HANDS Reaches Out to Older Adults on Christmas

December 6, 2017  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, News


In collaboration with Age Well, Burlington School Food Project, Elks Lodge, and Temple Sinai among many others, HANDS (Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors) is pleased to offer both a delivered meal and a sitdown dinner again this year on Christmas Day. “The need continues to rise among the seniors we serve,” said HANDS Executive Director Megan Humphrey. “We hope to serve at least 400 meals,” she continued.

The FREE 13th Annual Holiday Dinner will be held on Christmas Day anytime from Noon-3:00 p.m. at the Elks Lodge at 925 North Avenue in Burlington. There will be a special gathering there at 1:00 for seniors. If you need transportation, please call Megan Humphrey at 864-7528 or email meganjhumphrey@gmail.com.

To reserve the free meal delivered to your home (either ham or vegetarian lasagna) in Chittenden County and are 50 or older, please call Age Well at 865-0360 by December 15. After December 15, call Megan Humphrey at 864-7528 or email meganjhumphrey@gmail.com. “Hundreds of volunteers and organizations come together to make this happen and we couldn’t do it without them,” explained Ms. Humphrey.  For more information or to donate, please check www.handsvt.org.

Vermont Songbird Finds Her Voice

October 19, 2017  
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Cooie Sings MainBy Phyl Newbeck

Cooie DeFrancesco grew up harmonizing with her parents and three siblings as they drove from their South Burlington home to her grandparents’ home in St. Albans.  Read more

Christmas Comes Early

October 19, 2017  
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Lyric Theatre Company presents ‘A Christmas Story The Musical’

By Pat Boera

Just in time for the holiday season, Lyric Theatre Company’s “A Christmas Story The Musical” will debut on the Flynn Center MainStage. In 1940s Indiana, a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has one wish for Christmas—a Red Ryder BB gun. A kooky leg lamp, pink bunny PJs, a cranky department store Santa and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his dream. Based on the book by Jean Shepard and classic movie, the show captures holiday wonder with funny and heartfelt songs from the Tony-winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“Dear Evan Hansen” and “La La Land”), show-stopping dance numbers, delicious wit and a heart of gold. Read more

UVM Theater Department

September 26, 2017  
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By Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
Directed by Gregory Ramos

Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record, The Exonerated tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words.
Moving between first-person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons, the six interwoven stories paint a picture of an American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong-and of six brave souls who persevered to survive it.

There will be post-show discussions following the Thursday, October 5 and Friday, October 6 performances.

Moderators of the October 5 post show discussion will be UVM faculty members Stephanie Seguino (Department of Economics) and Randall Harp (Department of Philosophy as well as a cast member of this production).

On Friday, October 6, UVM faculty member Kathy Fox (Department of Sociology and board member for Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform) will be joined by Dr. Ashley Lucas (Associate Professor of Theatre and Drama and Director of the Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan) will moderate the post show discussion.

The Exonerated will be presented ONE WEEK ONLY, Oct. 4-7 at 7:30PM and Oct. 7 & 8 at 2:00PM.

*Seating for this production is General Admission.
*This play contains strong language and mature content and is not suitable for younger audiences.

Vermont Shakespeare Festival Presents a Salon Version of

May 4, 2017  
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Jolie Garrett

Jolie Garrett


Imagined Experiences based on the True Story of

Ira Aldridge

By Lolita Chakrabarti


Sunday, June 4, 3 p.m.

St. Edmunds Hall Farrell Room at St. Michael’s College

Refreshments provided.

Suggested donation $10.


It is 1833, Theatre Royal in Covent Garden.  Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage whilst playing Shakespeare’s Othello. A young, black American actor has been asked to take over the role.  But as the public riots in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?


This is a Vermont Shakespeare Festival Salon presentation, a full reading of the play featuring Jolie Garrett as Ira Aldridge.  Garrett appeared as Martin Luther King Jr. in a 2015 Vermont Stage Company production of The Mountaintop.


