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Burlington’s new mayor apologized for his first misstep: choosing the wrong city attorney. That sad face has got to go, though.


That’s how many years the Barnard General Store was open, having incorporated in 1832. The store, on the shores of Silver Lake, closed this week.




Yeah, democracy is messy. But this legislative session may have been the worst. Utility merger? Pig gestation crates? Where did all those go?


Vermont is now the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing. No one was trying to do it here, but we don’t fracking care.


1. “What Women Want Now” by Kathryn Flagg. Former governor Madeleine Kunin is promoting work-life balance issues as a “new” feminist agenda. Are young feminists listening? 2. “Nuke of the North: Québec’s Gentilly-2 Reactor Faces VT Yankee-Style Closure Fight” by Ken Picard. For thousands of Vermonters, a nuclear power plant in Québec is closer than Vermont Yankee — and its story sounds familiar. 3. “The Third Annual Restaurant Week Diaries” by Seven Days staff. Members of the Seven Days team dish on their Restaurant Week meals. 4. “In Good Company” by Dan Bolles. Singer/ songwriter M. Ward talks about his new record, A Wasteland Companion. 5. Fair Game: “Laws and Disorder” by Andy Bromage. A look back at what Vermont lawmakers accomplished, or didn’t, during the legislative biennium.


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Thank you for bringing attention to the damage that was caused to our bikeway infrastructures [“Burlington-Area Bike Paths Are All They’re Cracked Up to Be,” April 25]. Yes, the spring flooding and Tropical Storm Irene caused major upheavals in Vermont’s transportation corridors. However, I agree, too, that not enough attention has been given to our “active transportation” corridors. We lost a half-mile section of the Delaware and Hudson Rail Trail here in Rutland and Bennington counties. State departments responded quickly; however, we all should be bringing awareness to these vital parts of our communities. They provide alternative ways to get around, economic benefits to small and large towns alike, as well as recreational opportunities that Vermont is known for. Contact your Vermont representatives and let them know these trails are important to you and the community as a whole. Without support from citizens and community leaders such as Burlington’s mayor, our bikeways will be all cracked up. Dennis Keimel PAWLET

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Kathryn Flagg is right to question whether we, the next generation of women, will rally to Madeleine Kunin’s


“new” feminist agenda [“What Women Want Now,” May 2]. We have only recently realized that rights we take for granted — access to contraception and abortion, escape from subservience to husband or father, being welcome at historically male-dominated institutions — are in danger. It is time to reclaim our voices. I am part of the generation of strong, well-educated women who experienced “feminism” as a dirty word. In college, my friends distanced themselves from the very struggles that allowed us to attend an Ivy League school. It was cool to discuss gender theory, to assess the political system, to talk about societal power structures. It was not cool to be feminist. We somehow thought we were above the movement. We were wrong. We need the movement to defend against the recent, severe attacks on our reproductive freedom. We need the movement to take our seats at the decision-making table. We need the movement to ensure that women are taken seriously in our society. Talking to our friends, family and neighbors can go a long way to dispel the feminist stigma. We, the next generation of Americans, are the new generation of feminists. We have the audacity to believe that women are people, and as such deserve equal rights and consideration. Is that so radical? Rachel Garwin BURLINGTON

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Great story on the Keewaydin trek to James Bay [“Dude North,” April 25]. It brought back only wonderful memories, because I, too, experienced a similar trip with Keewaydin in 1963. At the time, the camp was running out of wilderness canoeing and hiking options for the campers because both the Adirondack and northern New England regions were becoming overrun with too many people. The leadership felt an arrangement with the provincial Québec authorities might be constructive, so a trip consisting of nine 16-year-old campers, two staff members and a Cree Indian guide was formed to explore all points west of Chapais, Québec, for eight weeks. Chapais, which was only five years old at the time (copper was discovered nearby), sits quite north of Québec City. It was a two-day drive from Lake Dunmore. The trip was a profitable one, because every year since, Keewaydin organizes several extended canoe trips to the region. Keewaydin is a very special place. It certainly had a profound effect on feedback

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Your use of the word “queer” in last week’s [Poli Psy, April 25] is about the same as if you had used the n-word to define people of color. Queer was, still is and always will be a derogatory, demeaning word. During the civil-union debate in the Vermont legislature, the people against any recognition of gay and lesbian people used the term “queer” as a derogatory word. I heard this word many times. Stop using

As an avid theatergoer, I was delighted to read the article about Burlington and the effort to make it a haven for dramatic arts [“Setting the Stage,” April 25]. I am puzzled, though, about one quote: “Seeing theater is the ultimate way to interact with other humans.” How about simply talking to another person?


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The ultimate argument against hatecrime laws is simply “crime is crime” — we should all be protected equally, whether you have group or individual identity — and when a crime occurs, people should be punished equally no matter how debauched the crime. I wonder if the woman on the cover of Seven Days [“What Women Want Now,” May 2], whose sign says, “Enough Is Enough” would take a stand against hate-crime laws?

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Fresh Opposition: Will Burlington City Councilor Paul Decelles Become the New Mayor’s Nightmare?

HOME & GARDEN This week’s cover image is meant to be a humorous take on the well-appointed home — you know, a fish’s tank is its castle? Four of the thematic stories in this issue relate to appealing interiors that are not at all fishy: Kathryn Flagg interviews Vermonters who have joined wildly popular Airbnb and offered up guest rooms to total strangers; a trio of writers snoop around diverse living spaces in Vermont; and Ken Picard visits both the home of award-winning green builder Tom Moore and the under-renovation Englesby House at UVM. Our gardening stories are old school — a chat with a perennials expert — and hightech: about an app that tells gardening newbies what, when and where to plant. Now, go on, get your hands dirty.


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Under the Spell Psst ... it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday. Tom Verner makes it a downright magical occasion for kids and parents alike at a Magic Show with special guest Janet Fredericks (aka “La Fleur”). Together, they awe and amaze with sleights of hand and miming, which support the global work of Magicians Without Borders.





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Calling all “iron” men and women: The annual Sugarbush Adventure Games have been reconfigured as The Mad Triathlon this year. Go the distance — 26.2 miles — in four adrenalinepumping legs of running, paddling, cycling and still more running. Then rest your limbs at a lively barbecue with tunes by the Phineas Gage Project.





Full Swing What happens when you mix some good, old-fashioned Memphis blues with Boston’s modern musical landscape? It’s called the “Charles River delta blues,” and only Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers play it. These winners of the 2010 Boston Blues Challenge are gearing up for their debut album; in the meantime, they swing into Red Square on Saturday.


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You can’t pick yourself a bouquet, but there’s no better place to stop and smell the flowers than at Shelburne Museum’s annual opening-day celebration. In addition to a brand-new roster of exhibits, Spring Fest features a Mother’s Day tea party, gardening demonstrations and walking tours of the grounds, which are blossoming with hundreds of lilacs this time of year.

Count On It Feist knows how to leave her listeners wanting more. The indie-pop songstress behind “1234” waited four long years to release last fall’s Metals — maybe she was too busy teaching Muppets to count on “Sesame Street”? Regardless, the wait was worth it. Rolling Stone praises her newest album as “a mood piece that tosses in everything from folk to Malian-style desert blues.”



With last summer’s inaugural stint at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe behind them, the troupers of the Spielpalast Cabaret are back — and, dare we say, more scandalous than ever. Through May 26, dancers, performers and a house orchestra take the stage in a suggestive, original and rather revealing tribute to 1930s Weimar. Let the blushing begin.





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he front page of the Saturday Rutland Herald carried the headline, “Legislature Grinds to an End Today.” As lawmakers headed into their last day of the session, the article suggested, the state Senate was “acting like a runaway freight train without brakes.” For the third straight night, the story said, the Senate had worked until 10 p.m. trying to finish the people’s business. But heading toward the day of adjournment, the Senate remained “caught up by the last-minute flurry of bills that have come pouring in from the House chamber.” Among those bills: one that would give police controversial powers to fight a drug epidemic; another would approve millions of dollars for a new state office building. The front page from last Saturday’s Herald? Nope. That was the front page from Saturday, March 23, 1968, when PHIL HOFF was governor and LYNDON B. JOHNSON was president. The more things change, the more they stay the same — except, that is, for the early adjournment date. ALLEN GILBERT of the Vermont ACLU was 11:43 AM passing around that scrap of history at the Statehouse last week as the 2012 legislative session hurtled toward adjournment. Gilbert was battling a bill passed in the Senate and backed by Gov. PETER SHUMLIN that would have given police easier access to the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System, a vast database containing two million prescription records. The governor wants to give cops more power to fight what he and others call an “epidemic” of prescription opiate abuse that is destroying young lives and driving property crimes. But the House blocked that provision, saying police should have a warrant before snooping into medical records. Gilbert dug up the old newspaper clipping to remind policy makers that Vermont police already have unfettered access to pharmacy records — and have for decades. They just have to visit pharmacies in person to inspect them, rather than using the online database to spot signs of doctor shopping and drug diverting. Since that 1968 bill was signed into law, police can walk into any pharmacy and request to see prescription records if a crime is suspected. No warrant is required and the customers are never notified. Feel safer? Shumlin got almost everything he wanted this session — a health care exchange, Irene recovery money, and a huge investment in roads and bridges. But he lost

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big on the prescription-monitoring issue. All because House members wouldn’t cave on Vermonters’ constitutional right to privacy. Don’t think Shumlin’s giving up, though. The governor’s made it pretty clear he’s going to reintroduce the pill bill next year — in the meantime, he’ll be campaigning for reelection on the urgency of Vermont’s prescription opiate epidemic. Shumlin’s farewell speech to the Senate on Saturday concluded with one last scolding of recalcitrant House members, who opposed the monitoring bill. “I think those


who didn’t pass the bill will regret it, and will be back next January perhaps more ready to do the right thing,” Shumlin said. The governor also took a veiled swipe at the press — specifically at Associated Press reporter DAVE GRAM — for a provocative story Gram penned last week that questioned, in so many words, whether Vermont has a worsening prescription opiate epidemic at all, or if politicians have ginned up the problem to serve an agenda. “It is an epidemic,” Shumlin insisted. Gram’s story quoted a new Department of Health report that found misuse of prescription opiates in Vermont is “declining or remaining steady.” What’s more, health data show deaths tied to Rx opiates declined every year from 2006 to 2011. Vermont has significantly improved its standing among states with regard to nonmedical use of pain relievers — from 11th in 2006, to 34th in 2009. Gram’s story raised fundamental questions at an inconvenient time for backers of the database bill — just as they were trying to persuade House negotiators that the scope of the drug problem warranted a controversial expansion of police powers. Maybe that explains the public pushback by some lawmakers. During

his own farewell remarks on Saturday, Senate President Pro Tem JOHN CAMPBELL (D-Windsor) reiterated the governor’s “epidemic” assessment of the prescription-drug problem and urged anyone who doubts that to “talk to anyone in Vermont.” Gram was standing up in the Senate gallery at the time. Talk about awkward! Sen. DICK SEARS (D-Bennington), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was quoted in Gram’s story expressing surprise that health department figures show a decline in prescription drug abuse. “That’s not the information we were given” in committee hearings, Sears told Gram. “If the statistics don’t bear that out, they should have told the governor before he called it an epidemic.” By the next day, Sears had changed his tune. At the start of tense negotiations with House leaders over the faltering prescription database bill, Sears said, “The deaths may be down, but the use is epidemic. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The use has not declined.” Actually, the use has declined — just as Gram reported. Overall, misuse of prescription opiates is trending down, according to BARBARA CIMAGLIO, deputy health commissioner for alcohol and drug abuse programs. But the number of people seeking treatment for prescription-pill addiction is skyrocketing, as more people trade heroin for OxyContin and similar drugs, Cimaglio says. Part of the reason treatment is increasing is because more money is being made available for it. Those sorts of distinctions don’t make the tidiest “epidemic” narrative. But it’s the truth. As Rep. ANN PUGH (D-South Burlington), a staunch opponent of the database bill, said last week: “I’m a teacher. I’m a social worker. I believe in data. “No one’s disagreeing that we have a problem,” added Pugh. “The only thing we disagree on is the way law enforcement should be able to access data in the database. Vermonters expect privacy.”

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A load of dirty laundry from the Vermont National Guard landed squarely on the Senate floor last week. While debating an “omnibus” National Guard bill that addressed a bunch of soldier issues — benefits, discipline, leave policy — Sen. VINCE ILLUZZI (R-Essex/ Orleans) read from an email by Lt. Col. ELLEN ABBOTT detailing the serial misdeeds of an anonymous staff sergeant. A section of the bill would have created “intermediate” penalties for miscreant Guard soldiers

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been in a position to harass subordinates. Ultimately, the Guard bill passed — but without the section on discipline. Sen. Mark MacDonalD (D-Orange), a Vietnam War veteran, convinced a majority of colleagues to replace the intermediate punishment option with a study. By January 2013, the Guard must submit a report to the legislature detailing the number and nature of disciplinary cases that arise. Abbott says it averages about six a year. Meanwhile, let’s hope Sgt. Creepy Dude keeps his combat porn to himself.





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Burlington wants to use zoning codes to muzzle the party animals in the Queen City’s “college ghetto.” For the second time since February, city councilors are considering an occupancy ordinance that would limit households to no more than four unrelated adults in the high-density district around the University of Vermont and Champlain College. Landlords and homeowners packed the city council meeting Monday night to sound off on the ordinance sponsored by Council President Joan Shannon (D-Ward 5) and Councilor Max tracy (P-Ward 2). EMily lEE, who owns a house on Bradley Street, said partying students kept her awake until 2 a.m. last Saturday. “I called the police three times and, as a result, my house was egged,” Lee told councilors. “Our neighborhood is in crisis, and I ask for your help.” Landlord GEnE richarDS, who owns 20 rental properties on Buell Street, Hungerford Terrace and elsewhere, told the council, “You’re not enforcing the laws you have. We have a noise ordinance and part of that ordinance was to notify landlords [when tenants were cited by police]. In two years, you haven’t done it. There are problems, absolutely, but this isn’t the solution.” Councilor ED aDrian (D-Ward 1) admitted that Richards was right — the city does have tools to sober up the college ghetto. But he called those “Band-Aids to patch a chronic problem.” Adrian joined 12 other councilors in voting to move the measure forward to the Ordinance Committee. Noticeably absent from the Monday evening council meeting? Students. They must have been out partying — or stocking up on eggs. m

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— harsher than a letter of reprimand, but less serious than being discharged — and Abbott’s letter was meant to illustrate why such penalties are needed. According to Abbott’s email, the staff sergeant in question — we’ll call him Sgt. Creepy Dude — was accused of at least three instances of harassment and misconduct before he faced a possible discharge. During a two-week training stint in 2010, Abbott said Sgt. Creepy Dude called an overweight private “fat ass,” “fat face” and “fat mouth” in front of others, and also threw a radio microphone at his face. During that same stint, Sgt. Creepy Dude allegedly whispered in a female private’s ear, “Don’t touch yourself” when she was fidgeting with the top Velcro tab of her uniform. He told her later, “I just want you to know how beautiful I think you are, and I don’t know why you are working here. Is there anything that I can do to enhance your evening tonight?” Later, he touched a female subordinate’s leg near her pants pocket, and put his hand over hers to guide a computer mouse. All of this led to a letter of reprimand and counseling for Sgt. Creepy Dude. But he retained his stripes. By the following summer, he was up to his old tricks again. According to Abbott’s email, in September 2011, Sgt. Creepy Dude was training two female specialists and allegedly showed them websites called Knockers for the Troops and Hot Bods for Military Broads. “He told one specialist that she should send in a picture of herself to the website,” Abbott wrote in her email to Illuzzi. “He also instructed the other specialist to ‘back your cute butt up.’” What in the name of Ethan allEn took the Guard so long to crack down on this sick bastard? “When you look at the facts, yeah, sometimes they could look really egregious,” Abbott tells Fair Game. “But there’s two sides to every case. And he could have denied doing those things to the commander.” The women didn’t pursue criminal charges against Sgt. Creepy Dude, but his behavior was the subject of a court-style discharge hearing before Guard lawyers, Abbott says. The final decision about whether he should be discharged is up to Adjutant General MichaEl DubiE, who has yet to make a ruling. There’s another reason for not dismissing soldiers hastily: As Illuzzi explained on the floor, the military invests a lot of time and money in each soldier, and prefers to course correct wayward investments — er, Guard members — rather than fire them. Abbott believes that if the Guard had been able to strip Sgt. Creepy Dude of his rank after the first instance, he might have been rehabilitated — or at least wouldn’t have


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“Paul always speaks with passion and believes in what he says, and I have respect for his opinions. I think it’s a plus for the council as a whole, ” Hartnett says. “Not that I agree with him on every issue. I certainly don’t.” Democratic Councilor Ed Adrian (D-Ward 1) sees it differently. He says Decelles’ politics are out of the mainstream and his constant criticism of Weinberger is counterproductive.   “I think that it sets a negative tone, which clearly, at this stage in the new administration, nobody else is willing to set. I do think it speaks volumes about where Paul’s coming from,” Adrian says. “I’d like to see him turn it around. I think he has the ability to turn it around.”

For Decelles to effectively counter the new mayor, he will have to find common ground with an ideologically diverse group of pols. Despite Weinberger’s landslide win over Wright,

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the 14-member council remains divided between six party-line Democrats, three Progressives, two Republicans, two independents and Hartnett — a nominal Democrat who votes with the Republicans more often than not. Carleton’s failed nomination is an illustration of what can happen when the non-Democrats on the council unite. Two weeks after Weinberger announced the appointment, Carleton came before an informal panel of councilors, who grilled him on everything from his proposed salary to his residency outside of Burlington. But the common theme that emerged was a matter of trust: Could Progressives, Republicans and independents trust a

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ast week’s dustup over a controversial city attorney nominee provided a glimpse of what Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger can expect from a new city council still learning how to work with — and against — a new mayor. Just two and a half weeks after Weinberger nominated his close friend and political adviser Ian Carleton to be the city’s top lawyer, he found himself scrapping the appointment Thursday afternoon in the face of resistance from half the council members. Leading the opposition was Councilor Paul Decelles, the 34-year-old, goateed, shorts-wearing Republican from the New North End. Though long a voice of conservatism on an otherwise liberal council, Decelles has emerged in the nascent Weinberger administration as a particularly vocal foil to the Democratic mayor. The very night the mayor was sworn into office last month, Decelles challenged Weinberger’s nomination of Paul Sisson as interim chief administrative officer, complaining that the council had little notice to review such an important appointment. Two weeks later, Decelles was the first to criticize Carleton’s nomination, arguing that the former Vermont Democratic Party chairman was too partisan for the role and too close to the mayor. When Weinberger was weighing whether to raise property taxes to balance the budget, Decelles made it clear he would fight such a move. “The voters elected him clearly with an overwhelming number,” Decelles says of Weinberger’s recent mayoral victory. “But at the same time, 14 of us were elected to provide checks and balances. To simply rubber-stamp or approve his agenda without questioning or talking about it would be ridiculous.” With the departure of former council president and recent mayoral candidate Kurt Wright, Decelles is now the senior Republican on the council. Dave Hartnett, a Ward 4 Democrat who ran Wright’s campaign, sees Decelles as “trying to establish some leadership.” Hartnett, for one, thinks that’s a good thing.


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Progressives are happy with our current small caucus. I think we might meet with [the Republican caucus] on an ad hoc basis, but I don’t think it’s going to be a regular thing because we’re really far apart on a lot of issues.” As for how he’ll approach future nominations, Tracy — who, like Decelles, voted against Sisson’s appointment — says he’ll keep an open mind.  “Provided that Miro sticks with his campaign pledge to make an effort to have a tri-partisan administration, I don’t see myself as being a robotic ‘no’ on the rest of his nominees,” Tracy says. “I obviously want to ask questions and hold their feet to the fire a little bit, but I don’t want to be a robotic ‘no.’”   Councilor Vince Brennan (P-Ward 3), a fellow Progressive, says he sees an opportunity for his caucus to work collaboratively with Weinberger — and to pull the mayor to the left, when possible.   “In talking with Miro, I think he holds some Progressive values. That’s why I feel hope also,” Brennan says. “In all honesty, you can be a Democrat with Progressive values and that’s an OK place to be.”   Council President Joan Shannon (D-Ward 5), a Democrat who was elected without opposition to lead the body, says she is hopeful that councilors can transcend party labels and work constructively with the new mayor — and each other.   “There’s a lot of new people on the council and we have a new mayor, so everybody is really in the process of feeling each other out and finding that way of working with each other,” she says. “I know Miro really wants to work with the council, but exactly how the council wants to be engaged — he’s still finding that out and so are the councilors.”   Shannon says she’s confident the spat over Carleton’s nomination won’t cast an early shadow over her council’s tenure.   “I’m certainly not going to forecast doom and gloom. We’ll hope lessons are learned in this process, and we’ll work through this and we’ll learn from this.”  Tracy’s take? “I think the situation really points to the role of the opposition in city government,” he says. “You look for reasons to help the mayor first and foremost to make the city work, but at the same time you also ask questions when things go awry.” m

former Democratic party chairman and close friend of the mayor to give them impartial, confidential advice? Decelles upped the ante during the interview when he accused Carleton of deceiving him in a private conversation the night of Weinberger’s inauguration. Decelles maintains that Carleton assured him he would not be seeking the city attorney post, while Carleton says he simply said he was very happy in his current job. Either way, the fix was in. Whatever chance Carleton stood of being confirmed was further diminished by a ham-fisted explanation that he deserved a salary $8000 higher than the city’s step system entitled him to, in part because he attended Yale Law School. Three days later, Weinberger withdrew the nomination and apologized to the council for misunderstanding the unique role the city attorney plays: representing not just the mayor, but the council and the city as a whole. “I said that I would be a mayor that acknowledges mistakes when they were made and took the consequences, and I indicated many times over the course of the campaign that a key part about rebuilding the public’s confidence in the mayor’s office was repairing the fractured relationship between the mayor’s office and the city council,” Weinberger said. Those — like Decelles — who spoke loudest in opposition to Carleton’s appointment reacted graciously to Weinberger’s apology, saying it represented a stark contrast to his predecessor, former mayor Bob Kiss, who tended to dig in when challenged.  “I do hope that this is a sign of things to come,” Decelles says. “Obviously there’s going to be times when we don’t agree with him and he doesn’t agree with us, but I think the way it was handled was well.”   Of course, it’s easy to be gracious when you’ve just won a skirmish. The bigger question is whether the Carleton fight was just an anomaly or a preview of coming attractions. That will depend on how effectively and often the council’s Republicans and Progressives work together — as they have historically — or if Weinberger can peel off enough nonDemocrat votes to support his agenda. “I think it’s going to be an issueby-issue thing,” newly elected City Councilor Max Tracy (P-Ward 2) says of Prog-Republican relations. “I think we


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On the Canadian Border, a Wind Project Sparks International Intrigue B y Kat h ryn Fla g g 05.09.12-05.16.12 SEVEN DAYS 16 LOCAL MATTERS

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t a boisterous rally on Sunday in Derby Line, residents expressed concerns about noise, aesthetics, possible damage to local wildlife and property values in opposition to a two-turbine wind development. But this was not your typical antiwind protest. Because the proposed turbines are a stone’s throw from the U.S.Canadian border, the familiar arguments about wind development were elevated from local controversy to international dispute. The towns of Derby Line, Vt., and Stanstead, Québec, have a long-standing geographic and cultural connection. Despite tighter post-9/11 border control, the community is still “pretty much one great big town with an international border running through it,” says Derby selectboard chair Brian Smith. “There are people that wake up in Québec and eat breakfast in Vermont,” Derby Center resident Glenda Nye says of residents whose homes are aligned with the two sides of the border. Last Sunday afternoon, more than 100 U.S. and Canadian residents gathered in a building that straddles it — the Haskell Free Library and Opera House — carrying signs, petitions and posters to decry the proposed wind development. One sign, in French, read simply: “Non, non, non.” The wind development is being proposed by Burlington-based Encore Redevelopment, which wants to site the two turbines on private property owned by two dairy farmers. The project is currently under consideration by the Public Service Board, but now Canadian neighbors want a say in the proceedings. Opposition that has been brewing quietly for months came to a head last week. That’s when Stanstead mayor Philippe Dutil threatened to turn off the water supply — which comes from Canada — to the Vermont village of Beebe Plain unless the Derby selectboard agreed to voice its opposition to the wind project. Dutil now says that the threat was more a ploy for attention — and it worked. In an emergency meeting last week, the Derby selectboard voted to discontinue negotiations with Encore

Americans on the south, and conversations in French and English rippled through the crowd. Jean-François Nadeau, a Montréalbased journalist and writer who is currently building a home in Stanstead, kicked off the rally with the comment, “Borders are accidents in history, and we can see that here.” The wind development is causing such a rift in the community, he continued, “we are building a border like we never had before.” Lewis, who arrived at the rally with an antiwind placard around her neck, expressed sympathy for her neighbors to the north. “They have been totally shut out of the process,” she said, adding that struck her as unfair since the development will affect residents on both sides of the border. Bethany Creaser watched the rally from the edge of the library lawn — one of the few, if not the only, wind development supporters at the event. She lives about three-quarters of a mile from one of the proposed turbine sites, near I-91, and suspects that the interstate — and the brightly lit customs station, which glows on the horizon at night — adversely affects her property values more than the turbines would. “I’ve done my research,” says Creaser, who stuck to university- and government-funded studies in her reading, “and I don’t think they’re a problem.” The real problem here, as in most wind debates throughout Vermont, is that both sides claim to have “done their research” — and yet have arrived at wildly different conclusions. Nye called the proposed development “an annihilation of peoples’ lives,” tearing up as she spoke about the project. Addressing the crowd, Derby Line resident Daria Mondesire likened the wind industry’s work in rural communities to the war on terror, adding that while “bin Laden may be dead, big wind” is alive and well. After close to two hours, the rally dispersed. One Vermont woman called out across the divided library lawn, “Thank you, Stanstead!” Nadeau, meanwhile, invited reporters to visit his property to see where


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Redevelopment. It wasn’t a vote specifically opposing or supporting the project, clarifies Smith, who personally supports the turbines. The town of Stanstead took a firmer stand in April, when the town council, along with Dutil, voted unanimously to oppose the project. The Derby Line project is what Encore Redevelopment is calling a “community scale” project: The two turbines, each of which is more than 400 feet tall, would together power about 2300 homes. Encore’s website says the project is being developed in part because of Vermont’s Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise Development, or SPEED, program. The program is designed to promote the growth of qualifying projects in the state by requiring utilities to pay a premium for the energy generated by these developments. The deal makes projects such as the Derby Line turbines more attractive to investors. Encore has already built several

renewable-energy projects in Vermont, primarily solar arrays, but also a 121-foot windmill in Vergennes. But its record doesn’t seem to have reassured wind opponents in Derby and Stanstead. “It’s been a smoke-and-mirrors show,” said Derby Line resident Vicky Lewis, who claimed Encore developers had “private meetings” with some town officials. The suspicion cuts both ways: Smith says Vermonters have been making phone calls to their Québec neighbors and visiting Stanstead regularly to “put the fear of God” into people about the turbines. Encore Redevelopment principal Chad Farrell says that misinformation has “created this perception that we are moving entirely too fast, and that we don’t have the public good in mind. That’s completely false.” Sunday’s rally was a chance for residents on both sides of the border to air their concerns. The Canadians clustered mostly on the north side of the lawn,



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fence when Nadeau and a small contingent of onlookers arrived after last Sunday’s rally. Jonathan Chase worked in the wind industry in the 1970s. When he first showed her this farm 15 years ago, Jayne says Jonathan took her to the top of a windy knoll and said, “This would be a great place for a wind turbine some day.” They happily made a deal with Encore to host one of the two. The other turbine would be located on land owned by Bryan Davis, who first applied to the Vermont SPEED program and then later approached Encore to oversee development. Jayne says that opponents of the project have been misinformed about the possible detriments of wind turbines, especially allegations of noise and danger to public health. “If it was going to disturb my quality of life, I wouldn’t allow it to happen,” she said. Just then, tall, lanky Nadeau came bounding up the road. The rancor from the rally dissipated somewhat as he reached across the fence to shake Jonathan Chase’s hand. By all appearances it was a cordial conversation — both expressing the wish to be good neighbors — but neither party seemed swayed by the other’s position on the matter. When Jayne and Jonathan pointed out that their home will be as close as anyone’s to the turbines, Nadeau responded, “You should have concern about this.” Interestingly, they had different ideas of where the turbine would be located — Jonathan Chase pointed south and east; Nadeau gestured to the west, closer to his own home. In so doing, his arm veered dangerously close to the electric fence. Like a good neighbor, Chase warned him the wire was coursing with electricity — yet another reminder of the oddity of the situation. “Seven thousand volts on there,” Chase said. m

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one of the turbines is allegedly sited. Nadeau believes his home will be fewer than 200 meters from the windmill — far closer than would be required if the turbine were located in Canada. In a later interview, Farrell says the closest residence would be 1200 feet from either of the two proposed turbines, noting that’s an example of the misinformation and “outright lies” going back and forth across the border. Nadeau and other Québec residents also complained that Encore has been unresponsive to their questions. Farrell counters that the French Canadian opposition represents a total turnabout from last summer, when he held public meetings about the turbines for residents on both sides of the border. In response to the fresh flurry of opposition, Farrell has slowed down the project timeline. Construction — which is contingent upon a certificate of public good from the Vermont Public Service Board — won’t begin any sooner than 2013. Meanwhile, the PSB hasn’t yet ruled on whether Stanstead can participate in the proceedings. Because of the international nature of the project, Farrell concedes, “We are in somewhat uncharted waters here.” That’s little comfort to Nadeau, whose home is — or rather, will be — tucked alongside a sleepy dirt road called Chemin Lagueux, east of Stanstead’s village center. The road runs east and west along the U.S.-Canadian border, parallel to an electric fence on the Vermont side that contains the green fields of the Chase dairy farm. Along the way is a sign, in French, that reads “health and quality of life,” with a red line drawn through an illustration of a turbine. Jayne and Jonathan Chase were standing on the southern side of that

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everal money managers are likely to lose their six-figure Vermont jobs in the coming weeks when Goldman Sachs, aka Wall Street’s “vampire squid,” completes its takeover of a Burlington-based investment firm. Some lower-level employees will also be let go. The anticipated layoffs at 29-year-old Dwight Asset Management, one of Vermont’s few finance-sector powerhouses, will diminish the Queen City’s standing in the industry and deal a blow to Burlington’s economy. The region’s housing market would likewise feel the effects of the potential departure from Vermont of highly paid professionals. Many of those workers currently contribute volunteer labor in their communities. Dwight actively encourages civic engagement among its employees. Some of the individuals Goldman Sachs views as redundant had earned half-amillion dollars or more in years when bond markets were booming, says a source well acquainted with Dwight’s operations who wishes to remain anonymous. State officials have been seeking to gauge the extent and the impact of the coming purge ever since the pending takeover was announced in February. “I’ve had talks with Dwight, but I haven’t been given anything definitive,” says Lawrence Miller, secretary of the state’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development. “They’ve made clear there is a transition plan in place, but that there are no details available at the individual level.” Frank Cioffi, president of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, describes Dwight as a locally unique business that “has really carved a niche for itself” in the nation’s finance sector. “There’s lots of expertise in that company,” notes Cioffi, who works on behalf of the state to help preserve and create jobs in Chittenden County. “That isn’t the kind of human resource that firms like to part with.” The best-case scenario for Burlington, adds Community and Economic Development Office chief Larry Kupferman, is for Goldman Sachs “not only to maintain a presence here but hopefully to expand their operations.” That isn’t going to happen, according to a finance-industry newsletter, as well as the source familiar with Dwight’s inner workings. Back in February, Asset-Backed Alert, a weekly publication focused on securities transactions, reported: “Many of Dwight Asset Management’s structuredproduct professionals will be out of work once the investment shop is sold to

Business Goldman Sachs.” The New Jersey-based newsletter specifically forecasts “broad layoffs that are expected to encompass about 40 members of Dwight’s 100-person workforce.” The cuts could ultimately go even deeper, slicing the business to the bone, warns the person knowledgeable about Dwight’s prospects. Within a year or two, as few as 10 people might be working

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in Burlington for the firm about to be swallowed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management, this source suggests. Andrea Raphael, a spokeswoman at Goldman Sachs’ corporate headquarters in Manhattan, offers assurance that the investment behemoth “will be maintaining a presence in Burlington.” She declines, however, to discuss projected employment totals, saying “I don’t have those numbers at this time.” Dwight CEO David Thompson and two other senior Dwight executives did not respond to requests for comment on the sale. John K. Dwight, a Charlotte resident who founded the company in 1983, also did not reply to a query regarding his views on the firm’s pending takeover by Goldman Sachs. The business that Dwight established was sold in 1994 to a company that was itself purchased in 2000 by the Old Mutual Group, a British-South African investment conglomerate. Dwight Asset Management profited as one of the pioneers in what’s

known as the stable-value investment market. The firm specializes in low-risk instruments designed to provide consistent returns for its clients, which include corporate retirement plans, insurance companies, foundations, endowments and public funds. Dwight today oversees $42 billion in such investments from its top-floor offices at 100 Bank Street, which offer dramatic views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack peaks of New York. The usually steady and safe assets on which Dwight is focused are attractive to many middle-class Americans preparing for retirement. And that’s precisely why the Burlington company became attractive in turn to Goldman Sachs. The Wall Street bank’s assets-management unit is seeking a bigger share of the U.S. retirementinvestments market, which is growing rapidly as legions of baby boomers approach what they hope will be their golden years. What did Goldman Sachs pay Old Mutual for the company? Dwight’s purchase price was not disclosed. But the source familiar with Dwight’s business profile estimates less than $50 million. Old Mutual was eager to unload Dwight as part of a corporate retooling, according to reports by Reuters and Bloomberg News. Goldman Sachs comes to Vermont with a tarnished reputation as one of the chief culprits in the Wall Street meltdown that caused the Great Recession. In a lengthy 2009 analysis of the investment bank’s behavior over its 140-year history, Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi branded Goldman Sachs as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.” Taibbi’s colorful description has stuck.

