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Is Seven Days really “Vermont’s Independent Voice”? I was disappointed to read Kevin Kelley’s article on the city council races in Burlington [“Progressive Council Candidates Fight to Defend Their Turf,” February 29]. I expected to read an article providing more information on the candidates. What I found instead was a biased article giving a voice to only the candidates with major party affiliations and marginalizing the independent candidates, Franco Salese and Ron Ruloff. At a time when so many people are disappointed with the performance of the major parties, one might think this journalist would have offered a window into the ideologies of the alternative independent candidates. Not only did Mr. Kelley fail in that regard, he additionally referred to these two individuals as “long shots.” Does Mr. Kelley have any statistical data to back up this assertion? I watched the Ward 3 debates on public access, and from them I learned that candidate Salese is more than just an “Alpine ski coach” “offering a little bit for everyone.” Mr. Salese stated a long list of professional credentials, as well as concrete solutions to many of the transparency concerns voiced by his constituents. Through these debates I also learned that Ron Ruloff is not just a man who
lives in his car. He offered an informed perspective on the city’s financial situation. Did Kelley not tune in? Did he not interview these candidates before sending this article to press? I must assume that Kelley either failed in his journalistic responsibilities or that he views non-Progressive and non-Democrat ideologies as unworthy of print. Additionally, referring to candidate Ruloff as just a guy who lives in his car truly perpetuates a problem in this country: that the homeless are voiceless and irrelevant. Overall, irresponsible journalism permeates this article. Kathleen Donahue BURLINGTON
“Blow Hard” reporter Kathryn Flagg [March 14] plays the favorite card of wind-developer advocates: Statewide poll responses prove Vermonters “strongly” support “wind development.” Simultaneously, she casts those who oppose utility-scale ridgeline development as “opponents of wind power.” Enough irresponsible journalism. Vermonters who oppose utility-scale ridgeline wind projects are not “opponents of wind power”; we are opponents of corporate/utility-scale ridgeline wind projects. The “statewide” poll Flagg refers to and relies on is unidentified. It is not corroborated. A little research reveals
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that Ms. Flagg may be referring to the ORC Macro poll from January 2006, in which a mere 400 (out of 650,000+) Vermonters were asked the following: “If you were to see wind (energy) turbines along a Vermont mountain ridge, would you consider that sight “Beautiful/ Acceptable, Unacceptable/Ugly, Other, Don’t know.” That’s the poll’s actual language. Such language cannot/does not produce responses to the issues at hand: utility/corporate-scale wind development vs. wind development scaled appropriately to Vermont’s rural landscape. Bill McKibben is a heroic environmentalist/activist, surely, but he is not infallible. After identifying climate change — correctly, I agree — as the “most important civilizational challenge in human history,” McKibben’s unparalleled vision has failed him. His natural allies are those who work to oppose the most dangerous obstacle to containing climate change: corporatization of our natural resources, our environmental heritage, our responsibilities as stewards and preservers of that heritage here in Vermont. There is no corporation — most assuredly not GMP — committed to McKibben’s quest. Come home, Bill. Peggy Sapphire crafTSbury
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Despite its title, “Blow Hard” [March 14] was the most balanced and informative article on the wind-power debate that I’ve seen in any Vermont newspaper. Thanks for the valiant effort at untangling this issue. Adrian ivakhiv burlingTOn
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“Blow Hard” [March 14] by Kathryn Flagg was well rounded and thoughtful, a welcome change from some of the sensationalism that has dominated the media discussion on wind energy in Vermont. Well done. It would also be interesting to take a deep look into the funding of these anti-wind organizations. Many of these groups in other areas have been shown to be supported heavily by coal, oil and natural gas companies with an interest in making sure that wind power is not successful. And since these things can be funded indirectly, I wonder what interests their major contributors have in seeing wind fail.
lies. This is how to lie with statistics. The wind industry made projections based on national averages. Some states have more coal; others have more natural gas and nuclear. If the states Bentek analyzed have more natural gas, the carbon reduction from wind will be lower than the predicted national average. In their analysis of high-coal states, they found that carbon reduction was higher than predicted. That latter point didn’t make a good talking point for a pro-fossil-fuel company. Bentek is a fossil-fuel-research firm. It is not at all surprising they would present facts that polish their clients’ apple.
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ere’s some free advice for Vermont’s anti-vaccine refuseniks: If the legislature repeals the philosophical exemption to the state’s childhood immunization law, claim the religious exemption instead. No one’s going to ask you for a church membership card. Just tell ’em Jesus sent you and sign on the dotted line. Faced with one of the lowest childhood-immunization rates in the country — and new outbreaks of vaccinepreventable diseases like whooping cough — Vermont health officials want to make it harder for parents to enroll their kids in public school and daycare without being inoculated against diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella. But not that much harder. Vermont law currently allows parents to keep their kids from being immunized on moral grounds, if it doesn’t jibe with their beliefs. But by a vote of 25-4, the state Senate recently passed S.199, a bill that eliminates that so-called 2:30 PM “philosophical exemption” that was first enacted in 1979. The House takes up the highly charged legislation in a public hearing on Wednesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. The religious exemption, meanwhile, remains untouched. Why? Because repealing it “probably wouldn’t be upheld in court,” says state Sen. KEVIN MULLIN (R-Rutland), the bill’s sponsor. And the last thing Vermont needs is for another indefensible case to go before the Supreme Court. Just ask Attorney General BILL SORRELL. In Vermont, children need nine vaccines to enroll in public school or a licensed daycare. Vermont’s vaccine rate for kids between 19 and 35 months old is 65 percent — among the lowest in the country and dead last in New England. Health officials attribute the trend to more parents questioning the safety of vaccines and worrying about adverse reactions to the shots — fueled in part by a now-debunked study linking vaccines to autism. State law allows a medical exemption, for which a licensed doctor has to vouch that a vaccine would not be advisable. When he was a child, Mullin’s son Bartley got one from his physician because the boy ran a high fever after his first measles-mumps-rubella shot. He opted out of round two.
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But the philosophical and religious exemptions simply require a parent to check one of two boxes and sign off on a one-size-fits-all statement that reads, “I request that the following immunization(s) be waived because they conflict with the free exercise of religious rights and/or moral (philosophic) rights.” It’s not that easy in every state. Massachusetts, for example, requires parents claiming a religious exemption to write a letter explaining how vaccines contradict their beliefs. But in Vermont — the least religious state in the country, according to a 2009 Pew poll — public health officials take a parent’s beliefs on blind faith. Go figure.
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If the bill becomes law, what’s to stop all the parents who now claim a philosophical exemption from simply switching to a religious one? Nothing. That’s the main reason state Sen. TIM ASHE (D-Chittenden) voted against the immunization bill. “They don’t check the weekly attendance roles at the church,” Ashe says. “So the question is, what impact will the change that went through the Senate have? In my opinion it will not have an impact.” Perhaps knowing how fervent the anti-vaccine crowd is, Ashe adds a caveat. “I would like to see people get kids immunized, but if we’re going to have any exemptions at all, we should not force people into white lies.” According to the Department of Health, 6695 Vermont children entered kindergarten last year. Of those, 0.56 percent of their parents claimed a medical exemption; just 0.18 percent went for the religious one. The number who checked the philosophical exemption box was huge in comparison: 5.4 percent. The DOH is hoping that people won’t exercise the religious exemption if they’re not actually God-fearing
folk, so they’ll just give in and inject their kids. CHRISTINE FINLEY, DOH’s immunization program manager, says that’s happened in other states that have done away with the philosophical exemption. But she admits that Vermont isn’t like other states — she’s not at all sure that removing the moral exemption would actually boost vaccination rates. “Vermont has its own uniqueness,” she says. “It’s difficult to predict.”
Springtime for Senate Wannabes
With a state Senate seat opening in Chittenden County — Democrat HINDA MILLER is not seeking reelection this year — the list of potential candidates is growing faster than daffodils in this unseasonable March warmth. Former Progressive state rep DAVID ZUCKERMAN, an organic farmer and perennial maybe-candidate for higher office, has said he may run as a ProgressiveDemocrat “fusion” candidate. Improbably, Burlington Mayor BOB KISS, whose name is synonymous with the $17 million taxpayer bailout of Burlington Telecom, has also said he’ll probably run for Senate this year, as an independent. (See Kevin J. Kelley’s interview with Kiss in this week’s Local Matters.) New entrants in the consideringa-run sweepstakes? Burlington City Councilor ED ADRIAN (D-Ward 1) and labor organizer RALPH MONTEFUSCO. Adrian tells Fair Game, “If I can put my ducks in a row, then I’m going to do it.” Adrian works as chief prosecuting attorney for the state Office of Professional Regulation. Duck number one is clearing it with his boss, Secretary of State JIM CONDOS. Duck number two is testing financial support for his candidacy. During his five years on the city council, Adrian has earned a reputation as a political “bull in a china shop,” as one colleague told Seven Days in 2010. Adrian admits to having sharper elbows than most, but says he’s mellowed since the BT battles of yesteryear. A prolific Twitter user, the 42-year-old believes his “age and experience” would bring a unique voice to the Senate. Montefusco says he’s toying with a run as a Progressive-Democrat candidate. The Burlington resident considered running in 2010 but backed away because of work obligations.
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University of Vermont assistant research professor richard Watts has a new book about Vermont Yankee — specifically, how media coverage of the troubled nuke plant influenced its fate in Montpelier. Public Meltdown: The Story of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant is based on 1409 news articles penned between 2002 and 2010 and Watts’ own research and interviews. The book’s official release date is March 21, the day Vermont Yankee’s 40-year operating license was set to expire — before the feds extended its life another 20 years. Among other things, Watts’ book documents how phrases such as “out of state” — used by critics to point out that VY parent company Entergy Corp.
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Laptops, cellphones and other electronic devices are verboten in the Senate chamber in Montpelier. So during floor debates, senators communicate with each other the fourth-grade way: by passing notes. Instead of folding them into paper airplanes to launch at the pretty girl three desks over, they employ green-blazered pages to shuttle the handwritten messages around. And, like in grade school, it’s easy to feel left out when everyone else is snickering about their notes and you’re sitting alone like Waldo, the schoolboy in Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” music video. Last week, I was inducted into the club: I got my first note. I was sitting in the chamber flanks when a teenage page handed me a folded piece of paper with my name on it. It was from Sen. PhiliP Baruth (D-Chittenden) — once a vocal advocate for permitting electronics on the Senate floor. Imagine how cool I felt. What did it say? You’ll just have to wonder. If I revealed that, I’d probably never get another Senate message — or, it might come in the form of a spitball.
is based in Louisiana — crept into local coverage. The Burlington Free Press ran a page-one Sunday story on Watts’ new book but neglected to mention that he served on the board of Vermont Yankee’s biggest critic: the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. Watts resigned from the VPIRG board last May, shortly before he started work on his book. He says he was not involved with strategic decisions around VY. “For me, the book is about telling the story and letting readers make their own conclusions,” says Watts, who is discussing his book on Wednesday, March 21, at UVM’s Billings North Lounge. Sorrell is offering a campaign speech, er, “introductory remarks.” Former Vermont governor and U.S. ambassador to Switzerland Madeleine Kunin has a forthcoming book, too: The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work and Family is due in April. The 78-year-old Kunin got a blurb for the back cover from former president Bill clinton, who called it “an important new book” that “calls on all of us to be part of a brighter future.” Lastly, MSNBC’s rachel MaddoW will appear in Manchester on March 31 to read from and sign her new book, Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power. The event, sponsored by the Northshire Bookstore, will take place at Manchester Elementary School. Tickets are $8; $28 if you buy a book. And that’s the “best new thing in the world today.” Or at least in Vermont. m
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SEVEN DAYS: You’re mayor until April 2. You must be looking ahead to that date with a mixture of emotions — relief, for one, probably. BOB KISS: I’ve had a lot of satisfaction from being mayor. From the outside looking in, it might seem like “Oh, my God!” but it’s really not been that way. I thought I could have run for a third term and won, because we’ve accomplished a lot in the past six years. But this is still a good time for me to stop being mayor. I’ll be 65 on April 1, so there’s a sense of wanting to do something different. SD: You really think you would have won a third term? With all the criticism
Intervale that’s been set aside for solely agricultural uses. I got that through the city council [on an 8-6 vote in 2006]. There hasn’t been an increase in taxes for the general fund in the past six years, and there’s been growth in the grand list. A lot of cities saw their grand lists shrink during the recession. Burlington Telecom, by the way, was a casualty, in some ways, of the Great Recession because of not being able to refinance it when we wanted to.
SD: For what it’s worth, I think your greatest accomplishment was when you told police last November not to arrest an Occupy protester at a moment when it looked like there was going to be a riot. Angry demonstrators had confronted police who were preventing them from reentering City Hall Park following a shooting death in the encampment. BK: That was a difficult moment. I wanted to make it clear this wasn’t an us-versusthem confrontation, that we were actually all in it together. Also, you can’t be afraid of the people you serve. It was an anomaly for me to ask the police to release someone, but it was the right thing to do in order to defuse the heat. It was also good that the Unitarian Church made itself available to Occupy as a sort of relief valve.
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he joke around Burlington city hall is that while Bob Kiss may not have been an entirely successful mayor, he’d be perfect in the role of tribal elder. Kiss certainly looks the part. Thinning hair and craggy features top a tall, trim frame that remains unbowed despite political burdens that have weighed heavily throughout his second three-year term. Kiss, who opted not to seek a third term, has also been a target of sometimes-venomous personal attacks. Seldom, though, has he spoken out in self-defense, and many old allies have remained silent or joined the chorus of his critics. In their view, Kiss’ handling of the Burlington Telecom debacle is indefensible. As he prepares to end his turbulent tenure, Kiss doesn’t seem fazed by any of this. He has an unflappable quality that would probably be described as cool if he weren’t so old-world gentlemanly. He’s polite to the point of being self-effacing — which may be more of a weakness than a strength for someone in his line of work. But there’s no mistaking his strength of character. A conscientious objector during the Vietnam era and a longtime antipoverty activist, Kiss has hewed to values that may be mainstream in Burlington but would be considered extremist in many parts of the country. The Queen City’s 35th mayor, who has lived in Burlington for 41 years, was interviewed in his third-floor corner office in city hall — just weeks before Democratic Mayor-elect Miro Weinberger moves in.
of the way you handled Burlington Telecom? With the Republican and Democratic mayoral candidates both attacking your record? BK: It comes down to overall performance. Beyond BT there’s a lot that’s been positive. It’s a fact that people elsewhere in this country want to be like us. Our unemployment rate has ranged between 3 and 5 percent; in many cities it’s 13 percent. That kind of thing doesn’t happen by accident. It has to do with the policies that are adopted, which in our case for the past 30 years have been about putting people first. Much of what was said about me was campaign rhetoric. Candidates feel they
must say it to define themselves as distinct from the current mayor. When people think carefully about it later on, they’ll see that a lot of what was said wasn’t true. If I had run, I could have presented a whole different picture during the debates. People would have seen that there are real success stories. I would have given the message of an effective and efficient government, of having built infrastructure that encourages people in both their professional and personal lives to choose Burlington. SD: Can you be specific about a few accomplishments of your term? BK: There’s the 179 acres of land in the
SD: Were there surprises you encountered as mayor? It was a surprise to many people that you were elected in the first place. BK: I didn’t have on my list of ambitions being mayor of Burlington. But I did have six years in the [Vermont] House before I ran for mayor [in 2006], and some of that same experience is brought to the job of being mayor. People expect you to listen and to respond. You know that I was the head of the Progressive committee searching for a candidate, which turned out to be me because others were not at a time in their lives when they could run. My own personal life was more matched up with that moment. I know a lot more people in Burlington than is generally thought. I had a personal political base that was broader than just from running for the House. SD: Are you going to run for the state Senate? If so, will you run in the Democratic primary, since that may be the only realistic route to winning?
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And I think I’d be tively, right? able to bring something important to the BK: About 50 cities across the country have whole Burlington area. done this and have done it successfully. SD: It must be painful to have the SD: Yes, but there are also cities that Progressive Party turn away so totally have failed at running a telecom from you. maybe on a personal level, enterprise. too, because friends — former friends BK: True, but it was still something — are involved. worthwhile for Burlington to have done. BK: Just because you’re in a political BT is going to be an important economic party doesn’t mean you’re close personal driver in our future. Colchester Burlington (Exit 16) friends with people (Downtown) Eat 85 South Park Drive 176 Main Street in that party. 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ermont’s first real race for attorney general since Bill Clinton was on the ballot began Monday, when Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan announced he would challenge 15-year-incumbent Bill Sorrell in the Democratic primary election. Donovan’s challenge raises the question: Is Sorrell’s fate tied to how much money he has won or lost the state? Since Gov. Howard Dean appointed him to the post in 1997, Sorrell has never faced a serious challenger. But his cloak of electoral invincibility was torn asunder in January, when a federal judge ruled against the state in a lawsuit brought by Entergy Corp. to keep the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant open for business. Within a few days, Vermont Associated Press writer Dave Gram was tallying the cost of two of Sorrell’s earlier high-profile losses: In 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court tossed out Vermont’s strict campaign finance law, costing the state $1.5 million. In 2011, the court struck down a law curbing pharmaceutical companies’ ability to mine prescription drug records for marketing purposes, costing Vermont $1.8 million to date. Factoring in another $3.8 million Vermont may have to shell out for the precription drug case, Gram concluded, “The total, at least $7 million, nearly equals the roughly $8 million annual budget of Sorrell’s office.” Entergy has also demanded the state pay its attorney fees of $4.6 million for the Vermont Yankee case, though Sorrell is appealing the federal judge’s decision. The attorney general was quick to fire back with his own accounting: Through enforcement actions, his office brought in $40 million last year alone, Sorrell said. That number has been repeated a number of times since, most recently by Gov. Peter Shumlin last week on VPR’s “Vermont Edition.” “Let’s look at the facts,” he told host Bob Kinzel. “The attorney general’s office this year brought in $40 million in various awards from suits that they filed and won on behalf of Vermonters. Sometimes you win suits; sometimes you lose suits. The fact of the matter is our attorney general’s office wins a lot more than they lose. So it’s a net positive operation.” That’s the wrong calculation, according to Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna, who also considered running for attorney general. “I think the question Vermonters have to ask is: Are the interests of the people of the state being well defended by the attorney
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general’s office?” she says. “The money is sort of a secondary indicator of that. It’s not really a primary indicator.” In a Rutland Herald op-ed defending Sorrell’s record, former attorney general Jerome Diamond — a Democrat who served from 1975 to 1981 — made note of Sorrell’s $40 million haul. But even he says Sorrell’s balance sheet shouldn’t be the focus of the race. “It really shouldn’t be, because the issue is the pursuit of justice,” Diamond says. “Sometimes you bring cases that have to be brought as a prosecutor even when there’s a likelihood you’ll lose.” So why all the focus on the bottom line? “I think people may be focused on dollars because you can count them. It’s quantifiable,” says Vermont ACLU executive director Allen Gilbert, noting that he would prefer the race focus on government transparency and police professionalization. With an in-house staff of 46 attorneys and 29 other employees — plus partial supervisory authority over 38 attorneys in different state departments — the AG’s office tackles everything from enforcing the state’s environmental laws
to prosecuting violent crimes to defending state laws in court. While less sexy, perhaps, than fighting the corrosive influence of money in politics before the U.S. Supreme Court, the office’s more mundane consumer protection work likely has a greater day-to-day impact on the lives of most Vermonters. For instance, the attorney general’s Consumer Assistance Program, which it runs in partnership with the University of Vermont, handled more than 8600 consumer complaints in 2011. According to Sorrell’s office, 40 percent of them were resolved successfully, resulting in the recovery of roughly $360,000. Even among the highest-profile cases waged by the attorney general’s office, money is often beside the point. One of Sorrell’s biggest wins came in 2007, when a federal court sided with Vermont in allowing the state to adopt California’s auto-emission standards. While the auto industry fought similar legislation in a number of states, Vermont’s was the first to go to trial — and, according to Diamond, Sorrell’s win set an important national precedent. “It was a huge, huge win,” Diamond says.
Sorrell says he’s proud of his record. “The reality is we have defended Vermont’s laws successfully in state court and in federal court, and we have won the vast majority of those cases,” he says. “Do we bat 1000 percent? No. There’s not an attorney in the world who does.” Sorrell is also quick to point out that in all three major cases he lost, he was defending laws passed by the legislature that were “pushing the envelope.” Hanna agrees with that assessment, saying, “The legislature bears some responsibility in what they’re doing as well. It’s sort of unfair to the attorney general in some ways when the legislature passes all these laws that are marginally constitutional and the attorney general pays the price for that.” At the same time, Hanna and fellow VLS professor Pat Parenteau, who has criticized Sorrell’s handling of the VY case, say that part of the attorney general’s job is to tell the legislature when it passes laws he feels he cannot successfully defend. Parenteau believes Sorrell failed to do that in the campaign DOLLARS AND SENSE
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Final Tab for the Burlington Mayor’s Race? A Record-Setting $201,309 BY PAUL HEINTZ
In the closing days of the most expensive mayor’s race in Burlington’s history, two of the candidates — and one political party — continued to pour cash into their campaigns. New filings show that Democrat Miro Weinberger, who won by 20 percent, raised $16,469 and spent $25,050 in the last week and a half of the race. The Vermont Democratic Party spent another $8,631 on his behalf during that period. In total, Weinberger and his party raised $143,940 and spent $140,118 on the campaign, dwarfing all previous records. Close to $50,000 of that was spent on a heated four-way race for the Democratic nomination last fall. Republican Kurt Wright raked in $11,694 and spent $18,074 in the campaign’s final days. In total, he raised $60,358 and spent $58,261 on the campaign, receiving no help from the state GOP. Independent Wanda Hines raised and spent just $2,930. Though she came in a distant third, Hines certainly got the best bang for her buck. She spent just $5.80 per vote, while Wright spent $15.55 and Weinberger spent $24.15 per vote.
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The state of Vermont has no plans to shell out $185,000 to own the Vermont name — or, more accurately, the .vermont or .vt names — at least for now. That’s the word from Secretary Lawrence Miller at the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development about plans by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to start issuing new top-level domains — including .vermont and .vt — later this year. Because of the internet’s exponential growth, ICANN recognized several years ago that it was only a matter of time before it effectively ran out of usable addresses in the Domain Name System. Glenn Ravdin, a marketing and branding expert with the consulting firm 2NS of South Hero, and other tech professionals are urging state lawmakers to protect the dot-vermont brand and warned what might happen if some unscrupulous party scooped up the .vermont or .vt suffixes. “While the cost seems steep — $185,000 — it’s a fraction of what we might have to pay later to get it,” Ravdin wrote to legislators. “And the risks of misuse are very real. Syrup with no maple content at all can have a maple.vermont web address. Cheese from anywhere can carry a .vermont URL.”
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A right-to-die bill was near death in Montpelier on Friday after failing to make it out of committee by the midsession “crossover” deadline. The Senate Judiciary Committee was expected to vote on the contentious “death with dignity” bill last Friday morning following an emotional three-hour hearing two days earlier. But the vote was canceled because one of the committee members, state Sen. Alice Nitka (D-Windsor), was hospitalized Thursday evening after falling six feet off a staircase. Nitka’s absence didn’t change the bill’s fate. She was opposed, as were two other members of the fivemember Judiciary Committee, and a 2-2 tie would have effectively killed the bill in committee. But committee chairman Sen. Dick
Sears (D-Bennington), who opposes the bill, canceled the committee vote anyway — and held firm despite pressure from Gov. Peter Shumlin, a “death with dignity” supporter, to let the full Senate debate and vote on it. The only hope now rests in attaching the bill to another piece of legislation moving through the full Senate. Sears says it wouldn’t surprise him if someone tried it, but warns that 16 of the 30 senators are “solidly against.”
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helped us find solutions we couldn’t find without them. It could still have been a swords-intoploughshares outcome. It was shortsighted to reject that proposal. It wasn’t a constructive way to build a future. Remember, Eisenhower said, “Watch out for the military-industrial complex.” He didn’t say there shouldn’t be a militaryindustrial complex. SD: What do you think of miro Weinberger’s agenda for Burlington? BK: If Miro pursues government on the same priorities as the past 30 years, we’ll continue to be well served. He’ll have to look at the proposal I made for a 2¢ tax
background on city issues. BK: Some people grow into the jobs they’re elected for. In this race Wanda was the candidate I voted for because of her capacity for leadership and her values. SD: What advice would you give the incoming mayor? BK: You have to be patient. You should not make promises that you can’t keep. You have to be respectful of the people you work with. Burlington has great resources; it’s not the mayor alone who runs the city. You also have to be good with people on a personal level. You have a lot of contact with the public on that basis. SD: Looking back, do you perhaps agree with those who say that Bob Kiss had good values and is a decent
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increase to close a $750,000 gap in the budget. I don’t think he’ll find that there’s excess in the city government system. We have 100 police officers, so maybe Miro will say he’s only willing to support 85. But that would come at a price to the public. I think it’s important that all seven ballot items on Town Meeting Day were approved, including the capital budget for the city and BED, the school tax increase and the TIF [tax increment financing] plan that will make it easier to redevelop parts of downtown. That indicates to me that people feel we’re moving in the right direction. SD: miro’s also got to deal with a serious pension problem. BK: The pension is at 73 percent funding. Our investments are doing much better, so the problem is easing. The unions have also made changes that have helped the pension system. We’d like it to be 90 percent funded, but 73 percent puts us in the ballpark. We’re paying our part of it year by year. It’s important we preserve the system as a defined benefit, because it gives people a reason to have a career in city government. SD: Who did you vote for in the mayor’s race? BK: I voted for Wanda [Hines]. I’ve worked with her for a long time and I respect her values. SD: Some people with similar values say she wasn’t ready to be mayor, that she didn’t have the necessary
man but he’s not a good politician? You weren’t nearly as visible as were Bernie Sanders and Peter clavelle. They were consistently out in public through press conferences. BK: I wasn’t trying to follow the Sanders model. Leadership expresses itself in different ways, and I think I have provided leadership that has produced a lot of accomplishments. You don’t necessarily need to do it through press conferences and bold language. On the other hand, I recognize that more press conferences would not have been a bad thing. I can accept that. SD: How do you think historians will view your six years as mayor? BK: Once we resolve BT, I think the verdict will be positive. They’ll remember things like the 179 acres that will have made a big difference in local sustainability. SD: Do you think you were treated fairly by the media? By the Burlington Free Press? By Seven Days? BK: I didn’t have an illusion of the Gannett-owned Free Press as ever being an ally. The fact that candidates endorsed by the Free Press almost always lose says something about the paper’s relationship [with Burlingtonians]. I don’t think the Free Press’ reporting [on my administration] has been balanced. Seven Days has been pretty fair. It doesn’t always come at stories with a long or deep view, but I think people learn to read what the media says with a certain critical awareness. m
Dollars and Sense « p.16 finance case, which he termed “dead on arrival.” He says Sorrell should have told the legislature that Vermont is developing “a reputation for not only pushing the envelope, but for not reading the law, not reading the precedents and not thinking more carefully about what we’re doing.” While not exactly apples-to-apples, documents provided by Sorrell’s office lend some context to his office’s success rate. In 2011, the attorney general’s office lost 40 cases, costing the state almost $2.2 million in claims. That figure includes the $1.8 million pharmaceutical company decision. On the other side of the ledger, Sorrell’s office recovered $41 million in fiscal year 2010, $38.7 million in 2011 and $6.6 million so far this year. Of that, the vast majority comes from just one case: the historic 1998 settlement between four tobacco companies and the attorneys general of almost every state in the country. Though Sorrell signed Vermont on
to that case just four weeks after taking office in 1997, it remains the highlight of his tenure. He takes credit not only for getting the state involved with the national lawsuit, but also for insisting on a small-state minimum in settlement negotiations, guaranteeing Vermont a larger slice of the tobacco pie. “I’m proud of trying to fight the tobacco industry, but also in terms of significance, we bring in right now about $35 c h E rYl million a year or so from the settlement,” Sorrell says. According to a list provided by the attorney general’s office, $33.9 million of the $38.7 million recovered by Sorrell in 2011 came from the tobacco settlement.
Much of the rest also came from national lawsuits to which Vermont was party, principally involving pharmaceutical companies. For instance, the state took $1.4 million of a $68.5 million settlement against AstraZeneca for the illegal marketing of the psychiatric drug Seroquel, and it took $530,000 of a $41 million settlement with GlaxoSmithKline relating to the substandard production of drugs at a Puerto Rico facility. h ANNA Even though his office may play a marginal role in many of these national cases, Sorrell says signing on to them is an important part of his job. The more legal talent the state contributes, the more it potentially stands to gain from the settlement.
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Are the interests of the people of the stAte being well defended by the Attorney generAl’s office?
“We have to pick and choose because we are relatively a very small office,” he says. “I think for our size, we have a huge place at the table for environmental protection, consumer protection and anti-trust enforcement.” Diamond, the former Vermont attorney general, agrees. “I think it is part of the role of every state attorney general to be aware of what investigations are being carried out nationally, what settlements are potentially being offered and whether it affects citizens of your particular state,” he says. When he announced his intention to run against Sorrell in the Democratic primary, Donovan paid tribute to Sorrell’s past successes. But not surprisingly, he was more interested in talking about the future. “I think Bill has done some things very well: tobacco, auto emissions,” he said. “And while tobacco was the number one public health issue when that case was settled in the 1990s, and is still a public health issue, I think the number one public health issue today is prescription-drug abuse. That will be one of my priorities as attorney general.” m
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says, “I have always worked hard to make things happen, but all of this is happening to me.” Things moved quickly after that. Abend’s only stipulation, says Nielsen, was, “Open right away. Don’t wait.” And so he did, financing the project himself “on a shoestring and energy,” Nielsen says. The project has garnered support from neighboring businesses, the town offices and other community members. Encouraged by locals such as ROB WILLIAMS of sustainability advocates Valley Futures Network and JOSHUA SCHWARTZ, executive director of the Mad River Valley Planning District, Nielsen is now seeking grant funding and is optimistic that the activity generated by the arrival of Quench will “shift the neighborhood quickly.” Using his own marketing company, Nielsen plans to brand the entire neighborhood as a “revitalization project and contemporary art project.” He believes the area has potential to become an arts district because of existing cultural venues, such as architect DAVE SELLERS’ Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design across the street. Nielsen and friends are using a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 to fund future Quench projects, among them a fashion show with jewelry designer SHERI DEFLAVIO, owner of 4orty Bridge Boutique. For now, Quench is a family affair: Izabel Nielsen will advise her dad on the contemporary art scene, and Goodwin will continue to have a presence in the gallery. Nielsen encourages those in Vermont’s creative community to contact Quench about showing their work, or with any other ideas. “We want to give people the confidence to think [and] aspire out of the box,” he says. “We see Quench as a place for things to happen.” UR
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interested in opening a gallery in the onceflooded space. Abend and his wife, Sydney, also own the building next door, which is home to the ARTISANS’ GALLERY OF VERMONT. As he had with his daughter, Nielsen once again declined, but Abend wouldn’t give up, suggesting he would come to Vermont from his Massachusetts home to discuss the idea in person. Nielsen says he was moved that the 80-year-old Abend
he new QUENCH ARTSPACE in covered in mud for a week after Irene, Waitsfield has the polished look helping her neighbors.” Izabel urged her dad to do something of many urban contemporary galleries: cement floors, plenty of to “bring Bridge Street back,” he says. Why light and fresh white walls to showcase the not turn the basement into a public art art. At a recent opening reception for its space? Initially, Nielsen said no; he didn’t inaugural exhibition, visitors are greeted want to start a new project while trying to by the soft sounds of a jazz combo and then get his business off the ground. It’s not that Nielsen was a treated to food and wine courtesy of Moretown’s FIDDLEHEADS CUISINE. Quench owner PETER NIELSEN takes it all in. Just weeks ago, he was still cleaning mud off the floors — the stubborn residue from Tropical Storm Irene floodwater, which at its peak had reached the ceiling. Now the space is pristine, brought to life with the graffiti-inspired paintings of Middlesex artist GALEN CHENEY; the iconographic paintings of ALISON Nielsen’s wife; GOODWIN, and Montpelier artist BRIAN graphic narraZEIGLER’s tives constructed from black-and-white collaged drawings. Quench aims to showcase the work of contemporary visual artists from Vermont and beyond, as well as host performances and creative projects of all kinds. But Nielsen has a broader vision for Waitsfield: to revitalize the floodPeter Nielsen ravaged town by branding the village as an arts district. Nielsen’s marketing firm, HIGHERMIND MEDIAWORKS, is on the second floor of the Quench building. Drawn by Waitsfield’s vibrancy and community spirit, he launched his company at the corner of Main and Bridge streets last July. One month later, Irene laid waste to the commercial heart of the village, including the newly renovated basement of the building he stranger to artistic ventures. He was instrumental in developing First occupies. The area was a “ghost town” until Night Montpelier and managing the band December, according to Nielsen. Activity BLUEGRASS GOSPEL PROJECT. But he never gradually returned with the reconstruc- could have imagined being the director of a tion of the village and the opening of a fledgling contemporary art venue, he says, new clothing and accessories shop, 4ORTY let alone becoming a cheerleader for the creation of an entire arts district. BRIDGE BOUTIQUE. Starting a gallery was his Then, in early February, while driving daughter’s idea. IZABEL NIELSEM, a Smith College studio-art major, was devoted to back home to Vermont from a business repairing the village. “Her life focused trip, Nielsen received a phone call from on it,” Nielsen says. “She worked at the Norman Abend, the owner of the Bridge now destroyed Green Cup Café, and was Street building, asking if he would be
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A S H AND CREATIVE PROJECTS OFOASLLT PKEINRFORMANCES DS. was so impassioned about the project that he would drive three hours to talk about it. Still, he was reluctant to set up an art venue in a basement. “If I considered opening a gallery at all, I would want to do it right,” he says. Abend had a simple response, according to Nielsen: “You need to do it to save Bridge Street.” “How could I say no to that?” he asks. Reflecting on the confluence of events and encounters that changed his mind, Nielsen
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It takes a special kind of irreverence to paint a portrait of Osama bin Laden in warm and inviting pink and gold hues. And it takes a wicked sense of humor to name that portrait “Funny Face.” DAISY ROCKWELL did both. And bin Laden isn’t the only terrorist the New Hampshire artist has painted since September 11, 2001. She recreated a photo of terrorist suspect Mohamed Mahmood Alessa embracing his beloved cat, Tuna Princess, on a pillow-strewn bed. She also painted Aafia Siddiqui, known as “Lady Al Qaeda,” smiling demurely in her graduation gown and clutching a bouquet of red flowers. They’re all part of a series of portraits — as well as essays and commentary Rockwell has contributed over the years to the blog Chapati Mystery under a pseudonym — that appear in her new book The Little Book of Terror. Rockwell — granddaughter of Norman — will sign copies at a release party on March 30 at the MAIN STREET MUSEUM in White River Junction. Bin Laden was the first terrorist Rockwell painted. She says the image of his face had become a kind of icon for evil, something Rockwell was interested in deconstructing. “He’s the one bad guy, the focus of everybody’s ire,” she says. “I felt like, I wonder who this person is.” The images Rockwell paints come directly from real, often humanizing, photos she digs up online. “Almost all of the pictures we initially get in the newspaper or on the TV are taken from these people’s passports or their drivers’ licenses,” she says. “They’re usually staring kind of angrily at the camera.” But terrorists aren’t so scary when they’re cuddling with their cats. And since the war on terror is, by definition, “a war on an emotion,” Rockwell says, dismantling that fear factor is crucial. The writers and commenters on Glenn Beck’s website, the Blaze, see it differently. Earlier this month, when the right-wing blogosphere caught wind of a CNN article about Rockwell’s new book, they quickly branded her a terrorist sympathizer. “Daisy Rockwell isn’t necessarily following in her grandfather’s footsteps,” the Blaze post begins. On one level, Rockwell agrees — Norman Rockwell’s early paintings of quaint American life are a striking contrast to Daisy’s images of religious extremists. But there are similarities, too. Especially if you look at some of her grandfather’s later paintings, such as “The Problem We All Live With,” in which a 6-year-old African American girl named Ruby Bridges makes her way calmly into an all-white New Orleans school in 1960. “I’m interested in the zeitgeist,” says Rockwell. “I paint portraits. In some way, I’m being a dutiful little offspring.”
