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As a short-lived employee of Thibodeau’s Ice Cream, I was glad to see your article [“Small Vermont Retailers Frozen Out by Ben & Jerry’s New Purchasing Rules,” April 24]. Everything is true except for the minimum-order requirement. Eight cases is the minimum, but that includes all products. A 64-pint, eightcase minimum on Ben & Jerry’s is not correct. I am not sure what can be done given Unilever’s faith in Thibodeau’s. Hopefully the independent grocers have enough power to change things. Thanks again for the article. Ken White WINOOSKI
[Re “In Vermont Architecture, Does Nostalgia Trump New Ideas?” April 10]: I enjoyed Kevin Kelley’s story and wholeheartedly agree with those panelists who believe that Vermont’s devotion to a 19th-century design template has stifled fresh and innovative public architecture.
I would go a step further and say that, in a world that is rushing into the future, we risk becoming a stodgy and somewhat musty B&B in the “global village” we seek to prosper in. What Vermont needs more than anything else is to attract and keep young people in the state. Vermont has a reputation for progressive public policy and a shared environmental ethic that should be expressed by a bold, 21st-century architecture that looks cutting edge, which is where young people want to be. It also reflects our transition to a prosperous, informationage economy. Exciting architecture is not incompatible with preserving the village at the center of daily life, either. Switzerland is one example of modern design coexisting amiably with ancient villages and a working landscape. We could definitely do worse than to share their brand. Vermont is already at the cutting edge of many things. We should look like it. FILE: SEAN METCALF
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In an April 17 story about healthcare reform [“Obamacare and the Exchange Could Make Health Care Unaffordable for Some Vermonters”], we offered an example of one Vermonter whose health-care premium could go up between $13 and $60 a month when Obamacare kicks in on January 1. However, because child-support payments would not be included in overall income calculations under the new system, this person’s increased premium would only go up between $9 and $11 each month under the House’s proposed subsidy plan for the health-care exchange.
Provided the information on the citycouncil deal is accurate [Fair Game, April 10], it leads me to the following comments, conclusions and opinions: While deals take place in backrooms, alleys and trusty woods (lyrics thanks to Bob Seger; he is back on tour), one like this involving the council president race, where the non-Dems are the guaranteed victors next year, is just impossible and wrong. New councilors, if there are any next year, can and should not be bound by one evening of night moves, where the councilors seemed to be wearing shields (Seger again) over their eyes covering the reality of future councils in this decision (deal). Redistricting will take effect in the coming years, possibly changing the council from 14 to eight or 16 or whatever members, again making the deal null and void. I stand proud and tall like a rock (Seger again), but not of the Burlington City Council. Turn the page (Seger again).
Kudos to Kathryn Flagg for her article [“Obamacare and the Exchange Could Make Health Care Unaffordable for Some Vermonters,” April 17]. Despite the highly commendable efforts of Gov. Shumlin and his administration, the legislature and many health-care-reform advocates to make sense out of these nonsensical exchanges, it appears that many Vermonters, especially those from Catamount/VHAP, will suffer higher costs under them. This is sad. Once more, many Vermonters will lose out because this nation cannot, or will not, summon the moral courage to cover all citizens in one system like so many other nations do. Thankfully, Vermont is the lone exception to this national lack of fiber, though, unfortunately, this cannot happen until 2017. I wholeheartedly agree with Sen. Tim Ashe’s (D/P-Chittenden) assessment about ensuring that those “with the dumb luck to have cancer or some other chronic disease shouldn’t be the ones we sock with new costs.” I am one of those who had that dumb luck. I am now on VHAP and will most likely be one of those forced onto the exchanges in 2014. The exchanges are not our fault; that Vermont’s budget is mindnumbingly tight this year is not our fault. The budget will be this way long into the future. As Sen. Ashe suggested, we need to finance and subsidize these exchanges properly so that no Vermonter must suffer because of them. Otherwise, the ranks of our uninsured will swell with Vermonters like me and the woman named “Susan” in Flagg’s article.
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Need a favor? Heather Kralik of Onion River Exchange can help. She leads a discussion about Community Credits, the time-based currency used by more than 700 members to exchange goods and services. In this system, an hour spent making someone dinner equals an hour of mechanical work, yoga instruction or any number of odd jobs, giving new meaning to loving thy neighbor. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 58
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Bass saxophonist Colin Stetson has a powerful set of lungs. He puts them to work, and shows off his technical prowess and compelling composition skills, on his recently released New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light — recorded live in single takes. Violinist Sarah Neufeld of Arcade Fire joins the Montréal resident at the BCA Center.
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ike moths to a flame, nothing attracts Vermont’s corporate lobbyists to a Statehouse committee room like the threat of an industry tax hike. So it was no surprise last week to find a standing-room-only crowd crammed into the Senate Finance Committee’s firstfloor digs as the panel whittled down a list of potential new taxes in search of $10 million in revenue. Clustered together cheek by jowl were lobbyists for the real estate, retail, tobacco and banking industries — each of which has been targeted this year by one committee or another looking to raise fast cash. Some lobbyists in the room had so many clients in the committee’s sights, it was tough to say which ones they were there to protect. Take, for instance, veteran lobbyist ANDREW MACLEAN of the Montpelier-based lobby shop MacLean, Meehan & Rice. As Clothes for Women Mon-Fri 10-7 he looked on from the side of the room, the 102 Church Street Sat 10-6 Burlington | 864-0414 Sun 12-5 committee considered tax after tax targetw w w . e x p r e s s i o n s v t . c o m ing his clients, including DISH Network, Walmart, the International Bottled Water Association and the Vermont Mortgage 8v-expressions050113.indd 1 4/29/13 12:36 PM Bankers Association. For MacLean and his confederates, the closing days of this and every legislative session is akin to a game of Whac-A-Mole. VERMONT TECHNICAL COLLEGE As soon as they bonk one tax idea on the head, another one pops up to taunt them. ■ Get ahead or catch But no matter which rodents remain up on coursework standing, Montpelier’s mallet-wielding E V SA more online lobbyists continue to do just fine. 00 ■ Enjoy classes with more Figures released by the Secretary of $1 variety. State’s office last week show that special Register now and receive interests spent more than $3.41 million in ■ Benefit from dual an additional $100 discount per credit! enrollment for high Vermont on lobbying and issue advertisschool students ing during the first three months of the year. That exceeds the $3.26 million spent during the same quarter last year and the ONLINE $2.58 million spent the year before. ENG-2080 Technical Communications And while the total lobbying price tag HIS-3165 Vermont History & Government for the ongoing legislative session won’t MAT-1420 Technical Mathematics HUM-3490 Crime & Punishment in Film and Literature be clear until the next filing deadline BRATTLEBORO in July, we know that special interests PSY-1050 Human Growth & Development plunked down $7.92 million in the 12VERMONT INTERACTIVE TELEVISION month period ending in March. MAT-1520 Calculus for Engineering To put that in perspective, they’ve RANDOLPH CENTER spent nearly $44,000 for each of the 180 MAT-1100 Mathematics for Technology MAT-1340 Algebra and Trigonometry legislators in the Statehouse. AGR-3111 Vegetable and Fruit Production So who’s doling out all that cash? WILLISTON Among the top 10 are many of the MEC-1011 Design Communications HUM-2040 The Holocaust usual suspects: the hospital lobby, the SDT-2710 Applications of Green Codes and Standards state workers union, the conservative super PAC Vermonters First, the liberal Vermont Public Interest Research Group Learn more at and good old Entergy Nuclear Vermont vtc.edu/summercourses Yankee. or call 802.728.1217 With the legislature contemplating
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whether to let terminally ill patients end their own lives, it should come as no surprise that both sides of that debate made the list, too. Opponents spent approximately $50,000 on advertising and lobbying, while supporters spent $78,000. It’s not always so clear how much special interests spend to make their case. For instance, when the Senate contemplated a moratorium on ridgeline wind projects earlier this year, the industry group Renewable Energy Vermont took its pro-wind message to television screens around the state. According to executive director GABRIELLE STEBBINS, the group spent $19,000 last winter on the ads, which extol the power, beauty and jobcreating potential of wind.
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But come last week, when lobbying and advertising totals were due to the secretary of state, there was not a word about the TV spots in REV’s filing. The group listed just $12,000 in expenditures to represent the portion of Stebbins’ time spent lobbying. According to Stebbins, that’s because the ads were intended “to celebrate the trade association’s successes regarding recently completed projects” and they “do not direct anyone to contact a legislator or address any legislation.” Factually true? Sure. But if you believe they weren’t run with the moratorium debate in mind, then I’ve got a ridgeline in the Kingdom to sell you. Blowing industrial wind and every other issue away was the fight over a sugar-sweetened beverage tax. Last week’s filings show that a short-lived effort in the House to impose a penny-anounce tax on everything from Coca-Cola to Gatorade prompted the biggest lobbying blitz in years. Not surprisingly, it wasn’t an even match. The American Heart Association, which supports the so-called soda tax, spent $9000 on lobbying and just $6000 on radio and print ads. The American
Beverage Association, on the other hand, spent $21,000 on lobbying and a whopping $553,000 on radio and print ads in opposition to the tax. To put that in perspective, that’s way more than the $346,000 Gov. PETER SHUMLIN spent on his entire reelection campaign last year. All on a stinkin’ soda tax! TINA ZUK, the Vermont lobbyist for the heart association, says she thinks the beverage association’s carpet-bombing did the tax in. “How could [the ads] not impact legislators when they see them every single day in dailies, weeklies, small papers and big papers?” she asks. But über-lobbyist MacLean — who, of course, represents the beverage industry too — says he thinks “it was important to get our message out” when lawmakers were threatening to impose a $24 million tax on his clients. “I have not been involved in a campaign that’s that expensive,” he says. “But I’ve also never been involved in a fight over a tax as drastic as that.” The ABA doesn’t fool around. Funded by the likes of Coca-Cola, Pepsi, the Dr Pepper Snapple Group and scores of other bottling companies, the national trade association donated nearly $1.5 million to federal campaigns and spent more than $2 million lobbying national politicos in the last two years. That doesn’t include the cash they’ve dumped into Vermont lobbying and elections — nor into the five dozen other states and cities that have considered some iteration of a soda tax in recent years. “We’re the subject of a very serious, extreme and discriminatory policy proposal in the soda tax,” says the ABA spokesman CHRIS GINDLESPERGER. “We spent what was necessary to educate lawmakers and consumers.” But even the half million the national group spent fails to reflect the true cost of the industry’s war against the soda tax. See, MacLean and five MMR colleagues who also lobby on the issue, are paid not by the ABA, but by its state partner, the Beverage Association of Vermont. That group, which is funded by regional bottling companies such as Coca-Cola of Northern New England, spent another $32,000 on lobbying last quarter. Teaming up with the beverage industry to kill the tax was the Vermont Grocers’ Association, which spent $18,000 on lobbying last quarter — though much of that sum went toward the grocers’ other legislative fights. Here’s looking at you, candy tax!
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“Much like any issue out there, you’re always looking to see who has similar interests,” says VGA President Jim Harrison, whose outfit hires two William Shouldice & Associates lobbyists to help out in the Statehouse. And then there’s KSE Partners, Montpelier’s biggest lobby shop. They don’t work for the beverage industry directly, but two of their lobbyists — Jill sudHoff-Guerin and nick sHerman — took in $12,000 last quarter from the Bostonbased Dewey Square Group. Who paid Dewey? You guessed it: the American Beverage Association. According to Dewey Square spokeswoman Ginny the ABA hires Terzano, Dewey’s “grassroots/grasstops practice” to “do community organizing and education around the soda-tax issue” in many states. Dewey then subcontracts the Vermont work to KSE in Montpelier. The only problem is, unless you’re looking for the connection, you’d never find it. KSE has no obligation whatsoever to report who’s paying its paymasters. It’s like lobbyist laundering. “The concern always is that stuff gets hidden because you route things through different lobbying firms,” says Secretary of State Jim condos. Even a seemingly simple search of the state’s arcane lobbyist disclosure database is cumbersome, making it impossible for most Vermonters to figure out who’s influencing their laws. “It’s work. It should be easy,” says House Government Operations Committee chairwoman donna sweaney (D-Windsor), who says even she can’t navigate it. “I want to have it be up front where you can find it. It shouldn’t be a situation where you’re looking for it all the time.” Both Sweaney and Condos say they hope to revamp the online database next year — and perhaps require more frequent and in-depth disclosure from lobbyists. At present, they’re required only to file with Condos’ office three times a year and just once during the legislative session. That means that any spending during the final, crucial five weeks of the legislative session isn’t reported until long after legislators have left the building. Of course, none of this will make much difference until legislators get serious about reforming the state’s campaignfinance laws. Lobbyists are particularly influential in this state because Vermont legislators have virtually no professional staff and find themselves reliant upon those who can readily provide ideas, strategy and manpower. But they’re also influential because,
duh, they donate to political campaigns and, more importantly, they direct their corporate clients to do the same. “The same interests that can afford to make large contributions can afford to have a direct presence in the building,” says Vermont Public Interest Research Group executive director Paul Burns, whose own organization spent $71,000 last quarter and includes 11 staffers who lobby. “Wealth continues to bring great advantages to those who have it — not exactly a great revelation.” It ain’t a coincidence that the folks who spend the most on lobbying — from the Service Employees International Union to Comcast to the health care, tobacco and beverage industries — are the same folks who donate the most to political candidates in Vermont. But if you ask members of the Senate, who voted down a corporate political donation ban three weeks ago, or members of the House, who will likely do so soon, they’ll say Vermont isn’t overly influenced by corporations. Tell that to Coca-Cola.
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n Saturday, LaPlatte River Angus Farm owner Jim Kleptz will travel to the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction to attend a cattle auction. For Kleptz, the semiannual event is the best place to secure the volume of steers he needs to meet the growing demand in Vermont for local beef. Most of those cattle, which are be tween six months and a year and a half old, hail from Vermont farms. But others are comingf rom New York or New Hampshire and will be f attened up — aka “finished” — in Vermont bef ore being slaughtered and sold as “local” meat. The practice raises a tricky question: Does a flatlander cow shipped in from out of state count as local? Not according to some in the beef in dustry, who are drawing a line in the sand when it comes to defining the popular “locavore” foods market. “If some farmer was going to New York with a tanker and bringing back maple sap, it wouldn’t be Vermont maple syrup,” argues Cole Ward, a veteran Vermont butcher based in Bakersfield. Farmer Paul List, who raises grass-fed lowline Angus cattle in Shelburne, agrees. “There’s a lot of deception, a lot of people riding the wave of the local Vermont label,” says List. What counts as local to him? “My standard is simple: born in Vermont. I’ve lived most of my life here, but I don’t pretend to be a Vermonter.” And as far as List is concerned, the same standard should apply to local beef. Purists such as List and Ward draw a firm line at the state’s boundaries. Ward sets the bar even higher; he believes that to count as truly local, animals should be born and raised on the same f arm, f rom breeding stock on that farm. Of course, not everyone favors such a strict interpretation. Are plants that are brought in f rom out of state, then sold at a Vermont nursery, local? What about chicks hatched in Canada, transported across the border and then raised f or meat in at Misty Knoll Farms in Addison County? For beef, which grow to approximately 1200 pounds, “I think the accepted prac tice is, if they’re growing from 700 pounds ’til you finish them, that’s considered a
Vermont animal,” says Kleptz. Kleptz and his three sons run LaPlatte River Angus, a booming Shelburne-based f arm that grazes several hundred cows over 600 acres of leased land in and around Chittenden County. At Saturday’s auction, he’ll be bidding on “feeder cattle,” the industry term for steers destined for meat production. He’ll fatten up the cows — first on grass, then on grain for the final weeks of their lives — bef ore dispatch ing them to the slaughterhouse. From there, LaPlatte meat goes to grocery stores like Healthy Living and City Market as well as to highend restaurants such as the South Burlington Guild & Company steakhouse. “I don’t believe in knocking somebody else’s product down to sell mine,” says Kleptz, who suggests that some of the nitpicking over local labels amounts to competition within the beef industry. “They should stand on their own. Let the consumers decide.” “It’s really upf or interpretation,” agrees Mark Boyden, the owner of Boyden Farm in Cambridge. One of the largest beef operations in the state, Boyden Farm sends nearly 500 head of cattle each year to slaughter. Keeping a herd that size without buying steers f rom other f arms would require some 500 “mama cows,” Boyden says. “Where would I put them?” Similarly, Kleptz purchases more f eeder cattle than his brood cows produce calves each year. Like Boyden, Kleptz says he’s partially limited by available land. But Kleptz also points out that it takes a “spe cial kind of person … to mess around with calving cows.” “Not everybody wants to, or has the knack to do it,” he says. And Kleptz and Boyden say the same goes f or market ing and distributing their own beef: Not every farmer in Vermont wants to do it. Boyden says he tries to buy Vermontborn cattle “whenever humanly possible,” and pref ers working with f armers he knows and trusts. But a Vermont zip code isn’t a guarantee for high quality. “Some of the Vermont cattle are really just junk,” Boyden says. He bought cows
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f rom one local f armer last year that didn’t grow according to plan, and he opted not to buy from that farmer again. So what’s all the f uss about? Vermont-made sells. Chip Morgan, the president of the Vermont Beef Producers Association, calls “local” the most popular market ing term in the state’s beef industry today. That marks a shift from the conventional way of describing and marketing meat, which relies on a grading system — think USDA “Prime” versus “Select.” Today, Morgan says, consum ers are “trying to make a smart choice or a healthy choice” — even if they’re “making a choice based on a qualitative analysis rather than really understanding what they’re buying.” Vermont has a statutory definition of “local” on the books, but it’s not very strict. Under state law, local applies to any goods that originated in Vermont or within 30 miles of the place they were sold. Labels can also be modified with descriptors like “local to New England,” or “local within 100 miles.” More specific are the rules around use of the word “Vermont” on prod uct labels. The state attorney general’s office has cracked down in certain cases, citing a consumer protection regulation
of farmers allegedly misrepresenting the term “local.” Some farmers markets have attempted to clear up the fuzzy “local” definition themselves. Montpelier’s Capital City Farmers Market, f or instance, requires that vendors own, manage and f eed the animal they’re selling as “local” f or at least the last 75 percent of the animal’s life. For poultry and laying hens, the rule is stricter; the market vendor is required to raise those animals from day one. Glover f armer and Capital City Farmers Market president Lila Bennett says the 75 per cent rule was instituted a f ew years ago af ter one f armer at the market complained about another vendor’s practices. Bennett says the 25 percent of wiggle room at the beginning of an animal’s lif e was de signed to allow young farmers PAu L L i S T a chance to buy livestock from elsewhere as their businesses are getting off the ground. The Burlington Farmers Market also that strictly governs representations employs the 75 percent provision — a of “Vermont origin.” Last year, Cabot rule intended to “discourage brokering of Creamery chose to strike the word meat and simply finishing meat and sell“Vermont” f rom its label because its butter is made in Springfield, Mass., from ing it at the market,” according to vendor milk produced in Vermont, New York and guidelines on the market’s website. “It’s really up to the farmers who are other parts of New England. Assistant Attorney General Elliot Burg working hard and producing these ani says there are no complaints on record mals well to educate our customers and
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Asking for a transparent food system —8v-sweetladyjane050113.indd 1 VT 1 4/29/138v-juniors050113.indd 1:53 PM 4/30/13 and then relying on websites or Facebook for that transparency — just won’t work, he argues. Along those lines, Ward worries that a farmer buying feeder cattle from elsewhere can’t tell consumers much about that animal’s history, treatment or health. Those producers still charge top dollar for their meat, Ward says, but the butcher believes they aren’t any different from “factory farms” out west. “Don’t sell me a Chevrolet at a Cadillac price,” says Ward. List, meanwhile, is frustrated that he’s “thrown in the same category” as farmers whose business model doesn’t call for raising animals from birth to slaughter. It gives his competitors an unfair advantage. “I’m trying to build my brand, and keep my standards high, and I’m not chasing money,” says List. Raising cattle in Vermont is inevitably more expensive than doing so out west, where cheap, abundant grasslands — including grazing on government-owned parcels — keep costs down. But what Vermont does have, List says, is a clean environment, plenty of water and a good reputation. “We better take care of that label, because as soon as we don’t, we’ll lose,” he says. “When you have people bring in animals from out of state, you’ve undermined it.” m
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reach out to new people,” says Bennett, of Montpelier’s farmer’s market. “We need to get more people to know their farmers.” She adds that consumers also have an obligation ask questions about where and how their food is raised, without making assumptions based on labels alone. Take Vermont Smoke and Cure, the popular line of smoked meats produced in Hinesburg. While the company does produce Vermont-grown meats under its “5 Knives” label, the flagship Vermont Smoke and Cure products are only processed in Vermont — not made with locally raised meat. “People buy Vermont Smoke and Cure, and there’s not one pound of Vermont product in that, but nobody knows,” says Bennett. She’s not pointing any fingers at the producer; she just wants consumers to do their due diligence. Sean Buchanan, the business development manager at Black River Produce in North Springfield, agrees that consumers shouldn’t blindly assume that “local” equates to whatever they most value in food production. Buchanan says they should be asking questions such as: Is an animal treated humanely? Is it fed grass or grain? How large is the farm? “We all go to the farmers’ market, we connect with our grower, but we’re not willing to go out to their farm … and see how it is produced,” says Buchanan.
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chairs to the the left left of she f o where she was during the the fi hearing, ﬁrst rst hearing, and Burgess had had moved three chairs to the the right. The seat switcheroo wasn’t as arbitrary as itit looked. Justices are seated acaccording to seniority — the the chief chief justice inin the middle, the the next two most most senior justices beside him and and the newest ones ones on the ﬂ fl anks. anks. Trial court judges subbing for take f or justices take the newbie chair. chair. Dooley disappeared during the third case of the af ternoon, replaced by Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Zonay, who listened attentively but said nothing during the 30-minute proceeding. Why did the Robinson, Dooley and Skoglund sit out last week’s cases? Gabel asked them, at the request ofSeven Days, but the answers were only partially revealing. Robinson provided common reasons she disqualiﬁ es herself f rom cases — they touch on issues she dealt with as the governor’s lawyer or involve attorneys with whom she has relationships — but no speciﬁ cs. Dooley sat out on last week’s case involving the Rockingham Area Community Land Trust, Gabel says, because he is active in a neighborhood association in his hometown of South Burlington, and the lawyer for that association practices an area of the law that was touched upon in the Rockingham TIM NEWCOMB
hoever replaces Brian Burgess as the next next Vermont Supreme Court justice will likely spend a good deal of time “on the bench” bench”——inin both senses of the term. Vermont’s top judges judges recuse themselves with with unusual frequency, legal experts say, say, owing mostly to to the state’s small size and the potential conﬂ conflicts icts that arisef rom from ffriendships riendships and pro f essional past professional associations. Last week alone, alone, Associate Justice Beth Robinson, Gov. Gov. ormer Peter Shumlin’s f former legal counsel, had had to todisdisqualif y herself herself ffrom rom three qualify three cases. Associate Justices Justices John Dooley and andMarilyn Marilyn Skoglund sat out one each. A Seven Days review of public records shows that since January 2012, a justice has excused him- or herself from hearings and rulings 52 times. Robinson leads the pack with 24 disqualiﬁ cations, followed by 11 for Dooley, nine for Chief Justice Paul Reiber, ﬁ ve f or Skoglund and three for Burgess. While that’s just a fraction of all cases heard by the high court, it’s anecdotally more than you’d see in a larger state, says Vermont Law School prof essor Cheryl Hanna. “We have a very small bar here, and we have a lot of lawyers for our population,” Hanna says. “Literally, everybody here is like one degree of separation.” Guided by the Vermont Code of Judicial Conduct, justices remove themselves f rom certain cases to avoid any appearance of bias. “People who come bef ore the court
need to f eel conﬁ dent they are getting a f air and impartial hearing,” says Patricia Gabel, general counsel to the Supreme Court and deputy state court administrator. She says a justice might remove herself from a case because she had worked on it previously as a lawyer or because an attorney involved is a friend. But the public has no idea about why a speciﬁ c justice sits out any given case. The justices provide no explanation — to each other, the parties or even their own clerks. “You probably won’t ever ﬁ nd out,” Gabel says. Burgess, who was appointed by f ormer governor Jim Douglas in 2005, announced last week that he’ll retire his robe on August 1. Shumlin has not suggested who might replace him, but the state’s legal community is abuzz with speculation. A number of rumored
candidates — Shumlin chief of sta˛ Liz Miller and Assistant Attorney General Bridget Asay, to name just two — would almost certainly ﬁ nd themselves sidelined at times by the past legal work they’ve done. “It’s just a fact of life,” Hanna says. At the Supreme Court last week, justices played musical chairs as three of them sat out cases. After oral arguments on a complex drunk-driving appeal last Wednesday, a court clerk announced, “The next hearing of the court will follow a bench change.” With that, the ﬁ ve justices shu˝ ed out of the room and a court clerk rearranged several of the justice’s name plaques to di˛ erent chairs. When the justices emerged minutes later to hear the next case, Justice Skoglund was not among them. Serving in her place was Superior Court Judge Robert Bent. Robinson, meanwhile, was sitting f our
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case. In other words, a precedent-setting ruling by Dooley in that case could directly impact his lawyer friend’s livelihood. Gabel says Skoglund did not reply to a message asking why she recused herself from last week’s oral arguments in a lawsuit brought by the family of a man killed in Rutland in 2007. In some instances, the reason for the absence is obvious. Last week, Robinson sat out a challenge by St. Johnsbury attorney David Sleigh regarding the governor’s selection of Alan Franklin as the Orleans County state’s attorney. As the governor’s former lawyer, Robinson was involved in that appointment, Sleigh notes, posing a direct conflict of interest. In April 2012, Robinson excused herself from four cases involving clients represented by Middlebury attorney Peter Langrock, at whose firm Robinson worked for years. In perhaps the most extreme case of justice disqualification, all five justices were removed from a lawsuit brought by Dooley and his wife against a developer seeking to build an apartment complex near their South Burlington home. But Gabel could offer no explanation for why justices Reiber, Dooley and Robinson all sat out the February 2012 case of Long Trail House Condominium Association v. Engelberth Construction Inc. Hanna says justices may sometimes have personal reasons for sitting out a case, such as a fiduciary holding in a company that’s party to it. While Hanna feels it’s “kind of weird” that the public is left in the dark, she believes judges deserve their privacy. “Is it really the whole public’s
business that they have a close relationship with the sister of the plaintiff?” Hanna asks hypothetically. “I can respect that we don’t have to know in every case, because then no one would want to be a judge.” History reveals why Vermont justices err on the side of caution when it comes to the perception of bias. In 1987, three Vermont Supreme Court justices — William Hill, Thomas Hayes and Ernest Gibson III — were embroiled in a scandal when a judicial-conduct board accused them of using their power on behalf of a side judge with whom one justice had a close personal relationship. The justices denied any wrongdoing and only stepped aside after then-governor Madeleine Kunin and others pressured them. Another possible reason justices play it safe: Unlike U.S. Supreme Court justices, the Vermont Supremes aren’t appointed for life; every six years, they face reappointment by the Judicial Retention Board. Does it matter that all five judges can’t be present for every case? Every time one is absent, a Superior Court judge or retired Supreme Court justice takes his or her place. Usually, that doesn’t have a big impact on the outcome of cases heard by the high court, observes Hanna. But in some cases the judicial lineup could prove pivotal. “What if Beth is excluded from the Vermont Yankee case?” Hanna says of Robinson, referring to Shumlin’s effort to shut down the state’s lone nuclear reactor. Whoever replaced her “could change the outcome of the case,” Hanna says. m
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urlington city o˜ cial Nate Wildﬁ re was worried on the morning of April 5. It was deadline day f or submitting waterfront development concepts to the city as part of a public solicitation, but only a couple of entries had come in. By day’s end, however, a torrent of PDFs had cascaded into Wildﬁ re’s inbox in Burlington’s Community and Economic Development O˜ ce, where he works as assistant director of economic development. A total of 50 proposals — some visionary, others pragmatic — were submitted at the 11th hour. Burlington’s creative energies had kicked in, just as CEDO had expected — or hoped — they would. Those waterfront visions will be on display for public viewing and comment on May 7 and 8 at the Fletcher Free Library. Mayor Miro Weinberger’s administration solicited the waterfront proposals, in part to revive interest in redeveloping the Moran Plant, the f ormer lakeside power station that has become a symbol of the Queen City’s development dysf unction. Pending voter approval, a winnowed set of proposals f or waterf ront projects, which may include a plan for Moran, could receive a total of $5 million in tax-increment ﬁ nancing. Most of the concepts make ref erence to additional sources of funding, as well. A f ew of the proposals to be displayed in the library stand out for their boldness. Burlington architect Frank Guillot wants to build a new Burlington High School and parking lot — accessible by a new road from North Avenue — on the 40-acre Urban Reserve north of the Moran Plant. The $40 million project, which lists BHS principal Amy
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Mellencamp and af ew few other local notables as collaborators, would be ﬁ nanced by private development of 1000 residential units on the high school’s current site. Sound like a stretch? Guillot notes in his concept synopsis that the 50-yearold school needs renovations to the tune of $15 million. And even if all that work were done, BHS would still be an antiquated facility. Guillot imagines a waterfront BHS as a modern, “energy-neutral” educational institution that would be “a source of inspiration.” No less ambitious is Duncan Adamson’s idea of constructing an urban gondola linking the waterfront to the Church Street Marketplace. Adamson, a vice president of the South Burlington measurement-equipment ﬁ rm Instrumart, envisions delighted tourists and proud locals making a scenic airborne journey above Main, College or Pearl streets. For now, the gondola is no more than a rough sketch awaiting engineering studies that, Adamson says, should specify costs more precisely than
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the $5 million to $20 million ﬁ gure o˛ ered in his outline. In a similar vein, two city o˜ cials — one at public works, the other at parks and recreation — have proposed building a cable car in addition to a curving stairway to give Old North Enders easier access to the waterf ront. At the top of Depot Street, an arch would be constructed to designate the neighborhood as a gateway to Lake Champlain. Kyle Clark, an engineer with South Burlington-based Dynapower, has a diff erent idea f or the steep slope between Battery and Lake streets, one sure to intrigue Burlington’s many f oodies: an edible botanical garden. Noting that the city lacks a botanical garden, Clark
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The possibilities are broad and eclectic. Scientist and financier Michael Metz is the point man for a project he calls “Electric Works” that would turn Moran into a hub of small-scale manufacturing powered by the “maker movement.” The concept synopsis says makers work at “the intersection of technology, engineering, art and innovation.” Backing the project are the heads of two city agencies — CEDO and Burlington City Arts — and techies at IBM and Champlain College. Two other Moran plans call for converting the derelict structure into an art museum — one housing a collection of modern and contemporary works of unspecified origin and another gathering the State of Vermont’s vast art collection under one roof. Several of the waterfront proposals are more modest and practical in their focus on pipes, wires, boardwalks, stairways, fountains, breakwaters, marinas, boatyards and parking facilities — for both cars and bikes. Through one such infrastructure enhancement, architect Arthur Chukhman proposes to incorporate storm-water pipes and filter ponds into stairways and/or gondola towers leading to and from the waterfront. The “Signs of the Times” project, led by Ken Mills of Terra-logic Landscape Architecture, would digitize the entire waterfront, with smartphones giving access to all sorts of historical and environmental information. And then there’s investor Charlie Tipper’s idea of preserving Moran as a “functional ruins,” with a basement eatery dubbed “Dungeon.” Not represented among the 50 submitted concepts: a proposal to tear Moran down. Wildfire says that does remain an option, though he notes that even demolition would require some serious money. m
“The project will use brewing wastes to generate enough electricity and heat for Moran and a Community Sailing Center building, if one gets built next door,” Cooke explains. “Plus, there’ll be enough excess to pump power back into the Burlington Electric grid.” About $3.6 million of the sum needed to make Moran Ecological a reality would come from the $5 million waterfront tax-increment financing (TIF) program that’s the genesis of the “public investment action plan” launched by Weinberger last year. Using a TIF, cities and towns can borrow against future tax revenues from private development to pay for sewers, roads and other public infrastructure in a designated district — in this case the Burlington waterfront. A second TIF district encompasses the city’s downtown, where $10 million in infrastructure projects will likely undergo an envisioning process similar to what’s occurring now in regard to the waterfront. These two TIF-related initiatives are separate from, but similar to, Plan BTV. That city undertaking has sought to gauge public support for — and obstacles to — “in-fill” development downtown and on the waterfront. Plan BTV, now in final draft form, is supposed to culminate in an overhaul of city zoning and development regulations. After next week’s public showing of proposed waterfront TIF projects at the library, a committee comprising an urban planner, a housing advocate, a commercial developer, a geography professor and an architect will narrow the number of potential projects down to roughly half. In the fall, the city council and Weinberger administration officials will pick a slate of finalists to put before voters on Town Meeting Day in 2014. If voters approve, some waterfront projects could get under way about 15 months from now.
