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This guy James Maroney “gets it” [“Dairy Don’t: A Dogged Ag Activist Takes Aim at Vermont’s ‘Sacred Cow,’” January 25]. I am in full agreement with what he has to say and I’ve felt this way for years. How wonderful to hear a Vermont farmer with such love and respect of dairy farming and the land. We need to rally behind this man and what he has to say. He can actually lead Vermont — and the rest of the country — in saving dairy farming, the land and our water resources. This man is brilliant! Nancy Borg STOWE
[Re “Leaving RutVegas,” February 1]: Rutland’s Amtrak train is indeed a great asset and conduit to the outside world, bringing New Yorkers of all stripes and their money (the average overnight visitor spends $177). Because it’s a nice and hassle-free way to travel, it’s no surprise that a few drug dealers took the train, as well. But most drugs arrive by auto, and nobody singles out cars for their role in the spread of drugs (at least not since G-men and mobsters became legendary for their Northeast Kingdom car chases in the Prohibition era). Your words mentioning the train only in the context of
drugs are unfair. A lot of skiers use drugs, too (because a lot of people use drugs), but would that be the only thing you say in passing about ski resorts? Of course not; skiing is fun. So is taking the train. Christopher Parker WESTMINSTER
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I appreciate the depth of this article [“Leaving RutVegas,” February 1]. I agree that too many articles paint a superficial image of Rutland. My experience reflects the ups and downs you document. In the mid-’70s, when my wife and I first started dating, we would travel from Middlebury to Rutland to go to diners, movies and restaurants such as Back Behind Café and Royal’s Hearthside. I bought my first suit at a clothing store in Rutland. In the ’80s, Rutland was a key supporter of the Taste of Vermont culinary competition that I was involved in as a chef in a Warren restaurant. We also established our credit buying a stroller at the Montgomery Ward store. In 2003, we insisted our daughter take a train to Syracuse from the Rutland train station rather than drive, and all her tires were slashed, wipers and mirrors were broken. At the same time, I worked with great graduates from the Stafford
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In his review of Albert Nobbs [Movie Review, February 1], Rick Kisonak writes about Glenn Close’s performance, and says it “screams, ‘Look at me,’” and is filled with quirks and mannerisms. Once again, I have to take issue with Rick. This is exactly what the performance does not do, though Close could have easily done, considering her power as an actor. I was very impressed by the quietness of the performance and, even though it is the starring role of the film, it is performed with precision and in the
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We may not have much snow, but there is ice, dammit, and it’ll be put to good use in St. Albans’ fourth annual Vermont Pond Hockey Classic. Players give their all for bragging rights and a trophy, and onlookers cheer ’em on day and night (evening games are held under lights). Bonfires are a bonus.
What’s more romantic than an intimate evening of old-school jazz? Bassist and singer Kate Davis brings her velvety voice to a Valentine’s Day concert at the UVM Lane Series, her “vocal phrasing harken[ing] back to the great women jazz singers of the ’50s, like June Christy, Chris Conner and Anita O’Day,” writes Oregon’s Source Weekly.
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Middlebury company that received more than $500,000 in economic development loans from the state is on the verge of bankruptcy. Workers haven’t been paid in weeks, and the Vermont Department of Labor is investigating the company. eCorp English was lured from France to Vermont by generous loans and investments from the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA), the Vermont Seed Capital Fund and other quasi-public funding sources. The company, which provides English language training for global companies, brought 35 new jobs to Middlebury and promised to add 100 more by 2013. Gov. PETER SHUMLIN cut the ribbon himself at the company’s grand opening last March and hailed it as the type of business that would ensure “our kids and our neighbors have a bright economic future in this state.” But, as reported by the Addison County Independent last week, eCorp is now on life support, and officials are scrambling to explain what went wrong. “It has taken a long time for them to 4:26 PMget their product launched,” VEDA CEO JO BRADLEY tells Fair Game. “Obviously we wouldn’t have made the loan if we thought this was going to happen.” VEDA approved loans totaling $275,000 to the firm in October 2010. When eCorp lost out on $5 million in venture capital it had banked on receiving last summer, VEDA stepped in with another $250,000 as a “bridge loan” to keep the company afloat. Most of that money has been spent, Bradley says, and now eCorp is asking VEDA to wait a year before collecting any payments on the loan. On top of that, the Vermont Seed Capital Fund, a $5 million pot of public money for investment in start-up companies, made a $200,000 equity investment in eCorp. Fund manager DAVID BRADBURY says eCorp looked like a solid investment that had successfully sold its language training products in France and Malta, but found itself in a “classic cash-flow crunch.” Bradbury says he’s “very concerned” about the situation — both for the fund’s investment and for eCorp employees. Still, he says, “The patient still has a heartbeat, so I’m not ready to do an autopsy yet.” In the meantime, eCorp’s employees aren’t getting paid — and five recently quit for that reason. Company founder, director and CEO DEBORAH SCHWARZ concedes payroll is two weeks overdue. But Vermont Labor Commissioner ANNIE
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says her office has been receiving calls for months from employees who haven’t received compensation. State Sen. TIM ASHE (D/P-Chittenden), vice-chair of the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs, says he’s also heard from numerous disgruntled eCorp employees and vendors who haven’t been paid for services rendered. Noonan confirms the DOL is investigating possible wage and hour law violations based on complaints from a half dozen current and former employees and expects to have some answers in the next few weeks.
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“If the wages are not paid, we will bring enforcement action against the company,” Noonan says. Schwarz explains that eCorp’s move to Vermont coincided with development of a new language training platform meant to expand eCorp’s global reach and grow the business. The business plan relied on $5 million in venture capital that didn’t come through, delaying launch of the new system and causing the cash-flow problems. That new platform recently launched in China and is ready for prime time, Schwarz says, but it will be three to six months more before eCorp is cash-flow positive. In the meantime, eCorp has laid off two full-time managers and five parttime employees. Short term, Schwarz and her two fellow directors have pledged to put $600,000 of their own money into the company if creditors agree to defer loan payments for one year. “The three directors have approximately four times the amount of money in the investment as the state. So if it’s a boondoggle, then we’re the ones who are going to suffer the most,” Schwarz says. “The thing to do is for everyone to stay calm and supportive. Give us the time to stay and succeed.
“One way or another,” she promises, “this situation ends this week.” Translation: Either creditors will accept the company’s new terms or eCorp English will close. By all accounts, loan defaults of the eCorp variety are relatively rare for the state. VEDA’s loan loss rate is just 1 percent — out of $160 million in total assets. Bradbury says the Seed Capital Fund has invested in nine firms since launching in May 2010, and adds, “We haven’t had one go belly up, but this one is of grave concern.” Meanwhile, workers pointed out to Ashe that the company is still advertising job openings even though it can’t make payroll. One such job posting, for a software engineer, was still on the company website Tuesday, promising applicants “competitive salary,” “full benefits package,” “a top-notch emerging company culture” and “an environment in which developers can thrive and grow.” Schwarz admits that characterization of the work environment was perhaps too cheerful and plans to tone it down. Ashe argues that when the state makes bad investments, it undermines the integrity of economic development programs and ties up money that could be better invested in broadband, scholarships or other priorities. To remedy that, he is considering legislation that would require internal control audits for such lending programs. “We need to make sure we’re not creating situations where the state is playing a role in allowing employees to get screwed over,” Ashe says. (Disclosure: Tim Ashe is the domestic partner of Seven Days publisher and coeditor PAULA ROUTLY).
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Republican KURT WRIGHT should have reviewed his own past before lambasting his Democratic opponent for bringing outside money into the Burlington mayor’s race. If he had, Wright might have pulled his political punches. On January 30, MIRO WEINBERGER hopped a plane to Washington, DC, for a fundraiser headlined by U.S. Sen. PATRICK LEAHY that was attended by numerous current and former Hill staffers. He returned to Burlington the next day with $8480 for his campaign. Cha-ching. When the Wright campaign learned of the jaunt, it went after Weinberger for bringing outside money and “Washington politics” to a race that should be all about Burlington. Wright pledged that he would not accept any money from outside
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What about Weinberger’s DC donors? What could they possibly want from a Mayor Miro? Kanarick says attendees were mostly Vermont expats and people with ties to the state — former Leahy staffers, old friends and family. That may be true, but at least four of the 39 attendees on a list supplied to Fair Game are also registered lobbyists, according to OpenSecrets.org, three of whom passed through the revolving door from Leahy’s office to K Street. The biggest check — $1000 — came from Michael BerMan, president of the Duberstein Group, whose clients include BP, Goldman Sachs, Comcast and Time Warner. The others cut checks for $100 to $250. Were those lobbyists trying to buy influence in Burlington City Hall? For $250? Not likely. Nor is $200 from Pfizer or Entergy likely to sway Wright on crucial votes. But, friends or not, Hill staffers and DC lobbyists don’t exactly scream “fresh start.” And it’s hard to claim your current campaign is all about Burlington when your last race benefited from unsolicited corporate checks sent from Mississippi, New Jersey and Phoenix. Maybe it’s time for some new campaign slogans.
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Vermont and would return donations sent by political action committees, or PACs. The Wright camp wants to portray Weinberger as a jet-setting political insider who’s letting outside special interests influence an otherwise wholesome Vermont election. And, with Congress’ approval rating at an all-time low of 9 percent — that’s less popular than polygamy, according to one Gallup poll — “Washington” is a four-letter word these days. There’s one problem with that narrative. Wright, who serves double duty on the Burlington City Council and in the Vermont House of Representatives, has already fed at the outside-money trough. According to public campaign reports, Wright raised a combined $850 from four out-of-state corporate PACs during his 2010 campaign for state representative. He accepted $200 from each of the following: New York City-based Pfizer PAC; Anheuser-Busch Co. PAC of Whitehouse Station, N.J.; and ENPAC, the corporate PAC for Vermont Yankee owner Entergy, in Jackson, Miss. Wright also accepted $250 from GlaxoSmithKline PAC, which is based in Phoenix, Ariz. ENPAC and Pfizer also contributed to Wright in 2006. On a campaign finance report for that race, where candidates are supposed to disclose the donor’s address, Wright’s treasurer wrote of Pfizer: “Unknown (not on check). See zip code.” Apparently Wright won election to a glass House. Granted, $850 isn’t a lot of money. Nowhere near Weinberger’s $8480 haul from DC. But as a percentage of Wright’s total campaign expenditure in that 2010 House race — around $4000 — it accounts for almost a quarter of the cash. Wright intends to raise $40,000 for his mayoral campaign. The Weinberger campaign didn’t miss its opportunity. Spokesman Mike kanarick says that Wright’s “hypocrisy is staggering and offers yet another example of Kurt Wright saying one thing in Burlington and doing the opposite when he thinks no one is watching.” Wright contends there’s a difference between raising outside money for a mayoral campaign and for a state legislative race — and that the mayor’s race “should not be controlled by out-of-state interests.” But it’s OK to have state legislators influenced by them? “I think most legislators take money from those groups,” Wright says of corporate PACs. Wright also makes the point that he didn’t solicit those out-of-state checks, whereas Weinberger went to DC specifically to fundraise. “I didn’t ask for it, and it had no influence on me whatsoever in any votes that I cast,” Wright says.
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The well is drilled, first vertically and then horizontally, into the shale. The top of the well is lined with steel to prevent leaks into the groundwater. Drillers pressurize the well with millions of gallons of a fluid mixture made up of water, chemicals and proppants. The high pressure creates a network of fractures in the underground shale formation.
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Water flows into the fractures and the sand props the cracks open. The water is pumped to the surface, where it needs to be treated, and the gas previously trapped in the shale moves into the well.
ant a piece of neighborly advice? Keep the frack out. That’s the word from Québecois residents who support Vermont’s possible three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing — a controversial method of drilling for natural gas more colloquially known as fracking. The proposed moratorium earned approval from the Vermont House of Representatives last week but likely won’t head to the Senate until early March. Meanwhile, some lobbyists are pushing for an even tougher rule: an outright ban on fracking in Vermont. It’s a preemptive strike. While fracking along the gas-rich Marcellus
Shale has been making headlines in Pennsylvania and New York, Vermont hasn’t attracted this kind of natural gas development. Not yet, anyway. The Utica Shale — located in the northwest corner of Vermont — may be a place where natural gas is trapped in the soft and finely stratified sedimentary rock formed from mud or clay. A test well drilled under similar geologic conditions in Québec turned out to be commercially viable. Richelieu resident Johanne Dion remembers when she first saw the notice in the business pages of French-language newspapers that oil companies had discovered shale gas in Québec. It was hailed as good news, a boon for the local
economy, but Dion had already started reading about fracking in Pennsylvania and Ohio. “Alarm bells began to ring in my head,” says Dion. With hydraulic fracturing, drillers bore a vertical well that then turns and moves horizontally into the shale formation. They pump the well full of a mix of highly pressurized water, chemicals and gritty proppants. The water creates fractures in the shale, and the particulate matter in the proppant flows into the cracks and props open the fissures. Gas can then trickle out of the shale, into the well and up to the surface. In Québec, the French-language press initially wrote little about environmental concerns associated with
ENERGY the extraction method. Chief among those is water contamination. At the time, oil companies had already set up leases with local farmers. “Thumper trucks” rolled into nearby towns to conduct seismic testing. A well went in about 10 miles south of where Dion was living in 2008. Then, in early 2011, came this news: Nineteen of 31 wells inspected by Québec’s environmental ministry were leaking gas on lowlands along the St. Lawrence River. Gas leaks don’t necessarily amount to water contamination, but Dion — who publishes a daily news digest of frackingrelated reports — says this is par for the course in the industry. She says she regularly reads about accidents, failed
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impacts are and do it in an unemotional way,” she says. But “unemotional” is a hard balance to strike in the debate about fracking. Ken Smith directs the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chenango County, N.Y. — “ground zero” for the Marcellus Shale, according to Joe Choquette, a lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute in Vermont. New York currently has a de facto moratorium on fracking while the state considers environmental regulations. Smith says that there are legitimate concerns about fracking — but also thinks there is “extreme fearmongering” going on that spreads misinformation. What’s certain is this: In his region of New York, it’s a touchy topic. “It is the most polarized issue here since Vietnam,” Smith says. “You have neighbor against neighbor. … There are very clear winners and losers … and many people stand to have life-altering amounts of money.” So far, no one really knows if fracking would be feasible, or profitable, in Vermont. “The shale is there,” says state geologist Laurence Becker. “But we just don’t know what its capability is to produce gas.” Choquette wants to find that out first before the state considers an outright fracking ban. “If there is a viable resource, provided we can get the proper regulatory framework in place, it may have some value to Vermonters,” Choquette says. Avoiding that kind of situation — where oil companies might go to homeowners with contracts and money — is another reason to be proactive about fracking, says Paul Burns, director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. “That’s not the best position for states to be in,” he says. “You don’t want it to be influenced so much by money.” So far, he says, legislators are listening. “We’ve made the case to legislators that there is reason to be concerned about this practice in Vermont,” says Burns, citing water, air and soil contamination as some of his biggest worries. “Legislators here were convinced that it makes sense to put the brakes on this.” m
well casings and fracking fluid spills, and is translating these reports for a French-speaking audience in Québec. With residents clamoring for a closer look at the situation, the province is currently conducting an environmental inquiry into fracking. That means drilling has stopped for the time being, but Dion says there are rumors it might start up again in the spring. If so, she and many fellow activists trained in nonviolent protest techniques are ready to mobilize. An organized bus tour brought local Québec citizens and officials to fracking country in Pennsylvania, Dion reports. “When they came back, they said, ‘We must not go into this. We saw it with our own eyes,’” she says. Vermont officials also point to Pennsylvania as justification for a moratorium. “They’ve allowed fracking, and they’ve encountered a lot of problems,” says Cindy Parks, an environmental analyst with the Underground Injection Control program in Vermont’s wastewater management division. Her view is: It’s too early to know just what the exact public health and environmental impacts of fracking might be in Vermont. What is certain is that future fracking would require a huge amount of water — anywhere from two to eight million gallons of water per horizontal well. When that water flows back out of a well, it contains heavy metals and salt picked up underground — and could, in Vermont, contain some of the naturally occurring radioactive materials found in subsurface geology. Dealing with that water has been one of the biggest concerns in Québec. The flowback needs to be treated, but Dion says the region’s municipal watertreatment plants don’t have the capacity to handle the wastewater. “We already have a hard time treating our wastewater,” she says. “I can’t imagine what the fracking water will do.” Another concern is drinking-water contamination. The Environmental Protection Agency launched a study last fall to determine the danger to drinkingwater supplies — the most commonly cited concern about fracking — and Parks is waiting for results. “I think we need to define what the
Sixteen Towns, Six Senators: Is Chittenden County Underrepresented in Montpelier? B y PAuL HEi n Tz
very 10 years, as lawmakers consider how to redraw the boundaries of Vermont’s state senate districts, the same old question arises: What to do with the juggernaut that is Chittenden County? Since it was created in 1836, the 30member Vermont Senate has been divvied up, more or less, along county lines. But since 1965, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state legislative districts had to closely reflect population, the decennial redistricting dance has grown more challenging. The problem, according to former lawmaker Thomas Little: “Population doesn’t seem to pay a lot of attention to county lines.” Nowhere in Vermont does that hold truer than in Chittenden County, which grew twice as fast as the rest of the state in the past decade. Home to a quarter of Vermont’s population, the region is represented by represented by a sixmember Senate district, the largest in the nation. That could all change if Little, and his seven-member Legislative Apportionment Board, get their way. “With six seats, you typically have six Republicans, six Democrats, and a number of other parties and independents running, so you can easily end up with a ballot of 15 or 20 people,” Little said. “I think that’s just a lot of information to try to sort through when you’re in a voting booth.” Arguments abound against Chittenden County’s six-member district, which includes every town in the county except Colchester: Campaigns are more expensive; voters and senators are less likely to form relationships with one another; and population centers such as Burlington tend to wield outsize clout compared with the
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Charlotte moves to Addison County district’s rural reaches. “When you look at this from the standpoint of what’s best for voters or residents, people tend to favor somewhat smaller legislative districts,” Little said. That change is reflected in the plan Little and his board submitted to the legislature last summer: Two senators would represent Burlington; two would represent South Burlington, Shelburne and Williston; two would represent the county’s eastern towns, from Hinesburg to Westford; and two would represent the
adjacent Grand Isle district, which would also include the Chittenden towns of Colchester and Milton. Revolutionary as this scheme sounds, similar ones have been considered nearly every decade since 1972 — and every time, the legislature, which ultimately decides how to reapportion its own seats, has opted for the status quo. Take Sen. Dick Sears (D-Bennington), for example. Although he acknowledged the Legislative Apportionment Board “did a lot of good work,” Sears says he favors “a
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system that would make as little change as possible.” Sears is a member of the Senate Committee on Reapportionment, which has ultimate jurisdiction over redistricting. Sen. Jeanette White (D-Windham), who chairs that committee, had a similar assessment: “We’re not interested in making all those radical changes.” White’s committee came up with an alternative plan, which will be the subject of public hearings starting next Wednesday, February 15. It proposes only a handful of changes to the existing map to account for shifts in population: moving SixTEEn TOwnS
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is a take-home medication. But many doctors quickly realized they were “out of their realm,” Bick explains, when it came to addiction treatment. As word got out that these doctors were prescribing buprenorphine, their practices were “inundated” with patients — some seeking legitimate treatment, others looking to resell the drug on the street. “In many ways, this is a difficult population to treat,” says Beth Tanzman, assistant director of the Blueprint for Health at the Department of Vermont Health Access. “Many of these prescribers are primary-care physicians, OB/GYNs or other physicians, for whom their practices are not set up to do the kind of monitoring or managing of these patients that’s required.” Tanzman reports that there are 195 doctors eligible to prescribe buprenorphine in Vermont. But that number paints a distorted picture, she says, as many will only treat patients with whom they already have a relationship. Just 44 physicians see more than 30 bupe patients at a time, which requires additional training and certification under federal guidelines. The result: Many Vermont docs can prescribe the drug, but few are willing to take on new patients to do so. And for those who do, it’s not as simple as writing a script and sending the patient home. Patients begin buprenorphine treatment through a process called “induction,” Tanzman explains. Essentially, it involves titrating, or gradually replacing their street opiates with the medication, over four to five days, so withdrawal symptoms don’t become unbearable. Because induction is difficult for patients, Tanzman says, their odds of success are much better if they also have
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Charlotte to the Addison County senate district, for example, and Bolton to the Washington County delegation. Democrat-Progressive Sen. Tim Ashe — the sole Chittenden County member of the Senate committee — opposes excising Charlotte from his district. He cast the only vote against the plan and is working with other members of the delegation to present yet another proposal that would retain the town. He argues the existing county structure prevents senators from adopting parochial points of view they might otherwise hold if they solely represented the city of Burlington or its suburban or rural neighbors. Though occasionally unwieldy, the size of the county’s delegation can be an asset to his constituents, he adds. “Whether you live in Buels Gore or Burlington, you have six senators working on behalf of your interests, rather than just two, which would be the case under other scenarios, so I think it’s six one way and half a dozen the other,” said Ashe. “When I see the scale even, I think you should lean toward tradition.” Problem is, because of Chittenden County’s explosive growth during the past decade, its voters are numerically underrepresented in the Senate — so something has to give. As the districts are currently drawn, a senator from Windsor County represents just 18,890 people, while a senator from Chittenden County represents 23,246 people, a difference of nearly 21 percent. The courts have yet to specify how wide a gap is constitutional, though Little believes that “somewhat greater than 16 percent is probably constitutional.” In Ashe’s opinion, retaining Charlotte in the Chittenden County district is important enough to justify leaving voters slightly
underrepresented — and is worth the risk of a lawsuit. “My position is that I believe we can proceed above that 16.5 percent threshold and we can have the attorney general defend that in court,” Ashe said. For Meg Brook, a former lawmaker who serves with Little on the Legislative Apportionment Board, the minimalist approach does not serve voters well. She is in favor of breaking up the Chittenden district. “I really think what they’re doing both on the House side and on the Senate side is missing an opportunity to give every Vermonter an equal voice,” she said. “I understand they don’t want to disrupt things, but the whole point of the statutes
would run in the new Chittenden West district, which would include their hometowns of Williston and South Bulington, respectively. And Republican Diane Snelling of Hinesburg would be the only incumbent running in the new twoperson Chittenden East district. Baruth, a supporter of preserving the six-member district and retaining Charlotte within it, has yet another complaint: He sees the work of the Legislative Apportionment Board as a politically tainted product. Though ostensibly independent, the board’s seven-person membership includes a representative chosen by each of the state’s three major parties. Then-governor Jim Douglas selected three additional members, one from each of the parties. Little, a Republican, was selected by the chief justice of the Vermont Supreme Court to chair the board. In Baruth’s view, the Republicans and Progressives on the Legislative Apportionment Board worked together to carve up a map that would serve their own parties’ electoral interests. “It was, to my mind, mostly a map that was mostly agreed to by non-Democrats, and so it never seemed to me to be a realistic map. It seemed to be, honestly, more political an approach than what we’re talking about now,” he said. “I actually see it as a more political construction that was not honestly meant to go the distance, but to make a statement.” In the final tally, the board’s plan was supported by two Republicans, a Democrat and a Progressive. One Democrat and one Republican voted against it. Brook, the Progressive, was absent. If what’s past is prologue, then no matter the motivations of the Legislative Apportionment Board, its radical redesign will likely go the way of similar plans drawn up and discarded in 1972 and 1982. m
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is to give people an equal voice, and that seems to have been lost in this process.” Brook, a Progressive, thinks she knows the reason the Senate committee ignored her panel’s consensus recommendation to split up the Chittenden district: Incumbent legislators are inclined to preserve the boundaries in which they have always won election. They tend to have higher name recognition and proven fundraising abilities, a huge advantage in such a large and expensive district. “We’re human beings and nobody likes change,” Brook said. “The unknown of change is always fearful.” Of perhaps even greater concern to incumbent senators is that the Legislative Apportionment Board plan would pit three of them against one another. Ashe and Democrats Philip Baruth and Hinda Miller would be forced to compete for just two seats in the new Burlington district. Ginny Lyons and Sally Fox, both Democrats,
(Disclosure: Tim Ashe is the domestic partner of Seven Days publisher and coeditor Paula Routly).
cover so-called “medication-assisted therapy” — i.e., buprenorphine and methadone — for opiate dependency. The state is also working to create five statewide “integrated substance abuse centers,” says Tanzman. This “hub-andspoke” model would create five regional methadone providers — the “hubs” — which would also offer specialized services such as mental health and addiction counseling. They’d also function as consultants for doctors who provide buprenorphine — the “spokes” — so they’re better equipped to manage these patients. According to Tanzman, the estimated new cost for the project is $4 million for fiscal year 2013; that cost doubles in 2014. At that rate, Vermont could afford to treat about 5000 patients for opiate dependency by 2015. (Currently, the state is treating roughly 2800 with buprenorphine and another 600 with methadone.) If $8 million sounds high, Tanzman points out that the state expects “significant savings” in other areas. Opiate abusers are already “high-system users,” she notes, costing millions not only to the health care system but also to law enforcement, the courts and corrections. If everything goes according to plan, Tanzman expects the feds will cover about 90 percent of the cost. However, implementing the huband-spoke model will also require that family practitioners in the community rethink their attitudes about treating addicts, says St. Albans pediatrician Fred Holmes, who is currently treating about 60 patients with buprenorphine. The 67-year-old is planning to retire in July but has yet to find another physician to take his caseload. Opiate addiction, “from my perspective, is no different than treating a youngster with cystic fibrosis or asthma or a seizure disorder of diabetes,” says Holmes, in that “the format is the same: [You need] an interdisciplinary team. It’s just the team looks different.” m
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[Re “Flu Shot or Not? Health Officials Warn Against ‘Alarmist’ Reaction to Young Girl’s Death,” January 11]: Harry Chen states that it is important for parents to weigh the risks and benefits of getting a flu shot — or any other vaccination. What the health officials do not tell us is how to weigh the risk and benefit of the vaccination. The risk-benefit analysis of receiving any vaccine can be difficult to ascertain. Complicating this risk-benefit analysis is the difficulty in obtaining reliable information. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is responsible for recommending vaccinations, but the CDC also has a history of “conflict of interest” with the multibillion-dollara-year vaccination industry. When it comes to vaccinations, the mainstream media and the CDC share the same agenda: Protect the program. You are not going to find critical analysis from the press on this issue. And you are not going to see public health officials telling the truth about vaccine safety studies. Doing so could be a career killer.
Many thanks to Seven Days for calling attention to the profound impacts that climate change is going to have on Vermont [“Totally Uncool,” January 25]. Vermont is fortunate to have an administration that is devoted to reducing carbon emissions, and that we have 350Vermont, which wants to establish an even bolder campaign to reduce emissions to net-zero by 2025 and meet 90 percent of the state’s energy needs from clean and renewable sources. Bringing carbon dioxide levels from their current 392 parts per million back to 350 is essential in order to return to a normal climate. As community organizer David Stember said last week while announcing the Fossil Fuel Freedom’s campaign: “The fact is that when it comes to preventing runaway climate change, because we’re reaching numerous critical tipping points, the next 10 years may shape the quality of life on Earth for untold generations to come. Therefore the goals we set today in Vermont may be the most important goals we have ever set.” Government action on this issue is critical, but equally, if not more important, is the personal and moral commitment of each Vermonter. One way to demonstrate our commitment is to take the strongest living-more-sustainably pledge found on Google, and I urge all Vermonters to go to vspop.org to see who has already taken the 10-point pledge, and to do so yourself.
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His concern, however, has consistently been for the publishers who sell intellectual property, not with the individuals who create it. He certainly appreciates art, but — and I hope I don’t do him an injustice — I’ve never seen a good word from him for the rights of artists or a bad one for abuses of them by corporate entities. The duration of copyright has been significantly extended twice during his tenure, both times for the benefit of, for instance, the Walt Disney Company. Long after Walt’s death, we see giant Disney balloons but will never see “Mickey Mouse vs. Godzilla.” Some 25 years ago, I wrote to the senator in support of artists’ rights. I received no reply. We are both photographers, after all, although he an amateur with sufficient outside income. Writing again later, I received a curt reply to the effect that I should butt out (I paraphrase). The senator indeed deserves acclaim for championing human rights in general — just not for this particular one. He is a fine senator; I vote for him. But when in 1992 he complimented me on a photograph in which he had established himself prominently, I wasn’t honored.
This conflict of interest between the vaccination industries and health officials is not unique to the U.S. The European Parliament recently investigated corruption between the World Health Organization, the pharma industry and an academic science that led to inefficient vaccine strategies and needlessly exposing millions of healthy people to the risk of an unknown amount of side effects of insufficiently tested vaccines that has permanently damaged the lives of millions and even caused deaths. Producers of the vaccines you receive are not liable, and official health information is not reliable. It is up to you to learn the truth.
Plumb is the executive director of Vermonters for a Sustainable Population.
A West Coast “Knitting Lady” Sets Up in Burlington BY L I N D S AY J . W E S T L E Y
n her former Bay Area neighborhood, MAGGIE was known simply as “the Knitting Lady.” Neighbors and fans of her knitting patterns, kits and yarns would drop by for sidewalk sales at her knitting store, Pick Up Sticks, or tune in to her segments on the PBS TV program “Knit and Crochet Now!” to emulate crafty know-how. These days, Pace is a little more incognito. She moved to Burlington in December 2010 when her husband got a job with Dealer.com. That new position went hand-in-hand with the couple’s decision to reevaluate their lives. “Steve and I were both overwhelmed,” Pace says. “We had a clear goal in mind to simplify and reenvision what success meant to us. We wanted to have personal fulfillment in our work and refocus on family life, so Burlington felt like a great fit.” She had to leave behind her business partner and the cofounder of Pick Up Sticks — her mother, Joan Benson, whom Pace credits with teaching her how to knit. Pace is a third-generation crafter; her grandmother ran a craft store in Michigan during the ’70s. Pace remembers knitting her first sweater when she was 9 or 10 years old. PACE
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B Y MA R GO T HARRISON If you live along Lake Champlain, you’ve heard the periodic warnings to stay out of the water. In a state known for its eco-consciousness, how did our largest lake get so polluted? And what can we do? As the 40th anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act approaches, JON D. ERICKSON hopes a documentary called Bloom, which he executive produced, can answer those questions. “Vermont has been a leader” when it comes to a clean environment, says Erickson, managing director of the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. “We can be a leader again.” If Bloom sounds familiar, that’s because Erickson’s company, Bright Blue EcoMedia, released its first installment last year. That short, which won the New England Emmy for Best Environmental Program, has now been joined by three more chapters, written and directed by VICTOR GUADAGNO and narrated by Oscar-winning actor Chris Cooper. Shelburne’s LINTILHAC FOUNDATION funded the series, which will have its first TV airing on Mountain Lake PBS on February 29. Bloom points the finger at three culprits for the lake’s phosphorus load: an “aging wastewater treatment infrastructure, ecologically degrading agricultural processes and stormwater runoff.” Last year’s Bloom installment drew flack at public screenings for its spotlighting of the agricultural factor. “I got an earful from people,” Guadagno told Seven Days last February, after a crowd of farmers and legislators viewed the first Bloom chapter in St. Albans. While that installment had an “edge to it ... the follow
When she and her mother started Pick Up Sticks in 2003, Pace was five months pregnant with her second child and confined to bed rest — which gave her plenty of time to knit. After her son was born, she and Benson hit the road as business partners with her original designs. “We always loved working together; my mom loves creating things perfectly from a pattern, whereas I’ll read the first four lines and then launch into something completely different,” Pace says. “In the beginning, it mortified her that I didn’t follow directions. But that’s how the business started — I would do all the designing, and she would create it and give me feedback.” In those days, Pick Up Sticks was focused on creating and selling knitting kits, which meant that, in addition to designing and testing a pattern, Pace and her mother rolled the yarn, packaged it, marketed it and sold it. Moving to Burlington meant two things: Pace would cut back on the supplying/selling part of the business and move it online, and her mom would stay at home in Santa Cruz, Calif., in semiretirement. (She still tests every pattern, though, says Pace.)
ups are more optimistic and positive,” Erickson says. LORI FISHER, executive director of the Lake Champlain Committee, agrees, calling Bloom “a constructive film” that “presents some concrete, positive examples of ways to clean up and protect the lake. It’s helpful and hopeful,” she says. Indeed: Part 3 of Bloom, subtitled “The Agricultural Renaissance,” paints a glowing picture of Vermont’s evolving sustainable food system. Visuals of prancing goats and lambs reinforce the arguments against industrial agriculture. Part 4, on the urban stormwater problem, features darker imagery: rivers raging and highways shattered in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. “We had the stormwater episode all ready at the end of August,” says Erickson, “and then Irene happened.” Now that devastation, he notes, is “forcing some long-needed conversations.” As for the third polluting culprit, wastewater, “no one wants to think about [it],” Erickson notes. But, he says, “we’re all part of this; we have to think about this more holistically.” Holistic thinking is the goal of Bright Blue EcoMedia’s upcoming project, a “crowd-sourced” documentary on energy independence to consist of footage gathered all over the state on March 21, or Vermont Energy Independence Day. (More info on our staff blog, Blurt.) Erickson wants Vermonters to know they can help the lake, whether by writing their state reps, ponying up for stormwater management or choosing organics at the grocery store. “There are so many different entry points to changing the course that we’re on.”
