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LILY ROBERTS, LEFT, plays Jack Kelly, and Noah Smith-Sabourin plays Jack's buddy Davy in Town Hall Theater's production of "Newsies, Jr." Independent photo/Steve James
Back in the late 1800s, newsboys were on every street corner in New York. Poor, often homeless and shoeless, their cries of “Extra! Read all about it!” could be heard throughout the city.  But when publishers Pulitzer and Hearst demanded a bigger cut of the newsies’ income, the kids did something extraordinary: they organized and went on strike. It was a bunch of unruly kids against two of the richest men in America.  And the newsies won.  This story has been turned into a hit Broadway musical, which will be presented by Town Hall Theater’s Young Company on July 23 and 24.  “It’s the perfect...

'RAGING BULL' OPENED to mixed reviews in 1980. Our reviewer got to see it on the big screen at last week's Sunset Series at Swift House Inn/Summer of Scorsese.
“Raging Bull” is a terrible movie. For one, it’s just not that great. How about that Robert De Niro guy in the lead? Poorly miscast. Hayden Christenson would have played a more convincing Jake LaMotta than Mr. De Niro. I can’t believe this movie was made by Martin Scorsese, the same guy who made the 1977 gem “New York, New York.” Just kidding! “Raging Bull” is a perfect movie that accomplishes each and every brutal task it sets out to do, and it was great getting to see it on the big screen at the second installment of the Sunset Series at Swift House Inn/Summer of Scorsese this past Thursday...
(Santa Fe Writer's Project) Mona — also known as Sad Millennial, infamous star of a viral video captured as her much-deserved job vanished before her eyes in the economic crash of 2008 — knows how to work hard, strives for perfection in everything she does, and she will, by the power vested in her by her, succeed. However, her current mantra is: I’m unemployed, I’ve never had a boyfriend, I live with my parents in the most boring town on the planet, and I hate myself. She desperately needs to find a job and get out of her parents’ basement. She often wakes up dreadfully hungover, after...

SOPHIE HOCHMAN, BUSINESS, Business Development and Filmmaker Relations Intern with Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, stands with Dana Hart, Director of Ilsley Public Library, and her daughter Augusta, in front of the growing MNFF collection at the Middlebury library. MNFF recently delivered 55 more films to the library’s collection.
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival has delivered its most recent installment of “alumni donated” films to the MNFF Collection at Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury. This year, the Festival was pleased to deliver 55 films to the library from its 5th Annual Festival in 2019. This donation grows the library’s collection to include over 145 features and shorts, including documentaries, narrative drama, comedies, and animated films. All the films are available on BluRay. The Festival genuinely appreciates the generosity of its former filmmakers and is proud to offer their work to the...

Plants such as cilantro and onions can share the same space in the garden as they mature at different times so don't compete for space. Photo / Bonnie Kirn Donahue
Do you ever plant your vegetable garden in the spring, and wish that you had more space to plant other crops? With careful succession planting, you can plant more with the same amount of space. Succession planting is a technique where you stagger plantings of either the same plant or different plants throughout the growing season. This can be done in any sized space, such as containers, raised beds or in-ground gardens.  Certain crops, including lettuce and peas, are considered cool crops and grow only in the cooler temperatures of spring or fall. Others prefer the warmer soil and air...
Dear Homeward Bound, My family just adopted a dog from a humane society. The dog had been there a long time and seemed really happy and easy-going when we visited him there. But since we brought him home this week he has been a totally different dog and seems scared and shut-down. My mom and dad are disappointed and have started talking about him not being the right “fit” for our family and that he might have to go back. I really like having a dog and I don’t want them to do this. Is there anything I can do to get them to stop thinking about taking him back? Curious (and worried)   Dear...

ILLUSTRATION BY ADELAIDE Murphy Tyrol
To quote the French dramatist Jean Giradoux, “The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.” Flowering plants fill our summer fields and gardens, bring bright spots of color to our woods, and — since their arrival on the scene some 130 million years ago — have evolved along with animal life to become an essential part of the food web. There are approximately 300,000 species of flowering plants — about 80-90 percent of all known plants — and scientists estimate that 85 percent of these rely on insects, birds, or bats to reproduce. Many of...

RIPTON NATIVE CODY McGlashan is more than halfway through a Kickstarter campaign, raising funds to make “Gary Screams for You” — “A film about a very freaky man and his very scary compulsion to scream at strangers in the wee hours of the night.” Eben Schumacher, also of Ripton, designed the film’s poster and concept art.
Cody McGlashan signed up for a weight loss study with Harvard just before COVID took hold in the spring of 2020. The basic idea of the study was to live isolated with a community of people in the woods for three months and lose 40 pounds, then collect your $10,000 and go about your life. Sounds like some reality TV show with way too many seasons. No, McGlashan wasn’t on a reality show, but over those three months, he did write a screenplay — “Gary Screams for You.”  “At first it was about this goofy guy hiding in the bushes screaming at people,” explained McGlashan, a Ripton native and...

BREAD & PUPPET PERFORMED at Woodchuck Cider in 2020. Photo by Cindi Duff
The circus is coming! The circus is coming! Bread and Puppet Theatre’s “Our Domestic Resurrection Circus,” that is. On Wednesday, July 21 and Friday, Sept. 3, from 6-7 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m.) Town Hall Theater and Middlebury Underground will present this Bread & Puppet production outdoors at Marble Works Riverfront Park at 137 Maple Street in Middlebury. “Our Domestic Resurrection Circus” is a brand new show in the tradition of the iconic Bread & Puppet Circuses that began at Goddard College in Plainfield in 1970. This year’s show in Middlebury will draw on traditional circus...

'RECEPTION,' A COLLAGE by Hannah Morris
There isn’t anything particularly unusual about the subjects of Hannah Morris’ scenes — a group of kids hanging around, folks gathering in a living room, a picnic — but they make being human look fun. Check out her new show “On Second Thought” at Northern Daughters gallery on Main Street in Vergennes, on view now through Aug. 15.  “Morris’ new show reminds us of the mundane, exotic, wonderful lives we all lead,” gallerist Justine Jackson said. “She engages vivid color, pattern, perspective, and her illustrative approach to depict scenes that might occur in anyone’s town.” Morris portrays a...

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