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the legislature during his tenure in the state senate. His sentiment garnered 164 likes on the Seven Days Facebook page. Even Vermont’s Republicans seemed supportive — if not of the president, then at least of his view on marriage. Dawn Hill-Fleury, Chittenden County chairwoman of the Vermont Republican Party, told the Burlington Free Press, “We’ve had same-sex marriage here in Vermont, and it works well.” That’s probably not an opinion that will be echoed by the national Republican party. But though LGBTQ Vermonters may have been celebrating last week, they weren’t flocking to parties at gay bars — there aren’t any in the 802. Burlington’s last gay bar, 135 Pearl, closed in 2006. But pop-up LGBTQ spaces have been proliferating recently. Corin Hirsch describes a few of them in “Pop-Up Pride” on page 36. Burlington College student Sarah Ward also just released an audio documentary about 135 Pearl. Find a link on Blurt, the Seven Days staff blog, at

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ast Wednesday, President Obama became the first sitting president to “come out” in support of samesex marriage. He told ABC’s Robin Roberts that he thinks same-sex couples “should be able to get married.” His announcement prompted pundits all across the country to weigh in on the issue. Every major media outlet seemed to have a story analyzing his position, and how it will affect his chances for reelection. Newsweek’s cover story this week calls Obama “The First Gay President” — a play on Toni Morrison’s designation of Bill Clinton as “the first black president.” Obama’s announcement might have been controversial in North Carolina, where residents voted on Tuesday to amend their constitution to ban same-sex marriage, but it didn’t seem to ruffle many feathers in Vermont. Gov. Peter Shumlin promptly issued a statement applauding the prez. “This is an important step for civil rights, dignity for gays and lesbians, and realizing our nation’s commitment to equality for all Americans,” said Shumlin, who ushered same-sex marriage through

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I’ve been working as an antinuke environmentalist with EnergyProbe in Toronto for more than 30 years, and I just wanted to congratulate you all on one of the clearest and most informative articles I’ve ever read on this thorny and complex subject [“Nuke of the North: Québec’s Gentilly-2 Reactor Faces VT Yankee-Style Closure Fight,” May 2]. One small thing: There’s no obvious way to explain that Canada’s regulator allows our nukes to spew much more radioactive pollution than does the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. But calling our limits “higher standards” can’t be the best way! Norman Rubin



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Interesting article [“Kitchen Takeover,” April 18], but it was highly irresponsible to illustrate it with an image that is not Japanese knotweed. Since this plant is a notable invasive, you could at least ensure you ID it correctly. There are enough images of this plant on the internet to check your illustration against. Laura Thomas


Editor’s note: We used a picture of garlic mustard to illustrate the story, which was subtitled “Cooking with invasive Japanese knotweed and garlic mustard.” The plant was identified as garlic mustard in the print edition, but not on the online version. It’s since been fixed.


In a lot of ways it’s too bad that the bike path is in such disrepair and that Mayor Miro Weinberger must make a decision on the Moran Plant in about 60 days now [“Burlington-Area Bike Paths Are All They’re Cracked Up to Be,” April 25]. Situated where it is on the bike path downtown, the Moran Plant could serve as a “light transportation center” in addition to housing the Sailing Center, a café, an iceclimbing wall, etc. To me, light transportation includes bicycles, skateboards, strollers, in-line skates, electric scooters, electric bikes, Segways and other personal transportation devices that weigh less than 100 pounds.

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Last week’s story, “Englesby Gets a Face-Lift,” stated that the last UVM president to live in Englesby House was Judith Ramaley, who served from July 1997 to June 2001. In fact, Ed Colodny and his wife Nancy moved in after Ramaley and occupied the house for the year Colodny served as interim president. UVM President Dan Fogel and his wife Rachel resided there for almost a year — June 2002 to March 2003 — while they built a house in Colchester.

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In the May 2 Fair Game [“Laws and Disorder”], it was mentioned that Vermont now has a new official winter sport, but for some reason nothing was mentioned about the brook trout and walleye pike becoming our state’s new official fish. That’s right, state politicians: Seven Days has decided to stay away from any fish stories! greg carpenter


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As an officially inspected, small, nineroom inn, it annoys me when some of the sellers of rooms are plainly running a business [“Home Away From Home,” May 9]. I accept that a few nights in a home occasionally should be acceptable, but very few if any of Airbnb properties pay state lodging tax or are regulated in the way my business is. Is that fair?

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To gather young women into Kunin’s revolution, it would be wise if she not preface her agenda with the same tired tale about how young folks don’t appreciate feminist gains [“What Women Want Now,” May 2]. That standby story of opinion journalism needs to die, and we’re sick of its periodic resurrection. Twentysomethings aren’t the only ones reluctant to identify as feminist. A 2008 Daily Beast poll found just 20 percent of women polled felt comfortable with the f-word. Why don’t young women shout “feminism?” The word’s a conversation stopper. We’d rather people just listen to our argument than qualify or label it. Feminism tunes people out. Also, youngsters have been busy serving the feminist end, and it’s clear

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This light transportation center would promote and advance the use of light transportation in place of automobiles on separated paths such as the Burlington Bike Path. It would act as a beacon shining a light on the path of local transportation in the post-fossilfuel age. It could become the home of several new small businesses, including a bicycle rental and repair shop, electric bike rentals and Segway tours. Local Motion’s offices could be located there to supervise the operation and encourage the conversion to alternate means of local transportation. Unfortunately, the bike path is in terrible shape right now and could not properly support this light transportation center until it is rebuilt and upgraded to properly accommodate these new electrically assisted vehicles. But the bike path won’t remain neglected much longer. A light transportation center at the Moran Plant should be considered as Mayor Weinberger makes his decision whether to proceed with development there.

that Kunin doesn’t spend much time on the internet or else she would be aware. That’s not to say that everyone over 40 should know how to find the right websites, but there are hugely popular sites and blogs that actively promote feminist principles. Last year’s SlutWalks organized thousands of ladies to march against sexual violence. The Washington Post described it this way: “In a feminist movement that is often fighting simply to hold ground, SlutWalks stand out as a reminder of feminism’s more grass-roots past and point to what the future could look like.” Lastly, In These Times writer Sady Doyle said it best, “To ask why young people aren’t identifying or acting as ‘feminist’ in ways that look like mid-20thcentury feminism is, essentially, like asking a Facebook user why she doesn’t mail letters to her friends.”

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News From Blurt

Business: Can Green Mountain Coffee survive the stock drop that claimed its founder?



E-Gads: The Town of Castleton Pulls the Plug on a Digital Democracy Experiment


Music: The next best thing to a phone interview with Steve Martin BY DAN BOLLES

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Kill Zone When a glamorous Broadway star recruited for a small theater’s murdermystery production is shot during rehearsal, it’s not just life imitating art, it’s homicide. Cabot Community Theatre brings on chills and thrills, and a little bit of comedy, in an exciting two-day run of Murder Takes the Stage.

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Vermont Stage Company takes its first stab at “locally baked theater” — serving up not edibles, but, rather, food for thought about how scripts play out onstage. The Bake Off: Eurydice divides Sarah Ruhl’s imaginative retelling of the Orpheus myth into three distinct parts, each with a separate director and cast. Bring your appetite for drama; it should be a fascinating comparison.

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What does it mean to be human? Burlington Dances artist-in-residence Tiffany Rhynard (pictured) explores the question at the premiere of Subverting Normal, a movement piece that relies on spirited participation and dialogue from the audience. Come early; the unconventional show kicks off with a video installation and karaoke, of all things.

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Worth the Weight Heavyfest, the second annual benefit for Big Heavy World, comes with an appropriately big, heavy lineup — featuring, among others, Rough Francis, Myra Flynn and the Steph Pappas Experience at Magic Hat’s outdoor beer garden. Did we mention there’s a “dunk-a-punk” tank? The tunes continue into the night at a Nectar’s after-party. See calendar listing on page 53 and Soundbites on page 63

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Walk the Line Influenced by urban graffiti and the distinctive lettering of Aramaic script, Galen Cheney’s bold, chaotic abstractions in “Street Level” are a study in contradictions. Each work, Cheney writes, “evokes the tension between street/outsider art and establishment/ insider art.” Swing by the BCA before June 23 to see how the Middlesex artist balances both worlds. See story on page 70 and art listing on page 71

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Strings Attached Back in the ’70s, the banjo was a staple in Steve Martin’s comedy career. Lately, the multitalented standup, actor and playwright has returned to his roots, strumming that musical frying pan to considerable acclaim with progressive bluegrass ensemble the Steep Canyon Rangers. Their joint show at Dartmouth College on Tuesday sold out months ago, but you can still score a seat for the Flynn follow-up next Wednesday. See story on page 34 and Calendar listings on page 55

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.J. DONOVAN says it’s time for change in the Vermont attorney general’s office. After 15 years under incumbent AG BILL SORRELL, Vermont needs “new ideas, new 217 College St., Burlington, 660-9330 energy, new engagement on a whole or 4 Carmichael St., Essex, 872-7676 host of issues.” That’s how Donovan put it last week at a packed-house campaign kickoff at Burlington’s St. John’s Club. 16t-MyLittleCupcake051612.indd 1 5/11/12 3:14 PM His campaign slogan? “Doing more for Vermont.” More than what? The unstated implication, it would seem, is more than Sorrell. But the Chittenden County state’s attorney insists he is not running against Bill Sorrell. He’s running for the office. Up to 5 quarts • Expires May 31 Puh-leeze! The Democratic primary for AG in August will be nothing less than a referendum on the seven-term incumbent. Most political observers agree the reason Donovan hopped into the race in the first place — and why House Speaker SHAP SMITH considered doing the same — is cause of Sorrell’s perceived weakness as a result of a string of high-profile court losses, most recently a federal ruling that 16t-Girlington051612.indd 1 5/14/12 2:48 PMlets Vermont Yankee continue splitting atoms for another 20 years. But in shying away from direct attacks of his opponent’s record, Donovan is attempting a high-wire act that gives voters little motivation to throw the bum out — or even see Sorrell as a bum at all. By appointment only Last Saturday, Donovan and Sorrell all services performed by instructor-supervised students engaged in the campaign’s first public face-off at a regular meeting of the Vermont Democratic Party at Randolph Elementary School. Donovan was there to seek the party’s endorsement — a formality freely given to any legitimate Democrat candidate. Sorrell, who failed to make the agenda in time for endorsement consideration, was there to tell the party he’d be back for its blessing in a few weeks. Donovan started his pitch by saying, “I respect Attorney General Bill Sorrell, who is in the room today. I don’t want this to be divisive. If it is, I will withdraw this request to be endorsed.” The closest Donovan came to drawing an explicit contrast was when he Connect outer beauty with said, “I do think we should have a debate inner well-being, about the office of attorney general.” call for your appointment today. The topics T.J. would like to debate? The $500 million shortfall in the Vermont Yankee decommissioning fund, Find more information online at which Donovan says could saddle erations of Vermonters with the cleanup or by phone at 802.658.9591 x1 tab long after the nuke plant is retired.

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Also, Vermont’s prescription-drug problem — and how to be tough on crime while being “smart on crime” as well. And Sorrell’s not doing that now? “I’m not running against Bill Sorrell. I’m running for the office,” Donovan responds. “I have my own philosophies about the office.” Sorrell, who hasn’t faced a serious challenger since taking office in 1997, previewed what could become his campaign message. If Saturday’s speech to state Dems was any indication, Sorrell will run on — wait for it — his record!


That’s right. The legal record that some observers see as a liability is what Sorrell plans to put forward as his best asset — the reason he deserves another two-year term. In particular, Sorrell will continue talking about all the money his office has brought into Vermont — especially from the multimillion-dollar settlement of a tobacco lawsuit that he signed onto “four weeks to the day after taking office.” He might also mention, as he did Saturday, that the Vermont Medical Society once described him as a “giant killer, not afraid to take on powerful interests and fight for Vermonters.” “I want to talk about my record. I want Vermonters to know what I’ve done,” Sorrell told Democrats in Randolph. And why wouldn’t Sorrell want to talk about his record? So far, he’s the only one defining it. But Sorrell is walking his own tightrope, trying to appeal to core Dems who will be decisive in the primary while he defends the credibility of his office as a bastion of nonpartisan law enforcement. Exhibit A: On Saturday, Sorrell boasted to party leaders about the lawsuit his office brought against the

Republican Governors Association and 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate BRIAN DUBIE for allegedly sharing polling data — a violation of law. And in the next breath, he said that he can’t appear to be “siding too much with one side or the other.” “I don’t want to have my office not respected,” the AG said. Translation: I’m not afraid to go after Republicans when they cross the legal line, but don’t expect me to make a habit of it. Will T.J.’s nice-guy routine work? Who knows? With the primary three months away, the race is still young, and dynamics change fast in close elections. But Donovan is a relative unknown to thousands of Vermont voters outside Chittenden County who have pulled the lever for Sorrell every two years since BILL CLINTON was president. If the normal laws of elections hold true, those voters are gonna need a reason to pull the lever for the other guy.

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In other news from last weekend’s Democratic confab: DOUG HOFFER wants another shot at State Auditor TOM SALMON, and on Saturday, state Democrats gave him their blessing to go for it. A freelance policy analyst from Burlington, Hoffer finished seven points behind the Republican Salmon in 2010 in one of the weirdest and most-watched auditor’s races in years. Remember Salmon’s drunk-driving video — where he told the cop, “You know I’m the state auditor, right?” — which came out just days before Election Day? And who can forget how ED FLANAGAN cast aside his YMCA locker room indiscretions to make one more run for the office he once held? Don’t count on that kind of campaign circus this year. But do count on a hard-hitting ideological debate that pits an unapologetic conservative against an apologetic liberal — the Democratturned-Republican son of a former Vermont governor versus a Progressiveturned-Democrat data cruncher. On Saturday, Hoffer told state Dems in Randolph that he was disappointed to lose in 2010 but “gratified and encouraged” that he received 105,000 votes, and that “a two-term incumbent named Salmon only got 52 percent of the vote.” Hoffer said he likes his chances this year for a few reasons. First, it’s a presidential election year,

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households to noise louder than what the Federal Aviation Administration deems acceptable. Homes along some streets in South Burlington would become “uninhabitable” due to the screams and booms the F-35s will produce, predicts Juliet Buck, who lives near the airport and is among the leaders of a coalition opposed to the local basing option. “Winooski is toast” if the F-35 beds down here, Buck adds. “Large swathes of Williston are toast.” Conceivably, the 2863 people living in the potentially affected households could all be displaced and their homes demolished if the Air Force decides to base 24 of the new warplanes at the Vermont Air Guard Station. St. Michael’s College and South Burlington’s Chamberlin School would also experience noise at levels that could make both institutions potentially eligible to be bought out and torn down. But a representative of St. Michael’s president John Neuhauser attended Monday’s meeting to say the college welcomes the prospect of F-35s soaring over the Colchester campus. He said, while the noise from the existing F-16s does require some accommodation, it is not more than “a minor inconvenience.” The South Burlington school board is not as tolerant. In a May 14 letter to Air Force officials, school board member Martin LaLonde said on behalf of the board that the draft environmental study is “deficient in a number of respects in its evaluation of these impacts.” He called the report’s consideration of noise effects on teachers and students at Chamberlin and other South Burlington schools “too narrow and too cursory.” It’s already too loud in some parts of South Burlington. Based on a threshold of average daily exposure to 65 decibels or higher, the FAA has so far funded the destruction of more than 100 homes near the airport, with another 100 eligible for sale and demolition. The impact of the lost and condemned homes has unsettled many of the airport neighborhood’s remaining residents. As it is, “A whole community is in the process of being destroyed,” says South Burlington City Council chair Rosanne Greco. “I don’t see how [the coming of the F-35] would make it any better.”

Greco, elected in March to lead the council, is among the political figures who could help persuade the U.S. Air Force to base the F-35s somewhere other than South Burlington. After 30 years of active Air Force duty, Greco retired in 2003 with the rank of colonel. “I’m incredibly supportive of the Air Guard mission, its individuals and family members,” Greco says. “I would defend them to the death — and I mean that literally.” She adds, however, that her first obligation now is to her constituents in South

Burlington. And she notes that the existing fleet of F-16 fighter jets produces noise that is “already causing much pain and discomfort to many residents.” Usually, Greco continues, “military air bases are placed very far away from population centers and for good reasons.” Vermont’s three-member congressional delegation sounds slightly less enthusiastic about the potential arrival of the F-35s than it did almost two years ago. In a joint statement in July 2010, U.S. Sens. Patrick F-35 FIGHTER JETS




U.S. Air Force colonel presiding over last Monday’s hearing on the pros and cons of hosting F-35 fighter jets in Vermont asked the audience to hold its applause until the end of the evening. The crowd did not obey orders. In the South Burlington High School auditorium, people spilling out into the hallways hooted and hollered as a parade of citizens spoke about an Air Force proposal to base as many as two dozen of the new-generation warplanes at Burlington International Airport. “If we were a sleepy farm community and the Air Force was trying to barge their way in and put an airbase with jets, that would be a whole different subject,” said Tom Brassard, a local business owner who supports stationing planes at the Vermont Air National Guard base. “But I’ve been here all my life, and the jets have been part of our landscape. The sound has been part of our landscape.” Brassard warned that if Vermont rejects the F-35s, the Guard base — and the hundreds of jobs it supports — might disappear altogether. Echoing that warning, Kelly Devine of the Burlington Business Association cautioned that the $53 million payroll linked to the F-16s currently based at the airport would likely disappear if the F-35s do not replace them. In other words, the military could shut the base down — as it did with the Plattsburgh Air Force base years ago. F-35 opponents characterized such testimony as “scare tactics.” South Burlington resident Janice Schwartz said the F-16s currently based at the airfield are disruptive to nearby homes and schools, and that F-35s would be even louder. “Please use common sense, and do not fly your jets over densely populated residential areas,” Schwartz urged Air Force hearing officers. “Please choose another location that would not affect 1000 residents and probably more.” Concerns about the impact of F-35 noise have crystallized in response to a recent U.S. Air Force assessment of the environmental impact of basing advanced supersonic aircraft in a residential area already beleaguered by high decibel levels. The study finds that the F-35s would expose up to 1366 additional Burlington-area


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Gregory Sanford, the affable Vermont state archivist with the long gray beard, is retiring on August 1. Sanford became Vermont’s first state archivist and spent a 30-year career modernizing the way the state preserves and manages its official records. Under legislation passed this year, the new state archives building in Middlesex will be named after him. Sanford, 65, says he is retiring “largely for personal reasons.” Sanford’s partner, Ondis Eardensohn, is battling stage-four breast cancer. She was the subject of a 2011 Seven Days story about how a nationwide drug shortage is affecting critically-ill patients in Vermont and elsewhere. Succeeding Sanford is his longtime deputy, Tanya Marshall. “I love what I do. I’ve still got a gazillion ideas,” Sanford says. “But every once in a while you have to have enough self-awareness to say, ‘Maybe it’s time to hand it off to people who can take it up to another level.’”


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Vermont’s online political arena moved a notch to the left Tuesday as the state’s most prominent conservative blog, Vermont Tiger, announced it is ceasing regular publication. Dorset writer and editor Geoffrey Norman, who launched the blog in 2007, says competing professional and family obligations forced him to scale back from posting new content on a daily basis. The blog has featured a host of voices promoting free-market principles, including UVM economist Art Woolf, Ethan Allen Institute president John McClaughry and St. Albans Messenger publisher Emerson Lynn. Norman says he’s disappointed by the dearth of conservative voices in Vermont, but he’s hopeful others will step up. “I think it’s unfortunate and not To read the full healthy for the state of Vermont stories, go to that we’re moving toward one-party government,” he says. “That is hugely enabled by the media of the state.” 


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A splashy front-page article in last Sunday’s Burlington Free Press cast doubt on the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center’s largest exhibit to date: a 6000-square-foot show called “Our Body: The Universe Within,” which displays human cadavers of Chinese descent preserved through a process called plastination. Visitors are raving, but fascination about the exhibit met with skepticism when the Free Press article — headlined “Who were they?” — called into question the provenance of the cadavers on display at the popular exhibit, which has pulled in more than 9000 visitors since its April 14 opening. In doing so, the paper rehashed a debate that has dogged similar exhibits for years. The takeaway? Because of anonymity rules around donated bodies, no one — not even ECHO — can definitively know whose bodies are on display at the lakefront aquarium. ECHO stands by the exhibit, saying its educational value is unparalleled.


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amongst themselves” exerted undue influence over their fellow townspeople, he charges. “The actual discourse on Front Porch Forum became uncivil, unreliable for information and more or less an attack blog,” says Jacien. But residents such as John Hale, the chair of the planning commission, feel it’s not so simple: “They won’t listen,” he says of the town government, pointing to the rejection of FPF as evidence that current town officials can’t tolerate any opposition within the community. “It’s shortsighted of the town to decide to stop using it,” says Hale, who supports the renovation of the old town building and ran unsuccessfully for a selectboard seat in March. Castleton’s response is an anomaly: FPF has grown at a rapid clip since its

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the 1130 jobs associated with the Vermont Guard’s air operations, according to the report. Stationing two dozen F-35s in South Burlington — the second scenario — would generate an additional 266 jobs for local residents, the report says. Even if airbase employment does increase by the projected 24 percent, “I don’t think it justifies displacing thousands of people from their homes,” says Buck, one of the most outspoken members of the remobilized local Stop the F-35 Coalition, which last year collected 1000 signatures from South Burlington residents opposed to the planes — mainly because of the anticipated impact on health and property values. The coalition recently received a $1000 grant from a New England grassroots environmentalist fund. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger says he supports basing the F-35s at Burlington’s airport, saying in an emailed statement that for Burlington, “The environmental impacts [of the F-16s] have been limited.” Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Vermont legislature have also expressed support, mainly on the grounds that the future of the Vermont Air National Guard could be riding on the wing tips of the F-35. Buck and other opponents argue, however, that putting the new plane in Utah or elsewhere would not necessarily result in the loss of the 1130 jobs linked to the F-16. “New versions of the F-16 are in production,” Buck notes. “There’s nothing to prevent the Air Force from purchasing more and using them here. Not getting the F-35 doesn’t mean the base disappears.” Buck acknowledges, though, that she also opposes keeping the F-16 in South Burlington. “It’s too loud for a residential area,” she says. Deployment of the F-35 at any base in the United States is still at least three years in the future. The plane has been beset by numerous production delays and cost overruns. For example, the Air Force’s draft evaluation of possible bed-down sites was released 18 months later than anticipated. The cost of building the full fleet of more than 2000 of the supersonic fighters has risen to about $400 billion. Operation and maintenance of the F-35 over the next 30 years will consume an additional $1 trillion, according to Pentagon estimates.m

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s the owner of Image Relay in Burlington, Skye manages customers’ digital assets. As a photographer and co-owner of the nowdefunct Pursuit Gallery, he has worked with any number of artists and brands in the snowboard industry. Yet, despite these high-tech and hipster connections, the Vermont native is no stranger to cows. Or, more to the point, to dairy farms. Chalmers, 41, has long worked with Cabot Creamery Cooperative, at first providing promotional stock images that he calls “pretty,” and more recently for an extended project taking pictures of the co-op members: farmers around New England and upstate New York. But Chalmers wanted more than straight portraits. “I wanted to take it a step forward and show the farm in its different aspects,” he says. “The mechanization, the personalities of farmers, their relationships to their cows, the land, to growing [crops].” Fast-forward three years, and we have Sending Milk, a big, square coffee-table book filled with black-andwhite images of farmers, their families, tools, buildings and, yes, their photogenic bovines. Why black and white? Chalmers believes it “draws people in” more than color does, and that he has better control over the quality. Both are fair assessments. Chalmers


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artist Tiffany created collaboratively with dancers stammers out the Toby MacNutt, Lida Winfield and Ellen theme song to “Cheers,” her Smith Ahern, and writer Rosita Choy. “It’s fingers fumbling on a Casio about putting information out there that keyboard perched on a stool. She’s in might make people judge me.” the midst of telling an autobiographical She presented a solo from the work narrative featuring a young woman at a in Middlebury last week. “When I do it Winston-Salem, N.C., convenience store, by myself,” Rhynard says, “the piece is attempting to buy food called ‘Self-Centered.’” for the week with $15. In the full work, she The young woman is in and the other danccollege, we learn, and ers weave movement has been stripping to together with video pay tuition. installation; spokenRhynard stumbles word performance; through the TV theme, and, as is customary for then gives up and heads Rhynard’s company, Big over to a stereo, cranks APE, a healthy dose of up a hip-hop electricaudience participation. violin tune and begins The work premieres at to dance. Everything Burlington Dances this about Rhynard — from weekend. Ti ffa ny R hy n ard her spiky, blue-tinted It may well be the hair to the powerful last Big APE offering in sway of her hips to the ballet footwork Vermont. Rhynard is moving next month she seamlessly follows with break danc- to Gainesville, Fla., where her husband, ing — exudes utter badassery. potter Marty Fielding, is attending gradAnd that’s partly the point. “A lot uate school at the University of Florida. of what I’ve been focusing on are the Rhynard will take along her company, assumptions that people make about which she started with Middlebury us,” Rhynard says later about her new College students and graduates in 2008. work, Subverting Normal, which she In Subverting Normal, Rhynard and ovement


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machinery — carefully maintained for long life and often refurbished for new purposes when replaced by a technological advance. Chalmers says the farmers were keen to impress on people “where their food comes from and what goes into it.” Sending Milk is not a polemical tract, however; in fact, it’s text free except for an eloquent intro by author Stephen Kiernan and an index sourcing the photographs. Nor is the book sentimental. If Chalmers sings the

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His photos hold a richly evocative range of grays and exhibit sharp focus, a result of using classic Tri-X film and a variety of large-format cameras. A viewer can’t help but be reminded of Waterbury photographer Peter Miller’s iconic images of old Vermonters and the agrarian way of life. But Chalmers has his own style and a good eye for details, both aesthetic and sociological. Some “portraits,” for example, depict a farmer just from torso to kneecaps, standing against a hay bale, or holding a swirl of rope, the focus on those hardworking hands. Given what all Vermonters know about the challenges to dairy farming and the decline of family farms in recent years, the photographs might seem to document an endangered species. For his part, Chalmers says that, although he was familiar with the farming life before this project — his family in Weston raised crops and animals for their own consumption — his intensive interactions with Cabot’s co-op farmers left him “continually humbled. They work 365 days a year. My passion grew off their passion.” If Chalmers was blown away by farmers’ work ethic, he also admired their resilience and resourcefulness. This comes across in his photos of farmers’ tools and

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I wake up in the morning, I think of myself as an artist, not a dancer,” she says. Big APE’s performances reflect this: They’re often mixed-media affairs, featuring live video feed or performance-art-style audience participation. In Disposable Goods, which premiered in 2010, for example, dancers baked cookies onstage and distributed them to the audience. Rhynard’s latest promises to be just as engaging; come early to take part in activities and check out the installation “I SEE YOU,” a collage of video portraits focusing on self-identity and social constructs. “I don’t think that we ever get to a place where we’re not making assumptions,” says Rhynard. Still, she hopes her work will remind people “to be more cognizant that we do this all the time and that it can often be hurtful.” m

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It’s been two years since george WooDarD’s coming-of-age drama The Summer of Walter Hacks premiered in Montpelier. Since then, the locally shot film has been screened around Vermont, but never in downtown Burlington — until now. Next Wednesday, the filmmaker/dairy farmer and his coproducer, gerianne smart, will discuss the making of Hacks after a showing at FlynnSpace. All ticket sales help fund the Vermont international Film FestiVal. Mark your calendars for the lake PlaciD Film Forum, June 13 to 16. Guests include character actor Michael Gaston, who appears on TV’s “Unforgettable”; and, as always, there will be a Sleepless in Lake Placid 24-hour student filmmaking competition. More info at Jay craVen has kicked off a Kickstarter campaign to fund the completion of



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problem, since we’ve got plenty of coal and nuclear resources. However, using the former will accelerate global warming, while the latter would require a balls-out nuclear plant construction program to be under way now, which it’s obviously not. Opposition will dissolve once energy prices soar, but safety standards will likely also be abandoned, and the result won’t be pretty. I’ve warned you before; you’ve paid no attention. Remember this 30 years hence. • We’re not done yet. Next up may be the watershed event certain tech types are calling the Singularity — the point when we invent computers so powerful that they have consciousness, or else attain it on their own. One proponent of this notion, futurist Ray Kurzweil, thinks it’ll mean the end of the human race as we know it: Either we’ll jack our brains into the cloud and become cyborgs, or the computers, now truly intelligent, will find they have no further use for thinking meat. The doomsday date? Kurzweil pegs it at 2045. Personally I consider this the rankest crackpottery, but many lines cross during that fateful decade, so why shouldn’t Kurzweil pile on? • Finally, some say, the Mayan calendar terminates this year, and therefore so will we. I see in today’s paper that 10 percent of the world believes this. Coincidentally, precisely the same number believes in the Cubs.