The New York Times made note of the “vampire squid” reference as recently as May 3 in a story about Goldman Sachs’ efforts to resurrect its image. As part of a new PR counter offensive, CEO Lloyd Blankfein has been calling attention to Goldman’s support for gay rights. That may not be enough to dissuade local class warriors from targeting the Burlington branch of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. “It’s something I think we should get involved in,” says Occupy Burlington spokesman FaRied Munarsyah. One of the most painful casualties of the takeover, says the source familiar with Dwight, is the loss of a distinctively Vermont way of doing business in the assets-management field. “One thing Dwight had going for it was a unique culture in the financial-services industry,” the source remarks. “Being in Burlington, Dwight attracted a certain type of individual who perhaps thought differently than would be commonplace in New York, Boston or Chicago. This type of individual has a different set of values. He or she isn’t motivated only by financial gain.” Many Dwight employees regularly volunteered in community groups and took part in company-supported charitable events such as the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival and the Penguin Plunge. The firm also trained dozens of interns from the University of Vermont, St. Michael’s College and Champlain College. Most of the soon-to-be jobless Dwight money managers will have to leave Vermont if they want to remain in the industry, the insider predicts. “There’s nothing equivalent for them here.” Commerce and community development agency chief Miller points out that there could still be some happy endings. Vermont companies that get purchased by bigger companies can be a source of start-ups. He cites a possible parallel between Dwight and IDX, the former medical-systems software company founded by Burlington-area entrepreneurs that was sold to GE Healthcare in 2006. Some ex-IDXers went on to launch their own local ventures, Miller says: Marathon Health, which provides businesses with a suite of health-related services; and PureWellness, a South Burlington company that supplies similar assistance to health systems and corporate clients. When local companies get taken over by out-of-state giants, “some former employees go out to start their own firms,” Miller says. “That’d be the best outcome” in the case of Dwight Asset Management, he adds. m





Brock Campaign Bears Down on Shumlin BY PAUL HEINTZ

Vermont Republicans are bringing a metaphorical campaign to bear against Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin. First, Republican candidate for governor Sen. Randy Brock (R-Franklin) attended the St. Albans Maple Festival parade with a guy in a bear suit — a reference to the pajama-less governor’s recent encounter with bears in his Montpelier backyard. Then, in a web ad released last week, Brock and the Vermont Republican Party went after Shumlin with a parody of Ronald Reagan’s 1984 “Bear in the Woods” ad. Over images of the governor’s favorite beast, a menacing voice-over intones, “There’s a bear in the woods. For most people in Vermont, the bear is easy to see. But others, like Gov. Shumlin, don’t see the bear at all.” What are the bears? The ad explains: job-killing cloud taxes, the theft of our healthcare freedoms. The usual.

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Nicco Mele was 25 years old when he helped revolutionize American politics as webmaster for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. Today, the 34-yearold teaches courses on social media and politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and runs an internet strategy consulting firm called EchoDitto. Mele was in Burlington last week for two tech conferences: a May 7 forum at Maglianero Café titled “How Social Media Is Redefining Politics;” and an all-day conference on May 8 at Champlain College on Vermont’s digital future. Seven Days caught up with Mele in advance of his talks. Read the full interview on Blurt. SEVEN DAYS: Dean’s internet operations had a huge impact. Would you say that tech — and social media in particular — is now the dominant force in political campaigns? NICCO MELE: Broadly speaking, tech does challenge the existing establishment. It’s a good tool for insurgents. Just look at how Obama came out of nowhere to beat Hillary Clinton. And in 2010, eight Tea Party insurgents defeated Republican incumbents in Congress. It’s fair to say the internet is disruptive of the establishment. 


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It’s worth noting that the Coriolanus [April 25] Rick Kisonak dismisses as the Bard’s flop and beneath serious consideration was the work that T.S. Eliot preferred over Hamlet. As for his bewilderment “why anyone felt the need to perform it in our [lifetime],” Rick needs to include the likes of Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins, Richard Burton, Paul Scofield and Ian McKellen, as well as Ralph Fiennes, in his query. What’s



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I’ve never commented on any of the film reviews offered up in Seven Days, but this time I feel compelled by Rick Kisonak’s review of the modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus [Movie Review, April 25]. He denigrates the film and Shakespeare together by noting Coriolanus is considered one of the Bard’s lesser-known plays, and the film does nothing but perpetuate its flaws in new garb. The character developments are considered inferior to Shakespeare’s other greats, but a little history lesson will go a long way here. The popularity of Shakespeare’s plays and the pecking order of what are considered to be his greater and lesser works are ever shifting with the tastes of the time. Yes, this tragedy differs from the likes of King Lear and Hamlet, with their self-reflecting, brooding characters, but Coriolanus delivers us archetypal characters more characteristic of the Greek and Roman tragic heroes — singular in vision, without doubt in their convictions, and utterly devoted to their values and ideals above all else, including death. I agree with the reviewer that, if done poorly, modern adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays are merely a way to attract a dumb-downed audience. In Coriolanus, the modern set passes muster by laying bare the fact that our culture’s ethos has changed little at all. The inner drama remains intact; only the modern set has changed, and the two coalesce seamlessly. The fact is, I remain in awe of this film. Ralph Fiennes’ performance is astounding; his delivery of Shakespeare’s lines will rip you asunder.

bewildering to me, by contrast, is Rick’s claim that the film doesn’t “yield meaningful parallels or insights with respect to the present-day world stage.” Really? If only we lived in a world where the public wasn’t still the pawn of politicians, where war and warriors were no longer valorized, and in which warravaged landscapes like that of modern Serbia, where Coriolanus was filmed, had disappeared forever!

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he new director of the SHELBURNE MUSEUM has a it. He asks another question: “How do we have a big tent background in American and New England stud- and make everyone feel comfortable in a museum?” ies; his dissertation at Boston University — and Creating what Denenberg calls “journeys” for people a subsequent book — examined 19th/early 20th- is “one of the principal jobs of a museum,” he suggests. century furniture maker, photographer and antiquarian Toward that end, the Shelburne’s new building will faWallace Nutting. So why is THOMAS DENENBERG psyched cilitate not just looking but doing: It will accommodate about the forthcoming contemporary art facility on the classes, talks and hands-on experiences with art in 2000 campus of the museum he joined just last November? square feet of flexible classrooms and a 130-seat lecture “A subset of my career is planning and completing and performance hall. As for exhibits in the center’s capital projects and buildings,” Denenberg says during a 5000 square feet of gallery space, the director hints that recent interview in his office. “I’ve always known about they will include photography and painting. And, as his the Shelburne in my professional work — I was a big fan predecessor Stephan Jost did, “We’ll be mining the collecof [the previous directors] and admired what they ac- tions and [doing] mashups with the contemporary world,” complished here. But the notion of getting a four-season Denenberg says. museum is very exciting.” The Shelburne’s Center for Art and Education marks Travelers on Route 7 just south of Shelburne village the fifth project that the director has worked on with can’t help but notice that something big is going on — and it architects Ann Beha Architects of Boston. “Since I met will get bigger. The just-initiated project involves disman- them, they’ve become the premier New England museum tling and removing a row of small houses (owned by the and institution architects,” Denenberg says. “It’s an unmuseum) and replacing the stockadeusual building; with the climate and style fence with a subtler black metal humidity controls in the Northeast, you one for a dramatically different want to work with someone who’s done “relationship to the road,” sugit before.” gests Denenberg. Behind that, Denenberg undertook one of those the mid-century Kalkin House past projects during his last job, as is coming down to make room deputy director and chief curator of for the forthcoming Center for the Portland Museum of Art in Maine; Art and Education. another at Connecticut’s Wadsworth If the new kid’s name is Atheneum Museum of Art, where he understated, the was curator of American decorative arts. significance Except for stints in North Carolina and of its family’s Washington, D.C., Denenberg’s career T H OM AS D E N E NB E R G transition has centered on the geography, culture from a seaand artistic traditions of New England. sonal to a year-round institution Typical of his scholarship is a talk he gave last month at cannot be overstated. the nearby ALL SOULS INTERFAITH GATHERING titled “Region The Center, scheduled to open in September as Nation: How the Image of New England Became Our 2013, will enable the Shelburne to offer “first- National Landscape.” class exhibitions and educational resources” to Since moving to Vermont, Denenberg has gotten an the community 12 months a year, says the muse- unexpected education in a regional recreational tradition: um’s website, noting that the development will snowmobiling. At a recent media preview of the Shelburne’s 2012 fulfill founder Electra Havemeyer Webb’s vision for the place. The statement also acknowledges exhibits, Denenberg waxed enthusiastic about “Snow the need to update: “Guided by the past yet evolving for Mobiles: Sleighs to Sleds,” the exhibit now installed a new generation of visitors, Shelburne Museum is di- on both floors of the museum’s Round Barn. Though versifying its exhibitions and public programs to keep the bulk of the season was planned before he arrived, Denenberg got to make this contribution, courtesy of a the Museum vibrant in the 21st century.” Asked about his own vision, Denenberg responds random windfall: “Someone called and said he had these with some provocative rhetorical questions: “How do vintage snowmobiles,” he said, and added, “There’s nothwe participate and enhance all of our experiences with ing scarier looking than a vintage snowmobile.” Indeed, place and all these collections? How do we present the sneak peek at this all-Vermont collection confirmed Electra Havemeyer Webb’s journey? How do we con- Denenberg’s description: “Some of the 1950s ones look like big, metallic bugs.” nect people to why we feel right here?” Paired with a smattering of the museum’s own sleighs These are surely variations on thoughts all museum directors have as they move into an uncertain future; and sleds, the exhibit repeats the curatorial “mashup” how does an institution based on the past remain idea. Visitors can witness a continuum of design and funcrelevant — and accessible — in a world with so tionality in the travel industry, from horse-drawn vehicles much competition for people’s attention, time to postwar rescue rigs on runners to a sleek, logo-covered and wallets? Despite the Shelburne administra- racing machine. Last week, the Shelburne revealed two other exhibits to tion’s clear reverence for its founder and guiding spirit, moving forward is not only about members of the media: Burlington sculptor KAT CLEAR’s trio “what would Electra say?,” as Denenberg puts of lifesize, recycled-metal elephants on parade outside the









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he women who were running the CANAAN in 2009 knew just whom to call when they rescued a 1935 painted theater curtain from a dilapidated dance hall in nearby Beecher Falls. CHRIS HADSEL, they knew from press reports, had been locating and restoring the hand-painted drapes in town halls, theaters and grange halls around New England since 1996. She founded the Vermont Painted Theater Curtain Project, now called CURTAINS WITHOUT BORDERS. Hadsel has catalogued 185 specimens in Vermont alone; the Beecher Falls curtain was number 184. So one might think she’s seen every possible image on a vintage curtain: Byronic castles, BenHur scenes, lake views either imagined or identifiable (such as Lake Willoughby), street scenes crammed with advertisements for local businesses. Painted during the half-century before 1940 — that is, before movies replaced traveling vaudeville acts as small-town entertainment — these muslin backdrops are now preserved as national treasures, thanks to the efforts of Hadsel and her conservation team. But she’d never seen a curtain like the one from Beecher Falls. “It’s a ‘party’ curtain,” Hadsel says. “We call it that because there’s no other like it in Vermont.” The drape depicts a tuxedoed jazz band in black silhouette against a colorful background crowded with festive balloons, each bearing the name of a contributing local business. The musicians raise their instruments above a large, colorful rainbow. Hadsel guesses that’s a reference to the Rainbow Room in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center — the snazzy nightclub had just opened in 1934. Hadsel and her team have put the Beecher Falls CHRIS HADSEL party curtain at the center of Curtains Without Borders’ first traveling exhibition, on view at the AMY E. TARRANT GALLERY in Burlington through July, with an opening reception this Friday. “Curtains Without Borders: An Exhibition of Photographs” features professional photos of many of Vermont’s more remarkable small-town drapes, taken by Burlington photographer CAROLYN BATES and laminated by SILVER MAPLE EDITIONS. Hadsel won an unusually large National Endowment for the Arts grant — $20,000 — to fund the exhibit and an eventual book. The Beecher Falls drape is the only actual curtain on display — as it was at the exhibit’s first stop, the Statehouse in Montpelier. But this will be its last showing away from home. Future exhibition stops will feature the restored drapes of hosting towns, which include Morrisville, Brattleboro, Jefferson, Rutland, Randolph, Derby Line and St. Johnsbury. The party curtain will be returned to the Canaan Historical Society, where it will be stored and unveiled, as are most restored curtains around the state, for some half-dozen special occasions per year. The jazzy composition is remarkable for another reason. Like most advertising curtains, it’s unsigned; only so-called “grand drapes,” or scenes framed by paintedin curtains, were autographed. But Hadsel knows the artist was one Lucretia Rogers, who founded Granite State Scenic Studios in the basement of a Plymouth, N.H., theater in the mid-1930s. About eight years ago, Hadsel received an email from HISTORICAL SOCIETY








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Rogers’ daughter, Barbara Dorey, now 83, of Cape Cod, asking if the director had ever heard of her mother’s company. Hadsel had not, but she kept the message, and the two eventually connected by phone. When Dorey mentioned a certain curtain her mother had made depicting jazz musicians, Hadsel realized which one she was talking about. “That’s the one that stuck out in my mind,” Dorey recalls during a phone call. Her mother, she explains, was trying to complete the curtain while keeping her young daughter entertained, so Rogers made Dorey a sketch of it and told her to fill in the colors. “I remember the artwork, and her sketching it out to amuse me so I’d have something to do,” she says. Hadsel arranged for Dorey to appear at the exhibit opening in Montpelier. “When I saw it, I just couldn’t believe it existed after all these years,” Dorey says of the curtain. “I don’t think my mother would have believed it, either.” Hadsel describes the process of identifying the artist as “a kind of treasure hunt” — an equally apt description for her now 15-year-old project of rescuing the curtains themselves. “No two curtains are the same,” she notes, and even the smallest villages invested in one for their theater; Beecher Falls still has just a few hundred residents. “It does show the kind of pride and aspiration people had when they first built the places,” Hadsel reflects. 

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truck pulled up beside him. Its driver, purportedly his former tenant, yelled at him to pull over. “Even before I stopped my vehicle, he nailed me right in the mouth with a full fist,” Siegriest alleged. “I never expected that. I thought things were over. But they weren’t.” After the initial attack, Siegriest claimed, he drove off and called the state police, then returned to write down the truck’s license plate number. It was then, he further alleged, that “the man grabs an ax from the back of his truck and ... came and swung it at me full force through the back window ... Hit me right in the ear!” According to state police records, a trooper from the New Haven barracks responded. “I said, ‘I want him arrested. Take him away!’” Siegriest said. “But they did nothing. They did nothing.” Instead, Siegriest complained, the police gave him a Breathalyzer test. “So, now it’s his word against mine, with a bleeding ear.” When reached by phone, Addison County State’s Attorney David Fenster could say only that he had reviewed Siegriest’s account of the events that day but ultimately declined to prosecute. “A trooper went out and did an investigation and submitted a report to my office for review,” Fenster added. “We reviewed it and



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reason for my visit, Ron Siegriest yelled to her to let me in. Siegriest, 68, sprawled on a recliner in the living room, wearing only a pair of yellow boxers and a newspaper over his chest. A rifle leaned against the wall beside him, next to a sliding glass door that revealed an impressive view of the Winooski River. He occasionally lapsed into bouts of coughing as he recounted the story behind the sign. Siegriest described himself as a longtime Vermont landlord who owns “several dozen” rental properties, including one in Richmond Village. In September 2009, he explained, a tenant moved into that building and soon thereafter stopped paying his rent, claiming the apartment was flea infested. According to Siegriest, the man later sued him in small-claims court for $4700 but lost. Evidently, there was no love lost between Siegriest and his tenant, who sought and was later granted a no-trespass order against his landlord. In May 2010, the tenant finally moved out, and Siegriest assumed that would be their last encounter. On April 11, 2011, Siegriest was on his way to Middlebury to check out a motorcycle he was interested in buying. He drove his new Mustang, with the top down and windows open, through Monkton Village and stopped at a three-way sign, where a

found that there was insufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.” Repeated phone calls to the New Haven state police barracks to confirm or deny Siegriest’s account went unanswered. Siegriest claimed he later went to the hospital, was treated for a mild concussion and was released the same day. “[The police] suggested that I hit myself in the head and set the whole thing up!” he added indignantly. “I think it’s an inside job. I really do.” This isn’t the first time Siegriest has claimed to be the victim of a crime — nor the first time he’s posted a sign on his property offering a reward. Over Labor Day weekend in 2007, his home was burglarized; thieves made off with a safe containing more than $60,000 in cash, he said. (Essex Police confirmed that at least one suspect was charged in that case.) Another time, Siegriest said, thieves made off with one of his ATVs. It was later recovered, thanks to another sign he posted on River Road. Lt. Robin Hollwedel of the Essex Police Department said he doesn’t know whether Siegriest’s sign is in compliance with Vermont’s no-billboard law. “I can’t say a lot of about Ron [Siegriest],” he added, “but he’s a savvy enough guy that he would know to make it one inch less than whatever the law allows.” So how much money is Siegriest willing to offer to lock up the man he claims assaulted him? “It’s $10,000 now. Next it’ll be $20,000, then $40,000, then $80,000. Money is not an object for me,” he said. “I don’t care how he goes, but he will go [to jail]. You don’t hit a man in the head with an ax.” So far, the sign hasn’t resulted in any leads. “We’ve had eggs thrown all over it,” Siegriest lamented, “so I guess that tells you something.” m

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of the most toxic, aggressive and algogenic (i.e., pain-inducing) species on Earth. Inevitably, accidents occur. For example, one time Schmidt found himself clinging to a tree suspended over a Costa Rican gorge Indiana Jonesstyle while enraged wasps squirted venom in his eyes. You or I in this situation would say … well, actually we wouldn’t say anything. We’d just shriek like frightened babies. Schmidt, for his part, admits it wasn’t one of his better days but, as a scientist, he wasn’t about to let useful data go to waste. After

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the agony receded sufficiently, he jotted down a few notes for the pain index. Schmidt first used his index in a 1984 study investigating whether a certain physiological sting reaction was correlated with pain. It wasn’t, but Schmidt realized quantifying pain had its uses and elaborated on the index in a 1988 paper and again in 1990, providing ratings for 78 species and 41 genera. All were based on stings he or associates had experienced personally. The Schmidt Sting Pain Index is a five-point scale, as follows: • Sting level 0 is virtually imperceptible — the stinger doesn’t penetrate the skin. 

• A level-1 sting is the sharp prick you get from a sweat bee or a fire ant, a rating that seems surprisingly low until you realize hardly anybody gets stung by just one fire ant. • A typical level-2 sting is produced by the honeybee, the benchmark of sting pain. • But things can get much worse. For the archetypal level-3 sting, you want a harvester ant (genus Pogonomyrmex), whose sting combines intensity with duration — the pain can last four to eight hours. • Finally, there’s a level-4 sting, which is as bad as it can get. Schmidt knows of only three critters capable of inflicting level-4 suffering: the warrior wasp (Synoeca septentrionalis), a twoand-a-half-inch-long black bug found in the tropics; the bullet ant (Paraponera clavata), also tropical; and the tarantula hawk (genus Pepsis), two inches long, which Schmidt can find in his yard in Tucson. The tarantula hawk’s sting, Schmidt has been quoted as saying, feels like “a running hair dryer has just been dropped into your bubble bath.” However, for sheer aggregation of misery he rates the sting of the bullet ant slightly higher. Whereas the sting of the tarantula hawk fades after two to five minutes, the “pure, intense, brilliant pain” of the bullet ant remains at full strength for one to four hours and can linger for 12 hours.

As one might surmise, given the nature of the research, the Schmidt index is subjective and based on limited data points. Schmidt says he’s been stung six to eight times by tarantula hawks and just once, in the forehead, by a warrior wasp. He acknowledges the pain can vary depending on where you get stung and how much venom was injected. For that reason he hedges his ratings, with bee stings ranging from 0 to 2. This may surprise those relying for their scientific information on Wikipedia, which provides a chart of the Schmidt index listing precise decimal gradations for sting severity, with the fire ant rated at 1.2 and the bullhorn acacia ant at 1.8. These implausibly exact numbers don’t appear in any of Schmidt’s scientific papers, but rather were wheedled out of him by an editor at Outside magazine, who was trying to goose up a story for that publication in 1996.  One also mustn’t take seriously the wine-review-style descriptions accompanying the sting ratings. For example, the sting of a southern paper wasp is said to be “caustic and burning, with a distinctly bitter aftertaste. Like spilling a beaker of hydrochloric acid on a paper cut.” Such remarks lack empirical basis, Schmidt cheerfully concedes, although if there’s anyone equipped to expound on the fine points of pain, a guy who’s been stung by 150 different species in his lifetime is probably it.

his story has been shamelessly exaggerated. Having spent half an hour on the phone with entomologist Justin O. Schmidt of the Southwestern Biological Institute in Tucson, Ariz., I can confidently report that he didn’t volunteer to be stung by every goddamn awful thing in existence. It just sorta happened. As a leading expert on stinging insects, Schmidt spends a lot of time capturing bugs for his research, going after some

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sticky. The ants are actually helping to remove this sticky stuff, and it helps the flower to open. You have ants in your peonies, you’re doing fine. SD: Do you have a favorite plant? MDW: I’m very fond of Astilbe. I used to have a camp up at Lake Willoughby, and I had a whole patch, all the different colors. A customer interrupts our interview. She hasn’t seen a bloom on her daffodils since she planted them a couple of years ago. MDW: The reason might be you’re not getting quite enough sun. Is it deep, dark shade? Have you been fertilizing? Nine out of 10 people don’t realize, when you buy your bulb, the flower is already in there. Now that the plant is using its strength to push that bulb up, that’s when [its nutrients] should be replaced.

SD: What kind of fertilizer should she use? MDW: Go higher potassium, lower nitrogen. Nitrogen produces vegetative growth; phosphate is the root builder. And the phosphate and potassium combined give you your root and your flower. SD: Any other words of wisdom for gardeners? MDW: Use common sense. And don’t be afraid to ask questions. So many people come in and say, “I’ve got a stupid question.” There are no stupid questions. You are stupid if you don’t ask. You show intelligence by wanting to learn. And don’t be embarrassed. Hey, I’m still learning. There’s constantly something new to be learned. m “Work” is a monthly interview feature showcasing a Vermonter with an interesting occupation. Suggest a job you would like to know more about: 05.09.12-05.16.12 SEVEN DAYS WORK 29

atthew de Wolf isn’t your SD: Let’s go with partial sun on typical sales associate; he’s the clay. a perennials expert with MDW: Well, you could probably use a fan base. During the 15 Alchemilla, lady’s mantle. A lot of people or so years he’s worked at Williston’s like them because this [he points to a leaf Gardener’s Supply (previously 4 Seasons cradling a droplet of water] looks like a Garden Center), his know-how and pearl, especially when the sun hits it. If the clay is heavy, I usually recfriendliness have earned him a devoted ommend that you use gypsum, which following. Over the past several decades, loosens the soil. In clay, you never plant de Wolf, a spirited 82 years old, has a taproot. You never put in a peony or seen the landscape business from just a lupine. You can eventually make a about every angle. He was a grower decent soil out of the clay soil by adding in Massachusetts and owned his compost, year after year. own nursery in Manchester, Vt. He’s SD: What’s the most common worked in retail, wholesale and even mistake people make when growing as a traveling salesman. While studying perennials? at the University of Guelph in Ontario, MDW: They don’t take a pH test. I he was head gardener at the governor always ask people, “What is the pH of general’s house. your soil?” And they say, “Huh?” You De Wolf, who has piercing blue eyes, can do it yourself; it’s only $5 for the is the kind of charmer who likes to make kit. Most of your shady plants like it a people guess. When asked about his little more on the acidic side; the sunny accent, he counters, “How ones, they like it a little more good is your European geName neutral. Name ography? North of Belgium, xx SD: You’ve been doing Matthew south of Denmark, west of this for a long time. Have Germany, east of England.” deTown Wolf you noticed any changes The answer? Holland. xx in the climate, or any After five unbearable years of Town new pests? German occupation, a teenJob MDW: Only about five years age de Wolf fled for Canada. Williston ago, it came up from down xx The Germans had obliterated South: the Asiatic lily beetle. Job his hometown, Rotterdam, at the beginning of World War Perennial sales This is what you have to watch out for. It’s not even II. “I can remember it like associate at necessarily climate change, it was yesterday,” he says. but a lot of stuff comes in Gardener’s “That’s something you don’t from overseas. The plants forget.” Supply themselves are all being inIn Williston, de Wolf spected, but they come in on works 20 hours a week in a wooden pallet. Who knows that there’s the perennial department — where he’s not a couple of eggs in there? Then they alphabetized the aisles by botanical hatch, and, bingo, all of a sudden you names — advising gardeners and sharing have an outbreak. stories. People are finally beginning to catch “I get satisfaction when people have on to organic gardening, though. When gotten what they wanted,” he says. “This we were 4 Seasons, we [didn’t use is why I keep doing it.” organic methods]. But at Gardener’s Seven Days caught up with de Wolf to Supply, everything is organic, so I had to talk gardening among the flowers. relearn everything over again. SEVEN DAYS: What does your typical SD: Show me a perennial that’s day look like? MATTHEW DE WOLF: Ninety percent particularly difficult to grow. MDW: A lot of people come in and say, of the time, I’m answering questions. “I’ve had peonies for five years, and it’s SD: Say I’m a novice gardener. What a beautiful bush, but no flowers. They are some foolproof perennials to get planted it too deep. It’s a taproot. The me started? top eye isn’t supposed to be below two MDW: Is it sunny or shade? I always ask inches. questions first. What is your soil like? Is Ants [on peonies] are actually good, it a clay soil, or is it sandy? because — feel this [bud], it’s kinda 05.09.12-05.16.12 SEVEN DAYS 30 FEATURE

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n October 2009, Tom Moore of Underhill Center, like all home builders in Vermont, experienced the worst economic downturn to hit his industry in a generation. As new housing jobs ground to a halt, renovations dried up and his company faced the prospect of laying off staff, Moore decided it was an opportune time to build a three-bedroom house for his son, Lincoln, who’s married with children and works in the family business. He began constructing it right next door to the home he shares with his wife, Deb. In fact, three generations of Moores, including Tom’s 90-year-old father, Ed, who founded the business in 1967, live together in a compound of homes on 17 acres in Underhill Center, where Tom Moore Builder’s offices and carpentry shop also reside. One day, as they completed work on the first floor, Moore came to a foreheadslapping realization: The big, four-bedroom house where he and Deb lived had much more space than the empty-nester couple needed. Moore decided to give his son the larger house and build himself and Deb the ultimate retirement house. The result was his “green dream home,” a two-bedroom, 2000-squarefoot, super-energy-efficient house. Both its form and function reflect Moore’s philosophy, as expressed in a quote from 19th-century arts-and-crafts designer William Morris that hangs in his foyer: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” The Green Dream Home captures both attributes, offering a glimpse into Moore’s vision of how he’d like to see all houses in Vermont built. It’s clean, green, and designed to accommodate the needs and lifestyles of its occupants — in Moore’s case, a house where he and his wife can grow old together. It’s also a silver-certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) house that won the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Northen Vermont’s 2011 Energy Efficiency Award and Most Innovative Design/Build Award. Today, Moore spreads the gospel of eco-friendly home design and construction in a way that’s rare for a home builder: He persuades his clients to build smaller houses than the ones they originally requested. Using his own house as an example, Moore shows them that a smaller but smarter dwelling can dramatically outperform a larger one in terms of energy efficiency, livability, long-term maintenance costs and even usable space. Plus, it can be exquisite. “Most of the green houses I see being built today are very plain Jane. I don’t

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want that,” Moore says. “I want a highperformance home that’s also beautiful.” Moore, who turns 60 in October, can easily pass for 10 years younger — no easy feat in a profession that can prematurely age a man. With graying, close-cropped hair and a trim, athletic build, he speaks rapidly and with enthusiasm and pride about the house, where no detail was left to chance. Indeed, Moore enjoys showing visitors around and has done so on many occasions. Since the house was finished last year, he’s given at least three formal tours, allowing more than 150 people to traipse through his private residence. Taking a first glance, one might assume that the frequency of visitors explains why the place is so tidy. Not so, Moore insists. “It’s always immaculate, but it’s easy to do when you have a place for everything and everything in its place,” he says. “What people don’t understand is, if there’s clutter around, it’s not designed around your lifestyle.” One of the first things a visitor notices

on entering the house, whose style Moore describes as “country craftsman,” is that it feels much larger than its 2000 square feet.

I encourage my clients, regardless of who they are, what their means are or how they live, to

try to build as small as they can. Tom Moore

“I’ve spent a lot of time traveling in Europe and around the world,” Moore says. Because Europeans tend to live in older, smaller dwellings, he explains, they often use space more efficiently. That’s a lesson Moore learned in 1970 when, between high school and college,

he was accepted into a program called the Expedition for Cultural Studies, which allowed him to go around the world studying art history and architecture. Though Moore had worked in his father’s business since he was 15, this international exposure opened his eyes to new and innovative approaches to using space and form. Today, one such lesson is realized in Moore’s second-floor bedroom and attached bathroom. There, he explains, he could have installed a conventional-size bathroom door. Instead, he put in a sliding door that’s nearly as tall and wide as the bathroom wall itself. This serves several functions. For one, it allows the bedroom to incorporate the bathroom space and vice versa, making both rooms feel larger than they are. Plus, someone relaxing in the claw-foot tub can slide open the bathroom door and enjoy the impressive view of the mountains through the bedroom windows. A bigger door is utilitarian, too: As Moore and his wife get older, one or both may eventually use a walker or

wheelchair. Having wider doorways and lower thresholds makes the house more handicap accessible. Because Moore is a certified aging-in-place specialist, he incorporated such features into the house as levered doorknobs, handle rails and seats in the shower, rounded corners on counters, and an Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant wheelchair ramp in the garage. Moore approached his project with the goal of building the tightest house possible, using as many local, sustainable and eco-friendly materials as he could. Those materials include locally built renewable-energy systems and lighting and plumbing fixtures, as well as lumber cut and kiln-dried in the Green Mountain State. Moore himself also harvested 16,000 board feet of lumber from the land, which he incorporated into the frame, walls, stairs, deck and finish work. Tom

than the conventional 6- to 8-inch ones, the sun heats up the sills in winter. They then radiate warmth all day, reducing the need for mechanical heat. Thicker walls also allowed for three times the insulation of a conventional home, giving Moore’s an R-value — an industry measurement of insulation performance — that he calls “off the charts.” Another innovative feature: The house’s roof and ceilings were built to be structural, which means it lacks loadbearing interior walls and support posts. All the ceilings and floors were installed before the interior walls were erected. Why? So the interior of the house can be easily reconfigured as the owners — or their needs — change. Thus, this two-bedroom home could be converted into a three-bedroom one without the replacement of ceilings or floors. “In this house, whenever you move a wall, the floor and ceiling is finished un-

discover how much energy savings can be squeezed out of a home’s systems. To that end, every major appliance and electrical circuit — from the 38 photovoltaic panels and solar hot-water system on the roof to the Energy Starrated dishwasher, dryer, refrigerator and television set — is wired with sensors that track how much energy it consumes minute by minute. Throughout the house, touch pads can be used to display those figures, and to monitor and adjust lighting, heating, humidity, ventilation, security systems and so on. The wall panels can also be used to turn appliances on and off remotely and to control the sound system that runs throughout the house. Moore, an amateur drummer, particularly enjoys using it to access his online Rhapsody account. The “coolest feature,” he adds excitedly, is the “ALL OFF” button, which he

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presses whenever he leaves the house. With one button, he can shut off every electrical device. What does it cost to build this green? Moore declines to say, noting that his goal wasn’t to make this his most affordable house. Nevertheless, he insists that he can build to virtually anyone’s size or budget and says that, ultimately, green homes save more green than they burn. “I encourage my clients, regardless of who they are, what their means are or how they live, to try to build as small as they can for who they are,” Moore says. If he can get a wealthy person who’s currently living in a 5000-square-foot house to downsize to 3500 square feet, he says, “I’ve done my due diligence as a green builder.” m


derneath it,” Moore says. “That’s a neat thing for sustainability.” The construction of the Green Dream Home is virtually complete — minus a sundeck/screened-in porch still to come. But Moore’s tour isn’t done yet. Descending into the basement, he shows off the utility room, where the plumbing, wires and other hardware are as neatly aligned as the pipes on a church organ. “This is the most impressive room in the house,” Moore says proudly, pointing out the various features of his renewableenergy systems. “This is where all the engineers want to come and check it out.” It’s also where Moore is “pushing the green envelope.” He undertook the Green Dream as a test project, in partnership with Efficiency Vermont, to


Moore Builder has its own furniture and cabinetry division, so the inlaid cabinets, dressers, night tables and other décor also feature Vermont wood. In the living room, a recliner-size tree burl serves as a natural, one-of-a-kind sculpture. Moore claims that more than 90 percent of his materials were locally sourced, but when he couldn’t find what he wanted new, he used recycled or salvaged items, including stained-glass windows, doors, brass hinges, renewable cork floors and granite countertops. Some of those materials, such as the granite Moore installed on his extrawide windowsills, serve a function that is more than just decorative. Because the house is perfectly configured to “solar south,” with 13-inch-thick walls rather

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ome dwellings make you long to peek inside. What is that minimalist compound guarded by steel spheres in a field in Addison County? Does someone actually live in that Burlington carriage house with the stunning period details? How does an internationally prominent interior designer decorate his own Vermont retreat? We did some reconnaissance and found out. Two of these spaces, both of relatively recent vintage, offer visitors a primer on their owners’ personal aesthetics. The third hasn’t proved so amenable to its tenants, but it stands out as an irreplaceable piece of quirky local history.