What is a VSF Salon?

  1.  A play is chosen with immediate relevance to our world right now.
  2. The play is read, with actors from the community and beyond.
  3. Special guests are invited to speak to the issues presented in the play, with a full discussion including the audience.


To RSVP go to www.vermontshakespeare.org or call (877) 874-1911.


Vermont Shakespeare Festival – Jena Necrason

PO Box 64733

Burlington, VT 05406

(917) 539-4913

Québec comes to Vermont: Film Festival April 7-9th

April 4, 2017  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Things to do

Bringing the world to Vermont through film


Global Roots Film Festival: Québec
Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9
Contois Auditorium, Downtown Burlington

Three days of screenings, guests and receptions celebrating the rich cinema of our neighbors to the North. Thank you to our reception sponsors: Penny Cluse Cafe (Fri. 6pm), Honey Road (Sat. & Sun. 6pm), Zero Gravity cash bar daily. 

A special thank you to the Québec Delegation, Boston, for helping VTIFF bring the visiting filmmakers, to Alliance française of the Lake Champlain region and to BCA for their continuing support.
Full program, passes and tickets available now – discounts for VTIFF Members.


Directed by Pablo Larraín
Chile | Spanish/French w/ English subtitles | 2016 | 107 min
Followed by a talk and audience Q&A with Latin American Poetry professor and Neruda scholar Tina Escaja
Wednesday, April 26, 7:00pm at Champlain College Alumni Auditorium

This exclusive Burlington screening is a joint benefit for the Vermont International Film Festival and the 2017 Burlington Book Festival.

By donation. Recommended amount $20. Make your donation here HERE.
More information is available at 802-660-2600 or 802-658-3328.


GloryVTIFF Presents: Glory (Slava)
Sponsored by Main Street Landing 
Directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov
Bulgaria/Greece | Bulgarian w/ English subtitles | 2016 | 101 min
Thursday, April 27, 7:00pm at Main Street Landing Film House

Tickets can be purchased HERE.


Community Screenings


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Thursday, April 6, 7:00pm at Merrill’s Roxy Cinema

This is a Tugg event. 78 advance tickets need to be sold for it to take place.
Tickets can be purchased HERE



‘Winter Brewfest’ offers indoor fun for Vermont brew lovers on Saturday, Feb. 11 in Burlington

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‘Come shake off the winter blues!’


Vermont’s largest winter brewers’ festival premieres on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Sheraton-Burlington, offering festival-goers samples from more than 75 varieties of Vermont craft beer, ciders, wine and spirits.


The state’s first major indoor winter brewers’ festival also offers music, food sampling, party games and more while featuring some of the finest brews in the world.


The event also includes food pairing workshops, party games including Giant Connect Four and Jenga, food sampling including That’s Different Chocolates, Potlicker Kitchen and many more.


The first session from 12-4 p.m. features live music by Renegade Groove, a four-piece funk rock band with a high-energy presence and an inclination for improvisation.


The second session from 6-10 p.m. kicks off with live music by The Grift. The independent Burlington-based band blends roots-rock and pop and jam, and its live shows are energetic and original, with band members swapping instruments and occasionally playing two at a time.


“This is a celebration of Vermont-made brews and ciders, as well as wine and spirits, and we have a terrific lineup for the event,” said Paul Apfelbaum, festival co-organizer. “We want to help people shake off the winter blues! We have something to satisfy everyone from the curious brew newbie to the connoisseur, as well as terrific local bands and other fun surprises.”


The 21-and-over event will be held on two floors at the Sheraton-Burlington Hotel & Conference Center. Tickets are $39, which includes 15 samples from a large selection of brews, wine and spirits, as well as free food samples offered by foodie exhibitors during the four-hour festival. There will also be food available for purchase.


