Neko Case – These Aren’t The Droids

Neko Case and Kelly Hogan Imagine a Sci-Fi Future Invented by Women, Not Teen Boys, on Funny Song

 

Vermont-based musician Neko Case has a new song out along with Kelly Link on a compilation album titled 2776: A Millennium of American Asskickery. The song, ‘These Aren’t The Droids’, is about “a sci-fi future as envisioned by women, not teenage fanboys.”

The future is designed by teenage boys. Sounds pretty accurate, for better or worse. Give the song a listen over on Paste.

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Call for Makers at the Champlain Mini Maker Faire

Maker Faire Bay Area 2012. Photo by SparkFunElectronics.

Maker Faire Bay Area 2012. Photo by SparkFunElectronics.

The Champlain Mini Maker Faire is looking for makers. On September 29th at Shelburne Farms, creators and crafters from around Vermont will gather for what has been called “the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth.”

So what is a Maker Faire? Well, it “brings together families and individuals to celebrate the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset and showcase all kinds of incredible projects. At Maker Faire, you’ll find arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, fire and water but what makes this event special is that all these interesting projects and smart, creative people belong together. They are actively and openly creating a maker culture.”

And to make it happen, the Champlain Mini Maker Faire seeks makers and their goods. “Fancy yourself a Maker? If you like to tinker, sculpt, experiment, make tools, make toys, make art, make music, make anything – please respond to this Call For Makers!

The Last Days of Langdon Street

Angelica-music.com has an interview with Ben Matchstick, former man of many talents for Langdon Street Cafe, discussing the establishment’s creation, mission and its final days. Ben says:

The financial end was constantly struggling to break even, trying to do a casual environment where people didn’t feel obliged to buy a big meal. They could have a cup of coffee, hang out.

That welcoming atmosphere was one of the things I liked best about Langdon Street. I never really fell into any of the many wheelhouses of music they boasted, but I always knew the cafe was a place I could stop in while passing through Montpelier, rely on as a meeting place or if I wanted to retreat somewhere with a pencil and notebook. And, of course, I played a lot of games there in celebration of Geek Week and other spontaneous game nights.

Thank you, Ben and Meg, for six and a half years!

Geek Things for July 5

  • Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival – Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, 9PM, Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, 10AM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Movies)
  • Game Day, 9:30–10:30AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. Free. (KidS)
  • ‘Frankenstein and Friends’, 12–1PM, Richmond Park, Richmond. Free. (Kids)
  • Amy Seidl – Getting hot in here?, 7PM, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier. Free. (Climate)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive.10am-3pm, Stowe Area Association, Stowe. (Blood Drive)
  • Small World Underground Pre-release Demo!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Optical Tops, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Mirrors, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Josh Ritter, 8pm, Higher Ground, South Burlington. (Music)

Geek Things for June 30th

  • Basic Bike Maintenance, 5:30–6:30PM, Skirack, Burlington. Free. (Bikes)
  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castle)
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’, 10AM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Movies)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike. Meet at History Hike parking lot. 7–9PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm; flashlight required. (Outdoors)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, 7PM, Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, Montpelier. $10-30. (Theater)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Microscope Explorations, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • New England Wildlife, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Marian Call Concert, 7pm – 10pm, Pandemonium Books, Cambridge, MA (Music)

Geek Things for May 6th

  • ECHO Expansion Breakfast, 8:30–9:30AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Free. (Science)
  • ‘Name That Movie!’, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Raptor Encounter, 11AM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • Talk to the Trainer, 2PM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • ‘Draw Comics!’, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Science & Stories – Eggs. 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Kathryn Weller – “Heavy Lifting: Slate Mining in New York Since 1840.” 2PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $5. (Slate)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive, 12-5pm, Rochester Federated Church, Rochester. (Blood Drive)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, The Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Huzzah! 2011, http://www.huzzahcon.com/, May 13 – 15, 2011, Portland, ME (Conventions)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • CLiF Donation, 1pm, Jones Memorial Library, Orleans. (Books)
  • Electronic Music by Middlebury Students, 10:10am – 12pm, MaHaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Middlebury. (Music)
  • International Steampunk City, May 6 – 8, 2011, Waltham, MA (Steampunk)
  • Robin Hood Springtime Festival, May 6 – 8, 2011, Guilford, CT (Renfaire)
  • Author Appearance: Rick Riordan, 5pm – 5pm, The Book Cellar, Brattleboro. (Authors)

