This year, the art world’s ability to rally and produce engaging and vital works has been a constant glimmer of hope amidst global turmoil. With the revived Friday Five, we bring you our weekly choice of the top five things to check out in the near future—highlights from all over, as well as from the Flynn. And as you enjoy, please consider supporting these artists and arts organizations. Every donation counts. We hope these diverse works from all corners of the art world ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination, and help strengthen and energize our community.
In addition to these weekly selections, we also keep a more comprehensive rolling list of ongoing and upcoming happenings at our ONLINE ARTS GUIDE.
This "pay-what-you-wish" online hip-hop workshop explores what hip-hop is all about: expression, movement, and unity. Participants learn hip-hop moves in various styles and choreography with instructor Rose Bédard from your very own living room!
And don't miss the Flynn Jazz Combos as part of the Vermont Jazz Center's Emerging Artist Festival this weekend. A video of Low Tide/Hot Fun in the Summertime will be shown at 7 pm prior to the main concert at 8 pm on Saturday.
At the leading edge of a wave of brilliant Israeli improvisers who have energized the New York jazz scene over the past two decades, Anat Cohen is the most acclaimed clarinetist of her generation and a commanding tenor saxophonist. This concert, filmed in December 2017, marked the West Coast debut of her superb recent tentet project. Join SFJazz for Fridays at Five (8 pm EST) for $5 a month and go inside the music with Anat Cohen and more.
The brainchild of VSO Creative Projects Chair Matt LaRocca, the Vermont Symphony's newest project serves the present moment with streamed chamber ensemble performances, presented from a variety of traditional and unexpected venues around the state. Watch the premiere of new works from composers of diverse styles and backgrounds, beloved classics, and collaborations with esteemed creative partners from Vermont and beyond. This concert will feature a string quintet and pianist and will be performed from Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester.
Popular local kids' music program Music for Sprouts is offering a subscription-based video series for families. Subscribers (sliding scale $0-50) will receive an email with a link and the password to access new videos of Mister Chris & Miss Emma co-teaching in the Music for Sprouts classroom every Saturday morning. You can subscribe at any time to gain access to all previously released videos (there will be six total). And with every video you’ll find lyric and chord sheets to play along at home.
The 2017 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival premiered this documentary at Merrill's Roxy Cinema and now you can watch it on Netflix.
On a snowy night in February 1972, the 33-year-old jazz trumpet star Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife, Helen, during a gig at a club in New York City. Years later, she gives a remarkable interview that acts as a refrain throughout the film, which draws together a wealth of archival photographs and footage, notable talking heads and incredible jazz music to tell the ill-fated pair’s story.