ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 16 * * All Arts News On the Web * * May 10, 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.

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ST ALBANS--The Northwestern Medical Center Gallery hosts Vermont Life photographer David Juaire of Georgia this month. Mr. Juaire is exhibiting his scenic photos from around the state in all five seasons.
      The show continues through the end of May.


HIGHGATE--H&B Greenhouse's free Spring Preview presents Carol Ann Jones solo at the nursery on Route 207 this evening at 5 - 7 p.m.
      The garden center began 18 years ago with a small shed and one greenhouse. They now have over 20,000 square feet of greenhouses, a shrub and tree nursery, and a renovated yellow barn. The preview will also have hors d'oeuvres from Jeff's Maine Restaurant, desserts by Sweetie Pies, and behind the scenes tours of greenhouse production plus a Container Gardening Seminar with Heather Poire at 4 p.m. The preview is free but the seminar will cost $10 or "bring a friend, 2 for $15." Tickets for the seminar are available on-line or in the store.
      Click here or here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Cosmic Bakery presents Missisquoi River Band featuring Cindy and Jim Weed and Pat Murphy this evening at 7 p.m.
      Nick Smith is the new chef at the restaurant.

ST. ALBANS--Chow Bella presents The Anatomy of Frank tomorrow evening at 8 p.m.
      "The Anatomy of Frank is 100% Vitamin C," founder Kyle writes, "because we only consist of extraordinarily awesome people. We are also like Vitamin C in that the American Medical Association finds no corollary between us and your health." The band Jimmy on guitar, saxophone, and keyboards; drummer Chris; enigma Erik; a bassist no longer named George; and songwriter Kyle.
      Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info.

SOUTH HERO--C.I.D.E.R. (Champlain Islanders Developing Essential Resources) presents an Evening in Concert with Vermontís own Tammy Fletcher is Mountain Girl at the Folsom Center tomorrow evening. Local favorites Yankee Pot Roast will open the show at 7 p.m.
      Admission is $20. The concert is a fundraiser for C.I.D.E.R.
      Call 802.372.6425, email, or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Shooters Saloon presents Justice on Friday at 9:30 p.m. The band is Gary Greeno, lead vocals; Scott Belisle on bass and backup vocals; Todd Dunn, lead and rhythm guitar; Mike Fredette, drums; and Scott Guptill, rhythm guitar and backup vocals.
      Call 802.527.3777 for more info.

BURLINGTON--The 8th Young Tradition Weekend features young singers, players and dancers performing in folk and traditional styles in several venues on Friday and Saturday.
      The Friday dances at Edmunds School begin with a Family Dance at 6:30 p.m. and continue with a contra dance at 8 p.m. Both feature Mary Wesley with an open band of young musicians with Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Max Newman and Brian Perkins.
      The Saturday showcase contest in Battery Park begins at 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Performers include Emma Barker and Julia Shannon-Grillo, Luke Bisceglio with Julia Bisceglio, Heather Morris Celtic Dancers, Oscar Williams, Triskele, Sap Run Fiddlers, Matt Brouard, Alya MacManaway, Toben Traver, McFadden Academy of Irish Dance, Rehana Pothiawala, Darren Schibler, Jackson Mathews and Peter Ferguson, Ben Guihan, Loula Zeichner, Omar Bulle, Elias Alexander, Jeh Kulu Junior with Ibrahima Boka Bangoura, Tom Conlogue, Nicolas Babineau, Latimer Hoke, Appalachia North and others.
      The awards reception at the Hilton Hotel will begin around 3 p.m. with performances and comments by contest winners, Mediha Jusufagic and the Bosnian Lilies, Andy Kolovos, Rep. Kesha Ram, Scottish dancer Katie Levasseur (current Miss Vermont), members of the Irregulars, Charlotte Cornfield, and Young Tradition Vermont board members.
      Contestants vie for cash prizes and awards honoring Jerry Holland, Margaret MacArthur, Martha Pellerin, Sigrid Bronner, Louis Beaudoin, Willy Beaudoin, Ron West, Roger Eastman, Leslie A. and Harold E. Greene, Ted Marsden and Tom Sustic.
      Email or click here for more info.


GYPSY AUDITIONS--The St. Albans Society for the Performing Arts is casting its summer musical theater production of Gypsy. SASPA will hold an informational launch meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. and auditions the following weekend on Saturday, May 19, at 1 p.m. and Sunday, May 20, at 12 p.m. all in the Bliss Auditorium of the St. Albans Historical Museum
      Gypsy is based on the memoirs of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee and offers roles for actors, singers, and dancers of all ages. Click here for more info or click here for more info and audition materials.
      Email Meg Cossaboom for more info.

FCTC AUDITIONS--Fairfax Community Theater Company will hold auditions for the summer production of Charlotte's Web, The Musical at the Brick Meeting House in Westford on May 23, 24, and 25 at 6 - 9 p.m. Final auditions and call backs will take place May 28, 6 - 9 p.m. at the BMH.
      This musical has singing and non-singing roles for men and women, boys and girls, toddlers, and infants, of all ages including Wilbur the pig, Fern, Charlotte the spider, Templeton the rat, Avery, Goose/Gander, Sheep, Lambs, Mr. or Mrs. Arable and Mr. or Mrs. Zuckerman, Lurvy the farm hand, plus an owl, a bat, Uncle the pig, fairgoers, townspeople, and dozens of cute baby spiders. Auditions will consist of a 20 minute group singing workshop and warm-up, followed by musical auditions, readings, and scenes. Prepared audition pieces are not necessary.
      The read through will be June 2. Rehearsals will commence the week of June 4. Rehearsals will consist of two week nights and one weekend afternoon each week.
      Call director Cheri Gagnon (802.324.5637), email, or click here for more info.


4TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS (May 15)--The Cambridge Arts Council sidewalk art festival will includes live music, food vendors and draw people from across the state. They seek a variety of fine arts in all media. Booth fee. Receive a 10% discount if you meet the Early Registration Date. Click here for more info about the all-volunteer organization, featured artists, and to register for the Festival of the Arts.


     A.I.R artist Nancy Hayden of Jeffersonville is a farmer, engineer, and MFA candidate in creative writing. She uses organic and found materials in all mediums. Her current works show life during WWI.


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