Monthly Archives: June 2013


One week and 15 minutes of fame Back for its second year, No Film Film Festival showcases talent near and far

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One week and 15 minutes of fame

By Allison Teague/The Commons

BELLOWS FALLS—If the seven films that the press was invited to preview last Friday are any indication, FACT TV’s second No Film Film Festival will be at the least entertaining and, at the most, offer a peek at some budding filmmakers to keep an eye on.

Teams were given the task of recreating a 1980s popular film into a 15-minute remake in a specific genre in one week’s time, starting at 8 p.m. on May 31.

Poltergeist as an action-adventure film. Amadeus as a romance film. Back to the Future as role reversal. The Karate Kid as a documentary.

Those are but a few of the combinations.


Nurturing the Arts: Dina Janis, Theater: Reaching for the stars

Nurturing the Arts:

Dina Janis, Theater: Reaching for the stars

By Allison Teague

Dorset, in Bennington County, has nurtured performance theater since 1927, when residents staged a three-act play, “39 East,” in the Town Hall. It was received with such great enthusiasm that it spun out the Dorset Players, and a legend was born.

SOVAL-02.feat.nurturing-janis.Dina_Janis_021_-_CopyTwo years later the community raised funds for a larger space, the Dorset Playhouse.


Nurturing the Arts: Tony Conner, Visual Art: Painting out of this world, out in the world

Nurturing the Arts:

Tony Conner, Visual Art: Painting out of this world, out in the world

By Allison Teague

SOVAL-02.feat.nurturing-connor.PaintingOutdoors_smallLike many who take up the arts following a first career, Tony Conner needed only the right moment to act.

When downsizing loomed in 2003, this former AT&T account executive leaped at the chance to paint full-time.

He’s glad he did.



Liisa Kissel, Music: Live performance as community

By Allison Teague

SOVAL-02.feat.nurturing-kissell.5112013_023It took the Grafton Music Festival only three years to rise to the status of go-to music festival, held in tandem with the annual visit of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra & Fireworks, itself a Grafton staple of the past 23 years.



Walter Dorwin Teague links

From IDSA… a few links about recent news concerning my grandfather, including a bite on the exhibit it researched, designed and curated last summer here in Vermont, the first exhibit to be dedicated solely to him as a family man, his work and career up to the time he died. It was a wonderful experience.

A further link to my page on the exhibit and continued interest on my part in discovering a man and his work I only knew as “Grandpa.”

Witnessing, recording, reflecting on Turkey’s opposition to having a park torn down to be replaced by a shopping mall

The good thing about 2013 is the divide between human interests and needs, and the plutocratic interests and needs, is becoming more clearly demarcated on a seemingly daily basis, as watchdogs, whistle blowers and whole nations of people stand up and say “NO! We don’t want you ruling our lives.”

As someone who is solidly footed in my 63rd year this time around, as someone who was part of the protesting of the late 60s and through the 70s, as someone who stuck out her thumb and successfully and safely hitchhiked coast to coast in the US, and borders to borders in the UK, as someone who has never believed that any religious, political, ethnic or racial difference exists between me and anybody, I am proud of being human right now.

And, I am grateful to those with the youth and stamina and enough frustration and wisdom to stand in front of water cannons and tear gas, and who perhaps innately understand that the People en masse wanting freedom and their inalenable rights back, is a powerful tool… I am grateful to all you millions taking to the streets in non-violent protest.

This is along the order of magnitude as Woodstock was – where a million people can come together in peace and love and music. As governments, corporations and private interests try to pit us against each other, we keep finding commonalities with each other. Millions of people successfully avoided getting engulfed by the flames of tyranny turned on humans, and stoically and bravely put their bodies on the line to say, “this stops here.”

The names of the hero’s and heroine’s who have lost their lives in this protest across the globe so far are far too many, but surprisingly low. One would think this kind of passion exemplified on streets around the world, would provoke heated even violent interactions. Well… we Humans have been pretty much saying “nyet” to the violence, and while yelling and passionate and confronting with one’s body, the oppressor’s minions, still, remain compassionate, loving and HUMAN.

And that is why I believe we cannot fail.

What sets us apart from corporations and gov’t entities, IS our humanity. Our righteous anger is finding eloquent and elegant expression… and we stand in solidarity globally with one another. And yes, in part because of place like blogs like this, or Facebook, or email – the Internet. Knowledge is power. In this case, knowing there is a global struggle to overcome the plutocratic tyranny that is taking over our lives and governments, and that we are not alone – whether we are in Turkey, or Burma, or Vermont or the streets of Paris or Istanbul… we are all one. We. Are. All. One.

And we are starting to wake up to this concept. And starting to see what that means. Empowering us, blessing us with this understanding.

This post is dedicated to all my Sisters and Brothers around the globe who are standing up for human centered living, a system that put’s people first, and where no one has to live without enough. There’s plenty to go around. And I believe the PEOPLE of the World would share it. Its the corporate stranglehold on food, water, land and housing resources, and the false flag of fear of one another placed there as part of the agenda, that is what is wrong.

The People’s voice is strong. And it is ringing more and more insistently in our corporate offices and governing bodies. This is a wonderful time to be alive and in solidarity with this global movement to remove corporate tyranny, and restore the People’s rights and freedoms. What a wonderful time to be alive and witnessing.

What is Happenning in Istanbul?

I must reblog this post from Istanbul Turkey where thousands of men, women and young people, even cats and dogs, are being suppressed with tear gas and water cannon guns for protesting the plutocracy and fundamentalist/conservative direction of their gov’t. I stand in solidarity with ALL citizens of the world who walk, stand, protest, sing, dance and otherwise act in defense of liberty, freedom and justice for all.

İnsanlık Hali

To my friends who live outside of Turkey:

I am writing to let you know what is going on in Istanbul for the last five days. I personally have to write this because at the time of my writing most of the media sources are shut down by the government and the word of mouth and the internet are the only ways left for us to explain ourselves and call for help and support.

Last week of May 2013 a group of people most of whom did not belong to any specific organization or ideology got together in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Among them there were many of my friends and yoga students. Their reason was simple: To prevent and protest the upcoming demolishing of the park for the sake of building yet another shopping mall at very center of the city. There are numerous shopping malls in Istanbul, at least…

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