Foodie Flick: Eat Drink Man Woman In Ang Lee’s 1994 Taiwanese classic, Eat Drink Man Woman, a widowed top chef’s life revolves around the opulent Sunday dinners he makes for his three adult daughters. The catch — he’s lost his sense of taste. The visual feast features more than 100 Chinese delicacies, sure to heal the family’s broken hearts — and palates. Arrive early for a free taste of delicious Chinese dumplings prepared by A Single Pebble. The cash bar features beverages from Dreaming Tree Wines and Vermont’s own Wolaver’s Fine Organic Ales. And, yes, you can bring your drinks into the theater!
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Last year, acclaimed food writer Barry Estabrook’s book Tomatoland ignited a national dialogue on industrial agriculture. In her books and nationally syndicated food column, food writer Marialisa Calta has explored the food we bring home to our families. Together, they’ll discuss the surprising, hidden stories behind the food we eat, and how we can make better choices for our bodies and our planet. Complimentary light snacks served at the salon. Beverages from Dreaming Tree wines and Vermont’s own Wolaver’s Fine Organic Ales available for purchase.
Culinary Pub Quiz Play seven rounds of delicious trivia — including questions about food in music and movies. Hosted by Nectar’s and emcee’d by Top Hat Entertainment, the evening promises plenty of prizes and mountains of gravy fries. Arrive early, 25 tables go fast. Teams encouraged. Tuesday, May 1, 7:30-10 p.m. at Nectar’s, 188 Main Street, Burlington. Free.
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are for a glass of “Two Buck Chuck”? Last week, Seven Days broke the news that upscale supermarket chain Trader Joe’s hopes to build its first Vermont store on a Dorset Street lot in South Burlington; the chain is the exclusive purveyor of cheap Charles Shaw wines, among other affordably priced treats.
The proposed Trader Joe’s site is next door to another grocery retailer — Healthy Living Market and Café. Food writer Alice Levitt spoke with Healthy Living owner Katy Lesser last Thursday for a post on Blurt, the Seven Days staff blog. Lesser says she’s not concerned about the competition and notes that there’s a lot of difference between what the two stores offer. “We really try to focus on organic here,”
she explains. “The quality of product in places like our bulk department will not be the same at Trader Joe’s... We focus so much on fresh — Trader Joe’s does a great job, but they don’t do a lot of fresh.”
Trader Joe’s is still seeking approval from the South Burlington Development Review Board; nothing has been finalized yet. Still, the announcement that the chain is considering expanding to Vermont got a big response from our readers — it’s the no. 3 story this week on the Seven Days website. The article prompted 131 likes on our Facebook page and loads of comments on Facebook, Twitter and our blog. We’ve excerpted some of the online response here.
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They want it adjacent to healthy living? Boo to that. Dorset street is saturated with grocery stores, find another location. via FB
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Fans of Trader Joe’s can’t wait for the chain store to break ground in South Burlington. Observers of the fragile local retail ecosystem aren’t so sure.
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In Sean Hood’s March 7 review of the new First Crush release Halfway Home, he argues that the album is formulaic and disappointing. He compares First Crush to contemporary bands — some of which he likes, and some of which he doesn’t — and he describes getting bored after the first four songs. His opinions are fair enough, but in the end the only thing truly formulaic and disappointing is his review. Hood forgets to listen with the fullness of his soul. Halfway Home is, as Hood says, evocative of “young love and the disappointment that inevitably follows.” To listen to the album and hear only that is to miss the rich emotional fabric from which this music is made. Years of reflection on that initial tidal wave of feeling; the slow ebb and flow of love evolving over time; those overwhelming, complex moments when a conversation, eye contact across the room, the brush of an arm, a kiss can evoke that first sinking, swooning sensation in your heart again. Both relentlessly melancholic and richly buoyant, this is warm summer music for our tired, wintry lives. Colin Gunn
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In most communities, those who don’t fit the profile of the local population are generally stopped by police — and with good reason [“Report Shows Racial Disparities in Burlington-Area Policing: Now What?” April 18]. In South Central Los Angeles, if you don’t fit the local profile, you may be dragged from your car and brutally murdered by the local residents of the ’hood. Let’s get real. Joe Uptegrove
FROM PRUSSIA, WITH HEALTH CARE
Two points on Walter Carpenter’s letter [Feedback, April 11], which said that “the first publicly funded health care system was established in 19th-century Germany by the Prussian autocrat and dictator Otto von Bismarck.” Those familiar with the history of my first homeland know that while he might have been a “strongman,” Bismarck was neither autocrat nor dictator. Dictators don’t get fired by their bosses, as he was by the emperor in 1890. He launched his programs in the late 19th century because he was dealing with an annoying, democratically elected parliament that might beat him in the race to acquire the goodwill of
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the new industrial working class. More importantly, Bismarck’s social program continued a long history of government aggressively reforming society in order to create a state capable of dealing with internal or external threats, starting with Prussia’s need to survive and defeat Napoleon almost 80 years before. While this was good in so far as it went, most German historians agree it had a serious unintended side effect: Germans became passively accustomed to a paternalistic government that “knew what it was doing” for the “greater national good,” even if it meant sublimating the individual to the state. This proved disastrous when Nazism came to power. “Strongmen,” even when benevolent, can set precedents that seem harmless but end up deadly. Joseph konrad
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I am so excited about the possibility of a Trader Joe’s in our area [Side Dishes, “Trading Up,” April 17]! I love that store and go whenever I’m in Washington, DC, or anywhere there is one nearby. I hope so much that this can happen. They have very good variety and value for the money, I think. Daphne Allen
I love Trader Joe’s but also enjoy shopping at Healthy Living once in a while [Side Dishes, “Trading Up,” April 17]. Why would they pick South Burlington? Sounds stupid to have both health food markets so close to one another. What about somewhere in Burlington, but not near City Market? Or Essex or Williston?
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I was disappointed by the negative and skeptical tone of your article on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program that appeared in the April 4 edition [“Seeing Green”]. This program has been responsible for the creation of many, many hundreds of jobs in Vermont at Jay Peak and Sugarbush and with Country Home Products and Seldon Technologies. Without this program, none of these projects would have gotten funding through conventional financing, and none of the resulting jobs would have been created. I found the comments about the Jay Peak project particularly uninformed. On any given day you can go to Jay Peak and see hundreds of carpenters, plumbers, electricians, concrete contractors, and a host of other trades and professions hard at work on jobs that would not have existed had it not been for CEO Bill Stenger and his use of this federally approved program. The pickup trucks that line the parking lot carry the names of a multitude of Vermont companies on their doors, companies that would not have work were it not for the EB-5 program. It would have been very instructive if the writer had spoken with even one of these tradespeople to get their perspective. Had he done so, we would have heard of the hundreds of families in the Northeast Kingdom who literally have food on their tables because of the Jay Peak project. And it doesn’t stop with the contractors; most all of the products and furnishings that have gone into the rooms and public areas of the resort were made
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Stock Car Named Desire Rev your engine: It’s time for the Merchants Bank 150, the opening event of Thunder Road SpeedBowl’s 53rd season. Stock cars peel around the paved oval in the closest thing Vermont has to NASCAR racing. Zoom zoom. SEE CALENDAR SPOTLIGHT ON PAGE 52
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Soul Baring Mike Doughty rose to fame as the frontman of Soul Coughing, but don’t peg him as just another ’90s has-been. His new memoir, The Book of Drugs, gives a warts-and-all look at his drug-addicted years with his former bandmates, whom he’s called “psychotic.” OK, we’re listening. Doughty reads and plays at Higher Ground next Wednesday.
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Under the Influence A current exhibit at Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum not only displays works by two of the 20th century’s most famous artists, but it reveals a direct link between their work in a fascinating study of the power of inspiration. Connect the dots at “Men of Fire: José Clemente Orozco and Jackson Pollock,” up through June 17.
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Parting with maple-sugaring season is always such sweet sorrow. Lucky for us, St. Albans’ Vermont Maple Festival and the St. Johnsbury World Maple Festival, both this weekend, distract us from our woes with a double whammy of syrup competitions, carnival-style rides and treats. ’Til next year, then...
Joan Rivers is, as one documentary called her, a “piece of work” in more ways than one. In an interview with Seven Days music editor Dan Bolles that ran last week, the iconic comedian proved that, even in her seventies, she still has that famous sense of humor. Witness it as she performs a pair of uncensored comedy shows in Burlington and Rutland this week.
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he biggest obstacle to decriminalizing marijuana in Vermont, House Speaker SHAP SMITH (D-Buzzkill), may finally be seeing the grow light. As first reported by Seven Days last week (on 4/20, no less), a bill to decriminalize possession of less than an ounce of marijuana will finally get a hearing in the House. Next year. Gov. PETER SHUMLIN supports decrim, as do key members of the state Senate. But Smith has steadfastly blocked consideration of the legislation in the House because, he said, the issue needed more study. For sticking to his guns, Smith was harassed online by anonymous pot advocates who posted personal information about the Speaker and his wife on his Facebook page. A Senate bill to lessen penalties for pot e s s e x s h o p p e s & c i n e m a possession was still alive as of press time, but, given Smith’s opposition, its prospects FACTORY OUTLETS for becoming law seemed doomed. w w w . e s s e x s h o p p e s . c o m Last Friday, however, Smith revealed 21 ESSEX WAY, ESSEX JUNCTION, VT WWW.ESSEXSHOPPES.COM | 802.878.2851 that he had brokered a deal with the bill’s tripartisan sponsors — Reps. JASON CHRIS PEARSON 8v-essexshoppes042512.indd 1 4/23/12 11:19 AMLORBER (D-Burlington), (P-Burlington) and ADAM HOWARD (R-Cambridge) — to advance the bill next session. Under the deal, Public Safety Commissioner KEITH FLYNN will head a MONDAY study examining the costs and benefits of APRIL 30 decriminalizing pot in states where pos5:30 p.m., $5 session is now a civil penalty rather than a New Moon Café crime — such as New York, Massachusetts Burlington and Connecticut — and report back to the legislature next January. The House Judiciary Committee will then take testimony on the bill in 2013. So what changed Smith’s mind? One pm, $5 theory floating around Montpelier is that cash bar Smith wouldn’t touch the issue while he was considering running for attorney general. But Smith insists that’s flat-out ast year, acclaimed food writer wrong. Barry Estabrook’s book Tomatoland “My opposition has not been politiignited a national dialogue on industrial cal,” he says. “If I were going to run in a agriculture. In her books and nationallysyndicated food column, food writer Democratic attorney general’s race, I Marialisa Calta has explored the food wouldn’t be against decriminalization we bring home to our families. Together, of marijuana. It wouldn’t be helpful in a they’ll discuss the Democratic primary. I’ve been pretty consurprising, hidden sistent about this even before I was thinkstories behind the ing about running for AG.” food we eat, and Smith says he wants the Department of how we can make Public Safety to answer some basic quesbetter choices for our bodies and our tions about how pot decrim has worked planet. in other states: Has the rate of usage gone up or down? Have there been more arrests or fewer? Smith isn’t convinced that prosEVENTS ecuting pot possession is actually costing & MENUS: APRIL 27-MAY 4 vermontrestaurantweek.com the state money, or that decriminalizing
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it would “free up law enforcement to do other things.” Another objection is more personal. “I am, as a parent, concerned about the message it sends to kids,” says Smith, who has a 10-year-old and a 7-year-old. Shumlin has adamantly opposed a study of decriminalization, going so far as to threaten to veto a bill if it contained a decrim study. His deputy chief of staff, ALEX MACLEAN, told the Burlington Free Press, “We do not think it is necessary to study this issue. We already know what we want to do. The governor wants to decriminalize marijuana. It would be a waste of money to further study the issue.” Apparently he’s since changed his view. How come? “As we understand it, it’s not going to be a study per se, but Flynn has been asked to
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come back and provide information to lawmakers about how this is working in other states,” says press secretary SUE ALLEN. “We support that. It’s not a full-fledged study. It’s not an expensive proposal.” Aren’t “information” and “study” sort of the same thing? Is this just a semantic game? Allen says there’s a “big difference.” “We’re pulling together some information to help lawmakers,” she says. “If lawmakers want more information, we’re happy to get them more information.” One thing Smith is not promising is a vote. That will be up to the House Judiciary Committee, he says. Given the uncertainties, Smith’s deal might not seem like much of a victory for decrim supporters — especially since it depends upon its architects winning reelection this November. But Lorber, the bill’s lead sponsor, views it as a significant step forward. “This was not the desired outcome, but we’ll get there,” Lorber says. “This path is not unusual. We had a similar approach when we did [same-sex] marriage. There was a summer study, and that laid the groundwork. The issues are very different, but there’s precedent.”
Lorber has already pulled together some baseline figures on the cost of prosecuting misdemeanor marijuana possession — under two ounces — in Vermont. According to a report he commissioned from the legislature’s Joint Fiscal Office, the state spent more than $700,000 in fiscal year 2008 charging 801 cases of misdemeanor pot possession. “We have limited dollars, and we should be focusing on the most serious drugs. Marijuana doesn’t even make the list, or it’s near the bottom of it,” Lorber says, before adding optimistically, “All our ducks are lined up for passage of this.” Pro-pot senators were feeling less positive last week. Sen. PHILIP BARUTH (D-Chittenden) said legislation was tacked on to a decrim bill he adamantly opposes — one authorizing law enforcement to search prescription databases without a warrant. He likened the situation to “having the filet mignon you wanted, but only if you take the poison pill that comes with it.” Baruth’s partner in crime — er, de-crime — on the marijuana legislation is Sen. JOE BENNING (R-Caledonia), a trial attorney. He says passing marijuana decrim this year would be a “Pyrrhic victory” because the legislation is doomed in the House. “And I’m not into Pyrrhic victories right now,” Benning says. Perhaps by 4/20/13, they’ll be singing a different tune — one that goes, “Decriminalize it! Don’t criticize it!” In the meantime, the song of the summer will likely be more like, “Study it! Weigh the pros and cons of it!”
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A growing list of former government officials are coming under investigation by the U.S. Department of the Treasury for lobbying the state department to delist the Iranian opposition group Mujahedin-e Khalq as a terrorist group. Fair Game readers might recall that HOWARD DEAN was among the politicos collecting lucrative speaking fees for joining the chorus calling for the delisting of the MEK. Dean told my predecessor, SHAY TOTTEN, back in August 2011 that the MEK was a dissident group that deserved American protection, not a terrorist label, and that several European countries had already removed it from their terror lists. Critics have called the MEK a “cult” that mistreats women. In the 1970s, it was linked to the killing of six American citizens. NBC News investigative reporter MICHAEL ISIKOFF has revealed that firms representing at least three former government officials have received subpoenas
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for records relating to MEK speaking fees: former Pennsylvania governor Ed REndEll, former FBI director louis FREEh and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. hugh shElton. All three had reportedly collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees. Federal law bans any financial dealings with terrorist groups. So is Dean being swept up in the dragnet? Apparently not. KatE o’ConnoR, a former Dean aide, tells Fair Game in an email that, “As of now, Howard hasn’t received any subpoenas, he’s not under investigation and therefore, he won’t have any comment. Hope that helps.” As of now? That kinda makes it sound like Dean is waiting for the other shoe to drop. Unfortunately, O’Connor wouldn’t make Dean available to answer questions, so we’ll just have to wonder. And watch to see if the subpoena trail leads to Vermont.
are public. Why? Because most courts have ruled they don’t have to be. By way of comparison, she says a government employee’s grocery list wouldn’t become a public record just because it was written on taxpayer-funded paper. Allen confirmed that the video does not show any gubernatorial junk, so that’s not the reason they’re withholding it. So what does the forbidden video actually show? One of the reporters who viewed it, Valley News political editor John gREgg, describes it thus: “It’s dark. It’s bears in the dark.” They’re not the only ones in the dark!
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File this one under “O” for “oops.” The Associated Press had to offer a correction to a story about a big antinuclear rally that took place in Brattleboro on April 15, at which more than 1000 demonstrators called for the leak-prone Vermont Yankee plant to be shut down. The unbylined story, which ran on the front of the Vermont section in the Burlington Free Press, quoted a bystander who happened upon the rally saying she had mixed feelings about decommissioning the aging reactor. “When the school distributed iodine pills to the teachers, it was a little bit of a shock, because I hadn’t really thought about it that much,” nanCy olsEn, a 65-year-old school teacher from Putney, told the AP. The reporter said she was referring to “the pills that were handed out at Brattleboro Union High School during last year’s tritium leak to counteract the radiation poisoning.” As the AP’s correction stated, the tritium leak was in 2009 and early 2010, not last year. More importantly, it did not, in fact, cause radiation poisoning. The correction goes on, “Also, the Vermont Health Department distributes potassium iodide — not iodine — pills in case of a leak of a different type of radiation and did not distribute pills for the tritium leak.” Whoopsie! m
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Gov. Peter Shumlin’s nude encounter with hungry black bears that went for his bird feeders has become the stuff of political legend. Since the Valley News first broke the story two weeks ago, the gov has retold the tale of his backyard bear battle with any reporter who will listen, and the story has gone viral on the web. But video of the encounter has not. And if the gov’s office has anything to say about it, you won’t be watching it on YouTube. Yes, the governor himself shot a few minutes of video of the bear breach on his smartphone. He’s even shown it to select news outlets. But he won’t release it — even though he shot it on a taxpayer-funded phone. Out of curiosity, Fair Game put in a public-records request for the video. Associated Press reporter Wilson Ring had already done the same thing. The governor’s legal counsel, saRah london, denied both, saying the video isn’t a public record because it was not “produced or acquired in the course of agency business.” Plus, she said, they have security concerns about releasing a video that shows the governor’s private residence. “If you would like more information about the governor’s bear encounter, however, please feel free to follow up with Sue Allen,” London wrote to Fair Game, referring to Shumlin’s press secretary. London argues that not all records produced on taxpayer-funded devices
Burlington-Area Bike Paths Are All They’re Cracked Up to Be b y K e v i n J. K elle y
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Burlington Bike Path between Oakledge Park and North Beach
year after springtime floods destroyed chunks of the Burlington Bike Path, some sections are still crumbling and roped off from cyclists, runners, walkers and bladers. Most of those gouged-out areas are finally being repaired, however, in order to make the 7.5-mile path safe for participants in the May 27 Vermont City Marathon. Mayor Miro Weinberger says that, shortly after taking office earlier this month, he directed city officials to initiate work immediately on trouble spots that had gone unrepaired for 12 months. The imminent city-funded $30,000 fix-up of badly damaged — and dangerous — segments of the bike path is only a temporary patch job, however. There’s a plan for a more thorough, $2.1 million set of repairs of flood-eroded segments that is to be financed mainly by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Weinberger is also dissatisfied with the pace of that initiative, which, according to Burlington Parks and Recreation Department head Mari Steinbach, may not get under way for another year. “There’s been too long a delay in starting this work, especially compared to the repairs of highways in the aftermath
of [Tropical Storm] Irene,” Weinberger declares. He says he will push FEMA and other parties to move more quickly on the repair project. FEMA is also expected to be the main bankroller for extensive repairs of the bikeand-pedestrian causeway in Colchester that juts into Lake Champlain. Much of that scenic, packed-gravel spit was reclaimed last spring by the swollen, raging lake. It will cost an estimated $900,000 to restore the stretch of the causeway leading from the Colchester mainland to the 200-foot-wide cut where Local Motion, a Burlington-based advocacy group, had been operating a summer bike ferry. An additional $200,000 — also mostly from FEMA — is needed to repair the northern half-mile leg of the causeway that connects to South Hero. This entire 12.5-mile route for nonmotorized transport — running from Oakledge Park to South Hero — is known as the Island Line. It’s a major economic asset that should be restored and properly maintained, says Local Motion leader Chapin Spencer. Users of just the
Burlington portion of the Island Line generate at least $6 million a year in economic activity for the city, Spencer says, citing a 2010 University of Vermont survey and estimates of the impact of events such as the marathon and USA Triathlon. Potentially greater economic benefits can be achieved once the bike ferry service at the causeway cut is restored, Spencer says. Then, Québec tourists will be able to “pedal straight into Burlington and spend their money here,” he points out. Local Motion is thus undertaking a $1.3 million fundraising effort to construct a more secure, handicap accessible bikeferry facility at the cut. The service will remain inoperable again this summer, due to causeway flood damage, but is projected to resume on a daily basis in 2013. Stretches of the Burlington Bike Path, especially in the New North End beyond Leddy Park, appear to be in relatively good shape. But the most heavily used segment — between Oakledge Park and North Beach — presents major structural problems unrelated to last year’s flood.
The 26-year-old Burlington Bike Path was in generally “disastrous shape, even before the flood,” says John Bossange, head of a city council-appointed citizens task force charged with devising a longterm plan for this popular asset. Having been built along a former rail bed, the bike path “is sinking into the lake,” Bossange says. “Trees that were saplings when it was built now have roots underneath it. Plus, there’s been no consistent maintenance.” The task force, which has been deliberating for the past 18 months, will soon formally present three options for what would essentially be a structural makeover of the entire Burlington Bike Path. According to a feasibility study released in March, the most basic plan would cost $11.6 million. The priciest option — involving more lighting, fencing and directional signs, as well as drinking fountains and kiosks — would run to nearly $17 million. All the proposals call for widening the right-of-way from its current eight feet to the federal standard of 11 feet, which had not been stipulated when construction of the bike path began in 1986. If the city had to pay the full cost of these plans — which it almost certainly will not, Bossange notes — property taxes would rise $50 a year on a $250,000 home
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to cover the cheaper option; the same million in repairs for the lakefront bike homeowner would pay $75 more than at path that may not be completed until 2014. present to finance the big-ticket option. Likely sources? Steinbach identifies the Will the mayor commit to supporting Penny for Parks tax revenue set-aside and a bond — and attendant tax increase — to the city’s capital-improvements budget. finance a rebuild of the bike path? The city is getting a free ride, however, Bossange says Weinberger has been in regard to another bike path that is sched“all ears” in his meetings with task-force uled to undergo major repair this summer. members. “He seems to get it,” Bossange The Federal Highway Administration is says of the new mayor. picking up the full $442,000 tab for restorWeinberger himself cautions that it’s ing a flood-wrecked segment of the bike Graduations, Proms, too soon to decide how best to fund the path that runs alongside the Burlington Anniversaries, envisioned rehab that could take as long Beltline. Full federal funding is available Showers, Birthdays, as five years to complete. “I want to look because of the beltline path’s proximity at all available funding to what is designated as a Company Events sources,” he says. “It may state highway, Steinbach & more! well be that there are explains. other substantial ways of Despite what critics Colchester Burlington doing this besides going describe as the previ(Exit 16) (Downtown) Eat with a huge bond for the ous city administration’s 85 South Park Drive 176 Main Street L o cal Pizzeria / Take Out city.” slacker attitude regarding Pizzeria / Take Out Delivery: 655-5555 Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun 11-6 Delivery: 862-1234 The new administrathe lakefront bike path, Casual Fine Dining tion does take alternate Spencer suggests that Reservations: 655-0000 Cat Scratch, Knight Card The Bakery: 655-5282 4 0 & C.C. 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Changes in the public’s attitudes “Should repairs have been put on an toward cycling and walking could help ademergency, top-drawer basis before some- vance efforts to transform the Burlington one got hurt?” Bossange asks. “That’s a Bike Path into what Bossange envisions great question I don’t have an answer for.” as a “world-class” model. One example Spencer does offer an explanation. of that new outlook can be seen in “The speed with which repairs are Colchester’s Biscayne Heights neighborFIVE WEEKS, FIVE GREAT TOPICS being made is, I think, a reflection of the hood, which is on the bike path. All FREE to the public! unfortunate perception that it’s a recreFearing that their suburban enclave ation corridor,” he says. “It’s valued less would be disturbed by bikers from MAY 1, 6:30PM than a transportation corridor.” Spencer Burlington, a few of those residents Carpenter Auditorium at the UVM Given Medical Building notes that surveys show 25 percent of the fought construction of the bike bridge, estimated 150,000 yearly trips along the completed in 2004, and the routing SPECIAL PANEL PRESENTATION Burlington Bike Path are made for practi- through Delta Park and past their front cal purposes, not purely for recreation. yards. But according to a 2009 study by Getting the Heads-Up: Understanding, Evidence of the secondary status that the Chittenden County Metropolitan Treating and Preventing Concussion some officials assign to cycling and walk- Planning Organization, there have been ing, in comparison to motoring, can be no reports of accidents involving cyclists Diane Jaworski, Ph.D., Stephen Leffler, David Lisle, M.D., James Slauterbeck, seen in the $143,000 that Local Motion is or pedestrians in Biscayne Heights. Associate Professor M.D., Professor of Assistant Professor M.D., Associate attempting to raise to help finance repairs Glen Cuttitta, head of the Colchester of Anatomy and Surgery and Chief of Family Medicine Professor of to the Island Line in both Burlington and Parks and Recreation Department, adds Neurobiology Medical Officer, and Orthopaedics Orthopaedics and Colchester. LoMo aims to cover what the that he has heard no complaints about Fletcher Allen and Rehabilitation Rehabilitation localities say is a shortfall in the amount of cyclists in that neighborhood. Health Care funding needed to match the FEMA out“In general,” Cuttitta says, “people lays. There’s no corresponding example there have gotten used to bikers, and some Please register in advance of a nongovernmental organization asking may have started using the recreation corfor charitable contributions to repair a ridor themselves. It does run right outside at www.fletcherallen.org/cms road used by drivers. their door, and it’s a wonderful way to or call 802-847-2886. Burlington needs to come up with exercise as well as to see some beautiful about $350,000 — its share of the $2.1 landscapes.” m
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fficer Rene Berti of the Burlington Police Department had a question for a room of 60 fifth-graders at Edmunds Elementary School. How many of them have a Facebook account? The students glanced around nervously until a few hands went up. “You shouldn’t have it,” Berti informed the group of 10- and 11-year-olds. “That means you lied about your birthdays to get on there.” Facebook requires its users to be at least 13. After Berti reassured the kids that she was not looking to get them in trouble, she asked how many of them have more than 300 “friends.” Four hands. “My sister has over a thousand,” boasted one girl. “I can guarantee she doesn’t know all of her friends,” Berti told the girl. Berti is a school resource officer with the Burlington PD and an outreach specialist with the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Since September 2011, she has given this hourlong presentation — called “Electronic Communications, Your Best Friend or Worst Enemy?”— to dozens of parents, students and school administrators throughout Chittenden County; more class presentations are scheduled this week. Berti says she has yet to encounter a group of kids without at least a few Facebook users. Nearly half of all American teens now use Facebook, according to data from Fred Lane, a former Burlington school board chair, digital forensics expert and author of the 2011 book Cybertraps for the Young. As Lane reports, the average American child now owns a cellphone by the age of 10; 80 percent of those 10-year-olds own at least one gaming console that can be used to access the web. Shockingly, nearly one in four kids under the age of 5 now uses the internet regularly. While the digital universe holds enormous potential to introduce children to the world, Berti says she’s trying to impress upon these students that the internet is also a potential minefield of legal, ethical and moral hazards: sexting, hacking, illegal downloads and more dangerous behaviors such as cyberbullying, sextortion, child pornography and online predation. How does Berti teach 10-year-olds that those seemingly benign after school activities on their laptops, smartphones and gaming devices can have lifelong and potentially deadly consequences? She broke the ice by saying some students might find these topics awkward,
embarrassing and even scary. “But I’m not doing it to embarrass you guys or make you feel awkward or scare you,” Berti said. “I’m doing it to open your eyes and let you know what’s out there.” Berti offered a few cautionary tales about young people who’ve gotten in serious trouble online. She shared the story of a San Diego girl who met a boy on a website designed for kids with chronically ill parents. The two swapped stories about their schools, where they lived and what sports they played. The boy shared a photo, purportedly of himself, in a high school football uniform. She, in turn, told him that her father was a cop — and which shifts he worked. “It seemed like he was a very nice young man,” Berti told the students. “Turns out, this was a very dangerous man. Giving him all that personal information, he knew where she lived, where she went to school and when she was home alone. And, unfortunately, one day he showed up at her house and attacked her.” Berti also talked about several highprofile Vermont cases. Without mentioning names, she discussed the 2009 South
Burlington sexting case in which 18-yearold Isaac Owusu, then a star high school athlete, asked teenage girls to photograph or videotape themselves performing sex acts and send him the results. Owusu was eventually charged with lewd and lascivious conduct. Berti also told the story of Ryan Patrick Halligan, the 13-year-old Essex Junction boy who committed suicide in October 2003 as a result of cyberbullying. One of the students said she knew the Halligan family personally. Berti also reminded kids that when they post personal information about themselves online, it’s visible to their parents, friends, neighbors, coaches, hackers, future employers and even the police. Most of that data live forever, she noted, and could affect their college applications, job interviews — even future spouses and children. The Burlington PD researches the cyber life of all its recruits, she added, offering some catchy but powerful slogans, such as “Pause before you post,” “Time doesn’t bring honesty or trust” and “Once you hit send, there’s no taking it back.” Many of the Edmunds students already
seemed to know what info shouldn’t be disclosed online, including their home addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers and the names of family members. But many didn’t know, until Berti told them, that online predators routinely use anonymous screen names and seemingly innocuous information to figure out how old they are, where they live and where they go to school. The question-and-answer session at the end of the hour revealed the prevalance of online predators. At least three students in the room recounted incidents in which someone they didn’t know contacted them online and asked for personal or private information. Among them was a boy who claimed that a girl he knew kept sending him instant messages, asking for nude pictures of himself; the boy said he told his mother, who called the police. Another boy in the class said he received an instant message asking his age while he was playing an online computer game. “I find that really creepy,” he said. Several of the Edmunds staff stayed behind to discuss the presentation and the need for more like it. Edmunds librarian Kathy Neil recalled that when she was in fifth grade, the cops used to come around to warn kids about drugs and their various street names. Today’s pushers are online. Melissa Hathaway, Edmunds’ school counselor, said it’s vital to “get this information to kids before they’re in the thick of it.” She wondered aloud whether her school could offer internet-safety classes earlier — both to the kids and their parents. “What we’re seeing is that parents are pretty concerned and aware of getting kids information about potential predators and being safe online,” Hathaway added. But they’re less worried about online interaction between their children and their peers. And that can be just as dangerous. Berti explained that she’s already begun teaching a simpler version of this class to kindergartners. Neil said that she, too, has begun work with kindergartners and firstgraders around digital safety. How does one teach children so young about the dangers in the virtual world when they’re still learning about dangers in the real world? The goal, Neil said, is to convey to them the idea that an online community can be just as exciting to explore as the real world — and just as perilous. As she told the little ones, “You wouldn’t go walking in the community without a parent with you, so you wouldn’t do that on the computer.” m
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Ever the clever amender, Rep. Oliver Olsen (R-Jamaica) last Thursday took his fight against a proposed utility merger to — of all things — a resolution condemning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United campaign finance decision. Olsen’s amendment sought to prevent U.S. subsidiaries of foreign companies from contributing to “any fund established to finance an inaugural or similar post-election celebration of a candidate’s victory.” Sound familiar? That’s because opponents of Green Mountain Power’s proposed merger with Central Vermont Public Service — like Olsen — repeatedly cite GMP president Mary Powell’s chairmanship of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s inaugural ball as evidence that Shummy’s too chummy with the power company. GMP and CVPS each ponied up $5000 for the gala. A subsidiary of Montréal-based Gaz Métro, Green Mountain Power would be barred from such contributions if Olsen’s amendment had passed. It didn’t. While the Citizens United resolution passed the House by a vote of 92 to 40, Olsen’s amendment failed by a vote of 42 to 57. GMP spokeswoman Dorothy Schnure, meanwhile, says Powell was simply doing her civic duty by helping to raise money for the ball, a charitable event that brought in $70,500 for the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation.
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Paul Heintz offers good blow-by-blow reportage of last week’s press conference [Blurt, “At Press Conference, Shumlin Clarifies Position on Utility Merger — Kind Of,” April 18]. I attended that press conference, and it seemed odd to me, too, that Gov. Shumlin justified the Senate vote forbidding the PSB to rule on Vermont Yankee’s Certificate of Public Good with “the law made me do it.” The Senate could have simply voted, “It is good public policy to let the Public Service Board handle this.” That is what the Vermont Energy Partnership and other groups were publicly urging the Senate to do. The law requiring an affirmative vote would have been satisfied, and the PSB could have had its say. What could have been simpler? Yet then-Senate Pro Tem Shumlin and the majority chose instead to forestall the PSB process for the sole purpose of stopping Vermont Yankee. At the same press conference, Gov. Shumlin argued that the merger will reduce overhead costs, which will reduce consumer power rates, which will create jobs. I believe the actual quote was “competitive power rates mean job creation in Vermont.” And he’s right, at least in principle. So why, then, is Montpelier so eager to pass renewable-power legislation that will require utilities to pay literally 10 times the market rate of power (30 cents kWh for solar, compared to three cents on today’s open market)? Because if low rates are a jobs creator, then high rates must be a jobs killer, right?
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It is with great concern that I write this letter regarding the use of pig gestation crates [Blurt, “Vermont Senate to Vote on Bill Banning ‘Torture Pens’ for Pigs,” March 12]. The level of despair and abuse some farm animals endure is extremely disconcerting. The fact that this practice is currently legal in our state is disappointing to say the least. In particular, pig gestation crates cause a severe form of physical and emotional distress, which is forced on a social animal whose intelligence can
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be compared with that of a 3-year-old child. The crates render a pregnant sow unable to move and force her into isolation for months on end, only to give birth, often repeatedly, and then eventually be slaughtered. The symptoms exhibited by the sows during their confinement are suggestive of unremitting emotional and physical trauma similar to those of human trauma victims. If you cannot imagine a child subjected to such treatment, please try to picture your own cat or dog in such circumstances. Animals, like children and other vulnerable populations, are deserving of our protection, humane treatment and compassion. sl 4.9.2012
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iven the winter that wasn’t this past season, many Vermonters are finding springtime to be a bit anticlimactic. That whole rebirth and renewal thing seems kind of redundant. But, as the VERMONT STAGE COMPANY (VSC) production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It would like to remind us, gaining a fresh perspective on who we are is more a matter of will than of weather.
