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What’s behind this odd, online love affair? Seven Days Digital Media Manager Tyler Machado analyzed the page in a post on Blurt, the Seven Days staff blog: “To Pion’s supporters, this isn’t just a weird, only-inVermont story providing fodder for the news media,” he writes. “Pion is the everyman, doing what he needs to do to get by in modern America, pushing back when the boot of The Man is on his throat. He represents the resistance against law enforcement by those who think the cops are more likely to harass and intimidate than protect and serve. This page is of the Occupy movement and the hacktivist group Anonymous just as it is of rural Vermont.” Meanwhile, Orleans County Sheriff’s Department supporters organized a car wash on Saturday to benefit the department, according to WCAX-TV. The station quoted a local businessman in its report, who didn’t approve of the positive response to the car-crushing incident. “People seem to be very happy with what he did. It just doesn’t make sense to me,” said Jeremy De La Bruere. “If you do something wrong, you get reprimanded for it.”

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1. “Heart of Barnard” by Amanda Anderson. The villagers of Barnard are working together to resurrect their 180-year-old general store. 2. “Packing Heat” by Alice Levitt. Looking for authentic, i.e. spicy, Thai food? You’ll find it at a business run out of one woman’s Shelburne home. 3. “Super Troopers” by Kathryn Flagg. A high number of traffic fatalities has prompted Vermont police to try new methods of enforcement. 4. “Sittin’ in a Tree” by Megan James. Yestermorrow leads a tour of some of Vermont’s most unique homes — tree houses. 5. “Attorney Richard Saudek Can’t Stop Wind Developers, But He Can Make Them Pay” by Kathryn Flagg. When wind developers look to build new turbines, this lawyer makes sure towns get fairly compensated.

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n August 2, Newport resident Roger Pion allegedly sought revenge for a recent arrest by driving over seven police vehicles in his tractor. No one was hurt in the incident, but police estimate it caused $300,000 of damage. Pion, 34, has pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful mischief and aggravated assault. Even so, a group of his supporters is trying to raise money for his defense by turning him into an internet folk hero for his alleged crimes. Their Facebook page, Roger Pion, the magnificent, has attracted roughly 3000 “likes.” Its profile photo is a drawing of Pion dressed as Ethan Allen. Who created the page? When contacted via Facebook message, the administrator would not reveal his or her identity. So far, the campaign has raised nearly $2200 for Pion’s defense fund, and it’s given rise to a number of creative, Photoshopped images of Pion and his tractor, mixed with defiant pop-culture references. There’s Pion as Neo, from the Matrix, and Pion as the Incredible Hulk, for example.




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Paul Heintz’s Fair Game [July 25], about the demonstration against the F35s at the Democratic Party fundraiser, unfairly portrayed the gathering as an unfocused, “protest-of-the-week”-style event. This depiction is incredibly disrespectful to the hardworking, everyday Vermonters who feel threatened by this assault on their homes and health by the powerful and wealthy proponents of the F35 program. The article’s tone minimized the real and justified concerns of many Vermonters about this wrongheaded program that will devastate our property values, impose significant environmental impacts on almost 3000


homes and harm the health of more than 7000 people. Present at the demonstration were many professionals: teachers, physicians, lawyers, nurses, artists, designers and politicians as well as military veterans, blue-collar workers, students, families and children who showed up to get the attention of our congressional delegates who have refused to meet with their constituency on this issue.  Please stop contributing to the characterization of those who oppose the F35s as  hippies, peaceniks or rabble-rousers. We are everyday Vermonters — your friends, neighbors and coworkers — using one of the few options we have against an incredibly wealthy, organized, well-appointed group of proponents, and your  diminution of our efforts is insensitive, unfair and uncalled for. Eileen Andreoli  WINOOSKI


The protesters who were charged with trespassing should also be charged with theft [Week in Review: “Arrested Development,” August 8]. The turbines are a done deal, and all they are doing is delaying the inevitable. The money that Green Mountain Power lost because of the delay they caused is eventually going to be recouped from ratepayers.

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In last week’s Daysies special section, staff writer Paul Heintz incorrectly attributed the “HEY. sweet bike” photo essay in the August issue of Thread Magazine to “Hippest Hipster” Daysie winner Ben Sarle. In fact, Sarle took only the first photo in the series; Raychel Severance shot the rest of the photos and wrote the introduction to the piece. Heintz also misstated Sarle’s age; the Thread publisher and editor is 28. We apologize for the errors, and trust that they do not diminish Sarle’s hipster cred.


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My grandson had to stay in prison because there was no suitable place for him to go, either [“Nowhere to Go: A Vermont Prisoner’s Suicide Attempt Highlights DOC Housing Shortage,” August 1]. I am in senior housing and am not allowed to take him in. I know of other inmates who are wondering where they can live upon their release. If they end up living on the streets, they will end up back in prison. And it will also be difficult for them to find employment because they have a record, especially those with facial tattoos. But they do need housing first.


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[Re: Fair Game, August 1]: So of 400 people polled, one person has come forward, Neil Marinello, a retired psychologist from Woodstock and father of an assistant attorney general, Kyle MarinelloLandis, who is employed in Sorrell’s office? Why is this allegation even being taken seriously? Come on! It seems that this is more like a tactic to distract from Donovan’s request for three more debates. Having been to two of their debates already, I can understand why Mr. Sorrell would not want to do more. Let’s get on with the campaign and talk about the real issues that are important to Vermonters. Debates, live in front of us, is what we should really be covering.

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All’s Fair e° Deerfi eld Valley Farmers’ Day Fair has hit a ripe old age —˜95 —˜but it shows no signs of slowing down. ° is year it has all the makings of a classic Vermont fair: horse shows, kids rides, country jam sessions, pie eating and watermelon-seed spitting. Bottom line? It’s worth the road trip to Wilmington. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 45


Rural Charm Her earliest work dates from 1936; her latest, from this winter. ° e staying power displayed in a 75-year retrospective of D’Ann Calhoun Fago’s career is impressive — but so is the nonagenarian’s art itself. Watercolors, pen-and-ink drawings, and oil paintings focus on the everyman and country living in a current exhibit at Barre’s Studio Place Arts.


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Billed as “a playful mash-up of a clown piece without a nose, a puppet play where the puppets are in charge, a crime story and a TED Talk gone hopelessly awry,” experimental theater piece Pants and Skirts makes a delightfully wacky stop at Phantom ° eater. You’ll never look at laundry the same way again.

Celtic traditions, old-time fi ddle tunes, blues and bluegrass come together at the Peacham Acoustic Music Festival, which turns the whole town into a stage. Musicians such as folk/blues guitarist Steve James and piano-accordion duo Annemieke Spoelstra and Jeremiah McLane (pictured) perform in concerts, jam sessions and Saturday’s Band Scramble.

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A Knockout Punch For Sorrell?



ollowing the Democratic primary for attorney general has been like watching a slow-motion boxing match. Playing the heavyweight champ is 15-year incumbent Attorney General BILL SORRELL. In the role of scrappy challenger is Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. DONOVAN. For months now, Donovan has been throwing jabs (suggesting Sorrell is disengaged), left hooks (coming out for decriminalized marijuana) and uppercuts (saying Sorrell blew the Vermont Yankee case). Donovan has yet to land a knockout punch, but Sorrell has come out a little bruised and bloodied. Now, suddenly, it’s Donovan against the ropes. Last week, a super PAC based in Washington, D.C., bought $99,000 worth of airtime on two local TV stations (WCAX and WPTZ) to air a pro-Sorrell advertisement. LOCATED Just off exit 9 That’s a crapload of cash. To be Rt. 2, Middlesex precise, it’s more money than Sorrell’s OPEN every day campaign had raised in total as of July Mon-Sat 7-6, Sun 8-6 15 — and enough to air the ad 212 times between August 10 and the August 28 8v-RedHen081512.indd 1 8/13/12 4:15 PMprimary. Narrated by Sorrell booster HOWARD DEAN, the 30-second ad shows photos of Wall Street skyscrapers set against ominous music, and then cheerily tells viewers that Sorrell “cracked down on deceptive bankers and won millions in relief for homeowners.” The ad is the first by a super PAC in Vermont. Donovan led Sorrell in fundraising last month but has no plans to purchase TV time — and no super PAC in his corner. So facing the super-PAC ad barrage, Donovan did the only thing he could do: He branded it un-Vermonty and demanded that Sorrell call on the group to remove the ad “in the interest of fairness.” “This is not the Vermont way,” TH Donovan said at a press conference AUGUST 24 9AM-5PM outside Burlington City Hall last week. TH & AUGUST 25 9AM-5PM “People don’t like Washington, D.C., TERRY WAREHOUSE money coming in and influencing elections.” 7 AMBROSE AVENUE At first, the Sorrell camp responded BURLINGTON, VT by washing its hands of the ad, stressing Samples, seconds, and huge that an independent group that had “neisavings on Terry and major outdoor ther consulted with us nor given us any brands, plus FREE GIVEAWAYS knowledge of the ad” purchased it. That’s from Terry and our local sponsors. important, because if Sorrell and the Portion of the proceeds will be super PAC were in cahoots, the purchase donated to Local Motion. would be considered a “coordinated” expenditure and would vastly exceed Vermont’s legal donation limits. But by Monday, Sorrell was embracing the ad blitz — saying he is “very happy”






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about it — and practically laughing off Donovan’s demands to take it down. “I’m sure he wants the ad to come down because it’s a positive ad about my actual record, and it’s not consistent with the distortions that have been coming out of his campaign about my lack of engagement as an attorney general,” Sorrell told Fair Game. But Donovan isn’t just whining. He’s calling Sorrell out as a hypocrite for decrying the “corrosive” effects of big money in politics — a cornerstone of the AG’s reelection message — and then benefitting from super-PAC dough in a tough re-election fight. Moreover, Donovan pointed out that Sorrell issued a legal opinion just three weeks ago saying the attorney general’s office would not enforce contribution limits on political action committees that make “indepen-



dent expenditures” (i.e., in support of or opposition to candidates, rather than directly to them) this year in light of recent federal court rulings. Sorrell’s non-enforcement decision came in response to news that two liberal lobbyists — BOB STANNARD and TODD BAILEY — intended to establish Vermont’s first super PAC. The upshot: Super PACs have a license to spend whatever they want in Vermont. Donovan admitted that he agrees with Sorrell’s reading of the law — that Citizens United does, in fact, permit super PACs to spend unlimited sums on Vermont elections. But he said, “This is different than what’s legal. This is about leadership and doing what is right.” And if a pro-Donovan super PAC wanted to spend $99,000 promoting his campaign, he’d ask them to take the ads down? Donovan claims he would. Uh-huh. Right. The super PAC sponsoring the Sorrell ad is called the Committee for Justice and Fairness PAC. According to publicly available Internal Revenue Service

filings, the D.C.-based group was established as a so-called 527 (remember the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth?) and has received the lion’s share of its money from the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA), of which Sorrell is a member. The committee established a super PAC on August 9, the day before its ad hit Vermont airwaves, according to a Federal Election Commission filing. And where does the DAGA get its money? Mostly from multinational corporations and labor unions. According to, the association’s top contributors for the 2012 election cycle include Walmart, the Teamsters, Pfizer, Google and Monsanto. The No. 2 donor to the DAGA? Citigroup Global Markets — the same “Citi” that the pro-Sorrell ad casts as a Wall Street villain. So does Sorrell see a conflict? “I wasn’t named one of the nation’s worst AGs by the Competitive Enterprise Institute because I’ve been playing footsie with corporations,” Sorrell replied. Maybe not. But it looks like corporate America is playing footsie with him.

