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VSO Holiday Pops. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra presents a holiday concert including two sleigh rides, a skating party, and a sojourn through the Twelve Days of Christmas. Work from Burlington composer T.L. Read as well as excerpts from “Messiah” and “The Nutcracker,” traditional carols, a sing-a-long, and a celestial harp round out the evening. Concert runs through December 14. Flynn Theater for The Performing Arts, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Adults $15-$52; Students $9. Information: Flynntix.org or 863-5966.
40th Army Band Holiday Concert. The Vermont National Guard present “Vermont’s Own” 40th Army Band Concert Band performing holiday concert Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. The program, “Vermont Holiday Treasures” will feature holiday favorites including “Sleigh Ride,” “Chanukah is Here,” “Christmastime Again In Woodchuckberry,” and a special telling of the poem “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” The concert will also feature Rusty DeWees as a guest musician and narrator. The Spruce Camp Base Lodge at Stowe Mountain Resort, Stowe.
22nd Annual VT International Festival. The Vermont International Festival will be celebrating its 22nd year of showcasing the diversity of Vermont with arts, crafts, food, dance and musical performances representing cultures from all over the world. The festival will run Dec. 5-7. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction. Friday 5-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets will be on sale at the door. Admission is good for the entire weekend. $7 adults; $5 children 6-12; $5 for seniors; $20 family pass; and children under 6 are free. Information: vermontinternationalfestival.com.
2014 South End Holiday sHOP. Join SEABA on Dec. 5 and 6 for a unique holiday shopping experience in the South End Arts District. Over 50 businesses and studios will be open for your shopping pleasure. Get one-of-a-kind gifts, while supporting our local artists and business community. There will be transportation, food, events and entertainment throughout the South End. Information: seaba.com/holiday-shop.
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.
Essex Art League Small Picture Show. Original watercolor, oil, acrylic and photography. All work is small size with small prices. Great Vermont-made Christmas gifts. On display through Dec. 4. Burnham Library, Colchester. Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 12-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, Closed. Information: www.essexartleague.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.
Far Away Places. The Darkroom Gallery presents this exhibition of travel photographs that transport you to a unique time and location; photographs that portray a land, its people or a culture in its natural state, images that have no geographical limitations. Exhibition runs through Nov. 30. Gallery hours: Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. Information: 777-3686.
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.
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.
Marvin Fishman Exhibit. Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace announces an exhibition of paintings from Vermont artist Marvin Fishman. Born in New York City, Fishman eventually moved to Vermont and headed the University of Vermont’s media and production facilities. This black and white series of work entitled “Series II” evolved from Fishman’s ruminations on the black and white work of his early filmmaking days. Exhibit runs through Nov. 30. Vintage Inspired Marketplace, Burlington. Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5p.m.; Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Information: www.vintageinspired.net.
New Works. Artist Laurel Waters’ exhibit “New Works” contains framed prints and several large original installations of colorful, expressionistic Vermont landscapes. Through color and brushstroke, Waters paints capture an exciting fluidity and energy. On display through Nov. 30. Shelburne Vineyards, Shelburne. Gallery Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Artist information: laurelfultonart.com.
Cradle & All. This moving and beautiful body of work by exhibiting artists Nissa Kauppila, Leslie Fry, Alexandra Heller and Susan Smereka celebrates the exhilaration of change. Each artist is defying gravity by transforming the past into work that represents the freedom and victory found in leaving things behind. The fibrous aesthetic of this work echoes a dreamlike interaction with our memory, our rooted connection to the natural world and the bittersweet cycle of life. On display through Nov. 29. 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.; Sunday 11a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Monday. Information: www.burlingtoncityarts.org/Vermont_Metro_Gallery.