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THE LITTLE BOOK OF TERROR Written by Daisy Rockwell, published by Foxhead Books. Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and foxheadbooks.com. Book signing at the Main Street Museum in White River Junction on Friday, March 30, at 6 p.m. Free. Watch the book trailer: youtube.com/watch?v=VcYWD6pOYLc
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or one year during high school, I played the French horn. Or tried to. The instrument, I learned, is nearly impossible to play. The lip tension, the palate shape, the placement of the hand in the bell and a slew of other factors must be just right before one produces a single note. And the notes that do come out are so often flubbed that the classical world has a name for them: “clams.” But in the hands of a master horn player the instrument can produce one of the most beautiful sounds in the orchestra: mellow, warm, arrestingly pure. And few pieces of classical music give more pleasure than Mozart’s four horn concertos, the core of the horn repertoire. So the news that the regional NORTHEAST HORN WORKSHOP was coming to the State University of New York at Plattsburgh this year piqued my interest. “There’s a certain personality that’s drawn to the horn in the first place,” ANN ELLSWORTH, co-host of the conference with Donna Yoo, admitted with a laugh before the event, which took place last weekend. “We’re not like trumpet players, who tend to be ultracompetitive. Horn players have always been very collegial because we all struggle with this instrument. It’s basically designed to humiliate us.” Nearly 90 mostly amateur adult horn players attended what Ellsworth, who teaches at the Plattsburgh and Stony Brook SUNYs and New York University, forewarned was “a total horn geek-out.”
The schedule included a mass “horn choir” open to all registrants. There were lectures on the natural horn — a progenitor of the modern instrument direct from the English hunt — cadenza improv classes and master classes. A Saturday afternoon concert featuring works by 20th-century horn composer Verne Reynolds concluded with the premiere of a work by a Vermonter he inspired: Montpelier composer and horn player LYDIA BUSLER-BLAIS. The 41-year-old became known as an improvisational horn player, she said, after giving birth 12 years ago: Motherhood left her little time to write down the compositions in her head. Mysterium, a work for two horns she performed with John Little, her partner in the STARLIGHT DUO,
is a heady, adventurous piece whose third movement calls for multiphonics — that is, producing horn and vocal sounds at once. As if horn players needed an additional challenge. There were also plenty of opportunities to brush
CROSSING BORDERS Vermont filmmaker JAY CRAVEN describes his latest project as “a bit like a barn raising.” Instead of going the traditional route of seeking deep-pocketed investors for Northern Borders — his fourth film adaptation of a HOWARD FRANK MOSHER novel — Craven is conducting “outreach to hundreds of people who will participate in one way or another,” he says in a phone interview. Craven has drawn support from MARLBORO COLLEGE, where he teaches, and local businesses. He’s recruited students from 11 colleges to spend a semester at Marlboro working on the production. He’s secured the donation of an Arriflex highend digital camera. Now, as the five-week shoot approaches, Craven is planning two April fundraisers to give the public a chance to contribute, too, to this quintessentially Vermont production. Craven says his new production model, which “combines independent filmmaking with intensive education,” is “a bigger producing job, because it requires squeezing every element of the budget.”
shoulders with the four horn players of Genghis Barbie. The 2-year-old, Spandexand-heels-clad quartet from New York bills itself as “the leading post post-feminist feminist all-female horn experience.” Though not because it needs to stand out in a crowded horn-quartet scene. “In fact, I know hardly any,” admitted the oldest Barbie, 30-year-old Rachel Drehmann, aka Attila the Horn. The Barbies are mainly out for “tongue-incheek fun,” she explains, though they play seriously well. The group just auditioned for “America’s Got Talent” and specializes in pop music; the Barbies write most of their own arrangements. Vendors of recondite horn gear on Saturday were selling Genghis Barbie signature colored-enamel bell flares ($950). While I couldn’t stay for the Barbies’ Saturday night concert — an all-pop affair that included a new Beyoncé song and a piece involving a snare drum — I did catch another performance. The highlight of the conference, from Ellsworth’s point of view, was Vermont’s own BURLINGTON CHAMBER ORCHESTRA. She arranged for the BCO to be available for hire by Mozart horn concerto players who wanted to experience performing with a professional orchestra. “You spend so much time and money on gear and lessons,” explained Ellsworth, that players
But the traditional investment model has proved itself “not a viable form of financing” for projects like this, he notes. Though the film’s budget is small — Screen Actors’ Guild regulations keep it under $500,000 — its stars are recognizable. Bruce Dern and Geneviève Bujold will play hardscrabble farming couple Austen and Abiah Kittredge, roles that Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward once hoped to play. Local performers include familiar faces such as RUSTY DEWEES and JOHN KIEDAISCH — plus IRENE SHAMAS, a Putney 16-year-old making her film debut. The story’s protagonist is the couple’s young grandson, who “finds himself somewhat marooned in the Kingdom with his grandparents,” Craven says. The boy’s comingof-age involves solving the mysteries of their combative relationship, described as the “Forty Years’ War.” Craven, who wrote the script — with input from his student apprentices — says the story has “a lot of parallels to my own life.” Of all Mosher’s works, he says, “This is the most intimate in terms of relationships... In some ways I think it’s also Mosher’s funniest story.”
deserve a chance to shine. “I remember the first time I tried it; I was flying,” she said. “I’d never sounded so good before.” Five individuals spent $350 each for a 10-minute session with the BCO — enough to play one movement of one concerto. Ten-minute stints were also awarded to the two concerto competition winners from that morning — both Ellsworth’s students, though she was not a judge. “At other horn conferences I’ve been to, winners get sheet music,” Ellsworth noted. The high-school-level winner was Vermonter LEE CYPHERS, 13, who is the principal horn of the VERMONT YOUTH ORCHESTRA. Swinging her long blond curls out of the way, Cyphers produced a promisingly mature sound despite numerous, and expected, clams. BCO members KATIE OPREA, an oboist, and MARY GIBSON, a violinist, were pleased with the experience — a first for the chamber group. On the ferry ride back to Vermont, they sighed with relief that their sole hour of rehearsal with a brand-new conductor — Yale professor and hornist William Purvis — hadn’t spelled disaster. Clearly demanding of themselves, they were willing to cut horn players a lot more slack. “I’ve heard [clams] coming out of the best horn players,” commented Gibson, who also plays with the VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. “You forgive the foibles more often.”
The Burlington Chamber Orchestra performs next on Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m. at the McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. bcovt.org
Before he embarked on this project, Craven had planned a film adaptation of Judgment Ridge, a nonfiction account of the 2001 murders of Dartmouth professors Half and Susanne Zantop by two Vermont teenagers. But community reactions showed him, he says, that “it’s really too early to tell that story in Vermont as a Vermont filmmaker.” By contrast, Northern Borders aroused strong local enthusiasm even before the script was written, Craven says. In Marlboro, Guilford and other nearby communities, where they’ll start shooting this Wednesday, he and his cast and crew are sure to find a warm reception. MARGOT HARRISON
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Dear cecil, Is there any evidence to support the mantra that cutting taxes stimulates job growth? I’m old enough to remember the Reagan years, and it seems most of those tax cuts went into the pockets of the wealthy, and what trickled down were pink slips as jobs went offshore. Was that an anomaly, or par for the course as tax cuts go? Keynes Friedman Locke Jr., Greenspan, minnesota
Reagan changed that. The top rate was cut sharply — today it’s 35 percent — and many tax shelters were eliminated. The result wasn’t a flat tax, but it was flatter and more transparent than before. But Reagan didn’t change the other side of the big-government equation. In his influential 1981 book Wealth and Poverty, George Gilder argued that tax cuts needed to be balanced with public spending cuts. Reagan skipped that part. He cut back on social programs but cranked the defense budget. The excuse was the infamous Laffer Curve, the brainchild of economist Arthur Laffer, who reputedly sketched it
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on a napkin during a 1974 power lunch. The curve plotted tax revenue against tax rates, supposedly showing lower rates would spur the economy and produce a net increase in government revenue. Magic? No, the start of the con. Reagan’s first budget director, David Stockman, later admitted to journalist William Greider that he pushed through the 1981 tax cuts knowing full well they would lead to massive federal budget deficits. He hoped this would keep Congress from spending on domestic programs. How did this bastardized version of trickle-down economics work out for those on the bottom economic rung? On the face of it, not too well. Reagan took office with a 7.5 percent unemployment rate. By September 1982 it had
climbed to more than 10 percent and didn’t drop below 7 percent until halfway through his second term. From 1979 through 2004, the real after-tax income of the poorest fifth of the country rose by a paltry 9 percent, while that of the richest fifth rose by 69 percent. Over roughly the same period, CEO pay rose by about 500 percent. That’s not the con, though. The real cause of growing U.S. income disparity isn’t tax policy but globalization. What with competition from China and other low-wage countries, U.S. workers are in no position to demand better pay. It’s the crowd whose skills can’t be easily outsourced, known as the creative class if you’re part of it or the 1 percent if you’re not, that’s made off with most of the enormous
ouchy subject. The truth is, what arguably began as a noble effort — making U.S. income taxation fairer and more rational — has degenerated into one of the great con games of our time. First the big picture. While cutting taxes to boost the economy is commonly associated with Ronald Reagan and supplyside economics, the underlying “trickle-down” idea is an old one: If you let the people on top keep more of their money, they’ll invest it in business, creating jobs and eventually making those below better off. John Kenneth Galbraith cynically referred to this as the “horse and sparrow” theory: “If you feed the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows.” But there’s some sense to it. Income taxes when Reagan took office were confiscatory — the top-bracket rate was 70 percent. Few actually paid it, of course. Over the years the wealthy had gamed the system to create a seamy mess of loopholes to avoid taxation.
increase in wealth of the past 30 years. Which brings us to the con. A string of millionaire candidates for public office has duped a good chunk of the electorate into thinking the way to create jobs and otherwise solve the problems of the middle class is to cut the taxes of the wealthy. That’s absurd. If the massive tax cuts of the Reagan era didn’t do the average worker much good, trimming another percent or two now sure won’t. What it will do is leave more money in the pockets of the comfortably affluent. Why does this self-serving argument fly? Because too many Americans don’t get where they stand in the scheme of things. The U.S. has one of the most unequal distributions of income in the developed world — we’re closer to Latin America in that respect than to Europe — and perilously low economic mobility. But much of the country’s workforce believes it’s either already in the overtaxed bourgeoisie or on its way there. The top 10 percent of filers shoulder most of the income tax burden (about 70 percent in 2009). For a typical U.S. wage-earner to worry about sharing in this plight is borderline delusional. Don’t misunderstand. Keeping taxes at a moderate level is a good thing. Arthur Laffer makes the legitimate point that in 1925, 1965 and 1985, cutting taxes from very high levels to more reasonable ones caused the economy to boom. But know this: While cutting taxes sometimes may help the country as a whole, if you’re like most people, it probably won’t help you.
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Taking a Knee for Love by Kenny, I wanted to continue helping this lady out. “Really, just $8?” she said. “That would be great.” As we cruised south on Shelburne Road, I said, “Cars are a pain in the ass, aren’t they? If it’s not one thing, it’s another. I just put about $500 into my cab yesterday.” “I’ll say,” Dawn-Marie replied. “I can barely afford it, either.” “What are you doing for work?” “Nothing now. I had to quit my job a couple of months ago.” “Well, that’s rough,” I said. “What precipitated that?” I watched in the rearview mirror as my customer hesitated. In the awkward moment, I realized my question was a bit forward. If I’d been paying closer attention, her phrasing, “had to quit my job,” would have been a red flag. Clearly, I have yet to master locating the line between friendliness and nosiness. The delicate and dicey thing about human communication is, you can never truly take anything back. So it’s best to think before you speak. “I was having weakness in my joints,” she said. “Last fall I was diagnosed with MS.” “My goodness,” I said. “I’m sorry. That is something.” “Yeah, it changes a lot of things, and really quickly.” “Do you have family or friends you can count on?” “I have two sons. One’s 13 and one’s 20, and they’ve both been great. I’ve got friends who are there for me, too. My boyfriend, unfortunately, has been another story. He’s having a hard time since I’ve ‘changed,’ as he puts it. We’ve been through a lot. We had a miscarriage about a year ago. He’s had a lot to deal with. I do get that.”
I was thinking what a creep she had for a partner, and that she was being too easy on him. But who knows how I would act faced with a similar challenge? It’s so easy to judge. “The main thing now,” Dawn-Marie continued, “is that I’ve got to be around supportive people. In my new life, that’s all I have room for.” Later that night, as I sat idling on the corner of Church and Main, I found myself still thinking about Dawn-Marie. Life is so tentative, so fragile — though most of us tend to bury that reality for the sake of our psychic health. It’s kind of depressing, I thought, the way everything we hold near and dear can be swept away in the blink of an eye. Sometimes I feel it’s not a question of if the tsunami will arrive, but when. Mired in melancholia, I noticed a handsome couple walking up to the corner and coming to a stop. The man was tall and well built, and the woman — a stunner — was wearing a full-length, camel-colored woolen coat, her thick blond mane tucked inside the collar. From where I sat, I could see the man’s face as he grasped her arms, his eyes shining with love as he spoke to her. They kissed — pretty passionately, I thought, given the public setting — and talked a little more before smooching a few more times. Then the man slid down to one knee, pulled a small box from his jacket pocket and looked up at the woman to ask
her a question. She brought her hand to her mouth and nodded vigorously. He rose, and they kissed and embraced again. The pair was suddenly surrounded by more than a dozen people — some old, some young, including kids, one of whom was operating a video camera. They seemed to materialize out of nowhere. I lowered the passenger window in time to hear an older man in the group ask the proposal maker — his son? — “Well, what did she say?” “She said, ‘yes’!” he replied, and the pack exploded in cheers and laughter. There was much hugging all around, and all the females wanted to see the ring. As the jubilant group began to mosey up Church Street, I noticed a few in the party pausing to look down and smile at a particular spot on the sidewalk. When they had all gone, I got out of the cab and walked over. Drawn in rosecolored chalk was a big heart with the inscription “A + S.” Tsunamis come and go; earthquakes, too. And yet, somehow, the world never lacks for optimism and joy. “Good luck, A and S,” I whispered in the night, “and don’t stop believing.” m
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n a gray afternoon, I pulled into the driveway of a regular customer in the airport neighborhood of South Burlington. Kenny was outside waiting for me and jumped into the front seat. As I backed out, we both noticed a woman standing on the sidewalk waiting for the bus. “She looks real cold,” Kenny said. “Why dont cha take her, too?” That sentiment was totally in character for Kenny, a man I’ve been driving for 15 years. He’s always ready to help out a friend or stranger. I had no doubt he’d offer to pick up her taxi fare if it came down to it. Easing up to the curb where the woman stood, I lowered Kenny’s window and asked her, “We’re headed downtown — you wanna lift? It’s on the house.” “Well, thanks so much,” she replied with a smile. “I need to catch the Shelburne bus at Cherry Street. Do you think you could drop me there?” On the ride into town, Kenny and the woman chatted. Her name was DawnMarie, and the two of them knew each other slightly from the neighborhood. She was petite, with an aquiline nose and dark, doleful eyes. Unlike many women, who cut their hair shorter as they age, Dawn-Marie had kept hers long. Parted in the middle and tumbling onto her shoulders, the black locks attractively framed her face. After dropping Kenny off at Esox on Main Street, I asked Dawn-Marie, “Exactly where in Shelburne are ya headed?” “I need to get to the Mobil station right in the village. I just had a new alternator put in.” “I’ll tell you what — if you want, I’ll take you all the way there for eight bucks, tip included.” This was about half price; inspired
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hen I started dating Tim Ashe nearly a decade ago, I never dreamed we’d be in a disclosure statement together. I’m talking about the by-now-familiar disclaimer that often appears in Seven Days, variations of which have cropped up in columns and news stories since he first ran for Burlington City Council in 2004: “Tim Ashe is the domestic partner of Seven Days publisher and coeditor Paula Routly.” “It’s complicated” doesn’t begin to describe the potentially problematic relationship between a politician and a journalist. “The edict has always been that you can’t have a reporter covering a lover,” St. Michael’s College journalism prof David Mindich suggested in an email after Tim, a state senator, entered the Burlington mayor’s race last fall. “As Abe Rosenthal famously said after firing a reporter who was dating a politician on her beat: ‘I don’t care if you fuck elephants as long as you’re not covering the circus.’” My relationship with Tim is considerably less acrobatic, but it is indeed a balancing act. We approach current events from opposite directions — he’s legislating, I’m analyzing — but our worlds intersect in late-night discussions about such things as tax-increment financing and health care reform. Then we turn on “The Colbert Report.” But there are some things we simply can’t tell each other. When Seven Days is pursuing a hot story, Tim finds out when he reads it in that week’s paper. If he has a great tip for a news reporter, he can’t give it to me. The irony: Tim probably gets less ink in this paper than he would if I didn’t work here at all. Still, the arrangement worked just fine until he decided to run for mayor, and went from being one of 30 senators who occasionally popped up in Fair Game to a candidate in one of the most-watched races in Vermont. I responded to the news by taking myself out of it. All of a sudden, Seven Days reporters were huddling without me. Nor was I welcome at home, where the Tim Ashe for Mayor campaign was strategizing several nights a week. When Tim and Miro Weinberger tied in the first Democratic caucus, I had to ask myself: What if Tim wins? “Take a long sail for a long time” was one of the suggestions I got from Mark Zusman, the editor and coowner of Willamette Week in Portland, Ore. Three months
later, Zusman announced that his media company had its own conflict: Judge Ellen Rosenblum, who is married to Zusman’s partner, Richard Meeker, was running for attorney general. Zusman made the tough decision that Willamette Week would not be covering the race or making an endorsement. Such confessions are necessary in the media business: Readers are entitled to know of any potential conflicts that might alter or slant coverage billed as “objective.” But plenty of other Vermont couples who are similarly positioned to imperil the public trust aren’t ethically obligated to reveal themselves. Different last names and same-sex relationships make it that much harder to figure out who is with whom in a state where six degrees of separation is more likely to be one or two. Our editorial team decided to compile a list of dynamic duos whose respective jobs could create conflicts of interest with public policy ramifications. It was easy to think of “power couples” who shared a business or endeavor — Burton Snowboards founders Jake and Donna Carpenter, publishers Margo and Ian Baldwin, Democrat fundraisers Bill and Jane Stetson, to name a few. But they didn’t fit the bill. Nor did partnerships that qualified as high profile but not potentially problematic: WCAX anchor Darren Perron and Vermont CARES executive director Peter Jacobsen; public-accesstelevision pioneer Lauren-Glenn Davitian and radio-talkshow host Mark Johnson; Vermont Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson and Kym Boyman, the physician-CEO of Vermont Gynecology. With a little help from various sources, we came up with a list of seven couples who met our criteria. Four of them agreed to be interviewed — they’re the ones with the photographs in this article. The other people we contacted outright refused, were overruled by a spouse or never called back. So we kept brainstorming. In the end, we decided to include five publicity-shy couples, too, one of which contains Mr. Transparency, Secretary of State Jim Condos. After all, their relationships are public knowledge; many of their high-profile jobs directly affect Vermonters. And Sunshine Week should really never end, should it? One final disclosure: None of the couples mentioned in this article is pictured on the cover of this week’s Seven Days.
“It’s complicated” doesn’t begin to describe the potentially problematic relationship between a politician and a journalist.
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Some Vermont “power couples” find conflicts of interest come with the territory
Jennifer and John Hollar He’s the newly elected mayor of Montpelier. She’s the deputy commissioner of the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development, which annually awards more than $10 million in grants to Vermont cities and towns for housing, land-use planning and economic development. The couple met through mutual friends on Capitol Hill, where John worked for then-Rep. Mike Synar from John’s native Oklahoma, and Jen worked for an offshoot of the National League of Cities. Before landing their current jobs, the Hollars spent more than two decades together shaping public policy as statehouse lobbyists with the firm of Downs Rachlin Martin. Over the years, their list of clients has read like a veritable who’s who of corporate heavyweights doing business in the Green Mountain State: IBM, Verizon, FairPoint Communications, Central Vermont Public Service, Green Mountain Power, Bank of America, TransCanada, American Insurance Association, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, MVP Health Plan and Entergy Nuclear, to name just a few. The list includes some warm-and-fuzzy names, too, such as United Children’s
Elizabeth and Eric Miller
with the same issues but different loyalties, it just seemed too close. So we declined to take that client.” Have you set formal ground rules for what you will or won’t discuss when you’re both off the clock? “Obviously, [after] a quarter-century together, we know each other and have our own set of rules and an understanding,” says John. “But we don’t need to spell out a lot.”
Has anyone ever talked to one of you about the other and not realized you were a couple? “No,” says Jen. “There aren’t too many Hollars around.”
K AT HRY N F L A G G double trouble?
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Jim Condos and Annie Noonan were already big deals in Montpelier political circles before the 2010 election made them both really big deals. Condos was elected secretary of state that November after years as a state senator representing Chittenden County. Not long after that, Noonan, the longtime director of the Vermont State Employees Association, was named commissioner of labor by newly elected Gov. Peter Shumlin. The coupling created a domestic nexus between two independently elected branches of state government. Noonan is a key member of Shumlin’s cabinet, and Condos oversees election laws — the ones that will apply to Noonan’s boss in this year’s reelection campaign. That might actually be less thorny than their situation years ago, when Noonan was lobbying for the state employees union and Condos chaired the Senate Government Operations Committee, which has sway over government regulations. Before that,
Who says that the law is a jealous mistress? Not Anthony Iarrapino and Joslyn Wilschek, Montpelier residents and up-and-coming lawyers in two of Vermont’s most hotly contested fields: energy and the environment. He’s a staff attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation with a specialty in water and forest protection. She’s an attorney and shareholder with Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer, where she focuses in part on publicutility law and shepherds public and private clients through the state’s process for obtaining utility and energy project permits. On at least one occasion, Iarrapino’s and Wilschek’s respective employers have found themselves on different sides of an issue. CLF opposed VELCO’s proposed Northwest Reliability Project, a transmission upgrade that stretched from West Rutland to New Haven. Wilschek’s firm represented VELCO, and Wilschek worked briefly on a planning docket for the Public Service Board. Iarrapino didn’t work directly on the case; in fact, most PSB proceedings are handled by another lawyer at CLF. Occasionally, professional matters have paved the way for cooperation between the spouses: When neighbors concerned about Act 250 proposals called CLF for help, Iarrapino — with full disclosure — would sometimes refer the calls to Wilschek and a handful of other private attorneys more suited to the case. So far, though, Iarrapino says the couple hasn’t encountered a conflict of interest in the true, legal definition of the term — which, of course, is the one that matters to a pair of attorneys. “I’m glad that we haven’t had to confront that issue,” he says. “Whether or not it’s a legal conflict of interest, I think it would make for a difficult situation at home. We just haven’t had to deal with that.”
“By eight o’clock, we were done,” John recalls. “It was partly out of just wanting to be good parents, because we could end up talking politics all night and ignore the kids.” Adds Jen, “They’re not always as interested in it as we are.”
Jim Condos and Annie Noonan
Anthony Iarrapino and Joslyn Wilschek
How about when your kids were younger and you were both lobbyists?
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Services, the American Cancer Society and the YMCA. Despite the potential for conflict of interest, the Hollars seem at ease navigating the tricky waters of their current occupations. As Jen points out, John’s code of ethics as a lawyer “makes those lines that much brighter.” As for Jen’s work with the Shumlin administration, if an instance arises where the city of Montpelier is applying for a grant administered by her agency, she will recuse herself from the process, she says. That said, John still plans to rely on Jen’s informal counsel when he’s wrestling with one of Montpelier’s thornier municipal messes. “It may sound a little cliché, but Jen is my closest advisor,” John says. “So when I have a very difficult problem, I’ll always talk to her about it.” Not to suggest that sticky situations haven’t already come up. For example, since Jen was appointed deputy commish in January 2011, John’s firm has been approached by a potential client to lobby in the legislature on its behalf. Although the client, whom John wouldn’t name, doesn’t necessarily deal with Jen’s arm of state government, he says that “In that world, where we would have been dealing
Elizabeth and Eric Miller have been moving in Burlington’s legal and political circles for years. But the pair drew public scrutiny for the first time last fall when Sen. Vince Illuzzi (R-Essex/Orleans) took issue with their roles in the acquisition of Central Vermont Public Service by Gaz Métro, the parent company of Green Mountain Power. As commissioner of the Department of Public Service, Elizabeth Miller would play a key role in crafting the state’s response to the merger, Illuzzi argued, while her husband’s firm — Sheehey Furlong & Behm — represented Gaz Métro. In response to Illuzzi’s arguments, the state hired Michael Dworkin, a former chairman of the Public Service Board, to file independent testimony on the most controversial component of the deal: the governance of the state’s electric transmission utility, Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO), which is owned by the power companies. Responding to the perception that her department was too close to the utility companies, Elizabeth Miller said in January, “You will find significant disagreements between the department and the utilities,” according to VTDigger.org.
even trickier was Noonan’s marriage to Timothy Noonan, who directed the state’s Labor Relations Board while Annie was head of the VSEA — a frequent party to complaints before her husband’s investigative board. Not easy relationships to navigate, but then, labors of love rarely are.
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Tasha Wallis and Kevin Goddard
Clare Buckley and Michael Obuchowski For the first 15 years of their relationship, Clare Buckley had to disclose any gifts she gave her boyfriend, Michael “Obie” Obuchowski, in excess of $5 — and then, when the law changed, $15. “We just decided early on we weren’t going to disclose our lives to the secretary of state’s office, so I would just not give him anything worth more than that,” she says. “You become very creative when you have that limit.” But because Buckley was the lobbyist — she’s a partner at KSE Partners — and Obuchowski was the lawmaker — he represented Bellows Falls in the legislature for 38 years, six of them as Speaker of the House — he could give her gifts of any value without disclosure. “That sort of put me on the short end of the stick,” he recalls. The pair finally tied the knot in July 2010 and are now the busy parents of 16-month-old twins, Jack and Norah. “They’re the real power couple,” Obie says. Obuchowski’s job has also changed. In December 2010, he was appointed commissioner of the Department of Buildings and General Services — a position that became a lot more complicated when Tropical Storm Irene rendered much of the 50-buildings state office complex in Waterbury unusable.
As Obuchowski led the Shumlin administration’s deliberations over whether to relocate 1500 displaced state workers elsewhere in the state for good, the town of Waterbury hired Buckley’s firm to lobby lawmakers to keep the workers where they were. But, according to Buckley, she has had nothing to do with that particular issue.
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“The firm does represent Waterbury, and obviously Waterbury is a very interested party to what’s happening, but I’m not working on that at all,” she says. “The people of Waterbury wouldn’t even know who I am.” Buckley and Obuchowski say they avoid conflicts of interest simply by refraining from bringing work home. “He never talks to me about his work. Ever,” Buckley says. “I know what he’s doing from the newspaper or TV.” According to her husband, “I
work hard and put so many hours into the work side of my life that, when I’m separate from that, I like to escape it.” After 15 years of living an hour and a half away from each other, what’s it like finally to live under the same roof in Montpelier? “For me, obviously, with the twins, I don’t know how I would do it if I was by myself,” Buckley says. “You just need two people on the weekend, even if you want to go out to the grocery store. It’s definitely very nice for us to be in the same place.” Is it difficult for a lobbyist and commissioner to coexist without conflicts? “Vermont’s a small state,” Obuchowski says. “You can’t help who you fall in love with, and you just sort of find yourself in these situations, and you have to deal with it as respectfully as you can.” Are Jack and Norah sporting facial hair like their famously mustachioed father? “That’s what everybody asks me,” Buckley says. “Everybody says that on our Christmas card we should give them mustaches. Not quite yet. At 16 months, you don’t quite get facial hair.” PAUL H E IN T Z
How’s this for pillow talk? Health care reform! That complex topic may be near and dear to one powerful Vermont couple: Morristown residents Tasha Wallis and Kevin Goddard. Former journalist Goddard is No. 2 in command at Blue Cross Blue Shield Vermont, the state’s largest health insurer, where he is ensconced as the vice president of external affairs. Wallis, meanwhile, has headed the Vermont Retail Association (VRA) since 2007. Previously, she served a long tour of duty in state government, first as former governor Howard Dean’s policy advisor and commissioner of labor and industry, then as commissioner of buildings and general services under governor Jim Douglas. Both have spent plenty of time at the Statehouse over the years — though Wallis and Goddard didn’t meet until an encounter at a governor’s ball. When they’re not wading into state policy and regulation, the couple have a side gig: a joint photography business. Both the small business community — which Wallis represents — and BCBSVT are scrambling to make sense of what health care reform will mean for Vermont. The insurance company has angled for a seat in the debate, positioning itself as a nonprofit with experience and wisdom to offer as the legislature hashes out health care exchange regulations. BCBSVT already has a vote of support from one corner. “Other health plans come and go, but for decades Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont has remained the gold standard for secure, high-quality health plans,” the VRA website reads. “Thanks to VRA’s special relationship with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, we offer members competitive premium rates, access to all desirable benefits, and superior customer service.” K ATHRY N F L A G G
Dennise Casey and Neale Lunderville Love blossoms in the most unlikely places — sometimes even in the governor’s office on the fifth floor of the Pavilion Building. For years, Dennise Casey and Neale Lunderville dated while working side by side for former governor Jim Douglas. She managed Douglas’ 2008 reelection campaign and served as the gov’s communications director and deputy chief of staff. Lunderville ran Douglas’ 2002 and 2004 campaigns and held three cabinet positions, including the all-powerful Secretary of Administration post. The two are still a couple, but are no longer colleagues. Casey left Douglas’ office to direct the Republican Governors Association’s New England ad buys during the 2010 election cycle; these days, she runs her own political consulting shop in South Burlington. Lunderville took a job with Green Mountain Power, though he briefly reentered state government last fall, when Gov. Peter Shumlin tasked him with directing Tropical Storm Irene recovery efforts. PAU L HEI N T Z
He’s a Vermont Supreme Court justice. She’s a South Burlington city councilor. Together, Sandy and John Dooley have probably navigated more potential conflicts of interest than virtually any other couple in Vermont — and have often done so in the public eye. Case in point: In November 2005, John became the first supreme court justice in anyone’s memory to appear as a litigant in his own courtroom. The case involved the Dooleys’ decades-long fight to stop a development that would have obstructed their view of the Green Mountains. Because of the Dooleys’ involvement, all five justices bowed out
involving a Franklin County judge whose wife chaired a local right-to-life committee. The judge, who was scheduled to hear an abortion-related case, faced similar criticisms and calls for his recusal. Fortunately, Sandy says, Vermont’s Judicial Ethics Committee determined that neither spouse’s political activities were sufficient to force their respective judicial spouses to step aside. “It articulated the independence of spouses to have different roles,” Sandy says. “I would have hated to have felt I had to abstain from the nomination. But I also would have hated for John to have to recuse himself from one of the most important decisions the court ever had to make.”
John, are perceived conflicts of interest harder for you as a Vermont Supreme Court justice because judges are expected to be paragons of impartiality?
