words // Zach Despart | photos// Thread staff
On the shore of Lake Champlain, four large not-quite-surfboards lay in the grass beneath the summer sun. Cyclists, runners and tourists toss confused glances towards a suntanned and muscular 22-year-old, who awaits our arrival at Perkins Pier. Casually confident, Bob Dale wears aviators, swim trunks and a baseball cap. His first question, “Are you all ready to SUP?” Continue Reading
words // Tommy Gambino | videos// Patrick Elmore
There’s a new sound coming out of Burlington. It’s park funk and part disco, with hints of electronic and alternative rock. It short, it defies categorization. But however you describe it, the sound comes from Argonaut & Wasp, a five-piece band started by the electronic production of Theo Klein and Curtis Trey Schibli. Continue Reading
words // Wes Dunn| photos+video// Ben Zackin
I believe that!
I believe that we!
At first, it might sound as though some sort of rite of spiritual ecstasy is taking place. As I make my way through the capacity crowd at RiRa’s Irish Pub towards the giant screen that is the center of attention. Continue Reading
words // Evan Johnson| photos // Britt Shorter, Oopey Mason
Around six in the evening on a Thursday, the energy in the Monkey House is gradually accelerating. So far, the downtown Winooski joint is filled with folks done with the workday and looking for an early evening beer. Seated outside at a cluster of steel chairs, a few members of the Waking Windows Presents crew talk about, of all topics, where they bought their shoes. Continue Reading
words // Taylor Morse| videos // Zach Despart
Walking in to meet the Bumping Jones last Tuesday I found myself on the sidewalk of a sleepy street on the outskirts of Burlington, across the river from Winooski. Upon entering the house, where many of the members live, I was greeted with a warm, communal welcome from the band, who sat around dusty couches in front of a large sound system that filled the room with jazz.
The Joneses, spread out across the dimly-lit room, are a collection of diverse personalities; their musical tastes range from experimental horn music to electro-pop to the Rolling Stones. They communicate candidly, speaking the same language they do onstage, always filling in missed details in each other’s sentences and stories.
words // Liz Cantrell| video // Tyler Wilkinson-Ray
Oddly, the first thing that sticks out about Eric George is his calm, steady voice. He is a quiet presence on an otherwise bustling Saturday morning at Muddy Waters, forced to compete with the whir of the espresso machine and café chatter. Normally, one would expect someone’s pitch to rise higher in order to be better heard, but George maintains an even tone and an unruffled manner. Continue Reading
words // Wes Dunn | photos // Ben Zackin
Most college graduates experience at least some sort of a transition period into, for lack of a better term, the real world. For some, this is a few months, to take a breath before jumping towards post-schooling goals. In an increasingly more common scenario, many people find themselves reaching 30 without realizing the vision they had for their lives. But this isn’t the case for recent Middlebury College graduates Shane Scranton and Nate Beatty. Continue Reading
words + photos // Liz Cantrell
If you’ve ever spotted someone around town sporting a t-shirt that reads “Believe Champ” in a vaguely 1970s curly script, with a friendly-looking Loch Ness silhouette, then you already know about Unknown Arts, a South End screen-printing studio.
words + photos // Zach Despart
We’ve been listening to Rush since crossing the border an hour earlier, but I put “Limelight” on again for good measure as the Toronto skyline becomes visible on the late afternoon horizon as we cruise east on Queen Elizabeth Way. The skyscrapers occupy more and more of the windshield, until we are among them, in the heart of the city.
Tig Notaro, who has appeared on Comedy Central, Conan and NPR, is this year’s headliner.
Photo courtesy of the Green Mountain Comedy Festival
words // Annalisa Parent
With the recent winter being one of the coldest on record, Vermonters need more than ever to get out and enjoy a good time. Well, spring has sprung in more ways than one, and the Green Mountain Comedy Festival is here to help you dust off the cobwebs on your funny bone.