ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 17 * * All Arts News On the Web * * February 7, 2013


      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 has masks on the wall this month. The Wednesday morning Free Drawing Plus group at the Franklin County Senior Center created the masks in a class dedicated to crafts, painting, collages and paper projects including card making.
      All but two of the masks on display started with a plastic face form and which the artists covered with papier mache. Two other masks were made by applying papier mache to a blown up balloon. They popped the balloon when the mask dried and hardened. Call Donna DeGrechie (802.524.6616) for more info about the group.
      The show continues through the end of February.


ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Blues Night with the Nobby Reed Project tonight at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

COLCHESTER--The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival welcomes the Jasper Quartet for the Winter Encore Concert in the Elley-Long Music Center tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m.
      The program spans 200 years of music to show off what string quartets can do with the String Quartet in F Major, Opus 77, No. 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn and String Quartet No. 2 "musica instrumentalis" by Aaron Jay Kernis. Artistic Director Soovin Kim will give a pre-performance talk, at 6:45 p.m.
      The Jasper String Quartet won the 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award and is hailed as "sonically delightful, compelling, powerful, sparkling, vital, polished," and, according to Classical Voice of North Carolina "in tune with one another." They are from in New Haven, Connecticut, but hold ensemble-in-residence positions at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Classic Chamber Concerts in Naples, Florida.
      Admission is $30 for adults and $15 for children under 18. Click here for tickets. Notes on the Winter Encore program are online here .

COLCHESTER--The Eastman Strings Master Class Series also presents the Jasper Quartet in a master class for Vermont Youth Orchestra students on Saturday at 10 a.m.
      The master class is FREE and open to the public.
      Click here for more info about other master classes in this year's series.

HINESBURG--The Good Times Café presents the Will Patton Trio with David Gusakov and Dono Schabner on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
      Admission is $15 at the door

MORRISVILLE--River Arts hosts a Fat Tuesday Cajun Party with Yankee Chank and Susanna's Catering at 6:30 p.m. They'll start serving food at 5.
      Yankee Chank is a group of Vermont musicians -- Bob Naess, fiddle and vocals, Cannon Labrie, accordion and vocals, Jim Burns, guitar, and Mark Sustic, bass and percussion -- who practice Cajun immersion in music with the traditional Cajun two-steps and waltzes as it continues to be played in the rural dance halls and honky tonks of Louisiana. There is always some spicy Zydeco.
      Admission is by suggested $15 donation.
      River Arts also holds a Farmers and Artisans Market at the River Arts Center every Wednesday from 3 - 7 p.m. Click here for more info.

MONTPELIER--Young Tradition Vermont will present Mayfly and the Zeichners at Farmer's Night in the State House Chamber on Wednesday, February 13, at 7:30 p.m.
      Farmers' Night performances feature music, poetry, historic displays and more. The series began in 1923 when many legislators lived in Montpelier during the session and organized mid-week entertainment for themselves. Admission is free.
      Young Tradition Vermont promotes, supports and celebrates children, youth, and young adults singing, playing, and dancing traditional styles. Email or click here for more info.

MORRISVILLE--Moog's Place has "live music every night we're open, starting between eight and nine pm" with open mic night scheduled most Tuesdays at 8:30 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 repeats next Wednesday and on the first Wednesday of every month. Their Open Comedy Night for comics 18 and older is held on the third Tuesday of every month. Vern Colburn is Live on the Piano on Friday Nights, Dayve Huckett on the guitar on the first and third Saturday, and the Best Little Border Band plays some of the best jazz in Vermont on the second and fourth Saturdays, starting at 5:30 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info or booking requests.



      O'Reilly Publishing will live stream all of (A)uthor Revolution Day on Tuesday, February 12, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      The one-day conference-within-a-conference at Tools of Change is designed specifically for professional writers, content creators, agents, and independent author service providers "who want to move beyond Social Media 101." The conference will explore new routes to market, examine the latest tools, and put publishers on display, all to "revolutionize your thinking about the future of authorship and your own business in the digital age."
      Click here for more info.


ONLINE--The Vermont Humanities Council shares a poem a week every Thursday throughout 2013. Look for the poems in e-newsletters, on Facebook and Twitter, and on the web. Click here to read today's offering.

ST. ALBANS--This is Humphrey Bogart Month at the St. Albans Free Library with Black Legion, a film from 1937 directed by Archie Mayo tonight at 6 p.m. Passed over for a promotion at work, the job going to a Polish immigrant, Bogart becomes bitter and is talked into joining a Ku Klux Klan-like organization in a film that "unmasks America's Brotherhood of Butchery."
      The library shows a newsreel, cartoon, and trailer of coming attractions before each weekly movie. All films are shown on the 4' by 6' screen in the upstairs conference room "cinema." Admission is free, along with popcorn and a beverage.


SPANISH HARBOR KEY, FL--The Southern Cross Astronomical Society hosts the 29th Annual Winter Star Party this week at the Girl Scout camp on "Scout Key" in the middle of the Florida Keys. Some 600 astronomers from around the world have gather to view southern constellations, comets, and stars in the clear night skies. This is usually the only place in the continental U.S. where they can be viewed. The event has lectures, programs, workshops, buying, selling, trading, and lots of photography.
      Wondering why this is in the arts column? Most astronomers photograph what they see and many of those images blend both art and science as this Flickr group shows:
      Wondering why this is in the arts column? Most astronomers photograph what they see and many of those images blend both art and science as this Flickr group shows.


      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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