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of George H.W. Bush (you know, the mostly harmless one), but don’t tell that to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, whose Doomsday Clock is currently set at five minutes ‘til midnight. Bear in mind that since 1947 the furthest the Doomsday Clock has been from midnight is 17 minutes. Granted, few still expect all-out thermonuclear war. But we could see a big hole in Iran. • Global warming may go critical by mid-century, meaning at minimum we lose Bangladesh and worst case we see something akin to the methane-hydrate-release scenario adverted to here in 2007. Quickly: Frozen ocean methane melts due to rising temps, leading to massive atmospheric buildup and your classic hockey-stick warming spike. Such an event may have tripped the Permian extinction 251 million years ago, when perhaps 95 percent of planetary species were wiped out. Early reports suggest elevated methane release may have already begun. • Closely related to global warming is the looming energy crisis, which may also reach an inflection point somewhere around 2050. Some think we’ve already passed peak oil and from here on out production will decline. Absent a breakthrough in solar power, it won’t be physically possible to meet the world’s power needs through alternative technologies. In itself this isn’t an insoluble

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the stock had tanked, he had to come up with more cash — or the bank would liquidate some of his holdings. The following Monday, Stiller sold his 12 percent stake in Krispy Kreme to raise $51.4 million in cash — but it wasn’t enough. His brokerage firm, Deutsche Bank, forced him to sell five million shares of Green Mountain stock worth $125.5 million, leaving him with just a 5.4 percent stake in the company he built. Adding insult to injury, the company’s board of directors announced the next day it had stripped Stiller of his board chairmanship, which earned him $175,000 in cash and stock options last year. It described the forced stock sale as “disappointing.” The board said Stiller and another director — former CEO William Davis, who was stripped of a board committee chairmanship — had run afoul of a new company policy to prevent insider trading, which bars employees and board members from selling stock during certain periods. Both remain unpaid members of the board — for now.

“Regardless of the circumstances, the fact that trades were executed when the window was not open was inconsistent with the insider trading policy,” says GMCR spokeswoman Suzanne DuLong, “As a result, the board deemed this was an appropriate action to be taken.” For Stiller, it was a crushing blow. “I am really shocked and hurt,” Stiller told CNBC last week. “There were no SEC laws broken, nothing that was in violation of federal law. I’m stunned. I’ve always been transparent with the board. I think it’s an overreaction.” An early acolyte of Deepak Chopra, Stiller had built a reputation as an enigmatic entrepreneur with a taste for meditation, the philosophy of “appreciative inquiry” and corporate responsibility. But in the days following his ouster, he was pilloried in the financial press for foolishly over-leveraging himself to live high on the hog. Last year, Stiller bought a $17.5 million Manhattan apartment from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and a $10 million house in Palm Beach, Fla. According




t took Robert Stiller 30 years to build Vermont’s single-serve coffee empire — and just six days to lose it. He spent three decades growing Green Mountain Coffee Roasters from a lone café in Waitsfield into a stunning commercial success, worth $17.1 billion at its peak last September. By 2011, Stiller had amassed a personal fortune worth $1.3 billion, earning him a place on Forbes’ list of the 400 richest Americans. But two weeks ago, the 68-year-old chairman of the GMCR board experienced a reversal of fortune. When the Waterbury-based coffee company released its second quarter earnings report, the results appeared to confirm Wall Street’s fears: that its once explosive growth was slowing and that management might not be fully in control. GMCR’s stock plunged. Within 24 hours of a Wednesday evening earnings call, the company lost half its value. On Friday afternoon, Stiller’s bank warned him that because he’d used his Green Mountain shares as collateral for loans and



Husband and wife team Doug and Jamie Balne open Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, a small café in Waitsfield. Locally roasted coffee is already popular on the West Coast, but this Mad River Valley shop is the first of its kind in New England.


Company lore has it that Bob Stiller, after skiing at Sugarbush, swings into the Waitsfield coffee shop for a quick cup of joe. Impressed by the coffee, he invests in the café — later buying out the Balnes and another partner. GMCR incorporates in 1981.



After growing slowly for years, and launching a popular mail-order business, Stiller takes the company public.

In one of the company’s first big breakthroughs, GMCR strikes a deal with Mobil — later to become ExxonMobil — to have its coffee served in New England gas stations.


GMCR shutters its last remaining retail location to focus on wholesale business. In the same year, the company buys into Keurig, a Massachusetts-based company that developed a single-serve coffee machine using the patented K-Cup method of brewing.

to one close friend, Stiller recently sold his 164-foot yacht “Grace E” — with room for 12 guests and 11 crew — in order to upgrade to a larger yacht he has commissioned. And he continued to plow money into the South Burlington-based private jet service he owns, Heritage Flight, which last year billed Green Mountain Coffee $700,000 for travel services, according to Bloomberg News. Attempts to reach Stiller by email and phone at Heritage, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and his homes in Charlotte and Palm Beach were all unsuccessful. “Maybe I shouldn’t do these things, but I’ve worked all my life building this company and it’s been successful,” Stiller told the Associated Press last week. “I want to enjoy it. Whether it’s living lavishly, I think that’s all relative.” Stiller’s appetites aside, skeptics have questioned whether the recent volatility represents a hiccup or a bursting bubble for Vermont’s fourth largest employer. Only one other company in Vermont — National Life — generates more revenue, and none other has grown so large, so fast.

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Last year, K-Cup-related products accounted for 85 percent of the company’s $2.7 billion sales revenue. In 2011, the company sold 5.9 million Keurig brewers and $1.7 billion worth of K-Cups.

Trouble Brewing For most of its history, Green Mountain Coffee grew slowly and steadily. Then, in 2009, it went on a buying spree, acquiring competitors such as Tully’s, Timothy’s and Van Houtte, and diversifying the coffee brands available in its K-Cups. The company’s stock soared 20 points in March 2011 when it inked a deal with Starbucks to distribute the company’s coffee in K-Cup

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form. By September, the stock price had quadrupled within a year to a high of $116, valuing the company at $17.1 billion. But as Green Mountain’s revenues and profits grew, so did its problems. Shareholders filed lawsuit after lawsuit, alleging insider trading by the company’s executives and board members. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission launched an inquiry into the company’s revenue-recognition practices, which, according to Doug Newman of Stowe-based Pinnacle Advisors, “pulled the covers off and allowed others to begin examining the company and how it was operating.” Soon, hedge-fund managers, reporters and

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Stiller sells one million shares of GMCR stock valued at $66.3 million — shortly before the price plunges on news that Starbucks has developed a rival for Keurig’s popular K-Cup machine.

After news that GMCR’s projected quarterly earnings have fallen far short of expectations, share prices sink to $25.87, shedding nearly half their value. Days later, Stiller’s bank sells GMCR stocks worth $125.5 million — held in a margin account — after their value drops too low to secure an outstanding loan. The GMCR board ousts Stiller as board chairman, on grounds the involuntary stock sale violated internal trading policies.


GMCR buys Keurig outright. Sales of the single-serve machines tally 242,000. Just three years later, that figure will jump to 2.3 million.

After 26 years at the head of the company, Stiller vacates his position as GMCR’s president and chief executive but remains chairman of its board.

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Share prices rocket from $34 a share at the beginning of the year to $116 by mid-September, when shares trade at more than 65 times the company’s estimated earnings. Then, in October, stock prices dive — after hedge fund manager David Einhorn gives an extensive, 110-slide presentation to investors in New York, detailing his concerns about the company. He cites the impending expiration of its K-Cup patents and rumors of suspect accounting.



1998, Green Mountain jettisoned its retail stores to focus on its far more profitable wholesale operation. Another key milestone came that year as Green Mountain shipped its first K-Cup, which was compatible with the new single-cup-brewing system developed by Massachusetts-based Keurig. GMCR had invested in the system from the start and, by 2002, had a 40 percent stake in Keurig. Four years later, it bought the company outright. “Keurig changed the entire company,” Cox says. “They were still a coffee company, but they also became a consumerappliance company.” The investment was a resounding success.

bloggers such as convicted felon-turnedwhistleblower Sam E. Antar were on the case, snooping around for evidence of accounting irregularities. One of those who gave the company a closer look was hedge-fund guru David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital, who had previously predicted — and profited from — the demise of Lehman Brothers. On October 17, Einhorn delivered a stunning, 110-slide presentation at a Manhattan investment conference, calling into question nearly every aspect of the company’s growth projections. Green Mountain’s stock dropped more than 13 percent during the presentation — and never recovered. Einhorn’s allegations? The company, he said, was spending too much, disclosing too little, overestimating the untapped market and engaging in accounting “shenanigans.” He also called fresh attention to the fact that two critical Keurig patents are expiring this September. Competitors would soon produce their own K-Cups, he argued, forcing Green Mountain into a price war that would result in smaller profits and slower growth. Ian Wyatt of Richmond-based Wyatt Investment Research attended Einhorn’s presentation and immediately shorted the stock — essentially betting that its value would drop. Einhorn too was short-selling the stock. “I’m a huge fan of Green Mountain as a consumer, but I think [Einhorn] made a pretty good case,” Wyatt said. “More and more concerns are being raised and investors are really doubting how much legitimacy there is in the numbers and how much they can trust the financials that are being reported.” To Michael Huffman, of Burlington’s Rock Point Advisors, Green Mountain’s problems stem more from perception and poor corporate communication than from fundamental problems with the business. In his eyes, the company gave ammunition to critics two weeks ago during the second-quarter earnings call when it failed


Legend has it that Stiller, on a 1980 ski trip to Sugarbush, was sipping a cup of coffee in a Waitsfield café when inspiration struck: There was a huge potential market for highquality coffee, and he was in a position to tap it. So he invested in the café, incorporated it as Green Mountain Coffee Roasters the next year and bought out the original owners. Dan Cox, who now runs Coffee Enterprises in Burlington, was working at the café at the time: “His vision was, ‘There’s something going on here. This feels like ground zero. I’m willing to risk some resources to bring this to the next level, but I don’t know where that next level is.’” Stiller had already earned one fortune. In 1971, the 28-year-old Scarsdale, N.Y., native cofounded a company that developed E-Z Wider rolling papers, which were ideally suited for rolling joints — a clear growth market at the time — though Stiller told the Wall Street Journal he wasn’t a “heavy pot smoker.” The product caught fire and, a decade later, he and his partner sold the company for $6.2 million.

According to Cox, Stiller plowed his entire rolling-paper fortune into growing Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, selling a New York City condo and several paintings to finance the fledgling coffee company. “That’s the thing that bothers me when he’s trashed now. This doesn’t happen overnight,” Cox says. “You don’t realize what they did the first 10 years.” One by one, Green Mountain built coffee shops around New England, launched a mail-order business and sold coffee beans roasted in a Waterbury plant to wholesale customers. In the late ’90s, the company expanded its organic and then Fair Trade blends, while slowly making inroads to airlines, gas stations and grocery stores. In


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Stiller recently sold his 164-foot yacht ... in order to upgrade to a larger one. “I think this company has worked very hard to keep up with its growth, and that’s true both in terms of its manufacturing, infrastructure and capacity, but also in terms of its leadership,” she says. “People like the Keurig machine, they like the coffee, the research and development, and the new products,” says Sen. Hinda Miller (D-Chittenden), a GMCR board member since 1999. In the wake of Stiller’s ouster, Miller was appointed to chair its governance committee. “The core of delivering value and creating a culture that supports their employees and vendors and stakeholders is sometimes separate from what goes on when you’re part of a stock market.”

Regular or Decaf? As GMCR has grown from a regional roaster to a Wall Street darling — and then scourge — two contrasting images of the company have emerged. Detractors see a company that has lost its moral compass, improperly enriched its leadership, skirted the law and built a business on expensive, disposable plastic pods that pollute the environment. Supporters, meanwhile, say the company practices the corporate social responsibility it preaches. It donates 5 percent of pretax profits — $15 million last year — to social and environmental causes, provides generous compensation and benefits to its employees, and pays them to volunteer

52 hours a year. When Tropical Storm Irene struck the company’s hometown of Waterbury, it donated $50,000 to the town and another $250,000 to the American Red Cross. A similar contrast can be found in Stiller, the man who perhaps built GMCR in his image. Though described by friends as humble, quiet and spiritual, he has been accused over the years of insider trading, incompetence and greed. A gifted entrepreneur who built two wildly successful companies, Stiller made the mistake of holding 90 percent of his fortune in a single stock — and using it as collateral to borrow millions more. In the days after his ouster, the financial press inventoried the luxury items Stiller has accrued since he stepped down as CEO of the company in 2007: the yachts; the properties in Vermont, New York and Florida; the 10-plane private jet service. But friends and colleagues say that portrait misses the mark. “I really don’t see him as being that type of playboy jetsetter,” says friend Nigel Mucklow. “Bob’s a very quiet, gentle man. He is a very deep-thinking man. He’s not a showy man.” According to Mucklow, Stiller has practiced quiet acts of philanthropy throughout his career, rarely mentioning them to friends and avoiding public recognition. Champlain College president David Finney says that while Stiller has provided

“substantial” financial support to the college — in the seven-figure range — Stiller’s real contribution has been his “advice and wise counsel.” Last summer, Stiller chaired the Champlain College Summit, which brought hundreds of leaders from Vermont’s nonprofit, business and government communities to the Burlington campus to plan the college’s future. Finney incorporated into the program Stiller’s philosophy of “appreciative inquiry”: focusing on what an organization does well, not eliminating what it does badly. “He strikes me as a very spiritual guy,” Finney says. “He wakes up curious and eager to engage in the world.” Stiller would be less upset about losing his fortune, according to his friends, than losing control of the company he built. “It’s hard. I think he feels hurt, a little betrayed, embarrassed. But he’ll get through it,” says Cox, who rekindled his friendship with Stiller years after Cox left the company. “His best intentions and his loyalty to the company are unswerving. It’s never been about the money — never about the money. If it was, he would have cashed out after four years.” Bill Shearer, who has known Stiller for 30 years, says his friend “has lived with risk before and weathered it.” Like others, Shearer believes Stiller may have another act in him at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and could emerge again in the company’s leadership. “I’m not sure that situation’s played out,” Shearer says. “He cares about the company. It’s his life’s work. Bob will prevail.”

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The people of Waterbury have a different kind of stock in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Although the coffee company has expanded its operations to Williston, South Burlington and Essex — as well as seven other states and provinces — it still calls Waterbury home. Since Tropical Storm Irene flooded the state-worker complex, the town has looked to GMCR for economic stability. “We lost over 1200 [state] workers, but having Coffee Roasters downtown has softened the blow a little bit,” says Rep. Tom Stevens (D-Waterbury). “I think people are nervous about seeing such a steep drop.” Municipal manager Bill Shepeluk echoes the sentiment. “I think people in the community are curious as to what’s going to happen. I think people are saying, “Wow, they removed Stiller as chairman of the board. He was the guy who built this company.’” At the same time, both men are hopeful that Wall Street machinations won’t impact Green Mountain’s commitment to the town — and the state.


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“Everything we’ve been hearing is that Coffee Roasters is still growing, still planning on increasing employment in Vermont, including Waterbury,” Shepeluk says. “Has any of this changed those plans? I don’t know that. I can’t say.” Last October, GMCR announced plans to expand its Essex facility and hire 500 new workers to staff it. The company also said it would build new plants in Virginia and another location yet to be determined. During the recent earnings call, Green Mountain officials said they now planned to spend no more than $575 million on capital expenditures this year — a figure that includes new facilities — instead of a previously announced $700 million. But according to DuLong, the company has not scaled back its ambitions in Essex and Virginia and still plans to add 500 workers to its Vermont workforce of 1740 employees. She said the company “may elect to defer” its plans for the additional facility outside Vermont, though it has not made a final decision. “The expansion that is under way in Essex is the largest manufacturing expansion since IBM was growing in a big way back in the ’90s,” says Greater Burlington Investment Corporation president Frank Cioffi. According to Secretary Miller, all the focus in Vermont on Green Mountain’s trials and tribulations can be attributed to “growing pains” and “being in the spotlight of a publicly traded company” — one of very few in the state. Some observers are less confident that Vermont will remain unscathed by a Green Mountain slowdown. “I think it would be naïve to think that this is just a Wall Street thing and isn’t going to have ramifications on the local economy,” says Wyatt, the Richmond-based analyst. While Stiller and Davis remain unpaid members of the board for now, the two Vermonters could be pushed out entirely and replaced with directors less connected to the state. Michael Mardy, who was appointed interim chairman following Stiller’s ouster, is the chief financial officer of New Jersey-based Tumi Luggage. For his part, Cox believes the real threat posed by Green Mountain’s stock meltdown is the possibility that another company might “swoop in and buy it.” The situation is reminiscent of another Waterbury-based company — this one specializing in ice cream — that went public and was bought by an international conglomerate. “I think it’s an attractive takeover target, and that scares people,” Cox says. “When you go public, all bets are off.”  2v-mainstreetlanding051612.indd 1

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mingle. “I’m a firm believer in ‘make your own fun,’” says Emery, 33. It took little more than emailing some friends to get GGB started, and for a while the gathering alternated between Three Penny Taproom and Charlie O’s. Although Emery wasn’t a Charlie O’s regular, she found that bar more spacious, with free pool on Sundays. “It’s made Charlie O’s a fun place to be,” she says as she organizes another game of Cornhole. Thus Emery became one of several young Vermonters who simultaneously launched pop-up gay bars this winter, without consciously



he knot of men smoking outside Charlie O’s in Montpelier is momentarily jarring to the eyes of a visitor arriving for Guerrilla Gay Bar, a lesbian “pop-up” event happening there on a recent Sunday night. Inside, rapper Missy Elliot is blaring over the speakers. “Boys, boys, all types of boys…” The front of the bar is filled with boisterous middle-aged men playing pool and glancing more than occasionally toward the back. That’s where the “guerrillas” have gathered — about a dozen women clustered around a few tables sipping beer, horsing around and looking like they’re already friends. They have just finished up a round of Cornhole, a game in which players fling dusty beanbags toward holes cut out of old beer signs. Some of the women are at GGB for the first time, having come from as far as South Royalton. Milling among them is lithe, kinetic Angela Emery, who started Guerrilla Gay Bar this winter so her “queer friends” could

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coordinating their efforts. They’re nights when self-described queers take over a space for a few hours to socialize. In Colchester, there’s Pride Night at the club Venue, hosted every Thursday by Javier Zirko, aka DJ Papi Javi. Pop-Up Queer Dance Party is a nomadic event organized by Burlingtonians DJ Llu (Lluvia MulvaneyStanak) and Katie Dyer. It’s been a momentous week, one in which North Carolina voters banned same-sex unions and President Barack Obama publicly endorsed same-sex marriage. But at Charlie O’s,


the GGB vibe is mellow, more social than in-your-face. It’s a far cry from two weeks earlier, when Emery and the GGB crew migrated to Nutty Steph’s in Middlesex for a pop-up night of shimmering outfits, plates of bacon — it was “Bacon Thursday” — and vintage burlesque films. The specter hanging over all these events is the 2006 closure of 135 Pearl, the beloved Burlington gay bar. Within weeks, the grandfather of pop-ups had started at Higher Ground in South Burlington: First Fridays, which are still running and usually packed. “When [135 Pearl] was sold, the owner, Robert Toms, still wanted to have some event for the community, so he worked out this deal with Higher Ground to get the First Friday of every month committed to a gay night in the Showcase Lounge,” says Shawn Lipenski, who cohosts the night with Antara. Typically, live music attracts women earlier in the night. Later, DJs spin to a male-centric party that can draw 300

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Javier Zirko, 31 — aka DJ Papi Javi — hosts Pride Night at Venue in Colchester. It runs every Thursday from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. for those 18 and over. I took over the event three weeks after it started, at the end of February. It was happening once a week, and so I went to check it out. Now I’m hosting it, and it gets better every week. Last night, we had 78 people. [Pride Night] is for the entire community. We get a lot of women, which I was surprised by. It’s open for everybody, and it’s growing. I think it’s important as a party and a dance environment, but it’s also a way to reach a lot of young people. At Venue, all of the people I’m meeting now are people that I’ve never seen before. The first time I walked into a gay bar, I was 22 or 23, when I was curious. I was happy back then that there was a place for me to be me, and not be judged by anyone. At the same time, in Vermont, we have such a great community that there are not many people bothered by gays.


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I started Guerrilla Gay Bar because some of my queer-identified friends had expressed remorse about there not being a queer scene. I’ve definitely seen people who come here, who identify as queer, ask, “Where do the queer people hang out?” There was the population, but not the scene. So I decided to create something. I sent out a Doodle [survey] to 13 queer friends, asking, “OK, if you were going to have a nightly hangout, when would it be?” It’s different every week. Sometimes we’ve had the whole bar, and sometimes it’s only 15 or 20 people. It’s exactly why we couldn’t have a gay bar; because if you can’t pack it each time, how could you? Ideally, people would like to see a bar, but our area couldn’t support something on that scale.

Being a female who presents as female, I don’t necessarily feel like I don’t belong. I don’t always “look gay.” This is not necessarily the case for my gender-queer friends. But I still feel there’s a need for solidarity and having a tribe; even if I live in a liberal place like Montpelier, it’s nice for me to go somewhere where I’m not always the minority, or one of the gay girls in the corner having a drink that everyone is “fine” with. I like that these are my people and I come here. It’s a really nice feeling. This is not a moneymaker. I’m not getting paid. I just don’t like the idea of anyone, no matter how they identify, feeling like they don’t have a community.

people, “from college-age kids all the way up to people in their sixties and seventies,” Lipenski says. Though a replacement for 135 Pearl has not materialized, Lipenski says the need for a gay bar is perhaps less acute than it was before Vermont instituted the Marriage Equality Act. “There are few and far-between instances of any kind of homophobia. I think people are a lot more comfortable now than 10 years ago,” Lipenski says. “Though I still think there’s always a place for [gay nights], because people still want to hang out with each other.” Is that the simple maxim that inspired Emery, Zirko, Mulvaney-Stanak and Dyer to create or host their own events? Here, they explain their motives — and comment on Vermont’s lack of a brick-and-mortar gay bar.

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Pop-Up Pride « p.37 How do I feel now that we don’t have a gay bar? It would be nice to have it, a place where everyone can come together at once. There are so many events right now. Everyone could come together and just be in one place. I don’t know what’s the hold on that. DJ Llu Mulvaney-Stanak, 31, and Katie Dyer, 32, started Pop-Up queer Dance Parties last winter, holding their first formal event at the Winooski Welcome Center. Since then, they’ve had pop-ups at the Barre Labor Hall and University of Vermont Davis Center, and will hold Gay Bingo at Maglianero in Burlington later this month.

Katie: Having grown up in Randolph, there’s not a lot of opportunity to gather. The first time I went to 135 Pearl, I was going to UVM. I came out in college, and it was the first gay bar I’d ever been to in my life. I walked in and it was gay people everywhere, and it blew my mind. Just being in that space was very magical. Llu: Our crowd could be assumed to be a mostly female audience, when actually it is a crowd of mixed-gender identities, not just your standard boy/girl kind of thing. It is a starkly different demographic than the biological gay-boy scene that First Fridays become by 1 a.m. Katie: Our first night we were shocked. We had 170 people. It was amazing. Between the two of us, we knew only 20 percent of the crowd. We thought, Who are these people? And, wow!

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DJ Llu: Back in October, we started popup. I needed to do something different. I had finished grad Llu: The day of pop-up school. I wanted to is stressful, dragging a combine my queer sound system in and world and my DJ figuring out lighting world. I ended up runand alcohol. We use a ning the Tim Ashe [for lot of DIY promotion. Burlington mayor] We use Facebook. We campaign; when that actually make promo ended, I was intendvideos, for which, ing to take a women’s basically, I have some small-business course. weird idea between I realized, I don’t pop-ups. It’s intenactually have enough tionally campy and money. I thought, do sassy. I want to make money For us, a large part off of a bar, or create a of pop-up is saying queer space? I decided as loudly as possible, to skip the administra“This is a decidedly tive side of things. DJ LLu queer space and this is The first [event] a queer dance party.” was informal, at Red You have to claim Square in the Blue Room. The first party was in Winooski. We that space. Queers need some kind of asdecided to use an empty art gallery space surance that there will be more than one person there. there — it was raw and big and beautiful. Katie and I both grew up in central Vermont. We crossed paths in nonprofit Katie: When we first had an informal settings a few times, around Burlington’s dance party at Red Square, people had to queer social scene and at 135 Pearl. That walk all the way to the back. So we had to was the crossroads of the community, stand at the door and ask, Are you coming and so lots of people would come through to the queer dance party? When you’re at there. I was one of the resident DJs there. someone else’s bar, you have to navigate Then, when Pearl’s closed, everybody the regulars and the people who don’t have had this moment of, Well, that sucks, now any interest. It can be tricky. It’s why we had our first party in a raw gallery space. what? We waited for years. There were a couple of failed attempts and rumors of Llu: People have been focusing on other gay bars happening. The only consistent things and haven’t found it necessary to gay dance space after Pearl’s was First start a business [i.e., a gay bar]. It requires a lot of time and dedication. You have to get Fridays. We had a conversation at the end of one of those very elusive liquor licenses. last summer; we were just kind of like, And with the rents here, you need a lot “We’re both at a point in our life where of money. But I think it’s going to happen we want to do something creative and very soon. decidedly queer, and we don’t have the time or money for a bar. What’s the next Katie: We don’t make any money. One best thing?” We’re creating a public queer night funds the next one. This is the defispace without actually opening up a gay nition of a labor of love. It showcases our dedication to the community. m bar anywhere.