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Bloom screens as part of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont’s 2012 Winter Conference on Saturday, February 11, at 12:15 p.m. in Terrill Hall at UVM; and on Mountain Lake PBS on Wednesday, February 29, 9-11 p.m. More info on participating in the crowd-sourced film: facebook.com/vteid, march21st.org.
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Pace’s primary revenue is now derived from selling downloadable knitting patterns, which she says has been a huge relief — and profitable. Despite knitting’s reputation as an occupation for fireside armchairrocking grannies, it’s hip to knit these days, whether you’re 24 or 84. The resurgence has launched trends from boozy college knitting circles to “yarn bombing,” an art form that became popular a couple of years ago in urban centers. Anonymous yarn bombers decorated everything from bike racks to trees to public art, giving knitting new street cred. The iconic statue of Rocky Balboa at the foot of the Philadelphia Museum of Art was adorned with a cozy, brightpink sweater reading “Go See the Art” last April; the Wall Street bull received similar treatment. In Burlington last year, the deer sculptures outside city hall were briefly clad in colorful leg warmers. “It’s an ancient craft, but knitters are some of the most computer-literate people on the planet, and are often the computer-programmer-y type,” Pace says. She’s a big fan of ravelry.com, an online community forum for knitters and crocheters.
Pace doesn’t just knit; she’s also known for felting — the process of washing a knitted creation in very hot water to shrink the fibers together — and has written two books on the topic. Felting requires a 100 percent wool yarn, so Pace, a self-described “big-city girl,” says she plans to don her muck boots and learn more about the natural fibers still on the hoof on Vermont hillsides. “Felting is very cyclical; it comes and it goes,” says Pace. “The Big Snugs booties and a big, felted poinsettia wreath are my two most popular patterns, but I also find myself wanting to try different blends, like bamboo and silk.” While the web business model works well for her, Pace also wants to get involved in the fiber-arts scene in Vermont. “The arts community here is amazing, and I know I want to plug in on some level,” she says. “It’s funny, because in Oakland knitting was so much a part of my identity, but here I’ve been really under the radar. It’s given me some welcome time to explore new things like sewing and drawing, but I’m really looking forward to seeing where I fit best in the community.” m
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the straight dope bY cecil adams Dear cecil, A friend insists a team of scientists is dedicated to cloning a woolly mammoth. I’d love to believe this is true, and if it is, what are the plans for these critters? Zoos? Releasing them into the wild? Farming? or a pet for the billionaire that already has everything else? Also, why start with woolly mammoths and not something smaller and hopefully easier, like passenger pigeons? michael Roberts, Berkeley
then we can wring our hands over whether we should. To answer your question, I know of at least two scientific groups who’ve sporadically attempted to find some suitable mammoth samples from which a new specimen could eventually be cloned: • In 1996, a Japanese team led by reproductive physiologist Kazufumi Goto and geneticist Akira Iritani began prowling around the Siberian tundra for either frozen mammoth sperm
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dinosaurs a la Jurassic Park. It is possible to extract DNA from old bones — researchers have successfully retrieved chunks of Neanderthal DNA that way. But dinosaur bones are so old they’ve been lithified, meaning the original organic material has been replaced by minerals, and nobody has figured out how to extract DNA from stone. In theory you can still clone mammoths and other animals whose departure was relatively recent and whose bodies have merely been frozen. As the permafrost thaws due to global warming, more specimens are turning up, and while the chances of finding a complete set of intact mammoth chromosomes are slim, you can find plenty of DNA scraps. Decode enough of these and do some monster data crunching and eventually you can piece together the complete gene sequence. As it is, more than half the genome for a 10,000-yearold mammoth was published in 2008. That doesn’t mean you can make a decent clone. To illustrate: A Pyrenean ibex, a type of mountain goat, was cloned in 2009. The species had been declared extinct less than 10 years earlier — the DNA used for the clone was extracted from the last known specimen. It took 439 embryos to produce one duplicate from that carefully preserved genetic material. The neo-ibex’s fate? It died minutes after birth due to lung defects, a recurring problem with clones. Sure, we’ve got the download — that is, the genome. Unfortunately, we’re dealing with analog, not digital, technology, and the playback still sucks.
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’m not making you chief strategy officer of my genetic engineering start-up, Michael. “Clones mammoth” = front-page headlines, big bucks. “Clones pigeon” = “Tonight Show” joke. More to the point, for a would-be cloner, deciding whether you’re going to sell your output to zoos or Richard Branson is a classic case of counting your pterodactyls before they’re hatched. Any scientific venture that involves creating life without benefit of the usual reproductive processes generally inspires two reactions. First, you’ve got your Popular Mechanics types saying, Cool, can I have one? Then you’ve got the technophobe contingent, which oddly includes both religious fundamentalists and Hollywood scriptwriters, who fret that scientists are playing God. Meanwhile, back in the lab, the scientists themselves are thinking, First, let’s establish whether we can actually do this;
led an international team of paleontologists on several expeditions to Siberia also looking for mammoths, which they planned to send to a lab for possible cloning. Buigues and company found a number of carcasses, most famously one allegedly encased in a 23-ton cube of frozen dirt with only its tusks showing, which was seen being hoisted from the permafrost in the Discovery Channel documentary Raising the Mammoth. However, Buigues later conceded the tusks had been stuck in place to make the otherwise prosaic dirt clod more telegenic — whether it actually contained a mammoth has never been determined. To be fair, Buigues was part of a team slug signorino that hauled out another mammoth carcass in 2010, so maybe something will or viable mammoth DNA come of all this yet. from other cell nuclei. If All I can say is, good luck. they found the former, they Cloning extinct creatures presplanned to inject it into the ents two nontrivial challenges. egg of a modern elephant The first is the difficulty of clonand produce a mammothing, period. Everybody rememelephant hybrid. If they bers Dolly the cloned sheep, found viable DNA, they’d introduced to the world in 1996. take a stab at a 100 percent What was little noted at the time pure clone. Initial efforts was that Dolly was the only one went nowhere, but in early of 277 candidate embryos to 2011 Iritani told reporters actually make it. No doubt the he was still at it and success rate will improve, but anticipated success — via a the day when test-tube cloning new technique that recently becomes routine is a long way off. produced a cloned mouse The second problem is perfrom frozen tissue — within haps even knottier, namely just a few years. finding ancient genetic material • Meanwhile, beginning that’s still in clonable condition. in 1998, French polar While I hate to disappoint T. rex adventurer Bernard Buigues fans, it’s unlikely we’ll ever clone
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It’s tough to spend a Vermont winter single. These cold, dark nights seem made for cuddle buddies and crackling fires, and just when the daylight hours begin to make their slow comeback, February brings one last, cruel wallop: Valentine’s Day. Seven Days wanted to know: Who’s braving out
the season alone — and who’s kicking ass at it? With no specifications for age, sexual preference, income or appearance, we put it out to our readers to nominate the state’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. Frankly, we were blown away. Within five minutes of the contest’s opening, we already had three
the lake. I read, I cook, I travel. My newest hobby is homeownership. It takes up more time than I realized.”
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What you look for in a partner: “I look for someone who is loyal, fun, adventurous, witty, smart, curious, engaging and handsome.”
Town: Burlington Occupation: Fundraising for a Vermont college What her nominator says: “Stephanie is seriously cute, intellectually curious and brilliantly single.” Favorite thing about yourself: “I think I’m really fun loving. I really enjoy the company of others, and I really like getting to know people.”
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Town: Burlington Occupation: Marketing manager at Church Street Marketplace What her nominator says: “Speaks four languages fluently — English, French, German, Bosnian. Down to earth and doesn’t come with drama.” Self-description: “I’m originally from Bosnia. I grew up in Germany and here, as well, in Burlington. I’d say I’m a very direct person. I’m very protective of my friends and family. My friends are my family.”
Describe your first kiss: “I was 5. It was this little boy in my neighborhood ...
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Relationship deal breaker: “People who aren’t accepting of others.”
Any dating disaster stories? “I could write a book!”
Best compliment you’ve received: “I’m complimented most often on my blue eyes.”
In your spare time: “I like to be outside as much as possible because I travel so much for work. I compete in triathlons and ski and snowshoe when we actually have snow. I swim in
individuals who were smart, passionate, caring and quirky, and attractive, to boot. And then we received many more. Meet our top six nominees below. As of press time, they’re all spectacularly single. No promises that they won’t be snapped up by V-Day.
Someone dared us to kiss in the hallway. All the kids were cheering us on. My sister was the only one going, ‘Don’t do it!’” Relationship deal breaker: “Someone who doesn’t have a sense of humor. Can’t stand that.” Describe your ideal Vermont date: “Dinner for two, and ... he cooks.” Last song you listened to: “‘Ratujemo ti i ja’ by S.A.R.S.”
Five-year plan: “Eventually I want to be involved in economic development abroad. Ultimately, I am looking to apply for the Peace Corps, but it’s not set in stone.” Craziest thing you’ve done for love: “I’ve traveled borders and countries to go back to love.” Where would you take someone on a romantic Vermont getaway? “Woodstock. Stay at an inn. Lock ourselves up so we don’t feel the winter.” Email Adna: firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: A.J. LaRosa Age: 31 Town: Burlington Occupation: Attorney
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Self-description: “An outdoorsy, fun-loving, down-to-earth professional who likes to make people laugh [and] has a deep passion for cooking and the outdoors.”
Relationship deal breaker: “Smoking. Close-mindedness. Those are the two worst for me.”
Fun fact: A.J. reports on mountain conditions as the resident weather man at FamousInternetSkiers.com.
How do you pursue a crush? “I’m a go-getter. I think if you like somebody, you just go straight for it. You don’t play games. I’m a little type A in that way.”
What you look for in a partner: “Intelligence. Independence. Humor.”
Describe your ideal Vermont date: “Hiking to an overlook for a nice sunset with a cold beer.
What you look for in a partner: “Someone who can make me laugh and somebody who is educated and interested — you know, passionate about something that they do.”
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Name: Peter Isles
Occupation: Third-grade teacher
Biggest turnoff: “Men who spend more time grooming themselves than I do.”
Number of countries visited when school’s out: 20.
Five-year plan: “I would like to travel to Peru.”
What her nominator says: “Christine is an amazing catch! Raised in Burke, she has lived in the Green Mountain State her whole life. She knows how to have a good time and can balance life and work.”
Where would you take someone on a romantic Vermont getaway? “A cabin in the mountains.”
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Occupation: Artist and graduate student pursuing a PhD in natural resources at the University of Vermont. What his nominator says: “Cares about the environment, loves his friends and his dog Trout. Did I mention handsome and single!?” Describe yourself in three words: “Intelligent. Quiet. Creative.” Fun fact: Peter’s visual art — which
Last song you listened to: “‘Breathless’ by Nick Cave.” Five-year plan: “I’d like to start keeping bees.” Where would you take someone on a romantic Vermont getaway? “My family has a beautiful cabin on a lake in the Northeast Kingdom. I’m a big fan of a quiet weekend spent cooking nice meals in a comfortable setting, maybe with a moonlight swim thrown in.” Email Peter: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Craziest thing you’ve done for love: “I moved to Houston, Texas, during the Bush years. I’m sure I’ve done crazier things, but I don’t think I’ll spill about them here.”
Describe your ideal Vermont date: “A long walk, a hot beverage ... and the rest just falls into place.”
Craziest thing you’ve done for love: “I once flew out to California to tell a girl that I loved her and gave her a one-way plane ticket to Vermont.” How do you pursue a crush? “Sometimes I bide my time and weigh every option. Other times, I just say, Forget it, and go right for it. Sometimes I feel like I can’t waste any time.” Email Jewels: email@example.com
Self-description: “I have a magnetic personality. I’m a positive person, jovial and friendly. I’m a little bit moody, in a good way.”
Three main requirements: “Ass, class and sass.”
Favorite thing about winter: “Not having to go outside.”
What his nominator says: “Ladies, it’s happened to the best of us. Maybe you heard his boisterous laugh from across the Radio Bean, and realized that an angel’s song couldn’t be sweeter. Or maybe you were struck by his sizzling riffs and
Occupation: Green grocer; guitarist and songwriter with punk-rock band Rough Francis
What you look for in a partner: “I think jive is the first, No. 1 thing. It’s gotta jive. I’m looking for someone who’s just on that wavelength.”
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Hobbies: “I’m really outdoorsy. I kind of embrace whatever season Vermont has to offer. I ski and Nordic ski and snowshoe in the winter. I volunteer with Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.”
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How do you like your eggs cooked? “Over easy. Or eggs Benedict if I’m feeling fancy. Egg sandwiches on my way to a ski mountain.”
Name: Christine Hertz
Craziest thing you’ve done for love: “I’ve done a lot of crazy things ... but I can’t let all the secrets out now.”
Relationship deal breaker: “I’m not really one for deal breakers. I keep an open mind.”
Last song you listened to: “‘Shake It Out’ by Florence and the Machine.”
Where would you take someone on a romantic Vermont getaway? “A hut high on Mansfield.”
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Describe your ideal Vermont date: “Going on any kind of adventure out in the mountains, followed by a great beer. My ideal date would always be at the Alchemist, but that is no longer.” Favorite thing about winter: “I love that we often complain about not having enough snow, as opposed to having too much.”
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neighborhood atop one of Buckley’s bookshelves. Buckley has branched out into hand-lettered logos for online shops and designed a series of informational postcards for Vermont Farm Table. Everything she makes is a clean, modern take on vintage staples. “This place is like a varsity club,” she says with a laugh, gesturing to the colorful vintage university pennants tacked above the windows in her studio. Her artistic style draws a little from that old-school academic aesthetic. It’s East Coast camp meets classic Americana meets New England nautical, all handdrawn and -lettered and then digitally colored and printed. (Buckley does all her printing at Pop Color in Williston.) Even the company name — Scout’s Honor — reflects her style. “It’s harkening back to the simple things,” Buckley says. The result is crisp and bright, a playful reinterpretation of nostalgia that avoids fusty wistfulness. “The aesthetic of this state alone is so inspiring,” says Buckley, who moved to Burlington after attending college in Boston. “Things around here are kind of what they are, which I love.” If there’s a proliferation of plaid and L.L. Bean and Woolrich, she goes on, it’s because those items serve a function in Vermont — not because they’re ironic or trendy in Brooklyn. Buckley acknowledges that well-crafted and durable goods are enjoying a resurgence in popularity in the design world, and she hopes it isn’t a passing fad. “Hopefully this isn’t a flash in the pan,” she says. Asked about the death of letter writing — and the contracting size of the U.S. Postal Service — Buckley smiles. Even her own father asked when she started the business, “Do people even use stationery anymore?” To that she says this: “It’s exhausting at the end of the day to send one more email.” Buckley’s grandmothers both wrote letters “just for fun,” sending her missives at Boston University with updates on the family. She’d hate to see “legit thank-you notes” disappear. “I really do believe that if you’re making something of quality, people will use it,” she says. As a new entrepreneur in an industry beholden to blog posts and site hits, Buckley keeps an eye on what other designers are doing. But then she’ll turn off the computer and take a stroll to a local antique shop. That’s where she found the bull’s horns that are now mounted on her wall, or one of the many old books she scours for typography. “At the end of the day, it’s the physical object that inspires me,” Buckley says. m
“day of” paper goods such as menus, table numbers and wedding programs. This time of year, Buckley is busy: Savethe-dates are going out now for summer and fall weddings, with invitations soon to follow. She has trouble summing up how many hours she spends on each project, but knows this: It’s a lot. “There’s so much that hits the cuttingroom floor,” she says. But Buckley says custom wedding invitations are a delightful challenge for a stationer. While her clients come to her because they like her aesthetic, their ideas often push her in new directions, or enable her to explore a concept or theme in more depth than she might in a simple birthday card. For instance, there was the couple who sent her a long list of “stuff we like” — including typewriters, trolley cars and fried chicken — and told her to have at it. Right now, she’s riffing on old-school ski posters for another couple, who became engaged after a gondola ride. Their springtime Stowe wedding invitation is illustrated in bold, graphic sweeps with evergreens and a ski-lift chair. Then there was the old friend who told Buckley: “Blue and yellow. Beach.” “I was like, sick!” Buckley says excitedly. Those invitations were awash in watercolor, illustrated with a lighthouse and whimsical nautical touches. Guests received a hand-illustrated, treasurehunt-style map of the New Jersey coast that pointed out the location of the ceremony and other landmarks. One of the problems, Buckley admits, is that guests occasionally admire the invitations so much that they’re reluctant to send back their RSVP cards. That New Jersey wedding was the big project that allowed Buckley to quit her job as a Burton content manager and launch Scout’s Honor Co. last February. Stationery was a nights-and-weekends affair for a long time before that. Buckley acknowledges that the decision was a leap of faith, but she was ready for the change. “I just took the plunge,” she says. “It was now or never. I know it sounds cliché, but it all came together, and I just had to do it . . . At the end of the day, I really had a fear of regret more than of failure.” Now Buckley says she’s caught at a tough but enviable junction in her professional life: She’s swamped with work and is turning away potential clients for want of time. In addition to her wedding stationery, Buckley is selling a small line of note cards through her website and hopes to expand her wholesale business. She also creates custom stamps illustrated with a drawing of the client’s home. They’re used to make notecards or return address labels, and have proved surprisingly popular. The prototypes — everything from a Los Angeles ranch to a New England farmhouse — are collected in a tiny stamp
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“Our guests kept some of the photos for themselves, but also cut out a few and pasted them in a guestbook with a little message next to them,” says Molly Trevithick, who got married in 2008 and rented a booth from the Burlingtonbased Vermont Photobooth Company.
“Every now and then I take that book out and laugh out loud at some of the photos our family and friends left for us.” The first booth-for-hire popped up in St. Paul, Minn., during the late ’90s. Since then, props including mustaches on a stick, funny hats and glasses, and chalkboard talk bubbles have crept into the photo-booth culture, encouraging creative poses and the packing of mobs of guests into the tiny booth. The camera, of course, always encourages shenanigans. “People feel like they can get silly, being in an enclosed space,” suggests Burlington artist and DJ Kyle “Fattie B” Thompson, who had a photo booth at his September wedding to Emilie Szakach. “Many had no idea that we got copies of every photo taken afterward — and boy, were they surprised!” Thompson isn’t the first to embrace a photo booth’s artistic value. Andy Warhol (whom Thompson cites as an artistic inspiration) once ferried a gaggle of teens around New York City photo booths in the ’60s, supplying them with rolls of quarters and turning the project into “Today’s Teen-Agers,” featured on a 1965 Time cover. Awash in Warhol’s signature colors, the doctored photo strips are vintage yet hip. It’s a part of the phenomenon that Burlington photographer Nakki Goranin explored in her 2008 book, American Photobooth, which depicts photo-booth sessions throughout the device’s history. At around the same time as Warhol’s experiment, Joan and Don Caron ducked
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ohn and Jackie Kennedy did it. So did John Lennon and Yoko Ono. More recently, teen sensations Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez succumbed. These celebrity couples and many thousands of regular folks have had cozy tête-à-têtes in a photo booth. While it can elicit all manner of goofy poses, the photo booth has long been the province of romance, as well. The intimate quarters, the privacy, the velvet curtain — and the allure of the eyewitness camera — have inspired couples to press cheeks, sit on each other’s laps and share kisses since Siberian immigrant Anatol Josepho perfected the photo-booth process in 1926. So perhaps it’s not surprising that modern versions of the vintage booth have been showing up at weddings in recent years. After all, a camera sans photographer inspires all sorts of acts — creative, naughty and romantic alike — and there’s no disputing the nostalgic appeal. Still, what is it that prompts brides and grooms to spend between $500 and $2000 on a photo booth when a professional photographer is also making the rounds to capture the big day? For Chelsea Maisel and her fiancé Jeremy Oclatis, who are getting married in September in Grand Isle, part of the appeal is the idea of (gasp!) actually printing out a photograph. “It’s fun and adds excitement to the night, but it also allows people to take a moment from the wedding home with them,” Maisel says. “I didn’t want to give
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As traditional wedding photographers seek to cash in on the trend with portable “photo-booth experiences” made from PVC poles and curtains, photo-booth operators are upping the ante. Chris and Tracy Centracchio, who run the Vermont division of Photobooth Planet, recently decided to put the concept on wheels. “I’d always wanted to restore a Volkswagen bus, and this gave me an excuse to roll it into our business,” says Chris Centracchio, who is creating the Vermont Photobus out of a 1966 VW. “I’ve seen wedding photos where the couple incorporated a VW bus in the background and thought, Why not?” Since each booth weighs between 500 and 750 pounds, you can hardly blame him for wanting to make them more mobile. But, no matter what format the photo booth takes, it isn’t likely to disappear anytime soon — not as long as there’s a velvet curtain and a camera to set the mood.
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SD: How much does that first date, that first impression, matter? NL: Oh, I wish it didn’t! But it’s so huge. People are sharp judgers. We are a drivethrough society, and we just want to get in and out and check our criteria list and go. And that is so unfortunate, because so many relationships would have bloomed if they’d given a person another chance on date two or three.
SEVEN DAYS: Were you naturally a matchmaker before you started doing it professionally? NICOLE Leclerc: Yes. I’m a Scorpio, so I’m very intuitive. And I’ve always been interested in people. You have to really like people to do what I do. You have to really get underneath the hood.
SD: How do you feel about alcohol on a first date? NL: No! Without a doubt, alcohol is a horrible thing on a first date. Down the road, it’s great. Alcohol changes our personality. It’s a truth serum. It makes people loosen up, but it makes people more predisposed to talking about things I don’t want them to
talk about, such as their ex-husband or ex-wife. It becomes like a therapy session. SD: But people have been using it to get to know each other for, like, all of history, right? NL: I know! I’m here to say, it doesn’t work. I mean, it gets you into bed faster, certainly. We all know that. SD: What other misconceptions do people have about dating? NL: Pet peeve of mine: People think that because someone’s asked a question, they have to answer it. And that’s a mistake, because they’re traps. Here’s an example: Jennifer and Dan meet, and Jennifer says, “How long have you been divorced?” And he says, “Three years.” So she says, “Oh, what happened?” OK, that is, like, totally not supposed to
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f matchmaker Nicole Leclerc could offer only one piece of dating advice, it would be this: Whatever you do, do not talk about your ex on the first date. Seems easy, right? Wrong. Leclerc watches people self-destruct on the topic all the time. The bubbly, blond 44-year-old, who uses phrases such as “that’s wack” and makes them sound endearing, has run the dating service Compatibles since 2004. She’s guided close to a thousand men and women, she says, through the emotional minefields of searching for love. Leclerc’s clients are heterosexual, nonsmoking professionals between the ages of 26 and 80. She says she will probably branch out to gays eventually, but it will mean building a whole new database of clients. And she has her hands full already. Leclerc doesn’t use a computer program to generate matches. She does it the old-fashioned way: by getting to know clients over coffee and then using her
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SD: Besides exes, what other topics are off limits? NL: It used to be religion and politics. But 12v-Pathways020812.indd 1 2/6/12 those can be kind of fun. Those can be points where you connect with someone. I have Democrats who date Republicans. If you’re respectful of religion and politics and not trying to change someone, it can work. I say, stay out of OUR COMMUNITY the past. Stay away from disappointments IS PART OF THE or depression. Don’t say, “Well, I’m on WORLD COMMUNITY. Wellbutrin.” Who wants to hear that? No one. HELP US DEVELOP A VACCINE FOR DENGUE FEVER SD: At what point is it OK to start talking about that stuff? NL: When you’ve connected. In the beginning, I haven’t bonded with you, so everything you tell me is a screening tool. Now, if I connect with you, you’re becoming endearing to me; I’m enjoying you and I’m engaged. I’m attracted. Then, when you tell me that same thing, it’s “Really? Jeez, your ex does sound like a shrew!” I mean, there’s no doubt: When you’re sharing a glass of wine and telling your personal stories, that’s going to bring you closer as a couple. But when you do it in the beginning, it’s so off-putting. I see • A 1 Year Study with Two relationships that normally would have Doses of Vaccine or Placebo bloomed, but they’re just snuffed out because someone went there. • Healthy Adults Ages 18 – 50 It’s that first-impression thing you • Screening visit, Dosing Visits asked about in the beginning. You get one and Follow-up Visits shot.
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A few weeks after I moved to Burlington, a friend encouraged me to try online dating. At first, I was hesitant. “You’ve got to,” she said, hijacking my computer. But the only successful online pairing that jumped to my mind was that of my high school history teacher, a bombastic, 5-foot-tall guy who loved to extol the virtues of Match.com, where he’d met his 5-foot-tall Thai wife. I protested mildly as my friend began filling out a profile. Surely, I said, sunbathing wasn’t one of my regular activities and shouldn’t be included. But ultimately, I was curious about who I’d meet. And I was new in town. What did I have to lose? There are a lot of dating sites out there, including Match.com, eHarmony and the Seven Days personals. I settled on OkCupid, which bills itself as a dating service that “uses math to get you dates.” Reportedly it’s a younger, more queer-friendly dating site that focuses on what you want in a match rather than pair you with someone of your age, race and income level. For OkCupid to work, you have to fill out tons of questions about, according to the site, “lifestyles, ethics, sex, dating and other topics.” OkCupid plugs your responses into an algorithm and generates a slew of potential matches, each with a compatibility quotient: Someone with a 77 percent rating would be a match; 46 percent, friend; and 14 percent, enemy. Honestly, the enemy rating creeps me out. And I wasn’t totally sold on the questions, either. They struck me as asinine, written by either computer programmers (“Do you own any dice with more than six sides?” Um, no.) or misogynists (“Is it OK for a girl to talk openly about her sexual exploits?” Seriously? What century are we in?). Other questions were somewhere between funny and absurd. “Is love overrated?” I don’t know, Cupid. You tell me. Then there are the matches themselves. You click around the site and look at people’s profiles. Browsing is public, so you know who’s checking you out and vice versa. Weirdly, this open acknowledgment of online voyeurism kind of works. I was totally transfixed when I first opened an account. There were so many people to look at, and all of them wanted to go on dates! OkCupid does require an epistolary introduction: You have to message back and forth with people before deciding to meet up. The messages I read ran the gamut, from long, literary tomes to creepy come-ons. I replied to just about anyone who could spell properly and indicated that they’d read my profile. The result: many invitations. So far I’ve gone out with, in no particular order, a bearded, bespectacled TV cameraman; a bearded Adirondacker; a bespectacled vacuum salesman; an IBM engineer and gamer extraordinaire; a financier; a skiing devotee; and a bearded, bespectacled graduate student. My roommate couldn’t keep them all straight. “How many dates have you gone on this week?” she asked sometime in mid-January. “Four,” I replied. “That’s ridiculous,” she said. Nobody dated when I was in college, so the mechanics kind of elude me. Sometimes it’s pretty funny, such as when the graduate student, toward the end of dinner, received a baffling text message from a roommate about a pair of missing shoes. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he began to type, only to look down and discover that the Patagonia sneakers on his feet weren’t, in fact, his own. I had no mission when I started all this. I wasn’t trolling for a quick fix, or looking to pair up and hunker down. I’d simply hoped that OkCupid might jump-start a social life in a new city. After spending the entire month of January awash in dates, I feel pretty good about the whole endeavor. I discovered some new Burlington haunts. I blew my coffee and beer budget. I had some nice conversations. I made a friend or two. Romance? We’ll see — there are some things an algorithm can’t calculate. Now I’m trying to get up the courage to message a fellow who’s looking for the following: “If you mix joie de vivre with serious smarts. An ability to play Simone de Beauvoir to my Jean-Paul Sartre, while very attractive, is not a prerequisite.” Coffee sometime?
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SD: What are the qualities that really make a match? Is it what you like to do, or what you believe or…? NL: There’s no science to it. The values, ethics and morals have to align. You can’t be at different ends of the spectrum. Sometimes a shared upbringing helps. If you’re NIcoLE both the oldest child — birth order — sometimes it’s as simple as that. I don’t hit a button and out spits two people. It’s based on a lot of energy — I know that sounds a little hokey, but it’s true. I can tell that your energy would be a match for Matt, but it wouldn’t be a match for Scott.
SD: Wait, no, I’m really curious. Now that you’ve gotten to know me a little, what kind of guy would you set me up with? NL: I can tell you are an intellect, so you’re going to need to be stimulated by the guy you’re with. He’s going to have to be smart. You’re going to get bored really fast. SD: But I’m sure there are some things you’re thinking about me that you would never say to a client, like “Actually, you’re kind of a bitch.” or “You’re clearly a narcissist.”
