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n Tuesday, Vermont voters gathered in town halls and school gymnasiums to vote on civic matters large and small. In the state’s largest city, residents also picked a new mayor. So who won? How did it end? Well, we can’t tell you here. We sent the paper to press before the results were in. Sorry! We were up late reporting, though — we hosted a live blog featuring journalists from across the state. Check out our online coverage to find out how the corporate personhood amendment faired in the 52 towns that considered it. We’ll also tell you whether voters in Lowell and Eden approved making an abandoned asbestos mine into a Superfund site. And, of course, we’ll have results from Burlington’s mayoral election. You can find our coverage at





Law enforcers of all stripes announced a big initiative to root out child pornographers in Vermont. Great, but why are they warning the perps?


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1. “Battle for Burlington: The 2012 Mayoral Race” by Paul Heintz. The race to become Burlington’s next mayor was more about style than substance. 2. “What Would It Take to Develop Burlington’s Waterfront Rail Yard?” by Kathryn Flagg. Developers have eyed a piece of lakefront property occupied by a rail yard in Burlington. Can, and should, it be redeveloped? 3. “A Former Mayor’s New Direction” by Kevin J. Kelley. Spanning two separate terms, Peter Clavelle was Burlington’s longestserving mayor. Now he’s moving to Albania. 4. “Thai Match” by Alice Levitt. Between the new restaurant Sukho Thai in Essex and a new menu at Tiny Thai in Winooski, authentic Thai fare is the order of the day in Chittenden County. 5. “Monopoly Board” by Ken Picard. A look at the three most powerful men in Vermont you’ve never heard of: the Public Service Board.

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[Re “A Former Mayor’s New Direction,” February 29]: Very interesting article [by Kevin J. Kelley], but “Today, Ferries points out that Albania is best known internationally as the birthplace of Mother Teresa” — not correct! Mother Teresa was born in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia! Vlado Zura

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Kevin J. Kelley responds: Mother Teresa’s case is more complicated than Betsy Ferries suggested and Seven Days reported. Both of her parents were Albanian, which led Mother Teresa to declare: “By blood I am Albanian. By citizenship, Indian.” It’s true she was born in 1910 in what is now Macedonia, but today’s Albania, like Macedonia,  was a part of the Ottoman Empire at the time of Mother Teresa’s birth. The Albania government asked in 2009 that India transfer her remains so they could be interred alongside those of her mother and sister in a cemetery in Tirana, Albania’s capital. India refused.


If you are going to root around in the statistics for evidence of racism, you have an obligation to be more careful with your facts [Fair Game: “Do You Know


Why I Pulled You Over?” February 22]. According to the published report, white drivers were issued a ticket in 41.83 percent of all stops, nonwhite drivers 51.99 percent. That’s a difference, to be sure, but is probably explained by the fact that whites get disproportionately stopped for equipment failures, which result in more warnings and fewer tickets. At any rate, it’s nowhere near the “2½ times more likely to be ticketed” that you cite. You are also playing with the numbers when you count searches of African Americans separately but don’t give us the results of their searches separately. They may be getting searched the “right” amount. We can’t tell. You also fail to mention that nonwhites are three times more likely than whites to be arrested on an outstanding warrant. And finally, you leave it up to your readers to calculate sample size. In one year, nonwhites were searched in 2.63 percent of their 1761 total stops. That’s just 46 people, not African Americans, but all minorities. I don’t see how you or your “expert” Stephanie Seguino can reach any conclusions by further dividing this tiny sample size into even smaller chunks. You are already in “rounding error” territory. The very most that you can conclude, as the state police report did, is that some data bear watching. Will Workman WILLISTON

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The name of Vermont Rail System president David Wulfson was misspelled in last week’s story “What Would It Take to Develop Burlington’s Waterfront Rail Yard?” There was also an error in the article “No Tiff on TIF: Kiss, Community Leaders Say It’s a Win-Win for Downtown Burlington.” Main Street Landing has contributed approximately $8 million in property taxes and impact and permit fees over the past 30 years, not annually, as stated in the article. Due to an editing error, a February 22 blog post about the proposed Fair Haven biomass plant — that was excerpted in that week’s print issue — suggested “tree limbs” are used as fuel. While this is sometimes the case, entire trees may also be harvested to feed the fire.

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Ruloff ran for city council as an independent in Ward 3. Editor’s response: It’s true Kelley didn’t interview Ruloff; the information about his living in a truck came from Ruloff ’s remarks at a candidate forum. Kelley’s original story also included other remarks by Ruloff, a self-described “survivalist,” including, “The crash is coming, people.” Those remarks were edited out of the final story. feedback

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paraphrase your “reporting”: “I live in a truck.” (Which is a statement I never made to you.) You had a reasonably good photo of me, but you might have said you failed to contact me for the article, rather than portraying me as a meaningless entity surviving in an old motor vehicle on the streets. Your liberal-radical left bias is showing. The Dems and the Progs, with their self-serving, politically correct and anti-Semitic rant, are “objectively” reported as the front-runners.  They’re just brainwashed yuppies with a rant: I invited all of them in person to debate me on my show, “Radio Free Brooklyn,” and none showed. None wanted to subject their views to any sort of rational analysis.  Remember, it was the Dems and Progs on the council who paid no attention to the city’s deteriorating finances over the past six or seven years because they’re “volunteers.” Remember, it was Bob Kiss the Progressive who introduced total secrecy into the mayor’s office and an authoritarian form of city government, and who has been allowed to skate free of criminal charges although he illegally diverted some $17 million in city funds. And the same people who are friends of Kiss and Clavelle should be allowed to stay in office? Sure, because of the backing of propaganda sheets like Seven Days, which carefully covers up all liberal malfeasance.

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MARCH 07-14, 2012 VOL.17 NO.27 Buying and selling are steady in Vermont, according to a recent report from Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman. In fact, real estate sales volume rose 7 percent last year in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle and Addison counties. Even economists should give a wary thumbs-up to that news. In this week’s issue, we’re interested in just what people are selling. Or buying. Or developing. The answers range from an entire city block in DOWNTOWN BURLINGTON to RESTAURANTS around the state to STORAGE UNITS filled with … whatever. We also ponder the future of Burlington’s behemoth MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, visit some MOBILE-HOME OWNERS who’ve formed co-ops to buy their parks and profile one of Pomerleau’s BUSIEST REALTORS. As for what tips the scales in sales, no one has improved on location, location, location.


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t was after 11 p.m. on Monday night when the Hinesburg town meeting finally got around to the issue of amending the U.S. Constitution. From the back of the auditorium at Champlain Valley Union High School, an elderly man in a blue fleece turtleneck and Coke-bottle glasses stood up and implored his neighbors to support a resolution declaring that corporations are not people, and calling on Congress to amend the constitution to undo Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. That’s the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that birthed super PACs and gave corporations the same First Amendment rights as flesh-and-blood individuals. The speaker was KARL NOVAK, a retired Navy veteran whose career included stints as a banker and organic farmer. He said corporations are using that ruling to do “whatever they damn well please,” and that a constitutional amendment to repeal the ruling is the only acceptable fix. U.S. Sen. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT) has introduced just such an amendment in the Senate, and U.S. Rep. PETER WELCH 6:57 PM (D-VT) is backing a companion version in the House. “Legislation ends up in the Supreme Court, and they blot it out,” Novak told the packed auditorium. “I don’t see that we can continue in that kind of mode in the future.” From the front row, however, local attorney ELLEN FALLON offered a warning. “This constitutional amendment would not solve the problem this resolution purports to solve. It would not solve the problem of big money in politics,” she said, noting that it’s not just corporations but billionaire-backed super PACs that are flooding campaigns with cash. Fallon proposed substitute language supporting restrictions on any source, and not just corporations, that pours “substantial amounts of money” into campaigns. But her neighbors shot Fallon down. Minutes later, the town meeting overwhelmingly approved the original anti-corporate-personhood resolution by voice vote. As citizens filed out into the chilly night air, state Rep. BILL LIPPERT (D-Hinesburg) was packing up a cardboard box and shaking his head about what he called an “ill-formed” attempt to halt the “obscene amounts of money distorting the political process.” “It’s far more complicated than it appears on the surface,” Lippert said of

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the issue, noting the amendment would restrain nonprofit corporations, not just for-profit ones. “You start sorting it out, it’s not as neat and clean as people would like it to be.” Hinesburg was one of 52 Vermont towns debating corporate personhood alongside dump-truck purchases and sewer-system upgrades on Town Meeting Day this year. A recent Castleton State College poll found broad support for action that would “allow the government to put limits on the amounts that wealthy individuals and interest groups could spend on political campaigns.” A majority of Democrats, Republicans and independents surveyed told Castleton pollsters they favored the idea “somewhat” or “strongly.”


As of press time, 20 towns had gone on record in support of a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens. Jericho voted in favor 113 to 28. Of the 150 people at Thetford’s town meeting, only three opposed it. Woodstock’s vote was closer: 51 to 21 in favor. Undoing Citizens United, it would seem, unites Vermonters of many stripes. In fact, the state is at the center of a growing national grassroots movement to roll back the decision. High-profile backers include Ben & Jerry’s cofounders BEN COHEN and JERRY GREENFIELD. But as the Hinesburg vote shows, there’s a lingering disagreement about how best to do it. Fallon and others believe a constitutional amendment is a long shot and not necessary to overcome the decision. “That can be addressed through legislation,” Fallon told the Hinesburg assembly. BILL SCHUBART, a Hinesburg resident and Vermont Public Radio commentator, agreed that while “the problem is very real,” broadening the resolution to

cover all big money “would be making a much stronger statement.” Critics have pointed out that, as written, Sanders’ constitutional amendment would only cover corporations and not labor unions or other trade groups that dump millions into campaigns — a loophole the senator has pledged to rectify. In the state legislature, Sen. GINNY LYONS (D-Chittenden) and 10 cosponsors have proposed a joint resolution urging Congress to amend the constitution to say that corporations are not people. The Senate Committee on Government Operations is set to take up the resolution next week, and at least one witness has warned that, as written, the resolution could have “catastrophic” unintended consequences. BENSON SCOTCH, a Vermont lawyer who served as chief staff attorney to the Vermont Supreme Court and was executive director of the Vermont ACLU, told the committee last month that “money is not speech” makes a fine motto but could cause trouble if it’s enshrined in a resolution. To illustrate, Scotch offered a hypothetical: Imagine that a town, tired of Occupy protests and mounting police costs, passes an ordinance against rowdy meetings or promoting rowdy meetings. A political organization solicits donations to buy television airtime opposing the ordinance. When the town goes to court to stop the fundraising, the organization raises its First Amendment right to free speech and assembly. “The court under this amendment might dismiss the complaint because money is not speech,” Scotch testified, “and therefore no speech rights have been violated.” Lyons says she’s suggested modifications to her resolution and is hopeful the Gov Ops committee will incorporate them. “We are not writing the amendment,” she notes. “We are writing a resolution urging Congress to please send an amendment for ratification. There are greater constitutional minds than Vermont’s senators at work.”

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Tuesday’s press deadline prevents the print version of Seven Days from publishing results from the Burlington mayor’s race — or any election around the state, for that matter. But for full online coverage, visit our Town Meeting Day page at

Got A tIP for ANDY? By the time the paper hits the streets, Republican Kurt Wright, Democrat Miro Weinberger and independent Wanda hines will be celebrating victory or licking their wounds. In lieu of actual results, we offer this look back at Seven Lessons Learned From the 2012 Mayor’s Race — the most expensive, most debated, most epic in Queen City history. 1. It ain’t over ’til it’s over. Many people went home after voting in the third round of the fourway Democratic caucus in November. When tiM ashe and Weinberger finished tied at 540 votes apiece, voters rushed back to Memorial Auditorium — only to learn the tiebreaker would take place in a month. Next time, don’t leave until a winner is crowned. Sure, you might miss “Desperate Housewives,” but that’s what TiVo is for.

fundraiser, then had to awkwardly explain why Wright took out-of-state dough in his 2010 race for the Vermont Legislature. In regular life, they call that hypocrisy. In politics, they have another name for it: business as usual. 6. If a candidate is going to have a float in the Mardi Gras parade, he or she should put some energy into it. Wright and Weinberger both rode atop floats in last weekend’s big bash, but there was little “creative economy” on display. Most observers were probably left wondering, Who dat? When the bald mayor Peter cLaveLLe was in office, his float handed out plastic combs. Now, that’s funny. And memorable.


2. Twenty debates are too many. When candidates spend every night at sparsely attended forums, it takes time away from the important work they should be doing: dialing for dollars! In 2015, the candidates have to insist on limiting the number of debates to 10 or 15 — if only for the sake of the reporters covering and moderating them.

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5. Candidates shouldn’t go after their opponents for taking out-of-state money if they’ve cashed checks from Pfizer, Entergy and Anheuser-Busch in past campaigns. The Wright camp criticized Weinberger for jetting to Washington, DC, for a Sen. PatricK Leahy-hosted

Green Mountain Daily blogger jvWaLt has coined a clever new title for ubiquitous political commentator eric davis — aside from the stuffy-sounding “professor emeritus of political science at Middlebury College.” “Pundit Laureate.” Explains jvwalt, “We’ve got Poets Laureate. They provide a highbrow sheen to the mundane events of public life, a little academic fairy-dust to the gray landscape. Pundits do much the same. From WaLter LiPPMann to david broder to the [National Public Radio] tag team of e.j. dionne and david brooKs, they turn the messy business of politics into a Platonian dialogue, and festoon conventional wisdom with the baubles of putative knowledge.” So that’s what it is. Of course, Davis will have to duke it out with arch-rival garrison neLson of the University of Vermont for the honor. Keep it clean, boys! m


4. A candidate shouldn’t offer his opponent a job in his administration before he wins — and the opponent shouldn’t accept one. Wright raised eyebrows when he said he would offer Hines a key role in his administration. And Hines made it worse when she said she’d probably take it. For the sake of appearances, at least pretend that no deals have been cut and you’re running to win.

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3. When a candidate repeatedly misstates the name of her opponent, it’s a red flag. hines twice referred to Weinberger as “Mario” at her campaign kickoff. It turned out to be one of many details that slipped her attention. Personally, I’m more concerned with a mayor’s ability to manage a city than to pronounce a name correctly. But if you’re gonna botch a name, at least get the ethnicity right!

7. If a candidate is going to set the record for campaign expenditures in a Burlington mayor’s race — as Weinberger did with his $100,000-plus cash outlay — he’d better win. If he doesn’t, he ends up looking like the rich tarrant of Queen City politics. And we know how successful his political career turned out to be.


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ou could say Liz Gamache will be the first female mayor of St. Albans City after she wins an uncontested race this week. But to be accurate, Gamache had a predecessor. In 1980, Janet Smith, a Republican alderwoman, became the first female chief executive in the Rail City’s 153year history. Smith was also the first female mayor in Vermont, which did not let women vote until 1917. Six days after the swearing in, however, Smith was shot and killed by her family’s 61-year-old gardener, Tauno Jurva, at her Congress Street estate. She had just fired him. Some speculated that Jurva was a jilted lover. Others blamed the killing on his unmedicated diabetes. Whatever the case, Jurva was ultimately tried, convicted and sent to prison. Gamache, 48, a Democrat, is confident her term in office will be quite different. Why? “We’re not getting a gardener,” she says while enjoying a mug of lemon tea at the Bishop Street home she shares with her husband, Ted, an IBM employee, and children: Gabrielle, 13, and Robert, 10. Of the eight Vermont cities that elect mayors — Barre, Burlington, Montpelier, Newport, Rutland, St. Albans, Vergennes, and Winooski — only one currently has a female leader. Montpelier Mayor Mary Hooper did not seek reelection after serving the city since 2004. Burlington mayoral hopeful Wanda Hines was expected to finish third in the Queen City. “It will be an honor to be one of Vermont’s mayors,” says Gamache, who has worked for four years as corporate services manager for the Vermont Electric Cooperative. “I hope more women will be encouraged to get involved in local leadership and politics.” On one hand, Gamache shrugs off the historic significance of her place among women at St. Albans City Hall, where only two women — Gamache and Mary Garceau — have occupied the city manager’s office. “I like to think people have me involved because of my approach, experience and abilities,” Gamache says, “not because I’m a woman.”

St. Albans mayor-elect, Liz Gamache

On the other hand, Gamache says she hopes to “break down barriers and stereotypes that prevent people from getting more involved in the community.” In other words, she knows she’s a symbol. She says, “In St. Albans, I hope to show that anyone can get involved. Creating more diversity that more accurately reflects the makeup of St. Albans is important. Nothing makes me happier than to see someone move beyond the boundaries of their comfort zone and try something new.” With short, salt-andpepper hair, wire-rimmed specs and an engaging smile, Gamache wields authority with a friendly, believable, trust-me voice. Her supporters call her smart, articulate and primarily concerned with mobilizing St. Albans around forward-thinking ideas. If she has detractors, they’re hard to find. “I am an optimist,” Gamache says. “I see the possibilities, and if I have the

choice to see the glass as half empty or half full, I see no reason to see it other than anything but half full. But I’m a realist at the same time. I understand that all sorts of realities play into my optimism.” Gamache announced last summer — early for a Vermont mayoral campaign — that she hoped to succeed St. Albans Mayor Marty Manahan, a Democrat who publicly endorsed Republican Brian Dubie in the 2010 governor’s race. She had already conferred with Manahan, who did not seek reelection after six years in office. “I was ecstatic,” says Mike McCarthy, 28, coowner of the Cosmic Bakery & Café on St. Albans City’s Main Street. “Liz seemed to be the right fit.” Gamache mounted a serious campaign. She spent nearly $3400 of her own money on lawn signs, a website, and a glossy, tri-fold brochure complete with photos and quotations. She also held an official kickoff party in January that


featured speeches, food and a bipartisan crowd of 80 citizens, businesspeople and past St. Albans mayors. No one else came forward to challenge Gamache for the job, which paid $10 a month until the recession hit; now it’s volunteer. In the end, she ran unopposed. “When Liz announced, she sucked up all the oxygen,” McCarthy recalls. “She got so much support from all corners of the city, no one wanted to come out a bloody mess against her.” Born in Binghamton, N.Y., Gamache spent part of her childhood in California before her family settled in Burlington, where she graduated from Burlington High School in 1980. At the University of Vermont, she considered a career as a journalist — and spent a year studying in Germany —  before graduating in 1984 with a degree in business administration. From the mid-’80s to mid-’90s, Gamache owned and operated the Church Street Cow Cart, a popular cow-themed souvenir kiosk. And, yes, she dressed the part.


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“That’s right,” she says. “I was ‘The Also, Gamache says, Walmart is now Cow Lady.’” a reality for the city — construction on Tired of retail, Gamache went to the controversial St. Albans Town store IBM, where her father, Bob Neudecker, starts this year — and she sees it as an worked in public relations. She stayed opportunity to bring more people to the there until she landed a position with region, particularly to downtown St. the Franklin-Grand Isle United Way, in Albans. 2003. She quickly became a key figure Late last year, St. Albans City nabbed in St. Albans, where she had moved in a $2 million federal transportation 2001. grant to improve sidewalks, lighting “I’m not starting on Day One with and landscaping as part of a years-long this community,” Gamache says during downtown revitalization effort. an interview last week, as her golden reMcCarthy thinks it’s appropriate triever, Cleo, snores near her feet under that the chair of the St. Albans City the dining table. Downtown “I’ve been involved Board, of which in community he is an active projects for years. member, is This is a continuaalso the new tion for me.” mayor. He says As she assumed Gamache usha leadership role ered a diverse in St. Albans City’s group of downcreative economic town stakeholdefforts in the miders through 2000s, Gamache a multiphase also became the downtown reviinaugural directalization plan tor of the city’s that should procommunity justice duce tangible center, a grantresults this year. St. Alb AN S m AYor-ElEct, funded program “A lot of lIz GAmA chE that aims to tackle people talk youth and offender about finding reentry issues. middle ground Gamache’s first city job led to others. and consensus, because they think it She served as assistant city manager will help them politically,” he says. “I under Garceau, then became interim watched Liz do it. That’s refreshing.” city manager in 2007. Gamache is willMcCarthy, who chairs the Franklin ing to share credit with Garceau and County Democratic Committee, incity staff for stabilizing city finances and vited Gamache to speak at a fundraiser making municipal fiscal processes more he hosted last fall. He says she made a transparent. strong impression among Democrats “We were at a point where we had who had not yet met her. She received to face certain issues and address them, encouragement — but no official enand we had to do that openly to the dorsements — from Democratic heavy community,” Gamache says. hitters such as Gov. Peter Shumlin, Current St. Albans City Manager Secretary of Administration Jeb Dominic Cloud first encountered Spaulding and former governor and U.S. Gamache in 2006, when he directed the ambassador Madeleine Kunin. Vermont League of Cities and Towns’ “When someone has the popularity Municipal Assistance Center. “Our that Liz has, people in political circles working relationship was cordial, col- start to look at her statewide as somelaborative and trusting,” he says, noting one with a good future — the proverbial that he is looking forward to working rising star,” McCarthy says. “But with with Gamache again. “Liz is very well po- all the talk, I’ve never heard Liz discuss sitioned for the challenges this city faces.” higher office. She’s someone that has Among them is an ongoing and ar- never seen herself as a politician, but guably progressive battle against drug she seems to have taken to the role.” activity — Gamache campaigned on Gamache isn’t getting ahead of making city neighborhoods safer — and herself. evaluating the work of a 20-person “I’ve had people comment and sugpanel charged with studying whether gest that this could be the start of someSt. Albans City should merge with thing bigger,” she says. “But, for me, the neighboring St. Albans Town, a conten- focus is local. It’s about St. Albans City tious, decades-old issue. right now.” m

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Will Burlington’s Next Mayor Spare Memorial Auditorium? By K e vin J . K elle y Photos: courtesy of Kevin J. Kelley


rinal connoisseurs will tell you that two of Burlington’s best are to be found in the downstairs men’s room of Memorial Auditorium. The imposing porcelain beauties date from MemAud’s opening 85 years ago. It may take a gimlet eye to appreciate some of the louche features of a building that its former overseer, Burlington City Arts director Doreen Kraft, describes as “an old, gray battleship.” In fact, some observers view Memorial Auditorium as decrepit, depressing and dangerous. And, regardless of how it’s appraised aesthetically, the new mayor is going to have to decide whether to tear it down and build a new civic arena in its place — a relatively hassle-free option since MemAud isn’t on the historic register — or spend at least $4 million just to maintain the building at its current “funky but functional” level. That’s how Andy Snyder, assistant manager of the street-level clay studio in that building, views the three-story structure, which he considers “a great gift.” Snyder is one of half a dozen fans of MemAud who were spinning and shaping pots in the sunlit studio last Saturday. “This is an excellent space for us,” Snyder declares. Upstairs, hundreds of shoppers seemed happy to be there, as well. They were browsing and buying root vegetables, preserves, cheese, pasta, meat and craft items from 58 vendors who had set up stands for the semimonthly winter farmers market. “It’s perfect for us,” market manager Chris Wagner says of the gym, where an average of 1500 locals come to shop and socialize on 13 Saturdays between early November and late April. “We’re happy here.” Burlington teens like MemAud, too. They come to shows as well as to after school programs and music and dance camps that take place in 242 Main, the downstairs performance space that director Richard Bailey describes as “the longest-running all-ages club in the United States.” Bailey, 43, says he first came to 242 Main as a student in 1985, the year that then-Mayor Bernie Sanders inaugurated it as a much-needed teen center. In MemAud’s third-floor loft, the Jeh Kulu dance and drum troupe gives lessons in the arts and culture of West Africa. A downstairs annex adjacent to the BCA-run pottery and printing studios is also available for smaller-scale performances. As a member of MemAud’s broad constituency, Bailey wants to see the building upgraded, not gutted. “It’d be nice to have some ventilation in the summer,” he says. “But please don’t strip

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A lot of shows did very poorly at Memorial in the past 10 years. That’s partly because people imagine it being a bad venue for certain performances.

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away the personality and the memories. Memorial’s an incredible backdrop to Burlington’s history.” Built in 1927 by local architect Frank Austin, the nondescript brick hulk at the corner of Main and South Union streets is dedicated to the memory of Burlington’s war dead. Writing in the Burlington Free Press in 1928, Mayor C.H. Beecher

extolled the new 20,000-square-foot civic space, which accommodates 2500 spectators. “Burlington now claims the largest and best equipped auditorium in New England north of Springfield, Mass., and is making a successful bid as the leading convention city of northern New England,” Beecher declared. That was then. Thousands of

Burlingtonians fondly recall seeing stars such as Bob Marley, B.B King, Bob Dylan and Leontyne Price perform at MemAud in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Some of them have gone on to have kids who have more recently attended dubstep raves featuring Nero and Skrillex. Today, the auditorium books about 30 large-scale events per year, says Alan


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auditorium would relate to whatever else might be built on the so-called “Super Block” that now houses the main fire station and the municipal library as well as a seedy former motel and, perhaps most inefficiently, a 42-space parking lot. The recent planBTV urban design charrette suggested general citizen approval for a sizable mixed-use building on the corner of Main Street and South Winooski Avenue. Such a structure would have to include a parking garage, in part to accommodate drivers who come to shows at MemAud or its replacement. MemAud enjoys an advantage over the Flynn in having a flat floor with no permanent seats, Campbell points out. That enables the auditorium to host not only boxing and wrestling matches but also circus acts on First Night. On those occasions, Campbell says, “There’s not a bad seat in the house.” Noting that Memorial occupies a niche between the Flynn, which seats 1400, and the University of Vermont’s Patrick Gym, which holds 3335, Campbell asserts, “It’d be crazy to tear it down.” And even if UVM or another entity eventually builds a long-contemplated 8000-seat arena somewhere in Chittenden County, MemAud’s existence will still be easy to justify, Campbell suggests. “Markets need a variety of performance spaces,” he says. And he flicks aside the issue of parking by pointing out that the Flynn thrives even though it, too, lacks a reserved set of spaces for private vehicles. Memorial’s acoustics are not as bad as some suppose, adds Snyder, the clay studio assistant manager who remembers taking in a double bill of Graham Nash and Joan Armatrading sometime in the ’80s. “Nash’s sound was horrible because he didn’t know how to work the space acoustically,” Snyder says. “Armatrading sounded great because she knew what to do with the sound board in a space like this one.” Surveying the bustling scene at the farmers market, Celeste Gouala, an immigrant from the Republic of the Congo working at the Samosaman stall, seemed to sum up the considerations that will determine MemAud’s fate. “It’s not so beautiful as it should be,” Gouala observed. “But there’s a cost to make something attractive. Are we willing to pay that cost?” 

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Campbell, who has managed the facility since 1995. That includes “ring sports” such as wrestling and mixed martial arts. Some concert acts that would once have played MemAud now prefer the hipper venue of Higher Ground or, if their names are big enough, the spruced-up Flynn Center for the Performing Arts two blocks west. “A lot of shows did very poorly at Memorial in the past 10 years,” says Kraft, whose arts organization managed the auditorium until 2005. “That’s partly because people imagine it being a bad venue for certain performances. There hasn’t been significant investment made in it for a long time.” In terms of energy waste alone, MemAud functions as “a tremendous leech,” Kraft says. The annual natural-gas bill — for heat —  is $40,000. Electricity runs $30,000 a year. Campbell, who now runs MemAud under the auspices of Burlington’s Parks and Recreation Department, agrees that the city is only “pecking away” at the cosmetic flaws and structural problems that cause MemAud to be seen by some as a third-rate space. “Over time,” Campbell concedes, “deferred maintenance does affect the experience of people who go to Memorial.” Soon, notes Community and Economic Development Office director Larry Kupferman, workers will resume repairs on exterior bricks that have been “loosening.” The city is also completing construction of a ramp that will give wheelchair users smooth access to the auditorium’s main entrance. But the roughly $200,000-a-year operations budget for MemAud doesn’t allow for the repairs needed to bring the building “up to code,” Campbell says. “That’s got to be done, no matter what.” Long-deferred maintenance work has pushed the costs of “just a basic fix-up” to an estimated $4 million, by Campbell’s calculation. Kraft puts the price tag for thorough modernization of the building or construction of a new facility at $10-15 million. She acknowledges that the city doesn’t have anything approaching that sum, so the most practical way forward, she suggests, is through a public-private partnership that acts on decisions that emanate from community-wide deliberations. Eventually, Burlingtonians will also have to decide how a new or renovated


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Regarding Dan Bolles’ foray into the Vermont “accent” [“Say What? Examining the origins and uncertain future of the Vermont accent,” February 15], I would like to point out that there is a difference between an “accent” and a speech impediment, or lack of proper speech development. Many youngsters exhibit the glottal stop Bolles described, even though their parents and teachers do not speak that way; most outgrow it. To my ear, the glottal stop, and a significant amount of the fronting and raising, is simply a lack of proper training — not an “accent.”

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I must applaud the restraint of our entrepreneurial IT friends [“Vermont Software Firms: Taxing the Cloud Has No Silver Lining,” February 15]. Were I to receive a tax bill like those described in the article, I would be livid, and maybe even planning how to get my business based in another state. The policy decision is just plain wrong on so many levels, it is ludicrous. If someone hires their neighbor to shovel the driveway instead of buying a shovel themselves, does that also make the transaction subject to sales tax? Cloud computing is attractive precisely because it is a service and not a product. This isn’t a tax dodge; it is a fundamentally different way of meeting our needs. If this should be taxed, it requires a new type of tax to do it fairly; this is much more like a utility bill. Aside from this, imposing a retroactive tax on something that clearly, on the face of it, should not be subject to the tax is abhorrent. And in this particular case, it is foolish, as well. One huge advantage of cloud-based computing is that the actual physical infrastructure can be located anywhere. I suspect it would be relatively easy for many of these businesses to legally relocate their “headquarters” out of state for the purposes of avoiding tax, without significantly inconveniencing either their staff or customers. Why should we push them to do this? These are the sorts of jobs we should be welcoming to Vermont. I encourage the legislature to step in and pass a law retroactively “forgiving” this tax and reaffirming our commitment to helping these companies thrive. Then consider a more just way to ensure everyone benefits from their productivity.





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Bolles would apparently have us believe that while New Hampshire and Maine have their “provincially charming drawls,” “Vermontese” is punctuated with a variety of ignorant-sounding extra vowels and missing consonants. I most enthusiastically disagree. I have witnessed plenty of Vermont “accents” where the language is pronounced as perfectly as the Queen’s English; it just sounds different. No study of Vermont’s language is complete without boning up on the mid-20th-century work of Dartmouth College history professor Allen Foley, and, to this longtime observer, Rusty DeWees is an amateur compared to George Woodard, originator of the world-famous (at least in a few parts of the world) Ground Hog Opry. Easily the greatest (legal) entertainment on Earth, it’s like “Prairie Home Companion,” except that the Ground Hog Opry is funny. And lucky for you, Ground Hog Opry is playing throughout March [in Chelsea, Randolph, Hyde Park, Barre and Waterbury]. I encourage one and all, Dan Bolles especially, to be in attendance.

