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New Year’s Eve Concert. On Dec. 31, The Richmond Congregational Church will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Concert featuring Hannah Beth Crary, Hilary Stewart, the Fiddleheads and the Highland Weavers. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Gillett Pond Save the Dam fund. Richmond Congregational Church, Richmond, 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Contact Tim: 434-4565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Traditions Concert. On Jan. 2, The Young Traditions Vermont will perform a concert featuring some of the most creative and productive singers in the region who write their own material. Acts performing include Cricket, Eric George, Addie Herbert, Chris Dorman and Hannah Fair. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Information: flynntix.org
Annual 28th Twelfth Night Celebration. On Jan. 3 at 6:30 p.m., the Essex Children’s Choir under the direction of Constance Price with accompanist Karen Reed presents the 28th Annual Twelfth Night Celebration. This joyful presentation of music brings to close the traditional celebration of Christmas. The celebration brings together dancers, pipers, instruments and voices in a collaboration of artistry, beauty, and joy. In the event of incumbent weather, the concert will be held Jan. 4. Information: 863-9161 or www.essexchildrenschoirofvermont.org.
Salman Rushdie Talk. Internationally renowned author Salman Rushdie will talk about the importance of stories in a special Vermont Humanities Council event at Burlington’s Ira Allen Chapel on Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. Held jointly as a Vermont Reads and First Wednesdays program, Rushdie’s talk, “What’s the Use of Stories That Aren’t Even True?” is free and open to the public. Tickets for the Rushdie talk are available at the following locations: UVM’s Dudley H. Davis Center and Patrick Gymnasium; Brownell Library in Essex Junction; and at the Vermont Humanities Council office in Montpelier.
Dog Auditions. The Lyric Theatre Company will be holding auditions for dog “actors” for their upcoming spring production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical” on Jan. 10. Dogs will work with the company’s dog trainer to see their responsiveness to other handlers and aptitude to learning new skills. Smaller breeds preferred including Chihuahuas and bulldogs. Pre-registration encouraged. Lyric Theatre Warehouse, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Information: www.lyrictheatrevt.org/backstage_blonde.html
Quincy Owens: Put Drinks On Me. The New City Galerie presents this art exhibit and sale featuring thousands of pop art coasters by Indianapolis-based artist Quincy Owens. These functional miniature windows into the history of pop culture and Owens’ own personal preferences and tastes. Like many artists, Owens cycles of collecting a wide variety of detritus. A phase in this cycle is actually using the detritus before a mandatory purge must take place. Thus, the “coasters” were born, or more dramatically, saved from the trash bin. Exhibit runs through Jan. 27. All coasters are on sale individually, in small sets, or in larger framed grids. New City Galerie, Burlington. Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Artist Information: quincyowensart.com.
Capturing the Essence of Vermont. Artist Michelle Ennis Jackson, of Essex Junction, is the next featured artist at Shelburne Vineyard’s Tasting Room Gallery. Jackson finds her inspiration in the nature, scenery and changing seasons of Vermont. She finds working in watercolor “as exciting as children” who can be “vibrant and unpredictable, calming as well as pleasing;” and she translates that energy to her work, painting “with my heart” to share that experience on canvas. The show runs through Feb. 28. Shelburne Vineyard’s Tasting Room Gallery, Shelburne. Gallery Hours: Sunday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 985-8222 or shelburnevineyard.com.
Preoccupied. Exhibited in the Vermont Metro Gallery, Preoccupied features work by Jericho artist Dianne Shullenberger and many more. Preoccupied features visually stunning work that demands careful study. Each artist has accomplished incredibly ornate scenes that are impressive at first glance and upon closer inspection illustrate tiny features diligently cut, sewn, hashed, and drawn with the utmost attention to detail. This exhibition runs through Jan. 24. Vermont Metro Gallery at the BCA Center, Burlington. Gallery Hours: Tuesday- Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Closed, Sunday and Monday. Information: www.burlingtoncityarts.org/vermont-metro-gallery
Nightly Doodles. Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace in Burlington announces an exhibition of illustration and watercolor from Vermont artist Haley Bishop, entitled “Nightly Doodles.” The show incorporates her most recent black line drawings of googly-eyed owls, castles and mystifying word bubbles. Her detailed drawings were all done in the fall of 2014 and some hand colored after. She draws her inspiration from children’s books she reads as a preschool teacher and incorporates snippets of conversations she has with the young children into her pieces. On display through Dec. 31. Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace, Burlington. Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 12-4 p.m.
Jane Clark Brown Retrospective. A retrospective of the political cartoons of the late Burlington artist, illustrator and children’s book author Jane Clark Brown will be on display the Pickering Room at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Jane Clark Brown produced over 300 political cartoons for the “Suburban List,” a weekly newspaper published in Essex Junction, from 1968 to 1975. Her insightful cartoons dealt with many local, state and national issues. Exhibit runs through Dec. 30. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 12-6 p.m. Information: 399-8364 or email@example.com.
150 Minutes. A show featuring the recent works by artist Scottie Raymond who goes by the alias, eSKae1. Initially inspired by his recent success in the Magic Hat Wall to Canvas competition, where each artist is given 150 minutes to complete a piece of art. Building off of this concept, eSKae1 created a series of 150 minute “instantly produced art.” The pieces are inspired and informed by the visual and literary artists of the Beat generation. Raymond uses mixed media, primarily spray cans, to build and position juxtaposed layers, ultimately culminating in an individual character. Exhibit runs through Dec. 31. Magic Hat Art Space, South Burlington. Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 7p.m.; Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Information: www.magichat.net/artspace.
Natural Beauties: Jewelry From Art Nouveau To Now. Since the beginning of time, mankind has found the beauty and complexity of nature to be a source for personal adornment. This exhibition at the Shelburne Museum explores the concept of nature in jewelry design as a reflection of our culture’s evolving relationship with our biological surroundings, from the fetishization of the Art Nouveau movement to the current politicization of environmental activism. Exhibit on display through March 8. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne. Gallery Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8 adults; $5 children. Information: shelburnemuseum.org.