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White River Junction: It’s not so bad, and in fact, it’s the place to be this weekend

One little village, one big weekend.

Some highlights:

At the Center for Cartoon Studies’ Colodny Building tonight, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., cartoon school alum D.W. will be on hand to introduce the new Irene Anthology Exhibit (see photo, above) and answer the public’s questions.

What is the Irene Anthology, you ask? Via CCS: “Spanning six issues, three years, and all seven continents, the Irene Anthology defies all limitations. Editors and founders of Irene Andy Warner ‘12, D.W. ‘12, and Dakota McFadzean ‘12 brought together over 50 contributors to create one of the most ambitiously eclectic anthologies in CCS history. Original pages from Irene will be on display in the CCS Gallery from October 7 to December 1.”

Across town at the Main Street Museum, it’s Hocus Pocus, a spooky First Friday dance party including tarot card, crystal ball and palm readings; a photo booth; bonfire and ghost stories, and more! The party starts at 8 p.m.

Tomorrow night, Revolution is hosting its semi-annual fashion show and JAG Productions is hosting a pregame party (to benefit its ongoing fundraiser to sustain black theater in the Upper Valley), both of which Amanda hyped earlier this week.

Model Jessica Mesa, of White River Junction, Vt., shows a piece by designer Keeny Paige at the fashion show held at the Main Street Museum in White River Junction, Vt., on April 4, 2015. The show featured the work of four local fashion designers, including Paige, who is Colleen McCleary of Canaan, N.H. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

If you haven’t experienced a Rev fashion show yet, read all about the history of the event in our 2015 story in Enterprise, the Valley News’ monthly business magazine. Plus, Seven Days weighs in on the show in its latest issue, highlighting one of the show’s great strengths: its diversity.

“The upcycled clothing shop’s annual Tip Top Couture Fashion Extravaganza … includes just about anyone who wants to get onstage,” Sadie Williams writes in 7D. “The models are young or old, thin or full-bodied, male- or female-presenting.”

For more things to do in the Upper Valley — beyond White River and/or beyond this weekend — check out the Valley Calendar at calendar.vnews.com, and be sure to join our new public Facebook group, Things to Do in the Upper Valley.

Revolution is hosting a fashion show, yaaaas

Cancel your plans for Saturday night and put on your heels, because it’s fashion’s night out in WRJ!

Kim Souza’s clothing shop Revolution is putting on a fall fashion extravaganza this weekend, and it sounds like it’s going have something for everyone.

The shop will present “Tip Top Couture Fashion Extravaganza #26” at 9 p.m. on Saturday at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction.  Admission is $15, doors open at 8 p.m., and coolest of all, all of the proceeds will benefit JAG Productions, which we’ve written about in the past.

Visit Revolution’s website for more deets.

Donations toward JAG Productions’ second season are getting doubled right now thanks to an anonymous donor

Jarvis Antonio Green poses for a portrait on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Woodstock, Vt. (Valley News – Jovelle Tamayo) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

JAG Productions, the African-American Upper Valley theater company that is propelled by producing artistic director Jarvis Antonio Green, is in the midst of fundraising $100,000 for its second season. It just announced it has received a $10,000 matching-gift donation from an anonymous donor. That means any donations made by the end of September up to $10,000 will get doubled.

Why donate? Here’s how JAG Productions puts it:

80% of that budget will go towards getting the most exceptional, diverse artists to the Upper Valley and 20% will go towards overhead.


Not only are you investing in the first black theatre company in the Upper Valley — you are paving the way to the first black LORT theatre (largest professional theatre association of its kind) in our nation!

More on the JAG Productions mission here.

Here’s the link to donate, and the announcement from JAG:

We need your help!!! Thanks to an anonymous donor, @jagproductionsvt have secured a $10,000 matching gift towards our second season! Any donation you make will not only be tax exempt, but will be doubled!!! Please help us reach our first campaign goal of $20,000 by the end of September by donating today. Link in bio. 📸 @brentdundore 💰👊🏿🎭 . . . . . . . . . . #donate #jagproductionsvt #vermont #blacktheatre #blackexcellence #woodstockvt #uppervalley #wrj #nonprofit #business #entrepreneur #newhampshire #theatre #diversitymatters #supportthearts #supporttheatre #ilovermont #govermont #seevermont #broadway #buildingcommunity #regionaltheatre #creative #creativity #changinglives #choirboy #photography #photoshoots

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Thursday afternoon: Jarvis Green discusses sustaining black theater in the Upper Valley

Jarvis Antonio Green, who is directing August Wilson’s “Fences” for a production at Woodstock Town Hall Theater, poses for a portrait on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Woodstock, Vt. (Valley News – Jovelle Tamayo) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Via Valley Calendar: Tomorrow (Thursday, July 20) at 4:30 p.m.:

A conversation with Jarvis Green, founding artistic director of JAG Productions and BarnArts Center for the Arts, followed by a reception.


The former director of theater arts at ArtisTree Community Arts Center and a member of the Actors’ Equity Association, Green trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City and at South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts.


JAG Productions is a nonprofit professional theater company in Woodstock. Its mission is to produce classic and contemporary theater and serve as an incubator of new work through the lens of the African-American experience.


Sponsored by the Dartmouth College Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity (ID&E).

It’s taking place at the Loew Auditorium in the Black Family Visual Arts Center, and it’s free.