The reason the state is revenue “stripped” is that our politicians can’t stop spending [“Vermont Software Firms: Taxing the Cloud Has No Silver Lining,” February 15]. How come New Hampshire, with a population twice the size of Vermont’s, has a state budget approximately the same as ours? Maybe they provide fewer services. Maybe we should learn to live with less rather than tax the people and businesses of this state to poverty?

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THE DRAMAS AT GMFF TAKE US AROUND THE GLOBE. Now you can see them both. The former is recommended for kids 7 and up; the latter is an acclaimed, adult-oriented love story set in the heyday of Cuban jazz. If Hugo aroused your curiosity about the fantastical world of Georges Méliès, catch a screening of A Trip to the Moon, along with a documentary about its restoration. And if The Artist made you eager to see silents on the big screen, check out Buster Keaton’s The General with live piano accompaniment.

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tough life of a traveling family circus in Mexico. Circus Dreams is local director SIGNE TAYLOR’s record of an extraordinary summer spent touring with the teen performers of Vermont’s own CIRCUS SMIRKUS. Warning: Cirkus Columbia is a drama set in the run-up to the Balkans conflict, not a circus story.




t’s time once again for FOCUS ON FILM’s annual GREEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL, which runs March 16 to 25 in Montpelier, and March 30 to April 1 in St. Johnsbury. The program is crammed with artistically important and edifying flicks, but the one we’re most anticipating is Craptastic!, a documentary from DAVID GIANCOLA of Rutland’s EDGEWOOD STUDIOS. Giancola attained a measure of media immortality by directing ill-fated bombshell Anna Nicole Smith in her final film, the campy sci-fi spoof Illegal Aliens. He kept cameras rolling behind the scenes of that chaotic shoot, and Craptastic! is the result. At the March 20 screening, Giancola and producer/Illegal Aliens costar John James (best known for his long run as Jeff Colby on “Dynasty”) will

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stand becoming something more in the acclaimed Weekend. A New Zealand kid learns hard truths about his idolized dad in Boy. Rachel Weisz plays a mid-century Englishwoman embroiled in a forbidden passion in The Deep Blue Sea. An Israeli company man struggles with tragedy in The Human Resources Manager. Turkish detectives unravel a mystery in Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.

Music on Film: A tone-deaf cop pursues a band of “guerilla percussionists” in the Swedish comedy Sound of Noise. Steve Martin narrates Give Me the Banjo, a doc about the quintessential American string instrument. Director Chris Pepino and Frank Zappa collaborator Joel Thome speak at a screening of Inside the Perfect Circle, Pepino’s doc about how Thome used music to rehabilitate himself after a stroke. Gone, Not Forgotten: Character actor Michael

Murphy, a veteran of scores of Robert Altman films, discusses the late director with Burlington’s ALLAN NICHOLLS on March 18. The Altman reminiscences continue with screenings of Brewster McCloud and Tanner ’88.

World of Stories: As always, the dramas at Local Color: Get a sneak peek at Welcome GMFF take us around the globe. Two young Englishmen find their one-night




iewers of The Amish, a documentary shown on PBS last week as part of the “American Experience” series, may have seen some familiar places. The filmmakers showed vintage footage of Burlington alongside their interview with SALOMA MILLER FURLONG, who fled from her Ohio Amish community to Vermont in 1977. At the Burlington YWCA, the young woman met DAVID FURLONG, a wooden- toy maker and early Church Street peddler — and fell in love. Her relatives came to bring her back to Ohio, where she struggled to conform to the community’s rules for nearly three more years before leaving again. Today, the Furlongs are married with two grown sons and live in Massachusetts, after 30 years in Vermont. Last year, Furlong published a memoir, Why I Left the Amish, that gives readers a rare look inside the reclusive community. (Most of the Amish interviewed for the PBS documentary declined to appear on camera.) To the makers of The Amish, she says in an email, her story was a “counterpoint” to the pastoral images of horse and buggies and the testimonies from Amish youth who can’t imagine leaving their community. (One teen talks about her fear of marrying someone who might take her more than 14 miles from her family.) Furlong will talk about her experiences growing up Amish — and leaving — after a screening of The Amish this Saturday at Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library.

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Burlington’s chronicles the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in Strength of the Storm. Actor-director DAN BUTLER of Newbury presents his new short film, “Pearl,” based on a Ted Kooser poem and costarring Frances Sternhagen. Finally, don’t miss the screening and judging of entries in the GREEN MOUNTAIN 48-HOUR FILM SLAM on March 18. Last year’s inaugural edition showcased just how much a crew of caffeine-fueled camera wielders can get done on the strength of last-minute ingenuity and desperation.  MIRA



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efore she moved to Shaftsbury in 2008, North Carolina-born MEGAN MAYHEW BERGMAN thought of herself as a Southern writer. Now her life is about as quintessentially Vermont as it gets. She lives in an 1834 farmhouse — her veterinarian husband’s childhood home — and tends the farm’s chickens, goats and horse. Inside, four dogs and four cats share space with the couple’s two young daughters and Mayhew Bergman’s father-in-law. Cows moo from across the road at night. Robert Frost’s old house is three miles away. Many of the stories in Mayhew Bergman’s debut book, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, are set in the South — including the beautifully moving first one, “Housewifely Arts,” which novelist-editor Geraldine Brooks selected for The Best American Short Stories 2011. But their concerns — rural living, women’s situations, bonds between humans and animals — are of a piece with her intensely motherhoodand animal-focused Vermont life. “I’ve always been attracted to rural life, but I’ve never lived it before moving here,” Mayhew Bergman admits during a phone call managed between cleaning up after a chronically sick dog and trying to put an unwilling toddler down for a nap. The 32-year-old worked as a business consultant while putting herself through a master’s in liberal studies at Duke University, which she followed with an MFA at Bennington College. Now, on a photo-filled blog, Mayhew Bergman describes daily rounds of egg collecting with her baby strapped to her back, and efforts to steal writing time in the cobwebbed office of her in-laws’ old veterinary clinic. (Her husband moved back home to take over his parents’ practice.) She believes such physical engagement with the world is “what makes writing good” — a lesson she tries to impart to her students at Bennington, where she teaches memoir writing and criticism. In Mayhew Bergman’s writing, sentences are spare and stripped of sentimentality, the dialogue shorn of

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SNOW WHITE VS. THE SUITS In a handwritten note to Seven Days, TOM AZARIAN, aka Tom Banjo, is apologetic about his spelling — “I only got as far as the 8th grade,” he writes. But limited formal education didn’t keep the Burlington old-timey musician and artist from a lifetime of creative output, nor from astutely observing and assessing the ways of the world. The latter habit has also made him an outspoken activist. All these talents are on display in his latest creation, “Snow White: An Adult Puppet Show of Our Time.” The half-hour video, attributed to the RAGTAG THUMBTACK THEATRE, has been shown a few times at Burlington’s RADIO BEAN COFFEEHOUSE and is appearing twice weekly on VCAM. The “adult” in the show’s subtitle does not refer to anything X-rated, other than a few cuss words. Children would enjoy this show for the folky, handmade puppets and simply drawn characters, which include woodland creatures. Little ones might be puzzled by this updated version of the fairy tale, though: Here Snow, evicted from the forest by rapacious

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both “biologically satisfying in a way that other accomplishments in my life haven’t been,” and “a really hard job” in which failure is inevitable: “There’s no perfection in motherhood,” she says wryly. It has also made her aware of “the almost animal ferocity of the attachment. I don’t think you understand that until you go through it.” “Animal” is not an accidental descriptor for Mayhew Bergman; her stories equally convey women’s devotion to animals, and a recognition of their mothering instincts as parallel to humans’. In depicting animal behavior, though, she is careful to have her husband — whom she calls “my patient muse” — edit “for accuracy and believability.” Such gender-focused work by a woman doesn’t often win the level of recognition Mayhew Bergman has received, which has included publication in significant journals such as Narrative and Kenyon Review and a first-book contract with Scribner. Vida, an organization for American women in literary arts, recently released a study showing that a significant majority of literary reviews

in 2010 covered books by men, and the reviewers were mostly men. The study confirms evidence of a literary environment in which, in one obvious recent example, Lorrie Moore’s excellent A Gate at the Stairs — the story of a mother’s effort to cope with the death of her child — received a fraction of the attention lavished on Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom. “I definitely follow the statistics,” Mayhew Bergman says, citing Jennifer Egan and Lauren Groff as contemporary women writers whose work shares her proclivities. But ultimately, she says, “I just appreciate the medium of fiction to be able to explore the idea of gender roles. Fiction can illuminate some essential human truths” — that of woman, mother and animal lover is, she says simply, “the perspective I have to offer.” 





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get my hands dirty. Look, I’ve painted my groin with alcohol to determine whether whiskey makes a good antiseptic. I’ve blasted bacon with a laser. I’ve drunk skunky beer to see if brown bottles prevent spoilage better than clear ones. But no way am I boiling any effing frogs.” “You don’t actually have to boil them, Una. You just have to warm them up a little. I have total confidence that, crackpot legend notwithstanding, the frogs will jump out before any permanent damage is done.”  “So,” she retorted, “I only have to inflict a modest amount of torture on helpless research subjects, after which I’ve got a kitchen full of hot, pissed-off frogs.”  I conceded these practical

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difficulties. After further negotiation, Una agreed to a more limited research program at the library and came back with the following dossier: • The first reference to boiling frogs for science comes from a German researcher named Goltz, who in 1869 set out to discover — get ready for this — the location of the frog’s soul. For Goltz’s purposes, “soul” meant the part of the frog that would sense danger and impel it to escape impending death. So he immersed (a) a blinded but otherwise intact frog and (b) a decapitated frog in water, and gradually raised the temperature to see how each would react. At 77 degrees Fahrenheit the largely intact frog started to get uncomfortable. By 100 degrees it was desperately trying to escape the bath,

and at 108 degrees it died. Aside from a few reflex twitches, the decapitated and basically dead frog was inactive, unsurprisingly to anyone but Goltz. The problem with this experiment, other than its being sadistic and ridiculous, was that the total heating time was only ten minutes, hardly a slow increase. • In 1872, another German, named Heinzmann, decided to conduct the definitive experiment on the subject. Heinzmann tested both brainless and blinded frogs and found that when the temperature was increased slowly enough — from 70 to 100 degrees over 80 to 95 minutes — the blinded frog would indeed die of heat exhaustion without a struggle.  • In 1875, yet another German

researcher, one Fratscher, confirmed Heinzmann’s results. Curiously, however, Fratscher and Heinzmann had the same supervisor. I make no accusations, but no one else has corroborated these astonishing findings. Then again, no one else has really tried. • On a related subject, psychologist Edward Scripture in 1897 noted a grisly experiment where a frog’s foot was clamped in a screw press that was tightened at about a thousandth of an inch per minute. Result: the foot was completely crushed without the frog showing any distress. Somewhat worryingly, the author wondered what could be accomplished using humans rather than frogs.  Getting back to boiling, modern commentators agree the results claimed by the German researchers are preposterous. However, no one to my knowledge has attempted to precisely replicate the earlier work, possibly because they haven’t read the studies, which are written in (duh) German. In the experiments I’ve come across, researchers have placed frogs in water and heated it relatively quickly till the frogs jumped out, failing to recognize that the point of the exercise was to heat the water gradually. (Typically the gas gets turned up at a rate of two degrees per minute, about six times faster than Heinzmann did it.)  So do I think the story is a crock? Of course. Am I likely to prove this beyond a doubt? Absent a change of heart by Una, no.

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my life is so much like Lord Grantham’s of “Downton Abbey”, I mused as I peed. The guy took a while, but he came back clutching a boatload of twenties. He got into the shotgun seat and began passing them to me, one by one. I made him stop when he got to $180. “Hey, thanks,” I said. “That’s a big enough tip.” “I really, really appreciate you taking me home,” he repeated. “You are a noble guy.” I thought about his use of the word “noble.” After all, I do this for a living. When I get a hair trim, I thank my haircutter and tell her I appreciate it. I don’t think of her cutting my hair as a noble act. But I liked his show of gratitude, particularly the money part. As we crossed the sandbar in the moonlight, my customer said, “Hey, where’s Cookie?” “Jeez,” I said, entering the humoring phase of our relationship. “I dunno where the heck Cookie is.” We hit the Grand Isle ferry dock just as they were loading. On the 12-minute crossing, the love fest began in earnest. Draping his arm around my shoulder, my passenger said, “My name is Theodore, but everyone calls me Teddy. And I got to tell ya, I really appreciate you driving me home tonight. You are one noble guy.” “Well, thank you so much, Teddy.” “Me and Cookie are going through a rough patch. I really love her, though.” Holy crap, I thought. I said, “Teddy, Cookie wasn’t with you in Burlington tonight, was she?” “Yeah, I don’t know where she is.” The marital rough patch is about to get


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a little rougher, I thought, but didn’t say a word. We got on the Northway heading south. Teddy thanked me every 10 minutes, in drunk-love fashion. By sheer persistence, he finally convinced me of my nobility. Yup, me and the Earl of Grantham. At Exit 31, we turned off the highway and steered toward the town of Westport. “So do you know many of Cookie’s friends?” Teddy asked, slightly more sober but still loopy. “No, I can’t say I do. I’d like to meet ’em, though.” “Well, this summer you must come and visit. I have a beautiful, 25-foot Chris-Craft and we’ll go out boating. I mean it.” “That’s a date, Teddy,” I said, wholeheartedly accepting the dubious invitation. “I’ll see you in June.” I dropped my customer at his home on the lake, and realized it would be faster to return to Burlington via the Champlain Bridge. It was my first time on the newly constructed bridge, and I was not let down. Along the peninsula approach, the span glowed in the distance like a silver bow hovering atop the dark water. When I reached its grand arc, I slowed to a crawl. To my left and right, the supporting cables formed giant Xs strung with brilliant white lights. The thought crossed my mind that I might come out the other side into a new and higher dimension — which, in fact, sort of describes what Vermont has been in my life. m

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n 2004, Yves Bradley of Burlington knew virtually nothing about commercial real estate. That didn’t stop him from approaching Ernie Pomerleau, of Pomerleau Real Estate, to ask for a job. Today, Bradley heads the company’s commercial brokerage division. Despite the worst recession in 80 years, Pomerleau says that 2011 was the company’s best year ever for commercial brokerage. “That speaks volumes about Yves,” says Pomerleau. “It wouldn’t shock me if he were the No. 1 commercial broker in the state.” Indeed. Heard about all the new tenants moving into the 167,000-squarefoot Innovation Center of Vermont, a space formerly occupied by General Dynamics? Those were Bradley’s deals. So was the sale of the 77,000-square-foot Roman Catholic Diocese of Vermont building on North Avenue to Burlington College. The new Panera Bread on Church Street, the relocated Bluebird Tavern on St. Paul Street, and El Cortijo Taqueria y Cantina in the old Sadie Katz Deli? All Bradley’s doing. He’s not just about for-profit businesses, either. When Planned Parenthood, Spectrum Youth & Family Services, HOPE Works (formerly the Women’s Rape Crisis Center), and the Stern Center for Language and Learning needed more space, they all turned to Bradley. If any local businessman could put the lie to the expression “Nice guys finish last,” it’s him. Among Chittenden County nonprofits, Bradley has earned a reputation as the go-to guy for getting things done — often reaping little or no financial gain or public recognition for his trouble. “Yves, in a lot of ways, is a visionary,” says Cathleen Wilson, executive director of HOPE Works. “He’s been an amazing ambassador for our organization. He’s so articulate when he talks about sexual violence and men’s role in ending it.” In 2006, Wilson says, Bradley was instrumental in finding her organization its new headquarters — no small task for Vermont’s largest rape crisis center, with a laundry list of prerequisites. WRCC needed a location on a bus line, near downtown, with ample office and meeting space but also with a warm,

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homey feel. And the organization had just $100,000 to get it done. “Yves said, ‘OK, let’s do it,’” Wilson recalls. Bradley delivered. A year later, WRCC moved into a newly renovated, 3200-square-foot Victorian at 336 North Avenue, which it purchased at $40,000 below market value, with a zero-interest loan for two years. Little surprise that WRCC offered

Bradley a spot on its board, making him the organization’s first-ever male trustee. (Today, it has several.) Indeed, the HOPE Works board is just one of many boards and commissions on which Bradley serves. Others include the Burlington Planning Commission, the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, the South End Arts and Business Association, the Chittenden

Commercial Real Estate Association, and the Community Sailing Center. For Bradley, such positions aren’t absentee résumé fillers. When the Community Sailing Center flooded in May 2011, he had replacement office space lined up within 24 hours. “He doesn’t even own a boat!” notes Pomerleau with a laugh. “He has the biggest heart I’ve ever seen. And his clients love him because they trust him and they know he produces.” “It’s crazy, but I can’t say no,” Bradley says of his obsessive volunteerism. “I like doing things that make a place better.” Ironically, generosity wasn’t Mark Redmond’s first impression of Bradley when Redmond moved to Burlington in 2003. As the incoming director of Spectrum Youth & Family Services, Redmond remembers asking the outgoing director to name the organization’s sharpest critic. His answer: Bradley, who at the time ran the Body Shop on the Marketplace with his wife, Judy. Evidently, many Church Street businesspeople had had run-ins with teens whom they assumed to be Spectrum clients. Citing the old Godfather adage, “Keep your friends close but your enemies closer,” Redmond says he wrote Bradley a long letter inviting him to a meeting to air their differences. According to Redmond, Bradley was pleasantly surprised to hear from him and arranged a lunch meeting at Leunig’s that included several downtown police officers. (For years, Bradley also served on the Burlington Police Commission.) “So I listened to what he had to say, and he listened to what I had to say, and over time it really worked out,” Redmond recalls. The following Christmas season, Bradley erected a “giving tree” in his shop window where patrons could donate gifts for Spectrum’s clients. Today, Bradley and Redmond still joke about their first encounter. And Bradley will still call Redmond when, say, someone donates University of Vermont hockey tickets to his office, preferring that Spectrum’s kids use them instead. “He does a lot of nice little stuff like that,” Redmond adds. “I think the world of the guy.”

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ves Bradley hasn’t made many bad Despite his French first name — it business decisions in his life, but rhymes with “leaves” — Bradley is not he admits to a few whoppers. About a of Québécois ancestry. His mother is decade ago, when he was still co-owner Parisian, and Bradley himself speaks of the Body Shop, he had an opportunity fluent French. His American father is a to buy the domain name classics professor at Dartmouth College. for $500. Bradley, who probably could When he was a child, his family have resold the name several years later lived briefly in Thetford Center and for a five- or even six-figure sum, turned East Thetford before moving to Athens, it down. Greece, for a few years. Bradley spent There’s another lucrative missed op- the rest of his childhood in Hanover, portunity he doesn’t regret. Back in N.H., which he remembers as 1988, when he was 25, Bradley a great place to be a kid but landed an interview for an “more like a prison” when he investment banker posibecame a teen. tion at Bank of Boston. The Bradley attended UVM company was paying recent and majored in political scicollege grads $65,000 a ence. After graduating in year to attend its executive 1985, he landed a yearlong training program. Bradley, internship in Paris with who had just returned François Léotard, a pofrom a year abroad, went to litical centrist who later Michael Kehoe men’s became France’s minshop on Church Street ister of culture. “He and bought himself a was like a Kennedy,” gray suit, white shirt Bradley recalls. and red tie. After a year workBradley aced the ing for the French interview. Then his government, Bradley potential bosses introwas offered a job by duced him to others in the French distiller the program, who were Pernod Ricard. As he also in their twenties. would again in 1988, “I can still see it he made a lifestyle denow,” Bradley says. cision: Having spent “They’re all wearing the previous summer gray suits, white shirts as a lifeguard in and red ties, too. I start Nantucket, which was getting a headache.” “absolute paradise for YVES BRADLEY When he got the someone right out of formal offer, Bradley college,” he chose a balked. Today, he laughs recalling the swimsuit over a business suit. As he puts stupefied look on his interviewers’ faces it, “I knew I’d never get another chance — and, later, on his parents’. to be this much of a bum ever again.” Bradley insists it was “a very bad Well, yes and no. Back in Burlington, business decision but a very good life Bradley worked several odd jobs, indecision … It just wasn’t right for me.” cluding health-club trainer, UPS driver In the ensuing years, he learned to and delivery man for Domino’s. Once he trust both his head and his heart when delivered a pizza to a brick house at the making important life decisions. corner of Howard and South Willard Bradley, 48, defies the usual savvy- streets, which reminded him of his salesman stereotype. With his ready grandfather’s home. One day, he recalls smile and friendly, roll-with-it attitude, saying to himself at the time, I’ll buy he exudes a genuine warmth and inter- that house. Bradley, Judy and their sons, est in the people to whom he’s speaking, Will, 11, and Ethan, 8, live there today. extending them more time and attenIn 1989, Bradley and a friend detion than one would expect from some- cided to go into business together one so busy.


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However, when the couple arrived at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel one Saturday morning for an interview, they were greeted by 40 other people applying to be franchisees. The Bradleys’ interview went great, and Yves recalls going home thinking they had it. Two weeks later, he got a phone call from Judy informing him that the Body Shop had picked four finalists for second interviews — and they were fifth on the list. Bradley sat down at a typewriter and pounded out a long, emphatic letter explaining why he thought the company had made a huge mistake. A week later, Yves and Judy were invited to Toronto for another interview. And another, in New Jersey. The Bradleys finally opened their store, at 84 Church Street, on June 1, 1994. Yves worked there for 10 years. His interest in commercial real estate was sparked when the couple decided, rather than opening a second store in Manchester, to buy the building they occupied. They sold the Body Shop back to the company in 2005. Bradley has been with Pomerleau ever since. Has he ever thought of starting yet another career? With a résumé like his and a vast network of connections in Chittenden County, Bradley seems like an obvious candidate for public office. In fact, people of all political stripes approach him to run “all the time,” he says. “Jim Douglas asked me point-blank last year to run for mayor,” he reveals. Bradley answered the exgovernor by relating an anecdote from his youth: Back then, prankster kids would leave burning bags of dog shit on front porches, so whoever came outside would stomp all over them. “That’s the next mayor of Burlington,” Bradley says. “Not for me, thanks!” But he’s got another, and perhaps more heartfelt, explanation. “In Burlington,” Bradley explains, “you can get a lot more accomplished by being active in the community behind the scenes. “Besides,” he adds, “I love going to work in the morning, and my days just fly by. Why would I give that up?” m

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rom the late 19th century until the mid-20th, the block kittycorner from Burlington’s City Hall Park, at the corner of Main and St. Paul streets, was a mecca for visitors to the Queen City. The block was home to the Van Ness House, a 400room hotel named in honor of former Vermont governor and Supreme Court chief justice Cornelius P. Van Ness. For more than a half century, the Van Ness House was Burlington’s largest and most elegant hotel, with architecture resembling that found in New Orleans’ French Quarter. But in 1951, the Van Ness House was razed by a fire. It was never rebuilt and, since then, the downtown block bordered by Main, St. Paul, King and Pine streets has had considerably less prestige and usage. Today, it’s commonly referred to as the TD Bank block for its most prominent feature. Current visitors and residents are most likely to stop there to access its 24-hour ATM, which is conveniently located just steps away from Church Street. City planners and developers have long bemoaned the underutilization of this prime downtown real estate. In fact, until the rehabilitation of the 16-condominium Hinds Lofts at 161 St. Paul in 2008 and the completion of the new Champlain Housing Trust building at 88 King Street in 2009, most of the block was little more than a surface parking lot. That’s all about to change. Plans are now working their way through the development-review process to complete the final phase of the TD Bank block’s decadelong renaissance: the construction of a modern, four-story hotel run by a major national chain. The new, 130-to-140-room hotel will also incorporate the historic Armory building, at 101 Main, which sits at the eastern end of the block. Interestingly, the Armory, which was rehabbed in 2007, was built by the same man — another former Vermont governor — who built the Van Ness House: Urban Woodbury. Many Burlingtonians will remember it fondly as the former quarters of Hunt’s Mill & Mining Company, a popular nightclub, which after its closing was replaced by the faux ’50s joint Sh-Na -Na’s.

Doug Nedde is one of the three partners at Redstone Commercial Group, along with Erik Hoekstra and Larry Williams, who have been working on this project since 2001. Its final phase was slated to begin four years ago, Nedde notes — until the global economic meltdown of 2008 brought

most commercial construction of this size to a standstill. Nedde, whose firm was also behind the Hinds Lofts and the Champlain Housing Trust building, sees this new hotel as the crowning achievement for the TD Bank block. The new hotel will be designed to combine the best of both

worlds: the modern look of a boutique hotel in an urban setting and the historic feel of old Burlington, embodied by the Armory. The latter will house the hotel’s reception area, restaurant, lounge, bar, library and offices. “The strength of our site and location is the Armory,” Nedde says. “We’re really leveraging this beautiful historic building on Main Street and building off of that.” According to Nedde, Redstone plans to keep much of the Armory’s interior intact, including the exposed brick and steel beams and trusses. Those features will sharply contrast with the modern, urban sensibility of the new hotel, which will occupy much of the center of the block. The hotel’s porte cochère, or covered driveway, will most likely be off Main Street adjacent to the Armory. As it proceeds, will this project attract controversy, even organized neighborhood opposition? It’s always possible, Nedde admits, but unlikely in this case. Smart-growth advocates have long argued that new development in Vermont should start in places where it can minimize impact on the natural landscape and maximize the use of existing infrastructure — in a word, as infill. And few sections of Burlington are more ideally suited to infill redevelopment than the TD Bank block. Indeed, when Mayor Bob Kiss and other city leaders held a press conference two weeks ago to urge voter approval of a $10 million tax increment financing (TIF) district for downtown, this block was one of the first locales they pointed to as a potential beneficiary of such public-private partnerships. But even if the TIF doesn’t pass — the results were not in at press time — this $20 million project is likely to proceed without much resistance. As Nedde points out, current zoning allows Redstone to build an even bigger building than the one they’ve proposed, which will be shorter than the historic Vermont House directly across the street at the corner of Main and St. Paul. The limiting factor on the site isn’t zoning or neighbor opposition but parking, Hoekstra says. Simply put, adding more rooms and floors to the new hotel would require the developers to








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hotel hasn’t gone up in downtown Burlington since the mid-1970s. Now two are in the works: Gov. Peter Shumlin broke ground last September on Hotel Vermont at 41 Cherry Street, a 125-room establishment scheduled to open in 2013. Like Hotel Vermont, this one will incorporate green building practices, according to Nedde, who says the structures will be built according to LEED — or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — silver or gold standards. He admits Redstone doesn’t plan to spend the extra money to get the plaque and formal LEED certification. “But the standards will be the same,” he says. As for the timetable, Hoekstra says the project has just entered the “sketch plans” phase, which is a “nonbinding way of introducing the conceptual idea to the development review board and other boards” before the formal permitting process begins. Assuming everything goes according to schedule, construction is expected to last 16 months, with the new hotel slated to open in late winter or early spring of 2014. That would be ideal timing, Nedde adds, with the approach of college graduations. The staff of any hotel of this size will want 30 to 60 days to “work out the kinks.” In terms of job creation, Hoekstra says the company is projecting upward of 200 construction jobs and about 80 permanent jobs in the hotel itself. A restaurant in the Armory would add another 50 or more jobs. “I think it’s a win-win for downtown Burlington,” Nedde says, “both aesthetically and economically.” 


build an even larger underground parking garage than the 231space structure they’ve currently proposed. And that, he says, would put them dangerously close to the underground water table. Redstone’s current plans include a unique aesthetic approach to the parking structure. Because one floor will be at street level on St. Paul, the developers plan to block the exterior view of the garage with storefront-type windows that will serve as “mini art galleries.” They’ve even proposed working with Burlington City Arts to offer gallery space to local artists. “I think it’s really interesting the way they’ve taken into consideration the streetscapes they will impact to minimize the visual impact,” notes Kelly Devine, director of the Burlington Business Association. From a city planning perspective, the new hotel will accomplish two more often-stated goals for infill development downtown: creating a strong link between the Church Street Marketplace and the waterfront, and bringing more visitors to lower Main Street. Is the demand adequate to support an influx of new hotel rooms in downtown Burlington? Evidently so. According to Nedde’s market research, the downtown Burlington hotel market has consistently remained solid — one of the strongest in New England — even during serious economic downturns. Perhaps that’s not surprising, given the baseline need for overnight rooms created by the University of Vermont, Champlain College and Fletcher Allen Health Care. With the exception of the Marriott’s 161-room Courtyard Burlington Harbor, which was completed in 2007, a new

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uctioneer Paul Maglio casts an eye over the ragtag band of bidders congregating in the cold and dreary alley of a Westminster self-storage facility. “Fair warning,” he calls out in his Massachusetts accent. Then: “Sold!” It’s a Wednesday morning at about 10 a.m., and some 50 bidders have shown up from around the region to gamble on the contents of abandoned self-storage units. Some are pros: New Hampshire resident Skip Sullivan pulled up with a small entourage in a black SUV painted with his company’s name, JSB Sales. Others are hobbyists. Some are just curious. Nearly all of them are hoping to turn a profit by snapping up the contents of abandoned storage units and reselling them at a higher rate. It’s a practice that’s caught on as people look for creative ways to supplement their incomes, and a popular reality television show is ostensibly showing them the way. Maglio lays out the ground rules, and he makes it clear: Cash is king. So, with empty pockets, I end up falling in with Vernon resident Rodney Moore and his friend, Philip Ortega. Originally of Plaucheville, La., Ortega is living in Vermont while his wife works as a nurse in Springfield. Moore, the quieter of the middle-aged duo, is the old hand, and he’s been showing the gregarious Ortega the ropes for a few months. While we wait for the auction to start, the men joke around with some of the other bidders. Ortega is a teacher and coach, but, now out of work, he’s taken up the auction circuit. “It gets in your blood,” Ortega says in his thick Southern drawl. “It’s addictive. I don’t have a job right now, so I travel.” This morning it’s Westminster, and then on to Brattleboro, for a total of 11 units on the auction block. But many bidders will travel far afield in pursuit of a good buy. “Are you going to Hyannis?” Maglio asks one regular. Maglio is employed by Storage Auction Solutions and conducts auctions for storage facilities all over the Northeast. The Hyannis auction the next day is a big one — 35 units. In Westminster, our first auction of the day is a small unit. One of the employees of Casey Storage Solutions unlocks the door and Maglio calls out, “Get a look, get a look, get a look.” The bidders shuffle past in single file. We’re allowed to look but not touch, and we can’t enter the dim,

shadowy cave. I see a few boxes of what look to be books and CDs, some trash, a mound of clothing. It looks pretty dismal. But when we step to the side, Ortega and Moore put their heads together and begin comparing notes in hushed tones. They noticed a few instrument cases, which I had missed entirely. Still, it’s a small unit, and they set their ceiling low. When the short spate of bidding tops out at $250, there’s a “holy shit” from the crowd behind me. “That should have been a $50 box,” Ortega explains. Nationally, industry watchers such

as Lance Watkins, who founded the website, say the number of people attending auctions is up dramatically. It’s no different in Vermont. Watkins attributes that in large part to the popularity of a TV show called “Storage Wars” on A&E. In Westminster, everyone seems to have an opinion about the show, which debuted in 2010. “Storage Wars” follows a handful of professional auction hoppers in California. Its second season premiere in July 2011 was the channel’s highest-rated episode at the time. The Vermont bidders have something

of a love-hate relationship with the TV show. Most are avid viewers, and kid about their compatriots being a “Dave” or a “Barry” or one of the reality show’s other stars. They also complain, though, that the show falsifies the auction experience. Some, like Sullivan, think the auctions are staged. They gripe that the publicity attracts novices who get caught up in the excitement of bidding and drive up prices. “You have to be an eagle eye and know what you’re looking for,” Ortega advises. Then again: “A lot of it’s unknown.” Often it’s impossible to even guess what might be hiding in the crowded units or mysterious