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Personal transformation is a focus of director Jason Jacobs’ interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedy, currently running at the FLYNNSPACE in Burlington. The 16-character cast is played in this production by just seven actors, some of whom play cross-gender roles. The play’s female and male leads, MJ Brackin as Rosalind and Lowell Byers as Orlando, stay in one character for the entirety of the play, but the five other cast members split 14 roles among them. Consider that Rosalind masquerades as a man through most of the play, and the stage is set for a lot of acting in another’s shoes. Rounding out the cast are CHRIS CASWELL — fresh from directing NATHAN JARVIS in SETH JARVIS’ original play ICON — PATRICK Catherine CLOW, Domareki, JORDAN and GULLIKSON ORION LAY-SLEEPER. “The transformation that the actors play when playing,” Jacobs says, “is a reflection of the story of the play, which is really about the transformation that human beings are capable of making when
we step outside of our everyday doldrums of life.” In As You Like It, Rosalind gets a nudge in stepping outside her comfort zone when she’s banished by her uncle, the duke, to the Forest of Arden. There, she and her companion Celia (Domareki) stumble into a quintessentially Shakespearean tale of mistaken identity and romantic entanglements. The pastoral setting is not alive with fairies or spirits as one finds in other Shakespeare works. Jacobs describes it as simply “a place where people discover out themselves,” a natural setting where people can “relax and find different aspects of themselves.” The VSC’s As You Like It clears the way for that self-exploration through its stripped-down production. The show’s sets are minimal — as they were in Shakespeare’s time — which heightens the focus on the actors and the Bard’s inimitable language. As Jacobs, known to VSC audiences for his directorial work on Oliver Twist, Opus, The Boycott and Vanya/ Vermont, notes, he and his crew weighed carefully how much costume changing should be done to signify character shifts. Their choices about this aspect of the show, he says, give the audience a chance to see that transformation take place — on stage. Giving the play a vaguely mid-20thcentury European setting, he adds, makes the play all the more accessible, although the goal was not to set the play in a
Quick Lit: When the Gods Come Home to Roost B Y MA R GO T HA R RISON
s I was watching American Reunion recently, I was struck by the resemblance between that broad farce about thirtysomethings aching to recapture their glory days and the new Latinstudded, ultra-erudite novel from Burlington’s MARC ESTRIN. That’s a slight exaggeration. But at the core of this far more ambitious artwork (a label that probably shouldn’t be applied to anything American Pie related) is the same theme: Aging man chasing youth. Generally in the form of a female decades his junior. The protagonist of When the Gods Come Home to Roost, Estrin’s ninth novel, is a Berkeley classics professor named George Helmstetter. But his prototype is Faust, the 16th-century academic who, according to literature and lore, made a pact with the devil to regain his youth. At 64, Estrin’s George has a gorgeous Greek girlfriend in her thirties, yet he finds himself sneaking glances at her teenage daughter. Worse, he’s starting to notice his age. When George is dumped, he faces the terrifying prospect of dating a woman only 14 years his junior. Thank all the Greek gods that Mephistopheles
happens along to rescue our hero from this fate. Because George inhabits the 21st century, Mephisto is a plastic surgeon with radical ideas about rejuvenation. Because this is an Estrin novel, he is named T.J. Eckleburg, after the painted image whose gigantic eyes coldly observe the characters of The Great Gatsby. This Dr. Eckleburg, however, is no dispassionate judge — rather, he’s an overweening Gatsby himself. And he believes surgeons should give patients the transformations they seek, even if the results are Frankensteinian. “Why shouldn’t we use human powers to explore our human fantasies?” Eckleburg asks a nervous George. “What’s so good about normal?” Estrin notes in his afterword that Eckleburg was inspired by a 2001 Harper’s Magazine article about Dr. Joseph Rosen, a plastic surgeon at Dartmouth Medical School who’s spoken of (literally) giving patients wings. That’s fascinating material, fodder for decades of debate. Here’s the problem with Gods: Those issues don’t crystallize — indeed, they barely appear — until George makes his pact with the surgeon at roughly the 180-page mark. And they remain unresolved at the novel’s close, though by then George has done things in the name of his
particular time and place. “I didn’t want to set this in a historical time,” he says. “We’re going with a theatrical reality rather than a historical reality.” Opening Shakespeare’s play up to new possibilities is part of Jacobs’ overarching goal of presenting the work “on a scale that is human and not as big and pompous as we associate Shakespeare productions to be,” he says. The result, in As You Like It, is a “sense of fun, liberation and joy.” The director goes so far as to call it “a springtime romp.” While the need for such a romp may not be as acute this spring as the need for an explanation as to just what the hell happened to winter, As You Like It still resounds with uniquely Shakespearean insight in any season — thanks to some of his best-known lines, such as “All the world’s a stage” from the Forest of Arden’s resident crank, Jaques (Caswell). And then there’s this one from exiled Duke Senior (Patrick Clow), which speaks to audiences today on all kinds of levels: “True is it that we have seen better days.” As You Like It, written by William Shakespeare, directed by Jason Jacobs, produced by Vermont Stage Company. April 18 to May 6, Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., at the FlynnSpace in Burlington. $27-32.50. Info, 863-5966. flynntix.org
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self-fulfillment that could be called downright abhorrent. Like Goethe, whose Faust is full of satirical detours, Estrin almost seems to have become bored with his plot. But, unlike Goethe, he stretches the preamble to that plot — the rambling soliloquies of blowhard Faust before Mephisto pops up — to ungodly lengths. In Part one, each chapter is followed by an “Intercalarius” (“inserted calendar month,” in Latin) that veers off into a detailed etymology or a musical analysis or a series of emails between characters or an extended allusion. A few of these tangents advance the plot or deepen its implications, but far too many read like mini-essays on
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volume, the college’s program in film production, now under the leadership of GORDON GLOVER, is thriving. One of its students, a young cinematographer named NOAH PETRIE, was recently offered a “dream internship” at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. He’s raising money to fly to France — where he’ll attend master classes with filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino — at indiegogo.com. Petrie’s work was on display at the fest along with that of his peers, which ranged from documentary to fiction to abstract experimentalism. Images of Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Burlington and Tropical Storm Irene all showed up in the doc category. ALISON SEGAR offered a moving portrait of a Burlington woman dealing with Alzheimer’s, ABBY HALE, in “There’s No Hole in My Head.” In the narrative category, STEPHANIE COUTURE presented “Dear Victoria,” an ambitious short set in the 1940s and shot in architecturally imposing interiors in upstate New York. “The Bunker,” by GUY SABASHVILI, took viewers into the claustrophobic world of a sadistic psychological experiment. Other films made creative use of downtown Burlington locations, including “Strangers in the Night,” a ’50s sci-fi pastiche created for the 24-HOUR BURLINGTON FILM SLAM last fall. In the haunting “Asynchrony,” from ARON MEINHARDT, a young man drifts through the city spotting other lost souls who may or may not really be there. More than a few BC alums, such as Burlington-based NATHAN BEAMAN, have gone on to work on major film productions. We’ll keep an eye on these folks.
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subjects that interested Estrin. Some are brilliant and worthy of anthologizing; still, they slow the novel’s flow. Whenever we are jolted back to the main plot, we’re surprised to be reminded that George — the intellect behind most of these digressions — is about as mature as the American Reunion characters. When rejuvenated George snipes about the stupidity of the high schoolers he hopes to hook up with, he comes off not like a learned professor in a 17-yearold’s body but like a pompous college kid pulling rank on his peers because he can quote Nietzsche. Estrin is a master of words prone to postmodern digressiveness. But in his best works, such as Golem Song, he maintains focus and brings his conflicts to resolution. Gods feels more like a series of sketches than a finished novel. And that’s unfortunate, because, in an age when face transplants and other radical bodily transformations are within reach, this Faustian story is worth telling.
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Artist and Translator Collaborate on a Book About the Cruelest Loss B Y A M Y LI LLY
appears twice in the early poems of “Il Dolore.” But by the 11th, the poet is writing, “May something of this lacerating love / remain, past shards of darkness, / if out of hell I reach a quiet place.” “There is this great, dark affinity between Ungaretti and [Kannenstine’s]
work was like “the ship meeting the iceberg,” but it was a “serendipitous collision.” McGarrell, a professional translator since 1994, had translated “Il Dolore” in the early 1980s while living for 13 years in Italy. While visiting Kannenstine after David’s diagnosis, McGarrell took one
look at the painting Kannenstine was then working on — a nocturnal one, though the two women still can’t agree on which it was — and thought immediately of the Italian poet’s work. “Have you ever heard of Ungaretti?” she asked the painter. When McGarrell’s own child died
From Luminous Shade by Giuseppe Ungaretti, Margaret Lampe Kannenstine and Ann McGarrell, Harbor Mountain Press, unpaginated. $21. Available at harbormountainpress.org. Paintings by Kannenstine, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Through July.
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paintings,” notes McGarrell. The Italian poet’s son died of a botched appendectomy, she says, so Ungaretti and Kannenstine both endured a “long, painful farewell” to their sons. McGarrell says the coming together of the Italian poet and the Vermont artist’s
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suddenly, not long after — Flo had been born a girl but later chose to be a man — the idea of the book came to make perfect sense. Flo was born in Italy and had loved his mother’s translations of Ungaretti when he first heard them as a 9-year-old, she says. And, like Kannenstine, he was an artist, a sculptor who had moved to Haiti to direct a center for indigenous art in Jacmel, one of the country’s most artoriented towns. McGarrell recalls that, after the earthquake, she and her husband waited 10 days for news of Flo. A friend finally borrowed a satellite phone from a United Nations guard to relate that he had been killed almost instantly inside a collapsed hotel. McGarrell thinks of From Luminous Shade as “a pendant to [Flo’s] life.” “He was a very fertile mind, an innovative artist, excruciatingly honest,” she says, “and I thought I had to be as honest as he had been, facing that irreplaceable loss. The only thing I could do was bring some words to it.” After the project came out, however, she admits she “couldn’t bear to” look at it. Kannenstine, on the other hand, says that “doing this [book] has been very healing.” She helped coordinate an exhibit through BURLINGTON CITY ARTS’ Art Sales and Leasing program of the original paintings, along with framed letterpress broadsides of Ungaretti’s poems and McGarrell’s translations, at Fletcher Allen Health Care. On view through mid-July, the exhibit is located in the third-floor rotunda in the main corridor connecting the old and new wings. No informational plaque is included, but a price list is available at the information desk. Kannenstine says she has already sold three of her paintings and adds, “They’re for sharing!” Kannenstine says about her child’s death, “There’s nothing worse. The hole in your heart never leaves.” But with time, she adds, “you’re able to remember things that were fun, or funny, and laugh about them, and not burst into tears.”
ow does one cope with the death of one’s child? That is the question implicit in a small, limited-edition book of poems and paintings titled From Luminous Shade. The poems are movingly brief expressions of grief by Italian poet Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888-1970) on the loss of his 9-year-old son. In all other respects, this is a Vermont project. Newbury resident ANN MCGARRELL translated the poems, and small, full-color reproductions of 15 paintings by Woodstock artist MARGARET LAMPE KANNENSTINE are interspersed throughout. Brownsville publisher HARBOR MOUNTAIN PRESS, founded by a poet in 2006, left wide, contemplative blank margins around the poems and gave each painting its own page. Though Ungaretti wrote the book’s main, 14-poem sequence, “Il Dolore,” during World War II, his work speaks timelessly to McGarrell and Kannenstine. The two longtime friends dedicated their “volume of love and loss” to their own children: David Kannenstine, who died at age 47 in March 2009 of pancreatic cancer; and Flo McGarrell, who was 35 when he died in the Haiti earthquake in January 2010. Kannenstine painted the pictures in From Luminous Shade during her son’s painful, five-month decline and after his death. “A lot of people journal and write,” notes Kannenstine, 74, who has been painting since she earned her master’s in fine art at Washington University decades ago. “I realized my best way of journaling would be to do my painting.” In the book, the paintings, which use heavy brushstrokes to convey mood, are arranged roughly in the order in which Kannenstine created them. The dark, nocturnal landscapes and frozen, angular tree branches in the first half, she says, document “the process I went through as my son approached death.” But gradually, as the book progresses, the paintings become brighter and depict sunlit hillsides and flowering apple trees — a tribute to David, a jazz musician who also worked as a business representative for an upstate-New York apple orchard. Ungaretti’s poems take the same turn away from darkness — a direction McGarrell and Kannenstine’s book title is meant to reflect. The moving line “How can I bear the weight of so much night?”
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What’s the story behind that tower at Fort Ethan Allen? BY KEVI N J . K E L L E Y
Chittenden County’s most interesting, if no longer enigmatic, landmarks. Built in 1893 by the Kansas contracting firm of Ziegler & Dalton, the tower was the first of 100 structures to rise at the fort. An early-20th-century army ledger pinpoints the construction cost at $19,065.55. The tower tapers gracefully from a 21-foot-diameter base to a conical slate roof that used to be topped with a weathervane, which “just vanished,” Parkinson says. Walls ranging in thickness from four feet to 21 inches are faced with marble quarried in Proctor, documents reveal. There’s nothing precariously Pisa-like about this sturdy edifice, whose exterior remains remarkably unblemished after weathering 119 northern Vermont winters.
he handsome stone tower on the eastern edge of Fort Ethan Allen perplexes many motorists driving by on Route 15. It’s commonly — and mistakenly — assumed to be a military lookout, says William Parkinson, a board member of the Essex Community Historical Society. He notes that the structure is, after all, located on the grounds of a former military installation. Lance Richbourg, an artist who painted in a studio at the fort for many years, offers a more fanciful possibility. It’s where the Vermont version of Rapunzel let down her long hair, he suggests. But what is, or was, it really? The prosaic answer — it’s a water tower — won’t inspire romantic imaginings of Cavalry sentinels or fairy-tale witches and princes. But the 80-foot-tall structure does have an architectural and engineering history that makes it one of
The interior is another matter — or so I’m told. The public hasn’t been allowed to enter the tower for the past three years due to the unsafe condition of a circular wooden stairway that winds its way to an observation deck. Parkinson had led school groups to the top of the tower twice a year, but he no longer has a key to the latched wooden door. Pigeon poop has defiled the upper reaches of the interior, adds Essex town engineer Dennis Lutz. Still entirely intact, however, is a 50,000-gallon steel tank inside the tower, Lutz says. He likens its appearance to a rocket ship in the film adaptation of Jules Verne’s 1865 novel, From the Earth to the Moon. Because electricity did not come to the fort until 1905, steam engines were initially used to pump water into the tower’s tank from wells that had been dug nearby. The daily flow was calculated on the basis of what was needed to hydrate 8500 soldiers and 1800 horses. Much of the data about the tower come from the 1905 U.S. Army ledger that now resides in the special collections department of the Durick Library at St. Michael’s College. Standing in a building that originally served as the tower’s pump house, Parkinson displays a photocopy of the ledger that shows burn marks on the edges of some pages,
suggesting that the original document had been rescued from a fire at some point. He guides a visitor to historic photos of the tower mounted on one of the walls of what’s now the Fort Ethan Allen Museum. Parkinson serves as the enthusiastic curator of the museum’s extensive collection of memorabilia pertaining to the fort. But even longtime residents of the fort may be unaware of this museum, which stands inconspicuously in the shadow of the tower and across from a bottle-return processing center. It’s a scruffy scene of chain-link fences, metal-sided industrial buildings and a dirt parking area crowded with SUVs and a tractor trailer. The tower resembles a stately lighthouse surrounded by a sea of ugliness. Maybe one day, Lutz muses, the grounds will be beautified. Then the Fort Ethan Allen tower might be viewed as similar to a stone water tower in Sackets Harbor, N.Y., that was built around the same time. A photo Lutz found on the internet shows that slightly taller, but otherwise identical, tower standing on the manicured grounds of Madison Barracks, a former military installation on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario. Repairs to the interior of the Fort Ethan Allen tower are scheduled to get under way this summer. For $50,000, Lutz says, the stairway will be made safe for tours that he and Parkinson hope will resume next year. Visitors will again be able to enjoy what both men say is a spectacular view of the Winooski Valley and the Green Mountains. Then the tower could fairly be called a lookout, although any trace of Rapunzel’s golden locks may still be hard to see. Outraged, or merely curious, about something? Send your burning question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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extra 20 pounds adds less than 1 percent to the car’s overall mass. That doesn’t tell you the whole story, though. A 2009 paper by the environmental research group Resources for the Future suggests fat drivers tend to buy fat cars — that is, ones that are larger and less fuel efficient. The authors estimate that if overweight and obesity rates had stayed at 1980 levels — 20 percentage points lower than now — consumers in 2005 would have bought vehicles whose fuel economy on average was 1 MPG better than the ones they did.
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This is useful information. Rather than scolding people for buying SUVs because they’re bad for the environment, one might more effectively advance the argument that an SUV proclaims the owner is a blimp. Getting back to fuel mileage, another 2009 study found that a one-pound increase in the weight of the average car occupant drives up gasoline demand by 40 million gallons per year. To put that in perspective, the researchers calculated that Americans during the Bush II era used an extra 473 million gallons of gasoline each year compared to their predecessors during Bush I, 758 million more than the unhappy ex-hippies of Carter’s day, and
index 25, 4 percent obesity rate then; BMI 29, 40 percent obese now), the researchers calculated that a hypothetical population of 1 billion fat adults contributes to global warming as follows: • 270 million more metric tons of greenhouse gases stemming from extra food production needed for the 19 percent more calories we’d be eating overall. • 170 million tons of gases due to increased auto fuel consumption. • 2 million tons for extra plane fuel. These are low-end numbers. If one assumes obese people mostly live in developed countries using more energy per capita, obesity results in as much as 1 billion extra tons of greenhouse gases per billion population annually. This gives us the desired conclusion: Fat people, by their very existence, are imperiling the planet. There’s more. The animals and plants required to produce the additional food consumed by an overweight population also boost emissions — worldwide production of animal feed contributes 18 percent of GHG, more than all forms of transport. Larger people require larger clothes and, often, larger furniture, cars, homes and offices, and that means more GHG, too. Finally, a recent George Washington University study assessed the annual per-person cost of obesity as $4,879 for women and $2,646 for men, mostly due to higher medical costs and lost job opportunities. So listen to what science is telling you, America: Don’t be fat.
ood point, Scott. Considered individually, the cost of hauling Joe and Mary Chub from point A to point B is relatively small, and in fact could have a positive socioeconomic impact if airlines, for example, were to wise up and charge by weight. From a macro perspective, however, we need to realize Americans collectively are carrying an extra 4.6 billion pounds of fat, one more reason the lean, hungry nations of the world are gaining on us fast. Getting a handle on what fat drayage costs us is a bit of a project. According to a study sponsored by the Aluminum Association, a 20-percent reduction in a small car’s weight can result in a 10-percent increase in fuel economy. However, clearly what the aluminum people had in mind was making cars out of lighter materials (presumably aluminum), not getting the occupants to lose weight. A typical small vehicle weighs 2900 pounds, so a driver carrying an
1.1 billion more than the trim veterans of the Eisenhower epoch. Imposing as all that sounds, however, we’re only talking about 1 percent of gasoline consumed by U.S. autos. In search of more frightening statistics, we turn to a transportation mode where weight really matters — flying. The Centers for Disease Control put the average weight gain of American adults from the early 1990s to 2000 at 8.5 pounds for men and 11.4 pounds for women. Hurling that bulk through the skies meant burning an additional 350 million gallons of jet fuel costing more than a billion dollars annually. There are safety issues to consider as well. In the wake of a 2003 plane crash where a suspected factor was excess passenger weight, the FAA ordered airlines to assume an extra 10 pounds per occupant when estimating aircraft loads. All that having been said, 350 million gallons isn’t really that much extra fuel burned — roughly 1.3 percent. Let’s try greenhouse gas emissions. Yet another 2009 study considered how much extra energy is needed to sustain a fat populace versus a skinny one. Comparing typical average weight distribution in 1970 to now (body mass
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ON THE PUBLIC USES AND ABUSES OF EMOTION BY JUDITH LEVINE
Occupy’s Woman Problem police brutality and spending countless hours in jail — favors young white men: They are sturdy, childless and unlikely to receive the harsh treatment that their counterparts of color would receive. Soon an LGBTQ caucus convened. In response to the violence, a Safer Spaces working group committed itself to “mak[ing] Occupy Wall Street an antioppressive place for everyone including but not limited to: women, people of color, immigrants, elders, youth, and people who are queer, trans, gender nonconforming, differently abled, undocumented, houseless, and/ or those with less structural power and privilege.” The group set about using compassion to cool volatile situations, leaving the police out of it. The GA was pushed to institute “progressive stack,” a measure to ensure the underrepresented would
and sexuality are important; born into a “1 percent family,” she became a radical when she “turned up in the world queer.” Still, she suggested the central problem is economic inequality. And in spite of considerable egalitarian practice, Occupy has shown the same tendency as every other political movement — from the Russian Revolution to the Arab Spring — to view women’s freedom as an afterthought, even expendable. Occupy Austin, Texas, for instance, refuses to take a position on abortion because it is too “divisive.” And opposing capitalism isn’t? Women is in WOW’s name. It is organizing a feminist GA. But it is skittish about both words. The Declaration amendment was tabled because some felt it wasn’t inclusive of transpeople, whom the caucus also represents. Members of a planning meeting for the Feminist GA spent a long time de-
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bating whether to use “War on Women” in its publicity. Occupy has had the same struggle with the word feminism, in part because trans Occupiers feel marginalized by it. But to show you how convoluted the debates are, the working group Fem DA (Feminist Direct Action) is interested only in “destroying the gender binary” and wants nothing to do with “women’s issues.” I’m equally uncomfortable with the word “woman.” As New School gender studies professor Ann Snitow pointed out at a recent gathering of my feminist affinity group, our generation also felt suffocated by that label and the descriptors written on it. But we couldn’t peel it off — so we appropriated “woman” for our own uses: A woman could be a mechanic or doctor; a mother or not; a butch, a femme or neither. As for “feminist,” we plead not guilty to the trans people’s charge. In fact, it was feminism’s critique of the limits of gender that opened the door to the transgendered. If females of our generation felt stuck with “woman,” said Snitow, today’s young
get on the list to speak. A men’s group convened to practice, as one member put it, “checking our privilege.” A caucus called Women Occupying Wall Street, or WOW, is working for “the empowerment of female-assigned and/or female-identified individuals” and “collective action on the issues that affect women most.” WOW drafted an amendment to the Declaration: “They deny women socioeconomic and political equality and autonomy over their bodies, and they oppress women through commodification, sexual exploitation and violence, thereby denying women and girls the ability to reach their full potential.” Now WOW is organizing a feminist GA. Yet feminism — either as a broad politics against domination or as a promotion of women’s rights — remains at the margins of Occupy. Even self-identified feminists are debating the “principal contradiction.” At one Occupy-related panel, Rachel Schragis, creator of the wonderful flowchart of OWS’ Declaration, argued that gender
people feel they can create their own identities. Political meetings commonly start with everyone stating their preferred gender pronouns: “I’m Judith, and I prefer she.” Like the feminist redefinitions of woman, this self-invention helps free everyone. But the idea that each person makes him-, her- or “theirself,” which pervades Occupy, also pervades American political culture, and not always to the good: Radical individualism, ascendant since Gens X and Y were born, gives us everything from Ayn Rand to the antitax movement. What the belief in self-made identity leaves out, commented Rutgers University philosopher Drucilla Cornell at that affinity group meeting, is “identification” — how others perceive you. Of course, people who resist conventional gender are reminded daily of other people’s often hateful perceptions. So are people of color. “Trayvon Martin might have identified himself as a white girl for all we know,” said Cornell. “But the world saw him as a black teenage boy,” and therefore a menace. “Identification” killed Trayvon. The War on Women is an attack on women’s diverse identities by those who would strangle born-female bodies with an antiquated identification: woman as uterus-bearing, female-identified, babymaking human, legally married to and economically dependent on a sperm-emitting, male-identified human. The enemies of gender flexibility, in other words, have created an exclusive interest group called Women and set about punishing anyone who doesn’t meet its entry requirements, from the teenage girl getting an abortion to the single mother to the drag queen. Women must respond by defending their interests — reproductive rights, equal pay, income supports and child care — as a group. But, as WOW’s amendment concluded, “the issues that affect women affect all of society.” So, just as second-wavers redefined “woman,” this interest group can embrace all genders. Meanwhile, all genders need to recognize their mutual interests, strategically setting aside some individual differences. At the moment, Occupy recognizes everyone — the 99 percent — and each one. But if the 99 percent don’t fully integrate and stand up for the 51 percent, Occupy will win justice for no one.
omen are not an interest group,” President Obama said this month. What affects women affects families, the economy and American global competitiveness, he added. In other words, what hurts women hurts everyone. Women care about the economy, not silly stuff such as contraception, claimed Ann Romney, Mitt’s ambassador to the female half of humanity (or maybe to humanity). That is, women aren’t different from men. The War on Women is a “fiction” cooked up by the Democrats, said Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus — as real as a “war on caterpillars.” Are women an interest group? It’s an old question that bobs up again and again. To Marx, class was the “principal contradiction” — the clash that determined the course of history. The “Woman Question” was a side issue, which would evaporate after the revolution. In the ’60s, women, queers and people of color revisited the debate, insisting their contradictions were principal, too. In fact, some white male lefties still blame “identity politics” for splintering class solidarity and, with it, the Left. What matters most — class, race, gender? Something else? After 40 years, it seemed a consensus had been reached: all of the above, so tightly knotted together that they cannot be unraveled. But the question is up again. Occupy, the movement that brought back class struggle, doesn’t quite know what to do with women. Last fall, I wrote that Occupy Wall Street was feminist: Its horizontal structure, commitment to nonviolence and even its attention to the domestic — such as good food from the public kitchen — were legacies of the women’s movement. But it turns out life wasn’t so blissful for some residents of the concrete Peaceable Kingdom. Men were dominating the General Assembly. The lengthy and exhaustively debated Declaration of the Occupation of New York City managed to include only one grievance dealing with sex and gender: “They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.” Childcare was infrequent, or so casual as to be hazardous. Women and queers were being harassed and assaulted under the blue-tarp cover of night. Even Occupy’s main form of political action — nonviolent civil disobedience, which means, basically, submitting to
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he actors gather in a circle, like a sports team before a game. But rather than the adrenaline-fueled hoots — or prayers — of athletes, what emerges from this huddle is deep breathing, twitching, a shaking of limbs. With eyes closed, the Green Candle Theatre Company loosens up and inwardly slips into the alter egos of the evening, as producer/director/cowriter Aaron Masi leads what can only be called a guided meditation. Feel the floor beneath you. Let go of your day. Give yourselves permission to play. So begins a rehearsal for The Napoleon, Green Candle’s upcoming show at the Off Center for the Dramatic Arts in Burlington. With the spotlights off, the black-box theater is dim and feels almost chapel-like. That doesn’t last long. With a final, gentle prod from Masi — Let’s allow our characters to come alive — the nine actors break apart like determined atoms. The exercise has effected a palpable shift to an alternate universe. Assuming their respective roles, the actors proceed to work through scenes from this zany takeoff on the life of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. With opening night still weeks away, pretty much every aspect of the play is still being shaped. (Except the tagline: “It’s all about the little guy.”) There is much experimentation and improvisation. There are flubbed lines and moves; suggestions from Masi, lead writer John Oliver and
Theatergoers who attend VSC’s current production of As You Like It will hear Jaques intone the famous line, “All the world’s a stage.” It introduces Shakespeare’s discourse on the “seven
Setting the Stage stage manager Allison Brown. And there is room for silliness: Masi, tall and hirsute, carries around a hand puppet that also has thick black hair and a preposterous mustache. Though it resembles a cross between Stalin and Groucho Marx, the puppet mutters, courtesy of Masi, with a bad French accent. From this rehearsal, an observer might not gather what an ambitious work The Napoleon is — in its originality, in its collaborative genesis and in its planned run of an unprecedented six weeks. Nor is it obvious that something larger is at play, and not just Nappy’s egomaniacal empire. In the broader context of Burlington’s theatrical community, this work could be seen as one of the forces building toward a tipping point, an evolutionary leap. With apologies to filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, let’s call it a theater scene on the edge of a nervous breakthrough.
All these new troupes join Green Candle, which is coming up on its 20th year; 11-year-old Spielpalast Cabaret (yes, that scantily clad ensemble has become an institution); 18-year-old Vermont Stage Company; and stalwarts Lyric Theatre and the Saint Michael’s Playhouse. There are individual playwrights, too, such as Jarvis, James Lantz (The Bus) and Maura Campbell (Flower Duet, among others), who may work with a company or independently assemble actors and crew to stage their plays. And, though they aren’t local, the Broadway musicals and other touring productions brought in by the Flynn Center and University of Vermont Lane Series contribute to the glitzier end of the theatrical spectrum. Not to be discounted, the University of Vermont and St. Michael’s College both have theater majors and active performing seasons. Champlain College, though it lacks a theater department per se, stages occasional works featuring both students and community actors. Undeniably, Jarvis says, “There is a lot of activity.”
Burlington actor, director and playwright Seth Jarvis has been involved “in one way or another” with about 30 plays over the last decade, he says — some with established troupes, some with “companies” that lasted for only one show. His most recent work was Icon, an intense one-man piece that Jarvis wrote based on the life of movie star Montgomery Clift. His brother, Nathan Jarvis, starred; local theater vet Chris Caswell directed. Its run at the Off Center earned praise from audiences and critics alike. Since his first show in 2002, Seth Jarvis observes, local theater has grown, well, dramatically. His own role in that development is not insignificant. “Burlington is a town with a lot of theater, but it is not yet a ‘theater town,’” Jarvis says. “It has the potential to become one.” Just what is a theater town? “One that
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supports a lot of endeavors — everything from classics to big musicals to original work,” he suggests. The endeavors, at least, are already there. Witness the growing number of small theater companies, most of which have organized into nonprofits (a necessary step toward fundraising and applying for grants). The last few years have brought a bumper crop: the Saints & Poets Production Company, which employs puppets along with humans; Small Potatoes Theater Company; the North Hero-based Vermont Shakespeare Company, which is debuting its Bardin-the-park production in Burlington this summer; Steel Cut Theatre; and the laff-riot crew Potato Sack Pants Theater. Moxie Productions is based in Waterbury, but director Monica Callan is a familiar player in Burlington. And then there is the swelling cast of characters engaged in local standup and improv comedy.
ages of man.” But of course the statement isn’t literally true. And, without adequate venues for rehearsal and performance, no town can foment a theater scene. Luckily for Burlington thespians, more spaces are cropping up. Small companies would be hard-pressed to rent the Flynn MainStage (more than $3000 per weekend, plus tech and service fees) or even the smaller FlynnSpace ($425 per day for nonprofits) — home of Vermont Stage. At Burlington City Hall Auditorium, it takes a sure-to-sell-out show such as Spielpalast to cover the expenses ($20 per hour plus other fees). That’s why the advent of the low-cost ($150 per day/$700 per week), 60-seat Off Center was “a huge blessing,” says Jarvis, when it opened in June 2010. After downtown club 135 Pearl closed in 2006, “there were a few years when there was no real space to do low-cost work,” he notes. Jarvis and Shawn Lipenski produced a stage rendering of The Breakfast Club at
Higher Ground in 2005, but the South Burlington nightclub is built for bands, not thespians. The four founders of Off Center — actors Paul Schnabel, John Alexander and Genevra MacPhail, and playwright/actor/ musician Steve Goldberg — perform there themselves in Goldberg’s works and others. For its grand opening, Off Center put together a Switch On Festival featuring 16 groups and individuals who are natural denizens of the venue. For its first anniversary last year, the founders produced what they auspiciously called the First Annual Burlington Fringe Festival. In 18 months, Off Center hosted more than 30 productions. Also new in the past few years is the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, which offers a sort-of black-box theater with stadium seating for 135. Its theatrical offerings are still irregular.
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“Right now we have the [Vermont] Commons School performing West Side Story,” reports venue director Mariah Riggs, who notes that MSL rents to a lot of school groups as well as business conferences, and is considering copresenting music with the nearby Skinny Pancake restaurant. Since its debut in 2010 with Rocky Horror (Puppet) Show, Saints & Poets has used MSL for its twice-yearly productions. Next up, in May, is Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. (Coproducer Jess Wilson stresses that, though family-friendly, this is not the musical version.) While it is designed to be affordable, at $300 per show night, MSL is still J E NA NECRASO prohibitively costly for small companies, some of which have sought out alternative venues that have no stages at all. Frances Binder and James Moore of Steel Cut Theatre, for instance, have performed at Burlington Dances in the Chace Mill, and just concluded a run of David Mamet’s two-person Oleanna at the Flynn Center’s Hoehl Studio Lab ($25 per day for nonprofits). North End Studio B, located in the SETTING THE STAGE
BURLINGTON THEATER GROUPS CHAMPLAIN THEATRE: No theater major or department, but students perform throughout the school year with professionals and community actors. Six productions this past year, directed by Joanne Farrell. Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College. Last show: Humble Boy. champlain.edu/champlain-theatre GREEN CANDLE THEATRE COMPANY: Since 1989. A nonprofit dedicated to creation of original theater and sustainability of creative economy. President/cofounder Aaron Masi. Next production: The Napoleon, May 5 to June 9 at the Off Center for the Dramatic Arts in Burlington. greencandletheatre.com LYRIC THEATRE COMPANY: Since 1973. The nonprofit is one of the largest amateur companies in the U.S. Executive director Syndi Zook. Produces a fall and spring show each year. Just finished run of Titanic: The Musical. Next production: Rent, November 8-11 at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington. lyrictheatrevt.org MOXIE PRODUCTIONS: Since 2001. A nonprofit dedicated to challenging and community-building theater; also presents an annual Vermont Contemporary Playwrights Forum award. Artistic producing director Monica Callan. Next production in Burlington: The Little Foxes, October 17 to November 3 at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. Website under construction; email@example.com, 244-4168 SAINT MICHAEL’S COLLEGE THEATRE DEPARTMENT: Presents two big shows per school year, open to the public, and also performs in regional and national festivals. Spring 2012 production was an original work titled APP-etite. smcvt.edu/academics/ theatre SAINT MICHAEL’S PLAYHOUSE: Since 1947. The regional summer theater produces classic and contemporary comedies, musicals and mysteries featuring Equity actors from Broadway and beyond. Producing artistic director Chuck Tobin. Next production: 2012 season starts with Nunsense, June 19-30, at the McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, in Colchester. academics.smcvt.edu/playhouse SAINTS & POETS PRODUCTION COMPANY: Since 2010. Founded by Kevin Christopher and Jess Wilson, a nonprofit theatrical organization whose mission is to promote puppetry arts through a variety of media. Next production: Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up, May 11-20 at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington. saintsandpoetsproductions.org SMALL POTATOES THEATER COMPANY: Since 2011. A nonprofit founded and codirected by Pamela Formica and Emer Pond Feeney “for the purpose of creating unassuming text- and actor-driven theater in Burlington.” Most recent production: Aunt Dan and Lemon. firstname.lastname@example.org, 922-4996
STEEL CUT THEATRE: Since 2011. Founded by Frances Binder and James Moore to create “theater that sticks to your ribs.” Just finished a run of Oleanna. steelcuttheatre.com
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VERY MERRY THEATRE: Since 2002. A nonprofit traveling children’s theater company for ages 6 to 18, focusing on classic drama and literature. Theater camps at the VMT home in the Old North End. Next production: Mulan, Jr., May 10-12, at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington. verymerrytheatre.org
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VERMONT STAGE COMPANY: Since 1995. Nonprofit Equity company producing both classics and newer, original works featuring local and regional actors. Producing artistic director Cristina Alicea. Now presenting As You Like It through May 6 at the FlynnSpace. vtstage.org
VERMONT SHAKESPEARE COMPANY: Since 2008 at Knight Point State Park in the Champlain Islands; 2012 marks debut in Burlington, at Oakledge Park. The nonprofit’s mission is to present “wildly innovative professional productions of classical plays” and “connect the beauty of our natural world to the magic of live theater.” Founders: Jena Necrason and John Nagle. Next production: The Tempest, August 10-12 at Knight Point State Park; August 17-19 at Oakledge Park. vermontshakespeare.org
UVM THEATRE DEPARTMENT: Presents a full schedule of shows during the school year, open to the public. Just finished its Spring Festival of Plays. Next production begins in the fall with How I Learned to Drive. uvmtheatre.org
SPIELPALAST CABARET: Since 2001. Founded by Lois Trombley and Terry McCants, a nonprofit that produces an original cabaret experience with local actors, dancers, musicians and crew. Next production: May 11-26 at Burlington City Hall Auditorium; two “scandalous” shows on May 13 and 19. spielpalastcabaret.org
same building as the Off Center and owned by Ben Bergstein and April Werner, has also been used for theatrical productions; their new Studio A is likewise designed for performance, though it’s yet to host a production. With a growing number of both players and places, is Burlington on the cusp of becoming a theater town? “I’d like to think so,” says Jarvis. “There are reasons to believe the town can sustain an interest.” So what’s missing?
