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He came, he saw, he cashed out. President Obama’s four-hour Vermont visit — the first by a sitting president in 17 years — earned him a cool $750,000.
resident Barack Obama visited Vermont for a few hours last Friday. Thousands of giddy fans breathlessly reported sightings of him and his entourage all afternoon via social media. Sadly, Obama’s trip did not include a visit to a dairy farm, or a sugar bush, or Pete the Moose’s grave, as Ken Picard recommended in the imaginary presidential itinerary we put on our cover last week. Instead, Obama schmoozed with big donors at a $7500-a-plate ($10,000 per couple) fundraising reception, then spoke before 4500 people at a fundraising rally at the University of Vermont. Before we knew it, he was headed off to Maine for another fundraiser. Seven Days political editor Andy Bromage attended the UVM event and posted video clips of Obama’s speech on Blurt, the Seven Days staff blog. He writes more about the presidential visit in this week’s Fair Game on page 12.
WORKIN’, WORKIN’, WORKIN’ Vermont’s unemployment rate has dropped below 5 percent for the first time since 2008. Could “labor pains” become a thing of the past?
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As I was casually checking my horoscope, as I do every week (right after I check the I Spys), the bright-red 1/3-page ad on the opposite page caught my eye [March 21, page 72]. Being a stickler for grammar and spelling, the first thing I noticed was that “trafficing” and “greatful” were spelled wrong. Second, part of the ad contains a sentence that grammatically makes no sense (“The Vault S&M Club, the women complain about this club through the movie Single White Female”). Upon closer examination, however, I noticed that in fact the entire advertisement makes zero sense to me. Can someone please explain to me what is going on in that ad besides assertions that “Fire Island of Cherry Grove is a sight of DAY-SEX SLAVERY?” What does that have to do with the picture of a woman petting a cow (deer? dog?)? Googling the person whose name graces the ad, Johan Joseph Lally, yields no cohesive result but for some reason lots of hits for “John Frusciante” (of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame) shows up. My only logical conclusion from this is “WTF?” Am I supposed to decipher this, Da Vinci Code-style, and solve the mystery? Help! Cayla Tepper
Editor’s note: The ad was placed by a man who is “running for President” of the United States. He is against the sex trade and heroin use. The image is actually Alicia Silverstone petting a cow. The image is significant to him, though we
aren’t sure why. Does an advertisement have to be logical? Discuss. We accepted Lally’s message on “free speech” grounds, but cannot defend the spelling errors. The ad did not go through the usual Seven Days proofreading process.
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“Dollars and Sense: Has Attorney General Bill Sorrell Earned His Keep?” [March 21] quotes Vermont Law School professor Pat Parenteau’s statement that Attorney General Bill Sorrell should have done a better job advising the Vermont legislature that its campaign-finance law was doomed to fail in the courts. This comment misses two key points. First, the AG’s office fully advised the legislature of the risks of adopting the campaign-finance law, warning that it ran contrary to Supreme Court precedent in Buckley v. Valeo. Nonetheless, concerned about the influence of money in politics, the legislature made the bill a top priority. It knew that the law would be challenged in court but chose to take that risk. Rep. Lynn Bohi stated on the floor of the Vermont House: “As the bill went through all six committees in the House and Senate, each committee had to decide whether to challenge Buckley or not. Each of the six said yes, because spending and contribution limits are both worthwhile changes to make to the system. If this is to be true reform, it needs to challenge Buckley.” Second, the attorney general’s office regularly provides sound advice to the legislature on the difficult legal issues it faces. However, it should be noted that the
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We got two things wrong about 13-year-old musician Lee Cyphers in “French Horn Players Congregate — and Geek Out — in Plattsburgh” [March 21]. She lives in New York, not Vermont, and is one of several horn players in the Vermont Youth Orchestra, not the “principal.”
campaign-finance law was passed in June 1997, after more than 65 legislative hearings starting in January 1997. Bill Sorrell was not appointed attorney general until May 1997, when the legislative process was nearly complete. Given this history, professor Parenteau’s criticism of AG Sorrell’s work advising the legislature is unfounded. Eve Jacobs-carnahan
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Editor’s note: Gershuny is correct that Monsanto has not been actively involved in the selective breeding of turkeys. We should have clarified the farmer’s statement quoted in the article. Monsanto is often identified — rightly or wrongly — as the figurehead of genetic engineering in agriculture, and in fact has sought to patent selectively bred pigs. However, the term “genetically modified” is applied broadly to selectively bred turkeys, whose genetic makeup is vastly different than it was decades ago.
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Your article about the campaign to require labeling of GMO foods addresses an issue that is dear to my heart [“Unnatural Selection,” March 14], and I’m glad to see it getting some positive press. But I was dismayed to read the slice of an interview that got the facts totally wrong. Both the farmer interviewed and the author apparently have no clue about the difference between GMO crops and the breeding of animals — in this case, turkeys — that is accomplished through “normal” processes. “Monsanto and company” have no role in creating or promoting these breeds, which are not “genetically modified animals” as was stated in the article. This is too important an issue to give an easy score to the marketers of GMO technology, who are quick to point out that labeling will only arouse consumer fears based on scientific ignorance. This article blatantly displays such ignorance and should be corrected immediately.
I am a lifelong Vermonter and very much appreciate the state’s landscape and understand some of the concerns that the opponents of the Lowell wind project have. It bothers me, too, seeing trees cut, animal habitats ruined and hillsides dotted with houses. Kathryn Flagg’s article “Blow Hard” [March 14] was very informative and gave a clear view into both sides of this battle. However, I’m less troubled by land being used for renewable-energy projects. The world has to move away from burning fossil fuels to produce electricity. And do it fast. The emissions are contributing too much toward climate change, and that poses a significant risk to the amenities in life that we all have grown accustomed to. Is the wicked weather around the country in the last month a mild preview of things to come? Will there be a time when we wish that we had acted much sooner? I sure hope not, but I’m worried, because there are some troubling scenarios with climate change. So while citizens and our elected Republicans and Democrats bicker about this and the oil industry pointing to a cleaner future, [more time passes]. That’s too bad, because there is a lot at stake.
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In considering this week’s theme, we thought of how many expressions revolve around the words money, dollar, cents, etc. Like, a lot. Accordingly, this issue offers a variety of twists on the subject, from Kevin J. Kelley’s Q&A about poverty with social justice advocate FRANCES FOX PIVEN, to Margot Harrison’s humorous take on ubiquitous KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGNS. We look at what the National Priorities Project tells us about our TAX DOLLARS; talk with half a dozen CRAFTY VERMONTERs who sell their wares on Etsy; check in with some enterprising “BIZ KIDS”; assess the state’s controversial EB-5 PROGRAM for foreign investors; and hit the bars — er, bar menus — for CHEAP EATs in pricey places. Your cost? As always, absolutely nothing. Enjoy.
On His First Night as Burlington’s Mayor, Miro Weinberger’s “Fresh Start” Encounters Resistance
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this session. I can’t take credit for the following, but the words sum up my thoughts on this issue nicely: “Many medical practices are not soundly based. They are sustained by an inertia supported by fashion, custom and the word of authority. The security provided by a long-held belief system, even when poorly founded, is a strong impediment to progress. General acceptance of a practice becomes the proof of its validity, though it lacks all other merit. Once a new paradigm takes hold, its acceptance is extraordinarily rapid and one finds few who claim to have adhered to a discarded method. This was succinctly captured by Schopenhauer, who maintained that all truth passes thought three stages: first, it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; and finally, it is accepted as being self evident.” From The Lost Art of Healing by Bernard Lown. Denise connally
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It is a scary time, as I realize that our society may be suffering from its own successes [Fair Game: “Want to Avoid That Measles Vaccine? Find Jesus,” March 21]. After decades of the use of immunizations, it is obvious that the benefits are incredible. And considering the millions of vaccines administered during this time period, no long-term harms have clearly been identified. And so it is disappointing to hear that many families are putting themselves and their neighbors at risk by deciding not to immunize. We have all benefited from vaccines, whether we have received them or not. When nearly all individuals in a group are immunized, the whole population is likely to be safe. Relatively few individuals that I know have suffered from serious preventable diseases during my young life as a result. But we are living precariously on the edge, because too many individuals are not immunized against the common preventable diseases. Our health and that of our families depends not only on the choices we make but also on the choices made by those around us. When my child goes to kindergarten, I want to be assured that he is going to a safe place. He will be immunized. But if there are too many others around him who have not been vaccinated, there is still a risk of serious disease that I would rather not think about. Please understand the possible consequences to you and your neighbors if you decide not to have your children vaccinated. Jesse coenen
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Fair Game [“Right-to-Die Legislation Gets New Life,” March 14] was right for a couple of days regarding the end-of-lifechoice bill. However, Sens. Dick Sears and John Campbell have now decided that the wishes of thousands of Vermonters don’t count, and they plan to shelve the bill for
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I read with interest the Bob Kiss exit interview [“Kiss Goodbye: No Apologies From Burlington’s Departing Mayor,” March 21] and came up with the following comments. Bob Kiss is free to run for any elective office he chooses at this point, and I support his right to run for any office. With that said, I would add a few comments that people could question him on in a future run. Kiss continues to support BT and not admit that if he had simply brought this directly to the people, the people probably would have supported financial relief, such as happened this year with a rather large school tax increase. But no, it was hidden, and now we’ve got the $50 million mess. Some may say his finest move in office was defusing the Occupy City Hall Park mess. I would say he defused the situation he created when he waived the City Hall Park overnight ordinance, thus being at least partially responsible for the bloodshed. Ordinances really never seemed to matter. Kiss was seen soliciting for the 2008 Moran Plant proposal directly in front of a local business with a sign that read, “No soliciting allowed in this area.” That was a heads-up, I guess, that he would use his mayoral power in enforcing ordinances, and would do what he wanted. I support Bob Kiss’ right to run but will not be voting for him in anything he runs for. Dale tillotson
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“It was July 1, 1964.” So begins The Secret Life of Bees, American Place Theatre’s adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s best-selling historical novel. Steeped in the civil rights movement, but deeply personal to one girl’s coming of age, the one-woman verbatim performance buzzes over to Castleton this week.
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That’s a Snap Shutterbugs look through the lens of Robin Katrick this month at North End Studio A. The photographer captures scenes from a recent trip to Haiti — grinning children, weathered buildings and the contrasting landscapes and lifestyles of the city and the country. SEE GALLERY PROFILE ON PAGE 62
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He’s noted as a Brazilian jazz artist, but the designation hardly does justice to Hermeto Pascoal’s wildly inventive style. Also known as O Bruxo (“the Sorcerer”), the legendary composer and his sextet make music on teapots and hubcaps — as well as more traditional instrumentation — in Burlington and Hanover this week.
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and banked three-quarters of a mil to take on MITT ROMNEY, RICK SANTORUM or whoever ends up being the GOP nominee. Now that’s change he can believe in. Notably absent from his speech was any mention of same-sex marriage, conspicuous in a state that twice led America in granting legal rights to same-sex couples. Generally, the audience’s reaction ranged from ecstatic to slightly less ecstatic. Still, some applause lines went over better than others. In this totally unscientific Applause-O-Meter, Fair Game attempts to plot the crowd response to Obama’s oneliners in graphic form.
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ood thing President BARACK OBAMA’s fundraising rally wasn’t held outside last Friday. His screaming fans probably would have violated every noise ordinance in Chittenden County. The president whipped the 4400-person audience at the University of Vermont’s Patrick Gym into a f renzy reminiscent of Beatlemania. His half-hour speech touched almost all of liberal Vermont’s sweet spots: ending the war in Iraq, repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and mandating equal pay for men and women, among other highlights of his presidency. Obama’s reward? An estimated $750,000 for his reelection campaign. The president was in Vermont fewer than four hours
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As a state senator, Shumlin criticized former Republican governor JIM DOUGLAS for spending more than $400,000 in taxpayer money on appointed communications directors for his administration. Shumlin risked looking hypocritical if he did the same. So he hired two people to handle press for him but appointed few others to PR posts. After the January hiring flap, Human Resources Commissioner KATE DUFFY launched a review of all jobs in state government that could qualify as communications positions. The report is forthcoming, but Fair Game got an advance look at the list. And guess what? State government is littered with communicators. Very few of them are appointed positions, but all work in service of the administration — and the public, of course.
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A spreadsheet supplied by Duffy to Seven Days lists 49 state positions with a combined payroll of $2.2 million that have communications as part of the job description. In some cases, that’s the primary function. The departments of Public Safety and Public Service each have five such positions. The Agency of Transportation, Department of Education and Vermont Lottery Commission each have three. The departments of Labor and Corrections have two apiece. Only three of the 49 positions are currently appointed by the governor. The rest are classified jobs subject to union contracts. KATHERINE BETZER, who was Shumlin’s campaign field director, now works as the appointed information and education specialist at the Agency of Human Services, at a salary of $38,521. As the
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Burlington Free Press reported Tuesday, Jen Butson, formerly of Ski Vermont, has been appointed communications director at the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, earning $51,001. Butson joins another political appointee at that agency, chief marketing officer Kathleen Murphy-Moriarty, who earns $76,003. Team Shumlin also just green-lighted the hiring of two classified — as in, not appointed — communicators in the Fish and Wildlife Department: a director of public affairs and a fish-and-wildlife information specialist. Duffy defends the marketing jobs as appropriate because they promote Vermont and economic development. She says she’s more concerned about several classified jobs at the Department of Health, which has a communications director (salary: $69,804), two communications/ media coordinators ($48,755 apiece) and a PH Lab information specialist ($50,107). “That jumps out at me, and I’ll look at that,” Duffy says of the health jobs. “With bird flu there was a whole communications aspect to that.” Duffy has convened a panel to help craft a policy around communicator jobs that includes Charlie sMith of the Snelling Center for Government, lisa Ventriss from the Vermont Business Roundtable and Maria arChangelo, publisher of the Stowe Reporter and president of the Vermont Press Association. Duffy maintains that her review shows there are very few appointed “spin doctors” left in state government. She plans to review the union jobs with an eye toward determining whether a reduction in workforce or reclassification of job duties is appropriate. Her takeaway from the review so far? “It’s interesting how much we need to communicate. That is a significant function of what state government does.”
of training coordinator DaViD MCMullen. The next day, he committed suicide. State police investigated the death and the underlying child porn allegations, but Attorney General Bill sorrell said there wasn’t enough evidence to bring charges. With the case closed and its sole suspect dead, the Herald sought — and eventually sued for — records related to the high-profile case. But Superior Court Judge geoffrey CrawforD ruled the documents were exempt from disclosure under Vermont’s open-records law as “records dealing with the detection and investigation of crime.” The Herald appealed the case, arguing that investigative records should become public once a case is closed. The Supreme Court disagreed, concluding that the legislature’s intent in writing the exemption was “to permanently and categorically exempt all criminal investigatory records from public disclosure.” If anyone is going to change that, the justices wrote, it should be the legislature. Rutland Herald state editor roB MitChell says the ruling is overly broad and “sets a very bad precedent.” Vermont’s open-records law is riddled with exemptions that let public agencies withhold records from citizens, he says, and trying them in court one by one is “the only way to find out what you can and can’t know about what our public servants are doing.” The ruling left the door open a crack, however. In a dissenting opinion, Associate Justice John Dooley said the newspaper could refile to seek “inquest” records from the investigation — documents produced during closed-door court proceedings — and Mitchell says the daily intends to do so. “What is really upsetting about this is that if we were a regular person asking for the same oversight, it would take tens of thousands of dollars in litigation fees to even find out if we actually have access to them,” Mitchell says. “I’d call that a severe limitation on the public’s right to know, and something our legislature needs to get moving on.” m
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On His First Night as Burlington’s Mayor, Miro Weinberger’s “Fresh Start” Encounters Resistance B y K e v i n J . K elle y
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iro Weinberger’s honeymoon as Burlington’s new mayor lasted all of about 30 minutes. An evening of ceremony, celebration and hope — including Weinberger’s expressed wish for “a new era of collaboration and cooperation between the council and the mayor’s office” — quickly gave way to a measure of contention. Two city councilors ignored colleagues’ pleas for unanimity and voted to reject Weinberger’s nomination of Paul Sisson as the temporary secondin-command at city hall. Newly elected Progressive Max Tracy (Ward 2) joined four-term Ward 7 Republican Paul Decelles in opposition on the grounds that the council did not have sufficient time to review Sisson’s qualifications for the post of chief administrative officer. Urging that action be deferred until the council’s April 16 meeting, Decelles argued that appointment of a top official on Organization Day, typically devoted to pomp and procedural matters, would be “a break from practice.” Weinberger responded that he wanted Sisson, a financial consultant, to be put in place immediately because “we have a short time to make important decisions about the budget.” Sisson was subsequently approved on a 12-2 vote to serve as interim CAO until June 30. He said in an interview afterward that the “interim” designation represented “a compromise.” Weinberger had decided, Sisson revealed, that standard review procedures would have to be followed if the appointment were to be for a full tenure as CAO. Sisson, 56, added that he’s “considering” applying for the job on a permanent basis as Weinberger conducts a promised national search for an overseer of the city’s troubled finances. The Decelles-Tracy team-up against Sisson’s nomination pointed to the possibility of a renewed RepublicanProgressive alliance of convenience. Another hint of that happening: Decelles nominated independent councilor
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Weinberger Sacks CEDO Director During First Day On The Job At his inaugural press conference as Burlington’s mayor Tuesday afternoon, Miro Weinberger said he asked all 35 mayoral appointees to polish their résumés and reapply for their jobs by April 30. But just hours later, he showed Community and Economic Development Office director Larry Kupferman the door. “The mayor let Larry know that he wasn’t going to keep him on, and Larry understood that was his position and was gracious about the mayor’s decision,” said the mayor’s spokesman, Mike Kanarick.
Sharon Bushor, who often votes with the Progs, for a seat on the city’s threemember Board of Finance. Bushor received unanimous support, as did Decelles and Hill Section independent Karen Paul. The council’s two Republicans and three Progressives have reason to join forces as two minority factions on a council dominated by seven Democrats, who will generally vote in support of a Democratic mayor. The Dems did discreetly flex their political muscles at the new council’s inaugural session on Monday. Behind the scenes, they had
Kupferman said he was not surprised by the decision and respected Weinberger’s desire to appoint his own CEDO director. Weinberger also appointed two former campaign hands to temporary city hall positions during his first day on the job. Kanarick, who served as Weinberger’s campaign spokesman, will serve as assistant to the mayor. Former campaign manager Jessica Nordhaus will fill a vacant position in the city’s human resources department. Weinberger said he will announce permanent staffing decisions before June 30, when the terms of many mayoral appointees expire.
engineered unanimous backing for one of their own, Ward 5 councilor Joan Shannon, as council president. Karen Paul had earlier indicated interest in challenging Shannon. But, as a sign that the fix was in, no one nominated Paul for the post. Shannon’s shift to the council’s center chair caused a couple of her colleagues to stumble over the honorific, “Madam President,” that might be used in referring to her. Rachel Siegel, a feminist and Progressive representing a part of the Old North End, suggested a way to avoid confusion: “Take gender out of
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the equation. It’s fine to say ‘President Shannon,’” Siegel said, eliciting cheers from many in the audience. After being sworn in as mayor by blackrobed federal judge William Sessions III, Weinberger gave a 10-minute speech in which he offered a narrative of Burlington moving away from “anger and anxiety” and toward “optimism and common purpose.” Weinberger was unsparing in his criticism of his predecessor’s performance, referring to “the paralyzing loss of trust between the mayor’s office, this council and the public.”
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certificate of public good required.” He was referring to the set of conditions the state had imposed on BT, including, Sisson noted, the obligation to complete the buildout of the network by June 2008. “Cost overruns were not the way to solve the problem” faced by BT in making good on that provision, he said. It was the BT meltdown that “spurred me to get involved” in Weinberger’s Campaign and in city government, noted Sisson, a 1978 University of Vermont graduate. Sisson returned to Vermont in 2002. Weinberger’s first evening in city hall as mayor ended with a brief encounter with some 20 members of Occupy Burlington. They were waiting to
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“will rely on old principles that have guided the city so well for decades.” He promised a “return to the combination of prudence and ambition” that, Weinberger said, has long characterized Burlington’s political leadership — Kiss, presumably, excepted. The new mayor also touched on issues in his speech that liberal Democrats would be likely to mention but that, in Burlington, have been more the preserve of Progressives. Housing costs are too high, Weinberger declared, noting that Burlingtonians’ incomes have remained flat since the onset of the Great Recession three years ago. “Too many of Burlington’s children are living in deep poverty,” he added. Sisson, meanwhile, did not hesitate to distinguish himself from a controversial predecessor long affiliated with Progressive mayors. Asked what he might have done differently from former CAO Jonathan Leopold in regard to Burlington Telecom, Sisson said, “I would have followed what the
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ey, Mr. Taxman: What do you say we see your receipts for once? That’s the idea behind a project from the Massachusetts-based National Priorities Project, which scours the federal budget and estimates local contributions, and then tries to pinpoint exactly how federal tax dollars are being spent. As tax day approaches — April 17, in case you haven’t filed yours yet — it’s a subject near and dear to many taxpayers’ hearts. NPP executive director Jo Comerford says that while Vermont is “legendary” for its town meetings and local civic engagement, it can be hard to understand just how and where the federal dollars are being spent. Vermonters paid $3.12 billion in individual taxes in 2011, according to data from the Internal Revenue Service. So NPP uses a set of algorithms, as well as some simple long division, to estimate. For example, Vermont will contribute roughly $330.6 million in the current
fiscal year to pay interest on the U.S. debt. We’ll chip in $131.4 million for unemployment insurance, and $1.4 million for the federal air marshals program. There’s another way to look at it: Pretend you’re a single Vermonter earning about $30,000 a year. You likely chipped in an estimated $702 in 2011 for military spending, 28 cents for high-speed rail, nearly $70 for food stamps and 82 cents to fund the U.S. Postal Service. NPP is a nonpartisan organization with progressive
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Seven Days contributor Kevin J. Kelley caught up with Mayor Miro Weinberger last week at Maglianero Café on Maple Street — the same day he took his tarmac stroll with President Barack Obama. The talk ranged from Burlington’s budget problems to Weinberger’s feelings on a Church Street smoking ban. The interview is excerpted below. Read the whole exchange on Blurt.
SD: Which jobs are you going to fill immediately? MW: Mayoral assistant, CEDO director, city attorney and chief administrative officer.
SD: Are you going to enroll your daughter in the Burlington public school system? She’s in kindergarten now at the Bellwether School in Williston, where your wife works. Will you keep her there for first grade? MW: We’ve applied to have her start first grade in the magnet schools here: the Integrated Arts Academy at Wheeler or the Sustainability Academy at Barnes. SD: Not Edmunds? That’s your neighborhood school. MW: Edmunds is a great school, but we regard the arts curriculum as very appropriate for our daughter.
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SD: Are you in favor of raising the mayor’s $99,676 salary and those of some other city officials, as had recently been proposed to the Board of Finance? MW: I think the mayor’s salary level is generous already. We’re still in a period in which the people of
SD: How about the proposed downtown smoking ban that Kiss vetoed? What’s your position on that? MW: I’m not in favor of the ban as it was proposed. It’s interesting that it was one of the issues I heard the most about on the campaign trail. There was opposition to the ban throughout the city, something on the order of 10 to 1.
SD: What criteria will you consider in deciding whether to retain a department head who worked for Bob Kiss? MW: It won’t be based on their having worked for Bob Kiss. I’ll consider their qualifications and abilities, their energetic commitment to working in city government. I’ll also look at their willingness to be held to performance standards that we’ll be developing.
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Burlington are living in difficult economic conditions. The incomes of Burlingtonians have been absolutely flat since 2008. I don’t think it’s appropriate to raise the mayor’s salary in those circumstances.
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SEVEN DAYS: You’re bound to have something of a political honeymoon when you take office. Is there a 90-day or 100-day window for you to take major actions that will be harder to take later on? MIRO WEINBERGER: Yes, June 30 is a significant date. We need to pass a balanced budget by then. The 90-day window also relates to what I’ve said about making a decision on the Moran Plant by then. It’s gone on long enough. We need to decide what to do there. The financial consequences to the city will be significant no matter which way I go on Moran. And I can say that other than the budget, I’ve spent more time on Moran than any issue.
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SEVEN DAYS: A lot has changed in American society since the 1970s when you wrote your books about poverty. Has any of that caused you to change your analysis? FRANCES FOX PIVEN: No, I haven reshaped my analysis. What is different, though, is that our work in the ’70s was premised on the view that American elites were rooted in national institutions. We assumed that their wealth
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ack when the federal government was actually trying to reduce poverty in the United States, Frances Fox Piven was well known among progressives as a social theorist and advocate for economic justice. Along with her husband, Richard Cloward (who died in 2001), Piven wrote two books that powerfully influenced public discourse on poverty: Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare (1971, updated 1993) and Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed and How They Fail (1977). Both books developed what had come to be known as the Cloward-Piven strategy. In an article published in the Nation magazine in 1966, the pair had argued for a grassroots drive to increase enrollment in welfare programs — to the point where the system would break down and force the adoption of radical reforms, including a guaranteed minimum income for all Americans. Critics called it a wrongheaded approach that promoted an ethic of dependency and that helped push New York City’s liberal local government into bankruptcy. Piven, now 79 and still a political science and sociology professor at the City University of New York, has also focused her writings and activism on efforts to increase voter registration and turnout, especially among poor people. Her long record of left-wing advocacy led hardright hack Glenn Beck to launch a series of attacks on Piven last year. Beck caricatured her as a violent revolutionary and mastermind of a leftist conspiracy to elect Obama, institute national health care and trigger the Great Recession. Seven Days spoke with Piven by phone in advance of her Will Miller Social Justice Lecture at the University of Vermont on Thursday, April 12.
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depended on their rule over those institutions. We believed they would try to reproduce those institutions and would therefore have long-term perspectives. I’m less certain about that now. SD: Why do you think that’s happened? FFP: Many of the top decision makers in this country are CEOs, and they move around a lot. They may not even be living in this country. Their focus is on the bottom line rather than on the stability of the corporations they run. SD: Does this shortsightedness explain the right-wing radicalization of the Republican Party? I have a friend who says Republicans hate their grandchildren. Climate-change denial is an example of that, right? FFP: Yes, climate change is a good example. But in addition to maybe hating their grandchildren, Republican radicalization is the result of the party harnessing a populist base — from the
John Birch Society in the ’50s and ’60s to the militias in the ’90s to the Tea Party today. Now they’re stuck with all that in the Republican campaign for the presidential nomination. It’s been a disaster for them. The big-money interests that feed the party are aghast because the party’s members in Congress are voting against what big business needs. SD: Do you think the Republicans have moved so far right that they’ve become unelectable at the White House level, even if they nominate Mitt Romney? FFP: Yes, I do think so. But in a certain way that’s not so great, because Obama will roll into a second term and not feel a need to act differently than in his first term. SD: There are those who suggest Obama will feel less politically constrained in a second term and will let out his inner progressive.
FFP: Maybe. The way he runs in a campaign, he does sound like a liberal. Maybe he really is a liberal. We’ll see. SD: You’re coming to UVM to talk about the future of the Occupy movement. What do you say to the proposition that if the movement doesn’t have visible leaders it can never be effective? FFP: The Occupy people have a big emotional investment in what they call direct democracy. I’ve been through that with a lot of movements over the years, and I just don’t have the patience for it. I don’t think they’ll be able to maintain that kind of internal process as they move out to engage students, the residents of foreclosed homes and the working poor. I saw something dimly reflective of Occupy’s approach in the community organizing of the ’60 and ’70s. It was fake a lot of the time — this claim that the participants are the leaders. On the sidelines you could see the people who really were the leaders. SD: Are you going to tell Occupy Burlington that? FFP: I don’t preach. I will say that Occupy protests fall into the tradition of American protest, beginning with the Revolutionary War. The poor farmers, artisans and laborers who rose up and made that revolution had demands different from those of the Founding Fathers, who wanted to change the rules so as to benefit banking and commerce. On the other hand, the people who actually fought the war had been seized by a vision of radical democracy. They wanted all decisions to be made by a unicameral legislature, without an upper house that would depend on property. They wanted their representatives to be close to home and to be able to deselect them every year. That was the radical program of the 1770s and 1780s. I think it’s a lovely vision. I understand why it’s so infectious. But I can’t imagine a society without a government. And I can’t imagine a government controlled by consensus-based decision making. SD: Why were you singled out for
attack by Glenn Beck? Until then you were a fairly obscure left-wing social scientist. FFP: I can’t prove it, but I think it was because a handful of leftist intellectuals from the ’70s who paid attention to what Richard and I were writing went on to become conservatives. They crossed over to the right. They made that switch on the view that the black-power movement had been devastating to the Democratic Party, which they had wanted to see develop as a European-style SocialDemocratic Party. Black power antagonized the South and a lot of white, working-class voters who were the main base of the Democratic Party. In short, the people who became conservatives were infuriated with the black freedom movement, and they saw us as outside agitators spurring on that movement. Rudy Giuliani gave a speech naming Richard and me as having been responsible for the New York City fiscal crisis. All of this got taken to Glenn Beck.
