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hittenden County Transportation Authority bus drivers abandoned plans to strike on Monday, but the relief felt by Burlington-area commuters may prove fleeting. The head of the drivers’ union says he will vote “no” on a contract proposal that CCTA presented late Saturday night. He believes his colleagues will follow suit. A vote on the contract offer is expected as soon as Wednesday, the union says, and no later than the weekend. Drivers say that if they reject CCTA’s offer, a strike could soon follow, as Mark Davis reported on the Seven Days Off Message blog. In an interview, union head Rob Slingerland said CCTA’s latest offer is not significantly different than a previous proposal, which drivers rejected 53-4 in February. “They keep throwing us little pieces of cheese,” Slingerland said. “It’s not going to keep us from walking. We are headstrong this time, and if they’re not taking us

seriously, they’re going to find out. I’m definitely a ‘no’ vote. They could throw in a $10-an-hour raise, and it would be a ‘no’ to me.” While declining to delve into specifics, Slingerland said the new contract fails to address the union’s two core concerns: CCTA’s desire to hire more part-timers and the 13.5-hour “spread” between morning and evening runs. (Many CCTA drivers work split shifts, taking time off in the afternoon between the busy morning and evening commutes.) Drivers say CCTA’s schedules are burdensome and should be revamped. CCTA said the schedules are an unavoidable part of a transit system that takes people to and from work. “It’s no better than the one we voted down,” said driver Sherry Siebenaler, who also plans to vote against the deal. “It’s a slap in the face.” CCTA spokeswoman Meredith Birkett said a federal mediator helping with negotiations has advised the agency to refrain from comment. “To maintain the best environment for careful consideration of the proposal,” she said, “we do not have any additional comments at this time.”  CCTA has said that almost all of its service — the nonprofit provides nearly 10,000 rides a day along its sprawling network — would be unavailable during a strike. Slingerland said drivers, who have held public rallies in recent weeks, are hoping that riders will understand. “We have relationships with our ridership,” Slingerland said. “We know what a strike would do. We want this over as fast as possible. We expect a fair contract.”

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1. “House Hunting? What $250K Can Get You in Vermont” by Kevin J. Kelley. A quartermillion dollars buys a lot more house in the Northeast Kingdom than it does in urban Chittenden County. 2. “Five Years After Closing, Pine Ridge School Still Quiet” by Ken Picard. These days, the former Pine Ridge School campus in Williston looks like a set for a postapocalyptic film. 3. Side Dishes: “Arcade and Ale House to Open in South Burlington” by Corin Hirsch. Enjoy pints of craft beer while playing Pac-Man at this new South Burlington spot, opening later this year. 4. Side Dishes: “Austrian Chef Remakes Derby Line Village Inn” by Alice Levitt. A 120-year-old B&B is reborn with Austrian cuisine. 5. “Bus Fair? CCTA Drivers Get Ready to Strike” by Mark Davis. Why CCTA drivers and management can’t agree on a new contract.

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That’s the percentage of Vermont residents who say they eat vegetables more than four days a week — tops in the nation, according to Gallup. Guess Vermonters really do eat more kale.

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Mayor Weinberger says that he is not a participant in the CCTA negotiations and thus has no opinion [“Bus Fair? CCTA Drivers Get Ready to Strike,” March 5]. But CCTA is our bus company; its board is assigned by the city council, of which the mayor is a part. Ultimately, what happens at CCTA is the responsibility of them and, behind them, of us all. If you do not have company managers who offer collaboration and real training, and give your working people the chance to shine and be their best, then you need a working contract that provides protection against their abuse of your working time. You need a contract that will protect you from an operations staff that is constantly in your face, treating you like a child and continually threatening to punish you. When General Manager Watterson claims that he did not know of drivers’ complaints — and this bargaining has been going on since April 2013 — then you can wonder where management has been. Sleeping, or just plugging their ears and hoping the problem will go away? It is time to provide the drivers with a contract that gives them the protection they deserve. Then we need to move on and demand of our city that they clean house at CCTA management. It is time to fire the operations staff and bring in people who can make CCTA a model company we can all be proud of and which will


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I would like to say the story [“Gray Is the New Orange,” January 22] was OK, but the visiting room at that facility is the best in the state. I thought it was awful she said that it was dreary and uninviting. It has a nice mural on the wall and accommodates the children who come to visit. Want to see one that’s dreary? Go to St. Johnsbury. You’re piled in like sardines, and they make you feel like you’ve done something wrong. Newport is OK, but the guards are very rude and don’t



I see that you have made the decision to no longer publish movie times in your print edition. This had been for me one of the most important features of your paper: I can’t tell you how many times I have said, “We can check the time in Seven Days.” As a mobile-device-less reader, I want you to know that this change is a significant inconvenience for me. The show times cannot take up very much space in your publication; could you maybe be persuaded to change your mind about this?

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Vermont’s locavore movement is gaining momentum by the year. With this passion for fare produced close to home comes the desire to learn about its origins. The Dish: A Series for Inquisitive Eaters aims to do just that. UVM’s Joe Speidel welcomes a panel of farmers and food-industry professionals, who weigh in on local meat.




SOUND OF MUSIC This year, the Hinesburg Artist Series turns 18. To mark the occasion, Rufus Patrick directs a performance featuring celebrated soprano Toni Dolce (pictured). Joining the virtuosic vocalist, harpist Grace Cloutier, flutist Laurel Maurer and the South County Chorus present a varied program ranging from Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” to arias and more. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 55

Peaceful Warrior When Cassius Clay embraced Islam and became Muhammad Ali, the outspoken boxer refused to serve in the Vietnam War. The decision banned him from boxing and landed him in a federal courtroom. ˜ e Trials of Muhammad Ali captures the transitional period in the athlete’s life, where he finds himself fighting his toughest fight. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 56


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In the 1920s, scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner developed biodynamics, an agricultural practice founded on ethics, ecology, spirituality and the subtle influences of the cosmos. Herbalist Emily Wheeler celebrates the farming system in Plants and Planetary Rhythms. This unique workshop teaches horticulturalists about the ways in which the sun, moon, planets and stars influence Earth’s vegetation.


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ate last December, Senate Democrats gathered at Montpelier’s Capitol Plaza Hotel to discuss priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Sen. PETER GALBRAITH (D-Windham) made a brief pitch for raising the state’s minimum wage from $8.73 to $12. What did Gov. PETER SHUMLIN think of that, the group inquired, when he stopped by to talk about his priorities? Shumlin was artfully equivocal. “I’m willing to enter into any conversation about ways to ensure we have an equitable minimum wage,” he told the senators. Then came the predictable: “Obviously with everything we do, the devil is always in the details.” Roughly two months later, Shumlin appeared to have exorcised whatever devilish doubts he might have harbored. Last Wednesday, he stood next to President Obama on a stage in w w w . e s s e x o u t l e t s . c o m Connecticut, grinning and clapping 21 ESSEX WAY, ESSEX JUNCTION, VT | 802.878.2851 heartily as the president and several other New England governors called for a regional push to increase the minimum 8v-essexshoppes031214.indd 1 3/11/14 9:38 AM wage to $10.10. Shumlin’s endorsement of the wage hike — followed by his declaration that Vermont would go it alone even if other states back down — blindsided many back home. Statehouse advocates, opponents and lawmakers have been preoccupied by a different discussion: whether employers should be required to offer paid sick days to their workers. “The governor hasn’t expressed that desire to me,” said Sen. KEVIN MULLIN (R-Rutland), referring to the minimum wage proposal. Mullin chairs the economic development committee, which has jurisdiction over both issues in the Senate. Bobbi Brown “We knew it was out there, but the Trish McEvoy focus and attention and debate and vote Laura Mercier counting by leadership has all been on SkinCeuticals paid sick leave up to this point,” said Kiehl’s Since 1851 JIM HARRISON, president of the Vermont bareMinerals by Bare Escentuals Grocers’ Association, a group that op...and many more!! poses both pieces of legislation. The battle over the paid sick days bill had been brewing for some time. A coalition of 13 advocacy groups and unions, including the Vermont NEA, the Vermont Workers’ Center and Voices for Corner of Main & Battery Streets, Vermont’s Children, redoubled its efBurlington, VT • 802-861-7500 forts over the summer and reinvigorated the long-lingering campaign. Business groups such as the Grocers’ Association and the Vermont Chamber

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of Commerce have been fighting back, but Harrison didn’t hold out much hope. The House bill had a healthy 34 sponsors, and an early head count conducted by supporters indicated it had majority support. In early February, it passed the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs by a 6-1 vote and moved on to the House Committee on Appropriations. If the bill passed in the House, Senate President Pro Tem JOHN CAMPBELL promised to bring it up for a vote in the Senate. Shumlin, however, hasn’t come out for or against paid sick leave. Sounding very much like he did at the Capitol Plaza, he issued a written statement in January saying: “We all believe this is the right thing to do. The devil is always in the details, including who pays and how it is mandated.” On Friday, his press secretary, SUE ALLEN, confirmed the governor’s views hadn’t changed.



Harrison had been less concerned about efforts to raise the minimum wage. Sure, three bills had been introduced, but none had budged, and there had been next to no discussion of them in committee. Although Shumlin indicated in mid-January that he would support an unspecified increase in the minimum wage, he didn’t appear to be pushing for it. There was no hyper-organized grassroots effort, and no legislative leaders were publicly talking about it. That changed on February 26. With just a week and a half of legislative business remaining until crossover — the deadline for bills to get voted out of committee — Shumlin and House Speaker SHAP SMITH told the Burlington Free Press they wanted to pass a minimum wage hike this year. The next day, the duo told a gathering of grocers and retailers not to sweat the paid sick days bill. But as for the minimum wage bill? Surprise! It’s got legs, and they’re moving fast. What hastened this legislative leapfrogging?

“When the president made his call for raising the minimum wage a national priority, that’s when I think some life was breathed back in the Senate and House bills,” said Sen. TIM ASHE (D/P- Chittenden), a cosponsor of one of those bills. Galbraith said the White House called him several weeks before the Connecticut event, soliciting advice on how to bring Vermont on board. “Well, you’ve got to talk to the governor,” he helpfully suggested. That phone call, according to Galbraith, led to a “presidential pull-aside,” when Shumlin attended the state dinner honoring French President FRANÇOIS HOLLANDE last month. (Allen says Shumlin floated the idea of a regional alliance at the National Governors Association the following week, then ran it by Obama.) Regardless of who approached whom, several lawmakers say they weren’t surprised to see Shumlin embrace the idea. How would it look, after all, if the governor of one of the bluest states, who also happens to lead the Democratic Governors Association, abstained from an initiative being pursued in part to help usher Democrats into office during the midterm elections? Should DGA agendas and White House pull-asides dictate policy in Vermont? “When it’s the right policy, I think it’s advantageous,” Galbraith said, adding that he has yet to see it happen with the “wrong policy.” And should a last-minute move inspired by national politics overtake a long-running effort to provide paid sick leave to Vermont workers? At a Montpelier press conference on Monday, Shumlin denied a relationship between the two bills, but it seems likely that neither the governor nor legislative leaders have the stomach to pass both in a single session. Smith said there’s concern about imposing more mandates onto small businesses after their traumatic experience of the state’s health care exchange, but that concern, he said, doesn’t pertain to a minimum wage increase. Harrison plans to argue otherwise, but, he said, “I’m also a realist, and if the governor and House and Senate leadership have given their blessing, we can kick and scream all we want but they can do what they want.” Shumlin’s outlook on Monday was similar: “I’m confident if the legislative leadership wants to get

a minimum wage bill done, which they do, we’ll get it done.” But Shumlin’s plan doesn’t totally jibe with the bills that have been introduced back home. It’s much more modest. The governor wants to implement it over three years and would suspend automatic inflation-linked wage increases during that period. Whether lawmakers will fight for a bolder increase or go gently with Shumlin is unclear. Or, as Galbraith puts it: “The question is whether, in the usual manner, we will do the governor’s bidding and retreat.”


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For the second year in a row, the question of who should hold the gavel at city hall could split the Burlington City Council clean down the middle. This time, a gentlemen’s agreement could work to the minority’s advantage. The Democrats struck a deal last year to resolve a prolonged stalemate between the two candidates for council president — Joan Shannon (Ward 5), a Democrat, and Karen Paul (Ward 6), then an independent, who was initially backed by all the non-Democrat councilors. The council agreed to elect Shannon on the condition that if the same scenario were to arise in 2014 — a 7-7 tie vote between a D and a non-D — the council would elect the latter. Democrats enjoyed a solid majority at the time, and the motley alliance of Progressives, independents and a Republican that ganged up against them was already beginning to fray by the time the deal was struck. But that opposition looks different after the latest round of city council elections. Some new faces emerged in last week’s Town Meeting Day election, but the results didn’t dramatically change the political composition of Burlington’s governing body. After a two-year hiatus, Republican Kurt Wright coasted back into office in Ward 4, taking a New North End seat previously held by a Democrat. The Progressives picked up a seat in Ward 1 with the election of Selene Colburn. And Democrats maintained their ranks with a reshuffle: bianKa legrand beat out her Republican opponent, tom treat, in Ward 7, and longtime independent Councilor Paul shed her I for a D. The net result, once again, is half Democrat, half non-Democrat. Members of the minority parties say it’s nothing personal — they’ve got no major complaints about Shannon’s tenure — but they aren’t about to pass up a chance at the presidency.

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As the keeper of the council’s agenda, the president holds some serious sway. A non-D in the center seat would almost certainly make the sailing rougher for Mayor miro Weinberger. There are plenty of possible candidates. Progressive Jane Knodell (Ward 2), who presided over the council from 1999 to 2001, is mulling a run, but she said she isn’t the only one thinking it over. Two other ex-presidents are still around — Wright, who said he isn’t coveting the post but hasn’t ruled out the possibility, and independent Sharon buShor (Ward 1), who couldn’t be reached for comment. Don’t expect the Democrats to cede the presidency without a fight. Shannon said she’s considering running again, but she knows she needs eight votes to hold onto the post. Asked whether she was a contender, Paul said she’d support whomever the Democrats choose. At least three of her colleagues — none of whom wanted to be named — suggest she joined the party simply for the political capital that comes with the Democratic label. They describe Paul’s stance as hypocritical, given that a year ago she wrote in an email to fellow councilors that they should support her over Shannon because she “intimately understands what it means to be nonpartisan.” In response, Paul says, “I don’t think they can appreciate in the same way I can being an independent and not caucusing with anyone. I don’t think they can fully appreciate how much more challenging it is.” Paul described her decision to turn Dem as a “natural progression.” She started caucusing with the party a year ago, because she said the access it affords makes her a more effective councilor. Paul cited “being able to have the opportunity to have an open exchange with colleagues about agenda items as well as the fact that the mayor attends these caucuses.” Regardless of who takes the helm, Knodell predicts pushback against the administration — though not necessarily along party lines — on certain aspects of Burlington’s emerging urban plan, including closer scrutiny of the affordability of proposed downtown housing developments. m


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n his 27 years as a teacher at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, Neal Smith says he hasn’t seen much improvement in the problem of truancy —  children failing to attend public school. For example, he knows of a 14-year-old student who’s missed at least three quarters of the school year to date. The girl’s chronic absences aren’t due to a severe illness or family tragedy; Smith says her family either can’t, or won’t, get her to school. Smith won’t identify the teen by name but virtually everyone involved in truancy prevention in Franklin County — school administrators, community justice advocates, the state’s attorney, and caseworkers at the Vermont Department for Children and Families — appears to be familiar with the case. Smith says he and his colleagues feel “a high degree of powerlessness” to do anything about it. “What the hell happens when you have a 14-year-old kid who stays home 60 out of 80 days? Pretty much nothing,” Smith says. “It’s not like I want kids put in jail. I want them in school. But the law has no teeth.” What sounds like a worst-case scenario is actually “not uncommon with a subset of students,” according to Marc Wennberg, director of the St. Albans Community Justice Center. During the 2011-12 school year, more than 1,800 students in Franklin and Grand Isle counties each missed more than 10 days of school, including 680 students who were absent more than 20 days. One year ago, Wennberg helped launch the Franklin and Grand Isle Truancy Response Project, a federally funded collaboration among five supervisory unions, the St. Albans Community Justice Center, the DCF and the locally designated mental health agency, Northwestern Counseling & Support Services. Its goal is to find truant kids in grades 1 through 8 and try to re-engage them and their families with the school system — using a whatever-it-takes approach — before their cases end up in court. Chittenden, Rutland and Lamoille counties have had anti-truancy programs for years —  and, not surprisingly, graduation rates in those areas are improving. Chittenden County also has a family court docket and prosecutor specifically devoted to truancy cases. At what point does the state consider a student truant? Currently, Vermont has no universally accepted standard. Some districts differentiate between “excused” absences — such as those resulting from illness, bereavement, family vacations or religious observances — and “unexcused” ones. Others count an excess of both excused and unexcused absences as grounds for intervention, often in the form of a mandatory meeting with administrators, DCF caseworkers and other social-service agencies. In 2009, Vermont’s then-Department of Education directed all the state’s school districts and supervisory unions to adopt clear and consistent truancy policies countywide that would begin in the 2010-11 school year. Following DOE’s guidelines, most schools will now send letters home to parents after no more than 10 absences and will file paperwork with DCF and/or the county’s state’s attorney after no more than 20 absences. How well has that worked? It’s difficult to assess, partly because no one at DCF or the Vermont Agency of Education oversees truancy cases or even tracks the figures. But according to teachers, administrators, prosecutors and other experts interviewed for this article, truancy remains as intractable as ever — in part because it’s usually a symptom of larger problems in a child’s life. Those can

include mental illness, emotional or behavioral problems, State’s Attorney Jim Hughes. Another is that a child’s longdrug and alcohol abuse, domestic and sexual violence, term absence from school may be wrapped up in more serihomelessness, and neglect. ous and complex family or criminal issues, as is the case with Notes Deputy State’s Attorney Andy Strauss, who’s the 14-year-old who’s missed most of this school year. handled Chittenden County’s truancy docket for the last Lastly, in hard-core truancy cases, Hughes says, “by the five years: “These are very difficult cases. With truancy, time we get into court, we really don’t have the teeth to enyou don’t know what the problems are until you start to force getting the kid to go to school.” unpack them.” Why? If a child is under 16, Hughes can file Considering the high rates of absenteeism criminal charges against the parents for not in Franklin and Grand Isle schools, one might complying with Vermont’s compulsory educaassume that their family courts would be deltion law, but that offense carries no more than uged with truancy cases. They’re not, and BFA’s a $1,000 fine. And even at its speediest, he says, Smith thinks that’s part of the problem. In the the criminal justice system typically won’t bring 2013 fiscal year, Grand Isle saw one truancy a misdemeanor case to trial in fewer than six to case referred to family court; Franklin County eight months. By then, the length of an entire had none. In that same year, Chittenden County school year has passed. had 46 truancy cases pending from the previous Hughes’ only other option is to file a CHINS year and added 43 new ones. Similarly, Rutland — child in need of supervision — petition in County had five truancy cases pending at the family court, alleging that the child is either start of 2013 and filed another 40 throughout the beyond the parents’ control, or lacks parental year. support. In either case, he says, the end result Under current policy, Franklin County is usually the same. schools are supposed to send a letter home to “We don’t lock kids up. We can try to put parents after five unexcused absences, requestthem in foster care, but foster homes are a rare Neal S m it h ing a meeting with administrators and counselcommodity,” Hughes says. “I’ve had judges say, ors. After 10 unexcused absences, a second meeting is called, ‘I am not going to remove a child from his or her home just this one involving DCF and local social-service providers because they’re not going to school.’” seeking the underlying causes of the unexcused absences. If Jamie Seeholzer’s goal is to make sure her clients never the problem persists, only then will the school file a legal af- reach that point, even it means showing up at their homes fidavit with the state’s attorney to involve the judicial system. at 6 a.m. to help brush their teeth, get them dressed and That front-heavy system is one reason there are so few fed, then drive them to school and sit in the car until they truancy cases in his county, according to Franklin County go inside.

It’s not like I want kids put in jail. I want them in school. But the law has no teeth.

Got A NEWS tIP? Seeholzer is neither a nanny nor a social worker. She’s a part-time truancy specialist with the Franklin and Grand Isle Truancy Response Project. When it comes to the whatever-it-takes approach, she’s where the rubber meets the road. Seeholzer was hired at the program’s launch and began working directly with students and their families at the beginning of this school year. Though she had expected to get referrals after kids missed 15 days of class, due to the volume of truant students, she says she typically doesn’t see clients until they’ve missed 40 or more days of school. Students are supposed to be in school for 175 to 180 days each year. Initially, Seeholzer expected to have a caseload of six to eight kids at a time. But due to the intensive nature of the work — she can spend as much as four hours a day with just one child and family — her team, which meets once a month, now identifies just one or two “heavy hitters” for Seeholzer to work with. Seeholzer has observed many of the common causes of truancy, such as substance abuse and mental health issues, but points out that many cases don’t conform to the usual stereotypes about juvenile delinquency, heroin addiction or abusive parents. For example, she says some kids don’t go to school simply because they worry about bullying or poor performance in the classroom. Sometimes, the parents lack basic time-management skills and can’t get their kid on the school bus each morning. In other cases, the student doesn’t mind attending school; it’s the parents who are distrustful of the school system.


Seeholzer says she tries not to focus on past conflicts but on “turning the page” on those fractured relationships. Because she’s not a school employee but is contracted through Northwest Counseling and Support Services, she says many families see her as a constructive third party who’s not there to take sides or mete out punishment. Because she’s not employed by the school district, Seeholzer has the freedom to do things — such as enter a home and drive the kids to school — that teachers and guidance counselors cannot. Technically, Seeholzer’s position is only 20 hours per week, though she admits she works far more than that. And, because the number of truant students far exceeds her One day: March 15th, 9am-5pm capacities, she says “we could use 17 of me” One place: (to be determined) to handle all our referrals. Currently, she’s the only one doing her job. One Mother of a Sale Yet despite the obvious need, the Participating stores: Aristelle, Dear Lucy, future of Seeholzer’s job — indeed, of the Ecco, Hydrangea Too, Jess, Maven, entire truancy response project — remains Mirror Mirror, Stella Mae, uncertain. According to Wennberg, the Sweet Lady Jane, Whim program is only funded through the end of December. Colchester Burlington (Exit 16) For his part, Smith says that while (Downtown) 85 South Park Drive Eat 176 Main Street he was glad to see the Truancy Response Local Pizzeria / Take Out Pizzeria / Take Out Project finally get up and running this year, Delivery: 655-5555 Delivery: 862-1234 Casual Fine Dining M-Sa 10-8, Su 11-6 he points out that it’ll do nothing to help Cat Scratch, Knight Card Reservations: 655-0000 the 14-year-old girl who’s already missed & C.C. Cash Accepted The Bakery: 655-5282 4 0                      more than 75 percent of the school year. As 802 862 5051 a ninth grader, she’s outside the parameters S W E E T L A D YJ A N E . B I Z of the truancy project’s targeted population. “I think the state of Vermont is turning its back on high school kids and their fami-8v-sweetladyjane030514.indd 1 2/24/14 8v-juniors031214.indd 11:52 AM 1 3/11/14 3:39 PM lies,” he says. “Is this the best we can do? I hope not.” m Contact Ken Picard:

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Sen. Alice Nitka (D-Windsor) has been trying to change that for years with legislation to increase Vermont’s age of compulsory education from 16 to 18, as some other states — including New Hampshire — have done. The closest Nitka’s got to passage was in 2012, when it passed the Senate but died in the House. “I’ve worked with children all of my life, and there’s absolutely no reason they shouldn’t be in school” until they graduate, Nitka says. “To let a kid drop out of school at 16, what are they going to do? There’s a good chance they’ll just get in trouble.” Phil Lovely, a social worker and licensed school counselor with the Lamoille Valley Truancy Project, bolstered that theory when he testified last year in support of Nitka’s bill. He said that going from middle school to high school is “one of the most dangerous transitions … and not a good time to let go of these kids.” Vermont’s aversion to compulsory education to age 18 dates to its agrarian roots, when most teenagers left school at 16 to work on the family farm. But now that a shrinking number of Vermont kids grow up on farms or return to work there, Nitka suggests the law should be changed to address 21st-century realities. Would such legislation improve truancy rates? Thus far, the evidence from other states is mixed. New Hampshire’s law took effect in the 2009-10 school year. The next year, the state halved its high school dropout rate, from 1.7 percent in 2008-09 to 0.9 percent. In 2009, the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy looked at whether Massachusetts should raise its age of compulsory education to 18. The resulting study found that, while there were some tangible benefits in other states that have done so, there’s “no credible empirical evidence to support this policy alone as an effective strategy to combat the dropout crisis.” In effect, the Rennie Center concluded that raising the age of compulsory education only works when states adopt and fund other policies and programs, such as alternative educational options meant to help at-risk youth graduate. Vermont’s compulsory education age isn’t rising any time soon. Nitka’s fellow Windsor Democrat, Sen. Dick McCormack, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, says the bill won’t move this session. It’s not due to any philosophical opposition to the idea, McCormack says, but because there’s more pressing business to address.


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urlington’s newest refugee groups — the Bhutanese, Somalis, Sudanese and Tibetans — might see their futures prefigured in this week’s celebration of one of Burlington’s oldest refugee groups: the Irish. “You can point your way forward if you understand where you’ve been,” says Vermont Irish-American historian Bill McKone. “That’s true for all the refugees who come here.” A weeklong series of events organized by the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival calls attention to the historical and cultural wellsprings of a oncescorned ethnic group that has assimilated comfortably into American society. The festival builds toward an annual blowout on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. And this year some green-garbed merrymakers will be toasting the 150th anniversary of the first public St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Vermont’s biggest city. Prior to 1864, the Burlington Irish


observed the feast day of Ireland’s patron saint as a purely religious occasion. Avoidance of public revelry was in keeping with the marginalized status of refugees who had come to Vermont penniless and often without English-


language skills. Fleeing hunger and repression, the Irish were made to feel unwelcome by many of those who had settled decades earlier in Burlington. “Prejudice against the immigrants had even been codified by Burlington regulations around 1849 restricting the transport of any Irish to the city by water, threatening steamboat captains with hefty fines of $100 per person,”

McKone writes in an essay outlining the context for the Queen City’s first St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Proper, Protestant Burlingtonians shunned the Irish as “destitute carriers of disease, illiteracy and Catholicism,” he recounts. The Paddies also had a reputation for heavy drinking, McKone notes in this account drawn from his 2010 book Vermont’s Irish Rebel. What emboldened this vilified community to step out of the shadows on March 17, 1864? The heroic service of Irish Vermonters in the Union Army during the Civil War, McKone suggests. A company of mainly Irish volunteers mustered and led by Capt. John Lonergan had “fought with such gallantry at Gettysburg that they won the respect and tolerance of the native Vermonters,” McKone writes. President Abraham Lincoln honored Lonergan’s courage in the bloody 1863 battle by awarding him the Medal of Honor. Lonergan’s heroism is also commemorated in a plaque that was dedicated in Burlington’s City Hall

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Park last summer following a long effort by McKone to win contemporary recognition of the Irish-American warrior. As an Irish rebel as well as an American patriot, Lonergan understood that oppression could most





How Much ‘Green’ Does Green Up Day Require? B Y KEV I N J. K ELLE Y


ermont’s Green Up Day is a rite of spring. But it’s not a right — as citizens discovered two weeks ago, when the organization’s president, Melinda Vieux, announced that a steep drop in corporate funding could imperil the annual volunteer cleanup effort. Donations from Vermont companies have steadily declined over the past six years, Green Up budget documents indicate. Three firms that are members of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility account for a loss of $26,000: Seventh Generation stopped giving $10,000 a year in 2011; Ben & Jerry’s ceased a $6,000 annual contribution last year; and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is terminating its $10,000 donation this year.

Those reductions have made it harder for Green Up to finance its $121,000 budget for fiscal 2014. This year’s total is off by $54,000 from the 2009 figure —  which means Green Up Day, which takes place the first Saturday in May, has cash for this year and next but not for 2016 and beyond, says Vieux. Why did the contributions cease? Only the Waterbury-based coffee company responded to that question. “We’re refocusing our grantmaking on organizations and projects with year-round programming that addresses at least one of two focal points: water stewardship and sustainable food systems,” said Sandy Yusen, spokeswoman at the coffee company, which recently renamed itself Keurig Green Mountain after joining forces with Coca-Cola.


“Those initiatives are important in Vermont and in all the places we operate.” A Seventh Generation representative said company officials were unavailable for comment. Ben & Jerry’s also did not offer an explanation. Vieux says many Vermonters have the mistaken impression that the state pays for the mass trash pickup; more than 20,000 volunteers collected a total of 250 tons of debris in 2013. The May mobilization cost $44,000 last year, according to budget documents provided by Vieux. Payments for radio ads and for Green Up bags consumed a bit more than half of that outlay. Additionally, the organization’s general budget includes $58,000 to pay Vieux

and another part-time worker. (Federal tax filings indicate Vieux works 30 hours a week and a secretary works 10.) The state did finance Green Up Day in its early years, Vieux notes. But in 1979 — nine years after the first one — then-gov. Richard Snelling cut the program loose, giving rise to the nonprofit that has run it ever since. The legislature chipped in $8,600 a year until 2006, and $10,500 per year thereafter. The state also donates office space in Montpelier. Cities and towns around Vermont provide another $21,000, bringing the public share to 31 percent of total revenues. Businesses accounted for 66 percent, while individual donors kicked in a total of $1,878, or 1 percent of the organization’s income.


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effectively be countered through confident, cohesive resistance. McKone chronicles the war hero’s leading role in “organizing public celebrations and inviting people outside the Irish community to join in the festivities.” Mounted on horseback, Lonergan led members of his Civil War regiment down Church Street to Town Hall, built in 1954 and situated on the same site as today’s Burlington City Hall. There, the ladies auxiliary of St. Mary’s Church presented Lonergan with a flag. On one side were the symbols of Ireland —  a harp and shamrock; on the other, an American eagle insignia. The gift represented the dual loyalty of Irish immigrants to their native and adopted countries. Following a Mass at St. Mary’s on the corner St. Paul and Cherry streets, a big parade streamed through the city’s streets. The celebration was capped by a banquet at the American Hotel on Main Street that lasted until the early hours of March 18. Apparently, though, it was no drunken spree. McKone notes that the Burlington Daily Free Press commended the St. Patrick’s Day celebrants for the “good order and propriety” they had displayed. While quick to salute the sobriety of his Vermont ancestors, McKone, 76,

is not one to spurn the mix of drink and ethnic identity. Asked in an interview last week to comment on the anticipated behavior of the crowds surging toward Rí Rá Irish Pub on Church Street this weekend, the white-bearded historical re-enactor declares, “I’d probably be trying to push to the front.” He offers a “nonjudgmental” assessment of what St. Patrick’s Day has become — in Burlington and just about everywhere else in America. “It’s been a fabulously successful marketing tool,” McKone says. “It’s made the world aware of Irish heritage.” m

Green Up Day lacks the resources to conduct an effective fundraising campaign aimed at state residents, Vieux says. Instead, the group is hoping to become the fourth beneficiary of a $1 donation check-off option included on Vermont income tax forms, along with

The legislature would have to approve the check-off, a proposal that passed the House on a voice vote last week. “One of the most compelling reasons to have people have an opportunity to support Green Up Day is that the income tax check-off box is a volunteer way to contribute to a statewide volunteer activity,” said State Rep. Alison Clarkson, a Woodstock Democrat who serves on the House Ways and Means Committee. But Vieux’s organization is “not a shoo-in to get approval” from the Senate, she cautions. The bill will not reach the Senate until March 21, and it’s not certain to be taken up by the full chamber prior to adjournment. In the meantime, Vieux notes that two donors recently pledged to fill a portion of the $26,000 funding gap. The Vermont Wholesale Beverage Association has made a $6,000 commitment. And Vieux says that SerVermont, a state office in charge of community service programs, has pledged $10,000. m



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esidents of Vermont’s biggest city spoke decisively on Town Meeting Day, voting to change local laws to impose stricter regulations on firearms than the state currently allows. Despite heated objections from some corners, the vote to change Burlington’s charter passed by a margin of nearly two to one. But the elation of gun-control supporters has since given way to the realization that the Queen City’s effort could face the same fate as an earlier one. Fourteen years ago, Montpelier’s push to regulate firearms quickly died in the Statehouse, where lawmakers must approve all changes to municipal charters. Three capital city legislators introduced a bill to codify the wishes of their constituents, but in the face of resistance from gun-rights advocates and wary lawmakers, the bill never even came to a vote. Neither House Speaker Shap Smith nor Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell has said whether he would advance Vermont’s latest attempt at municipal gun control — only that the debate would be lengthy and a vote is unlikely this year. Gov. Peter Shumlin has also been noncommittal about whether he would support the changes. Advocates on both sides acknowledge that Burlington’s proposals would face fierce opposition from gun-rights advocates, about 500 of whom turned out at the Statehouse last Sunday to urge lawmakers to oppose the charter changes. “[Montpelier voters] asked for the exemption, just like Burlington did. And they’re still waiting,” Vermont Gun Owners president Ed Cutler said in an interview. “Same thing. Different words, different ordinance, but same idea.” Burlington’s initiative may also lose momentum in another, less obvious way. Gun-control advocates say they may shift their focus from pushing the Burlington charter vote in the Statehouse to building support for statewide initiatives — including mandatory background checks for gun buyers. “Going town by town is pretty controversial,” said Ann Braden, president of Gun Sense Vermont, the organization that backed Burlington’s charter changes. Calling the Burlington vote “a piece,” she said, “Ideally, everybody would be happier if we had a statewide solution. Our organization is focused on statewide efforts. We can stand up for gun-violence prevention, and the cities will have our back. Personally, I think it’s better to have unified standards.” State Rep. Kesha Ram (D-Burlington) offered a similar view. “If we focus on background checks, it might be something we can put all the attention and momentum behind,” she said. “There is a bigger conversation about gun safety and putting common-sense solutions forward that may or may not be in the shape of these charter changes.” But a long-term statewide strategy may not have been what Burlington residents had in mind when they voted 5,194 to 2,517 to ban firearms in businesses with liquor licenses; 5,579 to 2,066 to allow police to seize firearms after responding to domestic-abuse incidents; and 4,351 to 2,971 to require gun owners to store firearms safely. “The largest city has spoken very loudly [saying], ‘If the state is not going to do reasonable work, then we will,’” said State Rep. Linda Waite-Simpson (D-Essex Junction), a leading gun-control advocate. “It was very clear,” said WaiteSimpson. “It’s an issue the state is going to have to deal with.” The Burlington charter change passed even though its advocates were significantly outspent by the state’s largest


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gun-rights group, according to the Secretary of State’s office. In mandatory filings 10 days before Town Meeting Day, the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, the state’s National Rifle Association affiliate, reported spending more than $15,000 trying to defeat the initiative. Of the 10 contributions of more than $100 to the Federation’s campaign, only one came from Burlington: Lenore Broughton, an heiress with a long history of funding conservative causes, contributed $1,000.

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Part of the sportsmen’s club cash paid for the yellow signs bearing slogans such as “All Roads Lead to Confiscation,” which seemed to sprout on every Burlington street corner in the days before the vote. Gun Sense Vermont, by contrast, spent $1,800 on its campaign. The group reported three contributions of more than $100. Two came from Burlington: Mary Sullivan, a former state representative, gave $150; and photographer Carolyn Bates gave $365. (Both groups are required to submit a new report by the end of the week detailing subsequent spending.) Despite their investment, guns-rights groups say they

expected defeat, and planned all along to focus their energies on convincing state lawmakers to reject Burlington’s decision. “We didn’t expect such a high percentage, but we were expecting to lose,” said Cutler of Gun Owners of Vermont. “We just figured it would die in the Statehouse and it would be done with. We’re pretty strong. Regardless of what Burlington does, the rest of the legislature still has to answer to their constituents. Most voters are pro-gun.” (That assertion is likely to be the focus of debate. A February 2013 poll by Castleton State College found that 61 percent of Vermonters supported banning the sale of assault weapons, and 85 percent favored tightening background checks for gun buyers.) If the charter changes do make it onto the legislative agenda, the back and forth won’t be exclusively about guns. There’s also a question of whether a city’s voters can carve out an exemption to state law. The Burlington charter changes would supersede a Vermont law that gun groups call the Sportsmen’s Bill of Rights. That moniker may a bit misleading — it’s a one-paragraph law enacted in 1988 that says communities cannot adopt local rules that “directly regulate hunting, fishing and trapping or the possession, ownership, transportation, transfer, sale, purchase, carrying, licensing or registration of traps, firearms, ammunition or components of firearms or ammunition.” Despite its brevity, that paragraph has long been the weapon that gun-rights groups have relied upon to prevent individual towns from regulating firearms. Campbell said a debate about whether towns can be exempt from a state law could potentially consume an entire legislative session. “If we were to authorize this charter change, we would have to draft it in such a way that it would be an exception to



current statute … it could lead to unintended consequences,” Campbell said. “There’s just no time to really dig into the issue [this session], because if you do, you have to look at the constitutional issues.”  Waite-Simpson said the gun-rights advocates have overstated the importance of the law, which she dismissed as “four lines in the municipal codes stuck between junkyards and solid-waste districts.” “It doesn’t give you a right to carry a gun everywhere. It doesn’t say there can’t be reasonable restrictions. There’s a lot of room to work without trampling on the rights of lawabiding people,” Waite-Simpson said. “One way or the other, the state owes the city of Burlington a response — and a reasonable response.” Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said in an interview that it was too “early in the discussion” to know whether Burlington’s initiatives would give rise to a more comprehensive statewide gun-control strategy. In the meantime, he said he would lobby to make the charter changes law. “I think the charter changes deal with important publicsafety issues in Burlington and would improve public safety in Burlington, and the people of Burlington strongly support them,” Weinberger said. Of course, not all Queen City residents agree. Scott Chapman, a maintenance manager and competitive shooter, said the charter changes would prevent people from defending themselves. For example, he said, the ordinance requiring safe storage would make it impossible for a homeowner to quickly access a firearm in the event of a robbery. “That’s essentially disarming the populace of Burlington in their home,” Chapman said. “That essentially takes away the deterrent for robberies and home invasions. I don’t want

to see anybody harmed, but you’re taking somebody’s choice to protect themselves and their loved ones away from them and, in my view, that’s just wrong.” State Sen. Phil Baruth (D-Chittenden) said he is inclined to focus on endorsing Burlington’s charter changes instead of hoping they’ll spark a statewide campaign. The reason, he said, is simple: Lawmakers have traditionally resisted statewide measures. Last year, in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings, Baruth filed a bill banning the manufacture and sale of high-capacity magazines and semiautomatic weapons. He withdrew it a week later because none of his colleagues had his back. It got negligible support. Baruth said that lawmakers would have a tougher time ignoring Burlington voters’ wishes than they did his initiative. “I think the charter change will provoke a conversation,” he said. “The difference will come in how people in the building will treat it. If it’s a bill in the Senate and one senator will be put off, it’s one thing. But Burlington is the largest city in the state, and it was a democratic process; people will be reluctant to deep-six the process of the debate.” State Rep. Joanna Cole (D-Burlington) said she stands prepared to back the charter changes but has already warned her constituents that Burlington’s will might not matter to state lawmakers. “I’m only one vote,” she said, “and democracy is messy.’” m Seven Days Staff Writer Alicia Freese contributed to this report.

