in February 2000 and an Opening Night Gala in March 2000 honored the artisans and contributors who made the historic project possible.

Once again, the Paramount Theatre has assumed its role as an arts, cultural and educational leader, and as a significant and valuable community resource. This spring audiences will be treated to the following:

Whose Live Anyway?

May 26 at 7:00p.m.

Tickets: $29.50-54.50

Greg Proops, Ryan Stiles, Chip Esten and Jeff B. Davis create a show based on improvising comedy sketches and music all based on audience suggestions.

Whose Live Anyway (originally called A Night of Improv) first appeared in 1999 when it sold out two shows in under three hours to very enthusiastic crowds at Vancouver, Canada’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Following its initial success, Whose Line Executive Producer and star Ryan Stiles expanded the number of appearances of the show to include many major cities in the Western U.S. and Canada, where it has remained a consistent sellout. Whose Live Anyway is 90 minutes of improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions and featuring Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Chip Esten and Jeff B. Davis.

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Sun., April 22 at 4:00p.m.

Tickets: $19.50 – $29.50

The golden oldies are brought to life again by the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all the dance bandleaders back in the Swing era of the 1930s and ‘40s. Under the direction of Gary Tole, the 19-member band continues to play the original Miller arrangements that keep exciting fans young and old. The Glenn Miller Orchestra is sure to have you dancing in your seat and humming a tune all the way home.

Paramount Theatre is located at 30 Center Street in Rutland. For more information, call (802) 775-0903 or visit www.paramountvt.org.

Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran at Fleming Museum

April 12, 2012  
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Iran has distinguished itself with the spectacular quality and international presence of its film and visual arts. Given the backdrop of attention increasingly focused on the art and culture of Iran, and the current political crisis in that part of the world, an exhibition of this kind is most timely.

Persian Visions, on exhibit through May 20 in the East Gallery at the Fleming Museum in Burlington, introduces nearly 60 works of photography and video by 20 of Iran’s most celebrated photographers. The perspective of these artists contradicts that of many foreign photographers use of the medium — which is to represent Iran and its people as purely exotic. In expressing different visions of their world, the artists offer a glimpse into both private and public realms. This exhibition builds a visual bridge between Iran and the United States as it leads viewers to become aware of other ways of being and seeing.

The Fleming Museum is located at 61 Colchester Avenue, on the University of Vermont campus in Burlington. Phone: (802) 656-0750.

Travel ­— Real and Imagined — Themes For Shelburne Museum 2012 Season

April 12, 2012  
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Elizabeth Berdann, The Drowning Woman, 2012, watercolor on ivory.

Travel, whether real or imagined, is a theme that figures into several new exhibits at Shelburne Museum for the upcoming season, which opens on May 13.

Time Machines

Robots, Rockets, and Steampunk sets the tone with a fanciful exploration of visions of the future. The exhibit explores the Golden Age of sci-fi, the 1930s-1950s, when travel into space happened only within the realm of the imagination. Characters like Flash Gordon conquered the universe, and robots, space stations and rockets entertained us with the possibilities promised by science. The exhibit also includes an exploration of steampunk, the contemporary neo-Victorian trend that melds a 19th century aesthetic with 21st century technology to create gadgets, costumes and gear that evokes the past, but mashes it up with the future.

Luke Haynes, Man Stuff #1, San Francisco, California, 2008. Fabric, batting, and thread. Collection of the artist.

Time Machines opens on June 16 and runs through Oct. 28.

SnowMobiles: Sleighs to Sleds

Travel over snow is the theme of a new exhibit of vintage and contemporary snowmobiles entitled Snow Mobiles: Sleighs to Sleds. The exhibit showcases snowmobiles from the early experimental days of motorized snow travel, when snowmobiles were mostly conceived as work vehicles, to the heyday of recreational riding in the late 60s and 70s through today’s high-powered racing sleds. Many of the sleds are on loan from pioneering members of the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, the group who established an extensive statewide trail system. Also on exhibit are the vehicles that predated snowmobiles – horse-drawn sleighs from the museum’s permanent collection. Snow Mobiles is open May 13 through Oc. 28.

Extraordinary!

From travel to exotic places to the use of novelty such as trompe l’oeil, How Extraordinary! Travel, Novelty, and Time in the Permanent Collection explores the world of travel and imagination in 18th and 19th century American and European paintings and prints. Included is the Rip van Winkle series by Albertus del Orient Browere, executed around 1880, which explores time travel. Seal and Polar Bear, an unsettling depiction of an attacking bear, by Charles S. Raleigh, is one example of several in the exhibit that conjures places or scenes the artist has not witnessed but imagines. On view June 16 through Oct. 28.