SD: oK, but don’t you agree there’s been a major improvement in race relations in this country? And that there’s now a large black middle class that didn’t exist 40 years ago? FFP: Yes, on both counts. We can see it in the case of Trayvon Martin. I don’t think the degree of white American outrage at what happened would have been nearly as great 40 years ago. SD: So are you generally hopeful about the country’s future? Do you think occupy will make a big difference? FFP: Our only hope is that there will be enough resistance, enough defiance, enough trouble from the bottom of society to change the course of American politics. It might not happen. And the elites might not pay attention. As I said, they don’t have much of a stake in the institutions anymore. Fifty years ago, the solution almost everyone agreed on was the need for more jobs. It’s not that way now. Today, the solution is incarceration.
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SD: Back to the history of poverty in the United States. Isn’t it true that the poverty rate is much lower now than in the 1960s? That real gains have been made? FFP: No, it’s not true. Meager gains were made in the ’60s and ’70s, but then the poverty rate began to creep back up. In the ’90s there was literally a reversal of those gains as we saw the government eliminate the main cash-assistance program, Aid to Families with Dependent Children. In the past decade, the poverty rate has increased further, certainly with the onset of the Great Recession.
SD: A Vermont question: Are you familiar with our state? Surely you’re familiar with Bernie Sanders. FFP: I’ve never stayed in Vermont long enough to become familiar with it. Bernie — it’s great to have him. He’s the only one in Congress who’s clear on a lot of points and who maintains
SD: That must be pretty frightening. But at the same time, maybe you agree there’s no such thing as bad publicity — that Beck has actually helped you get your message back out. FFP: It helps to have a little megaphone that I use to fight back with.
Even though it’s more expensive to put someone in jail than to give that person a job, there’s a huge investment of interests in incarceration. A lot of powerful forces want there to be more and more prisons. I do have a lot of hope for Occupy, though. I’ll be excited to see it in all its varieties as it moves into the universities and into the neighborhoods. It’s our main hope, really.
SD: But Beck’s star is falling, right? He’s not still after you, is he? FFP: Oh, yes, he is through his blog, the Blaze. I still get death threats from some of the people who read that stuff.
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RICH ARENTZEN and TOVE OHLANDER jumped through multiple, prolonged hoops to get their Pine Street glassblowing studio, AO GLASS, up and running last November. Yet, instead of diving into profit-driven production, the couple’s first major project of 2012 is a philanthropic campaign. Called 12.12.12, it’s a collaboration with 12 nonprofits to create small glass items for sale representing the organizations’ causes. In the vein of the white polar bear ornament the studio created for Polar Bears International
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In addition, Tucker-Ketcham reports being in talks with SHELBURNE MUSEUM and SHELBURNE FARMS about ways to promote each other’s events and jointly market the three institutions. “We’re the triangle of historic Shelburne,” she suggests. One collaboration is already under way: The craft school is procuring its wood from the grounds of Shelburne Farms. Tucker-Ketcham, who has been at the helm of the center since November 2010, is clearly excited about her facility’s return to a classic mission — one that particularly resonates locally. “Hands-on education has a place in our
there is an “open dialogue” while “we work out the kinks.” The residence progam hones not only woodworking skills but the business and marketing savvy necessary for individuals to launch their own enterprises. Previous experience at a certified institution, such as Warren’s YESTERMORROW DESIGN/BUILD SCHOOL, or in a formal apprenticeship is helpful for scoring a residency, though not required. The $300 monthly fee for the residency can be offset through teaching opportunities. Woodworkers-inresidence are expected to stay for a minimum of nine months and a maximum of 18 months. Tucker-Ketcham and the board of the soon-to-be Shelburne Craft School have been doing more than planning a comeback; they’ve also been developing strategic partnerships to further the mission. One is with the VERMONT WOODWORKING SCHOOL in Fairfax, which is in turn affiliated with BURLINGTON COLLEGE. VWS hosts the college’s craftsmanship and design degree programs, and recently received an official designation as a Vermont state craft center. While BC’s craftsmanship majors take their woodworking classes at VWS, they can get college credit for classes in stained glass and metalsmithing at the Shelburne facility. Woodworking graduates of BC, or any other school, Tucker-Ketcham notes, may not be quite ready to launch their own businesses; any who choose to extend their training with the Shelburne residency program will find it an “incubator” and “interim step toward their professional life,” she says.
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he SHELBURNE ART CENTER is rocking its roots. In a few weeks, says director SAGE TUCKERKETCHAM, the Shelburne village complex on Harbor Road will resume its original name, the SHELBURNE CRAFT SCHOOL, and reinvigorate its craft-education mission. “It’s a pseudo-version of the old model, but works better with today’s world,” she notes, explaining that the instructors will not be required to teach full time but can pursue their own craft careers while passing their skills along to others. The school will continue to offer classes for all ages — from dabblers to preprofessionals. An essential component of the center’s education is woodworking, just as it was when the school began, in 1938, after one Rev. J. Lynwood Smith invited local boys to learn the fundamentals of the craft in the basement of nearby Trinity Episcopal Church. Seven years later, the Shelburne Craft School was incorporated as a nonprofit, a facility where professional craftspeople could both create their own work and teach students. Besides woodworking, classes in pottery, jewelry making and other visual arts were added. More than six decades later, the woodshop is humming with activity, under the direction of manager ZACH OGDEN, and has a brand-new Woodworker-in-Residence Program. Three emerging woodworking professionals — MATT HASTINGS, CHRIS RAMOS and RACHEL BRYDOLF-HORWITZ — are expanding their own businesses in the facility while also offering classes and twicemonthly weekend specialty workshops. The four make up a sort of pilot program, Tucker-Ketcham says, in which
in time for the holidays, Ohlander and Arentzen are now offering 11 more items, including an orange-and-green glass carrot for the Intervale Center, a small drinking glass depicting a bike for Local Motion and a sleeping brown bat for Bat Conservation International. Each organization will receive 12 percent of profits from sales. The glass items run $22 to $36 each. “I feel like this [12.12.12 campaign] comes from living and breathing the Vermont spirit for five years,” explains Ohlander, a Swede who moved here in 2006. Turning down the studio’s
society again,” she says. “In Vermont, it’s parallel with the [locavore] food movement.” Just as Vermonters want to grow their own food or know where it was grown, Tucker-Ketcham explains, “I’d rather support a local jeweler than buy something mass produced. Handmade is so big right now,” she adds. “It’s good timing for us.” The Shelburne Craft School will soon be announcing details of a returningto-roots party on May 12, noon to 4 p.m. It has also launched a new website, theshelburnecraftschool.org. Info, 985-3648. shelburneartcenter.org
loud furnace, she adds, “There’s a way of including each other in Vermont and trying to work together to solve problems.” In that spirit, AO Glass and JDK DESIGN recently exchanged an AO logo overhaul for glass-blowing lessons. JDK also designed 12.12.12’s Celtic-knot-like emblem. Ohlander says the project has been rewarding. “I strongly feel that it’s individuals’ and businesses’ responsibility to take a good look [at environmental, humanitarian and other issues of our time],” she says gravely, “because, if no one takes
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or comments for the characters that will be wrapped into each performance. Part comedy, part drama, APPetite doesn’t offer as many answers about living with technology as it does questions. “There’s just this fact that we’re all tied to our technology and the endless information stimulation that we get from it,” says Hurst. The play follows on the heels of the college’s “Disconnect to Reconnect” event last week, during which St. Mike’s invited students, faculty and staff to participate in a 72-hour technology fast. That meant no computers, no video games and no cellphones. Rivers didn’t participate, she admits ruefully. “I’m aware that I’m probably addicted,” she says with a laugh. While she would like to unplug, Rivers admits she doesn’t intend to do so anytime soon: Networking online is crucial to her work both as a student and as a standup comedian.
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“I try to make really brutal art, but it usually comes out cute,” jokes Arentzen, who has fired up a “glory hole” and is pincering tufts from a ball of soft, yellow glass. All 12 objects are available at AO’s studio and website, and some or all will be sold at venues such as ShelbuRne MuSeuM, ShelbuRne FaRMS, FRog hollow, the gReen liFe and the PeaCe & JuStiCe StoRe. AO has also applied for inclusion in the Smithsonian Museums’ “Made in America” store, an initiative of Sen. Bernie Sanders. The organizations themselves aren’t being asked to carry
“There’s a part of me that understands it’s the world we live in,” Rivers says. “We’re at a point in society and the technological revolution where we can’t keep putting up a wall and pushing it away.” But that doesn’t mean trading oldfashioned theater for flashy Hollywood blockbusters — not yet, at least. Rivers thinks an interactive play such as APPetite can provide a kind of entertainment that no movie can match: audience8V-JacobAlbee040412.indd participation. “No matter how many big Transformers there are, you’re not going to experience that,” she says. m
responsibility, there are no role models. We want to be role models.” That said, Ohlander and Arentzen are also artists with a knack for conjuring attractive, tactile items from molten glass. An oversized brown coffee bean for Food 4 Farmers, a South Burlington-based organization that addresses hunger among latin American coffee-farming families, invites palm massages; a small, blackand-gold-striped bee, representing the Vermont Beekeepers Association, is as minimalist and adorable as AO’s polar bear.
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t. Michael’s College sophomore Kit RiveRS admits that when it comes to modern entertainment, it might be hard for the old-school theater to compete with the instant gratification of YouTube or the production values of a 3D multiplex. “Theater can no longer claim to live in a world without screens,” says Rivers, assistant director of the upcoming production of APPetite. Embracing and understanding that brave new world is at the heart of the original play, which goes curtains up — and screens on — on Wednesday, April 11. The play tackles our obsession with technology — everything from online dating to the threat of alienation in the technological age. “[The show] brings to our awareness something that has become so casual,” says Rivers. Social media, Facebook — these are second nature for Rivers and her classmates, she notes. A cellphone is almost an extension of one’s arm, she adds. “This show brings to light, and brings to our attention, how engulfed we can become.” Under the tutelage of director and theater professor Cathy huRSt, an ensemble cast of 17 actors built APPetite from the ground up. It’s what’s known in theater circles as a devised work, meaning the company brainstormed, improvised and eventually scripted the play in a collaborative effort. The show is also interactive: Audience members will be seated on stage, and, instead of being warned to turn off cellphones at the beginning of the performance, they’ll be encouraged to turn them on. Periodically, the audience will be invited to text in questions
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lone wolves rarely succeed at improv. “It really is a team effort.” One of the fundamental principles of improv is known as “Yes, and …” In short, that means actors should accept the scenario around them, however bizarre, and then find a way to add to it. “You never want to close off a scene,” Yates explains. “The more you can keep a scene open and the more you can add to it, the more fun, and funnier, the games will be.” Tonight the games include a cheeky exercise in pickup artistry; a scene in which actors take turns ad-libbing on well-known fairy tales; and “Scenes from a Bowl,” in which they are required to pull random, prewritten sentences — such as “That’s amazeballs!” — from a bowl and incorporate them into the scene. Actors range in ability from hesitant first-timers to experienced improv performers. Yates says that’s typical of the drop-in sessions. Lisa Steele, a Burlington resident and a self-described homebody, has just attended her first session. “I was looking for some way to get out of the house and do something fun,” she says. “And this was fun.” Steele says she was surprised by the variety of talent at the sessions, and when she observed that even less-experienced actors have their moments. “Even the people who were fumbling were still funny,” she says. “It didn’t matter what level of ability you had.” Yates agrees. “My favorite thing about improv is that you can’t go wrong,” she says. “No matter what you say or do, it’s right. It’s not scripted. You can’t mess up.”
tandup comedy is fully blossoming in Vermont, as more and more local comedians hit area stages to tickle our funny bones. While the rise in quantity and quality has been a pleasant development, standup’s unpredictable, wild-eyed cousin — improv — has yet to make any real inroads in the state, despite its popularity nationwide. Burlington performing arts studio SPARK ARTS may be about to change that, with a new series of improv classes and workshops. On a recent Wednesday evening, a Seven Days reporter drops by the Flynn Avenue studio owned by local comedians NATHAN HARTSWICK and NATALIE MILLER to observe a drop-in improv session. The weekly gatherings are free and open to any interested parties, whether as performers or just flies on the wall. Spark Arts also offers a six-week paid improv class and has a touring improv troupe. On this night, 12 wannabe improv artists crowd the small, bright studio space. Most are young and male, but the ages range to mid-forties. After a series of warm-up exercises, Spark Arts’ improv instructor SARAH VENUTI YATES leads the group through a variety of improv games designed to give some loose structure to the scenes that will follow. Unlike standup, improv comedy is not scripted. As its name implies, it is concocted completely on the spot. Actors are given parameters within which to create a scene. From there, the action can go in any direction imaginable, with results ranging from hilarity to absolute train wreck. Not even the actors never really know where a scene will take them, which gives the art form
a sense of danger and intrigue. “With standup, you sort of know what to expect,” says Yates, who has been performing improv since high school and studied at improv theaters such as Second City in Chicago and Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles. “Maybe you can see a punch line coming or understand how a joke is being set up. But with improv, it’s all coming out of nowhere. There is always an element of surprise.” Though performers are essentially
acting — and, most importantly, reacting — on the fly, improv comedy does have certain guiding principles. While you can’t teach someone to be funny, Yates says there are ways to open an actor’s receptors to what’s funny around them. “The most important thing is to listen,” she says. “Oftentimes you can tell when someone has a line they’re waiting to use. And, more often than not, those lines fall flat because the actor isn’t paying attention to what’s happening around them.” She adds that
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Dear cecil, I’ve heard of the occasional car in a baseball stadium parking lot being damaged by an out-of-the-park home run. I wonder: Have there ever been any skulls or other body parts crushed? Who would be liable for the hapless victim’s misfortune? Victor, Santa cruz
involved and the comparatively small number of people seated in fair territory in most parks. Foul balls, as anyone who has watched a game from the stands likely suspects, are more of a problem. In 1960 Dominic LaSala (reported spellings vary) was killed by a foul ball off the bat of Johnny Powers of the minorleague Columbus Jets, and in 1970, 14-year-old Alan Fish was killed by a line-drive foul from Manny Mota of the Dodgers. Not only can batted balls be dangerous, so can the bats. Baseball bats used to be sturdy cudgels made of formidable wood species such as hickory, but over time, hitters adopted
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lighter ash bats with spindly handles to improve their homerun power. As it became apparent ash bats break much more easily than hickory, batters switched to maple. This led to another problem: When maple bats break, they’re three times as likely as ash to shatter into large pieces, which can become dangerous projectiles. Nearly 25 bats get broken per game. Some serious nonfatal spectator injuries have occurred from both errant balls and pieces of bats, including broken cheekbones and jaws, concussions, and in one case the loss of an eye. Players can be at serious risk, too. On September 19, 2010, Chicago Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin was heading home from third on Wellington Castillo’s broken-bat
double when a flying shard of wood speared him like a cocktail shrimp. Colvin needed a chest tube and emergency surgery and was done for the season. He did, however, score. One comprehensive medical study found 291 injuries from foul balls during baseball games attended by 7.7 million spectators — a rate of roughly one injury per 26,000 attendees. That’s an order of magnitude worse than the figure I came up with for injuries during the 1977 season based on an informal phone survey — 1 in 298,000. My apologies to any injured parties or their heirs and estates. With so many balls ending up in the stands (on average a few dozen per game, judging from several small-scale counts), it’s remarkable deaths and injuries
first tackled this question in 1978. Things were different then. I pounded out columns on a mechanical device called a typewriter. My telephone was the size of a shoe box. When I wanted to ascertain a fact, I didn’t Google it or email people in Adelaide but rather called them one at a time. This had a deleterious impact on the quality of information I was able to amass. Today research is easier, so I revisited the subject. I was, I’m happy to report, directionally correct: Flying baseballs can be lethally dangerous. However — and I’m sorry if this has had any unfortunate consequences over the past 34 years — I underestimated the risk by a factor of 10. From 1900 through 2002 there were 35 confirmed spectator fatalities in major- or minor-league ballparks. Only five of those were ball related: two from foul balls, two from wild throws into the stands and one during spring training where a fan chasing a foul ball got hit by a car. None was due to home runs, no doubt owing to the relative rarity of homers, the distance
aren’t more frequent. As it is, there have been some bizarre incidents. On August 17, 1957, center fielder Richie Ashburn of the Philadelphia Phillies hit fan Alice Roth twice with foul balls during a single at-bat: The first foul broke her nose, and then Ashburn lined a second ball into her as she was being carried off on a stretcher. Given the risks, you’d think MLB clubs would have been sued back to the sandlot by now. However, the courts have generally held, even recently, that spectators at baseball games don’t have to be protected from common and expected risks. Case law from before World War I absolves park owners from liability for foul balls and broken bats. That’s not to say the clubs are immune to lawsuits. Patrons have successfully sued after being hit by foul balls that passed through protective netting, stumbling over loose bats, falling into holes, or tripping and falling down stairs. The common thread seems to be that the hazards involved couldn’t reasonably have been anticipated. Generally speaking, though, the law considers that when you go out to the old ball game you’re willingly assuming the risk of injury or death. In 1991 Illinois was briefly an exception, with plaintiffs winning lawsuits against both the White Sox and Cubs for foul-ball injuries. That was nipped in the bud the following year by the Illinois Baseball Facility Liability Act. This shielded the clubs from most foul-ball litigation, the legislature evidently taking the view that from long, sad experience Chicago baseball fans should know to expect the worst.
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“Don’t cook?” I asked, incredulously. “Seriously — that comes up on first dates? Guys actually ask, ‘Tell me, do you cook?’ Man, things have sure changed, or maybe I should say they’ve reverted back to an earlier time. That seems like a dating conversation circa 1937. Don’t tell me — you’re also lousy at mending clothes?” The woman laughed and said, “I think it all has to do with nurturing. That’s what the cooking represents. Men want a nurturer.” We motored through the University of Vermont district. It was a warm night, and couples were out strolling hand in
Hookups migHt be easier to come by in tHe springtime of life, but actual love? “Wait a second,” I said. “I thought plenty of people date online these days — nothing lame about that. But I gather you’re not finding suitable guys?” “Ah, where to begin? I seem to attract 20-year-olds and 60-year-olds who are all too eager to hook up, imagine that. Guys my own age all seem to want mommies. It’s gotten so bad, I’ve taken to writing stories about my dates and emailing them to my friends and family. I really should write a book!” “That’s crazy,” I said. “Girl, you are a hottie. I don’t know what’s wrong with men these days. I mean, they should be lining up.” “Thanks for that. Well, one thing is, I don’t cook.”
hand. Gosh, I thought, love is easier for the young. Then I flashed on my own salad days and realized that’s an illusion. Hookups might be easier to come by in the springtime of life, but actual love? That’s a challenge at any age. As we passed the hospital, I asked, “Being that I’m not on your email list, could you share with me some of your stories of dating disaster?” “Sure, why not?” she replied. “Well, of course, there’s the twentysomethings looking for a quick lay. Oh, then this 92-year-old guy got in touch with me before he realized how old I was, and wrote back to apologize — he was ‘looking for an older gal.’ Then this one guy starts out the date — over dinner, no less
— by pulling out and sniffing Afrin nasal spray. And how about the man looking for someone to help him get out of debt? Oh, yeah — there’s a keeper. Shall I continue?” Laughing, I said, “No, that’s quite sufficient — you’ve painted a vivid picture. I had no idea how hard it was for a single woman these days. On behalf of men everywhere, please accept my apologies.” We reached the Winooski Falls development, and my customer guided me to her apartment entrance. To me, it seems like a great location, if you want to live in a city and appreciate the proximity to the river. Winooski has the feel of an upand-coming town — teeming with immigrants, good restaurants and creative people. And I’ve always taken comfort in the sound and sight of the Winooski River — especially in the spring when, swollen with snowmelt, it billows and thunders. As my customer counted out the fare in the backseat, I said, “I really wish you the best of luck finding the right man. You just have to have some patience, I guess, because — like I said — you seem like a real catch.” The woman raised her head, a wistful look on her face. “Honestly,” she said, “at this point, I would just settle for some good, safe sex.” m
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t’s not the sort of weather a ski resort owner dreams about. Outside, a handful of skiers on the slopes is making do with another unseasonably warm day, forecasts of rain and just 17 open trails. But inside the resort’s massive new Pump House Indoor Water Park, Jay Peak owner Bill Stenger is enjoying a balmy 84 degrees. “What this facility does is it gives us an insurance policy against the weather,” says Stenger, standing on a platform overlooking his 50,000-square-foot, $27 million aquatic jungle gym — or, as he calls it, his “weatherproof amenity.” Part of a $250 million makeover of the famously low-key mountain, the water park is the pièce de résistance of Stenger’s effort to bring a little bit of Disney’s Magic Kingdom to the Northeast Kingdom. The once-sleepy border resort also boasts two new hotels, a conference center, a Nordic skiing facility and an ice hockey arena. More construction is on the way. Fueling Jay Peak’s growth is a unique federal financing program known as EB-5, which confers permanent-resident status on the families of wealthy foreigners who invest a half-million dollars in “qualifying” projects. Read: development designed to bring jobs to rural or otherwise economically depressed areas of the U.S. Vermont has been a leading beneficiary of the program that federal officials say has brought more than $2.2 billion in foreign investment and created 43,000 jobs since 1990. But critics contend that EB-5 is nothing more than a scheme for the wealthy elite to buy their way to the front of the immigration line. They say a lack of federal oversight has led to abuses within the program and exaggerated claims of job creation. And while Vermont projects have snagged more than $200 million in EB-5 investment, questions have emerged about the viability of some of the businesses benefiting from the program — including Jay. For his part, Stenger says Jay Peak’s expansion simply would not have been possible without the immigration
program and the 340 foreign investors from 56 countries who have ponied up a half-million dollars each for the project. In the end, he hopes to attract a total of 550 investors. “Without capital, you can have great ideas,” Stenger says, “but without capital, you can’t implement them.”
The End of a Partnership
Jay Peak has been a perfect poster child for EB-5 investment, and Stenger is one of the program’s strongest advocates. He has testified about EB-5 before congressional committees three times and argues it should be extended or made permanent before it expires in September. So it came as a shock when one of Jay Peak’s closest associates, Rapid USA Visas, recently disparaged Stenger and his company by publicly severing its ties with the resort and questioning its financial health. For five years, Rapid USA had worked closely with Jay Peak to attract foreign investors. The company advertised the project internationally and helped investors navigate the byzantine process between investment and expedited visa. That changed last month, when hundreds of immigration attorneys around the world received an email from the firm that announced, “Rapid USA no longer has confidence in the accuracy of representations made by Jay Peak, Inc., or in the financial status of and disclosures made by [it].” Rapid USA CEO Douglas Hulme turned down repeated media requests to elaborate on his
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because we’re not paying them a commission.” According to Stenger, Gibson is merely retaliating against Jay Peak because the resort has refused to share proprietary information with Gibson’s firm or participate in his various business ventures. “There is no problem,” Stenger said. “We got a kick-ass business here, and it’s because of the things we’ve done.”
An early adopter of the EB-5 program, Vermont has developed an international reputation for its hospitality toward green-card-seeking foreign investors. It’s the only state-run program to certify and monitor EB-5-qualified businesses; elsewhere in the country, for-profit regional centers do the job.
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Critics have long contended that EB-5 auctions off green cards to the world’s 1 percenters only to benefit a handful of domestic corporations. “It’s a policy that rewards wealth with citizenship,” says Doug Hoffer, an economic analyst and 2010 Democratic candidate for Vermont’s state auditor. “They don’t need to wait in line like everybody else.” Brendan O’Neill, whose Migrant Justice organization has been lobbying the legislature to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented agricultural workers,
organization in the United States. They really take good care of companies like us and help us get through the bureaucracy.” Young, whose company uses discarded placenta to treat burns and ulcers, traveled to China last month with Candido to court potential investors. Also joining them was Johannes von Trapp of the famed Sound of Music family, whose Stowe-based Trapp Family Lodge is hoping to finance a planned brewery expansion with EB-5 money. “It was just the best route for me,” says von Trapp. “It’s also nice because you’re helping some people improve their quality of life by moving to the United States … My family was fortunate enough to be able to come here. I feel good about helping others do that.”
Seldon Technologies CEO Alan Cummings says that for “a small company in the middle of the Great Recession,” EB-5 provides “an attractive way to raise capital.” After receiving certification from Candido’s office, businesses such as Seldon form individual partnerships with foreign investors who must each commit at least a half-million dollars to an approved venture. After demonstrating to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that the project will create 10 jobs per investor, an applicant and his or her family is granted a temporary green card. Two years later, the green card becomes permanent if the investor can demonstrate the jobs were, in fact, created. Each relationship between investor and business is unique, but companies are not statutorily obligated to pay interest on the loan — or even return the principal. If the jobs don’t materialize or the project goes south, the investor is sent packing, but businesses are not held liable. “What these investor folks were able to do for us, and continue to be able to help us with, is access to patient capital,” Stenger says. Sugarbush president Win Smith says that when he and his partners sought to renovate their resort in 2007, “It would have been very difficult to get alternative financing or financing at a reasonable price.” Von Trapp echoes, “What this does is gives you five years to start up a business and get cash flowing nicely before you have the interest burden and the payback.” Sugarbush and Country Home Products both took advantage of an EB-5 provision that allows struggling businesses — those whose net worth has dropped by 20 percent — to simply save 10 jobs per investor, not create new ones.
“We’re trying to use the program as much as we can as an economic development tool, to stimulate job creation and to get capital to companies that really need it,” says Candido, who directs the program that covers all of Vermont except Chittenden County. In 2011, the overall EB-5 program accounted for $82,000 in the Agency of Commerce budget. To date, four homegrown Vermont businesses have collectively attracted more than $200 million in foreign capital, according to Candido. In addition to Jay, Sugarbush Resort financed an expansion with $19.5 million from 39 investors. Vergennes-based Country Home Products has raised $11 million from 22 investors to expand its product lines, and Windsor-based Seldon Technologies has raised $3 million from six investors to develop a water-filtration system.
Vermont has also attracted a number of outside businesses that plan to set up shop in the state. AnC Bio, a South Korean biotech company, intends to build a 40,000-square-foot plant on the shores of Lake Memphremagog in Newport, where Stenger and Burlington real estate magnate Tony Pomerleau also want to put an EB-5financed conference center and hotel. Québec-based DreamLife is talking about 160-unit assisted-living facilities in four Vermont towns, and New Jersey-based AFCell Medical plans to relocate its corporate headquarters to Waterbury or Stowe and hire 300 Vermonters. “Vermont pans out well,” says AFCell CEO Robin Young. “It’s probably the best-organized EB-5
company’s claims. But his silence fueled speculation about Jay Peak’s ability to deliver on promises to investors and led one critic to claim that Jay Peak and Rapid USA were violating federal securities laws. “Overall, we have significant concerns about [Jay Peak’s] ability to operate as a going concern,” says Michael Gibson, an EB-5 financial investment adviser who has tangled with Stenger in the past and who posted Hulme’s email on his industry blog. “We’ve had our suspicions for years. We don’t believe Jay Peak is making money.” Stenger disputes the allegations and provided documentation showing that sales for the season are up 38 percent — or $5.7 million — over last year’s, despite the mild weather. Lift-ticket sales are down $400,000 from last year, Stenger says, but an increase in lodging options on the mountain — 1000 more beds this year alone — has more than made up the difference. For example, sales during the last week of March reached $891,000, compared with $589,000 for that same week in 2011. State officials also have confidence in Jay Peak’s financials. “We, of course, wanted to take a closer look, so we spent the entire day at Jay after that letter,” says James Candido, who directs the state’s EB-5 program at the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. “There was absolutely nothing that was out of the ordinary.” Stenger acknowledges that his relationship with Hulme and Rapid USA ended badly but declines to provide a full account of what transpired. “It came as a shock to me,” he says. “I was very disappointed in the tone.” As for Gibson’s allegations that Jay Peak is in trouble, Stenger is less reserved. “He does not know what he’s talking about,” Stenger says. “I’m very resentful of the way he’s conducted himself. I don’t think it’s been fair. I don’t think it’s been ethical. He is not an expert on Jay Peak or anything we do.” Gibson has also suggested that Hulme and Stenger may have violated federal securities laws, arguing Jay paid a commission to Rapid USA for each investor recruited, though Hulme is not licensed to sell securities. Stenger argues that Hulme got an “administrative fee” — 85 percent of the extra $35,000 to $50,000 Jay charges each investor for advertising, processing and legal expenses — not a commission. “There is absolutely no foundation to that,” Stenger says. “They do not have to be a licensed dealer-broker,
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Contrary to the EB-5 program’s mission, one firm “certified” by Vermont and featured on the state’s website appears to be a front company for a Canadian immigration firm in the business of selling visas. Promotional materials for the company, DreamLife, suggest it plans to build four $24 million senior living facilities in Montpelier, Rutland, White River Junction and Newport — each replete with bowling alleys and bistros.