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Marianne DiMascio as Captain James Hook and Isabelle Fenn as Peter Pan

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ou know when you try to retell a dream you’ve had, and all the details suddenly seem absurd? That’s what it feels like to watch a play you haven’t seen since childhood. Watching Peter Pan, for instance, you start seeing the Darling family as slightly deranged. You realize that it might not be so fun to be a girl in Neverland. You recognize how weird it is to be an adult, but how sad it would be never to grow up. In a “Fresh Air” interview that aired last week to commemorate Maurice Sendak’s death, the legendary children’s author recalled seeing a production of Peter Pan as a child. “I detested it,” he said. “This was a conceit that could only occur in the mind of a very sentimental writer, that any child would want to remain in childhood. It’s not possible. The wish is to get out.” Sendak might have appreciated the Saints & Poets Production Company version of the classic tale, which hews closer to J.M. Barrie’s original story than does the musical version. It’s darker and stranger. This nonmusical production, adapted by John Caird and Trevor Nunn, is intended for all-ages audiences, and plays through next weekend at Burlington’s Main Street Landing Black Box Theatre. What the play lacks in musical numbers and flying harnesses, it makes up for with Saints & Poets’ signature puppets

designed by director and coproducer Kevin Christopher. The Darling family’s dog, Nana, is a multisegment, lion-size wooden puppet on wheels, which rumble deeply whenever Nicole Grubman rolls her into a scene. Mermaids are made from Barbie-size dolls on sticks. The Never Bird is a dreamy, white, feathery thing, which a puppeteer holds aloft on a stick while dragging a skateboard fashioned into an egg-filled nest. The Darlings are a peculiar family. Mary Darling (Patricia Julien) is dainty and doting, yet oddly at ease leaving her beloved children in the care of a dog. When she spots a strange boy lurking in the window of her children’s bedroom, she is startled but not terribly concerned. Like a good sleuth, she holds on to the evidence: his shadow. “He’s no one I know, but he does look a scoundrel,” says George Darling (Don Loeb), examining the black, boy-shaped shred of fabric. Mr. Darling is even odder and more childlike than his wife. He sulks when he has to take his medicine. And after his children fly off to Neverland, he begins sleeping in Nana’s kennel, eating from her bowl and, bizarrely, experiencing great professional success. More comic relief comes in the form

of Seth Jarvis as Liza, the Darling’s maid. Dressed in a long skirt, floral apron and billowy cap, he bounces a pipe between his lips and does nothing to soften his booming voice. Eva Espenshade is adorable as Wendy, striking the perfect balance between maternal English schoolmarm and wide-eyed little girl. In many ways, she gets the short end of this adventure in Neverland: She’s enlisted to mother the unruly Lost Boys, unwittingly dragged into a love triangle with Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, and nearly killed multiple times. Isabelle Fenn is a delightful Peter Pan, alternately charming — while wooing Wendy to Neverland — and brooding, as he begins to resent her mothering and her nagging attempts to define their relationship. “It’s only pretend that I’m their father, right?” Peter asks Wendy while the Lost Boys feast on an imaginary supper. When Wendy tells a bedtime story about mothers leaving their windows open in case their children return, Peter loses his cool. “You’re wrong about mothers,” he shouts. Peter tried to go home years ago, but there were bars on the windows and another boy in his bed. There’s a darkness about Peter, who tries to console himself later, as the tide


threatens to drown him in the mermaid lagoon. “To die would be an awfully big adventure,” he says. When Wendy, John and Michael leave him, Peter hyperventilates. “There’s a saying in Neverland that every time you breathe, a grown-up dies,” explains the narrator. Peter’s not the only one to take a homicidal turn. Cael Barkman makes a sassy and vindictive Tinker Bell, who huffs and puffs and fluffs up her sparkly tulle skirt whenever she catches Peter giving Wendy attention — and later attempts to murder her. On-stage flying is usually the hallmark of a Peter Pan production, so it’s a bit of a letdown that the Saints & Poets version lacks harnesses. Instead, Peter and the Darling kids wave long sticks topped with miniature puppet versions of themselves as they stand in a cluster below. It’s cute and creative — but some of the thrill is gone. Still, they make it to Neverland. “We have all been there,” says narrator Kim Jordan, with big eyes and an unwavering smile. “We can still hear the sound of the surf, but we shall never return.” The Neverland set, designed by Aliyana Gewirtzman, is all ladders, rope railings and playground-type towers, which serve as the Lost Boys’ underground fort. Played by adults, these boys look like scruffy prep-school rogues in knee-high Argyle socks, long shorts, button-down shirts and striped ties. The same actors transform into the pirates by donning hats, bandanas and hoop earrings. And then there’s Captain James Hook, whom Marianne DiMascio infuses with delicious angst. The one-handed villain is tormented not just by the ticking crocodile that made off with his hand — the beast is another wooden creation carried by two puppeteers, one wearing tap shoes — but by inner demons. “No little children love me,” Hook laments. The biggest heartbreak comes at the end. When Peter returns for Wendy a year after the main action — taking her to Neverland for a week so she can do his spring cleaning — he has already forgotten some of the adventures they had together. He forgets Captain Hook and Tinker Bell. Then, the next year, he forgets to show up at the Darlings’ altogether. When Wendy is a grown-up with a daughter of her own, Peter returns. “And thus it will go on,” the narrator explains, “so long as children are young and innocent and heartless.” Harsh words for the little ones — but none of the kids in the audience seemed to mind. m Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up, performed by the Saints & Poets Production Company, at Main Street Landing Black Box Theatre in Burlington. Friday, May 18, 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, 2 & 7 p.m.; Sunday, May 20, 2 & 6 p.m. $20; children under 13 $15.,

The Emperor’s New Clothes Theater review: The Napoleon 2012 B y E r i k E s ckil sen


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looks, but he shows a bit of restraint in puffing his legendary character up to grand size. An air of confidence and composure serves Dostie well in some of the play’s weightier moments, such as the scene in which Napoleon turns Josephine away; and a later scene in which he breaks the bad news to his second wife, Marie-Louise of Austria (Genevra MacPhail), about her true worth to him. Girdich and MacPhail are also at their strongest when plumbing emotional depths. Girdich turns in a remarkably consistent performance both in the main play and in the play within the play. Masi may grasp the humorous heart The cast of The Napoleon 2012 of this show most fully. His dual roles of Bonaparte’s mother, an immediate suggestion of the play’s Letizia, and father, light approach to Napoleonic times. Carlo, the latter taking the Surrounded on four sides by elevated form of a hand puppet, generate the seats, the stage lies below audience level biggest laughs. and is painted with a map of Napoleon’s Resolute acting is crucial to making Europe. Russia, where he would make the The Napoleon 2012 accessible, because grave miscalculation that precipitated the play’s scenes hang together only the emperor’s greatest defeat, is but a loosely. Napoleon’s historical narrative hop from Elba Island, where he would is necessarily told in breezy summary, be exiled as a consequence. This design with scenes moving from his birth on lends playfulness to the production and Corsica to his military training in France opens up the space for the fairly heavy to his reign over a sizable chunk of traffic of 10 cast members shuttling Europe to — spoiler alert! — his defeat between two plays. at Waterloo, and then death. For all its Solid acting, under Aaron Masi’s historical importance and familiarity, direction, anchors this production from our hero’s journey in The Napoleon 2012 scene to scene. As Napoleon, Dostie lacks a clear, overarching objective to turns in a refreshingly understated give these scenes cohesion. performance in a role that’s reflexively The character of Count Leo Tolstoy, exaggerated in the popular imagination. played by John Milton Oliver, appears to He conveys some of Napoleon’s reputed be trying to put events into meaningful haughtiness through gestures and cross context, but his philosophizing is no

op culture hasn’t been too kind to French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. For every work acknowledging his monumental role in world history, such as Tolstoy’s novel War and Peace, there are dozens of cartoonish riffs on his short stature — a widely held image of the man that some Bonaparte scholars say is probably inaccurate. (Apologies to director Friz Freleng, Bugs Bunny and the rest of the cast and crew of the 1956 animated short “Napoleon Bunny-Part.”) The Green Candle Theatre Company production of The Napoleon 2012, an original play currently running at Burlington’s Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, pays tribute to the Little Corporal in an utterly new way. Here, Bonaparte (Alex Dostie) is as comically imperious as we’ve seen him since Terry Gilliam’s 1981 film Time Bandits (in which Ian Holm plays a menacing Napoleon who giggles disarmingly at the sight of little people hitting and pushing each other onstage). At other moments, though, Dostie’s Bonaparte is gloomy to the point of being haunted — bearing the weight of the world on his shoulders while pining for his soul mate, Josephine (Tracey Girdich). The play manages to reconcile such disparate depictions of Bonaparte by dramatizing him in two parallel stories. One is the received history of Napoleon’s rise and fall as the emperor of France in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The other is the story of a passionate but anarchic theater company scrambling to mount its play about Napoleon’s rise and fall. To complicate the picture further, neither of these stories aim at anything resembling a conventional evocation of Napoleon — or of war, peace, history or theater, for that matter. Each of those notions is swept into a maelstrom of mirthful absurdity that mixes past and present into one rollicking folly. The set of The Napoleon 2012 offers

substitute for drama. (Critics have leveled a similar complaint against War and Peace.) Likewise, Josh Bridgman’s News Guy character seems to offer some kind of meta-commentary as he chronicles Napoleon’s career in reportage-style narration — anachronistically attired in a trench coat and fedora. Yet the meaning of this commentary isn’t clear. The overall narrative is an assortment of fleeting concerns — jealousies, financial worries, prima donna cast members — that lack a strong unifying thread. Some of the situations are interesting in themselves, such as a budding romance between two players. But a sense of urgency can feel forced, as in Masi’s pep talks with his cast and in the intermittent rants of Ben Ash’s anxious producer character, Pat Pritchard. Some of this looseness may stem from the “hyper-integrated” creative process that Masi used to develop this play. This approach called on members of the company to step outside specific — and comfortable — cast and crew roles and to give themselves considerable latitude in exploring ideas. Though The Napoleon 2012 is hit or miss in some moments, the cast does bring unflagging energy to every scene. And energy is what they’ll need to survive the six-week run of their show that began on May 5. One might interpret the troupe’s decision to book such an extraordinarily long run in a small theater market as an artistic statement unto itself. The text of the play and some program notes speak of a commitment to theater art that transcends — or thumbs its nose at — good business sense. While Napoleon might have respected the strength of this conviction — and so should we — he surely would have questioned the strategy. Perhaps, seated in the audience, the play’s subject would recognize himself in this production — in its ambition, its deep reach into a world of dramatic possibilities and its occasional recklessness. Historical Napoleon and this Napoleon sometimes find victory beyond their grasp, but that doesn’t diminish their achievements. It may be true that history is written by the winners. But we’re also right to credit anyone who really goes for it. m


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t’s like the summer between junior high and high school. We’re all growing up,” said Mara Welton, co-owner of Half Pint Farm, as she sold seedlings at the Burlington Farmers Market last Saturday. Fans of the farm’s mini-veggies had to search a bit for them this year. Instead of occupying its longtime spot in Burlington’s City Hall Park, Half Pint was positioned at the corner of Main Street. A block of St. Paul Street, between Main and College, was closed off for the day — a first for the market — between 6:15 a.m. and 3 p.m., an arrangement that will continue at least until this season’s final outdoor market on October 27. The weekly gathering was nearly forced out of the park earlier this spring to make way for planned repairs, but city officials and farmers’ representatives reached a compromise. A quarter of the park has been left unoccupied to allow for rehabilitation work, while the expanded street area has enabled the market to swell from last year’s 68 permanent vendors to 90. (By contrast, in each of the four previous seasons, the BFM added just two or three new vendors.) Despite that increase, the congestion of human and canine bodies that formerly characterized Saturdays in the park seemed to have been relieved last weekend. Picnicking families were taking advantage of the newly vacant park space, laying out blankets and enjoying their local grub. The sharp uptick in new vendors fulfilled one goal of BFM manager Chris Wagner. “I’m really excited, because this is exactly what the farmers market is supposed to be — an incubator for businesses,” he said. The newbies ranged from Narwhal Pickles, whose offerings include wild-nettle chutney and golden dandelion butter; to MPT, which sells tamales, Panamanian Christmas ham and other Latin American delicacies. Wagner said his team’s mantra in choosing new vendors was “You gotta do something different.” Here’s a sampling of some of the wackiest — and tastiest — new businesses at this year’s Burlington Farmers Market.






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Cricket Delights

No, these aren’t desserts made by some nice lady with a hippie name. Ric Crossman, a restaurant veteran and now owner of A+ Handyman Services, is hardly a member of the counterculture. Nor is his wife, Annette Didrickson — but she is an avowed fan of the Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern.” Watching that show last year gave Didrickson the idea of opening a restaurant in Burlington that serves homestyle fare, with and without insects.


The eatery is still on the drawing board, but on Saturday Crossman hoped that a presence at the BFM would get the, er, buzz going. “Yesterday, I was so excited to start selling bugs!” exclaimed Didrickson, her thick hair swinging as she laughed. Apparently, marketgoers were excited to eat them, too. By noon, the couple had sold out of every bag of their cricket trail mix — a combination of Chex cereal, pretzels, peanuts and roasted crickets. Didrickson and Crossman likened the insects’ flavor to that of toasted almonds, but said their thin legs and wings give BOOMING MARKET

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As of last Sunday, foodies have another reason to head to Middlesex’s Camp Meade. Mother’s Day saw the kickoff of Gospel Brunch, an event held at Nutty Steph’s Granola & Chocolate

Factory and its neighbor at 961 Route 2, Red Hen Bakery & Café. Nutty Steph owner Jaquelyn Rieke says she added the weekly brunch as a response to the overwhelming popularity of Bacon Thursdays, where she serves booze, flights of bacon and chocolate for dipping. She calls Gospel Brunch “a drinking event” modeled on the Otis-Redding-and-Al-Greenfueled morning meals of her college days. But there’s more to it than a range of mimosas with fresh slices of organic citrus fruit. The fare is based on what Rieke calls “the perfect meal,”

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a traditional spread of cold meats, cheeses, fruit and condiments that she discovered when she visited Germany as a teenager. With buffet tables set up both at Nutty Steph’s and at Red Hen, bread is also a highlight; rustic rolls and loaves are baked fresh for the occasion. The whole spread costs $10, plus booze.

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Speaking of old school, an era ended last Friday when Lois Bodoky, Church Street’s famous Hot Dog Lady, served her final franks in Vermont at the Starr Farm Nursing Center. Bouffant and cat-eye sunglasses firmly in place, Bodoky remained seated due to a recently broken hip, but she held court with fans who turned out for the $3 meal of hot dogs donated by McKenzie country classics, chips, soda and a Costco cookie. The event benefited the Church Street Marketplace. Bodoky, who turns 90 on the Fourth of July, gave thanks to the Marketplace for their help in making her a success. She also sang the praises of McKenzie’s dogs, which she sold from 1977 to 2005. “I always used them because they were the best on the market — nice and fat and juicy,” she said. This week, Bodoky will move to Santa Cruz, Calif., to be closer to her family. “My motto is to put one foot in front of the other and don’t go backward,” she said.


Chalk up another culinary asset for the Upper Valley, this time in the form of a funky food trailer. Two weeks ago, White River Junction gained StrEats Mobile Canteen, a food truck with an impressive pedigree. The trailer is a dream become reality for Carpenter & Main kitchen alums Jason Northup and Chris Brewer. “We’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” says Northup, who once ran a hot dog cart called Dino’s Dog House. He says the pair takes extra care with their food and uses ingredients from local farms whenever possible. The menu includes tacos with local meat and fresh pico de gallo; grass-fed burgers topped with such accoutrements as bacon and a fried farm egg, or caramelized onions and blue cheese; spiced shrimp skewers with cabbage slaw; and four different kinds of gnocchi, including one made with bacon, apples and pecorino cheese in sage brown butter. StreEats is open at 34 Prospect Street from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The food-centered event may seem pretty secular, but there’s still praising aplenty. In a nod to Rieke’s college years, Messrs. Redding and Green and “old, old-school” gospel artists will be playing in both locations — on a tape deck, of course.

The smell wafts down Bank Street. Grilling meat and something less immediately recognizable — that would be pineapple. The scents originate in a new cart situated beside the Bank Street parking garage entrance, just east of the Chinese cart that opened two summers ago. Felipe Ribeiro began serving his native specialties at Small Place, Big Taste Brazilian Food Cart on May 5. Ribeiro is a veteran of the kitchen at Souza’s Brazilian Steakhouse, which closed last year. His skewered churrasco, or grilled meat, will make fans of the Felipe defunct restauRibeiro rant salivate. Juicy sweet and hot sausages go for $3; toothsome beef rests all morning in rock salt, then is wrapped in bacon before grilling. For a balanced meal, diners can get sticks of mixed veggies for $1.50, or order fluffy rice and tender beans with or without an entrée. Everything comes with a slice of pineapple rubbed with cinnamon and sugar, roasted in foil, then skewered and grilled.

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Ribeiro says it helps with the digestion of his fatty, meaty fare. Small Place, Big Taste is open from noon until dusk every day but Sunday, which the chef takes off to spend with his wife and young child. Pending approval from City Hall, Ribeiro hopes to begin serving until 1 a.m. to feed the bar crowd.

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This winter, they threw their support behind Waterbury’s Prohibition Pig. Now the trio that owns Lakeside Hospitality Group — including a seasoned Vermont chef and the owner of celebrated New York City craft-beer bar Blind Tiger — will do their own thing. This June, Jason Merrill, Dave Brodrick and Kurt Lessard will open the Worthy Burger inside an 1800s railroad-freight house in South Royalton. They’ll offer local craft brews and a “burger bar” in the playful space at 56 Rainbow Street. “We always wanted to do something on our own, have our own craft-beer-and-restaurant kind of thing,” says Merrill, who has cheffed at the Hanover Inn, Woodstock’s Jackson House Inn and the Quechee Club. “Dave [Brodrick, owner of Blind Tiger] always wanted to do a burger bar, and my wife and I had always talked about doing something simple and easy. And burgers are simple and easy.” The trio will use grass-fed beef from Eastman Farm in Barnard, the town where all three live. “The condiments is where we’ll set things apart,” says Merrill. Those will include “a lot of pickling and different kinds of sauces,” from spicy ketchup to aioli, as well as kimchi made by Brodrick’s wife, Iris Kim Brodrick of Laughing Lotus Farm. The Worthy Burger will have a pickle wheel similar to the one that used to animate Middlebury’s Dog Team Tavern. Tomatoes, lettuce and potatoes for the hand-cut fries will come from Fable Farm in Barnard, and veggies will be offered only in season. “In winter, we might use a tomato jam rather than put a cardboard tomato on a burger,” says Merrill. The kitchen will also serve up a free-range chicken burger and a Phish burger using

“whatever type of fish is really good at the moment,” says Merrill, who also works for Wood Mountain Fish. A veggie burger will be made from heirloom beans. The 39-seat eatery will have an open kitchen and a bar with 14 taps, some of which will decant the open-tank-fermented beers from Freight House Brewing next door, the microbrewery of former Norwich Inn head brewer Patrick Dakin. Also on tap will be brews from Hill Farmstead Brewery, Lawson’s Finest Liquids and elsewhere, housemade sodas and kombucha from Laughing Lotus Farm. “It’s a true farm-to-table place,” says Merrill.


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Ground nuts. Coltsfoot. Toothwort. They sound like the ingredients in a witch’s brew. And they could be. But Dave Kaczynski prefers you call them dinner. Japanese Restaurant A wildcrafter in his 19th season, 112 Lake Street Kaczynski has made his living for years supplying restaurateurs with native Burlington foods. Recently, he has expanded to selling to the general public at the Montpelier and Stowe farmers markets. With a loud voice and a from 11 am casual manner, the heavily tattooed Kaczynski isn’t shy about singing the Chef-owned and operated. Largest downtown parking lot praises of his wares. “I hate to put Intervale farmers Reservations Recommended to shame, but the wood nettles are probably the best green Vermont has to offer,” he said Saturday. Kaczynski 12v-sansai041112.indd 1 4/6/12 1:51 PM claimed that the wild plant has twice New t! is wine L the vitamin A and B of spinach, and he was happy to provide cooking instructions. Though a silversmith by trade, “I pretend to be a chef,” the wildcrafter joked. Nutty-tasting nettles are best simply sautéed in butter, he advised. Violets are delicious in a salad with a light dressing that won’t overwhelm their sweet, floral taste. Raw wild Jerusalem artichokes can be used in place of water chestnuts. If Kaczynski is picking up these foodstuffs for free, why should people buy them from him instead of hunting on their own? Besides requiring a considerable Romantic Dining Casual Atmosphere time commitment, he explained, 27 Bridge St, Richmond indiscriminate foraging can be damaging to native plants. “We need Tues-Sun • 434-3148 to have some sustainable practices, to let people know what’s cool and what’s not,” Kaczynski cautioned. 12v-toscano051612.indd 1 5/15/12 7:26 AM Hot commodities such as fiddleheads have become so endangered in some parts of Vermont that towns have posted warnings against picking them. Kaczynski keeps an eye on sustainability and knows the best places to find the most sought-after Enjoy the blossoms along with our treats, including morel mushrooms. Fresh Baked Goodies He claimed to have two “pretty Egg Sandwiches conspicuous” regular gathering places Wraps, Panini’s in Burlington. Where? “If I told you, & Smoothies I’d have to kill you,” he quipped. Perhaps the safest place to find wild FREE Wi-Fi foods is at Kaczynski’s booth at next ...All in the middle week’s market. m

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Farm are helping him grow native peppers for dishes such as aji de gallina — a traditional chicken stew — and ceviche. Other friends in Maine are growing purple maize for Lara’s chicha, a sweet, refreshing drink flavored with lime and spices, including cinnamon and cloves. At the start of the season, the corn was still imported, but Lara hoped to switch to the New England-grown variety this summer. Lara calls his farmers-market biz A Little Peruvian, and the dishes he sells there are classics. “I really picked the dishes that are most iconic,” he said. “Things every Peruvian knows how to make.” Picarones may not look too different from an American doughnut, but the South American fritters are made with potato and pumpkin. For those who

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amily meals can be tricky in my house. My wife has been a vegetarian since college. She also hates mushrooms and olives. I, on the other hand, am a whole-belly-clam-swilling, beefjerky-snapping, “I’ll have extra of the clear meat in my banh mi” kind of guy. You could say we embody the attraction of opposites, at least culinarily speaking. With so little overlap in our tastes, it’s not surprising that we have fallen into a rather predictable dinner routine: taco night, Italian, stir-fry, sandwiches, taco night and so on. So this Mother’s Day, I decided to change things up a bit and create a meal that would be a throwback to some of my childhood faves. I’d have to keep it vegetarian, but wanted to have some fun with it, too. The first snag in my plan was the scheduling of the holiday itself. I divide my time among many local bands, and on this particular Mother’s Day, I had both a long rehearsal for the upcoming Hug Your Farmer benefit concert at Higher Ground and a setup for a recording session at Phish’s studio, The Barn. So we decided to celebrate on the Wednesday evening before Mother’s Day. Even then, planning happened a little (or a lot) later than I expected, and I ended up with only about an hour to shop, cook and clean up. Oops. You’ve heard it time and time again: If you want to eat healthfully, stick to the perimeter of the grocery store. The produce, fresh meats and dairy products are most often found along the edges. But there was no time for that on this particular evening, folks. As handy as I am with a chef’s knife, prepping three courses of fresh ingredients was simply not an option. I would have to get in deep. Real deep. To a place where shelf life is a nonissue. Where maltodextrin reigns supreme. That’s right. Armed with some lazyass, mid-century-era recipes, I took on those middle aisles and lived to tell about it. The Food Network’s Sandra

1 bag of precut coleslaw mix (get the most colorful one you can find) 3 green onions, chopped (the white part and maybe an inch of the green) Melt the butter in a frying pan over medium-low heat and add the almonds and ramen noodles, crunching them up while leaving some clumps. Throw the “flavor packet” included with the ramen, full of dried vegetables and meat-like substances, into the garbage and never look back. Stand over the pan, keep the noodles moving and don’t walk away for any reason! This is the only bit of actual cooking you are going to do. If you are anything like me, it will take you two tries to get this right, while the smoke detector beeps and the dog goes running under the bed. When things are looking nice and brown, shut off the heat and set the nut/noodle mixture to the side. Let’s make dressing… 1/4 cup sesame or canola oil 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon sugar 1/4 cup vinegar Salt and pepper to taste

Lee defines “semi-homemade” as a combination of 70 percent ready-made convenience products and 30 percent fresh ingredients. I pushed the envelope here to more like a 90/10 split. Now I share my half-baked expertise with you, dear reader. What’s that? Can’t cook? No problem! This trio of dishes requires almost no time, no prep and very little actual cooking of any kind. You’re welcome.

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the homemade one. May I suggest something in the sesame-ginger category? My mother-in-law used to make this salad for family reunions and various progressive dinner parties long ago, so I knew my wife had at least tried it at some point. While I’ve been known to chomp on an uncooked piece of vermicelli from time to time, I just couldn’t bring myself to throw raw ramen noodles into this mix. Instead, I decided to brown them in butter with some almonds. Sorry to get so fancy on you. 1 tablespoon butter 1 package (about 1/2 cup) sliced almonds 1 package ramen noodles, broken

Whisk these ingredients together in a measuring cup. Add about half the dressing to the slaw mix, taste it and add more if needed. Last, combine this with the nut/ noodle mix, but not until you are ready to serve. We don’t want those noodles reconstituting. Finely chop the green onions and throw them in. Mix well and serve.

Polynesian Fake Chicken

My mom used to make a similar dish we would call Pearl’s Chicken, named for an elderly neighbor who, I assumed, had turned us on to it. There is nothing specifically Polynesian about this dish, but I have seen similar recipes going by that name, and since the salad and the dessert share a vaguely


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Make a double boiler by placing a metal or glass mixing bowl inside a large pot. Put about an inch of water in the pot and fire it up on the stove. Dump both the chocolate and butterscotch morsels into the bowl and get to melting. Again, you’ll need to stay close to the stove as the mixture melts. Also, watch out for scalding steam! When the concoction is melted, remove the bowl from the heat and add the noodles and peanuts. Rip off a couple of squares of wax paper and place them over some shallow bowls. Place about one cup of the mixture on a piece of wax paper and shape it into a nest. Repeat for each serving. Place the nests in the fridge for at least an hour to firm up. At dessert time, fill the nests with your favorite ice cream, plus hot fudge, berries, nuts or any of your favorite sundae toppings. m

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It doesn’t get any easier than this: Lay the frozen cutlets on a lightly greased 8-by-8-inch baking pan or pie plate. Combine the dressing, marmalade and soup mix in a separate bowl and pour over the top. Bake the dish at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. This can also be made with four real chicken breasts: Simply reduce the oven heat to 350 degrees and cook for an additional 20 to 30 minutes.

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Watercolor Workshop: Painters have fun with fruit while learning to capture a simple still life with watercolor artists Nini Crane and Deb Runge. Vintage Inspired, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $25; preregister. Info, 488-5766,


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. 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.


Improv Night: Fun-loving participants play “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”-style games in an encouraging environment. Spark Arts, Burlington, 8-10 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 373-4703.


Community Dinner: Diners get to know their neighbors at a low-key, buffet-style meal organized by the Winooski Coalition for a Safe and Peaceful Community. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult; transportation available for seniors. Info, 655-4565. 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. 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.


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, 8:15-10:15 p.m. $5. Info, 138-4959. 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.

Lake Champlain Bridge Grand Celebration Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday, May 20, 6 a.m.-9 p.m., at or near Chimney Point State Historic Site in Vergennes and Crown Point State Historic Site in N.Y. Free; $3 per festival program. Info, 759-2000.


Rural Vermont Annual Celebration: Ben Hewitt delivers the keynote speech amid a fingerfood potluck, cash bar, annual meeting, farm-fresh raffle and more. Wilder Center, 6:30-9 p.m. $5-10; free for Rural Vermont members. Info, 223-7222. Vermont Association of Insurance Women’s Annual Dinner Meeting: Irene recovery officer Sue Minter presents at a business meeting and supper. Capitol Plaza, Montpelier, meeting, 5-5:30 p.m.; social time, 5:30-6 p.m.; dinner, 6 p.m. $25. Info, 229-5884.


‘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. ‘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. ‘Machotaildrop’: A wannabe pro skater discovers the dark truth about the world’s biggest skateboard company in Corey Adams and Alex Craig’s surreal farce. Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free; ticket required. Info, 865-7166.