Environment, Community, Opportunity, Sustainability — is the name of the inte grated planning process sponsored by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission and Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation with more than 60 additional partners. This process has resulted in the ECOS Plan, which, f or the first time, combines plans for economic development, transportation, and regional-land-use and natural-resources planning in one plan. It also addresses other issues important to the Chittenden County community, including education, health, housing and equity. The ECOS Plan is in the final stages of refinement and is in the public-hearing process. We welcome comments and questions. You can read, download and comment on the plan at ecosproject.com. Regina mahony burlington
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I respectf ully must disagree with Judith Levine [Poli Psy: “Leaning in Isn’t the Point,” March 27] to “never mind Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.” Sandberg intends to inspire prof essional women at all levels who have long been held back by institutionalized gender inequality. She f ocuses on tactics to improve one’s career and workplace. At no point does Sandberg state that this is the only piece of the puzzle. She does not claim to represent all working women — far from it. Her website, LeanIn. org, specifically opens the door for everyone to share their struggles. Although many of her strategies are aimed at salaried women, many of them can be implemented by workers at any level. She asks: What would you do in your work life if you weren’t afraid? Who can’t relate to that? I agree that Barbara Garson’s book about the 99 percent is an important piece of the discussion and merits a concerted f ocus on minimum-wage earners. But can’t both voices be heard? It takes a vil lage — that means many different tactics to achieve a goal. Vermont women at institutions, corpo rations and nonprofits can use Sandberg’s advice to negotiate f or themselves and recognize their own worth. These same women can use Garson’s advice to go to Montpelier and testif y f or paid-sick-day legislation. When the national war on women is still raging, why must we — fellow women, especially — tear down anyone who dares to speak up? Let’s celebrate each feminist who takes strides to close the stillpresent gender gap at any level. Stephanie Hainley burlington
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Readers respond to our story “Vermont Versus Dollar Stores: Fair Fight?” [April 17] Enosburg Falls proudly features two of these crappy, lowrent discount emporiums. Richford weeps... John Bolog
Why can’t Vermont’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development come out and say we don’t want a national chain store that sucks the money out of the community and destroys the town’s character? I’m very aware that people have limited incomes, but these stores mostly sell fringe items that people buy because the store is there — not because the store is filling a need. Damon clark
Thanks to Kevin Kelley for raising the issue of the prolif eration of dollar stores in Vermont. In the article he men tions that plans to locate two dollar stores in the town of Royalton were defeated under the state’s land-use law, Act 250. It is important to know how they were defeated, be cause other communities may want to follow this example. In both cases, the proposed stores f ailed to conf orm to the local and regional plans. Strong policies in both these documents call for retail development to take place in downtowns and village centers and make it clear that retail development at interstate interchanges and along arterial highways is not allowed. To avoid the battles that towns like Chester are experiencing, towns could adopt similar language in their municipal plans and zoning regulations if they want to see retail stores f ocused in their town centers. Regional planning commissions could f ollow the example of the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission and adopt land-use policies supporting retail development on Vermont’s main streets and not in sprawl locations, such as highway interchanges and strip commercial areas. Beth Humstone charlotte
Why don’t you people in Vermont realize that you need businesses to grow? Every time a new company wants to open a new store, it takes them 10 to 15 years to do so. It’s just the idiotism of the people in Vermont. David Austin danville
As a South Hero resident, I read this story with interest, particularly how there are not many vocal def enders of Dollar General. As a supporter of the project, I would like to point out why I believe this perception exists. The fundamental fact is: Those who would benefit the most — at the lower end of the economic spectrum — are simply too busy trying to survive. They simply don’t have the time, awareness or confidence in their ability to influence change to speak up. “Not consistent with the rural nature of the com munity,” “ugly and obtrusive,” “cheap quality,” “made in China,” “big corporations,” etc., are the specious arguments of those opposing Dollar General. Maligned as they are, the Dollar Generals, Big Lots and Walmarts provide a good service to that 30 to 40 percent of the community that could really stand to save a few bucks. The closest store of this type — the Dollar General in
Colchester — is around 15 miles from South Hero. That’s not an insignificant drive for those who can ill afford it, considering today’s gasoline costs. You quote Jocelyn Smith, the South Hero activist against Dollar General, saying, “We’re not making any judgments against the people who shop at dollar stores.” Well, I’m not reluctant to make a judgment about those people who are against it. I would submit that the great majority are the more affluent in the community — dedicated to maintaining their vision of a quaint, bucolic town — at the expense of the less-affluent, indigenous members of the community. When a town starts concerning itself more with how it looks rather than by how it benefits its people, that town has lost its moral compass. Peter Velasquez south h ero
Great timing on this article, as our town has also been ap proached by Dollar General. This company has met the preliminary request by the planning board, and the town residents are beginning to chatter and raise concerns about this type of business in the town of Georgia. Like South Hero, it has two Dollar Generals within a 10-mile radius of where the new location is proposed. Residents need to get involved early and stay up to date about what is happening. In the Georgia case, the Dollar General had approached the board months ago seeking permits. By the time word spread and the momentum raised, it could be too late, as the Dollar General may meet all requirements and a permit can be issued based on the Georgia zoning laws. Vermonters need to stay proactive, get involved, ask the town to engage in social media to communicate agendas and minutes. It is harder to fight reactively than proactively; our communities are what we give to them and what we value. Give of your time and demonstrate and articulate to elective officials how the community envisions growth and development that is congruent with the quality and value of the town. irene Bonin georgia
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ast fall, when Seven Days checked in with Lance OLsOn f or our Perf orming Arts Preview Issue, the executive director of the spruce peak perf Orming arts center in Stowe was brand new. He came to the job f rom the Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College and had plenty of pro gramming experience under his belt. Olson took the reins of a gorgeous venue — a 420-seat theater with state-ofthe-art acoustics — that was itself pretty new. Attendance at shows had varied wildly bef ore his arrival, f rom sold out to embarrassingly sparse. Spruce Peak, smack in the middle of the ginormous Stowe Mountain Resort, had yet to dis cover its niche (or to be discovered, even by locals). It was Olson’s challenge to make that happen. To pinpoint Spruce Peak’s audience, Olson told us then, he was going on a “listening tour.” He took an apartment in the middle of Stowe Village (he also owns a home in Bridgewater) so he could mingle with the natives. He planned to take stock of the unique mix of Lamoille County locals, second-home owners and winter and summer tourists that defines Stowe. Oh, and he was going to visit schools and other perf orming-arts pre senters in the area.
to dancers from the mOntpe Lier as Higher Ground commonly do this; it’s cOLLective . First up in this well known that northern Vermont ben series, on May 18, is auDrey Bernstein — efits from proximity to larger cities in the this is a CD release concert for this rising region. At Spruce Peak, Olson will remain jazz singer who moved to Vermont in vigilant f or such possibilities year-round 2009. and update his calendar accordingly. The Peak Pop series, bringing nation In another stream, Spruce Peak ally known acts from near and far, is still will bring us the Rolling Stones, Paul Turns out, he’s a good listener. developing; only two are on the roster so McCartney and Peter Gabriel, among Af ter a f airly quiet winter, perf or far, though Olson said he’s in negotiations other giant acts. Digitally — it’s called mance-wise, Spruce Peak sent out pub f or more. He’s excited about the Quebe Peak Film — but still. licity last week for a full roster of enter Sisters Band f rom Texas, whose three Big-screen broadcasts in HD have won tainments scheduled f or May through members are all winners of the National over local audiences since New York’s early November, encompassing several Old-Time Fiddlers Metropolitan Opera distinct, thematic series. Clearly, Olson Contest. The sisters began streaming had figured out something about his new also bring threeits productions town. We gave him a call to find out what, part vocal harmo live several years and how. nies to their blend ago to regional Yep, as we’d suspected, the director of Western swing theaters such as told us he’d developed what he called a and hot jazz (August South Burlington’s “programming philosophy.” It comprises 29). paLace 9 cinemas and five streams — the names of which each Olson is proud, Middlebury’s tO wn begin with the superlative-sounding too, that he’s “re haLL t heater . Spruce double entendre “Peak.” constituted” the Peak has scheduled Peak VTartists, Olson explained, f o - popular but longjust one opera so cuses on, well, artists working in Vermont. f de unct Vermont L AN c E o L S o N , S pr u c E pEA k f ar: the Staatsoper They’re the kind of quality artists who jazz band viper p E r fo r mi N g A r t S c EN t Er Berlin’s production may perform frequently, but “we may not hOuse f or a reunion of Carmen. The really know who they are,” he said. By show (September venue will present the above-named rockthis Olson seemed to mean two things: 28). “Some people will come for miles to that we may take gifted homegrown per - see them,” he said. “And the younger gen- ers in live (recorded) concerts, as well as blockbuster musicals such as Phantom of formers for granted, and that we may not eration won’t know who they are. There have seen them in a venue worthy of their will be differences in how people experi- the Opera; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel, Love Never Dies; and Stephen Sondheim’s talent. “I think it’s imperative that they ence them.” perf orm on a world-class stage,” Olson The “Pop” in this series isn’t necessarily Company, whose cast includes Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone and even declared. about a genre; it also refers to the pop-up The artists he’s chosen for this honor nature of the scheduling. This “opportu are a diverse bunch, ranging from Warren nity booking” means a venue might grab Spruce Peak Performing Arts c enter, Stowe, 760-4634. sprucepeakarts.org chamber players scrag mOuntain music to an empty date on an artist’s tour while Burlington singer-songwriter greg Ory he or she is in the area. Nightclubs such DOug Lass
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— yes, nation — Stephen Colbert. Peak Film is not a bunch of movies; rather, Olson said, it’s conceived as “events that happen to be delivered digitally — and performances we could never bring to Vermont, at least not affordably.” The Phantom broadcast is the 2012 production at London’s Royal Albert Hall, a 25th-anniversary event with more than 200 cast members, many of whom have starred in other productions over the years. Now, that’s an amazing “event” for 12 bucks. Peak Film has committed to 11 such broadcasts between May 11 (Pina, the film paean to late German choreographer Pina Bausch) and November 2 (Love Never Dies). “These need to be presented on a big screen, in HD, with surround sound,” Olson said. Like Peak Films, the Peak Family series is likely to be typeset in stone, as it were. That calendar has seven dates on it right now, from the live taping of National Public Radio’s “Says You!” that took place on April 20 through the third annual residency of world-renowned violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman in late October. The programming in this stream, Olson suggested, “should affect all members [of a family], but not necessarily in the same way — it’s a shared experience that people will talk about for some time to come.” He added that on his listening tour, “I heard this need mentioned very clearly by people who live around here.” “This need” is not specifically for children’s shows but for entertainments that all ages may attend together. The family series also draws on locals — the Stowe Middle and HigH ScHoolS Spring Concert (May 15) and the Burlington civic SyMpHony orcHeStra, with dates in June and August. The glitzier acts hail from north of the border: the multimedia magic extravaganza that is Outerbridge: Clockwork Mysteries, from Montréal; and Québec’s music-and-dance spitfires Grand Dérangement, which Olson likened to “an Acadian Riverdance.” Both arrive in September. Kids themselves are not overlooked in Spruce Peak’s programming — far from it. But the public won’t see the fifth stream, Peak Students, on the brochure. For this Olson sought out a collaboration with the Flynn center For tHe perForMing artS, specifically with its Student Matinee Series. According to the Flynn’s website, shows in this series reach an average of 43,000 children from more than 200 schools each year. Like all arts presenters and educators, Olson knows the significance of reaching young audiences — not only to provide them with often mindexpanding experiences, but to nurture future generations of theatergoers and patrons. “I believe this is important in
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businessman died in 2009, the 66-year-old left more than $2 million to his city. About half of it — $500,000 each to Barre City and Barre Town — was earmarked to complete the bike path that links those two communities. The rest was intended for civic improvements to the city, one of which is the addition of several new outdoor stone sculptures. About $100,000 has funded the Stone Sculpture Legacy Program, which STUDIO PLACE ARTS director SUE HIGBY hopes will boost Barre’s civic pride and restore its reputation as a prominent art city. Four granite sculptures are currently in the works, and several more will be commissioned over the next couple of years. Barre, says Higby, “is the original art city … While Burlington in recent times is known as an important art city in Vermont, Barre has been an important art city in the world,” she says. From the 1880s through Prohibition, the city attracted European stone carvers eager to take advantage of the vast granite quarries. “Stone has huge stage presence,” Higby says. And granite, Barre’s signature resource, is especially showstopping. “It’s
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“You’d cough until you died,” explains Higby. “No one really understood the illness at the time. But some of the really fantastic pieces in Hope Cemetery were carved by master carvers who knew they were dying.” After the elder Semprebon died, his wife converted their Barre home into a boarding house. During Prohibition, she bought booze smuggled in from Canada, hid it in the walls and resold it to boarders. “A lot of people made a lot of money that way,” Tommy Semprebon says. His family eventually made its fortune with Calmont Beverage Company. The Stone Sculpture Legacy Program pieces aren’t the first Barre sculptures Charles Semprebon has supported. Before he died, he donated $140,000 to restore the base of C. Paul Jennewein’s “Youth Triumphant,” which many locals know simply as “the naked guy.” Jennewein designed the 50-ton sculpture in 1921, when he won a national competition to commemorate the young soldiers who fought in World War I. The young artist stripped off the soldier’s uniform in an effort to show his vulnerability. “Sometimes important sculptures just kind of sit and remain unrepaired and almost forgotten,” says Higby. Thanks to Semprebon, the naked guy has been sitting a bit taller since the restoration last year. When Higby got a look at Ritchie’s piece nearing completion last week, “I instantly put my hand over my heart,” she says. “Stone is such a beautiful, longlasting material. It’s a way of creating something spectacular that shows the current flavor of an area. It shows the values of a community.”
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Dear cecil, time-traveling back to the middle ages has seemingly always been a popular theme in kids’ shows, science-fiction books, etc. But what would actually happen if a person from our era traveled back in time? How would the difference in air pollution make an impact on the traveling person, and what medieval diseases would she get? And how many of the people there would die of bacteria that the modern person brought with her? Kid from Sweden
1900 would present more immediate risks — our time traveler would have a fair chance of acquiring intestinal worms, trichinosis, giardia or other parasites too numerous to list. Anthrax, tuberculosis and botulism can all be spread by eating the flesh of infected animals, which I suspect were pretty common. In early urbanized areas, dysentery, cholera and typhus were the rule rather than the exception. For most of human history it would be difficult for our traveler to avoid smallpox, cowpox and variations of influenza unknown to modern times; lepers and plague victims would warrant a wide berth. It’s true that the modern suite of inoculations would likely protect our time traveler from many common diseases, unless of course she was some kind of anti-vaxxer, in which case she’d be on her own.
off by antibiotics. Keeping Doctor Who’s peregrinations in mind, remember also that time travel could involve journeying through space as well, meaning one could unwittingly bring pathogens to regions with minimal resistance to diseases of any sort. The result might be an epidemiological catastrophe rivaling those that actually occurred. As is now well known, Old World diseases virtually depopulated the Americas within a short time after first contact, with estimates of mortality ranging as high as 90 percent. Fatal bugs included not just smallpox, which alone may have killed more than 15 million people following its introduction in Mexico in 1520, but everyday afflictions such as measles, mumps, chickenpox and scarlet fever. And let’s not forget the 1918 pandemic involving a newly mutated strain of influenza that killed 50 million or more. In his classic War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells imagined that invaders from an advanced civilization might be wiped out by microbes harbored by us primitives. Judging from history, aspiring sci-fi authors might want to note, the more likely scenario puts the casualty count the other way around.
hey make it look so easy on Doctor Who. Everyone hops into a time machine with a madman at the controls and travels through time, creating paradoxes and rewriting history, and somehow everything works out. Only rarely does anyone get sick or spread disease to their unfortunate ancestors. It’s conceivable, I suppose, that not only does the Doctor’s time-travel rig come equipped with a universal translator, it’s also got a universal inoculator. We’ll have none of that. Instead, let’s approach the subject in the usual Straight Dope spirit of pessimistic realism. Limiting the discussion to timetravel destinations predating the discovery of antibiotics and vaccines, we find there are two main
types of health-related trouble the intrepid temporal explorer could be setting herself up for. The first possibility is falling prey to ancient diseases. Life during the middle ages, and during pretty much any other era until quite recently, was incredibly dirty, and depending on the time and place, clean food and water were more or less unknown. Air pollution could be a significant hazard if you traveled back to Victorian London, or for that matter spent a lot of time indoors around a smoky dung fire — evidence of lung disease has been found in ancient societies ranging from Egypt to the American Southwest. Water and food contamination from lead dishes and cups might be a problem, although that would require lengthy exposure. Simply eating or drinking anything prepared before about
And of course food variety and balanced diets weren’t the norm for most of human history. Nutritional diseases such as scurvy, pellagra and goiter could well afflict our traveler if, having dodged all the above, she were obliged to subsist long enough on the local cuisine. The other, far worse possibility is visiting modern plagues on the past. New diseases have shown up unpredictably throughout history. In 1967 the U.S. Surgeon General boasted that we’d won the war against infectious diseases; less than a generation later HIV/AIDS emerged. If our time traveler were a temporal Typhoid Mary, she might gift the past with such latter-day scourges as severe acute respiratory system (SARS), which in the first year of its appearance caused nearly 10 percent mortality even with modern medical care; Ebola and Marburg viruses, although victims die so quickly the spread of either disease might be limited; and of course HIV/AIDS, with a current worldwide toll of 34 million infected and 30 million dead. But new diseases wouldn’t necessarily be the gravest threat. Possibly the real danger would come from ordinary illnesses that had evolved significantly over the centuries, in part because weaker strains had been killed
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I glanced to my right to observe Richard methodically devouring the first of his Butterfingers. Rather than simply removing the candy bar from the wrapper and going at it, he was carefully folding back the wrapper as he munched. The technique struck me as slightly OCD yet mesmerizing to behold. “So Richard,” I began, “you still working? What’s your field of endeavor?” “Lately, as you could imagine, I’ve not worked much, but I’m an artist. I teach and occasionally sell a piece or two.” “Ah, a creative soul,” I said. “I would have guessed. Now, what’s your medium — painting, sculpture?” “Mostly I’ve been a portraitist working in oil on canvas. When I was not more than a kid, I worked at Disneyland. There was a bunch of us hired for this. We wandered the ‘Kingdom’ dressed like some Disney version of Renaissance artists, and tourists would pay for quick portraits of their kids. I remember the price was a dollar-eighty. Out of that, the mouse would take a buck and we’d keep 80 cents. “One day I had lunch with Walt himself. He would occasionally walk the grounds wearing a regular nametag like any other employee. When he invited me to lunch, you could have knocked me over with a feather. He was such an interesting guy, really an artist at heart. That’s all he wanted to talk about.” “So you’re originally a West Coast guy, huh?” “Yeah, I am. But I was in New York City
in my early twenties. That was when I met my wife and we had a couple of boys. I really tried, but I guess I never could rise to the responsibility of family life. I left her during the summer of ’67 to ‘visit’ San Francisco. People were calling it the Summer of Love — I mean, how could you resist? But, the thing is, I never returned. My kids still love me, and my ex has long ago forgiven me, but I’m not proud of my actions back then.” “What was it like in San Francisco? It must have been amazing.” “That it was. It’s when I really came into my own as an artist. Oh, the people I got to know! You know what the classical musicians refer to as the ‘three Bs’?” “Let me think … would that be Bach, Beethoven and Brahms?” “Well for my crowd it was booze, Benzedrine and Bolshevism. We weren’t so much hippies as holdover beatniks. I guess at some point it all kind of merged together in what they were calling ‘the counterculture.’ There was a lot of poetry, a lot of theater productions, political activism of all stripes and an explosion of art — much of it worthless, but some stuff was truly groundbreaking.” In the town of Irona in upstate New York, I began to notice the massive wind turbines. Their placement seemed to trace a winding path, snaking back and forth across Route 11. The string continued through Ellenburg, mile upon mile of king-sized windmills, each one affixed to a metal pillar of sequoia-like proportions. By the end of the chain, I must have counted at least 50.
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ot long ago, Seth Jarvis taught a playwriting workshop at a local high school. Introducing the Burlington actor and dramatist, a teacher mentioned that he also happened to work at Waterfront Video, which sparked a telling discussion. “During the break,” Jarvis recalls, “the kids talked about video stores — this historical relic.” He paraphrases in a breathy, excited voice: “‘Video stores used to be, like, a f amily could go in there on a Friday, and everybody could pick dif f erent movies! It was like they were going to the movies together!’ ‘Oh, yeah, I saw an episode of “Seinf eld” [about that]. They had staff picks, and it looked really cool!’” At this point, older f olks may be hearing a record scratch. Wait,what? When did video stores join the ranks of Eisenhowerera soda f ountains, movie theaters with ushers and other things that only exist in myth, memory and TV reruns? The teens’ waxing nostalgic about ye olde tyme video rental might have come as a shock to the customers who trickled into Waterfront Video last Saturday. Many were already jarred by a parallel sign of the times: a placard announcing the store’s imminent closing on April 30.
“Noooo!” one woman moaned theatrically. Others told a reporter they didn’t know where they’d go now for movies. Browsing an online catalog wasn’t the same. These customers knew about Netﬂ ix. They knew all the local Blockbusters had closed. But in their minds, Waterf ront was special — a store with a catalog of 30,000 movies on DVD and VHS. A store where you could browse sections with
Water f ront outlasted Blockbuster to become Burlington’s last video store. (Smaller rental outlets remain in South Burlington and Williston.) But in the end, changing trends — as signaled by those bemused teens — couldn’t be ignored. When Seven Days broke the closure news on April 22, messages from longtime customers ﬂ ooded Waterfront’s Facebook page. At the store on Saturday, renters sounded a similar refrain.
We were all excited, all the movie buffs in town.
We went down [to Waterfront] and got all geeky. SETH JARVIS
names such as Made in Vermont and High Times. A store where you could count on ﬁ nding the new François Ozon drama, an assortment of Troma ﬁ lms or the Brazilian street-kid ﬁ lm Pixote (out of print on DVD) alongside recent hits such as The Avengers. How could a store like that close?
“I don’t like Netﬂ ix. I’m very disappointed,” said Donna Leban. “This is a great collection.” At the counter, Gary Steller jokingly threatened the sta˛ that he’d “throw a tantrum.” Stan Bradeen of South Burlington said there was “no alternative” to Waterf ront,
“even online. All the rest of the places are just commercial,” he said. “This place was commercial and personal.” Despite all this fervent support, the real question about Waterfront Video isn’tWhy close it? but Why only now? Sta˛ ers give primary credit f or the store’s endurance to its cof ounder and owner, Murray Self of Jericho, who passed away last September. A kitsch lover with a well-known f ondness f or purple and Hawaiian shirts, Self kept the store open through good times and bad. “He was very much about keeping the store running as a community resource,” Jarvis says. “Even though it may have been smarter f rom a purely business perspective to say, ‘Get rid of the VHS,’ or to shrink the operations to a great degree, he felt it should exist at the same level for as long as we could keep going.” Self ’s generosity helped Waterf ront weather “upheavals,” including a physical one: In 2005, the store had to vacate its original Battery Street location. It ended up way o˜ the waterfront, in a strip mall on Shelburne Road next to a Burlington posto˝ ce outlet, and rebuilt its customer base without the f oot tra˝ c f rom downtown colleges and bars. But to focus on such setbacks is to ignore the f orest f or the trees. In 2011, research
CUSTOMERS SPEAK ﬁ rm IBISWorld declared video rentals one of the top 10 “dying industries.” If video killed the radio star, Netﬂ ix, Redbox and broadband internet access killed the video store. Many of the people Seven Days spoke with f or this story — movie addicts withf ond memories of renting f rom Waterf ront — admitted they now order online, DVR, stream or illegally obtain most of their entertainment. Brooke Dooley of Burlington, a former Waterfront employee, sums it up: “Instant gratiﬁ cation is something we’ve become accustomed to in the past 10 years.” Though we may be addicted to right now, we can still take time to remember a business that inspired its customers to linger. Soon we may need to tell our stories about video stores to kids who ask, “What’s a DVD?”
A “new contender”
Here’s a reminder of how much has changed since Waterf ront Video opened in December 1996: Back then, customers with tough movie questions could consult sta˛ members, guide books or … CD-ROMs. This high-tech feature was mentioned in a November ’96 article in the now-defunct arts weekly Vox. Writer Susan Green hailed Waterf ront as the “new contender among local video stores” and went on
to describe its striking décor, including a velvet Elvis painting, green Naugahyde chairs and Formica counters with a boomerang motif. That retro design was the brainchild of original co-owner William Folmar, whose f riend Judy Hill created the store’s logo. Folmar, who still lives in Burlington, recalls in a phone interview that he had considered opening a video store for years, “one with a little bit of everything, that especially f ocused on foreign and independent ﬁ lm.” For a while, South Burlington’s Empire Video seemed to be ﬁ lling that niche. Then Empire sold out to Blockbuster, which quickly evolved into the McDonald’s of video-rental outlets. “I started thinking, Maybe we could still do this,” Folmar says. He’d been “planning on a small store.” But one day his f riend Murray Self , in his car waiting for a green light at College and Battery, noticed that half of the S.A.S. Auto Parts building, with its lake-f acing windows, was vacant. The 4400-square-f oot space was more than ample. “Murray wasn’t going to participate originally,” Folmar recalls, “but when we decided on the larger f ootprint, he said, ‘I’ll go in on this with you.’” Originally, Folmar says, they considered kitschy names like “Videorama” f or
the store. They settled on the descriptive “Waterf ront” “because people f rom Montpelier can come ﬁ nd it.” Folmar and Self spent $180,000 to remodel the space and open the store with 4000 titles. In those pre-DVD days, distributors sold VHS tapes to stores at inﬂ ated “rental prices,” which made nonreturns and delinquent customers a serious problem. Still, the catalog grew. So did the sta˛ . One of the ﬁ rst to come on was Peter Pritchard, an amateur ﬁ lmmaker who’d just graduatedf rom high school. Pritchard, who now lives in Boston, recalls a friend of his mom’s telling him, “There’s this really cool independent video store opening up. I bet they would hire you.” Soon Pritchard was cataloging tapes in Folmar’s living room and building shelves to display them. He stayed nine years. Jarvis f ound his way to Waterfront in its ﬁ rst year. When the store opened, he recalls, “We were all excited, all the movie bu˛ s in town. We went down and got all geeky.” He ended up watching Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin on the store monitor, listening to two sta˛ ers debate the merits of di˛ erent musical scores f or the silent classic. “I was like, This is where I’m gonna be!” Soon Jarvis’ cinephilia propelled him FINAL CREDITS
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Seth Jarvis and Chris LaPointe
People who liked to hang out at Waterfront Video really liked to hang out there. Dooley recalls how hard it could be to enforce weekend closing time: “We started experimenting with things we would put on the monitors to get people out of the store,” she says. (A Clockwork Orange didn’t work. Video footage of New Wave band Devo did.) Enforcing late fees could be tough, too. (˜ e highest fee ever charged was about $200, Jarvis says.) Employees had the opposite problem with one of their most famous renters, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. ˜ ey typically waived his late fees, Dooley and Jarvis say — but, Jarvis adds, “You had to do that secretly, because he did not like special treatment.” “I deﬁ nitely recall someone getting yelled at [by Sanders] over free movies,” LaPointe says with a laugh. Vermont’s junior senator contributed a succinct statement to this story: “I’ve gone [to Waterfront] for many years. It has a huge selection of videos old and new. I’m going to miss the store.” Other longtime customers are more prolix. “It sucks,” says cartoonist Harry Bliss of the closing. “˜ ose guys knew their ﬁ lms. ˜ ey had a fantastic foreign-ﬁ lm section. It was borderline like being a kid in a candy store. “˜ at’s one of the Burlington businesses that I wish they could somehow morph into something else,” Bliss goes on, and jokingly suggests, “Waterfront Independent ˜ eater. A book club or a video club. Going in there was different from any other video store, simply because their stock was so dense, and they itemize directors and categories … It was tough to walk out with just one disc. ˜ ey got a lot of money off of me.” Alex Martin, a former Waterfront employee, says he returned to the store after he “started getting disillusioned with Netﬂ ix. ˜ e big thing I was missing was that interaction.” ˜ e store catered to the kind of customer who could appreciate a whole section devoted to Werner Herzog, he suggests, and its niche helped sustain it. For a while, anyway. Molly Hodgdon, a freelance writer in South Burlington, writes in an email, “I’ve been distraught about the closing, and when I’ve shared that with several people their response was, ‘Can’t you just get movies through Netﬂ ix?’ Well, duh … But that is so not the point. “I don’t think movie rentals are like other types of business,” Hodgdon explains. “You don’t have terminal customers like when people buy Item X and go home. I think the boomeranging of rental customers created more of an interactive community. And movies are intimate and personal, you know? What do people talk about when they’re getting to know each other? One of the top 10 conversation topics has to be “What kind of movies do you like?” because it is so uniquely expressive and idiosyncratic. “In the rental store,” Hodgdon concludes, “you’re performing these tiny experiments about what you like, what annoys you, what disturbs you, what makes you laugh, who you are...” And those are experiments and experiences customers won’t soon forget.
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city’s transportation hub. The plan f ell Yet, he points out, a stable location didn’t through, but the writing was on the wall save the Middlebury store, which closed for Waterfront. “We knew for a good two in 2011. “The whole industry has just been and half or three years we had to be looksinking,” he says. ing [for a new space],” Folmar says. That didn’t make ﬁ nding one any easier. In 2004, April Cornell made a purchase o˜ er on the building, and Waterf ront Waterf ront eventually shrank f rom 16 received a notice to vacate. At the time, employees in 2005 to six when it closed its Folmar told Seven Days he worried he doors. Some of Burlington’s young profesmight be “spending sionals will surely retain vivid the next 10 years on Todd: Is t memories of days and nights eBay trying to sell my his any go od? spent behind the counter. I like to t inventory.” hink so. Alex Martin of Winooski, With ﬁ nancial who worked at Waterf ront support from the city, f rom 1999 to 2001, calls it “the Waterf ront lef t the waterf ront in April best job I ever had, easily. Mostly because 2005 and moved into the f ormer Alpha I worked with so many great people.” Graphics space at 370 Shelburne Road. “Some of the best friendships that I’ve The 16 employees scrambled to ﬁ t their had came out of that store,” Pritchard says. catalog into 3800 square feet. “It was a fun, cool place to work.” He re“It took us a long while to rebuild the customer base,” Jarvis says. On the edge of members vehement arguments with other sta˜ ers “about why a ﬁ lm was good or why suburbia, the store developed a clientele it was horrible.” that was “older, more f amily oriented.” “It was my Empire Records,” Dooley The hours became earlier, the sta˜ smaller, says, referring to the 1995 cult ﬁ lm about the nighttime renters “more sober,” Jarvis an indie music store. “It says. “Nobody came in and wasn’t a job, because insisted on us serving them we hung out together. fried chicken or anything.” We dated each other. Did the move spell the Everybody had apartbeginning of the endf or ments together.” Waterf ront? “Things never Indeed, Water f ront got back to the level we were has spawned at least two marriages, sta˜ at,” Jarvis admits. But he points out that ers say. Jarvis met his now-ﬁ ancée when the move “happened to coincide with the they both worked there. rise of Netﬂ ix and other Dooley, an employee f rom 2000 to alternative sources. It’s 2003, remembers f eeling like there was impossible to say where a “Waterf ront cachet — probably just a things would have been if cachet that we created in our own minds.” we kept the Battery Street Sta˜ ers got recognized around town. location.” Martin was known for the seal of approval Folmar, who sold his share of the busion his sta˜ picks: “Alex says, ‘It’s money, ness to Self in 2005, says, “I do think [the baby.’” (Swingers lingo was still fresh in the store] would have been doing better had public imagination.) Sometimes, he says, it been able to stay at the waterfront.”
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TALES FROM THE PORN-RENTAL TRENCHES Carrying art ﬁ lms wasn’t the only thing that set Waterfront apart from vanilla Blockbuster. ° ere was also the porn. Many of Brooke Dooley’s most vivid memories of working at Waterfront involve the adult ﬁ lms. “° ere was one other woman on staff. And a whole bunch of serious dudes,” she recalls. “Dude dudes. It was interesting to watch how people renting porn would react to the male staff and then to us.” Most of the renters were men who made a beeline for male staff members, she says, though “sometimes there would be the shy and awkward couple getting porn together.” On one occasion, a couple inadvertently contributed to the collection. Dooley recalls a fellow staffer calling her “screaming” after he discovered an amateur porn tape in the return box. “I put it on the monitor in the back ofﬁ ce,” she says. ° e clerks identiﬁ ed the renter “from her homemade porn, which her boyfriend inadvertently dropped off. ° e guy came back; he was like, ‘Um, I think I dropped something.’” ° en there was the renter new to Burlington who arrived on a bicycle, loaded it up with adult tapes and a rented VCR, pedaled off, and returned everything two hours later. “I wouldn’t touch any of it,” Dooley says. When she recognized people around town, she found herself wondering, “I don’t know if I know you from stuff, or if you just rent a shit-ton of porn.” Awkward moments aside, Dooley says doling out the adult ﬁ lms “made me more liberal as far as [thinking] it’s not a big deal. It changed my opinion on dudes and why dudes spin porn. And women, too.”
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When Netﬂ ix started to catch on around 2005, Jarvis says, “It was like, Video stores are done. And then things would change within the industry, and it was like, Maybe not, maybe we’ve got some more time.” Movie studios helped out video stores by introducing release “windows” that gave them earlier access to hot titles. And Folmar notes that the advent of TV boxed sets “saved our bacon, for a while at least.” Customers addicted to a series didn’t want to wait for discs to arrive in the mail. Manager Chris LaPointe came to Waterfront while studying at Burlington College and has worked there f or six years. He says he saw the store as operating “in conjunction” with services like Netﬂ ix. Still, he adds, “You’re gonna get the customers who are like, ‘I’m not gonna pay my late f ee; I’m gonna go to Redbox!’ And you’re like, ‘Well, OK, I’m
We have a number of customers who just want to come in and talk.