But company president Richard Parenteau readily admits that DreamLife is only entering the senior living market in order to hock EB-5 visas — and collect $17,500 in administrative fees. Parenteau’s other enterprise, Québec-based Can-Am Immigration, claims on its website to have been “instrumental in securing 25,000 work permits and/or green cards in the United States alone.” “We have to do something with investors’ money, so what do we do with it? That’s why we decided to go into retirement homes,” Parenteau explains. “We decided to go into an industry where there’s a big need now.” While Parenteau says construction should start in December on at least two of the 50-acre, 160-unit facilities, local officials say they have heard nothing from the firm since initial informational meetings more than a year ago. Former DreamLife employee Douglas Littlefield says the company has reneged on numerous business commitments. “Personally, I don’t think he should have been allowed to come to Vermont,” says Littlefield, who was hired two years ago to scout potential sites. “I wish anyone who works with him good luck.” Since the state certified DreamLife as an EB-5-qualified business, Candido has reviewed the company’s business plans and held quarterly meetings with its partners. He says he has heard “rumors” about Parenteau’s business dealings and was told the company president is not permitted to enter the United States. But Candido says it’s outside his purview to vouch for every facet of a Vermont-certified company. “With someone like DreamLife, he could have problems outside of our project, but again, I don’t have much time to monitor his stuff outside of EB-5. Within EB-5, if there was any fraud happening, we would find it very quickly,” Candido says. Attempts to follow up with Parenteau were unsuccessful because DreamLife’s phone number was disconnected after an initial interview.
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t started so innocently. In November 2010, one of our colleagues forwarded a Front Porch Forum posting from Mark Krawczyk of Burlington Permaculture, who was raising money to publish a book — “the first North American manual on coppice agroforestry” — using a website called Kickstarter. Donating small amounts was easy, but there was a catch: The authors had to hit their goal of $5000 in pledges by December 10 or they’d get nothing. Was this new e-fundraising model worth a story? We’d never heard of Kickstarter, but we soon learned the site was launched by five friends in early 2009 to “gather a million mini-Medicis on the Web,” in the words of an Inc. article. Starting a Kickstarter campaign is free, but campaigns can last no more than 60 days. When a goal is met, Kickstarter collects 5 percent of the proceeds. (Amazon grabs another 3 to 5 percent for credit-card processing.) We were intrigued by the possibilities, especially when we received a second Kickstarter appeal, from Burlington playwright and filmmaker James Lantz. And we learned that Kickstarter is no sure thing: Krawczyk’s campaign exceeded its target, while Lantz’s fell short. (He’d have more luck with later campaigns; see sidebar.) Soon the trickle of Kickstarter appeals in our inbox swelled to a flood. A band was recording an EP. A cabaret group was funding its trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A snow-sculpting team needed tools. A performance artist was transforming himself into a Japanese movie monster. And that was just in Burlington. In its listings by city, kickstarter.
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Sure, we’d like to raise $33 million to stop lender Citibank from repossessing our municipal telecom network, but we’re not that delusional. Besides, Queen City taxpayers have already contributed to the BT cause. So here’s our modest proposal: We’ll hire some talent to craft a weekly TV comedy that does for Burlington what “Portlandia” does for Portland, Ore. It shouldn’t be hard, right? We’ve got quirk and whimsy to spare in the Queen City. We’ve got people who put birds on things, aggressive cyclists, bourgeois bohemians and obsessive locavores. They’ll play themselves. With national distribution via PBS, sale to a cable network or productplacement deals, we’ll get the money rolling in. Sit tight, Citibank!
Redevelopment plans for the Moran Plant were approved in 2008, yet there it sits, a hulking eyesore on Burlington’s waterfront. With any luck, the Community Sailing Center and Scottish company the Ice Factor will eventually move in, but who’ll buy the rest of the space? Help us turn it into something the Queen City sorely needs: a theater where plaid-shirted hipsters can swill local brews and make snarky comments about bad ’80s movies. Like the original Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, our multiplex will show second-run and repertory films, serve creative food and drink and encourage rowdy audience participation. Wouldn’t a The Big Lebowski “quote-along” be the perfect way to recreate after a hard day of sailing and ice climbing?
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com includes nearly 80 past and current Vermont-based campaigns, including seven in tiny Johnson alone. Googling brings up even more Vermont appeals. In Windsor, people pledged more than $10,000 to a multimedia historical commemoration. In Townshend, you can support an organic pizza farmstand. Back in Burlington, you have until this Friday to fund the production of a multiplayer role-playing video game called Aura Tactics. Everybody seems to be Kickstarting, and crafting heartfelt video appeals and ingenious “rewards” for donors at each pledge level. Alex Dostie of Burlington, a successful Kickstarter (see sidebar), points out that big investors are leery of creative projects in today’s economy, and smaller donations tend to go to “established” organizations. “This is where Kickstarter steps in: a purely democratic form of group investment which makes it possible for new ideas to solicit financial donations on a global level,” he writes in an email. “Artists can literally build budgets for their projects $5 at a time.” While we love to see money flowing to creative folks, we confess we’ve developed a bit of Kickstarter fatigue. Sometimes we find ourselves fantasizing about projects we’d like to pitch, wondering just how pie-in-thesky we could make them. Here are three of the campaigns our fevered imaginations produced. We didn’t have space to include our ambitious project to convert global-warming-beleaguered cross-country-ski areas into Hunger Games-inspired paintball courses where you can drop the kids off for a character-building weekend. Imagine that yourselves.
Pledge $10,000 or more: We’ll base a character on you. Sit down with us at Radio Bean and tell us what’s “Burlington” about you, and our writers will get to work! Pledge $100,000 or more: You will play the city’s ultra-cool mayor!
Pledge $20 or more: A pint and a program guide. Pledge $100,000 or more: We’ll build a week of programming around your favorite movie, especially if it’s Leprechaun in the Hood. Pledge $1 million or more: You’ll get to emcee, alongside Rusty DeWees, our monthly showcase of “Movies Set in Vermont That Were Actually Filmed in Massachusetts or North Carolina.”
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Goal: $10,000 When you read yet another Kickstarter appeal, do you wonder if anyone in your town isn’t collecting for their EP/performance piece/scrapbook? Ah, how little you know. Those who don’t use Kickstarter are still many, and they may not feel any impulse to donate to those who do. Accordingly, we will organize a door-to-door educational campaign to get every resident up and running on Kickstarter. We’ll pay college students to staff information booths at fairs and farmers markets. We will overcome Joe Average’s fear of “arty stuff ” and show him how easy it is to create a Kickstarter campaign to fund a custom case for his collection of hockey memorabilia. He may not get the money, but, hey, he’ll have tried.
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James Lantz knows something about Kickstarter. Last summer, he used it to raise more than $50,000 to take his play The Bus on the road. On March 25, he finished another successful campaign: raising almost $90,000 for A Defiant Dude, a documentary about “Eat More Kale” creator Bo Muller-Moore and his trademark struggle with Chick-fil-A. That campaign made it to the pages of the Economist. So what’s his advice? “Study Kickstarter,” Lantz says. “It’s a unique entity that has its own vibe and unspoken protocols. Learn what works and what doesn’t.” Among the lessons he’s learned from Kickstarter are that “young people are more generous than they’re given credit for,” and “often, when people become backers, they take partial ownership of the project and help move it forward.” One misconception, Lantz adds, “is that you put a Kickstarter project up and the money just flows in.” In fact, “it’s an all-consuming job that requires a lot of work.” That includes “spend[ing] a lot of time on the video and the central image for the project — those are key,” he says. Last January, Alex Dostie of Burlington and his teammates on the Vermont state snowsculpting team raised $1127 to pay for tools they needed for a national championship. Dostie agrees on the importance of the pitch video. It should be “short, always moving forward and entertaining!” he says. “You have to hook people right away.” Successful Kickstarters, Dostie adds, must keep their promises to donors — deliver rewards promptly and complete the project they raised the money for. How do Lantz and Dostie respond to other people’s Kickstarter appeals? “Usually I donate to projects I am familiar with — I don’t have a lot of money to give, so I try to keep it local,” Dostie says. For A Defiant Dude, he donated a reward — custom framing at Dostie Bros. Frame Shop & Gallery. So far in 2012, Lantz and his wife have donated to more than a dozen Kickstarter projects. He sees the mounting flood of appeals as “evidence that things are going in a good direction,” he says. “[E]very time I get a Kickstarter appeal I try to think ... here is an individual — not a committee, corp or org — ... who believes in their work enough to put it on the line and get their project funded themselves. That’s something to admire.”
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Vermonters make bank on the internet’s friendliest do-it-yourself craft market B Y CA ROLYN FOX & MEGAN JAMES
oday’s Vermonters practically have a “shop local” gene in their DNA. We’ve bemoaned the stores that have shuttered their doors since the economy tanked in 2008, and we’ve been conditioned to bolster the independent businesses that still stand, lest they, too, someday leave us. But their fates may not be as dire as we fear. Like some bizarro alternate reality, many indie storefronts exist solely online these days. We’re talking, of course, about etsy, an internet marketplace that breeds small businesses. Launched in 2005, the popular site — dubbed “a crafty cross between Amazon and eBay” by the New York Times — allows anyone with a camera and a computer to create his or her own virtual shop of handmade or vintage items. Vendors sacrifice a 20cent listing fee per item and 3.5 percent of each sale to gain access to a bustling global marketplace — one that was responsible for $525.6 million in sales last year. And Etsy’s “shop local” search tab reveals that plenty of Vermonters are in on the deal. Some of these locally run Etsy shops — such as New Duds, the fabric-goods business of Colchester’s Tessa and Torrey Valyou — have turned into thriving full-time jobs. Others peddle such niche products that even a Church Street address wouldn’t keep them in brick-and-mortar business, yet their internet sales flourish. We culled the site, breaking down sales stats, to introduce you to some of Vermont’s most successful Etsy artists you’ve never heard of. C .F.
COURTESY OF EMILY BALIVET
Emily Balivet Operated by Emily Balivet, Pittsford 4612 sales since March 28, 2006 (approximately 63 sales/month)
Native Vermont Studio
COURTESY OF RYAN FOWLER
“Twelve Women with Birds”
Etsy was still relatively new when Emily Balivet set up shop there. A thirtysomething self-taught artist who had been painting all her life, she had built up a stockpile of paintings over the years — most of which she categorizes as “mythological goddess art.” She’d never marketed her work before. Balivet did her research. She read all of Etsy’s seller guides and learned to post her art not just on her shop page but on Flickr, Facebook and Twitter. She went to craftcount.com, which tracks the top Etsy shops, and took note of what was selling well. Before she knew it, she had a full-time job. “The door just absolutely burst open,” says Balivet,
Operated by Ryan Fowler, Middlebury
1895 sales since July 15, 2009 (approximately 59 sales/month) “This is a portrait of Timothy Burr,” begins the product description for Ryan Fowler’s “Lumberjack and Crow” series. “He goes by Tim. Tim is a third-generation lumberjack in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Every morning at dawn, he takes Otter Road up Willoughby Gap in a little red truck to a plot of forested land that has been in his family nearly 127 years. He’ll cut trees and walk the forest until dusk each day. Tim still prefers his trusted axe over a chainsaw.” Tim Burr doesn’t exist. But his portrait — as an austere, fully bearded man with a crow perched on his knit cap — was one of the first pieces Fowler, an illustrator who splits his time between Chicago and Middlebury, posted to Etsy. “I thought of my father-in-law, who would go out and chop wood,” he recalls. “It was sort of a quintessential Vermont piece.” That’s true of many items in Native Vermont Studio, a shop filled with images of whimsical animals (such as
who worked as a waitress before Etsy. “If I had my art in a gallery, how many people are going to walk through? When you have it on the internet, thousands of people see it.” Her paintings of goddesses are now licensed to a Los Angeles company that prints them on leather bags and shoes. Balivet finds she hardly needs to market herself anymore. “The internet is fascinating that way,” she says. “If I post something new on my Facebook page [and] send it along to Twitter, people just post it themselves; they do the marketing for me.” When the recession hit in 2008, Balivet says she was scared that her Etsy bubble would burst. Surprisingly, sales went up. “I found that people got more emotional about art,” she says. “When all the local stores around me were suffering, everyone was worried. I just couldn’t believe it. People need art like they need food.” Balivet still seems awestruck by the good fortune that has allowed her to paint every day and work from home so she can spend more time with her kids. “I’m so friggin’ lucky,” she says. M .J .
dogs on skis), vintage-style advertisements for maple syrup and “typographic wall art” listing the names of local mountains. Some images, like the lumberjack, come with fictional stories; others have tales that are actually true. They all seem tailor-made for, well, native Vermonters — yet Fowler’s customers tend to be based farther afield. “I would sell tons of [the lumberjack] in the Netherlands,” says Fowler. “I thought, There’s either a lot of Vermonters in the Netherlands, or they’re similar people.” It’s the same story with his other illustrations and prints. “It’s weird thinking there’s a pub in Ireland that has something that has Vermont on it,” he muses. Fowler’s Etsy mission? To make affordable art for others — signed prints start at $20 — while making a living for himself. Since leaving his job as a teacher and department chair at a Chicago boarding school in January 2011 and setting up his Middlebury operations, he has more than doubled his salary ... “not that that’s necessarily saying a lot,” he jokes. “When I stepped away from my full-time job, the opportunities really picked up in my work ... That was very reassuring.” C .F.
The Vermont Branch Company
Operated by Jean Samples, Chester 10,672 sales since November 11, 2007 (approximately 202 sales/month)
Operated by Tonya and Michael Gunn, Westfield 1745 sales since October 20, 2009 (approximately 60 sales/month) Secondary Etsy shop: Natural Earth Farm and Fiber Studio 964 sales since September 13, 2005 (approximately 12 sales/ month)
Deep in the wooded heart of the Northeast Kingdom resides Etsy’s version of the von Trapp family. Westfield’s Tonya and Michael Gunn have seven children, and they don’t sing; they craft. They run two family businesses: the Vermont Branch Company, which sells rustic wedding and home décor;
and Natural Earth Farm and Fiber Studio, which focuses on eco-friendly children’s toys. Nearly all of their products — from birch-branch centerpieces to wooden rhythm sticks — are cut and sanded from branches selectively harvested from friends’ fields. “Michael will say, ‘At two o’clock, we’re gonna go out to collect,’ and
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Aside from a few stints working for UPS, Correira, now 43, has made a living from old bottles. Milk bottles, perfume bottles, soda and beer bottles, poison and ink bottles (some dating back to 1790) — you name it, he sells it for cheap. Some people buy them as home décor or as wedding centerpieces; others buy them as collectibles. Correira has seen rare bottles sell for as much as $100,000 on eBay. He’s sold one himself for $1000. Correira started selling on eBay in 1998 after buying and emptying three warehouses of old bottle factories in Portland, Maine. The buildings were
Operated by Dave Correira, Groton 1535 sales since December 2, 2010 (approximately 98 sales/month) Who buys old bottles? “Everybody does,” says Dave Correira. Take it from a guy who has been selling them since he was 14. Growing up in Massachusetts, Correira used to accompany his landscaper dad to old dump sites and dig bottles out of the ground. He’d sell his loot at flea markets.
Operated by Matt Brittenham, Montpelier 205 sales since October 18, 2011 (approximately 40 sales/month)
the case with vintage razors. Shaving had long frustrated Brittenham, who has worn a full beard since he was 17 and shaves his head every day. A year and a half ago he began hunting online for an alternative to disposable razors. Pretty soon, Brittenham had tapped into the online shaving hobbyist community. (Yes, there is one. Check out badgerandblade.com, named after the hair used in highend shaving brushes.) He started buying vintage razors, primarily on eBay, which he cleans, refurbishes, polishes and sells on Etsy. Brittenham used to sell on eBay, too, but left that site because of the high seller’s fee — 9 percent compared with Etsy’s 3.5 percent. Besides, eBay can feel like “the Wild West,” he says. Etsy’s shop format allows sellers to establish regular customers and a sense of trust. “They’re more inclined to be paying top dollar for [your product], because they don’t think it’s just some junk you scrounged up,” he says. After all, Brittenham shaves with vintage razors, too. His favorite? The gold-plated 1934 Gillette Aristocrat, which comes in a gold-plated case lined with rich blue velvet. Now, that’s sharp. M .J .
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Etsy has a reputation for being a girlie place — that’s the simplest reason Matt Brittenham stands out. “Etsy is crafty-woman-centric,” he says. “You’re competing against all the other crafty women.” So after a stint selling handmade aprons, Brittenham, 40, turned to something manlier: vintage razors, men’s hats and blazers. It hasn’t made him rich, and he still has a day job — IT support for the Montpelier school district — but in just five months Brittenham has established a solid customer base. He’s also polished his identity as “Mr. Sharpman,” onand offline. You might catch him walking around downtown Montpelier in a gray Stetson fedora and bespoke suit jacket. “When I get an interest in something, it sometimes gets to the level of geekery,” Brittenham admits. Such was
relatively inexpensive, he says, but he spent eight months cleaning them out. He recycled about 56 tons of glass and is still selling off the bottles he salvaged. “I probably will until I die,” he says. He estimates he has about 500,000 left in his Groton outbuildings. When asked how he markets his bottles, Correira notes bluntly that, unlike other Etsy sellers, he doesn’t post elaborate descriptions of his products. “I don’t know why people do that,” he says. “What am I going to call it? My stuff sells itself, apparently.”
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Jean Samples has tried the brick-and-mortar retail thing. Years ago, she had a struggling bead shop in Bellows Falls. “To be stuck in a shop eight hours a day without any customers makes you crazy,” she says. These days, she’s one of the most successful Etsy sellers in Vermont. It took her a while to hit her stride online. In 2007, while working a day job as a nurse, Samples, 58, started selling handmade jewelry. “But there are, I don’t know how many, millions of people selling handmade jewelry on Etsy,” she says. So, in 2009, she switched to jewelry supplies. These days her shop, called One Piece at a Time, is brimming with filigree, patina brass, vintage chains, glass stones and clasps, most of which she buys wholesale from warehouses in the Providence, R.I., area, once the jewelry capital of the world. Last year, Samples quit her day job. She still works two shifts as a nurse on weekends, but Etsy is her career. Last year, she says, she made $34,000 before taxes. It’s a lot of work, though. “It’s definitely seven days a week,” she says. “It’s kind of easy to do 10and 12-hour days when you’re at home.” That load is one reason Samples invited her daughter, Jessica, who had been juggling two jobs in Virginia Beach, to Vermont to work with her. Jessica now has three Etsy shops of her own: Vintage Wrapture, You Are Not the Boss of Me and the Bitter Peacock. “She has a job as a waitress, but it helps her through the hard times,” says her mom. The key to a good Etsy shop, Samples says, is simple: “You have to find what people want, and you have to have a wide variety.” From there, she adds, the possibilities are endless. “You have the world, and you have 24 hours a day and seven days a week.”
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there’s usually three or four [children] who will go with him. Even our 4-yearold will help clip the branches,” says Tonya. “We all work together.” Their 16-year-old son recently launched his own Etsy shop, Nolan’s Handcrafts, selling buttons and instrument wall hangers also made of wood. The Gunns have supported themselves solely from Etsy and a few related online wholesale endeavors since October 2009, shortly after they tapped into the wedding market — arguably the source of Etsy’s most coveted clientele. But the family lives thriftily on a small homestead, growing its own veggies and driving around in one old car. (“We still have dial-up internet, and we’re doing just fine,” notes Tonya.) They’re less concerned with the bottom line than with leading a simple life. “We could probably earn more money if we both worked outside the home,” Tonya says. “It’s more important for us to have time to be together.”
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Name: Eli Hulse Age: 14 Hometown: South Hero School: Vermont Commons School Business venture: Elis Studios — he creates iPhone apps.
Act the part. Eli’s email signature identifies him as the CEO of Elis Studios. Keep your personal and business finances separate. Eli notes that if you mix profits with allowance or birthday money, you’ll never know how much you’re making. Not moving enough units? Try a loss leader. In February, Eli released a free version of his Color Splasher app to stimulate downloads. It’s working — more than 400 people have downloaded it since the beginning of February. He says he hopes it’ll draw attention to his other offerings: “They’ll say, ‘Oh, look, there’s this other really cool app called iTap, and I could download that, too.’” Eli also makes money from advertising that’s embedded in the free version. Know your audience. Eli’s apps appeal to people like him — teenagers searching for stuff to do. His output consists of a doodling app, three games and Safety Light, which turns the iPhone into a beacon that flashes white and red; it’s designed to make bikers and skateboarders visible to cars in the dark. His next project? An app that can organize and save his friends’ one-liners in a database. “I don’t know if it’ll work or not,” he admits, “but that would be really fun.”
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Fellow biz kids in this article: Nora Jacobsen, Greg Potter, Alec Distler, Alex Morris and Isabelle Mittelstadt. Find profiles of them, along with a list of family-focused financial-literacy resources, in the April issue of Kids VT. Pick up a copy at more than 400 locations in northern and central Vermont, or read it online at kidsvt.com.
Eli Hulse wasn’t always a techie kid. His parents, who are both doctors, homeschooled him until eighth grade. They shielded him from media and technology; the family didn’t get a television set until Eli was 10. When he was 11, he started playing chess on his family’s desktop PC and wondered how the computer came up with the moves it used against him. “I thought that was, like, really cool,” he says. To satisfy his curiosity, Eli taught himself the Visual Basic language and wrote some primitive programs. He wanted his own computer, so that summer, he earned money to buy one by making bagels and selling them at the South Hero farmers market. When Eli discovered the Apple App Store, he realized he could write programs for mobile devices and get people to buy those instead. He bought a book called Starting an iPhone Application Business for Dummies, and got his parents to help him register Elis Studios with the App Store for $99. He launched his first app, a drawing application called Color Splasher, in 2010. He’s added four more since then. Eli sells all of his apps for 99 cents each. He estimates he’s made about $250 so far — enough to pay the yearly fee to keep his products in the App Store. In the short term, he explains, he just wants to cover his costs; he sees his apps as an investment in his future. “I really hope it will help me when I’m trying to go to college,” he says. His mom, Molly Rideout, speculates that being homeschooled gave Eli the flexibility to pursue his interests and brought him into contact with supportive adults who encouraged him. “He tends to get really intensely involved in certain things,” she observes. “It’s pretty impressive.”
A Place at the Bar Sampling fine dining from the cheap seats B Y AL ICE L EV I T T & CORIN HIRSCH
t’s an open secret among in-the-know urban diners: Many top restaurants offer a bar menu, in the same space or an adjacent one, that features lower-priced options prepared in the same kitchen. Often those dishes are every bit as creative, and even as decadent, as the ones on the $180 prix-fixe menu. At the Bazaar by José Andrés Restaurant in Los Angeles, for example, the Bar Centro menu includes cotton-candy duck liver for $5 a serving. You won’t find quite those extremes at Vermont restaurants, but the trick still works at many of the state’s more upscale spots. Some offer bargains that even skinflints can enjoy. Others simply provide similar fare with a more casual atmosphere and service at a markdown. The Seven Days food team crisscrossed the state to find some of the best — and most delicious — high-end bar-menu deals to share with our readers. — A .L .
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The demand for steak frites and soupe au pistou can sometimes be hard to satisfy at Church Street’s Parisian-style bistro. To handle overflow from the buzzing dining room, the restaurant added an upstairs lounge in February. The unmarked staircase behind Leunig’s downstairs bar gives the new space a speakeasy vibe — no password required. Upstairs, the angular sconces from Conant Metal & Light and Mark Evans’ paintings create an ultra-luxe, art-deco feel, remarkably similar to that of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. This is one of Burlington’s toniest watering holes, but the food prices don’t reflect the haute ambiance. Jonah crab claws with orangetarragon aioli are $14, but everything else — from charcuterie plates to Bayley Hazen Blue cheese-and-bacon dip — ranges from $2 to $8. Drinks are as pricey as those downstairs, but it’s worth the small indulgence to sip the St. Germain cocktail, an effervescent tipple made with its namesake elderflower booze and sparkling wine.
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Like true Yankees, Vermont’s sugarers of yore didn’t let anything go to waste: Some fermented their last maplesap runs — which tend to be lower in sugar — into beer. The practice faded out decades ago, though pockets of home brewers, among others, have kept sap beer alive. Now comes a commercial revival: Two weeks ago, matt CohEn of FIDDlEhEaD BrEwIng ComPany used 700 gallons of late-season sap from Monkton farmer Matt Davis to brew a beer called Frog Run. The idea for the brew was hatched when the Vermont Folklife Center’s archivist, Andy Kolovos, stopped at Fiddlehead to pick up some beer. “For a long time we’ve been looking for a brewer to partner with to do a production of [sap beer] that could serve as a fundraiser,” says Kolovos. “I asked Matt, ‘How does this sound to you?’ He said, ‘I like it; let’s do it.’” Inspiration came from an oral history from the late Edgar Dodge, a longtime Tunbridge farmer. In the VFC’s recording, Dodge recalls how sap beer was an integral part of the agricultural cycle, usually ready by “haying time” — close to the Fourth of July. “I doubt if there’s a barrel of sap beer in the state of Vermont today,” he muses. “It was a pretty good drink for haying.” Cohen couldn’t find many historical references to sap beer, but “[Dodge’s] piece led me to believe that people threw in any type of fermentables they had,” he says. To make his more palatable, the brewer used malted barley. “In any part of the process where we’d use water, we used sap instead,” Cohen says. Though the sap he used had just 1 percent sugar, he expects the brew to taste more malty and sweet than hoppy. The name Frog Run refers to the peepers whose appearance marks the end of sugaring season. The beer’s release will coincide with a July 7 brewery party and fundraiser for the VFC featuring regional traditional music. — c .h .
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Last week was a roller coaster for “Eat More Kale” T-shirt artist Bo mullEr-moorE. First, he discovered that his Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary film about his legal tangle with fast-food giant Chick-fil-A had raised roughly $90,000, exceeding his goal by $15,000. Two days later, MullerMoore learned that his quest to register a trademark had hit a snag: In a preliminary ruling, an attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office determined there was a “likelihood of confusion” between Muller-Moore’s “Eat More Kale” slogan and Chick-fil-A’s “Eat mor Chikin” marketing campaign. Muller-Moore was stunned by the news but vowed to press his case. “There’s still a lot of fighting to be done,” he says. After Muller-Moore filed to register his “Eat More Kale” trademark last fall, he received a cease-and-desist letter from Chick-fil-A ordering him to stop production and turn over his website. It was the second time in six years that the Southern fast-food chain had tried to shut him down. This time around, though, Gov. PEtEr shumlIn stepped in to support Muller-Moore and form an advisory Team Kale. As the story spread, Muller-Moore received tons of press — even an international write-up in the Economist magazine — and thousands of orders for his T-shirts.
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bacon-and-blue dip ($6) and grilled last year, flooding during Tropical Storm Vermont Artisan Cheese Toast Points Irene. Nor does the exterior offer any ($6). Plates featuring a single local clue that the ground floor holds a lounge cheese come with fresh, flavorful fruit, called Tracks with the cozy feel of an homemade jams and chutney, and sweet Adirondack lodge, a menu of creative cheddar crackers ($7-8). The French small plates and the same crisp-yet-warm Onion Bites ($6) are a brilliant iteration service found at 275 Main, the inn’s of French onion soup. Chef Donnell upscale restaurant. Tracks is a relaxed Collins takes an escargot plate and fills place where you can hang your coat on each indentation with a housemade the back of your chair but still soak up the crouton, caramelized onions and just Relais & Chateaux vibes, not to mention a bit of rich beef broth, then thickly sample some seriously tasty food and blankets it with gratinéed Gruyère and local brew from Lawson’s Finest Liquids. It wasn’t so calm last summer during Asiago. The hearty bites may not be the most nutritious option on the menu, but Irene, when water from Freeman’s they will make you feel strong — or, at Brook behind the inn spilled over a retaining wall and into the building. the very least, full. The bites are certainly better for Now Tracks, which bore the brunt of you than the decadent duck kettle chips ($7). Anyone who’s tasted Tracks at the Pitcher Inn the rendered duck fat surrounding a pan of cooking confits knows exactly what those potatoes taste like. Forget bacon grease; duck fat is the richest taste on the planet. That is, until you combine the cone of thick, crispy chips with its side of truffle aioli. The combo of mayonnaise and earthy truffle flavors with duck fat is the flooding, is restored to its beamedand-firelit glory. There’s an exquisite culinary magic. Desserts at the Upstairs Lounge new pine bar, the Mad River mural offer a reasonable cooldown. Those has been touched up, and the walls are girlie little macarons you’ve seen in painted in warm tones. Even the antique pâtisseries? They’re double-size at pool table was salvaged and again offers Leunig’s and available in various flavors entertainment, along with a vintage for $2 a pop. The strawberry-meringue shuffleboard, in the Maple Room, a sort cookie was candy colored and filled of lounge within the lounge. with butter cream that beautifully The small plates at Tracks aren’t cheap, married berry and butter. A raspberry- per se, but they have the same intense flavore chocolate truffle tasted more of flavors featured at 275 Main, and they’re booze than fruit, but, like the macaron, accompanied by the same imaginative was $2 and enormous. It was also one of cocktails, amazing wine list, and local the darkest, most intensely chocolatey cheeses and meats. Chef Sue Schickler’s truffles I’d ever tasted. menu is eclectic and sumptuous, with the The damage, sans alcohol and before simplest dish a quintet of crisp, maize-y tip, was right around $40 for two hearty hush puppies ($10) served with a subtly eaters. A worthwhile deal, when you spicy mayonnaise. The rest is more consider that several entrées downstairs opulent, such as duck rillettes ($10) — a hover in the $30 range. luscious treasure of velvety, slow-cooked meat served in a ramekin beneath a half — A .L . inch of silky duck fat. Smear some on a tiny toast, slather with a red-onion relish and a sharp little cornichon, and you may feel like singing. 275 main Street, Warren, Another standout is a wobbly, warm 496-6350. pitcherinn.com round of Maplebrook Farm burrata The stately façade and clean lines of topped with a heavenly sauce dotted Warren’s Pitcher Inn belie its history of with capers and bits of anchovy ($12). hardship: a devastating fire in 1993 and, Fish and cheese rarely share airspace,
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The trademark attorney’s letter explains that the office compared the two slogans — “Eat More Kale” and “Eat mor Chikin” — on the basis of “appearance, sound, connotation and commercial impression.” Since the two “highly similar marks” are used on clothing, it continued, “consumers are likely to reach the mistaken conclusion that the goods and services are related and originate from a common source.” “Obviously, I think this is the wrong decision,” says
MullerMoore’s attorney, who will assemble evidence to continue pressing MullerMoore’s trademark request. “We’re going to submit filings to show that there is not, has never been or is likely to ever be any confusion. This has become a galvanizing issue,” Richardson continues.