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‘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. wed.16

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Vermont soil didn’t see any Civil War battle action, but Vermont soldiers certainly Battle of Shelburne Crossroads did. History repeats as local and regional Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. reenactors set up camp — military camp, and Sunday, May 20, 9 a.m.-3 that is — in Shelburne this weekend, rep.m., at the corner of Harbor and creating scenes from soldier and civilian Bay roads in Shelburne. Battle reenactments take place at life during the “War Between the States.” 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. Daylong living-history interpretations range on Sunday. Donations accepted. from a routine mail call to an electrifying Info, 879-3490. skirmish between Union and Confederate troops using authentic 1860s raid tactics. Infantry, cavalry and artillery demos, church and burial services, and drill routines further prove that what’s gone is not forgotten. courtesy of Sue Brown and John Peterson



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Darting over to the Empire State is no big deal these days, thanks to last fall’s completion of the Champlain Bridge — a connection frequent crossers aren’t likely to take for granted anytime soon. Folks from both sides of the border celebrate this feat of engineering at a two-day festival, fittingly based in Vermont, New York and on the bridge itself. Among the highlights, which include nonstop music and dance, are two parades: a float-and-auto procession across the bridge and a flotilla below. A street dance, 5K fun run, craft fair and fireworks add to the revelry — as does an appearance by “the ’29ers,” a handful of people who attended the bridge’s original opening in 1929.

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Back Office Series: Speakers from the Hunger Mountain Co-op and Manghi’s Bread discuss their relationship as retailer and supplier in the Montpelier business scene. Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-9604.

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Forget “The Voice.” Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac of Canadian folk duo Madison Violet didn’t have to land a gig on reality TV to get celebrity judges to vote for their songs. Instead, they entered the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2009, and came away with $20,000 and the competition’s highest honor: the Maxell Song of the Year award, chosen by superstars such as Elton John, Fergie and Mary J. Blige. Armed with a new album, The Good in Goodbye, the pair follow up their breakthrough success with charming, up-tempo roots-pop at the BCA Center on Friday.

MADISON VIOLET Friday, May 18, 8-11:55 p.m., at BCA Center in Burlington. $10; free for BCA members; cash bar. Info, 865-7166.

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e looks like Ryan Gosling’s scruffy, darkhaired cousin and has a husky, belly-deep voice like Ray LaMontagne’s. But Jay Nash’s country-rock is all his own, and it now originates in Woodstock. The East Coast native settled in the Upper Valley a year and a half ago — a pretty drastic change from his old digs in Los Angeles, where he was accustomed to gigging with Maroon 5 and Katy Perry, among others — and spent the winter holed up at home, writing and recording his recent EP, Of the Woods. He’ll officially meet his Green Mountain State neighbors at shows in Woodstock and Winooski this weekend.


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Barre Farmers Market: Crafters, bakers and farmers share their goods in the center of the town. Barre City Hall Park, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, ‘No Sugar, Dairy or Wheat? So What CAN I Eat?’: Dietary restrictions or not, a meal can still be delicious. Learning Center chef/instructor Nina Lesser-Goldsmith whips up roasted spinach salad, mussels in red curry broth and other mouthwatering menu items. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.

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Women’s Health Information Night: Females learn about health screenings and Ladies First, a program providing free heart health checkups, Pap tests and mammograms to eligible women. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 5-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-7498.


Baby Time: Crawling tots and their parents convene for playtime and sharing. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 658-3659. Chess Club: King defenders practice castling and various opening gambits with volunteer Robert Nichols. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Enosburg Playgroup: Children and their adult caregivers immerse themselves in singing activities and more. American Legion, Enosburg Falls, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Fairfield Playgroup: Youngsters entertain themselves with creative activities and snack time. Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Highgate Story Hour: Good listeners giggle and wiggle to age-appropriate lit. Highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Info, 868-3970.

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. 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 singer-songwriter perform. Hyde Park Opera House, 7 p.m. $15. Info, 888-1261.





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, noon12:30 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: 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.


George Sykes: Recently returned from an American Red Cross deployment to Haiti, the speaker recaps his experiences providing earthquake relief in a slide-show lecture. Bradford Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536, 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.


The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Gary Lehman and Deborah Voigt star in a broadcast production of Siegfried, part three of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6:30 p.m. $6-18. Info, 748-2600. ‘The Nerd’: After a stranger saves his life at war, a young architect finds himself uncomfortably indebted in Larry Shue’s outrageous comedy, presented by the Colchester Theatre Company. Colchester High School, 7:30 p.m. $5. Info, 264-5729.


Book-Release Signing & Party: Light refreshments, a natural-paint activity station, deejayed music and networking celebrate Ace McArleton and Jacon Deva Racusin’s book-and-DVD package The Natural Building Companion. Block Gallery, Winooski, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 917-4059.



Worm Composting: Vermicomposters explore how squirmy invertebrates can convert food scraps into nutrient-rich soil in a hands-on demo with Melissa Jordan of Wormpost Northeast. City Market, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700.


Media Maven: Finding Your Tree in the Web Forest: Representatives from nonprofit organizations learn how to optimize their web status through SEO. Channel 17 Studios, Burlington, noon2 p.m. $10-15. Info, 862-1645, ext. 21 . Vermont Venture Network: Entrepreneurs, investors, government agencies, service providers and others attend a networking forum with remarks by Duane Peterson and James Moore, copresidents of SunCommon. Hilton Hotel, Burlington, 8-9:30 a.m. $15 for nonmembers. Info, 658-7830.


Every Woman’s Craft Connection: Inventive females work on artful projects at a biweekly meet-up. Essex Alliance Church, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 879-5176. Open Knit & Crochet: Stitch and tell: Fiber fans work on current projects in good company. Kaleidoscope Yarns, Essex Junction, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 288-9200.


Career Open House: Registered nurses and physical therapists considering a career change talk to current employees and learn about delivering one-on-one patient care. Addison County Home Health & Hospice, Middlebury, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-7259. Community Open House: Farmers and foodies mingle over cookies, lemonade and a short presentation about the Intervale’s latest happenings. Intervale Center, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 660-0440, ext. 101,

Fairbanks Community of Observers: Citizen scientists learn about an initiative to collect quantitative data on wildflowers, birds, butterflies and weather, in order to identify changing environmental trends. Huntington Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 434-4583. Feminine Spirit of the Living Earth: A new women’s learning group embarks on a metaphysical exploration through meditation, oneness and more. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Donations accepted; call ahead. Info, 671-4569. Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers: Hobbyists break out the superglue and sweat the small stuff at a miniature-construction skill swap. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-0765. Vermont Center for Independent Living Monthly Meeting: Attendees discuss ways to make their communities more accessible and friendly to folks with disabilities. 59 Upper Weldon Street, St. Albans, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 861-2895.


‘Mother Nature’s Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age’: Vermont filmmaker Camilla Rockwell’s documentary addresses youth’s increasing distance from the natural world. A Transition Town Montpelier discussion follows. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. ‘The Roots of Heaven’: The Burlington Film Society explores this 1958 John Huston adventure film, as well as the theme of the “white hunter.” Discussion follows with BFS founder Barry Snyder. BCA Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 865-7166.

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Farm & Food Tour: A caravan-style expedition to Hardwick-area farms and food producers introduces visitors to a bustling agricultural community. Center for Agricultural Economy, Hardwick, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $50; free for children under 12; preregister. Info, 472-5840. Food on a Budget: Health coach Marie Frohlich helps co-op shoppers stretch $200 to feed a family for four for a week. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7 p.m. $7-9; preregister. Info, 2238004, ext. 202, ‘Potato, Potatto’: What a spud! Tuberous dishes on the menu range from basic mashed potatoes to more complex twice-baked potatoes with bacon, broccoli and three cheeses. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 8632569, ext. 1.


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. Lunch & Learn: How to Live With Greater Vitality: Speaker Stephen Brandon considers how nutrition and stress-relief exercises can help restore physical health. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Meditation 101: Folks enlighten up as Martha Tack focuses on the stress-relief benefits of this calming practice. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 6:30-8 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.state. Fletcher Playgroup: Little ones make use of the open gym before snack time. Fletcher Elementary School, Cambridge, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Franklin Story Hour: Lovers of the written word perk up for read-aloud tales and adventures with lyrics. Haston Library, Franklin, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Middlebury Preschoolers Story Hour: Tiny ones become strong readers through activities with tales, songs and rhymes. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Music With Raphael: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song and dance moves to traditional and original folk music. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Stroller Strolling: Young families roll along the recreation path together. Community Park, Fairfax, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 782-6332.


Burlington Concert Band Rehearsal: Community players practice pop, light classical and Broadway favorites for the summer season. Music Room, Winooski High School, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 598-1830.


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 “Go With Your Gut: What Is Your Stomach Thinking?,” medical experts Gary Mawe and Peter Moses host a walkthrough talk of the “Our Body: The Universe Within” exhibit. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/ Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 6:308:30 p.m. $15-20; cash bar. Info, 877-324-6386. Cynthia Packert: The Middlebury College professor of the history of art and architecture discusses current political tensions in a richly illustrated lecture, “Healing the Divide: Bollywood Film and the Hindu-Muslim Conflict in India.” Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 453-4147. William Tortolano: In “The Group of Seven,” the St. Michael’s College professor emeritus introduces the works of a group of Canadian artists through slides, video clips and commentary. Montgomery Historical Society, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-0659.


‘Lyddie’: Katherine Paterson’s protagonist, a young girl trying to reunite her family at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, graces the stage in this original Lost Nation Theater adaptation with music and dance. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $10-35. Info, 229-0492. ‘The Nerd’: See WED.16, 7:30 p.m. ‘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.


Book Discussion: A 7-year-old girl is sent to a quarantined leprosy camp in Alan Brennert’s moving historical fiction, Moloka’i. Highgate Public Library, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 868-3970.

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Booked for Lunch: Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award winner Tanya Lee Stone summarizes her career as an author of books for kids and teens. A Q&A follows. Fletcher Room. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 598-0351. open Stage/poetry night: Readers, writers, singers and ranters pipe up in a constructive and positive environment. Paul Carson is the featured performer. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-314-9872, rotagallery@gmail. com. page to Stage: young pLaywrightS feStivaL: North Country Union High School seniors and QNEK Productions professionals collaborate on six 10-minute, original plays. Haskell Free Library & Opera House, Derby Line, 7 p.m. $5. Info, 334-2216 or 873-3022, ext. 205.



BurLington partnerShip for a heaLthy community: Queen City residents make a positive impact as they address substance-use and -abuse issues. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 324-3867.


BaLLroom LeSSon & dance SociaL: Singles and couples of all levels of experience take a twirl. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; open dancing, 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269. engLiSh country dance: Those keen on Jane Austen’s favorite pastime make rural rounds to music by the Colchester Assembly. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-9:30 p.m. $5-8; $1 extra for first half hour for experienced dancers. Info, 899-2378. Queen city tango miLonga: Warm-ups and skill building for all levels lead into open dancing in the Argentine tradition. No partner needed; wear clean, soft-soled shoes. North End Studios, Burlington, 7-10:30 p.m. $7. Info, 877-6648.


community open houSe: See THU.17, 10-11 a.m.

intervaLe center tourS: Walkers wise up on the rich agricultural history that made today’s thriving community foods system possible. Intervale Center, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 660-0440, ext. 113, jarred@intervale. org.


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Brew & food pairing: Dishes from regional chefs are thoughtfully paired with craft beers in

Lyndon farmerS market: More than 20 vendors proffer a rotation of fresh veggies, meats, cheeses and more. Bandstand Park, Lyndonville, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, lyndonfarmersmarket@gmail. com.

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avoid faLLS with improved StaBiLity: A personal trainer demonstrates daily practices for seniors concerned about their balance. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 10 a.m. $5. Info, 658-7477.

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maSSage cLinic: Touchstone Healing Arts practitioners soothe tense muscles and induce relaxation through 15-minute chair massages. City Market, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700. 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. zumBa cLaSS: Movers and shakers party themselves into shape with Latin-based dance moves. The Flashbulb Institute, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $12 suggested donation. Info, 646-577-7985.

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community pLaygroup: Kiddos convene for fun via crafts, circle time and snacks. Health Room, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. enoSBurg faLLS Story hour: Young ones show up for fables and occasional field trips. Enosburg Public Library, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 933-2328. montgomery tumBLe time: Physical-fitness activities help build strong muscles. Montgomery Elementary School, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. muSicaL Story time: Three- to 5-year-olds develop early-literacy skills through books, songs and rhymes. Essex Free Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 879-0313. Swanton pLaygroup: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Swanton, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. ‘taLeS under the tree’: Together, Very Merry Theatre and the Champlain Philharmonic present a tale of three children growing up and encountering classic works of drama and literature, including Cinderella, The Velveteen Rabbit and Romeo and Juliet. Vergennes Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $10-15; free for kids under 10. Info, 238-8893.


Banjo dan and the mid-nite pLowBoyS: The New England bluegrass boys strum out string sounds. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $17. Info, 382-9222. jay naSh: The roots-rock troubadour and Woodstock resident has shared the stage with the Counting Crows, Sara Bareilles and Katy Perry, among others. See calendar spotlight. Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 457-3981. FRI.18


BeLLowS faLLS farmerS market: Music enlivens a fresh-food marketplace with produce, meats, crafts and ever-changing weekly workshops. Waypoint Center, Bellows Falls, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 463-2018.

hardwick farmerS market: A burgeoning culinary community celebrates local ag with fresh produce and handcrafted goods. Granite Street, Hardwick, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 533-2337,


after-SchooL movie: James Marsden and Russell Brand lend their voices to Hop, an animated romp about the Easter Bunny’s son, who heads to Hollywood for rock stardom. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

getting Started with Lacto-fermented veggieS: Instructors Jason Frishman and Caroline Homan put all manner of local veggies — such as asparagus, ramps, radishes and turnips — in a pickle. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700.


Spring SiLent auction extravaganza: Supporters of the Washington County Youth Service Bureau and Boys & Girls Club bid on unique items over appetizers, raffles, and music by Abby Jenne and the Concrete Rivals. Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Montpelier, 6-10 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 229-9151.

cheLSea farmerS market: A long-standing town-green tradition supplies shoppers with eggs, cheese, vegetables and fine crafts. North Common, Chelsea, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 685-9987,

fundraiSing auction: Bidders attend live and silent auctions of art, handcrafts, experiences and services to support the Yestermorrow Design/ Build School. The Skinner Barn, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. Donations accepted; cash bar. Info, 888-496-5541,

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Madison Violet: JUNO-nominated duo Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac pair Americana influences with pop in their new album, The Good in Goodbye. See calendar spotlight. BCA Center, Burlington, 8-11:55 p.m. $10; free for BCA members; cash bar. Info, 865-7166. Matthew Manwarren: In “Youthful Passion and Ecstasy,” the pianist honors classical masters who made monumental contributions to music at an early age. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 864-0471. ‘The Next Generation’: Young musicians who’ve seriously studied music perform works from the early classical period to the 21st century. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $10-19. Info, 728-6464. The Renaissance, All the Rage, Heather Grey, Tire Fire: Regional artists offer experimental rock, deathcore, acoustic pop-punk and grunge at an all-ages show. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $3-5. Info, 518-314-9872, rotagallery@ Ukulele Jam Session: Players pull up a chair for informal strumming with John Penoyar. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 482-5189.


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. Sodom Pond Road, Adamant, 7-8:30 a.m. $10; free for North Branch Nature Center members; call for meeting location. Info, 229-6206.


Ruby on Rails: Up and Running: Local webdevelopment experts introduce an open-source, full-stack web application framework to professionals and hobbyists alike. Three West Collective, Burlington, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 735-0546.





Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel: The Buddhist author of The Power of an Open Question contemplates “Letting Life Touch Us: The Practice of Bearing Witness.” First Congregational Church, Thetford, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 333-4521.

& Poets Production Company’s puppet-and-liveactor rendition of J.M. Barrie’s beloved tale. 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. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 8 p.m. $24-27; for mature audiences only. Info, 863-5966.

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.

‘The Bake Off: Eurydice’: Three different directors — working with three different casts — divide Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, a retelling of the Orpheus myth, into three different parts. A Q&A with the directors follows. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $24.30-32.50. Info, 863-5966.

‘Murder Takes the Stage’: A struggling theater troupe brings in a high-maintenance Broadway actress for its upcoming murder-mystery ... but a real-life homicide intervenes in this comic chiller from Cabot Community Theater. Performing Arts Center, Cabot School, 7 p.m. $5; $20 per family. Info, 563-2669, ‘Perfect Harmony’: A house band and eclectic circus cast explore the peace — or lack thereof — in today’s world in a rollicking Vermont Vaudeville production. Special guests Rob Mermin, Melissa Knowles, Tom Murphy and the Forget-Me-Knots join in. Hardwick Town House, 8 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Info, 533-2589, ‘Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up’: Children’s pirate stories inspired Saints


Annual Plant Sale: Local growers donate thriving perennials, shrubs and vegetable starts, and expert gardeners are on hand to resolve any plant problems. Craftsbury Public Library, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 586-9683.

The nursery’s ready. Mom’s ready. Dad’s ready. But what about little bro or sis? These days, there’s a class that prepares kids to deal with siblings. Soon-to-be big brothers and sisters learn about the important job of being the eldest and the benefits and the challenges that come with the promotion. The class focuses on celebrating the changes that come with a new baby and on important questions such as: What’s that strange belly button “raisin” all about? Sibsto-be learn how to hold a baby and why sharing food and toys is a no-no — at least in the beginning. New siblinghood brings mixed emotions. Kids learn that it’s normal to feel excited and proud one minute, and frustrated the next when the newest member of the family becomes star of the cute show. The class winds up with a hospital tour and an art project.

BIG SISTER, BIG BROTHER: SIBLING PREPARATION: Saturday, May 19, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $30 per child, $25 for each additional child. Appropriate for kids age 3 and older. Info, 658-5959,



Brown Bag Book Club: Readers gab about Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything at lunchtime. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Photo Exhibition & Book-Release Party: Vermont native Skye Chalmers photo book Sending Milk captures dairy farmers throughout the Northeast. JDK Gallery, Burlington, 6-10 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5884.

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,

SUNY Plattsburgh Commencement Ceremonies: Senior students in the fields of education, health and human services, business, and economics turn their tassels at a 10 a.m. ceremony; arts and science majors follow suit at a 2 p.m. gathering. Field House, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y. Ticket required. Info, 518-564-3094.

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Saturday Art Sampler: Crafty types use a variety of materials to creative decorative birdhouses. Davis Studio Gallery, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $24. Info, 425-2700.

‘Subverting Normal’: Toby MacNutt, Tiffany Rhynard, Ellen Smith Ahern, Lida Winfield and spoken-word artist Rosita Choy debut a new dance piece. Come early for optional karaoke, refreshments and to view a video installation. Burlington Dances, Chace Mill, 7 p.m. $5-105 sliding-scale donation. Info, 863-3369, info@burlingtondances. com.


‘The Nerd’: See WED.16, 7:30 p.m.


Capital City Contra Dance: Folks in soft-soled shoes practice their stepping to calling by Will Mentor and tunes by the Stringrays. Capital City Grange, Montpelier, beginners workshop, 7:30 p.m.; regular dance, 8 p.m. $8. Info, 744-6163.

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‘Aladdin: The Musical’: Magic, mayhem and a flying-carpet ride fill Rutland Youth Theatre’s tuneful show set in Agrabah, the City of Enchantment. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. $8-10. Info, 775-0903.

‘Lyddie’: See THU.17, 8 p.m.




‘Into the Woods’: A baker and his wife brave the fairy-tale world to break the curse of childlessness in this Stephen Sondheim musical, presented by the Community Theater Players. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 8 p.m. $14-16. Info, 518-523-2512.

Plant prices decrease $1 each round of sales. Jericho Town Library, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 899-4686.

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Intro to Square-Foot Gardening: Beginners learn to maximize yield and minimize weeds with Peter Burke. City Market, Burlington, 3-4 p.m. $510. Info, 861-9700. New North End Plant Sale: Growers of greens replenish their plots while supporting the Burlington Area Community Gardens’ scholarship fund. Bibens Ace Hardware Store, Burlington, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 863-0420.

Plant Sale: Community members donate perennials, seedlings, garden tools and tickets for digging rights for others to come to their garden.

Vermont Law School Commencement: Vermont Supreme Court chief justice Paul Reiber delivers the keynote speech. Town Green, South Royalton, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 831-1106.


Rozalia Project: Marine Debris Cleanup: Volunteers pull on their gloves, pick up trash and collect data to further the understanding of pollution in Vermont’s waterways. Colchester Pond, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 651-1885.


Battle of Shelburne Crossroads: Reenactors skirmish using 1860s battle tactics at a Civil War encampment, also featuring infantry, cavalry and artillery demonstrations, and 19thcentury civilian camp life. See calendar spotlight. At the corner of Harbor and Bay roads, Shelburne, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 879-3490. Brunswick Springs Gathering: Abenaki people reconnect during a bus trip to a sacred spot. Mary Babcock Elementary School, Swanton, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; preregister; lunch is provided. Info, 363-0966, Co-op Solar Info Session & Shred Saturday: Vermonters get the chance to shred their documents and their hot-water bills at an info session on solar-power incentives, held in conjunction with anti-identify-theft efforts. VSECU, Williston, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 860-4090. Design Charette: Local architectural and design firms weigh in on homeowners’ remodeling or construction plans in 20-minute sessions. Windows & Doors by Brownell, Williston, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregistration recommended. Info, 861-4922. Drive One 4 UR School Fundraiser: Auto enthusiasts test-drive a Ford. For each completed drive, Ford Motor Company donates $20 to Williston Families as Partners, up to the sum of $6000. Williston Central School, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 865-8200.

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Funeral Consumers Alliance of Vermont Annual Meeting: A nonprofit that works to educate the bereaved about their options hosts a gathering to discuss home funerals and green burials. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-8140, Hummingbird Havens: Birdwatchers learn about attracting some of nature’s smallest winged wonders through feeder maintenance and placement. Northwoods Stewardship Center, East Charleston, 10 a.m.-noon. $5; preregister. Info, 7236551, ext. 115, Kite Fliers Meeting: Common interests soar as fans of tethered aircrafts meet like-minded peers. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 658-0030. Northeast Kingdom Farm to Yarn Tour Weekend: Folks have fun with fiber from angora goats, alpacas, llamas, sheep and rabbits at farm demos and tours. Various Northeast Kingdom locations, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 656-8511, assist@, Pet Celebration: Dog demonstrations, rescue groups, games, prizes, food and more make for a doggone good time. Held at Pet Food Warehouse in South Burlington and Shelburne, as well as VCA Brown Animal Hospital in South Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 862-0995, ext. 221. Queer & Allied Youth Summit: A conference, pride march and speak-out, queer prom and “SleepOUT” bring LGBTQA youth together to build community and effect change. Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans, 8:30 a.m.-midnight. Preregister. Info, 865-9677, . Red Cedar School Rock ‘n’ Roll Ball: Local powerhouse band the Panton Flats lay down Motown, funk, blues, country and rock songs at an evening of desserts and dancing supporting the school’s scholarship fund. Vergennes Opera House, 7-11 p.m. $15; $25 per couple; cash bar. Info, 453-5213.

fairs & festivals

Capital City Farmers Market: Fresh produce, pasteurized milk, kombucha, artisan cheeses, local meats and more lure local buyers throughout the growing season. Live music and demos accent each week’s offerings. 60 State Street, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958, Korean Food Fest: East Asian eats include Korean barbecue, rice, side dishes and dessert. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $6-9. Info, 876-7622. Mount Tom Farmers Market: Purveyors of garden-fresh crops, prepared foods and crafts set up shop for the morning. Parking lot, Mount Tom, Woodstock, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 7632070, Northwest Farmers Market: Stock up on local, seasonal produce, garden plants, canned goods and handmade crafts. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 373-5821. Norwich Farmers Market: Neighbors discover fruits, veggies and other riches of the land, not to mention baked goods, handmade crafts and local entertainment. Route 5 South, Norwich, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447, Rutland County Farmers Market: Downtown strollers find high-quality fruits and veggies, mushrooms, fresh-cut flowers, sweet baked goods, and artisan crafts within arms’ reach. Depot Park, Rutland, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 773-4813. Uncorking Spring (Rolls): Supporters of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s outreach programs socialize over Thai appetizers and desserts as the Dixieland Band plays. Baan Thai Cuisine, Newport, 5-7 p.m. $30; preregister. Info, 334-8110. Waitsfield Farmers Market: Local bands enliven an outdoor outlet for homegrown herbs, flowers and fruits, and handmade breads, cheeses and syrups. Mad River Green, Waitsfield, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027 or 498-4734.

health & fitness

Walk for Thought: A half-mile to three-mile lakeside jaunt raises funds for the Brain Injury Association of Vermont. Oakledge Park, Burlington, check-in, 9-9:50 a.m.; walk, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 877-856-1772.

Heavyfest: Start Making Sense, Rough Francis, Myra Flynn, Seed, the Steph Papas Experience and Casio Bastard perform at an outdoor beer-garden party benefiting Big Heavy World. Brewer-led tours, a specialty cask beer, barbecued eats and a “dunk-a-punk” tank round out the affair. Afterparty follows at Nectar’s. Magic Hat Brewing Company, South Burlington, noon-6 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2739.

Big Truck Day: Honk, honk! Auto aficionados climb aboard big vehicles — and there’s a horn-free hour for sensitive ears. Crafts, face painting, a scavenger hunt, a bouncy house, a barbecue and more further amuse these youngsters. Hinesburg Nursery School, 9:45 a.m.-2 p.m. $5 per child; free for adults. Info, 482-3827.

Medieval Fair & Bratwurst Fest: Go back in time at a celebration of the church’s heritage, complete with music, dance, costumes, crafts and a full feast. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Jericho, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 899-2113.

‘Pina’: Wim Wenders’ visually thrilling documentary pays tribute to German dancer/choreographer Pina Bausch. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. & 8:45 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.

food & drink

High School Monopoly Tournament: Sixteen teams pass go and collect $200 in the finals of a life-size version of this popular board game. University Mall, South Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11. Horse Lovers’ Book Group: Equestrianinclined kids ages 8 to 16 learn about summer riding and related reads. Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne, 11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-3999, 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

Die Pretty, Avernus Ortus, Terraform, T.F.O, Long Cat: Regional artists offer alt-rock, death metal and more at an all-ages show. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $3-5. Info, 518-314-9872, Green Mountain Chorus: Vocalists tackle the Great American Songbook, barbershop-style. South Burlington High School, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Info, 505-9595. Handel Society of Dartmouth College: Topnotch soloists and instrumentalists get to work on Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $5-31. Info, 603-646-2422. Howard Brofsky & Friends: Joined by Jimmy Heath, Jeb Patton, Pete Van Nostrand and Mike Karn, the 85-year-old bebopper shares his trumpet triumphs. Vermont Jazz Center, Brattleboro, 8 p.m. $15-20. Info, 254-9088, ext. 1. Jeanne & the Hi-Tops: A high-energy fusion of reggae, Memphis soul, R&B, Tex-Mex and blues keeps dancers on their toes. Burnham Hall, Lincoln, 7-10:30 p.m. $8. Info, 355-0831. Montpelier Community Gospel Choir: Vocalists create an uplifting experience through music. Congregational Church, Waterbury, 7-8:15 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 778-0881. Piano Master Class: Matthew Manwarren offers world-class instruction. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 864-0471. Play Piano Now: Introductory Session: Key players learn about Simply Music, a revolutionary, Australian-developed method for learning the 88 keys. Westwood Drive, Montpelier, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister; call for specific location. Info, 595-1220. Shape-Note Singing: Vocalists match notes to solfège syllables under the guidance of Ian Smiley. Tulsi Tea Room, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 229-4008, vtshapenotesingers@ ‘Songs of Wind and Waves’: The Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont offer seaside-inspired songs by Brahms, David Stocker, Sandra Milliken and Gwyneth Walker. Cantiamo perform a Russian folksong and a piece celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first radio transmission across the ocean. First Baptist Church, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15-18. Info, 879-1218. Spring Fever Concert Series: The Modern Grass Quintet thread together old and new Appalachian tunes in an album-release concert with special guests. StudioThree, South Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15-17 includes CD. Info, 865-7626.