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A SELECTION OF RECENT STAFF PICKS (AND THEIR BOX STICKERS) George Holoch: “George Recommends”: 35 Shots of Rum, Day of Wrath, César and Rosalie Chris LaPointe: Chris says “Two ˜ umbs Up!”: “Archer,” Fire and Ice, Ninja Scroll Todd Scott: Is this any good? I like to think so: Misery, Carrie, ˜ e Mist Nate Foltz: Nate says “Nearly Perfect”: Space Jam, ˜ e Fly, Videodrome Seth Jarvis: Seth Dares You: ˜ e Point, Rango, Mary and Max April Edwards: ˜ e April Abides: Steel Magnolias, Norma Rae, Forrest Gump Sarah Daley: ˜ ere’s just something about this movie: ˜ e Illusionist, Waltz With Bashir, ˜ e Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
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“Are you you going going totosell sell o˛ off thethe movies? movies? Can I buy some?” some?” was was perhaps perhapsthe theNo. No.11 question heard at at Waterf Waterfront Videoon on ront Video Saturday evening. LaPointe LaPointeand andother other employees patiently explained explainedtotoone one customer after af ter another another that thatthe thestock stock was spoken for. Renters also bemoaned the loss loss of of aa browsing spot and a community. Some said they’d miss the employees as much as the movies. Bradeen, who said he’d been renting f rom Waterf ront since it opened, called them “intelligent, personable and fun.” “We have a number of customers who just want to come in and talk,” LaPointe said. “I think I will miss that the most, the conversations that I got to have here.” Since news of ofthe theclosing closingbroke, broke,“People “People have been extremely kind,” Jarvis added. “They’ve brought in cupcakes and sweets, o˛ ered career counseling and such.” “It kind of vindicates, in a way, that we’re seen not just as a store but as a place to have a conversation, a place to connect with people,” LaPointe went on. “It’s been great to see that over the last couple days.” With the last movie due dates approaching, choosing between a French art ﬂ ick and a VHS-only rarity was suddenly harder than ever. True, some customers were mainly there to grab Django CH R I S L APOINT E Unchained (all the copies were out). Others browsed and talked. Movie clerk customers would stop him downtown to sorry you feel that way, but this is how we Sarah Daley jotted down a list of titles in enthuse, “You were so right, that [movie] have to run.’” the wildly eclectic O˛ Beat section — mareally was money!” Then came online-streaming services, terial, perhaps, for a future Netﬂ ix queue. Were employees as friendly to customwhich o˛ ered instant gratiﬁ cation with The atmosphere was low-key, but ers as they were to one another? Jarvis no late f ees. And video stores around the every now and then there was a surge of acknowledges that, when the store was country kept shuttering. emotion. “Bye, everybody, f eel good,” a on the downtown “hipster circuit,” some “It was because Murray was about woman called on her way out. “Thank you employees could be a tad condescending covering us through those really tough for bringing art to the world!” to renters with lowbrow tastes. The store patches that we were then able to turn Video stores may be among those busibecame “f riendlier” in the second half of around,” Jarvis says of the industry’s nesses that are more widely mourned at its life, he says. setbacks. their demise than patronized in their When customers speciﬁ cally wanted to After Self’s death at 56 left the store decline. Former employee Martin sugdiscuss highbrow ﬁ lms — especially French gests that Waterf Waterfont “oneof of those without its “patron saint,” Jarvis and ont isis“one those ones — they of ten sought out George others looked into ways to things people are going to miss more Holoch, who passed passedaway awaylast last make Waterfront profit- when it’s gone.” month. Older than most of able. They considered On Saturday, there was no denying the other employees by a moving to a still smaller that online commerce had won one generation or two, Holoch location, or adding a more battle. Yet responses to the closcame to Waterfront in 1997. retail arm and a caf é. ing were still f ull of local pride. With When he wasn’t at the store, But none of of those thoseoptions options help from Self’s generosity, Burlington he was busy being the award-winning was viable without “large investments had sustained an indie video store translator of French works such as Michel of capital,” Jarvis says. “We just weren’t longer than a Blockbuster. Pastoureau’s The Bear: History of a Fallen able to f ind a person or persons who “They wouldn’t be here if it King. could do that in the time it needed to weren’t for the community,” Bradeen When it came to movies, Holoch had happen.” said of Waterfront, “and the commustrong opinions. Folmar calls him “sort of What did materialize was a buyer for nity wouldn’t be the same without like the pit bull of the store, and I mean the store’s extensive inventory: Randy them.” that in a good way.” Senior of Selection Video, a South “He had people who would rather wait Burlington-based business that supEva Sollberger interviews Waterfront in line f or him than let an available clerk plies small home-video outlets, such Video staff, regulars and movie check them out, just because they wanted as convenience stores on Grand Isle. lovers in this week’s episode of her to chat with him,” Jarvis says. “Anyone web-video series Stuck in Vermont. Senior hasn’t announced any plans f or who could speak French did speak French Watch it at sevendaysvt.com. the collection. to him.”
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s a kid, Catherine Stamm was always interested in police work and criminal forensics, until she realized she couldn’t stomach “the whole blood thing.” But as a high school student in North Babylon, N.Y., she also loved messing around with comput ers. So she decided to attend Champlain College and pursue a degree in computer and digital f orensics, which doesn’t in volve messy crime scenes. After Stamm graduates from Champlain this month, she’ll start a job with Kivu Consulting, a small, San Francisco-based firm that does digitalf orensics and computer investigations. Stamm began interviewing f or jobs back in November and was courted by several different firms bef ore accepting Kivu’s offer in February. The 22-year-old’s starting salary: about $60,000 a year, she says. Jacob Berry, a 21-year-old senior at Norwich University, also had a job in hand for most of the spring semester. When he graduates next week, with a bachelor’s degree in computer security and inf or mation assurance, he’ll go to work as a security analyst for the Center for Internet Security, a f ederally f unded research and information center in Albany, N.Y. Berry, who’s from Ossipee, N.H., got his first job offer at the beginning of his senior year and was pursued by at least four dif ferent potential employers. They included his professor and mentor at Norwich, Peter Stephenson, who’s also Norwich’s chief inf ormation security officer and director of the Center f or Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics. In January, Berry chose the Albany job, which offered him more than $70,000 a year. “I just couldn’t top that,” says Stephenson with a sigh. Never mind the talk about graduating seniors f acing the toughest job market in decades; that is certainly not the case f or students getting degrees in cybersecurity. That umbrella term covers a broad range of disciplines involved in protecting com puters, mobile devices, websites, databases and networks from theft, vandalism, attack and other unauthorized access — as well as investigating those intrusions after they occur. Last week, af ter an Associated Press Twitter account got hacked with a f ake tweet about an explosion at the White House, the Dow instantly plunged 143 points bef ore recovering. While the damage was short lived, the incident
HIGHER EDUCATION highlighted the ever-growing threats in the online environment — and the need for digital defenders adept at fending them off. As Stephenson explains, companies, government agencies and institutions like his face a major problem in finding good candidates to work in cybersecurity. How severe is the shortage of qualified applicants? Nationwide, job vacancies now “number in the thousands,” he says. As a result, Stephenson’s students can virtually write their own ticket upon graduation, pursuing lucrative careers in law enforce ment, private consulting, def ense or na tional intelligence. “I have never had a year since I’ve been here when all of my seniors weren’t employed or considering job offers well before the end of the first semester,” says Stephenson, who’s been at Norwich since 2004. And it’s not just seniors who are being aggressively recruited. Meg Rioux, a 21-year-old junior at Norwich f rom Jefferson, Mass., is majoring in computer security and information assurance with a concentration in digital forensics. Rioux, who’s attending Norwich on a f ull scholarship f rom the National Science Foundation, landed an internship this summer at the Center f or Internet Security in Albany — and didn’t even have to interview for it. She says she’ll likely go
work there af ter she graduates next year but if not, “I know the FBI in Albany is also recruiting.” Rioux’s experience in the job market differs markedly from those of her friends and classmates in other professions. “It’s like night and day,” she says. “One of my friends is a graphic-design major and is f reakishly talented. She’s having such a hard time even getting an internship.” Rioux’s cousin, who’s studying engineer ing at Norwich and has a grade point average “well above 3.5,” she says, has barely gotten a nibble, either. Cybersecurity majors f rom Norwich aren’t the only highly desirable grads in the job market. Jonathan Rajewski is an assistant professor of digital forensics and director of Champlain College’s Leahy Center f or Digital Investigation. The stu dents he teaches are now so highly sought after that many are being recruited while still in their junior year, and sometimes even earlier. “It’s pretty crazy,” Rajewski says. Earlier this year, three companies visited Champlain to interview his students, including Dell SecureWorks, a security division of the global computing giant. That company hired five of his students “on the spot,” he says. Another firm, defense contractor ManTech International, extended an offer to one of his sophomores — contingent upon his graduation, of course. As Rajewski explains, his program’s national profile got a major boost in February
when SC Magazine, an industry trade publication f or IT security prof essionals, named Champlain’s digital f orensics pro gram the best cybersecurity higher education program in the United States. The day after Champlain got the award, Rajewski says, he got a call from the former chief scientist at Lockheed Martin, whose son is interested in entering the field: “He asked me, ‘Who are you guys? I’d never even heard of Champlain before.’” Today, Champlain and Norwich stand toe-to-toe with some of the top cyberse curity institutions in the country. Neither Stephenson nor Rajewski considers their schools competitors, but the programs do have many similarities. Both are small private schools in Vermont that have earned national reputations in the cybersecurity field with help, in part, f rom Sen. Patrick Leahy and the major financial resources he’s secured for them. And both schools, unlike cybersecurity programs at other colleges and universi ties around the country, also offer their students hands-on experience in working on actual criminal cases. Notably, Stephenson is a member of the nationally renowned Vidocq Society. An elite crime-solving organization composed of dozens of f orensic experts and retired law-enf orcement workers f rom around the world, the society meets monthly in Philadelphia to work on cold-case homi cides and other unexplained deaths. As Stephenson explains, his work at the
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n 2002, when Bill Mares of Burlington was 61, he decided he could sing a three-hour performance of Bach’s emotionally 4/29/13 3:33 PM draining St. Matthew Passion on a Sunday afternoon and then run the Boston Marathon at noon the next day. That he not only did so but published a book about the experience a decade later — titled The Bach Road to Boston — is proof of an extraordinary optimism. Here is a regular guy — Mares taught high school science, served as a representative in the Vermont Statehouse, and is a beekeeper and a homebrewer — who truly gets a kick out of life. His attitude brings to mind the words of the aging minister in Marilynne Robinson’s novel Gilead: 4/24/12 3:56 PM “There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, every one of them sufficient.” In The Bach Road to Boston, Mares freely admits to having failed to follow his father’s advice: “Do as many Monday, different things as you want, but be May 6 at expert in something!” He certainly got the catholic interests part down. Or 7:30 PM perhaps Mares is an expert in doing Greensboro many different things. The author has United already written books about Green Church of Mountain Coffee Roasters and U.S. Christ presidents’ fishing habits, among other interests. He has issued a collection Mary Rowell of his eclectic Vermont Public Radio Inessa Zaretsky commentaries and coauthored three Frances Rowell books about Vermont with Frank Bryan, including the hilarious The Present Three Wildly Vermont Owner’s Manual. Bach, Mares’ Different Pieces: lighthearted and funny 13th book, “Craftsbury Trio” focuses on the parallel development by Walker “Café Music” of two of his “thousand thousand” by Schoenfield “Trio in c minor, Opus 66” hobbies: running and choral singing. by Mendelssohn Mares writes that he was Join the reception after introduced to singing through the concert for some yummy local desserts! Saturday afternoon broadcasts of the Donations Welcome Metropolitan Opera. These reached
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his backyard in the small Texas town where he grew up via a radio balanced on the windowsill. Remarkably, his father convinced the neighbors not to mow their lawns during that “sacred time.” Mares developed his bass voice as an undergraduate in the Harvard Glee Club. After he moved to Burlington, he made it into the selective early-music choir Oriana Singers. “Is the Pope a Catholic?” was his excited response when director Bill Metcalfe called to ask if he wanted to join.
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TWO OF HIS “THOUSAND THOUSAND” HOBBIES. Mares began running long distances during high school, partly as a way to cope with the sudden death of his brother. Later in life, he discovered running not only put his mind at ease but occasioned great conversations with fellow runners. On Saturday mornings in Burlington, he writes, he regularly ran with three other men. The Four Horsemen, they called themselves, with one nicknamed “High Plains Drifter” for
his habit of straying into the middle of the road. Burlington’s running community is a tight one, so local readers may well recognize the runners Mares gets to know, enhancing the appeal of this locally grounded book. (To my surprise, my own occasional running partner showed up in one anecdote.) The author generally devotes alternating sections of the book to his marathoner’s regimen and his meticulous rehearsals of St. Matthew Passion, a piece that is among the most moving ever composed. Each endeavor required three months of preparation, and each involved its own setbacks — hearing loss, a torn hamstring. Along the way, Mares detours through a history of “Boston,” as insiders refer to the marathon; a mini-biography of Bach; and conversations with numerous fellow runners and Oriana
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By the next weekend I’m ready again for a good run. We gather at Ralph [Swenson]’s house at 7:30 a.m. Today, in early March, it’s 20 degrees with a moderate wind from the north. Snowflakes leave a gauzy covering on the ground. These Saturday morning runs are the physical and intellectual core of my marathon training. Without the long preparatory runs, my body wouldn’t be ready. Without the company of buddies, I wouldn’t have the interest to persist. Today we will do 15 miles through the countryside, all of it on paved road except for a stretch of dirt around Shelburne Pond. The complaining begins as we stretch. While I lie down on Ralph’s driveway to loosen my back, I groan about my fall and the lost time. Phil [Coleman] moans that he hasn’t run in four days. Not to be outdone, Rick [Peyser] grumbles that he hasn’t run either because he was on the West Coast all week. Ralph looks bemused. He never complains. I think his pain threshold is somewhere up in the Milky Way. No one complains about the weather. Twenty degrees is quite comfortable for mid-winter in northern Vermont. Runners are an odd breed. Healthier than 99 percent of the rest of humanity, we moan as if we were covered with Job’s boils. Occasionally, there are real ailments or injuries. But much of our complaining is a mélange of excuses, self-pity, and one-upmanship, an athletic version of “Can You Top This?” It’s always bad form to brag, but on the road you can complain anytime. Indeed, you flaunt your temporary disabilities. My wife [Chris Hadsel], who considers runners a bunch of hypochondriacs,once gave me a cap from Spanish Peaks Brewing Company, the back of which reads “No Whiners.” Ralph has dubbed our running group the “Road Worriers” with a motto of “Rise and Whine!”
singers (all quoted verbatim, as if he were running a recorder at the time, though that’s unlikely). Burlington’s longtime musical fixtures pop up regularly, such as voice teacher and soprano Jill Levis, who advises Mares to “do your warm-ups in the car. That’s the Vermont studio.” Mares, something of a goof, warms up at full throttle in one passage, causing the driver behind him to sign him the international gesture for insanity. He says things like “Hot damn!” and, after an angiogram, serenades the nurses with a song about morphine. But the author is also a meditative individual — not surprising in a runner — and a Protestant who occasionally reveals a genuine religious devotion. In one passage, he mentions spending the hour between one and two in the morning doing “my share of the Easter vigil at church” — that is, sitting alone, silently, in a pew and bearing witness to Christ’s suffering, which is the subject of the Passion. Atheists need not moan, however. Mares is primarily concerned with Christianity’s directive to devote oneself to others. It’s a theme that perhaps deserved deeper exploration in the book; instead, Mares often opts to quote the secular version of the precept, E.M. Forster’s “Only connect!” His conclusions justify the repeated exhortation. The book may end with the marathon, which he completed in 4:23:35, but its climax is Oriana’s performance of the Passion. In ardent prose, Mares retells the drama of Christ’s final days in Bach’s version using generous excerpts from the libretto (translated from the German by fellow singer Phil Ambrose). In the end, Mares writes, the two equally demanding events, Bach and Boston, “represent the two parts of who I am as a human — both an individual and a member of a group, self-absorbed and selfless.” Reading The Bach Road to Boston in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings is an eerie experience; its
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to make more sense as we see how much Southie aggressiveness lives on in him. He’s not some laid-back, intellectual con trarian but a true battler. Jensen has the tough task of embody ing his poor, pugnacious roots and the sophisticated tastes he’s acquired. We need to believe that a kid who upheld his neighborhood’s prejudice to the point of beating a black kid senseless can go on to marry the African American daughter of one of his mentors. Kate is a trophy wife in years and beauty, but she represents a very unusual trophy f or a Southie kid. Jensen is quite good at letting Mike’s temper boil up af ter years of repressing it, but he’s less convincing as the settled, rich doctor. Amy Burrell-Cormier plays Kate with a cool polish the other characters could never attain. Her serene presence, sinu ous movement and rapt attention on stage make her riveting. Robert Harte boldly creates a set of obsessive-compulsive tics for Stevie. It’s a brilliant choice, and it makes this low-level manager a barely competent struggler instead of a tyrant. He’s yet another victim of Southie. Maura O’Brien’s powerhouse turn as Margie’s pal Jean combines crowd-pleas ing humor with live-wire energy. Relishing
fierce loyalties and ready wisecracks of the neighborhood prevail over the economic scars. Downs keeps the pace brisk — too brisk at times, so that reactions are rushed. Nevertheless, this polished production gives all the actors room to shine. Mary List Wheeler firmly captures Margie’s physicality, from the unruly mess of her strawberry-blond hair to her swag gering step. She’s one tough cookie and proud of it. But when Margie must admit def eat, Wheeler allows herself a shrug to convey she expected it all along. That’s how she keeps going: letting gumption outweigh desperation. With a powerful accent and defiant stance, Wheeler’s Margie is a f orce to be reckoned with. But when she’s nervous or vulnerable, Wheeler tends to play the anxiety as pure speed, which leaves no time for her to connect with other actors or to register fear. When supervisor Stevie fires her, Wheeler lets haste stand in f or panic and seems to deflect the bad news rather than show the toll it takes. As much as Margie needs pride for armor, Wheeler makes the shell too thick. As Mike, John Jensen chooses to retain his lower-class Boston accent, a puzzling choice for someone who’s cut every tie to his impoverished start in life. But it begins
every vowel of her thick accent, O’Brien puts on makeup and marks her bingo card like she’s expecting a fight. She plays the role with the volume turned way up, but she earns it by investing herself so fully in each moment. As landlady Dottie, Katie Owens is the unflappable butt of Jean’s jokes. Owens underscores Dottie’s inf lexible avarice by rarely looking another character in the eye. She’d rather thumb through a magazine or zone out on her bingo card. This interpretation keeps her from con necting with the other characters. It’s a solid idea, but not as f ulf illing f or the audience. Jeff Modereger’s set design is rich with detail. We learn a lot about Margie’s lif e f rom her secondhand kitchen chairs and the nearly empty sugar shaker she has probably swiped from a diner. Modereger also hits some nice notes in Mike’s upscale living room, though it’s not opulent enough to unsettle Margie or overwhelm the audience. But the designer’s big triumph is f ully realizing a store alleyway, Southie kitchen, church basement, doctor’s office and living room all within the confines of the FlynnSpace. Jeffrey Salzberg’s lighting design, with a minimal color palette, illuminates the hard times and wisely sugarcoats nothing. Cora Fauser’s costumes quickly tell the class story, relying on both the easy short hand of Red Sox paraphernalia and more nuanced choices. All the costumes work well, but Fauser’s wardrobe f or Margie, Stevie and Kate truly embellish our understanding of the characters. In Good People, there’s a dif f erence between good and nice. Margie is “good people.” She’s also nice enough to make a lot of self less choices: She f orgives Stevie for firing her and Dottie for failing her, and she hasn’t let bitterness corrode her despite the consequences of a teen pregnancy. But when she grasps, even briefly, a weapon that might bring Mike down, she spends some time relishing it. We can tell it’s not an unfamiliar feeling. Then she gets to decide what she’ll do with it. m
hich is tougher: moving up and out of a poor neighbor hood, or staying put to make a hardscrabble life there? For the people in the working-class “Southie” neighborhood of Boston in David LindsayAbaire’s Good People, getting ahead isn’t a matter of making good choices. Sometimes it depends on having any choices at all. Currently at Burlington’s FlynnSpace in a Vermont Stage Company produc tion, Good People is a story of hard times. Middle-aged Margie loses her job, which had barely en abled her to support hersel f and her severely disabled adult daughter. The economy is tanking, and she’s now too old for assembly-line work. Her landlady may be a f riend, but that won’t stop her from tossing Margie on the street if her own son needs the apartment. The one straw lef t to clutch is a wild one. Margie had a short summer fling in high school with Mike, the smart kid from Southie who parlayed a scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania into a medical career. He’s now back in the area, living in an affluent suburb. When Margie visits his office looking for a job, her toughness takes over and she battles as much as she pleads. When she finagles an invitation to a party at Mike’s house, she’s ready to try nearly anything to keep her head above water. VSC’s production emphasizes the considerable humor in the play, winner of the 2011 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. For Lindsay-Abaire’s characters, the prime coping mechanism is mouthing off. Margie’s snappy comebacks demon strate her quick wit and combative nature, a combo that remains endearing through out the play. Good People tries to have it both ways: to paint a portrait of the overwhelming economic problems in America today and to entertain theatergoers f or two hours. Director Tara Lee Downs f ollows the playwright’s lead to let the comf ortable comedy prevail. Class-struggle f ans, this is not your play. You can walk out of the theater with no more concern for the poor than you had when you walked in. But neither will you have less. Lindsay-Abaire has the precise street cred to write the play: He grew up in South Boston with working-class Irish American parents. His road out began with a scholarship to prep school, and then on to college. If he has any personal demons to remind him of his rise out of Southie, he lets the
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his year, it’s harder than ever before to eat everything we desire during the 10-day bacchanalia known as Vermont Restaurant Week. Af ter all, a record 105 restos have rolled out special menus, and even the hungriest human could only hit a f raction of them bef ore May 5. Still, we’re doing our darnedest. For the ﬁ rst night last Friday, Seven Days sta° ers trekked south and north, or stayed close to home. No matter where we ended up, we were dazzled by the sun — which suggests that spring sweetens Restaurant Week as much as basil-laced gimlets and maple glaze. From Burlington to Vergennes to Quechee, here are a few tales of gluttony and adventure.
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“Are you wearing your stretchiest pants?” I asked my boyf riend, Dave, as we barreled south on Route 7 toward Ferrisburgh’s Starry Night Café. “They do have some elasticity, yeah,” he answered. “You?” “Oh, yeah,” I said with a laugh. This wasn’t our ﬁ rst Vermont Restaurant Week — we’ve learned to steel ourselves f or these sumptuous three-course meals. Our plan of attack? Skip lunch, so we’re starving by dinnertime. Set aside at least two hours f or the meal, because it will take that long. Eat slowly, and don’t be af raid to have half of every dish wrapped up for later. And, yes, wear loose clothing. This was our ﬁ rst visit to Starry Night, a romanticlooking spot we’d long eyed from afar. When we walked in last Friday evening, the restaurant was aglow with ﬂ ickering candles in colorful chandeliers, which were strung with origami birds. Fresh orange and pink tulips brightened every table. Within seconds, the bartender was telling us about the night’s special cocktail, something with lychee juice and Bar Hill Gin — my favorite spirit. Regina Spektor’s “Samson” played in the back dining room. When Dave joked that he’d called ahead with my playlist, I half believed him. I was seriously crushing on this place by the time our appetizers arrived — a warm Cabot clothbound cheddar and asparagus bread
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pudding for him and a roasted-beet and shaved-fennel salad with blue cheese and toasted hazelnuts for me. The bread pudding was delicious, sof t and light, savory but sweet with bright balsamic-onion marmalade. My salad — as well as the strawberry-rhubarb gin cocktail I’d ordered — both tasted like springtime. There was a leisurely wait bef ore our main course. Dave and I gazed at each other over candlelight, and eavesdropped on the couple at the next table, obvious regulars who were so enamored of the steak tartare that the chef came out to receive their compliments in person. We weren’t so e° usive about our entrées, but they were good. Dave’s sa° ron gnocchi — while not the most pillowy dumplings we’ve had — were incredibly ﬂ avorful eaten with long strips of shaved asparagus and a leek-tomato ragù. My grilled Misty Knoll chicken, served with a tomato-asparagus salsa, was perf ectly tender. The sour-cream-and-chive mashed potatoes were creamy and tangy, and the accompanying carrots and green beans retained a lovely, ﬁ rm bite. We stuck to our plan and asked our attentive server to wrap up a good part of each dish. Onward we forged to dessert. The carrot cake was well spiced and dense; its cream-cheese frosting, drizzled with maple, was as silky as buttercream. Vanilla ice cream melted into the warm strawberry-rhubarb crisp, which was pleasantly tart. But the taste in our mouths was decidedly sweet as we exited the restaurant into an appropriately dark, starry night. CAROLYN FOX
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Year after year, Waterbury’sMichael’s on the Hill puts together a big, beautiful Restaurant Week menu — and year after year, I miss it. That wasn’t going to happen this time. I made my reservation early for the very ﬁ rst day of the promotion. Af ter a crazy Friday that included working with Top Hat Entertainment on perf ecting the Restaurant RESTAURANT WEEK DIARIES
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by New England Floor Covering. kIng aRtHuR FlouR supplies the flour for bagels, while cheese comes from caBot cREamERy. Besides sandwiches, the menu includes matzoh-ball soup made according to Feldman’s mother’s recipe, with mIsty knoll FaRms chicken and homemade kneidlach. A different vegetarian soup will join it daily, along with salad and sandwich specials. With Maddy Feldman and recent BluEBIRD tavERn em-
York style, with 10 classic flavors made from basic ingredients. But the fillings for bagel sandwiches will be a cut above. BlakE HoBERman of naRwHal PIcklEs is making cucumber pickles for Feldman’s, as well as sauerkraut and kimchi. Hummus will be homemade, while most of the meats, excluding an out-of-town kosher-beef salami, come from McKenzie of Vermont. Feldman, a former director of the South End Arts and Business Association, said he’s making an effort to connect with other local businesses. Coffee at Feldman’s
ployee JakE ZIEmlak running front-of-house, the family aspires to make Feldman’s more than just a bakery and café. “It really would touch my heart if we can be a place for the Jewish community, but also the community as a whole,” Roy Feldman said. “We’re hoping that we can find that this Feldman’s Bagels can capture what Burlington Bagel Bakery was — a functional community space” — and, he recalled, a hot spot for political rallies and other gatherings. Soon customers of the new business will get some culture with their kosher.
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“It’s extremely exciting to see the dough rising again. It’s not exactly like riding a bicycle, but making a bagel — you still remember,” said Roy FElDman last Friday. He had just taken his first batch of bagels in 20 years from the ovens at FElDman’s BagEls, the new store he’s opening this Wednesday
Christy Mitchell, who was SEABA’s associate director under Feldman, will open the space behind the bakery as artists’ studios this summer. She’ll also curate art for Feldman’s walls.
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a combination that perfectly hit the smoky, salty flavor profiles that defined my favorite childhood meals in Switzerland. Pickled veggies added a welcome, grown-up hint of acid. The main course arrived in a personal-size Le Creuset cocotte. The gooey bed of herbed polenta that filled the pot would have been meal enough, but the delicious cornmeal was covered in a stew of rabbit confit, sausage and spring vegetables, all in a creamy, wholegrain mustard sauce. I usually consider the fare at Michael’s to be sophisticated haute cuisine, but this was comfort food at its finest. The meal wound down with a smooth chocolate mousse topped with whipped cream that burned with boozy kirsch. I mellowed it with sips of Vermont Artisan Tea chamomile, sweetened with honey. And indeed, it was a honeyed evening, one that left me relaxed and full
I’ve had many lunches here. Simon Pearce is the ultimate Upper Valley place to take visiting friends and family, and they always “ooh” and “aaah” as much over the views and the famous blown glass as they do over the food. Yet I’d never eaten dinner here, nor witnessed the romantic vibe that falls over the dining rooms as the sun goes down. Turns out, this was a first for Simon Pearce, too — the very first year that the staff has chosen to take part in Vermont Restaurant Week. True to form, they’ve done it wisely. The prix-fixe meal cost 30 to 40 percent less than ordering the same dishes from the á la carte menu — so I felt justified in indulging in a Vermont Gimlet, a blend of Vermont Spirits vodka, lime and basil that is the week’s signature libation. Simon Pearce’s version had a delicious tension between tart and sweet, and a generous heap of basil added aromatics. restaurant week Diaries
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“I spent all winter tasting tea,” she says, and jokes that she and her husband vie with each other to give their preferred beverage pride of place in the shop. He favors coffee; for her, tea “is a window into the rest of the world.” The loose-leaf teas for sale by the cup or the ounce include Jasmine Green, and
Downtown Montpelier gained its own tea mecca when the North BraNch café opened in mid-April at 41 State Street, in the old Chittenden Bank building. Its menu is a robust roster of teas, wines and small plates — without a drop of coffee or beer. North Branch’s tea menu is dense with greens, whites,
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farm and BLythEDaLE farm, among others. Not surprisingly, Parker has noticed more women than men among the clientele, but she’s seen a range of ages, from high schoolers coming in to drink tea to couples taking advantage of North Branch’s late hours for a post-dinner date. “On the weekends, we’re open anywhere from 10 p.m. to midnight. We wait until the last movie gets out,” she says. Within a few weeks, Wes Parker will open a tech
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counter in the café to help customers with computer problems, encouraging laptop users to stick around. Regarding the absence of beer, Lauren Parker suggests that may change eventually. “It’s not something we’re going to rush into, though,” she says — tea and wine define North Branch’s niche. North Branch Café is open every day except Sunday.
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oolongs, herbals and at least nine kinds of black tea, all from New York’s Harney & Sons Fine Teas and most served in double-walledglass Bodum pots. Teas especially designed for kids come from Warren’s GroovE tEa ProjEct. “I feel like there’s a whole population in Montpelier that has been starved for good tea,” says LaurEN ParkEr, who launched the business with her husband, Wes, and daughter, Rebecca. “We’re very excited about the energy that Montpelier is giving to this place.” The counter is loaded with sweet treats, including
a floral, addictive Coconut Oolong. Despite their allegiance to competing brews, wife and husband agree that the brewing of coffee and tea takes care and time — as evidenced by the high-end tea infusers they use and the Kyoto drip tower they plan to employ this summer for iced coffees. “Those little rituals in our lives, such as coffee and tea, are a way to savor and explore,” Heidi Townsend says. Find Brave Coffee & Tea Co. at 2657 Route 100, Waterbury Center, open daily.
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Living in Burlington, I can be put off by the 40-minute trip to Vergennes. But last Friday, bathed in the golden light of a sinking sun, we arrived at 3 Squares Café in seemingly no time. This modest-size place, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner under the helm of chef-owner Matt Birong, is instantly charming. Think high ceilings, pumpkin- and sunflower-hued walls,
vintage art and mismatched tables and chairs, an open kitchen, and chalkboards announcing meal options. Totally unpretentious. And then there’s the food. For Vermont Restaurant Week, Birong created an ambitious menu of multiple choices for starter, entrée and dessert, each distinguished by the presence of cacao. As Seven Days reported last week, Birong traveled to the Dominican Republic to fetch his own cacao pods. But he didn’t just go for the obvious sweet chocolate on his menu; he incorporated bitter cacao in his savory dishes, too. After being seated, I ordered a Terra Noble Sauvignon Blanc, my companion got a Woodchuck Hard Cider, and we settled on our dinners. My starter was a field-greens salad, which came as a small nest with slivers of tangy pickled jicama and a pair of goatcheese fritters coated in cacao nibs. The
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sipping chocolate, which was creamy and complex, with a gentle chile burn. My companion chose the Trinitario Flan, which came with crisp plantain, macadamia nuts and a raspberry drizzle. Though tasty, it seemed misnamed; the airy, chocolaty dessert was closer to mousse than traditional flan. Then again, there was nothing traditional about this meal — and kudos for that. PA m EL A P o L S t o N
As a restaurant-industry veteran, I like to check out new-to-me places, and I have no problem driving an hour or more to get there. So, enticed by the idea of French-inspired cuisine, my dining companion and I headed south to New Haven to try out Tourterelle. The cruise down Route 7 was a mere 45 minutes tiFFany szymaszek
Simon Pearce may have a rep for traditional dining, but chef Jerod Rockwell definitely has an eclectic streak. He doused an appetizer of silky sweet-andsour eggplant with punchy, slow-roasted tomatoes, spicy mizuna and crumbles of local chèvre. He tarted up lightly charred, smoky calamari with almonds, juicy orange wedges, pickled red onions, slivers of Grana Padano cheese and feather-light ginger-coconut vinaigrette. With layers of flavors, texture and color, this dish had it all going on. My friend and I were lured by the evening’s cod dish, a hefty fillet rolled in grated horseradish and panko, then sautéed, balanced atop herb-laced mashed potatoes, and showered with thin, crispy fried leeks. The preparation was heavier than we expected but was intensely sating — each fillet was akin to a steak, and our only complaint is that we would have appreciated a more horseradish-y bite. Though we were almost desperately full, how could we ignore dessert? Especially when the choice was between a vanilla-laced crème brûlèe or moist, glazed apple cake served with warm caramel and vanilla ice cream. Both were as sumptuous, and we finished neither.
fritters fell apart upon contact, but the contrast of bitter crunch and creamy cheese was inspired. The real revelation, though, was Birong’s vanilla and Key lime vinaigrette. The vanilla gave the dressing a luscious, mellow quality that was just shy of sweet, while the acid of the Key lime provided balance. My friend’s ceviche of shrimp and snapper was served in a soup bowl with crispy cacao nib crackers on the side. He was pleased to discover the seafood heaped on a bed of “macro” greens and under a cluster of vibrant microgreens. The concoction tasted über-fresh and delicious. For the entrée, I went for the CriolloCrusted Snapper. Like the goat cheese, the tender fish was a pleasing contrast with the cacao crust, and it didn’t fall apart. This sat atop a Caribbean-inspired “slaw” of papaya and mango and had a topknot of springy microgreens. The taste and texture profiles in this dish were exhilarating. But I didn’t care for the accompanying plantain coins, which were nicely crisp but arid. Meanwhile, my companion devoured his Salt-and-Pepper Prawns — two big guys served over aromatic coconut rice and a heat-packing chocolate-chilialmond sauce. We were both too full for dessert but consumed them anyway. I had to try the pamela pOlstOn
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at home — with farro verde, brussels sprouts and gastrique. The pork was cooked perfectly and generously salted, while the farro (my first) was nutty and worked well with the smoky, charred sprouts. I selected the tagliatelle with henof-the-woods mushrooms and housemade ricotta. The portion of noodles was smaller than I expected, but when combined with the rich ricotta and delicious mushrooms, its size made perfect sense — no need to feel stuffed to the gills. The ricotta was silky — almost like sour cream, but richer — and it melted into the dish, forming a light cream sauce. Though there was no mention of “local” or “homemade” on the menu, we guessed that the pasta was rolled in the kitchen and the mushrooms foraged not far from Burlington. Shawn and I both finished with choices from the menu’s third course: parsnips with chocolate-ricotta pudding and a wedge of Bayley Hazen Blue cheese and candied walnuts. The tender, sweet parsnip dish resembled a cinnamon-dusted Mexican churro that was roasted rather than deep fried. The pudding was perfect for dipping and left me wanting more. Meanwhile, the
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‘ONE MOVEMENT FOR PEOPLE AND THE PLANET’ DAY OF ACTION : ˜ e Vermont Workers’ Center organizes locals in a Montpelier rally for issues such as affordable housing, health care and education. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 11:30 a.m. Free; see workerscenter.org for details. Info, 861-2877.
