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Cartoons of “The New Yorker” Celebration – June 30

Cabaret singer Steve RossSouthern Vermont College’s Laumeister Art Center presents a Celebration of Cartoons from “The New Yorker” Saturday, June 30.

The Celebration begins with a talk by former “New Yorker” Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff at 1 p.m. Mankoff believes that “being funny is being awake,” and has successfully kept us all wide-awake for 40 years. A student of humor and creativity, Mankoff has devoted his life to discovering just what makes us laugh, and seeks every outlet to do so, from developing “The New Yorker’s” web presence to integrating it with algorithms and A.I.

A screening of “Very Semi-Serious,” an offbeat documentary about humor, art, and the genius of the single panel, will be presented at 2 p.m. The film goes behind the scenes at “The New Yorker” and introduces some cartooning legends and hopefuls who create the iconic cartoons that have inspired and baffled many for decades. The film won a 2016 Emmy (R) Award for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming and was nominated for Outstanding Documentary Editing.

Following the screening of “Very Semi-Serious,” cartoonist panelists Liza Donnelly, Tom Toro, Michael Maslin, and Danny Shanahan discuss life as cartoonists. The panel is moderated by Jessica Ziegler, daughter of the late “New Yorker” Cartoonist Jack Ziegler.

At 5 p.m., guests may enjoy an elegant dinner at Southern Vermont College’s 400-acre estate.  Set on the side of Mount Anthony in Bennington, Vt., the College boasts one of the most breathtaking views in New England. At the pinnacle of the estate is the Everett Mansion, a 27-room English/Norman-style home built in 1911. As the main administration building of the College, the Mansion offers a variety of storybook settings, indoors and out.

At 7:30 p.m., “Crown Prince of New York Cabaret” Steve Ross performs a compelling concert of songs from the Great American Songbook. Ross has performed around the country and around the world in every kind of venue – from Rio de Janeiro to Sydney, from Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center, and from cabarets to theaters. An articulate man with a keen knowledge of the Great American Songbook’s music and history, Ross has hosted radio series and outdoor concerts. He conducts workshops and Master Classes and appears on the programs of Vocal Ease, a volunteer organization wherein performers contribute their time and talents in senior centers around New York City.

100 Original Cartoons by 20 Cartoonists from “The New Yorker”-1 Memorable Exhibition and Sale is currently open and closes September 9. The Laumeister Art Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily – closed Fourth of July.

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