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February 2008

February 27, 2008

Lakeview Terrace at Mardi Gras [68]

Mardilakeview9 2/23/08: Lakeview Terrace is the only neighborhood float to participate in Magic Hat's annual Mardi Gras parade. So what makes them so special?

Odele Peter and her rabbit Betty have been master minding the float for years and fashion designer Allison Bannister is a more recent addition to the hood. 

Together Thing 1 and Thing 2 managed to find a trailer truck (thanks to Zimmer and Aardvark Truck Service), accident insurance, a live band, a gaggle of empty gifts and a generator - all through community connections.

Once again, Lakeview Terrace won the 1st place prize even though they were piecing their float together 3 hours prior to the parade.  All that and they get a lake view?!  Sheesh.

Mardi_gras_and_lakeview_terrace7d_2All proceeds from Mardi Gras go to The Women's Rape Crisis Center.  This year they raised around $20,000!

Also featuring a killer Mardi Gras montage (peppered with many 7 Days friendly circus faces) with a song by Montreal band, Bad Flirt who recently passed through town on tour.  The full featured song is "Heart of Darkness" and the song snippet is "Homecoming" [Unmastered].

Apologies for the crummy audio.  My headphones didn't fit over my wig and it was LOUD.  'Nuff said.

You can watch the Mardi Gras 2008 video on YouTube here.

In other news, you can watch the 7 Days video, "Nick Garza is Missing" on YouTube.

February 20, 2008

King Street Talent Extravaganza [67]

King_st10pieinface 2/16/08: Magic, African drumming, a rock band led by a 9 year old and pies in the face.  No, it isn't Star Search, it's the 2nd Annual King Street Talent Extravaganza.

For decades the King Street Youth Center has served as a resource for children of all ages. 

Over the past 11 years Kevin Greenblott has been a mentor to Will Liberty, now aged 19, through the Buddy Program at KSYC.  Kevin and his family instigated the first KSYC talent show.

Mike Fife and his buddy Brandon McDonald have been hanging out for 1.5 years through KSYC. 

This year Brandon wrote a play called "The Pie" in which Mike gets, you guessed it, pied by his best pal.  Maybe it is better than last year when he was forced to wear a dress?

Other show highlights include Mashobane Moruthane and The Village Drumming, 9 year old Aiden Patterson Deutsch and his band Space Tiger, Edmunds Middle School Music Club led by Dan LeFrancois and Betsy Nolan and Edmunds MS Chorus also led by Betsy Nolan.

To quote Space Tiger, "Monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey, I'M TIRED OF YOU!" 

There are all sorts of things you can do to help out at King Street Youth Center, email Gabriel at [email protected] to find out more.

Watch video on YouTube here.

Location: Contois Auditorium, Burlington Vermont

February 13, 2008

NVAC Cheerleading Competition [66]

Cheer22/9/08: Once a year cheerleaders gather from all over the state of VT to show their spirit and shake their pompoms at the NVAC Cheerleading Competition, a multi-division contest open to youth, middle school, junior varsity and varsity groups.

The Fairfax Middle School Cheerleading Squad spent the morning getting ready at Coach Brown's house.  While curling their hair, fueling up on food and bonding, the girls talked about what cheerleading means to them.

Thanks Coach Brown for inviting us over!

You can find out more about VT programs for students at VPA.

WARNING: Around 4:30 you may require EARPLUGS!

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

February 07, 2008

Kat Clear [65]

Kat10 1/24/08: Chances are, you have seen a Kat Clear sculpture or sign around town: the eye-catching bike racks outside Burlington Telecom and Radio Bean, snazzy signs for Burlington Electric, The Green Room and Blue Star and her latest addition, the massive Queen City Crown in the Church St Mall.

Kat is hard at work on a new sculpture series entitled "The Whoopsie Girls" which captures pin up girl poses in various states of haphazard undress.

Three "Whoopsie" girls traveled to Montpelier in January and Kat will have a show at the Flynndog in the spring to unveil all 12 scantily-clad ladies.  Join us for a sneak peek and a giggle.

Sassy music by Missy Bly off her album Clean Bee, "She N' Me."

Watch this video on YouTube here.

Read the full story Seven Days here.

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