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one. Let the city own and operate and reap the benefits: boat-docking fees, gas sale revenues, create some jobs. Let’s make the property on which Moran stands a true park, with grass, open space, some trees and flowers. A few basic amenities would be needed: some seating, public restrooms and trashcans. I can envision a place where one could find some tranquility, walk or relax alone or with friends or family. A place to breathe the fresh air, listen to the water, observe the waterfowl, enjoy the sunshine, admire the panoramic view and marvel at the open grandeur — all of this without commercial enterprise.

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[Re Facing Facts: “In Case Canada Invades,” February 26]: Vermont to be a death-machine-free state? Never! Why did the state police allegedly buy this military armored vehicle? I don’t know where this thing is kept, but the next time Wall Street-Silicon Valley-K Street comes to take away most of what many of us thought we had (looking more and more likely, as “markets” reach record highs seemingly daily), I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near it. michael Peden Willsboro, n.Y.

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There were lots of online comments on Ken Picard’s March 5 story, “Campus Lifeless,” about the vacant Williston property once occupied by the Pine Ridge School. We tracked down some of the people who commented on the story and, in some cases, they added to their earlier remarks. It’s sad to see such a wonderful place sit empty. I had so many wonderful memories there. Thank you for writing this article. Brooke Barnhart

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Barnhart graduated from Pine Ridge in 2008. How about a long-term care facility for young people trying to recover from drug addiction? mary Jane Grace WaterburY

I was a student who graduated from “the Ridge” back in 1987. Had many fun times there, and it helped me a lot. So sad to see it like this now. tim o’Brien

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I was going to drop out of high school after 10th grade, then I found Pine Ridge. Because of it, I went on to college and graduated. Pine Ridge helped me so much. If I had the money, I would reopen it. David hellfrich

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Hellfrich is a member of the class of 2005.

It was a great tragedy that Pine Ridge School closed. It was a wonderful, life-saving educational experience for many students and their families. Pine Ridge provided an enriching education and a normal high school experience for students who were otherwise bullied and socially excluded in their local schools because of their learning differences. I am so grateful for the Pine Ridge experience and to all the amazing teachers and faculty that worked there over the years. My daughter was privileged to attend Pine Ridge. ruth richardson tunbridge

Reading this post and every word still reminds me of the place I called home for four years of my life up until graduation in 2003. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without that school. I still remember as if it were today: walks down Church Street, off to ECHO on the lake, Muddy Waters, going to the Burton Factory, Ben & Jerry’s on weekends and then the constant trips to thrift shops and Bolton Valley. I’m so upset the school went under. I just wish it didn’t die in the manner it did; it was a school that had a true need for a select group of people whom society shunned. I will forever love that place, school and setting. I think I need to see the school before it’s bulldozed. trevor Smith

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John F. Kennedy School of Government, a director of the Harvard Alumni Association, a member of the National Conference of State Trial Judges and served on the codes of conduct committee for the Federal Judiciary. In 1951, Billings married Pauline Richardson Gillingham. Their 62-year marriage was a partnership of love and devotion to one another. Judge Billings is survived by four children: Franklin Swift Billings III, Jireh Swift Billings, Elizabeth Preudhomme Billings and Ann Billings Suokko; and eight grandchildren: Jireh Swift Billings Jr., Nathaniel Swift Billings, Calder Swift Billings, Isaac Billings Sacca, Susanna Sacca Billings, Mario Billings Sacca, Gertrude Sofia Suokko and Alden Southworth Curtis Suokko. In a 1983 editorial written at the time of Billings’ appointment to chief justice on the Vermont Supreme Court, Rutland Herald publisher Robert W. Mitchell wrote: “In Billings, the Supreme Court will not only have a supple legal mind as a leader, but a man who knows how to make his way through the rough shoals of legislative and executive politics. Never let it be said that Bill Billings is afraid to voice his own opinion. He has a high regard for his own abilities and he is not afraid to tangle with adversaries to get his own way. But he is also a man who knows how to compromise and more importantly knows how to engineer a compromise.” For his family and friends, Franklin Swift Billings Jr. was an unfailingly polite, intellectually curious, concerned and kind gentleman with an everpresent sense of humor and a boisterous laugh. His keen interest in matters large and small continued until his last hours, shared and debated as ever with his wife. Pursuant to Franklin’s wishes, the family will hold a private service. Contributions may be made to the Thompson Senior Center, Woodstock, Vt.


Franklin Swift Billings Jr. died on March 9, 2014 in his family home and the place where he was born at 4 Bond Street, Woodstock, Vt. He was 91. Billings was born on June 5, 1922, the son of Gertrude Freeman (Curtis) Billings and Vermont Governor Franklin Swift Billings. He was educated in Woodstock and at Milton Academy, Milton, Mass. He received his BS from Harvard University in 1943, a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1947 and an LLD. from the Vermont Law School. Billings served in World War II with the British Eighth Army attached to the Sixth Armoured Division, earning a British Empire Medal and a United States Military Order of the Purple Heart. He was severely injured at the Battle of Monte Cassino in southern Italy on May 27, 1944, requiring five months recovery and recuperation at a United States Army hospital in Italy, and four months at Walter Reed General Hospital (now Walter Reed Army Medical Center) in the United States. Admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1948, Billings practiced law in Woodstock from 1948 to 1966. During that time, he held numerous positions in Vermont’s legislative, executive and judicial branches of government,

including assistant secretary of the Vermont Senate (1949–1953), executive clerk to Governor Joseph Johnson (1955–1957), secretary of the Vermont Senate (1957–1959), secretary of Civil and Military Affairs (1959–1960), and judge on the Hartford Municipal Court (1955–1962). Billings was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1960 and was swiftly promoted to speakership. As House speaker in 1965, Billings was an influential legislator in bringing about the difficult and controversial U. S. Supreme Court-mandated reapportionment (oneman, one-vote dictum) of the Vermont House of Representatives. In 1966, Billings became a judge on the Vermont Superior Court, serving until 1975. He was appointed to the Vermont Supreme Court and served as an associate justice from 1975 to 1983, and as chief judge from 1983 to 1984.  Billings was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Vermont and confirmed by the United States Senate on June 15, 1984 and served until 1988 when he became chief judge, a position he held until 1991. Judge Billings served in numerous community and civic capacities, many associated with his native Woodstock. He was Woodstock village trustee, town agent, selectman, town and village moderator, planning commissioner, and a member of the zoning and school boards. Billings was a trustee of the Norman Williams Public Library, a director of the Woodstock National Bank, a trustee of the Ottauquechee Health Center and a member of the Riverside Cemetery Commission. He was a founding trustee of the Vermont Law School Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation and a trustee of the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital. Judge Billings was a member of the visiting committee of the


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STATEof THEarts The Bryce Dance Company Moves Through the Aging Process B Y XI A N CHI A N G- WAREN


he Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes “aging” as a “gradual change in an organism that leads to increased risk of weakness, disease and death,” a definition that accurately reflects cultural attitudes. But the 15 current members of the Burlington-based BRYCE DANCE COMPANY — whose ages range from early twenties to mid-sixties — beg to differ. To You, Around You, About You, a show about aging and caregiving, will have its penultimate performance this weekend at the SPOTLIGHT ON DANCE theater in South Burlington. When the curtain rises, founder and choreographer HEATHER BRYCE will appear onstage and recite that definition aloud. Then, in a movement piece that she admits has been “disturbing” to past audiences, her dancers will give physical and verbal form to the process of decay the dictionary definition implies. “That’s how it starts, and it’s real,” says Bryce, a professional dancer and



to imbue her work with a social-change component. In that same vein, her next project will be an on-site performance in a Vermont town that was flooded during Tropical Storm Irene, exploring ideas of home, displacement and natural disaster. “We want to go into the community, dig up stories and then relate that to the movement as well, and really look at what it means to be displaced, what it means to experience disaster,” Bryce says. In planning the project that would become To You, Around You, About You,

Bryce conducted hours of interviews with patients in assisted-living facilities, as well as with their family members and caregivers. She and West conducted five dance workshops at several Burlingtonarea Cathedral Square independent living facilities between March and July 2013, and initially hoped that some of the patients could be incorporated into the piece. “I look at choreography and dance a little bit differently than most people,” Bryce says. “I’m interested in what people think about different topics; I’m interested in uncovering what’s really

A New Wing at the West Branch Gallery Embraces Landscape Painting B Y PA MEL A P O LST ON


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is expanding — again. It wasn’t that long ago that co-owners CHRIS CURTIS and TARI SWENSON created the cozy Upstairs Gallery in their high-ceilinged quarters just off the Mountain Road. Later this month, they’ll reveal the latest addition: a wing for landscape painting. Called, appropriately enough, “Landscape Traditions,” the 630-squarefoot area will open on March 22 with an exhibit of works by nine painters who are among the best in the genre:  GARIN BAKER, STEPHANIE BUSH, JULIA JENSEN, SUSAN LYNN, GARY MILEK, RICHARD SNEARY, GABRIEL TEMPESTA, KATHLEEN KOLB and TAD SPURGEON.


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teaching artist with an MFA from Goddard College, who volunteers at a hospice in her spare time. Bryce choreographed the piece with collaborator KAYLA WEST, a nurse practitioner. Their intimate knowledge of aging and dying led them to incorporate uncomfortably authentic details into the piece, such as the wordless noises that dementia patients can utter. “I think there’s this reaction, like, ‘Whoa, wait a minute, what are they doing here?’” Bryce says. But the piece evolves as the ensemble shifts the dance to reflect a more holistic interpretation of aging, which the

company developed during workshops. (Part of that new definition — “gradual change in an organism that leads to increased wisdom, awareness and perspective” — appears as text on a video screen.) The show’s other sections explore different words pertinent to the aging process, including “memory,” “hope,” “health,” “illness” and “transition.” The performance at Spotlight this weekend is the most recent incarnation of Bryce’s work. It’s been evolving since January 2013, when a close friend of hers passed away after a two-year struggle with brain cancer. “Over that time period, I just knew that I needed to do something with that experience, with what I was feeling,” she says. “For me it was really important to just do something with that, to open up dialogue.” Over a year, Bryce’s company has turned To You, Around You, About You into a poignant and unconventional show that explores aging far beyond the notion of physical deterioration. Spliced into larger ensemble dances are several intimate and gorgeously performed duets, in which pairs of dancers embody dependency, dignity and agency. A video piece and an original score by New Hampshire composer Jason Beaudreau add to the show without distracting from the dancers. Contemporary dance, Bryce believes, is a particularly apt medium through which to start a dialogue about aging, since typical depictions of the process are so hung up on physical depletion. And, perhaps unusually for a contemporary dance choreographer, Bryce strives

While the works vary in style and medium, they have one thing in common, aside from natural subject matter: “It’s very skilled, and very soulful,” said Curtis by phone from Stowe. “Some are very traditional scenes, but they’re rendered so beautifully,” he added. So why is a gallery known for its contemporary paintings and sculptures, um, branching into a genre as old as art itself? Two reasons, said Curtis. The first is sheer availability. “We get submissions coming in continually,” he said, including “a lot of wonderful art that doesn’t fit our contemporary gallery.” The second reason may sound


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sent out an open call for older dancers in December. Avoid the wait Both seasoned local dancers and for Spring! older individuals who were new to performing responded to her call. The group expanded from five members to 15, and the show itself adapted and evolved based on the unique physical abilities of each performer. Each also brought her personal experiences with aging, caregiving and illness. Some have been caretakers, coping with family members who have illnesses such as schizoaffective disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Many have experienced the loss of a family member. Ultimately, Bryce suggests, the point of the show is to open a dialogue, and just about anyone can relate. After all, everyone is growing older. “It’s really helpful to know you’re not alone in your struggle, and my hope is that art can help impact society,” says sixtysomething Jacob and Kristin Albee dancer SHARYL GREEN. “It’s not something . 802-540-0401 we have to talk away; we really can ex41 Maple Street, Burlington, VT press it in this medium.” Hours BY APPOINTMENT ONLY The hope is that the audience takes the show’s redefinition of aging to heart. With a smile, Green gestures to 3/11/14 8v-OldSpokes031214.indd 10:41 AM 1 her gray hair. “And I know this is how8V-JacobAlbee031214.indd 1 people see me first, but that’s not who I am,” she says. 

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To You, Around You, About You, choreographed by Heather Bryce and Kayla West. Saturday, March 15, 7 p.m., at the Spotlight on Dance theater in South Burlington. $15; $10 for children and seniors. brownpapertickets. com/event/577046


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“Landscape Traditions” opens with a reception on Saturday, March 22, 6-8:30 p.m., and runs through January 1, 2015, at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe. Also opening are solo shows by painters Rebecca Kinkead and Tom Cullins, both through June 17. Info, 253-8943.



come in and they like the gallery, but they think it’s not for them.” So really for three reasons, Curtis, who creates large-scale stone sculptures, and Swenson, a painter whose delicate work is Asian-influenced, decided to put landscape in their gallery’s mix. 


esoteric but is actually backed up by science: looking at landscapes, whether real or painted, is soothing. “We were in the competition for [creating] artwork for the new psychiatric facility in Berlin,” Curtis noted, referring to the Art in State Buildings program. “And in the process of research, we discovered there is scientific proof that earthbound, landscape-y images have a positive impact on psychiatric patients. “I thought, I can connect with that,” he continued. “I feel good when I look at things like that; I feel good when I am outside.” Besides, he said, “A lot of people

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important to a community, and then making social change based on that. So how can we start to talk about these things that we don’t really talk about?” Bryce and West set the choreography and then held auditions. The piece began with a company of five female dancers, the eldest of them 40; it had its first performance at the Flynn Center last August. (The company has since performed it at Goddard and Marlboro colleges.) Based on audience feedback — and because the elderly patients from the workshops could not participate for safety and liability reasons — Bryce

stateof thearts A Couple of Accomplished Quartets Tackle Debussy and Mendelssohn B y Amy Li lly

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The quartets will play the piece looking at the full handwritten score on their laptops while “turning pages” with foot pedals.

the dance company choreographed its work around that version. At the concerts in Rutland and Montpelier, by contrast, audiences will hear the manuscript version. Kitchen notes “big changes” between versions, including 10 bars of music Mendelssohn simply cut. “There are some sections that really are a pity to have lost,” says the violinist. Nevertheless, he adds, within the limited repertoire of string octets — perhaps


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he longstanding and excellent Borromeo String Quartet returns to Vermont this weekend. And this time, the foursome will bring along a newer quartet: Gioviale, an award-winning student ensemble at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where Borromeo has been in residence since it formed 25 years ago. Called “4 x 4,” the concert is part of the talented flutist Karen Kevra’s chamber music series, Capital City Concerts in Montpelier. Instead of including a flute piece, as CCC concerts often do, the program features all strings. Gioviale will play Debussy’s String Quartet in G-minor, followed by Borromeo performing Quartet No. 3 by Bartók, a composer whose early work found direct inspiration in Debussy. To finish, the quartets will join to play Mendelssohn’s String Octet. The composer wrote his lively and complex Octet in E-flat major, op. 20 in 1825 at the astonishing age of 16 and revised it for publication seven years later, leaving behind two versions. Audiences who saw the Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company’s performance at the Hopkins Center for the Arts last January heard Borromeo and Gioviale playing Mendelssohn’s published version. Borromeo’s first violinist, Nicholas Kitchen, says that’s because

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20 works, most dating from the second half of the 1800s — “it’s very hard to beat the Mendelssohn. In both his versions, by the way.” The original, still unpublished manuscript is held in the Library of Congress, Kitchen says, where he was able to access it digitally. The quartets will play the piece looking at the full handwritten score on their laptops while “turning pages” with foot pedals. Kitchen prefers this arrangement to the usual paper scores, which for space reasons display only each musician’s part. Kitchen employs technology for more than just scores. In a bid to defy the evanescent nature of musical performance, he began recording Borromeo’s every live performance in 2003. The group’s Living Archive project makes each concert available on CD for purchase or, more recently, on YouTube for free. The project allows listeners to, say, compare two performances of the same work on successive nights. Kitchen assures that this weekend’s concerts will be

recorded, though he hasn’t yet decided on a format for dissemination. Gioviale String Quartet had to catch up on Borromeo’s tech advances for the quartets’ collaboration. That was not the only insight the young group gained from the established one. First violinist and NEC senior Jeremías Sergiani-Velázquez says the older group “pushes us to sound as good as we can.” The Argentinian forms Gioviale with violinist Li-Mei Liang, violist Ting-Ru Lai and cellist Kenny Lee. Borromeo’s long history of playing together, Sergiani-Velázquez notes, “gives them a certain identity and personality.” (Borromeo cofounders Kitchen and Yeesun Kim, on cello, were more recently joined by violinist Kristopher Tong and violist Mai Motobuchi.) Meanwhile, Gioviale’s members, two of whom are graduate students, have been together for less than two years. The group was chosen as one of five classical honors quartets at the NEC, both this year and last.

Kitchen and his colleagues first got to know some of Gioviale’s members six years ago at the Taos School of Music in New Mexico, where Borromeo maintains another of its many residencies. (Others are at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Aaron Copland House in New York and two major halls in Tokyo.) When Gioviale formed, says Kitchen, he noticed “they had a really special commitment to what they were doing.” Gioviale already plays on a professional level, he adds, so “there’s an awfully rich exchange that happens” in playing together. Sergiani-Velázquez agrees. “It’s a lot of fun to play with them,” he says. m


The Borromeo and Gioviale string quartets perform “4 x 4.” Saturday, March 15, 8 p.m., at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland; and Sunday, March 16, 3:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. $10-25.,

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In a Performance at Middlebury College, Two Brooklynites Explore the Sounds of Silence B y E tha n d e S e i fe


nspired by one of the noisiest cities in the world, musician Craig Shepard has composed a piece of music so still and spacious that most of its listeners didn’t even realize when it was being performed. That’s because Shepard, 38, performed the sonic portion of On Foot, his multimedia collaboration with partner Beth O’Brien, 37, on the streets of Brooklyn, as buses and taxis and pedestrians passed in noisy waves. Even if the masses of scurrying Brooklynites did notice the guy on the corner with the trumpet to his mouth, they probably just thought him one of the

the various components and intentions of the multifaceted original piece. One of the people responsible for bringing On Foot: Brooklyn to Middlebury College is associate professor of philosophy Kareem Khalifa, who has known Shepard since childhood. “[Shepard] is my longest intellectual and musical collaborator,” Khalifa writes in an email, “and I’ve learned so much from him that I thought others could learn a lot from him, too.” On Foot itself is a strongly site-specific artwork. Shepard not only performed it outdoors on numerous Brooklyn streets

The piece isn’t about silence per se, insists Shepard in a phone conversation from Brooklyn. “What’s been more interesting for me over the years is thinking about stillness,” he says. “That’s an experience that happens in your mind. An actual consciousness.” Wasn’t it awkward, though, to walk in silence through a noisy city with a group of strangers? Yes, a little, Shepard admits, but, as he says, “The experience of silence was something that happened together. When we walked together, the silence came from the commitment that we had to each other.” courtesy of beth o’brien

strategy. Projected video stills will be juxtaposed with several types of audio: Shepard’s compositions, performed live with varying instrumentation (with the help of at least one Middlebury student); “field recordings” of the ambient sounds of the sites of his performances; and silence. “The idea of our performance is not to give you an idea of what it would be like to be there,” O’Brien says, “but to take different aspects of what it’s like to be there and present them in this partial, somewhat disjointed way. Sort of like a memory of a sound that happened in that space.” On his perambulations, Shepard says, he learned not only about the diversity of Brooklyn (and the surprisingly suburban vibes of many of its neighborhoods) but about the functioning of his own internal mapping system. To use the subway in New York City, he says, “is almost like teleporting.” Eschewing vehicular transit in favor of foot power resulted in a refinement of Shepard’s ability to orient himself in the city, he says.

That’s an experience that happens in your mind.

What’s been interesting for me over the years is thinking about stillness.

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O’Brien would accompany those walks on her bicycle, shooting the photos and videos that constitute the visual portion of On Foot: Brooklyn. “I definitely took inspiration from the way that Craig works with silence in the way that I made the videos,” she says. “The overall structure of the video has spaces or sections of just black: the visual equivalent of silence.” A book of 76 of O’Brien’s photos from the project is slated for publication this summer. In adapting their hyperlocal artwork for performance in other venues, O’Brien and Shepard came up with an unusual


On Foot: Brooklyn. Friday, March 14, 4:30 p.m., in Room 229 at the Axinn Center at Starr Library, Middlebury College. Pre-performance talk Thursday, March 13, 4:30 p.m., in Room 219 at the Axinn Center. Both events are free.


but was inspired to compose it on his many walks through that city’s diverse neighborhoods. Each week for 13 weeks in 2012, Shepard set out on a lengthy walk from his home in the Greenpoint neighborhood to a different quadrant of the city, allowing sonic ideas to mix and brew in his head. Each Sunday, he’d lead a silent walk to another site in Brooklyn to perform that week’s composition in a public space. Through his emailing list, various websites and word of mouth, he invited members of the public to walk along with him, but only if they agreed to turn off their phones and stroll in silence.


city’s countless eccentrics. Had they listened more closely to the muted sounds, minding the gaps (as it were) between the notes, they might have tuned in to Shepard’s exploration of the ways in which silence and stillness fit into the modern urban landscape. As Shepard played, O’Brien documented his performances in photos and video; the result of this audiovisual collaboration is On Foot: Brooklyn, which the artists will present at Middlebury College’s Axinn Center at Starr Library this Friday. This new work is both a summary and a partly improvisational rearrangement of

With On Foot: Brooklyn, Shepard and O’Brien hope to stimulate thought in their audience members and to inspire them. “A good result … would be for [a viewer] to get the energy to do something that they want to do in their own life,” Shepard says. “We offer this [performance] up as an invitation to consider that this is what we did with our lives for three months. What might you do with yours?” m



Craig Shepard performs in Brooklyn on April 22, 2012

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How can Barre and Montpelier be equidistant from mile marker 47 on Interstate 89? (and other highway mysteries)

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’m intimately familiar with Interstate 89 — or at least I like to think so. A few days a week, I drive from my home in Lebanon, N.H., to Burlington, a 195-mile round trip that takes me through the highway’s varied ecosystems. There’s the scary drop-off near mile marker 19; the lonely and often snow-whipped wilds between Exit 4 (Randolph) and Exit 5 (Northfield); the straightaway near Bolton where everyone races; and the two quasihidden pull-throughs near Williston where the state police hang out with speed guns. During my dozens of hours on I-89, I’ve pondered a few enduring mysteries — questions that appear to have irked some Seven Days readers and staffers, too. For instance: A road sign near Quechee lists Barre as 51 miles away and Montpelier as 53 miles. Yet, near mile marker 47, a sign informs us they are each seven miles distant. WTF? When we discussed this conundrum during a recent editorial meeting, it opened up an interstate-inspired can of worms. Colleagues called out more questions: Why do some towns far from I-89 — such as Vergennes — appear on exit signs,

while other towns of similar sizes and distances don’t? Speaking of Vergennes, why are northbound drivers told to exit for that town not at what seems like the logical place — Exit 11 in Richmond — but instead at 189? Why are there mile markers every 0.2 miles? Which stretch of I-89 has the most accidents? To answer these burning questions, I emailed folks at the Vermont Agency of Transportation. Erik Filkorn, VTrans’ public outreach manager, replied quickly and was eager to unearth answers from the various corners of his agency. First, some CliffsNotes: Construction of this highway where I spend so much of my life began in the late 1950s, as part of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s push to build a system of interstates across the country. I-89 was blasted and paved in 39 sections from 1957 to 1978. The first stretch, between Montpelier and Middlesex, opened in 1960. I-89 gobbled up scores of homes, farms and wetlands. (Its sister road, Interstate 91, also claimed a human life: Ascutney farmer Romaine Tenney killed himself in 1964 as the highway was blasted through his land.) In light of the drama of I-89’s construction — and the way it

reshaped sections of the state — some of our logistical questions may seem insignificant. Yet our curiosity remains: Why does a sign list Barre and Montpelier as equidistant from northbound mile marker 47, when we would expect to find Barre closer at that point? The answer came from Mary Spicer, the highway research manager at VTrans. “There are two exits a driver might use to get to Barre, Exit 6 and Exit 7,” she wrote. “South of Exit 6, the distance to Barre [via Exit 6] is two miles shorter than the distance to Montpelier [via Exit 8]. North of Exit 6, the distance to Barre [via Exit 7] is the same distance as the distance to Montpelier [via Exit 8].” Around the mile marker, then, the road curves in such a way as to be equidistant from the two towns. So it’s all about geometry. Yet when we inquired why some far-from-the-highway towns show up on certain exit signs — such as Bristol at Exit 12 and Vergennes at Exit 13 — the answer was all about logic. Spicer explained in slightly bureaucratic terms: “The towns selected to be on the primary guide signs (‘Exit 1 mile,’ ‘Exit 1/2 mile,’ ‘Exit Next Right,’ etc.) are typically the major

destinations on the state highway accessed by that exit. Most exits also have a supplementary guide sign, which might list other towns accessed from other routes that intersect the primary route, or any of several types of destinations allowed under state sign statute (10 VSA 494(6)), such as colleges or airports. Signing for Vergennes, for example, helps drivers who are headed for VT 22A understand that Exit 13 is the correct exit for this major truck route.” Equally logical was Spicer’s explanation for the 0.2-mile interval markers: The signs help emergency responders find accidents and other mishaps, such as roadkill. Spicer also pointed out something I’d never noticed: “There are smaller, delineator-size markers at 0.05 mile intervals, but these are difficult to read at highway speeds.” All of this heavy signage can get expensive: The 2011 cost of installing mile-marker signs along the entirety of I-89 was roughly $190,000, or about $110 per sign, according to VTrans. Those road signs help responders find accidents — but where do most of the accidents occur? Again according to VTrans, the segment of I-89 between Exits 10 and 11 (Richmond to Waterbury) notched up 76 crashes in 2013 — a truckload for a 12-mile stretch. The runner-up was the passage between Exits 4 and 5 — Randolph to Northfield — with 67 crashes. (These two locales tend to see some of the worst winter weather.) In third place? The stretch of road between Colchester and Georgia, with 44 bang-ups. Some of my colleagues’ other queries — where can drivers gas up after midnight on I-89? Where can they take a pee break between the Sharon and Williston rest stops? — were no less pressing, but not quite of a caliber to be fielded by VTrans. As a frequent traveler, I have the answer to question No. 1: Randolph or Waterbury. As for No. 2: You’re talkin’ a 65-mile stretch. If nature calls, you’ll have to get creative. m


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How much power does a typical orgasm produce? Could a man or woman possibly power their Christmas lights for several seconds if they harnessed this energy somehow? Larry

“Una,” I said, “surely this understates matters. From observation we know the male orgasm exerts considerable

propulsive force. Looking at that anal-probe article, I find a chart depicting the contractions of one subject’s orgasm. The pressure spike from baseline to peak is measured at about 225 centimeters of H2O. That’s more than seven feet. This guy is feeling his Cheerios.” Una rolled her eyes, explaining that this figure had nothing to do with the subject’s actual projectile range; it simply told us the maximum anal tension measured during his orgasm was equivalent to the downward pressure exerted by a 225-centimeter column of water. Another letdown. She went on: • Anal probes, while not without their drawbacks, were an improvement over the previous method of measuring orgasmic strength, namely coaxial needle electrodes, the mere thought of which makes one squirm. • In the article in question (Bohlen et al., Archives of

ones, for an average of 22 and in the extreme case 34. The pressure spike during each contraction was considerably less than for the men, possibly due to the fact that the women were physically smaller. But the type 2 female orgasms on average lasted 50 seconds and in one case 107 seconds — and no man alive can match that. • Back to the question, Una continued. Using some seriously wild-ass assumptions about the pressure field produced in muscles, I calculate that a typical male orgasm puts out about 0.013 watts, while the female equivalent generates roughly 0.03 watts.  Controversy then erupted. I argued that, notwithstanding the occasional prolonged female orgasm, it was implausible that women on average generated twice the oomph of men. That’s because you’re a sexist pig, said Una. Be that as it may, the energy generated by either sex during orgasm is minuscule. So, Larry, next time you fantasize about plugging yourself into the grid, remember: the Hoover Dam you ain’t.



• Recent testing of straight couples suggests men burn about four calories per minute during sex and women about three. If we charitably assume the average sex act lasts 25 minutes, this equates to about 105 calories for men and 78 calories for women. When that energy is averaged over 25 minutes, the participants consume roughly a quarter of a watt each while having sex.  • A string of 100 incandescent Christmas lights draws about 40

watts, so on average a person engaged in sex uses enough juice to power a disappointing 5/8 of one light. • Technology to the rescue. A string of 70 high-efficiency LED lights draws about five watts, meaning the average person having sex could power about 3.6 such lights, and a busy couple about seven. This still isn’t all that dazzling, but at least they’ll have enough illumination to find the remote and turn the TV back on. • The above numbers refer to the sex act in total — the energy that goes into an orgasm is much less. The contractions during climax can last from as little as five seconds for a man to well over a minute for a woman. Typical caloric expenditure during orgasm thus ranges from about one to two for men, and at most about four to seven for women. In other words, the total body energy used during orgasm is about 0.002 to 0.013 percent of a 550-calorie Big Mac.



hristmas at your place must be a hoot, Larry. Nonetheless, I knew immediately that this was the type of investigation we at the Straight Dope were put on this Earth to do. Making a preliminary reconnaissance of the journals, I came upon an article titled “The Male Orgasm: Pelvic Contractions Measured by Anal Probe.” This lit a light bulb, so to speak. “Una,” I said to my assistant, “I’ve got a little project for you.” Una wasn’t about to experiment on her own person. However, always ready to hit the books and run a spreadsheet or two, she established as follows:

Behavior, 1980), 11 Sexual Behavior male subjects were fitted with probes and instructed to masturbate to orgasm. Interestingly, for most participants one of two types of orgasm was seen. In the first, the subjects had a regular series of contractions lasting 10 to 15 seconds, then they were done. In the second, the subjects had 10 to 15 regular contractions followed by additional contractions of diminishing strength at irregular intervals, the whole process taking up to 60 seconds. Subjects always had the same type of orgasm; they never switched around. • In a 1982 study of female orgasms using similar techniques, Bohlen and company again found multiple types of orgasm, which for the most part corresponded to the male varieties. In the first type, the subjects had a dozen or so contractions over a like number of seconds, at which point game over. In the second, the subjects had a series of regular contractions followed by a longer series of irregular

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SEVEN DAYS: What exactly is scientific glassblowing, and how does it differ from “normal” glassblowing? ANGELA GATESY: I work mostly with graduate students. People who are doing higher research need very specialized vacuum manifolds, or electrochemical cells or distillation apparatus — whatever will help them either purify their chemicals or help them make their chemicals. So I make their glassware. My raw materials are different diameters of tubing, and I use torches. It’s called “flame working.” To manipulate the glass, you have to melt it, and once you melt it, you need to control the glass in gravity, so you need to rotate it.


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he red neon sign in the window is more than just a beacon to those seeking Angela Gatesy’s workshop. It’s a testament to her skills. Gatesy herself made that neon sign, as well as the many glass animals and flowers that dot the shop’s surfaces, and they lend her workshop a homey warmth. It’s pleasantly at odds with the Brutalist architecture of the Cook Physical Science Building. Gatesy, 60, is the scientific glassblower for the University of Vermont’s chemistry department, a post she has held for 30 years. When her predecessor, Roy Clark, asked her in 1981 if she might like to learn his trade, Gatesy was working in the chemistry department stockroom and taking a few graduate courses, but hadn’t yet, as she puts it, “figured out life.” She accepted Clark’s invitation and, after working with him for three years, formally assumed her mentor’s position in 1984 when he retired. Scientific glassblowers do not puff air through long metal tubes into molten blobs of glass. Gatesy refers to those folks as “artistic glassblowers,” but her own work requires a certain artistic sensibility. She uses specialized torches, paddles and lathes to create complex glass devices that, in another context, might well be called sculptures. Gatesy mostly works in borosilicate glass (aka Pyrex), melting, bending and stretching it to the exacting specifications of professors and graduate students. Gatesy has made glassware for UVM’s College of Medicine and geology and engineering departments, among others. Assistant professor of chemistry Adam Whalley says of Gatesy, “I’ve given her pictures of things I’d wanted her to make, just pipe dreams in my mind. She can put them together in a day or two, which is amazing.” On a snowy day in late February, Gatesy gave Seven Days a tour of her workshop and several of the labs that use her handiwork.

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SD: Is it unusual for a university to employ a scientific glassblower? Isn’t some of this glassware available for purchase? AG: In the old days, universities pretty much did have their own glassblowing shops. MIT [Massachusetts Institute of Technology] had three or four; U Mass [University of Schlenk vacuum line, left; oil diffusion pump, right Massachusetts] had three or four; U Conn [University of Connecticut] had two. U The glass that I use has been developed for use in chemistry. It has a very low coef- Conn, I believe, is just getting rid of their ficient of expansion, since chemists like to glassblower this year. Some of these things are not really thermally punish their glassware. available in a catalog. A grad student can walk in with a piece, I can fire-polish it for SD: Do you have drafting skills, or do them, and they can walk out the door. To you work right from the glass itself? AG: From the glass. When they come in the get a three-inch piece of glass cut, and have door, people usually give me a schematic it right here, they would’ve had to have of what they want. One of the nice things ordered it, like, two weeks ago, and paid about this job is that many of the pieces who knows how much for it. I try to make are one-offs. I’ll make something, and I things as quickly as I can so people don’t haven’t made it before, and I’m probably have to wait. not going to make it again. Depending on their complexity, those are probably the SD: What is this enormous contraption? most rewarding. AG: That’s an oil diffusion pump. It took

me a long time to put it together, but I made it without having an end user. And then [associate] professor [of chemistry Rory] Waterman said, “I have a big project, and I really want this thing made — it’s called an oil diffusion pump.” I said, “Oh, great, I have one.” He said, “You’re kidding!” It was pretty nice when it all came together. SD: Do you consider yourself more of an artist? A scientist? An artisan? AG: I guess I do think of myself more as a technician. I think I would be flattering myself to say I was an artist. [Displays a glass trillium she has made.] I really do enjoy making things, and I guess a lot of it does go back to nature. It’s a way to develop my skills. Even doing this helps with the scientific glassblowing: figuring out how to put things together and not having it break before you’re done. I’m always developing my skills. One of the really nice things about the position is that there’s always something to learn. It’s artistic, and it’s scientific, and it’s a nice melding of the two. m


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Rachel Kalinowski, left, and Lauren Layman fill savory mini quiches at NECI in Montpelier

Vermont’s struggling culinary school plans its next course





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rder fire! Rachel, chef salad, carrot soup. All to-go!” Chef Ryan O’Malley shouts from his command post in the kitchens of NECI on Main, a kitchenturned-classroom for students at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier. O’Malley, in a tall white chef’s hat, watches closely as his charges — eight or so students in white coats and baggy, black-and-white-checked pants — hustle on the line. One starts in on the “Rachel,” the restaurant’s take on a turkey Reuben, by buttering thick slices of bread; another cook fires up an enormous gas range and pulls out a saucepan to warm up the carrot-ginger soup. This, in a nutshell, is what a NECI education has been about for 34 years: not just the theory of cooking but the practice of it. The accredited, for-profit college, which awards associate’s and bachelor’s degrees as well as professional certificates, puts students to work in the kitchens of actual restaurants with paying customers. Learning to navigate the chaos of a

working kitchen is arguably the most important part of a budding chef’s education. At NECI, that high-stakes, high-pressure atmosphere extends to the boardroom: Vermont’s only culinary institute is struggling to regain its financial footing after many years of roller-coaster returns. “They like to live in the chaos that they create,” says Jason Gingold, a former NECI instructor who now heads Burlington Technical Center’s culinary program. “For some companies, that works. For some places, that doesn’t.” It’s been a hard few years for the storied institution, which supporters credit with jumpstarting Vermont’s nowthriving culinary scene. Not surprisingly, rumors are flying. “NECI’s going under, and they’re closing”: That’s one doomsday scenario that Jessica Raia-Long, a NECI alumna who now sits on the board, knows is percolating among foodies. Variations on that theme were echoed by numerous former faculty members, administrators and students, but not for attribution.

