March 2, 2024

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Vermont arts options increase for leap year

Every four years, Vermont endures just a little extra taste of winter thanks to leap-year day. For some that’s a blessing – it’s another day to squeeze in a few more runs down a favorite ski hill. For others, though, it’s a cruel twist to add another dark 24-hour stretch to what’s already an interminably long season.

Those in the latter camp should take heart in this: Leap year provides an extra day of arts-and-entertainment events. February is still the shortest month, but this year’s extension into Feb. 29 means there are a few more concerts, plays and the like than there would be in a regular-old 28-day month. Here’s some of what Vermont has to offer in this fattened-up February.

Artwork by Thomas Munschauer on display in the Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury

Oil, watercolor paintings in Middlebury

Through Feb. 17, the exhibit of oil and watercolor paintings titled “Thomas Munschauer, A New Path” continues its run that began Jan. 12, Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. Free. www.townhalltheater.org

Stowe exhibit ‘In the Garden’

Through April 11, using the garden as a motif, the group exhibition “In the Garden: a platform for artists, poets, and performers” opened Jan. 18 and remains at The Current, Stowe. Free. www.thecurrentnow.org

Artwork by Ebony G. Patterson on display at The Current in Stowe

Patrick Leahy photos on display

4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, an opening reception will be held for “The Eye of Senator Patrick Leahy,” a collection of photographs by the former U.S. senator from Vermont that will be on display through March 29, Vermont Supreme Court Gallery, Montpelier. Free. www.vermont.gov

Burlington sketch-comedy group Stealing from Work

AI (sort of) from Stealing from Work

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1-Saturday, Feb. 3, 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3-Sunday, Feb. 4, the Burlington sketch-comedy group Stealing from Work creates actual irreverence for its latest show, “Artificial Irrelevance,” Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington. $17 or “pay what you can.” www.offcentervt.com The group then delivers a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at the Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. $20. www.townhalltheater.org

Burlington rock band Robber Robber

Lily Seabird reschedules show

8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, Burlington indie-folk-rock act Lily Seabird – just selected by the online pop-culture publication Consequence as one of its 15 rising artists to watch in 2024 − has rescheduled its postponed January album-release show, to be joined by Closeby and Robber Robber, Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington. $12 in advance, $15 day of show. www.radiobean.com

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