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“He’s so able by himself,” she says. “Hearing him as a former journalist, I’m always amazed that he just cuts to the essence and makes his message succinct. If he weren’t like that, I’d probably be frustrated and advising him all the time.” Did you ever consider taking his name? “No, I’ve always been Margaret Cheney. Born that way and stayed that way.” Has anyone ever complained to you about Peter, not knowing that you’re a couple? “No, nothing like that,” she says. “Of course, complaints about Congress are so common, so they’d probably happen regardless.” K EN P I C A R D
“Oh, sure,” Sandy says. “If we have friends over for dinner, I can’t be the only nonlawyer.”
Margaret, do you ever advise Peter on how to deal with the press?
Any informal ground rules about not talking shop at home?
In fact, Welch says his wife still has a much better working knowledge of the city than he does — and knows a thing or two about influencing policymakers. On a recent visit, for example, she cooked dinner for five Democratic and five Republican colleagues of Peter’s. “It improved my respectability quotient considerably,” Welch quips. “They saw that there must be something redeeming about me.”
“It’s actually easier for judges, because we have a very clear system of what we do and what the ethical limits are,” John says. “You just get used to the fact that, if you don’t sit on a case, you don’t sit on a case. That’s just the nature of a small state. So the land-use policy of the city of South Burlington is her responsibility; it’s not mine.”
On January 2, 2009, Vermont’s lone congressman, Democratic Rep. Peter Welch, married state Rep. Margaret Cheney at her home in Norwich. It was a small and intimate affair held in Margaret’s living room, officiated by a justice of the peace and Peter’s sister, Maureen, an Ursuline nun. No congressional bigwigs attended, nor were there TV cameras or a gubernatorial security detail. Headline their story, “Two Houses, One Love.” To be accurate, Welch and Cheney actually maintain four residences: the one they share in Norwich, Welch’s previous house in Hartland, his apartment in downtown Burlington and his apartment in Washington, DC, where he sleeps weeknights when Congress is in session. This is a second marriage for both. Cheney divorced her first husband, with whom she had three children. Welch’s first wife, Joan Smith, died of cancer in 2004. She had four children and adopted a fifth with Welch. Welch and Cheney both insist they didn’t deliberately keep their relationship on the down-low — from their constituents or the press. “It was a combination of things that had much more to do with personal considerations than public considerations,” Welch explains. “Plus, somebody who wants to marry me needs to kick the tires pretty good first.” “We were certainly public about seeing each other,” Cheney adds. “I guess no one was paying attention.” Not that there was much reason for either to go public about it. As Welch points out, their work has very little official overlap; her arena is primarily state policy, his federal. “The issues we have to deal with are completely separate,” Welch explains. “So there’s not a conflict between us in how she does her job to how I do my job. But there’s a mutual interest, and I have an intense interest in what’s she’s doing.” Indeed. Prior to his election to Congress in 2006, Welch spent 13 years in the Vermont Legislature, where Cheney serves with many of his former colleagues. Likewise, DC is hardly unknown territory to Cheney. From 1978 to 1989, she worked as editor of the Washingtonian Magazine. And, when she was a child, Cheney’s father was in the foreign service and worked as a state-department official.
and allowed the case to be heard by a panel of replacement judges. That wasn’t even the first public conflict of interest with which the couple wrestled. In 1999, the supreme court was scheduled to hear Baker v. Vermont, the landmark case that established the right of same-sex couples in Vermont to join in civil unions. At the time, Sandy was serving on the Vermont Commission on Women, which had nominated the plaintiffs in the Baker case for a regional award — and Sandy had voted in favor of the nomination. As Sandy recalls, she had flown to Vancouver, B.C., to join John, who was there attending a convention. While they were away, somebody from an anti-same-sex-marriage group learned of Sandy’s vote and demanded John’s recusal from the case. The couple returned days later to a deluge of phone messages from the press. Interestingly, Sandy remembers that a parallel controversy had just arisen
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aybe you’ve seen the commercial. It debuted on Vermont airwaves last month, and the message goes something like this: “Governor Peter Shumlin and the Democratic majorities in Montpelier want to completely uproot our health care system and spend more than $5 billion on a single-payer health care scheme,” says a middle-aged woman sitting down to tea in her kitchen. She looks exasperated and extremely skeptical. She tells viewers that no one knows where the money will come from or what the benefits will look like, and that elected officials won’t have any answers until after the next election. “It’s not fair and it’s not right,” she says, then adds, “They’re hiding something. They’re not giving us any reason to trust them.” The ad was paid for by a group called Vermonters for Health Care Freedom — and Wendell Potter predicted exactly this kind of publicity. It’s indicative, he says, of the kind of tactics the insurance industry will roll out in the coming months and years to counteract the forward march of single-payer health care in Vermont. Potter knows those tactics well: He’s a longtime insider who defected from a high-ranking, high-paying public relations job to draw back the curtain on the health insurance industry. Based in Philadelphia, he is closely watching Vermont and testified last year before its legislators. Now Potter warns that the state will be a frontline battleground for single-payer health care in the U.S., and that the insurance industry — with its profits at stake — is sure to have a hand in the debate. “The insurance industry is very afraid that [if Vermont succeeds] … other states will pay attention,” Potter says. That includes much larger states, such as California, where a single-payer bill stalled out in the state senate last month. Vermont led the nation last year when it passed legislation to establish the country’s first single-payer health care plan. Proponents say it will cut care costs while providing universal insurance,
but opponents such as Vermonters for Health Care Freedom say the system could raise taxes, chase off employers and limit health care choices. Under current federal rules, the state can’t enact that plan until 2017. Potter and local single-payer advocates say the delay gives opponents time to mobilize. “What I’m seeing right now is that they’re having their shills, the people they’re influencing, try to raise doubts about how the state will pay for universal coverage and what will happen to taxes,” Potter says. “They’ll try to … get Vermonters to second-guess themselves.” Potter would know: Not long ago, he was on the inside. He began his career as a newspaper reporter, then, like many journalists, made the switch to public-relations work. He spent the bulk of his PR days at Cigna, where he climbed the corporate ladder and eventually ended up about as close to the top as a public-relations executive can be, he says. “I spent a lot of time trying to mislead people,” says Potter, though in the early days, he notes, he himself was a believer. He joined Cigna in the early 1990s at the advent of “managed care,” an approach the industry hoped would bring down costs while providing coverage to more people. During the heyday of managed-care plans, Potter says, that worked relatively well. But slowly the industry changed. Companies began focusing on what they called “consumerdriven care” and shifting more and more customers to high-deductible plans. Potter calls these customers the “underinsured”: They’re technically covered, but their deductibles are so high — often thousands of dollars each year — that they can’t afford much care, or must go into
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debt to obtain it. Part of Potter’s job was making people think these plans were a good solution to the problems of providing health care in America, yet he grew increasingly doubtful. “I was trying to sell people snake oil, to tell you the truth,” he says. Potter is soft spoken, and the twang in his voice reflects his Southern upbringing. It was during a trip back to the South, in 2007, that he had what he now calls his “epiphany.” Potter tagged along
to watch a Knoxville, Tenn.-based nonprofit dole out medical care at county fairgrounds in Virginia. That nonprofit, Remote Area Medical, has tended to patients in developing countries, but its leaders found that people closer to home desperately needed attention, too. With RAM, Potter drove the 50-odd miles from Tennessee to the Wise County, Va., fairgrounds, where he watched thousands of patients queue up to see doctors and nurses ensconced
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and people’s own experiences are showing them that.” Peggy Carey agrees. Carey is a doctor and chair of the Vermont chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. She says the tactics of which Potter warns are already in play in the state, and it’s going to take a continuous response from activists to counter those attacks. But she also thinks Vermont is fortunate enough to have residents who want to hear both sides of the argument and make informed decisions. “I think they’re pretty good about overlooking special-interest folks and the spin-meisters that are out there,” Carey says. But who is doing the spinning? Potter says it’s likely organizations funded or in some other way backed by for-profit insurers, though tracking the funding behind voices in the unfolding health care debate may be impossible. Vermonters for Health Care Freedom, for example, is a 501(c)(4) — in other words, a nonprofit devoted primarily to social welfare. That means the group doesn’t have to disclose its donors or sources of funding. Groups with that tax designation include major nonprofits, such as the National Rifle Association and AARP, some of which are also major political spenders. Tax law says these groups can’t promote individual candidates but can promote causes, and they may do unlimited lobbying on issues related to a cause. Darcie Johnston, a Burlington consultant, founded VHCF, which aired some radio ads last year before unveiling its first television spot last month. Johnston headed the group until VHCF hired its executive director, Jeffery Wennberg. Johnston says her motivation is to educate Vermonters about the possible economic and health care impacts of Green Mountain Care, the state’s proposed single-payer system. Though she’s squarely at odds with activists Oxfeld, Carey and Potter, Johnston does agree with them on one count: She predicts Vermont will soon be the focus of attention from individuals, companies and interest groups around the country. “We’re lab rats,” she says. m
days, Potter supports single-payer health care as a way to provide quality care while cutting costs. Surprisingly, Potter hasn’t experienced any backlash from the insurance industry, which he says he’s seen effectively silence or discredit critics in the past. What he has experienced, though, is a flood of emails from former coworkers and others still in the insurance world — often writing from private accounts — thanking him for the work he does. Potter has returned to his roots as a reporter and now writes news-analysis columns for the Center for Public Integrity. He’s also published a book, Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans. While Potter says the insurance industry itself may never be especially visible in Vermont, he predicts it will funnel in money through groups such as the National Federation of Independent Business and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He expects a “fear-mongering” campaign to unfold over time. “It will be the attempt to kill [single payer] by a thousand cuts over the months to come,” Potter says. He warns Vermont residents to be skeptical of the talking points they’ll hear on the topic of single-payer health care, to question motives and to look at the sources of the information provided. “I encourage Vermonters to seek out the truth and keep their eyes on really transforming the health care system here,” Potter says. “Vermont can lead the country toward a more rational and equitable health care system.” Local proponents of a single-payer system are well aware that the fight isn’t over. Ellen Oxfeld is a longtime advocate, one of the leaders of Vermont Health Care for All. She says she’s particularly concerned about the influence of outside money on the health care debate in the state. She points out that Vermont is a small market where ad time isn’t that expensive. “They have more money, and they have time,” Oxfeld says of her opponents. “But I think what’s on our side is that the present system is unsustainable,
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e’d skied over nearly 300 miles of rock, dirt, leaves, moss, ice, crust, apples, slush, logs, lakes, creeks, roads, railways, fairways, snowmobile highways, stubble corn, corn snow, groomed snow crap snow, coyote-scatstained snow and easy, white rolling trail. We’d suffered, enjoyed and generally endured “the length of Vermont on skis,” as The Catamount Trail Guidebook puts it. Twenty days on the longest cross-country ski trail in the country — we were doing it! We’d almost done it! And then the Mummy, obstinate little Tutankhamun that he is, just flat-out refused to move. Stuck. Cuss. Ugh! But this was nothing new. A plastic sled weighted down with a humanoid, tarp-wrapped, 60-pound lump of camp gear and supplies doesn’t exactly skip and prance from the Massachusetts line to Jay Pass, 14 trail-miles shy of the Canadian border. That’s where we were, climbing through thigh-deep drifts up into the fibrillating heart of a two-day blizzard, the first legitimate “dump” of this weirdly mild winter. Stinging needles of snow flew into our eyes. The wind chiseled at our nostrils. Though I could barely hear it above the raw, whirling din, my hip flexors were singing a song of pain and grief. It was miserable, exhausting, utterly wild and real. It was, in a word, perfect. Cuss. Ugh! Ross Scatchard, my partner and tentmate on this journey — and my tromping buddy since preschool days — is a scientific anomaly, a unique hybrid of human and draft animal. He was really drawing on his mixed genetics during that last big push, planting his poles, leaning into the slope, struggling against the body harness that tethered him to the recalcitrant Mummy. I was a hundred feet ahead, wearing a fat backpack, breaking a path through the powder for the fifth straight hour. I was approaching a sort of flat pad where the trail kinked and became steeper, thinking it would be a good place to rest
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and wait for Ross, and maybe vomit if I felt inspired. That’s when the pink helmet appeared. It was glossy, like an odd little Barbie spaceship floating amid the storm. A French Canadian woman with a blond ponytail? She came shooshing down out of the glades and stopped right on my flattish pad. A man appeared at her side, and they smiled at one another. I figured they were just out for a brief backcountry jaunt, their car probably parked atop the pass, full of cookies and hot cocoa. I slogged towards them. “Isn’t it a beautiful day?” Pink Helmet said. I nodded yes and managed something about how hard the next portion of trail appeared. She looked at me through her goggles. “You have to
earn it,” she said, casually, as if it held no great and complicated truth. If it hadn’t been for the helmet, I do believe she would have said it with a flip of her blond bangs: “You have to earn it.” My face was accumulating rime; vomiting now seemed imminent. Behind me, Ross was on the move again, and behind him, the track we’d established — the symbol of our effort and achievement — was disappearing beneath the blowing snow. Squinting against the storm, I sensed all that we had passed through, all the land and weather and ups and downs and days and nights. I sensed the futility of exertion and the absurdity of the universe. I thought of Sisyphus, from Greek mythology, condemned to push a
boulder up a mountain only to have the boulder roll back down to the bottom once he reaches the top. I thought of him trading his boulder for a sled, and his mountain for the length of Vermont, and then setting out, with a Cuss and an Ugh, not for the first time, and not for the last. I turned back to Pink Helmet but didn’t say anything. Yes. You are so right. But earn what?
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the tip of the ski pole, as it were. There’s also the joy of trading the Mummy for a fanny pack, the joy of choosing an easier or harder or more remote section of trail, depending on your mood on a given day, and, most significant, the joy of staying at home when the conditions totally suck. Which leads directly to Ross’ and my interest in an immersive, end-to-end ski tour: We wanted to feel, in a very direct, embodied way, all that winter in Vermont has to offer, hardships included. Neither of us had ever snowcamped for more than a few nights in a row. Neither of us had ever really “lived” — animal style — in this most challenging and rewarding of seasons. You might say that our Catamount Trail
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Seven Lengths « p.33 food at the Inn at Long Trail, on Route 4 just north of Killington, estimating it would take a week to ski back to it. Looking out the car window at the brown hills, the brown forest floor of beech leaves, the brown, muddy trailhead where the Catamount Trail crosses the road near the inn, I confess I felt a bit upset. We were at 2000 feet, considerably higher than many other sections of the trail, and there wasn’t any snow. I reminded myself that expectations could only hurt us — that radical acceptance would be the name of our encounter with the season — but it made little difference to my feet; they were scared of hiking 300 miles in stiff, plastic ski boots, and I was scared for them. To our relief, the southern section of the state had a base of about four inches of snow and, according to plan (Nature’s, not ours), it was the worst snow you could ever imagine skiing.
Crusty. Icy. Bulletproof. Hooray! Those first days were warm, some more than 50 degrees, and the snow kept melting and refreezing into a smooth, shining sheet whose lexicon did not include the word “traction.” Your typical (sane) daytrip skier would have turned around in disgust. We, on the other hand, felt blessed. Furthermore, we felt blessed when fording a bridgeless creek and a stepping-stone appeared in just the right place. And we felt blessed on each short, skiable section of downhill (the alternative, if it was too steep or the severity of a potential crash was too high, was to dismount and walk). We even felt blessed to find the perfect type of moss to use in lieu of toilet paper. Lowering your standards is not a praised and cherished practice in our culture, but let me tell you, it’s empowering. I highly recommend it. That first eight-day push passed in a dreamy blur. The alarm would go off at 5:20 a.m. and we’d boil up a Thermos of spruce tea (made from the tree’s
needles) and a pot of oatbutter soup (made from the pounds of Costco butter that comprised the Mummy’s left foot). Pulling on yesterday’s crusty long johns is never easy, and neither is breaking camp, but these chores pass, as does the first climb of the day, and the second and the third. So do a frozen reservoir on the left, a frozen waterfall on the right, a conversation, a quiet thought, an abandoned ski resort, a logging operation, a condominium complex, an old stone wall. Vermont — a dreamy blur, indeed! The skis slide, grind, edge in, stick, float, break. We hitchhike into Ludlow to get my binding fixed. A bald eagle releases a spray of white feces against the sky’s unbroken blue. A young family feeds us a six-dish Cuban dinner. Friends and acquaintances. Hemlock and black cherry. Bobcat, ermine, kinglet. We pause beside a beaver pond (because I toppled over despite skiing on totally flat ground), and Ross points to scratches on a pine tree’s trunk. “Black bear,” he says. “Climbed it last spring.” Each morning the sun showers down through the weave of leafless branches. Each afternoon we devour Shelburne Farms cheddar and Dakin Farms summer sausage. Each evening a bonfire warms our bare feet, dries our socks, mesmerizes us with its glowing, crumbling architecture. And the greatest blessing of them all, the dreamiest of
dreamy blurs, finds us every night: deep sleep.
he second week of our trip, from Route 4 to the Winooski River, was like the first, but of course completely different. Things got easier that second week. The existing snow softened, and once or twice a millimeter of new snow fell (standards, remember?). Having traveled 150 miles, we finally saw our first skier and first snowmobiler. We met a 98-year-old man near Lefferts Pond. “Last year I snowshoed 103 days out here. This year, maybe six,” he said. We walked with him for an hour on a gravelly trail, skis over our shoulders, asking questions, listening, absorbing his wisdom and zest. How can such an old man be so fit, so happy, so sharp, so centered? He told us that he’d never stopped “getting out,” that it was a priority, and that it had to be. When the snow reappeared, we skied north to the Blueberry Hill Inn crosscountry center, the Natural Turnpike, Lincoln Gap, the Sugarbush Golf Course, Huntington Gap, the flanks of Camel’s Hump, Honey Hollow Road. We skied into more mornings, more lunches, more fires and more dreams. The third week? Oh, you can imagine it. Or maybe you can’t. It’s just Vermont out there. The word “splendiferous” comes to mind. And the Catamount Trail? It’s a line through the mountains and fields. In 1984, three young guys decided to ski the length of their state. They were looking to broaden their perspective, deepen their sense of place
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and, I’d like to think, edge up to the soul of winter, maybe tap it on the shoulder and say hello. The Catamount Trail is one of a kind. An experience, a tour, a cross section. Human communities. Plant communities. Constellations of paw prints surrounding the comet trails left by our skis. Sometimes the trail is covered in rotting apples, sometimes drifted in with thigh-deep powder. If you ski the whole thing in one big go, as Ross and I did, you reach Canada. And then what? You go home. But you’re already at home, perhaps more than ever before. You’re at home in the land, the weather, the ever-shifting season. When taken together these things form the home of your life, and so many other lives. Then you drive a few hours and sleep in a real bed. That’s how it ends. And so what? So you got inside winter and looked back out through its own frosty eyes. The storm is still raging, your hip flexors still singing. You’re standing at the big, clear-cut swath that marks the end of the United States and the end of the trail. It’s dark. Jay Pass and Pink Helmet are distant memories. You try to take some photos but your trigger finger is numb. The universe is the bubble of light coming from your headlamp. It’s a universe torn by snow, and it is absurd. So what has been earned? Something — that’s for sure — but something hard to name. Let’s just put it this way. I called Ross the day after we got off the trail. He wasn’t home. He was up at Stowe with his girlfriend, out for an afternoon of cross-country skiing. Less than 12 hours ago we’d skied for 12 straight hours, and before that we’d skied for three consecutive weeks. I hung up the phone and thought of Sisyphus and that 98-year-old man. I pictured Ross up there on the Stowe trails, maybe even back on a section of the Catamount Trail, skiing free and easy, unencumbered by a Mummy, but otherwise just the same. Insane, I thought. You go and go and go, and all you earn is the desire to go more, which is not desire but love. An abiding love of getting out there, of going, going, grabbing your boulder, pushing hard, chasing it back down the hill to start all over again. Ross can keep his skiing, I thought. I’m through with all that. I grabbed my ice skates and headed to the creek. m
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The makeshift rotisserie and the dish are central-Asian inventions that Titterton learned about on a trip to the Soviet Union with other Johnson State College students in 1975. It may seem a bit exotic for inclusion in his latest project, The Vermont Home Cookbook. But Titterton’s shashlik recipe, learned in Dushanbe, is in there, as is one for accompanying Tajik-style flatbread. The recipes in the book — more than 150 — encompass a world’s worth of dinners, drawing in part on the author’s experiences growing up in a diverse New Jersey mill town. In the red-meat section alone, meatballs with porcini and prosciutto share space with chimichurri
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A bold bill that would require any food containing genetically modified ingredients to carry a special label in Vermont has had its committee vote postponed for at least two more weeks, buoying the hopes of supporters who feared it would wither before reaching the Senate. Last Friday was the legislative crossover deadline for bills to be voted out of committee and continue their progress toward becoming law. After hearing nearly three days of testimony and fielding public calls and letters, members of Vermont’s agriculture committee got the green light from the Joint Rules Committee to continue hearing testimony on bill H.722. “I think this was a wise move. There are several pending questions that need to be answered before the bill moves to the Senate,” writes the bill’s sponsor, Rep. KATE WEBB (D-Shelburne), in an email. “One possibility is to add a condition that another state pass similar legislation so that Vermont does not have to go it alone. The state needs to have some reasonable assurance that this law could hold up to probable litigation. Most importantly, this keeps the bill alive.” GMO labeling initiatives are also under way in California, Connecticut, Minnesota and a handful of other states.
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1. Cut the lamb into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes, or have the butcher do it for you. Do not trim away all of the fat, as this flavors the meat and will help keep it tender and juicy as it cooks. Salt and pepper the lamb on all sides. 2. Combine the sliced onion and garlic in a bowl. put a layer of these vegetables in a shallow refrigerator dish, top with a layer of lamb, and then another layer of the onion mixture. Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least two hours; it will be better if it sits all day or overnight. The lamb will absorb the flavors and aroma of the onions and garlic.
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4. Construct a mangal from eight bricks. place two bricks in the center of your firepit end to end on their narrow sides. place two bricks on top of these. Construct another wall of four bricks parallel to the first wall with about 10 inches (25 cm) of space between the walls to accommodate the length of the skewers. Light the charcoal using a starter chimney. Lighter fluid ruins the flavor of anything you cook. When the charcoal is burning — it usually takes about 15 minutes to get started — dump it into a pile and let it burn another 15 minutes. Spread it out into an even layer between the bricks. Allow it to burn for another few minutes so that you have a nice, glowing bed of coals. 5. place the sticks of shashlik onto your homemade mangal with the bare metal ends of the skewers resting on the bricks. Turn them occasionally and cook until done to your liking. It should take a good 15 to 20 minutes if the bed of coals is the correct temperature and the lamb is far enough above the coals. The smoking coals flavor the lamb. Serve showered with scallions. Cooking shashlik is a very social affair. There is no need to worry about anything. Your friends will love hanging around the fire and pulling another cork while the lamb is cooking. Slow food is the best food. This is a meal best enjoyed outdoors.
Home Cookbook last month through the self-publishing company Shires Press, operated by Northshire Bookstore in Manchester. His previous cookbook, North Country Gourmet: A Vermont Chef Cooks at Home, was published in 1991 by Countryman Press, now part of Norton. He also published a biography of Johnson artist Julian Scott by more conventional means. But this time, Titterton didn’t want to wait for a third party to get his recipes to the public. He had already waited long enough, he says, to launch his website, HowToFood, which he envisioned as a recipe and cooking-advice community. Though he had long had dial-up internet, Titterton lost it for a year before FairPoint finally brought high-speed connections to Elmore Mountain last September. “It was all part of ConnectVermont,” he says of the state program devoted to getting the internet to rural areas. “It was like, ‘Wow, we’ve finally arrived!’ It was great.” The website now features regular recipe posts, including detailed photographs not in the book. Titterton encourages followers to send him questions and even has a section devoted to must-have gadgets that will make home cooking easier. Far from recommending brands of immersion circulators, he explains the uses of basic tools such as potato ricers and digital thermometers. And people are responding. The cauliflower-and-carrot soup with dill has 10 reader comments with serving recommendations and questions. Several other food bloggers have joined the conversation, attesting to the success of Titterton’s recipes. Sharing these simple principles is Titterton’s raison d’être. “I went to school for [cooking],” he says. “For most people, they’ve got regular day jobs, and they just can’t commit to learning complex skills, and they’re all really good at things I don’t have a clue about.” Titterton drew on the knowledge of friends and family to put together his book and website, he says. He traded food and cooking advice for the work of his cover designer and photographer. His recipes are all conceived to use the simplest possible means to each end. Convenient tips include boiling water in the microwave, but that doesn’t mean Titterton recommends breaking out bags of premade ingredients. On the contrary, he spreads the gospel of from-scratch cooking, with recipes ranging from homemade egg noodles
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[Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick], they’ll come to you, but the rest of us, we have to do a little traveling.” Though he says he didn’t share all his hyperlocal foodie secrets in the book or on the blog, Titterton will be doing just that later this month, when he teaches a series of workshops at River Arts in Morrisville. Though most classes at the arts center focus on subjects such as poetry and filmmaking, the chef says the building’s kitchen is surprisingly well suited to his hands-on plans. He’ll begin on March 28 with a soup-making
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to farmhouse-tomato ketchup. (He makes it from his own fruit.) On his blog, Titterton even shares a recipe for Brewer’s Bread, which he made from the spent grain that remained after his son home-brewed his latest IPA. Living in a rural area without a nearby co-op, Titterton highlights the importance of going to the farm for ingredients you don’t grow yourself. “Pretty much, you have to go to the source unless you’re a professional operation,” he says. “If you’re the Bee’s Knees [in Morrisville] or Claire’s
workshop and hold five weekly classes, ending with a homemade “pasta party.” The April 13 class focuses on flatbreads from all over the globe, but one that won’t be on the menu is the Tajik non bread that Titterton is dressing today with coarsely ground salt and chopped shallots. While the lamb roasts outside in weather that’s become cold and rainy, Titterton pops the bread into his professional-grade oven on a pizza stone. When it’s all finished, he puts the bread on a plate, tops it with a skewer’s worth of lamb and showers a handful of scallions on top. The ultra-tender meat is imbued with the oils from chopped garlic and onions, a perfect smattering of salt and little else. The bread has a sourdough-like pucker. Titterton explains that it’s made with yogurt, yet another Vermont product. The names of the foods may be exotic, but in the end, it’s a delicious Vermont lunch, cooked in a Vermont home kitchen. And what could taste better than that? m
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Gluten-Free Gospel How Chef Papi discovered his passion for wheatless baking B y Co r i n H ir s c h
During a visit to his kitchen a few weeks later, Bernard-Rivera reveals how he unlocked the secrets of wheatless pastry. It turns out the road to becoming a gluten-free chef was long and paved with a few experiences that were anything but sweet. Growing up in a Jersey City brownstone, Bernard-Rivera was the son of a single mom who worked long hours in a textile factory. His sprawling, extended Puerto Rican (and seriously Catholic) family filled neighboring houses and blocks. “I didn’t have friends; I had
his new boss knew he was homeless at first, the boss didn’t mention it. BernardRivera received his first paycheck a few days early, along with subtle kindnesses he has never forgotten. “When you’re trying to help yourself, people step forward to help you,” he recalls. It’s something he would notice again and again throughout life. Bernard-Rivera eventually reconciled with his family and went on to manage a bookstore in Manhattan. In his thirties, he began seeing a Vermonter, and, after that man’s death, Bernard-Rivera de-
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ometimes the thing you’re supposed to do with your life doesn’t become clear until life itself pushes you toward it. So it was for Miguel Bernard-Rivera for most of his 47 years. As a kid growing up in Jersey City, he would bake cakes and pastries that his mother would take to church (and sometimes, he jokes, try to pass off as her own). He cooked through his years as a bookstore manager in New York, as a night auditor at a Burlington motel and as a lobby coordinator at Fletcher Allen Health Care. And, 12 years ago, when he fell in love with a man whose system wouldn’t tolerate the slightest hint of gluten, Bernard-Rivera upped his cooking game by plunging into the world of gluten-free foods, then notorious for their crumbly texture. He figured out how to “break their code” and make them better. But he rarely considered turning that passion into a vocation until last spring, when Bernard-Rivera finally decided to become Chef Papi, a jovial baker of gluten-free cakes, cookies and tarts. And he isn’t looking back. “I always thought I had the talent, but I didn’t have the courage to go for it,” says Bernard-Rivera as he rolls out some puttylike tart dough on a recent afternoon, occasionally glancing out his back glass doors at a view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. He deftly cuts the rounds into perfect circles, nestles them into tart pans and loads bright-red raspberries in their centers. Nearby, stacks of fresh-baked lemon-cherry tarts sit ready for delivery to City Market, one of the many clients he’s picked up in the past year. “You just put your name out there, and you do your best,” says the stocky chef, who has intense dark-brown eyes that almost vibrate against his chef’s whites. I first tasted Chef Papi’s creations at the South Champlain Street offices of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (Seven Days’ neighbor). Bernard-Rivera had arranged a kaleidoscopic display of tiny muffins, chocolate cupcakes and star-topped tarts for the agency’s open house; each bite was so moist and rich that I was shocked to learn it was all gluten free.
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cousins,” he jokes. And no privacy. “You couldn’t walk anywhere in the neighborhood without being spotted by an aunt. The boundaries of where you stopped and they started were mushed.” Though he excelled in high school and headed the student council, about a month before graduation BernardRivera ran away to the streets of New York City, just across the river. He knew he was gay, and there was no way he could reveal that to his family. He just needed to find himself. So, at age 17, Bernard-Rivera got his first taste of hardscrabble street life, sleeping rough for a few weeks until he scored a job selling shoes at a midtown department store. Though he suspected
cided to move north, to a place of which he had grown fond. Initially, he found an $8-an-hour job as a night auditor at a Motel 6. When his living quarters fell through, he borrowed a yellow tent and set it up in a campground in the New North End. He also found his way to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf for sustenance. The place would later figure hugely in his life. Bernard-Rivera eventually found a place to live, a better job (at Fletcher Allen) and a boyfriend — Ron Bernard — whom he would later marry. Early in the relationship, BernardRivera learned that he couldn’t so much as bring regular flour into the house,
because it could waft into the air and enter Ron’s lungs. Yet as the nascent chef sampled and explored the growing number of wheat- and gluten-free foods, he quickly realized he had ventured onto a dismal tundra of dry breads, crumbling pastries and cardboard-like pizza dough. He recalls some of his own cornmeal-heavy efforts at gluten-free fare as “awful. “But I was determined to create something everyone would like — not just because you might have celiac or be on a special diet, but just because it was good,” Bernard-Rivera says. So he played endlessly in the kitchen, using Ron as his guinea pig as he nailed down recipes. In 2003, Bernard-Rivera left his hospital job to pursue another lifelong dream — architecture school. But while he was looking for an internship during his third year, the recession hit. “I was competing against 19- and 20-year-olds,” he recalls. “I thought, I’m not getting any younger.” Bernard-Rivera’s pastries had become popular among friends, and the long-simmering idea of his own business began to reach a boil. He bought and analyzed dozens of gluten-free products, trying to figure out why certain ones didn’t work, why others did and how he could make them better. Bernard-Rivera took what he calls “hard and invaluable” classes with chefs Jamie Eisenberg and Brian Dermody through the culinary job-training program at the food shelf, where he picked up vital skills involved in cooking and maintaining a commercial kitchen. He received microbusiness counseling from Simeon Geigel, a business-development specialist at CVOEO, created a business plan and mission statement, and embarked on market research. “I bought what everybody else was buying. And if someone was doing something well, I left it alone,” he reasons. “Why compete with that?” Bernard-Rivera zeroed in on chocolate cake and cookies, feeding his experiments to Ron and his two stepdaughters, Laura and Jessica Bernard. “I
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Big things are brewing for the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Burdened with debt, the world-famous ballet company known for propelling the dance form into the 21st century put its professional company on hiatus in 2004; since then, only its offshoot ensemble has performed and toured. This smallscale troupe visits Stowe on Friday, its ballet informed by modern and AfroCaribbean techniques. In other words, don’t expect to see the sparkly, fairytale side of the genre — but do look for pointe dancing to James Brown and Aretha Franklin songs, and four other neoclassical selections. Catch ’em while you can; the Dance Theatre of Harlem is busy prepping for its muchanticipated relaunch later this year.
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Back Office Series: Bear Pond Books’ Claire Benedict and Rivendell Books’ Rob Kasow dish on the book-selling business and the secrets to their stores’ successes. Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-9604.
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Frame of Mind Georges Seurat’s pointillist masterpieces beg for prolonged study — but who’s looked past the dots to wonder if the dainty ladies picnicking in “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” are tired of holding their umbrellas, or how ‘EXHIBIT THIS! THE MUSEUM COMEDIES’ the pet monkey feels about Thursday, March 22, through Saturday, its leash? Playwright Luigi March 24, 8 p.m., at Vergennes Opera Jannuzzi upends traditional House. View website for future dates art interpretation in Exhibit through April 1. $10-12. Info, 877-6737. littlecityplayers.org This! The Museum Comedies, in which famous works of art come alive in the manner of Night at the Museum. Marble sculptures, Seurat paintings and fertility gods from the Metropolitan Museum of Art converse, argue and try to escape in imaginative vignettes staged by the Little City Players. It’s a vision to behold.