Bird Day Festival: Lovers of avians welcome migratory birds back to Vermont through a binocular walk, bird presentation, children’s programs and live music by the Fiddleheads. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $2; free for members. Info, 434-3068. BirdFest: Birdwatchers stretch their wings during walks, talks, workshops, banding demos and kids activities. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. $10; free for kids. Info, 229-6206. Green Mountain Audubon Society Birdathon 2012: Avian enthusiasts spot wing patterns and ID calls at a fundraiser for GMAS scholarships and educational programs. Mt. Philo State Park, Charlotte, 7:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2436, gmas@greenmountainaudubon. org.

Spring Bird Walk: Observant eyes spot feathers above with botanist Bob Popp. Stranahan Memorial Town Forest, Marshfield, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail. com. Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Adventurers uncover edible and medicinal plants on a ramble with naturalist, herbalist and registered dietitian Melanie Putz Brotz. Meet by the entrance to the Rena Caulkins trail. Intervale Center, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $5-10. Info, 861-9700.


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. VCAM Access Orientation: Video-production hounds get an overview of the facilities, policies and procedures. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 651-9692.


5K Walk/Run/Bike for Sara: Ice cream, face painting and a picnic wrap up a distance challenge benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, in recognition of a South Burlington High School senior recently diagnosed with leukemia. Dorset Park, South Burlington, 10 a.m. $5-10; additional donations accepted; preregister. Info, 735-3645, Dandelion Run: Runners pass through fields of sunny flowers in a dandy half-marathon and 10K walk/run, with bluegrass pickers and fiddlers at every relay station. Proceeds support the Orleans County Victim Assistance Fund and IROC’s Healthy Changes Initiative. Derby Beach House, Lake Salem, 9 a.m. $10-200. Info, 334-8511. 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.


Adam Boyce: In “The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer,” the speaker intersperses stories of the performer’s life and career with live fiddling and humorous sketches. United Church of Westford, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 879-4028. Ciaran Buckley: In a German/English lecture and discussion, the visiting adjunct professor from Champlain College’s Dublin campus explores a question: “The European Union: Broken or in Transition?” Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel: In “Sacred World,” the author explores the wisdom behind the rich imagery of Tibetan Buddhism, and how engaging in this world can change human perspective. Pema Osel Do Ngak Choling, Vershire, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. $25 per talk. Info, 333-4521.


‘Aladdin: The Musical’: See FRI.18, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. ‘Into the Woods’: See FRI.18, 8 p.m. ‘Lyddie’: See THU.17, 8 p.m. ‘Murder Takes the Stage’: See FRI.18, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. ‘Perfect Harmony’: See FRI.18, 8 p.m. ‘Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up’: See FRI.18, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.


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Burlington Farmers Market: More than 90 stands overflow with seasonal produce, flowers, artisan wares and prepared foods. Burlington City Hall Park, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 310-5172,

Children’s Rolfing Clinic: In honor of founder Ida Pauline Rolf, local practitioners introduce this holistic treatment of structural integration to kids up to age 18. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-7678, ext. 2.

Brian McCarthy Quartet: The sax man plays with an all-star ensemble of Vermonters, including pianist Tom Cleary, bassist John Rivers and drummer Gabe Jarrett. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 748-2600.



Big Truck Day 2012: Fire trucks, dump trucks, tow trucks — oh, my! Tykes take over the driver’s seat (engines off, of course) at this transportation celebration, featuring music by Sambatucada! Funds raised go to Robin’s Nest Children’s Center. St. Joseph School, Burlington, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $5 per family. Info, 864-8191.



Lake Champlain Bridge Grand Celebration: Revelers rejoice in this feat of engineering with a parade, flotilla, dance across the pedestrian walkway and other daylong festivities. See calendar spotlight. Takes place at or near Chimney Point State Historic Site, Vergennes, and Crown Point State Historic Site, N.Y., 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Free; $3 per festival program. Info, 759-2000.


‘Tales Under the Tree’: See FRI.18, Edmunds Middle School, Burlington.

Monarch-Larva-Monitoring Program: Citizen scientists collect data on caterpillar populations and milkweed habitats in a field project with some time behind the computer. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; preregister; bring a bag lunch; dress for the outdoors. Info, 388-4095.

Bloomtime Festival & Plant Sale: Green thumbs check out lilacs, flowering crabapple trees and magnolias at an afternoon of art, storytelling, tractor rides, walking tours and a sale of garden supplies. UVM Horticultural Research Center, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 864-3073.

Main Street, Middlebury, 8:30-10 a.m. Free. Info, 382-9325 or 989-5200.

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Spielpalast Cabaret: See FRI.18, 8 p.m. & Special “Scandalous Shows” at 11 p.m.

Northeast Kingdom Farm to Yarn Tour Weekend: See SAT.19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

‘The Bake Off: Eurydice’: See FRI.18, 2 p.m.

Spring Photo Mixer: Professional photographers and shutterbug enthusiasts network before a slideshow of their collective work. Reciprocity Studio, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Free; BYOB. Info, 318-8594.

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Deborah Voigt stars as Brünnhilde in a broadcast screening of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, noon. $6-18. Info, 748-2600. ‘The Nerd’: See WED.16, 7:30 p.m. ‘the napoleon 2012’: See THU.17, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

SUN.20 activism

Change the World Day: Folks work to end hunger by bringing in at least two nonperishable food donations in exchange for a free ice-cream sundae. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 878-5923.


Planning Your Home Orchard: Would-be fruit growers get the scoop about site and tree selection from Todd Parlo. Walden Heights Nursery & Orchard, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 563-3012.


Open-Air Market: Vendors display antiques and uniques under the sun. Vintage Inspired, Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free to attend; $25 for vendors (bring your own table). Info, 488-5766, WOKO Flea Market & Steals on Wheels: Feeling thrifty? Bargain hunters flock to sales of collectibles and vehicles. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $3; free for kids under 13. Info, 878-5545.


Make Your Own Journals: Pen-and-paper scribblers repurpose ephemera to make one-ofa-kind diary pages with instructor Susan Luce. Vintage Inspired, Burlington, 4 p.m. $15; preregister. Info, 488-5766,





preregister. Info, 878-3570,

Contact Improvisation: Points of physical contact are the starting line for spur-of-the-moment movements. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. $5-10 for 10 a.m.11 a.m. class (includes jam); $3-5 for 11 a.m.-noon jam only. Info, 318-3927. ‘Subverting Normal’: See SAT.19, 5 p.m.


Stars ON Stage Gala: Opera North performers serenade folks at an evening of food and auctions benefiting the troupe’s education programs and summer productions. Wilder Center, 6 p.m. $150. Info, 603-448-4141.

fairs & festivals

Lake Champlain Bridge Grand Celebration: See SAT.19, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.


‘Young Frankenstein’: Gene Wilder plays the infamous Dr. Frankenstein’s grandson in this madcap horror spoof from 1974. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.

food & drink

International Dinner Series: Egg rolls, lo mein, dumplings and traditional entertainment — including folk songs, dancing and a fashion show — showcase Chinese culture. North End Studio A, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. $12. Info, 863-6713, info@ Stowe Farmers Market: Preserves, produce and other provender attract fans of local food. Red Barn Shops Field, Stowe, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027 or 498-4734,

health & fitness

Nia 52 Moves Playshop: A fusion fitness workout with Suzy Finnefrock and Alison Lockwood combines dance, martial arts and healing arts. South End Studio, Burlington, noon-3 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Info, 522-3691. Posture Fitness: Rolfer Robert Rex helps folks locate, strengthen and stabilize their core in educational exercises. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 11 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. 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.

University of Vermont 2012 Commencement Ceremony: Cyma Zarghami, president of the Nickelodeon television network and UVM alumna, addresses graduates. University Green, UVM, Burlington, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 656-3272.

Stress-Reduction Practice Series: Under pressure? Folks relax in a mindfulness exercise led by Kim Nolan. Library, Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, South Burlington, 2-5 p.m. Free. Info, 6580521,


Vermont Walk to Cure Diabetes: Folks take strides to find a cure for this group of metabolic diseases. Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg, registration, 9 a.m.; walk, 10 a.m. Donations accepted; preregister. Info, 888-533-9255.

Alumni Association Annual Meeting & Beach Party: Graduates of Burlington College and the Vermont Institute of Community Involvement reunite at an 11:30 a.m. meeting and 1 p.m. beach barbecue with tunes by Mellow Yellow. Burlington College. Free for alumni and their guests; preregister. Info, 923-2350. Battle of Shelburne Crossroads: See SAT.19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Clarina Howard Nichols Center Benefit: Salon services such as haircuts and nail treatments help support a nonprofit agency working to end domestic and sexual violence in Lamoille County. Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, Stowe, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost of service; preregister. Info, 8882584, ext. 109 or 760-1083. Dog Dock-Diving Fun Jump: Pups make a splash competing for prizes. Proceeds benefit Green Mountain Dockdogs. Lakehouse Pub & Grille, Lake Bomoseen, 11 a.m. $10 for two jumps;

Walk for Epilepsy: Take a jaunt to the boathouse and back at a fundraiser for the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont. Oakledge Park, Burlington, registration, 10 a.m.; walk, 10:30 a.m.; barbecue and silent auction follow. $25. Info, 800-565-0972,


Build Your Own Birdhouse: Friends of feathered fliers assemble a place for them to lay eggs and raise their young. Games and a birding walk follow. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 10 a.m.-noon. $20-25 per family; $15 per additional birdhouse kit. Info, 434-3068. Sundays for Fledglings: Youngsters go avian crazy in hiking, acting, writing or exploring

activities. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 2-3 p.m. Free with museum admission, $3-6; free for members; donations accepted; preregister. Info, 434-2167,

Auditorium, Rochester School, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 767-3927.


‘Lyddie’: See THU.17, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

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


Camerata New England: A string orchestra offers arrangements of three works by Beethoven. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 3 p.m. $22-32. Info, 603-448-0400. Ladies Night Out Women’s Chorus: A repertoire covering everything from Bach to the Beatles spreads “Peace and Hope in 2012.” Brandon Town Hall, 4 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 247-5420. Montpelier Community Gospel Choir: Vocalists create an uplifting experience through music. Bethany Church, Montpelier, 7-8:15 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 778-0881. Newfound Road: A little bit gospel, a little bit bluegrass, the Tennessee quartet plays forwardthinking compositions. Tunbridge Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. $20-25. Info, 431-3433, folkbloke@hotmail. com. ‘Open My Lips’: Bruce Chalmer directs the Rossi Festival Singers and the Burlington Jewish Community Choir in a concert of sacred music from 1600 to today. Temple Sinai, South Burlington, 4 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 860-6671. ‘Songs of Wind and Waves’: See SAT.19, Community Church, Stowe, 3 p.m. Sunday Jazz: Israeli master saxophonist Benny Sharoni sounds off. Brandon Music, 7 p.m. $15-18. Info, 465-4071. Young Singers Chorus of Vermont: First through 12th graders perform musical and motionpicture favorites both separately and in ensembles in the Spring Pops Concert. Barre Opera House, 7 p.m. $12-15; free for children under 12. Info, 496-4781.


Hike Mt. Philo With GLAM: Outdoorsy types scale the trails with a group of young, gay, bi or queer guys. Meet at the community center and carpool to Mt. Philo State Park. Rain plan: video games at the community center. RU12? Community Center, Winooski, 1:15 p.m. Free. Info, 607-7812, Sapsucker Sunday Birding Series: Binoculars in hand, folks spy and ID warblers, thrushes and more in a variety of Northeast Kingdom habitats. Northwoods Stewardship Center, East Charleston, 7-9 a.m. $10; preregister. Info, 723-6551, ext. 115,


Champlain Bridge Bicycle Ride: Helmet heads pump their legs across the new Champlain Bridge and back, with a food stop and options for a longer route. Meet in the east parking lot. Vergennes Union High School & Middle School, 9:45 a.m. Free; helmets required. Info, 864-0101. The Shires of Vermont Marathon: Longdistance runners do the 26.2 on a scenic route to Hildene Meadows. Bennington Center for the Arts, 9 a.m. $80. Info, info@shiresofvermontmarathon. com.


Adam Boyce: See SAT.19, Community Hall, Bridport, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 758-2654. Swami Probuddhananda Puri: A spiritual citizen speaks about “Love and Acceptance: Understanding and Practicing Oneness.”


‘Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up’: See FRI.18, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. ‘The Bake Off: Eurydice’: See FRI.18, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.


‘Blow Your House Down’: In a dramatic reading, local actors give voice to Vermont playwright Tom Blachly’s comic overview of the history of theater. Audience feedback is welcomed. Bethany Church, Montpelier, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3955, Marge Richards & Ginny Zaboronek: The authors of Inspiring Butterflies: A 27-Day Course of Self-Discovery outline the process for physical, emotional and spiritual well-being at a book signing. Barnes & Noble, South Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 864-8001. Terry Tempest Williams: In response to receiving her mother’s entirely blank journals, the author of When Women Were Birds: 54 Variations on Voice questions what it means to have a voice. Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 5 p.m. $5. Info, 229-0598.

MON.21 comedy

Green Mountain Comedy Festival: Nearly 100 standup and improv comics coax out the chuckles in more than 20 performances over seven days. New this year: free youth workshops and the High School Improv Showdown. Various locations statewide, 8 p.m. $8-12. Info, 373-4703, 585-0025,


‘This American Life — Live!’ Encore: A 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. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $18-20. Info, 748-2600.

health & fitness

Aura-Clearing Clinic: Call to reserve a 15-minute energy-field-healing session. Golden Sun Healing Center, South Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 922-9090. Avoid Falls With Improved Stability: See FRI.18, 10 a.m. Step by Step: Journey to a Healthier You: People with or affected by diabetes attend vendor exhibits before an educational program. Warren Ballrooms, Angell College Center, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 6 p.m. Free. Info, 518-562-7320,


Crafty Afternoon: Kids ages 5 and up engrave and decorate ornaments cut from repurposed pie tins. Fairfax Community Library, 2:45-3:45 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. 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. Music With Raphael: See THU.17, 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.

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SpaniSh Language group: Hispanoparlantes share poems and short news items en español. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 6-8 p.m. Info, 476-7550.


JuLie FroSt: The Golden Globe-winning Vermont native presides over an intimate evening of original music. North End Studio A, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15; reservations required. Info, 999-9357, 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, Sambatucada! open rehearSaL: New players are welcome to pitch in as Burlington’s AfroBrazilian street percussion band sharpens its tunes. 8 Space Studio Collective, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017.

Elementary School, Montpelier. $14. Info, 223-2921 or 225-8699.


‘Strong!’: Julie Wyman’s 2012 documentary looks at the triumphs and trials of Olympic weightlifting champ Cheryl Haworth — who, at 300-plus pounds, has a hard time fitting in. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5966.

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.

tueSday night at the movieS: Cinephiles screen film gems, sleepers and festival favorites. This month’s selection: Citizen Kane, the 1941 Orson Welles masterpiece. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. $8. Info, 496-8994.

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

‘unForgiven’: Clint Eastwood directed and starred in this 1992 Western about a reformed gunslinger caught up in a battle of justice and villainy. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 540-3018.

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piLaF & biryani: Delna Boyce Sy introduces a variety of riceOF AN based dishes. Hunger Mountain DR EW E C CL E S Co-op, Montpelier, 5-7 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, info@

‘picnic’: MOXIE Productions’ Readers Theater Cabaret Series hosts a dramatic reading of William Inge’s classic American play. Cork Wine Bar, Waterbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 244-4168.


book diScuSSion: 20th-century preSidentS, poSt-WWii: Avid readers engage in a dialogue about presidents who loom larger than life, focusing on Lou Cannon’s President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime. Barton Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 525-6524.

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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

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Laughter yoga: What’s so funny? Giggles burst out as gentle aerobic exercise and yogic breathing meet unconditional laughter to enhance physical, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing. Miller Community and Recreation Center, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free; preregistration by email no later than three hours before the class is appreciated. Info, 888-480-3772, contact@essasky. com. 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.18, Westford Library, 2-3 p.m.


FairFax Story hour: Good listeners are rewarded with a variety of fairy tales, crafts and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5246. highgate Story hour: See WED.16, 10-11 a.m. preSchooL Story hour: Stories, rhymes and songs help children become strong readers. Sarah Partridge Community Library, East Middlebury, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. richFord pLaygroup: Rug rats let their hair down for tales and activities. Cornerstone Bridges to Life Community Center, Richford, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426, fgibbfdirectservice@gmail. com. Science & StorieS: Kids have aha! moments regarding the secrets of rocks. 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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buddhiSm in a nutSheLL: Amy Miller serves up a comprehensive overview of the Tibetan Buddhist path in bite-size modules, combining meditation, lively discussion and practical exercises. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 633-4136.

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FinanciaL-pLanning WorkShop: Victims of Tropical Storm Irene receive support in accessing flood-recovery assistance. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 279-4670. Spend Smart: See MON.21, 6-8 p.m.


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backroadS bicycLe ride: Steadfast cyclists power along a hilly path that’s 50 percent unpaved. Train Station, Shelburne, 6:15 p.m. Free; helmets required. Info, 864-0101.

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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.

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‘From improv to text’ WorkShop: A-list acting coach Seth Michael May tutors thespians of all levels in character creation. Grange Hall, Waterbury Center, noon-4 p.m. $25. Info, 244-4168.


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. Bear Pond

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the compLexity oF carbS: Good for you? Bad for you? Applied clinical nutritionist Akshata Nayak debunks myths about the role of carbohydrates in our diet, and details how to introduce healthy carbs into your meal plan. City Market, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700.

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Shape & Share LiFe StorieS: Prompts trigger true tales, which are crafted into compelling narratives and read aloud. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

auditionS For root 7: Singers interested in joining a contemporary a cappella group showcase their vocal chops. Private home, Williston, 6 p.m. Free; submit a short audio recording by email to be considered for an audition slot. Info, 808-9386041,


marJorie cady memoriaL WriterS group: Budding wordsmiths improve their craft through “homework” assignments, creative exercises and sharing. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10 a.m. -noon. Free. Info, 388-2926, cpotter935@comcast. net.

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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.

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book diScuSSion SerieS: canadian cuLturaL diverSity: Readers talk “aboot” Alistair MacLeod’s Island, a collection of 16 stories about tradition, beauty and memory. Wake Robin Retirement Community, Shelburne, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-0659.




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Spend Smart: Those who struggle to save learn savvy skills for managing money. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 114.


bernadette peterS: The performer without peer, as the New York Times calls her, revisits Broadway showstoppers, as well as hits from her own Grammy-winning albums. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $25-80. Info, 863-5966.

homemade yogurt: Dairy diehards make the proteinrich milk product in glass mason jars with Family Cow Farmstead’s Lindsay Harris. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700.

the champLain echoeS: New singers are invited to chime in on four-part harmonies with a women’s a cappella chorus at weekly open rehearsals. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 6:159:15 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0398.

South hero pLaygroup: Free play, crafting and snacks entertain children and their grown-up companions. South Hero Congregational Church, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

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Books, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 229-0774. Vermont reads discussion: Bibliophiles weigh in on Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage, a groundbreaking story of heroism and weakness in wartime. Westview Meadows, Montpelier, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

deviled eggs as little chicks. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 8632569, ext. 1. montGomery playGroup: Little ones exercise their bodies and their minds in the company of adult caregivers. Montgomery Town Library, 9:3011 a.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.

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heliand consort: As part of National Chamber Music Month, this quintet performs works by Mozart, Klughardt and Thuille in “Classics for Piano and Winds.” St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, St. Albans, 7:30 p.m. $15-20 suggested donation. Info, 735-3611.



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stuart mclean & ‘the Vinyl caFé’: Listeners attend a live taping of the public-radio show. Haskell Free Library & Opera House, Derby Line, 7 p.m. $30-45. Info, 873-3022.


‘the summer oF Walter hacks’: Waterbury Center dairy farmer George Woodard’s black-andwhite coming-of-age film captures Vermont in the 1950s. Pre- and postscreening receptions with Woodard and producer Gerianne Smart. Proceeds benefit the Vermont Filmmakers Showcase at the Vermont International Film Festival. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. $35. Info, 660-2600.

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BaBy time: See WED.16, 10:30 a.m.-noon. chess cluB: See WED.16, 5:30 p.m. enosBurG playGroup: See WED.16, 10-11:30 a.m. FairField playGroup: See WED.16, 10-11:30 a.m.

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Volunteers For peace leadership traininG: Participants focus on cultural sensitivity as they learn about running a successful VFP work camp. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 3-8:30 p.m. $25 suggested donation; dinner provided. Info, 540-3060.


mountain Bike ride: See WED.16, 5 p.m. Wednesday niGht World championships: See WED.16, 5:30 p.m.


linda Wheatly: The founder of Gross National Happiness USA pinpoints well-being indicators in a talk about her travels in Bhutan. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581,


auditions For ‘charlotte’s WeB: the musical’: The Fairfax Community Theatre Company seeks singers and actors for a July production based on the children’s novel by E.B. White. Brick Meeting House, Westford, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 324-5637, fctc.charlottes.web@gmail. com.


Book discussion series: makinG sense oF the american ciVil War: America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries illuminates a pivotal moment in the history of the United States. Kimball Public Library, Randolph, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 728-5073.

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peaceFul parentinG: a mindFulnessBased approach: As part of the Wellness and Resilience Lecture Series, the Garrison Institute’s Patricia Jennings offers brain research and ways for replacing automatic emotional reactions with thoughtful responses toward teens and young children. Auditorium, South Burlington High School, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0521, mmurrayv@


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‘coriolanus’: A banished general seeks revenge upon Rome in Ralph Fiennes’ modern take of Shakespeare’s dark thriller. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.


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bodywork 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!

dance DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $13/person for 1-hr. class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in anytime 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. Location:. Info: 859-1802, jehkulu@ Looking for a fun and exciting way to shed some winter weight? Try a high-energy dance class West Africanstyle; classes in Burlington of traditional dance from Guinea

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. MODERN DANCE: MARLY SCHNEIDER: Weekly: Wed., 5:15-6:45. Cost: $15/session (better rates w/ your class card). Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill Street, suite 372, Burlington. Info: Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, lucille@, Marly Spieser-Schneider teaches a fun intermediate technique Modern Dance class that incorporates Laban-based improvisation and choreographic experimentation. Her classes provide a rewarding experience with dance phrases that explore movement with ease and specificity while still challenging the dancer’s technical strength, along with personal expression, performance, observation and feedback skills.

drumming TAIKO, DJEMBE, CONGAS & BATA!: Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave.,

suite 3-G. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, 18 Langdon St., Montpelier. AllTogetherNow, 170 Cherry Tree Hill Rd., E. Montpelier. Info: Stuart Paton, 9994255, spaton55@gmail. com. Burlington! Beginners’ Taiko starts Tuesday, June 12; kids, 4:30 p.m., $60/six weeks; adults, 5:30 p.m., $72/ six weeks. Advanced classes start Monday, June 11, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Cuban Bata and house-call classes by request. New Haven Town Hall Taiko, Wednesdays, three weeks, starts May 9, 6 p.m. Adults, $36, kids, $30, $48 for parent/ child. Montpelier Haitian drumming starts June 14, East Montpelier, Thursdays! Cuban congas starts June 14, 5:30, $45/three weeks. Djembe starts May 17, 5:30 p.m., $45/ three weeks. Taiko starts June 14, 7 p.m., $45/three weeks. Friday women’s Haitian drumming starts June 15, 5 p.m., $45/three weeks.

education ENERGY LITERACY: Jun. 5-26, 6-8 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $30/2-hr. class. Location: Peace and Justice Center, 60 Lake St., 1C, Burlington. Info: Eric Garza, 881-8675, 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 resources and technologies, energy markets and governance, and our energy future. Visit website for details.

exercise NIA W/ REBECCA: Tue. & Thu., 8:30 a.m. Cost: $13/drop-in. Location: South End Studio, 696 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Rebecca Boedges, 922-2400,, Looking for a new way to look and feel great? Nia offers fitness for the body, mind and spirit. Combining dance, martial arts and the healing arts, Nia is a blend of mindful movement with cardiovascular training. Try a class today to change your body and life!

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healing HOLISTIC PATIENT CARE: Jun. 2-3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $250/ workshop. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, suite 109, Essex Jct. Info: Elements of Healing, Scott Moylan, 2888160,, elementsofhealing. net. This two-day workshop is for nurses and other health care practitioners. It will introduce a variety of assessment and treatment strategies rooted in Chinese medicine.


EXPRESSIVE SELF-PORTRAIT W/SUZANNE BELLEFEUILLE: Jun. 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $50/person. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. How can the seeds of your soul, expressed by a symbolic self-portrait, be nurtured and grow? Create an image with photo collage, expressive drawing and painting. Guided imagery will be used as a tool to connect with your inner self. The focus will be on the process, not aesthetic result.

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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, burlingtonaikido. org. 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.

ANNOUNCING SPANISH CLASSES: Cost: $175/10 1-hr. classes. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025,, Spanish classes starting in June. Our fifth year. Learn from a native speaker via small classes, individual instruction or student tutoring. You’ll always be participating and speaking. Lesson packages for travelers. Specializing in lessons for young children; they love it! See our website or contact us for details.

AIKIDO CLASSES: This is a summary of the repeat configuration. Cost: $65/4 consecutive Tue., uniform incl. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, 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.

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: $135/6wk. 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,, Alliance Francaise Summer French Classes for Adults. Short refresh-andreview term designed to secure

MARTIAL WAY SELF-DEFENSE CENTER: Please visit website for schedule. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, 3 locations, Colchester, Milton, St. Albans. Info: 893-8893, martialwayvt. com. Beginners will find a comfortable and welcoming environment, a courteous staff, and a nontraditional approach that values the beginning student as the most important member of the school. Experienced martial artists will be impressed by our instructors’ knowledge and humility, our realistic approach, and our straightforward and fair tuition and billing policies. We are dedicated to

helping every member achieve his or her highest potential in the martial arts. Kempo, Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Wing Chun, Arnis, Thinksafe Self-Defense. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 6604072,, Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardiorespiratory fitness. Brazilian JiuJitsu 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 fivetime Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Featherweight Champion and three-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

massage ADVANCED GERIATRIC MASSAGE: Friday Jun. 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $375/ Early Bird Special is $350 before Jun. 1st. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, 187 St. Paul Street, Burlington. Info: Touchstone Healing Arts, 658-7715, touchvt@, Prerequisite-level 1. (17 CEhrs) 2 days are spent in a nursing home or assisted living facility working with elderly volunteers. Review of medical terminology and symptoms and how to select approaches. Cautions in positioning of challenged clients. In-depth information on most common age-related health problems and specific massage approaches. ASIAN BODYWORK THERAPY PROGRAM: Weekly on Mon., Tue. Cost: $5000/500-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. NCBTMB-assigned school. GERIATRIC MASSAGE 1-17 CE HOURS: Friday Jun. 8, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $375/Early Bird Special is $350 before May 25th. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, 187

St. Paul Street, Burlington. Info: Touchstone Healing Arts, 658-7715,, By helping participants to gain insight into meaningful work with the elderly, the therapist who likes to work with seniors is put on the path to a massage career that is emotionally satisfying without being physically draining. Includes: Aspects of aging assessments, cautions, contraindications, modifications of technique, hands-on work, marketing. INTRO TO MASSAGE SCHOOL WORKSHOP: 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,, 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 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795, 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, 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.