Occupy City Council

In the minds of Occupy Burlington demonstrators, there’s a lot of blame to go around for the violence that erupted outside a conference of New England governors and Canadian premiers on July 29. Among the accused: The cops who fired nonlethal projectiles at demonstrators blocking a bus of VIPs headed to Shelburne Farms for a swanky dinner; Burlington Police Chief MICHAEL SCHIRLING for erroneously saying demonstrators provoked the shooting; the global forces of corporate hegemony. (OK, I made up that last one.) At Monday’s city council meeting — the first since the skirmish — it was Mayor MIRO WEINBERGER’s turn in the dunk tank. With the mayor sitting at the council table just a few feet away, Burlington resident ALBERT PETRARCA hurled what might be the ultimate insult in Queen City politics. “Miro, you went from zero to BOB KISS in five months,” Petrarca said, referring to the former (and unpopular) Progressive mayor. Ouch! Flanked by signs that read, “Miro: Fire Schirling Then Resign” and “Miro’s Violent New Policing Style Has No Place

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in Vermont,” numerous activists dressed down the new mayor for backing the cops’ use of force before an investigation into the police’s actions had even begun. Almost everyone called for an independent investigation into the BPD’s use of force, rather than the internal review Schirling has undertaken. Burlington’s Jonathan Leavitt, who sustained 19 bruises from sting ball pellets, said Vermont police have effectively handled large protests — at Vermont Yankee last year, at U.S. Sen. RobeRt StaffoRd’s Winooski office in 1984 — without using projectiles. “Something has fundamentally been ruptured in the social fabric of our community,” Leavitt testified. “This is not the fresh start that people voted for.” Boy, with incoming fire like that, Weinberger must have been sweating rubber bullets, right? Hardly. In his measured, bureaucratic tone, Weinberger deployed his secret weapon for de-escalating tense situations: a bland written statement. The mayor said he “appreciated” hearing from concerned citizens and added, “I fully share the goal expressed by many of the speakers here tonight that Burlington remain — as it long has been — a place where all citizens can safely and confidently express their views publicly on all topics.” Zzzzzzz ... Uh, sorry. What? Weinberger said BPD’s internal review would wrap up in two weeks and preliminary findings would be made public. The police chief will present his report to the Burlington Police Commission, the civilian body appointed by the council to oversee the cop shop, and the public can testify at that meeting, Weinberger said. What, if anything, comes out of that is up to the commission. Outside council chambers afterward, the mood among occupiers was noticeably less tense. Asked if the police commission’s review would satisfy demonstrators’ call for an “independent” investigation, Leavitt seemed unsure. “I think we’ll all be boning up on the police commission,” he said.

— population 40,000 — to be closer to her family. Moats says they’re packing two cars and all their belongings into a shipping container and putting it on a boat bound for the Aloha State. Under the golden dome, Moats earned a reputation as a dogged reporter and a nice guy. His last day was July 20. (As an aside, Thatcher’s dad is Pulitzer Prize winner david MoatS, editorial writer for the Rutland Herald.) Moats the younger tells Fair Game he has no job lined up and isn’t sure he’ll stay in the news biz. But he doesn’t seem to be sweating it. And why should he? A capable journo like him will surely land on his feet. Plus, he’s moving to Hawaii, not Fargo. “It’ll probably be 75 degrees and sunny, like it is all year round,” Moats forecasts. Go ahead, dude. Rub it in. As the Hawaiians would say, a hui hou, Thatcher (roughly translated, goodbye, until we meet again). And, as former vice president dan QuayLe famously said of America’s 50th state, “Hawaii has always been a very pivotal role in the Pacific. It is in the Pacific. It is a part of the United States that is an island that is right here.” True, Dan. So true.


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So long, Montpelier. Hello, Hilo! Vermont Press Bureau reporter thatcheR MoatS is bidding farewell to Vermont and heading west to paradise. Moats, who was part of the three-person team covering state politics for the BarreMontpelier Times Argus and the Rutland Herald, is moving his family to the big island of Hawaii in September. Moats’ wife hails from Hawaii, and the clan is moving to the town of Hilo

And finally, a shameless plug: If you see no other debate in the Democratic primary for attorney general, come to the Seven Days/Channel 17 debate at Burlington City Hall tonight (August 15) at 5 p.m. Channel 17 will broadcast the debate live, and there will be an embedded stream and live chat on our website, The candidates will take live questions from audience members and from Twitter and Facebook (Twitter hashtag #VTAG). Channel 17’s JeSS WiLSon will moderate, and I, political columnist PauL heintz and WCAX reporter KRiStin caRLSon will serve as ruthless interrogators, er, media panelists. Tensions are simmering between Sorrell and Donovan, and this may be the night they finally boil over. You wouldn’t want to miss that, would you?

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Bellavance owes another $500,000 to the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, which covered the insurance claim on her theft from the public utility. How will the now-disgraced f ormer o˜ ce manager, who perpetrated the largest embezzlement in Vermont history, a° ord to make those payments? From her taxpayer-funded pension. Records provided by the Vermont State Treasurer’s O˜ ce reveal that since December 1, 2010, Bellavance has been receiving $2,496.42 per month in pension payments f rom the Vermont Municipal Employees’ Retirement System. For her 38.8 years of “creditable service,” that works out to be roughly $30,000 a year — for life. Bellavance voluntarily agreed to put half of her monthly retirement check into an escrow account to pay o° her debt, but the law could not f orce her to do so. Under state law, courts can mandate paycheck deductions f or child support or alimony but not to pay o° public debts. Twenty-fi ve states have enacted laws allowing the revocation o f pensions from public o˜ cials and employees convicted of felonies — mostly as a result of high-profi le corruption scandals. Vermont and New Hampshire are the only northeastern states with no such law on the books. Bellavance, who spent the stolen money on Pottery Barn f urniture and down payments on homes f or her two children, isn’t the only convicted public

employee entitled to a taxpayer-f unded pension. Kathy Lantagne, a f ormer supervisor at the Vermont Department for Children and Families, was sentenced to 33 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $490,000 in restitution f or thef t, mail f raud and fi ling f alse tax returns. According to the state treasurer’s o˜ ce, Lantagne’s 18 years of employment with the state also qualif y her f or a taxpayer-f unded pension. Dittof or Suzanne LaBombard, the f ormer Isle LaMotte town clerk, treasurer and tax collector who conf essed in 2007 to embezzling at least $100,000 from the town over fi ve years. LaBombard, who worked f or the town for 22 years, will be eligible to collect her pension f rom the Vermont Municipal Employees’ Retirement System when she turns 65, in about 11 years. Jim Deeghan, the f ormer Vermont State Police sergeant accused last month of doctoring his time-card with overtime

he allegedly didn’t work, nearly doubled his annual salary of $80,000. Deeghan’s 22 years on the job qualify him to receive a state pension, too, though his benefi ts may be adjusted to refl ect only the time he actually worked. Vermont Treasurer Beth Pearce would not comment specifi cally on the Deeghan case or any other individual pension. Nor could her o˜ ce calculate exact pension paymentsf or Lantagne, LaBombard, Deeghan or a half dozen other public employees convicted of embezzlement or other felonies in recent years. Those calculations are based on an employee’s age, date of retirement, survivorship options and otherf actors. But nearly all


public workers become eligible for pensions or ref unds of their contributions after fi ve years of creditable service. Pearce explained that annuities and pensions are guaranteed tof ormer public employees by law “and cannot be taken away,” even if they’re convicted of a felony perpetrated on the public dime. All the state can do is adjust payments downward if it discovers inaccurate wages. Such adjustments may come as little consolation to Vermont taxpayers, who in recent years have been burned repeatedly by high-profi le embezzlements. In January, “The 2011 Marquet Report on Embezzlement” identifi ed Vermont as having the country’s highest risk of economic loss due to white-collar fraud. Meanwhile, other states have been



ast year, Joyce Bellavance pled guilty to stealing $1.6 million f rom the Hardwick Electric Department. She was sentenced to three and a half years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $1.1 million in restitution to her former employer.


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passing pension forfeiture laws. Maine theft, embezzlement and wire fraud in adopted one in April that grants courts the public schools between 2000 and authority to seize public employees’ 2011. The cost to taxpayers: $415,000. pensions for offenses related to their Salmon said that although his office official duties, and direct that money to hasn’t specifically considered the issue court-ordered restitution. Nicknamed of pension forfeiture, he suggested the “Violette Law,” the statute was en- it would be “a valuable exercise for acted after former state highway official Vermont to have that discussion.” Paul Violette pled guilty to pilfering Convicted animal abusers can be more than $200,000 in public funds forced to give up their pets, repeat over seven years. drunk drivers can lose their vehicles Alabama adopted a pension forfei- and poachers can be banned from ture law three months ago that allows hunting in Vermont, remarked Sen. the state to revoke pensions of public Vince Illuzzi (R-Essex/Orleans), the employees and state officials convicted Essex County state’s attorney and a of a felony related Republican candidate to their public for state auditor. duties. Maryland “Clearly the preccan revoke penedent is there to do it,” sions for misdeIlluzzi said, but penmeanors comsion forfeiture “has mitted in public never been actively service, while considered.” Michigan allows And if it were to be? a public pension Some would follow to be withheld to the logic of Sen. Kevin cover the cost of Mullin (R-Rutland). incarceration. Although he wasn’t Pennsylvania aware that current is considering Vermont law protects expanding its pensions, Mullin said, pension-forfeiture “Those benefits should law to cover viogo back to whoever lent crimes such as they stole the money STATE SEn. KEvin MuL L in sexual assault, from.” following news But Doug Hoffer, reports that convicted child rapist who’s making a second run for the and Penn State football coach Jerry office of state auditor after his defeat to Sandusky will receive a public pension Salmon in 2010, said he’s not convinced of $59,000 a year for life. the legislature should wade into this Why hasn’t Vermont enacted a simi- issue. lar law? “Sensibilities change over time,” “We just haven’t had that discus- Hoffer wrote in an email to Seven Days, sion yet,” said Rep. Donna Sweaney “and the justifications for cancellation/ (D-Windsor) who chairs the House recapture could lose their force as sociGovernment Operations Committee. ety evolves ... ‘Minor’ felonies 20 years Last year, lawmakers passed a bill ago may look much less serious 20 years aimed at preventing embezzlement but from now.” did not address penalties, including the “As a practical matter,” Hoffer added, possibility of pension forfeiture, for “stripping a convicted felon of a major those found guilty. “I’m sure it’s some- source of income could create serious thing we’ll look at,” Sweaney added. hardships for a family, which could In February, State Auditor Tom force them to seek public assistance Salmon issued a report on financial (a cost to taxpayers). And, of course, it wrongdoing in the state’s public school could limit his or her ability to pay fines system that identified 25 incidents of or reparations.” m

