Smartphones, psychedelics, teaching your kids how to tie their shoes – all of these topics and more were on Modest mouse the spirit of frontman Isaac Brock as the band premiered their long-awaited seventh studio album, The golden coffin. Fans of the daring indie lineup take to the tunes of these new songs as the band’s nationwide tour kicks off at Essex Junction’s Champlain Valley Exhibit.
From Sunday 8 to Sunday 15
Locavores and curious about agriculture show their appreciation for regional food and the farmers who cultivate it as Vermont Open Farm Week starts this Sunday. Needle felting, butter churning, and goat farming are on the program, as Green Mountain’s farms, orchards and other sites offer interactive activities for all ages.
Let’s be mythical
Thursday 5 â Sunday 8
The 1980 Olivia Newton-John vehicle Xanadu brought new magic to Charlotte this week as a musical directed by local theater genius SchuÃ¿ler Edgar Holmes. In association with Bishop’s University in Quebec and featuring a troupe of young, experienced comedians, this campy classic tells the story of a schlubby chalk artist, a roller derby and a Greek muse who fell to Earth , all to a tune of Electric Light Orchestra music.
Considering all the outdoor food and music festivals happening this summer, Fido and his friends deserve to have some fun as well. People and Families Take to Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury for Superb Provincial Pooch Symposium: The Annual Summer dog party. Games, live music from Shrimp Tunes and treats for the two species present make for an afternoon of canine fun.
Reels on the river
Lovers of fast movies can look no further than the Asbury 40th Anniversary Short Film Concert at the White River Junction Briggs Opera House. Hosted by White River Indie Films and Vermont filmmaker John Griesemer, the showcase features classics alongside recent award winners, including “Noah’s Last Day” by local emerging filmmaker Cedar O’Dowd.
Witchcraft in the Scottish Highlands is the hot topic when the winner of the Vermont Writers’ Award Nancy Hayes Kilgore launches his new book, Bitter magic. Vermont Book Shop features a virtual reading and Q&A session for the start of this fantasy novel inspired by real life events in the life of accused witch Isobel Dowdie.
Dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages enjoy hands-on activities and breathtaking views at the Montshire Museum of Science’s “The summer of the dinosaurs.” The exhibit features ancient eggs, interactive exploration stations, and adult and adolescent allosaur fossils to help visitors experience firsthand the life of these scaly specimens.