Curiously, though, storage-unit auctions doing this is crazy,” O’Dell tells me. Before are at an all-time low nationally. today, he’d bought 15 or 16 units, by his “Because of the economy, it makes estimate. By the end of the morning he’s sense to think that delinquencies and added three more to the list. He’s seen dead foreclosures would be going up, but they rodents and live rodents — not a big deal; have been decreasing,” Watkins says. his day job is in the animal-control business Sales happen only after renters — and estimates that one out of every three fall behind on their rent. According to units contains pornography. Vermont’s lien laws, the storage facility has Still, “it’s sort of like Christmas to first send two notices of default to the morning,” O’Dell says of his new hobby. person’s last known address, and then post “You never know what you’re going to get.” an advertisement O’Dell carries for the sale in a a heavy-duty newspaper for flashlight that he two consecutive aims into every weeks. Only then storage unit, and can the facility his pockets are auction off the full of a tangle contents of the of locks. After unit. The storage the bidding is facilities can take complete at each what’s owed in unit, the facility back rent, but if manager yanks there’s money the sliding door left over, the down again. The renter can claim winning bidder the balance. must lock up and D uANE o ’ D El l Otherwise, the can’t come back balance goes to examine the to the Vermont contents until treasurer. after he’s settled Most bidders up. focus on the stuff, not the people behind Toward the end of the morning, Ortega the stuff — though occasionally there are brings up the old adage about money: “You some obvious reminders. In Westminster, have to have it to make it.” O’Dell’s three the manager jimmies open one of the metal units total $1125, but he estimates that the doors and suddenly we’re looking at a most expensive — an $850 bid — will churn mountain of household goods, most of it out around $3500 in resale value. It’s one of children’s belongings. One box is marked the tidier units, and Maglio calls out to the “Dylan’s toys,” and I spy a Christmas stocking crowd, “A lot of nice product, folks. Don’t with “Dylan” etched across the top. miss the opportunity.” Ortega recently had trouble moving This, after all, is what brings people back children’s stuff at the New Hampshire to auctions again and again: opportunity. auction house where he resells goods. That Ortega says that in tough economic times may be why he passes on this one. The unit it’s an attempt to make a little money, even goes for $125 to Duane O’Dell of Arlington, if the auctions are a gamble. Vt., who started attending auctions about O’Dell looks giddy after his big buy. “I six months ago out of curiosity. think I need to slow down a little,” he says. “Anybody that tries to make a living But he doesn’t. Once the Westminster

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auction is over, everyone piles in their cars and heads south. The same crowd, with the same auctioneer, reconvenes in Brattleboro, where the group eagerly speculates about the possible contents of a massive shipping container. “There’s probably a Corvette in there,” someone jokes. Suddenly it doesn’t feel that improbable, because by then I’m wondering, Just what does someone store in a unit this size? Not much, it turns out. Once the door opens, I puzzle at a large stack of what appears to be flooring before Maglio explains that it’s part of a bowling alley. The unit goes for $100, and Ortega and Moore agree it’s a good buy. It is possible to make money at this. In fact, Moore says he makes about $600 a week. He also buys at estate sales and has been a regular vendor at the Newfane flea market for years. Ortega is newer to the biz and is taking classes to learn more about the value of different kinds of jewelry. Both men try to turn around their purchases quickly. Some items go to consignment shops or eBay, and many get doled out at the New Hampshire auction house that Moore and Ortega frequent. But today, the men leave empty handed, and don’t succumb to the frenzy of lastminute bidding that drives one seemingly worthless unit up to $200. I get conflicting advice from Moore: You have to be cautious. But you have to take some gambles. But most of all, he says, start slow. “If you get right into it you’ll start piling stuff up instead of turning stuff over,” he says. And that’s a recipe for ending up on another A&E classic: the TV show “Hoarders.” m

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boxes. A buyer might open one crate to find a valuable coin collection, only to purchase another lot and discover a bizarre papiermâché sculpture of a donkey. That’s among the strangest items that Ortega has found in a unit. Montpelier resident and frequent auction-goer Tim Beavin has discovered the cremated remains of bodies in other units — a heartbreaking reminder, he says, of just how personal these belongings can be. But there are occasional big wins. Moore bought the contents of one unit that contained a brand-new washer and dryer. He estimates he nabbed $3000 worth of merchandise for a $300 bid. Sometimes strange items have value that the bidders might never have predicted. Moore resold a Flowbee — the 1988 invention is a vacuumcleaner attachment meant for cutting hair — for $47. “I was going to throw it in the trash,” he says, shaking his head a bit. “You never know.” Another auction-goer puts it this way to a friend in line at one unit: “It’s a little like the lottery. Except with some work thrown in.” That’s because bidders are on the hook for emptying out the unit they purchase, often within 24 hours. “That means the good, the bad and the ugly,” Maglio warns. The only items buyers can and should leave behind are personal papers such as photographs or tax returns, a rule that’s intended to protect against identity theft. The self-storage industry is big business in the United States. According to one trade group, it brought in more than $20 billion in annual revenues in 2010, and the Self Storage Association says self-storage has been the fastest-growing segment of the commercial real estate industry over the last 30 years. Plus, the trade group boasts that the industry is practically recession proof. One analyst told the Wall Street Journal that the foreclosure crisis has boosted demand for storage space as families move into smaller rental units.

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This Land Is Your Land Mobile-home owners find cooperatives the way to roll B Y PAUL HEI NT Z MATTHEW THORSEN


Residents celebrate their acquisition of Homestead Acres mobile-home park on Jan. 1, 2012





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or years, Henry Benedict and his neighbors battled the owner of the Swanton mobile-home park where they live. They fought over rent increases. They fought over water and sewage fees. They fought over maintenance issues. Then, one day last May, Benedict and the 26 other families who live in the Homestead Acres mobile-home park received letters in the mail saying the owner was putting the 50-acre property up for sale. So they did something crazy: They formed a co-op and bought the place themselves. “Everything happened real fast for us,” says Benedict, who works for the town of Highgate’s recreation department. “There was no time to think about it.” When the newly named Homestead Acres Cooperative closed on the property in December, it joined the leading edge of a national movement to empower mobilehome residents by helping them buy the properties on which they live. Last month, a mobile-home park in Milton joined Homestead Acres and a park in Windsor to become the third cooperatively owned park established in Vermont in recent years. The emerging trend is a significant

development for the nearly 7000 Vermont families who live in mobile-home parks. While 80 percent of them own their dwellings, 70 percent live in for-profit parks where they have little leverage over the rent they pay for their lots. Despite the name, mobile-homes aren’t all that cheap or easy to move, so when rent goes up or the park changes hands, residents are left hoping for the best. “We’re kind of stuck here,” says Benedict, sitting on a recliner in the living room of the 14-by-80-foot home he purchased a decade ago. “If you live in a trailer, you can’t just pick up and move.” Cindy Shambo, a neighbor of Benedict’s and a cashier at the St. Albans Hannaford, sits on a couch across the room and pushes one of Benedict’s two cats off her shoulder. “We are stuck here,” she agrees. “But now we’re making it better, so we don’t mind being stuck here.” The way Benedict tells it, the story of Homestead Acres is that of a bunch of disconnected neighbors who fought their landlord as individuals for years without much success. Only when they banded together and formed a community association did they realize they had the power to demand fair treatment.

“One on one, [the property owner] always seemed to win. When we formed an organization, it looked like we were winning a little more,” Benedict says. Dan Shedrick, a neighbor who works at the St. Albans Rent-A-Center, says, “Bottom line, we became a pain in [the property owner’s] rear. He just didn’t want to deal with it. When he realized he had 26 people to deal with instead of one or two at a time, he decided he got in over his head and decided to sell the park.” John Wilking, who co-owned the park and whose company, Neville Companies, managed it, disagrees with his former tenants on most counts. He says he treated them fairly, followed the letter of the law and did not raise rent excessively. But he does agree that the arrangement just wasn’t working out. “Mobile-home park residents are about the most difficult residential tenants you can possibly have. Everyone has a story, and people don’t want to pay rent on time. I’ve been dealing with those stories for 12 or 15 years, and I was a little fed up with them,” says Wilking, who still owns three other parks in Vermont. “It was a good investment, but it was time to go. We had been really good Boy Scouts but had got

nothing but pain in return. So it was time to go.” Thanks to strong tenant-protection laws in Vermont, once the residents of Homestead Acres learned of Wilking’s intention to sell, they had 45 days to decide whether they wanted to seek out a nonprofit buyer — or to purchase the place themselves. Working with the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity’s Mobile-home Project, they learned about the co-op model and decided to pursue it. As Shedrick recalls, “At first there were some people who stood back and kind of questioned the motive and questioned the whole security thing, making sure we weren’t going to be belly flopping and blowing a whole lot of money.” But, working with CVOEO, the residents were able to draw on the expertise — and, more importantly, the capital — provided by a pair of out-of-state organizations working to replicate the success of a New Hampshire program that has converted 100 mobile-home parks into co-ops since 1984. Sarah Woodward, of CVOEO’s Mobile Home Project, explains that for years options were limited for residents whose

parks went on the market. Typically, her office would help find a nonprofit housing organization willing to buy the park in question, but in recent years, those organizations have been pulling back from mobile-home parks. In September 2010, when the Bunker Hill Mobile Home Park in Windsor was faced with closure, CVOEO decided to explore the possibility of importing the co-op model to Vermont. It sought assistance from the Massachusetts-based Cooperative Development Institute, which provides technical assistance; and from the New Hampshire-based ROC USA, which supplies low-interest loans. “We knew that we could manage ourselves better than an outsider,” says David Furman, a Bunker Hill resident who helped lead the effort to purchase the community. “We’re here; we know what needs to be done; we see things.” When Bunker Hill closed the deal in June 2011, becoming Bunker Hill Community Cooperative, it became the first mobile-home co-op in Vermont in 18 years — and it would be a model for Homestead Acres in Swanton. Advocates of the co-op model say the benefits are myriad. “First and foremost is, it’s a pretty much

instantaneous form of achieving some form of rent control,” says Jeremiah Ward of the Cooperative Development Institute, who worked with both the Bunker Hill and Homestead Acres communities. “When residents own their own parks, if they’re going to raise their rents on themselves, it’s for something that’s correlated with an actual increase in quality of life.” Typically, every family living in the

becoming new friends, getting the opportunity to raise their voice and use their skills. It’s an amazing thing to see,” Ward says. After signaling their intention to buy Homestead Acres, Benedict, Shambo and Shedrick had 90 days to convince a majority of their neighbors to join the co-op and make an offer. “We got them just in the nick of time to

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community can choose to buy a membership for a onetime fee of anywhere from $100 to $500. This allows them a vote on the cooperative’s board and a say in rent, maintenance decisions and community rules. “It’s very empowering, because people who may have never met each other before are working alongside one another,

stop the sale,” Benedict says. After securing financing from ROC USA, the community purchased Homestead Acres for $780,000 and closed the deal on December 1. It borrowed an additional $25,000 as a cushion for immediate maintenance needs and other expenses. And, while rent has increased from $375 a month to $385, residents

say they’re fine with that — because they made the decision themselves, and they believe they’ll be able to lower that figure in the future. “It’s not going to go up. It’s only going to go down,” Shedrick says. The experience has brought the community together. Residents are hoping to hold regular barbecues and lawn sales this summer. And they’re already talking about trying to build a safe place for kids to play in the park — once they take care of more immediate needs, such as repaving the roads. “Now people are getting together more often, talking more,” Benedict says. “People are getting to know each other.” When we leave Benedict’s trailer and walk from one end of the park to the other, he points out a sewage system the community has been working to improve and a pump house that needed new pipes and chlorinators. He talks about the community’s efforts to fill a couple of vacant lots and the possibility of eventually building new lots. It’s not easy running the park on their own, Benedict says, but it’s worth it. “We were always living on pins and needles before,” Benedict adds. “It’s like a sigh of relief, because you don’t have to worry about a letter coming in the mail saying you’re being evicted.” m

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adical environmentalist James Howard Kunstler shares an Old Testament prophetic shtick with radical abolitionist John Brown — who Kunstler extolled in a recent blog post. Just as Brown thundered righteously against slavery and foretold its end in a bloody cataclysm, so too does Kunstler call down damnation on today’s consumerist and car-centric society, which, he predicts, will soon meet its doom. The author of five novels and 10 nonfiction books, Kunstler, 63, ranks as the country’s foremost critic of all things suburban. His influential 1994 polemic, The Geography of Nowhere, attacked suburbia on cultural and social as well as environmental grounds. Kunstler drew further conclusions about the unsustainability

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SD: You don’t think Americans will be driving electric cars some years from now? JHK: There’s no way we’re going to electrify the current American car fleet. There will be some electric cars for a while. Some people will be able to get them, but motoring will become more and more an elite activity that will be greatly resented by people who can no longer afford it.


SD: But there’s all this talk now about vast new reserves of fossil fuels available in shale and in the Canadian tar sands. JHK: It’s bullshit. It’s complete nonsense to think we can become energy independent in terms of oil and gas. The energy from the tar sands is not a lot in comparison to the way the world uses energy. The assumption that oil and gas will remain abundant or that we can keep living in the same way with other types of energy reflects the delusional thinking that’s so prevalent now. And I include the environmental community in that.



We’re going to become a far less affluent society. It’s already happening. Municipalities are going broke, and they won’t be able to maintain the fabulously elaborate road systems they’ve got now. There will be a triage process whereby some roads just don’t get fixed. The energy problem ties into the capital-formation problem. There will be less capital available for buying cars on installment, which is how most Americans buy them now. We need walkable communities co ur and much better public te transportation. And that had better include conventional railroads, because we’re too broke to build highspeed rail. of

SD: You’re giving a talk next week at the University of Vermont. What’s it about? JHK: I’ll lay out the need for new arrangements of daily life that are way beyond what many people can imagine today. I’ll examine the crazy idea that we can switch the type of fuels we use and still keep all our shit running. I’ll attack the notion that we can run Walmart on wind, solar and algae. That’s part of the bundle of delusions that’s very dangerous and is going to get us into a lot of trouble. The truth is that none of the alternate fuels we know about now will provide us with even a fraction of the power needed to run all the systems and subsystems required for American life as currently configured. It’s impossible, really.

Every year I go to the Aspen Environmental Forum, which is a gathering of elite figures in the environmental movement. They don’t want to talk about making other arrangements but instead about how we can keep running cars by other means. They don’t see that we’re going to have to inhabit the landscape very differently than we do at present. We’ve spent the last half century constructing an armature for daily life that has no future. And that fact is going to create an enormous psychological problem. We’re so invested in the current arrangements at every level that the process of letting go will be very hard. I would characterize our psychological problem as one of techno-narcissism. It’s the belief that technology is going to save our ass.


SEVEN DAYS: Why did you move? JAMES HOWARD KUNSTLER: I found a place with two or three flat acres where I can garden and that’s within walking distance of the village of Greenwich. Saratoga was getting too expensive for me.

of automobile dependence in The Long Emergency (2005), in which he argues that an approaching scarcity of oil will force Americans to re-create smaller-scale, more self-reliant communities. His forthcoming book, Too Much Magic, will examine what Kunstler describes as the “techno-narcissistic” view that American ingenuity will ward off the worst effects of climate change and produce alternate forms of energy that will allow the country to remain affluent and cosseted. Seven Days interviewed Kunstler by telephone in advance of an upcoming lecture at the University of Vermont entitled “The End of Cheap Energy.” He spoke from his home in Greenwich, N.Y., about 15 miles from his former town of residence, Saratoga Springs.

SD: Burlington specifically and Vermont generally see themselves as environmentally progressive. Yet at the same time, there’s a lot of resistance to dense development, which would seem to be necessary if we’re going to overcome suburban sprawl. JHK: We’re going to reach a point where our municipal planning codes will be completely ignored. Cities won’t be able to afford enforcement personnel. Attitudes will necessarily change. [The 19th-century German philosopher Arthur] Schopenhauer traced the way epochal change occurs in society. He said radical new ideas are ridiculed at



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James Howard Kunstler will share his vision of America’s future in a lecture titled “The End of Cheap Energy” on Wednesday, March 14, at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center, 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.



It’s happening with the national retail chain model. We’re about to see Sears go out of business. It’s not the first, and it won’t be the last. Burlington, by the way, isn’t special, and neither is Saratoga. The outskirts of Burlington look like Hackensack.


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Fancy a toque? These eateries are looking for new owners BY C O R IN H IR S C H


t happens: A local hangout shutters its doors after a slow year. A chef decides she wants to move out of state. A popular diner goes bust after a crisis in the family. Vermont’s landscape is dotted with the eateries of times past — empty spaces still filled with the tables, bar stools and ovens of a previous life, but waiting like orphans for loving new owners. The restaurants for sale in Vermont are not always empty, however. In this sagging economy, some go on the block while still in operation. In real estate listings, they’re billed as turnkey businesses, some with their identities concealed — such as the “full operational pizzeria” for sale in Burlington or the “family-owned Italian restaurant with over 40 years of history” for sale in Shelburne. The difficulties of selling a restaurant in this economy can be myriad, according to Peter Yee, an agent with Redstone who specializes in restaurant deals. “Sometimes people have an inflated value of



Current business: Saigon Bistro Address: 119 College Street, Burlington Building size: 1800 square feet For sale: Business and equipment Price: $89,000 The deal: The current 50-seat eatery


opened in this space two years ago, but the family that owns it wants to move on. They prefer that potential buyers contact their agent, Redstone, rather than coming in to look around during business hours. Features: The restaurant boasts an attractive, historic façade and a stellar location — its huge windows look out on College Street, and it’s a twominute walk from Church Street. All furnishings, fixtures and equipment in the full commercial kitchen are included. Rumors: Might this be the home of Burlington’s next vegetarian restaurant? Time will tell.



what they’re trying to sell. But the banks are also not lending as freely as they did in the past,” he says. “Sometimes, sellers are having to finance the sale themselves.” Prospective restaurateurs are still chasing the dream, though. Case in point: St. Johnsbury’s Elements Food and Spirit was for sale for many moons before the owners decided to shutter the restaurant last December. The closure was crushing for local foodies, but word came just this week that new owners are hoping to start a resto inside the stunning 150-year-old riverside mill. The agent for the deal, Mary Scott of Parkway Realty Associates, says she can’t divulge details for another few weeks. If you’re kinetic enough to take on the grueling life of a chef or restaurateur, a range of spaces await across the state. All come with commercial kitchens; some have perks such as riverside decks, built-in clientele or, best of all, location, location, location. 




Current business: Jay’s Restaurant and Pizzeria Address: Mad River Green, 114 Route 100, Waitsfield Building size: 2700 square feet For sale: Business and equipment Price: $115,000 The deal: Chef-owner Walter Brink


opened this homey eatery two decades ago and has served up thousands of breakfasts, lunches and dinners since then — as well as maintaining a busy catering business. “I’ve been here for 21 years, and I’m just tired and need to do something different,” says Brink. He recently lowered the price from $170,000. “I’m eager to sell,” he adds, and thinks the 80-seat eatery’s prime position will serve new owners well. Features: A varied, lively clientele that includes tourists and locals. “We’re at the end of the VAST [Vermont Association of Snow Travelers] trail, and that’s a good part of our [winter] lunch business,” says Brink. Full commercial kitchen and all inventory are included. ON THE BLOCK

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Chubby Muffins, Skinny Prices. Yum! and the owners have “exciting things” planned for the bar. They won’t disclose the details just yet, saying only, “It will be a first for Vermont.” Rao and Wells met more than two decades ago when both worked at the sIrloIn saloon — he as a chef, she as a manager. Rao eventually went into real estate, while Wells owned the purplE knIGhts pIzza, later pk Café, in Colchester, which closed last year. In a reprise of their original roles, Rao will helm the kitchen — at least at first — and Wells will manage the front of the house, along with the former owner of the beloved ChICkEn BonE Café, DavID aBDoo, who will serve as general manager. To lighten up the ambiance, the partners have busted through the north wall to create a bank of arched windows and built long wooden benches along some of the walls. They plan to scatter some farm tables among the traditional two- and four-tops. “We want to bring authenticity to this fun, hip environment,” Wells says. Both Rao and Wells think the eatery will blend well with neighboring restaurants, including amErICan flatBrEaD — BurlInGton hEarth, just down the street. “It’s a whole different product. It will be a good complement,” says Rao. For now, they’re awaiting the arrival of their massive Gianni Acunto oven. With the help of the Italian tomatoes and flour, “We’re trying to fool the dough into thinking it’s in Naples,” Rao quips.

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When Burlington’s 156 BIstro closed in December, the notices in the window suggested it might be just for renovations. Turns out that was only part of the story. The inside of the St. Paul Street space has become a tangle of construction, and two new partners are busy fitting it out as a whole different eatery, anchored by a two-ton, wood-fired oven in which they’ll cook authentic Neapolitan pizza. Owners John rao and lEslIE wElls expect their business, pIzzErIa vErIta, to be open by April. Their motto: “The truth is in the dough.” Rao says he has spent years perfecting the crust for a true-to-tradition Neapolitan pizza, a distinct and revered style defined by a thin, airy, sometimes-charred crust and simple, fresh toppings. “It took me a while to figure it out,” says Rao of the crust, which he eventually mastered with Antico Molino Caputo Tipo 00 pizza flour from Italy and a “slow rise” of 24 to 36 hours. Inside a 900-degree oven, the pies cook in 90 seconds and emerge blistered. Then they’re topped with über-fresh ingredients — San Marzano tomatoes, fresh or bufala mozzarella, fresh herbs, prosciutto, arugula, broccoli rabe, fennel sausage, or other local meats and cheeses. At one of Rao’s private tastings, he says, a burrata-topped pie prompted an acquaintance to invest in the new business on the spot. “People would tell me, ‘There’s nothing like this crust,’” says Rao, brimming with energy. Wells has studied Neapolitan pizza at kEsté pIzza & vIno in New York City, an American center of the tradition. “You keep it simple, and all of the flavors pop,” she says. The Verita menu will also feature salads created by Chez Panisse-trained amy BaCon,

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Lopez shuttered Santos last year, breaking the heart of anyone who had savored his Latin-inflected fare. Garcia and his wife, Maria Elena Jimenez currently divide their time between Puerto Rico and Stowe, where they still own a home. But they’d like to sell this property, which, prior to Santos, held the French bistro Mes Amis. (It was razed in 2005.) The land is certainly full of good juju from amazing meals gone by. Features: The soaring, 77-seat dining room and bar on the main floor are filled with light and ambience. Downstairs are an office, walk-in cooler, full commercial kitchen, private dining area and wine cellar. On the third floor, three furnished, one-bedroom apartments have flatscreen televisions and gas fireplaces.

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Address: 1190 Mountain Road, Stowe Building size: 9500 square feet Lot size: 3.9 acres For sale: Business, building and land Price: $1.95 million Other fees: $26,810 annual taxes The deal: The original Rusty Nail used

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burned to the ground in 1994. Two years later, it was rebuilt by then-owner Bobby Roberts. Roberts sold it to the current owners in 2004, and they have had the Rusty Nail on offer, albeit on the downlow, for months. Business is flourishing, however, under chef Michael Werneke and manager Kate Wise. The mechanical bull may be long gone, but the après-ski scene rages on here. Features: The price includes a sizable lot as well as a full commercial kitchen, wraparound deck, performance space and built-in cachet as one of Stowe’s main après-ski spots. The post-andbeam building underwent a major renovation in 2005. The listing calls this “truly a turnkey business” with 100 parking spots.

Previous business: John Egan’s Big World Pub & Grill Address: 8 Route 17, Waitsfield Building size: 5247 square feet Lot size: 0.9 acres For sale: Building and land Price: $525,000 Other fees: $11,931 annual taxes The deal: Egan’s Big World was a longtime local and skier hangout where weekend lines were common. (Previously, the space held another beloved local pub, Gallagher’s.) Gerry Nooney, who is now the food and beverage director at Sugarbush Resort, used to co-own the business and still remembers it fondly. “I’ve been cooking all my life in some highend places, and I’ve never worked a nicer kitchen than there is there,” says Nooney. Even when Egan’s was busy, he says, the kitchen’s intuitive design ensured “it was never stressful. It just works.” Built in 1960, this structure underwent a renovation in 2005. Many locals would love to see this Mad River Valley landmark reopened. Features: The building includes a full commercial kitchen, large office space, one-bedroom apartment and retail space. It sits in a prominent, high-traffic location at the intersection of Routes 100 and 17.

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for several years to come. “There’s a lot of growth and expansion in craft brewing, and brewers need trained people to fill the vacancies,” says owner stEvE ParkEs, who rents out space in local breweries for instruction. Soon he’ll be able to train many of those students at the DroP-In BrEwIng ComPany, a 15-barrel craft brewery in Middlebury owned by Parkes and his wife, ChrIstInE mCkEEvEr-ParkEs, which will serve as both a commercial brewery and a teaching center. “[The system] is going to be used to train students at the Brewers Guild, but we might as well use it to make beer,” says Parkes, whose 28 years in brewing and

education have included stints at breweries in his native England as well as at California’s humBolDt BrEws and Middlebury’s ottEr CrEEk BrEwIng. That experience has given Parkes a crystal-clear idea of the flagship ale he’d like to produce. “People generally like the malty character of German-style beers. They like the hoppy flavor of Cascade — American — hops,” he says. “And they like Belgian-style flavors from Belgian yeast.” So Drop-In’s signature, year-round brew, Sunshine & Hoppiness, will be akin to a Belgian golden ale that balances those three elements. “Balance is key. No one flavor should dominate

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the other,” says Parkes of his brewing philosophy. As for accompanying seasonal ales, “We’ll go with the mood that strikes us,” he says. All beers will be sold on the premises in growlers as well as on draft locally. Parkes expects much of his equipment to arrive some time in April, and the brewery on Route 7 South — which will also include a tasting room — to open this spring.

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Don’t look for a diner in downtown St. Albans. The last one, kJ’s DInEr at 51 South Main Street, closed last Sunday. “It wasn’t doing the business I needed it to,” explains owner tom QuoIJEs.

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Building size: 3300 square feet For sale: Building (condo) Price: $270,000 other fees: $4582 annual taxes The deal: The 124-seat local hangout was

a well-loved place to grab a plate of cidercured ribs or chicken schnitzel — that is, until it closed in the spring of 2011. Before its life as the East Ender, the space held Wild Grass, another popular resto. It’s part of a larger condominium complex. Features: Huge windows fill the space with light. There’s a spacious full commercial kitchen, walk-in coolers and parking for 40 cars. The front deck seats 24, and the restaurant also has a privatefunction room. m




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and-lunch spot is “the only sit-down restaurant in the whole area,” according to agent Peter Yee. The 111-seat restaurant has been Country Pantry for more than 15 years, offering new owners a built-in advantage. Sales average $60,000 per month, Yee says. Features: It’s a turnkey business with loyal clientele, a full commercial kitchen and a huge basement with storage. It has a visible location on Route 104 and a patio with 35 seats.

Restaurant address: 15 Kellogg Road, Essex Junction Building size: 2600 square feet lot size: 0.9 acres For sale: Business Price: $249,000 lease rate: $2500 per month The deal: The two-floor dining area is full of light and unusual curves. The condo complex it’s in has food vibes, too — before the Hideaway, it held the Eclipse Grill and, prior to that, the Wilson Inn. However, the building is decidedly out of the way. Features: All furniture and commercial kitchen are included. Seller financing is available. Previous business: East Ender Restaurant


address: 951 Main Street, Fairfax Building size: 6000 square feet lot size: 0.9 acres For sale: Business Price: $79,000 (recently reduced) The deal: This thriving breakfast-

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launching until after all four grades of maple syrup are available,” Ross says. “I’m partnering with Mother Nature, and she’s in control.” Vasseur may seem an unlikely partner in an online business, but he has his reasons. “Dori kept pestering me,” he says with a shrug. Ross adds that she wanted to support her neighbor. She also enlisted Dave Hartshorn of Hartshorn’s Farm Stand & Maple and Eastman Long of Eastman Long & Sons, both in Waitsfield. “Easty is a latecomer. He’s only been doing it 35 years,” pooh-poohs Vasseur of the latter. Tonewood customers can decide for themselves whether longevity in the maple business is their priority. The website will guide their choice of tree to adopt with profiles of the farms and farmers, including video tours of the sugar bushes and interviews — Vasseur wears an orange hunting hat with earflaps in his. The adoption model suggests a child-sponsorship program, but Ross says she prefers to think of it as “a premium CSA.” The initial package this spring will arrive with a certificate of adoption and a

picture of the sponsored tree. Hartshorn is giving his trees identifying markers using weather-resistant, cattle-ear-type tags on pipeline systems; Long says he’s named each of his. Subscribers will also receive a 16-page booklet about sustainability, reflecting the educational side of Tonewood’s mission. Ross plans to donate a portion of her profits to the University of Vermont’s Proctor Maple Research Center, where the first-time entrepreneur — who grew up sugaring — attended maple-grading school to learn more about her product. “I wanted to really help the maple industry by supporting climate-change research,” says blond, polished Ross over lunch at Waitsfield’s Big Picture Theater & Café. Climate change has profoundly affected small farms such as those of her producers, she explains, shortening maple season by as much as two weeks in recent years. Besides tracking the trend, the Proctor Maple Research Center is developing tools to increase productivity.