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a mistake and then cor rected the check. It wasn’t a mistake, per se. Owner Sandy Kong says that while the restaurant doesn’t have an official policy, she lets servers decide whether B y K ATh Ryn F L A gg to add a gratuity. “I f the Canadian urlington has been rolling out the nephew was visiting, so they all spoke customers were tipping at 15 percent, I red carpet this summer f or its French at dinner. wouldn’t let them do this,” Kong says of French Canadian visitors. From When the bill arrived f or the party the “Bienvenue Québecois” stick- of three, Humbert recalls that her first her waitstaff. But the Canadians are not, she alleges. On a single day last week, ers in storef ront windows to a Frenchthought was: “Well, that’s steep.” On Kong says, one party left a $3 tip on an speaking greeter stationed on Church closer examination, she realized it in - $80 bill; another left nothStreet, the Queen City has gone to great cluded an 18 percent tip. ing for the server on a $90 lengths in recent years to demonstrate that Hulsey summoned the waitress, who tab. the Québecois — and their tourist dollars explained that she’d heard the f amily Splash takes a similar — are welcome. speaking French, and that the restaurant approach. Owner Barb But at some local restaurants, the has “kind of a policy” to include the gra- Bardin is emphatic that hospitality appears to be wearing thin. tuity f or parties that appear to be f rom there’s no “policy” about At least two eateries admit they allow Québec or Europe. the mandatory gratuities, but adds that servers to add an automatic gratuity Af ter Hulsey explained they lived her young waitstaff works too hard to on the bills of diners who appear to be in Williston, the waitress removed the get stiffed on tips. Like Kong, Bardin says Québecois. Why? Because Canadians are extra gratuity. She got a 15 percent tip. she’s baffled about how best to go about presumed to be bad tippers. A few local Humbert complains of similar treat - “educating” f oreign customers about servers even have a nickname f or the ment at Asiana Noodle Shop. After dining tipping practices in the United States, surcharge: They call it the “Queeb tax.” with French-speaking f riends at the and she views attaching the gratuity au Steve Hulsey and Anne-Marie Church Street restaurant, she has twice tomatically as “a helpful guide.” Humbert noticed the strange charge after received bills with a gratuity included. “Because the servers really have such a July meal at Splash at the Boathouse. The first time she paid her bill without a hard time with it, I just leave it up to Though the couple resides in Williston, comment. On the second occasion, after them,” says Bardin, who tells her wait Humbert is originally f rom France. On asking about the bill, Humbert says the staff, “You do what you feel is appropriserver told her the added gratuity was this occasion, her French-speaking ate for you.”





Similar scenarios in other states have led to lawsuits. In 1999, a diner named Charles Thompson called 911 af ter a 15 percent tip was tacked onto his bill at a Thai restaurant in Miami Beach, Fla. Thompson, who is Af rican American, told police that when he asked about the automatic gratuity, the restaurant owner explained it by saying, “Black people don’t tip well.” Thompson’s complaint prompted the Florida attorney general to file a lawsuit against the restaurant owner, and in 2009 the owner settled the charges by paying $15,000 and institut ing a uniform tipping policy. The Vermont Human Rights Commission hasn’t received any complaints about mandatory tips, according to executive director Robert Appel. But even an anecdotal report raises multiple red flags. National origin is one of several protected classes under Vermont’s “public accommodation” statutes, which ensures that the owners of restaurants can’t ref use service to anyone based on their country of origin, race, sexual orientation or disability. “It would seem contrary to the intent of the law to single out a subset of cus tomers based on one of these protected categories and subject them to differential treatment,” Appel reasons. “What do you do with cheap natives? What


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Are customs to the north really that different? Québecois waitstaff earn a minimum $8.55 an hour, plus any tips they make. Vermont restaurants pay servers as little as $4.10 an hour, but if hosts, waiters, waitresses and bartenders don’t make enough in tips over the course of a week to bring the wage up to the state’s minimum — $8.46 an hour — the employer makes up the difference. Officially, voluntary tipping is customary on both sides of the border. According to Tourisme Québec, tipping is de rigueur in restaurants, bars, taxis and hair salons. Customers are expected to tack on 10 to 15 percent of the pre-tax bill. But Alex Hudson, a Montréal native who is a server and hostess at American Flatbread in Burlington, says many restaurants in her home city add an automatic gratuity. She recommends checking the menu — and the bill — or asking about the restaurant’s policy. “It’s just the way it works there,” says Hudson. “That’s why I think, for the most part, they may not tip as much.” This summer, anyway, more French Canadians are coming. The chamber’s Burnell says local hotels and bed and breakfasts are reporting more visitors than in 2011. The chamber’s website uses a Google plug-in to translate the site into French, and the number of visitors using the translation service is up 20 percent over last summer. Burnell says the actual economic impact of French Canadian tourism is hard to estimate, but insists it extends beyond just a “goodwill” relationship. “I think it’s absolutely essential to the health and vibrancy of [Vermont] tourism,” she says. Hudson agrees. “I say, bring it on. We’re neighbors.” While she sympathizes with all those disgruntled servers, Hudson says she’s reluctant to place the blame on foreign tourists — many of whom, including those from Canada, speak English. “Any server who is not appropriately tipped for the service they provide, regardless of where the customer is from, is frustrated,” she says. But, as the French say, C’est la vie. m

happens if you get stiffed as a waiter? I don’t think failing to tip or miserly tip service is restricted to any one [group of people].” Several Burlington-area servers, most of whom spoke only on condition of anonymity, admitted they are often less than thrilled to find Québecois customers seated in their sections — not just because of the tipping issue but because of a perception that French Canadian customers are more demanding. But most don’t have, or won’t admit to, any auto-tipping policy aimed at French Canadians. In fact, some restaurants specifically forbid servers from adding an automatic gratuity. That’s the case at Three Tomatoes Trattoria on Church Street. Server Jen Brandt, who waits tables outdoors, would like to see the restaurant print out suggested tip amounts on the receipt that comes with the bill they present to customers. But that hasn’t solved the problem at Asiana Noodle Shop, where every receipt includes a note suggesting an 18 to 20 percent tip. Despite this, server Diem Huynh says she’s seen some Canadian customers ask diners at nearby tables about the local tipping customs. Bardin says the manager at Splash balked at putting a note on receipts or menus because she thought it would be tacky. “You’re damned no matter what you do,” Bardin says. Humbert is personally sympathetic to servers who fear their customers will skip the tip. But she says requiring foreigners to pay extra is “discriminating.” It also appears to be illegal. Her solution? She says Burlington restaurants should get on “the same page” about how to handle the tipping conundrum. The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce has encouraged restaurants to translate menus into French, and recommends adding a polite, diplomatic note on Frenchlanguage menus explaining the local customs. Chamber director of communications Gen Burnell hadn’t heard about the practice of mandatory tipping, but says that Burlington businesses have a responsibility both to welcome and educate Canadian visitors.

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program at Marlboro. “It’s such a small will musical world at that sort of level; we’re almost certainly spoil the constantly running into each other,” listener f or all live chamber he points out. But “most of them have music. It doesn’t get much better than played at Marlboro.” Among these are violinists Bella Marlboro, where for more than 60 years the world’s elite and rising musicians Hristova, Hye-Jin Kim and Arnold have gathered every summer to explore Steinhardt; in 1964, Steinhardt co classical music in depth without thef ounded the Guarneri Quartet at pressure of preprogrammed concert Marlboro, which was deadlines. But,f or northern Vermont audi - among the world’s ences, it’s kind of a haul to get there. most acclaimed until Fortunately for those who live far from it retired three years the Bennington-Brattleboro parallel, ago. Other musicians f rom Marlboro violinist soovin Ki M is bringing a cote - include violist Misha Amory, cellist rie of f ellow Marlboro musicians to Sophie Shao and part-time Vermonter Colchester to play in this year’s l aKe and LCCMF composer-in-residence Davi D l uDwig . And one not to miss is the cha Mplain cha Mber Music Festival . Kim, who f ounded the now 4-yearpianist Jonathan Biss, who at age 31 has old f estival and serves as its artistic already achieved international fame for director, says he didn’t necessarily get his arrestingly thoughtful playing. to know all the musicians on this year’s Biss says he first met Kim, who is five Marlboro Music Festival

years his senior, at Marlboro in 1997 — Biss’ first, and Kim’s second, summer there. The two now attend every other year to mentor and learn f rom new rising stars. When Kim first told Biss he was starting his own festival, the pianist recalls, “I wasn’t at all surprised. Soovin has this natural ability to rally people together. When he gets excited about something, everyone does.” Kim, in turn, declares Biss “one of the greatest [pianists] we have in our time. Especially at his age, not many achieve that kind of f ame playing the classical German repertoire” — Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms. “He doesn’t of ten play things like Liszt,” Kim adds, “which is easier for a younger player to use to showcase his virtuosity.” At the five-concert LCCMF, Biss will


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play the concluding piece in each of the final two concerts: Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C Major, and Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major. Schumann has lately become something of an ob session f or the pianist: Biss is about to embark on an eight-month, 30-concert, international Schumann tour. According to his voluble and introspective website, Biss not only loves but feels “protective” of the Romantic-era composer. Asked why, Biss explains, “So of ten when people say they love Schumann, they say it slightly apologetically, as if his music is lacking in vigor.” It’s the music’s “sense of vulnerability,” stemming from Schumann’s history of mental instability, that makes Biss want to defend it. “You want somehow to be able to rewrite history in such a way that things turned out better for him,” Biss adds. Though only eight days long, the LCCMF includes many more must-hears.

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Four concert programs will feature original compositions by two women composers: 21-year-old Gabriella Smith, a former LCCMF Young Composers Seminar participant returning to hear the premiere of her new work, titled simply “World Premiere”; and distinguished visiting composer Joan Tower. Biss describes Tower’s music as “very colorful, extremely inventive and extremely vibrant. Even if you’re not familiar with much contemporary music, it has a quality that lets you grab it, that forces you to sit up and listen.” Steinhardt will play the “Chaconne,” the final movement of Bach’s Partita in D-Minor for solo violin. To get an idea of how moving and virtuosic this quintessential violin solo piece is, listeners can hear Kim playing it live in the studio of Boston’s public-radio station, WBGH, on a recent “Drive Time Live” episode, available online.

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Soovin Kim connected to Glazer through the latter’s nephew, GeoffreY GeValt, who directs the Winooski-based YounG Writers Project. Each year, the nonprofit sends what Kim calls “a small army of writers” to listen to and write about LCCMF concerts. “It’s wonderful, because we get to read about how the music is moving them,” Kim adds. Glazer is scheduled to give a onehour listening-club performance called “Glazer Plays Bach,” but the energeticsounding and pin-sharp musician says he intends to fit in a piece by Beethoven, two by Chopin and two Liszt pieces as well, including Liszt’s “Rigoletto Paraphrase,” a piano reduction of a quartet from the Verdi opera. He’ll also chat up his new book, A Philosophy of Artistic Performance (With Some Practical Suggestions). made only with hand tools Glazer describes his book as “a body of information I’m leaving as a legacy.” astonishing jewelry The work assembles aphoristic wisdom sumptuous clothing • luxurious accessories accumulated over 75 years of teaching “hundreds and hundreds” of students. It ultimately dates back to the lessons he Jacob and Kristin Albee learned about the importance of artistry . 802-540-0401 over mechanics from his first significant 41 Maple Street, Burlington, VT M-F 10-7, Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5 teacher, Artur Schnabel. The Austrian’s Studio Hours BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 658-4050 • 115 college st, burlington recorded interpretations of Beethoven are still considered definitive. Glazer studied with him for a year in Berlin in 8V-JacobAlbee081512.indd 1 8/14/12 8v-marilyns081512.indd 11:03 AM 1 8/14/12 11:53 AM 1932. “This was before chewing gum and Are you concerned with the quality of your child’s pre-school experience? Elvis Presley,” Glazer recalls. “I was The early years are vital in determining there when they burnt the Reichstag. your child’s future It was a terrible time, but it was a good Call to schedule a visit to the International Children’s School today time for artists.” In late May 1933, when Schnabel fled the nascent Nazi Party, Glazer followed him to Italy’s Lake The International ChildrenÕs School, Inc. Como for a few months before returning to the U.S. to launch his career. He went 1 Executive Drive, South Burlington on to premiere an Aaron Copland piece 12H-InternationalChildrensSchool080812.indd 1 8/1/12 2:33 PM at his Carnegie Hall debut, and to teach at the Eastman School of Music for 15 years, among other accomplishments. Meanwhile, at Bates, where Glazer has “known [his] fourth president,” the pianist says, “They’ve offered to keep me on as long as I want.” That could lead them into trouble, he adds: “I may make it to 200.” m


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Kim himself is a musician at “that sort of level” and will be playing in each of the five concerts. It’s pure luck — and truly a pleasure for the rest of us — that he spent his childhood in Plattsburgh from the age of 9, joined the Vermont Youth orchestra at 10, and has decided to bring top talent back to the area every year.