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SD: What are some of the unrealistic expectations people have? NL: You can’t make this stuff up. I had this guy. He was widowed. And he was describing what he wanted. And he was describing this specific woman. He wanted her to wear a certain perfume he really liked. He wanted her to have a size L Ec L Er c 7 foot. And he goes, “I want her to have petite hands, like you do.” He was trying to re-create his dead wife. He wanted me to find the closest replica I had of her. He was describing her. It was heartbreaking. Then you get the people who say, “I want the guy with no back hair.” Or the guy who says, “I want real breasts, not fake ones.” And I’m like, how would I know this? SD: Any parting words? NL: I believe in the law of attraction. So, if you put the energy out in the universe that you want something, it will come to you. If you’re proactive … you can’t just sit there and do nothing. And “nice” matters. If you’re not a nice person, you’re not going to find love. Everybody wants to be around nice people, because there are too many of the other kind in this world. m
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t may seem like damning with faint praise to start a play review by lauding its set design. But the appeal of the setting in Champlain Theatre’s production of Charlotte Jones’ Humble Boy can’t be overestimated. During a bone-cold, nearly snowless February, there’s nothing like stepping into an auditorium to find oneself gazing into a flourishing garden in England’s Cotswolds, bathed in mellow midsummer light. Set designer Jim Lantz has given this tiny Eden a watercolor backdrop suggestive of heat-shimmering woods and hills, and filled the foreground with bucolic details: pampas grass, a wicker beehive, even an apple tree. Rodney Van Deusen’s lighting completes the illusion. On the page, Jones’ 2001 tragicomedy is a play of too many labored literary conceits and too few spontaneous discoveries. But in this production, with its strong cast under Joanne Farrell’s nimble direction, the symbolically laden setting frames a social comedy that’s deliciously arch even when Jones’ larger ambitions fall flat. The Humble family’s well-tended garden is thematically central to Humble Boy, because its title character is essentially a mild-mannered, modernday Hamlet. Disgusted by his mother’s speedy remarriage, Shakespeare’s Dane groused that life is “an unweeded garden
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Felix’s weakness as a character is that, without an angry ghost instructing him to seek bloody revenge, he lacks a motivation beyond working things out with Mummy. But when he goes toe to toe with Flora and her paramour, insulting them with all the resources of erudite passive-aggression, comic sparks fly. The other performances are equally effective. As George Pye, the play’s Claudius, Mark Alan Gordon gives this potentially stock character a Falstaffian girth and such blustering bonhomie that this viewer was rooting for Gertrude to get with him. There’s a lot that’s dodgy about the conception of Rosie, Pye’s daughter; she seems less like a full-fledged character than a wholesome therapeutic device. But Alexandra Hudson makes her a brisk, earthy and likeable foil to Felix. Larry Connolly gives the gardener a beautifully Zen presence. Kelly Jane Thomas initially seems wasted in the role of Mercy, the dithery spinster friend everyone ignores. But Jones has a trick up her sleeve, and Thomas comes into her own when she delivers the play’s most sad and startling speech. It’s also a laugh-out-loud moment, one of the few when Jones’ aspirations to combinie tragedy and absurdity really click. (She’s not as original when milking black comedy from the family’s cavalier treatment of Mr. Humble’s
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ashes.) Humble Boy eventually builds to a catharsis that doesn’t feel earned, but the moment takes such a visually stunning form, thanks to an adroit lighting effect, that it works anyway. The play, like Felix, is far from humble, and its intellectual reach exceeds its grasp. But a garden where high-flown allusions and cutting jokes bloom as thick as roses is a lovely place to spend a frigid winter evening. m
Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones. Directed by Joanne Farrell, produced by Champlain Theatre. Wednesday through Saturday, February 8-11, 8 p.m. at Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College, Burlington. $10-20; free for Champlain College students. Info, 865-5468.
from her timing and delivery of lines such as Flora’s response to a question about suicide methods: “I’d put my head in the oven,” she snaps. “Better than cleaning it.” If his mother is a sharp, pointy instigator, Felix is a mass of fanciful ruminations and inchoate dissatisfactions that manifest in tics of social awkwardness, including a stutter on (of course) the letter B. Seth Jarvis makes the character’s cerebrality plausible and even borderline endearing.
when Felix compares his narcissistic parent to a black hole, or professes his desire to disappear into one. But when his aforementioned ex tells him, “Love embarrasses you; it can’t be turned into an equation,” Jones’ point seems groaningly obvious. While the playwright’s characterization is a long way from Shakespeare’s, the actors still give their conflicts a powerful comic snap. As Flora, Monica Callan initially has a thankless role to play. Fretting
/ That grows to seed...” Thirtysomething Cambridge physicist Felix Humble returns home for his father’s funeral to find his diva of a mother, Flora, occupying a luxuriant real garden and an unweeded metaphorical one: She’s already carrying on with another man. To make things worse, this version of Claudius is a vulgarian (he owns a bus fleet) and the father of our hero’s embittered ex-girlfriend. But every time Felix works himself into a judgmental or suicidal tizzy, Prince of Denmark-style, the glorious garden blunts his rage. Jim, the softspoken gardener, calms him with disquisitions on the plants and consoles him on the loss of his biologist dad’s beloved bees, which Flora ordered removed following Humble Senior’s abrupt demise. Marvelous, undervalued and
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Lauer’s whimsical desserts quickly gained fans; some of his early efforts are so popular, they’re still on the menu. The ultra-rich Callebaut chocolate malt is now something of a warhorse, as is the bittersweet flourless chocolate cake that he complements with seasonal sauces and ice creams. But Lauer may be best known for his “birthday cake,” an à la mode slice not reserved for those celebrating an actual birthday. He’s constantly changing its flavor, with two notable variations being hickory-smoked chocolate chiffon cake with spicy milk chocolate mousse and chocolate-cinnamon ganache; and chocolate Earl Grey chiffon with chocolatecitrus mousse, chocolate butter cream and chocolate-orange ganache. On a recent Thursday, Lauer is putting the finishing touches on a chiffon cake flavored with curry and cumin. He fills a pastry bag with vanilla-bean-speckled, rose-scented buttercream and pipes a wall of frosting along the cake’s edges. This fences in a thick layer of yogurt-based mousse stuffed with tender chunks of mango. Lauer piles on another stratum of cake and does the whole thing again, before topping the creation with a last layer and frosting it all in more buttercream. Finally, he rolls the cake in the contents of a container labeled “toasty, obliterated cashews.” When finished, the pastry tastes like Willy Wonka’s take on an Indian dinner. The chiffon subs for tandoori chicken, while the mousse evokes a cooling mango lassi. The rose flavor in the buttercream calls to mind desserts such as kheer and gulab jamun. One couple so enjoyed a similar cake that Jesse Lauer they asked Lauer to make it for their wedding. A look at the Bearded Frog’s Facebook page — through which many of Lauer’s cake clients That self-discipline made Lauer a quick study. He make initial contact — shows that Igler taught him well. read up on his newly chosen profession, then took a job at the bakery at Junior’s Italian in Colchester. There, Brides ooh and ahh over the pictures, with comments pastry chef Sue Igler taught him to make wedding such as “Best cake ever” and “Jesse, you have a fan club.” As for their creator, he says decorating wedding cakes cakes and other ornate desserts. is one of his favorite outlets. He’s created a pamphlet In 2006, when owner Michel Mahe chose of suggestions, such as the Mojito, with minted lime Cousineau as the Bearded Frog’s opening chef, there was no question who would be making the pastries. ANDY DUBACK
eethoven composed symphonies and sonatas after he’d gone deaf. Jesse Lauer, the pastry chef at the Bearded Frog in Shelburne, has a comparable handicap in his chosen field. “I hate sweets,” he admits. “I don’t eat any of this stuff. I’ve never been a dessert guy.” Once, Lauer actually aspired to go into Beethoven’s line of work: He majored in music composition at the State University of New York at Purchase. But the soullessness of throwing together preludes on assignment killed the young Lauer’s dreams. So the now30-year-old became a rock-star pastry chef instead — and the creator of cakes coveted by brides all over Chittenden County. Since the Bearded Frog opened in 2006, Lauer has gathered a following for his unique creations with bold titles. One highlight of his seasonal dessert menus was Decadence, a profiterole filled with foiegras-black-truffle ice cream and covered in salted caramel and gold. Another was Part of a Balanced Breakfast, a composition of Cocoa Puff-encrusted banana fritters, ice cream reminiscent of a bowl of Peanut Butter Crunch and milk, caramel sauce made with Apple Jacks, and Fruity Pebbles dust. No other pâtissier in Vermont works in the style of self-taught Lauer, but cooking wasn’t part of the plan for the origami-loving young man who once dreamed of composing film scores. He found his raison d’être by accident. After leaving SUNY Purchase, Lauer returned home to Vermont and worked at Showtime Video in Hinesburg until an old friend, Andrea Cousineau, offered him a job as the garde-manger cook at Ferrisburgh’s Starry Night Café, where she was the chef. Lauer says that when he started the job, he didn’t even know how to make a salad, but the precision of pastry appealed to his artistic and mathematical sensibilities. Plus, he recalls, “No one else wanted to do it.” Cousineau, who has known Lauer since preschool, says his personality is ideally suited to desserts. “He’s very creative and, for lack of a better word, extremely anal retentive,” she says — with affection, of course.
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The state’s craft spirits explosion has arrived in Windsor. A new vodka distiller, AMERICAN CRAFT SPIRITS, will break ground there within months, fueled partly by a $101,250 grant from the Vermont Economic Development Authority. The distillery is the brainchild of PETER JILLSON, a retired pharmaceutical and biotech executive whose Vermont family roots go back to 1775. “I’m very passionate about the state. I wanted to do something that would take advantage of the natural resources in our backyard,” says Jillson, who lives in Barnard. The remainder of his roughly $938,000 project cost came from various sources, including Connecticut River Bank. The flagship vodka will be called Silo and should flow by late summer. Though Jillson is still deciding whether it will be corn or wheat based, he says he’d like to use local grains and will work with a 30-foot column still from Germany. Jillson, who is formally trained in distilling, says that gin, flavored vodka and unaged whiskey will emerge next from the planned post-and-beam distillery. He projects the company will create at least five new jobs in the next three years. The distillery, complete with a tasting room, will be built by Hartford’s GeoBarns and adjoin HARPOON BREWERY and VERMONT FARMSTEAD CHEESE, increasing the draw of Route 5’s Windsor Industrial Park as a foodie destination.
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“It’s always been a dream: Someday my husband and I were going to live in Vermont, and someday we were going to have a restaurant,” says THERESA HOUSE. At the end of 2011, five years after moving to the Green Mountains from their native Texas, she and husband ERIC realized the second part of their vision: a barbecue restaurant called MAMA T’S COUNTRY KITCHEN at 245 South Main Street in Rutland. They’ve brought a killer brisket recipe with them, but House credits God with the strange path they took to opening their doors. After Tropical Storm Irene devastated the Rutland and Killington areas, the Houses volunteered to make weekly lunches for workers at the Incident Command Center in Rutland. Demand grew to the point where ICC head Gil Newbury asked the family to make daily breakfast and lunch for disaster-relief employees all over the region. Neither the couple nor their daughter, CYMBERLEE PRENCIPE, had worked in the restaurant business before, but they quit their jobs to run the highvolume mobile kitchen, where they cooked as many as 225 meals each day. Last fall, the state told the Houses their services were no longer needed. But crew members didn’t want to lose the barbecue to which they’d grown accustomed. “I looked at my husband, and he said, ‘I guess it’s time,”’ remembers Theresa House. “Out of chaos comes order, and out of disaster comes great things.” If sales figures can be trusted, the greatest thing is the couple’s Texas-style brisket. Blue-plate specials
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OR 5 teaspoons (2 packets) of powdered gelatin, sprinkled over ½ cup ice water 1 ½ cups heavy cream ½ cup yogurt, boiled and then cooled to room temperature
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peel and cut up three of the mangoes. Whip cream to soft peaks and set aside. Toss mangoes in a food processor with the sugar, salt and lemon juice. process until it looks to be about as liquidy as it’s going to get. press through a fine mesh strainer. Discard the pulpy solids and measure out two cups of the mango purée. (Any extra is yours to nibble on.) Heat purée to about 120°. If using sheet gelatin, wring out the excess water and stir into the purée until completely dissolved. If using powdered gelatin, pour the warmed purée over the bloomed gelatin and stir until fully dissolved. Fold about ⅓ of the purée into the whipped cream. Next, fold the entire whipped-cream mixture into the remaining purée. Fold in the yogurt. Allow the mousse to set up in the fridge overnight before using. Once fully set, peel and dice the remaining mango and gently fold into the mousse.
Rosewater Buttercream 8 ounces (2 sticks) butter, room temperature 7 ½ ounces vegetable shortening 1 teaspoon salt 1 ½ pounds powdered sugar ¼ cup heavy cream ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract 2-3 tablespoons rosewater, to taste Beat butter, shortening and salt on high speed until light and fluffy, about six minutes. Scrape down bowl. Add powdered sugar and beat until lighter and fluffier, about four minutes. Scrape down bowl again. Add heavy cream, vanilla and rosewater and beat until even lighter and fluffier, about two minutes. To assemble cake, use a pastry bag to make a thick ring around the perimeter of one layer with buttercream. Fill ring with a smooth layer of mousse, then cover with next layer of cake. Repeat. Use the remainder of buttercream to frost the top and sides.
and crèmes brûlées. This year, Lauer plans on making “a super-extravagant, garish and overdecorated” petite cake, perfectly sized for a pair of diners.
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Guests will have to wait until Valentine’s Day to find out the flavor, but not because Lauer is keeping secrets. “As a student, I always got the best grades on the papers I wrote on the bus on the way to school in the morning. That sort of stuck with me,” he explains.
Soon Lauer may have the luxury of coming up with even more desserts on the fly. Pending zoning approval, he hopes to open his own bakery and café later this year. That means he’ll be baking for three restaurants — the third is another Mahe outpost, the Black Sheep Bistro in Vergennes. But Lauer could never leave the Bearded Frog. Not after the promise Cousineau elicited from him. “I proposed once to Jesse,” the chef says with a chuckle. “I told him I never want my food to be followed by anyone else’s [but his].” Luckily, Lauer made the commitment. His sweet finishes would be a hard act to follow. m
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brides and grooms have also moved from the simple tipples of yore to more imaginative, rarified and decorative drinks. The cocktails might be as simple as bar standards based on their favorite spirit, or as complex as infusions of simple syrups with rare herbs and seasonal fruit. Rick Bellows has seen that evolution over the 15 years he’s owned and operated Wünder Bar & Company, a Grand Isle-based beverage catering company. When he began tending bar at weddings, most were “pretty simple, with just beer and wine and a few cocktails,” Bellows says. Gradually, more and more couples began requesting signature cocktails, albeit simple ones such as mojitos or Bloody Marys. Bellows started guiding clients toward funkier cocktails using infused spirits, fresh fruit and herbs, and layers of flavors. Besides the obvious draw — that a bride and groom’s choice can reflect them as a couple or a key moment in their courtship — a signature drink can also keep the bar catering bill in check by providing staff with a stronger sense of what and how much booze to buy. Bellows usually asks a couple what they like to drink and builds from there. “Vodka is usually a favorite,” he says, and so he’s crafted a custom cocktail menu heavy on martinis, some infused with offbeat ingredients such as basil or lavender. He’s created a popular Cotton Candy Martini mixed with lemon vodka and served with a fluffy ball of cotton candy on top; and “Something SUE NORTON
hen Tiffany Brigham was choosing flowers, favors and music for her summer wedding at Sugarbush, she had an additional detail to work out: the couple’s signature cocktail. It’s something that brides weren’t thinking about even a decade ago. But these days the betrothed are often looking for “something you couldn’t get every day in a bar,” as Brigham puts it; something to make the day even more memorable. Brigham and her nowhusband, Billy, loved the Jolly Rancher-infused vodka at the Burlington bar Drink, so they tried infusing some themselves. They discovered that a handful of differently flavored Jolly Ranchers would dissolve in vodka within a few hours, lending the booze a pale-yellow hue. Brigham paired this with Sprite and poured it into a Mason jar, popped in a striped straw and dubbed the drink “The Sweetheart.” But state liquor laws prohibited her and her fiancé from bringing their vodka to the event — all booze has to be handled by a caterer or venue. So the Sugarbush staff re-created the Sweetheart on the big day, which turned out to be steamy and sundrenched — an ideal afternoon for the whimsical, sweet drink. “It was unique, and just about us,” Brigham recalls. And popular: “We only made 50,” she notes, “and they were gone in 10 minutes.” Over time, as weddings have evolved from straightforward fêtes with cake and Champagne to events where every detail becomes an act of self-expression,
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ith his ruddy cheeks and earnest demeanor, Kevin O’Grady certainly looks Irish. And a passerby on Stowe’s Mountain Road could be forgiven for thinking his namesake eatery is exclusively Irish, too — a classic pub with plenty of beer and hearty food. That’s what I expected to find inside the rambling place where the Partridge Inn Seafood Restaurant used to reside. But when O’Grady — a former radio advertising salesman — purchased the place in late fall and began renovations, he talked about not just beer and pub fare but also seafood, saying it would still loom large on the menu. After all, the restaurant shares grounds, and will soon share a building, with Stowe Seafood.
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Southern provenance arrives with the bread basket: It’s filled with warm cornbread muffins and banana bread.) But there’s much here for fish-heads to love, and at gentle prices, too. Inside, O’Grady’s has a dual personality. On one side, two huge dining rooms are painted in cool tones, their tables generously spaced. On the other, a bloodred pub features beamed ceilings, two televisions, a long bar, a few high tables and clever, homey touches: The staff keep liquor bottles on an old stairway, an antique copper tub is filled with ice and bottles of beer, and taps are installed in a horizontal beam behind the bar. It was here that I downed six plump, crisp Thatch Island oysters ($13 for six), served on a bed of salt with a punchy
A seAfood cioppino yielded hunks of über-fresh sAlmon, shrimp And clAms, When O’Grady’s opened in late December, its menu was peppered with Irish/English classics such as shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, and Irish nachos — the requisite oversized portions of gut-sticking fare. One visit, though, was enough to raise my seafood antenna, and, after two visits, I thought of O’Grady’s as a miniature ocean in this mountain burg. Sure, diners can come here for the warm vibe, the copious beer and the bold flavorings of chef John Howell, who once presided over the Cliff House at Stowe Mountain Resort. (The Maryland-born Howell also cheffed for five years in North Carolina, and the first clue to his
tomato mignonette. They were so fresh, they tasted almost ethereal; the starter promised more good things to come. A few days later, I tucked into a plate of Ed’s Fish ($9), named for Stowe Seafood owner Ed Flanagan. The slivers of snow-white haddock were first dipped in an Otter Creek Alpine Black IPA beer batter, then deep-fried and piled atop moist, fingerlike fries. Once again, the fish was fresh and light as a feather, almost a meal in itself. So, too, was another gem from the
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IMPROV NIGHT: Fun-loving participants play “Whose Line Is It Anyway”-style games in an encouraging environment. Spark Arts, Burlington, 8-10 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 373-4703.
NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING ASSEMBLY: Residents of Ward 1 attend a candidate forum regarding the upcoming March 6 election. Room 427A, Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington, 6:308:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7172. WINOOSKI COALITION FOR A SAFE AND PEACEFUL COMMUNITY: Neighbors and local businesses help create a thriving Onion City by planning community events, sharing resources, networking and more. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 655-1392, ext.10.
KNIT NIGHT: Crafty needleworkers (crocheters, too) share their talents and company as they spin yarn. Phoenix Books, Essex, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111.
ANNUAL AWARDS & HISTORY NIGHT: Preservation Burlington honors property owners who have gone above and beyond in preserving or restoring the historic integrity of their buildings in 2011, and local author and historian Tom Simon discusses his book The Wonder Team in the White City. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 864-7391. GREEN MOUNTAIN HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INFORMATIONAL MEETING: Potential Habitat homeowners learn about a new building project scheduled to begin in Winooski this spring.
O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 872-8726. MEN’S NIGHT: Motorcycle enthusiasts ages 21 and up bond over food, presentations, prizes and photo ops with the Green Mountain HarleyDavidson girls. Green Mountain Harley-Davidson, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4778, firstname.lastname@example.org. WOMEN IN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY DAY: Bright minds interested in science and technology attend panel discussions, tours of the campus and laboratory demonstrations. Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 800-442-8821, email@example.com.
‘BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN’: A Russian crew mutinies in Sergei M. Eisenstein’s 1925 historical war epic, now fully restored. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. COMMUNITY CINEMA: Filmmaker Shukree Tilghman embarks on a cross-country trip to end Black History Month in More Than a Month. Rutland Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860.
Thursday, February 9, 7:30-9 p.m., at McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, in Colchester. Free. Info, 654-2536. smcvt.edu
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50-PLUS LUNCH BUNCH: Seniors sit down to a midday meal. Transportation can be arranged at Senior Housing Complexes. Bridge Street Café, Richmond, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 864-0123. CACAO, COFFEE & SUGAR CANE: Mandala Botanicals’ Sandra Lory explores the “three sacred plants of the global south” in a multisensory presentation. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5-6:30 p.m. $6-8; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, firstname.lastname@example.org. NO DAIRY, SUGAR OR WHEAT? SO WHAT CAN I EAT?: Tasty options abound, even on a limited diet. Learning Center chef/instructor Nina Lesser-Goldsmith whips up black bean burgers, creamy risotto, soba noodle salad and more. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.
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Be Still, My Heart Shakespeare wrote, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” But the dips, turns and vertical rises make it all the more thrilling — at least for the Romance Half Marathon Race and Tour. A benefit for the Catamount Trail Association and Moosalamoo Association, this charming course takes competitive racers and tourists along the Catamount Trail via 15- or 25K loops. Hearts may go pitter-patter with the exertion, but breathtakingly scenic views and a postrace party with food and music make this an affair to remember. And for those who just want another go-around — registration covers a full-day pass to Rikert Nordic Center.
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GROWING STRONGER: Seniors increase their muscle power in training exercises for balance, flexibility and fortitude. Senior Citizen Center, Colchester, 1 p.m. Donations accepted; preregister. Info, 865-0360. TUNG TAI CHI CHUAN: Madeleine Piat-Landolt offers instruction in the principles and practice of this civil and martial art, with emphasis on its benefits to well-being. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $15. Info, 453-3690. WED.08
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PRE-VALENTINE BOOK SALE: Hopeless romantics surprise their sweethearts with well-loved literature. Proceeds go toward the replacement of the water-damaged children’s collection. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.
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“There have been moments when I found myself literally pinching myself and asking, ‘Am I really on the bandstand with Art Blakey?’ ‘Am I really on the bandstand with Tony Williams or Woody Shaw?’” jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller once told jazz. com. These days, a rising artist could very easily say the same thing about him. Born in the Mississippi Delta in 1955 and bred on church music and the civil rights movement, Miller has become one of the most recorded jazz artists of his time, his collaborations with early-jazz greats reading like a who’s who of the genre. This Thursday, he trios with saxophonist Brian McCarthy and bassist John Rivers at St. Michael’s College.
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Friday, February 10, 5 p.m.; Saturday, February 11, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, February 12, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., at various locations in the Champlain Islands. Visit website for additional hours on February 18 and 19. Various prices. Info, 372-8400, 372-4161 or 262-5226. champlainislands.com
Imagine an ice-skating rink devoid of pop music and enforced traffic patterns. Such a place does exist — and it’s called Lake Champlain. For two weekends, Great Ice in Grand Isle boasts the lake’s largest skating oval and a host of other activities served on the rocks. Frozen festivities begin Friday with a Christmas tree bonfire, plus bagpiping, an on-ice cookout and a chili cook-off contest. Saturday and Sunday bring skating, snowshoeing, pick-up hockey, ice golf, an ice-fishing derby and sled-dog demos. Chill out the following weekend at the Over and Back Trek to Knight Island and the Frozen Chozen Regatta — a bike race on ice. Brrrilliant.
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Vinyasa Flow: Advanced yogis and athletes place emphasis on breath, balance, stamina and release in a class with Hanna Satterlee. Zenith Yurt Studio, Montpelier, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $12. Info, 598-5876.
For almost two centuries, ALBERT BICHOT has produced wine ranked among the finest in the world. Now those award-winning flavors come to AMUSE at THE ESSEX RESORT & SPA for an exclusive wine dinner hosted by Executive Chef Shawn Calley.
Herbal Valentines: Herbalist Dana Woodruff introduces aphrodisiac ingredients — including chocolate, roses, ginger and cayenne — to be used in desserts, drinks, massage oils and more. City Market, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $5-10; preregister. Info, 861-9700.
All 5 courses of this exclusive meal are exquisitely paired with an unforgettable wine from the revered Bichot vineyards.
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This Valentine’s Day, you can find everything you need right at the Co-op. Salted chocolates, coconut body lotion, and locally-made honey wine are sure to please. Cooking dinner for two? Stop by our Meat & Seafood department. Don’t forget to start off with some local cheese and crackers! We’ll also have Fair Trade roses, so you can share the love with both the recipient and the farmer that grew them!
baby time: Crawling tots and their parents convene for playtime and sharing. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 658-3659. CHess Club: King defenders practice castling and various opening gambits with volunteer Robert Nichols. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. enosburg PlaygrouP: Children and their adult caregivers immerse themselves in singing activities and more. American Legion, Enosburg Falls, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. FairField PlaygrouP: Youngsters entertain themselves with creative activities and snack time. Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. HigHgate story Hour: Good listeners giggle and wiggle to age-appropriate lit. Highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Info, 868-3970. HomesCHoolers eVent: Stay-at-home learners stamp and otherwise embellish winsome bookmarks and Valentine’s Day cards. Fairfax Community Library, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Small materials fee; preregister. Info, 849-2420. let’s learn JaPanese!: Little linguists get a fun intro to the language and culture of the Land of the Rising Sun with Middlebury College student Jerry Romero. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. middlebury babies & toddlers story Hour: Children develop early-literacy skills through stories, rhymes and songs. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. montgomery story Hour: Good listeners are rewarded with an earful of tales and a mouthful of snacks. Montgomery Town Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. PaJama story time: Evening tales send kiddos off to bed. Berkshire Elementary School, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. PresCHool story time: Tots ages 3 to 5 read picture books, play with puppets and do math activities. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 1010:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. sesame street liVe: ‘1-2-3 imagine! witH elmo and Friends’: Postcards from far-away places spur an imagined vacation with kids’ favorite Jim Henson muppets. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 3:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. $18.00-54.75. Info, 863-5966.
italian ConVersation grouP: Parla Italiano? A native speaker leads a language practice for all ages and abilities. Room 101, St. Edmund’s Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 899-3869.
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sPend smart: Vermonters learn savvy skills for stretching bucks and managing money. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 114.
nigHt riders: Skiers and riders compete in the illuminated terrain parks for prizes. Bolton Valley Resort, 4:30-8 p.m. $18 includes lift ticket; $12 for season-pass holders. Info, 877-926-5866.
Frank bryan: In “The Road Not Taken: The Green Mountain Parkway Decision as a ‘Tipping Point’ in Vermont History,” the John G. McCullough professor of political science and several commentators explore the issue in terms of development and wilderness. North Lounge, Billings Hall, UVM, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-4389. morna Flaum: The speaker presents “Supercharge Your Learning and Take Control of Your Life With Stories, Maps, Metaphors and Imagination” as part of the Teachers’ Learning Community lecture series. Stearns Cinema, Johnson State College, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1476. todd leCture series: Famed Canadian designer Bruce Mau delivers a lecture. Norwich University, Northfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 4852633, firstname.lastname@example.org. tom JiamaCHello: The Vintage Inspired vendor reviews the impressive body of work of Vermont studio potter Stanley Ballard. Vintage Inspired, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 4885766, email@example.com.
‘august: osage orange’: Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning tragicomedy, presented by the JSC theater department, reveals the darkest secrets of one Oklahoma family. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 2 p.m. $5; free for matinées and the JSC community. Info, 635-1476. ‘Humble boy’: The death of his father strains a man’s relationship with his mother in Charlotte Jones’ comedy about love, redemption and beekeeping, presented by Champlain Theatre. Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10-20; free for Champlain College students. Info, 865-5468. ‘tHe Clean House’: A housekeeper obsessively searches for a joke to define her parents’ lives in Sarah Ruhl’s play of healing and forgiveness, presented by Vermont Stage Company. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-32.50. Info, 863-5966. tHe metroPolitan oPera: liVe in Hd: David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Danielle de Niese and Plácido Domingo star in a broadcast screening of The Enchanted Island. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $18-24. Info, 660-9300.
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Amy Seidl: The author of Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Global Warming speaks on climate adaptation and preparedness. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 401-536-7241. Poetry reAding: The literati take in words from local authors Sherry Olson, Carol Henrikson and Sarah Hooker. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, jaquithpubliclibrary@ gmail.com. reAding & diScuSSion: FArmS & gArdenS SerieS: Bibliophiles react to Sue Hubbell’s A Country Year, digging into the philosophical roots, family dynamics and personal enrichment associated with tending and growing. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
luncH & leArn: David Boucher digs into the basics of seed starting. Gardener’s Supply, Williston, noon-12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2433.
rewarded with prize opportunities. Charlotte Senior Center, 2-7 p.m. Free. Info, 425-6345. community Bike SHoP nigHt: Steadfast cyclists keep their rides spinning and safe for yearround pedaling. FreeRide Bike Co-op, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 552-3521. nortHeASt kingdom BeekeePerS cluB meeting: Apiarists get the buzz from speaker Michael Willard of Fairfax’s Green Mountain Bee Farm. UVM Extension, St. Johnsbury Office, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 595-3002. tAx ASSiStAnce: Tax counselors straighten up financial affairs for low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those 60 and over. Call ahead for an appointment. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Vermont nonProFit legiSlAtiVe dAy: Nonprofit colleagues, activists and community leaders meet legislators and gain usable advocacy skills. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $25. Info, 862-1645, ext. 12.
Vermont conSultAntS network meeting: Lisa Wood of Sprout New Media gives a rundown of the social-media tools that will drive traffic to business websites. Network Performance, South Burlington, 8 a.m. Free for first-time guests. Info, 373-8379.
‘BAg it’: “Everyman” Jeb Berrier decides to ditch the plastic in this eye-opening — and sometimes flat-out funny — 2010 documentary from director Suzan Beraza. Room L207, Lafayette Hall, UVM, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 872-8111. Food For tHougHt Film SerieS: Foodie film buffs screen Tapped, Stephanie Soechtig and Jason Lindsey’s 2009 documentary about the real cost of bottled water. Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. uVm Film SerieS: Girl power! A lineup of flicks celebrates the role of female directors. Next up: Margarethe von Trotta’s Rosenstrasse. Billings Lecture Hall, UVM, Burlington, prefilm lecture, 6 p.m.; screening, 6:45 p.m. $4-10. Info, 656-4455.
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neigHBorHood PlAnning ASSemBly: Residents of Wards 2 and 3 attend a candidate forum regarding the upcoming March 6 election as part of a monthly meeting. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 6:30-8:45 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7172.
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ecHo AFter dArk: FeBrewAry: Classic pub games and food collide with brewski education as presenters Malcolm Purinton, Dwight Matthews and Anne Whyte illuminate the science behind each pint glass. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $15-20 includes five beer tastings and a tasting glass; $1 per additional tasting. Info, 877-324-6386, ext. 7.
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droP-in yogA: Meditation precedes mat time at an all-levels workout with instructor Jennie Date. Shelburne Vineyard, 9-10 a.m. $14. Info, 985-8222. HeAltHy PeoPle, HeAltHy PlAnet: BrAdFord: The Bradford Conservation Commission hosts a six-week discussion group. Bradford Public Library, 6:30-8 p.m. $10 for guidebook; preregister. Info, 222-4536, firstname.lastname@example.org. HeAltHy PeoPle, HeAltHy PlAnet: QuecHee: A six-week reading and discussion series explores the link between human health and the environment. Topics include preventive medicine, eating well, household toxins and more. Quechee Public Library, 6:30-8 p.m. $15 for guidebook; preregister. Info, 295-1232, email@example.com.
Art From tHe HeArt VAlentine’S dAy PArty & FundrAiSer: Attendees show some love for Burlington City Arts’ community program engaging hospitalized children in the creative process. The party features a “creation station” for valentines and bracelets, hors d’oeuvres, and an appearance by Lewis First, the Vermont Children’s Hospital’s chief of pediatrics. BCA Center, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $25; additional donations welcome; cash bar. Info, 865-7166.
Ann HArVey & FriendS: As part of Lost Nation Theater’s four-week-long Winterfest, the singer doles out 1940s standards and more with Phil Baker, Eileen Harvey, Ashley O’Brien and Paul Lincoln. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 229-0492. gABe JArrett trio: Three musicians serve up original jazz improv and more. Stearns Performance Space, Johnson State College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1232. mulgrew miller: The Mississippi-born jazz pianist sounds off with saxophonist Brian McCarthy and bassist John Rivers. See calendar spotlight. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536.
tHe temPle witHin: AcceSSing PeAce, HeAling & emPowerment tHrougH SHAmAnic Journey: Fearn Lickfield and Ivan McBeth of the Green Mountain Druid Order explore the cosmology of the three realms of existence in a guided journey of the landscape of the soul. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $7-10; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, firstname.lastname@example.org.
tele tHurSdAyS: It’s all downhill as folks try out free-heel skiing with the crew from Eastern Mountain Sports. Bolton Valley Resort, 5-8 p.m. Regular lift-ticket prices apply; reservations suggested to reserve demo equipment. Info, 877-926-5866.
