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Goodbye, Goodkind!



n era will end when Burlington Public Works director Steve Goodkind hangs up his hard hat June 30. Goodkind is retiring 32 years after being hired by Bernie Sanders as the socialist mayor’s first appointee, writes Kevin J. Kelley on the Seven Days political blog Off Message. Goodkind, 61, was a member of the original inner circle of Sanderistas that included John Franco, David Clavelle,

facing facts DODGE BALL

The press is pelting Peter Shumlin over his questionable real-estate deal with Jeremy Dodge. No post-session victory lap for the gov.


The Vermont State Police may lift its tattoo ban to attract more recruits. But please — no pig tats.


Flash flooding in Burlington, washed out roads around the county. Vermont strong, but still vulnerable.


A Burlington Spanish teacher was briefly jailed for allegedly contacting the 17-year-old student she’s accused of sexually exploiting. Estúpida. FACING FACTS COMPILED BY ANDY BROMAGE


That’s how many inches of rain fell last week in Burlington, according to the National Weather Service. A typical May usually sees less than half that — 3.14 inches — over the whole month.



1. “Burlington’s New North End Looks a Lot Different Than It Did 50 Years Ago” by Taylor Dobbs. Burlington’s New North End has traditionally skewed older and more Republican ... but that’s changing. 2. “Ticking Off All 251 Towns in Vermont, One Photo at a Time” by Kathryn Flagg. The best way to see Vermont: Visit every single one of its towns. 3. “A Bike-Friendly Burlington Remains More Aspiration than Reality” by Kevin J. Kelley. When it comes to making actual improvements for Burlington’s bikers, the Queen City is all talk and little action. 4. Vermont’s F-35 Foes Have Found a Sympathetic Poster Child in ‘Gramma’” by Kevin J. Kelley. A grandmother who’s lived near the Burlington airport for decades is the new public face of the fight against the F-35. 5. Side Dishes: “Juniper Opens at Burlington’s Hotel Vermont” by Alice Levitt. Find locavore food and creatively mixed cocktails at the first of two restaurants in Burlington’s new boutique hotel.

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BOVINE BREAKOUT: Cows  got free early this morning in Colchester. State police say they’re now all accounted for #VT 


George Thabault and Doreen Kraft. Only Kraft, who runs Burlington City Arts, is still working as a city official. Standing in the driveway of his New North End home, Goodkind said his decision to step down now resulted from “a fortuitous series of events, mostly financial.” Starting next month, Goodkind can spend less time riding public-works employees and more time riding his custom-built motorcycle around Vermont — and beyond. He’s planning a road trip with his wife to Newfoundland, touring what he calls “the Wild East.” Retirement will also give Goodkind more time to devote to his banjo picking and skiing, the activity that led him to the University of Vermont from his family home in Newark, N.J. Not long after graduating, he became friends with Sanders while fixing the future mayor’s Volkswagen, which had broken down in Richmond. Goodkind’s living room was the scene of the announcement that heralded a revolution in the Queen City; it was there that Sanders formally declared that he was running for mayor. “Bernie brought so much energy to the city,” Goodkind says. “And it was all local people who he appointed who made it happen.” Goodkind was hired as director of public health and safety, one of several municipal units that were combined in 1985 to create the Department of Public Works. Goodkind was put in charge of the department in 1998. His proudest accomplishment? The $52 million storm-water system installed by the Sanders administration. Rains would frequently result in the closing of Burlington’s beaches prior to the upgrade. Now contaminants are captured for processing at the municipal sewage-treatment plant. Sidewalk repairs haven’t been handled as successfully, Goodkind admits. And there’s a lot to be done to make Burlington a more bikeable city. His one regret? That he didn’t voice sooner what he said were lingering suspicions about Burlington Telecom’s finances. He recalls telling then-mayor Peter Clavelle in the late 1990s, “There’s something not right about BT.” “They’re spending money like drunken sailors,” Goodkind recalls saying at the time. “I was the only one saying that sort of thing. No one listened.”


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[Re “What the Frack? Middlebury College at Odds Over Addison County Pipeline Project,” May 15; “For a North Country Paper Mill, Natural Gas Could be a Lifesaver,” March 20]: Reporting on the issues surrounding natural gas and pipelines misses the simplest and most cost-effective way of saving money that would otherwise go up as carbon dioxide: When it’s cold out, don’t simply burn more wood, coal or oil; first and foremost, put on a sweater. This simple advice, first voiced to Americans by then-President Jimmy Carter, is still smart and savvy.


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It was a great shock to me that in your article covering the now-former Burlington High School Spanish teacher having sex with a student, you included the student’s initials [Last 7, “Senior and Señora,” May 8]. It has been many years since victims of sexual abuse or misconduct have been identified by members of Vermont’s fourth estate. Victims of sexual abuse and or misconduct need community support. Harm can be mitigated through the respect and care of family, friends, acquaintances and the broader community. We are all part of the healing process. I trust Seven Days


will be among those who step up and recommit to carrying out best practice when children, youth and adults experience sexual violence and or violations. Linda Johnson CABOT

Johnson is executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.


It has been a few weeks since your “Are You There God? It’s Me, Vermont” article came out [March 27], but I had some thoughts on it that I just could not keep to myself. While I did enjoy reading about life at weekly services and devotions at worship sites of other denominations around Vermont, I feel, as a proud, practicing, Catholic, left out. It is true that the media has given plenty of attention to Roman Catholicism these days through their coverage of the ordination of Pope Francis I, but I would caution you to be wary of what the national media says about our faith, and go to a Catholic mass in the area yourselves to experience what we have to offer. I am not a priest or a deacon. I am not even a Brother, or lay minister of the Catholic Church. I am simply a humble, young adult parishioner who wishes to debunk the theory you put forth saying that somehow the Catholic Church is not “friendly.” I am referring to your

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description of the Dormition of the Mother of God Greek Orthodox Church. You described the building as “... an exceptionally casual, friendly Roman Catholic Church.” You have us wrong. The Roman Catholic Church is friendly. You will see this friendliness at masses at the Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester. They give out poinsettias to the congregation at Christmas, carnations to mothers and grandmothers on Mother’s Day, loaves of bread on Holy Thursday, and they treat the congregation to liturgical dancing on Palm Sunday. The Evangelicals are not the only ones to wave their palms with joy. Edward Burke

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Tom Bisson wrote a letter in response to the April 3 article, “Lawmakers Look to Crack Down on ‘Current Use’ Abuse” [In Feedback, April 24]. He states, “Wouldn’t it be a good thing for average Vermonters if the land were developed?” This kind of thinking is wrong. Development does not bring riches to everyone. It mostly brings wealth to the few. It also destroys more of the character of Vermont. The idea that growth is good is a religion in our culture. It is an idea that is killing the planet and making a greater divide between the few very rich and the rest of the population. The fact is that we are running out of oil that has promoted all of this growth. It would be better to work at getting an economic system that follows models detailed by writers such as Herman Daly, Richard Heinberg and John Michael Greer. lisa Sammet



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erhaps the saddest part of last week’s Dickensian drama involving a wealthy governor and his destitute neighbor is that none of it seems terribly surprising. Anyone who’s followed Gov. PETER SHUMLIN’s career for any length of time knows that the guy loves nothing more than a deal, and thrives on living dangerously. How else can you explain why an ambitious politician would cut a land deal with an ex-con in the thick of his reelection campaign? Or why he would negotiate with a man who appears to have diminished mental capacity — without insisting that the man retain legal counsel? But that’s exactly what landed the governor in a heap of trouble last week when the man, along with his relatives and friends, told reporters he now regrets selling his family’s land to Shumlin for less than a quarter of its assessed value. Further magnifying the political peril of the situation was confirmation from U.S. Attorney TRISTRAM COFFIN that “the FBI followed up on a tip” about the situation, though, he said, “there’s no active investigation in our office.” In a series of one-on-one interviews Shumlin granted members of the media late Friday afternoon, the governor argued the entire episode was an example of his own generosity. Dressed in a casual greenand-red plaid shirt in his office overlooking the shining Statehouse dome, Shumlin said he was motivated by the urge to help the man turn his life around. “To tell you the truth, I couldn’t walk away from the guy,” Shumlin said. “I just felt like, here was a neighbor in terrible straits. It could work for him and it could work for me, and I was in.” Talk about chutzpah! With a neighbor like that, you’d be wise to build a taller fence. At the center of the drama is 53-yearold JEREMY DODGE of East Montpelier, who by his own admission, “has been in and out of jail since [he] was 16.” Last summer, Dodge had the dubious luck to find that Shumlin and a group of friends and campaign contributors had bought up 182 acres next door and split off 27 of them for Shumlin to build a 2200-square-foot “governor’s cabin.” At first, their neighborly relationship seemed mutually beneficial. Dodge was scrounging to get by on the $10,000 he earned working part-time at the Salvation Army in Barre, and Shumlin was happy to pay him to help clear the land.

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“He’s helped me a lot, at different times, when no one else would,” Dodge says of Shumlin. Last fall, the town of East Montpelier sought to collect $17,000 Dodge owed in back taxes by auctioning off the 16-acre property. Dodge turned to the governor for help. Shumlin resisted at first, encouraging Dodge to reach out to his family instead, but the governor eventually acquiesced. With a tax sale looming, Shumlin presented Dodge with a $32,000 offer scrawled on the back of a file folder. Several weeks later, on the day after Shumlin won reelection, the two closed on a $58,000 deal. At the time, the property was appraised at $233,700, though a subsequent reappraisal requested by Shumlin slashed its value to $140,000 because of the house’s terrible condition.

DODGE’S FRIENDS AND FAMILY ACCUSED SHUMLIN OF TAKING ADVANTAGE OF A MAN WHO LACKED THE CAPACITY TO FEND FOR HIMSELF. “It sounded good to me, it really did,” Dodge said last Thursday during an interview outside the squalid home in which he grew up and raised his own children. Wearing a black Harley-Davidson T-shirt and a pair of faded jeans, the gaunt, toothless man struggled to articulate himself through a crippling stutter. Dodge said he’d felt relieved when Shumlin said he would let him stay in the house through July 15. But the temporary reprieve came at a steep cost: Built into the purchase price was a $9000 charge for nine months of rent. (Another $9000 was contingent upon Dodge cleaning up the place.) “That would keep me out of jail — for a year, anyway,” said Dodge, who said winding up homeless would violate the terms of his parole. By Christmas, Dodge said, he’d soured on the deal. After consulting with friends and family, he realized a tax sale would have let him stay on the land for a full year — three months longer than Shumlin offered — and would have given him a chance to raise the money to pay his back

taxes and nullify the sale. “I screwed up,” Dodge said. “I should’ve found a way to find somebody, somehow, to help.” In interviews last week, Dodge’s friends and family accused Shumlin of taking advantage of a man they said lacked the capacity to fend for himself in negotiations with a governor who owns more than $5 million worth of real estate. “He didn’t want to give it away, but he thought that was his only option. He thought that was his last chance,” said Dodge’s son, Shawn, a 19-year-old Vermont National Guardsman. “Everyone wants to know the same thing: Was Jerry Dodge capable of making this decision? In the 40 years I’ve known Jerry, I think not,” said Berlin resident BERNIE CORLISS, a lifelong friend of Dodge’s. “If you grew up with Jerry, you know there’s a mechanism in his brain that’s not working correctly.” Shumlin disagrees with that assessment, saying, “I have never had any reason to doubt Jerry’s understanding of exactly what he was doing.” Making matters worse, Dodge negotiated the deal without an attorney. “I advised him I had no money for a lawyer or anything like this. I didn’t know anything about pre bonos or anything like this,” Dodge said, referring to pro bono legal aid. He contends that Shumlin suggested they simply use the governor’s attorney to arrange the deal. Shumlin, meanwhile, says he tried his best to talk Dodge into finding a lawyer, but Dodge refused. “I met with her a couple times before signing,” Dodge said of Shumlin’s lawyer. “She advised me [to get] legal counsel and all this stuff, you know. Like I say, I couldn’t afford one, so I went with what was written and signed where I need to sign and get it over with.” It’s hard not to sympathize with Dodge’s plight. A tour of his house makes clear that he is either unable or unwilling to take care of himself. The place is fetid, littered with refuse and reeks of dog and cat urine. And everyone involved concedes it was far filthier last fall, when the power failed and the septic system backed up. Worse yet is that, until recently, nobody seems to have been rushing to Dodge’s aid. In the past week, his friends and family have become omnipresent in the media. Corliss — this scandal’s LINDA TRIPP or KATO KAELIN — has appeared in nearly every

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news story, opining to any reporter who will listen about Dodge’s mental capacity. His daughter, Rochelle, tearfully told WCAX-TV last Thursday she’s now working to get her father into an assisted-living facility. But where were they all before the cameras descended upon East Montpelier seven weeks before Dodge’s scheduled eviction? And why didn’t town officials point out to Dodge that his $4597 annual tax bill could have been dramatically reduced had he simply declared his property a homestead and filed for property-tax abatement? As former Republican state representative Oliver Olsen has pointed out, Dodge’s $10,000-a-year income should have made him eligible to pay no more than $500 a year in taxes. The answers may be even more troubling than the questions: After a string of arrests — most recently for domestic abuse — those who know him best may have grown tired of trying to help. And the town in which he lived may have been happy to see him go. “What I can tell you is that Jerry is not a saint. He has done awful things to people — mostly women,” Shumlin said. “When Jerry is sober and off drugs, he’s a compelling and interesting guy to be with. I’ve been told that when he is on substances of alcohol and drugs, you don’t want to be near him — and that’s Jerry’s challenge.” Stepping into the breach — at least in his own version of events — was an unlikely hero: Shumlin himself. The way the governor explained it Friday afternoon, as he summoned reporter after reporter into his Pavilion State Office Building suite, “There was no one else in line to engage to help, and the outcome for Jerry would’ve been very bleak.” Had he not bought the property and restored Dodge’s electricity, the governor said, the man wouldn’t have lasted weeks in the place — let alone another year. And now that Dodge is having second thoughts about the deal, he says he’s perfectly happy to extend his neighbor’s stay and revisit the deal — so long as Dodge has a lawyer present. Shumlin’s narrative is compelling, but there’s one detail that truly rankles. Since Vermont Press Bureau Chief Peter HirscHfeld broke the story last week, there have been conflicting news accounts about who approached whom about the possibility of Shumlin purchasing the property. On Friday, the governor confirmed it was he who first brought it up to Dodge after he “started hearing rumors about

a tax sale” and visited the town office to inquire about it. “I brought it up with Jerry when we were cutting wood one day,” Shumlin said. “As a courtesy, I wanted him to know that if his house was coming up for tax sale that, you know, I was an interested party … I didn’t want him to feel like I was looking into it around his back.” Shumlin’s interest in the property should come as no surprise. Its 16 acres are not pretty, but they sit right beside his newly built cabin. Each structure is visible to the other through the trees. What’s troubling about this timeline is that even in Shumlin’s own telling, it looks less like he was dutifully responding to a neighbor’s request for help and more like he was scoping a new acquisition for his real-estate Empire. That might explain why the gov didn’t bother treating Dodge like any other constituent and explain how he could reduce his tax burden. Shumlin, it seems, set the hook and then reeled in his fish. Rather than risk a bidding war at auction — or the possibility that Dodge could raise enough cash in the subsequent year to cancel a tax sale — the gov managed to buy the place for a song. And he even managed to look like a hero — at least in the eyes of Jeremy Dodge. It would be easier to assume good intentions if Shumlin himself didn’t make it so damn hard. But in his brief two and a half years in office, the governor has cultivated a reputation for talking out of both sides of his mouth. In this year’s legislative session alone, he showed a willingness to accuse others of raising taxes when his own proposals would raise them far higher. And he was perfectly happy to falsely claim just two weeks ago that a proposal to cut taxes on most Vermonters — but raise them on his wealthy contributors — would result in a net tax increase. It would be nice to believe that Shumlin was the one decent person in this whole sad mess, but he hasn’t given us much reason to do so. We can only hope that the resolution of this saga will. m

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hen Sen. Patrick Leahy needed someone to ex plain to Congress why Vermont f arms need legal migrant laborers, he didn’t invite a flannel-clad dairy farmer to be his star wit ness. He called upon Alyson Eastman, a 36-year-old accountant and bookkeeper from Orwell, to testify on the federal immigration overhaul. Eastman has the distinction of owning the only business in Vermont that brokers H-2A visa applications f or farms and orchards that rely on migrant laborers f or seasonal agricultural work. She purchased Book-Ends Associates from a relative three years ago, and runs it out of a small, cluttered office a stone’s throw f rom the 278-acre dairy f arm where she grew up. Her business, which employs six other Vermonters, provides accounting and payroll services for local f arms, but H-2A work accounts f or 40 percent of her revenues. “She is carrying however many mil lions of dollars of our produce industry on her back, not to put too fine a point on it,” says Rep. Will Stevens (I-Shoreham), an organic vegetablef armer. “She’s doing yeoman’s work.” At a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on April 22, Eastman testified in f avor of expanding the temporary worker program to cover year-round workers, including those on dairy farms. At present, only laborers in Vermont for seasonal work qualify, which is why dairy f arms that seek year-round workers often hire migrants who are here illegally. Most of the estimated 1200 Latino f armworkers in Vermont are undocumented. Eastman’s business handles paper work to secure H-2A visas f or virtually all of the roughly 450 temporary work ers who flock to Vermont each year for work. The vast majority comes f rom Jamaica. Their visas allow them to spend up to 10 months a year working f or Vermont orchards, f ruit and vegetable farms, and poultry operations. Eastman helped Dave and Judy Adams find willing migrant workers for their Westford poultry farm. The hours are long and the work is demanding, Judy Adams says, and the couple had trouble finding reliable help at Adams Turkey Farm, which they started in 1984. “I cannot have our flock of turkeys

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ready for processing and get calls at 6:30 in the morning that ‘I’m not feeling well today,’ or ‘I’m hungover today,’ or, ‘Such and such can’t give me a ride today,’” says Judy Adams. Eastman helped the Adams navigate the byzantine process of hiring two Jamaicans, Omar Edwards and Denton O’Connor, on H-2A visas. Knowing the farm was in capable hands, the couple even got away f or a quick overnight to Maine this year. “That was huge for us,” Judy Adams says. “Denton and Omar — I trust them. They can handle whatever comes up as I would handle it … We’re such a team. We just click.” The H-2A program could disappear entirely with the immigration-ref orm bill Congress is considering now. As passed by Leahy’s committee, the bill would phase out the existing visa pro gram within one year, replacing it with a new agriculture visa to be overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Supporters of the change, which would allow workers to stay f or up to three

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years, say it would be less burdensome for employers than the H-2A program. Eastman favors the new approach because it would allow dairy farmers to hire legal foreign workers for the first time. Her own family sold their dairy herd in 2006, in part because they couldn’t find legal, reliable domestic employees. It wouldn’t be hard to improve on the H-2A program. Some of the state’s largest orchards used to handle the pa perwork in-house. But administering it — which requires immaculate attention to detail, as applications can be rejected over the smallest inconsistencies — has become too much for most employers to handle on their own. Eastman puts in up to two months of legwork to bring in workers f or her clients. She places advertisements in Vermont and out-of -state newspapers — a Department of Labor requirement to prove that the seasonal jobs can’t be filled domestically. She and one of her employees also draft detailed “job order” contracts, outlining specifics such as a worker’s duties, start date and housing. In addition to the DOL, Eastman is juggling paperworkf or immigration

officials and the U.S. State Department, working with recruiters, and coordinat ing with the labor ministry in Jamaica and the embassy in Mexico. A botched application can result in a worker shortage at a crucial time of year, and crop insurance doesn’t kick in if a farm’s labor force gets held up by H-2A hiccups. “She dots our ‘I’s and crosses our ‘T’s,” says Judy Adams. The most recent H-2A headache relates to income taxes. The Internal Revenue Service is asking more of sea sonal workers, from requiring them to get Social Security numbers to requir ing that their employers file W-2 wage and tax statements f or them. While Eastman began filing these additional forms as early as 2008, she says that it wasn’t clear until 2011 — when pastdue notices began trickling in — that the IRS had changed its expectations regarding income taxes f or the work force. For decades, H-2A workers were not expected to pay state or f ederal income taxes. Some of the unique challenges of working with an itinerant workf orce:


Not all workers have reliable addresses at home in Jamaica; some are illiterate; and employers often draw additional scrutiny from the IRS when they file workers’ W-2s. “It’s not easy, and you’d better play by the rules, because you’re going to get audited. Those are the first two things I tell people when they come into the H-2A program,” says Eastman. Vermont’s Department of Taxes followed in the IRS’s footsteps, and, starting last year, tried to collect back income taxes due between 2008 and 2011. Employers sounded the alarm. Some worried their workers would be denied entry to the U.S. because of unpaid tax bills, while others feared losing laborers to New Hampshire, which doesn’t collect state income tax. Vermont lawmakers scrambled for a solution, and ultimately tacked a provision onto this year’s agriculture housekeeping bill — H.515 — that forgives state income taxes for H-2A visa holders between 2008 and 2011. Workers are still on the hook for 2012 income taxes, and federal income taxes won’t be forgiven at all. Stevens estimates those Vermont back taxes would have amounted to a total of less than $100,000; Eastman puts the figure even lower and suggests the state might have spent more to collect those taxes than it would have brought in. How does Eastman get paid? She charges a flat rate for her service, based in part on the number of workers an employer needs. Her clients range from small operations that need just one or two workers to a larger orchard in New York State that employs more than 200. But it’s worth the price for Vermont farmers. Once the visas are approved, Eastman says workers can be on the farm within 48 hours. The farmers pay to transport them, which costs an average $1000 per worker. Barney Hodges, who owns the 200-acre Sunrise Orchards in Cornwall,

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t’s been a rough 12 months f or Vermont’s compost industry. Last June, Green Mountain Compost learned its product had been contaminated with herbicides. The tainted compost withered many organic gardens throughout the state. Two months later, a far less publicized crisis hit Vermont Compost Company in Montpelier. The business received a letter from the Vermont Department of Taxes indicating it was being audited for f ailure to collect sales tax on compost sold since 2009. Owner Karl Hammer, whose company has been making and selling compost since 1994, initially thought it was an error. For years, he operated under the assumption that compost was a nontaxable commodity, just like seeds, starter plants, fertilizers and animal bedding. Shortly after the fi rst letter, Hammer got a second, stating he owed $394,000 in unpaid back taxes. It gave him 10 days to submit to the audit. “That did get my attention,” he says. “And then o° we went through the looking glass.” Unbeknownst to Hammer, Vermont had written new tax rules in 2009 that listed tax-exempt items f or commercial growers. The list included animal f eed, baler twine, turkey poults and bull semen. Even synthetic fertilizer — which is made from fossil fuels — was on there. But organic compost and manure were not. “There’s a basic f ood justice issue here,” Hammer argues. “The tax department is saying that organic f armers, by choosing organic methods, are subject to a 6 percent tax that chemical farmers are not subject to.” To add insult to injury: Organic growers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York can buy Vermont compost tax-free. Hammer is the only known compost manuf acturer under review by the Department of Taxes. O˛ cials there won’t comment on Hammer’s case, which is ongoing, nor will they say whether other manuf acturers and sellers of compost, manure and other “soil amendments” are being audited. “It’s a weird policy. It just doesn’t make any sense,” says state Rep. Will Stevens (I-Shoreham), who owns 88acre Golden Russet Farms. He buys 100




tons of product from Vermont Compost every year. Stevens, who also serves on the House Committee on Agriculture, argues that Vermont’s tax law is treating compost di° erently than any other raw commodity used in wholesale production. For comparison, he uses the example of a Vermont f urniture manuf acturer who buys locally harvested wood to make chairs. From the felling of the tree to the milling of the lumber, there’s no “taxable event” until the chair is sold to a customer. The same goes for all other “production inputs” — nails, glue, fi nish, etc. — used in making chairs. How compost was lef t o° the taxexempt list in 2009 remains a mystery. Je° Dooley is lead tax policy analyst for the Vermont Department of Taxes, but says he didn’t write the regulations on compost. Nor does Dooley know why chemical fertilizers earned a reprieve. “The department’s stance has always been that, because compost doesn’t f all into any of the exemptions, it’s taxable,” he says. “And because it’s tangible personal property and doesn’t fi t into any of the exemptions, we have to apply the law the way it’s written.” Nevertheless, Dooley insists that there’s “defi nitely no particular initiative by the department to single out this industry.”

Hammer argues that the tax department’s aggressive pursuit of his company is at odds with the goals of Act 148, a state law enacted last year that’s intended to boost the state’s recycling e° orts and completely ban the landfi lling of organic materials by 2020. Every year, his company accepts about 850 wet tons of f ood scraps f rom the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District. That biodegradable material comes from 75 food generators throughout Washington County, including hospitals, f ood co-ops, supermarkets and public schools. As a pair of muddy German shepherds chase chickens around his facility, Hammer warns that Vermont will f ace a composting crisis if it continues to punish businesses like his. And it goes beyond that. “Investing in the soil of the farm is a very good investment over time,” he says. “All civilizations that hit the wall on soil come to an end.” When will Hammer get his own closure with the Vermont Department of Taxes? He’s negotiated the bill down to about $100,000, but says he just learned that some of his heavy machinery is considered “contaminated.” That tax term, he explains, means that if backhoes and excavators are used more than 4 percent of the time f or “post-production” work, such as in


loading bags of compost onto customers’ trucks, they’re also subject to sales tax. “The minutiae of this audit is just astonishing,” he says. “They just decided that certain pieces of my equipment are contaminated and added another $13,000 to my bill.” Though Hammer’s is the only known business currently under scrutiny, the audit is causing confusion among other compost producers. Bob Foster, owner of Foster Brothers Farm and Vermont Natural Ag Products of Middlebury, says he isn’t sure whether he should charge sales tax on compost he sells to a professional landscaper who may use it f or one purpose that has traditionally been tax-exempt (such as a vegetable garden) and another that has not been (such as fertilizing a lawn). “There’s just an awful lot of confusion around this subject,” says Foster, whose company makes the “Moo Do” line of potting soil, compost and manure, and is one of the largest compost facilities in the state. Pat Sagui, directorf o the Composting Association of Vermont in Westf ield, says that in light of Hammer’s situation, some compost sellers are charging sales tax while others are not. The Composting Association isn’t advising its members one way or the other. Sagui says a legislative fi x to the compost tax is in the works. Last session, the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets provided the House Ag committee with language to address this problem, but the 2013 session ended before the committee could take up the bill. According to Rep. Stevens, the bill will be a “priority” when the legislature reconvenes in January. In the meantime, Hammer has been trying to make the best of a bad situation. The audit hasn’t just been a “huge internal cost” to his business, he says. The six-fi gure tax bill and its potential consequences have taken a psychological toll on Hammer and his employees. “People are taking out mortgages, having babies. People who work here believe in the work we do. Some of my people are making professional salaries,” he says. “I keep hoping saner heads will prevail.” 



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ermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce wasn’t asking f or votes or donations on a recent Saturday morning at the University Mall in South Burlington; she was looking to return money to the people who put her in office. At an inf o booth near JCPenny, Pearce invited passing shoppers to con sult a bank of computers to determine if the state of Vermont might be holding any unclaimed financial property that belonged to them. A young man in a visored cap typed his name into a search function, and up came a hit. The man’s former employer had turned his final paycheck over to the state’s Unclaimed Property Office. “Sweet!” the man exclaimed, shoot ing his arms upward, touchdown-style. “I just made $70!” A f ew minutes later, a woman who searched the database was less im pressed to learn she was owed just $8 and didn’t bother filing a claim. But another shopper that same day was pleasantly surprised to discover he had $500 in “lost” stocks coming to him. The state treasurer’s office is currently in possession of more than $59 million in unclaimed financial property owed to roughly 260,000 individuals and companies in Vermont. While only a fraction of that money ever gets back to its owners, Pearce is stepping up efforts — her missing-money road show, for one — to reunite people with their lost loot. By all accounts, it’s working. In fiscal year 2012, the Treasurer’s Office returned more than $4.2 million to 14,537 claimants — the largest number of claims paid out since the program’s inception in 1954. Fiscal year 2013 is tracking to be even better: Pearce estimates that by June 30, her office will have returned another $5 million worth of unclaimed property f rom dormant bank accounts, stocks, tax ref unds, overpaid hospital bills, utility deposits, unclaimed wages and insurance proceeds. Pearce has had a hand in some big wins since she was appointed in 2010: Her office recently announced it had reached an agreement with three insur ers to return $2.2 million in lif e-insur ance benefits to around 2500 individuals. “We’ve been working with other un claimed property administrators across the country … engaging in audits of


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insurance companies … and we found a number of cases where the insured had passed away and the beneficiary had not received those benefits,” explains Pearce. In some cases, insurers couldn’t locate beneficiaries on very old policies. In others, the insurer might not have searched vigorously enough. Working with industry groups such as the National Conference of Insurance Legislators, Pearce has focused on con sumer legislation that would f acilitate the process. She was recently elected president of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators.

Closer to home, Pearce was a driv ing f orce behind a new state law that requires insurance companies to make “a good-faith effort” to find missing beneficiaries using a Social Security Administration database called “the Death Master File,” a searchable government roster of the deceased. Currently, insurers can check that official list to determine if a policyholder has died and a benefit is due to someone who might not have known to claim it. But they aren’t required to make that search. As it stands, a beneficiary’s claim

is what triggers a lif e-insurance com pany to pay survivor benefits. Without a claim, the insurer has no affirmative responsibility to act. Vermont’s new law, which takes effect July 1, holds insurers more accountable f or finding claimants. “Insurance companies that sell both lif e and annuities had been using the Death Master File to search for deceased policyholders so they could stop making payments on the annuities side, but they hadn’t been using the list to identify beneficiaries to pay benefits on the life-insurance side of the business,” explains Vermont Department of Financial Regulation Commissioner Susan Donegan, whose office has jurisdiction over unfair insurance trade practices. The new law empowers DFR to go af ter insurance companies that engage in this practice, known as “asymmetrical use of the Death Master File.” The new law will require lif e and annuity com panies to periodically search the Death Master File for deceased holders of life insurance policies, so that beneficiaries are f ound and paid sooner. Perhaps most importantly, if a beneficiary cannot be identified, it requires companies to send unclaimed insurance proceeds to the state’s unclaimed property f und, at which point the treasurer will attempt to locate the beneficiary. “If the Treasurer’s Office finds any evidence of non-compliance, it gets referred to us,” Donegan says. The new law should also bolster the state’s posi tion in investigations already under way. In the annals of unclaimed prop erty in Vermont, there have been some real hidden treasures. Nine years ago, a Vermont bank turned over the con tents of a saf e-deposit box containing rare photos, autographs and hand written notes f rom luminaries such as Salvador Dalí, Paul Klee, Grandma Moses, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Ira Gershwin and Johannes Brahms. The lot belonged to the late F.C. Schang, who became president of Columbia Artists Management Inc. He was an agent f or the Trapp Family Singers of Stowe. Schang’s collection was thought to be worth roughly $100,000. With the help of a town clerk, then-state treasurer Jeb Spaulding eventually found the beneficiary: a former Vermont firefighter. How could such a valuable collection

years has demonstrated an obsession with challenging the practices of government, holds that an aggressive return policy fundamentally goes against a state’s financial interests. Nolan most recently reported that he has organized a group of 500 volunteers to locate individuals whose names are on the unclaimed property list to help them claim their money — essentially, it would appear, assisting the treasurer in her statutory mission. It’s not just a Vermont thing. In 2007, a federal judge in California stopped the state from seizing unclaimed financial assets, ruling it had not made enough of an effort to return unclaimed property to its rightful owners. In his opinion, U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb wrote, “If the purpose of the law is ... to reunite owners with lost or forgotten property, its ultimate goal should be to generate little or no revenue at all for the state.” Pearce recently returned from Washington, D.C., where she testified before the Uniform Law Commission, which is considering updates to the federal Uniform Unclaimed Property Act. She is pushing for changes that would, in effect, lessen revenues for states by getting money to claimants before it reverted to unclaimed property. Pearce seems to enjoy the challenge. Indeed, what politician — especially one who aspires to higher office — wouldn’t love the chance to reunite people with money they might not know they were owed? Between greeting shoppers at the U-Mall, Pearce served notice on the higher-office point. “This is my passion … my life’s work,” she says of her job. “This is the only elective office I’m ever going to be looking at.” m

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go unclaimed? As Pearce explains, “Banks often merge with other banks over the years, so that’s one way things can get lost.” How hard the Treasurer’s Office works to reunite people and their things is a topic of great speculation. The Vermont list is sprinkled with wellknown entities, including the University of Vermont, Cabot Creamery, Ben & Jerry’s, National Life of Montpelier — even the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Does the presence of such high-profile claimants on the list suggest a lessthan-energetic effort on the part of the state to contact them? What about the low-profile ones? How many of those might be easily located by, say, a savvy 11-year-old with an internet-connected device? Pearce’s explanation: Some large companies with hundreds of separate small claims choose to file for them all just once a year. As for lesserknown claimants, she says her office sends out roughly 11,000 official letters a year notifying people they have financial assets they apparently don’t know about; staff use lists of state employees, teachers and retirees, as well as other government databases, to make money matches. Media campaigns and public appearances are also part of the outreach effort. The average claim on Vermont’s list is close to $300 but many unclaimed accounts are worth less than $10. Despite what Pearce describes as a new “express filing system which moves things a little faster for claims up to $200,” people who are owed small amounts often don’t bother. Such explanations don’t satisfy everyone. Here and across the country, critics have complained about the enormous sums states hold in unclaimed property accounts — estimated at $41.7 billion. States put that cash-in-waiting to use; it doesn’t just sit there in a drawer. Vermont uses a portion of unclaimed funds for college scholarships. At least in theory, if everyone suddenly filed claims simultaneously, it could have serious fiscal consequences. The value of Vermont’s unclaimed property — $59 million — is 4.5 percent of the state’s $1.3 billion general fund. Wallace Nolen of Barre has a special interest in unclaimed property issues. The self-styled activist, who for some

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College at Odds Over Addison County Pipeline Project,” May 15]. Despite continued negative feedback from those directly affected throughout Addison County, Vermont Gas Systems continues to evade questions. Turnout at recent VGS open houses has consisted almost entirely of vocal opponents to the project, causing them to suspend such town-meeting-style forums. VGS representatives repeatedly fail to address the issues most important to route residents. Last year, Vermont passed a

statewide ban on fracking. We must not allow this blatant contradiction to snake through our state, beneath the lake, and lock us in to decades of continued fossilfuel consumption. To accuse pipeline opponents of NIMBYism is false and evasive. No one’s backyard, front yard, farm or forest should be subject to clear-cutting and contamination. The strong and vocal opposition to this project is cognizant of the inherent solidarity with other communities impacted by extraction. In your continued coverage of this issue, please include more voices from impacted communities, both from Addison County and from the frack fields of Alberta, Canada, where VGS gas will be sourced; continue to stress the fact that natural gas is not clean-burning, and is a false solution to climate change; continue to highlight the growing and organized opposition to the fracked-gas pipeline. martha Waterman burlington


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t’s a cliché in Vermont to say the hills are alive with the sound of music. But this week, that is literally true — just not with Rodgers and Hammerstein. The Green Mounta In opera Fest Ival , which sponsors the state’s only youngartists programf or opera singers, launched its eighth season this week with an event geared toward the 12 young singers in its Emerging Artists Program: a master class with Metropolitan Opera assistant chorus master Joseph Lawson. The singers’ master-class performances are free and open to the public. Later in the three-week festival, vocal-technique buffs can also watch for free as two other opera eminences hone the young sing ers’ skills: Steven Blier, who cof ounded the New York Festival of Song and Antony Walker, the artistic director and conductor of Washington (D.C.) Concert Opera and music director of Pittsburgh Opera. Though the GMOF features multiple events, including culminating perf or mances of Britten’s Albert Herring by the emerging artists and Mozart’s Don Giovanni by prof essionals, new artistic director Bruce stasyna is particularly excited about the master-class series. And that makes sense: He directed the f estival’s Emerging Artists Program f or the past six years under f ormer artistic director Taras Kulish. “[Blier] is my coup f or the f estival,” Stasyna enthuses during a phone call from New York City. “I was really afraid to put the pitch out there, but I thought, if I’m going to do this, I’m going to go for my big gun.” Stasyna first worked with Blier when the f ormer was the Wolf Trap Opera Company chorus master on a series of recitals that Blier conducted. Also a piano accompanist, Blier has given recitals with renowned opera stars including Renée Fleming and Samuel Ramey. Stasyna has worked extensively with Australia-born conductor Antony Walker at Minnesota Opera, where the former was music director for six years; and at Washington Concert Opera, where Stasyna took up his current post as chorus master and assistant conduc tor at Walker’s invitation. Walker will also conduct Giovanni. Stasyna says he chose him because “I wanted someone really strong who gets Mozart’s style” — particularly his Baroque style.


