Courtesy of 7th Empire Media
1. Face Value
Who does facial recognition technology help and who does it hurt? By focusing on the work of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini, the 2020 documentary Coded Bias
delves into this question — and reveals widespread discrimination in artificial intelligence. Vermont International Film Foundation presents
the hard-hitting doc online through December 17. Coded Bias
is also shown in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week
from December 7 through 13.
2. A Little Collection
Courtesy of Axel's Frame Shop & Gallery
Installation view of "Smalls" paintings
Owning a one-of-a-kind piece of art doesn't always require a huge investment. Just look at "Smalls
," a show at Axel's Frame Shop & Gallery in Waterbury. On view by appointment through Thursday, December 24, the group exhibition includes original works of art — think photos, paintings and sculptures — measuring 10 inches square or smaller and priced at or under $100. Art hounds may also browse and buy these mini masterpieces online
3. Delicious Discussion
Courtesy of Lidia Bastianich
Seasoned chef, restaurateur and host of the Amazon Prime program "Lidia's Kitchen" Lidia Bastianich dishes on holiday cooking and traditions in a virtual chat presented by Vermont PBS. Hosted by Seven Days
food writer Melissa Pasanen, From Lidia's Kitchen to Yours: A Live Q&A
also features discussion of Bastianich's latest cookbook, Felidia: Recipes From My Flagship Restaurant
, as well as time for audience queries. Preregister
to watch for free on Wednesday, December 9, at 7 p.m.
4. Pop Culture
Courtesy of University of California Press
Segregation, civil rights, rock ’n' roll, and the rise of televised youth culture. Dartmouth College history professor Matthew F. Delmont
connects these major themes in American history through the lens of "American Bandstand," a live music and dance TV show that aired for decades starting in 1952. Delmont, who penned the 2012 book The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock ’n' Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia
, elucidates his ideas in a free remote talk presented by Lebanon Opera House in New Hampshire. Listen in at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8, and be sure to register
ahead of time.
5. World Tour
Courtesy of Vermont International Festival
Itching for a getaway in the era of COVID-19? Try touring the world in a weekend — without leaving home. The 28th annual Vermont International Festival
, a celebration of global cultures, goes virtual
in 2020, offering education, entertainment and shopping through your computer, Friday, December 4, through Sunday, December 6. Pretaped acts by artists such as Vermont Nepali Heritage Dance
and Afro-funk band Sabouyouma
shine a light on diverse performing arts styles, while an online marketplace offers artisan wares such as Chinese jewelry and Madagascan natural-fiber bags. Also on the menu: Authentic world cuisine available for takeaway (order ahead here
) at the O'Brien Community Center
6. Fresh Format
Courtesy of Dominic Spillane
Two for Zoom
Instead of adapting existing theater works for an online format, Green Room Productions presents two one-act plays created specifically for performance on the video chat platform Zoom. "Missing Ingredients" by Colleen O'Doherty follows a woman giving her sister a long-distance helping hand after a family tragedy. In "Zoe" by Jack Canfora, a woman reluctantly agrees to a video chat with her ex-husband. Packaged as Two for Zoom
, the two shows stream back-to-back at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 5, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 6.
7. Here We Come A-Caroling
Adobe Stock and Taylor Haynes
Is the holiday season complete without a family rendition of "The Twelve Days of Christmas"? In an effort to keep music a part of yuletide traditions despite social-distancing measures, the Upper Valley Music Center offers a dozen days of virtual events, such as children's sing-alongs, student recitals, a fiddle-tune jam session and a participatory singing of Handel's Messiah
. View the complete schedule
for the Holiday Music Festival
and join in song between December 4 and 15.
This is just a small sampling of the state's in-person and virtual happenings in the coming days. Browse our art
and music + nightlife
listings for more.
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