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he 22 dancers and musicians of the Spirit of Uganda tour range in age from 8 to 18. Such a young demographic makes more sense when you take into account that close to half of all residents of the East African country are younger than 15 — and more than 2 million of those are orphans. A project of Dallas nonprofit Empower African Children, the touring troupe raises funds to support itself and youngsters back home. What could easily be a sobering performance about their day-to-day struggles is instead a testament to the power of art and culture. Dances of courtship and thanks are built upon joyous choreography, pounding drums and feet, and call-and-response chanting. ‘SPIRIT OF UGANDA’ SEVENDAYSVT.COM
Sunday, March 25, 7 p.m., at Flynn MainStage in Burlington. $15-39. Info, 863-5966. flynntix.org
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1962 epic adventure film. Roger H. Perry Hall, Champlain College, Burlington, 5:45-9 p.m. Free. Info, 860-2700. RendezVous With French Cinema: Select films — 17 Girls, The Last Screening, Moon Child, Pater, The Screen Illusion, Smugglers’ Songs and The Well Digger’s Daughter — grace the big screen in conjunction with the continent’s largest showcase for the best in contemporary French film. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600. ‘Strength of the Storm’: Directed by Rob Koier and produced by the Vermont Workers’ Center, this local documentary shows how mobile-homepark residents came together after their lives were upended by Tropical Storm Irene. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
food & drink
Fundraising Dinner: Crêpe eaters get their fill as folk duo Joshua Panda and Ed Grasmeyer perform. Ten percent of the proceeds support the Vermont Community Garden Network. The Skinny Pancake, Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. Cost of food and drink; donations accepted. Info, 861-4769.
health & fitness
Tung Tai Chi Chuan: Madeleine Piat-Landolt offers instruction in the principles and practice of this civil and martial art, with emphasis on its benefits to well-being. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $15. Info, 453-3690.
Baby Time: Crawling tots and their parents convene for playtime and sharing. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon Free; preregister. Info, 658-3659. Chess Club: King defenders practice castling and various opening gambits with volunteer Robert Nichols. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
Enosburg Playgroup: Children and their adult caregivers immerse themselves in singing activities and more. American Legion, Enosburg Falls, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Fairfield Playgroup: Youngsters entertain themselves with creative activities and snack time. Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Highgate Story Hour: Good listeners giggle and wiggle to age-appropriate lit. Highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Info, 868-3970. Middle School Book Group: Passionate readers recount their favorite works. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Middlebury Babies & Toddlers Story Hour: Children develop early-literacy skills through stories, rhymes and songs. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Moving & Grooving With Christine: Two- to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and world-beat tunes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Preschool Discovery Program: Three- to 5-year-olds take to the outdoors while learning about the returning red-winged blackbirds. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 10-11:30 a.m. $5. Info, 229-6206. Preschool Story Time: Tots ages 3 to 5 read picture books, play with puppets and do math activities. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.
Elias String Quartet: In its Vermont debut, the string quartet offers imaginative takes on classics by Purcell, Suk, Janáček and Mendelssohn. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. $6-25. Info, 443-6433. Music 101: Workshops & Café: Burlington Ensemble tune up in a new series of open
rehearsals. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, snacks and socializing, 6 p.m.; music, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 598-9520, michael. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women.” Unitarian Church, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-8505.
“Composting 101.” Gardener’s Supply, Williston, noon-12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2433.
Valley Night: First Crush grace the lounge with indie-pop duets. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 496-8994.
‘Chicago’: The theater arts and music departments seek to “razzle dazzle ’em” with this Prohibition-era musical about a vaudeville-chorus-girl-turned-murderess. Casella Theater, Castleton State College, 8 p.m. $12. Info, 468-1119.
‘Icon’: Once a Hollywood star in the highest order, Montgomery Clift is the subject of local playwright Seth Jarvis’ latest theatrical work, which explores forces of celebrity, ambition, sexuality and more. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 8 p.m. $16-20. Info, 863-5966.
Vermont Venture Network: Entrepreneurs network after remarks by Jane Applegate, writer, speaker and producer of the Applegate Group. Hilton Hotel, Burlington, 8-9:30 a.m. $15 for nonmembers. Info, 658-7830.
Button-Up Workshop: Vermonters learn to lock in heat and lower fuel costs through simple home improvements. South Burlington City Hall, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 238-2123. Community Herbalism Class: VCIH graduate Rebecca Dalgin offers insight on “Herbal Support for the Musculoskeletal System.” Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $15-18; preregister. Info, 224-7100, email@example.com. Creating a Financial Future: Folks with basic money management under control learn about long-term savings and investing. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 114. Home-sharing Orientation: Attendees learn more about the agency that matches elders and people with disabilities with others seeking affordable housing or caregiving opportunities. HomeShare Vermont, South Burlington, noon-12:30 p.m. & 5:30-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-5625, firstname.lastname@example.org. Spend Smart: Those who struggle to save learn savvy skills for managing money. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 10 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 114.
Barrie Walkley: The special representative to the Great Lakes region of Africa remarks on “U.S. Policy in Post-Election Congo.” Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. Chuck Collins: The visiting author gives the odds in “99 to One: Why Wealth Inequality Matters and What We Can Do About It.” Haybarn Theater, Goddard College, Plainfield, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 454-8311. Conversations Series: Robotics & Humanity: Moderator Fran Stoddard explores technology, spirit and art with Aubrey Shick, director of the Romibo Robot Project at Origami Robotics and design researcher for the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute’s Quality of Life Technology Center. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 985-3346, ext. 3368. Gabriela Ochoa Brenneman: After a screening of a film about child labor in the production of chocolate, the manager of the Peace & Justice Center store sparks a conversation about “Free Trade or Fair Trade?” Plainfield Community Center, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 522-2376. Greg Gause: This UVM professor offers a point of comparison in “The Arab Spring, One Year Later.” Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 861-2343. Jeff Buettner: The music department faculty member lectures on “A New Century of Singing: ‘The Silver Swan’ and Stylistic Spontaneity.” Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. Scott Ainslie: In “100 Years of Robert Johnson,” the musician and scholar remarks on the lasting impact of the seminal bluesman. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. Vermont’s Energy Future: UVM assistant research professor Richard Watts gives all the gritty details in “Public Meltdown: The Story of Vermont Yankee.” North Lounge, Billings Hall, UVM, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-4389. Women of Change Luncheon & Panel Discussion: Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna moderates Sandy Baird, Sen. Peg Flory, Denise Johnson and Mary Just Skinner in a talk about “Making Strides in the Legal Rights of
‘Julius Caesar’: History and tragedy collide in this great Shakespearean work presented by the Acting Company in association with Guthrie Theater. Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 10 a.m. $12-35. Info, 748-2600. ‘Red’: In 1958 New York, abstract expressionist Mark Rothko works on a series of murals for the Four Seasons in Northern Stage’s dramatic play about artistic integrity. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $15-60. Info, 296-7000. ‘The Comedy of Errors’: The Guthrie Theater and the Acting Company collaborate on Shakespeare’s farcical adventure about identical twins separated at birth. Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 7 p.m. $12-35. Info, 748-2600.
Farmers Night: Continuing a series of winter entertainment begun in 1923, Vermont high schoolers and top finalists in the Poetry Out Loud program offer recitations. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-322-5616, aclarkson@leg. state.vt.us. Reading & Discussion: Farms & Gardens Series: Bibliophiles react to stories about tending and growing, such as this month’s My Garden by Jamaica Kincaid. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. ‘The Hunger Games’ Celebration: Bibliophiles come dressed as their favorite character for trivia games and a costume contest. Two tickets to a midnight film premiere will be raffled off. Barnes & Noble, South Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 864-8001.
Close Vermont Yankee: False Solutions Circus: Red Clover Climate Justice organizes a tongue-in-cheek trade show, in which performers, puppets, musicians and activists educate others on the latest greenwashing from agribusiness, Wall Street and the fossil-fuel industry. A rally and march precede nonviolent demonstrations. Entergy, Brattleboro, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 3381613, email@example.com.
A Bountiful Harvest Starts With Garden Planning: Red Wagon Plants’ Julie Rubaud helps green thumbs strategize their growing season to maximize small spaces and avoid the dreaded zucchini overload. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Intro to Square-Foot Gardening: Greenskeepers dig through the basics of gardening and weed prevention with Peter Burke. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch and Learn: Speaker Mike Ather details the transition from food scraps to fertile soil in
Social Media Workshop for Businesses: Biz kids tackle the digital frontier in an interactive training session with Patrick Ripley. College Hall, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 8:30-11:30 a.m. $25-35; preregister. Info, 728-9101.
Win a Date With Joan Rivers: Ten funny guys compete for the right to open for the famous comedienne at her April 26 Burlington show. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10. Info, 863-5966.
Every Woman’s Craft Connection: Inventive females work on artful projects at a biweekly meet-up. Essex Alliance Church, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 879-5176.
‘Dancing Uphill’: Professional artists join UVM faculty and students in a showcase of original choreography. Mann Hall Gymnasium, UVM Trinity Campus, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10. Info, 656-7776, email@example.com.
Trades Fair: Area high school students and their parents learn about training opportunities and careers through apprenticeships, certificate programs, associate degrees and more. South Burlington High School, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 6527523, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bike Maintenance Clinic: Skilled mechanics offer basic repair know-how for smooth, safe riding. North Star Sports, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3832. Community Bike Shop Night: Steadfast cyclists keep their rides spinning and safe for year-round pedaling. FreeRide Bike Co-op, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 552-3521. Feminine Spirit of the Living Earth: A new women’s learning group embarks on a metaphysical exploration through meditation, oneness and more. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Donations accepted; call ahead. Info, 671-4569. Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers: Hobbyists break out the superglue and sweat the small stuff at a miniature-construction skill swap. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-0765. Northeast Kingdom Beekeepers Club Meeting: Hive managers comb honey with Bill Mares of Mares Apiaries. UVM Extension, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 595-3005. Tax Assistance: Tax counselors straighten up financial affairs for low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those 60 and over. Call ahead for an appointment. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.
‘Bullhead’: See WED.21, 5:30 p.m. ‘Can U Feel It: UMK Experience’: This live-broadcast electronic-dance-music event features some of today’s top artists, such as Tiësto, David Guetta, Carl Cox, Afrojack, Fedde Le Grand and Boys Noize, plus red-carpet interviews. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 8-10 p.m. $12.50. Info, 660-9300.
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sip: a Beer & Wine event: DJ Bonjour-Hi! spins a sonic backdrop to drink samples and education. Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7-10 p.m. $25. Info, 603-499-5665.
chess Group: Novice and expert players compete against real humans, not computers. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $2. Info, 324-1143.
early-literacy story tiMe: Weekly themes educate preschoolers and younger children on basic reading concepts. Westford Public Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-5639, email@example.com. vt.us. Franklin story hour: Lovers of the written word perk up for read-aloud tales and adventures with lyrics. Haston Library, Franklin, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Journey FroM sap to syrup: Preschoolers learn about maple sugaring from the tree to the bucket to the boiler to the tongue. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 10-11 a.m. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per each additional child; preregister. Info, 434-3068. kids in the kitchen: Budding bakers amplify their nooks-and-crannies know-how as they mix, measure and knead English muffins from scratch. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. MiddleBury preschoolers story hour: Tiny ones become strong readers through activities with tales, songs and rhymes. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Mother Goose Meets Mother nature: Curious kids under 6 explore the natural world through hands-on activities and picture books. Highgate Public Library, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 868-3970.
JeFFrey ayres: The political-science prof gets specific in “From Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park: The Global Protest Cycle 2011.” Farrell Room, St. Edmund’s Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, noon. Free. Info, 654-2536. lunch & learn: World travelers David Brown and Vivien Rabin Brown present a photo-filled travelogue of their recent trip to the United Arab Emirates. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, noon. Donations accepted. Info, 863-4214, jhersh@ burlingtontelecom.net. Marian FeldMan: The Shelburne resident recounts her 2002 journey to Cuba as a neophyte aficionado of Afro-Cuban dance. Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 453-4147. WarField Moose & shilo cliFFord: Members of the Oglala Lakota Nation present “Lakota Philosophy of Healing Through Song.” Room 111, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536.
‘annie’: The sun’ll come out as the Middlebury Community Players present the feel-good story of a redheaded orphan and the Wall Street tycoon who wants to adopt her. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $20. Info, 382-9222. ‘chicaGo’: See WED.21, 8 p.m. ‘exhiBit this! the MuseuM coMedies’: Paintings and patrons of the art interact in the Little City Players’ zany collection of short plays and monologues inspired by works of art at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. See calendar spotlight. Vergennes Opera House, 8 p.m. $10-12. Info, 877-6737. ‘Gypsy’: The memoirs of famed burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee inform this perennial Broadway favorite, presented by Chazy Music Theatre. Auditorium, Chazy Central Rural School, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $10. Info, 518-846-6840.
throuGh the WardroBe: Rev. Alex Cameron leads a seven-week exploration of belief, salvation and personal growth focusing on C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. Room 111, Lafayette Hall, UVM, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 448-0405.
the sticky souls: This six-piece Rutland bar band stirs up funk, soul and jam genres. Stearns Performance Space, Johnson State College, 9 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1476.
Fourth Friday series: Country Home Products’ Tom Parent gives a presentation on critical human-resources practices for small businesses. Q&A follows. Core Business Seminars, Burlington, 8-9 a.m. $15; preregister. Info, 373-7952.
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prison privatization: optiMizinG our use oF a privatized resource: The Vermont Law Review hosts a symposium exploring costs, quality, security, management and other issues in privately operated prisons. Chase Community Center, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 831-1106.
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roBert & charles Barasch: The father-andson authors read from their respective published novels and poetry. Blinking Light Gallery, Plainfield, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 454-1275.
Barrie dunsMore: The ABC News veteran and current VPR commentator and Rutland Herald columnist contextualizes “The Demise of the News Media ... and Why That Matters.” Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3050.
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teen advisory Board: Middle and high schoolers have a say in program planning and the teen collection. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:304:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.
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‘red’: See WED.21, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
preschool discovery proGraM: See WED.21, 10-11:30 a.m.
sprinG into hoMe oWnership: part 2: Prospective property buyers listen to a realtor, home inspector and attorney explain their roles in the process. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 879-8790.
Monday, March 26, 2012 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
‘icon’: See WED.21, 8 p.m.
open staGe/poetry niGht: Readers, writers, singers and ranters pipe up in a constructive and positive environment. Jeff Cochran and Kim LeClaire are the featured poets. The ROTA Studio and Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-314-9872, firstname.lastname@example.org.
noontiMe concert series: Organist Lynnette Combs entertains the lunch crowd with an all-Bach recital. First Baptist Church, Burlington, 12:15-12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 864-6515.
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Music With raphael: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song and dance moves to traditional and original folk music. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology makes a splash in a discussion of whether fish feel pain. Room 111, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536.
Ballroom Lesson & Dance Social: Singles and couples of all levels of experience take a twirl. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; open dancing, 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269. Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble: This offshoot troupe of the Dance Theatre of Harlem presents five of its signature ballets. See calendar spotlight. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. $38. Info, 760-4634. ‘Dancing Uphill’: See THU.22, 8 p.m. Mad Robin Contra Dance: Folks in clean, softsoled shoes experience the New England social tradition with music by Crowfoot. Potluck dessert at the break. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 8-11 p.m. $8; free for UVM students. Info, 503-1251. Queen City Tango Milonga: Warm-ups and skill building for all levels lead into open dancing in the Argentine tradition. No partner needed; wear clean, soft-soled shoes. North End Studios, Burlington, 7-10:30 p.m. $7. Info, 877-6648.
Open House Gathering: Supporters of Vermont organic agriculture learn about the co-op’s 26-year history and look toward the future through short presentations and an open Q&A. Deep Root Organic Co-op, Johnson, 1:45-4 p.m. Free. Info, 730-8126.
fairs & festivals
Tweed Winter Carnival: Gold Town, Waylon Speed, Holy Plow, White Dynamite and Boy Thayer offer two days of roots music on the mountain. Pico Mountain, Killington, 8 p.m.-midnight. $10-20 per day. Info, 422-2185.
‘Bag It’: “Everyman” Jeb Berrier decides to ditch the plastic in this eye-opening — and sometimes flatout funny — 2010 documentary from director Suzan Beraza. Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-5453.
‘Dolphin Tale’: A young boy bonds with an amputee marine mammal in Charles Martin Smith’s heartwarming family drama. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Green Mountain Film Festival: See WED.21, noon-10 p.m. Macho Midnight Movies: A series exploring the portrayal of men onscreen presents Newt Arnold’s Bloodsport, an action film about a martial-arts tournament, based on the real-life experiences of Frank Dux. BCA Center, Burlington, midnight. Donations accepted. Info, 865-7166.
Community Playgroup: Kiddos convene for fun via crafts, circle time and snacks. Health Room, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Enosburg Falls Story Hour: Young ones show up for fables and occasional field trips. Enosburg Public Library, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 933-2328. Lego Fun & Games: Budding architects in grades K and up piece together snazzy structures. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Middle School Book Group: Page turners chat about favorite works of lit. Lyman C. Hunt Middle School, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Montgomery Tumble Time: Physical-fitness activities help build strong muscles. Montgomery Elementary School, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Songs & Stories With Matthew: Musician Matthew Witten helps kids start the day with tunes and tales of adventure. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956, email@example.com. Swanton Playgroup: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Swanton, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. ‘The Hunger Games’ Release Party: Readers refresh their memories about the popular Suzanne Collins dystopian novel before it hits the big screen through trivia, survival games and — oh, yes — a reaping. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Toddler Yoga & Stories: Tykes up to age 5 stretch it out in simple exercise and reading activities. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.
American Roots 2012: Yankee Chank, Brass Balagan, Lussen & McBride, and many others run the gamut with foot-stomping Cajun, Eastern European street music, banjo arrangements and more. Robert Resnik hosts. Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. $10-15 benefits the Access Community Education Program scholarship fund. Info, 482-7194, firstname.lastname@example.org. Ljova and the Kontraband: Violist Lev Zhurbin turns Eastern European traditions upside down in original music influenced by gypsy, klezmer and jazz styles. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $20-25. Info, 656-4455. Maple Jam: Four- to eight-part a cappella harmonies focus on classic to contemporary jazz, swing, pop and ballads. College Street Congregational Church, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-18. Info, 651-8889.
Cribbage Tournament: Card players keep score to support the Masonic District 9 scholarship fund. Masonic Hall, Bradford, 6 p.m. $5. Info, 222-4014.
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones: A longstanding band brings Chicago-style blues to the stage. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 8 p.m. $5; free for the JSC community. Info, 635-1476.
Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures and obstacles await intrepid XP earners. Cabot Public Library, 3-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 563-2721.
The Music of Phil Kline: Vocalist Theo Bleckmann and the ACME Ensemble share pioneering songs and chamber music by the seminal
The Workin’ Man Band: Country songs and oldies from the 1950s to ’70s come from this Chittenden County group. Moose Lodge, St. Albans, 7-11 p.m. $10 buffet at 6 p.m.. Info, 527-1327. Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble: A program of contrasts includes Alban Berg’s recomposed Adagio, Thomas Read’s Chamber Concerto, Vida Chenoweth’s Pointillism and Marc Mellits’ Tight Sweater. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 8 p.m. $5-25. Info, 849-6900.
Tag & Bake Sale: Shoppers eye household goods, jewelry, clothing, books, baked treats and more. Proceeds benefit the Milton Community Youth Coalition’s Alternative Spring Break program, which will send Milton high schoolers to help rebuild Joplin, Mo. Milton Middle/High School, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 893-1009, kcombs@miltonyouth. org.
Community Potluck: Local families convene, dishes to share in hand. Islamic Society of Vermont, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 655-6711.
George Thomas: Tune in as the host of an evening music program on Vermont Public Radio discusses “Women in Jazz.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516. Winter Evenings Speaker Series: Vermont poet laureate Sydney Lea gives the word on “Poetry: Another Way to Knowledge.” Tunbridge Public Library, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 889-9404.
‘Annie’: See THU.22, 7 p.m. ‘Chicago’: See WED.21, 8 p.m. ‘Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies’: See THU.22, 8 p.m. ‘Ground Hog Opry’: George Woodard, Al Boright, John Drury, Jim Pitman, Allen Church, Nancy MacDowell, Carrie Cook and Ramona Godfrey pool their talents for a live stage show centered on a fictitious radio station, WSMM (Well Shut My Mouth). Hyde Park Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $10. Info, 800-611-6045.
The Role of Renewables in Vermont’s Energy Future: Vermont Energy Partnership’s Guy Page, Beaver Wood Energy’s Tom Emero, Bridge Energy’s David O’Brien and Energy Education Project’s Meredith Angwin spark a dialogue in this breakfast panel hosted by the Rutland County GOP. South Station Restaurant, Rutland, 8:30-11 a.m. $13 includes breakfast buffet. Info, 683-4920. Women’s Day Conference: A seminar featuring Answers in Genesis’ Georgia Purdom covers four topics: “Fighting Truth Decay: Bringing the Bible to Life,” “Babel and My Baby: How the Biblical Answer to Racism Impacts My Family,” “Is Genesis Relevant in Today’s World?” and “Code Life: DNA, Information and Mutation.” Essex Alliance Church, Essex, 9 a.m.4 p.m. $18 includes lunch. Info, 878-8213, ext. 21.
‘Gypsy’: See THU.22, 7:30 p.m.
African Juba Dance Class: Experienced native dancer Chimie Bangoura demonstrates authentic Guinean moves for getting in shape. Shelburne Health & Fitness, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $12. Info, 3779721, email@example.com.
‘Icon’: See WED.21, 8 p.m.
‘Dancing Uphill’: See THU.22, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Reason to Smile: African music and dance groups perform at a benefit for orphaned and atrisk children at Kenya’s Jambo Jipya School. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 6:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 518-523-2512.
Family Dance & Contra Dance: Kids and their caregivers bust moves to tunes by Cuckoo’s Nest and calling by Adina Gordon from 5 to 6:30 p.m. A potluck supper and regular contra dance follow. Tracy Hall, Norwich. $5-8; free for kids under 16; by donation for seniors. Info, 785-4607, rbarrows@ cs.dartmouth.edu.
‘Red’: See WED.21, 7:30 p.m. ‘The Comedy of Errors’: Comedic chaos runs rampant as two sets of twins separated at birth wander the same city, leaving a wake of mistaken identities, in this Shakespeare in the Hills farce. Haybarn Theater, Goddard College, Plainfield, 7:30 p.m. $6-16. Info, 229-4191.
Jessica V. Trout Haney: The tap dancer displays fancy footwork in soft-shoe, Irish and swing styles. Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 11 a.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422. Trey McIntyre Project: In Leatherwing Bat, Bad Winter and Blue Until June, the innovative troupe makes ballet accessible. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15-38; free open rehearsal at 6 p.m.. Info, 863-5966.
Natalie Tucker Miller: Bringing her unique approach to multigenerational relationships, the life coach and publisher introduces two books geared to elders. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 482-5189.
Lenten Fish Dinner: Families dine on food from the sea — plus soup, salad, mac and cheese, and dessert — at this fundraiser for the school. Central Vermont Catholic School, Barre, 5-6:30 p.m. $6-10; $29 per family of four; free for kids under 4. Info, 793-4276, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tai Chi for Arthritis: AmeriCorps members from the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging lead gentle, controlled movements that can help alleviate stress, tension and joint pain. School Street Manor, Milton, 2-2:45 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 865-0360.
The Parisii Quartet With Pianist Philippe Bianconi: The French pianist accents the awardwinning ensemble’s repertoire, which spans the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Barre Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $10-28. Info, 476-8188.
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Gentle Yoga: Seniors participate in a mostly seated program presented by Champlain Valley Agency on Aging’s AmeriCorps member Jen Manosh. Huntington Public Library, 1-2 p.m. Donations accepted; preregister. Info, 865-0360, ext. 1058, email@example.com.
Frog Hollow, Burlington, noon-3 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6458.
‘The Artist’: A silent-movie star and a dancer face the arrival of talkies in Michel Hazanavicius’ blackand-white, and mostly silent, love letter to 1920s Hollywood. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600.
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American composer. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $25. Info, 863-5966.
‘Declaration of War’: Their names may be Roméo and Juliette, but the two protagonists in Valérie Donzelli’s French drama are up against their child’s brain tumor instead of warring families. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600.
Supermarket Bingo: Number noters raise funds for the Ferrisburgh Central School PTO, and winners score gift cards to the grocery store. St. Peter’s Parish Hall, Vergennes, 7-8:30 p.m. $5 per card for seven games. Info, 877-3463.
Tree Pruning: Dave Wilcox explains the theories behind trimming, and home gardeners put the knowledge into practice on the library’s crabapple trees. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
Ukrainian Egg-Decorating Demo: Theresa Somerset practices the art of pysanky in public.
College Pathways: University-bound high school sophomores and juniors, and their parents, wise up on admission essays, student budgets, strategies for the SAT and ACT, financial aid, and more in a daylong workshop hosted by VSAC. Castleton State College, 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Free. Info, 888-943-7301, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artisans Auction: Jamie Polli emcees a live auction serenaded by the Good Vibes Trio. Also featuring a silent auction and food from the Farmhouse Tap & Grill. Proceeds benefit Jericho’s Saxon Hill School. Catamount Country Club, Williston, 5:30 p.m. $20; cash bar. Info, 238-9131, srabtoy@ comcast.net.
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Book Launch & Ski Event: Children’s ski challenges precede a trip to the Matterhorn, which celebrates author Jan Reynolds’ new book Only the Mountains Do Not Move: A Maasai Story of Culture and Conservation. Proceeds benefit Good Fun-d, her nonprofit supporting cultures and environments through education and economy. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, 10 a.m. $30 for half-price ski rentals, a day ski ticket and lunch; $50 per family of two or more. Info, 253-7088. Compost Cabaret: Looking for a rotten good time? Music and poetry acts by Kris Gruen, Brian Clark, the Roaring Dandelions, Linda Warnaar and the Drumatics, Geof Hewitt, and others support Highfields Center for Composting programs. Global street fare and a silent auction augment the event. Old Labor Hall, Barre, 6:30-10 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 472-5138. Great Gatsby Gala: Up for a Roaring Twenties good time, old sport? Cocktails, a silent art auction, jazz tunes and an elegant dinner precede dancing to the Grippo Funk Band. Proceeds support the Helen Day Art Center. See calendar spotlight. Stowe Mountain Lodge, 5:30 p.m. $125. Info, 253-8358, email@example.com. Lawson’s Finest Liquids 4th Anniversary Ball: Got artisanal ale? Attend a Beer Lovers’ Farmers Market brimming with bottles, draughts, meats, teas, soups, chair massages and live music from 2 to 6 p.m. A Beer Lovers’ Ball, from 7 to 11 p.m., features rare and exclusive beers, food, and music by the Gulch. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield. Free admission to the farmers market; $21.50 for the ball (for ages 21 and up only). Info, 272-8436, firstname.lastname@example.org. Vermont Maple Open House Weekend: Sugarmakers and sugar lovers celebrate the sweet agricultural crop through individually hosted tours and activities. Visit vermontmaple.org for details. Various locations statewide, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 763-7435. Vermonte Carlo Casino & Silent Auction Night: The Big Basin Band serenade folks getting busy at gaming tables. Proceeds benefit the Fayston Elementary School PTO, which supports student enrichment programs. Gate House Base Lodge, Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 7:30 p.m.-midnight. $20. Info, 279-2207.
Pittsford Lions Club Semiannual Country Breakfast: Early risers take on e W al the day, fortified with pancakes, kO v er scrambled eggs, maple syrup, Gall ery ham, sausage and beverages. Pittsford Congregational Church, 7-11 a.m. $3-6. Info, 7756499 or 558-9120. Sugar-on-Snow Party: Hardened maple-syrup edibles usher in spring. Palmer’s Sugarhouse, Shelburne, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 985-5054. Woodstock Winter Farmers Market: Eggs, produce, meats, jams and more are readily available thanks to local farmers and crafters. Masonic Hall, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 763-2476.
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Acro Yoga Montréal: Lori Mortimer leads participants in partner acrobatics with a yogic consciousness. Upper Valley Yoga, White River Junction, 12:30-2:30 p.m. $20-25; preregister. Info, 324-1737.
Bennington County Choral Society: Vocalists ring in spring with Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Bennington Center for the Arts, 8 p.m. $1215; $25 per family. Info, 442-7158. Burlington Chamber Orchestra: Fifteenyear-old cellist Matthew Goff, winner of the BCO’s Young Artist Solo Competition, performs Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major. The program also includes Schubert’s Fifth Symphony, written when the composer was just 19. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 8 p.m. $10-25. Info, 860-1324. Jamie Masefield, Doug Perkins & Tyler Bolles: As the finale to the Live! at the WOG! 2012 Cabin Fever Series, this trio explores the reaches of progressive acoustic music in original songs, jazz standards, bluegrass instrumentals and more. WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room, Bristol. $30 for preconcert dinner at the Bristol Bakery, 6-6:30 p.m.; $15-20 concert, 8 p.m. Info, 453-3188, ext. 2, walkover@mac. com. Leo Kottke: The acoustic guitarist offers propulsive fingerpicking. Barre Opera House, 8 p.m. $10-30. Info, 476-8188. New England Fiddle & Cello Workshop & Concert: Jessie and Greg Boardman foster traditional and contemporary tunes in a relaxed setting. A contra dance with music from the day’s work wraps things up. Summit School, Montpelier, 1-5 p.m. $10-25. Info, 917-1186. Patricia Julien Project: A Burlington-area jazz quartet sounds off at the CD-release concert of Still Light at Night. Southwick Ballroom 301, UVM, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040.
Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble: See FRI.23, FlynnSpace, Burlington. $12-25. Vermont Sacred Harp Sing: Shape-note singers offer sacred choral music dating back to the early 1800s. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; potluck lunch. Info, 522-6342 or 434-5925, email@example.com. Yankee Chank: Vermont’s Cajun and zydeco band performs sounds straight out of southwest Louisiana at a community dance. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $9-11; cash bar. Info, 728-6464.
Bird-Monitoring Walk: Early risers scout out feathered wings above. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 8-9 a.m. Free. Info, 434-2167, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning Genealogy: Ancestry sleuths delve deep into their pasts with Sheila Morris and onhand volunteers. Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-noon Donations accepted. Info, 238-5934. Digital Video Editing: Final Cut Pro users learn basic concepts of the editing software. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 651-9692. Final Cut Pro Open Lab: Beginning, intermediate and advanced film editors complete three tracks of exercises as a VCAM staff member lends a hand. Preregister. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 651-9692. Mapping a Sense of Place: Cartographers commit memories, events and familiar places to paper in topographical depictions led by Julia Shipley. Cabot Public Library, 10 a.m.-noon Free. Info, 563-2721.
Pond Skimming: Fueled by gravity, technique and the desire to stay dry, skiers and riders try their luck at crossing a man-made pond. Bolton Valley Resort, registration, 10 a.m.-noon; skimming starts at 1 p.m.; awards ceremony, 3-6 p.m. $5; lift ticket or season pass required. Info, 877-926-5866. Roller Derby Bout: A Pint of Revenge: Plattsburgh’s North Country Lumber Jills defend their flat-track turf against central Vermont’s Twin City Riot in the first match of the season. City Recreation Center, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 5-8:30 p.m. $5-12; free for kids under 6. Info, 518-578-0645.
Phil Vassar: Nashville’s country sensation performs piano-based, R&B-inflected storytelling. Proceeds benefit David’s House. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 6 p.m. $25-50. Info, 603-448-0400.
Richard Wood & Gordon Belsher: The renowned Prince Edward Island duo performs folk music. Alexander Twilight Theatre, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, 7 p.m. $5-10; free for LSC students; by donation for LSC faculty and staff. Info, 748-2600.
‘Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies’: See THU.22, 8 p.m.
Silo Sessions Concert Series: Singer-songwriters Heather Maloney, Chris Dorman and Jessica Smucker perform in an intimate bakery
Russian Story Time: Rug rats up to age 5 take in tales and tunes from the country in northern Eurasia. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
Sheila Jordan & Steve Kuhn: Two of music’s leading international figures duet on jazz standards and originals for vocals and piano. Vermont Jazz Center, Brattleboro, 8 p.m. $15-20. Info, 254-9088.
Fairfax Tumble Time: Tots have free rein over the open gym. Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 1011:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
The Shirelles & The Drifters: Sway to doo-wop melodies in this parade of oldies hits. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $31.50-46.50. Info, 775-0903.
‘Annie’: See THU.22, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. ‘Chicago’: See WED.21, 8 p.m.
‘Ground Hog Opry’: See FRI.23, 7:30 p.m. ‘Gypsy’: See THU.22, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. ‘Handsome and Gretel’: Vermont’s No Strings Marionette Company puts a lighter spin on this Grimm Brothers fable. Community Center, Jericho Center, 1 p.m. $5-7. Info, 899-2366. ‘Icon’: See WED.21, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. ‘Red’: See WED.21, 7:30 p.m. Talent Extravaganza: Special guest Robert Resnik takes part in the King Street Center’s fifth annual onstage showcase. Burlington City Hall
Women helping battered women zumbathon: Sixty-seven regional Zumba instructor lead an energetic event with music, choreography and prizes, all benefiting critical services to victims of domestic abuse. Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, check in, 8-8:45 a.m.; Zumba fitness party, 9-11:30 a.m.; prize drawings and guest speaker, 11:30 a.m.-noon. Raise at least $60 in donations or pay $25 minimum at the door; preregister. Info, 658-3131, ext. 1062. tes
‘La Commune’: A screening of Peter Watkins’ 2000 French film, which looks at the Parisian people’s
Pancake Breakfast & Sugarhouse Tour: Maple sweets play the star role at the table and in syrup-boiling demonstrations. Vermont Trade Winds Farm, East Shoreham, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $2.50-5 for breakfast; $5 for sap-hotdog lunch. Info, 897-2448.
Kingdom Vegetarians Mini Film Festival: A local organization committed to fostering healthy food habits hosts screenings of Forks Over Knives and Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue. Discussion follows and vegan snacks will be served between the films. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 748-2600.
Middlebury Winter Farmers Market: Crafts, cheeses, breads and veggies vie for spots in shoppers’ totes. American Flatbread, Middlebury, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 388-0178, middleburyfm@ yahoo.com.