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Happily, Stasyna recently discovered, his percussionist will come with his own Baroque timpani, which tends to have smaller, calfskin drum heads and mallets with heads wrapped in leather, creating a bright, focused sound. “These are tiny little things,” Stasyna admits. “Some people won’t even know the difference, but the musicians will go, ‘Wow.’” The new director has had to reconcile his zeal f or high quality with GMOF’s recently straitened circumstances: Its customary National Endowment for the Arts grant was one of two $10,000 grants the festival did not receive this year. This summer’s operas will be semi-staged rather than fully, though Stasyna prom ises they will be “highly theatrical pre sentations that really put an emphasis on telling the story.” There will also be one production of the Emerging Artists’ opera rather than two, and no Broadway picnic as in the past. However, a new event has been added to the roster that promises to have wide appeal. This Friday, the public can hear a handful of the emerging artists sing in the intimate space of the West Branch Gallery in Stowe. Co-sponsored bysto We area opera l overs , “Opera at the Gallery” will offer cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, art viewing and arias from the season’s two operas. The idea behind the Stowe event is to reach new audiences, says Doreen sIMko , f ormer board president of the Green Mounta In cultural center in Waitsfield

— GMOF’s parent nonprofit. Says Simko, “If you’re actually hearing these singers, that can be a great inspiration to go see the operas.” This year’s gala concert and cham pagne reception at the UVM Recital Hall (June 14), titled “Don Giovanni Behind Closed Doors,” promises both f un and intrigue. Stasyna explains, “There’s a lot of rumor around the character and mo tives of Don Giovanni. What really hap pened to Donna Anna and Donna Elvira? We don’t know” — other than that they are two of the Don’s victims of seduc tion. The program will “explore the inner lif e of the young Giovanni” using the American Songbook, Gershwin and others. “There’s at least one ‘do’ and one ‘wop’ in the evening,” Stasyna promises. The director chose the season’s operas as a nod to the festival’s past and future. Giovanni is one of three operas on which Mozart collaborated with the great librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. The GMOF has already produced the others, Le Nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte; Stasyna considers finishing the trilogy an “homage” to past achieve ment. Britten’s comic 1947 opera, by contrast, looks f orward. “Britten really influenced the landscape of contempo rary opera,” Stasyna says, and this year is the centenary of the composer’s birth. Baritone David Castillo, 25, a returning Emerging Artist — and one of 475 singers who auditioned f or the pro gram this year — will sing Sid in Albert Herring. Speaking f rom Los Angeles,

Castillo calls GMOF’s opera choices “smart,” and the Britten work “one of the best operas for young singers to do. Britten writes really well f or the voice, and Albert is challenging musically,” but not heavy, he opines. The story involves staid Albert, crowned May King for his confirmed virginity, going off the deep end as a result of Sid’s mischievous prodding. At his first GMOF season last year, Castillo was still earning his master’s in vocal arts at the University of Southern California and was among the youngest participants. “That’s what I loved about the program: Most had been doing the young-artist thing f or a while,” he re calls. “They had maturity in their voices. That really pushed me to do better. It was a really fantastic growth experience f or me.” And, he adds, “I didn’t know how beautiful Vermont was.” WenDy Brauer , as the new GMCC board president, has been working hard on finding housing in the Mad River Valley for Castillo and the other singers, emerging and prof essional — her job’s biggest challenge, she estimates. While she’s placed the non-locals among the 31 musicians of the Giovanni orchestra (Albert will have 11) with f amilies f or their short stays, for the singers she has needed to secure donated condomini ums that are privately owned. The effort is entirely worthwhile, Brauer says. “It’s a huge thing to be able to support the next generation of opera singers. And they love it here.” m “Opera at the Gallery,” Friday, may 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at West Branch Gallery in Stowe. $25. The full schedule of Green mountain Opera Festival events is at Other Opera This Summer: The Opera Company of middlebury opens its five-performance run of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin this Friday, may 31. The Oriana Singers of vermont perform a concert version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta Pirates of Penzance on monday, July 15, as part of the vermont Summer music Festival. Opera n orth, in Lebanon, n .H., begins a four-performance run of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor on Tuesday, August 6.


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last weekend. In it, Schein, who comes to Vermont from a long and distinguished career David Schein in experimental/ progressive/whatever theater, explores nearly all the letters in the acronym LGBTQ. Unfortunately, it would give everything away to explain exactly how he does this, but suffice it to say, it’s a ballsy performance. So to speak. Perhaps I can say that Schein/Butch begins the evening as a foul-mouthed construction worker in a suitably blue-collar outfit, bad wig and facial hair. Butch imagines himself a sensitive-enough guy, but he’s actually kind of a dick. Even if he does try to take care of a woman and child at home, and claims to do the cooking and cleaning to boot. When the ungrateful spouse up and dumps him, Butch wallows in the hurt, pain and self-pity of the dumpee. And then he gets mad. He acts out at work, making threatening gestures with a power tool. His boss suggests an anger-management class. Instead, Butch decides to remake his life, to transform from “an asshole carpenter” to … something else. He meditates. He trades in his Ford F-100 truck for a Karmann Ghia. He loses the beard and “all this sheetrock shit” and gets a job at a record store. And he chooses a



totem — which he carefully pronounces “toe-tem.” It is a pink flamingo. That supplies a rather bald clue to the next persona Butch tries on. Or should we say tries “out”? Schein is an intense performer, throwing himself full-bore into the multiple roles he has created in this piece. At times he is very funny, particularly in body language; at other times he’s almost uncomfortably Untitled-15 confrontational. He begins Butch as a dude chafing against the constraints of dudeness and the unfathomable female, but the character Schein has created is open to anything, almost too eager to change and learn and grow. Yet all the while, he’s not just trying to find himself; he’s trying to find love. Schein brings his persona almost full circle to end up much as he began, with one really big difference that I won’t reveal here. That conclusion could be interpreted in at least two ways: The cynical reading is that you can’t escape who you are; if you’re a loser now, you’ll always be one, no matter how many identities you try. The gentler interpretation might be that finding love — or yourself — should not require sacrificing who you are. Schein is a man of many skills: He writes, composes, performs and teaches. The freeform “résumé” on his website also lists managing nonprofits, fundraising for youth, strategic branding, oral history projects and more. He cofounded


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In Middlebury, Edward Hopper’s Vermont Paintings Reveal an Evolving Style B y Kev in J. K elley

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dward Hopper’s time in Vermont was bracketed by natural disasters: the flood of 1927 and the New England hurricane of 1938. In between, the artist who would later become famous for scenes of urban isolation drew and painted agri cultural buildings and rural landscapes. Viewing these works offers fresh insight into the psychology and evolving style of his overall body of work. All of the 30 or so watercolors and drawings Hopper (1882-1967) made in Vermont are gathered for the first time in a show at the Middlebury College Museu M of art that runs through August 11. Several are on loan from Manhattan’s Whitney Museum of American Art, a leading repository of Hopper’s work. The pieces are arranged chronologi cally, with ample annotations by Bonnie Tocher Clause, author ofEdward Hopper in Vermont, a book published last year by University Press of New England. Clause not only studied these pictures closely, she tracked many of them to the exact spots where Hopper had made his sketches. Like the artist and his wife, the investigator and her spouse drove the back roads of central Vermont, search ing for inspiring scenes. It was Hopper’s practice, Clause in forms us, to sketch from the backseat of his parked roadster. The 6-f oot-5-inch artist was able to stretch out more com f ortably there. That position affected his perspective in works such as “Three Mile Bridge,” a mid-1930s rendering of a span across the Winooski River that replaced a bridge de stroyed in the 1927 flood. The height of the bridge’s steel truss is exaggerated due to the artist’s semirecumbent position in the rear of his car, Clause notes. Other observations of hers are less anecdotal and more enlightening. Hopper’s Vermont oeuvre can be divided into two distinct parts, Clause explains: the architecturally focused pieces painted during his initial day trips into the state from an artists’ colony in New Hampshire, and the landscapes composed during the summers of 1937 and ’38, when Hopper and his wife, Josephine Verstille Nivison,

“vermont Sugar House,“ 1938

were agritourists staying at Wagon Wheels Farm in South Royalton. Clause finds the earlier pieces to be workman like in their execution, while the wa tercolors and drawings made a decade later are much more expressive, she points out, reflecting the self-confidence Hopper had acquired by then as a critically ac claimed and financially successful artist. The trees in water colors such as “Rain on River” (1938) are depicted by means of f eathery brushstrokes. Here, too, the painter makes effective use of negative space, allowing an uncolored, thin length of paper to represent — ap propriately enough — the White River. Absence is a crucial element of Hopper’s vision. Some of his most f amous oils of New York street scenes, such as “Early Sunday Morning,” are

Hopper’s landscapes are

alive with light and the forces of nature .

devoid of human figures. And even when people are present, as in what is prob ably Hopper’s most f amous painting, “Nighthawks,” the mood is mournf ul, with onlookers’ attention made to focus more on what must have been lost than on what is silently present. The same effect is achieved, less dramatically, in most of the Vermont works. The only living creature to be seen in the Middlebury show is a cow in an un titled watercolor from 1927. And notes of melancholy inf use the mundane scenes that the taciturn Hopper paused to paint during his wanderings up and down the White River Valley. The landscapes are nevertheless alive with light and the forces of nature. The last piece in the show — “Windy Day” — shows an uncharacteristically bright-blue river chopping with waves as yellow-tinged trees bend and sway on its banks. Viewers may f eel a tingle when reading Clause’s conjecture that this painting may have been composed on the very day that the great hurricane of 1938 was bearing down on Vermont.

The Hoppers were known to have lef t the state precipitously that September, she points out. The most rewarding items in the show may be its half dozen chalk and pencil drawings. The subjects are pro saic (f or Vermont): barns, trees, distant mountains. But these sketches reveal the bones of Hopper’s art. They give insight into how his hand transcribed onto paper what his eye had seen. They may also serve as hors d’ouevres for the f east of Hopper drawings on offer this summer at the Whitney. m “Edward Hopper in Vermont,” paintings and drawings, Middlebury College Museum of Art. Through August 11. Info, 443-5007. Bonnie Tocher Clause will give an illustrated lecture on her book, Edward Hopper in Vermont, on June 7, 4 p.m. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Hopper biographer Gail Levin gives an introduction to the artist’s work on June 27, 4:30 p.m., in the same location.

David Schein « p.23 of moodiness, anger and resignation to unhappy destiny. It’s one thing to read the piece — as you can at thebigclickmag. com — but listening to it is challenging. Or, more to the point, hard to follow. “Note From Earth” is set in a postapocalyptic time. Earth is apparently totally trashed — Nisbet calls it “the wreckage of the twentieth century” — though whether by some cataclysm (burning and radioactivity are themes) or by a slower degradation (climate change?) isn’t specified. Martin Gil’s spare set, essentially an artful installation of debris in the center of the room and strings of little white lights overhead, underscores the grim reality of the ruined, darkened planet. Schein’s delivery is not stentorian but kinetic: He scrabbles around the room (configured as theater-in-the-round) like a trapped animal, even flinging himself on the rubble pile, and talks nonstop. While a listener may not be entirely certain what’s happened to Earth, or is happening in the moment with this character — he calls himself “the wilted swain beyond its end” — Nisbet’s poetry is mesmerizing. And Schein’s performance is an urgent, desperate force to the very bitter end. m Out Comes Butch, written and performed by David Schein, and “Note From Earth,” written by Jim Nisbet and performed by Schein, Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1, 8 p.m., at the Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington. $12. Mature audiences only. Info and reservations,

the One Love AIDS/HIV Awareness Theater in Awassa, Ethiopia. He’s created six solo shows, along with numerous plays and musicals. In his former stomping grounds of San Francisco, his 70-person opera Tokens, a Play on the Plague earned him three San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, as well as three Hollywood DramaLogue awards. Out Comes Butch, Schein explains, began as an improvisation he performed in Berkeley for a series called “Improvisation and the State of the Heart.” Butch has been performed by other theater groups around the country, including a recent stint at the Voodoo Lounge in New Orleans. Schein himself toured the work in the U.S. and Europe with Whoopi Goldberg as a companion piece to her stage production “The Spook Show” in the early 1980s. In short, Schein has been an uncommonly productive self-employed artist. He sums up his work as “using the arts as a tool for transformation.” Schein certainly plays with that theme in Out Comes Butch. But the piece with which he pairs it at the Off Center, playwright Jim Nisbet’s “Note From Earth,” strikes a much darker note. Schein presents that 15-minute work — also a solo performance — following Butch and an intermission. He first performed it in 1985, directed by the author, in San Francisco, and has directed it himself elsewhere. “Note From Earth” is a sort of long poem, like a Shakespearean soliloquy, and Schein delivers it with a dramatic combination

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Dear cecil, The Straight Dope columns I find particularly interesting are the ones about secret societies: the Illuminati, the Bilderbergs, the council on Foreign Relations, the trilateral commission, the masons, etc. I’m not sure whether I should beat ‘em, join ‘em or continue to relegate them to the land of paranoid delusions. can you give me the Straight Dope? John La Duke

But evidently they get a good chunk. In October a heavily fortified top-secret NSA data center costing $1.5 billion will go into operation in Utah. Projected by some to consume $40 million in electricity per year, this mega installation has enough capacity to store hundreds of times the amount of data created in all human history. The idea is to protect us against terrorism and such. But who can say when some midlevel bureaucrats may take it into their heads to investigate the Tea Party, the Socialist Workers, or you? Closely linked to the NSA is the vast antiterrorism and homeland security apparatus erected after 9/11. A 2010 Washington Post investigation found 1271



ou’re missing the big picture, John. Sure, I could riff on the Illuminati, Skull and Bones, or the League of Hyrax — or I could tell you about the more insidious secretive societies that hide in plain sight. These organizations are far more dangerous than a bunch of balding ex-frat brothers sitting around naked in the woods plotting world domination. They work right out in the open, knowing the average person can’t fathom how deep the swamp really is. Let’s start with the many secretive entities on the federal payroll, perhaps the most infamous being the National Security Agency. Every day NSA robo-snoops intercept at least 1.7 billion emails, phone calls and other electronic communications, looking for … well, we don’t know exactly, because no one is talking. We also don’t know the size of the NSA’s budget; its share of the $53 billion U.S. intelligence kitty is classified.

government organizations and 1931 private companies were toiling away at various domestic security initiatives. Thirty-three buildings totaling 17 million square feet had been constructed in the D.C. area to house all those worker bees. What are they up to? Even the people at the top of the intelligence food chain don’t really know. Another secretive agency is the Federal Reserve, which controls U.S. banking and monetary policy. The Fed’s deliberations are closed to the public, and its bylaws and codes of ethics are also secret. The idea is to prevent the intrusion of politics, but stuff happens. A recent General Accounting Office report noted that a New York Fed director

had bought Goldman Sachs stock while the firm was receiving $12.9 billion via a bailout the Fed had engineered. Finally, the most insidious secretive society of all — lobbyists. They don’t work for the government; typically they’re former government employees who put their insiders’ contacts and knowledge at the service of whatever private interest is willing to pay their steep rates. How steep? For a crude idea, divide the estimated $3.3 billion 2012 lobbying tab by the 12,400 known lobbyists, for an average of $266,000 per lobbyist. Acquiring votes ain’t cheap. Who pays that kind of money? The National Rifle Association at $3 million is a piker compared to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, number one at $136 million. The rest of the top five might seem noncontroversial — the National Association of Realtors, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, General Electric and the American Hospital Association. But think: What businesses are these people are in? Still, we need to look at the even bigger picture. An enduring belief among progressives, clung to more fervently than ever in the age of WikiLeaks, is that greater transparency = better world. This is inarguably true of information. Your columnist and his henchpersons luxuriate in the

ability to jack into open databases and download everything from federal homicide investigations by criminal code subsection to Chicago Transit Authority daily rail ridership by stop. But transparency of decisionmaking is something else. In a TED talk from February, Harvard professor and political activist Larry Lessig observes that U.S. elections are a two-stage process: in stage one, the people with big bucks decide who the rest of us will get to vote for in stage two, namely the official elections. In the manner of all TED lecturers, Lessig offers no useful guidance on how this process might be reformed, and at a fundamental level it can’t be. We live in a world of infinite possibilities; the body politic is equipped to choose among two or three. Reducing the pile from the former state to the latter is inevitably accomplished behind closed doors by a jostling mess of lobbyists, operatives, moneyed interests, do-gooders, harried bureaucrats, politicians of varying intelligence, integrity and guts, and other interested parties.  I’ve participated in this shadowy process myself. Occasionally afterward I go to the public meeting at which the matter is nominally decided, or more often ratified (I live in Chicago, OK?), and I think: Most of the people in this room have no clue.

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grand old time. I can’t remember the last time I had a night out like this.” Phil said, “That’s great to hear. You deserved it.” On the interstate, Phil was voluble, talking mostly about his relocation to Vermont 15 years earlier. “Yeah, I had a good job in Ottawa, but got recruited to work at IBM. It was one of those opportunities you just can’t refuse. We do like it down here, though I still miss Canada.” He paused to rub his hairless scalp and

these things go; I did want to make it home tonight while the moon was still in the sky. When she was finished being sick, I fished out a few paper napkins from the glove compartment and passed them back to her. “If we need to stop again, just ask,” I made clear. “I promise you, it’s not a problem.” “Thank you,” she said. “I’m so sorry. You’re very kind.” “Hey, could we stop at the Mobil at

Suddenly thiS fare made SenSe.

Something about it had felt awry, and now it didn’t. chuckle for a moment before adding, “I guess I feel it most during the hockey playoffs.” About a mile before the Milton exit, his mother stirred in the backseat. “Philly, we need to pull over,” she said. “Could you ask the cabdriver?” For a cabbie, those are the magic words, and I immediately veered onto the shoulder, popping on the hazard lights. I know just how to handle these dicey situations; unfortunately, I’ve had a lot of practice. As Phil got out to help his mom, I requested as calmly as I could muster, “Please try to get her totally out of the cab, or at least if she could get her head out completely.” Phil was tender with his mother, gently holding her hand and elbow while she leaned her head out the back door. Thankfully, it didn’t take long, as far as

the exit here?” Phil asked. “I want to buy some beer and maybe some cigars.” “I’ll be glad to stop, but it’s way too late to purchase beer.” “Well, I’m gonna get some beer. And cigars.” We pulled into the Mobil. Phil went into the store on his futile beer run. I cut the engine. A big sigh — a mother’s sigh — came from the backseat. “We’re both so crazy,” Phil’s mother shared with me. “Carol, my daughterin-law, was in a serious motorcycle accident. It’s turned my son’s life upside down. She’s had four surgeries so far. That’s why I came down from Ottawa — to live with them and take care of my two grandkids. Those little darlings are just 8 and 11.” Suddenly this fare made sense. Something about it had felt awry, and now it didn’t. The poor guy’s life was

awry — two young kids, and I didn’t even want to contemplate the extent of his wife’s injuries and prognosis. He and his mom were just trying to cope any way they could. Phil came back to the cab, sans beer. “I should have listened to you,” he acknowledged. “But at least I was able to score a couple of good cigars.” We passed Arrowhead Lake and, after a few turns, entered a nice development. As I eased up to the man’s driveway, his mother said, “Oh, God — if I could just have a normal life. That’s all I ask.” I pondered that sentiment, and decided what she really meant was, I wish I could have a life absent pain and heartache. My heart went out to this mother and grandmother, but in my experience, each of us has a cross to bear — often more than one over the course of a lifetime. To me, this defines the human condition. A “normal life” was exactly what she was experiencing. To find joy, love and meaning in life, well, isn’t that what it’s all about? The woman said, “Philly, make sure to give the man a good tip for all his troubles.” Phil assured his mom he would, and he did. They got out of the cab and walked gingerly, arm in arm, up the walkway toward the front door. From my perspective, behind the wheel of my taxicab, they appeared to be supporting each other every step of the way. m hackie is a twice-monthly column that can also be read on

t was a Saturday night, Mother’s Day eve — not an occasion noted for raving at the bars and clubs. But business had been brisk enough owing to all the activity surrounding the local college graduations — or, as we cabbies like to call it, seniors gone wild. Toward the end of my shift, at 2:45 in the morning, a couple approached me as I idled at a downtown taxi stand. They were quite a bit older than the other people still lingering on the streets so long past last call. The man was stocky with a shaved head, and had to be north of 40. The woman had a mop of gray hair and a dowdy dress, and could have been 65, or even older. They made an odd couple, particularly for the time and place. After helping the woman into the back seat — she was clearly wobbly — the man sat down next to me. “Could you take us up to Georgia?” he asked. “We’re just beyond the Milton line.” “Sure, why not?” I replied. “The interstate to Chimney Corners and north on 7?” “Yup, that’d be the quickest.” As we cleared the downtown neon, he said, “Yeah, I took Mom out to celebrate Mother’s Day. Kind of unconventional, but it worked for us. You had a good time, am I right about that, Mommy?” His mother, who had been lolling off in some dozy, boozy nebula, instantly perked up. For my part, it was a relief to hear that the woman was his mother and not his girlfriend or wife. (Though “mommy” coming from the mouth of a middle-aged man was, let’s say, unusual.) She replied, “Oh, yes, Phil — I had a

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Gretchen Parlato is redefi ning the role of vocals in jazz B Y DAN BOL L ES






f you read up on jazz singer Gretchen Parlato, you’ll inevitably encounter some variation of the phrase, “She uses her voice like an instrument.” That may be the ultimate compliment in a genre that historically has placed a premium on musicality over fl ash, and has tended to view vocalists more as entertainers than serious musicians. For example, consider that it took the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Perf ormance at the University of Southern California 15 years to admit its fi rst vocalist. And that vocalist was Gretchen Parlato. Increasingly, savvy jazz f ans have become smitten with the 37-year-old Parlato, who will perf orm on Saturday, June 8, as part of this year’s Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. Vermonters will then have the chance to hear f or themselves why she annually ranks at or near the top of critics’ polls of the world’s fi nest jazz vocalists. For fi ve years running, Parlato was named one of DownBeat magazine’s “rising star” f emale vocalists, bef ore being named the No. 2 Best Female Vocalist in 2012. That’s the same year she was named the Best Female Vocalist by the Jazz Journalist Association. But these lofty accolades only tell part of Parlato’s story. Famed producer Quincy Jones has said that jazz is equal parts soul and science. That notion goes a long way toward describing Gretchen Parlato’s appeal. Some singers amaze with virtuosic technique, profound displays that seem to def y the very limits of the human voice. Others petition more directly to our emotional sensibilities, thoughtf ully tugging our heartstrings with a sly turn of phrase or a gentle croon. Rare is the singer who can do both. And when they come around, we tend to refer to them familiarly: Billie, Ella, Frank. “Gretchen” may not be there yet, but she gives us every reason to believe that her day will come, and soon. Combining the ability and elegance of a classic jazz diva with the curiosity and vision of the genre’s f orward-thinking pioneers, Parlato represents a bold evolution of the jazz singer. No, she is not the next Billie Holiday or Sarah Vaughan — and she would be the fi rst to say so. She is Gretchen Parlato. And she is the face of a new generation of vocalists who are challenging our perceptions of how the human voice can be instrumental — literally and fi guratively — in jazz music.


“I had been through that rodeo before,” says Sutton. “But there is nothing you can do but be who you are. So I didn’t want anybody to mess with the sensibilities she already has vocally. And I could tell she had the ability to listen to serious instrumental stu˜ .” One of Parlato’s hallmarks is her ability to incorporate styles f rom beyond the traditional parameters of the jazz idiom into her own work. In particular, she is greatly intrigued by the rhythms of Brazilian music, and counts bossa nova legend Astrud Gilberto among her most signifi cant infl uences. That multicultural aspect of Parlato’s style was nurtured at the University of California at Los Angeles, where she majored in ethnomusicology and jazz studies. “That was a breakthrough that exposed me to what was possible in art and music,” Parlato says. “To hear singers f rom all over the world, what they’re doing with their voices and what they have been doing since the beginning of time, it opens you up.” In 2001, Parlato entered the Monk Institute at USC, which had been an instrumental program since its inception in 1986. Sutton was teaching there at the time and had recommended Parlato apply. The young singer auditioned for a panel that included jazz luminaries Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard and Herbie Hancock. Under the guidance of those masters and

Sutton recalls of the Monk Institute, “the infl uences of all the players there were really diverse — it wasn’t just jazz as usual.” Nor was Parlato’s perf ormance at the 2004 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals competition in Washington, D.C., which she won as something of a dark horse. Having recently graduated and moved to New York City, Parlato was a relative unknown, in part because she had yet to record a project as a solo artist. Over the years since, she’s been a guest vocalist on more than 50 recordings by artists including Shorter, Loueke and Esperanza Spalding. Parlato now has three albums of her own, including two on the cutting-edge indie label ObliqSound, based in New York and Hamburg, Germany. But she didn’t record her fi rst solo album until her self -titled debut in 2005. “I used to get f rustrated with her,” admits Sutton, who urged Parlato to record her own music f rom an early age. “It took her a long time to put something out for real. But she told me, ‘I just don’t think I’ve found my voice yet. I don’t feel like I’ve got something to o˜ er that is really my own,’” Sutton explains. Then she adds, “God bless her, she was right. I give her a lot of credit for not taking my advice.”

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alongside fellow students such as guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke, she began to unearth and hone the traits that would come to defi ne her, both personally and as a musician. “It was an intense experience,” says Parlato of her two years at the Monk Institute. “It’s not just about music. It’s about your own soul searching and development. You go through a huge transformation, a breakdown, break-through process. “You come out knowing much better what you want to do, and how you want to do it,” Parlato continues, using words that evoke a certain famous Sinatra song. “It allows you to look into yourself and discover how you want to present yourself, to do things your way.” Parlato says part of her independent spirit stems from her time with Loueke, who would become a frequent collaborator at the Monk Institute and was later a driving force on her 2009 album, In a Dream. Parlato credits the West African musician with exposing her to atypical global rhythmic patterns, which she has incorporated into her style. “To just keep time with Lionel can throw people o˜ , including me,” she says. “But he’s such a beautiful musician. I’ve learned so much about texture, melody and harmony from him. He’s very special.”


t’s di˝ cult to fi nd much negative criticism of Gretchen Parlato. What little there is tends to parrot an age-old — and, f rankly, tired — argument about what should and shouldn’t be considered jazz. Can someone who reinterprets Duke Ellington’s “Azure” alongside the breezy, 1990s new-jack swing of SWV’s “Weak,” as Parlato did on In a Dream, really be called a jazz singer? And what about those covers of Mary J. Blige’s “All That I Can Say” and Simply Red’s “Holding Back the Years” on her 2011 album, The Lost and Found? This is the leading voice of jazz in the 21st century? Yes. And no. “For me to say I’m a jazz singer could be a stretch to a traditionalist,” concedes Parlato. But that statement comes with a caveat. “It’s a broader term now,” she continues. “We can incorporate any infl uence or any genre and redefi ne it.” Reuben Jackson is the host of “Friday Night Jazz,” a jazz radio program that airs weekly on Vermont Public Radio. He assumed the post from longtime host George Thomas last year af ter having spent 20 years as the curator of the Duke Ellington Collection at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. He says Parlato’s willingness to push boundaries is simply part of a longstanding tradition of innovation in jazz. “In order to be someone’s central-casting version of a jazz singer, it seems like you have to say it every third sentence to let people know your jazz credentials as a singer,” Jackson says. “It’s refreshing to hear someone who is so obviously musically committed to a breadth of material,” he continues, citing as an example Parlato’s


arlato was born and raised in Los Angeles and grew up in an eminently musical household. Her father is Dave Parlato, a respected jazz bassist who played with Frank Zappa in the 1970s, as well as with Barbra Streisand and Henry Mancini, among others. Her grandfather, Charlie Parlato, was a singer and trumpet player who perf ormed with Lawrence Welk. Parlato’s mother is a musician, artist and graphic designer — she designed Gretchen’s website. “My f amily was really big on exposing me to all types of music and art. Very early on there were all types of sounds in the house,” says Parlato in a phone interview from her current home in New York City. “It was a beautiful way to be spoiled.” Parlato attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, a public school that specializes in conservatory-style artistic training. There, she realized that music would become more than a casual pursuit. “I realized I needed and wanted to thrive o˜ of an artistic community,” she says of her high school experience. “That was when the realization happened that music wasn’t just a hobby, that this was what I have to do with my life.” It was also when Parlato began to approach her voice as an instrument. Grammy-nominated jazz singer Tierney Sutton was her private voice teacher while Parlato was attending LACHSA in the early 1990s, and worked with the young singer over the nine yearsf ollowing. Parlato also worked as nanny to Sutton’s son, and the two women have remained close ever since, with Sutton advising and appearing on Parlato’s early recordings. Sutton says Parlato’s unique talent was obvious from the outset. “My immediate impression of Gretchen was that she had something special,” she says by phone from California. Sutton explains that when meeting new students for the fi rst time, she asks them to bring in a recording of themselves singing so they don’t have to perf orm f or her cold. Parlato chose a school recording in which she sings a note-perfect rendition of Stan Getz’s saxophone solo on “Desafi nado” (which, ironically, means “out of tune” in Portuguese). “I just went, ‘Holy shit. What am I going to do with this girl? How can I not screw her up?’” Sutton recalls. She says she put Parlato on a “no-vocalist diet,” prescribing a listening regimen solely of instrumental music. “I knew f rom my own experience that if I had continued to listen to Sarah Vaughan, I’d be a dental hygienist now,” quips Sutton. “The quality of my voice was di˜ erent, so I listened to horn players f or their musical ideas. ” Like Sutton, Parlato sings in a natural register that is higher toned than that of classic songbirds such as Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald or Nina Simone — the most f amous f emale tenor in jazz. Sutton says she encouraged her star pupil to embrace the unconventional qualities of her own voice.


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stunning, unlikely interpretation of the Miles Davis and Bill Evans staple “Blue in Green” from The Lost and Found. “The original versions of those songs are already the definitive versions. So I don’t want to imitate anything. There’s no point,” says Parlato of her approach to deconstructing established, sometimes iconic compositions. “But a beautiful song is a beautiful song,” she continues. “So you break it down and then add your own story. You want to honor the beauty of the original but do something new.” Parlato’s version of that Kind of Blue centerpiece is an impressionistic digression that is almost unrecognizable from the original. However, Parlato evokes the Prince of Darkness’ somber cerulean melancholy with breathy, yearning tones that kind of sound like a trumpet, even as she’s singing the lyrics written by jazz vocalist and composer Meredith d’Ambrosio. “It’s the power of nuance,” explains Jackson of Parlato’s innovative bent. “Someone like Billie Holiday or even Miles Davis, who could recast a melody in a subtle way. It’s reinvention, but it’s not hitting you over the head with scat singing. Gretchen has that sublime power, where it’s like being knocked over with a muted trumpet.” G r Et c hEN Indeed, subtlety has long been a key to Parlato’s approach. Even in conversation she is soft-spoken and thoughtful. In concert, she often favors a sleek, understated black dress that renders her almost indistinguishable from her bandmates, rather than call attention to herself as a front person. In his review of a 2009 concert for the Boston Globe, jazz critic Steve Greenlee writes that Parlato presented herself as a “fully integrated member of her band,” who “appears to see herself less as a singer than as a musician whose instrument happens to be her voice.” He adds of her hushed delivery that Parlato “softly moans some lyrics, stretches

out syllables for two and three bars, and adds wordless vocals that are more like sax solos than scat.” He likened her voice to a cello. And a muted trumpet. And a trombone. “She doesn’t see the band as a supporting character,” reiterates Greenlee, speaking by phone from Portland, Maine, where he is now managing editor of the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram. “She’s part of the band, and she incorporates her voice as if it were another instrument. She interacts with her voice like piano would with a bass. In some ways, she’s more of an improviser than most jazz vocalists are.” Critic Larry Appelbaum agrees that Parlato is unique among modern jazz vocalists, calling her sound “instantly identifiable” in a recent email. Appelbaum is a regular contributor to several publications, including JazzTimes. He also hosts a jazz radio program in Washington, D.C., and serves as the senior music reference specialist in the music division of the Library of Congress. Appelbaum says Parlato’s technical skill, combined with her profound musicality, set her apart not merely as a vocalist but as a musician. “She doesn’t have a large voice, but her PA r l At o ear and intonation allow her to sing in tune without resorting to studio production tricks,” writes Appelbaum. “I think that’s also why so many musicians call her for recording dates. She has the discipline and precision control of a studio singer who can nail difficult intervals and phrasing. Her sound, approach and sensibility help make her a musician, not just a singer.” “The defining characteristic of a jazz singer is someone who doesn’t approach a song the same way every time,” adds Greenlee. “The essence of jazz is improvisation. She improvises every time she sings.” Parlato seems to have little use for

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explains. “They change in the moment when we play them live.” That’s an enticing prospect for fans, particularly considering that, according to Sutton, Parlato’s beguiling live persona is perhaps her most impressive trait. And it was the last part of her musical soul to fully bloom, Sutton adds — the final discovery in a complex and challenging science. “Because Gretchen has such a pure instrumental quality, translating that into a performance persona took her a minute,” explains Sutton. “To watch her, in every aspect, say she has to do this her own way, be her own person, bring in influences that are most dear to her — that was a lesson to me to tell other students. When you really take those risks, it takes a while for people to understand it and frame it in a way an audience can absorb.” As her reputation grows, more and more audiences are doing just that: absorbing the brilliance of Gretchen Parlato. “The only thing I can do is to continue to create and offer my own music, and for it to come from a genuine place,” Parlato says. “I don’t know how to define that. But as long as it’s honest, who cares what you call it?”m

Gretchen Parlato performs at the 2013 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival Saturday, June 8, at the FlynnSpace in Burlington, 8 and 10 p.m. $25.


definitions of her music or whether what she does fits neatly into classifications of jazz. “To me, it’s not even anything to argue about,” she says. “Jazz is a style of music that was the popular music of the day at a certain time and now has grown and transformed. We’re moving with it and it’s moving with us. There is room for someone who wants to carry that tradition and honor that. And there is room for other people to push it in a new direction.” VPR’s Reuben Jackson agrees. “You could put her under a microscope and pick apart every little detail,” he says. “But it’s really about what you do with the material. It’s about curiosity. That’s what keeps pushing jazz forward.” Parlato’s next project is a live album, her first. Due out this summer, it was recorded over a series of New York City shows in December 2012 and features two different bands. One includes Taylor Eigsti, Burniss Earl Travis and Kendrick Scott; the other has Eigsti, Alan Hampton and Mark Guiliana. All are longtime collaborators with Parlato. She says that record is primarily composed of songs from her previous albums, but that the live versions will be markedly different from the studio cuts, capturing a chemistry that can only happen in concert. “These songs open up and there is a lot of space around them,” Parlato

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tretched out on an exam table in the neurology wing of Fletcher Allen Health Care, 26-year-old Anna King flinches when her physician, Dr. James Boyd, inserts a long, thin needle filled with a Botox injection in the sole of her foot. That’s when Soryu Forall chimes in, his voice low and throaty. The 36-year-old Zen Buddhist monk sits perf ectly upright by King’s bedside, his hands clasped between his knees, staring intently at her. “Give in, give in,” Forall coaches the patient. “If there’s discomfort, let it come and let it go. If there’s peace, let it come and let it go.” By nature, King is chipper and cheerf ul, the kind of person who conjures up the ease of warm friendship almost immediately, but now she is silent and focused. Seven years ago, she suf f ered a brain injury af ter a severe bicycle crash in Burlington. “I don’t even remember it, but my body does,” she says ruefully. King’s July 2005 accident caused severe brain swelling, as well as a rupture in her middle cerebral artery. Today, evidence of the injury lingers on in her slightly halting speech and the jerky movements of her limbs. As part of her ongoing treatment, she sees Boyd, who specializes in movement disorders and botulinum toxin therapy, every three months. The Botox injections are a way of dealing with the muscle spasticity that is one side effect of her brain injury. But the injections are painful, and King has been experimenting with another sort of therapy to help her weather them: mindfulness training. She began attending Burlington’s Shambhala Meditation Center about three years ago, on the suggestion of a friend. Then, last summer, she met Forall. On this particular morning, Forall has joined King as a f riend. He’s trying to help the young woman cope with pain in the best way he knows how — through mindf ulness. Forall describes his technique as “letting go” of one’s struggle with sensory experience while opening oneself up to a more honest, f ocused interpretation of the world. Even as mindfulness demands a tight focus, Forall says, it requires one simultaneously to relax. If that sounds like an impossible balance to achieve, f ear not: Forall is on a mission to extend the mantra of

“The modern telecommunications side of our lives and the timeless, experiential side of our lives fit together without any friction,” Forall says. How does he address those pervasive concerns about technology making us anything but mindful — that is, distractible, unhappy and disconnected? “We designed it to be what it is,” Forall counters, “and we can design it to be something better.” When King’s treatment is over, she sits up and swings her legs over the edge of the exam table. She’s smiling, and looks relieved. Forall remarks later on the “afterglow” that comes from accepting the states of discomf ort and peace that can fluctuate during meditation. By coincidence, the pair bump into Shinzen Young, a Vermont-based bigwig in meditation circles, a f ew minutes later in the hospital corridor. “You look like you got high,” Young teases King, remarking on her glow. “I did,” she jokes. “On dharma talk.”


