It’s February 1988 and we’ve travelled to Japan with Trouble Funk.
Trouble Funk was a DC Go Go band that was attempting to break out of DC and bring the go go sound – a mixture of funk, jazz, and latin grooves – to a wider audience. They had some success in England and in Japan, but by touring the world they lost touch with their local fans.
I love Trouble Funk. If I had a time machine, I’d go back to see them again. I love the driving percussion and call and response with the audience, the horn section, the meaty keyboards and bass, and touch of rock guitar.
Know your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users
Friday May 3, 2013
12:00 PM until 1:00 PM
Join Reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh the first Friday of the month for a tour of first floor & mezzanine, a catalog search demo, and answers to your questions about how to find your way in the Library. Meet at the reference desk; no reservations required.
Howling Through the Streets “
A Chilean woman spoke to me
late into the night in Valparaiso
living during the time of Pinochet.
Does not the first generation who must endure the changes to a new world have the hardest time living through it? Will there be any free space left to sit on the ground “and tell sad stories of the death of kings?”
Have you not heard the lament of our resident philosopher, Spinoza? The call to action from our resident documentarian, Chris Pratt? Is this site created by Chris Grotke and Lise LePage as much for the future as it is for the past and present?
What is it about the future we seem to fear so much? Will we all end by “dining on ashes” paralyzed like lumps of coal on a fire?
We have to start somewhere.
Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 9 for the Brattleboro School of Dance annual spring recital. Performances take place the weekends of May 17-19 and May 24-26 at the New England Youth Theatre, located at 100 Flat Street in downtown Brattleboro.
Current dance students and alumni will perform in 14 pieces choreographed by faculty and guests of the school, demonstrating a breadth of styles that include ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop and belly dancing.
The recital’s 2013 theme, “Evolution,” reflects the progression of several pieces in the program over the course of different shows, says BSD director Jennifer Moyse, as well as the generational transition within the school’s community since it was founded by Kathleen Keller in 1976.
Frost and Wordsworth: Romantic Poetry in the Light of Common Day
Wednesday May 1, 2013
7:00 PM until 9:00 PM
The poetry of Robert Frost and William Wordsworth depends heavily on the natural world and the “language really used by men.” Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea explores the poets’ similarities, differences, and influence on other poets.
The lecture is a First Wednesday program sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.
With a webcast from the high school to gear up for the NRC hearing, the breakdown on the state’s FY14 Budget cuts, and footage from Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, CoreArts, VA, and SIT, every second of this midweek edition is made to count.
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Curbside Compost-Everything You Ever Wanted To Know
Speaker: Moss Kahler, April 19, 2013
Twilight Music presents International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year Tony Trischka and his band, plus Putney-based banjoist Bruce Stockwell at Next Stage on Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 pm.
Tony Trischka is perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 35 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians, including Bela Fleck – one of his early students. Trischka has been a key figure in opening the banjo and acoustic music in general to wider influences, having shared the stage and studio with the likes of Steve Martin, David Grisman, John Denver, The Boston Pops, Jorma Kaukonen, Sam Bush, Chris Thile, Peter Rowan, Earl Scruggs and countless others. He has appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman,” Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Mountain Stage,” and is featured on the soundtrack of the film “Driving Miss Daisy’ and the theme song of the NPR show “Books on the Air.”
Monday April 29
12:00 am PTSD: A Personal Story- Tom Smith
1:20 am Transition Dummerston: Home Energy Challenge Pt.2
2:00 am FSTV Overnight
4:00 am Community Medical School: Electronic Medical Records Pt.2
4:30 am GED-ASAP! ‘Countdown to 2014’
5:00 am Landmark Lecture Series: Dr. Ken Miller – Abandon Darwin? Evolution?
