Geek Things for March 10th


  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 12–5:30PM, Fire Department, Brandon. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 8:30AM–1:30PM, Hartford High School, White River Junction. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Mobius Community Science Night, 5:30–7:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Free, preregister. (Science)
  • Vermont Cartoonist Laureate Appointment, 9:15AM, Various locations statewide. Free. (Cartooning)
  • ‘GasLand’, 7PM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. $4-7. (Documentaries)
  • 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)
  • Bill McKone – “Vermont’s Irish Rebel: The Story of John Lonergan.” 7PM, Chester Arthur Room, Municipal Building, Fairfield. Free. (History)
  • Jennifer Finney Boylan – diversity, multiculturalism, gender and women’s issues, 7-8:30pm, Warren Ballrooms, Angell College Center, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh. Free. (Talk)
  • Lunch & Learn – Designing the Museum, 12PM, Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, Northfield. Free. (Architecture)
  • Panel Discussion – “If You Lose Your Old-Fashioned Town Meeting, Are You Losing Democracy?”, 7PM, Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury. Free. (Politics)
  • Warren Spinner – The issues affecting forest health, 7–8:30PM, Leddy Park Arena, Burlington. Free. (Trees)
  • ‘Underneath the Lintel’, 7:30PM, FlynnSpace, Burlington. $24.30-32.50; special $10 tickets available at the door 10 minutes before curtain. (Theater)
  • Open Miniatures Tables!, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • “The Risky Lives of Professional Guinea Pigs: Alienation and Boredom at the the Pharmaceutical Industry Margins”, 4:30 – 5:45pm, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, 216, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • “Mental Machines” Film Series, Mar 6 – 13 2011, Cambridge, MA (Films)
  • James Kochalka Superstar at Tupelo Music Hall, 8:00 pm, Tupelo Music Hall, White River Junction. (Music)

 

Hadestown comes up short of Grammy

Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown album was up for a Grammy Award last night, for the artwork of her fantastic album. Here’s what the Burlington Free Press had to say about it:

Two Vermont natives up for Grammy awards Sunday went home from the ceremony in Los Angeles without the prized gramophone statuette.

New Haven native Anais Mitchell lost out to art director Michael Carney for his work with The Black Keys in the Best Recording Package category. Mitchell, a singer-songwriter who lives in Marshfield, was nominated with Brian Grunert and Peter Nevins for the artwork for her album “Hadestown.”

Williston native Morgan Page, who like Mitchell was nominated for his first Grammy, also came up short, with David Guetta and Afrojack prevailing in the Best Remixed Recording (Non-Classical) category for their work on Madonna’s “Revolver.” Page was nominated for remixing “Fantasy” by Nadia Ali.

The winners of those awards were announced Sunday afternoon in the pre-broadcast portion of the Grammy Awards.

 

It’s a shame, because Hadestown has some absolutely fantastic art. If you haven’t heard the album yet, do yourself a favor and buy it now!

 

 

Geek Things for January 28th

  • ‘Pollinate & Cultivate: Seeding the Future of Our Food’, 8:30AM–5PM, Vermont Law School, South Royalton. Preregister, Free to the public; $25 for those seeking CLE credits. (Food)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: South Burlington, 9AM–2:30PM, FairPoint Communications, South Burlington. Free. (Vampires)
  • ‘Name That Movie!’, 5–6PM, The CinéClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Trivia)
  • Banff Mountain Film Festival, 7PM, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington. $10-12. (Film)
  • ‘Alice in Wonderland’, 6:30PM, Orchard School, South Burlington. Free; tickets required. (Kids)
  • Comics Club, 3:30–5PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (Kids, Comics)
  • Fairfax Playgroup, 9–10:30AM, Bellows Free Academy – Fairfax, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
  • Family Movie – “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, 6:30–8:15PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Movies)
  • Kids’ Movie – “Nanny McPhee Returns”, 3PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Movies)
  • Science & Stories – Properties of Ice, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Dr. Richard Foote – “Symmetry and the ‘Monster’: Mathematics as the Ultimate Complex System”, 3:45PM, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Math)
  • Peter Lynch – Recap of a decade of an environmentally charged exchange between high schoolers in Vermont and south China, 7–8:30PM, Unitarian Church, Montpelier. Donations accepted. (Science)
  • Neko Case – ‘Storytelling? An Evening of Performances, Poetry and Puppetry’, 7:30PM, Alexander Twilight Theatre, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville. $39-100. (Music)
  • ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’, 7:30PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $5-58. (Theater)
  • Market Day at Birka XXIIM – Barony of Stonemarche, Manchester, NH (SCA)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic, The Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Teacher Workshop: Investigations into Inquiry: Linking Science and Mathematics, 9am to 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. $105, preregistration required. (Teaching)
  • Westford Strategy Board Gaming, 6pm – 11pm, Westford Public Library, Westford, VT (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Poetry Slam. Bring two original 3-min poems for a chance to win book prizes, 6:30pm, Aldrich Public Library, Barre. Info. 433-1706. (Poetry)

 

Geek Things for January 15th

  • The Two Man Gentlemen Band, Friday, January 14, 7PM at River Arts Center in Morrisville. (Music)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Morrisville, 12–6PM, VFW Post, Morrisville. Free. (Vampires)
  • MountainTop Film Festival. See mountaintopfilmfestival.com for films and schedule, 3–10PM, Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield. $6-8. (Film)
  • Fairfax Playgroup, 9–10:30AM, Bellows Free Academy – Fairfax, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
  • Lego Fun & Games, 3:30–4:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Kids, Lego)
  • Eric Hanson (Stories and slides from Canada’s northwest territories), 7PM, Green Mountain Club Headquarters, Waterbury Center. $6-8; free for kids under 12. (Talk)
  • Joseph Citro, Vermont’s role in the heyday of American Spiritualism, 7PM, Tunbridge Public Library, Tunbridge Village. Free. (Spiritualism)
  • Naturalist Journeys Slide Show & Lecture Series (Effects of agricultural-management practices on grassland birds), 7–8:30PM, Unitarian Church, Montpelier. Donations accepted. (Talk)
  • ‘Three Theories in 30 Minutes’, 7pm, 219 Wilson Hall Dartmouth College, Hanover. Free. (Physics)
  • ‘Sea Room’, 7:30PM, Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington. $7-20. (Theater)
  • Friends of Brownell Library Book Sale, 9AM–9PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Books)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Books and Beyond, 10:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Arisia, Jan 14 – 16 2011, Boston, Massachusetts (Convention)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, The Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Exhibit Opening: Raise the Roof, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, ECHO, Burlington. Free with admission. 1.877.324.6386 (Architecture)
  • Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Lecture, “Catabolism of host-derived compounds regulates Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence”, 12:30 pm, McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Science)

 

The Two Man Gentleman Band, tonight at Langdon Street Cafe


This looks like it’ll be a fun, geeky show: the Two Man Gentlemen Band. From the Langdon Street Cafe:

ITS VAUDEVILLE WEEKEND!! The Two Man Gentlemen Band plays original tunes blending old-time country, tin-pan alley, & dixieland swing. The Gentlemen sing about corn liquor, prime numbers, badminton, the hindenberg disaster, the civil war, & matters of the heart; some of which they have experienced first hand. They perform their compositions at a lively pace. They are widely considered to be New York City’s Best Dressed duo. And they also open for Dylan as the Two Man Gentlemen Band! True story! Hosted by Ben t. Matchstick and friends.

Out of New York City, the pair have released music that blends between the modern and vintage. Their latest album, Dos Amigos Una Fiesta from Serious Business Recods has just been released. Take a look here.