COMMUNITY-SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE 101: Attendees learn ways to directly access local food while supporting farmers in the process. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918 . GROW YOUR OWN SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS: Local fungi enthusiast Michael “Reverend Mike” Caldwell explains the process of drilling into hardwood logs and inoculating them with spawn. Bradford Public Library, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536.
UVM DANCE PERFORMANCE: An end-of-semester show features a varied program of ﬁ nal projects and an appearance by the student-run Orchesis Dance Company. Mann Hall Gymnasium, UVM Trinity Campus, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, email@example.com.
ALEX AND ANI BANGLE BAR : ˜ e sale of ecofriendly charm bracelets with positive messages beneﬁ ts the Steps to Wellness cancer-rehabilitation center. Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center Pavilion, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 847-9548.
‘HUNKY DORY’ : During the summer of 1976, a drama teacher played by Minnie Driver struggles to get her students to put on a production of Shakespeare’s ˜ e Tempest . Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 748-2600.
‘ON THE ROAD’ : Based on Jack Kerouac’s eponymous novel, Walter Salles’ 2012 drama stars Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund as free spirits who embark on a cross-country adventure. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 7:45 p.m. Info, 748-2600.
VERMONT INTERGENERATIONAL WALK & ROLL TO SCHOOL DAY : Students and community members take steps towards improved health while making personal connections on early-morning and afternoon strolls. Various locations statewide, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; see walkandrollvt2013-eorg. eventbrite.com for details. Info, 598-8651. WINOOSKI COALITION FOR A SAFE AND PEACEFUL COMMUNITY : Neighbors and local businesses help create a thriving Onion City by weighing in on public-health and civic-engagement initiatives. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 655-4565. WOMEN HELPING BATTERED WOMEN VOLUNTEER & INTERN RECOGNITION NIGHT: ˜ ose who dedicated time and service to the organization are acknowledged for their efforts. 294 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 658-3131.
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Giant marigolds and a triceratops skeleton that comes alive — these seemingly unrelated fantastical machinations are both featured in Botanica, the latest production by the dance company MOMIX. Founded by Vermonter Moses Pendleton, the Connecticut-based troupe is known for avant-garde, inventive performances. Set to a fast-paced score, a series of illusions, props and projected images tell the story of the changing seasons. Dancers blend seamlessly into their surroundings and become part of a choreographed dialogue that, while surrealistic, speaks to humans’ place in the natural world as part of a much larger system.
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EAST SHORE VINEYARD WINE TASTING & PARTY: Oenophiles toast the one-year anniversary of the Church Street tasting room and the release of the newest Vermont-grown varietal, Louise Swenson. East Shore Vineyard Tasting Room, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. $7. Info, 859-9463. VERMONT RESTAURANT WEEK: Foodies, take note! Ten days of mouthwatering, prix-ﬁ xe menus and themed events celebrate local fare. Various locations statewide, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Prices vary; see vermontrestaurantweek.com for details. Info, 864-5684. VERMONT RESTAURANT WEEK SALON: ‘THE REAL COST OF LOCAL FOOD’: Seven Days cofounder Pamela Polston moderates a panel of area farmers and restaurateurs, who discuss the challenges of the farm-to-table movement. Signal Kitchen, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 864-5684. WED.01
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‘CHERRY BLOSSOMS’ : ˜ e Burlington Film Society hosts a screening of Doris Dörrie’s award-winning drama about a man who travels to Japan to fulﬁ ll the dreams of his deceased wife. A discussion follows. BCA Center, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 865-5355.
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Are relics from the past sitting in your dusty attic? Curious collectors bring weathered wares to the Antiques Appraisal Day, hosted by the Henry Sheldon Museum. Local appraisers share their expertise and determine the age, style, condition and rarity of pieces large and small, ranging from treasured family heirlooms to yard-sale ﬁ nds. Greg Hamilton, Lori Scotnicki and Joan Korda take a close look at furniture, artwork, silver, glass and china. Ralph Shepard draws on more than 50 years of experience to evaluate military items, while gemologists John Wallace and David Bennett discern costume jewelry from the real gems and diamonds.
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dartmouth College gosPel Choir: This 100-member ensemble brings audience members to their feet with rousing spirituals under the direction of Walt Cunningham. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $7-18. Info, 603-646-2422. grady trela: Through a lecture and vocal performance, the Middlebury College student interprets songs from musicals. Room 221, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168 . jonhson state College ensemBles: Student performers combine the rocking rhythms of jazz, funk and percussion. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1476. ‘oPus 26’ young ComPosers ConCert: Professional musicians perform more than 20 original compositions for strings and woodwinds, written by students of the Music-COMPO online mentoring program. Haskell Free Library & Opera House, Derby Line, 6:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 879-0065. suny PlattsBurgh ChamBer ensemBles ConCert: The flute, clarinet, bass, saxophone and brass ensembles give an end-of-semester
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deColonizing herBalism, emPoWering herBalists WorkshoPs: Sandra Lory of Mandala Botanicals and Dana Woodruff of Dandelioness Herbals guide participants through exercises that encourage healthy conversation and connectedness. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $10-12. Info, 224-7100 . start the Conversation: health Care Planning WorkshoP: The Visiting Nurse Association hosts an informative session about end-of-life care. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 482-2878. teCh helP: Readers learn to take advantage of the library’s online offerings. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
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alexander WolFF: The Sports Illustrated senior writer examines the evolution of sports writing from the rise of televised events to the digital age. Rutland Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. david sChütz: In “The Great Camps of the Adirondacks,” the Vermont state curator shares examples of regional architecture as related to the Gilded Age. Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 334-7902. h. niCholas muller iii: The former director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation discusses the renowned architect’s work after 1932, which marked the most productive decades of his career. Congregational Church, Norwich, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184. jane Carroll: Ireland’s Book of Kells holds cultural significance in the Dartmouth College professor of art history’s discussion of the iconic tome. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. jim esden: The biologist shares key information on emerald ash borers, an invasive species responsible for killing millions of ash trees in the midwest and northeast. Rockingham Free Public Library, Bellows Falls, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 463-4270. mark lauer: Archival photographs provide a narrative thread for the Vermont State Police lieutenant’s illustrated lecture about the history of the organization. Milton Historical Society, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2598. PhiliP amBrose: Johann Sebastian Bach’s translations of poetry and scripture into the music of the baroque period are examined by the UVM professor emeritus. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. randall Balmer: The Dartmouth College professor considers both the theological and contradictory aspects of American Evangelicalism. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291.
‘good PeoPle’: Tara Lee Downs directs this Vermont Stage Company production of David Lindsay Abaire’s Tony Award-winning play about high school sweethearts who reunite 30 years later under less-than-ideal circumstances. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $24.30-32.50. Info, 863-5966. ‘nunsense’: Catherine Doherty directs a Northern Stage production of Dan Goggin’s musical comedy about New Jersey nuns who create a haphazard stage act to raise money for the funeral of their fellow sisters who died in a bizarre cooking accident. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $31-70. Info, 296-7000.
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Jack Mayer: The author of Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project recounts the efforts of the humble Holocaust hero and the three teenagers who broke her story decades later. Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 877-2477.
the caroline FunD BeneFit: Vermont Commissioner of Education Armando Vilaseca speaks at this gathering to honor the life of domestic violence victim Caroline Baird Crichfield and the organization in her name that provides financial assistance to women in emergency situations. St. John’s Club, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 862-2001.
WoMen Business oWners netWork spring conFerence: Author and former UN ambassador Linda Tarr-Whelan presents the keynote address to area professionals, including Josie Leavitt, comedienne and founder of Flying Pig Bookstore. Hampton Inn, Colchester, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. $60-159; see wbon.org for details.
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Burlington Writers Workshop Meeting: Members read and respond to the poetry and prose of fellow wordsmiths. Participants must join the group to have their work reviewed. Halflounge, Burlington, 6:307:30 p.m. Free; preregister at meetup. com. Info, 383-8104. DaviD Macaulay: In “Building Books,” the CO award-winning author and UR TE SY illustrator of several noteworOF LO R thy tomes, including Cathedral I FL O W ER and The Way Things Work, discusses his creative process. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.
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heaTher KraliK: Onion River Exchange’s outreach coordinator joins current members to explain how the central Vermont cooperative uses time-based currency for goods and services. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. heaTher rice: In “Childhood Vaccinations: Questions All Parents Should Ask,” the Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice member leads a discussion of informed consent. A Q&A follows. Healthy Living Market and Café, South Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Info, 985-9850.
eric nelson: The Harvard University professor of government presents “The Lord Alone Shall be King of America: Hebraism and the Republican Turn of 1776.” Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Info, 443-5794.
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‘coMPany’: Lyndon State College’s Twilight Players present Stephen Sondheim’s musical about romantic commitments in relationships and marriage. Contains adult language. Alexander Twilight Theatre, Lyndon State College, 7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 626-3663. ‘Good PeoPle’: See WED.01, 7:30 p.m. ‘GruesoMe PlayGround inJuries’: In their production of Rajiv Joseph’s acclaimed play, Jordan Gullikson and Chris Caswell present nonlinear vignettes about a 30-year friendship defined by physical and emotional scars. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15-20. Info, 448-0706.
‘nunsense’: See WED.01, 7:30 p.m. ‘ransoM’: Lost Nation Theater presents Dick Robson’s play with music, based on military records and actual writings by Civil War soldier and Vermont native Ransom W. Towle. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $10-30; $60 opening-night gala includes pre- and post-show catered receptions; for children ages 6 and up. Info, 229-0492.
‘The casTle’: Richard Romagnoli directs Middlebury College students in Howard Barker’s epic tragicomedy about Crusaders who return from battle to find their kingdom ruined. For mature audiences only. Seeler Studio Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. $6-12. Info, 443-3168.
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‘The Tale of The allerGisT’s Wife’: Under the direction of Tim Rice, the Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre presents Charles Busch’s award-winning comedy about a doctor’s spouse whose intellectual pursuits fail to quell a personal crisis. Brick Box Theater, Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 775-0903. ‘WaiT WaiT … don’T Tell Me!’ live in hd: Fans of the popular NPR news quiz match names to faces as they view a broadcast production on the big screen. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 8 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 518-523-2512. ‘WaiT WaiT … don’T Tell Me!’ live in hd: Middlebury: See above listing. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $10-17. Info, 382-9222. ‘WaiT WaiT … don’T Tell Me!’ live in hd: souTh burlinGTon: See above listing. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $22. Info, 864-5610.
PaiGe acKerson-Kiely: The local poet shares stanzas from My Love Is a Dead Arctic Explorer. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. rebecca ruPP: The biochemist and author discusses the historical significance of popular vegetables featured in her book How Carrots Won the Trojan War. Phoenix Books, Essex, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111.
MonTPelier arT WalK: verMonT hisTory MuseuM: Participants discover a visual dialogue about the state, including the award-winning exhibit “Freedom and Unity: One Ideal, Many Stories.” Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 828-2180.
lauGh local coMedy oPen Mic niGhT: Jokesters take advantage of a lighthearted atmosphere and perform brief material before a live audience. American Legion Post 03, Montpelier, 8-10 p.m. Donations. Info, 793-3884.
cloThes exchanGe: Shoppers refresh their wardrobes with new and gently used threads for men, women and children. Proceeds benefit the mentoring nonprofit DREAM. Burlington Town Center Mall, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 859-9222. deniM & blinG Gala: An evening of hors d’oeuvres, dancing and auctions honors the Carrie Premsagar Foundation’s work with those suffering from cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Sunset Ballroom, Comfort Suites, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $35; cash bar. Info, michael@ carriepremsagarfoundation.org. droP & sWaP: Folks tap into the spirit of spring cleaning and exchange clothing, household items and furniture. “Drop,” Saturday; “swap,” Sunday. SHAPE Fitness Center, Johnson State College, noon-6 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1471.
sToWe WeeKend of hoPe: Cancer survivors and their families celebrate conscious living with educational workshops, wellness sessions, healing ceremonies, live music and more. Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, Stowe, 8:30 a.m.-10:15 p.m. Free; see stowehope.org for details. Info, 865-5202.
enGlish counTry dance: McKinley James, John Mallery, Roxann Nickerson and Margaret Smith provide music for an evening of creative expression by newcomers and experienced movers alike. All dances are taught. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, introductory workshop, 7-7:30 p.m.; dance, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $8-10; bring a snack to share. Info, 899-2378. freedoM friday dance JaM: This alternative to the club scene involves a conscious movement practice led by curiosity, creativity and inspired music. North End Studio A, Burlington, 8-10:30 p.m. $10. Info, 363-4912. MoMix: ‘boTanica’: A multimedia visual feast of costumes, projections, puppetry and custom props complements dynamic dancers and an eclectic score. See calendar spotlight. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15-50. Info, 863-5966. Queen ciTy TanGo MilonGa: No partner is required for welcoming the weekend in the Argentine tradition. Wear clean, soft-soled shoes. North End Studios, Burlington, introductory session, 7-7:45 p.m.; dance, 7:45-10 p.m. $7. Info, 877-6648.
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RoaRing 1920s spRing soiRee & Benefit: Attendees channel the spirit of flappers in fashionable threads over hors d’oeuvres and live music at this fundraiser for the farm’s education programs. Inn at Shelburne Farms, 7-10:30 p.m. $100. Info, 985-8686. Rummage sale: Community members look over donated items in a “take what you like, pay what you can” setting. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-5923. Rummage sale: faiRfax: Community members browse bargain-priced books, toys, clothes and more at this benefit for the Ladies of the United Church of Fairfax. Baptist Building, United Church of Fairfax, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 849-6313. tag sale: Folks stock up on a wide variety of gently used items at this fundraiser for Sustainable Living Initiatives Motivating Youth. Orchard School, South Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3395.
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BRandon music café suppeR cluB: Diners feast on a three-course meal in a pleasant atmosphere. Brandon Music Café, 5-9 p.m. $16.50; preregister; BYOB. Info, 465-4071.
enosBuRg falls stoRy houR: Young ones show up for fables and finger crafts. Enosburg Public Library, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. faiRfax community playgRoup: Kiddos convene for fun via crafts, circle time and snacks. Health Room. Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. isle la motte playgRoup: Stories and crafts make for creative play. Isle La Motte Elementary School, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. montgomeRy tumBle time: Physical fitness activities help build strong muscles. Montgomery Elementary School, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. motheRs of pReschooleRs meeting: Moms share ideas and experiences in a supportive environment. Free childcare provided. Church of the Rock, St. Albans, 9-11 a.m. $4; free for first meeting; see stalbansmops.org for details. Info, 393-4411.
Johnson state college conceRt Band & choiR: Steven Light and Bethany Plissey conduct faculty, staff, students and community musicians in an end-of-semester performance. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1476. mad RiVeR choRale: Piero Bonamico conducts a multilingual performance of Glenn McClure’s St. Francis in the Americas:/a Caribbean Mass. Steel drum player Emily Lanxner provides accompaniment. Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 7:30 p.m. OU $12-15; $1 discount TH OR with nonperishable CH E ST RA donation; free for children 11 and under. Info, 496-4781. ON
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community college of VeRmont choiR: This 60-member ensemble directed by Amity Baker performs a spring program including selections from renaissance-era Spain, South Africa and New York City’s Tin Pan Alley. Sadie White Room, Community College of Vermont, Winooski, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-0730.
student matinee seRies: momix: ‘Botanica’: See THU.02, 11 a.m.
chRis smitheR: Drawing on 40 years of stage time, the singer-songwriter and guitarist distills the essence of blues and folk into a sound all his own. UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 7:30-10 p.m. $15-25. Info, 863-5966.
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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.
spaghetti dinneR: Barbershop chorus Maiden Vermont entertain folks filling up on steaming plates of pasta. Keewaydin Environmental Education Center, Salisbury, 6 p.m. $8-15. Info, 352-4247.
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fish feast: Plates of baked or fried haddock satisfy appetites and complement neighborly conversation. VFW Post, Essex Junction, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 878-0700.
VeRmont RestauRant Week: paRents night out: Moms and dads hit the town and savor every bite with the peace of mind that their kiddos are happy, safe and having fun. Greater Burlington YMCA, 6-8:30 p.m. $10-18; preregister; for children ages 1 and up. Info, 862-9622.
maRtin lutheR king spiRitual choiR: Community members join Middlebury College students, faculty and staff in traditional and contemporary songs directed by artist-in-residence François Clemmons. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3169. Real liVe tigeRs, adRian aaRdVaRk, agent 922 & s.W.i.m.: Regional bands blend folk-punk with poetry at this all-ages show. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $3-10. Info, 518-314-9872, firstname.lastname@example.org. seth glieR: With a powerful falsetto and melodic skills that defy his age, the 22-year-old singer, pianist and guitarist performs an intimate show. Esther Mesh Room, Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $16-19; cash bar. Info, 728-6464. uVm hit paWs spRing/senioR shoW: The school’s original coed a cappella group performs hits from the 1960s through today and bids farewell to its graduating members. Ira Allen Chapel, UVM, Burlington, 8 p.m. $3-5. Info, hitpaws@uvm. edu. VeRmont choRal union: Jeff Rehbach directs this 35-member ensemble in “Bouquet of Song,” which features five centuries of a cappella music. White Chapel, Norwich University, Northfield, 7:30 p.m. $10-15; free for children under 12 and college students with ID. Info, 989-7355. VeRmont youth oRchestRa & choRus: Jeffrey Domoto and Jeffrey Buettner conduct this season-finale concert featuring solo violinist Lydia Herrick, and works by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others. Harwood Union High School, South Duxbury, 8 p.m. $2-5. Info, 863-5966. FRI.03
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Spring Migration Bird WalkS: Avian enthusiasts explore habitat hot spots in search of warblers, waterfowl and more. Cow Pasture, Barre, 7-8:30 a.m. $10; free for members. Info, 229-6206.
Scott Morrical: The UVM professor of biochemistry presents “The Double Helix Interrupted: Broken DNA and Its Implications for Health and Human Heredity.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.
‘coMpany’: See THU.02, 7:30 p.m. ‘good people’: See WED.01, 7:30 p.m. ‘grueSoMe playground injurieS’: See THU.02, 8 p.m. ‘nunSenSe’: See WED.01, 7 p.m. ‘ranSoM’: See THU.02, 8 p.m. ‘Stepping out’: Susan-Lynn Johns directs this QNEK production of Richard Harris’ comedy about a motley crew of tap-dancing students who struggle to find coordination in life and on stage. Haskell Free Library & Opera House, Derby Line, 7:30 p.m. $13-15. Info, 334-2216. ‘the caStle’: See THU.02, 8 p.m. ‘the good doctor’: The Lamoille County Players present Neil Simon’s lesser-known play about the stories and characters that live within the imagination of writer Anton Chekhov. Hyde Park Opera House, 7 p.m. $12-18. Info, 888-4507. ‘the tale of the allergiSt’S Wife’: See THU.02, 7:30 p.m. ‘three funny playS & MuSic’: The White River Valley Players present David Ives’ wacky one-acts Time Flies and Words, Words, Words, as well as Walter Wykes’ While the Auto Waits. Auditorium, Rochester School, 7:30 p.m. $8. Info, 767-3954.
Spring fling Book Sale: Lit lovers peruse a plethora of pages to add to their bookshelves. Proceeds benefit library collections and programming. Rutland Free Library, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860 .
perennial garden Workday: Green thumbs help garden curator Brian Vaughan prep the plot for the upcoming Bloomtime Festival. Horticultural Research Center, UVM, South Burlington, 9 a.m.noon. Free; preregister. Info, 864-3073, info@ friendsofthehortfarm.org. tree planting With the intervale conServation nurSery & friendS of the Mad river: Folks of all ages dig in and help get 1000 saplings into the ground near Waitsfield’s historic covered bridge as part of a “native plant-a-thon” to protect watershed areas. Various locations, Waitsfield, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 660-0440, ext. 104.
antique expo & Sale/Spring craft ShoW: Dealers, vendors and artisans display attic treasures and collectibles alongside handmade wares and contemporary artwork. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $7. Info, 878-5545.
verMont coMedy creW: Local jokesters get big laughs in a cabaret setting at this benefit for the continued restoration of the historic town hall. Brandon Town Hall, 8 p.m. $20; for ages 21 and up; preregister; limited space. Info, 345-3033 or 247-5420.
an evening for grace: Attendees celebrate the life of Grace Emery with dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a year-round camp for children with cancer, where she spent much of her time. Old Lantern, Charlotte, 6 p.m. $50. Info, 318-1218 or 238-6157. clotheS exchange: See FRI.03, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. direct-Service training: Folks interested in helping victims of domestic and sexual violence learn about volunteer opportunities for the Clarina Howard Nichols Center’s 24-hour hotline. First Congregational Church, Morrisville, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 888-2584. drop & SWap: See FRI.03, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. volunteer Work day: Avian enthusiasts perform various tasks to help ready the museum for the season. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 434-2167.
Burlington yoga conference: Participants limber up and align breath and body with two days of classes and workshops led by area teachers. Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Donations; $180 for all-access pass. Info, 999-2183. StoWe Weekend of hope: See FRI.03, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
pottery Sale: Earthen wares created by students and instructors showcase emerging and established talent. Middlebury Studio School, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 247-3702.
diScover goddard day: Folks meet with students and faculty to learn about the school’s low-residency degree programs. Goddard College, Plainfield, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; lunch included. Info, 800-906-8312 .
calaiS green up day: Locals lend a hand to the land and fill bags with roadside litter, metal and trash. Recycling Depot, East Calais, 9 a.m. noon. Free. Info, 456-8924. green up day: Vermonters of all ages participate in the 43rd year of picking up trash from roadsides and public places across the state. Various locations statewide, 9 a.m. noon. Free; see greenupvermont.org for details. Info, 800-974-3259. green up day & coMMunity celeBration: The Winooski Valley Park District and Vermont AmeriCorps lead an effort to beautify seven local parks and natural areas. Clean up, 9 a.m.-noon; community celebration, noon-1 p.m. Salmon Hole Park, Winooski, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5744. green up day ‘caSh for traSh’ fundraiSer: Community members fill up trash bags with litter, then head to Twin City Subaru, where the fruits of their labor transform into donations for Berlin Elementary School’s playground. Twin City Subaru, Berlin, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 223-5232. green up day With chaMplain valley diSpenSary: Eco-friendly folks join staff members from the local nonprofit to help beautify their city. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, email@example.com. green up With Branch out Burlington!: Robert Resnik and On The Border Morris provide live music for amateur arborists, who plant 100 saplings in the Burlington Community Tree Nursery, where they will mature before being transplanted
throughout the city. UVM Horticultural Research Center, South Burlington, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 6565440, firstname.lastname@example.org. green-up the hiStoric Brennan Barn: Area residents work as a team to clear growth and debris from around the iconic structure to prepare it for restoration. Brennan Barn, Williston, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 872-9987. MarShfield green up day: Neighbors remove unsightly roadside trash, tires and debris from their environment, then bring it to the Town Garage. Marshfield, cleanup starts at 8 a.m.; deliveries accepted 9 a.m.-noon at Marshfield Town Garage. 8 a.m. noon. Free. Info, 426-3849.
aMateur car ShoW: Hot wheels! Racing enthusiasts view eye-catching autos as part of the Devil’s Bowl Speedway festival. Center Street, Rutland, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 773-9380. antiqueS appraiSal day: Area experts help curious collectors determine the value of attic treasures. See calendar spotlight. Courtyard by Mariott, Middlebury, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $7-25. Info, 388-2117. cycle de Mayo: Bicyclists gear up for the spring riding season and peruse gently used wheels. Alpine Shop, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 862-2714. flea Market: Trinkets and treasures catch the eyes of bargain shoppers. Redeemed Thrift Shop, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 238-9611. Moonlight giftS’ Body, Mind, Spirit retreat: Like-minded locals tap into good energy with speakers, vendors and healers, who offer services such as aura photography. Milton Grange, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5; free for children 12 and under. Info, 893-9966. opening day open houSe: ‘the SeSquicentennial of the Battle of SaleM heightS’: History buffs step back in time to learn about locals who fought in the famed Civil War event. KentDelord House Museum, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 581-561-1035. ruMMage Sale: See FRI.03, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. ruMMage Sale: fairfax: See FRI.03, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sheep Shearing & herding: Spring is here! Craig Marcotte gives ewes a seasonal haircut, while Jim McRae and his team of border collies herd sheep in the fields. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3-12; free for children ages 2 and under. Info, 457-2355. SAT.04
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SprIng Fever relIever SIlent auCtIon FundraISer: The Dave Keller Band entertain attendees, who bid on 100 high-quality items at this benefit for the Washington County Youth Service Bureau/Boys & Girls Club. National Life Building, Montpelier, bidding, 7-8:30 p.m.; check-out, 9-10 p.m. $10-15. Info, 229-9151. tag Sale: Hot dogs and baked goods fuel bargain shoppers as they browse toys, tools, treasures and more. Proceeds benefit the Westford Volunteer Fire Department. Town Garage, Westford, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 878-7573. vermont gear Swap & Sale: Outdoor adventurers stock up on apparel and equipment from local and national companies. A percentage of proceeds benefits the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps’ Tropical Storm Irene cleanup efforts. West Monitor Barn, Richmond, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 238-3972.
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devIl’S Bowl Speedway downtown Fan FeStIval: Car-racing enthusiasts interact with drivers and their vehicles before taking in a practice session at the track to gear up for Sunday’s season opener. Various downtown locations, Rutland, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 265-3112.
food & drink
CapItal CIty FarmerS market: Seasonal produce joins meats and cheeses alongside baked goods and artisan wares at this locavore gathering. 60 State Street, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958. rutland wInter FarmerS market: More than 50 vendors sell local produce, cheese, homemade bread and other made-in-Vermont products at this indoor venue. Vermont Farmers Food Center, Rutland, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 779-1485. Soup ‘n’ ChoColate Supper: Community members fill up on an all-you-can-eat feast of soup, chili, salad, bread and dessert at this fundraiser for the preservation of United Church of Westford. Red Brick Meeting House, Westford, 5-7 p.m. $5-8; $25 per family. Info, 879-4028.
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health & fitness
medICIne wheel: Flower-essence practitioner Maureen Short discusses the different vegetation associated with the elements of air, fire, water and earth. City Market, Burlington, 10:30-11:30
‘emerald CIty extravaganza’: 15th annual Queer CommunIty dInner: RU12? hosts an evening of palate-pleasing fare, auctions and dancing that features community-activist honoree David Frye and famed actor Eric Millegan of the television series “Bones.” Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 5-11 p.m. $42.50. Info, 860-7812.
kIngdom wellneSS expo: Attendees rejuvenate after a long winter with 30-minute sessions from area practitioners, who provide kinesiology, reiki, massage and more. Proceeds benefit the Good Living Senior Center. St. Johnsbury House, 1-4 p.m. $15-20; preregister. Info, 748-3189, email@example.com.
women’S SpIrItual meet up: Cynthia Warwick Seiler and Marna Ehrech cofacilitate a supportive environment aimed at spiritual growth and liberating the feminine spirit. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 9 a.m. Suggested $15 donation. Info, 671-4569 or 238-7908.
vermont reStaurant week: SalSa Saturday: Bring on the heat! This “Cuatro de Mayo” celebration features all things salsa — from a competition for the best homemade recipe to dance lessons to music by DJ Hector Cobeo. Red Square, Burlington, 4:30-7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 864-5684.
doCtrIne oF SIgnatureS: Betzy Bancroft of the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism introduces this ancient system in which a plant’s appearance reflects its use for the human body. City Market, Burlington, 2:30-4 p.m. $5-10; preregister at citymarket.coop. Info, 861-9700.
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CommunIty College oF vermont ChoIr: See FRI.03, First Congregational Church, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-0730. dartmouth College wInd enSemBle: In “Rock ‘n’ Winds,” digital imagery and surround sound enliven a program of works by significant composers who drew inspiration from rock and roll. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $5-20. Info, 603-646-2422 . mItCh the ChampIon, garrettSuCkS, For the kId In the BaCk & marCo polo: Regional bands perform folk-punk and acoustic music at this all-ages show. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y. 7 p.m. $3-10. Info, 518-314-9872, rotagallery@ gmail.com. newport area CommunIty orCheStra SprIng ConCert: Soloists Janice Gluck and Chris
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Reason2smile WoRld music Festival: The UVM Topcats, Robanic and local African drumand-dance groups bring a cappella, reggae and international rhythms to the stage. Proceeds benefit Reason2Smile’s work with Kenyan and American children. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7 p.m. $15-20; free for children under 12. Info, 518-523-2512.
Ripton community coFFeehouse 18th anniveRsaRy conceRt: Local performers warm up the microphone for Martin Swinger and the Existential Band. Ripton Community House, 7:30 p.m. $3-9; call ahead to register for open mic. Info, 388-9782. second Wind: The central Vermont band celebrates more than 20 years of making music together with an evening of spirited rock-and-roll covers and originals. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $13-16. Info, 728-6464. sound investment Jazz ensemble: Dick Forman directs Middlebury College’s 17-piece big band in a performance of contemporary arrangements and classic swing. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3169. the teetotalleRs: In a rare appearance as a trio, fiddler Martin Hayes, guitarist John Doyle and flutist Kevin Crawford showcase their renowned talents for Irish traditional music. See calendar spotlight. Barre Opera House, 8 p.m. $10-30. Info, 476-8188. veRmont old cemeteRy association meeting: Members meet over lunch, then attend a presentation on ground-penetrating radar. Congregational Church, Hartland, coffee hour, 9-10 a.m.; meeting, 10 a.m. $10; preregister. Info, 468-1322. veRmont symphony oRchestRa masteRWoRks 5: Jaime Laredo conducts pianist Natasha Paremski in works by Russian composers Rachmaninoff and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, discussion, 7 p.m.; concert, 8 p.m. $16-59. Info, 863-5966.
hoopapalooza iv: Teams of all ages Hula-Hoop to their favorite song or in a choreographed dance at this benefit for Puppets in Education and the Burlington Rotary Club. Burlington City Hall Park, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $50 per team of five; free to attend; preregister. Info, 860-3349. peeplechase: On your mark, get set, go! Agile athletes test their skills on an innovative obstacle course featuring fences, shrubbery, hurdles, miniature buildings and more. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $75100. Info, 480-249-4455 .
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gail Rubin: The award-winning author presents “Laughing in the Face of Death: Funny Films for Funeral Planning” following the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Vermont annual meeting. A Q&A follows. Congregational Church, Norwich, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-8140. JeRRy laRRabee: In “Preschoolers and School Readiness,” the pediatric physician presents skills and techniques for helping children successfully transition to new environments. Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center Pavilion, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister; limited childcare available. Info, 847-2278.
‘802’s got talent’: Performers light up the crowd with entertaining acts. A raffle, silent auction and bake sale round out the fun. Proceeds benefit the Fusion Fundraising Program, which helps students pursue the creative arts. Hunt Middle School, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $6. Info, 310-7266. bill caRmichael: The Broadway veteran performs the songs of George and Ira Gershwin — including favorites such as “I Got Rhythm” — in a cabaret setting. Vergennes Opera House, 8 p.m. $17-30; cash bar. Info, 877-6737. ‘company’: See THU.02, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. ‘good people’: See WED.01, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. ‘gRuesome playgRound inJuRies’: See THU.02, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. ‘nunsense’: See WED.01, 7:30 p.m.
sheldon community FoRest spRing Walk: Naturalist Miah King leads a family-friendly guided tour along the wooded walking path. Meet at the Sheldon Elementary School. Sheldon Community Forest, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 933-2363.
‘stepping out’: See FRI.03, 7:30 p.m.
‘thRee Funny plays & music’: See FRI.03, 7:30 p.m.
‘Ransom’: See THU.02, 8 p.m. ‘spank! the FiFty shades paRody’: This unauthorized, provocative comedy by 50 Parodies LLC brings the scandalous fun of the best-selling book to the stage. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. $35.75. Info, 775-0903. ‘the castle’: See THU.02, 8 p.m. ‘the good doctoR’: See FRI.03, 7 p.m. ‘the tale oF the alleRgist’s WiFe’: See THU.02, 7:30 p.m.
paul selig: The spiritual medium and author of the channeled literature I Am the Word and The Book of Love and Creation teaches techniques for developing and sustaining higher levels of consciousness. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. $25. Info, 224-7100.
book sale: Affordable, road-trip-ready audiobooks give voice to titles in various genres. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.