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Architect and interior designer Craig Nealy can pretty much spin a globe, plant a finger and land on the site of a major project he’s done: the World Bank in Washington, D.C.; the GT Tower in Manila, Philippines; the interiors of penthouses and hotels across India; and retail spaces for Louis Vuitton, Vera Wang and other high-fashion houses from London to Taipei. So where does this globe-trotter live when he’s not managing the Manhattan office of Craig Nealy Architects or jetting across time zones to confer with clients? As of four months ago: Vermont. Specifically, in a modest, 1980



While he was building his and Sara Katz’s North Ferrisburgh home in 2003, Keith Wagner recalls that he overheard a contractor say skeptically, “What’s this going to be, the town garage?” The guy could be forgiven for the mistake. After all, the minimalist, concrete-floored house is defined by its two opposing glass garage doors, outfitted with screens, which roll up and down over the main living area. In summertime, Wagner and Katz leave both doors open all the time, transforming their living and dining rooms into one dreamy screened-in porch. This place is anything but the town garage. The house is almost seamlessly integrated into the land around it, which isn’t surprising, considering Wagner is a landscape architect. It sits with three other small buildings — Wagner’s studio, Katz’s studio (she’s a painter) and a guesthouse — on 16 acres about a mile from Lake Champlain. “We wanted it to look like a cluster of agricultural buildings from the outside and a loft on the inside,” says Wagner. Mission accomplished. The interior is all high ceilings, tall windows and sleek surfaces. Unobstructed views are everywhere, thanks to sliding doors made of recycled boards. From the kitchen, which is at one end of the house, you can look straight through the main living area into the master bedroom and out onto a field. “We wanted long views, so you’re always connected to the outside,” says Wagner. On the off chance they might want to block some of the exterior light, the couple can roll a slatted scrim made of reclaimed barn boards along the outside of the house over the garage doors. The décor is minimalist like the design, yet surprisingly warm. An antique wooden card catalog reclaimed from a

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library sits beside a staircase. What do Katz and Wagner keep in those little, unmarked drawers? “Things that we don’t want to look at every day,” says Katz. “And then it’s like the game of Memory when we want to find them.” Wagner made the dining-room table by placing a large pane of glass — originally destined to be a door — atop two pieces of a curving wooden balustrade that once adorned a porch in the Adirondacks. The kitchen, the couple agree, has gone through “a maturation.” A long prep table, now topped with wood, used to be metal. “But it was really loud,” says Wagner. Beneath the table, a row of Craftsman tool chests make perfect kitchen cabinets. Behind another sliding door is a walk-in pantry. Minimalism isn’t always ideal for little kids. After the couple’s son, Hudson, was born last year, they had to add a railing to their staircase, which used to be wide open. Overall, though, the house has served them well. And Katz loves the open plan because, she says, “It’s great for watching your kid.” Artwork abounds in this home. Katz’s own work decorates a hallway, and Wagner’s welded spheres — made of wrenches and other pieces of reclaimed steel — appear around the property like industrial topiaries. At the bottom of the stairs — which lead up to more open spaces, including Wagner’s daughter’s room and a sprawling rec room/office area — hangs a piece by Burlington artist Aaron Stein: the state of Texas made out of weathered Texas license plates. Neither Wagner nor Katz is from the Lone Star State, but they used to visit the legendary art town of Marfa every year. Around the same time they were looking at land in Vermont, Wagner had his heart set on buying and converting a gas station in Marfa into a second home. “But then we found this a week later,” he says. “He bought a tractor instead of a motorcycle,” says Katz.

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shingled ranch near the end of a dirt road along a ridge in Ferrisburgh. Nealy, walking the property in a cobalt silk Mandarin shirt, pink-belted chinos and bare feet, says he bought the house

from “a stylish elderly lady” primarily for its sweeping view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. He also enjoys letting Petunia, his minuscule Yorkie poodle, roll in the grass outside his door — an option not available at his Manhattan apartment, where he now spends about one week a month.

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Nealy is hardly the typical Manhattanite looking for a rural escape. He’s from Vermont — and a “true Vermonter” by any measure. His parents were from Newport, and he has family documents tracing his Green Mountain lineage back to 1777, including Civil War-era letters and records from the Jericho Center Country Store when his relatives ran it. Nealy last lived in-state as an Essex High School student. He left to study architecture at Cornell and Columbia universities, won a Fulbright-Hays scholarship to Italy, and spent 14 years with an international architecture firm before launching his own architecture-and-interior-design business in 1998. But, after decades of unrelenting jet lag, Nealy decided to come back to Vermont, where three of his siblings still live. Opening the door to his abode sets off a flutter of anticipation. How does someone

who creates luxury spaces want his own place to look? Understated and serene, one might say. It’s an effect Nealy achieves by paying attention to space itself. He points out that the house, though suburban-looking on the outside, is designed inside with an eye to its use — “which is more unusual than you would think,” he adds. The kitchen sink and living room are oriented toward the view. From the open front door, a corridor to the left draws the eye past the kitchen to the living room’s far wall, creating a vanishing point that Nealy has punctuated with a small statue of a standing Hindu man. The neoclassical effect is echoed in Nealy’s preference for pedestal-mounted busts as accent pieces. The house’s focal point, the combined living-dining room, features a row of six windows that, says Nealy, “make the landscape into a painting.” Opposite them is a fireplace, and a seating area occupies the space in between on a square island of carpet, generously bordered on all sides by bare cherry hardwood floor. “Luxury is not a tassel you stick on a pig’s ear,” Nealy quips; it can be as simple as this use of space. “You can do a conga line around the whole island,” he adds. He did opt for some obvious signifiers of luxury: a glinting crystal chandelier hanging over the dining room table, and another in the bedroom. Nealy designed much of his home’s furniture for clients, including the low-back kitchen chairs — “They have a great stance, like a saddlebred horse,” he comments — and the taller dining-room chairs. He also designed the comfortable couch and armchairs, upholstered in polyester. “I used to use silk, but it always frays,” he notes. A stunning abstract black-and-white painting in the library, above a chaise longue designed by Nealy, turns out to be

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a copy of a Richard Serra. “When I see a painting I like, I have it copied by an artist,” Nealy explains. “It’s just décor.” Woven seamlessly into the modernist aesthetic is an eclectic range of curios and set pieces: a bent-glass table from a retail display case; an antique Hepplewhite side table from Healy’s mother; statuary he picked up in street markets in Indonesia, Burma, China and Japan for a few dollars. The dining-room chairs, designed for a Mumbai residence, accompany a rosewood art-deco-era table. The bedroom contains a French dresser covered in galuchat (sting-ray skin) and a mid-century teak armoire by Harvey Probber. “I like to mix it up,” Nealy admits. What holds the décor together are the striking forms and the pale palette, which doesn’t range far beyond the living room’s two large, gray-toned graphite drawings depicting the overlapping silhouettes of New Jersey overpasses. Perhaps the most color in the room comes from a 200-yearold Chinese vase on the dining table, patterned in pale orange-on-white rather than the usual blue-on-white. The overall effect is, in Nealy’s words, “simple, serene, comfortable and luxurious.” His aim as a designer is equally simple: “So much of life is sad. When you can come home and say, ‘Oh, I love this house,’ that helps people.”

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senator. An entry in the National Register of Historic Places says of the structure at 192-194 Jackson Court: “Its impressive size and form and elaborate interior woodwork and paneling reveal the intent of the Wellses, who, despite the building’s role as a carriage house, wanted only the finest and the best.” The horses must have been charmed by the 16-foot-high, thick-beamed maple ceiling. And they surely admired the 30-foot-tall, carved-wood spiral staircase that runs from the basement to what was once the hayloft. It is now a spacious master bedroom, where a floor-to-ceiling Palladian window, a skylight and a westfacing window with a lake view provide a glorious glow.

It’s not just the architecture that makes this place historic. Horatio Nelson Jackson, for whom the street is named — and who married into the Wells family — stored his 20-horsepower Winton Roadster in the carriage house after completing the firstever cross-country journey by automobile in 1903. His 63-day drive from Oakland, Calif., to New York with mechanic Sewall K. Crocker is recounted in a documentary film by Ken Burns. So what’s not to like about the WellsJackson Carriage House Complex, as it’s officially known? Quite a few things, says Shams Helminski, a second-year resident at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He and his wife, Star Pfeil, an emergency-room nurse, have been renting the carriage house since last summer. They don’t seem saddened at the prospect of vacating the $2100-a-month space in a few weeks. “It’s definitely worn around the edges,” Helminski notes as he guides a visitor on a tour. The carpet is threadbare, and the cavernous living room could do with some brightening up. The large, multipaned window that replaced the door where carriages once entered doesn’t quite alleviate the gloom on a cloudy morning. The northern exposure not only requires the occupants to keep lights on during the daytime, but also makes the interior uncomfortably chilly, Helminski notes. When they turn up the heat, the forced-air system makes a lot of noise, he adds. In the kitchen, Helminski points out the marble countertops installed in the 1980s and the rich patina of the original wooden cabinets built into one of the walls at a height reachable only by ladder. A stone wall completely blocks the view from the kitchen’s only window. The building’s handsome exterior would be better appreciated on a recent Saturday if the view from Jackson Court weren’t partially obstructed by the five cars crammed into the front parking area. A pair of attached clapboard homes that flank — and clash with — the brick carriage house further detract from its outside appearance. Also built in 1901, one of these two now-weathered structures served originally as the tack room, while the other was the coachman’s residence. Walking up Jackson Court, a passerby can see the two octagonal domed ventilators on the carriage house’s slate roof. There’s a fixture with poignant implications attached there, as well: a weathervane with a figure of a horse pointing in the wind’s direction. The WellsJackson Carriage House was completed shortly before horses made way for motor vehicles in Burlington and everywhere else in the United States. m





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umans have been growing food for more than 10,000 years, so do we really need an app to show us how to do it? Well, probably. According to the South Burlington-based National Gardening Association, about 39 million households in the United States plant edible gardens, but 20 percent of them give up every year. That’s a whole lot of discouraged gardeners. Jim Feinson, president of Gardener’s Supply, thinks we can do better. “Gardening’s really fun and easy,” he says, “but we’ve learned from people new to it that gardening can seem intimidating.” It’s no wonder. Considering all the planting, fertilizing, mulching, weeding, pest control and harvesting, gardening is an information-heavy activity. When you know what to do, it’s fairly simple. Reaching the knowledge threshold, however, takes grit. Feinson’s solution is called GardenMinder, an app for Apple devices, the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Barnes & Noble Nook that makes gardening about as uncomplicated and inviting as it can be. Following on the success of the Kitchen Garden Planner on Gardener’s Supply website, the $9.99 app lets you pick from a menu of preplanned raised-bed gardens and walks you through every step, giving howtos and providing “push notification” reminders along the way. More advanced gardeners can design their own plots, picking from a selection of more than 70 fruits and vegetables. Gardener’s Supply partnered with another Vermont company, Green Mountain Digital (GMD), to create the app. Known for its birding and fly-fishing apps from the National Audubon Society and Orvis, GMD, located in Woodstock, was a natural choice to design a

the same zone, so basing a garden plan purely on zone can lead to failure. “We wanted to make gardening as local as possible,” says author and gardening coach Nardozzi, who lives in North Ferrisburgh and helped write the app. “People are always wondering, What do I do in my backyard?” To answer that question with more accuracy, Nardozzi and other gardening experts analyzed the frost information and, with GMD’s help, mapped out every gardening task for all the fruits and vegetables in the app. So whether you want to grow rutabaga in Ozark, Ala., or broccoli in Beaver Falls, Alaska, the app will tell you everything from when to start your seeds to when to harvest and get ready for next season. And, in case that’s not easy enough, the app pushes reminders to your mobile device when it’s time to, say, mulch your strawberries or side-dress your winter squash. “The users still may not do it,” Nardozzi admits, “but at least they have the reminder.” For Carl Ross, who lives in Arizona and downloaded the app after he read a review, the most helpful feature of the tool has been the journaling function. For each vegetable you plant, there’s an option to take notes, add an image and share them on Facebook. Ross, 50, a school psychologist on his way to a master-gardener gardening product. “There’s a pretty big cross section certification, is using the journal to track his progress. of our existing customer base that also gardens,” notes “I’ve tried a lot of gardening apps,” he writes in an David Tyler, GMD’s director of strategic partnerships. email, “but this one looks to have the most potential. “Someone who likes to go look at birds very likely is The price was a lot for an app, but I think it’s worth it.” Ross is part of the demographic most associated with into gardening.” The two companies started talking to each other gardening fervor, but that’s changing. When Nardozzi gives gardening talks around the country, about a year ago to see how they might he’s seeing a lot more twentysomethings work together. Gardener’s Supply was in the audience than he used to. “It’s kind in the middle of overhauling its website, Ga e & iss rd of like there are two generations meeting,” and GMD took that opportunity to pitch m u e e n Ho he says. Younger people are growing an app that incorporated the new design their own food for the same reasons as and added mobile features. “There their forebears — they seek fresh produce are certainly other garden-planning and value — but also because they see apps out there,” Tyler says. “We took a the practice as a way to look at the competition and address the ills associated noted what they were doing with modern agriculture, well and what we could do such as global warming and better.” farmworker exploitation, he What sets GardenMinder suggests. apart from the other apps When it comes to the new is primarily the know-how generation of gardeners, from Gardener’s Supply. Nardozzi explains, the With years of feedback from passion is there, but the hundreds of thousands of knowledge is lacking. customers, 18 test gardens “They didn’t have a parent around the country and experts such as Vermont’s Charlie Nardozzi on speed or a grandparent on the farm showing them how and dial, the company is uniquely equipped to provide where things grow,” he says. “Now they’re looking for information not only in books but apps, as well.” gardening advice on a national scale. Simple as the GardenMinder app is, one thing it The app builds on that expertise with an innovative tool: planting schedules based not on hardiness zones won’t do is curb neophytes’ blind ambition. For those but on the first and last frost dates garnered from nu- folks, Feinson has some advice. “The smartest thing merous weather centers in every state. As Vermonters you can do is be realistic about your time commitment,” know, frost dates can vary by as much as a month within he says. “Start small and build from there.” m

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i casa es su casa — for a price. That’s the philosophy behind Airbnb, an online booking website that’s part social network, part travel agent. Consider it CouchSurfing’s older, slightly more responsible sibling. The site allows users to list, search and book accommodations, ranging from a spare bedroom in someone’s house to a vacation rental on the beach. Jetting off to Austin, Texas? Hole up in a “hip remodeled” Airstream trailer for $60 a night. Save on pricey New York City hotels by opting instead for a $52 room in a shared Brooklyn apartment. Looking to splurge a little? Budget $1168 for an Umbrian villa in Italy. In Vermont, Airbnb’s popularity is taking off among would-be hosts: Type “Vermont” into the site’s search engine, and more than 240 properties pop up. You could spend a night in a tree house at the Lincoln home of Ellie Bryant and H. Reynolds, or rest your head in a Goshen barn. In Burlington, some apartment and single-home dwellers are renting out spare bedrooms for between $35 and $70 per night. Why are more and more homeowners — very few of them professionals in the hospitality business — opening their doors to travelers? Lincoln residents Bryant and Reynolds will tell you that it’s purely a hobby. The quirky tree house adjacent to their home is the most reviewed Airbnb property in Vermont, and the couple say they delight in meeting the travelers who flock to their little retreat. “Anybody who wants to stay in a tree house has got to be a pretty cool person,” surmises Bryant. Amy Williamson, a Montpelier resident who rents out a spare bedroom, has a different motive; for her, being an Airbnb host is all about monetizing the extra space in her home. For other hosts, it’s some combination of the two factors. Burlington resident Janie Cohen rents out her riverside camp in Charlotte. “It’s such a magical place,” she says, over tea in the little cottage. “I wanted to share it in some way.” Practically speaking, though, the revenue has helped enormously with maintaining the nearly 30-year-old structure: Since listing the studio on Airbnb in 2010, Cohen has earned enough to put on a new roof and repair the exterior. The revenues aren’t anything to sneeze at: Williamson, who aims to rent out her room for 10 days a month, makes enough to cover the property taxes on her Montpelier home. She calculated her room rate in part by working

backward — deciding how much she needed to earn each month and then setting her rates. For Williamson, who began renting the room following her divorce two years ago, the extra money made the difference between keeping her home and having to relocate. “My goal was to be able to stay in this house, and I’ve been able to do it,” she says. Of course, the money comes with strings attached. Hosts need to declare income from Airbnb on their tax returns, and, in Vermont, they must collect a 9 percent rooms-and-meals tax. Williamson is self-employed as a sign-language interpreter and considers herself pretty tax savvy. Even so, that latter tax came as a surprise. “I wasn’t intentionally trying to avoid [paying it],” she says. “It just didn’t occur to me.” Williamson got a nudge in the right direction when the state’s tax department found her listing on the Airbnb website and sent her a letter. She’s now paying accordingly. Bryant and Reynolds had a similar wake-up call. After their tree house was featured in a Boston-area television program, they were contacted by the tax department and by the town of Lincoln. Town officials pointed out that the property didn’t have a certificate to operate as a bed-and-breakfast. Now the couple is on the up-and-up, and their listing includes a note that their rate includes the rooms-and-meals tax. It’s not just the Department of Taxes that’s paying attention to Airbnb. Megan Smith is Vermont’s commissioner of tourism and marketing. She and her husband ran an inn in Mendon for 13 years, and Airbnb makes her nervous, she says. What if a guest picks up bed bugs or head lice? What if someone gets sick? Licensed bed-and-breakfasts are inspected by the Department of Health, Smith points out, and work hard to maintain a certain level of professionalism and hospitality. While she’s sure that most Airbnb hosts are doing a fine job, she notes that those who aren’t properly certified, or aren’t paying the required taxes, aren’t playing on a level field. In a state that has more bed-andbreakfasts per capita than any other place in the country, according to Smith, that’s bound to raise some hackles. “I understand the concept,” she says. “Part of me feels like it’s lovely.” And yet the hospitality industry, Smith goes on, requires training and professionalism that Airbnb hosts may not have. “It’s a serious endeavor. It’s much more than just opening your door and having people spend the night.”

Cohen says she realized just that Very few of Williamson’s guests are after she became a B&B host overnight. tourists. Some are visiting relatives in She had to learn as she went along. the area. Others are looking for a place Overwhelmed by laundry, Cohen pur- to stay every now and then to cut down chased additional sets of sheets to make on long commutes from other parts of the turnover between guests easier. She the state. Williamson doesn’t provide began compiling information about the linens — from the beginning, she says, area for her visitors, and set out a book for she knew she had no interest in taking them to sign. One morning she woke up, on extra laundry — and has very little sat bolt upright in bed and realized she contact with many of her guests. “It’s didn’t have liability insurance that would been easy,” she says. cover her if someone was injured at the Bryant, on the other hand, revels in camp — a problem she quickly fixed. the social aspect of the service. She grew But Cohen still finds the system ap- up in Washington, D.C., and says Airbnb pealing, in part because it isn’t purely brings a bit of the outside world to her a business transaction. Airbnb corner of sleepy Lincoln. handles all the financial details: “I miss people,” she says. “I Ga & Guests enter their credit card or miss conversation. We establish e iss rd m ue e n Ho PayPal information through the friendships with these people.” website, and money is directly Reynolds and the couple’s deposited into hosts’ accounts. son, Will, built their tree house Airbnb takes a cut, but hosts about six years ago as a fatherdon’t have to worry son bonding exercise about bounced checks after taking a class at or swiping cards. The Yestermorrow Design/ site also sends hosts Build School, a tax statement at the After that, “Basically, end of the year. the mice took it over,” What’s left is an arsays Bryant. “We rangement that feels figured we had to do somehow more social something.” than economic. Hosts Bryant and Reynolds and guests alike prewere early Airbnb pare profiles, and when adopters in Vermont; E lliE BrYAN t guests request a bookonly about 10 statewide ing, the hosts can read previous reviews properties were listed when they joined and learn about their potential visitor. the service in 2009. After that, it’s up to them to accept or The tree house is braced between decline — a system that has raised con- four maples, with a cozy double cerns about possible discrimination. bed tucked into a loft accessible by Despite the “background check” ladder. Most visitors are city folk from provided by profiles, Airbnb hosts and New York or Boston looking to escape, guests alike have some reason to be and the whimsical tree house fits the concerned about security. The com- bill. Other guests have come from as pany received a big black eye after a far away as South Africa, Argentina guest trashed a woman’s home in San and Iraq. Francisco. Afterward, Airbnb scramBryant and Reynolds have been bled to improve its customer service adding amenities since joining Airbnb: and insurance policies; it now offers a They recently put in a hot tub and are 24/7 hotline and $50,000 of coverage installing an outdoor shower. They cook for property damage. On a portion of their visitors a big breakfast, and invite the site devoted to safety, Airbnb says them in for conversation over wine and it believes people are fundamentally cheese in the evenings. good, but goes on to list numerous Their Airbnb revenues go into a safety tips for guests and hosts. separate account to pay for rooms-andWilliamson took matters a little meals taxes, upkeep and tree house exfurther before she rented out her room, penses. And with the remainder, Bryant which has a separate outside entrance. and Reynolds have made a tradition She put in an extra door with a lock that of dining out on Sunday night, saying separates the suite from the rest of her the departed guest “is taking us out to house. dinner.” “I’m pretty trusting, but I’m also Says Bryant: “The extra money we aware that I can be a little Pollyanna- use to play.” m ish,” Williamson admits. The lock allows her to rest easy, knowing there’s an extra barrier between her guest and her family.

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replacement of the leaky asphalt roof with a new slate one — made from Vermont gray slate — along with new copper flashing. Vaughan can’t say which of his predecessors decided to put asphalt shingles on a Colonial Revival house. Suffice it to say the decision was the architectural equivalent of installing aluminum siding on a stone chimney. Other improvements: Water-damaged exterior wood and wrought iron will be scraped, repaired, replaced and repainted, as will all the trim, soffits, shutters and lower cornices; a brick walkway to the front door, buckled by the shallow roots of a maple tree, will be repaired. The other major exterior work is masonry repair. Some of the home’s original brickwork that rises above the roofline now leaks, Vaughan explains, and will need to be removed and rebuilt; two chimneys also need remortaring. However, unlike most chimneys on campus, these won’t be sealed, allowing the Sullivans, who hail


February, the UVM board of trustees allotted a mere $875,000 from the university’s general fund to get the house up to snuff, with some additional living-quarters upgrades financed by private gifts. Robert Vaughan, UVM’s director of capital planning and management, is overseeing the project. He says the leaner budget is still enough to make the house quite comfy. “Hopefully, when we’re done, we’ll have a nice, clean look aesthetically and structurally,” he says. One already-noticeable change is the complete removal of ivy from the building’s exterior. Although creeping vines lent Englesby House a certain Ivy League gravitas, Vaughan explains that said gravitas had also poked its way through the masonry and was growing into a secondfloor bedroom. As evidence of how quickly ivy can recover, within days of its removal, new shoots were already laying siege to the recently erected scaffolds. One of the bigger-ticket renovation items, Vaughan explains, will be


official ceremonial functions. Perhaps that explains the jumbo, subterranean hot tub. More on that later. The last UVM president to live in Englesby House was Judith Ramaley, who served from July 1997 to June 2001. She resigned after just four years in the Queen City in the wake of a national hazing scandal involving UVM’s hockey team. One legacy of her tenure: an old pair of women’s ice skates hangs in a corner of the basement. When President Dan Fogel and his wife, Rachel, arrived on campus in July 2002, they chose to forgo living in Englesby — or anywhere on campus — and opted instead for the university’s $1800-a-month housing allowance. There was plenty of grumbling about the Fogels’ decision, even though the estimated cost of overhauling Englesby was then $2.4 million. Sullivan, like the four candidates he beat out for the job, agreed beforehand to live in Englesby if hired. However, he won’t be treated to a full, multimilliondollar home makeover. At its meeting in



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a laugh just once.” In its place, Vaughan’s people will install new HVAC systems and build a study for the president and an office for his wife. The highlight of the tour comes when we descend to the basement. Vaughan points to a workout room containing a ballet barre — with requisite floor-to-ceiling mirrors — and a ’70s- or ’80s-vintage Jacuzzi big enough to contain the entire board of trustees. “Is this neo-Colonial, too?” the photographer jokes. “I’m not sure which president put that in,” Vaughan says, “but it’s all coming out.” Like many Vermont basements, this one gets water inflow, he adds. On the university’s limited budget, a new sump pump will suffice to mitigate the problem — though not solve it. In the meantime, sensors on the floor alert Vaughan’s staff whenever the tide comes in. The Sullivans are due to arrive on campus in mid-July, but they won’t be able to move into Englesby House until mid-September, when the work is expected to be finished. That should give the couple plenty of time to pick out their color schemes and decide which personal touches they plan to leave behind for future generations to enjoy, or snicker at. 


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be descreened, returning it to its original 1914 design and introducing the Sullivans to the state insect, the mosquito. Fortunately, the home’s vintage hardwood floors barely need to be touched. “They’re 100 years old and look as though they were installed last year,” Vaughan notes. The floors should hold up well for many years to come — assuming the Sullivans keep their Australian shepherd’s nails trimmed. Visitors climb a wide staircase — with a beautiful, polished-wood banister — to the second floor, where Vaughan walks us through the four bedrooms, interspersed with several bathrooms. There’s no record of when the last renovation took place, he notes, but judging by looks, the bathrooms haven’t been updated since Eisenhower was in the White House. The silver light fixtures have a funky, art-deco feel, but the pastel-colored tiles look passé and worn. “So we’ll end up with three modern bathrooms on this floor, and it’ll look the way it should for the president and his wife,” Vaughan says. Also headed for the landfill: the once-white carpeting that runs throughout the second-floor living area. Despite some dated décor, Englesby House has plenty of classic features that don’t need to be replaced or updated, including built-in wooden bookshelves and

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he Seven Days offices started buzzing as soon as August First owners Jodi Whalen and Phil Merrick announced they planned to open a sandwich shop at 2 North Winooski Avenue in Burlington. We’re all fans of August First, just a short walk down South Champlain Street from our desks. But while the flagship café offers ladylike tofu salads and locavore soups, Stacks Sandwiches promised to serve up big, manly sandwiches on hearty bread influenced by Whalen’s Pennsylvania upbringing. On April 4, Stacks opened its doors, and we eagerly perused the menu. Though there’s no cheesesteak, one of the most talked-about items is a PhillyMatt McCarthy style Italian pork sandwich with broccoli rabe and provolone. When the time was ripe for an assessment of Stacks, Corin Hirsch and I decided not to keep the bounty inside the food department, but to share reviewing duties with some of Seven Days’ other avowed sandwich lovers. They included cofounder and editor Pamela Polston, associate arts editor Megan James and circulation manager Steve Hadeka. We weren’t just trying to allay our guilt, or to collect multiple opinions: We wanted to give Stacks a trial run the way most patrons will use it, as a source of take-out lunches and dinners for busy workers. With its minimal seating — made from the reclaimed wood of an Addison County barn — Stacks is primarily designed for folks on the go. The large sandwiches are perfect for sharing — and discussing. It seemed only natural that we sample them in our natural habitat, taking into account the rigors of each sandwich’s journey from Stacks to our office in Corin’s car. The soft, sesame-seed-encrusted rolls actually begin their travels at August First, then are brought uptown via bread-hauling bikes. On their journey back to the South End with fillings, some survived better than others. Each of our critics came away from the tasting with favorites — and suggestions for Stacks on achieving total sandwich bliss.

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A familiar face is missing behind the meat counter at Healthy Living Market. Longtime butcher FranK pacE cut his last steak for the market on May 4. A trained chef with an enviable background in the San Francisco dining scene, Pace is heading back to the restaurant world, but not to the line. Instead, he’s taken on the role of in-house butcher for catamount hospItaLIty, the restaurant company that owns Burlington’s FarmhousE tap & grILL and EL cortIjo taquErIa y cantIna. Soon to join the group: guILD & company, the steakhouse that will open in the former Ground Round space on Williston Road in South Burlington. According to Pace, the restaurant will most likely open early this fall. Right now, the chef is keeping himself occupied with the 80-hour-a-week demands of his own business, pacE catErIng. Besides providing food for parties and weddings, Pace is consulting with harDWIcK bEEF on its own burgeoning catering company. Its wares will be showcased at Stowe’s cELEbratE VErmont FEstIVaL, this August 23 to 26, where Pace says to look for a whole steer roasting over what he terms “a meat trapeze.” In the coming months, Pace will focus full time on Catamount Hospitality’s demands. He and chef phILLIp cLayton are designing everything they’ll need in a kitchen with the help of KItchEn, rEstaurant + bar spEcIaLIsts, the design company behind the kitchen at the new hotEL VErmont. The meat-preparation wonderland will include a grill and rotisserie, both wood fired. Thanks to his experimentation at Healthy Living, Pace says he has his dry-aging method for beef “down pretty well to a science.” Charcuterie will be dry-cured in-house, too. Once Guild & Company is ready to open, Pace will return to the job of a butcher, sourcing Vermont’s best beef and cutting it into steaks for the restaurant. He says he’s already been in touch with LapLattE rIVEr angus Farm and is in talks with boyDEn Farm. Here’s to moo-ving on.

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By offering its wares at pop-up restaurants, catering company mIsEry LoVEs co. helped bring the Vermont food scene into the 21st century. Next step? A food truck. Last week, Misery debuted its cheerful redand-white 1976 Winnebago, known as “Big Red,” at Burton Snowboards’ Burlington headquarters with a menu that included fried-chicken banh mi sandwiches and gloriously salty fries with Old Bay aioli. For now, the truck will continue to visit that lot at 80 Industrial Parkway on siDe Dishes

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About four years ago, Ferrisburgh dairy farmers chEryL DEVos and her husband, j.D., began to think about bottling the milk from their herd of 200 Holsteins and Jerseys and selling it locally rather than to a national organic milk company, as they had done since 2005. Little did they know how long and winding the road ahead would be, even with help from the IntErVaLE cEntEr’s Success on Farms program, a loan from the Vermont Economic Development Authority and money from local investors. “We needed holding tanks for the milk, a delivery truck, a bulk tank truck, a pasteurizer, a separator, a homogenizer and an ice builder,” recalls Cheryl DeVos. “It was a big undertaking. I think if my husband and I had known then, we would have said, ‘No, we’re not doing that.’” But she’s glad they persisted. Later this month, the DeVoses will begin bottling about one-quarter of their production, a volume they hope will grow and eventually include milk from other farmers. “Someone needs to do this. If we’re going to stay local, us farmers have to take things into our own hands,” says DeVos. The creamery shares space inside the former Saputo Cheese plant in Hinesburg, now a 88,720-square-foot food hub whose tenants include VErmont smoKE anD curE. During an open house and ribbon cutting on May 19, visitors will have a chance to drop in. Whole, 1 percent and skim

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Sherpa Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner six days a week, with a brunch buffet on Sundays. Down the interstate in Montpelier, beloved food cart Wilaiwan’s Kitchen has left its perch in front of the county courthouse and opened at 34 State Street. “It’s been a very warm, welcoming week,” says co-owner tIm azarIan as he halves limes for a recent lunch. His wife, WILaIWan phonjan-azarIan, is co-owner and chef. Though they have no menu yet, the pair posts specials on a chalkboard inside the

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A pair of eateries that opened over the past week will cover both ends of the Asian culinary spectrum: subtle and fiery. shErpa KItchEn opened Saturday on College Street, rolling out a menu of momos, curries and Indian specialties such as samosas, pakoras and chana masala. Owners Doma shErpa and LaKpa Lama are also serving appetizers such as wild-rice salad tossed with chaat-and-parsley dressing; roti and other fresh breads; and homemade mango chutney and mixed pickles. Eclectic desserts include kulfi (Nepalese ice cream) and Batsa Makhu, cheese dumplings in a caramel sauce.

nine-seat café. On a recent day, those included Chiang Mai noodles in yellow coconut curry and yam moo krob, or Thai-style crispy pork salad. Wilaiwan’s Kitchen is open Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Alice: When I think porchetta, I think fatty chunks of crumblingly tender meat, complete with crispy skin and hot, melting fat. Basically, a big, sexy grease bomb flavored with fennel and preferably smoked. If it’s rolled-up slices from a whole pig, all the better. This porchetta was a far more civilized sandwich, made of thin slivers of delisliced meat. Points deducted for lack of carnality. While the pork was juicy, perhaps to a fault, it could have used bigger, more herbaceous flavor. Same for the slightly soggy broccoli rabe on top. Though I appreciated the shake of red pepper, the rabe needed more acid to matthew thOrsen

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girl, I love the heavily seeded buns that Stacks uses for its subs. They feel like oldfashioned grinders, with an ideal balance of puff, pull and crust. That said, I’d still like the option to have my bread toasted; it would’ve helped with this sandwich, which was soggy and falling apart by the time we got it back to the office. Worried that we wouldn’t have enough for our survey, we ordered large subs. “Do you think someone actually could eat this entire thing?” wondered Megan. Maybe — if you hadn’t eaten in days, or had spent all morning pushing a boulder up a hill.

and flopped out of the sandwich each time I took a bite. The bread was pretty soggy, but otherwise yummy — I loved the sesame seeds! The meat was a little much for me. I don’t think I could eat more than a couple bites of this sandwich; the flavors all started to meld, and it was just too heavy. I would have preferred to get rid of the bread, squeeze some lemon on top, and eat this with a knife and fork for dinner.



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These foot-long giants could easily feed two, maybe three. The sautéed broccoli rabe was the unexpected star of this sub — it was bitter and intensely vegetal, in all the right ways. (I could live on broccoli rabe.) The flavor of the meat paled by comparison; it was slightly dried out, like gyro pork that’s been on the spit too long. My tongue kept wishing for more flavor.



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around it, the sandwich looked kind of gross: A mess of sloppy, green broccoli rabe matted down on bread. But I liked my first bite. The broccoli rabe was nicely spicy, though it could have used a splash of vinegar or lemon. And it was in such big chunks, it kind of slipped

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break up the pork’s fatty flavor. A note: This is a sandwich best eaten immediately. The soft bread soaks up the plentiful juices of its filling like a sponge, leaving the bun falling apart after just a few minutes. That sogginess may have supplied the carnality I was craving, but not an easy eat.

Steve: Having experienced the real McCoy of porchetta sandwiches at Brooklyn Flea last winter, I was expecting a bit rougher chop on the pork, with some skin thrown in. This pork product was a little more uniform, having been spared the cleaver for a more even slice. No matter; the meat was nicely seasoned and played well with the provolone and bread.

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pamela: The bread was soft and a little

soggy, but I didn’t mind that with this sandwich. The meat was well cooked and flavored. Though the broccoli rabe was a nice idea, it was almost flavorless; I might have preferred something a little crunchy for contrast — even lettuce. The cheese was melty and perfect.

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alice: This meat was moist in a manageable

both of these subs, bowled over by the depth of the meat’s flavor — it tasted half roasted, half braised, and was succulent, peppery and pulsating with garlic. And that shaved, warm flesh melted the fatty smear of mayo on both sandwiches — yum. On the sandwich with sweet roasted peppers, the peppers kind of fell all over the place; they might work better in thin, snakelike

Giardiniera, a mélanGe of pickled, chopped hot peppers, carrots and onions, added

a fantastiC shot of spiCe and vinegaR. slices. Still, they coexisted gracefully with the meat, lending the sandwich a springy crunch, and I didn’t mind picking up stray pieces and munching on them. The version with giardiniera was a crowd favorite. I loved it, too — but, oddly, not as much as its clunkier twin. The zesty relish of pickled onions and carrots tarted up the beef like a saucy little cousin, but I wished there were more of it.