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An open letter to our community, On Friday, March 9th The Clean Slate Café will open its doors to the public. This would not be possible without the hard work and good council from a host of partners. Our thanks go out to this amazing group of contractors, vendors, advisors and business partners. Although we will inadvertently leave some out, we would like to thank the following people and businesses: • Sterry and Tyson Leno (Sterry Construction) • Chad Wendel and Brian Reed ( C.E. Wendel Electric) • Bob Gerrish and Larry Blakely (Plumber Bob) • Henry Huang (All Temb HVACR) • Brian and Matt Howes (Gas Appliance Service of VT) • NevTec (Kitchen Hoods) • Jay Write RCWA • Paul Dame (Shepherd Financial Services) • Charles Ininger (VT Small Business Development Center) • Jim Brown (Artcast, Inc.) • Eco Labs • Jason Gregoire (Kittredge

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Foodservice Equipment) RFS Food Service Black River Produce Farrell Distributing Calmont Beverage Bakers Distributing Kevin Morgan (N.E. Restaurant Supply) Steve Bogart Farrah Cattaneo Local and State Regulatory Agencies Audra Brown (Montpelier Zoning Office) Barre Electrical Supply Macauley’s Foodservice Yankee Wine & Spirits Clarke’s Feed Store Advance Music

Our Mission • To provide exceptional service to every guest and to regularly exceed guests’ expectations. • To provide a safe and rewarding workplace that values individual contribution while supporting the team mission. We hope that you will accept our invitation to join us as we deliver our vision of hospitality.


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Dori Ross will preview her Tonewood products on Saturday, March 17, at the Vermont Mini Farmers Market in the Farmhouse at Lincoln Peak as part of Sugarbush’s Sugaring Time Festival. Look for to debut in April.

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leaf-shaped treats sold at maple festivals. In the other box is a maple-sugar cube that comes with the world’s cutest, tiniest grater. Ross says she uses it to grate sugar onto her morning cappuccino, as well as on fresh berries and granola. For those not ready for the commitment of adopting a tree, Ross will sell maple products à la carte in “liquid” and “solid” sections of her website. Besides syrup and treats from the packages, they’ll include containers of sweet maple flakes, decadent maple cream and a savory seasoning that combines maple dust with salt, pepper and garlic powder. The seasoning is part of Ross’ measured attempt to make maple a regular part of mealtime. She calls the sap a superfood, referring to a University of Rhode Island study that identified 54 beneficial compounds in maple, including five not previously seen in nature. One Tonewood package will contain a booklet with recipes contributed by Vermont ROSS chefs, but Ross also envisions producing a fulllength book. The Tonewood Facebook page regularly features links to maple recipes, both sweet and savory. On a blog, Ross will invite adopters to contribute their own, creating something of an online maple community. Just don’t expect Robert Vasseur to be joining the conversation. “That’ll turn people off,” he says of the notion that he might develop a bigger internet presence. If Vasseur’s salt-of-the earth solidity is the old guard of maple production and distribution, perhaps Tonewood is its 21st-century face. “What I want to do is take a wonderful, completely natural foodstuff and elevate it to the level of sophistication that it deserves,” Ross says. 


Vasseur’s farm is already benefiting from his collaboration with Ross and Proctor: All his trees are now outfitted with check-valve spout adapters. Each of these “results in higher yields than normal,” says Proctor’s director, Timothy Perkins, one of the system’s inventors. “It keeps the bacteria from getting back into the tree every time you put a hole in the tree.” Better for the tree, better for the farmer. Acres of maple trees sporting bright-blue valves may not be particularly glamorous, but the packaging Ross has developed for the Tonewood product is. A few months after the initial adoption notice, the first delivery of syrup will arrive in black boxes designed by a Bostonbased, Swedish-owned firm. Ross, who is essentially a one-woman operation, has chosen to package the syrup in chic glass bottles that highlight the dramatic color differences in the four grades. More importantly, her research revealed that glass best maintains the syrup’s freshness. The four-pack DORI of 250-milliliter bottles includes each American grade: Grade A Light Amber (often called “fancy”), Grade A Medium Amber, Grade A Dark Amber and deep, dark Grade B. Each tree produces all of the grades at different times, starting the season with ethereal-tasting fancy and ending it with the big, sucrose-rich flavor of Grade B in warmer weeks. The four-pack gives customers a chance to experience maple in all its subtle variations and choose a favorite. Vasseur did that long ago. Last year’s chilly spring resulted in a season heavy on fancy syrup for him, and he disdains any other choice. “What I say is, you don’t have no taste,” he says upon learning that this reporter prefers Grade B. In the fall, Tonewood customers will sample value-added maple products with their third shipment, “Sweet Pairing.” The box contains two smaller boxes, one filled with maple wafers crafted by sugar maker and confectioner Colleen Palmer of Jeffersonville. The delicately packaged candies are a smooth, grown-up equivalent of the


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BUILDING A BETTER IEP: Parents of children with special needs review and discuss individualized education programs, tips for successful school meetings, and special-education evaluations. Conference Room B, Rutland Regional Medical Center, noon-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 353-3277,


VERMONT ITALIAN CLUB: Members gather historical information and photos of Burlington’s displaced Little Italy neighborhood, which they plan to incorporate into four interpretive signs throughout the area in which it stood. Community Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5961.


DINNER & A MOVIE: Potluck participants anticipate the summer with food and a flick related to amusement parks. Milton Historical Society, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2598, ‘THE ARTIST’: A silent-movie star and a dancer face the arrival of talkies in Michel Hazanavicius’ black-and-white, and mostly silent, love letter to 1920s Hollywood, which just nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.

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SPICES BEYOND SALT & PEPPER: Taste buds get a jolt as Delna Boyce introduces the varied flavors of cardamom, mace, black mustard, coriander, clove and more. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5-6:30 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202,

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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. NATURAL SOLUTIONS FOR FIBROMYALGIA: Stephen Brandon introduces possible treatments for this common syndrome associated with

BOOK TALKS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS: Stay-at-home learners in grades 4 through 8 chat about titles on the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award list. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. 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. HOGWARTS READING SOCIETY: Potterheads and others fascinated by the fantasy genre discuss Polly Shulman’s The Grimm Legacy. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. KIDS IN THE KITCHEN: Little line cooks practice frying, flipping, mixing and grating as they whip up eggs-in-holes. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. LEGO CLUB: Children connect colorful blocks to create masterful structures of their own design. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-3:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOK GROUP: Passionate readers recount their favorite works. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. 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. PAJAMA STORY TIME: Kids up to age 6 wear their jammies for evening tales. Arvin A. Brown Library, Richford, 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, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. READ TO A DOG: Bookworms share words 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. READING BUDDIES: Eighth-grade mentors foster a love of books in little ones. Brownell Library, Essex


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Hey there. Your bike’s looking a little ... fat. Don’t take offense — we’re merely referring to its thick tires designed for better flotation and traction on soft surfaces such as snow and sand. As “fat bikes” become more popular in the Northeast, “the technology to ride in the winter” is more widespread, says WINTERBIKE Mountain Bike Vermont’s Ryan Thibault. This pedal power fuels Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m., at Kingdom Trails Nordic Center in East Burke. After party at Saturday’s WinterBike. While Tamarack Grill, Sherburne Base Lodge, Burke everything is weather dependent Mountain Ski Resort. $25 for the IdeRide 6X race; all other events are free but $10 — and there are contingency donations are accepted ($20 donation for plans should Old Man Winter a commemorative T-shirt while supplies dish out an Indian summer or a last). Info, 626-6005. blizzard — the best-case scenario winterbike includes guided loops for folks of all ability levels and pit stops for local food around a bonfire. At 2 p.m., bolder bikers spin their wheels in the IdeRide 6X, a race with jumps and obstacles down Candy Bar Hill. Phat, indeed.

From battling egos to unrealistic fan expectations to the ultimate band breakups, supergroups have proved to be a touch-and-go concept over the years. Even success stories, such as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, have hit their share of roadblocks. Though the latest venture of folkies Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky is billed as a supergroup, “Red Horse isn’t an attempt at group-forming as much as it is an exercise in collaboration,” writes Vintage Guitar magazine. The three RED HORSE Friday, March 9, 8 p.m., at Barre show that they’ve Opera House. $10-30. Info, 476learned how to 8188. share as they take turns fronting each other’s best-known songs. Watch them do the ol’ switcheroo in sparse acoustic arrangements and vocal counterpoint that hints at harmony offstage, too.





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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.

OPEN ROTA MEETING: Neighbors keep tabs on the gallery’s latest happenings in a weekly gathering. The ROTA Studio and Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8 p.m. Free. Info, 518-314-9872.


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body-wide pain and fatigue. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. 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.




MAR.09 | THEATER Good Luck, Woodchuck


How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck only chucked wood every two or three or six years? It’s a riddle better left to George Woodard and Woodchuck Theatre Company, the force behind the “sometimes not-so-very-annual‘GROUND HOG OPRY’ or-predictable” Ground Hog Opry, Friday, March 9, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Town a live radio play that debuted Hall in Chelsea. $10; tickets typically sell out. Upcoming dates: March 16 at Chandler in 1991 and last toured in 2006. Music Hall in Randolph; March 23 and A small-town spin on “Grand 24 at Hyde Park Opera House; March 30 Ole Opry,” this quintessentially at Barre Opera House; and March 31 and April 1 at Thatcher Brook Primary School in Vermont production introduces Waterbury. Info, 800-611-6045. the quirky cast behind a fictitious radio station, WSMM (Well Shut My Mouth). Performers Woodard, Al Boright, John Drury, Jim Pitman, Allen Church, Nancy MacDowell, Carrie Cook and Ramona Godfrey deliver sidesplitting news items and PSAs, overthe-top local programming (such as a birding show loaded with political analysis), and music so good, it’s worth a six-year wait.

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Friday, March 9, 8 p.m., at Flynn MainStage in Burlington. $15-38. Info, 863-5966.



ne dancer leaps and twirls easily down the stage, while another pumps his arms furiously to cover the same ground in his wheelchair. There’s no doubt AXIS Dance Company flirts with the idea of ability in choreographic works made for those with and without disabilities — but most fascinating is the way the California troupe pushes the possibilities of physicality. The wheel of one performer’s upended chair becomes a delicate merrygo-round for another. A handshake prompts a series of wheelchair pirouettes. This creative merging of whim and wheel, human and hardware shrugs off any notions about limitations; indeed, audiences “may find themselves re-evaluating their own ideas of artistic perfection,” writes the Chicago Tribune.



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A Concert for St. Patrick: Mick Moloney and Robbie O’Connell offer a little taste of the Emerald Isle. The Celtic Knights, Sleepless Knights and others join in. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. $20 donation for the Tom Sustic Fund. Info, 238-4923 or 654-2536. Rothrock Residency With David Darling: Over the course of five days, the cellist extraordinaire takes part in music, meditation and yoga classes; open music jams; a presentation on music and the environment; music and dance improvisations; and an intimate evening concert. Middlebury College, 12:30-1:20 p.m. & 4:30-6 p.m. Free; see middlebury. edu/arts for details. Info, 443-6433. The Air Force Band of Liberty’s New England Winds: On tour from Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts, the ensemble offers traditional woodwind quintet repertoire, as well as Broadway favorites, patriotic tunes, and jazz and folk music. Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 864-0788. Valley Night: Donn & Jenn grace the lounge with jazz- and folk-inspired tunes. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 496-8994.


Spend Smart: Those who struggle to save learn savvy skills for managing money. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 10 a.m.2 p.m. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 114.


Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships: The world’s top riders — including Vermont superstars Louie Vito, Hannah Teter and Kelly Clark — hit the snow at the 30th anniversary of this competition. Stratton Mountain Ski Resort, 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Free to watch. Info, 800-881-3138. 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.




Lunch and Learn: Green thumbs learn to make the most of their time and space in a discussion about succession planting with Charlie Nardozzi. Gardener’s Supply, Williston, noon-12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2433.


Peak Pitch Vermont: Instead of the traditional “elevator pitch,” entrepreneurs take advantage of a shared chairlift ride to tout their business plans to potential investors at this skiing and networking event. Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 8:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 923-1504. Vermont Consultants Network Meeting: Epiphancy’s Bill Hancy moderates a networking forum for business consultants. Network Performance, South Burlington, 8 a.m. Free for firsttime guests. Info, 373-8379.


Every Woman’s Craft Connection: Inventive females work on artful projects at a biweekly meet-up. Essex Alliance Church, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 879-5176.


Community Bike Shop Night: Steadfast cyclists keep their rides spinning and safe for year-round pedaling. FreeRide Bike Co-op, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 552-3521.


‘Mozart and the Whale’: Maple Leaf Clinic director Dean J.M. Mooney leads discussion after a screening of Petter Næss’ 2005 romantic drama about the love story between two people with Asperger’s syndrome. Wallingford Elementary School, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3577. ‘Once in Afghanistan’: Jill Vickers and Jody Bergedick’s documentary recounts the impressions of returned Peace Corps volunteers who helped vaccinate against smallpox in the Middle Eastern country in the 1960s. A Q&A with Vickers follows. Crossett Brook Middle School, Duxbury, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

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Chess Group: Novice and expert players compete against real humans, not computers. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $2. Info, 324-1143.

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Intro to Aromatherapy: Bottle sniffers learn how to safely use essential oils in room sprays, massage oils and bath salts. City Market, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700. Stress Reduction & Massage: Attendees give and receive seated shoulder massages in an informational workshop with Greenheart Massage’s Sarah Shapiro. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $5; free for members; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202,


Purim Party: Families show up for readings, dinner, balloon creations and stunning standup by comedy mentalist Eric Dittleman. Green Mountain Ballroom, Hilton Hotel, Burlington, 4 p.m. $10-18; $50 maximum per family; preregister. Info, 6587612,


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, ‘Food for Thought’ Library Volunteers: Pizza fuels teen discussion of books and library projects. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. 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. Kids in the Kitchen: Would-be chefs and chocaholics alike simmer up the ultimate cup of homemade hot cocoa. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. 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. Reading Buddies: See WED.07, 3:45 p.m. Science Magic: Kid chemists in grades 3 and up attend this enrichment series with Kathy Fernee and Karen Cutler. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. Teen Advisory Board: Middle and high schoolers have a say in program planning and the teen collection. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.


Folk @ Home: Rebecca Padula and Rik Palieri perform Dust Bowl ballads, Appalachian banjo tunes and blues songs, and Caleb Thomas offers folk and rock-and-roll angst. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 603-448-0400. Longford Row: Celtic folk is alive and well in the hands of Vermont’s Gerry Feenan, Marshal Paulsen, Patrick McKenzie, Dan Blondin, Matt Bean and Scott McGrath. Stearns Performance Space, Johnson State College, 9 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1474. Noontime Concert Series: Harpsichordist Lynnette Combs entertains the lunch crowd. First Baptist Church, Burlington, 12:15-12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 864-6515. Rothrock Residency With David Darling: See WED.07, 12:30-1:15 p.m. & 7:30-9 p.m. Travis Tritt: The country music star takes it down a notch in a solo acoustic evening. Lyndsey Highlander opens. Spruce Peak Performing Arts


Keys to Credit: A class clears up the confusing world of credit. 294 North Winooski Ave., Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 114.


Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships: See WED.07, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. 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.


David S. Colville: The Mayo Clinic physician enumerates “15 Ways to Keep Out of Trouble,” with regard to preventative medicine. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Teacher’s Learning Community Lectures: Speaker David Smith presents “A Teacher’s Journey: Engaging Middle-Level Learners.” Stearns Cinema, Johnson State College, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1474. Till-Holger Borchert: The curator-in-chief of Bruges’ Groeninge Museum focuses on “The Master of the Saint Ursula Legend in Context.” Room 221, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.


‘Shirley Valentine’: See WED.07, 7:30 p.m.


Book Discussion Group: Voracious readers voice their opinions about Scott Russell Sanders’ Hunting for Hope. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. Open Stage/Poetry Night: Readers, writers, singers and ranters pipe up in a constructive and positive environment. Elliot Richman is the featured poet. The ROTA Studio and Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-314-9872, rotagallery@ Through the Wardrobe: Rev. Alex Cameron leads a seven-week exploration of belief, salvation and personal growth focusing on C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. Room 111, Lafayette Hall, UVM, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 448-0405.



Life of the Child Conference: Lecture: In “Turning Education on Its Head: What Modern Brain Research Says About How Children Learn,” speaker Douglas Gerwin explores the development of intelligence in youth. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 985-2827, ext. 12.


AXIS Dance Company: Seven dancers with and without disabilities explore the possibilities of movement in Full of Words and Light Shelter. See calendar spotlight. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15-38. Info, 863-5966. 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. Contra Dance: A potluck supper precedes familyfriendly dance-floor action, with calling by Lausanne Allen and a house band dishing out the tunes. Hazen Union School, Hardwick, 5:30 p.m. $5; $10 per family. Info, 472-5584. Queen City Contra Dance: Luke Donev calls the steps to tunes by Atlantic Crossing. 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.


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Auditions for ‘Mud Season Variety Show’: Local talent try out for an annual community production. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 5-7:30 p.m. Free; schedule an audition time in advance. Info, 431-0204, ‘Love Never Dies’: In a fully staged, prerecorded broadcast performance, Australia’s Regent Theatre presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerizing follow-up to The Phantom of the Opera. Palace 9

Amy Seidl: The author of Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming considers our role as planetary stewards. Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 334-7902. Book-to-Film Series: Readers discuss Stella Gibbons’ Cold Comfort Farm before screening its film adaptation. Montgomery Town Library, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 326-3113. Christopher Bohjalian: In “The Door That Led to The Night Strangers: A Novel Born in a Basement,” the best-selling Vermont novelist talks about the inspiration for his latest novel. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Howard Frank Mosher: The Northeast Kingdom author focuses on his latest work of nonfiction, The Great Northern Express: A Writer’s Journey Home. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-2061. Intergenerational Reading & Discussion: Julius Lester’s To Be a Slave sparks an all-ages dialogue about slavery and the Civil War. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

The Pennywise Pantry: On a tour of the store, shoppers create a custom template for keeping the kitchen stocked with affordable, nutritious eats. City Market, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 861-9700.




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Barrie Dunsmore: The former ABC news correspondent offers his own outlook on which Republican will likely face President Obama in the November elections, and analyzes which domestic and foreign-policy issues will dominate the campaigns. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Rosemary Gladstar: The expert herbalist charts “The History of Herbal Medicine in America.” Rutland Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. Steve Swayne: In “The Vanishing 20th-Century American Composer,” the Dartmouth College music professor looks at the bodies of work of Copeland, Gershwin, Barber and other classical masters. Congregational Church, Norwich, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184. T.H. Breen: In “The Revolutionary Achievements of the American People,” this Northwestern University professor examines the strong foundations laid for a civil society during a time of political turmoil. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.

Cinemas, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $18. Info, 660-9300. ‘Shirley Valentine’: A faraway vacation gives one middle-aged housewife the kick-start her suburban life needs in this Vermont Stage Company productions. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-32.50. Info, 863-5966.

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Community Compost Celebration: Close the Loop! St. Albans hosts a screening of Dirt! The Movie, as well as a seed swap and compost Q&A. Prizes and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream round out this rotten-good time. Performing Arts Center, Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 472-5138.


‘Lagos/Koolhaas’: This Dutch documentary follows Harvard architecture professor Rem Koolhaas and his students on visits to a Nigerian city with booming population growth. Room 232, Axinn Center, Starr Library, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433. Macho Midnight Movies: A series exploring the portrayal of men onscreen presents John Carpenter’s They Live, a 1988 sci-fi thriller about aliens who have taken over the Earth. BCA Center, Burlington, midnight. Donations accepted. Info, 865-7166.

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Lenten Fish Dinner: Families dine on food from the sea at this fundraiser for Central Vermont Catholic School. St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, Montpelier, 5-6:30 p.m. $6-10; $29 per family of four; free for kids under 4. Info, 793-4276, pte1218@


Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures and obstacles await imaginative XP earners. Cabot Public Library, 3-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 563-2721.

health & fitness

Gentle Yoga: Seniors participate in a mostly seated program presented by Champlain Valley Agency on Aging’s AmeriCorps member Jen Manosh. Huntington Public Library, 1-2 p.m. Donations accepted; preregister. Info, 865-0360, ext. 1058, The Alexander Technique: Instructor Katie Black shares a method to remedy postural habits and natural coordination in order to improve well-being and relieve chronic pain. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $3-5; preregister; bring a blanket or mat and a mug. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202,





Book Lust Club: High schoolers dish on reads they love. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Comics Club: Doodlers, writers and readers alike have fun with the funnies. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. 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. 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 Group: Page turners chat about favorite works of lit. Lyman C. 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, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Songs & Stories With Matthew: Musician Matthew Witten helps kids start the day with tunes and tales of adventure. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956, Swanton Playgroup: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Swanton, 1011:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Teen Movie: Chimps rebel in 2011’s sci-fi action thriller Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Toddler Yoga & Stories: Tykes up to age 5 stretch it out in simple exercise and reading

activities. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.


Cabin Fever Concert Series: The Don Sidney Band hosts a funky N’awlins-style house party, complete with gumbo, jambalaya and fresh bread. Partial proceeds benefit Burlington’s Hope Lodge. StudioThree, South Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15. Info, 865-7626. Dana & Susan Robinson: Two folksters harmonize throughout blazing fiddle and banjo tunes. Northwoods Stewardship Center, East Charleston, 7 p.m. $10 includes refreshments. Info, 723-6551. Frederic Chiu: In “Classical Smackdown,” the pianist features works by Debussy and Prokofiev. Audience members vote for their favorite classical master. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, preperformance talk, 6:30 p.m.; concert, 7:30 p.m. $20-25. Info, 656-4455. Irish Pub Party: Shakespeare in the Alley dole out soft Irish ballads and kicking jigs in Club Muse. Bennington Museum, 8-11 p.m. $5; cash bar. Info, 447-7571. John Penoyar & Friends: The ukulele and guitar player delivers tunes with Todd Sagar and Andrew Albright. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 482-5189. Marco Calliari: The Québécois singer-songwriter merges elements of reggae, flamenco and the tarantella into explosive world music. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 8 p.m. $5; free for the JSC community. Info, 635-1474. Red Horse: The three members of this folk supergroup take turns performing each other’s songs. See calendar spotlight. Barre Opera House, 8 p.m. $10-30. Info, 476-8188. Rockapella: Remember the house band from “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?” Its members overlap virtuoso vocal percussion with smooth dance moves. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $21.50-28.50. Info, 775-0903. Rothrock Residency With David Darling: See WED.07, 4:30-6 p.m. Seamus Kennedy: The Irish comedian and singer wraps up the church’s coffeehouse series. Peru Community Church, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $10. Info, 518643-2735 or 518-643-8641. Sophie Shao & Ieva Jokubaviciute: An acclaimed cellist and Lithuanian pianist form an impromptu chamber ensemble, presenting works by Beethoven, Kirchner and Franck in solo and collaborative sessions. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. $6-25. Info, 443-6433. The Air Force Band of Liberty’s New England Winds: See WED.07, American Legion Hall, Brattleboro. The Woods Tea Co.: An eclectic mix of bluegrass beats, Celtic choruses and sea shanties takes listeners all over the map. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $17-20. Info, 728-6464. ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’: Local musicians join members of the Grift in channeling the Fab Four in a Beatles tribute act with note-for-note covers of their vast repertoire. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $15; $25 for Friday and Saturday, which feature different set lists, Info, 382-9222.


Full Moon Dinner & Snowshoe: Supper at General Stark’s Pub & Grill precedes an easy-tomoderate trek highlighting the beauty of nature under celestial light. Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston, 7 p.m. $30 includes dinner (cash bar); $15 to snowshoe only; preregister. Info, 496-3551, ext. 117. Snowshoe Wine & Dine: Explore the natural world on a guided excursion of Marshland Farm before a three-course meal. The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm, 6-9 p.m. $32-40; preregister. Info, 359-5000, ext. 223.


Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships: See WED.07, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.


Alex Lehning: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s archaeological conservator dives below the surface in “Shipwrecks of Lake Champlain: History and

Ecology.” Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 229-6206. Allison Gergely: The Birds of Vermont Museum member dives into discussion about Vermont’s water avians. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 434-2167. William Tortolano: Listeners tune in as the St. Michael’s College professor emeritus speaks about “People, Music and 88 Keys, More or Less: Keyboard Instruments Through the Ages.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516. Winter Evenings Speaker Series: The Nature Conservancy’s Sharon Plumb discusses the challenges of invasive terrestrial plants in the New England landscape. Tunbridge Public Library, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 889-9404.


‘Ground Hog Opry’: George Woodard, Al Boright, John Drury, Jim Pitman, Allen Church, Nancy MacDowell, Carrie Cook and Ramona Godfrey pool their talents for a live stage show centered on a fictitious radio station, WSMM (Well Shut My Mouth). See calendar spotlight. Town Hall, Chelsea, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $10. Info, 800-611-6045. National Theatre of London Live: Comedic chaos runs rampant as two sets of twins separated at birth wander the same city, leaving a wake of mistaken identities, in a broadcast production of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $12-18. Info, 518-523-2512. ‘Shirley Valentine’: See WED.07, 7:30 p.m. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’: Six-year-old Scout Finch takes audiences through a tumultuous stretch of time in her hometown of Maycomb, Ala., in this Pendragon Theatre adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $1020. Info, 518-891-1854,

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Chalk It Up for Flood Relief: Young-adult artists make murals on watercolor paper at an indoor version of a sidewalk chalk art festival. Proceeds benefit the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. University Mall, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations accepted; preregister to participate. Info, 879-2821,


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.


The Irish Comedy Tour: Three funny guys with Emerald Isle roots goad the giggles. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $20 per person; $21.20 for a pair of tickets through Seven Days DealTicket at for a limited time. Info, 775-0903.


Town Meeting: Sen. Bernie Sanders organizes community discussion about the U.S. dental-care crisis, in which thousands of Americans have reported the inability to find affordable, accessible dental care. Montpelier High School, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 800-339-9834.


Life of the Child Conference: Speaker Douglas Gerwin discusses how parents and teachers can support a child’s emerging capacities of thought, a source of strength and balance in the teenage years ahead. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 8 a.m.-3:15 p.m. $60-75 includes Friday lecture. Info, 985-2827, ext. 12.

Occupy! Goddard: A Conference on the OWS Movement & Student Activism: The Looting of America author Les Leopold keynotes this event exploring the core values of and issues raised by the protest movement, as well as its impact on higher education. Amin Husain facilitates a general assembly; Anne Galloway and Shay Totten moderate a series of panel discussions. Haybarn Theater, Goddard College, Plainfield, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 includes lunch. Info, 371-8112 or 322-1724.


African Juba Dance Class: Experienced native dancer Chimie Bangoura demonstrates authentic Guinean moves for getting in shape. Shelburne Health & Fitness, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $12. Info, 3779721, Ballroom Lesson & Dance Social: See FRI.09, 7-10 p.m. Contra Dance: Fiddlers Susannah Blachly and Susan Reid and guitarist George White fuel a social dance benefiting the Jaquith Public Library. Call for directions. Private barn, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Info, 4263581, Flood Relief Contra Dance: Ned Houston calls the steps and Mountain Folks supply backwoods music at this foot-tapping benefit for the Newport Area Food Shelf. Wear soft-soled shoes. First Universalist Parish, Derby Line, 7 p.m. $8 suggested donation. Info, 873-3563. Irish Dance Showcase: EHS senior Sean Downing and the McFadden Academy of Irish Dance do a jig in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Auditorium, Essex High School, 7 p.m. $5-10 donations accepted to help minimize Downing’s travel expenses to Ireland’s World Irish Dance Championships. Info, 872-8256. Maple Sugar Square & Round Dance Festival: A sugar-on-snow party and workshops add to organized dance rounds led by callers from all over the continent. Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, South Burlington, 7-11 p.m. Various prices per day; free for spectators. Info, 985-2012 or 518-852-2527. 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, openmarley@flynncenter. org.


Chocolate by the Pound: Taste buds delight in decadent dessert selections at a benefit for the Franklin County Humane Society. Music by Martha Seyler and Robert Resnik rounds out the edible affair. St. Albans Historical Museum, 2-5 p.m. $15-20. Info, 524-9650. Green Mountain Opera Festival Gala Fundraiser: As a nod to the festival’s main-stage production of La Bohème, an evening of cocktails, dinner, music and an auction transport attendees to the bohemian Paris of the mid-19th century. The Inn at the Round Barn Farm, Waitsfield, 5:30 p.m. $110. Info, 496-7722, Silver & Glitter Live & Silent Auction: A sparkly gala with live music and appetizers celebrates the 25th anniversary of Vermont CARES, an organization working for and with Vermonters affected by HIV or AIDS. The Essex Culinary Resort & Spa, 7-11 p.m. $35. Info, 863-2437.

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Vermont Chili Festival: Pros and amateurs ladle out spicy stews from the sidewalks, and street performers, live music and a beverage tent further heat things up. Proceeds benefit the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund and Vermont 211. Various locations, Middlebury, 1:30-4:30 p.m. $2-3. Info, 388-4126.


‘Biutiful’: Javier Bardem stars in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 2010 drama about a man trying to reconcile his family with his criminal activities. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433.

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Bird-MoniToring Walk: Beginning and novice birders fine-tune their eyes and ears to recognize winged residents as part of an e-bird database project. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 8-10 a.m. Donations. Info, 434-3068. BolTon To The BarnS: Experienced backcountry skiers embark on an 11- or 17-mile course in the hills to benefit the programs of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. Post-ski chillaxing includes beer, chili and live music. West Monitor Barn, Richmond, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $25-55; fundraising encouraged; $15 for après-ski party; preregister. Info, 434-3969, ext. 110. MoonlighT Ski & SnoWShoe: A blazing bonfire and hot chocolate await in a wooded clearing, just a kilometer’s traverse away. Kingdom Trails Nordic Center, East Burke, 6-8 p.m. $5. Info, 626-6005 or 535-5662,



CoMpuTer Training for SeniorS: A technology tutor helps folks decode laptop lingo, surf the web and more in one-on-one sessions. Brownell Library,



an eVening of SongS & ariaS: Select department of music students cover compositions from the baroque era to the present. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433. BoB aMoS, paTTi CaSey & Colin MCCaffrey: Strongholds of Vermont’s folk scene share the stage. Burnham Hall, Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. $3-8. Info, 388-6863. ConSTruCTS, The CiTy neVer SleepS, long CaT & TideS Will Turn: Regional bands offer hardcore, indie jazz-pop, black metal and pop-punk at an all-ages show. The ROTA Studio and Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7-10 p.m. $3-5. Info, 518-314-9872,

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Born To read prograM: Highgate’s 2011 newborns are honored with a new book dedicated to the library in their name. Babies get a board book out of it, too. Highgate Public Library, 9 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 868-3970, fairfax TuMBle TiMe: Tots have free rein over the open gym. Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. franklin playgroup: Toddlers and their adult companions meet peers for tales and sing-alongs. 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. ‘SkippyJon JoneS’: TheaterworksUSA translates the Siamese-cat star of Judy Schachner’s children’s books from the page to the stage. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 3 p.m. $10-23. Info, 603-646-2422.

