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Four days later, at a Burlington City Council meeting, a pilot told Seven Days staffer Kevin J. Kelley that the F-35 is “slightly louder” than the F-16. The public comment period on the proposal officially ends June 20, the day this issue of Seven Days hits the streets. We posted a picture of the Winooski rally on our Facebook page last week. Here’s a sampling of the 22 comments we received about the protest:

CHRISTOPHER ELING: it is simply poor practice to have military aircraft flying directly over a large long-established downtown, and the most densely populated city in the state - less than a runway’s length away from the airport.

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1. Fair Game: “T.J. Comes Clean” by Paul Heintz. Chittenden County State’s Attorney and candidate for attorney general T.J. Donovan admits that an aggravated assault charge was expunged from his record nearly two decades ago. 2. “SUP’s On” by Sarah Tuff. The hottest new sport on Lake Champlain? Stand-up paddleboarding. 3. Side Dishes: “A Pearl in the Rough” by Corin Hirsch. The owners of Radio Deli open the doors to Pearl Street Diner, located in the former Doughboys space in Burlington. 4. “Curry and Cream” by Alice Levitt. Reviewing downtown Burlington’s first Himalayan restaurant, Sherpa Kitchen, on College Street. 5. “Some Vermonters Are Trying to Stop Health Care Reform — One Metaphor at a Time” by Kathryn Flagg. Meet the groups that are trying to put the brakes on the Shumlin administration’s single-payer plan.









The Public Service Board approved the GMP-CVPS power merger. Hard to believe from the ho-hum reaction that it was the most contentious issue of the legislative session.


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JOY REDINGTON: Bottom line is that property values will go down due to the [noise] level increase, which negates all the positive momentum we gained in revitalizing downtown Winooski... People talk about jobs, how about the jobs that will be lost due to people not wanting to frequent STEFANI US: There is no good businesses?! reason for those jets here in Vermont except for greed and hawk war mentality. Send them out to the desert!!

JIMMY BUCK: suck it up protesters. I lived in Winooski, under both flight patterns and with the train, literally 25 feet from my apartment. You get used to it.



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When I pick up a copy of Seven Days, I may “agree to disagree,” but rarely do I pick up a dull issue! Now in the middle ages of life — and maybe more right of center on some issues — I find I value your community input greatly as the mighty “new look” Burlington Free Press appears to be selling out for advertisers and offering news with a more pro-left slant. I give Seven Days high marks for consistency while the Burlington Three Press (so named with diminishing affection for its razor-thin, early-weekday editions) looks more and more like my Weekly Reader from grade-school days of old! Where in Vermont does one find any fair and balanced local coverage in this presidential election year? Robert “Bob” Devost



[Re “Color Bind,” June 6]: It surprises me that the front page of Seven Days states that “everyone agrees” the Burlington School District has a race problem when there is scant evidence in the corresponding article to back this up.


The article states the Vermont Human Rights Commission has found four cases of racial prejudice in Vermont schools in the last seven years, which is four too many but does not suggest widespread racism. The article cites the achievement gap between white and nonwhite students as the main contributor to the “race problem.” BHS math teacher David Rome convincingly refuted this argument in his response to the task-force report on diversity. He states that many of the task force’s statements are ungrounded and that disparities in achievement have more to do with socioeconomic status and English competence than race. Seven Days can do better than borrowing the inflammatory language of the more unreasonable supporters of the task-force report. Seven Days readers may be better off with Mr. Rome’s side of the story. FILE: MO OH


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The Republican candidate for state treasurer, Wendy Wilton, was misidentified in the news story “Some Vermonters Are Trying to Stop Health Care Reform — One Metaphor at a Time.” The article stated that she was running for auditor. Our apologies for the goofs. different ethnicities, issues and students at the school and actually interviewed people on all sides. This is a nuanced topic, with a lot of shades of gray, and Kathryn Flagg really got to the heart of it. Kind of funny that I get such a thoughtful treatment of a community issue in Seven Days, which is free, rather than the Burlington Free Press, which I pay for.


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Rather than focus on the negative — on what’s wrong with Burlington’s education of “students of color” — Burlington should look at a positive example next door. In “Color Bind” [June 6], we read of an accusation of “an achievement gap between students of color and their white peers in Burlington. In January, Burlington High School math teacher David Rome refuted some of the statistics in the task-force report. He was promptly accused of being a racist. Ironically enough, in South Burlington’s the Other Paper, we read of “Kevin Wang, an accomplished student at South Burlington High School, [who] has been selected as a Presidential Scholar … Wang recommended Eric Stone, a math teacher at the school and his Scholar Bowl coach, to receive recognition as well. Kevin will be attending Harvard University.” What is South Burlington doing that Burlington could learn from?

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[Re Fair Game, June 13]: Unlike too many other folks, T.J. Donovan has taken responsibility for his former actions, and that is commendable. I agree with Attorney General Bill Sorrell: Leave it where it is, expunged and done with. Donovan has proven himself to be a fine person now and a fine attorney. AG Sorrell is, also.

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I read, with great pleasure, the “Men of the House” [June 13] article in last week’s edition of Seven Days. However, to my absolute horror, I realized that you had neglected to include my amazing husband in the count. Kevin has been a stay-at-home dad since our oldest son, Nic, was a little over 6 years old and his brother, Malcolm, was 3. Looking only for a “turn” to be at home with the boys, he fell in love with his sons and the opportunity to be a daily and active part of their lives. As a special educator himself, he decided to homeschool the boys and the rest, as they say, is history. When our daughter, Luisa, was born, she was added to the stay-at-home mix and, at 11, is a strong and beautiful young woman. The boys, at 19 and 16, are amazing — musical, passionate, intelligent and grounded, the kind of men who will make the world a better place. Men like their father. I celebrate the men in the world who can revel in their children and make a difference, one child at a time.

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JUNE 20-27, 2012 VOL.17 NO.42




Burlington’s New, Improved Public Health Clinic Still Has an Image Problem



Various Artists, Bidhitter: Gläbostrøbe Records Label Sampler #1; Patricia Julien Project, Still Light at Night

Vermont Law Firms Sue Log Cabin, Birds Eye Over “Fraudulent” All-Natural Labels

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Sweet 17? A Readers Guide to the Crowded Chittenden County Senate Race




20 Time Traveler Seeks a Companion in Vermonter’s Indie Film BY MARGOT HARRISON



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29 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot We just had to ask…

27 Seven Daysies

Poll: 2012 guide to readers’ picks

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Art: Burlington visual and performance artist dug Nap is self-taught — to suceed BY KATHRYN FLAGG


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Music news and views

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Music: Grup Anwar brings

Arabic sounds to Burlington


83 Mistress Maeve

Your guide to love and lust



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Sport: Vermont seniors are sweet on pickleball


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Food: The latest agritourism trend: Meals in the field BY ALICE LEVIT T

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Best Bites Behold the resurgence of Vermont’s epic summer festival season. It starts this weekend with the third annual Burlington Wine & Food Festival, an upscale affair boasting local edibles, world-class wines — 300 of ’em — and educational foodie seminars on everything from blind tastings to terroir. Nom nom.




Take a Bow Forget concert halls. Classical music gets a breath of fresh air at Strings and Vines, the Eleva Chamber Players’ first-ever tour of state wineries. The professional string chamber ensemble debuts Vermont composer Michael Close’s The Five Seasons of Tango while listeners sip wine and nibble on cheese. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 50


Haulin’ Brass The 1960s marked the birth of ska music — and there’s no question the Skatalites were behind it. While the original bandmates only played together from 1964 to ’65, nine touring members keep the blazing horns and infectious rhythms alive at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge. SEE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT ON PAGE 62

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Between its early-morning meditations and all-night chakra-spinning musical performances, Wanderlust Vermont doesn’t seem to allow much time for sleep — but who needs it? For the second year, this four-day yoga and music festival takes up residence at Stratton. Do a downward dog, then catch tunes by Ani DiFranco and Ziggy Marley.

Rock, art, fire and water — those are the four elements ROCKFIRE celebrates. Held in recognition of Vermont’s colorful granite past, this one-of-a-kind gathering raises funds for the purchase and preservation for public use of a large chunk of Barre’s historic quarry lands. Bonfires, sky lanterns and main-stage music get folks all fired up about it.

Surf’s up! Sort of. The inaugural Vermont Paddleboard Festival is about as close as we can get to riding the waves in Vermont. Casual cruisers and racers alike strike a delicate balance as they hone their skills “walking” on water this Sunday — and there are more than 50 boards for beginners to try. Bring a towel ... just in case.






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A series of deaths. A family under curse. A ghastly hellhound. All clues lead to mischief in the moors, but finding the culprit is “elementary” to Sherlock Holmes. Robert Downey Jr. is conspicuously absent, so three Weston Playhouse actors play all the roles in The Hound of the Baskervilles, now reworked as a tour-de-force farce. See it through July 7.




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Is there anybody in Vermont who could get the Air Force’s attention? How about the three amigos who, back in July 2010, “announced” that the Air Force had selected the Green Mountain State as one of two preferred choices to house the F-35? Back then, Sens. PATRICK LEAHY and BERNIE SANDERS and Congressman PETER WELCH heralded Vermont’s selection and pledged to work with the Air Force to ameliorate concerns raised by residents. (Disclosure: I used to work for Welch.) Now that Chittenden County residents are finally paying attention to the air traffic, is Vermont’s federal delegation feeling the heat from the afterburners? After all, those planes will fly right over three of Vermont’s six most populous cities, where a number of voters presumably reside. Fair Game asked all three congressional delegation members separately whether the recent uptick in opposition has changed their minds about the F-35 and how they’d respond to community concerns. Closing ranks, the trio replied with a joint statement: “Senators Leahy and Sanders and

Representative Welch have not changed their position supporting the basing of F-35s in Vermont. At the same time, they are concerned about the potential impact of increased noise on the neighborhoods next to the airport and in various possible flight paths,” the delegation’s spokespeople said. “That is why they have asked the Air Force to take the comments of all Vermonters into consideration, including the comments of those who have concerns about environmental impacts such as noise.” Fair enough. The members of the congressional delegation have pretty much boxed themselves in on this one. Having taken credit for bringing the flying pork to Vermont, they can’t easily turn that plane around and send it back to D.C. And what politician wants to preside over a ribbon cutting at a base closure? Nevertheless, if the plane haters really want to roll up the runway, they might consider spending less time at city hall and more time working their federal representatives. After all, they who giveth sweet new planes can taketh them away.

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As Gov. PETER SHUMLIN’s non-campaign for reelection heats up, you’ll be hearing plenty about his administration’s deft response to Tropical Storm Irene. Crass as it sounds, nothing makes for better politics than competent crisis management. Just ask RUDY GIULIANI. So it was a remarkable turn of events last week when Agency of Natural Resources Sec. DEB MARKOWITZ — Shummy’s erstwhile primary opponent and new best frenemy — contradicted her boss and stepped in a heaping pile of message manure. Speaking on a Norwich University panel discussing Irene recovery, Markowitz questioned the governor’s competence at waterway management and said Shumlin sent the wrong message in the storm’s aftermath about removing gravel and other obstructions from rivers, according to a report filed by Vermont Public Radio’s STEVE ZIND. “He early on made some statements, some ‘dig-baby-dig’ type statements, that inspired Vermonters to help out in ways that ultimately are very costly not just to the ecosystem but to the infrastructure,” she said. Talk about wandering off the reservation. Asked about Markowitz’s impolitic comments at a press conference the next day devoted to — you guessed it — Irene

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Conservation Law Foundation, Shummy’s not the only one who’s at fault for the river degradation, which he said would increase the risk of future flooding. Markowitz herself bears some responsibility for the shoddy river work because her agency failed to bring in more resources to review and monitor projects, he argues. “To tell you the truth, I think both ANR’s actions after Irene and the statements from the governor both contributed to bad work in the river. Both had a hand in that,” he says. Rather than pointing fingers, though, Porter says the state should look ahead. “This isn’t academic at this point. We know that the future of climate change is going to mean more flooding, more incidents, even if they aren’t on such a wide scale as Irene,” he says. “We’ve got to look at what we’ve done and do better next time.”



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oliticians gave celebratory speeches at the Community Health Centers of Burlington on Monday to mark the completion of an $11 million rebuilding project. The 36,000-square-foot structure, which includes a medical lab and a suite of spacious examination rooms and dental operatories, replaces a centuryold building that once housed a grocery store on the ground floor and the busy health center above it. What has yet to undergo reconstruction is the common misperception that the CHC provides second-rate care to a mainly marginalized population. “There’s a stigma that needs to be addressed,” says Alisha Laramee, a patient at the Riverside Avenue center. “There’s an impression that it’s a 24-hour emergency room, sort of chaotic, with physicians who are fulfilling some kind of requirement by working there. “Friends always wonder why I choose to go there when I could go anywhere.” Laramee says she began using the center a few years ago because, as an adjunct instructor of writing, she had no health insurance. Now married to a University of Vermont professor, Laramee has access to “an excellent plan,” but continues to rely on the center because “none of those impressions is valid.” She describes the new facility as “spacious and very calm, with privacy.” She can easily make appointments to see her regular physician, Laramee adds. “It’s like what you’d find at any private practice — maybe better.” The Riverside Avenue facility now has a lab that can process about 95 percent of the tests administered onsite, which means fewer patients have to schedule a second appointment to receive treatment based on the results. If they do have to return, there’s plenty of parking in the new 75-space underground garage. The CHC is actually open only during typical working hours and a few evenings — not late into the night. And with its wood-paneled floors and gleaming machines, the center gives off a homey, high-tech vibe. The soothing décor and updated equipment are products of a $10.5 million federal grant

awarded to the Burlington facility in a competition that included 600 other community health centers around the country. The green-certified, clapboard structure also offers stunning views. With the adjoining Intervale in full leaf, a visitor experiences the illusion of being in the heart of rural Vermont rather than a working-class neighborhood in the state’s largest city. The 41-year-old Community Health Centers — the title was made plural after the addition of a youth clinic on Pearl Street and a facility for the homeless on South Winooski Avenue — do continue to treat large numbers of poor people. Roughly half of the centers’ 14,000 patients qualify for Medicaid, the federal insurance program for low-income individuals and families. About 20 percent lack health coverage entirely, says Jack Donnelly, the director of the centers.

health care as long as “a lot of those with private insurance think they can’t come here,” observes Alison Calderara, the centers’ director of community relations and development. The stereotype of the centers as catering solely to the impoverished is rooted in the institution’s origins. The predecessor of today’s multifaceted set of facilities opened in a North Street storefront in 1971 as the People’s Free Clinic. “It was an outgrowth of the

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Many of the Medicaid recipients and uninsured are recent immigrants to the United States, and some of them suffer from post-traumatic stress disorders, Donnelly notes. They get treatment as part of the psychological counseling services that the centers also provide. Anyone without insurance and who falls below the federal poverty line receives treatment for a nominal fee of $10. Those with incomes up to twice the poverty level qualify for a sliding-fee scale that tops out at about $80 per visit, Donnelly says. Chittenden County residents covered by Medicare, the federal program for the elderly, account for 15 percent of a 16,000-person patient roster that has nearly doubled in recent years. The same percentage has private insurance. The center would like to attract more of those patients, in keeping with its aim of “serving all kinds of people in the community,” Donnelly says. But that probably won’t happen

commune movement,” recalls Richard “Bunky” Bernstein, a Charlotte physician who volunteered there while completing his residency at the UVMaffiliated hospital. True to its title, the free clinic specialized in no-cost care to itinerant hippies and Burlington’s homeless community. From the perspective of today’s more materialistic, less idealistic culture, such an innovation might be regarded as an amusement — even an embarrassment. Bernstein, along with Donnelly and other current centers staffers, don’t see it that way. “The whole point of the free clinic was to be a different way of organizing health care,” Bernstein points out. “It was an experiment in nonhierarchical organization. It functioned as a collective, as an expression of those who wanted to take control of their health and their lives.” Donnelly adds, “It was about neighbors taking care of neighbors.” Although much has changed, that

spirit does live on at the centers. The 135 employees — including 10 physicians, 10 nurse practitioners and physician assistants, four dentists, and half a dozen dental hygienists — all receive marketbased salaries, Donnelly notes. “Doctors don’t make a sacrifice to work here,” he points out. But, he adds, almost all of the centers’ staffers share the institution’s stated belief that “quality health care is a human right.” Central to the centers’ mission is its national accreditation as a “patientcentered medical home.” That means everyone using the centers, regardless of financial standing, can be assured of continuity of care delivered in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner. The centers also offer services keyed to each stage of the human life cycle. A bulletin board in a corridor lined with examination rooms features photos of some of the 140 babies born to obstetrics patients during the past year. The exam rooms themselves were designed with enough space to allow family members to be present. Some of the African immigrants who use the center want to be on hand when, for example, an elder is being treated, Donnelly notes. “Having a consistent doctor throughout life is very important so that care can be delivered in a more comprehensive manner,” Calderara remarks. “It allows for regular follow-up on chronic conditions, and it enables a provider to understand who, exactly, they’re treating.” Margaret Russell, a physician’s assistant, says she still sees some patients whom she first treated 15 years ago when she began working at the centers. “I have a full range — from couch surfers to UVM professors,” Russell recounts. “It’s great to be working in such a uniquely supportive environment.” m


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In Vermont’s most outsized legislative race, the incumbent advantage is not a myth. During the past decade, not a single sitting Chittenden County state senator has been defeated. The reasons are myriad: Incumbents have an easier time raising money, are experienced at campaigning and — most important in a crowded field — have better name recognition. Case in point: Sen. Ginny Lyons, the longest-serving member of the Chittenden County delegation, came in first in the 2010 election with 28,605 votes, despite spending less than any other winning candidate. Lyons, a former Trinity College professor from Williston, will be joined on the ballot this year by fellow Democratic Sens. Philip Baruth and Sally Fox, Republican Sen. Diane Snelling, and Democrat/Progressive Tim Ashe. The sixth member of the delegation,

Politics Democrat Hinda Miller, is not seeking reelection. Baruth, a novelist and English professor at the University of Vermont who lives in Burlington, says that despite the trappings of incumbency, “My reelection is not assured.” In his first outing as a candidate in 2010, Baruth came in sixth with 25,179 votes, edging out his next closest competitor by just 1700 votes. Baruth, who clashed during his first term with Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell, says he hopes Miller’s seat will be filled by a more left-leaning candidate who supports legislation that was bottled up in a chamber controlled by moderates: decriminalizing marijuana, physician-assisted suicide and unionizing childcare workers. “They’re all things that should have been a slam dunk for a 22-member caucus,” he says, questioning how a solidly Democratic body failed to deliver on these liberal initiatives. If reelected, Baruth says he’ll fight for changes in procedure or in leadership, arguing that Campbell is ideologically out of touch. “The left wing of the Democratic party is growing stronger,” Baruth says. “I definitely want changes, and I plan to vote for someone who’s offering changes from what we had last time.” Among those who may try to deliver such changes is Ashe, who says he plans

to run for majority leader or another top leadership position if he’s reelected to the Senate. “It’s my opinion that the Senate is going through something of a generational transition, and I believe that I could play a positive role in bridging the veteran contingent with the newcomers and helping with the balancing act of 30 strong Senate personalities,” he says. Ashe, an affordable-housing developer from Burlington, has twice won election to the senate as a “fusion” Democratic and Progressive candidate — and last fall narrowly lost the Democratic nomination for mayor. “It’s my sense there is going to be change at some level in Senate leadership in the next term, and I would be excited to be part of that,” he says. “That said, I’m not looking beyond the fact that I have to win a primary and a general election before any of that has any chance of happening.” Among the strongest candidates in the 2010 election was Fox, a Democrat from South Burlington, who came in second place, behind Lyons, with 27,448 votes. Though it was her first run for senate, Fox had previously spent 14 years representing Essex in the House. That experience provided her with an additional geographic base of support. Fox missed much of the 2012 legislative session to focus on her health. She

was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and underwent surgery in March to remove a malignant tumor. While she continues to recover, Fox says, her campaigning may be curtailed — but she’s prepared for another term in Montpelier. “This time I have a little less energy because I’m recovering from surgery, so I’m not 100 percent. So I’m not sure how much physically I’m running around,” she says. “But I’ve been given a clean bill of health. I don’t have any further treatment that I’m undergoing, so the likelihood that I would find myself in similar circumstances is, as far as my doctors are concerned, I’m going to be OK.” Fox says that her recent health struggles have motivated her to return to the Statehouse and continue fighting for health care reform. “I learned a lot about the health care system, really,” she says. “I’m going to have a different perspective than I have had up until now, certainly, seeing it from the consumer point of view.” Snelling, the sole Republican representing the county in the senate, says she has survived politically because voters view her as a moderate and an independent — not as a member of the GOP. “You have to choose a party, and I come from a long line of good Republicans and believe very much in having content-based conversations about issues, not politics,” says the daughter of former governor Richard Snelling and former lieutenant governor Barbara Snelling. A member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Snelling says she’ll continue to focus on fiscal issues if reelected — particularly “measuring the results we get and the dollars we spend.” “We can have all the arguments we want about which programs to support, but first we need to know what the dollars are doing,” she says. TiM nEwCOMB


he unwieldy race to represent Vermont’s most populous county in the state senate might appear to be a free-for-all: six seats, 17 candidates, a fifth of the state’s population voting. You do the math. But in the biennial battle to represent Chittenden County, the results are nearly always predictable: Incumbents easily win reelection, and challengers fight over the leftovers. With a bumper crop of credible candidates in this year’s race, could that calculus be upended? In addition to five incumbent senators seeking reelection, challengers include a former mayor of Burlington, a former House Agriculture Committee chairman, a Burlington city councilor, a Williston selectboard member and a former House member from Essex. The field of 17 candidates will be winnowed slightly in August, when nine Democrats compete for six slots on that party’s slate. They will join two Republicans, a Progressive and five independents on the November ballot. Voters can choose up to a half-dozen candidates; the six highest vote getters win a ticket to Montpelier.

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heard about a pending lawsuit, we have on the Senate Agriculture Committee, yet to be served and cannot provide points out that a bill introduced during further details at this time.” the 2011-12 legislative session would In the past, similar lawsuits and have required food producers to do just consumer “right-to-know” bills enacted that. by state legislatures have tried, usually “House Agriculture had that bill, unsuccessfully, to force manufacturers and, to put it bluntly, they sat on it and to disclose the presence of GE and it died,” Baruth says. “That was on purother nonnatural ingredients on their pose, and it’s wrong.” labels. Most have been struck down by Baruth has drafted his own “Right the courts as unconstitutional because to Know, Right to Grow” bill, which he they ran afoul of the Commerce Clause, says includes a GE-labeling component, which grants Congress the exclusive as well as a provision that guarantees right to regulate interstate commerce, farmers the right to save their own i.e., food labeling. Moreover, the federal seeds for future harvests. Currently, the government has no legal definition for patent contracts that farmers sign with the word “natural” as it pertains to food GE seed providers, notably Monsanto, or cosmetics packaging. makes it illegal for farmers to save The Vermont Attorney General’s seeds from year to year, undermining office was not aware of Law for Food’s thousands of years of agricultural praclegal challenge and, after receiving a tices. Baruth claims that those provicopy of the complaint, did not offer any sions essentially turn Vermont farmers speculation about its chances. into “modern-day sharecroppers for In January, organic farmer Monsanto.” and former state lawmaker David Chittenden County State’s Attorney Zuckerman joined a similar class-action T.J. Donovan has also publicly endorsed lawsuit that tried, unsuccessfully, to the class-action suit. protect organic farmers whose fields are “Food is political, and this is a cross-contaminated by GMO seeds from consumer-rights issue,” says Donovan, patent lawsuits brought by Monsanto. who is also a Democratic candidate for But a federal judge in New York dis- Vermont attorney general. “People have missed the complaint. The Hinesburg a right to know and make informed farmer says he plans to appeal the decisions about what they’re putting in ruling. their body.” Jared Carter, a lawyer with the Donovan agrees with Baruth that Vermont Community Law Center, this is an area of law where the legislasays he thinks this lawsuit will fare ture — and attorney general — should better than its act more agpredecessors. gressively to “I don’t pass bills that think any “will stand up courts out in a court of there have law.” said states At the don’t have federal level, an interest Sen. Bernie in protecting Sanders is their contrying to do sumers from just that. On fraud,” Carter Monday the says. “If U.S. Senate KE nnET h MiLL ER ExxonMobil agreed to concame in and sider Sanders’ tried to label their gasoline as ‘nonpol- amendment to the farm bill that would luting’ gasoline, there’s no question that require clear labels on foods and beverthe Vermont Consumer Protection Act ages containing genetically modified could come in and stop that.” ingredients. A vote on that amendment Sen. Philip Baruth (D -Chittenden), is expected later this week. who is lending his support to the lawAttorney Jared Carter agrees with suit, sees it as part of a larger, “two- taking a more aggressive stance in pronged approach” in Vermont to force Vermont. “Poll after poll shows that 90 food manufacturers to more accurately percent of Vermonters support GMO disclose what’s in their products, nota- labeling,” he says. “Yet there’s still hand bly GE ingredients. Baruth, who serves wringing in Montpelier.” m





Sweet 17? « p.16 mean state Senate candidates have to collect at least 28,000 votes to win a seat. But first, the nine Democrats in the running have to fight for just six positions on that party’s slate in the August 28 primary, which could be a poorly attended affair. In 2008, the highest vote getter in the county’s Democratic Senate primary won just 4358 votes. In 2010, that number was 13,045 — thanks to a heavily contested gubernatorial primary, which boosted turnout. This August, the only other race of note is a primary between two Democratic candidates for attorney general. If each of the four incumbent Democrats wins a position on the party’s slate, that would leave five challengers fighting for two slots: Ed Adrian, Debbie Ingram, Peter Hunt, Loyal Ploof and David Zuckerman. Adrian, who heads the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office of Professional Regulation, says he’s running on a platform of “technology, transparency through 21st-century communication and wind energy.” First elected to the Burlington City Council in 2007, Adrian has earned a reputation on that body for his hard-charging tactics and obsessive tweeting — a practice that’s banned on the floor of the Senate. “I do think that the rules, as I understand them, need to be modified in order to accommodate transparency, technology and communication,” he says. Debbie Ingram, a Williston selectboard member and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, has worked for the past five years as executive director of Vermont Interfaith Action. She says she’ll put to use the grassroots community-organizing skills she honed at the faith-based group during her Senate run — along with traditional campaign tactics. “I plan to go to every farmers market and Fourth of July parade and chicken supper I can manage — and go door to door also,” she says. Like Ingram, who plans to make the most of her Williston-area connections, Peter Hunt will rely on his decades of service to the town of Essex. A former three-term House member and retired principal of Hiawatha Elementary School, Hunt now runs an antique business. “I’ve been in the village for close to 45 years now,” he says. “Because I’ve held so many offices and volunteer positions in the village, I know a lot of people.” Hunt, who left the House in 2008 to work for former House speaker Gaye

Symington’s gubernatorial campaign, says that if elected he intends to focus on supporting the middle class. Loyal Ploof, a dog walker and filmmaker, may be targeting the same group, running under the slogan of “Restore Your Freedom Now.” A longtime Burlington activist, Ploof says he’s particularly focused on getting chloramine and fluoride out of drinking water and preventing the deployment of smart meters.

the contenders Ed Adrian Democrat Tim Ashe* Democrat Philip Baruth* Democrat Sally Fox* Democrat Peter D. Hunt Democrat Debbie Ingram Democrat Virginia “Ginny” Lyons* Democrat Loyal Ploof Democrat David E. Zuckerman Democrat Patrick Brown Independent Larkin Forney Independent Bob Kiss Independent Robert Letovsky Independent Sean Selby Independent Richard “Terry” Jeroloman Progressive Shelley Palmer Republican/ Tea Party Diane B. Snelling* Republican *incumbents

“I’m at a point where I’m sick of our politicians not listening to us,” he says. “People have come up to me and said, ‘Why should I vote if the politicians aren’t going to listen to what I want?’” David Zuckerman has been there and back. After serving 14 years in the House — as a Progressive — and a stint chairing the agriculture committee, Zuckerman left the legislature in 2010. This time, he’s vying for the upper chamber, with different letters after his name. Following the examples set by Ashe and Sen. Anthony Pollina (D/P-Washington), Zuckerman is seeking a place on the Democratic ballot. He’s also hoping for a nod from the Progressives as a write-in —  and, if elected, would identify himself as a “P/D.” “Looking at the major issues of this last session that didn’t get resolved, many are issues I helped get started years ago,” he says, referring to GMO labeling, workers’ rights, physician-assisted suicide and health care reform. “And I’d like to get back to the Senate and continue that work,” he says. Zuckerman, who recently moved his family and organic farm to Hinesburg,

says that even if he loses the Democratic primary, he’ll still march onward as a Prog in the general election.

General Election

Democrats tend to dominate the Chittenden County Senate district, but this year’s designated Dems will face a number of compelling candidates in the general election. Only two hail from the state’s other two political parties: Progressive Terry Jeroloman and Republican Shelley Palmer, who is also running as a member of the Tea Party.

With a bumper crop of credible candidates,

could the incumbentstake-all calculus be upended? Jeroloman, a retired engineer and lawyer from Burlington who now hosts a local public-access television show, says he’s hoping to focus on reversing what he calls “the inequitable distribution of wealth.” In the 2010 Senate race, Jeroloman came in second to last, with 1934 votes. Palmer, a Williston resident who makes a living operating heavy equipment and working for a painting crew, also ran for Senate two years ago. He came in 12th, winning 14,464 votes. “There are very few people in the Vermont legislature who are qualified to run a wheelbarrow,” he says. “I’m on the bottom of the totem pole. I make less than the living wage.” Palmer says that if elected he would fight single-payer health care reform and the “nanny state” — and he would work to reduce the size of government. Another five candidates are running as independents, including Patrick Brown, Larkin Forney, Bob Kiss, Robert Letovsky and Sean Selby. Neither Kiss nor Selby could be reached for comment. Brown, a Jamaica native and Burlington resident, is an adjunct professor at the University of Vermont, executive director of the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center and owns the Caribbean Buffet restaurant. He says he hopes to fight for “the poor and working class, indigenous people, immigrants, people of color and youth.” “Because I’m running as an independent, I would bring independence,

which is just what the Senate needs,” he says. “Nobody will tell me how to vote except the citizens of Chittenden County.” Forney, a homeless, self-published writer, is mounting his third campaign for the Senate. In 2008, he won 3121 votes; in 2010 he got roughly half that, coming in at last place. “I’ve seen the injustice in the justice system,” Forney says. “I don’t think the politicians are working for us. I think they’re working for the people with money.” Kiss, a former three-term House member and two-term mayor of Burlington, has the most political experience of anyone in the group. While elected previously as a Progressive, Kiss told Seven Days in May that he looks forward to running free of party labels. “I reflect back on the last couple of years, and my position on the issues is really more of an independent voice,” Kiss said in May. “I’m definitely running as a progressive, but it’s a small ‘p.’” Though Kiss’ tenure in office was marred by his administration’s mishandling of the municipally owned Burlington Telecom, the former mayor told Seven Days he looks forward to defending his city-hall record during his Senate campaign. He’s up against Letovsky, a Jericho resident and chairman of the department of business administration and accounting at St. Michael’s College, who describes himself as “basically a singleissue candidate.” “I am alarmed about the exodus of young people from this state,” Letovsky says. “My fear is that, 10 years from now, if I’m the youngest guy in the room, this state’s going to be one big early-bird special, and who’s going to pay the bills?” To get out the word about his candidacy, Letovsky plans to hold a series of “public hearings” on legislation he’s drafted, such as the “I want to be able to live in Vermont but don’t want to live with my parents until I’m 40” Act. Will his unconventional campaign strategy work? “I think, frankly, the setup of [the Chittenden County Senate district] is highly skewed to favor somebody who’s from Burlington, someone who’s a city councilor, and the unwashed masses out in the ’burbs don’t count,” he says. “I have been here for 26 years, and the truth is, I’ve never had a state Senate candidate come to my house.” Maybe this year? m Disclosure: Tim Ashe is the domestic partner of Seven Days publisher and coeditor Paula Routly.