Such gossip does “nothing but drive us,” says Richard Flies, the board chair and acting president while NECI’s 73-year-old president and cofounder Francis Voigt, a two-time cancer survivor, recovers from radiation treatment at a Vermont rehabilitation facility. NECI isn’t in “panic mode,” Flies insists. But the news isn’t all good, either, he acknowledges. Vermont’s sole culinary school is an institution looking at big changes in its immediate future — changes necessitated in large part by a shrinking enrollment, aging leadership and precarious finances. Among foodies, NECI has a top-notch reputation. Alumni range from high-profile celebrity chefs such as Alton Brown to highly regarded local restaurateurs including the chef-owners of Mirabelles Café and the Perfect Wife, the head chef at Barre’s up-and-coming Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen, and the executive chef at the Basin Harbor Club. Eight NECI alumni were among this year’s James Beard finalists, and the school boasts four French


$3 million each year in rooms and meals taxes. New satellite programs will potentially drive up more revenue and, year-todate, the school is in the black. But the numbers aren’t what they used to be. Today NECI grosses between $12 million and $14 million annually, which is about half what it once did. Flies and his colleagues aren’t giving up. He predicts, “We’re going to get this back.”

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enrolled, they staffed the kitchen at Montpelier’s Tavern Motor Inn. It was a leap of faith for everyone involved. But the leap paid off, and NECI grew quickly. The school opened a Chittenden County campus in 1986, where the Essex Resort & Spa is now. It added a bachelor of arts program, purchased a restaurant on Church Street in Burlington and expanded in Montpelier. For many years, NECI’s “Chef’s Table” was the go-to spot for special occasions in the capital city. Today it only opens for catered functions and special events. The late ’90s brought personal drama to NECI, as reporter James Bandler chronicled in a Wall Street Journal story that Seven Days reprinted in 2000. Dranow and Glück were in the middle of a bitter divorce, and their conflict migrated from the bedroom to the boardroom. Glück routinely sided with the Voigts, and board meetings became divisive and formal. In the end, Dranow negotiated a plan that


The entrepreneurs who cooked up the vision of a culinary school in Vermont weren’t cooks themselves: Voigt and John Dranow met in the 1970s at Goddard College, where Voigt was then dean of summer programs and Dranow started the school’s summer writing program. Their wives, Ellen Bryant Voigt and Louise Glück, respectively, were both poets teaching in the graduate writing program at Goddard, a school known for its alternative approach. Dranow and Voigt decided they wanted to go into business together, so they

searched for a promising idea and landed on the plan to open a culinary school in 1978. Both took out second mortgages and chipped in $10,000; their wives later invested $5,000 each. “The opportunity that we saw in 1980” — the year NECI took on its first students — “was that there was going to be a food boom in America,” says Dranow today. They reasoned that an American food boom would require American chefs. At the time, Dranow says, programs at the Culinary Institute of America and Johnson & Wales University had large classes that learned in test kitchens. Dranow, Voigt and NECI’s first executive chef, Michel LeBorgne, concocted a different model: one that relied on hands-on learning, small classes and working restaurants. It was based in part on the tradition of apprenticeships among European chefs, but Dranow says Voigt also borrowed from the medical-school model of rotations and residencies. NECI’s motto — “Where You Learn By Living It” — reflects that vision. When NECI’s first seven students


master chefs on faculty — more than any other culinary school in the country. Charismatic executive chef Jean-Louis Gerin came on board a year ago; Gerin’s accolades range from a silver toque from the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France to a win on the Food Network competition “Chopped.” But the school is up against some tough trends. Enrollment is down from the highwater mark of nearly 800 students 15 years ago to fewer than 300 this year. To be “comfortable,” Flies says, NECI needs to enroll between 350 and 370. Cash flow is a concern, too, particularly during periods of the year — now until next fall  — when fewer students join the ranks. As students have dwindled, the staff has shrunk, from more than 400 a decade ago to 140 today. The latest round of layoffs happened just last month, when NECI fired more employees — “under eight,” says Flies. On the bright side: NECI’s payroll still runs between $6 million and $8 million, Flies says, and the school generates $2 to



obligated NECI to pay Glück $1,300 a month in place of alimony payments directly from him. The deal fell apart, but other board members expressed dismay at the “messy” entanglement of the business in Dranow and Glück’s divorce. It was around this time that Voigt and Dranow’s differing visions for the school finally came to a head. Former employees told Bandler that Voigt was all about protecting the school’s mission. “Education was the most important thing to him,” former public relations director Pam Knights told the WSJ reporter. Dranow, on the other hand, was pushing for faster growth; he wanted the company to go public. He told Bandler, “We were the most expensive culinary school in the country and undercapitalized.”

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‘Too Many Irons in the Fire’

In 1998, Glück and the two Voigts ousted Dranow as chief operating officer; the trio bought out his shares in the company. Now living in Connecticut, Dranow says he hasn’t followed NECI’s highs and lows in the decade and a half that followed. But his concerns back then — about NECI’s price tag and undercapitalized portfolio — are some of the same ones former employees and alumni are voicing today. NECI is still privately held. The primary shareholders are still the Voigts and Glück. All three are ready to divest, says Flies. Why did Vermont’s famed culinary institute start to flounder at the same time that Vermont’s food culture began to flourish? It’s a complicated question to answer. Part of it boils down to competition. When Tom Bivins was deciding which culinary school to attend in 1988, the former NECI executive chef recalls that he was influenced by Julia Child, who had said in an interview she wished she could have attended NECI. What NECI offered, at that time, was unique in the world of culinary education. But soon other colleges were imitating its business model, providing the same hands-on-style classes. And the nascent food movement — which NECI undoubtedly fostered and continues to support — took root in Vermont and elsewhere. When Flies moved to Vermont in 1965, he recalls, “the only thing Vermont had to offer was a hamburger.” As early additions to the food landscape, NECI’s restaurants offered a new and exciting glimpse of an evolving culinary world. Then, all of a sudden, highend restaurants were popping up all over, including in some rural parts of the state. Flies notes the irony that so many of those eateries, run by NECI grads, are doing so well, “and here we are struggling!” The school began selling property. It got rid of NECI Commons, the Church Street restaurant, in 2005. In 2009, the school shut down its Essex campus, completing its retreat to Montpelier. Today NECI operates out of a remodeled 19th-century home on the campus of the Vermont College of Fine

Chef-instructor David Parson and students Jackson Person, right, and Aidan Murch in a Sensory Analysis class

Arts. Students live on campus and work in the last nickel out of everybody,” as board kitchen-classrooms in Dewey Café, at the member Miller puts it. In recent years, National Life complex, and downtown at culinary schools have been singled out La Brioche and NECI on Main. for allegedly “ripping off” students. Eric “NECI had too many irons in the fire,” Greenspan, a rising Food Network star says board member Jeff Miller, an alum and chef, told Time magazine in 2011 that who teaches at Colorado State University. culinary students “are paying law-school “There was a conscious decision to pull prices, and they are training them for back and refocus on what we could do minimum-wage jobs … How do rock stars well rather than being become famous? They extended out beyond work hard. They don’t go what we could reasonto guitar schools.” ably accomplish.” NECI counters that, Other problems while students don’t stemmed from the very earn much in the first model that makes NECI years out of school, their special. Students in the degrees qualify them main culinary arts profor leadership positions grams spend six months in the culinary world of each year in Vermont that make for big salary and six months at onjumps five or 10 years the-job internships. The out from graduation. logistics of that schedule Even so, students — and make it harder for older, their parents — are nontraditional students scrutinizing the price to participate, and their tags of expensive colenrollment numbers have leges, NECI included. dropped off significantly. Tuition for a 24-month The paid internassociate’s degree curJ ef f M il l e r ships, too, have been rently runs $73,520 at double-edged. Seven or NECI, and a 39-month eight years ago, as many as 30 percent of bachelor’s degree program in culinary arts students didn’t come back to school after- costs $113,560. The school froze tuition at ward, realizing it was easier to learn on the this year’s levels for the upcoming school job than pay back student loans. NECI has year, hoping to lure students from competoccasionally had to stop sending students ing schools. to some chefs who were blatantly using its “Students are leaving these schools internship program as a recruitment tool. with a lot of debt,” says Bivins, who is now Board members also say that NECI executive director of the Vermont Cheese has been lumped — unfairly — into that Council. “Unless you are really super comgroup of for-profit colleges “out to squeeze mitted to moving up the food chain, so to

NECI had too many irons in the fire.

There was a conscious decision to pull back and refocus on what we could do well.

speak, it’s hard to justify an education like that if you’re only going to make $12 an hour.”

Cooler Heads … Rolled

Bivins says NECI’s goal, during the last of the eight years he was there, was to be a “much leaner and more efficient machine.” He left in 2011. Yet the college has struggled to make meaningful changes, particularly in its leadership. Hailed by supporters as visionary and dedicated, Voigt is also 73 and ailing. He has struggled to extricate and replace himself in what is arguably his life’s project. Twice in the past four years, NECI has triumphantly announced new presidents, only to see those positions vacated again within months. First came Robert “Skip” Myers, who’d served previously as president of Daniel Webster College in Nashua, N.H.; he took on the top position at NECI in early 2010. “The more I looked, the more I became convinced that this is a very special place,” Myers said in a NECI press release. “I was extremely impressed not only with what NECI is, but with how the college is evolving and what it can become. “I’m definitely in this for the long haul,” he vowed. He was gone three months later, halfway through a six-month mentoring relationship with Voigt. Myers did not return phone calls for this story. Next up was Bill Meckert, who had joined NECI as the chief financial officer and general counsel in early 2009. In December 2010, NECI announced that Meckert would be taking on the president’s role, while Voigt remained CEO. “I am pleased to pass the reins into

his very capable hands,” Voigt said in a press release from the school. Meckert expressed enthusiasm for the years ahead. “The opportunities seem endless right now,” the new president said. He told his local newspaper, the Waterbury Record, that he planned to remain in the position until he retired. In his résumé, posted on, Meckert takes credit for the “complete reorganization” of NECI’s finance department — which for several years, he says in the résumé listing, was unable to produce accurate monthly financials. Meckert says he developed a new strategic plan in his first year at NECI, which included closing the Essex operations. To what end? “A dramatic turn-around of financial results,” his résumé continues, from net losses in fiscal years 2008 and 2009 of $475,000 and $2.7 million, respectively, to a fiscal year 2010 net operating profit of $1.1 million. By early 2012, Meckert, too, was gone; his profile on the professional networking site LinkedIn refers to his time at the top as a “nine-month role as interim president.” Despite all the detailed information he put online about his NECI tenure, Meckert declined to speak with Seven Days for this story. “I’ve moved on,” he said, “and I’d like to keep it that way.”

Hot Prospecting

“It’s no secret that NECI is trying to make a transition,” says Flies. The school has a three-year business plan to boost revenues so it can buy out the three primary shareholders — the Voigts and Glück — and make the switch from its for-profit structure to a nonprofit one.

chef’s salad; Flies goes for the burger, which he slices down the center as soon as it arrives. It isn’t the perfect “medium” he ordered, so he sends it back to the kitchen for the chefs-in-training to fix. “We’re their worst customers,” he remarks. Talking about NECI’s road map for the years ahead over lunch, Gerin and Flies are upbeat; the servers — NECI staff, not students — hover nearby. Gerin, who is in his mid-fifties, is boyish and charismatic; by all accounts, he’s being groomed to be the next face of NECI. The decorated chef is an equally successful restaurateur, and his entrepreneurial sensibility shows in some of NECI’s nascent ventures. After attending the five-day General Assembly of the French Master Chefs in Las Vegas earlier this month, he jetted off to Virginia to talk shop with military food-service officials; NECI is pitching the Navy on specialized training courses for chefs working on submarines. That’s exactly the kind of program that NECI’s leaders are hoping will stock the coffers. Ultimately, Flies says, it’s about selling the school’s intellectual capital, and profiting on satellite programs with low overhead and high returns: boot camps, weekend courses and the like. The school also plans to double down on its existing online degree programs. When the Stafford Technical Center in Rutland came calling, asking if NECI might be interested in providing culinary training in the region, Flies leapt at the opportunity. He and others from NECI sat down with Stafford’s team, along with employers such as Killington and Okemo ski resorts and Rutland Regional Medical Center.

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The goal is to provide more advanced culinary and front-of-the-house training for employees already working in the hospitality industry. The first session — most of which will run for four to six weeks — is tentatively scheduled to start next month. Both employers and employees will pay for it, possibly with assistance from the state. “Does this need to get done?” Miller asks rhetorically. “Of course. And should it have been done earlier? Probably. But NECI is not going to fold tomorrow.” In the meantime, the school has adopted a sort of hunker-down, battenthe-hatches mentality: Get lean. Focus on what works. “The others have put their stakes in things like an emphasis on international cuisines, and sending students to Singapore or Italy or France,” Miller says of NECI’s main competitors. “Part of the come-on is, ‘You get to go to a 30-day or two-week stage in Paris, and isn’t that exciting?’ NECI is focusing on more long-term things” — Miller mentions sustainability and farm-to-table cooking — “things that are important to Vermont and the region. “Do other places have shinier things? Sure. There’s no question about that,” says Miller. “But they’re going to get the birds that peck at shiny things.” As NECI’s leaders scramble to reimagine its future, students are still signing up. Among them: Frank Willis, an 18-yearold senior at Burlington High School. He’s always been interested in cooking, and enrolled in Burlington Technical Center’s two-year culinary program last year to test his commitment to the field. He ended up with offers to attend both NECI and Johnson & Wales, and he’s decided to head to Montpelier for a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts. On a Friday morning in the BHS kitchen, Willis is perfecting a crab rangoon recipe. As he generously dollops cream cheese into a stainless steel bowl, he ticks through his reasons for choosing NECI: class sizes, hands-on learning, internships — all the selling points NECI officials make when they talk about the value they bring to culinary education. “If I want to be the best that I can be, I need to go get a degree,” Willis says. And it will cost him — though NECI is trying to sweeten the deal. The school has already offered him a $6,000 academic scholarship, and have mentioned the possibility of another $3,000 in aid. It’s part of what Flies says is a newly aggressive approach to attract students, especially ones that might be considering NECI’s competitors. Even with that help, Willis expects to take on between $26,000 and $30,000 a year in state, federal and private loans. “It’s going to be a lot,” he says. “Right now I’m just trying to figure out how to pay for it.” m

NECI’s La Brioche in Montpelier

Making that switch isn’t complicated, Flies says. It’s just “financially hard for an institution that’s running right on the edge.” The hope is that by going nonprofit, NECI can tap into other sources of funding, including charitable ones. NECI and the Vermont State Colleges entered into preliminary talks about an affiliation in 2011, but, after eight months of negotiation, walked away without a deal. “To successfully integrate unique institutions requires a high level of confidence that the integrity of both brands will be enhanced,” concludes Dan Smith, director of community relations and public policy for Vermont State Colleges. “After an extensive discussion over eight months, neither NECI nor the Vermont State Colleges had that confidence. From a VSC perspective, our first obligation is to see to the success of the students we serve and fulfill the public mission of the five colleges in the system.” How does NECI plan to drum up funds now? It’s taking a hard look at the bottom lines in the restaurants the school operates. Traditionally these haven’t made money, nor have the school’s leaders expected them to. But now at La Brioche, the bakery and casual café at 89 Main Street in Montpelier, a cooler is stocked with takeout lunches and dinners, as well as smoked meats and fish from NECI’s charcuterie class. A small display advertises wines for sale by the bottle. Foot traffic through the bakery is up about 25 percent, according to Gerin and Flies. In contrast, NECI on Main is almost empty at lunchtime on a recent afternoon. Gerin orders, appropriately enough, the

Generator On Burlington’s first maker space will open this month

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ne Saturday in February, eight volunteer builders and painters gathered in Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium Annex with a mission: to transform the highceilinged, 5,000-square-foot room into the Queen City’s first-ever maker space. When the facility, called Generator, opens on March 29, artists, engineers, programmers and tinkerers will have access to studio space, shared tools and classes on topics ranging from jewelry making to 3-D printing. “Maker” is the generic term for anyone who embraces new technology to create useful or whimsical objects, and maker spaces have popped up around the world in the past several years. Their organizers aim to give creative DIYers access to the latest technology — and to each other’s energy and ideas — in the hopes of fostering worthwhile projects. The spaces can serve as business incubators, educational hubs or simply venues for community engagement. Generator members will pay $50 a month for access to the space and tools, which include big-ticket items such as a 3-D printer, laser cutter and CNC machine, which digitally mills materials. Studios rent for an additional $100 a month. Volunteers who work for four hours each month — as a shop tech, a greeter at the door or a safety officer — get a week’s membership free. Generator executive director Christy Mitchell said she hopes to staff the maker space with “educated personnel who are also engaged.” Plus, she said, volunteers “get some ownership over the space. They want to see it thrive.” On that Saturday in February, the volunteers were erecting low walls that will eventually demarcate 12 studios, eight of which have already been reserved. They said they’re eager to see Generator — which has been in the works for more than a year — finally come to life. Bryan Fleming, an information technology specialist at the University of Vermont, was one of the local makers putting in volunteer hours at Generator that day. His specialty? Wearable electronics. He can’t wait to get his hands on the maker space’s tools so he can create his replica of the Tesseract, the all-powerful glowing cube that appears in The Avengers. Fleming plans to become a Generator member and is looking forward to using the “larger, more expensive tools, like the laser cutter, that I can’t justify buying myself for the three projects I’d use them for,” he said.

TECHNOLOGY It’ll give people an opportunity to push what’s possible and

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Tim Healey, another volunteer, recently moved to Burlington from New York, where he worked as an engineer. He’s interested in exploring Generator’s networking possibilities as he looks for a new job. Access to tools is also a big draw for Healey. “I live in a two-bedroom condo, so I don’t have room for this kind of stuff,” he said. “And technology is changing so fast that I can’t keep up.” Healey considers himself a tinkerer. What kind of projects will he pursue at Generator? “I have a fondue pot where the leg broke off,” he said. He imagines using the 3-D printer and modeling software to create a replacement part. “I might put some Celtic designs on it,” he added. Several volunteers present that day were affiliated with Laboratory B, a group of hackers who have been meeting

regularly since 2010 in Burlington, holding open hours during which they solve people’s tech problems or just indulge their curiosity. Lab B will offer a couple of classes per month at Generator, such as one on basic iPhone and tablet repair, in exchange for use of the space and tools. Chad Loseby spent the volunteer day painting the walls in the Generator entrance. “We’ll see how this is going to jive with what’s already happening in Burlington,” he said. “But it seems like it’s been a great community effort so far.” Loseby is right about the scope. A wide swath of the Burlington community participated in the creation of Generator, including the Parks and Recreation Department, the Community and Economic Development Office, Burlington City Arts, and several local colleges and businesses. Roughly 50 volunteers — or, as chair of the Generator board Michael Metz calls them, “über-interns” — have put in “just an enormous amount of labor.” The board also includes IBM fellow John Cohn, assistant dean of UVM’s Graduate College Dan Harvey, Champlain College creative media professor Ken

Howell, BCA executive director Doreen Kraft, CEDO’s Peter Owens, attorney and writer Denise Shekerjian, artist Chris Thompson, and the Vermont Agency of Education’s career and technical education coordinator, Doug Webster. Executive director Mitchell is an artist and entrepreneur who has reclaimed four industrial spaces in Burlington for working artists and oversees more than 30 studios and two galleries, including the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery. “When I left [the South End Arts and Business Association, as associate director] to focus on building more art studios a couple years ago, all I wanted to do was support artists and artist spaces, and kind of be a creative facilitator, changing these industrial spaces into homes for creative people,” Mitchell said. That’s just what she’s doing with Generator. A decade ago, when Mitchell was a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, she had access to tools such as 3-D printers. “When I heard there could be a community-access space [in Burlington] for artists to use tools without even having to be in the university setting, I thought, How cool is that?” she said. “It’ll give people an opportunity to push what’s possible and inspire people to collaborate and learn.” That collaboration has been under way since a few like-minded makers got together more than a year ago to hatch plans for a new maker space. Metz, a scientist and engineer who is also on the board of the BCA Center and Champlain College, said he started thinking about the possibility of a maker space after BCA’s spring 2012 exhibit featuring artist Casey Reas. Reas uses software and a programming language he created to make mesmerizing, minimalist works. Metz was struck by locals’ interest in the blending of art and technology. Then, last year, BCA curated a show called “User Required,” which featured collaborations among Vermont makers and artists. It was a hit. “We realized we’d touched on something in the community,” Metz said. At the same time, Metz’s son, who was starting engineering school in Massachusetts, tipped his dad off about a thriving, 40,000-square-foot maker space in Somerville called Artisan’s Asylum. Metz took some members of the Generator board down to check out the space, “and it impressed us beyond belief,” he says. Before long, CEDO was asking the Generator board to put in a proposal for a maker space, so it did. Initially, the longdefunct Moran Plant was of interest. But the board members knew any project in that space would take years to realize, so they started looking at other options. Eventually, they settled on Memorial Auditorium.

There were setbacks. Generator was supposed to open on February 1, but the Annex needed new electrical work and plumbing, which required unexpected building and zoning permits. Nearly two months later, the permits are in place, and the upgrades have been completed. Generator is ready to go — at least for the next six months. The city has given the group permission to use the space gratis for at least that long, after which municipal officials will reassess. Mitchell called this the “pop-up period.” “This will be a really great opportunity for us to test out our model and see how everything’s working, see what the response is, see how engaged people are,” she said. “If it’s great, then we’ll know, OK, let’s get some planning together and go build out an even better space.”

says BCA education director Melissa Steady. She describes herself as excited about the potential to reach “a whole new audience”: not just artists but engineers, inventors and programmers. BCA has long offered classes in pottery and printmaking in its Memorial Auditorium Annex studio. Now it will venture into some distinctly 21st-century art forms. Classes currently include an introduction to the laser cutter for adults, beginning at the end of March, and an intro to the 3-D printer for adults in early April. Families can sign up for two youth-camp sessions called “Build It Break It Makers,” in which kids ages 9 to 11 will learn basic electronics while building “Frankentoys” from old toys and junk. From Metz’s perspective, the new maker space is about much more than sharing tools and teaching new skills.

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The Generator board raised $75,000 to get the maker space off the ground, according to Metz. The group also reeled in $25,000 worth of in-kind donations. Israel Smith, from Smith Buckley Architects, designed the space for free. Burlington College donated 3-D modeling software. Champlain College supplied a 3-D printer, CNC milling machine and laser cutter. UVM gave a computer work station and jewelry-making tools. More equipment came from the Vermont Woodworking School, Burlington Telecom and Logic Supply. “We are very excited about the maker space,” wrote Logic Supply’s marketing and recruitment specialist, Lauren Lavallee, in an email. “We think today’s Makers, robotics club members, compsci majors and the like are tomorrow’s engineers, and there’s a ton of potential in Vermont. We’re supporting Generator to help get the next generation involved in the tech sector and give back to the local community.” BCA will manage all the classes. “This is a whole new adventure for all of us,”


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an Riley tiptoes slowly in a semicircle, holding a digital camera at his knees as he scans something on the floor of his Church Street print shop. As the camera feeds spatial coordinates into a computer, a partial 3-D image materializes on-screen. “That’s pretty good,” says Riley, critically scrutinizing the fuzzy picture. “We can take another scan if you want more detail, or we can just mirror it over.” Riley, 23, is owner and cofounder of Blu-Bin, the first-ever 3-D print shop in Vermont — or the United States. The business launched in Poultney, where it stayed until it was successful enough to, as Riley puts it, “move to the big city.” When the store opened last September at 20 Church Street, Riley claims, it was only the second 3-D print shop in the world; a Swiss firm barely edged him out as the first. Riley and his business partner, Dave Newlands, also 23, have agreed to try a unique project for Seven Days, and they suggest a second scan to boost the digital resolution. As Newlands tinkers with the computer, Riley begins another slow orbit around our subject, holding the digital camera as steady as he can. Once the second scan is complete, an instantly recognizable 3-D image appears onscreen: It’s Rufus, a West Highland white terrier belonging to Seven Days production manager John James, and the unofficial office mascot. “That should do it,” Riley says, smiling. “I’ve never scanned a dog before.” “Good dog!” says James, handing Rufus a treat he’d withheld to keep the dog from fidgeting. It takes a couple of hours to print a small but detailed plastic Rufus replica — or partial one, anyway. Though Rufus did an admirable job of holding still, his slight twitches and body movements blurred some of the digital capture. So, instead of making a straight replica, Riley prints a composite character of his own creation: “Super Rufus,” a 3-inch plastic action figure that combines a superhero’s body with the Westy’s head. Though the 3-D printout isn’t exactly what we expected — it looks like a 1970sera green plastic toy soldier — the finished product demonstrates the vast potential of 3-D printing. It’s now available to anyone who walks in the door of Blu-Bin, no experience necessary. Using nothing more than a quick scan of a physical object, or a downloadable 3-D digital file, Blu-Bin’s proprietors can manipulate the image, modifying

TECHNOLOGY or combining it with other images and files, then print an entirely new and original object. Is this the first, primitive iteration of “Star Trek”-esque replicators? “We call that one ‘The Replicator,’” Newlands notes, pointing to one of the room’s six 3-D printers, which he and Riley largely built themselves. The technology is by no means new to Vermont. Inventors, artists, industrial designers and other “makers” have been playing with 3-D printing for several years. What’s new is its ease, accessibility, affordability and speed. At Blu-Bin’s print shop, anyone can scan and print objects of their own design for a fraction of the cost of doing it by more conventional means. Blu-Bin sits nestled between Earthbound Trading Company and Halvorson’s Upstreet Café, right behind the statue of Burlington saxophone legend Big Joe Burrell. Outside the shop, which is open seven days a week, a sandwich board reads, “Have you watched 3-D printing?” The sign directs passersby to the front window, where a small 3-D printer cranks out plastic objects with robotic precision. It’s surrounded by a variety of previously printed plastic doodads: swirly vases,

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palm-sized F-16 fighter jets, a sun-shaped flower, a tiny house, a Buddha statue. Inside, the 500-square-foot shop is as spare as it is small. The white walls are bare except for a half dozen spools of plastic filament of various colors and qualities. There’s a whiteboard for sketching ideas, but no display cases — just a small shelf holding earlier creations. Blue plastic bins on one wall list the costs of printing objects according to size. They range from $5 for a “tiny” object about the size of a Matchbox car, to $50 for a “huge” one roughly the size of a toaster. Otherwise, the store is empty. In this sense, Blu-Bin’s model for retail is unique: It keeps virtually none of its products in stock. Or, more accurately, nearly all of its stock is virtual. Many of Blu-Bin’s customers store their 3-D designs in the store’s online catalog — about 2,000 designs to date, which can be modified and printed as needed. Other websites, such as, offer designs that can be downloaded, shared, modified and printed. As Riley explains, the technology is actually pretty simple. When an object is scanned, every point is assigned an X, Y and Z coordinate. A motor drives plastic filament through a heated nozzle, while computer

software directs the nozzle exactly where it needs to be on the 3-D grid, determining how quickly it gets there and how much material it deposits. Riley describes it as “a glorified hot-glue gun.” One might assume that the Blu-Bin name refers to the recyclable nature of the plastic products. Indeed, the company now reclaims used spoons from the nearby Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop to make recycled plastic filaments. In fact, however, the business was named after a blue bin Riley kept in the back seat of an old Volvo he drove in college. The utility bin contained duct tape, wire and other spare parts for fixing the beater. When Riley first conceived of the business in 2009, he thought, Whenever you need something, you just go to the blue bin. The name stuck. Riley and Newlands met at Green Mountain College, where Riley first pitched Newlands on his business idea. After graduation in 2012, Riley took a job on Wall Street “flipping energy contracts,” while Newlands went back to his native Turks and Caicos Islands to write for the Turks and Caicos Sun. Neither had an engineering or industrialdesign background. What united them was a mutual interest in sci-fi and “bleeding-edge”



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“I’m a giant fan of theirs,” says Steele of Blu-Bin’s creators. “For people who want to create, do or build, this is just another tool for artists to use.” Ben Lanza, a senior developer at Nathan Sports’ product-development studio in Burlington, agrees. Lanza says he uses Blu-Bin when he’s working on his company’s new runners’ gear, such as water bottles, waist belts, flasks and armbands for carrying smartphones. He says quick, cheap and easy 3-D printing is invaluable for both prototyping and “concept validation” — especially when he wants to make sure a physical object will perform as expected. “The old concept that a picture is worth a thousand words?” posits Lanza. “Well, that goes even further for a product in your hand versus trying to sell something on-screen or on paper.” Dan Riley scans Rufus “The most interesting thing to me about the technology,” notes Ken Howell, assistant professor in the MFA in Emergent Media program at Champlain College, “is that it has the potential to do for manufacturing what the internet did for information — namely, to have this tremendous, democratizing force by lowering the barrier of entry to anyone who has a good idea.” Howell is quite familiar with BluBin: Riley and Newlands consulted with him prior to launching their business. Howell is also involved with two new “maker spaces” scheduled to open shortly in Burlington: one at Champlain College and an affiliated one at Memorial Auditorium. The 1,000-square-foot allow him and his staff maker space at Champlain, to install electrical outlets due to come online in the next perfectly square. A day before few weeks, includes plans for new the Rufus scan, Magic Hat educational curricula involving Brewing Company founder 3-D printing. Alan Newman came in to print Currently, Howell calls a new beer-tap handle. this technology “the wild “That really gets to and wooly West,” where the source of why we entrepreneurs such as Riley and Newlands are started this company still experimenting with in the first place,” their business models. Riley explains. “To “Super-Rufus” action figure make people’s ideas Already, others are using 3-D printers to build houses, real.” Kip Steele, a 39-yeardesign their own prostheses, old self-described “computer even print simple models of human geek” at C2 in Colchester, says he organs, skin and body parts. Howell says uses Blu-Bin for both work and play. Steele, that, as the technology and print resoluwho also works for Google Glass, says he tion shrink to the molecular level, 3-D recently scanned a pair of the tech giant’s printers could very well become capable augmented-reality glasses at Blu-Bin, then of manipulating elements on the periodic brought them to Revision Military in Essex table. Junction to find out what it would take to “We’ve had people come in who see the equip them with ballistic lenses. ‘Star Trek’ replicator name on our printer Steele also uses Blu-Bin for “fun stuff.” and go, ‘Can you make me coffee?’” Riley Recently, he downloaded a file from says. “No, but we can make you the coffee that replicates the helmet mug.” in the movie Iron Man, then modified it and At least for now.  had Blu-Bin print him one.

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Moore still seems, in some ways, like the new kid on the block. So it’s surprising to realize that he’s actually two years older than Cray. It might be Moore’s relatively late-blooming solo career that makes him seem like the new guy. Or it might be the fact that he looks, speaks, sings and plays far younger than his 62 years would suggest. Since 1994, Moore has released nine

studio albums as Keb’ Mo’, as well as several live, compilation and soundtrack albums. His tenth, BLUESAmericana, is set to drop on April 22. But before he started racking up the Grammys — he has three — Moore, like the responsible bluesman that he is, paid his dues. For two decades, he worked as a songwriter and studio and touring musician for such diverse acts as Cuba Gooding Sr., Little Milton and

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SD: What have you been listening to lately? KM: Right now, when I turn on my iPod, I’m listening to Jonatha Brooke. Also Big Joe Williams, John Mayer. I love Charlie Wilson from the Gap Band. There’s a great record by Terence Blanchard, recorded after Katrina, A Tale of God’s Will. Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters is a go-to record for me. Usually an artist has one or two things he’ll listen to. When you’re a young musician, you’re learning, and you usually take one thing to dissect. I’m constantly dissecting music. You find an album you really love and you take it apart and find out what’s good about it, and keep listening to it. I want to hear the anatomy of great records.

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SD: What are some of those albums for you? KM: [Miles Davis’] Kind of Blue. Aja by Steely Dan. Steely Dan, man. It doesn’t get much better than that.













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SD: one thing that really struck me on BLUESAmericana is the reference to the dog taking a shit on the floor in the opening song, “The Worst Is Yet to come.” I loved that it was a blues song that was, in part, about everyday annoyances. KM: [Laughs] That was inspired by Richard Pryor’s routine about going home, finding his woman leaving him, and the dog starts talking. “I’m going with her, Richard. She feeds me three times a day, and you’re lax with the food. And I’m gonna leave you a little piss on the floor, too.” I just took it a little further! m



SD: BLUESAmericana is your first album in three years. What have you been working on in the interim? KM: I’ve been on the road a little bit, spent some time at home, and I worked on [the

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SD: What does the title BLUESAmericana mean to you? KM: I coined the phrase. I’ve always been an artist without a genre, so I decided to declare my own genre. Americana is one of those genres for people who don’t have a genre.

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SD: Who else have you worked with that your fans might not know about? KM: Some obscure stuff. Cuba Gooding Sr., I actually wrote a song for him, “Dance Floor Lover.” Some disco-age stuff. Probably sold about 16 copies. I also had the privilege of performing with Bobby “Blue” Bland at the opening of the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi. It was fantastic. Him and B.B. just ragging on each other, playing the dozens, talking crap about each other. Bland’s album Two Steps From the Blues was part of my childhood. Playing in my house all the time.

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SEVEN DAYS: I gotta tell ya, I grew up listening to Jefferson Starship’s Red Octopus, so when I read that you used to play with Papa John creach, I pulled out my old vinyl copy. And there you are as one of the cowriters of “Git Fiddler.” What did you learn from Papa John? KEB’ MO’: That was my first real professional road gig in my youth. I was probably 20. I learned a lot about performing from Papa John. He was so charismatic onstage. It was just amazing what he could do. His presence was huge. I watched him perform with the Airplane and Starship, watched him tear an arena up. I learned how to be onstage, how to perform, how to travel. Papa John was a very important part of my life. Almost no one knows that, by the way. You pulled out some stuff that almost no one KE b’ pulls out. You get the gold statue!

upcoming] Sweet Pea Atkinson album. I tend to take my time. I’m never in a hurry to record a new record. I like to let each record run its course and do what it’s gonna do. I’m also looking for life to give me my material. I gotta have real stuff to record with. I’m inspired, then I start writing, then the record comes out. Every one of my records has been like that.

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n a tough world, it helps to be tougher. The characters in Good People have constructed defensive shells, and their hardness is tested in a story that’s moving, funny and complex. Watching a top-notch company of actors reveal what lies beneath those shells, and why, is a powerful theater experience. Northern Stage’s production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s play, winner of the 2011 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, crackles with tension spiked with humor. All of the characters grew up in South Boston’s blue-collar, Irish-Catholic neighborhood. Mike climbed every rung of the ladder out of it, from college to a medical degree to a house in tony Chestnut Hill. A teen pregnancy left Margy stuck behind: She’s a single mother with a disabled child, barely surviving on her wages as a dollarstore cashier. The play opens as her supervisor is forced to fire her. Margy is able to look the possibility of homelessness in the eye and throw her

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best punch. She strategizes with her friend Jean, jokes about her grim alternatives and sets out to find a job. She’s going to need it soon, because her landlady, Dottie, can’t afford to wait for the rent. But Margy is not someone to count out. She has survived so far, and she has some life left in her. The play explores the lengths to which she’ll go. Mike, the successful doctor, was Margy’s boyfriend in high school. He might give her a job, or help her find one, particularly if she hauls out a skeleton from his closet — or invents one. When Margy finagles an invitation to a party at his house and meets his wife, Kate, she finds a rickety marriage to prey on. Now Margy has to decide if she can bring herself to use every last bit of leverage on Mike. And he has to face what it’s cost him to leave his roots behind. Like a St. Patrick’s Day pint glass layered with pale ale and dark stout, this play has two elements. One is an examination of how accident, luck or merit can provide the freedom to break out of America’s economic class structure. The other is

the story of particular characters, which can slip toward a sentimental heroism for Margy that reduces the play to a feel-good comedy if the darker context is lost. Director Carol Dunne wisely gets the sweet and sour just right, and gives us real people to root for and real reasons to see them in a hard-bitten social context. She lets the humor define character rather than stand in for it, and shapes performances that convey the human consequences of financial pressures. This cast is polished, and all six members go beyond their ample craft skills to invest their roles with depth and nuance. No one hides behind a big Bawston accent, or lets the naturalistic dialogue do all the work. Watching the company fill the play with life is exhilarating. Humor in Good People is variously a weapon, a defense and a welcome relief. When Margy visits Mike’s home, the reluctant host stiffly asks, “How’s the wine?” and Margy takes a sip and replies, “How the fuck would I know?” No matter how they mask it, Mike and Margy are always moving between combativeness

and vulnerability. Mike has his new life to defend, while Margy prides herself on absorbing life’s blows. Asking for help is hard; refusing to give it is just as tough. Catherine Doherty’s hawk-eyed stare gives Margy an abiding defiance, even in defeat. Her wisecracking manner is so confident, you almost fail to notice that she loses just about every battle she undertakes. Doherty doesn’t waste any time on giving Margy a hero’s halo, and lets her humor bubble up without bitterness. Her story already elicits sympathy, but Doherty’s performance makes it captivating. Dorothy Stanley (Dottie) and Charis Leos (Jean) are fine foils for Margy. Both actors have exquisite timing and show admirable restraint in roles that could easily lurch into comic caricature. Director Dunne and these two performers don’t bury the characters under their quirks. Leos uncovers Jean’s stunning self-assurance, and Stanley shows Dottie’s greed as unavoidable self-interest. As Mike, Christian Kohn addresses all the facets of a complex role. He doesn’t just reveal Mike’s vulnerability; he shows Mike’s active effort to vanquish it as he collects himself time and again. The character still has a little Southie belligerence simmering beneath his educated, upper-middle-class manner. As Kohn moves between these poles, he keeps us in stark suspense about how Mike will use the strength that got him where he is today. Barrett Doss plays Mike’s wife, Kate, an African American woman born to privilege. Doss conveys the warmth and hospitality that come easily only to the financially secure. When Kate complains of being mistaken for the nanny of her own child, Doss delicately shows how the badges of class and entitlement can be tough to read today. But they’re no less intractable. Margy doesn’t belong. Kate does. And Doss’ Kate will prove it if she must.

