Elsa Borrero and Eugene Uman, the recipients of the 2024 Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) Jazz Heroes Award.

‘All of this is bearing fruit’

Uman, Borrero to receive JJA Jazz Heroes Award for their quarter-century of creating community at the Vermont Jazz Center

BRATTLEBORO-Always a special home-team event at the Vermont Jazz Center (VJC), this year's performance of the Eugene Uman Convergence Project on June 15 [story, this issue] will be even more so.

On that night, Eugene Uman, VJC musical and artistic director, and Elsa Borrero, operations manager, graphic designer, and consultant in multimedia production, will be granted a 2024 Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) Jazz Heroes Award.

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Elder statesman

Jon Langford, a multitalented artist and punk legend over the past four decades, brings his new band to Bellows Falls, the village he fell in love with last year

BELLOWS FALLS-Punk icon Jon Langford and his new band The Bright Shiners will be playing at Ciao Popolo in Bellows Falls on Friday, June 14. Langford said he's looking forward to being back in Bellows Falls, where he made a strong connection to the village a year ago. He...

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Putney Public Library celebrates poetry chapbook release with readings

PUTNEY-In 2019, Putney Public Library began to assemble a chapbook of poetry by writers with creative ties to Vermont. While the project was unexpectedly delayed by Covid, the chapbook is now complete and ready to be released into the world. The book, Time Capsule, was hand bound in community...

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‘Flesh and the Devil,’ a silent film with Greta Garbo, screens at Epsilon Spires

BRATTLEBORO-Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St., continues its silent film and pipe organ series, now in its third year, with a screening of the 1926 silver-screen-sizzler, Flesh and the Devil (director Clarence Brown, 112 minutes), with organist and silent film improviser Peter Krasinski. This immersive cinema experience will take place on Saturday, June 15, at 8 p.m., in the sanctuary at Epsilon Spires, activating its historic Estey Organ with a dynamic live soundtrack. Flesh and the Devil was the pre-Hays Code...

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Harmony Collective features works by Julia Sorensen, Nicholas Cain in June

BRATTLEBORO-"Innerstate Vol. 1," a show in two volumes by Julia Sorensen and Nicholas Cain that features both new work by each artist and collaborative paintings in an everchanging display experience, is on exhibit through Wednesday, July 3, at Harmony Collective on Elliot Street. "Abstract art at its best reveals something about both the painter and the viewer," the gallery wrote in a news release. "It connects us to feeling, to the unconscious, and to ourselves. It pushes the boundaries of...

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VJC closes out season with performance by Eugene Uman’s Convergence Project

BRATTLEBORO-Vermont Jazz Center (VJC) director and pianist Eugene Uman will close out the Vermont Jazz Center's season of concerts with a new version of the Convergence Project, a group he put together 15 years ago to perform his original compositions. For their performance Saturday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m., Uman will present a sextet with Haneef Nelson (trumpet), Jason Robinson (saxophone), Cameron Brown (acoustic bass), Brian Shankar Adler (drums), and Joel "Pibo" Márquez (percussion). Uman says the Convergence Project is...

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Group show by Guilford artists opens June 14

GUILFORD-Guilford's artists and poets are coming together to present "Our World in Words & Pictures," a group art show at Broad Brook Community Center that will open its doors to the public on Friday, June 14, at 6:30 pm. "Our World in Words & Pictures" is "more than just an exhibition; it's a celebration of the beauty that surrounds us," organizers write in a news release. "Through the lenses of visual artists and the pens of poets, this show captures...

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Hooking the audience

WEST CHESTERFIELD, N.H.-Lights up in West Chesterfield: Actors Theatre Playhouse (ATP) opens its 49th season with the 14th annual Ten-Minute Play Festival. To whet the appetite, an ATP press release asks: What happens when... • A young movie buff, raised on the classics, must face the music (and a little advice)?• Olivia answers the door armed only with angst and preconceptions: Will she get religion?• The neighbor's philosophy is 'Build a wall'?• A desperate woman heeds a rancher's warning?• Exposure...

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