“Bo is not unlike a lot of small businesses out there. What he’s’ getting is essentially the billion-dollar cold shoulder from Chickfil-A, and I don’t think anyone thinks that’s fair.” As for Muller-Moore, he doesn’t mince words. “I’ve been selling T-shirts for 11 years. I’ve
It’s clear that the brand-new Center Street Bar has already attracted a devoted following; many of them were sitting together at the bar the night I stopped by. I chose a table near the door and perused the menu — a succinct array of 10 items ranging from salads to pizzas. I started with a Caesar salad ($6.95) best described as Romaine and cheese.
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The creamy dressing covered the lettuce like a silk robe, full of Asiago and garlic flavor. Mixed in were crisp, hearthbaked croutons. I’ve never felt more indulgent eating a salad. Suddenly, my order of baked Brie ($7.95) seemed a tad redundant, but the uncommonly strong cheese served en croute had a character all its own. The buttery crust left no need for the crostini
The logo is a big, barrel-like mug overflowing with suds. The regulars are resolutely of the “Cheers” variety. The food comes from the kitchen of Café Provence upstairs. Such is the odd mix presented by the Center Street Bar in Brandon. Sports are on TV, and a chalkboard sign recommends Bud Light and Pabst Blue Ribbon as diet meals, yet the other, more filling options are prepared (or at least conceived) by Robert Barral, former executive chef at the New England Culinary Institute. He’s also the owner of upscale Café Provence and the Gourmet Provence Bakery and Wine Shop just down the road.
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had thousands of conversations about my T-shirts, and no one had ever brought up this parallel or similarity, with the exception of Chick-fil-A’s lawyers and one federal attorney in the trademark office,” he says. “Who are these people? Do they have any conscience? It’s such a gross misstep of intellectual-property-rights law. I don’t know how the lawyers pursuing it can sleep well at night.”
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but, after spreading bits of this gooey, briny cheese on charred toast, you’d swear they belonged together. The burger is ubiquitous on pub menus, but its success usually relies on the quality of the meat. The Niman Ranch brisket used in Tracks’ burger practically melts on your tongue. It’s a little pricey at $14, but I inhaled every bite of the meat and the perfectly crisp fries nestled around it. The inn’s desserts are made across the street at the Warren Store. They’re $10 each, but should you eschew a bowl of chocolate-rum ice cream because of price? No, you should not.
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Even though the restaurant is one of the finest of the fine-dining places in the Upper Valley, I preferred (and could more often afford) to take a seat at the bar for quick meals. Usually, that was a plate of duck confit salad and a glass of red wine — a meal so deeply satisfying that I can practically taste it as I write this. Over the years, chef-owner Bruce MacLeod must have noticed grazers like me. He recently updated his bar menu to include graduated sizes and
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and Vermont Smoke and Cure’s sharp pepperoni were simple enough, but the local and homemade accompaniments made the dish a winner. Silken, burgundy-colored cranberry sauce went beautifully with the prosciutto and alpine Ascutney Mountain Cheese from Cobb Hill Farm in Hartland. Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery’s Bijou was irresistible atop grilled bread and drizzled with local honey and raw pistachios. Mild, almost sweet Lady in
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But the fine-dining restaurant’s bar is no slouch in the ambiance department, either. Overlooking the forestlike lobby, Hourglass is all ski-chic sophistication, complete with fireplaces and a giant hourglass hanging behind the bar. It doesn’t seem like the place to find a bargain, but bargains are relative. Hourglass is the kind of bar where a cup of soup and half sandwich cost $14, but artisan perfection is a guarantee — even when you’re not buying the $38 ribeye next door at Solstice. A case in point: the $16 artisan-cheese and charcuterie board with which I began my meal. Dark, manly house prosciutto
Blue from Westfield’s goat-tastic Lazy Lady Farm paired gorgeously with dried cherries and raisins. I would have been satisfied if the meal had ended there, but then I would have missed out on the Taste of Vermont flatbread ($15). The crisp, floury crust was topped with local apples, Vermont bacon and Cabot cheddar, a faultless combination. I improved it by dipping
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prices, from morsels ($4 to $6) to small plates ($8 to $15) to larger plates (which top out at $33 for Rabbit Three Ways). Now, more than ever, it looks like a classic bistro menu, with a boxedoff section for four different kinds of mussels and a column devoted to Plats du Jour. “My regulars are ecstatic about it, so I must be doing the right thing,” says MacLeod. I love it, too. While snacking on crispy fried chickpeas ($4) with subtle Middle Eastern flavors, I soon found that even the smallest plates can be filling. Take the Mazzamuru ($5), a Sardinian bread casserole composed of a garlicky slice of bread drenched in juices from roasted tomato and spiked with Romano cheese. When I broke the poached egg that covered the entire thing, bright, golden yolk oozed into the dish, making it the best breakfastand-dinner mashup you could hope to find. How I love thee, poached eggs over anything. Another nod to vegetarians is a trio of glazed and caramelized tofu triangles, their corners crisped up and their insides subtly sweet and creamy. Even tastier were the tiny curried beerand-potato minipies that resembled samosas; the zingy mint sauce spooned over the top brought the warm, savory fillings alive. You get three for $6, but you’ll want more. The standout is borrowed from the entrée menu and, even at $13, is still a bargain: tender gnocchi bathed in earthy brown sage butter and nestled against wilted spinach and bits of tomato. It almost made the duck confit fade from memory. Almost.
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the shattering crusts in honey when the cheese and toppings were gone. Hourglass guests order dessert from the Solstice menu. I was disappointed to miss the sold-out specialty Snickers Bar ($9), made with chocolate cake, peanuts, nougat and salted-caramel ice cream. The $12 dessert trio was a satisfying, if pricey, replacement. The artistic lineup included a sliver of chocolate cake decorated with blueberries and raspberries; and a petite round of puff pastry filled with banana, then topped with white cinnamon ice cream. But the winner of the three, standing appropriately in the middle, was a Bailey’s crème brûlée, ideally creamy with an almost microscopically thin sugar crust. An espresso Madeleine mitigated the sweetness, though it didn’t bring back any fond childhood memories. That cheese board, by contrast, will surely cause me to wax Proustian upon my return.
food something you bank on when digging into pub fare. Some dishes at Lucy’s can also be found on the Verterra menu, such as (on that night) a midnight-black lentil soup topped with a dollop of fresh seabass salad and drizzled with cilantro oil ($10). The fish brightened and fattened every bite of the earthy soup. Next up were rings of calamari ($11) piled high in a newspaper cone; their outsides were crisp and peppery, their innards tender and fresh. The aioli served alongside was spiked with habanero pepper, sexing up every crunch of the baby squid. Also served in paper were light-golden, crispy frites ($5) dusted with parsley and served with a tangy mustard sauce that dwarfed their saltiness.
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At $8, the towering Lucy’s cheeseburger is a steal: a grass-fed, Black Watch Farm patty slathered with caramelized onions and local cheddar, then loaded on a toasted brioche bun alongside a pile of lightly dressed baby greens. Each bite was so rich and wet that the juices ran down my chin. We had little room left for our last dish, a bowl of housemade spaghetti drenched in a crumbly sausage Bolognese ($15), with melting squares of tangy farmer’s cheese and bread crumbs toasted on top. It was impossible to finish that, never mind one of the sumptuous desserts. Still, the chef sent out some Meyer-lemon sorbet that practically pierced our hearts with tartness. That’s the kind of guy he is.
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Since coming to the Inn at Weathersfield almost a decade ago, Chef Jason Tostrup has raked in the honors. Fodor’s named the inn’s Restaurant Verterra the best restaurant in Vermont; and, two years ago, Emeril Lagasse trekked here to cook with Tostrup. Together, they made country-fried quail and apple tart. So you might expect the chef to have become a rarified guy, a man of ideas rather than execution. Not at all. The lanky, always-smiling Tostrup is equally likely to be spotted in the dining room chatting with one of his farm partners or in the woods leading guests to his secret ramp patch. On Verterra’s menu, Tostrup can definitely roll out some culinary bluster, but he and his staff pack just as much farm-to-table passion into the casual dishes offered inside the cozy, firelit back room called Lucy’s Tavern. It’s a simple but solid menu: burgers, frites, fried calamari, Caesar salad and the like. Yet, no matter what you order, you’ll be pampered with particulars, including Orchard Hill Breadworks bread and the evening’s amuse bouche. On the night we visited, it was an artfully quartered deviled egg that had been spiked with Rabbi’s Roots horseradish and arranged on a plate with a cooling but sharp golden-beet confit and a buttery wafer. Umami, sweet, salty and tart flavors all shared the plate, not
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Tree-Keeper Training: Timber! Urban foresters Warren Spinner and Matt Leonard dispense info about tree planting, growth and pruning. Parks and Recreation Department Building, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 656-5440, mskinner@ uvm.edu.
Improv Night: Fun-loving participants play “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”-style games in an encouraging environment. Spark Arts, Burlington, 8-10 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 373-4703. Laugh Attack: Rookie wisecrackers deliver standup at the big finale of an eight-week comedy class. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 863-5966.
Tropical Storm Irene Support Group: Residents build community while sharing stories, learning coping methods and supporting neighbors. Northfield Senior Center, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 279-8246.
Make Stuff!: Defunct bicycle parts become works of art and jewelry that will be sold to raise funds and awareness for Bike Recycle Vermont. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 264-9687.
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Thursday, April 5, 7 to 9 p.m., at Burlington City Hall Auditorium. $7-15. Info, 357-4616. kingdomcounty.org. Read Ken Picard’s interview with Sheff on Blurt, the Seven Days staff blog, at sevendaysvt.com.
2012 Oscar-Nominated Short Animated Films: Film buffs screen a handful of the award season’s lesser-known nominees. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600. ‘Carnage’: Childish behavior abounds as two sets of parents try to settle their sons’ playground dispute in Roman Polanski’s 2011 dramedy. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘Demolition Kingdom’: Local filmmaker Jamie Yerkes’ feature film explores the diverse characters of five Demolition Derby contestants in the Northeast Kingdom. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7:30 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600. ‘Freaks’: From Tod Browning, the director of Dracula, comes this 1932 drama about life and love in a traveling circus. Roger H. Perry Hall, Champlain College, Burlington, 5:45-9 p.m. Free. Info, 860-2700.
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‘Play Again’: Tonje Hessen Schei’s 2010 documentary follows six American teens — who spend more of their free time in front of screens than outside — on their first off-the-grid wilderness adventure. Orchard Valley Waldorf School, East Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 456-7400.
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Hannibal Buress has been repeatedly tapped as the next new king of comedy. He’s written for “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock,” appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Awkward Comedy Show,” and even garnered Chris Rock’s blessing as “the funniest young comic I’ve seen in years.” Thankfully, the hype doesn’t appear to have gone to the bespectacled young comic’s head. He plows forward with such casual topics as ordering new checks Hannibal Buress and buying apple juice, and it’s just Thursday, April 5, 7 to 8:30 p.m., that “bizarro sensibility,” as New York at Sugar Maple Ballroom, Davis Magazine puts it, that makes him so Center, UVM, in Burlington. Free. winning. Offhandedly hip and deliciously Info, 656-2076. uvm.edu/~upb deadpan, he brings on a laugh attack at a free UVM show.
Planting Hope Informational House Party: Students and families recap their service experiences in Nicaragua through the Montpelier-based nonprofit dedicated to educational and community-development projects in one of the poorest regions of the Western Hemisphere. 6 Ledgemere Street, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 324-2091, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional Cuisine of India: Delna Boyce cooks up four different lentil dishes to represent the flavors of India’s north, south, east and west. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5-6:30 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, info@ hungermountain.coop.
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“It was so excruciating I could barely get through it,” author David Sheff said of his son Nic’s first book, an autobiography about crystal-meth addiction, in a recent interview with Seven Days. Sheff captured his own side of the story in Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, a gutwrenching, best-selling memoir that earned him a spot on Time magazine’s 2009 list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In a talk on Thursday, Sheff draws on his own experiences witnessing drug addiction firsthand while sharing research about new forms of prevention and treatment. After, Mitch Barron moderates a panel discussion about drug use in Vermont with St. Albans pediatrician Fred Holmes and two recovering prescription-pill addicts.
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Guided Argentine Tango Práctica: Buenos Aires-born movements find a place on a sprung floor. Elizabeth Seyler is on hand to answer questions. North End Studio B, Burlington, 8:15-10:15 p.m. $5. Info, 138-4959.
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String Theory “The most rewarding thing is playing when 80 percent of the audience has never been to a string quartet concert,” Takács Quartet violinist Károly Schranz told the London Times. “I always compare it a little bit with a bullfight,” he continued, referring to the way the quartet lays into the material, time and again, wrangling with it, making it not only note-for-note exact, but also musically intelligent. If there’s one string quartet to TAKÁCS QUARTET see, most will agree it’s Takács. Highly regarded for Tuesday, April 10, 7 p.m., at Spaulding their dramatic and warm interpretations, the fiery Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth foursome tackle Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor, College, in Hanover, N.H. Discussion with the artists follows. $10-40. Info, 603op. 10, Janáček’s Kreutzer Sonata and Beethoven’s 646-2422. hop.dartmouth.edu monumental String Quartet no. 14 in C Minor, op. 131, at the Hop.
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hat is the sound of the Sahara? For many, it’s the lilting guitar riffs and trance-like melodies of Omara Moctar, aka Bombino, one of Africa’s rising stars. Evoking the dusty desert, the young guitarist and songwriter’s music has become the anthem of the Tuareg, a nomadic tribe that’s no stranger to political suppression. Though he’s lived through drought, hunger and exile, “Bombino brings a message of peace to the world and is an example of the spirit of changing guns for guitars,” writes Afropop Worldwide. He’ll deliver a sandstorm of syncopated clapping with hints of blues and rock and roll in Plainfield this Friday, after an opening set by Miriam Bernardo and Jairo Sequeira.
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Get Destressed to Live Your Life Best: Under pressure? Don’t just write it off; Stephen Brandon shares simple steps that will help alleviate tension. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.
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. Kids in the Kitchen: Youngsters make and slurp up a big batch of pho noodle soup. 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 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. Mother Goose Meets Mother Nature: Curious kids under 6 explore the natural world through hands-on activities and picture books. Franklin Central School, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 868-3970. Moving & Grooving With Christine: Two- to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and world-beat tunes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Pajama Story Time: Kids up to age 6 wear their jammies for evening tales. Arvin A. Brown Library, Richford, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
Farmers Night Concert Series: Continuing a series of winter entertainment begun in 1923, Linda Radtke, Arthur Zorn, Lisa Jablow, the Vermont Philharmonic Chorus and the Constitution Brass Quintet offer songs of the Civil War in “Shouting the Battle Cry of Freedom.” Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-322-5616, email@example.com. Hermeto Pascoal: The Brazilian jazz man brews together folkloric and futuristic sounds on traditional instruments and makeshift ones — like hubcaps and teapots — with his sextet. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-45. Info, 863-5966. Valley Night: Julian Chobot graces the lounge with jazz guitar. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 496-8994.
Intro to Basic Bicycle Maintenance: From general upkeep to emergency road repairs, serial cyclists get the wheels rolling. FreeRide Bike Co-op, Montpelier, 6:30-8 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 552-3521, firstname.lastname@example.org. Tech Savvy: Experience the wonder of the web in a basic how-to. Use your own laptop or a library computer. Bradford Public Library, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536, email@example.com.
Hash House Harriers: Beer hounds of legal age earn their suds with an invigorating run and highimpact game of hide-and-seek. Burlington City Hall Park, 6 p.m. Free if it’s your first time; $5 otherwise; bring ID. Info, 355-1015.
Bridget Butler: ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center’s conservation education specialist imparts tips and tricks for a popular outdoor pastime in “Bird Is a Verb.” Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7576. Cheryl Hanna: The constitutional law professor at Vermont Law School delves into legal decisions in “The Case of Vermont Yankee.” Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9616. Ellen Fitzpatrick: In sharing condolence letters written to Jacqueline Kennedy after her husband’s death, the author offers a window into America’s character at the time. Congregational Church, Norwich, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184. Frank Bryan: The UVM professor explains “The Impact of the Interstate Highway on Vermont,” touching on asphalt, culture and community. Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 334-7902. Jeffrey Amestoy: Recapping the thrilling Prize Cases of 1862, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Vermont educates listeners on “The Supreme Court Argument That Saved the Union.” St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. Jennifer Johung: The director of the Art History Gallery at the University of Wisconsin talks about the convergence of artistic and technoscientific practices in “Vital Dependencies: Bio-Art, Architecture and Infrastructures of Care.” Room 301, Williams Hall, UVM, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2014. Lunch & Learn: Middlebury College’s Thomas Beyer charts the history of Russian language schools from 1950 to 2000 in a talk relating to the new exhibition “Tol’ko Po Russky, Pozhaluista (‘Russian Only, Please’).” Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, Northfield, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2183. Michael Palma: The poet contemplates contemporary writers’ use of rhyme, meter and figurative language in “They Do Still Write Them the Way They Used To.” Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Rob Oden: The theologian examines “Religion and Identity in the Near East.” Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. Vermont’s Energy Future: AllEarth Renewables’ president and CEO David Blittersdorf and Vermont Energy Investment Corporation’s cofounder Beth Sachs outline their visions for Vermont’s energy future in “Clean Energy Equals Clean Jobs.” John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill Building, UVM, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-4389.
‘ReEntry’: From strife on the front lines to life in front yards, American Records chronicles the homecoming of Marines from Iraq and Afghanistan in a play based on hundreds of hours of interviews. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $10-40. Info, 603-646-2422.
Book-to-Film Series: Readers discuss Harlan Coben’s Tell No One before screening its 2006 film adaptation. Montgomery Town Library, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 326-3113. David Budbill: The author of Happy Life, a collection of poetic ruminations on New England living, kicks off National Poetry Month. Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-3999. Nancy Jay Crumbine: By examining the poetry of Dickinson, Kenyon, Rumi and Kabir, the Dartmouth College professor identifies the language of spirituality. Rutland Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. PoemCity 2012: Montpelier celebrates National Poetry Month with a text exhibit through downtown. Visit kellogghubbard.org/poemcity.html for daily activity schedule. Various downtown locations, Montpelier, all day. Free. Info, 223-3338.
Lunch and Learn: Charlie Nardozzi offers simple steps to a beautiful yet chemical-free lawn. Gardener’s Supply, Williston, noon-12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2433. Spring Gardening Program: Red Wagon Plants’ Julie Rubaud lays out simple planning and growing strategies to reduce weeds and avoid the dreaded zucchini invasion. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 482-2878.
Hannibal Buress: Called “the funniest young comic I’ve seen in years” by Chris Rock, this standup performer has also written for “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock.” See calendar spotlight. Sugar Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2076.
Bargain Dress Bash: Prom- and graduationgoers say “yes” to the gently used dress — for a fraction of the original cost. Proceeds benefit free after school programs for youth. Essex CHIPS & Teen Center, 6-8 p.m. $10-45. Info, 878-6982. 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. 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.
2012 Oscar-Nominated Short Animated Films: See WED.04, 5:30 p.m. ‘Bag It’: “Everyman” Jeb Berrier decides to ditch the plastic in this eye-opening — and sometimes flat-out funny — 2010 documentary from director Suzan Beraza. Municipal Building, Milton, 6:308:30 p.m. Free; bring your own bowl for popcorn. Info, 893-1186. ‘Demolition Kingdom’: See WED.04, 7:30 p.m. ‘The Clean Bin Project’: Grant Baldwin’s 2010 documentary pits a couple against each other in an often-humorous yearlong competition to produce the least amount of trash. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5013. ‘The Day Carl Sandburg Died’: Paul Bonesteel’s 2011 documentary looks at the remarkable life and legacy of this iconic American writer. Axinn Center, Starr Library, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. vt.us. Fletcher Playgroup: Little ones make use of the open gym before snack time. Fletcher Elementary School, Cambridge, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. ‘Food for Thought’ Library Volunteers: Pizza fuels teen discussion of books and library
projects. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Franklin Story Hour: Lovers of the written word perk up for read-aloud tales and adventures with lyrics. Haston Library, Franklin, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Middlebury Preschoolers Story Hour: Tiny ones become strong readers through activities with tales, songs and rhymes. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Music With Raphael: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song and dance moves to traditional and original folk music. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Pajama Story Time: Little kids rock nightgowns and flannels as special guests read from books. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Stroller Strolling: Young families roll along the recreation path together. Community Park, Fairfax, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 782-6332.
Plauderstunde: Conversationalists with a basic knowledge of the German language put their skills to use over lunch. Zen Gardens, South Burlington, noon. Free; cost of food. Info, 862-3100 or 863-3305.
Bluegrass @ Home: Reckless Breakfast and the Crunchy Western Boys deliver tight harmonies and boisterous instrumentals. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 603-448-0400. Burlington Songwriters: Lyricists share and critique original works. Heineberg Community & Senior Center, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 859-1822. Hermeto Pascoal: See WED.04, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $10-43. Info, 603-646-2422. Music in the Loft Concert Series: Mike Colbourn executes alt-country Americana that’s heavy on the storytelling. Ten percent of proceeds support the Vermont Head Start Association. Shelburne Vineyard, 5:30-8 p.m. Free; wine available by the glass (proper ID required). Info, 985-8222. Noontime Concert Series: Baritone Stephen Falbel entertains the lunch crowd. First Baptist Church, Burlington, 12:15-12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 864-6515. ‘Rascal Flatts – Changed: One Night Only Exclusive Theater Event’: The country trio gets its big-screen debut in a live broadcast concert with behind-the-scenes access. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 5 p.m. $12.50. Info, 660-9300. Terry Adams: With some help from his NRBQ bandmates, the keyboard genius performs music written, inspired and informed by Thelonious Monk. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $22-25. Info, 863-5966.
Bill Ryerson: The founder and president of the Population Media Center offers “A Proven Strategy: Using Entertainment Media to Achieve a Sustainable Population.” Converse Home, Burlington, 6:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 8620401, email@example.com. David Sheff: The best-selling author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction speaks about his experiences before a panel discussion about drug use in our community. See calendar spotlight. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 7-9 p.m. $7-15. Info, 357-4616. John Akers: The instrumentalist threads musical performance into a talk about “poet of the people” Carl Sandburg’s love affair with the Spanish
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classical guitar. Chateau Grand Salon, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. KeiKo Kiyama & Nozomi KaNda: In “Rethink, Rebuild, Remember,” the secretary general of JEN and the director of the Power of Japan reflect upon Japan’s devastating earthquake of 2011, as well as its current plight. Conference Room, Robert A. Jones House, Middlebury College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-2050. michael T. Klare: The author of Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum speaks on “The Global Assault on Africa’s Resources.” Conference Room, Robert A. Jones House, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. Pam Flowers: In “Alone Across the Arctic,” the dogsledder recalls her 2500-mile journey from Barrow, Alaska, to Canada’s Nunavut Territory. Bradford Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536.
NaTioNal TheaTre oF loNdoN live: Marriage arrangements, mistaken identities and misguided love abound in a broadcast production of Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $10-17. Info, 382-9222. ‘reeNTry’: See WED.04, 7 p.m. ‘sToP Kiss’: A violent attack shapes the lives of all involved as a friendship between two women turns to love in Diana Son’s poignant play. Hepburn Zoo, Hepburn Hall, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. $4. Info, 443-3168.
PoemciTy 2012: See WED.04, all day. TaKe a leaP, wriTe a Poem: Generative exercises with poet Sherry Olson aid wordsmiths in putting pen to paper. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. 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. you come, Too: Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert leads a poetic exploration of the works of E.E. Cummings. Vermont Humanities Council, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 262-2626, ext. 307.
FirsT Friday: At 3 p.m., prospective students preregister to tour the campus and have CCS faculty review their portfolios. From 5 to 6:30 p.m., Joe Lambert and Jon Chad sign copies of Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller and Leo Geo and His Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth, respectively. R. Sikoryak hosts a slide show of CCS work at 6:30 p.m. Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction. Free. Info, 295-3319.
‘a seParaTioN’: A contemporary Iranian couple seeks divorce in Asghar Farhadi’s sad, funny 2011 drama, which took home the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.
health & fitness
avoid Falls wiTh imProved sTabiliTy: A personal trainer demonstrates daily practices for seniors concerned about their balance. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 10 a.m. $5. Info, 658-7477. 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, 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.
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. moNTgomery Tumble Time: Physical-fitness activities help build strong muscles. Montgomery Elementary School, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
swaNToN PlaygrouP: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Swanton, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
burliNgToN ParTNershiP For a healThy commuNiTy: Queen City residents make a positive impact as they address substance-use and -abuse issues. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 8:3010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 324-3867.
ballroom lessoN & daNce social: Singles and couples of all levels of experience take a twirl. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; open dancing, 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269.
QueeN ciTy 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.
blood drive: Healthy folks ages 17 and up part with a pint. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; preregister and learn more at redcrossblood.org. Info, 800-733-2767.
Full mooN owl Prowl: On a nocturnal outing, folks carpool to local parks to seek out denizens of the night. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7:30-9 p.m. $3-8. Info, 229-6206.
oFF The wall: iNFormal discussioNs abouT arT: Robert F. Reiff intern Leann Xi Li highlights her research on Idris Khan’s “Gratitude.” Middlebury College Museum of Art, 12:15 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 443-3168.
‘sToP Kiss’: See THU.05, 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
PoemciTy 2012: browN bag luNch: In a moving TED talk, musician Natalie Merchant speaks about researching, writing and recording a collection of songs adapted from the works of classic and contemporary poets. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon. Free. Info, 223-3338.
iNTro To waTercolor: Beginning painters dip into a playful and exploratory art lesson. Davis 12V-Chandler040412.indd 1 Studio Gallery, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $24. Info, 425-2700.
The masTers oF mayhem: Sketch comedians Waldo & Woodhead and Tom Murphy deliver sidesplitting, madcap mastery. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 760-4634.
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maKe aN accordioN booK: Paper folders assemble pages with book artist Annie Watson. Creative Space Gallery, Vergennes, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $25. Info, 453-5821.
caPiTal ciTy coNTra daNce: Folks in soft-soled shoes practice their stepping to calling by Nils Fredland and tunes by Nor’Easter. Capital City Grange, Montpelier, 8 p.m. $8. Info, 744-6163. coNTra daNce: Ned Houston calls the steps to backwoods tunes by the Mountain Folks. Northwoods Stewardship Center, East Charleston, 7:30 p.m. $10. Info, 933-2545, cindyweed@hotmail. com.
baby aNimal day: Animal lovers “ooh” and “aww” over newborn calves, lambs and chicks in between horse-drawn wagon rides and activities in the heir-12v-Karme2.indd 1 loom garden. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355. ru12? commuNiTy ceNTer Family ProgrammiNg & eveNTs Forum: Folks chime in on the social, supportive and educational gatherings they’d like to see the LGBTQ hub host this year. Childcare and light refreshments provided. Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield, noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812. sPriNg FliNg PasTa diNNer & daNce: Folks fortify themselves with noodles before cutting the rug to classic rock from Bruce Costello and Mike Boise and deejayed beats from Dave Berthiaume. Proceeds support the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation. American Legion Post 27, Middlebury, 6-11 p.m. $10; $8 for dance only, starting at 8 p.m. Info, 388-9931 or 352-1027.
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‘dr. sTraNgelove or: how i learNed To sToP worryiNg aNd love The bomb’: Peter Sellers stars in this 1964 Stanley Kubrick classic about the start of a nuclear holocaust. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. $4-6. Info, 775-0903.
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PoemciTy 2012: See WED.04, all day.
eNglish couNTry daNce: Those keen on Jane Austen’s favorite pastime make rural rounds to music by Keys to the Cellar. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-9:30 p.m. $5-8; $1 extra for first half hour for experienced dancers; bring finger food to share. Info, 899-2378, email@example.com.
swiNg Noire: Jazz manouche in the tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli transports listeners to France circa the 1930s. Lincoln Peak Vineyard, New Haven, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; wine priced by the glass; bring a picnic or buy a cheese plate. Info, 388-7368.
bombiNo: Tuareg guitarist Omara “Bombino” Moctar performs electrifying jams capturing the spirit of resistance and rebellion. Miriam Bernardo and Jairo Sequeira open. See calendar spotlight. Haybarn Theater, Goddard College, Plainfield, 8 p.m.-midnight. $15-20. Info, 595-2233.