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mindf ulness well beyond the bedside. Two years ago he f ounded the Center f or Mindf ul Learning (CML), which took up residence in the Burlington Friends Meeting House this spring. Forall is especially committed to bringing mindfulness training to elementary and secondary students, and has tapped local schools to pilot an innovative

mindfulness software program designed to help learners f ocus, explore and welcome new challenges. Does the ancient art of Zen Buddhist meditation clash with the modern trappings of technology? Not according to Forall. He’s a monk with a laptop, intent on taking mindfulness out of the monastery and into the mainstream.


oryu Forall” isn’t the monk’s given name. “My parents gave me a very nice name,” he says: Teal Scott. His new name came later, in a Japanese monastery on the other side of the world. Forall grew up on Dorset Street in South Burlington at a time when the neighborhood was still largely undeveloped, pocketed with f orests and fields and ponds. He was a sensitive child — not exactly caref ree, he admits, as he remembers once looking out a window at the Marcotte Central School and musing on “all the injustice in the world.” But he enjoyed school until he hit adolescence, when, he remembers, he was conf used by the way “people who just a f ew years bef ore had been generally kind included cruelty in their actions.” Forall succeeded in his classes, but he wasn’t happy — and didn’t last long at Williams College, where he headed af ter graduation. He’d eventually return and earn a degree in economics, but a year in, he lef t school f or Japan, seeking a place where he would be allowed to “ask questions full time.” Forall was 18. “I went f rom being a child to being an adult in monasteries,” he recalls. “I was not looking f or a religion. In fact, I was looking to get out of a blind, faith-based view of things, which I think so many of us are stuck in, even if we say we’re not religious. There are a lot of assumptions that we make, points that we

a great big breath and let it out slowly. When his mother asked him what he was doing, he responded: “I’m doing mindfulness.” Another Smilie kindergartener turned to an older brother who was ratcheting up into a tantrum at home and repeated that week’s “mindfulness message” from school: “You need to take action to make things better.” Disciplinary issues have dropped off precipitously at the school — from 78 office referrals over a six-month period in the 2010 school year to just 13 over that same period in 2012.

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he benefits of mindfulness don’t just play out in classrooms. Science is increasingly proving that meditation has significant effects on the brain and body. A study published last November in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes found that people with coronary heart disease saw a 48 percent reduction in their overall risk of heart attack, stroke and death if they took a class on meditation rather than a health-education course. Meanwhile, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have compared MRI scans of the brains of meditators and nonmeditators — and found differences in their very structure.



Woodruff admits that teachers were initially a little tentative about the undertaking. The reaction ran along the lines of “We’re going to do what?” But it was the teachers who unanimously decided this year to continue with the mindfulness pilot project. Smilie is paying $50 per classroom annually to use CML’s software. Is it worth it? “More than,” Woodruff says.

Long-time meditators, it appears, have more folds in the cerebral cortex, which may be associated with faster information processing. A few weeks after Forall coached King through her Botox injections, he’s back at Fletcher Allen — but this time he’s the patient. Forall is participating in a research study, overseen by psychiatrist Magdalena Naylor, that investigates the effects of meditation on chronic pain management. His knees peek out from inside an enormous MRI machine, while on the other side of a glass pane, researchers watch images of his brain flicker on a bank of computer screens. In addition to studying the structural, cognitive and emotional activity of participants’ brains, the study is testing pain management, using a specialized $50,000 machine that applies heat to a subject’s calf. “This is the business end,” says researcher and University of Vermont senior Emily Eck, holding up a small black cube the size of a ring box, which is attached by a complicated series of wires to a rolling cart. The researchers induce pain in the participants both to test tolerance and to watch how their brains react under the stimulus. One trick to coping with pain, Forall says, lies in not avoiding it. Instead, one welcomes the pain, focuses on it and eventually accepts it. That, he says, is what he tried to help King achieve during her Botox injections. Equanimity follows from allowing sensory phenomena to come and go without resistance, the monk advises. It’s too soon to say much about the results of the study. The UVM researchers are still recruiting longtime meditators — with at least 1000 hours under their belts — to participate in the brain scans. But early signs suggest that, yes, there are differences between the brains of meditators and nonmeditators when it comes to managing chronic pain. After about an hour and a half in the MRI scanner, Forall decamps to the hospital cafeteria. He’s happy to participate in the study, he says, and excited about what could be one more avenue for winning converts to the practice of mindfulness. But, as far as Forall is concerned, he doesn’t need a brain scan to know that meditation can make a difference in daily life. “Right now, sitting in this café, looking at that table, is more satisfying than any experience I had for years of my life, for decades of my life,” Forall says. He doesn’t describe himself as a religious person, but the look on his face is almost beatific. With mindfulness, he says, “We gradually learn to be more aware, more open. And the brilliance around us, and the brilliance within us … that becomes more available to us.” m

believe in, without questioning. I wanted to have a way to question, to deeply wonder, and then to be expected to find answers.” And so he studied, learned and traveled — to Japan, to Israel, to a Hindu ashram in South India. In the practice of mindfulness, Forall found what he was seeking, he says: a way of being in the world that brought peace and contentment. When he returned to Vermont, he set his sights on introducing the same techniques to students in the hopes of making school a better environment than the one he’d encountered as a teenager. Initially he visited classrooms to teach the meditative technique in person. But Forall soon realized that he was limited by time and resources, and that when he left the classroom, the mindfulness practice left with him. So he decided to go digital. Funded by grants, donations and support from an educational organization called the 1440 Foundation, CML has spent the past two years, and $200,000, developing a guided mindfulness program that teaches three skills: focus, exploration and welcoming challenges. It’s not magic, Forall says: These are skills — and, just like any other skill, they require practice. They can be learned. Pilot programs at a handful of Vermont schools are bearing out his claim. Mary Woodruff is the principal of Smilie Memorial Elementary School. Forall started leading mindfulness “guidances,” as Woodruff calls them, in person there last spring. He took those experiences, funneled them into CML’s computer program, and returned to the school with software last fall. Every class at Smilie uses the software for daily five-minute mindfulness exercises. A woman’s cheerful voice greets students when they log in to the program. “Welcome to mindfulness practice,” she intones. “Mindfulness helps us to be happy and successful.” She coaches the students to breath in, straighten up, breath out, settle down. Then Forall’s voice comes over the system. He introduces a lesson, and often launches into an anecdote about his own school days. Sometimes the lessons have to do with relaxing, or with overcoming challenges. Students are coached to sit up straight, to release tension and take deep breaths. “What they are in fact teaching are the skills to be a good learner,” Woodruff says. That’s precisely Forall’s aim; he complains that adults and educators too often tell students to focus, but don’t give them opportunities to practice. At the small Smilie school, teachers are noticing a difference. One parent wrote to Woodruff with the story of her 5-year-old son’s struggle to learn to ride a bike. The boy was growing frustrated by his mistakes — until he stopped, took

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his weekend, even the White House will encourage American citizens to start hacking. But don’t go changing the password to your email and Facebook accounts. The government isn’t endorsing the kind of hacking that wreaks havoc; it’s promoting “civic hacking,” a new kind of collaborative coding that aims to produce technology to improve communities. “Civic hacking,” explains Amy Kirschner, f ounder o f the Vermont Businesses f or Social Responsibility Marketplace, “is a way f or people to get involved in government and their communities using technology.” The idea is simple: Citizens work to gether with their local, state and f ederal governments, as well as with privatesector organizations, to solve problems. More than 5000 people — some prof es sional coders, some techy dabblers, some hacking virgins — are expected to participate throughout the country in the first-ever National Day of Civic Hacking this weekend. to build and deploy community-minded Kirschner and Bradley Holt, cofounder apps. and web developer at Found Line, a Seven Days spoke with Holt about this Vermont-based communications firm, weekend’s hackathon and what it means to are collaborating with Vermont music hack for the common good. promoter Big Heavy World to bring this SEVEN DAYS: What are a few examples national event to Burlington’s Maglianero of civic-hacking apps and websites Café on June 1 and 2. that exist So what will elsewhere and participants actumight also work ally do all day — in Vermont? actually two whole BRADLEY HOLT: days? Working in One popular openteams or individu source civic app ally, they’ll build that could be used prototypes for civic here is Adopt-a. It apps, such as an app started out as an that can be used to app called Adoptpreserve and pro a-Hydrant, and mote local music. has been used in They’ll also likely Br ADl E Y Ho lt both Boston and repurpose civil Anchorage, among apps that have been other cities. Adopt-a-Hydrant lets indi successf ul in other cities, and brainstorm viduals claim responsibility f or shoveling new uses f or open data f rom municipal out a fire hydrant after it snows. The same governments. application has been adapted as Adopt-aThe Burlington event also marks the launch of Code for BTV, a new local chap- Sidewalk in Chicago and Adopt-a-Siren in Honolulu f or people to listen during ter of Code for America. Similar to Teach tsunami-alert siren tests and report any f or America, the national organization problems. connects coders, designers, organizations Another example is Textizen. This is a and local governments in an ongoing effort





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service that opens civic dialogue through text messaging. A local government, agency or department can design a survey with its own phone number. The phone number gets printed on posters or signage around town with a simple starting survey question to which individuals can respond via text message. The individual can then respond to f ollow-up questions, turning each response into a conversation. SD: Do participants need to be technologically savvy in order to contribute to the hackathon? BH: No. We want to encourage people of all skills and skill levels to participate. We will have workshops f or those who want to learn new skills. Teams composed of members with a range of skill levels are encouraged. The idea is for us all to learn f rom each other. We’ll also have demos for those who are just curious about what we’re doing. I should also note that this is a non competitive hackathon. Our f ocus is on inclusivity and collaboration. We want people to work together to improve their communities through technology. SD: What about code for Bt V? What are you hoping to achieve with that new group?

The first-year goal of Code for BTV is to facilitate sustainable collaboration on civic sof tware and open-data projects between coders, designers and nongovernmental organizations. Code for BTV will develop a pipeline of organizations in need of civic sof tware, as well as a pipeline of coders and designers able to develop, deploy and maintain civic software and infrastructure. Code for BTV aims to have a broad impact, as many statewide organizations are based in the Burlington area. The initial campaign of Code f or BTV will involve building a set of web apps f or Big Heavy World, a volunteer-staffed nonprofit dedicated to preserving and promoting Vermont-made music. These apps will be part of a redesigned, a website providing resources and community building f or Vermontbased musicians and music f ans. Initial prototypes will be developed during the National Day of Civic Hacking. Af ter this event, the campaign will move f orward with its goal of developing, deploying and maintaining apps f or Big Heavy World based on these prototypes. SD: The national event is only two days long, which doesn’t leave much time for an entire app or website to be developed. What is the primary goal of Vermont’s civic hacking event? BH: Our primary goal is to build com munity and a culture of civic hacking. As f or tangible outcomes, we’re encouraging teams to f ocus on building prototypes rather than f ull apps. There are many challenges facing our communities and we don’t expect to solve every problem during a two-day event. Instead, we want partici pants to walk away with inspiration and a vision for how they can help improve their communities. We encourage participants to stay in volved in Code for BTV in the months and years f ollowing the hackathon. We hope that the civic hacking during the National Day of Civic Hacking will continue on well into the future through Code for BTV. m

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Book reviews: A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters, and Wildlife and I Was ˜ inking of Beauty by Sydney Lea B Y M A R GOT HAR RI SON






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pril brought us a second book f rom Lea: I Was Thinking of Beauty, his 11th poetry collection. If you think the title sounds serene or even schmaltzy, think again. As we learned from A North Country Life, Lea never sees beauty — and he sees a great deal — without also seeing the blood staining the snow f rom a predator’s kill. His gaze doesn’t censor out senselessness or pain. Two poems bookending the collection confront the question of whether art, with its emphasis on beauty, can be trusted to tell the truth. As Keats famously posited, is truth beauty and vice versa? Or is beauty just a capitalist “opiate” keeping us blind to oppression and exploitation, as a professor contends in the title poem? This unnamed prof essor, like most of the academics Lea mentions in A North Country Lif e, is a bit of a straw man. (A notable exception is the late poet and St. Michael’s College prof essor John Engels,


daily physical labor “would kill most modern humans,” Lea writes; people f or whom the intermingling of nature and their lives “was simply a given.” Don’t expect tediousf olksiness or strained passages of reproduced dialect. Lea’s mode of bringing the past to lif e might best be described as invocation. His “Prelude” begins with something akin to a magical incantation: As he repeats a single regional idiom — “hookum-snu˜ e,” a pot suspended above the cook-fi re on a hardwood branch — the term evokes a wealth of dying lore. “I go on working at a magic return of what’s perished,” Lea writes,

A retired college prof essor, Lea is highly aware of how his colleagues might judge these pursuits, and that self -consciousness occasionally fosters a hectoring tone. In “God Bless Hunting,” for instance, he imagines how educated Vermonters might disdain the ordinary folks he meets while hunting pheasant in Kansas. But those conservative Kansans, he speculates, might be more likely to “do the things that most liberals mostly just talk about: help their needy neighbors, visit the sick ones, care for children in need.” It’s a rank generalization Lea immediately qualifi es, and one the book doesn’t need. The people, the places, even the hunting dogs profi led in A North Country Life call to us in their diamond-sharp specifi city, defying special pleading and stereotypes. Whether or not we can experience the North Country as Lea and his mentors did — and most of us can’t, for all kinds of reasons — we will not soon forget them.



“that old profusion of a beloved idiom, one that lies hidden and hurts me.” If this passage calls on language itself to revive the past, other essays call on the dead. In “Weathers and Places,” Lea speaks directly to his long-gone mentor, Creston MacArthur; in another essay, he addresses his f ather, who died at 56. In “Living With the Stories,” Lea simply transcribes the remembrances of a thenliving f riend, 88-year-old woodsman Earl Bonness. In “Now Look,” he takes a more risky, semi-fi ctionalizing approach and produces an indelible, unsentimental story about a 79-year-old woman watching her once-stalwart husband f all prey to the bottle. Is it wrong to take such artistic liberties with the truth? That’s a concern Lea returns to repeatedly. “I guess I do have some nerve, but I can’t help it,” he writes at the end of “Now Look” — his protagonist’s blunt idiom bleeding into his own. “You tell yourself things, and you hope they make sense. What else can you do?” The notion that Lea needs these stories f or sustenance — and hopes that readers might fi nd they need them, too — gives the potentially meandering book a note of urgency. Framed by seasonal passages f rom Lea’s “Daybook,” the essays return repeatedly to their author and the “cures” he seeks for his recurrent melancholy. Stories are one cure, nature another. Lea may draw strength from daily observation of nature, but he knows it too well to romanticize it: “I’m addicted to the natural world, but certainly not because it ratifi es the cozy oneness of the universe, nature a realm of profl igacy and waste in so many regards,” he writes in “Daybook, May.” Several of the essays detail the poet’s habitual ways of engaging with nature, which have included fl y-fi shing and hunting grouse, duck and deer. Lea doesn’t softpeddle these accounts to the nonhunter, or even explain his terminology. Yet it’s hard to read them without feeling a new respect f or the challenges and, yes, the ethics of traditional sportsmanship.


hen you review books in Vermont, you receive a lot of volumes with “northern,” “north country,” “lif e” and “seasons” in their titles. You read a lot of essay collections in which authors in their seventh or eighth decades contemplate the shifting natural world in tandem with human change, aging and loss. Sometimes, to be honest, you wish you could receive books about anything else. The arid stretches of the Southwest, urban decay, recent college grads scratching and scraping f or jobs. Sometimes you grow a touch impatient with these retired writers who have time for contemplation and the luxury of dismissing out of hand the fastpaced, always-connected world where you live and work. I paint this picture only to indicate the reluctance with which I approached Sydney Lea’s essay collection published in January, A North Country Life. That the book overcame that resistance, and then some, is a small indication of its living power — as elegy, as meditation and as witnessing. Lea is Vermont’s current poet laureate, and his prose is as artful and e˜ cient as his verse. While his book’s elegiac mood is a f amiliar one (“More and more, everything about me seems out of date,” he writes in the “Prelude”), this poet-woodsman tells stories you haven’t heard before. For one thing, most of them take place not in Vermont but in a wild part of Maine to which, Lea writes, “I’ve come back and back … f or more than sixty years.” (The Newbury resident and avid hunter and fi sherman has multiple camps there.) Many of the 20 essays fi rst appeared in publications ranging f rom the Georgia Review to Gray’s Sporting Journal. Lea takes as his mission the conveying of lives, customs and stories of the oldtimers of his favorite corner of the North Country — f riends and mentors to him, now long dead. These are people whose


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I’d witnessed beings who couldn’t pass on // what had happened or how. // Words wouldn’t help them. To see that so starkly stung.” In another poem, “Too Earlyf or Grackles,” Lea once again fi ghts with his artist’s tendency to fi nd meaning and motive in a natural phenomenon — grackles fl ocking together in August, like a dark omen above the “summer earth.” Then he gives in to that meaningmaking urge and, as in A North Country Life, a˛ rms the stories, rituals and “vigils,” that, however f alse or f ragile, give people the strength to endure: Men and women and birds get born and live and die. Still they strategize: in whatever souls they may have they have some dim faith they’ll always survive, as strange and untrue a thing to believe as any in nature. But that’s no matter. We humans stay alert, we believe, holding our vigils, as if it’s no matter that the larger world keeps right on spinning and after us all will go on spinning.


FATHER’S BLUES (FROM I WAS THINKING OF BEAUTY) Sunk in my chair, I tried to doze while members

A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters, and Wildlife by Sydney Lea, Skyhorse Publishing, 207 pages. $24.95. I Was ˜ inking of Beauty by Sydney Lea, Four Way Books, 76 pages. $15.95. Sydney Lea will read on ˜ ursday, May 30, 7 p.m., at Flood Brook Union School in Londonderry; Sunday, June 2, 3 p.m., at Groton Public Library; and Sunday, June 23, 3 p.m., at Brownington Village Congregational Church (with Reeve Lindbergh). For more dates, see sydneylea. net.


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in a day. They all were here just yesterday. 


fi ve children from two marriages, all now grown and some with children of their own. Considering the ambivalence with which many artists view the tethers of f amily lif e, Lea’s unguardedly expressed a° ection for his wife, kids and grandkids is refreshing — even when he acknowledges, as he does in “Father’s Blues,” that growing children are yet another marker of mortality. Some of these poems hold rhymes or the ghosts of rhymes, reminding the reader that poetic artifi ce can create illusions of harmony. And sometimes, Lea acknowledges, artistic illusion does lie. In “Blind, Dumb,” the poet recalls watching a blind doe crash through the woods, doomed by the “coming cold.” He could tell the animal’s story, perhaps even recast it as part of some overarching narrative of natural order, but doing so wouldn’t change her grim f ate. So, instead, he conf ronts his own insu˛ ciency: “I’d always imagined words’ restorative power,” Lea writes, “but

It’s selfi sh, having children. If so, our will to raise them is hardly a sign of egolessness but instead of our natural lust to extend ourselves. That makes my blossom of pain narcissus, I guess. The friend’s little more than a child herself, yet truth — however partial — hid underneath her assertion. As our children grow away they chronicle youth’s relinquishment to time. We watch them burgeon, bloom, and when at last they bolt and scatter, we’re reminded — the way I am by this blue tune — that our selves are no more durable than fl owers. The years will wilt them. Every change is a wound. Like the Psalmist’s tender grasses, they fl ourish and fade.


whom Lea memorializes in the essay “Ownership.”) In this poem, he goes on to cite Maori tattoos and Jamaicans who craf t drums f rom discarded oil barrels as counter-proof s that beauty can and will pop up anywhere, stubborn as grass, without political allegiance. Of course, such a view of beauty entails expanding the defi nition of art well beyond the purview of “high” culture. In the poem “Art,” Lea suggests that grading a road into smoothness and saf ety deserves to be called just that — and that, as he grows older, such humble, f unctional art moves him more and more. I Was Thinking of Beauty overlaps with A North Country Lif e , though each has its distinct f ocus. Lea’s poem “Ars Vitae” is a distillation of the passage titled “Daybook, July,” and some of these poems are autobiographical vignettes returning to the themes of aging, melancholy and loss. In both books, Lea dwells on the sadness of the empty nester: He raised

One night the youngest child’s best friend advised her,



The poet’s or the storyteller’s version of beauty may not be a straight shot of truth. But it faithfully translates a drive to make sense of the world that is far older than, say, capitalism or the mass media — one that is, Lea suggests, a survival drive. Reading these essays and poems, it’s impossible not to keep returning to Lea’s words in “Now Look,” “You tell yourself things, and you hope they make sense. What else can you do?” We all have our own sense-making stories and strategies, of course. But to expand our repertoire of tales to include Lea’s — and those of his beloved old-timers — is to enrich ourselves immeasurably. Back in the days of backbreaking team labor, the woodsman Earl Bonness remembers, “Folks was sweet-natured and had to be.” His words about change are well worth quoting, too: “You don’t get anything much without losing something too, and lots of times when you guess you lost something you come up with something you didn’t have before.”

through changes: “The Blossom of Parting.” So tenderly did they su˜ er, however, that I’m full awake. Blue fl owers of sadness, petal-lavish, took root in the part of my soul where dreams might have budded. They’ve disappeared, though only yesterday they all were here: three daughters, two sons, repletion of my heart. It took my braver wife to photograph what I know I won’t be able to scrutinize if she hangs the picture — or at least I won’t do it dry-eyed. Sidelit by sun going down, all fi ve of them laugh as they improvise a moment’s pose together.

Off Track Theater review: The Performer




CoURTEsy oF Tom BlAChly

B Y DiAN PA r k Er

Jill Pralle and Nicholas Hecht


ew York City residents are no strangers to the lives of the homeless, many of whom sleep on subway stairs and platforms and in the doorways of apartment buildings. The people are generally harmless, but it’s not a pretty scene. Just such a scene is what Marshfield playwright Tom Blachly employs in his new work, The Performer, which opened last week at Goddard College’s Haybarn Theatre. His main characters are a handful of homeless folks surviving underground on a subway platform. There’s an inept guitar player, Jazz (Marcus Becherer), and his feckless girlfriend, Caitlyn (Lauren Patterson); a forlorn 10-year-old boy, Jacko (Adam Blachly); a lonely bag lady, Maureen (Susannah Blachly); and a prostitute, Stella (Jill Pralle), who “works” for


a living. While these five individuals try to eke out enough money for food, anonymous subway commuters come and go around them. Ten other actors portray the passengers (Bev Allen, Vince Broderick, Barb Colf, Suzan Condon, Dennis Florio, Diane Kaganova, Jerrie Nash, Oliver Scotch, Winter Seyfer and Beth Stern). They enter and exit through the aisles between theatergoers, go up and down the stairs to the stage, and frequently change their outfits to depict numerous nameless commuters. They never speak to anyone or make any noise. Instead, they read their newspapers or books, smoke cigars, text, knit, silently act out using cellphones, listen to iPods or simply stare at the empty platform, waiting for their train. Occasionally they glance over at the homeless, but do not interact. Two of the latter play music for money, but rarely receive any from the commuters. While this hapless quintet sits on a

bench at center stage, between two offstage subway tracks, the boarding commuters enter and exit between two pillars representing the doors of the subway car. One side of the stage is for the outbound train, the other for the incoming. While some enter, others spill out of the train, creating the illusion of a subway station replete with the sound of trains stopping and starting. Joe John’s set is simple and ingenious. Eventually a new man exits the train and, without asking, joins the street musicians, using a large rain stick he carries in his guitar case. This is Cooper (Nicholas Hecht), a theater director. He wears a black fedora and trench coat, and has a white beard and mustache. The mysterious Cooper shows up at unexpected moments throughout the play; each time he somehow manages to get the subway passengers to drop money into Jazz’s guitar case. The first time, they

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Thank goodness for those faceless commuters. They were unpredictable, mysterious and eccentric. It was fun to see what they were wearing, what new prop they would have and what they would do with it. As a result, watching their comings and goings was entertaining, and they kept the play’s pace from slipping into sluggishness. Blachly’s blocking of their movements was a plus. Still, The Performer is overwrought and could use serious editing. Perhaps a different director could have given stronger shape to Blachly’s material. Under his direction, the homeless have improbably clean hair and clothes (except for the kid wearing a dirty wig). The street musician wears a gold wedding ring. The bag lady pushes around a shopping cart with brand-new bags; her spotless clothes have but a token hole. And, with his ragged, dusty trench coat and red plastic rose dangling from a buttonhole, Cooper looks poorer than the homeless. Not addressing these simple and obvious details was negligent on the part of the director and the costume designer, Diane Kaganova, and this contributes to the play’s lack of veracity. It would have been nice, moreover, to learn more about the main characters. These folks are one-dimensional clichés — including the gum-chewing, stiletto-wearing Stella. What are their backstories? The only character about whom we learn anything at all is Maureen, in the second half of the play. She has given up her kids to the state and feels bad about it, we’re told, but just couldn’t handle being a mother. Two more details illustrate The Performer’s failure to capture its setting authentically. Here, the homeless smoke cigarettes while subway passengers text on their cellphones — but the New York subways don’t permit smoking in the cellphone era. And when a transit authority guard, Dave (Joe Lee), shows up because the homeless are making too much noise, he fails to notice fake blood on the kid’s white T-shirt that looks all too real. In The Performer, it is only the commuters, coming and going, who really get anywhere. m

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make $50; the second, $100 — all because Cooper appears to mesmerize them with his chanting and rain stick. What he chants is hard to say. Sometimes it is Shakespeare, sometimes Tennessee Williams. One speech is some kind of Buddhist philosophy about nondetachment. Most of the time it was hard to make out what exactly Cooper was saying, as Hecht’s voice did not project well, and many of his incantations were too long-winded to engage the audience. Cooper gives all the money he collects to the needy group, so they can eat and drink or buy stockings — whatever their hearts desire. It is not made clear why he does this, or, even more disturbingly, how he gets strangers to unload their cash. The character is meant to be charismatic and powerful, employing tactics such as play-acting to manipulate others. In the program, playwright-director Blachly writes, “When Cooper’s onstage, anything can happen; he is a creature of improvisation and spontaneity. He is unpredictable, mysterious and eccentric.” Unfortunately, the Cooper we see is none of these things, and this is one of the major weaknesses of the play. Hecht is weighted down with so many lines that he struggles to remember what comes next. His movements are slow and jerky, as is his blocking. His voice barely carries past the proscenium arch. One of Cooper’s tricks is to “pretend.” In one scene, he pretends to stab young Jacko, using a trick knife and stage blood — but forgets to have the blood ready. Another time, during his soliloquy about the importance of having no desire, Cooper convinces each of the homeless characters to throw something they value onto the train tracks. Maureen the bag lady desires Cooper himself — she fantasizes about being his girlfriend. But Cooper’s presence and allure were simply not compelling enough to make any of this believable. Cooper constantly tells us how mysterious, daring and spontaneous he is; how being a performer is a way to effect change. But his performance is pedantic and lethargic, and so are his lines. In the program, as well as in the script, Blachly declares, “If we accept our fate, we resign ourselves to being merely players. If we decide to seek our destiny, we become ‘performers.’” So fate equals the homeless, while destiny equals Cooper. The former aimlessly meander through life without purpose, while Cooper creates his destiny by affecting his environment and the people in it. Problem is, you can’t create change with incomprehensible speeches and weak acting.


His idea was to entice some of those writers and bloggers to Long Island, where they’d explore the wines and f ood of his home turf. The following year, Taste Camp was held in the Finger Lakes, then in the Niagara region of Ontario, and then in northern Virginia’s wine country. Thompson got his fi rst inkling that Québec would make a good destination at a Taste Camp dinner a f ew years ago, when Julien Marchand, a Québec City food blogger, poured him a sample of ice cider. “I was blown away. It was a category I was completely unfamiliar with,” Thompson re-






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tanding in the sun outside Vignoble de l’Orpailleur in Dunham, Québec, Caroline Décoste looked a little nervous when she was handed a metal saber and a bottle of sparkling wine. With one swift move, she ran the weapon along the bottle’s seamed edge until its top cracked o˜ and the wine frothed on the grass. Décoste burst out laughing, and a dozen cameras clicked as her fellow bloggers snapped the sabrage. Décoste and I were part of a group of 25 or so wine writers and bloggers f rom around the Northeast taking a recent weekend to sample the riches of Québec’s

wineries, breweries and cideries. Soon our glasses were being topped o˜ with the bottle of bubbly Décoste opened — our third — and servers wove around us with trays of pungent local cheeses and warm, velvety Lac Brome foie gras. It was barely past noon, and this was already our second stop of the day. This was my fi rst year at Taste Camp, an annual sensory tour of a region’s f ood and drink, some of it o˜ ered gratis by wineries such as l’Orpailleur (it means “gold seeker”). Many winery owners welcome visits f rom wine bloggers, and Taste Camp — conceived by wine editor Lenn Thompson in 2009 — combines

opportunities f or bloggers to socialize with a weekend-long tour that hits a di˜ erent Eastern winemaking region each year. Thompson, who edits the awardwinning blog New York Cork Report, conceived Taste Camp while attending a national wine bloggers’ conf erence in Calif ornia. “The parts I enjoyed most, and the parts that several of the bloggers I respect enjoyed most, seemed to be the locally focused things like vineyard walks and tastings,” Thompson said. “And it wasn’t just the walks and the tastings themselves. It was the discussions amongst the group on the bus and before [and] after the walks.”

called. When Rémy Charest, another drinks writer and friend, suggested they bring the event to Québec, it was a done deal. Unlike the all-expenses-paid junkets that some wine bloggers are invited to, Taste Camp is structured as a pay-yourway weekend of camaraderie. First in our own cars, later on a bus, we hopscotched from vineyard to vineyard in a frenzy of exploration. But the inf ormality didn’t stop wineries such as l’Orpailleur f rom rolling out the red carpet. “We have the chance to be covered by a lot of sommeliers and journalists,” said Maryse Blanchard, director of marketing f or l’Orpailleur. “But, to be really transparent with you, we are in the fi rst steps to seduce bloggers and, yes, we do take it really seriously. It’s a community so important because of their credibility.” There were serious chops in this group. On-the-ground organizer Charest is an esteemed Québec City f ood and wine writer, and his coplanners — Marchand and writer David Santerre — sport impressive lists of publications and contacts. They were hosting wine bloggers f rom Ontario, Nova Scotia, Vermont and Boston,







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he visit to l’Orpailleur anchored our Saturday. Its opulence was balanced by the sobering tenacity of its winemaker, Charles-Henri de Coussergues, who explained in French how he protects his vines from Québec’s harsh winters by cov-

ice cider. Back in the early 1980s, Christian Barthomeuf wanted to make wine at his home a few miles north of the Vermont border. But, with the climate decidedly not on his side, he decided instead to harness two things that rural Québec had going for it — freezing weather and apples. At his place in Frelighsburg, called Clos Saragnat, the graying but still roguish Barthomeuf poured us samples of his cidre de glace — rich, intoxicating wines tasting of butterscotch, nuts and honey. His wife, Louise Dupuis, explained their process.

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“The apples freeze, they unfreeze,” she told us. The art of making ice cider involves knowing when to pluck the fruit before it falls and disappears into knee-deep snow. “Then they are lost,” Dupuis said with a sigh. In Hemmingford, a few miles from the New York border, we visited another cidery called La Face Cachée de la Pomme (“The Hidden Side of the Apple”). Cider maker François Pouliot, a former film producer, explained how he bought the orchard at age 29 and began making ice ciders in the basement of the estate’s house. La Face is as polished as Saragnat is homey, its tasting room bedecked in original artwork and creative bottle displays. Some of its apple trees — such as Northern Spys — are trained onto lines much as grapevines are, “so that the energy of the plant gets concentrated into the fruit,” said Stéphane Rochefort, La Face’s director of sales.

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We sampled some of La Face’s signature Neige ice cider, which made for a riot in the mouth when sipped after the cubes of creamy Le Bleu d’Elizabeth cheese set out for us. Though the weekend’s wining and dining were epic, the spiritual nexus of Taste Camp was the traditional BYO dinner on Saturday night, when the campers kept their own company to pop open bottles from their respective regions and share, sip and debate. The two long tables inside Montréal’s SAT Foodlab were lined with dozens of bottles, from Niagara sparkling wine to a minivertical of Cabernets from Ontario. Everyone was eager to share, and I was pie-faced that I hadn’t remembered to bring a bottle from home. Spitting ceased as the group reveled in the pure sensory bliss of tasting wines from all over the Northeast and beyond, from a 10-year-old, $100 Wölffer Estate Merlot from FREE | WIFI | AVAILABLE Long Island to a hot-ticket Dirty and Rowdy Sémillon from California. Despite the gluttony, half the group 12v-edmonds(smitty'spub)052913.indd 1 didn’t head to bed after dinner. Instead, they trekked across town to Benelux, one of Montréal’s craft breweries. “That was great,” one of the bleary campers said the next day. “It was the poutine afterwardthat might have been a mistake.” m


ering their roots with sand in November, then painstakingly removing it in April. In nearby Farnham, Michael Marler of Vignoble Les Pervenches, whose wines sell out quickly upon release, also plays chess with the winter cold. Winemaking in Québec, he told us, “is a blend between how am I going to get enough vigor? [from the vines] versus how am I going to get through the winter?” Despite the climate’s challenges, Marler grows the grapes biodynamically and relies only on natural yeasts. “There’s a lot of things I’ve learned with biodynamic farming that I’ll use all of my life,” he said, standing in his chilly warehouse. Around him, we sipped and spat splashes of his plummy, spicy Frontenac and barrel samples of his Chardonnay. A climate that fosters such determination also breeds ingenuity — such as the brainstorm that gave rise to the first-ever

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was bumping down a dirt road in Springfield, worried I’d made a wrong turn, when I came upon what was clearly my destination: the monthly poultry swap and meeting of the Vermont Bird Fancier’s Club. This was tailgating with tail feathers — birds arranged in truck beds, in cages under tents, in homemade, tow-behind trailers. I knew I’d f ound the right place when I spotted a woman examining the chickens in a T-shirt that read, “Don’t ruffle my feathers.” I put my car in park and steeled my resolve. I didn’t care how cute the chicks were, how delightful the ducklings. I was not coming home with any birds today. My husband, Colin, had surprised me with a homemade chicken coop f or Christmas, and in the f ollowing months I started researching poultry in earnest. Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens took up residence on my bedside table, along side the hatchery catalogs I perused f or inspiration. And I discovered the bird f anciers. I knew that the group hosted monthly poultry swaps starting in early spring, but in the meantime, I found myself a voyeur observing a buzzing Facebook and email community of some 250 backyard bird enthusiasts. There was cyber-talk of chicken breeds, of common predators, of rare birds and new hatchings. Sparking one particularly lively conversation, a woman wrung her hands over a neighbor’s dog, which she estimated had killed at least 20 of her mother’s chickens. “When is enough enough???” she wrote. “I like dogs. Have two myself . I don’t want to shoot the dog! Would rather shoot the owner!!!” Most people recommended trying the official channels, such as town animalcontrol officers or nearby humane shelters. Another proposed option: “Just make the dog disapier dont say nothing an denie if asked.” It wasn’t until earlier this month, when I traveled to Wellwood Orchard in Springfield for the May poultry swap, that I could put a face to the bird fanciers. About a dozen sellers had lined up their stalls — some peddling birds from the backs of their trucks — on the side of the dirt road. I ar rived at 10:30 a.m. for the Sunday-morning swap, just a half hour after the official start time, but insiders told me I’d already missed the biggest action of the day: Most buyers and sellers are making deals hours before the swap officially opens.