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the tasting: those damn roasted green peppers! Just like iceberg lettuce and American cheese, green peppers have their place in this world among their sexier relatives. However, these peppers were roasted only long enough to dull their color to army green; they had no char or seasoning to speak of. Only when they joined the chorus of flavors in the giardiniera did they begin to add their own notes. The ultra-tender roast beef in both sandwiches made for a manageable eating experience, which I appreciate. If you pick up a sandwich and half of it goes squirting onto the plate while you negotiate a particular layer, you might as well order a salad.

Megan: This one looked so much more

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appealing, the meat dotted with bright carrot and crunchy-looking green-pepper cubes. I fell in love with it at first bite. The8v-expressions050912.indd veggies were perfectly pickled, slightly spicy and still crunchy. They were a perfect foil to the flavorful roast beef, which was, thankfully, much leaner than the porchetta. I could eat much more of this sandwich. Actually, I spent the rest of the tasting picking bits of pickled veggies off the leftover pieces and popping them into my mouth. By comparison, the roast-beef sandwich with roasted green peppers was unremarkable. Why would I eat that one when the other — with its perfect, bright


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way, with a hot, garlicky jus that didn’t soak all the way through the roll. Giardiniera, a mélange of pickled, chopped hot peppers, carrots and onions, added a fantastic shot of spice and vinegar. Sharp provolone and mayo contributed another level of taste and texture — creaminess — making this one of the most complex sandwiches of the bunch. However, with roasted peppers in place of giardiniera, the combo erred toward the slightly bland. The green peppers were cooked only al dente and lacked flavor. That option took on the nutty tastes of the heavily sesame-seeded bun. Fine, but a little boring.

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Menu description: “Chicago style slow roasted all natural beef seasoned with garlic and herbs, dipped in hot jus. On a seeded August First Roll with sharp provolone and mayonnaise. Topped with hot pepper giardiniera or sweet roasted peppers” (we tested one of each).

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keeper, though it could use more crunch — maybe more pickles?

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explosions of vinegary veggies — still beckoned?

Megan: There was a lot going on in this

one. We all oohed and ahhed over the cross section: a colorful striation of ham, pork, pickles, mustard and cheese. I tasted a nice burst of cumin on my first bite, and was pleased that this sandwich had just the right amount of meat. I don’t like when my sandwiches are giant meat wads — and the Cubano has a tendency to be the worst offender.

Pamela: There was a lot of beef in this

sandwich — it was a mouthful, and quite chewable. The pickled, spiced vegetables provided a bit of crunch and heat, a really flavorful contrast. I didn’t like how soggy the bread was on this one, though. The cooked green bell peppers in the second version did nothing. For me, that one was a distant and not-so-lovable cousin of the roast beef with giardiniera. Plus, the peppers came in large slices, too big for the sandwich. When you bit into them, the remainder tended to fall out. Again, a very generous portion of well-cooked beef, though.

Pamela: Yum! This sandwich is zesty! With the spices, and the complex mixture of flavors provided by ham, pork shoulder, cheese, pickle and mustard, not to mention the sesame-seed bun, this one is a winner — and my favorite so far.

Steve: Having a hard time finding words for this one. I mean, it was gorgeous: pickles, mustard, two kinds of meat on awesome bread. I have an easier time talking smack when things go bad.

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Alice: Cumin wafted out of the paper

Menu description: “Genoa Salami, Soprasetta [sic], Ham, Sharp Provolone, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Oil & Vinegar.”

Alice: My search is over! While I’ve had some great Italian subs in Vermont — outside Burlington — this is finally the ticket to meaty work-lunch nirvana. Some tasters complained about the size. The meat-stuffed roll may be big, but I’ve got a big mouth and an appetite for salami, sopressata and ham, all rolled together and doused with oil and dark, aged vinegar. Yeah, there was provolone, too. Lettuce and

sandwich looked like sand art — layers of shredded, rose-pink ham, Swiss cheese and pickles pressed tightly together. When I bit into it, the flavors came in waves, too — cumin-spiked meat and barnyardy cheese dominated, shot through with notes of mustard and pickle. This one’s definitely a

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wrapper as soon as I unrolled this sammie. However, the earthy spice was just part of what made this pork-shoulder concoction irresistible. Stuffed with lightly spiced ham and tangy house pickles, the slices of meat were complex enough. The addition of creamy, nutty Swiss cheese and bracing yellow mustard made this a winner I’ll order all for myself soon.

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tomato were all well and good, but I was in it for the ball of tangy, greasy meat.

Megan: This one tasted like New Jersey.

As a native of the Garden State, I mean that as a big compliment. I loved biting into the crisp, shredded lettuce, doused in oil and vinegar and dotted with salt and cracked pepper, then finding the dense layers of meats and provolone packed into the definitely unsoggy bread. After all those meaty, greasy, hot sandwiches, this cold one was crisp and refreshing.

Steve: I grew up eating the famous (at least regionally) Gill’s Delicatessen grinders in Rutland. For my family, the Italian was the staple. But, like sands through the hourglass ... No, like oil through the cruet ... Aw, screw it. People grow. People change. Society moves inevitably forward, and it brings its sandwiches along for the ride. Stacks’ version stays true to the classic recipe, but improves on Gill’s in every category.

Alice: I rely on Ahli Baba’s Kabob Shop for its falafel filled with whole chickpeas. In the same vein, I applaud the whole legumes in this sandwich. I had trouble detecting the Indian spices indicated by the name, but other subcontinental flavors made up for it. In particular, I was a fan of the bright, refreshing cilantro chutney. The pickled cucumbers were a little distracting for me, just a hair too sweet for a savory dish. However, this meat lover may be willing to order it again.

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cumbers and cilantro — even their smells — so couldn’t go near this one. Without those ingredients, I probably would like this vegetarian, healthy hummus offering.

Steve: This sandwich was the sleeper hit of the bunch. So many sandwich shops, especially in Burlington, put forth such half-hearted, obligatory vegetarian sandwiches. (Can you say portobello anything?) So my expectations were low. But the first bite brought an unexpected wave of sweetness via the cucumbers, which I guessed had been swimming in some ricewine vinegar with a good amount of sugar. The chickpea mixture, cilantro chutney and sesame seeds kept it real on the savory side to bring together a satisfying and hearty bite. m


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ago, I ordered the salami hoagie from Stacks, and it arrived with two lonely slices of salami inside. This sub was just the opposite: stuffed to the gills with sopressata, salami, provolone, lettuce and peppers. It was lipsmackingly tasty — and, after three hot sandwiches, a cooling oasis. But having grown up on Long Island with drippier versions of Italian subs, I craved more oil, pepper and vinegar, and maybe a banana pepper or two. I’ll order this again, with extra dressing.

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harder to eat than the Cubano, because it was stuffed with greens, the Italian rivaled it in flavor and complexity. The Italian, however, was also cold and refreshing. The chopped lettuce was nice and vinegary, offsetting three different thinly sliced meats, tomato and cheese. This could be habit forming.

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though, I wasn’t into it. The sub is busy with competing flavors but seemed like a mush. If I were a vegetarian, I’d probably be all over it; as a carnivore, its assertive vegetable-bean-herbiness turned me off.

ting the hummus in this one — were they mustard seeds? Everything tasted fragrant. Eating this sandwich was a sloppy affair — the hummus squirting out all over my fingers, peppers launching themselves out of the bread — but once I got the hang of it, taking slow, strategic bites, I really enjoyed it. At first, I thought it needed a little more flavor, but then I bit into some thinly sliced, very sweet cucumbers, which had been pickled to perfection. Exactly what I was looking for. If I were to order this sandwich myself, I’d hold the tomatoes and green peppers and double up on the pickled cucumbers.

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Corin: This sub was beautiful to look at, Stacks Sandwiches, 2 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington, 540-0070.


a miniature landscape of deep greens, beiges and reds. The warming Indian spices and smear of cilantro were also a tapestry on the tongue; texturally,

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TROPICAL STORM IRENE STRESS-REDUCTION SERIES: Folks affected by the storm practice self-soothing techniques, guided meditation and mindfulness exercises to ease their anxiety. 168 Wall Street, Northfield, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 279-8246. WINOOSKI COALITION FOR A SAFE AND PEACEFUL COMMUNITY: Neighbors and local businesses help create a thriving Onion City by planning community events, sharing resources, networking and more. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 6551392, ext.10.



MAKE STUFF!: Defunct bicycle parts become works of art and jewelry that will be sold to raise funds and awareness for Bike Recycle Vermont. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 264-9687.


GUIDED ARGENTINE TANGO PRÁCTICA: Buenos Aires-born movements find a place on a sprung floor. Elizabeth Seyler is on hand to answer questions. North End Studio B, Burlington, 8:1510:15 p.m. $5. Info, 138-4959. ‘TAKING FLIGHT’: Up-and-coming choreographers introduce their lightly produced dance experiments. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.


CO-OP SOLAR INFO SESSION: Energy-conscious Vermonters learn about installing and using solar water heating for the home — as well as


BURLINGTON ACCESSIBILITY GROUP: Community members brainstorm ways to make navigating the Queen City more convenient for folks with disabilities. An ASL interpreter will attend. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 224-1809,

future dates through May 20. $15-20. Info, 863-5966.


‘LAURA’: As he investigates a gruesome murder, detective Mark McPherson finds himself falling head over heels for the dead girl in this 1944 film noir. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘STRONG!’: Julie Wyman’s 2012 documentary looks at the triumphs and trials of Olympic weight-lifting champ Cheryl Haworth — who, at 300-plus pounds, has a hard time fitting in. Rutland Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860.

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LOCAL FOODS CAN BE AFFORDABLE: Lisa Mase of Harmonized Cookery offers advice for stretching your food budget while consuming seasonal produce from Vermont vendors. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7 p.m. $8-10; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, SPRING INTO SOUPS: Learning Center chef/ instructor Nina Lesser-Goldsmith stirs up warm asparagus soup with chive whipped cream and four other seasonal broths. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. SPRING SALAD LUNCHEON: Folks get their veggies in as more than 40 homemade salads are served. Proceeds benefit the church’s community outreach efforts. St. Luke’s Church, St. Albans, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Takeout available. Info, 524-6212.

health & fitness

MEREDITH WILEY: A contributor to Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease reveals how fear in early life can become the root of many common physical diseases. Comfort Inn & Suites, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 5-8 p.m. $25. Info, 518-561-4999. WHOLE FOODS & WHOLE PERSON LIVING WORKSHOP: Health nuts take in wellness WED.09

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If overzealous spring cleaning has whittled down your closet, the Clothes Exchange has THE CLOTHES got your covered — literally. What started in EXCHANGE Friday, May 11, 6-8 p.m., and 2001 as an informal, living-room clothing swap Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m.-6 among friends has grown to be a sustainable p.m., at 1 Church Street in social mission, in which recycled threads Burlington. $100-110 Shop First tickets for Friday; free find new homes while raising funds for local admission on Saturday. nonprofits (more than a quarter-million Proceeds benefit HOPE Works. Info, 862-8261, ext. 2856. dollars since its inception). Fashionistas can splurge for a Friday night Shop First pass — it comes with a personal shopper and a stylist — or swing by the pop-up shop for free on Saturday to thumb through a variety of gently used items, plus brand-new pieces donated by retailers and indie designers. Fashion fix, indeed. COURTESY OF THE CLOTHES EXCHANGE



KNIT NIGHT: Crafty needleworkers (crocheters, too) share their talents and company as they spin yarn. Phoenix Books, Essex, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111.

the federal and state incentives to do so. Brick Meeting House, Westford, 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 395-1388,


OPEN ROTA MEETING: Neighbors keep tabs on the gallery’s latest happenings. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8 p.m. Free. Info, 518-314-9872.

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“Second to the right, and straight on ’til morning.” That, Peter Pan tells Wendy, is the way to Neverland, the make-believe world of pirates, fairies and Lost Boys made famous in the writings of J.M. Barrie. The Saints & Poets Production Company goes back to the root of Barrie’s original story, based on his friendship with the Llewelyn Davies family, in a nonmusical, all-ages play starting Friday. “I think that most people know the Disney version, which makes [Pan] just a boy of adventure,” says director Kevin Christopher. “In reality, he’s sort of a petulant and tragic character, and this version ‘PETER PAN, OR THE BOY WHO doesn’t gloss over that.” Keep WOULD NOT GROW UP’ Friday, May 11, 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 12, 2 and 7 watch for a handful of puppet p.m.; and Sunday, May 13, 2 and 6 p.m., at Black characters, too — including a Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing ticking crocodile. Arts Center, in Burlington. View website for

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horeographer Adele Myers often asks herself, “Why aren’t we being more honest about this?” Her dances — renowned for blending athletic, fullbodied motion with a smart sense of humor — faithfully underline the truth in human emotion. Theater In the Head, for example, pursues interpersonal intimacy by stripping down an elaborate dance to its most basic structure, while “This dance is what you see” plays with “being in control of being out of control” — or embracing the wild side. With signature theatricality, she and her fivemember troupe bring a uniquely female point of view and a bold close to Kingdom County Productions’ performance season.


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Ken Waldman has carved an identity as “Alaska’s Fiddling Poet,” combining oldtime, Appalachian-style music and freeverse anecdotes. The duo disciplines have led to his reputation as something of Alaska’s Garrison Keillor — and, as Nashville Scene tells it, he’s got the “deadpan folkiness” down pat. The bearded minstrel shares tales of rugged wilderness adventure from the 49th state — plane crashes and run-ins with grizzlies among them — when he’s not channeling a string band with Vermont collaborator Colin McCaffrey at the Chandler Gallery on Friday.


KEN WALDMAN Friday, May 11, 7:30 p.m., at Chandler Gallery in Randolph. $13-16; cash bar. Info, 728-6464.


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advice about food nutrients, magnesium, chakra balancing, Reiki and preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Westford Library, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 865-0360.


Baby Time: Crawling tots and their parents convene for playtime and sharing. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.noon. Free; preregister. Info, 658-3659. Chess Club: King defenders practice castling and various opening gambits with volunteer Robert Nichols. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

Highgate Story Hour: Good listeners giggle and wiggle to age-appropriate lit. Highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Info, 868-3970. Hogwarts Reading Society: Potterheads and others fascinated by the fantasy genre discuss Veronica Roth’s Divergent. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.




Middlebury Babies & Toddlers Story Hour: Children develop early-literacy skills through stories, rhymes and songs. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Montgomery Story Hour: Good listeners are rewarded with an earful of tales and a mouthful of snacks. Montgomery Town Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Natural Herbal Bug Spray: Bugging out? Little ones mix up a nontoxic concoction to keep those pesky flies away. Fairfax Community Library, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420. Pajama Story Time: Evening tales send kiddos off to bed. Berkshire Elementary School, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.


Italian Conversation Group: Parla Italiano? A native speaker leads a language practice for all ages and abilities. Room 101, St. Edmund’s Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 899-3869.


African Music & Dance Ensemble: Students in professor Damascus Kafumbe’s class offer a lively end-of-semester concert of East African instrumentals, vocals and dance. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433. Guitar Ensemble Concert: Michael Fratino conducts a concert of strumming. E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-564-3094. Sambatucada! Open Rehearsal: New players are welcome to pitch in as Burlington’s Afro-Brazilian street percussion band sharpens

Zach Wahls: An internet celebrity for his speech to the Iowa House Judiciary Committee about same-sex marriage discusses his book, My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength and What Makes a Family. Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-3999.

Mountain Bike Ride: Onion River Sports staff bring intermediate to advanced riders to different area trails each week. Carpooling is an option; call ahead for details. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 5 p.m. Free; riders under 15 must be accompanied by an adult; riders under 18 need signed parental permission; helmets required. Info, 229-9409. Wednesday Night World Championships: Fast riders vie for bragging rights in town-line sprints. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free; riders under 15 must be accompanied by an adult; riders under 18 need signed parental permission; helmets required. Info, 229-9409.


Smart Meter Panel Discussion: Janet Newton of the EMR Policy Institute, Allen Gilbert of the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont, Todd Kowalczyk of Central Vermont Public Service and a speaker from the Vermont Department of Health weigh the pros and cons of smart meters. Town Hall, Roxbury, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, ‘The Gnosis Today’: Religious thinkers discuss the implementation of gnostic principles in daily life. Foot of the Hill Building, St. Albans, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 524-9706, Vincent E. Feeney: Finnigans, Slaters and Stonepeggers’ author shares a little-known story of “The Irish ‘Wave’ in the Green Mountains.” Cambridge Historical Society, Jeffersonville, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 644-5675.


‘Ringing Down the Curtain’: Theater and dance students showcase the semester’s work. Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 518-564-3094.


Book Discussion Series: Comprehending Today’s Middle East: Naguib Mahfouz’s Fountain and Tomb: Hakayat Haretna helps make sense of current events. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 254-5290, ext. 101. Book Discussion Series: New England Uncovered: Readers find more to our region than meets the eye in Michael White’s A Brother’s Blood. South Hero Community Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 372-6209. Poe Jam With Dug Nap: Literati take to the mic with poetry and spoken-word expressions — plus a little music. BCA Center, Burlington, 8-11 p.m. Info, 865-7166. Reading & Discussion of ‘Lyddie’: Tied in with the current Lost Nation Theater production, Morgan Irons leads a chat about Katherine Paterson’s historical-fiction novel set at the start of the Industrial Revolution. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Reeve Lindbergh: The author weighs in on the newly released diaries of her mother, Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Against Wind and Tide: Letters and Journals, 1947-1986. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. Sherry Olson & Jo Chickering: Two local poets share their literary endeavors in a backand-forth reading, presented like a conversation. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m.



‘This American Life — Live!’: Lake Placid: A live stage version of the radio show, broadcast from New York University’s Skirball Center, includes stories from David Rakoff, Tig Notaro and Glynn Washington; a short film by Mike Birbiglia; a concert by OK Go; a dance performance by the Monica Bill Barnes Company; and more. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 8 p.m. $15; $40 includes prescreening party and light meal. Info, 518-523-2512.

Gardening With Gaia: Green thumbs learn to connect with Earth energies ‘This American Life — Live!’: sy and plant spirits in a workshop of Middlebury: See above listing, “th i with Fearn Lickfield, director of sa m e ric Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. a n lif e” the Green Mountain Druid Order and $12. Info, 382-9222. certified flower essence practitioner. Hunger ‘This American Life — Live!’: South Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $8-10; Burlington: See above listing, Palace 9 preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, info@ Cinemas, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $18-20. Info, 660-9300. te

Healthy, Strong & Safe: Boundaries & Assertiveness for Teens & the Adults in Their Lives: Adolescents and their grown-up companions practice skills to increase independence and help prevent violence and abuse. Rock Point School, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 425-5437.


national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 12:30-1:30 p.m. & 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 253-8358.


Fairfield Playgroup: Youngsters entertain themselves with creative activities and snack time. Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

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Enosburg Playgroup: Children and their adult caregivers immerse themselves in singing activities and more. American Legion, Enosburg Falls, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

its tunes. 8 Space Studio Collective, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017.


Mastermind Group Meeting: Big dreamers build a supportive network as they try to realize business goals in an encouraging environment. Best Western Waterbury-Stowe, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7822. Vermont Consultants Network Meeting: VCN president Bob Uerz launches a program about creating a simple business plan — or updating an existing one — for your consulting company. Arrive early for networking opportunities. Network Performance, South Burlington, 8 a.m. Free for first-time guests. Info, 373-8379.

food & drink

Himitsu Sushi Night: Oenophiles dine on decadent Japanese cuisine in the winery’s tasting room. Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery, Berlin, 6-9 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 223-1151.


Chess Group: Novice and expert players compete against real humans, not computers. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $2. Info, 324-1143.


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Fitness Hooping: Hula-Hoopers wiggle their hips in a cardio workout aimed at improving coordination, balance and stamina. Union Elementary School, Montpelier, 7-8 p.m. $10. Info, 223-2921.

Tropical Storm Irene Support Group: Residents build community while sharing stories, learning coping methods and supporting neighbors. Berlin Elementary School, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 279-4670.

Art-Ability: An art reception, a screening of Wretchers and Jabberers and a trailer for Mark Utter’s upcoming short film celebrate the many abilities of community members with disabilities. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 496-8996. Feminine Spirit of the Living Earth: A new women’s learning group embarks on a metaphysical exploration through meditation, oneness and more. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Donations accepted; call ahead. Info, 671-4569.

fairs & festivals

Waking Windows 2012: Hosted by Angioplasty Media and the Winooski Community Partnership, this three-day festival features an art fair and performances by Snakefoot, the Smittens, Anders Parker Cloud Badge and many others in traditional and unusual settings. Various locations, Winooski, 6 p.m. $5-8 per show; $25 weekend pass; see for schedule. Info,


‘Art21: Art in the Twenty-First Century’: Viewers screen episodes of the only prime-time,

Fitness & Nutrition: Akshata Nayak helps folks develop positive meal plans to get the most out of their exercise routines. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.

Hand & Nail Care for Gardeners: Gardeners clean off their green thumbs, damaged from digging in the dirt, with homemade, herbal fixes. City Market, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700. Meditation 101: Folks enlighten up as Martha Tack focuses on the stress-relief benefits of this calming practice. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 6:308 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 633-4136.


Early-Literacy Story Time: Weekly themes educate preschoolers and younger children on basic reading concepts. Westford Public Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-5639, westford_pl@vals. Franklin Story Hour: Lovers of the written word perk up for read-aloud tales and adventures with lyrics. Haston Library, Franklin, 1010:45 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Kids in the Kitchen: Kiddos work up an appetite as they make fillings and grate cheese for creative quesadillas. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free

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for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.

Burlington, 4 p.m. Free; $5 suggested donation for keepsake playbill. Info, 735-6845.

Middlebury Preschoolers story hour: Tiny ones become strong readers through activities with tales, songs and rhymes. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.

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Music With raPhael: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song and dance moves to traditional and original folk music. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

‘the titan ProJect: ProMetheus’: A Greek mythological character is launched into the realm of science fiction in this bold student production. Hepburn Zoo, Hepburn Hall, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. $4. Info, 443-6433.

stroller strolling: Young families roll along the recreation path together. Community Park, Fairfax, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 782-6332.

‘the naPoleon 2012’: Green Candle Theatre Company chronicles the life and times of Napoléon Bonaparte in a slightly historical, and wildly imaginative, comedy. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10-20; rated PG-13. Info, 863-5966.



Jazz shoWcase: Dick Forman directs student instrumentalists and vocalists in a cabaretstyle evening. Lower Lobby, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. songWriters sessions: Lyricists make music at a monthly jam. Old Lantern, Charlotte, 6 p.m. Cash bar; preregister for a slot to play. Info, 425-3739.


thursday night nationals: Bikers set the pace for a weekly ride along ever-changing routes. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free; riders under 15 must be accompanied by an adult; riders under 18 need signed parental permission; helmets required. Info, 229-9409.


after dark sPeaker series: In “Diseases of Aging, Osteoarthritis, Joint Replacement and Osteoporosis,” medical experts David Halsey, James Trice and Sheldon Cooper host a walk-through talk of the “Our Body: The Universe Within” exhibit. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $15-20; cash bar. Info, 877-324-6386.

gale golden: A social worker and UVM clinical associate professor of psychiatry discusses “Love, Intimacy and Sex in Later Life” in a lecture hosted by UVM’s Center on Aging. Carpenter Auditorium, Given Medical Building, UVM, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 656-4220.

Jack beatty: The author of The Lost History of 1914: Reconsidering the Year the Great War Began reads from his new book and signs copies. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Madeleine kunin: In The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work and Family, the former Vermont governor offers a detailed path toward women’s equality. Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-3999,


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‘the neW frontiers of add’: Child and adult psychiatrist Edward M. Hallowell discusses his book Delivered From Distraction and covers the brain science behind ADD and ADHD. Essex Cinemas & T-Rex Theater, 8 a.m. $99. Info, 658-0040.








ballrooM lesson & dance social: Singles and couples of all levels of experience take a twirl. Lesson, 7-8 p.m.; open dancing, 8-10 p.m. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, 7-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269.




book discussion series: earth tones: Linda Hogan’s Mean Spirit explores how to live in harmony with nature. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.

antonio satta: The internationally renowned meditation teacher explores “The Common Foundation of Vipassana and Mahamudra.” Milarepa Center, Barnet, 6:30-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 633-4136.





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Ken Waldman: Alaska’s fiddling poet combines old-time music with storytelling. Colin McCaffrey joins him. See calendar spotlight. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $13-16; cash bar. Info, 728-6464.

needed; wear clean, soft-soled shoes. North End Studios, Burlington, 7-10:30 p.m. $7. Info, 877-6648.


The Clothes Exchange: Fashionistas take action by buying high-quality, new or gently used women’s wear to support HOPE Works. See calendar spotlight. 1 Church Street, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $100-110 Shop First tickets for Friday; free on Saturday. Info, 862-8261, ext. 2856.

fairs & festivals

Waking Windows 2012: See THU.10, 5:30 p.m.

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. Tai Chi for Arthritis: AmeriCorps members from the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging lead gentle, controlled movements that can help alleviate stress, tension and joint pain. Winooski Senior Center, 10-11 a.m., and School Street Manor, Milton, 2-2:45 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 865-0360.


Community Playgroup: Kiddos convene for fun via crafts, circle time and snacks. Health Room, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Doug Wilhelm: The local author discusses his 13th novel for young adults, True Shoes. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 482-5189. Enosburg Falls Story Hour: Young ones show up for fables and occasional field trips. Enosburg Public Library, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 933-2328.










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Middlebury College Spiritual Choir: Alexander Twilight artist-in-residence François Clemmons directs the college ensemble. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433. ‘Middlebury Does Swing’: The Little City Jazz Band backs talented local singers in danceable hits from the 1940s. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $6-12. Info, 382-9222.

health & fitness

Imagination Vacation: Crafty kids help create a mobile mural masterpiece: a float for the Memorial Day Parade. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 388-4097.

May Day Music Benefit: FILK and the Green Mountain Blues Jam All-Stars deliver favorite covers and, uh, blues jams, respectively, in support of the Humane Society of Chittenden County. West Monitor Barn, Richmond, 6-10 p.m. $10; cash bar. Info, 862-0135.


Montgomery Tumble Time: Physicalfitness activities help build strong muscles. Montgomery Elementary School, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Musical Story Time: Three- to 5-year-olds develop early-literacy skills through books, songs and rhymes. Essex Free Library, 10:3011:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 879-0313. Swanton Playgroup: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Swanton, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.


‘Acoustic Encounters’: Grammy winner Will Ackerman headlines an evening of acoustic music. Local artists Bob Recupero, Josh Brooks, Darren Donovan, Matteo Palmer and Chris Wyckoff also perform. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Vergennes Opera House. Vergennes Opera House, 8 p.m. $15-20; free for kids under 10. Info, 877-6737. Feist, Timber Timbre: The Canadian indie-pop artist tours with songs from her latest album, Metals. A Canadian folk band opens. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $40.75-44. Info, 863-5966.

Music Night: John Daly kicks off an evening of original acoustic guitar. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 482-5189. Paul Dresher Double Duo: Musicians in pairs perform on traditional and invented instruments. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $25. Info, 863-5966. Swing Noire: Evoking the spirit of Django Reinhardt, the acoustic quartet performs lively jazz manouche. Bethany Church, Montpelier, 7 p.m. $12-15; free for ages 12 and under. Info, 453-5725. Tammy Fletcher & Her Band: A songstress with Americana roots sings to support the programs of C.I.D.E.R. (Champlain Islanders Developing Essential Resources). Folsom Education & Community Center, South Hero, 7-10 p.m. $20. Info, 372-6425. Vance Gilbert: The folk singersongwriter performs as part of the Burlington Coffeehouse series. North End Studio A, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15. Info, 864-5888. Vermont Joy Parade, Bloodroots Barter, Doomf**k: Local and nationally touring bands deliver old-time jams, Kentucky blues and “improv noise.” ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $3-5 donation. Info, 518-563-0494, rotagallery@ Young Tradition Weekend: Traditional song styles come into play at Friday night family and contra dances and a Saturday showcase contest and reception. Various locations, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $1 donation for Kids Day. Info,


Astronomy Viewing: Weather permitting, stargazers take in the night sky with members of the Vermont Astronomical Society. Begins at sundown; call to confirm. Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-4556. Spring Migration Bird Walk: Trailblazers wander a local birding hot spot, scouting out warblers, vireos, thrushes, waterfowl and other spring migrants. Various locations, Barre, 7-8:30 a.m. $10; free for North Branch Nature Center members; call for meeting location. Info, 229-6206.


Friday Night Fix: Serial cyclists get to know their bikes in a clinic covering shifting and drive

trains. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 229-9409, Hash House Harriers: Beer hounds of legal age earn their suds with an invigorating run and high-impact game of hide-and-seek. Meet in the parking lot, Leddy Park, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free if it’s your first time; $5 otherwise; bring ID. Info, 355-1015.


Tiffany Rhynard: As part of the Vermont Women in the Arts speaker series, the dancer, filmmaker and activist charts the trajectory of her work over the past 20 years and excerpts her latest project, “Subverting Normal.” Otter Creek Yoga, Middlebury, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 377-5661.


Auditions for ‘The Odd Couple (Female Version)’: Felix and Oscar are replaced with Florence and Olive in Neil Simon’s 1985 revision of The Odd Couple, brought to the stage by Girls Nite Out Productions. Chase Mill, Burlington, 6:15-9:45 p.m. Free; preregister for an audition time. Info, 734-5657, ‘Lyddie’: See THU.10, 8 p.m. ‘Mulan: The Musical’: See THU.10, 7 p.m. ‘Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up’: Children’s pirate stories inspired Saints & Poets Production Company’s puppetand-live-actor rendition of J.M. Barrie’s beloved tale. See calendar spotlight. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. $15-20. Info, 863-5966. Spielpalast Cabaret: Get dolled up for an evening of vaudeville and vintage burlesque with dancing ladies, a troupe of satirists and a saucy house orchestra. Come an hour early for cocktails. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 8 p.m. $24-27; for mature audiences only. Info, 863-5966. ‘The Mousetrap’: Whodunit? Martin Bones directs the Marble Valley Players in this Agatha Christie murder mystery with a thrilling final twist. Town Hall Theater, West Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 353-5932. ‘The Titan Project: Prometheus’: See THU.10, 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. ‘The Wizard of Oz’: Frederick H. Tuttle Middle Schoolers go over the rainbow in this jolly, oldHollywood-style production. South Burlington High School, 7 p.m. $5. Info, 355-6641. ‘the napoleon 2012’: See THU.10, 8 p.m.


Amy Seidl: The climate-change author and ecologist lectures on “Bloom: The Plight of Lake Champlain.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.

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Fed Up Vermont’s 2nd Annual Reproductive Rights Rally: Fed up with the war on women? Activists show their support for women’s bodily integrity and human rights by attending speeches, a march, theater performances and more. Burlington City Hall Park, noon-3 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9015. Occupy Central Vermont General Assembly: Citizen activists incite the change

they want to see in the world. Visit for location. Various locations, Montpelier, 3-5 p.m. Free.


Annual Plant Sale: The ringing of a cowbell signifies the start of this sale of hundreds of native perennials and colorful annuals, not to mention baked treats. United Church of Hinesburg, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 482-3352. Friends Annual Plant Swap: Horticulturalists label and trade plants for the garden. No invasives, please. Stranahan Memorial Town Forest, Marshfield, 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 426-3581, jaquithpubliclibrary@ Garden Work Party & Community Celebration: Helping hands plant fruit trees and revive the school’s gardens, which are used to grow produce for the school cafeteria. Twinfield Union School, Plainfield, projects, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; potluck, 4 p.m.; square dance, 5-8 p.m. Donations accepted for Farm to School; bring your own lunch, water and garden tools. Info, 454-1117. Plant Sale: Home gardeners prep for the growing season by perusing a wide selection of perennial plowers, herbs and veggie starts. Proceeds support the development of neighborhood gardens and garden-based outreach and education. Integrated Arts Academy, H.O. Wheeler Elementary School, Burlington, 10 a.m.3 p.m. Free; plant donations accepted through May 11. Info, 861-4769,


Saturday Art Sampler: Domestic divas follow a simple pattern to stitch together a retro apron. Davis Studio Gallery, Burlington, 10 a.m.noon. $24. Info, 425-2700.


Bolton Community Yard, Plant & Bake Sale: Bargain hunters find treasures among secondhand goods, greens and edible treats. Item donations accepted through May 11. Smilie Memorial School, Bolton, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 434-5468 or 434-5673, bphillips@gmavt. net. Children’s Room Annual Tag Sale: See FRI.11, 9 a.m.-noon. Perennial Swap, Book & Lawn Sale: Green thumbs exchange flora at a benefit for the Highgate Public Library. Highgate Fire Department, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 868-3970. Queen City Craft Bazaar: Recycled skateboard jewelry and creative duds are among the items offered by local crafters, designers and artists at this indie fair. Rock trio Vedora perform. Union Station, Burlington, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 233-6252.


Jane’s Walk: Walkers travel North Winooski Avenue from Panadero Bakery to College Street at 11 a.m., evaluating the thoroughfare for pedestrian and bicycle safety and comfort. At 1 p.m. in the Fletcher Free Library, folks view Patrick Farrington’s short documentary on Burlington’s urban-renewal history. A second walk, to Battery and Cherry streets, sheds light on Burlington’s former Little Italy. Various locations, Burlington, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 3387282,

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Green Mountain Woodcarvers carve-in: Whittlers convene for a monthly meeting and carving project. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 434-2167.


adele Myers and dancers: With a fivemember ensemble, a talented choreographer fuses theatricality and athleticism to share narratives from an unmistakably female perspective. See calendar spotlight. St. Johnsbury School, 7:30 p.m. $5-18. Info, 748-2600. african Juba dance class: Experienced native dancer Chimie Bangoura demonstrates authentic Guinean moves for getting in shape. Shelburne Health & Fitness, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $12. Info, 377-9721, chimieband@gmail. com. conteMporary dance & fitness studio annual sprinG shoWcase: See FRI.11, 7 p.m. norWich contra dance: Tunes by Northern Spy fuel a traditional social dance led by David Millstone. Bring potluck finger foods and clean, soft-soled shoes. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 8 p.m. $5-8; free for kids under 16; by donation for seniors. Info, 785-4607, rbarrows@cs.dartmouth. edu.



Green Mountain colleGe coMMenceMent: Urban-revitalization strategist and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster Majora Carter addresses GMC graduates and receives an honorary doctor of laws degree. Green Mountain College, Poultney, 10 a.m. Info, 287-8926. ESy





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WakinG WindoWs 2012: See THU.10, 2 p.m. World fair trade day celebration: Music from Jeh Kulu, munchies and children’s activities promote sustainability. Burlington City Hall Park, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345, ext. 3.