Set designer Bill Clarke uses a single backdrop to give all the Southie locations a unified abstraction. It spans the back of the stage with the textured scrap materials of a crumbling neighborhood: rusting metal, distressed ceiling tin, false brick, dilapidated shingles. The jumble of materials is a wonderful distillation of the hardscrabble streets. It’s also unsettlingly beautiful. The color palette is so appealing that Southie seems to have the prettiest sunsets on earth. After Southie’s comforting color, Mike’s well-appointed home is not as sharp a transition as it might be, though the space and furnishings signal affluence. Evan Prizant’s costumes hit obvious notes to show rich and poor, but they miss the chance to add another layer to each character’s protective shell. The costuming relies on bad taste (Jean’s loud prints) or sloppiness (Margy’s slapdash sportswear) to define poverty. Wealthy Kate and Mike have clothes that convey no special vanity or sense of self. The costumes don’t fail the characters, but they don’t pinpoint them, either. The subtle, confident performances in this production bring us face-to-face with fascinating characters, many of whom we might quickly overlook in real life. Mike, the defensive striver who’s rejected his past, doesn’t deserve his good fortune. Margy, the resilient, saltof-the-earth struggler, doesn’t deserve her hard knocks. No invisible hand makes it right. Pride is the armor Southie taught them both to adopt; it may protect them from each other, but it can’t ward off the faceless enemy of economic disparity. All it can do is preserve the need to fight. m

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owadays, you hear about kimchi parties. Kimchi is this mysterious, precious thing,” says Elena Gustavson. The lacto-fermented cabbage seemed a little more mundane when Gustavson was growing up in Los Angeles in the 1980s. The daughter of a Korean-born mom remembers the dish as an everyday part of meals. At Sunday potlucks at her mother’s Korean church, she says, “I remember there being all kinds of kimchi and the smell of all the old men sweating garlic out in the basement.” As Gustavson grew up, so did her passion for the spicy condiment. Now she’s sharing that zeal with the approximately 1,400-strong town of Cabot. Late last year, Gustavson opened DownStreet Eats in the space most recently known as Butters Restaurant. Replacing the tiny town’s sole restaurant was a brave decision. Even braver was making kimchi a regular part of the fare. Gustavson’s boyfriend, Will Ameden of Under Orion Farm in Marshfield, isn’t so enthusiastic about her favorite dish — he compares kimchi’s smell to silage. Even Gustavson understates her contribution: “It’s been fun to give people a little taste of the kimchi that I make. It’s not actually as bad as they think.” But Cabot residents are more effusive. “It’s terrific that Elena is bringing a little bit of food adventure to Cabot — a little Korean bistro fare,” says Lars Hasselblad Torres, a local who is director of the office of the creative economy at Vermont’s Agency of Commerce & Community Development. A decade ago, Gustavson and her then-husband left California partly to find a place with a sense of community in which to raise their children, she says. Now living in Craftsbury, she chose Cabot for DownStreet Eats “mostly because there’s nothing really in Cabot.”

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That isn’t entirely true. Just down the road from her restaurant, the famous cheddar producer of the same name lends the town an air of wholesome Vermontness. But an authentic Asian restaurant isn’t the first thing one expects to find in a town associated with dairy. Gustavson says she merely identified LISTEN IN ON LOCAL FOODIES...

a hole in the market and filled it. Still, when DownStreet Eats opened last September, the chef-owner offered macaroni-and-cheese and cheddarbacon-tomato tarts alongside banh mi and braised Korean beef. She says she hoped the former set of offerings would help the latter go down a little easier.


It turned out, there was no need. These days, American comfort foods appear less often on the menu. “It’s not as hard as I thought it would be,” Gustavson says of introducing diners to unfamiliar cuisine. “Folks are pretty open-minded and pretty trusting.” It helps that Gustavson engages diners from the moment they enter the restaurant. They order from a chalkboard menu posted near the entrance, so that she or a trusted friend at the counter can walk uninitiated eaters through the day’s offerings. Despite a few crinkled noses from the most traditional KIMCHI KLATSCH

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tamper with those,” Ronalyn Cummings says. Seaman’s stable of well-honed recipes became templates for Infinity’s opening lineup of ales: a Belgian Saison Golden Ale, a hoppy IPA named after Mallett’s Bay, a cloudy wheat beer, a Scotch ale and a dubbel. As they set up a sevenbarrel system, Glenn Cummings built a tastingroom bar from repurposed barn boards and installed six taps. After a late February soft opening for friends and family, Infinity opened to the public on March 1. The first


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each other for more than a decade. Both are home brewers and “business-minded people,” says Glenn’s wife, Ronalyn Cummings. So two years ago they hatched a plan for a microbrewery. Glenn Cummings recalls it thus: “He [Seaman, a longtime home brewer] was bringing his beers to all of our little parties, and pretty soon we were all craft-beer junkies. I thought, We need to get this stuff out there.” They had an ideal space for a brewery adjacent to Cummings Electric, which Glenn and Ronalyn own. The name, however, was Seaman’s idea. “Murray felt there were really three basic ingredients for beer, but an infinite number of ways to

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Vermonters, Gustavson says, the tactic seems to be working. Another of her tricks is describing her Asian dishes in English. On the chalkboard, Gustavson’s creamy take on garlicky kkori gomtang appears simply as “oxtail stew.” A banh mi is broken down into its elements of lemongrass pork terrine, garlic mayo, cilantro, basil-herb paste, fresh greens and a soft roll. Once diners have ordered, they repair to one of two rustic-chic rooms decorated with local art. The tables are likely to be peopled with a who’s who of the Vermont food scene — a world to which Gustavson is nothing if not well connected. The former program director of Hardwick’s Center for an Agricultural Economy, Gustavson continued to work there for a few months after opening DownStreet. She still occasionally helps out at the office. Before coming to CAE in 2009, Gustavson ran the kitchen at Sterling College, which she was instrumental in transforming from a Sodexo-supplied institution into a locavore force. She pioneered a workshop on the economic and

environmental impact of eating local food, which helped kick off the college’s now-thriving sustainable agriculture and food systems program. Members of the Pete’s Greens CSA have probably eaten Gustavson’s dishes without knowing it. When the farm began including preparation ideas with its celeriac and kohlrabi, she was the one who wrote the recipes. Her connections to the food producers of her region are evident on the plates at DownStreet Eats, even in the winter. Vietnamese-style rice-paper rolls explode with pea shoots from Peace of Earth Farm in Albany. (One of the only booming Vermont crops at this time of year, sprouts make a number of appearances at DownStreet.) Juicy slices of apple sweeten the appetizer, which is flavored with herb pesto and a smear of peanut butter. The fusion of Vermont and Vietnam continues with a chile-flecked, fish-sauce-based dip on the side. Despite its many contrasting ingredients, the app is no culinary culture clash.

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Gustavson says the top seller on her weekly menu is anything Korean barbecue. Indeed, nearly every diner on a recent Saturday night seems to be getting dak bulgogi, or Korean barbecue chicken. It’s plated with a pile of sticky rice topped with scallions and a square of nori. And, yes, there are sprouts. The plate also includes fresh kimchi made with red cabbage and apple for an uncommon touch of sweetness. It’s crunchy and spicy, though it’s missing the funk that Gustavson saves for her more intense, two-week-fermented version. The chicken itself lacks the heat of a typical dak bulgogi, but a swipe of sweet-and-spicy gochujang rights the flavor of the tender, organic drumstick. A miso-soba noodle soup is showered with black sesame seeds. The flavors may belong to Japan, but gingery meatballs made from Under Orion Farm’s beef play the starring role. The oxtail in the delectable soup also came to DownStreet Eats via Ameden. Gustavson’s significant other doesn’t just bring home the beef. He helps out in the kitchen when he’s not farming or piloting a plane. “He’s been my absolute biggest cheerleader and support system,” says Gustavson. Ameden is not the only loved one

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GREEN MOUNTAIN CHAPTER OF THE EMBROIDERERS' GUILD OF AMERICA: Needleand-thread enthusiasts work on techniques including crazy quilting and Quaker Ball embroidery. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 9:30 a.m. Free; bring a bag lunch. Info, 372-4255.


FOLK DANCING: Sue Morris leads participants of all ages and abilities in traditional steps from around the world. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:45 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.

EARLY CHILDHOOD DAY AT THE LEGISLATURE: Professionals, parents, employers and legislators assess the needs of children and families in Vermont. See vermontearlychildhoodalliance. org for details. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 9 a.m. $30 includes meals and activities; preregister. Info, 272-1218, sarahalberghiniwinters@ FINANCIAL COMPENSATION FOR CRIME VICTIMS INFORMATION SESSION: Attendees learn about financial-assistance programs available through the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services. Fox Room, Rutland Free Library, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 241-1250, ext. 114. UNITED WAY OF CHITTENDEN COUNTY VOLUNTEER CONNECTION: Locals interested in giving back to the community discover various service opportunities. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

VALLEY NIGHT FEATURING PAPA GREY BAND: Locals gather for this weekly bash of craft ales, movies and live music. Big Picture Theater and Café, Waitsfield, 8 p.m. $5 suggested donation; $2 drafts. Info, 496-8994.

fairs & festivals

BURLINGTON IRISH HERITAGE FESTIVAL: The best of Ireland comes to the Queen City with music, dance, workshops and presentations. See for details. Various locations, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 & 9 p.m.-midnight. Prices vary. Info, info@burlingtonirishheritage. org. LYNDON STATE COLLEGE CULTURAL FESTIVAL: A wide array of events and activities celebrate local, regional and international cultures. See for details. Lyndon State College, noon-6 & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 800-225-1998.

Learning all of Beethoven’s string quartets is not for the faint of heart. It’s a good thing the Elias String Quartet has the musical chops to back up such a bold undertaking. Formed in 1998, the foursome’s affinity for adventurous programming took the chamber-music world by storm. Of their playing style, the Philadelphia Inquirer asserts, “Few quartets at any stage of their evolution have this much personality.” Listeners agree, as the award-winning ensemble is one of the foremost groups of its generation. A concert of works by Beethoven and György Kurtág reflects this innovative approach to a classical repertoire.

ELIAS STRING QUARTET Thursday, March 13, 7:30 p.m. at Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. Free. Info, 443-3168.


COMMUNITY CINEMA: 'MEDORA': Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart's acclaimed documentary follows the journey of a basketball team in an economically depressed Indiana town. A panel discussion follows. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. 'THE HOUSE I LIVE IN': Eugene Jarecki's awardwinning documentary examines the repercussions of America's war on drugs. Vermont Commons School, South Burlington, 6 p.m. Donations. Info, 865-8084.


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WEDNESDAY WINE DOWN: Oenophiles get over the midweek hump by pairing four varietals with samples from Lake Champlain Chocolates, Cabot Creamery and more. Drink, Burlington, 4:30 p.m. $12. Info, 860-9463, melissashahady@


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Worlds Collide Located in southeastern Ireland, County Waterford is rich with relics of the past — including its famed megalithic tombs. It is also home to Danú, one of the country’s leading traditional music ensembles. Drawing from the area’s rich cultural heritage, the band reenergizes ancient Irish musical arrangements alongside original material. Anchored by vocalist Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, accomplished musicians seamlessly interweave the sounds of the accordion, fiddle, tin whistle, flute and bouzouki. Known for rousing renditions that range from spirited instrumental numbers to breathy ballads, these masters of their craft take audience members on a journey through time.

DANÚ Saturday, March 15, 8 p.m. at Flynn MainStage in Burlington. $15-40. Info, 8635966.


Dry Spell What if a 20-year drought led to a water shortage so severe that the government banned private toilets? Such is the case in Urinetown, the Musical, where the Urine Good Company charges locals to use public amenities. Everything changes when a bathroom attendant takes matters into his own hands and leads a citizens’ revolt against the corporation. Equal parts classical Broadway show and social satire, the Tony Award-winning musical pairs a captivating score with commentary on capitalism and environmental sustainability. Gregory Ramos directs this UVM Department of Theatre production to close out the company’s 2013-14 season.


‘URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL’ Thursday, March 13, and Friday, March 14, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 15, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; see website for future dates; at Royall Tyler Theatre, UVM, in Burlington. $10-21. Info, 656-2094.



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Wine Tasting: 'Sémillon is Sexy': Folks sip palate-pleasing samples from France's Domaine de l'Alliance vineyard. Dedalus Wine Shop, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 865-2368.


Bridge Club: Players put their strategic skills to the test in the popular card game. Burlington Bridge Club, Williston, 9:15 a.m. $6 includes refreshments. Info, 651-0700. Games Unplugged: Ben t. Matchstick leads players ages 8 through 18 in a wide variety of board games, including Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan and more. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

health & fitness

Montréal-Style Acro Yoga: Using partner and group work, Lori Flower guides participants through poses that combine acrobatics with therapeutic benefits. Yoga Mountain Center, Montpelier, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 324-1737. Natural Remedies for Stress: Herbalist Shona Richter MacDougall presents herbs and supplements that support physical and emotional responses to stressors. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 224-7100. R.I.P.P.E.D.: Resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance and diet define this high-intensity physical-fitness program. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.





After School Maker Series: Origami Bracelets & Chains: Children ages 8 and up fold and crease paper into eye-catching creations. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. Highgate Story Hour: Kiddos share readaloud tales and wiggles and giggles with Mrs. Liza. Highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970. Maker Space: Learn to Solder Workshop: High-tech tinkerers ages 9 and up join representatives from Laboratory B to assemble kits from SparkFun electronics. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. Meet Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate: Aargh, matey! Youngsters channel the hooligans of the sea with music, games and activities. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Moving & Grooving With Christine: Two- to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and worldbeat tunes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Music & Movement With Lesley Grant: The local musician leads tykes ages 3 through 5 in an exploration of song, dance and basic musical elements. River Arts Center, Morrisville, 10 a.m. $5. Info, 888-1261. Read to Coco: Budding bookworms share words with the licensed reading-therapy dog. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-4665. Story Banners: Artists ages 3 through 6 illustrate original tales to be displayed from on high. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-3338. Story Time & Playgroup: Engaging narratives pave the way for creative play for kiddos up to age 6. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. Story Time for 3- to 5-Year-Olds: Preschoolers stretch their reading skills through activities involving puppets and books. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

Youth Creative Writing Workshop: Wordsmiths in grades 4 and up unleash their imaginations with prompts, games and other exercises. Essex Free Library, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-0313.


LGBTQA Family Playgroup: Parents bring infants and children up to age 4 together for crafts and physical activities. Leaps and Bounds Child Development Center, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 860-7812.


Farmers Night Concert Series: The Missisiquoi River Band bring innovative instrumentation to traditional and original bluegrass tunes. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8500.


Finding Your Irish Roots: Genealogists Catherine Desmarais and Ed McGuire present tools and techniques for tapping into Ireland's history. Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 310-9285. 'Office Manners and Emotional Intelligence' Workshop: SUNY Plattsburgh professor James Csipak leads an exploration of workplace etiquette. Alumni Conference Room, Angell College Center, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 6 p.m. Free. Info, 518-564-3095. Social Media Surgery Workshop: Flummoxed by Facebook? Bewildered by blogs? A hands-on information session demystifies these online tools. Room 1867, Dewey Community Center, Johnson State College, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-6091.


Green Mountain Table Tennis Club: Pingpong players swing their paddles in singles and doubles matches. Knights of Columbus, Rutland, 6-9:30 p.m. Free for first two sessions; $30 annual membership. Info, 247-5913.


Annie & Andy Follett: In "Cycling the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal," the pedal pushers recount their adventures along the country's longest traffic-free route. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, Brandon Mazur: The literature teacher examines the influence of the Civil War on Walt Whitman's poetry. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. Elias String Quartet: The acclaimed foursome discusses "The Beethoven Project," a musical quest to perform and record all of the composer's string quartets. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. Heather Kralik: Onion River Exchange's outreach coordinator explains the central Vermont cooperative's use of time-based currency for goods and services. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202. Linda Greenlaw: The best-selling author and former swordfishing captain recounts her oceanic adventures in "Lessons from the Sea." Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, Open Discussion: Have You Had a Spiritual Experience?: Like-minded folks share instances of strong intuition, déjà vu, dreams, past-life recall and out-of-body episodes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 800-772-9390. Upcoming Shifts & Changes: Connecting & Sharing Experiences: Annette Gingras and Manjula Leggett lead a group discussion of planetary happenings. Spirit Dancer Books & Gifts, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 660-8060.


'Good People': Carol Dunne directs this Northern Stage production of David Lindsay Abaire's Tony Award-winning drama about high school sweethearts who reunite decades later under less-than-ideal circumstances. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $10-60. Info, 296-7000. 'Venus in Fur': Vermont Stage Company presents David Ives' comedic tale of love, lust and literature featuring an unorthodox young actress. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $28.80-37.50. Info, 863-5966.


Mud Season Book Sale: Bookworms select new reads from thousands of titles. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Renegade Writers' Collective Open Mic Night: Wordsmiths share five minutes of original work in a supportive environment. Maglianero Café, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 267-467-2812, Vermont Authors Community Conversation Series: Marilyn Webb Neagley and Natalie Kinsey-Warnock consider their craft in a discussion led by Fran Stoddard. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 4-5 p.m. Free to attend; donations accepted. Info, 985-8686. Vermont Authors Night: Joy Choquette, Tyler Mason, Kathleen Trombley and Earl Wright read selected works. Kolvoord Community Room, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Vermont Poetry Out Loud State Semifinals: Forty Vermont high school students recite works by famed poets at this celebration of the written word. Barre Opera House, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 828-3778.



Plants With Medicinal Interest: Heather Irvine of Giving Tree Botanicals details the healing properties of various vegetation. Gardener’s Supply: Williston Garden Center & Outlet, noon12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2433. Square-Foot Gardening: Master gardener Peter Burke shares strategies for successful soil and productive plots. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.


Marketing in the 21st Century: 'Telling Your Business Story': Panel experts including Jeff Pierce of Crosshairs Communication and Jay Shepard of Junction Consulting discuss ways to promote small businesses. Hilton Hotel, Burlington, 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 999-1571.


Upper Valley Educators Institute Information Session: Potential teachers and principals gain valuable knowledge about the nonprofit's educator-preparation program. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 603-678-4888.


AARP Tax Prep Assistance: Tax counselors straighten up financial affairs for low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:15, 10, 10:45 & 11 a.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 878-6955. Tech Tutor Program: Local teens answer questions about computers and devices during drop-in sessions. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

fairs & festivals

Burlington Irish Heritage Festival: See WED.12, 6-9 p.m. Lyndon State College Cultural Festival: See WED.12, 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m. 6 & 6:30-8:30 p.m.

food & drink

Annual Soup Supper: Savory broths and salads make way for dessert at this benefit for the Sara Holbrook Community Center featuring special guest Gigi Weisman. Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $30; free for children under 14 with an adult; preregister. Info, 862-6342. Artful Eating & Gardening: A Benefit for the Vermont Community Garden Network: Stunning tablescapes, local fare and greenhouse tours set the tone for presentations by food writer Ed Behr and garden designer Ellen Ecker Ogden. Gardener’s Supply: Williston Garden Center & Outlet, 4:30-7 p.m. $15; cash bar. Info, 861-4769, International Dinner Series: Traditional fare and live entertainment — including folk songs and step dancing — celebrate Irish culture. North End Studios, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. $15-18; ages 21 and up; BYOB. Info, 863-6713.

health & fitness

Forza: The Samurai Sword Workout: Students sculpt lean muscles and gain mental focus when performing basic strikes with wooden replicas of the weapon. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.


Make A Leprechaun Trap: Resourceful tinkerers in grades K to 5 craft contraptions to catch the elusive creatures. Adult companion required for ages 8 and under. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.


Middle School Planners & Helpers: Lit lovers in grades 6 to 8 plan cool projects for the library. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Music With Derek: Movers and groovers up to age 8 shake their sillies out to toe-tapping tunes. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Music With Mr. Chris: Singer, storyteller and puppeteer Chris Dorman entertains tykes and parents alike. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 1010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Origami Club: Kim Smith helps artists in grades 3 and up transform paper into three-dimensional creations. Younger children welcomed with an adult. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Read With Arlo: Bookworms pore over pages with the therapy dog and his owner, Brenda. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 4-5 p.m. Free; preregister for a 20-minute time slot. Info, 223-3338. Vermont Institute of Natural Science Homeschooling Series: Youngsters and their adult companions learn about the sun's energy in an exploration of solar power. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 10-11:30 a.m. $13-15; preregister; free for adults. Info, 359-5000, ext. 223.


Beginner Spanish Lessons: Newcomers develop basic competency en español. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757.



All-StAr JAMboree: Ray Paczkowski, Greg Matses, Gabe Jarrett, Rob Morse and guests lay down original grooves and instrumental arrangements in an epic jam session. 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1476. eliAS String QuArtet: The world-renowned ensemble puts a unique twist on works by Beethoven and György Kurtág. See calendar spotlight. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. JiM brickMAn: As part of his Love Tour, the pianist delivers a romantic repertoire complete with vocal accompaniment and audience interaction. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $45.50. Info, 775-0903. VerMont Youth orcheStrA: 'A golden Jubilee': Performances by VYO students and alumni honor the organization's founders at this festive gathering. Hors d'oeuvres and a raffle round out the evening. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 5:30 p.m. $50; preregister; limited space; cash bar. Info, 655-5030.


Powerful toolS for cAregiVerS: Kate Krieder and Wendy Bombard of the VNA cover self-care topics relevant to those responsible for the medical needs of their family members. Meeting Room, Williston Town Hall, 6-7:30 p.m. $30 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 6581900, ext. 3903,



hArVeY AMAni whitfield: The UVM historian sheds new light on the state's constitution in The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont 1777-1810. Phoenix Books Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. kriSSY PozAtek: The local author discusses Brave Parenting: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Raising Emotionally Resilient Children. Hayes Room, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:308 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Mud SeASon book SAle: See WED.12. 'the MudrooM': Five storytellers share captivating true tales based on the theme "Spring Fling." AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, N.H., 7 p.m. $5. Info, 603-448-3117. VerMont huMAnitieS council book diScuSSion SerieS: 'heAlth cAre & huMAnitY': Linda Bland elicits opinions about Cathy Crimmins' Where Is the Mango Princess? A Journey Back from Brain Injury. Morristown Centennial Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 888-2616. VerMont huMAnitieS council book diScuSSion SerieS: 'how theY liVed': Readers chat with Barbara Mieder about Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's A Midwife’s Tale. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. VerMont PoetrY out loud StAte SeMifinAlS: See WED.12.

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the wonderS of fungi: Eric Swanson of Vermush puts the fun in fungus and details how to grow mushrooms from cultures. Participants receive spawns to take home. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 5-7 p.m. $1012; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.



coMedY night: Juston McKinney elicits big laughs at this benefit for students, teachers, staff and community programs in the town of Georgia. Georgia Elementary & Middle School, 6:30 p.m. $25-30; $45-55 per couple. Info, grnmtngurl@


helP with heAlth cAre: Navigators answer questions and help locals choose appropriate plans through Vermont Health Connect. Burlington Resource Center, 10 a.m.-noon. Community Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 860-1417, ext. 115,


rAce, gender & SexuAlitY conference: Student panel discussions pave the way for keynoter Emi Koyama of Intersex Initiative, who presents "On Becoming a Bottom-Up Feminist." Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, panels, 2-5:15 p.m.; reception, 5:15-6 p.m.; keynote, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-4282,

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'good PeoPle': See WED.12, 2 & 7:30 p.m. nAtionAl theAtre liVe: 'coriolAnuS': A broadcast production of Shakespeare's tragedy stars Tom Hiddleston opposite Mark Gatiss in a dark tale of political manipulation and revenge. Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock, 7:30 p.m. $12-20. Info, 457-3981. nAtionAl theAtre liVe: 'wAr horSe': A broadcast production of this award-winning drama features a boy determined to reunite with his beloved steed, who is recruited to serve in World War I. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $16-24. Info, 748-2600.

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Alex cAnePA: The biologist discusses how invasive pests such as the emerald ash borer and the Asian longhorned beetle affect Vermont forests. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 359-5001, ext. 229. Architecture PAnel diScuSSion: "Starting and Running a Successful Small Architecture Practice" inspires conversation between established architects, an attorney and an insurance agent. BCA Center, Burlington, cocktail reception, 4:45-6 p.m.; panel, 6-8 p.m. $15-20; preregister; cash bar. Info, 425-6162. JiM ShAllow: Green Mountain Audubon Society's conservation and policy director discusses the breeding habits of local birds in "Warblers in a Working Forest." Richmond Free Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4132. kAthY deVer: The inventor of the I-Mark tape measure recounts her journey from prototype to product at the InventVermont Meeting. Room 102, Montpelier High School, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7411. MArk MAdigAn: Discussing the latest edition of Will Thomas' The Seeking, the writer and researcher details the African American's move to rural Vermont in 1946. Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library, UVM, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2138. tereSA MAreS: The UVM assistant professor presents "Eating Far From Home: Migrants and Food Insufficiency." Mowry Conference Room, Redcay Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 2 p.m. Free. Info, 518-564-4010.

'to MASter the Art': Lavish staging and a veteran cast are the perfect ingredients for this portrayal of Julia Child's years in Paris. Murray Auditorium, Randolph Union High School, 7:308:45 p.m. $4-7. Info, 728-3397. 'urinetown, the MuSicAl': The UVM Department of Theatre stages the dystopian Tony Award-winning satire that tackles everything from capitalism to Broadway shows. See calendar spotlight. Royall Tyler Theatre, UVM, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-21. Info, 656-2094. 'VenuS in fur': See WED.12, 7:30 p.m.

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Ballroom & latin Dancing: Samir Elabd leads choreographed steps for singles and couples. No partner or experience required. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, introductory lesson, 7-8 p.m.; dance, 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269. Queen city contra Dance: Pete's Posse dole out live tunes while Rebecca Lay calls the steps. Edmunds School Gymnasium, Burlington, beginners session, 7:45-8 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $8; free for kids under 12. Info, 371-9492 or 343-7165. Queen city tango Practilonga: Dancers kick off the weekend with improvisation, camaraderie and laughter. No partner necessary, but clean, smooth-sole shoes required. North End Studio B, Burlington, beginners lesson, 7-7:45 p.m.; informal dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. $7. Info, 877-6648. SalSa Dance Social: Movers and groovers practice their steps in a mix of ballroom, swing, tango and more. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; dance, 8-10 p.m. $8-14. Info, 862-2269.


Black Shamrock haunteD tour: Paranormal authority Thea Lewis leads an excursion dedicated to the ghostly characters and spooky pubs of Burlington's Irish past. Meet at the steps 10 minutes prior to start time. Burlington City Hall Park, 7 p.m. $25. Info, 863-5966.

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Burlington iriSh heritage FeStival: See WED.12, noon-1 p.m. lynDon State college cultural FeStival: See WED.12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & 5-7 p.m.

food & drink

all-you-can-eat FiSh Fry: Folks feast on baked or fried haddock, French fries, coleslaw and dessert. St. Ambrose Parish, Bristol, 5-7 p.m. $512; $35 per family of five. Info, 453-2488. nacho night: Diners fill up on plates of tortilla chips loaded with melted cheese and all the fixings. Live music by the Working Man Band follows. VFW Post, Essex Junction, 5:30-7 p.m. $5 per plate. Info, 878-0700.


BoarD game night: Players test their skills in tabletop bouts of 7 Wonders, Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride. Adult accompaniment required for ages 13 and under. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 758-3250. BriDge cluB: See WED.12, 10 a.m.

acorn cluB Story time: Little ones up to age 6 gather for read-aloud tales. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. chilDren'S Story time: Budding bookworms pore over pages in themed, weekly gatherings. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. craFternoon: Students in grades 4 through 8 convene for a creative session. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. DroP-in Story time: Picture books, finger plays and action rhymes captivate children of all ages. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. DungeonS & DragonS: Imaginative XP earners in grades 6 and up exercise their problem-solving skills in battles and adventures. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. early BirD math: Inquisitive minds explore mathematic concepts with books, songs, games and activities. Richmond Free Library, 11 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 434-3036. Family movie: Flint Lockwood and his pals must battle food-animal hybrids in the animated comedy Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Free. Info, 878-5966. muSic With Derek: Movers and groovers up to age 8 shake their sillies out to toe-tapping tunes. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. muSic With roBert: Music lovers of all ages join sing-alongs with Robert Resnik. Daycare programs welcome with one caregiver for every two children. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; groups must preregister. Info, 865-7216. teen tech Week game Day: Champlain Valley union High School student Delan Chen leads tech-savvy gamers in grades 7 through 12 in online activities. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


'ca$h': Peep Show presents a Johnny Cashthemed evening of queer burlesque and performance art. Proceeds benefit the Ru12? Community Center. The Monkey House, Winooski, 9 p.m. $10; for ages 18 and up. Info, 655-4563,




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Britta tonn: The architectural historian explores dynamic designs in "Lost Burlington: Remembering the Queen City's Bygone Structures." Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516. oFF the Wall: inForMal diScuSSionS aBout art: Middlebury College visiting assistant professor of dance Catherine Cabeen explores the intersection of post-modern dance and body-based performance art. A light lunch follows. Middlebury College Museum of Art, 12:15 p.m. $5 suggested donation; free to Middlebury College students with ID. Info, 443-3168.



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'to you, around you, aBout you': Bryce Dance Company welcomes guest choreographer Susan Edwards, who directs local dancers in a multimedia exploration of the end of life. Spotlight On Dance, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $10-15; preregister; free for kids under 10. Info, uPPer Valley VixenS derBytante Ball: Revelers don out-of-this-world threads at this Space Jam-themed bash benefiting the roller derby dames. Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 8 p.m. $5-10. Info, 356-2776.


Bike JaM: Gearheads gather for weekend wrenching over bagels and coffee. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, third Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, dan@bikerecycle. Black ShaMrock haunted tour: See FRI.14, 7 p.m. VerMont careS liVe & Silent auction: Folks bid on a wide array of items including art, housewares and more. Proceeds benefit statewide HIV/AIDS service, prevention and education. The Essex Culinary Resort & Spa, 7-11 p.m. $30-35. Info, 800-649-2437.

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droP-in Watercolor Painting: Gabriel Tempesta leads artists through an exploration of the medium. Personal supplies required. River Arts Center, Morrisville, 9 a.m. $20. Info, 888-1261. FantaStic FaceS & FigureS: Under the guidance of Krista Connelly, beginners learn the fundamentals of drawing the human form. Davis Studio Gallery, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $24. Info, 425-2700.

Blue Star MotherS oF VerMont calcutta: Neighbors feast on a ham dinner, then vie for various prizes — including $1,000 to the top winner. Proceeds benefit Vermont veterans. American Legion, Post #91, Colchester, dinner, 5 p.m.; Calcutta, 6 p.m. $40; includes dinner for 2 and one Calcutta ball. Info, 238-3427. MaPle 5k run & Brunch: Folks pound the pavement and work up an appetite for a pancake feast that follows. Proceeds benefit Rock Point School's maple sugaring program. Rock Point School, Burlington, 9 a.m. $10. Info, 863-1104.

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'Fugato laBile For caMille claudel': A gifted female sculptor's desire to work as a solo artist is trumped by societal values in Georgette Garbès Putzel's one-act play. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, English, 7-8 p.m.; French, 8:30-9:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 735-7912. 'good PeoPle': See WED.12, 7:30 p.m. 'to MaSter the art': See THU.13, 7:30-8:45 p.m. 'urinetoWn, the MuSical': See THU.13. 'VenuS in Fur': See WED.12, 7:30 p.m. 'the Wizard oF oz': A Middlebury Union High School student production travels down the yellow brick road with the time-tested classic. Proceeds benefit Project Graduation. Middlebury Union High School Auditorium, 7 p.m. $8-12. Info, 382-1192.

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Sugaring Time Festival: A maple-inspired scavenger hunt sets the tone for this sweet soirée featuring themed food and drink, live music and kids activities. Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 583-6300.


Faith and Family Film Series: A young skateboarder who dreams of becoming sponsored must grow up before his time in the 2012 drama Hardflip. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $5. Info, 522-7791. 'Holy Moters': Leos Carax's 2012 fantasydrama follows a man who inhabits several different characters and lives over the course of a day. French and Chinese with English subtitles. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

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Bolton After Dark: When the sun sets, skiers and riders explore Vermont's most extensive night-skiing terrain, then screen selections from Meathead Films. Bolton Valley Resort, 4-8 p.m. $19 lift tickets; $2 refreshments; cash bar. Info, 434-6804. Green Mountain Derby Dames Doubleheader: Hot wheels! Fans watch the Black Ice Brawlers and Grade A Fancy battle the New Hampshire Cherry Bombs and the DC Roller Girls. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 4:30 & 7 p.m. $6-12. Info, 203-675-0294. Vermont Antique Ski Race: Skiers don pre-1975 equipment and hit the slopes in divisions determined by their gear. Pico Mountain, Killington, registration, 7:30-10 a.m.; race, 11 a.m.; awards, 3 p.m. $29 includes lunch; $49 lift ticket. Info, 253-9911.


'Fugato Labile for Camille Claudel': See FRI.14, 7-8 & 8:30-9:30 p.m. 'Good People': See WED.12. The Met Live in HD Series: Tenor Jonas Kaufmann stars in a broadcast production of Jules Massenet's opera Werther. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $16-24. Info, 7482600. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 12:55 p.m. $10-20. Info, 775-0903. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 1 p.m. $10-24. Info, 382-9222. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 1 p.m. $12-18. Info, OW 518-523-5812. N HA LL THE '"Our Town" of Woodchuck, ATER Vermont': Stories, songs and quirky characters inform Woodchuck Theatre Company's interpretation of George Woodard's lighthearted play about small-town life. Peoples Academy, Morrisville, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 244-1571. 'To Master the Art': See THU.13, 7:30-8:45 p.m. 'Urinetown, the Musical': See THU.13, 2 & 7:30 p.m. 'Venus in Fur': See WED.12, 2 & 7:30 p.m. 'The Wizard of Oz': See FRI.14. T

Bella Voce: In "Bellissima Musica," the allfemale vocal ensemble interprets works by Mendelssohn and others. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 8 p.m. $15-18. Info, 863-5966. Borromeo String Quartet: Joined by the Gioviale String Quartet, the internationally renowned foursome enlivens works by Mendelssohn, Debussy and Bartók in "4x4." Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $10-20. Info, 775-0903. Danú: Stunning vocals and traditional instruments drive the award-winning Irish ensemble's repertoire of ancient and contemporary music. See calendar spotlight. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15-40. Info, 863-5966, Eames Brothers Band: Spice it up! Good eats from Hot Tamale fuel audience members for a blues-driven performance. River Arts Center, Morrisville, 5:30-8 p.m. $10. Info, 888-1261, Irish Fiddle Workshop: Master fiddler Oisin McAuley leads an exploration of playing styles from the Emerald Isle. Burlington Violin Shop, 3 p.m. $20; preregister; limited space. Info, 233-5293. Natraj: Melding classical Indian music with West African rhythms and contemporary jazz, the quintet delivers an energetic show. UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5-15. Info, 860-9556 or 656-5665. PossumHaw: Led by vocalist Colby Crehan, the local bluegrass and folk group celebrates the release of Waiting and Watching. Brandon Music Café, 7:30 p.m. $15; $30 includes dinner package; preregister; BYOB. Info, 465-4071. Sarah Belanger, Bob Blais & Diane Huling: The violinist, cellist and pianist lend their talents to a performance of works by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 492-2252. Soma Flora & Melody and Katie May: Regional bands bring original songs and hard-hitting harmonies to an all-ages show. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $3-10. Info, 518-314-9872. Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble: In observance of International Women's Day, an all-female program includes selections from Sungji Hong, Eve Beglarian and others. Northeastern University professor Judith Tick gives a pre-performance lecture in Room 221 at 6:30 p.m. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

3D Printing, Designing & Scanning With Blu-Bin: Instruction in basic programs teaches attendees how to build digital models of their ideas. Blu-Bin, Burlington, noon-1:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 345-6030. Digital Photo Basics: Those with working knowledge of Microsoft Windows learn how to import and edit images from phones and cameras. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $3 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 865-7217.