ASPiring nAturAliStS: Teens spy seasonal changes, track predators, build fires with friction and log notes in nature journals. Shelburne Farms, 4:30-6:30 p.m. $15. Info, 985-8686. eArly-literAcy Story time: Weekly themes educate preschoolers and younger children on basic reading concepts. Westford Public Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-5639, westford_pl@vals. state.vt.us. FrAnklin Story Hour: Lovers of the written word perk up for read-aloud tales and adventures with lyrics. Haston Library, Franklin, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. middleBury PreScHoolerS Story Hour: Tiny ones become strong readers through activities with tales, songs and rhymes. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. muSic witH rAPHAel: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song and dance moves to traditional
and original folk music. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. reAd to A dog: Bookworms share lines with Rainbow, a friendly Newfoundland and registered therapy pooch. Fairfax Community Library, 3:305:30 p.m. Free; preregister for a 15-minute time slot. Info, 849-2420. Science mAgic: Kid chemists in grades 3 and up make marshmallow atoms. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.
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Torin Finser: The educator and author focuses on “Living a Spiritual Life in an Age of Materialism.” Orchard Valley Waldorf School, East Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 456-7400.
‘3 Girls x 3: An Evening of One-Acts’: Three women take the directorial reins with plays celebrating the feminine and human spirit: “Chamber Music,” “Sirens” and “The Great Nebula in Orion.” Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 7:30 p.m. $12. Info, 583-1674. ‘August: Osage Orange’: See WED.08, 7 p.m. ‘Humble Boy’: See WED.08, 8 p.m. National Theatre of London Live: Catamount Arts: Broadcast to local theaters, Nicholas Wright’s new play Travelling Light celebrates the Eastern European immigrants who became part of Hollywood’s motion-picture golden age. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $16-23. Info, 748-2600. National Theatre of London Live: Loew Auditorium: See above listing, Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $10-23. Info, 603-646-2422. National Theatre of London Live: Palace 9: See above listing, Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $18. Info, 660-9300. National Theatre of London Live: Town Hall Theater: See above listing, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $10-17. Info, 382-9222. ‘The Clean House’: See WED.08, 7:30 p.m.
Afternoon Poetry & Creative Writing Group: Scribes come together for an artistic exploration of the inner voice led by lit-lover Janie Mardis. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-3585. Fairfax Book Discussion: Readers analyze Rachel Carson’s Under the Sea Wind, a collection of nature writing exploring the lives of the seabirds and underwater creatures along the East Coast. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. Poetry Night: Readers, writers, singers and ranters make use of the open stage. The ROTA Studio and Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-586-2182, email@example.com.
Senior Art Classes: Folks ages 55 and up explore drawing, pastels, oil and acrylic paints, printmaking, collages, and sculpture while discussing basic design concepts such as shape, texture and color. Shelburne Bay Senior Living Community, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 864-0604.
Pre-Valentine Book Sale: See WED.08, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont Winter Conference: More than 1500 farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, educators and locavores gather for workshops, farmerto-farmer discussions, keynote lectures, a seed swap and networking. University of Vermont, Burlington, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $45-60 per day. Info, 434-4122. Student Professional Awareness Conference: Engineering companies connect directly with students in the same field at this gathering hosted by the UVM student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers. North Lounge, Billings Hall, UVM, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 656-8748, ieee@ uvm.edu.
at this benefit for the Craft Emergency Relief Fund. The Drawing Board, Montpelier, 5-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 229-2306.
Ballroom Lesson & Dance Social: Singles and couples of all levels of experience take a twirl. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; open dancing, 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269. Queen City Contra Dance: Rebecca Lay calls the steps to tunes by the Frost and Fire. Edmunds Middle School, Burlington, 8-11 p.m. Beginners session at 7:45 p.m. $8; free for kids under 12. Info, 371-9492 or 343-7165.
Homemade Herbal Body Creams & Lotions: Do-it-yourselfers schedule some spa time after learning to prepare self-care products from simple, natural ingredients with herbalist Laurel Buley. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $8-10; preregister; bring a small container to class. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, info@ hungermountain.com. Share the Love 2012: A Feel-Good FUNdraiser: Supporters of CarShare Vermont flaunt their affection for the nonprofit at a kissing booth, make-your-own-valentine station, silent auction and more. Deejayed tunes and food and drinks round out the affair. Union Station, Burlington, 7 p.m. $15-25. Info, 861-2340.
fairs & festivals
Great Ice in Grand Isle: Ice skating, dogsled rides, a roaring bonfire, a chili cook-off, fireworks and the Frozen Chozen Regatta make the snowcovered landscape a little more fun. See calendar spotlight. Visit champlainislands.com for schedule. Various locations, Champlain Islands, 5 p.m. Various prices. Info, 372-8400, 372-4161 or 262-5226. Milton Community Winter Festival: Frosty fun, spread out over three days, includes moonlight snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, horsedrawn sleigh rides, snow golf and fireworks. Various locations, Milton, 6:30-8 p.m. Various prices. Info, 893-4922. St. Albans Winter Carnival: Townsfolk play it cool during a three-day celebration including a duct-tape downhill derby, a snowman contest, ski and snowboard races, a chili cook-off, fireworks, and more. Various locations, St. Albans, 5:30-9 p.m. Various prices; see details at stalbansrec. com. Info, 524-1500, ext. 266.
‘Blazing Saddles’: A conniving state attorney general tries to wreak havoc on a frontier town in the way of a railroad route in Mel Brooks’ spoofy 1974 Western. Vergennes Opera House, 8 p.m. $12 includes snacks; cash bar. Info, 877-6737. ‘Dolphin Tale’: A young boy bonds with an amputee marine mammal in Charles Martin Smith’s heartwarming family drama. Highgate Public Library, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 868-3970. ‘Wake Up Darkness’: A Christian fundamentalist is thrown for a loop when faced with scientific theories about religion, physics, evolution, the meaning of life and more. Director, writer and producer Israel Kacyvenski attends a screening of his documentary; discussion follows. River Arts Center, Morrisville, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 888-1261.
Valentine’s Day Dance: Two 30-minute lessons in the rumba and nightclub two-step get things moving for an evening of dancing to love songs and ballads. $15 per person or per couple for the whole evening; $10 per person after 8 p.m. Buy this half-price special in advance through Seven Days DealTicket at deals.sevendaysvt. com. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7-10 p.m. Info, 598-6757. have heART: Lovebirds make their own valentines, and artists are on hand to do custom work,
Children’s Story Hour: Read-aloud works give young ones an appreciation of the written word. Bradford Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 222-4536, firstname.lastname@example.org. Community Playgroup: Kiddos convene for fun via crafts, circle time and snacks. Health Room, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Drop-In Story Time: Babies, toddlers and preschoolers enjoy stories from picture books accompanied by finger plays and action rhymes. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956, brownell_library@yahoo. com. Enosburg Falls Story Hour: Young ones show up for fables and occasional field trips. Enosburg Public Library, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 933-2328. Middle School Book Club: Burlington students lay eyes on awesome reads. Hunt Middle School, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Montgomery Tumble Time: Physical-fitness activities help build strong muscles. Montgomery Elementary School, Montgomery, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Swanton Playgroup: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Swanton, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Teen Movie: Chris Evans fights for the United States’ ideals as a World War II-era superhero in Captain America: The First Avenger. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Toddler Early-Literacy Story Time: Words jump off the page in a reading practice complete with rhymes, songs and crafts. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. Wii-tastic!: Kids ages 5 and up test out the video game console. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.
Ann Harvey & Friends: See THU.09, 7:30 p.m. Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival: Winter Encore: The Old City String Quartet and clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois join artistic director and violinist Soovin Kim in the works of Bach, Schumann and Brahms. E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 863-5966. Migrant Justice Benefit Concert: The Brass Balagan, Grup Anwar and Amapola offer worldly sounds at a gathering with authentic Mexican food and a silent auction supporting immigrant rights and agricultural justice. North End Studio A, Burlington, 7:30-11 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Info, 215-380-8053. Scrag Mountain Music: Members of the Declassified join this innovative chamber ensemble in diverse works spanning the classical to contemporary period. Green Mountain Girls’ Farm, Northfield, soup supper, 5:30 p.m.; concert, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 734-904-7656. The Stradivari-Quartett: Superlative violins meet their match in musicians. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. $29. Info, 760-4634. Tomorrow Never Knows: Burlington’s Beatles tribute band emulates the Fab Four. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $13-15. Info, 518-523-2512.
Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble: Eight musicians offer compositions to accompany the poetry of Jean L. Connor in “On the Nature of Silence.” Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 8 p.m. $5-25. Info, 849-6900.
Ski Touring the Kingdom: Randonnee Rally: Amateurs and experts test their endurance, speed and agility in the transition zones on the Northeast Kingdom’s night-skiing terrain. Lyndon Outing Club, Lyndonville, 6 p.m. $20-25. Info, 723-6551. Stowe Derby Descent Recon: Competitors and amateurs prepare for one of the country’s oldest combination skiing events. Meet at the base of the Look Out Double Chairlift, Stowe Mountain Resort, 1:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation to the Vermont Ski Museum. Info, 253-9216, email@example.com. Vermont Pond Hockey Classic: An allnatural ice rink is the setting for three days of play-offs. Hard’ack, St. Albans, 6 p.m. $100-180 per team; free to watch. Info, 524-1505, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tim Hess: Thirteen days. Twelve baseball games. Five states. The speaker uses slide illustrations to recap his epic two-week-long vacation as part of the Faith Adventure Series. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6764. Winter Evenings Speaker Series: Vermont Butter & Cheese cofounder Allison Hooper shares food samples and discusses her book In a Cheesemaker’s Kitchen in “From Farm to Table: Bringing American-Made Artisan Cheese to the American Market.” Tunbridge Public Library, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 889-9404.
‘3 Girls x 3: An Evening of One-Acts’: See THU.09, 7:30 p.m. ‘August: Osage Orange’: See WED.08, 7 p.m. ‘Flavors of Love’: Fairfax Community Theatre Company presents a packed evening of romantic songs, poetry and deliciously sinful desserts. Brick Meeting House, Westford, 7 p.m. $10-12; reservations required. Info, 876-7524. ‘Humble Boy’: See WED.08, 8 p.m. ‘Next Fall’: A North Country Cultural Center for the Arts theater class presents this Tony Awardnominated drama about the five-year relationship between two men with vastly different religious views. Rotunda Auditorium, Plattsburgh City Hall, N.Y., 8 p.m. $5. Info, 518-563-1604, email@example.com. Peru Coffeehouse Variety Show: Performers entertain and fight hunger at this benefit concert for the local food shelf. Peru Community Church, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 518-643-2735 or 518-643-8641. ‘The Clean House’: See WED.08, 7:30 p.m. ‘The Foreigner’: An introverted Englishman pretends he doesn’t speak the language on a getaway to the American South, only to become privy to a boatload of secrets in Larry Shue’s witty romp, presented by the Plainfield Little Theatre. Town Hall, Cabot, 7:30 p.m. $8-12. Info, 563-9965 or 426-3955, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campfire Stories: One Night Stand: Forget the tent. Raconteurs spin true tales about love and dating as though they were sitting around the bonfire. No notes allowed; listeners welcome. Spark Arts, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 373-4703.
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Duffy GArDner: The concrete artist and stonemason demonstrates casting techniques as he produces work for “The Art of Love” collection. A discussion of love, architecture, sacred space and concrete follows. Bandit Gifts, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 314-779-4646.
Love your LibrAry book SALe: Folks comb through secondhand tomes, DVDs and CDs to further their relationships with reading. Richmond Free Library, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; raffle tickets available. Info, 434-3036. Pre-vALenTine book SALe: See WED.08, 2-5 p.m. WinTer fLeA MArkeT: Handicrafts and antiques are there for the taking. Moose Lodge, St. Albans, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 527-1327.
Thursday, February 9, 2012 5:30 - 7:30pm Hosted by Interim President A. John Bramley and Fleming Director Janie Cohen
norTheAST orGAnic fArMinG ASSociATion of verMonT WinTer conference: See FRI.10, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cash Bar and Hors d’Oeuvres. Regular Admission
Senior crAfT cLASSeS: Folks ages 55 and up experiment with applied decoration — flower arranging, jewelry making, glass painting and more — while discussing design concepts and color. Shelburne Bay Senior Living Community, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 864-0604.
Contemporary Photography from Iran
bALLrooM LeSSon & DAnce SociAL: See FRI.10, 7-10 p.m. norWich conTrA DAnce: hAWAiiAn niGhT: David Millstone calls the steps for a traditional social dance. Loud shirts encouraged; bring clean, soft-soled shoes and a potluck dessert. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 8 p.m. $5-8; free for kids under 16; by donation for seniors. Info, 7854607, email@example.com. oPen MArLey niGhTS: Local dancers take the floor at an informal sharing of in-progress pieces. Chase Dance Studio, Flynn Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. $15 choreographer fee; donations accepted from observers. Info, 863-5966, firstname.lastname@example.org. SnoWfLAke DAnce & AucTion: The Green Mountain Steppers host a square-dancing hootenanny with calling by Don Moger. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2-10:30 p.m. $5-13. Info, 276-3119, email@example.com. WeST AfricAn DAnce WorkShoP: Experienced native dancer Chimie Bangoura demonstrates authentic Guinean moves for kids, teens and adults. Burlington Taiko, noon-1 p.m. $10-12. Info, 377-9721.
Imagining the Islamic World
Early Travel Photography from the J. Brooks Buxton Collection
A Discerning Eye
Selections from the J. Brooks Buxton Collection
Up in Smoke
Art and Artifacts from the Fleming’s Collection
cenTer for TechnoLoGy oPen houSe: Forward-thinking folks consider their futures in the context of 15 state-of-the-art programs, including engineering and architectural design, computer animation and web design, and graphic design and digital publishing. Center for Technology, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 872-3771. fun in The Sun: Bye-bye, winter. Beer and wine tastings, food, a silent auction, and sunny costumes usher in warm-weather spirits, if only for a few hours. Temple Sinai, South Burlington, 6:30-10:30 p.m. $35-40; cash bar. Info, 862-5125.
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fairs & festivals
Johnson Winter Carnival: “It’s a Snow, Snow World” is the theme of this 10th annual community festival. Activities include free-style ice skating, warm drinks, kids’ activities, a spaghetti supper and townwide snowman building. Johnson Elementary School, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Free; some costs for food and craft materials. Info, 635-7826. Milton Community Winter Festival: See FRI.10, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Newport Winter Carnival: Skating races, live music and family activities culminate in a fireworks display. Gardner Memorial Park, Newport, noon-9 p.m. Free. Info, 334-6345. St. Albans Winter Carnival: See FRI.10, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
‘Dirty Dancing’: Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey star in this dreamy ’80s classic about young love and dancing. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. $4-6. Info, 775-0903. Woodstock Film Festival: Winter Series: In The Music Tree, filmmaker Otavio Juliano takes audience members from the forests of Brazil to concerts with the world’s greatest symphony orchestras to illustrate the role of the rare Brazilwood in creating string instruments. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 3 p.m. $410. Info, 457-2355.
food & drink
A Gift From the Heart Dinner & Auction: Diners show a little love for the Central Vermont Catholic School. Music, a cash bar and free onsite childcare augment the fundraiser. Knights of Columbus Hall, Barre, 6 p.m. $30; $55 per couple. Info, 793-8307. Capital City Winter Farmers Market: Root veggies, honey, maple syrup and more change hands at an off-season celebration of locally grown food. Gymnasium, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 2232958, firstname.lastname@example.org. Middlebury Winter Farmers Market: Crafts, cheeses, breads and veggies vie for spots in shoppers’ totes. American Flatbread, Middlebury, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 388-0178, email@example.com. Norwich Winter Farmers Market: Neighbors discover cold-weather riches of the land, not to mention baked goods, handmade crafts and local entertainment. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447, firstname.lastname@example.org. Share the Love, Share the WARMTH: Romance springs eternal as folks sample wine, cupcakes, chocolates, chair massages and more at the vineyard. Shelburne Vineyard, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Donations accepted for the CVOEO WARMTH Support Program. Info, 985-8222. Waffle Breakfast & Silent Auction: Whipped cream and maple syrup top doughbased breakfast cakes on the morning of the Hinesburg Winter Festival. Other edible fixings and children’s activities round out the event. Proceeds benefit the Hinesburg Nursery School. Hinesburg Community School, 8-11 a.m. $4-6; free for kids under 2. Info, 482-2643, email@example.com. Waterbury Winter Farmers Market: Cultivators and their customers swap edible inspirations. Vermont Chocolate for Change leads a chocolate-making demo and Rob Dasaro provides acoustic pop-rock. Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 5225965, firstname.lastname@example.org. Wine & Chocolate Weekend: Participating wineries make Valentine’s Day weekend extra sweet by hosting tastings. Visit vermontgrapeandwinecouncil.com for details. Various locations statewide, noon-5 p.m. Free. Info, 388-7368.
Mardi Gras Casino Night: Potential prize winners try their luck at a Fat Tuesday fête. St. Ambrose Parish, Bristol, 7:30 p.m. $20 (includes $150 in gaming chips). Info, 453-5599.
health & fitness
Acro Yoga Montréal: Lori Mortimer leads participants in partner acrobatics with a yogic consciousness. Upper Valley Yoga, White River Junction, 1-3 p.m. $20-25; preregister. Info, 324-1737. Tai Qi Easy: Instructor Liz Geran melds tai chi and qi gong, and folks reap the benefits, which may include improved balance, stress relief and a boost in immunity. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.
An Evening of Sweets & Songs: A dessert spread meets entertainment by the Essex Junction High School Jazz Band and soprano Lindsey Soboleski and friends. First Baptist Church, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 864-6515. Sweetheart Dinner & Dance: Attendees swoon over cocktails, a supper of chicken or roast beef, and music and dancing. VFW Post 309, Peru, N.Y., 6 p.m.-midnight. $15; $25 per couple; preregister. Info, 518-643-4580. Valentine’s Dance Benefit: Community members dance the night away to raise funds for the medical care of Stella Thomas, a Montpelier infant recently diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Catamount Country Club, Williston, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 999-1839. have heART: See FRI.10, Gymnasium, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 229-2306.
Drop-In Family Ski & Snowshoe Program: Weather permitting, kids and adults get some fresh air and exercise. Hot chocolate and art activities also provided. Schmanska Park, Burlington, 1-4 p.m. Cost of rentals. Info, 864-0123. Fairfax Tumble Time: Tots have free rein over the open gym. Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Farm & Food Fun: Eager explorers ages 2 to 5 wander the Education Center at their own pace, with a staff member on hand to answer questions. Shelburne Farms, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $3-5. Info, 985-8686. Franklin Playgroup: Toddlers and their adult companions meet peers for tales. Franklin Central School, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Franklin Tumble Time: Athletic types stretch their legs in an empty gym. Franklin Central School, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. NOFA-VT Children’s Conference: Farmers and environmental educators oversee two actionpacked days of cooking, building, crafting, fire building and more for kids ages 6 to 12. Edmunds Elementary School, Burlington, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $25 per day; $40 per two days; additional children receive $5 discount; preregister. Info, 434-4122. Old-Fashioned Winter Carnival: Tiny ones relish indoor amusements, such as the ring toss, face painting and Joey the Clown. Center Court, University Mall, South Burlington, noon-3 p.m. Free. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11. Page Pals: Young readers thumb through books while hanging out with teen and tween volunteers. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 223-3338. Valentine’s Cupcakes & Cookies: Little lovebirds in grades 5 and under make sweethearts swoon with sugary treats. Miller Community and Recreation Center, Burlington, 9-11 a.m. $15. Info, 864-0123. Valentine’s Day Crafts: Artsy kids sponge paint a glass vase suitable for gift giving.
Creative Habitat, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $3. Info, 862-0646. Winter Forts & Fires: Campsite shelters spring up from natural building materials at this survival workshop, complete with s’mores. Preregister. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $15-20 per adult/child pair; $6-8 per additional child. Info, 434-3068. Writing Together: Mother-daughter team Markey Weber and Kendra Weber Gratton share their picture book Flabby Rabbit. Then kids and parents pair up on their own literary collaborations. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 388-4097.
Ann Harvey & Friends: See THU.09, 7:30 p.m. Annemieke Spoelstra & Jeremiah McLane: A Dutch classical piano virtuoso and an accordionist extraordinaire join forces on folk melodies from the 17th to 21st centuries. WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room, Bristol, 8 p.m. $15-20. Info, 4533188, email@example.com. Anything Goes: Mark Greenberg and Ben Koenig crisscross the American musical landscape with folk favorites, Tin Pan Alley standards and original tunes. Adamant Community Club, optional potluck, 5:30 p.m.; concert, 7 p.m. $1015. Info, 456-7054. Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble: Special guest Joe Bowie collaborates with the band on a dizzying fusion of jazz, punk and funk. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $5-16. Info, 603-646-2422. Burlington Ensemble: Local players keep it classical with works by Brahms and Tchaikovsky in “Strings Attached.” Ninety percent of the proceeds benefit six local nonprofits: KidSafe Collaborative, Puppets in Education, COTS, the Stern Center for Language and Learning, the Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation, and Mobius. College Street Congregational Church, Burlington, 1 p.m. $5 minimum donation. Info, 598-9520. François Clemmons: The renowned tenor offers “An American Negro Spiritual Concert” with piano accompaniment by Anne Ryan. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $10-23.50. Info, 728-6464. Kate Davis: The twentysomething jazz vocalist and bassist makes audiences swoon with old-school love songs for Valentine’s Day. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $23-28. Info, 656-4455. Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival: Winter Encore: See FRI.10, Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, $10-30. Scrag Mountain Music: See FRI.10, Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 4 p.m. Silo Session Concert Series: PossumHaw deliver original bluegrass and folk heavy on the harmonies. Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne, 7-9:30 p.m. $10. Info, 985-9200. Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: The New Jersey soul rocker and his longstanding band create stellar rhythms and horns. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. $48. Info, 760-4634. The Tia Fuller Quartet: A powerhouse foursome performs exuberant originals and edgy standards. Vermont Jazz Center, Brattleboro, 8 p.m. $15-20. Info, 254-9088. The Will Patton Ensemble: Dono Schabner, Clyde Stats and David Gusakov join the multiinstrumentalist in an all-ages concert. Burnham Hall, Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. $3-8. Info, 388-6863. West African Djembe Workshop: Chimie Bangoura trains kids, teens and adults alike in traditional rhythms and techniques. Burlington Taiko, 11 a.m.-noon. $10-15. Info, 377-9721.
All About Bears: In for a wild time? Take a look at bite marks on the Kent Thomas Nature Center while learning about the large mammals of our forest. Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston, 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. $15-25; $65 per family of four. Info, 496-3551, ext. 117. Introduction to Animal Tracking: Nature sleuths slip into snowshoes to find signs of the wildlife. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. $8-10. Info, 229-6206. Penguin Plunge: Stout-hearted swimmers take a dunk to raise funds for Special Olympics Vermont. Gateway Center, Newport, 1 p.m. $25 registration fee plus additional fundraising; free to watch. Info, 863-5222, ext. 105. Sleigh Rides: Weather permitting, jingling horses trot visitors over the snow and rolling acres. Rides depart every half hour from the Welcome Center. Shelburne Farms, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $6-8; free for kids under 3. Info, 985-8442.
Introduction to Microsoft Windows: Want to be tech savvy? Learn how to open software, use the mouse and keyboard, and more. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. $3 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 865-7217.
Bolton Valley Snowshoe Shuffle 5K: Trample the snow in fun or competitive courses benefiting the American Lung Association. Bolton Valley Nordic Center, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $35-40; $100 suggested fundraising goal. Info, 876-6860. Romance Half Marathon Race & Tour: Competitive racers and noncompetitive tourists begin Valentine’s Day week by skiing 15- or 25K loops. An awards party with local food and prizes follows. See calendar spotlight. Rikert Nordic Center, Ripton, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $25-65; preregister. Info, 864-5794. Vermont Pond Hockey Classic: See FRI.10, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
David Roberts: In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the James P. Taylor Outdoor Adventure Series, the Green Mountain Club hosts this climber, mountaineer and author, who recalls “Climbing the Southeast Face of Mount Dickey, Alaska.” Recital Hall, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 6:30-9 p.m. $5-8. Info, 244-7037. Jack Bilow: The author of A War of 1812 Death Register: Whispers in the Dark shares his research methods with genealogy enthusiasts. Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Donations accepted. Info, 238-5934. Jo Comerford: The executive director of the National Priorities Project looks at “The Dollars and Sense of War Spending,” with regard to our national budget. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 4 p.m. $5-15. Info, 863-2345, ext. 8.
‘3 Girls x 3: An Evening of One-Acts’: See THU.09, 7:30 p.m. ‘A Century of American Humor’: The Bristol Gateway Players goad the giggles with comedy routines à la Charlie Chaplin and the Marx Brothers, witticisms from W.C. Fields and Dorothy Parker, radio classics such as “The Bickersons” and “Baby Snooks,” and hilarious musical numbers. Holley Hall, Bristol, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 453-5060. Auditions for ‘A Kaleidoscope of Talent’: Skilled performers of all ages hope to wow the
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burlingtOn CiviC sympHOny: Pediatrician Lewis First narrates a kid-friendly concert featuring Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, preconcert talk, 1:30 p.m.; concert, 2 p.m. $5-15; free for kids under 3. Info, 863-5966. nOFA-vt CHilDren’s COnFerenCe: See SAT.11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
DimAnCHes: Novice and fluent French speakers brush up on their linguistics — en français. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.
Ann HArvey & FrienDs: See THU.09, 2 p.m. DiAne Huling: The pianist organizes classical masterworks by Mozart, Bach, Chopin, Mendelssohn and others by their admiration for each other in “Affinities.” Bethany Church, Montpelier, 3 p.m. $12-20 suggested donation. Info, 223-2424, ext. 224, arthurzorn@hotmail. com. JAmie mAseFielD & DOug perkins: Bluegrass and jazz stylings come to the gallery. Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 458-0098. mAple JAm & rOOt 7: The warm fuzzies flow freely at a cabaret of a cappella love songs, just in time for Valentine’s Day. North End Studio A, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. $10. Info, 999-8881. ruskO: An English dubstep artist offers harddriving, energetic electronic dance music.
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Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, 7-11 p.m. $35.50-38.75. Info, 863-5966. Scrag Mountain MuSic: See FRI.10, United Church, Warren, 4 p.m. VerMont conteMporary MuSic enSeMble: Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 3 p.m.
Sleigh rideS: See SAT.11, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ‘twigS, budS & bark: Snowshoers explore the ecology of the hardwood and boreal forests of Stark Mountain with a naturalist guiding the way. Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston, 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. $15-25; $65 per family of four. Info, 496-3551, ext. 117.
ready to Strengthen your Marriage?: Spouses bolster their bonds by tuning in for a webcast featuring comedian Jeff Allen, musical guest Michael O’Brien, and speakers Greg and Erin Smalley. Williston Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1-3 p.m. Free; lunch is provided. Info, 876-7837.
VerMont pond hockey claSSic: See FRI.10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. VerMont Senior gaMeS aSSociation’S winter gaMeS: Folks ages 50 and up compete in the giant slalom, 5K cross-country ski race, and 100- to 200-meter snowshoe races. Held at Sugarbush Ski Area and Blueberry Lake XC Area, Warren, 10 a.m. $15-106; preregister. Info, 8622288 or 496-6687. woMen’S pickup Soccer: Ladies of all ages and abilities break a sweat while passing around the spherical polyhedron. Miller Community and Recreation Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $3. Info, 862-5091.
‘the king and the thruSh’: Folk storytellers Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder spin tales of goodness and greed from India, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, email@example.com. woMen’S poetry group: Writers give and receive feedback on their poetic expressions in a nonthreatening, nonacademic setting. Call for specific location. Private home, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 828-545-2950, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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VíVer braSíl dance coMpany: Jubilant motion, live percussion and vocals celebrate the complexities of Afro-Brazilian culture. See calendar spotlight. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. $5; free for the JSC community. Info, 635-1476.
legiSlatiVe breakFaSt SerieS: Dining and discourse come together as Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch keep listeners up to speed on what’s happening in Washington, D.C. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 7:30-9 a.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-3489. tax aSSiStance: See THU.09, 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
ciné Salon: As part of a series celebrating the Midnight Sun Film Festival, cinephiles screen the second part of Peter von Bagh’s Sodankylä Forever. Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120. ‘heiMa’: Dean DeBlois’ winsome 2007 film documents Sigur Rós’ legendary summer ’06 tour of free, unannounced concerts in Iceland. Discussion with Michael Moynihan follows. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
cheSS club: Players shuffle around royalty and their underlings on a checkered board. An experienced instructor leads the group. Fairfax Community Library, 2:45-4:15 p.m. Free; bring your own chess set if possible. Info, 849-2420. gaMe night: High schoolers and adults fend off boredom with board games. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.
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green Mountain aniMal deFenderS’ Valentine’S day bake Sale: As part of World Spay Day, tasty treats raise awareness about and funds for spaying or neutering cats and dogs in need. Merchants Bank, Kennedy Drive Branch, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 860-913-1021.
SpielpalaSt cabaret: This Valentine’s Daythemed fundraising bash warms hearts with a pie-eating contest, games, a live band and dancing. Muddy Waters, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 658-0466.
dungeonS & dragonS: Imaginative XP earners ages 9 to 12 exercise their problem-solving skills in battles and adventures with dungeon master Ben Matchstick. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-3338. iSle la Motte playgroup: Stories and crafts make for creative play. Yes, there will be snacks. Isle La Motte Elementary School, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. let’S learn JapaneSe!: See WED.08, 4:30-5:30 p.m. MontgoMery playgroup: Infants to 2-yearolds idle away the hours with stories and songs. Montgomery Town Library, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. MuSic with raphael: See THU.09, 10:45 a.m. paJaMa Story tiMe: Comfy-clothed kiddos get a bedtime tale and snack. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 876-7147. Shake your SillyS out: Tots swing and sway to music with children’s entertainer Derek Burkins. JCPenney court, University Mall, South Burlington, 10:35 a.m. Free. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11. StorieS with Megan: Preschoolers ages 2 to 5 expand their imaginations through storytelling, songs and rhymes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Swanton playgroup: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Mary Babcock Elementary School, Swanton, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Valentine’S craFtacular: Love-letters-to-be abound at this card-making activity. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. writing For Fun & hoMework help: Fifth through eighth graders pen short stories, memoirs, poems and more — and receive assignment tutelage from high schoolers. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.
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Ciaran BuCKley: The visiting adjunct professor from Champlain College’s Dublin campus explores a question: “Europe: Broken or in Transition?” Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 861-2343. COnVersatiOn On raCe nOw: The Burlington mayoral candidates weigh in on a nonpolitical community discussion about race and racism. Harold Colston is the keynote speaker. Cafeteria, Burlington High School, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 324-5612 or 879-0576.
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evening sleigh Rides: Pat Palmer of Thornapple Farm and a team of Percheron draft horses lead a celestial ride under the winter sky, weather permitting. Shelburne Farms, rides depart at 6, 6:45 and 7:30 p.m. $7-15; free for kids under 3; preregister. Info, 985-8686.