Emer Pond Feeney in Aunt Dan and Lemon
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The recent burgeoning of theater in Burlington may come as a surprise to many locals. If you’re one of them, you’re part of the problem — and the potential — for the theater community. The work is out there to be experienced, but, as Jarvis’ comment implies, the audience is an equally important part of the equation. How does a theater company build an audience? Not just bodies in chairs expecting to be entertained, but loyal, informed supporters of live performance? It goes without saying that sheer quantity is a good thing. “The more [growth] happens, the more the audience grows,” suggests Jarvis. “And the more shows you see, the better your appreciation becomes, the more critical your eye.” “It’s a combination of theatrical talent and feeling the pulse of the public,” suggests John Alexander. “That is, choosing
material that will be appealing to a broader part of the populace.” It’s an interesting comment, given the often-edgy works performed at the Off Center. But whatever you put on, Alexander says, make it as good as possible. Quality is paramount, agrees VSC’s Cristina Alicea, whose current As You Like It is an adaptation with seven performers each playing multiple roles. “If you’re going to do an adaptation,” she says, “you have to do it really, really well.” A fairly regular Vermont Stage subscriber base has come to expect — and generally receives — high-quality work from this professional company. Other actors and directors believe they need to present works that are daring or challenging, or at least new and surprising. The Napoleon may meet all those criteria — though Spielpalast Cabaret its ample humor is likely to offset any challenges couple — who moved from Portland, the play’s unconventional structure presents to audiences. Masi says Ore., to Burlington last year to launch he started working on the play a year ago, their company — invite the public into after joking around with artist/actor Alex their process with an online journal, Dostie, who said he had always wanted open rehearsals and Q&A sessions at the to play the emperor. “I said I would write end of their shows, during which they him a Napoleon play, but it would have encourage audience members to discuss to be a comedy,” Masi says. “But early on, the work and its ideas. Moore recalls a man at one such we established that it’s not really about Napoleon.” Indeed, surprises await the- session who said he had been utterly offended by some of the language in the atergoers at this one. Also in the new-and-different play and didn’t care to see that writer’s category is another original work again. But, the audience member work from Seth Jarvis. This added, he’d come back to see Steel Cut fall, he and Saints & Poets because he thought they did a good job. will present his first-ever Moore says he appreciated that level of musical, The Moreau Horrors, intelligent observation; the man could based on H.G. Wells’ 1896 sci-fi distinguish the players from the play. Alicea, who arrived in Vermont to take novel The Island of Dr. Moreau. Moreau “The animal-human hybrid the reins at VSC this past year, has also just screamed ‘puppets,’” been using digital media to entice subscribers into the artistic process. In regular Jarvis quips. Steel Cut Theatre’s e-newsletters, she shares details from remotto is “theater that sticks to hearsals, hints of things to come and offers your ribs” — the implication extras such as video previews. Like Moore and Binder, Jena Necrason being that the company and John Nagle are a couple who moved gives audiences something to chew on. “We to Vermont (from New York) to do thedon’t like theater when ater. Though their Vermont Shakespeare you go and have a fun time Company offers a very different experiand never think about it ence from many small companies — outagain,” explains Moore. door productions of the Bard — they also Chimes in Binder, “We foster audience participation. It’s “super like the potential that the- important,” says Necrason, “to invite the ater has to frame issues in audience into the process somehow. That a new way, and to bring up helps them to become critical viewers, to see how a work is created. They become new questions.” Toward that end, the part of the dialogue. Social media is a huge
part of it now,” Necrason adds, “but it’s important to reach out personally as well.” Each of the company’s four seasons in Vermont has seen “a big jump in growth,” says Nagle. “A lot of it has to do with the fact that we’re creating a regular theatrical festival, so to speak.” Indeed, his and Necrason’s goal is to establish a statewide, multivenue Shakespeare festival.” Nagle believes “the more the merrier” is key to building a thriving theater scene in Vermont. While it may boost morale, a “bring it, do it well and they will come” attitude is not enough to get ticket buyers in the door. Whether business minded or not, creative types will have to suck it up, learn how to create budgets and market the hell out of their productions, suggests Alexander. “If you don’t allocate part of your budget to marketing, what’s the point?” he says. “No one will come.” That poses an advertising “conundrum,” as Alexander puts it: “At the Off Center, we barely have enough money to pay the bills, much less buy ads. But you have to.” The business of theater is part of the “infrastructure” that Jarvis says Burlington’s scene needs in order to mature. “When people say they ‘want to do theater,’ they want to perform, direct, maybe design,” he points out. “Nobody is saying, ‘I want to run the board and fundraise.’” But these are crucial activities that will help small theater companies develop subscriber bases and regular programming that audiences can count on. It’s hard, after all, to become a loyal patron when you don’t know when, what or where a company’s next show will be. At Green Candle, Masi has another arrow in his promo quiver: bringing theater to people where they are. “We’re going to do a rehearsal in my mom’s church,” he says. “My brother works at Pillsbury Manor. We’re actively trying to go beyond the traditional audiences, knowing that [they] might come to see other Green Candle shows.” Another imperative: People who do theater need to go to theater, says Off Center’s Alexander, who contrasts theater’s status quo with the relatively tighter music and visual-art scenes in Burlington. And he takes a hard line: “It surprises me that local theater people can’t go support each COURTESY OF SPIELPALAST CABARET
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other’s shows,” he says, then adds witheringly, “You can’t carve out one night to go?” Necrason and Nagle are making an effort to do just that — they took in another Shakespeare offering in Burlington this week, VSC’s As You Like It. “We’re talking about how to cross-promote in creative ways,” Necrason says. That’s based on a conclusion Nagle drew after he attended the statewide VATTA (Vermont Association of Theatre and Theatre Artists) Titanic auditions in March, she says: “He felt there needed to be more cross-promotion across companies.” For example, Necrason says, “My company promotes what’s happening at Vermont Stage. If you’re all working together for a common goal,” she muses, “I think that’s where a theater community really comes together.”
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Burlington thespians all say making theater is a labor of love; for most, it entails juggling production schedules with day jobs, families and the rest of life. Few are making any money at it. As Jess Wilson of Saints & Poets puts it, “Our goal is to at least break even. If we have a little left over, that’s great; you put it toward the next production.” She reveals that producing 2010’s Rocky Horror (Puppet) Show cost upward of $10,000. And they didn’t even have to pay the puppets. In other words, theater is a time-consuming financial gamble, not to mention an emotional risk. Sometimes, the audiences aren’t there. Or they don’t “get it.” Yet Aaron Masi still aspires to create a full-time, professional theater organization. Necrason and Nagle want to build
When people say they “want to do theater,” they want to perform, direct, maybe design. Nobody is saying, “I want to run the board and fundraise.”
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Canoeing to Canada with the “Lost Boys” of Camp Keewaydin BY PAUL H E INTZ
Crew members take a break on the Ottawa River
rom a waterfront park in the Ontario town of Hawkesbury, the armada sets off at noon under low gray clouds, steering west up the Ottawa River. Paddling under the half-mile concrete span of the Long-Sault bridge, which connects Ontario to Québec, are 10 young men steering five wood-canvas canoes. They ride high through the chop stirred up by a strong tailwind, powering upriver against a barely perceptible current. It’s not long before the singing begins. Someone starts to whistle a melody quickly recognizable as “Big Rock Candy Mountain.” A few voices chime in. Over the wind and swells, I catch a line or two about the lemonade springs where the bluebird sings. The 10 men bring to mind the voyageurs who, centuries ago, sang while paddling northwest on these waters in search of beaver pelts proffered by Indian trappers. In reality, they’re a gaggle of grown-up summer campers recapturing the freedom of adolescence and its attendant adventure. This is Expedition 2012: a 70-day, 1200-mile canoe trip from Vermont’s Lake Dunmore to the shores of James Bay in northern Ontario. Its crew consists of 10 staff members of Keewaydin Dunmore, a 102-year-old boys’ camp
known for its epic canoe trips into the Canadian interior. Many of the men, all counselors between the ages of 21 and 27, have spent every summer at Keewaydin since they were young campers. After three years of planning, the group of old friends set off from Lake Dunmore on Easter Sunday, expecting to return in June for another year at camp. “At this point, camp is like home to a lot of us,” says Bill Souser, a doctoral student in history at Penn State University who has attended Keewaydin for 15 years, as a camper and counselor. “It’s a very familiar, comfortable place where you grew up living and learning and playing and growing.” When I join them in Hawkesbury on a 40-something-degree, rainy Friday in April, the crew has already logged more than 200 miles in 13 days. From Dunmore, they followed Otter Creek to Lake Champlain, paddling north along its western shore, past a remote border crossing and on to the Richelieu. Walking their boats down shallow canals and portaging their gear miles overland, they reached the St. Lawrence Seaway at Montréal, where their green, 17-foot canoes were dwarfed — and nearly swamped — by
cargo ships. Turning west, they followed Samuel de Champlain’s 1615 route up the Ottawa, which will take them to Lake Temiskaming and, eventually, through a series of rivers and lakes to James Bay. Along the way, the men have garnered quizzical glances and raised eyebrows. Recounting the reaction of more than a few Québecois, they affect their best French Canadian accents, and say, “Bay James? Mon Dieu!” Here on the Ottawa, ours are the only crafts on the water. We are not in the wilderness, but we are all alone. To our port side is Ontario and to our starboard is Québec. Both shores are lined with a smattering of suburban-style houses, mobile homes and the occasional gaudy mansion. Highways and high-tension wires run parallel to the river, which, of course, was itself once a highway. My friend Hannah — whom I’ve talked into joining me for my three days on the Ottawa — and I paddle hard, but we struggle at times to keep up with the guys. Our rented yellow plastic canoe lacks the freeboard of their high-gunwaled boats, causing us to take on frigid water as the swells splash over our bow. Wearing matching blue jackets emblazoned with an Expedition 2012
logo, our comrades pass the time on the water bantering about pop culture, telling old Keewaydin stories and, most of all, it seems, singing. By the time we make landfall two hours later to scout for a campsite, I have heard renditions of “Big Rock Candy Mountain,” “My Country ’Tis of Thee” and the Bucknell University alma mater. Song is a big part of this expedition. Tom Bloch, a crew member who graduated from Bates College last year and worked briefly for a Washington, D.C., law firm, explains that many of the songs sung at Keewaydin describe canoeing journeys of the past. “We always sing about these epic trips,” he tells me after we’ve set up camp not far from a highway on the Québec side of the river. “With this trip, we’re trying to show campers it’s still possible.” Indeed, the paddlers intend to follow the route of a storied Keewaydin journey chronicled in a song called “The Trip In,” which describes a trek to Lake Temagami, where another Keewaydin camp is located. All five boats — Sylvan Bliss and Lord of the Forest among them — are named for lyrics in camp songs. Expedition 2012 “sort of pulls the songs from the pages for these kids,” says Pete Wright, a math teacher whose
morning. Despite the early wake-up, it takes nearly two hours for them to organize themselves and hit the water. We still aren’t in the wilderness — that won’t come for another couple of weeks — but the further from Hawkesbury we travel, the more fields and silos appear, broken up by small villages with stone churches. The river, once nearly two miles wide, narrows as we pass one of three car ferries that link the two provinces between Hawkesbury and Ottawa, which are approximately 70 miles apart. We eat lunch on a peninsula just past the Québec town of Montebello. The cold rain has left me shivering and uncoordinated, so after a quick bowl of coffee and some gorp, Hannah and I shove off while the boys continue munching on the second course of their midday meal. On a day like this, you have to paddle hard to keep yourself from freezing. Despite our head start, five boats soon overtake us. It occurs to me that, in addition to their muscles, the guys are fueled by the adrenaline of finally being on the journey they spent three years planning.
he idea was hatched in 2009 when Johnny Clore, Jeff Chandler and Souser spent a day off from camp hiking in the Adirondacks. Frustrated that they never spent time with one another outside of camp, they talked about organizing a four-day, counselors-only trip at the end of the summer. Within half an hour, the plan had grown far more elaborate. “By the time we stopped formulating this idea, it had become an expedition all the way from Vermont to James Bay where we built our own canoes,” Souser says. As the crew expanded from six to 10, so did their ambitions: They received the backing of the camp and, in return, turned the expedition into a fundraising mission. To date, they have raised more than $200,000 for camp scholarships — much of it from two $75,000 gifts. They secured sponsorships from gear manufacturers, built the canoes with a master craftsman, and talked fellow counselor and film student Kyle Sauer into graduating a semester early so he could serve
as trip videographer. After quitting their jobs and explaining themselves to anxious parents and girlfriends, they set off on their journey. Ahead of us now, the day’s designated navigators investigate a spongy, swampy campsite in national parkland on the Québec side of the river. After we beach our boats and set up our tents, a ranger drives up a road we had not noticed and tells us in broken English that we cannot camp here. Defeated, we take to the canoes and paddle into a driving rain. The wind picks up as we cross a vast stretch of open water. With 21 miles already behind us that day, we now paddle three more — though it feels like 10. Finally, our navigators settle on a horseshoe-shaped island just outside the nature preserve, and we set up camp again. In our boat, Hannah and I had debated whether the boys would have the pep and spunk to set up a campfire in the rain, bake bread and sing. Sure Dude North
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grandparents met on Lake Dunmore and who has spent 15 summers at Keewaydin. The crew sets up camp with impressive efficiency. Each has a designated role for the day as delineated by a complex spreadsheet hammered out in advance. The arrangement assures that no one is paired with the same partner in any of the five rotating tasks: Two are assigned to build and tend a fire; two bake bread and dessert; two serve as leaders and navigators; two “roamers” help out where help is needed. The least desirable of the roles is “walloping,” which is Keewaydin jargon for doing the dishes. Time-honored tradition has it that one is to giggle while one wallops. To Hannah, all this talk of summer camp is utterly foreign. She shoots me a look when the guys wax nostalgic about summers past or launch into song. Having grown up in Vermont hiking and paddling with her family, she finds it odd the way these flatlanders come north from New York and Boston to wallop in the woods in organized groups of boys before heading back to their prep schools and liberal arts colleges. Me, I’m conflicted. I myself spent eight summers at a different boys’ camp on the other side of Vermont from Lake Dunmore. Some of my fondest early memories are of canoe trips to the Rangeley Lakes and the Adirondacks — not walloping, but certainly singing camp songs. Nevertheless, I stopped working as a summer camp counselor nearly a decade ago, and I can’t help but wonder when — or if — these guys ever will. “Keewaydin inspires lifelong loyalties in a lot of people,” Souser tells me later. “So it’s not weird to be sitting here at 25 or 26 saying, ‘What am I doing still at summer camp?’ when there are people who have families that come up every year for summer camp who have been doing this for 30 or 40 years themselves.” Try as I might, I cannot help but think of these 10 men — most only a couple years younger than myself — as the Lost Boys paddling north without their Peter Pan. It’s raining when, at 5:15 on Saturday morning, the call comes out that a breakfast of pancakes and bacon is ready. In matching blue-and-white Expedition 2012 rainsuits, the boys around the fire are oddly chipper for such a miserable
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enough, they do. Gathered around a crackling fire as the sun sets upriver, the crew shovels down heaping bowls of Cajun chili. When I ask how they chose the names of their boats, they explain the lyrical origins of each. And then they burst into song. “Oh, the ocean waves may roll, may roll! And the stormy winds may blow, may blow!” they sing. “While we poor sailors go skipping to the top, and the land lubbers lie down below, below, below! And the land lubbers lie down below!” Hannah and I exchange looks, but the boys don’t seem a bit self-conscious. If there’s something wrong with a
Expedition 2012 crew members at a Québec campsite
If there’s something wrong with a bunch of twentysomething men singing camp songs around a fire,
nobody seems to have told them.
bunch of twentysomething men singing camp songs around a fire, nobody seems to have told them. I ask them about their canoes, of which I have become tremendously jealous. Clore, who has said little since our arrival, speaks up. He worked closely with Schuyler Thomson, a master craftsman from Connecticut — himself a Keewaydin alum — to design the boats. “They’re based on a Chestnut Canoe Company Prospector model,” Clore says. “A model that was famed in the days when the wood canvas canoe was the way you got around in the Maine woods and the Canadian woods.” Clore — a Princeton graduate who earned a master’s in education last year from Harvard — speaks admiringly of their deep hulls, their ability to withstand waves and cut a straight line through water when fully loaded. Built with white cedar ribs, red cedar planking and covered with epoxied canvas, the canoes are tough, but occasionally require patching. Clore’s reverence for these five canoes brings to mind that of Henri
Vaillancourt, the famed New Hampshire canoe builder John McPhee profiles in his classic, The Survival of the Bark Canoe. Knowing that McPhee, too, is a Keewaydin alum — they seem to be everywhere — I ask the crew if they’ve read the book. Most nod their heads and Clore speaks up again. “Obviously he talks about the building of boats and the repairing of boats and all that,” Clore says. “But I think my favorite part of that book is where he discusses traveling by canoe.” Then he quotes almost verbatim one of my favorite John McPhee lines: “Travel by canoe is not a necessity, and it will nevermore be the most efficient way to get from one region to another, or even from one lake to another — anywhere. A canoe trip has become simply a rite of oneness with certain terrain, a diversion of the field, an act performed not because it is necessary, but because there is value in the act itself…” Clore pauses and then continues. “That’s sort of the way I feel about canoe tripping,” he says. “You can
obviously get to James Bay much more quickly than we are right now, but it’s sort of slowing down to the pace of the landscape is what we’re doing in a lot of ways.” By now the rain has ceased. The fire is dying and the boys drift off to their tents. I retire to my own and am settling into my sleeping bag when I hear someone call out, “Do you say ‘kitty-corner’ or ‘catty-corner’?” “Kitty!” someone else shouts. “Catty!” calls another. “Diagonal!” says a third. In the morning, a few solitary snowflakes fall on our campsite, melting before they hit the ground. Whoever was in charge of the wake-up call has let us sleep in an extra hour today, but it’s still early — and cold. We eat breakfast, pack up the canoes and, of course, sing. “Oh, the year was 1778,” Souser calls out. “I wish I was in Sherbrooke now,” the boys respond in song. “A letter of marque came from the king to the scummiest vessel I’ve ever seen,” Souser sings.
“Goddamn them all!” the boys sing. “I was told we’d cruise the seas for American gold…” And so on. As we take to the water, I can see a small patch of clear sky in the distance — the first since we joined the crew two days before. On our starboard side, plumes of smoke emanate from the nearby Fortress Paper mill in Thurso, Québec. Hannah and I are due back in Burlington, so we bid the boys adieu when we reach Thurso. As we paddle toward a ferry dock, they chant something about Keewaydin; perhaps it’s their farewell call. The five canoes paddle swiftly out of sight. They are headed west and then north to James Bay — or to Neverland. Whichever comes first. As I walk through town in search of a hitch back to my car in Hawkesbury, I find myself humming, “Big Rock Candy Mountain.” Perhaps the day will come when these guys quit paddling against the current and giggling while they wallop. But I hope not. m
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From freelancers to big companies, Vermont businesses are thinking outside the cubicle
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eth Rusnock remembers a time in the not-too-distant past when workers at National Life Group in Montpelier could gauge employees’ status within the company based on the location of their desk, the number of ceiling panels above their cubicle and whether their garbage can was made of steel, wood or plastic. But in the last year, the vice president for corporate marketing and communication says, such “entitlements” have disappeared entirely, gone the way of other 20th-century relics such as the rotary phone and electric typewriter. Today, National Life allocates workspace to its employees based on the requirements of their job, not on their title or longevity with the company. In fact, the majority of National Life’s 900 employees who work in the big office building overlooking Montpelier don’t even have permanent offices or desks anymore. Instead, they take whatever workstation is available when they arrive each morning and log onto
a server that houses all their work files, creating, in effect, a paperless workplace. Employees keep their personal items in carts they can roll from one workspace to another, from small study areas to medium-size conference rooms to large, informal communal spaces that offer stunning, panoramic views of the Green Mountains. In fact, most National Life employees don’t even work their entire week in the building at all. They’re now expected to spend 20 percent of their time offsite in a location of their own choosing, be it at home, a coffee shop or picnic table in a park. These, and other changes, are all part of National Life’s $2.5 million modernization project of its corporate headquarters, which is nearing completion; since July 2011, the company has renovated almost 100,000 square feet of office space. The project is the brainchild of CEO Mehran Assadi,
whose goal has been to rebrand both the physical and cultural landscape of Vermont’s largest financial-services company. The changes afoot at National Life reflect a larger trend, in Vermont and elsewhere, that’s reshaping the 21st-century workplace. In an age when more and more workers do their jobs from remote and often multiple locations, businesses as big as National Life — which reported $1.5 billion in revenue last year — to those as small as the freelance writer or self-employed software developer, are creating innovative solutions to better accommodate their particular work habits, schedules and philosophies. That’s certainly the case at National Life, which has transformed its workplace to reflect its efforts to project transparency, openness and youthful vitality. “I think there’s been a misperception over the years of National Life Group
as ‘your grandfather’s life insurance company,’” Rusnock explains. “In recent years, we’ve been really innovative with our financial services, but our space didn’t reflect that at all. It was pretty old and tired.” Indeed. A recent tour of National Life’s headquarters reveals just how much has changed in a year. I’m greeted in the second-floor lobby by Rusnock and Tim Shea, National Life’s vice president for facilities, purchasing and contracting. Shea, who’s overseen much of the building’s internal transformation, is there to explain “how the furniture can help people think differently about the way they work.” We’re joined by Stephen Frey, architect and owner of Arocordis Design. Frey was hired by National Life to recreate its workplace to, as he puts it, “better reflect the values of the company in three-dimensional form.” To understand how dramatic the change has been, we enter one of the last remaining sections of the building not
A newly designed work space at National Life in Montpelier
and 20 percent meeting areas; today, National Life’s offices are about 40 percent workstations and 60 percent communal areas for meetings, group projects, teleconferences and brainstorming sessions. “It’s kind of exciting because people are more energized at their work areas. They’re not all alone in a room anymore,” Frey adds. “Literally lowering the walls and opening up the floor helps people move to a more collaborative space.”
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ollaborative space is a buzzword also heard at Office Squared, a “professional coworking space” at 106 Main Street in downtown Burlington. Office Squared — O2 for short — provides freelancers, independent businesspeople and telecommuters with an affordable, centrally located spot where they can set up shop, hold business meetings, do presentations and work on projects anytime, day or night. O2 was founded in November 2009 by Jen Mincar, an IT/web project consultant from Richmond. Several years ago, Mincar had two meetings in Burlington — one in the morning, another in the afternoon. Between meetings, she needed a place to hunker down for a few hours and get some work done. She stopped at a local coffee shop but couldn’t find a table. So she sat outside in her car — in frigid, mid-February weather — to access the coffee shop’s free Wi-Fi. “I thought, this is ridiculous. I’m a professional!” Mincar recalls. “I’ve got to find another way.” Mincar briefly considered renting an office downtown but realized she only needed something part time and didn’t want to pay for one alone.
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Spaces to Roam « p.39 So she came up with the idea of a coworking space, and soon found other freelancers and remote workers like herself who were more “nomadic” in their work habits, carrying their offices with them. Today, O2 has 32 “members” at two locations — the second is at 77 College Street — who pay based on how much space they occupy and how much time they need, anywhere from $5 for a single drop-in to $300 for 24/7 access. Individual offices are available for as much as six months at a time; conference rooms can be rented, too. All O2 members have access to high-speed internet, as well as a fax machine, printer,
weekly from 10 a.m. till noon, it’s an opportunity for professionals from vastly different backgrounds — filmmakers, web developers, attorneys, social-media gurus — to meet, network and talk shop. Among them is Mary Catherine Jones, a commercial voice-over expert from Shelburne who started her O2 membership two weeks ago. Jones’ “lite” membership allows her up to four days per month at O2, just enough time to finish projects such as mailings, bookkeeping, research and “other work that requires sustained attention. “I just thought it would be an interesting way to get out of my home office into a different space,” Jones explains. “It’s not terribly expensive at all, and I get more work done in longer chunks of time.” JEb WAllAcE-bRodEUR
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kitchen, coffee machine and water cooler. “What I found over the years is, it’s really all about flexibility and options,” Mincar explains. “People like the ability to work at a desk one day and a conference room the next. Sometimes they want an office, sometimes they don’t.” On a recent Friday morning, about a half-dozen O2 members are gathered around the central conference table — made from an old solar panel — for an informal get-together known as “Friday morning coffee break.” Held
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Beside her is Nan Patrick, a Mary Kay cosmetics salesperson. Patrick says she used to work out of hotel lobbies and local social clubs but found O2 to be “cool, edgy and current. “I love the fact that there’s a kitchen,” Patrick adds. “My meetings go from 6:15 to 8:15 [at night], so [clients are] either gobbling something to get to the meeting or they’re starving and not thinking about what we’re talking about. Now I bring food and they love it! Attendance has gone way up since I started meeting at Office Squared.” O2 isn’t the only coworking space in Vermont. At least two others — one in Rutland and another, called Local 64, in Montpelier — are just getting up and running. Mincar also belongs to a Google coworking group of about 850 similar spaces worldwide, which are organized in a variety of ways. Some, like O2, are for-profit businesses, others are not-for-profits. For Mincar, it’s less about making money than creating a shared workspace that’s conducive to productivity and creativity. Though more and more Vermonters are becoming workplace “nomads” like herself, she says, “People still crave that water-cooler scenario.” m
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ans of Vermont cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s best-selling 2006 memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which recounted the story of her closeted gay father, have long anticipated a follow-up. This spring, the wait is over, as Bechdel turns her retrospectoscope to the other parent with a second memoir, Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama. It’s been quite an eventful spring for the veteran comic-strip author, creator of the long-running “Dykes
to Watch Out For.” This month she received both a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from Publishing Triangle, an organization devoted to LGBT people in the book industry. This week, Judith Thurman profiles her in the New Yorker. Last month, Seven Days visited Bechdel at her Bolton home to learn more about the process and the pain behind the new memoir.
SEVEN DAYS: How do you get yourself in the headspace to do this kind of personal work? Can you just switch it on, or does it take you a while to transition? ALISON BECHDEL: This book was excruciating. My editor was talking to me the other day and saying, “Most people take six years to get a PhD; it takes you six years to write a book.” I just really kind of turned my life over to it. It was a long, difficult process. I got depressed while I was working on it. I got really anxious. I got filled with shame — like all these things I was writing about, I had to go back and live through. I had another proposal for it [called Love Life, about the steps of falling in love], way before I knew what I was doing. [But four years in] my agent looked at what I had written and she said, “You know, this really doesn’t make any sense.” I realized she was right. I was avoiding telling the story of my mother by using that crazy laborious “love-life” framework. I’d say that I threw it out and started over, but really, I just kind of reassembled it, like bricks that I had to put together in a very different way. SD: What you figured out in psychoanalysis is a major theme of the book. Why did you choose psychoanalysis instead of cognitive behavioral therapy or Eckankar or anything else? AB: Part of it is just the happenstance that I was working with a therapist who was in the process of becoming an analyst, so I heard a little about it from her. I really respected the kind of work that she did. I know a little bit about CBT.
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It seems totally superficial to me, like it doesn’t get at the root of things. I’m sure it helps take the edge off things for people, but I don’t want to take the edge off — I want to get really, really down in it. I know most people think [about psychoanalysis], Oh, this stuff is bullshit. And I can’t do anything about that, but I didn’t write the book for them. SD: Do you think part of the usefulness of psychotherapy is because it’s so literary? It’s sort of about shaping yourself into a story, or finding a story in all of these details.
AB: I think it’s more about images. What is compelling to me is how the unconscious uses images. And, in telling a visual story, I just realized I had this really amazing potential to arrange images in a way that not [only] reflected what was going on in my unconscious, or how the unconscious works, or how therapy works, but [also] solved my own problem visually. I started to see these parallels, like the way that the spider that my mother was afraid of kind of looks like the splatter of vomit on the floor, which is my phobia. I’m not drawing any hard-and-fast conclusions about
those things, but I’m just seeing how images are linked in a narrative way. SD: How has your mom reacted to this book? Has she read it? AB: Yes, she has. I’m used to this by now, but she has not responded to the substance of the book, merely to the fact of it. She’s not going to confirm or deny anything. She’s not going to comment on my writing skill or lack thereof. The book is getting good prepublication reviews, and she’s really psyched about that, even though one of them described
BOOKS my relationship with her as “substantive though essentially external.” I really think that that does not bother her. I think she likes the “substantive” and she agrees with the “external” and is fine with that. SD: [Spots and points inquiringly at a stray copy of lit-critic James Wood’s book How Fiction Works.] AB: My mom just gave that to me! It’s fascinating. I think it’s a subtle message from her that she wishes I would start writing fiction. SD: Do you do this work because you have to — because it’s coming out of you — or do you do it thinking, This is how I’m going to make the world a better place?
SD: Does the “lesbian cartoonist” distinction matter to you now like it may have in the past? AB: No. It used to be very important to me. I was a lesbian cartoonist because anything else was copping out or giving in. But that started to change as the measure of acceptance shifted, and I realized that I didn’t need to be limited to being a lesbian cartoonist — that I could be an American cartoonist. At first that was a really radical thought to me. I was so self-ghettoized in my brain that I couldn’t quite see how that is possible. But somehow it has worked out. Even now my DTWOF work seems to have gotten grandfathered into the canon, like people refer to it as if it’s some legitimate comic strip. SD: of course it is. AB: Yeah, but it didn’t use to be! It’s so funny to me. SD: You wrote in the book that being a lesbian “saved you.” Did finding yourself at odds with expected norms make you grow as a person or as an artist?
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AB: Being a lesbian saved me because it pulled me out of my mind. Even though my coming-out process was very internal and happened all in books — I basically came out through reading books and identifying with the characters in books — then I actually went out in the world and found girlfriends and people to have sex with, and relationships with. If it had just been heterosexual desire, I might not have had to think about it. I would have just done it and ended up in some dysfunctional relationship like my mother did. This is such a platitude, but it’s challenges that make us grow, and the challenge of grappling with being sexually different in this culture was really helpful for me. I always feel like it was a gift, like a bonus.
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AB: In my youth, I was more I have to make the world a better place, and now I’m more like, I have to write this; it has to come out. But I still feel like there is a similar mission. I couldn’t see that until recently, but what I was doing with “Dykes to Watch Out For” was creating a reflection of myself in the world. I wanted to see images of women like me and my friends, and I wasn’t seeing them anywhere in the culture in the early ’80s. So I decided I would make them myself. That was a very pressing mission for many years. I feel like I was part of the success of [the LGBT] movement in the culture, and it enabled me to then go on to tell this very queer story about my own family that I couldn’t have told to a broader audience when I was younger — it wasn’t possible; no one was interested; it was unacceptable. It was a much more personal project, not a political one like Dykes was. [Instead of ] Yeaaah, I’m gonna represent lesbians, it was more like, I’m gonna represent my dad and my family. With this book about my mother, I’m curious about the function of reflection itself. Why do we need that? What does having a false reflection do to people? How do false reflections and oppression work together? How does internalized oppression work? I’ve just been involved in this massive narcissistic project of looking at myself in the mirror, creating a reflection of myself in one way or another for my whole life. ’Cause I didn’t get one. I didn’t get it at the beginning. I know
that sounds really whiny. My parents gave me so much, but there was a way that they couldn’t see me, and I had to see myself, and this is the lengths I had to go to. I’ve just drawn the most insanely detailed self-portrait I could muster, basically.
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ll I’ve ever written about is myself,” Bolton cartoonist Alison Bechdel tells Judith Thurman in her April 23 profile in the New Yorker, “and this book, if I finish it, may be the most solipsistic piece of insanity ever published.” That’s quite a blurb. “This book” is Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama, the followup to Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. It is both selffocused and insane (or, at least, insanely complex), and anyone who makes it through the first few pages will not be able to stop reading. Solipsistic or not, the author has a way of turning her obsessions into ours. Bechdel’s first memoir was about her dead parent. Her second is about her living one — who is, if anything, a tougher subject. Early on, Bechdel depicts herself telling her therapist, “I can’t write this book until I get [my mother] out of my head.” “But,” she continues in the next panel, her hands waving in visible frustration, “the only way to get her out of my head is by writing the book!” That scene epitomizes Are You My Mother?, which draws readers into the vortex of trying to grasp a relationship that is still evolving. It’s a work of remarkable density that, like therapy, often seems to have no proper beginning or end. Had Bechdel told this story in text alone, it might quickly have become as tedious as reading a stranger’s dream journal peppered with erudite quotations.
