M&H 053: Gary Lee Miller, and Bonnie Anderson

Here’s a link for just the Gary Lee Miller segment; here’s a link for the BF Bike Project segment (there was an issue with the aux mic at the beginning of the show that was eventually fixed — the buzzing noise goes away)… and here’s the whole show:


This week on Monsters & Hamsters you’re getting a big ol’ twofer!

In the first hour we’ll have Montpelier-based author Gary Lee Miller, garyleemiller who wrote a book called Museum of the Americas that’s getting some swell press: “Each of these stories ushers us into a new, fully imagined world”… “Museum of the Americas reveals the inner and outer lives of its characters in the manner of short-fiction geniuses like Munro and Trevor”… “Vivid and arresting: the stories have a gentle fabulism that grows darker as Miller plumbs the human psyche.”

Then in the second hour, it’s BF Bike Project queen Bonnie Anderson! The BF Community Bike Project is a nonprofit bike shop dedicated to making bicycles more accessible to all by providing a fun and safe space to learn and share bike repair, bfcbp maintenance, and safe riding skills. Anyone can earn a bike by volunteering a certain number of hours at the shop — then you can choose a bike that you want to rehab for yourself. Or during Open Shop you can bring in your own bike to work on for $5 an hour and access to all the tools you’ll need — alternatively, you can volunteer an hour to get an hour. They have some bikes for sale, and some new parts and supplies as well. An exciting development is their Upcycled Goods program: a creative reuse project that helps raise funds to keep the shop open by making everything from bags, belts, and clocks to candle holders, bike hooks, and bracelets… all from used bike parts.

The BF Community Bike Project Celebrates its first anniversary on Friday, September 26 from 4 – 7pm (rain or shine) at 24 Canal St in Bellows Falls!
3:30 Bike decorating
4:00 Bike ride through town
Games, Refreshments, 50/50 Raffle (drawing at 6:45), Bike powered smoothies, Bike repair demos, Shop tours, and more!

Listen in Wednesday night starting at 7:00 on WOOL — 91.5 in the broadcast area, and streaming from www.wool.fm everywhere else.

M&H 052: Cry You One

Here’s a link for just the Cry You One segment; here’s a link for the rest; and here’s the whole show:


UPDATE: Just got word that you should buy tickets NOW if you want to go, it’s almost sold out. www.sandglasstheater.org/events/

Cry You One is a 2-1/2 hour outdoor performance that’s part song, part story, and part procession — a musical and theatrical journey about the effects of one of this country’s worst environmental disasters, hurricane Katrina, and its relevance to other communities, like southern Vermont. cryyouone The show marries the spirit of New Orleans music and storytelling with the beautiful Vermont landscape and our own stories of hurricane Irene. Cry You One addresses themes of converging cultures, natural disasters, human error, living with water, and the desire for permanence.

And it’s happening just down the highway in Guilford, performed outdoors along a one-mile hike through forest and field — rain or shine, so dress for it. Sturdy shoes, rain gear, warm clothes, bug spray, and a water bottle are recommended.

This is a collaboration between two New Orleans theater companies, and the cast is comprised of eleven New Orleans theater artists, Cajun style and African inspired musicians, and on-site designers doing a residency with Putney’s Sandglass Theater for their Voices of Community series, in conjunction with Guilford-based Vermont Performance Lab. The artists are sharing their Louisiana story, and making it our story, too: here in Vermont.

In the first hour on Monsters & Hamsters, we’re going to have a call from one or more of the folks involved in this thing; we’ll talk about the event, the people, the Louisiana backstory, their thoughts on Vermont, and anything in life that they’re passionate about. We’re never sure where these conversations are going to go, but it’s always delightful where they end up.

Catch the discussion Wednesday night between 7 & 8 PM Eastern time on WOOL-FM, 91.5 in the broadcast area or streaming from www.wool.fm everywhere else.

M&H 051: No Hero Vermont

Here’s the terrific Alex Ketley segment:


Here’s the rest of the show.

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Imagine for a minute that you popped into the general store to get a bottle of apple juice and a couple people struck up a conversation with you about dancing. alexketley And then they danced for you. And filmed it all. This might have actually happened to you sometime during the last month or so if you ran into Alex Ketley and Sarah Woods.

Alex is a dancer, teacher, freelance choreographer, and the director of a contemporary dance company based in San Francisco called The Foundry. He’s doing a residency with Vermont Performance Lab for a project called No Hero Vermont, which takes a look at we regular people’s relationship with dance. vpl That’s the “no hero” part — you don’t have to be in the Bolshoi to be a dancer.

On September 11 there’s going to be an informal screening of the delightful, profound, and moving results of the experiment screened at the Bellows Falls Opera House. Tickets are $5, available at the door or in advance online at www.vermontperformancelab.org/events

But first, we’ve got him in the studio on Monsters & Hamsters, Wednesday night at 7:00!

Drew’s in charge this week while Mark’s in the board meeting.

M&H 050: Senior Solutions

Janice Hall from Senior Solutions to the rescue! Our intended guest, Alex Ketley, didn’t happen (my mistake — but he got some great press in the local weekly papers that came out yesterday), so instead we had a good conversation with Janice that built on last week’s show in several ways. Did you know that the number of Vermonters over age 65 will DOUBLE by 2025 compared to 25 years earlier? Yikes.


For the DJ Skar segment, see mixcloud.com/monstersandhamsters/

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Yeah, so, uh, we might have a guest or not in the first hour this week. I kinda screwed up a little. oops

Alex Ketley, Choreographer & Artistic Director of The Foundry in San Francisco, is doing a residency at Vermont Performance Labs down in Guilford, and will be doing a screening of No Hero Vermont at the Bellows Falls Opera House on September 11. We’re going to have him on, but in the course of emailing back and forth I somehow turned 9/3 into 9/9 (which isn’t even a Wednesday). I realized this yesterday. I haven’t heard back from Alex about it yet.

In any case, we’ve also got DJ Skar for his third and final training session.