‘The ThiNgs They carried’: Solo actor Billy Lyons performs short pieces blurring the line between fact and fiction in American Place Theatre’s adaptation of Tim O’Brien’s book about the Vietnam War. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $10-20. Info, 382-9222.
musical sTory Time: Three- to 5-year-olds develop early-literacy skills through books, songs and rhymes. Essex Free Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 879-0313.
The amaziNg KresKiN: The famed mentalist, the inspiration for the 2008 feature film The Great Buck Howard, stuns audiences with mental feats and group hypnosis. Barre Opera House, 8 p.m. $22-27. Info, 476-8188.
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‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’: Angelina Jolie wrote and directed this romantic drama about lovers ripped apart by the Bosnian War. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘Poetry’: Enrolling in a writing class grounds a woman confronted with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and the discovery of a family secret in Chang-dong Lee’s 2010 drama. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.
food & drink
Caledonia Winter Farmers Market: Freshly baked goods, veggies, beef and maple syrup feature prominently in displays of “shop local” options. Welcome Center, St. Johnsbury, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 592-3088. Capital City Winter Farmers Market: Root veggies, honey, maple syrup and more change hands at an off-season celebration of locally grown food. Gymnasium, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958, firstname.lastname@example.org. Champlain Islands Winter Farmers Market: Baked items, preserves, meats and eggs sustain shoppers in search of local goods. South Hero Congregational Church, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 372-3291. Greek Pastry Sale & Take-out Dinner: Break out the baklava and pass the dolmades! The sale of home-baked treats at 10 a.m. precedes take-away options starting at 11 a.m. Greek Orthodox Church Community Center, Burlington. Cost of food and drink. Info, 862-2155. Maple Brunch: Foodies learn about maple sugaring while downing syrup-smothered pancakes, waffles and sausages. Young ones participate in an egg hunt. Rock Point School, Burlington, 10 a.m.noon. $4-6; preregister. Info, 863-1104. Maple Day: The Vermont Maple Mobile Sugarhouse serves up maple cotton candy and sugar on snow — pickle included. City Market, Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700.
Sugar-on-Snow Party: Hardened maple-syrup edibles usher in spring. Palmer’s Sugarhouse, Shelburne, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 985-5054. Vegetarian Eating for Beginners: Quinoa and millet are the topics du jour at Vicki and Rosalyn Moore’s educational workshop about preparing meat-free meals from inexpensive whole foods. St. Johnsbury Food Co-op, 10 a.m. $10. Info, 748-2655.
Mud Season Egg Hunt: Sharp-eyed kiddos track down colorful orbs before hopping over to Laughing Moon Chocolates in Stowe to meet the Easter Bunny. Green Mountain Club Headquarters, Waterbury Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 2447037, ext. 115. Page Pals: Young readers thumb through books while hanging out with teen and tween volunteers. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 223-3338.
Cleon Douglas CD-Release Party: The Jamaican artist delivers an authentic dose of reggae music and culture with Songs in the Key of Cee. North End Studio A, Burlington, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6713. Shape-Note Singing: Vocalists match notes to solfège syllables under the guidance of Ian Smiley. Tulsi Tea Room, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 229-4008, vtshapenotesingers@ gmail.com. Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen: The folk duo melds fingerpicking mastery with rich traditional ballads. An hourlong open-mic set precedes the concert. Ripton Community House, 7:30 p.m. $3-9. Info, 388-9782.
Annual Birthday Bash: Little ones party like its their birthday — regardless of whether it actually is — with a bounce castle, arts and crafts, and baked goods. Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 782-6332.
Free Sealant Day: Students in Vermont Technical College’s dental hygiene program prevent tooth decay in kids ages 7 to 12. Dental Hygiene Building, Williston, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 879-8903.
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. Introduction to Microsoft Word: From toolbars to text and paragraphs to pictures, students get savvy about the word processor. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. $3 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 865-7217.
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4-H Vet Science II: UVM Pre-Vet Club members organize hands-on activities for teens ages 13 and up who have already completed Vet Science I. Jeffords 120, UVM, Burlington, noon-2 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 656-5429, email@example.com.
VCAM Access Orientation: Video-production hounds get an overview of facilities, policies and procedures. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 651-9692.
Cuteness counts at the Billlings Farm & Museum’s BABY ANIMAL BABY ANIMAL DAY: Saturday, April 7, DAY. Kids — of the human Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $11-12 adult; $3-6 child; variety — cozy up with newborn free for children under 3. Info, 457-2355, calves, lambs, chicks, ducklings billingsfarm.org. and goslings while learning about their care, diet and growth from experienced farming interpreters. Horse-drawn wagons provide the big picture, ferrying visitors around the 250-acre working dairy farm to see the cows, horses and oxen. Or you can stay inside to craft pom-pom chicks and lamb handprints. As a parting gift, the museum provides an heirloom seed in a paper cup. And, of course, they help you plant it.
Oneness Meditation: Spiritual energies awaken as oneness trainer Peter Beach instigates a transformative experience resulting in clarity, joy, peace and inner silence. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 10-11:30 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
maintenance at an old apple orchard. Bring your pruning tools. Meet at the intersection of Eastman and West Hill roads. Fitzhugh Property, Berlin, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 747-7900.
Social Solutions Workshop: Attendees form four-person discussion groups to explore the topic “Why Do Children in Vermont Perform Poorly on National Tests?” Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 479-3339.
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Community Egg Hunt: Kids of all ages bring their own baskets to scavenge for Easter orbs. Recreation Path, Fairfax, 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 524-6393. 46 CALENDAR
It’s a Worm’s World: Vermicomposters learn about using squirmy invertebrates to help the environment. Gardener’s Supply, Williston, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 658-2433.
Welcome Infant Social: Fairfax families with babies born in the last year mingle with peers. Fairfax Community Library, 10-11:45 a.m. Preregister to personalize a library book dedicated to your child. Info, 782-6332.
Bob Amos CD-Release Concert: Bluegrass band Catamount Crossing join the Vermonter in new songs from Borrowed Time. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7:30 p.m. $12-15. Info, 748-2600. Burlington Ensemble: VPR’s Joe Goetz is guest pianist in “Large Czechs,” a classical program benefiting the KidSafe Collaborative, Puppets in Education, COTS, the Stern Center for Language and Learning, the Vermont Children’s Fund, and Mobius. College Street Congregational Church, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $5 minimum suggested donation. Info, 598-9520, email@example.com.
Taylor Smith & Ben Goldstein: An alto saxophonist and pianist jazz up the audience. New City Galerie, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5; bring your own wine and cheese. Info, 355-5440.
Bird-Monitoring Walk: Beginning and novice birders fine-tune their eyes and ears to recognize winged residents as part of an e-bird database project. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 8-10 a.m. Donations. Info, 434-3068. Walk in the Woods: Forester Dave Wilcox discusses apple-tree release, pruning and
A World of Change: Global Activism on LGBTI Issues: In-person and Skype speakers Cynthia Rothschild, Sofia Gruskin, Stephanie Farrior, Jean Freedberg, Ali Miller, Ignacio Saiz and Meg Satterthwaite discuss developing Amnesty International’s efforts against human-rights violations over the last 20 years. Chase Community Center, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $10-20; free for Vermont Law School community members. Info, 330-418-4392, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fools Fest: To raise funds for Edmunds Middle School’s drama program, adults enjoy comedy by Cinder Thrane, gypsy-jazz by the Queen City Hot Club, dance music by the X-Rays and a food spread. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7-11:30 p.m. $25-30; cash bar. Info, 735-6845. ‘Stop Kiss’: See THU.05, 8 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Catamount Arts Center: Anna Netrebko stars in a broadcast screening of Massenet’s opéra comique Manon. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, noon. $16-23. Info, 748-2600. The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Lake Placid Center for the Arts: See above listing, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., noon. $12-18. Info, 518-523-2512. The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Loew Auditorium: See above listing, Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., noon. $10-29.50. Info, 603-646-2422. The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Palace 9: See above listing, Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, noon. $18-24. Info, 660-9300. The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Town Hall Theater: See above listing, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, noon. $10-24. Info, 382-9222.
David Budbill: See WED.04, Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 482-5189. PoemCity 2012: See WED.04, all day.
General Assembly: Supporters of the Occupy Movement network, do business and share food. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, 2-4
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Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $50 minimum suggested donation includes a signed DVD of the finished film. Info, 357-4616, firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘silenced Voices’: A documentary by the Vermont Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project considers the causes and effects of crossing the border. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-7222.
sugar-on-snow Party: See SAT.07, noon-4 p.m.
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.
MontgoMery PlaygrouP: Infants to 2-yearolds idle away the hours with stories and songs. Montgomery Town Library, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
diManches: Novice and fluent French speakers brush up on their linguistics — en français. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.
eri ito & diVya dethier: Two senior music students pair up for classical opera arias, romantic Debussy pieces and Broadway show tunes. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. sunday Jazz: Acclaimed Boston pianist John Funkhauser keys up the audience. Brandon Music, 7 p.m. $15-18. Info, 465-4071.
the MetroPolitan oPera: hd liVe: sPaulding auditoriuM: See SAT.07, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., noon. $10-29.50. Info, 603-646-2422. the MetroPolitan oPera: liVe in hd: cataMount arts center: See SAT.07, noon.
PoeMcity 2012: See WED.04, all day. woMen’s Poetry grouP: Writers give and receive feedback on their poetic expressions in a nonthreatening, nonacademic setting. Call for specific location. Private home, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 828-545-2950, email@example.com.
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.
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.
health & fitness
aVoid Falls with iMProVed staBility: See FRI.06, 10 a.m. herBal clinic: Folks explore the art of “green” health care at a personalized, confidential consultation with faculty and students from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. City Market, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 861-9700. secrets oF our cycle: VCIH graduate Abigail Houghton connects fertility with hormone and tissue fluctuations. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 224-7100, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ilsley detectiVes cluB: Fifth and sixth graders craft their own whodunit stories after learning about Sherlock Holmes with Middlebury College student Fanny Zhao. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 388-4097. isle la Motte PlaygrouP: Stories and crafts make for creative play. Yes, there will be snacks. Isle La Motte Elementary School, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. May’s Monday Music & MoVeMent: Energetic children lace up their dancing shoes for a fun class with May Podushnick. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Music with raPhael: See THU.05, 10:45 a.m. stories with Megan: Preschoolers ages 2 to 5 expand their imaginations through storytelling, songs and rhymes with Megan Butterfield. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. swanton PlaygrouP: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Mary Babcock Elementary School, Swanton, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
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.
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“They made us feel like we were family.” And what a happy and proud family they are! Anne and Jared Lamere and their son Jackson were celebrating the arrival of newborn son Austin Joseph when we stopped by. Austin was born on March 27 and weighed 8lb/13oz. He was 22 inches long. We bet that Jackson, also born at CVMC, will be a great big brother. We wish the Lemeres a happy and wonderful life they seem to be well on their way. They live in East Montpelier. And congratulations to happy grandmother Pam Heffernan, RN CVMC’s Emergency Department Nurse Educator.
troPical storM irene suPPort grouP: See WED.04, Rochester High School, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 279-8246.
the chaMPlain echoes: New singers are invited to chime in on four-part harmonies with a women’s a cappella chorus at weekly open rehearsals. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 6:159:15 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0398.
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‘northern Borders’ Fundraiser: Author Howard Frank Mosher and Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern attend a benefit for Jay Craven’s new film, based on a Mosher novel. Lake Lobby, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center,
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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. student PerForMance recital: Music scholars perform on their various instruments. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776.
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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.
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‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’: Animal instincts spur a domestic fox into a life of chicken thievery in Wes Anderson’s stop-motion adaptation of the Roald Dahl book. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.
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Qigong Class Wednesday evenings for 10 weeks Beginning Wednesday, April 18, 6-7 PM Acupuncture & Qigong Health Center 167 Pearl St., Essex Junction www.completechinesemedicine.com Taught by Arthur Makaris, who has been practicing Qigong for over 30 years. Arthur is a licensed Acupuncturist and master of Chinese martial art. Northern Dipper Qigong will focus on: • Essence, Breath and Mind • Physical and Energetic Alignment • Opening Qi • Gathering Qi To Register Call 879-7999
Memorial Library, Bristol, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2366. Exploring plant DyEs: Joann Darling extracts vibrant hues from the flowers and the forest. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5-8; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, firstname.lastname@example.org. intErnEt EssEntials: Master the art of the worldwide web by picking up tips and tricks for Google, Internet Explorer and library databases. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. $3 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 865-7217. spEnD smart: Those who struggle to save learn savvy skills for managing money. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 114. tEch tuEsDay: Bookworms catapult into the digital age by learning about e-readers, iPads, iPhones and more. Rutland Free Library, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860.
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intErgEnErational rEaDing & Discussion: Jim Murphy’s The Boys’ War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk About the Civil War sparks an all-ages dialogue about slavery and military strife. 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. poEmcity 2012: See WED.04, all day. poEmcity 2012: Writing in thE prEsEnt tEnsE: Scribes stay in the moment while creating free verses in a workshop with former Maine poet laureate Baron Wormser. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
minDful succEss circlE nEtWorking group: Service professionals and small-business owners strive to make a difference in their communities. Thirty minutes of optional seated meditation precede an hourlong meeting and one-on-one connection time with peers. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 5:45-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 225-5960.
flooD survivor story sharing & communication Workshop: Folks affected by Tropical Storm Irene impart their experiences at an afternoon focused on stress reduction. St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Brattleboro, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 257-5631 or 249-3628.
Ballroom DancE class: Folks take instruction in swing from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and tango from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Union Elementary School, Montpelier. $14. Info, 225-8699 or 223-2921.
Burlington WEstiE ZEro-to-hEro Workshop: Beginners master the fundamentals of partnered dancing, as well as the seven basic patterns of West Coast swing. Singles and couples welcome. North End Studio A, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $9-14. Info, email@example.com.
introDuction to tExas tWo-stEp: Couples and singles practice one of the most versatile country/western dance steps. Cafeteria, Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, South Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $8. Info, 878-9186.
thE royal BallEt’s ‘romEo anD juliEt’: A leading English ballet company captures the beauty and grandeur of Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers in a broadcast production. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $1215. Info, 748-2600.
grEEn Drinks: Activists and professionals for a cleaner environment raise a glass over networking and discussion. The Skinny Pancake, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 262-2253.
kiDsafE collaBorativE’s 23rD annual outstanDing sErvicE aWarDs lunchEon: Gov. Peter Shumlin and Dan Dubonnet make remarks at a ceremony recognizing six individuals or teams who have made a significant difference in the safety of children and families in Chittenden County. Sunset Ballroom, Comfort Suites, South Burlington, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $23.50-25. Info, 863-9626.
‘2001: a spacE oDyssEy’: Stanley Kubrick’s monumental sci-fi film pits man against machine in a race of discovery and evolution. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 540-3018. ‘lEaDing laDiEs’: Cowriter, codirector and choreographer Erika Randall attends a screening of the 2010 film, a wacky comedy about the world of competitive dance. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.
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cooking With your farmEr: Creative culinarians learn about incorporating fresh herbs into their efforts with Red Wagon Plants’ Julie Rubaud. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700.
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DEtEcting parasitEs: Chiropractic physician and advanced clinical nutritionist Suzy Harris talks about one of the most underdiagnosed health challenges in America. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. 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 wellbeing. Miller Community and Recreation Center, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free; preregistration by email no later than three hours before the class is appreciated. Info, 888-480-3772, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. thE minDful path to happinEss: Adults reduce stress in a wellness and resiliency program led by Anthony Quintiliani. Library, Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, South Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0521, email@example.com.
alBurgh playgroup: Tots form friendships over music and movement. Nonmarking shoes required. Alburgh Elementary School, 9:15-10 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. crEativE tuEsDays: Artists engage their imaginations with recycled crafts. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.
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Valley Stage Productions presents FairFax Story Hour: Good listeners are rewarded with a variety of fairy tales, crafts and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5246. FroSty & FriendS tHerapy dogS: Young readers share their favorite texts with friendly pooches. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:304:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. Hand in Hand: The Middlebury youth group organizes volunteer projects to benefit the environment and the community. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. ‘Henry and Mudge’: TheatreworksUSA’s musical follows the exploits of the kid-and-canine duo featured in Cynthia Rylant’s best-selling books. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 10 a.m. $5-10. Info, 603-448-0400. HigHgate Story Hour: See WED.04, 10-11 a.m. KidS in tHe KitcHen: Little line cooks serve up omelettes to order, filled with creative ingredients such as cream cheese and jelly. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. MotHer gooSe MeetS MotHer nature: See WED.04, 6-8 p.m. 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. 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. ricHFord playgroup: Rug rats let their hair down for tales and activities. Cornerstone Bridges to Life Community Center, Richford, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426, fgibbfdirectservice@gmail. com. Science & StorieS: Kids have aha! moments regarding the elements of a pond habitat. 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.
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.
pauSe caFé: French speakers of all levels converse en français. Levity Café, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.
taKácS Quartet: A string quartet shows its strength by playing three vastly different works by Debussy, Janáček and Beethoven. See calendar spotlight. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $10-40. Info, 603-646-2422.
baSic introduction to caMera uSe: Budding videographers learn about media production using public access video cameras. 294 North Winooski Ave., Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 862-3966, ext. 16, firstname.lastname@example.org.
introduction to conSciouS coMMunication: Sky Meadow Retreat’s Miles Sherts lays out simple theories and practical tools for expressing emotions effectively and listening to others without judgment. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier,
beryl levinger: Summarizing her two-year study of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Monterey Institute of International Studies’ distinguished professor analyzes “How Social-Change Organizations Become Effective.” Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5710. glenn andreS: In conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition “Shard Villa and Its People,” the speaker explores a onetime Salisbury resident’s art history in “Importing Culture: Columbus Smith, His Collections and His Painter.” Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, noon. $2; bring a lunch; beverages and dessert provided. Info, 388-2117.
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‘tHe Secret liFe oF beeS’: A young woman searches for the truth about her mother in American Place Theatre’s one-woman adaptation of the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd. Casella Theater, Castleton State College, 7 p.m. $10-12. Info, 468-1119.
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MicaH gault: The editor of Hunger Mountain weighs the value of literary journals. Farrell Room, St. Edmund’s Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536.
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coMMunity entrepreneurS prograM: Survivors of domestic violence explore the challenges and rewards of self-employment and envision a business concept in this workshop held by the Center for Women & Enterprise. Hilton Hotel, Burlington, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-1302.
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iMprov nigHt: See WED.04, 8-10 p.m.
tropical StorM irene Support group: See WED.04, 6 p.m. WinooSKi coalition For a SaFe and peaceFul coMMunity: Neighbors and local businesses help create a thriving Onion City by planning community events, sharing resources, networking and more. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 655-1392, ext.10.
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verMont FaMily netWorK annual conFerence: A gathering for parents and professionals caring for children with special needs focuses on creating a culture of belonging through workshops, exhibits and the Vermont premiere of Who Cares About Kelsey? Hilton Hotel, Burlington, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $50-90. Info, 876-5315, ext. 225.
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Knit nigHt: Crafty needleworkers (crocheters, too) share their talents and company as they spin yarn. Phoenix Books, Essex, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111. MaKe StuFF!: See WED.04, 6-9 p.m. WED.11
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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.
beHind-tHe-SceneS luncH & diScuSSion: ‘tHe iMaginary invalid’: Guest director Jay Dunn and cast members stage a conversation about the making of this theater piece. Wright Memorial Theater, Middlebury College, 12:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 443-3168.
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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.
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silent Auction & Wine tAstinG: Folks raise funds for an artist-in-residence at the King Street Center while remembering Laura Kate Winterbottom, an artist and teacher who was a victim of sexual violence. Magnolia Breakfast & Lunch Bistro, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. $35; preregister. Info, 862-6736, firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Hell And BAck AGAin’: Danfung Dennis’ 2011 documentary looks at the conflict in Afghanistan to understand the true cause and effect of war. Rutland Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. ‘norWeGiAn Wood’: Devastated by the loss of a friend, a man pursues relationships with two drastically different women in Anh Hung Tran’s 2010 drama, set in late-1960s Tokyo. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.
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‘tHe elePHAnt MAn’: A kindly doctor comes to the aid of a disfigured man making a living in the circus in David Lynch’s 1980 drama, based on a true story. Roger H. Perry Hall, Champlain College, Burlington, 5:45-9 p.m. Free. Info, 860-2700.
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discoverinG your inner stABility: Can’t find your core? Instructor Robert Rex integrates Kundalini yoga, tai chi, Rolfing Movement Integration and more in exercises designed to stabilize the spine, strengthen muscles and maintain flexibility. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:306:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.
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. 55 Main St, Suite 3 Essex Junction • 802-879-1802 • www.champlainObGyn.com 6h-champlainobgyn110911.indd 1
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cHildren’s story tiMe: Miss Vermont Katie Levasseur reads aloud from tales about cute baby animals. Barnes & Noble, South Burlington, 1010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 864-8001.
FAirField PlAyGrouP: See WED.04, 10-11:30 a.m. HiGHGAte story Hour: See WED.04, 11:15 a.m.12:15 p.m. HoGWArts reAdinG society: Potterheads and others fascinated by the fantasy genre discuss Veronica Roth’s Divergent. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. kids in tHe kitcHen: Veggies, pasta and homemade dressing come together in kid-created tortellini salad. 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 BABies & toddlers story Hour: See WED.04, 10:30-11:15 a.m. MontGoMery story Hour: Good listeners are rewarded with an earful of tales and a mouthful of snacks. Montgomery Town Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. MovinG & GroovinG WitH cHristine: See WED.04, 11-11:30 a.m. PAjAMA story tiMe: Evening tales send kiddos off to bed. Berkshire Elementary School, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
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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.
‘PlAy AGAin’ discussion GrouP: A week after a screening of Tonje Hessen Schei’s documentary about the importance of nature in childhood, folks brainstorm ways to strike a balance between the natural and virtual worlds. Orchard Valley Waldorf School, East Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 456-7400.
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PrescHool discovery ProGrAM: Three- to 5-year-olds take to the outdoors while learning about the salamander’s cycle. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 10-11:30 a.m. $5. Info, 229-6206.
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.
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. email@example.com. student PerForMAnce recitAl: See MON.09, 7:30-9 p.m.
cAndAce PAGe: The Burlington Free Press writer reports on covering major Vermont stories, such as the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. ‘FroM verMont to Mexico: solidArity WitHout Borders’: UE regional president Peter Knowlton and Migrant Justice’s Danilo Lopez and Natalia Fajardo explore the conditions and connections that have led to approximately 1500 migrant farmworkers in Vermont. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-8000. PlAnBtv sPeAker series: Consultants from the Town Planning & Urban Design Collaborative discuss ordinance changes and form-based codes. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7193. verMont’s enerGy Future: Vermont Department of Public Service Commissioner Elizabeth Miller and Vermont state Rep. Tony Klein discuss the tough task of getting Vermont to 90 percent renewable energy by 2050. North Lounge, Billings Hall, UVM, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-4389.
‘APPetite’: The audience sits onstage for this student-created original play about society’s obsession with technology. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 654-2536, appetiteSMC@gmail. com. ‘cHicAGo’: Northern Stage seeks to “razzle dazzle ’em” with this Prohibition-era musical about a vaudeville-chorus-girl-turned-murderess. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $3170. Info, 296-7000.
F.d. reeve: Recitations from his new novella Nathaniel Purple illustrate the intersection of poetry and prose. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. GeorGe sAunders: The author, Syracuse University English professor, and recipient of both a Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowship reads his words aloud. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1251. PoeMcity 2012: See WED.04, all day. reAdinG & discussion: FArMs & GArdens series: Bibliophiles react to stories about tending and growing, such as this month’s Here and Nowhere Else: Late Season of a Farm and Its Family by Jane Brox. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. m
classes THE FOLLOWING CLASS LISTINGS ARE PAID ADVERTISEMENTS. ANNOUNCE YOUR CLASS FOR AS LITTLE AS $13.75/WEEK (INCLUDES SIX PHOTOS AND UNLIMITED DESCRIPTION ONLINE). SUBMIT YOUR CLASS AD AT SEVENDAYSVT.COM/POSTCLASS.
acting ACTING FOR FILM & TELEVISION: Cost: $160/class. Wed., 6:30-9:30. Location: Waterbury. Info: Dawn Kearon, 498-5051, ruby_to@yahoo. com, waterhouseactingstudio. com. Join acclaimed acting teacher Richard Waterhouse for an insightful weekly class utilizing scenes from film and television. Learn to focus your acting for the camera, deepen your connection to the other actor and incorporate your life into your work. Class runs Wednesday nights, April through June 2012.
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.
PHOTO: IPHONE/ANDRIOD: Apr. 14, noon-4 p.m. Cost: $40/
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.
dance DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, email@example.com. Salsa classes, nightclub-style,
SHAKTI DANCE W/ SILA ROOD: Weekly: Mon., 6:45-7:45 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, 8633369, 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!
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,
DISCOVER YOUR PATH: Apr. 14, 1-4:30 p.m. Cost: $40/3.5 hrs. of fun. Location: Bethany Church/Chapel (labyrinth room), 115 Main St., Montpelier. Info: Joanne Hardy, 223-3246, firstname.lastname@example.org. Honoring your unique Self, discover your path to success and happiness in this informative and playful workshop. Here you will be offered tools and insights to create new habits that empower you to access the freedom and happiness inherent within. Four dynamic presenters offer their unique gifts for your transformation.
YOGA FOR VERMONT CITY MARATHONERS W/ ERIKA NESTOR: Apr. 23-May 28, 5:457:15 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $99/6-wk. series. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642, email@example.com, evolutionvt.com. This yoga class will be designed around the schedule of runners preparing for the Vermont City Marathon. Classes will be offered on Monday after the runners’ long runs over the weekend. Join us to replenish your body and build strength for the challenge of the marathon.
exercise TANGOFLOW! W/ CATHY SALMONS: Weekly, Wed., 7-8 p.m. Cost: $12/class (monthly rates: $10/class). Location: Burlington Dances, Chace Mill, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, 8633369, info@BurlingtonDances. com, BurlingtonDances.com. Explore the energy, sensuality
fitness WOMEN’S BEGINNER WALK OR RUN: May 2-Jul. 25, 5:45-7 p.m. Cost: $45/program if registered online by 4/25. Location: Williston Central School, 195 Central School Dr., Williston. Info: Michele Morris, 598-5265, michele@ firststridesvermont.com, firststridesvermont.com. First Strides is a proven, fun 12-week program that uses encouragement and training to improve the fitness, selfesteem and support network of women of all ages and abilities. Walkers and beginning runners welcome. This program is selfpaced. It doesn’t matter where you start, it only matters that you start!
gardening 2-DAY OUTDOOR DRY STONE WALL WORKSHOP: May 19-20, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $300/ person. Limited space, rain or shine. Location: Dutton Farm House, Dummerston. Info: Zon Eastes, 380-9550, zon. firstname.lastname@example.org, thestonetrust.org. The Stone Trust offers workshops in the time-honored craft of building a dry stone wall. Instructors, certified with the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain, guide participants in the hands-on skills that can be used on all types of stone, and in a variety of landscape applications. Instructors: Chris Tanguay, Yarmouth, Maine, Master Craftsman, DSWA certified; Matthew Carter, Topsham, Maine, Advanced Craftsman, DSWA certified. ORGANIC LAWN CARE: Apr. 5, noon-12:45 p.m. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 472 Marshall Ave., Williston. Info: 658-2433. You don’t need nasty chemicals to have a beautiful and healthy lawn; Charlie explains how. Instructed by Charlie Nardozzi. Free to attend. PRUNING BASICS: Apr. 12, noon-12:45 p.m. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 472 Marshall Ave., Williston. Info: 658-2433. Learn the proper techniques for effective pruning and improve the health of your garden. Instructed GARDENING
BODYWORK FOR COUPLES: Apr. 21, 3-7 p.m., Every 2 weeks
HOME-MOZZARELLA-MAKING CLINIC: Apr. 28, 1-2:30 p.m. Cost: $35/person. Location: Inspired Yoga, 1077 Rte. 242, Jay. Info: 323-7911, jaywestfieldyoga.com. Learn the step-by-step process of crafting your own mozzarella cheese with cheese enthusiast Liz Teuber. When we’re done, you’ll have an opportunity to sample the fruit of your labor along with some fresh flavors of the season. Clinic limited to 15 participants; enroll soon to ensure your spot.
MORNING 40-MIN. BALLET BARRE: Weekly: Mon., Tue., Wed., Fri., 8:40-9:20 a.m. Community Class: ($4-$14). Location: Natural Bodies Pilates, 1 Mill St., Suite 372, Burlington. Info: Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, lucille@ naturalbodiespilates.com, NaturalBodiesPilates.com. This 40-minute-beginner/ intermediate morning, “warm up for the day in a beautiful way” class is designed for people who love what the practice of ballet barre does for the body, mind and spirit, and includes the Delsarte System of Expression practices for a relaxed composure and confident bearing.
and passion of Argentine tango while getting a great wholebody workout! Rhythmic, expressive, sweaty. TangoFlow! dancers experience the grace and beauty that define the art of Tango, to tone and condition, giving you a tango dancer’s body, whether you dance tango or not! No partner needed!
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!
