ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 12 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 11, 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.

      Find links to these events and more in our Spotlight!

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      September 11, 2001. Already seven years have passed since that date indelibly blasted into the conscience and consciousness of people around the world.
      Ground Zero has now become one of the best known unfinished public art exhibits in this country. It is not the only exhibit.
      The Pentagon Memorial will be dedicated today and will be open to the public. The project website offers construction updates, the conceptual design and renderings, progress photos, FAQs, contact information, the schedule, and much more. The site is busy and very slow.
      The National September 11 Memorial & Museum will pay tribute to those who were killed in the terrorist attacks. This site tracks the progress on the Ground Zero construction.
      The World Trade Center Site Memorial includes Reflecting Absence, the memorial space meant to resonate the loss, as well as a virtual exhibit of all 5,201 submissions.
      The NYC.COM site includes a street view that shows off terrific technology, user reviews, map and directions, links to nearby attractions, and an upload area to add photos of the World Trade Center Memorial.
      The ARTproject is a virtual exhibit created in response to the events and aftermath of 9/11/01.


     The First Congregational Church and the Piatigorsky Foundation present world class musicians Evan Drachman, cello, and Jeffrey Grossman, piano, in a free concert tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. at the Church.
      The concert features music and stories for the young, for the young at heart, and for everyone else as well.
      The Piatigorsky Foundation makes live classical music part of the fabric of everyday life in towns throughout the United States with concerts in places where people would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend such performances. The concerts are entertaining and educational and take place in familiar settings where audience and artist share the joy of live music. Cellist Evan Drachman established the Foundation in 1990 in honor of his grandfather, renowned cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.
      Maestro Drachman and Grossman will also perform at St. Albans City School on Friday at 9:30 a.m.
      Admission is free. Call 802.524.4555 for more info.


HIGHGATE--Highgate Recreation presents an old fashioned Country Carnival in the Highgate Sports Center on Saturday from 1 - 5 p.m.
      "Remember the old bazaars we had?" Rec Director Walt Medor said. "Lots of hometown games. We are really keying this on the Middle School with a petting zoo, entertainment, games, and prizes." Look for music and more.
      There is even cow pie bingo.

MORRISVILLE--Events for Tom and River Arts present Genticorum as part of Festival La Moelle on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      Genticorum has brought Quebecois music and culture to more than 15 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. The group weaves precise and intricate fiddle and flute work, vocal harmonies, foot percussion, plus guitar and bass into a dynamic mix of of traditional Quebecois, North American, European, and original folk folk songs.
      The power trio includes Yann Falquet on guitar, jew's harp, vocals; Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand on wooden flute, electric bass, fiddle, vocals; and Pascal Gemme on fiddle, feet, vocals. Their new CD, "La Bibournoise," is now in stores in Canada. The album “Malins Plaisirs” won the Canadian Folk Music Award and was nominated for JUNO and Felix Awards.
      Festival La Moelle also features Fiddleheads and Ann Whiting in a clogging demonstration and workshop at 3 p.m., Yankee Chank at 4:30 p.m., plus cellist Evan Drachman and pianist Jeffrey Grossman in a Piatigorsky Foundation concert at 8 p.m.
      The event is sponsored by a grant from the Vermont Department of Tourism through the Lamoille Valley Chamber of Commerce plus significant sponsorship from Howard Manosh and National Life of Vermont. "We are happy to have the participation of our business comunnity in putting on the project," said River Arts Executive Director Steve Ames.
      Admission is free. Donations are welcome! Click here for more info.

     Festival La Moelle also includes a fiddle workshop with Pascal Gemme at River Arts at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

MORRISVILLE--The Bee’s Knees presents Yankee Chank on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Vermont-based Cajun dance band performs traditional dance music from southwest Louisiana. With Bob Naess, fiddle and vocals; Cannon Labrie, accordion and vocals; Jim Burns, guitar; and Mark Sustic, bass and percussion, they have played the two-steps and waltzes of the dance halls and honky-tonks since 1996.
      Call 802.888.7889 or click here for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--The Lincoln Inn Pub and Grill presents the Nobby Reed Project in WCLX Blues Night tonight from 7-10 p.m. The Project, with Eric Belrose, percussion, Ray Bushey, bass, and Vermont's most popular power-blues man Nobby Reed on lead guitar and vocals, plays the best original music in the soul-shakin'-electric Texas and Chicago blues styles with a Vermont touch.
      Every night offers live music; Tuesday is Bluegrass Jam Night and Wednesday is the Celtic Music Ceili at the Inn. Click here or here for more info.

JEFFERSONVILLE--The Village Tavern hosts Open Mic at 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

FAIRFAX--The regular Music Session continues Saturday with acoustic instrumentalists playing traditional songs at the Foothills Bakery, 1-4:30 p.m. Admission is free by donation.

ST. ALBANS--Chow Bella offers the jazz and improv of Vern Colburn on the Piano on Fridays at 5:30 and dynamite jazz duo of Ted Crosby and Fabian Rainville at 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Call 524.1405 or click here for more info.


MORRISVILLE--The National Life of Vermont commissioned a series, Life in Colonial New England by artist and illustrator Roy E. Heinrich, moves to the River Arts Center for the Festival La Moelle. Mr. Heinrich’s work was widely exhibited at New York galleries and the 1938 World’s Fair. His first work for National Life appeared in advertisements in Time and The Saturday Evening Post in 1934.
      Festival La Moelle also includes Anatomy of a Calamity, an exhibit of sculpture by John Rubino and five student apprentices, at the River Arts Center.


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