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Barre Beat – 8.28.14

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By Emily Kaminsky-

What’s so funny about Barre? The monthly comedy nights organized by Sean Hunter Williams downtown at Espresso Bueno.

“Stroke Yer Joke,” an open-mic comedy night which takes the spotlight the third Friday of every month at 8 p.m., has added a welcome blast of fun to Barre nightlife. People who want to try their hand at the funny business get five minutes of stage time. Williams strongly suggests that participants prepare their routines in advance. “Five minutes in front of a bunch of people can feel longer than you expect,” he says. “And be forewarned: if it’s your first time doing it, you have to go first.”( No joke!) Stroke Yer Joke events have no cover charge.

The establishment’s Bueno Comedy Showcases usually take place on the fourth Friday of each month. They feature paid acts from points as far away as Maine and New York. Admission is $6 per person. “It’s a great deal for four acts,” Williams says—at the risk of understatement.

We turn from the light-hearted to a darker side with Dan Barlow, a new Barre resident who has a fascination with the art, history, and underlying social commentary connected with Vermont gravestones. He and partner Scott Baer have put together Green Mountain Graveyards, a photographic exhibition featuring headstones from Barre’s cemeteries. The show will run at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier from October 18 through April 2015. To view their photos and read more about the art and history of gravestones (as well as a few ghost stories), visit www.greenmountaingraveyard.com.

With the political season upon us, local candidates for the Vermont House and Senate are campaigning hard. At our blog, www.thebarrebeat.com, we’ll be profiling each of the candidates in the runup to the November election. Visit the blog for profiles as well as other stories that are fit for print but don’t make it into The Bridge because of space and time constraints.

Got a story to share? We’re queuing up intriguing stories about Barre and its people for upcoming Barre Beat columns. Please send your story ideas to The Bridge at 802 223-5112, editorial@montpelierbridge.com or 802-223-5112. Follow @BarreBeatVT and @TheBridgeVT on Twitter for regular updates on Barre and additional information. And if you’re coming to Barre, remember: we’ve got some great comedy—and headstones!

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