Arts & Culture

Go ahead. Read a Banned Book.

Go ahead.  Read a Banned Book.

We take it for granted that we have a Constitutionally-protected right both to Free Speech, and the Freedom to Read.
 
But remember, freedom requires vigilance.  There are those who would seek to limit what we can read, even here in the United States. 

We're nearing the end of the 30th Annual National Banned Books Week .

Want to read a Banned Book?  Let me give you some ideas:

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Vikings just want to have fun

Vikings just want to have fun

If you ask Uhtred of Bebbanburg, Vikings really know how to party.

I'm willing to bet that every time you read about the Vikings in school, they were always the "bad guys."  Bernard Cornwell's Last Kingdom, the first in his (thus far) six-book Saxon Stories, turns that on its head.
 

It's 866. Bebbanburg Castle is taken by the Danes.

Movies: "Looper"

Movies: "Looper"

 

Time travel is a tricky subject in the movies.  Go back in time and you risk changing the present and/or future, possibly even erasing your own existence.

 

That’s the problem at the core of “Loopers,” a quirky, clever and bloody thriller, written and directed by Rian Johnson, whose earlier films include “Brick” (2005) and “The Brothers Bloom” (2008).

 

Movies: "The Master"

Movies: "The Master"

 

What is it with Paul Thomas Anderson?  He’s a talented writer and director, but he can’t turn in a movie under two and a half hours long.  The result is that a terrific start can grind on into a watch-checking slog for many audience members, myself included.

 

This was true for 2007’s “There Will Be Blood” and it’s true for his latest, “The Master,” characterized early-on as Anderson’s Scientology movie, set in the early 1950s and starring three outstanding performers, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.

 

Phoenix dives headfirst into the role

Philanthropy Friday: The Vote for Someone’s Dream Challenge

Philanthropy Friday: The Vote for Someone’s Dream Challenge

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer.

I’m doing things a bit differently for Philanthropy Friday today. I’m putting you up to a challenge.

What's wrong with this picture?

What's wrong with this picture?

At $4 a gallon, don't we all deserve better signage?

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Arts Council Awarded $6,000 in Grants


New England Foundation for the Arts
New England States Touring Program

 The Mahoosuc Arts Council has been awarded two $3,000 grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) through the New England States Touring Program to support performances in the 2012-13 Gould and Telstar performing arts series.
 
One grant was awarded for an innovative, cross-sector collaboration between arts and agriculture in the form of a spring 2012 theater residency at Crescent Park   Elementary based on the critical role of honey bees in the global food supply.

The other award will support presentations of Burlington Taiko for a public performance at the Gould Academy and in-school assemblies for the K-12 students of SAD#44 on October 23 & 24.