‘ask us Who We are’: Bess O’Brien’s documentary puts a face to the foster care system, focusing on those young Vermonters’ search for family and a sense of belonging. First United Methodist Church, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free; suitcase donations for foster children are welcome. Info, 658-7441.

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‘house of pleasures’: Bertrand Bonello’s 2011 drama captures the final days of an opulent Parisian brothel at the turn of the 20th century. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘red heroine’ & devil Music enseMble: A Boston trio provides a live soundtrack to China’s oldest existing martial-arts film, a 1929 gem about a girl’s transformation from victim to warrior. Haybarn Theater, Goddard College, Plainfield, beer-and-wine reception, 7 p.m.; screening, 8 p.m. $15-20. Info,

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shred fest: Old documents get sliced into a thousand pieces by shred-happy owners in this event to protect against identity theft. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 9 a.m.3 p.m. Free. Info, 879-8790.

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bixby MeMorial library annual Gala: The library’s centennial is celebrated with a sumptuous buffet, dancing and music by Chris Wyckoff, Justin Levinson and the Little City Jazz Band. Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, 6:3010 p.m. $40. Info, 877-2211.

national train day: Choo-choo enthusiasts board historic passenger cars for a ride to Waterbury Station. A celebration of locomotives includes remarks by local dignitaries, a slide show of post-Irene rail repairs and railroad exhibits. Waterbury Station, Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center & Café, train leaves Essex Junction at 10 a.m. and returns at 1 p.m.; Waterbury celebration begins at 10:35 a.m. Preregister. Info, 828-5993, robert.atchinson@

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2nd birthday party & open house: A horse named Oscar — the star of Disney’s Hidalgo — welcomes party guests at an equestrian affair including a pony parade, guided tours, hands-on horse activities and, of course, cake. The Center for America’s First Horse, Johnson, noon-3 p.m. Free. Info, 730-5400.

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MoonliGht body/Mind/spirit biannual retreat: Vermonters follow their intuition to vendors, speakers, readers, healing modalities, aura photography and music. Food is provided by Farah’s Place. Grange Hall, Milton, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10; free for ages 12 and under. Info, 8939966,

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Church, South Burlington, auction, 4-7:30 p.m.; dinner seatings, 5 and 6:15 p.m. $6-9 for dinner (takeout available); free admission to silent auction. Info, 862-4435. Roast-Pork Supper: Eaters pig out on a meaty main dish and sides such as mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables and applesauce. There’s dessert, too. United Methodist Church, Vergennes, 5-6:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 877-3150. The Great Cookie Dunk: Dessert lovers strive to set a world record for the largest milk-andcookie party and cookie dunk. Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont. Battery Park, Burlington, 1 p.m. $5 suggested donation; free for kids. Info, 864-9393,

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Acro Yoga Montréal: Lori Mortimer leads participants in partner acrobatics with a yogic consciousness. Laughing River Yoga, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $25; preregister. Info, 324-1737. Yoga With Friends: Participants seek tranquility in an hourlong mat class with Mandi Michetti. Refreshments follow. Proceeds support the Laura Mann Center for Integrative Health. Laughing River Yoga, Burlington, 4-6 p.m. $15-20. Info, 862-2333.


Evergreen Preschool Children’s Fair: Rug rats rejoice as Josh Brooks provides daylong entertainment. Mini golf, face painting, tiedye, flower planting, a barbecue and more round out the event. St. Peter’s Parish Hall, Vergennes, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 877-6380, jenaraujo@ Franklin Playgroup: Toddlers and their adult companions meet peers for tales and sing-alongs. Franklin Central School, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Franklin Tumble Time: Athletic types stretch their legs in an empty gym. Franklin Central School, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

Paul Shaw: The Jamaican pianist shows off his high-flying technical command. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $10-26.50. Info, 728-6464. Play Piano Now: Introductory Session: Key players learn about Simply Music, a revolutionary, Australian-developed method for learn-

Bird-Monitoring Walk: Beginning and novice birders fine-tune their eyes and ears to recognize winged residents as part of an e-bird database project. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 7-9 a.m. Donations. Info, 434-3068.

Spring Fever Concerts: Elisabeth von Trapp spreads the sound of music with Paul Asbell and Peter Riley. StudioThree, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $20. Info, 866-639-6577.

Invasive Plant Talk & Walk: The Nature Conservancy’s Donia Prince details the ways invasive terrestrial plants disrupt the local ecosystem — and how citizens can control their growth through nonchemical means. Municipal Building, Milton, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 893-1186.

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Mother’s Day Spring Herb Walk: Herbalist, grower and mom Alyssa Doolittle covers traditional plant uses, basic botany, edibles and medicinals in a stroll for families. Meet at the St. Johnsbury Food Co-op at 9:45 a.m. or the Town Forest at 10 a.m. $7; free for kids under 15; preregister. Info, 748-9498.

Nothing says Mother’s Day like fresh flowers. And the Shelburne Museum delivers that — and more — during SPRING FEST, when more than 400 lilac bushes in 90 varieties are in bloom on the museum’s opening day. There’s SPRING FEST: Sunday, May 13, Shelburne kid stuff, too: Arts-and-crafts Museum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10-20 adults; $5-10 activities throughout the kids. Info, 985-3346. day include a make-your-own garden doll station and a builda-birdhouse construction area. A scavenger hunt through the gardens encourages children to explore the grounds and 37 exhibit buildings, while roaming musicians entertain families along the museum’s walking paths. One leads to a doll tea party, where dressed-up kids and their dolls sip from dainty cups and nibble delicate sandwiches. Seven new exhibits will be open, including a snowmobile collection with historical and modern sleds and “Man-Made Quilts,” featuring original designs dreamed up and crafted by men.

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Thunderbolt Research With Shannon Hawley: Benjamin and Jacob Albee, Jamie Kramer, and James Macon deliver original blues-rock. BCA Center, Burlington, 8-11:55 p.m. $5; free for BCA members. Info, 865-7166. Upper Valley Community Band: Hear “Horns Aplenty” as Carole I. Blake conducts French-horn players in a showcase of the instrument. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $5-8; free for preschoolers. Info, 603-448-0400. Young Tradition Weekend: See FRI.11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Backyard Habitat Workshop: A Winooski Valley Park District environmental educator offers tips and techniques for attracting


Digital Video Editing: Final Cut Pro users learn basic concepts of the editing software. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 651-9692. Open Media Workshop: Professional or novice film editors learn about various programs for mixing and enhancing all of their video assets into a single project. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 651-9692.


5.11K Rescue Run: Sprinters stretch their legs at a benefit for Fairfax Rescue and the Fairfax Parks & Recreation Department, sponsored by 5.11 Tactical. Community Park, Fairfax, registration, 3:30 p.m.; race, 5:11 p.m. $18. Info, 849-2641. 5K Fun Run & Jiggety Jog: Participants of all ages and fitness levels go the distance on foot, bike, skate, stroller or wagon. Proceeds benefit Vermont Respite House. Allen Brook Elementary School, Williston, 8-10 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 860-4435. Introductory Bicycle Ride for New Riders: Cyclists-in-training set a leisurely pace after learning the rules of the road. Dorset Park, South Burlington, 10 a.m. Free; helmets required. Info, 399-2352. Lincoln Mountain Magic 5K/10K: A 5K walk/ run on mostly paved roads, 10K loop on dirt roads and noncompetitive kids fun run benefit the Friends of the Lincoln Community School. Lincoln Community School, registration, 7-8:30 a.m.; races, 9 a.m.-noon. $5-20; $45 per family. Info, 453-5166. Shoreham Apple Blossom Derby: A 5K walk/fun run and 5- or 10K run wind through orchards, affording views of Lake Champlain. Food and custom medals follow. Registration, 9 a.m.; fun run, 9:30 a.m.; derby, 10 a.m. Shoreham Elementary School. $5-20. Info, 922-0681. The Mad Triathlon: Fitness fiends work up a major sweat on a 7.2-mile run, six-mile paddle, 10-mile bike ride and a final three-mile trail run. Proceeds go to the Mad River Path Association. Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 8 a.m. $50. Info, 800-537-8427.


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International Migratory Bird Day: Fans of feathered wings learn about birding and bird conservation through presentations and guided walks. Rain date: Sunday. Shelburne Farms, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 985-8686.


Middlebury College Community Chorus: Contemporary, traditional and classical works fill a Mother’s Day choral concert. Federated Church, Rochester, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Donations accepted for ongoing recovery from Tropical Storm Irene. Info, 989-7355.

‘Soulful Celebration’: The Dartmouth College Gospel Choir and the Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble join forces for a gospel-jazz concert, including selections from Ramsey Lewis’ album With One Voice. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $5-18. Info, 603-646-2422.



wildlife to your lawn. Picnic Shelter, Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5744.


Kids Day 2012: The Queen City tips its hat to youth with a Main Street parade to Battery Park at 9:30 a.m., followed by the annual Young Tradition concert, train rides, amusement rides and more. Battery Park, Burlington, 9:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. $1. Info, 864-0123. Spanish-Language Community Breakfast: Early risers pick up conversational español at this educational meet-up aimed at elementary students and their friends and parents. Students from Middlebury College’s Spanish department aid the learning through games and wordplay. 94 Main Street, Middlebury, 8:30-10 a.m. Free. Info, 382-9325 or 989-5200.

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High School Monopoly Tournament: Sixteen teams pass go and collect $200 in the quarter-final matches of a life-size version of this popular board game. University Mall, South Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11.

Northern Bronze Handbell Ensemble: Ring-a-ling! Community members chime in with “Bells Blithe and Bold: Music That Stirs the Soul and Enlivens the Heart.” Heidi Soons provides harp accompaniment. First Congregational Church, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. $10-12; free for kids under 10. Info, 999-3556.

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Auditions for ‘the odd Couple (femAle Version)’: See FRI.11, 12:15-2 p.m. ‘deAdliest CAtCh’: The cast members of this Discovery Channel reality-TV show share adventures of crab fishing on the Bering Sea. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $54.5074.50. Info, 775-0903. ‘lyddie’: See THU.10, 8 p.m. ‘mulAn: the musiCAl’: See THU.10, 7 p.m. ‘peter pAn, or the Boy Who Would not GroW up’: See FRI.11, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. spielpAlAst CABAret: See FRI.11, 8 p.m. the flynn Center’s 30th BirthdAy BAsh: A celebration of the arts in Vermont features performances by Josie Leavitt, Soovin Kim, Lyric Theatre, Hannah Dennison, Vermont Ballet Theater, the Flynn Show Choir Select, Burlington Taiko, and the Moroz, Carr and Morse Trio. The House of LeMay and DJ Craig Mitchell host a dance party. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7 p.m.; make-your-own sundaes for kids and their families in Chase Studio, 6-7 p.m. $19.81; children pay their age. Info, 863-5966. ‘the mousetrAp’: See FRI.11, 7:30 p.m. ‘the titAn projeCt: prometheus’: See THU.10, 7 p.m. ‘the WizArd of oz’: See FRI.11, 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. ‘the nApoleon 2012’: See THU.10, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.


‘the moth’-style storytellinG: Wordsmiths stand up and share true stories about their school days. No notes allowed. Proceeds benefit Starksboro Cooperative Preschool. Holley Hall, Bristol, 7 p.m.; preshow wine-and-beer reception at Bristol Bakery, 5-7 p.m. $10-12. Info, 238-7665.

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mother’s dAy ChoColAte-CoVered strAWBerries: On their special day, moms nibble on complimentary berry confections. Laughing Moon Chocolates, Stowe, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 253-9591. mother’s dAy lunCh: Harpist Margie Bekoff serenades diners as they tuck in to a threecourse meal, plus tea and coffee. Options include carrot-and-ginger soup, strawberry salad Fabulous Clothing with balsamic-cardamom dressings, crab cakes &Brandon Accessories and more. Music Café, 11:30 a.m.-4 for preregister. MEN & WOMEN p.m. $12-20; Info, 465-4071.

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BurlinGton-AreA sCrABBle CluB: Triple-letter-square seekers spell out winning words. New players welcome. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 12:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 862-7558.

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nutrition for runners: Just before the Key Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay, nutritionist Victoria Bruner explores the edible ways to optimize one’s running performance. City Market, noon-1 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700. prepArAtion for impACt: Cameron Jersey leads a yoga class for all skill levels. Partial proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 9 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 518-314-9872. Qi-erCises: Jeff Cochran hosts a session of breathing-in-motion exercises. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10:30 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 518-314-9872.

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montGomery plAyGroup: Infants to 2-yearolds idle away the hours with stories and songs. Montgomery Town Library, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.


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dimAnChes: Novice and fluent French speakers brush up on their linguistics — en français. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.


middleBury ColleGe Community Chorus: Contemporary, traditional and classical works fill a Mother’s Day choral concert. Mead Chapel, Middlebury College, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 989-7355. pui shen yoonG: The senior Midd kid holds a piano recital. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433. ‘soulful CeleBrAtion’: See SAT.12, 2 p.m.


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‘freedom & unity: the Vermont moVie’: More than 20 Vermont filmmakers collaborated on this film exploring our state’s history of independent spirit and activism, from past to present. Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 877-3406 .

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sprinG fest: The museum’s annual openingday celebration features tours of the garden’s 400 lilacs, birdhouse crafts, flower plantings, a Mother’s Day doll tea party and, of course, brand-new exhibitions. Shelburne Museum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission, $10-20; $50 per family; half-price for Vermont residents; free for members. Info, 985-3346.

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norWiCh uniVersity CommenCement exerCises: Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the principal military adviser to the president, the secretary of defense and the National Security Council, addresses both military and civilian students as they graduate. Shapiro Field House, Norwich University, Northfield, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 485-2886.

This weekend spoil those special moms! 2012 documentary, which uses a Margaret Atwood essay as a starting point for an exploration of society’s debts. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.


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helen BenedicT: The author of Sand Queen and The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq considers why and how war stories are different when told by female soldiers. First unitarian universalist society, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 8632345, ext. 8.


Sunday Jazz: Noted jazz and blues guitarist Gerry Beaudoin performs with saxophonist Rich Lataille. Brandon Music, 7 p.m. $15-18; $25 includes dinner (preregister). Info, 465-4071.



The Oriana SingerS: William Metcalfe conducts the ensemble in “The ON M us Melodious Mr. Handel,” comprisIC ing three joyful sacred works written a decade apart. st. paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, 4 p.m. $10-25. Info, 863-5966. BR




early-MOrning Bird Walk: An a.m. ramble through the woods rewards early risers with glimpses of feathered chirpers ... and coffee. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 7-8:30 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 434-2167, MOTher’S day Spring WildflOWer Walk: Families take in the signs of spring with Brett Engstrom. stranahan Memorial Town Forest, Marshfield, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, MOTher’S day WildflOWer Walk: Family members stop and smell the roses — or whatever wild blooms dot the meadows and woods along the North Branch — on an easy spring jaunt. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 1-3 p.m. $5; free for moms and kids. Info, 229-6206.


MOTher’S day fun run: Backroads races offer scenic views of Willoughby Gap, Burke Mountain, and the Northeast Kingdom’s flora and fauna. Base Lodge, Burke Mountain ski Resort, registration, 8:30 a.m.; kids half-mile fun run, 9:30 a.m.; 5- and 10K, 10 a.m.; lunch, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $15-30 includes barbecue; free for kids fun run. Info, 748-1992, ext. 315.


‘lyddie’: see THu.10, 7 p.m.


flynnarTS dance ShOWcaSe: Movers and shakers share their semester’s work in ballet, tap, ’80s jazz, Afro-modern world fusion, cabaret, burlesque and much more. Flynnspace, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 863-5966.


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SchOOl Open hOuSe: prospective students and parents learn about the new full-time high school and homeschool-support services for ages 10 to 18. Teachers, students and parents are on hand. pacem school & Homeschool Center, Montpelier, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-1010.


creaTe a ViSiOn BOard: Big dreamers focus their intentions and motivations in a workshop with life coach Marianne Mullen. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, Terry ehrich aWard cereMOny & recepTiOn: Vermont Businesses for social Responsibility honors Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery’s Allison Hooper. ECHO Lake Aquarium and science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. $60; cash bar. Info, 862-8347. WOMen & TranS nighT: Genderqueer cyclists make repairs and bolster their bike confidence in wrench workshops led by Bike Recycle Vermont staffers. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Info, 264-9687.

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aVOid fallS WiTh iMprOVed STaBiliTy: see FRI.11, 10 a.m. herBal clinic: Folks explore the art of “green” health care at a personalized, confidential consultation with faculty and students from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. City Market, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 861-9700.

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‘QuinTeSSenTial claSSicalS’: Ken Michelli conducts the Newport Area Community Orchestra in masterworks by Bach, Mozart and Haydn. Ballet Arts presents David Lichine’s one-act Graduation Ball. Haskell Free Library & Opera House, Derby Line, 2 p.m. $5-10. Info, 873-3022, ext. 205.

TrOpical STOrM irene SuppOrT grOup: Recovery workers gain peer support as they process their emotions and develop coping skills. unitarian Church, Montpelier, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 855-767-8800.

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Magic ShOW: Tom Verner displays sleightsof-hand at a benefit for Magicians Without Borders and its work with aspiring young magicians in India. special guest appearance by mime artist Janet Fredericks. Covenant Community Church, Essex, 2:30 p.m. $10 for magic show (reservations strongly encouraged); $30 for magic workshop (ages 12 and up; reservations required). Info, 899-5415 or 899-2375.




MOTher’S day ride: Hundreds of cyclists pump their legs on a family ride on the bike path, plus 16-, 30- or 55-mile options through the state. A celebration with food and kids activities follows. proceeds benefit Lund services to children and families. Rice Memorial High school, south Burlington, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 800-639-1741.

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‘Are You MY Mother?’: A baby bird in search of her mother embarks on a colorful musical adventure in this play by Artspower National Touring Theatre. Lebanon opera House, N.H., 10 a.m. $5-10. Info, 603-448-0400. 12h-frontporch-handyman-new.indd 1

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MusIc WIth rAPhAel: See THU.10, 10:45 a.m. storIes WIth MegAn: preschoolers ages 2 to 5 expand their imaginations through storytelling, songs and rhymes with megan Butterfield. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. sWAnton PlAYgrouP: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. mary Babcock Elementary School, Swanton, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.


gordon lIghtfoot: The Canadian-born troubadour responsible for songs such as “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” performs a benefit concert for CoVER Home Repair. Lebanon opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $49.5069.50. Info, 603-448-0400. lIAM glucK: The music major performs an inspired program for his senior piano recital. Concert Hall, mahaney Center for the Arts, College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433.

the chAMPlAIn echoes: New singers are invited to chime in on four-part harmonies with a women’s a cappella chorus at weekly open rehearsals. pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 6:15-9:15 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0398.


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KIds In the KItchen: Fledgling pastry chefs create pâte à choux for perfectly delicious — and totally from scratch — profiteroles. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.

recorder-PlAYIng grouP: musicians produce early folk, baroque and swing-jazz melodies. New and potential players welcome. presto music Store, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0030, info@prestomusic. net.

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ors cYclocross cruIse: Riders rise and descend on a network of dirt roads. onion River Sports, montpelier, 6 p.m. Free; riders under 15 must be accompanied by an adult; riders under 18 need signed parental permission; helmets required. Info, 229-9409. ted BrIdges hosPItAlItY scholArshIP golf tournAMent: Five-person teams take to the green for 18 holes of fun supporting a student scholarship and celebrating the life of a late Killington resident. Green mountain National Golf Course, Killington, 10:30 a.m. $100 includes lunch and dinner; $20 for dinner for nongolfers. Info, 422-5005, lookoutvt@

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Isle lA Motte PlAYgrouP: Stories and crafts make for creative play. Yes, there will be snacks. Isle La motte Elementary School, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

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the founder of the Caroline Baird Crichfield memorial Fund for Women in Need focuses on “Finding the path Forward.” Dorothy Alling memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


‘KnAcKer’s YArd’: Senior playwright Sasha Rivera explores class and heritage in the context of one couple’s love story in an original full-length work, presented as a staged reading. Discussion follows. Seeler Studio Theatre, mahaney Center for the Arts, middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433.


MArjorIe cAdY MeMorIAl WrIters grouP: Budding wordsmiths improve their craft through “homework” assignments, creative exercises and sharing. Ilsley public Library, middlebury, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 388-2926, ruAh sWennerfelt: The peace, justice and Earth-care activist talks about “The Transition movement: Community-Led Responses to Climate Change and Shrinking Supplies of Cheap Energy; Building Resilience and Happiness.” Faith United methodist Church, South Burlington, Elder Education Enrichment annual meeting, 1 p.m.; lecture, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.



groWIng greAt toMAtoes: Arcana Gardens and Greenhouses’ Hattie White doles out tips for mulching, pruning and trellising your way to juicy red fruits. City market, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700. sustAInABle AgrIculture BroWn BAg lunch: Jess Hyman, Julie Rubaud and local gardeners discuss the roles of home- and community-based food production in creating a vibrant, resilient food system. UVm Waterman memorial Lounge, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 656-5459.


frAnKlIn countY chAMBer of coMMerce MIxer: Networkers brush elbows through “business speed dating,” food and drinks. Kevin’s Bar & Grill, Champlain Country Club, Swanton, 5-7 p.m. $5-8; preregister. Info, 5242444,


VerMont BusInesses for socIAl resPonsIBIlItY sPrIng conference: participants work on “Creating pathways for Vermont’s Next Business Generation” through inspiring displays and workshop discussions. Davis Center, UVm, Burlington, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $25-215. Info, 862-8347.


BAllrooM dAnce clAss: Folks take instruction in rumba and cha-cha from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and waltz and foxtrot from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Union Elementary School, montpelier. $14. Info, 223-2921 or 225-8699. ‘the BrIght streAM’: Grace and grandeur pervade this production by Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet, broadcast in high definition to a projection screen. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $12-15. Info, 748-2600.

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Roots of PRevention AwARd CeRemony: A breakfast buffet kicks off speeches honoring the work of award recipients who have made the city a healthier place. Elks Lodge, Burlington, 7:30-10 a.m. $10 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 324-3841,


‘this AmeRiCAn Life — Live!’: south BuRLington: See THU.10, 7:30 p.m.

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A mosAiC of fLAvoRs: Zar Ni Maw, Burma native and contributor to the Vermont Refugee Resttlement Program’s upcoming Mosaic of Vermont cookbook, throws together a flavorful shrimp-and-summer-squash curry. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700.

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Community mediCAL sChooL: Associate professor of neurology and pediatrics Peter Bingham lectures on “Scoring Points: Improving Health Through the Power of Video Games.” Carpenter Auditorium, Given Medical Building, UVM, Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 847-2886. intRoduCtion to meditAtion: Instructor Sherry Rhynard shares handouts and tips for managing stress and improving health and inner peace. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, LAughteR yogA: What’s so funny? Giggles burst out as gentle aerobic exercise and yogic breathing meet unconditional laughter to enhance physical, emotional and spiritual health and well-being. Miller Community and Recreation Center, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free; preregistration by email no later than three

hours before the class is appreciated. Info, 888480-3772, stePs to weLLness: Cancer survivors attend diverse seminars about nutrition, stress management, acupuncture and more in conjunction with a medically based rehabilitation program. Fletcher Allen Health Care Cardiology Building, South Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2176. tAi Chi foR ARthRitis: See FRI.11, Westford Library, 2-3 p.m. undeRstAnding CARPAL tunneL syndRome: Typing too much? Chiropractic physician Gregory Giasson suggests natural solutions to the common compressive nerve injury. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.


fAiRfAx stoRy houR: Good listeners are rewarded with a variety of fairy tales, crafts and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:3010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5246. hAnd in hAnd: The Middlebury youth group organizes volunteer projects to benefit the environment and the community. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. highgAte stoRy houR: See WED.09, 10-11 a.m. Kids in the KitChen: Vegetables sneak into dessert as little ones stir up a batch of frosted carrot-cake cupcakes. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. PResChooL stoRy houR: Stories, rhymes and songs help children become strong readers. Sarah Partridge Community Library, East Middlebury, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. RiChfoRd PLAygRouP: Rug rats let their hair down for tales and activities. Cornerstone Bridges to Life Community Center, Richford, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426,

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south heRo PLAygRouP: Free play, crafting and snacks entertain children and their grownup companions. South Hero Congregational Church, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. st. ALBAns PLAygRouP: Creative activities and storytelling engage the mind. St. Luke’s Church, St. Albans, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.


PAuse CAfé: French speakers of all levels converse en français. Levity Café, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.


LAKe ChAmPLAin tRomBone QuARtet: Lori Salimando, Dan Silverman, Randy Wheeler and Bob Wigness present arrangements, transcriptions and original music from the Renaissance to today. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 658-6223. miLton Community BAnd ReheARsALs: Concert-band musicians are invited to listen or join in as the ensemble tunes up for summer concerts. Band Room, Milton Elementary School, 7-8:45 p.m. Free. Info, 893-1398. niCoLe hAnson: The senior harpsichordist, studying under affiliate artist Cynthia Huard, delivers a lecture and demonstration. Room 221, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433.


CyCLing 101: Pedal pushers get out of the gym and onto the road on a relaxed spin with Linda Freeman. Call ahead for starting location. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free; riders under 15 must be accompanied by an adult; riders under 18 need signed parental permission; helmets required. Info, 229-9409.


Antonio sAttA: See THU.10, 7:30-9 p.m. BRiAn KiRmmse: In “Who Is My Neighbor? Reflections on the Rescue of Danish Jews,” the historian looks at how and why Denmark was able to protect virtually all of its Jewish citizens from certain death. Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 253-7408.


BiLL sChuBARt: The author and VPR commentator questions what it means to be a Vermonter in a community conversation about his new novel, Panhead. Q&A and book signing follow. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-2061.

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KeLLey mARKeting meeting: Marketing, advertising, communications, social media and design professionals brainstorm ideas for local nonprofits over breakfast. Nonprofits seeking help apply online. Room 217, Ireland Building, Champlain College, Burlington, 7:45-9 a.m. Free. Info, 865-6495.

BeetLe BustLing 101: Earthlings learn to protect Vermont trees against invasive emerald ash borers in a workshop about tree identification, conservation and general ecology. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 828-4546.

PRojeCt mAnAgement institute ChAmPLAin vALLey dinneR meeting: Speaker Evans Travis discusses a process designed to help a recovery project manager organize, categorize and prioritize the various issues of a troubled project. Doubletree Hotel, South Burlington, 5:30-8:15 p.m. $25-35. Info, 735-5359.




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sCienCe & stoRies: Kids have aha! moments regarding the sun and the stars in a study of day and night. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids ages 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386.

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guided ARgenTine TAngO pRácTicA: See wED.09, 8:15-10:15 p.m. leAp Of fAiTh dAnce TheATRe: The children’s dance/theater company presents original and expressive works in ballet. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 382-9222.


‘living WiTh veRMOnT’S RiveRS’: Experts in river science, transportation infrastructure, stormwater and more discuss river management in the wake of last year’s Tropical Storm Irene flooding. Capitol plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Montpelier, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-2328.


liSTening SeSSiOnS On heAlTh cARe RefORM BenefiTS: participants offer input on potential benefit designs for Green Mountain Care, Vermont’s proposed single-payer health care system. Bennington Firehouse, 6-8 p.m. Info, 828-2316. RuRAl veRMOnT AnnuAl celeBRATiOn: Ben Hewitt delivers the keynote speech amid a finger-food potluck, cash bar, annual meeting, farm-fresh raffle and more. wilder Center, 6:309 p.m. $5-10; free for Rural Vermont members. Info, 223-7222.


‘SAdie ThOMpSOn’: A reformed prostitute comes up against an extremist missionary in Raoul walsh’s controversial 1928 silent film. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.

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cheSS cluB: See wED.09, 5:30 p.m. enOSBuRg plAygROup: See wED.09, 10-11:30 a.m.

highgATe STORy hOuR: See wED.09, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. MiddleBuRy BABieS & TOddleRS STORy hOuR: See wED.09, 10:30-11:15 a.m. ReAd TO A dOg: Bookworms share words with Rainbow, a friendly Newfoundland and registered therapy pooch. Fairfax Community Library, 3:30-5 p.m. Free; preregister for a 15-minute time slot. Info, 849-2420.


iAn eThAn & gRegORy dOuglASS: A doubleneck guitar player and a Burlington singersongwriter perform. Hyde park Opera House, 7 p.m. $15. Info, 888-1261. SAMBATucAdA! Open ReheARSAl: See wED.09, 6-8:30 p.m.


hOMe-ShARing ORienTATiOn: Attendees learn more about the agency that matches elders and people with disabilities with others seeking affordable housing or caregiving opportunities. HomeShare Vermont, South Burlington, noon-12:30 p.m. & 5:30-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-5625, keyS TO cRediT: A class clears up the confusing world of credit. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 10 a.m.noon. & 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 114.


MOunTAin Bike Ride: See wED.09, 5 p.m. WedneSdAy nighT WORld chAMpiOnShipS: See wED.09, 5:30 p.m.


JOAn AlMOn: The director of Alliance for Childhood reports on “Crisis in Early Education” in the Hauke Conference Room from 2-5 p.m. and on “Crisis in the Kindergarten” in the Alumni Auditorium from 6-8 p.m. Champlain College, Burlington, $35 for 2 p.m. talk; $25 for 6 p.m. talk. Info, 383-6603.

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WOMen’S heAlTh infORMATiOn nighT: Females learn about health screenings and Ladies First, a program providing free heart health check-ups, pap tests and mammograms to eligible women. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 5-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-7498.


‘inTO eTeRniTy: A filM fOR The fuTuRe’: Michael Madsen’s 2010 documentary looks at a nuclear-storage facility in Finland being hewn from solid rock. The biggest challenge? To make these underground tunnels last 100,000 years, the length of time nuclear waste remains hazardous. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 238-4927.


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‘gen SilenT’: Stu Maddux’s poignant documentary follows six LGBT senior citizens as they decide how open to be about their sexuality in the face of needing long-term health care. Discussion follows. Film House, Main Street Landing performing Arts Center, Burlington, 6:30-9 p.m. $3-5 suggested donation. Info, 860-7812.

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ENERGY LITERACY: Jun. 5-26, 6-8 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $30/2-hr. class. Location: Peace and Justice Center, 60 “...the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil Lake St., 1C, Burlington. and the guitar playing of a god...” Info: Eric Garza, 881-8675, – Fort Worth Star-Telegram Eric@Path2Resilience. com, Knowledge is power! Join Burlington-based energy consultant and University of Vermont lecturer Eric Garza for an overview of our energy sector. Learn about energy 5/1/12 resources and technologies, 12v-burlcoffeehouse050212.indd 1 energy markets and gover— Jim Poulin, Gardener’s Supply Company nance, and our energy future. Visit website for details.


GREEN MOUNTAIN FLYFISH CAMP: Jul. 8-12. Cost: $695/all-inclusive wk. (food, lodging, instruction, complete fly-fishing outfit, fishing pack & fly-tying tool kit). Location: Seyon Ranch

ART OF MOTION: Weekly: Sat. 11-12:15. Cost: $14/ session (better rates w/ your class card). Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill Street, suite 372, Burlington. Info: Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, lucille@, Everyone understands body language. Intergenerational students explore how to speak more clearly, how to listen to what the body is saying and how they might better know themselves through movement. Learn about meaning and selfexpression with the creative tools, strength, alignment, and endurance to move with elegance and style. BOOTY BARRE CLASSES: Mon. at 5 p.m. & Tue. at 12:30 p.m. Cost: $15/class. Location: Absolute Pilates, 3060 Williston Rd., suite 6, S. Burlington. Info: 310-2614, Burn and firm with the butt-kicking Booty Barre workout at the Absolute Pilates studio in S. Burlington. Tighten, tone and sculpt arms, legs, abs, hips and booty with this intense, results-producing workout. DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private,





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BODYWORK FOR COUPLES: Classes are 1x/mo., usually on the 3rd Sat. Cost: $60/4-hr. class. Location: Life in Motion, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: South End Thai Massage, Susan Mahany, 752-6342, Learn a bodywork routine that increases flexibility in the hips and shoulders and reduces tension in the back. Great for couples, friends and athletic partners, Thai massage is done on a mat while both partners wear loose-fitting clothes. Come and learn simple moves to relieve muscular tension with the gift of your hands! INTRO BIODYNAMIC CRANIOSACRAL: Jun. 7-10. Cost: $550/4-day introduction. Location: Town Hall, Worcester. Info: Studies and Teachings in Liquid Light, Liz Heron, 603-2177746, CranioSacral Biodynamics is a leading wave energy modality. This form of therapy focuses on the formation of relationship between the practitioner and the deep organizing presence within the client. This intro is the prerequisite to the Foundation Training. To register please send a deposit of $250 made payable to Jan Pemberton, c/o Liz Heron, 5 Franks Lane, Holderness, NH 03245. Jan Pemberton is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork as continuing education Approved Provider #451619-11.

State Park, 2967 Seyon Pond Rd., Groton. Info: Green Mountain Troutfitters, Chris Lynch, 644-2214, chris@, Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camp is New England’s newest destination camp providing kids between 10 and 15 years of age an incredibly unique, five-day/four-night fly-fishing experience in one of Vermont’s most pristine settings.

four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 7:15 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! JEH KULU WEST AFRICAN STYLE DANCE: Mon. & Wed., 5:30-7 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, $13. Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Edge, S. Burlington, $15. Info: 859-1802, jehkulu@ Looking for a fun and exciting way to shed some winter weight? Try a high-energy dance class West African-style; classes in Burlington of traditional dance from Guinea and Mali to live drumming! New to class? Mention this listing and get $5 off your first class! LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Cost: $50/4-wk. class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Lessons also avail. in St. Albans. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757,, 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.

