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The Magnificent 7: Must See, Must Do, August 13 to 19


Mike Birbiglia and J. Hope Stein - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Mike Birbiglia and J. Hope Stein

1. Grown-up Time

"The 2-year-old is named Merit, which was a name awarded to him at birth after he had achieved no accomplishments whatsoever," writes comedian and author Mike Birbiglia in The New One: Painfully True Stories From a Reluctant Dad. Chock-full of confessions and observations from the land of new parenthood, the book also includes poems from J. Hope Stein, who happens to be Birbiglia's wife and mother of their daughter. The authors celebrate their LOL-inducing work with a virtual event at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18 hosted by Phoenix Books. Tickets for Jokes and Poems With Mike Birbiglia and J. Hope Stein include a signed copy of the book. Partial proceeds benefit Burlington's Vermont Comedy Club.

2. Shopping Spree

Church Street Marketplace - COLIN FLANDERS ©️ SEVEN DAYS
  • Colin Flanders ©️ Seven Days
  • Church Street Marketplace
There's nothing wrong with a little retail therapy, especially when your dollars can help local retailers get back on their feet following the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. From Wednesday, August 12, through Sunday, August 16, Queen City shoppers mask up and score deals from Church Street Marketplace stores participating in the annual Summer Sidewalk Sale. Folks can scoop up some fresh items and support the small businesses that help give Burlington its character — it's a win-win!

3. Ramble On

Since 2007, Champ's Challenge for Cystic Fibrosis has raised more than $100,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people with the chronic disease maintain healthy, active lifestyles. Like so much else, Champ's Challenge looks a bit different this  year. Instead of gathering for a group run, walk or ride, athletes of all ability levels head out on their own, logging their distances online. The official kickoff was on August 7, but individuals and teams may register any time to participate through Sunday, August 16.

4. Life Is a Cabaret

  • Courtesy of Owen Leavey
  • Caitlin Walsh
Looking for a little escapism? Lose yourself in Little City Cabaret, a collection of classic and modern Broadway tunes brought to life by seasoned performers Bill Carmichael and Elisa Van Duyne. Tim Barden, Jonny Barden and Caitlin Walsh  join the Broadway veterans in the Vergennes Opera House's 2020-21 season-opening production. The lighthearted revue takes place Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, August 16 at 3 p.m. Visit to purchase tickets for in-person or online viewing (a video link will be sent within two weeks of the live show) and to see safety protocols.

5. Of the People

  • Courtesy of Dan Nott & the Center for Cartoon Studies
"How can we work to bring people together when we are so divided?" This is one of the questions guiding Vermont Humanities' 47th annual Fall Conference. Themed "Democracy 20/20," this meeting of the minds starts Wednesday, August 19, with free weekly digital programs dropping every Wednesday through the end of September, examining everything from political cartoons to civic architecture to the importance of a free press. The first digital talk, available August 19 at 7 p.m., is "Women's Suffrage: Moral Advancement or Politics as Usual?" from Marlboro College professor Meg Mott.

6. On Paper

  • Courtesy of the artist and Soapbox Arts
  • "Rosa Was Here" by Rosa Leff
A graffitied bus. City streets criss-crossed with power lines. Rows of barbed wire. Baltimore-based artist Rosa Leff "memorializes the messier details of urban life" through hand-cut artworks based on photographs taken near her home and abroad. Created during quarantine, her solo exhibition "Papercut Polaroids" is on view at Burlington's Soapbox Arts through August 29, Thursday through Saturday and by appointment. Visitors: Remember to wear your mask and practice physical distancing.

7. Music on the Move

  • Courtesy of Kate Baumwell
  • Matthew Evan Taylor
Leave it to enduring Burlington performing arts center the Flynn to find a creative way to bring live music to the Queen City. The downtown venue joins forces to with the University of Vermont's Lane Series and the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival to present a pop-up concert series called Hurly Burly. The socially distanced series kicks off on Saturday, August 15, with Ray Vega & His Latin Jazz Quartet. A second concert, this one by Middlebury College assistant professor of music Matthew Evan Taylor, follows on August 16. Performance times and outdoor locations will be announced on the day of on the Flynn's social media channels. The series runs through September.

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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