ACCESS CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, cvuweb.cvuhs.org/access. Authentic Thai Food, May 17, $35. Vietnamese Specials, May 15, $35. Gelato, Sorbet, Italian Ice, May 14, $25. Learn a basic custard and create fruit-based “Italian ice cream.” Fresh Berry Pie!, May 9, $25. Prepare a guaranteed crust and fill with juicy sweet berries. Yum! Full descriptions of 200 classes posted online. Senior discount 65+.
LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Cost: $50/4week class. Location: The Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Lessons also available in St. Albans. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757, email@example.com, FirstStepDance.com. Come alone, or come with friends, 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.
999-4255, spaton55@gmail. 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, 1:302:30 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 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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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!
WATERCOLOR ON CANVAS: Apr. 21-May 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Weekly on Sat. Cost: $175/6-hr. workshop. Location: Jackie Mangione Studio, 266 Pine St., 2nd floor, Burlington. Info: Jackie Mangione, 598-1504, email@example.com, jackiemangione.com. Learn canvas preparation techniques for watercolor with artist Jackie Mangione. One-day workshop open to teens and adults. Using subject matter that interests you, we will explore creative techniques to apply to our canvas.
on Sat. Cost: $60/4-hr. class. Location: Life in Motion, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: South End Thai Massage, Sue Mahany, 752-6342, firstname.lastname@example.org, facebook. com/pages/South-End-ThaiMassage/268575496549313. Learn a bodywork routine that increases flexibility in the hips and shoulders and reduces tension in the back. Great for couples, friends and athletic partners, Thai massage is done on a mat while both partners wear loose-fitting clothes. Come and learn to share the gift of your hands!
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!
classes THE FOLLOWING CLASS LISTINGS ARE PAID ADVERTISEMENTS. ANNOUNCE YOUR CLASS FOR AS LITTLE AS $13.75/WEEK (INCLUDES SIX PHOTOS AND UNLIMITED DESCRIPTION ONLINE). SUBMIT YOUR CLASS AD AT SEVENDAYSVT.COM/POSTCLASS. GARDENING
by Charlie Nardozzi. Free to attend. WORKING W/ FLAT STONE: 1st Sat. & 3rd Sun., Apr.-Jun. Cost: $200/course. Location: Jeffersonville Quarry, Jeffersonville. Info: 644-5014, jeffersonvillequarry@yahoo. com. Jeffersonville Quarry will be offering classes on how to work with flat stone. The instructor, Tim Aiken, has a degree in landscape design and environmental science and 20 years of experience in dry-laying flat stone for walls, patios, stairs. Class size limited. Call today.
glass CREATIVE GLASSBLOWING CLASS AT AO GLASS STUDIO!: Individual classes call for details. Cost: $180/2-hr. class. Location: AO Glass Studio, 416 Pine St., behind Speeder & Earl’s, Burlington. Info: 540-0223, email@example.com, 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.
learn basic concepts of mixing and applying color, effective painting of light and shadow, and refining of edges and form, to create vivid and lively works. Each student can expect to complete a large still life as well as a series of smaller color sketches. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY II W/ PAUL ROGERS: May 1-29, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Weekly on Tue. Cost: $150/course. Location: Helen Day Art Center, Stowe. Info: 253-8358, education@ helenday.com, helenday.com. Participants will learn how to manage and edit digital photos using Adobe software, discuss photo aesthetics, and be given weekly assignments. Digital basics will be reviewed. Class will do short outdoor photo sessions when possible. Students must have their own DSLR or small digital camera with manual adjustments. UNDERSTANDING TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY ART W/ SUZY SPENCE: May 2, 16, 30 & Jun. 13, 10-11:30 a.m. Cost: $40/series, $12/lecture. Location: Helen Day Art Center, Stowe. Info: 253-8358, firstname.lastname@example.org, helenday.com. How are minimalism, abstract expressionism and pop movements still important to painters today? How have feminism, race and cultural identity changed the very shape and nature of art? How does recent photography parallel painting? These will be the topics discussed in this four-week lecture series. You may sign up for the entire series or for individual lectures.
STILL-LIFE OIL PAINTING W/ EVELYN MCFARLANE: May 3-31, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $165/ course. Location: Helen Day Art Center, Stowe. Info: 2538358, education@helenday. com, helenday.com. Using a method to facilitate drawing objects of various colors and forms, you will learn how to paint a still life. Students will
HENNA YOUR HAIR & ZOOM BALLS: Apr. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $30/2-hr. hands-on workshop. Location: Purple Shutter Herbs, 7 W. Canal St., Winooski. Info: Purple Shutter Herbs, Purple Shutter Herbs, 865-4372, email@example.com, purpleshutterherbs. com. Have you ever wanted to try henna your hair? Here’s a chance to do so under the guidance of Meg Howard. While waiting, we’ll concoct and nibble on Zoom Balls. Bring an old towel, a comb and
brush. Can’t wait to see you: It will be so much fun! 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: Wisdom of the Herbs 2012: Apr. 21-22, May 19-20, Jun. 16-17, Jul. 14-15, Aug. 11-12, Sep. 8-9, Oct. 6-7 & Nov. 3-4, 2012. Wild Edibles Intensive 2012: Spring/ Summer term: May 27, Jun. 24 & Jul. 22, 2012. Summer/ Fall term: Aug. 19, Sep. 16 & Oct. 14, 2012. VSAC nondegree grants avail. to qualifying applicants. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122, firstname.lastname@example.org, wisdomoftheherbsschool. com. Earth skills for changing times. Experiential programs embracing local wild edible and medicinal plants, food as first medicine, sustainable living skills, and the inner journey. Annie McCleary, director, and George Lisi, naturalist.
language ANNOUNCING SPANISH CLASSES: Beginning week of Apr. 2 for 10 wks. Cost: $175/10 1-hr. classes. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Ctr. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025, email@example.com, spanishwaterburycenter. com. Spanish classes starting in April. Our fifth year. Learn from a native speaker via small classes, individual instruction or student tutoring. You’ll always be participating and speaking. Lesson packages for travelers. Specializing in lessons for young children; they love it! See our website or contact us for details.
martial arts AIKIDO: Adult introductory classes meet on Tue. & Thu. 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 seven 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. 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, JiuJitsu, MMA, Wing Chun, Arnis, Thinksafe Self-Defense. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 660-4072, Julio@bjjusa.com, 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 JiuJitsu 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. Info:
Dianne Swafford, 734-1121, swaffordperson@hotmail. 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, self-corrective 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.
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, 684-0452, 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. SPRING IN VT PHOTO WORKSHOP: May 18, 2 p.m.May 21, noon. Cost: $495/person. Location: Green Mountain Photographic Workshops, central Vermont. Info: Green Mountain Photographic Workshops , Kurt Budliger, 223-4022, email@example.com, greenmtnphotoworkshops.com. Spring in Vermont is one of the most magical times to be outdoors exploring the landscape with a camera. During this threeday, intensive photography workshop we’ll explore and photograph some of the most stunning Vermont landscapes as they burst with spring color.
pilates EVERY BODY LOVES PILATES!: Reinvent yourself from the inside & out: Classes, private sessions & now Rodan + Fields dermatological solutions for everybody w/ skin. Location: Natural Bodies Pilates, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369, lucille@ naturalbodiespilates.com, NaturalBodiesPilates.com. For a strong and beautifully relaxed body, mind and spirit, join classes in a calm and professional studio setting. Cleanse your skin from the inside out. Eat well, exercise daily and try our 60-day satisfaction guaranteed line of Rodan and Fields Dermatologists MultiMed Therapies for beautiful, healthy, glowing skin!
psychology CREATING A LIFE: THE PATH OF INDIVIDUATION: Apr. 19Jun. 7, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $90/series. Location: 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: 244-7909. Discover your unique spiritual path via a variety of hands-on activities and exercises set in the context of the individuation process as Jung defined it. Led by Dr. Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author.
self-help CLEARING EMOTIONAL PATTERNS: Apr. 21-May 5, 9-11:15 p.m., Weekly on Sat. Cost: $60/2-hr. class, 3 consecutive Saturdays. Location: Psychological Services, 6 Hillcrest Rd., Essex Jct. Info: Esther Palmer, 878-1588, firstname.lastname@example.org, circleofsage.com. Explore emotional centers of the brain: connections among body, mind, emotions; identify limiting beliefs/emotional patterns; use essential oils, cognitive
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messages and visualization to release old emotional patterns and reframe “lessons.” experiential class with opportunities to practice in between classes, share in group. Book and essential oil purchased first class.
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.
support groups naVigating the emotionS of DiVoRCe: May 1-Jun. 5, 12-1:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $225/person. Location: Dolan House, 156 College St., Burlington. Info: Lisa Condon, 651-7682. Develop insight and skills for navigating this challenging process. Preregistration and screening interview are required. Please call to preregister or for more information.
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yang-Style tai Chi: New 9-week beginner’s session started Jan. 11 & meets on Wed. at 5:30. $125. All-levels class on Sat., 8:30 a.m. Cost: $16/class. Location: Vermont Tai Chi Academy & Healing Center, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Turn right into driveway immediately after
Classes, Fine Art, Faux Finishes, Murals Maggie Standley 233.7676 wingspanpaintingstudio.com Arts-infused, interdisciplinary, inspiring classes, camps and workshops for kids, teens and adults. Visit the classes section at wingspanpaintingstudio.com for more details. Sliding scale available, all abilities welcome. Let your imagination soar!
the railroad tracks. Located in the old Magic Hat Brewery building. Info: 318-6238. Tai chi is a slow-moving martial art that combines deep breathing and graceful movements to produce the valuable effects of relaxation, improved concentration, improved balance,
a decrease in blood pressure and ease in the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Janet Makaris, instructor.
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minDfulneSS toolS foR health & WellneSS W/ SPeCial gueSt Roz gRoSSman: Apr. 16-Jun. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $180/ course. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, So. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, vtcyt.com. In this eight-week program, participants will learn mindfulness meditation practices that have been known to reduce stress and anxiety and promote health and wellness. The program includes guided instruction in a body scan, mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga. Participants are asked to practice at home with guided cDs. taming the inneR CRitiC: WoRking W/ the JuDging minD W/ iSabeall logan: Apr. 17-May 29, 5-6:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $95/6wk. series. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga & Therapy,
364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, vtcyt.com. Often the first step on the path to healing, balance and growth is making peace with our own inner critic. This workshop will use presentations, meditation, readings, journaling and discussion to foster the natural self-compassion waiting to be discovered in each of us. unVeiling the life you Want, uSing youR oWn inneR ReSouRCeS W/ SPeCial gueSt Pam ClaRk: Apr. 21-May 5, 10-11:30 a.m. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga & Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, vtcyt.com. each of us has inner wisdom that is within our reach, to guide us through all of life’s decisions. This series of three workshops is designed to help participants access and use one’s own internal navigation system: developing skills to focus on our goals and claim the life we desire.
wingspan studio kiDS CamPS: SPRing bReak & SummeR SeSSionS: Spring Break: Apr. 23-27, 8:30 a.m.2:30 p.m., after care avail., $300, ages 6-13. Location: wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. Info: 233-7676, wingspanpaintingstudio.com. The Marvelous & Magical in Fiction & art! enter a world of stories and visual art, creating characters and skits. Inspiration will be taken from comics, fairy tales and surrealist art. lunch/games outdoors weather permitting! 3 summer
sessions available: art & French Week, art & science Week, art & Nature Week.
women liVing youR Whole life, a WoRkShoP foR Women: Apr. 21, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $65/incl. workshop materials. Location: Women Writing for (a) Change Studio, Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: Anthe Demeter Athas, 865-4416. Take time to step away from the world and reflect, explore and refresh your vision of and for yourself through guided writing activities, personal exploration time, drawing and collage. space is limited to 12 participants. Registration information online.
yoga eVolution yoga: $14/class, $130/class card. $5-$10 community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, Burlington. Info: 864-9642, firstname.lastname@example.org, evolutionvt.com. evolution’s certified teachers are skilled with students ranging from beginner to advanced. We offer classes in Vinyasa, anusara-inspired, Kripalu and Iyengar yoga. Babies/kids classes also available! Prepare for birth and strengthen postpartum with pre-/postnatal yoga, and check out our thriving massage practice. Participate in our community blog: evolutionvt.com/evoblog. 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: 238-0594, 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. laughing RiVeR yoga: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. classes, sliding scale $5-15. Cost: $13/ class; $110/10 classes; $130/ unlimited monthly. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: 343-8119, laughingriveryoga. com. We offer yoga classes, workshops and retreats taught by experienced and compassionate instructors in a variety of styles, including Kripalu, Jivamukti, Vinyasa, Yoga Trance Dance, Yin, Restorative and more. check out yoga for cyclists starting april 5 and yogasurf weekend in Maine this september. all bodies and abilities welcome. PRenatal VinyaSa yoga teaCheR tRaining: Location: Inspired Yoga, 1077 Rte. 242, Jay. Info: 323-7911, jaywestfieldyoga.com. June 22-24: a three-day intensive Thai yoga massage course with Mukti Buck, the founding director of the Vedic conservatory. July 28-august 16: a Vsacapproved 200-hour yoga teacher training with Danielle Vardakas-Dusko of Honest Yoga. september 19-23: Prenatal vinyasa yoga teacher training and retreat. Forty continuing education hours.
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.
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s the leader and cofounder of NRBQ, Terry Adams is widely regarded as a unique and progressive voice in rock and roll. The keyboardist’s fearless, playful approach has long pushed the boundaries of rock, pop, blues and jazz, often blurring the lines between them altogether. This Thursday, April 5, at the Flynn Space, Adams will pay homage to another artist — and personal hero — with similar tendencies toward progressive music musings, the legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. In advance of that show, Seven Days caught up with Adams by phone from his home in western Massachussetts. SEVEN DAYS: When did you first come into contact with Monk’s music? TERRY ADAMS: I was living in Louisville, Ky., at the time, and I was about 14. I was just drawn to buy one of his records one day. I don’t even really know why. I had never heard that music. But as soon as heard it, I knew it was for me. It just spoke to my spirit. I got pretty lucky. For my 15th birthday my dad took me to the [Mid-Ohio Valley Blues, Jazz, & Folk Music Society] festival to see him live. I love all music, but I knew he had something special to say.
SD: That must have been a great experience, to see him live at that age. TA: It was. I remember going up to the gate. There was a musician standing there and I said, “Hey, tell Monk to come over here.” And the guy said, “That would be very difficult.” [Laughs] And, of course, it would have been. But I just wanted to meet him. And I saw him every year after that. And pretty soon, I got to know him. His music has always been important to me. It’s involved in NRBQ’s music in some ways. And now, finally coming up at the FlynnSpace, it’s the first opportunity I’ve ever had to devote a night to it and show people how his music can be played in different ways, through different instrumentation and different interpretations that I wouldn’t have been able to do years ago because I was too busy. So it’s perfect timing for me. SD: You actually knew him? TA: Yeah. Just by being around a lot. Do you know who the Baroness is? SD: The Jazz Baroness? TA: The Jazz Baroness [Pannonica de Koenigswarter, née Rothschild]. She was a pretty famous patron of jazz. And she hung around with Monk a lot. I got to know her a little bit, and they put me
on the permanent guest list at the Village Vanguard. So I walked in anytime I wanted. I had some pretty nice encounters with the guy. One night I walked in and the place was really crowded. So I walked over and asked him if I could sit sort of behind the piano and under it, because there were no seats left. But I wanted to hear the sound, directly from the piano, without coming through the microphone. And he agreed. SD: That must have meant a lot to you then. TA: Monk’s music meant a lot to me. It tells you to be yourself, to persevere. It’s about longevity and sticking with your beliefs. It sends out that message, you know? It’s uncompromising. SD: NRBQ is pretty famous for messing around in different genres and taking a playful approach to other people’s music, too. When you’re doing something like this, interpreting an artist who is so revered, is there a hesitancy to push too far? TA: Well, you have to be true to it. But you also have to be able to be yourself. You have to stay inside the songs from beginning to end, even through improvising. It’s gotta stay in there. But it
swings, and it rocks, and it has a sense of humor. It’s got the stuff that we like. SD: Without giving too much away, how are you reinterpreting his music for this show? TA: Basically with different instrumentation and rhythmic feels. We’re using instrumentation you wouldn’t usually associate with that music. The last thing I would do would be to get some really good jazz musicians and go in there and just play it. It just wouldn’t mean anything in the end, for me. SD: Last question. You’ve done some pretty incredible things over the course of your career, but being on “The Simpsons” had to be the coolest, right? TA: It was! It was a great surprise to actually be animated. We also played live on film. I don’t know how many other people have been on the show both animated and as themselves. We were really honored.
Terry Adams plays the FlynnSpace in Burlington this Thursday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. $22/25. NRBQ play the Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction on Saturday, April 7, at 8 p.m. $25.
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most user-friendly material. Still, I’m pulling for the Pilgrims. Their 2011 record, Nobility, released on What Doth Life, was one of my local favorites last year. And I also just want to see a punk band do well in a battle-ofthe-band competition for once. Saturday night will probably bring the hottest contests, as it features the three most established bands in the battle. Reggae outfit Pulse ProPheTs get irie at 51 Main. Returning champs sPliT Tongue crow defend their crown at Two Brothers, and Middlebury stalwarts the grifT rock the hometown crowd at Flatbread. In any other bracket, each of these three would likely be the favorite. But since they’re squaring off against each other, it’s really anybody’s game. It’s hard not to like the champs, though. Best of luck to all the competitors. And remember, it’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game. Although the $2000 cash prize would be pretty sweet.
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well during their last jaunt across the pond, and that “anyone who loves indie rock will love them. Plus they’re German and charming.” Sold. Speaking of the Joy Parade, front woman anna Pardenik has a new album in the works with her band anna Pardenik and her aPologies. She’s recording the album, Clean Again, with ryan Power and writes that her new material has “developed beyond” her past work into new and contemporary styles. Color me intrigued. For more on the record, check her out at annapardenik.com.
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Cumbancha artist BomBino is swinging through Vermont this week for a gig at the Goddard College Haybarn on Friday, April 6. The last time he was here, the Tuareg guitarist rocked an enthusiastic crowd at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge. Since then, he’s been winning over some interesting new fans, including the Black keys, arcade fire and my morning JackeT. I had one of my all-time favorite interview SoUnDbITeS
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While we’re on the subject, Jenke Records founder Tommy alexander has a new solo record out, Quiet Lion, which was also recorded with Ryan Power, who apparently doesn’t sleep. Alexander has a release show at Radio Bean this Saturday, April 7.
If you’re heading to see losT in The Trees at the BCA Center on Monday, April 9, do yourself a favor and get there early for opening act Poor moon. One, the band features two members of fleeT foxes, who are rad. Two, the band’s new EP, Illusion, released last week on Sub Pop Records, is just about the most blissful 16 minutes of music I’ve heard this year.
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It’s nice to have the VermonT Joy Parade back in town, isn’t it? The word from their CD-release show at the BCA Center last Saturday is that the band is in dynamic, suspender-ific form, which Montpelier audiences will discover when VJP play the Black Door this Friday, April 6. (See the spotlight on page 56) Burlingtonites who missed them last weekend — and can’t make the trek to the capital — will have another opportunity this week, before the Parade hit the road again. The band has been added to the bill with German indie band fensTer, this Thursday, April 5, at the Monkey House. VJP’s Ben aleshire writes that they actually got to know Fenster
Last year saw the debut of the Vermont Battle of the Bands in Middlebury. The multiday, multivenue throw down was a smash success, pitting nine local bands against one another to vie for the title of the greatest band in the history of music. Or at least the best band, last year, in Vermont. Either way, the contest was well received, so it’s happening again, with a (mostly) fresh crew of contenders. The battle’s opening round gets under way at three Middlebury venues this Thursday, April 5, and runs through Saturday, April 7. The final round, composed of each first-round winner, comes next Saturday, April 14, at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. This Thursday, the slate features rockers Prana, a finalist last year, at 51 Main, and two bands that are relatively unknown: Burlington jam trio nox Periculum at Two Brothers Tavern and Latin-jazzfusion ensemble mogani at American Flatbread. Given their success last year, Prana would seem to be a heavy favorite. But I’ve got Mogani as a dark-horse sleeper based on the band’s collective veteran savvy — though they lose points for the picture on their website of their bassist recording with his shirt unbuttoned, chest and belly exposed. Do we really need to see that, guys? Friday’s lineup is curious. 51 Main hosts reggae-rock outfit Trench Town oddiTies, while Two Brothers has Windsor-based punks the Pilgrims. And over at Flatbread, attendees can get their emo-y pop punk on with sTag line. The smart money here is on Trench Town Oddities. Of the three bands, they probably play the
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1/2 LoungE: scott mangan & Guests (singer-songwriters), 8 p.m., Free. Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free.
HigHEr grounD sHoWCasE LoungE: Rasputina, Daniel Knox (chamber rock), 7:30 p.m., $15. AA. LEunig’s bistro & CaFé: Will Patton Trio (gypsy jazz), 7 p.m., Free. ManHattan Pizza & Pub: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free. nECtar’s: The Edd, Effective Dose (live electronica), 9 p.m., $5. 18+. onE PEPPEr griLL: Open mic with Ryan Hanson, 8 p.m., Free. on taP bar & griLL: cooper & Lavoie (blues), 7 p.m., Free. raDio bEan: shannon Hawley (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free. mushpost social club (downtempo), 11 p.m., Free. rED squarE: DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
Joy to the World
After a fall spent spreading the suspender-fusion gospel
throughout Europe — not to mention gallivanting with Jared Leto’s band, 30 Seconds to Mars — vagabond vaudevillian aesthetes the vErMont Joy ParaDE have finally returned home. What’s more, they come bearing gifts. Specifically, a sparkling new album, New Anthem, recorded last summer with local producer extraordinaire Ryan Power and released last week. This Friday, April 6, the parade marches to the Black Door in Montpelier.
Moog’s: shane Brody (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., Free.
rED squarE: A-Dog Presents (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
riMroCks Mountain tavErn: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
rED squarE bLuE rooM: DJ cre8 (house), 10 p.m., Free.
MonoPoLE: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free.
rí rá irisH Pub: Longford Row (irish), 8 p.m., Free.
MonoPoLE: crow Party (rock), 10 p.m., Free.
vEnuE: Karaoke with steve Leclair, 7 p.m., Free.
MonoPoLE DoWnstairs: Gary Peacock (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., Free.
1/2 LoungE: Burgundy Thursdays with Joe Adler and Friends (singersongwriters), 7 p.m., Free. Harder They come (dubstep), 10 p.m., Free. CLub MEtronoME: mildred moody’s Full moon masquerade with The wee Folkestra, the Human canvas (folk rock), 9 p.m., $5.
tHE bLaCk Door: Old Time Night with Katie Trautz and friends, 6 p.m., $5. Dare to be square with Katie Trautz and Friends (old-time), 6 p.m., $5. CHarLiE o’s: Bingo for VT Foodbank, 9 p.m., Free.
oLivE riDLEy’s: Karaoke, 6 p.m., Free. tabu CaFé & nigHtCLub: Karaoke Night with sassy Entertainment, 5 p.m., Free. tHEraPy: Therapy Thursdays with DJ NYcE (Top 40), 10:30 p.m., Free.
Franny o’s: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
grEEn Mountain tavErn: Thirsty Thursday Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
LEvity CaFé: Open mic (standup), 8:30 p.m., Free.
tHE bLaCk Door: swing Night, 8 p.m., $5.
MonkEy HousE: Fenster, the Vermont Joy Parade, the move it move it, the Kings of Belmont (rock, Afro-pop), 9 p.m.
aMEriCan FLatbrEaD: Battle of the Bands: mogani (Latin jazz), 7 p.m., $5.
1/2 LoungE: John creech (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Bonjour-Hi with JJ Dante (house), 10 p.m., Free.
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CHarLiE o’s: First crush (indie pop), 8 p.m., Free.
nECtar’s: Trivia mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. Funkwagon, Workingman’s Army (rock, funk), 9:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+.
51 Main: Prana (rock), 7 p.m., $5.
City LiMits: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free.
o’briEn’s irisH Pub: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free.
tWo brotHErs tavErn: Battle of the Bands: Nox Periculum (rock), 8 p.m., $5. DJ Jam man (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.
on tHE risE bakEry: Open Blues session, 8 p.m., Free.
on taP bar & griLL: Nobby Reed Project (blues), 7 p.m., Free.
raDio bEan: Kings of Belmont (rock), 5 p.m., Free. Jazz sessions, 6 p.m., Free. shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., Free. Kat Wright & the indomitable soul Band (soul), 11 p.m., $3.
Moog’s: Bob Wagner and D. Davis (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., Free.
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The schedule for this year’s Green Mountain Comedy Festival was announced earlier this week, and it’s impressive. From Monday,
May 21, through Sunday, May 27, the fest will feature dozens of shows and workshops at 13 venues all over the state, including improv comedy at Signal Kitchen in Burlington and the BigPicture Theater & Café in Waitsfield, a “Blue Collar” comedy night at Venue in Colchester, an all-star finale at the DoubleTree Hotel in South Burlington, and innumerable
very next day, June 16, with CAKE. Those are both pretty decent early-summer shows. But I’m most excited about the third: STEVE MARTIN AND THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS at the Flynn MainStage on May 23. Tix for Franti and Cake go on sale this Friday, April 6. Tix for Martin go on sale this Thursday, April 5.
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Last but not least, we made a minor boo-boo in last week’s column. In it, we fawned over Ryan Power, predicting huge things for the local songwriter once 12v-Karme3.indd his latest record, I Don’t Want to Die, was re-released for national consumption on local microlabel NNA Tapes. We’re still predicting good things for Power, but we were just a week early. Due to a manufacturing snafu, that record is actually coming out on Tuesday, April 10, not last Tuesday, April 3, as I wrote in this column. Everything else, however — about Ryan being a genius, etc. — was absolutely correct.
moments with Bombino last summer. I asked him what it was like to be ANGELINA JOLIE’s personal guide for her tour through his native Niger. His response: [Laughing] “Beautiful.” [Laughing] “Very, very beautiful.” Yep.
showcases at bars including the Monkey House and, of course, comedy club Levity Café. For more info and a full list of performers, visit greenmountaincomedy.com. Higher Ground announced a trio of big shows this week, including two outdoors at the Midway Lawn at the Champlain Valley Expo in June: June 15 with MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD and, the
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RUBEN JAMES: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free.
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CHARLIE O’S: Starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 10 p.m., Free. GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Jonny P (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2. POSITIVE PIE 2: Rusty Belle (folk punk), 10:30 p.m., $6. THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: DJ Slim Pknz All Request Dance Party (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free. TUPELO MUSIC HALL: California Guitar Trio (acoustic), 8 p.m., $25. AA.
51 MAIN: Trench Town Oddities (reggae), 7 p.m., $5. Fenster (rock), 10 p.m., Free.
ON TAP BAR & GRILL: The Groove Thing (rock), 9 p.m., Free.
RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
RADIO BEAN: Less Digital, More Manual: Record Club, 3 p.m., Free. Suitcase Junket (rock), 6 p.m., Free. Flint Blade (Chapman Stick), 7 p.m., Free. Rusty Belle (Americana), 8 p.m., Free. Quiet Lion (basement soul), 10 p.m., Free.
MONOPOLE: Jatoba (rock), 10 p.m., Free. THERAPY: Pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.
RED SQUARE: DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $5.
CITY LIMITS: Top Hat Entertainment Dance Party (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free.
FRANNY O’S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
VENUE: Men in Motion (rock), 9 p.m., $12.
BEE’S KNEES: Malicious Brothers (blues), 7:30 p.m., Donations.
THE BLACK DOOR: Live Music, 9:30 p.m., $5. Bow Thayer Band (Americana), 9:30 p.m., $5. CORK WINE BAR: Slick Martha’s Hot Club (gypsy jazz), 8 p.m., Free.
BACKSTAGE PUB: Nomad (rock), 9 p.m., Free. CLUB METRONOME: Retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5.
THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Whiskey Bullet (bluegrass), 8 p.m., $5 donation.
BAGITOS: Irish Session, 2 p.m., Free.
1/2 LOUNGE: Justin Gaston (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Space Echo (house), 10 p.m., Free.
AMERICAN FLATBREAD: Stag Line (rock), 7 p.m., $5.
ON THE RISE BAKERY: Spider Roulette (acoustic), 8 p.m., Donations.
RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Trench Town Oddities (reggae), 10 p.m., Free.
TUPELO MUSIC HALL: NRBQ (jazzrock), 8 p.m., $25. AA.
HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Quadra, Sturcrazie, Smokin’ Gun (rock), 8 p.m., $12/15. AA.
51 MAIN: Pulse Prophets (reggae), 7 p.m., $5. Aunt Martha (folk rock), 10 p.m., Free.
HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Mighty Mystic, Conscious Roots (reggae), 9 p.m., $7/10. AA.
AMERICAN FLATBREAD: The Grift (rock), 7 p.m., $5. CITY LIMITS: Dance Party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free.
JP’S PUB: Dave Harrison’s Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.
TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Battle of the Bands: Split Tongue Crow (indie folk), 8 p.m., $5. The Ryan Hanson Band (rock), 10 p.m., $3.
LEVITY CAFÉ: Saturday Night Comedy (standup), 8 p.m., $8. NECTAR’S: Rick Redington (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Grippo Funk Band, 9 p.m., $5.
