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October 2007

October 30, 2007

Burlington Zombie Walk [51]

Zombies11 Last Saturday the undead lurched along the streets of downtown Burlington looking for fresh brains to munch on.  The innocent town folks did not stand a chance against this rowdy gang of braindead flesh eaters.

According to Wikipedia, zombie walks have been taking place in urban city centers since 2001.  The Burlington Zombie Walk is in its second year and was organized by Adrienne Goulette.

This year there was a solid turnout despite the rain.  Participants dressed in fanciful costumes (prom dresses, football jerseys, hospital garb), soaked themselves in blood, and cavorting down Church St screeching at the top of their lungs.

Zombies18 The zombie walk came to a close at Nectar's where the living dead munched on french fries and BLTs (Brains, Lettuce and Tomatoes).

Deep Soda, Pose Dead - Collected & Destroyed Vol. 2, "Leviathan Hades" provide the oh so perfect zombie music.

PS: As fate would have it, after 50 episodes of Stuck in Vermont, The Smittens were able to rerecord the snippet of their song that plays in each vlog intro. 

Can you tell the difference?  WE LOVE IT!!  Thanks Smittens!

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

October 23, 2007

24 Hour Comics Day [50]

Are you up to the comics challenge?  Are you prepared to exercise your mighty drawing skills and indulge your inner night owl? 

On October 20th, in honor of 24 Hour Comics Day, 1,200 novice and experienced cartoonists each drew a 24 page comic in 24 hours.  Across the world, there were 87 similar events taking place in 18 countries and 28 US states.

Comics10In Williston Vermont at Artists' Mediums, 10+ artists gathered in the front of the store to put their artistic skills to the grueling test. 

Could they stay up the entire 24 hours?  Could they complete a comic with no preparation time allowed?  And most importantly, would the brownies last all night?

Ages ranged from 11 to 76 and styles varied considerably.  Artist and teacher Robert Brunelle told the story of a house's transformations through the centuries and his neighbor Bob Marney drew the tale of a beast heedlessly abused by the government.

Naps were had, sodas were consumed and a father/son team told haunting, imagination-rich tales touching on Norse mythology, the three fates, a dark twist on Alice in Wonderland, a soul-sucking witch and impending doom.

This is the 50th episode of Stuck in Vermont and the topic matter could not be more fitting: artistic people who love what they do, regardless of popular opinion.  Cheers to 50 more episodes and thanks for all the support!

Music: The Jazz Guys, A Blessing in Disguise, "The $6,000 Million Dollar Man"

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

October 16, 2007

Gogol Bordello [49]

Gogol14_2 Friday night at the Vermont College Gym - two silvery tour buses idled outside and a sold out crowd undulated beneath dormant basketball hoops. 

Gogol Bordello may be the biggest music act to hit Montpelier Vermont in .... well, ever!?

Ed DuFresne of Edifided Presents managed to lure the popular band to Vermont's state capitol with a grassroots campaign. The volunteer-run show was simmering with anticipation and once the music exploded into the cavernous gym, the sweaty crowd rarely stood still. 

Gogol17Gogol Bordello's charismatic frontman Eugene Hutz, relocated to Burlington Vermont from the Ukraine in his teens.  After playing in local punk bands, he moved to NYC and pioneered the Gypsy-punk movement.

A diverse crowd turned out to see Eugene's triumphant homecoming and to partake in the energy-infused theatrics of his Eastern European punk extravaganza.  Gogol Bordello is kicking off an international 3-month tour.

Montpelier may never be the same.

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

October 10, 2007

Wrath of Kong [48]

On October 13th, 60 teams will compete in the Red Bull Soapbox Race in Providence Rhode Island (watch crashes here). 

One of those teams is a group of undergrad engineering students from the University of Vermont called "Wrath of Kong."

Soap_box_cars11Colin Hutchens is the driving force behind the team's entry.  Sending in the winning application and coming up with the idea - a cross between King Kong and Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.

Colin will be driving the soapbox car and also playing the part of Fay Wray in the pre-race skit which will involve synchronized dancing and some King Kong destruction.

The race is one week away and the naked soapbox frame is not yet attached to its wheels. It is a race to the finish to see if the car will be ready to compete Saturday against some heavy hitters like NASA, Nascar and Burton.

UVM's Votey Hall Lab Coordinator, Floyd Vilmont is helping the students build their soapbox car.  It is a rare chance for the engineering students to test their knowledge and learn real life skills.

Wish them luck Saturday, they just might take home the gold!

Demo track off The Jazz Guys new album, So Moped Puree, "Jungle Jackson."  Thanks Herb!

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

October 02, 2007

All in Together Now [47]

Friday night the tiny Pursuit Gallery down by the waterfront was jammed to maximum capacity for the opening of "All in Together Now."

12 artists from New York, Vancouver, Toronto and Oakland displayed their diverse illustrations and paintings.

Featured artist Ben Tour flew down from Vancouver and painted a larger-than-life sultry red-lipped woman on the white gallery wall.   

The Lifetime Collective is a clothing company based in Vancouver that organized and sponsored this show.  The founder of The Lifetime Collective, Reid Stewart, was on hand to kick off the opening.

Pursuit3 Seth Neary and Skye Chalmers started Pursuit Gallery 2.5 years ago to celebrate the energy and vitality of people pursing their dreams.

They settled in Burlington after traveling the world - Seth as a snowboarder and Skye as a photographer. 

"All in Together Now" will be up at Pursuit Gallery, One Steele St, Suite 125, through October 29th.   You can see Seth Neary's video about the show here

Raucous music by Chuch, "A Few Good Things" off their new album Juarez.

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

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