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finanCial seminaR: The Vermont chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals presents “Overcoming Separation Anxiety: Why and How to Separate Your Wealth From Your Business.” Baystate Financial Services, Colchester, 1-3 p.m. $20; free for members. Info, 660-9639. Kelley maRKeting meeting: Marketing, advertising, communications, social media and design professionals brainstorm ideas for local nonprofits over breakfast. Nonprofits seeking help apply online. Room 217, Ireland Building, Champlain College, Burlington, 7:45-9 a.m. Free. Info, 865-6495. Renee RobyoR: The speaker discusses riskmanagement essentials at a dinner meeting hosted by the Champlain Valley chapter of the Project Management Institute. Doubletree Hotel, South Burlington, 5:30-8:15 p.m. $25-35. Info, 735-5359.
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faRmeRs night ConCeRt seRies: Continuing a series of winter entertainment begun in 1923, 10-member group Wrenson offer choral valentines from the Renaissance era. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-322-5616, email@example.com. musiC 101: WoRKshoPs & Café: Burlington Ensemble tune up in a new series of open rehearsals. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, snacks and socializing, 6 p.m.; music, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 598-9520, firstname.lastname@example.org. valley night: Jeanne & the Hi-Tops grace the lounge with blues, roots and soul. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 496-8994.
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ART CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, cvuhs.org/ access. Watercolor with Ginny Joyner, Drawings, Monotype Print Making, Calligraphy. Culinary arts: One-night, hands-on classes where you eat well! Thai Cuisine, Vietnamese Specialties, Turkish, Dim Sum, Moroccan, Pan-Asian, Indian, Hot Tamale, Nona’s Pasta, Winter Soups, Fresh Berry Pie, Malaysian Panang, Pasta Bene, Pastries, Gelato, Valentine Decorated Cookies, Eating Raw Desserts, Cheese Making, Yogurt Making, Easter Desserts. Full descriptions online (look for Access, Community Education link). Senior discount 65+.
BCA offers dozens of weeklong summer art camps for ages 3-14 in downtown Burlington from June to August – the largest selection of art camps in the region! Choose full- or halfday camps – scholarships are available. See all the camps and details at burlingtoncityarts.com.
DESIGN: GRAPHIC BASICS: Mar. 13-May 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $205/person, $194.75 BCA member. Location: Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Learn the basics of graphic design principles and elements and how to use them in creating effective materials. Whether you are interested in creating business cards, letterhead, brochures, greeting cards or calendars, or just want to learn what makes a good design, this class will cover the basics.
Lab, Burlington. Explore both darkroom and digital photography! This camp will include guided photo shoots in downtown Burlington and will cover the basic of darkroom and digital printing. Bring a charged camera and its connection cord on the first day; film cameras and all other supplies will be provided. Ages 9-12.
coaching SELF-CARE FOR CAREGIVERS: Feb. 21-Mar. 27, 6-7 p.m. Cost: $80/6-wk. class. Location: Serenity Caregiver Coaching, Stowe. Info: Stephanie, 448-0879, email@example.com, serenitycaregivercoaching.com. Caregivers: Reduce stress and restore balance in your life with group coaching. Learn effective self-care techniques that will allow you to put yourself back on your list of priorities. Take charge of your health and wellness today!
communication BITE-SIZE WORKSHOPS: Schedule and other registration info can be found at roundstoneintl.com. Cost: $135/person for 3-hr. workshop, $50/person for Lunch & Learn. Location: Main Street Landing, 1 Main St., Burlington. Info: 238-4310, Leslie@rounstoneintl.com. Half-day workshops teach effective and essential skills in communication, building relationships based on trust, and recognizing behaviors that stand in the way of your goals. This precision coaching is perfect for both individuals and groups of employees and is guaranteed to help you find a new way of working.
computers ACCESS COMPUTER CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, cvuhs.org/access. Computer & Internet Basics Tutorial, iWant iPods & iPhones, Improve you Internet Experience, Windows Security: File and Control Panels, OpenOffice, Google Smarts, PowerPoint, Publisher, MS Word Basics and More, Smartphone Use, MS Excel Basics, Excel Up: The Next Steps, Excel Data Analysis, Website Design Fundamentals, Dreamweaver: Web Essentials, Understanding Game Design, Personalized Lessons. Low cost, hands-on, excellent instructors, limited class size, guaranteed. Materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions online (look for Access, Community Education link). Senior discount 65+.
craft ACCESS CRAFT CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, cvuhs.org/access. Pottery, Woodworking, Basic Machining, Electrical, Wood Carving, Bead/Wire Jewelry Making, Metal Bracelet, Spindle and Knobs, Wooden Bowl Turning, Make a HulaHoop, Basket Weaving, Rug Hooking, 3 Bag Sewing, Pillows, B&W Darkroom Use, Crochet, Felting, Quilting, Monotype Print, Mosaic Garden Frame, Mosaic Birdbath, Cake Decorating, Knitting, Cartooning. Full
descriptions online (look for Access, Community Education link). Senior discount 65+.
dance DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, firstname.lastname@example.org. Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m. Argentine Tango class and social, Fridays, 7:30 p.m., walk-ins welcome. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! DANCING MAKES YOU SMARTER: Location: Burlington Dances, Chace Mill, top floor, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, Info@BurlingtonDances. com, BurlingtonDances. com. A major study in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia is frequent dancing. It is the split-second decision making, as opposed to just mimicking rote franchised exercise routine. Use your mind, better your body: international dance at Burlington Dances! LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Cost: $50/4week class. Location: The Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Lessons also available in St. Albans. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757, email@example.com, FirstStepDance.com. Come alone, or come with friends, DANCE
TINY-HOUSE RAISING: Cost: $250/workshop. Location: Johnson, Vermont. Info: Peter King, 933-6103. A crew of beginners will help instructor Peter King frame and sheath a 10 x 10 tiny house in Johnson, February 18 and 19. Local housing available.
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JEWELRY: BELT BUCKLES: Sat. & Sun., Mar. 10 & 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $150/ person, $135/BCA member. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St. (craft room), Burlington. Techniques such as sawing, hammering, soldering and etching will be utilized to create a bronze belt buckle of your own design. PAINTING: CONTEMPORARY FIGURE: Feb. 22-Apr. 11, 1:304:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $285/person, $256.50/ BCA member. Location: BCA Center, 3rd floor, Burlington. Intermediate and advanced painters: Turn the page on traditional representation using fresh color and dynamic composition to strengthen your personal expression. Work from live models, explore contemporary techniques with water-soluble oils and get supportive feedback in a small-group environment. Figure drawing experience is helpful. Materials list will be provided. PHOTO: INTRO BLACK & WHITE: Mar. 14-May 2, 6:308:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $195/person, $175.50/ BCA member. Location: Community Darkroom, Burlington. Explore the analog darkroom! Learn how to properly expose black-andwhite film, process film into negatives, and make prints from those negatives. Cost includes a darkroom membership for outside-of-class printing and processing. Bring a manual 35 mm film camera to the first class. PHOTO: SCHOOL VACATION CAMP: Feb. 27-Mar. 2, 9 a.m.-noon. Apr. 23-27, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $195/person, $175.50/BCA member. Location: Burlington City Arts Digital Media
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but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. MODERN DANCE, BALLET & TBC: Ballet I: Tue., 9 a.m.; Ballet II: Thu., 6:30 p.m.; Modern: Wed., 5:15; Total Body Connectivity: Thu., 5:30. Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369, lucille@ naturalbodiespilates.com, NaturalBodiesPilates.com. Modern Dance with Marley Schneider: intermediate/ advanced modern technique with a focus on improvisation and composition skills. For a strong, flexible and beautifully relaxed body, take Ballet Barre and Total Body Connectivity with Lucille Dyer. Release tension from misalignments and progress toward moving freely with strength, beauty and grace!
dreams INTRODUCTION TO DREAMWORK: Feb. 15, 22, 29, Mar. 7, 14, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $60/course. Location: 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909. Learn how to work with your dreams, connect to your inner life and empower yourself in a safe, supportive setting. Led by Dr. Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author.
drumming TAIKO, DJEMBE, CONGAS & BATA!: Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G, Burlington. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, 18 Langdon St., Montpelier. AllTogetherNow, 170 Cherry Tree Hill Rd., E. Montpelier. Info: Stuart Paton, 9994255, spaton55@gmail. com. Burlington! Beginners’
Taiko starts Tuesday, March 13 and April 24; kids, 4:30 p.m., $60/6-wk term; adults, 5:30 p.m., $72/6-wk. term. Advanced classes start Monday, March 12 and April 23, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Women’s Haitian Drumming starts Friday, February 17 and March 9, 5 p.m., $45/3 weeks. Morning Taiko by appointment, Saturdays, 9-10:45 a.m., $45/3-wk. term Cuban Bata, & house-call classes by request. Montpelier Thursdays! Voudou drums start February 16 and March 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m., $45/3wk. term. East Montpelier Thursdays! Djembe starts March 22, 5:30 p.m., $45/3wk. term. Cuban congas start February 9 and April 19, $45/3-wk. term. Taiko starts March 22, 7 p.m., $45/3-wk. term.
empowerment ACCESS CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, cvuhs.org/access. Lose Weight, Feel Great; Beekeeping; Creative Writing; Ten Amazing Journeys in History of the World with Chris O’Donnell; Solar Energy 101; Bridge; Cribbage; Mah Jongg; VT Architecture; Knots; MyersBriggs; Poetry Workshop; Creative Writing; Pruning Trees; Tree Health; Grief Etiquette; EFT; Suburban Homesteading 101; Motorcycle Awareness; Map and Compass; Backyard Astronomy. Guaranteed. Full descriptions at online (look for Access, Community Education link). Senior discount 65+. MAKING GOOD CHOICES: Feb. 16-Mar. 8, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $60/ course. Location: 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909. Learn how to make good choices in life, based on the teachings and principles of Carl Jung.
Includes discussion of the larger context of our lives at this momentous time of transition for the planet. Led by Dr. Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author.
VALENTINE’S DAY PARTNER YOGA W/ JENNIFER HARRIS: Feb. 14, 7:30-9 p.m. Cost: $25/person. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 8649642, evolutionvt.com. Join us for an evening of yoga and connection. All levels welcome. No experience required. For more information on the workshop, please visit our website.
family FAMILY-TO-FAMILY OFFERED BY NAMI VT: Mar. 5-May 21, 6:30-9 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Location: Venue TBA, Williston. Info: 800-639-6480, firstname.lastname@example.org. Do you care about someone with a mental illness? Join us for a free education program, familyto-family. An evidencebased educational program consisting of a series of 12 weekly classes structured to help families and friends of individuals with mental illness understand and support their loved one while maintaining their own well-being.
feldenkrais FREE UP YOUR SHOULDERS: Feb. 12, 2-5 p.m. Cost: $45/ class. Location: Breathing Light, 7 Main St., Montpelier. Info: 735-3770. Participants will experience how to release the tension, increase their range of movement and experience comfort with their shoulders. This is a must for those who experience shoulder pain or just want to lift that heavy burden off their shoulders. Please visit vermontfeldenkrais.com for details.
gardening BASICS OF SEED STARTING: Feb. 9, noon-12:45 p.m. Free. Location: Gardener’s Supply
Company, 472 Marshall Ave., Williston. Info: 658-2433. Learn the basics of starting your own flower, vegetable and herb seeds. Led by David Boucher. INTRODUCTION TO ORCHIDS: Feb. 16, noon12:45 p.m. Location: Gardener’s Supply Company, 472 Marshall Ave., Williston. Info: 658-2433. Have you always wanted an orchid but were unsure how to care for it? We’ll answer all your questions. Instructed by Anita Nadeau.
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SNOWBOARD DESIGN WITH DENNIS HEALY: Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $45/ person. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 5 School St., Stowe. Explore the process of developing a snowboard graphic for retail with Burton’s creative manager of graphics. Students will run through the design process as a whole from start to finish. The importance of creative presentation of ideas and concepts will be stressed.
herbs HERBAL CHOCOLATE DELIGHTS!: Feb. 13, 6:308:30 p.m. Cost: $20/2-hr. hands-on workshop. Location: Purple Shutter Herbs, 7 W. Canal St., Winooski. Info: Purple Shutter Herbs, Purple Shutter Herbs, 865-4372, info@ purpleshutterherbs. com, purpleshutterhrbs. com. For your happiness we’ll be making Magic Truffles to tantalize your mouth and silky Chocolate Damiana Cordial to awaken your senses. Next a Sweet Mocha Honey Scrub to smooth your skin and a Cocoa Butter Bar to moisturize your body. Kelley Robie will lead you on the path of temptation!
WINTER IMMUNITY: HERBAL WISDOM: Feb. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $20/2-hr. info-filled workshop. Location: Purple Shutter Herbs, 7 W. Canal St., Winooski. Info: Purple Shutter Herbs, Purple Shutter Herbs, 865-4372, firstname.lastname@example.org, purpleshutterherbs.com. This is vital information to keep yourself, family and friends going strong. We’ll discuss healing if you are already sick and what to do if you just can’t kick that lingering cough, sneeze, sore throat or other symptoms. Together we’ll make a few preparations for you to take home. WILDCRAFTING W/ THE SEASONS: Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $60/7-hr. class & take-home tincture. Location: Metta Earth Center for Contemplative Ecology, 334 Geary Rd. South, Lincoln. Info: Metta Earth Center for Contemplative Ecology, Gillian Comstock, 453-8111, email@example.com, mettaearth.org. Class includes discussion of Chinese medicine ideas on healthy living during winter, seasonal Qi Gong exercises, introduction to tongue diagnosis, outdoors-based wildcrafting and herbal medicine making. Each participant will take home their own tincture ($50 value). Workshop is a combination of ideas and hands-on practice. Taught by Brendan Kelly, acupuncturist/herbalist. WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Wisdom of the Herbs 2012: Apr. 21-22, May 19-20, Jun. 16-17, Jul. 14-15, Aug. 11-12, Sep. 8-9, Oct. 6-7 & Nov. 3-4, 2012. Wild Edibles Intensive 2012: Spring/Summer Term: May 27, Jun. 24 & Jul. 22, 2012 & Summer/Fall Term: Aug. 19, Sep. 16 & Oct. 14, 2012. VSAC nondegree grants avail. to qualifying applicants. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122, annie@ wisdomoftheherbsschool. com, wisdomoftheherbsschool.com. Earth skills for changing times. Experiential programs embracing local wild edible and medicinal plants, food as first medicine, sustainable living skills, and the inner journey. Annie McCleary, director, and George Lisi, naturalist.
language ACCESS LANGUAGE CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, cvuhs.org/access. Beginner French: 2 levels, Immersion French, Beginning Spanish: 2 levels, Intermediate Spanish, Immersion Spanish, Italian for Travelers: 2 levels, Beginning Mandarin: 2 levels, German: 2 levels. Low cost, hands-on, excellent instructors, limited class size, guaranteed. Materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions online (look for Access, Community Education link). Senior discount 65+. FRENCH CLASSES THIS SPRING!: Seven courses, 11-wk. term begins Mar. 5, continues through May 24 (note: no classes Apr. 23-29). Classes meet 6:308 p.m. Cost: $225/11-wk. course. Location: Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region, 302-304 Dupont Bldg., 123 Ethan Allen Ave., Colchester. Info: Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region, Micheline Tremblay, 4970420, michelineatremblay@ gmail.com, aflcr.org/classes. shtml. Beginner? Restarter? Still need some grammar? Ready to jump into topic-driven conversation? Looking for some “vacation French”? There’s a class for your level! Excellent instruction with experienced native speakers. JAPANESE LANGUAGE CLASSES: Feb. 14-Apr. 17, 7-8:30 p.m., Every 10 weeks on Tue. Cost: $195/10 1.5hr. classes. Location: St. Michael’s College, 1 Winooski Pl., Colchester. Info: JapanAmerica Society of Vermont, Larry Solt, 865-3113, l.solt@ burlingtontelecom.net, jasv. org. The Japan-America Society of Vermont is again offering beginning Japanese language lessons. This class is an introduction to speaking, listening, reading and writing Japanese, with an emphasis on conversational patterns that occur in everyday life. Students will also be introduced to life in Japan and Japanese customs and culture. LEARN SPANISH & OPEN NEW DOORS: Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Ctr. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025,
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firstname.lastname@example.org, spanishwaterburycenter. com. Broaden your horizons and connect with a new world. We provide highquality, affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. Learn from a native speaker via small classes, individual instruction or student tutoring, including AP. See our website for complete information or contact us for details.
massage Asian Bodywork Therapy Program: Weekly on Mon., Tue. Cost: $5000/500-hr. program. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, suite 109, Essex Jct. Info: Elements of Healing, Scott Moylan, 288-8160, email@example.com, elementsofhealing.net. This program teaches two forms of massage, Amma and Shiatsu. We will explore Oriental medicine theory and diagnosis as well as the body’s meridian system, acupressure points, Yin Yang and 5-Element Theory. Additionally, 100 hours of Western anatomy and physiology will be taught. VSAC nondegree grants are available. NCBTMB-assigned school. Postural Techniques: Mar. 10-11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $245/14 CEUs ($225 if paid by Feb. 24; call about risk-free introductory fee). Location: Touchstone Healing Arts , Burlington. Info: Dianne Swafford, 734-1121, swaffordperson@ hotmail.com. In this orthobionomy class, techniques to work with spinal curvatures and scoliosis are presented and practiced. Participants also learn to evaluate and address inefficient postural habits. Techniques focus on assessing and releasing areas of tension in the spine and ribs. No prerequisites.
movement Getting to know your Gluteus Muscles: Feb. 11, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Cost: $20/workshop. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 7353770. This Feldenkrais workshop will help you to understand the function of the buttocks. Improve how your weight travels through your legs, ankles and feet. The buttocks are also crucial to having and maintaining a strong, healthy, wellsupported back. Please visit vermontfeldenkrais.com for details.
photography CAMERA CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, cvuhs.org/access. Photoshop Basics, Digital Camera: Buttons/Menus, Share Photos, Aperture Info, Shutter Speed Skills, Photoshop Basics, Digital Spectrum, Next Layers of Photoshop, Advanced Digital Photography: Blending/ Filters. Full descriptions online (look for Access, Community Education link). Senior discount 65+.
Usui Reiki, 1st Degree: Feb. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $175/6-hr. class (CEs avail. for NCTMB). Location: Gathering Room, Hinesburg. Info: Vermont Center for Energy Medicine, Cindy Carse, 985-9580, cindy@ energymedicinevt.com, energymedicinevt.com. Learn Reiki, a traditional Japanese healing art that facilitates health and transformation on all levels (body, mind and spirit). Reiki can be supportive of any life path or career. In this class, you will be attuned to Reiki and trained to practice Reiki for yourself, loved ones, plants and animals.
tai chi Snake-Style Tai Chi Chuan: Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902, iptaichi.org. The Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. Tai Chi Easy: 4-Part Series: Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m.noon. Location: Healthy Living Market, 222 Dorset St., S. Burlington. Info: Jade Mountain Wellness, Liz Geran, 399-2102, jademtwellness@gmail. com, jademtwellness. com. Taught by Liz Geran, acupuncturist and herbalist, Jade Mountain Wellness. Tai Chi Easy is a series of simple, slow movements that are a profound way to cultivate well-being, offering stress relief, improved balance, heart health, immunity boost, improved mental focus. Preregister by calling Healthy Living Market,
yoga EVOLUTION YOGA: $14/ class, $130/class card. $5-$10 community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, Burlington. Info: 864-9642, firstname.lastname@example.org, evolutionvt.com. Evolution’s certified teachers are skilled with students ranging from beginner to advanced. We offer classes in Vinyasa, Anusara-inspired, Kripalu and Iyengar yoga. Babies/ kids classes also available! Prepare for birth and strengthen postpartum with pre-/postnatal yoga, and check out our thriving massage practice. Participate in our community blog: evolutionvt.com/evoblog. Laughing River Yoga: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. classes, sliding scale $5-15. Cost: $13/class; $110/10 classes; $130/unlimited monthly. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: 343-8119, laughingriveryoga.com. Our essence is unconditional love. Explore for yourself with yoga classes, workshops and retreats taught by experienced and compassionate instructors in a variety of styles, including Kripalu, Jivamukti, Vinyasa, Yoga Trance Dance, Yin, Restorative, meditation and more. All bodies and abilities welcome.
Intro to Letterpress Printing: 4 classes offered: Sat. Feb. 11 & 25, Mar. 10 & 24, noon-5 p.m. (3-studentsper-class limit). Cost: $200/5-hr. class. Location: Zoe Ink Studio, 266 Pine
863-2569, or visit healthylivingmarket.com. Yang-Style Tai Chi: New 9-week beginner’s session started Jan. 11 & meets on Wed. at 5:30. $125. All-levels class on Sat., 8:30 a.m. Cost: $16/class. Location: Vermont Tai Chi Academy & Healing Center, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Turn right into driveway immediately after the railroad tracks. Located in the old Magic Hat Brewery building. Info: 318-6238. Tai Chi is a slowmoving martial art that combines deep breathing and graceful movements to produce the valuable effects of relaxation, improved concentration, improved balance, a decrease in blood pressure and ease in the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Janet Makaris, instructor.
Every Body Loves Pilates!: The Cadillac lets you use resistance springs & straps for a great workout w/o all the stress. Location: Natural Bodies Pilates, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369, lucille@ naturalbodiespilates.com, NaturalBodiesPilates.com. For a strong, flexible and beautifully relaxed body in a calm and professional studio setting. Come in today! Improve your posture and mood. Be more creative in your career. Save on expensive medical bills. Improve the quality of life. Have more enjoyable relationships and derive pleasure from healthy movement!
St. (Soda Plant building), Burlington. Info: Zoe Ink, Zoe Papas, 863-1468, zoe@ zoeink.com, zoe@zoeink. com. Learn to print on a 1930 platen press at the Zoe Ink Studio. You will learn the basics including the general mechanics of the press, as well as preparing the press for printing. We will work with photo polymer plates to create a set of 25 note cards with envelopes.
LEARN TO MEDITATE: Meditation instruction available Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appointment. The Shambhala Cafe meets the first Sat. of each month for meditation and discussions, 9 a.m.-noon. An Open House occurs every third Fri. evening of each month, 7-9 p.m., which includes an intro to the center, a short dharma talk and socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 So. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795, burlingtonshambhalactr.org. Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. The Burlington Shambhala Center offers meditation as
a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom.
Aikido: Adult introductory classes begin on Thu., Feb. 2, at 6:45 p.m. Try out this class for $10. This fee can be applied toward our 3-mo. membership special rate for $190 (incl. unlimited classes 7 days a week). Children’s classes begin on Sat., Feb. 4, at 9 a.m. (ages 5-6) & 9:45 a.m. (ages 7-12). Join now & receive a 3-mo. membership (incl. unlimited classes 7 days a week) for $190. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 951-8900, burlingtonaikido.org. This Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape and reduce stress. The Samurai Youth Program provides scholarships for children and teenagers, ages 7-17. We also offer classes for children ages 5-6. Classes are taught by Benjamin Pincus Sensei, Vermont’s senior and only fully certified Aikido teacher. Visitors are always welcome. AIKIDO CLASSES: Feb. 21Mar. 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $65/4 consecutive Tue., uniform incl. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, vermontaikido.org. Spring intro for new and returning adult learners. Aikido trains body and spirit together, promoting physical flexibility and strong center within flowing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others and confidence in oneself. Vermont Aikido invites you to explore this graceful martial art in a safe, supportive environment. CombatFitness MMA Martial Arts: Weekly on Wed. Location: Combat Fitness Mixed Martial Arts, Winooski. Info: Combat Fitness, Vince Guy, 3433129, email@example.com, combatfitnessmma.com.
Make fitness fun this year. Brand new 5000 sq.ft. training facility. Learn effective self-defense from experienced, certified and caring instructors while getting in the best shape of your life! Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Western Boxing, Judo, MMA and Cardio programs. Student, military, law, family discounts. Just off I-89 exit 15. 655-KICK. Martial Way SelfDefense Center: Please visit website for schedule. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, 3 locations, Colchester, Milton, St. Albans. Info: 893-8893, martialwayvt. com. Beginners will find a comfortable and welcoming environment, a courteous staff, and a nontraditional approach that values the beginning student as the most important member of the school. Experienced martial artists will be impressed by our instructors’ knowledge and humility, our realistic approach, and our straightforward and fair tuition and billing policies. We are dedicated to helping every member achieve his or her highest potential in the martial arts. Kempo, Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Wing Chun, Arnis, Thinksafe Self-Defense. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 6604072, Julio@bjjusa.com, vermontbjj.com. Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardiorespiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and self-confidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Accept no imitations. Learn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Mixed Up An all-local Valentine’s Day mixtape B Y D AN BOL L ES
ou will never be more in love than you were when you were 16. Oh, sure. You’ll likely have more significant relationships as you age than you did with your prom date. Perhaps you’ll even get married, have kids and, if you’re really lucky, grow old with someone. But for pure, emotionally reckless romantic abandon, nothing approaches the sweet, naïve innocence of young love. And there’s no greater symbol of that love than the mixtape. You remember those, right? Of course you do. Though the format has evolved over the years — loading up your sweetie’s iPod, burning a mix to CD or, as was done in the old days, actually recording songs to cassette tapes — there is an art to a great mixtape. Essentially, you’re relying on someone else’s words to express your amorous feelings. But be careful. Go too heavy on sweet ballads and torch songs and you’ll come off as sappy — or worse, creepy. Conversely, play too fast and loose and you risk sabotaging your message altogether. (For more on that, we suggest re-watching High Fidelity or, better yet, reading the book.) Anyway, with love in the air and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought it only appropriate to compile an all-Vermont-music love-songs mixtape for the apple of our eye: you.
by Maryse Smith
Like the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. So it follows that your choice of lead song is hugely important. Make it count. We’re going with a favorite song by one of our favorite local songwriters, Maryse Smith, from her 2009 debut album, Is Becomes Was. There’s a humbly charming quality about this tune that we hope reminds you of, well, us. It’s quirky and imperfect, but that’s why it’s anything but.
“PLENTY HANDS” by Parmaga
We just set the tone with a pretty acoustic number. We need to be careful not to ruin the mood. At the same time, we don’t want to slow it down too much. “Plenty Hands” from Parmaga’s 2011 Ghost Pops EP is a good choice. It’s mellow, but complex and interesting. No, it’s not exactly a love song, per se. But there’s no need to be overbearing … yet.
OK, now we’re getting a little overbearing. Leaning heavy on the indie rock? Maybe. But the closing track from Lendway’s exceptional 2011 record, Going Places, is breezy, romantic and pretty … just like you. (Wink, wink.)
“SHEETS” 62 MUSIC
by Nuda Veritas
We’re gonna bring it back down a little with this quietly brilliant gem from Nuda Veritas’ 2011
record, Verses of Versus. It’s a bit of a risk, since it’s a devastatingly sad breakup song. But the hope is that you appreciate its uncommon artistic beauty and daring.
It’s a pretty popular tune, and not a love song. But we’re hoping to show that we appreciate mainstream stuff while still having immaculate indie tastes. Admit it, you’re impressed.
“AIN’T THAT A B”
After that downer, it’s definitely time to lighten the mood. We need something playful and fun, so we’re going with this cut from Japhy Ryder’s 2010 effort, If the Haves Are Willing. It’s funky and adventuresome. Plus, there’s sort of a 1970s porn-music vibe which, um … is it hot in here?
Love us, love alt-country. And we love this cut from Split Tongue Crow’s self-titled debut. “I’ve got no reservations for you now…”
We wanted to go with something from their new record, but we couldn’t resist this crushingly beautiful song from the band’s debut, Nearly Lost Stars. Simply put, it’s music to fall in love to. It also sets up the finale quite nicely.
by Japhy Ryder
by First Crush
Enough screwing around, it’s time to get down to business. And this sweet, doo-wop-tinged ballad from Montpelier’s First Crush cuts right to the core of our romantic heart. There are a few great boy-girl pop duos in Vermont who similarly make us swoon. So while we’re at it…
by Split Tongue Crow
“LABOR OF LOVE”
by Wooden Dinosaur
“WOUNDED (YOU’RE SO FINE)” by the Pants
If there is one song on a mixtape that is more important that the opener, it’s the closer. It’s the last song you’ll hear, and — we hope — what you’ll by Let’s Whisper remember us by. So we’re pulling out all Quirky bedroom pop just doesn’t get the stops and going with the granddaddy much better than this Smittens offshoot. of all local torch songs, from 1990s greats Wanna hear the Hey, sunshine. Will you be mine? the Pants. Yeah, it’s a deep cut and old whole mixtape? compared to the rest of the songs here, Log on to 7dvt.com. which are all relatively recent. But some songs are simply timeless. And with by Chamberlin any luck, by the time Tom Lawson and OK, we’re kinda cheating here, since the song is company get to the multiharmonied “You’re so fine” at originally by Foster the People. But Chamberlin the transcendent final chorus, you’ll be six digits into released this acoustic version on a covers EP in 2011. dialing our number — or texting, or whatever.
“PUMPED UP KICKS”
B Y DA N B OLL E S
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HOOTS & HELLMOUTH GOLD TOWN WED, 2/8 | $10 ADV / $12 DOS | DOORS 7, SHOW 7:30PM
CHARLES BRADLEY & HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES LITTLE BARRIE THU, 2/9 | $15 ADV / $17 DOS | DOORS 7:30, SHOW 8PM
FRI, 2/10 | $15 ADV / $20 DOS | DOORS 8, SHOW 8:00PM AN ALCOHOL-FREE EVENT
THEDJWINTER FIESTA TWO RIVERS SAT, 2/11 | $25 ADV / $30 DOS | DOORS 7:30, SHOW 8PM | 18+ THE HOUSE OF LEMAY PRESENTS THE 17TH ANNUAL
WINTER IS A DRAG BALL A VENUE-WIDE EVENT RUSKO
SUN, 2/12 | $35.50 ADV / $38.75 DOS | DOORS 7, SHOW 8PM
CHRIS PATTISON, THE ORATOR & THELONIOUS X, HAITAIN, SLEEZY D, SHARKAT
SUN, 2/12 | $15 ADV / $20 DOS | DOORS 8, SHOW 8:30PM
THE MOVEMENT, FEAR NUTTIN BAND
Last spring, the Montpelier music community essentially became homeless when Langdon Street Café closed its doors. While there are still plenty of cool places to catch live music in the capital city — the Black Door, Positive Pie 2 and Charlie O’s, to name three — losing LSC was a profound blow and reports from both bands and booking types in Montpelier suggest its been a dark year for the town’s scene. But there may be daylight on the horizon. In an email last week, Montpelier’s DUFFY GARDNER wrote in to say that he’s holding an “informational meeting” on Wednesday, February 15, at his “pop up” Valentine’s Day store, Bandit Gifts on Main Street. The topic: reopening the Lamb Abbey. To refresh your memories, the Lamb Abbey was a small, alternative performance venue in an old mill by the river in Montpelier. It was a SOUNDBITES
WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS DENISON WITMER TUE, 2/14 | $15 ADV / $15 DOS | DOORS 7, SHOW 7:30PM
THE DEVIL MAKES THREE BROWN BIRD TUE, 2/14 | $15 ADV / $15 DOS | DOORS 8, SHOW 8:30PM
BIG GIGANTIC ADVENTURE CLUB
WED, 2/15 | $17 ADV / $20 DOS | DOORS 8, SHOW 8:30PM
FRI, 2/17 | $15 ADV / $17 DOS | DOORS 7:30, SHOW 8PM | 18+ WIZN WELCOMES
JOHN VALBY AKA DR. DIRTY SAT, 2/18 | $5 ADV / $5 DOS | DOORS & SHOW 8PM SEVEN DAYS PRESENTS
STOP LIGHT PARTY EVERY TIME I DIE TERROR, STRAY FROM THE PATH, FORMER THIEVES SUN, 2/19 | $15 ADV / $15 DOS | DOORS 7, SHOW 7:30PM
SISTER SPARROW & THE DIRTY BIRDS THU, 2/23 | $10 ADV / $12 DOS | DOORS 7:30, SHOW 8PM
THU, 2/23 | $13 ADV / $15 DOS | DOORS 8, SHOW 8:30PM WIZN WELCOMES
ZOSO: THE ULTIMATE LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE FRI, 2/24 | $15 ADV / $17 DOS | DOORS 7, SHOW 7:30PM 104.7 THE POINT WELCOMES A CD RELEASE PARTY
ANAIS MITCHELL RACHEL RIES FRI 2/24 SAT 2/25 SAT 2/25
NIT GRIT & TWO FRESH PUNCH BROTHERS FEAT. CHRIS THILE YACHT
TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT HG BOX OFFICE (M-F 11a-6p, Sa/Su 3-7p, Open Later on Show Nights) or GROWING VERMONT (UVM DAVIS CENTER). ALL SHOWS ALL AGES UNLESS NOTED.