‘hoT Jazz for WarM hoMeS’: Argentine guitarist Gonzalo Bergara’s gypsy-jazz quartet brings the heat to a benefit concert for SEVCA and the Emergency Heat Fund of Windham County, to support individuals with unmet fuel-assistance needs. Vermont Jazz Center, Brattleboro, 8 p.m. $15-20. Info, 542-9088, ext. 2. Jeanne & The hi-TopS: A high-energy fusion of reggae, Memphis soul, R&B, Tex-Mex and blues keeps dancers on their toes. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $9-11; cash bar. Info, 728-6464. MiChael SMiTh: The folk troubadour combines skillful guitar picking with quirky lyrics. Tunbridge Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 431-3433. norTheaST kingdoM ClaSSiCal SerieS: Chroma Piano Trio present Bloch’s Three Nocturnes for Piano Trio; Beethoven’s Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3; Suk’s Elegy for Piano Trio; and Dvořák’s Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor. South Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, 7:30 p.m. $6-16. Info, 748-2600. panTon flaTS: Five brand-new original songs accompany a blend of Motown, blues, funk, country, and rock and roll. Vergennes Opera House, 8 p.m. $10. Info, 877-6737. ruSTy roManCe: The Vermont band merges elements of honky-tonk country with rock and roll and gospel-soul. Adamant Community Club, optional potluck, 5:30 p.m.; concert, 7 p.m. $10-15. Info, 456-7054. The Modern graSS QuinTeT: Bluegrass pickers and players from Vermont and upstate New York band together in support of the library. Richmond Free Library, 7-9:30 p.m. $15. Info, 434-3036. The SaM BuSh Band: The Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist and his band are favorites at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. $46. Info, 760-4634. ‘ToMorroW neVer knoWS’: See FRI.09, 8 p.m. Tony deMarCo: The Sligo-style fiddler offers a workshop for advanced players at 1 p.m. and a solo performance at 6 p.m. Burlington Violin Shop. $20 for the workshop; $15 suggested donation for the concert. Info, 238-4923. Tony deMarCo & The fiddleheadS: Young Tradition Vermont hosts this jam session. Burlington Violin Shop, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 238-4923. VerMonT fiddle orCheSTra: Lively string sounds highlight dinner at 5 p.m. and dancing at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Dory Elementary School’s enrichment activities. Town Hall, Worcester. $10 suggested donation; $30 suggested donation per family. Info, 877-343-3531. VerMonT SyMphony orCheSTra MaSTerWorkS SerieS: Jennifer Montone, principal horn with the Philadelphia Orchestra, accents a program of Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. Food donations will be accepted for Orchestras Feeding America at a 7 p.m. preconcert discussion. $9-58. Info, 863-5966.

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Corned Beef & CaBBage Supper: This classic Emerald Isle-inspired dish graces the table, alongside boiled potatoes, carrots, rolls and dessert. United Methodist Church, Vergennes, 5-6:30 p.m. $4-8; takeout available. Info, 877-3150. JapaneSe Tea TaSTing: Masahiro Takadasan, Dobrá’s tea supplier, oversees a chakabuki tea ceremony featuring five different Japanese teas. Dobrá Tea, Burlington, 9 a.m., noon & 7 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 951-2424. 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, middleburyfm@ 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, Spring TaBle Talk: Vermont Salumi owner Peter Colman chews over the art of aging and curing local meats in “Meat, Salt and Spices,” a discussion with plenty of food samples. Mary’s Restaurant at the Inn at Baldwin Creek, Bristol, 7:30-9 p.m. Free; reservations recommended. Info, 453-2432. Sugar-on-SnoW parTy: Hardened maple-syrup edibles usher in spring. Palmer’s Sugarhouse, Shelburne, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 985-5054. VerMonT SpeCialTy foodS day: Local producers such as Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Cabot Cheese and Westminster Crackers supply free samples. Base Lodge, Bolton Valley Resort, noon-6 p.m. Free. Info, 877-926-5866. WaTerBury WinTer farMerS MarkeT: Cultivators and their customers swap edible inspirations. Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 279-4371,

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Essex Junction, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6955. Digital Video Editing: Final Cut Pro users learn basic concepts of the editing software. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 651-9692. Facing Islamophobia: In order to strengthen religious tolerance and diversity, Peace and Unity Bridge addresses discomforts and fears about Islam and Muslims through a presentation, small-group discussions, a panel of Muslim speakers and food from Muslim countries. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 453-5469, Genealogy Workshop: From booklets to binders to large pedigree charts, a panel of genealogists discusses the options for publishing family histories. Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Donations accepted. Info, 238-5934. Intermediate Microsoft Word: Students get savvy about the word processor by learning about advanced features and customization. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. $3 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 865-7217.


10-Mile Maple Run & Relay: Teams of up to five racers take strides for the school’s educational maple sugaring program. Proceeds support the cost of a school sap collector. Rock Point School, Burlington, 8 a.m.-noon. $10-30 per team; free for spectators. Info, 863-1104, 603-707-0741, jainsworth@rockpoint. org. Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships: See WED.07, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports Ski Challenge: Timed racing challenges precede a retro ’80s-themed evening gala including grazing stations, music, awards and dancing. Pico Mountain, Killington, 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. $60-180 minimum fundraising donation; $40-50 for the gala only. Info, 786-4991. WinterBike: Steadfast cyclists pit their pedal power against Old Man Winter in guided group rides and the IdeRide 6X single-elimination race down Candy Bar Hill. See calendar spotlight. Kingdom Trails Nordic Center, East Burke, 9 a.m. $25 for the race; all other events are free with $10 suggested donation. Info, 626-6005.





‘A Kaleidoscope of Talent’: Instrumentalists, vocalists, dancers and comedians take the stage in an annual variety show with prizes. Auditorium, Spaulding High School, Barre, 7-9 p.m. $5-10. Info, 229-9532. ‘Shirley Valentine’: See WED.07, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.


Saloma Miller Furlong: The author of Why I Left the Amish reflects on the two separate lives she has lived. The film The Amish will be shown after her talk. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.


WGDR/WGDH Annual Community Address: Chelsea Green Publishing’s Shay Totten, VPR’s Robert Resnik and Goddard College’s Barbara Vacarr keynote a celebration of independent Vermont media and local arts, culture and activism. Haybarn Theater, Goddard College, Plainfield, music by the Sky Blue Boys and a potluck and catered lunch, 12:30 p.m.; talks, 1:45 p.m. Free. Info, 454-7367.


‘9500 Liberty’: Eric Byler and Annabel Park’s 2009 documentary captures an important moment in immigration policy as citizens take opposite sides on a law in Prince William County, Va. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-7222.

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Fundraising Dinner: Ten percent of food and drink sales at this Parisian-inspired Church Street hot spot benefit the Winooski Coalition for a Safe and Peaceful Community — and a dinner for two will be raffled off. Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Burlington, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 863-3759. Pasta Dinner: The Vermont Italian Club serves up oodles of noodles and sauces, alongside salad, antipasto, homemade cannoli and cookies, and more. Elks Lodge, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. $10-22; free for kids under 5; preregister. Info, 922-5005. Sugar-on-Snow Party: See SAT.10, noon-4 p.m.


Burlington-Area Scrabble Club: Tripleletter-square seekers spell out winning words. New players welcome. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 12:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 862-7558.

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Laughter Yoga: What’s so funny? Giggles burst out as gentle aerobic exercise and yogic breathing meet unconditional laughter to enhance physical, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being. North End Studios, Burlington, 11:30 a.m. $10 suggested donation; preregistration by email no later than three hours before the class is appreciated. Info, 888-480-3772, Qi-ercises: Jeff Cochran hosts a session of qigongstyle exercises based in movement, breathing, healing and meditation. The ROTA Studio and Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10:30-11:30 a.m. Info, 518-314-9872.


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.


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.


Antiques Market: Treasure hunters find bargains among collections of old furniture, art, books and more, supplied by up to 20 dealers from the New England area. Elks Club, Montpelier. $5 for early buyers (7:30 a.m.); $2 for the general public (9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). Info, 751-6138.

Diana Fanning: Solo piano playing captures masterworks by Haydn, Chopin and Debussy. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433. Jamie Masefield & Doug Perkins: Bluegrass and jazz stylings come to the gallery. Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 458-0098. Montpelier Community Gospel Choir: The 25-member “small choir,” a subset of the 60-member full choir, produces toe-tapping gospel spanning from the 1920s to today. Christ Church Presbyterian, Burlington, 3 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Info, 862-1898. O’hAnleigh: Tom Hanley and Cindy Hill team together for haunting ballads and sizzling fiddle tunes, both old Celtic favorites and award-winning originals. United Church of Westford, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 879-4028. Vermont Symphony Orchestra: Sunday Matinee Series: See SAT.10, Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 4 p.m. $19-29. Info, 775-0903.



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General Assembly: Supporters of the Occupy Movement network, do business and share food. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 861-2316,


Maple Sugar Square & Round Dance Festival: See SAT.10, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Wintervale: Families slide into gear on three miles of groomed trails. Mulled cider, hot chocolate,

cross-country ski clinics, and ski and snowshoe demos add to the outing. Intervale Center, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 660-0440.


Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships: See WED.07, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 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.


Spring Garden Talk: Horticulturalist Joan Lynch emphasizes the role of the mighty houseplant in interior landscaping. Sheldon Museum, Middlebury, 2-3 p.m. $10. Info, 388-2117.


Auditions for ‘Avenue Q’: The Valley Players Theater seeks actors for this award-winning, “Sesame Street”-style musical about a recent college grad searching for his life’s purpose. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 318-0504. Golden Dragon Acrobats: Showstopping acrobatics, dance and costumes collide in a show rooted in Chinese traditions. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 6 p.m. $15-38. Info, 863-5966. ‘Shinsai: Theaters for Japan’: In conjunction with a nationwide theater initiative, members of Middlebury College’s theater program and the Potomac Theatre Project remember last year’s earthquake in Japan in 10-minute plays. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 2 p.m. Donations accepted for the Japan Playwrights Association. Info, 443-3168. ‘Shirley Valentine’: See WED.07, 2 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Angela Meade stars in a broadcast screening of Verdi’s Ernani. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 4 p.m. $12-18. Info, 518-523-2512.


Book-Release Party: James Scarola, Vermont author of hair-raising suspense novel Curse of the Five Sisters, signs copies of his new book. Original oil-on-canvas paintings used as chapter heads will be on display. Nunyuns Bakery & Café, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 338-0555. Sisters in Crime: New England Read Across New England: Authors Kate George, Richard Godwin, Lee Kemsley, Michael Nethercott, Kathleen Towne, Nancy Means Wright and Beth Cannell, as well as other lit lovers, share in-progress thrillers and whodunits in five-minute increments. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 2:15 p.m. Free. Info, 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,

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Evening Knitting Circle: Needleworkers pull up a chair and get loopy with fellow crafters. Dessert is provided. Shelburne Farms, 7-9 p.m. $5; preregister. Info, 985-8686.


Childcare Regulation Review Community Forum: Parents, providers and community members weigh in on the Child Development Division’s childcare licensing regulations, which are currently being revised. Family Center of Washington County, Montpelier, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 262-3292. 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.


Ciné Salon: As part of a series celebrating the Midnight Sun Film Festival, cinephiles screen the fourth and final part of Peter von Bagh’s Sodankylä Forever. Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120.


Chess Club: Players of all ages 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.

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Adult Yoga Class: Comfortably clothed participants unroll their own mats for stretching and breathing exercises. Cold Hollow Career Center, Enosburg Falls, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $5. Info, 933-4003, Five Barriers to Healing: Chiropractic physician and advanced clinical nutritionist Suzy Harris helps detect hidden health problems through nutritionresponse testing. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Herbal Clinic: Folks explore the art of “green” health care at a personalized, confidential consultation with faculty and students from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. City Market, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 861-9700.


Ilsley Detectives Club: Fifth and sixth graders craft their own whodunit stories after learning about Sherlock Holmes with Middlebury College student Fanny Zhao. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 388-4097. 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. May’s Monday Music & Movement: Energetic children lace up their dancing shoes for a fun class with May Podushnick. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Music With Raphael: See THU.08, 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 with Megan Butterfield. 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. Writing for Fun: Middle schoolers get the creative juices flowing by penning short stories, memoirs and poems. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.


Capital Orchestra: Brass and string players join the ensemble at weekly rehearsals leading up to a spring concert under the direction of Dan Liptak. Band room, U-32 High School, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 272-1789. The Champlain Echoes: New singers are invited to chime in on four-part harmonies with a women’s a cappella chorus at weekly open rehearsals. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 6:159:15 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0398.

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Computer Help: Technology snafu? Walk-ins receive assistance on basic internet issues, troubleshooting and operating questions. Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2366. Spend Smart: See WED.07, 6-8 p.m.


debbie ingram: Vermont Interfaith Action’s executive director makes a case for “How Faith-Based Community Organizing Makes a Difference.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516. Viewing & diSCuSSion SerieS: traVelS, trekS, pilgrimage & SurViVal: In “Trains and Taizé

Chant: Four Friends Take a Grand Trek in France and Italy,” Keith and Penny Pillsbury, Rose Bacon, and Judith McManice recap their European journeys with photos and stories. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. will riCHard: As part of the Osgood Lectures on the North series, this research fellow for the Smithsonian and the Uummannaq Polar Institute transports listeners from “Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast.” KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


Stearns Performance Space, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1438. Her-StorieS: Group members swap stories of females who have inspired them in this program celebrating Women’s History Month. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. marjorie Cady memorial writerS group: Budding wordsmiths improve their craft through “homework” assignments, creative exercises and sharing. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 388-2926, cpotter935@comcast. net.

deboraH Siegel: The author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild details her work in gender, politics and feminism.

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mindful SuCCeSS CirCle networking group: Service professionals and small-business owners strive to make a difference in their communities. Thirty minutes of optional seated meditation precedes an hourlong meeting and one-on-one connection time with peers. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 5:45-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 225-5960. rutland regional CHamber of CommerCe buSineSS SHow: More than 85 exhibitors show off products and services. Holiday Inn, Rutland, 4-7:30 p.m. $3. Info, 773-2747.


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enee Bourassa is decisive but not rash: “I need to have all the information before I make a decision,” she says. Still, once she saw the listing for an affordable two-bedroom condominium in South Burlington, she did her research, applied, and closed on the unit in only six weeks. A few years out of college, Renee was renting a South Burlington apartment with a roommate. The idea of buying a place was not on her mind.

Renee was in a better financial position than some recent graduates. As the child of a UVM employee she received a tuition waiver, and by winning scholarships and living at home, she covered her expenses without taking out student loans. That got her part of the way to being able to take on a mortgage in this expensive market. The Shared Equity program met her the rest of the way by providing a down-payment grant of $45,000. While her costs are higher now than when she rented, Renee feels the increase is well worthwhile. “I really like having the space to cook in. The place is comfy and cozy, and I like the fact that it’s mine.” She has no plans to move anytime soon, but resale potential was part of her thinking when she decided to buy. “Since it’s a two-bedroom apartment in a good school district, I know there will be demand if I have reason to sell it.” In the meantime, the business major joined the condo association’s board in order to help keep the property running well. “I know the land trust approach helps families Then her roommate told Renee she planned that are moderate-income, and the message to move out. Renee decided to at least explore is ‘get your family into a home.’ I want people the possibilities of buying a home. to realize that it can work for younger single Shortly thereafter, she saw CHT’s listing for people like me too. Maybe CHT should add a a condo that was exactly what she wanted. The slogan of ‘get your single self into a condo!’” location, off of Shelburne Road near Route 189, was convenient for a quick commute to her job at UVM and to see her family in Colchester. “This was the first I had heard of the land trust, so shared equity was a new concept. I went through the workshops and decided it’s a good plan for someone like me, with a solid income but single. w w t o L L F re e 877-274-7431 It’s a way to take that step into ownership.”

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Community Bike Shop night: See THU.08, 6-8 p.m.


‘Annie hAll’: Woody Allen’s 1977 romantic comedy, starring himself and Diane Keaton, follows the courtship of two neurotic New Yorkers. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 540-3018. ‘ASk uS Who We Are’: Bess O’Brien’s documentary puts a face to the foster care system, focusing on those young Vermonters’ search for family and a sense of belonging. The filmmaker attends the screening. Room 100, Academic and Student Activity Center, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 357-4616.

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A moSAiC of flAvorS: Bhutanese native Bhagawati Gurung shares dishes from her homeland, including lentil dal and rice pudding. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700.

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CAring for your Winter Skin: Akshata Nayak, who holds master’s degrees in biochemistry and applied clinical nutrition, addresses common conditions affecting the epidermis. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. nutrition-reSponSe teSting: Whole-health educator and nutrition coach Alicia Feltus shares a technique for identifying food sensitivities, immune and nutritional imbalances, and more. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free;


AlBurgh plAygroup: Tots form friendships over music and movement. Nonmarking shoes required. Alburgh Elementary School, 9:15-10 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. CreAtive tueSdAyS: Artists engage their imaginations with recycled crafts. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. fAirfAx Story hour: Good listeners are rewarded with a variety of fairy tales, crafts and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5246. froSty & friendS therApy dogS: Young readers share their favorite texts with friendly pooches. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:304:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. hAnd in hAnd: The Middlebury youth group organizes volunteer projects to benefit the environment and the community. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. highgAte Story hour: See WED.07, 10-11 a.m. kidS in the kitChen: Plain old produce becomes edible art as little food lovers carve cucumbers, zucchinis and more to make “veggie boats.” Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per

child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. muSiC With roBert: Music lovers of all ages engage in sing-alongs. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. open Computer time: Teens play games and surf the web on library laptops. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. preSChool Story hour: Stories, rhymes and songs help children become strong readers. Sarah Partridge Community Library, East Middlebury, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. preSChool Story time: See WED.07, 10-10:45 a.m. SCienCe & StorieS: Kids have aha! moments regarding the sweet tradition of maple sugaring. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids ages 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386. South hero plAygroup: Free play, crafting and snacks entertain children and their grown-up companions. South Hero Congregational Church, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. St. AlBAnS plAygroup: Creative activities and storytelling engage the mind. St. Luke’s Church, St. Albans, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Story hour: Picture books and crafts catch the attention of 3- to 5-year-olds. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. toddler Story time: Kids under 3 enjoy picture books, songs and rhymes. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:10-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.




pAuSe CAfé: French speakers of all levels converse en français. Levity Café, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.

BASiC introduCtion to CAmerA uSe: Budding videographers learn about media production using public access video cameras. 294 North Winooski Ave., Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 862-3966, ext. 16, keyS to Credit: A class clears up the confusing world of credit. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 114.


fACulty pAnel preSentAtion: Speakers Kyoko Davis, Linda White, Max Ward and Rich Wolfson commemorate the 2011 earthquake in Japan. Conference Room, Robert A. Jones House, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. gAry StArr: In a PowerPoint presentation, the birder recaps his 19-day trip to Colombia in 2011, during which 54 hummingbirds and 56 tanagers were spotted. Pierson Library, Shelburne, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4132 or 863-2436.


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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.


Community Cinema: Built fast and cleaner than ever, America’s new generation of cars is the subject of Chris Paine’s 2011 documentary, Revenge of the Electric Car. Rutland Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. ‘the Conformist’: A young Italian man working for Mussolini is instructed to off his former professor in Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1970 drama. Roger H. Perry Hall, Champlain College, Burlington, 5:45-9 p.m. Free. Info, 860-2700.

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DisCovering your inner stability: Can’t find your core? Instructor Robert Rex integrates Kundalini yoga, tai chi, Rolfing Movement Integration and more in exercises designed to stabilize spines, strengthen muscles and maintain flexibility. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:306:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. growing stronger: See WED.07, 1 p.m. tung tai Chi Chuan: See WED.07, 5:30-7 p.m.



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Conversations series: robotiCs & humanity: Moderator Fran Stoddard explores technology, spirit and art with Joshua Bongard, UVM assistant professor of computer science, and Robert Geraci, Manhattan College assistant professor of religious studies. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 985-3346, ext. 3368. DaviD sobel: The environmental education author turns the topic to “Place-Based Education: Making School More Like a Farmers Market.” Twilight Auditorium, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5013. ‘we the PeoPle, not we the CorPorations’: Speakers David Cobb, Virginia Lyons and Jerry Greenfield weigh in on corporate personhood in this Green Mountain Global Forum event. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 4983606 or 496-6659,


‘reD’: In 1958 New York, abstract expressionist Mark Rothko works on a series of murals for the Four Seasons in Northern Stage’s dramatic play about artistic integrity. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $10-60. Info, 296-7000. ‘shirley valentine’: See WED.07, 7:30 p.m. the metroPolitan oPera: live in hD: See SUN.11, Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $18-24. Info, 660-9300.

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farmers night ConCert series: Continuing a series of winter entertainment begun in 1923, Northern Bronze and the Barre-Tones offer handbell arrangements and barbershop quartets in “Bells and Belles.” Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-322-5616, aclarkson@leg.

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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.

Community herbalism Class: Clinical herbalist Shona MacDougall identifies immune-boosting herbs, foods and supplements for both kids and parents. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $15-18; preregister. Info, 2247100, Creating a finanCial future: Folks with basic money management under control learn about long-term savings and investing. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 114. Pannier-maKing worKshoP: Do-it-yourselfers fashion bicycle carriers from backpacks, buckets, bungee cords, and some nuts and bolts. FreeRide Bike Co-op, Montpelier, 6:30-8 p.m. $5 donation; preregister. Info, 552-3521, sPenD smart: See WED.07, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. troPiCal storm irene finanCial Planning & eDuCational worKshoP: Residents of Waterbury, Richmond, Bolton, Duxbury, Moretown and Middlesex learn about accessing additional funding and dealing with financial issues. St. Leo’s Hall, Waterbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 855-767-8800.




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. Dog sleD story time: Rug rats visit with a highly trained, sleigh-pulling pup, owned by Barbara Van Drimmelen, on the library lawn. Jericho Town Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 899-4686. enosburg PlaygrouP: See WED.07, 10-11:30 a.m. fairfielD PlaygrouP: See WED.07, 10-11:30 a.m. highgate story hour: See WED.07, 11:15 a.m.12:15 p.m. KiDs in the KitChen: Would-be chefs have a ball whipping up lasagna roll-ups. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. lego Club: See WED.07, 3-3:45 p.m. miDDle sChool booK grouP: See WED.07, 3:304:30 p.m. miDDlebury babies & toDDlers story hour: See WED.07, 10:30-11:15 a.m. 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. moving & grooving with Christine: Two- to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and world-beat tunes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Pajama story time: Evening tales send kiddos off to bed. Berkshire Elementary School, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. PresChool story time: See WED.07, 10-10:45 a.m. young writers worKshoP: Wordsmiths master the craft through fun prompts. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.

valley night: Phineas Gage grace the lounge with folk-gospel grassicana. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 496-8994.

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ART CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: Full descriptions of 200 classes online at cvuweb. Location: CVU High School, 10 min. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194. Drawing for Beginners, starts March 13. Drawing is all about seeing. Using graphite, Lydia will lead everyone in exploring the fundamentals of drawing. Class covers perspective, contour, shading and composition. Dragonfly Tile, March 7 and 14. Use Japanese river stones, recycled stained glass, etc. Create 8-inch tile that sparkles in any setting. Instructor: Charlotte Albers. Mosaic Garden Birdbath, March 21 and 28. Add a functional and beautiful focal point to your garden. JERICHO PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL: Cost: $35/workshop. Location: Community Center, Jericho. Info: 893-4447, janesmorgan@comcast. net. Winter Landscape Watercolor with Lisa Forster Beach, March 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Painting the Winter Landscape With Pastels with Gene Rybicki-Judkins, March 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Collage with Beth Barndt, April 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Painting the Landscape in Oils, no drawing skills required, with Jane Morgan, April 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Painting Spring With Watercolors with Kathleen Berry Bergeron, April 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


BLISSBORN CHILDBIRTH HYPNOSIS: New class at end of March Burlington classes begin Mar. in Worcester, Vermont 25 & meet Sun., noon-2 p.m. Montpelier classes begin Apr. 1 & meet Sun., 6-8 p.m. Cost: $200/ series, incl. Blissborn manual & CDs. Location: North End Studios, 294 The N. Winooski Ave., Burlington; Yoga Green Mountain Mountain Center, 7 Main St., 2nd Druid Order floor, Montpelier. Info: Unfolding or Joy Hypnotherapy, Lauren Akin, call 802-505-8011 to schedule an interview 505-228-3741, LaurenAkin.CHt@, In this five-class series, discover how to use the power of your mind to create a birth that’s natural, joyful 16t-GreenMtnDruid022912.indd 1 2/27/12 4:01 PM and connected. Blissborn moms experience shorter, easier, calmer labors. Blissborn combines childbirth education with powerful hypnosis techniques. You’ll get the tools you need to create the birth you and your baby deserve. PERSONAL FITNESS INSTRUCTION: Cost: $25/1-hr. consultation & 1-hr. fitness session. Location: in your home, Burlington area. Info: Mama Gostosa, Bridget Gosselin, 377-0393, bridget@mamagostosa. com, Prenatal, postpartum, personalized. Enjoy the benefits of maternal exercise at your convenience and in the comfort of your home. Free consultation with the purchase of your first $25 session. Please visit to sign up.

cooking INDIAN VEGETARIAN COOKING: Mar. 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $60/all inclusive. Location: Vermont Zen Center, 480 Thomas Rd., Shelburne. Info: Vermont Zen Center, Vermont Zen Center Info, 985-9746, vzcinfo@, cooking.html. Learn how to prepare a delicious and authentic vegetarian Indian meal in the Vermont Zen Center’s spacious kitchen. Class taught by Manju Selinger. With a cookbook of the recipes in hand, you will be ready to prepare an Indian meal for your family and friends. No cooking experience necessary.

dance 5 RHYTHMS WORKSHOP: Mar. 17, 2-5 p.m. Cost: $35/3-hr. class. Location: South End Studio, 696 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 5400044, The 5 Rhythms, developed by Trance Dance pioneer Gabrielle Roth, is a cathartic, 8v-BarreOpera-psd022912.indd 1 free-form practice where we move through the five rhythms of flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness. It is a deep workout that integrates body, mind and soul. Open to all levels, the 5 Rhythms is a great way to release stress and feel more alive. Taught by Jane Selzer. ADULT BALLET: Mar. 8-Apr. 19, 9:45-11 a.m. Cost: $84/7-wk. class. Location: South End Studio, Burlington. Info: 540-0044, Improve your coordination, posture and overall grace through the traditional dance form of classical ballet. Each class will include barre exercises, as well as short step combinations, turns, jumps and port de bras (arm movements). A relaxed atmosphere will


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DETOX WITH AYURVEDA: Mar. 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cost: $45/2-hr. class. Location: Ayurvedic Center of Vermont, 34 Oak Hill Rd., Williston Village. Info: The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont, Allison Morse, 8728898,, Spring is the natural season to cleanse and lighten our bodies. Learn how to utilize the principles of Ayurveda to cleanse at home with guidance from experienced Ayurvedic practitioner Allison Morse. This cleanse will


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CLAY: GARDEN POT PLANTERS: Apr. 16-30, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $80/person, $72/BCA member. Clay sold separately at $20/25 lb. bag; glazes & firings incl. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Craft Room, Burlington. Learn the traditional Italian hand-building method for making your own ceramic planters. Decorate your pot with


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high-relief techniques to create sculptural patterns on the sides. These pots will be the perfect addition to your garden or houseplants and make a great gift for Mother’s Day! CLAY: INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED WHEEL: Mar. 29-May 17, 9:30 a.m.noon, Weekly on Thu. Cost: $260/ person, $234/BCA members. Clay sold separately at $20/25-lb. bag, glazes & firings incl. Location: BCA Clay Studio, Wheel Room, 250 Main St., Burlington. Demonstrations and instruction will cover intermediate throwing, trimming, decorative and glazing methods. Class size will be kept small to provide individual attention to personal development. Students should be proficient in centering and throwing basic cups and bowls. CLAY: WHEEL THROWING II: Mar. 22-May. 10, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $220/person, $198/BCA members. Clay sold separately at $20/25-lb. bag, glazes and firings incl. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Wheel Room, Burlington. Demonstrations and instruction will cover intermediate throwing, trimming, and glazing techniques. Individual projects will be encouraged. Students must be proficient in centering and throwing basic cups and bowls. DESIGN: ADOBE INDESIGN: Mar. 26-Apr. 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $185/person, $166.50/ BCA members. Location: Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Learn the basics of Adobe InDesign, a program used for magazine and book layout, for designing text, and for preparing digital and print publications. Students will explore a variety of software techniques and will create projects suited to their own interests. Bring a Mac-compatible flash drive to the first class. DROP-IN: PAINTING: Apr. 5-May. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $10/session, $9/session for BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 3rd floor, Burlington. This class is open to all levels. Come paint from a still life or bring something that you are working on. Experimentation is encouraged. No registration necessary. BCA provides glass palettes, easels, painting trays and drying racks. Please bring your own painting materials. PAINTING: WATERCOLOR: Apr. 4-May. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $185/person, $166.50/ BCA member. Location: BCA Center, 3rd floor, Burlington. Learn how to paint with watercolor. This class will focus on observational painting from still life, figure, landscape and photos. Students will paint on watercolor paper and gain experience with composition, color theory, layering, light and shade. PHOTO: INTRO BLACK & WHITE: Mar. 14-May. 2, 6:30-8:30 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-and-white 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 35mm film camera to the first class. PHOTO: INTRO TO FILM/DIGITAL SLR: Mar. 21-Apr. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wednesday. Cost: $145/person, $130.50/BCA members. Location: Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Explore the manual 35mm film or digital SLR camera to learn how to take the photographs you envision. Demystify f-stops, shutter speeds and exposure, and learn the basics of composition, lens choices and film types/sensitivity. Bring an empty manual 35mm film or digital SLR camera and owner’s manual to class. PHOTO: PORTRAIT: Mar. 22-Apr. 12, 6-9 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $125/person, $112.50/BCA members. Location: Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Prerequisite: Intro SLR Camera or equivalent experience. Improve your portrait-taking skills in this hands-on class. Camera techniques, composition, the use of studio and natural light, and more will be covered. Bring your camera and memory card to the first class. PHOTO: IPHONE/ANDRIOD: Apr. 14, noon-4 p.m. Cost: $40/person, $36/ BCA member. Location: Burlington City Arts, Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Need some guidance with learning all of the photo apps for your smartphone? This fun and interactive half-day workshop will cover the features of popular apps such as Hipstamatic, 6x6, Pixlromatic, 8mm movie and others. Resolution, editing, printing options and more will be covered. Bring your phone! PRINT: PAINTING & DRAWING: Mar. 22-Apr. 26, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $185/person, $167/ BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Techniques such as etching, linoleum cuts, silkscreening and more will be taught. Students will also learn how to layer and apply inks, how to incorporate painting and drawing techniques, and how to use the printing press. Students can expect to leave with a unique body of work. PRINT: SILKSCREEN CLOTHING: Mar. 27-May 1, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Tues. Cost: $180/person, $162/ BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Students will learn a variety of techniques for transferring and printing images using hand-drawn, photographic or borrowed imagery. Learn how to apply photo emulsion, how to use a silkscreen exposure unit, and how to mix and print images using water-based inks.

