Arts Calendar: Chittenden County
Meklit is an Ethio-American vocalist, singer-songwriter and composer, making music that sways between cultures and continents. Known for her electric stage presence, innovative take on Ethio-Jazz, and her fiery, emotive live shows, Meklit has rocked stages from Addis Ababa (where she is a household name) to San Francisco (her beloved home-base), to NYC, London, Montreal, Nairobi, Chicago, LA, Rome, Zurich, Rio Di Janeiro, Seattle, Cairo, and more.
Tonight she performs songs from her recent album, When the People Move, the Music Moves Too. Produced by multi-GRAMMY winner Dan Wilson (Adele, John Legend), the album was inspired by Mulatu Astatke - the Godfather of Ethio-Jazz. Back in 2011, he told Meklit, "find your contribution to Ethio-Jazz and keep on innovating!" His words sparked these 11 celebratory songs. The record features world renowned musicians Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the violinist/whistler Andrew Bird. It reached #4 on the iTunes World Charts, was named one of the Best Soul Albums of 2017 by Bandcamp, and one of the 100 Best Albums of the Year by the Sunday Times UK. Her April 217 Lincoln Center performance was named one of the Best NYC Concerts of 2017 by New York Music Daily.
Meklit is a TED Senior Fellow and her TED Talk, The Unexpected Beauty of Everyday Sounds, has been watched by more than 1.2 million people. She has received musical commissions from Lincoln Center and the MAP Fund and has toured extensively across the US, UK, and East Africa. She has been an artist-in-residence at NYU, and collaborated with musical legend Pee Wee Ellis and members of the BBC Philharmonic. She was a featured voice in the UN Women Theme Song alongside Angelique Kidjo and Anoushka Shankar.
7/12/18 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Arts Riot - 400 Pine Street, Burlington
VT STEAMspace at Vermont Teddy Bear
for ages 9-13
Make a Cardboard Guitar
With MakeyMakeyⓇ and Scratch
Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
July 9-13, 2018
Learn electronics and coding with – MaKey MaKeyⓇ and Scratch, with option to acquire items you may wish to continue working on at home.
Make a Guitar with MakeyMakeyⓇ: “...an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple invention kit for beginners and experts doing art, engineering, and everything in-between.”
Scratch is an open source coding language, developed at MIT MediaLab that “helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.”
Participants may choose to integrate their creations into video expressions that can be filmed and edited to include sound and animations.
$275 – $295
*NO PREREQUISITES REQUIRED
7/9/18 9:00am - 7/13/18 3:00pm
VT STEAMspace at Vermont Teddy Bear, Shelburne
Nicole Czapinski explores illusions within perception, the complexity of consciousness, and is inspired by the invisible and unknown. By employing the simplest of materials, she examines aspects of awareness – from the interior elusiveness of consciousness to the enormity of an expanding universe. Her work is comprised of framed shapes “drawn” with colored thread that appear suspended in space.
For her Project Vermont presentation, the artist will activate her work by creating a series of frozen sculptures that will melt and refreeze in a continuous cycle throughout the duration of the show.
Nicole Czapinski will be the first artist to be featured as part of Project Vermont – a new series dedicated to experimentation by providing a setting for contemporary Vermont artists to push their artistic practice while creating new work. Presenting visual, performance, and interdisciplinary exploration from emerging to established artists, Project Vermont supports artists’ exploration of new ideas and challenges, enables innovation, and creates engagement between audience and artist.
Check website for operating hours. Admission is always free to the BCA Center.
6/29/18 6:00pm - 8/5/18 5:00pm
135 Church Street, Burlington
Multi-disciplinary artist Crystal Wagner transforms organic and biomorphic designs into colorful prints, sculptures, and sprawling installations comprised of bursting colors and organic forms. Her two and three-dimensional work boasts bright neon hues consisting of distinctive, intricate circular patterns suggestive of the natural world. The artist employs a hybrid approach to printmaking and sculpture, in which she incorporates her screenprints with recycled consumer materials, such as disposable tablecloths, to create textural pieces that are as expansive as they are voluminous. Wagner will create an immense site-specific installation in BCA’s first-floor gallery that grows from floor to ceiling and emerges outside to meander across the exterior façade. This exhibition will be Wagner’s first to simultaneously incorporate interior and exterior space within one work.
Crystal Wagner: Traverse is presented by Leunig's.
Check website for operating hours. Admission is always free at the BCA Center.
6/29/18 6:00pm - 10/7/18 5:00pm
135 Church Street, Burlington