‘WoRks-in-pRogess shoWcase’: To culminate the weeklong Artists’ Retreat, seven performers discuss their creative endeavors and perform excerpts from the musicals Alicia Bliss, Pied and The Bridge. Weston Playhouse, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 824-5288.
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biRding moose bog: Montpelier’s North Branch Nature Center hosts a field trip to this Northeast Kingdom hotspot, where the spruce grouse, gray jay and other boreal birds reside. Moose Bog, Wenlock Wildlife Management Area, Island Pond, 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $30-40; free for teens. Info, 229-6206 .
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biRd-banding demonstRation: The Green Mountain Audubon Society’s Mark LaBarr joins Allan Strong of UVM’s School of Natural Resources to present this method of identifying avian species. They lead a walk along a new trail created by UVM students. Geprag’s Community Park, Hinesburg, 8 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 8632436, firstname.lastname@example.org.
coyote scRamble: Endurance runners test their stamina on a 50K course through the Kingdom Trails Network. Sherburne Base Lodge, Burke Mountain Resort, 6 a.m. $10. Info, 626-0737.
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HerB Walk: Acupuncturist and herbalist Brendan Kelly leads nature lovers on a stroll to identify wild edibles and medicinal plants. Arethusa Farm, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700.
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adult companions learn how to make these tasty finger foods and an accompanying dipping sauce. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $5-10; preregister at citymarket. coop. Info, 861-9700.
Wayne SCHneiDer & liSa WolFF: The organist and soprano combine their talents in an all-Brahms program. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 399-2643.
mUtt StrUt: Dog owners and their leashed canine companions embark on a 3-mile run to benefit the Central Vermont Humane Society. Little River State Park, Waterbury, 10 a.m. $6; preregister. Info, 735-5110, email@example.com.
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.
rajeeV taranatH: Accompanied by Anindo Chatterjee on the tabla, the internationally acclaimed sarod player brings the mesmerizing sounds of Indian classical music to the stage. See calendar spotlight. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3169. 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, 6580030, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CliFFHanger UpHill Sprint raCe SerieS: Runners and bikers rely on a burst of speed to power up the Cliff Street hill at this friendly competition hosted by Onion River Sports. Cliff Street, Montpelier, registration, 4 p.m.; race, 5 p.m. $10. Info, 229-9409.
SamBatUCaDa! open reHearSal: New players are welcome to pitch in as Burlington’s samba street-percussion band sharpens its tunes. Experience and instruments are not required. 8 Space Studio Collective, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017.
peepleCHaSe: See SAT.04, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
‘Company’: See THU.02, 7:30 p.m. ‘gooD people’: See WED.01, 2 p.m. ‘nUnSenSe’: See WED.01, 5 p.m. ‘ranSom’: See THU.02, 7 p.m. ‘Stepping oUt’: See FRI.03, 2 p.m. ‘tHe gooD DoCtor’: See FRI.03, 2 p.m. ‘tHree FUnny playS & mUSiC’: See FRI.03, 2 p.m.
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CaStleton Collegiate CHorale & CHamBer SingerS: Student performers join artists-inresidence Burlington Ensemble in “Baroque and
SoUtH Hero playgroUp: Free play, crafting and snacks entertain children and their grown-up companions. South Hero Congregational Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
amarylliS: Vermont’S early VoiCe: Susanne Peck directs a seasonal concert of works by 16th-century composer Josquin des Prez. Trinity Episcopal Church, Shelburne, 7:30 p.m. $12 suggested donation. Info, 453-3513.
an eVening oF SaCreD CHant mUSiC: Rip Jackson directs the Rutland Area Chorus and Soloists in international selections dating from ancient to modern times. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Rutland, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 775-4301.
mUSiC WitH rapHael: See THU.02, 10:45 a.m.
Vermont yoUtH orCHeStra & CHorUS: See FRI.03, Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 3 p.m. $10-15. Info, 863-5966.
tHe pennyWiSe pantry: On a tour of the store, shoppers create a custom template for keeping the kitchen stocked with affordable, nutritious eats. City Market, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister at citymarket.coop. Info, 861-9700.
aliCe in nooDlelanD: Youngsters get acquainted over crafts and play while new parents and expectant mothers chat with maternity nurse and lactation consultant Alice Gonyar. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.
rU12? rainBoW reaDing HoUr: LGBTQA families come together for stories and activities. Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812, email@example.com.
poker Hill artS reCeption: Youngsters display masterpieces created at the Underhill after-school program and summer day camp directed by Chris Gluck. Phoenix Books, Essex, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111.
FrenCH ConVerSation groUp: DimanCHeS: Parlez-vous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual, drop-in chat. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195.
Vermont CHoral Union: Jeff Rehbach directs this 35-member ensemble in “Bouquet of Song,” which features five centuries of a cappella music. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 3 p.m. $10-15; free for children under 12 and college students with ID. Info, 989-7355.
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aVoiD FallS WitH improVeD StaBility: See FRI.03, 10 a.m. HerBal ConSUltationS: Betzy Bancroft, Larken Bunce, Guido Masé and students from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism evaluate individual constitutions and health conditions. City Market, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free; preregister at firstname.lastname@example.org. Info, 861-9757. SUzy HarriS: The senior clinician at Cedar Wood Natural Health Center discusses how nutritionresponse testing can identify barriers that keep folks from achieving and maintaining health. Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center Pavilion, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 847-2278.
BaSiC CompUter SkillS: Community members enter the high-tech age and gain valuable knowledge. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3403.
monDay nigHt CroSS riDe: Pedal pushers of all abilities meet up for a mellow dirt-road cruise. A cyclocross bike is highly recommended. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 229-9409.
peter k.k. WilliamS: The musician and author channels the Big Easy in a discussion of New Orleans jazz band the Dixie Six. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516. roz renFreW: The Vermont Center for Ecostudies’ wildlife biologist discusses the creation of the “Breeding Bird Atlas: Science and Art” exhibit. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 434-2167.
tHe met: liVe in HD SerieS: The world’s leading countertenor, David Daniels, stars opposite Natalie Dessay in a broadcast production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7-11:30 p.m. $10-24. Info, 382-9222.
gregory SHarroW: In “Story Crafters: Creating the Self Through Story,” the Vermont Folklife Center codirector discusses how narratives can shape personal identity. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918 . MON.06
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Marcelo Morales : Verses from the awardwinning Cuban poet reach local audiences via the translation of Kristin Dykstra. New City Galerie, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 735-2542. Matt Kennard : As part of the Peace & Justice Center’s “Cost of War Speaker & Film Series,” the author and journalist discusses his book Irregular Army: How the U.S. Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror. Room 103, Hillcrest Environmental Center, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345, ext. 8.
Heroes & l eaders celebration : Over a town hall discussion, book signing and dinner, area professionals and writers join Vital Communities to give voice to issues faced by returning service men and women. Quechee Club, discussion, 4 p.m.; book signing 5-6 p.m.; reception and dinner, 5:30 p.m. $50-80 for dinner; free to attend otherwise. Info, 291-9100, ext. 102.
s wing- dance Practice s ession : Quick-footed participants get moving in different styles, such as the lindy hop, charleston and balboa. Indoor shoes required. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:309:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.
fairs & festivals
sUMMer- ca MP Fair : See THU.02, Champlain Elementary School, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 316-0731.
Peace & Po Pcorn : Folks peruse the Peace and Justice Center’s video library and choose the evening’s film. Peace and Justice Center, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345, ext. 6.
health & fitness
l aUgHter 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 p.m. Free. Info, 355-5129. r eiKi clinic : Master teacher Jennifer Kerns and her students introduce this Japanese energyhealing technique through brief treatments. Vermont Center for Acupuncture & Wellness, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 339-222-4753, shantihealingservices@gmail. com.
Frenc H con Versation gro UP: Beginner-tointermediate French speakers brush up on their linguistics — en français. Halvorson’s Upstreet Café, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. PaUse-ca Fé Frenc H con Versation : Francophiles of all levels speak the country’s language at a drop-in conversation. Mr. Crêpe, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195.
colin s tetson & sara H neUField : The groundbreaking saxophonist joins the violinist from indie-rock sensation Arcade Fire in a genrebending performance of technical mastery and emotional resonance. BCA Center, Burlington, 8:30-11 p.m. $12; cash bar. Info, 865-7166. Jane H. Mac a lla- l iVingston & Kat Hr Yn tH orson : In “Dancing on the Wind,” the pianist and flutist perform works by Mozart, Arcangelo Corelli, Benjamin Godard and John Rutter. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, noon. Free; bring a bag lunch. Info, 864-0471. Ye o lde new M Usic Festi Val : Dartmouth College musicians and the Brooklyn-based TILT Brass ensemble perform new compositions by students, faculty, staff and alumni. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422.
Financial l iterac Y w or KsHo P: bUrlington : Business consultant Sarah Kearns presents “Making Sense of Your Dollars and Cents: A Guide to Basic Business Money Matters.” Conference Room, TD Bank, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 343-3233. Financial l iterac Y w or KsHo P: w illiston : See above listing. TD Bank, Williston, 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Info, 343-3233.
cYcling 101 : Linda Freeman of Onion River Sports leads training rides for all abilities, aimed at building confidence, strength, endurance and a sense of community. Montpelier High School, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 229-9409 or 223-6161, ext. 719. green Mo Untain derb Y da Mes Fres H Meat Practice : Get on the fast track! Vermont’s hard-hitting gals teach novices basic skating and derby skills. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 8:30-10 p.m. Free. Info, email@example.com.
cHiHo Kane Ko : The Hartland resident recounts her trip to regions affected by Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami in the illustrated lecture “The Ongoing Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Eyewitness Report.” Christ Church, Montpelier, potluck dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; talk, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 476-3154.
Hig Hgate s tor Y Ho Ur : See WED.01, 10-11 a.m.
co MMUnit Y For UM: Vermont director of healthcare reform Robin Lunge outlines ways to navigate upcoming changes in the health-insurance marketplace. Grand Isle Elementary School, 6:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 585-6339.
Fair Fax s tor Y Ho Ur : Good listeners up to age 6 are rewarded with tales, crafts and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. Presc Hool s tor Y Ho Ur : Three- to 5-year-olds keep their hands busy with crafts at tale time. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
r icHFord Pla Ygro UP: Rug rats gather for tales and activities. Cornerstone Bridges to Life Community Center, Richford, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
co MMUnit Y Medical scHool series : UVM professor Jeffrey Spees joins colleague and cardiologist William Hopkins in “My Regeneration: Using Stem Cells to Repair the Heart.” A Q&A follows. Carpenter Auditorium, Given Medical Building, UVM, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 847-2886.
Montgo Mer Y s tor Y Ho Ur : Good listeners are rewarded with an earful of tales and a mouthful of snacks. Montgomery Town Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
‘nUnsense’ : See WED.01, 7:30 p.m.
cad Y/Potter w riters circle : Literary enthusiasts improve their craft through “homework” assignments, journaling exercises, reading, sharing and occasional book discussions. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 349-6970. Howard co FFin : The historical author discusses his newest book, Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War in Today’s Vermont. Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 229-0774. l lo Yd deVere Ux r icHards : The Montpelier lawyer and author reads and discusses his crime thriller Stone Maidens. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 802 223-3338. Pages in t He PUb: Bibliophiles share opinions about literature with local librarians and booksellers in a relaxed atmosphere. Claire’s Restaurant & Bar, Hardwick, 7-8:30 p.m. $10; preregister; limited seating. Info, 472-5533.
Mo Ving & groo Ving w it H cHristine : See WED.01, 11-11:30 a.m. Pa Ja Ma stor Y t iMe: Evening tales send kiddos off to bed. Berkshire Elementary School, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. st. a lbans Pla Ygro UP: See WED.01, 9-10:30 a.m.
Heliand consort : In a program of chamber music for piano and woodwinds, the local ensemble explores works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Antonín Dvořák and Paquito D’Rivera. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, St. Albans, 7:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 735-3611 . s all Y Pin Kas : The internationally renowned performer and Dartmouth College pianist-in-residence performs works by Mozart, Schubert, Alban Berg and Harold Shapero. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $10-27. Info, 603-646-2422.
s tor Y t iMe w it H core Y: Read-aloud tales and crafts led by store employee Corey Bushey expand the imaginations of young minds. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.
Ver Mont Foodban K HUnger a ction con Ference : Thought-provoking dialogues and information sessions based on the theme “Moving to Action, Achieving Results” address complex social issues. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 8:30 a.m. $40-65. Info, 477-4121.
s cience & stories: eggs! : What goes on inside these smooth, oblong objects? Little ones learn about phases of development unseen by the naked eye. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/ Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. Info, 877-324-6386.
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l iFe-drawing class : See WED.01, 6-9 p.m.
iMPro V nig Ht : See WED.01, 8-10 p.m.
aar P dri Ver s a Fet Y class : Folks ages 50 and older take a road refresher course as they deal with challenges posed by aging. Miller Community and Recreation Center, Burlington, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $12-14; preregister. Info, 316-1510. Ho MeMade Herbal sPa Prod Ucts w or Ks Ho P: Clinical herbalist Shona Richter MacDougall guides participants through allnatural recipes for facial scrubs, foot baths and more. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $20-22 includes materials; preregister. Info, 224-7100 .
Ma Ke st UFF!: See WED.01, 6-9 p.m.
t ecH Hel P: See WED.01, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
standard Poodle dance collecti Ve: Veteran performers Patty Smith, Shelley Ismail and Karen Amirault join creative forces in a performance that also features their own protégés. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $10-15. Info, 382-9222.
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United w aY o F cHittenden co Unt Y dinner & awards celebration : Supporters of the organization recognize its efforts to better local communities through education, income and health initiatives. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, reception, 5:30 p.m.; dinner, 6:30 p.m. $55-60; preregister. Info, 861-7841.
go cl Ub: See WED.01, 7-9 p.m.
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t ai cHi For a rt Hritis : See WED.01, 1-2 p.m.
a sPiring nat Uralists t een Progra M: Outdoorsy adolescents observe changes in the landscape and learn primitive skills, such as fire by friction, carving, foraging and animal tracking. Shelburne Farms, 4:30-7 p.m. $10-15; preregister; for ages 14 to 17. Info, 985-0327, mburke@ shelburnefarms.org. bab Yti Me Pla Ygro UP: 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. enosb Urg Pla Ygro UP: See WED.01, 10-11:30 a.m. Fair Field Pla Ygro UP: See WED.01, 10-11:30 a.m. Hig Hgate stor Y Ho Ur : See WED.01, 11:15 a.m.
green Mo Untain t able t ennis cl Ub: See WED.01, 7-10 p.m.
a nYa r ader w allac K: The chairwoman of the Green Mountain Care Board discusses Vermont’s redesigned health care system at the League of Women Voters of Champlain Valley’s annual meeting. Wake Robin Retirement Community, Shelburne, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-4732. Jean gUent Her : Drawing on nearly 40 years of experience, the founder of the Vermont Center for Psychosynthesis introduces attendees to this unique healing process, which integrates all aspects of the self. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 598-6014. Vincent Feene Y: The local author and historian presents “The Irish Wave in the Green Mountains,” with a Celtic-music prelude by Patricia Stebbins Williams. Bradford Academy, 6:45 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4423.
‘good Peo Ple’ : See WED.01, 7:30 p.m. ‘gr Ueso Me Pla Ygro Und inJUries’ : See THU.02, 8 p.m. ‘nUnsense’ : See WED.01, 7:30 p.m.
bUrlington w riters w or Ks Ho P Meeting : See WED.01, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Matt Kennard : See Mon.06. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345, ext. 8. t race Y Medeiros : Foodies join the author of The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook, who discusses local recipes and dishes out tasty samples. Phoenix Books, Essex, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111. m
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health HOLISTIC NUTRITION: ° is program will teach students the fundamentals of eastern nutrition. We will study the basics of a healthy diet, explore health and disease from a Chinese medicine perspective, and learn ways to use food and diet to correct imbalances. How to assess individual dietary needs and appropriate modiﬁ cations will be discussed. Jul. 13-Oct. 19, 9-11 a.m., weekly on Sat. Cost: $350/series. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, suite 109, Essex Jct. Info: Elements Of Healing, Scot Moylan, 288-8160, firstname.lastname@example.org, elementsofhealing.net.
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TINY-HOUSE WORKSHOP: A crew of beginners will help instructor Peter King frame and sheath a 16- x 20-ft. tiny house in Cambridge, May 18-19. Plenty of hands-on experience for absolute beginners. Tools provided; safety glasses required. Onsite camping avail. May 18-19. Cost: $250/workshop. Location: Cambridge, Vermont. Info: Peter King, 933-6103.
NUTS AND BOLTS OF ETSY SUCCESS: Are you an artist, artisan or craftsperson who is thinking about selling your work through Etsy but don’t know where to start? Do you have an Etsy shop and want to increase sales? Join Laura Hale of Found Beauty Studio and deconstruct the behind-the-scenes Etsy systems available to sellers! May 21, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $5/Old North End Arts & Business Network members; $10 for nonmembers. Location: North End Studio A, 294 N Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Found Beauty Studio, Laura Hale, 238-7994, email@example.com, mayetsyworkshop.eventbrite.com.
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Call 865-7166 for info or register online at burlingtoncityarts.org. Teacher bios are also available online. WRITING ABOUT YOUR ARTWORK: Your artist’s statement is an opportunity to communicate what you investigate, observe or want to express with your art by informing the audience about your speciﬁ c motives and processes. Learn tips for writing a successful statement from BCA curator DJ Hellerman. Artists from all disciplines are welcome. Participants are invited to bring samples of artist statements to be reviewed. May 15, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $13/BCA members; $15/nonmembers. Location: BCA Center, 2nd ﬂ oor, Burlington. Info: 865-7166, burlingtoncityarts.org. SOUND RECORDING AND COMPOSITION WORKSHOP: Explore the history and technical aspects of ﬁ eld recording and sound art. Guided “soundwalks” with a portable digital recorder will provide raw material to compose soundscapes, experimental music, or sound-sculptures. ° is three-day workshop will take you through a practical step-by-step practice. Portable digital recording devices will be provided. Instructor: Renee D. Lauzon. May 9-23, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $135/BCA members; $150/nonmembers. Location: BCA Center Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Info: 865-7166.
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craft MILK SOAP FROM SCRATCH: Join Kelley, of Horsetail Herbs, using herbs, spices, essential oils, plant-based oils and other natural ingredients to make a batch of beautiful aromatic soap. Leave class with soap to cut and age along with handout. Recipes and ideas for customizing provided. Please bring a quart paperboard milk or soy container for mold plus an old towel as wrap. Ages 12+. Materials included. May 9, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $45/person. Limit: 16. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, firstname.lastname@example.org, cvuweb.cvuhs. org/access.
dance ARGENTINE TANGO FOR BEGINNERS: Improvise, express yourself, collaborate, play! If you can walk, you can tango. Learn the basics in a friendly, welcoming environment for all ages. Instructor Elizabeth Seyler welcomes all levels and ages in her warm, engaging classes. No partner, experience or high heels required. Register online or at the ﬁ rst class.May 8-29, 7-8 p.m., weekly on Wed. Cost: $48/4 1-hr. classes. Location: North End Studio B, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Elizabeth Seyler, 862-2833, elizabethmseyler@ gmail.com, tangowise.com/ burlington-classes. DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $13/person for one-hour class. No dance experience,
partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 5981077, email@example.com. DSANTOS VT SALSA: Experience the fun and excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world famous dancer Manuel Dos Santos, we teach you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance ﬂ oor! ° ere is no better time to start than now! Mon. evenings: beginner class, 7-8 p.m.; intermediate, 8:159:15 p.m. Cost: $10/1-hr. class. Location: Movement Studio, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: Tyler Crandall, 598-9204, firstname.lastname@example.org, dsantosvt. com. LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Come alone, or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Cost: $50/4-wk. class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Lessons also avail. in St. Albans. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757, kevin@ﬁ rststepdance. com, FirstStepDance.com.
drumming TAIKO, DJEMBE, CONGAS & BATA!: Taiko in Burlington! Tues. Taiko adult classes begin Apr. 30, Jun. 18, Sept. 10, Oct. 22 & Dec. 3, 5:30-6:20 p.m. $72/6 wks. Kids classes begin the same dates, 4:30-5:20 p.m. $60/6 wks. Conga and Djembe Fri. classes start Apr. 5, May 3, Jun. 14, Jul. 12 & Aug. 2, 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. $15/class. Montpelier Conga classes start May 2, Jun. 20 & Jul. 18, 9:3010:30 a.m. $60/4 wks. Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G, Burlington. Info: Stuart Paton, 999-4255, email@example.com.
empowerment INTUITION FOR EVERYDAY PEOPLE: Empower yourself and learn how to access your inner guidance system. Each two-hour Access Your Intuition class is designed to be relevant and useful to regular people in their real-world, everyday lives. No prior experience necessary; start where you are and grow from there. More information/ register: tinyurl.com/intuitionvt. Beginner Level: Tue., May 7, 7-9 p.m. or Beginner/Intermediate Level: Wed., May 15, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $25/class; preregister. Location: Ofﬁ ce Squared, 77 College St. (entrance on St. Paul St.), Burlington. Info: Mindset
FLORAL WATERCOLOR: Spend a weekend with internationally acclaimed watercolor painter Annelein Beukenkamp. Share her passion of painting ﬂ owers, and learn the secrets behind her unique style. Revel in the beautiful way pigments mingle and interact, and bring your subject to life. Bring your own supplies and a bag lunch. Open to all abilities with some drawing experience recommended. May 18-19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $200/2-day class. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 253-8358, education@helenday. com, helenday.com.
herbs WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Earth skills for changing times. Experiential programs embracing local wild edible and medicinal plants, food as ﬁ rst medicine, sustainable living skills and the inner journey. Annie McCleary, director, and George Lisi, naturalist. Wild Plant Walk, ˛ u., May 9, 6-7:30 p.m., sliding scale $0-10, preregister & leave your phone number. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122, firstname.lastname@example.org, wisdomoftheherbsschool.com.
intuition COMMUNICATION WITH ANIMALS & NATURE: Join Marta Williams, world-reknowned animal communicator and author of “Learning ° eir Language,” “Beyond Words,” “Ask Your Animal” and, her newest, “My Animal, My Self.” A series of workshops take place in Vermont this June; learn how to communicate with animals for yourself! Classes include: Beg./Int./Adv. Animal Communication, Mirroring Between You & Your Animal, Animals as Teachers & Healers, Using Intuition to Enhance Your Gardening, Talking w/ Horses and more. For more info and to
register, go to martawilliams. com/workshopschedule.htm. Jun. 1-5. Cost: $185/ea. day; fullday workshops. Location: Essex Resort & Spa/Back to Earth Sanctuary, 70 Essex Way/421 Hathaway Rd., Essex Junction/ Goshen. Info: Marta Williams, 707-987-1092, email@example.com.
language LEARN SPANISH & OPEN NEW DOORS: Connect with a new world. We provide high-quality, affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. Travelers’ lesson package. Our sixth year. Personal instruction from a native speaker. Small classes, private lessons and online instruction. See our website for complete information or contact us for details. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025, firstname.lastname@example.org, spanishwaterburycenter.com.
martial arts AIKIDO: ° is Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape and relieve stress. Classes for adults, teens and children. We also offer morning classes for new students. Study with Benjamin Pincus Sensei, 6thdegree black belt and Vermont’s only fully certiﬁ ed Aikido teacher. Visitors are always welcome. Adult introductory classes begin on Tue., May 7, 5:30 p.m. Introductory 3-mo. special incl. 1 free mo. & uniform. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 951-8900, burlingtonaikido.org. AIKIDO CLASSES: Aikido trains body and spirit, promoting ﬂ exibility and strong center within ﬂ owing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others, and conﬁ dence in oneself.Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd ﬂ oor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, vermontaikido.org. KARATE & SELF-DEFENSE: Traditional Karate and selfdefense for children 5 and up and adults. Beneﬁ ts include improved ﬁ tness, health and attitude. Classes are taught by 5th-degree and 4th-degree certiﬁ ed black belt instructors with a combined 70 years of experience! Classes are fantastic exercise with the added beneﬁ t of learning self-defense skills. Location: Green Mountain Dojo Kyokushin Karate & Japanese Cultural Arts Center, 158 South Main St., Waterbury. Info: Green Mountain Dojo Kyokushin Karate & Japanese Cultural Arts Center, Toni Flynn, 595-9719, email@example.com, greenmountaindojo.com.
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VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, ﬂ exibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory ﬁ tness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and selfconﬁ dence. 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 certiﬁ ed 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, vermontbjj.com.
massage ASIAN BODYWORK THERAPY PROGRAM: ˛ is 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 ˛ eory. Additionally, 100 hours of Western anatomy and physiology will be taught. VSAC nondegree grants are available. NCBTMB-assigned school. 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, email@example.com, elementsofhealing.net. FOCUS ON EXTREMETIES 14 CEUS: We will learn speciﬁ c techniques for facilitating release in the shoulder, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles and feet. By using comfortable positioning and movement, we access the innate, self-corrective reﬂ exes, achieving pain relief and structural balance. Using ortho-bionomy, we will explore a simple and natural means of working with neuromuscular tension patterns that is gentle, effective and transformative. Sat., May 11 & 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $245/14 CEUs. Inquire about the introductory risk-free fee. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, Burlington. Info: Dianne Swafford, 734-1121, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://ortho-bionomy.org/SOBI/ DianneSwafford.
meditation INTRODUCTION TO ZEN: ˛ is 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. Sat., May 4, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $30/ half-day workshop, limitedtime price. Location: Vermont Zen Center, 480 ˜ omas Rd., Shelburne. Info: Vermont Zen Center, 985-9746, email@example.com, vermontzen.org. LEARN TO MEDITATE: ˛ rough 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. ˛ e Burlington Shambhala Center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom. Meditation instruction avail. Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.noon, or by appt. Meditation sessions on Tue. & ˜ u., noon-1 p.m. and Mon.-˜ u., 6-7 p.m. ˜ e Shambhala Cafe meets 1st Sat. of ea. mo. for meditation & discussions, 9 a.m.-noon. An Open House occurs 3rd Fri. of ea. mo., 7-9 p.m., which incl. an intro to the center, a short dharma talk & socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795, burlingtonshambhalactr.org. MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION: Are you too stressed or busy to meditate? Learn skills for stress reduction and meditation in this four-week journey, designed after the widely popular Duke University program. You will learn speciﬁ c skills that calm and focus your mind, an introduction to meditation and help starting your own meditation practice. May 9-30, 4:305:45 p.m., weekly on ˜ u. Cost: $80/4-wk. series. Location: Trail to Wellness, LLC, 185 Tilley Drive, South Burlington. Info: Trail to Wellness, LLC, Susan Whitman, 923-6070, firstname.lastname@example.org, trailtowellness.com.
nature INTRO TO BIRDING: Join Liz, Alison and Larry, members of the Green Mountain Audubon Society, to start mastering bird identiﬁ cation. Learn identiﬁ cation basics, ﬁ eld guides, audio guides and digital tools, and then head outside to apply in the ﬁ eld on the extensive CVU campus. Please bring binoculars if available. Dress for the weather; some of property is wet in spring. Rain or shine. Call or email to enroll. May 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $45/person. Limit: 16. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, email@example.com, cvuweb.cvuhs. org/access.
pottery CLAY FOR YOU AND FRIENDS: We offer ˛ rowing on the Wheel as well as hand-building classes set in a friendly and welcoming environment. Come get dirty in the mud and let yourself stretch your creative side. Plenty of time to get settled and learn something new or push beyond what you already know! Classes for adults run 7 wks., meeting once a wk., in 3-hr. increments, some a.m. & some p.m. Cost: $195/person. Location: ˜ e Mud Studio (formerly Montpelier Mud), 961 Rt 2 (Camp Meade/Red Hen), Middlesex. Info: ˜ e Mud Studio, Michael Sullivan, 2247000, firstname.lastname@example.org, themudstudio.com.
reiki REIKI I AND ANIMAL REIKI: ˛ is class is the foundation for selfcare and working with animals. History of Reiki, self-treatment,
Reiki precepts, the Japanese energy system, meditations and animal protocol are covered. Four Reiki I attunements included, and practice time with animals. Manual and certiﬁ cate included. Percentage of class fee will be donated to HAS. May 18-19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $200/12-hr. class. Location: ˜ e Hooved Animal Sanctuary, Chelsea. Info: HeartSong Reiki, Kelly McDermott-Burns, 7468834, email@example.com, heartsongreiki.com.
tai chi SNAKE-STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN: ˛ e 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, ﬂ exibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902, iptaichi.org. YANG-STYLE TAI CHI: ˛ e slow movements of Tai Chi help reduce blood pressure and increase balance and concentration. Come breathe with us and experience the joy of movement while increasing your ability to be inwardly still. Wed., 5:30 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m. $16/class, $60/mo., $160/3 mo. Location: Vermont Tai Chi Academy & Healing Center, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Immediate right turn after railroad tracks. Follow the curve, then turn right & go through the parking lot, passing Vermont Hardware. Turn left at the end of the brick building & you will ﬁ nd a Tai Chi sign on your left. Info: 735-5465.
training DOG CLASSES: FUN, EFFECTIVE!: Basic Training/Social Skills (6week course): Our foundations class covers obedience, bonding techniques and social skills. Focuses on understanding your dog and applying simple dogtraining concepts. Exercises are fun and positive. Beyond Basics (5-week course): ˛ is class teaches more advanced levels of obedience and response. Exercises are taught such that dogs at various levels beneﬁ t. New sessions for both Basic Training/Social Skills & Beyond Basics will start Mon. evenings
starting May 6 in Essex, Fri. evenings starting May 10 in S. Burlington, Tue. evenings starting May 14 in St. Albans. Location: For all class dates, times & registration information, email. Info: Gold Star Dog Training, Deborah Helfrich, 8492363, firstname.lastname@example.org, goldstardog.com.
effective form of energy healing that balances and enhances the body’s natural energy level. Leave this workshop feeling relaxed, nourished and rejuvenated. May 20, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $30/seat. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative ˜ erapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440.
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well-being MOONLIGHT BIANNUAL BODY MIND SPIRIT RETREAT: Speakers, readers, vendors, healers, aura photography and free workshops! May 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $5/ person. Children 12 & under free. Location: Milton Grange Hall, 137 Rte. 7, Milton. Info: 893-9966.
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIORAL THERAPY: ˛ is is an ongoing Dialectical Behavior ˛ erapy (DBT) group. ˛ e purpose of DBT is to teach new skills or behaviors that can be applied to current stressors to ultimately help us feel better and to cope more effectively. Instructed by Adrienne Slusky & Kristen Johanson. Prescreening required. May 22-Jun. 26, 11 a.m.12:30 p.m., weekly on Wed. Cost: $162/series. Insurance may cover cost of group. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative ˜ erapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440. YOGA & MINDFULNESS FOR INFERTILITY: Infertility is a lifealtering experience that results in distress. ˛ is workshop includes group support, gentle yoga and breathing techniques to encourage and build self-compassion and personal empowerment and to help counterbalance the challenging impacts of infertility. No prior experience with yoga is necessary. Led by Margaret Russel and Deb Sherrer. May 4, 9 a.m.noon. Cost: $50/person. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative ˜ erapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440. RESTORATIVE YOGA & REIKI WORKSHOP: Experience the healing practices of Restorative Yoga and Reiki. A restorative yoga sequence will encourage a healing state of relaxation and energy. Reiki is a subtle and
EVOLUTION YOGA: Evolution Yoga offers a variety of classes in a supportive atmosphere: beginner, advanced, kids, babies, post- and prenatal, community classes, and workshops. Vinyasa, Kripalu, Core, Breast Cancer Survivor and Alignment classes. Certiﬁ ed teachers, massage and PT, too. Join our yoga community and get to know the family you choose. $14/class, $130/class card, $5-10/community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 8649642, evolutionvt.com. HOT YOGA BURLINGTON: Hot Yoga Burlington offers creative, vinyasa-style yoga featuring practice in the Barkan Method Hot Yoga in a 95-degree studio accompanied by eclectic music. Try something different! Get hot: 2-for-1 offer. 1-hr. classes on Mon., Tue. & ˜ u.: 5:30 p.m; Fri.: 5 p.m.; Sat.: 10:30 a.m. Cost: $14/1st 2 classes, multi-class cards avail. Location: North End Studio B, 294 N Winooski Ave, Old North End, Burlington. Info: 9999963, hotyogaburlingtonvt.com. LAUGHING RIVER YOGA: Highly trained and dedicated teachers offer yoga classes, workshops, retreats and teacher training in a beautiful setting overlooking the Winooski River. Class types include vinyasa, jivamukti, vajra, yin, restorative and gentle. Study with master yoga and meditation teacher Jill Satterﬁ eld on June 14-16. All bodies and abilities welcome. classes 7 days a wk. Cost: $5-15/class; $115/10-class card; $130/monthly unlimited; $300/ summer unlimited. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: 3438119, laughingriveryoga.com.
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See the Light An interview with Colin Stetson B Y DA N BOL L ES
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SEVEN DAYS: Without giving too much away, how does the trilogy resolve on To See More Light? COLIN STETSON: In general, what’s happening with the third record is that the landscape has changed considerably. It’s like having gone through a harrowing mountain pass and ﬁ nding yourself at a new vista. There is a breadth to it, a vastness that’s more charactered. Ultimately, to me, it’s a war epic. It’s the climax and resolution of the three records. SD: ˜ e two previous records seemed to have an inward focus, where this one feels more expansive. Was that intentional? CS: Yes and no. In character and theme,
it’s moving into more universal themes. It’s less of an isolated experience, from a narrative point of view. It’s about death. Each record is about something speciﬁ c but is also a study of balance between two things. So this one deals with death and love and the intrinsic relationship with one another, that they glean meaning from the presence of one another in our lives. But To See More Light is really talking about af terlif e and the instinctual need we’ve always had of creating these dreams of af terlif e because we can’t conceive of our eyes being shut.
