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The Magnificent 7: Must See, Must Do, April 8 to 14

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'Burnt-Out Wife' - COURTESY OF NICK PIERCE
  • Courtesy of Nick Pierce
  • 'Burnt-Out Wife'

1. Marriage Story

"The funny thing about marriage over time," jokes performance artist Sara Juli in her one-person show Burnt-Out Wife, "is I was very focused on locking it in, and now I just feel locked in." Blending music, dance and comedy, Juli explores what happens when a once-sweet union goes sour. KCP Presents and Catamount Arts make Burnt-Out Wife available for online viewing Thursday, April 8, through Sunday, April 11. Preregister to watch for free.

2. In the Stars

© ALLEXXANDAR | DREAMSTIME
  • © Allexxandar | Dreamstime
Do you have a burning question about outer space?  Bobby Farlice-Rubio, science educator at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury, hosts Night Owl Club, a monthly astronomical Q&A session. Stargazers can hop on Zoom or Facebook Live at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, as Farlice-Rubio fields inquiries about NASA missions, life on faraway planets and other out-of-this-world topics that spark participants' curiosity.

3. On the Case

'A Killer Party' - COURTESY OF MMUHS THEATRE DEPARTMENT
  • Courtesy of MMUHS Theatre Department
  • 'A Killer Party'
Audience members sit white-knuckled as the green-but-determined Detective Case works to solve a murder in Mount Mansfield Union High School Theatre Department's production of A Killer Party. Presented virtually, this new murder mystery musical follows a fictional group of actors when one of them winds up dead at a dinner party. Tickets to this student show give theater lovers access to streaming video Friday, April 9, through Sunday, April 11.

4. Reading Materials

COURTESY OF CROWN PUBLISHING
  • Courtesy of Crown Publishing
The Jaquith Public Library in Marshfield offers an ongoing public program for fans of history and nonfiction. The Chapters in History reading and discussion series spotlights books centered on historical events and figures. Volumes featured in the past have included the president George W. Bush biography Bush by Jean Edward Smith and Mark Twain: A Life by Ron Powers. On Saturday, April 10, at 2 p.m., folks gather virtually or in person at Marshfield's Old Schoolhouse Common to delve into president Barack Obama's 2020 memoir A Promised Land.

5. Putting Down Roots

"Milking Time at Mose Farm" by Hannah Sessions - COURTESY OF NORTHERN DAUGHTERS
  • Courtesy of Northern Daughters
  • "Milking Time at Mose Farm" by Hannah Sessions
"I've always been drawn to barns. Their practical nature. The smells, the nuances," reveals artist Hannah Sessions in a description of her current exhibition "Rooted." Sessions' work as an artist and a farmer come together in her paintings of agricultural structures and landscapes. "Hay in a field, or a full, busy barn represents security ... it roots us in the now and in this place," she writes. "Rooted" is on view at Vergennes gallery Northern Daughters through April 30. See it in person by appointment or peruse the works online.

6. Too Cute

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  • Courtesy of Billings Farm & Museum
Is too much cuteness even possible? Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock invites families to its annual Baby Farm Animal Celebration. The young and the young at heart come face-to-face with wide-eyed calves, little lambs, and fluffy chicks and bunnies while learning about their care, diet and growth. Craft activities, heirloom seed planting and ice cream from the farm's dairy bar round out the farm-fresh fun. Reserve an entry time on Saturday, April 10, or Sunday, April 11.

7. Learning to Play

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  • © trekandshoot | Dreamstime
Clare Innes states in her website bio that she has taught several hundred ukulele students to play the four-string instrument. In addition to group and private lessons, the Vermont-based music teacher and performer offers pop-up Ukulele Shenanigans, "where dozens of ukulelians show up and rattle the rafters in song." This month, Innes, also known as Ukulele Clare, moves her instruction to Zoom with Shenanigans on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and beginner-level Slow & Easy Jamnanigans on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Email Innes at ukuleleclare@gmail.com to sign up and play along.

This is just a small sampling of the state's in-person and virtual happenings in the coming days. Browse our art, calendar and music + nightlife listings for more.

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