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hile Jonathan Biss will be among the younger musicians in this year’s LCCMF, another pianist on the program is among the oldest extant: 97-year-old Frank Glazer of Topsham, Maine. Glazer has been a Bates College artist-in-residence for the last 32 years. He was featured on a recent episode of American Public Radio’s “The Story,” in which he said he felt himself to be a better pianist than ever. Asked if he’s heard of Glazer, Biss comments admiringly, “No — but good for him!”



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pattern to demonstrate their proficiency.” The roughly 20 quilts in the Hat and Fragrance Textile Gallery through October are on loan from other museums and pri vate collections, with the exception of a quilt made by a Union soldier during the Civil War, which is part of the Shelburne Museum’s permanent collection and in spired the exhibit. While recovering f rom wounds sus tained in battle, the discharged soldier — whose identity is unknown — poured hours into this striking quilt. Repetitive, meditative handiwork was seen as thera peutic, but, as a description notes, this soldier “did not quite get away f rom it all.” Images of armed soldiers and horses march steadily across his quilt. In a room filled with contemporary quilts, San Francisco architect-turnedquilter Luke Haynes’ “Man Stuff #1” is a standout. He presents an oversize realist depiction of his f avorite hammer lying diagonally on an olive-green and orange quilt, riffing on the perspective and movement in Gustave Caillebotte’s “The Floor Scrapers.” In a decidedly male display of technical



n its exhibit “Man-Made Quilts: Civil War to the Present,” the shelburne Museu M presents some gorgeous tex tile creations, most accompanied by great stories. But one thing might irk some female viewers: The show celebrates men picking up a women-dominated craft and doing it with at least as much, if not more, creativity than their female counterparts. The exhibit certainly doesn’t set out to make women quilters seem boring. Instead, it explores the “outsider” qual ity of quilts made by men. “Men took up quilting because they were wounded in a war and needed a recuperative activity,” explains senior curator Jean burks , who began exploring the role men have played in quilt making for this exhibit about two years ago. Men also turned to quilting to commemorate events. But, just as of ten, men simply wanted to compete. “Men appear to come up with an idea or inspiration and then study the techniques to execute it,” a placard in the exhibit reads. This subject-first approach differs from that of women, “who historically master the requisite sewing, piecing and quilting skills and then select a known

Detail from “Man Stuff #1”

bells and whistles, a circular quilt depict ing the universe’s planets and stars is motorized, keeping it constantly spinning and humming on the wall. Near it hangs a defiant half-white, half-quilted piece by Jeffrey Gutcheon. Burks says when Gutcheon first showed it, people reacted with “When are you going to finish it?” In the gallery’s next room, quilts trick the eye and baffle the mind. Pennsylvania quilter George Siciliano uses thousands of

teeny-tiny pieces of f abric to create intri cate wall hangings. He would go smaller, a placard explains, if only he could find smaller needles. Fraser Smith’s “Calypso” appears to be a brightly colored quilt, folded a few times and draped over a clothesline. But, on closer examination, the piece is revealed to be a convincing, painted-wood trompe l’oeil. For proof, dumbfounded viewers can touch a sample version of Smith’s work

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t’s ironic f or a perf ormance of The Tempest to be canceled — twice — by rain. Actors and audiences were sent scrambling f or cover on both Friday and Saturday nights in North Hero as rain sheeted across the open-air stage, robbing Prospero of the prospect of concocting his own tempest with magic and incantations. But that’s the risk you take when per forming outdoors in Vermont, as Ver Mont shakespeare Co Mpany ’s executive director, John nagle , ruef ully acknowledged in his introductory remarks: “We were going to do, The Winter’s Tale next year — but after this year’s tempest, maybe we won’t.” Still, the veteran director and his wife, artistic director Jena neCrason , seem ready to weather a few storms for the sake of the Bard. (The show went on in extra perfor mances on Sunday.) This is their fifth year producing Shakespeare in Knight Point State Park in North Hero, and the first year they will also perf orm at Oakledge Park in Burlington — this coming week end. The company started small: In 2005, Necrason’s parents, who live in Alburgh, suggested that the two veterans of the

New York stage put on a little show as a benefit for the Champlain Islands Parent Child Center. It didn’t take long f or the idea to blossom into a f ull-blown theater company. “We’re both trained as Shakespearean actors,” Nagle says. “In fact, we met during a run of Richard III, so we just went whole hog, brought in a bunch of people we knew and carved a little stage out of the woods to start our own theater company.” The couple, who live in New Jersey and regularly perf orm in New York, are committed to ongoing perf ormances in North Hero, but aim to test the waters f or Shakespeare’s appeal with this year’s Burlington run. “The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival started out in the same way ours did, in the woods with a simple perf or mance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream , and now it’s a huge attraction,” Nagle says. “We feel there’s a gap to fill left by the Burlington Shakespeare Festival, because, even in a crowd of veteran theatergoers, you can always find someone who has never seen Shakespeare performed live.”



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There’s something magical about seeing these works in an open-air theater. The Tempest is set on an island and takes place entirely outdoors, so when the actors suddenly appear f rom their leaf y “dress ing rooms” to suffer Prospero’s magical tempest, the trees seem to howl in solidarity. The current of energy first invoked by Prospero’s incantations remains high throughout the show, whether that spark is embodied by the brutish, Gollum-like

Caliban (Dean Linnard), revived by the drunken antics of sailors Trinculo (Christopher Payseur) and Stephano (Collin Smith) or reflected in the eyes of the two young lovers. With prof essional actors largely culled from Necrason and Nagle’s New York com munity, the performances are a joy — and the staging, even more so. As Ariel, Necrason flits among the trees and around the grassy stage like the invisible spirit she portrays, while the

Got AN ArtS tIP? also mounted on the wall. The contemporary quilts are beautiful and surprising, but the background stories are even better in the next room, which is filled with quilts from another era. The description of an 1884 “Postage Stamp” quilt top made from 2500 1-and-a-

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half-inch squares reads like the intriguing first line of a thriller: “Seventeen-year-old Dwight Bradley made his quilt top while recovering from an accident with an ax.” Sentimental gallerygoers may get teary-eyed reading about Carl Klewicke’s “Wedding Quilt” from 1904, made from gorgeous, curving strips of silk, satin and taffeta. Klewicke, who immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1867, was a skilled tailor with no children — until a 3-month-old baby girl appeared on his and his wife’s doorstep. He made the quilt, vibrant with triumphant imagery such

“Man-Made Quilts: Civil War to the Present,” quilts made by men, Shelburne Museum. Through October 28. Info, 985-3346.

crouching, wretched slave Caliban, spending much of the performance hunched over on his knuckles. The requisite teeth gnashing and dirty garments capably represent Caliban’s evil nature, but Linnard does well to infuse a touch of pathos, as well. Ultimately, though, it’s a short moment between Ariel and Prospero (Michael Sean McGuinness) that is most tender: “Do you love me, master? No?” she asks. Prospero pauses before answering, “Dearly, my delicate Ariel,” creating a charged moment that it’s easy to overlook when reading the iambic pentameter. This interpretation is skillful and unexpectedly touching, considering that Ariel’s gender is generally viewed as ambiguous. Played by a male, the sprite could easily have been a Puck to Prospero’s Oberon, but here, the female casting creates a lasting moment of tenderness. Artistic choices such as that one make this performance of The Tempest masterful. With delicately timed interactions, Nagle and his cast bring new interpretations to the centuries-old tale. m 08.15.12-08.22.12 SEVEN DAYS STATE OF THE ARTS 21

physical comedy enacted by Caliban and the two sailors is riotous and perfectly timed. When Trinculo crawls under a pile of rags, with which Caliban has disguised himself to escape a second tempest, the resulting quadruped of their jumbled limbs is worthy of a “Saturday Night Live” skit. Far more challenging than the antics of buffoons and drunkards, though, are those of Shakespeare’s lovers. In inexperienced hands, young love on stage can become a low point in the emotional current, something to be endured before returning to the high jinks of a Falstaff, Puck or Caliban. In the skillful hands of Burlington native Marielle Renée Rousseau and Nick Piacente, Miranda and Ferdinand are fully shaped characters far greater than the sum of their requisite kisses and caresses. Costume designer Becky Bodurtha has taken a contemporary view of the costumes for the shipwrecked royals, lending an edgy note to the production. The dignified speech maker and councilor Gonzalo (Steven Cook) is outfitted in an argyle sweater-vest that lends levity to his query, “Is not, sir, my doublet as fresh as the first day I wore it?” as he tugs at the diamond-patterned cotton. The dashing linen suit worn by the usurping Antonio is similarly memorable; if only Parrish Hurley could imbue the villain with a touch more knavishness. Linnard pours heart and soul into the

as a dove with wings outstretched, from scraps left over from his tailoring business and gave it to his adopted daughter on her wedding day. Other quilts offer mysteries. Benjamin Franklin Perkins, a street paver and bricklayer in Portland, Maine, made one in the 1840s out of simple rectangular patches. “It’s no coincidence that the color scheme and organization of the individual red and white cloth pieces represent the size and shape of Portland sidewalk bricks laid out in a traditional herringbone paving pattern,” reads the description. But why did he turn to quilting, and how did he learn? Albert Small turned to quilting on a dare. In 1940s Illinois, after he teased his wife and her quilting group about a piece they’d worked on for weeks, the women challenged him to make his own. He made three, one of which broke a quilting record for most pieces in the world, with 123,000 tiny hexagonal pieces. The quilt, “Hexagon Mosaic #3,” is mesmerizing, with yellow, pink and blue stars seemingly bursting from the fabric. For a certain kind of competitive female viewer, it’s enough to inspire her to dust off the old sewing machine and try for something bigger. m

