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Spoken Word Showcase: Clara Rose Thornton, Nye Ffarrabas, and Alec Silver

Thursday, December 18, 8:30pm – 10:30pm, join us for a celebration of performance poetry in a unique visual arts environment.


  • Clara Rose Thornton, 2014 Dublin (Ireland) Slam Poetry Champion whose work examines memory, lust, social justice and racial injustice.
  • Nye Ffarrabas, innovator and word alchemist, active since the New York Fluxus scene of the 1960s.
  • Alec Silver, actor and enthusiast of language.

Call for Poetry & Performers - Climate Change & the Arts 2015

Post Oil Solutions, continuing its innovative efforts to raise awareness about the growing climate crisis, is organizing Climate Change & the Arts, an evening of poetry, music, and dance that will be held on the evening of Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Hooker Dunham Theater in Brattleboro. An art exposition will also be held in the Hooker Dunham Gallery.

Members of the literary, visual and performing arts communities of Windham County, both professional and amateur, interested in contributing their time and talent are invited to answer our call for poetry and performers. For more information consult the event website: http://www.climatechangeishere2015.com/, or contact Linda Brown at rise.up.vermont@gmail.com.


WVEW Is Streaming On The Web

WVEW-lp is temporarily unable to broadcast our shows over the air.

Our webstrean is working and you can hear your friends and neighbors by using the player on our website, or clicking on a link which will open our webstream in your player. Apps for iPhone and Android devices are available on our site.



Booker T. Washington's Pencil

From today's Phoenix, December 15, 1899:

"Before the appearance of Booker T. Washington in the Auditorium a Brattleboro girl read that he always carried a lead pencil in his right hand when delivering an address. When he came up to the stage she looked for the pencil, and there it was.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 12/15/14

BCTV Ch.8 Schedule for the week of 12/15/14

Monday, December 15, 2014

12:00 am Ethan Allen Homestead : The War of 1812 in the Champlain Valley

1:40 am 2014 Statewide Housing Conference: Intro to Affordable Housing

3:00 am Dartmouth Lecture: The Coming Battles Over Social Security

4:20 am VT Historical Society: WWI with Barre Mayor John Gordon

5:10 am Ending Marijuana Prohibition: Should Vermont Lead or Follow?


Teaching with Technology Courses Start Jan 9 at Marlboro College's Graduate School

Here's our Marlboro courses that start Jan. 9th!

  • Making in Education. Intro and advanced. Fully online with in-person making. Instructor: Bryant Patten. UVM rate. More Info.

  • Online Collaborative Tools. Teaching the Google Generation.  Fully online. Instructor: Lucie deLaBruere. UVM rate. More Info.


Weekend Concert Series: James Brown, April 1971, Bologna, Italy

This is a truly funky line-up, and perhaps my favorite era for James Brown. Everyone in the band was great.

We have Bobby Byrd, backing up James on vocals. We have the horn section that included Fred Wesley, Darryl Jamison, Chicken Gunnells. We have young Bootsy and Catfish Collins, Cheese Martin, and two drummers Jabo Starks and Tiger Martin.

This film isn’t great quality, but it has it all: funky suits, dances, and breaks, plus crazed Italian fans, and what seems to be Sophia Loren’s sister acting as a narrator in parts. My Italian isn’t so good, but she was talking about Sonny and Cher for a moment. If any of you can translate, please share/Cher...


Larry Bloch and Wetlands Preserve Remembered

If you missed the Sunday Keene Sentinel, here is a link to the front page story. This is a story of Brattleboro activist Larry Bloch's (1953-2012) well-known NYC nightclub Wetlands Preserve. At Larry's request, his first wife and "dream companion," Laura Bloch Bourque, gathered together the many boxes of carefully saved calendars and photos of their nightclub into one amazing book which must be seen to be appreciated. Bands such as the Dave Mathews Band, Phish, Hootie and the Blowfish and so many others played at Wetlands Preserve in the 1990s.

The Sentinel article tells about the love that went into the writing and publishing of the book. The book itself is for sale at Everyone's Books on Elliot Street in Brattleboro and Toadstool's in Keene and Peterborough, NH


42nd Christmas at Christ Church: "All My Heart Rejoices!"

Guilford, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford’s 42nd Annual Christmas at Christ Church program, featuring choral and instrumental music, a holiday reading, and carols, is set for 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 12, and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 13. Christ Church is at the corner of Rt. 5 south and Melendy Hill Road in the Algiers Village of Guilford.
This season's theme for the program -- "All My Heart Rejoices!” -- is reflected in nine mostly familiar holiday song texts in unfamiliar arrangements by composers from the past five centuries, including Arthur Sullivan's "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" and Charles Gounod's "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel." Choral director Tom Baehr's composing and arranging skills, featured in the repertoire of several recent Chamber Singers concerts, are represented in the version of "All My Heart This Night Rejoices!" being performed this weekend.


The Holiday Trade - A Look Among The Dealers, 1875

Digging through the old newspapers today, I found an interesting story describing the holiday items for sale at some of the stores downtown in 1875 during a period of economic hard times for many people.

The article provides quite a few extended details about the stores and items for sale, so I thought I'd share it. Set your iBrattleboro time machine for early December, 1875, and let's go shopping in downtown Brattleboro.


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