BEE’S KNEES: Rapscallion (Celtic), 7:30 p.m., Donations.
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PARKER PIE CO.: The Aerolites (rock), 7:30 p.m., Free.
Strangers, favored a more stripped-down and intimate folk style than her previous albums, while retaining her nuanced and affecting writing. This Tuesday, April 10, Orton plays a solo acoustic set
RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
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THE BLACK DOOR: The Vermont Joy Parade (suspender fusion), 9:30 p.m., $5. The Vermont Joy Parade (suspender fusion), 9:30 p.m., $5.
TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Battle of the Bands: The Pilgrims (punk), 8 p.m., $5. ’80s Night with DJ Dizzle, 10 p.m., Free.
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MONOPOLE: Roots Collider (rock), 10 p.m., Free. TABU CAFÉ & NIGHTCLUB: All Night Dance Party with DJ Toxic (Top 40), 5 p.m., Free.
Have a family history of hypertension or preeclampsia
1/2 LOUNGE: Songwriter’s Series, 7 p.m., Free.
CLUB METRONOME: Sloe Loris, Fridge & the Spins, Iguana Party (rock, hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5. 18+.
Researchers at the University of Vermont would like to speak with you. This study will examine risk factors for preeclampsia, a disease of pregnancy.
HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Andre Nickitina, Faeshawn, Mumbls (hip-hop), 8:30 p.m., $15. AA. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: The Pretty Reckless, the Parlor Mob, the Hollywood Kills (rock), 7:30 p.m., $15/40. AA.
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written. But Fay’s staid delivery here is akin to a wallflower, content to sit on the sidelines instead of coaxing us onto the floor. Similarly, cuts such as the Appalachian-tinged “Canada” and a cover of local songwriter Ben Patton’s devilish “Hot Sauce” suffer a lack of urgency — and, in the latter, necessary heat. Here, Fay delivers saucy lines like “Gimme that hot sauce, a little bit o’ ‘Hell, why not?’ sauce / a smidgen of ‘I like it a lot’ sauce / a little bit of whoopsie daisy” with all the playfulness of “Fresh Air” host Terry Gross at a Twister party. But when she’s in her comfort zone, Fay is engaging. And her crack backing band follows suit. On the lovely “Willa Mae,” Doug Reid’s lithe fiddle pirouettes with Fay’s croon, while her husband, Tim Price, offers delicate accents on mandolin. Noted producer Colin McCaffrey, who engineered and mixed the record, adds nice touches on ukulele. And Jeremiah McLane makes some splendid guest turns on accordion. Endless Sky has some fine moments and would be a worthy addition to the libraries of local folk fans. But one could long for a more consistent and complete effort from this talented group. The Michele Fay Band release Endless Sky at On the Rise Bakery in Richmond on Friday, April 13.
Now Nuda Veritas is back with a live EP titled simply LIVE. Pulling largely from Verses of Versus, it’s a chilling work that showcases her songwriting in a strippeddown setting, and sacriﬁces some of that record’s head-spinning experimentation in favor of stark intimacy. The opening track, “Sheets,” was an emotionally crushing and musically adventurous highlight on Verses; here, with little more than guitar and voice, it intensiﬁes. That sparseness conveys vulnerability as Veritas coos the song’s emotional apex: “I washed you right out of my sheets / so I could be alone when I sleep. / I don’t need you, / Most, most, most of the time. / When I need you you’re not there, / Most, most, most of the time.” That’s not to say Veritas has abandoned her sonic calling cards. On “Anachronistic Heart,” a chorus of looped voices swaddles her meandering musings. “Opposites Attack” is a prime example of her looping prowess, as light handclaps and vocal percussion anchor a pulsing acoustic-guitar theme and prerecorded backing vocals.
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But LIVE is perhaps most notable for those moments in which we hear Nuda Veritas, well, nude, musically speaking. “The Last Hurrah” from Songs for Doing Dishes is a gripping guitar-and-voice gem. And EP closer “Didactic Ditty” is a restless ballad fueled entirely by her startling vocal performance and lyrical profundity. LIVE presents Nuda Veritas as more than a merchant of ear candy. She is a uniquely gifted songwriter. Nuda Veritas plays the Monkey House on Wednesday, April 11. LIVE is available for free download at nudaveritasmusic.com
Burlington’s Nuda Veritas has long been a study in contrasts. Her 2009 debut, Songs for Doing Dishes/Still Lives, was a double album that clearly delineated the Burlington-based songwriter’s competing interests. Dishes offered pretty, conventional-ish songwriting that was likely the most accessible music from local experimental label Aether Everywhere. Meanwhile, Still Lives was a challenging exercise in musical abstraction more in line with the rest of AE’s provocative catalog. Veritas’ 2011 record, Verses of Versus, corraled those two disciplines into a single work of remarkable thematic and sonic symbiosis. The album was notable both for the visceral power of her songwriting and its forward-thinking musical dynamism.
On their first two records, 2008’s Live and Local and 2010’s Travelin’ That Road, Ripton’s Michele Fay Band offered down-home roots and Americana that, while not especially flashy or virtuosic, both exhibited a certain humble appeal. In particular, the latter album showed marked improvement over the band’s debut, especially Fay, who corrected blemishes in her vocal style and delivered a roundly solid performance. Now the band is back with its third album, Endless Sky, hoping to continue that progress. Previous reviews of Fay’s music have referred to her voice as “pleasant.” And it is. There is an ease to her tone that is familiar and calming. Hers is a voice made for lullabies, tender ballads and gentle, mid-tempo Americana. Fay obliges the last on the opening track, “Back Hill Country Town.” Laced with quaint rustic imagery — cold hard cider, crackling fires and dusty back roads — she paints a picture of idyllic rural life that is equal parts Norman Rockwell and Gillian Welch. Fay is a talented writer, but it’s her measured delivery that really that gives her words life, her cozy croon warming like a handmade quilt. Interestingly, Fay’s greatest asset is also her — and ultimately the album’s — most unfortunate flaw. That taciturn approach doesn’t always translate, especially on up-tempo numbers. For example, “Fryeburg Fair” desperately wants to cut loose, like revelers at the barn dance for which it might have been
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bagItOs: Open mic, 7 p.m., Free.
tuPeLO MusIC haLL: meredith Kaye clark (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., $20. AA.
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twO bROtheRs taveRN: Trivia night, 7 p.m., Free. monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
bee’s kNees: D. Davis (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. MOOg’s: Open mic/Jam night, 8:30 p.m., Free.
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n a recent Saturday afternoon at Burlington’s North End Studio A, percussionists Jessie Nelson and Jane Boxall, who have just performed as the Snap-Drag drum duo, are dismantling their dueling drum kits. Radio Bean owner Lee Anderson is running around with an ice bucket, prepping for a screening of a documentary on the French entrepreneur and pastis creator Paul Ricard. Amid the hustle and bustle, studio owners Ben Bergstein and April Werner are enjoying a sliver of downtime. It’s the perfect moment to take in the photographs of Burlington artist Robin Katrick, on view at the studio through the end of the month. Her portraits from a recent trip to Haiti depict playful children, desperate parents and rubblestrewn roads. The exhibit is a searing reminder of the lasting impact of the 2010 earthquake, which long ago disappeared from headlines. The designated gallery area at North End Studio A is small, but keen observers will find more artwork tucked into nooks and crannies throughout the building. Bergstein and Werner, the
couple responsible for the annual Vermont International Festival, spent 15 years importing Russian folk art, and their collection is vast — and still growing. Their most recent acquisition? A pair of Thai tabletop-size motorcycle sculptures made from twisted bamboo.
THE VENUE HAS A DECIDEDLY INTERNATIONAL FLAIR, IN PART BECAUSE OF ITS LOCATION IN THE ETHNICALLY DIVERSE OLD NORTH END.
The venue has a decidedly international flair — the last visual art show featured work by Francophone artists. That’s partly because of Studio A’s location in the ethnically diverse Old North End, partly because of Bergstein and Werner’s history of extensive travel.
Bergstein says he and Werner modeled their center after the settlement houses that he grew up with in New York City. The settlement movement, which began in the 1880s, was formed around the idea that middle-class people should “settle” in low-income communities to provide social services and enhance educational and cultural opportunities. Bergstein and Werner offer plenty of the latter. Their studios are filled daily with dance and fitness classes, theatrical productions, the Burlington Westie swing group, Ronald Braunstein’s ME2/ orchestra, a Congolese church congregation, AA meetings, youth dances and the Honeybee Press, among other organizations and activities. PHOTOS: MATTHEW THORSEN
For many years, beginning in the late ’70s, the couple flew all over the world with their two folk-dance troupes, Green Mountain Volunteers and Folkids of Vermont. For six months of the year they lived out of suitcases, performing at folk festivals in Turkey, Estonia, Japan, China and many other countries. At the same time, they began importing Russian crafts such as matryoshka, or traditional nesting dolls, textiles and ceramics. “Somehow it turned into a real business,” says Bergstein. As much as he and Werner loved their peripatetic lifestyle, it began to wear on them. “We didn’t have a place of our own,” Werner says. “We would take our little band of gypsies and go wherever there was a festival.” Finally, while on tour in Japan in 2008, Werner suggested that it was time to make a change. She must have been inspired by the bare-bones style of the traditional Japanese washitsu, Bergstein says. “She turned over on the tatami mat and said, ‘We should simplify our life.’” It was their last tour. The couple returned to Vermont and began transforming Studio B, which they had been using as their import warehouse, into a cultural center. One storage room became a tango studio. Their loading dock was converted into a black-box theater by the nonprofit Off Center for the Dramatic Arts. Bergstein and Werner added Studio A last year. That space, which now houses the gallery, a stage, a small café and an office, used to be the Imani Youth and Family Center, a social services organization that operated a monthly food pick-up. When Imani closed, Bergstein and Werner made an offer on the space. Bergstein’s father had recently died, leaving the couple an inheritance. “What were my choices?” he asks rhetorically. “A house in the Mediterranean? A Mercedes? I poured it all into an arts center.”
Ben Bergstein and April Werner
Anything else they’d like to be doing? “Roller derby,” says Bergstein with a gleam in his eye. OK, he admits, that might not be feasible in a space like his. But he and Werner do envision starting a music school someday, and offering after-school language programs. “We’ve only been open since September, so everything we do is new,” says Werner. “Everything we do changes the place.”
North End Studio A, 294 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington. Info, 863-6713. northendstudios.org
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AmAndA VellA: “what happens,” paintings. Through April 30 at Dostie bros. Frame shop in burlington. info, 660-9005. April exhibit: work by Joan hoffman, lynda Mcintyre, Johanne Durocher Yordan, Anne Cummings, Kit Donnelly, Athena petra Tasiopoulos, Don Dickson and Kari Meyer. Through April 30 at Maltex building in burlington. info, 865-7166. bob Klein: “portraits of Conservation,” photographs by the director of the nature Conservancy Vermont Chapter. Through April 28 at Davis Center, uVM, in burlington. CArol mACdonAld & eriK rehmAn: “Transcendence: Mooring the storm,” artwork inspired by interviews with survivors of sexual violence, presented in collaboration with the women's Rape Crisis Center. Through May 10 at livak Room, Davis Center, uVM, in burlington. info, 656-3131. 'Clothing optionAl': Figurative paintings by John lawrence hoag, Cameron schmitz, David smith and Frank woods. Through May 1 at Furchgott sourdiffe gallery in shelburne. info, 985-3848. '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. '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. hing Kur: black-and-white photography. April 6 through May 27 at pine street Deli in burlington. info, 862-9614. iShAnA ingermAn: “un-Masking: The Truth,” ceramic and fiber masks. Through May 1 at Fletcher Free library in burlington. info, 651-7043. 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.
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.
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SAlon eVening: enjoy artwork and a glass of wine. Thursday and Friday, April 5 and 6, lille Fine Art salon, burlington. info, 617-894-4673. Jennifer Johung: The university of wisconsin, Milwaukee, art history professor gives a talk called “Ruprecht Fund presents: Vital Dependencies: bio-Art, Architecture and infrastructures of Care.” wednesday, April 4, 6 p.m., williams hall, uVM, burlington. info, 656-2014. liz dittriCK: “harm and healing: Vulnerable sequences,” an MFA thesis exhibition. April 9 through 20 at Julian scott Memorial gallery, Johnson state College. Talk: Tuesday, April 10, 3 p.m. info, 635-1469. SArAh JumonVille: Furniture works created during the artist's recent pine street studios residency. Friday, April 6, 6 p.m., pine street studios, burlington. info, 851-7164.
reCeptionS ellA SKye mAC donAld: “ella's world,” artwork by the stowe second grader with autism. Through April 30 at Townsend gallery at black Cap Coffee in stowe. Reception: Friday, April 6, 3-5 p.m. info, 279-4239.
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'new englAnd broAdSideS': poetry broadsides created by new england presses; organized by Montpelier imprint Chickadee Chaps and broads as part of poemCity2012. April 7 through 30 at Kellogg-hubbard library in Montpelier. Reception: saturday, April 7, 2-4 p.m. info, 223-3338. robert wAldo brunelle Jr.: “The house in Chester,” acrylic paintings. April 6 through 27 at the gallery at Main street landing in burlington. Reception: Friday, April 6, 6-8 p.m. info, 899-1106. SArA KAtz: industrial landscapes in oil, often depicted as if seen through the windows of a passing car. April 6 through May 31 at Vintage inspired in burlington. Reception: Friday, April 6, 5-8 p.m. info, 355-5418. riChArd brown: “April showers: images of Tasha Tudor,” work by the photographer who spent 10 years documenting the early19th-century lifestyle of the celebrated illustrator. April 6 through 30 at Frog hollow in burlington. Reception: Friday, April 6, 5-8 p.m. info, 865-6458. niCK eArl & JuStin hoeKStrA: “hard ’n gentle,” abstract paintings by hoekstra, sculptures exploring the discrepancy between organic and synthetic materials by earl. April 6 through 20 at bCA Center in burlington. Reception: Friday, April 6, 5-9 p.m. info, 865-7166. niCole mArie mAndeVille & SuSAn noVA StAley: “Dustings: A Collection of works,” paintings. April 6 through 29 at the Firefly Collective in burlington. Reception: Friday, April 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m. info, 735-7371. dAwn o'Connell: “Facing Faces,” portraiture and street photography by the burlington artist. Through May 1 at nectar's in burlington. Reception: Friday, April 6, 5-7 p.m. info, 658-4771.
SArAh buSh: “we're not Made of Metal,” interactive sheet-metal sculptures that explore the societal movement toward mechanical ways of being. April 6 through 28 at backspace gallery in burlington. Reception: Friday, April 6, 5-9 p.m. info, spacegalleryvt.com. 'inSide the box': work by burlington's box Art studio occupants Alex Dostie, Michael heeney, Daniel Koopman, Kristen l'esperance, brooke Monte, benjamin niznik, isaac wasuck and steven hazen williams; JohAnne duroCher yordAn: Acrylic and mixed-media abstract paintings on canvas. April 6 through 27 at seAbA Center in burlington. Reception with sound performance by Toby Aronson, Cameo harlet and Matt Mayer: Friday, April 6, 5-8 p.m. info, 859-9222. frAnKlin County Student Art Show: work in a variety of media by area students. April 10 through 15 at Collins-perley sports Complex in st. Albans. Reception: wednesday, April 11, 4:30-6 p.m. info, 527-0565, ext. 2215. mildred beltré: new mixed-media works on paper. Through April 27 at Vermont studio Center gallery ii in Johnson. Reception: Friday, April 6, 7-9 p.m. info, 635-2727 CotS KidS Show: Artwork created by children staying in CoTs family shelters. April 5 through 30 at barnes & noble in south burlington. Reception: Thursday, April 5, 4-5:30 p.m. info, 864-8001. leAh liCAri: “Center in this big huge world,” photography. April 7 through 30 at block gallery in winooski. Reception with live music by Antara and evan shaw: saturday, April 7, 5-7 p.m. info, 373-5150. robin KAtriCK: photographs of haiti. Through April 30 at north end studio A in burlington. Reception: Friday, April 6, 5-7 p.m. info, 863-6713.
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'ShAping pAgeS': work by members of the book Arts guild of Vermont. April 6 through 28 at s.p.A.C.e. gallery in burlington. Reception: Friday, April 6, 5-8 p.m. info, 315-272-9036.
leigh Ann rooney & hilAry glASS: “ethereal Terra,” paintings and photography by Rooney; etchings and illustrations by glass, on the first floor;
'CreAtiVe Competition': Artists bring a work of any size and medium and face off in the Root gallery and public Art school's people's-choice competition. $8 entry fee; winner takes all. Friday, April 6, 6-10 p.m., Rlphoto studio, burlington. info, 540-3081.
hAnnAh lAnSburgh & ben peberdy: “new!™” collage work. April 6 through June 6 at Main street Museum in white River Junction. Reception: Cocktails, a gracious buffet, good-looking people and live music. Friday, April 6, 5-9 p.m. info, 356-2776.
KAte longmAid: “sweet surrender,” contemporary still lifes. Through April 30 at Mirabelles in burlington. info, 658-3074.
dr. SKetChy'S Anti-Art SChool: Artists age 16 and up bring sketchbooks and pencils to a cabaret-style lifedrawing session. This month's theme: “Roller Derby Rage: Twin City Riot vs. upper Valley Vixens.” singer-songwriter Robert barton performs. wednesday, April 11, 7-10:30 p.m., American legion, white River Junction.
beth peArSon: Abstractions in oil, mixed media and printmaking. Through April 28 at left bank home & garden in burlington. Reception: Friday, April 6, 6-8 p.m. info, 862-1001.
KAdie SAlfi: “Apex predator: body parts,” pop-artinfluenced graphics depicting animals targeted for their body parts (through June 23); 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. info, 865-7166.
firSt fridAy Art wAlK: More than 30 galleries and other venues around downtown stay open late to welcome pedestrian art viewers. Friday, April 6, 5-8 p.m., various downtown locations, burlington. info, 264-4839.
erin pAul: “Dream bait,” paintings inspired by archetypal patterns, symbolism and dreams. Through April 30 at Red square in burlington. Reception: Friday, April 6, 5-9 p.m. info, 318-2438.
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Amy Thompson Avishai In the Moroccan countryside in the early aughts, only about 16 percent of girls attended school, according to Boston-based photographer Amy Thompson Avishai. Though she was born on a Virginia army base, Avishai spent part of her childhood in Morocco. She returned to that country in 2004 to
document life in the all-female dormitories built near secondary schools there. Her exhibit of photographs, titled “Within These Walls: Educating Girls in Rural Morocco,” are at PHOTOSTOP Gallery in White River Junction April 7 through 29. The setting is exotic — and the headscarves are ubiquitous — but anyone who’s been to school will relate to these girls: They cram together in a crowded study hall; one twists her hair around her finger, nose pressed in a book. In another shot, girls leap from bed to bed in a moment of blissful
anarchy. Pictured: “Study in the Dormitory.”
Burlington-area ART shows
Robert Brunelle Jr.: “Cold Snap,” paintings, on the second floor. Through April 27 at Community College of Vermont in Winooski. Info, 654-0513. Lorraine Manley: Landscapes in acrylic. Through May 31 at Metropolitan Gallery, Burlington City Hall. Info, 865-7166. Lyna Lou Nordstrom: “A Life in Printmaking,” a mini retrospective of monotypes and other prints. April 6 through May 27 at VCAM Studio in Burlington. Info, 651-9692. 'Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible': A national traveling exhibition that tells the story of the origins, creation and impact of one of the most influential books in history. April 11 through May 11 at St. Michael's College in Colchester. Info, 654-2536.
Michael Sipe: “Silent Faces,” photographs of Burlington's homeless community. April 6 through May 27 at Speeder & Earl's (Pine Street) in Burlington. Info, 658-6016.
Poker Hill Arts Exhibit: Artwork by kids participating in the after school art program in Underhill. Through May 18 at The Gallery at Phoenix Books in Essex Junction. Info, 872-7111.
Nini Crane: Mixed-media, watercolor, acrylic and pastel paintings and giclée prints. Through April 30 at Magnolia Breakfast & Lunch Bistro in Burlington. Info, 862-7446.
'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.
'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.
Riki Moss: “The Paper Forest,” an installation of curious lifeforms. Through June 12 at Winooski Welcome Center & Gallery.
Peter Weyrauch: “Rodz,” black-and-white photographs, Gates 1-8; Julia Purinton: Oil paintings, Skyway; Gillian Klein: Oil painting, Escalator. Through April 30 at Burlington Airport in South Burlington. Info, 865-7166.
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. 'Spontaneous': Photographs from around the world depicting the joy, humor and pathos of spontaneity. Through April 15 at Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction. Info, 777-3686.
Amy Thompson AvishAi: “Within These Walls: Educating Girls in Rural Morocco,” photographs by the former New York Times and Valley News photographer. April 7 through 29 at PHOTOSTOP in White River Junction. Info, 698-0320. '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. eD epsTein: “Stories,” new paintings. Through April 30 at Central Vermont Medical Center in Barre. Info, 223-7158. '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. hArry BernArD: Monotypes and monoprints. April 6 through 30 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Info, 295-5901. inAuGurAL exhiBiTion: Paintings by Galen Chaney and Alison Goodwin and collaged drawings by Brian Zeigler. Through April 21 at Quench Artspace in Waitsfield. Info, 496-9138. 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.
John BrickeLs & WenDy JAmes: Clay creations by Brickels and paintings and photography by James. April 5 through May 31 at Governor's Office Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749. mArciA coWLes BushneLL: “Against Forgetting,” paintings focused on the civilian consequences of war, and poetry by writers who have experienced dispossession. Through April 27 at Vermont Law School in South Royalton. Info, mmcbushnell@ gmail.com. 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. nAncy TApLin: Abstract paintings. Through April 29 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670. '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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Tol’ko Po Russky, PozhaluisTa (Russian only, Please)': Russian School photographs, Slavic festival costumes and Russian Imperial badges make up this exhibit chronicling the history of Norwich's Russian School, which operated from 1968 to 2000. Through September 2 at Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield. Info, 485-2183.
'Bone sTRucTuRes': Artwork informed by the human body. Through April 21 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0356. 'coloR PhoTogRaPhy': Work by Middlebury art students. April 5 through 12 at Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College. Info, 443-3168. '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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'in The TRees': Work by Missy Dunaway, Ellen Granter, Nissa Kauppila, Genise Park, Julia Purinton, Peter Roux, Cameron Schmitz and Gary Starr. Through May 9 at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 458-0098. '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.
lauRel Bach: “Landscapes of Vermont,” oil and watercolor paintings. Through April 14 at CarpenterCarse Library in Hinesburg. Info, 482-2878. 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 30 at Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. Info, 388-1436. '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.
alice dunn: “My Favorite Things,” oil and acrylic paintings. Through April 30 at Island Arts South Hero Gallery. Info, 489-4023. aPRil aRTisTs: Work by watercolorist Jeanne Backhaus, woodturner Toby Fulwiler and painter Henry Trask Reilly. Through April 30 at Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. Info, 933-6403. caleB sTone: Watercolor and oil paintings. Through April 13 at Galleria Fine Arte in Stowe. Info, 253-7696. 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. david smiTh: Landscape paintings. Through May 31 at Peacham Library. Info, 592-3216.
Call to artists JEriCHo PlEiN air FEstiVal: Second annual festival to be held July 21. To register, email email@example.com or call 899-2974. aDK Coast artWaYs ProJECt: Seeking original artworks on theme of “set sail.” Winner receives region-wide recognition through reproductions of their work on mass transit, airports and merchandise. Deadline: May 7. Info, plattsburgharts.org. GraND islE trUNK sHoW/ salE: Looking for interested artists. July 28 and 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grand Isle Art Works, 259 Route 2. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org, 378-4591, grandisleartworks. com. Call to PHotoGraPHErs: This exhibit is about two photographic extremes, microphotography and macrophotography (aka wide-angle photography). Juror: Felice Frankel. darkroomgallery.com/ ex29. DiGital art sHoW: This show is open to artists creating their work in a digital environment. All artwork must have been produced on a computer. This is not a show for digital photography. iPhone and iPad work will be accepted. Exhibition dates: June 5 through 30. Visit vtframeshop. com for more info and registration form.
s-EYE-NCE: A science/visual arts fusion any visuals come out of scientific inquiry. Explore the evolution and discoveries of science, including existing and emerging sciences and fantastical takes on science. June 5 through July 7. Deadline: April 20. Info, studioplacearts.com. sEEKiNG artists For sHoW: Vermont Fine Arts Festival seeks vendor. May 25 through 28. Info, vtartisan festival.com. 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. 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, email@example.com.
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. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Bren, email@example.com, for inclusion on the SEABA website. Info, seaba.com/sead. 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. 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.
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.
JEaN CHEroUNY: “Source of Empathy,” recent paintings. Through May 20 at Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College. Info, 388-0320.
'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.
KatHlEEN Kolb: “Snow Light,” oil paintings. Through April 30 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818.
MarY Hill: “Banners & Paintings,” recent work by the Vermont artist. Through April 25 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261.
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veryone knows having kids changes everything. Remember the tender scene in Lost in Translation where Bill Murray informs Scarlett Johansson that, once you do, “Your life as you know it is gone, never to return?” He goes on to wax poetic about the ways children change things for the better and “turn out to be the most delightful people you’ll ever meet.” This is the way it’s supposed to work. We Need to Talk About Kevin is about what can happen when it doesn’t. Tilda Swinton delivers a raw and riveting performance as a woman whose life is transformed by the experience of motherhood into a waking nightmare. Eva Khatchadourian, we ascertain through flashbacks, was something of a reluctant parent, a successful travel writer not particularly eager to give up globe-trotting for an extended stay in suburbia. But that’s where she finds herself after marrying her genial boyfriend, Franklin (John C. Reilly), hearing the pitter-patter of
little feet and trading her Manhattan loft for a McMansion. In her firstborn’s first months, Eva is unsettled by the sound of his nearly constant crying. What makes the sound particularly unsettling is the eerie fact that the boy wails only in Eva’s presence. In a telling scene, she holds the baby in front of her face and forces a fake smile to assuage him. It’s a key moment because, the next thing we know, Kevin is 6 or 7 and faking smiles of his own. When they’re alone, he torments his mother in any number of ways. He glares at her demonically. He goes all Jackson Pollock on a room she’s just decorated. He mocks her attempts at toilet training, soiling a fresh diaper just as she’s finished changing a full one. Yet, in the second it takes for the door to open and Franklin to enter the home, Kevin’s expression changes from menacing to cheerful. Three actors play the boy at different stages. Rock Duer’s a shoo-in if they ever make Satan: The Toddler Years, and Jasper Newell manages to project an aura of pure
parent trap Swinton is riveting as a woman haunted by the realization that she’s raised a violent sociopath.
evil even in pull-ups, but it’s Ezra Miller as the adolescent Kevin who makes you believe you’re in the presence of an American monster. This is one of the past year’s most underpraised performances. The film is the latest from the gifted Scottish director Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher) and has been adapted from the celebrated novel by Lionel Shriver. Ramsay has scrambled the chronology so as to make clear from the beginning that an atrocity of some sort has been committed at the local high school and that, in its aftermath, Eva has become a psychologically shattered pariah. She spends much of the movie reliving the events that led to her son’s violent act in an effort not only to comprehend it but to determine the degree to which she may have been complicit. You
might call it the mother of all guilt trips. With the possible exception of Melancholia, this is the darkest, most disturbing picture I saw last year. It’s also one of the most masterfully crafted, superbly acted and brilliantly written. Ramsay has few contemporary peers when it comes to conveying a theme or evoking a mood through visuals — a gift that’s become rare in cinema — and We Need to Talk About Kevin offers a feast of striking images. It’s a one-of-a-kind tale of domestic horror. If you appreciate fearless moviemaking that grapples with the modern world’s tougher truths, it’s a film you need to see. m R i c k K is o nak
Mirror Mirror HHH
s the end credits of Mirror Mirror roll, the whole cast prances and sways into a Bollywood-style dance number, and suddenly it’s clear what the movie needed: more of that. This family film comes off as a medium-clever stage musical transferred to the screen, but something’s missing. Some would say it’s action. While its humor evokes the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Mirror Mirror lacks the hectic, expensive busyness that made them hits. (Here, an acrobatic attack by little people on stilts passes for a big action scene.) Explosions might have vouchsafed the flick a bigger box-office take, but this critic would have preferred the inclusion of another missing ingredient: musical numbers. Mirror Mirror was directed by Tarsem Singh, who can be counted on to make films so visually sumptuous that you want to live inside them even when the rest of them is risibly terrible (viz last fall’s Immortals). It has a striking look missing from other recent filmic fairy-tale retellings, like an animated series of illustrations for a mod-era edition of the Grimms’ “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.” Snow (Lily Collins) and her nemesis, the Queen (Julia Roberts), rock floorlength, buttercup-yellow satin capes, puffy
sleeves, Elizabethan collars and outré color combinations. The settings are spectacular and static, like painted backdrops: the Queen’s throne room opens on the clouds, as if she ruled the whole cosmos (shades of Bergman’s The Magic Flute), and the dwarves inhabit a birch wood clad in seemingly perpetual snow. What happens on this canvas? Updating fairy tales into modern coming-of-age stories isn’t easy, especially when one’s protagonist is as prettily passive as Snow White. Writers Melissa Wallack and Jason Keller do their best to emulate Disney’s Enchanted and Tangled, which tweak the nose of traditional princess tales without going full-bore into Shrek-like self-referentiality. (Mirror Mirror does periodically break the fourth wall, as when the prince objects to Snow White’s attempt to play hero that the classic boy-savesgirl model is “focus-grouped, and it works!”) In this version, the Queen is still vain; she condemns Snow to death for derailing her efforts to wed a prince (Armie Hammer) some years her junior. But she doesn’t bother asking her mirror who’s the fairest because she knows it doesn’t matter as long as the fairest is clueless and ineffectual. Finally, our villain has become the 1 percent, bleeding
squarest of them all Collins and Roberts play the simpery princess and her evil stepmother in the latest retold fairy tale.
funds for her frivolities from the peasants. When Snow reaches the forest and enters the tutelage of the seven dwarves — now a fierce bandit gang — her story takes a Robin Hood turn. The script is rich in silly humor, but it exercises restraint in pandering to a younger audience. (Translation: It’s light on the fart jokes.) The dwarves have distinct and colorful personalities, while Hammer delivers an uninhibited comic performance reminiscent of a young Brendan Fraser — he’s ridiculously handsome and ridiculous, period. Roberts dials it back more; her dry Queen suggests a seen-everything divorcée stirring up trouble on “Desperate Housewives,” not a psychotic enchantress. But she’s still amusing, as is Nathan Lane as her dithering chamberlain.