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relatively easy way for homeowners to tap into the locavore and slow-food movements. Immediately, the ducklings at John Peters’ stand captured my attention. Peters put in a 50-year career as the manager of a tire store and embarked on raising poultry in his retirement. Last year he raised 1500 golden comet pullets, and he supplies sev eral regional pet stores with rabbits and guinea pigs. Peters traveled f rom about an hour away in Massachusetts to attend the swap. He proudly showed off the tow-behind trailer he’d constructed especiallyf or transporting his birds to and from swaps: 16 little coops ready to rattle behind him on the highway. Peters attributes the success of his little retirement project to the backyard poultry craze — which is in f ull swing, according to Rob Ludlow, owner of Ludlow’s site is the largest and f astest-growing online community of chicken enthusiasts in the world, drawing more than a million unique visitors every month. Raising chickens, especially egg-laying hens, is one relatively easy way for home owners to tap into the locavore and slowfood movements, Ludlow says, even if they don’t have the land or financial resources to raise more of their own f ood. He also

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thinks more and more people prefer eggs that come from humanely raised chickens. And, not least, chickens are f un. They’re “a pet that makes you breakfast!” Ludlow wrote me in an email. Unlike Ludlow, the poultry f anciers in Springfield had a surprisingly difficult time articulating just what they love about their birds. Some, like Ryan Breen of Bristol, 31, got into the hobby as children and just stuck with it. “He started with two little ducks back when he was about 7 years old,” said

Breen’s mother, Linda — she of the “Don’t ruffle my feathers” shirt. “And it’s just been exploding since then.” Some talked up the joy of observing the birds and their distinct personalities. A f ew mentioned the thrill that comes f rom producing their own f ood. Others were clearly collectors, taken in by the different breeds of rare poultry stock. “I say, chicken people are weird, aren’t they?” said Dolores Clark of Guilford, selling hens from the back of her pickup. Then she corrected herself. “Weird wouldn’t be the right word. They just know what they want.” And that, apparently, changes from year to year. “One year it will be decorative birds,” said Wayne Hoage of Hartland. “The next year it will be layers.” He and his wif e, Charylene, were staf f ing a small tent with a few birds and some pet rab bits for sale. “This year —” chimed in Charylene. “Back to egg layers,” Wayne finished. Of course, those eggs aren’t free. Costs are associated with keeping a flock of birds, and those costs are rising. “People aren’t just impulse-buying anymore because of the price of grain,” Wayne Marcelte of New Haven, the club’s vice president, told me. “It’s gotten to the point where you go to the grain store and drop a couple hundred bucks f or a hobby. It’s taken a bite out of us.” The costs weren’t deterring motherand-son pair Chelsea and Noah Farnsworth of Plainfield, N.H., who were taking home two 4-week-old Blue Swedish ducklings from Peters’ stall. Noah, 12, f orked over a $20 bill (a gif t f rom his grandmother)f or the birds. Peters f etched an empty Milk-Bone box and set the ducklings inside. Box in hand, Noah gazed at the downy little birds, then slyly suggested to his mother, “We could get another box f or more animals.” She nixed that idea. “He wants to be a f armer when he grows up,” Chelsea said. “But only for animals you don’t eat.” What I did take home from the poultry swap, if not birds, was f resh inspiration. The next morning I headed to my local f arm-supply store, where I purchased two watering stations, pine shavings f or bedding and chicken f eed. That evening Colin and I put the finishing touches on the chicken coop that had been on standby since Christmas.



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thought of Wayne Hoage, whom I’d met at the poultry swap. “We had a mink problem this spring, and we lost three coops,” he’d told me. “It makes you want to give up.” But the Hoages weren’t giving up. Wayne was particularly proud of a lovely Indian Blue peahen he took home from the swap. “Now to find her a mate,” he said. For now, my own flock has stabilized. By night, the four hens roost in their snug coop, and by day they explore a small, fenced pasture on our farm. Every afternoon I collect three or four eggs from their nesting boxes. The first two I whipped into a King Arthur Flour recipe for fluffy pancakes. Over breakfast with a friend, Colin fried up six on our cast-iron griddle. And before the first week was out, I was making mental lists of all the egg-heavy recipes I could call on to put my bounty to use: custards and quiches and pound cakes, oh my! Between the new fence and supplies — not to mention the birds themselves — it made me a little queasy to tally up just how much each of those eggs cost us. But I thought of the bird fanciers and made my resolution: I wouldn’t let it ruffle my feathers. m

And later that week, bright and early, I popped down the road to Doolittle Farm in Shoreham — source of Bay Hammond’s organic eggs, which, with their brightorange yolks, are the best I’ve ever tried. Hammond had six young hens ready and waiting for me, and a few minutes later they were introduced to their cozy new home. While I’d obsessed on protecting the chickens from predators, it turned out I should have been more worried about my own ignorance. The next few days were humbling. First, three chickens escaped the electric-net fencing I’d set up around their yard — which sent me racing back to the farm-supply store to buy a fence specifically designed for corraling poultry. We wrangled runaways that first morning, chasing birds across the pasture until most were safely contained. One escapee never resurfaced, and I gradually made peace with the fact that my flock of six was now five. A few days later, disaster struck again. Colin called me at work with this bad news: A red-tailed hawk had killed one of my Black Australorps. Now we were four. Demoralized, embarrassed and frustrated, I cried on the way home and

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‘THE TIPPING POINT: A FUTURE WITHOUT VERMONT YANKEE’ : A panel discussion featuring activists Deb Katz, Chris Williams and Bob Stannard examines current legal and environmental issues surrounding the nuclear power plant. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Info, 767-9131.


LIFE-DRAWING CLASS : Live models inspire studies of line work and shading. Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts, Chester, 6-9 p.m. $15. Info, 875-1018.


IMPROV NIGHT : Fun-loving participants play “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”-style games in an encouraging environment. Spark Arts, Burlington, 8-10 p.m. $7 suggested donation. Info, 373-4703.


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

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HOMEMADE FRUIT SYRUPS : John and Nancy Hayden of the Farm Between demonstrate how to concentrate the fl avors of their organic berries for use in sodas, sno-cones and more. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister at Info, 861-9700. WILLISTON FARMERS MARKET: Shoppers seek prepared foods and unadorned produce at a weekly open-air affair. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 8798790,

perf ormance, these musicians and many others take the stage in support of drummers with disabilities. Leading the pack are Bruce McKenzie and Bennicent Agbodzie, instructors at VSA Vermont, an organization that belongs to an international network dedicated to developing the creative potential of all individuals through community arts and education programs. In celebration of this collective energy, audience members are encouraged to bring their own instruments and share the beat in the fi nal crescendo.

BOOM VT Sunday, June 2, 4-6 p.m., at Burlington City Hall Park. Free. Info, 881-8391.


BURLINGTON GO CLUB : Folks gather weekly to play this deceptively simple, highly strategic Asian board game. Uncommon Grounds, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free; bring a set if you have one. Info, 860-9587,

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INTRO TO YOGA & MEDITATION: Attendees learn to align breath and body through focused physical and mental practices. Richmond Dance Studio, 9 a.m. $12. Info, 345-9274. INTRODUCTION TO ONENESS BLESSING/ DEEKSHA : Like-minded locals learn about attaining higher states of consciousness through processes that initiate neurobiological changes in the brain. Bring a folding chair. Moonlight Gifts, Milton, 6-8 p.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 893-9966. R.I.P.P.E.D.: Resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance and diet defi ne this high-intensity physical-fi tness program. North WED.29

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Will Hike For Food Foodies and nature lovers unite! During Woodstock’s annual Trek to Taste, hikers and walkers on 1- to 4.5-mile round-trip routes are rewarded with local f are. Families stroll along the Stewardship Trail to the Mount Tom Farmers Market and the Purple Crayon, where kiddos create personalized hiking bandanas. A trip to the Nordic Hut culminates in woodfi red pizza, tutorials on whole grains and lawn games. Up for a challenge? Head to South Peak Station f or gourmet tastings that rival the view. After all this activity, folks relax with an ice cream social and live music f rom CarterGlass.


TREK TO TASTE Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Forest Center, MarshBillings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock. Free. Info, 457-3368, ext. 17.


‘BEYOND THE HILLS’ : A friendship that began in an orphanage between two young women gets tested when they become lovers in Cristian Mungiu’s drama. Romanian with English subtitles. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 748-2600.

‘CHOPIN: DESIRE FOR LOVE’: Jerzy Antczak’s historical drama portrays the famed 19th-century composer’s affair with French novelist George Sand. A discussion with library director Richard Bidnick follows. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. ‘NO’ : Gael Garcia Bernal stars in Pablo Larrain’s drama about a young Chilean advertising executive who leads a 1988 campaign against When local drum drum military dictator Augusto Pinochet. Spanish with English subtitles. Catamount Arts Center, ensembles Burlington St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. $4-8. Info, Taiko, Sambatucada, Taiko, Sambatucada, 748-2600. Jeh Kulu and andGahu Gahuof of ‘THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE’ : Ken Burns’ documentary examines the 1989 assault of a female St. Michael’s College College jogger and the resulting unjust conviction of a per orm, perform, audiences group of teenagers. A panel discussion follows. f Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, take note. In a powerf ul 7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.



COMMUNITY VALUES MAPPING FORUM: Residents of Huntington, Richmond, Jericho and Bolton share useful information about local hot spots as part of the joint Science to Action Project. Jericho Elementary School, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 338-2456. OPEN ROTA MEETING : Neighbors keep tabs on the gallery’s latest happenings. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 6 p.m. Free. Info, 518-563-0494. WELLNESS CO-OP 1ST ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE : ˜ e community center celebrates one year of fostering holistic wellness through peer support in a nonjudgmental environment. Wellness Co-op, Burlington, 6-10 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 300.

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End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243. Tai Chi for arThriTis: Ruth Barenbaum teaches this ancient martial art of gentle, controlled movements to help increase flexibility and decrease joint pain. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 1-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 8650360, ext. 1028.


Enosburg PlaygrouP: Children and their adult caregivers immerse themselves in singing and other activities. American Legion, Enosburg Falls, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. fairfiEld PlaygrouP: Youngsters find entertainment in creative activities and snack time. Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. ‘from uP on PoPPy hill’: Jamie Lee Curtis, Christina Hendricks and Ron Howard voice Goro Miyazaki’s animated flick about the adventures of group of Japanese teens in the 1960s. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $6-8. Info, 748-2600. highgaTE sTory hour: Gigglers and wigglers listen to age-appropriate lit. Highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970. moving & grooving WiTh ChrisTinE: Two- to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and world-beat tunes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. sT. albans PlaygrouP: Creative activities and storytelling engage young minds. NCSS Family Center, St. Albans, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.


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CiTy hall Park lunChTimE PErformanCEs: Local musicians enliven the lunch hour. Burlington City Hall Park, noon. Free. Info, 865-7166. dark grEEn folk WiTh Josh sChlossbErg: The singer-songwriter’s life in the forested foothills of the Green Mountains informs originals, covers and traditional tunes. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 496-8994. david kaPlan & Timo andrEs: The acclaimed pianists perform Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring at this benefit for the Burlington Ensemble. UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $20. Info, 598-9520. flynn shoW Choirs: Seventy of Vermont’s best singers, actors and dancers ages 9 through 18 perform Broadway favorites and pop hits with live accompaniment. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. $10-15. Info, 863-5966. hoWardCEnTEr bEnEfiT ConCErT: Constance Price directs the Essex Children’s Choir in a performance featuring accompanist Karen Reed and the Queen City Larks. Williston Federated Church, 7-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 488-6911. ‘TWo by TWo’: Members of the Greenfield Piano Associates perform four-hand arrangements by Beethoven, Brahms and others. Richmond Free Library, 7-9 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 434-3036.


aarP drivEr safETy Class: Folks ages 50 and older take a road refresher course as they deal with challenges posed by aging. American Cancer Society, Williston, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $1214; preregister. Info, 372-8511. finanCial Planning for your hEalTh: Tim Bettencourt of Northwestern Mutual presents

strategies for decreasing money-related stress. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.


CaTamounT mounTain bikE sEriEs: Riders of all ages and abilities spin their wheels on 2.5K to 20K races in the country’s oldest, largest and longest-running training series. Catamount Outdoor Family Center, Williston, 6 p.m. $4-10; free for children under 6 in unscored races. Info, 879-6001. grEEn mounTain TablE TEnnis Club: Pingpong players swing their paddles in singles and doubles matches. Knights of Columbus, Rutland, 7-10 p.m. Free for first two sessions; $30 annual membership. Info, 247-5913.


‘ExPEriEnCE Thailand’: The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce hosts an information session about an upcoming November trip to the country. Doubletree Hotel, South Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-3489, ext. 227.


burlingTon WriTErs WorkshoP mEETing: Members read and respond to the poetry and prose of fellow wordsmiths. Participants must join the group to have their work reviewed. Halflounge, Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister at Info, 383-8104. hoWard Coffin: The historical author discusses his newest book, Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War in Today’s Vermont. Phoenix Books, Essex, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111.

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f-35: a CiTizEns hEaring: Pierre Sprey, codesigner of the F-16 and A-10 jets, joins area professionals and concerned residents in an informative discussion of the controversial issues surrounding the planes. Unitarian Church, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 802 238-5256.


inTro To squarE-fooT gardEning: Master gardener Peter Burke provides tips for successful soil, grid planting, plot maintenance and more. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202.


inTroduCTion To arT hisTory: Referencing the museum’s collection, SUNY Plattsburgh professor Christopher Fasolino teaches the development of visual arts through the ages. Plattsburgh State Art Museum, N.Y., noon-1:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 518564-2498,


‘hoW To markET your businEss in a bigbox World’: Ruth Taylor, manager of Main Street in Littleton, N.H., discusses ways local retailers can thrive amid much larger competition. Chow! Bella, St. Albans, 6 p.m. $25; free for Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce members; preregister. Info, 5242444,


‘PoP uP’ CoffEE shoP: Area residents get acquainted over tasty beverages, baked goods, games and live music in a diverse, intergenerational setting. My Little Cupcake, Essex


Poetry reaDinG & ConCert: A poetry slam of original work and a performance by the Rice Memorial High School band highlight student creativity. Barnes & Noble, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Free; a percentage of daylong store purchases benefits Rice Memorial High School. Info, 864-8001. the BarnStanD ColleCtive: This creative twist on traditional farm stands features local produce and food products alongside upcycled, vintage furniture, handmade clothing and more from participating small businesses. The Barnstand Collective, Marshfield, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Info, 229-2090. vermont meDiCal marijUana aSSoCiation informational meetinG: Community members learn about procedures for testing plant quality and how to safely access the patient registry. Vermont Department of Health, Burlington, noon. Free. Info, info@


‘no’: See WED.29, 8 p.m. ‘the trailBUilDerS’: To kick off National Trails Day, hikers and bikers screen the short documentary about the conservation-minded construction company, Timber & Stone. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 5-7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 864-5794.

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flynn Show ChoirS: See WED.29, 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. PotlUCk Dinner jam: The Summit School Players hold an open jam session of traditional tunes before a shared meal and a musical exploration of various genres. Summit School, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $20 plus dish to share; preregister. Info, 917-1186.


Delta BirD walk: Nature lovers observe avians’ natural habitat and learn about the park’s role in the migration of several species. Binoculars and identification books available. Delta Park, Colchester, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-5744.

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homemaDe toothPowDer, toothPaSte, moUthwaSh & flavoreD toothPiCkS: Smile! Herbal education coordinator Cristi Nunziata leads participants through the steps of creating natural dental-care products. City Market, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister at Info, 861-9700.


‘fantaStiC fUnGi, maGnifiCent mUShroomS: allieS for oPtimal health’: Jerry Angelini of Host Defense Organic Mushrooms explains how the cap-and-stem spore bearers promote wellness and immunity. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 224-7100. forza: the SamUrai SworD workoUt: Students sculpt lean muscles and gain mental focus when performing basic strikes with wooden replicas of the weapon. North End Studio A, Burlington, 7-8 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243. montréal-Style aCro yoGa: Using partner and group work, Lori Flower guides participants through poses that combine acrobatics with therapeutic benefits. The Confluence, Berlin,



oPen BriDGe Game: Players of varying experience levels put their strategy skills to use in this popular card game. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 5:30-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 462-3373.

after-SChool Camera ClUB: Cinema lovers in grades 6 through 10 learn how to shoot and edit footage with community trainer Meghan O’Rourke. Channel 17 Studios, Burlington, 3:305 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 862-3966, ext. 16. alBUrGh PlayGroUP: Tots form friendships over music and movement. Alburgh Family Center of NCSS, 9:30-11 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. ‘from UP on PoPPy hill’: See WED.29, 7 p.m. montGomery infant/toDDler PlayGroUP: Infants to 2-year-olds idle away the hours with stories and songs. Montgomery Town Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. mUSiC with Derek: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song-and-dance moves to traditional and original folk. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free; limited to one session per week per family. Info, 878-4918. mUSiC with mr. ChriS: Singer, storyteller and puppeteer Chris Dorman entertains kids and parents alike. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 1010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. ‘rhythm of ChanGe’ PerformanCe niGht: Spoken-word poet Lizzy Fox leads a workshop focused on finding movement in writing and how to best prepare for stepping up to the mic. Young Writers Project, Burlington, workshop, 5-6:30 p.m.; open mic, 7-8:30 p.m. Donations; preregister; limited space. Info, 324-9538, SeeDlinG PlantinG: Dig in! Kids of all ages join area high school students to help get the garden underway. St. Johnsbury Community Farm, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 748-9498. volUnteenS: Eager readers make library plans involving books, technology and more. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; for grades 7-12. Info, 388-4097.


new north enD farmerS market: Eaters stroll through an array of offerings, from sweet treats to farm-grown goods. Elks Lodge, Burlington, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-8072, waterBUry farmerS market: Cultivators and their customers swap veggie tales and edible inspirations at a weekly outdoor emporium. Rusty Parker Memorial Park, Waterbury, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 279-4371,




7:15-8:45 p.m. $16; as space permits. Info, 324-1737. yoGa & wine: Lori Flower leads a stretching session, after which local wine is available to sample. Personal mats required. Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery, Berlin, 5:15-6:30 p.m. $8; preregister. Info, 223-1151, breathingislife@


Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 922-4376 or 878-6956. ‘PoP UP’ Coffee ShoP: Darkroom Gallery: See above listing. Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, 2:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 922-4376 or 878-6956. Pre-SUmmer mixer: Area professionals network and make new contacts. Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Berlin, 5-7 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 229-5711.


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Andrew St Anley : Fletcher Allen’s chief of vascular surgery presents “The Truth About Varicose Veins: It’s More Than Cosmetic.” Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center Pavilion, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 847-2278.


‘t he Performer’ : Echo Valley Community Arts presents Vermont playwright Tom Blachly’s new play about a mysterious stranger who disrupts the lives of street people living in a subway system. Haybarn Theatre, Goddard College, Plainfield, 7:30 p.m. $12-15. Info, 426-3955,


Jody B Aron & Peter Be AmiSh : The authors of Spiritual Lovemaking discuss ways to create intimacy based on relaxation and mindfulness. Phoenix Books, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350. ‘r e-ver Sing glo BAl wA rming’ Poetry r eAding : Former Vermont poet laureate Ellen Bryant Voigt, David Budbill, Ben Aleshire and Cleopatra Mathis share their work following the opening reception of the climate change art exhibit, “Unraveling & Turning.” Goddard Art Gallery, Montpelier, 7-8 p.m. Free; cash bar. Info, 444-0350.

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oPen h ou Se & Pl Ant S Ale/Sw AP: Locals check out the new facility and exchange or purchase herbs, veggies and perennials. Proceeds benefit the sliding-scale community herbal clinic. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 224-7100. St. John SBury Pl Ant Sw AP & SAle : Horticulturalists stock up on houseplant cuttings, annuals, perennials, seeds, mulch and more. St. Johnsbury Food Co-op, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free; while supplies last. Info, 748-9498.


Cele Br Ate Col CheSter Performing Art S night : As part of the town’s 250th anniversary festivities, locals hit the stage with a historical skit, and chorus and band numbers — including an original composition by high school student Jacob Morton-Black. Gymnasium, Colchester High School, 7:30 p.m. Free to attend; donations accepted. Info, 862-3910. l othro P element Ary SChool Centenni Al Cele Br Ation : Live music from the Saltash Serenaders, building tours, a memory corner and a lawn display of antique vehicles commemorate the brick-and-marble structure. Lothrop Elementary School, Pittsford, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 483-2242. ‘PoP uP’ Coffee Sho P: dArkroom gAllery : See THU.30, 6-9 p.m.


Queen City tA ngo milong A: No partner is required for welcoming the weekend in the Argentine tradition. Wear clean, soft-soled shoes. North End Studios, Burlington, introductory session, 7-7:45 p.m.; dance, 7:45-10 p.m. $7. Info, 877-6648.


Blo Ck PArty : Adventurous attendees kick off summer with a barbecue, live music and open gym, Jibb and Jump Start sessions. Green

Mountain Freestyle Center, Williston, 4:30-8:30 p.m. $10; free for returning customers. Info, 652-2455. l ive muSiC & r ot Ary rA ffle : The jazz-guitar duo Miles and Murphy entertain folks as they sip local wine and try their luck at the Northfield Rotary Club’s cash drawing. Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery, Berlin, music, 6-9 p.m.; raffle, 8 p.m. Free to attend; $10 raffle ticket; cost of food and wine. Info, 223-1151. mAd Pie h oedown : An evening of cabaret, square dancing and a pie auction raises funds for the Village-Building Convergence, at which attendees learn self-sufficiency skills. Capital City Grange, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. $8-20 suggested donation. Info, 223-1730. oPer A in the gAllery : Locals join members of the Green Mountain Opera Festival’s emerging artists program for art, songs and refreshments. West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park, Stowe, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $25. Info, 800-838-3006, ext. 1. Pl Ant & Book S Ale : Affordably priced titles, potted flowers and vegetables delight bibliophiles and green thumbs alike at this benefit for the library. Cutler Memorial Library, Plainfield, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 454-7767, jnielsen2@ tA g & Pl Ant S Ale : Bargain shoppers browse clothing, toys, household items, furniture and jewelry, along with seedlings, flowers and vegetable starters. Calvary Episcopal Church, Jericho, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 899-2326. t he BArn St And Colle Ctive : See THU.30, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

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Burlington diSCover J Azz f eStiv Al : World-class musicians pack Queen City venues for the 30th year in celebration of the genre. Various downtown locations, Burlington, 7:30-midnight. Prices vary; see discoverjazz. com for schedule and details. Info, 863-7992 or 863-5966.


‘if i w ere you’ : Marcia Gay Harden, Aidan Quinn and Leonor Watling star in Joan CarrWiggin’s 2012 drama about the intermingling of love, betrayal and loyalty. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $48. Info, 748-2600. ‘Stoker’ : Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska play a widowed mother and grieving daughter whose lives are disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious man in Chan-wook Park’s 2013 drama. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 748-2600.

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Br Andon muSiC CAfé Su PPer Clu B: Diners feast on a three-course meal in a pleasant atmosphere. Brandon Music Café, 5-9 p.m. $16.50; preregister; BYOB. Info, 465-4071. Chel SeA fA rmer S 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, Community dinner : Folks share conversation over Sloppy Joes, salad and ice cream at this fundraiser for local hunger-relief efforts. Live music follows. United Church of Hinesburg, 5:30-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 482-3352. PASt A night : Community members load up on carbs topped with “G-Man’s” famous homemade sauce. Live music by the Nerbak Brothers follows. VFW Post, Essex Junction, 6-7 p.m. $3-7. Info, 878-0700. rA w- f ood Crowd-Ple ASer S: Strawberrywatermelon gazpacho and maple cheesecake

are among the breakfast-to-dessert recipes prepared by RN and raw-food chef, Denise Regan. Hungry yet? Healthy Living Market and Café, South Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2569.

health & fitness

Avoid fA ll S w ith imProved St ABility : 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. f orz A: t he SAmur Ai Sword w orkout : See THU.30, 9-10 a.m.


eno SBurg fA ll S Story h our : Young ones show up for fables and finger crafts. Enosburg Public Library, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. fA irf Ax Community Pl Aygrou P: Kiddos convene for fun via crafts, circle time and snacks. Health Room, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. iSle lA motte Pl Aygrou P: Stories and crafts make for creative play. Isle La Motte Elementary School, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. montgomery t umBle t ime: Physical fitness activities help build strong muscles. Montgomery Elementary School, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Sw Anton Pl Aygrou P: 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.


An evening w ith Pete Sutherl And : In honor of the town’s 250th birthday, the renowned folk musician performs songs from his album The Wilderness Road. Congregational Church, Waterbury, 7 p.m. Info, 244-7036. Bri Stol drumming exPerien Ce: Folks feel the beat at this informal, all-ages jam session. Instruments provided to those who need them. Recycled Reading of Vermont, Bristol, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 453-5982. Burlington diSCover J Azz f eStiv Al: ‘ l ong t r Ail l ive’: Lifted Crew, Otis Grove, Van Gordon Martin Band, iLa Mawana, Gold Magnolias and Clint Bierman & The Necessary Means give outdoor shows. Church Street Marketplace, Burlington, 7:30-midnight. Free. Info, 863-7992. Burlington diSCover J Azz f eStiv Al: l onnie Smith & dr. l onnie Smith t rio w ith John S Cofield : The acclaimed guitarist and composer joins the renowned organist in a heavy-hitting performance. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15-52. Info, 863-5966. ‘Cl ASSiCAl fA nt ASti QueS’: Flutist Anne Janson joins harpist Heidi Soons, organist David Neiweem and others in a program of lighthearted operatic works. Proceeds benefit the opera house. Vergennes Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $15-18; free for ages 18 and under. Info, 877-6737. dArk St Ar or CheStr A: The seven-member band delivers the Grateful Dead concert experience to fans young and old. Foeger Ballroom, Jay Peak Resort, 8:30 p.m. $45; $100 VIP tickets. Info, 998-2611. northern Bronze : A spring concert of syncopated jazz rhythms showcases the skills of the professional English handbell ensemble. South Hero Congregational Church, 7 p.m. $10-12. Info, 999-3556. r oCk-And- r oll night w ith filk : The local band channels the alt-pop of the early ‘90s at this benefit show for the Round Church bicentennial. Richmond Free Library, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 434-3654.

‘t wo By t wo’ : See WED.29, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free; bring a bag lunch. Info, 864-0471. vermont Philh Armoni C: Under the direction of Lou Kosma, soprano Lisa Jablow joins members in “Richard Wagner and his World,” which celebrates the legacy of the famed composer. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 661-4064,


Bird wA lk S: Lake Champlain Committee staff scientist Mike Winslow leads a lakeside stroll to identify feathered flyers by sight and sound. Oakledge Park, Burlington, 8-8:30 a.m. Free. Info, 658-1414. SPring migr Ation Bird wA lk S: Avian enthusiasts explore habitat hot spots in search of warblers, waterfowl and more. New Shelter Pavilion, Hubbard Park, Montpelier, 7-8:30 a.m. $10; free for members. Info, 229-6206.


r utl And r egion Ch AmBer of Commer Ce golf Cl ASSiC: Players tee up and take a swing at this friendly competition. Prizes include a new Honda and a hot tub for two hole-inone winners at designated locations. Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington, 1:30 p.m. $99 includes greens fees, cart rental and dinner; preregister. Info, 773-2747, chamber@


kyend AminA Cleo Ph ACe muke BA: The antiwar activist discusses the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the resulting epidemic of sexual violence against women. In English with French content. Room 304, Alliance-Française, Lake Champlain Region, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, kyema2002@


‘eugene onegin’ : Suzanne Kantorski-Merrill stars as Tatiana in this Opera Company of Middlebury production of Tchaikovsky’s famed opera about unrequited romance and tragedy. See calendar spotlight. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $50-55. Info, 382-9222. ‘hA ir’ : The Very Merry Theatre Teens presents James Rado, Gerome Ragni and Galt MacDermot’s classic-rock musical about 1960s counterculture. Mature language and content; not suitable for small children. Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 355-1461. ‘out Come S But Ch’ & ‘ note f rom eArth’ : David Schein explores the relationship between identity and power in a solo show of genderbending skits. A 15-minute stage adaptation of Jim Nisbet’s ode to our dying planet follows. For mature audiences only. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 8 p.m. $12. Info, 716-640-4569. ‘t he Performer’ : See THU.30, 7:30 p.m.


mArt A w illi AmS: The biologist, animal communicator and author discusses her new book, My Animal, My Self, which explores our connection with nonhuman species. Phoenix Books, Essex, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111. w ine, w omen & w ord S w ork Sho P: Poet Caitlin Downey provides writing prompts that spark creativity and get participants pressing pen to paper. The Writers’ Barn, Shelburne, 6 p.m. $15. Info, 985-3091.




PlAnTing DAy: Locals lend a hand to the land and help get varieties of dried beans into the ground. St. Johnsbury Community Farm, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 748-9498. ST. JohnSbury PlAnT SwAP & SAle: See FRI.31, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. unDerhill PlAnT SAle: Horticulturalists choose from a wide range of fantastic flora — including blueberry plants. Arrive early to donate or preview selections. Proceeds benefit the Underhill Conservation Commission. Town Hall, Underhill, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 899-2974,


wATercolor PAinTing & hoPkinS STory Time: Guided by botanical artist Susan Bull Riley, kids of all ages create paintings inspired by the exhibit of John Henry Hopkins’ 1840s drawing books. An illustrated lecture of his life by Jackie Calder follows. Vermont History Center, Barre, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 828-2180.






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ADAmAnT blAckfly feSTiVAl: Folks make the best of these warm-weather pests with a parade, live music, fashion show, entomological spelling bee and family-friendly activities. Adamant Co-op, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-5760. birDS & birDing feSTiVAl: Feathered flyers figure prominently in nature walks, workshops, themed crafts, kids activities, a peregrine falcon lecture and live raptor demonstrations. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Donations. Info, 229-6206. burlingTon DiScoVer JAzz feSTiVAl: See FRI.31, noon-midnight. Pocock rockS! muSic feSTiVAl & STreeT fAir: Performances by Waylon Speed, Gang of Thieves and others enliven this celebration of artisanal crafts, and specialty food and drink. Various downtown locations, Bristol, 4-8 p.m. Free. Info, 453-7378. Tenney feST: Newbury residents kick off the summer with a silent auction, book sale, picnic, live music and Willem Lange’s presentation, SAT.01

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communiTy college of VermonT commencemenT: Author and voice actor Tom Bodett, of NPR’s satirical news quiz show Wait,Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!, shares his wisdom with graduating seniors. Shapiro Field House, Norwich University, Northfield, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 828-2835.

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‘Alice in wonDerlAnD’: More than 100 students of the Moving Light Dance Company join its members to bring Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of Alice’s madcap adventures to the stage. Barre Opera House, 7 p.m. $12-18. Info, 476-8188.

‘A nighT wiTh The king’: Donny “Elvis” Romines entertains the crowd at this hipgyrating fundraiser for Grand Isle County soical-service programs. Folsom Education & Community Center, South Hero, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $20. Info, 372-6425. bArbecue & ArT recePTion: A day of festivities ushers in the new season with a members’ barbecue and an exhibit of archeology-inspired maritime painting by Vermont artist Ernie Haas. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $6-10; free for members and kids under 5. Info, 475-2022. burlingTon wATerfronT wAlking Tour: A stroll along Lake Champlain’s shoreline highlights Burlington’s industrial and maritime past. Proceeds benefit Preservation Burlington. Meet at the visitor’s center on the bottom of College Street. Burlington waterfront, 1 p.m. $10; $5 for Preservation Burlington members and students. Info, 522-8259, DownTown burlingTon wAlking Tour: Participants step back in time and explore the Queen City’s intriguing history and architecture. Proceeds benefit Preservation Burlington. Meet on Church Street. Burlington City Hall, 11 a.m. $10; $5 for Preservation Burlington members and students. Info, 522-8259, echo 10Th AnniVerSAry exTrAVAgAnzA DAy: Locals celebrate a decade of spectacular science with the new Action Lab, films featuring the Lake Champlain Basin, the “Bigger Than T-Rex” exhibit and more. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with admission; $9.50-12.50. Info, 877-324-6386. olD norTh enD wAlking Tour: Folks experience this vibrant and diverse neighborhood through a historic lens. Proceeds benefit Preservation Burlington. Meet at the William Wells statue. Battery Park, Burlington, 11 a.m. $10; $5 for Preservation Burlington members and students. Info, 522-8259, PlAnT & book SAle: See FRI.31, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. PoeTry reADing & concerT: See THU.30, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. TAg & PlAnT SAle: See FRI.31, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The bArnSTAnD collecTiVe: See THU.30, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.


‘ciViliTy & free exPreSSion in A conSTiTuTionAl DemocrAcy: A nATionAl DiAlogue’: Following a keynote address by Jim Leach, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, like-minded locals attend panel discussions focused on creating political discourse in Vermont. Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Montpelier, breakfast, 8:30 a.m., opening statements, 9:15 a.m., keynote address, 9:30 a.m., discussions, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 223-2020.


chiTTenDen counTy relAy for life VolunTeer meeTing: Folks looking to give their time to the world’s largest cancer-fighting movement get information about the annual overnight event. American Cancer Society, Williston, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 872-6316. Jericho 250Th AnniVerSAry celebrATion: Locals mark this sestercentennial occasion with an art exhibit, walking tours, picnic and live music . Various locations, Jericho, 9 a.m.7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 899-9970, ext. 3. ‘PoP uP’ co-oP: The rotating art- and musicmarketplace takes over the parking lot with artisan wares and live performances by Swale and others. Citizen Cider, Essex, 1-8 p.m. Free. Info, 339-227-0683. Town meeTing: Senator Bernie Sanders and Deb Amdur, director of the White River Junction VA Medical Center, facilitate a discussion about veterans’ issues. Room 103, Building 44, White River Junction VA Medical Center, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 800-339-9834.


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“What a Difference a River Makes.” Tenney Memorial Library, Newbury, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $10; free for returning customers. Info, 866-5366.


Burlington Discover Jazz Festival: ‘ in goo D t ime: t he Piano Jazz o F marion mcPartlan D’: Huey’s 2011 documentary examines the life and career of the musical legend as referenced in interviews with Elvis Costello and others. A discussion with the director follows. BCA Center, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 863-7992. ‘iF i Were You’ : See FRI.31, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. ‘stoker’ : See FRI.31, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. ‘t he creation’ : Classical music fans screen a performance of Joseph Haydn’s masterful work by the Vienna Chamber Choir and the AustroHungarian Haydn Philharmonic. German with English subtitles. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7:30 p.m. $12. Info, 760-4634.