Pilates RefoRmeR, CiRCuit, mat: Everybody loves Pilates, 6 days/wk. Cost: $13/drop-in; better rates on your class card. Location: Natural Bodies Pilates, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369, lucille@naturalbodiespilates. com, NaturalBodiesPilates. com. For a strong and beautifully relaxed body, mind and spirit, join Reformer, circuit and mat classes in a calm and professional studio. In addition to strength and flexibility, Pilates exercise relieves stress, promotes whole-body health, restores awareness and results in a general sense of well-being. Private sessions available by appointment.

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.


taRot and tHe divine feminine: May 22-Jun. 12, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $125/4 sessions. Location: Moonlight Gift Shoppe, Rte. 7, Milton. Info: Tarot Insights, Sherri Glebus, 224-6756, sglebus@gmail. com, tarotinsights.vpweb. com. This 4-week workshop of one 2.5-hour session per week will spotlight the Divine Feminine in the Tarot deck and examine her qualities and principles. Participants will have the opportunity to explore their own spirituality and will use the Tarot and other modalities to deepen their personal relationship with the Divine Feminine.

Reiki tRaining Classes: Apr. 23-Aug. 31. Location: Shanti Healing Network, Burlington. Info: Shanti Healing Network, Jennifer Kerns, 339-222-4753,, 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.

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yoga evolution Yoga: $14/ class, $130/class card. $5-$10 community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, Burlington. Info: 864-9642,, evolution’s certified teachers are skilled with students ranging from beginner to advanced. We offer classes in Vinyasa, anusara-inspired, Kripalu and Iyengar yoga. Babies/kids classes also available! Prepare for birth and strengthen postpartum with pre-/postnatal yoga, and check out our thriving massage practice. Participate in our community blog: evolutionvt. com/evoblog. 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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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, 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.

taRot foR life: Jun. 7-Jul. 12, 6-8 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $150/6-wk. workshop. Location: The Firefly Collective, 200 Main St., Burlington. Info: Tarot Insights, Sherri Glebus, 2246756,, This 6-week workshop of one 2-hour session per week will guide participants through learning the basics of the deck, how to use it for readings for oneself and others, developing intuition, and using Tarot for personal and spiritual develop.m.ent.


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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: 6589440, 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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File Under “?” Six local albums you probably haven’t heard BY DAN BOLLES

lated to the What Doth Life crew in the Upper Valley, is beyond prolific. This record is one of 45 he has available through his Bandcamp page dating back to at least 2008 — many of which are full length.

rockabilly and songwriter Julie Canepa’s entertaining style. Like, for example, “State of Emergency,” a cheeky tale of love repeatedly gone wrong and the men responsible, that ends with — wait for it — a lesbian wedding in Vermont.

Derek & the Demons, Derek & the Demons (WHAT DOTH LIFE, CD, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD)

Seven Days gets more album submissions than we know what to do with. And, especially given the ease of record making these days, it’s growing increasingly difficult to keep up with the flood of review requests. There is only so much time in the day, or space in the paper. Still, we try to get to every local album that comes across the music desk, no matter how obscure. To that end, here are six albums that likely flew under the radar screens of most Vermont music fans. We say that with some confidence, as they mostly flew under ours, too. In some cases, the recordings represent the outermost boundaries of local music. Others simply slipped the through cracks. Either way, each deserves a listen.



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Luke Chrisinger, Soul Sleep December

Yet another release from Upper Valley imprint What Doth Life, the self-titled debut from Derek & the Demons is a curious mix of blues-rock and classic rock. While stylistically less consistent with the generally more punk and indie fare of WDL’s catalog, the record is an intriguing addition to an increasingly intriguing local label.

Lawrence Welks & Our Bear to Cross, Take Me to Love (SELF-RELEASED, VINYL)

Take Me to Love by Lawrence Welks & Our Bear to Cross is a seven-inch vinyl follow-up to last year’s Judgment EP, the latter composed of five psalms set to music and one hymn reimagined through Welks’ singularly unhinged post-trash-pop ethos. Setting aside righteous religious derangement to tackle another pressing and controversial mystery, love, LW&OB2X achieve something startling: a pair of love songs that is actually, and perhaps even genuinely, sweet.


Oh! Betty, I’m Still Standin’

Luke Chrisinger’s latest, Soul Sleep December, came to us on a burned CD with a folded piece of paper as its sleeve. The only thing resembling liner notes were a few related web addresses typed inside. There are no track listings, credits or distinguishing marks of any kind. Nor does iTunes recognize the album’s 20 tracks. The record is a complete mystery, and one that only deepens amid Chrisinger’s bleak swirl of shoegaze-y indie compositions. As it turns out, Chrisinger, who is also somehow re-


Oh! Betty first came to our attention a couple of years ago, when they released “Martha Stewart Christmas,” a humorous holiday carol that became a (very) minor YouTube hit. Now the Plattsburghbased duo is back with a new EP, I’m Still Standin’. The five-song sampler reveals a similarly offbeat bent as on “Martha” — which is included here, BTW. On the whole, it’s a little hokey. But it’s hard not to be charmed by the pair’s down-home take on blues and

Tony Hill, Asunder (SELF-RELEASED , CD)

In 2010, Vermont songwriter Tony Hill released one of the more confounding albums in recent memory, And the Low End of High Art. On one hand, much of the record boasted a pleasantly harried immediacy, likely the result of having been written and recorded essentially in one session. But that rushed process also resulted in an inconsistent effort overall, with a clunker (or two) for every gem. Recorded with his Northeast Kingdom pals, Ryan Arthur, Brandon Rainer and Dan O’Day, Asunder is a markedly stronger and more even effort; it takes advantage of Hill’s unique, blue-collar songwriting style and the relaxed atmosphere that made High Art so promising.

Jake Lions Band, Almost Worth Selling (SELF-RELEASED, CD)

Jake Lions — Hyde Park, Vermont’s answer to Dr. Demento, or James Kochalka — returns with Almost Worth Selling. It’s a follow-up to his impossibly geeky 2010 greatest hits record, Lions’ Best Vol. 2. This time around, Lion peers even further down the rabbit hole, delivering a suite of epic instrumental synth-pop compositions that sound something like an alternate soundtrack to the original eight-bit Nintendo game Legend of Zelda. For those who prefer their nerd rock less chippy and more laden with geeky attitude, JLB also recently released Ghost Hair (It’s Still There), which is a slightly more conventional album. Or at least as conventional as a record with songs such as “TV Time Is Murder Time,” “The Mystery of the Disappearing Carrots” and “Scrap Papers Society” can be.


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Beer will also appear. And then disappear. Speaking of Rough Francis and Death, A Band Called Death, the documentary by former Vermont filmmaker and musician JeFF hoWLett (sLush, 5 seconds exPiRed) that chronicles the band’s remarkable story, was accepted into the Los Angeles Film Festival next month. Both bands will fly to La-La Land for the screenings and to play the after-party at the W Hotel. Sadly, I doubt friend of the band(s) mos deF will be there, because…

The fourth annual Green Mountain Comedy Festival gets under way this week at locations all over the

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He’ll be busy hanging out with local wagon o’ funk, FunkWagon. The band recently announced it scored an opening slot with the Mighty Mos when he plays Montréal next month. Word.

state. It really kicks into high gear next week, so we’ll have more in-depth coverage then. But it’s worth noting the opening show on Monday, May 21, which includes two local improv outfits, the sPaRk aRts imPRov tRouPe and a group called PeoPLe With Faces. If you’ve never seen improv comedy live, I’d highly recommend it. It’s a totally different experience from standup, and an art form that could really explode here soon. Also noteworthy: That show is at Signal Kitchen in Burlington, a cool venue that will also get some use during the Jazz Fest. For more on the 2012 GMCF, visit



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One of the most pleasant surprises I experienced last spring was the inaugural edition of Magic Hat and Big Heavy World’s Heavyfest, which took place on a stunning afternoon outside the Magic Hat Artifactory in South Burlington. It’s happening again this Saturday, May 19, and, assuming the weather gods play nice, should once again be a great way to spend an afternoon. Slated to appear are funk fusionites casio BastaRd, neo-soul BTV expat myRa FLynn, sons of death, Rough FRancis, jammy sproutlings seed, taLking heads tribute band staRt making sense and local rocker stePh PaPPas. Oh, and beer.




Speaking of benefits, Rutland was particularly hard hit by Tropical Storm Irene last fall. And while recovery is well under way, there’s still a long way to go. So while the outpouring of support and goodwill that followed in Irene’s immediate aftermath was great, it’s good to remember that sustained efforts are really what’s needed. Efforts by folks such as Restoring Rutland. The volunteer organization is hosting a silent auction at the Center Street Alley Bar in Rutland this Friday, May 18, to benefit area families still in need. And Restoring Rutland has invited some of the finest local musical talent, including alt-country darlings sPLit tongue cRoW, barroom rockers duane caRLeton and JeFF PoRemski, whiskeygrass favorites goLd toWn, and dJ sunavaunt.

Last year, after the barn at Pete’s Greens farm burned down, a bunch of big-name local musicians got together and threw a benefit show at Higher Ground. Perhaps you remember it? It was called Hug Your Farmer and featured several area luminaries, including Rich PRice, BoB WagneR, Pete day and Joshua Panda. Oh, and some guys from that band that spells its name kinda phunny. From all accounts, the show was an unbridled success. Local rockers got to sit in on the ultimate jam session, and local fans who were lucky enough to score a ticket got to watch in awe. And, more importantly, lots of loot was raised to help raise Pete’s barn. Well, guess what? They’re doing it again. Hug Your Farmer: A Tribute to Levon Helm is a, um, tribute to Levon heLm this Friday, May 18, at the Higher Ground Ballroom. In case you live under a rock, Helm, the great drummer and songwriter for the Band, passed away last month after a long battle with cancer. In a related story, suck it, cancer. Anyway, many of the same faces from the original HYF will grace the stage this time, including Wagner and Day, who will anchor the hug youR FaRmeR house Band, a group that also includes cLint BieRman, Ray PaczkoWski, Ron Rost and steve hadeka. They’ll be playing some of Helm’s greatest songs, and will be joined by Panda, gusteR’s Ryan miLLeR, WiLL evans from BaReFoot tRuth, stePhen keLLogg, the sWeet Remains, members of LendWay, andeRs PaRkeR and Jon Fishman. Not only that, but steven BeRnstein, a trumpeter who plays with sex moB and was in Helm’s midnight RamBLe band, will be leading the HYF Band

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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. CLub MEtronoME: Jeff Bujak, manhattan Project (iDm), 9 p.m., $3. 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.

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MonkEy HousE: summit of Thieves, Warm Weather, Racing Heart (rock), 9 p.m., $5. 18+.

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nECtar’s: 1Q, The Whiskey Dicks (rock), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.

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onE PEPPEr griLL: Open mic with Ryan Hanson, 8 p.m., Free.

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pianists.” We respectfully disagree, sort of. While there is

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.

no doubt about the New Orleans native’s phenomenal ability, the music is not “daunting.” Rather,

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. tHE skinny PanCakE: Pandagrass (bluegrass), 7 p.m., $5 donation.


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gusto’s: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.

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tuPELo MusiC HaLL: interplay Jazz Jam, 7 p.m., $10. AA.

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Jacobs, Kevin spitzer (dubstep), 10 p.m., Free.

on taP bar & griLL: Jenni Johnson & Friends (blues), 7 p.m., Free.

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City LiMits: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free.

bLoCk gaLLEry: Big Gay Onion (rock), 6 p.m., Free.

gooD tiMEs CaFé: Eric Taylor (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., $15.

CLassy CLosEt: clean slate Quiz (trivia), 7 p.m., Free.

City LiMits: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free.

on tHE risE bakEry: The Vermont Joy Parade (suspender fusion), 8 p.m., Free.

CLub MEtronoME: Bass culture: Family Reunion with Jahson, Darcie, chia, Rekkon, Haitian, sharkat, sleezy D, the Orator (dubstep), 9 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.

bEE’s knEEs: Tom Begich (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Moog’s: Joel meeks (singersongwriter), 8:30 p.m., Free.

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bagitos: Acoustic Blues Jam with the usual suspects, 6 p.m., Free.

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on tHE risE bakEry: Gabe Jarrett & Friends (jazz), 8 p.m., Donations. tWo brotHErs tavErn: DJ Jam man (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.

Franny o’s: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.

rí rá irisH Pub: A Fly Allusion (funk), 10 p.m., Free.


HigHEr grounD sHoWCasE LoungE: The Bouncing souls, the menzingers, the Holy mess, Luther (punk), 7:30 p.m., $16/18. AA.


MonkEy HousE: PJ Bond, Tyler Daniel bean, Lie captive, matt Tansey (punk), 8 p.m., $5. 18+.

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gooD tiMEs CaFé: Eric Taylor (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., $15.

rED squarE bLuE rooM: DJ cre8 (house), 10 p.m., Free.

LEvity CaFé: Open mic (standup), 8:30 p.m., Free.

1/2 LoungE: Burgundy Thursdays with Joe Adler, Rik Palieri, George man (singer-songwriters), 7 p.m., Free. Harder They come with DJs Darcie, chris Pattison, Two sev, Nick

rED squarE: mint Julep (folk), 7 p.m., Free. A-Dog Presents (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

51 Main: Lila mae & the cartwheels (string band), 8 p.m., Free.

Dobrá tEa: Grup Anwar (Arabic), 6:30 p.m., Free.

MonoPoLE: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free.

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tHE skinny PanCakE: Phineas Gage (bluegrass), 8 p.m., $5 donation. vEnuE: Karaoke with steve Leclair, 7 p.m., Free.


bagitos: Ken Tonnisen & Gary miller (acoustic), 6 p.m., Donations. grEEn Mountain tavErn: Thirsty Thursday Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. PurPLE Moon Pub: scott Barken (acoustic), 7 p.m., Free.

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daylong drinkathon on Sunday, May 20, is a benefit for the Lamoille County Habitat for Humanity and will feature 12-plus hours of music from the likes of SETH YACOVONE, the DEAD SESSIONS, TAMMY FLETCHER, AFTER THE RODEO, TALLGRASS GETDOWN and many more. I’m also told they have four Red Sox tickets to raffle off, which probably seemed like a really awesome prize in March. Sigh. Happy anniversary to Black Door in Montpelier, which, this Friday, May 18, celebrates one year since reopening, with Montpelier electro-reggae outfit MADMEN3. This just in from the Sons of Rock Stars Department: Willie Nelson’s kid, LUKAS NELSON, drops by Nectar’s on Wednesday, May 23, with his band, the PROMISE OF THE REAL. That is all. Pretty interesting night of local and regional hip-hop on tap for the Monkey House





this Friday, May 18, called Triple Stax. Prodigal local backwoods MC WOMBATICUS REX joins “backwoods lunatic legend” (Rex’s description) BRZOWSKI of Portland, Maine, headlining a bill that includes a slew of local hiphop talent, including FACEONE, COLBY STILTZ, BLESS THE CHILD and others. The show is hosted by CHRIS BONTA of Presence Promo, who hopes to grow the Triple Stax idea into an ongoing series that pairs nationally touring MCs with locals. Every Tuesday and Thursday this summer, Burlington’s City Hall Park will host free lunchtime concerts as part of the ongoing Imagine City Hall Park project. The series kicks off next Tuesday with the PINE STREET JAZZ BAND. Other performers of note include the MICHAEL CHORNEY DUO (May 31), STARLINE RHYTHM BOYS (June 12), the VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (June 28) and, more than likely, some stoned hippies with hand drums. I believe that’s a daily performance, though.

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unveil a new music blog, which I’m really excited about. So farewell, Solid State. I’ll always remember the time I posted something on you, and then was promptly excoriated by some anonymous, mean-spirited troll with poor grammar and, apparently, a keyboard with the caps lock stuck down. Oh, right. That was every time. You know what? Burn in hell, blog. 

Last but not least, RIP, Solid State. Seven Days’ music blog got the axe last week because … well, no one ever updated it. And by “no one,” I mostly mean me. So for now, we’re going sans music blog at the paper, though I’ll continue to chime in from time to time on our staff blog, Blurt — which people actually read — as well as via Twitter and Facebook. And in a few months, we’ll very likely

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Once again, this week’s totally self-indulgent column segment, in which I share a random sampling of what was on my iPod, turntable, CD player, 8-track player, etc., this week.


Listening In

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MONOPOLE: Fit to Fly (The Misfits tribute), 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. THERAPY: Therapy Thursdays with DJ NYCE (Top 40), 10:30 p.m., Free.


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1/2 LOUNGE: Zack duPont (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Bonjour-Hi! (house), 10 p.m., Free.

CITY LIMITS: Top Hat Entertainment Dance Party (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free.

PARK PLACE TAVERN: Area 51 (rock), 8:30 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Michael Bernier (singer-songwriter), 4 p.m., Free. L’esprit D’escalier Theatre and the Camera Obscura (eclectic), 6 p.m., Free. The Buskers (folk), 8 p.m., Free. Dan Blakeslee (singersongwriter), 9 p.m., Free. Pariah Beat (Americana), 10 p.m., Free. Bloodroots Barter (Americana), 11 p.m., Free. RED SQUARE: Andrew ParkerRenga (Neil Young tribute), 5 p.m., Free. Dr. Green (rock), 7 p.m., $5. DJ Craig Mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5.

ON THE RISE BAKERY: Last October (folk), 8 p.m., Donations. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: DJ Dizzle (reggae), 10 p.m., Free.


BEE’S KNEES: Ben Rabb (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. MOOG’S: Malicious Brothers (blues), 9 p.m., Free. PARKER PIE CO.: Starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 8 p.m., Free.

BACKSTAGE PUB: Karaoke with Steve, 9 p.m., Free.

RUBEN JAMES: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free.


BANANA WINDS CAFÉ & PUB: Hootchie Koo (rock), 7:30 p.m., Free.

RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Supersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Hug Your Farmer: A Tribute to Levon Helm (rock), 9 p.m., $25. AA. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: The Psychic Paramount (rock), 8:30 p.m., $10/12. AA. JP’S PUB: Dave Harrison’s Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. LEVITY CAFÉ: Friday Night Comedy (standup), 8 p.m., $8. Friday Night Comedy (standup), 10 p.m., $8. LIFT: Ladies Night, 9 p.m., Free/$3. SEVENDAYSVT.COM

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Leno & Young (acoustic rock), 5 p.m., Free. Phil ’n’ the Blanks (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

FRANNY O’S: Smokin’ Gun (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free.


CENTER STREET SALOON: Restoring Rutland: Split Tongue Crow, Duane Carleton, Jeff Poremski, Gold Town, DJ Sunavaunt (bluegrass, alt-country), 7:30 p.m., $20.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Mixx (EDM), 9 p.m., $5.

CLUB METRONOME: No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5.


NECTAR’S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. Blues for Breakfast (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., $5.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Sneezeguard’s International Museum Day (rock), 10 p.m., Free. MARRIOTT HARBOR LOUNGE: The Beerworth Sisters (folk), 8:30 p.m., Free. MONKEY HOUSE: Triple Stax with BRZOWSKI, Wombaticus Rex, Bless the Child and more (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $3 donation.

MONOPOLE: Eat Sleep Funk (funk), 10 p.m., Free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Jeremy Harple (rebel folk), 9 p.m., $5 donation.

THERAPY: Pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.


VENUE: Sideshow Bob (rock), 9 p.m., $5.

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BAGITOS: Sienna Facciolo, Forest Hanson, Jaimen Sather (acoustic), 6 p.m., Donations. THE BLACK DOOR: MadMen3 (reggae), 9:30 p.m., $5. CHARLIE O’S: In This Century, Mark LeGrand (rock, country), 10 p.m., Free.

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CLUB METRONOME: Retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5.

RADIO BEAN: Nathan Brady Crain (rockabilly), noon, Free. Less Digital, More Manual: Record Club, 3 p.m., Free. Jeneen Terrana (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Austin Sirch (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., Free. Shelly Shredder (alt-country), 9:30 p.m., Free. Dukes County Love Affair (Americana), 11 p.m., Free. Face-One (hip-hop), 1 a.m., Free.

T BONES RESTAURANT AND BAR: Open Mic, 7 p.m., Free.

LEVITY CAFÉ: Saturday Night Comedy (standup), 8 p.m., $8. MARRIOTT HARBOR LOUNGE: The Trio (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., Free. MONKEY HOUSE: Jay Nash (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., $10. 18+. NECTAR’S: Channing & Quinn (acoustic), 7 p.m., Free. Magic Hat Heavyfest Afterparty: Rough

RED SQUARE: Cats Under the Stars (Jerry Garcia Band tribute), 5 p.m., Free. Orange Television (rock), 9 p.m., $5. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $5.


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THE BLACK DOOR: Marvin and the Cloud Wall, the K. Lowell Lander Show (folk, blues), 9:30 p.m., $5. CIDER HOUSE BBQ AND PUB: Dan Boomhower (piano), 6 p.m., Free. CORK WINE BAR: Bob Wagner and D. Davis (acoustic), 8 p.m., Free. FRESH TRACKS FARM VINEYARD & WINERY: Karen Krajecic & Jon Rose (folk), noon, Free.

POSITIVE PIE 2: Barika (world rock), 10 p.m., $7. PURPLE MOON PUB: Jayson Fulton (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., Free. THE SKINNER BARN: Laura K. Balke, Jon Autry (singer-songwriters), 9 p.m., $5 donation. TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Banjo Dan and the Mid-Nite Plowboys (bluegrass), 8 p.m., $20. AA.

champlain valley 51 MAIN: Cynthia Baren Band (folk), 9 p.m., Free.

CITY LIMITS: Dance Party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: The Aaron Audet Band (rock), 10 p.m., $3.


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RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Party Wolf (rock), 10 p.m., Free.

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ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Last Kid Picked (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: DJ Slim Pknz All Request Dance Party (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.


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BACKSTAGE PUB: 314 (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

PURPLE MOON PUB: Mind the Gap (rock), 8 p.m., Free.

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RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul (salsa), 6 p.m., Free. DJ Mario (EDM), 10 p.m., $5.

JP’S PUB: Dave Harrison’s Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.

51 MAIN: Dayve Huckett (jazz), 5 p.m., Free. David Bain (Latin), 9 p.m., Free.

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Francis, Great White Capps, Myra Flynn, Casio Bastard (soul, rock, funk), 9 p.m., $5 donation.

FRANNY O’S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.

TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Francine Reed (soul), 8 p.m., $25. AA.


1/2 LOUNGE: Justin Levinson (rock), 7 p.m., Free. Sin-Orgy with DJs T-Watt, R2, QDO (house), 10 p.m., Free.

GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Jonny P (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2.

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“October 1st.” It’s a slinky little tune with winking hints of gypsy mischief. Waud coolly takes over on vocals on the loping “The Open Road.” Light’s “Red Top” is next and plays like, well, a spinning top, solos alternating among bandmates with ease. Greene’s “12 Steppin’ Blues,” a fiery romp about addiction, recovery and 12-step programs, draws the curtain on a sterling effort from five of the area’s finest players. The Modern Grass Quintet celebrate the release of their debut album with a show at Studio Three in South Burlington this Saturday, May 19.



On their self-titled debut album, local all-star ensemble the Modern Grass Quintet live up to their name, taking listeners across a blue-to-new spectrum of modern grassy varietals. The album opens on Joe Cleary’s “Porch Time.” The veteran fiddler leads his mates through a swinging, rootsy reel that indeed evokes time well spent on the front porch. His arching tone is pure and sweet, and he ably trades solos with Steve Light on rambling banjo and sure-handed Andy Greene on guitar. The players straddle a niche between traditional grass and jazzgrass, a hallmark of MGQ throughout the album. Greene takes center stage on the following cut, a pleasant toe-tapper called “City Line.” He has an easy, airy croon that blends effortlessly with Light and mandolinist Stephen Waud’s wispy backing harmonies.



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On their 2010 debut, Kicking Sawdust, the Vermont Joy Parade introduced audiences to the lowbrow, high-art concept of “suspender fusion.” It was a terrific album that ably distilled the band’s legendarily unpredictable, energetic, Vaudeville-esque live show into recorded form. That’s no mean feat. On their latest album, New Anthem, the VJP suffer no sophomore slump, displaying a notable evolution of style and substance and once again delivering a record that is a worthy complement to their live act. As on the debut outing, songwriting duties are shared on New Anthem. Though well matched and balanced, the differences in style among the band’s six songwriters were generally evident on Kicking Sawdust. Not so much here. Whether by design or simply as the result of the musicians growing together over the past two years, each of the album’s 15 tracks seems an inextricable piece of a larger, more cohesive whole. And while there is no shortage of uproarious, old-timey shake and stomp, a focused and, dare I say, modern feel nudges up against the band’s signature timelessness in both songwriting and arrangements. In particular, the performances of Anna Pardenik, whose banshee wail is equal parts Natalie Merchant and Neko Case, stand out for … not standing out. On the ballad “Don’t Tell My Poor Mama,” she spins a heart-wrenching tale of wanderlust and insecurity. But it perfectly sets up Ben Strosberg’s lusty banjo- and accordion-driven rover,

Waud’s “Fletcher’s Reel” is next, and lilts along with a breezy Celtic brogue. Cleary is highlighted trading and then matching lines with Waud, whose nimble melody drives the song. “Older Than the Hills” is a rolling, mid-tempo love song that gives way to Cleary’s rambunctious “Dudley’s Breakdown.” The band seems to be most comfortable on instrumental cuts, which is not to say those songs with vocals suffer — they certainly don’t. Rather, there’s a palpable excitement on many instrumental tracks, perhaps owing to adventuresome compositions such as the unpredictable piece Cleary offers here. A nifty cover of “I’m Only Sleeping” is next, with Greene putting his rootsy spin on the Beatles’ classic. It’s not a transcendent version, but there have been far greater crimes against Messrs. Lennon and McCartney over the years. The band digs its heels in on the following number, the Waud-penned

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“Devil’s Eyes.” And that in turn equally frames Devin Robinson’s riotous “My Gun.” Some credit for the record’s cohesion likely belongs with recording engineer and producer Ryan Power. But New Anthem isn’t just a product of well-tweaked knobs and faders; the arrangements and instrumental performances are efficient and artful. Though you wouldn’t call the record restrained, it feels like VJP did rein in its often-unwieldy, misfit charm just a bit. That choice places the songs, rather than individual performances, at the forefront. The songs have room to breathe and, collectively, make up one of the best local albums in recent memory. The Vermont Joy Parade play a string of local shows this week, including On the Rise Bakery in Richmond on Wednesday, May 16; Nutty Steph’s in Middlesex on Thursday, May 17; Radio Bean in Burlington on Friday, May 18; and Parker Pie Co. in West Glover on Saturday, May 19.

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— and fellow Austinite — Arum Rae about making her way in the music biz. And he’s right, on at least one count: White Dress are good. Playing a narcotic, sparse brand of garage rock that Rae calls both “lounge country” and “rock noir,” the band has drawn frequent and not-so-far-fetched comparisons to the likes of PJ Harvey and the Velvet Underground. So yeah. Keep it up, Arum — perhaps this Tuesday, May 22, when you play the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge with Burlington’s shelly shredder. sat.19


Bee’s Knees: audrey Bernstein & the Young Jazzers (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Moog’s: pulse prophets (reggae), 9 p.m., $5. ParKer Pie Co.: Bloodroots Barter, the concrete Rivals, Vermont Joy parade (suspender fusion, surf rock, americana), 8 p.m., Free. riMroCKs Mountain tavern: DJ two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. roadside tavern: DJ Diego (top 40), 9 p.m., Free.


