ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 14 * * All Arts News On the Web * * February 10, 2011


      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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      The Vermont Humanities Council program began statewide this week. Vermont Reads To Kill a Mockingbird this year with events around the state. The 8-year old community-centered program reads a book and plans activities centered around it. People of all ages, interests, abilities, and backgrounds have open, intergenerational conversations about the books, the humanities, and sometimes literacy itself. In 2010, 102 communities took part in Vermont Reads The Day of the Pelican. That discussion of the Harper Lee classic novel introduced the only first novel to win a Pulitzer Prize whose author never wrote again.
      Here in Franklin County, the Book Discussion Series delves into World War II the Loss of the Age of Innocence. The three novels of the series, Catch-22, Rumors of Peace, and Night, offer three memorable protagonists, an Army bombardier, a girl on the American homefront, and the teenage survivor of the Nazi genocide, to illustrate coming-of-age themes against the backdrop of World War II.
      The second Thursday series, led by Cheryl Heneveld begins tonight at the Fairfax Community Library at 6:30 p.m. The books include Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, Rumors of Peace by Ella Leffland on March 10, and Night by Elie Wiesel on April 14. Call Lauren Cady (802.849.2420) for more info.
      Upcoming is the second book discussion series on Farms and Gardens, beginning February 23 with Sue Hubbell's A Country Year in the Montgomery Town Library.
      Also on February 23, the look at books and music continues with presentations on Vermont History through Song, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, a Vermonter for the World, Reflections on Libraries, Community and Historic Preservation, Disappearing Alphabets and the Future of the Written Word, and more.
      The next You Come Too poetry discussion, a monthly event with VHC Executive Director Peter Gilbert, considers the poetry of Emily Dickinson in March at the VHC office in Montpelier.


ST. ALBANS--Chow Bella continues with great music as Carol Ann Jones plays an acoustic concert with Jon Sochin on steel guitar and Gary Spaulding on the cajone tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m. "It's an acoustic gig this time around, playing mostly my originals but with a spattering of love songs and popular happy tunes!" she said.
      Ms. Jones usually fronts The Superchargers. Her debut indie album, Out of the Blue, showcases her broad range of music from Mr. Engineer to the "Farmhouse Blues."
      Make reservations. Really.
      Chow Bella will welcome PoJazz, Vermont's poetry/jazz group with poems by Geof Hewitt and musc by the Will Patton Quintet next Thursday, February 17, at 7:30 p.m. The restaurant also offers Music to Dine By with Vern Colburn on the Piano every other Friday at 5:30. Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap at the Lincoln Inn offers Blues Night with the Bob Stannard Blues Band tonight at 7 p.m. Justice keeps their rock rolling on Friday night at 9 p.m. And take your sweetie to Open Mic with Wylie on Monday at 7 p.m.
      Justice has four well-seasoned musicians with Chris Fleury, lead vocals and drums; Scott Belisle on bass and backup vocals; Todd Dunn, lead and rhythm guitar; and Scott Guptill, rhythm guitar and backup vocals.
      Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

MIDDLEBURY--The Mahaney Center for the Arts hosts Pete Sutherland and Friends including Will Patton, plus Tim Cummings, Colin McCaffrey, Jeremiah McLane, Ken Perlman, Karen Sutherland, and more than two dozen other singers and fiddlers in the Concert Hall at Middlebury College tomorrow evening at 8 p.m. The event kicks off the Northeast Heritage Music Camp Scholarship Fund.
      Call 802.443.5221, email EPACT or Ken Perlman for more info.

SOUTH HERO--The South Hero Public Library will hold a Contra Dance with caller Mark Sustic and Fiddleheads at the Folsom Educational Center on Saturday at 6 p.m. The event benefits the library. Email for more info.

MIDDLEBURY--The Vermont Folklife Center and Young Tradition Vermont present Lisa Ornstein and very special guests in a house concert at the Folklife Center on Saturday at 7 p.m. Email for more info.

BURLINGTON--UVM Old Time Music Club hosts a Shape Note Sing in the Ira Allen Chapel every Tuesday from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Check for occasional changes in time, date and location. Email for more info.

MORRISVILLE--The Farmers and Artisans Market continues through the winter, weather permitting, at the River Arts Center every Wednesday from 3 - 7 p.m. This week the market hosts an "Eat for Pete" benefit with proceeds given directly to Pete's Greens to help them rebuild their barn and storage facility. There will be Fennel and Potato Soup with Smoked Salmon, Cajun Catfish Fingers, Bill Hill Farm Beef and Forest Farm Ranch Beefalo Bourguignon, Vermont Maple Syrup Cheesecake, and more. Click here for more info.

ESSEX--The NIPs-West Open Potluck and Songs/Dance Tunes Session happens the First and third Wednesdays at Moshe’s. Call Moshe (802.879.0876) or click here for more info.

SHELBURNE--The Shelburne Steakhouse 8 presents Carol Ann Jones in a (usually) solo gig every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Watch for special guests. Call 802-985-5009 or click here for more info.

STANBRIDGE EAST, QUEBEC--The Stanbridge House hosts a Coffee House on the fourth Sunday of each month at 6 p.m.


     Around the world in 80 clicks: the Google Art Project opens the door to 17 museums in the United States and Europe where visitors can examine and enjoy hundreds of artworks or create and share your own collection of masterpieces.
      The New York Times has activities to use the Google project in class and at home.


      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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