Carpenter Anne Lassere working on a project last year for the 
Building Goodness Foundation.
Photo: Eze Amos

Building space: Women break into the skilled trades 

Anne Lassere is the very model of a young woman whose career is about to take off. Competent, confident, poised and well-educated, the daughter of a doctor and a lawyer, she’s studied sculpture and anthropology and has lived in France, where she worked as a translator. She’s recently left her job to launch her own […]

Damien Jurado performs at Woolen Mills Chapel on Monday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Damien Jurado

Far afield: Folk singer-songwriter Damien Jurado began his solo career in 1995, self-releasing cassettes and performing intimate acoustic shows around his hometown of Seattle. Aptly described as experimental, Jurado’s work includes forays into found and field recordings—in 2000 he released a collection of fragments that he had found from sources such as thrift store tape […]

The Rainbow Girls and The Oshima Brothers fill a double bill at The Southern. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: The Rainbow Girls and The Oshima Brothers

New folk: Based in San Francisco’s Bay Area, The Rainbow Girls explore vibes of peace, love, and the pursuit of social justice through tight harmonies backed by guitar and keys. The Oshima Brothers, real life brothers hailing from rural Maine, offer a crisp blend of folk vocals and soft, poppy looped instrumentals, bringing a contagious […]

From the air, Chris Greene Lake looks cool and inviting, with no algal blooms in sight.Mandy Baskin, Monticello Country Ballooning

Bloom time: Chris Greene Lake dodges algae so far

By Eileen Abbott In the serenity of an early June morning, while mountain mist embraces the treetops, pilot Mandy Baskin’s hot air balloon gently floats above Chris Greene Lake Park, off U.S. 29 North, her favorite scenic launch site. “The water looks so clean and inviting lately. It’s absolutely beautiful,” observes Baskin, owner of Monticello […]