Square-Foot Gardening: See THU.13, City Market, Burlington, 1-2:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9700.


Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums New England Regional Conference: See SAT.15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


Dance Lab: A study of the art form allows regional dancers to hone their skills while exploring improvisation with Susan Sgorbati. Capital City Grange, Montpelier, 1:15-5:15 p.m. $20. Info, 279-8836. Israeli Folk Dancing: All ages and skill levels convene for circle and line dances, which are taught, reviewed and prompted. No partner necessary, but clean, soft-soled shoes are required. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, every other Sunday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $2; free first session. Info, 864-0218, ext. 21.


Black Shamrock Haunted Tour: See FRI.14, 7 p.m. Day of Miracles: Folks honor the Buddha with meditation, a dharma talk, vegetarian fare and a joyous Puja. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 11 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 633-4136. 'Mountain Moments' Open House: Skiers chat with Mad River Glen's staff naturalist about the wildlife and ecosystems found on the mountain. Kent Thomas Nature Center, Mad River Glen, Waitsfield, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 496-3551.

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Burlington Irish Heritage Festival: See WED.12, 1-3 p.m. Maple Festival on the Green: From sap to syrup, Vermont's liquid gold steals the show at this family-friendly fête featuring traditional sugar-making demos, sweet treats and more. Middletown Springs Historical Society, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 235-2376.


Chandler Film Society: A scheming samurai plays two criminal gangs against each other in Akira Kurosawa's 1961 drama Yojimbo. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 6 p.m. $9. Info, 431-0204.

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A.R.C. of Northwestern Vermont Game Day: Folks with developmental disabilities join their families and friends for cards and board games. Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 524-5197. Lucky Dog Catsino Night: Feeling lucky? Players double down at this benefit for the Central Vermont Humane Society. A raffle and hors d'oeuvres complete the evening. Elks Club, Montpelier, 7-11 p.m. $20-25. Info, 476-3811, ext. 110,

Open Tot Gym & Infant/Parent Play Time: Slides, jump ropes and a rope swing help little ones drain their energy in a safe environment. A separate area for babies provides age-appropriate stimulation. Elementary School Gymnasium, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 10-11:10 a.m. Free. Info, Saturday Story Time: Families gather for imaginative tales. Phoenix Books Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. Story Explorers: Sugaring: How does maple sap transform into syrup? Children learn about the time-tested tradition, then sample different grades. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/ Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. Info, 877-324-6386.

Full Moon Snowshoe Adventure Tour: Nature lovers explore varied terrain by lunar light with professional guides. Snowshoes provided. Bolton Valley Resort, 5-7 p.m. $35; preregister. Info, 434-6876. Spring Fling: Nordic skiers hit the trail for live music, ski tours, barbecue fare and tastings from Mad River Distillery. Ole's Cross Country Center, Waitsfield, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $10-22. Info, 496-3430.







Burlington Winter Farmers Market: Farmers, artisans and producers offer fresh and prepared foods, crafts and more in a bustling indoor marketplace with live music, lunch seating and face painting. Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 310-5172. Capital City Winter Farmers Market: Root veggies, honey, maple syrup and more change hands at an off-season celebration of locally grown food. Gymnasium, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, every other Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958. Middlebury Winter Farmers Market: Crafts, cheeses, breads, veggies and more vie for spots in shoppers' totes. Mary Hogan Elementary School, Middlebury, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 989-7223. Pie for Brunch: An all-youcan-eat feast serves up slices of pie ranging from pizza to shepherd's to dessert. Northfield Middle and High School, 10 a.m. $5. Info, 760-0182. Rutland Winter Farmers li Ak Market: More than 50 vendors er st sell local produce, cheese, homee in made bread and other made-in-Vermont products at the bustling indoor venue. Vermont Farmers Food Center, Rutland, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 753-7269. Sugar on Snow: Folks welcome spring with maple syrup treats, sap-boiling demos, live music and a petting zoo. Palmer's Sugarhouse, Shelburne, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 985-5054. Sugar on Snow: Ferrisburgh: Maple syrup takes center stage at a celebration of Vermont's famous flavor, featuring live music, traditional treats and family-friendly activities. Dakin Farm, Ferrisburgh, 7:30-11:30 a.m. & noon-4 p.m. Free; $4.50-7.75 for pancake breakfast. Info, 658-9560. Sugar on Snow: South Burlington: Maple syrup takes center stage at a celebration of Vermont's famous flavor featuring live music, traditional treats and family-friendly activities. Dakin Farm, South Burlington, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 658-9560.

Gentle Yoga With Jill Lang: Students get their stretch on with the yoga certification candidate. Personal mat required. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. R.I.P.P.E.D.: See WED.12, North End Studio A, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.


Mud Season Book Sale: See WED.12, 10 a.m.5:30 p.m.

Pancake Breakfast: Bring on the syrup! Neighbors catch up over stacks of flapjacks and eggs and sausage. Grace Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 8:30 & 10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-8071. Sugar on Snow: See SAT.15. Sugar on Snow: Ferrisburgh: See SAT.15, 7:30-11:30 a.m. & noon-4 p.m. Sugar on Snow: South Burlington: See SAT.15, noon-4 p.m.

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Iron Yoga Workshop: Yoga asanas combine with weight training and traditional calisthenics in this unique practice led by Merin Perretta. Yoga Mountain Center, Montpelier, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $25-30. Info, 223-5302.


Burlington Irish Heritage Festival: Children's Stories & Crafts: Little ones learn about the Emerald Isle with themed reads and traditional instruments. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 865-7216.



FrencH conversaTion Group: DimancHes: Parlez-vous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual, drop-in chat. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.






snowsHoe walk: The Winooski Valley Park District leads a 3.5-mile trek to observe signs of local wildlife. Snowshoes provided to those who need them. Personal water and snacks required. Colchester Pond, 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-5744,

women's pickup soccer: Quick-footed ladies of varying skill levels break a sweat while stringing together passes and making runs for the goal. Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $3; for women ages 18 and up. Info, 864-0123.

arT coHn: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's historian and underwater archaeologist details his discoveries in "1814: The Battle of Lake Champlain." Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 865-4556. vince Feeney: The local historian shares his research concerning Freemasons, Unitarians and the founding of UVM. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.



cHiTTenDen counTy relay For liFe volunTeer meeTinG: Folks looking to give their time to the world's largest cancerfighting movement get information about the annual overnight event. American Cancer Society, Williston, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 872-6300.


sHakTi TriBal Belly Dance wiTH susanne: Women get their groove on with this ancient and spirit-inspired improvisational dance form. Soul Fire Studio, Burlington, 5:30-6:45 p.m. $15. Info, 688-4464.


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'THe ’60s!': Bill Reed travels back in time with a cabaret performance of hits from the Swinging Sixties. Spotlight Vermont, South Burlington, 4, 6 & 8 p.m. $10 suggested donation; ByOB. Info, 'FuGaTo laBile For camille clauDel': See FRI.14, 7-8 & 8:30-9:30 p.m. 'GooD people': See WED.12, 5 p.m. 'ricHarD ii': The Adirondack Shakespeare Company stages the bard's portrait of a king blinded by his pursuit of power. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.y., 7:30 p.m. $5. Info, 518-523-5812. 'venus in Fur': See WED.12, 2 p.m. wesT ruTlanD varieTy sHow: Local talent performers take the stage with music, comedy and dance numbers. Proceeds benefit Pure Water for the World. West Rutland Town Hall, 3 p.m. $5-8; $20 per family. Info, 438-2490. 'THe wizarD oF oz': See FRI.14, 2 p.m.



Borromeo sTrinG QuarTeT: See SAT.15, Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 3:30 p.m. $10-25. Info, 793-9291, HinesBurG arTisT series 18TH anniversary concerT: Rufus Patrick directs a program featuring soprano Toni Dolce, harpist Grace Cloutier and flutist Laurel Maurer in works by Mark Hayes and others. St. Jude Catholic Church, Hinesburg, 4:30 p.m. $12-18. Info, 863-5966. keB' mo': A solo acoustic show highlights the Grammy Award winner's gift for storytelling and love of the Delta blues. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7 p.m. $15-45. Info, 863-5966. possumHaw: See SAT.15, New City Galerie, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 735-2542. rani arBo & Daisy mayHem: The foursome leaves no stone unturned in an Americana jam session that taps into musical influences from the 1800s to the present. See calendar spotlight. Richmond Free Library, 4-6 p.m. $17.50-20. Info, 434-4653. TimoTHy cumminGs & GuesTs: Pete Sutherland, Dominique Dodge and others join the bagpiper in an evening of spirited tunes from Ireland and Scotland. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. vermonT pHilHarmonic orcHesTra: Lou Kosma directs ID DL "Music Around the World," featurEB UR ing Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the y CO LLEGE Wolf and other family-friendly works. Barre Opera House, 2 p.m. $5-15. Info, 476-8188.



Homework Help: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science students assist first through eighth graders with reading, math and science assignments. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, noon-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. russian play Time wiTH naTasHa: Kiddos up to age 8 learn new words via rhymes, games, music, dance and a puppet show. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.

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Herbal Consultations: Betzy Bancroft, Larken Bunce, Guido Masé and students from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism evaluate individual constitutions and health conditions. City Market, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9757. R.I.P.P.E.D.: See WED.12.


Kids Cooking Class: Leprechaun Soup & Irish Soda Bread: Budding chefs ages 6 through 12 and their adult companions explore Ireland's traditional flavors. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $5-10 per pair; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9700.




Alice in Noodleland: Youngsters get acquainted over crafts and play while new parents and expectant mothers chat with maternity nurse and lactation consultant Alice Gonyar. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Moretown Playgroup: Tykes burn off energy in a constructive environment. Gymnasium, Moretown Elementary School, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, Music With Peter: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song-and-dance moves to traditional and original folk. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:45 a.m. Free; limited to one session per week per family. Info, 878-4918. Nature Tales Story Time: Environmental tales, songs and rhymes entertain good listeners ages 2 through 5. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Read to Van Gogh the Cat: Lit lovers share stories with the registered therapy feline. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister for a 10-minute time slot. Info, 878-4918. Reading Buddies: Eighth-grade mentors foster a love of the written word in little ones. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Free; preregister for a time slot; limited space. Info, 878-6956. Sit & Knit: Little ones ages 6 and up and their parents join Joan Kahn for a creative session appropriate for all skill levels. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


Advanced Spanish Lessons: Proficient speakers work on mastering the language. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757.


Belly Dance: All genders, skill levels, shapes and sizes shimmy the evening away in a supportive environment. RU12? Community Center, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 860-7812. Monday Night OUT!: Kitty Von Tease hosts this weekly gathering of games, libations and a viewing of "RuPaul's Drag Race." Drink, Burlington, cocktail hour, 8-9 p.m.; show viewing, 9-10 p.m. Free; for ages 21 and up. Info, 860-9463,



Sheri & Richard Larsen: Exotic animals take center stage in "Wildlife in South Africa." Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.


Mud Season Book Sale: See WED.12.


issues surrounding his refusal to fight in the Vietnam War. A panel discussion follows. Cinema Room, Stearns Student Center, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1200.

Women Business Owners Network: Middlebury Chapter Meeting: Sue Monaco presents marketing and rewards techniques to transform clients and customers into fiercely loyal advocates. Rosie's Restaurant, Middlebury, 8-9:30 a.m. $7-10; preregister. Info, 503-0219. Women Business Owners Network: Stowe Chapter Meeting: Chiropractor and kinesiologist Erin Sepic shares self-care strategies in "Business Owner’s First Aid." Golden Eagle Resort, Stowe, 8:30-10:30 a.m. $9-11; preregister. Info, 503-0219.

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Always On? Raising Media-Savvy Kids in Our Digital Age: Media educator Rob Williams and Burlington High School counselor Margo Austin help attendees address high-tech parenting decisions. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; childcare available upon request. Info, 652-0997. Community Feast & Food Forum: Locavores share a meal with representatives from the St. Johnsbury Area Local Food Alliance and learn about the organization's Community Farm. St. Johnsbury House, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-9498. Community Meeting: Locals plan future activities and special events at the library. Fairfax Community Library, noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister for childcare. Info, 849-2420.


Intro to Tribal Belly Dance: Ancient traditions from a vast range of cultures define this moving meditation that celebrates the feminine creative energy. Comfortable clothing required. Chai Space, Dobra Tea, Burlington, 6:45 p.m. $12. Info, Swing Dance Practice Session: Twinkle-toed participants get moving in different styles, such as the lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Indoor shoes required. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:309:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.

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Johnson State College Career Fair & Exposition: Students and community members discover a wide range of professional opportunities while networking with area businesses. Johnson State College, 1:30-4 p.m. Info, beth.


Community Cinema Series: Kristy GuevaraFlanagan's documentary Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Super Heroines examines female representation in society. A Q&A follows. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7 p.m. $6-10. Info, 518-523-5812. 'Dial M for Murder': An ex-tennis pro's failed plot to murder his wife drives Alfred Hitchcock's whodunit. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free; first come, first served. Info, 540-3018. 'The House I Live In': Representative Suzi Wizowaty and Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform present Eugene Jarecki's award-winning documentary about the repercussions of America's war on drugs. Community College of Vermont, Winooski, 6:15 p.m. Free. Info, 654-0542. 'The Hungry Heart': Presented through the eyes of Franklin County residents and St. Albans pediatrician Fred Holmes, Bess O'Brien's documentary illuminates prescription-drug addiction and recovery. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. 'The Trials of Muhammed Ali': Bill Siegel's 2013 documentary explores the boxer's legal

A Mosaic of Flavor: Bosnian Stuffed Breads & Baklava: Ramiza Peco shares her native country's diverse culinary traditions. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9700.


Gaming for Teens & Adults: Tabletop games entertain players of all skill levels. Ages 13 and under require a legal guardian or parental permission to attend. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.


French Conversation Group: Beginner-tointermediate speakers brush up on their linguistics. Halvorson's Upstreet Café, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. Intermediate Conversational Spanish Lessons: Adults sharpen their grammar skills while exploring different topics. 57 Charlotte Street, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757.


Green Mountain Derby Dames Fresh Meat Practice: Get on the fast track! Vermont's hard-hitting gals teach novices basic skating and derby skills. Skates, mouth guard and protective gear required. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 8:30-10 p.m. Free. Info, 203-675-0294.

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Eating Well With Food Allergies: Holistic health coach Leah Webb presents tasty ways to go gluten-, dairy-, soy-, egg- and nut-free. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7:15 p.m. $8-10; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.

Alternative Literature & Poetry Intensive Workshop for Homeschoolers: High school students find meaning in diverse writings using a unique approach to literary analysis. Private Residence, Cambridge, 3:30 p.m. $25; preregister; limited space. Info, Computer Art Games: MC Bakers and Renee Provost help youngsters in grades K and up create compelling digital designs. Adult accompaniment required for children ages 8 and under. Williston Central School, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. Creative Tuesdays: Artists exercise 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: 'Monsters': Good listeners up to age 6 are rewarded with tales, crafts and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. Highgate Story Hour: See WED.12, 10 a.m. Homework Help: See SUN.16, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Mud Mayhem Story Time: Kiddos don play clothes and get covered with dirt at this themed gathering. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Preschool Story Time & Craft: Science educator Kristen Littlefield leads creative explorations of plants and animals centered on "It's Easy Being Green." Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Reading With Frosty & Friends Therapy Dogs: Youngsters share a story with lovable pooches. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 878-4918. Story Explorers: Colors: Where have all the vibrant hues gone? Children learn about seasonal shades and experiment with a rainbowthemed activity. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30-11 a.m. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. Info, 877-324-6386. Story Time for 3- to 5-Year-Olds: See WED.12. Story Time With Corey: Read-aloud books and crafts led by store employee Corey Bushey engage young minds. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.

Italian Opportunities Panel Discussion: The Vermont Italian Club hosts an information session about travel, volunteering, service learning and language studies in Italy. Cafeteria, Rice Memorial High School, South Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5961.

'Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano': Captured live from Las Vegas, a broadcast production brings the iconic performer's biggest hits to the big screen. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $15. Info, 864-5610. 'Good People': See WED.12, 7:30 p.m.


Conversations With the Word Weaver: Literary scholar Lois Ligget leads an exploration of the components of daily dialogue. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Mud Season Book Sale: See WED.12.



David Cobb: The master gardener shares tips for tilling, fertilizing and laying out vegetable plots. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, 1 p.m. Free with admission, $3-12. Info, 388-2117.


Kelley Marketing Meeting: Marketing, advertising, communications, social media and design professionals brainstorm ideas for local nonprofits over breakfast. Room 217, Ireland Building, Champlain College, Burlington, 7:45-9 a.m. Free. Info, 865-6495. Women Business Owners Network: Burlington Chapter Meeting: "Business Building Brainstorm!" helps area professionals address nagging problems with fast-paced feedback sessions. Holiday Inn, South Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $17-20; preregister. Info, 503-0219.


Community Dinner: Diners get to know their neighbors at a low-key, buffet-style meal organized by the Winooski Coalition. O'Brien Community Center, Winooski, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult; transportation available for seniors. Info, 655-4565.



Global Issues Network CoNfereNCe: Keynoter Kristin Carlson joins high school students in an exploration of pressing topics and possible local, regional and international solutions. Rutland High School, registration, 8-8:45 a.m.; conference, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 770-1071.


'Method': Live sound by Sean Clute accompanies dancers in this DOUBLE VISION production about societal structures, choreographed by Pauline Jennings. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1408.


lIp balMs: Skye Ellicock presents time-tested formulas for creating soothing salves. City Market, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister at; limited space. Info, 861-9700. Valley NIGht featurING ChICky stoltz: Locals gather for this weekly bash of craft ales, movies and live music. Big Picture Theater and Café, Waitsfield, 8 p.m. $5 suggested donation; $2 drafts. Info, 496-8994.

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Global studIes & steM faIr: Students showcase work with a specific focus on international affairs and science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Rutland High School, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 770-1071.


CoMMuNIty CINeMa: 'Medora': See WED.12, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

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brIdGe Club: See WED.12. GaMes uNpluGGed: See WED.12. wII GaMING: Players show off their physical gaming skills. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

MoNtréal-style aCro yoGa: See WED.12. the preseNCe poINt: CultIVatING eMbodIMeNt & eNGaGING IN the CreatIVe proCess: Shambhala Buddhist practitioner Sarah Lipton leads a meditation practice aimed at exploring different aspects of creativity. Bradford Public Library, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536. r.I.p.p.e.d.: See WED.12.

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farMers NIGht CoNCert serIes: Burlington's Taiko Drummers keep the beat in a spirited performance. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 540-1784. keb' Mo': See SUN.16, Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $52.50-62.50. Info, 603-448-0400. soNG CIrCle: CoMMuNIty sING-aloNG: Rich and Laura Atkinson lead an evening of vocal expression. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:45 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.


plaNt & plaNetary rhythMs: Herbalist Emily Wheeler discusses the benefits of biodynamic planting and how the Earth's vegetation connects to celestial cycles. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $1012; preregister. Info, 224-7100.


GreeN MouNtaIN table teNNIs Club: See WED.12.


daNIel Mark foGel: The UVM English professor and Henry James scholar considers creative connections in "Jamesian Illumination of Sargent's World: The Art of Fiction and the Fictions of Art." Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. the dIsh: a serIes for INquIsItIVe eaters: UVM's Joe Speidel moderates a panel of farmers and food industry professionals, with a focus on local meat. A Q&A follows. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $5 suggested donation benefits the Intervale Center; preregister; cash bar. Info, 861-9700. MusICIaNs for MusICIaNs paNel dIsCussIoN: Joe Adler and Patrick Fitzsimmons share their experiences in "Getting Music 'Pressed' and Out There." Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-1140. rula quawas: The visiting Fulbright Scholar presents "Women of Jordan: Voices of Possibility, Hope and Truth." Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 861-2343. susaNNe freIdberG: The Dartmouth College professor of geography considers how the freshness of food relates to the technology used to preserve it. Fleming Museum, UVM, Burlington, 6 p.m. $3-5; free for local college students, faculty and staff with ID. Info, 656-0750.


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CouNt Me IN! explorING Math wIth your presChooler: Hands-on activities introduce mathematic concepts to little ones and help them develop a love of learning. An optional pizza dinner precedes the workshop at 5:15 p.m. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5:45-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. hIGhGate story hour: See WED.12. Meet roCkIN' roN the frIeNdly pIrate: See WED.12. MoVING & GrooVING wIth ChrIstINe: See WED.12. MusIC & MoVeMeNt wIth lesley GraNt: See WED.12. read to a doG: Lit lovers take advantage of quality time with a friendly, fuzzy therapy pooch. Fairfax Community Library, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Free; preregister for a time slot. Info, 849-2420.

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art TOUCH DRAWING STUDIO WORKSHOP: Touch Drawing is a simple, intuitive, meditative process that moves us deeply into ourselves. Paper is placed over inked Plexiglas. Impulses from within take form through the movement of fingertips on the page. Artists of any level, including absolute beginners, can experience inner imagery coming alive. Come play with us! Fri., Apr. 18 & May 2 & 9, 9:30 a.m.noon. Cost: $135/3 sessions (incl. basic Touch Drawing supplies & 1 canvas). Location: Expressive Arts Burlington/Studio 266, 266 South Champlain St. Info: Topaz Weis, 343-8172, topazweis@

$252/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. CLAY: WHEEL THROWING: Wheel Throwing is an introduction to clay, pottery and the ceramics studio. Work primarily on the potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques, while creating functional pieces such as mugs, vases and bowls. Explore various finishing techniques using the studio’s house slips and glazes. No previous experience needed! Weekly on Thu., Apr. 10-May 29, 12:30-3 p.m. Cost: $280/person; $252/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.





building TINY-HOUSE WORKSHOP: A crew of beginners will help instructor Peter King frame and sheath a 8-ft. x 12-ft. tiny house in Bakersfield, Mar. 22-23. Plenty of hands-on experience for absolute beginners. Tools provided; safety glasses required. Forestry, landscaping and gardening topics will also be covered, plus how to find a landowner who will sponsor your seasonal gardener camp. On-site camping avail. Cost: $250/workshop. Location: Bakersfield, Vermont. Info: 933-6103.

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Call 865-7166 for info or register online at Teacher bios are also available online. CLAY: WHEEL THROWING: Wheel Throwing is an introduction to clay, pottery and the ceramics studio. Work primarily on the potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques, while creating functional pieces such as mugs, vases and bowls. Explore various finishing techniques using the studio’s house slips and glazes. No previous experience needed! Weekly on Wed., Apr. 9-May 28, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $280/person;

DESIGN: ADOBE INDESIGN CS6: Learn the basics of Adobe InDesign, designing text and preparing digital and print publications. Students will explore a variety of software techniques and will create projects suited to their own interests. This class is suited for beginners who are interested in furthering their design software skills. Mar. 25-Apr. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $205/ person; $184.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. JEWELRY: LEATHER EARRINGS: Co-owner of New Duds/professional crafter Tessa Valyou leads this one-night class creating leather earrings. Using scrap leather from a local purse manufacturer, Tessa will show you simple ways to make one-ofa-kind jewelry that you’ll want to wear and give as gifts. No experience needed. Apr. 9, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $25/person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. KIDS: CLAY AND CRAFT: We will work on various individual and group craft projects and

engaging clay projects, including a taste of the pottery wheel. A great way to have fun with different kinds of media. There’s something for everyone! Space is limited, all materials are provided. Students must also bring a bag lunch and snack. Ages 6-12. Mar. 28, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $85/person; $76.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. KIDS: FREE WHEELIN’: Come play with clay on the potter’s wheel and learn how to make cups, bowls and more in our clay studio. Price includes one fired and glazed piece per participant. All supplies provided. Ages 6-12. Apr. 5, 1-3 p.m. Cost: $25/person, $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. PHOTO: ADOBE LIGHTROOM 4: Upload, organize, edit and print your digital photographs in this comprehensive class using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Importing images, using RAW files, organization, fine-tuning tone and contrast, color and white balance adjustments, and archival printing on our Epson 3880 printer will all be covered. No experience needed. Weekly on Wed., Mar. 26-Apr. 30, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $250/person; $225/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. PHOTO: B&W DARKROOM: Explore the analog darkroom! Learn how to properly expose black-and-white film with your manual 35mm or medium format camera, process film into negatives and make prints from those negatives. Cost includes a darkroom membership. Bring a manual film camera to the first class. No experience needed. Every Mon., Mar. 24-May 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $215/ person; $193.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. PHOTO: PORTRAITS: Improve your portrait-taking skills in this hands-on class. Camera techniques, composition, the use of studio and natural light, working with a model, and more will be covered. Bring your camera with a charged battery and memory card to the first class. Prerequisite: Film or Digital SLR Camera or equivalent experience. Weekly on Thu., Mar. 27-Apr. 17, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $175/ person; $157.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. PHOTO: USING A FLASH: Explore flash power and exposure, flash effects with slow and fast shutter speeds, as well as on and off camera flash. Nikon and Canon off-camera lighting systems will be covered as well as aftermarket flash triggers and accessories. Prerequisite: Intro SLR Camera or equivalent experience. Mar. 20, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $40/person; $36/BCA members.

Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. PRINT: MONOPRINT: Create unique, painterly images using a variety of tools and materials in this introductory monoprint class. Practice proper inking techniques, print registration and Chine-collé (thin colored paper that is glued to the print paper in the process of printing). Experimentation with layering colors and textures creates truly one-of-a-kind prints. Weekly on Tue., Apr. 1-May 6, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $180/person; $162/BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. PRINT: WOODCUT: With local printmaking expert Gregg Blasdel, discover the unique process of woodblock printing, which originated in the Han Dynasty (before 220 BC) in China and has become a printing technique used throughout the world. This class will focus on the fundamental techniques and characteristics of relief woodblock printing. Weekly on Mon., Apr. 14-May 19, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $200/person; $180/BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. PAINTING: ABSTRACT: Explore the many exciting possibilities of abstract painting. Using the paint of their choice (water-soluble oils, acrylics or watercolor), students will be encouraged to experiment and try adding other mixed media as well. Students will learn from each other and will discuss techniques and ideas in supportive critique. Weekly on Tue., Apr. 8-May 20, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $180/person; $162/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. PAINTING: ACRYLIC: This introductory class includes color abstraction, observational landscape (weather permitting), figure, portrait, still life and working from photos. Paint on paper and canvas, gain experience with brush techniques, color mixing and theory, composition, layering, highlighting and shading. No experience necessary; lessons will be tailored to fit all levels of painters. Weekly on Thu., Mar. 27May 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $160/ person; $144/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. PAINTING: WATERCOLOR: 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 will gain experience with composition, color theory, layering, light and shade. Class may move outdoors to paint en-plein-air on nice days! Weekly on Wed., Apr. 9-May 28, 6:308:30 p.m. Cost: $200/person; $180/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. RESIST GLAZING: During this lecture-style workshop, Jeremy

will cover the basics of resist glazing techniques. Resist glazing is a great way to highlight contrasts and similarities between glazes and clay bodies on your pottery. Several techniques will be demonstrated to create a variety of surface motifs on functional forms. Apr. 6, 1:30-3 p.m. Cost: $20/person; $18/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. SELLING YOUR WORK WITH ETSY: Ready to take the leap and open a store on Etsy, the largest handmade online market in the world? Laure Hale, owner of Found Beauty Studio, walks you through opening a shop, setting up policies, listing items and filling sold orders, as well as looking at various marketing tricks. Apr. 7, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $20/person; $18/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. SILKSCREENING: Torrey Valyou, local silkscreen legend and co-owner of New Duds, will introduce you to silkscreening and show you how to design and print T-shirts, posters, fine art and more! Learn a variety of techniques for transferring and printing images using handdrawn, photographic or borrowed imagery. Weekly on Thu., Apr. 10May 29, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $230/ person; $207/BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. WHEEL THROWING II: Refine your wheelwork in Wheel II for advanced beginners and intermediate potters. Learn individualized tips and techniques for advancement on the wheel. Demonstrations and instruction cover intermediate throwing, trimming, decorative and glazing methods. Individual projects will be encouraged. Students should be proficient in centering and throwing basic cups and bowls. Weekly on Thu., Apr. 10-May 29, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $280/person; $252/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington.

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CAREGIVING. CLEANSING. CHI: Learn about being a caregiver for someone with late-stage Alzheimer’s, prepare yourself for an Ayurvedic home cleanse or improve your inner and outer balance through tai chi at one of our many engaging continuing education courses at Burlington College. Thu. in Apr., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Alzheimer’s

course is free. Preregistration is required for this course. Location: Burlington College, 351 North Ave., Info: Krista Hamel, 923-2240, khamel@burlington. edu, continuing-education. HERBAL BODY CARE & WELLNESS: Make your own herbal products in the Organic Herbal Body Care Products on a Budget workshop (3/22) or explore holistic health in Herbs for Women’s Wellness (4/7). These are just two of 20+ continuing ed programs at Burlington College this spring. Sat., Mar. 22. Cost: $35/person. Location: Burlington College, 351 North Ave., Info: Krista Hamel, 923-2240, khamel@burlington. edu, continuing-education. RAW FOOD & WILD FOOD WALKABOUT: Explore something new this spring with our Raw Foods Sampler or Wild Food Walkabout Cooking Class. These two courses will teach you about divinely rich, easy to make and healthy recipes. Entice your senses and incorporate more plant-based nutrition in ways that will please even the most skeptical palate. Apr. 23 & Apr. 26. Cost: $35/course. Location: Burlington College, 351 North Ave., Burlington. Info: Burlington College, Krista Hamel, 923-2240, khamel@burlington. edu, continuing-education. REIKI: LEVELS I & II: Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing technique that requires handson practice. Reiki utilizes life force energy to promote healing of a variety of physical and emotional issues. It supports stress reduction, relaxation and release of energy blockages throughout the chakra system, enhancing overall well-being. Level I and II being offered. Apr. 5 & 6, Apr. 12 & 13. Cost: $225/ level. Full weekend classes. Location: Burlington College, 351 North Ave., Info: Krista Hamel, 923-2240, khamel@burlington. edu, continuing-education. START YOUR OWN BUSINESS!: Before you start a business, you’ve got to have a plan. Once you have a plan, you need financing. This pair of courses helps determine: How do you navigate the roadblocks and risks you’ll face? How much money do you need to get started, and where do you find it? Apr. 3 & 17. Cost: $35/person. Location: Burlington College, 351 North Ave., Burlington. Info: Burlington College, Krista Hamel, 923-2240, khamel@burlington. edu, continuing-education.




Adv. Jewelry: MAking A locket: Instructor: Matthew Taylor. come learn from master jeweler Matthew Taylor. students will learn about forging, design and intimate detail to create a personal sterling silver locket with hinges. come join Matthew and take your jewelry skills to the next level. Prerequisite: Beginner Jewelry. (students must already know sawing, filing and soldering.) 5 Wed., 5:30-7:30 p.m., Apr. 30-May 28. Cost: $285/person (members $207, nonmembers $230, + $55 material fee). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd. Alt. Firing with BoB green: come experience Raku-as well as saggar-fired burnished pottery

or sculptures. Raku is associated with Zen Buddhism, and burnishing with Terra sigillata slip, many early cultures’ way of sealing and decorating clay pieces without the use of a glaze. Native american as well as ancient Greek and Roman potters burnished. Weekend workshop, Apr. 5-6, 10-4 p.m. Cost: $240/member discount avail. Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd. Still liFe: Instructor: evelyn McFarlane. This program is designed to develop the student’s visual relationship with threedimensional form and translate that form onto a canvas in paint. The goal will be an impressionistic but accurate still life painting using a comparative method that will be taught to facilitate drawing and painting objects of various colors and forms. 8 Thu., 1-3 p.m., Apr. 17 & Jun. 5. Cost: $215/person (members $193.50, nonmembers $215, material list & syllabus). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd, Shelburne.

dance B-tru dAnce w/ dAnielle vArdAkAS duSzko: B-Tru is focused on hip-hop, funkstyles

(poppin’, locking, waaking), breakin’, dance hall, belly dance and lyrical dance. Danielle Vardakas Duszko has trained with originators in these styles, performed and battled throughout the world. classes and camps age 4-adult. she is holding a Hip-Hop Yoga Dance 200-hour teacher training this fall/winter. Kids after-school & Sat. classes. Showcase at the end of May. Spring break camps ages 4-13 also avail. $50/mo. Ask about family discounts. Location: Honest Yoga Center, 150 Dorset St., Blue Mall, next to Sport Shoe Center, S. Burlington. Info: 4970136, honestyogastudio@gmail. com, Beginner Swing dAnce leSSonS: learn the basics of east coast swing (jitterbug) from Vermont’s premier swing dance instructor, Terry Bouricius. No partner necessary. Preregister by phone or e-mail. 4 Tue., Mar. 25-Apr. 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $40/person for whole series. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: Vermont Swings, Terry Bouricius, 864-8382,, vermontswings. com. dAnce Studio SAlSAlinA: salsa classes, nightclub-style,

on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $13/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077,

you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance floor! There is no better time to start than now! Mon. evenings: beginner class, 7-8 p.m.: intermediate, 8:159:15 p.m. Cost: $10/1-hr. class. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Tyler Crandall, 598-9204,, FlAMenco: corazon Flamenko Vermont. ladies and gentlemen, add some fun to your fitness routine with Flamenco, music and rhythm. No dance experience required. Just the desire to get your body moving with the passion of Flamenco. Ole. absolute Beginners; Technique of strength; equilibrium; Rhythm and compas. sign up now! Tue., Wed., Thu., 6-7 p.m. Cost: $20/1hour class. Location: Corazon Flamenko, 70 Barber Farm, Jericho. Info: Ana Mendez, 8589082, info.corazonflamenko@

dSAntoS vt SAlSA: experience the fun and excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world famous dancer Manuel Dos santos, we teach

leArn to dAnce w/ A PArtner!: 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. Private lessons also available. Cost: $50/4wk. class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757,,

drumming tAiko, dJeMBe & congAS!: stuart Paton, cofounder and artistic director of Burlington Taiko Group, has devoted the past 25 years to performing and teaching taiko to children and adults here in the Burlington area and throughout New england. He is currently the primary instructor at the Burlington Taiko space, and his teaching style integrates the best of what he experienced as a child growing up in Tokyo with many successful strategies in american education. call or email for schedule. Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G, Burlington & Lane Shops Community Room, 13 N. Franklin St. Info: Stuart Paton, 999-4255, spaton55@,


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empowerment GO FOR YOUR LIFE PURPOSE! A BOOK READING AND WORKSHOP: Learn simple, practical spiritual techniques to overcome fears, move forward, kick-start your life purpose and navigate personal transitions. Led by Cornelia Ward, an intuitive counselor, spiritual teacher and Angel Therapy Practitioner and Angel Card Reader. Mar. 29, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Location: Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences, 55 Clover La., Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909.