But her drawings transform convoluted thoughts into anecdotes of power and fleetness. Are You My Mother? is not a book one can or should race through; it is a book that intertwines itself with the reader’s own thoughts, struggles and dreams. Bechdel layered the multiple narratives of Fun Home on a simple, compelling core: A prominent lesbian cartoonist remembers her father, who was a closeted gay man, a mortician and, quite possibly, a suicide. Are You My Mother? is harder to encapsulate. It’s a book about Bechdel’s mother, past and present — including Helen Bechdel’s reactions to the personal revelations
in Fun Home. It’s a book about Donald Winnicott, the dead British psychoanalyst who Bechdel wishes were her mother. (This fantasy isn’t as bizarre as it sounds.) It’s a book about Bechdel’s years of therapy, in which her analysts, like Winnicott, become shadows of her mother. And it’s a book about the “talking cure” of psychoanalysis, a pursuit often dismissed these days as navelgazing but once seen as a revolutionary route to a more honest life. Bechdel revives that faith with no apologies. She quotes reams of theory.
to show her struggling with this book. Throughout this decade-long process, Helen Bechdel’s attitude remains constant: She will not oppose her daughter’s autobiographical projects, but she will not pretend to like them. And she will suggest archly that she thinks personal truths are best revealed under the camouflage of fiction: “Some things are private.” Why should an adult, much less a prize-winning artist, crave her mother’s approval? That’s where Winnicott comes in. A pioneer of object-relations
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theory, he described the child’s relationship with the mother as a template for all relationships to come, including that of patient to analyst. To accept ourselves, Bechdel argues, we must first confront the images of ourselves we glimpsed early on in our mother’s eyes. Those mental images have a transformative power — and so do cartoons. Before comics became respectable, they were often equated with the dumbing down of literature. But illustrations don’t always simplify a story; on the contrary, they can give it unexpected dimensions of pathos, horror and humor. That’s what Bechdel has done with this book, which is at once Psychoanalytic Classics Illustrated and a deeply personal chronicle of coming to terms with the beloved people who refuse to get “out of our heads.” By the end of the book, its protagonist may seem like a member of our own family.
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But she pairs it with pictures — not talking heads imprisoned in panels, but fluid series of images that jump cinematically from close-ups to wide shots or that transport us in a blink from continent to continent, decade to decade. The author is a character in her own narrative, but so are Donald Winnicott and Virginia Woolf. She uses pictures as ironic commentaries on text and vice versa. She cuts through the recondite language of psychoanalysis and gives unruly life to concepts such as “mindpsyche.” That particular pathology, in which the mind declares its independence from the body, is illustrated with an image worthy of an EC horror comic: The child Alison envisions her severed head hooked up to life-support equipment while still proclaiming triumphantly, “Me!” The body is what connects us to our mothers, the original life-support systems. But mothers are, of course, also people with minds and opinions, and those of Bechdel’s mother give the book its tart, necessary counterpoint. Are You My Mother? begins with Bechdel struggling with the prospect of telling her mother she’s writing a book about her father, then leaps forward in time
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Our highest mountain only measures 4395 feet, but Vermonters may soon get a taste of how it feels to hang out in the big peaks: Himalayan cuisine is coming to Burlington. shERpa kItChEn will open in the College Street space vacated by Saigon Bistro, which closed its doors Friday night. The eatery’s new owners — Doma shERpa and lakpa lama — are working quickly: They hope to have a colorful, redecorated space open by May 5. The couple, who first came to town from Nepal to attend Champlain College, have been busy in their home kitchen perfecting curries, stews, salads and dumplings (called momos) from recipes handed down in their families. “We hope the flavors are distinct enough that people will come back,” says Sherpa. Nepalese curries have milder profiles and more delicate flavors than their Indian cousins, adds Sherpa, often using tomatoes and paprika for color and flavor. All of the spices in Sherpa Kitchen’s dishes — such as a special “momo masala” — will come from the couple’s home turf. The kitchen’s momos will be filled with chicken, vegetables or beef. Also on the menu: stews with freshly made pasta and appetizers such as beet salad, wild rice salad and “sherpa bread,” a kind of roti. Other Himalayan accents include chai and Himalayan-spiced iced tea; a cardamom-and-pistachio ice cream called kulfi; and vibrantly hued artwork, prayer wheels and even door handles from Nepal. Sherpa and Lama will roll out the fare for lunch and dinner throughout the week, and plan a brunch buffet every Sunday. Sherpa, who will initially do all of the cooking, says the last few weeks have been a whirlwind; the couple closed the deal (brokered by Peter Yee of Redstone Commercial Group) in the space of a month. Lama’s family used to own an eatery in Nepal, so food may just be in the family — and now, it’s in our ’hood.
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buffet-style meal. The fare will include meat, though the monks themselves rarely eat it. What else will be on the menu? “That’s gonna be a surprise,” says Dorjee. “Basically it would be comprised of rice, some form of curries and noodles.” It’s up to the monks, he adds, who won’t even tell him which ingredients to buy until the morning of the event. “In Plattsburgh, everything is last minute,” says Dorjee with a chuckle. Even a meal fit for a lama. — A .l. siDe Dishes
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A monastic meal may sound austere, but tEnzIn DoRJEE says it’s far from it. The owner of hImalaya REstauRant in Plattsburgh, N.Y., has enlisted a team of four Tsawa monks from Gaden Jangtse Monastic College in southern India to make lunch this Sunday, April 29, from noon to 2 p.m. Admission is by donation only, as is customary for Tsawa monks, says Dorjee, who suggests diners leave $25 to help the group with its continued travels. He also asks that guests reserve a place ahead of time so he and his wife, yanGChEn, know how much food to buy for the
different varieties of local bacon, with optional caramel, chocolate or honey for dipping. There are local cheese plates for vegetarians, too. One hundred percent of the proceeds from food and drink — including all Rieke’s chocolates — will help fund the film. Rieke hopes to make these benefits a quarterly tradition, if not a more frequent one. Last weekend, she hosted a last-minute ’do for the Black Mesa Free Clinic, a Vermontbased charity that helps indigenous residents of northern Arizona fight relocation and the coal industry.
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By the time Irene came, the Pitcher Inn’s wine list had reached 525 bottles, with 30 or so always offered by the glass. “I lack a base of self-restraint,” quips Sadri. His robust list continually earned accolades, as well as Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence.” Much of the wine was stored in the climate-controlled cellar, in the basement beside the bar Tracks. Because that had originally been built for just a few hundred bottles, some 1200 resided in off-site storage. That was a tiny boon on August 28, 2011. As the waters rose, Sadri says, he saw
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But many shelves are still empty and may remain that way for a while. Sadri is holding off on significant purchases until he receives the insurance company’s verdict, which could determine how, and how fast, he will beef up the collection. He hopes the insurer will properly calculate the wine’s worth, which has shot up over the years. That 2004 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grand Cru, for instance, wasn’t even on the inn’s list when it was lost; it was still waiting to come into its prime. No matter how large the payout, much of what was lost is irreplaceable — such as the vertical (or collection of contiguous vintages) of Ridge Monte Bello from 1992 to 1999, or another vertical of Château Montelena Magnums dating back to 1979. Since Vermont law does not permit the inn to purchase wine at auction or from private collections, Sadri will have to rely on what state distributors can sell him. “It will be hard to find the wines that we lost,” he says, with typical understatement. Sadri has had nine months to think about how he might approach rebuilding his list. While he’ll strive for a diverse cellar, with a strong spine of small producers, he says he may concentrate
minutes, they saved a few hundred bottles, though Sadri eventually realized he had more pressing matters to attend to — such as cutting the inn’s power systems. The next day, he found “muck, grime and water” everywhere, with a bonus surreal touch: A cherry dining table stood in the wine cellar still fully set, as if untouched by the chaos. “Cherry must float really well,” Sadri notes. As the extent of the loss sank in, Sadri had little time for reflection or emotion. All around him was unfathomable destruction. “I was terrified the day of the flood, but for other reasons” than wine, he says. The inn was luckier than many of its neighbors: “We were still going to be able to do business,” Sadri recalls realizing. The staff began rebuilding immediately, including structurally restoring the cellar. Nine months later, a heavy, arched wooden door opens to a darkened room that smells of newly sanded wood and finishing oil. Sadri flicks on an industrial lamp on the floor to reveal shelves filled with unscathed bottles — American Cabernets, German Rieslings, red Chinon from the Loire. Cases of wine wait to be catalogued and shelved.
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he name Sodexo doesn’t conjure up images of haute cuisine. From its slogan, “World Leader in Quality of Daily Life Solutions,” it’s hard even to tell that food service is the megacompany’s bread and butter. I can’t be blamed too much, then, for having less than lofty expectations the first time I agreed to judge Sodexo’s annual cooking contest at the University of Vermont, the Battle of the Campus Chefs. That was last year — and I got a surprise. Instead of sloppy joes or the chipped beef known in the military as SOS, the offerings from nine teams included perfectly piped mounds of purple potato mash and competition-quality brisket. Last Monday, as I climbed the stairs to the Dudley Davis Center’s fourthfloor Grand Maple Ballroom, I was excited to taste the chefs’ creations for the second year in a row — and I wasn’t disappointed. This year, with 11 teams and a mounting sense of competition, the contestants had raised their games even more. The Battle of the Campus Chefs began in 2009 as UVM’s take on a corporate Iron Chef-style competition created within the Sodexo organization. Tom Oliver, at the time operations 8v-vtbeancrafters042512.indd 1 4/23/12 11:21 AMdirector of UVM Sodexo, decided to Having trouble finding the run the event as a fundraiser for the right wedding band to fit college’s Campus Kitchens Project, a student-run initiative that prepares your engagement ring? locally gleaned weekly meals at the 12-9-2010 Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. He further involved students by pairing chefs from the various dining halls with teams of cooks from campus clubs. The template hasn’t changed much since then, but, as the food entries have improved, so has outside awareness. This year, several silver-haired diners, far from student age, roamed from table to table sampling the cuisine from petite paper plates. Nowadays, most contest judges come from outside Sodexo. This year, Rick Riani, the company’s district manager, was joined by Oliver, now vice presiOne of Matthew’s specialties is to match dent of operations for Rovetto Brothers the band to your engagement ring as International Restaurant Group, the if it was always meant to be together… company behind Piecasso Pizzeria & like the two of you. Lounge in Stowe and the Positive Pie family of restaurants. Shawn Calley, executive chef at the Essex Resort & Spa, and yours truly rounded out the panel. After introductions from the emcee D E S I G N S — Paul Bahan, Sodexo UVM’s stentorian director of marketing — chefs brought 10-5 M-F, 10-4 Sat, 12-4 Sun up their plates in flights of three. 102 Harbor Road, Shelburne Last year’s winner, chef Armand 985-3190 Lundie of the University Marché on the www.matthewtaylordesigns.com Athletic Campus, presented a trio of
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phyllo-dough purses accompanied by a pile of small but plump fiddleheads and a garnish of nonedible fresh flowers. We dug into Lundie’s offerings. I was most impressed by the phyllo dumpling filled with Bayley Hazen Blue cheese and a sweet-and-sour counterpoint of cherries. An Asian-style china spoon placed beside the dumpling and full of honey-port sauce was a nice touch, but proved unnecessary paired with the dumpling’s already Technicolor flavors. Lundie also provided the evening’s most luxurious items: The other two purses contained seared scallops and tender Boyden Farms beef. He garnered high marks for flavor and presentation, but also for use of local ingredients. Next, chefs from Dudley Davis’ own Marketplace racked up points for difficulty of their dish. But their ambitious
homemade fettuccine broke apart into inch-long strands on the plate that Calley and I shared. Guatemala native Oscar Morales showed off Central American flair with his tamales. A chef in the Waterman building, Morales prepared a duo made from his house-ground, steamed masa harina, both dressed in a smooth, mild salsa verde. The vegetarian tamale, stuffed with corn and beans, was full of flavor and just a hint of earthy spice. The pork one was slightly dry and not as well seasoned. New World Tortilla’s student support club was a no-show, but chefs Izora Sandler and Donovan Parrott still made a go of it. The Grandma Club, a group of student knitting and crocheting fans helping out at a neighboring table, put their needles and hooks aside to assist New World, too. The result was more than worthy of menu space at the tortilla
food ended up coating the hand with which I was eating it. Making a slob of yourself in public is one thing. Imagine eating messily while sitting at a table on a stage in front of more than 200 people. I had high hopes for the dessert bento box from the chefs at Redstone Dining,
just clumps of sticky rice topped with strawberries or melon. Apples sliced to resemble pickled ginger were left uncured. A hint of pickling or a slice of seaweed would have made the dish a contender, especially if the Day-Glo faux wasabi had held real spice. It turned out
Curry tortillas made that day were filled with braised LaPLatte RiveR angus FaRm beeF in sPicy sesame sauce. since I’m a sucker for food that looks like other food, especially when it’s Japanese. Each bento compartment held a different mini-dessert made to resemble an Asian dish. I started with the egg roll filled with lemon-kissed, cinnamon-dusted apples. It reminded me of McDonald’s apple pies in the days when they were fried, but with a more natural flavor. I liked the banana fritters, too. Unfortunately, the largest compartment held what proved to be an interesting misfire. “Fruit sushi” was actually
to be mascarpone with a hint of lime juice, sans heat. But I satisfied my wasabi cravings with former Sakurabana chef-owner Ron Takahashi’s dish, called Harmony. His cold, soy-glazed salmon was topped with a welcome pool of wasabi cream. Takahashi’s sushi may no longer be available on Church Street, but he still makes it daily for the Marketplace at the Davis Center. One of the last dishes impressed the judges the most. Jonathan Turner, the
Southern-bred chef at Brennan’s in the Davis Center, has a special talent for barbecue. His pulled pork is legendary, and it was his brisket that nearly took the crown last year. This year, Turner prepared long plates covered with pork hush puppies and drizzled with scallion oil. Each tender pork ball was placed inside a pickled onion ring and bathed in tangy, malty barbecue sauce made with Rookie’s Root Beer. Even the Vermont Smoke and Cure bacon-dotted braised collards were full of rich, vinegared flavor. With plate after plate presented to us, even the judges didn’t know who our winner would be until we’d tabulated our score sheets. But we were sure it was between the involtini and the hush puppies. In the end, Turner, so close to a victory last year, prevailed. Better luck next time to second-place finisher Timothy Kingzett of Cook Commons. A recent arrival from Stowe Mountain Lodge, the chef appears to be on track to revolutionize his kitchen at UVM. Third place went to last year’s winner, Lundie, but the big surprise was the audience winner. The crowd favorite was good old home-style turkey prepared by the chefs at the Harris-Millis Residence Halls. The local bird was moist and nearly fallapart tender and came to the judges with two cups carved out of root vegetables and filled with gravy and barbecue sauce. I suspect it was the bitesized root-vegetable risotto that won over the crowd, though. It reminded me of risotto Tater Tots. In the end, the event raised $1003 for Campus Kitchens. Perhaps just as importantly, it raised awareness that the chefs serving college kids soup and omelettes day in and day out aren’t just lunch ladies. They’re true culinary professionals, keeping their knives sharp for just the right occasion. m
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stand in the Davis Center. Curry tortillas made that day were filled with braised LaPlatte River Angus Farm beef in spicy sesame sauce; each mouthful popped with seeds. A colorful cabbage-andcarrot slaw moderated the heat with its slick of vinegar. I nearly finished my taco, an imprudent move with seven dishes left to taste. This is one of my weak points as a cooking-contest judge. When I enjoy a plate of food, I attack it like the naughty vacuum cleaner on “Teletubbies.” After years of judging events ranging from peach-pie-baking contests to a competition among lab employees at Fletcher Allen Health Care, I still haven’t learned what most first-timers know: Just take a few small bites. The team from Cook Commons made it easier for me to reserve stomach capacity by serving us just two petite bites apiece of eggplant involtini. The grilled veggie was wrapped around creamy local chèvre and topped with seasoned, oven-dried tomatoes. Pools of garlic oil added hints of sweetness and bitterness. Balsamic pearls, made with gelatin instead of hoity-toity molecular ingredients, dotted the plate like caviar. Presented on a series of small, square plates fitted on a larger square tray, the Cook Commons offering also included a pair of thoughtful lettuce salads, dressed austerely with salt, pepper and homemade bread crumbs. One student club stood on its own, without a Sodexo chef at the helm. FeelGood serves a variety of gourmet grilled-cheese sandwiches on the lower level of the Davis Center every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The group excelled in its presentation of Vermont ingredients. Its Bon Fromage Crostini consisted of all-local Cyrus Pringle bread from Red Hen Baking Company, stacked with sharp Brie, greens and admittedly not-so-local mango chutney. The sweet, tangy chutney was piled so high that it
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Open ROTA Meeting: Neighbors keep tabs on the gallery's latest happenings. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8 p.m. Free. Info, 518-314-9872.
New Economy Summit: The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics hosts global and local teach-ins addressing problems associated with the “triple crisis” of economic instability, environmental degradation and energy uncertainty. Global teachin, noon-3 p.m., at Room 108, Lafayette Hall, UVM; Vermont teach-in and performance by Bread and Puppet Theater, 6-9 p.m., at Main Street Landing Train Station, Burlington. Free. Info, 860-759-2496.
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. Make Your Own Journals: Crafters create notebooks from old ephemera. Vintage Inspired, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $15 includes supplies; preregister. Info, 488-5766, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dance Party: Singles and couples learn ballroom, Latin and swing. Capital City Grange, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. $10. Info, 225-8921. 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. 'Undue Influence': Dartmouth Dance Theater Ensemble explores sexual assault in the college environment in an original dance/theater work. See calendar spotlight. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $5-19. Info, 603-646-2422.
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ECHO Earth Week's MudFest: Vermont musicians dole out family-friendly “Muddy Music” during a nine-day celebration of muck. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 12:30 p.m. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids ages 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386.
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'Carnage': Childish behavior abounds as two sets of parents try to settle their sons' playground dispute in Roman Polanski's 2011 dramedy. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600. 'Strength of the Storm': Directed by Rob Koier and produced by the Vermont Workers' Center, this local documentary shows how mobile-home-park residents came together after their lives were upended by Tropical Storm Irene. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 748-2600. 'The Invisible War': Kirby Dick's eye-opening 2012 documentary identifies the well-hidden “epidemic of rape” within the United States military. Room 301, Williams Hall, UVM, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 863-2345, ext. 8. 'The Iron Lady': Meryl Streep plays Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female prime minister, as she looks back on her life with the ghost of her husband by her side. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600.
health & fitness
Clinic for Sore Feet: Certified bodyworkers Rebecca Riley and Irvin Eisenberg offer free 20- to 30-minute treatments to aching feet. Portals Center for Healing, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Info, 223-7678, ext. 2.
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.
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Marketing Workshop Series: Good Stuff Communication owner and social-media consultant Zach Luby sheds light on “Ch-Ch-Changes: How Google+ Is Changing the Web Forever.” North End Studio A, Burlington, 2-3:30 p.m. $5; free for Old North End Arts & Business Network members. Info, 864-7528.
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Daughter of the Revolution
In Katherine Paterson’s 1991 novel Lyddie — now required reading for many students — the teenage protagonist endures the struggles of the dawn of the Industrial Revolution: Torn from her parents and siblings, she toils away at a textile mill, fighting for better working conditions, to make a living and to reunite her family. In Lost Nation Theater’s original production — the first time the book has ever hit the stage — Lyddie also sings and dances. Adapted by founder and artistic director Kim Bent, the musical chronicles the girl’s coming of age in a period of dramatic change. Talk about a hard-knock life. Witness it firsthand through May 20.
‘LYDDIE’ Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m.; Friday, April 27, 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 28, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 29, 7 p.m., at Montpelier City Hall Auditorium. View website for future dates through May 20. $10-$30. Info, 229-0492. lostnationtheater.org
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Eyes Wide Open
his is the story of what happens on the weekends, when the professors drive away and the campus closes its eyes,” one student dancer narrates in Dartmouth Dance Theater Ensemble’s Undue Influence. “I don’t think you want to hear what I have to say. But I’m going to tell you anyway.” The vignettes that follow — electronicasoundtracked parties in dark basements, a guy peeling off a girl’s leggings, another maneuvering a girl to the ground — are indeed unpleasant. These portrayals of sexual assault in the college environment are also, unfortunately, not so far-fetched. Created last spring, this original dance/ theater conversation piece wraps up Sexual Assault Awareness Month this week.
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Wednesday, April 25, through Saturday, April 28, 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m., at Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. $5-19. Info, 603-646-2422. hop.dartmouth.edu COURTESY OF ANDY MAI
Children's story time: Miss Vermont Katie Levasseur reads aloud from tales about springtime. Barnes & Noble, South Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 864-8001. drop-in Craft: Materials from nature get put to use in magical fairy houses. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. 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. Kids danCe for spring: Young ones cut the rug to swingin' sounds by DJ Christine. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. lights, Camera, aCtion!: Budding videographers ages 7 to 14 sharpen their production skills in a four-day youth filmmaking camp. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 9-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 388-4097, firstname.lastname@example.org.
montgomery playgroup: Little ones exercise their bodies and their minds in the company of adult caregivers. Montgomery Town Library, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
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teddy bear tea party: Fuzzy friends accompany kids in grades K through 4 to a formal tea with games and stories. Middlebury Community House, noon-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 388-4097.
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.
australian Chamber orChestra With daWn upshaW: A lauded soprano joins the celebrated ensemble in works spanning six centuries. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $10-58. Info, 603-646-2422. JsC musiC ensembles: Student groups play funk, fusion, Afro-Cuban and percussion. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1476.
Jazz voCal ensemble & thursday Combo: Vocal and instrumental selections include standards such as “All the Things You Are” and “When Sunny Gets Blue.” UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776.
piano reCital: Students of Diana Fanning sit down at the ivory keys. Concert Hall, Mahaney 4/23/12 4:15 PMCenter for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433.
Keys to Credit: A class clears up the confusing world of credit. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 8601417, ext. 114.
dan & betsy ChodorKoff: Two world travelers share snapshots and stories from a recent trip to China. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail. com.
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riCK Winston: Ee-ee-ee-ee-ee! In “Alfred Hitchock and the Art of Success,” the film buff uses movie clips to illustrate the evolution of the director's craft. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.
valley night: James Kinne plays solo before a set with Jayson Fulton, and then another with Cougar Mcree. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 496-8994.
'the gnosis today': Religious thinkers discuss the implementation of gnostic principles in daily
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life. Foot of the Hill Building, St. Albans, 4-5 p.m. Info, 524-9706.
'as you liKe it': Lovers, disguises and misunderstandings abound in Jason Jacobs' new adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy, presented by Vermont Stage Company. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-32.50. Info, 863-5966. '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. $3168. Info, 296-7000. 'the laramie proJeCt': Moises Kaufmann’s play, presented by St. Johnsbury Academy Theatre, explores the brutal murder of Wyoming college student Matthew Shepherd in 1998. Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 7-8 p.m. Admission by donation to the Melissa Jenkins Memorial Trust; unsuitable for preteens. Info, 748-8171. the metropolitan opera: live in hd: Anna Netrebko stars in a broadcast screening of Massenet's opéra comique Manon. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $18-24. Info, 660-9300.
booK disCussion series: maKing sense of the ameriCan Civil War: James MacPherson's Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam illuminates a pivotal moment in the history of the United States. Kimball Public Library, Randolph, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 728-5073. booK disCussion series: neW england unCovered: Readers find more to our region than meets the eye in Russell Banks' Affliction. South Hero Community Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 372-6209. booK disCussion series: ties that bind: David and Daniel Hays' My Old Man and the Sea: A Father and Son Sail Around Cape Horn probes emotional aspects of flesh-and-blood relationships. Pope Memorial Library, Danville, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 684-2522. painted Word poetry series: Reginald Dwayne Betts, the author of A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival and Coming of Age in Prison, reads from his work. Angell Lecture Hall, UVM, Burlington, 6 p.m. Info, 656-3056. poemCity 2012: Montpelier celebrates National Poetry Month with a text exhibit throughout downtown. Visit kellogghubbard.org/poemcity.html for daily activity schedule. Various downtown locations, Montpelier, all day. Free. Info, 223-3338.
gardening WorKshop series: From seed starting to cold frames, Fairfax resident Kelly Wakefield explores the art of veggie gardening. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420.
'undue influenCe': See WED.25, 8 p.m.
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.
fairs & festivals
eCho earth WeeK's mudfest: See WED.25, 12:30 p.m.
'Carnage': See WED.25, 5:30 p.m. 'strength of the storm': See WED.25, 7 p.m. 'the iron lady': See WED.25, 7:30 p.m. virtual impaCt film series: Moviegoers screen Alex Proyas' 1998 sci-fi thriller Dark City as part of a sequence exploring the history and use of computer graphics in cinema. BCA Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 865-7166.
food & drink
vermont restaurant WeeK: sWeet start smaCKdoWn: Dessert lovers get samples galore as 10 pastry chefs compete to win the honor of Vermont Restaurant Week's Signature Sweet. Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 5:308:30 p.m. $8-10. Info, 864-5684.
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.
health & fitness
managing polyCystiC ovarian syndrome: Akshata Nayak, an expert in clinical nutrition and biochemistry, doles out tips for managing the symptoms of this common endocrine disorder. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.
early-literaCy story time: Weekly themes educate preschoolers and younger children on basic reading concepts. Westford Public Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-5639, email@example.com. vt.us. franKlin story hour: Lovers of the written word perk up for read-aloud tales and adventures with lyrics. Haston Library, Franklin, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Kids in the KitChen: Little ones layer homemade granola with creamy yogurt and fresh fruit to make parfaits that are perfect for breakfast, lunch, snacks or dessert. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:304:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. lego afternoon: Budding architects snap together plastic building blocks for library displays. Fairfax Community Library, 2-3 p.m. Free; preregister; bring your own Legos. Info, 849-2420.
mastermind group meeting: Big dreamers build a supportive network as they try to realize business goals in an encouraging environment. Best Western Waterbury-Stowe, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7822.
lego Creations: Plastic bricks and building supplies yield architectural masterpieces that will be kept on display at the library. For ages 5 and up. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.
lights, Camera, aCtion!: See WED.25, 9-11 a.m.
Joan rivers: The no-holds-barred comedian, pop-culture icon and “Fashion Police” force of nature proves why she's “a piece of work,” as a 2010 documentary called her. Jason Lorber opens. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $25-64. Info, 863-5966.
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. stroller strolling: Young families roll along the recreation path together. Community Park, Fairfax, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 782-6332.
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Small Jazz ComboS: A UVM jazz ensemble performs cool tunes. Ballroom, Southwick Hall, UVM, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776. Student PerformanCe reCital: Music scholars perform on their various instruments. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776. Will Patton: The multi-instrumentalist genre jumps from Celtic to jazz to Brazilian choro. Stearns Performance Space, Johnson State College, 9 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1476.
after dark SPeaker SerieS: In “In the Nick of Time: Head-to-Toe Medicine at Hyper Speed,” emergency medicine specialist Stephen Leffler hosts a walk-through talk of the “Our Body: The Universe Within” exhibit. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 7 p.m. $15-20; cash bar. Info, 877-324-6386. ben HeWitt: The author of The Town That Food Saved reviews a recipe for a regionalized food system in “Finding Vitality in Local Food,” complete with a cooking demonstration, wine and appetizers. Proceeds benefit the Vermont Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Essex Culinary Resort & Spa, 6-8 p.m. $30. Info, 324-7918. CHriStine HadSel: The Curtains Without Borders director discusses New England's historic theater scenery. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Info, 748-8291. JameS Carroll: The author of Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited our Modern World discusses his book and the prospects for peace in Israel and Palestine. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Info, 864-0218, ext. 25. robert SWinSton: At the 2012 Ron Rucker Lecture, Merce Cunningham Dance Company's director of choreography speaks on the difficulties of “Preserving the Cunningham Legacy.” Harmon Periodicals Reading Room. Davis Family Library, Middlebury College, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. 'tHe WeStern abenaki': A lecture illuminates the history and culture of Vermont's native people. Springfield Town Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 885-3108.
'aS you like it': See WED.25, 7:30 p.m. 'CHiCago': See WED.25, 7:30 p.m.
marko tHe magiCian: Diners are treated to table-side magic followed by an hourlong show in the banquet room. Chow! Bella, St. Albans, 7-9 p.m. Info, 524-1405.
kerrin mCCadden & edie rHoadS: Accomplished poets recite their respective works.
baSH: big arty SPa HaPPening: Supporters of Studio Place Arts' education and exhibition programs scope out current exhibits over food, music by the Steve Bredice Jazz Trio and a silent auction. Studio Place Arts, Barre, 7-9 p.m. $15-25. Info, 479-7069.
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Joan riverS: See THU.26, Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $49.50-69.50. Info, 775-0903.
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Paula PoundStone: The comedian cracks the smiles with razor-sharp wit and candid humor. Alexander Twilight Theatre, Lyndon State College, 7:30 p.m. $18-35. Info, 748-2600.
Fri. & Sat. 5/4 & 5/5 @ 8PM Haybarn Theater, Goddard College, Plainfield
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.
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outrigHt danCe ClaSS: Teens get a move on with swing, Latin, disco, hip-hop and pop. Outright Vermont, Burlington, 4:30-6:45 p.m. Info, 865-9677. 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. Southwick Hall, UVM, Burlington, 9-11 p.m. $7. Info, 877-6648.
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tango leCture & inStruCtion: Instructor Elizabeth Seyler covers the basics of the Argentinian dance form in a workshop for Lane Series concertgoers. Southwick Hall, UVM, Burlington, 6:30-7:15 p.m. Info, 863-5966. 'undue influenCe': See WED.25, 8 p.m.
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eCHo eartH Week'S mudfeSt: See WED.25, 12:30 p.m. St. JoHnSbury World maPle feStival: The oftcalled “Maple Center of the World” celebrates sticky sweetness with a street festival and the crowning of the 2012 World Maple Syrup Champion. Various downtown locations, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 274-0201, email@example.com. vermont maPle feStival: The sap has slowed, but there’s plenty of syrup! Tour local sugarhouses, then tune in for Main Street entertainment, the Sap Run Road Race, a giant parade, maple creemees and more. Various St. Albans locations, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Various prices; many events are free. Info, 524-5800.
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'Seeking tHe Current': The new documentary offers an unsparing look at Canadian power giant Hydro-Quebec and its development of large-scale hydroelectric power facilities. Hartland Public Library, 7:30 p.m. Info, 738-0215.
'tHe deeP blue Sea': Trapped in a loveless marriage, a woman enters into an erotic relationship with a Royal Air Force Pilot in Terence Davies' 2011 adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600.
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'tHin iCe': An insurance agent attempts to bamboozle a retired farmer out of a rare violin in Jill Sprecher's 2011 crime comedy. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600. 'under our Skin': Andy Abrahams Wilson's 2008 documentary takes a harrowing look at modern medicine as it exposes the controversy surrounding Lyme disease. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.
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ann day: The Vermont poet, columnist, nature writer and conservationist reads from her work. Sales benefit the cooperative gallery. Blinking Light Gallery, Plainfield, 6 p.m. Info, 454-1275.
'lyddie': Katherine Paterson's protagonist, a young girl trying to reunite her family at the dawn of the industrial revolution, sings and dances in this Lost Nation Theater adaptation. See calendar spotlight. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $10-30. Info, 229-0492.
'lend me a tenor': The Cleveland Grand Opera company eagerly awaits the arrival of a famous singer, but — through a series of unfortunate and hilarious events — the show must go on without him in this comic masterpiece produced by the Shelburne Players. Shelburne Town Center, 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 985-0780.
PoemCity 2012: See WED.25, all day.
William ryerSon: The founder and president of the Population Media Center offers “A Proven Strategy: Using Entertainment Media to Achieve a Sustainable Population.” Ackley Theater. Green Mountain College, Poultney, 4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 287-8926.
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
White River Indie Film Festival: Contemporary social and political issues take the screen in a three-day visual arts bash featuring indie-film giant John Sayles in a lineup of documentaries, features, shorts, workshops and panel discussions. Tupelo Music Hall, White River Junction, 3:30-8 p.m. $7-9 per program; $25 three-film pass; $75 all-access pass; see wrif.org for schedule. Info, 4780191, firstname.lastname@example.org.
food & drink
Community Dinner: Armed with appetites, folks enjoy a neighborly feast. United Church of Hinesburg, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 482-3352. Vermont Restaurant Week: Hungry? Eight full days packed with prix-fixe menus, tasting events, a culinary pub quiz and more will sate that appetite. Various locations statewide, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Various prices; visit vermontrestaurantweek. com for details. Info, 864-5684, restaurantweek@ sevendaysvt.com. Vermont Restaurant Week: Parents' Night Out: Adults get a chance to chow down and enjoy a night on the town, dropping kids off for a fun, supervised evening including food and beverages. Greater Burlington YMCA, 6-8:30 p.m. $10-14 per child, ages 2-12; space is limited; preregistration required. Info, 862-9622.
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. Salomon Trail Demo Day: The outdoor gear purveyor parks its mobile showroom in the parking lot and offers free trail-running clinics, group trail runs, demos and giveaways. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, noon-7 p.m. Info, 229-9409. 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.
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. 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. Swanton Playgroup: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Swanton, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. 'The Adventures of Tintin': Great snakes! The star of Hergé's comic albums hits the big screen in Stephen Spielberg's animated adaptation of The Secret of the Unicorn. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. WordSpring: Addison County poet Ted Sheu oversees a two-part writing workshop about uncovering the poetic voice. For grades 2 to 6. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 388-4097, sarah.lawton@ ilsleypubliclibrary.org.
Adrian Aardvark, For the Kid in the Back, Dizzy D.: Regional artists offer soulful storytelling, acoustic downer songs and indie-folk at an all-ages show. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $3-5. Info, 518-314-9872, email@example.com. JSC Concert Band, Chorale & Chamber Singers: Steven Light conducts student musicians and community members in a spring recital. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1476. Matthew Odell: The New Hampshire-born pianist performs Mozart's Fantasy in C Minor,
k. 475, Olivier Messiaen's Les Petites Esquisses D'Oiseaux, Michael Annicchiarico's Six Perspectives and Brahms' Sonata no. 3 in F Minor, op. 5. Bethany Church, Montpelier, 8 p.m. $20 or pay what you can. Info, 223-2424, firstname.lastname@example.org. Middlebury Bach Festival: Middlebury College hosts performances and informative workshops celebrating the life and work of the German composer. Middlebury College, 6:30-10 p.m. Various prices; full details at go.middlebury.edu/bachfest. Info, 443-3168. Molasses Creek: An acoustic group doles out blazing instrumentals from North Carolina's Ocracoke Island. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $16-19; cash bar. Info, 728-6464. Pablo Ziegler Trio for Nuevo Tango: An award-winning pianist offers new interpretations of Argentinian tango. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $20-25. Info, 656-4455. Seashell Radio: Four singer-songwriters offer quirky tunes reminiscent of Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello, Radiohead and Yes. Marvin and the Cloud Wall open. Pierce Hall Community Center, Rochester, 8 p.m. $10. Info, 558-6155. Tracy Grammer: The folk troubadour and fiddler performs as part of the Burlington Coffeehouse series. Rebecca Padula opens. North End Studio A, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15. Info, 863-6713. 'UVM Cat's Meow Big Spring Sing Thing': The all-female a cappella group busts out tunes with Connecticut College's Co Co Beaux. Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10 general admission; $5 for students. Info, 279-2543.
