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September 2007

September 25, 2007

Taiko in the Orchard [46]

Taiko11nickmoirha On a blustery Saturday afternoon, Burlington Taiko celebrated their 20 year anniversary with high-speed drumming, group dancing and a funky parade at Shelburne Orchards.  Just try to keep your foot from tapping!

Shelburne Orchards is an 80 acre family farm where you can enjoy apple picking (macintosh are ripe at the moment), hot cider donuts (you get to eat them straight out of the fryer), fresh apple pie (made by the "Pie Lady," Moriah, whose father Nick Cowles owns the orchards), a kid-covered hay maze, and breathtaking views of Lake Champlain. 

Nothing says Autumn in Vermont like a trip to the orchards, an earful of Taiko, a tummy full of apples and a carload full of orchard booty.

Did the rhythm of the drumming help ripen the apples?  Time will tell.

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

September 18, 2007

Found Magazine [45]

Found Magazine is ON TOUR and coming to a city near you!!!  On September 15th they rolled through Vermont and took a pit stop at the Red Square to a packed house of Found-lovers.

Found8brothers_2Found Magazine founder Davy Rothbart and his point man, musician and Master Finder Bro, Peter Rothbart, are on a 65-city, 36-state, 3-month tour across America and Canada.

And they are doing this trip in a tricked out van called "The Big Red."  This journey is the post-death wish fulfillment of The Big Red's former owner who planned to travel the country in his post-retirement years - a dream cut short by cancer and reignited by the Rothbart Brothers in a haphazard sort of way. 

The first issue of Found Magazine came out in June of 2001 and was created by Davy Rothbart and Jason Bitner.  Within its pages are notes, letters, drawings and photos which people found randomly. 

They provide a sometimes uncomfortable, but always loving look into the lives of strangers.

As Davy says, "There's not one Found note that I haven't felt the emotions..."

On the tour, Davy reads found notes and letters out loud with a laugh-inducing delivery and Peter plays hauntingly pretty songs inspired by finds. 

While traveling, they receive a multitude of new finds in each city but they always want more.

Will all their finds fit in The Big Red? 

Do you have something you found, something special that tells a story?  If so, meet up with the Found fellows at one of their tour stops and hand it over in person.  Give that found object a new life and a wider audience.

Found7noteSuch as the infamous "Page me later" note below which Davy found on his car years ago and inspired the creation of the magazine.

And to quote their new slogan taken from a found note, "Found magazine, it's not kinky, IT'S GROSS!"  [It is even funnier when you hear Davy say it.]

Vlog includes a quick burst of Peter Rothbart's "The Booty Don't Stop Girl," a song inspired by a found demo tape 100% about bottoms.

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

September 11, 2007

Strut II [44]

Strut21 9/7/07: This year's 15th Annual Art Hop brought hundreds of people to the South End to view the works of over 500 artists spread between 60 sites.

Strut II kicked off the Art Hop 2007 festivities with a procession of goodies such as a flouncy red wedding gown, silk-screened tees and clothes made out of playing cards. 

Strut took place in a cavernous garage and even without the aid of the stifling heat, the models sizzled.

Strut was coordinated by Xmas Maxon-Alley, Reconstruction Designer + owner of the Green Closet Eco Chic Boutique and hosted by WCAX’s own Jack Thurston + Syndi Zook of the Lyric Theatre Company along with music by DJ Precious.

Strut14 Strut II designers were: Ava Bishop, Catalyst/Brand New, Laura Fuchs, Loraleh Harris, Joanne Kalisz, Carolyn Little, Tara Lynn, Janii Peterson, Autumn Polidor and Almir Salkic.

Check out that pink codpiece and the dresses made from t-shirts some dude threw out (left).

These designers make both casual and high end clothing using recycled materials and each dedicates much precious time to the art of sewing.

And my favorite quote from the vlog and possible title for the codpiece outfit, "I would grope you if we weren't in such public place."

Peppy tunes by Pretty & Nice off their album Pink & Blue, "Busy Bees."  They have a new record coming out really soon so stay tuned!

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

September 04, 2007

Bag-Tag [43]

Bagtags6 Abby Manock's show at Studio STK last Friday involved bi-polar bears transforming into bag ladies, colorful children's toys, paper plate noise makers, a garbage can gathering and an exciting race to the finish line.

Confused?  Abby explains all, sort of.

Pretty music by Colin Clary, "Of the Stars," Sweater Weather or Not, These Are the Songs that I Got.

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

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