Courtesy of Dartmouth College
Coast Jazz Orchestra
1. Behind the Music
"Coast members explore the full spectrum of jazz and creative music, from early pioneers to today's brightest voices," reads the web page
for Dartmouth College's Coast Jazz Orchestra. The student ensemble highlights its eclectic musical choices on a new commemorative album called Lookin' Forward...Coast Jazz Orchestra at Dartmouth 2017-2020
. Director Taylor Ho Bynum and four ensemble members take to YouTube for an album release party
, during which they riff on the making of the LP, as well as their favorite tracks. Watch and listen on Wednesday, September 23, at 8 p.m.
2. Comic Relief
Courtesy of Lost Nation Theater
'A Midsommer Night's Dreame'
Who couldn't use a bit of whimsy right about now? Lost Nation Theater performers whisk audience members to another time and place with a staged reading of William Shakespeare's fantastical comedy A Midsommer Night's Dreame
. Performing on the Vermont Statehouse
steps in Montpelier on Sunday, September 20, thespians follow the Bard's First Folio
script (hence the unusual spelling of the play's title) to tell a story of magic, misplaced affection and a mischievous fairy. The action begins at 2 p.m.
3. Agricultural Adventure
Courtesy of Riley Peterson
Great Vermont Corn Maze
If it's a challenge you seek, the Great Vermont Corn Maze
in Danville may be your destination. Visitors wind their way through a 24-acre labyrinth featuring bridges, hills and a design saluting frontline health care workers. Co-owner Mike Boudreau says most participants spend two and a half to four hours solving the maze. If that sounds like a bit much, try the smaller Scenic Maze, described as offering "a taste of the Big Maze without the frustration." The Great Vermont Corn Maze is open daily through October 12, weather permitting. Reservations
are required, and space is limited.
4. Reader's Delight
Poet, music writer and former host of Vermont Public Radio's "Friday Night Jazz" Reuben Jackson kicks off the 2020 edition of Bookstock: Green Mountain Festival of Words
. Held virtually, this year's fest features monthly livestream author talks, beginning on Thursday, September 17, with Jackson and ending on Thursday, December 17, with Nikita Stewart, a New York Times
reporter and author of Troop 6000: The Girl Scout Troop That Began in a Shelter and Inspired the World
to hear Jackson read from his 2019 poetry collection, Scattered Clouds
5. Piece by Piece
Courtesy of Soapbox Arts
Mosaic by Mary Lacy
If you've ever driven past Dealer.com on Pine Street in Burlington, you've likely marveled at Mary Lacy
's creativity — the Vermont artist painted the origami-inspired abstract mural on the building's two silos in 2015. Now, Lacy showcases "Dishes," a collection of original mosaics at Queen City gallery Soapbox Arts
. Friends and fans who preregister
can celebrate Lacy's work at a socially distanced reception replete with an outdoor cash bar on Friday, September 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition remains on view through November 21.
6. Need for Equality
Courtesy of Vermont-NEA
Noel Riby-Williams in 'I Am From Here'
"To better understand about racist stuff, you have to know what racism looks like." These are the words of one young person featured in Vermont filmmaker Bess O'Brien's 2018 documentary I Am From Here
. Commissioned by the Vermont-NEA, the 30-minute film focuses on BIPOC students and their stories of living and learning in a predominantly white state, along with commentary from Vermont educators. Vermont PBS presents a virtual screening followed by a discussion with O'Brien and several of the film's subjects on Wednesday, September 23, at 7 p.m. Be sure to RSVP
7. On the Fly
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A monarch butterfly
Nets in hand, nature lovers join Vermont Institute of Natural Science
staff members on Saturday, September 19, for Monarch Madness
. From safe catching to tagging, participants learn the ins and outs of marking monarchs for fall migration. The VINS event is part of Monarch Watch's tagging program, an initiative meant to help humans understand "the dynamics of the monarch's spectacular fall migration through mark and recapture." Preregister
to spread your wings in this citizen science project in Quechee.
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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