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CHRIS WEBBY DANNY BICK MON, 2/13 | $15 ADV / $18 DOS | DOORS 8, SHOW 8:30PM
After the cabaret, the Showcase Lounge becomes the Diva Lounge with tunes from SUPERIOR SOUND and a host of lip-synching drag queens and kings. But the main event is in the ballroom with live performances by — I swear I’m not making any of these up — NEW COCKS ON THE BLOCK, KINGS LOCAL 802, ISIS VERMOUTH, AMANDA FONDEL, the GOOD HOUSEWIVES, RUE MEVLANA, and DJs ROB DOUGLAS and ALAN PERRY. LeMay noted on WCAX that though the drag ball is essentially a costume party — this year’s theme: Cowboys and Gayliens — dressing up is not required. Plenty of people attend the ball every year in “normal” clothes. Those people are really, really lame. But, just so you know, you do have the option. Personally, my best dress is at the cleaners. But I’ll be sure to pick it up on time … on one condition: The House of LeMay has to promise to finally take a decent picture of me.
associating with drag queens, mind you. There isn’t. It’s because every damn time they take my picture, they somehow manage to get me either pre- or post-smile, so my mouth is curled in a weird sneer or my eyes are half closed and staring off into the distance. Granted, most of those pics are from various watering holes late at night, when I’m probably not looking my sharpest. Another reason not to run for office. But still. Is one flattering pic really too much to ask? Back to the point: Amber LeMay is one classy lady. In addition to giving a rundown on the drag ball, which is a benefit for the Vermont People With AIDS Coalition, she and VPWAC’s JONATHAN HEINS divulged some sobering info about the state of AIDS and HIV in Vermont. You don’t hear as much about HIV and AIDS as you used to even, say, 10 years ago. But it’s still a serious issue for a lot of Vermonters. LeMay and Heins noted that there are 500 people living with HIV in the state. And those are just the ones who know they have it. Here’s the scary thing: Statistically, there are probably at least another 100 more. The drag ball is the coalition’s single biggest fundraiser of the year. It’s always packed, and this year should be no exception as it occupies both the Higher Ground Ballroom and the Showcase Lounge. There will be six hours of entertainment between the two stages. The evening begins with a seated performance of the House of LeMay Cabaret in the Lounge. Meanwhile, in the big room, twee darlings the SMITTENS take the stage, followed by rocker STEPH PAPPAS — who played the very first drag ball 17 years ago, by the way — and then yet another Smittens set. Then things get really hot.
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Recently, Seven Days partnered with local TV station WCAX in order to cross-pollinate coverage via the station’s numerous news broadcast platforms. A few times a week, you can catch our reporters shooting the shit with WCAX anchors about various topics. (And yes, the gratuitous swear was intentional, since we can’t say any of them on the TV. So frustrating.) One evening, KEN PICARD or ANDY BROMAGE might be on talking about hard news or politics. The next, you might see ALICE LEVITT talking about food or EVA SOLLBERGER serving up her latest “Stuck in Vermont” episode. And, once in a while, they even let me on air to prattle about music. I dropped by the studio last Friday evening to talk up Metal Mondays at Nectar’s, which one of our spiffy new freelance writers, JOHN FLANAGAN, had written about in last week’s issue. Upon strolling through the front door, I encountered two sexy ladies. Correction: two extremely tall, sexy ladies. To my pleasant surprise, the ladies in question were AMBER LEMAY and LUCY BELLE, from local drag troupe the HOUSE OF LEMAY. The duo were in the studio to promote the upcoming Winter Is a Drag Ball at Higher Ground, this Saturday, February 11. A couple of thoughts: One, how many local news stations outside of Vermont would lead a broadcast with an interview featuring drag queens? Kudos, WCAX. That takes some real, er, balls. Two, there are more terrible pictures of me posing with various House of LeMay members floating around that I care to count. That might come back to haunt me, should I ever run for public office. Not because there’s any shame in
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(punk), 10 p.m., Free.
1/2 LoungE: scott mangan (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. CLub MEtronoME: mushpost presents microhaus (house), 9 p.m., $3/5. 18+. Franny o’s: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free. HigHEr grounD sHoWCasE LoungE: Hoots & Hellmouth (roots), 7:30 p.m., $10/12. AA. LEunig’s bistro & CaFé: cody sargent Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. ManHattan Pizza & Pub: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free.
nECtar’s: soule monde (organ groove), 9 p.m., $3/8. 18+. onE PEPPEr griLL: Open mic with Ryan Hanson, 8 p.m., Free. on taP bar & griLL: Pine street
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raDio bEan: Andy Lugo (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., Free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free.
tHE skinny PanCakE: Wednesday Night Fun-Waiser with Joshua Panda (soul), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.
bagitos: Acoustic Blues Jam, 6 p.m., Free. tHE bLaCk Door: comedy Open mic with B.O.B. (standup), 9:30 p.m., $5.
Dream On Charles Bradley always knew he was meant to be an entertainer. It just
took the rest of the world a while to come around. After decades spent toiling in kitchens by day and playing dingy lounges at night, the singer was discovered in a small Brooklyn nightclub by retro soul imprint Daptone Records at age 51. Now 64, the “Screaming Eagle of Soul” is touring nationally behind his 2011 debut album, No Time for Dreaming. This Thursday, February 9, CHarLEs
gusto’s: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.
braDLEy & His ExtraorDinairEs play the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, with opening support
tHE skinny PanCakE: Wednesday Night Fun-Waiser with mark LeGrand (country), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.
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51 Main: One Eyed Jacks (rock), 7 p.m., Free. City LiMits: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free. on tHE risE bakEry: Open Bluegrass session, 8 p.m., Free.
bEE’s knEEs: Vartain marmigonian (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Moog’s: Paul cataldo, 8:30 p.m., Free.
MonoPoLE: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free.
1/2 LoungE: Burgundy Thursdays with Joe Adler, samara Lark (singersongwriters), 7 p.m., Free. DJ Dan (reggae), 10 p.m., Free.
Franny o’s: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
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rED squarE: The Anatomy of Frank (rock), 7 p.m., Free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
CLub MEtronoME: Tall Grass Getdown (bluegrass), 9 p.m., $5.
MonkEy HousE: second sleep,
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MonkEy HousE: Tickle Belly, canadian Lesbian Twins (folk), 8:30 p.m., $5.
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HigHEr grounD sHoWCasE LoungE: charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Little Barrie (soul), 8 p.m., $15/17. AA. LEvity CaFé: Open mic (standup), 8:30 p.m., Free.
spacemen saturday Night (rock), 8:30 p.m., $5.
bagitos: Ken Tonnissen (acoustic), 6 p.m., Free.
nECtar’s: Trivia mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. Thunderbody, the All Good Feel Good collective (reggae), 9:30 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.
grEEn Mountain tavErn: Thirsty Thursday Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. rED HEn bakEry & CaFé: Lewis Franco and the Brown Eyed Girls (swing), 6 p.m., Free.
o’briEn’s irisH Pub: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free.
on taP bar & griLL: Joe moore’s Blues Band, 7 p.m., Free.
51 Main: David Bain (Americana), 8 p.m., Free.
raDio bEan: Jazz sessions, 6 p.m., Free. shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., Free. The unbearable Light cabaret (eclectic), 10 p.m., $3. Kat Wright & the indomitable soul Band (soul), 11 p.m., $3.
on tHE risE bakEry: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free.
rED squarE: Old soul (soul), 7 p.m. DJ Dakota (hip-hop), 8 p.m., Free. A-Dog Presents (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. rED squarE bLuE rooM: DJ cre8 (house), 10 p.m., Free. rí rá irisH Pub: A Fly Allusion (funk), 8 p.m., Free. tHE skinny PanCakE: The Anatomy of Frank (indie folk), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation. vEnuE: Karaoke with steve Leclair, 7 p.m., Free.
bEE’s knEEs: Audrey Bernstein & the Young Jazzers (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations. broWn’s MarkEt bistro: Folk by Association (folk), 7 p.m., Free. tHE Hub PizzEria & Pub: Dinner Jazz, 9:30 p.m., Free. Moog’s: After the Rodeo (bluegrass), 8:30 p.m., Free. riMroCks Mountain tavErn: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. rusty naiL: Vermont sports magazine Aprés ski Party, 3 p.m., Free.
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MonoPoLE DoWnstairs: Gary Peacock (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., Free. oLivE riDLEy’s: Karaoke, 6 p.m., Free. tabu CaFé & nigHtCLub: Karaoke Night with sassy Entertainment, 5 p.m., Free. tHEraPy: Therapy Thursdays with DJ NYcE (Top 40), 10:30 p.m., Free.
1/2 LoungE: Zack duPont (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., Free. 2KDeep presents Good Times (house), 10 p.m., Free. baCkstagE Pub: Karaoke with steve, 9 p.m., Free. banana WinDs CaFé & Pub: Red stellar & the Workin’ man Band (rock), 8 p.m., Free. CLub MEtronoME: No Diggity: Return to the ‘90s (‘90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5. Franny o’s: Nomad (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free.
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This just in from the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival: BONNIE RAITT is slated to headline the Flynn MainStage on June 3. In other news, the definition of jazz has expanded again.
Montpelier, and they’re looking for similarly interested, knowledgeable and motivated parties — looking at you, GOLDEN DOME MUSICIANS’ COLLECTIVE, MEG HAMMOND and BEN MATCHSTICK. Ahem. Duffy didn’t divulge specifics regarding what will be discussed at the meeting — I’m guessing “How the hell do we make any money at this?” might top the list. Nor did he have news of any concrete plans beyond brainstorming. Still, even the
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Speaking of Jazz Fest — and liberal definitions of the genre — I ran into BDJF managing director BRIAN MITAL at the BLITZ THE AMBASSADOR show at Nectar’s over the weekend. Like me, we was blown away by the Ghanaian MC, who was backed by a full band, including a gnarly horn section. Total guess here, but I’m thinking you’d be equally impressed should Blitz somehow find his way back to town this June. Perhaps on the top block of Church Street?
mere prospect of another venue in Montpelier is cause for some excitement, right?
BiteTorrent While we’re (sort of ) in the neighborhood, Halogen Media’s JUSTIN HOY has been doing yeoman’s work as the new talent buyer at the Rusty Nail in Stowe. In recent months he’s upped the talent level from aprés-ski bar bands to legit touring acts. This week, Hoy has rising local rock
vibrant asset to the city’s arts scene and a reliable place to catch cool, off-the-beatenpath music. It was also a potential death trap. The Lamb Abbey was forced to close in June 2010 for violating a long list of fire and safety codes. Though there was talk about renovating the space and reopening, it never happened. Now, according to Duffy, a few industrious folks have started tossing around the idea of reopening the Abbey in downtown
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stars in training CHAMBERLIN headlining on Sunday, February 12, rounding out a weekend that also includes the GOOSEPIMP ORCHESTRA on Friday, February 10, and Boston’s GIRLS GUNS AND GLORY on Saturday, February 11.
Jack White, Love Interruption
Leonard Cohen, Old Ideas
Once again, this week’s totally self-indulgent column segment, in which I share a random sampling of what was on my iPod, turntable, CD player, 8-track player, etc. this week.
Sharon Van Etten, Tramp
Shlohmo, Vacation EP
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HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: The Winter Fiesta with DJ Two Rivers (EDM), 8 p.m., $15/20. AA. JP’S PUB: Dave Harrison’s Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. LEVITY CAFÉ: Friday Night Comedy (standup), 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., $5. LIFT: Ladies Night, 9 p.m., Free/$3. NECTAR’S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. Blues for Breakfast (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., $5. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Leno & Young (acoustic rock), 5 p.m., Free. Quadra (rock), 9 p.m., Free. PARK PLACE TAVERN: Last Words (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Hillary Reynolds Band (folk), 7 p.m., Free. Eleanor Krause (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., Free. Zack duPont (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., $5. Whale Oil (folk), 10 p.m., Free. Pia Zapata (singer-songwriter), 11 p.m., Free. RED SQUARE: Jay Ekis (singersongwriter), 5 p.m., Free. Girls, Guns & Glory (alt-country), 8 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Stavros (house), 10 p.m., $5. RUBEN JAMES: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free.
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Ch-ch-ch-changes Though he’d carved out a successful career fronting the
nationally renowned electro-rock outfit Brothers Past, Tom Hamilton found himself artistically
unfulfilled and in need of a new outlet. So in 2007 he founded a new band, AMERICAN BABIES, which was
RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Supersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.
just about as stylistically removed from his main gig as could be. Trading in chippy bleeps and danceable
THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Dobbs Duo with Bill Buyer (bluegrass), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.
fans and new listeners alike. American Babies’ 2011 album, Flawed Logic, landed on many a critic’s year-
VENUE: Shakedown (rock), 9 p.m., $5.
bloops for socially charged and sonically progressive alt-country, the band has enthralled past Brothers end “best of” list. This Saturday, American Babies play Nectar’s with local surf punks TORPEDO RODEO.
BAGITOS: Nancy Smith and Friends (acoustic), 6 p.m., Free. THE BLACK DOOR: MadMen3 (electronica), 9:30 p.m., $5. CHARLIE O’S: Pariah Beat (indie folk), 10 p.m., Free.
GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Jonny P (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2. HOSTEL TEVERE: Spit Jack, Stone Bullett, White Zinfandel, the Lanthan Mire (punk), 8 p.m., Free. PURPLE MOON PUB: Poor Howard Stith (blues), 8 p.m., Free. THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: DJ Slim Pknz All Request Dance Party (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free. SLIDE BROOK LODGE & TAVERN: Funkwagon (funk), 9 p.m., Free. TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Jim McCue & Chris Pennie (standup), 8 p.m., $17. AA.
51 MAIN: Rick Hawley (jazz), 5 p.m., Free. Michael Corn & Rick Klein (acoustic), 9 p.m., Free. CITY LIMITS: Top Hat Entertainment Dance Party (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: Toni Caitlin & Brett Hughes (swampy-tonk), 8 p.m., Donations. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: DJ Dizzle (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.
p.m., Free. PARKER PIE CO.: Acoustic Session, 6 p.m., Free. RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. RUSTY NAIL: Goosepimp Orchestra, Wolfman Consipracy (funk), 9 p.m., $5.
MONOPOLE: Colin Ward (rock), 10 p.m., Free. THERAPY: Pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.
1/2 LOUNGE: Dead Dad’s Club, Amelia Bot (experimental), 7 p.m., Free. DJs Craig Mitchell, Ben Barlow, Dave Parks, Bill Gunning (house), 10 p.m., Free.
RED SQUARE: Ellen Powell (jazz), 5 p.m., Free. Wolfman Conspiracy (funk), 8 p.m., $5. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $5.
MOOG’S: Tall Grass Getdown (bluegrass), 9 p.m., Free.
RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Green Line Inbound (rock), 10 p.m., Free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Chelsea Berry (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.
BAGITOS: Irish Session, 2 p.m., Free. Irish Session, 2 p.m., Free. The Subtle Bandits (rock), 6 p.m., Free. CHARLIE O’S: Soulstice (reggae), 10 p.m., Free. PURPLE MOON PUB: Bobby Messano Band (rock), 8 p.m., Free.
BANANA WINDS CAFÉ & PUB: Karaoke, 8 p.m., Free.
THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: Spinoza (rock), 10 p.m., Free.
CLUB METRONOME: Retronome (‘80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5.
SLIDE BROOK LODGE & TAVERN: Paul Cataldo (Americana), 8 p.m., Free.
FRANNY O’S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Commander Cody (country-rock), 8 p.m., $25. AA.
HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Winter Is a Drag Ball, 8 p.m., $25/30. 18+. JP’S PUB: Dave Harrison’s Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.
THE HUB PIZZERIA & PUB: Lendway (indie rock), 9:30 p.m., Free.
NECTAR’S: The Beerworth Sisters (folk), 7 p.m., Free. American Babies, Torpedo Rodeo (surf-punk, alt-country), 9 p.m., $5.
MOOG’S: Sweet and Lowdown (rock), 9
BACKSTAGE PUB: Sideshow Bob (rock), 9 p.m., Free.
BEE’S KNEES: Phineas Gage (bluegrass), 7:30 p.m., Donations.
MATTERHORN: Spiritual Rez (reggae), 9 p.m., $7.
RADIO BEAN: Colleen Mari Mays (singer-songwriter), 5 p.m., Free. NEX (acoustic), 6 p.m., Free. Jamie Lynn Hart (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Frank Viele (funk), 8 p.m., Free. Dan HL (rock), 9 p.m., Free. Drunkard’s Dream (rock), 10 p.m., Free. Cariad Harmon (singersongwriter), 11:30 p.m., Free. Errands (rock), 1 a.m., Free.
ON TAP BAR & GRILL: The Rhythm Rockets (rock), 9 p.m., Free.
51 MAIN: The Hibernators (country), 9 p.m., Free. BAR ANTIDOTE: Hot Neon Magic (‘80s New Wave), 9 p.m., Free. CITY LIMITS: Dance Party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Toast (rock), 10 p.m., $3.
NECTAR’S: Mi Yard Reggae Night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: The Sweetness (acoustic), 11 a.m., Free. Old Time Sessions (oldtime), 1 p.m., Free. Randall Pierce (jazz), 5 p.m., Free. Girls Rock VT: Weaseldust, Joe Adler and Samara Lark, Pretty Corpses (rock), 7 p.m., Free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Maryse Smith (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.
BEE’S KNEES: David Langevin (jazz), 11 a.m., Donations. Poor Howard Stith (blues), 7:30 p.m., Donations.
BEE’S KNEES: Open Acoustic Jam, 3 p.m., Free. Z-Jaz (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations.
RUSTY NAIL: Chamberlin (rock), 8 p.m., $8/12. AA.
BLACK CAP COFFEE: Joel Meeks (country), 2:30 p.m., Free.
MATTERHORN: Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood (blues), 9 p.m., $7.
1/2 LOUNGE: Family Night Open Jam, 10 p.m., Free.
PARKER PIE CO.: Electric Sorcery (rock), 8 p.m., Free.
HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Chris Webby (hip-hop), 8:30 p.m., $15/18. AA.
RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
NECTAR’S: Metal Monday: Brave the Vertigo, Boatman’s Lament, S’iva (metal), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.
ROADSIDE TAVERN: DJ Diego (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free. RUSTY NAIL: Girls Guns and Glory (alt-country), 10 p.m., $5.
MONOPOLE: Is (rock), 10 p.m., Free. TABU CAFÉ & NIGHTCLUB: All Night Dance Party with DJ Toxic (Top 40), 5 p.m., Free.
CLUB METRONOME: Papadosio, the Edd (live electronica), 9 p.m., $10. 18+. HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: SOJA, the Movement, Fear Nuttin Band (reggae), 8:30 p.m., $15/20. AA. MONKEY HOUSE: New Comics Showcase (standup), 8 p.m., Free (18+). MONTY’S OLD BRICK TAVERN: George Voland JAZZ: Dan Silverman, Tom Morse, Dan Skea (jazz), 4:30 p.m., Free.
ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Open Mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Open Mic, 8 p.m., Free. RED SQUARE: Industry Night with Robbie J (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free. RUBEN JAMES: Why Not Monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
BAGITOS: Open Mic, 7 p.m., Free.
THE HUB PIZZARIA & PUB: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free.
1/2 LOUNGE: Sofa Kings with DJs J Dante & Jordan (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. CLUB METRONOME: Bass Culture with DJs Jahson & Nickel B (dubstep), 9 p.m., TUE.14
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was exactly that element of surprise. Understated and nuanced eclecticism was among the café’s finer qualities. But so was occasionally overt weirdness. And that blend of subtle charm and intentionally heavy-handed chicanery makes Champagne Dynasty compelling, stylish and fun. From the insistent throb of opener “Street Priest” and the dynamic discosynth pop of “Got the Gold” to the winkingly sinister groove on “Bring the Car Around” and the joyous, indie-rock bounce of album closer “Diamonds Bright,” Champagne Dynasty offer unself-consciously goofy sonic twists and lyrical turns. Vocalists Alexis Hurley and Knayte Lander prove ideal foils for one another. Hurley’s delivery is flirtatious and easy, while Lander’s is more deliberate and grounded, though never stiff. Johnny Morris’ drum programming, samples and synth work highlight the band’s B-52s-ish
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2011 was a tough year for the Montpelier music scene. Most notably, the closing of Langdon Street Café last spring was a critical blow, robbing the quirky capital of a vital social hub and artistic center. Ironically, the coffee shop’s exit coincided with the ascension of the Golden Dome Musicians’ Collective. With a pair of compilation albums and a handful of individual releases, the musicians guild and its ancillary label, State & Main Records, have offered local music fans a little solace. The GDMC also offers hope that a vibrant music scene can reemerge in Montpelier. And when it does, it likely will be on the backs of GDMC bands such as Champagne Dynasty and albums such as their provocative, selftitled debut, released on S&M Records late last year. On the surface, Champagne Dynasty might seem improbable heroes. Montpelier, and central Vermont in general, is best known for its lively folk and American-roots community. So that a 1980s-inspired electro-pop band with irreverent hip-hop tendencies may serve as scene saviors is somewhat surprising. But it shouldn’t be. What made the LSC scene special
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A sense of willfully naïve optimism pervades the debut release from Burlington-based songwriter Eleanor Krause. Its very title, Hold On Daylight, evokes images of twilight in January, at that moment when ice-encrusted souls braving windswept city streets pine for five more minutes of sunlight to see them home. But then, maybe Krause has reason for optimism. As we trudge toward spring, the days do indeed grow longer and, eventually, the world thaws. As Clem Snide’s Eef Barzelay once sang, “Summer will come, with Al Green and sweetened iced tea.” This collection of sparse, mostly guitar-and-vocal suites yearns and yields in much the same way. Gentle acoustic lines swirl like snowflakes beneath a street lamp on the opening title track. Krause’s voice cuts through the airy drift with brisk clarity. Her delivery is both forthright and vulnerable, as though she’s resolved to brace herself against the elements but is unsure of the outcome. That contrasting dynamic serves her well throughout, as she cunningly crafts humble observations on love, life, family and the inextricable — and sometimes absurd — links between them. Krause was born in Bloomington, Ind., to a musical family. Both her parents were songwriters, and her innate sensitivity and depth suggest a life of listening and learning. On the heartsick “Like That Old Willow,” guitar and voice sway like that tree’s gently weeping leaves. “Autumn Strikes” casts a steely shadow that hints at colder days
to come. The old-timey and carefree “Pennies for Good” offers a breath of fresh air. “Flames Our Faces” closes the record with an exhausted yet exhilarated exhalation. At moments, Krause’s youth is evident. Certain metaphors cloy; she sometimes relies too heartily on overt, and overused, vocal tricks when nuance would serve her writing better. But, more often than not, Eleanor Krause delivers with mature grace and charm, making Hold On Daylight a remarkable first attempt. Krause celebrates the release of Hold On Daylight this Friday, February 10, at Radio Bean.
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RADIO BEAN: Gua Gua (psychotropical), 6 p.m., Free. The Smittens (indie pop), 8:30 p.m., Free. Honky-Tonk Sessions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3. RED SQUARE: Me & You with Brett Hughes and Marie Claire (cosmo-rural), 7 p.m., Free. Upsetta International with Super K (reggae), 8 p.m., Free. Craig Mitchell (house), 10 p.m., Free.
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BAGITOS: Valentine’s Day Jazz, 6 p.m., Free. CHARLIE O’S: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. FRESH TRACKS FARM VINEYARD & WINERY: Amapola (Latin), 6 p.m., Free. PURPLE MOON PUB: Dan Liptak Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.
TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Free. Monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
BEE’S KNEES: Folk by Association (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations. THE HUB PIZZERIA & PUB: Sticky Souls (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. MOOG’S: Open Mic/Jam Night, 8:30 p.m., Free.
THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Wednesday Night Fun-Waiser with Joshua Panda (soul), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.
BAGITOS: Blues Jam, 5 p.m., Free. Acoustic Blues Jam, 6 p.m., Free. Bob Harris Band (acoustic), 7 p.m., Free.
1/2 LOUNGE: Rewind with DJ Craig Mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. Scott Mangan (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., Free. FRANNY O’S: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free. HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Big Gigantic, Adventure Club (live electronica), 8:30 p.m., $17/20. AA. LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Lila Webb & the Cartwheels (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free. MONKEY HOUSE: Phil Yates & the Affiliates, Chris True, Dizzy Devine (rock), 9 p.m., $5. NECTAR’S: Soule Monde (organ groove), 9 p.m., $3/8. 18+.
GUSTO’S: Open Mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free. PURPLE MOON PUB: Phineas Gage (bluegrass), 7 p.m., Free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Wednesday Night Fun-Waiser with Mark LeGrand (country), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation. TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Interplay Jazz Jam (jazz), 7 p.m., $10.
51 MAIN: Blues Jam, 8 p.m., Free. CITY LIMITS: Karaoke with Let It Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: Paul Cataldo (Americana), 8 p.m., Donations.
BEE’S KNEES: Sarah Wallis (pop), 7:30 p.m., Donations.
ONE PEPPER GRILL: Open Mic with Ryan Hanson, 8 p.m., Free.
MOOG’S: D. Davis (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., Free.
ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Cooper & Lavoie (blues), 7 p.m., Free.
MONOPOLE: Open Mic, 8 p.m., Free. COURTESY OF CHELSEA BERRY
RED SQUARE: Cabinet (rock), 7 p.m., Free. DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
THE BLACK DOOR: Swing Night, 8 p.m., $5.
RADIO BEAN: Anna Pardenik (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m.,
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SAT.11 // CHELSEA BERRY [SINGER-SONGWRITER]
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and control of Berry’s vocal delivery, dubbed her “the real thing.” High praise, indeed. This Saturday, February 11, Berry plays the Skinny Pancake in Burlington. 2/7/12 9:22 AM
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VISITING VERMONT’S ART VENUES
Red and Ready Scarlet Galleries B Y KEVI N J. KEL L EY
wo young entrepreneurs are the latest in a decades-long line seeking to debunk Burlington’s reputation as a tough town for selling art. University of Vermont graduates Julian Cardinal, 23, and Zachary Pliner, 24, opened Scarlet Galleries on Bank Street in mid-December. There’s double significance to the name they gave to the former Greer’s dry-cleaning outlet adjacent to A Single Pebble, Burlington’s popular nouvelle-Chinese restaurant. Scarlet is the middle name of Cardinal’s 20-month-old daughter, and the plural “galleries” was chosen to signify the owners’ goal of eventually presiding over an art empire in Burlington and beyond.
IT’S AN INTENTIONAL DECISION TO INTRODUCE BURLINGTON VIEWERS TO CONTEMPORARY BUT
TRADITIONAL ART MADE OUTSIDE VERMONT.
Cardinal, himself a painter, handles the aesthetic side of the business, while Pliner, whose idea it was to open a gallery, balances its books and promotes its shows. Scarlet’s focus is on representational work, with a current selection that includes several pieces by Cardinal and his father, Robert, a successful Cape Cod artist who owns a gallery in Provincetown and teaches drawing at his studio in Truro. The son has inherited the father’s strong, red-and-blue-dominated palette and also paints with oil on canvas. The younger Cardinal, who was a studio-art minor and English major at UVM, tends to isolate his subjects against a stark background much in the manner of his father. Julian’s paintings are figurative and rendered in an expressionistic style, however, while Robert is more of a realist akin to Edward Hopper. The elder Cardinal paints unpeopled landscapes and wa-
tery scenes featuring lonely barns and becalmed boats, respectively. The other artists currently on view at Scarlet also cater to traditional tastes. John Clarke Olson, for example, paints Vermont farmhouses and barns covered in snow. Catskills artist Joe Keiffer is represented by a few realistic — and familiar — rural landscapes as well as by a standout image of a hang glider suspended above a beautifully executed lake inlet and observed through binoculars by a seated figure on shore. Melinda
Morrison skillfully paints female dancers in motion and at rest, conjuring associations with John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas. Julian Cardinal found most of these artists online. He says he was impressed with postings of the work of Morrison, who lives in Denver and whom Cardinal has never met. Also on the web, Cardinal came across Christos Calivas of Maine, a cubism-influenced painter whose work in the gallery depicts a cluster of houses in Greece. Olson is the
only Vermont artist besides Cardinal included in this show. It’s an intentional decision to introduce Burlington viewers to contemporary but traditional art made outside Vermont, Cardinal explains. He says he finds many local galleries too fixated on work created close to home. Cardinal is also aesthetically turned off by most of what’s shown in the strip of hip venues on Pine Street. “I’m willing to look at abstractions and installations, but I’m generally not a big fan of that stuff,” he opines. “A lot of it is really cheesy.” Scarlet Galleries, its once-residential interior a warren of small but finely appointed rooms, also distinguishes itself from the funkier South End scene in the way it presents art. “We’re doing the hanging professionally,” Pliner points out. “There’s a lot of crowding on the walls of galleries I’ve seen in Burlington.” For all their optimism and ambition, Scarlet’s co-owners do realize they’re operating in a small market that may not buy what they’re selling. While acknowledging that galleries in downtown Burlington have been short lived, Cardinal suggests there is a well-heeled, and potentially art-buying, public here. And he thinks art could account for a larger portion of its purchases. Jewelry shops seem to prosper in Burlington, Cardinal observes, and adds that he and Pliner will soon carry handmade jewelry at Scarlet. The business partners and friends have had some initial success in dealing art. They sold four paintings during the gallery’s first month, although in these deep-winter days, Cardinal admits, “Things are kind of slow.” His proud father shares the lanky son’s upbeat attitude. Robert Cardinal, who frequently visits — and paints — Vermont, says via telephone from Cape Cod that he senses new opportunities for art outlets in Burlington. “The lack of galleries there can actually be seen as an advantage,” the elder Cardinal suggests. “It means Julian’s not going to have much competition.” Scarlet Galleries, 139 Bank Street, Burlington. Info, 497-1010. scarletgalleries.com
ongoing burlington area
‘30/30: AnniversAry Print Project’: prints by Vermont artists, including Michael Jager and harry bliss, created to celebrate the 30th anniversaries of both Flynn Center for the performing Arts and burlington City Arts. Through February 18 at Amy e. Tarrant gallery, Flynn Center, in burlington. info, 865-7166. AdAm PutnAm: “Magic lanterns,” installations in which putnam projects architectural interiors on empty gallery walls; drawings of cathedral-like sculptures; and photos of the 6-foot-8 artist folded into cabinets. Through February 25 at bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166. Beth FitzgerAld: photographs of everyday life in a small Tanzanian village by the founder of the African empowerment project. Through February 14 at the gallery at burlington College. info, 923-2350. Bryn mAyr: Abstract paintings, skyway; AdAm devArney: Drawings and mixed-media work, gates 1-8; gilliAn Klein: oil paintings, escalator. Through February 29 at burlington Airport in south burlington. info, 865-7166. dj BArry: "instantaneous," the artist’s response to the 10th anniversary of 9/11, plus other acrylic paintings. Through March 31 at healthy living in south burlington. info, 461-5814. dAwn o’connell: "Camera Raw," portraiture and street photography. Through March 3 at uncommon grounds in burlington. info, 999-4572. djAngo hulPhers: “Americons,” collages. Through February 29 at north end studio A in burlington. info, 863-6713. doug hoPPes: "landscapes with a Twist," paintings. Through March 31 at seAbA Center in burlington. info, 859-9222. FeBruAry Artists: work by Annemie Curlin, Charlie hunter, Carolyn enz hack, leah Van Rees, Judy laliberte, Jeff Clarke, steven Chase, Melvin harris and Axel stohlberg. Through February 29 at Maltex building in burlington. info, 865-7166. ‘Fluid dynAmics’: sculpture by homer wells, ethan bond-watts and Chris Cleary. Through February 25 at Flynndog in burlington. info, 863-0093.
montPelier Art wAlK: businesses stay open late to exhibit paintings, photography, sculptures and more. Friday, February 10, 4-8 p.m., various downtown locations, Montpelier. info, 223-9604. evie lovett: "backstage at the Rainbow Cattle Co.," photographs documenting the drag queens at a Dummerston gay bar; in collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center. Through March 31 at bCA Center in burlington. The photographer gives a talk called "why should i Care About Drag Queens?": wednesday, February 8, 7 p.m. info, 865-7166. joelen mulvAney: The artist discusses her paintings and installations in a slide-show presentation. Friday, February 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., seminary Art Center, waterbury Center. info, 279-4239. ‘the Art From the heArt vAlentine’s dAy PArty & FundrAiser’: hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a valentine-making station and an appearance by pediatrician lewis First benefit bCA’s program at Fletcher Allen, which brings volunteers and art supplies to hospitalized children. Thursday, February 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m., bCA Center, burlington. info, 865-5816. ‘hAve heArt’: Create your own valentine or buy an artist-made one to benefit CeRF+ (Craft emergency Relief Fund and Artists emergency Resources). Friday, February 10, 5-8 p.m., the Drawing board, Montpelier; saturday, February 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Capital City Farmers Market, Montpelier. info, 229-2306.