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that the window “probably will never be used. It’s bar country down there,” he adds. “I don’t think they can serve through a window.” Could they? The point may be moot. According to a zoning clerk at Burlington City Hall, Mary Arthur’s caref ul preservation of La Bottega’s drive-up window may have been f or naught. “In order to retain zoning rights on that window, it would have to be in continuous use,” the clerk says. “If the window wasn’t used for a year or more, anyone attempting to reinstate its drivethrough use would need to reapply for a zoning permit, as Mechanics Lane is a public street.” Though it hasn’t been used since 1986, and Church Street has long since been paved over f or pedestrian-only access, the window’s bell still works (I tried it). Maybe someday the drive-through will return to active use. Church Street creemees? Casual-lunch food-truck fare from a brick-and-mortar dinner restau rant? Walk-up banking? Or, maybe, a New Orleans-style window-service bar? Stay tuned, Burlington, but don’t hold your breath. m


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Zoning office, the sign reads, “Drive Up Window for Martin Real Estate.” Again, WTF? Glenn Martin, who has since retired f rom the real estate business, says the drive-up window was already in place when his agency moved in, and they never used it. “We had other realtors who would come in and laugh about it, but, no, we never opened it.” The agency kept the drive-up window, though, because the building’s then-owner, Mary Arthur, had obtained zoning approval f or it back when the building was an Italian restaurant in the early 1980s. “Golly! She was a character,” Martin reminisces of Arthur. “Quite a fixture of Burlington. Back when we were in that office [from 1988 to 1990], she always used a walker. She’d come in to make sure we were taking care of the place, and next thing I knew, she’d be up on a stepladder, dusting off the light fixtures.” The window remained — perhaps in case the building ever housed a restau rant again. But there hasn’t been a fullservice eatery at 134 Church Street in 25 years, since the departure of Italian restaurant La Bottega — which snagged a mention in a 1983 New York Timestravel piece on Burlington. Senix suspects


think of as two alleys — the one that hosts Red Square’s outdoor live music in the summer, and the one that cuts between Finnigan’s Pub and Stone Soup on College Street. The Akes’ Place property, at 132-134 Church Street, was built in 1901, and until the 1960s it housed a meat market on the first floor. O’Neil speculates that the window could originally have been used as “a place f or the meat cutter to toss carcass scraps into an alley re ceptacle,” or maybe to “f acilitate uses between these associated businesses,” or even as “a convenient ‘take-out’ window for the neighboring Champlain Hotel.” But the building’s current owner, Robert Senix, remembers that 134 Church Street was once the site of Solomon’s Inc., a tailor and dry-clean ing business that occupied the building f rom 1952 to 1966. Senix guesses that the window might have been a place for customers to drop off and pick up their clothing. “It’s popular in other states,” he says, “so I can imagine Burlington might have had a drive-through drycleaning service.” In more recent history, the build ing was the site of a real estate agency, Century 21: The Martin Agency. In a 1990 photo f rom the Planning and

his time of year, Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace is swarming with people walking, talking, shopping, eating and generally getting in the way. Especially with the summer construc tion of Church Street’s “Lights On” project, there’s barely room to walk around, let alone drive a car, on the pedestrian thoroughf are. And yet, just off Church Street, in the Red Square alley on the south side of Akes’ Place, a sign hangs, covered in graffiti and stickers, that advertises a drive-up window. WTF? When I asked the bartender at Akes’, she replied with a shrug. “It’s really old, I guess.” Red Square employees didn’t know anything about the oddity, either. I’d hoped to uncover a rumor, or some kind of weird history behind the window. “Sometimes the light above it goes on,” one waitress reported, “but I’ve never seen it opened.” Unable to reach an owner at Akes’ Place, I took the bartender’s tip to heart and turned to the Chittenden County Historical Society and Preservation Burlington for an answer. According to Mary O’Neil, o f Preservation Burlington and the city’s department of planning and zoning, the Red Square alley used to host a tannery, a meat market, livery stables and an inn called the Champlain Hotel. And it’s not actually an alley but a public thorough fare. Called Mechanics Lane, the street combines what Burlingtonians might

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’m not inviting that guy to the next meeting of my LGBT support group. However, from a certain perspective, he’s got a point. Standard medical opinion is that transsexuals are mentally ill. The revised fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders offers a long description of gender identity disorder that boils down to this: You think you’re the wrong sex, and you’re not happy about it. The International Statistical

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Dear cecil, In a recent Straight Dope message Board thread about transsexuality, one commenter offered the following: “People who have gender identity disorders … are just dudes dressing up as chicks and/or dudes who have gotten a doctor to mutilate them to have imitation female genitalia (or the other way around for women, I guess.) … GID patients have a mental illness and society should be looking into ways to eradicate that mental illness through some form of treatment that isn’t the equivalent of giving a paranoid schizophrenic who thinks he’s Napoleon a bicorn hat and a saber.” care to comment?

Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems calls it transsexualism and defines it this way: “A desire to live and be accepted as a member of the opposite sex, usually accompanied by a sense of discomfort with, or inappropriateness of, one’s anatomic sex, and a wish to make his or her body as congruent as possible with the preferred sex through surgery and hormone treatment.” Fact is, most transsexuals agree there’s something wrong with them. The difference is, they think it’s with their bodies, while unsympathetic outsiders say it’s with their heads.

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The professional view of transsexuality is evolving. DSM-V, currently under development, proposes replacing gender identity disorder with “gender dysphoria.” From what I can see this is mostly an exercise in euphemism: You still think you’re the wrong sex, and you’re still not happy about it. But others think the whole notion of transsexuality as a disorder should be abandoned. For example, in 2009 the French health ministry declared it would no longer classify transsexualism as a psychiatric condition. Not to get all peace-andlove about it, but the core issue really is unhappiness. DSM-III dropped the old classification of homosexuality as a disorder

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because of the dawning realization that whatever gays and lesbians might be unhappy about, it wasn’t about being gay or lesbian as such — the main issue was social disapproval. In contrast, even with all the social acceptance in the world, transsexuals are still going to think they’re the wrong sex. Why they do so is unknown. Some researchers think a percentage of transsexuals have an underlying physiological condition, essentially a wronggendered brain. Regardless, few in the field believe transsexual impulses can be eradicated or cured. The choices are some combination of hormones and surgery, or else you just deal.  The surgery part is what makes some people recoil. They cite another condition listed in the DSM, body integrity identity disorder, characterized by the wish to have a part of your body amputated, typically the left arm or leg. You don’t see anybody claiming BIIDers are paragons of mental health and doctors should merrily saw away. But another way to look at it is that sex reassignment surgery or hormone treatment is more like a full-body tattoo. Would I do it? No, but I don’t much care if other people do. The question is whether reassignment makes transsexuals happy. Most studies say yes, but that conclusion was questioned by the UK newspaper the Guardian in 2004. Having interviewed several SRS patients who said they were no happier after surgery and felt they’d

made a big mistake, the paper commissioned the Aggressive Research Investigative Facility (ARIF) at the University of Birmingham to review the medical reports. ARIF’s conclusion: Most studies of SRS outcomes were fatally flawed, the major failing being that a huge percentage of SRS patients dropped out of sight. For example, one study found that of 727 subjects who had undergone male-to-female SRS, 539 had a known address, 420 of those had a correct known address, 417 of those were still alive, 355 of those agreed to participate, and 232 of those returned their forms. Of the last group, 86 percent rated their “happiness with result” at 8 or higher on a 10-point scale, and only four percent said 5 or below.  You can spin this any way you want. The responders are a pretty satisfied group, but what’s up with the nonresponders? Some are surely dead. A large-scale 2011 study from the Netherlands found treated transsexuals had much higher than normal death rates due to suicide, drug abuse, AIDS, and so on. Then again, other studies have concluded that while post-ops have high suicide rates, pre-ops’ are even higher.  The subject deserves more investigation. If I were desperate enough to consider sex reassignment surgery seriously, I’d still want to be damn sure it would help.

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Reality Bites “to incapacitate … immediately, while mini mizing f atalities [and] permanent injury.” But good intentions go only so f ar: “NLW shall not be required to have a zero prob ability of producing fatalities or permanent injuries.” In other words, they can be lethal. And sometimes they are. Amnesty International counted more than 500 Taserrelated deaths f rom 2001 to 2008. The numbers since then indicate the rates are accelerating. Research published in May in the American Heart Association journal Circulation finds more evidence of lethality: Taser shocks can cause deadly heart attacks. And the deaths keep coming. Af ter the February 13 fatal Tasing of Johnnie Kamahi Warren, 43, in Dothan, Ala., Amnesty called for stricter regulations on Taser use. Macadam Mason is the next person on the casualty list. Will his autopsy implicate the Taser? Not if Taser International prevails. The company has sued medical examiners who

But a Taser is not less likely to kill you than f our state troopers wrestling you to the ground. Which, if Mason was indeed agitated, would seem an appropriate and effective action. Another less-than-lethal technology cops are enthusiastic about these days is the “sting ball grenade.” Vermonters became f amiliar with these little cuties when — as numerous videos attest — Burlington city police fired them at protesters blocking a bus of arriving diners outside the conf er ence of New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers at the Hilton Burlington last month. The Defense Department recommends a “minimum safe distance” of five meters, or more than 16 feet, for deploying sting pellets. A Navy Bureau of Medicine training manual notes that “for those close to the site of detonation,” skin penetration is “common.” In a Spike TV video of guards firing a barrage of pellet grenades into a prison cafeteria melee,

Beyond the Green Mountains, as we endure America’s Weekly Massacres (an other reality series?), the technology of death continues to get an easy ride. The handful of elected officials who’ve dared suggest a connection between the carnage and the availability of assault weapons are widely considered to be holding guns to their own political careers. The Democratic presidential candidate — er, president — has handled the topic gingerly as well. After the massacre in Aurora, Colo., Obama floated the idea that new laws might prevent “mentally unstable indi viduals” from buying guns. That’s as distin guished from the mentally stable individuals who collect weapons whose sole purpose is to mow down as many people as possible as f ast as possible. The sane, in other words, should be allowed to play with AK-47s. Post-2001, things are so dangerous that to prevent the bad guys f rom doing what they just might do , you have to shoot some thing. As Shumlin put it: “Not using Tasers in Vermont would result in police officers having to use bullets.” Yes, they’d be f orced to gun down epileptics, drunks and civildisobedient demonstrators chained to barrels. Aside f rom “Stars Earn Stripes,” this season’s reality-TV lineup f ea tures a number of true-crime-andpunishment adventure shows char acterized by the omission of at least one crucial piece of reality. There’s TNT’s “The Great Escape,” in which competitors try to get out of max imum-security prisons and POW camps. I assume that no guards will be around to fire sting balls — or bullets — as the escapees clip the razor wire and climb over the wall. On ABC’s “Final Witness,” reen actments of grisly murders are nar rated by the dear departed him- or herself . Homicide victims do not really die. They come back as angels — and television hosts. But, every so of ten, reality does ap proach. On one reality-show-casting web site — along with hundreds of calls f or messy people, people with messy husbands, fat people, people with fat teenagers, people obsessed with being f at and rednecks (this year’s f ad) — TV producers are seeking veterans suffering from PTSD. If that’s too much of a downer, perhaps they will look for some celebrity synergy. If they’re lucky, the war games on “Stars Earn Stripes” will turn out to be more traumatizing than antici pated — and Todd Palin will be a candidate. That casting website, by the way, is called m

