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The Magnificent 14: Must See, Must Do, December 29 to January 11


Published December 27, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
Updated December 30, 2021 at 12:35 p.m.

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  • New Queers Eve

Rockin' Eve

Friday 31

Emoji Nightmare and Nikki Champagne host New Queers Eve, the annual LGBTQ+ celebratory extravaganza at Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington. The ball-dropping bash features drag performances by the likes of Sasha Sriracha and Rhedd Rhumm, burlesque displays by dancers such as Katniss Everqueer and Ginge O'Lolly, and a bubbly midnight toast.

Rhythm and Snowshoes

Saturday 1
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  • Burlington Taiko

Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro hosts Japanese-inspired percussion group Burlington Taiko at its celebration of both the New Year and the opening of its new Open Air Gallery. Audience members bundle up for the outdoor concert, drummers deliver exhilarating beats by the bonfire, and the café serves food and warm drinks.

Books and Ballads

Wednesday 5
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  • Tiphanie Yanique

Tiphanie Yanique writes it all: Novels, short stories, poems and essays. The Caribbean American author of Wife, Land of Love and Drowning and, most recently, Monster in the Middle has been praised for her lyrical, evocative, epic prose and verse. The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson hosts her in its Visiting Writer Reading series.

A Chorus Line

Friday 31
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  • Burlington Does Broadway

Lyric Theatre and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra come together at the Flynn for Burlington Does Broadway, a rollicking revue for lovers of all the music and theatricality the Great White Way has to offer. Some of Vermont's finest musicians reimagine classics new and old, ringing in the New Year with bright lights and big city vibes.

Northeast Countdown

Friday 31
First Night North - COURTESY OF BOB AMOS
  • Courtesy Of Bob Amos
  • First Night North

Fireworks and festivities abound in St. Johnsbury during First Night North, a town-wide New Year's Eve bash featuring some of the region's best singers, circus performers, theater troupes and comedians. Revelers can catch delights such as the Bob & Sarah Amos Band at United Community Church, Valley Improv at Catamount Arts, and Her Majesty's Secret Circus at St. Johnsbury Academy.

Cat's All, Folks

Saturday 1
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  • Kedi

Street cats have had the run of the Turkish city of Istanbul for thousands of years, living their own lives that intersect with their local humans in delightful and ephemeral ways. Kedi, a documentary investigating this parallel feline world, kicks off the Woodstock Vermont Film Series at Billings Farm & Museum.

Elf Actualization

Saturday 1
Beginner Dungeons & Dragons - © DPIMBOROUGH | DREAMSTIME
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  • Beginner Dungeons & Dragons

Is your New Year's resolution to transform into a spell-spinning dwarf or a high-kicking orc, by any chance? You know what they say: New year, new you. The Waterbury Public Library hosts Beginner Dungeons & Dragons every first and third Saturday, and dungeon master Evan Hoffman is spending the first day of 2022 running a fun-filled, fantastical campaign for role-players new and old.

For You and Me

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  • This Land

The Hood Museum at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., launches "This Land: American Engagement With the Natural World," its first comprehensive retrospective on American art to feature Native American artists alongside Black, Asian, Latin and white Americans. One hundred and sixty works in four galleries compel visitors to reconsider their relationships to nature, home and history.

Rainbow Connection

Saturday 8
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  • Pride Hikes

The Pride Hikes series continues with something a little different: Forest Management at the Hinesburg Town Forest. Chittenden County forester Ethan Tapper meets LGBTQIA++ hikers at the Hayden Hill Road East trailhead for an afternoon of learning about sustainable logging practices and habitat regeneration. Hosted by Audubon Vermont, the Pride Center of Vermont, Outright Vermont, and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.

Twelve Drummers Drumming

Saturday 8
Cabot Village 12th Night - COURTESY OF DANA ROBINSON
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  • Cabot Village 12th Night

Ladies dance and lords a-leap toward the Cabot Village 12th Night Celebration, a festival packed with theater, music, art and storytelling. Featured players include the Brass Balagan, the Dave Keller Band, the Midnight Capers, master storyteller Simon Brooks and Cabot Community Theater. Dragons are slain, wassails are sung, and locals and their homemade paper lanterns fill the streets.

Flash, Dance

Sunday 9
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  • VDA Mini Courses1

Vermont Dance Alliance and CATV host VDA Mini Courses: Introduction to Cinematography & Video Editing, a daylong workshop for dancers and choreographers looking to learn the fundamentals of filming movement. Lighting, editing software and sound design are among the topics covered by instructor Simon Reed, and all participants end the day with a completed short film.

Kimchi and Company

Sunday 9
Food for Talk - © RON RAPP | DREAMSTIME
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  • Food for Talk

New variant? No problem: The Fletcher Free Library's Food for Talk Cookbook Club brings the dinner party vibes to you. In January, members read Maangchi's Big Book of Korean Cooking, a comprehensive guide by Korean American YouTube star Maangchi, and pick a dish to cook and present at the virtual meeting.

Dam Good

Wednesday 12
Naturalist Journeys - © WRANGEL | DREAMSTIME
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  • Naturalist Journeys

Wildlife rehabilitator Patti Smith has spent more than a decade with a particular colony of beavers in southeastern Vermont. Her online presentation, part of the North Branch Nature Center's Naturalist Journeys series, tells the story of Willow, the colony's matriarch, as well as the beautiful beaver world she's created in her own little corner of a brook.

Portrait of an Artist

The World of Yousuf Karsh - COURTESY OF MMFA
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  • The World of Yousuf Karsh

The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts hosts "The World of Yousuf Karsh: A Private Essence," a stunning collection of works by one of the greatest portraitists of the 20th century. If you've seen a British 5-pound note or a poster of Albert Einstein, you've seen a Karsh portrait, but you've never seen them like this: pristine, rare, large-format gelatin silver prints, developed by the artist himself.