Category Archives: Culture

Sinking ships: The inevitable disappointment of TV coupledom

Relationshipping, or “shipping” for short, is the act of rooting for the romantic pairing of the particular couple either in real life or within a fictional context. Shipping exists in…

Puppets invade Brattleboro: International Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival Sept. 19-23

Joshua Holden brings “The Joshua Show” to the International Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival in Brattleboro at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. It’s part of a five day celebration…

Fantasy: ‘Disenchantment’ fails to cast a spell

By JIM SABATASO Correspondent It’s unfair to compare “Disenchantment” to “The Simpsons” and “Futurama.” Unfair, but inevitable. The series, which premiered on Netflix last month, is the latest from Matt…

‘Abstraction in Fabric’: Ken Smith sews stuff together

Victoria Crain THE ARTS Ken Smith is experimenting; he’s trying things out; his tools are scissors, Kona cotton fabric, sewing machine and geometry. He started messing around with fabric as…

Represent: ‘Random Acts of Flyness’ is an engrossing exploration of African-American culture

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Whenever there’s a discussion about representation of nonwhite culture in popular media, there’s inevitably someone who will make the case for the preservation of white-European culture….

Summer fun in ski country: Base Lodge Bluegrass Festival

Janelle Faignant THE ARTS Last fall three organizations came together to brainstorm collaborative ways to bring new events to the Suicide Six Ski Area and the South Pomfret area. The…

Craft works: ‘Making It’ is a creative escape

By Jim Sabataso Correcpondent In my recent discussion of summer popcorn television, I left out a crucial subcategory: reality shows. While I’ve never been able to get down with soapy…

Vermont developing influence in the film world: Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

Jim Sabataso THE ARTS When the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival gets underway tonight, nearly 60 filmmakers from 15 countries will converge on the town for one of the film industry’s…

Popcorn TV: In praise of the low-key summer binge

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent With so much capital “I” important television out there, it’s easy to get blinders on as you leap from one buzz-worthy new show to the next….

Small-town terror: ‘Castle Rock’ has potential to thrill

By JIM SABATASO Correspondent Anyone who grew up in a small town knows they have their secrets. You hear whispers of tragedy, scandal, and sin, furtively spoken of in hushed…