‘interPreting the trAil’: photographs, pastels, bottle-cap clocks, backgammon boards and more by artists inspired by the long Trail. Through February 29 at Frog hollow in burlington. info, 863-6458.
jAmes mArc leAs: oil paintings that blur the line between landscape and abstraction. Curated by seAbA. Through February 24 at pine street Deli in burlington. info, 862-9614.
jAson Bond: Abstract acrylic paintings. Through March 31 at Vintage Jewelers in burlington. info, 862-2233. jessie lee Fowler: paintings by the tattoo artist and friends. Through February 29 at Muddy waters in burlington. info, 658-0466. jude Bond & michelle sAFFrAn: "Yours Till niagara Falls: brides and grooms and
lAurel Fulton: "pigments and Volumes," expressionistic skyscapes in giclée prints. Through February 29 at Capitol grounds in Montpelier. Reception: Friday, February 10, 4-6 p.m. info, curator@ capitolgrounds.com. jAnet wormser: paintings. Through February 28 at spotlight gallery in Montpelier. Reception: Friday, February 10, 4-7 p.m. info, 828-3293. nAncy sillimAn & redel FrometA: "in our Midst," paintings and mixed-media works that explore themes of home, childhood and love. February 11 through April 14 at nuance gallery in windsor. Reception: saturday, February 11, 4-6 p.m. info, 674-9616. juliA shirAr: "people in places," paintings and drawings. February 11 through March 11 at Vermont studio Center in Johnson. Reception: saturday, February 11, 6-8 p.m. info, 510-435-7377. ‘lAndscAPe in 3 voices’: works in watercolor and oil by Terry boyle, barbara greene and Tim hendel. February 9 through March 18 at emile A. gruppe gallery in Jericho. Reception: sunday, February 12, 1-3 p.m. info, 899-3211. ‘heArts AFlAme’: Artists respond to Valentine’s Day. February 10 through 29 at Rose street Co-op gallery
nicholAs hecht: new paintings. February 10 through 24 at plainfield Community Center. Reception: Friday, February 10, 6 p.m. info, 272-0200. hideichi oshiro: "Art and breath: The life work of hideichi oshiro," work by the 101-year-old Japanese artist who recently donated his life’s work to goddard. Through March 8 at goddard College in plainfield. Reception: wednesday, February 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. info, 322-1601. ‘PersiAn visions’: Contemporary photography from iran; ‘imAgining the islAmic world’: late 19thand early 20th-century travel photography; ‘A discerning eye’: selections from the J. brooks buxton Collection. Through May 20 at Fleming Museum, uVM, in burlington. Reception: Thursday, February 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. info, 656-0750. duFFy gArdner: "The Art of love," baroque-influenced, cast-concrete wall decor. Through February 15 at bandit Valentine’s pop-up in Montpelier. Reception: wednesday, February 15, 7-9 p.m. info, 314-779-4646.
the second floor. Through April 27 at Community College of Vermont in winooski. info, 654-0513.
justin hoeKstrA: "somebody Told You wrong," acrylics on canvas by the uVM senior. Through February 29 at the gallery at Main street landing in burlington. info, 734-7344.
lindA mAney & missy storrow: "Two Colorful," abstract paintings. Through February 29 at Mirabelles in burlington. info, 458-8056.
KimBerlee Forney: whimsical paintings of cows, sheep and people. Through February 29 at Magnolia breakfast & lunch bistro in burlington. info, 310-9159. leigh Ann rooney & hilAry glAss: "ethereal Terra," paintings and photography by Rooney; etchings and illustrations by glass, on the first floor; roBert Brunelle jr.: "Cold snap," paintings, on
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PAmelA FrAser: new work Favorite dish! by the artist best known for her sparse use of bright colors in otherwise empty black or white backgrounds. Through February 18 at Colburn gallery in burlington. Reception: wednesday, February 8, 5-7 16t-lakeviewHouse020812.indd 1 p.m.
honeymoons," photographs. Through February 29 at Vintage inspired in burlington. info, 488-5766.
KAtherine glucK & Kelly holt: "landscapes and portraits," oil paintings, watercolors and prints by gluck; "light Metal Drummer," mixed-media works on aluminum and paper by holt. Through March 1 at the Daily planet in burlington. info, 316-7269.
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‘locAl color in winter’: work by members of the Vermont watercolor society. Through February 18 at Davis Center, uVM, in burlington. info, 652-9893. mAry hill: paintings. Curated by seAbA. Through February 24 at speeder & earl’s (pine street) in burlington. info, 658-6016.
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mAry ProvenzAno & jenny Burton: paintings and prints by provenzano; paintings and photo collages by burton. Through February 29 at speaking Volumes in burlington. info, 540-0107.
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sArAh ryAn & creston leA: lea’s hand-built guitars painted by Ryan. Through March 2 at living/learning Center, uVM, in burlington. Reception: Mark spencer performs. Friday, February 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. info, 656-4211.
community senior Art show: paintings, prints, sculptures and decoupage. February 11 through 17 at Red Mill gallery in Johnson. Reception: saturday, February 11, 1:30-3:30 p.m. info, 635-7826.
jAmes vogler: oil-and-wax paintings. Through February 29 at left bank home & garden in burlington. info, 862-1001.
AdriAn wAde: "Montpelier of belonging," drawings in pencil and charcoal. Through February 29 at the shoe horn at onion River in Montpelier. Reception: Friday, February 10, 5-7 p.m. info, 223-5454.
in burlington. Reception: Astrocat perform. Friday, February 10, 6-10 p.m. info, 540-0376.
isAAc wAsucK: "The Figure of it is," paintings. Through February 28 at Dostie bros. Frame shop in burlington. info, 660-9005.
‘illuminAtions: light And sculPture in city hAll PArK’: sculpture by Kat Clear, Chris sharp and Rebecca schwarz; aurora-borealis-inspired lighting design by Jason “liggy” liggett. Through February 28 at burlington City hall park. info, 865-7166.
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Matt Thorsen: Photographs. Through February 29 at Red Square in Burlington. Info, 318-2438. Melinda Morrison: Paintings. Through February 24 at Scarlet Galleries in Burlington. Info, 497-1010. Noah Limanek & Jonas Powell: "Graphic," still-life paintings by 18-year-old Limanek; "Legal Graffiti," subway-style art by 16-year-old Powell. Through February 29 at Davis Studio Gallery in Burlington. Info, 425-2700. Northern Vermont Artist Association: Work in a variety of media by local artists. A silent auction benefits the library’s children’s section, which was recently damaged by a burst water pipe. Through February 25 at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Info, 865-7211. ‘Occupy Love’: Work in a variety of media by local artists. Through February 29 at the Firefly Collective in Burlington. Info, 279-1624. Phil Herbison: "Child’s Play 2," artwork created from discarded materials. Through February 29 at Artspace 106 at the Men’s Room in Burlington. Info, 864-2088. Rick Jasany & Kevin Morin: Photography. February 9 through March 31 at Union Station in Burlington. Info, 864-1557. Shahram Entekhabi: Happy Meal, a film featuring a young Muslim girl eating a McDonald’s Happy Meal, in the New Media Niche (through August 26); ‘Up in Smoke’: Smoke-related works from the museum’s permanent collection (through June 3). At Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750.
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Nancy Silliman When Nancy Silliman refers to her “body of work,”
‘Variations in Abstraction’: Paintings by Steven Goodman, Beth Pearson and Gail Salzman presented in collaboration with Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery. Through February 17 at Select Design in Burlington. Info, 864-9075.
about the skin, bones and blood that allow her to hold the brush. Her latest work, an
Winter Group Show: Works by Brittany Foster, Donna McDermid, Paige Dunbar, Eric Fitzgerald and Rick Evans. Through March 2 at the Gallery at Phoenix Books in Essex Junction. Info, 872-7111.
artist statement. Use yours to get yourself down to Windsor’s Nuance Gallery before
April 14 when the show wraps up. Pictured: “The Enlightenment Two-Step.”
Janet Van Fleet: "Discography," mixed-media work that incorporates discs into grids. Through March 19 at Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio in Montpelier. Info, 563-2486. Laura DeCapua & Geoff Hansen: "Our Town: A Snapshot of Tunbridge Residents in 2011," environmental portraits. Through March 10 at Tunbridge Public Library. Info, 889-9404. Mary Mead & Bert Yarborough: Work by the Colby-Sawyer College printmakers. Through March 31 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Info, 295-5901. Nancy Smith: Portraits. Through March 10 at Montpelier City Hall. Info, 225-6489. ‘Natural Wonders’: Sculptural assemblages by John Udvardy; mixed-media drawings by Marcy Hermansader; and paintings by Anda Dubinskis. Through March 19 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670.
Ray Brown: "From Vermont to Italy," landscape paintings that straddle abstraction and realism. Through April 6 at Central Vermont Medical Center in Barre. Info, 371-4375.
Tony Shull: Small paintings by the muralist. Through February 29 at Salaam in Burlington. Info, 658-8822.
think, we die in our body — that’s all we have, that’s all we get,” Silliman writes in an
Glen Hutcheson: Drawings and paintings of gods, saints, Montpelier locals and the artist’s mother; Gwen Roolf: "Found and Forgotten," photographs. Through February 28 at KelloggHubbard Library in Montpelier. Info, 223-3338.
Suzanne Dollois: "Assembled Landscapes," photographic collages. Through February 28 at Brickels Gallery in Burlington. Info, 825-8214.
‘Three for Two’: Collage by John Moses, paintings and drawings by Lee Parsons, and illustrations by Megan Elisha H. Tong. Through February 29 at Computers for Change in Burlington. Info, 279-1623.
includes mixed-media works by Cuban American artist Redel Frometa. “We live, we
Bill Ramage: A centripetal drawing. Through March 2 at Feick Fine Arts Center, Green Mountain College, in Poultney. Info, 287-8398.
Peter Batchelder: "Barns: Essence of an American Icon," oil paintings. Through March 14 at DaVallia Art & Accents in Chester. Info, 875-1203.
‘The Human Form’: Photographs of the body. Through February 19 at Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction. Info, 777-3686.
exploration of that double meaning, is part of a show called “In Our Midst” that also
‘Art of the Chair: Process and Possibility’: Two- and three-dimensional works by 20 Vermont artists exploring the history, personalization and personification of the seat. Through March 6 at Chandler Gallery in Randolph. Info, 431-0204.
Sienna Fontaine & Quinn Delahunty: Paintings by the Vermont artists. Through February 29 at Nectar’s in Burlington. Info, 658-4771.
‘The Cute Show’: Quirky adorableness, with a hint of satire, in a variety of media. Through February 25 at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. Info, 578-2512.
she’s not just talking about her paintings, charcoals and pastels. She’s also talking
‘Winter Landscapes’: Paintings by Sean Dye, Mary Krause and Tony Conner. Through February 29 at Shelburne Vineyard. Info, 985-8222. Zoe Bishop: "Beast and Bird," paintings and papier-mâché works. Through March 15 at Nunyuns Bakery & Café in Burlington. Info, bumblebishop@ rocketmail.com.
‘Sound Proof: The Photography of Matt Thorsen, Vermont Music Images 1990-2000’: Chemical prints accompanied by audio recordings in which the photographer sets the scene and the bands play on. Through March 31 at Governor’s Office Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 865-1140. ‘Weathering it Out’: Work in a variety of media including installations made from items salvaged after storms; Jeneane Lunn & Jim Lund: "Vermonters in Italy," paintings and drawings; Maggie Neale: "What Lies Beneath," abstract and textural paintings. Through February 25 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069.
‘2nd Tuesday’: New work by Cheryl Betz, Alex Bottinelli, Maggie Neale, Elizabeth Nelson, Kathy Stark, Janet Van Fleet and Ann Young. Through February 17 at Christine Price Gallery, Castleton State College. Info, 468-6091. Aldo Merusi: "Locked in Time," photographs by the 1937-74 chief photographer at the Rutland Herald. Through February 11 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0356. Elinor Steele: "The Art of Tapestry," contemporary handwoven tapestries. Through February 26 at Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. Info, 388-1436.
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lost,” writes the Chester watercolorist in her artist statement. Carbonetti believes art
is not a luxury but a necessity. The world, as she sees it, is constantly engaged in its own creative process, “dissolving old forms for a new synthesis to take place.” You can see this philosophy play out in Carbonetti’s landscapes: Layers of seeming chaos — expressive splatter over rich stains — add up to something luminous. If you miss her show through March 12 at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, SEVENDAYSVt.com
catch her upcoming solo exhibit at Chester’s new Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts in May. Pictured: “Winter Frost.”
‘invisiblE odyssEys’: Autobiographical dioramas by undocumented migrant workers telling the story of their journeys from Mexico to Vermont; includes text in Spanish and English. Through April 28 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964.
‘all aboard: an Exhibition of trains’: Paintings and videos, plus model and toy trains; ‘things that movE’: Paintings and sculpture; ‘thE lEgacy collEction,’: Work by 20 gallery artists. Through April 1 at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Info, 644-5100. david smith: Paintings of the Vermont landscape. Through March 11 at Claire’s Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053.
ruth hamilton: "A Walk Through the Woods and Other Favored Spaces," paintings of England and Vermont. Through February 29 at Brandon Music. Info, 465-4071.
dorian mcgowan: "Bike Art," work made from discarded bicycle chains, seats and gears. Through February 29 at Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. Info, 748-9158.
studEnt art show: Work by area students. Through February 29 at Brandon Artists’ Guild. Info, 247-4956.
fEbruary show: Work by "Vermont Bag Lady" Nan Adriance, photographer David Juaire and watercolorist Kristan Doolan. Through February 29 at Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. Info, 933-6403.
NORTHERN ART SHOWS
‘thE govErnmEnt morgan’: Photographs, paintings, prints and leather tack. Through March 31 at the National Museum of the Morgan Horse in Middlebury. Info, 388-1639.
rita fuchsbErg: “Rock-a-bye Baby 2012,” works in colored pencil. Through March 11 at Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland. Info, 438-2097.
‘young visions’: Photographs by Champlain Valley and Mount Mansfield Union High School students. Through February 15 at Gallery 160 in Richmond. Info, 434-6434.
‘EnvironmEnt and objEct in rEcEnt african art’: Artworks made of found objects and used materials and reflecting the environment’s impact on contemporary African life. Through April 22 at Middlebury College Museum of Art. Info, 443-3168.
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art Call to artists Call to Women artists: We Art Women collective will have an exhibition about women at Fletcher Free Library in March. Info, email@example.com. the art of Creative aging: Exhibit featuring visual artists 70+ in central Vermont. Digital submissions of three works for jury review due by March 16 to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 476-2681.
ironic, poignant, emotionally charged and tragic. Deadline for submissions: February 22. Info, DarkroomGallery.com/ ex26. CUltUrehall neW artists: Culturehall, a curated online registry for contemporary artists, invites artists to submit work to an open application call. Deadline: February 12. To apply, visit culturehall.com/ apply.html.
Call to PhotograPhers: “Night Light,” a photography exhibit at the Darkroom Gallery. Deadline: midnight, March 21. Juror: Linda Rutenberg. Info, DarkroomGallery.com/ex27.
hanDs on Pianos — a PUbliC art ProJeCt: Free to enter. Deadline: February 20. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College is launching Hands on Pianos, a public art project that will install fancifully decorated pianos in public spaces throughout the Upper Valley in July 2012! Artists whose proposals are accepted will receive a $120 stipend to cover materials costs. Download application at avagallery.org.
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JUrieD artist membershiP: The Chaffee Art Center in Rutland is accepting submissions for juried artist membership. Submission
fiber art, Craft & bakers bazaar: Vendor space is $20. Bring a table to this one! Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Montpelier City Hall. For vendor info and registration, call 431-3540.
NORTHERN ART SHOWS
frank WooDs: "Topographies," oil paintings of landscapes and kimono in various degrees of abstraction; PhilliP robertson: Prints and paper constructions inspired by the natural landscape. Through March 2 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261. ian & saskia reinholt: Handmade furniture and skis by Ian; oil and watercolor paintings by Saskia. Through February 27 at Townsend Gallery at Black Cap Coffee in Stowe. Info, 279-4239. ‘in Celebration of Winter’: Work by Elisabeth Wooden, Sheel Anand, Bob Aiken, Lisa Angell, Gary Eckhart, Hunter Eddy, Orah Moore, Frank Califano and Robert Huntoon. Through March 31 at Vermont Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-9653. Jean CheroUny: "Source of Empathy," recent paintings. Through May 20 at Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College. Info, 388-0320. Jeanne Carbonetti: Still-life and landscape paintings. Through March 12 at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury. Info, 875-3763. José ChePe CUaDra: “Retratos de Espaldas (Portraits From the Back)," thesis work by the MFA candidate. Through February 12 at Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469. kathleen kolb: "Snow Light," oil paintings. Through April 30 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818. kevin fahey: "A Painter’s Voice," work by the artist and chef. Through February 26 at Galleria Fine Arte in Stowe. Info, 253-7696. PaUla braDley: "From Color and Light," pastels. Through February 29 at Island Arts South Hero Gallery. Info, 372-5049.
deadline: March 20. Info, email@example.com, 775-0356. seeking artists for shoW: Vermont Artisan Festival seeks vendors. May 25 through 28 in Jeffersonville. Info, vtartisanfestival.com. shaPing Pages sUbmissions: Call for “Shaping Pages,” an exhibit of artist books and alternative types of book exhibits. Deadline: February 15. Entry requirements at bookartsguildvt.wordpress.com. sUbmit to reaChing oUt! Outright Vermont’s zine wants your art, stories, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drawings, photography, rants, thoughts, recipes and articles. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. vermont artist sPaCe grant: The Flynn’s Space Grant provides 60 hours of creation time in one of its studios. Projects can be theater, dance or music, or a combination. Awards include an informal public showing of the work. Deadline: February 27. Info, flynncenter.org/ spacegrant.html.
‘reverenD martin lUther king Jr. Celebration, remembranCe anD exhibition’: An exhibition honoring the legacies of Stephen Huneck and King. Through February 29 at Stephen Huneck Gallery and Dog Chapel in St. Johnsbury. Info, 748-2700. riChmonD hookers shoW: Hooked rugs. Through March 31 at Jericho Center Town Hall. Info, 899-2974. ‘snoW’: Winter perspectives by gallery artists. Through March 10 at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe. Info, 253-8943. ‘the art on bUrton’: Work by artists who have contributed to the design of Burton Snowboards, plus videos exploring the process of design (through April 15); Clark Derbes: "Shapescapes," paintings, sculptures and installations (through February 26). At Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358.
WenDy Cross: “Not a Pretty Picture: America in the 21st Century,” paintings depicting scenes of economic decline. Through February 26 at Gallery in the Woods in Brattleboro. Info, 257-4777.
‘native ameriCan art at DartmoUth: highlights from the hooD mUseUm of art’: More than 100 historical and contemporary works, many on view for the first time, make up an exhibit that explores continuity and change within North American indigenous cultures. Through March 11 at Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-2808. ‘vision QUest iv’: Work by Ted Chafee, Steve Chase and Gidon Staff; ‘the hale street gang: Portraits in Writing’: Portraits of Randolph-area seniors, plus audio recordings and text from their memoirs; D’ann CalhoUn fago: A retrospective. Through February 10 at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. Info, 603-448-3117. m
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f there’s one thing we’ve learned at the cineplex, it’s that hell hath no fury like a teenage outcast with telekinetic powers. First-time director Josh Trank brings us this variation on the Carrie theme updated for the age of faux found footage. Working from a smarter-than-average script by Max (son of John) Landis, he tells the story of three high school students who pretty much become their own science projects. The cast is composed of little-known but capable, charismatic young actors. Dane DeHaan stars as Andrew, quite possibly the most troubled teen in movie history: In addition to being painfully shy, slight of build and a virgin, he’s forced to deal with a mother who’s dying a slow and painful death at home, an out-of-work alcoholic father who beats him, a pack of neighborhood toughs who beat him, and a gang of vicious classmates who beat him. Among the apparently minute percentage of suburban Seattle’s population that doesn’t routinely beat Andrew are his cousin Matt (Alex Russell) and his newfound bud, Steve (Michael B. Jordan), whom he meets one fateful night at a rave. The party takes place in a barn beside a wooded area, and all
three boys wind up investigating a mysterious hole in the ground some distance from the fun. Andrew’s taken to videotaping his life for no discernible reason and dutifully records their subterranean discovery — an object that could be a crystal meteor, a spacecraft or just about anything, really. The point is that the teens’ exposure to it imbues them with telekinetic powers. Which leads to the film’s finest hour, the part dedicated to portraying three typical teenage boys as they goof around with their new gifts. What charm and freshness Chronicle has derives entirely from these scenes. The kids film themselves at a supermarket where they will grocery carts up and down aisles like remote-controlled toy cars. They make a teddy bear dance in midair to the astonishment of young shoppers at a department store. They direct a distant leaf blower to flip up the skirt of a blushing schoolmate. And, slowly but surely, they learn first to levitate and then to fly. It’s like “Punk’d” with superpowers. To this point, the picture is captivating and fun. The filmmakers achieve a naturalism that’s rare for the genre, thanks to a combination of wisecracking dialogue and
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ou don’t realize how hard it is to make a scary haunted-house film till you see one that isn’t. The problem with the genre is that horrors confined to particular domiciles or environs are, in theory, easy to evade, as Eddie Murphy pointed out in his famously succinct critique of Poltergeist: “There’s a ghost in the house? Get the fuck out.” To make a great confined-space horror film, like Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Orphanage or Robert Wise’s The Haunting or Ti West’s The House of the Devil, the filmmakers need to convince us the protagonist has a compelling reason not just to “get the fuck out,” whether it’s intellectual curiosity or greed or some sort of emotional bond to the place or spirit in question. Without a solid motivation in place, the character who lingers in a house of horrors becomes a transparent pretext to terrorize the audience, and the movie turns about as scary as your standard horror-themed carnival ride. That’s the core problem with The Woman in Black, a movie endowed with tons of gorgeous gothic bric-a-brac but absolutely no surprises. Daniel Radcliffe plays Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor sent to wrap up a wealthy widow’s affairs in a desolate English coastal village at the dawn of the 20th cen-
mind games DeHaan plays a troubled teen who allows his mysterious new powers to get out of hand.
convincing performances. I’d have loved to see where they might have taken the story, had they maintained this course. Unfortunately, Trank and Landis cave instead to the demands of formula, and the result is a third act that lurches awkwardly and abruptly to the dark side. Two things the world did not need: another climactic fight sequence in which super-types have it out while trashing a major metropolitan area; and one more appropriation of the found-footage gimmick popularized by The Blair Witch Project. Especially one in which the premise proves so totally extraneous to the moviegoing experience. The idea that the images we’re watching have been recorded by Andrew’s camera
adds virtually nothing to the movie’s appeal. If anything, it gets in the way time and time again, as the director clearly struggles to figure out how to place the character in a scene and still allow for his camera — or someone else’s — to be rolling. The device is so pointless that Trank abandons the pretense in the end. Watch the finale and tell me who could possibly be filming. His crew, that’s who. I’d like to believe that what’s being chronicled here is the death knell for all of this found-footage foolishness. But, even without a super-brain, I know all too well, more’s just around the corner. m R i c k K is onak
tury. The cagey townspeople do everything in their power to discourage him from venturing to the deceased’s mist-swept home, Eel Marsh House — they all but scream in his face, “That place is cursed!” But, of course, Arthur ignores these troubling signs and goes about his lawyer business with Victorian stolidity. The sighting of a black-dressed figure in the graveyard, and the odd sounds he hears in the vast, drafty house, do nothing to dissuade him from returning there for an all-night paperwork session. Meanwhile, the village’s children have begun succumbing to Edward Gorey-esque fates. While the viewer can see that Arthur’s work ethic threatens everyone in his vicinity, this doesn’t seem to occur to our hero until his own young son (Misha Handley) enters harm’s way. Scriptwriter Jane Goldman, adapting the 1983 novel by Susan Hill, gives Arthur a nominal motive for his denseness: He’s distraught over his wife’s death and anxious about keeping his job. Radcliffe endows the character with more nuance and vulnerability than he ever brought to his role as Harry Potter. And director James Watkins, who made the harrowing modern-day horror story Eden Lake, is perfectly competent at pacing the scares.
far from hogwarts Radcliffe plays a non-magic-equipped lawyer who stumbles on a haunting.
Yet the film never comes together as anything more terrifying than a theme-park attraction gleefully designed by Tim Burton. Perhaps it’s the predominance of jump scares in the early scenes; or the risible overuse of creepy dolls and windup toys as a motif; or the hokey story behind the hauntings; or the fact that the final dark twist is a foregone conclusion to anyone familiar with The Ring. For all its tired clichés, on a visual level, this Hammer Film is no cheesy Hollywood horror flick. From the soot-covered town of Crythin Gifford to the decaying glories of Eel Marsh House, each ominous setting is as
fiendishly detailed as a good picture-book illustration. Indeed, for sheltered kids old enough to weather some shocks, The Woman in Black might be a perfectly respectable choice for My First Nightmare-Inducing Horror Movie. (Who better to shepherd them through the experience than Harry Potter?) For adult genre fans, though, its charm is limited to atmosphere. A sickening sense of inevitability presides over most ghost stories, but we still want the characters to put up their best fight. m Marg o t H arr is o n
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tHE ARtiStHHH1/2 A silent film star (Jean Dujardin) struggles to adapt to the advent of talkies in this award-winning old-movie homage from writer-director Michel Hazanavicius, which is itself black and white and almost entirely silent. With Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell and a cute dog. (100 min, PG-13. Roxy)
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tHE GiRl WitH tHE DRAGoN tAttooHHH1/2 David (The Social Network) Fincher directed the American adaptation of the first book in Stieg Larsson’s best-selling mystery trilogy set in Sweden. A left-wing journalist (Daniel Craig) and a mysterious hacker (Rooney Mara) investigate the cold case of a teen’s disappearance. With Robin Wright, Stellan Skarsgard and Christopher Plummer. (158 min, R. Big Picture, Bijou, Stowe)
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tHE GREYHHH1/2 In the latest installment of “America Loves to Watch Liam Neeson Kill,” the star plays an oil-rig worker trying to survive in the wolf-infested Alaskan wilderness after a plane crash. With James Badge Dale and Dermot Mulroney. Joe (The A-Team) Carnahan directed. (117 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount) HAYWiREHHH1/2 Having shown us a grim vision in Contagion, director Steven Soderbergh is back in his escapist mode. Mixed-martial-arts star Gina Carano plays a spy addressing traitors with her fists in this action thriller. With Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas and Channing Tatum. (93 min, R. Stowe; ends 2/9)
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cHRoNiclEHHH Undeserving teens acquire superpowers and film themselves using them and — surprise! — abusing them in this found-footage film from first-time director Josh Trank. With Michael B. Jordan, Alex Russell and Michael Kelly. (86 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace)
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BiG miRAclEHHH A reporter, a Greenpeace activist and two rival superpowers team up to save whales trapped in Arctic ice in this family film based on events in 1988, from Tom Rose’s book. With John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore and Kristen Bell. Ken (He’s Just Not That Into You) Kwapis directed. (107 min, PG. Essex, Majestic, Paramount)
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wednesday 8 — thursday 9 Big miracle 6:30, 9. The Grey 6:30, 9.
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friday 10 — wednesday 15 ***I Am Bruce Lee Wed: 7, 9:15. *Safe House 1:05, 3:30, 7, 9:25. *The Vow 1:15, 3:50, 6:50, 9:10. A Dangerous method 1:25, 3:35, 7:15, 9:30. The Artist 1, 3, 5, 7:10, 9:15. tinker tailor Soldier Spy 1:20, 4, 6:40, 9:20. my Week With marilyn 1:10, 3:25, 6:30, 8:35. ***See website for details.
wednesday 8 — thursday 9 man on a Ledge 6:40. one for the money 7. The Girl With the Dragon tattoo 6:50. contraband 7:10.
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wednesday 8 Big miracle 12:35, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35, 9:55. chronicle 1:20, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:45. The Woman in Black 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50. The Grey 1:15, 4, 6:45, 9:30. man on a Ledge 1:10, 3:25, 9:35. one for the money 1:05, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:35. Extremely Loud and Incredibly close 12:45, 3:40, 6:30, 9:25. Red tails 3:40, 9:30. Underworld: Awakening (3-D) 12:40, 3, 5:10, 7:30, 9:45. Hugo (3-D) 12:45, 6:55. The Descendants 12:40, 3:30, 6:30, 9:15.
