ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 16 * * All Arts News On the Web * * August 9, 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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      If you thought last week was busy, this week has music and art under every fallen leaf!


      O.C. McCuin & Sons presents the Joe Levesque Big Band in the free Summer Sounds concert in Highgate Municipal Park on Sunday evening at 7 p.m.
      My parents grew up to the most popular musical groups in America and introduced me to the King of Swing, Benny Goodman. His concert at Carnegie Hall was "the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history." His big band sold out all 2,760 seats weeks before the event at the top price of $2.75 per seat.
      This modern big band invites dancing the evening away to standards from the Swing Era including In the Mood," "Take the A Train," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "It's Only A Paper Moon and many more. And it won't cost even $2.75 per seat, although you do need your own chair.
      Like Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, and Harry James, Joe’s Big Band is a large ensemble with full woodwind, trumpet, trombone and rhythm sections. They have a regular gig on the Spirit of Ethan Allen and have just finished the Bristol Summer Cabaret Series.
      Right before the concert, stop by for the MAHA-Summer Sounds Social in the Park starting at 6 p.m. The social hour is a chance to visit with friends and eat finger food and delicious desserts. "We’ll be prepared with a grill and lots of food!" Luc Choquette said.
      The Summer Sounds concerts are sponsored by the Town of Highgate and the All Arts Council, and underwritten by Chevalier Drilling, Desorcie's Market, Drummac Septic Service, O. C. McCuin and Sons, Ray's Extrusion Dies and Tubing, and the Swanton Chamber.
      The community based All Arts Council brings the performing arts to northwestern Vermont. The concerts are always on Sunday evenings, always at 7 p.m., always in Highgate Municipal Park, and always free. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair for the outdoor family music and festivities. The rain site is the Highgate United Methodist Church.
      Click here for more info.


     The greatest American musical comes to the BFA Performing Arts Center as Saint Albans Society for the Performing Arts presents Gypsy in a four day run that starts this evening at 7 p.m. Performances continue on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday at 2 p.m.
      With Stephen Sondheim lyrics, Jule Styne music, and a book by Arthur Laurents, Gypsy brings the 1957 memoirs of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee back to the burlesque stage with its focus on her ultimate show business mother, Rose. The cast includes Sarah Brooks as Rose, Ebby Rylant as Louise, Josh Curtis as Herbie, and Rachelle Chevalier as Dainty June. Anthony Modugno is Artistic Director and Meg Cossaboom Music Director with choreograph by Jen Corbiere. They even have a Kid Wrangler (Kathleen Hoffman).
GEORGIE - Kathleen Hoffman
BALLOON GIRL - Rowan Hooks
BABY JUNE - Holly Sherrer
BABY LOUISE - Taylor Hall
ROSE - Sarah Brooks
POP - John Bielicki
DANCING URCHIN - Soukaina Jamil
BOY SCOUT - Mason Lemnah
MR. WEBER - Frank Cossaboom
HERBIE - Josh Curtis
DAINTY JUNE - Rachelle Chevalier
LOUISE - Ebby Rylant
TULSA - Sean Culligan
L.A. - Joshua Rathburn
YONKERS - Caleb Houston
ANGIE - Curtis Brown
MR. KRINGELEIN - Anthony Modugno
MR. GOLDSTONE - John Bielicki
MISS CRATCHITT - Rachael Sherman
AGNES - Katie Grubb
MARJORIE MAY - Grace Coburn
DOLORES - Kimberly Duprey
THELMA - Mariah Duprey
GAIL - Kaitlin Duprey
CIGAR - Drew Briggs
PASTEY - Frank Cossaboom
TESSIE TURA - Candice Bryan-Broe
MAZEPPA - Pam Dewey
ELECTRA - Jen Smitter
STRIPPER #1 - Maureen Houston
RENEE - Kathleen Hoffman
PHIL - Joshua Rathburn
BABY JUNE'S NEWS BOYS: Soukaina Jamil, Mason Lemnah, Kimberly Duprey, Grace Coburn
DAINTY JUNE'S FARM BOYS: Sean Culligan, Caleb Houston, Joshua Rathburn, Curtis Brown
HOLLYWOOD BLONDS: Grace Coburn, Katie Grubb, Kaitlin Duprey, Kimberly Duprey, Mariah Duprey, Soukaina Jamil
AUDITIONING KIDS: Rowan Hooks, Sam Dewey, Kaitlin Duprey, Kimberly Duprey, Mariah Duprey, Grace Coburn, Katie Grubb
STAGE MOTHERS: Pam Dewey, Jen Smitter, Maureen Houston, Mary Sheppard
HOTEL GUESTS: Kathleen Hoffman and Jen Smitter
FIGURES: Grace Coburn and Kimberly Duprey
Caleb Houston (Tulsa), Pam Dewey (Rose), Katie Grubb (Baby June), Grace Coburn (Baby Louise)