Other exhibit highlights for 2012 season include (all on view May 13-Oct. 28):

Man-Made Quilts

Civil War to the Present. Quilts made by leading contemporary male quilters alongside early works, including a quilt made by a Civil War soldier recuperating from injury. Includes innovative approaches to the traditional form – digital quilts, sculptures of quilts and even a motorized quilt are among the works on exhibit.

Elizabeth Berdann: Deep End

Contemporary artist Elizabeth Berdann paints emotionally touching portraits of mythological sea creatures in her latest series of miniature watercolors on prehistoric mammoth and pre-ban ivory.

Circus Elephants

Burlington-based sculptor Kat Clear was commissioned to create the museum’s first exhibition of outdoor sculpture. She will create a parade of elephants – nearly life size – extending from the 1901 Round Barn to Circus Building, where the museum’s popular collection of miniature circus figures is on view. The three elephant sculptures will be made entirely of recycled metal forms such as heating fuel tanks, wheelbarrows and trivets.

The Alphabet of Sheep by Patty Yoder

Hooked rugs by acclaimed contemporary rug hooker Patty Yoder (1943-2005) from her masterpiece series The Alphabet of Sheep that celebrates family and the beloved sheep raised on the family’s Black House Farm in Vermont. The exhibit is the first to be on view in a new gallery devoted to hooked rugs in Hat & Fragrance Textile Gallery.

Lock, Stock and Barrel

The Terry Tyler Collection of Vermont Firearms. Held over a second season due to its popularity, a rare collection of 107 Vermont firearms made from 1790 through 1900. Hunting rifles, target rifles, pistols and military guns.

Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont is one of North America’s most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 37 exhibition buildings.

Shelburne Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday from May 13 through Oct. 28. On Thursdays from June 21 through Aug. 9, the museum is open until 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20 adults, $10 children. Vermont residents are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

For more information visit: www.shelburnemuseum.org.

Stowe Theatre Guild Announces 2012 Season

April 12, 2012  
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Stowe Theatre Guild’s 2012 season promises to bring another fantastic lineup of theater. In June, the season kicks off with the musical comedy of plucky, small-town Millie Dillmount on her adventures in the big city in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” followed by Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun,” a tale of the great sharpshooter, Annie Oakley, who rises to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler. Then comes Stephen Sondheim’s classical musical thriller “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” The season rounds out in the fall with Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical “Next To Normal,” a story about a family dealing with crisis.

Offered again this year is the Super Value Season Ticket – available for a limited time – which enables you to save 10 percent off the cost of tickets and fees by purchasing a season ticket and pay $18 per show, plus tax.

Shows are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. on the following dates:

Thoroughly Modern Millie” • June 20 – July 7

Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlon.

New Music by Jeanine Tesori – New Lyrics by Dick Scanlon

Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun” • July 18 – Aug. 4

Lyrics and music written by Irving Berlin

Book by Herbert Fields and his sister Dorothy Fields

“Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” • Aug. 22 – Sept. 8

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and libretto by Hugh Wheeler. Based on the 1973 play by Christopher Bond

“Next To Normal” • Sept. 19 – Oct. 6

Music by Tom Kitt. Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey.

Stowe’s Town Hall Theatre is located on the second floor of the Akeley Memorial Building, 67 Main St., Stowe, Vermont. Tickets can be purchased online at www.stowetheatre.com or by calling 802-253-3961 and by e-mail to tickets@stowetheatre.com.

Shelburne Players’ Celebrating 10 years of Theater with ‘Lend Me A Tenor’

April 12, 2012  
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This spring, Shelburne Players will be marking their tenth anniversary of community theater with “Lend Me A Tenor,” a comedy by Ken Ludwig.

The idea of forming an all volunteer community theater group in the town of Shelburne was originally conceived by Shelburne residents Seth Koch, Joe Dye and Anne Pardee in 2002. Since then, 20 productions have been performed at Shelburne Town Center, when local volunteers come together to convert a former school gymnasium into a temporary theater.

Shelburne Players’ spring production of “Lend Me A Tenor” continues a tradition of bringing top-rated comedies to Shelburne and surrounding communities. Set in Cleveland in 1934, the action takes place when the fiery tempered opera singer Tito Morelli is scheduled to make his debut at the grand opening of an opera house and promptly goes missing. As Saunders, the shows presenter, conspires to cover for Tito’s absence, placate his hotblooded wife, and distract his most passionate fans, chaos on a truly operatic level ensues.

Performances will be held at Shelburne Town Center on April 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30p.m. and April 22 at 2p.m. Tickets are $15 and $10 and can be purchased in advance at Shelburne Supermarket. More details are available at www.shelburneplayers.com

Flynn Theatre Spring Highlights

April 12, 2012  
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Wickedly Funny Stand-up Legend Joan Rivers

Thursday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.
MainStage

Joan Rivers

Known for her juicy gossip, raspy voice, and fast, politically incorrect one-liners, the wickedly funny Joan Rivers performs an evening of her newest and most outrageous riffs on Hollywood, pop culture, celebrities, reality TV and award show fashion.