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heavy, coated paper, with a 7-inch 45rpm record tucked inside a sleeve at the end. Records’ colorful pages are filled with photographs — most taken by Mack — and a snippets of text, handwritten or typed by the author. While there are references to Mack’s own life — such as pictures of her children — her book intentionally lacks a narrative. Each “reader” can have a unique experience depending on how he or she responds to the images — including photos of rooftops in Sicily, the innards of a piano, a pair of bare feet. Many of the pages contain multiple images with no apparent connections. As she does in DJ mode, Mack samples and stitches, evoking myriad reactions to their combinations. And then there is the soundtrack. Why the 45 format? “It was my explicit choice to put it on 7-inch vinyl — it’s still the preferred format for a lot of people,” Mack


he word “record” has multiple meanings: As a noun, it’s a written document of facts, relationships or agreements, kept for important legal or sentimental reasons. A record is also an organized collection of sounds — say, the Beatles’ first LP or the latest Radiohead CD. As a verb, record is the act of making one of these things. The word is so versatile that it doesn’t have a good synonym. REBECCA MACK may or may not have thought through these semantics when she chose the word Records as the title of her new “concept piece,” but its subtitle describes the work plainly: Book and a Special Recording. And there’s no doubt that Mack, a 35-year-old Burlington DJ (Mothertrucker), sound and visual artist, preschool teacher, and mother of 5-year-old twins, paid close attention to every detail of her unusual book — an undertaking that she says took her 10 years to complete. Records is an 8-inch-square, 24-page book on



declares. Easy for her to say, being a DJ. Mack, who used to work at PURE POP RECORDS, says there is a clientele for new vinyl, not just vintage. Potential listeners who have put away their turntables may find looking through these pages engaging enough. Mack intends, however, for the reader to experience visual and auditory stimuli together, remaining on each spread as long as she instructs — a soft

“ding” on the soundtrack signals it’s time to turn the page. The sounds, taken primarily from her field recordings, are diverse. Mack singing from her own composition, Requiem. A choir in Madurai, India. One of Mack’s twins singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” Samples from DJ Mothertrucker. These form an aural tapestry with the nonmusical sounds: a creaking door, squawking seagulls, the






Time Traveler Seeks a Companion in Vermonter’s Indie Film

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afety Not Guaranteed, an indie drama with national buzz directed by Burlington resident COLIN TREVORROW, hits the PALACE 9 CINEMAS this Thursday. Starring Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass, the film is based on an internet meme that, like all memes, traveled a bizarre route to fame. It started in 1997, when John Silveira, an editor of Backwoods Home Magazine, needed to fill classified-ad space. So he dashed off a whimsical appeal:

“WANTED: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke...” After specifying a California PO box, the ad warned: “Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.” Over the years that followed, Silveira received more than a thousand responses “from every state and every continent, including Antarctica,” he wrote when he finally outed himself as the ad’s author in BHM. Other pranksters appropriated

the “time travel ad”; it was read on talk shows and became an internet fixture. Judging by the hopeful letters Silveira received, people wanted it to be true. For screenwriter Derek Connolly, it was inspiration. He drafted a script based on the meme and showed it to his friend Trevorrow, who would eventually direct Safety Not Guaranteed for the big screen. But first, the two wanted to secure permission from the ad’s creator. “We really didn’t know” the story behind it, says the 35-year-old director, who has lived in Burlington with his family since 2008. “It was a mystery. I could completely see someone writing that and being very serious.” As luck would have it, Silveira unveiled himself in late 2010, shortly before Safety was scheduled for production, “not knowing we were looking for him,” says Trevorrow. The director met Silveira at a restaurant in New

Hampshire — a one-of-a-kind encounter he later recounted on the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog. By the end of their conversation, Silveira — a “committed Libertarian,” gun enthusiast and unpublished novelist — was on board with the movie. He joined the filmmakers at last January’s Sundance Film Festival, where Safety Not Guaranteed played to enthusiastic crowds and won Connolly a screenwriting award. In the film, the would-be time traveler is played by Duplass, who’s also a noted young director (Cyrus; Jeff, Who Lives at Home) and who executiveproduced Safety. But we don’t meet his character immediately. The story follows a student intern played by Plaza (the stone-faced April of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”) as she shadows a Seattle journalist who plans to track down the ad’s creator. Plaza’s boss (Jake M. Johnson of


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repetitive crackle of a needle in the final to think about programming that would grooves of an LP. Mack’s musical influ- feature Becca and her work,” says Selene ences could not be broader: from hip- Colburn, assistant to the dean of libraries hop to 12th-century abbess/composer for external relations at UVM. “We were Hildegard of Bingen. really blown away.” How does she hope people will expeMack aims to hold listening parties, rience the book? “It’s 10 and a half min- to which she’ll bring her turntable and utes of reflective time,” up to six sets of headMack suggests. “It’s phones for attendees. going to be different “It’s very reminiscent for each person — and of being a kid, when that’s exactly right.” there were records and The interval before books to go with them,” each “ding” varies; in Colburn notes. this way, Mack forces Mack herself comlookers/listeners to pares her Records slow down, or perhaps project to the current REbEccA MAck to move along before craze for scrapbookthey’re ready to turn ing, another example the page. Through the simple act of con- of the “completely human drive to trolling time, she plays with a theme of preserve your experience,” she says. “I evanescence. have outlined my next 10-year project,” Like most handcrafted books, Mack adds, revealing only this: “It will Records is a labor of love that is scarcely involve sound, turntables and orchestral compensated by its $20 price. Though arrangements.” m Mack is happy to sell copies to individuals, “I want to get it into libraries and Records: Book and a Special Recording artists’ books collections,” she says. She by Rebecca Mack. Self-published, 24 already has some fans at the University pages. $20. Mack will release Records with a listening party on Friday, June 22, 7 p.m. of Vermont. “It’s one of the most interat Pure Pop in burlington. esting and engaging pieces of art I’ve seen in a while, and we were inspired

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While production was ramping up, Trevorrow met Guster lead singer — and Williston resident — ryan Miller, who ended up writing the film’s soundtrack. He’ll attend a special Thursday-night screening with Trevorrow, who says he pulled strings to get Safety released in Burlington’s small market. Trevorrow’s name has been attached to big-budget studio projects in the past, but he can’t reveal which, if any, are going forward. What he can say is that, while some Hollywood types may view Vermont as the edge of the civilized world, he believes “there are a lot of smart young creatives in the city right now doing stuff. It’s possible to live in what I think is a great, invigorating place ... and still do great work,” he says. And, if there’s any place apt to embrace a lovelorn, weapon-toting, DIY time-machine builder, it’s Vermont. m

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“New Girl”) doesn’t care about the story; he’s merely using the road trip as a pretext to reconnect with an old flame (another kind of time travel). He instructs his intern to pose as a potential time-travel companion, hoping the eccentric will succumb to her grumpy charms. That’s what happens — with unexpected consequences. While the film is both a comedy and a love story, it’s not really a “romantic comedy,” in Trevorrow’s view. Safety’s central question, he says, is “Is this guy crazy? Are we dealing with time travel, or with insanity?” It’s a question that’s not resolved till the final moments. Trevorrow calls the ending that he and Connolly ultimately chose (they filmed two) “risky. The movie wasn’t necessarily leading to that point,” he says. But, “because it’s a small film, we didn’t have to make a market-driven decision.” Trevorrow and his crew shot the film in Washington state in May 2011 for under a million dollars, using a state-ofthe-art digital camera (the Sony F3) with “old lenses from the ’70s and ’80s,” he says. “We wanted it to look like you were sort of visually traveling in time to what an indie film looked like in the 1980s.”

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city’s downtown revival. While watching one of the WaterFire shows a couple of years ago, Couture recalls, “I turned to a friend and said, ‘This would be perfect for Millstone.’” ROCKFIRE won’t just appeal to the senses; Millstone’s granite legacy lends it a cultural and historical dimension, as well. Granite Qu arry, undate Some 70 quarries were once worked there d by a mostly immigrant labor force that included Couture’s father. The quarrymen left behind ruins and relics that give Millstone its unique character. For example, walkers and bikers among the maples and hemlocks can encounter the surreal sight of 50-foot-tall getting the word out about Millstone Hill. Despite stone-block pyramids — the remnants of what Couture describes as “a terrible winter,” the area trestles for the trains that hauled slabs of now attracts hundreds of hikers, bikers and skiers from both in and out of state. Some choose to stay at the inn granite to processing in Barre’s sheds. The solstice gathering, which starts at 2 p.m., will that Couture has converted from a former farmhouse. inaugurate the three-mile Cultural Heritage Trail that “Business for it is developing slowly,” he says. “It’s a includes permanent sculptures by local granite carvers matter of building the brand.”  as well as one-day installations by various Vermont artists. ROCKFIRE is also intended as a come-on for those ROCKFIRE, an elemental solstice celebration featuring Pete Sutherland, Michèle Choinière, the Wind That who have not yet skied or biked at Millstone. The Shakes the Barley, the Catamount Pipe Band, Bread and mostly mellow trail system includes Harrington Ridge, Puppet Theater, and many more, with Vermont Public Radio which is at the top of Bicycling magazine’s list of the host Robert Resnik as MC. Saturday, June 23, 2-11 p.m. at 10 best mountain-biking trails in Vermont. It follows a Millstone Hill in Barre Town. $15; $40 per family; $10 extra spine of white granite thrusting up along a mossy track. for nighttime FireWalk. Tickets at 476-8188 or The Bicycling blurb and other publicity have been


illstone Hill, a mountain-biking and crosscountry-skiing center in Barre Town, is staging an event this Saturday that organizers promise will produce “an experience never before found in Vermont.” ROCKFIRE, billed as an “elemental” celebration, has been timed to coincide with the summer solstice. Think pagan festival: Bonfires will blaze, musicians will sing and strum, and costumed dancers will cavort as revelers feast on victuals brought to or prepared at the site. Throw in water candles and sky lanterns, and it just might amount to a midsummer night’s dream. This good time also serves a good cause. Ticket proceeds will go toward MILLSTONE TRAILS ASSOCIATION’S $100,000 share of a $1.3 million purchase of land from ROCK OF AGES, the granite company that owns a 400-acre portion of the 1500-acre trail network. The Trust for Public Land, a national preservation group, has raised most of the funds needed to complete Millstone Hill’s metamorphosis from a forgotten, postindustrial wasteland into one of New England’s most dramatic and unusual recreation areas. PIERRE COUTURE, head of the MTA and the catalyst for the area’s transformation, says he got the inspiration for the spectacle from attending WaterFire Providence [R.I.], a sound-and-light celebration of that

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FESTIVAL 2.0 An explosion of colorful confetti, frozen in time and space above downtown Woodstock. A sea-urchin thing sitting on top of a house. A rotating sculpture spinning in the middle of a covered bridge. At last year’s WOODSTOCK DIGITAL MEDIA FESTIVAL, you could see these artworks — the only catch being that you had to look through the lens of your smartphone, because they weren’t really there. The second annual festival, organized by digitalmedia executive DAVID MCGOWAN, returns this Friday and Saturday at venues all around the picturesque town. The event showcases interactive, digital media from Vermont and beyond, from provocative art exhibits to apps and video games built for social good. It also brings experts in the digital-media field to Vermont to meet with colleagues and the public, according to communications director MARY HAWKINS. The festival is a bit of a grab bag — part conference, part art show. You can go out on an “exploration” — take a digital bird walk aided by an app built by Vermont developer GREEN MOUNTAIN DIGITAL; or tour Woodstock and help make it the first town in the country to have its handicapped accessibility mapped. The festival also features a number of panels that delve into innovative forms




Many of the organizers and participants come from afar, even Europe, but the local tech community is well represented among the participants and exhibitors at the festival. “[The event] draws on national leaders, and there are some of those national leaders located here in Vermont,” Hawkins says. For example, the gaming-for-good panel features representatives from the CHAMPLAIN COLLEGE EMERGENT MEDIA CENTER and from TILTFACTOR, a game research laboratory located across the river at Dartmouth College. “It’s interesting that a festival like this happens in Vermont,” Hawkins says. “We don’t think of Vermont as a place where digital media is cutting edge, but there are these things going on.” T Y L ER M A C HA D O

of nonfiction storytelling and socially responsible video gaming, and explore how the digital revolution is happening in Vermont (Seven Days online editor CATHY RESMER will moderate that last panel). Digital art will be on display, with a group show ruminating on the “micro” theme at the ARTISTREE GALLERY and a farmers-market-type exhibition on the Woodstock town green.

WOODSTOCK DIGITAL MEDIA FESTIVAL 2012 Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23, in Woodstock. The festival kicks off on Friday night with an art exhibition reception at the Artistree Gallery, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Most Saturday events are free and open to the public. The Saturday-evening gala at the BILLINGS FARM AND MUSEUM is ticketed, and some events are invite-only. Info and preregistration at


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can think of one reason Pride Vermont is postponing Burlington’s celebration until September 22 instead of doing it in late June like everyone else. The summer is stuffed to the point of regurgitation with festivals — jazz, garlic, solar power, yoga, history, heifers, hot-air balloons. So never mind that Pride Month commemorates the radical act that sparked the gay liberation movement — when working-class queers, young hustlers and drag queens fought back against the police raid of New York City’s Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969. There are more important things to consider: By late September, hotel reservations are slumping and crêpe sales are down on Church Street. Vermont tourism needs a jump on leaf peeping. Bring on the homos! If you doubt that LGBTQ has become another consumer niche and Pride Month another opportunity to sell stuff outdoors, I give you 2012’s theme: Fun, Family and Food. The festival will share space with Northern Decadence Vermont, Vermont’s LGBTQ-friendly Food and Travel Expo, featuring such homophile treats as gourmet ice cream and microbrews. Not to lose a watt of marketing synergy, the organizers also folded in a New Age motif. Looking for LGBTQ pride? Google “Equality Equinox.” Maybe raising a glass of artisanal wine is appropriate for what Pride is proud of this year. The president endorsed same-sex marriage. The “don’t ask don’t tell” repeal went into effect. The Presbyterian Church ordained its first openly lesbian minister. And the first trans woman to compete in the Miss Universe Canada pageant was named Miss Congeniality. This year, too, it must be noted, Pope Benedict XVI opined that same-sex marriage is a threat to “the future of humanity itself.” Former Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin threw down her crown after the Miss USA contest admitted transgender competitors. “This goes against [every] moral fiber of my being,” she huffed. And soon we may witness the Roberts Supreme Court upholding defense-ofmarriage laws — as long as they extend the rights of matrimony to corporations.

But party down! Marriage, the military, religion and beauty pageants — the three greats of gender oppression and one close runner-up — are opening their arms to LGBTQ people, and LGBTQs are thrilled by the embrace. As the social critic Leo Bersani wrote in an essay called “Against Monogamy,” “[Michel] Foucault’s hope that gays might be in the vanguard of efforts to imagine what he called ‘new ways of being together’ appears, for a large number of gay people today, to be considerably less inspiring than the hope that we will be allowed fully to participate in the old ways of being and of coming together.”

sort of festivities might feel more congenial to me. And in Brattleboro I may have found them: a June Pride that promises to be campy (a drag show), funky (the Shondes — Yiddish for shame — a “traditional Jewish political pop” band), and political (a film about ACT UP). With dancing and drinking on the agenda, it could be sexy, too. At the Fun, Family, and Food Equality Equinox Festival, meanwhile, you can bet that the fun will not involve bodily fluids. Well, maybe saliva, but that will be kept inside each person’s own mouth. What’s missing in Burlington is sex, and with it any reference to the his-

sustained communities through the AIDS crisis and built the institutions that still respond to the epidemic. These cultures resisted normalization. They brought sex into the open. They were out and proud and, in the case of men, unapologetically promiscuous. But you don’t have to take your clothes off in public for homosex to be a public act. Just coming out is one. “I’m gay, Mom” says implicitly: “I lick pussy” or “I put my penis into another man’s anus.” Being public, homosex is also political; it holds the potential for social cohesion and action. Vermonters are not big on talking about sex or openly expressing their sexuality. Maybe it’s just too cold. But it’s June, and even the end of September can be gloriously hot. The good news is that Pride officialdom can’t stop the topless, tonguekissing lesbians or leathermen clad in little else but chaps from showing up, and showing off, in the parade. What makes gay people gay is sexual desire. Sex — along with messing with conventional genders — is also what makes people despise queers. It’s not about, as the euphemism goes, “who you love.” The pope does not care who you love. What imperils his civilization is what you do with your genitals. LGBTQ people are legitimately angered by the suggestion that theirs is a “lifestyle,” not an identity. But expurgate the sex from homosexual, and what you’ve got left are hers-and-hers kayaks on the roof of the Subaru or, if you’re a guy, a skirt worn to the Montpelier contra dance: a lifestyle, a consumer demographic — more brand than identity. Equality is essential. I have nothing against the equinox. Family and food are fine, too. But, concerning fun, let’s just say there is important fun that you don’t have with your kids (maple syrup and artisan cheese optional). During Pride Month, let us not demote pleasure to a negotiable demand. There can be no just and loving society without sexual freedom. m ©


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During PriDe Month, let us not demote pleasure to a negotiable demand. Alas, I usually sigh at this point. The Queer — as opposed to Homo domesticus — is an endangered species. But why mourn? Why not accept that people, like statistics, tend to regress to the mean? From my privileged position as a white, coupled heterosexual, it would surely be more polite to stop insisting that those on the margins stay there — and relish it. What’s wrong with Fun, Family and Food? Mulling this over, I considered what

tory that Pride marks. Gay liberation, as it was then called, was born in desire and became a movement through networks of desire. After Stonewall and before AIDS, in bars and baths and on the streets, gay men forged interlocking chains of friends and lovers. Lesbians did the same in their way, seizing feminism, declaring the freedom to have sex how and with whom they pleased, and creating new kinds of families. These networks of desire strengthened the political solidarity that, “poli psy” is a twice-monthly column by Judith levine. Got a comment on this story? contact

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the inverse square law, which says every doubling of distance weakens a signal by a factor of four. That makes even a powerful broadcast signal almost imperceptible above the cosmic background noise within a relatively short distance from Earth. Then again, the thinking goes, if you can pinpoint where to look, you can accomplish seemingly miraculous feats. Just ask the project team for Voyager 1, which is still communicating with a spacecraft so far away its incoming radio signals have less than a twentybillionth the power of a watch battery. But let’s put that in perspective. Voyager 1 is the most distant manmade object in the

universe, far beyond the orbit of Pluto. It’ll soon leave the outer reaches of the solar system behind and enter the depths of interstellar space. Even so, another 14,000 years will have to pass before Voyager attains a distance of one light year from earth. The star closest to us, Proxima Centauri, is more than four light years away. The point is, the distances separating us from our socalled neighbors in the galaxy are unimaginably vast, and the technical obstacles to getting a message to them are close to insurmountable. Alien listeners would be likely to detect passive radiation only in certain frequencies, generally 10 to 200 GHz, where the background noise of the cosmos is weaker. They’d need a huge antenna, and they’d have to listen for a long time before gathering enough traces of signal to confirm intelligent origin. Believers contend it can be done. An antenna similar to the 1000-foot-diameter Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico could probably detect our passive radiation from 30 to 50 light years away. With a giant array of 1000 100-meter dishes linked together, that distance could be extended to 500 light years. Just one problem: The aliens would be able to hear us at those enormous distances only if they already knew where we were and could point their telescope at us. If all they had was a hunch that we were out

here somewhere, the likelihood they’d find us seems almost nil. Even under the most favorable circumstances, all alien listeners would be able to detect would be a signal that stood out against the background buzz. The notion that they’d be able to collect and decode enough signal to be able to listen to, say, “I Love Lucy” reruns is fantasy — the signal would need to be 20,000 times stronger. But one last factor in my opinion virtually eliminates the possibility of aliens detecting us. As SETI astronomer Seth Shostak has pointed out, our profligate hurling of entertainment into the universe is coming to an end. Digital television transmitters have a much lower peak power output than older analog stations, making the signal harder to detect. The age of pumping high-power terrestrial noise into the ether is likely to be a mere blip lasting less than a century. Shostak argues that radar astronomy, which sends out microwaves to map asteroids and such, is likely to continue a lot longer, and those signals are detectable up to 1000 light years away. Maybe so, but radar is a directed beam — alien observers might pick it up if it’s pointed their way and they know where to look for it, but realistically, how likely is that? And if there’s a low probability of aliens hearing us, the odds are equally poor of us hearing them.

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known for inventing the platform scale, aka the “Fairbanks scale,” which allowed objects as big as hay wagons to be measured accurately. These Fairbanks scales were originally designed to measure hemp bales. In fact, Fairbanks and his brother, Erastus, raised and processed hemp together; Thaddeus Fairbanks also patented a machine for processing the fibrous plant, which he later put to use when he managed the St. Johnsbury Hemp Company. However, the suggestion that Fairbanks or other 19th- or early-20th-century Vermont farmers were widely raising psychoactive strains of cannabis sounds dubious to Adam Krakowski, a graduate in the University of Vermont’s historic preservation program and a historian of Vermont hops — as in beer. As Krakowski explains, 19th-century Vermont wasn’t exactly known for its partying lifestyle; the state was under alcohol prohibition and firmly in the grip of the temperance movement from 1853 until the repeal of the Volstead Act in 1933. Krakowski, who is also a decorative-arts conservator with Meeting House Furniture Restoration in Quechee, has another reason to doubt the authenticity of McChesney’s sign. In those years, he explains, glass signs were made using black paint that was applied with a brush or roller, leaving behind brushstrokes that would still be visible today. Based on the photo McChesney

provided, his sign looks too uniform. That is, it’s “a modern creation.” Allen St. Pierre, executive director of NORML — the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws — drives a final nail into this coffin. “There were no ‘marijuana’ trade groups or associations in the 1930s or ’40s,” he says, “in Vermont or any other state.” That doesn’t mean there won’t be one someday, though a Vermont Hemp Growers Association is currently a stronger possibility. On May 16, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law H.747, which allows the Vermont ag secretary to issue permits to grow hemp once the federal government removes its own decades-long hemp prohibition. On June 13, Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, introduced an amendment to the 2012 federal farm bill that would legalize industrial hemp production in the United States — the first time such an amendment has come to the floor of Congress for a vote since the 1950s. That vote is expected any day now. In short, McChesney probably should have stuck to buying shrunken heads. While the sign looks genuine, it’s more likely to have hung outside a Vermont frat house than a farmhouse. m Outraged, or merely curious, about something? Send your burning question to


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his week’s question came from a reader in Medina, Ohio, which is about 25 miles south of Cleveland. Several years ago, Scott McChesney was browsing what he calls the “totally bizarre” category on eBay — “Actually, I was looking for shrunken heads,” he confesses — when he came across an item that intrigued him: a 3-foot-long glass sign with gold lettering on a black background that reads “Vermont Marijuana Growers Association.” Believing the sign was a rare antique, McChesney purchased it for an undisclosed sum, but he couldn’t verify its authenticity or find any historical references to such an organization. Internet searches using those keywords turn up thousands of references to medical marijuana, drug busts, legalization debates and weed porn, but, alas, no Green Mountain ganja granges. Nevertheless, McChesney says he’s convinced the sign is genuine; he suggests it dates back at least to the 1930s, and certainly predates the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, which outlawed

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n his Burlington studio, dug Nap folds himself, origami-like, into a chrome-and-black-leather chair. Preparing to run through his upcoming performanceart piece, “Napshots of the Suburbs,” he casually fires up a digital projector and begins to click through the slides. “This is Stevie’s grandmother’s house,” Nap says as one image flashes into view. “This is just down the street from where I grew up.” The presentation feels like a slide show for friends in which Nap narrates old photographs from his childhood. But in place of photographs, the images he projects on the screen are childish scrawls, illustrations that Nap conjured on his iPad over the course of more than a year. And it’s no family slide show; this is an outtake from a new series of autobiographical monologues that launches at the FlynnSpace this week, on June 21 and 22. Part spoken word, part picture book, “Napshots of the Suburbs” may come as a surprise to those who know Nap only by way of his quirky artwork and greeting cards. Or from his weekly appearances at, say, the Artist Market in City Hall Park. Arguably Burlington’s most recognizable artist, Nap is toweringly tall and thin, with close-cropped gray hair and large, black-rimmed glasses. Voted Vermont’s favorite visual artist in 2008 and 2009 by Seven Days readers, he’s best known for his irreverent prints and paintings in which colorful images butt up against a childlike scrawl. His slogans run the gamut from sardonic (“Eat, drink & be overweight & alcoholic”) to whimsical (“Life is shor”) to droll (“If a man speaks in a forest & no woman hears him — is he still wrong?”). All reflect Nap’s observations of the foibles of humankind. “Napshots,” by contrast, is a deeply personal, introspective work — laced with Nap’s witticisms but also hinting at trauma, confusion and the loneliness of a difficult childhood. He envisions this as the first in a broader series, called “Napshots of my Life,” in which the title character — also named “dug Nap” — returns to the fictional town of Starksbend and to the scenes of his childhood and adolescence. Real-world Nap makes a clever disclaimer in the monologue’s program: “Many will deny that any of this ever happened, but even though ‘Napshots’ contains a lot of fibs, half-truths and lies — I swear it’s all true.” The show is confessional, but the offstage Nap manages to be both strangely unguarded — the result of more than two decades of therapy, he says — and maddeningly evasive. Ask him his age, and the sixtysomething demurs, “I’d rather not say.” He’s cagey talking about his boyhood. He grew up in Montpelier, he admits, but he’s secretive about the details; Nap wants to save the juicy bits for the stage. In another artist’s hands, “Napshots” might be cloying or overly self-indulgent, but, even five decades removed from his childhood, Nap is endearingly earnest about the undertaking. He sounds convincingly childlike as he clicks through the slides in the performance’s third act (in which, according to the program, “dug hangs out with the other kids in the new neighborhood, insects are killed, and they show each other their things”). “Wow, I would like to live in a world with roast beef sandwiches,” he murmurs longingly, after remembering the delicious lunches his friend Bobby’s mother packed for the boy. He marvels at the nudist magazines at another friend’s house. “Every magazine in our house had clothes,” Nap says. And, when Stevie’s older sister, a teenage vision, stepped into the living room in her bathrobe, Nap recalls with some


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confusion the “bird’s nest” he spotted when her robe accidentally shifted open. Tonight, in his studio, he’s reliving these scenes before a motley crew of friends, friends of friends and one reporter. The 10-member audience is seated on an odd assortment of chairs in a dim, dusty space, among dirty wooden floors and exposed pipes. It’s a Friday evening, the week before Nap’s show opens at the FlynnSpace, and into the rehearsal space drifts the noise of the city on a summer night: voices from the sidewalk, the sound of a car accelerating, someone calling out to a friend. Nap sits to one side of the screen, empty-handed except for the device that controls the images. In a black buttondown shirt, jean shorts and sandals over black socks, he seems to disappear in the makeshift theater: The images, more than 300 of them, take center stage. Nap illustrated his show using a stylus on his iPad; the earlier efforts are, in his estimation, “primitive,” but as he mastered the application, the drawings became more and more nuanced. Some details are drawn freehand. Others, like a poster on a bedroom wall or the image on a television screen, are clipped from digital photographs and pasted, collage-like, into the scene. The snapshots are a mashup of straight lines, computer-generated geometric shapes and Nap’s customary sloppiness. Nap uses them in a kind of geographic storytelling: He leads his audience from house to house, from room to room, from one end of the neighborhood to the other, and the stories tumble out along the way. There’s the story of an expedition to Rabbit Rock with some of the boys from the Starksbend ’hood. These images are deeply saturated and brilliantly colored. “Dug” appears, as he almost always does, in pea green. When the story crescendos in an odd sexual encounter — the other boys dare “dug” to put his mouth on their penises — the small audience falls silent. In Nap’s version of the story,

the boys hash out a deal in which they’ll all reciprocate the act, but in the end the others renege. Nap’s voice is soft and gentle; as he recalls the scene, he sounds not unlike a 9-year-old boy still trying to work out the confusing dynamics of the encounter. Even so, the dug Nap brand of humor breaks through. “They broke their promise,” he says of the other boys, adding after a beat, “I heard that they did become lawyers.”

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f “Napshots” — with its mix of autobiography, visual art and spoken word — is hard to classify, that problem has dogged Nap’s work from the outset: Tidy labels never seem to fit. That’s what Pat Parsons, who owned a gallery in Burlington in the late 1980s, discovered when she took Nap’s work down to New York City. Her gallery has since closed, though Parsons still dabbles in art dealing and splits her time between Burlington and Essex, N.Y. She specialized in contemporary American art, with a focus on self-taught artists, and Nap fit the bill. Or seemed to. “[Self-taught artists] usually have a very unique and individual perspective, and that’s what I saw in dug almost immediately,” Parsons says.

But that uniqueness didn’t make her job as an art dealer any easier. Nap’s work is often classified somewhere between “folk” and “outsider” art — the latter term is used to describe art created outside the boundaries of official culture and often by patients at mental institutions. Parsons, who believes Nap’s work is more sophisticated than most outsider art, says she was taken by his mixture of words, images, lines and colors. Collectors, however, like neat classifications, she says. “For most people, he’s a hard sell,” Parsons says. “He doesn’t fit any of these categories, and that’s one of his problems. He blurs all the boundaries. People either love him or don’t get him.” Nap approached Parsons on the advice of a friend — “just for the hell of it,” he recalls — not long after he took up painting seriously. That was in the late ’80s, when he was creating large-format oil paintings. He was too broke to afford both oil paints and canvases, so he salvaged sheets of plywood from dumpsters around Burlington and painted directly on the boards. He fashioned his own frames, too, from pieces of strapping. He learned his painting technique from a few how-to books and some advice from artists. (Nap has since amassed an impressive collection of art books and pulls inspiration from Grandma Moses, Vermonter Gayleen Aiken and Morris Hirschfield, among others.) Nap’s first show in Burlington was in Parsons’ gallery, and she still owns several of his early works “that haven’t been transformed into a million copies,” she says. One Nap show Parsons curated consisted of autobiographical paintings of his family — a precursor to the subjects Nap is now exploring in “Napshots.” “We’re all dealt different hands,” the artist says, explaining why he feels compelled to go back to this material. “We’re all entitled to our stories.” OUTsidE in

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Sharing one of the few details he will divulge about his childhood, Nap says he was good at art and not much else. In other interviews — some more than 15 years old — he alluded to drinking and doing drugs Proceeds support a neighbor heavily as a teenager. After being kicked in need, call: 802-861-2990. out of school, Nap was shipped off to a military academy in New Jersey for a year. Then, at 17, he ran away from home. He lived on the streets of Greenwich Village Repair your car...Change a life! for one summer, sleeping on rooftops and hanging out in clubs. He was experiencing the symptoms of what would later be iden16t-goodnewsgarage042512.indd 1 4/23/12 11:23 AM tified as schizophrenia, a diagnosis that landed Nap in the Vermont State Hospital Channel 15 for two years. OCCUPY BURLINGTON “Not the schizoid where it’s like, ‘the 31 UPDATE wednesdaYs > 7:00 a.m. dugs’!” Nap says. But, he says, he was cut off from reality. “It’s kind of like, I had a Channel 16 different engine in me then.” HIGH SCHOOL Nap is grateful for that time in the hosGRADUATIONS waTCh On TV, OnlIne OR pital. “After living a wild life before that, I BUY dVds. www.ReTn.ORg turned myself around,” he says. A young doctor from Germany (“who’d even done Channel 17 LSD himself,” Nap remembers) took an NEw BURLINGTON CEDO DIRECTOR innovative approach to Nap’s treatment, ThURsdaY aT 1 p.m. On TV taking him off his meds and putting him in OR OnlIne aT www.Ch17.TV one of the back wards. On Wednesdays, the GET mORE INfO OR wATCH ONLINE AT patients and attendants at the institution vermont • CH17.Tv gathered for art therapy. “I got into art there; I got into songwriting there,” Nap says. “In a lot of ways, that 16t-retnWEEKLY.indd 1 6/14/12 5:01 PM was like a place where I was reborn.” After leaving Waterbury, Nap pingEXCULUSIVE DEALER OF ponged between short-term jobs — nothing he really cared about, he says, but positions he took because he’d been taught to think of art as a hobby rather than a vocaSign Up to WIN tion. He returned to school and graduated ZE A $200 PRI from Johnson State College with a degree in English in 1978. At JSC, he met musicians with whom he would form the band Pinhead. The group moved to Burlington in the early ’80s and performed frequently Only $1.7 at a lower Main Street club called Hunt’s single dutc5 for a h!! Mill & Mining Company, as well as at Nectar’s and other venues. A little bit punk, a little bit New Wave and all original, Pinhead were immediately popular. Nap wrote all the lyrics — and sang, too, “if you want to call it that at the time,” he says. Nap still plays music, though his tastes run more to Leonard Cohen than the Clash these days. He says he writes a lot of “lonely” songs, and he’s bashful about pero acc tob and es forming — at least for small crowds. Playing vap ing ud exc and singing music make Nap more nervous than do his spoken-word performances, which include a twice-monthly stint hosting the Poe Jam at the BCA Center. Today, Nap talks about his favorite forms of art — visual art, spoken word and “The tobacco shop with the hippie flavor” music — as if they’re children. He typically spends a little time with each, juggling dif75 Main St., Burlington, VT 802.864.6555 ferent projects, playing favorites when one Mon-Thur 10-9; F-Sat 10-10; Sun 12-7 project is especially compelling. But Nap’s visual art, and especially Must be 18 to purchase tobacco products, ID required his print business, is by far his most 06.20.12-06.27.12





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time-consuming pursuit. It’s also his moneymaker. For all his quirks, Nap is a shrewd businessman: He is a consistent top seller among more than 200 artists represented at the Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center on Church Street. He wasn’t always so successful. When now-executive director Rob Hunter joined Frog Hollow as its Middlebury gallery director in 2005, that outpost featured only two Nap paintings. “They were framed, they were on a post, and they were facing a wall,” Hunter recalls. That is to say, no one took much notice. In fact, Nap’s work was never a huge splash in Middlebury (Frog Hollow’s gallery there has since closed). Hunter thinks his work is better suited to Burlington’s city-folk clientele. Nap found his niche, according to Hunter, when he began churning out 8.5-by-11-inch prints at a comfortable price point — $16.95 a pop in Frog

Hunter says he tries to drive home to all of Frog Hollow’s artists and crafters that an artist’s presence in the gallery affects sales. “Dug is the master at it,” Hunter says. In May, Nap set up his “art bed” in the window of Frog Hollow for a monthlong residency, and Hunter jokes that his staff was frustrated because Nap, gregarious and personable, would beat the sales team to greeting shoppers. During the holiday rush, Nap is in the gallery almost every day, sauntering the shop floor with an oversize pen — bigger than a baseball bat — slung over his shoulder for signing prints. Nap isn’t just selling a print, Hunter says — he’s selling the story that goes with it. “People just go crazy about the idea of that accessibility to a creative spirit,” he says. And there’s a lot of Nap’s work for fans to collect: “He’s very prolific,” says Parsons. The question is, she asks, “How do you translate that into a livelihood?”

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Hollow’s Burlington shop. They’re now the mainstay of Nap’s business, following on the heels of his initial commercial success in the greeting-card world. For a long time, Nap drew and colored each card by hand; then he hired help to keep up with the coloring, before finally moving to digitally printed cards. Nap is as much an entrepreneur as he is an artist. Even his unconventional take on spelling his name — he was born Douglas Knapp — was influenced, in part, by his business savvy. He liked the truncated version because it seemed to come from the same “kid’s place” that inspired his art, but the short moniker also appealed to “the marketing side of me,” Nap says. He liked how it looked on a poster and figured it might be more memorable than his given name. “Fewer letters can be seen further,” he reasons.

