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April 2008

April 30, 2008

King Lear [77]

Lear24/19/08: So you think Shakespeare is boring, eh?  Vermont Stage Company's new production of King Lear will quickly dispel that notion as it explodes onto the FlynnSpace stage.

Fights, betrayal, backstabbing, bloodshed, love, sex, madness - King Lear is a complex family drama set in an nondescript time period.

Vermont composer and percussionist, Brian Johnson provides powerful original music which adds to the dark mood of the show.  A one-man band, Johnson masterfully manipulates a combination of odd instruments from behind the stage, including his own voice with a healthy dose of reverb.

As always, Shakespeare adeptly displays the most human side of us all, even when showing us at our worst.  King Lear plays at the FlynnSpace April 23 - May 4th.

Music: Brian Johnson

Location: Flynn Space, Burlington Vermont

Click here to watch this video on YouTube.

Also new this week, Nick Garza is Missing: A Volunteer Search.

April 23, 2008

Pure Pop Record Store Day [79]

Purepop134/19/08: The first ever international Record Store Day was in full swing at Pure Pop Records Saturday. 

Music fans swarmed the bargain bins and went home armed with old and new records, tapes, and CDs.

Why are indie record stores a vital part of our community?  What makes them different from shopping for music online? 

Is it the atmosphere, the browsing, the hunt for rare finds, the album art or the way a new record smells?

Eva bought her first album at Pure Pop (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars by David Bowie in case you care) years ago and she is back to find out why it is still so special.

Music: The Jazz Guys, So Moped Puree, "Try to Find"

As many of you know, the lead singer of The Jazz Guys, Herb van der Poll also works at Pure Pop.  Tell him how much you enjoy his music next time you see him.

You can watch this video here on YouTube.

April 16, 2008

Jr Iron Chef [75]

Ironchef6 4/12/08: Mmm, something smells good. 

Middle and high school students from all over the state of Vermont compete in the first Annual Jr Iron Chef cooking competition which aims to celebrate local food, showcase VT seasonal produce and promote healthy local-food dishes in schools (Burlington School Food Project and VT FEED).

Competitors vary from professional chefs in training to novices but all share an appreciation for VT produce and creative cuisine.

Vermont is building solid connections between farms, schools and students' plates and championing the nation's localvore movement.

Music: The Smittens, A Little Revolution, "The Garden"

Location: Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, Vermont

Watch this video on YouTube here.

April 09, 2008

Burlington Ultimate [74]

Ultimate7 4/1/08: The Burlington Ultimate Winter League spend their Tuesdays at The Field House in Shelburne.  Eva caught up with them for the first night of their Playoffs.

Team members dash back and forth across the courts with lightening speed, forcing the frisbee out of opponent's hands and diving through the air for points. 

The game is all about the Frisbee but Ultimate is much bigger than that.  Players young and old, novice and professional, come together in a unique community.

Music: The Dig, Good Luck and Games EP, "Good Luck and Games"

Watch this video on YouTube HERE.

April 02, 2008

Skate Deck Art Show [73]

Maven6jon 3/28/08: Margaritas, fake mustaches, 80s chic, skulls-a-plenty and skate deck art for a good cause. 

For three years now, Maven has been been teaming up with local artists and presenting different themed Skate Deck Art Benefits.  This year they raised money for the much needed redesign of the Burlington Skatepark. 

In March, funds were approved for a new skatepark as part of the Moran Redevelopment Project.  The money raised from Friday's silent auction of the skate decks will be used to pay for blueprints for a new and improved concrete park.

We talked to skateboarders and deck artists about their work and why they risk broken bones and fractured bits for the pleasure of skateboarding.  And hey, what is that bone jutting out of your neck Big Tim!?

You may recognize some local JDK artists such as Creative Director and Owner Michael Jager and Sachie Tani of the blog My Cat Goma.

"Viy" by Deep Soda off their album Pose Dead - Collected & Destroyed Vol. 2.

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

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