MonoPole: Lucid (rock), 10 p.m., Free.

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CluB MetronoMe: Vilify with Thelonius X, sasquatch, crook$ (EDm), 9 p.m., $5.

the sKinny PanCaKe: Bloodroots Barter (americana), 6 p.m., $5 donation.

radio Bean: tom Begich (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Open mic, 8 p.m., Free.

higher ground showCase lounge: Rootz underground, Fear Nuttin Band (reggae), 9 p.m., $12/15. aa.


red square: The Hardscrabble Hounds (blues), 7 p.m., Free. industry Night with Robbie J (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free.

MonKey house: Wolcot, alex Lee project (rock), 9 p.m., $3. aa.

Moog’s: Habitat for Humanity concert (rock), noon, Donations.

Monty’s old BriCK tavern: George Voland Jazz: Don schabner, Dan skea, 4:30 p.m., Free.

sweet CrunCh BaKe shoP: The Hayflavored Band (folk), 10:30 a.m., Free.

neCtar’s: mi Yard Reggae Night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., Free. radio Bean: Queen city Hot club (gypsy jazz), 11 a.m., Free. Old time sessions (old-time), 1 p.m., Free. Randal pierce (piano), 5 p.m., Free. Erin Kvam (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Jimmy Ruin (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., Free. merocki (hip-hop, rock), 9 p.m., Free. The south carolina Broadcasters (country), 9 p.m., Free. red square: Ellen powell trio (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.

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Bagitos: paul Reynolds & 1/2 lounge: songwriter’s series Dayve Huckett (acoustic), 11 a.m., (singer-songwriters), 7 p.m., Free. Donations. Building Blox with DJs Y-DNa & Legotronix (moombahton), 10 4h-tourdate-stevemartin.pdf 1 5/15/12 4:58 PM p.m., Free.

Bee’s Knees: Josh Gould (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations.


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1/2 lounge: Family Night Open Jam, 10:30 p.m., Free. CluB MetronoMe: WRuV & miss Daisy present motown monday with DJs Big Dog, Disco phantom, Thelonius X, Llu, the Engine-Ear, EOK (soul), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. MonKey house: Logan Venderlic, Quiet Lion (folk), 9 p.m., $5 donation. neCtar’s: metal monday: atatl, No son of mine, Eye Decide, Filthy minutes of Fame (metal), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. on taP Bar & grill: Open mic with Wylie, 7 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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taBu Café & nightCluB: all Night Dance party with DJ toxic (top 40), 5 p.m., Free.

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neCtar’s: Lukas Nelson & promise of the Real, miZ (rock), 9 p.m., $10/12. 18+.

radio Bean: Gua Gua (psychotropical), 6 p.m., Free. Kevin casey & Erica Russo (indie), 8 p.m., Free. Honky-tonk sessions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3.

one PePPer grill: Open mic with Ryan Hanson, 8 p.m., Free.

red square: Rick Redington & the Luv (rock), 7 p.m., Free. upsetta international with super K (reggae), 8 p.m., Free. craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., Free. red square Blue rooM: DJ Baron (house), 11 p.m., Free. t Bones restaurant and Bar: trivia with General Knowledge, 7 p.m., Free. venue: GmcF: "Blue collar" comedy show with tim Beavin, mule, aaron Black, Nita Villareal, pierre "the Beast" Vachon, chad smith (standup), 8 p.m., $10/12.


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on taP Bar & grill: trivia with top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free.



Moog’s: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 8 p.m., Free.


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higher ground BallrooM: Lil’ Kim (hip-hop), 8:30 p.m., $23/27. aa. higher ground showCase lounge: White Dress with arum Rae, shelly shredder, Doll parts (lounge country), 8:30 p.m., $8/10. aa. Monty’s old BriCK tavern: Open mic, 6 p.m., Free. neCtar’s: tuesday Bluesday: the Bob macKenzie Blues Band, 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.

Charlie o’s: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.

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two Brothers tavern: trivia Night, 7 p.m., Free. monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. DJ Dizzle (reggae), 10 p.m., Free.


Bee’s Knees: collin craig continuum (blues), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Moog’s: Open mic/Jam Night, 8:30 p.m., Free.

on taP Bar & grill: Kode 3 (rock), 7 p.m., Free. radio Bean: Emilie Rivera (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., Free. chimney choir (americana), 7 p.m., Free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free. iamdux (singersongwriter), 11 p.m., Free. red square: proud Women play music (rock), 7 p.m., Free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 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. gusto’s: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free. Mulligan’s irish PuB: Ryan Hanson & mike (acoustic), 7 p.m., Free. PurPle Moon PuB: phineas Gage (bluegrass), 7 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., Free.



1/2 lounge: Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free.

Moog’s: D. Davis (singersongwriter), 8:30 p.m., Free.

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franny o’s: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free. Manhattan Pizza & PuB: Open mic with andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free.

Bee’s Knees: alan Greenleaf & the Doctor (blues-folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations.


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MonKey house: GmcF: Kathleen Kanz, abhishek Kulkarni, Greg swain, chris Rambone, Natasha Druhen, Justin Rowe, carmen Lagala, Kit Rivers (standup), 8 p.m., $10/12. 18+.



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f Middlesex were a neighborhood in the Bronx, Galen Cheney’s jittery scrapings and layered slashes of paint wouldn’t seem so incongruous. But Cheney does live and work in that central Vermont town, an unlikely home port for someone whose paintings often resemble a free-form version of what subway taggers were doing 25 years ago. Examples of the petite, whitehaired artist’s emphatically urban, graffiti-influenced style fill the Church Street side of the BCA Center in Burlington. The rear of the gallery, on City Hall Park, contains more subdued and refined abstractions, though they similarly lack Vermont-y qualities. “Being in that environment helps me paint,” Cheney says of Middlesex, “but I don’t need to paint it.” In fact, “I’m feeling a little cut off ” in Vermont, she adds, strolling through her BCA show, “Street Level.” “I go to the city as much as I can.” That would be New York City, where Cheney recently became affiliated with the Painting Center. She’s scheduled to have a show next year at that nonprofit exhibition space in Chelsea, where galleries abound. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Connecticut, Cheney lived in New York for a few years after graduating from Mount Holyoke College. “I was climbing the corporate ladder,” she says of her work at a Manhattan publishing firm, “but it was the wrong ladder.” She got on the right one by studying art history and theory in Italy and then earning an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1990. Her progression as a painter wasn’t straightforward, however. Cheney spent five years in Portland, Ore., where she attended massage school in addition to working in a bronze foundry. She also made stopovers in North Carolina and Washington, D.C. Having moved to her grandparents’ home state of Vermont five years ago, she now gives therapeutic massages at her home to supplement her art earnings. Cheney’s evolution as a painter has been no less restless. She began by composing traditional landscapes but soon moved into abstract expressionism, having become particularly smitten with the work of Joan Mitchell (1925-1992) and Philip Guston (1913-1980). That direction proved profitable: “The work sold well,” Cheney says. “It was pretty.” So pretty, she recounts, that Bill Jensen, a Brooklyn-based painter of visceral

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and often wildly colorful abstractions, referred to Cheney’s work as “perfume.” He didn’t mean it as a compliment. Assessing Cheney’s paintings at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, where she had a fellowship last year, Jensen did see something he liked. “Do that,” he told her, pointing to one of the colorfully chaotic and densely layered pieces of the sort now on display at BCA. “I needed that affirmation,” Cheney says, and notes that Jensen is a painter “I much admire.” His advice marked “a turning point for me,” she adds. Gesturing toward “Street Fair,” a 10-part painting with jutting geometric forms and swirls that riff on Arabic script, Cheney muses, “Five years ago, I never imagined my work would look like this.”


I NEVER IMAGINED MY WORK WOULD LOOK LIKE THIS. GALEN CHENEY One of the birch panels that make up “Street Fair” leans at an angle against the wall rather than hanging alongside the others. That quirky placement introduces an amusingly jarring effect in a work that manages to achieve visual coherence despite its jumbles and synapses.

art A display format suggested by BCA curator Chris Thompson brings caprice to “Lariat,” as well. It’s another agitated oil-and-enamel composition on 10 birch panels. These individual surfaces form a harmonious sequence, even though the paintings continue around a corner, alternately hung flush or positioned to protrude a couple of inches on the perpendicular walls. In “Untitled Diptych,” Cheney paints tubes striped like candy canes on one half, while on the other she presents a tangle of swoops and smudges. The tubes are a recurrent motif in this 15-piece show. They appear in a few of the calmer compositions in the rear of the gallery as well as in the wilder works up front. “It’s freeing to work without any sort of blueprint, but it’s also exhausting,” Cheney reveals of the sprayed and brushed creations that Jensen encouraged her to cultivate. As a relief from that open-ended process, “I need something really methodical, something that doesn’t require digging down,” she explains. While her outbursts of urban angst materialize on panels with no preparatory sketching, “I mapped that one out completely,” Cheney remarks, pointing to “Pulse,” a comparatively small-scale work in the BCA Center’s backroom. It consists of a face-like shape formed by bands of blue, white and black against a dark background. Nearby hangs the three-part “Calligraffiti” suite, more graceful and disciplined compared to Cheney’s more explosive work. Here, the tubes sway gently into one another, producing patterns that do indeed allude to both calligraphy and graffiti — as well as to the work of Brice Marden, one of the stars in Chelsea’s constellation. The centerpiece of this trio is especially striking because of the dark palette the artist chose, which is radically unlike the ruckus of pinks, blues, yellows and whites elsewhere in the show. Comparing these sublime arrangements to the bombast in the front room, some viewers might advise Cheney to “do that.” Maybe it will mark another turning point for this continually evolving artist. 

”Street Level,” paintings by Galen Cheney. BCA Center, Burlington. Through June 23. Info, 865-7165.

Art ShowS

ongoing burlington area

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. 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. champlain valley photo slam: work by photographers of all ages competing for awards. May 17 through June 3 at Darkroom gallery in essex Junction. info, 777-3686. 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. ‘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. info, 652-4510. ‘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. ‘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.

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.

hing kur: black-and-white photography. Through May 27 at pine street Deli in burlington. info, 862-9614. JacoB martin: work by the digital illustrator. Through May 31 at speaking Volumes in burlington. info, 540-0107.

‘spring awakening’: Artists and art lovers enjoy wine, cheese, jazz and new work by gallery artists. saturday, May 19, 6:30-10 p.m., scarlet galleries, burlington. info, 497-1010. mary zompetti: in "The house/home project," the artist has transformed her home into an exhibit featuring photographs and a roomsized camera obscura. Friday, May 18, 5-8 p.m., private home, burlington. info, 917-545-1777. yestermorrow annual auction: Dave sellers hosts a live and silent auction featuring artworks

receptions Jenny peck: "50+ or - Years of Art in the Making," paintings, photographs and an etching. Through May 30 at Fletcher Free library in burlington. Reception: A portion of proceeds from sales of peck’s ceramic work and cards benefit the Red Cross and Champlain elementary’s pTo, sunday, May 20, 3-6 p.m. info, 865-7211. taBBatha henry & sage tucker-ketcham: "Two/ Tabbatha henry and sage Tucker-Ketcham: Two Artists, Two locations, Two Mediums," large-format 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. Reception: select

torin porter: "out of This world," work by the Vermont sculptor; lou hicks: Contemporary landscapes; karolina kawiaka: 2-D and 3-D drawings. Through June 15 at AVA gallery and Art Center in lebanon, n.h. Reception: Friday, May 18, 5-7 p.m. info, 603-448-3117.

local artist show: work by Meta strick, Tinka Theresa Martell and Jill snapp. Through June 7 at Village Frame shoppe & gallery in st. Albans. Reception: Friday, May 18, 6-8 p.m. info, 524-3699. ‘here’s looking at you’: self-portraits by artists and community members. May 19 through June 29 at walkover gallery & Concert Room in bristol. Reception: saturday, May 19, 5-7:30 p.m. info, 453-3188.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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. ‘may day: the workers are revolting!’: Artwork by bar employees. Through May 31 at Red square in burlington. info, 318-2438.

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michael sipe: "silent Faces," photographs of burlington’s homeless community. Through May 27 at speeder & earl’s (pine street) in burlington. info, 658-6016.

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

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25th anniversary memBers’ show: work in a 973 Roosevelt Highway variety of media by members Colchester • 655-5550 of the nonprofit education organization. May 19 through July 1 at Carving studio & sculpture Center in west Rutland. saturday, 12v-ThreeBros0512.indd 1 4/27/12 11:09 AM May 19, Chris Mathewson moderates a panel discussion titled “permanence and perception: legacy Arts and the ephemeral nature of Creativity,” 3-4:30 p.m.; reception follows, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. info, 438-2097.

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.

kimBerlee forney: Art Affair by shearer presents paintings by the Vermont artist. Through June 30 at shearer Chevrolet in south burlington. info, 658-1111.

Spring Special

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.

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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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spring photo mixer: professional photographers, as well as photography enthusiasts and students, mingle and share their work. bYob. sunday, May 20, 6-9 p.m., Reciprocity studio, burlington. info, 318-8594.

skye chalmers: The photographer celebrates the release of his book Sending Milk, which features blackand-white photographs of dairy farmers and their cows. Friday, May 18, 6-10 p.m., JDK gallery, burlington.

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. Reception: wednesday, May 23, 6-7 p.m. info, 864-1557.


gregory forBer: Drawings inspired by climbers. Through July 2 at petra Cliffs in burlington. info, 657-3872.

‘we deliver!’: Mail and stamp art that has made it through the postal service to seAbA. Through May 31 at seAbA Center in burlington. snacks and a cash bar liven up the bidding on mail art, which starts at $5: Thursday, May 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. info, 859-9222.

Joanne shapp: The creator of quilts inspired by crop circles discusses her work at the green Mountain Quilt guild’s spring meeting. saturday, May 19, 10 a.m., Knights of Columbus hall, barre. info, 476-4185.

Design, Friday, May 18, 5:307:30 p.m. info, 985-3848.


‘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.

dr. sketchy’s anti-art school: Artists age 16 and up bring sketchbooks and pencils to a cabaret-style life-drawing session. This month features side-show stunt performer hell’n Fury. wednesday, May 23, 7-9:30 p.m., American legion, white River Junction.

by Yestermorrow students, faculty and staff, plus other products and services. proceeds benefit the school’s scholarship fund. Friday, May 18, 7 p.m., skinner barn Theater, waitsfield. info, 496-5545.

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.

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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. Riki Moss: "The Paper Forest," an installation of curious life-forms. Through June 12 at Winooski Welcome Center & Gallery. Rob Hunter: "Barnyards," photographs documenting Addison County’s agricultural landscape. Through May 30 at Brickels Gallery in Burlington. Info, 825-8214. 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. ‘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. Through October 28 at Shelburne Museum. Info, 985-3346. 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.

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



central Area Artists Show: "Beyond Landscapes," work in a variety of media. Through June 10 at Chandler Gallery in Randolph. Info, 431-0204. ‘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. Info, 496-8994. ‘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.

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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. Kally Pajala: Contemporary quilts and wall hangings. Through June 6 at DaVallia Art & Accents in Chester. Info, 875-1203.

Anci Slovak Anci Slovak, who grew up on Long Island in the ‘50s and ‘60s,

became deeply rooted in the Vermont art community after earning her MFA at Goddard College. For years she taught Vermont art students at every level, from elementary to high school to college, while continuing to make her own work: vibrant paintings, drawings and collages. She died last year at age 65, after a battle with lung cancer. Her Times Argus obituary reads, “With great humility, Anci saw her work on a continuum, part of a living legacy carried forward by visual artists through the course of history.” A retrospective spanning four decades of her work, aptly titled “Celebrating Anci,” is at Johnson State College’s Julian Scott Memorial Gallery and at Vermont Studio Center Gallery II through June 8. Pictured: “Autumn Birches.”

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caLL to artists off the waLL: This show will include a wide variety of bold, sculptural works made from wire, paper, fabric, stainless steel, fiber, duct tape and more — hanging from the ceilings and walls, and standing on pedestals around the floor. Show dates: July 17 – Sept. 8. Deadline: June 8. Info, 2013 GaLLery suBmissions: Lower Adirondack Regional Art Council’s Lapham Gallery in Glens Falls, N.y., invites new and emerging artists to submit images of original, recent work for jury by June 30. All disciplines welcome. Download prospectus and application at or call 518-798-1144, ext. 2. red sQuare needs art! Artists needed for monthlong exhibits at a busy establishment on Church St. in Burlington. All mediums considered. Please contact Diane at creativegeniuses@ winoosKi pop-up GaLLeries: Kasini House seeks artists to participate in a unique project in downtown Winooski this summer. Info, caLL to photoGraphers: For submissions to “Among Trees,” a photography exhibit. Deadline: July 7, midnight.

Juror: Beth Moon. Darkroom Gallery. Info, darkroomgallery. com/ex31. worLd’s LarGest coLLaGe! Join us at the Backspace Gallery as we attempt to create the world’s largest collage! Guinness has been notified, so bring your supplies and scrap paper, or just bring your hands and we will provide the 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.

Linda maney & missy storrow: "Textural Abstracts," acrylic, watercolor, oil, collage and mixed-media work. Through June 2 at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info,

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.

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‘the history of Goddard coLLeGe: an era of Growth, expansion and transitions, 1969-1979’: Photographs, films and archival documents focused on the radical, innovative programs created at Goddard in the ‘70s. Through June 20 at Eliot D. Pratt Library, Goddard College, in Plainfield. Info, 454-8311.


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thesis exhiBition: Original artwork by graduating cartoon studies students. Through June 16 at Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. Info, 295-3319. ‘toL’Ko po russKy, pozhaLuista (russian onLy, pLease)’: Russian School photographs, Slavic festival costumes and Russian Imperial badges make up this exhibit chronicling the history of Norwich’s Russian School, which operated from 1968 to 2000. Through September 2 at Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield. Info, 485-2183. upper vaLLey photosLam 2012: More than 180 photos by photographers of all ages and experience levels. Through June 1 at PHOTOSTOP in White River Junction. Info, 698-0320. yvonne straus: Playful paintings of nature and animal scenes. Through June 15 at KelloggHubbard Library in Montpelier. Info, 223-3338.

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‘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.



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. Info, 496-9138.

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. Deadline: May 27. Limit: two pieces, no larger than 20 by 26 framed. Info, 524-3699. Visit for more info and registration form.



racheL Gross: Prints and works on paper. Through May 31 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Info, 295-5901.

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,


Kathrena ravenhorst-adams: "Spring Bloom," watercolors, oil paintings and pastels. Through June 30 at Blinking Light Gallery in Plainfield. Info, 454-1275.

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.


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Allie MurrAy: Historic photographs of early Mechanicsville and Hinesburg, printed from glass negatives by Tyler Dawson. May 19 through June 11 at Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg. Info, 482-2878. AnnuAl Student Art Show: Work in a variety of media by area students. Through May 19 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0356. 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. Info, 388-7050. 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. Through June 2 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964. Jill MAdden: Landscape paintings examining moments of solitude. Through May 31 at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 458-0098. KlArA CAlitri: "Flower Power," paintings and pastels. Through July 1 at Brandon Artists’ Guild in Brandon. Info, 247-4956. 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. Student ArtworK exhibit: The annual showing of drawings, sculpture, photographs, paintings,

‘tAKe Me to the FAir: An AddiSon County trAdition’: Photographs of the 2011 fair by Mark Starr, plus 19th- and early-20th-century fair posters, ribbons, photographs and other ephemera from the Sheldon collection. Through November 10 at Sheldon Museum in Middlebury. Info, 388-2117.


AnCi SlovAK: "Celebrating Anci," a retrospective featuring paintings, drawings and collages spanning four decades. May 21 through June 8 at Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469. 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. 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. JiM thoMPSon: Kites painted with a menagerie of animals and the occasional human. Through May 31 at Black Cap Coffee in Stowe. Info, 279-4239.

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prints, installations and video created throughout the year. Through May 27 at Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College. Info, 443-3168.





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composition seemingly tethered to the corners and planes of the room. Sometimes figures and flowers make their way into the intriguing spaces. Gross, who’s married to cartoonist James Sturm, teaches at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. Catch her recent works on paper just up the road at Two Rivers Printmaking

‘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.

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 Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. Info, 933-6403.

perManent COLLeCtiOn exhibit: Work by Gayleen Aiken, Curtis Tatro, Mary Paquette, Huddee Herrick, Stanley Mercile, Emile Arsenault and Phyllis Putvain. Through July 10 at GRACE in Hardwick. Info, 472-6857.


‘COOperatives buiLd a better nOrth COuntry’: Artwork by community members. Through May 25 at North Country Food Co-op in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Info, 518-314-9872.

‘nature transFOrMed: edWard burtynsky’s verMOnt Quarry phOtOgraphs in COntext’: Monumental photographs from Danby and Barre, Vt., and Carrara, Italy (through August 19); ‘Men OF Fire: JOsé CLeMente OrOzCO and JaCksOn pOLLOCk’: Paintings, drawings and prints Pollock created following his 1936 trip to Dartmouth to see Orozco’s recently completed mural cycle, plus Orozco’s preparatory drawings for the mural(through June 17). At Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-2808.

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shanLey triggs: "Vermont As I See It," watercolors (through June 8); harriet WOOd: "OCCUPY Space," abstract paintings by the antiwar artist (through May 25). At River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261.



‘Mixing it up’: Work by new gallery artists Laura Schiff Bean, Marc Civiterese, Clark Derbes, Anna Dibble, Sarah Horne, Mallory Lake, Lori Lorion and Jessie Pollock. Through June 20 at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe. Info, 253-8943.

student art shOW: Work by elementary and middle school students from Stowe and Waitsfield. Through May 27 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358.


Maggie neaLe: Abstract oil paintings. Through June 11 at Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. Info, 525-3041.

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movies The Deep Blue Sea ★★


n adapting Terence Rattigan’s 1952 play The Deep Blue Sea for the screen, director Terence Davies (The House of Mirth) has exorcised a significant portion of the story and eliminated a significant number of characters. Which wouldn’t be a problem, if it weren’t for the fact that, in the process, he’s also jettisoned one more fairly significant element: the point. What’s left of the play fails to make much of a movie. Rachel Weisz smokes and stares out the window for the better part (and I use that term loosely) of its 98-minute running time. She plays Lady Hester Collyer, an Englishwoman who’s traded marriage to a much older High Court Judge for a doomed affair with a former RAF pilot played by the ubiquitous Tom Hiddleston. The story unfolds over the course of a single day in a bombed-out corner of London, “sometime around 1950.” As reconfigured by Davies, it’s a chronicle of emotional wreckage. In case we don’t pick up on this, the filmmaker helpfully pans from heaps of rubble in the street up to the boardinghouse window where Hester stands gazing, inhaling and thinking emotionally wrecked

thoughts. She starts her day by attempting to commit suicide. Our heroine lives to puff another day, however, thanks to the intercession of her landlady (Ann Mitchell) and a mysterious tenant (Karl Johnson), who offers medical treatment but insists he’s not a doctor. This character, it should be noted, is among the most significant in Rattigan’s play. The work’s resolution would not be possible without him. Davies does neither the film nor the viewer any favors by reducing him to a walk-on. Hester’s problem? Well, it’s difficult to say exactly, but it apparently has something to do with passion. She abandoned her devoted but humdrum husband in the hope of experiencing a fuller, more fiery love, but, after a brief honeymoon phase, the spark has gone out of the affair. Hiddleston’s Freddie Page has turned out to be something of a disappointment. He’s consumed by thoughts of the war and consumes way too many pints as a result. Fate denies the pair a chance to rekindle their romance by means of a ham-handed maneuver. Hester forgets to remove her sui-

THE DEEP END Weisz plays a titled two-timer who loses it when her love affair tanks in the latest from Terence Davies.

cide note from the mantel where she left it for Freddie to find — and, sure enough, he finds it. His reaction upon reading it is so over the top and out of nowhere that one can’t help suspecting Davies of cutting crucial scenes leading up to this point. The last thing one expects the ex-soldier to do is have a hissy fit and leave his lover. Nonetheless, because he feels Hester’s suicide attempt reflects poorly on him, that’s pretty much the last thing in the film Freddie does. Which, of course, only encourages the emotionally damaged Hester. At this point, she has more to stare out the window and have flashbacks about than ever — something that, believe it or not, doesn’t become more compelling to watch over time. Not that The Deep Blue Sea is ever particularly compelling to watch. Besides the minor detail that, in Davies’

stilted, stripped-down adaptation of the play, little of interest actually happens, there are other problems. For one, Weisz is woefully underutilized. She’s far too talented an actress for material this melodramatic and shallow. The editing is sloppy. It’s impossible in spots to tell whether events take place in Hester’s present or past. The violin score is intrusive and overwrought. Finally, Hiddleston’s role is so poorly conceived that it’s likely to prove a footnote to his more fully realized work as Thor’s evil brother Loki in the Marvel movies. To be fair, Davies’ latest does offer an effective evocation of postwar Britain and succeeds in paying homage to such films of the ’40s as Brief Encounter. All the same, one wishes it had been briefer. RICK KISONAK






Dark Shadows ★★★


nce you’ve browsed a gallery of stills from any recent Tim Burton film, you’ve seen the best parts. That’s not to say that Burton’s adaptation of “Dark Shadows,” the supernatural soap opera that ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971, is terrible. It starts quite promisingly, with a sumptuous gothic palette and a gallery of juicily arch performances from Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Earle Haley, Helena Bonham Carter and others. And, while Dark Shadows takes enormous liberties with the source material, it doesn’t warp it into something unrecognizable to its admirers, as Burton’s Alice in Wonderland did. Ultimately, though, Burton and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith fail to mold the twists and turns of roughly 1200 TV episodes into a compelling narrative. The film leaps from perspective to perspective, from story line to story line, from creepiness to satire to broad spoof, until it all explodes in a starburst of standard-issue CGI. The filmmakers’ affection for the hokey daytime drama and its breakout star, the imperious, 200-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins (Depp), is palpable, even when they’re wringing cheap jokes out of his status

as the ultimate grumpy old man. Vampirized and imprisoned in a coffin by Angelique (Eva Green), a witch whose love he spurned, Barnabas finds himself liberated in 1972 to return to his ancestral seat, Collinwood. But his descendants — including Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard and Chloë Grace Moretz as her sullen teenage daughter — are letting T. Rex echo through the mansion’s dingy halls. Meanwhile, in the town of Collinsport, the ageless Angelique has used her powers to drive the founding family to the brink of bankruptcy. Only the chilly, virginal governess Victoria Winters (Bella Heathcote), who bears a face from Barnabas’ past, offers him hope of finding happiness among these 20th-century savages. Depp and Burton don’t make the mistake of depicting Barnabas as anything but a charismatic antihero. He maintains a seamlessly haughty, lord-of-the-manor mien even when he’s hailing the Golden Arches as the domain of Mephistopheles, and his true love for a dead woman doesn’t keep him from caddishly succumbing to the witch’s charms. But Angelique is a far too powerful antagonist for the film — cue the CGI fireworks — and she comes across as an evil mastermind with maddeningly stupid motives. Green

PEARLY BITES Depp plays an 18th-century-born vampire discovering the joys of dental hygiene in Burton’s latest gothic extravaganza.

does her best with the poorly written role, but one can’t help musing that, after two centuries, Angelique should consider joining a support group so she can put these petty anti-Collins issues to rest and get on with using her witchcraft to conquer the world. Without a strong central conflict, the film ends up wobbling from set piece to set piece, as if Burton were continually yelling, “Hey, check this out!” Alice Cooper playing a fancy ball at Collinwood! Barnabas communing with a fire circle of hippies, earnestly asking them about modern love! Bonham Carter milking her role as a boozy psychiatrist with New Jersey inflections!