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gardening LEARN HOW TO GROW YOUR OWN FOOD AT THE COMMUNITY TEACHING GARDEN: Learn how to plant, grow, harvest and preserve the harvest from your own plot and shared garden space in a 22-week, hands-on course for beginner organic vegetable gardeners. The Community Teaching Garden class takes place at two Burlington locations, from early May to late September. Register now! Deadline: April 18. Classes are held twice a week from the week of May 5 to the week of September 29. Cost: $300/full garden bed, or $250/shared garden bed. Location: Ethan Allen Homestead & the Tommy

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Thompson Community Garden, Burlington. Info: 861-4769,, PLANTS W/ MEDICINAL INTERESTS: Many plants do more then beautify a landscape. Learn the medicinal properties and growing and harvesting tips of plants such as angelica, baptisia, black cohosh, calamus, calendula, California poppy, echinacea, elderberry and more. Heather is the owner of Giving Tree Botanicals. Mar. 15, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $10/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: 660-35054, SOIL 101: Healthy and vibrant plants start with healthy soil. This one’s a must for all gardeners, from beginner to more experienced growers. Mar. 22, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $10/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: 660-35054,

generator THE BUSINESS OF STANDUP: Learn the nuts and bolts of performing comedy in Vermont and beyond: how to get yourself noticed by folks who book shows, the different places to perform, the value of open mics and where they are, and where you can go to learn more about comedy in Vermont. We’ll also cover the best ways to keep yourself organized and professional as you start your career as a comic. Come with questions! Adults, Mar. 28, 5:45-7:45 p.m. Cost: $25/person. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4548,

members. Location: Generator, Memorial Auditorium, 250 Main St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166,

INTRO TO THE 3-D PRINTER: 3-D printing is a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital model and is accessible to all, even those with a minimal understanding of electronics, hardware or 3-D design. Learn the basics of 3-D software, 3-D printing and rapid prototyping. Introduction to Sketch-Up modeling program and demonstrations included. Prerequisite: Must be comfortable using a computer. Every Thu., Apr. 3-Apr. 24, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $160/person; $144/BCA members. Location: Generator, Memorial Auditorium, 250 Main St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, generatorvermont. com/classes. INTRODUCTION TO THE LASER CUTTER: Design and create products with an Epilog laser cutter. Learn the creative process, from concept sketches to laser cutting the finished piece with a 60-watt CO2 laser. Use Adobe Illustrator software for designing and preparing work and learn techniques for working with different materials, along with cutting and assembling final creations. Prerequisite: Must be comfortable using a computer. Every Mon., Mar. 31-Apr. 21, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $160/person; $144/BCA

AWAKEN YOUR CREATIVITY: Are you ready to move into action on a creative project, but are feeling overwhelmed, blocked or unsure? In this interactive class, you will shift yourself to greater clarity and productivity by learning how to overcome common obstacles impacting your creative process and work. All materials included. Instructor: Marianne Mullen. Weekly on Wed., Mar. 19-Apr. 16, 6-8:30 p.m. No class Apr. 9. Cost: $95/ members, $120/nonmembers. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 2538358,, BEYOND THE PENCIL: DRAWING II: Build upon foundational drawing skills and learn about new materials, techniques and media beyond the pencil to help take your drawings to the next level. Students will explore pen and ink, ink, and watercolor washes, and will use line to add depth and detail. Materials are included. Instructor: Evan Chismark. Weekly on Tue., Mar. 25-Apr. 29, 9:30-11:30 a.m. No class Apr. 15. Cost: $100/members, $125/nonmembers. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 253-8358, education@, END TABLE W/ YELLOW BIRCH TOP: Students will learn basic woodworking skills using basic hand tools including handsaws, electric drills and sanders. Workshops will cover sustainable harvesting, stock selection, design, layout, joinery and finishing. Students will take home a finished table. All materials included. Instructor: Greg Speer. Mar. 29, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $110/ members, $153/nonmembers. Location: 56 Turner Mill La., Stowe. Info: 253-8358,, helenday. com. PAINTING WATER IN WATERCOLOR: Join awardwinning artist Robert O’Brien and focus on the many moods and facets of painting water. Learn painting techniques from rendering a simple reflective puddle to a swift moving mountain stream and everything in between. Bring your own materials. A materials list will be provided upon request. Mar. 22, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $90/

members, $115/nonmembers. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 2538358,, RUSTIC FURNITURE PROJECT: Learn basic woodworking skills using handsaws, electric drills and sanders. Workshop covers sustainable harvesting, stock selection, design, layout, joinery and finishing. Complete a fourpeg wall rack, single-peg coat rack, towel bar or wall lamp. All materials included. Instructor: Greg Speer. Apr. 9, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $80/member, $105 nonmembers. Location: 56 Turner Mill La., Stowe. Info: 253-8358,,

cost! $100 deposit, preregistration required. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 252 Main St., Montpelier. Info: 224-7100,,

herbs COMMUNITY HERBALISM CLASSES: Plant and Planetary Rhythms with Emily Wheeler: Mar. 19, 6-8 p.m. Herbal Support for the Menstrual Cycle with Betzy Bancroft: Mar. 26, 6-8 p.m. Treating the Five Spirits: Chinese Medicine and Western Herbs with Brendan Kelly: Apr. 9, 6-9 p.m. Kitchen Medicine: Spring Rejuvenation with Lisa Masé: Apr. 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $12/person; $10 for members; preregistration required; 3-hour classes are $17/$15. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 252 Main St., Montpelier. Info: 224-7100,, HONORING HERBAL TRADITION 2014: 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, women’s, children’s, men’s and animal health! Textbook and United Plant Saver membership included. VSAC nondegree grants available. 1 Sat./mo. starting May 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $850/series. Location: Horsetail Herbs, 134 Manley Rd., Milton. Info: Kelley Robie, 893-0521,, HERBS FROM THE GROUND UP: With Larken Bunce and Joann Darling. New format! Grow your own apothecary! Join an intimate group of plant enthusiasts for a season in the garden. Learn everything from soil amendment, garden design and seed-starting to harvesting, drying, medicine-making and seed-saving. Develop deep relationships with medicinal plants and understand how to use them in your daily life. New start date! Every Mon., 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., May 5-Oct. 13. Cost: $900/person. New, lower

WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Currently interviewing applicants for Wisdom of the Herbs 2014 Certification Program, Apr. 26-27, May 24-25, Jun. 28-29, Jul. 26-27, Aug. 23-24, Sep. 27-28, Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 8-9, 2014. Learn to identify wild herbaceous plants and shrubs over three seasons. Prepare local wild edibles and herbal home remedies. Practice homesteading and primitive skills, food as first medicine, and skillful use of intentionality. Experience profound connection and play with Nature. Handson curriculum includes herb walks, skill-building, sustainable harvesting and communion with the spirits of the plants. Tuition $1750; payment plan $187.50 each month. VSAC nondegree grants available to qualifying applicants; apply early. Annie McCleary, director. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122, annie@wisdomoftheherbsschool. com, wisdomoftheherbsschool. com.

language ANNOUNCING SPANISH CLASSES: Join us for adult Spanish classes this spring. Our eighth 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. Also lessons for young children; they love it! See our website or contact us for details. Beginning week of Mar. 31 for 10 weeks. Cost: $225/10 classes of 90+ minutes each. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Info: 585-1025, spanishparavos@,

JAPANESE LANGUAGE CLASSES: The Japan-America Society of Vermont (JASV) is offering Japanese language lessons for children. Classes meet weekly on Saturdays beginning March 15. Japanese Language Classes, Level 1, 10:4511:45 a.m. This class does not require any Japanese speaking ability. Intermediate Japanese Language Classes, Level 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m. The intermediate class requires a certain level of comprehesion for daily conversation. The deadline for registration is March 13. This ad is supported by the Japan Foundation, Central for Global Partnership. 7 1-hour classes. Location: Japan America Society of Vermont (JASV), 123 Ethan Allen Ave., Colchester. Info: Masako Carter, vtmaple02@,

martial arts AIKIDO: This circular, flowing Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape, develop core power and reduce stress. Classes for adults, children and beginners 7 days a week. Visitors are always welcome. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 951-8900, AIKIDO CLASSES: Aikido trains body and spirit, promoting flexibility and strong center within flowing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others, and confidence in oneself. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: 862-9785, AIKIDO IN BALANCE: Learn how to manifest balance internally and externally. Move with grace and precision. Begin the study of observing your own mind. Tue. & Thu., 7-9 p.m. Cost: $10/class, $65 for monthly membership. Location: Tao Motion Studio, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: Aikido in Balance, Tyler Crandall, 598-9204,, VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: 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 selfconfidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Accept no imitations. Learn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 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,,


photography Miksang Contemplative Photography: Basic Goodness & Good Eye: Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as “good eye.” The Miksang Society presents a form of contemplative photography that brings together the art of photography, the discipline of meditation and the Dharma Art teachings of the meditation master and scholar Chogyam Trungpa. 7:30 p.m., Mar. 20-4 p.m., Mar. 22. Cost: $360/ weekend workshop. Location:

reiki Reiki 1st & 2nd Degree: Reiki is a spiritually guided lifeforce energy that uses hands-on-healing to offer a gentle yet powerful way of soothing healing, leading to transformation. Easy and fun to learn, Reiki can be used for ourself, our clients, families and pets. Taught by Maureen Short, Reiki master, healer of over 20 years. Sat. /or Sun. Mar. 22 & 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $125/day. Location: Lightheart Sanctuary, 236 Wild Apple Rd., New Haven. Info: Lightheart Healing Arts, Maureen Short, 453-4433,, lightheart. net.

spirituality Working with Mandalas: A contemplative, hands-on workshop designed to introduce participants to the powerful spiritual effect that results in the process of crafting a mandala. All tools and media will be provided. Class size limited to 12. Led by Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author. Mar. 27 & Apr. 3, 10 & 17, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $60/person. Location: Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences, 55 Clover Ln., Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909.

tai chi Shelburne Tai Chi: Beginners: Long River Tai Chi Circle is the school of Wolfe Lowenthal, student of Professor Cheng Man-ching and author of three classic works on tai chi chuan. Patrick Cavanaugh, a longtime student of Wolfe Lowenthal and a senior instructor at Long River, will be teaching the classes in Shelburne. Class begins Wed., Apr. 2, 10-11 a.m. Cost: $65/mo. (registration open through Apr. 30). Location: Shelburne Town Hall (in front of the library), 5376 Shelburne Rd. Info: Long River Tai Chi Circle,

Yang-Style Tai Chi: The slow movements of tai chi help reduce blood pressure and increase balance and concentration. Come breathe with us and experience the joy of movement while increasing your ability to be inwardly still. Wed., 5:30 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m. $16/class, $60/mo., $160/3 mo. Location: Mindful Breath Tai Chi (formerly Vermont Tai Chi Academy and Healing Center), 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: 735-5465,

writing A Day in the Life: Instructor Mark Pendergrast. Participants will choose a different occupation to investigate and will find an appropriate, willing subject who works in that field to write about and interview. Pendergrast will suggest alternate methods of turning the raw interview and research material into articles for publication. Mon., Mar 24. Cost: $45/2.5-hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. com, Creative Nonfiction Weekend: Commit to a weekend of writing, workshopping and learning new approaches to the craft alongside other dedicated writers. The Renegade Writers’ Collective is offering a two-day intensive for new and experienced nonfiction writers to learn and practice some of the new forms of the modern essay. Sat., Mar. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sun., Mar. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $150/2 days, 6 hours per day, w/ 1.5-hour lunch break. Location: Renegade Writers’ Collective, 47 Maple St., suite 220, Burlington. Info: Renegade Writers’ Collective, Jessica Nelson, 267467-2812, renegadewritersvt@, renegadewritersvt. com. Storyteller’s Workshop: Writing, Developing, and Performing Personal Narrative for the Stage with Mark Stein. Emphasis will be on telling true,

Travel Writing: Travel Writing with Tim Brookes. This travel writing workshop will move through a series of exercises designed to help the writer hone essential observation, reflection, writing skills, and will culminate in a finished piece. Outstanding work will be considered for an anthology of travel writing to be published in 2015. Thu. evenings beginning Mar. 20, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $120/2-hour classes. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@, Writers’ Retreat in Nantucket: Women Writers’ Retreat in Nantucket with Renegade Writers Jessica Henley Nelson and Angi Palm. Do you dream of getting away from the distractions of daily life and finding a quiet place to write? Join author/editors Jessica Henley Nelson and Angi Palm for six blissful days in Nantucket. 6 days in Nantucket. Cost: $950/6 days. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. com,

yoga Burlington Hot Yoga: Try something different!: Offering creative, vinyasa-style yoga classes featuring practice in the Barkan and Prana Flow Method Hot Yoga in a 95-degree studio accompanied by eclectic music. Ahh, the heat on

a cold day, a flowing practice, the cool stone meditation, a chilled orange scented towel to complete your spa yoga experience. Get hot: 2-for-1 offer. $15. Go to Location: North End Studio B, 294 N Winooski Ave., Old North End, Burlington. Info: 999-9963. Evolution Yoga: Evolution Yoga and Physical Therapy offers a variety of classes in a supportive atmosphere: Beginner, advanced, kids, babies, post- and pre-natal, community classes and workshops. Vinyasa, Kripalu, Core, Therapeutics and Alignment classes. Become part of our yoga community. You are welcome here. Cost: $15/class, $130/class card, $5-10/community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642, Honest Yoga, The only dedicated Hot Yoga Flow Center: Honest Yoga offers practice for all levels. Brand-new beginners’ courses include two specialty classes per week for four weeks plus unlimited access to all classes. We have daily classes in Essentials, Flow and Core Flow with alignment constancy. We hold teacher trainings at the 200- and 500-hour levels. Daily classes & workshops. $25/new student 1st week unlimited, $15/class or $130/10-class card, $12/class for student or senior or $100/10-class punch card. Location: Honest Yoga Center, 150 Dorset St., Blue Mall, next to Sport Shoe Center, S. Burlington. Info: 497-0136,, Yoga Roots: Flexible, inflexible, athletic, pregnant, stressed, recovering from injury or illness? Yoga Roots has something for you! Skillful, dedicated teachers are ready to welcome, nurture and inspire you in our calming studio: Anusara, Gentle, Kids, Kundalini, Kripalu, Meditation, Prenatal, Postnatal (Baby & Me), Therapeutic Restorative, Vinyasa Flow, Heated Vinyasa, Yin and more! Yoga Roots Sprouts (ages 2-5 w/ parents & caregivers) Thursdays, 10:45-11:30 a.m. starting 3/13; Yoga Roots Saplings (K-4th grade) Mondays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. starting 3/17; Yoga for Men 4 week series Tuesdays 6-7 p.m. starting 3/18; “Rebalance Your Energy” with Megan Godfrey, Lac, 3/18, 7:308:30 p.m. (free event). Location: Yoga Roots, 6221 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Business Park. Info: 985-0090,

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Introduction to Zen: This workshop is conducted by an ordained Zen Buddhist teacher and focuses on the theory and meditation practices of Zen

Dog Classes in S. Burlington: Offered by Gold Star Dog Training and S. Burlington Recreation. Fun, effective classes to raise a well-mannered pup or teach your older dog a few new tricks. Basic and intermediate classes focusing on obedience/manner, social skills, building relationship, and understanding dog communication and using an easy-to-apply dog training approach. Classes meet weekly on Fri. Basic Training and Social Skills, Mar. 14-Apr. 18, 5:306:30 p.m., or May 23-Jun. 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Beyond Basics, May 23-Jun. 20, 6:45-7:45 p.m.; Deb’s 3-Week Training Tune-up, May 2-May 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m., or Jul. 11-Jul. 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Location: City Hall, 575 Dorset St., S. Burlington. Info: 864-4108,

BARSCULPT/MAT PILATES CLASSES: Pilates Evolved! High energy barre classes use ballet barres and, like our Mat Classes, small hand weights and mats for intense one-hour workouts. Change your body in just a few classes led by a friendly, licensed instructor. Build strength and cardio and create long, lean muscles and lift your seat. Daily. Cost: $15/1-hour class. Location: Studio 208, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3K, Burlington. Info: Burlington Barre, 862-8686,,

Snake-Style Tai Chi Chuan: 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. 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,

first-person narratives. One class devoted to fiction and folk tales. Participants will develop skills as storytellers, both in creation of compelling material and in effective, powerful delivery at performance time. Wed. evenings starting Mar. 19, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Cost: $180/2hour class. Location: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont Writers Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Info: Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, Kimberlee Harrison, 985-3091, kimberlee@windridgebooksofvt. com,





Patrick Cavanaugh, 490-6405,,


Ortho-Bionomy Phase 5: This class allows those newly interested in bodywork to learn a technique they can use after a single workshop and allows current massage therapists to be more effective while reducing stress to their hands and arms. Through the practice of following and supporting subtle movement patterns, releases in muscle tension, increase in range of motion and reduction of pain is achieved. No prerequisites required. Sat. & Sun., Mar 22-23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $285/ person. Location: Memorial Hall, Essex. Info: Dianne Swafford, 734-1121,, sobi/dianneswafford.

Learn to Meditate: 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. Shambhala Cafe (meditation and discussions) meets the first Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-noon. An open house (intro to the center, short dharma talk and socializing) is held on the third Friday of each month, 7-9 p.m. Instruction: Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appt. Sessions: Tue. & Thu., noon-1 p.m., & Mon.-Thu., 6-7 p.m. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave. Info: 658-6795,

Karme Choling, 369 Patneaude La., Barnet. Info: 633-2384,,

Asian Bodywork Therapy Program: This program teaches two forms of massage, Amma and Shiatsu. We will explore Oriental medicine theory and diagnosis as well as the body’s meridian system, acupressure points, Yin Yang and 5-Element Theory. Additionally, 100 hours of Western anatomy and physiology will be taught. VSAC nondegree grants are available. NCBTMB-assigned school. Cost: $5,000/500-hour program. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, suite 109, Essex Junction. Info: Scott Moylan, 288-8160,,

Buddhism. Preregistration required. Call for more info or register online. Sat. Mar. 22, 9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. (please arrive at 8:45 a.m.) Cost: $30/half-day workshop; limited-time price. Location: Vermont Zen Center, 480 Thomas Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-9746, ecross@crosscontext. net,



One-Man House Band When Jason Merrihew sits in, magic happens B Y GA RY L EE MI L LER






ed a bartender named Tom Moog, who would later become his business partner. Moog made the move to Vermont first. Merrihew and his wife followed, and in April 2011 they opened Moog’s Place, a Morrisville music club. That meant an interruption in Merrihew’s professional musical career, and the beginning of his career as a club owner, stage manager and soundman. And although Merrihew had helped pay his bills over the years doing construction and restaurant work, the rigors of the new club took things to a different level. “I’ve always had a strong back,” says Merrihew, leaning on the bar at Melissa’s on a quiet Tuesday afternoon. “But when I opened my own place, I learned what heavy lifting really was about.” At Moog’s, Merrihew worked nonstop to get the club up and running. On the side, he managed to get in some drop-in and after-hours picking with visiting artists. But it wasn’t until he and Moog opened Sweet Melissa’s in July 2013 that Merrihew found anything resembling a regular gig. The opportunity came courtesy of Montpelier country tunesmith Mark LeGrand, who revived his popular Honky Tonk Happy jazz with Americana picker Andy Pitt on Hour — a Friday staple at the now-defunct a Saturday afternoon, or flat-out wailing Langdon Street Café — with Merrihew as with the Eames Brothers Band late on a his guitar player — kitchen emergencies Saturday night. Merrihew always brings notwithstanding. “I know a ton of songs, and he’s a great something special to the mix. “I think it’s about being one with your lead player, so we’ve got a pretty good act instrument,” says Seth Eames, speaking on right there,” says LeGrand, sitting behind the phone from his Hyde Park home. “He’s his desk at Montpelier’s Bethany Church, where he works as ofa blend master,” he fice manager. Then he says of Merrihew. “He adds, “The only time just listens and he can it gets screwed up is if find the thing the song the cook quits.” needs.” For Merrihew, the Now 41, Merrihew honky-tonk gig offered tuned his ear the hard a chance to relive old way. Born and raised memories — and strike in Wichita, Kan., he out in a new direction. played guitar and “My earliest mubass in blues and funk sical influence was bands before moving MAR K L E GR AND [country music TV to Austin, Texas, at 23. show] ‘Hee Haw,’” he In Austin, he subbed in a number of local outfits and toured na- says. “Buck Owens and Roy Clark. I had tionally as the bassist for Austin rap icon never really played country music before. MC Overlord. Lured to the Jersey shore by But my mother’s father was a country picka friend at age 30, Merrihew worked as a er. It was kind of a full-circle effect.” Though Merrihew isn’t a hillbilly sideman, fronted his own bands and met his future wife, Melissa. He also befriend- vet, visitors to Honky Tonk Happy Hour


oston-based Americana band the Big Lonesome are well into their second set at Sweet Melissa’s in Montpelier when they sit their guitar player down and invite a guest player onto the stage. The show has been great so far, and it’s about to get better. The band launches into a cover of Radiohead’s “High and Dry,” and the new picker, an affable if intense guy with a dark, scruffy beard and short-billed cap, comps nicely. But when he takes his first solo, it’s pure fucking magic, line after line of creamy, cascading runs and mouthwatering licks. The crowd cranks it up a notch, too, hooting and shouting encouragement. Still, the player only sticks around for one tune. He’s got coolers to stock, tables to wipe down, maybe even some dishes to wash. His name is Jason Merrihew, and he owns the joint. Drop in at Sweet Melissa’s just about any night, and you’ll find Merrihew mixing the sound for a visiting band or grabbing his Les Paul or his Guild acoustic to sit in. It doesn’t matter who’s playing, or even what they’re playing. You might catch him picking bluegrass at the biweekly Wednesday-night jam, laying down some old-time


wouldn’t know it. He brings serious twang and countrypolitan finesse to Johnny Cash covers and LeGrand originals alike. But it was Merrihew’s versatility that convinced LeGrand to invite him to play guitar and bass on his new record, Burn It Down. LeGrand will release that record with a show at Sweet Melissa’s this Saturday, March 15. Recorded at Colin McCaffrey’s Green Room studio in East Montpelier, Burn It Down showcases the best of two worlds: LeGrand’s pull-up-a-chair-and-listen stories and Merrihew’s skills as a picker and arranger. LeGrand says arranging is where Merrihew’s ear and ability to translate his ideas to the fret board played a critical role. “In Americana, there is a strong temptation to go into the studio and follow formula, but I didn’t want to do that,” LeGrand says. “Jason reminds me of George Harrison. It’s not just a guitar lick he’s playing. It’s a little composition. And all off the top of his head.” LeGrand recalls a particular song from his new record, “Loving You Too Hard,” on which Merrihew’s unique ear had a transformative impact on the arrangement. “We’re in A-minor,” LeGrand recalls. “And Jason says, ‘No. I hear this.’ And we go to an F and he plays this blistering, beautiful Les Paul guitar thing. Who would have ever come up with that?” For Merrihew, sitting in at Melissa’s and working with LeGrand is a chance to do what he loves best — and maybe avoid some things he doesn’t love. “I really don’t miss having to pay my rent by going to play some music,” he says. “Getting to the venue. Loading gear. Keeping track of my booking calendar. I’ve freed myself from all that.” With the recent addition of chef Daniel Staples to Sweet Melissa’s, Merrihew may have freed himself from some kitchen duties as well. “I can concentrate on what happens on the stage,” Merrihew says. “And if anybody needs me, I can fly off and be what they need me to be. It’s the job I was born for.” 


Mark LeGrand Album Release Party Saturday, March 15, at Sweet Melissa’s in Montpelier, 9 p.m. $5.




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This past weekend was a busy one. In addition to the rap battle, I also caught the rough Francis album re-release at ArtsRiot on Friday and comedian hanniBaL Buress at Higher Ground on Sunday, which were both great. Though





After digging in to the juicy rivalry growing between MCs MeMaranda and Learic in last week’s column, my curiosity was piqued, and I had to see the showdown at the King of Vermont Rap Battle at Club Metronome on Thursday. Plus, like many in Vermont, I’d wager, my only experience with rap battles previously was from watching the eMineM biopic 8 Mile. Suffice it to say, it was a learning experience. Rap Battle Lesson No. 1: Hip-hop time is very different from rock-and-roll time. Generally speaking, my rule of thumb for when to arrive at a rock show is between 30 and 45 minutes after the advertised start time. It’s not a perfect system, but it mostly works. The obvious exception being anything happening at Higher Ground, a wonderful club that has the annoying habit of almost always starting acts precisely on time. Anyway, I arrived at Metronome around 10:30, 30 minutes after the listed 10 p.m. start time. Care to guess what time the show actually started? If you said 11:30, you have obviously been to more local rap battles than I have. And you probably didn’t spend an hour standing by the bar looking at your phone as though you were getting important texts when you were really just playing Words With Friends. (Your turn, Jason cooLey.) As for the battle, once it finally started, it was fascinating and at times wildly entertaining. In last week’s column, both Learic and Memaranda

opined that no topic is off limits when taking down your opponent in a rap battle. They weren’t kidding. Rappers used as fodder everything from weak rhymes to ex-girlfriends to problems with drugs, violating most accepted tenets of civility. Not to mention personal space, as rappers often battled literally nose to nose. It was intense. At one point, BLess the chiLd’s raJnii even tried to get a “This guy sucks” chant going in the crowd to rattle his opponent, FuLL eFFect. (That was a weird move, actually. Rajnii had clearly beaten Full Effect in his first 45-second rap, deflecting the younger rapper’s insults with ip Man-like cool and skill. Not sure why he stepped out of character there. And it almost cost him: The judges gave the second round to Full Effect, necessitating a tiebreaker that Rajnii eventually won. But he could have ended it earlier without the bush-league crowd pandering.) The interesting thing was that at the end of each sequence, no matter how vulgar or personal the attacks, all of the rappers embraced and bumped fists as if they hadn’t just tried to verbally eviscerate each other. “This is all about love and respect,” said Full Effect into the mic prior to his second set against Rajnii. Then he proceeded to detail the many-splendored ways in which Rajnii could suck his dick. Which brings us to Rap Battle Lesson No. 2: Respect and

love are relative concepts at a rap battle. So what about the main event, the Thrilla of Vanilla, the Rumble in the Frozen Jungle, the Thunderdome at Metronome, the matchup between defending champ Memaranda and rap battle heavyweight Learic? It didn’t happen. In a surprising and controversial turn, Memaranda was bounced by haBit oF crows in the first round. He wasn’t happy about it. And he might have a point. Taking nothing away from Habit, who eventually advanced to the finals and generally got stronger as the night went on, but I would of liked to see a tiebreaking round. If only because almost all of the previous contests that night required an extra frame to decide a winner. I’m not saying Habit wouldn’t have won anyway, but his battle with Memaranda was close enough that it seemed unfair that it was decided in two rounds. It was also kind of a bummer to see two of the competition’s favorites matched up against each other so early. There’s a reason Duke rarely plays North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA tourney — you don’t want your heavyweights beating up on each other until the stakes are higher. Maybe some sort of seeding system would help in the future. After dispatching Memaranda, Habit cruised to the finals to face Learic, who survived a first-round scare to advance. Learic warned in last week’s column that he saves his best material for last. And he unleashed it on Habit, who, despite landing some solid jabs early, seemed to be running on empty by the second round of the finals. He was simply overwhelmed by the aztext cofront man’s fearsome intensity. Which brings us to Rap Battle Lesson No. 3: Don’t fuck with Learic.


CLUB DaTES na: not availaBlE. aa: all agEs.

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HalfloungE: Funkwagon Karaoke, 8 p.m., free.


JP'S PuB: Pub Quiz with Dave, 7 p.m., free. lEunIg'S BISTRo & CafÉ: Paul asbell, Clyde Stats and Chris Peterman, (jazz), 7 p.m., free. ManHaTTan PIZZa & PuB: open mic with andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free.

nECTaR'S: VT Comedy Club Presents: What a Joke! Comedy open mic, (standup comedy), 7 YOUR SCAN THIS PAGEp.m., free. aqueous, mom & Dad of Dopapod, (jam), 9:30TEXT p.m., free/$5. WITH LAYAR 18+.




olDE noRTHEnDER: The Red newts, (country-blues), 9 p.m., free. RaDIo BEan: The Joyful Bastards, (classical), 5 p.m., free. Ensemble V, (jazz), 7 p.m., free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., free. RED SQuaRE: mashtodon, (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free. ZEn loungE: Tropical Wednesdays with Jah Red, (salsa, reggaeton, dancehall), 8 p.m., free.

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HIgHER gRounD SHoWCaSE loungE: Houndmouth, Rayland Baxter, (indie, Americana), 7:30 p.m., $12/14. AA. on TaP BaR & gRIll: Pine Street Jazz, 7 p.m., free.


SWEET MElISSa'S: Wine Down with D. Davis, (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. Lesley Grant, Ralph Eames & D. Davis, (country), 7 p.m., free.

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THE BEE'S KnEES: Ben Roy, (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., donation.




Moog'S PlaCE: Holy Smokes, (rock), 8 p.m., free.

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middlebury area

CITY lIMITS: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. TWo BRoTHERS loungE & STagE: open mic, 9 p.m., free.

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throughout the record. There’s an uneasy vulnerability to Maine’s writing, a dark sense of foreboding softened by an easy jangle and warm, melodic hooks. Porches. play the Monkey House in Winooski on Sunday, March 16, with locals PaPER CaSTlES.

Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band, (soul), 11:30 p.m., $5. RED SQuaRE: Rick Redington & the Luv, (rock), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron, (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. RED SQuaRE BluE RooM: DJ Tytanium, (EDm), 10 p.m., free. THE SKInnY PanCaKE (BuRlIngTon): Dan masterson, (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

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fInnIgan'S PuB: Craig mitchell, (funk), 10 p.m., free. fRannY o'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. HalfloungE: Half & Half Comedy, (standup), 8 p.m., free.

PIZZa BaRRIo: Cricket Blue, (folk), 6 p.m., free. RaDIo BEan: Cody Sargent & Friends, (jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. Shane Hardiman Trio, (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.

THE PaRKER PIE Co.: Live music, 7:30 p.m., free.

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MonoPolE: Lowell & Sabo of Lucid, (rock), 10 p.m., free.



CluB METRonoME: "no Diggity" ’90s night, 9 p.m., free/$5.

THE MonKEY HouSE: Vermont Comesy Club Presents Fresh meat!, (standup comedy), 7:30 p.m., $5. 18+.

ManHaTTan PIZZa & PuB: Jon Demus, (reggae), 9 p.m., free.



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HIgHER gRounD SHoWCaSE loungE: Start making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute, 8:30 p.m., $12/15. AA.

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olIVE RIDlEY'S: DJ Skippy all Request Live, (top 40), 10 p.m., free.


head / to therapy.” The line conveys a bittersweet sort of oddball dysfunction that manifests

on TaP BaR & gRIll: Joe moore Band, (blues), 7 p.m., free.

MonoPolE: open mic, 10 p.m., free.


record, Slow Dance in the Cosmos, front man Aaron Maine sings, “I give you head / before you

THE PaRKER PIE Co.: Trivia night, 7 p.m., free.

nECTaR'S: Trivia mania, 7 p.m., free. Cornmeal, Beg Steal or Borrow, (jamgrass), 9:30 p.m., $10/15. 18+.

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BagIToS: J. Rumney, (folk), 6 p.m., donation. SWEET MElISSa'S: Bob Stannard & Those Dangerous Bluesmen, (blues), 8 p.m., NA.

stowe/smuggs area

THE BEE'S KnEES: Keith Williams, (Americana), 7:30 p.m., donation. Moog'S PlaCE: open mic, 8 p.m., free. RuSTY naIl BaR & gRIllE: abby Jenne and the Enablers, (rock), 9 p.m., $5.

middlebury area

51 MaIn aT THE BRIDgE: Verbal onslaught, (poetry), 8 p.m., free. CITY lIMITS: Trivia night, 7 p.m., free. TWo BRoTHERS loungE & STagE: DJ Third Culture, (EDm), 10 p.m., free.

DRInK: Comedy Showcase, (standup comedy), 7 p.m., $7.

nECTaR'S: Seth Yacovone, (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band, Biscuits & Gravy, (soul), 9 p.m., $5. RaDIo BEan: Kid's music with Linda "Tickle Belly" Bassick & Friends, 11 a.m., free. Tod moses, (alt-blues), 7 p.m., free. amanda Ruth, (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., free. aiden o'Brien, (roots rock), 9 p.m., free. abbie morin & Co., (indie soul), 10:30 p.m., free. Wave of the Future, (sci-fi dance punk), midnight., free. RÍ RÁ IRISH PuB: Supersounds DJ, (top 40), 10 p.m., free. RED SQuaRE: Papa GreyBeard, (blues), 5 p.m., free. Starline Rhythm Boys, (rockabilly), 8 p.m., $5. Craig mitchell, (house), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQuaRE BluE RooM: DJ Con Yay, (EDm), 9 p.m., $5. RuBEn JaMES: DJ Cre8, (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

ZEn loungE: DJ Rob Douglas & Guests, (house), 10 p.m., $5.

chittenden county

BaCKSTagE PuB: Karaoke with Jenny Red, 9 p.m., free. HIgHER gRounD SHoWCaSE loungE: middle Class Rut, Dinosaur Pile Up, Brick + mortar, (rock), 8 p.m., $13/15. AA. THE MonKEY HouSE: Peep Show! presents Ca$h, (burlesque), 10 p.m., $10/15. 18+. on TaP BaR & gRIll: Loose association, (acoustic rock), 5 p.m., free. The Hitmen, (rock), 9 p.m., free. VEnuE: Swamp Donkey, (rock), 9 p.m., free.


BagIToS: Tm Fitzgerald, (blues), 6 p.m., donation. CHaRlIE o'S: Rough Francis, Colin Clary, Disco Phantom, (punk), 10 p.m., free. PoSITIVE PIE 2: Quiet Lion, (basement soul), 10 p.m., $5. SWEET MElISSa'S: Dead Sessions Lite, (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., NA.

stowe/smuggs area

THE BEE'S KnEES: Girls night out, (folk), 7:30 p.m., donation. MaTTERHoRn: Jimkata, (rock), 9 p.m., $5. Moog'S PlaCE: The Cop outs, (rock), 9 p.m., free. RuSTY naIl BaR & gRIllE: Dead Set, (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., $6.

THE SKInnY PanCaKE (BuRlIngTon): Toy Soldiers, Tallahassee, These Wild Plains, (rock, soul), 8 p.m., $8/10. fri.14

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currently touring with my sister, so, y’ know, full disclosure and stuff. Also appearing at SXSW this year are beloved BTV expats the CUSH, whom8v-skinnypancake031214.indd I can’t possibly imagine wanting to see play on their native Texas soil after years of not having them in Vermont. (Double sniffle.) However, Cush front man BURETTE DOUGLAS hints in a recent Facebook message to yours truly that the band may make a Vermont visit this year, likely with a new record in hand. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go be cold and sober. Well, cold, at least. 

tinged swamp rock. It’s not as intricate, but it’s no less interesting. And it friggin’ rawks. Also, I’m thinking JEDD KETTLER may be one of Vermont’s most underappreciated songwriters. To be continued… Last but not least, best of luck to the Vermont delegation at this year’s South By Southwest, which I’m totally not cripplingly depressed about not attending this year. Because who likes warm weather, amazing music, free drinks, world-class BBQ and breakfast tacos? Not this guy. (That sound you hear is me gently weeping.) Anyway (sniffle), this year’s local representation includes WAYLON SPEED, STEPH PAPPAS and recent transplant RACHEL RIES — the last of whom is

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I missed it, I’m told JOEY PIZZA SLICE even dusted off some old Nose Bleed Island tunes opening for RF. Normally, I’d be miffed about not seeing that. But I was busy taking in the highlight of my weekend: THE MOUNTAIN SAYS NO at Manhattan Pizza. TMSN have been on my “to see” list for a minute now, not least because their lineup includes two-thirds of the band FARM, who are among my all-time favorite local acts. Since I wasn’t in strict music-guy mode, I’ll save more serious critical insight for another day — hey, sometimes a guy just needs to hit up Philly Friday and toss back a few Founder’s Porters. But I will say this: I loved what I heard. TMSN take the meandering curiosity that made Farm so fascinating, crank up the volume and recontextualize it through dirty, blues-


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51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: Soule monde, (organ funk), 8 p.m., free. CITY LIMITS: Toast, (rock), 9 p.m., free. City Limits Dance Party with Top Hat Entertainment, (Top 40), 9:30 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS LOUNGE & STAGE: Longford Row, (irish), 6 p.m., $3. mashtodon, (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

upper valley

TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Jefferson Starship, (rock), 8 p.m.

THE PARKER PIE CO.: acoustic Fusion Jam, 7:30 p.m., free.

outside vermont


MONOPOLE: Groovestick, (rock), 10 p.m., free.


Dead Set: A Grateful Dead Tribute Jam $6


MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Happy Hour Tunes & Trivia with Gary Peacock, 5 p.m., free.



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CLUB METRONOME: Retronome with DJ Fattie B, (’80s dance party), 9 p.m., free/$5.


EL GATO CANTINA: DJ Hector, (salsa), 10 p.m., free.


LOUNGE: John Valby aka Dr. Dirty, (comedy), 8:30 p.m., $15/17. 18+. THE MONKEY HOUSE: Vermont Comedy Club presents Comedy Roulette, (standup comedy), 7:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+. Insurrection: Dark alternative Dance nacht, 10 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

mad river valley/ waterbury

NECTAR'S: mI YaRD Reggae night with DJs Big Dog and Demus, 9 p.m., free.

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RADIO BEAN: Hannah Beth, John Drury, (celtic), 11 a.m., free. Pete Sutherland & Tim Stickle's old Time Session, 1 p.m., free. Pine Street Irregulars, (jazz), 7 p.m., free. arlo Cristofaro, (singer-sonjgwriter), 9 p.m., free. the le duo, (experimental), 10:30 p.m., free.

THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: mIchelle Sarah Band, (funk), 10 p.m., free.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Glass & Beerworth, (singer-songwriters), 5 p.m., free. Last Kid Picked, (rock), 9 p.m., free.

51 MAIN AT THE BRIDGE: mint Julep, (jazz), 8 p.m., free.

VENUE: King Los, Jay Will & Young Legend, (rap), 8 p.m., $27.

TWO BROTHERS LOUNGE & STAGE: The Hip Replacements, (rock), 6 p.m., $10. Rehab Roadhouse, (rock), 10 p.m., $5.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Bluegrass Brunch, noon., $5-10 donation. Fat Laughs at the Skinny Pancake, (improv comedy), 7 p.m., $3.

northeast kingdom

ZEN LOUNGE: In the Biz with mashtodon, (hip-hop), 9 p.m., free.


BAGITOS: Irish Session, 2 p.m., donation. Jeff Lathrop, (indie folk), 6 p.m., free. CHARLIE O'S: Dance Party, 10 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA'S: Blue Fox, (blues), 5 p.m., free. mark LeGrand album Release, (country), 9 p.m., nA.

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THE BEE'S KNEES: audrey Bernstein, (jazz), 7:30 p.m., donation. MATTERHORN: Funk Collection, (funk), 9 p.m., $5. MOOG'S PLACE: Starline Rhythm Boys, (rockabilly), 9 p.m., free. PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE: The Burritos, (rock), 10 p.m., free. RUSTY NAIL BAR & GRILLE: Hot neon magic, (’80s new Wave), 9 p.m., $6.