Spring Migration Bird Walk: Trailblazers wander a local birding hot spot, scouting out warblers, vireos, thrushes, waterfowl and other spring migrants. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7-8:30 a.m. $10; free for North Branch Nature Center members. Info, 229-6206.
Lunch With Robert Swinston: The dancer and former Midd kid discusses his career with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 12:30-1:20 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. Teacher's Learning Community Lectures: Zachary Stein expounds upon “Mind, Brain and Education.” Stearns Cinema, Johnson State College, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1476, email@example.com. Thomas Denenberg: The newly appointed director of Shelburne Museum speaks on “Picturing Old New England.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.
'As You Like It': See WED.25, 7:30 p.m. 'Chicago': See WED.25, 7:30 p.m. 'Lend Me a Tenor': See THU.26, 7:30 p.m. 'Lyddie': See THU.26, 8 p.m. MLK Talent Show: St. Michael's students play the didgeridoo, perform Celtic dance and showcase other talents. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Info, 654-2536. 'Rent': Based on Puccini’s La Bohème, this New York City East Village tale enacted by Green Mountain Theater Group follows artists and bohemians as they grapple with life, death, love and art. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. $30. Info, 760-4634.
Book Discussion: Masters of the Short Story: Bibliophiles discover the origins of this art form by conversing about select works of Flannery O'Connor. Springfield Town Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 885-3108. PoemCity 2012: See WED.25, all day. PoemCity 2012: Poetry Slam: Slam master Geof Hewitt oversees an engaging spoken-word competition. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
Severine von Tscharner Fleming: The founder and director of an organization working to promote, support and recruit young farmers discusses her new book Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches From the New Farmers Movement. Phoenix Books, Essex, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111.
in the Raw.” Burlington Dances, Chace Mill, noon-2 p.m. $20. Info, 863-3369. Tiffany Rhynard: The choreographer leads movers and shakers age 13 and up in creating movement material based on their observations of the differences and similarities between themselves and others. Burlington Dances, Chace Mill, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. $15-20. Info, 863-3369. 'Undue Influence': See WED.25, 8 p.m.
Unite Against the War on Women: As part of a nationwide rally for women's rights, speakers — including Madeleine Kunin — address violence against women, health and reproductive rights, and women's participation in government. Vermont Statehouse lawn, Montpelier, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.
Discover Goddard: Would-be students learn about the college's low-residency BA, BFA, MA and MFA programs. Goddard College, Plainfield, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; lunch included. Info, 800-906-8312.
YWCA Stand Against Racism: Community members post written testimonies of incidences of racism they've encountered in Vermont on a board outside the center. Peace and Justice Center, Burlington, noon-3 p.m. Info, 863-2345, ext. 8.
Antiques Appraisal Day: Appraisers help folks determine the value of their collectibles and ephemera. No antique firearms or objects which cannot be carried by hand. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1-4 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Info, 748-8291.
Billings Farm & Museum Opening Day: Draft horse teams work the fields, amateur farmers try the walking plow and kids enjoy wagon rides and making clothespin horses. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Info, 457-2355. Growing Fruit in Vermont: Gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi covers variety selection, planting, pruning and pest control, with regard to berries, apples, pears, plums and cherries. Red Wagon Plants, Hinesburg, 10 a.m.-noon. $10; preregister. Info, 482-4060, firstname.lastname@example.org. Tree & Shrub Sale: Growers attend free treeplanting workshops while picking up perennials and preordered trees and shrubs. Proceeds benefit the Winooski NRCD. Held at the Winooski Conservation District Offices in Berlin and Williston. Various locations statewide, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7895, ext. 104.
Saturday Art Sampler: Artistic types learn the ancient technique of reverse glass painting. Davis Studio Gallery, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $24. Info, 425-2700.
Flea Market: Thirty-six vendors peddle handcrafts, housewares, clothes, jewelry, antiques and more. Concession stands support Moose charities. Moose Lodge, St. Albans, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 527-1327.
Everything Equine: Families and riders rally at a two-day expo of mane-and-tail experts, with a focus on “extreme eventing.” Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $9-10; free for kids under 5. Info, 863-5966. Horsin' Around: A family-friendly equine show features horse-and-rider drill teams, musical freestyle riding, a variety of horse breeds and more. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 6:30 p.m. $12.75-13.50. Info, 878-5545. Open Yurt: Yurt lovers explore the hand-crafted structure, enjoy snacks and learn about living lightly on Earth. The Purple Yurt, Montpelier, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Info, 778-0664. Pet Lovers' Expo: Friends of those with fur wander among rescue and adoption agencies, pet therapists, and vendors of everything from pet toys to treats. Barre Auditorium, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Donations accepted for the Central Vermont Humane Society. Info, 431-3540. Volunteer Work Day: In exchange for lunch, good Samaritans clean windows, spruce up trails, input bird observations into online databases and more. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 434-2167, email@example.com.
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CompostFest: Eco-friendly folks brush up their gardening skills, munch on free flatbread and gummy worm sundaes and enjoy live performances by Loggerhead and Red Hot Juba. Green Mountain Compost, Williston, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Info, 660-4949.
Remembering Irene: Storm survivors share their stories over food and music. Kids get their own activity table. Town Hall, Woodford, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 379-3929.
ECHO Earth Week's MudFest: See WED.25, 12:30 p.m.
Vermont Maple Festival: See FRI.27, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
African Juba Dance Class: Experienced native dancer Chimie Bangoura demonstrates authentic Guinean moves for getting in shape. Shelburne Health & Fitness, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $12. Info, 3779721, firstname.lastname@example.org. 'DanceArt: DANCE 2012': Tiffany Rhynard, Lucille Dyer and Paul Besaw, among other local choreographers, show works-in-progress. Burlington Dances, Chace Mill, 7 p.m. Choose your own price from $10110. Info, 863-3369. Saturday Swing Dance: Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers serenade swing dancers. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-11 p.m. $10-15. Info, 238-2947. Sheriefs Gamble: The visiting artist teaches dancers to connect what they feel with the movements they execute, in a workshop called “Modern
St. Johnsbury World Maple Festival: See FRI.27, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Vermont Maple Festival Antiques Show: For the 46th year, collectors and casual shoppers browse old or rare items. St. Albans Town Educational Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 893-6277.
'A Prophet': A 19-year-old Arab serving six years in prison becomes entrapped in mafia operations in Jacques Audiard's gripping 2009 drama. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. 'Fighting to Live': Police dogs Captain and Lady star in this 1934 adventure movie featuring a thwarted sexual assault, a dognapping and a battle of wits to survive. North Country Food Co-op,
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'The aparTmenT': A struggling clerk tries to ingratiate himself with the bigwigs at his New York insurance company by lending out his place for their romantic trysts — but things go wildly wrong in Billy Wilder's 1960 comedy. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. $4-6. Info, 775-0903. 'The Deep BlUe Sea': See FRI.27, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 'The SUmmer Of WalTer hackS': Waterbury Center dairy farmer George Woodard's black-andwhite coming-of-age film captures Vermont in the 1950s. Proceeds will be donated to Rick Wilkins. Pawlet Community Church, 7:30 p.m. $10 includes filmmaker meet and greet. Info, 867-0245. 'Thin ice': See FRI.27, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. WhiTe river inDie film feSTival: See FRI.27, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
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'BacOn nighT On a SaTUrDay BenefiT SerieS': Epicures drink and nibble on porcine delights to benefit VSA Vermont Awareness Theater Company member Mark Utter's film in progress. Nutty Steph's, Middlesex, 6 p.m.-midnight. Donations accepted. Info, 655-4606. BUrlingTOn WinTer farmerS markeT: More than 50 local farmers, artisans and producers offer fresh and prepared foods, crafts, and more in a bustling indoor marketplace with live music, lunch seating and face painting. Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 310-5172, email@example.com. make yOUr OWn frOzen yOgUrT: Farmers market shoppers churn their own frosty, sweet treat. Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700. miDDleBUry WinTer farmerS markeT: Crafts, cheeses, breads and veggies vie for spots in shoppers' totes. American Flatbread, Middlebury, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 388-0178, middleburyfm@ yahoo.com.
vermOnT reSTaUranT Week: See FRI.27, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. vermOnT reSTaUranT Week: parenTS' nighT OUT: See FRI.27, 5:30-8 p.m.
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'DrUg Take Back Day': Unused or expired medication is disposed of safely. Kinney Drugs, Milton, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info, 893-1009.
rUSSian STOry Time: Rug rats up to age 5 take in tales and tunes from the country in northern Eurasia. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. SaTUrDay STOrieS: Weekend readers tune in for a page-turning good time. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 482-5189. SpaniSh-langUage cOmmUniTy BreakfaST: Early risers pick up conversational español at this educational meet-up aimed at elementary students and their friends and parents. Students from Middlebury College's Spanish department aid the learning through games and wordplay. 94 Main Street, Middlebury, 8:30-10 a.m. Free. Info, 382-9325 or 989-5200. WOrDSpring: See FRI.27, 3:30-4:30 p.m. WOrDSpring: pOeTry OUT lOUD: Lit lovers recite favorite poems for enthusiastic audiences. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 5-6 p.m. Free; preregister to perform. Info, 388-4097, sarah.lawton@ ilsleypubliclibrary.org.
anna falkenaU & ivan mUrray: Fresh from Galway, this contemporary folk/roots duo distills Irish and American styles into subtle yet striking songs. Private home, Braintree, fiddle and guitar workshops, 4-5:30 p.m.; concert, 7:30 p.m. $30 workshop; $42 workshop and concert; $12-20 concert; advance tickets recommended. Info, 7286351, firstname.lastname@example.org. free inTrODUcTOry pianO: Aspiring pianists tickle the ivory with the help of Nicholas Mortimer's Australian teaching method. Love Playing Piano, Montpelier, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Info, 595-1220. miDDleBUry Bach feSTival: See FRI.27, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. nOrTheaST kingDOm claSSical SerieS: Solo pianist Yael Weiss graces the ivories with works by Beethoven, Schumann and Higdon. South Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, 7:30 p.m. $6-16. Info, 748-2600. Snake mOUnTain BlUegraSS: The Connor Sisters join the band in tight harmonies and fingerflyin' bluegrass strains. Vergennes Opera House, 8 p.m. $10. Info, 877-6737. vermOnT SymphOny OrcheSTra maSTerWOrkS SerieS: Pianist Alon Goldstein accents a program of Osvaldo Golijov's Sidereus, Manuel de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain and Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony no. 1. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $9-58. Info, 863-5966.
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QigOng: Movers of all skill levels explore the breathing, movement and meditation of an ancient Chinese practice. North End Studio B, Burlington, 11 a.m.-noon. Donations accepted. Info, 443-315-6661.
peregrine falcOn fOray: Young birders hightail it to Marshfield Mountain to monitor a pair of the no-longer-endangered species at their breeding site. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 229-6206.
charleSTOn BingO: Number noters hope to hit the jackpot: a weekend getaway to Echo Lake. Charleston Elementary School, 4:30-9 p.m. Various prices. Info, 895-2915.
hOpSTOp family SerieS: inTerplay Jazz QUinTeT: A jam session of musical improv games and scat singing is geared at youngsters ages 3 and up. Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 11 a.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2010.
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WaiTSfielD Spring inDOOr farmerS markeT: Farm-fresh edibles and locally made provender go hand in hand with music and community cheer. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 496-8994.
'facepainTing By SnOWQUeen': Kids get a little face flair. Center Court, University Mall, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $4. Info, 864-0683.
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pancake BreakfaST: Fuel up for the day on fluffy stacks of flapjacks and other first-meal fare. Proceeds benefit the Advocacy, Resources, Community (A.R.C.) of Northwestern Vermont. St. Albans City School, 7 a.m.noon. $4-8; free for ages 5 and under. Info, 309-2861.
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'Once UpOn a Time in anaTOlia': Secrets come out as three men search for a dead body in Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Cannes Film Festival-winning crime drama. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. & 9:15 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.
SOccer TryOUTS: Players of all ages vie for a spot with the semiprofessional Vermont Voltage. Collins-Perley Sports Complex, St. Albans, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Info, 527-1077.
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Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:15 p.m. Donations accepted for the Elmore SPCA. Info, 518-561-5904.
Birding Hike: Early risers catch the birds — through binoculars, of course — on an invigorating jaunt with the Winooski Valley Park District. Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 6-8 a.m. Free. Info, 863-5744, firstname.lastname@example.org. Birding Walk: Fans of flying feathers hope to spy waterfowl, osprey, marsh birds, barred owls and more with longtime birder Ken Copenhaver. Mud Creek Wildlife Management Area, Alburgh, 8:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2436, gmas@ greenmountainaudubon.org. Walk Williston: Montpelier Parks and Recreation's Byron Garcia joins the Winooski Valley Park District in a guided 2-mile tour of spring blooms, with information on the impact of invasive species on native plant communities. Oak View Hill Country Park, Williston, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5744, email@example.com.
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. Fuel Seminar: Eco-friendly folks learn how to save money on gas and reduce air pollution. Xtreme Fuel Treatment Training Center, Essex Junction, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 343-3202. Genealogy Workshop: Ancestry sleuth Mike Sevigny offers tips for the tricky challenge of “Researching Your Acadian Ancestors.” Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Donations accepted. Info, 238-5934.
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Emory Fanning: The Middlebury professor emeritus discusses “Bach's Teachers” and gives an organ demonstration. Mead Chapel, Middlebury College, 10-10:45 a.m. Info, 443-5331. Howard Coffin: In “Vermont and the Civil War,” the historian and author offers a very local history. Bennington College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 447-6311.
'As You Like It': See WED.25, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Auditions for 'Working': Ordinary people star in this extraordinary musical by Wicked's Stephen Schwartz. Strand Theatre, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info, adirondackregionaltheatre@ hotmail.com. 'Chicago': See WED.25, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 'Lend Me a Tenor': See THU.26, 7:30 p.m. 'Lyddie': See THU.26, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. 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. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $12-18. Info, 518-523-2512. 'Rent': See FRI.27, 8 p.m.
Emily Raabe & Dan Chiasson: A Charlotte native reads from her debut poetry book Leave It Behind, and a Burlington writer shares his newest collection Where's the Moon, There's the Moon. Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-3999, firstname.lastname@example.org. Gil Newbury: The Vermont author of Pedal to the Sea shares his story of a family's cross-country bicycle trip. Better Planet Books, Toys & Hobbies, St. Albans, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 427-3771. League of Vermont Writers: Wordsmiths gather for workshops on writing query letters and strong first pages. A presentation by Wind Ridge Publishing looks into trends and opportunities in the industry. Howe Center, Rutland, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $45 for members; $50 for nonmembers. Info, 644-6549.
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Container Gardening: Organic gardener Jane Burton advises growers on ways to achieve flower power — even in a small living space. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, 2-3 p.m. $10. Info, 388-2117. Intro to Square-Foot Gardening: Beginners learn to maximize yield and minimize weeds with Peter Burke. City Market, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700.
Flea Market: See SAT.28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
PoemCity 2012: See WED.25, all day.
English Country Dancing: Social dancers tread gently and gracefully to calling by Chris Levey and music by Trip to Norwich. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 3-6 p.m. $4-8; wear soft-soled shoes. Info, 785-4121.
PoemCity 2012: Toussaint St. Negritude: In “Blues for the Hard Walkers,” the poet offers blues and jazz renditions of his works. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
Sacred Circle Dancing: Kids and adults practice gentle, simplified international folk dances. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Info, 978-424-1482. 'Undue Influence': See WED.25, 2 p.m.
General Assembly: Supporters of the Occupy Movement network, do business and share food. Burlington City Hall Park, 2-4 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 861-2316, occupyburlington@gmail. com.
Open Yurt: See SAT.28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Volunteer Orientation: Helping hands learn about pitching in to the operations behind the historic home of Vermont founder Ethan Allen. Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 865-4556.
fairs & festivals
ECHO Earth Week's MudFest: See WED.25, 12:30 p.m. Vermont Maple Festival: See FRI.27, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Vermont Maple Festival Antiques Show: See SAT.28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
'The Deep Blue Sea': See FRI.27, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. 'Thin Ice': See FRI.27, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Vermont Restaurant Week: Foodie Flick: Moviegoers screen Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman, a touching tale about family and food. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, cocktail hour with samples from Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery and dumplings from A Single Pebble, 4:30 p.m.; screening, 5:30 p.m. $7; cash bar. Info, 864-5684. 'We Need to Talk About Kevin': Told in flashbacks, Lynne Ramsay's chilling thriller concerns a mother (Tilda Swinton) who suspects there is something very wrong with her child. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.
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Everything Equine: See SAT.28, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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Bike Swap: Pedal pushers pick up a sweet used ride — or trade in an old one for a cut of the sale. North Star Sports, Burlington, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3832.
Whether you run, walk, skateboard or scooter, make sure you’re self-propelled for HEALTHY KIDS DAY. The Greater Burlington YMCA encourages families to get a move on during a celebration of wellness as part of a national initiative. And, of course, because it’s fun. Activities begin with a half-mile Champ on Church Street Fun Run featuring the lovable Lake Monsters mascot. The good times continue at the Y with nonstop games, open swim, family gym time and a bounce house. Even the snacks require action — spin up a bicycle-powered smoothie or work through a make-and-eat sculpture. Tired out yet? Live music and magic shows entertain while informational booths provide HEALTHY KIDS DAY: Saturday, April 28, Greater Burlington YMCA, Fun Run at 8:30 a.m., other health screenings, car seat checks, and other health- and activities take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 862-8993, ext. 137. gbymca.org safety-focused services.
Intermediate Microsoft Word: Students get savvy about the word processor by learning about advanced features and customization. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. $3 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 865-7217.
Burlington Beatdown: Vermont's Noah Weisman faces off against Tucson's Michael Parker in a mixed-martial arts throwdown. Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $25. Info, 863-5966.
soil can help Vermont communities face soil erosion, climate change, farm viability and conservation issues. Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $35-45. Info, 277-3360, ext. 102.
Vermont Organics Recycling Summit: Ecoconscious people consider how turning scraps into
Pancake Breakfast: See SAT.28, 7 a.m.-noon. Primo Maggio 2012: Traditional Italian Dinner: The Societa' di Mutuo hosts an evening of Italian food and music to raise funds for Old Labor Hall flood repairs. Mutuo Soccorso Hall, Barre, 5:30 p.m. $25; preregister; cash bar. Info, 479-1931, info@ oldlaborhall.com. Vermont Restaurant Week: See FRI.27, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
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Preparation for Impact: Cameron Jersey leads a yoga class for all skill levels. Partial proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 9 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 518-314-9872. Qi-ercises: Jeff Cochran hosts a session of breathing-in-motion exercises. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10:30 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 518-314-9872. Soccer Tryouts: See SAT.28, 9 a.m.-noon.
'Facepainting by Snowqueen': See SAT.28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Dimanches: Novice and fluent French speakers brush up on their linguistics — en français. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.
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Art Herttua: The jazz guitarist executes lush harmonies and compelling melodies. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2569. Emory Fanning: The organist plays works by composers who influenced J.S. Bach: Couperin, Frescobaldi, Buxtehude, Pachelbel, Telemann, Muffat and Ernst. Mead Chapel, Middlebury College, 2 p.m. Info, 443-5331. Fred Haas Quartet: Fronted by a saxophonist and pianist, this foursome produces jazz works by Bill Evans, Clifford Brown, Billy Strayhorn and Ornette Coleman. Rollins Chapel, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 2 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422. Golden Harmony: The four-part mixed chorus presents “Patriotic Harmony: Music Composed and Arranged by Americans.” St. Bridget's Catholic Church, West Rutland, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 438-2490. Middlebury Bach Festival: See FRI.27, 2 p.m. Nathan Kloczko: The senior pianist studying under affiliate artist Cynthia Huard charms the ivory keys. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. 'Playing Our Hearts Out': Pete Sutherland, Tony DeMarco, Patti Casey, Jeremiah McLane and many other folk musicians perform — along with regional dancers — to support the Champlain Valley Folk Festival. North End Studio A, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. $20; seating is limited; cash bar. Info, 877-850-0206. Roland Pigeon & Friends: One of Westford's favorite sons serves up country, folk and old-time fiddle music. United Church of Westford, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 879-4028.
'Sunday Symphony': Vermont Symphony Orchestra musicians and special guest pianists Diana Fanning and David Nieweem play chamber music to benefit the Friends of the Vergennes Opera House. Vergennes Opera House, 7 p.m. $15/18. Info, 877-6737.
'As You Like It': See WED.25, 2 p.m. Auditions for 'Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr': Belle falls for a hirsute monster in this fairy tale classic. Strand Theatre, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Info, email@example.com. 'Chicago': See WED.25, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 'Lyddie': See THU.26, 7 p.m. 'Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters': Dallas Children's Theater presents a majestic Zimbabwe take on the Cinderella story. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 3 p.m. $15-22. Info, 863-5966.
PoemCity 2012: See WED.25, all day. PoemCity 2012: Japanese-English Translation: Michiko Oishi and Judith Chalmer explore the language of poetry and the nature of translation. Montpelier City Hall, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
Tropical Storm Irene Support Group: Recovery workers gain peer support as they process their emotions and develop coping skills. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 855-767-8800.
Women & Trans Night: Genderqueer cyclists make repairs and bolster their bike confidence in wrench workshops led by Bike Recycle Vermont staffers. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Info, 264-9687.
'Black Robe': Love and death play out in Bruce Beresford's 1991 adventure drama about the travels to a distant Catholic mission in a Huron village. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.
reading skills at a three-week series including dinner, childcare and free books. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. 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. Kids in the Kitchen: Fledgling cooks stir together sweet rice pudding — and top it with zingy berry compote, fresh and dried fruits, toasted coconut, and more. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:304:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Music With Raphael: See THU.26, 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.
Chamber Ensembles Concert: UVM instrumentalists form trios and quartets to perform works by famous composers. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. 'Vermont History Through Song': Singer/ researcher Linda Radtke gives a costumed rundown of major state benchmarks with accompaniment by pianist Arthur Zorn. Cabot Public Library, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 563-2721.
Computer Help: Technology snafu? Walk-ins receive assistance on basic internet issues, troubleshooting and operating questions. Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2366.
PoemCity 2012: See WED.25, all day. Readers Forum: Folks discuss their favorite poems and moments from PoemCity 2012's monthlong lineup. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. Free. Shape & Share Life Stories: Prompts trigger true tales, which are crafted into compelling narratives and read aloud. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
Put People First March & Rally: One Movement for People & the Planet: As part of a national day of action, thousands of Vermonters stand up for human rights and issues including universal health care, education, housing, childcare, workers' rights, migrant justice, a healthy environment and a livable planet. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, noon-3 p.m. Free. Info, 861-4892.
Ballroom Dance Class: Folks take instruction in rumba and cha-cha from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and waltz and foxtrot from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Union Elementary School, Montpelier. $14. Info, 223-2921 or 225-8699.
Chess Club: Players of all ages shuffle around royalty and their underlings on a checkered board. An experienced instructor leads the group. Fairfax Community Library, 2:45-4:15 p.m. Free; bring your own chess set if possible. Info, 849-2420.
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Introductory Qigong Workshop: Folks improve balance and reduce joint stiffness and pain through this free workshop on the Chinese healing art. RehabGYM, Colchester, 9-10:15 a.m. Info, 345-3595.
Early-Literacy Workshop: Parents of preschoolers learn about developing their children's
'Thin Ice': See FRI.27, 7:30 p.m.
Jack Mayer: The author of Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project tells the story of a Holocaust hero and the three Kansas teens who commemorated her years later. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.
Vermont Restaurant Week: Culinary Pub Quiz: Devoted diners nosh on gravy fries while playing seven rounds of delicious trivia about food in music and movies. Arrive early; tables go fast. Teams are encouraged. Nectar's, Burlington, 7:30-10 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5684.
Mark Hertsgaard: The environmentalist and author of HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth discusses climate change. Castleton State College, 7 p.m. Info, 468-1395. Vermont Restaurant Week: A Food Salon: Unlocking the Food Chain: Tomatoland author Barry Estabrook and food writer Marialisa Calta share surprising stories about the food we eat — and how we can make better choices for our bodies and the planet. New Moon Café, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $5 suggested donation benefits the Vermont Foodbank. Info, 864-5684.
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Community Medical School: Panelists Diane Jaworski, Stephen Leffler, David Lisle and James Slauterbeck share their expertise in “Getting the Heads-Up: Understanding, Treating and Preventing Concussion.” Carpenter Auditorium, Given Medical Building, UVM, Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 847-2886.
Spring Cleansing: In the spirit of the season, health junkies learn which herbs aid the liver in its role as the body's detoxifier. City Market, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700.
'The Deep Blue Sea': See FRI.27, 5:30 p.m.
Christina Weakland: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts' director of education details the venue's arts education offerings. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.
Avoid Falls With Improved Stability: See FRI.27, 10 a.m.
'Grease': John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John dance and sing as ’50s teens in the original “highschool musical” flick. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.
Women's Pickup Soccer: Ladies of all ages and abilities break a sweat while passing around
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.
'Thin Ice': See FRI.27, 7:30 p.m.
UVM Student Compositions: Music scholars offer eclectic, brand-new works. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776.
TJM Run for Lung Cancer Research: In honor of Tracy Jill McPhail, a runner who lost a spirited battle with lung cancer at age 25, participants walk or run a 5K to support LUNGevity. Vergennes Union Elementary School, 10 a.m. $15-25. Info, tjm.run.for. email@example.com.
Book Discussion Series: Canadian Cultural Diversity: Readers talk “aboot” Roy MacGregor's Canoe Lake, following an American woman's search for her mother. Wake Robin Retirement Community, Shelburne, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-0659.
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Vermont Restaurant Week: See FRI.27, 11 a.m.11 p.m.
Merchant's Bank 150: Stock-car racers “run” laps around a track. See calendar spotlight. Thunder Road Speed Bowl, Barre, 1 p.m. $20; free for children 12 and under. Info, 244-6963.
Primo Maggio 2012: May Day Tour of Hope Cemetery: Granite sculptor Giuliano Cecchinelli narrates a walk through the burial grounds. Hope Cemetery, Barre, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 479-5600.
The La De Les: Fishing The Sky, Parmaga, Disco Phantom And DJ Vinyl Ritchie open for the Boston shoegaze band. BCA Center, Burlington, 8 p.m. $8. Info, 865-7166.
Everything Equine Extreme Trail Challenge: Top horse-and-rider teams from New England complete a series of judged and timed obstacles. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 10:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $8-10; free for kids under 5. Info, 878-5545.
FlynnArts Performance Ensemble: Adults stage skits and scenes they've developed in 12 weeks of classes. Hoehl Studio Lab, Flynn Center, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 863-5966.
Creating a Financial Future: Folks learn to build wealth over a lifetime. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Info, 860-1417, ext. 114. 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.
Sunday Jazz: Serbian guitar group Trio Balkan Strings perform original, unconventional instrumentals. See calendar spotlight. Brandon Music, 7 p.m. $15-18. Info, 465-4071.
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Women & girLs Zumba CLass: Fast-paced rhythms fuel a Latin-inspired dance-fitness party led by Casey Clark. Chabad of Vermont, Burlington, 7-8 p.m. $7. Info, 658-5770.
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.
highgate storY hour: Good listeners giggle and wiggle to age-appropriate lit. Highgate Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970.
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, contact@essasky. com.
grand isLe Pajama storY time: Listeners show up with blankets for bedtime tales. Grand Isle Free Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
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Kids in the KitChen: Chocoholics stir up a bubbling pot of pudding. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 8632569, ext. 1. 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: eggs!: Budding scientists explore the secrets of a developing egg. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free with admission. Info, 877-324-6386. south hero PLaYgrouP: Free play, crafting and snacks entertain children and their grownup companions. South Hero Congregational Church, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. st. aLbans PLaYgrouP: Creative activities and storytelling engage the mind. St. Luke's Church, St. Albans, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
Pause CaFé: French speakers of all levels converse en français. Levity Café, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.
sPring migration bird WaLK: See FRI.27, 7-8:30 a.m.
behind-the-sCenes LunCh & disCussion: 'serious moneY': Directory Cheryl Faraone and the cast and crew of this upcoming production open up about their creative decisions for staging Caryl Churchill's satirical play. Seeler Studio Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 12:30 p.m. Donations accepted; lunch is provided. Info, 443-6433. Primo maggio 2012: dennis montagna: The director of the National Park Service speaks on “Standing on the Border of Two Worlds: The Seeds and Flowering of American Garden Cemeteries.” Old Labor Hall, Barre, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 479-5600.
'ChiCago': See WED.25, 7:30 p.m.
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seLLing to the emPLoYees: King Arthur Flour CEO Steve Voigt, Vermont Employee Ownership Center program director Don Jamison and Hogue Business Valuation's Ray Hogue focus on the future in “Employee Ownership as a Path for Business Succession.” King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center, Norwich, 2-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 321-8362.
imProv night: See WED.25, 8-10 p.m. traiLer ParK boYs: In “The Ricky, Julian and Bubbles Community Service Variety Show,” the characters of a hit mockumentary TV program must perform a puppet show about the dangers of alcohol and drugs. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $31.15-41.88. Info, 863-5966.
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VerMont HiStory day PreSentationS: Milton High School students share presentations on the Berlin airlift, the Philippine revolution, Mormonism, Title IX and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Milton Historical Society, 7:30-9 p.m. Info, 363-2598. VerMont itaLian cLuB: Members gather historical information and photos of Burlington's displaced Little Italy neighborhood, which they plan to incorporate into four interpretive signs throughout the area in which it stood. Community Room. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5961.
'naked LuncH': Inspired by writer William S. Burroughs, David Cronenberg's offbeat 1991 film focuses on a man who accidentally kills his wife and becomes part of a wild government conspiracy. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. 'tHe deeP BLue Sea': See FRI.27, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. 'tHin ice': See FRI.27, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
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euGene uMan: Vermont Jazz Center's artistic director details “The Life and Times of Thelonious Monk,” an American jazz giant. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. HaroLd HoLzer: A historian shares his thoughts on “Why Lincoln Matters: To Presidents, to History and to Us.” Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184. Mary cHiLderS: A memoirist discusses her broken childhood, her path out of poverty and the ethical issues she faced writing about them in Welfare Brat. First Congregational Church, Manchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 362-2607. MicHaeL arnoWitt: In a piano performance and lecture, the musician explores Beethoven's sketchbooks to understand his creative process. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. roB MerMin: Circus Smirkus' founder upends assumptions about how the world works through mind-boggling demonstrations in “The History of Magic.” Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 334-7902.
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Peter GaranG denG: The memoirist speaks about his experiences as a child, as related to his book Lost Generation: The Story of a Sudanese Orphan. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 861-2343. exteMPo: LiVe oriGinaL StoryteLLinG: Amateur raconteurs deliver brief, polished, true stories, without notes. The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 8 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 229-0598. m
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'oPuS 24': Professional woodwind and string musicians produce original student compositions at this Vermont MIDI Project event. Town Hall, Ludlow, noon-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 879-0065.
earLy SeaSon SaLadS: Home cooks show off the flavors of spring in creative dishes involving fennel, roasted beets, ricotta, boiled farm eggs and more. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.
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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.
LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Cost: $50/4-wk. class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Lessons also avail. in St. Albans. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757, firstname.lastname@example.org, FirstStepDance.com. Come alone, or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. MODERN DANCE: GAMBLE & RHYNARD: Sat., Apr. 28, Sheriefs Gamble: noon-2 p.m., Tiffany Rhynard: 2-4 p.m. Cost: $20/per session. Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill Street, suite 372, Burlington. Info: Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, lucille@naturalbodiespilates. com, NaturalBodiesPilates. com. Modern in the RAW: Sheriefs Gamble mines raw primal expression as a central device for dance vocabulary:
drumming TAIKO, DJEMBE, CONGAS & BATA!: Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, 18 Langdon St., Montpelier. AllTogetherNow, 170 Cherry Tree Hill Rd., E. Montpelier. Info: Stuart Paton, 999-4255, spaton55@gmail. com. Burlington! Beginners’ Taiko starts Tuesday, June 12; kids, 4:30 p.m., $60/6 weeks; adults, 5:30 p.m., $72/6 weeks. Advanced classes start Monday, June 11, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Cuban Bata and house-call classes by request. New Haven Town Hall Taiko Wednesdays, 3 weeks start 5/9, 6 p.m. Adults $36, Kids $30, $48 for parent/child. Montpelier Haitian drumming starts June 14, East Montpelier Thursdays! Cuban congas start June 14, 5:30, $45/3 weeks. Djembe starts 5/17 5:30 pm $45/3 weeks. Taiko starts 6/14 7 p.m. $45/3 weeks. Friday women’s Haitian drumming starts 6/15 5 p.m. $45/3 weeks.
empowerment THE POWER & USES OF SOUND: May 5-6, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $75/ incl. lunch & snacks both days. Location: 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909. Learn how to use sound, both vocal and instrumental, to heal yourself, improve your learning ability and enrich your life in this hands-on workshop. Participants will receive sound-making devices and a specially formulated CD. No musical ability or
fishing FLY-TYING WORKSHOPS: Apr. 24, 6-9 p.m., Monthly on day 11. Cost: $30/incl. all workshop incl. hooks, materials & loaner tying vise if needed. Location: Green Mountain Troutfitters, 233 Mill St., Jeffersonville. Info: Green Mountain Troutfitters, Chris Lynch, 644-2214, chris@ gmtrout.com, GMTROUT.com. “Feathers n’ Friends Fly Tying Workshops.” Once a month, the Green Mountain Troutfitters will host a guest fly tyer to lead an evening of tying instruction on his/her favorite patterns. Learn some new fly patterns and tricks from some of the best fly tyers around!
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, self-esteem and support network of women of all ages and abilities. Walkers and beginning runners welcome. This program is self-paced. It doesn’t matter where you start, it only matters that you start!
gardening 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.
healing HOLISTIC PATIENT CARE: Jun. 2-3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $250/ workshop. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, suite 109, Essex Jct. Info: Elements of Healing, Scott Moylan, 2888160, scott@elementsofhealing.
net, elementsofhealing.net. This two-day workshop is for nurses and other health care practitioners. It will introduce a variety of assessment and treatment strategies rooted in Chinese medicine. It will include pulse and abdominal assessement as well as massage techniques that can easily be integrated into any modality of practice.
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253-8358 email@example.com helenday.com 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. 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 fourweek 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. Using a method to facilitate drawing objects of various colors and forms, you will learn how to paint a still life. Students will 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.
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BOOTY BARRE CLASSES: Mon. at 5 p.m. & Tue. at 12:30 p.m. Cost: $15/class. Location: Absolute Pilates, 3060 Williston Rd., suite 6, S. Burlington. Info: 310-2614, absolutepilatesvt.com. Burn and firm with the butt-kicking Booty Barre workout at the Absolute Pilates studio in S. Burlington. Tighten, tone and sculpt arms, legs, abs, hips and booty with this intense, results-producing workout.