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eticent as he is when discussing his childhood, Nap isn’t shy when it comes to talking business. Unlike some artists who might fear selling out, Nap, even early on, was clear eyed about the necessity of balancing art and money. “I knew that I had to sell stuff, because I liked doing it,” says Nap. So he gave up any illusions of hanging on to his art for sentimental reasons; he’d take a snapshot of a painting and happily send it on its way. Practical concerns also motivated his transition from large oil paintings — which he still produces, just not exclusively — to prints and cards. He quickly realized he couldn’t support himself on shows that might yield a single sale each. So Nap turned to greeting cards, partly because his job at the time as a parkinggarage attendant allowed him to draw while he worked.

ELOTES CALLEJEROS “I never felt like I was selling out,” Nap says. “I’ve always done stuff that I liked.” For all his salesmanship and friendliness, Nap considers himself a lonely person. He took up his iPad as a means of illustration in part because the device was so portable; suddenly he could work in coffee shops and bars, adjacent to the goings-on of life in Burlington. Yet, even there, Nap often remains a solitary figure. After a freewheeling youth, he doesn’t smoke or drink or do drugs, and he frequently disparages that lifestyle. “I can be really critical, I guess, of booze and bars and creating this imaginary fantasy world and selling people tickets to their destruction,” he says wearily. In this life, Nap says, “You’re given so many tickets to spend, and I’ve spent mine.” So he watches from the sidelines as others dole out theirs, and he draws. “When I was growing up, I was dysfunctional. Maybe everyone else around me was normal,” he says. “But what can happen later is, you become normal, and everyone else [becomes strange].” It’s a Catch-22, though — because Nap acknowledges that in rejecting so many social norms, he’s still stuck being “abnormal.”


Nap says, he couldn’t stop; he abandoned pen-and-ink drawings and watercolors in favor of the iPad in part to expedite the enormous undertaking. With this show, he says, he’s giving himself permission to explore — and the images “just kept coming and coming and coming.” Referring to the show’s 300 images, he recalls thinking, “No one would stand for that!” Now the four-act play includes even more pictures, some of which Nap is frantically rushing to finish just days before the show.


fter his rehearsal, Nap stands up from the chair on his makeshift stage. At 6-foot-4, he looms beside the now-empty screen. Then, with the same intensity and drive he brings to his own introspection, Nap begins grilling his impromptu workshop for reactions. (“It’s like therapy!” he jokes brashly, as he launches into the conversation.) Longtime friend and fellow artist Bobbie Lanahan marvels at the show’s poignancy. “The drawings are charming,” she assures Nap — more charming than she thought computerdrawn illustrations could be, she adds. Audience members fire off a few questions — about Nap’s humor, about the

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“fourth wall” in theater — and eventually get up to mingle in the fading light of his studio. Nap’s voice grows quieter and softer when he thanks his friends for coming. He concedes that “Napshots” is an intensely personal show — indeed, it’s an almost voyeuristic look at Nap’s dramas and neuroses. But he hopes it will speak to a broader audience. Nap jokes that he’ll have to have a therapist on hand at his show “just in case” it dredges up uncomfortable memories in the audience members. Unlike many of us, Nap is willing to confront those feelings head-on. “What I’m doing in this piece is pretty personal, and it may not be everyone’s cup of tea,” he says. “But it’s also not going on your wall.” Unless you’d like it to — in which case, as the consummate salesman points out in his program, prints of his iPad images are available by request. m

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He has never married, and, aside from one girlfriend — as well as one “imaginary girlfriend,” the subject of a 2007 performance piece — he’s never settled into a serious relationship. In lieu of a family, Nap has thrown himself wholeheartedly into his work. What started as art therapy at the Vermont State Hospital continues as a form of self-reflection for Nap. “People that stuff things, they end up stuffing everything,” he says, alluding to repression. “If you stuff your sadness, then that’s hooked to your happiness, your fear, everything else.” A self-proclaimed workaholic, Nap says he’s the kind of person who will “get an idea for something, and then I’ll just carry through.” (He pronounces idea “idear,” a remnant of his New England upbringing.) The art bed was like that: “OK, I’m not comfortable making art sometimes standing up,” he explains. “Therefore, I’m going to make a bed on wheels. It’s going to go underneath my easel. And sometimes I’m going to paint lying down.” Nap began writing the monologue for “Napshots” about three years ago. It started as a prose play, with notations where he thought illustrations might come in handy. Once he started drawing,

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abi Shapiro stands thoughtfully over his upright bass, head down and bow in hand, in front of a sparse but attentive crowd on a recent Tuesday evening at Dobrá Tea. He raises the bow and strikes the instrument’s strings, unleashing delicate and exotic phrases. There’s a pause at the conclusion of his lengthy solo. Behind him, an older man dressed head to toe in black smiles and nods, a violin at his shoulder. “Good one, Gabi,” he cheers with the trace of a foreign accent. On cue, the quartet launches into a fiery Middle Eastern reel as two violins commandeer Shapiro’s melody, propelled by a nimble flush of hand-drum beats. Shapiro, now plucking his strings by hand, holds down the low end with a rumbling, energetic bass line. The tiny tearoom is filled with a hypnotic swirl of sound. The band is Grup Anwar, or, more formally, Anwar Ensemble, a new group led by Anwar Diab Agha. The 72-year-old is a master oud and violin player and a famed musician and composer in his native Syria. Before moving to the United States permanently in 2008 to be closer to his children — who had immigrated here over the previous couple of decades — Agha was a member of the Syria National Radio and Television Orchestra in Damascus. He studied under the masters of traditional Arabic music, and has traveled the world as a highly respected Arabic master himself. Agha has played for thousands at major venues around the globe. Tonight, however, as part of his weekly residency at Dobrá, he’s introducing a halfdozen Burlingtonians to the alluring, foreign sounds of Arabic Maqam. On Saturday, June 23, Anwar Ensemble will give their first formal concert at the Off Center for the Dramatic Arts in Burlington. Anwar Ensemble were founded in 2011 after local clarinetist Jeff Davis met Agha at a Radio Bean open mic following a practice with Davis’ own band, Lokum, a Turkish-influenced ensemble that also includes Shapiro. “We had heard there was this master oud player who would be performing, so we had to go and check it out,” Davis recalls, noting the dearth of Middle Eastern players in Burlington. Davis, who had been studying Arabic music with teachers in Montréal, was specifically seeking an oud instructor when he heard about Agha. “We were blown away,” he says of the latter’s open-mic set. Davis began taking lessons from Agha, learning to play the gourd-like lute, as well as absorbing the intricacies of Maqam, a traditional Arabic modal style noted for its use of quarter tones and deceptive phrasing. Western musical modes are generally based on half tones. The use of quarter tones, or “in-between”

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Agha’s English is poor, which can make communication with his new bandmates difficult. Shapiro says their bandleader is demanding but also very patient. “Anwar is a great teacher,” says Shapiro, who has a limited background in Arabic music but has played Turkish gypsy music and klezmer locally for years. “The language barrier is a challenge, but music is an international language.” Speaking through his son, Samer, with whom he moved to Vermont from Brooklyn in 2010, Agha says the musical intelligence of his band members helps foster understanding. “Western musicians have really nice minds,” he says. Agha adds that he’s had oud students who take years to learn what Davis has mastered in months. Anwar means luminous in Arabic, and the word is a fitting description of Agha’s general demeanor. He’s quietly reluctant to speak on the current political and social strife in his native Syria, but he brightens up as he muses on the unifying power of music. “I have Jewish friends, Christians, Muslims,” he says. “I love people, and I love coming together over music. So I don’t like to talk about politics. Only music.” He also beams when he talks about his adopted state. “I love the people of Vermont,” Agha enthuses. “They are always smiling. They are so welcoming.” Agha has composed several pieces inspired by the Green Mountains. They include an instrumental song, “Longa Vermont,” and “Susannah,” which may or may not be an ode to a woman who works at Dobrá. “We’re not entirely sure who that one is for,” says Davis, chuckling. He adds that Arabic composers often name their compositions after women as a sign of respect and admiration. “I guess some things really are international,” Davis concludes. m

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these people interact with each other. They’re all friendly, and they all want to play pickleball and not get killed.” On a recent Thursday morning at Essex’s Cascade Park, Lambert is sidelined from the action on the courts — he suffered cardiac arrest while playing tennis in March — and offers commentary. Games last about 10 to 20 minutes each, with players rotating in a round-robin style; when she’s not playing, Rashleigh chimes in every once in a while. “Bruce has the same spin all the time,” says Lambert, nodding his head toward Bruce Sarrazin, 69, an Essex resident who’s been playing for about 18 months now. Backspin, topspin and sidespin — and mixing up the three — are key to success in the sport, which the USAPA bills as “a court game of angles and strategies, of position and speed.” It’s played on a badminton-size court, with perforated plastic balls (like Wiffle balls): Athletes stand on either side of a net lowered to 34 inches at the center, batting the ball back and forth until one side reaches 11 points. They can play singles or doubles, and players can enter the seven-foot nonvolley zone on either side of the net, called the “kitchen,” only when the ball bounces there. Think mini-tennis. Sort of. Pickleball was invented by a couple of Washington

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As Rashleigh steps into another game, John “JB” Brassard jogs off one of the courts — which, in Vermont, are grids of red lines painted on tennis courts. It’s different in retirement communities such as the Villages in Florida, where Brassard, 64, learned to play and where hundreds of dedicated pickleball courts see constant action. “It’s great exercise — I mean, look at me,” says Brassard, pointing to his sweatsoaked T-shirt. “I’ve lost about 15 pounds through pickleball.” Pickleball is also relatively cheap to play. The courts, now seen at such local parks as Pearl Street in Essex, Szymanski in South Burlington and Bayside in Colchester, are open to the public. Paddles, about twice the size of those for table tennis, cost roughly $70 for a hightech, graphite, composite model and less for a wooden one. That also makes pickleball appealing to school districts, says Rashleigh. “It’s easy on kids’ bodies, too,” she says. “And it’s easy to do indoors — you can set up a court in gyms when the weather’s not nice.” Still, not everyone’s sweet on pickleball. Rashleigh says she and fellow players met a bit of resistance when they first tried to persuade park officials to paint the lines. “They didn’t want to alienate the tennis people,” she says, “which is still a bit of an issue.” And the noise of the paddles hitting the perforated balls — more of a hard pop than tennis’s soft thwack — can annoy neighbors, as the Wall Street Journal reported in a 2010 story on the retirement-community “craze.” Part of the racket comes from the

players themselves. “Once I was playing tennis, and I noticed people on another court playing pickleball, and they were having a heck of a lot more fun than we were — laughing and just having a great old time,” says Rashleigh. “They were so friendly. That’s the other thing about this game; everybody wants you in it, and once you try it out, you’re hooked immediately.” Just watch out for Lambert, who won’t be at the Senior Games tourney but will most likely be back with a vengeance eventually. “You can hit the ball hard enough to knock somebody over,” he says of pickleball. “That’s only if they’re off balance to begin with,” Rashleigh protests. But these competitors seem to have their feet under them. Sarrazin says he just picked up some tips playing pickleball in Tennessee. Mike Sutliff, who quit playing basketball 10 years ago, says he’s fallen for pickleball’s fast pace. “I found something I can be competitive at, instead of just exercising,” he says. “But don’t you think whoever invented it could have come up with something other than ‘pickleball’? I mean, what the heck is that?” m

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n June 8, 2012, the BLT achieved perfection. Chewy crusts bolstered an airy, tangy levain. Between the bread slices, fillings that were excellent alone were even better together. They included sweet, fruity tomatoes; peppery arugula; and bacon from Winding Brook Farm so thick it was more like biting into a slab of well-rendered pork belly. The homemade mayonnaise — viscous, creamy and acidic — tasted as if a chicken had laid its egg directly into a bowl of vinegar. Perhaps this BLT tasted so fresh because most of its “straight-from-the-farm” ingredients really were. The sandwich was just one of the weekly specials at Kingsbury Farmstead Kitchen, the gourmet market and eatery at Kingsbury Market Garden, located just off Main Street in Warren. It’s nothing new for farms to sell valueadded products, everything from cheese to pickles to bacon. But now some Vermont farmers are becoming their own markets — by serving “meals in the field.” With offerings ranging from on-site stores and cafés to plein-air dinners and cookouts, these foodie farms are warm-weather tourist attractions and, for local families, an alternative to the standard snack bar. Kingsbury Market Garden is owned by the Vermont Foodbank, which uses the Warren plot as a source of crops to distribute to 10 food shelves and other centers. Chosen by Foodbank leadership to run the farm, Aaron Locker and Suzanne Slomin opened the Farmstead Kitchen as their own business in 2010, their first growing season. As prepared-food purveyors, their secret weapons were Slomin’s degree from the French Culinary Institute and her slowly perfected recipe for French-style levain loaves, fermented and leavened at low temperatures in a 24-hour process. This year, the Farmstead Kitchen has another valuable asset. After nine years as executive sous-chef at Michael’s on the Hill in Waterbury, Douglas Paine decided he was in the market for “something new,” he says, and became Slomin’s co-chef. Paine has increased the offerings at the store — and its ambitions. There are more made-to-order foods, and a pair of refrigerated cases is stuffed with prepared foods — everything from composed salads to spinach-ramp-green soup to pâté made from Callahan Farm chicken livers. Before Paine’s arrival, “Maybe I used to make a terrine every six weeks,” remembers Slomin. “Now it’s a constant, stable product.”

Pizzette at the Kingsbury Farmstead Kitchen

Another of Paine’s specialties is gardenfresh soda. Strawberry-rhubarb soda, for instance, has a strawberry flavor so immediate, you almost look for the seeds. Chervil soda is Day-Glo green and licorice flavored, spiked with lemon for extra refreshment. It tastes like an achievement, but it’s actually an experiment. “The chervil patch is on its way out, so we needed to find a use for it,” Paine says. Garden odds and ends also find their way onto extra-large slices of pizzette, which Locker doles out to customers at room temperature, straight from the bread shelf behind the counter of the high-ceilinged farm store. One late-spring mini-pizza was topped with a tangle of LISTEN IN ON LOCAL FOODIES...

sugar-snap peas, spinach and mint leaves on a base of nutty Spring Brook Farm raclette. Slices of prosciutto from La Quercia in Iowa added salt and chewy meatiness. A light dousing of truffle oil gave the whole slice an earthy sophistication. Not all customers grab and go; some bring their food to the picnic tables that sit in a field, not far from a quartet of greenhouses. There’s a swimming hole out back, too, and Locker says he hopes visitors will make a day of visiting the farm. Once summer is in swing, though, attracting customers is no problem. “After July 4, there’s no turning back in terms of the [Mad River] Valley traffic,” Locker says. “It gets to be really a zoo. We sell


piles of mozzarella-basil-and-tomato sandwiches.” While Kingsbury may be the on-farmdining hot spot in the Mad River Valley, in Chittenden County, the title belongs to Bread & Butter Farm. Corie Pierce and Adam Wilson own the former Leduc family dairy farm in Shelburne. Pierce says their Friday Burger Nights attract as many as 350 people each week between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Pierce and Wilson kicked off Burger Nights last June, in their third year at the farm, as a way to promote their new grass-fed-beef program. They expected attendance in the low double digits at the first dinner, but ended up serving 150 people. “Well, I guess we tapped into something here,” Pierce remembers thinking. Two weeks ago, the farm added a Monday Burger Night. Since the events started, hordes of families have walked the dusty path past massive silos and mother cows with their calves to loll in the field, listen to music and enjoy a burger. Pierce’s partner, Chris Dorman, schedules musical accompaniment, including his own band, to entertain diners who sit at picnic tables or sprawl on their own blankets. The grass-fed cattle raised at Bread & Butter Farm spend their final moments at Tri-Town Packing in Brasher Falls, N.Y. After the animals are dispatched, they’re ground and made into uniform patties at the same facility. Hot dogs, a new addition this year, are crafted at Tri-Town from a mix of beef and the farm’s skim-milk-fed pigs. Cooked on a brand-new custom charcoal grill, the dogs’ casings sizzle and bubble as stripes of char form. Both dogs and burgers are served in square, yeasted homemade buns. They’re a far cry from the hearty, whole-grain Bread & Butter loaves that have earned Wilson a reputation at various local markets and retail outlets. But the ever-changing salads, all made in-house from ingredients grown on the farm, add a wholesome note. Early in the season, they lean heavily on kale and chard. A beet-and-goat-cheese salad was popular last week, and Pierce says this week she expects to have cucumbers ready for a simple green salad. Even cookies at Burger Night are on the healthy side — the texture of a ginger-rye one suggests a breakfast option. FARM FRESH

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Carnivores on the hunt for fine steak will be satisfied in early July. That’s when they’ll be able to sidle up to the Danby white-marble and mahogany bar at STRONG’S for one of the upper Church Street steakhouse’s first aged prime cuts. Owner TIM HALVORSON, of nearby HALVORSON’S UPSTREET CAFÉ, says the upscale steakhouse will also focus on creative cocktails, such as a manhattan made with black-cherry balsamic vinegar from Church Street neighbor SARATOGA OLIVE OIL. The drink is the brainchild of general manager SARAH OLES. She joins Halvorson and executive chef BRIAN JENZER as the new restaurant’s core team. Jenzer comes to Burlington directly from a job as chef de partie at Iggy’s, a Singapore spot featured in scores of best-in-the-world lists. He and Halvorson found each other through Jenzer’s girlfriend’s dentist, a Halvorson pal. “She was sedated and let it out that a hotshot was coming,” jokes the restaurateur. The hotshot’s menu includes plenty of classic steakhouse fare to keep traditionalists happy, though much of it has a twist. The baked potato is smoked, while steak fries are triple-fried and flavored with white truffle oil. Prime steaks — in cuts including porterhouse, strip and boneless ribeye — can be dressed with sauces such as Béarnaise, chimichurri and Coca-Cola steak sauce. Jenzer promises that even dishes that sound ordinary, such as a chopped salad, will be extraordinary. “Our clientele is going to be higher end, and we need everything to be eye appealing,” he says of the emphasis on presentation. Though Halvorson has yet to set an opening date, he says he plans to begin a week of soft openings soon, followed by a July grand opening.

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and a professor of nutrition and food sciences, credits “visionary” interim president JOHN BRAMLEY with the idea for the event. “He looked at me and said, ‘We need our own summit, a yearly occurrence

to discuss these very gnarly issues with a group of people from around the globe and help us start to create intellectual research agendas for these topics,’” recalls Belliveau. The summit’s largest event is a public conference on Thursday, June 28, from 1 to 6:30 p.m., titled “The Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems Conference.” Speakers will gather for 10- to 15-minute TEDx-style talks with titles such as “Businesses for a Hungry Planet.”


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an energetic crew — as are their contractors. Some of those contractors enjoyed a gratis brunch this past Sunday inside Three Penny’s brand-new dining room, the first to get a glimpse of the finished space and an eclectic, beer-friendly menu with such dishes as cucumber-and-goat’s-milk gazpacho, braised chicken pasties and a local-beef burger. At Thursday’s grand opening, the rest of us will get a taste. “We’re amazed with the balance and integrity of the menu. His [chef MATTHEW BILODEAU’S] menu really shines,” says SCOTT KERNER, one of Three Penny’s three owners. That “all-day menu” will run from lunch through dinner six days a week and is divided into small plates (such as clam fritters with rémoulade sauce) and larger plates (such as pork summer sausages with threebean salad and roasted onions.) The brunch menu changes every Sunday; local cheeses and a pair of desserts, including ricotta doughnuts with mint crème and dark chocolate, round out the fare. Also debuting is a drinks list that includes four beer cocktails, such as a manhattan

with Rodenbach Grand Cru, says Kerner; and an interpretation of a Kir royale made with cava and passionfruit genever. Those waiting for a spot in the airy dining room — with its white-oak floors and reclaimed-wood benches — can mingle in the bar, which now has its own finger-food menu. In the middle of the dining room, the owners have placed a nine-anda-half-foot communal table (made from American elm) to foster mingling there, too. “We’ll be pulling out some special beers for our grand opening,” says Kerner, though he stopped short of revealing which ones. The dining room’s bottle list includes a few unusual brews, such as Panil Barrique. Three Penny Taproom’s dining room will serve food Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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be dressed up with sliced apple, onion, tomato or prosciutto, or enjoyed plain. Leftover bits go into an indulgent macaroni and cheese. Miller says that, starting on July 8, the Consider Bardwell Farm Café will begin hosting Sunday talks, so diners can learn while they eat. The part-time Vermonter has helped other local businesses jump on the valueadded train with the creation of the West Pawlet Community Farmers Market. Each Friday at the West Pawlet Fish and Game Club Building, Miller and other chefs prepare sit-down dinners made from local farmers’ wares. While some farm dinners are fixtures of the local calendar, others are occasional affairs. At Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro, which hosted its kickoff First Friday dinner on June 1, the goal is a monthly event, says farmer Eric Rozendaal, owner of Eric’s Eggs. He and chef Andrea Todd “banged out the concept together,” he says of the casual dinners

food where visitors are invited to set out a blanket and enjoy gorditas made from pork and vegetables grown on the farm. In August, a guest chef from Portugal will preside over a traditional clambake with chorizo and corn. Promoting agritourism is part of the idea, Rozendaal says, but he doesn’t see the dinners primarily in business terms: “Our main goal is to have fun and get some people to the farm. It looks good this year, and it’s nice to show it off.” For a more formal meal, diners may need to make reservations for events such as the opulent Outstanding in the Field dinner, organized on the national level. (This year, it makes its annual Vermont stop at Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury, with chef Eric Warnstedt of Hen of the Wood at the Grist Mill at the helm.) Some local farms also have plans for sit-down dining. Cedar Circle Farm and Education Center in East Thetford, which has a café selling pastries and coffee daily, will break out the good china four times this summer for dinners served along the Connecticut River. Kingsbury is planning a wine dinner for July 14, the first of what Slomin says she hopes will be a series of meals. Some of the entrepreneurs behind these events are relative newcomers to farming. A few years ago, Rozendaal of Rockville Market Farm says, he never expected to add his egg business to the farm, let alone become a dinner destination. “In this business, things are happening so quickly,” he says. “Anything’s possible.” But one thing’s for certain: As farms reach out, casual diners will get used to eating fresh — and seek out more food straight from the field. m Kingsbury Market Garden, 284 Route 100, Warren, 496-6815. Bread & Butter Farm, Leduc Farm Drive, Shelburne, 985-9200. Consider Bardwell Farm, 1333 Route 153, West pawlet, 645-9928. Rockville Market Farm, 205 Cemetery Road, Starksboro, 355-0059. Cedar Circle Farm, 225 pavillion Road, East Thetford, 785-4737.

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The conference is sold out, with a waiting list. The talks will be live-streaming, however, with several places in Vermont to join a viewing party. So far, hosts include Burlington restaurant ¡DuIno! (DuEnDE), the VErmont FrEsh nEtwork, ChElsEa GrEEn PublIshInG in White River Junction and the nEw EnGlanD CulInary InstItutE in Montpelier. The event will also be live-tweeted with the hashtag #UVMsummit. Off campus, UVM is cosponsoring a NetSquared event, “Locavore 2.0: Food + Tech Entrepreneurs.” On June 27 at 6 p.m., at maGlIanEro CaFé in Burlington, speakers will discuss their farm- and food-focused start-ups. They’ll include JEFF GanGEmI of FarmPlatE and kEVIn lEhman of thrEE rEVolutIons, a crowd-funding platform dedicated to food and agriculture. As the kickoff to an annual event, Belliveau says she expects

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a place to settle down to do a restaurant,” Brady recalls. “We both said, ‘Riverview?’ And that was that.” The trio will hold a soft opening this weekend for whEtstonE statIon rEstaurant & brEwEry, a 190-seat pub and microbrewery at 36 Bridge Street (490-2354), overlooking the confluence of Whetstone Brook with the Connecticut River. The opening caps an extensive nine-month renovation that has given the Riverview “more of an industrial look,” says Brady, featuring a huge, two-sided stone fireplace and a bar that extends

from indoors to the outdoor deck. Though they have yet to crank up their 1.5-barrel system, Brady says he and a still-unnamed but prominent Vermont brewer will experiment with unusual styles. “We’re going to do sours and a gueuze,” says Brady, who confesses his love for Belgian styles. While he waits for the pub’s beer to begin flowing this fall, the 15 taps will get a workout from an array of local microbrews, and chef ryan mullEr will serve up burgers, sandwiches and other pub fare. Brady assures that

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Charlie Mraz (now deceased) of Champlain Valley Apiaries. Webster left Vermont for a time but returned in 1985 to start his own apiary in Middlebury. What drew him back to beekeeping? “I was always really interested [in] and drawn toward nature,” Webster says. “It was a place I could work, and [beekeeping] is kind of a unique window into the world of nature.” He entered beekeeping while the field was fraught with a prolonged battle against the varroa mite, a tiny parasite that kills entire honeybee colonies. The so-called “varroa destructor” took calamitous hold all over North America, and beekeepers turned to chemical treatments to fight its spread. Yet Webster was committed to organic practices and determined to perfect “treatment-free” beekeeping. He began breeding a strain of miteresistant bees from eastern Russia: monitoring their food, controlling mating and breeding his own queens. “It used to be a lot easier to keep bees, and you could keep them alive without paying attention, but that’s all gone now,” he says. Webster eventually decided that “[varrao] mites and commercial beekeeping could coexist without intervention,” as he writes on his website, which is dense with practical treatises such as “Nature Has All the Answers, So What’s Your Question?” and “A Page From a Treatment-Free Beekeeping Diary.” Webster began

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breeding bees for sale, too; now they’re dry and 12 to 15 percent alcohol. He in such high demand that they usually adds some raw honey to almost all of sell out early in the season. the blends just before bottling for a bit Though taciturn, Webster can turn of sweetness. poetic when talking about his tiny This method of cold fermentation charges. “The bees touch on so many “takes a little longer,” admits Simakaski, different plants, you really get this but it yields delicate mead with only a incredible feeling of how the whole hint of sugar. Artesano’s Traditional landscape is connected in various flavor betrays its source the most: Straw ways,” he says. “The bees give you a way colored, slightly sweet and floral, it has of seeing and understanding that.” the purest honey flavor. Webster admits he gets attached to As the popularity of that mead grew, the bees. “I suffer a lot when they are Simakaski and Wolfgang added the suffering, too, such as when they don’t pale-purple, slightly puckery Blueberry have enough food or the right kind of Mead and the brighter, fruitier food,” he says. “Sometimes they’re Raspberry Mead, both of which hanging on their fingernails by use fruit from the Charlotte the end of the winter.” Berry Farm. To create their Mark Simakaski found autumnal Honey Wine with Webster through the Spices, the couple infuse beekeeping grapevine, and mead with vanilla, clove, the two were simpatico: nutmeg and orange peel. Webster produces This and the raspberry treatment-free clover variety generally sell honey, and Simakaski’s out, Simakaski notes. philosophy of mead More recently, making eschews the Simakaski and use of heat. Wolfgang formulated “I get paid a good the crisper, drier and price for my honey more delicate Essence because of the way I Mead; just last week, treat bees and because I they were bottling don’t heat honey,” says their newest flavor KirK WEbStEr Webster. “The very best — the warming Chili honey is in the combs. & Cinnamon Mead. Any time you do something to honey, The latter’s lingering, spicy finish is it degrades it a little, even extracting courtesy of habanero chiles and Ceylon it. [Simakaski] says he doesn’t heat his cinnamon that are added to the wine honey, as many mead makers do,” he in nylon bags. Soon the couple plan to adds. “That is very interesting to me.” release Poet’s Mead, aged in barrels that In late summer, Webster visits each once held both bourbon and Allagash colony and spins the honey out of the Brewing Company beer. Simakaski combs via centrifugal force. In the fall, says this concoction picks up oak Simakaski rents a U-Haul to cart 7000 undertones. Most of Artesano’s meads pounds of it back to Groton. can be sampled in the airy tasting room Until the science of fermentation in the center of Groton. was fully understood in the 1800s, many Though beekeeper Webster has not cultures ascribed the phenomenon yet visited Artesano’s meadery — and to their gods. That’s why the names isn’t much of a drinker, he says — he’s Dionysus, Osiris, Ninkasi and the happy that Simakaski and Wolfgang Maenads, among others, are printed are using his product. “I’ve thought for neatly on little white cards affixed to the many years that someone should make stainless-steel tanks inside Artesano. mead with this honey, so I’m thrilled Simakaski uses them to differentiate that Mark came along and sought me amoung the batches. out,” he says. In the meadery, he dilutes the It was a match the bees themselves honey with water, adds yeast and lets might have designed: a beekeeper the mixture ferment inside the tanks who refrains from spraying them with for about a month. After the optional chemicals, and a patient mead maker addition of blueberries, raspberries or who strives to capture the essence of all spices (for Simakaski’s offshoot blends), that busy nectar gathering. m the mead ages for nine months more. Simakaski occasionally transfers it Artesano, 1334 Scott Highway, Groton, between tanks to move it off its lees, or 584-9000. yeast, and ferments it until it is nearly





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summEr Book salE: High-quality used — and sometimes new — tomes are organized by subject. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. free. Info, 223-3338.


BroWn Bag lunch: social-mEDia markEting: small-business owners and artists become savvy about easy, budget-friendly and no-cost ways to promote their work at a workshop with’s Dana freeman. sEABA Center, Burlington, noon. free. Info, 859-9222.


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

opEn rota mEEting: Neighbors keep tabs on the gallery’s latest happenings. RotA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.y., 8 p.m. free. Info, 518-314-9872. villagE-BuilDing convErgEncE: Montpelierites build sustainability and celebrate community through skill-sharing workshops, hands-on projects, local food and music. View for schedule. Various locations, Montpelier, 7 p.m. free.


‘DrEam Big, rEaD!’ stitch-in: Local members of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America make needlepoint bookmarks to celebrate the summer-reading theme. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.noon. free. Info, 878-6955. makE stuff!: Defunct bicycle parts become works of art and jewelry that will be sold to raise funds and awareness for Bike Recycle Vermont. Bike

laDiEs night: Biker chicks — and those who want to learn to ride — bond over motorcycles, door prizes, presentations and food. Green Mountain Harley-Davidson, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. free; preregister. Info, 878-4778. listEning sEssions on hEalth carE rEform BEnEfits: Participants offer input on potential benefit designs for Green Mountain Care, Vermont’s proposed single-payer health care system. Hartford High school, 6-8 p.m. Info, 828-2316.

‘AVENuE Q’ friday, June 22, through sunday, June 24, 8 p.m., at Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield, with dates through July 8. $18; not intended for children. Info, 583-1674.

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rEvEls north summEr solsticE cElEBration: folks celebrate the sun through a drumming workshop, parade, craft activities, country song and dance, shape-note sing, and roaring bonfire. Rain location: Norwich Congregational Church. Village Green, Norwich, 5:30-9 p.m. free. Info, 333-3549.

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BarrE farmErs markEt: Crafters, bakers and farmers share their goods in the center of the town. Barre City Hall Park, 3-6:30 p.m. free. Info,

Before her Tanztheater Wuppertal ensemble would perform, German choreographer Pina Bausch might have the stage doused in water or covered in mounds of dirt. There’s no need to truck in soil to Shelburne Farms’ Breeding Barn, the site for Dear Pina, a dance-theater tribute to the late Bausch opening Monday. Between its earthen floor and cathedral-like rafters, 30 dancers run, arms outstretched, like flocking birds; spin madly; rearrange furniture; and generally create emotionally strained vignettes that speak to Bausch’s lasting, global impact. Vermont choreographer Hannah Dennison came out of retirement to create ‘DEAr piNA’ this much-anticipated, largeMonday, June 25, through saturday, June 30, 7 p.m., at the Breeding Barn at shelburne scale work.

champlain islanDs farmErs markEt: Baked items, preserves, meats and eggs sustain shoppers in search of local goods. st. Rose of Lima Church, south Hero, 4-7 p.m. free. Info, 372- 3291. Williston farmErs markEt: shoppers seek prepared foods and unadorned produce at a weekly open-air affair. town Green, Williston, 4-7 p.m. free. Info, 735-3860,

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chcB WElcomE homE WEEk cElEBration: Community members make a commitment to their health by attending free blood-pressure screenings, sunrise yoga, stress-reduction workshops, tai chi and more throughout the week. Community Health Center of Burlington, 7 a.m.-noon. & 1-4:30 p.m. free; visit for schedule. Info, 264-8190 or 264-8192, acalderara@ marna’s WEEkly guiDED mEDitation: universal energies help seekers of enlightenment find peace, bliss and joy. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $11. Info, 238-7908. WED.20

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Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. free. Info, 264-9687.


Enjoy thE WonDErs of fungi: folks focus on the fungus among us as they learn to culture and grow mycelium into fungi with Eric swanson of Vermush. Everyone brings home an oyster mushroom spawn. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5-7 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202,

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edalers give 100 percent at Saturday’s Long Trail Century Ride — whether they’re riding 20, 50 or the full 100 miles. This fundraiser for Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports supports the nonprofit’s work providing sports and recreational experiences to people with disabilities — and if that wasn’t enough for cyclists to celebrate, the routes will be. Scenic loops through Killington, Pittsfield, Plymouth and beyond take place on Tropical Storm Irene-ravaged roads that are now back to riding condition. Give ’em a spin — then go whole hog at Long Trail Brewing Co.’s après-ride pig roast, which features brewskis and tunes by the Pete Kilpatrick Band. LONG TRAIL CENTURY RIDE Saturday, June 23, at Long Trail Brewing Co., in Bridgewater Corners. Century riders depart at 7 a.m.; 50 milers at 9 a.m.; and 20 milers and adaptive riders at noon; après-ride party begins at 2 p.m. $50-100 plus additional fundraising (preregister); $10-20 for the party only. Proceeds benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports. Info, 353-8129. SEVENDAYSVT.COM

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Animal, vegetable or mineral? Dancer-illusionists embody all three kingdoms in Botanica, the latest phantasmagorical production from MOMIX. Founded in 1980 by Northeast Kingdom native Moses Pendleton, the troupe of highly athletic dancers morphs effortlessly into flowers, birds, snails and skeletons in this ode to Mother Nature — a work of inarguably fertile imagination melding video projections, ‘BOTANICA’ shadows, Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, 8 p.m., at Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, and largeDartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. $14-53. scale props Info, 603-646-2422. and puppets with human power. The ingenuity could put Cirque du Soleil to shame. Travel through all four seasons in this largerthan-life fantasy at the Hop.

