Weekly Conversation On The Arts

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Weekly Conversation On The Arts is your window into the Vermont arts community. Every week, we talk with authors, actors, playwrights, musicians, artists and the people who make the arts happen in our area.More from Weekly Conversation On The Arts »

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Through Community Involvment On The Road, This 'Gang Of Thieves' Gives Back

"When you're in a band and especially when you're touring, it's like being in a big marriage." That's the take from guitarist Nick Wood, with the Burlington-based funk-rock band, Gang of Thieves . Wood and band-mate Tobin Salas, who plays bass guitar, recently sat down with VPR, fresh off the group's Work Togethe r tour. The two musicians talked about how the connection they share onstage through musicianship translates to offstage and downtime, too. And they proved that during the Work Together tour, when each member of the Gang Of Thieves volunteered their time at various community projects in the towns and cities they stopped in to play. Salas said his inspiration for being a band that gives back comes from the gigantic benefit concerts he remembers seeing when he was younger. "... I was always inspired as a kid seeing these bands playing these huge benefit shows and just giving away everything to some charity ... it's cool for me to be in a band ... where what we do can make a

Through Community Involvment On The Road, This 'Gang Of Thieves' Gives Back

At This Fest, Your Twenty Dollars Pays For Parking And Helps A Cancer Patient

This Saturday, the National Life building in Montpelier is opening up its "back lawn" and inviting a few friends over. It's the 4th Annual Do Good Fest , underwritten by the financial services company and boasting a musical line-up of national and local performers.

At This Fest, Your Twenty Dollars Pays For Parking And Helps A Cancer Patient

For Stroke Survivors Who Can't Speak, 'Aphasia Choir' Lets Voices Be Heard Through Song

How is it that survivors of stroke and certain brain injury are often unable to speak but they still can sing? The answer lies in the brain's physiology. By tapping into the undamaged right hemisphere, the stroke survivor can recall familiar melodies and express them through song. Enter, the Aphasia Choir.

For Stroke Survivors Who Can't Speak, 'Aphasia Choir' Lets Voices Be Heard Through Song

Montpelier Songwriter Hand-Picks Musicians To Record Album About His Personal Growth

Local songwriter Ben Dunham's eight new songs chart his own personal growth over the past year. But in order to record them in all their multiple shades and moods, he needed to enlist a diverse bunch of Vermont musicians to get the job done. The finished project, called Backline Collective , will premiere at an album-release party this Friday night in Montpelier.

Montpelier Songwriter Hand-Picks Musicians To Record Album About His Personal Growth

Using Classic Theater Warm-Up Games To Develop Communication Skills

Classic theater warm-up games like, 'Zip, Zap, Zop! ' can help teach focus and teamwork in a fun way. And recently, Emily Anderson has been borrowing these techniques with a unique group of young adult students.

Bringing New Energy To 34th Annual Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

Chelsea Lafayette is a Vermonter by way of New Orleans. Ten years ago, after attending college in Louisiana, she followed her now-spouse north. And on her first night in Burlington, the neon marquee of the iconic Flynn Theater ensured she'd never look back.

Vermont Artist Creates An Illustrated Ode To The Elusive Catamount

When asked whether she falls into the camp that believes the catamount still roams Vermont's woods, author/illustrator Sarah Van Arsdale sees herself among those who fervently want to believe it's true.

CVU Senior Stages Musical With Actors From Across The Hearing Spectrum

When Julia Kitonis chose a final project for the NEXUS program at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, the senior knew she wanted to focus on accessibility to the arts. And coupled with her own theater background and a revival of her favorite musical, Spring Awakening that included both hearing and non-hearing actors, the seed of an immense idea was born.

CVU Senior Stages Musical With Actors From Across The Hearing Spectrum

An Art Space In Ethiopia Has Strong Vermont Ties

What began as a theater space in the Ethiopian city of Awassa to educate community members about HIV/AIDS has strong Vermont ties.

Informed By Vermont's Civil Union Fight, Local Author Pens First In Epic Fantasy Fiction YA Series

Finally heeding her then pre-teen daughters' book recommendations to read the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Montpelier author Laurie Forest devoured and loved the books. And then she stepped into a writing realm that was entirely new to her: Fantasy fiction.

Informed By Vermont's Civil Union Fight, Local Author Pens First In Epic Fantasy Fiction YA Series

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