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

CITY LIMITS: City Limits Dance Party with DJ Earl, (top 40), 9:30 p.m., free.

THE PARKER PIE CO.: The Kingdom Tribute Revue: Led Zeppelin, 8 p.m., free.

outside vermont

MONOPOLE: Haewa, (rock), 10 p.m., free.

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ARTSRIOT: Snarky Puppy, the Funky Knuckles, (jazz, funk), 8 p.m., $17/20. AA. DRINK: Comedy open mic, (standup comedy), 8 p.m., free. FRANNY O'S: Kyle Stevens Happiest Hour of music, (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m.

chittenden county

BACKSTAGE PUB: Karaoke/open mic, 8 p.m., free. HINESBURGH PUBLIC HOUSE: Sunday Jazz with George Voland, 4:30 p.m., free. THE MONKEY HOUSE: Porches., Paper Castles, (indie), 8 p.m., free. PENALTY BOX: Trivia With a Twist, 4 p.m., free.


BAGITOS: Clare Byrne, (singersongwriter), 11 a.m., donation. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (MONTPELIER): Davey o, (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation. sun.16

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JP'S PUB: Karaoke with megan, 10 p.m., free.

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NECTAR'S: Jazzland, 7 p.m., free. Jimkata, Tauk, Funbridge, (jam, electro-rock), 9 p.m., $5.


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PIZZA BARRIO: Eric George, (old time), 6 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Greg alexander, (acoustic), noon., free. Less Digital more manual: Record Club with Disco Phantom, 3 p.m., free. Billy moody, (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. adrianne Lenker, (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., free. miriam Bernardo, michael Chorney, Rob morse Trio, (folk jazz), 9 p.m., free. Carinae, (psych rock), 10:30 p.m., free. The Burlington Bread Boys, (sweaty tonk), midnight, free. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: Groove Junkies, (rock), 10 p.m. RED SQUARE: 2nd agenda, (rebel folk), 7 p.m., $5. mashtodon, (hip-



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RUBEN JAMES: Craig mitchell, (house), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Incus, (world rock), 8 p.m., $8.

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ZEN LOUNGE: Electric Temple with DJ atak, (EDm), 10 p.m., $5.

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BACKSTAGE PUB: nomad, (rock), 9 p.m., free.

songwriting and a willingness to travel in countless directions across the pop and rock landscapes.

GOOD TIMES CAFÉ: Paul asbell, (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., nA.

In other words, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. are as adept at crafting irresistible and unpredictable songs as

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Jamie Lee Thurston, Jimmy T & the Cobras, (country, rock), 7:30 p.m., $15/18. AA.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is at turning left — which is to say, pretty doggone good. Catch the band when it


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makes a pit stop at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge in South Burlington on Wednesday, March







In 2009, then-Burlington-based rapper Mertz released his debut recording, The Rise Above It EP. Though not without its flaws, the EP suggested the next generation of local hip-hop was in capable hands. Then he promptly left the Green Mountains for Providence, R.I. There he focused on another outlet, Present Rhymes, a band that had formed in Vermont but relocated to the smallest state in the union. But Mertz found his adopted pasture to be less green than the one he left behind. Frustrated with his group’s lack of productivity, he began working on new material, collaborating with old Vermont friends and fellow expats, including producers SkysplitterInk, SXMPLELIFE and the VT Union’s Nastee. The result is the rapper’s first solo full-length, The Good in The Bad. The best moments on Mertz’s 2009 EP were those in which the rapper used his considerable natural gifts to tell compelling stories — rather than, say, telling us how good he is at rapping. The

Bad same is true is on The Good in The Bad. The difference is that those moments are far more abundant on his new record. Perhaps because he’s a little older and wiser, or maybe just because he’s better at his craft, Mertz has plenty of good stories to tell. Redemption is a central theme of the record. Nowhere is this clearer than on the album’s Nastee-produced lead single, “Life & Love.” Here, Mertz rumbles atop a lean, insistent beat. Despite its brash, almost confrontational tone, it’s an introspective look at the real work it takes to be a real working artist. But Mertz’s funk-rock-flecked sermon is less an attempt at proselytizing — a point of annoyance on his 2009 EP — than a statement of personal intent and selfrealization. “Actually, don’t listen to me, do what you like / Me, I put my head to the grindstone,” he spits with a cool detachment. “Move On” follows a similar thematic tack as the MC ruminates on stepping out on his own. Mertz unleashes his most

MUSIC SERIES fluid verses, bending subtly incisive lines around chill, shimmering beats from Saturday, Burlington’s SkySplitterInk. March 22, 2014 Even when tackling lighter subject 8:00 p.m. matter, Mertz is thoughtful. On “What $25 adv/$27 door Comes Down Must Go Up,” for example, Classic he examines the nerve-wracking Americana/Blues experience of proposing marriage. performer But rather than indulging in wistful Tickets at Main Street Stationery and by mail. romanticism, the rapper cunningly frames After Dark Music Series his musings in the context of a young P.O. Box 684, Middlebury, VT 05753 couple struggling to make ends meet. The (802) 388-0216 desire of the would-be groom to provide, e-mail: and his uncertainty in his ability to do so, is brought to life in small, gritty details — a Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater crummy bathroom, a sparsely furnished bedroom. It’s both honest and moving, and evidence that Mertz has come into 12v-afterdark031214.indd 3/10/14 7 days Smither ad 2.14.indd1 FOR 1 2/18/14 10:59 8:14 AM LOOKING his own. The Good in The Bad by Mertz is available at mertzhiphop.bandcamp. com. Mertz celebrates the release of his new album with a show at ArtsRiot in Burlington this Saturday, March 15, alongside locals the Lynguistic Civilians, Somewhere in the Solution, Bless the Child and Learic.







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According to prophecy — and the cyclical nature of local music — it is written that every seven years a ragtag, oldtimey, good-timey, jug-band-y group composed primarily of sweaty, bearded twentysomethings should emerge from Burlington’s college ghetto to deliver Queen City denizens from the haze of whatever newfangled sound the kids are listening to. And, according to my math, we’re right on schedule, given that the last such act, the fabled Jugtown Pirates of Lake Champlain, sailed from our shores roughly seven years ago to plunder farflung ports. In the Pirates’ wake, the Burlington Bread Boys have picked up the mantle — and the battered guitars, mandolins and washboards — to fulfill the prophecy that I totally just made up. Judging from their



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recently released, self-titled debut record, they are worthy heirs. Much as the Pirates were less concerned with musical polish than rakish energy, so do the Bread Boys trade in a sound more rooted in fun than flash. That’s not to say the Boys lack instrumental chops. They’re not virtuosos, but collectively they are capable. The band’s brand of boot-stomping old-time music — or, as they call it, “kazoo-core” — is characterized by wily charm. The band obliges its kazoo-core leanings on the rowdy opening cut, “The Second Time.” Following an exultant kazoo melody from Max Krieger, the band launches into a knee-slapping three minutes filled with slick mando runs, shuffling washboard and hairy, sing-along vocals. Oh, and a kazoo breakdown. “That Ain’t Wrong” continues the rambunctious mood, this time boasting a hint of Zydeco courtesy of an uncredited harmonica player.

» YA approved Yoga Teacher Trainings “You’ve Got Me Worrying Now” (200 and 500 HR) slows things down, but only a touch. The » Thai Yoga Bodywork Trainings » Yoga Retreats Bread Boys’ take on waltz is, as you might Maine~Vermont~Costa Rica~India expect, ragged. Rather than fluid and (207) 431-8079 flowing, their spin is more herky-jerky. Combined with vocalist Ethan Tapper’s raspy growl, it’s a boisterous little tune. “Gone Too Long” is this reviewer’s 10/1/12 favorite of the record’s nine cuts. It’s also 12v-shivashirayoga100312.indd 1 YOUR the most compositionally adventuresome, SCAN THIS PAGE TEXT WITH LAYAR building from a slow, mournful dirge to HERE SEE PROGRAM COVER a fiery romp that showcases mandolinist Chris Cartier and banjo player Connor Eaton — and later, the friggin’ kazoo. Following a pretty ballad, “I Love You Too Much,” the record closes in wry fashion on “You’re a Dog.” Though still scruffy, it features the band’s cleverest songwriting, and suggests that there’s more to the Bread Boys than just party music. But they’re pretty good at that, too. The Burlington Bread Boys by the Burlington Bread Boys is available at The band plays Radio Bean in Burlington on Saturday, March 15.


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stowe/smuggs area THE BEE'S KNEES: David Langevin, (piano), 11 a.m., donation. The alley Celticats, (celtic), 6 p.m., donation. october Gold, (alt-folk), 7:30 p.m., donation.


ZEN lOuNgE: Tropical Wednesdays with Jah Red, (salsa, reggaeton, dancehall), 8 p.m., free.

HalflOuNgE: Family night, (rock), 10:30 p.m., free.

HIgHER gROuND BallROOM: Sound Remedy, Shiftee, argonaut&wasp, (EDm), 8:30 p.m., $18/20. AA.

NECTaR'S: metal mondays: mobile Death Camp, Skeletons in the PIano, Savage Hen, Lord Silky, 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

HIgHER gROuND SHOWCaSE lOuNgE: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Chad Valley, (indie pop), 8:30 p.m., $15/17. AA.

RaDIO BEaN: Gettin' Irish with

Samara Lark, (irish folk), 7 p.m., YOUR S PAGE free. open mic, 9 p.m., free. TEXT AR RED SQuaRE: Everybody's HERE Songs GRAM COVERFavorite Irish Drinking Band, 4 p.m., free. Josh Panda Band, (rock), 6:30 p.m., free. mashtodon, (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., free.

RED SQuaRE BluE ROOM: DJ Reign one, (EDm), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PaNCaKE (BuRlINgTON): Kidz music with Raphael, 11 a.m., $5-10 donation.

chittenden county BaCKSTagE PuB: Barbie n Bones, (rock), 4 p.m., free.

ON TaP BaR & gRIll: open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., free.

stowe/smuggs area MOOg'S PlaCE: Seth Yacovone, (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free.

middlebury area

TWO BROTHERS lOuNgE & STagE: Trinity, (irish), 4 p.m., free.

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MONOPOlE: Lucid, (rock), 9 p.m., free.

THE MONKEY HOuSE: Canopy, (rock), 8:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.


ON TaP BaR & gRIll: Chad Hollister, (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., free. VENuE: Tantric, (rock), 8 p.m., $16.50/20. 18+.


Boys Will Be Boys, Maybe Philadelphia’s

barre/montpelier TOY SOlDIERS have always had a bit of an eclectic

bent to go along with their retro sensibilities. On their latest record, The Maybe Boys, the band offers their most cohesive and lively distillation of those playful tendencies to date. It’s a rollicking, fiery record that gleefully commandeers elements of rockabilly, blues and rock and roll. Toy Soldiers play the Skinny Pancake in Burlington this Friday, March 14, with TallaHaSSEE and THESE WIlD PlaINS.


Grup anwar, (classical Arabic), 8:30 p.m., free. Honky Tonk Tuesday with Brett Hughes & Friends, 10 p.m., $3.

CluB METRONOME: Dead Set with Cats Under the Stars, (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., free/$5.

RED SQuaRE: Craig mitchell, (house), 7 p.m., free.


fRaNNY O'S: The Trackside Incident, (rock), 9 p.m., free. HalflOuNgE: Funkwagon's Tequila Project, (funk), 10 p.m., free. lEuNIg'S BISTRO & CafÉ: mike martin & Geoff Kim, (parisian jazz), 7 p.m., free. NECTaR'S: The Jauntee, Elephants of Scotland, (prog rock), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

ZEN lOuNgE: Karaoke with megan Calla-nova, 9 p.m., free.

chittenden county ON TaP BaR & gRIll: Trivia night, 7 p.m., free.

barre/montpelier BagITOS: old Time music Session, 6 p.m., donation.

SWEET MElISSa'S: michael T. Jermyn, (acoustic), 5 p.m., free.

RaDIO BEaN: Lokum, (music of the near East), 6:30 p.m., free.



SIgNal KITCHEN: Jacques Green, (house), 8:30 p.m., free.

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stowe/smuggs area THE BEE'S KNEES: Children's Sing along with Lesley Grant, 10:30 a.m., donation.

MOOg'S PlaCE: The Jason Wedlock Show, (rock), 7:30 p.m., free.

middlebury area TWO BROTHERS lOuNgE & STagE: Karaoke with Roots Entertainment, 9 p.m., free.

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HalflOuNgE: Funkwagon Karaoke, 8 p.m., free.

JP'S PuB: Pub Quiz with Dave, 7 p.m., free. lEuNIg'S BISTRO & CafÉ: Paul asbell, Clyde Stats and Chris Peterman, (jazz), 7 p.m., free. MaNHaTTaN PIZZa & PuB: open mic with andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free. NECTaR'S: VT Comedy Club Presents: What a Joke! Comedy open mic, (standup comedy), 7 p.m., free. aqueous, (groove rock), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+. OlDE NORTHENDER: The Red newts, (country-blues), 9 p.m., free. RaDIO BEaN: Fabian Rainville, (American guitar music), 7 p.m., free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., free. Squimley and the Woolens, (jam), 11 p.m., free.

BagITOS: Papa GreyBeard, (blues), 6 p.m., donation.

SWEET MElISSa'S: Wine Down with D. Davis, (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. open Bluegrass Jam, 7 p.m., free.

stowe/smuggs area THE BEE'S KNEES: Bruce Jones, (folk), 7:30 p.m., donation. MOOg'S PlaCE: Chickweed, (acoustic), 8 p.m.

middlebury area

CITY lIMITS: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

northeast kingdom THE PaRKER PIE CO.: Trivia night, 7 p.m., free.

outside vermont

MONOPOlE: open mic, 10 p.m., free. OlIVE RIDlEY'S: DJ Skippy all Request Live, (top 40), 10 p.m., free. m


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Catherine Hall, Castleton Downtown Gallery


he materials used in Catherine Hall’s current exhibition at the Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland read like a shopping list for an art-supply store: papier-mâché, encaustic, glass, paint, rice paper, dye, wax, resin, silk, plaster, wood, horn, glass beads. As this list suggests, the works in her plainly titled “Plaster, Paper, Paint” are disparate, but they do constitute a cohesive body of work. What they have in common is the exploration of each medium’s materiality.

The four-room Castleton Downtown Gallery is a reclaimed cellar with an exposed stone foundation. Normally the space feels earthy and intimate, but a wall-hung work in the entry suggests a more funereal quality. It also immediately introduces the viewer to the slightly disturbing, tongue-incheek line of work for which this Burlington artist is known. “Oval With Head” (14 by 11 by 3 inches) is a waxy yellow babydoll head, enhanced with papier-mâché and encaustic and mounted on a wood oval. That’s right, mounted like a deer head. With its matted hair and cherubic mouth, this might be a young child looking out from the underworld,


“Hunting Lodge,” an installation composed of 14 works, each roughly a foot high, is the most horribly delightful. Glass eyes, horns and 3-Dprinted antlers augment the realism. Dispassionate titles such as “Crying,” “Round Face” and “Trophy Child” enhance the creepy factor, which is born of distorted faces and exaggerated expressions. The trophies appear to beg for rescue from this little house of horrors. Yet, again, they are also amusing. The artist’s exquisite craftsmanship and sense of whimsy enable these inanimate effigies to evoke visceral responses. These showier works can be distracting, but viewers should not overlook Hall’s small encaustic-onpanel works. The six colorful abstracts — 8 to almost 9 inches square — are highly satisfying. Unlike the overt imagery of the trophies, the images here lie encased beneath the paintings’ waxy surfaces. Each work is richly colored, from the orangeyellow-green palette of “Bubbles” to the intense red of “Swimmers.” The encaustic wraps around the frameless sides, finishing each work beautifully. Castleton Downtown’s biggest room gives ample space to Hall’s paintings. Her large abstract canvases employ bright, bold colors and are augmented with tiny, reflective ground-glass beads like those used on highway signs. When mixed with paint, these give the works a luminous quality. The interplay of materials is not simply ornamental; it’s fundamental to Hall’s aesthetic. In her oil paintings, the pigment is sometimes spare, revealing the texture of the plain canvas underneath. This approach recalls that of postwar abstract expressionist Helen Frankenthaler, but Hall’s addition of gold leaf and glass beads places her work in the 21st century. Nearby, Hall’s three “Study” paintings are biomorphic, with abstract images that suggest amoebas and other microscopic organisms. These enigmatic works speak to forms that change and evolve — as this versatile artist has transformed over decades of art making.






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and the fact that it’s mounted is macabre. Yet in Hall’s hands, the piece is also very funny. Across the room, Hall’s 60-by44-inch oil on canvas “Net” captivates with more formal properties: primary colors and strong lines overlaid by thin, lacy ones. Bold, black, vertical lines form two-dimensional architecture, suggesting a building or a bridge; textured, spidery lines crawl down the painting, as if weaving the titular net. The work ensnares viewers visually, and creates an optical momentum that engages us to look and look again. The net is like a mask through which we peer into the painting and see more deeply still. Turn the corner into the next room, and Hall switches the mood — and the medium — completely. Here are six delicate wall sculptures made of rice paper, dye and wax, which provide a pleasing respite from the drama elsewhere in the exhibit. In her artist statement, Hall says the paper works were inspired by memories of working in a textile mill in her native England during school holidays. “I was especially fascinated by seeing hanks of yarn submerged into vats of dye,” she writes. The piece titled “Unryu Fall” (29 by 39 by 8 inches) began as a horizontal arrangement of folded paper. Then the artist allowed gravity to participate: The folds sink into themselves, rippling like waves on the wall. To create the work, Hall painted and dyed Unryu paper, which contains long strands of fiber that supply contrast and texture. She then dipped the edges in wax and attached them to either a paper or a silk backing. Her wide-ranging exploration of materials is particularly evident in the work: The paper is light and translucent but also strong and resilient. It holds paint, but its fibers absorb and change it. The strength of Hall’s wall sculptures lies in their craftsmanship and exploration of the material, though they lack the confident presence of the artist’s oil and acrylic paintings. Hall’s paper works are graceful and pretty, but she is not finished with startling us. Mounted “trophies,” which consist of handmade doll and animal heads — usually with antlers — appear throughout the gallery.



“Plaster, Paper, Paint,” a solo exhibition by Catherine Hall. Through March 22 at the Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland. Info, 468-1266.

Art ShowS

NEW THIS WEEK burlington

f JEaN Luc DuSHImE: “A sense of place,”

photographs by the Vermont-based Rwandan refugee taken during a recent visit to his native land, and of new Americans in burlington. Reception Friday, march 14, 6-8 p.m. March 14-31. info, ArtsRiot in burlington.


f ‘aRT oF BETHaNy’: Artworks by will Adams, Kevin Macneil brown, Kimberley greeno, sarah Munro and Arthur Zorn in a variety of media. proceeds support the work of the church in the community. Gala reception: Sunday, march 16, 3-5 p.m. March 16-April 13. $10. info, arthurzorn@ bethany Church in Montpelier.

stowe/smuggs area

f aNDREa LILIENTHaL: Acrylic paintings and sculptural forms using materials found in nature, including saplings and bamboo, by the brooklynbased artist. Reception and artist talk: Friday, march 14, 6-8 p.m. March 14-April 20. info, 253-8358. helen Day Art Center in stowe. HaRLaN macK: “Draughts for Every passing game,” mixed-media drawings on tar paper and steel sculptures by the Vermont artist. March 13-April 25. info, 888-1261. f KENT SHaW: photographs using long exposure times and depicting architecture, nightscapes and abstractions. Copley Common space gallery. Reception: Thursday, march 13, 6-8 p.m. March 13-April 25. info, 888-1261. River Arts Center in Morrisville.

f TaRa THacKER: Abstract porcelain sculptures by the Vermont visiting artist and visual arts director of the Vermont studio Center. artist talk on Thursday, march 20, 3 p.m. March 17-April 5. info, 635-1469. Julian scott Memorial gallery, Johnson state College.

middlebury area

‘ScRaTcHING THE SuRFacE’: students from Michael Jordan’s class ART 315 show new works that explore traditional and contemporary methods of intaglio printmaking. March 12-19. info, 443-3168. Johnson Memorial building, Middlebury College.

JIm GIDDINGS: “out of the shadows,” paintings by the local artist. March 15-May 4. JENNIFER STocK: “water studies, brattleboro,” a sitespecific installation. March 15-May 4. ‘FLoRa: a cELEBRaTIoN oF FLoWERS IN coNTEmpoRaRy aRT’: Vibrant floral works by 13 regional artists. March 15-June 22. info, 254-2771. brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

f FRamED VINTaGE poSTERS FRom THE coLLEcTIoN oF aLFRED T. QuIRK: posters from the longtime AVA supporter are available on silent auction to benefit the gallery. Reception: Thursday, march 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 13-29. info, 603-448-3117. AVA gallery and Art Center in lebanon, n.h.

‘uNDER THE INFLuENcE’ WITH JoHaNNE DuRocHER yoRDaN: The burlington artist leads a workshop in collage, step by step. Drink, burlington, Thu., March 13, 6-8 p.m., $40. info, 859-9222. mIDDLEBuRy coLLEGE STaFF aRTS/cRaFTS ExHIBITIoN: Employees show their works in basketry, beadwork, pottery and more. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, saturday, March 15, 1-4 p.m., info, 443-6433. SaLLy’S BIRTHDay paRTy: help celebrate sally the dog’s birthday and participate in games, a four-legged race and, of course, a doggy birthday cake. stephen huneck gallery and Dog Chapel, st. Johnsbury, saturday, March 15, 2-4 p.m., info, 800-449-2580.

oNGoING SHoWS TERRI SEVERaNcE: “According to Terri,” mixedmedia paintings by the owner of Terri’s Morning garden, a waldorf-inspired preschool. Curated by sEAbA. Through May 31. info, 859-9222. speeder & Earl’s (pine street) in burlington.


‘aLIcE’S WoNDERLaND: a moST cuRIouS aDVENTuRE’: A touring, interactive exhibit for all ages based on the classic lewis Carroll tale. Through May 11. info, 864-1848. ECho lake Aquarium and science Center/leahy Center for lake Champlain in burlington. ‘THE aRT oF THE cENTER FoR caRTooN STuDIES’: original artwork and publications by students, graduates and faculty of white River Junction’s cartooning school. Through April 30. info, 656-2020. bailey/howe library, uVM, in burlington. aNNa ayRES & coLIN WaLSH: oil and acrylic paintings of the natural world by the local artists. Through March 29. info, 578-2512. studio 266 in burlington. aRT’S aLIVE opEN pHoToGRapHy ExHIBIT: A group exhibit of local photographers who responded to a call to artists with one to three works. Through March 30. info, 660-9005. Art’s Alive gallery in burlington. caRLEEN ZImBaLaTTI: “plane Division/sustained Mediation,” works that explore the line in paint, print, dye, string, rubber, wood and metal. Through March 31. sEAbA Center in burlington.

LIFE DRaWING cLaSSES: Classes work with professional models and focus on the long pose. preregistration advised. black horse Fine Art supply, burlington, wednesdays, 6-9 p.m., $15. info, 860-4962.

f cREaTIVE REuSE SHoWcaSE: An exhibit of artworks made from everyday trash by local high school students. closing awards celebration: Thursday, march 27, 6-7 p.m. Through March 27. info, 863-6458. Frog hollow in burlington.

ELIZaBETH a. HaGGaRT: “wonder,” paintings made with wonder bread by the Vermont artist, on view during visiting hours in pamela Fraser’s office. Through March 12. info, 656-2014. office hours gallery in burlington.

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GRoup SHoW: on the first floor, works by brian sylvester, Jane Ann Kantor, Kim senior, Kristine slattery, Maria Del Castillo, philip hagopian and Vanessa Compton; on the second floor, holly hauser, Jacques burke, Johanne Durocher Yordan, susan larkin and Teresa Davis. Curated by sEAbA. Through May 31. info, 859-9222. The innovation Center of Vermont in burlington.

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HoWaRDcENTER aRTS coLLEcTIVE: Collaborative artworks focused on healing and recovery by clients and employees of the MhsA branch of the center. Through March 21. info, 355-8797. Flynndog in burlington. J.B. WooDS: Digitally enhanced photographs that depict Vermont life. Curated by sEAbA. Through May 31. info, 859-9222. RETn in burlington.

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JamES VoGLER: sophisticated abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through April 29. info, 862-1001. left bank home & garden in burlington.

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f JEN FRaNcIS: “Topofeelia,” color photographs by the burlington planner, architectural/urban designer and artist that represent the bond between people and place. Reception: Thursday, march 13, 5-7 p.m. Through April 18. info, 862-9616. burlington College. JESSIca REmmEy: photographs that capture the beauty in ordinary settings. Through May 31. info, 859-9222. The pine street Deli in burlington. JuNE IVy: “30 Days past september,” compositions that find fresh use for vintage ephemera. Through March 29. info, christyjmitchell@gmail. com. Feldman’s bagels in burlington. KaSy pRENDERGaST: Minimal abstract paintings by the local artist. Through May 2. info, 578-7179. Courtyard Marriott burlington harbor. KaTE DoNNELLy: “A period of Confinement,” work created during a residency at burlington City Arts, in which the 2013 barbara smail Award recipient explores the routines of everyday life through performance, sound and video. TR ERIcSSoN: “Crackle & Drag,” a portrait of the artist’s mother conveyed through photo-based work, sculptural objects and moving images. info, 865-7166. Through April 12. bCA Center in burlington.

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art listings and spotlights are written by pAmElA polStoN. listings are restricted to art shows in truly public places; exceptions may be made at the discretion of the editor.

Saturday, 3/15: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Town Hall Theatre - second floor of Akeley Soldiers Memorial Building, 67 Main St., Stowe (CALLBACKS) Sunday, 3/16: 2 p.m. SHOW DATES: THURSDAY TO SUNDAY, 9/25-10/12

GLEN NaDEau: geometric-inspired acrylic paintings on canvas by the Vermont artist. Through March 31. info, 805-220-8097. stephen & burns salon, spa and boutique in burlington.

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“Cool Cole Porter Jazz, Shakespeare and Fosse inspired production numbers.”



‘cREaTIVE compETITIoN’: Artists may submit one piece of work in any medium or size, along with an $8 entry fee; the public votes during the reception and winner takes home all the entry money. Through March 15. info, christyjmitchell@ The backspace gallery in burlington.

‘EaT: THE SocIaL LIFE oF FooD’: A studentcurated exhibit of objects from the museum collection that explores the different ways people interact with food, from preparation to eating and beyond. ‘DoRoTHy aND HERB VoGEL: oN DRaWING’: A collection of drawings on paper represents the second half of the Vogels’ gift to the museum, and focuses on new attitudes on the medium by artists over the past 40 years. ‘aNoNymouS: coNTEmpoRaRy TIBETaN aRT’: paintings, sculptures, installation and video by artists living in Tibet or in the diaspora. Through May 18. info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum, uVM in burlington.



outside vermont

JapaNESE poTTERy pRESENTaTIoN: During a potluck and presentation, Rik Rolla and Toshi saitoh talk about the world’s oldest ceramic forms. shelburne Craft school, Thursday, March 13, 6-7:30 p.m., info, 985-3648.

DoSTIE BRoS. SELEcTIoNS: works in the private collection of Alex and Jeremy Dostie in their south End framing shop including grace weaver, brooke Monte, Ric Kasini Kadour, ben peberdy and more. Through March 31. info, 660-9005. Dostie bros. Frame shop in burlington.

brattleboro area

‘VERmoNT WomEN IN THE aRTS’: The Vermont historical society and Vermont Commission on women present a program celebrating women’s history Month: Mara williams moderates a panel discussion with artists Alisa Dworsky, susan leader, Carol MacDonald and Katharine Montstream. Mickey Meyers delivers introductory remarks. Reception to follow. pavilion building, Montpelier, wednesday, March 12, noon-2 p.m., info, 828-2180.

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Shanley Triggs: “View From Within,” watercolors by the Vermont artist. Through March 30. Info, 985-8222. Shelburne Vineyard.

Kate Gridley: “Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults,” life-size oil paintings by the Vermont artist. Through April 12. Info, 652-4500. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, in Burlington.


‘1864: Some Suffer So Much’: With objects, photographs and ephemera, the exhibit examines surgeons who treated Civil War soldiers on battlefields and in three Vermont hospitals, and also the history of post-tramautic stress disorder. Through Dec. 31. Info, 485-2183. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield.

Katherine Lucas: Abstract paintings in graphite, acrylic, gouache and sheetrock tape on canvas. Through March 31. Info, 324-9403. Maglianero Café in Burlington. Kathy Hart: Vermont scenes in pastel by the local artist. Through March 29. Info, 658-1562. Pompanoosuc Mills in Burlington.

Alec Frost: “Houses, Barns and Bridges of Tunbridge,” a selection of photographs by the retired local architect. Through March 17. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library.

Katie Runde: “Interwoven,” portraiture in painting and drawing that examines the relationships between people, and people and animals. Through March 31. Info, 355-5418. Vintage Inspired in Burlington.

Anne Cummings: Carbon-footprint portraits, local food and climate change eco-art, using 100 percent post-consumer materials. Second Floor Gallery. Jeneane Lunn: “Lights of Home,” oil paintings on canvas by the Vermont artist. Third Floor Gallery. ‘The Nitty Gritty’: A group exhibit featuring nearly 20 Vermont artists celebrates the industrial buildings, quarries, tools and people that have left an indelible imprint on the region. Through April 5. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre.

Marcia Hill & Cindy Griffith: Landscape paintings in pastel and oil by the Vermont artists. Curated by SEABA. Through May 31. Info, 859-9222. VCAM Studio in Burlington. Natasha Sky: Milk paint and acrylic abstractions on cotton canvas in the K-Vay style. Through March 31. Info, 318-2438. Red Square in Burlington. Northern Vermont Artists Association: An annual exhibit by members in a variety of media. Through March 31. Info, 865-7211. Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, in Burlington.

‘Interpreting the Interstates’: Compiling photographs from state archives taken between 1958 and 1978, the Landscape Change Program at the University of Vermont produced this exhibit, which aims to illustrate how the creation of the interstate highway system changed Vermont’s culture and countryside. Through April 26. Info, 479-8500. Vermont History Museum in Montpelier.

Nyiko Beguin: “Erase Head,” mixed-media works by the Burlington artist that explore themes of obsolescence and permanence through the reconstruction of disappearing media formats. Through April 9. Info, 617-935-5040dcart@uvm. edu. Livak Fireplace Lounge and Gallery, UVM, Dudley H. Davis Center in Burlington.

John Snell: “Taking Time to See,” photographs inspired by the natural world and local environs. Through March 31. Info, 223-3338. KelloggHubbard Library in Montpelier.

‘Telephone’: Beginning March 7, one artist will be invited to bring in work and will in turn invite another artist, who will invite another, and so on. The resulting exhibit will be a visual conversation about who is making art in Vermont, who they turn to and how their collective work interacts. Through May 31. Info, 578-2512. The Soda Plant in Burlington.

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‘Textured’: Contemporary works in two and three dimensions by Gowri Savoor, Mary Zompetti, Jennifer Koch and Karen Henderson. Through March 22. Info, 865-7166. Vermont Metro Gallery, BCA Center, in Burlington. Terry Ekasala: “Inside Out,” abstract paintings by the Vermont-based artist. Through March 25. Info, 735-2542. New City Galerie in Burlington.

f Tonya Ferraro: “Mis(fit)s: Identity &

Adornment,” a site-specific installation presenting jewelry for the body in metal. Reception and artist talk, Thursday, March 13, at 5:30 p.m. Through March 21. Info, 656-4200. Living/ Learning Center, UVM, in Burlington. ‘White Wash’: A group of Vermont artists show works that fit the theme: a clean, bright, fresh palette with “a side of the quiet, serene and ghostly.” Through March 29. Info, The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington.

chittenden county

Elizabeth Cleary: Acrylic paintings of beer glasses and mixed-media works. Through April 2. Info, 399-2994. Fiddlehead Brewing Company in Shelburne.

f ‘Ice Storm, December 2013’: An exhibit of

photographs by members of the Milton Artists’ Guild documents their ice-laden community, and features a candid bald-eagle image by invited guests Bev and Walt Keating. Reception: Thursday, March 13, 5-7 p.m. Through April 30. Info, 893-7860. Milton Municipal Complex.

Ken Leslie: “Golden Dome Cycle and Other Works: Arctic and Vermont,” an exhibit of multimedia works on a variety of surfaces and shapes, including the 360-degree panorama showing the view from the top of the Statehouse over a year’s time. Through March 28, 5-8 p.m. Info, 828-0321. Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier.

Anne Cummings Westford-based artist Anne Cummings brings

her “eco-art” to Studio Space Arts in Barre this month. Her eye-catching, beautifully detailed landscape and portrait installation consists of large-scale, mixed-media collages made from postconsumer waste — aka trash. She named the landscapes “Vermont Wastescapes.” Each one represents a county in Vermont and is made of trash collected from back roads and byways. The portraits are six-year projects made from waste generated by each individual depicted. Also showing at Studio Space Arts: a 17-artist show called “The Nitty Gritty,” which the gallery calls a celebration of “the industrial buildings, quarries, tools and people that have left an indelible imprint on our region”; and “Lights of Home,” an exhibit of Jeneane Lunn’s oil paintings. All shows run through April 5. Pictured: “Athena” by Anne Cummings. Jason Durocher: Five paintings from the Vermont artist’s “12 Months” series exploring the forests of the Northern Hemisphere. Through June 30. Info, 324-2772. Comfort Inn & Suites in South Burlington. John Bisbee: “New Blooms,” wall and freestanding installations made entirely from foot-long nails. The Maine sculptor is the first-ever contemporary artist to show in the museum’s new, year-round venue. Through May 26. ‘Supercool Glass’: An exhibit that spans two centuries of glassmaking, with items from the museum’s permanent collection and contem-

porary decorative and sculptural creations by Vermont and national artists. Info, 985-3346. Through June 8. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum. Judy Tiplady: Watercolor paintings by the Vermont artist. Kolvoord Room. Through March 31. Info, 878-6955. Brownell Library in Essex Junction. Julie A. Davis, Fiona Fenwick Cooper & Jane Neroni: “Landscape Perspectives,” paintings by the Vermont artists. Through April 20. Info, 343-2539. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho.

Linda Pruitt: “Re-wilding,” shamanic, acrylic paintings by the local artist. Through March 30. Info, 223-0043. Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier. Peter Forbes & Nathan Burton: Photographic portraits from a 2013 performance by Forbes, and a collection of recent images by dancer/teacher/photographer Burton. Through March 31. Info, 229-4676. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio in Montpelier. Regis Cummings: “Places and Faces on a Journey,” paintings and multimedia works by the local artist. Photo ID required for admission. Through March 28. Info, 828-0749. Governor’s Office Gallery in Montpelier. Robin LaHue: “Moonbeams and Dreams,” water-soluble-oil paintings on canvas by the Vermont artist. Through March 30. Info, curator@ The Green Bean Art Gallery at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier.

stowe/smuggs area

Annelein Beukenkamp: In “A Body of Work,” the Vermont painter long known for her floral and still-life watercolors explores portraiture and the human form. Through April 30. Info, 253-1818. Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe.

f ‘Art By and For Women’: Artwork by JSC students, faculty and staff. Reception: Thursday, March 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Through March 17. Info, 635-1360. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College. ‘

Art ShowS

KicK and Glide: Vermont’s nordic sKi leGacy’: An exhibit celebrating all aspects of the sport, including classic and skate skiing, Nordic combined, biathlon, ski jumping, telemark, and back-country skiing. Through october 13. info, 253-9911. Vermont ski and snowboard museum in stowe. ‘surVeillance society’: with works in a variety of media, artists hasan elahi, Adam harvey, Charles Krafft, david wallace, and eva and Franco mattes explore notions of privacy and safety, security and freedom, public and personal. Through April 20. info, 253-8358. helen day Art Center in stowe. Victoria ZolnosKi and marK o’maley: The JsC photography and art history instructor collaborates with the theater and dance prof from Franklin pierce university in an exhibit that includes black and white, chromoskedasic and digital photography and video. Through march 15. info, 730-3114. Julian scott memorial Gallery, Johnson state College.

mad river valley/waterbury

f Bonnie Barnes, carol Boucher & lynn newcomB: black-and-white photography of yellowstone park, acrylic paintings, and etchings and steel sculpture, respectively. reception: Friday, march 14, 6-8 p.m. Through April 26. info, 244-7801. Axel’s Gallery & Frameshop in waterbury.

‘Juice Bar’ winter show: The annual rotating members’ show features works by Virginia beahan and laura mcphee, Jessica straus, Kirsten hoving and Richard e. smith. Through April 5. info, 767-9670. bigTown Gallery in Rochester.

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lorraine manley: “luminous Vermont,” vibrant, colorful paintings that capture the beauty of the artist’s home state. Through march 31. info, 496-6682. Festival Gallery in waitsfield.

middlebury area

‘circlinG the sheldon’: one-of-a-kind objects from the permanent collection, from buttons to peg legs to quilts to a high-wheel bicycle, illustrate the round theme. Through April 19. info, 388-2117. henry sheldon museum of Vermont history in middlebury. ninth annual emerGinG artists: An exhibit featuring a variety of artwork by mt. Abraham union high school students. Through march 26. info, 453-4032. Art on main in bristol. ‘oBserVinG Vermont architecture’: photographs by Curtis Johnson and commentaries by Glenn Andres explore the state’s diverse built environment, and accompany their new book, The Buildings of Vermont. Through march 23. info, 443-5008. middlebury College museum of Art.