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Chess Club: King defenders practice castling and various opening gambits with volunteer Robert Nichols. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Chess for Kids: Checkmate! Kids entering third through eighth grade scheme winning strategies. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Garden story time: Weather permitting, kids ages 4 and under park themselves in the grass for tall tales and tunes. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Pajama story time: Kids arrive wearing jammies for bedtime tales. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. summer story time: Rug rats revel in the wonder of reading. Fire Department, Berlin, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


frenCh WorKshoP: Business owners and employees learn phrases and tips to help engage French-speaking tourists. St. Johnsbury House, 8 a.m. Free. Info, 748-7121, stjchamber@stjchamber. com. sPanish niGht: Beginning speakers of español use their words at a meal of Latin culinary samples. Native speakers aid the learning. Bradford Public Library, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536,

Valley niGht: Folk By Association grace the lounge with mixed acoustic instrumentation. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 496-8994. VillaGe harmony: College-age singers offer South African songs and dances, village music from the Balkans and Ukraine, contemporary shape-note songs, and Renaissance motets. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Info, 773-1715.


edible herb WalK: Annie Reed educates folks on which woodland plants are safe to eat in a wander down the Old Schoolhouse Common nature trail. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, summer solstiCe sunset stroll: Walkers amble along the bike path looking for signs of wildlife with members of the Winooski Valley Park District. Delta Park, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5744.


home-sharinG orientation: Attendees learn more about the agency that matches elders and people with disabilities with others seeking affordable housing or caregiving opportunities. HomeShare Vermont, South Burlington, noon-12:30 p.m. & 5:30-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-5625, sPend smart: Those who struggle to save learn savvy skills for managing money. Champlain Valley


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A canoe trip on Otter Creek quickly turns up evidence of Native American habitation, including chert and quartzite artifacts. That’s why it’s part of the NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL hosted by NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Saturday, the Lake Champlain June 23, and Sunday, June 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Maritime Museum Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes. with members of the Preregister for Saturday’s canoe trip. $25 adult, Elnu and Missisquoi $15 child, free for children under 5. Info, 475-2022. Abenaki as well as the Band of the encampment.html Coosuk and the Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation. Hear tribal members singing and drumming, and watch as they demonstrate basket making, quillwork, bead decoration and food preparation in authentic dress. Visitors can also navigate other bits of Lake Champlain history by boarding full-size replica vessels at the museum’s docks or viewing the museum’s contemporary “Lake Studies” art exhibit featuring local fiber artists, sculptors and painters.



mountain biKe ride: Onion River Sports staff bring intermediate to advanced riders to different area trails each week. Carpooling is an option; call ahead for details. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 5 p.m. Free; riders under 15 must be accompanied by an adult; riders under 18 need signed parental permission; helmets required. Info, 229-9409. Wednesday niGht World ChamPionshiPs: Fast riders vie for bragging rights in town-line sprints. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free; riders under 15 must be accompanied by an adult; riders under 18 need signed parental permission; helmets required. Info, 229-9409. WinoosKi riVer sojourn: Paddlers take to their canoes or kayaks on an adventure down the river basin, guided by river scientists, historians and naturalists. Various locations statewide, 9 a.m. Various prices; see for full schedule and prices. Info, 882-8276.


helene lanG: A living-history presentation, “Dorothy Canfield Fisher: A Vermonter for the World,” sheds light on the writer’s life. Bennington Senior Center, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 442-1052. jeff Gold: In “Intimate Landscapes,” the artist, musician and historian offers an illustrated lecture on the paintings of Thomas Worthington Whittredge. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. yestermorroW summer leCture series: Burlington architect Rolf Kielman explores the art of “Making Good Towns: From Norway to Switzerland to Vermont.” Yestermorrow Design/ Build School, Waitsfield, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 496-5545.

‘CirCles of saWdust: CirCus tales of mud, myth, maGiC, mirth & mayhem’: Circus Smirkus founder Rob Mermin performs a multimedia solo show filled with tales of the adventure and comedy to be found in circus life. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 229-0492. ‘Good PeoPle’: The Dorset Theatre Festival present’s David Lindsay-Abaire’s thoughtful drama on the “haves” and “have nots.” Dorset Theatre, 8 p.m. $20-45. Info, 867-2223. metroPolitan oPera summer enCore: Juan Diego Flórez stars in a broadcast of Rossini’s comic opera Le Comte Ory. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6:30 p.m. $12-15. Info, 748-2600. ‘nunsense’: Saint Michael’s Playhouse sets the stage for Dan Goggin’s hilarious and heavenly musical, in which the nuns must put on a talent show to cover funeral funds for dearly departed sisters. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 8 p.m. Call for price. Info, 654-2281. ‘thorouGhly modern millie’: Stowe Theatre Guild follows Kansas girl Millie as she enthusiastically sets out to see the world during the rip-roaring ‘20s. Akeley Memorial Building, Stowe, 8 p.m. $13-23. Info, 253-3961.


authors at the aldriCh: Vermont Wild writers Eric Nuse and Megan Price bring the adventures of fish and game wardens to life. A concert in Currier Park follows. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 476-7550. Poe jam With duG naP: Literati take to the mic with poetry and spoken-word expressions — plus a little music. BCA Center, Burlington, 8-11 p.m. Info, 865-7166.

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summer booK sale: See WED.20, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.


mastermind GrouP meetinG: Big dreamers build a supportive network as they try to realize business goals in an encouraging environment. Best Western Waterbury-Stowe, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7822.


VillaGe-buildinG ConVerGenCe: See WED.20, 7 p.m.


oPen Knit & CroChet: Stitch and tell: Fiber fans work on current projects in good company. Kaleidoscope Yarns, Essex Junction, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 288-9200.


Contra danCe: Mary Wesley calls the steps to tunes by Pete Sutherland and special guests. All dances are taught; no partner required. Musicians are welcome to bring instruments and join the band. Pierce Hall Community Center, Rochester, 7:30-10 p.m. $5-8. Info, 617-721-6743. square danCe WorKshoP: Spectators are welcome as the Green Mountain Steppers square dance club and others do-si-do and swing their partners ‘round. St. John Vianney Parish Hall, South Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7283 or 893-4784.


biG niGht silent auCtion: Bidders vie for a Mexican getaway, Fenway tickets and more at a benefit for HowardCenter programs improving the lives of children, teens and adults. Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, 5:15 p.m. $75; preregister. Info, 488-6911, mount mansfield sCale modelers: Hobbyists break out the superglue and sweat the small stuff at a miniature-construction skill swap. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-0765. seaba annual meetinG: A little business leads into an evening of food, drinks, music and networking, with remarks by Mayor Miro Weinberger. SEABA Center, Burlington, 5-8:30 p.m. $10-15 for Flamingo Fling Silent Auction. Info, 859-9222. Vermont food Venture Center mini oPen house: Folks meet the staff, tour the kitchens, and learn about launching a food or agricultural business. Vermont Food Venture Center, Hardwick, open house and tour, 4:30 p.m.; networking and seminars, 6:30 p.m. Free for members; $10 for nonmembers. Info, 472-5362,

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jenny brooK family blueGrass festiVal: A four-day celebration of traditional bluegrass tunes includes concerts by the Gibson Brothers, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, J.D. Crowe and the New South, and others; master workshops; and kids activities. Tunbridge World’s Fairgrounds, 2-8:55 p.m. $10-35 per day; $35-95 per weekend; free for kids 16 and under. Info, 380-4106. Wanderlust Vermont: Yoga and live music meet and mingle in a four-day party featuring tunes from Ziggy Marley and Ani DiFranco; mat sessions led by Seane Corn, Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman; and talks by Eli Pariser and Joel Salatin. Stratton Mountain Ski Resort, 1:30-midnight. Various prices.


‘art21: art in the tWenty-first Century’: Viewers screen episodes of the only prime-time, national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 12:30-1:30 p.m. & 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 253-8358.


‘Battle Royale’: High schoolers must fight to the death in Kinji Fukasaku’s award-winning sci-fi thriller, which came way before The Hunger Games. BCA Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.

‘dReam Big, Read!’ cRaFt seRies: First through fifth graders work on projects related to dreams and nighttime. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

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eaRly-liteRacy stoRy time: Weekly themes educate preschoolers and younger children on basic reading concepts. Westford Public Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-5639, westford_pl@vals.state.

FletcheR allen FaRmeRs maRket: Locally sourced meats, vegetables, bakery items, breads and maple syrup give hospital employees and visitors the option to eat healthfully. McClure Entrance, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 847-0797, hinesBuRg lions FaRmeRs maRket: Growers sell bunched greens, herbs and fruit among vendors of fresh-baked pies, honeycomb, artisan breads and marmalade. United Church of Hinesburg, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 482-3904 or 482-2651. JeRicho FaRmeRs maRket: Passersby graze through locally grown veggies, pasture-raised meats, area wines and handmade crafts. Mills Riverside Park, Jericho, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 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, newnorthendmarket@ Peacham FaRmeRs maRket: Seasonal berries and produce mingle with homemade crafts and baked goods from the village. Academy Green, Peacham, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 592-3161. taste oF newPoRt: Foodies dine their way through town, from a VIP reception to eight participating restaurants to a final soirée at the East Side Restaurant & Pub. Various locations, Newport, 4:30 p.m. $65; $100 per couple; preregister. Info, 323-1056, 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, 522-5965, info@waterburyfarmersmarket. com.

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

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chcB welcome home week celeBRation: See WED.20, 7 a.m.-noon. & 1-4:30 p.m.

meditation 101: Folks enlighten up as Martha Tack focuses on the stress-relief benefits of this calming practice. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 6:30-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 633-4136.


Booked FoR lunch seRies: Kids in grades K and up listen to a librarian read themed stories. Bring a bagged lunch. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.


aRchie FisheR: The Scottish folk-music legend strums guitar and sings in his only area performance. Whallonsburg Grange Hall, N.Y., 7 p.m. $10. Info, 518-962-4386. city hall PaRk lunchtime PeRFoRmances: Percussion-and-guitar duo Afri-Vt let loose by the fountain. Burlington City Hall Park, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. singeRs & songwRiteRs evening: Local and regional bands and Woodstock Union High School students and alumni dole out pop, folk and country on the mezzanine. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 6-8 p.m. Donations accepted for Music @ the Mezz. Info, 457-2295. snow FaRm vineyaRd conceRt seRies: Picnickers take in live classical, jazz, swing, bluegrass and classic rock by the grape vines every Thursday evening. Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero, grounds open, 5 p.m.; concert, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; cost of food and drink. Info, 372-9463.


aaRP saFe dRiveR couRse: Motor vehicle operators ages 50 and up take a quick trip to the classroom — with no tests and no grades! — for a how-to refresher. Charlotte Senior Center, 10 a.m. $12-14; preregister. Info, 425-6345. estate Planning: Forward thinkers learn the basics of estate planning and probate avoidance, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advanced directives and beneficiary designations. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 5:307 p.m. Free. Info, 879-8790.


thuRsday night nationals: Bikers set the pace for a weekly ride along ever-changing routes. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free; riders under 15 must be accompanied by an adult; riders under 18 need signed parental permission; helmets required. Info, 229-9409. winooski RiveR soJouRn: See WED.20, 9 a.m.


‘don Pasquale’: The Emerging Artist production of the Green Mountain Opera Festival brings Donizetti’s opera buffa to the stage. Gate House Base Lodge, Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 8 p.m. $30; free for kids under 13. Info, 496-7722. ‘good PeoPle’: See WED.20, 8 p.m. ‘i love you, you’Re PeRFect, now change’: Lost Nation Theater’s cast of four portrays the many stages of love in an energetic musical comedy. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $10-30. Info, 229-0492. THU.21

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cRaFteRnoon: Visual learners entering grades K through 8 expand their horizons in arts activities. Sarah Partridge Community Library, East Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-7588.

teen cluB: Adolescents stave off — yawn! — summer boredom with movies, snacks, games and more. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


sPiRitual tools FoR healing, cReativity, intuition & soul alignment: Mindfulness learners tap into clairvoyant intuition and self-awareness in a class with Cynthia Warwick Seller. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 540-0247.

Pinkletinks & Pollywogs: Tots ages 3 to 5 and their parents sleuth about the Peeper Pond for frogs, tadpoles and water tigers. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 10-11 a.m. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per additional child. Info, 434-3068.


heRBal FiRst aid: Learn to make nontoxic, practical plant preparations, including bug spray, after-sun spray and sore-muscle rub. City Market, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700.

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


‘FRom tRash to tunes’: Dennis Waring wows the crowd with handmade, repurposed musical instruments. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:3011:30 a.m. Free; ticket required. Info, 388-4097.

Photo: Ben Resnik

FaRm & Food touR: A caravan-style expedition to Hardwick-area farms and food producers introduces visitors to a bustling agricultural community. Center for Agricultural Economy, Hardwick, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $50; free for children under 12; preregister. Info, 472-5840.

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‘Napshots of the suburbs’: As part of a series of performance-art pieces called Napshots of My Life, Burlington artist, poet and lyricist dug Nap pairs projected folk art with half-true tales of his early life in the fictional town of Starksbend. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $14-18. Info, 863-5966. ‘NuNseNse’: See WED.20, 8 p.m. ‘stratford shakespeare festival’s ‘the tempest’’: All eyes are on Christopher Plummer as he takes the starring role in an acclaimed broadcast production of Shakespeare’s tale of revenge and love. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $15-18. Info, 748-2600. the metropolitaN opera summer eNcore: Anna Netrebko stars as a queen driven mad in a broadcast of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y.,, 7 p.m. $14-16. Info, 518-523-2512. ‘thoroughly moderN millie’: See WED.20, 8 p.m.

summer book sale: See WED.20, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.



village-buildiNg coNvergeNce: See WED.20, 9:30 a.m.


woodstock digital media festival: Innovators in new media explore the art, apps and ideas shaping how we interact, work and play in the digital world. Various locations, Woodstock, noon10:30 p.m. Various prices. Info, 291-0663.


ballroom lessoN & daNce social: Singles and couples of all levels of experience take a twirl. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; open dancing, 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269. C O UR T

‘botaNica’: MOMIX dancers flit like insects and undulate like sea creatures in a fantastical production about nature incorporating video BU TT projections and puppetry. ER FA See calendar spotlight. Moore RM Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $10-53. Info, 603-646-2422. BR








mad robiN coNtra daNce: Geordie Lynd, Anthony Santoro and Brian Perkins soundtrack spirited dancing in the traditional New England style. Bring clean, nonmarking shoes and a dessert for the half-time potluck. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 9-11 p.m. $4-8. Info, 503-1251.

‘first positioN’: catamouNt arts ceNter: See above listing. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $5-7. Info, 748-2600. ‘october baby’: After learning she was adopted after a failed abortion, college frosh Hannah (Rachel Hendrix) tries to make sense of her past in this pro-life film by Andrew and Jon Erwin. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $5-7. Info, 748-2600. ‘the dictator’: Sacha Baron Cohen plays a supreme ruler in his latest satirical comedy, “inspired” by Saddam Hussein’s memoirs. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.

food & drink

bellows falls farmers market: Music enlivens a fresh-food marketplace with produce, meats, crafts and ever-changing weekly workshops. Waypoint Center, Bellows Falls, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 463-2018. brews iN bloom: Drink in a festival of craft beers and fun food pairings, presented by Easter Seals Vermont. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 6-9 p.m. $35; $65 imperial partner includes souvenir pint glass. Info, 318-2594, burger Night: Live music by Hard Scrabble lends a festive air to a local feast of grass-fed beef or black-bean burgers, hot dogs, fresh-baked buns, salads and cookies. Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free; cost of food; BYOB. Info, 985-9200. chelsea farmers market: A long-standing town-green tradition supplies shoppers with eggs, cheese, vegetables and fine crafts. North Common, Chelsea, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 685-9987, five corNers farmers market: From natural meats to breads and wines, farmers share the bounty of the growing season at an open-air exchange. Lincoln Place, Essex Junction, 3:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 5cornersfarmersmarket@gmail. com. hardwick farmers market: A burgeoning culinary community celebrates local ag with fresh produce and handcrafted goods. Granite Street,

richmoNd farmers market: An open-air emporium connects farmers and fresh-food browsers. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-620-3713,




‘first positioN’: Six young dancers try to raise the barre at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix competition in Bess Kargman’s award-winning documentary. Proceeds benefit Vermont Ballet Theater and School; Flynn Center executive director John Killacky and VBT artistic director Alex Nagiba introduce the screenings. Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas, Burlington, 7 p.m. & 9:15 p.m. $20. Info, 863-5966.


africaN dJembe lessoNs: Beat keepers practice djembe and doundoun rhythms with Chimie Bangoura. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 377-9721, coN brio: Literally translated as “with vigor” or “with spirit,” the San Francisco band offers strikingly soulful vocals and old-school grit. Vermont Arts Exchange at Sage Street Mill, North Bennington, 8 p.m. $18-22. Info, 800-838-3006. JacksoN gore outdoor music series: Banjo Dan & the Mid-nite Plowboys turn the lawn into an outdoor concert venue. Grill goodies or full-service dining available. Jackson Gore Inn, Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 228-4041. ‘o’carolaN’s farewell to music’: World-renowned harpist and storyteller Patrick Ball performs a theater piece of Irish music on the rare wire-strung harp as the opener for the sixth annual Carolan Festival. The Old Meeting House, East Montpelier Center, 7-9:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 229-9468.

plaiNfield farmers market: Berries, farm produce, meat and eggs draw grocery-shopping locavores to the green. Mill Street Park, Plainfield, 4-7 p.m. Free.




lyNdoN farmers market: More than 20 vendors proffer a rotation of fresh veggies, meats, cheeses and more. Bandstand Park, Lyndonville, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info,


w.s. di piero: The winner of the 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize excerpts his work, which appears in 10 books of poetry. Phoenix Books Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.

waNderlust vermoNt: See THU.21, 10 a.m.-midnight.

ludlow farmers market: Merchants divide a wealth of locally farmed products, artisanal eats and unique crafts. Okemo Mountain School, Ludlow, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 734-3829, lfmkt@tds. net.


book discussioN series: caNadiaN cultural diversity: Readers analyze Emily Carr’s Klee Wyck, a collection of 24 stories “aboot” the natives of Canada’s west coast. North Hero Public Library, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 372-5458.

rockfire: Summer solstice revelers take in the granite quarries through a Friday night bonfire. Saturday brings daylong walks, art, music and performances, plus the launching of sky lanterns. Proceeds go toward the purchase and preservation for public use of 400 acres of Barre’s historic quarry lands. The Lodge at Millstone Hill, Websterville, 8 p.m. $10 donation for Friday; $15-18 per person or $40-45 per family for Saturday. Info, 479-1000.

homemade mozzarella: Dairy farmer Lindsay Harris of Hinesburg’s Family Cow Farmstand shows how easy it is to concoct the Italian-style cheese in a home kitchen. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700.



JeNNy brook family bluegrass festival: See THU.21, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Hardwick, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 533-2337,


‘you’re a good maN, charlie browN’: Charles Schultz’s comic-strip characters come alive in a family musical by Weston Playhouse Theatre Company. Weston Rod & Gun Club, 4 p.m. $8-15. Info, 824-5288.

friday Night live: Pedestrians take over a main thoroughfare through town for this weekly outdoor bash featuring beer gardens, two stages for live music and children’s entertainment, and a variety of shopping and eating options. Center Street, Rutland, 6-10 p.m. Free. Info, 773-9380.






stowe wiNe & food classic: kick-off wiNe tastiNg: Connoisseurs compare and contrast wines of Italy. West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park, Stowe, 5-7 p.m. $75. Info, 888-683-2427.

health & fitness

avoid falls with improved stability: A personal trainer demonstrates daily practices for seniors concerned about their balance. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 10 a.m. $5. Info, 658-7477. tai chi for arthritis: AmeriCorps members from the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging lead gentle, controlled movements that can help alleviate stress, tension and joint pain. Winooski Senior Center, 10-11 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 865-0360.


dream big! youth media lab: Fledgling filmmakers create movies and explore related technology in a collaborative program cohosted by Middlebury Community Television. For kids entering fourth grade and up. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. ‘dream big, read!’ craftacular kick-off: Readers pledge to keep it up over the summer at this craft-and-snack get-together. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. duNgeoNs & dragoNs: Imaginative XP earners in grades 6 and up exercise their problem-solving skills in battles and adventures. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. high school booklust: Teans dish on the reads they love — and the ones they love to loathe. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Jeh kulu daNce aNd drum theater: West African rhythms enliven the library lawn. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. soNgs & stories with matthew: Musician Matthew Witten helps kids start the day with tunes and tales. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 1010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956, brownell_library@ top chef sheNaNigaNs: With a limited selection of ingredients, teens are tasked with creating inventive culinary concoctions. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.

‘striNgs & viNes’: The Eleva Chamber Players perform for growing grapes and good listeners alike at a concert of music by Mozart, John Rutter and Vermont composer Michael Close. Wine and cheese tastings enliven the atmosphere. Lincoln Peak Vineyard, New Haven, 6-9 p.m. $25-250 suggested donation. Info, 244-8354. the michele fay baNd: An acoustic quartet stirs up seamlessly blended folk, swing and bluegrass as part of a summer concert series. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1500, ext. 253. the robert cray baNd: Special guest Brooks Hubbard opens for this Blues Hall of Famer and all-around singing, songwriting guitar legend. Lebanon Opera House, N.H,, 7:30 p.m. $28-48. Info, 603-448-0400. the school of rock & roll coNcert: After a weeklong intensive on the finer points of playing in a rock band, young musician-campers take the stage to show what they’ve learned. Instructor Clint Bierman joins in. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 382-9222. ukulele Jam sessioN: Players pull up a chair for informal strumming with John Penoyar. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 482-5189.


ceNtral vermoNt relay for life: Vermonters battle cancer with overnight laps that raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Montpelier High School, 6 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 872-6331. chitteNdeN couNty relay for life: Vermonters battle cancer with overnight laps that raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 872-6316. Nembafest mouNtaiN bike festival: Pedalers break a sweat on the slopes at this inaugural athletic event, a weekend of riding including a bike expo, group rides, live music and food. Burke Mountain Ski Resort, 10 a.m. $50-129. Info, 626-7300. wiNooski river soJourN: See WED.20, 9 a.m.


browN bag series: Tom McGrath of the Transportation Research Center hosts a discussion about “Massachusetts Plugs In: Lessons From the Bay State.” Decision Theater, Farrell Hall, UVM, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3946.


‘aveNue Q’: People and puppets weave a hilarious tale of trying to make it big in the Big Apple in this R-rated production by the Valley Players.


See calendar spotlight. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 8 p.m. $18. Info, 583-1674.

away due to lack of funds; bring a bag lunch. Info, 434-6319.

Wanderlust Vermont: See THU.21, 10 a.m.-midnight.

‘Careless Love’: Depot Theatre sings its way through Ryan G. Dunkin’s country/blues love story about a falsely accused felon released from jail just as his sweetheart is about to marry his friend. Depot Theatre, Westport, N.Y., 8 p.m. $27. Info, 518-962-4449.

Woodstock Digital Media Festival: See FRI.22, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.


‘Good People’: See WED.20, 8 p.m. ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’: See THU.21, 8 p.m. ‘La Bohéme’: Green Mountain Opera Festival singers display their mastery of the Italian libretto in Puccini’s tale of struggling French artists. Barre Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $25-70. Info, 496-7722. ‘Napshots of the Suburbs’: See THU.21, 8 p.m. ‘Nunsense’: See WED.20, 8 p.m. ‘Special Deliveries’: Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre presents a staged reading of Vermonters Harrison Lebowitz and Kyle de Tarnowsky’s musical comedy about babies and reincarnation. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 775-0903. ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’: See WED.20, 8 p.m. ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’: See THU.21, 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.



Heron Carving Class: Green Mountain Wood Carvers’ David Tuttle aids whittlers in a hands-on bird craft. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $25-35; preregister. Info, 434-2167.

‘Botanica’: See FRI.22, 8 p.m.


food & drink


Bristol’s 250th-Anniversary Celebration: Two and a half weeks of special events fête the town known as “The Gateway to the Green Mountains.” See for schedule. Various locations, Bristol, 8 p.m.-midnight. Various prices. Info, 453-7378. Horses, Herd & Leadership Demonstration: Certified equine guided educator Lucinda Newman explores human leadership and social dynamics by identifying parallels in horse communication. Horses and Pathfinders Center, Moretown, 10 a.m.noon. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-1903, lucinda@

Listening Party: Vermont multimedia artist Rebecca Mack performs Records, a full-color artist’s book with a read-along soundtrack that distills 10 years of captured images and sound. Pure Pop Records, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2652.


Kite Fliers Meeting: Common interests soar as fans of tethered aircrafts meet like-minded peers. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 658-0030.

Occupy Central Vermont General Assembly: Citizen activists incite the change they want to see in the world. Visit for location. Various locations, Montpelier, 3-5 p.m. Free.


Motorcycle Scavenger Hunt: Adventurous hog riders map their way through the state on a weeklong challenge to support the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. Results must be turned in by noon on July 1. Green Mountain Harley-Davidson, Essex Junction, 9 a.m. $20; $5 per copilot. Info, 878-4778. Native American Encampment: Folks rewind to our region in earlier times as members of Abenaki tribes share traditional singing, drumming, dancing, wampum readings and crafts. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $6-10; free for members and kids under 5. Info, 475-2022.


Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont Field Day Weekend: The airwaves buzz as a local club of ham operators takes part in an emergency radio exercise to connect with similar stations across the globe. Redmond Road, Williston, 2-6 p.m. Info, 879-6589.

Saturday Art Sampler: Artistic types create wearable masterpieces of fused-glass jewelry. Davis Studio Gallery, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $24. Info, 425-2700.

Summer Book Sale: See WED.20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.



Village-Building Convergence: See WED.20, 9:30 a.m.


fairs & festivals

Jenny Brook Family Bluegrass Festival: See THU.21, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. RockFire: See FRI.22, 2-11:15 p.m.

Burlington Wine & Food Festival: An eat-anddrink extravaganza features sipping sessions with a selection of more than 250 fine wines; seminars with noted vintners, chefs and sommeliers; and an array of area gourmet food. Waterfront Park, Burlington, noon-4 p.m. & 5-9 p.m. $50-60; for ages 21 and up with valid ID only. Info, 863-5966. Capital City Farmers Market: Fresh produce, pasteurized milk, kombucha, artisan cheeses, local meats and more lure local buyers throughout the growing season. Live music and demos accent each week’s offerings. 60 State Street, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958, Champlain Islands Farmers Market: Baked items, preserves, meats and eggs sustain shoppers in search of local goods. St. Joseph Church Hall, Grand Isle, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 372- 3291. Chicken Barbecue: Fiddler Bonnie Tucker sets the tone for a summery feast of goods from the grill, plus baked beans, coleslaw, rolls and dessert. Baptist Building, Fairfax, 5-7 p.m. $10-12. Info, 644-5094. Feast With the Beasts: Folks talk among toads and tigers at a dinner of creative, local cuisine. Proceeds benefit the museum’s school services, collections care and building maintenance. Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Ticket price TBA. Info, 748-2372. Mount Tom Farmers Market: Purveyors of garden-fresh crops, prepared foods and crafts set up shop for the morning. Parking lot, Mount Tom, Woodstock, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 7632070, Northwest Farmers Market: Stock up on local, seasonal produce, garden plants, canned goods and handmade crafts. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 373-5821. Norwich Farmers Market: Neighbors discover fruits, veggies and other riches of the land, not to mention baked goods, handmade crafts and local entertainment. Route 5 South, Norwich, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447, Rutland County Farmers Market: Downtown strollers find high-quality fruits and veggies, mushrooms, fresh-cut flowers, sweet baked goods, and artisan crafts within arms’ reach. Depot Park, Rutland, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 773-4813. Shelburne Farmers Market: Harvested fruits and greens, artisan cheeses, and local novelties grace outdoor tables at a presentation of the season’s best. Shelburne Parade Ground, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 985-2472, shelburnefarmersmarket@

Ticks & Tick-Borne Diseases: Franklin County Home Health Agency staff members and Lymedisease educators Lynn Crosby and Ellen Read address ways to prevent and deal with bites and illnesses. Bliss Auditorium. St. Albans Historical Museum, 2-5 p.m. Free. Info, 393-6717.


Family Fun Foray: A Bug’s Life: Inquisitive minds comb through the meadows with an expert educator, uncovering the thriving insect world. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 10 a.m.-noon. $8-10; preregister. Info, 359-5000, ext. 223. Fun With Jane Napier: Music, puppets, tales and crafts amuse summer readers ages 2 to 5. Highgate Public Library, 10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 868-3970. Pet Parade & Summer Reading Kick-off: Little ones lead their pets or stuffed-animal buddies on a cavalcade outside the library and then settle in for live music and face painting. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Pipsqueak Jamboree: A zany clown heads up music and storytelling antics for young’uns. Haskell Free Library & Opera House, Derby Line, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 334-2216 or 873-3022, ext. 205.


Carolan Festival: Fans of Irish harper and composer Turlough O’Carolan share his music — much of it with a baroque influence — through open and small sessions, country dances, music and dance performances, and a potluck supper. Mallery Farm, Worcester, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $10; $15 per family; $5 off with ticket stub from O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music. Info, 229-9468. Essex Children’s Choir: Counterpoint, Maple Jam, Wayne Hobbs and Benjamin Dickerson join the youth ensemble in a 25th-anniversary concert, “Many Voices, One Orchestra.” Breeding Barn at Shelburne Farms, 3 p.m. $12-25. Info, 863-5966. Hartland JazzFest: More than 40 jazz artists — including Bob Merrill, the Interplay Jazz All-Stars and the Billy Rosen Quartet — raise the sound at an outdoor, family-friendly concert. Foster Meadows, Hartland, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, ‘Strings & Vines’: See FRI.22, Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery, Berlin, 6-9 p.m. Susie Arioli Band: A Montréal International Jazz Festival phenom performs works from the Great American Songbook with five musicians. Montgomery Historical Society, 8 p.m. $15-18. Info, 326-3135.


Build-a-Deck Workshop: Do-it-yourselfers join a skilled instructor at a Champlain Housing Trust home to learn the details of planning and constructing a deck. Champlain Housing Trust, Burlington, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 861-7342. Sat.23

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Awakening the Dreamer; Changing the Dream Symposium: Indigenous wisdom and modern knowledge overlap in a transformative experience that uses videos, personal reflection and group activities to create a new future for the planet. The Healer Within You, Williston, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 suggested donation; no one will be turned

The Middlebury Community Players’ Annual Picnic: Lovers of local theater bring a side dish or dessert to a cookout celebration with a preview of next season and elections for the 20122013 board. Branbury State Park, Salisbury, 1 p.m. Name-drop “MCP Picnic” at the gate for free park admission. Info, 488-0516.

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

Be the Match: Bone Marrow Donor Drive: Vermonters do a simple cheek swab and fill out a questionnaire to see if they can help save a life. Held in honor of Alison Pochebit, who is currently battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia with the help of two donors. Main Street Landing Board Room at the Lake and College Building, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, www.


Stand Up Showcase: “Win a Date With Joan Rivers” runners-up Kyle Gagnon, Justin Rowe and Abhi Kulkarni get their moment in the spotlight, and fill it with side-splitting wit. Josie Leavitt guest emcees. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $12. Info, 863-5966.

Reach Fest 2012: A Celebration of Time & Talents: Reach Service Exchange Network members — who regularly swap time, skills and talents to build community and improve quality of life — share what they have to give through musical performances, baked goods, inspiring stories and more. Trinity United Methodist Church, Montpelier, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 262-6043.

Bristol Farmers Market: Weekly music and kids activities add to the edible wares of local food and craft vendors. Town Green, Bristol, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 453-6796, bristolfarmersmarket@

health & fitness



Preservation Burlington Historic Walking Tour: Walkers and gawkers see the Queen City through an architectural and historic perspective. Meet in front of Burlington City Hall, Church Street Marketplace, 11 a.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 522-8259.

Annual Strawberry Festival: Strawberry fields set the stage for delicious baked goods, pony rides, a petting zoo and more. Sam Mazza’s Family Farm, Colchester, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission; some activities charge a small fee. Info, 655-3440.

Waitsfield 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.

The Potted Herb Garden: Participants learn about selecting, growing and designing container gardens with author and lecturer Jo Ann Gardener. Sweet Lime Cooking Studio’s Jessica Bongard gives out samples of herb-based treats and beverages. Red Wagon Plants, Hinesburg, 10 a.m. $25 includes three herb plants and potting soil; bring gloves and a container; preregister. Info, 482-4060.

‘October Baby’: See FRI.22, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. ‘The Kid With a Bike’: A preteen is left parentless in Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s 2011 drama, and a kindly hairdresser takes him under her wing. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.

John ‘Fat Kid’ Coryea Memorial Ride: Hogs spin their wheels to 8 Ball Billiards Café. Proceeds support an educational fund for John Coryea’s daughter. North End Harley-Davidson, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 11:30 a.m. $20 per rider; $10 per passenger; $15 for barbecue only. Info, sbart001@plattsburgh. edu.


‘First Position’: Catamount Arts Center: See FRI.22, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Stowe Wine & Food Classic: Gala Dinner & Live Auction: Diners tuck into a five-course meal with wine pairings, followed by dancing. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, 6 p.m. $195. Info, 888-683-2427.

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Digital ViDeo eDiting: Final Cut Pro users learn basic concepts of the editing software. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 651-9692. Human Scale DeVeopment WorkSHop: Forward thinkers consider the basic needs of the greater Burlington community and formulate a vision for its improved future. Peace and Justice Center, Burlington, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 264-2767, open meDia WorkSHop: Professional or novice film editors learn about various programs for mixing and enhancing all of their video assets into a single project. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 651-9692.