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Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, suite 109, Essex Jct. Info: Elements of Healing, Scott Moylan, 288-8160, scott@, This two-day workshop is for nurses and other health care practitioners. It will introduce a variety of assessment and treatment strategies rooted in Chinese medicine. It will include pulse and abdominal assessement as well as massage techniques that can easily be integrated into any modality of practice.





herbs WILDCRAFTING W/ THE SEASONS: May 12, 9 a.m.5 p.m. Cost: $60/class incl. take-home herbal medicine from the day’s harvest. Location: Metta Earth Institute, Lincoln. Info: Metta Earth institute, Gillian Comstock, 453-8111,, mettaearth. org. Spring is a traditional time to harvest wild roots, for food and medicine. This hands-on class will include herbal walk, medicinal plant harvesting, medicine making and discussion of Chinese medicine. WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Wild Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk, Fri., May 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Sliding scale $0-10. Preregistration appreciated. Wild Edibles Intensive 2012: Spring/ Summer term: May 27, Jun. 24 & Jul. 22, 2012. Summer/Fall term: Aug. 19, Sep. 16 & Oct. 14, 2012. VSAC nondegree grants avail. to qualifying applicants. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info:

456-8122, annie@wisdomoftheherbsschool. com, Earth skills for changing times. Experiential programs embracing local wild edible and medicinal plants, food as first medicine, sustainable living skills, and the inner journey. Annie McCleary, director, and George Lisi, naturalist.

language ASI APRENDEMOS ESPANOL: Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Ctr. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 5851025, spanishparavos@, Broaden your horizons, connect with a new world. We provide highquality, affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. Our fifth year. Personal instruction from a native speaker. Small classes, private instruction, student tutoring, AP. See our website for complete information or contact us for details. FRENCH CLASSES THIS SUMMER!: 6-wk. term, begins Jun. 11 & continues through Jul. 19; classes held 6-7:30 p.m.; immersion session Jun. 11-21, 16 hrs. in 8 sessions, 8-10 a.m. Cost: $135/6-wk. class. Location: Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region, 302-304 Dupont Bldg., 123 Ethan Allen Ave. , Colchester. Info: Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region, Micheline Tremblay, 497-0420, michelineatremblay@gmail. com,

shtml. Alliance Francaise Summer French Classes for Adults. Short refreshand-review term designed to secure new skills, as a warm-up for your next level or to get you ready for a vacation in France, Quebec, Guadalupe! Six weeks, just $135. Also: special two-week immersion for beginners. Full details and easy sign-up online.

martial arts AIKIDO: Adult introductory classes begin on Tue., Jun. 5, 6:45 p.m. Try out this class for $10. This fee can be applied toward our 3-mo. membership special rate for $190 (incl. unlimited classes 7 days/wk.). Children’s classes begin on Sat., Jun. 2, 9 a.m. (ages 5-6) & 9:45 a.m. (ages 7-12). Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 951-8900, This Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape and reduce stress. The Youth Program provides scholarships for children and teenagers, ages 7-17. We also offer classes for children ages 5-6. Classes are taught by Benjamin Pincus Sensei, Vermont’s senior and only fully certified Aikido teacher. Visitors are always welcome. AIKIDO CLASSES: Cost: $65/4 consecutive Tue., uniform incl. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 8629785, Aikido trains body and spirit together, promoting physical flexibility and strong center within flowing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others and confidence in oneself. Vermont Aikido invites you to explore this graceful martial art in a safe, supportive environment.

MARTIAL WAY SELFDEFENSE CENTER: Please visit website for schedule. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, 3 locations, Colchester, Milton, St. Albans. Info: 893-8893, martialwayvt. com. Beginners will find a comfortable and welcoming environment, a courteous staff, and a nontraditional approach that values the beginning student as the most important member of the school. Experienced martial artists will be impressed by our instructors’ knowledge and humility, our realistic approach, and our straightforward and fair tuition and billing policies. We are dedicated to helping every member achieve his or her highest potential in the martial arts. Kempo, Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Wing Chun, Arnis, Thinksafe Self-Defense. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 6604072,, Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and self-confidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Accept no imitations. Learn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

massage ASIAN BODYWORK THERAPY PROGRAM: Weekly on Mon., Tue. Cost: $5,000/500-hr. program. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, suite 109, Essex Jct. Info: Elements of Healing, Scott Moylan, 288-8160,, This program teaches two forms of massage, Amma and Shiatsu. We will explore Oriental medicine theory and diagnosis as well as the body’s meridian system, acupressure points, Yin Yang and 5-Element Theory. Additionally, 100 hours of Western anatomy and physiology will be taught. VSAC nondegree grants are available. NCBTMBassigned school. INTRO TO MASSAGE SCHOOL WRKSHP: May 20, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $25/3-hr. class. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts School of Massage, 187 St. Paul St., Burlington. Info: Touchstone Healing Arts, Mark Adams, 658-7715, touchvt@, Our nine-month training in September prepares individuals for a rewarding career. You can expect personal and professional growth, detailed body sciences, exceptional massage technique, and practice. Fourteen years of excellence!

meditation LEARN TO MEDITATE: Meditation instruction available Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appointment. The Shambhala Cafe meets the first Sat. of each month for meditation and discussions, 9 a.m.noon. An Open House occurs every third Fri. evening of each month, 7-9 p.m., which includes an intro to the center, a short dharma talk and socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 So. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795,

burlingtonshambhalactr. org. Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. The Burlington Shambhala Center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom.

pilates 6-WEEK INTRO TO PILATES: May 22-Jun. 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $100/6 1-hr. classes. Location: All Wellness, 128 Lakeside Ave. (in the Innovation Center), Burlington. Info: All Wellness, Laura Savard, 863-9900, info@allwellnessvt. com, workshops-2-2/6-weekseries-classes. Pilates is not a fad workout! Learn the fundamentals of movement with Pilates. This six-week series is appropriate for anyone looking to deepen their body awareness, those who have been curious about the Pilates method and anyone looking to bring a new element of challenge into their fitness routine. HERMINE LOVES PILATES MAT!: Weekly: Mon., 11 a.m., Tue., 5:30 p.m., Thu., 9 a.m., Sat., 9:45 a.m. Cost: $13/ drop-in; better rates on your class card. Location: Natural Bodies Pilates, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 8633369,, NaturalBodiesPilates. com. For a strong and beautifully relaxed body, mind and spirit, join Hermine’s mat classes in a calm and professional studio. In addition to strength and flexibility, Pilates mat exercise relieves stress, promotes whole-body health, restores awareness and results in a general sense of well-being. Private sessions available by appointment.


reiki Reiki TRaining Classes: Apr. 23-Aug. 31. Location: Shanti Healing Network, Burlington, VT. Info: Shanti Healing Network, Jennifer Kerns, 339-2224753, JKerns16@gmail. com, learn Reiki! a Japanese technique used to reduce stress, increase relaxation and support your body’s natural ability to heal itself. shanti Healing Network offers custom tailored classes that work with your busy schedule. Reiki levels 1, 2, 3, and a unique master/ teacher apprenticeship program. Vsac nondegree grants available.


tai chi snake-sTyle Tai Chi Chuan: Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902, iptaichi. org. The Yang snake style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. yang-sTyle Tai Chi: New 8-wk. beginners class session began Apr. 25, 5:30 p.m. $125. Cost: $16/class. Location: Vermont Tai Chi Academy & Healing Center, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Turn right into driveway immed. after the railroad tracks. Located in the old Magic Hat Brewery building. Info: 318-6238. Tai chi is a slow-moving martial art that combines deep breathing and graceful movements to produce the valuable effects of relaxation, improved concentration, improved

balance, a decrease in blood pressure and ease in the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Janet Makaris, instructor.

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CalMing The anxious Body and Mind WiTh lindsay FoReMan: May 10-31, 5:30-7:15 p.m., Weekly on Thur. Cost: $80/person. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., Suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 6589440, Would you like to feel less anxious and more comfortable with yourself? In a supportive environment, participants will examine their own inner “critical” voice in order to find their way to a more compassionate and loving self. Gentle yoga postures,

breathing exercises, journaling and guided meditation practices will be introduced. The anaToMy oF TRansFoRMaTion WiTh speCial guesT dR. JulieTa i. RushFoRdsanTiago: May 12, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $35/person. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 6589440, learn how simple techniques like daily affirmations and the use of essential oils have a measurable and reproducible effect in the brain, which leads to increased self-awareness and facilitates personal transformation. healing W/ ResToRaTive yoga & Reiki W/ anne MaRTin & Maggie Mae andeRson: May 20, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $35/person. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, vtcyt. com. This small class will give you time and space to access deep levels of relaxation through restorative yoga asanas, Reiki, pranayama breathing and guided chakra meditation.

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7:30 p.m.; Thu., 9 a.m. Cost: $12/drop-in rate, 10-class cards, mo. passes avail. Location: Yoga Vermont, 113 Church St., Downtown Burlington. Info: 2380594,, yogavermont. com. Yoga Vermont offers ongoing Gentle Yoga classes. These classes are suitable for beginning students as well as advanced practitioners looking for a relaxing, nourishing practice. Our studio is quiet and clean. We have props or you can bring your own. The last Thursday of each month is Restorative Yoga. laughing RiveR yoga: Yoga classes 7 days a wk. Cost: $13/class; $110/10 classes; $130/unlimited monthly; Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. classes by donation, $515. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: 343-8119, We offer yoga classes, workshops and retreats taught by experienced and compassionate instructors in a variety of styles, including Kripalu, Jivamukti, Vinyasa, Yoga Trance Dance, Yin, Restorative and more. amazing guest instructors. Beautiful views of the river and plenty of parking.

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music SEVEN DAYS: Does the arranging work you’ve done for other people inform the direction you take with your own songs? JOSHUA STAMPER: Yeah, definitely. When you’re working with other people, part of the fun of arranging pieces is trying to get inside a particular artist’s aesthetic and make sure it’s consistent with their vision of things. But at the same time, they want to collaborate for a reason, they want to have somebody else’s voice to inform what they’re doing. Even though the composition process is a fairly solitary experience, in that sense, I guess there’s a collaborative element in that working on their music has influenced my own thinking and hearing. SD: In addition to being a composer and arranger, you’re the label manager for Sounds Familyre. What are your responsibilities? JS: Well, frankly, it’s a lot of facilitating dialogues between manufacturing plants and all this super-boring stuff. It’s interesting, though, to have a much better sense of how this whole mechanism works for making records. What’s involved, not just on a logistical level, but what it means to make music in a society where the modes of music consumption have changed so dramatically.

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ast fall, Joshua Stamper had to write an artist statement for the American Composers Forum Subito Grant. He wanted the grant to fund a short tour of the Northeast with his current ensemble: Stamper on guitar and voice, Paul Arbogast on tenor and bass trombones, and Mike Cemprola and Jon Rees on flute, alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophones. Stamper, 39, is no stranger to working with woodwinds and brass. He studied composition at Hampshire College with Pulitzer Prize-winner Lewis Spratlan and spent nine years teaching music at the prestigious Suffield Academy. Since then, he’s written in the jazz and classical idioms for strings and winds, chorus, jazz combos, and percussion ensembles. But at the core of Stamper’s artist statement was a hangup. While his early musical impulses were songs played on guitars, he took the academic route as an artist. In the intervening years, he came to wonder if songs and concert music could play nice together. This is a surprise when you consider that Stamper has

made a name for himself as a go-to arranger and collaborator for notable indie songsmiths such as Danielson, Twin Sister, Sufjan Stevens, Ben + Vesper, Robyn Hitchcock and others. He has a day job, too. Stamper is the label manager and an in-house arranger and composer for the Philadelphia record label Sounds Familyre. It’s there in the music-biz trenches that he and label head Daniel Smith wrangle with 21st-century questions about how to keep Sounds Familyre in the black in the age of Spotify. Stamper was awarded the Subito grant. Maybe it’s because his artist statement ended with this resolve: He learned that there are no boundaries between the poles of his musical history. He figured it out while writing and recording his 2011 album, Interstitials. There Stamper’s stately baritone and gentle guitar fingerwork take center stage, though it isn’t until the woodwinds and low brass enter, seemingly from all directions, that the music feels whole. Seven Days spoke with Stamper last week in anticipation of his ensemble’s performance at the New City Galerie on Friday, May 11.

JS: The running theme is “How do we do this in a way that’s financially viable?” I think the model from 15 years ago — you press up a ton of records, you press up a ton of promos, and you blast everybody in the world with free promos and you spend tons of money on marketing campaigns. It used to be the kind of thing where you get a really strong review in Rolling Stone or Spin or Pitchfork, and once that review happens you’re in good shape; the record will be in position to do really well and [you’ll] actually pay off the record and make some profit. But that just doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. So I think for us, that has meant really trying to dispense with that old model and just go by what is actually affordable. That means, for some releases, we do an only-digital release, and for some it means we do some physical side of it, too. But we’ll only do LPs for this one, with download codes, whatever. SD: It’s a very complex situation, and it’s interesting to hear how different people deal with it. JS: It is complex. And in terms of online versus physical, I stumbled upon this blog post by this guy Gabriel Kahane. He was articulating the challenges I really relate with. I remember my very first music purchase, and it was a tape, and it was on a recommendation of my high school jazz teacher. He recommended, “You should get some Miles Davis.” And I was like, “OK, great.” So I go to the record store and I buy Saturday Night at the Blackhawk Vol. 2, and I was all excited, and I put it in my tape player and hit play. Thirty seconds in I was like, “I totally wasted $12. This is sooo frustrating.” It sounded like elevator music to me, and I was like, “What a rip-off.” But because of the fact that I had shelled out 12 bucks for this, six months later I put it in the tape player again. Still sounded like elevator music. A year later I put it in, and I was like, “Huh. This is interesting.” And on and on. And now when I listen to this record, I can’t believe how cool it is. And the point [Kahane] was talking about was having to listen to it again because you’ve spent money on something. Whereas today with all these services, like Spotify or MOG or whatever, that incentive is just not there. Because something doesn’t float your boat the first time, you just move on to something else. There’s really no reason to stick with any music that doesn’t reveal its treasures until the third or fourth listen. And there’s a lot of music like that, that you have to really sit with to let it work on you.  Joshua Stamper plays the New City Galerie in Burlington on Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. $5.



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dose of booze-fueled rock courtesy of dino BraVo, pooloop, Vedora and teleport. Saturday gets cooking on the fourth floor of the parking garage with an afternoon showcase of rawk featuring the likes of Blue Button, spirit aniMal, trapper keeper and others. Later that day at the church, deatH Vessel headlines a showcase that also includes local experimental composer greg daVis, his pal kurt WeisMan and local duo Wren & Mary. Not to be outdone, local soul band craig MitcHell and Motor city lead a bill at the Welcome Center that also includes great Western, paper castles, golden claWs and VT expats the MilkMan’s union. You’ll find more experimental fare at the Stoplight Gallery and singersongwriters at the Block Gallery. Finally, K Records electro-pop sensation the BloW close out WW2 at the Monkey House with Mitten and dJ disco pHantoM.

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for the left coast — Seattle, specifically. I first came to know/ corrupt Moroz more than 10 years ago when I was the singer for a local ska band called the skaMapHrodites — we were much better than the name implies, thank you very much. Anyway, we had recently parted ways with two of our horn players and had heard through the grapevine about this high school hotshot looking for a band. We invited him to one of our practices in the beercan-littered basement of the dingy Old North End house we shared. I’m pretty sure his mom dropped him off, since he wasn’t old enough to drive, let alone hang out with a bunch of degenerate ska musicians. But I digress. Before we had finished playing our first song, one thing became painfully obvious: Andy was way too good for our band. Despite being several years older, and accomplished musicians in their own right, our horn players could barely keep up with him. Because he’s one of the nicest people you could hope to meet, Andy humored us for a few weeks and even sat in on a couple of gigs. But this kid was clearly meant for bigger stages. In the years since, Moroz has become one of

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section of local and national talent in a wide variety of genres. To wit, the fest kicks off Thursday at the Monkey House with speedwestern heroes Waylon speed. They headline a locals-only showcase featuring swampytonk stalwart Brett HugHes, indie-folk chanteuse Maryse sMitH, nattily mustachioed alt-country crooner loWell tHoMpson and, one of my new favorites, sHelly sHredder. Meanwhile, over at the Welcome Center, local remixologist snakefoot takes the stage with hiphop producer principal dean and indie-pop favorites the sMittens, Missy Bly and surroundsound. On Friday, May 11, highlights include anders parker cloud Badge with local openers sWale, lendWay, tootH acHe., nortH aMerica, BoB Wagner and Hello sHark, at the Welcome Center. If experimental music is more your thing, catch nuda Veritas, k. lyMan, spaceMan saturday nigHt and several others at the Stoplight Gallery. Or, if you need a good chuckle, hit the Block Gallery for a local-comedy showcase. I’d recommend topping off the evening at the Monkey House with a


The big news on the local music front this week is undoubtedly the return of Feist, who is playing the Flynn MainStage on Friday, May 11, to the delight of hipsters all over Vermont. However, if you find yourself priced out of the show, or otherwise unable to attend, fret not. Our old pals at Angioplasty Media have you covered with Waking Windows 2, a weekend-long music and arts festival in Winooski. It might just be the coolest thing to happen in the Onion City since city planners proposed putting a dome over the whole town in 1979. And, yes, that really happened. Last year’s inaugural Waking Windows was an ambitious, 11-day affair unofficially intended as an indie-rock and experimentalmusic alternative to the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, which ran the same week. Angioplasty scored some great bands for WW1, but forcing the concertgoing public to choose between WW and BDJF was risky. This year, they’ve refined their approach and wisely scheduled the fest before BDJF. Waking Windows 2 runs from Thursday, May 10, through Saturday, May 12, and will occupy several downtown Winooski venues, including the Monkey House, the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Winooski Welcome Center, the Stoplight Gallery, the Block Gallery and — wait for it — the parking garage. Twenty-five dollars gets you access to every show, as well as a nifty button, or you can pay à la carte. Order tickets at So what about the bands? Glad you asked! As we’ve come to expect from Angioplasty, the lineup includes an intriguing cross

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1/2 Lounge: Scott Mangan & Guests (singer-songwriters), 8 p.m., Free. Rewind with DJ Craig Mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. Franny O’s: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free. Higher Ground Ballroom: Neon Trees, Chain Gang of 1974, Nico Vega (rock), 7:30 p.m., $15/17. AA. Leunig’s Bistro & Café: Cody Sargent Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. Manhattan Pizza & Pub: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free. Monkey House: Six Brew Bantha, Bullshit Tradition, White Widow (rock), 9 p.m., $5. 18+. Nectar’s: Consider the Source, the Edd (sci-fi Middle Eastern funk), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. ONE Pepper Grill: Open Mic with Ryan Hanson, 8 p.m., Free. On Tap Bar & Grill: Pine Street Jazz, 7 p.m., Free. Radio Bean: Last October (folk), 6 p.m., Free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., Free. Red Square: Tickle Belly (folk rock), 7 p.m., Free. DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. Red Square Blue Room: DJ Mixx (house), 11 p.m., Free. The Skinny Pancake: Pandagrass (bluegrass), 7 p.m., $5 donation. T Bones Restaurant and Bar: Chad Hollister (rock), 8 p.m., Free.


Bagitos: Acoustic Blues Jam with the Usual Suspects, 6 p.m., Free.



The Black Door: Comedy Night with B.O.B. (standup), 9:30 p.m., $5. Gusto’s: Open Mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.

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City Limits: Karaoke with Let It Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free. On the Rise Bakery: Open Bluegrass Session, 8 p.m., Donations.

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Bee’s Knees: Zack duPont (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Black Cap Coffee: John and Stef (folk), 3 p.m., Free. Crop Bistro & Brewery: Gabe Jarrett Trio (jazz), 9 p.m., Free.

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with Middle Eastern modalities, creating a swirling folk sound that is both worldly and pastoral. This week, the Lily Henley Band plays two Vermont dates: Sunday, May 13, at the Skinny Pancake in Montpelier; and Monday, May 14, at Radio Bean in Burlington.


Monopole: Open Mic, 8 p.m., Free.


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Club Metronome: Cyborg Trio, Bang Bang, the Bounce Lab, Sonic Spank (live electronica), 9 p.m., $6.

Dobrá Tea: Grup Anwar (Arabic), 6:30 p.m., Free. Franny O’s: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. Levity Café: Open Mic (standup), 8:30 p.m., Free. Monkey House: WW2: Waylon Speed, Shelly Shredder, Lowell Thompson, Brett Hughes (rock, alt-country), 8 p.m., $8. 18+. Nectar’s: Trivia Mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. Bluegrass Thursday with Something With Strings, 9:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+. O’Brien’s Irish Pub: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free. On Tap Bar & Grill: The House Rockers (rock), 7 p.m., Free. Radio Bean: Jazz Sessions, 6 p.m., Free. Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., Free. Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band (soul), 11 p.m., $3. Red Square: Lux Deluxe (rock), 7 p.m., Free. A-Dog Presents (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. Red Square Blue Room: DJ Cre8 (house), 10 p.m., Free. The Skinny Pancake: Zack duPont (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., $5 donation. Venue: Karaoke with Steve LeClair, 7 p.m., Free.


Bagitos: Colin McCaffrey & Friends (folk), 6 p.m., Free. The Black Door: Old Time Night with Pete Sutherland and friends (old-time), 6 p.m., $5. Green Mountain Tavern: Thirsty Thursday Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. Positive Pie 2: Bert Wills & Clint Boyd (country), 10 p.m., Free.

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51 Main: Verbal Onslaught (poetry), 9 p.m., Free.

City Limits: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. Two Brothers Tavern: DJ Dizzle (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.


Bee’s Knees: Slick Martha’s Hot Club (gypsy jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

Therapy: Therapy Thursdays with DJ NYCE (Top 40), 10:30 p.m., Free.


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Backstage Pub: Karaoke with Steve, 9 p.m., Free. Banana Winds Café & Pub: Leno & Young (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., Free. Club Metronome: No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5. Franny O’s: The Merge (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free. Higher Ground Showcase Lounge: Twiddle, Lucid, the Bumping Jones (jam), 8:30 p.m., $12/14. AA. JP’s Pub: Dave Harrison’s Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. Levity Café: Friday Night Comedy (standup), 8 & 10 p.m., $8. Lift: Ladies Night, 9 p.m., Free/$3. Marriott Harbor Lounge: The Trio (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., Free. Monkey House: WW2: Dino Bravo, Pooloop, Vedora, Teleport (rock), 8 p.m., $8. 18+. Nectar’s: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. Kung Fu with Kloptoscope (funk), 9 p.m., $5. On Tap Bar & Grill: Mitch & Friends (acoustic rock), 5 p.m., Free. The Real Deal (r&b), 9 p.m., Free. Park Place Tavern: Holler Brothers (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free. Radio Bean: L’esprit D’escalier Theatre and the Camera Obscura, 6 p.m., Free. Hillary Reynolds Band (folk), 8 p.m., Free. Desert Owl Melons (rock), 9 p.m., Free. Husbands AKA (ska-punk), 10:30 p.m., Free. Red Square: Derek Astles (singer-songwriter), 5 p.m., Free. Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band (soul), 8 p.m., $5. DJ Mario (EDM), 9 p.m., $5. DJ Craig Mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5. Ruben James: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free. Rí Rá Irish Pub: Supersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.

Brown’s Market Bistro: Ricky Golden (folk), 7 p.m., Free.

The Skinny Pancake: Steve Gates (folk), 8 p.m., $5 donation.

Cosmic Bakery & Café: The Missisquoi River Band (folk), 7 p.m.

Venue: Mindtrap (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

Parker Pie Co.: Frontier Dixie (Americana), 7:30 p.m., Free. Rimrocks Mountain Tavern: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


Monopole: Charlie Orlando (rock), 10 p.m., Free. Monopole Downstairs: Gary Peacock (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., Free. Olive Ridley’s: Karaoke, 6 p.m., Free. Tabu Café & Nightclub: Karaoke Night with Sassy Entertainment, 5 p.m., Free.


Bagitos: Theo Exploration & Tiger Swami (acoustic), 6 p.m., Free. The Black Door: Lizzie Pitch (rock), 9:30 p.m., $5. Charlie O’s: Vorcza (jazzfusion), 10 p.m., Free. Green Mountain Tavern: DJ Jonny P (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2. The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room: DJ Slim Pknz All Request Dance Party (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free. fri.11

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Vermont’s most respected players. He toured with TREY ANASTASIO and regularly collaborates with composer MICHAEL CHORNEY. But his best collaboration might be his trio with bassist ROBINSON MORSE and drummer GEZA CARR. The group evolved over the course of a weekly Sunday-evening residency at the dearly departed Langdon Street Café in Montpelier. Morse writes that they “developed a deep and meaningful musical dialogue” over the course of those sessions, and while the trio doesn’t have as many opportunities to play now, when they do, “the conversation picks up right where we left off.” Eavesdrop this Saturday, May 12, when the trio plays Moroz’s farewell gig at the Marriott Harbor Lounge in Burlington. Best of luck, Andy.


In last week’s column, we mentioned that GRACE POTTER AND THE NOCTURNALS


Festival at Burlington’s Waterfront Park “sometime later this month.” They weren’t kidding. The day after that column was filed, they released the entire slate of acts — just hours past our print deadline. Grrr. Anyway, the two-day waterfront blowout once again looks pretty spectacular, with a slew of big-name acts and a healthy dose of local flavor to boot. In addition to the AVETT BROTHERS, Grace and her merry band of insomniacs are hosting DR. DOG, the CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS, GALACTIC, SAM ROBERTS BAND and NICKI BLUHM & THE GRAMBLERS. As for the locals, the mix includes HELOISE & THE SAVOIR FAIRE, WAYLON SPEED, GREGORY DOUGLASS, RYAN POWER, BOB WAGNER, BOW THAYER and TOOTH ACHE., as well as Portland, Maine-based indie outfit BRENDA, who play Burlington so often that we consider them honorary locals. GPN, the festival, runs Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15. Tickets are on sale now at The local do-gooders at Big Heavy World have

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extra tickets to see emo darlings HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS at the Rusty Nail in Stowe on Tuesday, June 5 — and they want you to have them. If you’re a high school junior or senior, grab three of your closest friends, jot down the names of three local bands you’d like to see and email the list to info@ BHW will then send you tickets to the show for as long as their supply lasts. If you need help coming up with three local band names … well, you should really be reading this column more often. But

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Last but not least, a minor correction. Last week’s Q&A with M. WARD contained a goof. Ward had recently toured with FIREHOSE, not FIREHOUSE, as was stated in the interview. Apologies for the slip. And in case you’re wondering, M. Ward’s show this past Sunday at the Higher Ground Ballroom was, in a word, sublime.  COURTESY OF BRENDA

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51 MAIN: Afro-Fusion Ensemble, 5 p.m., Free. Jazz Jam, 7 p.m., Free. Selecta D-Ro (reggae), 10 p.m., Free. CITY LIMITS: The Blame (rock), 9 p.m., Free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: ’80s Throwback Night with DJ Jam Man, 10 p.m., Free.


BEE’S KNEES: Spider Roulette (acoustic blues), 7:30 p.m., Donations. BLACK CAP COFFEE: Danny Ricky Cole (acoustic), 3 p.m., Free. Audrey Bernstein & the Young Jazzers (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. CHOW! BELLA: The Anatomy of Frank (rock), 8 p.m., Free. PARKER PIE CO.: Celtic Acoustic Session, 6 p.m., Free. RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

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BACKSTAGE PUB: Nightrain (rock), 9 p.m., Free. BANANA WINDS CAFÉ & PUB: Karaoke, 8 p.m., Free. CLUB METRONOME: Retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5. FRANNY O’S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Lotus Land: A Tribute to Rush (Rush tribute), 7:30 p.m., $15/18. AA. JP’S PUB: Dave Harrison’s Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. LEVITY CAFÉ: Saturday Night Comedy (standup), 8 p.m., $8. MARRIOTT HARBOR LOUNGE: Rob Morse, Andrew Moroz, Geza Carr (jazz), 8:30 p.m., Free. MONKEY HOUSE: WW2: the Blow, Mitten, DJ Disco Phantom (indie), 10 p.m., $12. 18+. NECTAR’S: Charlie Orlando (solo acoustic), 7 p.m., Free. Kung Fu with Cosmic Dust Bunnies, Nox Periculum (funk), 9 p.m., $5. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: The Conniption Fits (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

RADIO BEAN: The Hardscrabble Hounds (roots), 5 p.m., Free. In Example (avant garde), 7 p.m., Free. Ashley Sofia (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., Free. Joe Gallant (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., Free. Kalispell (alt-folk), 10 p.m., Free. RED SQUARE: Blood Roots Barter (folk), 5 p.m., Free. Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers (blues), 8 p.m., $5. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul (salsa), 6 p.m., Free. DJ Jerome (EDM), 10 p.m., $5. THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Chesley Walsh, Charlotte Cornfield (singer-songwriters), 8 p.m., $5 donation. T BONES RESTAURANT AND BAR: Open Mic, 7 p.m., Free.


BAGITOS: Irish Sessions, 2 p.m., Free. Bad Mr. Frosty Presents (acoustic), 6 p.m., Free. THE BLACK DOOR: Bossman (reggae), 9:30 p.m., $5. CHARLIE O’S: Blood Roots Barter, the Concrete Rivals, Jesse Gile (rock), 10 p.m., Free. CIDER HOUSE BBQ AND PUB: Dan Boomhower (piano), 6 p.m., Free. POSITIVE PIE 2: The Wee Folkestra (folk), 10:30 p.m., $5.


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Still, there’s a lot to like about Startled Arms. Jayson Fulton may not be a cutting-edge songwriter, and his influences may seem dated or, at times, even a little schmaltzy. But his refreshing lack of pretense is undeniably appealing. Throughout the record, you get the sense that Fulton comes by his sunny, soft-rock persona honestly. Particularly as first attempts go, the record is a largely pleasant affair that suggests Fulton is a promising talent with room to grow. Jayson Fulton plays the Purple Moon Pub in Waitsfield on Saturday, May 19.



For the better part of the past 15 years, Jayson Fulton has played in a variety of central-Vermont-based bands. Most notably, he is the lead singer and bassist for Waitsfield bluegrass outfit the Mad Mountain Scramblers. But deep in his heart, Fulton has long considered himself a songwriter. Earlier this year, he finally released his debut solo album, Startled Arms.. While Scramblers fans may be somewhat surprised at Fulton’s soft-rock leanings, over 17 original tracks the veteran multi-instrumentalist proves himself a capable tunesmith and a talented vocalist. Removed from his familiar rootsy string-band setting, Fulton reveals an interesting assortment of influences, from James Taylor to Hall and Oates. Following a brief instrumental intro track, he settles into a light acousticrock groove on “Nasty Pool.” It’s an adventuresome little tune with a meandering melody that winks at Steely Dan. Throughout the remainder of the disc, Fulton shows great command

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As they state on their MySpace page, J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices “play Country-Goddamned-Music. Period.” There’s very little room for interpretation in that declaration. Harris and company are throwbacks — for starters, they still have an active MySpage page … zing! Joking aside, the band, which got its start in Vermont but has since relocated to — where else? — Nashville, meticulously evokes a purer era of country music. Setting aside the glitzy pop trappings of modern country, the band’s new album, I’ll Keep Calling, is like a honky-tonk time capsule, buried in red clay decades ago and only recently unearthed to deliver us from the sins of Lady Antebellum and Carrie Underwood. You’ll find no Auto-Tune here. In fact, the album’s only real adornments come whiskey soaked and stained with nicotine. The album opens on “Two for the Road,” which sets a countrypolitan tone that never wavers throughout the following 11 tracks. Harris is clearly steeped in honky-tonk tradition, and his writing bears the mark of a man who has spent a night or 200 in roadhouses and backwoods dives. With a deliberate baritone over a spare, Western-swing groove, he spins a classic, bleary-eyed yarn, singing, “Oh I’ll take one for my heartaches and two for the road. All the whiskey tears that I’ve cried for you, well, you’ll never know.” Harris isn’t breaking any molds and displays a steadfast dedication to country convention. But rather than

of his formative inspirations, offering GET mORE INfO OR WATCH ONLINE AT vermont • elements of varying styles without ever CH17.TV truly aping them. “War Chimes” is a limber bluegrass-tinged cut with a lean hook. “Colorado I Pretend” is a heartfelt16t-retnWEEKLY2.indd 1 5/7/12 ode that recalls Simon & Garfunkel. SEEKS ENTHUSIASTIC MUSICIANS “Cool Breeze” is a funky acoustic-rock nugget — complete with a cheeky mouth-trumpet solo. The album’s only real flaw is that FIRST REHEARSAL there is too much of it. While there Thursday, May 17, 7 p.m. are more nice moments to be found Winooski H.S. Music Room than bad ones, Fulton includes a few clunkers that should have been left on MUSIC FOR ALL AGES: the cutting-room floor. For example, pop, jazz, light classical, Broadway “Business Day,” on which he muses over Sunday Evening Performances begin the monotony of working a day job. June 17 in the Battery Park Band Shell Unfortunately, the song is as dull and listless as one presumes the said 9-to-5 FOR MORE INFO, GO TO to be. WWW.BURLINGTONCONCERTBAND.ORG

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sounding derivative or predictable, his tunes bear an unusually honest quality. When he sings of walking away from a settled life on “Badly Bent,” you believe he’s just the sort of rambling man who has carved his name in “almost every bar from here to the Gulf of Mexico.” When he rues a lost love on the title track, you feel the desperation in his weary croon. And when Harris swears he’d give up all his worldly possessions for love on the closing cut, “Take It All,” it’s hard not to envision the bearded singer with nothing but the Western shirt on his back and a pack of smokes in his pocket. J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices play Positive Pie 2 in Montpelier this Sunday, May 13, with the Starline Rhythm Boys.

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Tupelo Music Hall: Jeff LeBlanc and Brooks Hubbard (singer-songwriters), 8 p.m., $15. AA.

champlain valley 51 Main: The Vermont Joy Parade (suspender fusion), 9 p.m., Free.

City Limits: Dance Party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free. Two Brothers Tavern: Starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 9 p.m., $3.


Bee’s Knees: Open Acoustic Jam, 3 p.m., Free. The Hubcats (blues), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Rimrocks Mountain Tavern: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. Roadside Tavern: DJ Diego (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free. Sweet Crunch Bake Shop: Mary Collins and Don Tobey (folk), 10:30 a.m., Free.


Monopole: Shameless Strangers, Lizzie Pitch (rock), 10 p.m., Free. Tabu Café & Nightclub: All Night Dance Party with DJ Toxic (Top 40), 5 p.m., Free.


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Higher Ground Showcase Lounge: William Beckett, Cara Salimando, Bombardier to Pilot (rock), 7:30 p.m., $12/14. AA.



Monkey House: Zachary Cale, Woodsy Pride (folk), 9 p.m., $5. 18+. Monty’s Old Brick Tavern: George Voland JAZZ: Elizabeth Von Trapp, Paul Asbell and Dan Skea, 4:30 p.m., Free. Nectar’s: Mi Yard Reggae Night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., Free. Radio Bean: Craig Mitchell and Motor City Unplugged (r&b), 11 a.m., Free. Old Time Sessions (old-time), 1 p.m., Free. Trio Gusto (gypsy jazz), 5 p.m., Free. Girls Rock Vermont (rock), 7 p.m., Free. Yank (rock), 11 p.m., Free. Red Square: Deep Chatham (acoustic), 7 p.m., Free.


