ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 12 * * All Arts News On the Web * * August 28, 2008


      ArtBits always features a calendar of the goings on of Franklin County artists. Check out these events around Franklin County. Each issue includes the entire text of our weekly newspaper column.

      Stop in for live music and more at the Fairfax Music Sessions at the Foothills Bakery in Fairfax most Saturday afternoons at 1 p.m., at various restaurants around Franklin County throughout the week, at the Bayside in St Albans Town most Sunday afternoons, and the Cambridge CoffeeHouses at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of every month.
     These gatherings bring new opportunities, gossip, "show-and-tell" and occasional workshops. The booked performances and acoustic Open Mike Nights feature music, readings, and more from the best new artists in Vermont.

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COLCHESTER and FAIRFAX--The Fairfax Community Theater Company will hold auditions for the fall production of Brian Friel's Translations beginning Tuesday, September 2.
      Auditions will be held next week, September 2 and 3, at Lake Champlain Access TV in Colchester (not St. Albans) and on September 4 and 5 in the Baptist Building in Fairfax. All auditions will take place from 7-9 p.m. Translations is set in the British army campaign to replace the native Gaelic with English in 19th Century Ireland. The play casts 7 men and 3 women with stage ages 16 to 80.
      This is FCTC's 46th Show. Call 802.879.2867 or click here for more info.

      Scheduling notes: The Brothers Grimm Spectaculation will be staged in October in the Brick Meeting House in Westford. Translations will be staged in November in the Baptist Building in Fairfax.


ESSEX JUNCTION---The Champlain Valley Fair emphasis on Vermont music talent continues with top local performers each appearing for three daily performances at 2:30, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. in the Vermont State Building. Those free concerts began last week and finish up with Keeghan Nolan on Labor Day.
      The Fine Art Gallery and Craft Show offers the best of the best in local art, paintings, photography and fine crafts in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion. The Arts Reception offers the chance to meet the art show winners on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
      This week, the music lineup continues with the U.S. Marine Corps Band and with Roadhouse Charlie and Ruby today.
      The U.S. Marine Corps Band plays a free concert this evening at 7 p.m. in the Grandstand. The concert concludes with fireworks. Free reserved seat tickets are available at all Maplefields stores.
      Roadhouse Charlie and Ruby, a husband and wife team from Essex Junction, show that Olí time Country and Western music is far from dead today in the Vermont State Building. 15 year old Meagan "Mimi" Mahoney, formerly of Shelburne, brings her guitar to the fair on Friday. Eric Bronsveld will play classic rock from the 60s, 70s, and 80s on Saturday. Foreign Material may be middle aged, but they're "not acting like it." They play the music that they grew up with on Sunday. And our own Keeghan Nolan and The Adams, the 16-year old singer/songwriter from Fairfield, will close the show on Labor Day.

RANDOLPH--The all-day, all-weather 16th New World Festival features Fiddleheads and Yankee Chank as well as Annalivia, Cantrip, John Doyle, Nils Fredland, Gadelle, Jerry Holland, Claude Methe, Nightingale, No Strings Marionette Company, Prydein, Rapetipetam, Raz-de-Maree, Triptych, and more in and around the Chandler Music Hall on Sunday.
      The festival of Celtic and French Canadian music and dance is performed on five stages.
      Yankee Chank is a Vermont-based Cajun dance band performs traditional dance music from southwest Louisiana. The group features traditional instruments and specializes in the two-steps and waltzes played in the dance halls and honky-tonks of Louisiana. With Bob Naess, fiddle and vocals; Cannon Labrie, accordion and vocals; Jim Burns, guitar; and Mark Sustic, bass and percussion, they have played dances, festivals, concerts, parties, and weddings throughout New England since 1996.
      Mark Sustic created Fiddleheads so young people could learn to play--or to improve their traditional fiddles--in the company of other like-minded players. The group travels, practices together, prepares for performances, and performs at community events and dances around New England.
      Admission is $30 for adults, $10 for students (13 - 18), and $5 for children ( 2 - 12) with adult and family discounts for tickets ordered by Saturday. There are group rates, so it is possible to get a vanload together from Franklin County. All tickets are available at the door. Please leave pets at home.
      Click here for more info.


LAST CALL for SHAPING VERMONT'S FUTURE THROUGH ART (Today, August 28)--Vermonter Lyman Orton has underwritten a Vermont Arts Council commission for two-dimensional works of art that articulate Vermontís social, political, environmental, and economic future and inspire people to take action. Ten artists will receive commissions ranging from $10,000 to $40,000. Click here or email for more info. The application process is entirely online on the CaFE website at

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS (August 30)--American artists are asked to donate to a silent auction this fall in Los Angeles. The event includes publicity for artwork. An ART DONATION that sells for just $100 COULD PROVIDE Infection-fighting antibiotics to treat about 40 wounded children. Entry fee. Email or click here for more info.

CALL FOR POETRY RELATED PAPERS (September 1)--The Corda Foundation offers awards for scholarly study of the poetry of David Rosenmann-Taub. The prizes include these categories: Undergraduate Students; Graduate Students; Faculty and Scholars; Poetry Translations; and Doctoral Dissertation. Email or click here for more info.

ARTOCONECTO (September 5)--A-B(o)MB is an internationally-juried showcase of new and emerging local, national, and international visual and performance artists located at the Bakehouse Arts Complex in Miami. Open to all media. Click here for Entry Form/Guidelines.


     Lisa Brande plays Americana, R&B, and folk rock in several "bands." She has played dinner gigs, nursing homes, piazzas in Italy, temples in India, gazebos in the Keys, and Summer Sounds. Her myspace site has info about Ms. Brande, musical influences, a 99-cent track store and a four track sampler, and contact info. The background makes the text a little hard to read.


      ArtBits features a quick weekly peek at the bookshelf or night stand of the folks you know in and around Franklin County. That popular feature has a page of its own at the Franklin County Bookshelf here on the AAC site.


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