BaSin HarBor 5k & kiDS Fun run: Joggers pound the ground amid gorgeous Green Mountain scenery. Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, registration, 7 a.m.; kids fun run, 8:30 a.m.; 5K, 9 a.m.; awards, 9:45 a.m. $5-30. Info, 475-2311.

‘careleSS loVe’: See FRI.22, 8 p.m. ‘Don paSQuale’: See THU.21, UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 8 p.m. $30. Info, 496-7722. ‘gooD people’: See WED.20, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. ‘i loVe you, you’re perFect, noW cHange’: See THU.21, 8 p.m. ‘nunSenSe’: See WED.20, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

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ricHarD & kate ruSSo: The Pulitzer Prizewinning author of Empire Falls and his illustrator daughter discuss their four-volume book Interventions, which is intended to celebrate the print medium. Phoenix Books Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.

jenny Brook Family BluegraSS FeStiVal: See THU.21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. WanDerluSt Vermont: See THU.21, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


‘FirSt poSition’: catamount artS center: See FRI.22, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. ‘octoBer BaBy’: See FRI.22, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. ‘SpartacuS’: A slave instigates a violent rebellion against the Roman empire in Stanley Kubrick’s defining historical epic. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.

food & drink

ceDar circle Farm StraWBerry FeStiVal: Horse-drawn wagon rides, berry picking, kids crafts and other diversions honor the arrival of the favored summer fruit. Cedar Circle Farm, East Thetford, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Most activities are free; $5 per car. Info, 785-4737. ice cream SunDayS: Who needs the ice cream man? Visitors churn their own flaK vors while learning about the AN D scientific and historical aspects CE DA RC of the tradition. Billings Farm & IRC L E FARM Museum, Woodstock, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 457-2355. AR

eVelyn grace geer & tHe lepine SiSterS: The Morristown author of The Lepine Girls of Mud City: Embracing Vermont shares a story of a generation of steadfast Vermonters. Phoenix Books, Essex, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.

fairs & festivals



health & fitness

ruFF riDe: Wheeled riders spin through the state to support the animals of the Addison County Humane Society. Motorcycle rides leave from CycleWise, New Haven, at 8:30 a.m.; bike rides depart from the Ski Haus of Vermont, Middlebury, at 10 a.m.; rides finish at the Middlebury Green with a barbecue. Info, 388-1443,


‘you’re a gooD man, cHarlie BroWn’: See THU.21, 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.

raDio amateurS oF nortHern Vermont FielD Day WeekenD: See SAT.23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


‘tHorougHly moDern millie’: See WED.20, 8 p.m.

natiVe american encampment: See SAT.23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


‘tHe maDneSS oF engleBurt’: Spyglass Theater stages a series of improvisational skits, some based on audience suggestions. T.W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center, Montpelier, 7:30-9 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 223-1010.

Burlington-area ScraBBle cluB: Triple-lettersquare seekers spell out winning words. New players welcome. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 12:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 862-7558. texaS HolD ‘em tournament: Poker-faced players engage in some charitable gaming to benefit Moose charities. Moose Lodge, St. Albans, 1 p.m. $42 buy-in at noon. Info, 527-1327.


‘Special DeliVerieS’: See FRI.22, 7:30 p.m.

carniVal SHmarniVal!: Fire juggling, storytelling, a bounce castle and homemade treats entertain kids and their grownups at this fundraiser for Gan Yeladim Preschool. Chabad of Vermont, Burlington, 3-7 p.m. $3-5; $18 family maximum. Info, 859-9317.


meDitation & Spiritual toolS For intuitiVe liVing, Soul purpoSe & Spiritual Healing: Practitioners communicate with their higher selves through aura, chakra and energy activities. Rainbow Institute, Burlington, 11 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 671-4569.


Family cHallenge riDe: Bike-path cyclists pedal their way through a guided scavenger hunt, which ends with popsicles and a raffle for prizes. Local Motion, Burlington, 2-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 8612700, ext. 106. nemBaFeSt mountain Bike FeStiVal: See FRI.22, 10 a.m. Vermont paDDleBoarD FeStiVal: Stand-up “surfers” test the water through clinics, free classes and fun races. The inaugural fest benefits the Friends of the Winooski River. Waterbury Center Park, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 plus $3 day-use fee. Info, 253-2317. Vermont Sun triatHlon: First timers and experienced racers alike take on a 600yard swim, 14-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run in one of the country’s oldest triathlon series. Branbury State Park, Salisbury, 8 a.m. $62; $92 per relay team. Info, 388-6888.

PA preparation For impact: DD LE BO Cameron Jersey leads a yoga AR D FE S T class for all skill levels. Partial IVAL proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 9 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 518-314-9872.


‘aVenue Q’: See FRI.22, 8 p.m.


WinooSki FarmerS market: Area growers and bakers offer “more than just wild leeks.” On the green, Champlain Mill, Winooski, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info,

SunDay on park Street: a garDen tour: Flora fans appreciate lush private gardens at historic homes at a fundraiser for library improvements and renovations. Brandon Free Public Library, 1-5 p.m. $15-20. Info, 247-8230, info@brandonpubliclibrary. org.



Balkan Folk Dancing: Louise Brill and Larry Gordon organize people into lines and circles set to complex rhythms. No partner necessary. Burlington Dances, Chace Mill, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. $6 donation. Info, 540-1020,


WinooSki riVer Sojourn: See WED.20, 9 a.m.


early-morning BirD Walk: A ramble through the woods rewards a.m. risers with glimpses of feathered chirpers ... and coffee. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 7-8:30 a.m. Free. Info, 4342167,


nemBaFeSt mountain Bike FeStiVal: See FRI.22, 10 a.m.

Village-BuilDing conVergence: See WED.20, 9:30 a.m.

StoWe Wine & FooD claSSic: granD taSting & Silent auction: Eaters rub elbows with winemakers and culinary experts as they sample world-class food-and-drink selections and attend cooking demonstrations. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, 12-4 p.m. $60. Info, 888-683-2427.


long trail century riDe: Up to 500 cyclists are expected to complete 20-, 50- and 100-mile routes at this second annual fundraiser for Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports. The Pete Kilpatrick Band plays at an après-ride party. See calendar spotlight. Long Trail Brewing Co., Bridgewater Corners, 7 a.m. $50-100 plus additional fundraising; $10-20 for the postrace party only. Info, 353-8129.




FaSt & FuriouS 5k FunD run/Dog Walk: Save Our Strays supporters — of the four-legged variety, too — raise money for the care of homeless animals on a walk or jog. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 9-11:30 a.m. $20; donations accepted. Info, 434-5033.

Barn Shops Field, Stowe, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027 or 498-4734,


Bike tour: BriDgeS, BakerieS & Beer: Historian and bridge expert Bob McCullough leads a 25-mile cycling fundraiser for the UVM Historic Preservation Program Alumni Association, imparting historical info about Vermont towns and pastoral landscapes. Folks take pit stops at local bakeries and a brew house. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $100; $18-20 bike rentals through Onion River Sports. Info, 598-1293.


introDuction to tHe gluten-Free Diet & Store tour: Herbal education coordinator Cristi Nunziata helps folks with gluten allergies or sensitivities adapt to a new diet. City Market, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 861-9700. miDDletoWn SpringS StraWBerry FeStiVal: Berry aficionados relish a taste of the summer bounty in shortcake, biscuits and ice cream while music and vendor exhibits do the entertaining. Middletown Springs Historical Society, 2-4 p.m. Free admission; $6 for food. Info, 235-2561 or 235-2376. StoWe FarmerS market: Preserves, produce and other provender attract fans of local food. Red

Qi-erciSeS: Jeff Cochran hosts a session of breathing-in-motion exercises. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10:30 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 518-314-9872.


WillSBoro WanDerer Bicycle riDe: Helmet heads embark on hilly 35- or 50-mile rides along low-traffic New York roads. There are two potential ice cream stops. Charlotte Ferry Dock, 8:30 a.m. Free; bring money for the ferry and food stops. Info, 363-0963. WinooSki riVer Sojourn: See WED.20, 9 a.m.


‘aVenue Q’: See FRI.22, 8 p.m.

SunDayS For FleDglingS: Youngsters go avian crazy in hiking, acting, writing or exploring activities. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 2-3 p.m. Free with museum admission, $3-6; free for members; preregister. Info, 434-2167, museum@


104.7 Fm tHe point & Vpr Welcome Ben & jerry’S concertS on tHe green: The Vermont Symphony Orchestra join Sarah McLachlan on the lawn. Shelburne Museum, gates, 6 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. $55-59; free for kids under 12; sold out. Info, 652-0777. leFt anD rigHt: Virginia rockers play an all-ages show. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $3-5 suggested donation. Info, 518-586-2182. ‘StringS & VineS’: See FRI.22, Shelburne Vineyard, 3-6 p.m. SunDay jazz: Drummer Harvey Sorgen and saxophonist Esa Pietila combine their talents. Brandon Music, 7 p.m. $15-18. Info, 465-4071. tHe Will patton enSemBle: Listeners take in live jazz on the shores of Lake Champlain. Proceeds benefit the Creative Arts Youth Scholarship Fund of Grand Isle County. Grand Isle Lake House, grounds open for picnicking, 5:30 p.m.; performance, 6:30 p.m. $20-25; free for children ages 12 and under with paying adult. Info, 372-8889.

‘careleSS loVe’: See FRI.22, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. ‘gooD people’: See WED.20, 3 p.m. ‘i loVe you, you’re perFect, noW cHange’: See THU.21, 2 p.m. ‘la BoHéme’: See FRI.22, 3 p.m. ‘tHe guineVere project’: Vermont Artists’ Space Grant recipient Carol Caldwell-Edmonds offers a work-in-progress showing of her group’s creative venture, in which a virtual game character graces the stage. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 3 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 863-5966. tHe Valley Home companion: an olD-time raDio Variety SHoW: Local musicians and performers dole out live tunes, jokes, skits and the continuing adventures of “Eb” and “Flo” in a old-school benefit for Post Mills Congregational Church, 3 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 333-4082. ‘you’re a gooD man, cHarlie BroWn’: See THU.21, 3 p.m.

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Summer Book Sale: See WED.20, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.


tropical Storm irene Support group: Recovery workers gain peer support as they process their emotions and develop coping skills. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 279-4670.


Our 20th Annual POPS CONCERT & FIREWORKS! dance

DanceFest: Folks of all ages freestyle dance to hip-shaking, roof-raising music. No instruction and no partner needed. North End Studios, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. $3. Info, 863-6713. ‘Dear Pina’: Twenty-eight Vermont dancers move to choreography by Hannah Dennison, Amy LePage and Hanna Satterlee in a large-scale dance/theater tribute to the late Pina Bausch. See calendar spotlight. Breeding Barn at Shelburne Farms, 7 p.m. $15-25. Info, 863-5966.


Women & trans night: Genderqueer cyclists make repairs and bolster their bike confidence in wrench workshops led by Bike Recycle Vermont staffers. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Info, 264-9687.


‘First Position’: catamount arts center: See FRI.22, 5:30 p.m. ‘Frozen river’: Courtney Hunt’s wrenching 2008 drama centers on a single mother who smuggles illegal immigrants across the border to make ends meet. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘october baby’: See FRI.22, 7:30 p.m.

food & drink

burger night: Live music by the Chris Dorman Ensemble lends a festive air to a local feast of grass-fed beef or black-bean burgers, hot dogs, fresh-baked buns, salads and cookies. Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free; cost of food; BYOB. Info, 985-9200. straWberry Festival: Fruit fans tuck into ruby-red berries residing in shortcake at a benefit for the Champlain Valley Christian School. Airs by the Vergennes City Band round out the affair. Vergennes City Park, 6-8 p.m. $5. Info, 759-3218.

and potential players welcome. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0030,

urban herb Walk: Clinical herbalist Guido Masé leads a stroll through Burlington to identify medicinal plants peeking out of the sidewalks, parks and lawns. City Market, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700.


bob alDrich memorial king street center golF invitational: Fore! Players tee off on the green to support the King Street Center. Burlington Country Club, 8:30 a.m. $200. Info, 862-6736, ext. 103, ors cyclocross cruise: Riders rise and descend on a network of dirt roads. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free; riders under 15 must be accompanied by an adult; riders under 18 need signed parental permission; helmets required. Info, 229-9409.

the backPack theater: Talented young thespians perform The Gingerbread Boy for all ages. Highgate Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970.


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‘careless love’: See FRI.22, 8 p.m.



backyarD comPosting: Folks learn how to transform food scraps into soil — without attracting neighborhood raccoons — in a workshop with James McSweeney of the Highfields Center for Composting. City Market, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700.


summer book sale: See WED.20, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.


‘Dear Pina’: See MON.25, 7 p.m.


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green Drinks: Activists and professionals for a cleaner environment raise a glass over networking and discussion. Lake Lobby, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0188.


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‘stream oF consciousness: river oF WorDs’: How are words like water? Community members let their ideas flow in a public-participation art project, which artist Christine Destrempes explains in an introductory presentation. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 4:30-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 649-2200, beth.krusi@montshire. org.

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young ProDucers WorkshoP: Someday Spielbergs get a hands-on introduction to the world of television with Lake Champlain Access TV. For 8- and 9-year-olds only. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420.

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story & activity time: Little ones participate in exciting activities based on the summer-reading theme: “Dream Big, Read!” Crafts include decorating a dream journal and making a dream catcher. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581,

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stories With megan: Preschoolers expand their imaginations through dream-themed tales, songs and rhymes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1111:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

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‘star Wars’ club: May the Force be with fans as they share their favorite moments from the flicks. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

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reaDing buDDies: Teen mentors foster a love of books in little ones. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 2-3 p.m. Free; call to sign up. Info, 878-6956.

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Play time PlaygrouP: Children under 6 with developmental delays or Down syndrome gather with peers, as well as visiting specialists from a variety of fields. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 310-1861.

Thursday, June 28th, 7:30 pm

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

health & fitness

music With raPhael: See THU.21, 10:45 a.m.

Georgia Brass Band

sambatucaDa! oPen rehearsal: New players are welcome to pitch in as Burlington’s AfroBrazilian street percussion band sharpens its tunes. 8 Space Studio Collective, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017.

marjorie caDy memorial Writers grouP: Budding wordsmiths improve their craft through “homework” assignments, creative exercises and sharing. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 388-2926, cpotter935@comcast. net.

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‘First Position’: Catamount Arts Center: See FRI.22, 5:30 p.m. ‘October Baby’: See FRI.22, 7:30 p.m. ‘The Outsiders’: Two teen gangs in rural Oklahoma face off in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 crime drama. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. Tuesday Night at the Movies: Cinephiles screen film gems, sleepers and festival favorites. This month’s selections: Thelma and Louise and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. $8. Info, 496-8994.

food & drink

Homemade Ginger Ale & Fruit Sodas: Folk Foods’ Jason Frishman brings on the fizzy fun as participants flavor bubbly drinks with berries, lemons, oranges and ginger. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700. Rutland County Farmers Market: See SAT.23, 3-6 p.m.

health & fitness

Steps to Wellness: Cancer survivors attend diverse seminars about nutrition, stress management, acupuncture and more in conjunction with a medically based rehabilitation program. Fletcher Allen Health Care Cardiology Building, South Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2176. Tai Chi for Arthritis: See FRI.22, Westford Library, 2-3 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.




Meet the Vermont Lake Monsters Baseball Players: Members of the sports team read tall tales to tots and autograph baseballs. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Preschool Story Hour & Take-Home Craft: Tales and hands-on activities help children become strong readers. Sarah Partridge Community Library, East Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-7588. Summer Story Hour: Kids craft during tale time. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. The Backpack Theater: Talented young thespians perform The Gingerbread Boy and The Emperor’s Nightingale. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Try It at the Library: Kids entering grades four through six saddle up as author Anne Hambleton and a special mystery guest read from Raja: Story of a Racehorse. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.

Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 503-1220. Milton Community Band Rehearsals: Concert-band musicians are invited to listen or join in as the ensemble tunes up for summer concerts. Band Room. Milton Elementary School, 7-8:45 p.m. Free. Info, 893-1398.


Buddhism in a Nutshell: Amy Miller serves up a comprehensive overview of the Tibetan Buddhist path in bite-size modules, combining meditation, lively discussion and practical exercises. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 633-4136.


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





Mayfair Park Annual Meeting: Residents of South Burlington Fire District No. 2 convene to hear neighborhood news and developments. Community Lutheran Church, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 999-1075.

Make Stuff!: See WED.20, 6-9 p.m.


‘Dear Pina’: See MON.25, 7 p.m. Sacred Circle Dancing: No experience and no partners are necessary for these ancient and modern movement patterns set to gentle, slow, international music. Suitable for all adults, including seniors. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; bring water. Info, 978-424-1482.


Burlington Trail Fun Run: Runners discover local trails reachable from downtown with OGE staffers. Arrive at the store early for schwag from outdoors retailers; friendly, paced 3.6-mile run begins at 6 p.m. Outdoor Gear Exchange, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 888-547-4327.

Bristol’s 250th-Anniversary Celebration: See SAT.23, 7 p.m.

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

Global Films in the Park: Cinephiles screen award-winning documentaries and short films from Cuba, the UK, Mexico, Israel and Palestine in a monthly summer series. Burlington City Hall Park, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 660-2600,


‘Nunsense’: See WED.20, 8 p.m. ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’: Three Weston Playhouse Theatre Company actors play all the characters in this Sherlock Holmes thriller, adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson. Weston Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. Call for price. Info, 824-5288. ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’: See THU.21, 4 p.m.


Alison Bechdel: The author of Are You My Mother? excerpts and discusses passages of the hilarious and moving memoir. Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 229-0774. Alix Kates Shulman: The author reads from her new novel Menage, called “a brilliantly wry and entertaining comedy of desires” by Booklist. Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 472-5533.




‘First Position’: Catamount Arts Center: See FRI.22, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

‘October Baby’: See FRI.22, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. ‘Turn Me On, Dammit!’: A 15-year-old girl in a sleepy Norwegian town resorts to hormone-fueled sexual fantasies in Jannicke Systad Jacobsen’s 2011 comedy. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.

food & drink

Barre Farmers Market: See WED.20, 3-6:30 p.m. Champlain Islands Farmers Market: See WED.20, 4-7 p.m. Williston Farmers Market: See WED.20, 4-7 p.m.

health & fitness

An Evening of Yoga: Vermonters affected by Tropical Storm Irene blow off steam in a stressrelieving exercise for beginners. Williamsville Hall, South Newfane, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 249-3628. Detox Through Nutrition & Herbs: Naturopathic physician Kitt Guaraldi addresses symptoms of sluggishness, fatigue, headaches, insomnia and more as she details ways to do a gently cleanse. Healthy Living Market and Café, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Marna’s Weekly Guided Meditation: See WED.20, 5:30-7 p.m.

Container Gardening: Ed Smith, author of The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, advises growers on ways to achieve flower power — even in a small spaces. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail. com.


Pause-Café: French speakers of all levels converse en français. Panera Bread, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.

Plant It & They Will Come: Gardeners focus on landscaping with native plants to attract local wildlife and pollinators. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 5 p.m. $15-20. Info, 229-6206.


Create Your Own Fairy House: Preschoolers through second graders craft tiny abodes for mythical pixies. Highgate Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 868-3970.



Castleton Summer Concerts: Satin and Steel make a scene on the green. Old Chapel Green, Castleton, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 468-1206. City Hall Park Lunchtime Performances: Marimba artist Jane Boxall lets loose vintage 1920s ragtime sounds by the fountain. Burlington City Hall Park, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival Emerging Artist Concert: High school through graduate school students of an annual summer conservatory perform virtuosic solos and chamber music pieces for their peers and the public. UVM

Summer Book Sale: See WED.20, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.


Locavore 2.0: Food + Tech Entrepreneurs: Panelists from FarmPlate, Three Revolutions, FarmsReach, YourFarmstand and LocalvoreToday shed light on how the internet can help reshape the way the food ecosystem functions. Maglianero Café, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 862-8261, ext. 2856.


Improv Night: See WED.20, 8-10 p.m.

Chess Club: See WED.20, 5:30 p.m. Chess for Kids: See WED.20, 3-4 p.m.

Garden Story Time: See WED.20, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Montgomery Playgroup: Little ones exercise their bodies and their minds in the company of adult caregivers. Montgomery Town Library, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Pajama Story Time: See WED.20, 6:30-7 p.m. Read to a Dog: Bookworms share words with Rainbow, a friendly Newfoundland and registered therapy pooch. Fairfax Community Library, 4-5 p.m. Free; preregister for a 15-minute time slot. Info, 849-2420. Summer Story Time: Rug rats revel in the wonder of reading. East Montpelier Fire Department, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

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

/kenekt/: A trio from western Massachusetts offers “comprovisational folk.” ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $3-5 suggested donation. Info, 518-586-2182. Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival Artist Faculty Concert: The artist faculty of an annual summer conservatory presents “The Meaning of Life: Love, Delight and Longing,” which features Barber’s Dover Beach, Piazzolla’s Three Tangos and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, op. 115. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $25; free for students under age 22 with school ID; students under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Info, 503-1220.


Mountain Bike Ride: See WED.20, 5 p.m. Wednesday Night World Championships: See WED.20, 5:30 p.m.


Yestermorrow Summer Lecture Series: Furniture maker Bruce Beeken explores the relationship of sustainable forestry and fine wood products in “Trees, Logs, Friends and Furniture.” Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Waitsfield, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 496-5545.


‘Good People’: See WED.20, 8 p.m. Metropolitan Opera Summer Encore: Mariusz Kwiecien stars in a broadcast screening of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6:30 p.m. $12-15. Info, 748-2600. ‘Nunsense’: See WED.20, 8 p.m. ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’: See TUE.26, 2 p.m. ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’: See WED.20, 8 p.m. ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’: See THU.21, 4 p.m.


Authors at the Aldrich: The Killing of Crazy Horse writer Thomas Powers brings the tragic tale of a great warrior to life. A concert in Currier Park follows. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 476-7550. Book Discussion: Jared Diamond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies examines the rise of Western civilization. Hartland Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 436-2473. Readings in the Gallery: Nationally recognized poets Pamela Harrison and Galway Kinnell voice their literary expressions before a reception and book signing. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. Rob Mermin & Rob Gurwitt: Bubbles and sleights of hand may be involved as the founder of Circus Smirkus and a Norwich writer excerpt their book, Circus Smirkus: 25 Years of Running Home to the Circus. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 457-2295. m



ART & POTTERY IN MIDDLEBURY: Location: Middlebury Studio School, 1 Mill St., lower level, Middlebury. Info: Middlebury Studio School, Barbara Nelson, 247-3702, ewaldewald@aol. com, middleburystudioschool. org. Adult: Pottery: Wednesday night wheel classes, Tuesday morning hand-building classes; also, weeklong sessions of pottery, oils, watercolors, self-portraits, digital photography, drawing, basket making, pastels and egg tempera. Children: weeklong sessions of pottery on the wheel and hand building beginning in June; weeklong art camps July through August. COLORED PENCIL WORKSHOP: Jul. 21, 10 a.m. Cost: $45/class, all supplies provided. Location: Firefly Collective, 200 Main St., suite 9, Burlington. Info: A Creative Place, Elizabeth Llewellyn, 951-9076, 2burmese@, acreativeplacevt. com. Colored pencils aren’t just for children! Come learn how to create beautiful paintings with colored pencils in this fun, supportive workshop.


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craft PAPER CRAFTS FOR KIDS: Jul. 2427, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $150/4-hr. class. Location: Kids Card Camp, 64 Central Ave. (old firehouse building), South Burlington. Info: Kelly, 609-405-2213, artsy.card@ This is a summer camp for budding paper crafters. I will introduce kids to the art of rubber stamping and designing with paper. Kids will have the opportunity to make a scrapbook, sets of cards and other small projects that they can take home daily. Eightstudent maximum.


education READING/MATH TUTOR: Jun. 25Aug. 10. Cost: $30/hr. Location: Your home, Chittenden & Franklin counties. Info: Pamela Towne, 881-4596, ptownevt@comcast. net. Is your child struggling with reading or math? Experienced educator available for summer tutoring. Individual or small groups.

exercise HOLISTIC EXERCISE CLASS: Fri. evenings, 7-8:30 p.m. beginning Jul. 6. Cost: $45/mo. or $15/ single class. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, Essex Jct. Info: Abair Acupuncture, Carrie Abair, 999-9717,, This a gentle exercise class designed for people who are new to physical disciplines or who want to get back into shape after a long period of inactivity. This class utilizes practices from martial arts, qigong and yoga to help students reconnect with their

DIGGING DEEPER W/ ORGANIC GARDENING: Jun. 24. Location: Karme Choling, 369 Patneaude Lane, Barnet. Info: 633-4417, Meet the vast community of soil life, from milk snakes and earthworms to soil bacteria and fungi. Examine soil’s texture, structure, nutrients, moisture and organic matter. Learn how to test soil fertility by adding compost, lime and mulch. For more information visit our website or call 633-2384.

health STUDENT & APPRENTICE PROGRAM IN ENERGY WORK HEALING: Dates & times will be arranged to accommodate the schedules of participants. Location: TBA, Middlebury. Info: Barbara, 324-9149, Medical intuitive and energy work practitioner Barbara Clearbridge is now accepting students and apprentices for individualized one-tothree-year part-time programs. Study what you need for home or professional use. Love offering (you determine what you can pay). Register now, sessions begin this fall. Yes, you can! WALKING IS NOT ENOUGH!: Tue., Jun. 26, one night only 5:30-7 p.m. 1.5-hour class. Location: Vermont Women’s Wellness in Mansfield Business Park, 71 Knight Lane, Williston. Info: Vermont Women’s Wellness, Molly Fleming, 872-7001,, Molly Fleming, ND, will talk about the health benefits and necessity of different types of exercise. Kendra Sowers, a certified trainer from Artemis Fitness in South Burlington, will demonstrate how to modify some basic exercises for different fitness levels and the safe use of bands and weights. 999-4689.

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herbs HERBALISM WORKSHOPS AT VCIH: Class times vary. See for details. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 250 Main St., suite 302, Montpelier. Info: Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Lisa Mase, 224-7100,, Treating Sleep Issues With Western Herbs: Chinese Medicine Approach. Make Your Own Flower Essences. Fermented Foods and Our Health. Sexual Health for Herbalists and (Other) Health Care Providers. Drawing Herbs: A Botanical Exploration. Growing and Wildcrafting Herbs for Your Home Apothecary. WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Wild Edibles Intensive 2012: Summer/Fall term: Aug. 19, Sep. 16 & Oct. 14, 2012. VSAC nondegree grants avail. to qualifying applicants. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122,, Earth skills for changing times. Experiential programs embracing local wild edible and medicinal plants, food as first medicine, sustainable living skills, and the inner journey. Annie McCleary, director, and George Lisi, naturalist.

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

martial arts AIKIDO: Adult introductory classes begin on Tue., Jun. 5, 6:45 p.m. Try out this class for $10. This fee can be applied toward our 3-mo. membership special rate for $190 (incl. unlimited classes 7 days/ wk.). Children’s classes begin on Sat., Jun. 2, 9 a.m. (ages 5-6) & 9:45 a.m. (ages 7-12). Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 951-8900, This Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape and reduce stress. The Youth Program provides scholarships for children and teenagers, ages 7-17. We also offer classes for children ages 5-6. Classes are taught by Benjamin Pincus Sensei, Vermont’s senior and only fully certified Aikido


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DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, info@ 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!

TAIKO, DJEMBE, CONGAS & BATA!: Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, 18 Langdon St., Montpelier. AllTogetherNow, 170 Cherry Tree Hill Rd., E. Montpelier. Info: Stuart Paton, 999-4255, Burlington! Beginners’ Taiko starts Tuesday, June 12; kids, 4:30 p.m., $60/six weeks; adults, 5:30 p.m., $72/six weeks. Advanced classes start Monday, June 11, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Cuban Bata and house-call classes by request. New Haven Town Hall Taiko, Wednesdays, three weeks, starts May 9, 6 p.m. Adults, $36, kids, $30, $48 for parent/child. Montpelier Haitian drumming starts June 14, East Montpelier, Thursdays! Cuban congas starts June 14, 5:30, $45/three weeks. Djembe starts May 17, 5:30 pm, $45/three weeks. Taiko starts June 14, 7 p.m., $45/three weeks. Friday women’s Haitian drumming starts June 15, 5 p.m., $45/three weeks.


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


CLAY: WHEEL THROWING: Jul. 12-Aug. 16, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly

SUMMER POTTERY CLASSES: Jul. 9-Aug. 24. Cost: $195/7 3-hr. classes. Location: Montpelier Mud, 961 Rte. 2, Middlesex. Info: Montpelier Mud, Michael Sullivan, 224-7000,, Classes begin July 9 for kids, teens and adults. Whether you are a beginner or experienced potter, enjoy hand building or the wheel, we have something for everyone. Come join in the fun!


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


BCA offers dozens of weeklong summer art camps for ages 3-14 in downtown Burlington from June to August – the largest selection of art camps in the region! Choose full- or halfday camps – scholarships are available. See all the camps and details at


DSANTOSVT DANCE LESSONS/ SOCIAL: Jun. 11-Jul. 9, 7-8:15 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $10/1hr. class. Location: Movement Studio, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: Tyler Crandall, 598-9204,, Once a month at the North End Studio. Next event: Saturday, June 23, 8 p.m.-midnight: catered bar, free lessons 8-9 p.m., only $5. Weekly lessons in salsa and Kizomba (African partner dance): currently, Kizomba, Monday nights, 7-8:15 p.m., $10. Call, visit our website or find us on Facebook. Don’t miss it, Wepa! LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Cost: $50/4-wk. class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Lessons also avail. in St. Albans. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757, kevin@firststepdance. com, Come alone, or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary.


TINY-HOUSE RAISING: Cost: $250/workshop. Location: Bakersfield, Northern Adirondaks, Lake Carmi. Info: Peter King, 9336103. A crew of beginners will help instructor Peter King frame and sheath a tiny house in Bakersfield, June 23-24, Northern Adirondaks, June 24-29 and Lake Carmi, July 14-15. Local housing available.

on Thu. Cost: $210/person, $189/ BCA member. Location: BCA Clay Studio, Burlington. An introduction to clay, pottery and the ceramics studio. 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! Class includes over 30 hours per week of open studio time to practice. Ages 16+. CLAY: WHEEL THROWING: Jul. 12-Aug. 16, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $210/person, $189/ BCA member. Location: BCA Clay Studio, Burlington. An introduction to clay, pottery and the ceramics studio. 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! Class includes over 30 hours per week of open studio time to practice. Ages 16+. DROP IN: LIFE DRAWING FOR ADULTS: Jul. 9-Aug. 13, 6:308:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $8/session, $7/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, Burlington. This drop-in class is open to all levels and facilitated by a BCA staff member and professional model. Please bring your own drawing materials and paper. No registration necessary. Ages 16+. Purchase a drop-in card and get the sixth visit for free! PAINTING: LANDSCAPE: Jul. 10-Aug. 14, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $160/person, $144/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, Burlington. Transform a favorite landscape image into a realistic, multilayered oil painting that employs the classical Renaissance techniques of master painters. The core principles taught in this class will benefit any painting style, subject matter or discipline. Ages 16+. PHOTO: CYANOTYPE/KALLITYPE: Tue., Aug 7, 6-9 p.m., & Sat., Aug 11, 10-3 p.m. Cost: $150/person, $135/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, Burlington. Learn how to create large digital negatives from your film or digital files and use those negatives to print beautiful, rich-blue cyanotype and deep-brown kallitype images on watercolor paper. No experience necessary. PHOTO: HANDMADE BOOKS: Jul. 19-Aug. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $120/person, $108/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, Burlington. Info: 865-7166. Use your own photographs to create a personal and unique handmade book. Learn to sequence and edit images to make an accordion fold book. Course covers image collecting, sizing, printing and bookmaking. No prior computer or bookmaking

experience necessary. No experience necessary. PHOTO: INTRO FILM OR DIGITAL: Jul. 11-Aug. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $145/ person, $130.50/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, Burlington. Info: 865-7166. Explore the basic workings of the manual 35mm film or digital SLR camera to learn how to take the photographs you envision. Demystify f-stops, shutter speeds and exposure, and learn the basics of composition, lens choices and film types/sensitivity. No experience necessary. PRINT: INTRO TO PRINTMAKING: Jul. 9-Aug. 13, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $200/person, $180/ BCA member. Location: BCA Print Studio, Burlington. Learn a variety of printing techniques that can be used in combination to create unique prints. Explore and use a variety of layering techniques and have fun experimenting. Demonstrations on monotype, intaglio, lino printing and silk screening are included. Cost includes use of open studio hours for class work. Ages 16+. PRINT: INTRO TO SILK SCREENING: Jul. 12-Aug. 16, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $200/person, $180/BCA member. Location: BCA Print Studio, Burlington. Design and print T-shirts, posters, fine art and more! Learn a variety of techniques for transferring and printing images using handdrawn, photographic or borrowed imagery. Cost includes over 30 hours per week of open studio hours for class work. No experience necessary! Ages 16+.