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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, 3105172, caPital cit Y Farmers market : Meats and cheeses join seasonal produce, baked goods and locally made arts and crafts. 60 State Street, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958. culture D Beverages Worksho P: Caroline Homan and Joshua Pfeil share preparations for kombucha and ginger bug sodas with adults and kids alike. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 10 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 985-2827, korean Foo D Festival : Foodies feast on traditional fare at this fundraiser for the United Methodist Women’s Mission. Vermont Korean American United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $10. Info, 876-7622. miDDle Bur Y Farmers market : Crafts, cheeses, breads and veggies vie for spots in shoppers’ totes. The Marbleworks, Middlebury, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 989-6012. north West Farmers market : Stock up on local produce, garden plants, canned goods and handmade crafts. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 9 a.m.2 p.m. Free. Info, 370-6040. r hu Bar B Festival : The seasonal, herbaceous perennial flavors sweet-and-savory dishes. Live music, a tag sale and a quilt raffle round out the fun. Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, Middlebury, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $4-8; takeout available. Info, 388-8080. r utlan D count Y Farmers market : Downtown strollers find high-quality fruits and veggies, mushrooms, fresh-cut flowers, sweet treats, and artisan crafts within arms’ reach. Depot Park, Rutland, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 773-4813. t rek to t aste : Walkers explore wooded trails that lead to farm-fresh treats, games, and arts and crafts. Local ice cream and live music from CarterGlass round out the event. See calendar spotlight. Forest Center, Marsh-BillingsRockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3368, ext. 17. Waits Fiel D Farmers market : Local entertainment enlivens a bustling open-air market, boasting extensive farm-fresh produce, prepared foods and artisan crafts. Mad River Green, Waitsfield, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027.

MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $25-80. Info, 863-5966. Burlington’s Discover Jazz Festival: eDmar castane Da Quartet : The virtuosic Columbian harpist leads a performance of Latin and South American rhythms. See calendar spotlight. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 10 p.m. $25. health & fitness Info, 863-5966. Fit camP: Folks get a weekend workout with music For vermont: Bene Fit For maD a run and circuit training. Meet at the skate r iver l ong- t erm r ecover Y: Montpelierpark. Burlington waterfront, 10 a.m. Free. Info, based singer-songwriter Stephanie Lynn joins 774-563-8273. Colleen Mari, Louie Brown, the Gulch Band and Soulstice to raise funds for continued efforts r .i.P.P. e.D.: See WED.29, North End Studio B, to repair damage caused by Tropical Storm Burlington, 9-10 a.m. $10. Info, 578-9243. Irene. Lareau Farm Inn, Waitsfield, 5-9 p.m. $10 Women’s sPiritual meet-uP: Cynthia suggested donation; $5 for students; free for Warwick Seiler and Marna Ehrech cofachildren under 13. Info, 496-4949. cilitate a supportive environment aimed at northern Bronze : See FRI.31, Congregational spiritual growth and liberating the feminine Church, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $10-12. Info, spirit. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 9 a.m. 999-3556. Suggested $15 donation. Info, 6714569 or 238-7908. r achel Barton Pine : The virtuosic violinist performs kids a varied international program — including arts & cra Fts a piece composed Worksho P: Little ones for her by rising tap into their imaginatalent Mohammed tions and create clay Fairouz. Unitarian turtle bowls. Shelburne Church, Montpelier, Craft School, 10-11:30 7:30 p.m. $10-25. Info, a.m. $10-12. Info, 793-9291. 985-3648. r iPton communit Y enos Burg Falls coFFeehouse : Local t umBle t ime: Kiddos performers warm up the bound around an open gym, microphone for singerOU burning off excess energy. RT ES songwriter Caitlin Canty, acEnosburg Falls Elementary YO FA companied by Dietrich Strause. School, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, ND R EW EC CLE S Ripton Community House, 7:30 p.m. 527-5426. $3-9; call ahead to register for open mic. Info, miss Jackie’s stu Dio o F Dance : Students of 388-9782. the longtime local teacher perform a spring reYang Bao : The 22-year-old piano prodigy cital of Broadway numbers. Paramount Theatre, makes the black-and-white keys dance with Rutland, 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. $12-22. Info, 775-0903. works by Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin and move Your Buns Fun r un 5 k & Walk : Rachmaninoff. North Hero Community Hall, 8 Athletes of all ages and abilities convene to p.m. $20-25. Info, 863-5966. promote physical fitness at this rain-or-shine C

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Wine, cheese & chocolate t asting : Live music, local vino and good eats lift spirits at this benefit for Plattsburgh’s Treasure Chests Relay for Life team. Hid-In-Pines Vineyard, Morrisonville, N.Y., noon-8 p.m. $10 includes tastings and glass. Info, 518-293-7097.

event. Green Mountain Kids, Morrisville, registration, 8-8:45 a.m.; run/walk, 9 a.m. $7-20. Info, 888-0869. satur DaY stor Y t ime: Families celebrate the written word as imaginative tales are read aloud. Phoenix Books, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.


Big ‘80s Dance Part Y: Hot Neon Magic and the RetroFit provide tunes from the era of spandex and big hair for costumed revelers who compete for the top prize of best dressed. Vergennes Opera House, 8-11 p.m. $10-12. Info, 863-1010. Burlington civic sYmPhon Y: Daniel Bruce directs a program of works by Hector Berlioz, George Gershwin and Vermont composer Dennis Báthory-Kitsz. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 8 p.m. $5-15. Info, 863-5966. Burlington Discover Jazz Festival: Big Joe Burrell Da Y: Performances by Uri Gurvich, Sofia Rei and the Boston Horns honor the godfather of the Queen City’s music scene. Burlington City Hall Park, noon-5 p.m. Free. Info, 863-7992. Burlington Discover Jazz Festival: tW ilight Jazz series : Bands perform openair concerts amid the Queen City’s bustling downtown scene. Church Street Marketplace, Burlington, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-7992, Burlington’s Discover Jazz Festival: BoBBY mcFerrin : The Grammy Award-winning vocalist performs African American spirituals from his new album spirityouall. Flynn


national t rails Da Y: Attendees of all ages and mobility levels celebrate the nature trail system’s newest route with a guided hike to the Quechee Gorge, a presentation and more. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $11-13; free for members and children ages 3 and under. Info, 359-5001, ext. 229. national t rails Da Y: Warren : Adventure seekers break in the new Blueberry Lake trail network with guided hikes and beginner, intermediate and expert mountain bike rides. Meet at North Shore parking lot. Blueberry Lake, Warren, opening ceremony, 1-1:30 p.m.; rides and hike, 1:30-4 p.m. Free. Info, 917-1467. Walk For animals : Folks and their leashed canine companions stroll along a three-mile loop to raise money and awareness for homeless animals. Montpelier Recreation Field, registration, 9:30 a.m.; walk, 10 a.m. $30 minimum pledge donation. Info, 476-3811, events@


get to kno W central vermont’s h er Ps: Environmental educator John Jose discusses the evolution of local reptiles and amphibians, and how to locate and identify them in nature. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 1-3 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8000, ext. 202, vcam access orientation : Video-production hounds learn basic concepts and nomenclature at an overview of VCAM facilities, policies and procedures. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 651-9692.


h earts For h unger Fun r un & Walk : Locals lace up their running shoes and get moving on 1K and 5K courses at this benefit for the Vermont Foodbank’s backpack program for children. Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg, walkers, 8:45 a.m.; 1K, 8:30 a.m.; 5K, 9 a.m. $8-12; preregister. Info, 338-0996, move Your can Fun r un/Walk : Families hit the pavement on a 5K course to raise funds for the Colchester/Milton Rotary Club and local food shelves. Bayside Park, Malletts Bay, Colchester, registration, 7:30 a.m.; race, 8:30 a.m. $15-20; nonperishable food donations encouraged. Info, Platts Burgh r oller Der BY: Born in the usa Dou Blehea Der : At this coed showdown, the North Country Lumber Jills take on the Hellions of Troy, while Trauma Authority battles Vermont’s Mean Mountain Boys. Plattsburgh City Recreation Center, N.Y., 5-9 p.m. $5-12; free for children under 5. Info, 518-420-7687.


‘h air’ : See FRI.31, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. ‘out comes Butch’ & ‘ note From earth’ : See FRI.31, 8 p.m. ‘t he Per Former’ : See THU.30, 7:30 p.m.


stor Y t ime in Barre: a cele Bration o F chil Dren’s l iterature & Books : An exhibit and panel discussion features Emily Proctor’s books. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 476-7550. suPer summer Book sale : A plethora of pages beacons readers, who add affordable titles to their collections — and their beach bags. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7212.

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st. Johns Bur Y Plant sWaP & sale : See FRI.31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


‘alice in Won Derlan D’: See SAT.01, 2 p.m. Balkan Folk Dancing : Louise Brill and friends organize people into lines and circles set to complex rhythms. No partner necessary. Burlington Dances, Chace Mill, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. $6 suggested donation. Info, 540-1020.


cancer survivors Da Y cele Bration : Guest speaker Kathleen Murphy-Moriarty, musician Patrick Fitzsimmons and an art exhibit honor those who beat the disease. Central Vermont Medical Center, Barre, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 225-5449. echo 10th anniversar Y extravaganza DaY: See SAT.01, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jane austen in vermont : University of Central Missouri professor Sheryl Craig presents “Trickle-Down Economics in Pride and Prejudice.” Hauke Campus Center, Champlain College, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 3432294, t he Barnstan D collective : See THU.30, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

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Burlington Discover Jazz Festival: ‘More to live For’: Noah Hutton’s awardwinning documentary follows three subjects — including Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Michael Brecker — as they struggle with cancer. A discussion with producer Susan Brecker follows. BCA Center, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 863-7992. ‘iF i Were You’: See FRI.31, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. ‘stoker’: See FRI.31, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

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Music on the porch: Sile & Sergio lead energetic sing-alongs at an informal concert. Waterbury Station, Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center & Café, 1-3 p.m. Free; nonperishable food items accepted. Info, 882-2700. northeast FiDDlers association Meeting: Lovers of this spirited art form gather to catch up and jam. Canadian Club, Barre, noon-5 p.m. Donations. Info, 728-5188. verMont philharMonic: See FRI.31, Hardwick Town House, 2 p.m. $5-15. Info, 6614064 ,


earlY BirDer Morning Walks: Experienced avian seekers faciliate a springtime stroll through woodland habitats. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 7-9 a.m. Free. Info, 434-2167. snake Mountain Beginner hike: Kids and dogs are welcome on this introductory trek up one of Vermont’s most accessible summits. Contact leader for details and meeting place. Snake Mountain, Middlebury, 9 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 343-8175, olfgang.hokenmaier@


coMMunitY BreakFast: The Ladies Auxiliary hosts a hearty start to the day for members and nonmembers alike. VFW Post, Essex Junction, 9-11 a.m. $3-6. Info, 878-0700. ice creaM sunDaYs: Dessert comes first when visitors make and sample hand-cranked ice cream, then learn about the science and history of this sweet treat. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 457-2355. stoWe FarMers Market: Preserves, produce and other provender sport OU attract fans of local food. Red RT WoMen’s pickup soccer: ES yO Barn Shops Field, Stowe, 10:30 FB Quick-footed ladies of varying ILLI NG S a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027 or FARM & MUSEUM skill levels break a sweat while 498-4734, info@stowevtfarmersmarket. stringing together passes and makcom. ing runs for the goal. Rain location, Miller


sunDaYs For FleDglings: Junior birders ages 5 through 12 develop observation and research skills in this combination of environmental science and outdoor play. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 2-3 p.m. Free with admission, $3-6; preregister. Info, 434-2167.

French conversation group: DiManches: Parlez-vous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual, drop-in chat. Panera Bread, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.


‘eugene onegin’: See FRI.31, 2 p.m. ‘hair’: See FRI.31, 6 p.m. ‘the perForMer’: See THU.30, 7:30 p.m.


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aDaptive international Folk Dancing: Creative movers of all ages, abilities and mobility learn international routines. Walkers and wheelchairs are accommodated. North End Studio A, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. $5; free for assistants. Info, 863-6713.

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a cappella shoWcase: The area’s top vocalists hit all the right notes in an afternoon of toe-tapping tunes. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 3 p.m. $5-10; preregister. Info, 603-448-0400. BooM vt: Feel the beat! Led by Bruce McKenzie and Bennicent Agbodzie, drummers from VSA Vermont join a performance featuring local drum ensembles. See calendar spotlight. Burlington City Hall Park, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 881-8391. Burlington Discover Jazz Festival: BranForD Marsalis Quartet: The Grammy Award-winning saxophonist fronts a performance of songs from the group’s new album Four MFs Playin’ Tunes. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $25-60. Info, 863-5966. Burlington Discover Jazz Festival: Meet the artist session: BranForD Marsalis: BDJF critic-in-residence Bob Blumenthal moderates a Q&A session with the Grammy Awardwinning saxophonist. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5966. Burlington Discover Jazz Festival: tWilight Jazz series: See SAT.01, 1-7:30 p.m.


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AlICe In noodlelAnd: Youngsters get acquainted over crafts and play while new parents and expectant mothers chat with maternity nurse and lactation consultant Alice Gonyar. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. ChIld WellneSS SeSSIonS: Bodymind specialist Courtney Anderson offers “tune-ups” for kids ages 5 through 18. Ascent Wellness Center, Burlington Natural Health Center, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 518-528-9958, info@ Your LocaL Source muSIC WIth peter: Preschoolers up to age 5 Since 1995 bust out song-and-dance moves to traditional and original folk. Dorothy Alling Memorial 14 ChurCh St • Burlington,Vt Library, Williston, 10:45 a.m. Free; limited to one session per week per family. Info, 878-4918. CrowBookS.Com • (802) 862-0848 StorIeS WIth megAn: Little ones expand their imaginations through tales, songs and rhymes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. 16t-crowbookstore100312.indd 1 9/27/12 2:34 PM Free. Info, 865-7216. SWAnton plAYgroup: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Mary Babcock Elementary School, Swanton, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Youth CookIng ClASS: SmoothIeS & StrAWberrY ShortCAke: Budding chefs use the beloved berry in a creamy treat — made via a bike-powered blender — and the classic dessert. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10; preregister at Info, 861-9700.

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burlIngton dISCover JAzz feStIvAl: dAve douglAS QuIntet: The trumpeter channels the essence of Stravinsky, Stevie Wonder and John Coltrane into a unique sound. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $25. Info, 863-5966. burlIngton dISCover JAzz feStIvAl: JAzz on the mArketplACe: High school bands from around the state give outdoor performances. Church Street Marketplace, Burlington, 12-6:30 p.m. Free; see for details. Info, 863-7992. burlIngton dISCover JAzz feStIvAl: meet the ArtISt SeSSIon: dAve douglAS: BDJF critic-in-residence Bob Blumenthal moderates a Q&A with the trumpeter and composer. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5966. burlIngton dISCover JAzz feStIvAl: tWIlIght JAzz SerIeS: See SAT.01, 1-7:30 p.m. northern bronze: See FRI.31, The Lodge at Shelburne Bay Senior Living Community, 6 p.m. Donations. Info, 999-3556. 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,

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WIld edIble & medICInAl plAnt WAlk: Herbalist Annie McCleary and naturalist George Lisi lead a springtime stroll focused on the properties of specific vegetation and sustainable harvesting practices. Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury, 6-7:30 p.m. Free to attend; $1-10 suggested donation. Info, 456-8122.


bASIC Computer SkIllS: Community members enter the high-tech age and gain valuable knowledge. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3403. pArentIng WIth the tAo: A bodYmInd ApproACh to ConSCIouS pArentIng WorkShop: Bodymind specialist Courtney Anderson presents ways to incorporate the teachings of the Tao Te Ching into daily life. Loose, comfortable clothing recommended. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 5-6:30 p.m. $12; preregister. Info, 518-528-9958, info@



St. JohnSburY plAnt SWAp & SAle: See FRI.31, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.


exIt 12 StudY publIC meetIng: Locals consider the development of transportation alternatives for existing and projected traffic congestion, bicycle safety issues and more. Town Hall, Williston, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 865-1794.


bAllroom & lAtIn dAnCe ClASS: Instructor Samir Elabd helps students break down basic steps. Union Elementary School, Montpelier, waltz, 6-7 p.m.; wedding and party dances, 7-8 p.m. $14. Info, 223-2921, SWIng-dAnCe prACtICe SeSSIon: Quickfooted participants get moving in different styles, such as the lindy hop, charleston and balboa. Indoor shoes required. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.

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burlIngton dISCover JAzz feStIvAl: See FRI.31, noon-midnight.


‘If I Were You’: See FRI.31, 5:30 p.m. peACe & popCorn: Cinema buffs peruse the Peace and Justice Center’s video library and choose the evening’s film. Peace and Justice Center, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 8632345, ext. 6. ‘Stoker’: See FRI.31, 7:30 p.m.

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eAt on the WIld SIde: Folks harvest, prepare and eat wild edibles with herbalist Annie McCleary, offering gratitude. Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $25; free for children; preregister. Info, 456-8122 . the pennYWISe pAntrY: On a tour of the store, shoppers create a custom template for keeping the kitchen stocked with affordable, nutritious eats. City Market, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister at Info, 861-9700. rutlAnd CountY fArmerS mArket: See SAT.01, 3-6 p.m.


CreAtIve tueSdAYS: Artists engage their imaginations with recycled crafts. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. rIChford plAYgroup: Rug rats gather for tales and activities. Cornerstone Bridges to Life Community Center, Richford, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. StorY tIme WIth CoreY: Read-aloud tales and crafts led by store employee Corey Bushey expand the imaginations of young minds. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.


burlIngton dISCover JAzz feStIvAl: JAzz on the mArketplACe: See MON.03, noon6:30 p.m. burlIngton dISCover JAzz feStIvAl: lISten here to greAt JAzz: Folks explore the life and work of free-jazz shaman Sun Ra. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5966. burlIngton dISCover JAzz feStIvAl: the SAturn people’S Sound ColleCtIve: Brian Boyes directs this 20-person big-band ensemble in genre-jumping compositions. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $25. Info, 863-5966. burlIngton dISCover JAzz feStIvAl: tWIlIght JAzz SerIeS: See SAT.01, 1-8:30 p.m. CAStleton Summer ConCertS: Elixir bring a full horn section and an energetic mix of rock, swing and reggae to the stage. Pavilion, Castleton State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 468-6039. green mountAIn operA feStIvAl: mASterClASS SerIeS: Steven Blier of the New York Festival of Song shares his expertise with members of the GMOF emerging artist program, who work on an operatic repertoire. The Schoolhouse, Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 2-4:45 p.m. Free. Info, 496-7722, ‘mAdrIgAlS old And neW And broAdWAY hIghlIghtS’: Glenn Sproul directs members of the a capella group Syrinx in a program of classic Renaissance pieces and 20th-century works. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, noon. Free; bring a bag lunch. Info, 864-0471.


CAtAmount trAIl runnIng SerIeS: Runners of all ages and abilities break a sweat in this weekly 5K race. Catamount Outdoor Family Center, Williston, 6-8 p.m. $3-8; free for children 8 and under. Info, 879-6001. CYClIng 101: Linda Freeman of Onion River Sports leads a training ride aimed at building confidence, strength, endurance and a sense of community. Montpelier High School, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 229-9409 or 223-6161, ext. 719.


burlIngton dISCover JAzz feStIvAl: JAzz lAb: David Sokol discuss the artistic inspiration and creative process behind the concept album, Shylock Sings the Blues. BCA Center, Burlington, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 863-7992.


CAdY/potter WrIterS CIrCle: Literary enthusiasts improve their craft through assignments, journal exercises, reading, sharing and occasional book discussions. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 349-6970. JuStIne o’keefe: The local author reads from her debut novel Scattered Pages, about a young woman living amid the turmoil of World War


I. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Tracey Medeiros: Foodies join the author of The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook, who discusses local recipes and dishes out tasty samples. Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 229-0774 .

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cenTral VerMonT high school iniTiaTiVe oPen house: Potential students and their parents learn about academic, artistic and outdoor programs, as well as service-learning opportunities. Stokes Building, Goddard College, Plainfield, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 322-4408, info.


aMy seidl: The author of Finding Higher Ground weighs in on climate change and global warming as related to local communities. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7212.

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‘if i Were you’: See FRI.31, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. ‘shyaMal uncle Turns ouT The lighTs’: Based on the actual experiences of the protagonist, Suman Ghosh’s social-realist film follows an 80-year-old man’s quest to get his neighborhood streetlights turned off after sunrise. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free; light lunch provided. Info, 865-7211. ‘sToker’: See FRI.31, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. ‘The cenTral Park fiVe’: Ken Burns’ documentary examines the 1989 assault of a female jogger and the resulting unjust conviction of a group of teenagers. A panel discussion follows. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

self-care soluTions for neck and JaW Pain: Certified Rolfer Robert Rex leads stretching and bodywork modified for managing the conditions. Healthy Living Market and Café, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.

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ayurveda A WEEKEND WITH DR. VASANT LAD: ˜ e Ayurvedic Center welcomes Dr. Vasant Lad, Ayurvedic physician and teacher at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico, for the fi rst time in Vermont. A must for yoga practitioners, health care providers and anyone interested in holistic healing practices. Learn about Ayurveda for optimum health and spiritual growth. Jun. 7-8. Cost: $158/all workshops. Location: ˜ e Film House at Main Street Landing, 60 Lake St., Burlington. ˜ e Ayurvedic Center of Vermont, Allison Morse, 8728898,,

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DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $13/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Victoria, 598-1077, DSANTOS VT SALSA: Experience the fun and excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained

drumming TAIKO, DJEMBE, CONGAS & BATA!: Taiko in Burlington! Tues. Taiko adult classes begin Jun. 18, Sept. 10, Oct. 22 & Dec. 3, 5:30-6:20 p.m. $72/6 wks. Kids classes begin the same dates, 4:30-5:20 p.m. $60/6 wks. Conga and Djembe Fri. classes start Jun. 14, Jul. 12 & Aug. 2, 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. $15/class. Montpelier Conga classes start Jun. 20 & Jul. 18, 9:30-10:30 a.m. $60/4 wks. Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G, Burlington. Stuart Paton, 9994255,

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MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER CAMPS & INTENSIVES: Radio Plays, Comedy Club, Acting on the Flynn Stage, Hip Hop & Jazz Dance, Music-Video Making, Audition Intensive, Historic Improvisation and Jazz Music with Grammy winner Arturo O’Farrill! Full- and half-day programs; scholarships available. Build confi dence, build skills and build friendships that last! Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington. 652-4500, fl SUMMER CAMPS FOR AGES 4-8: Give your kids a dose of confi dence, collaboration and imaginative fun! ˜ emes include: Magic Toy Box, Magic Treehouse, Magic Schoolbus, Pirates & Shipwrecks, Muppets & Puppets, Animal Fairy Tales, Princess Ballet, Superheroes and Dr. Seuss! Full- and halfday camps; aftercare and

Skinner Releasing Technique, Michael Chekhov Acting, EmBODYing Character, Wilde & Shaw, Mask Work, ˜ e Business of Show Biz with an NYC professional, Jazz Improvisation, and Latin Jazz Intensive with Grammy-winner Arturo O’Farrill! Pursue your passion, follow your dreams, build skills and command confi dence! Scholarships and payment plans available. Let nothing stand in your way! Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington. 652-4500, fl

helen day art center PLEIN AIR PAINTING: Borrowing from the French tradition of plein air painting, this class will introduce participants to the use of acrylics outside of the studio to capture the essence of the landscape. ˜ e Stowe Recreation Path will set the scene for an invigorating open-air work session. Instructor: Alyssa DeLaBruere.

herbs WHOLE HUMAN WELLNESS: We’ve distilled the best of our herbal training into a jampacked class led by our experienced faculty. ˜ is short course will prepare you to support your friends’ and family’s health using whole plants and whole foods. Feel confi dent and empowered to begin using herbal remedies in your daily life! 2nd & 4th Mon., 4:30-7:30 p.m., Jul. 8-Dec. 9. No class for the mo. of Aug. or on Nov. 25. Cost: $300/person; $40 deposit; preregistration required. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 252 Main St., Montpelier. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 224-7100,, WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Wild Edible & Medicinal Plant and Nature Walk, Mon., Jun. 3, 6-7:30 p.m. Sliding scale $10-0. Please preregister and give us your phone number. Eat on the Wild Side, Tue., Jun. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Harvest, prepare and eat wild edibles! Preregister. $25. Children welcome and free. Earth skills for changing times. Experiential programs embracing local wild-edible and medicinal plants, food as fi rst medicine, sustainable living skills and the inner journey. Annie McCleary, director, and George Lisi, naturalist. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. 456-8122, annie@,

language ANNOUNCING SPANISH CLASSES: Join us for adult Spanish classes this summer. Our sixth 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. Also lessons for young children; they love it! See our website or contact us for details. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center. Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025, spanishparavos@,

SUMMER FUN EN FRANÇAIS: Send the Kids to French Camp! Each camp runs for 6 mornings, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. “French Around the World” (ages 11-14) celebrates world cultures and French as a global language. Art and music emphasized; June 24-29. “Ratatouille” (ages 8-10) is inspired by the charming animated fi lm about the rat who wants to be a chef. Variety of activities, with a focus on cooking; July 15-20. Jun. 24-29; Jul. 15-20. Cost: $160/camper. Financial need? Ask about scholarships. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. 497-0420, afl classes.shtml.

martial arts AIKIDO: ˜ is Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape and relieve stress. Classes for adults, teens and children. We also offer morning classes for new students. Study with Benjamin Pincus Sensei, 6thdegree black belt and Vermont’s only fully certifi ed Aikido teacher. Visitors are always welcome. Adult introductory classes begin on Tue., Jun. 4, 5:30 p.m. Introductory 3-mo. special incl. 1 free mo. & uniform. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. 9518900, AIKIDO CLASSES: Aikido trains body and spirit, promoting fl exibility and strong center within fl owing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others and confi dence in oneself.Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd fl oor), Burlington. Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, KARATE & SELF-DEFENSE: Traditional Karate and selfdefense for children 5 and up and adults. Benefi ts include improved fi tness, health and attitude. Classes are taught by 5th-degree and 4th-degree certifi ed black belt instructors with a combined 70 years of experience! Classes are fantastic exercise MARTIAL ARTS

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BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION: THE ADMIRABLE IRIS: Use fundamental graphite techniques to create a careful drawing of the magnifi cent iris. Using pencils of differing width and hardness, and with careful attention to creating values, the day will be spent creating an iris portrait. Bring your favorite iris bloom to study and draw. Instructor: Susan Bull Riley. Jun. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $120. Location: Helen Day Art Center, Stowe. 253-8358, education@helenday. com,

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE SUMMER FRENCH CLASSES: Your funloving alter ego speaks French! Places still available in three classes; details vary, so check the website; La Cuisine Classique de France, a hands-on cooking class presenting French regional favorites; an intensive Beginning French Refresher; and French Out Loud: conversation practice for intermediate-level students. Visit website for schedule. Cost: $135/class. Minimal materials fees may apply; for the cooking class, the provisions fee is $60/ student. Location: AFLCR Center, 123 Ethan Allen Ave., Colchester, except the cooking class. Address provided to enrollees. 497-0420, michelineatremblay@, afl shtml.


ETCHING: Discover the ancient printing technique of etching, for artists who love to draw and want to make highly detailed prints. No experience needed. Over 25 hours per week of open studio time also included for producing prints; students may not use acid baths outside of class time. Ages 16 and up. Jul. 8-Aug. 12, 6-8:30 p.m., weekly on Mon. Cost: $200/person; $180/BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. 865-7166.

WHEEL THROWING THURSDAYS: ˜ is six-week class is an introduction to clay, pottery and the ceramics studio. Students will work primarily on the potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques, while creating functional pieces such as mugs, vases and bowls. No previous experience needed! Ages 16 and up. Jul. 11Aug. 22, 6-8:30 p.m., weekly on ˜ u. Cost: $230/person; $207/ BCA members. Incl. your 1st bag of clay! Extra clay sold separately at $20/25-lb. bag. Glazes & fi rings incl. Location: BCA Clay Studio, wheel room, 250 Main St., Burlington. 865-7166.

SUMMER CAMPS FOR AGES 8-10: Give your kids a dose of confi dence, leadership, teamwork, problem-solving and creative fun! ˜ emes include: Movie-Making, Dragons & Dinosaurs, Crafts/Costumes/ Dance from around the world, Star Wars & Stage Combat and Wizardry! Camps run 9 a.m.-3 p.m. w/ aftercare until 5 p.m. Scholarships avail. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts w/ partner sites like BCA & ECHO, Burlington. 652-4500, fl

Jun. 8, 9 a.m.-noon Cost: $80. Location: Helen Day Art Center, Stowe. 253-8358, education@,


DROP IN: LIFE DRAWING: ˜ is drop-in life-drawing class is open to all levels and facilitated by local painter Glynnis Fawkes. Spend the evening with other artists, drawing one of our experienced models. Please bring your own drawing materials and paper. No registration necessary. Ages 16 and up. Jul. 8-Aug. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., weekly on Mon. Cost: $8/participant; $7/BCA members. Purchase a drop-in card and get the 6th visit for free. Location: BCA Center painting studio, 135 Church St., 3rd fl oor, Burlington. 865-7166.

WHEEL THROWING MONDAYS: ˜ is six-week class is an introduction to clay, pottery and the ceramics studio. Students will work primarily on the potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques, while creating functional pieces such as mugs, vases and bowls. No previous experience needed! Ages 16 and up. Jul. 8-Aug. 12, 6-8:30 p.m., weekly on Mon. Cost: $230/person; $207/BCA members. Incl. your 1st bag of clay! Extra clay sold separately at $20/25-lb. bag. Glazes & fi rings incl. Location: BCA Clay Studio, wheel room, 250 Main St., Burlington. 865-7166.

SUMMER DANCE CLASSES: Offering ballet and modern classes, also a mixed ballet/ modern class. Ages 9 and up including adults, all skill levels invited. You can drop into any class or sign up for eight weeks. Classes will include traditional exercises plus pilates and yoga exercises. Also original choreography will be taught. Jun. 4-Jul. 25, 5-7 p.m., weekly on Tue., ˜ u. Cost: $10/1-hr. class. Location: South Congregational Church, 1052 Main St., St. Johnsbury. Teala Sjolander, 473-6230,,

scholarships available; held at the Flynn with fi eld trips to the library, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Oakledge Park, BCA and beautiful Shelburne Farms. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (plus many fi eld trips!), Burlington. 652-4500, fl


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New Duds, will show you how to design and print T-shirts, posters, fi ne art and more! Learn a variety of techniques for printing images using hand-drawn, photographic or borrowed imagery. No experience necessary. Cost includes over 25 hours per week of open studio hours. Ages 16 and up. Jul. 11-Aug. 15, 6-8:30 p.m., weekly on ˜ u. Cost: $210/ person; $189/BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. 865-7166.

by world famous dancer Manuel Dos Santos, we teach you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance fl oor! ˜ ere is no better time to start than now! Mon. evenings: beginner class, 7-8 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15-9:15 p.m. Cost: $10/1-hr. class. Location: Movement Studio, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Tyler Crandall, 598-9204,,

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reiki USUI REIkI LEVEL 1: Introduction to Reiki class, suggested but not required. For more details, please visit Please preregister online. Jun. 2,

ThAI BOdywORk fOR ALL: couples, friends, family, special individuals! Join Kristin Borquist for a one-day workshop. learn a simple, flowing sequence that benefits giver and receiver. Wear comfortable clothing. Individuals and pairs welcome. No experience required. Prepare for a relaxing and energizing day. Find a new kind of conversation. More joy is good. Jun. 1, 11 a.m.5:30 p.m. Cost: $85/workshop. Location: YogaRoots, Shelburne Green Business Park on Rte. 7. YogaRoots, Kristin Borquist, 707934-7077,

meditation LEARN TO MEdITATE: 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. Meditation instruction avail. Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.noon, or by appt. Meditation sessions on Tue. & Thu., noon-1 p.m. and Mon.-Thu., 6-7 p.m. The Shambhala Cafe meets 1st Sat. of ea. mo. for meditation & discussions, 9 a.m.-noon. An Open House occurs 3rd Fri. of ea. mo., 7-9 p.m., which incl. an intro to the center, a short dharma talk & socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave. 658-6795, ZEN RENOVATION: spring cleaning for your mind! Become environ/mentally sound inside & out. Get Zen! Weekly meditation classes, Wed., 7 p.m. $10/ person. Free Sunday Bruch, 11:30 a.m. Location: New North End, Burlington. Barry, 343-7265,

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ISOMETRIcS: 14 cEUS: In this class, isometric and isotonic techniques for working with inefficient muscular tension patterns as well as underdeveloped muscle tone are presented and practiced. Through the use of these techniques, self-correcting reflexes are stimulated and habitual holding patterns can be released. Participants will learn how to use these techniques to promote change from rigid physical patterns to greater mobility. Jun. 29-30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $245/2 days; $225 when deposit of $50 is received by Jun. 10; ask about the introductory riskfree fee. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, Burlington. Dianne Swafford, 734-1121,

SpOkEN wORdS: TEENAgERS SLAM: Unleash the powerful images, metaphors and rhythms of spoken-word poetry with local slam artist lizzy Fox. students write, revise and share work aloud, with focus on place, identity and personal story. equal time is spent on writing

8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $175/person. Incl. all materials. Location: Blissful Wellness Center, 48 Laurel Dr., Essex. Linda Rock, 238-9540.

spirituality pATh ThROUgh TRANSfORMATION: The Path Through Transformation mini-retreat will support you in integrating fields of higher consciousness. Held at the exquisite Maya Retreat center located on the western shore of lake champlain, we will experience the blending of energies at their fullest. This program is designed to move you through varying planes of existence, to remove blockages in all domains, to open for integration of higher energy patterns. We will dance and play, use yoga, acupressure eFT, meditative techniques and reiki to align to new energy fields. Organic meals and lodging included. May 31-Jun. 2, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $275/Fri. night through Sun. Location: Maya Center, 2755 West Shore Rd., Isle La Motte. The Maya Center, Jeanette O’Conor, 310-0942,,

tai chi LONE gOOSE LEAVINg ThE fLOck: hwA yU TAI chI: summer semester is open to beginners. Get grounded, let your energy flow with ease. Discover the path of least resistance; enjoy renewed calm, improved

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join elizabeth llewellyn to learn more about mythology and the different types of myths as they write and illustrate their own stories, graphic-novel style. The hero’s journey, quest myths and creation myths await your capes, crowns and imaginative super powers. Jun. 24-28, 10-11:30 p.m. Cost: $85/5 mornings. Location: The Writers’ Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, the Writers’ Barn, 9853091, llin@windridgebooksofvt. com,

yoga eVolution yoga: evolution Yoga offers a variety of classes in a supportive atmosphere: beginner, advanced, kids, babies, post- and prenatal, community classes and workshops. Vinyasa, Kripalu, core, Breast cancer survivor and alignment classes. certified teachers, massage and PT, too. Join our yoga community and get to know the family you choose. $14/class, $130/ class card, $5-10/community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. 864-9642,


Mythology, graphiC noVel Style: Middle school students

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Bwok, bwok... she‘s over here!

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Help us choose the opening act at this year’s Grand Point North Festival September 14 & 15 at Burlington Waterfront Park HER E ’S HOW I T WORK S

1) Visit and click on the contest link. 2) Cast your vote before June 5. 3) Winners will be announced on Friday, June 7.

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MyStery FiCtion For teenS: Mystery lovers explore elements of edge-of-your-seat fiction writing through a series of fun writing prompts. Participants develop their own short stories as they uncover the secrets of locked-room puzzles, detectives, police procedurals, cozy-parlor and hard-boiled mystery writing. Jun. 17-21, 1:30-3 p.m. Cost: $85/5 afternoons. Location: The Writers’ Barn, 233 Falls Rd., Shelburne. Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, The Writers’ Barn, 9853091, lin@windridgebooksofvt. com,

yoga rootS: Flexible, inflexible, an athlete, expecting a baby, stressed, recovering from an injury or illness? Yoga Roots has something for you! Our aim is to welcome, nurture and inspire. a peaceful studio offering: Prenatal, Vinyasa Flow, Heated Vinyasa Flow, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Therapeutic Restorative, Gentle, Kundalini, anusara, Tai chi, Qigong & Meditation! Upcoming: Journey Dance, May 17, 7 p.m. Create a Birth Visual, May 19, 2-4 p.m. Thai Yoga Bodywork workshop, Jun. 1, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Location: Yoga Roots, 6221 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Business Park. 985-0090,



yang-Style tai Chi: The slow movements of Tai chi help reduce blood pressure and increase balance and concentration. come breathe with us and experience the joy of movement while increasing your ability to be inwardly still. Wed., 5:30 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m. $16/class, $60/mo., $160/3 mo. Location: Vermont Tai Chi Academy & Healing Center, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Immediate right turn after railroad tracks. Follow the curve, then turn right & go through the parking lot, passing Vermont Hardware. Turn left at the end of the brick building & you will find a Tai Chi sign on your left. 735-5465.