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corrections officer Chuck Helton states that being hit by a sting ball f eels “similar to a baseball pitcher hitting you with a 90-milean-hour fastball.” An inmate who had been hit is asked to hold up his arm. It looks shredded, as if by shrapnel. In Burlington, the demonstrators dis persed quickly. The bus went on its way. Then, inexplicably, the cops charged. From a distance of less than 10 feet, one officer brandished his launcher at a cluster of people. Then he fired directly at Marni Salerno, 23. Without having witnessed these events, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said he was sure the cops “worked hard to get it right.” Shumlin concurred that they “did a great job.” The police department will conduct a standard-procedure “after-action review” of the clash. But the inquest is un likely to consider whether Vermont police need to use sting pellets on peaceful protesters — or anyone.


have named the zapper as a cause of death, and MEs in Ohio and elsewhere have been persuaded to redact their autopsy reports. According to a 2008 Arizona Republic investigation, medical examiners are increasingly employing an alternative explanation pro vided by TI-f unded researchers: “excited delirium” — a f atal state of agitation f rom intoxicants or panic. This is not recognized in any medical text. A Taser is less likely to kill you than a bullet. It is also less likely to kill you than a drone missile. (The sheriff’s department in Montgomery County, Texas, is boosting its odds with the recent purchase of a $300,000 Vanguard Shadowhawk drone that it intends to arm with Tasers, tear gas and rubber bul lets — which, incidentally, also have killed people in Northern Ireland, Israel and Kosovo. When the drone crashed in a test flight, Vanguard’s CEO said: “The beauty of having something unmanned is you’re not putting any humans in harm’s way.”)

f you’ve been watching the Olympics (and who hasn’t?), you’ve seen the promo f or “Stars Earn Stripes” almost as of ten as you’ve seen gymnast Aly Raisman’s butt. The new NBC reality show, which premiered Monday, takes eight B-list celebrities — including Todd Palin and Nick Lachey, the boy bandster perhaps best known as Jessica Simpson’s ex — dresses them in combat gear, teams them up with Navy SEALs and Green Berets, and sup plies helicopters, Humvees and lots of mud, smoke and noise. And then — here’s the cool part — the show arms the contestants with real explosives and live ammo, and sends them to war. But not actual war, of course. Nobody gets killed. In the perverse way that reality TV re sembles reality, the expurgation of “Stars Earn Stripes” exemplifies an American delusion that may define the summer of 2012. That is: Guns don’t kill people. And “non lethal” weapons don’t hurt people … that much. Here in Vermont, on June 20, State Trooper David Shaffer shot Macadam Mason in the chest with a Taser — even though three other of ficers were at the scene, Mason was unarmed and he had his hands in the air in a gesture of surrender. The 39-year-old Thetf ord artist, who was recovering f rom a disori enting epileptic seizure, f ell down and died. Dismissing the need for a moratorium on Taser use, Gov. Shumlin told the press, “Anything can kill some one. It depends how you use it. The point is, Tasers are less likely to kill you than a bullet, which is why we use them.” The first part of that last sentence may be true, but it is beside the point. Cops use guns when civilians have guns. They use Tasers when there is no gun. VTDigger’s Taylor Dobbs, who analyzed 80 Vermont State Police use-of-force reports involving Tasers, told me that, al though narratives are missing in about half the reports, he could “not remember any incident where the officer said the person was holding a gun.” Dobbs also noted that troopers are cautioned against zapping a person with a knife, as he might accidentally stab himself when the Taser delivers its 50,000 volts of electricity and disables his neuromuscular system. In a New York state study of Taser use, 85 percent of those Tasered were unarmed. That study, along with others in Arizona and Texas, showed that arming police with Tasers does not decrease the use of lethal force. Taser International calls its devices “less than lethal.” More boldly, the U.S. Department of Def ense puts them in the category of “nonlethal weapons,” or NLW, defined in its 2011 Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate as munitions designed

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From Disney knickknacks to shrunken heads, these Vermonters’ collections are far from common B Y K A THRYN FLAGG, K E V IN J . K E LLE Y, K E N PICA R D A ND P A M E L A P O L S T O N






he human brain is a patternrecognition machine. We seem to be hardwired to search for and gather objects that share certain characteristics, regardless of those items’ intrinsic value or ultimate utility. Next we sort, categorize and display our objects in creative and unusual ways, of ten to the bef uddlement, consternation or even inconvenience of f amily and f riends, who can think of far better uses of one’s spare time and basement space. What is it that f uels the collector’s passion? Curiosity, certainly. Perhaps aesthetic attraction. For some, it’s a desire to connect with a past era they never knew. For others, it could be a Sisyphean compulsion to complete an incomplete “set.” And, of course, some might be hiding a hoarding disorder behind those überorganizational skills. This week, Seven Days takes a look at seven passionate Vermonters and their unusual collections. In some cases, such as Glenn Eames’ vintage bicycles and Sidney Stetson’s mah jongg sets, an obsession shared with other collectors around the globe lends the objects monetary value. When it comes to Josh Slocum’s shrunken heads and Ralph Farnsworth’s paper cups f rom old f ast-f ood joints, maybe not so much. This group of gifted gleaners illustrates the very human tendency to draw satisf action f rom hunting and gathering, even if the prey is a Mickey Mouse mug. K EN P I C A R D

Chief Mouseketeer How does Steve McQueen, Winooski’s police chief of 17 years, spend his f ree time? Considering that he has the same name as the macho Hollywood actor once dubbed the “king of cool,” one might guess Winooski’s McQueen would collect race cars, vintage motorcycles or World War II firearms. Try Tinker Bell pins and Mickey Mouse coffee mugs. Yes, Winooski’s top cop is an unabashed Disney fanatic. How much of a fan? McQueen wears a Mickey Mouse watch to work every day. His cellphone ringtone is the original “Mickey Mouse Club” theme song. Even his police cruiser sports a Mickey Mouse antenna topper. “Always has,” he says. “Why not?” McQueen, 53, first visited Disney World in 1974. He hasn’t missed a year since 1982, and he and his wife, Josie — whose license plate reads “VTNKRBL” — honeymooned there 20 years ago. They’ve been known to go three or four times a year. A major part of every trip is collecting and trading new and vintage Disney memorabilia, McQueen explains. “I probably have every park map and schedule for every trip we’ve ever taken to Disneyworld since 1974,” he says. That would be more than 50 trips.

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In fact, the McQueens’ Essex house includes a spare bedroom where they display more than 800 Disney pins they’ve purchased or traded at Disneyworld or on Disney cruises. During these excursions, the couple wear lanyards with pins to trade with children, f ellow collectors or Disney staffers, whom McQueen calls “cast members.” Some of their pins go for $800 or more. “Yeah, we’ve got that stuff all over the place,” he says. “We’ve done five of the Disney cruises, which are absolutely amazing. You cannot find better entertainment. But you’d better like Disney.” McQueen doesn’t confine his hobby to his home. Displayed in his office are various Disney doodads, including a miniature Mickey Mouse phone, a toy race car from the 2006 animated Pixar film Cars — “Lightning McQueen, of course,” he notes — and a 1978 collection of record albums celebrating 50 years of Disney motion-picture music. It’s still sealed in the original plastic. Hanging behind McQueen’s desk is a black-and-white photo of Walt Disney with the quote, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” “I’ve always f elt a connection to that kind of thinking,” McQueen explains. “And it’s pure escapism.” This Sunday, August 19, the McQueens will be attending their daughter’s wedding in England. Af terward, they’ll use their Disney timeshare to stay at Disneyland Paris, where they’ll undoubtedly collect more schwag. In a profession whose practitioners typically pride themselves on a tough-guy demeanor, is McQueen at all concerned that his proclivity for pixies and princesses will make him look, well, a bit goofy? Not at all, McQueen says. “I go to every chief s’ meeting with my Disney cup,” he says. “To me, having this with me at meetings is a reminder that we cannot take ourselves too seriously.”



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Ralph Farnsworth might just be the collector to end all collectors. Need convincing? Just step inside the 5600-square-f oot homegrown museum he’s built over more than three decades in New Haven. Interested in old Coca-Cola memorabilia? He’s got a roomf ul. Fond of John Deere tractors? So is Farnsworth — he’s collected not just the company’s tractors and model toys but hundreds of dealership brochures and tractor guides. The backyard museum unf olds like this, in room af ter room artf ully arranged by theme or object. Each one alone could reflect a lifetime spent compiling and curating. But Farnsworth, 72, lacks the intense and narrow f ocus that characterizes most collectors: Instead, he’s a generalist, interested in preserving “anything old.” The milking barn on his property holds some 70 gas pumps, pulled out of filling stations and

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farm stores around Addison County. Above, high in the rafters, sit roughly three dozen soda machines, some more than 50 years old. Farnsworth’s garage is full of vintage farm tools, his lawn ornamented with tidy antique tractors. But he dismisses the barn as the place where he stores his “junk.” The real treasures are tucked inside the museum. There, a visitor can see a re-creation of a classic general store, complete with cans and jars on the shelves and an assortment of scales — not to mention 30-odd cash registers. Farnsworth saved glass milk bottles and receipt pads from now-defunct Vermont dairies, as well as the milking machine his f ather once used on the family dairy farm. The museum has a section filled with memorabilia — even parking stubs — f rom a lif etime of trips to Disney World. An electric Wessell piano rings out “Stand By Your Man” automatically. One room is devoted to a staggering 90 Edison phonograph machines, many of which camef rom Farnsworth’sf ather’s collection. Visitors can listen to an Amberola Model A-1 circa 1910, that emits a warbling tune when Farnsworth sets its sapphire needle on the revolving cylinder. Farnsworth credits his father and grandparents with passing on the collecting bug. They lived through the Great Depression and never threw away anything. He kept up the habit — archiving copies of the local Addison County Independent , saving paper cups f rom old f ast-f ood joints and restaurant menus. Farnsworth sees value in preserving the ephemera that otherwise might disappear. “You just don’t see this stuff anymore,” he observes. Farnsworth is a man of f ew words. Is he still compiling his massive collection? “Too old to add any more. I’m done building,” he says. Is there a method to the meticulous madness? “Some of it’s old. Some of it’s older.” Ask him how or when he started constructing the one-man museum, and he offers, “Just happened, I guess. Didn’t have any special date.” Luckily, Farnsworth’s collection speaks f or itself.