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n 2008, bass saxophonist Colin Stetson began an ambitious trilogy of impressionistic records with New History Warf are Vol. 1 . That album cycle continued in 2011, with New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges. It comes to a close with the recent release of the project’s ﬁ nal chapter, New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light. Since he began the New History project, Stetson has become an incredibly in-demand player, having recorded and toured with such indie-rock royalty as Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Feist, among others. But his solo work is a vastly different beast from his output with those acts. Using a variety of techniques, including circular breathing and a uniquely percussive attack, Stetson crafts sprawling, surreal soundscapes that are as emotionally moving as they are technically astounding. He records everything live, with no overdubs or electronic loops, using an army of strategically placed microphones — bell mics, room mics, a mic on his throat — to create richly textured sounds unlike anything that has come before them. In advance of Stetson’s upcoming perf ormance with Arcade Fire’s Sarah Neufeld at the BCA Center in Burlington on Tuesday, May 7, Seven Days caught up with Stetson by phone from his new home “somewhere in the Green Mountains” of Vermont.
SD: ˜ at’s hefty subject matter. What prompted your meditation on death and love? CS: I’m getting older. And I deﬁ nitely had a huge shif t in who I am and how I relate to the world over the course of the past eight years, entering my thirties versus how I related in my twenties. And I imagine that’s true f or most people. Who you are changes. Even the science of it —anatomically, we’re all completely recycled. Gone are the days of invincibility. And shepherded in are days of mortality. It becomes an ever-present idea that this is all very ﬂ eeting. If you think about that, then you think about the end.
SD: You use a lot of different microphones in the studio. Mics on the horn, around the room, even one on your throat. What do all those different mics allow you to do? CS: The mic-ing process isn’t creating anything new. It’s capturing. It’s a process that has developed as my ear has developed, and what I was physically doing with the instrument has developed. There are elements of multiplicity to the music, the harmonics and percussion elements, and the textures of those things. So the mics are a way of zeroing in on those things as individually as possible.
SD: And whether there is an afterlife? CS: Right. I wasn’t raised religiously. To someone like me who hears people talk about the certainty of their world being eternal … well, we don’t know f or sure there is no af terlif e. But we basically know that the aforscribed ideas of afterlife are probably not right, if there really is something like that. So thinking about your end as your end, and your life as the only thing you will ever do … then I think there is a lot to think about. SD: My head hurts. CS: [Laughs] For me it’s f ascinating, and I think it’s something most people contemplate eventually. Or maybe they avoid. It can be painf ul and terrif ying. But at the same time, that’s what all the Eastern contemplative practices have been about, reaching an understanding where you are relieved of the fear of death. Because how can you fear some-
cinating is how much physical exertion is involved. How much of a toll does your playing style take? And are there things you need to do in order to stay in shape? CS: A lot, way too much. It depends on the day. The longest I’ve ever given myself a break f rom this music is a week. But when I do that, it’s a process of reconstruction that needs to happen. Because it’s so painf ul and terrif ying to pick up the instrument again. When you lose something, there is always a gutwrenching f ear of it being unattainable again. So I do it every day, and I’m adding more hours of playing every day. And I do exercises that are meditative and focused on breathing. I do yoga. And running is something; I’ve been ﬁ nding as I get older that my body likes distance.
thing that doesn’t exist? You won’t be aware of it. SD: Turning away from the mortal coil — or maybe not — having seen you live, one of the things that’s fas-
SD: Is that something you try to recreate live? CS: Rather than trying to recreate the experience of it live, I try to do the opposite, or at least create a parallel. It’s setting up a new space, a three-dimensional, surrealistic expression of the original o˛ ering that is speciﬁ c to the recording. The music is identical in substance and form. But the way that it is experienced is completely di˛ erent. So I thought the process in which it is recorded should reﬂ ect that. Colin Stetson plays the BCA Center in Burlington with Sarah Neufeld Tuesday, May 7, at 8:30 p.m. $12. AA.
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Speaking of comedy, Lagala and Davidson unveil a new weekly comedy night at Halflounge in Burlington this Thursday, May 2. Dubbed “Half & Half Comedy at Halflounge” the setup is that the first segment — or “half” — of the evening will feature sets from established local comedians honing their chops. The evening’s second act will be an open-mic format with newbies who will likely be half as funny. Kidding! To get in on the open mic, email Lagala and Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
By the power vested in me by, well, me, I hereby declare at least a 10year moratorium on indie bands with “beach” names. BeACh house, dirty BeAChes, BeACh fossils … I could go on all day, and that’s without mentioning bands with beach-related names — looking at you, Best CoAst, WAvves and surfer Blood. I bring it up because one such offender, BeACh dAy, are playing the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge this Wednesday, May 1, opening for he’s My Brother she’s My sister and Jeffrey leWis & the rAin. They’re all fun bands, especially Beach Day, who remind me a little of a better-adjusted shAnnon & the ClAMs. Anyway, if beach-blanket indie rock is your thing, you should go. But for the love of all things BriAn Wilson, enough with the beach names already.
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When it comes to the 2013 Higher Ground Comedy Battle, the old phrase “better late than never” comes to mind. Traditionally, the local standup comedy contest takes place in January. But due to some, let’s say, rumored weirdness surrounding this year’s battle that we won’t get into, the date was pushed back to this coming Sunday, May 5. Whatever. It’s on. And if the trend from the last few years holds, it is going to be excellent yet again. The battle lineup, chosen through a series of auditions over the past few months, is predictably solid, featuring a nice cross-section of up-and-coming comics and established vets, including Ashley WAtson, Cori MArnellos, Joe Borg, Mule, MelissA MorAn and tAylor sCriBner. From my experience judging past competitions, a few dark-horse candidates emerge each year. But were I a betting man — thankfully, I’m not — I’d lay the odds of this year’s champ coming from the following pool of contestants: CArMen lAgAlA, Justin roWe, Kit rivers, Kyle gAgnon, PAt lynCh and Phil dAvidson. Lagala, formerly the manager at the dearly departed Levity, is a rising star. The same is true of Rivers, who I’ve heard more than one local comedian refer to as the most consistently funny comic in Vermont. I can’t say I disagree. Gagnon won the Battle last year and, as the dumb sports cliché goes, remains the champ until someone beats him — which could be a tall order based on the last time I caught his act. Lynch is as polished as they come and always seems to put on a good set at the battle. Davidson, a recent transplant from the NYC comedy scene who writes for the comedy website Splitsider, should not be overlooked. And, according to local comedy don nAthAn hArtsWiCK, himself a finalist last year, Rowe could win the whole thing with a single joke — it’s about a movie trailer for Monopoly and it’s hilarious. (As an aside, I’d like to propose that Alex neif be grandfathered in as a finalist, even though he’s not technically in the battle this year. It just doesn’t seem right not to have him up there. And, yeah, I know he’ll probably lose again. But still. One of these years, Alex…) Whoever wins, the battle itself is one of the most entertaining nights of the year, comedy or otherwise. Sure, it’s a
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who apparently resolved that Najman is awesome. Agreed, which is why I think VPR should resolve to archive his shows online for those of us who are rarely near a radio at 8 p.m. on a Saturday night, e.g., music journalists and people with social lives. Yes, I realize VPR can’t afford to do that because of licensing fees associated with streaming copyrighted material. But what if we all promise to chip in a little extra come pledge-drive time? Pretty please? You can even keep the mugs this year!
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Actually, isn’t there a licensing loophole covering educational uses of copyrighted material? Can you think of anything more educational than pretty much any episode of “My Place”? I should probably just move on. Hey, have you seen the trailer for “A Band Called DEATH” yet? It’s on Hulu. Or better still, it’s also on our new arts blog, Live Culture. And it’s pretty rad — the trailer, that is — featuring clips with HENRY ROLLINS, JACK WHITE and other rock luminaries praising the now-legendary proto-punk band. Anyway, the doc is finally being released on Video on Demand on May 24, with a theatrical release slated for late June in select theaters. Death lives!
Last but not least, if you would all please turn to page 72 of this paper, read the interview with saxophonist COLIN STETSON and then come back. I’ll
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SPACEHOG closed with a virtually indescribable version of BON IVER’s “Flume” — I was honestly nearly moved to tears. Raise your hand if you ever thought you’d see that sentence in this column. Exactly. Just trust me on this one.
wait … Now, I’d like to encourage you to go see Stetson when he plays the BCA Center in Burlington on Tuesday, May 7, because his live show will quite possibly change your life. Really. His performance two years ago, also at BCA, was among the most profoundly stirring musical experiences I’ve ever witnessed — not to mention an astonishing technical display. I’d wager the 30 or so other people who were there would agree. By the time he finished — Stetson
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songwriter), 10 p.m., Free. tHE ra Py: Therapy Thursdays with DJ NYc E (Top 40), 10:30 p.m., Free.
baCkstag E Pub : Trivia with the General, 6 p.m., Free. Ambush (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free. Club M Etrono ME: No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5. Hal Floung E: Brett Hughes (singer-songwriter), 3 p.m., Free. World End Girlfriend (live EDm), 9 p.m., Free. Bonjour-Hi (house), 10:30 p.m., Free. HigHEr groun D sHoWCas E l oung E: First Friday with Nuda Veritas, DJs Veena & Llu (singersongwriter, dance party), 8 p.m., $5/10. 18+. JP's Pub : s tarstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. l iFt : Ladies Night, 9 p.m., Free/$3. Man Hattan Pizza & Pub p.m., Free.
: Vedora (rock), 9:30
Monk Ey Hous E: Ross Livermore Band (rock), 8:30 p.m., $3.
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Mr. Crê PE: Art Herttua (jazz guitar), 6:30 p.m., Free.
Know Better If you’re a fan of the TV series “Nashville,” it’s likely you’ve heard
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work without realizing it.
Rae cowrote that show’s hit tune, “If I Didn’t Know Better.” But don’t let the song’s glitzy twang fool you. Left to her own devices, the singer trades in ragged, visceral fare that is, as the folks from Daytrotter succinctly put it, “the kind of kick-ass garage-rock that Jack White would drop a jaw around.” Rae plays Club Metronome this Saturday, May 4, with Burlington’sanna Par
City l iMits : Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free.
Club M Etrono ME: 2K Deep Presents: c lusterfuck (EDm), 9 p.m., Free. 18+.
on t HE r is E bak Ery : Open Blues s ession, 8 p.m., Free.
Franny o's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free.
tW o brot HErs t av Ern : Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Free.
Hal Floung E: s cott mangan (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., Free. Rewind with DJ c raig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free.
HigHEr groun D ballroo M: Rebelution, J Boog & Hot Rain (reggae), 8 p.m., $17/20. AA. HigHEr groun D sHoWCas E l oung E: He's my Brother s he's my s ister, Jeffrey Lewis & the Rain, Beach Day (indie), 8 p.m., $10/12. AA. JP's Pub : Karaoke with morgan, 10 p.m., Free. lE unig's bistro & Ca Fé: mike martin and Geoff Kim (Parisian jazz), 7 p.m., Free. Man Hattan Pizza & Pub Lugo, 9:30 p.m., Free.
: Open mic with Andy
Moog's Pla CE: Danny Ricky c ole (folk), 8 p.m., Free.
Free. s hane Hardiman Trio with Geza c arr & Rob morse (jazz), 8:30 p.m., Free. Kat Wright & the indomitable s oul Band (soul), 11 p.m., $3. rED squar E: Dupont Brothers (folk), 5 p.m., Free. Andric s everance Xtet (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. rED squar E blu E r oo M: DJ c re8 (house), 10 p.m., Free. r í r á iris H Pub : Acoustic Blame (acoustic rock), 9 p.m., Free. signal kit CHEn: s elect s ession 3: "Eat a Peach" (rock), 9 p.m., $20/25.
Park Er Pi E Co.: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Free.
skinny Pan Cak E: Whetherman (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., $5-10 donation.
vEnu E: Thirsty Thursdays, 7 p.m., Free.
Mono Pol E: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free.
bagitos : c olin mcc affrey (folk), 6 p.m., Donations.
Monk Ey Hous E: Bad Accent (rock), 8:30 p.m., $3.
CHarli E o's: Open Blues Jam with Blue Fox, 10 p.m., Free.
nECtar's : What a Joke! c omedy Open mic (standup), 7 p.m., Free. Honeywell (funk-rock), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.
Club M Etrono ME: msR Presents: s pacehog, Blue Button, s eamus the Great (rock), 9 p.m., $10/12.
on t aP bar & grill : c had Hollister (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., Free.
t uPElo Musi C Hall : Open mic with the s anta c roce s ingers, 7 p.m., NA.
Dobrá tE a: Robert Resnik (folk), 7 p.m., Free.
r aDio bEan : The s weater s et (folk), 5 p.m., Free. April Patterson c lemens (folk), 6 p.m., Free. Whetherman (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. irish s essions, 9 p.m., Free. Punk Rock Night, 11 p.m., Free.
Hal Floung E: Half & Half c omedy (standup), 8 p.m., Free. The Harder They c ome (EDm), 10:30 p.m., Free.
rED squar E: There is No mountain (indie), 7 p.m., Free. DJ c re8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. rED squar E blu E r oo M: DJ c rook$ (EDm), 9 p.m., Free. skinny Pan Cak E: Josh Panda and Brett Lanier (rock), 7 p.m., $5-10 donation.
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tHE Hub Pizz Eria & Pub : s eth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free.
DEnik & H Er aPologi Es .
Franny o's: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
HigHEr groun D sHoWCas E l oung E: David Wax museum, Rusty Belle (mexo-Americana), 7:30 p.m., $10/12. AA. Man Hattan Pizza & Pub : Hot Waxxx with Justcaus & Pen West (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free. nECtar's : Trivia mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. Jinkata, Pigeons Playnig Ping Pong (rock, live electronica), 9:30 p.m., $5/8. 18+.
gr EEn Mountain t av Ern : Thirsty Thursday Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
City l iMits : Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. on t HE r is E bak Ery : s ongwriters in the Round with Derek Burkins, Joe Adler (singer-songwriters), 8 p.m., Donations. tW o brot HErs t av Ern : DJ Jay & Tonic (hip-hop), 10 p.m.
tHE Hub Pizz Eria & Pub : Dinner Jazz with Fabian Rainville, 6:30 p.m., Free. Open mic, 9 p.m., Free. Moog's Pla CE: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free.
o'bri En's iris H Pub : DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free.
Park Er Pi E Co.: c an-Am Jazz Quintet, 7:30 p.m., Free.
gr EEn Mountain t av Ern : Open mic, 9 p.m., Free.
on t aP bar & grill : Nobby Reed Project (blues), 7 p.m., Free.
WHaMMy bar : Open mic, 6:30 p.m., Free.
r aDio bEan : Dave Fugel & Friends (jazz), 6 p.m.,
big Pi Ctur E tHE at Er & Ca Fé: Lake s uperior (garage blues), 7:30 p.m., NA.
Mono Pol E DoWnstairs : Gary Peacock (singer-
nECtar's : Happy Ending Fridays with Jay Burwick (solo acoustic), 5 p.m., Free. s eth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. Big mean s ound machine, s erotheft (Afrobeat), 9 p.m., $5. on t aP bar & grill : mitch & Friends (acoustic), 7 p.m., Free. PleasureDome (rock), 9 p.m., Free. Park Pla CE t av Ern : Fast Eddie & the All s tars (rock), 8:30 p.m., Free. r aDio bEan : Kid's music with Linda "Tickle Belly" Bassick, 11 a.m., Free. Ben c osgrove (modern classical), 7 p.m., Free. Give me Peace on Earth: A George Harrison Tribute, 8 p.m., Free. Beatrootband (rock), 10 p.m., Free. Former Belle (indie folk), 11 p.m., Free. PoolooP (rock), 12:30 a.m., Free. rED squar E: Patrick Lehman (singer-songwriter), 5 p.m., Free. Red s ky mary (rock), 8 p.m., $5. DJ c raig mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5. rED squar E blu E r oo M: DJ mixx (EDm), 9 p.m., $5. r ub En Ja MEs: DJ c re8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free. r í r á iris H Pub : s upersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free. skinny Pan Cak E: s parrowsings Trio (folk), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.
bagitos : c hicky s toltz (folk), 6 p.m., Donations. CHarli E o's: There is No mountain, Dan Zura (indie), 10 p.m., Free. gr EEn Mountain t av Ern : DJ Jonny P (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2. Positiv E PiE: Jake Whitesell Quartet (jazz), 8 p.m., Free. t uPElo Musi C Hall : s ol Food and Green Room (rock), 8 p.m., $15.
51 Main : Andric s everance Quartet (jazz), 8 p.m., Free. City l iMits : Ryan Hanson Band (rock), 9 p.m., Free. on t HE r is E bak Ery : The Jim Gilmour Band (folk), 8 p.m., Donations. tW o brot HErs t av Ern : Funkwagon (funk), 8 p.m., $3.
Moog's Pla CE: Anachronist, Anders Parker c loud Badge (rock), 9 p.m., Free. r iMro Cks Mountain t av Ern : Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
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Sat.06.01 // bobby mCferrin [Jazz]
Be Happy, Dammit Maligning
careers of Paul McCartney or Stevie Wonder because of “Ebony and Ivory.” An incomparably gifted technician and improviser — not to mention a 10-time Grammy winner — McFerrin is among the great vocalists in popular music history. Backed by an 11-piece band and touring a new project composed of reimagined African American spirituals, McFerrin performs at the Flynn MainStage on Saturday, June 1, as part of the 2013 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.
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Palmer Street CoffeehouSe: curt Bessette, Jenn Kurtz (folk), 7:30 p.m., $10. theraPy: pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m.,
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ChurCh & main reStaurant: Night Vision (EDm), 9 p.m., free. Club metronome: Arum rae, Anna pardenik & Her Apologies (rock), 7 p.m., $7/10. retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5. franny o'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. halflounge: sam Dupont (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., free. space Echo with Jahson Deejay (house), 10:30 p.m., free.
HEADY HUMP DAY
higher ground ballroom: WOKO 23rd Birthday: Jamie Lee Thurston (country), 7:45 p.m., $15. AA. higher ground ShowCaSe lounge: Gin Wigmore (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $10/12. AA. JP'S Pub: Karaoke with megan, 10 p.m., free.
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bobby mCferrin as “the guy who did ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’” is like dismissing the
manhattan Pizza & Pub: funkwagon (funk), 9:30 p.m., free. monkey houSe: Dino Bravo, pooloop, Blue Button (rock), 9 p.m., $5. neCtar'S: There is No mountain (pop), 7 p.m., free. The Edd, Kloptoscope, moxa (rock, live electronica), 9 p.m., $5. on taP bar & grill: rmX (rock), 9 p.m., free. radio bean: Lunch poems, 12 p.m., free. Less Digital, more manual: record club, 3 p.m., free. Zephyr (folk), 5:30 p.m., free. Kyle William patrick Venooker (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Waves of Adrenaline (folk), 8 p.m., free. shannon corey & Jared salvatore (singer-songwriters), 9 p.m., free. Julian chobot (jazz), 10:30 p.m., free. Lava moss (adult contemporary), 1 a.m., free. red Square: salsa saturday with Hector cobeo, 4:30 p.m., free. soulstice (reggae), 8 p.m., $5. mashtodon (mashup), 11 p.m., $5. red Square blue room: DJ raul (salsa), 7 p.m.,
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free. DJ stavros (EDm), 11 p.m., $5.
10 p.m., free.
rí rá iriSh Pub: party Wolf (rock), 10 p.m., free.
higher ground ballroom: Higher Ground comedy Battle iX (standup), 8 p.m., $12/15. 14+.
Signal kitChen: slum Village, Lynguistic civilians, snakefoot, the Action figures, citi Lightz (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $16/20. 18+.
monkey houSe: Vermont comedy club: fresh meat (standup), 7 p.m., $5.
Skinny PanCake: Queen city Hot club (gypsy jazz), 7 p.m., $5-10 donation.
on taP bar & grill: Bob Young (acoustic), 11 a.m., free.
Venue: 18 & up Destination saturdays, 8 p.m., free.
radio bean: Queen city Hot club (gypsy jazz), 11 a.m., free. pete sutherland and Tim stickle's Old Time session, 1 p.m., free. With Love, Anonymous (acoustic pop), 5:30 p.m., free. Tango sessions, 7 p.m., free. Andy & micah plante (acoustic), 9 p.m., free. social club: the return of Thelonius X & Yellow crocs (downtempo), 10 p.m., free.
bagitoS: irish sessions, 2 p.m., free. steve Omprey (folk), 6 p.m., Donations. Charlie o'S: pariah Beat, Violette ultraviolet (indie), 10 p.m., free. Cider houSe bbq and Pub: Dan Boomhower (piano), 6 p.m., free. red hen bakery & Café: Bob & the Trubadors (folk), 1 p.m., free. Slide brook lodge & taVern: Jimmy T. Thurston (rock), 8 p.m., free. whammy bar: Broken string (bluegrass), 7 p.m., free.
City limitS: Dance party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., free. two brotherS taVern: The Would i's (rock), 10 p.m., $3.
the hub Pizzeria & Pub: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. moog'S PlaCe: TallGrass GetDown (bluegrass), 9 p.m., free. Parker Pie Co.: Quatro de mayo party with Tritium Well (rock), 8 p.m., free.
baCkStage Pub: in Kahootz (rock), 4 p.m., free. Club metronome: mi Yard reggae Night with DJs Big Dog & Demus, 10 p.m., free. halflounge: B-sides (deep house), 7 p.m., free. pop rap Dance party with Tommy & Jory (hip-hop),
red Square: Hayley Jane and the primates (rock), 7 p.m., free. rí rá iriSh Pub: Dale and Darcy (folk), 5 p.m., free. Signal kitChen: The Listening series: cuddle magic, Tall Heights, Doctor (indie folk), 9 p.m., $8. AA. Skinny PanCake: The Light and the Laugh (folk), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.
bagitoS: William Lee Ellis, Leda schubert, Andy pitt, mark Greenberg (blues), 11 a.m., Donations. big PiCture theater & Café: sails (punk), 7:30 p.m., NA.
matterhorn: chris Tagatac (acoustic rock), 4 p.m., free. Sweet CrunCh bake ShoP: Keegan farara (folk), 10 a.m., free.
Club metronome: coastwest unrest (rock), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. halflounge: family Night Open Jam, 10:30 p.m., free. manhattan Pizza & Pub: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free. mON.06 p.80
Doctor Sailor, The Greatest Lyric (SELF-RELEASED, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD)
Damn you, Villanelles. First, you go on hiatus after releasing one of the best local indie-rock recordings in recent history, 2011’s Kiss My Grits. Then, just when word leaks that your long-awaited follow-up is pretty much in the bag, your front man, Tristan Baribeau, up and moves to Alaska. Like, polar bears and Sarahe˜ ng-Palin Alaska. Now we’ve gotta wait like, three months until he comes back to hear the album. It’s enough to make a man, well, want to move to Alaska. But that’s beside the point. The point is: “Northern Exposure” was an awesome show. The other point is that before he left, Baribeau was kind enough to release a new record under his soloish side-project sobriquet, Doctor Sailor, called°The Greatest Lyric. And anxious Villanelles fans should ﬁ nd a lot to like in its breezy tones. “Laying It Down by the Ocean” opens the album as if dropping the top on a convertible for a seaside cruise. It’s light and airy, but Baribeau infuses an
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schmaltz — right down to the blundering alto-sax solo on “I Won’t Let Go.” The album does resolve on an encouraging note. “Blame It All on the Wind” is a pretty acoustic guitar and voice number that suggests the real Jay Nash may still be in there somewhere, aching to be found again. Here’s hoping he is. Letters From the Lost by Jay Nash comes out on Tuesday, May 14. It is available for preorder at jaynash. com.
Last year, Vermont’s rock-star population increased by one when heralded songwriter Jay Nash relocated to the Green Mountains. The Los Angeles transplant hunkered down in his new home near Woodstock and recorded his latest record, Letters From the Lost. The album, his 11th, is the ﬁ rst Nash has written or recorded anywhere but in the City of Angels since 1998. Apparently, the country air agreed with him, as did the lack of immediate neighbors. Reportedly, Nash ﬁ nds his new surroundings freeing, using the isolation to experiment with new sounds and approaches. That process could be a metaphor for the album itself, which focuses primarily on themes of losing, and then ﬁ nding, oneself. But what is it, exactly, that Nash has found? Throughout his robust career, he’s been regarded as a powerful writer and a soulful singer, an artist capable of blending pop proclivities with substantive lyrical content. You see the word “honest” tossed around a lot
with regard to his work. Granted, comparisons to the likes of Lyle Lovett and Bruce Springsteen forwarded in certain critical corners were silly the moment they hit the page. But they at least suggested the type of artist Nash is, or maybe used to be. What he is now is trickier to deﬁ ne. Letters From the Lost begins promisingly enough. “Wander” is a delicately atmospheric tune, propelled by an insistent guitar line that slices through a billowing, ethereal backdrop. Nash is undeniably compelling, alternating between a gru˝ , husky wail and smooth falsetto. But things devolve, and quickly. “Twist My Arm” is aggressively ino˝ ensive, adultcontemporary pop that wouldn’t seem out of place on an old Del Amitri record. And it sets a dubious tone for the remainder of the album. Whether surrounding himself with overblown production as on “White Whale,” parsing a cloyingly earnest tale on “The Art Thief” or delivering cheesedup L.L.Bean Americana on the supposed album centerpiece “Sailor,” Nash seems less an artist who has found himself than one who has lost his way. Gone is the artful nuance and tact of his earlier work, replaced instead by shamelessly dull cliché and pandering
falls closer to the folk and pop sides of the indie[whatever] hyphen than rock. It’s a mellow but stylistically diverse and complex suite of songs that ﬁ nds a more contemplative Baribeau. That’s not to say he’s suddenly all mopey and serious. With his soft, high croon, Baribeau retains his winsome, boyish charm even in more downcast turns. But there’s an edge here that contrasts Villanelles’ typical playfulness and suggests a newfound depth from one of the area’s bright young talents. The Greatest Lyric by Doctor Sailor is available as a name-your-price download at doctorsailor.bandcamp. com. (Note: An earlier, abridged version of this review appeared on Seven Days’ arts blog, Live Culture, on April 17.)
Jay Nash, Letters From the Lost
undercurrent of longing beneath a buoyant lead-guitar ri˝ , evoking dusky, late-summer melancholy. It’s a mood that proves pervasive, but not overbearing, through much of the record. “Campsite,” for example, continues the vacationland nostalgia trip, contrasting a sepia-toned melody with still more wistful longing. But here, and on cuts such as “Lines on Your Face,” “Ganesha” and the somewhat tonguein-cheek ballad “Sad Bastard Syndrome,” Baribeau strikes a balance between confessional songwriting and sly humor, employing bright, nuanced arrangements that lighten the emotional load. As Doctor Sailor, Baribeau is more introspective than the frantic dynamo we’ve come to know and love as the front man for Villanelles. In a sense, these songs could be viewed as skeletal versions of Villanelles tunes, the bare bones under all that ﬂ eshy keyboard bombast and guitar jangle. But that’s not quite accurate.°There are certain discernible similarities between the two projects, especially melodically. Heck, he’s even snagged a couple of bandmates for guest instrumental turns, including drummer Seth Gunderson and bassist Evan Borden. But the fare making up The Greatest Lyric˜generally
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Monkey House: Paper Bird, Dana Falconberry (indie), 8:30 p.m., $5. nectar's: metal monday: steel and crow, Problem child, La Fin Absolute Du monde, 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. on tap Bar & Grill: Open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., Free. radio Bean: Leatherbound Books (indie folk), 7:30 p.m., Free. Open mic, 9 p.m., Free. red square: West (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. ruBen JaMes: Why Not monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
cHarlie o's: Trivia Night, 8 p.m., Free.
MooG's place: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 8 p.m., Free.
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on tap Bar & Grill: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. radio Bean: Gua Gua (psychotropical), 6 p.m., Free. The Hardscrabble Hounds (Americana), 8:30 p.m., Free. Honky-Tonk sessions, 10 p.m., $3. red square: Eames Brothers Band (mountain blues), 7 p.m., Free. craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., Free.
North of the Border Fusing Mexican folk music with indie rock and Americana,
a signature style they call “Mexo-Americana.” The band’s vibrant, cross-cultural appeal has attracted fans around the globe, including critics at the New Yorker who rave of the group’s “high-energy, border-crossing sensibility.” Catch them this Thursday, May 2, at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge with opening support from rusty Belle.
two BrotHers tavern: monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
MooG's place: Lesley Grant (country), 8 p.m., Free. Open mic/Jam Night, 8:30 p.m., Free.
franny o's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free. HalflounGe: scott mangan (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., Free. Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. Jp's puB: Karaoke with morgan, 10 p.m., Free. leuniG's Bistro & café: shane Hardiman (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.
BaGitos: smooth Jazz, 6 p.m., Donations.
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ManHattan pizza & puB: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 9:30 p.m., Free. Monkey House: La Fin Absolute Du monde, Bad Accent (rock), 8:30 p.m., $5. 18+. nectar's: What a Joke! comedy Open mic (standup), 7 p.m., Free. Honeywell (rock), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. on tap Bar & Grill: Pine street Jazz, 7 p.m., Free. radio Bean: Kurt scobie (rock), 6 p.m., Free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free.
wHaMMy Bar: Open mic, 6:30 p.m., Free.
city liMits: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free. on tHe rise Bakery: Open Bluegrass session, 8 p.m., Free. two BrotHers tavern: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Free. Open mic, 9 p.m., $3.
red square: starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 7 p.m., Free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
tHe HuB pizzeria & puB: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free.
skinny pancake: Josh Panda and Brett Lanier (rock), 7 p.m., $5-10 donation.
MooG's place: Alan Greenleaf & the Doctor (folk), 8 p.m., Free.
parker pie co.: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Free.
BaGitos: Bruce Jones (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., Free.
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Green Mountain tavern: Open mic, 9 p.m., Free.
cHarlie o's: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.
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n both Spanish and Italian, nido means nest. So it’s a ﬁ tting name f or the cozy Burlington shop where Phiona Milano has sold hand-spun yarn and colorf ul f abrics to knitters and sewers, the ultimate nesters, for the last four years. Before opening the place, Milano, 34, worked as a media coordinator for area nonproﬁ ts and sewed in her f ree time. Then she got pregnant with her son, Franco, and the instinct to sew grew stronger. She started f ollowing sewing blogs and beginning new projects. But she was f rustrated when she couldn’t ﬁ nd in Burlington any of the hip, contemporary fabrics she’d seen online. “When I walk into a place like JoAnn [Fabric and Craft Store], I get really overwhelmed,” she says. “It’s hard to ﬁ nd that perfect, hidden gem.” So Milano decided to fill the niche herself . “I turned my addiction into a job,” she says. “I started settling down and nesting, and then, bam! It just took off.”
Tucked on the second ﬂ oor of a College Street building, nido is a hidden gem in its own right. But Milano says the upstairs location has never presented a problem when it comes to
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attracting customers. Most crafters look for their materials online these days, so she targets her audience there. Many customers are tourists from out of town. “When you sew and knit, [f abrics and yarns] are what you seek out when you travel,” Milano says. “People want to check out what’s local.” In nido’s case, that means naturally dyed, local yarn f rom Green Mountain Spinnery, Vermont Alpaca Company
and Jamie’s Rainbow Yarn, among other area producers. Milano piles the colorful balls into antique suitcases and wooden apple crates scattered throughout the shop — design decisions that make nido seem clipped f rom the pretty pages of Pinterest. Adorable f rosted-doughnut pincushions adorn rustic wooden worktables. Hand-sewn songbirds sit perched on a branch near the shop’s entrance. Old-timey bunting hangs above shelves stacked withf abric. Vintage sewing machines abound. A pair of chandeliers illuminates Milano’s main worktable, which is adorned with fresh-cut ﬂ owers artfully arranged in — you guessed it — a Mason jar. In the back of the shop, Milano teaches classes at tables made f rom wood reclaimed from the building when it was renovated several years ago. Her regular schedule includes learn-to-sew workshops f or children and adults, project-based classes (such as learning to make a wrap skirt, a dress or a shawl),
and more informal “snack and sew” and “knit and nibble” sessions. Milano learned to sew growing up in Seattle, and she’s been hooked ever since. “I just love fabric; I’m a total fabric junkie,” she says. She’s thrilled to be helping a new generation get into the craft. The last few years have seen a shift in people’s attitudes toward sewing, Milano says. It used to be you had to follow certain patterns, and only certain fabrics could be used f or certain projects. Those f abrics could be stodgy and often, well, look like your grandma’s curtains. By contrast, Milano’s shop is a riot of color and savvy design. Fabrics f eature graphic prints of saf ari animals, elegant trees or pop-art telephones. One roll of upholstery f abric f rom designer Melody Miller is covered in images of vinyl records. One of Milano’s customers is making a quilt f rom that f abric; Milano herself is making a dress. “That’s what’s f un right now: There are no rules,” she says. This spring, Milano has added a new dimension to her shop: She’s hosting pop-up art shows. “Nido sells the ﬁ ber and patterns and books,” she says. “You can get inspired here, but we don’t sell anything ready-made. So I decided to highlight some of my favorite artists in the area.” The ﬁ rst was potter Jeremy Ayers, whose work Milano has been collecting f or years since discovering him at the Burlington Farmers Market. Ditto the next artist, Jennifer Kahn, who will pop up at nido with her jewelry on Friday, May 10, and stay through Sunday, May 12. The last scheduled pop-up show, at the end of June, f eatures a Vermont quilter and photographer who goes by the name Film in the Fridge. Milano is hoping to make the pop-up shows regular events. And, eventually, to carve out more time to do some sewing for herself. “I still really love to make things for my home and my son,” she says, noting that her in-progress projects currently include a ﬁ shing vest f or Franco and a new shower curtain. “My f ocus has really stayed the same,” she says. nido, 209 College Street, Suite 2E, Burlington. Info, 881-0068. nidovt.com
PAMeLA J. MurPhy: Recent mixed-media works. May 3 through 31 at Artspace 106 at the Men's Room in burlington. Reception: Friday, May 3, 6-8 p.m. info, 864-2088.