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teacher. Visitors are always welcome. AIKIDO CLASSES: Cost: $65/4 consecutive Tue., uniform incl. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, Aikido trains body and spirit together, promoting physical flexibility and strong center within flowing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others and confidence in oneself. Vermont Aikido invites you to explore this graceful martial art in a safe, supportive environment. MARTIAL WAY SELF-DEFENSE CENTER: Please visit website for schedule. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, 3 locations, Colchester, Milton, St. Albans. Info: 893-8893, Beginners will find a comfortable and welcoming environment, a courteous staff, and a nontraditional approach that values the beginning student as the most important member of the school. Experienced martial artists will be impressed by our instructors’ knowledge and humility, our realistic approach, and our straightforward and fair tuition and billing policies. We are dedicated to helping every member achieve his or her highest potential in the martial arts. Kempo, Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Wing Chun, Arnis, Thinksafe Self-Defense. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 660-4072,, Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and self-confidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Accept no imitations. Learn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


massage EXPLORATION OF MOVEMENT 14 CEU: Jul. 28-29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $245/14 CEUs ($225 if paid by Jul. 16; call about risk-free introductory fee). Location:

Touchstone Healing Arts , Burlington. Info: Dianne Swafford, 734-1121, swaffordperson@, ortho-bionomy. org/SOBI/DianneSwafford. Using Ortho-Bionomy, participants will learn to recognize and palpate patterns of joint and muscle movement in order to facilitate tension release and increase range of motion. These techniques help relieve tension in those stuck places in our body that keep our bodies from moving well (i.e., shoulder blades or pelvis that won’t move when someone is walking).

meditation AWAKEN THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR WITHIN!: Jun. 24-Jul. 1. Location: Karme Choling, 369 Patneaude Lane, Barnet. Info: 633-4417, Shambhala training is a series of workshops to show us how to take the challenges of daily life and turn them into opportunities for practice and social action. Suited for beginner and experienced meditators. For more information visit our website or call 633-2384. LEARN TO MEDITATE: Meditation instruction available Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appointment. The Shambhala Cafe meets the first Sat. of each month for meditation and discussions, 9 a.m.-noon. An Open House occurs every third Fri. evening of each month, 7-9 p.m., which includes an intro to the center, a short dharma talk and socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 So. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795, 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. SIMPLICITY RETREAT AT KARME CHOLING: Jun. 24-Jul. 1. Location: Karme Choling, 369 Patneaude Lane, Barnet. Info: 633-4417, Rediscover your natural ability to be present and cultivate peace in your daily life. This program is offered with one-day or full-week options and includes time for retreat, reading, reflection and meditation. For more information visit or call 633-2384.

outdoors WILDERNESS QUESTS FOR ADULTS: Women’s Quest in the Wilderness, Jul. 7-14. Rite of Passage for Adults, Jul. 21-29. Cost: $600/quest, sliding fee scale. Location: Various locations, Hyde Park. Info: Vermont

Wilderness Rites, Fran Weinbaum, 249-7377,, Be still. Listen. What in your life is calling you? When all the noise is silenced, the meetings adjourned, the lists laid aside and the wild iris blooms by itself in the dark forest, what still pulls on your soul? Join others who are seeking a deeper meaning in life.

painting WATERCOLOR WEDNESDAYS: Jun. 20-Aug. 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $30/3-hr. class. Location: Ginny Joyner Studio, 504B Dalton Dr., Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester. Info: Ginny Joyner, 655-0899,, ginnyjoyner. Keep up your watercolor skills or learn for the first time this summer with an opportunity to paint with Ginny Joyner in her studio at Fort Ethan Allen. Small, relaxed, nonjudgmental classes are open to all wishing to refine their skills. Work from life using displays set up each class or focus on your own subject matter. Bring your own supplies. Sign up for a single class, or as many as you like. Drop-ins welcome.

photography DIGITAL FOR DUMMIES & SMARTIES: Jun. 22-23. Location: First Baptist Church of Montpelier, 3 St. Paul St., Montpelier. Info: Wings Photography, Bryan Pfeiffer, 454-4640, bryan@, Give me a few hours and I’ll give you digital enlightenment. You’ll understand dials, buttons and menus on your point-and-shoot or SLR. Learn to set your camera for landscapes, sports, nature, grandkids or your own photo aspirations. Affordable class options this Friday evening or Saturday morning. Bryan Pfeiffer of WingsPhotography. com. ONE-ON-ONE PHOTOGRAPHY: Location: Linda Rock Photography, 48 Laurel Dr., Essex Jct. Info: Linda Rock Photography, Linda Rock, 238-9540,, Digital photography, one-on-one private classes of your choice: beginner digital photography, intermediate photography, digital workflow, lighting techniques, set up your photo business, portrait posing, Photoshop and more. $69/half day, $125/full day.

pilates INTRODUCTION TO PILATES: Jul. 11-Aug. 15, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $100/6 1-hour classes. Location: All Wellness, 128 Lakeside Ave., Burlington. Info: All Wellness, Alison Hopkins, 863-9900, info@allwellnessvt. com, It’s our goal in 2012 to spread the word that Pilates is not a fad workout! Through Pilates you will learn the fundamentals of movement. After six weeks, you will be prepared to join group Reformer Plus classes, so you can begin to further integrate Pilates into your life.

plants NEW BOTANICAL PRODUCT WORKSHOP: Jul. 7, 1-4 p.m.,

Weekly on Sat. Cost: $100/3hr. class ($90 for residents). Location: Community Room, Miller Community Recreation Center, 130 Gosse Ct., Burlington. Info: Miller Center, 540-1058, Center_Brochure_FINAL_2.01[1]. pdf. Summer Ragosta, PhD, will lead three-hour workshops about the role of plants in our lives, botanical classification systems and how to make simple herbal products. Students will receive supplies and create their own herbal product. Educational materials will be provided. Please bring one wide-mouth glass jar with tight-fitting lid.

pregnancy POSTNATAL PILATES: Jul. 10-Aug. 14, 11 a.m.-noon, Weekly on Tue. Cost: $100/6 1-hour classes. Location: All Wellness, 128 Lakeside Ave., Burlington. Info: All Wellness, Arica Bronz, 863-9900,, Pilates is a powerful tool that can help you regain strength, flexibility and confidence in your body post pregnancy. In this six-week class, both mat and reformer exercises will be taught with a focus on optimal alignment and full-body integration. Taught by Arica H. Bronz.

psychotherapy WOMEN’S WRITING THERAPY GROUP: Jul. 23-Sep. 24, 5:30-7 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $60/1.5-hr. class. Location: Wing Building, 1 Steele St., suite 122, Burlington. Info: Heather Parker, 522-0069, hpburlingtonvt@gmail. com. Exploring one’s internal world creatively through writing can aid in the healing process of depression, anxiety, low selfesteem and relational difficulties. Women’s Writing Therapy Group will encourage the development of self-expression and self-awareness through various writing styles and exercises: fiction, nonfiction, journaling, prose and poetry. Certain insurances may be accepted.

Two-Day Casting and Mold-Making Extravaganza! You will produce a two-part rubber mold and learn many other techniques. This workshop is aimed at artists who want to make molds with the least amount of frustration and with the most versatility of use. Materials will include rubber, plaster, concrete, resin, paper pulp and clay.

sports STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING: Weekdays by appt.; Sat. & Sun. Cost: $30/hourlong privates & semiprivates; $20 ea. for groups. Location: Oakledge Park & Beach, end of Flynn Ave., a mile south of downtown along the bike path, Burlington. Info: Paddlesurf Champlain, Jason Starr, 881-4905, jason@paddlesurfchamplain. com, Learn to stand-up paddleboard with Paddlesurf Champlain! Get on board for a very fun and simple new way to explore the lake and work your body head to toe. Instruction on paddle handling and balance skills to get you moving your first time out. Learn why people love this Hawaiian-rooted sport the first time they try it.

tai chi SNAKE-STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN: Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902, The Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill.

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reiki ANIMAL REIKI II: Jul. 14-15, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $225/11-hour class. Location: The Hooved Animal Sanctuary, Chelsea. Info: HeartSong Reiki, Kelly McDermott-Burns, 746-8834,, This class introduces the first three Reiki symbols. Students will experience energy of each symbol through three attunements and use of jumon and mantras. Meditation techniques, distance work and practice time with animals. Students will gain basic knowledge for working on any animal. Includes manual and certificate. Prerequisite: Reiki I.

sculpture MOLD MAKING & CASTING: Jul. 21-22, Aug. 25-26 & Sep. 22-23. Each day: 9 a.m. until as late as you want to work. Cost: $500/2 very full days, lunch, all materials provided, only 4 people per workshop for individualized attention. Location: Leslie Fry Studio, 48 Elm St., Winooski. Info: Leslie Fry, 999-5313,, Almost Instant Gratification Casting:

YOGA TOOLS FOR MOOD BALANCE W/ MAGGIE MAE ANDERSON: Jul. 16-Aug. 6, 5:45-7 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $80/ series. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burliington. Info: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 658-9440, A four-week yoga program focusing on breathing exercises, meditation, visualization and restorative yoga postures to learn skills for a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. Come explore new ways to relax, let go and renew yourself in a safe and fun environment.


30-Aug. 3. Cost: $525/person. Location: Tinmouth Pavilion on Chipman Lake, Tinmouth. Info: 236-6133, ydaley@sbcglobal. net, Have you always wanted to write or publish your story, book or poem? Join Howard Frank Mosher, Castle Freeman, Yvonne Daley, Verandah Porche, Chuck Clarino, David Budbill, Geof Hewitt, and writing coach, book “doctor” and agent Susan Sutliffe Brown in classes at the Green Mountain Writers Conference this summer.

yoga EVOLUTION YOGA: $14/class, $130/class card. $5-$10 community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, Burlington. Info: 864-9642, yoga@evolutionvt. com, Evolution’s certified teachers are skilled with students ranging from beginner to advanced. We offer classes in Vinyasa, Anusara-inspired, Kripalu and Iyengar yoga. Babies/kids classes also available! Prepare for birth and strengthen postpartum with pre-/postnatal yoga, and check out our thriving massage practice. Participate in our community blog: evoblog. LAUGHING RIVER YOGA: Yoga classes 7 days a wk. Individual classes range from $5 to $15; $115/10 classes; $130/unlimited monthly. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: 343-8119, We offer yoga classes, workshops, retreats and 200-hour teacher training taught by experienced and compassionate instructors in a variety of styles, including Kripalu, Jivamukti, Vinyasa, Yoga Dance, Yin, Restorative and more. Hit the beach for YogaSurf with Emily September 7-9 in York, Maine! PLANT SPIRIT YOGA RETREAT: Jul. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monthly on day 18. Cost: $90/retreat; sliding scale avail.: $60-120. Location: Metta Earth Institute, 334 Geary Rd. South, Lincoln. Info: Saprema Yoga, Lydia Russell, 229-6300,, Connect with the healing energies of nature through yoga asana and meditation. Enjoy yoga in a beautiful studio, meditate with the plants in peaceful gardens, and be inspired through storytelling, poetry, deep listening and mindful movement. Lydia Russell-McDade is an herbalist and yoga teacher. Preregistration required. YOGA SUTRA WORKSHOP: Jun. 30, 2-3 p.m. Location: Spirit Dancer Books, 125 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 370-2545. This workshop uses the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as a template for exploring growth of consciousness and our relationship with our thoughts. Basic Sanskrit recitation is followed by a discussion of the characteristics of the component sounds to illustrate their full meaning. This is a beginner-level course, cost is by donation.









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Ben Sollee talks cellos, mandolins and bicycle tours BY D AN BO L L E S






ellist and songwriter Ben Sollee first entered public awareness in 2005 as a member of songwriter Abigail Washburn’s all-star group the Sparrow Quartet, an ensemble that also included violinist Casey Driessen and Washburn’s now-husband, banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck. Since then, Sollee has built an increasingly impressive solo career in which he has released six albums and EPs and collaborated with such artists as the Vienna Teng Trio and fellow Kentuckian Jim James of My Morning Jacket. Sollee’s latest record, released earlier this year, is Live at the Grocery on Home. It highlights his creative and unconventional approach to the cello as well as his unique blend of folk, bluegrass and R&B that the Wall Street Journal calls “delightful, interesting, thoughtful [and] moving.” In advance of Sollee’s show at Burlington’s Signal Kitchen on Friday, June 22, Seven Days spoke with him by phone about using the cello in pop music, touring on a bicycle and a new mandolin he has commissioned from a local luthier.

SEVEN DAYS: When did you start playing the cello? BEN SOLLEE: I began my relationship with the cello in fourth grade, in public school. The teacher came around and played it for all the students. She was more of a violinist than a cellist, so she made all kinds of cool, scratchy sounds when she was trying to play, and I really liked that. I found that compelling and decided I was going to play it. I was the only one who played it at my school. It was fun. SD: What specifically about the cello did you find so appealing? BS: I’m not sure I knew then, but now I know the cello is just super versatile. In a manner of speaking, it’s kind of like the Swiss Army knife of the orchestra. You can use it for melodies, you can use it for texture or harmony or percussion. It’s a hugely variable instrument. And in that way you can survive with it in this music industry. If I were MacGyver, [the cello] would be the thing that gets me out of some weird situation. SD: When did you figure out that you could use the cello to write more pop-centric music? BS: I don’t really know. I guess I just started writing music around the social music I grew up around. Bluegrass music, folk music, R&B, all these styles that I would play with family and friends. And then I tried

my hand at writing songs, and eventually started recording and became the singing cellist that I am. SD: Speaking of instruments, you recently ordered a mandolin from Joe Cleary at Campanella Strings. BS: One of the things I think is pretty fascinating about Joe’s mandolins, and one of the things I’ve come to learn about myself, is that I’m a real mix of old and new. I come from this classically trained background where there is a ton of tradition. But now I’m sort of out in the waters, floating on the musical ship and learning new things and encountering new things. And I like to mix that up and be inclusive in my music. I feel like the instruments Joe is building very much physically embody that. He takes old, basically Italian violin-building techniques and puts them into an instrument that, here in America, has become a folk instrument, an instrument that’s built more like a guitar than anything else. So he’s bringing those two worlds together to create a unique-sounding mandolin. It has a pure, almost classical quality in the sound, but it can be rocked on as a folk instrument. Also, I’ve known Joe and his family for years, coming through traveling with Abigail Washburn, who introduced us. We’ve become friends over the years and, as he developed the idea of making these mandolins

and developed the doublepoint design, I just wanted one more and more. SD: Are the Sparrow Quartet still active? BS: Well, we haven’t played a show in a while, but there’s no deed on the table saying, “You shall never play again.” Hopefully it comes around again. The good thing is that Abigail is out building her solo audience, I’m out building my audience; so is Béla and so is Casey. And I think at some point we’ll come together and have a bigger audience. SD: You’re on the road a lot. Do you have any touring pet peeves? BS: I don’t think I do, really, because I kind of do it on my own terms. If I did have one, it would be that the way tours are booked is fairly unsustainable. I mean, nothing about traveling great distances from your home is very sustainable. But tours are booked based on availability, so you put the call out and sort of zigzag all over the place. I think morally it’s kind of weird to make your living off a gamble. Because every time you’re on the road, you roll the dice. You make this deal with a promoter to get this amount of people, then you work your butt off. And it’s a roll of the dice whether it will work or not. That said, I make the product. I’m not asking anybody to labor extensively for no money, other than myself.

SD: You have also toured on bicycles, which must be rewarding. BS: I make decisions based on my ethics. The nature of the beast with touring is that you have to use gasoline to get from place to place. And one of the things we learned from the bicycle tours is how to route a tour in a sustainable way. Build it on a path instead of just whatever you can get. SD: And it seems like a great way to see the country, to boot. BS: It is. And we get a lot out of [bike tours]. We don’t do them to be green, whatever that means these days. We do them to slow down, to put a limitation in place, and really experience the country we’re traveling through. And in the communities we’ve gone to, it resonated because we gave a damn enough to get on a bike and ride into their town. And they’ve remained really supportive places for us. There is also the sheer truth of the economics of being a touring band, and gas prices going up, that made bike touring more compelling. So from a commercial standpoint, it’s a valuable thing to do. And from a spiritual and artistic standpoint, it’s a healthy thing, too. 

Ben Sollee plays Signal Kitchen in Burlington this Friday, June 22, at 8:30 p.m. $12/15. 18+.



Daysie Dukes

So have you filled out your Seven Daysies ballot yet? If not, you’d best hurry up. The deadline is this Friday, June 22, after all. When the results for our annual awards come in, I’m always curious — and often a little surprised — to see whom you’ve voted for. I don’t vote myself. It seems a little conflictof-interest-y. But I find your answers fascinating. So this year, I thought I’d offer my two cents on who I would consider for some of the categories relevant to the local music scene if I did vote — which I don’t. To be clear, I’m not suggesting you vote for these folks, nor am I campaigning for anyone. Rather, I’m looking to provoke a little discussion before you head to the ballot box. The venue categories tend to be pretty predictable. The Best Large LiveMusic Venue is perennially awarded

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horse. And don’t forget about venues outside of Burlington, such as On the Rise Bakery in Richmond, the Bee’s Knees in Morrisville and, of course, the greatest bar in the world, Charlie O’s in Montpelier. Best Up-and-Coming Vermont Musical Performer is another fascinating category, with several options — partly because “up-andcoming” is a nebulous term. Waylon speed, for example, are well established locally. But they’d still be considered newcomers for most audiences. You could say the same about acts such as Barika, the Vermont Joy parade, split tongue CroW and ZaCk dupont, all of whom have had good runs in the last year and are established but are technically on the rise. If we’re talking strictly newer bands, the ConCrete riVals deserve to be considered, as do shelly shredder, alpengloW, Craig mitChell & motor City and ChamBerlin — they’ve

The big news of the week comes to us by way of Higher Ground Presents, which on Monday announced, to the delight of morbidly depressed pop fans all over the state, that morrissey will perform at the Flynn MainStage on October 16. Tickets to see the iconic smiths front man go on sale this Friday, June 22, at 10 a.m. Jazz Fest might be over, but the long-running Friends of Joe series at Halvorson’s Upstreet Café is just getting started. For the uninitiated, the titular Joe is the late, great Big Joe Burrell, a beloved figure in Burlington jazz and blues whose smiling visage is immortalized — albeit rather creepily so at certain angles — in the life-size statue of him in front of the café on Church Street. The formerly weekly series has been trimmed down to the third Thursday of every month and gets under way this Thursday, June 21, with sax man daVe grippo.


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really only been around for little more than a year. It’s clearly a subjective and overwhelming category. And the options for Best Club DJ are similarly challenging, especially when you consider all the EDM collectives, such as mushpost, BonJour-hi, 2k deep and others. Best Vermont Standup Comedian could also go in any number of directions. nathan hartsWiCk might be the hardest-working man in local comedy. alex nief was transcendent at a recent Green Mountain Comedy Festival show. kit riVers is a star in waiting. Jason lorBer more than held his own opening for Joan riVers recently. And, having won this year’s Higher



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Ground Comedy Battle, kyle gagnon is the real deal, too. That’s not to mention the more established veterans, such as Josie leaVitt, traCie spenCer and the rest of the Vermont Comedy diVas. Best Unsigned Vermont Band is like the Daysies’ MVP award. And again, a staggering number of artists are worthy of the title. Among them, several of the groups in the preceding paragraphs, defending champs the lynguistiC CiVilians — who would seem to be a lock for the Best Vermont Hip-Hop Artist/ Group again, as well — the aZtext, ryan poWer, Japhy ryder, Blue Button, anders parker Cloud Badge — he’s signed as a solo artist, but the band isn’t — rough franCis, Wooden dinosaur … I could go on for a while. But that might just make a tough choice even harder. I don’t envy you. But happy voting!

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1/2 LOUNGE: Rewind with DJ Craig Mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free.

1/2 LOUNGE: Burgundy Thursdays with Joe Adler, Jack Chicago (singer-songwriters), 7 p.m., Free. Harder They Come with DJs Darcie, Sleezy D, Nick J and Chris Pattison (dubstep), 10 p.m., Free.

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BREAKWATER CAFÉ: Jive Attic (funk), 6 p.m., Free. CLUB METRONOME: Jeff Bujak, Serotheft (IDM), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+. FRANNY O’S: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Northern Exposure: Ground Zero, One Man Empire, Dented Personality, Homeland Security (rock), 8:30 p.m., $6. AA. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free. MONKEY HOUSE: AM & MSR Presents: These United States, Paper Castles (indie), 9 p.m., $8/10. 18+. NECTAR’S: Funkwagon, Gang of Thieves, the Treetop Sailors (rock, funk), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+. ONE PEPPER GRILL: Open Mic with Ryan Hanson, 8 p.m., Free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Karaoke, 7 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Julia Berrworth (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., Free. Steve Allain (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., Free. Mushpost Social Club (downtempo), 11 p.m., Free. RED SQUARE: Joshua Glass Band (rock), 7 p.m., Free. DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Mixx (EDM), 11 p.m., Free. T BONES RESTAURANT AND BAR: Chad Hollister (rock), 8 p.m., Free.



BAGITOS: Acoustic Blues Jam with the Usual Suspects, 6 p.m., Free. GUSTO’S: Open Mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Katie Trautz (folk), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.



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51 MAIN: Blues Jam, 8 p.m., Free. CITY LIMITS: Karaoke with Let It Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: Chris Birch (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., Donations.


BEE’S KNEES: Alan Greenleaf & the Doctor (blues), 7:30 p.m., Donations. THE HUB PIZZERIA & PUB: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 6 p.m., Free.

BREAKWATER CAFÉ: Bone Killers (rock), 6 p.m., Free. CLUB METRONOME: Spit Jack, Stone Bullet, 10K Ghost Volt (punk), 9 p.m., $3. DOBRÁ TEA: Robert Resnik & Friends (folk), 7:30 p.m., Free. FRANNY O’S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. HALVORSON’S UPSTREET CAFÉ: Friends of Joe: Dave Grippo & Co. (jazz, blues), 8 p.m., Free.

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punk and metal bands while in college in Santa Cruz, Calif. Though her current forays garner more comparisons to Cat Power and Mazzy Star than L7 or Bikini Kill, White’s music is still laced with undercurrents — albeit more subtle and artful — of visceral angst and brutal honesty. So goes her newly released record, Ode to Sentience. This Monday, June 25, she’ll be at the Monkey House in Winooski with songwriter JUDSON CLAIBORNE.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Mishka & Anuhea, Micah Brown (reggae), 8 p.m., $15/17. AA. LEVITY CAFÉ: Open Mic (standup), 8:30 p.m., Free. MONKEY HOUSE: Paul Curreri, Moga, Bird Dog (indie), 8:30 p.m., $8. 18+. NECTAR’S: Trivia Mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. Bluegrass Thursday: Gold Town, 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. O’BRIEN’S IRISH PUB: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Jenni Johnson & Friends (blues), 7 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Jazz Sessions, 6 p.m., Free. Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., Free. Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band (soul), 11 p.m., $3. RED SQUARE: Super K (reggae), 5 p.m., Free. People are Strange (The Doors tribute), 7 p.m., Free. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Cre8 (house), 10 p.m., Free. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Parks and Vachon (acoustic), 8 p.m., Free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Chelsea Barry (indie folk), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation. VENUE: Karaoke with Steve LeClair, 7 p.m., Free.


BAGITOS: Big Hat, No Cattle (acoustic), 6 p.m., Free. CLEAN SLATE CAFÉ: Clean Slate Quiz (trivia), 7 p.m., Free. GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Thirsty Thursday Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. NUTTY STEPH’S: Bacon Thursday: Mary Go Round (piano), 7 p.m., Free.

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51 MAIN: Nick Marshall (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., Free.

MOOG’S: Big John (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., Free.

CITY LIMITS: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free.


ON THE RISE BAKERY: Gabe Jarrett & Friends (jazz), 8 p.m., Donations.

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BEE’S KNEES: Fred Brauer (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations.


COSMIC BAKERY & CAFÉ: Folk by Association (folk), 7 p.m., Free.

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

THE HUB PIZZERIA & PUB: Guitar Jazz with Fabian, 6 p.m., Free.

LEVITY CAFÉ: Friday Night Comedy (standup), 8 p.m., $8. Friday Night Comedy (standup), 10 p.m., $8.

MOOG’S: D. Davis and Pat Melvin (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., Free. PARKER PIE CO.: Ira Friedman Trio (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Gary Peacock (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., Free. OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Karaoke, 6 p.m., Free. TABU CAFÉ & NIGHTCLUB: Karaoke Night with Sassy Entertainment, 5 p.m., Free. THERAPY: Therapy Thursdays with DJ NYCE (Top 40), 10:30 p.m., Free.


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1/2 LOUNGE: Scott Mangan & the Eggs with Emma Sky (singer-songwriters), 7 p.m., Free. Bonjour-Hi (house), 10 p.m., Free. BACKSTAGE PUB: Karaoke with Steve, 9 p.m., Free. BANANA WINDS CAFÉ & PUB: Adam Springer (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., Free.

LIFT: Ladies Night, 9 p.m., Free/$3. MONKEY HOUSE: Made in Iron, Chalice, Victim of Metal (metal, Iron Maiden tribute), 9 p.m., $8. NECTAR’S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. Dr. Green CD release, Bootleg, Teleport (rock), 9 p.m., $5. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Ryan Hanson Band (rock), 5 p.m., Free. The Hitmen (rock), 9 p.m., Free. PARK PLACE TAVERN: Cousin It (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free.


BAGITOS: Bad Mr. Frosty presents Girls Gone Folking Wild (folk), 6 p.m., Free. GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Jonny P (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2. TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Lucy Kaplansky (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $30. AA.

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51 MAIN: Miles Donahue & Jerry Bergonzi (jazz), 9 p.m., Free. CITY LIMITS: Top Hat Entertainment Dance Party (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: Queen City Bossa (bossa nova), 8 p.m., Donations.

RADIO BEAN: Shadow Waltz (country, blues), 7 p.m., Free. Iris Downey (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., Free. Indiana Hoover & Friends (folk), 9 p.m., Free. Wave of the Future (metal), 10 p.m., Free. Old English (prog-rock), 10:30 p.m., Free. Light. Sweet. Crude (electronic), 12:30 a.m., Free. Small Axe (rock), 1 a.m., Free.


RED SQUARE: Charley Orlando (blues), 5 p.m., Free. Waylon Speed (speedwestern), 8 p.m., $5. DJ Craig Mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5.

MATTERHORN: Eames Brothers Band (mountain blues), 9 p.m., $5.

RUBEN JAMES: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Supersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.

BREAKWATER CAFÉ: Hot Neon Magic (’80s New Wave), 6 p.m., Free.

SIGNAL KITCHEN: Ben Sollee (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., $12/15.

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

THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Briana White (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., $5-10 donation.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: The Skatalites, Van Gordon Martin, Husbands AKA (ska), 9 p.m., $17/20. AA.

VENUE: Last Words (rock), 9 p.m., $5. VERMONT PUB & BREWERY: Jenni & the Junketeers (funk), 10 p.m., Free.

BEE’S KNEES: Zack duPont (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. GREY FOX INN: Folk by Association (folk), 6:30 p.m., Free. THE HUB PIZZERIA & PUB: Deja Brew (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

MOOG’S: Green Mountain Distillers Night with the Copouts (rock), 9 p.m., Free. PARKER PIE CO.: Americana Acoustic Session, 6 p.m., Free. Zappa Night (Frank Zappa tribute), 8 p.m., Donations. RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. RUSTY NAIL: Citizen Bare (rock), 9 p.m., NA.


MONOPOLE: Yeah Bud (rock), 10 p.m., Free.

NAKED TURTLE: Glass Onion (rock), 10 p.m., NA. THERAPY: Pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.


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1/2 LOUNGE: Cynthia Braren (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Youngbloodz & 5kinAndBone5 with Kingbread (house, hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. BACKSTAGE PUB: The Hitmen (rock), 9 p.m., Free. BREAKWATER CAFÉ: Radio Flyer (rock), 6 p.m., Free. CLUB METRONOME: Retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5. FRANNY O’S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. JP’S PUB: Dave Harrison’s Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. LEVITY CAFÉ: Saturday Night Comedy (standup), 8 p.m., $8. MONKEY HOUSE: A Fire with Friends, the Proper, Left & Right (indie), 9 p.m., $5. NECTAR’S: Wolcott (rock), 5:30 p.m., Free. Briana White (solo acoustic), 7 p.m., Free. Dr. Ruckus, Pulse Prophets, the Hornitz (reggae, funk), 9 p.m., $5. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Smokin’ Gun (rock), 9 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Wylia Aurora Skye (singer-songwriter), 3:30 p.m., Free. My Politic (folk), 5 p.m., Free. Sons of Daughters (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. Andrea Tomasi (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Erin Powers (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., Free. Paul Curreri (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., Free. Emma Sky & the Eggs (folk), 10 p.m., Free. Lawrence Welks & Our Bear to Cross (experimental), 11:30 p.m., Free. SAT.23

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Continuing on a theme, Zack duPont’s new listening-room series starts this Sunday, June 24, at Black Box Theater in Burlington. The monthly series features some top-notch talent in an intimate setting conducive to — get this — actually listening to music, instead of being jostled around a loud, crowded bar. Novel, right? The debut installment features JOE “not that Joe Walsh” WALSH from the GIBSON BROTHERS and local soul man JOSHUA PANDA. 12v-review.indd 1

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Last but not least, happy trails to BRIAN MITAL and GEEDA SEARFOORCE, who are both stepping down from their posts at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. Mital, who will join Nectar’s Entertainment Group, was the BDJF’s managing director, and during his 10-year run helped oversee the fest’s remarkable expansion, including adding a second weekend and introducing the Waterfront World Tent to the festivities. On a personal note, he also put the smackdown on a certain soul diva for me last year when said diva tried to bail on a scheduled interview. Thanks,

dude. Searfoorce has been the BDJF’s associate director since 2006 and was also instrumental in the festival’s expansion. And she has great taste in pants. You’ll both be missed. But if you had to go, this year’s festival, which was my favorite to date, is a great way to go out on top. However, given that longtime Flynn artistic director ARNIE MALINA stepped down recently, as well, that seems like an awful lot of change, especially as we eye the BDJF’s 30th anniversary next year. Stay tuned. 


Listening In


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


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From the Dept. of Corrections: As several alert readers were kind enough to point out, my effusive praise of TROMBONE SHORTY’s Waterfront Tent show in last week’s column contained a goof. I stated that Shorty covered RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s “Killing in the Name.” It was actually “Bulls on Parade.” But, as one other reader noted, “Honestly, they’re not that different.” Zing! (By the way, do you want a job in music criticism? You’re a natural.)

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Those wascally SMITTENS are at it again and have their next full-length record, Believe Me, set to drop courtesy of London’s Fika Recordings on July 23. In the meantime, the band is releasing the album’s lead single, “Burning Streets of Rome,” and two B-sides already available as a digital single this Monday, June 25, at — and all the other usual e-record shops, of course. The band’s new label was nice enough to send along a preview of the track, which it describes as a “gay indie-pop dance floor-filler.” Yup. It’s pretty classic Smittens: catchy as hell with shades of the MAGNETIC FIELDS — not to mention a cheeky nod to the lead riff from BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’s “Born to Run.” It also features the vocals of new Smitten MISSY BLY, who will travel with the band on its upcoming European tour to promote the record.


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RED SQUARE: Emma Sky & the Eggs (folk), 5 p.m., Free. The Aerolites (rock), 8 p.m., $5. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $5. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: The Complaints (rock), 10 p.m., Free.


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BAGITOS: Irish Session with Sarah Blair, Hillary Farrington Koehler, Benedict Koehler, 2 p.m., Free. Jake Minter (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., Free. CORK WINE BAR: Whiskey Bullet (country), 8 p.m., Free. PURPLE MOON PUB: The Merry Run-Arounds (rock), 8 p.m., Free.

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51 MAIN: The Matchsticks (folk), 9 p.m., Free. BAR ANTIDOTE: Ragged Glory (Neil Young tribute), 9 p.m., Free. CITY LIMITS: Dance Party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free.


BEE’S KNEES: The Hubcats (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations. CHOW! BELLA: The Best Little Border Band (jazz), 6 p.m., Free.


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1/2 LOUNGE: Classics with DJ Craig Mitchell (techno), 10 p.m., Free.

GREY FOX INN: Folk by Association (folk), 6:30 p.m., Free.

BREAKWATER CAFÉ: DJ BP (Top 40), 3 p.m., Free.

THE HUB PIZZERIA & PUB: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.

CLUB METRONOME: Of the Trees, Space Jesus, Black Mic (electronic), 9 p.m., $5.

MATTERHORN: Dr. Yes & the No Nos (rock), 9 p.m., $5. MOOG’S: Willie Edwards Blues Band, 9 p.m., Free. RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. ROADSIDE TAVERN: DJ Diego (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free. RUSTY NAIL: Abby Jenne & the Enablers (rock), 9 p.m., NA.


MONOPOLE: Roadside Mystic (rock), 10 p.m., Free. NAKED TURTLE: Glass Onion (rock), 10 p.m., NA. TABU CAFÉ & NIGHTCLUB: All Night Dance Party with DJ Toxic (Top 40), 5 p.m., Free.

NECTAR’S: Mi Yard Reggae Night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., Free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Pine Street Jazz, 10:30 a.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Can’t Dog Band (acoustic), 11 a.m., Free. Old Time Sessions (old time), 1 p.m., Free. Trio Gusto (gypsy jazz), 5 p.m., Free. The Creepers (rock), 7 p.m., Free. Ryan Fauber album release (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., Free. Thee Swank Bastards (surf), 10 p.m., Free. Serotheft (jam), 11:30 p.m., Free. RED SQUARE: Eames Brothers Band (mountain blues), 7 p.m., Free.


BAGITOS: Gabe Sequeria (Spanish guitar), 11 a.m., Free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE: The Blank Tapes (rock), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.

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1 SOUTH STREET: Songwriter’s Series with Colin Lenox (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free.


BEE’S KNEES: Tom Gregory (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. PARKER PIE CO.: Open Mic, 7 p.m., Free. SWEET CRUNCH BAKE SHOP: John & Julie Compagna (acoustic), 10 a.m., Free.


NAKED TURTLE: YMCA Benefit: Glengarry Bhoys, Eat Sleep Funk (rock), 3 p.m., Donations.


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1/2 LOUNGE: Family Night Open Jam, 10:30 p.m., Free. HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Halestorm, New Medicine, Emphatic (rock), 7:30 p.m., $15/17. AA. MONKEY HOUSE: AM & MSR Presents: Emily Jane White, Judson Claiborne (singer-songwriters), 9 p.m., $10. 18+. MON.25

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name, with a doubled electric guitar and flute theme that winds devilishly around a proggy backdrop. The juxtaposition of pure flute tone and fuzzy guitar is initially a little jarring. But as the band settles into a groove, that pairing adds character and intrigue. Equally intriguing is Patricia Julien’s swinging spy-themed romp, “Brooklyn.” The songs sneaks and struts like a grinning Matt Helm — or maybe Derek Flint — at a cocktail party in the 1960s. “Joquina,” written by bassist Jeremy Harlos, begins as a brooding, ethereal number with no real time signature or meter. The tune meanders restlessly as flute, guitar and bass jostle for space, never quite finding resolution. It’s the most artistically adventuresome cut on the record. Alec Julien’s “Ten Suggestions” is next and drastically alters the mood with frantic electric swing that finds the two Juliens alternating flashy, hairtrigger solos over a walking bass line and drummer Caleb Bronz’s insistent beat. Not to be left out of the showy fun, Bronz tosses in a series of quickie drum solos.