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Vermont to the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho, with an exhibit called “Landscape

Perspectives.” Though their painting styles differ, the artists share a love for rendering vivid, impressionistic nature scenes from across their home state, as well as a preferred medium: oil. The Gruppe Gallery, which sells the works of the late oil master for whom it’s named, is a fitting venue for an exhibit of the women’s work — each has decades of painting experience and a laundry list of awards and honors for their work. They’ll give a talk titled “The Informed Palette: Three Personal Journeys With Color” at the gallery


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Harlan Mack Harlan Mack’s recent drawings appear on a strange canvas: tar paper. The Washington, Vt.-based artist has utilized that rough base to make

striking mixed-media creations with acrylic, gesso and solvents. Examples of these unconventional pieces, along with Mack’s steel sculptures, appear in an exhibit titled “Draughts for Every Passing Game,” at the Gallery at River Arts in Morrisville. The artist says the exhibit is meant to “generate an apocalyptic narrative on the efforts of the Spirit of Death in the pursuit of a retirement.” Whatever that means, these unusually made works have a strange and disconcerting quality, an intriguing hint that something is not as it should be. The show opens with a reception this Thursday, March 13, 6-8

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‘One ROOm SchOOlS’: Photographs from the 1980s by Diana Mara Henry illustrate the end of an era in many rural small towns in Vermont. In the Vision & Voice Gallery. Through May 10. RuSSell SnOw: “Imagination in Motion,” wooden whirligigs from the political to the playful by the local craftsman. Through March 31. Info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. ‘The Place Of Dance’: Ten images from faculty member Andrea Olsen’s new book The Place of Dance, created with her colleague Carolyn McHose, feature faculty, alumni and current students. Through May 8. Info, 443-3168. Davis Family Library, Middlebury College. PaT muSick: “The Instant of It All,” an exploration of the aging process by the environmental artist, using collage, wall sculpture and large-scale paper pieces. Through April 30. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. STePhanie laRSen: Colorful reverse paintings on the glass of old window frames. Through March 31. Info, 453-3188. WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room in Bristol.

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2014 JuRieD aRTiST exhibiT: Forty-two artists from Vermont and New York exhibit works in a wide variety of media, including painting, photography, wood carving, collage, origami and more. Through April 25. Info, 775-0356. Chaffee Downtown Art Center in Rutland.

bRanDOn aRTiSTS GuilD membeR ShOw: “Still Life & Sculpture” presents works in multiple media, from contemporary painting, photography, ceramic and fiber art to a fresh twist on a medieval art form. Through April 29. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild. caTheRine hall: “Plaster, Paper, Paint,” a multimedia exhibit intended to challenge the definitions and implications of each material. Through March 22. Info, 468-1266. Castleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland. len DaviS: “A Thousand Words,” 22 8-by-5-inch collages incorporating drawing of faces on the pages of books, as well as debris and other objects. Through April 14. Info, 468-6052. Christine Price Gallery, Castleton State College. winTeR aRT maRT: Local artists show photography, pottery, jewelry, painting, prints and more, and Divine Arts Recording Group offers CDs of rare recordings, classical music and rediscovered masterpieces. Through March 31. Info, 247-4295. Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon.

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‘aRT ThaT celebRaTeS winTeR’: A community art exhibit of works in a variety of media featuring the snowy season. Through March 31. Info, 457-2295. Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock. ‘eaRTh aS muSe: beauTy, DeGRaDaTiOn, hOPe, ReGeneRaTiOn, awakeninG’: Artwork that celebrates the Earth’s beauty while reflecting on tensions between mankind and


the environment by Fran Bull, Pat Musick, Harry A. Rich, Jenny Swanson and Richard Weis. Through April 4. Info, 258-3992. The Great Hall in Springfield. gerry trevits: New oil paintings of the local landscape. Through April 11. Info, 525-3366. The Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. “MakiNg visiBle”: New works by Valery Woodbury, Michelle Woodbury and Nance Silliman in pastels, oils, watercolors and photography. Through May 3. Info, 674-9616. Nuance Gallery in Windsor.

f ‘PoiNts oF view’: Watercolors, oils and sketches in a variety of styles by members of the Monday Painters: Barbara Grey, Jenny Green, Joan Harlowe, Donna Marshall, Barbara Matsinger and Robin Rothman. reception: saturday, March 15, 3-5 p.m. Through April 26. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. soUth royaltoN sChool stUdeNt exhiBit: Ceramics, paintings, folded-paper designs, photographs and drawings by 43 students in the South Royalton School Art Program. Through March 31. Info, 763-7094. Royalton Memorial Library in South Royalton. “sUstaiNaBle shelter: dwelliNg withiN the ForCes oF NatUre”: An exhibition that examines new homebuilding strategies and technologies that help restore natural systems. Through May 26. Info, 649-2200. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. toM BerriMaN: Bird photography from wildlife and management areas in Vermont. A portion of sales will benefit VINS’ educational, conservation and rehabilitation work. Through March 31. Info, 359-5001. Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee.


‘MUd seasoN’ aNd solo shows: A group show inspired by Vermont’s leading artists featuring images of life between seasons, colored by light, shadow, earth, sky and water. Solo exhibitions: Evocative landscapes by Gerard Natale and

art soUterraiN: More than 100 contemporary art installations are sited along the city’s vast underground network, linking 14 buildings. Through March 16. Info, 514-878-3409. Underground City, Montreal, Quebec. Best oF the UPPer valley high sChool exhiBitioN: Teen artists from around the region exhibit their works in a variety of media. Through March 14. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. ‘evolviNg PersPeCtives: highlights FroM the aFriCaN art ColleCtioN’: An exhibition of objects that marks the trajectory of the collection’s development and pays tribute to some of the people who shaped it. Through Dec. 20. ‘iN resideNCe: CoNteMPorary artists at dartMoUth’: This exhibit celebrates the school’s artist-in-residence program, which began in 1931, and presents works by more than 80 international artists who have participated in it since then. Through July 6. Info, 603-6462808. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. lathoriel BadeNhaUseN: “Wise Blood,” paintings, drawings, sculptures, embroideries and installations created with found objects that have been altered, deconstructed and repurposed. Through March 30. Info, 518-564-2474. Plattsburgh State Art Museum, N.Y. Peter doig: “No Foreign Lands,” a major survey of contemporary figurative paintings by the Scottish artist. Through May 4. Info, 514-285-2000. JUles de BaliNCoUrt: A premier exhibit of contemporary paintings by the Franco-American pictural artist. Through March 13. Info, 514-285-2000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. m

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Tim’s Vermeer ★★★★★


t’s hardly surprising that a movie made by Penn and Teller would feature a mind-bending stunt. What you’re less likely to expect is that the magicians aren’t the ones who perform it. And that it’s a 17th-century Dutch masterpiece that’s pulled out of a hat. The pair, perhaps the most intellectual show-biz duo ever to utter the word “presto,” aren’t new to moviemaking. They’ve created shorts and several TV series, and Penn produced 2005’s The Aristocrats, in which 100 famous comics tell the same infamously filthy joke. But Tim’s Vermeer is their first documentary. Their subject is a fascinating fellow named Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor who made his mark in the ’90s with the Video Toaster, the first professional-quality production system designed for use with a personal computer. It revolutionized the industry and made its creator very rich. How rich? Well, a while back, Jenison became intrigued by the speculations of two Englishmen, the artist David Hockney and the architect Philip Steadman. Both had written books hypothesizing that Johannes Vermeer achieved the photorealistic quality

of his paintings with the assistance of devices such as a camera obscura, specially designed optical lenses and mirrors. Those tools, their theory holds, allowed Vermeer to project a scene onto a canvas and trace and copy it in paint-by-numbers style. You or I might search out books or Google the painter for more on the mysteries of his technique, which has baffled scholars for centuries. Jenison, however, had the curiosity, the free time and the bottomless resources to take his inquiry further—crazy further. He decided to test the theories of his new Brit besties (who both appear in the film) by recreating one of the master’s most admired works, 1662’s “The Music Lesson,” using the tools and procedures they attribute to Vermeer. Oh, and did I mention that Jenison had never picked up a paintbrush in his life? Jenison does something extraordinary in the film. Well, a bunch of things. He reconstructs the painter’s Delft studio in a San Antonio warehouse. He learns to mix pigments and grind lenses by hand. He even recreates the beautiful subjects in the painting — everything from intricate stained-glass windows and a harpsichord-





Like Father, Like Son ★★★★


hich shapes a child more, nature or nurture? Many Americans would pick the latter, optimistically convinced that kids come to resemble those who raise them in the ways that matter most. For the parents in this Japanese drama from writer-director Hirokazu Koreeda, however, the question isn’t abstract. They’ve just discovered that their 6-year-old son isn’t genetically theirs. Architect Ryota Nonomiya (Masaharu Fukuyama) has been raising young Keita (Keita Ninomiya) to be an achiever like his dad, giving him private school, piano lessons and lectures on the virtues of competition. He’s dismayed by the boy’s “kindness,” but attributes it to his more easygoing mom, Midori (Machiko Ono). Then unlikely news comes from the hospital where Keita was born: The Nonomiyas’ son was switched at birth. These impeccably groomed professionals have been raising the offspring of a loud, boisterous couple (Yôko Maki and Rirî Furankî) who own a rickety electronics store and exercise a chaos-friendly parenting style. Two very different families face the same choice: Should they continue to raise their unwittingly adopted child, or exchange him for a biological offspring who’s an unknown quantity? Hospital administrators urge the couples to make the switch. Without openly defying these authorities, three of the parents drag

their feet, clearly preferring the status quo. The exception is Ryota, who sees fatherhood as a matter of bloodline. Has he been wasting his efforts on a kid who’ll never amount to more than the son of a shopkeeper? It’s no surprise that Steven Spielberg scooped up remake rights to Like Father, Like Son after he saw the film at Cannes, where it won the Jury Prize. The story evokes old-school Hollywood “issue” dramas like Kramer vs. Kramer. And Ryota is a character type with whom American moviegoers are all too familiar: The workaholic who needs to Learn a Lesson about spending more time with his family. In the wrong hands, this would have been a syrupy tale about the intangible bonds between parent and child. But Koreeda, the acclaimed maker of several films showcasing children (including I Wish and Nobody Knows), gives it a brisk lightness. Under his direction, child actors never play “cute,” and low-key personalities get as much attention as big ones. As a result, the bond between Keita and Midori — both openly submissive to Ryota, yet secretly pitting their love against him — comes through with heartbreaking clarity. And, while Ryota does experience the evolution you’d expect — with a few clumsy transitional scenes — he also emerges as a three-dimensional character with reasons for his cruelty. Koreeda uses light and space to show us what the generally subtle dialogue doesn’t tell us: We learn plenty from the impersonal

COPY CAT Penn and Teller’s documentary debut chronicles a tech gazillionaire’s attempt to reproduce a 17th-century masterpiece using period materials and a hypothetical technique.

like instrument called a virginal to the confoundingly palpable. They painted it female pupil. His daughter modeled over a knot by painstaking knot, weaving it into convincing existence with pigment and the college break. YOUR SCAN THIS PAGE aid of magnifying opticals. And then he does the most extraordinaryYOUR Eighty minutes and four years thing of all. Over 130 days, stroke by TEXT TEXTin, the WITH LAYAR meticulous, laborious stroke, Jenison paints experiment’s “presto” moment arrives when HERE HERE SEE PROGRAM a mirror image ofCOVER Vermeer’s masterwork. Hockney and Steadman examine the new See Tim’s Vermeer on as large a screen as painting. Watch and listen closely to their possible, because, in addition to Jenison’s subdued reactions. Success is declared, obsession, the movie is all about Vermeer’s but they see what we see: a validation of their theories, a miraculously accurate almost microscopic mastery of detail. We watch Jenison use an ingenious reproduction and, still, a painting missing combination of lights and mirrors — something. That’s something Jenison, something entirely different from smoke brilliant and devoted as he was, couldn’t and mirrors — to achieve the intricacy capture on the canvas: the magic that made responsible for the painter’s mystifying it a Vermeer in the first place. realism. The viewer at long last learns, for instance, how Vermeer — and Jenison — RI C K KI S O N AK rendered the texture of the Turkish carpet draped over a table in the foreground so


IS BLOOD THICKER? Fukuyama discovers he’s raising someone else’s kid in Koreeda’s subtle drama.

modernism of the hospital, the hotel-like blandness of the Nonomiyas’ apartment and the happy clutter in which the other family lives. This is a film where details count: When Ryota spots his biological son chewing a drinking straw, his displeasure is palpable. Like Father doesn’t answer the natureversus-nurture question, nor does it need to. The real question is simpler: How attached do parents feel after six years with a child? Is a DNA test enough to make them let go? By the time you read this, Like Father, Like Son may have left our screens. (Look for it on video in May.) But March 14 brings another powerful Japanese film to Vermont:

Hayao Miyazaki’s animated passion project The Wind Rises. This fictionalized biography of engineer Jiro Horikoshi lost the Best Animated Feature Oscar to Disney’s Frozen, but they aren’t comparable: Miyazaki’s film is hand-drawn and adult oriented. The director has received flack for not being more explicit about the horrific consequences of Horikoshi’s ambition: He designed the Zero fighters that killed so many Allies in World War II. But few would dispute that The Wind Rises is a mind-bendingly gorgeous film. MARGO T HARRI S O N

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now playing 3 DAYS to killHHH director Mcg and cowriter luc besson team up on the action-packed saga of a government agent (Kevin costner) who must bring down a terrorist while trying to save his own life and bond with his teenage daughter. will audiences get Taken again? with amber heard, hailee Steinfeld and connie nielsen. (113 min, Pg-13) 12 YEARS A SlAVEHHHHH chiwetel Ejiofor plays a free man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the antebellum South in this drama from director Steve McQueen, based on a real slave narrative. with Michael fassbender and Michael K. williams. (134 min, R) 300: RiSE oF AN EmpiREHH1/2 300 didn’t end so happily for those 300 Spartans. but the greeks step up to the plate against the invading Persian hordes in this belated sequel from director noam Murro (Smart People), based on frank Miller’s Xerxes. Sullivan Stapleton, lena headey and Eva green star. (102 min, R)

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tHE lEgo moViEHHHH a lowly lego figure discovers he’s the chosen One who can defeat order-obsessed lord business (will ferrell) in this satirical family-adventure animation from directors Phil lord and christopher Miller. also featuring the voices of chris Pratt, will arnett and Elizabeth banks. (100 min, Pg) likE FAtHER, likE SoNHHHH hirokazu Koreeda (I Wish) wrote and directed this tale of a father who does everything he can to mold his son in his likeness — only to discover that the child was switched at birth and isn’t his. with Masaharu fukuyama and Machiko Ono. (122 min, nR) loNE SURViVoRHHHH Mark wahlberg stars in the fact-based account of an ill-fated 2005 navy SEal team mission in afghanistan. with taylor Kitsch, Emile hirsch and ben foster. Peter berg directed. (121 min, R)

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mR. pEABoDY & SHERmANHHH The midcentury cartoon characters come to the big screen in this dreamworks family animation about a genius beagle, his adopted son and their not-alwaysresponsible adventures with a time machine. with voice work from ty burrell, Max charles and Stephen colbert. Rob Minkoff (The Forbidden Kingdom) directed. (92 min, Pg) tHE moNUmENtS mENHH george clooney and Matt damon play members of a world war II platoon that rescues art treasures from the nazis in this drama directed and cowritten by clooney. with bill Murray, cate blanchett and John goodman. (118 min, Pg-13) NoN-StopHHH1/2 how does liam neeson kick ass this time? he plays an air marshal trying to foil a high-tech, midair hijacking in this action flick from director Jaume collet-Sera (Unknown). with Julianne Moore and Michelle dockery. (106 min, Pg-13) nOw PlayIng

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Sheriff’s investigators concluded that a burglar who broke into a fishing store in Rochester, Minn., was driven off by a motion-activated singing novelty fish near the door. Sgt. Tom Claymon said the would-be thief fled empty-handed after he knocked the Big Mouth Bill Bass onto the floor, and it began singing “Take Me to the River.” (Minneapolis’s Star-Tribune)


Hoping to reduce the estimated 50 tons of litter left by people climbing Mount Everest, Nepal ordered everyone descending to carry out 18 pounds of trash. The debris ranges from empty oxygen bottles, torn tents, discarded food containers and the bodies of climbers who died on the mountain. (New York Times)

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Chinese officials are considering using giant vacuum cleaners to improve air quality in polluted cities. The device, which resembles a giant hula-hoop, uses an electrified wire to attract smog particles. “It’s not going to cure smog on a large scale,” Dutch inventor Daan Roosegaarde explained, “but at least we can remind people what clean air looks like.” A separate report noted that in 1970, oil-rich Beverly Hillbilly Jed Clampett considered investing in a scheme to drill a tunnel through the San Bernadino Mountains, stick in a huge fan and suck all the smog out of Los Angeles. (Washington Post) B y H ARRY BL I SS

Dr. Daniel Ubani admitted killing an English patient by overprescribing drugs but moved to Germany, made a plea deal to pay a fine for “gross negligence” and continued practicing. While Ubani was delivering a presentation at a conference in Lindau, Germany, the victim’s two sons interrupted him and called him a “charlatan and killer,” Ubani sued the sons, demanding they pay him £2,800 ($4,690) because their disruption caused him to miss a post-conference dinner for which he had already paid. (Britain’s Express)

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A child-nutrition manager dispatched to a Salt Lake City elementary school to investigate reports of parents owing money to the school lunch program ordered cafeteria workers to seize lunches from as many as 40 students. District official Jason Olsen said officials tried to alert parents with overdue balances that the child-nutrition manager was coming but couldn’t reach everyone in time. The students

had already received their lunches before they were singled out, leaving workers no choice but to throw out the uneaten food because school rules forbid serving already served food to other students. (Salt Lake Tribune)

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Shawn Stillinger, 15, responded to a YouTube challenge to try a homemade blow dart experiment but wound up swallowing the dart. “I tilted it up to shoot it out at a tree, and it fell back out of the straw that I had it in, and it went into my throat,” Stillinger explained. After two hospitals were unable to remove the dart from Stillinger’s windpipe, otolaryngologist Dr. David Gudis of the Medical University of South Carolina was able to access his airway through his mouth and operate endoscopically instead of having to cut open his throat. (Charleston’s WCSC-TV) Patrick Snay received $80,000 to settle his age-discrimination suit against Miami’s Gulliver Preparatory School, but the agreement included a stipulation forbidding disclosure of settlement details. The Snays’ daughter promptly notified her 1,200 Facebook friends: “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.” A judge voided the settlement. (CNN)

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Do you remember being in your mother’s womb? Probably not. But here’s what I know about that time: In the first few weeks after you were conceived, your body grew at a very rapid rate. Once you were born, if you had continued to expand and develop with that much vigor, you would literally have grown to be as big as a mountain by now. So let’s be thankful you slowed down. But I do want to sound an alert and let you know that you are currently in a growth spurt with some metaphorical resemblances to that original eruption. It’s basically a good thing. Just be aware that you may experience growing pains.

(May 21-June 20): seeking wisdom and chasing after pleasure are polar opposites, right? you must devote yourself to either one or the other, correct? you can be an enlightened servant of the greater good or else an exuberant hedonist in quest of joy, but not both. true? no. no. no. false. Wrong. Here’s the bigger truth: now and then, grace periods come along when you can become smarter and kinder by exploring the mysteries of feeling really good. Can you guess when the next of these grace periods will arrive for you, Gemini? Here’s the answer: It’s here now!

caNceR (June 21-July 22): Humans walked

on the moon before anyone ever had the simple idea to put wheels on suitcases. unbelievable, right? until 1972, three years after astronauts first walked on the lunar surface, travelers in airports and train stations had to carry and drag wheel-less containers full of their belongings. I suspect that a comparable out-of-sequence thing may be going on in your own life, Cancerian. In some ways you are totally up-to-date, and in other ways you are lagging behind. now would be a good time to identify any discrepancies and start correcting them. Metaphorically speaking, I’d love you to have rolling luggage by the next time you take a journey.

leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Have you ever heard

of the sasquatch, also known as bigfoot? you know, one of those big, hairy, humanoid beasts that walks upright and lives in dense forests? scientists assure us that there is no such thing. but then they used to say the same thing about the platypus. It was a myth, they declared, a figment of explorers’ vivid imaginations. A duck-billed, egg-laying mammal simply could not exist. When the


(Aug. 23-sept. 22): Kyoka is a Japanese word that means a flower reflected in a mirror. I suggest you use it as a metaphor to help you understand what’s happening in your life right now. Here are some clues to jumpstart your ruminations. Are you more focused on the image of what you love than on what you love? If so, is there anything wrong with that, or is it perfectly fine? Are you more interested in ephemeral beauty that you can admire from afar than in tangible beauty you can actually touch? If so, is there anything wrong with that, or is it perfectly fine? should you turn away from a dreamy surrogate and turn toward the real thing? If so, why?

liBRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): A british researcher poured 300 million facts into a computer program designed to determine the most boring day in history. The winner was April 11, 1954. It was selected because almost nothing important happened except an election in belgium. I’m wondering if you Libras might reach that level of blah sometime soon. The astrological omens suggest it’s a possibility. And frankly, I hope that’s exactly what happens. you need a break from high adventure and agitated activity. you would benefit from indulging in some downtime that allowed you to luxuriate in silence and stasis. The time has come to recharge your psychic batteries. scoRPio (oct. 23-nov. 21): you won’t be the recipient of good luck in the coming days. nor will you experience bad luck or dumb luck or weird luck. no, scorpio. The serendipitous slew of synchronicities that will slip and slide into your sphere requires a new word, which I have coined for this occasion. That word is “shluck.” shluck is a cracked yet plucky sort of backwards luck that provides you with an abundance of curious slack. shluck slings your way a series of happy accidents and curious coincidences that give you experiences

you didn’t even realize you needed. to take maximum advantage of shluck’s benefits, you have to dispense with your agendas and drop your expectations.


(nov. 22-Dec. 21): In the old fairy tale “Ali baba and the forty Thieves,” the poor woodcutter Ali baba is collecting firewood in the forest when he spies a gang of thieves bragging about their exploits. observing them from a hiding place, he hears them chant a phrase, “open sesame.” This magically unseals the opening to a cave that happens to be full of their stolen treasure. Later, when the thieves have departed, Ali baba goes to the cave and says “open sesame” himself. The hocus-pocus works. He slips into the cave and steals a bag of gold from the robbers’ plunder. This story has resemblances to an adventure you could enjoy sometime soon, sagittarius. I suspect you may discover your own version of “open sesame.” It will give you access to a less literal and more legitimate bounty.

caPRicoRN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): your ability to heal rifts and bridge gaps is unusually high. you could connect seemingly irreconcilable elements and forge apparently impossible links. former allies who have become estranged might be moved to bond again through your compassionate intervention. I’m not promising amazingly miraculous feats of unification, but I’m not ruling them out, either. you have a sixth sense about how to create interesting mixtures by applying just the right amount of pressure and offering just the right kind of tenderness. aQUaRiUs (Jan. 20-feb. 18): My friend Harry said he wanted to teach me to play golf. “Are you kidding?” I asked him incredulously. “The dullest game on the planet?” He tried to convince me that it would provide lots of interesting metaphors I could use in writing horoscopes. “name one,” I challenged him. He told me that “Volkswagen” is a slang term that describes what happens when a golfer makes an awkward shot that nevertheless turns out to be quite good. “Hmmm,” I replied. “That is exactly the theme I have decided on for the Aquarius horoscope.”

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taURUs (April 20-May 20): In May 2011, two nepali men reached the top of Mt. everest after a six-week climb. Lakpa tsheri sherpa and sano babu sunuwar had prepared an unprecedented way to get back down off the


respected british zoologist George shaw claimed there was indeed such a creature, he was mocked by his contemporaries. eventually, though, the truth emerged and shaw was vindicated. I suspect that you Leos will soon experience an event akin to the discovery and confirmation that the platypus is real.

aRies (March 21-April 19): “There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.” so says a character in Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel The Unconsoled. At this juncture in your life story, Aries, it might be healing for you to make a similar declaration. now is an excellent moment to say a final goodbye to plot twists that you wished would have happened but never did. to do so will free up stuck energy that will then become available for future projects. you may even awaken to exciting possibilities you haven’t imagined yet.

mountain. strapping themselves to a single parachute, they leaped off and paraglided for 45 minutes, landing near a sherpa village thousands of feet below the summit. I suggest you look around for a metaphorical version of a shortcut like that, taurus. Don’t do the next part of the journey the same way you did the previous phase. take a more direct route. enjoy an alternate adventure. Give yourself a fresh challenge.


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Happy, well-adjusted couple We’re both kind, compassionate, fun and intelligent professionals in our mid-30s. Our sexual relationship is very open, and we’d like to bring another woman into bed with us for casual fun. Mostly she would satisfy and be satisfied by her, but intimacy with him as well is cool if desired. We believe there’s always more love to go around! openandkind, 37 Sexy TS I am a sexy, fit and fun TS looking for a fun couple to play with. I am very oral, love to have her do me with a strap-on while I have him in my mouth. thisgirlsforu, 40, l Sensuous, slow, hot and wet! We are a committed couple in search of some sexy fun! We seek a sensual woman for me to play with — my man loves to watch me make love to a woman. We would also consider a couple. I’m bi, my man is straight. I’m a smokin’ hot 40-year-old, very fit and sexy. I seek a pretty lady tease. Grizzly, 40, l MWC seeks a Gentleman Lover ISO the elusive, clean-cut, successful, charming gentleman, respectful, athletic, with a fun personality. She: 49, sexy, attractive, degreed professional. He: 56, straight 8, medical issues leaves us looking for a threesome! SojournersVT, 51, l Loving Couple seeks sexy lady We’re in a loving, committed relationship, together over 25 years. We’re very much into pleasure and exploring our sexuality. She was in a f-f relationship years ago so this is nothing new, but it’s been a while. We’re looking for an intelligent woman (we need to like you) who is looking to explore her sexuality with a loving, committed couple. coupleinlove, 48 Let’s Play! Fit, clean couple ISO young woman to join the fun. He’s 42 and hung. She’s 23 and a cute little thing. We’re great together but it might be super-duper with the right addition. You have any body type but with a cute face and great attitude. fitcouple, 24

I have penis envy. I stress about my size every day. Even if I’m alone, I obsess that it’s too small. What is the truth? Do women really care about the size of my manhood? Or am I just being overly paranoid? Limp, I’m about 3 inches. Erect I get to about 6 to 6.5 inches, but I just feel I should be bigger. Is there anything I can do to increase my size?


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OK, I’m not going to lie, bigger can be better. But it’s really more about girth than length. According to, the average erect penis size is between 5.1 and 5.9 inches. In which case, you’re above average. Pat yourself on the back, man. The vulva, clitoris and inner portions of the vagina are the most sensitive parts. So, you don’t need to worry about your penis being too small or unable to offer great pleasure, because it’s not about how it looks but how you work it. So work on that. Now, let’s talk about confidence. Bottom line, the best lovers are confident lovers no matter what. We won’t care if you don’t. The biggest turn-on is being with someone who takes great pleasure in giving pleasure — lovers who are receptive to your needs and fantasies. Think about all the ways you can give pleasure: through oral sex, cuddling, massage and kissing, just to name a few. Lovemaking is about sharing a feel-good experience, but if you’re selfconscious, it isn’t going to feel good to anyone. Now, you could try a penis pump or jelqing (an ancient, natural form of repetitive penis massage, largely discredited). You could take pills (don’t) or even schedule penis-enlargement surgery (have fun with that!). But you’re spending way too much time thinking about how you look, and that’s just not healthy. True pleasure and connection in the bedroom isn’t about looks but rather how you feel about yourself and each other. If you want to build your confidence, focus on your heart, exercise more and turn your attention to things that make you feel accomplished. Whole-body wellness and a positive spirit will make you feel good, and when you feel good, you look good.



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Lake Champlain chocolates First time I saw you at Lake Champlain Chocolates on Valentine’s Day, we looked at each other. Then I saw you on March 8 at Williams Sonoma. You had a Starbucks coffee, we looked at each other, you smiled :). You know who you are, tall, long hair, brown coat, beautiful girl. If you see this, hit me up :). When: Saturday, March 8, 2014. Where: Willimas Sonoma. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912050 Face Plant NEFCU Parking lot To the kind person who picked me up from my embarrassing face plant, I think I forgot to thank you. Thank you! When: Friday, March 7, 2014. Where: South Burlington. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912049 To My Bright Love S He stands hand pressed to the closet door, he holds a secret no one knows, it’s there inside all the clothes she wore, the sweetness of her hangs between, a favorite dress that hugged her chest, a maternal sweater on which he dreamed, all the items of her belongingness, all the things she left behind, safe within these planks of pines. JMM When: Thursday, March 6, 2014. Where: Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912048 Handsome man helping at Shaw’s You help the guys bagging groceries at Shaw’s. You have a very compassionate and genuine smile. You have curly hair. Last time I saw you, you had a hair wrap that was so fine. I’m blondish and usually wearing a black coat and a slouchy grey hat. I am quite taken by the way your spirit shines through. Coffee sometime? When: Saturday, February 1, 2014. Where: Shaw’s, Colchester. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912046 Quick cab cutie Saw you drop off a few fares in the early morning hours of Mardi Gras, you ran out looking for a pen sadly I didn’t have one for you. Wouldn’t mind taking you out sometime if you’re available when I’m not working. Drive safe! When: Saturday, March 1, 2014. Where: Main Street. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912045

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Steff in the blue dress You had a very cute blue dress on, and were newly 21 at Nectar’s celebrating Mardi Gras the other night. You asked me the name of the girl I was dating — I quickly told you that wasn’t the case. Let’s get drinks sometime? You know where I work so come find me. When: Saturday, March 1, 2014. Where: Nectar’s. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912044 Reading the paper Just saw ya, reading Seven Days and drinking what I presume was coffee at Uncommon Grounds. I skillfully spilled my latte on myself walking out the door trying to catch your eyes one last time. Should’ve said something then; here’s to hoping you see this. You are a beautiful brunette (blond highlights too?) with rather stunning eyes. When: Saturday, March 1, 2014. Where: Uncommon Grounds. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912043 VTFCU Blond beauty in South Burlington I see you every week when I come in to cash my check. Your soft voice and beautiful smile make my day. You are very friendly and always try to make conversation with me. You said I smelled like coffee, and I said I don’t drink coffee. Wish I said more. If you’re free for a night out, I’d love to take you. When: Friday, February 28, 2014. Where: VTFCU South Burlington branch. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912042 Cute blond at Spanked Puppy I was at the Spanked Puppy, saw a beautiful blond in a pink shirt playing pool. Wow. Me: little older guy. You definitely were turning some heads. How would someone say hi to you without messing up their words? I don’t go there very often, but I wish I did. When: Friday, February 28, 2014. Where: Spanked Puppy. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912041

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Into the Mystic Mav, you took me to London on Valentine’s Day to see my favorite musician. Can it get more romantic than that as a first date? Loved seeing all the sites after they were closed and the cottage was a perfect little nest. You have earned my heart. I trust that you will be kind. Your Brown-Eyed Girl When: Friday, February 14, 2014. Where: London. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912040 Stunning Bartender at Federal One Bartender at Federal One in St. Albans. I usually see you (or hope to) during our monthly dinner meetings. New hair color suits you well; your eyes simply sparkle and you have a really great memory! Switchback. When: Tuesday, February 4, 2014. Where: Federal One. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912039 haven’t recently spied I’ve been looking but haven’t seen a beagle pulling a skier, or the other way around. Any interest in going out together? When: Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Where: a couple weeks ago. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912038 A Pearl in the Darkness Cloistered oyster open. Bring ‘bout beauty bountiful, grown in the shadow. When: Thursday, January 23, 2014. Where: on the sea floor. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912037 Waitress at Zen Lounge Dark hair with curls, you waited on us last Saturday and you were fabulous! Great smile and personality. We will definitely be back and I hope to see you around Burlington when you aren’t working. ;) When: Saturday, February 22, 2014. Where: Zen Lounge. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912036 cutie at bottles r us You work at the bottle redemption behind Merola’s. I come in there to bring my bottles in, but I’m always too scared to talk to you. your smile is AMAZING! Just wondering if you’re single and want to go out sometime? ;) When: Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Where: Burlington. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912035 “sorta” single in Stowe Glad we could chat on Sunday and would love to hear from you. You have my #; call it! When: Sunday, February 23, 2014. Where: Stowe. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912034 Unbeknownst You with diamond-blue eyes, taking out the trash as I was walking in. Thank you for heating my taco wrap on a cold winter day! When: Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Where: Jeffersonville. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912033 99 Asian Market Whenever I hear Edward Sharpe, I think of lounging on the waterfront with you eating fancy bread while the sun sets. You’re dark, handsome, killer in bed and make an awesome breakfast. I missed my chance two years ago; too naive, anxious, young and stupid. Will you give me another? Let’s drink fine wine, dance and have an endless summer. When: Saturday, February 15, 2014. Where: North Winooski Ave. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912032

Gosh you’re sooooo pretty For years I have been attempting to make eye contact with you, and finally you smiled at me and say hi. I got super nervous and pretended I didn’t notice. Sorry! Let’s go see a movie. You are a waitress; I wear a unique hat. When: Sunday, February 23, 2014. Where: Church St. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912031 E Happy birthday! I hope that you have wonderful day filled with friends, family and laughter! May all of your dreams come true and may your life be filled with happiness. When: Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Where: in a previous life. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912030 Sweetpea 10/17 You know how I feel about you. I share it with you often. Lately I can’t seem to get you off my mind. Maybe it’s spring and I want a new begining or maybe it’s the more time I spend with you the more time I want with you. You still make my heart race whenever I see you. When: Monday, February 25, 2013. Where: in my thoughts and heart daily. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912029 Bear Trap Hey Isadora! It was great meeting you the other night at the Carnation Corral. Even though I have been banned, I hope you don’t mind if I stop by for a visit again. Also, I hope you found the gift I left for you! Real bear traps are hard to come by! So are ladies like you! -AL When: Friday, February 21, 2014. Where: the Carnation Corral. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #912028 BTBAM @ Higher Ground Me: man. You: hot blonde. Where: Between the Buried and Me, Higher Ground. Standing together at the bar, you apologized for bumping into me because you were tipsy, which was OK. I was trying to get closer to you. Then we shook hands while flipping each other off. Too bad you were with your boyfriend. Let’s meet up sometime without him. When: Monday, February 24, 2014. Where: Higher Ground Ballroom. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912026 I Like Your Hoodie! Thanks so much! I was walking passed Maple Street on S. Winooski Ave. when you drove past and complimented me on my panda sweatshirt. That made me smile, thanks! When: Friday, February 21, 2014. Where: Thursday at Dusk. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912025 me you Yes. I am sure you figured out who I am. I will say hi to you the next time I see you, but I can’t seem to find you. I guess I don’t get out enough. When: Monday, February 24, 2014. Where: everywhere. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912024 that beautiful everything I overheard you talking about Godel, Escher, Bach. I wanted to read it anyway, so I bought it, and read it for three hours as you worked; I didn’t have the courage to say hi to you as you were leaving. Coffee sometime? When: Monday, February 24, 2014. Where: coffee shop. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912023

Das Bierhaus Beauty Such amazing energy, such a wonderful smile. My breath was taken away when I first saw you months ago and every time since. I was crushed when you told me you are leaving. One of many quiet broken hearts strewn wide in your wake, I have no doubt. So happy to have met you. Love life and enjoy. When: Friday, February 21, 2014. Where: Das Bierhaus. You: Woman. Me: Man. #912022 Sloshed Josh You: blue hat, dark hair, beardy, Mastadon shirt with the sweet Garbage Pail Kids tattoo. Me: green beanie, blue eyes, red hair, who had to tell you your ink made my day. Looked like you were in a hurry, and I was too shy to ask you out for a pint. If you don’t have have a girlfriend, I’m buyin’! When: Saturday, February 22, 2014. Where: Shaw’s on Shelburne Rd. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912021 UPS Driver in BTV You deliver to N. Champlain St. often and it always makes me smile to open the door and see you standing there. You’re tall with short, brown hair. I think you’re in your 30s, and you have an uncanny knack for figuring out when I’m home even when my doorbell is on the fritz. Thanks for being awesome! When: Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Where: Old North End. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912020 A late Valentine You are the most amazing person I have ever met and I am so lucky to call you my boyfriend! I love that we have our own special holidays. I already had mine and now today is yours. Lover you to _____ and back. When: Friday, February 14, 2014. Where: in my heart. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912019 Miss you boob Miss your beautiful baby blues and hearing your sweet voice whisper in my ear. Being wrapped in your arms always made me feel safe. You will always have a special place in my heart and I will forever be your peaches. xo When: Thursday, February 20, 2014. Where: in my dreams. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912018 Big Gigantic at HG February You: fun, inviting, game, in sync from the start, Windham. Me: long hair, dark clothes, happy to enjoy your company, Jennifer. We chatted, danced, smoked your new fancy cigarette holder. Had to leave while you were outside, regretted not getting a way to get in touch. Thought you’d get a kick out of being spied. Contact me, let’s be friends! When: Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Where: Higher Ground. You: Man. Me: Woman. #912017


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