End-of-Winter Sock-Monkey Madness: Crafty kiddos anticipate sandal season by reinventing winter slippers as stuffed-animal friends. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
Social Band: Amity Baker directs the lively Burlington choral group in “Through Open Window: Songs of Fresh Visions and Other Worlds.” Richmond Free Library, 7:30 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Info, 658-8488.
Green Mountain Film Festival: See WED.21, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Maple Sugaring Weekend: South Burlington: Celebrate the syrup with sugar on snow, specialty maple foods and plenty of samples. Dakin Farm, South Burlington, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 800-993-2546.
Easter Egg Hunt & Mascot March: Little ones scavenge for hidden sweets while area business mascots show off their costumes. University Mall, South Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-1066.
setting. Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne, 7 p.m. $8-10. Info, 985-9200, breadandbutterfarm@gmail. com.
Footy Fest 2012: Amateur and professional freeski and snowboard videographers put their best footage forward in a film competition benefiting area athletes who have qualified for the USASA Nationals in April. Hollywood Theatre, Au Sable Forks, N.Y., 7-9 p.m. $5. Info, 518-578-3345, mikek@ nysef.org.
Maple Sugaring Weekend: Ferrisburgh: A pancake breakfast kicks off an afternoon of live music, specialty maple foods and boiling demonstrations. Dakin Farm, Ferrisburgh, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 800-993-2546.
4-H Vet Science 1: UVM Pre-Vet Club members organize hands-on activities for teens ages 13 and up. Jeffords 120, UVM, Burlington, noon-2 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 656-5429, rosemarie.garritano@ uvm.edu.
‘Declaration of War’: See FRI.23, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Junior Iron Chef Vermont: Student teams battle it out for cafeteria supremacy while working with farm-fresh foods. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $3; $5 per family; free for children under 3. Info, 434-4122.
Fundraising Banquet: The central Vermont chapter of Trout Unlimited hosts an evening of fine food and fish stories supporting its conservation efforts. Elks Lodge, Burlington, 5 p.m. $35. Info, 879-7970.
Vermont Small Press & Comic Fair: Do-ityourself ‘zine makers, illustrators, comic artists, graphic novelists and indie publishers showcase their work. Winooski Welcome Center & Gallery, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Info, email@example.com.
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Tweed Winter Carnival: See FRI.23, 1 p.m.-midnight.
‘The Artist’: See FRI.23, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
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‘Little House in the Big House’: This documentary from Tiffany Rhynard and Kim Brittenham’s production company, Sisters Unite, goes inside Vermont’s women’s prison as inmates in a trade program learn to build a modular home from start to finish. A filmmaker Q&A follows. Pavilion Building, Montpelier, 2 p.m. $8-9. Info, 272-3505, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vermonters’ Ball: Show your stripes — or maybe your plaid — at a Vermont Young Professionals affair encouraging folks to mix favorite “Vermonter” duds with formal wear. Partial proceeds benefit COTS. Train Station, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-11 p.m. $1520. Info, 999-1571.
movement, makes timely connections to the Occupy movement. Shown in two parts. Room 253, Burlington College, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 660–2600.
Auditorium, 2-4 p.m. $5-10; $20 per family. Info, 862-6736. ‘The Comedy of Errors’: See FRI.23, 7:30 p.m.
Book Discussion: Readers swap thoughts on Lauren Myracle’s Shine, a coming-of-age mystery in which a teen investigates an antigay hate crime. Outright Vermont, Burlington, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 865-9677, ext. 1. ‘Harry Truman in Hell’: Vermont actors give a dramatic reading of local playwright Tom Blachly’s absurdist fantasy about the final resting place of this president. Bethany Church, Montpelier, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3955.
General Assembly: Supporters of the Occupy Movement network, do business and share food. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 861-2316, email@example.com. Teach-In: Capitalism: Change From Within & Without: Occupy Central Vermont hosts a panel and discussion about ways to face a capitalist system that is not meeting the needs of people and the planet. Panelists include Linda Wheatley, Angela Emery, Brian Tokar, Elizabeth Jesdale, Matthew Cropp and Eric Becker. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3777.
Intro to Square-Foot Gardening: See THU.22, City Market, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700. Spring Garden Talk: Shari Johnson of the Middlebury Garden Club discusses culinary herbs that boost food’s flavor profile. Sheldon Museum, Middlebury, 2-3 p.m. $10. Info, 388-2117.
Antiques Market: Treasure hunters find bargains among collections of old furniture, art, books and more, supplied by up to 20 dealers from the New England area. Elks Club, Montpelier. $5 for early buyers (7:30 a.m.); $2 for the general public (9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). Info, 751-6138.
‘Papers’: Anne Galisky’s 2009 film considers the challenges of today’s undocumented youth as they come of age without legal status. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-7222.
Maple Sugaring Weekend: Ferrisburgh: See SAT.24, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
‘Restrepo’: Iraq War veteran Jon Turner leads a discussion after Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger’s eye-opening experiential documentary about deployment in one of Afghanistan’s most dangerous postings. Burlington City Hall, 4 p.m. $515 suggested donation. Info, 863-2345, ext. 8.
Milton Historical Society Sugar-on-Snow Party: Maple madness includes kids activities and tunes by the Arrowhead Ramblers. Grange Hall, Milton, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2598, firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘The Artist’: See FRI.23, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Women’s Film Festival: Documentaries and dramas share compelling stories about females over the course of this March screen attraction. Latchis Theater and New England Youth Theater, Brattleboro, 5:30 p.m. $7-8 per film; $30-35 per five shows; $100 unlimited entry; visit womensfilmfestival.org for details. Info, 828-5597.
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Pancake Breakfast & Sugarhouse Tour: See SAT.24, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sugar-on-Snow Party: See SAT.24, noon-4 p.m. Sunday Breakfast: Early birds get the bacon, eggs, biscuits and sausage gravy first. Proceeds benefit veterans, their families and local charities. VFW Post 309, Peru, N.Y., 9 a.m.-noon $5. Info, 518-643-4580.
Dimanches: Novice and fluent French speakers brush up on their linguistics — en français. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.
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Spring Book & Ephemera Fair: Postcards, maps and other transitory print items join secondhand and antique tomes at a sale for collectors. Exhibition Hall, Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $4; free for ages 15 and under. Info, 527-7243.
‘Declaration of War’: See FRI.23, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Green Mountain Film Festival: See WED.21, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. ‘Little House in the Big House’: See SAT.24, Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 4 p.m.
Qi-ercises: Jeff Cochran hosts a session of qigong-style exercises based in movement, breathing, healing and meditation. The ROTA Studio and Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10:30-11:30 a.m. Info, 518-314-9872.
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English Country Dancing: Social dancers tread gently and gracefully to calling by Chris Levey and music by Trip to Norwich. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 3-6 p.m. $4-8; wear soft-soled shoes. Info, 785-4121.
Laughter Yoga: What’s so funny? Giggles burst out as gentle aerobic exercise and yogic breathing meet unconditional laughter to enhance physical, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being. North End Studios, Burlington, 11:30 a.m. $10 suggested donation; preregistration by email no later than three hours before the class is appreciated. Info, 888-480-3772, email@example.com.
Montgomery Playgroup: Infants to 2-yearolds idle away the hours with stories and songs. Montgomery Town Library, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
Every spring, the Green Mountain State celebrates its famous natural resource during Maple Open House Weekend, and sugar shacks around the state open their doors to visitors. GUIDED SUGAR BUSH TOURS: Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, and Saturday, The Green Mountain Audubon March 31, Green Mountain Audubon Center Center celebrates the yearly Sugarhouse, Huntington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. tree-tapping tradition with Free. Info, 434-3068, vt.audubon.org. GUIDED TOURS THROUGH THE SUGAR BUSH — one of only a few that still rely on old-fashioned buckets. Tours include demonstrations of tree tapping and sap collecting and boiling, as well as a visit to an Abenaki wigwam replica. No tour is complete without a taste of the sweet stuff. The preferred presentation: drizzled over a mound of fresh snow.
Town Meeting: Sen. Bernie Sanders listens to community concerns about the economy, climate change, health care and national debt. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, brunch, 10:30 a.m.; meeting, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 202-224-5141.
Discovering Your Inner Stability: Can’t find your core? Instructor Robert Rex integrates Kundalini yoga, tai chi, Rolfing Movement Integration and more in exercises designed to stabilize the spine, strengthen muscles and maintain flexibility. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 11 a.m.noon Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.
Maple Sugaring Weekend: South Burlington: See SAT.24, noon-4 p.m.
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Francophone Dinner: Bon appétit! Alliance Française serves up foods from French-speaking countries in Europe, Africa, and North and Central America. Déjà-Nous and Congolese dancer Veronique Lumumba provide the entertainment. North End Studio A, Burlington, 5 p.m. $12. Info, 863-6713, firstname.lastname@example.org. Maple Ham Dinner: Maple dumplings, maplecheese pie and maple-nut pie top off an already sweet midday meal. Georgia Elementary & Middle School, St. Albans, 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. $6-12; free for kids under 5; $30 maximum per family. Info, 524-3330.
Bennington County Choral Society: See SAT.24, 3 p.m. Faculty Recital: Trumpeter extraordinaire Ray Vega leads a brass attack. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776. Hinesburg Artist Series Concert: Rufus C. Patrick directs Vermont soloists, the South County Chorus and the Hinesburg Artist Series Orchestra in Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Haydn’s Awake the Harp, John Rutter’s arrangement of For the Beauty of the Earth, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu and instrumental solos. St. Jude Catholic Church, Hinesburg, 4:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 482-4691. Jamie Masefield & Doug Perkins: Bluegrass and jazz stylings come to the gallery. Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 458-0098. Social Band: See SAT.24, Christ Church Presbyterian, Burlington, 4 p.m. Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra Family Concert: Classical compositions chosen specifically to appeal to kids evoke mental images of swans, elephants, pink panthers and more. The Green Mountain Youth Symphony also performs. Barre Opera House, 3:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 476-8188. Your Father’s Mustache: Joel Schiavone’s banjo band performs retro tunes on trombones, tubas and washboards. Proceeds benefit the opera house and Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 2 p.m. $8-12. Info, 603-448-0400.
Waterfowl Watch: Bird watchers seek out migrating ducks and more on the shores of Lake Champlain. Carpool from North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $25-30; free for teens. Info, 229-6206.
Burlington-Area Scrabble Club: Triple-lettersquare seekers spell out winning words. New players welcome. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 12:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 862-7558.
Hope on the Slopes: Skiers and riders compete for prizes in the Vertical Feet Challenge to support the American Cancer Society. Pico Mountain, Killington, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $30 registration fee; donations and fundraising encouraged. Info, 872-6304. Skiing & Riding for Vermont Military Families: All active, full-time Vermont military
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personnel, guard or reserve members and their families receive complimentary lift tickets. Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 a.m. Free; military members must show their ID and declare family members at a guest-services desk. Info, 253-3000. Women’s PickuP soccer: Ladies of all ages and abilities break a sweat while passing around the spherical polyhedron. Miller Community and Recreation Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $3. Info, 862-5091.
‘Annie’: See THU.22, 2 p.m. Auditions for ‘next to normAl’: Thespians try out for this rock musical about mental illness, to be presented by Stowe Theatre Guild this fall. Town Hall Theatre, Akeley Memorial Building, Stowe, 9 a.m. Free; call for an audition time. Info, 253-3961. ‘GyPsy’: See THU.22, 2 p.m. ‘red’: See WED.21, 5 p.m. ‘sPirit of uGAndA’: Performers ages 8 to 18 share their African roots through spirited drumming, choreography and call-and-response chanting. See calendar spotlight. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7 p.m. $15-39. Info, 863-5966.
chess club: Players of all ages shuffle around royalty and their underlings on a checkered board. An experienced instructor leads the group. Fairfax Community Library, 2:45-4:15 p.m. Free; bring your own chess set if possible. Info, 849-2420.
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the brAiny side of exercise: benefits to neurons, mind & behAvior: Four leading experts explore the advantages of physical activity on the mind, not just the body, in a daylong symposium. Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 656-1178, email@example.com.
isle lA motte PlAyGrouP: Stories and crafts make for creative play. Yes, there will be snacks. Isle La Motte Elementary School, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. mAy’s mondAy music & movement: Energetic children lace up their dancing shoes for a fun class with May Podushnick. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.
‘the comedy of errors’: See FRI.23, 2 p.m.
music With rAPhAel: See THU.22, 10:45 a.m.
shAke your sillys out: Tots swing and sway to music with children’s entertainer Derek Burkins. JCPenney court, University Mall, South Burlington, 10:35 a.m. Free. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11.
cAreer & internshiP fAir: Job seekers are presented with full-time career opportunities, summer employment, part-time positions and internships. Argosy Gymnasium, IDX Student Life Center, Champlain College, Burlington, 1:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-2720, firstname.lastname@example.org. disconnect to reconnect: Students, faculty and staff are invited to unplug from social media and screen technology for 72 hours, and film screenings and panel discussions explore life in our digital world. St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. tAx AssistAnce: See THU.22, 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
ciné sAlon: Local film buffs share the art of the cinematograph through a curated collection of short clips. Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120. ‘JosePh And the AmAzinG technicolor dreAmcoAt’: Audiences pipe up in a never-beforeseen sing-along version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, broadcast to more than 500 movie theaters. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $15. Info, 660-9300.
‘strenGth of the storm’: See WED.21, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. ‘the Artist’: See FRI.23, 7:30 p.m.
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sPAnish lAnGuAGe GrouP: Hispanoparlantes share poems and short news items en español. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 6-8 p.m. Info, 476-7550.
cAPitAl orchestrA: Brass and string players join the ensemble at weekly rehearsals leading up to a spring concert under the direction of Dan Liptak. Band room, U-32 High School, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 272-1789. recorder-PlAyinG GrouP: Musicians produce early folk, baroque and swing-jazz melodies. New and potential players welcome. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0030, email@example.com. the chAmPlAin echoes: New singers are invited to chime in on four-part harmonies with a women’s a cappella chorus at weekly open rehearsals. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 6:159:15 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0398.
comPuter helP: Technology snafu? Walk-ins receive assistance on basic internet issues, troubleshooting and operating questions. Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2366.
John kilik: The Academy Award-nominated film producer and UVM alum discusses his latest film project The Hunger Games. Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-1094.
Auditions for ‘next to normAl’: See SUN.25, 9 a.m.
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her-stories: Group members swap stories of females who have inspired them in this program celebrating Women’s History Month. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. interGenerAtionAl reAdinG & discussion: Gary Paulsen’s Nightjohn sparks an all-ages dialogue about slavery and the Civil War. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. mArJorie cAdy memoriAl Writers GrouP: Budding wordsmiths improve their craft through “homework” assignments, creative exercises and sharing. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 388-2926, cpotter935@comcast. net.
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mindful success circle netWorkinG GrouP: See WED.21, Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 5:457:30 p.m.
19th Annual Vermont Antiquarian Book & Ephemera Fair
irene: hoW the storm mAde us stronGer: Vermont Public Radio’s Nina Keck moderates panelists in a discussion of one of the worst natural disasters in the state’s history. Q&A follows. Ackley Auditorium, Green Mountain College, Poultney, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 287-8926.
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bAllroom dAnce clAss: Folks take instruction in swing from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and rumba from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Union Elementary School, Montpelier. $14. Info, 225-8699 or 223-2921.
Green drinks: Activists and professionals for a cleaner environment raise a glass over networking and discussion. Lake Lobby, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0188.
Sunday, March 25th •10am - 4pm Sheraton Hotel, Burlington (I-89, Exit 14W)
Admission $4, under 16 free
40+ dealers in Rare Books, Prints, Maps & Ephemera
community bike shoP niGht: See THU.22, 6-8 p.m.
‘declArAtion of WAr’: See FRI.23, 5:30 p.m. ‘meAn streets’: A few deep loyalties threaten to keep a young Italian American from moving up the mafia ladder in Martin Scorsese’s 1973 crime drama. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 540-3018. ‘monumentAl: in seArch of AmericA’s nAtionAl treAsure’: Actor Kirk Cameron hosts a live theatrical broadcast event tracing the plights TUE.27
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PolentA mAGic: Crispy, creamy, crunchy ... home chefs learn about the versatility of this corn-based grain by taste testing it in many different forms, from polenta fries to polenta cake. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.
WritinG for fun: Middle schoolers get the creative juices flowing by penning short stories, memoirs and poems. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.
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fundrAisinG meAls: Eaters dine out to support Vermont CARES on its 25th anniversary. Ten percent of every bill will be donated. Chili’s Grill & Bar Restaurant, Williston, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Cost of food and drink; use coupon from vtcares.org. Info, 863-2437, ext. 15.
sWAnton PlAyGrouP: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Mary Babcock Elementary School, Swanton, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
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‘chAnGinG skins: folktAles About Gender, identity And humAnity’: Grammy-nominated spoken-word artist Milbre Burch shares genderbending tales in a one-woman show. Krinovitz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-565-0145.
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‘sierrA leone’s refuGee All stArs’: Former refugees discuss their experiences after a screening of Zach Niles and Banker White’s 2005 documentary about a band formed in a West African refugee camp. North End Studio B, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 774-563-8273.
stories With meGAn: Preschoolers ages 2 to 5 expand their imaginations through storytelling, songs and rhymes with Megan Butterfield. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.
todd lecture series: Roméo Dallaire, Canadian commander of the UN forces in Rwanda prior to and during the 1994 genocide, delivers a lecture. Plumley Armory, Norwich University, Northfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2633, toddlectureseries@ norwich.edu.
‘declArAtion of WAr’: See FRI.23, 5:30 p.m.
‘stAr WArs’ club: May the Force be with fans as they share their favorite moments from the flicks. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.
John killAcky: The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts’ executive director speaks on innovation and resiliency. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.
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of early pilgrims and historical figures who risked it all for liberty. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $12.50. Info, 660-9300. ‘Poster Girl’: Sara Nesson’s 2011 Academy Awardnominated documentary offers a look at the inner turmoil and external obstacles faced by returning war veterans. Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1474. ‘Shout It Out’: Bess O’Brien’s feature film, based on her acclaimed musical The Voices Projects, follows Vermont teens through landmark comingof-age moments. O’Brien attends the screening. Room 100, Academic Student and Activity Center, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 357-4616. ‘The Artist’: See FRI.23, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Night at the Movies: Cinephiles screen film gems, sleepers and festival favorites. This month’s selection: Gone With the Wind, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. $8. Info, 496-8994.
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Clinic for Sore Low Backs & Hips: Certified structural integrators and massage therapists Rebecca Riley and Irvin Eisenberg treat painful areas in 20- to 30-minute sessions. Portals Center for Healing, Montpelier, 9:30 a.m. Free; by appointment only. Info, 223-7678, irvin.eisenberg@gmail. com. Steps to Wellness: Cancer survivors attend diverse seminars about nutrition, stress management, acupuncture and more in conjunction with a medically based rehabilitation program. Fletcher Allen Health Care Cardiology Building, South Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2176. Yoga & Wellness Class: Participants make a commitment to their health. Cabot Public Library, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 563-3220, aliciafeltus@ gmail.com.
After-School Programs: Crafts, games, Legos and library-planning activities keep youngsters on the go. Call for weekly schedule. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Alburgh Playgroup: Tots form friendships over music and movement. Nonmarking shoes required. Alburgh Elementary School, 9:15-10 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Beginning With Mother Goose: Parents and caregivers join a two-part conversation about reading with children. Childcare provided. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 388-4097. Creative Tuesdays: Artists engage their imaginations with recycled crafts. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Fairfax Story Hour: Good listeners are rewarded with a variety of fairy tales, crafts and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5246.
Preschool Story Time: See WED.21, 10-10:45 a.m. Science & Stories: Kids have aha! moments regarding the tiny signs of spring. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids ages 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386. South Hero Playgroup: Free play, crafting and snacks entertain children and their grown-up companions. South Hero Congregational Church, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. St. Albans Playgroup: Creative activities and storytelling engage the mind. St. Luke’s Church, St. Albans, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Story Hour: Picture books and crafts catch the attention of 3- to 5-year-olds. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Toddler Story Time: Kids under 3 enjoy picture books, songs and rhymes. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:10-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.
Pause Café: French speakers of all levels converse en français. Levity Café, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.
Buddhism Series: Buddhism in a Nutshell author Amy Miller helps participants cultivate a rich spiritual practice through mindful living. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
Diane Lander: This business-administration professor simplifies “The Origins of Preferred Stock in the United States.” Farrell Room, St. Edmund’s Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, noon. Free. Info, 654-2536. Valerie Bang-Jensen: The St. Michael’s College professor presents student research in child literature and botany in “Books In Bloom.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6764.
Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’: King Arthur and his knights are up against everything from killer rabbits to mocking Frenchmen as they seek the Holy Grail in this Tony Award-winning musical. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $25-72. Info, 863-5966.
Preschool Story Hour: Stories, rhymes and songs help children become strong readers. Sarah Partridge Community Library, East Middlebury, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.
Open Computer Time: Teens play games and surf the web on library laptops. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.
‘Red’: See WED.21, 7:30 p.m.
Frosty & Friends Therapy Dogs: Young readers share their favorite texts with friendly pooches. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:304:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.
Music With Robert: Music lovers of all ages engage in sing-alongs with Robert Resnik. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.
Hand in Hand: The Middlebury youth group organizes volunteer projects to benefit the environment and the community. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Highgate Story Hour: See WED.21, 10-11 a.m. Middle School Planners & Helpers: Lit lovers in grades 6 to 8 plan cool projects for the library. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:40 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.
Don’t Frack Vermont: Panelists Bill McKibben, Wes Gillingham, Tracy Bach and Ginny Lyons provide information on the practice of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas — and how to stop it in Vermont before it starts — at a community forum. Governor’s Ballroom, Capitol Plaza, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-5221, ext. 16. Occupy 2012: The 99 percent discuss the future of the Occupy Movement, just days before President Obama’s visit to Vermont. Room L403, Lafayette Hall, UVM, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 309-4824.
Techniques & Tips for Successful Plant Propagation: Green thumbs discuss growing methods with Garden of Seven Gables’ Joann Darling. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 2247100, email@example.com.
Improv Night: See WED.21, 8-10 p.m.
Make Stuff!: See WED.21, 6-9 p.m.
Guided Argentine Tango Práctica: See WED.21, 8:15-10:15 p.m. Sacred Circle Dancing: No experience and no partners are necessary for these steps to gentle, slow, international music. Last half hour is reserved for more challenging moves. Suitable for teens and up. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Blade Runner’: Ridley Scott’s clone-tastic 1982 sci-fi thriller stars Harrison Ford as a cop in charge of wrangling a few stray “replicants” who have invaded Earth. Roger H. Perry Hall, Champlain College, Burlington, 5:45-9 p.m. Free. Info, 860-2700. ‘David Copperfield’: In celebration of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, literati screen George Cukor’s 1935 film adaptation, which brims with an all-British cast and social criticism. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘Declaration of War’: See FRI.23, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. ‘Little Sparrows’: Three sisters struggle to deal with their mother’s breast cancer and their fleeting time together in Yu-Hsiu Camille Chen’s Australian drama. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. ‘The Artist’: See FRI.23, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
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Tung Tai Chi Chuan: See WED.21, 5:30-7 p.m.
Baby Time: See WED.21, 10:30 a.m.-noon Chess Club: See WED.21, 5:30 p.m. Enosburg Playgroup: See WED.21, 10-11:30 a.m. Fairfield Playgroup: See WED.21, 10-11:30 a.m. Highgate Story Hour: See WED.21, 11:15 a.m.12:15 p.m. Hogwarts Reading Society: Potterheads and others fascinated by the fantasy genre discuss Polly Shulman’s The Grimm Legacy. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Kids in the Kitchen: Tiny gourmands handle veggies, herbs, chicken and puff pastry as they bake up their own chicken pot pies. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Lego Club: Children connect colorful blocks to create masterful structures of their own design. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-3:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. Middle School Book Group: See WED.21, 3:304:30 p.m. Middlebury Babies & Toddlers Story Hour: See WED.21, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Montgomery Playgroup: Little ones exercise their bodies and their minds in the company of adult caregivers. Montgomery Town Library, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Moving & Grooving With Christine: See WED.21, 11-11:30 a.m. Preschool Story Time: See WED.21, 10-10:45 a.m.
Read to a Dog: Bookworms share words with Rainbow, a friendly Newfoundland and registered therapy pooch. Fairfax Community Library, 3:305:30 p.m. Free; preregister for a 15-minute time slot. Info, 849-2420.
Italian Conversation Group: Parla Italiano? A native speaker leads a language practice for all ages and abilities. Room 101, St. Edmund’s Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 899-3869.
Farmers Night Concert Series: Continuing a series of winter entertainment begun in 1923, the Panhandlers offer Caribbean steel drumming. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-322-5616, email@example.com. Paul Baribeau, Spraynard, Trapper Keeper, the Acoustic Set, For the Kid in the Back, Marco Polio: Bands from as far away as Indiana and as close as Burlington offer acoustic folk, poppunk and downer jams at an all-ages concert. The ROTA Studio and Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $5. Info, 518-314-9872. Valley Night: Mind the Gap grace the lounge with folk trios. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 496-8994.
Claudia Sahm: The economist with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Board puts two and two together in “Income Expectations and Consumer Spending.” Pomerleau Alumni Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. Conversations Series: Robotics & Humanity: Moderator Fran Stoddard explores technology, spirit and art with John Abele of Boston Scientific Corporation and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 985-3346, ext. 3368. Jim & Amy Caffry: Parents of a son with autism share their experiences with advocacy in Vermont, as well as ideas for creative living and housing options. Vermont Family Network, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 876-5315, ext. 215. LZ Granderson: In “Dare You to Move,” the openly gay sports journalist recounts his journey from poverty, physical abuse and gang culture. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. Vermont’s Energy Future: Mary Powell, CEO and president of Green Mountain Power, emphasizes movements toward clean energy in “Diversify and Decentralize: Green Mountain Power’s View of the Future.” North Lounge, Billings Hall, UVM, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-4389.
‘Icon’: See WED.21, 8 p.m. ‘Red’: See WED.21, 7:30 p.m. ‘The Miracle Worker’: Left blind, deaf and mute by an illness in infancy, young Helen Keller finally learns to bond and communicate through the help of her governess, Anne Sullivan, in this Colchester Theatre Company production. Colchester High School, 7:30 p.m. $5. Info, 264-5729.
Book Discussion Series: ‘Charles Dickens, 1812-2012’: Readers review David Copperfield and Jane Smiley’s short biography of the Victorian novelist to commemorate the bicentennial of his birth. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. Dine & Discuss Potluck Series: All-American cuisine accompanies a literary gab about John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley: In Search of America. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. m
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PHOTO: IPHONE/ANDRIOD: Apr. 14, noon-4 p.m. Cost: $40/person, $36/BCA member. Location: Burlington City Arts, Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Need some guidance with learning all of the photo apps for your smartphone? This fun and interactive half-day workshop will cover the features of popular apps such as Hipstamatic, 6x6, Pixlromatic, 8mm movie and others. Resolution, editing, printing options and more will be covered. Bring your phone!
cooking INDIAN VEGETARIAN COOKING: Mar. 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $60/ all inclusive. Location: Vermont Zen Center, 480 Thomas Rd., Shelburne. Info: Vermont Zen Center, Vermont Zen Center Info, 985-9746, email@example.com, vermontzen.org/cooking.html. Learn how to prepare a delicious and authentic vegetarian Indian meal in the Vermont Zen Center’s spacious kitchen. Class taught by Manju Selinger. With a cookbook of the recipes in hand, you will be ready to prepare an Indian meal for your family and friends. No cooking experience necessary.
cycling BASIC BICYCLE MAINTENANCE: Apr. 15-19, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $200/ sliding scale, 3 2-hr. classes. Location: Pine Street Studios, 339A Pine St. , Burlington. Info: Pine Street Studios/ Flashbulb Institute, Jeremy Munson, 851-7164, firstname.lastname@example.org, pinestreetstudiosvt.com. This class is for cyclists wanting a good understanding of how their bike works and to become familiar with all of its parts. Learn how to make the regular repairs, replacements and lubrication needed to keep your bike running great. Will include student-led final class to cover your specific interest.
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GRACEFULLY CLEANSE W/ AYURVEDA: Apr. 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cost: $45/2-hr. class. Location: Ayurvedic Center of Vermont, 34 Oak Hill Rd., Williston Village. Info: The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont, Allison Morse, 872-8898, email@example.com, ayurvedavermont.com. Interested in a spring cleanse? In this class you will learn how to utilize the principles of Ayurveda to cleanse at home with
TINY-HOUSE RAISING: Cost: $250/workshop. Location: Fletcher, Vermont. Info: Peter King, 933-6103. A crew of beginners will help instructor Peter King frame and sheath a tiny house in Fletcher, March 24 and 25. Local housing available.
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CLAY: INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED WHEEL: Mar. 29-May17, 9:30 a.m.noon, Weekly on Thu. Cost: $260/ person, $234/BCA members.
PAINTING: WATERCOLOR: Apr. 4-May 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $185/person, $166.50/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, 3rd floor, Burlington. Learn how to paint with watercolor. This class will focus on observational painting from still life, figure, landscape and photos. Students will paint on watercolor paper and gain experience with composition, color theory, layering, light and shade.
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CLAY: GARDEN POT PLANTERS: Apr. 16-30, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $80/person, $72/BCA member. Clay sold separately at $20/25 lb. bag; glazes & firings incl. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Craft Room, Burlington. Learn the traditional Italian hand-building method for making your own ceramic planters. Decorate your pot with high-relief techniques to create sculptural patterns on the sides. These pots will be the perfect addition to your garden or houseplants and make a great gift for Mother’s Day!
DROP-IN: PAINTING: Apr. 5-May 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $10/session, $9/session for BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 3rd floor, Burlington. This class is open to all levels. Come paint from a still life or bring something that you are working on. Experimentation is encouraged. No registration necessary. BCA provides glass palettes, easels, painting trays and drying racks. Please bring your own painting materials.
BODY MECHANICS FOR BODYWORKERS: Mar. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $175/6 NCTMB continuing ed. hrs. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, 187 St. Paul St., Burlington. Info: Touchstone Healing Arts, Touchstone Healing Arts, 658-7715, touchvt@gmail. com, touchstonehealingarts. com. Increase your power, stamina and sensitivity! In this workshop, you will learn to move with more ease and efficiency while reducing strain and extraneous effort. You will discover how your attention and intention shape your work and that the effectiveness of your treatments is connected with your own comfort level.
BCA offers dozens of weeklong summer art camps for ages 3-14 in downtown Burlington from June to August – the largest selection of art camps in the region! Choose full- or halfday camps – scholarships are available. See all the camps and details at burlingtoncityarts.com.
Clay sold separately at $20/25lb. bag, glazes & firings incl. Location: BCA Clay Studio, Wheel Room, 250 Main St., Burlington. Demonstrations and instruction will cover intermediate throwing, trimming, decorative and glazing methods. Class size will be kept small to provide individual attention to personal development. Students should be proficient in centering and throwing basic cups and bowls.
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experienced practitioner Allison Morse. This cleanse is nourishing and gentle, and tailored to your needs. It will involve a simple mono-diet, self-massage, gentle yoga and herbs.
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Info: Victoria, 598-1077, info@ salsalina.com. Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m. $13/person for 1-hr. class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout!
LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Cost: $50/4-week class. Location: The Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Lessons also available in St. Albans. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757, firstname.lastname@example.org, FirstStepDance.com. Come alone, or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. SHAKTI DANCE W/ SILA ROOD: Weekly: Thu., 6:457:45 p.m. Cost: $12/single class. Location: Burlington Dances Studio, upstairs in the Chace Mill, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, Info@BurlingtonDances.com, BurlingtonDances.com. Explore the mansion of creation in your hips with belly dance, yoga, Brazilian, hip-hop and salsa steps. Harness the power that simmers at your base and explodes into dance with an unlimited axis of movement. Practice the dances enjoyed by women from many cultures over the ages: Shakti Dance!
Photography, Write & Illustrate a Book, Pet Portraits, Stop Motion, Street Art, Family Improv. See website for details: davisstudiovt.com. ADULT & TEEN ART CLASSES: Classes start the week of Apr. 2. Location: Davis Studio, 4 Howard St., Burlington. Choose from our 12 weekly classes including How to Draw, Garden Art, Batik, Sewing, Fused Glass, Awaken Creativity, Watercolor, Altered Books, Color Theory. See website for details: davisstudiovt.com.
drumming TAIKO, DJEMBE, CONGAS & BATA!: Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G, Burlington. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, 18 Langdon St., Montpelier. AllTogetherNow, 170 Cherry Tree Hill Rd., E. Montpelier. Info: Stuart Paton, 999-4255, email@example.com. Burlington! Beginners’ Taiko starts Tuesday, April 24; kids, 4:30 p.m., $60/6 weeks; adults, 5:30 p.m., $72/6 weeks. Advanced classes start Monday, April 23, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Cuban Bata and house-call classes by request. Montpelier Thursdays! Voudou drums start April 5, 1:30-2:30 p.m., $45/3 weeks. East Montpelier Thursdays! Djembe starts April 5, 5:30 p.m., $45/3 weeks. Cuban congas start April 19, $45/3 weeks. Taiko starts March 22, 7 p.m., $45/3 weeks.
davisstudiovt.com 425-2700 KIDS SPRING ART CLASSES: Classes start the week of Apr. 2. Location: Davis Studio, 4 Howard St., Burlington. Choose from our 18 weekly classes including Monet, Sewing, Clay Animals, How to Draw, Preschool Art, Fused Glass, Digital
EVENING OF RESTORATIVE YOGA W/ LYDIA HILL: Mar. 30, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $20/person. Please preregister. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642, evolutionvt.com. Using blocks, bolsters, straps and blankets, you will yoga your way to a feeling of restored body and mind. What a perfect way to enter the weekend.
feldenkrais FREEDOM FOR JAW, NECK & SHOULDERS: Mar. 24, 3:30-5:30
p.m. Cost: $20/class. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 735-3770. The jaw, neck and shoulders are a “triangle of tension” for many people. This workshop will deliver an engaging and gentle series of Awareness Through Movement lessons designed to reduce muscular tension and promote relaxation and ease throughout the jaw, neck and shoulders. Please register with Evolution Yoga, Burlington.
