ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 16 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 20, 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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      Every week should be one but the current Internet meme is that this is International Book Week. Since it is a behavior passed electronically from one Internet user to another, that means there is an activity attached. Activities have rules.
      The rules: Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence as your Facebook status. Don't mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your status.
      "As a child, Spencer hadn't understood why his family moved so often and why he went to so many schools."


ST. ALBANS--Angie Harris will read from her new book, The Realm: Book One of the Gates of the Realm Series, and hold a book signing at Chow Bella tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. Her book series follows the adventures of a young storm chaser from Amarillo, Texas, who finds himself stranded within another dimension.
      Born in Burlington, Ms. Harris is now the mother of two, a high school Media Center Facilitator, and a monthly contributor to the Eclectic Authors Showcase Magazine. She lives on Grand Isle.
      The Realm is available at Barnes and Noble and at
      Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info.

BURLINGTON--The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light the Night walk presents Carol Ann Jones at the Memorial Auditorium Annex tomorrow. Check in is at 6 p.m. The walk will start at dusk.
      The Light The Night walks fund research and support for people battling cancer. Anyone can take part -- children, adults and seniors -- in the casual fundraiser with no fitness requirements.
      Call 802.233.0014 or email for more info.

GRAND ISLE--The Summer/Fall House Concert series continues Saturday with Carol Ann Jones returning at 7 p.m.
      House concerts offer the opportunity to see and hear performers up close and personal 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.
      The suggested donation is $15/person. 100% of donations go to the artists. Click here for the required advance tickets and here for a Youtube preview.

JOHNSON--The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Made in Vermont series returns to Johnson State for Homecoming/Reunion Weekend tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. The program includes Michael Haydn's Symphony No. 25 in G Major, the Shostakovich Sinfonia for String Orchestra, Schubert's Symphony No.5, and the world premiere of a commission by Vermont composer David Feurzeig.
      Admission is $26 for adults, $22 for seniors $22, and $13 for anyone under 18. Special discounts for Vermont State College faculty/staff and college students. Click here for tickets and more info.

MORRISVILLE--Moog's Place presents Starline Rhythm Boys on Friday at 9 p.m.
      Click here for more info.

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA--Saturday is Vermont Day at the Big E, the Eastern States Exposition, which continues through September 30. New Englandís Largest Agricultural Fair brings more than one million attendees.
      The Vermont Building on the Avenue of States features Vermont products, crafts, and Vermont musicians performing for guests on the front lawn on the weekends. Louli, Yasi and Oli Zeichner of Young Tradition Vermont will perform a two-set concert on Saturday at 1 p.m. Vermont Joy Parade, an eclectic blend of Americana, old-time, country, blues, Dixieland, and Klezmer, takes over the lawn on Sunday at 1 p.m.
      Click here for more info.

JAY--Jay Peak Music & Arts Series presents David Grisman in the Foeger Ballroom at Jay Peak to close out the 2012 summer music series on Sunday at 7 p.m.
      Fusing folk, jazz, and acoustic bluegrass into "newgrass," the Dawg is an award winning mandolinist and was a great friend of Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia. The San Francisco Bay Area's band has lines stretching around the block for their shows.
      Admission is $45. Call 802.988.2611 or click here for more info.

COLCHESTER--Fiddleheads will perform at the Colchester Farmer's Market on the Burnham Library Green on Wednesday at 5 p.m. The Market takes place rain or shine, and features local farmers, artisans, and food vendors. Bikers and walkers are encouraged. Call 802.879.7576 for more info.


ACTING INTENSIVE--As Franklin County continues to build a local theater community, Meg Cossaboom recommends the workshop, presented by acting instructor Rich Rodriguez, will take place in WAI Studio at Chace Mill next Thursday and Friday, September 27 - 28 at 6 p.m.
      Mr. Rodriguez works as stage actor in New York City and in short films shot in various locations. The workshop will concentrate on polishing a monologue, improv techniques, building confidence with an audience, and increasing laughter capacity.
      The cost is $99/person. Call 802.585.0560 or email for more info.


LACDA 2012 (September 24)--The international juried competition for digital art and photography calls for three JPEG files of original work in any style in which digital processes were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. The winner will receive 10 prints up to 44x60 inches on museum quality paper to be shown in a solo exhibition in the main gallery. Ten second place winners will also be exhibited. Click here for details.

DRAWING FROM PERCEPTION (October 1)--The juried Wright State University show is open to artists 18 years or older living in the United States who drawing from direct observation using traditional media. Entry fee. Click here for a prospectus.


     A global celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit takes place tomorrow. Everyone in the world is cordially invited to take part in a Second Breakfast with friends and family.


      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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