The Magnificent 7: Must See, Must Do, August 4 to 10 | Magnificent 7 | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Arts + Life » Magnificent 7

The Magnificent 7: Must See, Must Do, August 4 to 10

By

Modest Mouse - COURTESY OF HIGHER GROUND
  • Courtesy Of Higher Ground
  • Modest Mouse

Float On

Sunday 8

Smartphones, psychedelics, teaching your kids how to tie their shoes — all these topics and more were on Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock's mind as the band crafted its long-awaited seventh studio album, The Golden Casket. Fans of the audacious indie outfit get to rock along to these new songs as the band's national tour touches down at Essex Junction's Champlain Valley Exposition.

Cultivating Curiosity

Sunday 8–Sunday 15
VT Open Farm Week - © BITTYIMP | DREAMSTIME
  • © Bittyimp | Dreamstime
  • VT Open Farm Week

Locavores and the agriculturally curious show their appreciation of regional food and the farmers that grow it as Vermont Open Farm Week kicks off this Sunday. Needle felting, butter churning and goat herding are on the docket as farms, orchards and other Green Mountain sites offer interactive activities for all ages.

Let's Get Mythical

Thursday 5–Sunday 8
Xanadu - COURTESY OF DEIRDRE HOLMES
  • Courtesy Of Deirdre Holmes
  • Xanadu

The 1980 Olivia Newton-John vehicle Xanadu makes new magic in Charlotte this week as a musical directed by local theater whiz kid Schuÿler Edgar Holmes. In association with Bishop's University in Québec and featuring a cast of experienced young thespians, this campy classic tells the story of a schlubby chalk artist, a roller derby and a Greek muse fallen to Earth, all to the tune of music by Electric Light Orchestra.

Dog Days

Saturday 7
Dog Party - COURTESY OF ANGIE LOW
  • Courtesy Of Angie Low
  • Dog Party

Given all the outdoor food and music festivals happening this summer, Fido and friends deserve some fun, too. Folks and their familiars descend upon Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury for a superb symposium of provincial pooches: the annual Summer Dog Party. Games, live music by Shrimp Tunes and treats for both species in attendance make for an afternoon of canine delight.

Reels on the River

Saturday 7
40th Anniversary Asbury Short Film Concert - © FERNANDO GREGORY | DREAMSTIME
  • © Fernando Gregory | Dreamstime
  • 40th Anniversary Asbury Short Film Concert

Lovers of quick flicks can look no further than the 40th Anniversary Asbury Short Film Concert at White River Junction's Briggs Opera House. Hosted by White River Indie Films and Vermont movie maker John Griesemer, the showcase features classics alongside recent award winners, including local emerging filmmaker Cedar O'Dowd's "Noah's Last Day."

Witchy Woman

Tuesday 10

Sorcery in the Scottish Highlands is the topic of the hour when Vermont Writers Prize-winner Nancy Hayes Kilgore launches her new book, Bitter Magic. Vermont Book Shop presents a virtual reading and Q&A session for the debut of this fantastical novel inspired by true events in the life of accused witch Isobel Dowdie.

Cretaceous Carnival

Ongoing
Summer of Dinosaurs - COURTESY OF MONTSHIRE MUSEUM
  • Courtesy Of Montshire Museum
  • Summer of Dinosaurs

Dino devotees of all ages enjoy hands-on activities and neck-straining sights at the Montshire Museum of Science's "Summer of Dinosaurs." The exhibit features ancient eggs, interactive exploration stations and the fossils of adult and adolescent allosauruses to help visitors learn first-hand about the lives of these scaly specimens.