Food aS Vibrational MediCine: a living In Balance Weight loss Program. Join us for an exciting one-day intensive learning the vibrational and healing properties of food. learn to combine organic foods in combinations for ultimate metabolic processing, health and well-being. We will guarantee that if you follow this program, you will look and feel better, lose weight and have more radiant, glowing skin and hair. This is a successful and lasting program! Jun. 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $105/7 hrs. Meals incl. Location: The Maya Center, 2755 W. Shore Rd., Isle La Motte. The Maya Center, Jeanette O’Conor, 310-0942,,

Serving Sunday brunch beginning June 2


Snake-Style tai Chi Chuan: 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. Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. 864-7902, iptaichi. org.

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coordination and balance. Instructor ellie Has has been teaching since 1974. Mixed-level class maximizes mentoring opportunities. Jun. 10-Jul. 29, 5-6 p.m., weekly on Monday. Cost: $84/7-wk. semester. Location: Montpelier Shambhala Center, 64 Main St., 3rd floor. Ellie Hayes, 456-1983, grhayes1956@

hot yoga burlington: Hot Yoga Burlington offers creative, vinyasa-style yoga featuring practice in the Barkan Method in a 95-degree studio accompanied by eclectic music. Try something different! Go to our website for 10 reasons to practice hot yoga in the summer. Get hot: 2-for-1 offer. $14. 1-hr. classes on Mon. at 5:30 p.m.; Fri. at 5 p.m.; Sat. at 10:30 a.m. Location: North End Studio B, 294 N Winooski Ave, Old North End, Burlington. 9999963,

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Seven questions for Bobby McFerrin





n his new record, spirityouall, vocalist Bobby McFerrin reimagines American traditional music. The 10-time Grammy Award winner puts his unique stamp on beloved classics such as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “I Shall Be Released” and “Whole World,” many of which were staples in the repertoire of his f ather, Robert McFerrin, an operatic baritone who was the fi rst black man to sing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The younger McFerrin is regarded as a peerless improviser and boundlessly creative artist. His new project furthers that reputation. It is a joyous and moving celebration of f aith, love and the history of our collective American experience. In advance of his perf ormance at the Flynn MainStage on Saturday, June 1, as part of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Seven Days interviewed McFerrin via email. We asked him about his new record, how he takes care of his voice and a certain happy song.

SEVEN DAYS: I imagine spirityouall to have been an intensely personal project for you on so many levels as it intertwines elements of your faith, family and history. Could you describe the emotional impact creating this record had on you and what it means to you to have completed it? of them have come alive f or me through experimentation. What sort of role, if BOBBY MCFERRIN: I always come to the process of recording, and now playing any, did improvisation play in those armusic f rom a place of f aith, with a sense them on tour. These songs are a joy to sing. rangements? And can we expect some that the very personal and the very uniimprovisational versal are closely related. So, in a sense, SD: It was obvifun with them in this project is just more direct. That has a ously important concert? strong emotional impact on me. I like sing- for you to put your BM: Gil [Golding these words to people every night. I own spin on the stein] is wonderf ul like the idea of this album out there in the songs on spiritat walking the line world, and what it might bring to people. I youall. How did between creating a hope it can o° er some peace and comfort. you strike a balstructure and leavI hope people sing these songs themselves.˛ ance between ing lots of room. He reimagining these f rames the house BO BBY MC F E R R IN SD: One reviewer observed that the songs so that they but leaves the winsongs on spirityouall are “part of our felt like your own dows and doors collective DNA.” Did digging into this while maintaining the, well, spirit of wide open. And many of the arrangements material change the way you look at the source material? Or was that even started with jamming, playing around with those songs, or perhaps give you a new something you considered? the material, making stu° up. In concert appreciation for them? If so, how? BM: Of course. But I’ve f ound that musiwe really let loose — I’m just loving playing BM: I’d have to answer that song by song. A cally, the best way to consider things is just with this band every night. We go all kinds few of these songs I heard my father sing; to fi nd my way through, keep singing, keep of places. And we’re throwing in some new they were deeply imprinted on me, but I listening. When it feels right, it feels right. material as well. had to fi nd my own way of singing them. Others I barely knew but thought of as part SD: You’re regarded as an incomparaSD: ˜ e album’s title is interesting, of a tradition of people singing together ble vocal improviser, and many of the three words presented as one, with no that sits really well with me. Some I chose songs on spirityouall, while seemingly spaces or capitalization. It’s a play on because of the lyrics and some because of carefully arranged, sound as though the word “spiritual,” and I imagine most a melodic ri° I wanted to play with. All they were the product of considerable people would look at it and have their


own impressions of what it means. But what did you intend for that to evoke or represent? BM: Well, I wanted people to think “spiritual” but also to f eel the inclusiveness of “you all.” The spirit is in us all. We might think or talk about it di° erently, maybe some people don’t think about it at all. But it’s there. And everybody has faith. Whether it’s faith in God or in somebody they really trust, it’s part of human nature. I wanted the music on this record to put people in touch with their own spirits, with their own faith. SD: I’ve always wondered about your vocal range. How many octaves can you cover? On a semirelated note, do you have a specifi c regimen for keeping your voice in shape?˛ BM: It’s about four octaves. I use my falsetto register a lot. I sing every day, but I think the most important thing I do to keep my voice in shape is just living right. I drink a lot of water, I eat healthy f ood, I don’t go to loud places and talk over noise. And I try to keep my spirit right, too; I spend a lot of time reading the Bible, walking in the woods, [and] with my family. All of that helps me sing. SD: For better or worse, most folks will likely forever associate you with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” despite your myriad other signifi cant accolades and achievements. Does that bother you? Do you ever feel that the success of that song is a double-edged sword? BM: There was a time, back when the song was everywhere, that I was frustrated with it. I wanted people to listen to everything else I had to o° er. I felt like they only wanted to hear that song, [and] I felt pressured to be who they wanted me to be. And it was important for me to realize that I was still on my own crazy path, wanting to improvise and sing solo concerts and do all kinds of things. But my crankiness didn’t last long. I’m glad the song has brought joy to people. I’m gratef ul that it opened doors for me. I’ve got nothing to complain about. 

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In even more festie news, the initial lineup for the Precipice was announced on Monday, and it features pretty much every band in town. For the full list of acts, check out our blog, Live Culture. But while I have you, I can tell you that the three-day festival runs from Friday, July 26, through Sunday, July 28. It’s also moved to a new location. Following last year’s inaugural run at the Intervale, the Precipice is off to college — specifically, the lawn behind Burlington College on North Avenue. I should also tell you that anything I write about the festival from here on out

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anyone named Marsalis. Just ask the UVM class of 2013, who were recently accompanied into the real world by commencement trumpeter Wynton. I’m sure BranFord will be aces, too. And don’t worry, grads. I’m sure the next generation of Marsalises will be just coming up by the time you get a job that enables you to spring for headlining jazz-fest shows. I admit anything with the words “überjam” in the title gives me pause, but I’d take a flier on John scoField with dr. lonnie sMith. And I’ve already started an office pool on whether Pancho sanchez actually shows up this year after canceling last year. I’m giving 3-1 odds that he does, and 4-1 that ray Vega steals the show anyway. And then there’s gretchen Parlato. Sweet, sweet Gretchen … sigh. (See cover story, page 28.) Moving on, one of my favorite parts of jazz fest is the school bands on Church Street in the afternoon. Because who doesn’t love hearing “In the Mood” six times a day? For me, the festival’s most memorable moments usually happen away from the main stages, in the smaller and sometimes unconventional venues. Soul howler lee Fields and the exPressions at Signal Kitchen on Friday, June 7, might fit the bill there. So might the VerMont Joy Parade’s duke aeroPlane

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Maybe it’s because I’ve been rather immersed in jazz-related preparations these last few weeks and haven’t come up for air. Or maybe it’s because I’ve recently been moonlighting covering the comedy beat. Or maybe it really is hard to hold a candle in the cold November rain — especially when it comes over Memorial Day weekend. But for whatever reason, I’m having a hard time getting excited for the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival this year. (That sound you’re hearing is the Seven Days ad-sales team simultaneously lunging for the phone to call the BDJF offices. “He didn’t mean it!” “Yeah, he’s kind of a jerk sometimes. But he loves jazz, really!” “BOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLES!”) Settle down, guys. I’m not saying I shouldn’t be excited, or even that I won’t get there by the time it starts this Friday, May 31. Just that my typical giddy excitement for 10 straight crazy days and nights of jazz — and all the other music we shoehorn under the jazz umbrella — is a little late in coming, that’s all. So let’s see if I can talk myself off the ledge, and maybe some of you who have similarly apathetic jazz hands on the eve of the 30th annual BDJF. (And, yes, the fest started in 1984. But you start counting with that year. So use your fingers and … it’s 30.) Truth is, one of my favorite times to be in Burlington is during the BDJF. Like many of you, I’m intrigued at the opportunity to see the likes of BoBBy McFerrin — see the interview on page

62 — and bossa nova superstar eliane

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and anna Pardenik at the Daily Planet on Wednesday, June 5. Pardenik was the star of the fest for me a few years back, BTW. kat Wright singing nina siMone songs at Red Square on Monday, June 3, could put some sugar in your bowl. Or your ears. Whatever. And in the there’s-really-no-way-to-even-pretendthis-is-jazz-but-who-cares-cuz-it’sawesome-anyway department, lendWay is debuting a new surf-rock alter ego called the high Breaks on Tuesday, June 4, on the top block of Church Street. I could go on — and will in next week’s column, and probably on our Live Culture blog in the meantime — but there’s a lot to cover this week that’s non-jazzy. Plus, if I’m not mistaken, I do believe my fingers and toes just started tapping in a syncopated, swingin’ fashion…


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Fri 5/31 Mike Martin duo Sat 6/1 Adam Frehm trio Wed 6/5 Anna & aeroplane Thu 6/6 Jim Stout duo Fri 6/7 Lambo Law Sat 6/8 Adam Frehm trio (all shows start at 7pm) Jazz up your brunch at the Planet:

Sun 6/2 Anna Pardenik Sun 6/9 Mike Martin duo (brunch shows start at 11am)

TUES.04 // ThE SaTUrn PEoPLE’S SoUnD CoLLECTiVE [CoSmiC jazz]

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maybe Sun Ra. Led by local composer Brian Boyes, the 20-member “arkestra” combine a galaxy of influences: from big-band music and postrock to minimalism and a constellation of otherworldly sound that transcends definition — and maybe space and time. The SPSC touch down at the FlynnSpace this Tuesday, June 4, as part of the 2013 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.

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Who will you take with you this weekend?

champlain valley

Dino's Pizza: Trivia Night, 6:30 p.m., free.

on tHE risE bakEry: John-paul Arenas (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., Donations.

burlington area

Franny o's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free. HalFloungE: scott mangan (singersongwriter), 9 p.m., free. rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., free. JP's Pub: Karaoke with morgan, 10 p.m., free. lEunig's bistro & CaFé: paul Asbell, clyde stats and chris peterman (jazz), 7 p.m., free.


tHE Hub PizzEria & Pub: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free.

rí rá irisH Pub: Acoustic Blame (rock), 9 p.m., free.

nECtar's: What a Joke! comedy Open mic (standup), 7 p.m., free. Honeywell (funk-rock), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.


MonoPolE: Open mic, 8 p.m., free.

grEEn Mountain tavErn: Thirsty Thursday Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

on taP bar & grill: Nerbak Brothers (blues), 7 p.m., free.


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bagitos: Aurora Brush (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., Donations. big PiCturE tHEatEr & CaFé: Dark Green folk (folk), 7:30 p.m., free.

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rED squarE bluE rooM: DJ cre8 (house), 10 p.m., free.


skinny PanCakE: Josh panda and Brett Lanier (rock), 7 p.m., $5-10 donation.


bEE's knEEs: spider roulette (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

ParkEr PiE Co.: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

signal kitCHEn: Onra (hip-hop, EDm), 9 p.m., $10. 18+.



rED squarE: silent mind (singersongwriter), 5 p.m., free. 2nd Agenda (rock), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

MonkEy HousE: The Warp/theWeft, Dear rabbit (indie), 8:30 p.m., $5. 18+.

rED squarE: starline rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 7 p.m., free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

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tWo brotHErs tavErn: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

skinny PanCakE: Joshua Glass and Hana Zara (singer-songwriters), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

raDio bEan: Xenia sky (folk rock), 6 p.m., free. Dan Blakeslee (folk), 7 p.m., free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., free. Other factors (alt-rock), 11 p.m., free.

City liMits: Karaoke with Let it rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., free.

raDio bEan: Dave fugel & friends (jazz), 6 p.m., free. Orchid (jazz), 7:30 p.m., free. shane Hardiman Trio with Geza carr & rob morse (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. Kat Wright & the indomitable soul Band (soul), 11 p.m., $3.

Moog's PlaCE: shrimp (blues), 8 p.m., free.

ManHattan Pizza & Pub: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 9:30 p.m., free.

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grEEn Mountain tavErn: Open mic, 9 p.m., free. WHaMMy bar: Open mic, 6:30 p.m., free.

burlington area

Club MEtronoME: metronome for maher with Bob Wagner & friends (rock), 8 p.m., $10. Dobrá tEa: robert resnik (folk), 7 p.m., free. Franny o's: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free. HalFloungE: Half & Half comedy (standup), 8 p.m., free. ManHattan Pizza & Pub: Hot Waxxx with Justcaus & pen West (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., free. MonkEy HousE: colby Dix (rock), 8:30 p.m., $5. 18+. nECtar's: Trivia mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free. rev. Ben Donovan & the congregation (gospel), 9:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+. o'briEn's irisH Pub: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., free. on taP bar & grill: Left Eye Jump (blues), 7 p.m., free.

bagitos: Eric friedman (acoustic), 6 p.m., Donations.

51 Main: children of the corn Acoustic cabaret, 7 p.m., free.

City liMits: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free. on tHE risE bakEry: Banish misfortune (celtic), 8 p.m., Donations. tWo brotHErs tavErn: DJ Dizzle (Top 40), 10 p.m., free.



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aMEriCan FlatbrEaD — burlington HEartH: Barika (world rock), 5:30 p.m., free. collin craig continuum (jazz), 9:30 p.m., free. baCkstagE Pub: Trivia with the General, 6 p.m., free. A House on fire (rock), 9 p.m., free. Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free. Club MEtronoME: Green mountain cabaret (cabaret), 7 p.m., $10/15. No Diggity: return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5. tHE Daily PlanEt: mike martin & Jim stout (gypsy jazz), 7 p.m., free. FarMHousE taP & grill: Harrison schulman Group (jazz), 7 p.m., free. HalFloungE: Joshua Glass (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., free. Bonjour-Hi (EDm), 10:30 p.m., free. JP's Pub: starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. lEunig's bistro & CaFé: Dan Liptak (jazz), noon, free. Trio Gusto & mike martin (jazz), 3 p.m., free. Jenni Johnson & the Jazz Junketeers (jazz), 9 p.m., free. liFt: Ladies Night, 9 p.m., free/$3. ManHattan Pizza & Pub: rev. Ben Donovan & the congregation (rock), 9:30 p.m., free. Marriott Harbor loungE: pine street Jazz (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.

bEE's knEEs: Linda Bassick (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

Mr. CrêPE: Art Herttua and steve morabito (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

tHE Hub PizzEria & Pub: Dinner Jazz with fabian rainville, 6:30 p.m., free. Open mic, 9 p.m., free.

nECtar's: Happy Ending fridays with Jay Burwick (solo acoustic), 5 p.m., free. seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Dave Grippo funk Band, 9 p.m., $5.

ParkEr PiE Co.: if Trio (jazz), 7:30 p.m., free.


MonoPolE DoWnstairs: Gary peacock (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., free. tHEraPy: Therapy Thursdays with DJ NYcE (Top 40), 10:30 p.m., free.

on taP bar & grill: mitch & friends (acoustic rock), 5 p.m., free. Park PlaCE tavErn: smokin' Gun (rock), 9 p.m., free. raDio bEan: Kid's music with Linda fri.31

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Lee Fields

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Listening In


A peek at what was on my iPod, turntable, eight-track player, etc., this week.






THE NATIONAL Trouble Will Find Me



DIRTY BEACHES Drifters/Love is the Devil



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PURE X Crawling Up Stairs




Annual Jazzfest Kickoff Party






GEORGE JONES The Great Lost Hits


w/ Gang of Thieves @CLUB METRONOME

paring down the list from the original field of nominees to seven finalists. That is actually not the case. In the spirit of true, populist democracy, once the nomination period closes on Wednesday, May 29, any band that was nominated remains in the mix and will be eligible to win. That should make for an interesting vote, given that at last count … every band in Vermont has been nominated. I’m only sort of joking. The initial response to the contest has been overwhelming, and you folks face a tough decision in the coming week. On the bright side, if you vote for a band that doesn’t win — and a lot of you probably will — there is good chance you can still catch them at the Precipice. To vote, click the banner link at 7dvt. com. 

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will come with big ol’ “full disclosure” attached, as one of my old bands is reuniting at the festival for a set, and I’m probably related to or friends with a bunch of other folks on the bill since, as I mentioned, every band in town is playing it. For more info, check out



Correction No. 2 concerns our ongoing contest in which fans can vote for their favorite local band to play this year’s Grand Point North Festival. Last week I mentioned that we would be

I can’t claim to have seen nearly as many shows as I wanted to at last weekend’s Green Mountain Comedy Festival — see jazz-fest prep, first paragraph — but what I did attend left me impressed. And I also got the impression that more and more people are warming to the idea that Vermont’s comedy scene is for real. So congrats to NATHAN HARTSWICK, NATALIE MILLER, the Vermont Comedy Club and all of the local comedians who participated and, most importantly, didn’t make me look


like an idiot for guest-editing a local comedy issue two weeks ago!

We close this week with a pair of corrections. The first is that last week’s feature story on the DUPONT BROTHERS [“Family Ties,” May 22] erroneously claimed the boys were from Maryland. They’re actually from Delaware, making them the coolest thing to happen to the state since WAYNE CAMPBELL and GARTH ALGAR made of fun of Delaware in Wayne’s World.




Funny enough, one of my favorite comedic moments from the weekend had nothing to do with the GMCF. I’ve been writing about the VERMONT COMEDY DIVAS in this column for years, and usually listing their ranks as “JOSIE LEAVITT, TRACIE SPENCER and others.” A few months ago, Diva AUTUMN ENGROFF SPENCER mentioned to a mutual friend that she’s always referred to as “and others” in 7D and also probably said, “What the fuck?” Well, after seeing her at the Vermont Works for Women benny at the FlynnSpace last Friday, I won’t marginalize her again. Spencer delivered a killer set that was hilarious, brashly off-color and provocative in equal measure. My apologies, Autumn. And SUE SCHMIDT. And CARMEN LAGALA.


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"Tickle Belly" Bassick, 11 a.m., f ree. f ree Jazz Lunch, noon, f ree. mint Julep (jazz), 3 p.m., f ree. Third f loor Jazz (jazz), 5 p.m., f ree. s amara Lark Jazz o utfit (jazz), 7 p.m., f ree. The Black pee-Wees with Brett Lanier, Bob Wagner & Dan Davine (cartoon jazz), 9 p.m., f ree. Walt Whitman Birthday r eadings (poetry), 10 p.m., f ree. Jive f armer perform Jeff Beck's Blow by Blow (jazz fusion), 10:30 p.m., f ree. Walt Whitman Birthday r eadings (poetry), 11:30 p.m., f ree. Red Squa Re: Jake Whitesell Group (jazz), 5 p.m., f ree. Afinque (Latin jazz), 8 p.m., $5. DJ c raig mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5. Red Squa Re Blue Room : DJ mixx (EDm), 9 p.m., $5. RuBen Jame S: DJ c re8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., f ree.

h otel Ve Rmont : Lifted c rew with n ick c assarino (jazz), 8:30 p.m., f ree. JP'S PuB: Karaoke with megan, 10 p.m., f ree. l eun Ig'S BISt Ro & Ca Fé: Trio Gusto & mike martin (gypsy jazz), noon, f ree. Queen c ity Hot c lub (gypsy jazz), 3 p.m., f ree. Dan Liptak (jazz), 6 p.m., f ree. c ody s argent Trio (jazz), 9 p.m., f ree. manhattan P Izza & Pu B: Don s ugarcon r ose (jazz), 9:30 p.m., f ree. maRRIott h aRBoR l ounge : Eight 02 (jazz), 8:30 p.m., f ree. monkey h ou Se: f uturebirds (indie), 9 p.m., $10. 18+.

VeRmont Pu B & BRewe Ry: myra f lynn (neo-soul), 10 p.m., f ree.

neCta R'S: o tis Grove (funk), 5 p.m., f ree. s oule monde, o tis Grove (funk), 9 p.m., $5.


on t aP BaR & gRIll : The r eal Deal (r&b), 9 p.m., f ree.

Cha Rl Ie o'S: The c op o uts (rock), 10 p.m., f ree. gReen mounta In t aVeRn: DJ Jonny p (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2. t uPelo muSIC h all : Bow Thayer, Billy Wylder (Americana), 8 p.m., $15. w hammy Ba R: Katie Trautz (folk), 6 p.m., f ree. Big Hat, n o c attle (western swing), 7 p.m., f ree.

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Rad Io Bean : Vincent Hammer (classical guitar), 10 a.m., f ree. f ree Jazz Lunch: Klezwoods (klezmer jazz), noon, f ree. Less Digital, more manual: r ecord c lub, 3 p.m., f ree. maryse s mith (singersongwriter), 5:30 p.m., f ree. Anna pardenik & Duke Aeroplane (old-time jazz), 7 p.m., f ree. Duke Aeroplane & the Wrong r easons perform Dr. John's Gumbo, 8:30 p.m., f ree. r andal pierce Trio (jazz), 10 p.m., f ree. Red Squa Re: Ellen powell Trio (jazz), 5 p.m., f ree. mary c and the s tellars (soul), 8 p.m., $5.

CIty lI mIt S: c ity Limits Dance party with Top Hat Entertainment (Top 40), 9 p.m., f ree.

Red Squa Re Blue Room : DJ r aul (salsa), 7 p.m., f ree. DJ s tavros (EDm), 11 p.m., $5. mashtodon (mashup), 11 p.m., $5.

on the R ISe Bake Ry: s ummit s chool s howcase (folk), 8 p.m., Donations.

RuBen Jame S: c raig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., f ree.

t wo B Rothe RS t aVeRn: moonschein (acoustic blues), 7 p.m., f ree. r yan Hanson Band (rock), 10 p.m., $3.

Rí Rá I RISh Pu B: o tis Grove (funk), 2 p.m., f ree.


VeRmont Pu B & BRewe Ry: Joe moore Band (blues), 10 p.m., f ree.

Bee'S kneeS: Karen Krajacic (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations. t he h uB PIzze RIa & Pu B: 2nd Agenda (rebel folk), 9:30 p.m., $2. moog' S Pla Ce: c itizen Bare (rock), 9 p.m., f ree. RImRoCkS mounta In t aVeRn: f riday n ight f requencies with DJ r ekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., f ree.

SkInny Pan Cake : Xenia Dunford (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.


05.29.13-06.05.13 SEVEN DAYS

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CIty lI mIt S: Dance party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., f ree.

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ameRICan Flat BRead — Bu Rl Ington h eaRth : s teady Betty (rocksteady), 5:30 p.m., f ree.

Bee'S kneeS: Xenia s ky (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., f ree.

BaCkStage Pu B: r yan Hanson Band (rock), 9 p.m., f ree.

t he h uB PIzze RIa & Pu B: Karaoke, 9 p.m., f ree.

t he daIly Planet : Hot pickin' party (jazz), 7 p.m., f ree. doBRá t ea: Billie Holiday Triboot with peter Krag (jazz), 7 p.m., f ree. FaRmhou Se t aP & gRIll : michael-Louis s mith Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., f ree.

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FRanny o'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., f ree. h al Flounge : Josh Halman (jazz), 3 p.m., f ree. myra f lynn (neo-soul), 8 p.m., f ree. s pace Echo with Jahson (EDm), 10:30 p.m., f ree.

songwriting, expert musicianship and, of course, brotherly, high-lonesome harmony. Catch them this Tuesday, June 4, at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge in South Burlington with songwriter aShle Igh


t he daIly Planet : Anna pardenik (singersongwriter), 11 a.m., f ree. FaRmhou Se t aP & gRIll : Krag/magennis Duo (jazz), 7 p.m., f ree. Flynn maInStage : Branford marsalis (jazz), 8 p.m., $20/35/48/60.

l eun Ig'S BISt Ro & Ca Fé: Dayve Huckett (jazz), noon, f ree. Queen c ity Hot c lub (gypsy jazz), 3 p.m., f ree. myra f lynn (neo-soul), 6 p.m., f ree.

51 maIn: Dupont Brothers (folk), 8 p.m., f ree.

Clu B met Ronome : r etronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5.

is a fine example of everything longtime fans have come to enjoy about the band: rich

Cha Rl Ie o'S: Klezwoods (klezmer jazz), 10 p.m., f ree.

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moog' S Pla Ce: s eth Yacovone Band (blues), 9:30 p.m., f ree.


mono Pole : n orth f unktree (funk), 10 p.m., f ree. naked t uRtle : Whiskey Bent (rock), 10 p.m., n A.

neCta R'S: Queen c ity Hot c lub (gypsy jazz), 5 p.m., f ree. mi Yard r eggae n ight with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., f ree. on t aP BaR & gRIll : Zack dupont (singersongwriter), 11 a.m., f ree. Rad Io Bean : r everend Ben Donovan (gospel), 10 a.m., f ree. Queen c ity Hot c lub (gypsy jazz), 11 a.m., f ree. Aaron f linn/Thom c arvey Jazz s ession, 1:30 p.m., f ree. s tormcats (jazz), 3:30 p.m., f ree. Dan Liptak & Greg Evans (jazz), 5:30 p.m., f ree. Tango s essions, 7 p.m., f ree. michael-Louis s mith Trio (jazz), 9:30 p.m., f ree. Electric Halo s uper Jam (avant garde), 11 p.m., f ree.


Bee'S kneeS: Woodchuck's r evenge (acoustic), 11 a.m., Donations. Brummy Brothers (bluegrass), 7:30 p.m., f ree. matte Rho Rn: c hris Tagatac (acoustic rock), 4 p.m., f ree.

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Clu B met Ronome : metal monday: n apalm Death, 9 p.m., $15/20. 18+. FaRmhou Se t aP & gRIll : myra f lynn Trio with Dave Grippo (neo-soul), 7 p.m., f ree. h al Flounge : f amily n ight o pen Jam, 10:30 p.m., f ree. l eun Ig'S BISt Ro & Ca Fé: paul Asbell, c lyde s tats and c hris peterman (jazz), noon, f ree. Will patton and c lyde s tats (jazz), 3 p.m., f ree. Trio s ubtonic (jazz), 6 p.m., f ree. manhattan P Izza & Pu B: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., f ree. neCta R'S: Krag'll r ock (jazz), 5 p.m., f ree. Greenbush (blues), 7 p.m., f ree. c lint Bierman & the n ecessary means (funk), 9 p.m., f ree/$5. 18+. on t aP BaR & gRIll : o pen mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., f ree.

Rí Rá I RISh Pu B: michael-Louis s mith Trio (jazz), 5 p.m., f ree.

Rad Io Bean : f ree Jazz Lunch: Dave Keller, noon, f ree. Duke Aeroplane (piano, piano blues), 5 p.m., f ree. West (experimental jazz), 7 p.m., f ree. o pen mic, 9 p.m., f ree. magic c ity (cosmic jazz), 10 p.m., f ree.

SkInny Pan Cake : Klezwoods (klezmer jazz), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation. VeRmont Pu B & BRewe Ry: s am Armstrong Trio (jazz), 2 p.m., f ree.


ameRICan Flat BRead — Bu Rl Ington h eaRth : s hane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 5:30 p.m., f ree.

SkInny Pan Cake : Karen Krajacic (folk), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.

Clu B met Ronome : 4onthefloor, f illigar, Gang of Thieves (rock), 8 p.m., $8/10. 18+.


Red Squa Re: Wolfman c onspiracy (reggae), 7 p.m., f ree. DJ r obbie J (hip-hop), 10 p.m., f ree.

Sun .02

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have become a fiercely

new live record, Nail & Tooth, it’s saf e to say the secret will soon be out. The album

h al VoRSon' S uPSt Reet Ca Fé: f rank Gerdeman and f riends (jazz), 6 p.m., f ree.

t uPelo muSIC h all : c lub 188 at Tupelo music Hall (dance party), 10 p.m., $5.

w ood BRothe RS

guarded treasure among savvy Americana fans. But based on the strength of the their

Bag Ito S: irish s essions, 2 p.m., f ree. s ummit s chool s howcase (folk), 6 p.m., Donations.

naked t uRtle : Whiskey Bent (rock), 10 p.m., n A.

Chu RCh & maIn ReStau Rant : n ight Vision (EDm), 9 p.m., f ree.

music careers independent of one another, the

h al Flounge : B-s ides with Thelonius X & DJ Yellow c rocs (EDm), 7 p.m., f ree. pop r ap Dance party with Tommy & Jory (hip-hop), 10 p.m., f ree.


t heRaPy: pulse with DJ n yce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.

Oh, Brother Since joining f orces in 2004 af ter pursuing successf ul

ameRICan Flat BRead : Hot House (jazz), 9:30 p.m., f ree.

t he ReSeRVoIR ReStau Rant & t aP Room : s omething With s trings (bluegrass), 10 p.m., f ree.

mono Pole : s inecure (rock), 10 p.m., f ree.

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hI ghe R gRound Show CaSe l ounge : c osby s weater, ma1ach1 (EDm), 8:30 p.m., $8/10. AA.

Rí Rá I RISh Pu B: s upersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., f ree.

Bag Ito S: The Barn Band (acoustic), 6 p.m., Donations.

h al VoRSon' S uPSt Reet Ca Fé: Gordon s tone Band (bluegrass), 7 p.m., f ree.

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Bag Ito S: peter f arber and Lindsay Wade (acoustic), 11 a.m., Donations.

Red Squa Re: Kat Wright s ings n ina s imone (jazz), 7 p.m., f ree. RuBen Jame S: Why n ot monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., f ree. SkInny Pan Cake : petr c ancura (jazz), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation. VeRmont Pu B & BRewe Ry: Trivia n ight, 8 p.m., f ree. mon.03

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REVIEW this The Images, Be There


There may well be a free-spirited “dream of the ’90s” floating around the Pacific Northwest’s frequently stereotyped ether. (Are people still referencing “Portlandia”? I hope not…) But it ain’t got nuthin’ on the dream of the ’90s that pollutes Boston’s discontented air. It is within this dream that the debut album from the Images, Be There, resides. Fronted by former Vermont resident Peter Schluter, the Massachusettsbased Images deliver sometimes surfy, sometimes bluesy, pretty much always punky rock and roll. Try to imagine a 1990s gem — say, Supergrass or maybe even Oasis — jumping the pond and setting up shop in Boston. Or, a growling Ed Kowalczyk (formerly of Live) fronting a pissy, speedy Gin Blossoms. It would sound pretty badass. And it does.

Laura Molinelli & Chris Clark, Cinematica


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and “Feed,” in particular — the group fleshes out Molinelli and Clark’s songs with lush vocal harmonies and topnotch arrangements that get the duo’s generally straightforward songwriting. But the spotlight remains focused, as it should be, on Molinelli and Clark. And, save a few fleeting exceptions, they deliver the strong album you’d expect from a pair of seasoned veterans. Laura Molinelli and Chris Clark release Cinematica with a show at the Jamaica Town Hall this Saturday, June 1. Cinematica is available at

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in her 10,000 Maniacs days. At times, Molinelli has a frustrating habit of letting her intonation slip, to a point beyond stylistic inflection. But when she’s on, which is more often than not, she’s a compelling front woman. By contrast, Clark sings in a more deliberate, less flashy fashion. On “Blood Red Halo,” a cut that evokes the sound of Athens, Ga., in the 1980s, his reedy delivery recalls Neil Young in sleepier moments, with dusky shades of Bobby Bare Jr. or Son Volt’s Jay Farrar. His and Molinelli’s distinctive tones work well together, and a few of the record’s finest moments are duets. The pair enlist the help of some talented friends, including John Clark on electric guitar, drummer Dylan Blake and multi-instrumentalist Jim Gilmour, a highly regarded local songwriter who also engineered and co-produced the record. Another talented local couple, Ken Anderson and Rebecca Hall of Hungrytown, turn up on numerous tracks as backing vocalists and, in Anderson’s case, as an instrumentalist. Rounding out the lineup is songwriter Ben Campbell (Saint Albums) on tablas. The extra help is nice, and in several instances — “Have Time”

Be There closer “Top of the Hill” boasts a seriously funky, (I hesitate to say) Red Hot Chili Peppers-style bass line and lead guitar. While the effect of this funk is startling and mostly offputting, the Images don’t stick with it for long. The song breaks down into a spaced-out meditation, comes back for a guitar solo or two and then slips effortlessly back into space. The Images may want to give the impression they’re capable of harnessing multiple ideas and sounds within a single song or album. And Be There suggests they kinda can. The band plays Citizen Cider at Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester this Friday, June 1. Be There is available at


Local audiences may be familiar with Laura Molinelli and Chris Clark through their various projects independent of one another. Clark was the front man for the alt-rock band Sliver, while Molinelli has carved out a modest career as a songwriter, with four solo albums under her belt. Cinematica is the husband-and-wife duo’s first collaboration together, a 12-song collection steeped in rock and alt-country and boasting an impressive roster of guest musicians from southern Vermont. Though at times uneven, it’s an intriguing addition to the everexpanding catalog of Vermont-based Americana. The album opens on a woozy guitar bend that evokes a skewed, Morriconeby-way-of-Tarantino vision of Western ambience, perhaps filtered through a smudged lens of early R.E.M. Molinelli takes center stage, confidently coaxing a ruddy wail that elicits comparisons to that of Natalie Merchant, especially

What sets the Images apart from your typical punk-ish, genre-jumping rock quartet is the focus and care with which they craft their songs. It’s apparent from album opener “Stranger” that the band isn’t content to simply turn up their amps and call it “rock or whatever.” The arrangement here, complete with intertwining guitar lines, overdriven bass, tight vocal harmonies and sudden stops, commands attention. What could be easy and simple — straight punk — is explored and expanded with maturity and taste from the start, and consistently throughout the album. “Best of Me” is perhaps the most ’90s-vibed track on Be There. The lyrics are straight-to-the-gut simple: “I won’t let you get the best of me / Like you always do when it’s all on me.” The guitar guides the catchy melody along, and the drumrolling slow build tucked into the middle pulls you in with the clear intention of pushing you right back out. It’s still rock and roll, after all.

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MOOg's PlaCe: open mic/Jam night, 8:30 p.m., Free. Tim Brick (country), 8:30 p.m., Free.

Charlie O's: Trivia night, 8 p.m., Free.

MOOg's PlaCe: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 8 p.m., Free.


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aMeriCan FlaTbreaD — bUrlingTOn hearTh: Afinque (Latin jazz), 5:30 p.m., Free.

DObrá Tea: Grup Anwar (Arabic), 6:30 p.m., Free.

ClUb MeTrOnOMe: spirit Animal, Blue Button, Quick & Easy Boys (rock), 9 p.m., $5.

halFlOUnge: Funkwagon's Tequila project (funk), 10 p.m., Free. higher grOUnD shOwCase lOUnge: The Wood Brothers, Ashleigh Flynn (Americana), 8 p.m., $20/22. AA. leUnig's bisTrO & CaFé: Dayve Huckett (jazz), noon, Free. Trio subtonic (jazz), 3 p.m., Free. Bob Wagner (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. MOnTy's OlD briCk Tavern: open mic, 6 p.m., Free. neCTar's: Billie Holiday Triboot (jazz), 5 p.m., Free. Gubbuldis (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., Free. purple Drank (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+. OlDe nOrThenDer: Abby Jenne & the Enablers (rock), 9 p.m., Free. On TaP bar & grill: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. raDiO bean: Free Jazz Lunch: Tiffany pfeiffer, noon, Free. miles & murphy (jazz), 4:20 p.m., Free. Gua Gua (psychotropical), 6:30 p.m., Free. Billie Holiday Triboot with peter Krag (jazz), 8:30 p.m., Free. Honky-Tonk sessions, 10 p.m., $3. raMUnTO's briCk Oven Pizza: Trivia night, 7 p.m., Free. reD sqUare: Berdice, mayette & Romeo (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. patricia Julien project (jazz), 8:30 p.m., Free. craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., Free. skinny PanCake: Brummy Brothers (bluegrass), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation. SEVEnDaYSVT.Com


breakwaTer CaFé: shakedown (rock), 6 p.m., Free.