Anne-MArie Littenberg: "up Close at home," photographs of the artist's domestic landscape, featuring spools of thread, eggs from the fridge and a closet full of old typewriters. Through May 31 at brickels gallery in burlington. info, 578-3164. breAd And PuPPet: "Mud season & Mud Monument," black-and-white paintings that represent both seasonal and political mud, including monuments to torture and massacre whistleblowers. Through May 19 at ArtsRiot gallery in burlington. info, 203-788-0909. 'ecoLogies': work by brian Collier and other Vermont artists exploring the challenges and possibilities for environmental justice in urban areas. Through May 5 at new City galerie in burlington. info, email@example.com. eric tore: A painting of a hawaiian seascape from the featured artist in a group show. Through May 31 at black horse Fine Art supply in burlington. info, 862-4972. grouP show: works by Marc Awodey, Carolyn enz hack, paige berg Rizvi, Ruth hamilton, will patlove, Che schreiner, David powell and ethan Azarian. Curated by seAbA. Through May 31 at the innovation Center of Vermont in burlington. info, 859-9222. hAL MAyforth: "subversive in his own little way," watercolors, abstract acrylics, word paintings, grid paintings and humorous paintings that originated in the artist's sketchbooks. Through May 11 at Amy e. Tarrant gallery, Flynn Center, in burlington. info, 652-4510. 'high trAsh': Artworks from 18 contemporary artists using discarded materials address themes of waste, environment and consumerism in the age of climate change; 'oceAnic Art And the PerforMAnce of Life': intricately crafted objects, including masks, textiles and weaponry, from indigenous cultures of the pacific islands. Through May 24 at Fleming Museum, uVM, in burlington. info, 656-0750. JohAnne durocher yordAn: Dreamy abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Curated by seAbA. Through May 31 at VCAM studio in burlington. info, 859-9222.
Judith tuttLe & robert huntoon: "waterscapes," pastel and oil paintings, respectively, by the Vermont artists. Through May 30 at shelburne Vineyard. info, 985-8222.
'Art of creAtive Aging': The 4th annual juried exhibit of work by artists 70 and older living in washington, orange and lamoille counties. presented by Central Vermont Council on Aging; yvonne strAus: "playful Moments in Color," watercolor and acrylic folk art, in the Children's library. Through May 31 at Kellogghubbard library in Montpelier. Reception: Thursday, May 2, 5-7 p.m. info, 476-2681. PAtty sgrecci & Lyn duMouLin: "nature Reflected ... water, line and Form," kinetic sculptures by sgrecci, watercolor landscapes by DuMoulin. May 3 through July 2 at brandon Artists guild. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-7 p.m. info, 247-4956. 'the roAd Less trAveLed': The 13th annual Rock point school student art show. May 3-24 at Rose street Co-op gallery in burlington. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5:30 p.m. info, 863-1104. nikki chichoine & PAMeLA bows: "Kitsch," a bFA thesis exhibition. Through May 4 at Julian scott Memorial gallery, Johnson state College. Reception: The artists discuss their work, wednesday, May 1, 3 p.m. info, 635-1469. MAtt cArroLL: "emergence of purpose," a bFA thesis installation. Through May 4 at black box gallery, Visual Arts Center, Johnson state College. Reception: The artist discusses his work, wednesday, May 1, 12:30 p.m. info, 635-1469.
ALyson wALL: "Transportation stories of burlington's bikers and walkers," photographic portraits accompanied by transcribed interviews. May 3 through 31 at north end studio A in burlington. Reception: Friday, May 3, 6-8 p.m. info, 863-6713. cAroLyn guest: "springtime in the Kingdom, Cut with sheep shears," two- and three-dimensonal paper cutouts depicting local wildflowers, barns and domestic animals. Through June 13 at northeast Kingdom Artisans guild backroom gallery in st. Johnsbury. Reception: saturday, May 4, 3-5 p.m. info, 748-0158. hArriet wood: "inner Doors," abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. May 2 through June 27 at Vermont supreme Court lobby in Montpelier. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-7 p.m. info, 828-0749. 'trick of the eye': photographs that recalibrate reality by Jack long, Alexey Krupin, Anick Morel, eric A. bailey, Frank Machalowski, Andrew Kufahl, boris Kotlyar and Carl Rubino. May 2 through 26 at Darkroom gallery in essex Junction. Reception: sunday, May 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m. info, 777-3686. student Art show 2013: work by area middle and high school students. May 3 through 26 at helen Day Art Center in stowe. Reception: ice cream and brownies are served, Friday, May 3, 3-7 p.m. info, 253-8358. Annie PArhAM: “Aquarian Visions: An exploration of watercolor and imagination,” paintings by the art student. May 3 through 31 at Feick Fine Arts Center, green Mountain College, in poultney. Reception: Friday, May 3, 6-8 p.m. info, 287-8398.
'cosMic scALes': Area fifth and sixth graders explore perception and perspective with their artwork. May 3 through 14 at ArtisTree Community Arts Center & gallery in woodstock. Reception: Friday, May 3, 6-8 p.m. info, 457-3500. 'trAveLs with ALden': The gallery celebrates what would have been the 100th birthday of its founder, Alden bryan, with an exhibition of his plein-air works painted in 26 countries over 60 years. May 3 through september 2 at bryan Memorial gallery in Jeffersonville. Reception: A roundtable discussion of bryan's works precedes the 2 p.m. reception. sunday, May 5, 1-4 p.m. info, 644-5100. creAtive coMPetition no. 20: Artworks submitted by local artists in a variety of media are up for viewers' choice award and for sale. Through May 31 at Rl photo in burlington. Reception: Friday, May 3, 6-9 p.m. info, publicartschool@ gmail.com. LorrAine reynoLds: "Apparitional experience," large-format color photographs of decay and abandonment that serve as documentation of what was. May 3 through 31 at Vintage inspired in burlington. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-8 p.m. info, 355-5418. robert wALdo bruneLLe Jr.: Acrylic paintings of cityscapes, blue-collar culture and gumball machines. May 3 through June 30 at Vintage Jewelers in burlington. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-8 p.m. info, 862-2233. MoLLy bosLey: Collage work and paper cut-outs. May 3 through 31 at speaking Volumes in burlington. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-8 p.m. info, 540-0107. AnnuAL student Art show: works by young artists. May 3 through 26 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-8 p.m. info, 775-0356. AshLey roArk: "Coping with Reality," collages made from vintage paper that features muted tones, textures and typography. May 3 through 31 at s.p.A.C.e. gallery in burlington. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-9 p.m. info, spacegalleryvt.com.
'it cAMe froM sPAce!': spacethemed artwork displayed as part of a 50/50 fundraiser to offset the cost of building artist studios for the new satellite Arts space. May 3 through 31 at studio 266 in burlington. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-8 p.m. info, 578-2512. kiM boMbArd: still-life paintings by the Vermont artist. Through July 27 at left bank home & garden in burlington. Reception: Friday, May 3, 6-8 p.m. info, 862-1001. MAy feAtured Artists: works by photographer David Juaire, painter genie Rybicki-Jukins and quilter/ weaver susan smolinsky. May 5 through 31 at Artist in Residence Cooperative gallery in enosburg Falls. Reception: sunday, May 5, 1-4 p.m. info, 933-6403. 'discovering coMMunity: showcAse of student work': Documentary films, photography, audio “vox pops” and oral-history interviews produced by students during classes and after-school programs. May 3 through June 8 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-7 p.m. info, 388-4964. 'MAydAy: the workers Are revoLting': Artwork by Red square employees. May 3 through 31 at Red square in burlington. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-9 p.m. info, 318-2438. Jenny Lynn hALL: "oceana," fresco panels inspired by the texture and colors of the sea. Through May 31 at scavenger gallery in white River Junction. Reception: wine tasting by Artisanal Cellars, Friday, May 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m. info, 295-0808. eLinor rAndALL: Monoprints that celebrate the life and work of Molly Keane, a 20th-century Anglo-irish playwright and novelist. May 3 through 31 at Two Rivers printmaking studio in white River Junction. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-8 p.m. info, 295-5901.
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benJAMin Peberdy: "Caution!" collage work by the Vermont artist. May 3 through 31 at backspace gallery in burlington. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-9 p.m. info, spacegalleryvt.com.
John dougLAs: "stones &," digital prints of virtual landscapes by the documentary filmmaker, animator and Army veteran. Through May 21 at Furchgott sourdiffe gallery in shelburne. info, 985-3848.
chAMPLAin coLLege MfA in eMergent MediA 2013: eleven diverse thesis projects that explore the crossroads of art, innovation and technology; JAcques burke: works made from ink, watercolors, acrylics, spray paint, cut-outs and an occasional metal slurpy straw. May 3 through 31 at seAbA Center in burlington. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-8 p.m. info, 859-9222.
'student work; LegAcy of A teAcher': original works by Vermont woodworking school students Alicia Dietz, Ryan Moore, Tim peters, John Martineau, Tyler gebhardt, ben Deleiris and wesley Alsbrooks. in memory of Vws instructor Robert Fletcher. May 3 through 31 at Frog hollow in burlington. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-8 p.m. info, 863-6458.
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Photo cLub exhibit: An annual exhibit of student work. Through May 2 at Alliot student Center, st. Michael's College, in Colchester. info, 654-2536. roger coLeMan: paintings by the Vermont artist. Through May 31 at Metropolitan gallery, burlington City hall. info, 865-7166.
sachie KohLMan: pet portraits on paper. Through May 31 at Firebird Café in essex Junction. info, 310-0458. todd r. LocKWood: "one Degree of separation," black-and-white photographic portraits, 1975-2012. Through July 15 at Freeman hall Conference Room, Champlain College, in burlington. info, 860-2733.
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Pete Quinn: Cartoon-style drawings and paintings. Through June 3 at Magic hat brewing Company in south burlington. info, 658-2739.
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Marc aWodey: "The painting is the object," a retrospective of works by the late burlington artist. Curated by Mark s. waskow. Through May 4 at union station in burlington. info, 660-9005.
roger coLeMan: "paintings That Fit Rightly into space," old, middle and new works. Through May 10 at penny Cluse Café in burlington. info, 658-1081.
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Lin Warren: "Road Trip: Arc ideologies," a multimedia installation exploring the form of an arc. Through May 29 at Flynndog in burlington. info, 777-6100.
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‘tWo Paths of PercePtion’: bill Ramage, director of visualarts programs at Castleton state College, talks about different ways to see and interpret the world we live in. Tuesday, May 7, 7-8:30 p.m., Chaffee Downtown Art Center, Rutland. info, 775-0356. JuLian cardinaL: The painter behind the recently closed scarlet galleries invites the public into his studio to see his figures, flowers, landscapes and interiors. wednesday, May 1, 7-9 p.m., Julian Cardinal Fine Art , burlington. info, 508-237-0651. ‘user reQuired’: experiential, customizable and locally made projects that blur the distinction between
VerMont Photo grouP sPring exhibtion: eight photographers contribute work, from landscapes to portraits of lake superior Chippewa band Dancers. May 2 through 30 at Mirabelles in burlington. info, 434-5503. Wendy JaMes: photographic illusions and vivid paintings by the local artist. Curated by seAbA. Through May 31 at speeder & earl's (pine street) in burlington. info, 859-9222. WiLLoW bascoM: Colorful illustrations of animals. Curated by seAbA. Through May 31 at pine street Deli in burlington. info, 859-9222.
'art theraPy association of VerMont statehouse art exhibition': An exhibit celebrating Mental health Awareness Month. Through May 31 at statehouse Cafeteria in Montpelier. info, 434-4834. cindy griffith: "seasons in Transition," paintings by the Vermont artist. Through June 30 at Red hen bakery & Café in Middlesex. info, 229-4326. cynthia craWford: "Close To home: upper Valley inspirations, a Journey Through nature’s wonders," wildlife photos and paintings. Through June 30 at Vins nature Center in Quechee. info, 359-5001. daVid sMith: paintings that attempt to capture the elusive presence of light. Through May 31 at Central Vermont Medical Center in barre. eLizabeth fraM: "Reading between the lines," textile collages that blend diverse materials with varying techniques. Through May 10 at seminary Art Center in waterbury Center. info, 253-8790. fred carty: "picture show: As seen Through My eyes," photography by the Vermont artist. Through May 31 at Tunbridge public library. info, 889-9404.
science, technology and art. Through May 18 at bCA Center in burlington. Talk: Artist Kathy Marmor, engineer Michael Fortney and bCA curator DJ hellerman discuss cross-disciplinary collaboration. Thursday, May 2, 7-9 p.m. beginners learn about Arduino, an open-source platform for building projects, in a free workshop. saturday, May 4, 1-5 p.m. info, 865-7166. Life draWing for artists: Artists 18 and older bring their own materials and sketch, draw and paint from a live model. wednesday, May 1, 6-9 p.m.; wednesday, May 8, 6-9 p.m., Vermont institute of Contemporary Arts, Chester. info, 875-1018. Life-draWing session: Artists practice their painting and drawing techniques with a live model. Reservations encouraged. wednesday, May 1, 6-9 p.m.; sunday, May 5, 2-5 p.m.; wednesday, May 8, 6-9 p.m., black horse Fine Art supply, burlington. info, 860-4972. ‘art iMitates Life iMitates art: edVard Munch, henriK ibsen and hedda gabLer’: AVA executive director bente Torjusen discusses the interplay between the two artists’ work, specifically how ibsen’s notorious hedda gabler resonated with Munch’s life
and art. wednesday, May 1, 5:30 p.m., AVA gallery and Art Center, lebanon, n.h. info, 603-448-3117. ‘neLson rocKefeLLer: the art coLLector’: in an illustrated lecture, artist Mary louise pierson offers a personal perspective on her grandfather, nelson Rockefeller, and his impact as an art collector. Thursday, May 2, 5:30 p.m., AVA gallery and Art Center, lebanon, n.h. info, 603-448-3117. artist Pint night: Meet the artist behind the Vermont design studio alena botanica and see her new botanical photographs on canvas, apparel designs and hop art products. wednesday, May 1, 5-8 p.m., Fiddlehead brewing Company, shelburne. info, 399-2994. oPen house: students from the burlington College woodworking program and the immersion program display the work they’ve completed over the semester. wednesday, May 8, 6 p.m., Vermont woodworking school, Fairfax. info, 849-2013. ‘Passion of the PuPPet’: Kids make puppets from recycled materials in this bread and puppet-inspired workshop. sunday, May 5, 1-4 p.m., ArtsRiot gallery, burlington. info, 203-788-0909.
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natural, Burlington artist Peter Fried reveals the visual implications of the modern landscape. Using 19th-century realist and plein-air painting techniques, he captures local landscapes and structures with a tactile immediacy. Focusing on where grass meets pavement and nail meets wood, Fried explores the interactions between manmade objects and the natural world. “Looking at Landscape” is on view at River Arts in Morrisville through May 13. Pictured: “Citgo, Rt. 7.”
Gisele McHarG: Fiber artworks that incorporate images from prehistory through samplings of Impressionism. Through May 24 at BALE Community Space in South Royalton. Info, 498-8438.
Glen coBUrn HUtcHeson: Paintings, drawings and sculpture by the Montpelier artist. Visitors are invited to drop by Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m., and be the subject of a "talking portrait," a life-size pencil drawing. Through July 31 at Storefront Studio Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 839-5349.
'How PeoPle Make tHinGs': In a hands-on exhibit inspired by "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," visitors can make objects using four manufacturing processes: molding, cutting, deforming and assembly. Lab coats and safety glasses available! Through June 2 at Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. Info, 649-2200.
Jennifer skinder: Abstract drawings and monotypes influenced by the artist's background in ceramics. Through May 30 at Skinny Pancake in Montpelier. Info, 262-2253.
Melissa Brown Bessett: "Nature in Color," pastel landscapes. May 2 through 31 at Green Bean Visual Art Gallery at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. PHilliP roBertson: Landscape block prints. Through May 31 at the Drawing Board in Montpelier. Info, 223-2902. 'PlowinG old GroUnd: verMont's orGanic farMinG Pioneers': Black-and-white documentary photographs by John Nopper, along with narratives collected in oral histories by agricultural writer Susan Harlow. Through June 1 at Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. Info, 479-8519.
PechaKucha Night returns to Burlington on Friday, May 10. Join us for our 10th Volume when a broad range of participants gather to present their designs, projects, thoughts, and ideas at a fun, informal, and fast-paced gathering. Scheduled to appear at this installment of PKN are: Scott Campitelli, Clark Derbes & Rick Levinson, Gary Hall, Valerie Bang-Jensen & Mark Lubkowitz, Sheri Bannister, Marian Kelner, Natalie Neuert, Chapin Spencer, and Sue Wilson To learn more, visit: www.pechakucha.org
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roBert HitziG: "Hard Line, Soft Color," painted wood sculptures by the Vermont artist. Through June 28 at Governor's Office Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749.
lark UPson & GaYle Hanson: "Portraits and Poems," paintings by Upson, a former furniture maker, exhibited alongside Hanson's words. Through May 24 at Jacquith Public Library in Marshfield. Info, 426-3581.
'Masterworks': Sculpture and prints by Vermont artist Hugh Townley exhibited alongside a portion of his personal collection, including works by Eugene Atget, Harry Callahan, Salvador Dalí, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Aaron Siskind, H.C. Westermann and Ossip Zadkine. Through July 28 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670.
Janet worMser: "New Work: Landscapes and Heads," oils on canvas, linen and board by the Cabot artist. Through May 2 at Blinking Light Gallery in Plainfield. Info, 454-1275.
Mareva Millarc: "Expressions," abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through June 7 at Festival Gallery in Waitsfield. Info, 496-6682.
GUest artist sHow: Work by ceramic sculptor Sande French-Stockwell, kinetic sculptor Patty Sgrecci and jeweler Lochlin Smith. Through June 30 at Collective — the Art of Craft in Woodstock. Info, 457-1298.
lit tYler: "Memories of an Unconscious Nothing," artwork by VTC's director of institutional research. Through May 31 at Hartness Gallery, Vermont Technical College, in Randolph Center. Info, 728-1237.
'Give Us YoUr Best!': Work in a variety of media by area artists of all ages. Through May 19 at Chandler Gallery in Randolph. Info, 431-0204.
'liGHt & sPace': Work by printmakers Sabra Field and Dan O’Donnell, fiber artist Karen Madden and sculptor Pat Musick. Through May 10 at the Great Hall in Springfield. Info, 885-3061.
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An artist with a zeal for adventure, Jacques Burke uses acrylics, watercolor, spray paint and cutouts to create abstractions on canvas. Employing gravity, and sometimes a metal straw, as tools, Burke’s paintings present a world bursting with color. His solo show is presented at Burlington’s SEABA Gallery alongside the innovative theses of 12 students of the MFA Emergent Media Program at Champlain College. Works on view investigate the relationship between art and technology. Both exhibitions are up May 3 through 31. Pictured: “Pyro-Aqua” by Burke. cen TRAl ART shows
'The Na Ture of Thi Ngs' : A multimedia installation created by Thea Alvin, Khara l edonne, Forrest w hite, Robyn Alvin, Gowri s avoor and Bruce h athaway. Through May 11 at Goddard Art Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 322-1685.
'These h oNored dead: Priva Te aNd NaTio Nal Commemora Tio N': An exhibit that tells the stories of n orwich alumni from both sides of the c ivil w ar, focusing on the military draft, prisons and mourning rituals; 'useful a Nd elega NT aCComPlishme NTs': l andscape drawings by 19th-century n orwich University alumni and their contemporaries. Through December 20 at s ullivan Museum & h istory c enter, n orwich University, in n orthfield. Info, 485-2183.
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iNsPired by maddie : Do you have an image of a dog, cat or other pet on things? l et us know! n eed inspiration? Visit maddieonthings. com. c ontact email@example.com for details. ComiCs Club firs T meeTiNg: A new group for Burlington-area doodlers, zinesters, web-comic and sequential artists and graphic novelists. Meeting: May 14, 6-8 p.m., at ArtsRiot. Info, facebook. com/groups/comicsclubbtv, info@ ionafoxcomics.com. ari Ts Ts who love birds : w e are seeking artists who would like to display their bird-themed art at BirdFest this year, on s aturday, June 1, at the n orth Branch n ature c enter in Montpelier. Info, northbranchnaturecenter. org/birdfest.html, or call Amy, 226-6206. boo K ar Ts eXhibi T: The Book Arts Guild of Vermont invites artists working in book and paper arts to submit entries for an upcoming exhibit, “There’s no place l ike home,” at studio place Arts in Barre, June 4
through July 6. Deadline: May 1. Info and applications, bookartsguildvt. com. seeKiNg ar Tis Ts a Nd Craf T Perso Ns : Burlington c ity Arts is issuing a request for proposals from artists and craft persons for two art bike racks for downtown Burlington. Deadline: May 13. Info, burlingtoncityarts.org/ Art_In_public_places/. u Nbou Nd, vol . iii: ArtisTree Gallery seeks entries for its 3rd annual exhibit of book arts and art inspired by books. c ash prizes. Info, artistreevt.org/unbound-entry/. Call for Pho Tos : “In Bloom,” flower among flowers, soft bud swooning, opening her lovely petals, bursting forth with life. Deadline: May 29. Jurors: Mark & Kristen s ink. Info, darkroomgallery. com/ex44/. wa Ter Color : Annual Green Mountain w atercolor exhibition. Juried show: June 29 through July 28. Anticipating more than 2000 visitors. Info, vermontartfest.com or gmwe@ moosewalkstudios.com. Deadline: May 1.
ar T loves beer , beer loves ar T: The l ong Trail Brewing company, in partnership with Burlington city Arts, is commissioning an artist for a new line of fine craft ales that the company will be releasing this summer. The winning artwork will be featured on the bottle label of l ong Trail’s Imperial pumpkin Ale, and the artist will receive $1000 and a chance to meet the brewers and watch them in action. Deadline: May 1. Info, burlingtoncityarts.org/ longtrail. aNNual members ’ show : The c arving s tudio and s culpture c enter announces its “Annual Members’ s how,” May 18 through June 30. All members of the nonprofit arts-education organization have the opportunity to show their work in this popular exhibition. Reception: May 18, 5-7 p.m. s pace in the exhibit is limited. Deadline: May 10. Membership must be current to exhibit. Info, 438-2097, info@ carvingstudio.org. ou Tdoor ar T day : c alling area artists, artisans and crafters for a fun day creating art outdoors, May 18. All ages, skill levels and media welcome. Bring friends, your own supplies and set up at designated
sites. Registration: 8 a.m., at the Milton Grange. Reception: 3-5 p.m. s ponsor: Milton Artists’ Guild. preregister: cherrystreetstudio@ yahoo.com. a r T+s oul : Art+s oul brings artists and nonprofits together to celebrate our creative community! In 2013, the beneficiary is echo , and we want to see your l ake c hamplain-watershedinspired artwork sold at a 50/50 fundraiser this June. Visit artandsoulvt.org for more details. Deadline: May 3. oP eN grou P s how aT “Crea Tive Com P” First Friday of every month. $8 entry fee; limit one per artist. n o rules; any size/media/subject. entries accepted w ednesday through first Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. o pening reception on first Fridays, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. people’s choice winner gets cash prize. exhibit up for the month. l ocation: Root Gallery at Rl photo, 27 s ears l ane, Burlington. For info, call 540-3081 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Two by Two' : Artwork that explores related objects, double portraits, diptychs and artist collaborations, in the Main Floor Gallery; sile NT auCTio N: proceeds from sales in the s econd Floor Gallery benefit spA programs; bidding ends at the BAsh ; Jaso N galliga N-baldwi N & JeNNa aNN Kelly : "s pecimens" by Galligan-Baldwin; "Babyproof" by Kelly, in the Third Floor Gallery. Through May 25 at s tudio place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069. w al T h azel ToN & bru Ce marshall : "Generous s pirits," pottery, basketry and furniture by h azelton, found-object sculptures and paintings by Marshall. Through June 15 at n uance Gallery in w indsor. Info, 674-9616. 'w e are here.' : photographs by eight women from Melanie w ebb's Vs A Vermont digital photography class. Through May 31 at plainfield c ommunity c enter. Info, 655-4606.
ala N Nyiri : "The Vermont Barn," large-scale photographs. Through May 18 at c hristine price Gallery, c astleton s tate c ollege. Info, 468-6052. Cas Tle ToN f aCul Ty show : w orks in a variety of media by 13 college art faculty. Through May 11 at c astleton Downtown Gallery in Rutland. Info, 468-1266. doN r oss : "photographing Quarries," recent work, including large-scale prints of quarry perspectives accessible only in winter, and other images created over the last 20 years. Through May 3 at Jackson Gallery, Town hall Theater, in Middlebury. Info, 382-9222. 'Jus T f ol Ks!': w ork in a variety of media by community members of all ages. Through May 16 at Art on Main in Bristol. Info, 453-4032.
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ruth hamiLtoN: "A Sense of Place," wildlife and landscape paintings by the Poultney artist. Through June 8 at Brandon Music. Info, 465-4071.
JeNNifer BuCkNer: Pottery and glasswork by the South Hero artist. Through May 31 at Island Arts South Hero Gallery. Info, 372-8889. keNt shaw: Photographs. Through May 13 at Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. Info, 525-3366.
art LaB exhiBitioN: Work by adults with special needs who meet weekly for art classes at AVA Gallery and Art Center. Through May 31 at Courtyard by Marriott in Lebanon, N.H. Info, 603-448-3117. Bfa seNior exhiBitioN 2013: Work in a variety of media by the graduating class of the SUNY Plattsburgh art department. Through May 18 at Plattsburgh State Art Museum, N.Y. Info, 518-564-2474. 'Peru: kiNgdoms of the suN aNd the mooN — ideNtities aNd CoNQuest iN the aNCieNt, CoLoNiaL aNd moderN eras': A collection of pre-Columbian treasures and masterpieces, many of which have never been seen outside Peru. Through June 16 at Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. Info, 514-285-1600. 'the womeN of shiN haNga: the Judith aNd JosePh Barker CoLLeCtioN of JaPaNese PriNts': Nearly 100 prints showcasing two centuries of Japanese print designers' engagement with female subjects. Through July 28 at Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-2095. m
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'LaBor of LoVe': Created by Vermont Works for Women with the Vermont Folklife Center, the touring exhibit features 25 photographs of women with various occupations. Through May 31 at GRACE in Hardwick. Info, 655-8922.
VermoNt PasteL soCiety Juried show: Work by Vermont artists. Through May 19 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Info, 899-3211.
CLark derBes & sarah horNe: In concurrent solo shows, "Time Travelers" and "Lines in Winter," respectively, the artists show shape-shifting, painted wood sculptures and energetic graphite and charcoal drawings. Through May 15 at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe. Info, 253-8943.
VaNessa ComPtoN: "Not All Who Wander Are Lost," mixed-media collages inspired by a life on the road and the myths of the American West. Through June 2 at Claire's Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053.
aLyCe JoNes & sheLLy ho: A pair of BFA thesis exhibitions: "Balance," photographic and ceramic works by Jones, and "Virtual Reality," multimedia work by Ho. May 6 through 11 at Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469.
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n the opening moments of Lore, the sophomore o˜ ering f rom Australian writer-director Cate Shortland ( Somersault), a f amily packs f or a country getaway. We soon understand, however, that the getaway they’re preparing for is a run for their lives. The father (Hans-Jochen Wagner) wears a disheveled SS uniform. The mother (Ursina Lardi) is a tightly wound shrew who appears to hold her husband personally responsible for the fact that Allied f orces have not only entered but are in the process of dividing up her country. They have ﬁ ve children — an inf ant, young twin boys and two adolescent girls, the older of whom is 14 and nicknamed Lore. She’s played by the gif ted German actress Saskia Rosendahl. The task Shortland has assigned her is nothing less than making a Nazi sympathizer ... well, sympathetic. Before heading literally for the hills, the family must complete a to-do list: Shoot the dog (one less mouth to feed), check. Fill suitcases with valuables, check. Destroy incriminating evidence — notebooks cryptically labeled “Law f or the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased O˜ spring: CONFIDENTIAL” — what the…? I mean, check. As I watched the o˛ cer torch a small
here’s nothing original about Mud, yet it casts a little spell on the audience. Maybe that’s because it has such old-f ashioned pacing — leisurely and lyrical, like a well-crafted drama f rom the 1980s — or because it takes place mostly outdoors, in a world washed by sunglimmers from the Mississippi River. Writer-director Je˜ Nichols ( Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter), a specialist in southern atmosphere, seems to be aiming for modernday Mark Twain with this coming-of -age tale, shot in his native Arkansas. His Tom Sawyer is Ellis (Tye Sheridan), a 14-yearold who lives on a houseboat and spends most of his f ree time working and playing in the timeless world of the river. Exploring an unfrequented island, Ellis and his friend Neckbone (Jacob Loﬂ and) discover a boat bizarrely lodged in a tree, and then the guy it belongs to. Mud (Matthew McConaughey), who’s lying low on the island, suggests both a neverquite-grown-up Huck Finn and a ﬁ gure from folklore. Everything about him is a little larger than life, from the “lucky shirt” he refuses to take o˜ (sorry, ladies) to his obscure origins to his tales of his One True Love, Juniper. Young Ellis laps up the romance. His
mountain of documents, the ﬂ ames making us ponder the human beings he might have consigned to the same f ate, my heart wept, but my mind wandered. Before I knew it, my thoughts had drifted to the relative ease with which evidence could be destroyed in those days. Pour some gasoline. Light a match. These days, the faces looking out from those ﬁ les would await vengeance on a hard drive somewhere. Most of Lore chronicles the teenager’s struggle to get her siblings saf ely to her grandmother’s house 500 miles away in Hamburg. Mom has turned herself in to the occupying force. (“It’s a camp,” she tells her daughter. “Prison is for criminals.”) Dad has rejoined what’s lef t of his unit. So the kids must make the long trek through a postapocalyptic countryside on their own. Think “Little Red Riding Hood” meets The Road. The premise is intriguing. Adolescence is tricky enough; what would it be like to be a card-carrying member of the Hitler Youth and a rabid antisemite, dealing with hormones on top of the harsh reality that the world you know has ceased to exist? Nonetheless, my mind wandered almost as much as those Aryan runaways. There just isn’t much going on here thematically. We hope the children survive their perilous
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Saskia Rosendahl (center) plays a privileged teen whose delusions of Aryan superiority remain unquestioned even with the ˜ ird Reich in ruins.
journey, of course, but the ﬁ lm’s only other question mark comes close to trivializing the backdrop of the Holocaust. The kids cross paths with an intense young man named Thomas (Kai Malina), who develops a thing f or Lore. He has papers identifying him as a Jew but bears only a marginal resemblance to the photo. The dance of curiosity, revulsion and lust the two do is not choreographed by the ﬁ lmmaker in a terribly credible manner. One minute the young woman calls him “a ﬁ lthy Jew.” The next, she guides his hand beneath her dress and is stunned when he doesn’t go all Nicholas Sparks on her. The viewer is not stunned when he contemplates looking f or love in other postapocalyptic places. Based on Rachel Sei˜ ert’s novel The Dark Room, Lore is a movie whose story is intermittently compelling but whose message is
not particularly clear. Maybe heredity has something to do with it, af ter all: Can o˜ spring be held responsible f or the sins of their fathers and mothers? That’s not much, but it beats the interpretation posited on Roger Ebert’s site by Steven Boone: The protagonists are stand-ins f or us ... citizens of the 27 NATO countries that signed onto America’s War on Terror ... How many Americans among them believe in ... assassination-by-robot-plane of individuals thought to be linked to Al Qaeda? So now we’re Nazis? I guess Boone forgot the novel came out in May 2001, months before 9/11. And I guess Lore had somebody’s mind wandering even more than mine. RICK KISONAK
REVIEWS mom just announced she’s leaving his dad, he has a hopeless crush on an older girl, and he’s trying to ﬁ nd a path to manhood that won’t involve getting his heart broken. Mud has other problems. A wanted fugitive, he needs practical aid as desperately as Ellis needs fantasy. When Ellis sees the real-life Juniper (Reese Witherspoon) looking haggard in the local supermarket, Mud’s tall tales begin to pale under the ﬂ uorescents. But the boy still hopes to engineer a reunion of the lovers that will vindicate his own ideals. This is classic, if well-worn, material. With the wrong actors and a f olksier style, it would have sunk into hokum, but Nichols keeps things stark and honest. His actors deliver nuance without fake notes, from the two kids to veterans such as Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon and Joe Don Baker in memorable supporting roles. If the pairing of McConaughey and Witherspoon makes you expect at least one scene reminiscent of a romantic comedy, don’t. They both do strong, unglamorous work in Mud, and they do it separately, though her role is more like a sliver of one. McConaughey doesn’t quite explode his sun-drenched man-child persona here, the
OUT OF WATER McConaughey surfaces from the swamp of rom coms to play an unlikely mentor in Nichols’ atmospheric drama.
way he did when he played a psycho in last year’s Killer Joe. But he does give it dark undercurrents of deceit and impulsiveness, making us wonder along with Ellis if Mud is a trickster, a simpleton or a bona ﬁ de white knight. Nichols’ script never f ully resolves that quandary, even when it takes us outside the boy’s limited perspective. Mud remains a ﬁ gure who’s a tiny bit mythical; as his name suggests, he belongs to the landscape, sleeping rough and representing an older, more grounded way of life.
