ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 16 * * All Arts News On the Web * * April 12, 2012


      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 at Enosburg Falls opens the 2012 Season with two one act comedies, The Godmother and Queen of the Silent Scream, tomorrow, Friday the Thirteenth, at 7 p.m.
      The Richford Jr. Sr. High School and Enosburg Falls High School faculty presentations each feature a large cast of teachers. Directed by Glenda Cresto, the Godmother stars Sue Fogel, Allison Farber, Annette Goyne, Andrew Hathaway, Cassandra Kivela, Kyle Kramer, Sonny Milano, Pat Murphy, and David Perrigo. Silent Scream features Chris Brigham, Nicola Cribb, Byron Fletcher, Levi Fuller, Steve Jette, Emily Leute, Mike McRaith, Peter O'Connell, Patrick O'Donnell, and James Ouilette, and is directed by Linda Collins.
      Student bands will open the night and play at intermission.
      Admission is just $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets are available from Chris Brigham at EFHS and Doreen Clark at RHS and at the door on the night of the performance.


ST. ALBANS--The annual Franklin County-wide Student Art Show continues at the Collins Perley Sports & Fitness Center through April 15. Art work from Franklin County students in grades K-12 is on display.


BURLINGTON--Fiddleheads perform at A Festival of Cultures at the Davis Center at UVM on Saturday at 12 p.m.
      The Sara Holbrook Center's seventh annual Festival is an international exhibition with music and dance performances in colorful traditional costumes, multi-cultural vendors, demonstrations and exhibits for kids and adults, foods from around the globe, and a silent auction of donated goods and services. There is no admission but donations are welcome at the door. Email or click here or here for more info.

MORRISVILLE--The Bee's Knees hosts an Open Acoustic Jam on Saturday at 3 p.m.
      The Bee's Knees has a busy week ahead. Call 802.888.7889 or click here for more info.

MORRISVILLE--Stick around because River Arts presents Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys as they kick off their 40th Anniversary Tour also on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Admission is $10 at the door. Call 802.888.1261 or click here for more info.

BURLINGTON--The Black Box Theater at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center holds its Spring Concert with David Gusakov, the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra, and the Sap Run Fiddlers on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Admission is $15, or $12 for seniors and students (high school & college). Children 12 and younger free if accompanied by an adult. Call 877.343.3531 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Chow Bella hosts its monthly Open Comedy Night on Tuesday at 8. Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info.

COLCHESTER--T-Bones, a family owned and operated steakhouse, presents a duo show with Carol Ann Jones and Gary Spaulding on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. to cover for Burlington's Chad Hollister while he tours. Click here for more info.


     A new round of Vermont Cultural Data Project in-person orientations takes place this week. The Vermont CDP orientations save time and help get the most out of the CDP tools.
      The New User Orientation is for refreshers on data entry as well as for organizations new to the CDP. The hands on project demonstrates completing a Data Profile, applying to participating grant makers, and generating reports. The Reports Orientation is best for an organization that has already submitted at least one CDP Data Profile. This session showcases the free trend and comparison reports -- including easy annual reports -- available through the CDP.
      Burlington City Arts, Vermont Community Foundation in Middlebury, and the Bennington Museum host the in-person sessions but the CDP offers regular, monthly webinars to all participating organizations. 90-minute CDP Reports Orientations webinars on the third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. New User Orientations take place first Wednesday of each month, also at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
      Call 855.70.VTCDP, email, or click here for more info. Find online training at


ST. ALBANS--This week (April 8 - 15) is National Library Week. All the libraries in Franklin County offer a portal to the new and exciting world. They have free access to books and computers, help with your homework and with resumes and job searches, accurate information about finance and geography and more. Our librarians can help you "find the right answer @ your library."
      Today is also Support Teen Literature Day and April is school Library Month.
      Highgate Library celebrates D.E.A.R. Day this afternoon, starting at 4 p.m. Meet Bear, the local Paws to Read therapy dog, visit the bookmobile, and participate in a book give-away.
      Giving away books at the library.
      The St. Albans Free Library has teamed up with several local retailers to offer deals and discounts: As the Crow Flies, 10% off your total purchase; Jeff's Maine Seafood, 10% off your lunch; one free yoga class to a new member or $5 off a one hour massage at Labrie Fitness; Kevin Smith Sports, 20% off any regular priced item; and What a Yarn, 15% off select items.
      Shop local. Don't forget to check out a book.
      The Swanton Free Public Library has Raylan, the new novel by Elmore Leonard, on the shelves. If you watch Justified on FX, Mr. Leonard brings back U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, the hero of Pronto," "Riding the Rap, and the hit FX series.


     The VYOA online auction closes Sunday. This fundraiser has an auction catalog with merchandise, vacation rentals, dining out, art, useful services, performance tickets, music lessons, jewelry, unique experiences, and much more. New items include a pair of VT Philharmonic Season Tickets, a VYO chamber group in-home concert, and a hand crafted leather high back butterfly chair. There are art prints, a classic vase, violin lessons, composition lessons, and an opportunity to conduct the VYO at First Night (Conducting lesson included).
      Click here for more info.

      The VYO Presto Spring Concert will take place at the Elley Long on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Presto is the orchestra's youngest string ensemble; the program consists of classical selections and folk tunes, conducted by Asiat Ali. The concert is free and open to the public. Email for more info.


     Lone Star College--Kingwood's American Cultural History web and library guide is a bibliographic essay offering a broad look at American history in the 20th Century. The Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest growing community college system in Texas.


      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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