School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122, annie@wisdomoftheherbsschool. com, wisdomoftheherbsschool. com. Earth skills for changing times. Experiential programs embracing local wild edible and medicinal plants, food as first medicine, sustainable living skills, and the inner journey. Annie McCleary, director, and George Lisi, naturalist.
COMPOSTING 101: Mar. 22, 12-12:45 p.m. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 472 Marshall Ave., Williston. Info: 658-2433. Learn the basics of composting, save on waste removal and create a healthy soil amendment. Instructed by Mike Ather. Free to attend.
ALLONS-Y! FRENCH CLASSES: Location: wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. Info: 2337676, wingspanpaintingstudio. com. For kids and adults, private and group lessons in gorgeous atelier. Fluent, encouraging and challenging instructor. Group classes: Preschool FRART (French/ art), Monday, March 19-April 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m., $125. Beginning French: Tuesday, April 3-June 5, 6:45-8:15 p.m., $175. Intermediate French: Tuesday, April 3-June 5, 5-6:30 p.m., $175. Visit website to register and for more info. Sign up now, as small class size allows for plenty of individual attention!
CREATIVE GLASSBLOWING CLASS AT AO GLASS STUDIO!: Individual classes call for details. Cost: $180/2-hr. class. Location: AO Glass Studio, 416 Pine St., behind Speeder & Earl’s, Burlington. Info: 540-0223, firstname.lastname@example.org, aoglass.com. Experience the heat and fluidity of glass with one of our professional glassblowers. We guide you through making five glass objects that you can take home. Bring your sunglasses and your desire to try something new in our friendly, warm glass studio. Also open to events and group demonstrations.
AIKIDO: Adult introductory classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 951-8900, burlingtonaikido.org. This Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape and reduce stress. We offer adult classes 7 days a week. The Samurai Youth Program provides scholarships for children and teenagers, ages 7-17. We also offer classes for children ages 5-6. Classes are taught by Benjamin Pincus Sensei, Vermont’s senior and only fully certified Aikido teacher. Visitors are always welcome.
BULB BASICS: Mar. 29, 12-12:45 p.m. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 472 Marshall Ave., Williston. Info: 658-2433. Looking for summer and fall color in your garden? Our bulb expert will help you plan for late-season color. Free to attend. Instructed by Ann Whitman.
herbs HONORING HERBAL TRADITIONS 2012: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 1 Sat. monthly for 8 mos. Cost: $850/8-mo. course. Location: Horsetail Herbs, 134 Manley Rd., Milton. Info: Horsetail Herbs, Kelley Robie, 893-0521, htherbs@comcast. net, Horsetailherbs.org. Herbal Apprenticeship program held on a horse farm. Covers herbal therapies, nutritional support, diet, detox, body systems, medicine making, plant identification, tea tasting, plant spirit medicine and animal communication, wild foods, field trips, iridology, and women’s, children’s, men’s and animals’ health! Textbook/United Plant Saver membership included. VSAC nondegree grants available. WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Preregistration req. Wisdom of the Herbs 2012: Apr. 21-22, May 19-20, Jun. 16-17, Jul. 14-15, Aug. 11-12, Sep. 8-9, Oct. 6-7 & Nov. 3-4, 2012. Wild Edibles Intensive 2012: Spring/Summer term: May 27, Jun. 24 & Jul. 22, 2012. Summer/ Fall term: Aug. 19, Sep. 16 & Oct. 14, 2012. VSAC nondegree grants avail. to qualifying applicants. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs
AIKIDO CLASSES: Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, vermontaikido.org. Spring intro for new and returning adult learners. Aikido trains body and spirit together, promoting physical flexibility and strong center within flowing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others and confidence in oneself. Vermont Aikido invites you to explore this graceful martial art in a safe, supportive environment. MARTIAL WAY SELF-DEFENSE CENTER: Please visit website for schedule. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, 3 locations, Colchester, Milton, St. Albans. Info: 893-8893, martialwayvt.com. Beginners will find a comfortable and welcoming environment, a courteous staff, and a nontraditional approach that values the beginning student as the most important member of the school. Experienced martial artists will be impressed by our instructors’ knowledge and humility, our realistic approach, and our straightforward and fair tuition and
billing policies. We are dedicated to helping every member achieve his or her highest potential in the martial arts. Kempo, Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Wing Chun, Arnis, Thinksafe Self-Defense. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 660-4072, Julio@ bjjusa.com, vermontbjj.com. Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and self-confidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Accept no imitations. Learn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
massage FOCUS ON THE SPINE: May 12-13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $245/14 CEUs ($225 if paid by Apr. 23; call about introductory risk-free fee offer). Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, Burlington, VT. Info: Dianne Swafford, 734-1121, email@example.com. In this class we will use Ortho-bionomy to explore a simple and natural means of working with neuromuscular tension (and pain) patterns that is gentle, effective and transformative. We access the innate, selfcorrective reflexes, achieving pain relief and structural balance. We will focus on specific techniques for facilitating release in the neck, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, sacrum and pelvis. INTRO TO MASSAGE SCHOOL WRKSHP: Mar. 24, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $25/3-hr. class. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts School of Massage, 187 St. Paul St., Burlington. Info: Touchstone Healing Arts, Mark Adams, 658-7715, firstname.lastname@example.org, touchstonehealingarts.com. Our nine-month training in September prepares individuals for a rewarding career. You can expect personal and professional growth, detailed body sciences, exceptional massage technique and practice. Fourteen years of excellence!
meditation DREAM YOGA RETREAT: Apr. 13-15, 7-5 p.m. Cost: $125/wknd. Location: Shelburne Old Town Hall, 5376 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne. Info: Younge Drodul Ling, 6840452, VermontRSL@gmail.com, youngedrodulling.org. Meditation master Younge Khachab Rinpoche will teach the Tibetan Buddhist methods of Dream Yoga during this weekend retreat. Dream Yoga is the practice of meditation while
in the sleep state. Anyone with an interest in Buddhism, beginner or advanced, is welcome and will benefit from these rare and precious instructions. LEARN TO MEDITATE: Meditation instruction available Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appointment. The Shambhala Cafe meets the first Sat. of each month for meditation and discussions, 9 a.m.-noon. An Open House occurs every third Fri. evening of each month, 7-9 p.m., which includes an intro to the center, a short dharma talk and socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 So. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795, burlingtonshambhalactr.org. Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. The Burlington Shambhala Center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom. MINDFULNESS MEDITATION INTRO: Thu.: Mar. 29, Apr. 5 & 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $35/3 sessions. Location: Purple Shutter Herbs, 7 W. Canal St., Winooski. Info: Purple Shutter Herbs, Purple Shutter Herbs, 865-4372, info@ purpleshutter.com, purpleshutterherbs.com. Would you like to learn how to be more centered, present and aware? Join Meg Howard, MS, for an introduction to “Vipassana” that will give you tools to live more fully. This class is appropriate for both those new to the practice of meditation and those who have meditated before.
movement PELVIS POWER: Mar. 25, 3-5 p.m. Cost: $20/class. Location: 845 East St., Huntington. Info: 735-3770. The pelvis is literally the center of your body. In order for your pelvis to move freely, everything around your pelvis needs to be available for movement. Refine your ability to sense and work with the muscles of the pelvic floor and the surrounding muscle stuctures. For information/registration visit vermontfeldenkrais.com.
painting 6-WK. PAINTING CLASS: Apr. 2-May 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $220/6 wks. of 3-hr. classes w/ an additional hr. for free ea. session. Location: Downtown Burlington, Burlington. Info: Steven Goodman, 324-3566, email@example.com, spgoodman.com. This class, designed for novice to intermediate artists, will begin with the basics of representational painting and lead the participant to more advanced techniques. The emphasis will be on using photographs as reference material for landscapes and painting still life from direct observation. PAINTING IN OILS & ACRYLICS: Mar. 29-May 17, 9-11:30 a.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $225/ class series. Location: wingspan
clASS photoS + morE iNfo oNliNE SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSES Studio, 4A Howard St, 3rd floor, Burlington. Info: wingspan Studio, Maggie Standley Standley, 2337676, maggiestandley@yahoo. com, wingspanpaintingstudio. com. Inspiring, fun, relaxed class for those wanting to explore painting for the first time or to jumpstart their creativity/painting abilities. Detailed instruction, including materials, tools, techniques and visual art’s fundamentals. creativity exercises, individual input, group critiques and demos. come paint in a beautiful working studio with an experienced instructor!
photography One-On-One PhOtOgraPhy: Mar. 6-Apr. 11. Location: Linda Rock Photography, 48 Laurel Dr., Essex Jct. Info: Linda Rock Photography, Linda Rock, 2389540, lrphotography@comcast. net, lindarockphotography.com. Digital photography, one-on-one private classes of your choice: beginner digital photography, intermediate photography, digital workflow, lighting techniques, set up your photo business, portrait posing, Photoshop and more. $69/ half day, $125/full day.
now Rodan + Fields dermatological solutions for everybody w/ skin. Location: Natural Bodies Pilates, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369, firstname.lastname@example.org, NaturalBodiesPilates. com. cleanse your skin from the inside out. Improve your posture and mood. Feel more comfortable in your body. enjoy more activities! For a strong and beautifully relaxed body, mind and spirit, take classes in a calm and professional studio setting. Find out about our freeclasses-for-a-month special!
shamanism WaLking the Path Of the shaman: Weekly individual or group sessions as requested. Location: Shaman’s Flame Offices, Stowe and Woodbury. Info: Shaman’s Flame, Sarah Finlay & Peter Clark, 253-7846, email@example.com, shamansflame.com. connect to a more expanded level of consciousness and engage the elemental intelligence of the universe. In group or individual sessions, learn the techniques of shamanic active meditation, called journeying. Work toward healing many emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of yourself, as well as gaining insight into your life path.
every BOdy LOves PiLates!: Reinvent yourself from the inside & out: Classes, private sessions, &
spirituality Life PurPOse JOurney grOuP: Apr. 10-May 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $195/whole group. Location: Jungian Center, 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: HandTales, Janet Savage, 279-8554, janet@handtales. com, handtales.com. Join seven other seekers committed to doing what it takes to be on a conscious path. Discover the keys to open the doorway to your life purpose. It’s all in your hands, literally. Four group sessions; plus three private consultations with Janet; bonus recordings of relevant topics. apply early.
tai chi snake-styLe tai Chi Chuan: Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902, iptaichi.org. The Yang snake style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. yang-styLe tai Chi: New 9-week beginner’s session started Jan. 11 & meets on Wed. at 5:30. $125. Alllevels class on Sat., 8:30 a.m. Cost:
$16/class. Location: Vermont Tai Chi Academy & Healing Center, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Turn right into driveway immediately after the railroad tracks. Located in the old Magic Hat Brewery building. Info: 318-6238. Tai chi is a slowmoving martial art that combines deep breathing and graceful movements to produce the valuable effects of relaxation, improved concentration, improved balance, a decrease in blood pressure and ease in the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Janet Makaris, instructor.
vermont center for yoga and therapy
S. Burlington. Info: 999-2703, vtcyt.com. a yoga workshop treating PTsD, anxiety, depression, insomnia and fear with Deb sherrer, cYT, Ma. Trauma and loss can result in feelings of anxiety, sadness, agitation and reactivity, as well as PTsD symptoms (e.g., flashbacks, hypervigilance and nightmares). Yoga and mindfulness practices can gently shift these patterns, allowing individuals to reinhabit their bodies with a growing sense of safety, strength and stability.
well-being yOga & reiki: Mar. 6-28. Location: Blissful Wellness Center, 48 Laurel Dr., Essex. Info: Blissful Wellness, Linda Rock, 238-9540, firstname.lastname@example.org, blissfulwellness.biz. see yoga and reiki March workshops and sessions online, or call us.
postpartum with pre-/postnatal yoga, and check out our thriving massage practice. Participate in our community blog: evolutionvt. com/evoblog. gentLe yOga & Beginner CLasses: Mon., 7:30 p.m.; Wed., 7:30 p.m.; Thu., 9 a.m. Cost: $12/ drop-in rate, 10-class cards, mo. passes avail. Location: Yoga Vermont, 113 Church St., Downtown Burlington. Info: 2380594, email@example.com, yogavermont.com. Yoga Vermont offers ongoing Gentle Yoga classes. These classes are suitable for beginning students as well as advanced practitioners looking for a relaxing, nourishing practice. Our studio is quiet and clean. We have props or you can bring your own. The last Thursday of each month is Restorative Yoga.
trauma-sensitive yOga: Mar. 29-May 24, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $125/series. Medicaid accepted. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204,
evOLutiOn yOga: $14/class, $130/class card. $5-$10 community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, Burlington. Info: 864-9642, firstname.lastname@example.org, evolutionvt.com. evolution’s certified teachers are skilled with students ranging from beginner to advanced. We offer classes in Vinyasa, anusarainspired, Kripalu and Iyengar yoga. Babies/kids classes also available! Prepare for birth and strengthen
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On First Thought Nocturnals’ guitarist Benny Yurco goes solo BY J OH N F L ANAGAN
taped between the studio’s two rooms, is suddenly apropos. The nonchalant engineers use the malfunction as a wildly original transition into the album’s last track, “Do No Wrong.” “There’s a lot of ‘Did they just do that?’ on this record,” Yurco says. Before ending a long day’s session during the week of recording, Kauffman proposes Yurco chase the tribal drums on “The Times” with a noisy guitar. Yurco grabs his baby-blue Jazzmaster with matching headstock — a gift from Fender after he earned a sponsorship from the company — and sashays into the sound booth. It is well past midnight. Gebhardt turns the lights down in the control room to better see Yurco’s densely bearded face floating in the red glow of the sound-booth lamp. Yurco plucks a few loud notes of distorted twang, amplified through a 1965 Ampeg Gemini. “Sounding ridic,” says Kauffman at the controls. Kauffman hits “record” and the analog tape rolls to speed. Beginning with hesitant phrases, Yurco’s guitar lines evolve to trace his falsetto vocal melody, then transition to noise, then shredding. Yurco exits the booth and returns to the control room. “Can you work with anything in there?” he asks. He’s confident in his guitar playing but abides by a humble mantra: “No selfishness. No ego.” Following their week of recording, and before sending off their tapes, Yurco and Gebhardt sit together in the studio in reflective melancholy. John M. Ortiz’s The Tao of Music: Sound Psychology lies within reach on an end table. Kauffman has flown to Atlanta to play foot drums and bass (simultaneously) with singer-songwriter Shannon Whitworth, and the room feels empty. “I’m super sad it’s over,” Yurco says. “Yeah, man,” says Gebhardt, “I’m so bummed out.” Despite their laments, they’re clearly proud of what they’ve accomplished. “It’s the most true and honest I’ve ever been,” Yurco later says via text message, “meaning my heart is bleeding in the lyrics and music.” As the album advances through the stages of postproduction, Yurco has plenty to look forward to. “I can’t wait to go out and tear it up again with Grace,” he says. The Nocturnals play at the University of Vermont on Friday, March 30, for a gig Yurco considers “quite a trip”: opening for the President of the United States. COURTES Y OF BEN
n a studio behind Burlington’s Battery Street Jeans, Benny Yurco punches a plastic lamb’s sneering face. He repeats the gesture down a row of animal heads: frog, duck, black-eyed cat. As he punches the dismembered heads, attached to a child-size keyboard, they emit digital moos, quacks and bowwows. Yurco smiles and bends his ear to the device, pleased when he finds the chimeric groan he seeks. Yurco has been here at Sound Loom Recording Studio for three days, recording a solo album, This Is a Future. The guitarist considers the project — which includes sounds from the animal keyboard — a “sonic extension” of his work as one of Grace Potter’s Nocturnals and with the band Blues and Lasers. Fresh off a recording session with the Nocturnals in Los Angeles and before he hits the road for a stadium tour later this spring, Yurco is reveling in the creation of this solo album, which he Left to right: says offers unadulterated space for expres- Seth Kauffman sion. “I’ve spent the majority of my career and Benny Yurco backing up bands,” he says. “Now I want to let loose.” To coproduce and play drums on his record, Yurco flew in Seth Kauffman, the brains behind the North Carolina-based band Floating Action, which opened for the Nocturnals last year. “Everything is effortless with Seth,” says Yurco, who cites Kauffman as most of the album’s songs one of his favorite musicians. Ari Abedon, the Nocturnals’ merchman and a friend unwritten. “We wake up, grab coffees, of Yurco’s, plays Rhodes piano on the record. “At first have thought-provoking conversations, go to record I thought Ari was, like, this Christian cult guy,” says shops, then get to work,” Yurco says. “Capturing our Yurco. Abedon had been reading Denis Johnson’s Je- first thoughts on this record is essential.” The influences on what has become a 13-track sus’ Son on the tour bus when they met. “Turns out he’s a Jewish guy from Newton, Mass.,” Yurco says. “We hit “patchwork quilt” range from Otis Redding and the it off, and from that day on I was like, ‘You’re my role Master Musicians of Joujouka to Brian Eno and Dick dog.’” Also on board for some tracks is Blues and Lasers Dale. Three days into recording, the musicians have cut six tracks with no sign of sputtering ambition. bassist John Rogone. “We’re just gonna go in and bang on shit,” says KauffFor mastering, Yurco selected Don Grossinger, whose work on the Flaming Lips’ Embryonic and with man during a recent studio session, as he leads Yurco, Gebhardt and Abedon into the live room to record a the Rolling Stones inspired him. Oliver Gebhardt runs the Marble Street studio, tribal drum motif for the song “The Times They Were which he built last year with help from Yurco’s older OK.” Kauffman offers the group more direction once brother, Chris. The place has an artisanal flair, with they get inside: “Let’s aim for that Joujouka sound.” hardwood floors, mahogany leather furniture, wood- No one says much. Kauffman elaborates, saying, “Let’s en noise-reducing panels (hand carved by Gebhardt), gradually build up the tempo and ride that out.” The analog equipment Gebhardt uses to record Oriental rugs, and both vintage and state-of-the-art regives the music a smoky parlor bent. Vocals and drums cording equipment. Gebhardt and Yurco grew up together around Ring- arrive through an analog tape machine from the early wood, N.J. “We were the longhairs,” says Yurco, whose ’70s, and a 24-track Otari captures the sound on twoless-than-angelic behavior earned him a request from inch tape. While recording “Undertow,” a dynamic surf inhis private Catholic high school that he not return. Gebhardt graduated from the Conservatory of Record- strumental, the band plays so hard that the dated tape jumps its sprockets. Yurco’s studio mandate, “NO PANing Arts and Sciences in Arizona. Yurco and crew entered Gebhardt’s studio with ICKING,” fortified in red crayon on a scrap of paper
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set by roky eriCkson. I saw dale earnhardt Jr. Jr. cover Whitney houston. I sat in on a heated and fascinating conversation between a major-label friend and former 7D music editor Casey rae-hunter about online music streaming, the “plight” of major labels and whether Grooveshark is actually illegal. I ate too much BBQ. And Tex-Mex. I drank Lone Star beer. I discovered the hangover-obliterating power of breakfast tacos. I should really eat a salad today. A common criticism of SXSW is that what once was an outlet for undiscovered, and specifically Austinbased, bands is now little more than a corporate-fueled showcase for big names. Or, as a commenter on Blurt postured, that SXSW is “played out.” It’s a valid point. Corporate influence is ubiquitous at SXSW. And when people like me (media types) fawn over Bird and the Punch Brothers, it does steal some of the thunder from up-and-coming acts
who could really use the exposure — c’mon, was I really going to pass up a chance to see those guys for free? Not likely. But to dismiss SXSW as “played out” misses the point. Because of the sheer magnitude of this festival, unknown bands still vastly outnumber the majors. And because of the craziness, you can’t help but discover new bands and experiences along the way. You’ll find yourself throwing knives with punks at a dive bar. You’ll get caught in a mosh pit while a band of flamboyantly dressed Japanese dudes tear through some of the most vicious metal you’ll ever hear. You’ll get hit on at a BrooklynVegan showcase by … er, never mind. When I left for Austin, one of my editors asked what my “goal” was for SXSW. I didn’t have a good answer. Looking back, I think the goal was to get lost. And then to reemerge with a better appreciation for how
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experiences from this year’s SXSW — or, in the douche-y fest lingo, “South by” — happened when and where I least expected them. My favorite set of the week came the night I arrived in town, before the music part of SXSW had even started. It was an LA punk band called dead sara, fronted by the most dynamic female singer I’ve seen in years. In a post I wrote for Seven Days’ staff blog, Blurt, following the show, I described her as “the second coming of Bikini kill’s kathleen hanna. Or GG allin.” I stand by that. Another accidental highlight happened while on my way into East Austin, a gritty offshoot of the city where, depending on whom you ask, the last remnants of “real Austin” are said to exist. (Note: SXSW is not real Austin.) While strolling down East 6th Street, I noticed a punkish, vagabond string band playing an outdoor bar/shack whose most significant architectural feature was a chicken-wire fence held up by two-byfours. Oh, and it had a knifethrowing booth. (The band was local Austin act Whiskey shivers. Look ’em up.) I caught up with Burlington sorta-expats the Cave Bees, who currently reside in Austin, at another East Austin dive, the Grakle. The party was sponsored by the austin FaCial hair CluB, a group of fantastically bearded men who looked like extras from “Sons of Anarchy.” The Bees were part of a showcase of crazy Japanese metal bands. As you may recall, the Bees aren’t Japanese. Nor do they play metal. But they rocked, especially since they were joined by part-time Austinite — and Burlington guitar god — Bill Mullins. I saw andreW Bird. I saw the PunCh Brothers. I saw a late-night set by Built to
It’s Monday morning and I’ve been home for just about 36 hours, a significant portion of which I’ve spent sound asleep, trying to recoup the average of four hours per night I slept over the preceding week. I’m in a bit of a fog. I haven’t unpacked, literally or mentally. I have 700 unopened emails. I haven’t been keeping up with news or sports. (Peyton Manning is a Bronco?) I haven’t even checked to see if I was I-Spied. (Hang on a sec ... nope. Sigh.) In short, I’m a mess. As many of you know, starting last Monday I was in Austin, Texas, navigating the annual shitshow that is the South by Southwest music conference. It was an amazing experience and something all serious music fans should do at least once in their lives. But it was exhausting. And overwhelming. And utterly mind boggling. Sitting on my back deck writing this column, the warm, Texaslike sun beating down on me, I’m struggling to put my experiences into some semblance of order. And, yeah, I brought the weather back with me. Thought it was a better gift than a T-shirt. You’re welcome. I’ve been to the CMJ music conference in NYC. I’ve been to festivals. But nothing compares to SXSW in size, scope or sheer madness. Regardless of how much planning you do, how many showcases or panels you attend, how many party invites you accept or connections you exploit, you will always be missing something. On the flip side, you will accidentally encounter something as cool or cooler on a daily basis. Most of my favorite
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It’s a deliriously dirty confluence of noise and libido that oozes with unapologetically flawed masculinity. The band’s new album, Open Your Heart, draws from such varied post-punk sources as drone, metal and shoegaze but retains a singular fire and grit. This Sunday, March 25, the Men headline the Monkey House with support from Nude Beach, Rough Francis and DJ Disco Phantom.
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the busiest night in Bean history. Speaking of all-local allstar tributes to pop icons: On Friday, March 23, the Monkey House hosts NEIL YOUNG Tribute Night with a slew of local indie acts, including PARMAGA, MARYSE SMITH, PAPER CASTLES, WREN & MARY, HELLO SHARK, TOOTH ACHE., and many more. Sounds like
fun, though does it strike anyone else as odd that the local Neil Young tribute band RAGGED GLORY isn’t on the bill? Just sayin’...
the LYNGUISTIC CIVILIANS, 2ND AGENDA, the AZTEXT and BOOMSLANG. Word. Last but not least, since I blew most of the column on my SXSW shenanigans, we’ll have a special blog edition of Soundbites on Blurt this Thursday, March 22, with a few more bits and pieces that didn’t fit in print.
Hip-hop fans, WU-TANG CLAN’s GZA is playing the Rusty Nail Bar & Grille in Stowe this Friday, March 23, and he’s bringing a ton of local heat as support. Slated to open are VT hip-hop favorites
Listening In Once again, this week’s totally self-indulgent column segment, in which I share a random sampling of what was on my iPod, turntable, CD player, 8-track player, etc., this week.
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Calling all Material Girls! (And boys.) This Saturday, March 24, Radio Bean hosts MADONNA Night, an all-star tribute to Madge, featuring a cavalcade of local acts, including CAROLINE O’CONNOR’s new band VEDORA, LILY SICKLES, POOLOOP, DINO BRAVO, JENNY MONTANA and CCCICCOONE, among others — the last band I assume to be some incarnation of Bean owner LEE ANDERSON’s band, CCCOME? This is actually the second time Madonna Night has happened at the Bean. The first was in 2007, and Anderson still claims it was
Bowerbirds, The Clearing White Rabbits, Milk Famous Whiskey Shivers, Batholith The Lumineers, The Lumineers Whiskey Shivers
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What the Folk? On their 2012 album, 20th Century Folk Selections
— the band’s first for Royal Potato Family Records —
TODD CLOUSER’S A LOVE ELECTRIC
reinterpret eight modern classics through an improvisational jazz lens. Contrary to the record’s title, Clouser’s selections, from the Beastie Boys’ “Gratitude” to Nirvana’s “All Apologies,” aren’t thought of as “folk” — or jazz, for that matter. Rather, Clouser considers each to be “folkloric in nature,” and by reworking them cuts to a deeper level jazz music. This Friday, March 23, Todd Clouser’s A Love Electric play Burlington’s Radio Bean. COURTESY OF TODD CLOUSER’S A LOVE ELECTRIC
of understanding, not only of his source material, but of the links between folk, pop and
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Burlington’s ska scene isn’t prominent — it lives primarily on local turntables rather than onstage. But ska-punkers Husbands AKA are gaining momentum. On their new, self-titled album, which showcases their hardcore and punk-rock roots, the musicians bring checkered hellfire. “Controlled” opens the record on a serious note: drug addiction. Lead vocalist Dylan Burns sings, “Don’t judge a person by the color of their skin or by the poison that they have just shot in.” The song barely clears two minutes but evokes a lifelong battle.
“Nobody’s Listening” infuses street-punk choruses into the band’s ska-roots modus operandi. Guitarist Sean Fitzpatrick and organist Tyson Valyou create an intense sonic assault, and bassist Chris Valyou is equally instrumental in creating the band’s bouncy dynamic. Collectively, the trio drive this record. But it’s drummer Alex Pond who shifts the album into high gear. Channeling a little Dave Mello from Operation Ivy, Pond slams out aggressively quick changes, accelerating with passion. “Wild Girl” suggests the slapstick style of the Queers, with Burns offering similar skirls while staying grounded on a roots level. “Nice & Easy” harnesses the traditional ska feel of the Two Tone era. With melodies reminiscent of the Specials, this laid-back tune suggests that you “slow down, now pick it up … take it nice and easy.” The band takes its own advice; after a few slower tunes, the album rips. “One More Time” may be the record’s defining song. The chorus is timeless, and the outro perfectly encapsulates the Husbands’ style: It makes you want to fill a dance floor and join in a sing-along chorus. Fitzpatrick alternates quickly between shredding power chords and upbeat strums. Riffing to the melodies, he is the only guitar player needed. Early punk-rock structures shine throughout, and Fitzpatrick seals the deal. The album fittingly closes with “Voices.” As soon as Burns sings, “I’ve lost all control,” the song falls seamlessly in and out of distorted dynamics and intermittent ska sections. There is a lot to like about Husbands AKA’s latest. None of the songs crosses the three-minute mark. Gone are the predictable horn lines typical of third-wave ska bands — melodies succeed here with just one organ. And the record’s production is raw and to the point. Even better, Husbands AKA is available for free download at husbandsaka.bandcamp.com/album/ husbands-aka.
Garrett J. Brown’s debut album, Priorities, calls me back to my own earliest musical endeavors. I remember that I felt a lot older than my years back then, and that when I sat down behind my TASCAM four-track recorder, I was going for a very specific sound: something between the adolescent Conor Oberst of the late ’90s and Elliott Smith’s Either/Or.. Admittedly, there isn’t much room for originality between these two sad-bastard inspirations. You won’t find any hints of Oberst or Smith on Brown’s debut, but you will hear a musical product that results from just a handful of inspirations. This is not meant to put the guy down; Brown does his job well. But to be honest, the young local songwriter’s music is so clearly a product of his influences, I don’t have much else to say about him. Here’s what I will say: Brown channels the intensely upbeat, feelgood sound of singer-songwriters such as Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz, while making few attempts to mask his very obvious influences. All the elements of this subgenre are prominent on Priorities: clean acoustic guitars, bongos and shakers, the fast-scat-style vocal breakdowns and infinitely positive lyrical content (“Kick back and take the long road / Relax for a while now, baby”). The music is far from bad, the production is professional, and the musicians all play their instruments well. It sounds as good as a Jack Johnson or Jason Mraz album. Take that how you will.
What Priorities lacks is the honesty of a songwriter acknowledging his unique perspective. I believe it’s the artist’s job to soak up experience — both the awe inspiring and the uncomfortable — and turn it back on the world from a fresh vantage point. That’s hardly an original statement about art, but it’s worth reiterating in this context. Though young, Brown is not a bad musician, and Priorities is a solid homage to his inspirations. I just want to hear a new voice. Garrett J. Brown plays the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge this Sunday, March 25, as part of a benefit for VSA Vermont.
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Ruben James: Why Not Monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
Moog's: Dead Sessions (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., Free. Rimrocks Mountain Tavern: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. Roadside Tavern: DJ Diego (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free.
Monopole: Sinecure (rock), 10 p.m., Free. Tabu Café & Nightclub: All Night Dance Party with DJ Toxic (Top 40), 5 p.m., Free.
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(singer-songwriters), 7 p.m., Free. Pocket Vinyl (rock), 9 p.m., Free. Bible Camp Sleepovers (rock), 10:30 p.m., Free.
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Bee's Knees: Fred Brauer (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Black Cap Coffee: Paul Cataldo (roots), 3 p.m., Free.
Club Metronome: WRUV & MIss Daisy present Motown Monday with DJs Big Dog, Disco Phantom, Thelonius X Llu, the Engine-Ear, EOK (soul), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. Higher Ground Showcase Lounge: Twin Atlantic (rock), 7:30 p.m., $0.99. AA. Nectar's: Metal Monday: Boil the Whore, S'iva, Vaporizer, Homeland Security (metal), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. On Tap Bar & Grill: Open Mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., Free. Radio Bean: Open Mic, 8 p.m., Free. Red Square: Industry Night with Robbie J (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free.
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Bagitos: Acoustic Blues Jam, 6 p.m., Free.
Higher Ground Showcase Lounge: Cam Meekins, Memeranda (hip-hop), 8 p.m., $12/14. AA.
Gusto's: Open Mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free. Purple Moon Pub: Phineas Gage (bluegrass), 7 p.m., Free.
Charlie O's: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.
Leunig's Bistro & Café: Gabe Jarrett (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.
Manhattan Pizza & Pub: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free.
Bagitos: Open Mic, 7 p.m., Free.
Red Square: Upsetta International with Super K (reggae), 8 p.m., Free. Craig Mitchell (house), 10 p.m., Free.
Moog's: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 8 p.m., Free.
Club Metronome: Bass Culture with DJs Jahson & Nickel B (dubstep), 9 p.m., Free. Twin State of Mind Presents: the Best Damn Rap Show with Realeyez, iMHi, DJ Bay 6, SelfTaught, C-Ladd (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5. 18+. Leunig's Bistro & Café: Cody Sargent Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. Monty's Old Brick Tavern: Open Mic, 6 p.m., Free. Nectar's: Boombasnap (jam), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. On Tap Bar & Grill: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. Radio Bean: Gua Gua (psychotropical), 6 p.m., Free. Lesley Grant and Stepstone (country), 9
Higher Ground Ballroom: 2K Deep presents Excision, Liquid Stranger, Lucky Date (EDM), 8:30 p.m., $28/34. AA.
p.m., Free. Honky-Tonk Sessions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3.
Two Brothers Tavern: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Free. Monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
The Hub Pizzeria & Pub: Mud City Ramblers (bluegrass), 9 p.m., Free. Moog's: Open Mic/Jam Night, 8:30 p.m., Free.
1/2 Lounge: Rewind with DJ Craig Mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. Club Metronome: Spit Jack CD release, Stone Bullet, Skulls (punk), 9 p.m., $3/5. 18+. Franny O's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free.
Nectar's: Bounce Lab with Hottub (live electronica), 9 p.m., $5. 18+.
City Limits: Karaoke with Let It Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free. On the Rise Bakery: Open Bluegrass Session, 8 p.m., Free.
ONE Pepper Grill: Open Mic with Ryan Hanson, 8 p.m., Free.
Bee's Knees: Danny Ricky Cole (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., Donations.
On Tap Bar & Grill: Leno & Young (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., Free.
The Hub Pizzeria & Pub: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free.
Radio Bean: Jonah Tolchin (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., Free. Guitar Soundscapes with Bob Wagner and Matt Hagen, 11 p.m., Free.
Moog's: Max Weaver (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., Free.