Geek Things for May 5th

  • ‘Growing Strong Roots in an Evolving Farm-to-School Landscape’, 3–7:30PM, Green Mountain College, Poultney. $20-25. (Agriculture)
  • Raptor Encounter, 11AM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • Talk to the Trainer, 2PM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Café Scientifique – “Emerging Contaminants: Sex, Drugs and Vices That Affect Our Waters.” 6:30–8:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Free; for ages 21 and up; cash bar. (Science)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • The Battle of Lake Champlain. 7pm, Milano Ballroom, Norwich University, Northfield. (History)
  • Electronic Music by Middlebury Students, 10:10am – 12pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Music)
  • Author Appearance: Rick Riordan, 6pm, Manchester Elementary School gymnasium, Manchester. (Authors)

Geek Things for April 29

And we’re back!

  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Two Headed Giant Sealed – $30 per team, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Leaf Cutter Ants, 11:00am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Optical Illusions, 3:00pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Will Dobson Lecture – “The Dictator’s Learning Curve,”, 12:15 – 1:30pm, Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Geek Week 5 at Langdon Street Cafe, Apr 26 – 30, 2011, Langdon Street Cafe, Montpelier. (Convention)
  • Geek Week: Chiara String Quartet, 6:30pm, Langdon St. Cafe, Montpelier. (Music)
  • Geek Week: Genes and Machines, 9pm, Langdon St. Cafe, Montpelier. (Music)
  • Durians, 10pm, Langdon St. Cafe, Montpelier. (Music)
  • Aeternitas 2011, Apr 28 – May 1, 2011, Laconia NH. (Harry Potter Convention)
  • Arcon X, Apr 29 – May 1, 2011, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY (Convention)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • ‘Name That Movie!’, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Raptor Encounter, 11AM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • Talk to the Trainer, 2PM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • ‘Draw Comics!’, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Puzzles & Board Games, 8:30AM–6PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘Willy Wonka’, 7:30PM, Barre Opera House, Barre. $10-20. (Theater)
  • Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale. Books, DVDs & more. Come early for best selection. 12-6pm, Aldrich Public Library, Barre. (Book Sale)

Books, Bytes & Bots

Books, Bytes & Bots Cover Art

 

Geek Musician John Anealio, out of New Jersey (We’re really hoping that he’ll be touring up here in Vermont at some point this year.) has released a new EP of some of his songs. Appropriately, in time for National Library Week, it’s called Books, Bytes & Bots, featuring some of his book related songs. It’s worth checking out (as well as his growing back track collection – his recently released Robot EP is also quite a bit of fun) , for some fun songs about George R.R. Martin, Apple, John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton.

 

Geek Things for March 31st

  • Vermont Organics Recycling Summit, 8:30AM–4PM, Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center. $35-45. (Organic)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 8AM–1PM, Fair Haven Union High School, Fair Haven. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • Grand Opening, 3–7:30PM, Readers & Writers at LACE, Barre. Free. (Community)
  • ‘How to Make the Best Use of Your Digital Camera’, 6–8PM, Fairfax Community Library, Fairfax. Free. (Photography)
  • ‘Preserving Electronic Records’, 9AM–12PM, Angell College Center, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh. Free. (Technology)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • ‘Journey From Sap to Syrup’. 10-11am, Preregister. Sugarhouse parking area. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per each additional child. (Nature, Kids)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Computers)
  • Poetry-Writing Group, 4:30–5:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Writing)
  • John Cohn – “Smarter Computing: How 100 Years of Innovation Got Us on ‘Jeopardy!'” 4PM, John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill Building, UVM, Burlington. Free. (Robots)
  • Colby Military Writers’ Symposium – “An Uncertain Future in Afghanistan: Assessing the Conflict 10 Years On.” 8AM–7PM, Norwich University, Northfield. $150 for all events. (Military)
  • Dr. Robert J. Nash & Dr. DeMethra LaSha Bradley – “Continuing to Liberate Scholarly Writing: How Scholarly Personal-Narrative Writing Integrates Me-Search and Re-Search.” 3PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Talk)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Author Appearance: Ethan Gilsdorf, Presenting “Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks” http://nescifievents.org/?p=2073, 4pm – 6pm, Beverly, MA (Author)
  • “Carcinogenesis as Development Gone Awry,” 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Given Carpenter Auditorium E131, UVM, Burlington. (Talk
  • Toad the Wet Sproket, 7:00, Higher Ground, South Burlington. (Music)