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President Obama to visit Vermont in March

For the first time since 1995, a sitting president will be visiting the state of Vermont. That's according to the Burlington Free Press.

According to the newspaper, the White House has confirmed that Barack Obama will be visiting Burlington on March 30th "to participate in campaign events."

First Lady Michelle Obama visited Vermont last June, but this will be the president's first trip to the state since he won office.

The last sitting president to visit was Bill Clinton in 1995.  Go to full article
Arnie Malina
Arnie Malina

Flynn Center's artistic director retiring

Flynn Center artistic director Arnie Malina is retiring early next year. Malina leaves a 15-year career at the Flynn in Burlington and the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, and an artistic vision spanning popular, experimental and international work. Malina came to the Flynn in 1997 after many years of running the Myrna Loy Center for the Performing Arts in Helena, Montana.

Although he officially retires at the end of January, Malina will continue to consult with the Flynn through next summer. Todd Moe talks with him about the joys and challenges as performing arts curator.  Go to full article

Burlington Police reveal "Occupy Burlington" shooter's name

Burlington police have identified the man who died Thursday from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound at the Occupy Burlington encampment in City Hall Park.  Go to full article

Vermont film fest focuses on food, borders and freedom

One of the northeast's longest running film festivals marks its 26th anniversary this year. The Vermont International Film Festival begins Friday and continues through October 30th at seven venues in the Burlington area. The festival is best known for featuring groundbreaking and independent films from around the world, including the largest selection of Vermont-made films. Todd Moe spoke with Orly Yadin, a filmmaker and board member of the festival, who says this year's event will focus on themes such as freedom, liberty, borders and food.  Go to full article
Cristina Alicea
Cristina Alicea

Connecting the stage and community in Burlington

Vermont Stage Company has a new leader as it opens it's 18th season with Photograph 51 on October 5th at the FlynnSpace in Burlington. The new season also includes The Clean House, Shirley Valentine, As You Like It, and Winter Tales. Todd Moe spoke with newly hired producing artistic director Cristina Alicea about her debut season with Burlington's longest-standing, professional theatre company. Alicea succeeds Mark Nash at the theatre's helm. They talked about some of the challenges and opportunities under the theme "Reinvention".  Go to full article

Book review: "Wild Punch" by Creston Lea

Creston Lea builds custom electric guitars in Burlington. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop. Betsy Kepes reviews Wild Punch, Lea's book of linked short stories.  Go to full article
Michelle Scully, Kathryn Miller, Amanda Ryan  Photo: Buff Lindau
Michelle Scully, Kathryn Miller, Amanda Ryan Photo: Buff Lindau

Theatre Review: "Boeing-Boeing" at St. Michael's Playhouse

Boeing-Boeing is running at St. Michael's Playhouse in Colchester. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has this review.  Go to full article

"The Bus" moves to off-Broadway

In 2006, Burlington writer James Lantz's first play, The Bus, was a surprise hit. The play, about two boys who pursue a forbidden relationship late at night in a church bus, drew crowds and glowing reviews. It's set in a small town and deals with gay teens, sexuality, religion and homophobia. An off-Broadway theater is giving Lantz an opportunity to present his play to big city audiences this fall.

James Lantz has written three other plays, including American Machine, which was a co-commissioned project of The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. As an award-winning filmmaker, he has produced, written and directed over 200 commercial films, videos and live events. Todd Moe spoke with him about The Bus and its off-Broadway debut in October.  Go to full article
Marc Tumminelli, Craig Wells, David Rossetti, Elizabeth Pawlowski Photo: Buff Kindau
Marc Tumminelli, Craig Wells, David Rossetti, Elizabeth Pawlowski Photo: Buff Kindau

Theatre Review: "The Drowsy Chaperone" at St. Michael's Playhouse

The Drowsey Chaperone runs at St. Michael's Playhouse in Colchester VT through July 2. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has this review.  Go to full article

Preview: Burlington Jazz Festival starts Friday

The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival kicks off this Friday at various venues around Burlington, and this year features more music than ever before. Joel Hurd spoke with the festival's Managing Director Brian Mital.  Go to full article

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