ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 14 * * All Arts News On the Web * * March 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.

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ST. ALBANS--The Franklin County Humane Society hosts its 5th annual Chocolate by the Pound & Silent Jewelry Auction at the Saint Albans Historical Museum on Saturday from 2 - 5 p.m. Fiddleheads will play live music through the afternoon. Bid on donated bling!
      The popular all-you-can-indulge-in chocolate extravaganza costs $15 in advance or $20 at the door. All proceeds benefit the adoptable animals at FCHS.
      Did I mention chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate?
      Call 802.524.9650 or 802.527.3715 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Saint Albans Society for the Performing Arts presents When Irish Eyes Are Smiling featuring Bella Voce Women's Chorus of Vermont in City Hall Auditorium on Saturday at 8 p.m. The evening promises to bring a "touch of the Irish" out in all of us!
      The festive program of songs from the Emerald Isle will feature folk songs arranged for women's voices, piano, and flute from Ireland, England, and the U.S. The 15-voice ensemble, Cantiamo, will perform a capella selections.
      Bella Voce is a group of 40 women committed to promoting choral music of quality through performances of high artistic value. The members serve as role models to women singers of all ages and promote the value of singing as a life long avocation.
      Admission is $12. Tickets are available at Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Sweet Nothings, and the Flynn Regional Box Office. Call 802.86.FLYNN or click here for tickets.
      Call SASPA (802.527.9821) or click here for more info about the organization and the concert.

BURLINGTON--The Vermont Association of Jazz Educators presents the 20th annual VtAJE Jazz Day at the Flynn on Tuesday. More than 600 student jazz musicians will give performances all day on the MainStage and in FlynnSpace. An evening concert with student groups and the Vermont Jazz Ensemble takes place on the MainStage at 7 pm.
      The day includes 30 minute performances, adjudication of each group's performance by three jazz teachers, short clinic, an afternoon workshop on jazz improv and performance, and the evening concert
      Admission is by $5 suggested donation at the door. Call Festival Director Steffen Parker (802.343.6282), or click here or here for more info.
      Calendar note: Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans will host the All State Music Festival in May.

ST. ALBANS--Chow Bella offers Music to Dine By with the jazz and improv of Vern Colburn on the Piano on Fridays at 5:30. Call 802.524.1405 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.


WRITERS' MEDLEY--St. Albans Free Library hosts the event "for those who are interested in writing" this afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
      Call Wanda at the Library (802.524.1507) for more info.

CLASSIC MOVIE NIGHT: St. Albans Free Library screens Forbidden Planet this evening at 6 p.m. The 1956 sci-fi classic stars Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Neilsen and Robby the Robot. The evening includes a newsreel, a preview of next month's movie, and a cartoon.
      Admission is free, along with popcorn and a beverage.


     The Franklin County Easter tradition is moving to the Enosburg Falls Middle and High School Auditorium. The Passion play will be in April
      The Greatest Story Ever Told producer Lyle Willey invites actors, chorus members, dancers, and behind-the-scenes folks including set builders and costume makers, stage hands and ticket sellers, and more to help make the performances a reality. It's a big production that needs a lot of hands. And feet. And smiles.
      Pastor Willey says the production "takes as little toll as possible on people's free time." Rehearsals for the chorus begin Sunday, March 13, and continue each Sunday through April 10, from 6-8 p.m. at the Enosburg Falls United Methodist Church. Rehearsals and blocking for the stage begin the week of April 4
      Call Pastor Willey (802.848.3635) or email for more info.


     The Vermont Youth Orchestra invites students now learning to play a stringed instrument to register for Presto, the VYO ensemble program for beginning string players conducted by Asiat Ali. Presto begins this Saturday and meets on subsequent Saturday mornings through April 9 at Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michaelís College. It is open to string players who can read C, D, A, and G major scales and are learning the F major scale.
      It is also time to register for Music Day Camp, held in June at Elley-Long. The Camp develops musical skills by making music in both large and small ensembles, daily classes, and individual lessons. It is open to Winds, Brass, Percussion entering grades 6 - 10 in Fall of 2011 and Strings entering grades 4 - 9
      Click here for the online registration form or call 802.655.5030 for more info.


     The South by Southwest Music and Media Conference celebrates its 25th anniversary in Austin, Texas, starting tomorrow and continuing all next week. The trade show offers networking, the Exhibition for Creative Industries, panel discussions, legendary keynote speakers, and abundant party schedules. At night, SXSW showcases hundreds of international acts on eighty stages in downtown Austin.


      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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