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Published September 26, 2007 at 9:21 p.m.

Who says old-style activism and the Internet don't mix? When long-time local activist Robin Lloyd went to Zambia with a group called Jubilee USA, she brought a video camera. Back in Burlington, she enlisted local filmmaker Art Bell to help her transform the footage into a 5-minute documentary that's been posted on the BlipTV video-sharing site. In the clip, called "Cancel Debt Fast," images of Zambian teachers, families and activists appear, and Lloyd's voice explains the work of the international Jubilee movement, which urges the cancellation of developing nations' debts to the IMF and World Bank. Members of Jubilee USA are staging a "rolling fast" until October 15 in support of the Jubilee Act (H.R. 2634). The film can be seen at


Yubby dibby dibby dibby . . . dust off those copies of Fiddler on the Roof, people, and practice - the "interactive" version is coming to Burlington. This Sunday, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue is offering a lunch at noon, followed by a showing of the 1971 film, and viewers are invited to come in costume and sing along. For those who remember all the words to "If I Were a Rich Man," or any other tune from the Oscar-winning musical, now's the time to get in touch with their inner Russian Jewish peasant. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated . . .

Got space? If not, Ben Bergstein may have one for you - a studio space, that is, for classes, rehearsals, workshops, performances or whatever. As previously noted here, the founder of FolKids of Vermont, the Vermont International Festival and the Vermont Performing Arts League has been creating a climate-controlled room in Burlington for rental to community members. Well, it's ready: Bergstein is hosting an open house at the North End Studio, 294 N. Winooski Ave., this Sunday, September 30, from noon to 5 p.m. If you're too busy being Tevye (see above), call for an appointment at 863-6713 . . .

This year's South End Art Hop generated controversy, but more importantly, it generated a lot of art - and more opportunities to see it. This is the last weekend to take in not just that provocative Peter Schumann installation, but also the massive juried show and many others that have remained on view through September. Let the yellow Art Hop booklet be your guide, or visit . . .