It’s all reasonably fun, to the point where viewers may find themselves thinking, If only the actors had time to develop these crazy characters ... for instance, on a TV show. “Dark Shadows” moved at a glacial pace by today’s standards, yet it somehow managed to make boomer kids obsess over Barnabas Collins and his convoluted backstory the way today’s teens do over Edward Cullen. The show spawned a cult; the most the film is likely to inspire are some awesome posters. MARGOT HARRISON

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BULLY★★★ Lee Hirsch’s controversial Bully Project documentary travels around the country for conversations with school administrators, bullied school kids and their families, including the survivors of teens who committed suicide. (94 min, PG-13. Essex, Palace, Savoy)


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wednesday 16 — thursday 17 Dark Shadows 6:20, 9. The Avengers (3-D) 6:15, 9:15. The Raven 9. The Lucky one 6:30, 9. The Hunger Games 6:30, 9:20. The Three Stooges 6:30.




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wednesday 16 — thursday 17 ***metropolitan opera Ring cycle Encore: Siegfried Wed: 6:30. *The Dictator 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 12:35, 2:45, 4:50, 7:15, 9:30. Dark Shadows 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 12:45, 1:45, 3:30, 4:30, 6:10, 7:10, 8:40, 9:40. The Avengers 12, 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9. Bully 3:55, 6:35 (Thu only).

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wednesday 16 — thursday 24 *The Dictator 12:30 & 3 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9. The Avengers (3-D) 12:15 & 3:15 (Sat & Sun only), 6:15, 9:15.

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friday 18 — thursday 24 *Battleship 12:25 & 3:15 (Sat & Sun only), 6:20, 9:05. *What to Expect When You’re Expecting 1:15 & 3:45 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9. 4/23/12 11:23 AM Dark Shadows 1:15 & 3:45 (Sat & Sun only), 6:20, 9. The Avengers (3-D) 12:15 & 3:15 (Sat & Sun only), 6:15, 9:15. The Hunger Games 12:45 & 3:40 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9:20.

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friday 18 — thursday 24 *Battleship 12:20, 2:25, 3:20, 6:40, 8:45, 9:25. *The Dictator 12:10, 2:20, 4:25, 6:25, 7:25, 8:30, 9:40. *What to Expect When You’re Expecting 12:25, 2:55, 3:40, 6:45, 8:35, 9:15. Dark Shadows 1:05, 4:05, 6, 6:50, 9:35. The Avengers 12:20 (3-D), 1 (3-D), 1:30, 3:15 (3-D), 4 (3-D), 4:30, 6, 6:30 (3-D), 8 (3-D), 9, 9:25 (3-D). The Pirates! Band of misfits 1:30. chimpanzee 12:25. The Lucky one 1, 3:40. The Hunger Games 6.

friday 18 — thursday 24 *The Deep Blue Sea 1:15, 4:10, 6:30, 8:40. *The Dictator 1:05, 3, 4:50, 7:15, 9:15. *What to Expect When You’re Expecting 1:10, 3:30, 6:50, 9:10. Dark Shadows 1:20, 4, 7, 9:25. The Avengers 1, 3:45, 6:40, 9:20. The Five-Year Engagement 1:25, 3:50, 6:20, 9:30.

wednesday 16 — thursday 17 monsieur Lazhar 6:30, 8:30. turn me on, Dammit! 6, 8.


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wednesday 16 — thursday 17 Dark Shadows 7. The Avengers 7. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 7.

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wednesday 16 — thursday 17 *The Dictator 1:05, 3, 4:50, 7:15, 9:15. Dark Shadows 1:20, 4, 7, 9:25. Footnote 1:10, 9:10. The Avengers 1, 2, 3:45, 4:45, 6:40, 7:40, 9:20. The Five-Year Engagement 1:15, 3:40, 6:50, 9:30. The Kid with a Bike 3:25, 5:15, 7:20.

The Five-Year Engagement 12:50, 3:40, 6:40, 9:25. The Pirates! Band of misfits 12, 2, 6:30. The Raven 4:05, 8:35. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 1:05, 8:45 (Thu only). The Hunger Games 12:30, 3:25, 6:20, 9:15. friday 18 — thursday 24 ***metropolitan opera Ring cycle Encore: Götterdämmerung Sat: 12. ***The Phantom of the opera Mon: 7:30. ***Love Never Dies Wed: 7:30. *Battleship 12:30, 3:35, 6:40, 9:35. *The Dictator 12:35, 2:45, 4:50, 7:15, 9:30. *What to Expect When You’re Expecting 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1, 3:50, 6:50, 9:20. Dark Shadows 1:45, 3:30 (except Sat), 4:30, 7:10, 8:40 (except Mon), 9:40. The Avengers 12:15, 1:35, 3:20, 4:40, 6:25, 7:45, 9:25. The Five-Year Engagement 12:50 (except Sat), 3:45, 6:35 (except Wed), 9:15. The Pirates! Band of misfits 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1:10. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 6:15 (except Mon). The Hunger Games 12:25, 3:25, 6:20, 9:15 (except Wed). ***See website for details.


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friday 18 — sunday 20 *Battleship at 8:35, followed by Act of Valor. *The Dictator at 8:35, followed by The Five-Year Engagement. The Avengers at 8:35, followed by John carter. Dark Shadows at 8:35, followed by The Hunger Games.


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THE RAVEN 1/2★ In which Edgar Allan Poe becomes a serial-killer-hunting action hero, played by John Cusack. He should’ve thought to team up with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. With Alice Eve, Luke Evans and Brendan Gleeson. James (V for Vendetta) McTeigue directed. (110 min, R. Big Picture, Capitol, Essex, Palace) SAFE★★★ Jason Statham plays a former cage fighter who takes on organized crime to protect a young math genius in this action flick from director Boaz Yakin. With Reggie Lee and Chris Sarandon. (95 min, R. Majestic; ends 5/17) SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN★★★1/2 Ewan McGregor’s struggle to satisfy a sheik’s whim of fly-fishing in the desert becomes a metaphor for chasing dreams in the latest from director Lasse Hallström. With Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas. (107 min, PG-13. Palace, Stowe) 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; ends 5/17) TURN ME ON, DAMMIT!: A Norwegian teenager (Helene Bergsholm) navigates the minefield of crushes and sexuality in this frank coming-of-age comedy from Jannicke Systad Jacobsen. (75 min, NR. Savoy; ends 5/17)

ALBERT NOBBS★★1/2 In 19th-century Ireland, a woman (Glenn Close) improves her lot in life by spending decades passing as a man. With Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson and Brendan Gleeson. Rodrigo Garcia directed. (113 min, R)


CHRONICLE★★★ Undeserving teens acquire superpowers and film themselves using them and — surprise! — abusing them in this found-footage film from first-time director Josh Trank. With Michael B. Jordan, Alex Russell and Michael Kelly. (86 min, PG-13)


THE DEVIL INSIDE★ A woman tries to find out whether her long-institutionalized mother is possessed by demons or just mentally ill in this horror flick set in Italy. We’re guessing the former. William Brent Bell directed. With Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman and Evan Helmuth. (87 min, R)


THE GREY★★★1/2 Liam Neeson plays an oil-rig worker trying to survive in the wolf-infested Alaskan wilderness after a plane crash. With James Badge Dale and Dermot Mulroney. Joe (The A-Team) Carnahan directed. (117 min, R) MICHAEL: This dark psychological drama from Austrian director Markus Schleinzer explores the secret life of a pedophile. (94 min, NR. Read Margot Harrison’s Movies You Missed review this Friday on our staff blog, Blurt.) ONE FOR THE MONEY★ Katherine Heigl plays Stephanie Plum, an out-of-work Jersey girl who takes a gig tracking down bail jumpers, in this adaptation of Janet Evanovich’s bestselling novel. With Jason O’Mara and John Leguizamo. Julie Anne (The Last Song) Robinson directed. (106 min, PG-13)


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NEWS QUIRKs by roland sweet Curses, Foiled Again

A woman entered a Chicago bank one Thursday and, according to a criminal complaint, handed a teller a note demanding “all of your money, no cops, no dye pack.” The teller told the woman “the bank was closed and that she should come back tomorrow.” She didn’t return on Friday, but on Monday; a bank employee who had seen surveillance video of the incident recognized the suspect outside the bank and called police, who arrested Olga L. Perdomo. She was accompanied by Willie Weathersby, whom police identified as having robbed the same bank of $2589 the week before Perdomo’s attempt. (Chicago Tribune)

Disappearing Act

month after undergoing surgery, still in considerable pain, according to papers filed with the state Human Rights commission, Stevens said Brucia, who just recovered from her own surgery, began calling to berate her for not coming to work. When she did return, she was transferred to an office in a high-crime neighborhood 50 miles from her home. Stevens said she complained and was promptly fired. “I decided to become a kidney donor to my boss,” Stevens said, “and she took my heart.” (New York Post)

Problem Solved

To prepare for the annual meeting of Asian Development Bank Board of Governors, where finance ministers and senior officials from 67 member states seek ways to combat poverty in the Asia-Pacific region, Philippines officials erected a makeshift wall between the airport and downtown Manila so delegates traveling along the route wouldn’t see a sprawling slum along a garbage-strewn

Following revelations that the federal General Services Administration spent $823,000 of taxpayer money on a lavish Las Vegas conference that included $3200 for a motivational mind reader, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration canceled its ad seeking a maREAL gician to appear at a training conference for agency workers. The solicitation offered $5000 for a speaker to create TAURUS (April 20-May 20): a “unique model of translatf we thought of your life as a ing magic and principals [sic] book, the title of the next chapter of the psychology of magic, could very well be “In Quest of the magic tools, techniques and experiences into a method of Primal.” I encourage you to meditate on teaching leadership.” NOAA what that means to you, and then act officials pulled the notice accordingly. Here are a few possibilities: after media outlets pointed it tapping into the mother lode; connectout. (Washington Post)

creek. “Any country will do a little fixing up before a guest comes,” presidential explainer Ricky Carandang said. (Associated Press)

Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

The Heartland Institute, a Libertarian think tank that crusades against believers in climate change, launched a billboard campaign showing Ted Kaczynski and the words, in big orange letters next to the Unabomber’s familiar face, “I still believe in Global Warming. Do you?” Within hours of the message appearing on an electronic billboard along the Eisenhower Expressway outside Chicago, objections from Heartland’s opponents and supporters alike prompted the institute’s president, Joe Bast, to pull the plug on the campaign, which Heartland’s website said also intended using images of “rogues and villains” Charles Manson, Fidel Castro and Osama bin Laden, who “were chosen because they made public statements about

how man-made global warming is a crisis and how mankind must take immediate and drastic action to stop it.” Bast explained the billboard “was a necessary attempt to make an emotional appeal to people who otherwise aren’t following the climate-change debate.” (Washington Post)

Holey Home Décor

Consolidated Edison reported that thieves posing as utility workers in New York City stole more than 30 manhole covers, some weighing as much as 300 pounds, in March and April, presumably to sell to scrap metal dealers. “I can’t imagine people are decorating their living rooms with them,” Con Ed official Michael Clendenin said. The power company has more than 200,000 manholes. At current prices for iron, a stolen manhole cover might fetch $30 but costs Con Ed $200 to replace, not counting labor. (New York Times)

free will astrology by rob brezsny May 17-23 from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and recite them periodically: “Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself. / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”


What a Concept

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Is there a difference in sound quality between relatively inexpensive modern violins and the multimillion-dollar violins created by master craftsmen in the 1700s? In research done at the Eighth International Violin Competition, most violinists couldn’t tell them apart. (Read more here: ViolinResearch.) In accordance with the astrological omens, Aries, I urge you to do comparable tests in your own sphere. There’s no need to overpay for anything, either with your money, your emotions, your energy or your time. Go with what works, not with what costs the most or has highest status. GEMINI





CANCER (June 21-July 22): You spend nearly one-third of your life sleeping. For one-fifth of that time, you’re dreaming. So pretty much every night, you watch and respond to as much as 90 minutes’ worth of movies created by and starring you. Much of this footage is obscure and confusing and not exactly Oscar-worthy, which is one reason you may not recall many of the details when you wake up. But according to my astrological analysis, the immediate future could be different. Your dreams should be full of riveting entertainment that reveals important information about the mysteries of your destiny. Please consider keeping a pen and notebook near your bed, or a small recording device. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): It’s Oxymoron Season for you. That means you’re likely to encounter more than your usual share of sweet and sour paradoxes. The logic-loving areas of your brain will almost certainly have to seek assistance from your nonrational wisdom. I’ll give you a heads-up on some of the lucid riddles you should be ready to embrace: 1. a humbling triumph; 2. a tender rivalry; 3. a selfish blessing; 4. an opportunity to commune with risky comfort; 5. an invitation to explore a relaxing challenge; 6. a chance to get up-close and personal with a long-distance connection. For best results, Leo, memorize these lines






(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Obsessions. Enchantments. Crushes. Manias. Fetishes. Some astrologers think you Libras are mostly immune from these indelicate but sometimes delightful modes of human expression. They seem to believe that you love harmony and balance too much to fall under the spell of a bewitching passion that rivets your focus. I disagree with that view. It may be true that you’re better able than the other signs to be objective about your fixations. But that doesn’t necessarily dilute the intensity you feel when they rise up and captivate your imagination with the force of a thousand love songs. My advice? Have fun and stay amused.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “The chains that bind us most closely are the ones we have broken,” said Scorpio poet Antonio Porchia. In other words, the oppression from which we have freed ourselves may continue to influence us long after we’ve escaped. The imprint it left on our sensitive psyches might keep distorting our decisions and twisting our emotions. But I’m here to tell you, Scorpio, that you’re entering a time when you have an enhanced power to dissolve the lingering taint your broken chains still impose. You finally have the resources and wisdom to complete the liberation process. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In the

coming weeks, you will have an excellent chance to develop more skill in the art of high gossip. High gossip has almost nothing in common with the mindless prattle that erodes reputations and fosters cynicism. It’s not driven by envy, pettiness or





I have a dream that seems cryptic or meaningless when I first wake up, but a few days later I realize it was a brilliant insight into what I most needed to transform about my life. If you don’t recall many of your dreams, that might not be a familiar experience for you. But you’ve probably had waking-life experiences with a similar arc. I predict you will be given at least one of those in the coming week. It may confound you while you’re in the midst of it, but will eventually reveal choice clues that have the power to change your life for the better.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You may not have heard about the “forbidden colors.” And you certainly haven’t seen them, even though they exist. They’re reddish green and yellowish blue, which the cells of your retina are not built to register. However, scientists have figured out a trick by which these hues can be made visible. A few lucky people have actually caught a glimpse of them. I bring this to your attention, Aquarius, because I suspect you are close to experiencing a metaphorical version of this breakthrough — seeing something that is supposedly impossible to see. (If you’d like to read more about the forbidden colors, go here: PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “There’s no such thing as a wrong note,” said jazz pianist Art Tatum. “It all depends on how you resolve it.” Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis had a similar philosophy. “It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note,” he said. “It’s the note you play afterward that makes it right or wrong.” I think that’s an excellent understanding for you to keep in mind during the coming weeks, Pisces. Be wary of coming to premature conclusions about alleged mistakes. Wait to hear the entire song and see the bigger picture.



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(May 21-June 20): A Russian woman named Marija Usova decided to go skydiving even though she was eight months pregnant. “I wanted my baby to have the beautiful feeling of flying through the air and free-falling before it was born,” she said. Soon after she jumped out of the plane and opened her parachute, she went into labor. Luckily, her daughter waited until she landed to be born. What does this have to do with you? I don’t recommend you do anything even remotely like what Usova did in the next few weeks. But do be alert for healthier, saner approaches to the basic theme, which is to be adventurous and wild and free as you birth a new possibility.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Sometimes


When Debbie Stevens, 47, learned that her boss needed a kidney, she offered one of hers. The Long Island resident wasn’t a match for Jackie Brucia, 61, but by donating one of her kidneys to someone in St. Louis, she allowed Brucia to move up on the donor list and receive one from a San Francisco donor. “I felt I was giving her life back,” Stevens said. Less than a

ing to the source; communing with the core; returning to beginnings; seeking out the original; being in tune with the pulse of nature. Does any of that sound like fun? According to my reading of the astrological omens, you have a mandate to be as raw as the law allows — to be the smartest animal you can be.


Eternal Gratitude Lasts a Month

a 50 percent chance that the coming days will be over the top, out of the blue and off the record. I’m half-expecting florid, luscious and kaleidoscopic events, possibly even rococo, swashbuckling and splendiferous adventures. Are you ready for all this? Of course not. That’s the point life will be trying to make: nudging you to learn more about the fine art of spontaneity as you improvise your way through unpredictable lessons that will lead you toward the resources you’ll need to succeed.

Wal-Mart announced that shoppers now may use cash to pay for online purchases. Shoppers order items online and select the “Pay with Cash” option. They’re given an order number, which they take to any Wal-Mart store within 48 hours and pay for with cash. The ordered item is shipped to the store or the shopper’s preferred address. “Many of our customers shop paycheck to paycheck and are looking for more ways to purchase items online but don’t have the means to a credit, debit or prepaid card,” Joel Anderson, president and CEO of Walmart. com, explained. (USA Today)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): There’s at least

schadenfreude. When you engage in high gossip, you spread uplifting whispers and inspirational hearsay; you speculate about people’s talents and call attention to their successes; you conspire to awaken generosity of spirit and practical idealism. High gossip is a righteous approach to chatting about the human zoo. It might not flow as easily as the cheap and shabby kind — at least at first — but it lasts a whole lot longer and creates connections that help keep your mental hygiene sparkling clean.




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World Traveler Back for Summer I’ve spent the past four years working and traveling around the world. It’s been a great experience and I’ve seen some amazing things, but relentless travel isn’t so good for the dating scene. So now, after I’ve resigned from my job, I’m back in Vermont for the summer to take classes at UVM before starting a postbacc in the fall. wanderingyogi, 26, l

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Well, then, there now! Musical cook looking for a best friend, yes with benefits but hey I am a guy and it takes some time to get the right benefit package! I love to talk and cook, I play music, and I am a great friend to have! Need more? Ask man! Cheers moi. Stratnhat, 53, l

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What’s your horoscope? Did you know Scorpio is the most 1x1c-mediaimpact030310.indd 1 3/1/10 1:15:57 PM sexual of signs? Looking for some NSA summer fun. Don’t be afraid to contact me for a walk on the wild side! sexiscorpio69, 26, l Skin-Deep Passion Freak I’m horny as hell for a hot femme but also need a connection and some emotional grounds to really let myself go. Once the cap is’re in for pleasure that will only end when you want it too ;). vtvegan, 33, l Want to Make you Glow I want a woman who loves to play and be played with. I want to watch my man take you the way he takes me: properly. I want you to watch me surrender and inspire you to join

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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 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

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well groomed and DD free. Please share fantasies, we will as well. All couples, including those with ethnic background, are welcome. Jonsgirl, 44 Insatiable appetites for sex!!! Interesting professional couple (male, 40 yo, and female, 42 yo) searching for no-strings fun! We both have experience with groups and couples, all combinations, although experience is not a must! We require open and easy and willing participants! Must love toys! 802lvnthedream, 42 Curious Couple Happy couple looking to have a little fun. New to this, seeking male or female for 3sum. No strings attached. Must be clean, discreet, no drugs/ stds. Would like to meet for a few drinks first and see where it goes. WEwanttoplaywithu, 40, l seeking fulfilling outback adventures Fit, active couple seeking sexy, confident naughty girl for threesome fun. Looking to explore deep outback, care to lend a hand, tongue, bum? Dirty mind is a plus! outback3, 39, l Massage, Connection, Comfort, Kissing, Orgasms Massage explores pleasure with or without stepping into the sexual. We’d like to massage a woman, man or couple at your level of comfort. Softness of skin, the bliss of massage. We offer non-sexual, sensual massages, or ones that progress to orgasmic bliss. Four-hand massage is an amazingly sensuous path to sensual bliss, or all the way to orgasm. Lascivious, 58, l

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My best friend Jill You are a bright spot in my weekend. Thanks for your smile. The old guys. When: Saturday, May 12, 2012. Where: Church Street. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910183 fuck it 5/11 you swaggered in to the Farmhouse garden area looking like a breath of fresh air from 1970. Beautiful, carefully brushed long locks, rad sunglasses, champ keychain and your “fuck it” shirt. Seemed like you were on a first date with a purple queen? If she doesn’t make the cut for a second date at the paisley hippo, try me. When: Friday, May 11, 2012. Where: Farmhouse. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910182 walmart missed connection You saw my hat and called my name. I was rushing out to catch the bus. I said hi. But should have taken the time to talk to you and catch the next bus. I would love to make that up to you. I have few enough friends. Let me make it up to you. When: Monday, May 7, 2012. Where: Walmart Berlin. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910181

been admiring you during lunch; you met my eyes to a plaintive accordian and your smile made this day. Stay graceful. When: Monday, May 7, 2012. Where: lower Church St. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #910175 zen lunatics Mad mad love combined with a mad mad world. Let us not confuse one with the other. They can exist. They do exist. One mind. One voice. One poem at a time. When: Monday, May 7, 2012. Where: grading. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910174

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stunning pink dress. I had face paint on and was wearing a pink polo shirt on a dare. I missed you there, but I’m hoping to find you here. When: Saturday, May 5, 2012. Where: Red Square. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910170 Re: re: Maplefield’s in Essex Yes, it definitely sounds right. Your smile was captivating and took my day up a few notches! When: Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Where: I Spy. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910169 Bumps for Sealed Records! Mirror Mirror, Obama, Blackout Stories, non-profit and tolerance for teens. With all this in common and the fact that I find you way cute...I’d like to know you more. If interested, you have my number; you even asked permission. If not, just consider this a well-deserved compliment. When: Monday, April 30, 2012. Where: lots of places. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910168 Jogging at Collins Perley Saturday, May 5th, around noon. You had a Red Sox hat on and drive a small green hatchback. I was in a grey T-shirt and black shorts. We only were on the track together for one lap. Hope to see you out there again real soon. When: Saturday, May 5, 2012. Where: Collins Perley, St. Albans. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910167 first friday You asked me to dance (which has never happened to me!) and we did... briefly. A friend I hadn’t seen in two years interrupted. I am not usually that rude. I turned around and you were gone. Just wanted you to know that you made my night and it was enchanting to meet you...thank you! When: Friday, May 4, 2012. Where: Higher Ground. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #910166 homes

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mistress maeve Dear Mistress,

I am an attractive (so I’ve been told), retired executive who is in very good shape. I am currently a nonpaying member of a dating site, but would gladly join if I felt reasonably sure I would find success.  My question is: What age range should I be searching for? I am 61 years old and my search on the site returns only 15 matches over the age of 60. Doesn’t seem very promising, and I’m wondering how to proceed. Thanks for any advice you can give me.


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It’s tough to say which range you should be searching, as every person has different preferences when it comes to age. Start by searching in the age range you are most comfortable dating. If you’re not sure, try looking for people who are within 10 years younger and 10 years older than you — a 20-year spread is generally a safe bet. If you’re not coming up with as many matches as you’d like, try other dating sites — there’s no rule that says you can only be on one site at a time. Look for sites that make it easier to discern who’s looking for you by displaying the age range a member is seeking. This will do away with all the guesswork. One last thing: Don’t reduce your dating life to a click of the mouse. While the internet has made dating more convenient than ever, nothing beats meeting potential mates the old-fashioned way. Look for ways to get involved in your community and meet new people. You say you’re in good shape, so how about joining a hiking club or signing up for a charity bike ride? You’re bound to meet singles you have something in common with, and it gets you away from the keyboard.

Too Square to Slut To the “healthy, fit and attractive” woman who wrote to Miss Maeve: I understand your plight! I’m in my My Dear mid-20s, built, easy on the eyes, am “too picky” and can connect with I just want you to know that you are everything you wrote. But you know, such a wonderful person, and I would rather than barhopping looking for be a lucky man to grow old with you. boys, you could always chat over coffee Your continued faith in me will spur with a bold gentleman instead. When: me on for the rest of my days. When: How was that Allagash White? Thursday, May 10, 2012. Where: Page Friday, May 4, 2012. Where: together. You stopped by the ONE Pepper Grill 95. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910180 1x3-cbhb-personals-alt.indd You: Woman. Me: Man. #910164 1 6/14/10 2:39:13 PM on your way to karaoke night. I was relaxing and waiting for my friend. The Blonde Living North Ave Hannaford around friend and I eventually met up, but by 5 p.m. To the gorgeous blonde with the the time we got to JP’s, it appeared cowgirl boots at Healthy Living: Your Pretty woman, black top, jeans. Parked your group’s 15 minutes had long-since green eyes are the reason I went next to me, we noticed each other passed. Would love to see the encore organic. When: Tuesday, May 8, while you were loading bags into the next Saturday. When: Saturday, May 2012. Where: Healthy Living Market. back and I waited to leave. You took 5, 2012. Where: ONE Pepper Grill. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910179 your cart to the corral, then I saw you You: Woman. Me: Man. #910173 looking at me as I drove away. Wish The “farm” you knew that I was looking back. “Ohh, Igotplentyoftime, Ohh, Robyn. I saw you at the ML “farm.” We Better yet, wish I had said hello. When: yougotlightinyoureyes” never got a chance to talk and I’m Thursday, May 3, 2012. Where: parking Dancing near: black shirt, bearded, bummed I didnt go right up to you lot. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910163 shining smoking eyes. My friends and because you ended up leaving early I were dressed as goons and getting More than music with your bf. My name is Pat and I down like ones too. I was in green. wear a black/red Red Sox hat. You You looked so chic in that little black Wishing it had been better timing are a very beautiful girl. Can I take dress (row U right, 4th seat), and you and I let loose cuz I keep thinking it you out sometime? When: Monday, gave as much pleasure to my eye might have made my night if we had May 7, 2012. Where: ML “Farm.” as the music gave my ear. The final shared some moves... When: Saturday, You: Woman. Me: Man. #910178 piece seemed to excite you. Could we May 5, 2012. Where: Metronome: perhaps be properly introduced? When: 80s. You: Man. Me: Man. #910172 For Art at HMC 5/4 Saturday, April 28, 2012. Where: Flynn. You: gentleman named Art who You: Woman. Me: Man. #910162 95-pound Weimaraner! asked me to watch his food at Hunger Your dog is beautiful. My little BenjiYangu upendo Mountain Coop 5/4 at dinnertime. looking dog got all Napolean Complex After you returned, I invited you to I’m ready for your work to be done on him. But you were sweet! Want join me, and we had a pleasant (tho so we can enjoy the spring! Hakuna to walk them off leash sometime? all too brief) conversation until I had shidz, right? When: Wednesday, All Species Day at the Statehouse. I to leave. I’d enjoy getting together May 2, 2012. Where: Burlington. was in gold sparkles and blue. When: again for coffee/tea. To get the You: Woman. Me: Man. #910161 Sunday, May 6, 2012. Where: All chance to pick up where we left off! Species Day, Montpelier Statehouse. Thanks, I felt bad When: Friday, May 4, 2012. Where: You: Man. Me: Woman. #910171 Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier. Me: standing outside of The OP, smoking You: Man. Me: Woman. #910176 with a friend. You: walked around corner We Both Wore Pink and told me you liked my hair and said We met at Red Square on Cinco De gentle I was “attractive.” Sorry I only gave you Mayo and I lost you in the crowd. You’re Short purple hair and a gentle walk, I a thumbs up. You caught me off guard a cute blonde and were wearing a feel I can imagine your warm laugh. I’d 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

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