JEH KULU WEST AFRICAN STYLE DANCE: Mon. & Wed., 5:30-7 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, $13. Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Edge, S. Burlington, $15. Location: See website for other locations, and more classes. Info: 859-1802, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SWING DANCE CLASSES: May 9-30, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Weekly on Wednesday. Cost: $40/4-wk. session. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: Terry Bouricius, 8648382, email@example.com, vermontswings.com. 1950s rock-and-roll-style swing dance lessons for beginners and intermediates, taught by Terry Bouricius. No partner necessary. Terry has taught all styles of swing dancing to thousands of students using a fun but methodical approach since 1983.
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FINDING YOUR MISSION IN LIFE: Weekley on Wed., May 2-23, 7-9 p.m., + an individual session. Cost: $120/course. Location: 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909. Discover the unique way you are meant to make a difference in the world and open your life to joy, meaning and wonder. Led by Dr. Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author, with a personal reading by a member of the Life Mission Institute team.
HEALING DANCE FOR WOMEN: Apr. 28-Jun. 2, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Weekly on Sat. Cost: $100/5-wk. session. Location: Chace Mill, 1 Mill St., suite 312, Burlington. Info: Luanne Sberna, 8639775, Luannesberna@aol.com. Awaken body, mind and spirit from the immobility of depression. Using dance and movement activities, we will reconnect thought, feeling, sensation and action. No dance experience necessary. Also ideal for women in recovery from eating disorders, trauma and addictions. Luanne Sberna is a registered dance-movement therapist and licensed psychotherapist and addictions counselor.
dancers work from within, freeing aggression and sexuality. In Tiffany Rhynard’s workshop Radical Humanity, students create movement material from observations and explorations of the elastic similarities and differences between themselves and others.
GREEN MOUNTAIN FLY-FISH CAMP: Jul. 8-12. Cost: $695/ all-inclusive wk. (food, lodging, instruction, complete fly-fishing outfit, fishing pack & fly-tying tool kit). Location: Seyon Ranch State Park, 2967 Seyon Pond Rd., Groton. Info: Green Mountain Troutfitters, Chris Lynch, 644-2214, firstname.lastname@example.org, GMFFC.com. Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camp is New England’s newest destination camp providing kids between 10 and 15 years of age an incredibly unique, five-day/four-night fly-fishing experience in one of Vermont’s most pristine settings.
DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 5981077, email@example.com. Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m. $13/person for 1-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout!
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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. 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.
NATUREHAVEN NATURE CAMP & EDIBLE HERBS: Location: NatureHaven, 421 East Rd., Milton. Info: 893-1845, NatureHaven8@Huhges.net. Day Camp: for campers ages 6-9 and/or 10-13; weekdays (June-August) $30/day; $125/ week. Edible/Medicinal Plants of the Northeast: Individualized home-study/field-trip course with hands-on herbal preparations. Includes botany, ecology, Native American uses, folklore. $20 per session. Flexible scheduling. Discounts for families and referrals. WILDCRAFTING W/ THE SEASONS: May 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $60/class incl. take-home herbal medicine from the day’s harvest. Location: Metta Earth Institute, Lincoln. Info: Metta Earth institute, Gillian Comstock, 453-8111, info@ mettaearth.org, mettaearth. org. Spring is a traditional time to harvest wild roots, for food and medicine. This hands-on class will include herbal walk, medicinal plant harvesting, medicine making and discussion of Chinese medicine. WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk, Fri., May 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Sliding scale $10 to $0. Pre-registration appreciated. Wisdom of the Herbs 2012: Apr. 21-22, May 19-20, Jun. 16-17, Jul. 14-15, Aug. 11-12, Sep. 8-9, Oct. 6-7 & Nov. 3-4, 2012. Wild Edibles Intensive 2012: Spring/ Summer term: May 27, Jun. 24 & Jul. 22, 2012. Summer/Fall term: Aug. 19, Sep. 16 & Oct. 14, 2012. VSAC nondegree grants avail. to qualifying applicants. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122, annie@wisdomoftheherbsschool. com, wisdomoftheherbsschool.
com. Earth skills for changing times. Experiential programs embracing local wild edible and medicinal plants, food as first medicine, sustainable living skills, and the inner journey. Annie McCleary, director, and George Lisi, naturalist.
kids SUMMER CAMPS: FUN, ARTISTIC & EDUCATIONAL!: Starting week of June 18. Several sessions to choose from. 8:30-2:30, aftercare available. Ages 6-13. Cost: $300/week. Incl. materials & a healthy snack. Location: wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. Info: 233-7676, firstname.lastname@example.org, wingspanpaintingstudio. com. Come create in beautiful working studio and nearby park. Interdisciplinary camps fuse the arts with French one week, then science, then sature and another art and French week! Lunch/ games outdoors. Small sizes, plenty of one-on-one attention, inspiring and eco-friendly with recycled materials. Visit wingspanpaintingstudio for more info and to register!
language ASI APRENDEMOS ESPANOL: Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Ctr. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025, spanishparavos@ gmail.com, spanishwaterburycenter.com. Broaden your horizons, connect with a new world. We provide high-quality, affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. Our fifth year. Personal instruction from a native speaker. Small classes, private instruction, student tutoring, AP. See our website for complete information or contact us for details. FRENCH CLASSES THIS SUMMER!: 6-wk. term, begins 6/11 & continues through 7/19; classes held 6-7:30 p.m.; immersion session 6/11-21, 16 hrs. in 8 sessions, 8-10 a.m. Cost: $135/6-wk. class. Location: Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region, 302-304 Dupont Bldg., 123 Ethan Allen Ave. , Colchester. Info: Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region, Micheline Tremblay, 497-0420, michelineatremblay@ gmail.com, http://aflcr.org/ classes.shtml. Alliance Francaise Summer French Classes for Adults. Short refresh-and-review term designed to secure new
skills, as a warm-up for your next level or to get you ready for a vacation in France, Quebec, Guadalupe! Six weeks, just $135. Also: special two-week immersion for beginners. Full details and easy sign-up online.
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: 9518900, 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. AIKIDO CLASSES: This is a summary of the repeat configuration. Cost: $65/4 consecutive Tue., uniform incl. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, vermontaikido.org. Aikido trains body and spirit together, promoting physical flexibility and strong center within flowing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others and confidence in oneself. Vermont Aikido invites you to explore this graceful martial art in a safe, supportive environment. MARTIAL WAY SELF-DEFENSE CENTER: Please visit website for schedule. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, 3 locations, Colchester, Milton, St. Albans. Info: 893-8893, martialwayvt. com. Beginners will find a comfortable and welcoming environment, a courteous staff, and a nontraditional approach that values the beginning student as the most important member of the school. Experienced martial artists will be impressed by our instructors’ knowledge and humility, our realistic approach, and our straightforward and fair tuition and billing policies. We are dedicated to helping every member achieve his or her highest potential in the martial arts. Kempo, Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Wing Chun, Arnis, Thinksafe Self-Defense. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 660-4072, Julio@bjjusa. com, 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 JiuJitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian JiuJitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
massage ASIAN BODYWORK THERAPY PROGRAM: Weekly on Mon., Tue. Cost: $5,000/500-hr. program. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, suite 109, Essex Jct. Info: Elements of Healing, Scott Moylan, 288-8160, elementsofhealing@verizon. net, elementsofhealing.net. This program teaches two forms of massage, Amma and Shiatsu. We will explore Oriental medicine theory and diagnosis as well as the body’s meridian system, acupressure points, Yin Yang and 5-Element Theory. Additionally, 100 hours of Western anatomy and physiology will be taught. VSAC nondegree grants are available. NCBTMB-assigned school. FOCUS ON THE SPINE: May 1213, 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, email@example.com. In this class we will use Orthobionomy 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 INTRODUCTION TO ZEN: Sat., May 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $30/half-day workshop, limited-time price. Location: Vermont Zen Center, 480 Thomas Rd., Shelburne. Info: Vermont Zen Center, 985-9746, firstname.lastname@example.org, vermontzen.org. This workshop
is conducted by an ordained Zen Buddhist teacher and focuses on the theory and meditation practices of Zen Buddhism. Preregistration required. Call for more info or register online. LEARN TO MEDITATE: Meditation instruction available Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appointment. The Shambhala Cafe meets the first Sat. of each month for meditation and discussions, 9 a.m.-noon. An Open House occurs every third Fri. evening of each month, 7-9 p.m., which includes an intro to the center, a short dharma talk and socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 So. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795, 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: Location: Linda Rock Photography, 48 Laurel Dr., Essex Jct. Info: Linda Rock Photography, Linda Rock, 2389540, lrphotography@comcast. net, lindarockphotography.com. Digital photography, one-on-one private classes of your choice: beginner digital photography, intermediate photography, digital workflow, lighting techniques, set up your photo business, portrait posing, Photoshop and more. $69/half day, $125/full day.
pilates HERMINE LOVES PILATES MAT!: Weekly: Mon., 11 a.m., Tue., 5:30 p.m., Sat., 9:45 a.m. Cost: $13/ drop-in; better rates on your class card. 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 Hermine’s mat classes in a calm and professional studio. In addition to strength and flexibility, Pilates mat exercise relieves stress, promotes whole-body health, restores awareness, and results in a general sense of wellbeing. Private sessions available by appointment.
pottery SPRING POTTERY CLASSES: Classes Mon.-Fri. Location: Montpelier Mud, 961 Route 2, Middlesex. Info: Montpelier Mud, Michael Sullivan, 224-7000, email@example.com, montpeliermud.com. Mud season is still here! Pottery classes begin May 7 for kids, adults and teens, all levels. $80-195, varies by class.
psychotherapy HEALING DANCE FOR WOMEN: Apr. 28-Jun. 2, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Weekly on Sat. Cost: $100/5-wk. session. Location: Chace Mill, 1 Mill St., suite 312, Burlington. Info: Luanne Sberna, 8639775, Luannesberna@aol.com. Awaken body, mind and spirit from the immobility of depression. Using dance and movement activities, we will reconnect thought, feeling, sensation and action. No dance experience necessary. Also ideal for women in recovery from eating disorders, trauma and addictions. Luanne Sberna is a registered dance-movement therapist and licensed psychotherapist and addictions counselor.
reiki REIKI TRAINING CLASSES: Apr. 23-Aug. 31. Location: Shanti Healing Network, Burlington, VT. Info: Shanti Healing Network, Jennifer Kerns, 339-222-4753, JKerns16@gmail.com, shantihealingnetwork.com. Learn Reiki! A Japanese technique used to reduce stress, increase relaxation and support your body’s natural ability to heal itself. Shanti Healing Network offers custom tailored classes that work with your busy schedule. Reiki Levels 1, 2, 3, and a unique master/teacher apprenticeship program. VSAC nondegree grants available.
shamanism INTRO TO SHAMANIC JOURNEYING: May 5, 2-4 p.m. Cost: $35/2-hr. class. Location: Shaman’s Flame, 644 Log Town Road, East Calais. Info: Shaman’s Flame, Peter Clark, 456-8735, firstname.lastname@example.org, shamansflame.com. Experiential workshop includes shamanic cosmology, shamanic journeying. Meet helping spirits who can provide great guidance and assistance. Begin to walk the path of self-empowerment. Expand your consciousness, learn of integrative spiritual healing. This opens new worlds for you and prepares you for more advanced workshops offered this summer.
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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.
stress reduction the effeCtS of tRaUma & StReSS on BoDY, minD & SPiRit: May 4, 7 p.m. Cost: $15/ class. Location: 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909. Learn a series of valuable tools for healing the effects of trauma and stress in a playful format that provides time for selfinquiry with careful instruction. Taught by Julie Teetsov, PhD, life coach, yoga teacher and analytical chemist, visiting us from New Zealand.
Calming the anxioUS BoDY anD minD With linDSaY foReman: May 10-31, 5:30-7:15 p.m., Weekly on Thursday. Cost: $80/person. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., Suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, vtcyt.com. Would you like to feel less anxious and more comfortable with yourself? In a supportive environment, participants will examine their own inner “critical” voice in order to find their way to a more compassionate and loving self. Gentle yoga postures, breathing exercises, journaling and guided meditation practices will be introduced.
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, kathy@yogavermont. 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: Yoga classes 7 days a week. Cost: $13/ class; $110/10 classes; $130/ unlimited monthly, Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. classes by donation, $5-15. 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. Study with amazing guest teachers including Jessica Jollie on April 30 and Arlene Griffin on May 20.
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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 VSAC-approved 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. m
the anatomY of tRanSfoRmation With SPeCial gUeSt DR. JUlieta i. RUShfoRD-Santiago: May 12, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $35/person. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., Suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, vtcyt.com. Learn how simple techniques like daily affirmations and the use of essential oils have a measurable and reproducible effect in the brain, which leads to increased self-awareness and facilitates personal transformation.
eVolUtion Yoga: $14/class, $130/class card. $5-$10 community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, Burlington. Info: 8649642, firstname.lastname@example.org, evolutionvt.com. Evolution’s certified teachers are skilled with students ranging from beginner to advanced. We offer classes in Vinyasa, Anusarainspired, Kripalu and Iyengar yoga. Babies/kids classes also available! Prepare for birth and strengthen postpartum with pre-/postnatal yoga, and check out our thriving massage practice. Participate in our community blog: evolutionvt.com/ evoblog.
Yang-StYle tai Chi: New 8-wk. beginners class session begins Apr. 25, 5:30 p.m. $125. Cost: $16/class. Location: Vermont Tai Chi Academy & Healing Center, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Turn right into driveway immed. after 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.
WoRking thRoUgh StReSS anD anxietY: a gRoUP PRoCeSS With tiSha ShUll & CaRoline o’ConnoR: May 3-Jun. 21, 5:30-7 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $30/session, $240/series. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset Street, Suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, vtcyt.com. For those struggling with anxiety and high stress, this group is an chance to develop close relationships with other people, process issues surrounding causes of anxiety and stress, discuss coping mechanisms to live more fully, and work to overcome our fears.
Snake-StYle tai Chi ChUan: Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902, iptaichi.org. The Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill.
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utside Waylon Speed’s practice loft in a Williston warehouse, airtight country-metal songs waft into the street. Inside, a black-and-white photograph of Hank Williams fills an entire wall, the country legend peering between two stacks of amplifiers as a shirtless Kelly Ravin cracks a 27th-birthday Budweiser. His band is rehearsing for an upcoming tour and a release party for their third full-length album, Valance, at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge in South Burlington. That show will also feature Burlington punks Rough Francis and Speed bassist Noah Crowther’s acoustic duo, Rabid Cobra. Waylon Speed rose from the ashes after the demise of popular local bands Lucy Vincent and Chuch. Ravin, who sings and plays guitar, says he was on tour in the Caribbean with Lucy Vincent in 2008 when he reached a boiling point. “It didn’t end pretty,” he says of his departure. After a year of playing solo shows around town and taking his Kelly Ravin Trio on cross-country tours, the musician met up with Chuch members Chad Hammaker and Justin and Noah Crowther at a Honky-Tonk Tuesday session at Radio Bean. They were seeking an ax man to round out their posse. “Kelly was just an unbelievable fit,” Hammaker says. “I had never played in a band with another guitarist without butting heads.” Ravin, who calls his and Hammaker’s sound “guitarmonics,” agrees. “Everyone’s got an ego; there’s no getting around it,” he says. “But all of ours just disappear when Waylon Speed play together.” They named themselves after Hammaker’s son, Waylon, who, after watching the movie Speed Racer, decided to rename himself. It didn’t take long for Waylon Speed to start gigging beyond Vermont, including in west Texas, where their mix of country twang and metal is a natural fit. Noah Crowther recalls an older woman approaching them after a show in Austin to say, “Y’all are way more Texas than any of
these boys down here. Not bad for a bunch of Yanks!” “Yeah, we do really well in Texas,” Ravin says. “It’s just hard to get there.” Though they’ve had their share of van problems, the band members pride themselves on never missing a show thanks to their DIY know-how — both Noah Crowther and Hammaker are auto mechanics. Their respect for the handmade extends to their instruments, too: Ravin’s Telecaster-style guitar and Noah Crowther’s P-Bass-esque bass were made by Burlington artisan guitar luthier Creston Lea. Ravin’s father built his amplifier, and both of the band’s guitarists make pedals for themselves. Another notable, if less musically inclined, construct is a ball of fireworks the band lit in the van while driving through Kentucky. “It was like a cannonball of bullshit fireworks,” Justin Crowther remembers. After throwing the blazing flambeau from the moving van, the band watched in horror as “a fire truck circus” whizzed by the truck stop where they laid low until the blaze was snuffed. Though waggish humor is an obvious and important aspect of the band’s appeal, an earnestness is at the head of Speed’s style and sound. “This band means the world to all four of us,” Noah says. “It’s the end-all, be-all of what the fuck we do.” In each of Valance’s 10 songs, that dedication and talent is evident. Ben Collette engineered the album last October at Phish’s Barn recording studio outside Burlington. The Barn’s open-room setup allowed the musicians to play together while
recording, capturing a live-show sound. “We’re a live band,” Noah Crowther says. “That’s our thing.” Collette recorded Speed onto twoinch tape, transferred it to Pro Tools, then mixed it back onto tape, which, Noah adds, “is about as analog as it gets these days.” Special guests on Valance include Joe Cleary on fiddle, Brett “the Ghost” Lanier on pedal steel and Adam Frehm on lap steel guitar. Speed write their songs collaboratively. “Silver and Gold,” an album highlight, was written by passing a notebook around and trading riffs at practice. The song evolves from a rolling, country pace into a pulsing ballad marked by a slightly distorted guitar relishing the euphony. Ravin and Noah Crowther trade singing on the verses and meet in perfect congeniality for the chorus. The record was tracked in five days and mixed in two. For mastering, the group solicited famed engineer Fred Kevorkian, who’s worked with luminaries such as Iggy Pop, Willie Nelson and Phish. Speed has another connection to Phish: Bassist Mike Gordon this year played an April Fools joke on Speed’s manager, Leah Konecny, by pretending to be a representative from Spin magazine who wanted to write a feature on the band. “We were stoked!” remembers Ravin. “We were telling our wives and our families we were gonna be in Spin, but then after calling the number back, Leah was like, ’Oh wait, it’s Mike.’” “Waylon Speed is a really cool band, so I meant only respect when I was doing this April Fools joke on Leah,” Gordon says. “And by the way, I realized that I missed by one day because it was March 31.”
The crank call from on high was more of a rite of passage than anything else. Gordon says Phish was subject to the same prank in the ’80s. “I’m really looking forward to hearing the new album,” he adds. Speed say they’re proud of their Burlington home but are careful not to overexpose themselves here. Tour life has its perks, after all. “We get to watch movies in the van when we go on tour,” Ravin says. The group recalls showing up at a venue one night while holding back tears after watching E.T. on the ride there. “It was that scene where he’s all pale an’ shit in the ditch,” he continues, before taking a long, contemplative drag from his cigarette. After practice, the guys step outside to continue celebrating Ravin’s birthday. They congregate around the bed of his black pickup and listen to demos of songs in the works for their next album. Asked whether they still get skittish before big shows, the band members agree that their chemistry gives them confidence. “Y’know, with my old bands we’d get back in the van and be like, “That was a bad show,” Noah Crowther says. “That doesn’t really happen with us.” “Yeah,” Hammaker says as he lights a thin cigar and shakes out the match, “there are some days when I just feel like we could take over the world.”
Waylon Speed celebrate the release of Valance at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge in South Burlington this Saturday, April 28. 8:30 p.m. $10/12. AA.
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play the trombone. Harvey is best known locally as a pianist, but he built his reputation as a trombonist, studying under cecil tayloR and performing with the likes of don cheRRy, BoBBy McFeRRin and Phish. Sadly, he’s been unable to play his horn for years, since he lost his front teeth following complications from drug addiction. But he’s giving it a go again, which he says has been a humbling experience. He’s also been writing a lot of new material, which he’ll unveil at Radio Bean in Burlington this Saturday, April 28, with a crack band consisting of Max BRonstein on guitar, RoB MoRse on bass, andRew MoRoz on keys and geza caRR on drums. Good to have you back, James.
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a bill with songwriter JiM kelleR, better known as a cofounder of the band toMMy tutone and the cowriter of the song “867-5309/Jenny.” While it would be easy to dismiss him as a one-hit wonder, Keller is still actively writing. And more, he’s actually pretty good in a BRuce sPRingsteen-lite kind of way. He also counts toM waits among his fans. Says Mr. Waits, “Listening to Jim Keller’s music makes me feel like I have big plans, no worries and all of my hair.” Taking a cue from indie music promoters such as Angioplasty Media and MSR Presents, who snag their favorite on-the-cusp touring bands to book at VT clubs, local comedian Phil davidson is applying the concept to standup. The idea is to take rising comedic stars who might otherwise overlook Vermont and set them up with a show in our increasingly comedy-hungry state. First up, Mike Recine, this Saturday, April 28, at the Monkey House. Recine is a
regular on the NYC comedyclub circuit and last year was tabbed to perform at the New Faces showcase at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montréal, which is kind of a big deal. Also on the bill, NYC comedian eRin lennox, local funny man aaRon Black and Davidson. Are you familiar with the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers? The group is an alliance of women from indigenous cultures from all over the world who promote “prayer, education and healing for the Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children for the next seven generations to come.” What happens after seven generations? No idea. But for the time being, it seems we’re covered. Anyway, the Grandmothers are organizing a 1390-mile horseback ride from Oklahoma to Montana that retraces the Cheyenne Exodus of 1878. What does this have to do with SoUnDbITeS
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Speaking of comebacks, the Burlington Coffeehouse songwriter series rides again. Founded in 1989 by late local songwriter Rachel Bissex, BC has known several homes over the years, including JM Noonies, City Market and the Rhombus Gallery. The series has been a staple of First Night Burlington celebrations since its inception, though a nonNYE show hasn’t happened since 2004. JeFF MilleR, who helped Bissex organize the Coffeehouse almost from the beginning, has again picked up the mantle and will continue the revived series on a monthly basis at Studio A in Burlington’s North End Studios. The first edition is this Friday, April 27, with songwriter tRacy gRaMMeR, who is touring behind a new album of previously unreleased material with her late partner, dave caRteR, entitled Little Blue Egg. Local songwriter ReBecca Padula opens.
Local jazz giant JaMes haRvey has had a rough go of it lately. He was recently hospitalized with an undisclosed illness and has been, as he puts it, “more or less homeless” otherwise. But it seems things are looking up for the noted composer and bandleader. Harvey writes that he’s recovering “nicely” on his family’s farm and has even started relearning to
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Drink the Kool Aid A few things you might not know about mysterious indie
duo CuLts: They never meant to become popular or famous — they were discovered while in film
school, after putting on Bandcamp some lo-fi recordings they had made for friends. Singer Madeline Follin and guitarist Brian Oblivion are a real-life couple. When she was 9, Follin and her stepdad were in a punk band that cut a record with Dee Dee Ramone. The label that released the band’s 2011 self-titled debut is run by Lily Allen. Their song “Go Outside” features clips of famed cult leader Jim Jones speaking. Intrigued? Cults play the Higher Ground Ballroom this Friday, April 27, with sPECtraLs and Mrs. MagiCian.
HigHEr grounD baLLrooM: sweet start smackdown: Restaurant Week Pastry Battle, 5:30 p.m., $8/10. AA.
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Vermont? Glad you asked. There is a local fundraiser for the project this Thursday, April 26, at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge. The show features comedian JOSIE LEAVITT and local altcountry songwriter LOWELL THOMPSON. Prodigal guitar monster NICK
CASSARINO returns this week,
and he’s got a new band. They’re called the SHIFT, and Cassarino describes the group, which features some of his old friends from the LIFTED CREW, as “vision rock.” Nifty. He adds that the band recorded a debut record at the Barn last December and plans for a summer release. In the meantime, you can check ’em out at Nectar’s this Friday, April 27, with KAT WRIGHT & THE INDOMITABLE SOUL BAND.
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RYAN POWER engineered the recording, and the Tank Studio’s ROB O’DEA mastered it. (BTW, can we make a new rule that I only mention Ryan when he didn’t record some awesome local band’s latest album? At this point, can’t we just assume he did unless otherwise noted?) Also of note on the new album, local indie-pop songwriter MISSY BLY, who reportedly will join the band on their European tour this summer. A few advance tracks from the album will be available in June. But if you really can’t wait, you can stream the first single, “Burning Streets of Rome,” at fikarecordings. com.
In celebration of the end of the spring semester at local colleges, local EDM crews 2K DEEP and MUSHPOST are throwing a two-floor, threeroom, 17-DJ bash called Clusterf*ck 2 at Nectar’s and Club Metronome on Wednesday, May 2. I’m told each room — the third would be the Metronome Lounge — will feature different genres, including dubstep, UK bass,
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is the same Joe Walsh who was in some band called the EAGLES. Yeah, I got my Joe Walshes mixed up. However, the Joe Walsh coming to Burlington is in a pretty good band: the GIBSON BROTHERS. But he is not a member of a legendary country-rock band with one of the greatestselling albums of all time. Apologies to Joe Walsh. And also to Joe Walsh.
Last but not least, I goofed. Badly. In last week’s column, I accidentally implied that the JOE WALSH who is headlining the first installment of ZACK DUPONT’s listening room series at the Black Box Theater in June COURTESY OF THE SHIFT
Local twee-ty birds the SMITTENS will also have a new record out this summer, and a new label to boot. The band’s fourth full-length, Believe Me, hits stores in July and is being released on London’s Fika Recordings.
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a swing-revival act. Though they’ve evoked comparisons to the likes of Squirrel Nut Zippers, they trace their lineage to, and draw their name from, an early, eclectic style of jazz group: the spasm band. Popular in the 1920s and ’30s, spasm bands employed unconventional instruments — washboard, jug bass, kazoo, etc. — to deliver a haphazard take on swingin’ jazz, more hot shack than hot house. This Sunday, April 29, the End
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RED SQUARE: Bob Wagner (singer-songwriter), 5 p.m., Free. Joshua Panda Band (soul), 8 p.m., $5.
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particular, Berlin’s inventive percussion work adds both depth and character and is a fitting complement to Lewis’ dramatic compositions. The record closes on an optimistic note with “Change Is.” Like it or not, Vermont is forever changed by Tropical Storm Irene. But as Lewis suggests through a bright, rootsy polyphony of banjo, mandola — courtesy of Kristina Stykos — and his own swooning violin, with great change comes great opportunity. Vermont Resurrection by Spencer Lewis is available at spencerlewismusic. com.
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Tropical Storm Irene was among the most transformative events in Vermont history. No corner of the state, even those left relatively unscathed by its devastation, was completely untouched by its wrath. Irene both literally and figuratively changed the landscape of the Green Mountain State. Even some eight months later, it’s difficult to comprehend the destruction left in her wake. On his 22nd album, prolific local composer and multi-instrumentalist Spencer Lewis attempts to synthesize the impact and aftermath of the storm through a suite of eight impressionistic folk instrumentals titled Vermont Resurrection. The album opens with the sublimely ethereal “Dreams.” Lewis’ violin arcs and bows over a rippling cadence of acoustic guitar and shuffling drums. It’s not hard to picture dawn breaking over some typically serene Vermont scene — perhaps rolling farmland, or a babbling mountain stream. It is soothing and refreshing, like that first cool breath of air on a crisp fall morning. It is the calm before the storm. Ominous clouds gather on the horizon during “Break the Fall.” The
song builds from a breezy acoustic guitar and violin duet into a dark maelstrom, gusting with menacing distortion guitar sustains. On “September One,” the fury relents. It is beautiful and, at just under 90 seconds, fleeting. A lone acoustic guitar meanders as if quietly marveling girlingtongarage.com at the storm’s incomprehensible carnage. For all its terrible brutality, there was something awe inspiring about the sheer force of Irene. Are you 1thinking about 16t-Girlington042512.indd 4/23/12 “Believing” sets about the task of starting or expanding picking up the pieces. It is bright and your family? upbeat, implying the promise of better days over a driving rock beat, Chas If you are a woman: Eller’s swirling Hammond and Lewis’ Between the ages of 18 and 42 exultant violin. Plan to conceive in the next year Eller is not the only notable guest on Resurrection. Local songwriter Bow AND .........Have never had a child before Thayer lends electric guitar muscle to OR.............Have had preeclampsia in the past the title track, a sweeping seven-minute OR.............Have Type 1 diabetes Americana hymn that serves as the OR.............Have a personal or family history album’s beating heart. He later turns of hypertension or preeclampsia up on banjo, as well. Throughout the album, Jeff Berlin and Scott Paulson THEN Researchers at the University of Vermont would make up a crack rhythm section like to speak with you. This study will examine risk on drums and bass, respectively. In factors for preeclampsia, a disease of pregnancy.
Tommy Alexander has carved out a nice little niche for himself in Burlington. The college baseball player turned acoustic-guitar-slinging troubadour gigs around town constantly, playing one cozy café or college bar seemingly every night of the week. In addition to his busy performance schedule, Alexander is also the founder of Jenke Records, a small imprint that’s home to a ragtag assortment of Vermont songwriters. As if that weren’t enough, he has recently unveiled yet another project, a collaboration with his best friend, songwriter Alanna Grace Flynn, called Quiet Lion. Their self-titled debut EP deepens both Alexander’s and his label’s enigma. Left to his own devices, Alexander trends toward introspective and at times melodramatic, confessional songwriting, as evidenced in his 2011 solo debut, Maybe One Day. That tendency is apparent throughout Quiet Lion EP’s five cuts. But where his solo record favored a blunt approach, here Alexander’s wounded musings seem softened. Credit is due to Grace Flynn, whose easy, Deschanel-ian croon is a fitting foil for Alexander’s M. Wardmeets-Conor-Oberst weariness. On the opening cut, “The Quiet Child,” she tempers his lovelorn wanderlust with warmth and tenderness. Alexander is predictably solid throughout, and his writing seems to have evolved from the straightforward prose that characterized his solo debut. The poetic nuance and depth here is a pleasant surprise. Even more pleasant is the revelation that is Grace Flynn. While the EP is
essentially a duet album, it’s hard not to want to hear more from Alexander’s songwriting partner. When she does take the lead, as on the EP’s fourth track, “Home Grown,” the results are sparkling. Her delivery is effortless and flirtatious, which provides a welcome contrast to Alexander’s brooding. “The Bird House” is the best example of how well matched these two are, and how potent a combination they can be. Trading verses, Grace Flynn and Alexander alternate sun-dappled whimsy and overcast melancholy before joining voices at the chorus, bringing the song, and the EP, to a close in humble and comforting fashion. Quiet Lion EP by Quiet Lion is available at tommyalexander.bandcamp. com. Tommy Alexander performs at Manhattan Pizza & Pub in Burlington this Saturday, April 28.
na: not availABLE. AA: All ages.
City Limits: Smokin’ Gun (rock), 9 p.m., Free.
Rí Rá Irish Pub: The X-Rays (rock), 10 p.m., Free.
On the Rise Bakery: Red Hot Juba (cosmic Americana), 8 p.m., Donations.
The Skinny Pancake: Bread and Bones (folk), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.
Two Brothers Tavern: The Grift (rock), 10 p.m., $3.
T Bones Restaurant and Bar: Open Mic, 7 p.m., Free.
Bee’s Knees: Dan Liptak & Greg Evans (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Grey Fox Inn: Folk by Association (folk), 6:30 p.m., Free. The Hub Pizzeria & Pub: Pulse Prophets (reggae), 9 p.m., Free. Moog’s: Seth Yacovone Blues Trio, 9 p.m., Free. Parker Pie Co.: Americana Acoustic Session, 6 p.m., Free. Rimrocks Mountain Tavern: Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
Monopole: High Peaks (rock), 10 p.m., Free. Therapy: Pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.
1/2 Lounge: Near North (folk), 7 p.m., Free. Flashback with DJ Rob Douglas (house), 10 p.m., Free.
(mountain blues), 8 p.m., $5. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $5.
Bagitos: Irish Session with Sarah Blair, Hillary Farrington Koehler, Benedict Koehler, 2 p.m., Donations. Blue Fox (blues), 6 p.m., Donations. The Black Door: Seashell Radio (chamber folk), 9 p.m., $5. Charlie O’s: Saint Anyway (bluegrass), 10 p.m., Free. Cider House BBQ and Pub: Dan Boomhower (piano), 6 p.m., Free.
Positive Pie 2: D’Moja (world music), 10:30 p.m., $7.
51 Main: Cats Under the Stars (Jerry Garcia Band tribute), 9 p.m., Free. City Limits: Dance Party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free. Two Brothers Tavern: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
Bee’s Knees: Open Mic, 7:30 p.m., Free.
Franny O’s: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
Moog’s: Red Hot Juba (cosmic Americana), 9 p.m., Free.
Higher Ground Ballroom: Greg Brown (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $28/31. AA.
Parker Pie Co.: The AV Club (rock), 8 p.m., $5.
Levity Café: Saturday Night Comedy (standup), 8 p.m., $8. Marriott Harbor Lounge: Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8:30 p.m., Free. Monkey House: Mike Recine, Phil Davidson, Aaron Black, Erin Lennox (standup), 8 p.m., $10. Insurrection (industrial), 10 p.m., $5. Nectar’s: Rick Redington (solo acoustic), 7 p.m., Free. Sophistafunk, StereoFidelics (funk), 9 p.m., $5. On Tap Bar & Grill: Quadra (rock), 9 p.m., Free. Radio Bean: Nick Cassarino (jazz), 2 p.m., Free. Super Gold Sing-Along with Jay Ekis, 4 p.m., Free. Giovanina Bucci (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., Free. Andy Plante (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Julie Winn (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., Free. James Harvey (jazz), 9 p.m., Free. The Concrete Rivals (surf rock), 10:30 p.m., Free. Red Square: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 5 p.m., Free. Eames Brothers Band
By the Seashore Composed of four singer-songwriters, Tucson’s
draw on a diverse
range of voices and influences. There’s the novel-writing cellist, the bass player who works with cool bands such as Calexico, the drummer whose bandmates describe as “weird.” But as the band’s new album, Slick Machine, suggests, despite these divergent pieces, Seashell Radio’s whole — inspired by rock, folk and classical — is often greater than the sum of its parts. This Saturday, April 28, the band plays the Black Door in Montpelier.
The Hub Pizzeria & Pub: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
JP’s Pub: Dave Harrison’s Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.
sat.28 // Seashell Radio [chamber pop]
Cork Wine Bar: Brett Hughes (swampy-tonk), 8 p.m., Free.
Club Metronome: Retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5.
Higher Ground Showcase Lounge: Waylon Speed, Rough Francis (rock, punk), 8:30 p.m., $10/12. AA.
courtesy of Seashell radio
Rimrocks Mountain Tavern: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. Roadside Tavern: DJ Diego (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free.