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When last we heard from flutist Patricia Julien, she was leading a local supergroup of sorts, Fragile Zoe. That band’s 2010 record, Frame Problem, was a promising, if at times frustrating, exploration of jazz-funk fusion. While the band’s elite pedigree was impressive, the album suffered from a strange listlessness that overshadowed otherwise sparkling performances and compelling compositions. Julien is back with her own band, the Patricia Julien Project, and a new album, Still Light at Night. The PJP feature a similar lineup to FZ, but the results here vastly outstrip Frame Problem, as the band delivers a heady blend of jazz, swing and even a little prog rock that bristles with playful energy. Oh, yeah, and jazz flute. The album opens on “Sinster Nostalgia,” penned by Julien’s husband and fellow FZ alum, Alec Julien. The guitarist’s composition lives up to its


Jack Chicago is either batshit crazy or a misunderstood genius. And after spinning through Bidhitter, the debut sampler from the label he founded, Gläbostrøbe Records, I’ll be damned if I can figure out which. I first met Jack, whose given name is Derek Pinkham, one evening last winter at a Burlington watering hole. Jack approached me, hand outstretched, and introduced himself as “the Frank Zappa of 2012.” Clearly, dude doesn’t lack for confidence. He proceeded to fill me in on his backstory, which most notably includes a stint as a stock trader in the Windy City, before burning out post-economic collapse and returning to Vermont to pursue music — or, as he refers to it on the second track of Bidhitter, the “Buskin’ Life.” Pinkham’s time in the stock market is the central theme behind his frequently disjointed and occasionally nonsensical musings. It informs most aspects of his artistic being and is clearly his driving inspiration, his muse. On Bidhitter, on which he alternately appears as Jack Chicago, Derek Pinkham and Cave Fckr, he delivers intensely personal insights with unflinching and aggressive honesty. There is no shortage of passion here, that’s for sure. But that’s about the only certainty one can draw from these 10 cuts. The opening track, “Bidhitter Intro,” overtly apes classic Zappa freak-outs, complete with Jack Chicago adopting Frank’s cavernous bass speaking voice. It’s certainly freaky, which is presumably the point. But it feels disingenuous, a weak and unhinged

approximation of an idea that’s been done far more effectively before. Even though he invited the comparison, it’s not fair to judge Jack Chicago by Zappa’s standards — he was as singular an artist as there can be. Fortunately, Jack mostly ditches the hero worship for the remainder of the disc, and it’s in those moments that we really get a sense of who he/they is/ are as an artist. And the reveal is a little surprising. Chicago/Pinkham/Fckr could never be called a nuanced writer. He relies far more heavily on blunt prose and unchecked passion anchored in a comparatively straightforward singersongwriter aesthetic. But behind his manic bluster, there is a curious art at work. There is a wounded sensitivity in these songs, a notion that Jack Chicago still isn’t sure how to process Derek Pinkham — or perhaps vice versa. And that confusion is ably reflected throughout Bidhitter. It’s not always a joy to listen to. In fact, it’s occasionally painful. But it is, in moments, also queerly compelling, Zappa be damned. Jack Chicago plays the Burgundy Thursday series at 1/2 Lounge in Burlington this Thursday, June 21. Bidhitter is available at Burlington Records and online at


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Swan Song Taking cues from the likes of

Björk, Radiohead, Muse and others, liGht.sweet.crude. present a swirling confusion of electronic beats and loops tethered to a acute pop ethos. The Boston-based group has been causing quite an stir in its hometown lately, and this Friday, June 22, will bring the noise — the mysterious and ethereal kind — to Burlington audiences with an intimate show at Radio Bean.


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mONty’s Old Brick taverN: open mic, 6 p.m., Free.

Nectar’s: metal monday: Knights of crinitus, Amadis, machineage, 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. ON tap Bar & Grill: open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., Free. radiO BeaN: Tantric picasso (acoustic), 6:30 p.m., Free. open mic, 8 p.m., Free. red square: The Woedoggies (blues), 7 p.m., Free. industry night with Robbie J (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free. ruBeN James: Why not monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


BaGitOs: open mic, 7 p.m., Free.


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

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1/2 lOuNGe: sofa+Kings with DJs J Dante & Jordan (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. cluB metrONOme: cats under the stars (Jerry Garcia Band tribute), 9 p.m., Free.



dOBrá tea: Grup Anwar 4h-tourdate-Cake.pdf (Arabic), 6:30 p.m., Free.

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ON tap Bar & Grill: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. radiO BeaN: stephen callahan and mike piche (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. Tommy Alexander Band (basement soul), 8:30 p.m., Free. Honky-Tonk sessions (honkytonk), 10 p.m., $3. red square: patricia Julien project (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. upsetta international with super K (reggae), 8 p.m., Free. craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., Free. red square Blue rOOm: DJ Baron (house), 11 p.m., Free. t BONes restauraNt aNd Bar: Trivia with General Knowledge, 7 p.m., Free.




Nectar’s: The Eggs, Joshua Glass Trio, Vagabond swing (singer-songwriter, indie), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.

Back tO vermONt puB: John Gillette & sarah mittlefeldt (folk), 7 p.m., Free. charlie O’s: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.

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the huB pizzeria & puB: curtis Evans Kile (acoustic), 9 p.m., Free. mOOG’s: open mic/Jam night, 8:30 p.m., Free.

fraNNy O’s: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free.

t BONes restauraNt aNd Bar: chad Hollister (rock), 8 p.m., Free.

maNhattaN pizza & puB: open mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free. Nectar’s: 1Q, mama’s Love (rock), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.

1/2 lOuNGe: scott mangan & Guests (singer-songwriters), 7 p.m., Free. Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. Black to the Future with DJs craig mitchell & Dakota (soul), 10 p.m., Free.

ON tap Bar & Grill: Ryan Hanson Band (rock), 7 p.m., Free.

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Breakwater café: sturcrazie (rock), 6 p.m., Free.

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red square: Tall Grass Get Down (bluegrass), 7 p.m., Free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


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cluB metrONOme: strictly Vinyl with DJs Big Dog and oh J Freshhh (hip-hop), 9 p.m., Free.


ONe pepper Grill: open mic with Ryan Hanson, 8 p.m., Free.

radiO BeaN: paper Lantern (indie folk), 7 p.m., Free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free. Jason Lerner (singer-songwriter), 11 p.m., Free.


GOOd times café: pat Donohue (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., $25. ON the rise Bakery: open Blues session, 8 p.m., Free.


Bee’s kNees: Rapscallion (irish), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

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

the huB pizzeria & puB: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 6 p.m., Free.

GustO’s: open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.

mOOG’s: sweet and Lowdown (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., Free.

the skiNNy paNcake: Katie Trautz (folk), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.


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51 maiN: Blues Jam, 8 p.m., Free. city limits: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free.




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beautiful,” he says, and notes that many of his works feature materials recycled from his carpentry work. As viewers turn the wooden-case-like pages, a series of drawings passes sequentially before them.


burning, bearing the mark of the “idea” mentioned earlier — a concept made tangible. “What’s left is this burned remnant of nothingness,” John says. “That paper’s been stretched there on springs since 1991 — skewered — but is the idea still on the paper? I don’t know. I hope so.” Around the corner from the “Stir Sticks” book, John’s “Poster Book” fans out over the gallery wall, a beautifully crafted series of frames that encase his crayon line drawings from the 1990s. The works often depict figures or parts of figures. Detached from a recognizable ground, these colorful drawings float over the paper’s surface, sometimes integrated with bits of machinery. The gently arched edges of the book’s wooden perimeter fit into your hand as you turn the huge pages. The book invites you to progress through the images, forward or backward. “I want you to look at my work and hopefully inspire, through the objects, the true art in your mind,” John writes in his artist’s statement. Like Alice plunging down the rabbit hole, viewers of his exhibition can wander a world of ideas as alive in their own minds as the former are vividly realized in these substantial works.



alking into Joe John’s got to them. I had intentions of doing a exhibition at the SEA- lot of things that I did in [the SEABA] BA Center on Burling- show. I really appreciated that show.” ton’s Pine Street is an The exhibition was curated by Mark Alice-in-Wonderland-like experience. Waskow as part of SEABA’s curatorial Large, wall-mounted “books” of the art- program. Sue Higby, director of Studio ist’s drawings beckon you to turn their Place Arts in Barre, introduced Waspages with wood handles. Guests can kow to John’s work. “I saw the images, sign a book visible through a clear plas- was really impressed and went to go see tic bubble on a pedestal — but only by his studio,” Waskow recounts. He was placing their hands into long, inverted intrigued by John’s compositions, but gloves attached also by the unusual presentation. “The to the bubble way he presents them in life-size artist’s and scrawling books on the wall is really compelling clumsily with and original,” Waskow says. “I’ve never the fountain pen provided within. Another large wooden “book,” mounted with one cover flush against the wall, becomes, when opened, a box containing two fishbowls, one on either side. When you put an ear to them, they condense the noise of the room like seashells do. John’s experiential show invites the viewer not just to see the works but to experience them. John grew up in Ithaca, N.Y., in the 1960s, then A wall-mounted “book” by Joe John spent 25 years in New York City. Now 54, he’s both eloquent and humble about his work, seen anything like that before.” citing artistic influences that include the John’s fascination with books began hippie interactivity of artworks in Itha- early in his artistic career. “In college, I ca in the ’60s and Marcel Duchamp’s discovered the book as an idea,” he says. idea-driven sculptures of the early 20th “I’ve used the book because it gives me century. Now living in Plainfield, John a nice ‘beginning-from’ [place]. It’s idea works as an artist and carpenter and of- storage. I think art is about the idea in ten combines the two disciplines in his your head.” John adds with a laugh, artworks, as this exhibit demonstrates. “That’s a Duchampian idea.” Many of the works in the SEABA In his piece “Stir Sticks,” which hangs show combine drawings John made in in the window of the SEABA space, the the late ’80s and early ’90s with frame- book’s front “cover” is a lattice of used like books he crafted recently. “All those paint-can stir sticks that John collected drawings have been stacked in boxes for from carpentry jobs. “There are gar14 years or more,” he says. “I just never ish colors on them, but they’re kind of

Painted predominantly in bold black and white, the book contains the words “The idea still on the paper,” along with graphic drawings of everyday objects such as a phone, plate, chair and fire extinguisher. The book’s back “cover” is a black rectangle of painted wood mounted to the wall, across which a single piece of paper stretches between springs. Centered beneath the page, a bit of wax clings to a mount that once held a candle. Above it, a crevice burned in the paper alludes to the candle’s presence — and absence. The paper hangs suspended with the evidence of its

A M Y R A HN Joe John, SEABA Center, Burlington. Through June 30.

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‘266: Brand ThaT Building’: work by the onetime nabisco bakery’s new artist tenants. Through June 30 at 266 studios in burlington. info, 578-2512. ‘a day aT Common ground CenTer’: Color photographs of the starksboro family camp. Through June 29 at Jackie Mangione studio in burlington. info, 598-1504. ‘an ouTgrowTh of naTure: The arT of Toshiko Takaezu’: Ceramic sculptures inspired by the poetry of the buddhist nun otagaki Rengetzu (through september 9); shahram enTekhaBi: Happy Meal, a film featuring a young Muslim girl eating a McDonald’s happy Meal, in the new Media niche (through August 26). At Fleming Museum, uVM, in burlington. info, 656-0750. anne Cady: “into the hills, high Flying,” paintings of the Vermont landscape. Through August 31 at shelburne Vineyard. info, 985-8222. arT’s alive Juried exhiBiTion: work by Vermont artists. Through June 30 at union station in burlington. info, 660-9005. Brian Collier: “The Collier Classification system for Very small objects,” a participatory exhibit of things big enough to be seen by the naked eye but no larger than 8 by 8 by 20 millimeters. Through october 15 at Durick library, st. Michael’s College, in Colchester. info, 654-2536. ‘By The end of Tomorrow’: prints, paintings and photographs by Cody James brgant, Avery Mcintosh, brian Zager and Jackson Tupper. Through July 5 at The Root gallery at Rlphoto in burlington. info, 224-6913. Carl ruBino: “Reflections of a Dream state,” photographic interpretations of the shape-shifting nature of dreams. Through July 31 at brickels gallery in burlington. info, 825-8214. Carol maCdonald: “The Thread,” a mid-career retrospective of the Vermont artist who has worked in many media but is best known as a printmaker. Through August 31 at VCAM studio in burlington. info, 859-9222. Chip Troiano: “new Zealand landscapes,” photographs taken during the artist’s 2010 travels. Through July 31 at Artspace 106 at The Men’s Room in burlington. info, 864-2088.

doug hoppes: oil paintings of a surreal Vermont landscape. Through July 5 at salaam in burlington. info, 658-8822.

eriC eiCkmann & sTeve hogan: portraits of women by eickmann and colorful, mixed-media pieces by hogan. Through June 29 at The Firefly gallery in burlington. info, 279-1624.

‘from vermonT’s foresTs’: Furniture made from local lumber by 18 members of the guild of Vermont Furniture Makers. Through June 30 at Frog hollow in burlington. info, 863-6458.

‘arT on park’: local artisans sell their handcrafted products, artwork, specialty foods and more; musicians perform. Thursday, June 21, 5-8 p.m., park street, stowe, stowe. info, 793-2101. sTone BenCh dediCaTion: participants in the Carving studio and sculpture Center’s stone bench project, which seeks to reconnect teens with a vanishing part of their cultural heritage, unveil their hand-carved bench, a gift to the town of poultney. saturday, June 23, 10 a.m., stone Valley Community Market, poultney. info, 438-2097. ‘arT in The alley’: Artists and vendors line the streets to sell their wares, exhibit their work and give

reCepTions ‘hey Joe: an homage To Joseph Cornell’: work by 10 artists, including Varujan boghosian, Kirsten hoving, Michael oatman and Rosamond purcell, guest curated by w. David powell. Through July 29 at bigTown gallery in Rochester. Reception: saturday, June 23, 5-7 p.m. info, 767-9670. ‘healing engine of emergenCy: The inCrediBle sTory of The safeTy pin’: A visual history of the safety pin, including a miniature menagerie made from safety pins, a collection of ancient Roman fibula, the precursor to the safety pin, and other oddities. June 24 through August 31 at The Museum of everyday life in glover. Reception: itinerant performers the Dolly wagglers and local vaudeville revivalists Rose Friedman and Justin lander play live music; Vermont animator/filmmaker Meredith holch screens a new paper movie, sunday, June 24, 3-6 p.m. info, 626-4409.

galen Chaney: “street level,” large, abstract paintings inspired by Aramaic script and urban graffiti; kadie salfi: “Apex predator: body parts,” pop-art-influenced graphics depicting animals targeted for their body parts. Through June 23 at bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166. gregory forBer: Drawings inspired by climbers. Through July 2 at petra Cliffs in burlington. info, 657-3872. ‘here Comes The sun’: watercolors by Annelein beukenkamp, plus work by a variety of Vermont artists, in the 21st annual summer group show. Through July 10 at Furchgott sourdiffe gallery in shelburne. info, 985-3848. ian CosTello: “sprawl,” oil paintings of Manhattan-inspired crumbling tenement buildings and crooked sidewalks. Through June 30 at north end studio A in burlington. info, 863-6713. Joe John: large figurative drawings and mechanical artist books; The arTisT CollaBoraTive: work by 10 northern Vermont public-school art teachers. Through June 30 at seAbA Center in burlington. info, 859-9222. John wolff: work by the south burlington artist. Through June 30 at Red square in burlington. info, 318-2438.

‘winooski pop-up gallery disTriCT’: More than 50 Vermont artists have transformed several vacant retail spaces, plus the winooski welcome Center, into temporary art galleries. June 22 through August 4 at various locations in winooski. Reception: The DJ collective Mushpost provides the tunes; local restaurants provide the snacks, Friday, June 22, 7-9 p.m. ChrisTine desTrempes: “stream of Conscience: River of words,” a community art project in which participants write their thoughts and memories of water onto tiles, which are arranged like a river on the museum grounds. Through september 9 at Montshire Museum of science in norwich. Reception: Tuesday, June 26, 4:30-6 p.m. monique dewyea: Florals and landscapes by the Vermont artist. Through July 15 at emile A. gruppe gallery in Jericho. Reception: sunday, June 24, 1-3 p.m.

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leah van rees: “Fluid Connections,” Vermont landscape paintings. Through July 1 at uncommon grounds in burlington. info, 865-6227. lynn rupe: “Disaster Detritus,” acrylic paintings. Through July 31 at Metropolitan gallery, burlington City hall. info, 865-7166. ‘maCro/miCro: phoTographiC exTremes’: photographs taken from way up close or super faraway. Through July 1 at Darkroom gallery in essex Junction. info, 777-3686. marian willmoTT: Monoprints, oil paintings and poetry by the Vermont artist. Through August 31 at pine street Deli in burlington. info, 859-9222. nanCi kahn: underwater photography and papiermâché bird sculptures. Through July 31 at left bank home & garden in burlington. info, 862-1001. ‘nude’: work depicting the human figure by artists from Vermont and beyond. Through August 17 at lille Fine Art salon in burlington. info, 617-894-4673.

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

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fred g. hill: “pictures & words,” photographs and scanned documents by the burlington photographer; ishana ingerman: “un-Masking: The Truth,” ceramic masks. Through June 30 at Fletcher Free library in burlington. info, 865-7211.

reBeCCa maCk: The burlington artist celebrates the release of “ReCoRDs,” her full-color artist book of photographs, handwritten discographies, liner notes and album covers accompanied by a read-along-record soundtrack. Friday, June 22, 7-9 p.m., pure pop Records, burlington. info,

holy shroud of Turin: Three full-size photographs of the mysterious shroud. At 1 p.m., sindonologist Don Messier gives a presentation with clips and slides from the bbC, Discovery and history channels. Tuesday, June 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., st. Anne’s shrine, isle la Motte. info, 928-3362.

Judy B. dales: “Curves, naturally!” colorful, textured fiber-art wall hangings. June 27 through July 31 at governor’s office gallery in Montpelier. Reception: wednesday, June 27, 3-5 p.m. info, 533-7733.


emily hoffman: “ostara,” artwork that celebrates the springtime goddess of pre-Christian germanic tribes. Through June 30 at The gallery at Main street landing in burlington. info, 735-2906.

‘fesTival inTernaTional monTréal en arTs’: hundreds of artists and performers transform the street into an open-air gallery called “boulevArt” for the 13th year. wednesday through sunday, June 27 through July 1, sainte-Catherine east, Montréal. info, 514-370-2269.

demonstrations. wednesday, June 27, 5-8 p.m., various locations, waterbury. info, 244-1912.

‘CurTains wiThouT Borders’: large photographs of Vermont’s painted theatrical scenery created between 1900 and 1940, plus one 1930s curtain from beecher Falls, Vt. Through July 28 at Amy e. Tarrant gallery, Flynn Center, in burlington. info, 652-4510.

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Karolina Kawiaka Look up. That’s what Karolina Kawiaka’s

City to create a 3-D replica of the sky as it meets the horizon. Tilt your head back and

installation, “Digital Topography” encourages viewers to do — both on the third floor of

take it all in through July 7. Also on view at SPA are pen-and-ink drawings by Nicholas

Studio Place Arts, where her blue Plexiglas triangles descend from the ceiling, and on

Heilig and a group exhibit of science-inspired work called “Sc-EYE-nce.” Pictured:

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Perry Bartles: Abstract oil paintings, Gates 1-8; Jim WestPhalen: Vermont landscape color photographs, Skyway; elizaBeth nelson: “Interstate Rocks February and March,” acrylic on cotton canvas diptych, Escalator. Through June 30 at Burlington Airport in South Burlington. Info, 865-7166. shaWna Cross: Abstract oil paintings by the Vermont artist. Through June 30 at Vintage Inspired in Burlington. Info, 488-5766. ‘snoW moBiles: sleighs to sleds’: Early, experimental snowmobiles, machines from the ‘60s and ‘70s, and today’s high-powered racing sleds, as well as horse-drawn sleighs; ‘man-made Quilts: Civil War to the Present’: Quilts made by men; elizaBeth Berdann: “Deep End,” miniature watercolor portraits on pre-ban and prehistoric mammoth ivory; ‘time maChines: roBots, roCkets and steamPunk:’ Toys, textiles and art representing the golden age of sci-fi, the 1930s to ‘50s, as well as work by contemporary artists and designers. Through October 28 at Shelburne Museum. Info, 985-3346. sPring shoW: Work by Chinese-calligraphy and watercolor artist Lucia Chiu, nature photographer Carol Sullivan and photomontage artist Carol Truesdell. Through July 15 at The Gallery at Phoenix

Books in Essex Junction. Info, 872-7111. stePhanie holman thWaites: “Collecting Light,” nature paintings in oil, acrylic and mixed media. Through June 30 at Dostie Bros. Frame Shop in Burlington. Info, 660-9005. studio grouP shoW: Paintings, photography, clay and book arts by Jason Pappas, Dan LeFrancois, George Gonzales, Nicole Christman and Steve Sharon. Through June 30 at The Green Door Studio in Burlington. Info, 363-2005. summer shoW: Work by Joan Hoffman, Lynda McIntyre, Johanne Durocher Yordan, Anne Cummings, Kit Donnelly, Athena Petra Tasiopoulos, Don Dickson, Kari Meyer and Gaal Shepherd. Through September 30 at Maltex Building in Burlington. Info, 865-7166. taBBatha henry & sage tuCker-ketCham: “TWO/Tabbatha Henry and Sage Tucker-Ketcham: Two Artists, Two Locations, Two Mediums,” largeformat ceramic work and paintings. Through June 30 at Select Design in Burlington. Info, 985-3848. ‘the 3rd Floor shoW’: New work by artists who occupy one floor of Burlington’s Howard Space Center: Julie Davis, Sharon Webster, Linda Jones, Maggie Standley, Paige Berg Rizvi, Maea Brandt, Maggie Sherman and Wylie Sofia Garcia. Through July 29 at Flynndog in Burlington. Info, bren@

‘the soda Plant shoWCase’: Work by the artists who occupy the former ginger ale factory. Through June 30 at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. Info,

henry sWayze: “Celebrating Nature All Around Us,” photographs of natural Vermont. Through August 11 at Tunbridge Public Library. Info, 889-9404.

zelde grimm: “Animals With Things Living in Their Stomachs,” slightly macabre pen-and-ink drawings. Through July 31 at Speaking Volumes in Burlington. Info, 540-0107.

JaCk doWd: “The 27 Club: Legends in Music,” pastel profiles of Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, and seven other musicians who died at 27. June 23 through August 19 at Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester. Info, 875-1018.


‘Bread and PuPPet theater: an emergent mosaiC’: Photographs of the theater’s work from 2004-11 by longtime puppeteer Mark Dannenhauer. Through July 15 at Plainfield Community Center. Info, 371-7239. ed ePstein: New paintings. Through June 28 at Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749. First anniversary exhiBition: Charcoalon-paper landscapes by Ailyn Hoey; metalwork sculptures of wildlife by Mark Goodenough; oil-onpanel landscapes by Judith Carbine; and abstract paintings by Scott Morgan. Through August 15 at WaterMusicArt Gallery in Chester. Info, 875-2339. Frank Woods: Abstract representations of the kimono. Through June 30 at Quench Artspace in Waitsfield. Info, 598-4819.

Jeanne evans: “Wowie Maui,” watercolors, oils and acrylics (through August 24); yvonne strauss: Playful paintings of nature and animal scenes (through June 14). At Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Info, 223-3338. Jeneane lunn: Pastels depicting Italy and Vermont. Through July 28 at Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio in Montpelier. Info, 229-4676. kathrena ravenhorst-adams: “Spring Bloom,” watercolors, oil paintings and pastels. Through June 30 at Blinking Light Gallery in Plainfield. Info, 454-1275. ‘oBJet de Print’: Work by a variety of artists. Through June 30 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Info, 295-5901. ‘re Count and re ConneCt’: An exhibit of MFA in visual arts alumni Kim Darling, Sabrina Fadial, Diana Gonsalves, Susan Sawyer and Sumru Tekin featuring sculpture, photography, paintings and

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multimedia works on paper. Through July 6 at VCFA Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-8614. ‘Red Fields & Yellow skies: The ART oF The lAndscApe’: Work by 12 Vermont artists. Through September 2 at Chandler Gallery in Randolph. Info, 431-0204.

Bluebird radio, Steuben glassware and many other iconic objects. Through August 31 at Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design in Waitsfield. Info, 496-2787.

Ron lAY-sleepeR: “Montpelier Scenes: Joy of Life Photographs of a Winooski River Town,” landscapes, nature shots and street scenes. Through July 1 at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info,

2012 summeR membeRs’ exhibiT & ‘doodle 4 google’ FinAlisTs: Work by members as well as Vermont finalists in this year’s Google student-art contest. Through July 7 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0356.

sAm TAlboT-kellY: “SOILED,” garments made from soil, moss, peat and ashes. Through June 30 at Salaam Boutique in Montpelier. Info, 223-4300.

25Th AnniveRsARY membeRs show: Work in a variety of media by members of the nonprofit arts-education organization. Through July 1 at Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland. Info, 438-2097.

‘sc-eYe-nce’: A science and visual-arts fusion; nicholAs heilig: “Live Art,” black-and-white illustrations; kARolinA kAwiAkA: “Digital Topography,” an installation. Through July 7 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069. seTh buTleR: “Tattered,” a photo essay investigating the display, misuse, commodification, desecration and identity of the American flag in the context of the U.S. Flag Code. Through July 10 at Seminary Art Center in Waterbury Center. Info, 279-4239. ‘Tol’ko po RusskY, pozhAluisTA (RussiAn onlY, pleAse)’: Russian School photographs, Slavic festival costumes and Russian Imperial badges make up this exhibit chronicling the history of Norwich’s Russian School, which operated from 1968 to 2000. Through September 2 at Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield. Info, 485-2183. ‘wAlTeR doRwin TeAgue: his liFe, woRk And inFluence’: Creations and artifacts from the man who designed numerous Kodak cameras, the


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dAvid mAille: Landscapes rendered in oil and gilding on wood panels. Through June 23 at Tourterelle Restaurant in New Haven. Info, 453-6309. donA Ann mcAdAms: “A View From the Backstretch,” photographs and audio stories from the venerable Saratoga racecourse. Through September 8 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964. ‘heRe’s looking AT You’: Self-portraits by artists and community members. Through June 29 at WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room in Bristol. Info, 453-3188.

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‘lAke sTudies: conTempoRARY ART’: Work by painters Janet Fredericks, Catherine Hall and Nancy Stone, sculptors Chris Cleary and Kate Pond, fiber artist Marilyn Gillis, and installation artist Jane Horner. Through July 29 at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes. Info, 475-2022.


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sculpTFesT 2012: The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center invites sculptors to submit proposals for SculptFest2012, September 8 through October 21. The theme for this year’s outdoor installation event is “Keep on Keepin’ On.” Proposals should include a project description on one or two pages, sketches or other visual representations,

cAll To ARTisTs: The Great Vermont Plein Air Paint-Out in historic Waitsfield Village is a festival within the Festival of the Arts! August 18. Info and registration, or 496-6682.

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public ART pRoJecT: Burlington City Arts and Redstone seek proposals for a public art project in conjunction with a new building in downtown Burlington. Deadline: 5 p.m., July 13.  Info,  or 

FleTcheR Allen heAlTh cARe cAlendAR: Fletcher Allen Health Care is seeking submissions for its 2013 artist calendar and note cards. Deadline: Thursday, June 28. Info, stacey.pape@vtmednet. org or 847-5977.

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NANCY & RICHARD WEIS: “Shared Visions,” Nancy’s encaustic collages and Richard’s abstract paintings. Through June 24 at Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. Info, 388-1436. STEPHEN BEATTIE: “There’s Something in the Water,” photographs. Through July 31 at Gallery 160 in Richmond. Info, 434-6434.


‘TAKE ME TO THE FAIR: AN ADDISON COUNTY TRADITION’: Photographs of the 2011 fair by Mark Starr, plus 19th- and early-20th-century fair posters, ribbons, photographs and other ephemera from the Sheldon collection. Through November 10 at Sheldon Museum in Middlebury. Info, 388-2117. ‘THE DELIGHT OF DECOYS’: A bird decoy for each of the 25 years the museum has been open. Through October 31 at Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. Info, 434-2167. ‘WHAT’S HATCHING IN BRANDON?’: Artistenhanced roosters, hens and other barnyard fowl fill the gallery and appear in various downtown locations as part of the annual townwide art project (through September 30); KLARA CALITRI: “Flower Power,” paintings and pastels (through July 1). At Brandon Artists’ Guild. Info, 247-4956.


‘A DIGITAL ART SHOW’: Digitally edited paintings by Vermont artists printed on watercolor and photo paper or canvas. Through June 30 at Village Frame Shoppe & Gallery in St. Albans. Info, 524-3699. ELIZABETH NELSON: “Symbolic Landscapes,” new oil paintings on wood panel. Through July 22 at Claire’s Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 586-8078. ‘FANTASIA’: A group show featuring dragons, elves, goddesses, mermaids, flying horses and witches portrayed in clay, fiber, wood, glass and painting. Through July 28 at Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. Info, 748-0158. HAZEL HALL ROCHESTER: “Looking Back: Hardwick in the 1950s,” paintings by the late Vermont artist. Through July 8 at White Water Gallery in East Hardwick. Info, 563-2037. ‘HOOKED ON THE ISLANDS’: Fiber artworks, including traditionally hooked rugs with modern designs, by members of the local textile group Fiber Bees. Through July 31 at Island Arts South Hero Gallery. Info, 372-5049. ‘IMPRESSED: VERMONT PRINTMAKERS 2012’: Work by Vermont artists in the print medium (through September 9); HAL MAYFORTH & ELI SIMON: Ink drawings and paintings by Mayforth and a terra-cotta sculptural installation by Simon (through July 29). At Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358. JIM COLLINS: Surrealistic photographs of Cuba and other subjects. Through July 29 at Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. Info, 525-3366. JOHN CLARKE OLSON: “Pastoral Vermont,” landscapes in oil on panel. Through August 15 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818.


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Dona Ann McAdams Seven years ago, Vermont photographer

Dona Ann McAdams started documenting horses and the people who work with them at Saratoga Raceway — but she wanted to go deeper. So she got licensed as a hot walker, the person who takes racehorses for cool-down walks after they’ve competed. She soon made friends with her fellow backstretch workers and began leading them in weekly photography workshops. The resulting images — hers in black and white, her students’ in color — are exhibited together at Middlebury’s Vermont Folklife Center in a show called “A View From the Backstretch.” Accompanying audio interviews bring the Saratoga backstretch to life. Through September 8. Pictured: “Cristobal Bravo, Oklahoma Training Track, Saratoga, 2005.”

Libby hiLLhOuse: “Parallels,” photographic portraits of area residents. Through June 30 at Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. Info, 748-2600.

rOger murPhy: “Realizing Cambodia,” photographs from a recent trip to the southeast Asian country with a group of American high school students. Through June 30 at Townsend Gallery at Black Cap Coffee in Stowe. Info, 279-4239.


kevin sabOurin & JaCk brand: Work by the local artists. Through June 22 at ROTA Gallery in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Info, 518-314-9872. ‘nature transFOrmed: edWard burtynsky’s vermOnt Quarry PhOtOgraPhs in COntext’: Monumental photographs from Danby and Barre, Vt., and Carrara, Italy. Through August 19 at Hood Museum, Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-2808. ‘star Wars: identities: the exhibitiOn’: An interactive investigation into the science of identity through Star Wars props, costumes, models and artwork from the Lucasfilm Archives. Through September 16 at Montréal Science Centre. Info, 514-496-4724. tOm WesseLmann: “Beyond Pop Art,” a retrospective of the American artist famous from the early 1960s for his great American nudes and still lifes. Through October 7 at Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. Info, 514-285-2000. m

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steve hamLin: Nature-themed watercolor prints. Through July 28 at VINS Nature Center in Quechee. Info, 359-5000.

CarOL & Frank hOChreiter: “Nature and Architecture,” photographs and paintings of the environment, plus work by 50 other member artists. Through June 26 at Adirondack Art Association Gallery in Essex, N.Y. Info, 518-963-8309.


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



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

June Featured artists: Work by tie-dye artist Andy Wooten, wildlife painter Franklin Tiralla and photographer Wayne Tarr. Through June 30 at Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. Info, 933-6403.