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allow you to feel comfortable as you learn or solidify the beginnings of ballet technique. Taught by Annette Urbschat. ARGENTINE TANGO FOR BEGINNERS: Mar. 7-28, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $13/1-hr class ($45 for 4 classes). Location: North End Studio B, 294 N. Winooski Ave., suite 116B, Burlington. Info: In collaboration with Queen City Tango, Elizabeth Seyler, 862-2833, Improvise, express yourself, collaborate, play. If you can walk, you can tango. Learn the basics in a friendly, welcoming environment for all ages. Instructor Elizabeth Seyler holds a PhD in dance and has taught tango since 2006. No partner or experience necessary. Wear comfortable shoes with hard soles. DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 5981077, Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m. $13/person for 1-hr. class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Cost: $50/4-week class. Location: The Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Lessons also available in St. Albans. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757, kevin@firststepdance. com, Come alone, or come with friends, 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.

education SOCIAL UNDERSTANDING WORKSHOPS: Mar. 15, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: $90/class. Location: Stern Center for Language and Learning, 183 Talcott Rd., suite 101, Williston. Info: Stern Center for Language and Learning, Linnea Oosterman, 878-2332,, A Model for Managing Anxiety and Improving Self-Regulation taught by Stern Center autism specialist Julie Erdelyi, MA. This module focuses on managing anxiety and improving self-regulation using techniques from the Incredible

5 Point Scale (Dunn-Buron and Curtis) for increasing self-awareness and modifying one’s own behaviors. Grades K-12.

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EN-CORE WITH ANDREA O’CONNOR: Mar. 15-Apr. 19, 4:305:30 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $99/series. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642, evolutionvt. com. Follow up Center of Power: six weeks to core, learn to build on fundamentals with new core exercises. Deepen your understanding and learn to support core with surrounding muscles through proper use.

exercise WHAT’S ALIVE INSIDE WALLOP: Tue. & Thu., 9-10 a.m. Cost: $13/1-hr. class. Location: Chace Mill, suite 250, 1 Mill St., Burlington. Info: What’s Alive Inside Productions, Heidi Tappan, 355-4119,, Exercise rediscovered! Want to start your day off right? Want a one-stop shop? Well, then, Get Walloped! Feed your thirst for a high-impact physical, mental, emotional and spiritual routine that will kick your thoughts, body and spirit into alignment for a wonderful day. Experience vitality, connection, strength training and inspiration! Create a lifestyle of passionate conditioning.

gardening SEASON EXTENDING: Mar. 15, noon-12:45 p.m. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 472 Marshall Ave., Williston. Info: 658-2433. Learn how to extend our short Vermont growing season by weeks. Instructed by Todd Fisher. Free. SUCCESSION PLANTING: Mar. 8, noon-12:45 p.m. Location: Gardener’s Supply Company, 472 Marshall Ave., Williston. Info: 658-2433. Learn how to plan your plantings to get the most of your space and time with Charlie Nardozzi. FREE.

glass CREATIVE GLASSBLOWING CLASS AT AO GLASS STUDIO!: Individual classes call for details. Cost: $180/2-hr. class. Location: AO Glass Studio, 416 Pine St., behind Speeder & Earl’s, Burlington. Info: 540-0223,, Experience the heat and fluidity of glass with one of our professional glassblowers. We guide you through making five glass objects that you can take home. Bring your sunglasses and your desire to try something new in our friendly, warm glass studio. Also open to events and group demonstrations.

herbs HONORING HERBAL TRADITIONS 2012: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., one Saturday monthly for 8 months. Cost: $850/8-mo. course. Location: Horsetail Herbs, 134 Manley Rd, Milton. Info: Horsetail Herbs, Kelley Robie, 893-0521,, Herbal Apprenticeship program held on a horse farm. Covers herbal therapies, nutritional support, diet, detox, body systems, medicine making, plant identification, tea tasting, plant spirit medicine and animal communication, wild foods, field trips, iridology, and women’s, children’s, men’s and animals’ health! Textbook/United Plant Saver membership included. VSAC nondegree grants available. INTERMEDIATE SOAP MAKING: Mar. 13, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $35/3-hr., hands-on class. Location: Purple Shutter Herbs, 7 W. Canal St., Winooksi. Info: Purple Shutter Herbs, Purple Shutter Herbs, 865-4372,, purpleshutterherbs. com. This class will focus on the process of super fatting and milk soaps. You’ll take home a sample to cut and age, as well as detailed instructions. Bring a quart paperboard container for your soap mold and an old towel. Kelley Robie will be your guide in this sudsy world. WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Preregistration req. 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,, 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.

holistic health RAWDACIOUS LIVING: RAW FOODS: Mar. 1, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $50/class. Location: The Healer Within You, 528 Essex Rd., suite 205, Williston. Info: Rawdacious

Living, Alyssa Brown MSW, 603988-1913,, Rawdacious Living offers raw food classes, counseling, coaching, prepared foods and personal chefing. Raw foods have been known to eliminate illness and energize the body. Alyssa Brown, MSW, is a certified raw food chef offering information that you can use to elevate your life. Next class offered: Energetic Entrees, March 1.

knitting KNITTING CLASSES: Classes starting in March (daytime & evening). Location: The Knitting Circle, 23 Orchard Terr., Essex Jct. Info: 238-0106, Learn to knit in a comfortable, helpful setting where you can purchase yarn and supplies. All ages and skill levels welcome!

language ANNOUNCING SPANISH CLASSES: Beginning week of Apr. 2 for 10 wks. Cost: $175/10 1-hr. classes. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Ctr. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025,, Spanish classes starting in April. Our fifth year. Learn from a native speaker via small classes, individual instruction or student tutoring. You’ll always be participating and speaking. Lesson packages for travelers. Specializing in lessons for young children; they love it! See our website or contact us for details. BONJOUR! FRENCH CLASSES: Location: wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., 3rd floor, Burlington. Info: wingspan Studio, Maggie Standley, 233-7676,, For youth and adults. Private and group classes in beautiful atelier, led by fluent, encouraging instructor. Preschool FRART! (French/ art) starts March 13, while adult spring classes (beginning and intermediate) start April 3. Visit website for more info and sign up now, as small class size allows for plenty of individual attention. Allons-y! FRENCH CLASSES THIS SPRING!: 7 courses, 11-wk. term, begins Mar. 5 & continues through May 24 (note: no classes Apr. 23-29). Classes meet 6:30-8 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, 497-0420, michelineatremblay@, 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.

martial arts AIKIDO: Adult introductory classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. 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. We offer adult classes 7 days a week. 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. 21-Mar. 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, 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. MARTIAL WAY SELF-DEFENSE 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: 660-4072, Julio@bjjusa. com, Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory 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 JiuJitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian JiuJitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

meditation DREAM YOGA RETREAT: Apr. 13-15, 7-5 p.m. Cost: $125/ weekend. Location: Shelburne Old Town Hall, 5376 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne. Info: Rime Shedrub Ling Vermont, 6840452, VermontRSL@gmail. com, html. Meditation master Younge Khachab Rinpoche will teach the Tibetan Buddhist methods of Dream Yoga during this weekend retreat. Dream Yoga is the practice of meditation while in the sleep state. Anyone with an interest in Buddhism, beginner or advanced, is welcome and will benefit from these rare and precious instructions. INTRODUCTION TO ZEN: Sat., Mar. 17, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $30/half-day workshop, limited-time price. Location: Vermont Zen Center, 480 Thomas Rd., Shelburne. Info: Vermont Zen Center, 985-9746,, This workshop is conducted by an ordained Zen Buddhist teacher and focuses on the theory and meditation practices of Zen Buddhism. Preregistration required. Call for more info or register online. 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, 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.

photography 1-DAY ADOBE LIGHTROOM BOOTCAMP: Mar. 24, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $125/person. Location: Green Mountain Photographic Workshops, central Vermont. Info: Green Mountain Photographic Workshops , Kurt Budliger, 223-4022,, Learn to use Adobe Lightroom 3’s powerful tools to organize, edit and archive your growing photo library. Your instructor will guide you through the process of making your photos sing, fulfilling your creative vision with proven digital darkroom techniques in a hands-on, easy-to-understand manner.

pilates 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,, 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!

scrapbooking SCRAPBOOK RETREAT: MiddlEBuRy: Apr. 27-29: Fri., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; & Sun., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $180/all 3 days; 1- & 2-day pkgs. avail. Location: Spring Fling Scrapbook Retreat, American Legion, Middlebury. Info: Scrapbook Paradise, Blanca Jenne, 388-4518, blanca@, spring Fling scrapbook Retreat in Middlebury, Friday through sunday, april 27-29. scrapbooking all day with an 8-foot table. Prizes, games, contests. lunch, dinner and snacks are provided. One-, two- and three-day packages available. call or visit website for more info.


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yoga EvOluTiOn yOgA: $14/class, $130/class card. $5-$10 community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, Burlington. Info: 8649642,, evolution’s certified teachers are skilled with students ranging from beginner to advanced. We offer classes in Vinyasa, anusarainspired, 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: evoblog.










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TRAuMA-SEnSiTivE yOgA: Mar. 29-May 24, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $125/ series. Medicaid accepted. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 999-2703, a yoga workshop treating PTsD, anxiety, depression, insomnia and fear with Deb sherrer, cYT, Ma. Trauma and loss can result in feelings of anxiety, sadness, agitation and reactivity, as well as PTsD symptoms (e.g., flashbacks, hypervigilance and nightmares). Yoga and mindfulness practices can gently shift these patterns, allowing individuals to reinhabit their bodies with a growing sense of safety, strength and stability. WOMEn in TRAnSiTiOn: lETTing & MOving fORWARd: An inTERACTivE WORKShOP fOR WOMEn 40+ W/ MARTy gARRETT: Mar. 11-25, 3:305:30 p.m., Weekly on Sun. Cost: $99/person. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga & Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: Marty, 865-3213, coachmarty@yahoo. com, Midlife is a precious time, filled with

WOMEn in TRAnSiTiOn: Mar. 8-29, 6-8 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $150/person, $135/person in advance. Location: Yoga Mountain Studio, Montpelier. Info: 249-7377, Deepen your intuitive knowing as you navigate life transitions. This group will integrate life coaching with nature-based work (wilderness rites of passage). life coaching invites people to look at their way of being in the world (mind, body and emotions), and nature provides a clear mirror for us. Fran Weinbaum, life coach and wilderness guide, will guide the group in collaborative coaching so everyone will gain coaching skills for use in your own life.


Mindful AnxiETy REduCTiOn: Mar. 13-Apr. 10, 5:30-7 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $150/5wk. class. Location: Chace Mill, 1 Mill St., suite 312, Burlington. Info: Luanne Sberna LCMHC LADC Sam Standard, PhD, 863-9775, Luannesberna@ Develop the skills to reduce anxiety in mind and body in this Mindfulness-Based anxiety-Reduction class. You will learn mindfulness-based stress reduction, cognitive therapy and gentle movement techniques in a safe, supportive environment. The instructors are licensed mental health practitioners with over 45 years’ combined experience. call or email to preregister.

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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, 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. 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: 3186238. Tai chi is a slow-moving 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.

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challenges and possibilities. During this workshop you will learn to navigate your own transition, in the company of like-minded women. You will

Jung & nATivE WiSdOM TRAdiTiOnS: Mar. 22-Apr. 12, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $60/course. Location: 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909. explore, in a reading/discussion format, the many parallels between Jung’s analytical psychology and Native american wisdom in this course that draws on the writings of Jung and Native authors. led by sue Mehrtens. ORiginAl ChRiSTiAniTy: Mar. 21-Apr. 11, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $60/course. Location: 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909. Was Jesus really a figure in history or a mythic figure? Did Paul write all the epistles ascribed to him? What was the role of the Goddess in the original form of christianity? This course considers these and other provocative questions to paint a portrait of the earliest version of the christian faith. led by sue Mehrtens.

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Almost Famous The accidental career of Rich Price






ich Price never meant to become a rock star. Which is good, because he never quite did. But through a combination of talent and dumb luck, the Burlington-based songwriter has carved out a career that would be the envy of many musicians. And he’s managed to continue pursuing that career despite bumps in the road and the often dream-crushing inevitability that is growing up, starting a family and — gasp — working a day job. This Thursday, March 8, Price’s band, the Sweet Remains, play the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge in support of a new live-concert DVD, Live at the Canal Room. Price, 35, got his start in music as a student at Middlebury College in the late 1990s. Sipping coffee at a Burlington café on a recent Thursday afternoon, he describes a college experience that’s likely familiar to many young local musicians: latenight jam sessions with friends, basement shows at off-campus parties, coffeehouse gigs, etc. But Price, who with his glasses, short-cropped goatee and thinning hairline still looks more the bookish academic than rocker, says he didn’t really consider music as a career. “It was never something that was on my radar,” he says. After graduation from Middlebury in 1999, Price studied for a master’s degree in history at Oxford University. While in England, he continued writing songs and would occasionally send rough demos to his old college roommate, Pete Heimbold, better known as Pete Francis, the lead singer of jam-oriented pop act Dispatch. Once back in the states, Price reconnected with Francis and the two holed up in a Providence, R.I., studio, but says they had


little in mind beyond catching up and laying down a few tracks. “The idea was really just to record some songs for posterity,” says Price. Those sessions eventually became his 2002 debut record, Night Opens. That fall, Dispatch hit the road for what was supposed to be their final tour (the band reunited in 2011). Francis invited Price along to document the trip with a video camera —and gave him his first glimpse into the rock-and-roll lifestyle. Shortly after, Price experienced that lifestyle again, as a performer, when Francis invited him to be his opening act on a solo tour. “It was a pretty amazing opportunity to be handed this opening slot,” Price concedes, describing the first in a string of lucky breaks. “Things that don’t normally fall into people’s laps began falling into mine.” That’s an understatement. Around that time, the mainstream music industry was falling all over itself to unearth the next big male singer-songwriter. David Gray had recently taken the world to Babylon and lit up the charts with White Ladder. John Mayer was exploring your body — which, if you’ll recall, is a wonderland — on Room for Squares. Given his easy croon and knack for breezy pop hooks, Price would once again find himself in the right place at the right time. Following a show at Harpers Ferry in Boston, he was approached by a fan who had enjoyed his set. They chatted for a while and the fan bought a CD. A few days later, the same fan called Price from California. “He told me his dad really loved the CD,” recalls Price, adding he was somewhat confused by the call. “My response was like, ‘Oh, that’s nice.’ And he said, ‘No.

You don’t understand. My dad is the president of RCA Records. He wants to talk to you.’” Soon after, Price signed a development deal with RCA. But following a series of mergers and other industry shake-ups — and still more dumb luck — he eventually landed at Geffen Records and signed a twoalbum contract. A song from his demo, “I’m on My Way,” which he had written with Vermont’s Clint Bierman, now of the Grift, was selected for the Shrek 2 soundtrack, a double-platinum album that also included songs by Counting Crows, Pete Yorn, Tom Waits and Nick Cave. Price’s star, it seemed, was on the rise. He would soon find the record industry to be a fickle mistress. During an appearance on a California radio station to promote his second album and presumptive Geffen debut, Miles From Anywhere, Price received a call from his manager telling him he was being dropped from the label in favor of another young singer: Ashlee Simpson. Price was released from his contract but given the rights to his still-unreleased record, free and clear. “I had a pretty good lawyer,” he says. That record finally came out in 2004. Price spent the next four years writing music for film and television and working as a solo artist. He also wrote songs for other artists, including Stephen Kellogg. But he didn’t return to his own music as a full-time gig. Price married his longtime girlfriend in 2005. The couple had their first child shortly after. They’re expecting their third this spring. Price and his family now reside in Burlington, where he works as a digital brand strategist for marketing firm Select

Design. In other words, Rich Price grew up. “I started to become less and less interested in the life of a touring musician,” he says. Though he had essentially traded in his music career for the proverbial white picket fence, Price couldn’t shake music as a calling. “I had this idea of starting a trio [composed] of solo artists who had had success to varying degrees,” he says. “Something where we could pool resources and fan bases. Something that would be greater than the sum of its parts.” In 2008, he started the Sweet Remains with longtime collaborator Greg Naughton and songwriter Brian Chartrand. In the years since, the band has achieved modest success, doing short tours every six to eight weeks in the U.S., and a recent one in Europe. The Sweet Remains have strong fan bases in cities around the country and have placed a few songs in national commercials and compilations. But Price says the band provides something more important than fleeting music-biz accolades: balance. “Once I started a family, I realized I couldn’t do the touring grind anymore,” he says. “The artist’s life can be very feast or famine. And at a certain point, you have to decide what’s most important. But at the same time, music is part of my identity. It’s who I am and what shapes my life. But now that I don’t do it full time … I actually find I enjoy it more.” 

The Sweet Remains play the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge this Thursday, March 8, at 8 p.m. $10/13. AA. Tomorrow Never Knows and Suncooked open.



Going South

sunny in Texas and I’m a ginger. We don’t really “do” sun. But I digress. Clearly, I’ve got a lot on my mind. But I’ve also got a column to write. The only solution? A rapid-fire, all-BiteTorrent edition of Soundbites. Strap in.


If your radio sounds a bit lamer these days, well, it is. In another apparent attempt by commercial radio to be as homogenous as possible, Hall Communications affiliate 99.9 FM the Buzz axed two of its specialty-music shows last week. Both the newmusic show Early Warning and local-music show Homebrew signed off for the last time last Sunday, March 4. Both shows had been with the station since its inception in 1996. Bummer. On the bright side, Homebrew will live on as a podcast available through the Buzz website. The first episode drops this Saturday, March 10. In a related story, WRUV 90.1 FM is still awesome. That is all. And 105.9 FM the Radiator is, too. So what’s the best thing

about Three Needs taking over the space formerly known as Parima? Some might say the additional pool table is a nice touch. Others might point to the cozy booths lining the joint and the general increase in elbow room compared to the old Needs. Still others might note the weirdly familiar smell of vomit that greets one upon entering — seriously, what the hell is that? Personally, my favorite aspect of the new Needs is that the space is once again home to Mildred Moody’s Full Moon Masquerade, which started at Parima about a year ago and quickly became one of Burlington’s best — and most debauched — parties. Well, folks, there is a full moon this Thursday, March 8, hence, another masquerade. The usual suspects will all be there — Mildred Moody, the HuMan canvas et al. But the belle of this ball will be up-andcoming local electro-indie outfit errands, fresh off their Higher Ground Ballroom debut opening for indie dance favorites yacHt. Speaking of locals in the Ballroom, JosHua panda scores a sweet gig this week: opening for newgrass heavyweights the infaMous stringdusters on Tuesday, March 13. I’m guessing after allen stone rips up Club Metronome this Wednesday, March 7 — see the interview in last week’s issue — local

Haven’t heard much from local indie-rock favorites villanelles in a hot minute. The band has been on something of a hiatus in recent months while members make babies and dig into side projects — the latter presumably not baby related. I’m happy to report the band is back in action this week. They’ll be at the Monkey House on Wednesday, March 14, with local rockers trapper Keeper and Wringer. Nice to see you again, gents.

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scenesters will be all aboard the retro soul train. Well, as a gentle reminder, Panda, though a little rootsier now, has been the conductor on that line in Burlington for years. Just sayin’.

You’ll have to excuse me if I seem a little scattered this week — or more than usual, anyway. You see, I’m heading to Austin, Texas, in a few days for South by Southwest. If you’re unfamiliar with SXSW … um, why are you reading this column? It’s the largest, most hyped livemusic event on the planet. You need to know this stuff if we’re going to continue this relationship. Anyway, I’m preoccupied making arrangements and planning my attack. Frankly, the sheer volume of events happening in the Live Music Capital next week is beyond overwhelming. For every band I’ve heard of — quite a few, thank you very much — about 20 others are totally new to me. While I’m excited to catch some old favorites, such as Built to spill and Bruce friggin’ springsteen (yes, really), the whole point is to find those diamonds in the rough. You know, the bands you’ve never heard of that will reaffirm your faith in God and music — and make you appear hipsterer than thou when you get home. But where to begin? The options are legion, and the national hype machine is already on overdrive pimping dozens of bands as this year’s likely SXSW breakouts. I also really need to go buy some sunblock, since it’s hot and

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1/2 Lounge: Scott Mangan & Guests (singer-songwriters), 8 p.m., Free. Rewind with DJ Craig Mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. Club Metronome: Allen Stone, Tommy & the High Pilots, Zack duPont (soul), 9 p.m., $7/10. 18+. Franny O's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free. Leunig's Bistro & Café: Cody Sargent Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. Manhattan Pizza & Pub: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free. Monkey House: John Daly (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., Free. Nectar's: The Edd, Flabberghaster (live electronica), 9 p.m., $5. 18+. ONE Pepper Grill: Open Mic with Ryan Hanson, 8 p.m., Free. On Tap Bar & Grill: Cooper & Lavoie (blues), 7 p.m., Free. Radio Bean: Heather Pierson (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., Free. Sage Mayhew & the Mayhew Brothers (reggae/hip-hop), 7 p.m., Free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., Free. Mushpost Social Club (downtempo), 11 p.m., Free. Red Square: Vorcza (jazzfusion), 7 p.m., Free. DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. The Skinny Pancake: Ed Grasmeyer and Joshua Panda (folk, comedy), 6 p.m., $5 donation.


Bagitos: Acoustic Blues Jam, 6 p.m., Free. The Usual Suspects (acoustic blues), 6 p.m., Free. The Black Door: Swing Night, 8 p.m., $5.

Gusto's: Open Mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.

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City Limits: Karaoke with Let It Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free. On the Rise Bakery: Open Blues Session, 8 p.m., Donations.




Bee's Knees: Rapscallion (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., Donations.


Monopole: Open Mic, 8 p.m., Free.


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1/2 Lounge: Burgundy Thursdays with Joe Adler, Andy Lugo (singer-songwriters), 7 p.m., Free. Ambient World Project (ambient), 9 p.m., Free. DJ JJ Dante (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

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Club Metronome: Desolation Angels, the Grateful Giving Band (rock), 9 p.m., $5/7. Franny O's: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.

Higher Ground Showcase Lounge: The Sweet Remains, Tomorrow Never Knows, Suncooked (rock), 8 p.m., $10/13. AA.

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Levity Café: Open Mic (standup), 8:30 p.m., Free. Monkey House: AM & MSR Presents: Cadence Weapon (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $8. 18+. Nectar's: Trivia Mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. The Lynguistic Civilians, Dr. Ruckus, Face-One and Brutally Honest (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., $3/5. 18+. O'Brien's Irish Pub: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free. On Tap Bar & Grill: The John Cugno Band and Harmonica Bob (blues), 7 p.m., Free. Radio Bean: Jazz Sessions, 6 p.m., Free. Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., Free. Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band (soul), 11 p.m., $3. Red Square: Old Soul (r&b), 7 p.m., Free. DJ Dakota (hip-hop), 8 p.m., Free. A-Dog Presents (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

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Red Square Blue Room: DJ Cre8 (house), 10 p.m., Free. Rí Rá Irish Pub: Rehab Roadhouse (rock), 8 p.m., Free. Three Needs: Mildred Moody's Full Moon Masquerade with Errands, 9 p.m., $5. Venue: Karaoke with Steve LeClair, 7 p.m., Free.


Whacks Poetic Hip-hop is, at its core, a lyrical art form. While beats, cuts and samples are also

critically important, words are the sun around which the hip-hop solar system orbits. In that respect, Cadence Weapon may be the brightest young star in the galaxy. The Canadian MC was named Edmonton’s poet laureate in 2009, an honor not typically reserved for rappers — even those who occasionally write for Pitchfork. And he’s an equally skilled

Bagitos: Aaron Marcus (traditional), 6 p.m., Free.

producer, having remixed tracks for Lady Sovereign and Ciara and reimagined Daft Punk’s Tron Legacy soundtrack —

Charlie O's: Bingo for VT Foodbank, 9 p.m., Free.

which was way cooler than the actual movie. This Thursday, March 8, catch Cadence Weapon at the Monkey House

Green Mountain Tavern: Thirsty Thursday Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. Purple Moon Pub: Open Mic with Bruce Jones, 7 p.m., Free.

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On the Rise Bakery: Open Mic, 8 p.m., Free. Two Brothers Tavern: DJ Jam Man (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.


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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.


Lift: Ladies Night, 9 p.m., Free/$3. Marriott Harbor Lounge: Pine Street Jazz with Taryn Noelle, 8:30 p.m., Free. Nectar's: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. Blues for Breakfast (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., $5.

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Matterhorn: Sturcrazie (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

1/2 Lounge: Zack duPont (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. 2KDeep presents Good Times (house), 10 p.m., Free.

On Tap Bar & Grill: Leno & Young (acoustic rock), 5 p.m., Free. PleasureDome (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

Moog's: Poor Howard Stith (blues), 8:30 p.m., Free.

Backstage Pub: Karaoke with Steve, 9 p.m., Free.

Parker Pie Co.: Ira Friedman & Rubber Belly (folk), 7:30 p.m., Free.

Club Metronome: No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5.

Radio Bean: Synnika, 12:30 a.m., Free. Kellen Zakula & Lissa Schneckenburger (folk), 7 p.m., Free. Mike Venman (singersongwriter), 9 p.m., Free. Dietrich Strause (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., Free. The Alex Lee Project (rock), 11 p.m., Free.

Rimrocks Mountain Tavern: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

Franny O's: Shakedown (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free.

Bee's Knees: Dan Liptak & Greg Evans (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations.


Monopole: The Misfits Tribute Band (punk), 10 p.m., Free. Monopole Downstairs: Gary Peacock (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., Free. Olive Ridley's: Karaoke, 6 p.m., Free.

Higher Ground Showcase Lounge: Tribal Seeds, Fortunate Youth (rock), 8:30 p.m., $13/15. AA.

Red Square: Dan Blakeslee (singer-songwriter), 5 p.m., Free. Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band (soul), 8 p.m., $5. DJ Frank Grymes & the Human Canvas (house), 9 p.m., $5.

JP's Pub: Dave Harrison's Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.

Ruben James: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free.

Levity Café: Friday Night Comedy (standup), 8 p.m., $8. Friday Night Comedy (standup), 10 p.m., $8.

Rí Rá Irish Pub: Supersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.

The Skinny Pancake: Poor Howard Stith (folk), 8 p.m., $5 donation.

On the Rise Bakery: Elaine Romanelli (acoustic), 8 p.m., Donations.


Two Brothers Tavern: Happy Hour with the Michele Fay Band (folk), 4:30 p.m., Free. DJ Dizzle (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.

The Black Door: Swing Caravan (gypsy jazz), 9:30 p.m., $10.


Bagitos: Clancy Harris (acoustic), 6 p.m., Free.

Charlie O's: Live Music, 10 p.m., Free. Jesse Gile (alternative), 10 p.m., Free. Green Mountain Tavern: DJ Jonny P (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2. Purple Moon Pub: Russ Rueger (acoustic), 8 p.m., Free. The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room: DJ Slim Pknz All Request Dance Party (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free. Tupelo Music Hall: Melanie (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $35. AA.

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51 Main: Ski Bum Aprés Ski Party, 7 p.m., Free. Minor Tribal Scuffles (jam), 10 p.m., Free.

Bee's Knees: Steve Morabito & Friends (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Matterhorn: Dr. Yes & the No Nos (jam), 9 p.m., $5. Moog's: In Kahootz (rock), 9 p.m., Free. Parker Pie Co.: Celtic Acoustic Session, 6 p.m., Free. Rimrocks Mountain Tavern: Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. Rusty Nail: Ten Year Vamp (rock), 9:30 p.m., $5/8. 18+.


Monopole: Shameless Strangers (rock), 10 p.m., Free. Therapy: Pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.

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when Doll Fight! host a fundraiser for the camps. This Sunday, March 11, the lineup includes MARYSE SMITH, Montpelier’s FIRST CRUSH — see the review of their new album on page 63 — GNEISS and the TOES. SQUID CITY guitarist THOMAS

PEARO unveiled a new sonic experiment recently, dubbed the AMBIENT WORLD PROJECT. For the unfamiliar, Pearo matches his considerable finger-picking prowess with a variety of digital loops, effects and other sonic shenanigans to create, well, an ambient world of sound. He’ll be at Muddy Waters this Thursday, March 8. The show will double as a sort of informational meeting for his Ambient World Society, a weekly meeting of the minds Pearo will host at the Firefly Gallery to discuss new technologies and promote ambient music in Vermont.


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1/2 LOUNGE: Jenke Records Presents: Ryan Fauber, Erich Pachner, Jonah Salzman (singersongwriters), 7 p.m., Free. BACKSTAGE PUB: The Hitmen (rock), 9 p.m., Free. CLUB METRONOME: Retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5.

songwriter), 6 p.m., Free. PJ Pacifico (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Kit Soden (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., Free. Elaine Romanelli (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., Free. Anna Pardenik (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., Free. Husbands AKA (ska), 11:30 p.m., Free. RED SQUARE: Mind the Gap (rock), 5 p.m., Free. The Folkadelics (folk rock), 8 p.m., $5. DJ Mixx (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $5.

FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.

RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Hot Neon Magic (’80s New Wave), 10 p.m., Free.

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: The ONE Fashion Event, 8 p.m., $25/30. AA.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Derek Burkins (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $5 donation.

JP'S PUB: Dave Harrison's Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.


MONKEY HOUSE: Jenke Records Presents: Tommy Alexander, Quiet Lion, Matt Townsend, Eric George, Ryan Fauber (singersongwriters), 9 p.m., $5. NECTAR'S: Jimmy Ruin (acoustic), 7 p.m., Free. Bass Culture: Tomo, Sharkat, Two Sev, Nickles, Jahson & Nickel B (dubstep), 9 p.m., Free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: The Real Deal (r&b), 9 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Falcon Coffin (rock), 1 a.m., Free. Nick Marshall (singer-songwriter), 5 p.m., Free. Dustin Lowman (singer-

BAGITOS: Irish Session, 2 p.m., Free. Irish Sessions, 2 p.m., Free. A Taste of Mint (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. THE BLACK DOOR: The Amida Bourbon Project (folk rock), 9:30 p.m., $5. CHARLIE O'S: Live Music, 10 p.m., Free. PURPLE MOON PUB: Poor Howard Stith (blues), 8 p.m., Free. TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Gallagher's No Smash Comedy Show (standup), 8 p.m., $35. AA.