Red Square: Left Eye Jump (blues), 7 p.m., Free. DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. The Skinny Pancake: Ed Grasmeyer and Joshua Panda (comedy, acoustic), 6 p.m., $5 donation.
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EYEwitness TAKING NOTE OF VISUAL VERMONT
On Wood’s Edge
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03.21.12-03.28.12 SEVEN DAYS 62 ART
he opened in the 1970s continues to draw diners from the New York City suburbs and beyond. Morimoto says his mother taught him how to cook Chinese and Japanese cuisine, and he’s since added Italian and French dishes to his personal repertoire. The artist’s wife, Noriko, who suffered a stroke 10 years ago, still lives in the Huntington home that the Morimotos bought in 1971. Morimoto outgrew his former workshop in a Long Island garage and came to Vermont in the mid-’80s. It was love at first sight for the old Duxbury mill, now a studio filled with tools and scraps of wood, and a nearby small house where
legged tables and stools still occupy the workshop, as well as handmade lamps that resemble stands of reeds. Asked the price of a wood assemblage on the wall, he says without hesitation, “$10,000.” Before settling on Vermont, Morimoto reveals, he looked for a place in the Carolinas, but the racism he encountered there, along with the advice of a friend, led him to head north instead. He loves Vermont, Morimoto says, and adds, “The people are so nice.” It may be destiny that led him to contented isolation in Duxbury’s enchanted forest. Hoest, the artist’s 50-year-old daughter and manager of the KuraBarn restaurant, notes
the two men’s abstract sculptures. Their tables and lamps reflect a shared approach of melding Western modernism with traditional Japanese design. Noguchi, however, was born in Los Angeles to an American mother and Japanese father, and he worked in a variety of mediums, while Morimoto has focused on the woods that surround him in Vermont. “All of nature is abstract,” Morimoto says, explaining why he favors that mode over more representational work. “Look at the trees, the leaves, the branches. All have different shapes, different angles. All are abstract.” KEVIN J. KELLEY
own in a Duxbury hollow, an 80-year-old Japanese American artist sculpts in solitude and near obscurity — which is just the way he likes it. Nori Morimoto carves abstract works in wood, as well as tables and lamps, in an untidy former lumber mill that has served as his home and studio since 1987. Morimoto’s delicately rendered forms remain largely unknown in Vermont but are popular in Japan. The beauty of his creations would suffice to explain their sales there, but the Vermont mystique that he says exists in Japan doesn’t hurt, either. The Art Front Gallery in Tokyo sought to capitalize on the state’s charisma by titling its recent show of 250 Morimoto sculptures “The Enchanted Forest: Scenes from Vermont.” Morimoto has never had a comparable exhibit in his adopted state; only smatterings of his work can be found at the West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe. “Not many people in Vermont are interested in seeing my stuff,” the artist says matter-of-factly. “The majority of people here don’t understand it.” That appraisal draws a sad assent from West Branch co-owner Christopher Curtis. Although he’s personally a big fan of Morimoto’s “very soulful” work, Curtis confides that he seldom finds buyers for it. “We get a lot of ‘Ooh, do you have any paintings of cows?’ You won’t find an Asian look in many Vermont homes.” And Asia — Japan, specifically — is the unmistakable source of Morimoto’s aesthetic, which entails close observation of nature. Curtis sees a distinctively Japanese look in the alternately wavy, chunky and circular patterns that Morimoto coaxes from blocks of maple, walnut and ash. “There’s some intervention in the wood, but the integrity of the material is still highly respected,” Curtis says in situating Morimoto’s work within Japan’s artistic tradition. “He’s able to pull remarkable forms out of that material.” Some Americans do appreciate Morimoto’s achievements, and millions more glimpse one of his pieces every weekday, without realizing it. That bandy-legged coffee table alongside “Today” host Matt Lauer is a Morimoto creation, though its glass top is an NBC addition. The Rockwell Group, a Manhattan-based international design firm, has purchased Morimoto’s furniture pieces, as has the high-end Nobu chain of Japanese restaurants, notes Yukari Hoest, one of the artist’s three adult children. Morimoto also has a direct connection to Japanese cuisine. The KuraBarn restaurant in Huntington, on Long Island, that
NOT MANY PEOPLE IN VERMONT ARE INTERESTED IN SEEING MY STUFF.
THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE HERE DON’T UNDERSTAND IT.
NORI MORIMOTO Morimoto eats and sleeps. He visits Noriko about once a month but admits with a smile, “I don’t really miss my wife. I do miss my art when I leave here.” Morimoto, who is perhaps five feet tall and wiry, with tousled salt-and-pepper hair over a worn face, lives and works alongside the Crossett Brook. The water, which gurgles placidly during a recent visit, nearly inundated his buildings during Tropical Storm Irene. He apologizes to his visitors that there is little work to see — he’s just returned from delivering much of it to Tokyo — but clusters of Morimoto’s unique three-
that her father lived as a teen and young adult in a rural region of southern Japan. Coincidentally, “Morimoto” means “on the edge of the woods” in Japanese. “He’s come full circle,” Hoest observes. Along the way, Morimoto was drawn to bright lights and big cities; he spent a few years in Tokyo before migrating to Manhattan in 1957. He came in search of Raymond Loewy, the graphic artist who designed the Lucky Strike cigarette logo. Morimoto had become captivated by the four-color bull’seye on the Lucky packs discarded by American GIs in postwar Japan. In New York, he studied graphic art and fell in with a small group of artists with Japanese roots who had likewise sought inspiration and connections in the global capital of modern art. Among them was Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), who is regarded as one of the titans of 20thcentury sculpture as well as a notable designer of furniture and lighting. “Noguchi was a fantastic artist,” Morimoto says. “I learned a lot from him.” There are some similarities between
Morimoto hasn’t been the warmest of fathers, Hoest reveals, describing him as “selfcentered.” But it’s clear that she respects Morimoto’s commitment to his art as well as the “perfectionism” that, she says, he passed along to her and his other children: Risa, a filmmaker; and Mido, a former ski racer who now works as a contractor. Morimoto does seem utterly self-contained — to the point of making his own sculpting tools out of pipes and pieces of metal. Although he’s a polite conversationalist in still heavily accented English, Morimoto admits to preferring the company of his art to that of people. He works all day, every day, sometimes forgetting to stop for lunch. Does it get lonely down in his hollow? “I talk to the wood,” Morimoto says, and adds that it sometimes talks to him as well. Besides, he observes, “Wood is like human beings: Some is very tough, some is medium, some is soft.”
tAlks & eVents “Vermont smAll press & ComiC fAir”: A showcase of small presses, zine makers, comic illustrators, graphic novelists, book artists and other publishers, writers, and artists; organized by Kasini house. saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., winooski welcome Center & gallery, winooski. info, info@ kasinihouse.com. ‘the greAt gAtsby gAlA’: A seated dinner, live music by grippo Funk band and an art auction benefit helen Day Art Center. saturday, March 24, 5:30 p.m., stowe Mountain lodge. info, 253-8358. sAlon eVening: enjoy artwork and a glass of wine. Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23, 5-8 p.m., lille Fine Art salon, burlington. info, 617-894-4673. ukrAiniAn egg-deCorAting demo: local artist Theresa somerset demonstrates her intricate pysanky techniques. saturday, March 24, noon-3 p.m., Frog hollow, burlington. info, 863-6458. brown bAg lunCh: Artists, business owners and community members pack a lunch and discuss their concerns about and ideas for the south end; lake Champlain Chocolates provided. wednesday, March 21, noon-1 p.m., seAbA Center, burlington. info, 859-9222.
‘reCyCle/reuse showCAse’: Artwork made by Chittenden County high school students from materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. sponsored by Chittenden solid waste District. Through March 27 at Frog hollow in burlington. Reception: Awards ceremony, Tuesday, March 27, 6-7 p.m. info, 872-8111. poker hill Arts exhibit: Artwork by kids participating in the afterschool art program in underhill. March 23 through May 18 at The gallery at phoenix books in essex Junction. Reception: Music provided by Full Circle, sunday, March 25, 2-5 p.m. info, 872-7111. CAsey reAs: "process," prints, animations, architectural wall fabrics, relief sculpture and interactive works all derived from variations on the same software algorithm. Through April 28 at bCA Center in burlington. Reception: Friday, March 23, 5-8 p.m. info, 865-7166. nAnCy tAplin: Abstract paintings. Through April 29 at bigTown gallery in Rochester. Reception: saturday, March 24, 5-7 p.m. info, 767-9670. Jess drury: "Transitions," work by the recent sunY plattsburgh graduate. March 23 through April 4 at RoTA gallery in plattsburgh, n.Y. Reception: Doomf*ck perform, Friday, March 23, 5-10 p.m. info, 518-586-2182. ‘spontAneous’: photographs from around the world depicting the joy, humor and pathos of
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AmAndA VellA: "what happens," paintings. Through April 30 at Dostie bros. Frame shop in burlington. info, 660-9005. Chepe CuAdrA: paintings that explore identity. Through March 24 at livak Room, Davis Center, uVM, in burlington. info, 730-4234.
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prindle wissler: "The ‘no Apologies’ Retrospective," work by the beloved Middlebury artist who died last year, presented in celebration of what would have been her 100th birthday. Through April 23 at Jackson gallery, Town hall Theater in Middlebury. Reception: Friday, March 23, 5-7 p.m. info, 388-1436. JAnet wormser: paintings that explore abstraction in nature through pattern, ornament and color. Through May 13 at Claire’s Restaurant & bar in hardwick. Reception: Monday, March 26, 4-6 p.m. info, 472-7053. miChAel strAuss & tony mAristrAle: "letting go," a collection of poems by Magistrale illustrated by strauss, who is also showing acrylic paintings on canvas and glass. March 25 through 29 at emile A. gruppe gallery in Jericho. Reception: Magistrale reads his poems, sunday, March 25, 1-3 p.m. info, 899-3211.
dJ bArry: "instantaneous," the artist’s response to the 10th anniversary of 9/11, plus other acrylic paintings. Through March 31 at healthy living in south burlington. info, 461-5814. doug hoppes: "landscapes with a Twist," paintings. Through March 31 at seAbA Center in burlington. info, 859-9222. ‘engAge’: work in a variety of media by 35 Vermont artists with disabilities, including Robert Mcbride, Margaret Kannenstine, beth barndt, steve Chase, lyna lou nordstrum and Robert gold; presented by VsA Vermont. Through April 29 at Amy e. Tarrant gallery, Flynn Center, in burlington. info, 655-7772. eVie loVett: “backstage at the Rainbow Cattle Co.,” photographs documenting the drag queens at a Dummerston gay bar; in collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center. Through March 31 at bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166.
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‘eye of the beholder: one sCene, three Artists’ Visions’: pastel works by Marcia hill, Anne unangst and Cindy griffith. Through May 31 at shelburne Vineyard. info, 985-8222. frAnCophone show: work by French-speaking artists. Through March 31 at north end studio A in burlington. info, 863-6713.
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‘CulturAl hero #2 the CAge of piss And enlightenment or the heAdless Confessions of the VAporized deer sweAter & free wi-fi’: work by artists who have experimented over the last three months with the tools of the burlington-based isKRA print Collective. Through March 29 at JDK gallery in burlington.
derriCk AdAms: "Man as his element," minimal geometric constructions made from clothing patterns, ink, pencil, paint, crayon, printed shelf liner and other paper surfaces. Through March 30 at Colburn gallery in burlington. Reception: wednesday, March 21, 5:30-7 p.m. info, 656-3131.
AdAm deVArney: "And Then the weather Changed," more than 50 original paintings and collages influenced by comics, skateboarding, urban culture and printed material predating the 1980s. Through March 31 at s.p.A.C.e. gallery in burlington. info, spacegalleryvt.com.
‘bone struCtures’: Artwork informed by the human body. March 23 through April 21 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Reception: saturday, March 24, 4-7 p.m. info, 775-0356.
25th AnnuAl Children’s Art exhibition: original artwork by students from burlington elementary schools. Through March 28 at Metropolitan gallery, burlington City hall. info, 865-7166.
spontaneity. March 22 through April 15 at Darkroom gallery in essex Junction. Reception: sunday, March 25, 3-5 p.m. info, 777-3686.
student Artwork: work in a variety of media by green Mountain union high school students. March 22 through 31 at Vermont institute
of Contemporary Arts in Chester. Reception: saturday, March 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. info, 875-1018.
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Jackie Mangione: Watercolor paintings of factories along the Winooski riverfront. Through March 31 at Black Horse Fine Art Supply in Burlington. Info, 860-4972. James Scarola: The original oil paintings the artist used as chapter heads for his novel Shivers: Tales of Terror and Suspense, plus shirts, prints and stained-glass works. Through April 11 at Nunyuns Bakery & Café in Burlington. Info, 338-0555. Jason Boyd: Abstract acrylic paintings. Through March 31 at Vintage Jewelers in Burlington. Info, 862-2233. Jess Graham: "Love, Winter," paintings. Through March 31 at the ArtSpace at the Magic Hat Artifactory in South Burlington. Info, 658-2739. ‘Jezebels and Valiant Queens and Those That Fall in Between’: Work in a variety of media by members of the collective We Art Women (through March 31); Ishana Ingerman: "UnMasking: The Truth," masks (through March 25). At Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Info, 865-7211. Jodi Whalen: "Family Tree," abstract landscapes created with her sign-painter grandfather’s French brushes and classic sign painter’s paint. Through March 31 at the Gallery at Main Street Landing in Burlington. Info, 540-3018. Jordan Douglas & Axel Stohlberg: "(Re) memberings," hand-tinted, reimagined historical photos by Douglas; "Little Stories," found-object assemblages by Stohlberg. Through March 31 at Vintage Inspired in Burlington. Info, 488-5766. Justin Landers: "Disposable Landscapes," paintings made of cheap materials that are intended to be purchased, viewed for a short while, and then disposed of or regifted. Through March 25 at Brickels Gallery in Burlington. Info, 825-8214. Karen Dawson: Brightly colored, semiabstract paintings. Through April 30 at People’s United Bank in Burlington. Info, 865-1208. Leah Wittenberg: "A Meter’s Eye View," cartoons featuring anthropomorphized parking meters expressing their views on politics and culture. Through April 14 at the Skinny Pancake in Burlington. Info, 864-3556.
Leigh Ann Rooney & Hilary Glass: "Ethereal Terra," paintings and photography by Rooney; etchings and illustrations by Glass, on the first floor; Robert Brunelle Jr.: "Cold Snap," paintings, on the second floor. Through April 27 at Community College of Vermont in Winooski. Info, 654-0513. March Artists: Work by Annemie Curlin, Charlie Hunter, Carolyn Enz Hack, Leah Van Rees, Judy Laliberte, Jeff Clarke, Steven Chase, Melvin Harris and Axel Stohlberg. Through March 31 at Maltex Building in Burlington. Info, 865-7166.
Mark Boedges & Jerry Geier: New paintings by Boedges; sculpture and drums by Geier. Through March 31 at Mark Boedges Fine Art Gallery in Burlington. Info, 735-7317.
‘Bone Structures’ When re-creating the human form, every good
draftsperson knows, it’s what’s beneath the skin that matters. Sculptors and painters
display exquisite attention to skeletal structure in an exhibit at Rutland’s Chaffee Art Center, on view through April 21. Underneath the soft curves of Don Ramey’s marble carving of a seated woman, you can sense the weight of her ribs. Even under layers of billowing clothes, Janet McKenzie’s “Magna Mater” (pictured) appears to be strutting her powerful bone structure. And in Andrew DeVries’ bronze sculpture of a dancing
man, the muscular arms and legs are thrust outward, as if in celebration of every bone in the dancer’s body. Catch the reception, Saturday, March 24, 4-7 p.m.
‘Metamorphism’: Work by Frog Hollow gallery assistants Grace Miceli, Kylie Dally, Quinn Delahanty, Tasha Kramer-Melnick, Kristin Ballif and Tree Spaulding. Through April 1 at Uncommon Grounds in Burlington. Info, 865-6227. Michael Albert: "Cerealism," collage posters made from recycled cereal and food-product packaging. Through March 30 at Jackie Mangione Studio in Burlington. Info, 598-1504. Michael Lew-Smith & Alex Rice-Swiss: Photographs. Through March 31 at Nectar’s in Burlington. Info, 658-4771. Miriam Thompson: "Interaction," monochrome acrylic-on-wood-panel paintings. Through March 31 at Davis Studio Gallery in Burlington. Info, 425-2700. Mr. Masterpiece: "The Naughty Naked Nude Show," figurative drawings and semiabstract acrylic paintings. Through March 31 at Artspace 106 at The Men’s Room in Burlington. Info, 864-2088.
Nini Crane: Mixed-media, watercolor, acrylic and pastel paintings and giclee prints. Through April 30 at Magnolia Breakfast & Lunch Bistro in Burlington. Info, 862-7446. Pamela Stafford & Katherine Plante: Oil paintings. Through March 31 at Speaking Volumes in Burlington. Info, 540-0107. ‘Persian Visions’: Contemporary photography from Iran; ‘Imagining the Islamic World’: Late 19th- and early 20th-century travel photography; ‘A Discerning Eye’: Selections from the J. Brooks Buxton Collection. Through May 20 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750. Peter Weyrauch: "Rodz," black-and-white photographs of cars, Gates 1-8; Julia Purinton: oil paintings, Skyway; Gillian Klein: oil painting, Escalator. Through March 31 at Burlington Airport in South Burlington. Info, 865-7166. ‘Reverie’: Landscape, seascape, still-life and architecture paintings by artists who paint in Cape Ann, Mass., and Vermont. Through April 7 at Lille Fine Art Salon in Burlington. Info, 617-894-4673. Richard Weinstein: New work by the Vermont artist and retired professor. Through March 31 at Scarlet Galleries in Burlington. Info, 508-237-0651. Rick Jasany & Kevin Morin: Photography. Through March 31 at Union Station in Burlington. Info, 864-1557. Robert Waldo Brunelle: "Spilling the Beans: The Dropped Food Series," acrylic paintings. Through March 31 at Red Square in Burlington. Info, 318-2438. Roger Coleman: "that was so 19 seconds ago," new paintings. Through April 28 at Flynndog in Burlington. Info, 863-0093. Shahram Entekhabi: Happy Meal, a film featuring a young Muslim girl eating a McDonald’s Happy Meal, in the New Media Niche (through August 26); ‘Up in Smoke’: Smoke-related works from the museum’s permanent collection (through June 3). At Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750. Sharyn Layfield: "A Month of Sundays," acrylic abstractions exploring color and organic structure. Through March 31 at Block Gallery in Winooski. Info, 373-5150. Student Exhibition: Paintings, photography and mixed-media works by Burlington College students. Through April 1 at Muddy Waters in Burlington. Info, 862-9616. Tara Goreau: Paintings by the Vermont artist. Through March 31 at Salaam in Burlington. Info, 658-8822. The Home Base Literacy Project Exhibit: Artwork by adults with developmental disabilities. Through March 31 at Barnes & Noble in South Burlington. Info, 864-7505. Trice Stratmann: New England landscapes in oil. Through March 31 at Left Bank Home & Garden in Burlington. Info, 862-1001.
‘Art is Literacy of the Soul’: Artwork by area students. Through April 15 at Chandler Gallery in Randolph. Info, 431-0204. Barb Leber: "Black, White and Color," acrylic paintings; Cheryl Dick: "Birmingham and Beyond," pastels and oils. Through April 23 at KelloggHubbard Library in Montpelier. Info, 223-3338. ‘Earth Rhythms’: Recent works by Marilyn Allen, Casey Blanchard, Bryce LeVan Cushing and Richard Weis. Through March 31 at Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester. Info, 875-1018. G. Roy Levin: Found-object artwork by the founder of Vermont College’s MFA in Visual Art program, who died in 2003. Through March 31 at College Hall, Vermont College of Fine Arts, in Montpelier. Info, 828-8636. ‘
call to artiStS cut & PaSte: Participate in a group show of collage work this May at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery. Artists may showcase up to 10 pieces each — one is guaranteed, the rest will be handpicked by the gallery. Simply show up with ready-to-hang collage artwork on any Thursday through Saturday from 11 to 4 p.m., now through April 28. $10 entry fee per artist. Details at spacegalleryvt.com. SaPPy art ShoW 2012: Village Frame Shoppe & Gallery seeks artwork with a maple theme for their second annual Sappy Art Show. Info, 524-3699, vtframeshop.com. Quench artSPace: In Waitsfield. Accepting proposals for contemporary visual art, sculpture and performance art events through 2012. Info, info@ highermindmediaworks.com. creative coMPetition_004: Presented by the Root Gallery. $8 entry fee. People’s choice vote: winner takes all (compounded entry money). Limit one piece, any size, media or subject. Friday, April 6, 6-10 p.m. Vote for your favorite piece until awards ceremony at 8:30 p.m. Location: RLPhoto, 27 Sears Lane, Burlington. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SubMit to reachinG out! LGBTQQA and 22 years old or younger? Outright Vermont’s zine wants your art, stories, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drawings, photography, rants, thoughts, recipes and articles. Info, email@example.com. call to artiStS: Second annual Jericho Plein Air Festival to be held July 21. To register, contact blgreene30@comcast. net or call 899-2974. art’S alive Juried: Applications are available to download at artsalivevt. org. Cash prizes and the opportunity to exhibit on Church Street in Burlington. Deadline: April 16. Info, artsalivevt@ yahoo.com, 660-9005, artsalivevt.org. PhotoSlaM call For entrieS: Wanted: students, pros, amateurs and photo fanatics for our third annual PhotoSlam. At least one photo from each entrant will be printed and hung in gallery show. All ages. Deadline: March 25. Exhibit May 4 through 26. PHOTOSTOP Gallery, White River Junction. Visit photostopvt.com for entry form and details or call 698-0320.
Green Mountain Watercolor exhibition’: Work by James Gardner, Peter Jeziorski, Peter Huntoon, Barbara Pafume, Robert O’Brien, Robert Sydorowich and Gary Eckhart. Through May 4 at Valley Art Foundation Festival Gallery in Waitsfield. Info, 496-6682.
Martha lovinG orGain: "Thinking With the Heart," mixed-media work. Through March 31 at Big Picture Theater & Café in Waitsfield. Info, 496-8994.
Mary Mead & bert yarborouGh: Work by the Colby-Sawyer College printmakers. Through March 31 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Info, 295-5901.
Phil GodenSchWaGer: "The Same Old Thing All Over Again, From Another Point of View," stained glass, paintings and sculptures. Through March 31 at Hartness Gallery, Vermont Technical College, in Randolph Center. Info, 728-1237.
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the PaSteliStS: Bryan Memorial Gallery announces a call to pastel artists for its summer exhibit, “The Pastelists.” Deadline: May 11. Info, bryangallery.org/ call_to_artists.html. call to PhotoGraPherS: “Night Light,” a photography exhibit at the Darkroom Gallery. Deadline: midnight, March 21. Juror: Linda Rutenberg. Info, darkroomgallery.com/ex27.
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robin lahue: Oil and mixed-media works that explore our relationships with trees and buildings. Through March 31 at O’Maddi’s Deli & Café in Northfield. Info, 485-7770. Sienna Fontaine: "Born in Vermont," watercolors of flora and fauna. Through March 31 at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘Sound ProoF: the PhotoGraPhy oF MattheW thorSen, verMont MuSic iMaGeS 1990-2000’: Chemical prints accompanied by audio recordings in which the photographer sets the scene and the bands play on. Through March 31 at Governor’s Office Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 865-1140.
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‘StorytiMe’: Work in a variety of media exploring the human impulse to construct narratives; ‘never ForGet’: Work examining the creative journey of women. Through April 7 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069. ‘the hiStory oF Goddard colleGe: an era oF GroWth, exPanSion and tranSitionS, 1969-1979’: Photographs, films and archival documents focused on the radical, innovative programs created at Goddard in the 70s. Through June 20 at Eliot D. Pratt Library, Goddard College in Plainfield. Info, 454-8311.
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eMerGinG artiStS exhibit: Artwork by Mt. Abraham Union High School students. Through March 24 at Art on Main in Bristol. Info, 453-4032. ‘environMent and obJect in recent aFrican art’: Artworks made of found objects and used materials and reflecting the environment’s impact on contemporary African life. Through April 22 at Middlebury College Museum of Art. Info, 443-3168.
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ray broWn: "From Vermont to Italy," landscape paintings that straddle abstraction and realism. Through April 6 at Central Vermont Medical Center in Barre. Info, 371-4375.
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chaMPlain valley Photo SlaM: Calling photographers of all ages. Students, amateurs, pros and photography addicts in the Champlain Valley, we want to see your shots. Deadline: April 25. Info, darkroomgallery. com/slam.
nancy SilliMan & redel FroMeta: "In Our Midst," paintings and mixed-media works that explore themes of home, childhood and love. Through April 14 at Nuance Gallery in Windsor. Info, 674-9616.
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Mary claire carroll: "Living Connections: Voices and Visions from Shared Lives," photographs and text exploring Vermont’s disability services; supported by the Vermont Developmental Disability Council. Through March 30 at Statehouse Cafeteria in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749.
We deliver! An unparalleled exhibit of mail and stamp art celebrates the South End Arts District and benefits SEABA. Art must be postmarked by April 27 and addressed to SEABA, 404 Pine St., Burlington, VT 05401. Send JPEG files, indicating your name, also by April 27, to Marie, email@example.com, and Bren, firstname.lastname@example.org, for inclusion on the SEABA website. Info, seaba.com/sead.
Jody StahlMan: "Dogs, Penguins, a Pig and a Frog," paintings. Through April 30 at the Shoe Horn at Onion River in Montpelier. Info, artwhirled23@ yahoo.com.
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‘Spontaneous’ In an image by Burlington photographer Erica Brown, a flock of seagulls has just lifted off the sand. Nearby, a woman and a young boy look on,
crouching to avoid an errant foot or violent wing. This is one of many fleeting moments captured by various artists around the world that appear as photos at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction. The images are lively and mysterious, each offering just a sliver of a story: A naked man and woman embrace in a public fountain. A dog leaps through trees. A boy with a briefcase stares plaintively into the camera on an Istanbul street. Let your imagination fill in the rest. March 25 through April 15, reception Sunday,
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‘In The Trees’: Work by Missy Dunaway, Ellen Granter, Nissa Kauppila, Genise Park, Julia Purinton, Peter Roux, Cameron Schmitz and Gary Starr (through May 9); John Geery: Adventure photographs of Vermont and the Adirondacks (through March 30). At Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 458-0098.
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‘InvIsIble odysseys’: Autobiographical dioramas by undocumented migrant workers telling the story of their journeys from Mexico to Vermont; includes text in Spanish and English. Through April 28 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964.
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The GovernmenT morGan’: Photographs, paintings, prints and leather tack. Through March 31 at the National Museum of the Morgan Horse in Middlebury. Info, 388-1639.
‘all aboard: an exhIbITIon of TraIns’: Paintings and videos, plus model and toy trains; ‘ThInGs ThaT move’: Paintings and sculpture; ‘The leGacy collecTIon’: Work by 20 gallery artists. Through April 1 at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Info, 644-5100. caleb sTone: Watercolor and oil paintings. Through April 13 at Galleria Fine Arte in Stowe. Info, 253-7696.
laurel bach: "Landscapes of Vermont," oil and watercolor paintings. Through April 14 at Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg. Info, 482-2878.
chIp TroIano: Photos of Bhutan and of the tribal people in the northwest corner of Vietnam. Through April 27 at Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. Info, 525-3366.
‘nIGhT vIsIon: dreams and self-expressIon’: Work by Karla Van Vliet, Laura Smith, Deb DeGraff, Joan Murray and Sarah Lyda, artists affiliated with North of Eden Archetypal Dreamwork. Through March 30 at WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room in Bristol. Info, 453-3188.
‘connecTed To vermonT’: Two- and threedimensional work by Vermont Studio Center executive director George Pearlman, Whitewater Gallery owner James Teuscher, Torin Porter, Glenn Goldberg and Joel Fisher, among other artists. Through March 31 at Green + Blue Gallery in Hardwick. Info, 730-5331.
‘shard vIlla and ITs people’: An exhibit exploring the history of the Salisbury Victorian-era house, which now serves as a residential-care home. Through April 12 at Sheldon Museum in Middlebury. Info, 388-2117. ‘
donna underwood owens: "Vermont’s Magical Animal Kingdom," photographs. Through March 30 at Townsend Gallery at Black Cap Coffee in Stowe. Info, 279-4239. ‘
IN CELEBRATION OF WINTER’: Work by Elisabeth Wooden, Sheel Anand, Bob Aiken, Lisa Angell, Gary Eckhart, Hunter Eddy, Orah Moore, Frank Califano and Robert Huntoon. Through March 31 at Vermont Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-9653.
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KATHLEEN KOLB: "Snow Light," oil paintings. Through April 30 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818.
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LATE-WINTER SHOW: Abstract work by Karen Day-Vath, Tinka Theresa Martell and Longina Smolinski. Through April 30 at Chow! Bella in St. Albans. Info, 524-1405.
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MARILYN JAMES & JON ZURIT: Paintings by James and photographs by Zurit. Through March 31 at Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. Info, 933-6403.
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WILSON ‘SNOWFLAKE’ BENTLEY: Original photos salvaged from an old farmhouse in Bolton, on display for the first time. Through April 1 at Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe. Info, 595-5925.
‘FEININGER: THE GREAT CARNIVAL’: A retrospective of the American expressionist Lyonel Feininger, who spent most of his life in Germany, where the Third Reich condemned him as a “degenerate” artist. Through May 13 at Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. Info, 514-285-2000.
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JEFF COCHRAN: Work by the local artist. Through March 22 at ROTA Gallery in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Info, 518-564-2474.
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YU-WEN YU: "Convergence," video and mixed-media work by the Boston-based artist who explores time, rhythm and music through the filters of East and West. ‘THE ART ON BURTON’: Work by artists who have contributed to the design of Burton Snowboards, plus videos exploring the process of design. Through April 15 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358.
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SUSAN CALZA: "Much acquainted ... missing," drawings, sculptures, photographs, videos and performance pieces inspired by the artist’s recent travels in New York, New Delhi, Kathmandu and Istanbul. Through March 30 at Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469.
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SARAH HART MUNRO: Collaged, textured paintings and abstract expressionist work. Through April 21 at Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. Info, 748-0158.
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NORTHERN VERMONT ARTIST ASSOCIATION SHOW: Work by member artists. Through March 31 at Village Frame Shoppe & Gallery in St. Albans. Info, 524-3699.
RYAN LIBRE: "Kamui Mintara, Playground of the Gods," photographs of Japan’s Daisetsuzan National Park. Through March 31 at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common. Info, 586-7711.
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movies 21 Jump Street HHHH
alfway through this affable, inspired grab bag of a comedy, it hit me that what I was watching wasn’t merely a good movie but the Greatest TV Adaptation Ever Made. OK, the bar wasn’t exactly high. Nonetheless, cowriters Jonah Hill and Michael Bacall deserve credit for their discovery that the secret to success in this genre is keeping the source material’s title and premise, then losing everything else that made it a hit way back when. 21 Jump Street is likely to prove all but unrecognizable to anyone who remembers the late-’80s television series on which it’s based. As directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), the film is very much an Age of Apatow exercise, a cinematic tossed salad of raunch, drugs, pop-culture parody and unabashed warmth. While I never saw the TV show, I am fairly sure it had fewer penis jokes. Hill costars with Channing Tatum, an actor not known for his comedic gifts. One of the movie’s many pleasant surprises, as it turns out, is that he’s a natural. The two play rookie cops assigned to an undercover operation. As their supervisor — Nick Offerman
from “Parks and Recreation” — explains, “The police have run out of new ideas. All they can do is recycle crap from the ’80s and hope nobody notices.” Their assignment: masquerade as high school students and find the source of a dangerous new recreational drug (“It’s killing white kids, so people care”). The notion that Hill and Tatum could pass for teenagers is hilarious, and the movie has a lot of fun with that preposterousness. Funnier still is the idea that they could be brothers, but that’s the boneheaded ruse their supervisors concoct. Hill is supposed to be Brad, an overachieving dweeb, while Tatum’s planned secret identity is Doug, ladies’ man, star athlete and straight-F student. But, just as he can never quite manage to memorize the Miranda rights, he spaces out in the principal’s office on their first day and gets it backward. Which works out just great for Hill’s character. He gets to relive high school as one of the popular kids. His partner finds himself in equally unfamiliar territory — namely, AP chemistry. The script mines the mix-up for maximum laughs. My favorite sequence follows the cops’
class act Hill and Tatum are a hoot and a half as twentysomething cops who jump at the chance to give high school a second try.
initial encounter with Eric (Dave Franco), the ecology-minded teen drug lord. He agrees to sell them each a hit as long as they take it then and there to prove they’re not narcs. The subsequent 20 minutes are the most gut-busting I’ve seen on screen since Bridesmaids. Hill’s kite-high track meet is an instant classic, and I loved the Limitless-inspired bit in which, peaking on the mind-altering substance, Tatum strides up to a whiteboard, slashes numbers on it feverishly and throws down his marker, shouting, “Fuck you, science!” Upon which the camera zooms in on his creation, a maniacally scrawled jumble of 4s. The movie offers lots of equally surreal moments, and its pacing is a thing of beauty. There isn’t a dull patch. Bacall and Hill demonstrate consummate mastery in blending disparate tones and themes. One minute 21 Jump Street ruminates on how the high
school experience has changed over the past decade. (Tatum misses the good old days when dumb jocks ruled and blames the triumph of sensitivity on “Glee.”) The next, the film spoofs action-movie conventions, as in the highway chase throughout which nothing that would normally blow up agrees to blow up. Of course, it’s also one hell of a love story. And I’m not talking about the borderlinewrong crush between Hill and an underage student (Brie Larson). The real attraction here is between Brad and Doug. The movie takes bromance to new heights, in the process illustrating with a loopy brilliance precisely what’s so funny about police, love and understanding. R i c k K i s o nak
reviews Friends with Kids HHHH Some viewers seem very bothered by the premise of Friends with Kids. But, if you aren’t offended by the deep-rooted cynicism of its protagonists, Jennifer Westfeldt’s directorial debut is the rare “romantic comedy” that qualifies as both funny and adult. It’s also, just marginally, romantic. Westfeldt and Adam Scott play Julie and Jason, two thirtysomething New York professionals who have been best friends for so long that the thought of getting physical or romantic with each other, à la When Harry Met Sally..., just grosses them out. They snark about their failed relationships and roll their eyes at couples who bring shrieking toddlers into restaurants ... until their mutual friends start having kids, too. Watching as child rearing turns formerly happy duos into stressed-out antagonists, Julie and Jason diagnose the problem with a naïveté worthy of adolescents. Romance, they decide, is incompatible with reproduction. The best way to breed is with a trustworthy coparent — such as a best friend — so one will never have to bicker with one’s True Love (who will surely happen along at some point) about who’s on diaper duty. None of this would have sounded that
strange to people born centuries ago, back in the days when marriage and love were seen as oil and water. But it certainly does to the pair’s friends and relations, when they learn that Julie and Jason are putting their theory in practice. Is he impregnating her because he “feels sorry” for her? Will their son be scarred by the spectacle of his friend-parents dating other people? Soon we find out, and, as always in comedy, the best-laid plans go decisively, but not tragically, awry. Friendship is hard to fake on film — perhaps even harder than sexual chemistry — and the movie’s greatest strength is that its characters seem to enjoy each other’s company. Westfeldt and Scott share a wry, neurotic humor that compensates for his notso-ideal casting as a callous playboy ad man. (Scott has carved out a small-screen niche as a more endearing Woody Allen type; his TV girlfriend, Leslie Knope, would be startled to hear about him dating Megan Fox in this film.) Maybe the role of Jason was originally intended for Jon Hamm, who plays one of the couple’s friends, along with three more Bridesmaids alumni: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Chris O’Dowd. They all interact in relaxed, funny, natural ways, while the more
strange bedfellows Scott and Westfeldt play friends with zero interest in “benefits” — until they decide to reproduce together.
stereotypical characters — played by Fox and Edward Burns, as Julie’s love interest — get shorter shrift from Westfeldt’s screenplay. Some have charged that the film is antifamily, but it’s premised on Julie and Jason’s desire to have kids. It’s their desire to have everything — except angst or mess — that ends up seeming pretty immature. Westfeldt could have developed this theme better; a scene where the couple wow their skeptical friends with their mellowness and poise in dealing with an infant comes dangerously close to supporting their thesis that romance is what poisons family and vice versa.