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MAN ON A LEDGE★★ In this thriller, an ex-cop accused of a crime (Sam Worthington) threatens suicide, while the negotiator trying to talk him down (Elizabeth Banks) begins to suspect he isn’t telling the whole story. With Anthony Mackie and Jamie Bell. Asger (Ghosts of Cité Soleil) Leth directed. (103 min, PG-13. Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Welden; ends 2/12) MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL★★★1/2 Tom Cruise returns as a secret agent going up against a nuke-happy madman in the fourth installment in the action series, which gives him a new team. Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner and Michael Nyqvist also star. Brad (The Incredibles) Bird directed. (133 min, PG-13. Big Picture) MY WEEK WITH MARILYN★★★ Michelle Williams plays a fraying Marilyn Monroe in a drama about the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl in 1956. With Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier. Simon Curtis directed. (96 min, R. Roxy) ONE FOR THE MONEY★ Katherine Heigl plays Stephanie Plum, an out-of-work Jersey girl who takes a gig tracking down bail jumpers, in this adaptation of Janet Evanovich’s bestselling novel. Mystery, meet rom com. With Jason O’Mara and John Leguizamo. Julie Anne (The Last Song) Robinson directed. (106 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace)
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TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY★★★★ Gary Oldman plays a British intelligence agent seeking a mole during the Cold War in this adaptation of John le Carré’s spy novel from director Tomas (Let the Right One In) Alfredsson. With Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy and lots of other British thespians. (127 min, R. Roxy)
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UNDERWORLD AWAKENING★★ Kate Beckinsale returns to the paranormal action series and her leather garb as a vampire who wakes from a coma to find herself with a teenage daughter who’s part werewolf. (Hey, these things happen!) With Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy, who should both know better. Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein directed. (88 min, R. Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D])
WAR HORSE★★★ Steven Spielberg directed this epic drama about a beloved horse sent to serve in World War I, and the lives he touches as he moves through the fray. With Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis and Niels Arestrup. (146 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Capitol, Palace) THE WOMAN IN BLACK★★ In which Harry Potter grows up fast. Daniel Radcliffe plays a rather young widower with a child who stumbles on a vengeful spirit in this British horror film from director James (Eden Lake) Watkins, based on Susan Hill’s novel. With Ciarán Hinds and Janet McTeer. (99 min, PG-1. Essex, Majestic, Palace)
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RED TAILS★★1/2 This military adventure from Lucasfilm tells a less familiar World War II story: that of the African American fighter pilots in the Tuskegee training program, who had to fight
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aybe punk wasn’t meant to ever grow up. But it did,” says Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion and Epitaph Records in this documentary from Andrea Blaugrund Nevins. (It was exec-produced by Morgan [Super Size Me] Spurlock.) Through interviews, vignettes and concert footage, The Other F Word explores the question: What happens when the guys who spread the gospel of “Fuck authority!” become middle-aged authority figures? Among the many interviewees are Joe Escalante of the Vandals, Fat Mike of NOFX, Mark Hoppus of Blink-182, Art Alexakis of Everclear, Duane Peters of U.S. Bombs, Ron Reyes of Black Flag, Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo and Tony Hawk, who apparently didn’t need a band to be punk rock. But Jim Lindberg of Pennywise provides the central thread, as he struggles with the question of whether to quit the band so he can leave its grueling touring schedule.
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After three men stole a coin collection worth several thousand dollars from a home in Corbett, Ore., they redeemed the coins in a Coinstar coin-counting machine for about $450, according to Multnomah County sheriff’s deputies. The machine rejected about 500 silver quarters, which the suspects cashed in at a bank for face value. “The obvious answer,” victim Dan Johnson Sr. said, is “that the crooks were idiots.” Deputies identified one of the suspects as Johnson’s son, Dan Johnson Jr. (Portland’s KPTV-TV) After Tina Cafarelli, 36, used a stolen welfare benefits card to buy $64 worth of soda at a supermarket in Lynn, Mass., police Officer Craig Fountain, watching her on loss-prevention video, said she immediately inserted the 216 cans into the store’s digital can-return machine without first emptying them, expecting a $10.80 deposit refund. Instead, according to manager Kevin Wilson, the full cans caused “well over $250” damage to the machine. (Lynn’s Daily REAL Item)
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Fred Parker, 41, walked into a gambling parlor in Sharon, Pa., began touching the walls and gambling machines, then announced he has MRSA, a serious staph infection that resists antibiotics. Police said Parker threatened to infect the cashier unless he gave Parker money. When the cashier refused, Parker left empty handed but was arrested a short time later. “It’s our first case of robbery by threat of infectious disease,” police Chief Mike Menster noted. (Sharon’s Herald)
are killed or injured each year — to escape overcrowded railway cars, avoid paying for a ticket or experience the thrill. “We’ve tried just about everything, even putting rolls of barbed wire on the roof, but nothing seems to work,” Mateta Rizahulhaq, an official of the state-owned railway company PT Kereta Api, said. “Maybe this will do it.” As for concerns that the balls could seriously hurt or even kill the roof riders, he insisted that wasn’t his problem, noting, “They don’t have to sit on top.” (Associated Press)
Hoping to discourage commuters from riding on top of trains, Indonesian authorities began suspending rows of grapefruit-sized concrete balls to rake over the roofs of trains as they pull out of stations or go through rail crossings. Hosing down scofflaws with red paint, threatening them with dogs and asking religious leaders for help have failed to discourage roof riders, who risk danger — dozens
Police arrested Joan Mayo in St. Cloud, Fla., after she called 911 six times but wouldn’t say why. She screamed obscenities at dispatchers and berated them, declaring the nature of her emergency was “none of your business. Just send me a sergeant.” When responding officers warned her not to abuse the emergency number, she told them she had no regard for the 911 system and would call whenever
she wanted to. Neighbor Lillian Morales explained, “She just wanted cigarettes.” (Orlando’s WFTV-TV) Police arrested John R. Pacella, 38, in Willowbrook, Ill., after they said he called 911 and announced he “wanted to see an officer because he wanted to fight with them.” (Chicago Tribune)
Police arrested Khadijah Baseer after they said she opened customers’ car doors at a McDonald’s drive-through in Burbank, Calif., and offered to have sex in exchange for chicken McNuggets. (Burbank Leader) Robert Edward De Shields received a 10-year prison sentence and must register as a sex offender after he was convicted of sexually assaulting an 8-month-old Chihuahua at a home in Sacramento, Calif. (Los Angeles Times)
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The Environmental Protection Agency is penalizing the companies that supply motor fuel about $6.8 million for failing to comply with the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, which requires them to blend 6.6 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel into their gasoline and diesel. The companies were unable to meet the requirement because the specified additive is unavailable commercially. (New York Times)
aybe there is a soul mate for you in this world. Maybe there isn’t. But you can count on this: If that person is out there, you will never bond with him or her by clinging to a set of specific expectations about how it should happen. He or she will not possess all the qualities you wish for and will not always treat you exactly as you want to be. I’m sure you already know this deep down, Aquarius, but hearing it from an objective observer like me might help liberate you further from the oppressive fantasy of romantic perfection. That way you can better recognize and celebrate the real thing.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Marriage must
be a relation either of sympathy or conquest,” said author George Eliot. I believe the same is true even about intimate bonds that have not been legally consecrated. Each tends to either be a collaboration of equals who are striving for common goals or else a power struggle in which one party seeks to dominate the other. Which of those two models has characterized your romantic history, Aries? Now is an excellent time to begin working to ensure that the partnership model will predominate for the rest of your long life.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): On average, an adult on planet Earth has sex 103 times a year. But I’m guessing that in the immediate future, Cancerians everywhere may be motivated to exceed that rate by a large margin. The astrological omens suggest that your tribe’s levels of sensual desire may reach astronomical heights. Do you know anyone you’re attracted to who might be willing to help you out as you follow your bliss? If not, be your own Valentine. One way or another, it’s prime time to celebrate your relationship with eros. LEO
(July 23-Aug. 22): I’d love for you to be able to always give the best gifts
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Eliphas Levi was a 19th-century author and hermetic magician whose work has had a major influence on Western mystery schools. The great secret of magic, he said, is fourfold: “to KNOW what has to be done, to WILL what is required, to DARE what must be attempted, and to KEEP SILENT with discernment.” Your assignment, Libra, is to apply this approach to your love life. How can you create a relationship with love that will be a gift to the world and also make you smarter, kinder and wilder? KNOW what magic you have to do. WILL yourself to do it. DARE to be ingenious and inspired. And don’t tell anyone what you’re doing until you achieve your goal. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): After analyzing the astro data for this Valentine season, I realized that you could really benefit from being less sober, solemn and serious about your intimate relationships. That’s why I decided to collect some one-liners for you to use as you loosen up your approach to togetherness. Please consider delivering them to anyone you’d like to be closer to. 1. “Let’s go maniacally obsess about our lives in a soothing environment.” 2. “We’ll be best friends forever because you already know
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Ancient Egyptians thought that drinking bear grease could stimulate ardor, while the Greeks believed that eating sparrow brains would do the trick. When potatoes first appeared in Spain in 1534, imported from the New World, they were used in love potions and worth more than $1000 a pound. The Asian rhinoceros was hunted nearly to extinction because its horn was thought to have aphrodisiac properties. Just in time for Valentine season, I’d like to suggest that you call on a very different kind of romantic stimulant that costs nothing and doesn’t endanger any species: being a good listener. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” So proclaimed Dr. Seuss. I think this is an excellent meditation for you during this season of love. You need more permission to share your idiosyncrasies and eccentricities, and you need more freedom to ally yourself with people whose idiosyncrasies and eccentricities you’re compatible with — and on behalf of the cosmos, I’m hereby giving you that permission.
(May 21-June 20): I’ve ghostwritten a personal ad for you to give to your Valentine or potential Valentine: “I’m looking for a free yet disciplined spirit I can roll down hills with on sunny days and solve thorny puzzles with when the skies are cloudy. Can you see the absurd in the serious and the serious in the absurd? Are you a curious chameleon always working to sharpen your communication skills? Might you be attracted to a sweet-talking wiseass who’s evolving into a holy goofball? Emotional baggage is expected, of course, but please make sure yours is organized and well packed. Let’s create the most unpredictably intriguing versions of beauty and truth that anyone ever imagined.”
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “The world is an oyster, but you don’t crack it open on a mattress,” said a character in Arthur Miller play. He was referring to the idea that if you’re obsessed with sex and romance, your level of worldly accomplishment may be rather low. It jibes with what a friend in my youth told me when he noticed how much of my energy was engaged in pursuing desirable females: “They don’t build statues in parks for guys who chase women.” I realize you may not be wildly receptive to ruminating on these matters during the Valentine season, Sagittarius. However, the omens suggest I advise you to do just that. It’s a good time to fine-tune the balance between your life-long career goals and your quest for love.
(April 20-May 20): “Love loves to love love,” wrote James Joyce in his 1922 novel Ulysses. “Nurse loves the new chemist. Constable 14A loves Mary Kelly. Jumbo, the elephant, loves Alice, the elephant. Old Mr Verschole with the ear trumpet loves old Mrs Verschoyle with the turnedin eye. The man in the brown macintosh loves a lady who is dead. His Majesty the King loves Her Majesty the Queen.” What Joyce said 90 years ago is still true: The world is a churning, burning uproar of yearning. The droning moan of “I want you, I need you” never dies down. Give yourself to that cosmic current without apology this Valentine season, Taurus. Celebrate your voracious ache for love. Honor your urge to merge with reverence and awe for its raw splendor.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In accordance with the astrological omens, here’s what I wish and predict for you in the near future: You will be a connoisseur of temptations. By that I mean you will have a knack for attracting and playing with allurements and enticements. More importantly, you’ll have a sixth sense about the distinction between good bait and bad bait — between provocative temptations that will serve your most fervent dreams and debilitating traps that will dissipate your integrity. And when you get a lock on the invigorating, ennobling kind, you will know just how to work with it so that it drives you wild with smart longing.
too much about me.” 3. “It would be great if you would schedule your social events around my mood swings.” 4. “I’m sorry I drunk-dialed you before realizing you were already in bed with me.” 5. “I wanna do boring things with you.” (All the one-liners come from Someecards.com.)
As part of the Obama administration’s “Campaign to Cut Waste,” the U.S. Mint all but halted production of $1 coins bearing the likeness of dead presidents, even though the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 requires the mint to issue four new coins a year through 2016. A few coins will still be minted for collectors, but the cutback will save $50 million a year in production and storage costs, according to officials, who said lack of demand led to nearly 40 percent of coins already minted being returned to the Federal Reserve. “The call for Chester A. Arthur coins is not there,” Vice President Joseph R. Biden said. (Washington Post)
you have to give without worrying about whether they will be received in the spirit with which you offer them. But that’s just not realistic. I would also be ecstatic if you never had to tone down your big, beautiful self out of fear that others would be jealous or intimidated. And yet that’s not a rational possibility, either. Having said that, though, I do want to note that now and then both of those pleasurable scenarios can prevail for extended lengths of time. And I believe you’re now in one of those grace periods.
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Hoping to generate new interest in the Powerball lottery game, officials announced starting jackpots would double from $20 million to $40 million. Officials added that the price of Powerball tickets would double from $1 to $2. (Chattanooga, Tenn.’s WRCB-TV)
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california babe turns country Okay so here is the scoop! I was born and raised in California! I am currently living in Vermont! I wanted to experience something new. I am looking for someone to show me the area who has a lot in common with me! Your sign shoud be close to mine! queenofink81, 30 At a loss for words 60 words is NOT enough for a personal ad! LOL. If you want to read the real ad I placed, check it out online! inkedfenix422, 30 Looking For You I Hope It’s been years since I’ve done any type of personal ad. I’m honest, hardworking and cute (so I’ve been told). Really big on communication, it’s a must. I love making eye contact when speaking to someone. Looking for someone between the ages of 32-48. Want to get to know me, you know what to do, maybe we can meet. Looking forward to hearing from you. Waiting, 46, l Must Love Laughing and Adventure I am a free-spirited woman who loves being active, but also loves to relax and enjoy a movie. I have an inquisitive mind, and I am always seeking to branch out with my interests. I am looking for a fun woman with a good sense of humor, a sense of adventure and who values a healthy lifestyle. StrandsofRed, 24, l peaceful laughter I’m an outgoing, physically active, animal-loving, gentle soul. Looking for a cute, fun and interesting lady to spend time with. This is a crazy, wonderful world, let’s have fun and leave it a wee bit better than when we left. summer, 28, l
Men seeking Women The outdoors, movies, and you? Some of my indoor and outdoor hobbies and likes are, but not limited to, hiking, snowshoeing, movies, playing cards, shooting pool, fishing, going for a run, golfing, naps, crosswords, road trips, the ocean, softball, my job, chicken wings, laughing, bowling, being active. 05403, 49, l
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I’m a college student who just transferred to Burlington. I would love someone to show me around, whether it’s a café, bar or favorite hiking spot. I don’t have much relationship experience, so I’d like to start off as friends and see where the road takes us. However I’m a cuddler so you will have to deal with platonic snuggling. EKSwhyzee, 21, l FROM HER ONLINE PROFILE: If you could change one thing about Vermont, it would be: Why is fall so short? Make fall 1/2 the year, thanks. Funny Kind Thoughtful People who know me would describe me as personable, social, funny and lighthearted. I’m serious when I need to be, but I’ve found one of the best ways to get through the hard times in life is to have a good sense of humor. I’m honest, and I can enjoy a social situation just as easily as a relaxing night. O, 30, l answer to the universe/42 Looking for a woman with a heart o’gold, that’s all. I’m a strong, hardworking Vermonter, woodworker, built my own timber frame house from scratch. Passionate ‘bout Life, love, and happiness, and lots more...ask!!?? johnny13, 35, l Scury Kid Looking for a horse-loving woman. BibNTucker, 50 Harley Biker Looking for Rider I’m a quality engineer with a BA in business. Caucasian, blue eyes and blond hair, 5’10”, 180. I workout 3 times a week. I’ve been riding a Harley for over 12 years. I love skiing. Like to travel, cruises or resorts. I have two boys, 24 and 27. I just want to take things slowly and hopefully make some new friends. topherhd, 55, l French Touch I’m giving this a try because I’d like to meet new people in and around Burlington. Here is how I’d describe myself: down to earth, friendly and fun. I’m adventurous, creative, I have a good sense of humor. Love music, the arts, to cook, to laugh, to dance, to learn, to relax, to try, to love, to be generous. konik, 32, l peaceful, outgoing, active person Well I like to mountain bike, take long walks, meet new people and movies
Laugh, Live and Love I am fit, healthy and fairly good looking. Great sense of humor and want the same from you. Love hiking, camping, travel, the ocean, movies, laughter, etc. Positive attitude a must. Like slim bodies. Must be discreet and confidential. No drugs or smoking and must be medically clean. Let’s have lunch to further discuss. Age 62. carpediemonce1, 62 true country guy here Ok, so, here is the deal. I live in the north country, grew up on a dairy farm. Cattle are still and always will be in my blood. If you can’t deal with it, move on. Truly looking for another farmer or someone involved in the industry that understands my love for it. If you want to know more, just ask. jerseyman74, 37, % GUYS FOR DATING, FRIENDSHIP, LOVE I am an average-looking guy looking for special friends and more. I like camping, swimming, walking, movies and lots of sex! Not flashy, rather plain. Give me a try! Everyone welcome! In peace. Just reach! erik, 46, % Nice Guy Next door I’m the nice guy who lives next door. I like to experience life, whether it’s hiking a mountain or boating on Lake Champlain. I enjoy drives in the country and trips to Boston. I’ve been looking for love in all the wrong places. I’m now making a conscious decision to find the right guy. Could that be you? Dex, 44
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Smart, fun, easygoing optimist A fan of VPR and an avid reader, I enjoy intelligent conversation. I am talented, I sing and make my living as a graphic artist. My friends say I am kind and caring. New to the Burlington area, I’m looking for friends and possibly more if it’s right. There’s more to me than I can write here. Interested? Get in touch. rue_42, 47, l
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nice guy I’m am a gay man looking to meet someone that is kind, passionate and fun to be with. I love to workout at the the gym and enjoy going to the beach. I like to go on a shopping trip now and then, also love people and have fun. I am am an assistant manager of a local garden center. beachman, 51
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Goofy, Witty, Playful, Nerdy, Kind Educator, 5’7”, brown hair, blueish eyes, looking for intelligent conversation, witty banter, for someone who can make me laugh and loves to laugh often. I have nerdy tendencies and I’m an open-minded, supportive person. I seek balance in my life. I am looking to have a person around that knows who they are and have a positive personality. Flannie, 27, l
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Down to earth Let’s see. I’m a good-hearted, nice guy. What else is there to say? I enjoy living in Vermont. Like being outside fishing all day or working on some kind of carpentry or motorcycling. I like camping and hanging out with my bulldog Sarge. I’m really creative. Looking for someone to hang out with. Even as friends or possibly more. Vermonter213, 31
are a plus. I am 33 years old. Would like someone serious depending on how things go between us. I’m a clean person and want to find a person with a good sense of humor and personality. Bad people don’t talk to me please. bikeboy12, 32, l
I make awesome homemade pizza! Just one at-home skill which I’d barter for a few beers and access to playoff games on cable. This DIYer enjoys working with her hands, whether it’s physical yard work or interior decorating. This fun-loving athlete, artist, musician, gardener, teacher, and lifelong student can still strut beside women half her age. Looking for a partner who’s stimulating and attractive (mutually). GIRLwCURL, 44, l
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LiveLifeToTheFullest Honest, open minded, laid back, funny, weird, environmentally conscious. Love VT and all it has to offer. Looking to share its experiences and beyond with someone. Love food, riding, hiking, biking, traveling/exploring new places, sports, reading, movies, music and more. live_laugh_love, 32, l
New Playmate Interested in finding a mature woman to enjoy mutual pleasure. I am a very uninhibited and attentive lover. I am somewhat dominant, but not into pain for either party. lookingforsum, 48
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Looking to explore fantises I am new to this. I want to explore my fantises and be taken sexually by another woman who willl romance me and then dominate me in the bedroom. Not looking for a relationship, just exploring. My husband is in support of my exploration so being discreet is a must. marriedandlookinforextrafun, 28 Quiet sexuality I am a woman who doesn’t look like she craves sex. But I do. I like a man who leads, but I am an active and willing participant. I am comfortable with my body and sexuality and enjoy the pleasure that they bring. enjoysit, 57
Bi-Sexual Femme Seeks Same I’m looking for open-minded friends to create fun, quality relationships with. If you like to go out on the town or enjoy a wild time at home, then look no further. You must be STD- drug-free, respectful and discreet. If you are a woman/ women, or a “couple” (man/woman) and are interested in the wilder side of life, let’s get together! whynotbeyourself, 43 Panty Fetish I have a secret: I have a panty fetish and I would like to share it with you. I also like to do lots of phone play and pics.I am 27 yrs, married and very discreet. nikkisbox84, 27, l sweet and innocent :) I may look sweet and innocent. I am the type of girl you can bring home to mom and dad. But in the bedroom or other places, I can get a little freaky. Looking for some discreet fun, men ages 25 to 40. haileysmommy, 26
DomChicka I’m a dominant woman looking for a submissive or switch woman. I’m into sex, domination and all sorts of s&m play. I will date if I like your personality, but mostly looking for play. I also do erotic photography, so looking for models as well. I do not play with men, so don’t both. DominantBeauty85, 26, l Its Tress. Miss, Tress. Gothic freak in search of larger freak. Very rough play, softies need not apply. Prefer to dominate unless you smack me down, hard. Discreet or in the park, matters not. Obeyeitherway, 18, l
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Takes Orders Well Lonely sub in need of a master. Looking 1x1c-mediaimpact030310.indd 1 3/1/10 1:15:57 PM to please you and be rewarded when I do a good job. Love lingerie and high heels, as well as public places. Wanna play? ExtraGirlieSub, 34 Good times to be had I’m looking for a casual thing. Sex, sleeping, foreplay, cuddling, oral, movies, drinking, hanging out. One, some or all of the above. Not sure what to expect from this, but message me and we’ll see what happens. c_ullr, 23, l Take me for a spin I’m bisexual and looking for a friend with benefits from either gender. I’m relaxed and easy to get along with and looking for someone I can hang out with and fool around with when
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What’s your horoscope? Did you know Scorpio is the most sexual of signs? Looking for some NSA summer fun. Don’t be afraid to contact me for a walk on the wild side! sexiscorpio69, 26, l MUCH-TO-LUV REDHEAD Okay, I am sooo new to this! If you are out there, hope you find me! I am new to the BDSM scene, let’s say books “aroused” my curiosity, and I think it’s what’s been missing from my life, I just need to find the right teacher! I’m a full figured-gal, not your thing, don’t respond! (Also, no married or cheaters!). much2luv, 39
Master seeking slave girl Father/daughter, master/slave, sex, sex sex, I can’t get enough. What do you want to do? Up all night wanting sex, can you help me? Come sit on my lap, I’ll treat you right baby girl. SevenInches420, 27, l Pussy pleaser I’m live in B-town, I’m ready to see whats out there. Lookin for a short, thick gangster chick that wants me to give her the dick! Jayc123, 25, l Lookin for fun I am looking for a woman to have some fun with. I’m new to town. Working but just have not met anyone. Would like to have some fun! Looking to find a partner to learn new ways to explore and please each other. Looking for a bit more spice to add to sex life. DavyGravy, 39 Eager Please wants to tease Hello girls out there, I am a 25 year old easygoing athletic type that enjoys nothing more than making you smile. Looking for a fun, sexy, horny young woman that loves to have fun! Ncblue, 25, l just needing a little more sex I am a regular guy in a commited relationship in need of some good ole fashion no strings sex. Nothing else. I am clean, discreet and very respectful. Would really like to find a daytime fuck buddy. Please, serious responses only. I am tall, dark and handsome, a few extra pounds but it does not slow me down. 1horneydude, 44 cummingon Stud muffin looking for a little exchange of flirtations to start. pussykisser, 49, l Got Hormones? Wanted: 40- to 70-year-old erotically challenged lady with hormones to share for an always-eager 60-year- old male suffering from ASS (apathetic spouse syndrome). No strings or rings, just good naughty fun. Looks? I’m not picky if you’re not, but a sense of humor, eager equipment and discretion are mandatory. Oh and big guns? Always appreciated. Churge1, 60 %
Erotic Sex Well-educated, physically active professional with strong, but unfulfilled sex drive. Looking for discreet encounters that will be mutually satisfying. Also interested in erotic email exchange. SailorBoy, 61 curiously curious Good-looking, smart with some college, sales professional looking for a hot, discreet sexual encounter with female or male who knows what they want. Not into rough, into keeping each other on the edge. Oral, touching, lightly
pretty busy, don’t have time for dating. I’d rather meet, maybe bang, see if we like it, and go from there. Reuben, 29, l Ready to play... Looking for an ongoing NSA relationship, to become friends but know this is our future, and to compliment, not replace. Really looking to have some fun. Maybe you are in, or exiting, a non-passionate relationship. Let me help with the transition... edguyb, 53 extremely diverse martial poet playmate I worship your body. I enjoy every role. I’ve been a construction worker and a nude model. Our relationship will be one of the greatest things in life, whatever form it takes. Of course I’d kinda like to take yours and push it up against a wall and kiss it...or lift it up and never let it touch the ground. callofthewyld, 27, l
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Worthwhile Discretion I am a 32-year-old male in a LTR that lacks passion on the physical side. I am looking for complete discretion with someone who is comfortable with this type of situation. I am athletic, intelligent, passionate and fun and looking to share a few spirited encounters with a woman looking for the same thing. JohnnyQuid, 32, l FROM HIS ONLINE PROFILE: My biggest turn on is... a woman with confidence.
probing, no anal. Appreciate clean and attentive hygiene, shaven, clean lite scents. I am very clean, disease free, in good shape and expect the same with the other. inneedindeed, 55 Want to blow your mind Straight SWM wanting more play partners. Open to wide range of ages, ethnic backgrounds or cultural differences. Weight is not important as long as you are healthy. Sensual, consensual, safe and disease-free FWB women wanted. SteveW420, 48, l Loooking... Generally I go for the reserved type with a secret wild side. Someone who enjoys going out for good food and wine in order to set the mood for mutual exploration and primal delights later. Not into the FWB thing. It can be carnal fun, but presently looking for chemistry and if it’s good once, it can only get better. KudostoCoitus, 32 Please then be pleased So what can I say? I am 29 and a dude. If you wat to get to know me or if you don’t and just want to meet me for some fun, send me a message. I’m fun, I promise. smc1982vt, 29 you love a handsome devil I am a well-organized, fit and handsome discrete man who must insist that you keep private what we practice. Surely, you understand that the town is small. And so, if you are not married, disease free and are curious, then let’s link up. Uniqueness a plus - no fatties. asecretstill, 29, l Simple and Direct Sex Enthusiast 5’10”, good looking, average/ approaching fit. Just moved to town,
Seeking discreet lover Looking for a physically fit, attractive, intelligent woman who is looking for a monthly friends with benefits type arrangement. Currently in a sexless marriage and can’t stand the lack of intimacy any longer. I am a nice, clean-cut, caring, fun-loving and compassionate gentleman. Looking for similar female companion. Age not important. Send an introductory email. Photo preferred. SayYes, 46, l Love to please Recently out of a long-term relationship, looking to have some fun with likeminded people. Not looking for anything serious now, but if things develop, how can you fight fate? Very laid back and easygoing person. freshstartz, 26 Discretion required Being recently divorced, but uncertain about the dating scene (and still having an appetite,) I’m looking for a FWB situation. I am completely open to this becoming more formal. I have daughters who are with me every other week so discretion must play a part. I’m stable, employed and my friends tell me I’m handsome. Spongeworthy, 46 Expanding Horizons Looking for rememberable NSA encounter. Me: funny, toned, postgrad degree, bicycle, ski, read, and do anything that’s fun. You: smart, sense of humor, spirit of adventure. I am happy with my life; hope you are too! Lovevt99, 50
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FletcherAllen Harvest Cafe around 2:30 You had dark hair and a pretty smile. I had a black fleece, blue jeans with a goatee and shaved head. You smiled at me as I passed, I smiled back as I looked over my shoulder. I caught you looking back also. Moments later we passed each other again locking eyes and exchanging smiles. I would like to see you again and getto know you. When: Friday, February 3, 2012. Where: Fletcher allen Harvest cafe. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909906 HEY, YOU Your hair color is indescribable, and your freckles are adorable. You have bright blue eyes, so full of life, and the cutest crook in your nose. You make me weak in the knees. Be my valentine? When: Friday, February 3, 2012. Where: Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #909905 Devastated by your dimples! Whenever I see you at the Bean your dimples make me weak in the knees. You came into my life and gave it purpose and direction, while always making me feel great about being myself. The past eight have been the best. You’re the sister squirrel I’ve always wanted and I love being your koony! Happy Valentines Day, Love. When: Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Where: Radio Bean hotty hostess. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909904
you were gone. We talked briefly later, but I would love to ski with you sometime. I was the tall blonde in a green coat. When: Sunday, January 29, 2012. Where: Sugarbush. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909899 csclafan from Match Christina, we almost met up for a drink a few months ago, but I wasn’t fully available. That problem has been dealt with, and I would love to meet you finally. If you see this, drop me a line! When: Wednesday, February 1, 2012. Where: Match.com. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909897
Laundromat socks, suds and studs. I cleared out a drier for you at the N. Winooski Ave. laundromat and you asked me if I left my sock in it. I wanted to tape a note on your drier with my number but was distracted by your awesome glasses and forgot which one was yours. Maybe I could teach you how to fold a fitted sheet. When: Sunday, January 29, 2012. Where: North Winooski Ave laundromat. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909890 response: girl in the mirror Hmm, wonder if you could be talking about me. You weren’t very specific. Maybe more details ? When: Sunday, January 29, 2012. Where: i spy. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #909889 to girl in the mirror Hey, I know you. You’re that cute girl who does that thing I saw that time. I think you’re cool. Want to hang out sometime? Love, the girl on the other side. When: Friday, January 27, 2012. Where: Everywhere. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #909887 Goddess sighted here! In Hot2Trot saw your profile, and you are a goddess. Number 29, I want to blow your mind. When: Friday, January 27, 2012. Where: At desk. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909886 organic, gluten-free cookie duster To the hot, mustachioed cashier: I was checking you out while you were checking out my food. When: Thursday, January 26, 2012. Where: HL. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909885
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Lovely blonde at copying machine You’re the cute blonde who had to make lots of copies at the Fletcher Free. We made eyes as you entered and I was leaving, and I came back. I had a green hat. I should have gotten your number then and kick myself since. It would be lovely to get together and get to know your eyes more. When: Monday, January 23, 2012. Where: Fletcher Free Library. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909884
Ski Vermont Guy You usually come in to have your Ski Vermont posters laminated and its always nice talking to you. Last week I saw you at Church and Main (I was with a guy friend). I was tempted
before to ask you if you wanted to grab a beer with me but i am a bit shy, so I am asking here. When: Tuesday, January 17, 2012. Where: Burlington. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909880 SoWhat SoLet’sDance You sent me a flirt today. I now have to pay if I want to talk to you. You have no picture. Upload a pic? Or email me? Sorry, but that’s why I’m not responding. When: Monday, January 23, 2012. Where: Two2Tango. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909879
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mistress maeve Dear Mistress,
I have a newish boyfriend and am dumbfounded that, on occasion, he’d rather receive a hand job than a blow job. I’ve spoken to my male friends about this, and they all agree: Why would a guy want a boring hand job that he can administer himself, when he could be getting a kick-ass blow job? I’m not modest; I give great head, so this is really shocking to me. Additionally, my boyfriend likes hand jobs with no lubrication. Why do some guys like it dry? I find handling his penis with no lube awkward, and I am worried I’m going to hurt him. Any tips?
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Have you ever heard the saying “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth?” I’m not suggesting you should be grateful to not give as many blow jobs, as I know giving oral can be just as exciting as receiving for some women. I am saying, however, that you should be grateful to have a partner who likes to mix things up. If variety is the spice of life, you’ve got a guy who is committed to keeping things interesting. You’re confident about your oral skills, so perhaps your lack thereof with hand jobs is contributing to your poor attitude? My advice to you, BMM, is to embrace the hand job, so to speak. Make it your goal to become just as adept with your hands as you are with your mouth. As for dry versus lubed hand jobs, that’s like trying to describe someone’s preference for Coke over Pepsi — refreshment comes in many flavors. Talk with your man about hand jobs — ask him what he likes and how he likes it. If you really want to study up, ask him to masturbate for you and make note of his strokes and timing. With a little commitment, BMM, you’ll be handing him pleasure in no time.
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I’d like to finally meet you. Coffee, tea, you name it. When: Saturday, September 24, 2011 When: Saturday, September 24, 2011. Where: The State House, Montpelier, Vermont. You: Woman. Me: Woman. u #909881
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