Like Beasts of the Southern Wild , Mud pledges unqualiﬁ ed, unironic allegiance to a place most Americans would see as a doomed backwater. It gets under our skin because Nichols gives us time to come to know Mud’s island like the places we knew as children and hence to share Ellis’ sense of loss when it turns out not to be an inviolable Neverland. Some viewers may ﬁ nd that approach tedious, others hypnotic. But it could leave you nostalgic for a place you’ve never been. MARGOT HARRISON
iRoN mAN 3: Millionaire Tony Stark faces a formidable new terrorist enemy in the latest entry in the Marvel superhero saga. Shane (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) Black directed. With Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and Ben Kingsley. (135 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Bijou [3-D], Capitol [3-D], Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Marquis [3-D], Roxy [3-D], Palace [3-D], Paramount [3-D], Stowe, Sunset, Welden) tHE SAppHiRES: Four young Australian Aboriginals with show-biz aspirations get their big break as a girl group entertaining the troops in Vietnam. Wayne Blair makes his directorial debut with this feel-good period piece based on a true story, starring Chris O’Dowd, Deborah Mailman and Jessica Mauboy. (99 min, PG-13. Palace, Savoy)
HomE RUN: A baseball star with a drinking problem rediscovers what matters in life when he’s sent to coach kids in his home town in this Christian drama from director David Boyd. Scott Elrod and Dorian Brown star. (113 min, PG-13) tHE HoStHHH: Stephenie Meyer’s only nonTwilight bestseller asked: If an alien parasite took over your body, would it still be in love with your boyfriend? Andrew (In Time) Niccol directs the film version of the sci-fi romance, and Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Diane Kruger star. (120 min, PG-13)
tHE cAllHH Halle Berry plays a 911 operator who finds herself up against a serial killer after she takes a call from an abductee in this thriller from Brad (The Machinist) Anderson. With Abigail Breslin and Morris Chestnut. (95 min, R) tHE compANY YoU KEEpHHH What becomes of violent political extremists after years in hiding? A young journalist (Shia Labeouf) investigates a group of former Weather Underground types in this drama directed by Robert Redford, who costars with Susan Sarandon and Julie Christie. (125 min, R)
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iDENtitY tHiEFHH Jason Bateman vs. Melissa McCarthy? Our money’s on the lady with the smart mouth. In this comedy from director Seth (Horrible Bosses) Gordon, he’s the mild-mannered victim of identity theft; she’s the con artist. With John Cho and Amanda Peet. (111 min, R) JURASSic pARK 3D: Sure, you’ve seen the kids cowering from the rampaging T. rex, but have you seen it all in postconverted 3-D? Do you need to? Probably not, but Steven Spielberg’s 1993 dino thriller is still way more exciting — and terrifying — on the big screen. With Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum C and Sam Neill. (127 min, PG-13) loREHH1/2 The daughter of a Nazi SS officer findsM herself struggling to survive even as she begins to comprehend her father’s crimes in this drama set Y in postwar Germany. With Saskia Rosendahl and CM Kai Malina. Cate Shortland directed. (108 min, NR)
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mUDHHHH Jeff (Take Shelter) Nichols directed MY this drama set in Mississippi about two young CY boys who meet a fugitive and become involved in his romance. Matthew McConaughey, Reese CMY Witherspoon, Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland star. K (130 min, PG-13) oBliVioNHH In this sci-fi action flick, Tom Cruise is sent to tidy up a desolate planet humans abandoned long ago … yup, Earth. But his turn as WALL-E will have some surprises. Andrea Riseborough and Morgan Freeman also star. Joseph (TRON: Legacy) Kosinski directed. (125 min, PG-13) olYmpUS HAS FAllENHHH1/2 The president (Aaron Eckhart) has been kidnapped by terrorists, and only a disgraced ex-secret serviceman (Gerard Butler) can save him in this thriller from director Antoine (Training Day) Fuqua. With Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett. (119 min, R) oZ tHE GREAt AND poWERFUlHH1/2 The trend begun by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland continues with this eye-candy prequel to The Wizard of Oz in which the titular magician, played by James Franco, tries to find his niche in a fantasy world. With any luck, director Sam Raimi drew on the rich and wacky stores of L. Frank Baum’s other Oz books. With Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. (131 min, PG) pAiN & GAiNHH1/2 In the latest glistening, overwrought action-comedy opus from director Michael Bay, Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg play Florida bodybuilders who get involved in crime and find out it doesn’t pay. Then, one can only assume, they crack wise and kick numerous asses. With Rebel Wilson and Anthony Mackie. (129 min, R) NOW PLAyING
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G.i. JoE: REtAliAtioNHH: Retaliation for what? Honestly, we don’t remember what happened in the first G.I. Joe, but Dwayne Johnson is on board this time, the president is trying to terminate the super-soldier program, and there will be explosions. With Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis and Adrianne Palicki. Jon M. (Step Up 3D) Chu directed. (110 min, PG-13)
EVil DEADHHH: For the last time, kids, if you find a creepy old book full of demonic symbols … don’t read the freakin’ thing! The classic “cabin in the woods” horror flick gets a remake from Fede Alvarez, making his feature directorial debut. Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas and Jane Levy star. (91 min, R)
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tHE cRooDSHHH In this animated family adventure, a prehistoric family explores the wide world after they’re forced out of their comfy cave. With the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone. Kirk De Micco and Chris (How to Train Your Dragon) Sanders directed. (98 min, PG)
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42HH1/2 Chadwick Boseman plays Jackie Robinson in this biopic about the ground-breaking African American baseball player. With Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni and Nicole Beharie. Brian (A Knight’s Tale) Helgeland directed. (128 min, PG-13)
tHE BiG WEDDiNGH1/2 Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro play a long-divorced couple who must fake marital bliss to avoid derailing their daughter’s fancy wedding in this comedy that also stars rom-com usual suspects Amanda Seyfried, Susan Sarandon and Katherine Heigl. Justin Zackham directed. (90 min, R)
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ADmiSSioNHHH1/2 In this comedy, Tina Fey plays an uptight Princeton admissions officer who suspects she’s discovered the son she gave up for adoption at an alternative school. With Paul Rudd and Nat Wolff. Paul (About a Boy) Weitz directed. (107 min, PG-13)
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wednesday 1 — thursday 2 The host Wed: 5. *iron man 3 Thu: 9. olympus has Fallen Wed: 7:30. Thu: 5. oblivion 5, 7:30. friday 3 — monday 6 *iron man 3 Fri to Sun: 5, 7:30. Mon: 7. oblivion Fri to Sun: 5, 7:30.
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wednesday 1 — thursday 2 42 6:20, 9:20. G.i. Joe: retaliation 6:15. G.i. Joe: retaliation 3D Wed: 9:15. olympus has Fallen 6:30, 9:20. oblivion 6:15, 9:10. oz the Great and powerful 9:15. oz the Great and powerful 3D 6:10.
friday 3 — thursday 9 42 Fri: 6:20, 9:20. Sat and Sun: 12:20, 3:20, 6:20, 9:20. Mon to Thu: 6:20, 9:20. The croods Fri: 6:30, 9. Sat and Sun: 12:30, 3, 6:30, 9. Mon to Thu: 6:30, 9. iron man 3 Fri: 6:10, 9:15. Sat and Sun: 12:15, 3:20, 6:10, 9:15. Mon to Thu: 6:10, 9:15. iron man 3 3D Fri: 6:15, 9:15. Sat and Sun: 12:15, 3:15, 6:15, 9:15. Mon to Thu: 6:15, 9:15. oblivion Fri: 6:15, 9:10. Sat and Sun: 12:10, 3:10, 4/29/13 12:13 PM6:15, 9:10. Mon to Thu: 6:15, 9:10.
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friday 3 —sunday 6 42 1:20, 4, 6:30, 9:15. The croods 1:20, 4. *iron man 3 1:10, 6:40. *iron man 3 3D 4, 9:15. oblivion 7, 9:15. pain & Gain 1, 4, 6:50, 9:15.
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wednesday 1 — thursday 2 42 1:15, 4:05, 6:45, 9:25. The Big wedding 12:40, 2:50, 5, 7:10, 9:20. The croods 3D 12:15, 4:45, 7. The croods 2:30, 9:15. Evil Dead 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40. G.i. Joe: retaliation 3D Wed: 4, 9:15. Thu: 4. home run Wed: 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30. Thu: 12, 2:30, 5. *iron man 3 9. Jurassic park 3D 1:15, 4, 6:45, 9:30. oblivion 12:30, 1:30, 3:15, 4:15, 6, 7, 8:40, 9:40. oz the Great and powerful in 3D Wed: 1, 6:30. Thu: 1. pain & Gain 1:20, 4:05, 6:50, 9:35. friday 3 — thursday 9 42 1:15, 4:05, 6:45, 9:25. The Big wedding 12:40, 2:50, 5, 7:10, 9:20. The croods 3D 12:15, 4:45, 7. The croods 2:30, 9:15. *iron
man 3 12:30, 1, 3:15, 3:45, 6, 6:30, 8:45, 9:15. *iron man 3 3D 12, 1:30, 2:45, 4:15, 5:30, 7, 8:15, 9:45. Jurassic park 3D 1:15, 4, 6:45, 9:30. oblivion 12:30, 3:15, 6, 8:40. pain & Gain 1:20, 4:05, 6:50, 9:35.
190 Boxwood St. (Maple Tree Place, Taft Corners), Williston, 878-2010, majestic10.com
wednesday 1 — thursday 2 42 12:55, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20. Admission 12:50, 6:05. The Big wedding 12:45, 2:50, 4:55, 7:10, 9:25. The croods 3D Wed: 1, 3:20, 6:25, 8:45. Thu: 1, 3:20, 6:25. The croods 1:30, 3:50. G.i. Joe: retaliation 3D 1:15, 4:20, 7, 9:30. *iron man 3 3D Thu: 9. oblivion 1:20, 3:15, 4:10, 6:55, 8:30, 9:35. olympus has Fallen 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:35. oz the Great and powerful in 3D 12:45, 3:30, 6:20, 9:10. pain & Gain 1:05, 3:55, 6:40, 9:30. friday 3 — thursday 9 42 12:20, 3:20, 6:30, 9:20. The Big wedding 12:10, 2:15, 4:20, 7:10, 9:30. The croods 3D 12:30, 6:10. The croods 3:30, 6:40. G.i. Joe: retaliation 3D 1:05, 3:50, 6:20, 8:45. *iron man 3 3D 11 a.m., 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9:45. *iron man 12, 3, 6, 8:50. oblivion 1:10, 4:10, 6:50, 9:40. olympus has Fallen 12:40, 9. oz the Great and powerful in 3D 3:10, 8:30. pain & Gain 12:50, 3:40, 6:45, 9:35.
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wednesday 1 — thursday 2 42 7. *iron man 3 3D Thu: 9. oblivion 7. pain & Gain 7. friday 3 — thursday 9 42 6. *iron man 3 3D Fri: 6, 9. Sat and Sun: 2, 6, 9. Mon to Thu: 6, 9. oblivion Fri: 9. Sat and Sun: 2, 9. Mon to Thu: 9. pain & Gain Fri: 6, 9. Sat and Sun: 2, 6, 9. Mon to Thu: 6, 9.
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wednesday 1 — thursday 2 42 1, 3:45, 6:35, 9:15. Admission 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:20. The croods 3D Wed: 1:35, 4:05, 6:25, 8:50. Thu: 1:35, 4:05, 6:25. The croods 1:05. Evil Dead 9. lore 1:05, 3:30, 6:10, 8:40. oblivion 1:10, 4:10, 6, 6:50, 8:30, 9:20. oz the Great and powerful 3:20. oz the Great and powerful in 3D 1, 3:40, 6:20. pain & Gain 1:20, 4, 6:40, 9:15. Silver linings playbook Wed: 1:15, 3:50, 6:30, 9:10. Thu: 1:15, 3:50. ***wait wait... Don’t tell me! live Thu: 8. friday 3 — thursday 9 42 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:15. Admission 3:20, 8:30 (except Tue). The croods 3D 1:30, 3:50, 6:35, 8:50. Thu: 1:35, 4:05, 6:25. The croods 1, 6:10 (except Tue). *iron man 3 12 (Fri to Sun only), 1:20, 4:10, 7, 8:40, 9:40 (Fri to Sun only). iron man 3 3D 12:40, 3:30, 6:20, 9:10. ***The met opera: Giulio cesare Wed: 6:30. oblivion 1:05, 3:45, 6:50, 9:25. pain & Gain 1:10, 4, 6:40, 9:20. *The Sapphires 1:25, 4:20, 7:10, 9:25. Silver linings playbook 3:10, 6. ***wait wait... Don’t tell me! live Tue: 8. ***See website for details.
pArAmouNt twiN ciNEmA 241 North Main St., Barre, 4799621, fgbtheaters.com
wednesday 1 — thursday 2 The croods 3D 6:30. Evil Dead Wed: 9. *iron man 3 3D Thu: 9. pain & Gain 6:15, 9:10.
wednesday 1 — thursday 2 42 12:55, 3:30, 6:10, 8:50. The company You keep 1:10, 4, 6:30, 9:10. mud 1:15, 4:10, 6:50, 9:20. oblivion 1:20, 4:15, 6:55, 9:25. pain & Gain 1:05, 3:40, 6:20, 9. The place Beyond the pines 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:20.
friday 3 — thursday 9 *iron man 3 3D Fri: 6:15, 9:15. Sat and Sun: 12:15, 3:15, 6:15, 9:15. Mon to Thu: 6:15, 9:15. pain & Gain Fri: 6:15, 9:10. Sat and Sun: 12:20, 3:15, 6:15, 9:10. Mon to Thu: 6:15, 9:10.
friday 3 — thursday 9 The company You keep 1:05, 3:40, 6:30, 9:10. *iron man 3 3:20, 8:40. *iron man 3 3D 1, 4, 6:45, 9:30. mud 1:10, 4:10, 6:50, 9:25. oblivion 12:45, 6. pain & Gain 12:55, 3:30, 6:10, 8:50. The place Beyond the pines 12:50, 3:50, 6:40, 9:20.
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saturday 4 — sunday 5 *iron man 3 7:45, followed by oz the Great and powerful.
thE SAVoY thEAtEr 26 Main St., Montpelier, 2290509, savoytheater.com
wednesday 1 — thursday 2 The company You keep 6:30, 8:45. to the wonder 6, 8:15. friday 3 — thursday 9 The company You keep Fri: 6, 8:15. Sat and Sun: 1, 3:30, 6, 8:15. Mon to Thu: 6, 8:15. The Sapphires Fri: 6:30, 8:30. Sat and Sun: 1:30, 4, 6:30, 8:30. Mon to Thu: 6:30, 8:30.
StowE ciNEmA 3 plEX Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2534678. stowecinema.com
wednesday 1 — thursday 2 The call 7. oblivion 7. pain & Gain 7. friday 3 — thursday 9 *iron man 3 Fri: 7, 9:15. Sat: 2:30, 7, 9:15. Sun: 4:30, 7. Mon to Thu: 7. oblivion Fri: 7, 9:15. Sat: 2:30, 7, 9:15. Sun: 4:30, 7. Mon to Thu: 7. pain & Gain Fri: 7, 9:15. Sat: 2:30, 7, 9:15. Sun: 4:30, 7. Mon to Thu: 7.
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thursday 2 *iron man 3 9, followed by oz the Great and powerful. friday 3 — sunday 5 *iron man 3 8:25, followed by oz the Great and powerful 10:40. oblivion 8:25, followed by identity Thief 10:35. pain & Gain 8:25, followed by olympus has Fallen 10:35.The croods 8:25, followed by G.i. Joe: retaliation 10:20.
104 No. Main St., St. Albans, 5277888, weldentheatre.com
wednesday 1 — thursday 2 42 7:05. *iron man 3 Thu: 9. oblivion 7:10. pain & Gain 7. Full schedule not available at press time.
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THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES★★★★ Ryan Gosling plays a motorcycle-stunt driver who turns to crime to support his kid in this ambitious drama from director Derek (Blue Valentine) Cianfrance. Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper and Ray Liotta also star. (140 min, R) SCARY MOVIE 5: This year, Hollywood in its infinite wisdom saw fit to give us two horror spoofs focused on the Paranormal Activity franchise. This one features Simon Rex, Ashley Tisdale, cameos from Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan and a rather belated riff on Black Swan. Malcolm D. (Soul Men) Lee directed. (85 min, PG-13) SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK★★★★ Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence play two people with degrees of mental illness who forge an oddball bond in this dark romantic comedy from director David O. (The Fighter) Russell. With Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker. (122 min, R)
BROKEN CITY★★1/2 Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in a neo-noir tale of urban corruption directed by Allen Hughes, with Barry Pepper and Catherine Zeta-Jones. (109 min, R) THE GUILT TRIP★★1/2 Seth Rogen plays an inventor who somehow finds himself bringing his meddling mom (Barbra Streisand) along on a 3000-mile road trip in this comedy. With Adam Scott. Anne (The Proposal) Fletcher directed. (95 min, PG-13) NOT FADE AWAY★★★1/2 “The Sopranos” creator David Chase makes his feature film debut with this drama tracing the upheavals of the 1960s through their impact on one New Jersey family, including an aspiring rock star (John Magaro) and his downto-earth dad (James Gandolfini). (112 min, R) SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK★★★★ Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence play two people with degrees of mental illness who forge an oddball bond in this dark romantic comedy from director David O. (The Fighter) Russell. With Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker. (122 min, R)
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Two car thieves being chased by police holed up in a house in New Haven, Conn., while a dozen officers surrounded the building. When hostage negotiators threatened to unleash canine units, the suspects heard barking and surrendered. There were no dogs, however, only officers pretending to bark like dogs. “These cops were trained to do stuff like that,” witness Gideon Gurley said after Kwame Wells-Jordan, 20, and Norman Boone, 23, were taken into custody. (New Haven’s WFSB-TV)
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Twenty percent of Norway’s population viewed a 12-hour television program by state broadcaster NRK, called “National Firewood Night.” It featured four hours of people chopping wood and talking about it, and then eight hours of a fireplace in a Bergen farmhouse. NRK photographer Ingrid Tangstad Hatlevoll added fresh wood throughout the night, aided by viewers who sent advice via Facebook on where to place it. “I couldn’t go to bed because I was so excited,” one viewer posted on the newspaper Dagbladet’s website. “When will they add new logs?” The program was not without controversy. “We received about 60 text messages from people complaining about the stacking in the program,”
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After news reports that a man attending a popular exhibit at Vienna’s Leopold Museum titled “Nude Men from 1800 to Today” stripped to view the paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures, museum official Klaus Pokorny said other men contacted the museum asking if they could visit the exhibition naked. As a result, the museum held a special after-hours showing that attracted more than 60 art-loving men wearing only socks and sneakers. One woman, computer engineer Irina Wolf, joined the men, explaining, “I want to see how I relate to such a group.” (Associated Press)
Peter Tomlinson spent 100,000 pounds ($154,570) to convert a Victorian-era men’s public toilet into a fashionable London café that serves gourmet sandwiches created by a Michelin-star chef. The Attendant Café retains the original cast-iron street entrance and porcelain
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female friend seeking salvation. Police said the teenager took a .9-mm pistol from his parents’ nightstand and then shot his mother in the wrist and abdomen and his father in the hip. (Columbus’ Ledger-Enquirer)
Pennsylvania State Police charged Robert D. Haberstumpf, 50, with threatening to shoot his neighbor and two workers in Lower Macungie Township after she knocked on his door to see if he wanted to move his car while she had their shared driveway sealed. She said he responded by waving a silver handgun and cursed at her from his second-floor window, then said, “I am going to plow all three of you. I am going to get my AK [AK-47] next.” (Allentown’s Morning Call)
U.S. border inspectors announced that between February and April they seized some 500 fish bladders being smuggled into the country. The dried bladders, measuring up to 3 feet each, come from the endangered totoaba fish, which live exclusively in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. They sell for as much as $1800 each. John Reed, a group supervisor for Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations unit, said investigators believe U.S. citizens are transporting the bladders to Los Angeles and then to China, where they’re in demand to make fish maw soup. Reed also pointed out that the increase in bladder smuggling suggests the totoaba fish population could be making a comeback. (Associated Press)
A 15-year-old boy fired a gun at his parents in Columbus, Ga., because they insisted he do his chores instead of taking time to look up a Bible verse for a
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After Jamie Jeanette Craft, 29, crashed her 2001 Pontiac Grand Am into a mobile home in Jonesboro, Ark., she hopped in a child’s battery-operated Power Wheels truck to flee the scene. A witness told sheriff’s deputies he observed the half-naked woman sitting in the toy truck “trying to drive it.” Craft was charged with DWI. (Jonesboro’s KAIT-TV)
said Lars Mytting, whose best-selling book, Solid Wood: All About Chopping, Drying and Stacking Wood — and the Soul of Wood-Burning, inspired the program. “Fifty percent complained that the bark was facing up, and the rest complained that the bark was facing down. One thing that really divides Norway is bark.” (The New York Times)
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admit you kind of bore me.’” I wouldn’t be opposed to you delivering a message like that to your own demons, Gemini — with one caveat: Leave out the “Do your best to destroy me” part. simply peer into the glazed gaze of those shabby demons and say, “you bore me and I’m done with you. bye-bye.” And then walk away from them for good.
caNceR (June 21-July 22): I know a devo-
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Imagine you’re in a large room full of costumes. It’s like a masquerade store at Halloween plus a storage area where a theater troupe keeps the apparel its actors use to stage a wide variety of historical plays. You have free reign here. You can try on different masks and wigs and disguises and getups. You can envision yourself living in different eras as various characters. If you like, you can even go out into the world wearing your alternate identities. Try this exercise, Taurus. It’ll stimulate good ideas about some new self-images you might want to play with in real life.
Keogh filed an application with the Australian Patent office. It was for a “circular transportation facilitation device.” His claim was approved. He thus became the owner of the world’s first and only patent for the wheel. so far, he has not tried to collect royalties from anyone who’s using wheels. I nominate him to be your role model, Leo. May he inspire you to stamp your personal mark on a universal archetype or put your unique spin on something everyone knows and loves.
ViRgo (Aug. 23-sept. 22): This may be the
best week in a long time to practice the art of crazy wisdom. And what is crazy wisdom? Here’s how novelist tom robbins described it to Shambhala Sun: It’s “a philosophical worldview that recommends swimming against the tide, cheerfully seizing the short end of the stick, embracing insecurity, honoring paradox, courting the unexpected, celebrating the unfamiliar, shunning orthodoxy, volunteering for tasks nobody else wants or dares
scoRPio (oct. 23-nov. 21): Historical re-
cords suggest that ancient Greek philosopher Democritus went blind late in his life. There are different stories about why. According to one account, he intentionally did it to himself by gazing too long into the sun. That was his perverse way of solving a vexing problem: It freed him from the torment of having to look upon gorgeous women who were no longer interested in or available to him because of his advanced age. I hope you won’t do anything like that, scorpio. In fact, I suggest you take the opposite approach: Keep your attention focused on things that stir your deep attraction, even if you think you can’t have them for your own. Valuable lessons and unexpected rewards will emerge from such efforts.
sagittaRiUs (nov. 22-Dec. 21): search your memory, sagittarius, and recall a time when you pushed yourself to your limits as you labored over a task you cared about very much. At that time, you worked with extreme focus and intensity. you were rarely bored and never resentful about the enormous effort you had to expend. you loved throwing yourself into this test of willpower, which stretched your resourcefulness and compelled you to grow new capacities. What was that epic breakthrough in your past? once you know, move on to your next exercise: Imagine
caPRicoRN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): nairobi is Kenya’s capital and home of over three million urbanites. A few minutes’ drive from the city center, there’s a 45-square-mile national park teeming with wildlife. Against a backdrop of skyscrapers, rhinos and giraffes graze. Lions and cheetahs pounce. Wildebeests roam and hyenas skulk. I suggest you borrow the spirit of that arrangement and invoke it in your own life. In other words, be highly civilized and smartly sophisticated part of the time; be wild and free the rest of the time. And be ready to go back and forth between the two modes with grace and ease. aQUaRiUs (Jan. 20-feb. 18): In the wild,
a tiger’s diet consists entirely of meat. The big cat loves to feast on deer and wild boar and eats a variety of other animals, too. The hunt is always solitary, never done in collaborative groups. That’s why the creature’s success rate is so low. A tiger snags the prey it’s seeking only about 5 percent of the time. It sometimes has to wait two weeks between meals. nevertheless, a tiger rarely starves. When it gets what it’s after, it can devour 75 pounds of food in one sitting. According to my astrological analysis, Aquarius, you’re like a tiger these days. you haven’t had a lot of lucky strikes lately, but I suspect you will soon hit the jackpot.
(feb. 19-March 20): The french word flaneur is a meme that refers to a person who strolls around the city at a leisurely pace, exploring whatever captivates her imagination. to the casual observer, the flaneur may seem to be a lazy time-waster with nothing important to do. but she is in fact motivated by one of the noblest emotions — pure curiosity — and is engaged in a quest to attract novel experiences, arouse fresh insights and seek new meaning. sound fun? Well, congratulations, Pisces, because you have been selected as the flaming flaneur of the zodiac for the next two weeks. Get out there and meander!
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gemiNi (May 21-June 20): ray LaMontagne sings these lyrics in his tune “empty”: “I looked my demons in the eyes. Laid bare my chest and said, ‘Do your best to destroy me. I’ve been to hell and back so many times, I must
leo (July 23-Aug. 22): A lawyer named John
liBRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): “Why should we honor those that die upon the field of battle?” asked Irish poet William butler yeats. “A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself.” A woman may show similar bravery, of course. In my astrological opinion, that’s the noble adventure beckoning to you, Libra: a dive into the depths of your inner workings. I hope that’s the direction you go; I hope you don’t take your stouthearted struggle out into the world around you. All the best action will be happening in that fertile hub known as your “soul.”
a new assignment that fits this description, and make plans to bring it into your life in the near future.
aRies (March 21-April 19): Are you afraid that you lack a crucial skill or aptitude? Do you have a goal that you’re worried might be impossible to achieve because of this inadequacy? If so, now is a good time to make plans to fill in the gap. If you formulate such an intention, you will attract a benevolent push from the cosmos. Why spend another minute fretting about the consequences of your ignorance when you have more power than usual to correct that ignorance?
tee of tibetan buddhism who got an unexpected message from her teacher. He told her she has made such exemplary progress in her quest for enlightenment that she has earned the ultimate reward. When she dies many years from now, the teacher said, she will enter nirvana! she will have no further karmic obligation to reincarnate into a new body in the future, and will be forever excused from the struggle of living in the material world. Although her teacher meant this to be good news, she was heartbroken. she wants to keep reincarnating. Her joyous passion is to help relieve the suffering of her fellow humans. Can you guess what sign she is? yes: a Cancerian. Like her, many of you are flirting with an odd and challenging choice between selfishness and selflessness.
to do, and breaking taboos in order to destroy their power. It’s the wisdom of those who turn the tables on despair by lampooning it, and who neither seek authority nor submit to it.” And why should you do any of that weird stuff? robbins: “to enlarge the soul, light up the brain, and liberate the spirit.”
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Shortly after I met my boyfriend of three months, he decided to become a vegetarian for health and ethical reasons. I’m a hard-core carnivore with a ravenous love of rare meat (I’ve even killed and cooked my own deer and turkey). I wasn’t sure how we’d get on, but we’ve proven to be a good match outside the kitchen. My issue is with his breath. All of a sudden, every meal he eats contains onions — “for flavor,” he says. He brushes his teeth, but the pungent smell of ramps, red onion and garlic persist. He says he feels better than he has ever felt, and I love his commitment to his health. However it’s getting difficult to want to be intimate with him. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m avoiding kissing him, even during sex — but there’s only so many times one can insist on reverse cowgirl. How do I let him know about this problem without making him feel bad, and how can he resolve it without giving up his newfound love of veggies?
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Your boyfriend’s health may be on the rise, but his love life is going south. There is nothing sexy about bad breath. It’s time to let him know how his oral odors are affecting you. Talking to a partner about personal hygiene issues can be a delicate matter; try to keep it light. Say how happy you are that he’s feeling good and enjoying his vegetarian lifestyle, but that his influx of onions has been noticeable on his breath. Tell him how much you love being intimate with him and that you don’t want something as silly as bad breath to get in the way. Make it easy for him to take care of the problem — stock up on mouthwash, floss, toothpaste and tongue scrapers (my dentist says that scraping the tongue is the best remedy to bust bad breath). You also might remind him that onions and garlic aren’t the only ingredients that add flavor to a vegetarian meal. Look online to find a yummy veggie dish that calls for spices rather than onions and prepare a romantic dinner for two — with a side of rare beef for you, of course.
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Signature Sweet selected at...
2013 Sweet Start Smackdown winn er Ryan Bunce of Barrio Bakery with judges Amber LeMay, Gretel-Ann Fischer and Ben Cohen
and pastry department chair Kat Kessler. The “Green Mountain Mousse Parfait” featured chocolate mousse flavored with just enough beer from Trout River Brewing to give the dessert a subtle breath of hops. Paired with mascarpone mousse and chocolate cookie crumbles, the sweetness got a salty, nutty counterpoint from a topping of beer nuts. David Glass of Colchester is a familiar name to many dessert aficionados. His former wholesale cake business brought chocolate-truffle cakes to
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The combined vote was extremely close, but New Moon, Barrio and Birchgrove were the top three ﬁnalists.
many American homes for the first time. His new venture, Desserts by Vivie and David Glass, is a range of alcohol-filled chocolate truffles called Drunken Love Bites. Sweet Start guests felt the sting with a heavy dose of Maker’s Mark in the soft center. Trap Door Bakehouse & Café’s owner Theodora Damaskos created a bite that was a favorite amongst the judges. “Bon Bon et Tarte” was an uncommon petit four of gluten-free almond cake, pomegranate-molasses buttercream and banana compôte. The adorable pink bite, rolled in crushed almonds, even had its own edible plate thanks to a flat platter of meringue. Judge Cohen said he planned a trip to Quechee soon to try more of what Damaskos had to offer. Chef Jonathan Gilman of Jericho’s Fields Restaurant aimed beyond the classic chocolate-
mousse cakes and coconut-cream pies in his bakery case to make a warm white-chocolate bread pudding piled with a tart charred-strawberry mousse and shards of spicy, pink peppercorn brittle. Mule Bar won’t open in Winooski for a couple more weeks, but chef Jean-Luc Matecat came into the competition at the last minute with a peanut butter cookie sandwich that offered a grown-up revisiting of grade-school flavors. No teacher would serve her charges a cookie covered in a thick coat of stout jam, but it was the perfect first salute from the gourmet beer bar. Last but far from least, John Belding and Jen Toce of Birchgrove Baking served a chocolatedulce de leche tart on a sleek wood plate. Topped with a torched, caramelized banana, the tart came with a cute miniature scoop of vanilla and local Dunc’s Mill elderflower rum ice cream. The combined vote was extremely close, but New Moon, Barrio and Birchgrove were the top three finalists. Junior’s Italian was less than a tenth of a percentage point away from making the finals. After some deliberation, the judges chose a winner. Ryan Bunce’s “Barrio Bite” was named the Signature Sweet of Vermont Restaurant Week 2013.Kylie Webster, a representative from presenting sponsor Vermont Federal Credit Union, presented Bunce with his trophy: a giant fork emblazoned with the title. Barrio’s dinner patrons will get a taste of the glory, too — the dessert is on its Restaurant Week menu. Thanks to the sponsors, Higher Ground and the chefs, the crowd left Wednesday night with full stomachs. It was a sweet start, indeed.
igher Ground was packed on Wednesday night with desserts, foodies and drag queens. Another Vermont Restaurant Week, another Sweet Start Smackdown to kick it off. Almost 400 people sampled treats from 10 pastry chefs handpicked by Seven Days’ food team. Fifty percent of the votes came from the judges: Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s; Gretel-Ann Fischer, runner-up on this year’s season of TLC’s pastrycompetition show, “Next Great Baker”; and local drag legend Amber LeMay. The rest came from guests, each of whom were given three gold tokens with which to cast their votes. (Guests could buy more booty to stack the deck — the proceeds went to the Vermont Foodbank.) As guests entered, their first stop was often with Junior’s Italian of Colchester, whose table was stacked with cups of chef Kristi Hinebaugh’s “Lemon-misu.” A fantasia of limoncello-soaked sponge cake, lemon curd and blueberries, the dessert tasted like a fresh spring day. It was perfect for the suddenly warm weather that gave way later that evening to April showers. Lyndsey Hays of Burlington’s New Moon Café brought along her top-selling mini cupcake, moist chocolate cake topped with buttercream and potent salted caramel. Anatolian Grand Bazaar will open next month in Burlington, but Nazan Bozkurt and her son Efe Çimrin were at Sweet Start with her pistachio baklava. Judge Fischer said the exceptionally flaky, nutty and not-too-sweet version of the hard-toperfect dessert was one of her faves. Ryan Bunce of Burlington’s Barrio Bakery (formerly Panadero Bakery) was brave enough to make an ice cream sandwich without access to a freezer. His chewy hazelnut-amaretti cookies made a messy but mouthwatering marriage with coconutflavored pastry cream and caramel. The New England Culinary Institute sent along chef Michelle Buswell along with baking
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