Finnigan's PUb: premarital sextet (jazz), 10 p.m., Free.


bee's knees: Z-Jaz (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

ClUb MeTrOnOMe: Dead set with cats under the stars (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. FarMhOUse TaP & grill: Anthony santor Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.


bagiTOs: smooth Jazz, 6 p.m., Donations. Charlie O's: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.

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TwO brOThers Tavern: monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.

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The Daily PlaneT: Anna pardenik & Duke Aeroplane (old-time jazz), 7 p.m., Free. DinO's Pizza: Trivia night, 6:30 p.m., Free. DObrá Tea: Dawna Hammers (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.

Organ Grinder In the realm of

Franny O's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free.

Hammond B3 organ players, there is

halFlOUnge: scott mangan (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., Free. Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free.


as one of the most original and provocative

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players of his generation, Smith’s influence can be

hOTel verMOnT: patricia Julien project (jazz), 8:30 p.m., Free. JP's PUb: Karaoke with morgan, 10 p.m., Free. leUnig's bisTrO & CaFé: patricia Julien project (jazz), noon, Free. Anthony santor Trio (jazz), 3 p.m., Free. Trio Gusto & mike martin (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. ManhaTTan Pizza & PUb: open mic with Andy Lugo, 9:30 p.m., Free. MOnkey hOUse: Al moore Blues Band, Violette ultraviolet, 8:30 p.m., $5. 18+. neCTar's: What a Joke! comedy open mic (standup), 7 p.m., Free. orgone, Ruby Velle & soulphonics (funk), 9 p.m., $10/12. On TaP bar & grill: chad Hollister (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., Free. raDiO bean: Free Jazz Lunch: Appalled Eagles, noon, Free. Tom cleary (jazz piano), 4:20 p.m., Free. myra Flynn & paul Boffo (blues, jazz), 6:30 p.m., Free. Dan Ryan Express (jazz), 9 p.m., Free. Rob Duguay's songevity Trio (jazz), 11 p.m., Free. reD sqUare: Japhy Ryder (prog rock), 7 p.m., Free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. signal kiTChen: The Listening series: sean Rowe (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., $10. 18+. skinny PanCake: Josh panda and Brett Lanier (rock), 7 p.m., $5-10 donation.


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green MOUnTain Tavern: open mic, 9 p.m., Free. whaMMy bar: open mic, 6:30 p.m., Free.

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The hUb Pizzeria & PUb: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free.

CiTy liMiTs: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free.

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bee's knees: Fred Brauer (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

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bagiTOs: Bruce Jones (folk), 6 p.m., Free.


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Starting Over Outerlands Gallery, Vergennes B Y M EGAN JAMES




at Cutillo and Ross Sheehan have a thing f or transf orming old spaces. Their Vergennes home used to be a shed, and their new gallery, just a few blocks away, was a carriage house long ago. The little yellow bungalow on Green Street opened earlier this month as Outerlands Gallery. When photographer Cutillo and sculptor Sheehan bought it about a year and a half ago, the bankowned, two-room fi xer-upper needed a ton of work. “If you saw it bef ore, you would not say it was adorable,” Sheehan says. “We must have driven and walked by this place 100 times and thought, Should we really do this?” They’re happy they did. With the help of Sheehan’s dad, Jack, who owns Sheehan Construction in Salisbury, they did a drastic renovation, converting the cramped living quarters into a homey, sunlit gallery fi lled with eclectic artwork from Vermont and beyond. The place is impossibly charming, in part because of the many architectural details f rom the old carriage house that are incorporated artf ully into the gallery. For example, a slab of old wood that once marked the threshold is now mounted to a crisp, white wall and serves as a shelf. Other details have become works of art. During the renovation, Sheehan f ound all sorts of things stashed in the walls of the old building — notably, junk mail f rom as far back as 1910 and empty whiskey bottles about as old. Sheehan made an Andy Warhol-style collage incorporating a $2 bill that he and Cutillo acquired on their crosscountry road trip, and one-cent stamps from a piece of 1911 mail f rom Grand Central Station he found tucked into a beam. Cutillo, 33, and Sheehan, 35, met several years ago in New York City, where she was working as a freelance photographer and he was making art while holding down a job at an art-handling company. After a meandering two-month road trip, they relocated to Reno, Nev., f or a time, and then moved to San Francisco, where Sheehan showed his work out of his garage studio. All the while, the couple dreamed of having a gallery of their own to showcase their work. “We always thought it would be a cool venture,” says Cutillo. About three years ago, they made another move — to Vermont, where Sheehan grew up. They lived f or the fi rst several months in West Addison, but ultimately settled in Vergennes, partly because of its convenient location

Ross Sheehan and Cat Cutillo

A sculpture by Sam Sheehan, Ross’ brother

between Middlebury and Burlington, and partly because, as Cutillo says, “There was just something special about this town. Instantly, we felt it. It seemed like people were doing really creative things here.” Much of the work on display at Outerlands is f rom artists Sheehan met

through his work as an art handler. Harlem painter Todd Monaghan, who specializes in “spiritual surrealism,” had a show with Sheehan in Times Square. His riotous painting “Is the Beginning Near” takes up a large portion of one of the gallery walls. Brooklyn artist Michelle Bova’s abstract paintings are so wildly textured, they appear to spin and shimmer as you look at them. Seattle artist James Allen makes jaw-dropping book art — he painstakingly cuts around the words and illustrations in books, leaving their bindings intact, resulting in a multilayered, three-dimensional collage. Local artists are represented, too. Proctor craf tsman Mark Loso has made a cool set of Vermont Verde marble bookends and a miniature, gravestoneshaped sculpture f rom a f ossil-fi lled slab of Champlain Black marble. Sheehan’s artwork and Cutillo’s photographs are scattered throughout the gallery, too. Sheehan changes his medium regularly. His menacing metal sculpture of what appears to be a bighorn sheep skull looms over the gallery’s f ront room. In the back, a series of smaller sculptures incorporate old metal tools he uncovered while clearing out his and Cutillo’s house

— a bit of tractor machinery, a bent tool probably used to split wood, a drill and an old hook, each mounted in a concrete base. Sheehan paints, too. “I just started painting again because Todd [Monaghan] brought this up,” he says, gesturing to “Is the Beginning Near,” the enormous painting of a white ladder fl oating in a planet-fi lled outer space. “It just looked like so much fun!” Outerlands — which the couple named after the part of San Francisco where they used to live — is also about promoting the services they o˛ er. Sheehan makes custom f urniture, while Cutillo does wedding photography and photojournalism; books fi lled with her work lie on a table in the gallery’s back room. Flipping through her portf olio reveals captivating portraits, striking street scenes and surreal nature photographs, one of which — a shot of bright-yellow jellyfi sh swirling in blue water — is also printed on metal and hangs by the gallery’s front door. It’s quite a makeover for this little old carriage house.  Outerlands, 37 Green Street, Vergennes, 870-7228.

Art ShowS

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Alyson WAll: "Transportation stories of burlington's bikers and walkers," photographic portraits accompanied by transcribed interviews. Through May 31 at north end studio A in burlington. info, 863-6713. Anne-MArie littenberg: "up Close at home," photographs of the artist's domestic landscape, featuring spools of thread, eggs from the fridge and a closet full of old typewriters. Through May 31 at brickels gallery in burlington. info, 578-3164. Ashley roArk: "Coping with Reality," collages made from vintage paper that feature muted tones, textures and typography. Through May 31 at s.p.A.C.e. gallery in burlington. info, benjAMin Peberdy: "Caution!" collage work by the Vermont artist. Through May 31 at backspace gallery in burlington. info, ChAMPlAin College MFA in eMergent MediA 2013: eleven diverse thesis projects that explore the crossroads of art, innovation and technology; jACques burke: works made from ink, watercolors, acrylics, spray paint, cutouts and an occasional metal slurpy straw. Through May 31 at seAbA Center in burlington. info, 859-9222. 'ChAMPlAin VAlley Photo slAM': photography by local artists of all ages and abilities. organized for the third year by Darkroom gallery. Through June 23 at ArtsRiot gallery in burlington. info, 777-3686. ClAy shoW: work by studio members, students and staff who have experimented with surfacedecoration techniques such as sgrafitto, image transfer, slip, oxide, carving and additive and subtractive texture. June 1 through 30 at burlington City Arts print & Clay studio. info, 860-7474. CreAtiVe CoMPetition no. 20: Artworks submitted by local artists in a variety of media are up for viewers' choice award and for sale. Through May 31 at Rl photo in burlington. info, publicartschool@ eriC tore: A painting of a hawaiian seascape from the featured artist in a group show. Through May 31 at black horse Fine Art supply in burlington. info, 862-4972.

gAil sAlzMAn: "soundings," abstract oil paintings that offer a metaphorical investigation into water’s seen and unseen influences on our lives; dAn trAnberg: "imperial Material," paintings that incorporate yarn, glitter and Roll-A-Tex to emphasize materiality above all else. Through July 6 at bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166. buRlingTon-AReA shows

C. stuArt White jr.: hand-drawn architectural drawings by the architect who designed AVA's 2007 renovation; drAWing inVitAtionAl: works by 15 member artists; 'drAWn together: 40 hours — 40 yeArs!': works by participants in a nine-month drawing class. Through June 7 at AVA gallery and Art Center in lebanon, n.h. panel discussion: Thursday, May 30, 5:30 p.m. info, 603-448-3117. 'sPring into the Arts': students from Addison County display their artwork as part of a two-day celebration of the arts in education. wednesday and Thursday, May 29 and 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. info, 443-3168. john henry hoPkins: Drawing books the Vermont bishop produced with his son in the 1840s. June 1 through 30 at Vermont history Center in barre. Children embellish hopkins' illustrations with watercolors and other media, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Artist susan bull Riley demonstrates watercolor techniques at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Vermont historical society curator Jackie Calder gives an illustrated presentation about the unusual and sometimes controversial life of bishop hopkins, at 2 p.m. saturday, June 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. info, 828-2180. 'the Mysterious Mind': works by Fran bull, nina benedetto, Joan Curtis, Thomas Mcgraw and Mareva Millarc. Through June 23 at

'drAW the line And MAke your Point: the PenCil And the 21st Century': A visual history of the invention and evolution of the pencil, including a display about a pencil artist, unlikely objects made from pencils, an interactive pencil launcher and a smattering of pencils from around the world. June 2 through August 31 at the Museum of everyday life in glover. Reception: itinerant performer Adam Cook and local vaudville revivalists Rose Friedman and Justin lander play live music, and Vermont animator Meredith holch presents a new paper movie. pencil-themed snacks and beverages are served. sunday, June 2, 3-6 p.m. info, 626-4409.

'FroM dAiry to doorsteP: Milk deliVery in neW englAnd': An exhibit that chronicles more than 200 years of dairy history, featuring historic photographs, advertisements, ephemera and artifacts. Through August 4 at sheldon Museum in Middlebury. executive Director bill brooks discusses dairy-related advertisements from the past century, including the “got Milk?” campaign. wednesday, May 29, noon, sheldon Museum, Middlebury. info, 388-2117. orAh Moore: The photographer sells her work to benefit the Clarina howard nichols Center, which provides services, support and shelter to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence in lamoille County. sunday, June 2, 1 p.m., haymaker Card & gift gallery, Morrisville. info, 888-2309.

susAn Abbott: "Vermont Journal: small paintings from Four seasons," plein-air work by the Vermont artist. June 1 through August 31 at shelburne Vineyard. Reception: sunday, June 2, 2-4 p.m. info, 985-8222. trine Wilson: photographs of flowers by the Vermont artist. Through september 30 at Jeff’s Maine seafood in st. Albans. Reception: sunday, June 2, 1-4 p.m., info, 355-4834.

reCePtions ClAss oF 2013 senior Art shoW: Artwork by students from five area high schools. Through May 29 at union station in burlington. Reception: wednesday, May 29, 6-8 p.m. info, 660-9005.

'ConFluenCe': Artwork by gretchen Alexander, ned swanberg and sacha pealer, colleagues at the Vermont Agency of natural Resources Rivers program who have documented their interactions with the natural world over the last few years in a shared journal. May 30 through June 16 at emile A. gruppe gallery in Jericho. Reception: sunday, June 2, 1-4 p.m. info, 899-3211.

diCk & nAnCy Weis: "parallels," recent acrylic and encaustic paintings by the husband and wife artists. Through June 25 at Furchgott sourdiffe gallery in shelburne. Reception: Friday, May 31, 6-8 p.m. info, 985-3848. 'Visions oF A hoMetoWn': The Milton Artists' guild's traveling exhibition commemorating the 250th anniversary of the town's founding and the 25th anniversary of the guild. June 1 through 30 at Milton Town offices. Reception: Friday, May 31, 5-7 p.m. info,

northern VerMont Artist AssoCiAtion: work by 90 member artists exhibited in the 83rd annual juried spring show. June 2 through July 5 at Visions of Vermont in Jeffersonville. Reception: sunday, June 2, 2-5 p.m. info, 644-8183.

ChAFFee inVitAtionAl: Jewelry, paintings, origami, photography and sculpture by six new juried artists: Mary Alcantara, ian Creitz, ori goldberg, Jane Ann Kantor,

john briCkels & AAron stein: "Cars 'r Art," contemporary automotive sculptures by the Vermont artists. June 2 through July 14 at white water gallery in

east hardwick. Reception: sunday, June 2, 4-7 p.m. info, 563-2037. 'susPended Worlds': An exhibit celebrating Curtains without borders, Vermont’s painted-theater-curtain project, featuring a restored east Randolph curtain and photographs of several others from around the state. June 2 through July 7 at Chandler gallery in Randolph. Reception: project coordinator Chris hadsel presents a slide show. sunday, June 2, 5-7 p.m. info, 728-9878. bill jAMes: work by the artist who painted people and places in the woodstock area 50 years ago. May 31 through June 15 at ArtisTree Community Arts Center & gallery in woodstock. Reception: Friday, May 31, 6-8 p.m. info, 457-3500. 'the lester CirCus ii': new artwork by Ashley, Amanda and Courtney lester, plus work by Kate bisseau and elliot gavin Daughtery. May 31 through June 7 at RoTA gallery in plattsburgh, n.Y. Reception: straight no Chaser perform. Friday, May 31, 6-8 p.m. info, 'unrAVeling And turning: A CliMAte ChAnge Art exhibit': work that addresses changing behaviors and transforming systems, explores the nature of loss and the root causes of climate change, and reimagines our collective future. Through June 30 at goddard Art gallery in Montpelier. Reception: A poetry reading called "Re-versing global warming" features former Vermont poet laureate ellen bryant Voigt, David budbill, ben Aleshire of honeybee press and Cleopatra Mathis. Thursday, May 30, 5-8 p.m. info, 598-4819. 'glAss Are us': graal glasswork and sculpture, all hand blown and sculpted in the pine street workshop. May 31 through september 27 at Ao! glass in burlington. Reception: Friday, May 31, 5-7 p.m. info, 488-4455. 'no hAnds': work by the students and instructors of a four-month printmaking class at iskra print Collective. May 31 through July 31 at JDK gallery in burlington. Reception: Cash bar; light snacks. DJ Turkey p entertains. Friday, May 31, 7-10 p.m. info,

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liFe-drAWing session: Artists practice their painting and drawing techniques with a live model. Reservations encouraged. wednesday, May 29, 6-9 p.m.; sunday, June 2, 2-5 p.m.; wednesday, June 5, 6-9 p.m., black horse Fine Art supply, burlington. info, 860-4972.

Morgan haynes and lisa May. May 31 through June 29 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Reception: Friday, May 31, 5-8 p.m. info, 775-0356.

'Fly: A grouP shoW': Artists from Vermont and beyond interpreted the word "fly" on 6-by-6-inch wood panels. June 1 through July 15 at penny Cluse Café in burlington. info, 872-3753.

liFe drAWing For Artists: Artists 18 and older bring their own materials and sketch, draw and paint from a live model. wednesday, May 29, 6-9 p.m.; wednesday, June 5, 6-9 p.m., Vermont institute of Contemporary Arts, Chester. info, 875-1018.

Vermont institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester. bull leads the other exhibiting artists in a panel discussion about the exploration of the mystery of life. saturday, June 1, 7 p.m., Vermont institute of Contemporary Arts, Chester. info, 875-1018.

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Sach Ie Kohlman : pet portraits on paper. Through May 31 at Firebird Café in essex Junction. info, 310-0458.

Group Show : w orks by Marc Awodey, Carolyn enz h ack, paige berg Rizvi, Ruth h amilton, w ill patlove, Che s chreiner, David powell and ethan Azarian. Curated by se AbA. Through June 30 at the innovation Center of Vermont in burlington. info, 859-9222.

'Student w or K; l eGacy o F a t eacher' : o riginal works by Vermont w oodworking s chool students Alicia Dietz, Ryan Moore, Tim peters, John Martineau, Tyler gebhardt, ben Deleiris and w esley Alsbrooks. in memory of Vws instructor Robert Fletcher. Through May 31 at Frog h ollow in burlington. info, 863-6458.

'Inte Grated art academy: art connect S': Artwork by elementary students who participated in a new artist-in residence program involving resident artists from bCA and Vs A Vermont. Through June 11 at bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166.

Summer Show : paintings by ed epstein, Mike s trauss, n ancy Tomzcak, Chelsea piazza and l in w arren; photographs by Jim Moore; sumi-ink work by Aya itagaki; and collage work by Arthur penfield Tremblay. Curated by bCA. Through August 31 at Maltex building in burlington. info, 865-7166.

'It came From Space!' : s pace-themed artwork displayed as part of a 50/50 fundraiser to offset the cost of building artist studios for the new s atellite Arts space. Through May 31 at s tudio 266 in burlington. info, 578-2512.

't he w or Ker S are r eVolt InG': Artwork by Red s quare employees (through May 31); peter Katz : paintings by the Jeffersonville artist (June 1 through 30) at Red s quare in burlington. info, 318-2438.

JeSSa GIlbert : "Connections," paintings that investigate movement and action, s kyway and escalator; Gaal Shepherd : o il paintings, gates 1-8. Curated by bCA. Through July 6 at burlington Airport in s outh burlington. info, 532-6533. Johanne durocher yordan : Dreamy abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Curated by se AbA. Through May 31 at VCAM s tudio in burlington. info, 859-9222. Johanne durocher yordan : Art Affair by s hearer presents paintings and mixed-media works by the Vermont artist. Through June 30 at s hearer Chevrolet in s outh burlington. info, 658-1111. Jud Ith t uttle & r obert h untoon : "w aterscapes," pastel and oil paintings, respectively, by the Vermont artists. Through May 30 at s helburne Vineyard. info, 985-8222. Katra K Indar : "l es bicyclettes de paris," paintings. Through June 6 at Village w ine and Coffee in s helburne. info, 985-1014.

t odd r . l oc Kwood : "o ne Degree of s eparation," black-and-white photographic portraits, 1975-2012. Through July 15 at Freeman h all Conference Room, Champlain College, in burlington. info, 860-2733.

‘Unraveling & Turning’

“The discussion of climate change

must be more than a f ruitless exchange between scientists, lobbyists, corporations and politicians,” write the organizers of “Unraveling & Turning: A Climate Change Art Exhibit.” As part of 350 Vermont’s Climate Change Arts Festival, 15 local artists are showing their paintings, sculptures and installations at Goddard Art Gallery in Montpelier through June 30. Sally Linder, Riki Moss, Galen Cheney, Cameron Davis and David Hurwitz, among others, reflect on the changing environment in an exhibit curated by Peter Nielsen and Alison Goodwin. Pictured: “April 20, 2010” by Sally Linder.

KIm bombard : s till-life paintings by the Vermont artist. Through July 27 at l eft bank h ome & garden in burlington. info, 862-1001. 05.29.13-06.05.13 SEVEN DAYS 72 ART

'art o F creat IVe aGInG': The 4th annual juried exhibit of work by artists 70 and older living in w ashington, o range and l amoille counties. presented by Central Vermont Council on Aging; yVonne Strau S: "playful Moments in Color," watercolor and acrylic folk art, in the Children's l ibrary. Through May 31 at Kellogg-h ubbard l ibrary in Montpelier. info, 476-2681.

nInI crane : paintings of Vermont landscapes, l ake Champlain, flowers and nature. Through June 30 at Magnolia breakfast & l unch bistro in burlington. info, 862-7446.

cIndy Gr IFFIth : "s easons in Transition," paintings by the Vermont artist. Through June 30 at Red h en bakery & Café in Middlesex. info, 229-4326.

pamela J. murphy : Recent mixed-media works. Through May 31 at Artspace 106 at the Men's Room in burlington. info, 864-2088.

r oGer coleman : paintings by the Vermont artist. Through May 31 at Metropolitan gallery, burlington City h all. info, 865-7166.

wI llow baScom : Colorful illustrations of animals. Curated by se AbA. Through May 31 at pine s treet Deli in burlington. info, 859-9222.

'art t herapy aSSoc Iat Ion o F Vermont Statehou Se art exh IbIt Ion' : An exhibit celebrating Mental h ealth Awareness Month. Through May 31 at s tatehouse Cafeteria in Montpelier. info, 434-4834.

molly boSley : Collage work and paper cutouts. Through May 31 at s peaking Volumes in burlington. info, 540-0107.

r obert w aldo brunelle Jr. : Acrylic paintings of cityscapes, blue-collar culture and gumball machines. Through June 30 at Vintage Jewelers in burlington. info, 862-2233.

w endy Jame S: photographic illusions and vivid paintings by the local artist. Curated by se AbA. Through May 31 at s peeder & earl's (pine s treet) in burlington. info, 859-9222.

ann Ie parham : “Aquarian Visions: An exploration of w atercolor and imagination,” paintings by the art student. Through May 31 at Feick Fine Arts Center, green Mountain College, in poultney. info, 287-8398.

l orra Ine r eynold S: "Apparitional experience," large-format color photographs of decay and abandonment that serve as documentation of what was. Through May 31 at Vintage inspired in burlington. info, 355-5418.

'r eStorat IVe JuSt Ice: t he art o F maKInG amend S': Artwork by participants in restorative-justice panels. June 1 through July 31 at Metropolitan gallery, burlington City h all. info, 865-7166.

'w e are Fam Ily' : photographers capture intimate and kooky moments with their kin. May 30 through June 23 at Darkroom gallery in essex Junction. info, 777-3686.


'l ar Ger than lIF e: QuIlt S by Velda newman' : Contemporary fiber art; 't ra Ilblazer S: h or Sepowered Veh Icle S': An exhibit that explores connections between 19th-century carriages and today’s automotive culture; 'oGden ple ISSner, l and Scape paInter' : w atercolor sketches and finished paintings. Through o ctober 31 at s helburne Museum. info, 985-3346.

pete Qu Inn : Cartoon-style drawings and paintings. Through June 3 at Magic h at brewing Company in s outh burlington. info, 658-2739.

Vermont photo Group Spr InG exh Ibt Ion : eight photographers contribute work, from landscapes to portraits of l ake s uperior Chippewa band Dancers. Through May 30 at Mirabelles in burlington. info, 434-5503.

‘Confluence’ Gretchen Alexander, Sacha Pealer and Ned Swanberg are

scientists first, artists second. Several years ago, when the trio, who work together for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources rivers program, discovered a shared interest in nature journaling, they began to keep a collective journal, which they filled with drawings and observations from their daily lives in the state’s floodplains and river corridors. Their fiber art, watercolors and pastel works, as well as the original shared journal, make up the new exhibit “Confluence” at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho, May 30 through June 16. Pictured: “Meander 1” by Gretchen Alexander.

cynth Ia craw Ford : "Close To h ome: u pper Valley inspirations, a Journey Through n ature’s w onders," wildlife photos and paintings. Through June 30 at Vins n ature Center in Quechee. info, 359-5001. daVId SmIth : paintings that attempt to capture the elusive presence of light. Through May 31 at Central Vermont Medical Center in barre. info, el Inor r andall : Monoprints that celebrate the life and work of Molly Keane, a 20th-century Anglo-irish playwright and novelist. Through May 31 at Two Rivers printmaking s tudio in w hite River Junction. info, 295-5901. Fred carty : "picture s how: As s een Through My eyes," photography by the Vermont artist. Through May 31 at Tunbridge public l ibrary. info, 889-9404.

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GlEN CoBUrN HUtCHEsoN: Paintings, drawings and sculpture by the Montpelier artist. Visitors are invited to drop by Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m., and be the subject of a "talking portrait," a life-size pencil drawing. Through July 31 at Storefront Studio Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 839-5349. Gloria kiNG MErritt: "Changing Gears," large-scale digital paintings by the Vermont artist. Through August 23 at the Great Hall in Springfield. Info, 258-3992. GUEst artist sHoW: Work by ceramic sculptor Sande French-Stockwell, kinetic sculptor Patty Sgrecci and jeweler Lochlin Smith. Through June 30 at Collective — the Art of Craft in Woodstock. Info, 457-1298. HarriEt WooD: "Inner Doors," abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through June 27 at Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier. Info, 'HoW PEoPlE MakE tHiNGs': In a hands-on exhibit inspired by "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," visitors can make objects using four manufacturing processes: molding, cutting, deforming and assembly. Lab coats and safety glasses available! Through June 2 at Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. Info, 649-2200. JENNiFEr skiNDEr: Abstract drawings and monotypes influenced by the artist's background in ceramics. Through May 30 at Skinny Pancake in Montpelier. Info, 262-2253. JENNy lyNN Hall: "Oceana," fresco panels inspired by the texture and colors of the sea. Through May 31 at Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction. Info, 295-0808. lit tylEr: "Memories of an Unconscious Nothing," artwork by VTC's director of institutional research. Through May 31 at Hartness Gallery, Vermont Technical College, in Randolph Center. Info, 728-1237.

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MY MElissa BroWN BEssEtt: "Nature in Color," pastel landscapes. Through May 31 at Green Bean Visual Art Gallery at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier.CY Info,


PHilliP roBErtsoN: Landscape block prints. Through May 31 at the Drawing Board in Montpelier. Info, 223-2902.


'PlayiNG WitH tiME': An exhibit that incorporates high-speed photography, time-lapse videos and animation to explore science and the ever-changing world. Through September 8 at Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. Info, 649-2200.

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'PloWiNG olD GroUND: VErMoNt's orGaNiC FarMiNG PioNEErs': Black-and-white documentary photographs by John Nopper, along with narratives collected in oral histories by agricultural writer Susan Harlow. Through June 1 at Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. Info, 479-8519. CENTRAL VT SHOWS

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MaGiC laNtErN art FilM FEstiVal: Helen Day Art Center is accepting submissions for film festival. Videos should not have age restrictions; five-minute maximum play time; audioless. Deadline: June 21. Info,

Applications due September 15. Any media welcome except photography. All work should connect to Colchester in some way — historical, visual, symbolic. Non-juried. Email fallyn2@comcast. net for application and instructions.

Wall to CaNVas: Wall to Canvas is seeking 12 streetstyle artists who use wheat pasting, stencils, collage, spray painting, markers and the like to create unique pieces of art for a live-art competition at the Magic Hat Artifactory on Saturday, August 24. Cash prize and live auction. Deadline: July 31. 18 or older. Application at walltocanvas.

‘artistiC iNsiGHts’: Become a member and show your work at the Soda Plant for the inaugural members exhibit, “Artistic Insights,” and then gain free entry for our large Art Hop exhibit, “Represent!” Many other benefits included. Deadline: May 31. Info,

Call For PHotos: “City,” uptown, downtown, urban spaces, public places and the life that inhabits them. Deadline: June 26. Juror: Stephen Perloff. Info, sEEkiNG QUilt artists: “Celebrate Colchester 250th Quilt Show”: August 3 through 31. Applications due by July 15. All work should relate to history, architecture, scenery of Colchester in some way. Non-juried. Email fallyn2@ for application and instructions. sEEkiNG art: “Celebrate Colchester 250th Art Show”: October 1 through 31.

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UNBoUND, Vol. iii: ArtisTree Gallery seeks entries for its 3rd annual exhibit of book arts and art inspired by books. Cash prizes. Info, unbound-entry/. oPEN GroUP sHoW at “CrEatiVE CoMP” First Friday of every month. $8 entry fee; limit one per artist. No rules; any size/ media/subject. Entries accepted Wednesday through first Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Opening reception on first Fridays, 6-9 p.m. People’s choice winner gets cash prize. Exhibit up for the month. Location: Root Gallery at RL Photo, 27 Sears Lane, Burlington. For info, call 540-3081 or email

First Friday, June 7, 8pm, The BCA Center

Music by Bandleader FREE, cash bar, visit to RSVP. Join us monthly after First Friday Art Walk. HOSTED BY


DEsiGN-BasED FilM sEriEs: Request for proposal: Create name and logo for film series in Burlington. Please refer to online classified ad in Seven Days for details. Deadline: June 7.

'MastErWorks': Sculpture and prints by VermontC artist Hugh Townley exhibited alongside a portion of his personal collection, including works by M Eugene Atget, Harry Callahan, Salvador Dalí, Jean Y Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Aaron Siskind, H.C. Westermann and Ossip Zadkine. Through July 28 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670. CM


aMEriCaN DrEaM: What is the American Dream today? Artists are asked to consider the moving target of a paradigm and react. Info, Deadline: May 31. Exhibit Dates: July 16 through August 31.

Mark GooDWiN: Abstract works that incorporate folds, scores and mark making. Through June 30 at Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-5422.


art-artiFaCts: Artifacts tell fascinating stories. This show will include mosaics, assemblages, fiber works, collages and other textural art forms. Info, Deadline: May 31. Exhibit Dates: July 16 through August 31.

MarEVa MillarC: "Expressions," abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through June 7 at Festival Gallery in Waitsfield. Info, 496-6682.

70 Live Species Animal Demostrations 100+ Interactives Action Lab ECHO Films Changing Exhibits

aProN CoNCEPts: The Catamount Fiberistas are curating an exhibit on personal responses to the concept of an apron. Seeking art of any media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, photograph, fabric, print, poem, written reflection or mixed media. Artwork should be apron-sized or smaller, but try us with any other proposal. Send images, along with description, title, date and dimension, to Deadline: September 1.

lori HiNriCHsEN: "The Conversation Got Lively,” abstract drawings and collages. June 1 through 30 at the Green Bean Art Gallery at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info,

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Into Form," cast-bronze sculptures by Petersen. Through June 22 at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe. Info, 253-8943.

Robe Rt Hitzig : "Hard Line, Soft Color," painted wood sculptures by the Vermont artist. Through June 28 at Governor's Office Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749.

Janet Wo RmSeR: Landscape and portrait paintings. Through July 5 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261.

'SpRing gaRden and Wood S': Member artists exhibit their garden-inspired artwork, plus birdbaths, bird houses, garden sculptures, woodwork and more. June 1 through 30 at Blinking Light Gallery in Plainfield. Info, 454-0141.

Jennife R bUckne R: Pottery and glasswork by the South Hero artist. Through May 31 at Island Arts South Hero Gallery. Info, 372-8889. Jill madden & maRiella biSSon : Mixed-media depictions of natural scenes by Bisson; paintings by Madden. June 1 through 30 at Upstairs at West Branch in Stowe. Info, 253-8943.

't ell U S a t ale' : An art exhibit presented as part of a citywide program by the new Barre Cultural Alliance called "Story Time in Barre," First and Second Floor Galleries; 'tH eRe'S no place l ike Home', Third Floor Gallery. June 4 through July 6 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069.

'l abo R of l ove' : Created by Vermont Works for Women with the Vermont Folklife Center, the touring exhibit features 25 photographs of women with various occupations. Through May 30 at GRACE in Hardwick. Info, 655-8922.

'tH eSe Hono Red dead: pRivate and national commemoRation' : An exhibit that tells the stories of Norwich alumni from both sides of the Civil War, focusing on the military draft, prisons and mourning rituals; 'USef Ul and elegant accompli SHment S': Landscape drawings by 19th-century Norwich University alumni and their contemporaries. Through December 20 at Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield. Info, 485-2183.

may f eat URed aRti St S: Works by photographer David Juaire, painter Genie Rybicki-Jukins and quilter/weaver Susan Smolinsky. Through May 31 at Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. Info, 933-6403. 'Sally diScove RS neW yoRk': Artwork from the new e-book “Sally Discovers New York,” inspired by the work of the late Stephen Huneck. Through June 9 at Stephen Huneck Gallery and Dog Chapel in St. Johnsbury. Info, 748-2700.

Walt Hazelton & bRUce maRSHall : "Generous Spirits," pottery, basketry and furniture by Hazelton; found-object sculptures and paintings by Marshall. Through June 15 at Nuance Gallery in Windsor. Info, 674-9616.

'tR avel S Wit H alden' : The gallery celebrates what would have been the 100th birthday of its founder, Alden Bryan, with an exhibition of his plein-air works painted in 26 countries over 60 years. Through September 2 at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Info, 644-5100.

'We aRe HeRe.': Photographs by eight women from Melanie Webb's VSA Vermont digital photography class. Through May 31 at Plainfield Community Center. Info, 655-4606.

vane SSa compton : "Not All Who Wander Are Lost," mixed-media collages inspired by a life on the road and the myths of the American West. Through June 2 at Claire's Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053.

champlain valley

anne cady : "Twenty Years," 20 new oil paintings exhibited in celebration of the artist's two decades of portraying the Vermont countryside. June 1 through 30 at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 458-0098.


pat mUSick : "Our Fragile Home," a series of sculptures and works on paper inspired by the words that astronauts from different nations have used to describe the earth as seen from outer space. Through July 14 at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. Info, 362-1405.

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caRving St Udio membeRS' SHoW: Members of the nonprofit arts-education center show their works in this annual exhibit. Through June 30 at Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland. Info, 438-2097.

'pRintemp S: viSion S of Sp Ring' : More than 150 new works inspired by the emerging beauty of the season. Through June 30 at Yester House Galleries, Southern Vermont Arts Center, in Manchester. Info, 362-1405.

'diScove Ring commUnity: S HoWca Se of St Udent Wo Rk': Documentary films, photography, audio “vox pops” and oral-history interviews produced by students during classes and after-school programs. Through June 8 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964. 'edWaRd Hoppe R in veRmont' : The legendary painter's Vermont watercolors on loan from institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchase, as well as from private collections around the country, exhibited together for the first time. Through August 11 at Middlebury College Museum of Art. Info, 443-3168.


Dick & Nancy Weis

aRt l ab exHibition : Work by adults with special needs who meet weekly for art classes at AVA Gallery and Art Center. Through May 31 at Courtyard by Marriott in Lebanon, N.H. Info, 603-448-3117.

