'Vermont on the Silver Screen' @ Before Your Time (Podcast)

'Vermont on the Silver Screen' is the latest episode of Before Your Time, a podcast from the Vermont Historical Society and Vermont Humanities. Listening to an episode is like taking a virtual trip inside the stacks of the historical society itself. Our state has been depicted in the movies for over a century! What are the myths that Hollywood creates about our lives in Vermont? And which ones do we create ourselves? You'll want to pair listening to this episode with popcorn...

Summer-Long 'Used Art' Treasure Hunt (Annually)

from Saturday June 20 2020 to Tuesday September 22 2020

Love art? This event's for you! Your mission: Spend summer scavenging through boot, estate, garage, jumble, moving, rummage, tag, & yard sales; bazaars; flea markets; swap meets; whole-house cleanouts; etc to find the best work of art at the best price. Both "best"s are subjective. At summer's end, we'll hold an art "show & tell" (virtual or in-person, TBD). If you found more than one, decide on a single piece to display at the end-of-summer reception & exhibit. Your find may be bought, sold, or held (labeled: "not for sale") as desired.

Gone in 150 Seconds (Ongoing)

(Good for people who have a SHORT vignette or anecdote thematic to sheltering in place, staying at home, social distancing, or the pandemic)

Stuck at home and/or looking for a diversion? Virtual storytelling! Prepare a two-and-a-half-minute, first-person, true story (a shortie) so that you can tell it smoothly over videoteleconference without referring to notes. (If writing out your story is part of your creative process, note that a 2.5-minute story only occupies 2/3 of a page: it's that short!) Want to participate but don't have a shortie ready to go? There's a role for you too; don't be shy. You need a high-speed internet & a webcam, or a smartphone with video.

Storytellephone (Ongoing)

(Good for people who have a new extempo-style story to tell or for people who want to take on a new story project)

More experimental virtual storytelling? What's needed for this one are storytellers, listeners, and folks willing to do both! All are welcome: from novices, to erstwhile raconteurs, to veterans. First-timers, NB: You neither have to have your own source material nor be afraid of the stage (because there isn't one). Anybody who wants to play needs high-speed internet & a webcam. Even a smartphone with video capability will likely do the trick; let's try!

Mixed Media (Ongoing)

(Beyond storytellers...good for musicians, dancers, other types of artists, etc)

Even more experimental virtual storytelling? OK! For this one, we start with a short-format, first-person, true story (a la extempo). From there we want to hear from musicians to score it, and/or dancers to interpret it, and/or artists of any variety to be inspired by it. (Improv comics? Martial artists? Yogis? Who knows? Bring it!) There are lots of roles here for lots of different people. You need high-speed internet & a webcam (or a smartphone with video capability) and a way to record your own performance.

extempo @ Bridgeside Books, 29 Stowe St in Waterbury VT @ 7:00pm

POSTPONED: Check back here for reschedule

extempo has so enjoyed partnering with Bridgeside over the years that we bring you: Venue Appreciation Night. Free admission, vote with cash or check for your favorite stories, and Bridgeside has selected the Children's Literacy Foundation as the beneficiary of your voting dollars. Venue Appreciation Night = Storyteller Appreciation Night, meaning this is extempo with a twist. Storytellers will be covering each other's first-person true stories!? Heard a story at extempo YOU'd like to cover? Sign up now by emailing

  • FREE admission, but bring your $5s, $10s, a $20, or a check to vote with: CLiF fun-raiser!
  • Food & beverages available for purchase on site (via Stowe Street Cafe.)
  • Open all day. Stories from 7:00 to 9:00.,, 802-244-1441.

WORST. SONG. EVER. @ the Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite St in Barre VT @ 8:00pm

Saturday November 21 2020 (Annually)

WORST. SONG. EVER. is a lighthearted live music competition that is open to any level of talent. Whether you are a musician, hobbyist, or hack...SIGN. UP. NOW. Then take the stage and cover your least favorite pop song, from any era, in any way that you like! You can perform solo or with others/in a band; a cappella or accompanied; (but absolutely no karaoke, song parodies, or original music). There's audience voting, and the WORST. TROPHIES. EVER. are awarded at the end! This event is shot out of a cannon and will make your head explode.,, 802-331-0013.

Stayed tuned! Look for the (re)scheduling of some events VIRTUALLY.

2020 = experimental events, test productions, and some new event forms. Please continue to check back here for occasional productions that subvert the dominant paradigm. Want to be invited or notified? Email