Monopole: Rock Against Rape: Early Morning, Eat Sleep Funk (rock), 10 p.m., Free. Tabu Café & Nightclub: All Night Dance Party with DJ Toxic (Top 40), 5 p.m., Free.
1/2 Lounge: Songwriter’s Series (singer-songwriters), 7 p.m., Free. Building Blox with DJs Y-DNA & Legotronix (dubstep), 10 p.m., Free. Higher Ground Ballroom: Sepultura, Death Angel, Krisium, Havok (metal), 7:30 p.m., $22/25. AA. Monkey House: Crowd Control hosted by Colin Ryan and Pat Lynch (standup), 7 p.m., $5. 18+. Monty’s Old Brick Tavern: George Voland JAZZ: Audrey Bernstein, Joe Capps, Dan Skea, 4:30 p.m., Free. Nectar’s: Mi Yard Reggae Night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., Free.
Radio Bean: Old Time Sessions (old-time), 1 p.m., Free.
Bagitos: Ben Carr (acoustic), 11 a.m., Donations.
Bee’s Knees: Woodchuck’s Revenge (folk), 11 a.m., Donations. End Times Spasm Band (jazz, blues), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Sweet Crunch Bake Shop: Mary Collins and Don Tobey (folk), 10:30 a.m., Free.
1/2 Lounge: Family Night Open Jam, 10 p.m., Free. Club Metronome: WRUV & MIss Daisy present Motown Monday with DJs Big Dog, Disco Phantom, Thelonius X Llu, the Engine Ear, EOK (soul), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. Monkey House: Saint Anyway, Spinoza (Americana), 9 p.m., $5. 18+. Nectar’s: Metal Monday: Wrathchild, Eye Decide, Amadis, 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. On Tap Bar & Grill: Open Mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., Free. Radio Bean: Open Mic, 8 p.m., Free. Red Square: Industry Night with Robbie J (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free.
Ruben James: Why Not Monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
Bagitos: Open Mic, 7 p.m., Free.
Moog’s: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 8 p.m., Free.
1/2 Lounge: Sofa+Kings with DJs JJ & Jordy (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. Club Metronome: Bass Culture with DJs Jahson & Nickel B (dubstep), 9 p.m., Free. Higher Ground Ballroom: Mark Synott: Life on the Vertical (speaker), 7 p.m., $8/20.AA. Higher Ground Showcase Lounge: Dev, Outasight (electro-pop), 8 p.m., $20. AA. Leunig’s Bistro & Café: Trio Gusto (gypsy jazz), 7 p.m., Free. Monkey House: Not the Wind Not the Flag, Silent Isle (eclectic), 9 p.m., $5. 18+. Monty’s Old Brick Tavern: Open Mic, 6 p.m., Free. Nectar’s: Tuesday Bluesday: the Bob MacKenzie Band (blues), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. On Tap Bar & Grill: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. Radio Bean: Honky-Tonk Sessions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3.
Red Square: Upsetta International with Super K (reggae), 8 p.m., Free. Craig Mitchell (house), 10 p.m., Free. T Bones Restaurant and Bar: Trivia with General Knowledge, 7 p.m., Free.
Manhattan Pizza & Pub: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free. Monkey House: Jim Keller Band, the Aerolites (rock), 7 p.m., $5. 18+. Nectar’s: 2KDeep & Mushpost present: Clusterf*ck 2 (EDM), 9 p.m., $3/5/8. 18+.
Bagitos: Karl Miller (jazz), 6 p.m., Donations.
ONE Pepper Grill: Open Mic with Ryan Hanson, 8 p.m., Free.
Charlie O’s: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.
On Tap Bar & Grill: The Ryan Hanson Band (rock), 7 p.m., Free.
Radio Bean: Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., Free.
Two Brothers Tavern: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Free. Monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
Moog’s: Open Mic/Jam Night, 8:30 p.m., Free.
1/2 Lounge: Rewind with DJ Craig Mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. Scott Mangan & Guests (singer-songwriters), 8 p.m., Free. Club Metronome: 2KDeep & Mushpost present: Clusterf*ck 2 (EDM), 9 p.m., $3/5/8. 18+.
Red Square: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. The Skinny Pancake: Pandagrass (bluegrass), 6 p.m., $5 donation. T Bones Restaurant and Bar: Chad Hollister (rock), 8 p.m., Free.
Bagitos: Acoustic Blues Jam with the Usual Suspects, 6 p.m., Free. Gusto’s: Open Mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.
City Limits: Karaoke with Let It Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free.
Franny O’s: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free.
On the Rise Bakery: Open Blues Session, 8 p.m., Free.
Higher Ground Showcase Lounge: Mike Doughty (rock), 7:30 p.m., $16/18. AA.
Leunig’s Bistro & Café: Lila Webb & the Cartwheels (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.
Monopole: Open Mic, 8 p.m., Free. m
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51 mAiN, 51 Main St., Middlebury, 388-8209. bAr ANtiDotE, 35C Green St., Vergennes, 877-2555. brick box, 30 Center St., Rutland, 775-0570. thE briStoL bAkErY, 16 Main St., Bristol, 453-3280. cAroL’S huNgrY miND cAfé, 24 Merchant’s Row, Middlebury, 388-0101. citY LimitS, 14 Greene St., Vergennes, 877-6919. cLEm’S cAfé 101 Merchant’s Row, Rutland, 775-3337. DAN’S PLAcE, 31 Main St., Bristol, 453-2774.
ArVAD’S griLL & Pub, 3 S. Main St., Waterbury, 2448973. big PicturE thEAtEr & cAfé, 48 Carroll Rd., Waitsfield, 496-8994. thE bLAck Door, 44 Main St., Montpelier, 225-6479. brEAkiNg grouNDS, 245 Main St., Bethel, 392-4222. thE cENtEr bAkErY & cAfE, 2007 Guptil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-7500. cAStLErock Pub, 1840 Sugarbush Rd., Warren, 583-6594. chArLiE o’S, 70 Main St., Montpelier, 223-6820. cJ’S At thAN WhEELErS, 6 S. Main St., White River Jct., 280-1810. cork WiNE bAr, 1 Stowe St., Waterbury, 882-8227. grEEN mouNtAiN tAVErN, 10 Keith Ave., Barre, 522-2935. guSto’S, 28 Prospect St., Barre, 476-7919. hEN of thE WooD At thE griStmiLL, 92 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-7300. hoStEL tEVErE, 203 Powderhound Rd., Warren, 496-9222. kiSmEt, 52 State St., Montpelier, 223-8646. kNottY ShAmrock, 21 East St., Northfield, 485-4857. LocAL foLk SmokEhouSE, 9 Rt. 7, Waitsfield, 496-5623. mAiN StrEEt griLL & bAr, 118 Main St., Montpelier, 223-3188. muLLigAN’S iriSh Pub, 9 Maple Ave., Barre, 479-5545. NuttY StEPh’S, 961C Rt. 2, Middlesex, 229-2090. PickLE bArrEL NightcLub, Killington Rd., Killington, 422-3035. PoSitiVE PiE 2, 20 State St., Montpelier, 229-0453. PurPLE mooN Pub, Rt. 100, Waitsfield, 496-3422. thE rESErVoir rEStAurANt & tAP room, 1 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-7827. SLiDE brook LoDgE & tAVErN, 3180 German Flats Rd., Warren, 583-2202. South StAtioN rEStAurANt, 170 S. Main St., Rutland, 775-1736. tuPELo muSic hALL, 188 S. Main St., White River Jct., 698-8341.
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1/2 LouNgE, 136 1/2 Church St., Burlington, 865-0012. 242 mAiN St., Burlington, 862-2244. AmEricAN fLAtbrEAD, 115 St. Paul St., Burlington, 861-2999. AuguSt firSt, 149 S. Champlain St., Burlington, 540-0060. bAckStAgE Pub, 60 Pearl St., Essex Jct., 878-5494. bANANA WiNDS cAfé & Pub, 1 Market Pl., Essex Jct., 8790752. thE bLock gALLErY, 1 E. Allen St., Winooski, 373-5150. brEAkWAtEr cAfé, 1 King St., Burlington, 658-6276. brENNAN’S Pub & biStro, UVM Davis Center, 590 Main St., Burlington, 656-1204. citY SPortS griLLE, 215 Lower Mountain View Dr., Colchester, 655-2720. cLub mEtroNomE, 188 Main St., Burlington, 865-4563. frANNY o’S, 733 Queen City Park Rd., Burlington, 8632909. hALVorSoN’S uPStrEEt cAfé, 16 Church St., Burlington, 658-0278. highEr grouND, 1214 Williston Rd., S. Burlington, 652-0777. JP’S Pub, 139 Main St., Burlington, 658-6389. LEuNig’S biStro & cAfé, 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759. Lift, 165 Church St., Burlington, 660-2088. thE LiViNg room, 794 W. Lakeshore Dr., Colchester. mAgiLANEro cAfé, 47 Maple St., Burlington, 861-3155. mANhAttAN PizzA & Pub, 167 Main St., Burlington, 864-6776. mArriott hArbor LouNgE, 25 Cherry St., Burlington, 854-4700. moNkEY houSE, 30 Main St., Winooski, 655-4563. moNtY’S oLD brick tAVErN, 7921 Williston Rd., Williston, 316-4262. muDDY WAtErS, 184 Main St., Burlington, 658-0466. NEctAr’S, 188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771. NEW mooN cAfé, 150 Cherry St., Burlington, 383-1505. o’briEN’S iriSh Pub, 348 Main St., Winooski, 338-4678. oDD fELLoWS hALL, 1416 North Ave., Burlington, 862-3209. oN tAP bAr & griLL, 4 Park St., Essex Jct., 878-3309. oNE PEPPEr griLL, 260 North St., Burlington, 658-8800. oScAr’S biStro & bAr, 190 Boxwood Dr., Williston, 878-7082. PArk PLAcE tAVErN, 38 Park St., Essex Jct. 878-3015. rADio bEAN, 8 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 660-9346. rASPutiN’S, 163 Church St., Burlington, 864-9324. rED SquArE, 136 Church St., Burlington, 859-8909. rEguLAr VEtErANS ASSociAtioN, 84 Weaver St., Winooski, 655-9899. rÍ rá iriSh Pub, 123 Church St., Burlington, 860-9401. rozzi’S LAkEShorE tAVErN, 1022 W. Lakeshore Dr., Colchester, 863-2342. rubEN JAmES, 159 Main St., Burlington, 864-0744. thE ScuffEr StEAk & ALE houSE, 148 Church St., Burlington, 864-9451. thE SkiNNY PANcAkE, 60 Lake St., Burlington, 540-0188.
tboNES rESturANt AND bAr, 38 Lower Mountain Dr., Colchester, 654-8008. thrEE NEEDS, 185 Pearl St., Burlington, 658-0889. VENuE, 127 Porters Point Rd., Colchester, 310-4067. thE VErmoNt Pub & brEWErY, 144 College St., Burlington, 865-0500.
Heat of History
“Men of Fire: José Clemente Orozco and Jackson Pollock,” Hood Museum of Art
efore the drip came the flame. Jackson Pollock (19121956) stakes his claim to being one of the greatest American painters of the 20th century mainly on the basis of the king-size canvases he covered with drips and splatters. That breakthrough — radical even by the standards of abstract expressionism — occurred in the late 1940s. The moment is memorably imagined in the fiction film Pollock when the artist’s wife and fellow abstract expressionist painter, Lee Krasner (played by Marcia Gay Harden), tells him in a thick Brooklyn accent, “You’ve done it, Pollock. You’ve cracked it wide open.” But even geniuses have influences. They also go through gestation periods before achieving full brilliance. A rare display of artistic lineage and stylistic evolution can currently be savored in a show at Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art titled “Men of Fire: José Clemente Orozco and Jackson Pollock.” This is the Pollock of the late 1930s who is working in midsize mode and smaller, often painting recognizably human forms. The most unexpected piece in the show may be an enamel bowl — Jackson Pollock was a potter? Who knew? — on which he painted, characteristically, figures engulfed in the flames of hell. As the show’s title indicates, fire is a recurrent reference — in the artists’ palettes as well as in their imagery. It’s an ingenious pairing, albeit not the first of its kind. A Manhattan gallery organized a similar show in 1998, connecting the pre-drip Pollock to Orozco, who was 29 years his senior, and to another of the titans of Mexican mural painting, David Alfaro Siqueiros. The Hood, however, has the unique advantage of being situated just across the Dartmouth Green from Orozco’s mural masterpiece “The Epic of American Civilization.” Visitors to “Men of Fire” would do well to go first to the Baker -Berry Library where, in an otherwise nondescript basement corridor, they will be stunned by Orozco’s fresco cycle, still aflame with color 80 years after he began painting it. The mural’s effects on Pollock are evident in the groupings of works in
right beside Pollock’s piece, which was executed in the same medium. It shows a striding figure making a sweeping gesture with his arm, much in the manner of Orozco’s great white god. “Bald Woman with Skeleton,” a Pollock oil owned by the Hood, likewise shares compositional elements with a section of the multipaneled Orozco mural known as “Dead Knowledge.” Pollock presents a central, androgynous figure bowing over a spine and rib cage that’s encircled by staring skulls. It’s a macabre image, but not nearly as shocking as Orozco’s depiction of a ghoul extracting a malformed fetus from between the splayed legs of a prone and writhing skeleton. A chorus line of zombies in academic regalia are looking on with haughty expressions of approval. In a podcast lecture available for free at the Baker-Berry reserve desk, a guide explains that Orozco is excoriating academia for imparting “dead knowledge” rather than information that could be put to practical use. The artist appears to be suggesting that students should be schooled in the means of killing off “The Gods of the Modern World,” which is the official title of this segment of Orozco’s anti-industrial and anticapitalist mural. Not surprisingly, some Dartmouth donors and profs reacted angrily to Orozco’s savaging of institutions such as the one that had commissioned this mural. Pollock has no such political intentions in “Bald Woman” — or in almost any other of his works. His socially unengaged art differs in its essence from that of Orozco, who often retooled mythical themes in order to comment on Mexican or Pan-American history. Orozco was also a far more representational artist, even in comparison to the young Pollock, who had studied under the American scene painter Thomas Hart Benton. A couple of paintings included in “Men of Fire” hint at having been inspired by Orozco but actually stand out as powerful examples of Pollock’s originality. “Naked Man With a Knife” (lent by London’s Tate Modern) does allude
“Gods of a Modern World” by José Clemente Orozco
POLLOCK’S SOCIALLY UNENGAGED ART DIFFERS IN ITS ESSENCE FROM THAT OF OROZCO, WHO OFTEN RETOOLED MYTHICAL THEMES IN ORDER TO COMMENT ON MEXICAN OR PAN-AMERICAN HISTORY.
“The Flame” by Jackson Pollock
the Hood, which include rarely seen preparatory studies for Orozco’s mural. The link is most obvious in the pieces by the two artists that “Men of Fire” curator Sarah Powers has revealingly hung side by side. “Untitled (Figure Com-
position),” a Pollock on loan from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, is clearly modeled on a panel in the Orozco mural “The Departure of Quetzalcoatl.” A gouache-on-paper study for a detail of that wall-size work is on view
riChArd Allen: “small works,” mixed-media collages. Through May 11 at AVA gallery and Art Center in lebanon, n.h. The artist discusses his work: sunday, April 29, 3 p.m. info, 603-448-3117. PAt musiCK: The artist gives a talk as part of a lecture series organized by Middlebury studio school with a grant from the Vermont Committee of the national Museum of women in the Arts. saturday, April 28, 5:306:30 p.m., edgewater gallery, Middlebury. info, 377-5661. Amos Crossley & elizABeth hAle: Artwork by the bFA students. Through April 28 at Julian scott Memorial gallery, Johnson state College. Talk: Thursday, April 26, 3 p.m. info, 635-1469. 'region As nAtion: how the imAge of new englAnd BeCAme our nAtionAl lAndsCAPe': shelburne Museum director Tom Denenberg discusses the changing image of new england, focusing on artists such as eastman Johnson, winslow homer and Charles sheeler. wednesday, April 25, 5:30 p.m., All souls interfaith gathering, shelburne. info, 985-3346. AliCe Cooney frelinghuysen: The American decorative arts curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art delivers “Visionary Vermont Collectors: The Remarkable legacy of henry legrand Cannon, electra havemeyer webb and J. brooks buxton.”
Close and guitarist David Kraus perform. Friday, April 27, 7-9 p.m. info, 479-7069.
'ContemPorAry PersPeCtives on the vermont lAndsCAPe': galen Cheney, peter Fried and Curtis hale discuss their work. wednesday, April 25, 6 p.m., Fleming Museum, uVM, burlington. info, 656-0750.
Courtney Perry: “ghatanaa bibaran: Memoir,” photographs, sketches and drawings from a recent trip to nepal. April 27 through May 8 at surdam gallery, green Mountain College, in poultney. Reception: Friday, April 27, 5-7 p.m. info, 287-8398.
'devotionAl AsPeCts of eArly Buddhist Art from northwest indiA': Chandreyi basu, a st. lawrence university associate professor of art history, delivers a lecture. Friday, April 27, 5 p.m., Fleming Museum, uVM, burlington. info, 656-0750. 'Art + soul' oPen house: Artists tour the grounds and get inspired for 'Art + soul,' a one-night-only group art show featuring intervaleinspired work. saturday, April 28, 2-3:30 p.m., intervale Center, burlington. lAKe region union high sChool Art show: work in a variety of media. saturday, April 28, 3-5 p.m., Jones Memorial library, orleans. info, 754-6660.
reCePtions Jody stAhlmAn: “Dogs, penguins, a pig and a Frog,” paintings. Through April 30 at The shoe horn at onion River in Montpelier. Reception: Friday, April 27, 5-7 p.m. info, firstname.lastname@example.org. 'sweet!': works in a variety of media make up this sugary feast for the eyes; 'the teeny tiny': Four-square-inch works and other silentauction items to benefit spA programs; hAl mAyforth: “My sketchbook Made Me Do it.” Through May 26 at studio place Arts in barre. Reception: “bAsh (big Arty spA happening),” food, art and a silent auction; the steve bredice Trio, cellist Michael
hArriet wood: “oCCupY space,” abstract paintings by the antiwar artist. April 26 through May 25 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Reception: Thursday, April 26, 5-7 p.m. info, 888-1261.
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leAnne CAllAhAn: “Transform,” oil paintings and ceramic work. April 27 through May 8 at Feick Fine Arts Center, green Mountain College, in poultney. Reception: Friday, April 27, 6-8 p.m. info, 287-8398. AnnuAl student Art show: work in a variety of media by area students. April 28 through May 19 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Reception, with cookies and milk: saturday, April 28, 1-4 p.m. info, 775-0356.
'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. dAwn o'Connell: “Facing Faces,” portraiture and street photography by the burlington artist. Through May 1 at nectar's in burlington. info, 658-4771. '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. buRlingTon-AReA shows
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AmAndA vellA: “what happens,” paintings. Through April 30 at Dostie bros. Frame shop in burlington. info, 660-9005.
BoB Klein: “portraits of Conservation,” photographs by the director of the nature Conservancy Vermont Chapter. Through April 28 at Davis Center, uVM, in burlington.
Beth PeArson: Abstractions in oil, mixed media and printmaking. Through April 28 at left bank home & garden in burlington. info, 862-1001.
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'visions': work in a variety of media by Rice Memorial high school art students. April 28 and 29 at Flynndog in burlington. Reception: saturday, April 28, 6-8 p.m. info, 863-0093.
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.
15th AnniversAry show: work by former and current members of the Rose street Artists' Co-op. Through May 12 at Rose street Co-op gallery in burlington. info, 735-4751.
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”Men of Fire: José Clemente orozco and Jackson pollock,” hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, hanover, n.h. Through June 17. hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu
dAve lAro: “Man Vs. Mouse,” recent work. Through May 11 at AVA gallery and Art Center in lebanon, n.h. The artist discusses his work: Thursday, April 26, 5:30 p.m. info, 603-448-3117.
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to Orozco’s leitmotif of ritual sacrifice in “The Epic of American Civilization.” But this entanglement of human limbs filling almost every square inch of a 4.5-by-3-foot canvas is not the least bit derivative. Pollock never comes across in “Men of Fire” as a student in thrall to the work of a much-admired master. Even so, Orozco is known to have overpowered Pollock with the boldness of his artistic vision. While still a teen, Pollock traveled with two older brothers to California, where he saw the Orozco mural “Prometheus” (the fire bringer of Greek mythology) at Pomona College. Pollock later described it as “the greatest painting in modern times.” Six years later, in 1936, he made a momentous trip from New York to Hanover, N.H., expressly in order to see “The Epic of American Civilization.” As the Hood show implies, the Dartmouth mural put Pollock on the path to becoming an aesthetic and existential hero. But he didn’t set off immediately in that direction. Pollock first encountered a detour in the form of the alcoholism and the psychological demons that stalked him until his death at age 44. It wasn’t until his convalescence in 1938, following a fourmonth stay in a psychiatric hospital, that Pollock began painting the pictures that reveal Orozco’s influence. The commonality in colors, compositions and themes is laid out for all to see at the Hood. But the imprint Orozco made on Pollock’s consciousness goes deeper. The Mexican artist was fearless in expressing his tragic vision of the world. As the audio guide to the BakerBerry Library mural notes, Orozco does not depict American civilization as progressing ever steadily toward abundance and freedom. Taking an approach opposite to the optimism of many New Deal muralists, Orozco shows history as moving cyclically, not forward. His Dartmouth epic ends as it began — with a scene of ritual human sacrifice. Pollock shared that desolate view, though not as explicitly as Orozco. The two artists were also of one mind in their belief in the redemptive potential of an individual — a man of fire — who resists surrendering to the encroaching darkness. The Hood show is thus as much about a philosophy of life as it is about the legacy of one great painter and the trajectory of another.
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Erin Paul: “Dream Bait,” paintings inspired by archetypal patterns, symbolism and dreams. Through April 30 at Red Square in Burlington. Info, 318-2438. '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. Frances Cannon: Block prints, silkscreens, sketches and ink paintings depicting everything from anthropomorphized creatures to houses on stilt legs. Through May 1 at Muddy Waters in Burlington. Info, 503-984-7075. Hing Kur: Black-and-white photography. Through May 27 at Pine Street Deli in Burlington. Info, 862-9614. '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. Through April 27 at SEABA Center in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. Ishana Ingerman: “Un-Masking: The Truth,” ceramic and fiber masks. Through May 1 at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Info, 651-7043. Jenny Peck: “50+ or - Years of Art in the Making,” paintings, photographs and an etching; Champlain Elementary School Show: Clay scenes, sculptures and paper lanterns by fifth graders. May 2 through 30 at Fletcher Free Library, in Burlington. Info, 865-7211. Jules Liebster: Prints. Through April 30 at Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, in Burlington. Info, 865-7211. Julia Stiles: “Visual Passages Through the New Testament,” paintings in ink with watercolor washes. Through April 27 at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne. Info, 985-3819.
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. Karen Dawson: Brightly colored, semiabstract paintings. Through April 30 at People's United Bank in Burlington. Info, 865-1208. Kate Longmaid: “Sweet Surrender,” contemporary still lifes. Through April 30 at Mirabelles in Burlington. Info, 658-3074. Leah Licari: “Center in this Big Huge World,” photography. Through April 30 at Block Gallery in Winooski. Info, 373-5150. Leigh Ann Rooney & Hilary Glass: “Ethereal Terra,” paintings and photography by Rooney; etchings and illustrations by Glass, on the first floor; Robert Brunelle Jr.: “Cold Snap,” paintings, on the second floor. Through April 27 at Community College of Vermont in Winooski. Info, 654-0513. 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. 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. Through May 11 at St. Michael's College in Colchester. Info, 654-2536. Michael Sipe: “Silent Faces,” photographs of Burlington's homeless community. Through May 27 at Speeder & Earl's (Pine Street) in Burlington. Info, 658-6016.
‘Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition’ Each August, the Mad River Valley comes
alive with arty workshops and demonstrations, exhibits, and concerts, thanks to the Valley Arts Foundation’s Vermont Festival of the Arts. Recently, the foundation opened a new gallery space in Waitsfield, and is filling it with artwork throughout the rest of the year. Stop in before May 5 to take in the “Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition,” featuring Robert O’Brien’s luminous flower paintings, iconic Vermont landscapes by James Gardner and Barbara Pafume, and Gary Eckhart’s texturally intricate scenes, which, according to the exhibition organizers, give “one the urge to reach up and flick off the peeling paint.” Pictured: “Pure Vermont” by Peter Huntoon. Nicole Marie Mandeville & Susan Nova Staley: “Dustings: A Collection of Works,” paintings. Through April 29 at The Firefly Collective in Burlington. Info, 735-7371.
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.
'Night Light': Nighttime and low-light photography by artists around the world. Through May 13 at Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction. Info, 777-3686.
Richard Brown: “April Showers: Images of Tasha Tudor,” work by the photographer who spent 10 years documenting the early-19th-century lifestyle of the celebrated illustrator. Through April 30 at Frog Hollow in Burlington. Info, 865-6458.
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. 'Persian Visions': Contemporary photography from Iran; 'Imagining the Islamic World': Late 19th- and early 20th-century travel photography; 'A Discerning Eye': Selections from the J. Brooks Buxton Collection. Through May 20 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750. Peter Weyrauch: “Rodz,” black-and-white photographs, Gates 1-8; Julia Purinton: Oil paintings, Skyway; Gillian Klein: Oil painting, Escalator. Through May 31 at Burlington Airport in South Burlington. Info, 865-7166. Photo Club Exhibition: Photographs representing several darkroom processes and techniques. Through April 26 at Alliot Student Center, St. Michael's College, in Colchester. Info, 654-2000.
Riki Moss: “The Paper Forest,” an installation of curious life-forms. Through June 12 at Winooski Welcome Center & Gallery. Robert Waldo Brunelle Jr.: “The House in Chester,” acrylic paintings. Through April 27 at The Gallery at Main Street Landing in Burlington. Info, 899-1106. Robin Katrick: Photographs of Haiti. Through April 30 at North End Studio A in Burlington. Info, 863-6713. Roger Coleman: “that was so 19 seconds ago,” new paintings. Through April 28 at Flynndog in Burlington. Info, 863-0093. Sara Katz: Industrial landscapes in oil, often depicted as if seen through the windows of a passing car. Through May 31 at Vintage Inspired in Burlington. Info, 355-5418.
Sarah Bush: “We're Not Made of Metal,” interactive sheet-metal sculptures that explore the societal movement toward mechanical ways of being. Through April 28 at Backspace Gallery in Burlington. 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. 'Shaping Pages': Work by members of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont. Through April 28 at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. Info, 315-272-9036. Spring Exhibit: Work by Joan Hoffman, Lynda McIntyre, Johanne Durocher Yordan, Anne Cummings, Kit Donnelly, Athena Petra Tasiopoulos, Don Dickson and Kari Meyer. Through May 31 at Maltex Building in Burlington. Info, 865-7166. Teresa Davis: “Mermaids and Other Sisters of the Sea,” new work. Through April 30 at Davis Studio Gallery in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. 'Variations in Abstraction': Paintings by Steven Goodman, Beth Pearson and Gail Salzman presented in collaboration with Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery. Through April 30 at Select Design in Burlington. Info, 864-9075.
Amy Thompson AvishAi: “Within These Walls: Educating Girls in Rural Morocco,” photographs by the former New York Times and Valley News photographer. Through April 29 at PHOTOSTOP in White River Junction. Info, 698-0320. AreA ArTisTs show: “Beyond Landscapes,” work in a variety of media. Through June 10 at Chandler Gallery in Randolph. Info, 431-0204.
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 TAplin: Abstract paintings. Through April 29 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670.
ed epsTein: New paintings. May 2 through June 28 at Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749.
'new enGlAnd broAdsides': Poetry broadsides created by New England presses, organized by Montpelier imprint Chickadee Chaps and Broads as part of PoemCity2012. Through April 30 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.
susAn bull riley: “Closely Observed,” watercolors of flowers and birds. Through May 31 at Montpelier City Hall. Info, 540-679-0033.
Glen Coburn huTCheson: “Heads,” drawings and pastels. Through April 29 at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
'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.
'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 Arts Foundation Festival Gallery in Waitsfield. Info, 496-6682. hAnnAh lAnsburGh & ben peberdy: “New!™” collage work. Through June 6 at Main Street Museum in White River Junction. Info, 356-2776. hArry bernArd: Monotypes and monoprints. Through April 30 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Info, 295-5901. John briCkels & wendy JAmes: Clay creations by Brickels and paintings and photography by James. Through May 31 at Governor's Office Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749. kAThrenA rAvenhorsT-AdAms: “Spring Bloom,” watercolors, oil paintings and pastels. May 1 through June 30 at Blinking Light Gallery in Plainfield. Info, 454-1275.
'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. vinCenT fAGo: Original artwork, comic-book covers and character-study drawings by the cartoonist who created the 1950s character the Checkered Pup and drew Peter Rabbit. Through April 28 at Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. Info, 295-3319.
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5th AnnuAl Community Show: Work in a variety of media by community members of all ages. Through May 19 at Art on Main in Bristol. Info, 453-4032. AP Studio Art Show: Work by six students enrolled in Mount Abraham Union High School's AP studio art program. Through April 27 at WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room in Bristol. Info, 453-7011. AnnuAl Student Art Show: Work in a variety of media by area students. April 28 through May 19 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0356. '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.
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prints, installations and video created throughout the year. Through May 27 at Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College. Info, 443-3168.
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. ben bArneS: “Lesser Landmarks of Vermont,” paintings. Through June 8 at Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. Info, 748-0158. 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. 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. Info, 279-4239. JAnet wormSer: Paintings that explore abstraction in nature through pattern, ornament and color. Through May 13 at Claire's Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053. JeAn Cherouny: “Source of Empathy,” recent paintings. Through May 20 at Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College. Info, 388-0320. Jim thomPSon: Kites painted with a menagerie of animals and the occasional human. May 1 through 31 at Black Cap Coffee in Stowe. Info, 279-4239. kAthleen kolb: “Snow Light,” oil paintings. Through April 30 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818.
Call to artists CUltUrEHall NEW artists: Apply to Culturehall’s spring 2012 new artists feature online at culturehall.com/apply.html. CoME sHoW tHE CaPitol CitY WHat YoU’VE Got! The Shoe Horn in Montpelier seeks large-format (11- x 17-inch minimum) art for bimonthly shows. Art must be professionally presented and retail friendly (no nudes or politics, please). Artist must also be willing to climb a ladder and hang/take down artwork independently at designated times. Only inquiries with examples attached that meet criteria will be considered. Info, email@example.com. UNBoUND Vol. ii BooK art: Presented by ArtisTree Gallery. Open to all artists working in New England or New York. Juror: Daniel Kelm. Cash prizes. Visit artistreevt.org/unboundentry for entry guidelines. ‘CUt & PastE’: Participate in a group show of collage work in its many forms this May at the 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, 11 a.m-4 p.m., through April 28. $10 entry fee. Info, spacegalleryvt.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, May 4, 6-10 p.m. Vote for your favorite piece until awards ceremony at 8:30 p.m. Location: RLPhoto, 27 Sears Lane, Burlington. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. FlaMiNGo FliNG: The southern bird flies once again! Twenty-five pink flamingos are available for artists’ interpretation to benefit SEABA for this year’s Flamingo Fling and Annual Meeting at the Soda Plant. Pick up your bird at the SEABA Center, 404 Pine Street, Monday through Wednesday, 9-5 p.m. Decorate and bring back by June 15 for participation in the event. Info, seaba. com, 859-9222. WorlD’s larGEst CollaGE! In conjunction with the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery’s group exhibit of collage work this May, we hope to pull off the world’s largest collage in an interactive masterpiece created by our guests in our auxiliary gallery, the Backspace, during the opening on May 4, 5-9 p.m. Bring collage materials and supplies to the opening or drop off your contribution during gallery hours before the event. Info, spacegalleryvt.com. art + soUl: Seeking submissions in any medium for creative pieces inspired by the Intervale Center. Artists will be invited to a one-night benefit and event on June 7, in which the artwork will be sold with a 50-50 split going to the Intervale and to the artist, and you set the price! Info and submission forms, artandsoulvt.org. CalliNG For ENtriEs: A juried photography exhibition: “Secrets and Mysteries.”
MaGGiE NEalE: Abstract oil paintings. April 26 through June 11 at Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. Info, 525-3041.