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Final Effects Good grief! Each week, Josh Slocum fields hundreds of calls and emails f rom mourning, dis traught or pissed-off family members. Sometimes their loved ones’ bodies or cremated remains have gone missing. Other times, they’ve had a burial plot resold or a headstone moved without their knowledge. On rarer occasions, someone reports a maggot-filled casket or an exploding mausoleum vault. Most days, however, Slocum’s callers are simply the hapless victims of unscrupulous morticians. For more than a decade, Slocum has been executive director of the Funeral Consumers Alliance, the nation’s leading consumer watchdog group f or America’s death industry. In that role, he’s accumulated not only some hair-raising stories but also a fascinating collection of curios, some of which decorate his otherwise spartan office in South Burlington. Atop a bookshelf crammed with the requisite death-related titles — The High Cost of Dying, Grave Matters, A Plain Pine Box and Making an Exit — sits a six-pack of Dead Guy Ale, a bottle of Bluelips Embalmer’s Hot Sauce and a Grim Reaper hand puppet. (Alas, on the day I visited, Slocum’s antique embalming-fluid jar was at home.) Far more interesting are the funeral-business items in his collection, which seem benign until Slocum explains their true purpose. There’s a white plastic screw that resembles something

used to hang pictures in drywall. In fact, it’s a cap for sealing the incision hole made in an abdominal cavity when a funeral director embalms a body. Next, Slocum displays a larger plastic screw, used to prevent leakage of bodily fluids from the corpse. “Here’s the f abulously named ‘AV closure,’ a multipurpose, multiorifice plug,” Slocum says with equal parts playf ulness and contempt. “I think they advertise it as providing the deceased with ‘dignity.’ How dignified is it having a butt plug shoved inside you when you’re in the casket?” Other items in the collection include a spiked mouth cap, usedf or preventing the dearly departed from inadvertently smiling during his or her eulogy. A similar but smaller cap, about the size of a contact lens, is used for keeping the deceased’s eyelids shut. “Grisly, isn’t it?” Slocum notes. “Oh, this is cool! You won’t see this anymore,” he adds, producing a small plastic container f rom the Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Home in Lewistown, Pa. Inside are smelling salts, presumably f or use in the event someone f aints from grief during a funeral. “This used to be standard f are at all f uneral homes,” Slocum explains. “Of course, nearly all of that fainting was for dramatic purpose.” The mostf ascinating items in Slocum’s collection are two genuine Jivaro shrunken heads from South America. About five years ago, an elderly German woman in Arizona called to ask Slocum if he wanted them. While cleaning out her house before a move, she’d discovered the heads among her dead husband’s belongings. Evidently, the caller’s husband had been an employee of Standard Oil and spent years prospecting in South America, where he amassed a large anthropological collection. According to Slocum, the woman tried donating the heads to universities and museums, which all rejected them because she couldn’t verify their provenance. “They’re an interesting curiosity, but if they’re to be kept extant, they should be better taken care [of] than what we can do,” Slocum says. How old are the heads? “Not a clue.” Slocum admits his collection is of less than museum quality. Nevertheless, he says that if he were approached by an institution that could properly display and curate the shrunken heads, he’d happily part with them. As he notes, “We never even got around to naming them.” —K.P.

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Anyone who has spent time with Shay Totten has spotted the large SHIFT KEY tattoo on his lef tf orearm. It’s apropos body art for someone who has spent much of his lif e slinging ink — until last December, Totten was the award-winning political columnist for Seven Days. His journalism career has also included stints at the Barton Chronicle, the Burlington Free Press , Vermont Public Television, Vermont Times and the Vermont Guardian. So why the shif t key? For one thing, Totten explains, Shay Totten that’s how you access most of the symbols on a manual typewriter. Second, his f avorite typewriter, an Underwood 5, simply wouldn’t fit on his arm — though Twitter enthusiasts will probably recognize that particular model as Totten’s online avatar. (Incidentally, hisf amily’s dog’s name, “Olive,” is short f or Olivetti, another typewriter brand.) Turns out, Vermont’s two-time “social-media king” is also an avid collector of decidedly low-tech writing implements. In f act, he’s got about two dozen manual typewriters taking up basement space in his family’s new house on North Avenue. That’s down from a high of 36 typewriters before the move. Totten’s collection encompasses a variety of manuf acturers, designs and eras, including a green Corona that dates back to 1916. He also has a few old Underwoods, Smith Coronas, Royals, L.C. Smiths, a Remington and a funky-looking Oliver, whose keys are circular and can strike the paper from the left or right side. “I like the portable ones the most,” Totten explains, “because those are the ones used a lot by journalists [and] war correspondents.” Most of Totten’s typewriters were acquired by him, family members or f riends at yard sales and secondhand stores; one comes f rom an antique store in Québec. Manufactured by Royal, it reads “Fabriqué au Canada” and features all the French symbols, including the cedilla and accents aigu and grave. “I just thought that was kind of cool,” he says. Totten doesn’t know the origins of most of the typewriters in his collection, with a couple of exceptions. One, an Underwood, is the machine on which he typed his term papers and final thesis at Bennington College. The other belonged to longtime Seven Days political writer Peter Freyne, whose column Totten inherited when Freyne died in January 2009. For someone who’s spent years tapping the keys of laptops and iPhones, what’s the appeal of manual typewriters? “It’s very tactile,” Totten explains. “With a manual typewriter, it’s a physical process. It actually takes effort. Between the vibration, the sound and the general feeling of the key strikes, and having to move the carriage return, you’re not just sitting there typing … And there’s a rhythmic sound to it that you just don’t get writing on a computer.” Plus, no spam. — K .P .

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Yellow Fellow, so named for a color that stood out among that era’s uniformly black bikes. Eames bought it recently from the grandson of its owner — a woman who owned a saloon and bordello in Aberdeen, Wash., a place once notorious as “the hellhole of the Pacific” and better known today as the hometown of late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain. Eames is actually cutting back on his collecting, he says, as he ponders the next decade. He’s become more aware of the transience of life and its accoutrements. Gesturing toward the historic cycles upstairs and the timeline he’s designed for their display, Eames ruminates, “All this stuff… I’m really just its custodian, you know.”

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Before discussing his extensive collection of bicycles that are at least a century old, Glenn Eames wants to make clear that he’s hostile to the notion of collecting anything. “It’s a bizarre, materialist illness,” he says unsmilingly. “A lot of collectors are obsessive, compulsive materialists who have to have it all. They’re hoarding objects — that’s the dark side of collecting.” Eames doesn’t exempt himself from this blanket denunciation — he says he’s bothered by the “collecting thing” when he looks in the mirror in the morning — but he does offer an apologia of sorts. “What fascinated me about old bikes was not the gathering of objects themselves,” Eames says while seated on a bench outside the Old Spokes Home, the cycling shop he owns on North Winooski Avenue in Burlington. “It was the developing of an understanding of how they transformed American society in the late 19th century.” For him, he adds, collecting offers “a pathway to understanding the past.” Eames, 60, says he’s always been interested in history — and in collecting. He started in a suburb of Boston with a typical boyhood accumulation of rocks and minerals. As a baby boomer with parents who told stories about World War II, the adolescent Glenn collected military memorabilia. “While other kids were out playing softball, I’d be up in attics looking for souvenirs of war,” he recalls. “I wanted to be an archaeologist, a paleontologist, a geologist,” Eames says. Instead, he joined the Navy. That was a way of staying ahead of the draft, which could have funneled him to Vietnam, Eames explains. Following his discharge in 1973, “I felt a need to change my lifestyle,” he continues. “I was a smoker and just a drifting young man.” And so he got into biking. Big time. In 1982, Eames and his partner, Mary Manghis, began a two-year, round-theworld cycling tour. By then, he’d become curious about the history of biking and had acquired his first old-timey specimens. “Living in New England was a stimulus, because this is where the first bicycling boom took place following the Civil War,” he says, “and this was the center of cycle manufacturing, too.” Today, Eames owns about 60 vintage bikes, many of which are mounted on the walls or hung from the ceiling on the ground floor of the Old Spokes Home. Check out the penny-farthings, for example, with their enormous front wheels and tiny rear wheels. And be sure to ask for access to the second floor — that’s where Eames maintains a curated display of beautiful old bikes. It’s easy to see why he refers to some cycles’ shapes as “sculptural.” One of his favorites is the circa-1895

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Tile Marker The root-beer-colored racks elicit wows when Sidney Stetson hauls out her mahjongg sets f or admiring visitors to see. They swoon over the “flowers” that are really tiny figures engaged in different occupations. That exquisitely designed 1 “bam”? OMG. And look at that unusual white dragon! Clearly, the visitors are players, too. Mah jongg is a classic Chinese game that some aficionados like to think of as “ancient,” but evidence suggests it was developed in the late 1800s. Though mah jongg evolved f rom much older card games, it employs small tiles that three or four players arrange according to a number of byzantine rules. Complicated and of ten maddening, the game is utterly addictive. And the tiles, designed with Chinese characters, numbers and pictograms, are beautiful. Stetson seems to know just about everything about mah jongg. She has several dozen sets. The 65-year-old Northfield retiree acquired her first game in San Francisco in the 1970s. “But I didn’t really become a collector until we decided we only needed one, and decided to sell on eBay,” Stetson explains. By “we,” she means her and her wif e, Janet Townsend, 70, who plays mah jongg

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but insists she’s not a collector. And by “sell,” Stetson really means buy and sell. And by “one,” she means “about eight or 10 sets we couldn’t part with.” Each of them sees active play. The sets Stetson shows off all have one thing in common: no jokers. These days, typical mah jongg players (including myself ) use sets that include eight jokers among their 152 tiles, and it’s hard to imagine playing without them. But Stetson still plays what she calls an “Asian” version of the game — the first sets imported from China, she explains, allowed f or simpler gameplay than we know now. She isn’t sure when, or why, jokers began to appear. Why have more than one set? Different

manufacturers created slight variations on the pieces to distinguish themselves (even Macy’s and Gimbels department stores had their own mah jongg sets at one time), and the fun lies in searching for new ones. Or, rather, antique ones. Americans went “bonkers” f or mah jongg in the 1920s, Stetson says, and several game companies obliged players with gorgeous sets. The earliest ones came in “dressers”like wooden boxes with little drawers that held the tiles and other accoutrements of the game. In the ’30s and ’40s, various plastics were developed, and they can be seen in the tiles Stetson shows off: Bakelite (f amiliar to collectors of vintage jewelry) and its successor, the sturdier Catalin. 08.15.12-08.22.12 SEVEN DAYS 30 FEATURE

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Kingly Pursuits Tom Theohary discovered Elvis Presley on a 45 in his grandmother’s attic when he was about 8 years old. The song was “Hound Dog,” the sound “bad-ass rock and roll,” he says. And Theohary fell in love … with the King. One of his first album purchases was Elvis Live , he recalls, but it wasn’t until years later that Theohary, now 45, began to collect Elvis tchotchkes. Back home in Lowell, Mass., he had an Elvis “shrine” in his bathroom. “You know that’s where he died,” Theohary explains with tongue-in-cheek reverence. After he bought a home off the Sugarbush Access Road in Warren six or so years ago, Theohary’s guest room — he calls it the “honeymoon suite” — became the repository of all things Elvis. And the collection grew. In f act, he explains to marveling visitors, waving his arm around the packed room, “Other people have given me most of this stuff.” The “stuff” includes some historic mementos but is mostly kitsch: a lamp f eaturing Elvis in black leather who swivels those f amous hips when Theohary turns it on. Lots of dolls, cards and pens. A flipbook. A clock that plays a snippet of an Elvis tune on the hour, every hour. (“I had to turn that off,” Theohary admits. “You don’t want to hear that at three in the morning.”) Videos of Presley movies. Elvis on plastic shower curtains, a lunch box, Pez dispensers. Elvis at successive ages in a set of nesting dolls. Ties, scarves, hot sauce bottles. There’s even an Elvis wine. Perhaps the weirdest item is a bust of Elvis carved from a stack of gray cardboard slices. “I call it ‘topographical Elvis,’” Theohary says. Clad in a black T-shirt bearing the name of his own current band, Spit Jack, Theohary introduces each item

“Everything started with bone-bamboo sets out of China,” says Stetson, “and grew from that.” Probably only rich people ever had ivory tiles, she notes. Speaking of money, what do these vintage sets go f or? Stetson says she has sold higher-quality sets f or $250 to $400 each. A “really special” set she owns, its tiles “enrobed” in a honey-colored plastic, is worth upward of $1500. But f or Stetson, it’s not just about the monetary value. “You collect old things because of their beauty and workmanship,” she says. “Some of these sets are 90 years old.”