Artistic Director - Anthony Modugno
Co-Artistic Director/Music Director - Meg Cossaboom
Choreographer - Jen Corbiere
Producer/Asst. Director - Pat Willey
Stage Manager - Rich Rodriguez
Kid Wrangler - Kathleen Hoffman
SASPA Liaisons - Jeremy Lawyer & Dave Leduc
Set Design - Jill Snapp
Make-Up Design - Becca Wells
Costumes - Pat Willey & Billie Jean Smith
      Admission is $14 for adults or $10 for seniors, all students and children under 18. Tickets are available at Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Sweet Nothings, and the Flynn Box Office. Call 802-86-FLYNN or click here for tickets.


SOUTH HERO--Snow Farm Winery presents the Nobby Reed Project this evening at 6 p.m.
      Snow Farm and Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce host the concerts every Thursday evening from June to September. All concerts are free. Picnicking begins at 5 p.m. Click here for more info.

COLCHESTER--CANCELLED DUE TO THREAT OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORM The Colchester Parks & Recreation Summer Concert Series is supercharged tonight as Carol Ann Jones and her All-Star band rock the stage tonight at the Lower Bayside Park (Beachside) at 6:30 p.m. This is the final event of Colchester's 2012 season.

SHELDON--Summer Music at Grace presents PossumHaw on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
      The Burlington quintet plays original, authentic bluegrass and folk music. They are songwriters, story tellers, with exquisite harmonies and old-time arrangements. The brother band includes Colby Crehan, lead vocals, guitar, piano; Ryan Crehan, banjo, vocals, harmonica; Charley Eiseman, lead guitar, vocals; Pat Melvin, upright bass, vocals; and Steve Waud, mandolin, vocals.
      They have released three albums Madtom, Split-rail, and Fortune's Name. They have appeared at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, First Night Burlington, Higher Ground, the Long Trail Festival, and more; the SMAG concert is the second stop of their North Country tour. They will play the Fair Haven Concerts in the Park tonight, Grand Isle on Saturday, and Adirondack Folk Music Festival on Sunday.
      Grace Church is located at 215 Pleasant Street, Sheldon. The suggested donation of $15 benefits the performers. Call 802.326.4603 or click here for info about the music at Grace Church.

ST. ALBANS--Downtown St. Albans Summer Concert Series presents the Nobby Reed Project playing on the green in Taylor Park tomorrow evening at 5:30 p.m.
      The rain site is City Hall Auditorium.

GRAND ISLE--The Summer/Fall House Concert series starts Saturday with Possum Haw returning at 7 p.m.
      House concerts offer the opportunity to see and hear performers up close in this case in a cozy, lakeside living and listening room. The show is exclusive, has limited-seating, and the chance to talk with the artists before, during and after the show.
      Admission is $15. Call 802.376.1698 or email for reservations and directions.

BURLINGTON--Lake Champlain Maritime Festival presents a Free Concert Series on the great lawn stage and the festival stage at Waterfront Park
      Carol Ann Jones with Jon Sochin perform on the great lawn stage on Saturday at 2:45 p.m.
      Click here for the complete schedule and more info about all the bands.

MORRISVILLE--River Arts holds a Farmers and Artisans Market at the River Arts Center every Wednesday from 3 - 7 p.m. Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--J & L Guitars hosts Singer/Songwriter Night every Thursday evening.
      Call 802.527.9951 for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Chow Bella offers Music to Dine By with relaxed music and the arts. They may have live piano, violin, or light guitar any day of the week. The Chow! Cabaret offers live performances by musicians, visual artists, poets, and more. The regular Chow Open Mic Night repeat on the first Wednesday of every month. Their Open Comedy Night for comics 18 and older will be held on the third Tuesday of every month.
      Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info or booking requests.

SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro holds a Music in the Meadow open mic on Mondays in August at 6:30 p.m. Carol Ann Jones hosts.
      Call 802.372.4814 or click here for reservations or more info.


     Interdisciplinary sculptor Rebecca Schwarz of Burlington draws attention to patterns, energy and our effect on the Earth and Universe. Her site includes contact and artistic info plus her for the garden and from the garden galleries as well as public works and a portfolio of works she has proposed.


      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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