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movies Coriolanus ★★
ven Shakespeare had his off days. Written toward the end of his career, Coriolanus is perhaps the closest the Bard came to a flop. There is no evidence the play was ever performed in his lifetime, and, if you’re anything like me, this modernized adaptation will leave you wondering why anyone felt the need to perform it in ours. The likely reason Ralph Fiennes chose Coriolanus for his directorial debut, of course, is that it deals with the hot-button topic of war. The problem is that it doesn’t do so in a way that yields meaningful parallels or insights with respect to the present-day world stage. It’s the story of a nut job, plain and simple. Changing the century in which the tale takes place doesn’t change that. Fiennes plays Caius Martius, a Roman general whose family and friends are attempting to groom him for a career in politics. When we first encounter him, he’s a rising star owing to his recent victory over neighboring Volscian forces. In honor of his conquest of the enemy city of Corioles, he’s been given the name Coriolanus. Only one thing stands between the military hero and election by the people: He can’t
stomach the people. The aristocrat holds them in such contempt that he can’t bring himself to go through the motions of courting their favor. On the Roman equivalent of Election Day, he’s coached by an advisor (Brian Cox) to reach out to the masses. But when his moment comes, Coriolanus instead explodes, “You common cry of curs whose breath I hate / As reek o’ th’ rotten fens, whose loves I prize / As the dead carcasses of unburied men / That do corrupt my air!” At which point he’s banished by a landslide. One of the film’s failings is that it presents its central figure as a one-dimensional 1 percenter. The screenplay, by Gladiator scripter John Logan, offers zero insight into the soldier’s antisocial pathology. He fumes. He sputters. He bellows. He bellows a lot. But he never quite gets around to telling us what his problem is. Fiennes isn’t a whole lot of help in that regard, either. His vision for the character seems a cross between Chuck Norris circa 1984’s Missing in Action and Marlon Brando’s Colonel Kurtz. When he’s not wiping out entire brigades single-handedly with his AK-47, he’s brooding, his shaved head painted with blood. If he’s thinking deep
GENERALLY SPEAKING Fiennes plays a windbag without much of interest to say in this modernized adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy.
thoughts, however, they’re never shared with the viewer. Did I mention this is a bromance? The general’s manipulative, power-hungry mother is played by Vanessa Redgrave. Jessica Chastain — who you’d have sworn couldn’t possibly have appeared in one more movie last year — appears as his uncomprehending wife. But Coriolanus only has eyes for Gerard Butler in the role of the Volscian commander Tullus Aufidius. After getting kicked out of Rome, he joins forces with his former foe and vows to “fight / Against my cankered country with the spleen / of all the under fiends,” though you get the definite sense Coriolanus misses the days the two spent clenched in hand-to-hand combat. Perhaps to distract his audience from the dullness of this blowhard cipher, the film-
maker has devised all sorts of clever ways to contemporize the play. The battle scenes are as gritty and realistic as any in The Hurt Locker. This is because they were shot by Barry Ackroyd, The Hurt Locker’s cinematographer. Reports of skirmishes are broadcast over CNN-style news channels, and pundits appear on camera analyzing plot developments in iambic pentameter. Touches like these enliven the picture momentarily, but can’t begin to compensate for its shortcomings. A casualty of sloppy, chaotic staging, poor editing, dead-ended plotting and way too many instances of overacting, Coriolanus is two hours full of what the bard on a better day might have called “sound and fury signifying nothing.” RICK KISONAK
The Lucky One ★
t is difficult to review movies based on Nicholas Sparks novels for the same reason it would be difficult to review hard-core porn. This is not to suggest that the gettin’ busy featured in The Lucky One is anything but tasteful and PG-13 — just that both genres appeal to their viewers on, let us say, a nonintellectual level. Either you get off on Zac Efron staring at a girl with his blue, blue eyes for what feels like 20 minutes or you don’t. And, if you don’t even understand why a film would need eight montages of people frolicking in sunset landscapes while a soft rocker croons on the soundtrack, you can never hope to be a connoisseur of this genre. The Lucky One targets viewers who don’t want too much character development getting in the way of their romance, just as many action movies are designed for those who don’t want too much dialogue getting in the way of their explosions. That said, it does have a plot. Efron plays Logan Thibault, a Marine who returns from three tours in Iraq clutching the snapshot of a beaming blonde. He doesn’t know who she is, but she saved his life when he paused to retrieve her image from the sand and thereby escaped a massacre. Ill at ease in civilian life, Logan walks
across several states in search of the mystery girl, whom he eventually finds running a dog-boarding service at a charming, ramshackle homestead in a Louisiana bayou town. She’s Beth (Taylor Schilling), single mom to an adorable, towheaded kid (Riley Thomas Stewart), and she assumes Logan has come for a job and hires him on the spot, swayed by his bland handsomeness and generally harmless demeanor. But what will she do when she discovers her photo among his belongings, exposing him as the world’s most benign and soulful stalker? This question generates half the film’s dramatic tension. The other half comes from Beth’s nasty ex (Jay R. Ferguson), who won’t leave her alone. Ferguson’s role is one-note, but at least he manages to suggest inner turmoil, which seems to exceed Efron’s range. Although the former Disney star doesn’t overwork his dimples in this role, and manages to pull off “laconic and smoldering,” he’s just not convincing as a young man fresh from combat. There’s nothing haunted in those blue, blue eyes, so war remains a convenient backdrop to the couple’s budding romance, rather than a dark reality lurking behind the sweetness and light. And there is so much of both. Director Scott Hicks, who long ago gave us the Oscar-
MOONY TUNES Efron and Schilling spend about 80 percent of the latest Sparks film staring at each other like this.
winning Shine, coasts here on sun-drenched landscapes; his camera gives the unruly, tangled bayou foliage more character than anybody in the film. The Lucky One delivers landscape porn and true-love porn — and, if those are your thing, there’s nothing wrong with that. Just don’t expect complications. This is the kind of romance where the only true obstacle to the couple’s prospect of living happily ever
after is Beth’s fear that Logan is too good to be real. I don’t think I’m spoiling much by revealing that, by the end, she has discovered he is every bit as wonderful as he seems. And she doesn’t even have to bear his vampire baby! Now, please excuse me while I go watch Moonstruck or some other romance that doesn’t feel like the equivalent of drinking a nonfat vanilla fro-yo shake. M A R G O T HA R R I S O N
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tHE AVENGERS: Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk team up to form a super-group and battle yet another global threat in this Marvel Comics extravaganza. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson. Joss Whedon directed. (140 min, PG-13. Midnight showings on 5/3 at Capitol [3-D], Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace, Roxy) cASA Di mi pADRE: Will Ferrell plays a Mexican rancher tangling with drug lords in this Spanishlanguage comedy, a pastiche of vintage telenovelas. Matt Piedmont directed. With Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal. (84 min, R. Savoy) tHE FiVE-YEAR ENGAGEmENt: Here comes another R-rated romantic comedy with a Judd Apatow connection, in which Jason Segel and Emily Blunt play a couple whose engagement lasts rather longer than expected. With Chris Pratt. Nicholas (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) Stoller directed. (124 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Sunset) FootNotE: An elderly Talmudic scholar faces off against his son in a battle for recognition in this Israeli drama from director Joseph Cedar. With Schlomo Bar Abe and Lior Ashkenazi. (105 min, PG. Savoy) tHE piRAtES! BAND oF miSFitS: Aardman Animations offers a stop-motion comic take on the pirate craze, with Hugh Grant voicing a captain in pursuit of the Pirate of the Year award. Peter (Chicken Run) Lord directed the family adventure. With Salma Hayek and Jeremy Piven. (88 min, PG. Bijou, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Marquis, Palace, Paramount [3-D], Sunset, Welden) tHE RAVEN: In which Edgar Allan Poe becomes a serial-killer-hunting action hero, played by John Cusack. He should’ve thought to team up with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. With Alice Eve, Luke Evans and Brendan Gleeson. James (V for Vendetta) McTeigue directed. (110 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Roxy) SAFE: Jason Statham plays a former cage fighter who takes on organized crime to protect a young math genius in this action flick from director Boaz Yakin. With Reggie Lee and Chris Sarandon. (95 min, R. Essex, Majestic)
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DR. SEUSS’ tHE loRAXHH1/2 Dr. Seuss’ contribution to eco-consciousness becomes a computer animation in which a boy in a sterile suburb (voiced by Zac Efron) takes up the cause of the trees to impress a girl (Taylor Swift). With Ed Helms and Danny DeVito voicing the Lorax, whom you may have noticed recently selling cars on TV. Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda directed. (94 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Marquis, Palace) FRiENDS WitH KiDSHHH1/2 Does child rearing get easier when it’s shared by two best friends who aren’t lovers? A platonic couple decides to find out in this comedy from actress Jennifer Westfeldt, making her directorial debut. Jon Hamm, Adam Scott and Kristen Wiig also star. (108 min, R. Stowe; ends 4/26) 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) tHE KiD WitH A BiKEHHHH1/2 In the latest drama from Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (The Child, Lorna’s Silence), an 11-year-old abandoned by his father tries to find his place in the world. Thomas Doret and Cécile de France star. (87 min, PG-13. Roxy, Savoy) locKoUtH1/2 The president’s daughter needs to be rescued from a prison in outer space, and only Guy Pearce can do the job in this sci-fi action flick directed by Stephen St. Leger and James Mather. With Peter Stormare and Maggie Grace. (95 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic, Palace) tHE lUcKY oNEH Zac Efron plays a Marine searching for the woman he believes was his good luck charm in Iraq in this romantic drama based on the Nicholas Sparks novel. With Blythe Danner and Taylor Schilling. Scott (Shine) Hicks directed. (101 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Sunset) miRRoR miRRoRHHH Get ready for an onslaught of Snow White movies! In this one, which takes a comedy route, Julia Roberts plays the queen eager to ensure she is fairest of them all. With Lily Collins as Snow and Armie Hammer as her prince, plus Sean Bean and Nathan Lane. Tarsem (Immortals) Singh directed. (106 min, PG. Big Picture, Essex, Majestic, Palace) octoBER BABYH1/2 After learning she was adopted after a failed abortion, college frosh Hannah (Rachel Hendrix) tries to make sense of her past in this pro-life film by Andrew and Jon Erwin. (107 min, PG-13. Essex; ends 4/26)
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tHE DiARY oF pREStoN plUmmERHHH1/2 A disaffected recent college grad (Trevor Morgan) gets involved with a mysterious classmate (Rumer Willis) who inhabits a scenic Florida island in this first feature from Burlington resident Sean Ackerman. With Robert Loggia and Christopher Cousins. (82 min, NR. Roxy)
tHE cABiN iN tHE WooDSHHHH Joss (“Firefly”) Whedon and his protégé, Drew Goddard, scripted this horror film about young people who take an
coRiolANUSH1/2 Director-star Ralph Fiennes set his version of Shakespeare’s ancient Roman tragedy about a power-hungry general in a theater of modern warfare. Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler and Jessica Chastain also star. (122 min, R. Roxy)
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AmERicAN REUNioNHH 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, Palace, Roxy, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)
cHimpANZEEHHH A baby chimp cavorts in the rainforests of Uganda in the latest cute-critter documentary from Disneynature. Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield directed. (120 min, G. Majestic)
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. Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Sunset)
ill-advised jaunt into the wild. Since this is the plot of half of all horror flicks ever made, we’re guessing it will riff on the conventions rather than delivering straight scares. Chris Hemsworth, Bradley Whitford and Kristen Connolly star. Goddard directed. (95 min, R. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Sunset)
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THE RAID: REDEMPTION★★★1/2 The action is reputedly nonstop in this Indonesian martial-arts movie about a cop raiding an apartment building in search of a ganglord, from director Gareth Evans. Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Doni Alamsyah star. (101 min, R. Roxy; ends 4/26)
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN★★★★1/2 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)
SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN★★★1/2 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. Marquis, Palace, Roxy, Savoy)
WRATH OF THE TITANS★★ Clash of the Titans was surprisingly lacking in clashing titans — the progenitors of the Greek gods — so the sequel remedies this problem by pitting those curmudgeonly elders against Zeus, Perseus, et al. With Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy and Rosamund Pike. Jonathan (Battle: Los Angeles) Liebesman directed. (99 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D])
THINK LIKE A MAN★★1/2 Steve Harvey’s relationship guide Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man spawned this ensemble comedy in which the book becomes a pawn in the battle of the sexes, starring Romany Malco, Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson, Chris Brown and Kevin Hart. Tim (Fantastic Four) Story directed. (120 min, PG-13. Majestic) THE THREE STOOGES★★★ Directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly enter the realm of family comedy with this update in which classic slapstickers Moe, Larry and Curly, ripped free of historical context, end up on a reality show. Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos play the trio. (92 min, PG. Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Stowe, Sunset, Welden) TITANIC★★★1/2 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
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Movies You Missed 34: Coonskin (aka Street Fight) This week in movies you missed: a film about race in America from the great animator Ralph Bakshi that, according to the warning label on an early VHS release, “offends everybody.” What You Missed:
e open with a live-action sequence: In a rural prison, Randy (Philip Michael Thomas) and Pappy (Scatman Crothers) wait for Randy’s two friends, played by Barry White and Charles Gordone, to come bust them out. To while away the time, Pappy tells a story of three outlaws who he says resemble Randy and his friends: Preacher Fox, Brother Bear and Brother Rabbit, who left the South to embark on a series of violent adventures in Harlem. Bakshi’s animation takes over as we watch the exploits of the three characters (voiced by Gordone, White and Thomas), which include bringing down a corrupt preacher, a cop on the take and, in the climactic sequence, the Mafia. The three are depicted as African American heroes freeing their community from leeches and exploiters. Still, because of the film’s imagery — which draws on racist and ethnic stereotypes, among others — it was met with protests and charges of racism on its theatrical release.
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When Joshua Devonshire, 19, tried to pay for gas with a debit card in Lancaster, Pa., the clerk noticed the card had her mother’s name on it. She also recognized Devonshire as someone she went to school with. He fled but was arrested the next day. “Some people,” police Sgt. Jim Alexander observed, “just aren’t cut out to be criminals.” (United Press International)
The gift shop at the Gettysburg National Military Park visitors’ center stopped selling bobblehead dolls of John Wilkes Booth holding a handgun after a reporter asked about them. The bobbleheads, which are 7 inches tall and come in boxes that look like the inside of Ford’s Theater, where Booth shot President Lincoln, had been on sale for a week. (Associated Press) A Turkish shampoo commercial aired for a week before it was withdrawn after Jewish groups complained. The 12-second ad shows Adolf Hitler urging men to buy “a 100 percent male shampoo,” meaning Biomen. “If you are not wearing a woman’s dress,” Hitler declares, “you should not use her shampoo either.” (Agence France-Presse)
How Bureaucracy Works
A California law firm asked a judge to block San Joaquin Valley congressional candidate José Hernández
Brandon Lee Price, 28, an Army private reported as absent without leave since June 2010, managed to convince Citibank to have the address of Microsoft cofounder
When Farm Bureau employees in West Des Moines, Iowa, complained about stains on their office chairs, officials installed surveillance cameras. Videos caught a 59-year-old male employee urinating on the chairs of four female coworkers. According to police documents, the man had access to the company’s employee database and “would pick out the attractive females and then on off-hours, he would come into work, go to their desk and urinate on their chairs.” Officials estimated damage to the chairs at $4500. (Des Moines Register)
REAL free will astrology by rob brezsny
April 26-May 2 cultivate a looser, breezier relationship with your actual ambitions. To make boastful jokes about wacky or farfetched goals might inspire you to be jauntier and friskier about those real ones. And that would rouse a burst of fresh motivational energy.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
hat people really need and demand from life is not wealth, comfort or esteem, but games worth playing,” said psychiatrist Thomas Szasz. I love that thought, and am excited to offer it up to you right now. You have been invited, or will soon be invited, to participate in some of the best games ever. These are not grueling games foisted on you by people hoping to manipulate you, nor pointless games that exhaust your energy for naught. Rather, they are fun challenges that promise to stretch your intelligence, deepen your perspective and enhance your emotional riches. ARIES (March 21-April 19): “True life is lived
when tiny changes occur,” said Leo Tolstoy. I agree. It’s rare for us to undergo rapid, dramatic transformations in short periods of time. That’s why it’s delusional to be forever pining for some big magic intervention that will fix everything. The best way to alter our course is slowly and gradually, by conscientiously revamping our responses to the small daily details. Keep these thoughts close at hand in the coming weeks, Aries. Be a devotee of the incremental approach. Step by step. Hour by hour.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Is it conceiv-
able that you’ve gotten a bit off track? As I close my eyes and ask my higher powers for a psychic vision, I get an impression of you staring at a blurry image of a symbol that is no longer an accurate representation of your life goal. Now of course there’s a chance that my vision is completely unfounded. But if it does ring at least somewhat true to you — if it suggests a question worth asking yourself — I invite you to meditate on the possibility that you need to update your understanding of what your ultimate target looks like. Check
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The text for this week’s oracle comes from Frederick Douglass (1818-95), a great American statesman who, after escaping slavery, became a leader of the abolitionist movement. “Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation,” he said, “are people who want crops without plowing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning... The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand.” Please apply these thoughts to your own situation, Virgo. You have entered the liberation phase of your cycle.
(June 21-July 22): From an astrological point of view, it’s prime time for you to attend a networking extravaganza or collaboration spree. Likewise, this is an excellent phase in your long-term cycle to organize a gathering for the close allies who will be most important in helping you carry out your master plan during the next 12 months. Have you ever heard of the term “Temporary Autonomous Zone”? It’s a time and place where people with shared interests and common values can explore the frontiers of productive conviviality. It might be a dinner party in an inspirational setting, a boisterous ritual in a rowdy sanctuary or a private festival for fellow seekers. I hope you make sure something like that materializes.
(July 23-Aug. 22): To begin one of his performances, comedian and musician Steve Martin ambled on stage and told his audience what to expect. “Before every show,” he said, “I like to do one thing that is impossible. So now I’m going to suck this piano into my lungs.” That’s the kind of brag I hope to hear coming from you sometime soon, Leo — the more outrageous the better. Why? Because I’d love to see you
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I’m about to list some declarations that I hope will come out of your mouth at least once in the next three weeks. If for any reason you’re not finding yourself in situations where these words would make sense for you to utter, please rearrange your life accordingly. 1. “There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing right now.” 2. “Is it okay with you if we take this really slow?” 3. “No one’s ever done that before.” 4. “Squeeze my hand when it feels really amazing.” 5. “It’s like we know what each other is thinking.” 6. “Can I have some more, please?” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): A political strategist told me one of her most important rules: To win an election, you have to help your candidate choose the right fights. I think that would be an excellent guiding principle for you in the coming weeks, Scorpio. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you will be getting invitations to spar, joust and wrangle. Although it might be exciting to leap into each and every fray with your eyes blazing, I suggest you show careful discernment. Try to confine your participation to those tangles that will downplay your weaknesses and highlight your strengths. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In the
famous children’s book The Little Prince, the hero lives on an asteroid with three volcanoes, two active and one dormant. One
day he decides to leave home and travel to other realms. Before departing, he meticulously scours all three volcanoes. “If they are well cleaned out,” the narrator reports, “volcanoes burn slowly and steadily, without any eruptions.” I recommend that you take after the Little Prince, Sagittarius. It’s high time to attend to the upkeep of your volcanoes. Make sure they will burn slow and steady in the coming months, even when you’re not at home.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): One of the
classics of ancient Sanskrit literature is the Kama Sutra, which gives practical advice about erotic love. The most popular edition of the book offers instructions on eight kinds of kisses and 64 sexual positions, with additional tips on styles of embracing and caressing. This would be an excellent time for you to get inspired by information like that, Capricorn. Your relationship with the amorous arts is due for expansion and refinement. You don’t necessarily need to rely on book learning, of course. You could accomplish a lot of empirical exploration simply by getting naked and firing up your imagination.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Singersongwriter Tom Waits was strongly influenced by Bob Dylan’s down-to-earth album The Basement Tapes. “I like my music with the rinds and the seeds and pulp left in,” Waits testifies. “The noise and grit” of Dylan’s rootsy, intimate songs, he says, creates a mood of “joy and abandon.” That’s the spirit I wish for you in the coming weeks, Aquarius. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, get down to the gritty, organic core of things. Hunker down in the funky fundamentals. Hang out where the levels of pretension are low and the stories are fresh and raw. PISCES
(Feb. 19-March 20): You’re not really breaking the rules, right, Pisces? It’s more like you’re just testing their elasticity; you’re helping them become more supple and flexible. I’m sure that sooner or later people will thank you for how you’re expanding the way the game is played. It may take a while, but they will eventually appreciate and capitalize on the liberties you are now introducing into the system. In the short run, though, you might have to take some heat for your tinkering and experiments. Try not to let that inhibit your eagerness to try creative risks.
One person was killed and seven others were injured at a 15-year-old girl’s birthday
In a report titled “Terrorism Awareness and Prevention,” the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security identifies
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Paul Allen’s account changed from Allen’s Seattle mansion to Price’s Pittsburgh address. Three days later, Price asked the bank to send a new debit card for Allen’s account to the new address but not to report the old card as stolen. When Citibank complied, federal authorities said, Price gained access to Allen’s account and used it to pay off a debt of $658.81 and to try to buy $278.18 worth of video games at Gamestop and something for $1 at Family Dollar. Forbes estimates Allen’s net worth at $14.2 billion. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
A jury in Montgomery County, Md., convicted James Biddinger, 27, of manslaughter after he stabbed his housemate in the back during a confrontation about a clogged, smelly toilet. (Washington Post)
Brought Down to Earth
from describing himself as an astronaut on the June ballot. Even though Hernandez flew aboard the shuttle Discovery in 2009, he left NASA in January 2011. “Hernandez’s attempted use of ‘astronaut’ violates the Election Code’s unambiguous requirement that a candidate’s ballot designation reflect one’s current profession,” the lawsuit states, pointing out that “astronaut is not a title one carries for life.” (Fresno Bee)
Authorities charged Ania Wilkes, 20, with aggravated battery and mob action when she led an attack on a waitress at a Red Lobster in Fairview Heights, Ill., who brought her table the wrong order. (Associated Press)
excessive yawning as one way to recognize potential terrorists in public. Other suspicious behavior includes appearing fidgety and excessive clock watching. Acknowledging that these indicators “are not guarantees of terrorist activities,” the agency nevertheless advised anyone encountering such behavior that “common sense would tell you that increased attention and thought should be placed on reporting your observations.” (Britain’s Daily Mail)
During the height of last summer’s drought, farmers in West Texas knew their cotton crops were toast but kept watering them anyway to qualify for federal crop insurance. Before making payouts, insurance companies required proof that farmers had tried to grow a crop, such as electric bills for operating irrigation pumps. “Producers who insure their crop under the irrigated practice are required to irrigate their crop at the proper time and amounts necessary to produce their production guarantee,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture stated. (Austin’s Texas Tribune)
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Sexy Girlie Girl Seeks Romance 27, 5’4”, height/weight proportionate, girlie girl. Loves high heels, dresses, good food and wine. I’ll get dirty if the occasion is right. I’m looking for a man that understands it’s not just opening the car door for a woman, but also shutting it. Can you run a boardroom meeting then come home and help me fix things? I appreciate a balanced life. Bela, 28, WOMEN SEEKING MEN. Name your guiltiest, most lurid pleasure. Chocolate-chip cookie dough. hiker, sciency guy Open minded to any activities that may come up, though I’m not a fan of spending the day sitting around watching TV. I’d like to end up in someone’s friend zone before I date them, not only to ruin that stigma (it is a silly one), but also because being friends with your girlfriend is a lot of fun. 24. jpguy, 24, l Adventurous, mellow, thoughtful I’m an easygoing guy who likes outdoor adventures. I can usually be found hiking, fishing or snowshoeing. I like going out, tasting new brews and catching music events. I’m looking for an adventure partner. Someone who isn’t afraid to get dirty, is easy to talk with and likes new experiences. Acer86, 25, l It’s time All-around nice guy, work hard and make an honest living and am a volunteer firefighter. My job gets me up early, meaning I go to bed before the news sometimes. No way to meet people that way so here I am. dlmek2000, 50, l
catching an exhibit, taking the kids for an adventure... papabear, 31, l Outdoorsy fun-loving gentleman I am a fun-loving guy, looking for pretty much anything, friends first let it brew from there. You can usually find me by water. I love the outdoors. diesel_d, 40, l New in town I just moved up here and am looking for someone to have some fun with. I’m blond, athletic and lots of fun. CDubb103, 23, l Fit, Fun and Normal I am a normal, fun guy. I work out regularly. I am looking for an easygoing, fun, athletic woman who enjoys the outdoors. Do you have a shiny, happy heart? Does your idea of a wonderful relationship consist of a harmonious blend of romance, integrity, passion and kindness? If so, I look forward to hearing from you! HappyHeartVT, 56, l
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Forever optimist, hopeless romantic I have a great sense of humor, am silly, but serious when it calls. I work in social work and it is hard but I love it. I have beautiful eyes that I would love someone to stare into. I love animals and love to talk. I am loyal, giving. I’m looking for long term but also friendship. HeatherraeVT, 29
Cute, fun loving, closet nerd I would eat ice cream every day if I could. I like cliche things like walks on the beach or dinner and a movie. I am a terrible gardener but love playing in the soil. I love reading young-adult fiction. I can’t think of anything better than sitting by a campfire on a chilly evening, toasting marshmallows. sunshinemcgee, 32
Quirky, silly and sarcastic Hi there, my name is Caley (pronounced like Callie). Humor is key in my relationships. But I am also passionate about music, whether it be playing my guitar, listening to a new CD or going to a concert. Let’s meet up for coffee downtown and see what happens. No expectations. Just an openminded individual trying to connect with another. caleymae197, 21, l
The next step I have a wonderful group of friends, but need to expand, and hopefully grow my dating life. I’m psyched to be active around Burlington, but am looking for someone to rediscover Vermont with. Georgiavermonter, 30
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Girl next door, just nice I’m honest, kind, funny and love to laugh. I’m a chef so I enjoy cooking. I own my own restaurant. I work a lot because it’s mine but love to go out or stay in for the night. I travel when I’m able to. I have always worked for myself for the most part. I have brown hair/eyes, 5’3’. templetons, 43, l
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Sweet, affectionate, working girl! I’m a hard worker, but when I’m not working I would rather stay home to save money than go out drinking and regret it. I have big plans for my future (with or without a man to share it with), but it would be nice to cuddle with someone who doesn’t have four legs and is covered in fur. nursegirl, 27, l
Trying something new... As corny as it sounds, I would like to fall in love again. This seems to be the new way to meet people, so I thought I would try it out. I find it hard to write about myself, so let’s talk and get to know each other. spaz1967, 45, l
I’m gorgeous I want to meet the love of my life! I’ve been single for awhile, which has been much needed, but now I want to create a life with someone. I want a partnership that brings out the best in both of us, that is challenging, inspiring and grounding. I want hot chemistry, I want stimulating conversations. zula, 31, l
on the Rise I am very interested in working with the Earth, making Conscious Music, learning more about how I can improve my well being. I am a father and love my youth more than anything else. I look forward to going out to see shows,
Where is my Prince? I am ready to meet Mr. Wonderful! I enjoy being at home, and would like to have dinner with you. My children are grown and married, you would love them! I am very low maintenance, would enjoy being with someone for friendship at first. I love concerts, the Flynn, weekend trips, Stowe and Boston. 7gilman, 54, l
Just looking for some fun I’m a fun and outgoing person who just moved up to Burlington recently. I’m working on my degree and looking to meet some interesting people while here. TemporaryVTer, 23
and magic cards, hahaha. I’m looking for friends, but also someone to share more with. ChallengeFate, 29, l
musically talented guitar man Hello, my name is Aaron...laid-back guy that likes to laugh, play music, cook and spend quality time with people I’m close with. Love going to concerts, movies, going out with friends on occasion, or just kicking back at home with a great micro brew. Looking for someone for a serious relationship, but that can be my friend as well. mellowguy76, 36
resourceful, fun loving, romantic A well-educated culinary expert. Looking for an HONEST person who has similar interests. No drama queens, no high-maintenance girls (I’m not paying 20$ every time you want your nails filled), have a job and have your life together. I’m very laid back. I do have two boys and they mean the world to me. mike87, 24, l
CAN’T GET ENOUGH Can’t get enough. Looking for some great oral, both giving and receiving. Would love to play with and spank your butt. Love to see you in sexy clothing like lingerie or nylons and garters. If we can dream it, I know I’ll enjoy it. nekman, 58
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Can you keep up? Curvy, multi orgasmic, kinky and loves to play for hours. I am looking for someone who, if we hit it off, can meet and play on a regular basis. This will be a sexual relationship, but a “relationship” nonetheless. I am not looking for a one-night stand, I am looking for a sexual playmate. thewholepackage, 23 I’m a Lady, well sometimes I am a lady who wants to explore her wild side. LadyTarmi, 49 Very Casual Looking a friend with benefits, very casual. AliensVsUnicorns, 21, l
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hungry In a committed relationship with a much less hungry man. He knows I am looking around but, out of respect, discretion is a must. I am looking for a man who wants discreet encounters to leave us breathless and wet. Laughter, playfulness, mutual respect a must. Into light bondage, oral play, etc.; mostly I want to get laid. penobscot, 42, % Need more fun I usually don’t do this, but I need a little spice in my life. Tired of the same old stuff every day! I am willing to try new things, so give me a shout! lookn4fun, 23 Want to Make you Glow I want a woman who loves to play and be played with. I want to watch my man take you the way he takes me: properly. I want you to watch me surrender and inspire you to join me in creating more pleasure we can possibly imagine. happylovers, 46, l
Sex Slave Clean-cut guy looking for a dominant woman for some summer fun. Take charge and make me your sex slave. Anything goes. Send an erotic message if you want a photo of me or would like to hear more. I love going down on a woman. Crunker8, 25
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Don’t be disappointed Sometimes life gets dull. I need to spice things up! Looking for a woman that wants to do the same and have fun and laughs along the way. MrSweetness, 34 Kinky Male Seeks Online Friend Mature male seeks adventurous friend for online play. GoldenIguana, 50, l subtleties of satisifaction I am an open and satisfying lover and my needs can not be met at home. I am very discreet and expect the same. I would like to find a lover for the ages, where we can feel the feelings we were meant to feel, but are not. subtleties, 42 Looking For Good Times Hi, I am new to the area, 38, single, average built (5’8” 180 lbs.) and D&D free. I am looking for women or a couple that would like to be FWB. This can be a one- time thing or ongoing. Work keeps me busy but I miss having someone to hang out and have fun with. marleymanlr, 38, l Make your Water flow... Looking for a natural woman, a queen. Seeking pleasure in its highest form. Seeking a mature and confident woman to make love to. paparoots, 28 Want To Dream? Looking for a kindred spirit who is intelligent, slender, has a great sense of humor and likes affection. I love hiking, being by the water, great conversation and life in general. I will respect you, treat you well and accept for who you are. Honesty and openness is a must. Send me an email. I will make you happy. Player, 54 love to lick New to this, want to experiment, find out what is new and what you and I might be missing. I can make you go over the edge. Remember, experience comes with age and you would never guess my age by looking. Must be discreet and clean. needmoresx, 61 You know I want you! I’m a discreet, gentlemanly, sincere guy just looking for some online fun with a like-minded lady. Erotic chat, photo exchange, etc. I want you, I need you and I’m waiting for you now. Kit, 55, l ahead of the game Keeping it short. Get to know me if you want to find out more. I’m from Vermont and it is tough sometimes to find people who have the same interests as I do. I’m the most fun person you have never met. hornitos, 23, l super horny I am a very nice, big-hearted man who wants to end his virginity. I am hearing impaired but I can hear. I am a photographer. If you want your photographs taken, let me know. I get so horny and alone at nights. I watch naughty porn in my bed to turn me on. So be my next partner in bed. Photographerjorr81, 31, l
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Staples Williston Checking out Tuesday afternoon, spied a cashier both friendly and intriguing. When: Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Where: Williston. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #910126
Part-time girlfriend interview Amanda at Enterprise, we discussed my need for a part-time girlfriend. Your laugh, and smile, caught my attention. Would love the opportunity to take you out for an (air quote) interview. Hope this makes it into Thursday’s edition. You’ve got my card, call me if available for the (again air quote) interview. When: Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Where: Giving you a ride back to work. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910119
Sweet Peach Your “blond” hair and freckled face are too cute to resist. Saw you on Pitkin St. looking good. Glasses, beard, beanie guy with the too-tight pants just wants to say I love you! When: Monday, August 15, 2011. Where: The O.N.E. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910125 This past Sunday downtown You: shorter blonde hair, dancing. It was fun, I wish I talked to you more but I had to leave for obvious reasons. I would love to see you again. When: Sunday, April 15, 2012. Where: .5 B-town. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910124 You wear sunglasses at night Nathan, I just want you to know how much joy you’ve brought into my life since moving to the area. You’re crazy in your ways, but I love you dearly for all that you are. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend and an insightful human being. PS: You must go on a lot of adventures. When: Thursday, April 19, 2012. Where: Most days before four o’clock. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910123 Re: Maplefields in Essex I think it might be me, but unsure of the date. Petite with shortish brown hair? Sound about right? When: Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Where: I-SPY. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910122
From Beyond The dish Pit! You asked me “Where do I put this?” and I said “Right there!” I had a boyfriend, but somehow you knew that I needed to be saved. I was attracted to you from the first glance. And then you won the hotel-get-a-way thingy, and we just felt like we fit. I love you baby! 1-6-11 When: Saturday, December 10, 2011. Where: Olive Garden. You: Man. Me: Man. #910120
Raphael I see you most Thursdays at the Williston library. I bring the little girl I nanny for there. You are great with the kids! I personally love “Going to the Zoo.” Play it for me next time? When: Thursday, April 12, 2012. Where: Williston library. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910108
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Bearded Ginger at The Lumineers You’ll probably never read this, but you were the cute bearded redhead hanging out by the bar with a beer before the Lumineers. I’m not one to strike up random conversations with someone, but for a minute I let myself imagine what kind of conversation we would have had. I hope you enjoyed the show as much as I did. When: Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Where: The Lumineers show at Higher Ground. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910116
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mistress maeve Dear Mistress,
I’d been on a few dates with this guy — let’s call him “Dick” — so when he invited me out for happy hour with some of his friends, I took it as a sign that we were getting a little more serious. When I got to the bar, he was already drunk. He didn’t introduce me to anyone, so I had to introduce myself. He was a loud-mouthed jerk the entire time, and when the bill came, he didn’t have enough cash to cover the tab, so he announced to the bartender that I would “blow him for the rest.” I was mortified. All his friends heard it. I didn’t know what to do, so I stood up and walked out. That was a week ago, and he hasn’t reached out to apologize. I ran into a mutual friend of ours, and he said he heard what happened. He said that while Dick shouldn’t have said that, he thought I “may have overreacted.” He said that Dick feels badly and that I should reach out to him. What?! Am I living in the Twilight Zone? Mistress, please tell me I didn’t overreact.
Dear See Dick Run,
See Dick Run
A guy you’re dating — a guy whose duty it is to defend your honor — told a bartender, in front of all of his friends, that you would perform oral sex to cover his bar tab. No, you did not overreact by walking out. In fact, you may have squandered a rare opportunity in life to throw a drink in someone’s face. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate a good off-color joke — but given the situation, he crossed the line. The real problem is that he hasn’t apologized. Even if he thinks you overreacted, any guy who’s worth his salt would have run after you or waited until he sobered up to call and apologize. People make mistakes and say stupid things all the time. In the grand scheme of things, what he said might not be a big deal — but not apologizing is inexcusable and a total deal breaker for a relationship. When he does come calling to apologize, simply say, “Thank you for the apology. I wish you well.” Maybe next time, he won’t be such a Dick.
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JOSIE WAITRESS AT BACKSTAGE Just wanted to let you know I think you’re beautiful :). Keep up the good work at the bar. I very much enjoy seeing you Saturday nights :). When: Saturday, April 14, 2012. Where: Backstage Pub. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #910110
Richmond You’re such a cutie. Love talking with my favorite cashier at Richmond Mkt. Blond hair, incredible eyes, cute lip ring. Would love to go out, but unsure if you’re single. When: Monday, April 16, 2012. Where: Richmond. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910114
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Obama-Day Blister You came into my shop for a Band-Aid on the day Obama was in town. You had a blister and I gave you an extra Band-Aid for later. I regret not telling you how gorgeous you are. Stop back by so I may correct my mistake. I am there every day. When: Friday, March 30, 2012. Where: Pearl ST Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910121
Montpelier Uncle Mike’s Early Lunch Was behind you ordering lunch early yesterday. You had a salad and the nice older gentleman was accused by his daughter of hiding the dressing. Dressing: you looked great in a black jacket with white piping on the back. I was the guy who was getting the usual. Thought there was a brief moment? Want to grab lunch together sometime? When: Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Where: Montpelier. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910117
Rambling Man You were a good-looking climber at Petra this afternoon with a beautiful, colorful half sleeve. I was the Tinkerbell in the lime green shirt; we traded glances until you headed out. Is it too much to hope that a fellow like you drinks whiskey? When: Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Where: Petra Cliffs. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910115
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