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Club Metronome: WRUV & Miss Daisy present Motown Monday with DJs Big Dog, Disco Phantom, Thelonius X, Llu, the Engine-Ear, EOK (soul), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. Monkey House: Cam Will, Michael Messina (singersongwriters), 8 p.m., Free. 18+. Nectar’s: Metal Monday: Mythology, Avernus Orkus, Cutthroat Logic, Long Cat (metal), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. On Tap Bar & Grill: Open Mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., Free. Radio Bean: Lily Henley Band (folk), 6 p.m., Free. Open Mic, 8 p.m., Free. Red Square: The Blind Owl Band (bluegrass), 7 p.m., Free. Industry Night with Robbie J (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free. Ruben James: Why Not Monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


Bagitos: Open Mic, 7 p.m., Free.


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Higher Ground Ballroom: Steve Kimock, Bernie Worrell, Walyl Ingram, Andy Hess (rock), 8 p.m., $23/25. AA. Leunig’s Bistro & Café: Mike Martin & Geoff Kim (gypsy jazz), 7 p.m., Free. Monkey House: Laura K. Balke, Jon Autry (singer-songwriters), 9 p.m., $5. 18+.

Moog’s: Open Mic/Jam Night, 8:30 p.m., Free.


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1/2 Lounge: Rewind with DJ Craig Mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. Franny O’s: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free. Higher Ground Ballroom: Whitechapel, Miss May I, After the Burial, the Plot in You (metal), 6:30 p.m., $16/19. AA. Leunig’s Bistro & Café: Paul Asbell, Clyde Stats, Chris Peterman (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. Manhattan Pizza & Pub: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free. Monkey House: Summit of Thieves, Warm Weather, Racing Heart (rock), 9 p.m., $5. 18+. Nectar’s: 1Q, The Whiskey Dicks (rock), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. ONE Pepper Grill: Open Mic with Ryan Hanson, 8 p.m., Free. On Tap Bar & Grill: Paydirt (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., Free. Radio Bean: Warm Weather (folk), 6 p.m., Free. Stephen Babcock (acoustic pop), 7 p.m., Free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., Free. Mushpost Social Club (downtempo), 11 p.m., Free.

The Skinny Pancake: Pandagrass (bluegrass), 7 p.m., $5 donation.

On Tap Bar & Grill: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free.

T Bones Restaurant and Bar: Chad Hollister (rock), 8 p.m., Free.

Radio Bean: Stephen Callahan and Mike Piche (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. Dan Tedesco (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., Free. The Wind Woods (folk), 9 p.m., Free. Honky-Tonk Sessions (honkytonk), 10 p.m., $3.


Red Square: Jake Whitesell Quartet (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. Upsetta International with Super K (reggae), 8 p.m., Free. Craig Mitchell (house), 10 p.m., Free.

T Bones Restaurant and Bar: Trivia with General Knowledge, 7 p.m., Free.

Black Cap Coffee: Dayve Huckett (acoustic), 2:30 p.m., Free.

Chow! Bella: Comedy Open Mic (standup), 7:30 p.m., Free.

Nectar’s: Tuesday Bluesday: the Bob MacKenzie Blues Band, 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.

Positive Pie 2: JP Harris and the Tough Choices, Starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly, honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $8.

Bee’s Knees: Charlotte Cornfield & Chelsea Walsh (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

Bee’s Knees: Scott Barkan (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

Monty’s Old Brick Tavern: Open Mic, 6 p.m., Free.

Red Square Blue Room: DJ Baron (house), 11 p.m., Free.

The Skinny Pancake: Lily Henley Band (folk), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.


Red Square: Starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 7 p.m., Free. DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. Frank Grimes (EDM), 11 p.m., Free.

Bagitos: Gabe Sequeria (Spanish guitar), 11 a.m., Free.

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Bagitos: Karl Miller (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. Charlie O’s: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.

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Two Brothers Tavern: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Free. Henderson Hatch Band (rock), 9 p.m., $3.

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Bagitos: Acoustic Blues Jam with the Usual Suspects, 6 p.m., Free. Gusto’s: Open Mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free. Tupelo Music Hall: Interplay Jazz Jam, 7 p.m., $10. AA.

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fri.11 // Feist [indie]

51 Main: Blues Jam, 8 p.m., Free. City Limits: Karaoke with Let It Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free.


Heavy Metal When her 2011 album, Metals, came out, it had been four


had released her breakout album, The Reminder. Quoth the collective hipster masses:

Bee’s Knees: Tom Begich (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

Monopole: Open Mic, 8 p.m., Free. m

long, largely Feist-less years since the indie-rock goddess/Canadian chanteuse/iPod shill

“WTF?” But Metals proved some things are worth the wait. An emotionally nuanced and sonically challenging work, the record was the toast of critics around the globe and reaffirmed the former Broken Social Scene-ster’s place among indie-rock royalty. Catch her at the Flynn MainStage in Burlington this Friday, May 11.

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bEE’S kNEES, 82 Lower Main St., Morrisville, 888-7889. bLAck cAP coffEE, 144 Main St., Stowe, 253-2123. thE bLuE AcorN, 84 N. Main St., St. Albans, 527-0699. thE brEWSki, Rt. 108, Jeffersonville, 644-6366. broWN’S mArkEt biStro, 1618 Scott Highway, Groton, 584-4124. choW! bELLA, 28 N. Main St., St. Albans, 524-1405. cLAirE’S rEStAurANt & bAr, 41 Main St., Hardwick, 472-7053. coSmic bAkErY & cAfé, 30 S. Main St., St. Albans, 524-0800. croP biStro & brEWErY, 1859 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4304. thE hub PizzEriA & Pub, 21 Lower Main St., Johnson, 635-7626. thE LittLE cAbArEt, 34 Main St., Derby, 293-9000. mAttErhorN, 4969 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-8198. thE mEEtiNghouSE, 4323 Rt. 1085, Smugglers’ Notch, 644-8851. moog’S, Portland St., Morrisville, 851-8225. muSic box, 147 Creek Rd., Craftsbury, 586-7533. oVErtimE SALooN, 38 S. Main St., St. Albans, 524-0357. PArkEr PiE co., 161 County Rd., West Glover, 525-3366. PhAt kAtS tAVErN, 101 Depot St., Lyndonville, 626-3064. PiEcASSo, 899 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4411. rimrockS mouNtAiN tAVErN, 394 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-9593. roADSiDE tAVErN, 216 Rt. 7, Milton, 660-8274. ruStY NAiL bAr & griLLE, 1190 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-6245. ShootErS SALooN, 30 Kingman St., St. Albwans, 527-3777. SNoW ShoE LoDgE & Pub, 13 Main St., Montgomery Center, 326-4456. SWEEt cruNch bAkEShoP, 246 Main St., Hyde Park, 888-4887. tAmArAck griLL At burkE mouNtAiN, 223 Shelburne Lodge Rd., E. Burke, 626-7394. WAtErShED tAVErN, 31 Center St., Brandon, 247-0100. YE oLDE ENgLAND iNNE, 443 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-5320.

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giLLigAN’S gEtAWAY, 7160 State Rt. 9, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-566-8050. moNoPoLE, 7 Protection Ave., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-563-2222. NAkED turtLE, 1 Dock St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-566-6200. oLiVE riDLEY’S, 37 Court St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-324-2200. tAbu cAfé & NightcLub, 14 Margaret St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-566-0666. thErAPY, 14 Margaret St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-561-2041.


51 mAiN, 51 Main St., Middlebury, 388-8209. bAr ANtiDotE, 35C Green St., Vergennes, 877-2555. brick box, 30 Center St., Rutland, 775-0570. thE briStoL bAkErY, 16 Main St., Bristol, 453-3280. cAroL’S huNgrY miND cAfé, 24 Merchant’s Row, Middlebury, 388-0101. citY LimitS, 14 Greene St., Vergennes, 877-6919. cLEm’S cAfé 101 Merchant’s Row, Rutland, 775-3337. DAN’S PLAcE, 31 Main St., Bristol, 453-2774. gooD timES cAfé, Rt. 116, Hinesburg, 482-4444. oN thE riSE bAkErY, 44 Bridge St., Richmond, 434-7787.



ArVAD’S griLL & Pub, 3 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-8973. big PicturE thEAtEr & cAfé, 48 Carroll Rd., Waitsfield, 496-8994. thE bLAck Door, 44 Main St., Montpelier, 225-6479. brEAkiNg grouNDS, 245 Main St., Bethel, 392-4222. thE cENtEr bAkErY & cAfE, 2007 Guptil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-7500. cAStLErock Pub, 1840 Sugarbush Rd., Warren, 583-6594. chArLiE o’S, 70 Main St., Montpelier, 223-6820. ciDEr houSE bbq AND Pub, 1675 Rte.2, Waterbury, 244-8400. cJ’S At thAN WhEELErS, 6 S. Main St., White River Jct., 280-1810. cork WiNE bAr, 1 Stowe St., Waterbury, 882-8227. grEEN mouNtAiN tAVErN, 10 Keith Ave., Barre, 522-2935. guSto’S, 28 Prospect St., Barre, 476-7919. hoStEL tEVErE, 203 Powderhound Rd., Warren, 496-9222. kiSmEt, 52 State St., Montpelier, 223-8646. kNottY ShAmrock, 21 East St., Northfield, 485-4857. LocAL foLk SmokEhouSE, 9 Rt. 7, Waitsfield, 496-5623. mAiN StrEEt griLL & bAr, 118 Main St., Montpelier, 223-3188. muLLigAN’S iriSh Pub, 9 Maple Ave., Barre, 479-5545. NuttY StEPh’S, 961C Rt. 2, Middlesex, 229-2090. PickLE bArrEL NightcLub, Killington Rd., Killington, 422-3035. thE PizzA StoNE, 291 Pleasant St., Chester, 875-2121. PoSitiVE PiE 2, 20 State St., Montpelier, 229-0453. PurPLE mooN Pub, Rt. 100, Waitsfield, 496-3422. thE rESErVoir rEStAurANt & tAP room, 1 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-7827. SLiDE brook LoDgE & tAVErN, 3180 German Flats Rd., Warren, 583-2202. South StAtioN rEStAurANt, 170 S. Main St., Rutland, 775-1736. tuPELo muSic hALL, 188 S. Main St., White River Jct., 698-8341.

South StAtioN rESAurANt, 170 S. Main St., Rutland, 775-1730. StArrY Night cAfé, 5371 Rt. 7, Ferrisburgh, 877-6316. tWo brothErS tAVErN, 86 Main St., Middlebury, 388-0002.

1/2 LouNgE, 136 1/2 Church St., Burlington, 865-0012. 242 mAiN St., Burlington, 862-2244. AmEricAN fLAtbrEAD, 115 St. Paul St., Burlington, 861-2999. AuguSt firSt, 149 S. Champlain St., Burlington, 540-0060. bAckStAgE Pub, 60 Pearl St., Essex Jct., 878-5494. bANANA WiNDS cAfé & Pub, 1 Market Pl., Essex Jct., 879-0752. thE bLock gALLErY, 1 E. Allen St., Winooski, 373-5150. brEAkWAtEr cAfé, 1 King St., Burlington, 658-6276. brENNAN’S Pub & biStro, UVM Davis Center, 590 Main St., Burlington, 656-1204. citY SPortS griLLE, 215 Lower Mountain View Dr., Colchester, 655-2720. cLub mEtroNomE, 188 Main St., Burlington, 865-4563. DobrÁ tEA, 80 Chruch St., Burlington, 951-2424. frANNY o’S, 733 Queen City Park Rd., Burlington, 863-2909. hALVorSoN’S uPStrEEt cAfé, 16 Church St., Burlington, 658-0278. highEr grouND, 1214 Williston Rd., S. Burlington, 652-0777. JP’S Pub, 139 Main St., Burlington, 658-6389. LEuNig’S biStro & cAfé, 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759. Lift, 165 Church St., Burlington, 660-2088. mAgLiANEro cAfé, 47 Maple St., Burlington, 861-3155. mANhAttAN PizzA & Pub, 167 Main St., Burlington, 864-6776. mArriott hArbor LouNgE, 25 Cherry St., Burlington, 854-4700. moNkEY houSE, 30 Main St., Winooski, 655-4563. moNtY’S oLD brick tAVErN, 7921 Williston Rd., Williston, 316-4262. muDDY WAtErS, 184 Main St., Burlington, 658-0466. NEctAr’S, 188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771. NEW mooN cAfé, 150 Cherry St., Burlington, 383-1505. o’briEN’S iriSh Pub, 348 Main St., Winooski, 338-4678. oDD fELLoWS hALL, 1416 North Ave., Burlington, 862-3209. oN tAP bAr & griLL, 4 Park St., Essex Jct., 878-3309. oNE PEPPEr griLL, 260 North St., Burlington, 658-8800. oScAr’S biStro & bAr, 190 Boxwood Dr., Williston, 878-7082. PArk PLAcE tAVErN, 38 Park St., Essex Jct. 878-3015. rADio bEAN, 8 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 660-9346. rASPutiN’S, 163 Church St., Burlington, 864-9324. rED SquArE, 136 Church St., Burlington, 859-8909. rEguLAr VEtErANS ASSociAtioN, 84 Weaver St., Winooski, 655-9899. rÍ rÁ iriSh Pub, 123 Church St., Burlington, 860-9401. rozzi’S LAkEShorE tAVErN, 1022 W. Lakeshore Dr., Colchester, 863-2342. rubEN JAmES, 159 Main St., Burlington, 864-0744. thE SkiNNY PANcAkE, 60 Lake St., Burlington, 540-0188. t.boNES rESturANt AND bAr, 38 Lower Mountain Dr., Colchester, 654-8008. thrEE NEEDS, 185 Pearl St., Burlington, 658-0889.

VENuE, 127 Porters Point Rd., Colchester, 310-4067. thE VErmoNt Pub & brEWErY, 144 College St., Burlington, 865-0500.


Sugar Fix “Sweet!,” Studio Place Arts

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nyone with a sweet tooth is sure to enjoy the eye candy currently on display at Studio Place Arts in Barre. In fact, visitors with a fondness — or uncontrollable craving — for cakes, pies, ice cream and candy will salivate over “Sweet!,” a show presenting all manner of dreamy desserts and diet busters. They’re not edible, however, so the caloric content is nonexistent, even though these 50 or so paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and mixed-media confections pay visual homage to the Sugar Demon and her consort, the Butter Monster. A couple of the artists don’t simply depict sweets; they use them as materials. Leah Sophrin of Montpelier smears melted gummy bears onto plastic surfaces to produce a down-market version of stained glass. Most of the pieces in “Sweet!” are intended to be humorous, and two or three of them succeed to hilarious effect. Some of the jokey creations are also serious — that is, well executed — works of art, while others may evoke more winces than smiles. A few high-quality pieces aren’t meant to be funny at all, despite their frothy subject matter. Heidi Broner, who had a fine show of paintings depicting people at work last year at the Central Vermont Medical Center, returns to that theme for this exhibit, with a similarly resonant result. In Broner’s “White Chocolate,” an East Asian factory worker wearing a hairnet is shown pouring milk into a pan. Behind her on the large canvas looms a machine that probably turns out the rows of white-chocolate bunnies seen sitting on a tray in the foreground. It’s a simple scene of everyday nobility. A trio of pencil drawings by Mary Reardon, the art teacher at Spaulding High School, infuses a Twinkie, a Ring Ding and a Hostess cupcake with unlikely dignity. All three have been bitten into, revealing their creamy innards; crumbs are scattered daintily alongside. Alan Alejo is represented by a suite of small watercolors of brand-name candies, each presented in realistically rendered close-ups. The Burlington artist makes Life Savers, Squirrel Nut Zip-


THEY USE THEM AS MATERIALS. “White Chocolate” by Heidi Broner

pers, Mary Janes and Tootsie Rolls look like classical still-lifes — though with a minimalist twist. Craft objects related to the show’s theme are included, as well. W.L. Shriner’s cake plates with circle patterns etched into their glass serve as refined

Baked Goods.” On pieces of linen hung in a vertical row, the Burlington artist shows the intrepid girl detective using a magnifying glass to scrutinize slices of pie and cake as though they were pieces of evidence at a crime scene. Equally amusing is Roxanne Burton’s “You Are What You Sweet.” She has constructed a leaning tower of wooden doughnuts, some of them coated with white or pink paint. Dunkin’ Donuts should consider splurging on the $425 price of this piece; it would make a coolly ironic corporate logo. The ROTFLMAO (rolling on the floor laughing my ass off ) award goes to Miranda Sharp of Grand Rapids, Mich., for “Candy Daze.” Sharp paints a Lady Gaga look-alike reclining on a once-white sheet that’s stained with splotches of red food dye and the remnants of what appears to have been a pastry orgy. Eyes agog, she raises a lollipop to her lips with a hand dripping with yellowy dough. Blue-andpink-striped wallpaper with red finger streaks serves as the backdrop to this over-the-top tableau. Studio Place Arts director Sue Higby says she empathizes with the cartoony character in “Candy Daze.” Her own confessed addiction to pie and cake inspired Higby to organize this show. “I go way back with it,” she says. “My mother was a big baker. She’d make 45 to 60 varieties of cookies every Christmas. Really extreme. Really good.”


“Candy Daze” by Miranda Sharp

counterpoints to the funky layer cake that Lisa Lillibridge has painted on an old wooden door across the room. Unapologetic honesty on the part of many of the artists gives “Sweet!” a special appeal. In effect, each of them is saying, “Yep, I admit loving stuff that’s the opposite of health food. It tastes good, so lighten up, OK?” There’s nothing guilty about the pleasures depicted in this show. In fact, the puritanical disdain for sugar and fat embedded in the culture of organic, locavore, vegan Vermont is deftly mocked in Jude Bond’s “Nancy Drew and the


“Sweet!,” Studio Place Arts, Barre. Through May 26.

Art ShowS

ongoing burlington area

15th AnniversAry show: work by former and current members of the Rose street Artists’ Co-op. Through May 12 at Rose street Co-op gallery in burlington. info, 735-4751. Bech evAns & erik rehmAn: "Vessels and semblances," new works in clay. Through May 31 at new City galerie in burlington. info, 735-2542. BriAn collier: "The Collier Classification system for Very small objects," a participatory exhibit of things big enough to be seen by the naked eye but no larger than 8 by 8 by 20 millimeters. Through october 15 at Durick library, st. Michael’s College, in Colchester. info, 654-2536. ccv spring student Art show: Drawings, paintings, prints, digital photography and graphic design. Through May 31 at Community College of Vermont in winooski. info, 654-0513. cArol mAcdonAld & erik rehmAn: "Transcendence: Mooring the storm," artwork inspired by interviews with survivors of sexual violence, presented in collaboration with the women’s Rape Crisis Center. Through May 10 at livak Room, Davis Center, uVM, in burlington. info, 656-3131. chittenden county high school seniors’ Art exhiBition: work by many of the county’s finest high school artists. Through May 23 at union station in burlington. info, 864-1557. christopher lisle & shAun Boyce: large digital photographs by lisle and abstract paintings by boyce. Through May 29 at nectar’s in burlington. info, 658-4771. ‘cut & pAste’: Collage work in a variety of media, from paper and paint to film and digital media. Through May 26 at s.p.A.C.e. gallery in burlington. dAvid mAgnAnelli & BriAn eckert: Drawings by Magnanelli and photographs by eckert, friends and reciprocal art influences for more than 10 years. Through May 31 at uncommon grounds in burlington. info, 865-6227. duncAn mckee: "A sylvan suite and other Recent works," paintings celebrating the beauty and grace of trees. Through May 31 at north end studio A in burlington. info, 863-6713.

‘eye of the Beholder: one scene, three Artists’ visions’: pastel works by Marcia hill, Anne unangst and Cindy griffith. Through May 31 at shelburne Vineyard. info, 985-8222.

gregory forBer: Drawings inspired by climbers. Through July 2 at petra Cliffs in burlington. info, 657-3872. hing kur: black-and-white photography. Through May 27 at pine street Deli in burlington. info, 862-9614.

Jenny peck: "50+ or - Years of Art in the Making," paintings, photographs and an etching; chAmplAin elementAry school show: Clay scenes, sculptures and paper lanterns by fifth graders. Through May 30 at Fletcher Free library in burlington. info, 865-7211.

pechAkuchA night: David blistein, David lindsay, gin Ferrara, Clary Franko, Alexandra halkin, Michael Krawczyk, Rebecca Mack, Andrew schlesinger and Ali DeCuolio, Cynthia silvey, and David Tomasi present their projects and ideas in rapid-fire slide presentations: Thursday, May 10, 6 p.m. at Fleming Museum, uVM, in burlington. $5; $3 for students. info, 656-0750. w.r. cooley: photography from the artist responsible for the album art of jazz musician Joshua stamper, who will perform an intimate concert: Friday, May 11, 6:30 p.m. at new City galerie in burlington. info, 735-2542. Arts explorAtion dAy: Teachers and volunteers assist young artists with various projects based on famous artists. saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. ‘snow moBiles: sleighs to sleds’: early, experimental snowmobiles, machines from the ’60s and ’70s, and today’s high-powered racing sleds, as well as horse-drawn sleighs; ‘mAn-mAde Quilts: civil wAr to the present’: Quilts made by men; elizABeth BerdAnn: "Deep end," miniature watercolor portraits on pre-ban and prehistoric mammoth ivory. May 13 through october

group BfA show: work in a variety of media. Through May 12 at Julian scott Memorial gallery, Johnson state College. Reception: saturday, May 12, 3-5 p.m. info, 635-1469.

kimBerlee forney: Art Affair by shearer presents paintings by the Vermont artist. Through June 30 at shearer Chevrolet in south burlington. Reception: wine and appetizers by Cucina Antica, Friday, May 11, 6-8 p.m. info, 658-1111.

kAthrenA rAvenhorstAdAms: "spring bloom," watercolors, oil paintings and pastels.Through June 30 at blinking light gallery in plainfield. Reception: saturday, May 12, 4-6 p.m. info, 454-1275. Jill mAdden: landscape paintings examining moments of solitude. Through May 31 at edgewater gallery in Middlebury. Reception: Friday, May 11, 5-7 p.m. info, 458-0098. dAvid cArlson & phoeBe stone: "lost & Found: Recent and Rescued photographs," new color shots paired with prints from black-and-white negatives by Carlson; pastels and oil paintings by stone. Through May 31 at Carol’s hungry Mind Café in Middlebury. Reception: Friday, May 11, 5-8 p.m. info, 388-7050. ‘curtAins without Borders’: large photographs of Vermont’s painted theatrical scenery created between 1900 and 1940, plus one 1930s curtain from beecher Falls, Vt. Through July 28 at Amy e. Tarrant gallery, Flynn Center, in burlington. Reception: Friday, May 11, 5-8:30 p.m. info, 652-4510. susAn smerekA & Jodi whAlen: "Repair," an installation of 1700 weathered clothespins and more than 100 chine-collé collages, by smereka; abstract landscapes by whalen, who uses her grandfather’s antique French paintbrushes. Through May 31 at Quench Artspace in waitsfield. Reception: saturday, May 12, 5-7 p.m. info, 496-9138.

documentAry showcAse: More than 100 documentary works, in film, photography, books and audio recordings, produced in the last nine months by Vermont students, at-risk populations and adults with disabilities. May 11 through June 2 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Reception: select producers screen and discuss their work, Friday, May 11, 5-7 p.m. info, 388-4964. ‘cooperAtives Build A Better north country’: Artwork by community members. May 12 through 25 at north Country Food Co-op in plattsburgh, n.Y. Reception: live music by big will scheifley and lizzy pitch, plus a shadow-puppet show, saturday, May 12, 5 p.m. info, 518-314-9872.

thesis exhiBition: original artwork by graduating cartoon studies students. May 12 through June 16 at Center for Cartoon studies in white River Junction. Reception: saturday, May 12, 1 p.m. info, 295-3319.

Justin hoekstrA: "Fist of ginger," abstract paintings by the uVM senior and bCA Center Artlab artist in residence. Through May 26 at bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166.

kAthy hArt: paintings and pastels; gABriel tempestA: Milk paint on board; AdriA lAzur: Vertical landscapes on canvas. Through May 31 at The Daily planet in burlington. info, 862-9647.

kAdie sAlfi: "Apex predator: body parts," pop-artinfluenced graphics depicting animals targeted for their body parts. Through June 23 at bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166.

lorrAine mAnley: landscapes in acrylic. Through May 31 at Metropolitan gallery, burlington City hall. info, 865-7166.

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‘tAke me to the fAir: An Addison county Divine refreshments Friday 5–7 trAdition’: photographs of the 2011 fair by Mark starr, plus 19th- and early-20th-century fair posters, ribbons, photoCOrner Of Pine and HOWard, BurlingtOn graphs and other ephemera Open Fri & Sat 10–5 or by appointment from the sheldon collection. May 11 through november 10 at sheldon Museum in Middlebury. Reception: Friday, 5/4/12 11:33 AM May 11, 5-7 p.m. info, 388-2117.6v-timothygrannis050912.indd 1

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JAcoB mArtin: work by the digital illustrator. Through May 31 at speaking Volumes in burlington. info, 540-0107.

‘nAture trAnsformed: edwArd Burtynsky’s vermont QuArry photogrAphs in context’: Monumental photographs from Danby and barre, Vt., and Carrara, italy. Through August 19 at hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in hanover., n.h. burtynsky discusses his work: Friday, May 11, 5:30 p.m. info, 603-646-2808.


‘Art-ABility’: work by Vermont artists with disabilities larry bissonnette, ella skye Mac Donald and Ann lynch. Through May 31 at big picture Theater & Café in waitsfield. A reception features screenings of the acclaimed documentary Wretches& Jabberers and the trailer for Mark utter’s film about his life with autism; a discussion with the artists follows: Thursday, May 10, 6 p.m. info, 496-8994.


gAlen chAney: "street level," large, abstract paintings inspired by Aramaic script and urban graffiti. Through June 23 at bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166.

middleBury Art wAlk: More than 30 downtown venues stay open late for art openings, music and other events. guided tour starts at 51 Main. Friday, May 11, 5 p.m. at various downtown locations in Middlebury. info, 388-7951.

28 at shelburne Museum. The museum celebrates opening for the season with new exhibits, garden tours, birdhouse building, flower planting and tea parties: sunday, May 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. info, 985-3346.

‘emergence’: An exploration of digital media by the inaugural class of Champlain College’s emergent Media MFA program. Through May 25 at seAbA Center in burlington. info, 859-9222.

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Lyna Lou Nordstrom: "A Life in Printmaking," a mini-retrospective of monotypes and other prints. Curated by SEABA. Through May 27 at VCAM Studio in Burlington. Info, 651-9692. ‘Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible’: A national traveling exhibition that tells the story of the origins, creation and impact of one of the most influential books in history. Through May 11 at St. Michael’s College in Colchester. Info, 654-2536. ‘May Day: The Workers Are Revolting!’: Artwork by bar employees. Through May 31 at Red Square in Burlington. Info, 318-2438. Michael Sipe: "Silent Faces," photographs of Burlington’s homeless community. Through May 27 at Speeder & Earl’s (Pine Street) in Burlington. Info, 658-6016. Mr. Masterpiece: "The Naughty Naked Nude Show," figurative drawings and semiabstract acrylic paintings. Through May 31 at Artspace 106 at The Men’s Room in Burlington. Info, 864-2088. ‘Night Light’: Nighttime and low-light photography by artists around the world. Through May 13 at Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction. Info, 777-3686. ‘Persian Visions’: Contemporary photography from Iran; ‘Imagining the Islamic World’: Late19th- and early-20th-century travel photography; ‘A Discerning Eye’: Selections from the J. Brooks Buxton Collection. Through May 20 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750. Peter Weyrauch: "Rodz," black-and-white photographs, Gates 1-8; Julia Purinton: Oil paintings, Skyway; Gillian Klein: Oil painting, Escalator. Through May 31 at Burlington Airport in South Burlington. Info, 865-7166. Poker Hill Arts Exhibit: Artwork by kids participating in the after school art program in Underhill. Through May 18 at The Gallery at Phoenix Books in Essex Junction. Info, 872-7111.

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Rachel Laundon & Lizzie Post: "Fur & Fins," dog and fish sculptures by Laundon; "Goin’ Back Home," New Orleans-themed artwork by Post. Through May 31 at The Gallery at Main Street Landing in Burlington. Info, 734-7344.

The 3rd Floor Show’ After 12-year-old Bentley Davis Seifer died last summer, his parents, Bruce Seifer and artist

Riki Moss: "The Paper Forest," an installation of curious life-forms. Through June 12 at Winooski Welcome Center & Gallery.

Julie Davis, distributed 1200 daffodil bulbs to be planted throughout Vermont. Those flowers, now in bloom, are the subject of Davis’

Rob Hunter: "Barnyards," photographs documenting Addison County’s agricultural landscape. Through May 30 at Brickels Gallery in Burlington. Info, 825-8214.

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Sara Katz: Industrial landscapes in oil, often depicted as if seen through the windows of a passing car. Through May 31 at Vintage Inspired in Burlington. Info, 355-5418. Shahram Entekhabi: Happy Meal, a film featuring a young Muslim girl eating a McDonald’s Happy Meal, in the New Media Niche (through August 26); ‘Up in Smoke’: Smoke-related works from the museum’s permanent collection (through June 3). At Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750. Spring Exhibit: Work by Joan Hoffman, Lynda McIntyre, Johanne Durocher Yordan, Anne Cummings, Kit Donnelly, Athena Petra Tasiopoulos, Don Dickson and Kari Meyer. Through May 31 at Maltex Building in Burlington. Info, 865-7166. Stephanie Holman Thwaites: "Collecting Light," nature paintings in oil, acrylic and mixed media. Through June 30 at Dostie Bros. Frame Shop in Burlington. Info, 660-9005.

latest paintings, which are part of a group show at Burlington’s Flynndog through July 29. Each contributor to the show occupies the Maea Brandt’s pen-and-ink symbols inspired by the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan; a whimsical winged chair by Wylie Sofia Garcia and Maggie Sherman; and Paige Berg Rizvi’s playful oil-and-encaustic works, in which songbirds take flight with blimps. Pictured: “Pink Yellow Birds” by Berg Rizvi. Maggie Standley, Paige Berg Rizvi, Maea Brandt, Maggie Sherman and Wylie Sofia Garcia. Through July 29 at Flynndog in Burlington. Info, bren@ ‘The Road Less Traveled’: Artwork by Rock Point School students. Through May 31 at Rose Street Co-op Gallery in Burlington. Info, 863-1104. Ward Joyce: Oil paintings exploring the forms of the city and the architecture of the human body. Through May 31 at Salaam in Burlington. Info, 658-8822. ‘We Deliver!’: Mail and stamp art that has made it through the postal service to SEABA. Through May 31 at SEABA Center in Burlington. Info, 859-9222.

Tabbatha Henry & Sage Tucker-Ketcham: "TWO/Tabbatha Henry and Sage Tucker-Ketcham: Two Artists, Two Locations, Two Mediums," largeformat ceramic work and paintings; smaller work by both artists concurrently exhibited at Shelburne’s Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery through June 5. Through June 30 at Select Design in Burlington. Info, 985-3848.

dug Nap: "dug Nap’s Stuff," paintings and an "art bed," which the artist slides under an easel so he can paint in comfort. He’ll hang out on the bed throughout the month, working on an upcoming performance-art piece. Through May 31 at Frog Hollow in Burlington. Info, 863-6458.

‘The 3rd Floor Show’: New work by artists who occupy one floor of Burlington’s Howard Space Center: Julie Davis, Sharon Webster, Linda Jones,

Area Artists Show: "Beyond Landscapes," work in a variety of media. Through June 10 at Chandler Gallery in Randolph. Info, 431-0204.


‘Artist Community: Rhode Island’: Work by Dale Chihuly, Bunny Harvey and John Udvardy, among others, in the first in a series of mixedmedia group exhibitions examining the extended network of relationships that define creative communities. Through June 10 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670. Deanna Meadow: "Nine Generations," black-andwhite photographs documenting the Fitch family farm and homestead in Cornish, N.H. Through June 16 at Nuance Gallery in Windsor. Info, 674-9616. ‘Eclectic Equines’: Horse-themed artwork by Lindsey Monyleux, Helen Weatherall, Christine Orcutt and Denlore Photography. Through May 19 at ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery in Woodstock. Info, 457-3500. Ed Epstein: New paintings. Through June 28 at Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749. Hannah Lansburgh & Ben Peberdy: "New!™" collage work. Through June 6 at Main Street Museum in White River Junction. Info, 356-2776.

Jeanne Carbonetti: "The Power of Beauty: Introducing the Paradise Suite," watercolors. Through June 17 at Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester. Info, 875-1018. John Brickels & Wendy James: Clay creations by Brickels and paintings and photography by James. Through May 31 at Governor’s Office Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749. Linda Maney & Missy Storrow: "Textural Abstracts," acrylic, watercolor, oil, collage and mixed-media work. Through June 2 at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, Rachel Gross: Prints and works on paper. Through May 31 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Info, 295-5901. Susan Bull Riley: "Closely Observed," watercolors of flowers and birds. Through May 31 at Montpelier City Hall. Info, 540-679-0033. ‘Sweet!’: Works in a variety of media make up this sugary feast for the eyes; ‘The Teeny Tiny’: Four-square-inch works and other silent-auction items to benefit SPA programs; Hal Mayforth: "My Sketchbook Made Me Do It." Through May 26 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069.

Art ShowS ‘The ArT of CreATive Aging’: Juried work by artists over 70 from Washington, Lamoille and Orange counties. Presented by Central Vermont Council on Aging. Through May 29 at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Info, 476-2681. ‘The hisTory of goddArd College: An erA of growTh, expAnsion And TrAnsiTions, 1969-1979’: Photographs, films and archival documents focused on the radical, innovative programs created at Goddard in the ’70s. Through June 20 at Eliot D. Pratt Library, Goddard College, in Plainfield. Info, 454-8311. ‘Tol’ko po russky, pozhAluisTA (russiAn only, pleAse)’: Russian School photographs, Slavic festival costumes and Russian Imperial badges make up this exhibit chronicling the history of Norwich’s Russian School, which

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Klara Calitri: "Flower Power," paintings and pastels. Through July 1 at Brandon Artists’ Guild. Info, 247-4956.

stUDENt artWorK ExHiBit: The annual showing of drawings, sculpture, photographs, paintings, prints, installations and video created throughout the year. Through May 27 at Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College. Info, 443-3168.

BEN BarNEs: "Lesser Landmarks of Vermont," paintings. Through June 8 at Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. Info, 748-0158. DaViD sMitH: Landscape paintings. Through May 31 at Peacham Library. Info, 592-3216. HaralD aKsDal: "Colors, Lines and Dots," paintings. Through June 17 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Info, 899-3211. JaNEt WorMsEr: Paintings that explore abstraction in nature through pattern, ornament and color. Through May 13 at Claire’s Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053.