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BEE'S KNEES: Open Acoustic Jam, 3 p.m., Donations. Tritium Well (reggae-rock), 7:30 p.m., Donations. MATTERHORN: The Funkleberries (funk), 9 p.m., $5. MOOG'S: Lesley Grant and Stepstone (folk rock), 9 p.m., Free. PARKER PIE CO.: Comedy in the Kingdom (standup), 7 p.m., Free. RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. ROADSIDE TAVERN: DJ Diego (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free. RUSTY NAIL: Funkwagon (funk), 10 p.m., $5.


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On their 2009 debut, Green and Grey, Burlington’s Whales and Wolves offered a suite of rough sketches. Though showing promise, the album underwhelmed with seemingly halffinished tunes that lacked dynamic punch or sonic variance. These were indie-folk skeletons with no real personality or substantive weight. On their newly released follow-up EP, Up to the Ground, Whales and Wolves adjust for both style and scope. Beginning to unearth their identity, they offer fleshed-out material that owes as much to country-rock pioneers the Band as to the moody musings of Conor Oberst and the bright polyphony of Delta Spirit and Fleet Foxes. “Never Know (Whoa, Nelly)” marks a slow start. While the simmering, back-porch groove is immediately more compelling than any arrangement on the band’s debut, the writing is listless, the vocal phrasing stilted. However, the harmony interplay between Ethan McBrien and co-songwriter Nyiko

Beguin helps elevate the song above contrived country-rock fare and hints at some of the strengths to come. “Wait on Me” is an ambitious song that offers some genuinely compelling moments — especially the ghostly bridge three minutes in, which builds to a strong closing chorus. But the song’s potential impact is weakened by inconsistent instrumental performances. In particular, the central, Dead-ish piano-guitar riff never fully coalesces, and distracts from an otherwise fine song every time it comes around — which is often. Things pick up a little on the EP’s latter half. The title track is a jittery centerpiece that bristles with raw energy — though a hackneyed, clichéromantic bridge saps much of that youthful enthusiasm. The band finds its stride again at the finish. EP closer “Dry as It Is” is the collection’s most complete tune, and demonstrates that Whales and Wolves can put one entire good song together without stumbling. It’s a lilting, mid-tempo nugget that takes full advantage of McBrien’s quirky songwriting style and Beguin’s airy keystrokes and vocal harmonies. Up to the Ground marks a step forward for Whales and Wolves, though it remains a frustrating work overall. At no point on the EP does the band deliver a performance worthy of its considerable talents. Instead, we find a series of flawed songs that almost get there, but fall just short for one reason or another. Here’s hoping that the third time will be the charm. Up to the Ground by Whales and Wolves is available at DAN BOLLES


The band is called First Crush and their album is called Halfway Home. The clichés threaten to cave in on me. I learn that First Crush hail from Vermont’s mysteriously productive capital and that they are a male-female duo. Uh-oh. I hope for echoes of Beach House while fearing shades of She & Him. I put the record on and, hearing more of the former than the latter, consider myself lucky. This feeling will only last for about 15 minutes. “Telephone,” the album’s kickoff track, begins with a sort of distorted ambience that sounds straight out of a Kid Cudi single. I know this sound. This is pop music in 2012, and I’m undeniably into it. After a few seconds, the notes begin to warp, a solid keyboard line is placed in the forefront of the mix, and before long these components merge into a trusty, patent pop melody. Exit Cudi. The ambience falls away; erratic percussion and Robyn Peirce’s reverb-lifted vocals take the

lead. I will learn after a few tracks that this is something of a formula for First Crush, and I will tire of it pretty quickly. But initially I am charmed. “Telephone” is a solid pop jam. The first four songs on Halfway Home are well-thought-out and wellproduced musical statements. They’re classic indie-cute, but interesting. Within these four songs an impressive variety of instrumentation runs steadily alongside a cohesive sound path. The fourth of these tracks, “Rooftops,” even features a crunchy, Pixies-style guitar riff. After “Rooftops,” however, the album gets lost somewhere in its own reverb. The remaining six songs are difficult to distinguish from one another. The accents that bring the opening tracks to pop-life become scarce, and the production grows lazy. These are sleep songs. The album ends with a round-style refrain (“I’ll always look back and see our hands holding / I’ll always look back and see our hands holding”), and I quickly skip back to the beginning. At its finest moments, Halfway Home is accessible melodically and lyrically. You might assume that the theme here is young love and the disappointment that inevitably follows. You’d be right to. Sure, First Crush manipulate a deceptively simple and often one-dimensional approach to the subject matter. And it’s true that the lyrics themselves are often unidimensional. But this is pop music. This is what we most often want to hear. Halfway Home exhibits a great deal of promise, but unfortunately it stalls halfway there.


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PoSitive Pie 2: Joseph Kony 2012 (film), 2 p.m., Free. tHe SkiNNy PaNcake: paul cataldo (roots), 6 p.m., $5 donation.


Bee'S kNeeS: cody michaels (piano), 11 a.m., Donations. Big Lonesome (alt-country), 7:30 p.m., Donations.


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1/2 LoUNge: Family Night Open Jam, 10 p.m., Free. Nectar'S: metal monday: Knights of crinitus, amadis, Kairos, Waranimal (metal), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. oN taP Bar & griLL: Open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., Free.

red SqUare: industry Night with Robbie J (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free.

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is “not your granddaddy’s bluegrass. Unless your granddaddy was Jerry Garcia.” As it turns out, that’s a valid genealogical statement. Like newgrass cousins the String Cheese Incident, the quintet occupies a branch of the bluegrass family tree descended from the likes of Garcia and David Grisman — and rooted in genre forefathers such as Bill Monroe. This Tuesday, March 13, the ’Dusters lay down roots — and rock, and jazz and improvisational jams — at the Higher Ground Ballroom. Local soul man JoSHUa PaNda BaNd opens.


radio BeaN: Gua Gua (psychotropical), 6 p.m., Free. steve Hartmann (singersongwriter), 9 p.m., Free. Honky-tonk sessions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3.


cLUB metroNome: Bass culture with DJs Jahson & Nickel B (dubstep), 9 p.m., Free. twin state of mind presents: The Best Damn Rap show with Realeyez, imHi, DJ Bay 6, selftaught, c-Ladd (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5. 18+.

red SqUare: upsetta international with super K (reggae), 8 p.m., Free. craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., Free.

1/2 LoUNge: Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. scott mangan & Guests (singer-songwriters), 8 p.m., Free.

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HigHer groUNd BaLLroom: The infamous stringdusters, Joshua panda Band (soul, bluegrass), 7:30 p.m., $12/15. aa. LeUNig'S BiStro & café: Ellen powell (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. moNkey HoUSe: upsetta international with Jon Demus and selector Dubee (reggae), 9 p.m., $3.


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Nectar'S: Boombasnap, Bumping Jones (jam), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.

moog'S: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 8 p.m., Free.

oNe PePPer griLL: Open mic with Ryan Hanson, 8 p.m., Free. oN taP Bar & griLL: pine street Jazz, 7 p.m., Free. radio BeaN: irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. red SqUare: Daphne Lee martin & Raise the Rent (gypsy jazz), 7 p.m., Free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. tHe SkiNNy PaNcake: Ed Grasmeyer and Joshua panda (folk, comedy), 6 p.m., $5 donation.

rUBeN JameS: Why Not monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

BagitoS: Open mic, 7 p.m., Free.

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BagitoS: Karl miller (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. cHarLie o'S: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.

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radio BeaN: cam Will (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Open mic, 8 p.m., Free.

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BagitoS: acoustic Blues Jam, 6 p.m., Free. The usual suspects (blues), 5 p.m., Free. comedy Night (standup), 7 p.m., Free. gUSto'S: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.

cLUB metroNome: Big Heavy World Fundraiser: Funkwagon, mc competition with Lynguistic civilians (hip-hop, funk), 9 p.m., $5. 18+.

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fraNNy o'S: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free.

oN tHe riSe Bakery: Open Bluegrass session, 8 p.m., Donations.

LeUNig'S BiStro & café: Gabe Jarrett trio (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. maNHattaN Pizza & PUB: Open mic with andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free. moNkey HoUSe: trapper Keeper, Villanelles, Wringer (rock), 9:30 p.m., $5. 18+. Nectar'S: Big Heavy World Fundraiser: Bounce Lab with Kloptoskope (live electronica), 9 p.m., $5. 18+.

city LimitS: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free.


Bee'S kNeeS: John smyth (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. moog'S: Jason Wedlock (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., Free.


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At Home With Art Gallery profile: Lille Fine Art Salon B Y M EGAN JA M ES




orina Belle-Isle had one goal in selecting the paintings and sculptures in the current show at her new Burlington gallery, Lille Fine Art Salon: She wanted the work to make people “go, ‘Ahhh,’” she says, letting out a deep breath. It would be difficult to provoke any other reaction in this subterranean Lawson Lane space: Think warm brick walls and 18-foot ceilings, a cozy kitchenette, and an inviting arrangement of sofas and chairs. And Lille’s debut exhibit, called “Reverie,” hits the mark. Images of crashing surf, dreamlike, unpopulated landscapes and contemplative still lifes work their soothing magic. “The experience [of art viewing] is often intimidating,” says Belle-Isle, 50, handing her visitor a steaming mug of Get Gorgeous red tea. “That inspired me to start a space where people could see art as if it’s in their own home.” To that end, she’s hosting Salon Evenings every Thursday and Friday while the show is on view. Visitors can pop in, have a glass of wine and linger with the art. Belle-Isle ran several galleries in Rockport, Mass., before opening Lille last month. A sixth-generation Vermonter, she grew up in Saxtons River and moved to Boston for college. She spent the first 20 years of her career in finance before turning to art, which she says she’s always loved. “I never had the talent to be an artist myself, because I’m too linear and I don’t trust myself artistically,” Belle-Isle says. “But I learned that I could be helpful to artists by raising money — I’m a marketing engine. I’m a connector.” Belle-Isle moved back to Vermont last November. Her daughter had recently graduated from high school, and BelleIsle wanted to be closer to family and friends. She’s filled her gallery with work by many of the Rockport-area artists she represented in Massachusetts. Many are considered Cape Ann artists — they paint in the loose, impressionistic style that originated in that area, which is home to one of the country’s oldest art colonies. Historically, those artists (Emile A. Gruppe was one of them) spent their winters in Vermont painting snow scenes, a connection Belle-Isle highlights in the exhibit. The artwork at Lille takes up nearly every inch of the walls, and some of the floor space. Belle-Isle also loves sharing the artists’ life stories and personality quirks with her visitors. Over the years,



she’s collected audio and video interviews with her artists, which she plans eventually to feature on her website. “I’m not an artist, but I’m painting an image,” she suggests. Take, for example, her tale of Rudy Colao and Camilla McRoberts, two of the painters currently on view. They met in the 1950s in the Art Students League of New York, and married shortly after. “After they met,” says Belle-Isle, “she stopped painting.” She had children and then devoted herself to being a mother. McRoberts had studied under the American impressionist painter Frank

DuMond, and her work is now part of the Smithsonian Museum collection. McRoberts’ midcentury portraits at Lille are arresting — full of dramatic lighting and funny little details that betray the era, such as the awkward jock strap on a male model. “In 1951, men were not allowed to be naked in the studio,” explains Belle-Isle. Then there’s painter Eugene Quinn, who’s responsible for many of the vibrant ocean scenes at Lille. “He’s a surfer,” reports the gallerist with a smile, and adds, “He only drinks Guinness.” Jonathan MacAdam, who paints the

landscape along the coastline north of Boston and the fields and rivers near Concord, Mass., is influenced by the Dutch masters. The 35-year-old paints in layers — up to 16 of them — and the surfaces of his works are thick, almost buttery. Suzanne Crocker’s glowing paintings of barns always begin with a layer of red. Bright-red edges seep out around roofs and vibrate along the curve of a dirt path. BelleIsle swoons when describing Crocker’s work, which she refers to as a cross between Mark Rothko and Edward Hopper — Rothko for the rich layering of color, Hopper for the light and structure. “She gives me goose bumps,” says Belle-Isle. Jeffersonville artist Larz Allen has contributed 3-D works in the form of wood and metal sculptures and furniture. His white-oak table is held together with distinctive bowtie fasteners and supported by steel legs shaped like whale tails. The piece is a dramatic presence in Lille’s smaller room. “He’s a welder, a mastermind, a mathematical wizard,” Belle-Isle says of Allen. There’s a reason her salon feels like a home — it is one. Belle-Isle lives there with her boyfriend. “Historically, most galleries started in people’s homes,” she points out. She lived in her Rockport gallery, too, and says it allows her to get to know the paintings in a way she might not otherwise. “It’s very romantic,” Belle-Isle says. “I’m living and breathing the art.” She encourages prospective buyers to spend time with it, too. If someone really wants to get to know an artist before they purchase a piece, Belle-Isle says, she might even organize an intimate dinner party at the gallery, a matchup between artist and art lover. After all, most of these paintings require a significant commitment — the works range in price between $250 and $9000. Making a sale can take plenty of wooing. Belle-Isle says she’s received a warm welcome in Burlington, but she’s still dreaming a bit bigger. She envisions opening a sister gallery in the Caribbean someday. “But I have to be careful what I wish for,” she says, “because things usually come to fruition for me.”  Lille Fine Art Salon, 1 Lawson Lane, Suite 15 (take the elevator down), Burlington. Open Wednesdays, noon-5 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 2-7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, noon-4 p.m. Salon Evenings, Thursdays and Fridays, 5-8 p.m., through April 6. Info, 617-894-4673.

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AdAm deVArney: "And Then the weather Changed," more than 50 original paintings and collages influenced by comics, skateboarding, urban culture and printed material predating the 1980s. Through March 31 at s.p.A.C.e. gallery in burlington. info, 578-2512. AmAndA VellA: "what happens," paintings. Through April 30 at Dostie bros. Frame shop in burlington. info, 660-9005. CAsey reAs: "process," prints, animations, architectural wall fabrics, relief sculpture and interactive works all derived from variations on the same software algorithm. March 9 through April 28 at bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166. ChAmplAin VAlley regionAl Art show: Creative work by area elementary, middle and high school students. March 11 through 21 at university Mall in south burlington. info, 862-6696. ColleCtiVe Art show: eating-disorder-themed work by members of the uVM art collective Active Minds. Through March 10 at livak Room, Davis Center, uVM in burlington. info, 730-4234. 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. doug hoppes: "landscapes with a Twist," paintings. Through March 31 at seAbA Center in burlington. info, 859-9222. 'engAge': work in a variety of media by 35 Vermont artists with disabilities, including Robert Mcbride, Margaret Kannenstine, beth barndt, steve Chase, lyna lou nordstrum and Robert gold; presented by VsA Vermont. Through April 29 at Amy e. Tarrant gallery, Flynn Center in burlington. info, 655-7772. 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. info, 865-7166. 'eye of the Beholder: one sCene, three Artists' Visions': pastel works by Marcia hill, Anne unangst and Cindy griffith. Through May 31 at shelburne Vineyard. info, 985-8222.

JACkie mAngione: watercolor paintings of factories along the winooski riverfront. Through March 31 at black horse Fine Art supply in burlington. info, 860-4972. JAson Boyd: Abstract acrylic paintings. Through March 31 at Vintage Jewelers in burlington. info, 862-2233.

'JezeBels And VAliAnt Queens And those thAt fAll in Between': work in a variety of media by members of the collective we Art women (through March 31); ishAnA ingermAn: "unMasking: The Truth," masks (through March 25). At Fletcher Free library in burlington. info, 865-7211. JordAn douglAs & Axel stohlBerg: "(Re) memberings," hand-tinted, re-imagined historical photos by Douglas; "little stories," found-object assemblages by stohlberg. Through March 31 at Vintage inspired in burlington. info, 488-5766. Justin lAnders: "Disposable landscapes," paintings made of cheap materials that are intended to be purchased, viewed for a short while and then disposed of or re-gifted. Through March 25 at brickels gallery in burlington. info, 825-8214. kAren dAwson: brightly colored, semi-abstract paintings. Through April 30 at people's united bank in burlington. info, 865-1208. leAh wittenBerg: "A Meter's eye View," cartoons featuring anthropomorphized parking meters expressing their views on politics and culture. March 14 through April 14 at the skinny pancake in burlington. info, 864-3556. 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 the second floor. Through April 27 at Community College of Vermont in winooski. info, 654-0513. mArCh 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 March 31 at Maltex building in burlington. info, 865-7166. mArk Boedges & Jerry geier: new paintings by boedges; sculpture and drums by geier. Through March 31 at Mark boedges Fine Art gallery in burlington. info, 735-7317. 'metAmorphism': work by Frog hollow gallery assistants grace Miceli, Kylie Dally, Quinn Delahanty, Tasha Kramer-Melnick, Kristin ballif and Tree spaulding. Through April 1 at uncommon grounds in burlington. info, 865-6227. miChAel AlBert: "Cerealism," collage posters made from recycled cereal and food product packaging. Through March 30 at Jackie Mangione studio in burlington. info, 598-1504. miChAel lew-smith & Alex riCe-swiss: photographs. Through March 31 at nectar's in burlington. info, 658-4771. mini CrAne: Mixed-media, watercolor, acrylic and pastel paintings and giclee prints. Through April 30 at Magnolia breakfast & lunch bistro in burlington. info, 862-7446.

tAlks & eVents 'the mAster of the sAint ursulA legend in Context': Till-holger borchert, curator of the groeninge Museum in belgium, gives an illustrated lecture on the a multipaneled painting depicting the life of saint ursula. Thursday, March 8, 4:30 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. info, 443-6433. 'eArth rhythms': Recent works by Marilyn Allen, Casey blanchard, bryce leVan Cushing and Richard weis. Through March 31 at Vermont institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester. weis gives a talk called, "beyond surface: east Meets west": Friday, March 9, 7 p.m. info, 875-1018. sAlon eVening: enjoy artwork and a glass of wine. Thursday, March 8, and Friday, March 9, 5-8 p.m., lille Fine Art salon, burlington. info, 617-894-4673.

reCeptions Jodi whAlen: "Family Tree," abstract landscapes created with her sign painter grandfather's French brushes and classic sign painter's paint.Through March 31 at the gallery at Main street landing in burlington. Reception: Friday, March 9, 5-7 p.m. info, 540-3018. donnA underwood owens: "Vermont's Magical Animal Kingdom," photographs. Through March 30 at Townsend gallery at black Cap Coffee in stowe. Reception: saturday, March 10, 1-3 p.m. info, 279-4239.

JAmes sCArolA: The original oil paintings the artist used as chapter heads for his novel Shivers: Tales of Terror and Suspense, plus shirts, prints and stained-glass works. March 11 through April 11 at nunyuns bakery & Café in burlington. Reception: sunday, March 11, 1-3 p.m. info, 338-0555. sArAh hArt munro: Collaged, textured paintings and abstract expressionist work. Through April 21 at northeast Kingdom Artisans guild backroom gallery in st. Johnsbury. Reception: saturday, March 10, 3-5 p.m. info, 748-0158. Jeff CoChrAn: work by the local artist. March 9 through 22 at RoTA gallery in plattsburgh. Reception: Friday, March 9, 5-10 p.m. info, 518-314-9872. 'storytime': work in a variety of media exploring the human impulse to construct narratives; 'neVer forget': work examining the creative journey of women. Through April 7 at studio place Arts in barre. Reception: Friday, March 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. info, 479-7069. 'in the trees': work by Missy Dunaway, ellen granter, nissa Kauppila, genise park, Julia purinton, peter Roux, Cameron schmitz and gary starr. Through May 9 at edgewater gallery in Middlebury. Reception: Friday, March 9, 5-7 p.m. info, 458-0098. 'green mountAin wAterColor exhiBition': work by James gardner, peter Jeziorski, peter huntoon, barbara pafume, Robert o’brien, Robert sydorowich and gary eckhart. March 9

miriAm thompson: "interaction," monochrome acrylic-on-wood-panel paintings. Through March 31 at Davis studio gallery in burlington. info, 425-2700. 'monoChromAtiC': black-and-white photography. Through March 16 at Darkroom gallery in essex Junction. info, 777-3686.

through May 4 at Valley Art Foundation Festival gallery in waitsfield. Reception: Friday, March 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. info, 496-6682. 'shArd VillA And its people': An exhibit exploring the history of the salisbury Victorian-era house, which now serves as a residentialcare home. Through April 12 at sheldon Museum in Middlebury. Reception: Friday, March 9, 5-7 p.m. info, 388-2117. yu-wen yu: "Convergence," video and mixed-media work by the boston-based artist who explores time, rhythm, and music through the filters of east and west. March 9 through April 15 at helen Day Art Center in stowe. Reception: Friday, March 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. info, 253-8358. riChArd weinstein: new work by the Vermont artist and retired professor. March 10 through 31 at scarlet galleries in burlington. Reception: saturday, March 10, 6-8 p.m. info, 508-237-0651. emerging Artists exhiBit: Artwork by Mt. Abraham union high school students. Through March 24 at Art on Main in bristol. Reception: Thursday, March 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m. info, 453-4032. 25th AnnuAl Children's Art exhiBition: original artwork by students from burlington elementary schools. Through March 28 at Metropolitan gallery, burlington City hall. Reception: Awards ceremony with burlington Mayor bob Kiss in Contois Auditorium. Tuesday, March 13, 5-7 p.m. info, 865-7166.

mr. mAsterpieCe: "The naughty naked nude show," figurative drawings and semi-abstract acrylic paintings. Through March 31 at Artspace 106 at the Men's Room in burlington. info, 864-2088.

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frAnCophone show: work by French-speaking artists. Through March 31 at north end studio A in burlington. info, 863-6713.

Jess grAhAm: "love, winter," paintings. Through March 31 at the Artspace at the Magic hat Artifactory in south burlington. info, 658-2739.

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'PerSian ViSionS': Contemporary photography from iran; 'imagining the iSlamic World': late 19th- and early 20th-century travel photography; 'a diScerning eye': selections from the J. brooks buxton Collection. Through May 20 at Fleming Museum, uVM, in burlington. info, 656-0750. Peter Weyrauch: "Rodz," black-and-white photographs of cars, gates 1-8; Julia Purinton: oil paintings, skyway; gillian Klein: oil painting, escalator. Through March 31 at burlington Airport in south burlington. info, 865-7166. 'recycle/reuSe ShoWcaSe': Artwork made by Chittenden County high school students from materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. sponsored by Chittenden solid waste District. Through March 27 at Frog hollow in burlington. info, 872-8111.

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'reVerie': landscape, seascape, still-life and architecture paintings by artists who paint in Cape Ann, Mass., and Vermont. Through April 7 at lille Fine Art salon in burlington. info, 617-894-4673.

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ricK JaSany & KeVin morin: photography. Through March 31 at union station in burlington. info, 864-1557.

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riKi moSS: "The paper Forest," an installation representing curious life forms. Through March 31 at winooski welcome Center & gallery. 3/6/12 2:41 PM

robert Waldo brunelle: "spilling the beans: The Dropped Food series," acrylic paintings. Through March 31 at Red square in burlington. info, 318-2438. roger coleman: "that was so 19 seconds ago," new paintings. Through April 28 at Flynndog in burlington. info, 863-0093. 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.

call to artiStS art’S aliVe Juried: Applications are available to download at Cash prizes and the opportunity to exhibit on Church street in burlington. Deadline: April 16. info, artsalivevt@yahoo. com, 660-9005, artsalivevt. org.



PhotoSlam call for entrieS: wanted: students, pros, amateurs and photo fanatics for our 3rd annual photoslam. At least one photo from each entrant will be printed and hung in gallery show. All ages. Deadline: March 25. exhibit May 4 through 26. phoTosTop gallery, white River Junction. Visit for entry form and details or call 698-0320.

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We deliVer! An unparalleled exhibit of mail and stamp art celebrates the south end Arts District and benefits seAbA. Art must be postmarked by April 27 and addressed to seAbA, 404 pine st., burlington, VT 05401. send jpg files, indicating your name,

Sharyn layfield: "A Month of sundays," acrylic abstractions exploring color and organic structure. Through March 31 at block gallery in winooski. info, 373-5150. Student exhibition: paintings, photography and mixed-media works by burlington College students. Through April 1 at Muddy waters in burlington. info, 862-9616. tara goreau: paintings by the Vermont artist. Through March 31 at salaam in burlington. info, 658-8822. the home baSe literacy ProJect exhibit: Artwork by adults with developmental disabilities. Through March 31 at barnes & noble in south burlington. info, 864-7505. trice Stratmann: new england landscapes in oil. Through March 31 at left bank home & garden in burlington. info, 862-1001. Zoe biShoP: "beast and bird," paintings and papier-mâché works. Through March 15 at nunyuns bakery & Café in burlington. info, bumblebishop@


'art iS literacy of the Soul': Artwork by area students. March 10 through April 15 at Chandler gallery in Randolph. info, 431-0204. barb leber: "black, white and Color," acrylic paintings; cheryl dicK: "birmingham and beyond," pastels and oils. Through April 23 at Kellogghubbard library in Montpelier. info, 223-3338. hideichi oShiro: "Art and breath: The life work of hideichi oshiro," work recently donated to goddard College by the 101-year-old Japanese artist. Through March 8 at goddard College in plainfield. info, 322-1601. 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. Jody Stahlman: "Dogs, penguins, a pig and a Frog," paintings. Through April 30 at the shoe horn at onion River in Montpelier. info, artwhirled23@

also by April 27, to Marie,, and bren, for inclusion on the seAbA website. info, Juried artiSt memberShiP: The Chaffee Art Center in Rutland is accepting submissions for juried artist membership. Deadline: March 20. info,, 775-0356. chamPlain Valley Photo Slam: Calling photographers of all ages. students, amateurs, pros and photography addicts in the Champlain Valley, we want to see your shots. Deadline: April 25. info, slam. oPen call to artiStS: open call to artists and writers for 21st annual exposed outdoor sculpture exhibition at helen Day Art Center in stowe. Deadline: March 19. info, SWeet! This sumptuous multimedia spA show pays homage to beautiful sweets — hard candies, chocolates, cakes, pies and gumballs — and the people who make and enjoy these

treats. info, studioplacearts. com. Deadline: March 9. show dates: April 17 through May 26. the PaSteliStS: bryan Memorial gallery announces a call to pastel artists for its summer exhibit, “The pastelists.” Deadline: May 11. info, call_to_artists.html. land & light & Water & air: bryan Memorial gallery announces a call to artists for its flagship juried landscape exhibition. Deadline: March 9. prizes. info, call_to_artists.html. the art of creatiVe aging: exhibit in central Vermont featuring visual artists 70+ years old. Digital submissions of three works for jury review due by March 16 to mharmon@, or call 476-2681. call to PhotograPherS: “night light,” a photography exhibit at the Darkroom gallery. Deadline: midnight, March 21. Juror: linda Rutenberg. info,

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has managed to retain its counterculture cred, in large part because of the envelopepushing imagery artists and designers emblazon on the boards. Get a load of the eyecatching artwork by designers who have contributed to Burton Snowboards at Stowe’s Helen Day Art Center through April 15. When the gallery asked area artists of all ages to enter their own designs into a competition, more than 450 submissions flooded in. discussion with Burton’s creative team. Winners in three age groups will get a brand-

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new Burton snowboard. Sweet. Pictured: design by Greg Gossel. 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.

roBin LaHue: Oil and mixed-media works that explore our relationships with trees and buildings. Through March 31 at O'Maddi's Deli & Café in Northfield. Info, 485-7770. sienna fontaine: "Born in Vermont," watercolors of flora and fauna. Through March 31 at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info,

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'sounD proof: tHe pHotoGrapHy of MattHeW 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.


nanCy siLLiMan & reDeL froMeta: "In Our Midst," paintings and mixed-media works that explore themes of home, childhood and love. Through April 14 at Nuance Gallery in Windsor. Info, 674-9616.

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.


MartHa LovinG orGain: "Thinking With the Heart," mixed-media work. Through March 31 at Big Picture Theater & Café in Waitsfield. Info, 496-8994.

peter BatCHeLDer: "Barns: Essence of an American Icon," oil paintings. Through March 14 at DaVallia Art & Accents in Chester. Info, 875-1203.

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'The hisTory of Goddard ColleGe: an era of GrowTh, expansion and TransiTions, 1969-1979': Photographs, films and archival documents focused on the radical, innovative programs created at Goddard in the '70s, in the Eliot D. Pratt Library. Through June 20 at Goddard College in Plainfield. Info, 454-8311.

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'2012: women in The arTs': Work by 11 Vermont women artists marking the 25th anniversary of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Through March 17 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0903. '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. eThan mann: "IBERIA," paintings and photographs inspired by the Middlebury College student's studies in Spain. Through March 12 at M Gallery in Middlebury.

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'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. john Geery: Adventure photographs of Vermont and the Adirondacks. Through March 30 at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 458-0098.

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. '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.


'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. Caleb sTone: Watercolor and oil paintings. Through April 13 at Galleria Fine Arte in Stowe. Info, 253-7696. 'ConneCTed To vermonT': Two- and threedimensional work by Vermont Studio Center executive director George Pearlman, Whitewater Gallery owner James Teuscher, Torin Porter, Glenn Goldberg and Joel Fisher, among other artists. Through March 31 at Green + Blue Gallery in Hardwick. Info, 730-5331. david smiTh: Paintings of the Vermont landscape. Through March 11 at Claire's Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053. Gabriel TempesTa: Works in milk paint and charcoal. Through March 14 at Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. Info, 525-3366. '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.

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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. Julia Shirar: "People in Places," paintings and drawings. Through March 11 at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson. Info, 510-435-7377. Kathleen Kolb: "Snow Light," oil paintings. Through April 30 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818. 'landSCape in 3 VoiCeS': Works in watercolor and oil by Terry Boyle, Barbara Greene and Tim Hendel. Through March 18 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Info, 899-3211.

late-Winter ShoW: Abstract work by Karen Day-Vath, Tinka Theresa Martell and Longina Smolinski. Through April 30 at Chow! Bella in St. Albans. Info, 524-1405. Marilyn JaMeS & Jon Zurit: Paintings by James and photographs by Zurit. Through March 31 at Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. Info, 933-6403. Mary hill: "Banners & Paintings," recent work by the Vermont artist. March 8 through April 25 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261.

ryan libre: "Kamui Mintara, Playground of the Gods," photographs of Japan's Daisetsuzan National Park. Through March 31 at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common. Info, 586-7711. 'SnoW': Winter perspectives by gallery artists. Through March 10 at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe. Info, 253-8943.

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views, the Winooski River has some tough competition — we’re lookin’ at you, Lake Champlain. Unfortunately, the old Onion River often just blends into the background. Jackie Mangione paints from unusual vantage points, such as underneath bridges, to offer unobstructed views of the riverfront. And she’s been using an unconventional onto canvas, rather than fibrous paper, so her paintings are ready to hang on gallery walls. She’ll lead workshops on this technique at her Soda Plant studio in April. Catch Mangione’s colorful river works at Black Horse Fine Art Supply in “Winooski Bridge.”


