Category Archives: The Arts

Rusty DeWees’comedy returns to Rutland

By JANELLE FAIGNANT THE ARTS Two years ago, actor Rusty DeWees was onstage with musician Patrick Ross, singing and improvising lines, the way DeWees does, when Ross suddenly jumped on…

Discovering beauty in simplicity: Joe Davidian brings his jazz home to Vermont

By TOM HUNTINGTON THE ARTS Now based in New York City, Vermont-born jazz pianist and composer Joe Davidian has performed all over the world and played with a litany of…

Finding a kindred spirit in Robert Frost

By JANELLE FAIGNANT THE ARTS Actor Gordon Clapp had been waiting 40 years to portray poet Robert Frost. When the Emmy-winning and Tony-nominated actor (“NYPD Blue,” “Chicago Fire,” and “Grey’s…

Seeking hope: SculptFest 2017

Janelle Faignant THE ARTS Last December, Whitney Ramage was looking for an idea for this year’s SculptFest at The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center in West Rutland. “Everything seemed so…

Experience the locals: Vt musicians recreate U2’s ‘The Joshua Tree’

Jim Sabataso THE ARTS Since its inception in 2015, the 802 Music Vermont Showcase has shined a spotlight on area musicians, bringing acts like Waylon Speed, Jatoba, Bow Thayer and…

The language of art: Carving Studio Members’ exhibit

By Janelle Faignant THE ARTS Some artists say that their work speaks to them. A personal, unspoken language develops mysteriously between artist and subject. In painter Rita Fuchsberg’s case, it…

‘Steel Magnolias’: The hearts of the south

By Janelle Faignant THE ARTS For these ladies, beauty is more than skin deep. In a town where you don’t leave the house without full hair and make-up, and Lycra…

Finding the humanity in ‘Sweeney Todd’

By Janelle Faignant THE ARTS The dark and rainy streets of London make the perfect setting for Stephen Sondheim’s haunting tale of revenge, “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet…

Bluegrass Gospel Project says farewell

By Art Edelstein THE ARTS A band that originally formed for a single concert but then went on to a 16-year career, including seven albums, is calling it quits. The…

Leahy & MacMaster: Marriage of fiddles and love

Janelle Faignant THE ARTS Even though they’ve been playing music all their lives and have been married for over a decade, fiddle stars Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy never recorded…