To buy tickets or for more information, visit www.winterbrewfestvt.com

Follow the festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/winterbrewfestvt/






Shakespeare Scenes

November 21, 2016  
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Vermont Shakespeare Festival, in partnership with Dedalus Wine, will be presenting a unique evening of Shakespeare scenes paired with wine tastings on Dec. 11 at ArtsRiot in Burlington.  What kind of wine would you drink while spending time with the Macbeths, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet (among others)? The cast includes numerous local actors from the Burlington theater community performing some of Shakespeare’s greatest hits. Ticket price includes wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres and the show.



Vermont Shakespeare Festival and Dedalus Wine present Vino and the Bard

Arts Riot- 400 Pine Street, Burlington

Tickets: $30 – Advance purchase at www.vermontshakespeare.org

Tickets available at the door are subject to availability.

Info (877) 874-1911.



November 18, 2016  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

(BURLINGTON, VT) Running December 7–11 at FlynnSpace, Vermont Stage’s 12th Annual holiday tradition is back and better than ever!  Conceived by Mark Nash and directed by Cristina Alicea, WINTER TALES features a collection of stories, poetry, and songs to shine a bit of sunlight on the dark days of winter.  Admission includes complimentary hot cider and ginger molasses cookies.

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24th Annual VT International Festival

November 8, 2016  
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The Vermont International Festival will be celebrating its 24th  year of showcasing arts, crafts, food, dance, and musical performances representing cultures from all over the world December 2-4, 2016 at the Champlain Valley Exposition, Route 15/Pearl Street  in Essex Junction, VT. There is unlimited, free parking and it is handicapped-accessible. CCTA provides public bus service to the Champlain Valley Exposition grounds.


This year we welcome several NEW crafters, including artisans from Peru, Uzbekistan and India. Fidel Palomino, coming to us from Ayacucho, Peru, will be bringing handmade, traditional, colorful retablos which “represent the cosmovision of Andes and Amazonian people”, depicting costumes and folklore from Peru. From Bukhara, Uzbekistan, Shukhrat Pulatov will bring to us beautiful handmade silk carpets and embroideries. His family business, started by his grandparents produces silk, double-sided carpets which are unique to Uzbekistan. Samat Maheshwari will be representing a group of 12 artisans based in western India. Through sales of their block prints, tie dye, embroidery, metal, bead and lacquer work, they hope to raise the standard of living for these indigenous artists. The Guatemala Art and Culture Connection features art from traditional Mayan villages in Guatemala. Original oil paintings depict traditional daily life, nature and images of Mayan history. Crafts include beadwork and weaving based on centuries old traditions. In addition to these, there will be over 50 other craft vendors and community groups from countries all over the world.


Friday, December 4th is Children’s Day, when busloads of children from all over Vermont experience firsthand the excitement of having a passport stamped by all of the countries represented at this celebration of the arts. The festival will be open to the public Friday evening 5-8 pm, Saturday 10-6, and Sunday 10-5. Tickets will be on sale at the door: $7 for adults; $5 for children 6-12 years old; $5 for seniors (65+); $20 family pass; children under 6 are FREE.  Admission is good for the entire weekend.


There will be two stages of entertainment featuring performers such as Spirit Wing, Maiz Sandoval, On the Border Morris, the St. Andrew’s Pipe Band, DsantosVT, Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater, Lokum, A2VT, Grup Anwar, Mary Brust, Heather Morris Celtic Dancers, and too many others to mention.  Food vendors this year will have treats from Brazil, Uruguay, Turkey,  Philippines, Italy, Tibet, Poland, China, Austria, India and Democratic Republic of the Congo.


The Vermont International Festival has again been named one of the Top 10 winter events in Vermont by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The Vermont International Festival is a program of the Vermont Performing Arts League, which is located at North End Studios in Burlington. Visit the Facebook event page discussion where new vendors and performers are added daily. Don’t miss this 24th annual festival where we bring the world to Vermonters.


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