'2012 beSt of the upper Valley high SChool exhibition': Exceptional work by the region's emerging young artists. Through March 9 at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. Info, 603-448-3117.

Vermont College of Fine Arts, anchored on its historic hilltop in Montpelier, creates life-changing moments for a diverse community of artists and writers. Thanks to our progressive, student-centered graduate study model we offer five distinctive Master of Fine Arts degrees, each based on artistic and literary apprenticeships with our nationally prominent faculty. Every year we discover new ways to grow. We’ve added new fields of practice, dual-genre semesters and degrees, overseas residencies and postgraduate opportunities. Yet with each new opportunity, one thing never changes – our recognition that the arts play a central role in the development of a creative and healthy society. We invite you to explore all that Vermont College of Fine Arts has to offer. Attend one of our many free events – a plethora of readings, concerts, and exhibitions – and experience our vibrant artistic community for yourself.

'feininger: the great CarniVal': A retrospective of the American expressionist Lyonel Feininger, who spent most of his life in Germany, where the Third Reich condemned him as a “degenerate” artist. Through May 13 at Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. Info, 514-285-2000. '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. SaleM art WorKS: Sculpture, paintings, photography and other works by members of the Salem, NY, art park and residency. Through March 8 at ROTA Gallery in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Info, 518-314-9872. m ART 71

Burlington through March 31. Pictured:

WilSon 'SnoWflaKe' bentley: Original photos salvaged from an old farmhouse in Bolton, on display for the first time. Through April 1 at Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe. Info, 595-5925.

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'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 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358.

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SuSan CalZa: "Much acquainted...missing," drawings, sculptures, photographs, videos and performance pieces inspired by the artist's recent travels in New York, New Delhi, Kathmandu and Istanbul. March 14 through 30 at Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469.

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rebeCCa WeiSMan: "My Human Being," a nearly three-hour performance video that premiered in 2010 as an outdoor installation at Goddard College. Through March 10 at Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469. riChMond hooKerS ShoW: Hooked rugs. Through March 31 at Jericho Center Town Hall. Info, 899-2974.


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odd Phillips’ philosophy would seem to be “If at first you succeed, try doing variations on the same thing again and again.” It’s a code that initially served the filmmaker well, taking him from the hit party-gone-wrong comedy Old School to the hit party-gone-wrong comedy The Hangover. More recently, not so much. The Hangover Part II failed to live up to expectations. His latest film just plain fails. For the party-gone-wrong comedy Project X, Phillips acts as a producer rather than director and sets his sights on a new generation of moviegoers. Thomas (Thomas Mann), Costa (Oliver Cooper) and JB (Jonathan Daniel Brown) are Pasadena pals half the age of the bros in Phillips’ previous films. They’re high school kids on the periphery of popularity and willing to do whatever it takes to convince their classmates they’re cool. Evidently Phillips either believes his target audience has never seen a movie made before 2008, or simply thinks very little of these ticket buyers, because he has put virtually zero effort into doing anything new. The story — to the extent Project X can be said

to tell one — is a grab bag of bits from the teen canon. Writers Michael Bacall and Matt Drake leave no trope unturned. Their script plays like what you’d get if you put Animal House, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, House Party, Risky Business and Superbad in a blender. The idea is that Thomas represents a sort of Everydude. Like the other characters his age, he’s been given no personality to speak of. He’s a 17-year-old who wants to get laid. When his parents decide to go away for the weekend, they have no qualms about leaving him home alone. “He’s not exactly Mr. Popular,” we see his father assure his mother. “He’s a loser.” And, with the mandatory warning not to touch Dad’s expensive foreign car (can you believe this is what passes for foreshadowing in film schools these days?), they’re off. The trio get busy setting the stage for the bash they hope will win them the approval of their peers while helping them lose their virginity. Well, let’s cut to the chase. For no credible reason (Costa sends out mass invitations electronically?), Thomas’ home is overrun by hundreds on hundreds of underage revelers, who conveniently bring their own booze

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and, in the case of the young women, can’t rip off their tops and hop into the backyard pool fast enough. Joints are passed around, pills are popped, and the DJ blasts music so loud you just know the grumpy neighbor will become a recurring character. Boys and girls gone wild, casually raunchy banter between buds, the comical collateral damage from a night that got out of control — we’ve been here before. Phillips and company attempt to substitute scale for substance or invention. But, by the time the riot squad’s been called, flames lick the sky and the local news chopper shines its spotlight on what looks like a mini-Woodstock. The viewer isn’t shocked, as the film’s creators would like, but rather bored by the sheer nonsensical escalation of it all. Did I mention

this is yet another fake found-footage deal? Phillips apparently can’t even delegate effectively at this point. He’s outsourced directorial duties to a maker of TV commercials named Nima Nourizadeh, and that’s what this movie looks like — an ad for tiresome, tasteless excess. There isn’t an iota of joy within a mile of the proceedings. Hard to believe when it comes to the guy who helped launch Will Ferrell’s film career, but, if things continue to go wrong the way they have been lately, Phillips may find himself facing a once-inconceivable reality: The party’s over. m R i c k K is o nak







woman boards a suspension railway car, her face cloaked by wild, dark hair. As she stands in the aisle, slowly flexing, her every movement seems to produce loud, uncouth sounds one might associate with the emergence of a Creature from the Black Lagoon. That’s just one arresting scene from Pina, Wim Wenders’ 3-D dance film that isn’t just for dance fans. On the contrary — in an assessment of choreographer Pina Bausch’s work, shortly after her death in 2009, New York Times critic Alastair Macaulay noted that her pieces were avant-garde theater as much as dance, and attracted a correspondingly broad audience. Then Macaulay asked a troubling question: “How much of [Bausch’s] choreography, if any, can survive her?” After acknowledging that bits of her work have been captured on film, he concluded that “mainly, as they say, you had to be there.” Did you? Wenders — who was already planning his documentary about Bausch when she died unexpectedly, at 68 — seems to have constructed Pina as one long rebuke to Macaulay’s claim. Using 3-D cameras on telescopic cranes, the venerable German director (best known for Wings of Desire) puts viewers not just in the audience but on the

stage with the dancers of Bausch’s company, Tanztheater Wuppertal. In the film’s long opening sequence, an excerpt from Bausch’s take on Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” we see the depth in the real dirt the dancers pound beneath their feet. We glimpse the primal desperation in the eyes of the female dancers as they offer one of their male counterparts a totemic red dress. And we feel the dramatic weight of the moment when that offering is finally accepted. Whatever is happening, we are there, witnessing it in the present tense, not through the traditional documentarian’s lens of context and commentary. Wenders maintains this immediacy throughout the film, which alternates between staged ensemble performances and solos or pas de deux that take place in the public spaces of Wuppertal — on public transit, on a traffic-circle median, beside an indoor swimming pool. Filmed at the moment right before spring leaves unfurl, these surreal sequences have an intense, febrile beauty. Bausch wasn’t a huge fan of words, as her dancers attest, so Wenders goes out of his way to prevent the interview segments from blocking the film’s flow. Members of the company speak about Bausch in voiceover

Motion of devotion The dancers of Pina Bausch’s company celebrate her legacy with astounding performances in Wenders’ documentary.

as we gaze at images of their silent (yet expressive) faces. If Wenders wanted to sever the language of the mind from the language of the body, he’s succeeded; anyone seeking basic biographical information about Bausch, or analysis of her place in German culture and the history of dance, will need to look elsewhere. The highly personal reminiscences offered in the film suggest that Bausch was a blend of choreographer, Method acting teacher and guru, given to cryptic utterances like “You need to be more crazy” rather than critiques. Without the dancing, these interviews might come off as testimonies from an eso-

teric cult, but Wenders has already enlisted us as members. The proof of Bausch’s method is in the results. Pieces such as “Café Müller” — which Wender presents at length, integrating modern with archival footage — have an emotional accessibility that more abstract practitioners of modern dance lack. Like the pantomime of silent films, Bausch’s work appeals on a level that is preverbal, yet rich in wit and subtlety. When this review appears on newsstands, you will have only two days left to view Pina locally in 3-D. Take advantage of them. m Marg o t H arri s o n

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iN tHE lAND oF BlooD AND HoNEY: Two young Bosnians find their relationship strained to the breaking point when they end up on different sides of the ethnic divide in this drama set during the Bosnian war. It’s Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut. Starring Zana Marjanovic and Goran Kostic. (127 min, R. Roxy) JoHN cARtER: Disney plundered the nonTarzan-related work of Edgar Rice Burroughs for this adventure tale of a Civil War veteran (Taylor Kitsch) who somehow finds himself fighting aliens on Mars. With Lynn Collins and Willem Defoe. Andrew (WALL-E) Stanton directed. (132 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol [3-D], Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Marquis, Palace, Roxy, Stowe, Welden) SHAmE: Michael Fassbender plays a New York businessman struggling with sex addiction in this drama that has been more joked about at award ceremonies than awarded, despite critical acclaim. Carey Mulligan plays his sister. Steve (Hunger) McQueen directed. (101 min, NC-17. Roxy) SilENt HoUSE: A spooky lakeside cabin terrorizes Elizabeth Olsen in this horror flick shot (apparently, anyway) in one continuous take — a remake of a Uruguayan movie, and not to be confused with a found-footage film. With Adam Trese. Chris Kentis and Laura Lau directed. (85 min, R. Essex, Majestic) A tHoUSAND WoRDS: Eddie Murphy plays a loquacious literary agent who abruptly finds himself forced to watch his words in a comedy that looks extremely reminiscent of Jim Carrey’s Liar Liar. With Kerry Washington and Cliff Curtis. Brian Robbins directed. (91 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic)

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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. Big Picture, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Roxy, Savoy, Stowe)

DR. SEUSS’ tHE loRAXHH1/2 Dr. Seuss’ contribution to eco-consciousness becomes a computer animation in which a boy in a sterile suburb (voiced by Zac Efron) takes up the cause of the trees to impress a girl (Taylor Swift). With Ed Helms and Danny DeVito voicing the Lorax, whom you may have noticed recently selling cars on TV. Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda directed. (94 min, PG. Bijou, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Marquis [3-D], Palace, Paramount [3-D], Welden) GHoSt RiDER: SpiRit oF VENGEANcEH1/2 Nicolas Cage returns as the flaming undead biker, who finds himself protecting a young boy in the sequel to the campy hit based on a comic. With Fergus Riordan, Idris Elba and Ciarán Hinds as Old Scratch. Over-the-top-action meisters Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor directed. (96 min, PG-13. Bijou, Essex, Majestic [3-D])


HUGoHHHH Martin Scorsese changed pace to direct this fantastical family tale of a mysterious boy who lives in the walls of a Paris train station, based on Brian Selznick’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. With Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Chloe Moretz. (127 min, PG. Capitol, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace)

JoURNEY 2: tHE mYStERioUS iSlANDHH Brendan Fraser didn’t return for this sequel to the family adventure Journey to the Center of the Earth. This time around, a teen (Josh Hutcherson) and his stepdad (Dwayne Johnson) explore an uncharted island that’s sending a distress signal. With Vanessa Hudgens and Vermont’s own Luis Guzman. Brad Peyton directed. (94 min, PG. Big Picture, Capitol, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace, Welden) mY WEEK WitH mARilYNHHH 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; ends 3/8) tHE oScAR-WiNNiNG SHoRt FilmS 2012: Catch up on 10 lesser-known nominees at this showcase. Check separate times for animated, live-action and documentary short subjects. (106 min, NR. Roxy; ends 3/8)



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pRoJEct XH1/2 This week in fake-foundfootage movies, a teen party gets seriously out of control. Todd Phillips produced, perhaps hoping moviegoers would come expecting a real-life version of his The Hangover. With Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown and Thomas Mann. Nima Nourizadeh directed. (88 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy)

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tHE iRoN lADYHHH Oscar alert! Meryl Streep plays Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s only female prime minister, in this biopic from director Phyllida (Mamma Mia!) Lloyd. With Jim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher. (105 min, PG-13. Palace, Roxy, Stowe)

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GoNEHH Amanda Seyfried plays a young woman convinced that her sister’s disappearance is the work of a serial killer from whom she herself escaped in this thriller from director Heitor Dahlia. With Jennifer Carpenter and Wes Bentley. (95 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic, Palace)

BEGiNNERSHHH1/2 Christopher Plummer plays a man who makes a surprising late-life change piNAHHHH1/2 Director Wim (Wings of Desire) — he comes out of the closet — in this drama Wenders pays tribute to the late German from director Mike (Thumbsucker) Mills. Ewan choreographer Pina Bausch with this acclaimed McGregor is his adult son. With Mélanie Laurent documentary featuring classic dance performance and Goran Visnjic. (104 min, R. Palace)      clips and& interviews. (106 min, PG. Majestic [3-D], tHE DEScENDANtSHHH George Clooney plays a Hawaiian grappling with family transitions after his wife suffers an accident in this comedy-drama


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THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY★★★★ From the animation studio of Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) comes an adaptation of Mary Norton’s kids’ novel The Borrowers, about a 4-inch-tall family dwelling secretly in the floorboards of a human home. With the voices of Will Arnett, Amy Poehler and Bridgit Mendler. Hiromasa Yonebayashi directed. (95 min, G. Essex, Majestic, Palace) A SEPARATION★★★1/2 An Iranian couple seeks a divorce, unleashing a chain of unfortunate events, in this winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar from director Asghar Farhadi. Starring Peyman Moadi, Leila Hatami and Sareh Bayat. (123 min, PG-13. Roxy) STAR WARS: EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE IN 3-D★★1/2 So you really want to see Jar-Jar Binks in 3-D? Director George Lucas jumps on the bandwagon to put his space opera about trade negotiations, Jedi mind tricks and stuff back in theaters. With Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Liam Neeson. (139 min, PG. Essex, Majestic; ends 3/8) THIS MEANS WAR 1/2★ The “world’s most deadly CIA operatives” turn their weapons against each other when they fancy the same woman in this very silly-sounding adventure comedy from director McG. Starring Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon. (98 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic, Palace, Stowe; ends 3/8) 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

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WANDERLUST★★ A downsized Manhattan couple (Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd) happen on “an idyllic community populated by colorful characters who embrace a different way of looking at things” in this comedy. Sounds like the standard Flatlanders-coming-to-Vermont story to us. With Justin Theroux and Malin Akerman. David (Role Models) Wain directed. (98 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic) 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. Capitol)



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Movies You Missed 28: Wings Lots and lots of movies never (or only briefly) make it to Vermont theaters. Each week, Margot Harrison reviews one that you can now catch on your home screen. This week in movies you missed: The first film ever to win the Academy Award for Best Picture was a fighter-pilot extravaganza that, in adjusted dollars, could be the most expensive flick ever made.


It’s also one of two silent films ever to receive the big prize (The Artist, as of last Sunday, being the other). Now Wings is out on DVD and Blu-Ray in an edition painstakingly restored from Paramount’s 35mm negative, with color tinting and visual effects, a newly recorded score, and sound effects from Ben Burtt.



mall-town boy Jack Powell (Buddy Rogers) dreams of flying. He’s madly in love with Sylvia (Jobyna Ralston), a girl who is particularly desirable because she is “visiting from the city” — but her affections belong to David (Richard Arlen), the richest guy in town. Meanwhile, Jack’s childhood pal, Mary, tries desperately to get his romantic attentions, while he treats her like a mild annoyance, apparently not recognizing her as “It Girl” Clara Bow.

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“We will be forever grateful to the entire staff at CVMC. Their knowledge, friendliness and professionalism made our transition into parenthood a positive experience.” Brad Watson, MD, Anesthesiology Just look at these happy faces! And look at that beautiful bundle of baby BOY! We bet that Mark Shea Sweda is exactly what his parents Kathleen (Katie) and Jonathan (JT) Sweda were waiting for. And it appears these new parents took their transition to parenthood well in stride. Their Carolyn Lorenzsweet son was born on February 18. He weighed Greenberg, MD, Pediatrician 7lb/14oz and was 21.25 inches long. We’re betting he’ll have a great smile too. The Sweda family lives in Montpelier. We wish them a happy, healthy life.

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A man wanted on rape charges was arrested after stopping to flirt with a uniformed female police officer on patrol in San Francisco. The 26-year-old man was “obviously enamored,” police Capt. Paul Chignell said, and approached the parked police cruiser to strike up a conversation. When he asked the officer if she was married, she replied that she wasn’t available but asked the man’s name. As he walked away, she ran a records check and discovered the no-bail warrant for rape. (San Francisco Chronicle) A little more than an hour after stealing beer from a liquor store in Santa Clarita, Calif., three suspects returned and demanded the surveillance video of the crime. They brandished a knife and cut the clerk during a scuffle, then fled. Sheriff’s deputies had surrounded the scene, however, and arrested Oscar Jimenez, 19, Eduardi Salgado, 18, and a juvenile. (Associated Press)

Second-Amendment Follies

When Dustin Bueller, 20, asked Moises Zambrana, 48, to see his gun after church in Lealman, Fla., they made sure not to endanger parishioners gathered inside the church by stepping inside a closet. Zambrana removed the Ruger 9mm’s magazine and began explaining the weapon’s safety features. He forgot about the round in the chamber, however, and the gun accidentally fired, sending a bullet through the wall and into the head of Hannah Kelley, 20, who is Bueller’s girlfriend and the daughter of the pastor. She was hospitalized in critical condition. (Tampa Bay Times)


Frustrated with the Senate’s failure to approve a budget, U.S. Rep. John Sullivan, R-Okla., told a town hall meeting in Bixby, Okla., “I’d love to get them to vote for it. Boy, I’d love that, you know. But other than me going over there with a gun and pointing it to their head and maybe killing a couple of ’em, I don’t think they’re going to listen unless they get beat.” (Associated Press) Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, insisted that increasing the flow of oil through the Alaskan oil pipeline would benefit the caribou that live near the project. He explained to the House Natural Resources Committee that the caribou enjoy the warmth that the pipeline radiates. “So,” he informed his colleagues, “when they want to go on a date, they invite each other to head over to the pipeline.” He credited the pipeline for a tenfold boost to Alaska’s caribou population and said the caribou might be adversely affected if oil

stops running through the pipeline. When his colleague, Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, said he wasn’t sure Gohmert knew what he was talking about, Gohmert remained adamant, saying, “It sounds like they need the pipeline.” (Washington Post)

Animal Wrongs

People for Ethical Treatment of Animals filed a lawsuit seeking to extend constitutional protection against slavery to five whales that perform at SeaWorld parks in San Diego and Orlando. Citing the 13th Amendment, the suit claimed that the wild-caught mammals are enslaved because they’re held in concrete tanks against their will and forced to perform in shows. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller agreed to hear arguments over granting constitutional rights to animals but ruled that the Constitution doesn’t apply to nonhumans. (Associated Press)

REAL free will astrology by rob brezsny

March 8-14 getting a bit too grandiose in your plans? Maybe you should at least dream about taking a shortcut that looks like a detour or a detour that looks like a shortcut.

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hunryu Suzuki was a Zen master whose books helped popularize Zen Buddhism in America. A student once asked him, “How much ego do you need?” His austere reply was “Just enough so that you don’t step in front of a bus.” While I sympathize with the value of humility, I wouldn’t go quite that far. I think that a slightly heftier ego, if offered up as a work of art, can be a gift to the world. What do you think, Pisces? How much ego is good? To what degree can you create your ego so that it’s a beautiful and dynamic source of power for you and an inspiration for other people rather than a greedy, needy parasite that distorts the truth? This is an excellent time to ruminate on such matters. ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Controlled hysteria is what is required,” said playwright Arthur Miller in speaking about his creative process. “To exist constantly in a state of controlled hysteria. It’s agony. But everyone has agony. The difference is that I try to take my agony home and teach it to sing.” I hope this little outburst inspires you, Aries. It’s an excellent time for you to harness your hysteria and instruct your agony in the fine art of singing. To boost your chances of success in pulling off this dicey feat, use every means at your disposal to have fun and stay amused. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The Cherokee





of and the traditions you hold dear, Taurus. Ponder your tribe’s unique truths and ways. Identify them and declare them.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In the coming

weeks, the activity going on inside your mind and heart will be especially intense and influential — even if you don’t explicitly express it. When you speak your thoughts and feelings out loud, they will have unusual power to change people’s minds and rearrange their moods. When you keep your thoughts and feelings to yourself, they will still leak all over everything, bending and shaping the energy field around you. That’s why I urge you to take extra care as you manage what’s going on within you. Make sure the effect you’re having is the effect you want to have.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Artist Richard Kehl tells the story of a teenage girl who got the chance to ask a question of the eminent psychologist Carl Jung. “Professor, you are so clever. Could you please tell me the shortest path to my life’s goal?” Without a moment’s hesitation Jung replied, “The detour!” I invite you to consider the possibility that Jung’s answer might be meaningful to you right now, Cancerian. Have you been churning out overcomplicated thoughts about your mission? Are you at risk of






VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Numerous websites on the internet allege that Greek philosopher Plato made this statement, which I regard as highly unlikely. But in any case, the thought itself has some merit. And in accordance with your current astrological omens, I will make it your motto for the week. This is an excellent time to learn more about and become closer to the people you care for, and nothing would help you accomplish that better than getting together for intensive interludes of fooling around and messing around and horsing around. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves,” said Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl. His advice might be just what you need to hear right now, Libra. Have you struggled, mostly fruitlessly, to change a stagnant situation that has resisted your best efforts? Is there a locked door you’ve been banging on, to no avail? If so, I invite you to redirect your attention. Reclaim the energy you have been expending on closed-down people and moldering systems. Instead, work on the unfinished beauty of what lies closest at hand: yourself. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In this passage from Still Life With Woodpecker, Tom Robbins provides a hot tip you should keep in mind. “There are essential and inessential insanities. Inessential insanities are a Daily




SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I don’t

think you will need literal medicine this week. Your physical vigor should be good. But I’m hoping you will seek out some spirit medicine — healing agents that fortify the secret and subtle parts of your psyche. Where do you find spirit medicine? Well, the search itself will provide the initial dose. Here are some further ideas: Expose yourself to stirring art and music and films; have conversations with empathic friends and the spirits of dead loved ones; spend time in the presence of a natural wonder; fantasize about a thrilling adventure you will have one day; and imagine who you want to be three years from now.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Each of us is the star of our own movie. There are a few other lead and supporting actors who round out the cast, but everyone else in the world is an extra. Now and then, though, people whom we regard as minor characters suddenly rise to prominence and play a pivotal role in our unfolding drama. I expect this phenomenon is now occurring or will soon occur for you, Capricorn. So please be willing to depart from the script. Open yourself to the possibility of improvisation. People who have been playing bit parts may have more to contribute than you imagine. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The “cocktail party effect” refers to your ability to hear your name being spoken while in the midst of a social gathering’s cacophony. This is an example of an important practice, which is how to discern truly meaningful signals embedded in the noise of all the irrelevant information that surrounds you. You should be especially skilled at doing this in the coming weeks, Aquarius — and it will be crucial that you make abundant use of your skill. As you navigate your way through the clutter of symbols and the overload of data, be alert for the few key messages that are highly useful.



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Heritage website wants people to know that not all Native American tribes have the same traditions. In the Cherokee belief system, it’s Grandmother Sun and Grandfather Moon, which is the opposite of most tribes. There are no Cherokee shamans, only medicine men and women and adawehis, or religious leaders. They don’t have “pipe carriers,” don’t do the Sun Dance and don’t walk the “Good Red Road.” In fact, they walk the White Path, have a purification ceremony called “Going to Water” and perform the Green Corn ceremony as a ritual renewal of life. I suggest you do a similar clarification for the group you’re part

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): An old Chinese proverb says: “My barn having burned to the ground, I can see the moon.” The speaker of those words was making an effort to redefine a total loss as a partial gain. The building may have been gone, but as a result he or she had a better view of a natural wonder that was previously difficult to observe. I don’t foresee any of your barns going down in flames, Leo, so I don’t expect you’ll have to make a similar redefinition under duress. However, you have certainly experienced events like that in the past. And now would be an excellent time to revise your thinking about their meaning. Are you brave enough and ingenious enough to reinterpret your history? It’s find-the-redemption week.

brittle amalgamation of ambition, aggression, and pre-adolescent anxiety — garbage that should have been dumped long ago. Essential insanities are those impulses one instinctively senses are virtuous and correct, even though peers may regard them as coo-coo.” I’ll add this, Scorpio: Be crazily wise and wisely crazy in the coming weeks. It will be healthy for you. Honor the wild ideas that bring you joy and the odd desires that remind you of your core truths.


Nicolaos Kantartzis pleaded guilty to rigging pay phones in the Washington, DC, area to make phantom calls to toll-free numbers so he could collect a fee for each call. Because the calls are free to callers, the recipient has to pay the cost, half of which goes to the pay-phone operator. Kantartzis made some 8 million calls, most lasting only a few seconds, collecting 50 cents each to net $4 million. (Associated Press)

A Transportation Security Administration agent confiscated a frosted cupcake from a Massachusetts passenger flying from Las Vegas, citing its gel-like icing as a potential national security threat. Accusing the agent of lacking common sense, Rebecca Hains, 35, called the incident “an encroachment on civil liberties” and said such incidents done in the name of security are “really theater” that are “not keeping us safe.” (Associated Press)

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China banned three kindergartens in Shanxi province from offering palm-reading tests that the schools claimed could predict pupils’ intelligence level and potential. Although many parents were eager to have their children tested, some later complained about the method and its high cost: $190. (Reuters)

Chile’s Supreme Court ordered the newspaper La Tercera to pay $125,000 to 13 people who suffered burns while trying out a recipe for churros. Days after the newspaper printed the recipe for the popular Latin American fried dough snack, hospitals around the country began treating people for burns suffered when the dough boiling in oil suddenly exploded. Judges ruled that the newspaper failed to test the recipe before publication. (Britain’s Telegraph)

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Please be Real Married explorer seeking secret adventures. Clean and healthy DDF hoping there really are girls that wanna have fun! In person or chat, I’m ready and available to pursue your fantasies. Ready2go, 48 Public Fantasies Exhibitionism Voyeur NSA I am unhappily married, drug/disease free, have a strong public fetish. Would love to find a college-aged girl with a beautiful, round, tight ass. I want to hold it in my hands and lick you to a squirting orgasm. Have many ideas for public risk taking without involving jail time. Public really turns me on! igotskill69, 41, l I NEVER GIVE UP! Hey, my name is Greg and I work third shift at a local company and just thought I would try somthing new. I am looking for something here and there. I’ll try anything once, and I always make sure that the lady “comes” first, second, third, etc. Don’t think so? I’ll prove it! fassette, 27, l Loves to Eat 50s guy looking for similar-aged woman for fun. I love foreplay. Like to make a woman want it before we actually do it. My favorite thing is to make a woman climax before I do. Pointer53, 51 Discrete Dom Experienced dom iso sub F or couple. Discretion is a must. Public play encouraged. 2trainu, 55 Zen Sex Looking for a woman who wants to discover all of the ways the senses can create great sex. zen247, 59 It is what it is Well, I don’t know what to expect outta this. I’m looking for whatever comes. I’d like a girlfriend I can bring home to mom but until I find her I’m pretty much down for most anything. Would do NSA one nighter, join a couple, a group, or go out for drinks and see what happens. “It is what it is.” Justlookin, 29 Four orgasms + 4 u Free and looking to give as much hot sexual pleasure as you deserve. I belive in pleasing whom I’m in bed with, and making sure she has at least three to four orgasms. I love small/average women, no big ones please! Willing to try new things. Love young women too. Willing to travel or you can travel.

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Cashier at Winooski Bev Warehouse You rang me out for a bottle of tequila. Just thought I’d let you know you’re a fox! Even with that gray UVM hoodie on. When: Saturday, February 25, 2012. Where: Winooski Beverage. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909982 Mini-Pong Champ Hot stuff with your tiny paddle; winning at bar-top mini pong. How about a guy like you giving a guy like me a shot at the title? What say you? When: Friday, February 24, 2012. Where: On Tap. You: Man. Me: Man. #909981 Chicago MD to be What do you think you were doing up on our stage during intermission? A cappella karaoke? At least you had on an FCB jersey. We will learn “Brown Eyed Girl” for next time. Hold on to that glass, they can get slippery late at night. When: Friday, February 24, 2012. Where: Back Stage. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909980 Cute Blonde from Wollongong Friday night, Feb. 24, you were wearing the Australian soccer jersey on a “celebratory pub crawl” with your teammates. I was inspired by your explaination about team camaraderie on and most importantly off the field. When: Friday, February 24, 2012. Where: Essex Jct. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909978 Would like to know you You have the most exquisite shape. You were running down Shelburne Rd., Sunday, 2/26, at around 10:30. I would have yelled out the window, ‘you are gorgeous!’ but I didn’t want to be rude. You were dressed all in black, wore a wide hair band with a purple flower (?) on the left side. Wow, you made me weak in the knees. When: Sunday, February 26, 2012. Where: Shelburne Rd. Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909977

February 21, 2012. Where: Charlie O’s. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909971 Tavern in Jeff I spy the woman in a pink Isis hat driving a Forester at the tavern in Jeff. We briefly made eye contact on 2/23...are you taken? When: Thursday, February 23, 2012. Where: The Tavern in Jeff. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #909970

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Last week we discussed how to avoid common pitfalls when creating an online dating profile and flirting on the net. Now, let’s turn our attention to the first date, when it’s time to leave cyberspace and enter RL (that’s “real life,” for you novices). Short and Sweet: A first date should be a brief meet-up for coffee or a drink, not a daylong crosscountry skiing expedition or road trip to Montréal. If you end up having nothing in common, that’s an awful lot of awkward silence to fill. The purpose of the first date is to assess chemistry and decide whether you want to dedicate more time to growing the romance. Remember to be safe, too: Always plan to meet in a public place and tell a friend or family member where you’re going and who you’re meeting. Mind Your Manners: Be on your best behavior on a first date. Don’t slurp your drink, and be nice to waitstaff. If you’re footing the bill, be sure to tip at least the customary 20 percent — no one likes a cheapskate. Be mindful of how much time you spend talking about yourself; don’t hog the conversation. And, please, put your cellphone away. If you’re awaiting an extremely important text message, explain this to your date at the beginning of the evening and apologize in advance for the impending interruption. Otherwise, keep the phone out of sight. Kiss Off: It’s the end of the date, and the sparks are flying — should you kiss? Absolutely! If both parties are into it, there’s nothing wrong with a smooch. Should you take it further? Follow your gut. If the moment is right, and you’re both hot to trot, sex on the first date isn’t wrong. However, you have to be ready to deal with the consequences — you might never get a call for a second date, or one partner may prematurely become emotionally attached. Remember, anticipation is one of the most powerful aphrodisiacs, so why squander it? I say, wait until at least the second or third date (if not the sixth) to do the deed. Follow the steps above, and you’ll be clicking in person instead of just clicking your mouse.

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