ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 19 * * All Arts News On the Web * * February 26, 2015


      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.

     Franklin County's arts and music gatherings bring new opportunities, gossip, "show-and-tell" and occasional workshops. There are also booked and acoustic Open Mic Nights that feature music, readings, and more from the best new artists in Vermont.

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LENOVO WARNING--Because we have a strong tie to IBM, a significant number of Franklin County residents have bought Lenovo computers, particularly through the IBM Employee discount program.
      Area artists and business users alike may use Lenovo products for work or pleasure. I do photo editing and engineering on a ThinkPad. And I'm writing this column on it today.
      Lenovo installed a program called "Superfish" on some consumer notebooks shipped between September 2014 and now. Superfish is a nefarious and hidden advertising software that leaves laptops wide open to takeover by malicious adversaries. With Superfish on board, a bad guy can fake your laptop into trusting fake banks, fake health exchange sites, fake Facebook, fake Gmail and more.
      Hundreds of thousands of customers are vulnerable to the attacks that could move your passwords and personal data directly to criminals.
      This advisory applies only to Lenovo-branded consumer notebooks, tablets, and ultra books; Lenovo never installed that program on the Think series (ThinkPad, ThinkCenter, ThinkStation, ThinkServer) or the Lenovo Desktop and System x products.
      Superfish has completely disabled server side interactions (since January) on all Lenovo products so that the software product is no longer active, effectively disabling Superfish for all products in the market. Lenovo stopped loading the application in January and will not preload this software in the future.
      If you think Superfish may be installed on your computer, click here for links that show how to spot it and uninstall it.


ENOSBURG FALLS--The Artist In Residence Gallery features different artists each month. This month, the spotlight is on painter and wood turner Jim Foote, painter (and musician) Pat Murphy of Sheldon, and pastel artist Genie Rybicki-Judkins of Jeffersonville.
      The A.I.R. gallery hosts a free meet-the-artists reception with refreshments on Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m. The exhibit continues through the end of March.
      The Artist in Residence art cooperative features paintings, fiber arts, stained glass, sculpture, lamps, pottery, folk art boxes, scarves, hats and more by 45 Franklin County and surrounding area artists. It is owned and operated by the artists and sponsors. The gallery, located at 321 Main Street, is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. plus the first Sunday of each month, noon to 5 p.m.


ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents the trio Coon Hill John tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. Sam Turner, Chad Conant, and Chris Bradley play an eclectic mix of pop, country, folk, rock, and bluegrass on mandolin, banjo and guitar.
      The Twiggs Comedy For A Cause series continues on the Main Stage Friday evening at 7 p.m. "Five of the funniest comedians around" will raise money to support the MVU 2015 Substance Free Graduation Party. Admission is $20. There are just 75 seats available at the restaurant. Call Dawn Beyor (802.868.3675) for tickets. Make dinner reservations prior to the show since only drinks, appetizers, and desserts will be served during the show.
      Next up, Twiggs presents Paul Cataldo on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. From the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Mr. Cataldo plays a Martin guitar, singing songs and telling stories about mountains and rivers and roads.
      Twiggs offers Music to Dine By with relaxed music and the arts. They have three stages with live piano, violin, or light guitar any day of the week in the dining room, the Window, or the main stage. The Cabaret offers live performances by musicians, visual artists, poets, and more. Piano Night is every Monday night at 6 pm. The regular Open Mic Night repeats next Wednesday on the Main Stage at 7 p.m. and on the first Wednesday of every month. Vern Colburn is Live on the Piano, Dayve Huckett on the guitar, and they have additional performances by Abby Road, Bobby Cee, Mint Julep, Sean Ashby, and Sean Casey.
      Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info.

ENOSBURG--Eats of Enosburg restaurant has an evening of live music by the Missisquoi River Band. There will be two seatings with a dinner that encourages conversation and entertainment.
      The cost is $30 per person with limited seating available. Call 802.933.3123 or email 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 Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.
      Click here for more info.

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--Shooters Saloon sponsors an open-mic night every Thursday and scheduled music on some other evenings.
      Call 802.527.3777 for more info or booking requests.

ST. ALBANS--The Traveled Cup offers open-mic nights hosted by Jesse Potts for musicians as well as poets and other performers to share their talents every other Friday. The shop is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
      Call 802.524.2037 or click here for more info.


HIGHGATE--The Highgate Book Group will meet Monday at 6 p.m. for an evening filled with laughter and lively chatter and the novel Who Asked You by Terry McMillan.
      The #1 New York Times best-selling author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back writes wise, wry, and poignant novels of families and friendships.

SWANTON--Wednesday brings The Incredibles to Movie Night at the Swanton Free Public Library. The Disney/Pixar film follows a family of undercover superheroes living quietly in a Town like Swanton when they are forced to save the world. It stars Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Holly Hunter.
      The show starts at 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.


     J.P. Choquette of St. Albans is a mystery writer -- the novels Subversion, Dark Circle, and Epidemic -- and creative coach. Her new bi-monthly series, From Fear to Flourish, will share "true life stories of people who did something that scared them ... and how it changed their lives for the better." Her site also includes her Books and e-guides, Retreats, Creativity Coaching, and contact info.


      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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