ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 22 * * All Arts News On the Web * * November 15, 2018


      ArtBits always features a calendar of the goings on of Franklin County artists. Check out these events around Franklin County. Each issue includes the entire text of our weekly newspaper column.

      Franklin County's arts and music gatherings bring new opportunities, gossip, "show-and-tell" and occasional workshops. There are also booked and acoustic Open Mic Nights that feature music, readings, and more from the best new artists in Vermont.

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ST. ALBANS--The BFA St. Albans Theater Company presents Shrek the Musical in a three-day run beginning this evening at the BFA Performing Arts Center. The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and there is a special matinee on Saturday at 1 p.m.
      Join Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey as they face dragons, swamps and ultimately themselves on their journey to Lord Farquaad's castle in Duloc. The student driven theatrical presentation has the story, the spectacle, the music and dance of the original motion picture and you get to see Summer Sounds favorite, green ogre Rosie Newton "with funny ears, who smells, belches, has gas, hangs out with a donkey, and lives in a swamp" (and that's a direct quote from Brian Newton).
      Admission is $8 for adults or $6 for students and seniors. Click here for tickets and more info.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council hosts a Holiday Paint & Sip at the American Legion Green Mountain Post #1 on Friday at 6 p.m.
      It will be a night of friends, laughter and fun as we enjoy painting a sap bucket for your personal treasures or as a great holiday gift. (And make a donation to the SAC and the American Legion at the same time!)
      The cost is $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Pre-registration is required. Call 802.524.5561 or email for more info.


ST. ALBANS--The Artist in Residence Gallery has a new raffle. This month, the lucky winner will receive the ultimate gift basket, a delightful collection of themed and varied gifts. Each new basket is on display in the gallery until the winning ticket is drawn during the featured artist reception on the first Thursday of the month.
      Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10; spend $25 or more in the gallery and get a free ticket.


SWANTON--The Swanton Arts Council Writer's Group will meet at the Swanton Free Public Library this evening at 6 p.m. Members can share progress and join in the discussion about longer projects and anything else about writing, reading, publishing, and more.
      Call Becky Rupp (802.733.7471) or email for more info.


SOUTH HERO--The Blue Paddle Bistro presents Carol Ann Jones in a solo singer-songwriter performance in the main dining room on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Ms. Jones will appear the third Thursday of each month.
      Seating is limited and reservations are a must. Call 802.372.4814

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap offers Summer Sounds favorite Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers tonight at 7 p.m.
      On Tap has music on Tuesday through Saturday nights. Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

ST. ALBANS--TNT Comedy is on fire in the back room at Twiggs on TNT Comedy Thursday at 7 p.m. Doors at 6:30.
      Stand up open mic goes wild from 7 - 8 p.m. Anyone who wants to try out a five minute set "should know you'll be welcomed with boisterous laughter." 8 - 9 p.m. is the comedy showcase with explosive performances from CarrieRae Pichemel, Jenna Perrapato, and Kathleen Kanz. This is a free show for mature audiences and space fills up quickly; call Twiggs to reserve a table. Make dinner reservations prior to the show since only drinks, appetizers, and desserts will be served during the show.
      Next up, Twiggs presents John Geno and Kevin Connelly's popular, Plattsburgh-based The Duel on Friday and the acoustic trio AmerikanaBlue on Saturday. Shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Bayside has Just Phil live on Friday at 6 p.m.
      Ski Instructor, resort guy Phil Graziano recently appeared on the Vermont House of Rockers an a blues blast extravaganza on LCATV.

ST. ALBANS--14th Star Brewing Company present singer/songwriters Chris & Erica on the taproom stage on Saturday at 6 p.m.
      They won the 14th Star acoustic performer contest last year and have opened for Jamie Lee at Higher Ground.

ROUSES POINT--Justice goes Road Trippin' to New York at Latitude 45 on Saturday at 9 p.m.
      The roof will be raised in their debut at the nautical-styled bar with a lakeside view, plenty of dancing room, and live entertainment.

MONTGOMERY--Celebration of Expressive Arts hosts Bob & Becca's 50 Years Together special event at The INN on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      John and Ashley Nicholls, Michael Pratt, and Patrick Murphy are the CEA presenters. The local artists, writers and musicians gather to share original and thought provoking work, curated and hosted by Bob and Becca Cummins. Come early for dinner and keep your table for the special Saturday night CEA. Reservations are recommended. Find them on Facebook for more info.

BURLINGTON--8084 presents Love Not Hate with Joe McGinness at ArtsRiot on Saturday at 8 p.m.
      Energetic, charismatic and dedicated, 8084 has been exciting audiences for over 30 years as Summer Sounds favorites, Floodstock headliners, and sharing the stage with Aldo Nova, Toto, April Wine, Warrant, Edgar Winter, Blue Oyster Cult, Henry Lee Summer, and more. The dynamic band has lead vocalist and mic twirler Randy Smith; Andre Maquera, guitars and vocals; Frank Barnes, bass and vocals; and Gary Spaulding, drums and vocals. They released their first album in 1987.
      General Admission is $18. Find them on Facebook for more info for tickets and.

VERGENNES--The Vergennes Opera House presents the Johnny Cash Tribute Show on Saturday at 7 p.m. George Richard stars as the "golden-throated" man in black.
      Admission is $15. Click here for tickets.

ST. ALBANS--Rushmore brings Classic Rock to The Room at 14th Star to benefit Operation Happiness on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
      Entry is by donation of 10 non-perishable food items or a $10 donation at the door. Or both!


ST. ALBANS--The Eloquent Page has "the sequel we have all been waiting for," Life On A Cliff. Author Stephen Russell Payne will read from and sign his newest book on Saturday at 10 a.m.
      This is his fifth book. His book sales raise money for Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, the Lake Champlain Land Trust, area food shelves, and others.
      Dr. Payne is a fourth generation Vermonter with an MA-English from Tufts and his MD from UVM. He is a general surgeon and has been a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery since 1988. He lives on an organic farm with his family.

ON THE BOOKSHELF--ArtBits features a quick weekly peek at library events in and around Franklin County. That popular feature has a page of its own at the Franklin County Bookshelf here on the AAC site at We also take an occasional peek at the bookshelf or night stand of the folks you know in and around Franklin County. Those reviews can be found on the ArtBits Bookshelf.

Good News!

There are so many events around the region that we miss some of them.
Be sure to check these calendars for what's happening near you ...
All Arts Council of Franklin County
Cambridge Arts Council
Franklin County Regional
Chamber of Commerce
Island Arts
St Albans Community Arts
Swanton Arts Council
Young Tradition Vermont


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