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Call to all DiGital artists: This show is open to artists creating their artwork in a digital environment. All artwork must have been produced on a computer, iPad or iPhone. This is not a show for digital photography. Deadline: May 27. Limit: two pieces no larger than 20x26 framed. Info, 524-3699.


Call to PHotoGraPHErs: For submissions to “Among Trees,” a photography exhibit. Deadline: July 7, midnight. Juror: Beth Moon. Darkroom Gallery. Info, darkroomgallery. com/ex31.

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oliVEr sCHEMM: "The Canal of Sch(l)emm & the Zonule of Zinn," sculpture by the Castleton State College art instructor. Through May 18 at Christine Price Gallery, Castleton State College. Info, 468-1119.


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rest. The interactive collage continues during the open gallery hours until May 26. At Space Gallery in Burlington. Info,, 578-2512. Wall to CaNVas: Seeking ‘street-style’ artists who use wheat pasting, stencils, collage, spray painting, markers and the like to create unique pieces of art for a creative liveart competition for cash prizes, at the Magic Hat Artifactory on Saturday, August 25. Must be 21+ to apply. Deadline: July 20. Submission forms at magichat. net/walltocanvas. CalliNG For ENtriEs: A juried photography exhibition: “Secrets and Mysteries.” Deadline: June 6, midnight. Juror: Catherine Edelman. Exhibit to open July 5. Info, UNBoUND Vol. ii BooK art: Presented by ArtisTree Gallery. Open to all artists working in New England or New York. Juror: Daniel Kelm. Cash prizes. Visit artistreevt. org/unbound-entry for entry guidelines. FlaMiNGo FliNG: The southern bird flies once again! Twenty-five pink flamingos are available for artists’ interpretation to benefit SEABA for this year’s Flamingo Fling and Annual Meeting at the Soda

Plant. Pick up your bird at the SEABA Center, 404 Pine Street, Monday through Wednesday, 9-5 p.m. Decorate and bring back by June 15 for participation in the event. Info, seaba. com, 859-9222. art + soUl: Seeking submissions in any medium for creative pieces inspired by the Intervale Center. Artists will be invited to a one-night benefit and event on June 7, in which the artwork will be sold with a 50-50 split going to the Intervale and to the artist, and you set the price! Info and submission forms, DiGital art sHoW: This show is open to artists creating their work in a digital environment. All artwork must have been produced on a computer. This is not a show for digital photography. iPhone and iPad work will be accepted. Exhibition dates: June 5 through 30. Visit for more info and registration form. tHE PastElists: Bryan Memorial Gallery announces a call to pastel artists for its summer exhibit “The Pastelists.” Deadline: May 11. Info, call_to_artists.html.

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Jean Cherouny: "Source of Empathy," recent paintings. Through May 20 at Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College. Info, 388-0320. Jeannie Peterson: "Reflections on Lake Champlain," photographs by the Vermont artist. Through May 31 at Island Arts South Hero Gallery. Info, 489-4023.

‘Land and Light and Water and air’: New England landscape paintings by artists from around the country; andreW orr: Landscape and still-life paintings. Through July 8 at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Info, 644-5100.


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may Featured artists: Photo work by Eugene Garron and Suzanne Dollois, wooden bowls by Michael Fitzgerald and mixed-media work by Nancy Hayden. Through May 31 at Artist in ‘men oF Fire: José CLemente orozCo and Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. JaCkson PoLLoCk’: Paintings, drawings and Info, 933-6403.    &   prints Pollock created following his 1936 trip to merriLL densmore & James naCe: Paintings by Dartmouth to see Orozco’s recently completed the GRACE artists. Through May 13 at Bee’s Knees mural cycle, plus Orozco’s preparatory drawings in Morrisville. Info, 586-8078. for the mural. Through June 17 at Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. Info, ‘mixing it uP’: Work by new gallery artists Laura 603-646-2808. Schiff Bean, Marc Civiterese, Clark Derbes, Anna Dibble, Sarah Horne, Mallory Lake, Lori Lorion and ‘star Wars: identities: the exhibition’: Jessie Pollock. Through June 20 at West Branch An interactive investigation into the science Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe. Info, 253-8943. of identity through Star Wars props, costumes, models and artwork from the Lucasfilm Archives. Permanent CoLLeCtion exhibit: Work by Through September 16 at Montréal Science Centre. Gayleen Aiken, Curtis Tatro, Mary Paquette, Info, 514-496-4724. m Huddee Herrick, Stanley Mercile, Emile Arsenault    &   and Phyllis Putvain. Through July 10 at GRACE in Hardwick. Info, 472-6857.



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his is a movie that has several powerful, illuminating moments. The surprising thing is, none of them feature bullies. While their behavior is condemned, they aren’t the only bad guys in Lee Hirsch’s film. The people you’re likely to find most infuriating are clueless parents, law-enforcement officials and school administrators. Bully tells the stories of five children in four states, all in the rural Bible Belt (no explanation is offered for this choice). All five experienced sustained emotional, verbal and physical harassment at the hands of their peers. Two committed suicide before Hirsch’s cameras began rolling. Sixteen-year-old Kelby describes what happens when you come out in Tuttle, Okla. Longtime friends shunned her family. Classmates rearranged their desks to ostracize her. A van filled with jocks ran her down. In Yazoo County, Miss., a 14-year-old black girl named Ja’Meya sits in a juvenile detention center waiting to learn her fate after she snapped and pointed her mother’s gun at tormentors. Then there’s Alex, a Sioux City, Iowa,

14-year-old who gets the most screen time and gives the chilling impression of nearing the end of his rope. His story is the heart of the documentary, not least because Hirsch was able to capture people screwing with him on film. This is sad, disturbing stuff. The saddest part is that some of it was shot in Alex’s home. Perhaps as a result of his premature birth, Alex doesn’t look, walk or talk like the other kids. He’s called “fish face” and is so accustomed to abuse on the school bus that he’s convinced himself his classmates are “just messing around.” “If not for them, what friends do I have?” he asks his mother when she belatedly begins to acknowledge something’s wrong. More troubling than her denial is Alex’s father’s growing frustration with Alex’s failure to stick up for himself. In one wrenching scene, he reprimands the boy for permitting his own mistreatment. You wonder how much more lackadaisical the parents’ responses might have been without the presence of a movie crew in their home. These are blazing beacons of intelligence and compassion, however, compared with

THE KIDS AREN’T ALL RIGHT Across America, 13 million children will suffer the same fate Alex Libby did this year, according to filmmaker Lee Hirsch.

the pinheads running the schools these children attend. When family and friends of a victim who committed suicide hold a town hall meeting to shed light on the issue, not a single school official bothers to show up. Among those flagrantly taunting Kelby on a regular basis, we learn, was one of her teachers. The worst is the assistant principal at Alex’s school. By the end of the film, you want to hop on a plane and wring her neck. Early on, we watch her mishandle a bullying incident. As kids file in from the playground, she takes aside two boys, one of whom has just been harassing the other, and orders them to resolve the conflict by shaking hands. The bully is only too glad to get off so easily. His target is incredulous and refuses. The administrator promptly excuses the perpetrator and admonishes his victim that refusing to shake hands is every bit as hurtful as what his tormentor has done.

Lest we chalk up her insipidness to a bad day, the director takes us into the assistant principal’s office when Alex’s parents pay a visit to discuss footage of their son being terrorized on the school bus. The administrator pooh-poohs their concerns, assuring them the bus is “good as gold,” and proceeds to show them photos of her new grandchild. Despite such revelatory moments, Bully isn’t a particularly well-made film. It’s manipulative and shamelessly sentimental in places and drags in others. Many viewers will wish it offered more in the way of analysis. In the end, though, the documentary isn’t about facts or figures, but feelings. Hirsch wants to make you angry, to raise your blood pressure as a first step toward raising your consciousness. While he doesn’t make great cinema, there’s no doubt he makes his point.  RICK KISONAK






The Avengers ★★★★ Damsels in Distress ★★★★


his week brought us two movies about idealists who seek to use their special abilities to make the world a better place. One showcases tap dance; the other, smashing.


he latter would be The Avengers, the long-awaited Marvel Studios blockbuster that assembles all the superheroes introduced to us in Iron Man (and its sequel), The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. If you missed those films (and the comics), here’s a primer: Iron Man is snarky billionaire Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in a metal suit. The Hulk is the rage-induced alter ego of deceptively mellow scientist Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo). Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is a Norse demigod who speaks in Shakespeare in the Park dialogue (as Stark puts it). Captain America (Chris Evans) is a straight-arrow super-soldier who’s been in deep freeze since World War II and wasn’t happy to wake and find his world was history. We still haven’t gotten to the supporting characters, including superpowered humans played by Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner. Then there’s U.S. covert-ops mas-

termind Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), who persuades all the players to form a superhero supergroup and go after Thor’s brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who seeks to open an interdimensional gateway and deliver the Earth to aliens with mayhem on their minds. Confused yet? Like all superhero films these days, The Avengers amounts to a collection of scenes of talking actors (some in capes) interspersed with fast-moving, explodey digital collages. That the digital collages are impressive goes without saying. The pleasant surprise is that the scenes with actual humans are coherent and funny. Writer-director Joss Whedon understands how to handle ensembles and sneak in character development between explosions, and he’s given this crazy-busy film the dramatic arc it needs to keep casual viewers’ attention. The Avengers won’t convert committed haters of capes and tights, but it does make its super-people seem remarkably human.


iolet (Greta Gerwig), the protagonist of Damsels in Distress, may not have superpowers, but she’s every bit as proudly anachronistic as Captain America. A student at a fictional East Coast college, Violet leads a trio of girls who run a suicide-

BAND OF MISFITS Evans and Downey Jr. are a straight arrow and a straight shooter, respectively, in The Avengers.

prevention center and attempt to lift their fellow undergrads’ morale (and morals) with tap dance, musical theater and gifts of sweetsmelling soap. She’s as opinionated and articulate as any character played by Woody Allen, and often quite wrongheaded. She’s also surprisingly likable. If Jane Austen were alive today and making movies, they might look like the films of Whit Stillman, who wrote and directed Damsels. Though he’s been out of the game for 14 years, no one who enjoyed Metropolitan, Barcelona or The Last Days of Disco is likely to have forgotten Stillman’s unique mixture of enlightened conservatism and anarchic whimsy. This is the sort of film where characters can have an intense, straight-

faced discussion about the proper plural of the word “doofus.” As Violet faces challenges to her worldview from boorish frat boys, cynical college journalists and even a new convert to her group (Analeigh Tipton), Damsels shows the potential to become a smarter-than-average coming-of-age tale: a Rushmore for college women or a Clueless for adults. Then, Stillman seems to lose interest. Damsels wanders off on various entertaining but ultimately irrelevant sidetracks, and its lack of focus renders it a slighter film. Still, Gerwig creates an eccentric every bit as memorable as The Avengers’ Tony Stark. And the plural of “doofus,” FYI, is “doufi.”  M A R G O T HA R R I S O N

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AMERICAN REUNION★★ The gang of high schoolers from American Pie, now married and well on their way to middle age, reunite to reminisce about the good ol’ days and probably get involved in some bawdy shenanigans in this comedy. With Chris Klein, Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott and Alyson Hannigan. Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay) directed. (113 min, R. Sunset; ends 5/13)

CORIOLANUS★1/2 Director-star Ralph Fiennes set his version of Shakespeare’s ancient Roman tragedy about a power-hungry general in a theater of modern warfare. Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler and Jessica Chastain also star. (122 min, R. Savoy; ends 5/10)


21 JUMP STREET★★★★ Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum play puerile police officers who go back to school (literally) for an undercover operation in this comedy based on the TV series that launched Johnny Depp back in the day. With Ice Cube. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) directed. (109 min, R. Sunset; ends 5/13)

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movies Five-Year Engagement 12, 2:45, 6:30, 9:15. The Pirates! Band of misfits 12:55 (3-D), 3, 5:05 (3-D), 7:10, 9:15 (3-D). Safe 12:15, 9:25. chimpanzee 1:20, 3:25, 5:30, 7:30. The Lucky one 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:40. Think Like a man 1, 3:45, 6:40, 9:20. The Hunger Games 12:15, 3:20, 6:20, 9:25. friday 11 — tuesday 15 *Dark Shadows 10:30 a.m. (Fri-Sun only), 12:30, 1:05, 3:10, 3:40, 6:05, 6:30, 7:30, 8:40, 9:10, 10 (Fri & Sat only). The Avengers 11 a.m. (Fri-Sun only; 3-D), 12 (3-D), 12:15, 12:45 (3-D), 2 (3-D), 3 (3-D), 3:15, 3:45 (3-D), 5 (3-D), 6 (3-D), 6:15, 7 (3-D), 8 (3-D), 9 (3-D), 9:15, 9:50 (Fri & Sat only; 3-D). The Five-Year Engagement 4, 6:45, 9:25. The Pirates! Band of misfits 11 a.m. (Fri-Sun only), 11:50 a.m. (Fri-Sun only; 3-D), 2 (3D), 4. Safe 9:20. chimpanzee

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wednesday 9 — thursday 10 The Avengers 6:30. The Pirates! Band of misfits 6:40. The Lucky one 7. The Hunger Games 6:50. friday 11 — thursday 17 *Dark Shadows 1:20 & 3:50 (Sat & Sun only), 6:50, 9:10 (Fri & Sat only). The Avengers 12:50 & 3:40 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9:10 (Fri & Sat only). The Pirates! Band of misfits 1 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only). The Lucky one 1:10 & 4 (Sat & Sun only), 7, 9:10 (Fri & Sat only). The Hunger Games 6:40, 9:10 (Sat only), 9:15 (Fri only).

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THE THREE STOOGES★★★ Directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly enter the realm of family comedy with this update in which classic slapstickers Moe, Larry and Curly, ripped free of historical context, end up on a reality show. Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos play the trio. (92 min, PG. Capitol, Stowe) WE HAVE A POPE★★★ Italy’s Nanni Moretti (The Son’s Room) directed this comedy in which the newly elected pope (Michel Piccoli) experiences a panic attack and must consult a therapist (played by Moretti himself). (102 min, NR. Savoy; ends 5/10)


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Police said Albert Murray, 48, took a taxi to a hospital in Arlington, Va., one afternoon and asked the driver to wait. Murray, who worked in the hospital cafeteria, went inside, pulled a knife on the cafeteria manager and demanded the combination to a safe. She denied knowing it, so he tied her up, put the safe on a desk chair and, according to hospital vice president Adrien Stanton, rolled it, apparently unchallenged, from the “dead center of the building” down “a lot of corridors” to the sidewalk. Murray then put the safe in the waiting taxi’s trunk, but when the driver balked, he jumped behind the wheel and tried to flee. The cabbie reached in and shut off the car, forcing the robber to escape on foot. Officers nabbed him after a short chase. (Washington Post)

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Dean Cochrun, 28, filed a federal lawsuit against the hospital that circumcised him after he was born, declaring that the procedure robbed him of his sexual prowess. The suit charges that the procedure was unnecessary, unethical and without medical benefit. “I was recently made aware of the fact that I had been [circumcised] and that ... I was robbed of sensitivity during sexual intercourse as well as the sense of security and well-being I am entitled to in my person,” he declared, adding that neither he nor his partners would “have that sensitivity during sexual intercourse and have a normal sex life.” Cochrun, who’s currently imprisoned in Sioux Falls, S.D., for kidnapping, wants $1000 in compensatory and punitive damages, and his foreskin restored “in the hopes I could feel whole again.” (Associated Press)

Deel, 49, were attending a firearms safety course in Roanoke, Va., when, according to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Deel shot himself in the hand with a .45-caliber handgun. The bullet went through his hand and hit Michelle Deel, seated next to him, in the leg. (Roanoke Times)

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When an undercover investigative reporter found people charging $30 for the answers to Florida’s written driving test outside three driver’s license offices, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said selling the information isn’t against current rules because the Florida Driver’s Handbook contains sample questions and answers. A spokesperson noted, however, that printed versions of the 62-page handbook aren’t available at all DMV offices because of pending legal action against the vendor. (Miami’s WPLG-TV)

Five crooks, equipped with top-of-the-line industrial power tools, attacked seven ATMs Second-Amendment Follies across England, but “despite their extensive Michael L. Deel, 54, and his wife, Michelle efforts,” prosecutor Dominic Connolly said, “no money by rob brezsny REAL was actually obtained.” Instead, they managed to set fire to bundles of cash several times while using a TAURUS (April 20-May 20): blowtorch to melt through wires and once missed aurus actor Daniel Day-Lewis 140,000 pounds ($196,000) will star as American President inside an open machine Abraham Lincoln in a film to be when they fled after triggerreleased later this year. Hollywood insiders ing an alarm. (Britain’s Daily report that Lewis basically became Lincoln Mail)

When a car got stuck on railroad tracks in Riverdale Park, Md., police called a tow truck to remove it. It was in the process when a CSX freight train plowed into both vehicles, which were unoccupied at the time. (Associated Press) The California-based bakery Sprinkles introduced a high-tech vending machine that dispenses cupcakes around the clock. Owner Candace Nelson said she got the idea when she was pregnant and realized she couldn’t satisfy her late-night cupcake cravings, even though she owns a bakery. The ATM-like machine features a touch screen and a robotic arm that pulls the desired flavor cupcake from a wall of single-serving boxes inside the store. After installing the first cupcake dispenser at her Beverly Hills store, Nelson said Sprinkles plans to operate machines at three New York City locations. (Associated Press)

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May 10-16 overdramatize is causing you to lose focus. Let’s trim the 90 violins down to 10 and see if maybe that helps.


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Cleopatra, demands chicken for breakfast and beef stew at night, and all of it absolutely must be served in a pink bowl on the dining room table. Caligula insists on fish stew early and tuna later. He wants it on a black plate placed behind the love seat. Nefertiti refuses everything but gourmet turkey upon waking and beef liver for the evening repast. If it’s not on the basement stairs, she won’t touch it. I’m bringing your attention to this, Cancerian, because I think you could draw inspiration from it. It’s in your interests, at least temporarily, to keep your loved ones and allies happy with a coordinated exactitude that rivals Irene’s.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The idea of a housewarming party comes from an old British tradition. People who were moving would carry away embers from the fireplace of the home they were leaving and bring them to the fireplace of the new home. I recommend that you borrow this idea and apply it to the transition you’re making. As you migrate toward the future, bring along a symbolic spark of the vitality that has animated the situation you’re transitioning out of.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The moon’s pale glow shimmers on your face as you run your fingers through your hair. In your imagination, 90 violins play with sublime fury, rising toward a climax, while the bittersweet yearning in your heart sends warm chills down your spine. You part your lips and open your eyes wide, searching for the words that could change everything. And then suddenly you remember you have to contact the plumber tomorrow, and find the right little white lie to appease you-know-who and run out to the store to get that gadget you saw advertised. Cut! Cut! Let’s do this scene again. Take five. It’s possible, my dear, that your tendency to


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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): What are the most beautiful and evocative songs you know? What are the songs that activate your dormant wisdom and unleash waves of insight about your purpose here on Earth and awaken surges of gratitude for the labyrinthine path you have traveled to become the person you are today? Whatever those tunes are, I urge you to gather them all into one playlist, and listen to them with full attention while at rest in a comfortable place where you feel perfectly safe. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you need a concentrated dose of the deepest, richest, most healing emotions you can tap into. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Tourists rarely go to the South American nation of Guyana. That’s mostly because much of it is virgin rainforest and there are few amenities for travelers. In part it’s also due to the reputation-scarring event that occurred there in 1978, when cult-leader Rev. Jim Jones led a mass suicide of his Daily




CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “You have more freedom than you are using,” says artist Dan Attoe. Allow that taunt to get under your skin and rile you up in the coming days, Capricorn. Let it motivate you to lay claim to all the potential spaciousness and independence and leeway that are just lying around going to waste. According to my understanding of the astrological omens, you have a sacred duty to cultivate more slack as if your dreams depended on it. (They do!) AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): If you’ve been tuning in to my horoscopes during the past months, you’re aware that I have been encouraging you to refine and deepen the meaning of home. You know that I have been urging you to get really serious about identifying what kind of environment you need in order to thrive; I’ve been asking you to integrate yourself into a community that brings out the best in you; I’ve been nudging you to create a foundation that will make you strong and sturdy for a long time. Now it’s time to finish up your intensive work on these projects. You’ve got about four more weeks before a new phase of your life’s work will begin. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Is your BS-detector in good condition? I hope so because it’s about to get a workout. Rumors will be swirling and gossip will be flourishing, and you will need to be on high alert in order to distinguish the laughable delusions that have no redeeming value from the entertaining stories that have more than a few grains of truth. If you pass those tests, Pisces, your reward will be handsome: You’ll become a magnet for inside information, valuable secrets and unusual but useful clues that come from unexpected sources.



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ARIES (March 21-April 19): In one of your past lives, I think you must have periodically done something like stick your tongue out or thumb your nose at pretentious tyrants — and gotten away with it. At least that’s one explanation for how confident you often are about speaking up when everyone else seems unwilling to point out that the emperor is in fact wearing no clothes. This quality should come in handy during the coming week. It may be totally up to you to reveal the truth about an obvious secret or collective delusion. Can you figure out a way to be relatively tactful as you say what supposedly can’t or shouldn’t be said?

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the Byrds’ 1968 song “Fifth Dimension,” the singer makes a curious statement. He says that during a particularly lucid state, when he was simply relaxed and paying attention, he saw the great blunder his teachers had made. I encourage you to follow that lead, Libra. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, now would be an excellent time for you to thoroughly question the lessons you’ve absorbed from your important teachers — even the ones who taught you the best and helped you the most. You will earn a healthy jolt as you decide what to keep and what to discard from the gifts that beloved authorities have given you.


The animal-rights group In Defense of Animals ridiculed a study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that revealed rats on cocaine dig the music of Miles Davis, whereas sober rats prefer Beethoven. Among other taxpayer-funded animal studies on the group’s list of “Real Ridiculous Research”: the effect of lemon scent on monkey erections, contagious yawning in chimpanzees, the role of single mothers in the prairie vole community and whether putting hamsters on a diet affects their sex drive. (Associated Press)

months before the film was shot and throughout the entire process. Physically, he was a dead ringer for the man he was pretending to be. Even when the cameras weren’t rolling, he spoke in the cadences and accent of his character rather than in his own natural voice. It might be fun for you to try a similar experiment in the coming weeks, Taurus. Fantasize in detail about the person you would ultimately like to become, and then imitate that future version of you.


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little more courage now and then,” said poet Marvin Bell. “That’s what I need. If you have some to share, I want to know you.” I advise you to adopt his approach in the coming days, Virgo. Proceed on the assumption that what you need most right now is to be braver and bolder. And consider the possibility that a good way to accomplish this goal is by hanging around people who are so intrepid and adventurous that their spirit will rub off on you.

The new 3-D version of the 1997 movie Titanic is being shown in China, but the scene where Leonardo DiCaprio sketches Kate Winslet topless has been edited to show Winslet only from the neck up. “We’ve decided to cut off the nudity scenes,” the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television announced, explaining, “Considering the vivid 3-D effects, we fear that viewers may reach out their hands for a touch and thus interrupt other people’s viewing.” (United Press International)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “We all need a

devotees. Last year, after travel writer Jeff Greenwald announced his trip to Guyana, his friends responded with a predictable joke: “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid!” — a reference to the beverage Jones spiked with cyanide before telling his followers to drink up. But Greenwald was glad he went. The lush, tangled magnificence of Guyana was tough to navigate but a blessing to the senses and a first-class adventure. Be like him, Sagittarius. Consider engaging with a situation that offers challenging gifts. Overcome your biases about a potentially rewarding experience.




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superhorny I am a very nice, big-hearted man who wants to end his virginity. I am hearing impaired but I can hear. I am a photographer. If you want your photographs taken, let me know. I get so horny and alone at nights. I watch naughty porn in my bed to turn me on. So be my next partner in bed. Photographerjorr81, 31, l Great Sex with NO Strings! I’m a handsome, clean-cut, healthy, fit man with a high libido looking for a woman who also has that and wants a very discreet sexual relationship. Must be able to host, if not, we go

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extremely passionate sensual seeking same I’m a very visual, sensual man who is looking to meet others who are into intense, passionate, fun enticement and titillation in and out of the bedroom. xtremepassionate1, 44, l FROM HIS ONLINE PROFILE: Great sex calls for lots of... imagination, open mindedness and playfulness in the bedroom. halves on a cheap motel. I need someone who is NOT obese and takes good care of herself. Early 20s to 50 work if fit. LUVMESUMSEX, 36 hookup4me Looking for someone to share time with and explore each other, nothing serious. Older guy wants to try younger gal if she can keep up. handy121561, 50 Looking for excitement Outgoing personality, young at heart, mind and body. Looking for risky, fun and exciting encounters. I’m excited! It’s over 8 in size, so be aware:-). Contact me. Nordicstock, 41 Attractive, fit and fun Hello, I am single, attractive, fit, never married, busy business owner and martial-art teacher. I am seeking something casual, light and fun. Stormvt2012, 33 GiveUrAss2me I’m fun, sexy and I love to have a great time. I like a girl who’s very open minded because they’re the only ones I can relate to. I love a girl who LOVES ANAL, I mean really loves it! When you fool around with me, you’re gonna have a great time! GiveUrAss2me, 24, l Bangaarang! I’m a single, 25-year-old male that’s looking for an f-buddy. I’m open to all kinds of kinky s##t. I want to try something new. A fantasy of mine is to be seduced by an older woman, preferably 35 to 40. I’d go a little older if physical attraction is strong. Bangarang, 25 Passion I’m not willing to give up and I imagine that you aren’t either. A word, a touch, a kiss, a glance... and so it begins. scphen, 63, l

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looking for a good time 30m, 24f looking for a good time. One-time thing. Must be clean. Come hang out and see what happens. 4:20 friendly. meandu, 30 cinnabon Couple (man and man) seeking women for discreet casual encounter; really just want to try something exciting and new. twizzlers, 23, l curious VT couple looking Attractive and sexy mid 30’s m/f couple. Looking for 21- to 40-year-old attractive, sexy, disease-/drug-free female. Must be discreet and gentle. We’re educated, fun, clean. sexxxyvtcouple, 34 Squirting orgasm lover/giver We are a young couple 22f, 23m who love group sex and threesomes. Squirting is our biggest turn on and she is very talented in that department and he is extremely good at making girls who have never had a female orgasm squirt like crazy. Squirtlover, 22 Hypersexual Couple needs the same We are a committed couple (Burlington area). We are new to this and seeking another couple to learn from/with. We are both attractive, well groomed, clean, fun/adventurous. Seeking a couple for sexual adventures/erotic fun. Ages 35-50, M/F couple, clean, well groomed and DD free. Please share fantasies, we will as well. All couples, including those with ethnic background, are welcome. Jonsgirl, 44

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but was uncomfortable with the kids. My daughter told me after that you had talked with her when I went to pay the bill. You got my attention! Hope this works. When: Saturday, April 28, 2012. Where: the Grand Buffet. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910149

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North Ave. Hannaford around 5 p.m. Pretty woman, black top, jeans. Parked next to me, we noticed each other while you were loading bags into the back and I waited to leave. You took your cart to the corral, then I saw you looking at me as I drove away. Wish you knew that I was looking back. Better yet, wish I had said hello. When: Thursday, May 3, 2012. Where: parking lot. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910163 More than music You looked so chic in that little black dress (row U right, 4th seat), and you gave as much pleasure to my eye as the music gave my ear. The final piece seemed to excite you. Could we perhaps be properly introduced? When: Saturday, April 28, 2012. Where: Flynn. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910162 Yangu upendo I’m ready for your work to be done so we can enjoy the spring! Hakuna shidz, right? When: Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Where: Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910161 Thanks, I felt bad Me: standing outside of The OP, smoking with a friend. You: walked around corner and told me you liked my hair and said I was “attractive.” Sorry I only gave you a thumbs up. You caught me off guard and I was buzzed. Thanks for coming up to me. More people should be honest when they think someone’s cute. When: Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Where: the OP. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910160



Friday 13, Essex bus I think that was me you saw. ( = What did I look like? When: Sunday, April 15, 2012. Where: Essex bus. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910158 grey pinstripe suit You listed ‘black tie’ as an interest on FB from your trailer in Louisiana, in the grey pinstripe suit at Brides ‘n’ Bells with a client. You know who you are, and Mary, 255 was right on the dime. Floral arranger, no? When: Monday, May 7, 2012. Where: biscotti. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910157 Saint Aidan Of Lindisfarne! Not speaking Afrikaans, James from St. Andrews! Woah, I actually like knowing only what you’ve told me about yourself. Kings Barns! The taxi has no reverse you see! Left side driving! You’ll always remember reading texts that weren’t for you or about you and I’ll always remember living on the North Sea caretaking at the English world’s most overrated golf course! When: Saturday, July 2, 2011. Where: where argyle comes from! You: Woman. Me: Woman. #910156 are you mr. right? I saw you in Family Dollar. You were tall and super nice but I didn’t get your name. When: Sunday, April 29, 2012. Where: Family Dollar St. Albans. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #910155 Single-speed racing to my heart Whether you’re dominating a single-speed with your muck boots and camo hat, or shredding some serious pow in Hubbard Park, you have caught my eye around town! Heard you have a knack for turning trash into race-winning treasure, and a unquenchable thirst for chocolate milk and tempeh burgers. Let’s meet for a veggietastic picnic sometime; you bring the muscles... When: Monday, April 30, 2012. Where: Onion River Sports. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910154 Soul Friend Wondering if you want to hang out sometime and smile at each other. When: Sunday, April 29, 2012. Where: beside me. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910153

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The Grand Buffet You were directly across from us. You sat next to another woman and there was a guy with you. We made eye contact several times. Wanted to say hi

4/30/12 11:11 AM

Dear Mistress,

I am a healthy, fit and attractive woman in my late 20s. I have a super-high sex drive. The problem is, when I don’t have a boyfriend, I have zero sex. I frequently wish I could detach from myself and explore more casual sex. I can’t seem to be intimate with someone who doesn’t seem interested in the long haul, though I would really, really like to be. I can’t tell if it’s fear of rejection, lack of self-confidence, or remnants of a super strict and religious upbringing. Any advice on how to lose these inhibitions and take care of business?


Dear Too Square,

Too Square to Slut

Have you watched television lately? If you believe what you see on new shows such as “Girls” on HBO, casual sex is requisite for women in their 20s. You nailed it with your sign-off: If you’re not getting it on with every Tom, Dick or Harry, you’re a square. Of course, this isn’t true. Far be it from me to put down casual sex (one of my favorite pastimes), but it’s not for everyone. Maybe you’re a happier person when you’re not sleeping around, and that’s OK. That said, if you’re committed to a casual conquest, here’s a word to remember: honesty. You need to be real with yourself. Can you handle a casual relationship? Play the scenario out in your head: You have sex with a guy and don’t get brunch in the morning — hell, he might not even spend the night. How does that make you feel? As long as you’re OK with it, and he’s on the same page, go for it. You may want to be a voracious vamp, but don’t force it. Remember, just because you’re not having sex with a partner doesn’t mean you can’t have exciting, mind-blowing orgasms. When was the last time you tried a new position while masturbating? Bought a new sex toy? Spent an hour revving yourself up watching porn or reading erotica before getting yourself off? The most important sexual relationship you have is with yourself — be a good partner and keep things spicy.

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Maine Man Never done this before, but alas, you caught my eye! You told me I looked like a girl you had known from Maine. I wanted to tell you that your long hair and ear piercings were rather becoming. When: Friday, April 27, 2012. Where: in line at Uncommon Grounds. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910150

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Curly Haired Cutie at NewMoon You: dark hair, cute. Me: short brown hair, slight build. Was it my imagination or did our eyes lock a few times throughout the afternoon? You said thank you and smiled but I was too shy to do anything but smile back. I’m in town until August, but I’d sure like another chance. I promise I’ll have more to say! When: Sunday, April 29, 2012. Where: New Moon Café. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910151

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White Audi/Puck Would you like to go to dinner? When: Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Where: dog park. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910152

FU (Favorite Uncle) Remember when Ralphie came to visit and we had pizza, IPA’s and made a promise to do crosswords with a vengeance? I just wanted to say that we always come up with the BEST Ideas. Porch soon? When: Friday, April 27, 2012. Where: bright blue kitchen with the checkerboard floor. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #910147

Spread Some Springtime Cheer It would be nice for a change of pace to see the Ispy used as a place for random kindness and praise. Let’s see how many people during the last bit of April and May can spy people doing random acts of kindness to others around the region. Try and work in your plug for a date, if appropriate ;). When: Friday, April 20, 2012. Where: here and there. You: Man. Me: Man. #910145


Re: Redhead at DMV It was so nice of you to hold the door for me. You definitely caught my attention, too. Send me an email :). When: Friday, April 27, 2012. Where: S. Burlington. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910159

Crutch-Powered Redhead at DMV You looked so happy to be at the DMV. That made me smile. I would hold the door open for you anytime. When: Friday, April 27, 2012. Where: S. Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910148

Barnes & Noble Lovely I sat across from you Friday afternoon (4/27), sitting at the next table at Barnes & Noble. You were blond. I wore black. You looked bright and shiny and happy in there. I keep thinking of that glance and smile that reached out. Who are you? When: Friday, April 27, 2012. Where: Barnes & Noble. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910146

An Eclectic Picnic

No Sugar, Dairy OR Wheat?! So What CAN I Eat?

Friday, May 11th ½ 5:30pm – 8:00pm Hands-on ½ $45 ½ pre-registration is required

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The weather is ge“ing warm and it’s almost picnic season! Join HL’s amazing Demo Coordinator, Gerda Lederer, for her take on the American picnic in this fun class. In the Learning Center we’re making sure you have all the tricks to pull off the world’s best picnic!

Have no fear, tasty choices are still here! In this popular class, we will introduce new ingredients to replace these major staples so you can still have favorite foods you’ll crave, love and eat with enthusiasm. (They just won’t include sugar, wheat or dairy!)

Potato, Potao

Pharma Foodie: Feeding Your Second Brain

Thursday, May 17th ½ 5:30pm – 8:00pm Demo ½ $20 ½ pre-registration is required

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The potato… such a simple ingredient, and yet, so misunderstood. The potato has a lot of power in the kitchen: its starch can be used as a thickener, a glue and an emulsifier. Potatoes can be creamy, fluffy, crispy, crunchy, velvety smooth and anywhere in between!

In this installment of Pharma Foodie, we will explore the supremely important relationship between your gut (digestive health) and your health. More and more, there is agreement that digestive health is at the root of how we think, feel and move through life.

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