Brattleboro musician Ruth Garbus, shown here with her new album, “Alive People,” spoke at “Big Enough: Get Comfortable Taking up Space,” a Grrrls 2 the Front workshop, in November.

Carrrving out space to belong

Grrrls 2 the Front tackles gender equity in the music industry, working to solve a ‘massive underrepresentation’ of women and nonbinary people

The arts industry is no different from any other industry when it comes to gender equity. In the traditionally male-dominated fields of music production, engineering, lights and sound, tour management, and stage management, still only a small percentage of women end up in these roles.

In 2022, 30% of artists on the Billboard Hot 100 Year-End chart were women, an increase over 2021's 23.3%.

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‘Just three musicians together, playing for each other’

Dan DeWalt keeps the music flowing with his new recording — one of four projects in the works

Known locally in several circles from restorative justice trainings to fine cabinetmaking, Dan DeWalt is, at the core, a musician: a solo and ensemble player on piano and trombone, an accompanist, and a composer. Heard on other artists' albums and having produced a couple of his own in recent...

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Lewis celebrates season in Grafton concert

Spencer Lewis will help welcome Christmas in Grafton with a free concert at the Grafton Brick Meeting House on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. Lewis will play solo guitar and violin, reprising songs from his Calling in the Winter album, which includes traditional Christmas songs and...

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Arnowitt and ImproVisions Jazz performs in Guilford

Pianist Michael Arnowitt and ImproVisions Jazz perform in Wendy's Jazz Soiree series in Guilford on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. Arnowitt is joined by Clyde Stats on upright bass and (1)Keith Gibson on drums in a program of jazz past and present. They will perform jazz classics by Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, and Bill Evans, along with Michael Arnowitt's versions of jazz standards such as "There Will Never Be Another You" and "Autumn Leaves." Their program also features selections...

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Sculptor Art Costa discusses his BMAC exhibit ‘Sounds Deep’ on Dec. 14

When Vermont sculptor Art Costa first read The Soul of an Octopus, he says, he was fascinated by author Sy Montgomery's description of her friendship with an eight-legged "extraterrestrial." Curious about other organisms living far below the surface of the ocean, Costa dove into research that became his most recent body of work, "Sounds Deep," currently on view at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC). On Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., Costa joins BMAC Director of Exhibitions Sarah...

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Lohman to speak online on ‘endangered eating’

"Endangered eating" is the theme for the December edition of Literary Cocktail Hour, which takes place online with author Sarah Lohman on Friday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. Register at Lohman says American food traditions are in danger of being lost. How do we save them? Apples, a common New England crop, have been called the United States' "most endangered food." The iconic Texas Longhorn cattle is categorized at "critical risk" for extinction. Unique date palms, found nowhere else...

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The Soubrettes present a pair of concerts this month

The Soubrettes, a vocal ensemble led by Anna Patton under the umbrella of the Vermont Jazz Center, has two upcoming concerts featuring Patton's arrangements of original Patton family songs. This 20-member ensemble sings contemporary songs in Swing Era style on Dec. 9, at 7 p.m., at West Village Meetinghouse in West Brattleboro, and on Dec, 10, at 6 p.m., at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Songs by Anna Patton's brother Ben have long been a mainstay of The...

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Brattleboro Camerata presents ‘Treasure Hidden Within’ on Dec. 10

The Brattleboro Camerata presents "Treasure Hidden Within," a program exploring how composers hide pre-existing music within the structure of a new piece, infusing the latter with the essence of the older work. The concert is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. at the Brattleboro Music Center. The "hidden treasures" in the Dec. 10 concert include a popular secular Medieval tune embedded in Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina's "Missa L'homme armé a 4," sacred Gregorian chant melodies hidden in Maurice...

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