ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 14 * * All Arts News On the Web * * November 11, 2010


      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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ENOSBURG FALLS--The Opera House hosts the third annual Opera House Craft Show on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
      "We have 30 vendors on tap," Suzi Hull-Parent said about items that range from organic baked goods to stonework Icabannea. New vendor Rachael Gaston will make a splash with "creative, touching window art." Cindy Churchill and Nicki Johnson have whimsical art called Frog Petals and Barbara Colgrove brings Clayworks pottery. There will be Christmas decor and photography and baked, canned, pickled, and maple goodies.
      "Enjoy the shopping and have lunch," she said. The proceeds to go to the Berkshire eighth grade class trip.
      Admission is free.


ST. ALBANS--The BFA-St. Albans music department will participate in the Veteranís Day Parade and presents the Fall Choral Concert in the BFA gym this evening at 7 p.m. Eric Bushey conducts.
      Admission is free.

SOUTH HERO--Blue Paddle Bistro presents roots music duo Ric & Bec tonight at 7 p.m.
      Rik Palieri comes from a family of storytellers. He sings and performs original and traditional songs on the banjo, 6 and 12 string guitars, mouth bow, Native American flute, and a collection of rare Polish bagpipes. He has seven CDs available. Rebecca Padula has released three independent albums. She has opened for Patty Larkin, Sally Taylor, Vance Gilbert, Rachel Bissex, Rod McDonald, Gregory Douglass, and Jimís Big Ego. She was a founding member of the Burlington songwriterís Co-Operative.
      Admission is a $5 cover charge. Click here for more info.

SOUTH BURLINGTON--Higher Ground presents singer-songwriter Ellen Jewell with Butcher Holler tonight at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Jewell's folk-inspired music blends vintage R&B, Midwestern garage rock, Chicago blues, early rock and rockabilly.
      Admission is $14 with tickets available at the door. Click here for more info.

MORRISVILLE--River Arts and Young Tradition Vermont present the Savoy Family Cajun Band on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in a benefit concert for the Tom Sustic Fund.
      The Savoy family plays honed down, hard-core Cajun music laced with an earthy sensuality. The band of Marc and Ann Savoy and their sons Joel and Wilson has toured the world and played at the Newport Folk Festival, Smithsonian Institution, and the Berlin Jazz Festival and have appeared on the PBS series American Roots. They were awarded the Heritage Fellowship Award, the highest honor in the country for traditional artists.
      Admission is $17 per person or $40 for a family and just $5 for kids. Call 802.888.1261 or click here for more info.
      "Cajun music as good as it gets," Mark Sustic said.

ST. ALBANS--Chow Bella offers Music to Dine By with John Cassel on the piano on Wednesdays at 6:30 and the jazz and improv of Vern Colburn on the Piano on Fridays at 5:30. Call 524.1405 or click here for more info.

BURLINGTON--The Skinny Pancake presents Carol Ann Jones with Gary Spaulding on Saturday at 9 p.m. The Georgia singer-songwriter has also had a regular Wednesday gig at the Shelburne Steakhouse 8. Click here for more info.


E-VERMONT--The second round application for the Community Broadband Project deadline is Wednesday. The project offers the expertise and resources of e-Vermont's statewide partners to develop online systems to create jobs, innovate school programs, provide social services, and increase volunteer involvement. Each community will become part of the "Front Porch Forum" network which will link neighbors to each other and local services.
      This final round will select the last 12 communities to receive e-Vermont services. Call 802.223.6091 or Email to receive application info. Click here for more info.


     The Vermont Youth Orchestra Online Auction is open now through November 22 with holiday shopping that supports young musicians in our own community. The eclectic array of gifts includes music lessons with local instructors, handcrafted jewelry, fine art pieces, and gifts of house cleaning. I wonder if they travel?
      The VYOA hopes to raise $11,000 to support orchestral, choral, and financial aid programs that serve over 500 students each year, many from Franklin County.
      Click here to see and bid on all 134 items.


     Messenger writer and columnist Leon Thompson posted that he has a new column up "over at the fan page. He's inviting you to his pity party."
      This is a cool blending of social networking, online publication, and traditional wood pulp. See, Mr. Thompson writes for an actual newspaper. The Messenger posts his weekly column on its website as bait to entice you to visit its site. Meanwhile, Mr. Thompson posts a link to the column on his Facebook page(s). Good way to get traffic going both ways.
      Hey, Leon? I have one (tiny) quibble, one that most people on the web should adopt: make it easier to find you. The hype to visit "the fan page" never includes a link we could click. It should. Furthermore, the 90-character address for said fan page is impossible to remember, let alone type correctly. It would be far easier to use something like "" Oh. That's taken. How about ""?
Anyway, here are the links you, dear reader, need to find both Leon's fan page and the column. No pity needed: Leon's Fan Page and Leon's Messenger column.


      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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