Between the two of them, Dick and Nancy

Weis work in painting, drawing, printmaking, fibers, paper making and installation —

fR an bUll : "Sound & Color," opera portraits on paper inspired by Japanese wood-block prints of Kabuki actors, illustrating the duality of performers in their roles. Through July 6 at Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. Info, 382-9222.

and have more than two decades of teaching experience at Vermont colleges under

mp l andi S: "Train and Creek," mixed-media works created in Middlebury and rare New England monoprints. Through June 6 at ZoneThree Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 989-9992.

another. Dick’s abstract paintings are infused with an affinity for the land rooted in his

'nat URe tR an Sfo Rmed: edWaRd bURtyn Sky’ S veRmont Q UaRRy pHotog Rap HS in context' : Iconic photographs exhibited within the context of the geological and social history of the area, including the Italian immigrant stoneworkers in the granite quarries near Barre. Through June 9 at Middlebury College Museum of Art. Info, 443-3168. patty Sg Recci & l yn dUmoUlin : "Nature Reflected ... Water, Line and Form," kinetic sculptures by Sgrecci, watercolor landscapes by DuMoulin. Through July 2 at Brandon Artists Guild. Info, 247-4956.

their belts. In “Parallels,” at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne, their separate works are presented side by side so viewers can see how the artists have influenced one northern Minnesota upbringing. Nancy uses encaustic assemblages to create a symbolic language and a sense of ritual. Through June 25. Pictured: “Red Dancer” by Dick Weis. RUt H Hamilton : "A Sense of Place," wildlife and landscape paintings by the Poultney artist. Through June 8 at Brandon Music. Info, 465-4071.

northern 'aRt on t He Ref Uge': Paintings and photographs of the refuge's natural landscape. Through July 20 at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge in Swanton. Info, 933-6677.

caRolyn gUeSt : "Springtime in the Kingdom, Cut with Sheep Shears," two- and three-dimensonal paper cutouts depicting local wildflowers, barns and domestic animals. Through June 13 at Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. Info, 748-0158. debi gobin : Landscape paintings in oil on canvas. Through June 17 at Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. Info, 525-3366. Helen S HUlman & kaRen pete RSen: "Love Songs," abstract works on panel by Shulman; "Spirit

‘it Wo Uld make a Hea Rt of Stone melt: Sickne SS, inJURy and medicine at f oRt t iconde Roga’ : An overview of 18th-century medical practices, diseases and the treatment of wounds for the armies that fought in America during the French and Indian War and American Revolution. Through October 31 at Fort Ticonderoga, N.Y. Info, 518-585-2821. ‘peRU: kingdom S of t He SUn and t He moon — identitie S and con QUeSt in t He ancient, colonial and mode Rn eRaS’: A collection of pre-Columbian treasures and masterpieces, many of which have never been seen outside Peru. Through June 16 at Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. Info, 514-285-1600. ‘tH e Women of S Hin Hanga: tH e JUdit H and JoSepH baRkeR collection of Japane Se pRint S’: Nearly 100 prints showcasing two centuries of Japanese print designers’ engagement with female subjects. Through July 28 at Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-2095. ‘tHR ead S: QUilt S HoW’: Quilters from the region show their work. Through June 11 at North Country Cultural Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Info, 518-563-1604. m

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he wolves have packed it in, and you know who I f eel sorry f or? (Anyone who coughed up 10 bucks f or a ticket to this f ecal threequel has my deepest condolences, it goes without saying.) I pity poor Justin Bartha, the actor who played the chronically missing-in-action Doug. He’s the one lead in this phenomenally lucrative series who somehow f ailed to leverage his participation into superstardom. He’s the Ringo of the foursome. No, that’s not fair to Ringo; Bartha’s more like the comedy equivalent of Pete Best. You’ve got to be cursed, have really lousy karma or just be staggeringly unlucky to come out the other end of something as massive as The Hangover trilogy with your career the size it was when you went in. The fi lm fates have never been kind to Bartha. Guess what movie provided his fi rst major role?Gigli! He never had a chance. Meanwhile Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifi anakis have become household names since the fi rst installment broke all box-o° ce records for an R-rated comedy back in 2009. In the case of Galifi anakis, he’s a household name most people are now even

capable of pronouncing, and that’s saying something. Well, Alan (Z.G.), Phil (B.C.), Stu (E.H.) and Doug (Does it matter?) have shared their last adventure, and, believe me, nothing in The Hangover Part III is likely to etch Bartha — or any of his castmates — into your memory an iota more than he already is. This is one forgettable fi nale. Todd Phillips is a paradox among Hollywood directors in that you never know whether his next product will be pure genius or complete crap. He’s made two immortal comedies — Old School (2003) and The Hangover; a documentary about Phish (2000’s Bittersweet Motel); and a number of less-than-memorable road-trip pictures such as Due Date (2010) and, well, Road Trip (2000); in addition to a pair of stunningly unnecessary remakes — Starsky & Hutch (2004) and School for Scoundrels (2006). I’ve yet to encounter a single human being who’s seen the latter. For that matter, anyone who knows someone who has. On the other hand, everybody in the world saw The Hangover Part II . It grossed $582 million globally. The only problem was, everybody in the world hated it. Phillips

ROAD TO NOWHEREPhillips’ fi nal installment has the least comic payoff of any in the lucrative series.

alienated the f ranchise’s base with his lazy recycling of the fi rst fi lm’s story elements and rewind structure. So the question was never “Will there be a third and fi nal chapter?” — no matter what, the money would be too good to leave on the table. Rather, it was “Will the director redeem himself by making the third in the series as brilliantly and originally unhinged as the fi rst?” It is with considerable amazement that I report the answer is a resounding “not even close.” The third Hangover, unbelievably, sucks even more than the second. Sure, the fi lmmaker went out of his way to dispense with the step-retracing premise of the previous installments. The bugaboo is that he and cowriter Craig Mazin also dispense almost entirely with the laughs. I



TANK PRANK One of the many stunts from Lin’s action fl ick that you should not feel tempted to reproduce at home.

perwork, and don’t hesitate to betray an entire nation to save a single hostage. They’re perfectly apt allies for Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto, Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner and their speed-loving gang, which now numbers six, plus two mostly o˛ -screen love interests. It makes sense for Toretto to go intoMission Impossible mode af ter the f eds show him photos of his beloved Letty (Michelle



Fast & Furious 6★★★ ast & Furious 6 ends with a title card that advises viewers not to try the stunts they’ve just seen at home. This disclaimer set o˛ giggles and gu˛ aws at the Majestic 10, and no wonder. The street racing from long-ago series opener The Fast and the Furious (2001) might inspire copycats. But who’s going to attempt to leap f rom a highway bridge and catch someone else in midair, or drive a military tank down a highway, or hook a car to a taxiing plane? As series regular Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) astutely puts it, the sixth installment of the Fast & Furious f ranchise is suddenly full of “Double-Oh-Seven shit.” “This is not what we do,” Roman objects, but he’s a voice crying in the wilderness. When you have a mega-budget and projected mega-grosses, using fast cars to steal stu˛ isn’t enough anymore. Fighting a gadget-happy mastermind (Luke Evans) plotting to steal a computer chip that could deactivate America’s military defenses is exactly what you do. That’s right: The Fast & Furious crew, who started as a bunch of working-class outlaws (and one undercover cop), are working this movie’s job for the U.S. government. But don’t worry about potential killjoys like gritty realism: As international-intrigue fi lms go, F&F 6 makes Skyfall look like Zero Dark Thirty. Dwayne Johnson and Gina Carano play federal agents who spend their time gleefully pummeling suspects rather than fi ling pa-

won’t bore you with plot details. Su° ce it to say, forces conspire to minimize Bartha’s on-screen time once more and send the balance of the Wolf Pack on the road again in search of the Chinese gangster Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong). Long story. And not a particularly riveting one. Here’s all you really need to know about how badly Part III blows: Its creators accomplished the theoretically impossible. They found a way to put Melissa McCarthy in front of a camera and keep her from being funny. The actress has a cameo as the owner of a Vegas pawnshop. Yawn shop is more like it. It’s a sight I’m not at all happy I saw. Like pretty much every other minute of the movie.

Rodriguez), who was presumed dead two movies ago, hangin’ with the bad guys in the present tense. Less believable is that the Pentagon chooses to neutralize said bad guys with f ast cars rather than with, oh, I don’t know, a drone strike. But it’s Fast & Furious. Sit back, enjoy. If anything distinguishes this f ranchise f rom its blockbuster brethren, it’s that the action is relatable to real life, if you squint hard: It’s

easier to imagine yourself driving f ast and throwing punches than piloting a spaceship. Director Justin Lin, who helmed the previous two installments, creates coherent, exciting set pieces, including an epic subwaytunnel fi stfi ght and a completely wacked-out pursuit on a Spanish f reeway. (Just don’t pause to think about the body count.) The sprawling, multi-ethnic ensemble is fun to hang out with, too. If Diesel’s soulful moping and Walker’s wooden good looks get on your nerves, you need only turn to the wise-cracking, one-upping duo of Gibson and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges; or to sly Sung Kang and Gal Gadot as his ass-kicking girlfriend, for solid entertainment. Their banter sets the fl ick’s dominating, irreverent tone, reminding us it’s still a B-movie on an A budget, though with the earnest melodrama of the earlier fi lms pushed to the background. That melodrama does return in the form of Rodriguez, whose amnesiac character scowls a lot as she tries to decide how she feels about Toretto. We’re asked to be moved by the dude’s e˛ orts to reassemble his racing “family,” but if Fast & Furious is going to go all James Bond, the script should perhaps at least have paid lip service to the notion that millions of other lives could be at stake. Ah, well. Whether civilization stands or f alls, these guys and their f ans are guaranteed a sweet ride. MARGO T HARRI S O N

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new in theaters AFteR eARtH: writer-director M. night Shyamalan teams up with dynamic duo will and Jaden Smith for this sci-fi adventure about a father and son stranded on Earth 1000 years after humans abandoned it, as we keep doing in movies for some reason. with Isabelle fuhrman and Sophie Okonedo. (100 min, Pg-13. bijou, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount, Sunset) koN-tiki: This norwegian adventure film dramatizes the true story of scientist Thor heyerdahl’s 5000-mile voyage by raft in 1947. Pål Sverre hagen and anders baasmo christiansen star. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg directed. (119 min, Pg-13. Savoy) NoW YoU see me: People love magic and people love caper flicks, so hollywood combined them. Jesse Eisenberg, Isla fisher and Morgan freeman are part of a team of illusionists who turn their performances into heists. Mark Ruffalo and Michael caine also star. louis (Clash of the Titans) leterrier directed. (116 min, Pg-13. capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace)

tHe compANY YoU keepHHH what becomes of violent political extremists after years in hiding? a young journalist (Shia labeouf) investigates a group of former weather underground types in this drama directed by Robert Redford, who costars with Susan Sarandon and Julie christie. (125 min, R) tHe cRooDsHHH In this animated family adventure, a prehistoric family explores the wide world after they’re forced out of their comfy cave. with the voices of nicolas cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone. Kirk de Micco and chris (How to Train Your Dragon) Sanders directed. (98 min, Pg)

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tHe gReAt gAtsBYHHH Ever wanted to see f. Scott’s fitzgerald’s classic novel of the Jazz age reimagined … as a music video? leonardo dicaprio plays the long Island millionaire who may not be all he appears in this loud-andsparkly, 3-d adaptation from director baz luhrmann. tobey Maguire and carey Mulligan also star. (142 min, Pg-13)

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42HH1/2 chadwick boseman plays Jackie Robinson in this biopic about the groundbreaking african american baseball player. with harrison ford, christopher Meloni and nicole beharie. brian (A Knight’s Tale) helgeland directed. (128 min, Pg-13)

stuck with them this long, you’re not seeing these movies for the character development, so let pedals meet the metal. with Paul walker, Michelle Rodriguez and gina carano. Justin (Fast Five) lin directs. (135 min, Pg-13)

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friday 31 — sunday 2 Fast & Furious 6 followed by o blivion.

t HE SAVoY t HEAt ER 26 Main St., Montpelier, 2290509,

wednesday 29 — thursday 30 In the House 6:30, 8:45. mud 6, 8:30. friday 31 — thursday 6 *Kon-t iki Fri: 6:30, 8:45. Sat and Sun: 1:30, 4, 6:30, 8:45. Mon to Thu: 6:30, 8:45. mud Fri: 6, 8:30. Sat: 1, 3:30, 6. Sun: 1, 3:30, 6, 8:30. Mon: 6. Tue to Thu: 6, 8:30.

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wednesday 29 — thursday 30 Fast & Furious 6 7. The Hangover Part III 7. Star t rek Into Darkness 7.

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wednesday 29 — thursday 30 Epic Wed: 5. Thu: 5, 7. Star t rek Into Darkness Wed: 7. Thu: 5, 7:30. friday 31 — thursday 6 The Great Gatsby Fri: 7:30. Sat and Sun: 1, 7:30. Mon: 7:30. Full schedule not available at press time.

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wednesday 29 — thursday 30 Epic 6:40. Epic in 3D 4. Fast & Furious 6 4, 7. The Hangover Part III 4, 7:10. Star t rek Into Darkness 4. Star t rek Into Darkness 3D 6:50. friday 31 — thursday 6 *After Earth Fri: 4, 6:50, 9:20. Sat: 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:20. Sun: 1:10, 4, 6:50. Mon to Thu: 4, 6:50. Epic Fri: 6:40. Sat and Sun: 1, 6:40. Mon to Thu: 6:40. Epic in 3D 4. Fast & Furious 6 Fri: 4, 7, 9:20. Sat: 1:20, 4, 7, 9:20. Sun: 1:20, 4, 7. Mon to Thu: 4, 7. The Hangover Part III Fri: 4, 7:10, 9:20. Sat: 1:30, 4, 7:10, 9:20. Sun: 1:30, 4, 7:10. Mon to Thu: 4, 7:10. Star t rek Into Darkness 8:30.

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wednesday 29 — thursday 30 Epic 6:30, 9. The Great Gatsby 6:10, 9:15. The Hangover Part III 6:20, 9:05. Iron man 3 6:15. Iron man 3 3D 9:15. Star t rek Into Darkness 9:20. Star t rek Into Darkness 3D 6:25. friday 31 — thursday 6 Epic. Epic 3D. The Great Gatsby. The Hangover Part III. Iron man 3. Iron man 3 3D. *Now You See me. Star t rek Into Darkness. Star t rek Into Darkness 3D. See website for complete schedule.

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wednesday 29 — thursday 30 *After Earth Thu: 9. Epic 4:40, 9:15. Epic in 3D 12:10, 2:25, 7. Fast & Furious 6 12:15, 1:15, 2:50, 4, 5:25, 6:50, 8, 9:30. The Great Gatsby Wed: 12:05, 3:05, 6:05, 9. Thu: 12:05, 3:05. The Hangover Part III 12:30, 1, 2:45, 3:15, 5, 5:30, 7:15, 7:45, 9:30, 10. Iron man 3 3:05, 8:35. Iron man 3 3D 12:20, 5:50. *Now You See me Thu: 7, 9:30. Star t rek Into Darkness 12, 12:30, 2:45, 3:15, 5:30, 6, 8:15 (Wed only), 8:45. Star t rek Into Darkness 3D 1, 4, 7, 9:45. friday 31 — thursday 6 *After Earth 12, 2:15, 4:30,

6:45, 9. Epic 4:50, 9:25. Epic in 3D 12:10, 2:30, 7:10. Fast & Furious 6 12:15, 1:15, 3:10, 4, 6, 7, 8:45, 9:40. The Great Gatsby 3:20, 9. The Hangover Part III 12:30, 1, 2:45, 3:15, 5, 5:30, 7:15, 7:45, 9:30, 10. Iron man 3 3:10, 8:45. Iron man 3 3D 12:20, 6. *Now You See me 1:10, 3:55, 6:40, 9:25. Star t rek Into Darkness 12:35, 6:15. Star t rek Into Darkness 3D 1, 4, 7, 9:45.

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wednesday 29 — thursday 30 Epic 12, 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30. Epic 3D 1, 3:20, 6:10, 8:30. Fast & Furious 6 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9:50. The Great Gatsby 3:45, 6:40. The Great Gatsby in 3D 12:30, 9:05. The Hangover Part III 12:10, 1:10, 2:30, 3:50, 4:50, 6:20, 7:20, 8:40, 9:40. Iron man 3 12:35, 9:40. Iron man 3 3D 3:30, 6:15. Star t rek Into Darkness 12:50, 3:45, 6:50, 9:45. Star t rek Into Darkness 3D 12:20, 3:10, 6:30, 9:25. friday 31 — thursday 6 *After Earth 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7:10, 9:35. Epic 12:10, 2:30. Epic 3D Fri to Sun: 1, 3:30, 6:10, 8:30. Mon: 1, 3:30, 8:30. Tue to Thu: 1, 3:30, 6:10, 8:30. Fast & Furious 6 Fri to Sun: 1:10, 3:10, 4, 6:50, 8:40, 9:40. Mon: 1:10, 3:10, 4, 6:50, 9:20, 9:40. Tue to Thu: 1:10, 3:10, 4, 6:50, 8:40, 9:40. The Great Gatsby 3:20, 6:30. The Great Gatsby in 3D 12:30, 9:25. The Hangover Part III 12:50, 2, 4:30, 6:20, 7:20, 9:45.

***The Internship Mon: 6:45. Iron man 3 12:20, 9:40. Iron man 3 3D 3:40, 6:35. *Now You See me 1:30, 4:20, 7, 9:40. Star t rek Into Darkness 4:50, 8. Star t rek Into Darkness 3D 12:40, 3:30, 6:40, 9:35. ***See website for details.

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wednesday 29 — thursday 30 Epic 5:30, 7:30. The Great Gatsby 5. The Hangover Part III 7:30. Star t rek Into Darkness 3D 7:30. Full schedule not available at press time.


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wednesday 29 Fast & Furious 6 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:35. The Great Gatsby 1:10, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20. The Hangover Part III 1:05, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 9:45. Iron man 3 1:15, 4, 6:35, 9:10. mud 1:20, 4:10, 6:50, 9:25. Star t rek Into Darkness 3:50, 6:40. Star t rek Into Darkness 3D 1, 9:25. Full schedule not available at press time.

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Epic 12:20, 2:35, 4:45, 7, 9:15. Epic 3D 1:15, 3:40, 6, 8:20. Fast & Furious 6 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:30. The Great Gatsby 12:30, 3:20, 6:30, 9:20. The Hangover Part III 12:25, 1:20, 2:45, 3:45, 4:50, 6:10, 7:10, 8:30, 9:30. Iron man 3 12:50, 3:35, 6:35, 9:20. Star t rek Into Darkness 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:25. Star t rek Into Darkness 3D 12:40, 3:30, 6:20, 9:10. friday 31 — thursday 6 *After Earth 12:35, 2:40, 4:50, 7:10, 9:25. Epic 12:45, 3. Epic 3D 1:20, 3:50, 6:10, 8:30. Fast & Furious 6 1, 4, 6:50, 9:30. The Great Gatsby 12:30, 3:20, 6:30, 9:20. The Hangover Part III 1:30, 4:20, 7:20, 9:35. Iron man 3 12:50, 3:40, 6:35, 9:15. *Now You See me 1:10, 4:10, 7, 9:30. Star t rek Into Darkness 6:40, 9:25. Star t rek Into Darkness 3D 12:40, 3:30, 6:20, 9:10. ***Swan Lake mariinsky Live Thu: 6:30. ***See website for details.

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wednesday 29 — thursday 30 Fast & Furious 6 6:15, 9:15. Star t rek Into Darkness 6:15. Star t rek Into Darkness 3D 9:15. friday 31 — thursday 6 *After Earth. Fast & Furious 6. See website for complete schedule.

friday 31 — thursday 6 Fast & Furious 6 Fri: 7, 9:15. Sat: 2:30, 7, 9:15. Sun: 4:30, 7. Mon to Thu: 7. The Hangover Part III Fri: 7, 9:10. Sat: 2:30, 7, 9:10. Sun: 4:30, 7. Mon to Thu: 7. Star t rek Into Darkness Fri: 7, 9:15. Sat: 2:30, 7, 9:15. Sun: 4:30, 7. Mon to Thu: 7.

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wednesday 29 — thursday 30 Fast & Furious 6 8:40, followed by Iron man 3 11:10. The Hangover Part III 8:35, followed by The Great Gatsby 11:10. Iron man 3 8:35, followed by o z The Great and Powerful 11:10. Epic 8:35, followed by Star t rek Into Darkness 11:15. friday 31 — thursday 6 *After Earth 8:50, followed by Pain & Gain 11:15. Fast & Furious 6 8:50, followed by Iron man 3 11:15.The Hangover Part III 8:50, followed by The Great Gatsby 11:10. Epic 8:50, followed by Star t rek Into Darkness 11:10.

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wednesday 29 — thursday 30 Epic 7:05. The Great Gatsby 9:15. The Hangover Part III 7:10, 9:15. Star t rek Into Darkness 7. Star t rek Into Darkness 3D 9:15. Full schedule not available at press time.

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iRoN mAN 3HHH: Millionaire Tony Stark faces a formidable new terrorist enemy in the latest entry in the Marvel superhero saga. Shane (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) Black directed. With Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and Ben Kingsley. (135 min, PG-13) mUDHHHH Jeff (Take Shelter) Nichols directed this drama set in Mississippi about two young boys who meet a fugitive and become involved in his romance. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland star. (130 min, PG-13) oBlivioNHH In this sci-fi action flick, Tom Cruise is sent to tidy up a desolate planet humans abandoned long ago … yup, Earth. But his turn as WALL-E will have some surprises. Andrea Riseborough and Morgan Freeman also star. Joseph (TRON: Legacy) Kosinski directed. (125 min, PG-13) oZ tHe GReAt AND poWeRFUlHH1/2 The trend begun by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland continues with this eye-candy prequel to The Wizard of Oz in which the titular magician, played by James Franco, tries to find his niche in a fantasy world. With any luck, director Sam Raimi drew on the rich and wacky stores of L. Frank Baum’s other Oz books. With Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. (131 min, PG) pAiN & GAiNHH1/2 In the latest glistening, overwrought action-comedy opus from director Michael Bay, Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg play Florida bodybuilders who get involved in crime and find out it doesn’t pay. Then, one can only assume, they crack wise and kick numerous asses. With Rebel Wilson and Anthony Mackie. (129 min, R)

tHe plAce BeYoND tHe piNesHHHH Ryan Gosling plays a motorcycle-stunt driver who turns to crime to support his kid in this ambitious drama from director Derek (Blue Valentine) Cianfrance. Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper and Ray Liotta also star. (140 min, R) ReNoiRHH Both Impressionist master Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet) and his son, filmmaker Jean (Vincent Rottiers), are the subjects of this French biopic, which examines their relationships with one young model during the summer of 1915. Gilles Bourdos directed. (112 min, R) stAR tReK iNto DARKNessHHH: Once again director J.J. Abrams puts his spin on the beloved sci-fi franchise. This time the crew of the Enterprise is hunting a “one-man weapon of mass destruction” on a “war-zone world,” and Benedict Cumberbatch joins the cast. With Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana. (132 min, PG-13)

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loReHH1/2 The daughter of a Nazi SS officer finds herself struggling to survive even as she begins to comprehend her father’s crimes in this drama set in postwar Germany. With Saskia Rosendahl and Kai Malina. Cate Shortland directed. (108 min, NR)


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DARK sKiesH1/2 A suburban family faces an invasion by mysterious and sinister forces in this thriller starring Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton and Dakota Goyo. Scott (Priest, Legion) Stewart directed. (95 min, PG-13)

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Curses, Foiled Again

Looking to steal copper wiring to sell as scrap, Dalton Newhouse and Charles Raymond Norris, both 22, used rifles to shoot down high-tension power lines in West Virginia’s Beury Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Newhouse was electrocuted when he touched a live cable on the ground, according to Fayette County deputies and National Park Service rangers, who found his body entangled in downed lines. (Charleston Daily Mail) When deputies signaled a weaving vehicle to pull over in Pinellas County, Fla., the driver, later identified as Bryan Zuniga, 20, fled on foot. After kicking a hole in a vinyl fence behind a water-treatment plant, he was attacked by an alligator, which bit his face and arm. Pinellas authorities charged Zuniga with breaking or injuring fences, fleeing and eluding, and driving with a suspended or revoked license. (Tampa Bay Times)

Heck of a Job, Fugate

To evaluate the impact of natural disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency uses the “Waffle House Index.” The informal index, instituted by FEMA head W. Craig Fugate, has three levels. If the local Waffle House is up and running, serving a full menu, a disaster is classified as green. If it is

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After a man in Springfield, Mo., called 911 to complain about his Jimmy Johns sandwich, authorities noted the same man has made similar calls for non-emergency issues 77 times since 2010. “We have a few callers like that,” Assistant 911 Emergency Communications Director J.R. Webb said, citing one asking how to spell “Wichita,” another requesting underwear and a man who said he needed a woman because he had taken a Viagra pill, but his girlfriend canceled their date. (The Springfield News-Leader) Police reported that Jarvis Sutton, 34, admitting calling 911 in St. Petersburg, Fla., approximately 80 times in one

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evening “because he ‘wanted Kool-Aid, burgers and weed to be delivered to him.’” Instead, he was arrested. (Tampa Bay Times)

What’ll You Have?

The price of lowbrow beers has been climbing at U.S. bars and restaurants, according to a study by Massachusettsbased research firm Restaurant Sciences, whose president said the leading cause is hipsters ordering Pabst Blue Ribbon. “It has become quite fashionable,” Chuck Ellis said, noting that the price of expensive craft beers has also climbed, but at only half the rate of sub-premium beers, “specifically PBR.” (Los Angeles Times)

Homeland Insecurity

Eugenio Pedraza, 49, the former head of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the inspector General in McAlllen, Texas, was indicated in a scheme with DHS agent Marco Rodriguez to falsify investigative documents to disguise a lack of progress by their office. (Associated Press)

Weekend Worriers

Even though Father’s Day and Mother’s Day fall on Sunday, Astral Drive Elementary School in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, announced it would no longer celebrate the occasions so children who are part of non-traditional fami-

lies won’t feel left out. Instead, students were asked to write the names of all the people who supported them in their lives on a large tree hung in the school gym. (Canada’s CTV News)

Slightest Provocations

Minheng He, 18, a student at a British boarding school in Loddon, Norfolk, was sentenced to four years in jail for stabbing a fellow student who refused his request to borrow a bottle of soy sauce. (Britain’s Daily Mail) Authorities accused Barry Swegle, 51, of using a bulldozer to destroy three houses, damage another home, and crush two sheds, a pickup truck, lawn mower and other property in Clallam County, Wash., because he was upset that a neighbor’s fence made it difficult to maneuver his bulldozer and other heavy equipment he owns. (Port Angeles’ Peninsula Daily News)

Close Shave

After an unidentified man called 911 in Largo, Fla., to report an explosion, he told responders he suffered injuries because he wanted a hot shave and heated a can of shaving cream on the kitchen stove. The can blew up, sending aluminum shards at his face. “Not a good idea, in my estimation,” Largo Fire Division Chief Dave Mixson said. (Tampa Bay Times)


running with an emergency generator and serving only a limited menu, its status is yellow. If it’s closed, badly damaged or totally destroyed, it’s a red. Fugate chose Waffle House because the chain has a large number of branches in tornado-prone areas and a robust emergency management plan. Even though the tornado that hit Moore, Okla., closed the suburb’s only Waffle House, FEMA classified it as yellow because “we are hoping to get a generator,” Waffle House official Kelly Thrasher said the day after the tornado hit, and “serve a limited menu, maybe a full one.” (Britain’s The Guardian)

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tauRus (April 20-May 20): A few weeks

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In Japan it’s not rude to slurp while you eat your ramen noodles out of a bowl. That’s what the Lonely Planet travel guide told me. In fact, some Japanese hosts expect you to make sounds with your mouth; they take it as a sign that you’re enjoying your meal. In that spirit, Gemini, and in accordance with the astrological omens, I encourage you to be as uninhibited as you dare this week — not just when you’re slurping your noodles, but in every situation where you’ve got to express yourself uninhibitedly in order to experience the full potential of the pleasurable opportunities. As one noodle-slurper testified: “How can you possibly get the full flavor if you don’t slurp?”


canceR (June 21-July 22): Here’s a thought

from philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein: “A person will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push that door.” I’d like to suggest that his description fits you right now, Cancerian. What are you going to do about it? tell me I’m wrong? reflexively agree with me? I’ve got a better idea. Without either accepting or rejecting my proposal, simply adopt a neutral, open-minded attitude and experiment with the possibility. see what happens if you try to pull the door open.


(July 23-Aug. 22): If you have been waiting for the right moment to perfect your party skills, I suspect this might be it. Is there anything you can do to lower your inhibitions? Would you at least temporarily consider slipping into a chronic state of fun? Are you prepared to commit yourself to extra amounts of exuberant dancing, ebullient storytelling and unpredictable playtime? According to my reading of the astrological omens, the cosmos is nudging you in the direction of rabble-rousing revelry.


(Aug. 23-sept. 22): Where exactly are your power spots, Virgo? your bed, perhaps, where you rejuvenate and reinvent yourself every night? A place in nature where you feel at peace and at home in the world? A certain building where you consistently make good decisions and initiate effective action? Wherever your power spots are, I

advise you to give them extra focus. They are on the verge of serving you even better than they usually do, and you should take steps to ensure that happens. I also advise you to be on the lookout for a new power spot. It’s available.

groove, or else totally stuck. Luckily, I suspect that giving it all and being in the zone will predominate.

liBRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): reverence is one of the most useful emotions. When you respectfully acknowledge the sublime beauty of something greater than yourself, you do yourself a big favor. you generate authentic humility and sincere gratitude, which are healthy for your body as well as your soul. Please note that reverence is not solely the province of religious people. A biologist may venerate the scientific method. An atheist might experience a devout sense of awe toward geniuses who have bequeathed to us their brilliant ideas. What about you, Libra? What excites your reverence? now is an excellent time to explore the deeper mysteries of this altered state of consciousness.

caPRicoRn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In 1948, nelson Mandela began his fight to end the system of apartheid in his native south Africa. eventually he was arrested for dissident activities and sentenced to life imprisonment. He remained in jail until 1990, when his government bowed to international pressure and freed him. by 1994, apartheid collapsed. Mandela was elected president of his country and won the nobel Peace Prize. fast-forward to 2008. Mandela was still considered a terrorist by the united states, and had to get special permission to enter the country. yikes! you probably don’t have an antiquated rule or obsolescent habit that’s as horrendous as that, Capricorn. but it’s past time for you to dissolve your attachment to any outdated attachments, even if they’re only mildly repressive and harmful.



(oct. 23-nov. 21): When explorer ernest shackleton was planning his expedition to Antarctica in 1914, he placed this ad in London newspapers: “Wanted: for hazardous journey. small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success.” Would you respond to a come-on like that if you saw it today? I hope not. It’s true that your sense of adventure is ratcheting up. And I suspect you’re itching for intense engagement with the good kind of darkness that in the past has inspired so much smoldering wisdom. but I believe you can satisfy those yearnings without putting yourself at risk or suffering severe deprivation.

sagittaRius (nov. 22-Dec. 21): “I’d rather not sing than sing quiet,” said the vivacious chanteuse Janis Joplin. Her attitude reminds me a little of salvador Dali’s. He said, “It is never difficult to paint. It is either easy or impossible.” I suspect you sagittarians may soon be in either-or states like those. you will want to give everything you’ve got, or else nothing at all. you will either be in the zone, flowing along in a smooth and natural

(Jan. 20-feb. 18): As a renowned artist, photographer and fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld has overflowed with creative expression for 50 years. His imagination is weird and fantastic, yet highly practical. He has produced a profusion of flamboyant stuff. “I’m very down to earth,” he has said, “just not this earth.” Let’s make that your mantra for the coming weeks, Aquarius: you, too, will be very down to earth in your own unique way. you’ll follow your quirky intuition, but always with the intent of channeling it constructively.

Pisces (feb. 19-March 20): In the following

passage, french novelist Georges Perec invites us to renew the way we look upon things that are familiar to us. “What we need to question,” he says, “is bricks, concrete, glass, our table manners, our utensils, our tools, the way we spend our time, our rhythms. to question that which seems to have ceased forever to astonish us.” A meditation like this could nourish and even thrill you, Pisces. I suggest you boost your ability to be sincerely amazed by the small wonders and obvious marvels that you sometimes take for granted.

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(March 21-April 19): back in the 1920s, the governor of texas was determined to forbid the teaching of foreign languages in public schools. to bolster her case, she called on the bible. “If english was good enough for Jesus Christ,” she said, “it’s good enough for us.” she was dead serious. I suspect you may soon have to deal with that kind of garbled thinking, Aries. And it may be impossible to simply ignore it, since the people wielding it may have some influence on your life. so what’s the best way to deal with it? Here’s what I advise: be amused. Quell your rage. stay calm. And methodically gather the cool, clear evidence about what is really true.

ago, the principal at a school in bellingham, Wash., announced that classes would be canceled the next day. What was his rationale? A big storm, a bomb threat or an outbreak of sickness? none of the above. He decided to give students and teachers the day off so they could enjoy the beautiful weather that had arrived. I encourage you to make a similar move in the coming days, taurus. take an extended Joy break — maybe several of them. Grant yourself permission to sneak away and indulge in spontaneous celebrations. be creative as you capitalize profoundly on the gifts that life is offering you.

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Dear Overloaded,

Kudos to you for playing it safe while you’re not monogamous — though it sounds like your guy is fond of using condoms for their sperm-measuring capabilities. I’ve talked about this before — I believe your boyfriend has fallen victim to the “Porn Star Effect.” Men are not immune to cultural messaging, and they often feel they need to measure up to what they see in mainstream porn. Men who are paid to ejaculate on film tend to release a large load of sperm with the consistency and color of vanilla pudding, making men who release semen in smaller amounts with a thinner consistency feel inferior. In reality, the color and consistency of ejaculate is not directly related to its potency. I encourage you to talk with him about his obsession with spooge. Do your best to leave any trace of judgment out of the conversation and simply ask why he examines the condom after he comes. If he’s concerned about his ejaculate as it relates to reproductive health or sexual function, encourage him to have a chat with his doctor — it may assuage his fears. However, if he’s preoccupied only with achieving porn-style jism, you have my full permission to tell him he’s being a little ridiculous and insensitive. If he has to examine his specimen, he can at least have the decency to do it in private.

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lEt’S Do it All outDoorS I am fit and love all aspects of the outdoors. I am looking for a woman with similar interests. I enjoy doing many of these activities in the nude in secluded areas. skinny-dipping, hiking, canoing and sex. I have a place in the mountains that I frequent.

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Since my partner and I aren’t monogamous, we’re still using condoms. He does this thing where, after he comes and takes the condom off, he looks to see how much he ejaculated. Sometimes, if it is a small amount, he looks disappointed, and sometimes he looks very pleased with himself after a particularly large load. To be honest, I find it rather distasteful. Like, is that what’s important here? I thought being intimate was the prize, not the amount of sperm he can produce. Why is this important to him, and do other men do this?


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Water Front goddess You have sex hair and a wicked tan. I immediately noticed you — asked you to take my picture as an excuse to start a conversation with you. While we were talking I couldn’t take my eyes off of you. You took my number, but never ended up contacting me. If you see this, Melissa, I’d like to take you out. When: Monday, May 6, 2013. Where: l ake Champlain waterfront. you: Woman. Me: Man. #911261 Barnes and no Ble You were looking something up on the computer, I was at the Nook counter. Let’s stop our busy Sundays and get coffee next time. When: Friday, May 10, 2013. Where: Barnes and noble. you: Woman. Me: Man. #911255 elzira, WHo are you? I don’t know who you are or how to know. I don’t think of myself as elusive at all! I drink tea, not coffee :). Find me. Upload a pic. Give me some sort of clue. When: Monday, May 13, 2013. Where: ispys. you: Woman. Me: Man. #911254 Morning s Moot Hies at H l Tall, handsome and healthy ... I guess I was transfixed by your good looks and demeanor. Thanks for breaking the spell with “good morning.” :) Would love to see that sparkly smile again. When: Monday, May 13, 2013. Where: Healthy l iving. you: Man. Me: Woman. #911252 Would you still Be Flattered? The only reason I would come into Good Stuff is to see if you were there (2011). You seemed to be “taken” at the time, plus I had a girlfriend. But that didn’t stop this little pervert from trying! We should put the “Take Home Tiger” to the test. LOLZ, but seriously you are so cute. :D ax. When: saturday, april 20, 2013. Where: at work. you: Woman. Me: Man. #911251 driving on Pearl You turned onto Pearl by the post office in your green 4runner with ME plates. I was in the blue GTI. Made amazing eye contact for what seemed like a long time. Maybe I had something on my face? Beer sometime? When: saturday, May 11, 2013. Where: Pearl and elmwood. you: Man. Me: Man. #911250 niktea your BaCk! Hello elusive:). I trust we would enjoy connecting ... before you disappear again! Coffee on the waterfront? When: saturday, May 11, 2013. Where: through turquoise eyes. you: Man. Me: Woman. #911249 CHur CH street Wo Man, stunning Pur Ple Sunny day, you were lunching al fresco, striking and stunning in purple, purple, purple. Oh my, so lovely, thank you. Single by any long-shot chance? When: saturday, May 4, 2013. Where: Church street, dining in the sun. you: Woman. Me: Man. #911248


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