But the other shoe drops when Julie and Jason start dating their “perfect” partners. The deeper they get into their bold relationship experiment, the more they realize, inevitably, that friendship can be as difficult to negotiate as any other kind of love. There’s nothing shocking about that discovery, or about where it leads. What is shocking is that Friends with Kids manages to confront a few hard truths on its way there. In a genre where pink-tinged fantasy fulfillment is the norm, that’s an experiment I can get behind. Marg o t H arri s o n
21 JUmp StREEtHHHH Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum play puerile police officers who go back to school (literally) for an undercover operation in this comedy based on the TV series that launched Johnny Depp back in the day. With Ice Cube. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) directed. (109 min, R. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Roxy, Stowe, Welden) Act oF VAloRHH Real Navy SEALS participated in this action adventure about American forces engaged in covert antiterrorism missions, and the Navy reportedly had a final cut. With Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano. Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy directed. (111 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount) tHE ARtiStHHH1/2 A silent film star (Jean Dujardin) struggles to adapt to the advent of talkies in this award-winning old-movie homage from writer-director Michel Hazanavicius, which is itself black and white and almost entirely silent. With Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell and a cute dog. (100 min, PG-13. Capitol, Majestic, Palace, Roxy) BEiNG FlYNNHH1/2 A young man (Paul Dano) finds himself grappling with the delusions of his homeless dad (Robert De Niro) in this drama based on Nick Flynn’s memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. With Julianne Moore. Paul (About a Boy) Weitz directed. (102 min, R. Palace)
FRiENDS WitH KiDSHHH1/2 Does child rearing get easier when it’s shared by two best friends who aren’t lovers? A platonic couple decides to find out in this comedy from actress Jennifer Westfeldt, making her directorial debut. Jon Hamm, Adam Scott and Kristen Wiig also star. (108 min, R. Palace)
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tHE iRoN lADYHHH Oscar alert! Meryl Streep plays Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s only female prime minister, in this biopic from director Phyllida (Mamma Mia!) Lloyd. With Jim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher. (105 min, PG-13. Palace, Stowe)
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JEFF, WHo liVES At HomEHHH Jason Segel plays a dude who lives happily in his mom’s basement until an errand gets him off the couch in this comedy from Mark and Jay Duplass (Cyrus), chroniclers of the slacker lifestyle par excellence. Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon and Judy Greer also star. (83 min, R. Roxy) JoHN cARtERHHH Disney plundered the nonTarzan-related work of Edgar Rice Burroughs for this adventure tale of a Civil War veteran (Taylor Kitsch) who somehow finds himself fighting aliens on Mars. With Lynn Collins and Willem Defoe. Andrew (WALL-E) Stanton directed. (132 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol [3-D], Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Marquis, Palace, Roxy, Stowe, Welden)
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JoURNEY 2: tHE mYStERioUS iSlANDHH Brendan Fraser didn’t return for this sequel to the family adventure Journey to the Center of the Earth. This time around, a teen (Josh Hutcherson) and his stepdad (Dwayne Johnson) explore an uncharted island that’s sending a distress signal. With Vanessa Hudgens and Vermont’s own Luis Guzman. Brad Peyton directed. (94 min, PG. Big Picture, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Sunset) mY WEEK WitH mARilYNHHH Michelle Williams plays a fraying Marilyn Monroe in a drama about the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl in 1956. With Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier. Simon Curtis directed. (96 min, R. Capitol; ends 3/22) piNAHHHH1/2 Director Wim (Wings of Desire) Wenders pays tribute to the late German choreographer Pina Bausch with this acclaimed documentary featuring classic dance performance clips and interviews. (106 min, PG. Roxy; ends 3/22) pRoJEct XH1/2 This week in fake-foundfootage movies, a teen party gets seriously out of control. Todd Phillips produced, perhaps hoping moviegoers would come expecting a real-life version of his The Hangover. With Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown and Thomas Mann. Nima Nourizadeh directed. (88 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Roxy)
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SAFE HoUSEH A deserter from the CIA (Denzel Washington) emerges from hiding and enlists a less experienced agent (Ryan Reynolds) to help keep him alive in this action thriller from director Daniel Espinosa. With Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard and Vera Farmiga. (115 min, R. Majestic; ends 3/22) NOW PLAyING
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HUGoHHHH Martin Scorsese changed pace to direct this fantastical family tale of a mysterious boy who lives in the walls of a Paris train station, based on Brian Selznick’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. With Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Chloe Moretz. (127 min, PG. Capitol, Essex [3-D], Palace)
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DR. SEUSS’ tHE loRAXHH1/2 Dr. Seuss’ contribution to eco-consciousness becomes a computer animation in which a boy in a sterile suburb (voiced by Zac Efron) takes up the cause of the trees to impress a girl (Taylor Swift). With Ed Helms and Danny DeVito voicing the Lorax, whom you may have noticed recently selling cars on TV. Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda directed. (94 min, PG. Bijou, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Marquis, Palace, Paramount [3-D], Sunset, Welden)
GREEN moUNtAiN Film FEStiVAl: Eighty dramas, comedies and documentaries from around the world play at three downtown Montpelier venues. Film descriptions, schedules and ticketing info at greenmountainfilmfestival. org; see “State of the Arts,” this issue. (Savoy; ends 3/25)
tHE DEScENDANtSHHH George Clooney plays a Hawaiian grappling with family transitions after his wife suffers an accident in this comedy-drama from director Alexander (Sideways) Payne. With Beau Bridges and Judy Greer. (115 min, R. Palace; ends 3/22)
GoNEHH Amanda Seyfried plays a young woman convinced that her sister’s disappearance is the work of a serial killer from whom she herself escaped in this thriller from director Heitor Dahlia. With Jennifer Carpenter and Wes Bentley. (95 min, PG-13. Essex; ends 3/22)
tHE HUNGER GAmES: A teenager (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to replace her sister in a televised gladiatorial combat to the death in this adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling young-adult novel, set in a dystopian future. With Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson and Stanley Tucci. Gary Ross directed. (142 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)
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wednesday 21 — thursday 22 The Secret World of Arrietty 4. Journey 2: The mysterious Island 5. The Vow 7 (Wed only). This means War 6, 8.
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Friday, March 23: Windsor Welcome Center
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wednesday 21 — thursday 22 *The Hunger Games Thu: midnight showing at 12:01 a.m. 21 Jump Street 6:50. John carter 6:40. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 6:30. The Vow 7.
friday 23 — thursday 29 *The Hunger Games 11 a.m. (Fri-Sun only), 12, 1, 1:30, 2, 3, 4 (except Sun), 4:25, 5 (except Sun), 6:05, 7, 7:35, 8, 8:40 (Sun-Thu only), 9:10, 10 (Fri-Sun only). 21 Jump Street 12:30, 3:20, 6:15, 7:15, 8:40 (Fri & Sat only), 9:45. John carter (3-D) 12:30, 3:45, 6:45, 9:40. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 11:05 a.m. (Fri-Sun only), 11:30 a.m. (3-D; Fri-Sun only), 1:15, 1:45 (3-D), 3:25, 4:15 (3-D), 6:40 (3-D), 8:50 (3-D). Project X 2:30, 7:20, 9:25. Act of Valor 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 9:20. Journey 2: The mysterious Island (3-D) 12:15, 4:30.
Separation 1:25, 3:50, 6:50. The Artist 1, 3:05, 7:10, 9:15. friday 23 — thursday 29 *The Hunger Games 1, 3:45, 6:40, 9:25. 21 Jump Street 1:10, 3:30, 7, 9:30. Jeff, Who Lives at Home 1:05, 3, 4:50, 7:20, 9:15. John carter 1:15, 4:05, 6:50, 9:10. Shame 1:30, 9:05. Project X 4, 7:10. A Separation 3:20, 8:40. The Artist 1:20, 6:30.
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wednesday 21 — thursday 22 ***can U Feel It: The UmF Experience Thu: 8. 21 Jump Street 1:15, 4:05, 6:55, 9:25. Being Flynn 12:55, 3:50, 6:45, 9:10. Friends With Kids 1:25, 4:15, 7:05, 9:30. W.E. 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 12:50, 3:35, 6:35, 9:15. John carter 12:40, 3:30, 6:25, 9:15. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 12:30, 2:40,
friday 23 — thursday 29 *The Hunger Games 1:10 & 3:45 (Sat & Sun only), 6:15, 9. 21 Jump Street 1:30 & 3:45 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9. John carter (3-D) 1:15 & 3:45 (Sat & Sun only), 6:15, 9. The Artist 1:30 & 3:45 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9. Act of Valor 1:30 & 3:45 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9.
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wednesday 21 — thursday 22 ***The Breakfast club Thu: 8. *The Hunger Games Thu: midnight showing at 12:05 a.m. 21 Jump Street 10 a.m. (Thu only), 12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10. John carter (3-D) 10 a.m. (Thu only), 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30. Silent House 1:15, 3:20, 5:25, 7:30, 9:45 (Wed only). A Thousand Words 12:40, 3:45, 8, 10. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 10 a.m. (Thu only), 12:40 (3-D),
friday 23 — thursday 29 *The Hunger Games 1 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:15, 9. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 1:30 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only; 3-D), 6:30, 8:45.
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wednesday 21 — sunday 25 Green mountain Film Festival All day. Full schedule not available at press time.
friday 23 — wednesday 28 *The Hunger Games Fri: 6:30, 9:10. Sat: 2:30, 6:30, 9:10. Sun: 2:30, 7. Mon-Thu: 7. 21 Jump Street Fri: 7, 9:10. Sat: 2:30, 4:30, 7, 9:10. Sun: 2:30, 4:30, 7. Mon-Thu: 7. John carter Fri: 6:30, 9:10. Sat: 2:30, 6:30, 9:10. Sun: 2:30, 7. Mon-Thu: 7.
1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30. Silent House 1:15, 3:20, 5:20, 7:30, 9:45. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only) 12:40 (3-D), 3 (3-D), 5:15 (3-D), 7:20 (3-D), 9:30 (3-D). Project X 1:10, 3:20, 7:50, 9:55. Act of Valor 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only), 12:20, 2:45, 7:25, 9:50. The Vow 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only), 2:25, 5:30, 9:45. Hugo (3-D) 11:45 a.m., 4:40. ***See website for details.
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wednesday 21 — thursday 22 *The Hunger Games Thu: midnight showings at 11:59 p.m., 12:05 a.m. and 12:10 a.m. 21 Jump Street 12:50, 1:30, 3:30, 4:05, 6:05, 7:10, 8:30, 9:40. John carter 12:30 (3-D), 3:25 (3-D), 6:30 (3-D), 8:15 (Wed only), 9:20 (3-D). Silent House 3:45, 9. A Thousand Words 1:30,
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wednesday 21 — thursday 22 *The Hunger Games Thu: midnight. 21 Jump Street 7. John carter 7. The Iron Lady 7.
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thursday 22 — thursday 29 *The Hunger Games Thu 22: midnight. Fri: 6, 9. Sat: 12, 3, 6, 9. Sun: 12, 3, 7. Mon-Thu 29: 7. 21 Jump Street Fri: 6:30, 9. Sat: 2, 4, 6:30, 9. Sun: 2, 4, 7. Mon-Thu: 7. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Fri: 6:30, 9. Sat: 2, 4, 6:30, 9. Sun: 2, 4, 7. Mon-Thu: 7. Full schedule not available at press time.
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wednesday 21 — thursday 22 *The Hunger Games Thu: midnight. 21 Jump Street 1:10, 3:30, 7, 9:25. Jeff, Who Lives at Home 1:05, 3, 4:50, 7:20, 9:10. John carter 1:15, 4:05, 6:40, 9:20. Shame 1:30, 4, 7:15, 9:30. Pina 5. Project X 9:05. A
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wednesday 21 — thursday 22 21 Jump Street 6:30, 9. John carter (3-D) 6:15, 9. Project X 9. The Vow 6:30, 9. Hugo 6:30. The Woman in Black 9. my Week With marilyn 6:30.
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friday 23 — thursday 29 *The Hunger Games 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only), 11:30 a.m., 12:15, 1, 2:30, 3:15, 4, 5:30, 6:15, 6:30 (Fri-Mon only; 21+), 7, 8:30, 9:15, 10. 21 Jump Street 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only), 12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10. John carter (3-D) 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only),
6:40. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 12:35 (3-D), 1, 2, 2:45 (3-D), 3:15, 4:50 (3-D), 6, 7 (3-D), 9:10 (3-D; Wed only). Project X 7:30, 9:35. The Artist 1:25, 3:55, 6:45. Act of Valor 1:10, 3:50, 6:55, 9:25. The Vow 4:10, 8:45. Journey 2: The mysterious Island (3-D) 1:15, 3:30, 6:25. Safe House 9:15.
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2:30, 3 (3-D), 5:15 (3-D), 7:20 (3-D), 9:30 (3-D). Project X 1:30, 3:40, 5:45, 7:50, 9:55. Act of Valor 10 a.m. (Thu only), 12:20, 2:45, 7:25, 9:50. Gone 4:40, 9:15. Wanderlust 1:10, 5:10, 9:30. Journey 2: The mysterious Island (3-D) 12:20, 7. The Vow 10 a.m. (Thu only), 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:20, 9:45. Hugo (3-D) 10 a.m. (Thu only), 2:40, 5:20.
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4:50, 7, 9:10. Act of Valor 4:10, 6:50 (Wed only), 9:20. The Artist 1:30, 4, 6:40, 9 (Wed only). The Iron Lady 3:45, 6:30. The Descendants 1:05, 8:45. Hugo 1. friday 23 — thursday 29 ***Joseph and the Amazing technicolor Dreamcoat Mon: 8. ***monumental: In Search of America’s National treasure Live Tue: 7:30. ***National Theatre Live: She Stoops to conquer Thu: 7. *The Hunger Games 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 11 a.m. (Sat & Sun only), 12:15, 2, 3:25, 5, 6:30, 8, 9:30. 21 Jump Street 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 11:10 a.m. (Sat & Sun only), 1:35, 4:05, 6:55, 9:25. Being Flynn 3:45, 6:35. Friends With Kids 1:10, 4, 7, 9:30. W.E. 1, 8:50. John carter 12:40, 3:30, 6:25, 9:15. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 11:15 a.m. (Sat & Sun only), 1:30, 3:50, 6:20 & 8:30 (except Mon). Act of Valor 12:50, 3:40, 6:50 & 9:20 (except Thu). The Artist 3:55, 9 (except Tue). The Iron Lady 11:05 a.m. (Sat & Sun only), 1:25, 6:40 (except Tue). ***See website for details.
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thursday 22 The Woman in Black at 8:45, followed by *The Hunger Games at midnight. friday 23 — sunday 25 *The Hunger Games at 7:30, followed by The Woman in Black at 10. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax at 7:30, followed by Journey 2: The mysterious Island at 9:15.
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wednesday 21 — thursday 22 *The Hunger Games Thu: midnight showing at 12:01 a.m. 21 Jump Street 7. John carter 7. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 7. wednesday 23 — thursday 29 *The Hunger Games 2 (Sat & Sun only), 7, 9:30 (Fri-Sun only). 21 Jump Street 2 & 4 (Sat & Sun only), 7, 9 (Fri-Sun only). Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 2 & 4 (Sat & Sun only), 7.
THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY★★★★ From the animation studio of Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) comes an adaptation of Mary Norton’s kids’ novel The Borrowers, about a 4-inch-tall family dwelling secretly in the floorboards of a human home. With the voices of Will Arnett, Amy Poehler and Bridgit Mendler. Hiromasa Yonebayashi directed. (95 min, G. Big Picture) A SEPARATION★★★1/2 An Iranian couple seeks a divorce, unleashing a chain of unfortunate events, in this winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar from director Asghar Farhadi. Starring Peyman Moadi, Leila Hatami and Sareh Bayat. (123 min, PG-13. Roxy) SHAME★★★1/2 Michael Fassbender plays a New York businessman struggling with sex addiction in this drama that has been more joked about at award ceremonies than awarded, despite critical acclaim. Carey Mulligan plays his sister. Steve (Hunger) McQueen directed. (101 min, NC-17. Roxy) SILENT HOUSE★1/2 A spooky lakeside cabin terrorizes Elizabeth Olsen in this horror flick shot (apparently, anyway) in one continuous take — a remake of a Uruguayan movie, and not to be confused with a found-footage film. With Adam Trese. Chris Kentis and Laura Lau directed. (85 min, R. Essex, Majestic) THIS MEANS WAR 1/2★ The “world’s most deadly CIA operatives” turn their weapons against each other when they fancy the same woman in this very silly-sounding adventure comedy from director McG. Starring Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon. (98 min, PG-13. Big Picture)
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A THOUSAND WORDS★1/2 Eddie Murphy plays a loquacious literary agent who abruptly finds himself forced to watch his words in a comedy that looks extremely reminiscent of Jim Carrey’s Liar Liar. With Kerry Washington and Cliff Curtis. Brian Robbins directed. (91 min, PG-13. Essex, Majesti; ends 3/22) THE VOW★★1/2 Amnesia comes between newlyweds Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum in this sudser inspired by a true story. With Sam Neill, Scott Speedman and Jessica Lange. Michael Sucsy (HBO’s Grey Gardens) directed. (104 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic) WANDERLUST★★ A downsized Manhattan couple (Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd) happen on “an idyllic community populated by colorful characters who embrace a different way of looking at things” in this comedy. Sounds like the standard Flatlanders-comingto-Vermont story to us. With Justin Theroux and Malin Akerman. David (Role Models) Wain directed. (98 min, R. Essex; ends 3/22) W.E.★★ Madonna’s second directorial effort juxtaposes the forbidden love affair of Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII with the story of a modern-day woman obsessed with Simpson. Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough and James D’Arcy star. (119 min, R. Palace) THE WOMAN IN BLACK★★ In which Harry Potter grows up fast. Daniel Radcliffe plays a rather young widower with a child who stumbles on a vengeful spirit in this British horror film from director James (Eden Lake) Watkins, based on Susan Hill’s novel. With Ciarán Hinds and Janet McTeer. (99 min, PG-1. Capitol, Sunset; ends 3/25)
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David Kelly, 52, sat idling at a traffic light in Chicago shortly after midnight when, according to a sergeant in a police squad car next to him, Kelly rolled down his window and yelled, “Hey, you looking for me? You guys want me?” The sergeant pulled Kelly over to check. While approaching Kelly’s vehicle, the sergeant smelled pot and noticed the butt of a handgun. A search turned up a .357 Magnum handgun on the front seat, a loaded assault rifle with additional magazines in the back and about 30 grams of cannabis. Kelly also lacked a valid driver’s license. Before the resulting multiple weapons and drug charges, including driving while under the influence of cannabis, Kelly had no prior criminal history and outstanding warrants. (Chicago Tribune)
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Philadelphia police accused Tyrirk Harris, 27, of fatally shooting his 47-year-old neighbor after the neighbor’s dogs pooped in his yard. “We believe this is not an isolated incident,” Chief Inspector Scott Small said. “There have been arguments over these dogs in the past.” (Philadelphia’s WCAU-TV)
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While visiting a friend in Havelock, N.C., Gary Allen Banning, 43, took a gulp from a jar by the kitchen sink that he thought contained a beverage but was really gasoline. He spit it out, according to police investigators, but some got on his clothes. Then he lit a cigarette. He burst into flames. He died at the hospital. (Associated Press) An explosion killed a 20-year-old man and injured two friends keeping warm in a garage in Taylor, Mich., after one of them poured gasoline on a wood-burning stove with a fire going. (Detroit Free Press)
Louisiana Sen. Dan Claitor introduced a bill making it illegal for drive-through daiquiri shops to use lids with a hole for straws. “The bill REAL simply says it can’t be preperforated,” the lawmaker said, declaring that removing the straw hole would make ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19) it harder for drive-through daiquiri customers to drink ot bad for a few weeks’ work, or and drive. (New Orleans’s play, or whatever it is you want WWL Radio)
Police arrested a carpenter in Zimbabwe, according to Lawyers for Human Rights, after loyalists of President Robert Mugabe reported overhearing the man question whether Mugabe still had the strength to blow up balloons at his 88th birthday celebration. (Associated Press)
Sharon Smiley, 48, was fired from her job as a reception and administrative assistant at a Chicago real estate company because she punched out of work for lunch but remained at her desk to finish a project a manager had assigned her. When another manager told her it was time to go to lunch, she refused. Company policy at Equity Lifestyle Properties, where she’d worked for 10 years, requires hourly workers to take a 30-minute lunch break. Smiley filed for unemployment benefits but was ruled ineligible because she had been discharged for misconduct
connected with her work. An appeals court called the ruling “clearly erroneous.” After receiving benefits for nine months, Smiley found a similar job that allows her to work at her desk during lunch all she wants. (ABC News)
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Investigators accused veteran third-grade teacher Mark Berndt, 61, of seeking sexual gratification by blindfolding pupils to play a “tasting game” and then spoon-feeding them his semen. (Los Angeles Times) A judge sentenced Anthony Garcia, 32, to two years in federal prison for tricking four women at an Albuquerque, N.M., grocery store into sampling yogurt laced with his semen. (Albuquerque’s KOAT-TV)
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to call this tormented, inspired outburst. Would it be too forward of me to suggest that you’ve gone a long way toward outgrowing the dark fairy tale that had been haunting your dreams for so long? And yet all this may just be a warm-up for your next metamorphosis, in which you make an audacious new commitment to becoming what you really want to be when you grow up.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): This week I’m taking a break from my usual pep talks. I think it’s for the best. If I deliver a kindhearted kick in the butt, maybe it will encourage you to make a few course corrections, thereby making it unnecessary for fate to get all tricky and funky on you. So here you go, Taurus: 1. The last thing you need is someone to support your flaws and encourage you in your delusions. True friends will offer snappy critiques and crisp advice. 2. Figure out once and for all why you keep doing a certain deed that’s beneath you, then gather the strength and get the help you need to quit it. 3. It’s your duty to stop doing your duty with such a somber demeanor and heavy tread. To keep from sabotaging the good it can accomplish, you’ve got to put more pleasure into it. GEMINI
able man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” So wrote George Bernard Shaw in his book Man and Superman. From the hints I have gleaned, Cancerian, you are now in an ideal phase to be the sort of unreasonable man or woman who gets life to adapt so as to better serve you and your dreams. Even if it’s true that the emphasis in the past has often been on you bending and shaping yourself to adjust to the circumstances others have wrought, the coming weeks could be different.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In his book Word Hero, Jay Heinrichs offers us advice about how to deliver pithy messages that really make an impact. Here’s one tip that would be especially useful for you in the coming days: Exaggerate precisely. Heinrichs gives an example from the work of the illustrious raconteur and American author Mark Twain. Twain did not write, “In a single day, New England’s weather changes a billion times.” Rather, he said, “In the spring I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of four-and-twenty hours.” Be inspired by Twain’s approach in every way you can imagine, Leo. Make things bigger and wilder and more expansive everywhere you go, but do it with exactitude and rigor. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Liminality” is a term that refers to the betwixt and between
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Every winter,
hordes of ants have overrun my house. At least that was true up until recently. This winter, the pests stayed away, and that has been very good news. I didn’t have to fight them off with poison and hand-to-hand combat. The bad news? The reason they didn’t invade was because very little rain fell, as it’s supposed to during Northern California winters. The ants weren’t driven above ground by the torrents that usually soak the soil. And so now drought threatens our part of the world. Water shortages may loom. I propose that this scenario is a metaphor for a dilemma you may soon face, Scorpio — except that you will have a choice in the matter: Would you rather deal with a lack of a fundamental resource or else an influence that’s bothersome but ultimately pretty harmless?
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You’re
entering one of the most buoyant phases of your astrological cycle. Your mandate is to be brash and bouncy, frothy and irrepressible. To prepare you, I’ve rounded up some exclamatory declarations by poet Michael McClure. Take them with you as you embark on your catalytic adventures. They’ll help you cultivate the right mood. McClure: “Everything is natural. The light on
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): As I was driving my car in San Francisco late one night, I arrived at a traffic signal that confused me. The green light was radiant and steady, but then so was the red light. I came to a complete stop and waited until finally, after about two minutes, the red faded. I suspect you may soon be facing a similar jumble of mixed signals, Aquarius. If that happens, I suggest you do what I did. Don’t keep moving forward; pause and sit still until the message gets crisp and clear. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A woman named Joan Ginther has won the Texas Lottery four times, collecting over $20 million. Is she freakishly lucky? Maybe not, according to Nathaniel Rich’s article in the August 2011 issue of Harper’s. He notes that Ginther has a PhD in math from Stanford, and wonders if she has used her substantial understanding of statistics to game the system. (More here: tinyurl.com/ LuckAmuck.) Be inspired by her example, Pisces. You now have exceptional power to increase your good fortune through hard work and practical ingenuity.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): “The reason-
writer Antonio Porchia said there were two kinds of shadows: “some hide, others reveal.” In recent weeks, you’ve been in constant contact with the shadows that hide. But beginning any moment now, you’ll be wandering away from those rather frustrating enigmas and entering into a dynamic relationship with more evocative mysteries: the shadows that reveal. Be alert for the shift so you won’t get caught assuming that the new shadows are just like the old ones.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You know those tall, starched white hats that many chefs wear? Traditionally they had 100 pleats, which denoted the number of ways a real professional could cook an egg. I urge you to wear one of those hats in the coming weeks, Capricorn — or whatever the equivalent symbol might be for your specialty. It’s high time for you to express your ingenuity in dealing with what’s simple and familiar… to be inventive and versatile as you show how much you can accomplish using just the basics.
(May 21-June 20): The German word Weltratsel can be translated as “World Riddle.” Coined by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, it refers to questions like “What is the meaning of existence?” and “What is the nature of reality?” According to my reading of the astrological omens, Gemini, you’re now primed to deepen your understanding of the World Riddle. For the next few weeks, you will have an enhanced ability to pry loose useful secrets about some big mysteries. Certain passages in the Book of Life that have always seemed like gobbledygook to you will suddenly make sense. Here’s a bonus: Every time you decipher more of the World Riddle, you will solve another small piece of your Personal Riddle.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The Argentine
your fingertips is starlight. Life begins with coiling — molecules and nebulae. Cruelty, selfishness, and vanity are boring. Each self is many selves. Reason is beauty. Light and darkness are arbitrary divisions. Cleanliness is as undefinable and as natural as filth. The physiological body is pure spirit. Monotony is madness. The frontier is both outside and inside. The universe is the messiah. The senses are gods and goddesses. Where the body is — there are all things.”
A clerk at a Detroit gas station shot a customer who complained that the price of condoms was too high. Police said the customer bought a box of condoms but told the clerk he could have gotten them cheaper elsewhere. After being denied a refund, the customer began tossing items off the shelves. The night clerk appeared with a gun and fired a warning shot that struck the customer in the shoulder. He died at the hospital. (Detroit’s WWJ-TV)
state. It’s dawn or dusk, when neither night nor day fully rules. It’s the mood that prevails when a transition is imminent or a threshold beckons. During a rite of passage, liminality is the phase when the initiate has left his or her old way of doing things but has not yet been fully accepted or integrated into the new way. Mystical traditions from all over the world recognize this as a shaky but potent situation — a time and place when uncertainty and ambiguity reign even as exciting possibilities loom. In my estimate, Virgo, you’re now ensconced in liminality.
Sheriff’s deputies accused Alicia Martin, 28, and Kathryn Rayannic, 23, of attacking two bar employees in St. James City, Fla., because they were angry that none of the customers was willing to pay to see their breasts. Witnesses said the women had consumed “excessive quantities” of beer at the bar, and when they ran out of money “were offering to show their boobs for drinks,” waiter Shaun Bassett said. “Basically, when they were turned down, they kind of got a little rowdy.” The two victims escorted the women to the parking lot, where the women turned and punched one employee in the head and threatened the other with a knife. (Fort Myers’s WZVN-TV)
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JD You deleted your Facebook account, I have no way of getting in touch with you. Paying for an escort is an all new low, I don’t think I have it in me to do it again. When: Thursday, March 15, 2012. Where: Facebook. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910030 Objectively I stayed there in the lamplight looking to see if you’d look back. You jumped into my arms. I floated all the way home. You always make music play in my head. I’ll take walks with you anytime. No retreat, no regrets. When: Friday, March 16, 2012. Where: On the corner of Cliff and Overlook. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910029 Pickled ginger hunger mountain co-op Hey M, thanks for helping me out. Sun 3/11. Liked your energy, did we miss a connection? When: Sunday, March 11, 2012. Where: Hunger Mountain Co-op. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910028 Idaho at Nectar’s Trivia You used the Idaho ID to get a free shot at Nectar’s trivia. I was at the table next to you, and our eyes kept meeting. I sooo wanted to ask you out. Is it too late? When: Thursday, March 15, 2012. Where: Nectar’s trivia. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910027
reference. How, pray tell, do I find you? When: Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Where: Two2Tango. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910019 Joel? I first ran into you in line outside of JP’s on Mardi Gras, and then again on my b-day... When: Saturday, March 3, 2012. Where: JP’s and Rira’s. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910018
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Mardi Gras Reunion I had so much fun catching up at Esox after the Mardi Gras parade! We really have to make the gaps between hanging out less than a year and a half. Let’s do it again soon! You still have my number... and I still have yours. When: Saturday, March 3, 2012. Where: Esox on Main St. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910000
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mistress maeve Dear Mistress,
I’m not sure if you’ll be able to help me, but I desperately need some advice. I’ve recently been doing nude modeling for an art class, and midway through class last night, I “stood at attention.” It’s incredibly unprofessional, and I’m sure no one signed up to see that! I’m really worried it will happen again. Is there any cream or any advice that could keep it down? Please help if you can.
Dear Hard Up,
What happened when you got an erection? Did the students drop their pencils and cry out in horror? Did the instructor immediately stop class and ask you to leave? I’m betting neither of these things happened because, frankly, getting wood whilst posing nude in front of an audience is completely natural. If you Google any variation of “posing nude for art class with erection,” you’ll find countless anecdotes from male models about getting boners during class. In most stories, the students simply ignore the chubby and get down to the business of drawing. Very few stories end with a model getting fired for sporting a stiffy. In a funnier tale, a male model recalls hearing the unmistakable sound of the entire class erasing his soft penis, apparently finding it more interesting to draw his newly erected phallus. That said, you’re right: Flaunting a boner in front of the class isn’t the most professional behavior. However, just because you got hard once, doesn’t mean you’ll get hard again. Try doing multiplication tables in your head as you pose, or recount the last three innings of last year’s World Series. If that doesn’t work, I’m afraid there’s no “cream” to help you. Worst case scenario: If you continue to “stand at attention” during class, the instructor may not invite you back — worse things have happened.
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Very pretty, pretty drunk I’m so glad you took a cab home from the Old Northender last Friday night, especially since it was mine. I spied you in the rearview, and I think I saw you spying me, too. Your right shoe broke, so you threw both into the snow and walked up the drive barefoot. She’s got great legs, I thought. When: Friday, March 2, 2012. Where: Taxi to St. Paul St. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910001
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