Collins is no Amy Adams, but she looks her sketchily written part, and manages to be alternately simpery and plucky (toward the end, happily, the pluck takes over). Kids expecting something like Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland may find Mirror Mirror slow and claustrophobic, while adults are more likely to appreciate its overdesigned world. There’s something so excessive and un-Hollywood about Singh’s visual sense that it’s easy to imagine a crazy Disney-Bollywood-Wizard of Oz hybrid struggling to escape from the constraints of this focus-grouped, tween-targeted film. And I, for one, would like to see that movie — with singing. m Marg o t Harr i s on
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AmERicAN REUNioN: The gang of high schoolers from American Pie, now married and well on their way to middle age, reunite to reminisce about the good ol’ days and probably get involved in some bawdy shenanigans in this comedy. With Chris Klein, Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott and Alyson Hannigan. Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay) directed. (113 min, R. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Roxy, Sunset, Welden) titANic: James Cameron gives his 1997 blockbuster tale of doomed lovers on a doomed ship a new dimension. He’s vowed he didn’t change anything else — except one shot of the stars over Kate Winslet’s head. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Zane and Kathy Bates. (196 min, PG-13. Capitol [3-D], Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D]) WE NEED to tAlK ABoUt KEViNHHHH1/2 Tilda Swinton plays a mother beginning to suspect there may be something very wrong with her son (Ezra Miller) in this tense drama told in flashbacks by director Lynne (Morvern Callar) Ramsay. With John C. Reilly. (110 min, R. Palace)
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. Essex, Majestic; ends 4/5)
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SAlmoN FiSHiNG iN tHE YEmENHHH Ewan McGregor’s struggle to satisfy a sheik’s whim of fly-fishing in the desert becomes a metaphor for chasing dreams in the latest from director Lasse Hallström. With Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas. (107 min, PG-13. Palace, Roxy) tHE SEcREt WoRlD oF ARRiEttYHHHH 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. NOW PLAyING
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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. Sunset; ends 4/8)
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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. Majestic [3-D], Marquis; ends 4/5)
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. Essex, Sunset; ends 4/8)
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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. Big Picture, Bijou, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Marquis, Palace, Sunset, Welden)
tHE HUNGER GAmESHHHH 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. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)
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tHE ARtiStHHH1/2 A silent film star (Jean Dujardin) struggles to adapt to the advent of talkies in this award-winning old-movie homage from writer-director Michel Hazanavicius, which is itself black and white and almost entirely silent. With Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell and a cute dog. (100 min, PG-13. Palace; ends 4/5)
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wednesday 4 — thursday 5 *titanic (3-D) 7. The Hunger Games 6:30, 9:20. mirror mirror 6:30, 9. 21 Jump Street 6:30, 9. Jeff, Who Lives at Home 6:30, 9. friday 6 — thursday 12 *American Reunion 1:15 & 3:45 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9. *titanic (3-D) 12:45 & 4:35 (Sat & Sun only), 7 (except Sat & Sun), 8:30 (Sat & Sun only). The Hunger Games 12:45 & 3:40 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9:20. mirror mirror 1:15 & 3:45 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9. 21 Jump Street 1:15 & 3:45 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9.
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wednesday 4 — thursday 5 mirror mirror 1:20, 3:35, 6:50, 9:10. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 1:15, 4:10, 6:30, 9:05. Wrath of the titans 1:25, 4, 7:10, 9:20. 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. friday 6 — thursday 12 *American Reunion 1:05, 3:55, 6:50, 9:20. mirror mirror 1:20, 3:35, 6:30, 8:45. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 1:15, 4:10, 7:05,
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wednesday 4 — thursday 12 Wrath of the titans 1:15 & 3:45 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9. The Hunger Games 12:45 & 3:40 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9:20.
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wednesday 4 — thursday 5 The Secret World of Arrietty 6:30, 8:30. A Separation 6, 8:15.
wednesday 4 — thursday 5 mirror mirror 6:50. Wrath of the titans 7. The Hunger Games 6:30. 21 Jump Street 6:40.
friday 6 — thursday 12 *American Reunion 1:15 & 15 Center St. 3:40 (Sat & Sun only), 6:50, 9 (Fri & Sat only). mirror Burlington mirror 1 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun (just off Church Street) only), 6:40, 9 (Fri & Sat dailyplanet15.com • 862-9647 only). Wrath of the titans reservations online or by phone 2 (Sat & Sun only), 7, 9 (Fri & Sat only). The Hunger Games 12:50 & 3:50 (Sat & 16t-dailyplanet-fishchips020212.indd 1 1/18/12 12:08 PMSun only), 6:30, 9 (Fri & Sat only). Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 12:30 & 4 (Sat & Sun only).
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friday 6 — thursday 12 Friends With Kids 1 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 8:30. A Separation 1:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6, 8:15.
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2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 9:45. John carter (3-D) 3:30, 6:30. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 1:30, 3:40, 6 (3-D), 8:05 (3-D). Act of Valor 12:40, 9:20.
friday 6 — sunday 8 *American Reunion 12, 2:25, 4:50, 6:30 (Sat & Sun only; 21+), 7:15, 9:40. *titanic (3-D) 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 3:20, 4:30, 7:10, 8:25. mirror mirror 11:50 a.m., 2:10, 4:30 (Fri only), 5:10 (Sat & Sun only), 7:30, 9:50. Wrath of the titans 11:45 a.m., 1:30 (3-D), 2, 3:45 (3-D), 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 (Sat & Sun only); 8:50 (Sat & Sun only; 3-D), 9:10 (Fri only; 3-D). The Hunger Games 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30, 9:15, 10. 21 Jump Street 12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 11:25 a.m. (3-D), 12:25, 2:35 (3-D), 4:45 (3-D), 7 (3-D).
friday 6 — thursday 12 *American Reunion 12:40, 3:15, 7:05, 8:35, 9:40. *titanic 11:45 a.m. (3-D), 12:45 (3-D), 1, 3:45 (3-D), 4:45 (3-D), 7:45 (3-D), 8:45 (3-D). mirror mirror 1:10, 3:35, 6:35, 9:10. Wrath of the titans (3-D) 1:20, 3:50, 7:15, 8:20, 9:35. The Hunger Games 12:30, 1, 3:30, 4, 5:10, 6:20, 7, 9:20, 9:55 (Fri & Sat only). 21 Jump Street 12:50, 3:30, 6:50, 9:25. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 12:10, 2:20, 4:25, 6:30.
monday 9 — thursday 12 *American Reunion 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40. *titanic (3-D) 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 3:20, 4:30, 7:10, 8:25. mirror mirror 11:50 a.m., 2:10, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50. Wrath of the titans 11:45 a.m., 1:30 (3-D), 2, 3:45 (3-D), 4:15, 6:30, 7:15 (3-D), 8:45, 9:30 (3-D). The Hunger Games 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30, 9:15, 10. 21
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e gave Jack Nicholson his first screen roles. He gave Ron Howard his first directing gig. He helped Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron and Jonathan Demme get their starts. He produced nearly 400 movies, starting in 1954, and is still working. But if you're young or unversed in film history, you may never have heard of Roger Corman. So long and colorful is this soft-spoken mogul's career as the “King of the Bs” that someone already made a documentary about him, way back in 1978. But that was before VHS technology ended the golden age of the grind house and drive-in, before movies like Corman’s started going straight to DVD, before he was finally honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and before he found himself making films like Dinoshark for SyFy. All those developments are chronicled in Alex Stapleton's Corman’s World...
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Wearing a ski mask and sunglasses, John Columbus Beane, 58, entered a pizza place in Sissonville, W.Va., pointed a .410 shotgun at several employees and demanded money. The workers fled, leaving the store’s electronic cash register. Beane couldn’t figure out how to open it, however, and left empty-handed. Later that night, he entered a sports bar just down the road, again showing a shotgun and announcing a robbery. This time, two patrons wrestled the weapon from him and repeatedly clubbed him with it until police arrived. (Charleston Gazette)
Arab Shooting Championships in Kuwait, she received her gold medal while the public address system broadcast a spoof of Kazakhstan’s national anthem from the 2006 movie Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Instead of “Sky of golden sun” and “steppe of golden seed,” the audience heard “Kazakhstan’s prostitutes cleanest in the region.” Dmitrienko kept a straight face throughout the anthem but afterward cracked a smile. Her teammates, however, demanded an apology and that the ceremony be repeated. Organizers insisted they had downloaded the parody from the internet by mistake. They also got Serbia’s anthem wrong. (BBC News)
suggested a friendship connection under its “People You May Know” feature. “Wife No. 1 went to wife No. 2’s page and saw a picture of her and her husband with a wedding cake,” Pierce County, Wash., prosecutor Mark Lindquist said, adding that the first wife immediately called O’Neill’s mother. Within an hour, O’Neill was at the first wife’s apartment, admitted they weren’t divorced and implored her not to report him. Despite his protests, she promptly notified police, who charged O’Neill, 41, with bigamy. “Facebook is now someplace where people discover things about each other that end up reporting that to law enforcement,” Lindquist said. (Associated Press)
was offensive, a department official said the menu wouldn’t be reprinted, but the entry was changed on the school’s website to “krispy, krunchy chicken.” A parent who’d complained, complained again, saying, “If they’re teaching our kids to spell correctly, it should be ‘CCC.’” (Boston’s WCVB-TV)
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Justin Miller, 28, was killed while walking along a sidewalk in Beaufort, S.C., after being hit by a stolen fire truck. Firefighters had responded to an emergency call at an apartment complex, where authorities said Kalvin Hunt, 26, stole the fire engine. He drove about two miles before hitting Miller, then careened off the road and crashed into some trees. Hunt was pinned inside the truck. After rescue workers freed him, he began assaulting two police officers who tried to take him to the hospital with injuries. (Beaufort Gazette)
A man barged into a motel room in Bradenton, Orthographic Outrage Fla., pulled a black handgun from his waistWhen some parents objected to a school band and demanded “everything you got” Facebook Justice from the two men inside. Police Capt. Warren Alan Fulk married a woman in 2001, moved out menu in Methuen, Mass., that offered “KKK Merriman said the men began to fight, the in- in 2009, changed his name to Alan L. O’Neill Chicken Tenders,” the Methuen Public truder dropped his gun, and one of the victims and remarried without divorcing her. The first School’s Nutrition Department said “KKK” pepper sprayed him in the face. The suspect ran wife found out about the second wife when stood for “crispy, crunchy chicken,” with the away but returned moments later and begged Facebook’s automatic efforts to connect users C’s swapped for K’s. Informed that “KKK” the two men to sell him back his gun for $40. They pepper by rob brezsny sprayed him in the face again, and he ran away. This time, a police officer who’d VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Writing in the arrived on the scene spotted New Yorker, Joanna Ravenna paraphrased ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19) the fleeing suspect and arGerman philosopher Nietzsche: “The best rested Cedrick Mitchell, 39. way to enrage people is to force them to lease study this testimony: “Born change their mind about you.” I’d like to see (Bradenton Herald) in a rancid, bat-infested cave
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CANCER (June 21-July 22): What excites you, Cancerian? What mobilizes your selfdiscipline and inspires you to see the big picture? I encourage you to identify those sources of high-octane fuel and then take extraordinary measures to make them a strong presence in your life. There has rarely been a better time than now for you to do this. It could create effects that will last for years. (P.S. Here’s a further nudge from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it.”) LEO
(July 23-Aug. 22): While browsing in a bookstore, I came across a book and deck of cards that were collectively called Tarot Secrets. The subtitle of the kit was “A Fast and Easy Way to Learn a Powerful Ancient Art.” I snorted derisively to read that claim, since I myself have studied Tarot intensively for years and am nowhere near mastery. Later, though, when I was back home meditating on your horoscope, I softened my attitude a bit. The astrological omens do indeed suggest that in the upcoming weeks and months, you just might be able to learn a rather substantial skill in a relatively short time.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): People in intimate relationships are hypersensitive to negative comments from their partners. Psychologists say it takes five compliments to outweigh the effects of a single dash of derogatory criticism. I’m sure the ratio is similar even for relationships that aren’t as close as lovers and spouses. With this in mind, I urge you to be extra careful not to dispense barbs. They would be especially damaging during this phase of your astrological cycle — both to you and to those at whom you direct them. Instead, Scorpio, why not dole out an abundance of compliments? They will build up a reservoir of goodwill you’ll be able to draw on for a long time. SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Researchers report that the typical man falls in love 5.4 times over the course of his life, while the average woman basks in the glow of this great mystery on 4.6 occasions. I suspect you may be close to having a .4 or .6 type of experience, Sagittarius: sort of like infatuation, but without the crazed mania. That could actually be a good thing. The challenging spiritual project that relationship offers may be most viable when
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): On Reddit.
com, Kaushalp88 asked the question, “What is the most badass thing that you have ever done, but that other people weren’t impressed by?” Here’s his own story: “I was at an ice-cream shop. At the exit, there was a small raised step I didn’t see. I tripped over it with my ice cream cone in my right hand. The ice cream ball sprung out of the cone. I instinctively lurched my left hand forward and grabbed it, but at the same time I was already falling toward the pavement. I tucked my head into my chest and made a perfect somersault, rising to my feet and plopping the ice cream back in the cone.” I suspect you will soon have comparable experiences, Aquarius — unusual triumphs and unexpected accomplishments. But you may have to be content with provoking awe in no one else beside yourself.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” So says a Swedish proverb. Can we talk about this, please, Pisces? Of course there are real hazards and difficulties in life, and they deserve your ingenious problem solving. But why devote any of your precious energy to becoming embroiled in merely hypedup hazards and hypothetical difficulties? Based on my analysis of the astrological omens, now is a propitious time to cut shadows down to their proper size. It’s also a perfect moment to liberate yourself from needless anxiety. I think you’ll be amazed at how much more accurate your perceptions will be as a result.
After Maria Dmitrienko won for Kazakhstan at the
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “I can’t tell if I’m dealing well with life these days or if I just don’t give a sh-- any more.” I stumbled upon that comment at someecards.com, and I decided to pass it along for your consideration. You may be pondering the same riddle: feeling suspicious about why you seem more relaxed and tolerant than usual in the face of plain old everyday chaos. I’m here to tell you my opinion, which is that your recent equanimity is not rooted in jaded numbness. Rather, it’s the result of
some hard work you did on yourself during the last six months. Congrats and enjoy!
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In 1892, when Wrigley was just starting out as a company, its main product was baking powder. Free chewing gum was included in each package as a promotional gimmick. But soon the freebie became so popular that Wrigley rearranged its entire business. Now it’s a multi-billion-dollar company that sells gum in 140 different countries — and no baking powder. Maybe there’s something like that on the verge of happening in your own life, Libra: What seemed like the main event could turn out to be secondary, or what seemed incidental might become a centerpiece. Is there something you are overvaluing at the cost of something you are undervaluing?
wait for success,” said rich and famous comedian Jonathan Winters, “so I went ahead without it.” I love that approach, and I suggest you try it out. Is there any area of your life that is held captive by an image of perfection? Consider the possibility that shiny concepts of victory and progress might be distracting you from doing the work that will bring you meaning and fulfillment. If you’re too busy dreaming of someday attaining the ideal mate, weight, job, pleasure and community, you may miss out on the imperfect but amazing opportunities that are available right now.
Fiction Turns to Fact
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Our ancestors owned slaves and denied education to girls. What were they thinking? Time magazine asked renowned historian David McCullough if there was anything we do today that our descendants will regard as equally insane and inexcusable. His reply: “How we could have spent so much time watching TV.” I’ll ask you, Taurus, to apply this same exercise on a personal level. Think of some things you did when you were younger that now seem incomprehensible or ignorant. Then explore the possibility that you will look back with incredulity at some weird habit or tweaked form of selfindulgence you’re pursuing today. (P.S. It’s an excellent time to phase out that habit or self-indulgence.)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “I couldn’t
Superior Court Judge David E. Barrett was presiding over a bond hearing for a sheriff’s deputy accused of rape and assault in Lumpkin County, Ga., when the female victim became evasive while giving testimony. The judge informed the woman she was “killing her case” by being uncooperative, then pulled out his handgun and feigned offering it to her, saying, “You might as well shoot your lawyer.” District Attorney Jeff Langley approached the judge and asked him to put away the weapon. He did, and the hearing proceeded. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
you mutate this theory in the coming weeks, Virgo. If possible, see if you can amuse and entertain people, not enrage them, by compelling them to change their minds about you. I realize that’s a tricky proposition, but given the current astrological omens, I have faith that you can pull it off.
at the base of the smoldering Sangay Volcano, I was raised by the half-bear demon princess Arcastia. At the age of 4, my training as a ninja shaman began when I was left naked and alone next to a stream of burning lava with only two safety pins, a package of dental floss and a plastic bag full of Cheerios. My mission: to find my way to my spiritual home.” Now, Aries, I’d like you to compose your own version of this declaration: a playful, over-the-top myth about your origins that gives you a greater appreciation for the heroic journey you’ve been on all these years.
the two people involved are not electrifyingly interwoven with every last one of their karmic threads. Maybe we have more slack in our quest for intimacy if we love but are not obsessed.
A Brazilian school system is spending $670,000 to provide students with computer chips, to be embedded in school uniforms, that send a text message to the cellphones of parents when their children enter the school or alert them if the children fail to arrive within 20 minutes after classes begin. Coriolano Moraes, education secretary of Vitoria da Conquista’s 213 public schools, said nearly half of the city’s 43,000 public school students have started using the chips and that all of them will be using them by next year. (Associated Press)
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teacher! I’m a full figured-gal, not your thing, don’t respond! (Also, no married or cheaters!). much2luv, 39
Great Sex with NO Strings! I’m a handsome, clean-cut, healthy, fit man with a high libido looking for a woman who also has that and wants a very discreet sexual relationship. Must be able to host, if not, we go halves on a cheap motel. I need someone who is NOT obese and takes good care of herself. Early 20s to 50 work if fit. LUVMESUMSEX, 36 Curious, Bondage, Willing I’m a college freshman with a BDSM curiosity, with no opportunity to explore. I’m looking for a friendship where we can explore safely and freely. Sorry but no anal. Want to know anything else? Feel free to message me. CuriousKit, 19, l hookup4me Looking for someone to share time with and explore each other, nothing serious. Older guy wants to try younger gal if she can keep up. handy121561, 50 Adventurous Fit 30-year-old professional looking to spice things up. Open to discreet encounters and exploring whatever. Wanderlust1, 30, l Looking for excitement Outgoing personality, young at heart, mind and body. Looking for risky, fun and exciting encounters. I’m excited! It’s over 8 in size, so be aware:-). Contact me. Nordicstock, 41 LET MEET I am an easygoing, open-minded, adventurous, business owner/operator. I enjoy variety in everything. I like hamburgers and fries to sushi, hanging out at home or traveling. If you would like, let’s meet sometime. We can talk and get to know one another, and have fun. Chat a little over a drink, and see how it goes. hyster65, 47, l Playful Gentleman I am a usually a gentleman but I love to be playful. I am looking for a discreet partner(s) to have fun with on a recurring basis. I am a professional, clean guy who likes to treat women well but also likes to be playful and free spirited. jready, 31 Attractive, fit and fun Hello, I am single, attractive, fit, never married, busy business owner and martial-art teacher. I am seeking something casual, light and fun. Stormvt2012, 33 GiveUrAss2me I’m fun, sexy and I love to have a great time. I like a girl who’s very open minded because they’re the only ones I can relate to. I love a girl who LOVES ANAL, I mean really loves it! When you fool around with me, you’re gonna have a great time! GiveUrAss2me, 24, l
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Asiana House! You were as usual serving sushi to the masses and I was as usual hungrily paying attention. Food was great as always but for dessert? The absolute best secret hand squeeze ever! Let’s find a way to talk without work. When: Thursday, March 29, 2012. Where: Asiana House. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910067 Duino/Duende Waiter I was disappointed when I didn’t get your table. When: Thursday, March 29, 2012. Where: Duino/Duende/Radio Bean. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910066 Honky Tonk Corner Bar Brunette I was seated at the end of the bar at the opening between the two rooms staring at you as you ordered your drink. Red wine, I believe. I just got to say, wow. Wow. When: Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Where: Radio Bean. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910065
Tongue tied and Wowed You: dark haired, black muscle shirt at the gym. Me: tank top wearing yellow sweats on treadmill. Watched you from a glance. Not sure if eyes connected. But when you walked by and got on a machine behind me I was hoping you
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soaked and then parted ways. It was memorable, but it would be great to see you again. When: Friday, June 25, 2010. Where: Uncommon Grounds. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910055 Hi there, Tdancer, it’s us As promised, here’s the grey-faced friend I told you about. If you’re still out there, hope to hear from you. Remember, I owe you. When: Thursday, March 22, 2012. Where: 7 days personals. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910054 Hey Dorothy I like your slippers...but if you kicked them off, we might see eye to eye ;). When: Friday, March 23, 2012. Where: Nectar’s. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910053 Beach guy with ADORABLE puggy Met you and your sweetheart of a dog with my own pug on North Beach one of those summer days in March. She is the cutest thing ever...sorry you didn’t wanna talk some more. Maybe next time. Chow! When: Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Where: North Beach. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910052 WSR from Chittenden Country See you at the FL724 on 4/7/12. Hoping you are as excited to see me as I am you. Hoping for a little afternoon delight, many times! When: Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Where: E Main St. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910051 Cashier at Simon’s in Winooski I come in every once in a while and usually buy a newspaper and a water. The past few times I’ve seen you your hair has been in a beautiful, long braid. I wanted to tell you how pretty it looked but was too shy. Maybe I can tell you over a drink sometime? When: Sunday, March 25, 2012. Where: Simon’s Store. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910050
Oh no! Season’s almost over! You: lanky fox of a patroller at BV. Your big brown eyes and fauxhawk had me, but backcountry boots?! Please say you’re not taken & take me! Me: pixie brunette with a taste for the
backside...out of bounds, backcountry! Where: in line for the quad. You had me at “stay safe.” I’d feel safer with your hand on my waist! When: Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Where: Bolton Valley. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910043
Your guide to love and lust...
mistress maeve Dear Mistress,
If I really want to please my new girlfriend, should I be focusing more on her G-spot or her clitoris?
Dear Either Or,
If you want to please your girlfriend, don’t ask me whether you should focus more on her G-spot or her clitoris — ask her!
When it comes up to pleasure, women are like fingerprints: No two are alike. While most women are more apt to get off from clitoral stimulation, some women swear that penetration holds the key to the ultimate orgasm (though some sexperts have argued that women who experience “internal orgasms” are only able to do so if the clitoris is positioned close enough to the vaginal opening to feel the friction of penetration). More likely, your lady will like some combination of both internal and external stimulation, and that’s where communication comes in. Ask your girlfriend what she likes. Don’t just ask her which lady bits work best for her — ask if she likes it hard or soft, fast or slow, orally or digitally. It’s likely she will appreciate your thoughtful inquiries about her body, and you will be in a better position to rock her world. If your girlfriend isn’t sure what works best for her, suggest that the two of you explore the answer together. Start by educating yourself on the basics of anatomy. The clitoris is located on the outside of a woman’s body, a button-like organ located at the top of the inner labia, above the vagina and urethra. The G-spot is located on the inside, on the upper wall of the vagina. G-spots can be a little trickier to locate — you’ll know you’ve found it by its distinctively rough texture. Above all, have fun on your quest to please her. Remember, sometimes the best sex requires a little trial and error. If you keep an open mind and a sense of humor, the rest will come (pun intended).
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it took one pinch This weekend will only mark three months, but it’s forever that I’m excited for! With every sunrise I’m anxious for our new adventure. Without fail, every time I open my eyes, I get weak and fall in love with you all over again. I ask how I got so lucky; you reply you pinched checked me out more. I sure did you. my butt! Your love is all I need. Thanks Care to have a more intense workout? for being my forever! When: Tuesday, 1x3-cbhb-personals-alt.indd 1 6/14/10 2:39:13 PM Dorset Street Greers Sunday 3/25 When: Friday, March 23, 2012. Where: March 27, 2012. Where: Burlington. Gym. You: Man. Me: Man. #910059 You: Woman. Me: Woman. #910064 You: sipping the remnants of an iced coffee, wearing a black jacket with a LOWE’S Shopper power of the 2nd flip... black/yellow timbuk2 bag. Me: folding We met in the lighting aisle of Lowe’s My stomach lies listless...from the rabbit laundry by the windows, black jacket, on 3/25 around 12:30, and you have a hole to the bell jar I remain a little lost leggings, brown hair in a ponytail. I was smile that would make the Pope kick without you. I sit patiently with my too shy to come say hello and I’m kicking out a stained-glass window. I would quiet, listless stomach and wait for myself for it now. Overheard you telling a love to see it again. I hope you’re the right time. The time when those friend that you’re single... Want to hang checking the I Spy section and that eyelashes will brush my cheek and those out sometime? When: Sunday, March you get in touch. If not, we will always eyes will pierce my soul imploring my 25, 2012. Where: Greers on Dorset have Lowe’s. When: Sunday, March stomach to flip and flip. When: Tuesday, Street. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910049 25, 2012. Where: Lowe’s on Shelburne March 27, 2012. Where: Everywhere. On the Rise Blues Jam Rd. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910058 You: Man. Me: Woman. #910063 Replying to the man in blue sweatshirt Perkins Pier, Boo Berry shirt 80’s Night on 3/7/12 blues night at OTR in On the most gorgeous Sunday You: hot hockey coach from across Richmond. I was the girl in the sweater afternoon we talked for a bit and you the lake. Me: cute brunette who does sitting with friends getting ready said hi to my dog, a goldendoodle not like the Yankees. When: Saturday, to play us the blues. Another music named Teddy Bear. You wore a Boo March 24, 2012. Where: Metronome. jam coming up in two weeks. Care to Berry T-shirt and a black jacket. I sat You: Man. Me: Woman. #910062 join me? When: Wednesday, March on a bench overlooking the water, 7, 2012. Where: On the Rise Bakery. you are my jerk you sat on the rocks. I was really You: Man. Me: Woman. #910048 enjoying the conversation when you After six months of bliss I am madly in ICU Nurse on St. Patty’s walked away. Join me for dinner? love with you. You bring so much joy When: Sunday, March 18, 2012. to me. I love you all day, e’ry day. With I met you in line on Church St. During Where: Burlington, Perkins Pier. You: some practice, I just know that you our conversation, we compared Woman. Me: Woman. #910057 will be the best Jerk ever!! xoxo When: common features of bars and hospitals. Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Where: P Because we were outside, I figured you Williston Starbucks bar Pie. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910061 meant capacity. I liked your logic better: I came in around 1 p.m. Saturday after “No, they’re similar because both places Your name is Patrick I got off work. You were sitting at the have to deal with f***** up people.” little bar in front of the windows with We met on a flight traveling from Coffee sometime? When: Saturday, a book and your iPod. Every chance I Burlington to JFK. You were choking March 17, 2012. Where: Burlington. got, I looked at you. I think the name and I gave you my water. We talked life You: Woman. Me: Man. #910046 on your cup said David. Maybe we for the entire 55-min. trip. My family Tame the beast could talk over coffee sometime... was calling me and you needed to run When: Saturday, March 24, 2012. for your bus into the city. You were Me: running in a bright yellow shirt, Where: Starbucks in Williston. lovely and I have always wondered I ran past your beautiful, blond, tieYou: Man. Me: Woman. #910056 if I would see you again. -Jen When: dye-shirted self at the corner of South Sunday, May 15, 2011. Where: In the Willard and Bradley, and your vicious today, 21 months ago air. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910060 brown cocker spaniel almost took my So we met at Uncommon Grounds, leg off. You are gorgeous. Nothing walked up close to North Beach, may come of this, but I just wanted had some good conversation, got to let you know. Fingers crossed.
When: Friday, March 23, 2012. Where: Corner of South Willard and Bradley. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910044
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