6:30 am The Glacial Ecology of Dummerston VT
Poetry Readings with Wyn Cooper and Ken Hebson
Monday April 29, 2013
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Wyn Cooper is the author of four books of poems, most recently Chaos is the New Calm (BOA Editions, 2010), and Postcards from the Interior (BOA Editions, 2005). His poems appear in more than 25 anthologies of contemporary poetry and more than 100 magazines.
He has written song lyrics for Sheryl Crow, Madison Smartt Bell, and David Broza, among others. He works as a freelance editor of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from his home in Vermont. More information is at www.wyncooper.com.
In June, Brooks Memorial Library will be the first to join the Catamount Library Network, Vermont’s new statewide partnership for resource sharing. Catamount will expand our patrons’ access to resources.
We will be closed on Thursday, May 2nd, for staff training on the new system.
We hope you’ll join us as don Francisco and doña Juana, elders of the Q’ero nation, will be in Brattleboro in early June, offering their energy medicine, ceremonies of manifestation and even an introduction to the ancient “wisdom teachings” of the Andes.
The Q’ero — don Francisco’s and doña Juana’s people, are said to be the last direct descendants of the Inca. They historically were respected as the keepers of the knowledge, and held a place of honor at traditional gatherings and festivals. After the Spanish conquest, they remained invisible, living in small villages as high as 16,000
feet above sea level. To this day, the Q’ero live without electricity, plumbing, automobiles or even bicycles. Here they have kept alive their relationship with the spirits of the land, and practice a heart-based way of relating to the world.
rash of dog-bite incidents in Putney, this weeks’ SeVEDS and sidewalk
upgrade meetings, the library’s new plans for lecture-by-google-hangout,
the plunge for charity, and plenty more fill the roster for this
weekend’s jam-packed weekend edition.
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Tony Cape will read from his memoir, Diamond Highway: A Tibetan Buddhist Path in America on May 9th at Brattleboro Shambhala Meditation Group
Author and educator Tony Cape talks about his experiences as an early student and personal attendant to the seminal Tibetan Buddhist teacher and meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Released in 1976, this concert film was taped over several days in 1973. Aside from the concert footage itself taped at Madison Square Garden in three nights, it features several dream sequences of the band manager (Peter Grant) as a gangster and the band members in their individual fantasy vignettes, It runs just over 2 1/4 hours.
This was the tour in which nearly a quarter-million dollars was stolen from their hotel’s safe deposit box and there’s some footage of that as well. It’s even a good portrait of NYC in the early 1970s. Enjoy.
Watch this touching video of the Kurn Hattin Select Choir’s journey to the finals of WGBY’s Together in Song!
Child Care Provider Appreciation Day is Friday, May 10. In honor of this day of recognition, Windham Child Care Association is selling bags of Vermont Country Tea, custom designed for the organization.
For $5.00, a set of 18 teabags will be delivered along with a personalized note of thanks. The ‘Warm Moments: Tropical Comfort’ tea is a fruit tea combining black tea with mango, pineapple and coconut oils.
Orders can be made online at www.windhamchildcare.org, by calling 254-5332 with credit card information, or by sending a check to 130 Birge St. in Brattleboro. Deadline for orders is Monday, April 29th.
Two Hundred Years of Pride and Prejudice: A Look at Jane Austen’s Endurance
Thursday April 25, 2013
1:30 PM until 3:00 PM
The reading/discussion series: Jane Austen Endures will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice and explore Austen’s publishing staying power. The two-book series sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council will also examine Austen’s universal appeal, her talent for capturing the time she lived in, and her comic, satiric tone, among other aspects of her writing
Lyrics and Fictions: Authors Chard deNiord and Vincent Panella
Wednesday April 24, 2013
7:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Join poet Chard deNiord and novelist Vince Panella in the Library Meeting Room for Local Authors reading Lyrics and Fictions.Poet Chard deNiord will read from his new collection of poems, Interstate, and Vincent Panella will read from his novella and story collection, Disorderly Conduct.DeNiord is a Professor of of English at Providence College and author of The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011) and Night Mowing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005).