Described as a “force of nature” and “a post-menopausal Lenny Bruce,” Rivers is a best-selling author, Emmy-winning talk show host, Tony-nominated actress, 2009 NBC Celebrity Apprentice winner, and savvy businesswoman who has overcome great odds to reinvent herself time and again. Rivers was also the subject of the fascinating and touching 2010 documentary, “A Piece of Work.”

A true pioneer of irreverent comedy, the incredible, inimitable, and unedited queen of the red carpet comes to the Flynn for a hilarious show.

Local stand-up comedy favorite Jason Lorber opens the show. Lorber is a standup comedian, improvisational artist and actor of stage and screen. Lorber has performed with improvisation troupes in Vermont and California, and teaches improvisational workshops in the Burlington, VT area.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Sunday, April 22, 7 p.m.
MainStage

Ailey® II’s Fana Tesfagiorgis in Troy Powell’s Reference Point. (Photo by Eduardo Patino courtesy of the Flynn Center)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has dazzled audiences worldwide for over 50 years with unparalleled artistry. The company brings African-American cultural expression and the modern dance tradition to stages around the globe. Ailey’s legacy—shaping dancers of extraordinary technique, passion, and inimitable style—continues under the leadership of choreographer Robert Battle, Judith Jamison’s hand-picked successor. Called “possibly the most successful modern dance company on the planet” and “sleek, athletic masters of the universe” (New York Times), the evening includes Ailey’s signature masterpiece, Revelations, which uses African-American spirituals and holy blues to explore the places of deepest grief and utmost joy in the soul.

Broadway National Tour: Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”

Thursday, May 10, 7:30 p.m.
MainStage

Emily Behny as Beauty and Beast, Dane Agostinis, bring Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” to life on stage at the Flynn. (Photo by Joan Marcus courtesy of the Flynn Center)

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, comes to the Flynn for one night only. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide.

This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song.

For more information and tickets:

Flynn Website: www.flynncenter.org

FlynnTix Box Office Window:

153 Main Street, Burlington

FlynnTix Phone Orders:

802-86-FLYNN / 802-863-5966 voice/relay calls welcome

FlynnTixWeb Site: www.flynntix.org

Fancy Pants

April 12, 2012  
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By Sharon Mosely

“I wear pants almost exclusively so I can sit like a truck driver. I own one dress – a long evening gown.”

—Lauren Bacall

How many of us agree with that movie icon that we all adore, Lauren Bacall? Pants mean freedom. And they are a must-have in our wardrobes. Day in and day out, for many of us, pants are our main go-to fashion staples when it comes to getting dressed, whether it’s for a day at the office or a night on the town. There are all kinds of ways our bottom half can make or break us.

So no matter your shape, here are a few ways to make pants work for you this spring:

• ake sure the proportions are flattering. All it takes is a mirror. Yes, make yourself stand in front of it and check out the waist and below. Try on leggings, boot-cut pants and wide-cut trousers. Don’t rule out those skinny jeans, either. Try them all on and judge for yourself.

• on’t get shortchanged. Yes, we know those cropped pants have been the fashion trend du jour for the past few years, but they don’t necessarily work for everyone. If you have short legs, remember cropped pants make them even shorter. Ditto with cuffs. Consider wearing heels with cropped pants, if you are indeed very short.

• on’t get caught without your shoes. If you are trying on pants in a store, be sure to take along a few pairs of shoes that you might wear with the pants. And you may want to consider taking your pants to a tailor to get the correct length. Remember, not all pant lengths will work with all your shoes. Many of us have several pairs of jeans hemmed to different lengths for just this reason.

• void the extra bells and whistles. Yes, the embroideries and the pockets and all the extra hoopla on pants can get in the way of finding the perfect pair of pants. However, this season, the extras are all about color.

• o pleats please. Pleated trousers have gone the way of “Mom jeans.” Just don’t do it. Stick to flat front pants, which will give you a much better silhouette. Yes, you may have to try on dozens of brands to find the ones that fit and don’t give you the dreaded “muffin top,” but it will be worth it. Then stick to the style that flatters you most, and buy several pairs when you find a pair that works.

• he key is balance. It’s not just the style of pants that you wear that counts; it’s what you wear with the pants. Long sweaters and tunics that cover your hips will make you look longer and leaner, as will fitted jackets and the new sleeveless vests. Platform heels will also give you height.

• heck out the trends. Don’t be afraid to experiment. There’s a plethora of new pants to try: colorful prints and overlays, high-waisted flares, flowing palazzo pants and even drawstring pajama pants. For those of you with great legs there are plenty of short shorts to heat up your spring and summer seasons. —CNS

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