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movies That’s My Boy ★★★★


ome weekends it’s no fun being a film critic. Watching the ads for last Friday’s two big releases, I abandoned all hope. On one hand, we had Rock of Ages, a dopey-looking love story featuring lots of bad hair and ’80s hits. On the other, a dopey-looking Adam Sandler comedy featuring lots of bad hair and ’80s hits. I flipped a coin and, to my surprise, the weekend didn’t turn out badly at all. That’s My Boy is crude, ludicrous and juvenile, which is what I expected. It’s also inspired and, in places, almost surreal. There’s a chance Sandler may be pulling a Jerry Lewis right under our noses, if you know what I mean. He’s doing something in movies like this that no other screen comic is doing, and it causes me to wonder whether one day some culture will embrace his vision and declare him a genius. Then I remember Jack and Jill. In his latest, Sandler plays Donny Berger, a down-and-out party animal with a storied past. Literally. As a student at Somerville (Mass.) Middle School in the ’80s, he wasn’t just hot for his math teacher. He got her

pregnant. The pair are discovered multiplying behind the stage curtain during an assembly, and she’s sent to prison while Donny goes on to pen a best-selling memoir (Head in the Class) and sell the rights to his story to the makers of a TV movie. As the film opens, the good times and the big bucks are behind our hero. In fact, he owes the IRS $43,000, having neglected to pay his taxes (“I thought they just took the money out”) and faces serving serious time if he doesn’t come up with the cash in a matter of days. Donny sells a reality-show producer on the idea of a special showcasing the jailhouse reunion between the tabloid lovers and their long-lost offspring. All he has to do is track down his son and talk him into taking part. Scarred for life by the experience of being raised by an ill-equipped father barely out of his teens, Donny’s boy (Andy Samberg) left home at 18 and changed his name from Han Solo Berger to Todd Peterson. Now a successful hedge-fund manager about to marry the woman of his dreams (Leighton Meester) at the posh oceanside estate of his

FROM BEER TO PATERNITY Sandler plays a hard-partying dad attempting to reconnect with his son in the latest from Sean Anders.

boss (Tony Orlando), Samberg’s character is a Xanax-popping bundle of neuroses who never leaves home without a pair of backup underpants. Teaming the two “Saturday Night Live” alums was a savvy bit of casting. They’re hilarious together. Once the wedding crasher arrives on the scene — Budweiser surgically attached to his hand — the plot is simultaneously pure boilerplate and utterly beside the point. As scripted by David Caspe (TV’s “Happy Endings”) and directed by Sean Anders (Sex Drive), That’s My Boy is less about redemption, bonding or second chances than about the freaky detail and twisted development. The story line’s just something to hang all the weirdness on. Events unfold in an alternate reality where a lovably uncouth doofus like Donny is not just embraced by his estranged son’s

circle of swells but elevated to the position of ringleader. Just when you expect them to turn on Donny, they fall in behind him instead, and the result is a bachelor party that makes The Hangover look like a church social. There’s no point, really, in trying to describe the movie’s brand of funny business. It’s one of those things you have to experience for yourself, and I wholeheartedly encourage you to do so. As for me, I went in prepared for one of the worst films in a mediocre season and laughed harder than I have in ages. Either That’s My Boy is a singular comic creation, or I’ve developed serious psychological issues. I’m fairly sure it’s a wild, warped hoot and a half, however — a father-and-child reunion so ridiculous, it’s kind of sublime. RICK KISONAK





REVIEWS Rock of Ages ★★


he film version of the Broadway jukebox musical Rock of Ages aspires to be to the 1980s what Grease was to the 1950s: a gleefully cartoonish theme park of the era that enthralls tweens with bubble-gum romance and catchy tunes. It also aspires to be a tongue-in-cheek nostalgia fest for people old enough to remember watching Poison and Whitesnake videos on MTV. But those are two goals that don’t jibe. And, working from a script that substantially revises the book of the 2009 musical, director Adam Shankman (Hairspray) never reconciles them. Unlike the similarly themed Burlesque, which took itself too seriously, Rock of Ages occasionally achieves dizzying heights of camp. That’s a good thing, since inspired silliness is the only possible saving grace for a musical that presents hair metal as a cultural achievement on par with the invention of jazz or rock ’n’ roll. But the film also has long, boring stretches, most of them involving Julianne Hough (of “Dancing With the Stars”) as a plucky small-town girl who arrives on the Sunset Strip in 1987 with (all together, now!) big dreams. After warbling “Sister Christian” on

a Greyhound, she meets a dimply dreamboat (Diego Boneta) who gets her a job at a legendary den of decadence called the Bourbon Room. Her new beau, like her, is seeking rock-star glory. No wonder the club owner (Alec Baldwin) laments, “Doesn’t anyone just want to work in the bar industry anymore?” Rock of Ages is worth watching mainly for a gaggle of character actors putting broad strokes on their archetypal roles: Baldwin and Russell Brand as the bar’s hapless management; Paul Giamatti as the shyster manager of a megastar whose show could save their cash-poor establishment; Bryan Cranston as the moralizing mayor of Los Angeles; and Catherine Zeta-Jones as his Stepford wife, who embarks on a Tipper Gore-like crusade to rid the city of sin and Spandex. Finally, Tom Cruise plays the megastar, Stacee Jaxx, whom we first see emerging from a cluster of groupies with the sinewy menace of the alien queen from Aliens. Cruise doesn’t bring anything new to the role of a celebrity addled by his own mythos (and other substances), and his rendition of Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” isn’t the showstopper it should be. But he stays deep

HAIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW Baldwin and Cruise camp it up in Shankman’s ’80s musical.

in this ridiculous character, and his scenes with Malin Akerman, as a Rolling Stone reporter dressed like an extra from Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” video, are among Rock of Ages’ high points. During the actual ’80s (and ’90s), cynical audiences rejected traditional movie musicals in which characters burst into song whenever, wherever, and the form languished. Baz Luhrmann and “Glee” appear to have changed that, and the songs in Rock of Ages — many of them multisong mashups — crop up anywhere and everywhere, from a Tower Records to a strip club to a filthy men’s room. Unfortunately, most of them

sound like piped-in soft-rock standards, not the anthems of bad behavior the script tells us they are. The movie has taken the edge off its Broadway source by turning Hough’s character into a songstress virtuous enough for parents to deem an appropriate role model. Yet it still abounds in raunchy innuendo — a PG-13 balancing act that may not pay off. After all, Grease had John Travolta in his prime. All Rock of Ages can offer to musical-mad tweens is a superstar their dad’s age who insists on taking his shirt off. MARGOT HARRISON

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BERNIE★★★★ Jack Black plays a well-liked smalltown resident suspected of murdering his wealthy patron (Shirley MacLaine) in this dark comedy based on real events. With Matthew McConaughey. Richard (Waking Life) Linklater directed. (104 min, PG-13. Roxy, Savoy) THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL★★★1/2 Aging folks of limited means find themselves living in a ramshackle hotel in India in this seriocomic showcase for some of the UK’s best actors, including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy. John (Shakespeare in Love) Madden directed. (124 min, PG-13. Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Roxy, Savoy) CHERNOBYL DIARIES★1/2 From the Department of This Should Be Obvious: Next time someone invites you on a tour of a deserted city adjacent to the Chernobyl reactor, just say no. Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski and Olivia Dudley play unwary visitors in this horror flick. Bradley Parker makes his directorial debut. (90 min, R. Sunset; ends 6/21) THE DICTATOR★★ Sacha Baron Cohen adds another imperiously bizarre character to his résumé in this comedy. He’s an autocratic ruler who finds himself forced to adjust to life among the American rabble. With Anna Faris and John C. Reilly. Larry Charles directed. (83 min, R. Majestic; ends 6/21) HYSTERIA★★1/2 Hoop skirts and orgasms, oh my! Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy and Rupert Everett all participate in the momentous invention of the vibrator in this comedy about the science of sex, circa the 1880s. Tanya Wexler directed. (100 min, R. Roxy; ends 6/21) MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED★★★ Still trying to return home, the Central Park Zoo animals find themselves taking over a traveling circus in their third computer-animated adventure. With the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sacha Baron Cohen. Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath and Conrad Vernon directed. (93 min, PG. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)

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THE AVENGERS★★★1/2 Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk team up to form a super-group and battle yet another global threat in this Marvel Comics extravaganza. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson. Joss Whedon directed. (140 min, PG-13. Essex [3-D], Majestic, Palace, St. Albans, Sunset)

SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD: MEN IN BLACK 3★★1/2 Will Smith is a government As an asteroid menaces the Earth with doomsday, agent hunting wayward aliens again in this and everybody goes haywire, everyman Steve action-comedy. This time he’s on a mission back in Carell finds himself on a road trip with his neighbor time to save his partner (Tommy Lee Jones in the (Keira Knightley) in this high-concept comedy. With  present, Josh Brolin  in the Swinging Sixties). With   &  Connie Britton and Adam Brody. Screenwriter Lorene Emma Thompson and Michael Stuhlbarg. Barry Scafaria makes her directing debut. (94 min, R) Sonnenfeld returns as director. (106 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Capitol, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace, Sunset)




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PEACE, LOVE, & MISUNDERSTANDING: Jane Fonda plays an aging flower child trying to reconnect with her estranged conservative daughter (Catherine Keener) and grandchildren in this comedy from Bruce (Driving Miss Daisy) Beresford. (96 min, R. Savoy)


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wednesday 20 — thursday 21 madagascar 3: Europe’s most Wanted 5 (Wed only), 4 (Thu only). What to Expect When You’re Expecting 7 (Wed only). men in Black 3 6, 8. Full schedule not available at press time. Schedule changes frequently; please check website.

Mon-Fri: 1:30, 6:25, 9:10. Prometheus Sat & Sun: 12:25, 3:15, 6:15, 9:10. MonFri: 1:30, 6:15, 9:10. Rock of Ages 9. Snow White and the Huntsman 6:10. madagascar 3: Europe’s most Wanted Sat & Sun: 1, 3:15. Mon-Fri: 1:30.


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wednesday 20 — thursday 21

movies a.m. (Thu only; 3-D), 12:30 (3-D), 3:25, 6:20 (3-D), 9:15. friday 22 — thursday 28 *Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only; 3-D), 11:30 a.m., 12:30 (3-D), 1:45, 2:45 (3-D), 4, 5 (3-D), 6:15, 7:15 (3-D), 8:30, 9:30 (3-D). *Brave 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only; 3-D), 11:45 a.m., 12:45 (3-D), 2, 3 (3-D), 4:15, 5:15 (3-D), 6:30, 7:30 (3-D), 8:45, 9:45 (3-D). *Seeking a Friend for the End of the World 11:30 a.m., 1:35, 3:40, 5:45, 7:50, 9:55. Rock of Ages 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only), 1, 4, 7, 9:40. That’s my Boy 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10. Prometheus 11:30 a.m. (3-D), 2:05, 4:40 (3-D), 7:15 (3-D), 9:50. madagascar 3: Europe’s most Wanted 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only),

12:30, 1 (3-D), 2:15 (3-D), 3, 4:30 (3-D), 6, 8:20. Snow White and the Huntsman 12:30, 3:20, 6:25, 9:15. The Best Exotic marigold Hotel 3:25, 6:35. men in Black 3 12, 2:20, 4:40 (3-D), 7:10, 9:35 (3-D). The Dictator 9:15. The Avengers 12:15, 3:15, 6:20, 9:20. friday 22 — thursday 28 *Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (3-D) 1:15, 3:45, 7:10, 9:35. *Brave 11:35 a.m. (Fri-Sun only; 3-D), 12:45, 2 (3-D), 3:05, 4, 4:25 (3-D), 6:15, 7 (3-D), 8:40, 9:20 (3-D). *Seeking a Friend for the End of the World 1:30, 4, 6:40, 9:05. Rock of Ages 12:15, 3, 6:30, 9:15. That’s my Boy 12:50, 3:35, 6:50, 9:25. Prometheus (3-D) 12:25, 3:15, 6:45, 9:25.

1, 3:45, 6:40, 9:20. The Best Exotic marigold Hotel 1:15, 3:55, 6:30, 9:10. friday 22 — thursday 28 *moonrise Kingdom 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9:15. *First Position 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7. *Seeking a Friend for the End of the World 1:05, 3:20, 7:05, 9:30. Bernie 8:50. The Best Exotic marigold Hotel 1:15, 3:55, 6:40. Rock of Ages 9:25. Prometheus 1:20, 4:10, 6:50, 9:20.


6:50, 9:20. *Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 1:15, 4, 6:55, 9:40. *Brave 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 12, 1, 2:20, 3:35, 4:45, 6:05, 7:10, 9:35. Rock of Ages 12:50, 3:45 (except Wed), 6:35 (except Mon), 9:25. That’s my Boy 1:10 (except Wed), 3:55, 6:30 (except Wed), 9:05. madagascar 3: Europe’s most Wanted 12:15, 2:30, 4:55, 7:05, 9:10 (except Wed). Prometheus 12:40, 3:30, 6:45, 9:30. Snow White and the Huntsman 8:30.

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wednesday 20 — thursday 21 Rock of Ages 7. madagascar 3: Europe’s most Wanted 7. Snow White and the Huntsman 7. friday 22 — thursday 28 *Brave Fri: 6:45, 8:45. Sat: 2:30, 4:30, 6:45, 8:45. Sun: 2:30, 4:30, 7. Mon-Thu: 7. Rock of Ages Fri: 6:45, 9:10. Sat: 2:30, 4:40, 6:45, 9:10. Sun: 2:30, 4:40, 7. Mon-Thu: 7. madagascar 3: Europe’s most Wanted Fri: 6:45, 8:45. Sat: 2:30, 4:30, 6:45, 8:45. Sun: 2:30, 4:30, 7. Mon-Thu: 7.

wednesday 20 — thursday 21 Rock of Ages at 9:05, followed by Snow White and the Huntsman. That’s my Boy at 9:05, followed by What to Expect When You’re Expecting. madagascar 3: Europe’s most Wanted at 9:05, followed by men in Black 3. Prometheus at 9:05, followed by chernobyl Diaries.


friday 22 — thursday 28 *Brave Sat & Sun: 1 (3-D), 3:40 (3-D), 6:20 (3-D), 9. Mon-Fri: 1:30 (3-D), 6:20 (3-D), 9. *Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Sat & Sun: 1:15, 3:50, 6:20, 9 (3-D). Mon-Fri: 1:30, 6:20, 9 (3-D). *Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Sat & Sun: 12:45, 3:30, 6:25, 9:10.


155 Porters Point Road, just off Rte. 127, Colchester, 862-1800.


wednesday 20 — thursday 21 Rock of Ages 1:30, 6:20, 9:05. Prometheus 1:30, 6:15, 9:10 (3-D). madagascar 3: Europe’s most Wanted 1:30 (3-D), 6:35 (3-D), 9. Snow White and the Huntsman 1:30, 6:20, 9:05. men in Black 3 1:30, 6:30, 9.

friday 22 — thursday 28 *Sound of my Voice 8:45. *Peace, Love, & misunderstanding 1:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6, 8. The Best Exotic marigold Hotel 1 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30.


friday 22 — thursday 28 *Brave 1:15, 3:45, 6:40, 8:30. The Best Exotic marigold Hotel 1:15, 3:45, 6:50, 9:15. Rock of Ages 7, 9:15. That’s my Boy 1:15, 3:45, 7:10, 9:15. madagascar 3: Europe’s most Wanted 1:15, 3:45.

93 State St., Montpelier, 2290343,

marigold Hotel 6:30, 8:45.

Rock of Ages 10 a.m. (Thu only), 1, 4, 7, 9:40. That’s my Boy 10 a.m. (Thu only), 12 (Wed only), 12:05 (Thu only), 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10. Prometheus 10 a.m. (Thu only), 11:30 a.m. (3-D), 1, 2:05 (3-D), 3:35, 4:40 (3-D), 6:10, 7:15 (3-D), 8:45, 9:50 (3-D). madagascar 3: Europe’s most Wanted 10 a.m. (Thu only; 3-D), 11:45 a.m., 12:30 (3-D), 2, 2:40 (3-D), 4:15, 4:50 (3-D), 6:30, 7 (3-D), 8:45, 9:10 (3-D). Snow White and the Huntsman 10 a.m. (Thu only), 12:45, 3:50, 7, 9:40. The Best Exotic marigold Hotel 11:25 a.m., 2, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45. men in Black 3 10 a.m. (Thu only), 12:20 (3-D), 2:40, 5 (3-D), 7:20 (3D), 9:40. The Avengers 10

12:30 (3-D), 2:40 (3-D), 4:50, 7 (3-D), 9:15. Snow White and the Huntsman 2, 7. men in Black 3 11:40 a.m., 4:40, 9:40. ***See website for details.

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wednesday 20 — thursday 21 Rock of Ages 12:20, 1, 3:10, 3:45, 6, 6:50, 8:45, 9:30. That’s my Boy 12:40, 3:15, 6:50, 9:25. Prometheus 1:10 (3-D), 3:55 (3-D), 6, 6:45 (3-D), 8:45, 9:30 (3-D). madagascar 3: Europe’s most Wanted 12 (3-D),


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madagascar 3: Europe’s most Wanted 12, 2:10, 4:30 (3-D), 6:45, 9 (3-D). Snow White and the Huntsman 1:15, 6:45, 9:30. The Avengers 12:45, 6:15. men in Black 3 3:45, 9:10.


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« P.73 Jennifer Lopez and many more. Kirk (Everybody’s Fine) Jones directed. (120 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Sunset)

Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace and Idris Elba star. (127 min, R. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Sunset, Welden) ROCK OF AGES★★ Based on the Broadway musical loaded with ’80s hair-metal hits, this is the movie where Tom Cruise plays a rock god, with Julianne Hough as a small-town girl chasing her dream in Hollywood, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin and Bryan Cranston. Adam (Hairspray) Shankman directed. (123 min, PG-13. Capitol, Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)


SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN★★★ In our second, purportedly “darker” Snow White film of 2012, Kristen Stewart plays the title character, who teams up with Chris Hemsworth to battle her nemesis, the evil queen (Charlize Theron). Rupert Sanders directed. (127 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)

JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME★★ Jason Segel plays a dude who lives happily in his mom’s basement until an errand gets him off the couch in this comedy from Mark and Jay Duplass (Cyrus). Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon and Judy Greer also star. (83 min, R)

THAT’S MY BOY★★★★ A man-child raises a child into another man-child, then confronts his handiwork as he tries to reconnect with his adult son. This sounds like a role for Adam Sandler, and it is; Andy Samberg plays his offspring. With Leighton Meester, James Caan and Vanilla Ice. Sean (Sex Drive) Anders directed the comedy. (116 min, R. Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount, Sunset, Welden) WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING★★ Expect this: An ensemble comedy full of attractive actors playing couples who laugh, cry and learn to deal with the issues posed by their impending bundles of joy. With Chace Crawford, Cameron Diaz, Chris Rock, Dennis Quaid, Brooklyn Decker,

BIG MIRACLE★★★ A reporter, a Greenpeace activist and two rival superpowers team up to save whales trapped in Arctic ice in this family film based on events in 1988. With John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore and Kristen Bell. Ken Kwapis directed. (107 min, PG)

KEYHOLE: A gangster confronts the ghosts of his past in the latest avant-garde noir from director Guy Maddin. With Jason Patric and Isabella Rossellini. (93 min, R. Read Margot Harrison’s Movies You Missed review this Friday on our staff blog, Blurt.) PROJECT X★1/2 This week in fake-found-footage movies, a teen party gets seriously out of control. Todd Phillips produced. With Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown and Thomas Mann. Nima Nourizadeh directed. (88 min, R) WANDERLUST★★ A downsized Manhattan couple (Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd) decide to join a hippie commune in this comedy. With Justin Theroux and Malin Akerman. David (Role Models) Wain directed. (98 min, R)





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elieve none of what you hear and only half of what you see.” That’s the motto of Mickey Prohaska (Kinnear), an insurance agent who spends his life scaring and wheedling people into buying coverage they don’t need. His constant hustling hasn’t helped him escape frigid small-town Wisconsin — yet. But then Mickey’s guileless new salesman (David Harbour) introduces him to an old farmer named Gorvy Hauer (Alan Arkin, pictured). Hauer doesn’t quite understand the concept of home insurance (he decides he needs it because his TV is “broken,” i.e., unplugged), but he does possess a valuable antique. It’s a violin that, according to a sniffy Chicago luthier (Bob Balaban), is worth $25,000. The farmer, who doesn’t know that yet, is letting his beloved Australian cattle dog play fetch with the instrument. It’s a setup that Mickey, who’s having financial issues, can’t resist...



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A man walked into a Chicago bank carrying a bag and told the teller he had a bomb. Police said he ordered the teller to stuff the bag with cash, then, when the bag was full, the robber left without taking it. (Chicago Tribune)

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Rachel George, 21, was charged with assaulting several police officers who tried to arrest her at a baseball game in Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, including Sgt. Sean Duffy, who, it was reported, “injured himself striking her in the face.” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Evolving View

Elizabeth Halseth, a former Nevada

state senator who ran on a Christian family-values platform, posed in a black bikini as a write-in candidate for Maxim magazine’s “Hot 100” contest. Running as a political unknown in 2010, the 27-year-old Halseth won as a Republican in a Democrat-majority district. A campaign mailer showed her opponent with his wife, who wore a revealing evening dress, and the caption, “Not Our Values.” After becoming the youngest woman ever elected to the Nevada senate, she and her husband divorced. She resigned in February, explaining she needed to “focus my efforts completely as a mother and job seeker.” (Reuters)

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Before San Francisco city leaders voted whether to recommend naming a Navy ship after slain gay rights activist, city supervisor and former naval officer Harvey Milk, Supervisor John Avalos said he consulted a Ouija board to help him make the right decision. He said he believes he made contact with Milk’s spirit and that Milk spelled out letters indicating, “Good riddance to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’” The Board of Supervisors approved the nonbinding resolution, 9-2. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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A man checked into a Denver hospital with a kidney stone and left as a woman. “We’re in the emergency room,” Steve Crecelius said. “The nurse is reading the ultrasound and says, ‘Huh, this says you’re a female.’ It validated everything I had always felt inside.” It turns out Crecelius was born with both male and female sex organs. “I remember wearing my mom’s clothes and makeup, very secretly, not telling anybody,” said Crecelius, who now goes by “Stevie” and said she’s grateful for the support of her wife, Debbie, and their six children, noting that Debbie even took her shopping for her first bra. (Denver’s KDVR-TV and the Denver Post)

Slightest Provocation

A 17-year-old boy on his way to school in Corpus Christi, Texas, stopped at a taco stand and placed an order. When the boy realized he was late, he canceled the order. Police said a man at the taco stand, Guillermo Torres Jr., 19, followed the boy and tried to run him over with his truck. He missed but jumped out and punched the teen in the face. Torres hopped back into his truck and resumed chasing the teen before losing control and crashing into a building. He was treated for a head laceration and arrested. (Corpus Christi Caller Times)

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tauRus (april 20-May 20): in 2011, car traffic began flowing across Jiaozhou bay bridge, a newly completed span that joins the city of Qingdao with the Huangdao District in China. This prodigious feat of engineering is 26.4 miles long. i nominate it to serve as your prime metaphor in the coming weeks. Picture it whenever you need a boost as you work to connect previously unlinked elements in your life. it may help inspire you to master the gritty details that’ll lead to your own monumental accomplishment.

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“Dear Rob: In one of your recent horoscopes, you implied that I should consider the possibility of asking for more than I’ve ever asked for before. You didn’t actually use those words, but I’m pretty sure that’s what you meant. Anyway, I want to thank you! It helped me start working up the courage to burst out of my protective and imprisoning little shell. Today I gave myself permission to learn the unknowable, figure out the inscrutable and dream the inconceivable. — Crazy Crab.” Dear Crazy: You’re leading the way for your fellow Cancerians. The process you just described is exactly what I advise them to try in the coming weeks.



(July 23-aug. 22): Picture yourself moving toward a building you haven’t seen before. trust the initial image that leaps into your imagination. What type of path are you on? Concrete or dirt or brick or wood? is it a long, winding way or short and direct? once you arrive at the front door, locate the key. is it under a mat or in your pocket or somewhere else? What does the key look like? next, open the door and go inside to explore. Where have you arrived? see everything in detail. This is a test that has no right or wrong answers, leo — similar to what your life is actually bringing you right now. The building you’ve envisioned represents the next phase of your destiny. The path symbolizes how you get here. The key is the capacity or knowledge you will need.

ViRgo (aug. 23-sept. 22): My first poetry

teacher suggested that it was my job as a poet to learn the names of things in the natural world. she said i should be able to identify at least 25 species of trees, 25 flowers, 25 herbs, 25 birds and eight clouds. i have unfortunately fallen short in living up to that very modest goal, and i’ve always felt guilty about

liBRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): Here’s my nomination for one of the ten biggest Problems in the World: our refusal to control the pictures and thoughts that pop into our minds. For example, i can personally testify that when a fearful image worms its way into the space behind my eyes, i sometimes let it stimulate a surge of negative emotions rather than just banish it or question whether it’s true. i’m calling this is to your attention, libra, because in the weeks ahead you’ll have more power than usual to modulate your stream of consciousness. Have you ever seen the bumper sticker that says, “Don’t believe everything you think”? Make that your mantra. scoRPio (oct. 23-nov. 21): in the hands of

a skilled practitioner, astrology can help you determine the most favorable days to start a new project or heat up your romantic possibilities or get a tattoo of a ninja mermaid. success is, of course, still quite feasible at other times, but you might find most grace and ease if you align yourself with the cosmic flow. let’s consider, for example, the issue of you taking a vacation. according to my understanding, if you do it between now and July 23, the experiences you have will free your ass, and — hallelujah! — your mind will then gratefully follow. if you schedule your getaway for another time, you could still free your ass, but may have to toil more intensely to get your mind to join the fun.

sagittaRius (nov. 22-Dec. 21): What is

your most hateable and loveable obsession, sagittarius? The compulsion that sometimes sabotages you and sometimes inspires you? The longing that can either fool you or make you smarter? Whatever it is, i suspect it’s beginning a transformation. is there anything you can do to ensure that the changes it undergoes will lead you away from the hateable consequences and closer to the loveable stuff? i think there’s a lot you can do. For starters: Do a ritual — yes, an actual ceremony — in which

you affirm your intention that your obsession will forever after serve your highest good and brightest integrity.

caPRicoRn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): as someone who thrives on simple organic food and doesn’t enjoy shopping, i would not normally have lunch at a hot dog stand in a suburban mall. but that’s what i did today. nor do i customarily read books by writers whose philosophy repels me, and yet recently i have found myself skimming through ayn rand’s The Virtue of Selfishness. i’ve been enjoying these acts of rebellion. They’re not directed at the targets that i usually revolt against, but rather at my own habits and comforts. i suggest you enjoy similar insurrections in the coming week, Capricorn. rise up and overthrow your attachment to boring familiarity. aQuaRius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The ancient Chinese book of divination known as the I Ching speaks of “catching things before they exit the gate of change.” That’s what happens when a martial artist anticipates an assailant’s movement before it happens, or when a healer corrects an imbalance in someone’s body before it becomes a full-blown symptom or illness. i see this as an important principle for you right now, aquarius. it’s a favorable time to catch potential disturbances prior to the time they exit the gate of change. if you’re alert for pre-beginnings, you should be able to neutralize or transform brewing problems so they never become problems. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): neurophysiologists say that singing really loudly can flush away metabolic waste from your cerebrum. i say that singing really loudly can help purge your soul of any tendency it might have to ignore its deepest promptings. i bring these ideas to your attention, Pisces, because i believe the current astrological omens are suggesting that you do some really loud singing. Washing the dirt and debris out of your brain will do wonders for your mental hygiene. and your soul could use a boost as it ramps up its wild power to pursue its most important dreams.

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gemini (May 21-June 20): an apple starts growing on its tree in the spring. by early summer, it may be full size and as red as it will ever be. to the naked eye, it appears ready to eat. but it’s not. if you pluck it and bite into it, the taste probably won’t appeal to you. if you pluck it and hope it will be more delicious in a few weeks, you’ll be disappointed. so here’s the moral of the story, gemini: For an apple to achieve its potential, it has to stay on the tree until nature has finished ripening it. Keep that lesson in mind as you deal with the urge to harvest something before it has reached its prime.

it. but it’s never too late to begin, right? in the coming weeks, i vow to correct for my dereliction of duty. i urge you to follow my lead, Virgo. is there any soul work that you have been neglecting? is there any part of your life’s mission that you have skipped over? now would be an excellent time to catch up.



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moment for me. Dog walk sometime? When: Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Where: church Street. You: man. me: Woman. #910305

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thE FuNNY hoNEY Though I only saw you in brevity, You made my engine revvity... and made my heart pound heavity, whilst you told jokes at levity! When: Thursday, June 7, 2012. Where: Levity, 9 center St. You: Woman. me: Woman. #910304

thurSDAY LuNch At mExicALi I walked in to meet a friend for lunch and I said to you “two please.” You looked at me kinda stunned... of course you would, you worked at Best Buy and was waiting for your lunch. You commented on my hair. Your name was Brandon and wore a black Best Buy shirt. Drink some time at a table for two? When: Thursday, June 14, 2012. Where: mexicali at lunchtime. You: man. me: Woman. #910317 u mALL SAt morNiNg Hi. You were painting the wall at nail place. I casually walked by once and you smiled. You were talking to another woman. I walked back by and you said hi. Me: short dark hair, was with a coworker. Beer? Dancing? Coffee? When: Saturday, June 16, 2012. Where: u mall. You: man. me: Woman. #910316

smile again, can I buy you a coffee sometime? When: Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Where: route 2A Williston. You: Woman. me: man. #910309

A chANcE If nothing more than to show you what trust and love is and could be when we are indeed together, then a chance to be the friends we were and become the people we are meant to be. It’s a lot to ask of a little thing... When:

rE: oh mY gooDNESS BroWN EYES... so I think I’m the girl with red hair and brown eyes. I don’t know any other redheads with brown eyes. If I’m her, cool, email me back? When: Saturday, June 9, 2012. Where: jolley williston. You: man. me: Woman. #910308

tANto KASSSquAtch I saw you playing shuffleboard three years ago and have spied you since. I dearly miss having the chance to see your glowing face and personality. Yesterday I saw a woman on your electra, she looked just like you, I held my breath hoping it was YoU I had spied. I miss my Kass. When: Saturday, June 16, 2012. Where: grant Street. You: Woman. me: man. #910314

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From mE to You Thank you for all of your love, support and endless smiles. You’re such a wonderful person, and I am so lucky to have you in my life. always know that I love you with all of my being. ox When: Thursday, February 24, 2011. Where: every day. You: man. me: Woman. #910311


I am an active, passionate 49-year-old with a lot to offer that special someone. I have several interests, enjoy life and look for the good in everyone. I consider myself attractive, and others have told me the same. I have been on several dating sites. My dilemma is that when it comes to photos, I am not photogenic. Photos just don’t do me justice. I have tried posting a profile with and without a photo. I tend to get more response without the photo, as they are more interested in the substance of my profile. However, once I send a photo, the communication ends with no explanation. Looks are important, but they are not everything! How can I keep the conversation going beyond the photo and turn it into a first date?



Dear D,

Being photogenic has nothing to do with one’s looks. I know classic beauties who can’t take a good photo and others who are greatly helped by the right camera angle and lighting. It’s a crapshoot, and when it comes to creating online dating profiles, it can cause a headache. As online dating culture has evolved, photos have become all but mandatory — most sites now allow users to weed out profiles without photos in searches. I suggest putting some time and effort into snapping the right picture to post on your profile. Do you have a friend who’s handy with a camera? Ask him or her to help you out with a mini photo shoot — photographers are paid to find your good side, and all you need is one good shot. If you don’t have any photographer friends, set up your own dating focus group. Gather a few of your most trusted friends and ask them to choose their favorite photo of you. Others can often see us more clearly than we can see ourselves, and your friends might pick a photo you would never dream of posting. And remember, online dating is not the only way to meet people. If you feel you’re better in person, why not volunteer for an event or organization where you might meet other singles? You can also try a singles party. Seven Days hosts a variety of events where you can show your best side in person.

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ShADES AND SmiLE It was about 6:45pm. I was turning left out of the Chittenden Bank on rte 2. You did a double take and gave me a big smile. I think you were in a silver or gray car. I was in a black Honda. I’d like see that


Light iN mY EYES To the young woman of the the Thin Blue line, I have to say it was fun to have you shine your light in my eyes. The only thing brighter was your smile when we shook hands. Hope you found the trailer owner on Western ave. Would love to talk over a tea or coffee sometime. When: Friday, June 1, 2012. Where: Western Avenue. You: Woman. me: man. #910310

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You SmiLED i KNEW it We passed each other in front of Bruggers Bagels at 6:57 a.m. Thursday, June 14th, 2012. You greeted me with the most beautiful smile, which I reciprocated. I would love to see your smile again sometime while sharing a cup of coffe or tea. When: Thursday, June 14, 2012. Where: Bruggers Bagels church Street. You: Woman. me: man. #910312

rED chucKS AND huSKY saw you on lower Church street, walking your red husky, “tenth doctor” red Chuck Taylors, inked arms, stunning visage. Me: Black T-shirt, floral skirt, glasses and long brown hair. I know we only locked eyes briefly but it was a very long

LADY trooPEr oh gee! Usually I’m wretchedly scared of police, however I couldn’t help but blush when you inquired as to what had happened next door to my sundae devouring. little 441, just know that you are a serious cutie! When: monday, June 11, 2012. Where: Bristol. You: Woman. me: Woman. #910301

FoxY At thE roxY adorable curvy brunette: I wish I would have asked you out when I had the chance, but I was always with my guy friends and too shy. You haven’t been there the last few times I’ve gone to see a movie so I’m thinking you might have gotten a different job. I hope you got to see Marigold Hotel first. When: Sunday, June 3, 2012. Where: roxy cinemas. You: Woman. me: man. #910313

Your BAcK iS Art To the stunningly beautiful woman I have seen around town with the amazing tree “growing” on your back: Your tattoo is almost as breathtaking as you. Your eyes can make a man weak in the knees and your smile melts hearts. When: Friday, June 1, 2012. Where: around Burlington. You: Woman. me: man. #910306

couLDN’t BE ANY othEr WAY You lean against the doorjamb, brushing your teeth, gazing at me in your bed; morning sunlight floods the room - come closer. When: Friday, June 1, 2012. Where: Burlington. You: Woman. me: man. #910302

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thE truth iS out thErE Have you ever flown a flying saucer? afterward sex seems trite. The truth is out there, and it lies within you. I cannot wait to begin year 5. When: Wednesday, July 30, 2008. Where: over the stars. You: man. me: Woman. #910307

oLDE NorthENDEr? mANhAttAN PizzA 6/15 We met last night and I don’t remember much but I was really sad when you didn’t want to be my friend anymore, maybe because of something about my pizza and your face, or maybe something I said. I’m very sorry and I hope you’ll forgive me or just not recognize me in the future. When: Friday, June 15, 2012. Where: Burlington. You: man. me: Woman. #910315

Sunday, may 27, 2012. Where: it’s been a while. You: Woman. me: man. #910303

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