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with an anecdote about its provenance. That “Poco Elvis” — a wriggling figure intended for a car dashboard — was purchased in Spain f rom a street vendor. A f riend made the blue velvet drapes with way-larger-than-life portraits of the King. She also made the “bad-ass” white jumpsuit that Theohary pulls from the closet. “I’m trying to bring the cape back into fashion,” he quips. Showing a photograph of himself wearing said jumpsuit — and a black wig of Elvis hair — the bearded Theohary launches into a tale about going to an impersonators’ convention in Virginia and finding himself expected to act, well, King-like.

Theohary’s boundless enthusiasm f ails to disturb his cat, Lisa Marie, who is curled up on a small couch. She doesn’t even look up when he points to the 1969 cover of Rolling Stone featuring Elvis that hangs over the bed. Or to the colorful poster — matted in blue suede and framed in gold — from the 1964 movie Viva Las Vegas. Theohary observes of Presley’s costar, the redheaded and comely Ann-Margret, “She was smokin’!” Which brings up the inevitable question: young, hot Elvis or old, fat Elvis (whom so many impersonators seem to prefer)? “Musically, young Elvis, definitely, but I like the showmanship of the older Elvis,” Theohary equivocates, before chiding the questioner: “Vegas Elvis, please — show some respect!” Asked if there are any Elvis items he would still like to collect, Theohary says without hesitation, “a gold belt or one of his bad-ass rings.” Holding up a tiny, gold-plated TCB pin (f or Taking Care of Business, which is what Presley called his band), he adds, “Elvis had some cool bling. He was the first with bling, the entourage, the gold chains.” Take that, hip-hop copycats. m —P.P.

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ost people who walk past 101 Main Street in Burlington likely don’t give the long-vacant building a second thought. And they’re probably unaware of its place in Burlington music history. But long bef ore there was a Higher Ground, Monkey House or Radio Bean, and well bef ore the now-def unct Club Toast resided above Rasputin’s or Phish put Nectar’s on the national map, there was R.W. Hunt Mill & Mining Company. Hunt’s, as it was more f amiliarly known, was the centerpiece of the Burlington music scenef rom 1977 through 1987. This Saturday, one local band that epitomized that thriving, Reagan-era music scene will reunite to bring its spirit — though not its site — back to life. Yoram Samets opened Hunt’s, which had previously been a mostly f olk-oriented venue called the Opry, in 1977. Shortly thereafter, he sold the bar to Fred “Chico” Lager, and Hunt’s soon became Burlington’s place to see and be seen. As local venues still do, Hunt’s took advantage of the city’s geographic location to draw national acts touring between Montréal, Boston and New York.

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The club’s decade-long resume is impressive: B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Roy Orbison, Sun Ra and Townes Van Zandt were among those who graced its stage. But weekends belonged almost exclusively to locals. Bands such as the N-Zones, Pinhead, the Decentz and the Unknown Blues Band would play twoor three-night runs on a regular rotation. Loud and bluesy, the N-Zones had their day ruling this musical roost. This Saturday, August 18, at the Higher Ground Ballroom, surviving members of the band will reunite for the N-Zones & Friends Hunt’s Reunion, a celebration that will benefi t VSA Vermont. Coincidentally, the show will take place 30 years to the day af ter Hunt’s held a fi f th anniversary party f eaturing the very same band. Some musicians f rom the era credit the N-Zones with paving the way f or locally made original music, but they

were, fi rst and f oremost, a down-anddirty bar band. “At that time, being a blues band was something that was still sort of cool, instead of like, ‘Goddamn it, another blues band.’ There weren’t so many of them yet,” says N-Zones bassist Mark Ransom, who has played in a number of other groups over the years. “They did a f ew originals, but the meat and potatoes of the N-Zones was the true rhythm and blues — in the original sense — stu° they covered,” says Brett Hughes. His own music career began with scene contemporaries the Decentz, a popular, local, all-original new-wave band in the early 1980s. Hughes is now better known for his twangier forays with groups such as Ramble Dove and as the leader of the

weekly Honky Tonk Tuesday sessions at Radio Bean. He adds that several other local bands of the ’80s, including noted bluegrass outfi t Pine Island, mixed original songs into their sets. Drummer Bruce McKenzie, now 60, was a founding member of the N-Zones and the only constant through the band’s many lineup changes. He recalls including original tunes almost out of necessity. “We didn’t really f eature ourselves as an original band. But it was a di° erent time,” McKenzie says. “You’d play f or fi ve hours at Nectar’s. And at nine o’clock, Nectar [Rorris] would be out tapping his watch. So we mixed originals in with the covers.” Moore(X-Rays, (X-Rays, Moore Joe Moore JoeJoe Moore Band) played saxophone with the N-Zones during their heyday — the late 1970s and early ’80s. He Heagrees agreesthat that the band’s band’spopularpopularity helped helped warmwarm audiences to the to the idea of of locals localsplaying playing something other than classic rock and blues or top-40 hits. Some members of the multiple multipleincarnaincarnations ofofthe theN-Zones N-Zones are still still active active lo- locally, while while others others went on onto to national national prominence — such as as guitarist Drew DrewZingg, Zingg, who toured toured with with Steely Dan Danand and BozBoz Scaggs. In Inparticular, particular, the N-Zones N-Zones wentwent through bassists like Spinal Tap went through drummers. The band’s original bassist was Grant Hopkins. Ellen Powell replaced him, and later passed the torch to Jim McGinnis, f ormerly of Pine Island. Dan “Harpo” Archer and Peter Riley also played bass for the N-Zones at various points. “Each di° erent bass player defi nes an era of the band,” says Ransom, who held down the low end in the early 1980s and again in a later version of the group. Saturday’s show will f eature members from throughout the band’s history, but there will be one notable absence: that of front man Richard “Zoot” Wilson, who took his own life in 1997. Wilson was the f ace of the N-Zones and its most recognizable member from the time he took the reins from founding front man Derrick Semler in 1977. Larger

Music than life, a Telecaster-slinging enigma, Wilson could dominate a stage by sheer force of personality. “He was legendary. One of the coolest guys on the scene,” attests Ransom. “He was a dynamic personality. And he was hilarious.” Ransom adds with a chuckle, “Girls loved him.” “Zoot Wilson was a mighty man,” agrees Hughes. “He had a really compelling charisma, a pretty biting and esoteric sense of humor, and he played in this rhythmic, commanding guitar style that nearly every guitar player in town emulated on some level.”

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“He probably couldn’t play in a minor key if someone paid him,” says McKenzie, “but he was a strong guitar player.” Pinhead guitarist Mark Spencer, a Vermont native, went on to form the Boston-based, alt-country band Blood Oranges with Jimmy Ryan (Decentz, Pine Island) and currently plays alongside Jay Farrar in Son Volt. Spencer credits Wilson and the N-Zones as important early influences. “Zoot was and is my guitar hero,” he says. “I can think of three or four of his signature licks that by now I’ve probably played more than he did. I consider his R&B/blues/rock style of guitar playing archetypal,” Spencer continues. “No matter what kind of music or gig or tour or record I’ve worked on for the past 30 years, in one way or another I think of him almost every time I play guitar.” For his part, Wilson “never had any particular guitar hero,” according to McKenzie. “He didn’t try to sound like

B.B. King or anyone else. He really did his own thing. It was raw and direct.” “And he’s still the only guy I know of that I’ve seen arrive at a gig in a shopping cart,” notes Spencer. Wilson’s warped sense of humor is nearly as legendary as his performances — he was also an accomplished cartoonist. Humor carried over into his off-color songwriting, which Ransom describes as “straightforward, bluesy and hilarious.” Unfortunately, only a handful of Wilson’s songs were ever released. An out-of-print 1979 LP, Live at Warehouse Hall, and a cassette tape recorded in the 1980s, Ain’t Got You, are the only recorded works the N-Zones produced. In 1999, a limited-edition, two-CD tribute, Zoot Wilson, was released; one disc contained Wilson originals, while the other was a reissue of Warehouse Hall with five bonus tracks. Ellen Powell played with Wilson pre-N-Zones, in a Baltimore band called the Fabulous Dogtones. She says the late songwriter’s muse was his dog, a German shepherd named Beaner. Many of Wilson’s originals were canine themed but hinted at more human, sometimes salacious themes. Powell, now an adjunct faculty member in the music department at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and a local jazz bassist, cites a few songs that would later appear in the N-Zones’ repertoire. One was “I Saw Your Wife at the Dog Show” (“She didn’t even win first place / Perhaps it was her posture or maybe just her face”). Another: “My Dog Won’t Bark Since You Sat on His Face (I wish you hadn’t shown him that token of affection last night at your place.).” He was witty, funny and sweet, too,” Powell adds. “Nothing was sacred to Zoot, which was one of the things that drew me to him. We were close, like sister and brother.” From many a memorable show, Hunt’s owner Lager remembers Wilson as a natural performer. “Zoot was a showman,” he says. “The night would build, and he’d be getting sweatier and sweatier; Joe Moore would be blowin’ and a bunch of the notes would be a little off key, but it didn’t really seem to matter. They would fill the house.” And that’s exactly what Wilson’s friends aim to do this weekend, when Higher Ground resurrects Hunt’s for just one raucous night. m



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life: “We are formed by what we desire.” That ought to give any discerning reader a good idea of the struggle inherent in one person , Billy or anyone else. But when Irving moves f rom this internal confl ict to the external struggle between Billy’s bisexuality and small-town prejudices, he wastes the opportunity f or a bold treatment of this theme by relying on stereotypes. The bulk of the novel serves to highlight the inconsistencies and assumptions inherent in the attitudes of First Sister’s inhabitants. That’s been done before, plenty of times. Whether it’s the young boy with speech impediments growing up to like men, or the crossdressing grandfather who is viewed as a genetic forebear of homosexual tendencies, each of Irving’s characters seems like a stock fi gure in an of t-told tale of intolerance. Frustratingly, he doesn’t raise them above the level of ciphers. When Irving leaves this monoto-



It wasn’t that I was no longer attracted to women; I was attracted to them. But to give in to my attractions to women struck me as a kind of going back to being the repressed gay boy I’d been. Not to mention the fact that, at the time, my gay friends and lovers all believed that anyone calling himself a bisexual man was really just a gay guy with one foot in the closet. (I suppose — when I was nineteen and twenty, and had only recently turned twenty-one — there was a part of me that believed this, too.) Yet I knew I was bisexual — as surely as I’d known I was attracted to Kittredge, and exactly how I was attracted to him. But in my late teens and early twenties, I was holding back on my attractions to women — as I’d once repressed my desires for other boys and men. Even at such a young age, I must have sensed that bisexual men were not trusted; perhaps we never will be, but we certainly weren’t trusted then. I was never ashamed of being attracted to women, but once I’d had gay lovers — and, in New York, I had an ever-increasing number of gay friends — I quickly learned that being attracted to women made me distrusted and suspected, or even feared, by other gay guys.

In One Person by John Irving, Simon & Schuster, 448 pages. $28.


thin literary soup. In One Person is more interesting than some of Irving’s recent e˝ orts, but it could have been much more. Billy Abbott is no Garp or Owen Meany. 


nous landscape, it’s only to go o˝ -road completely. Of particular irritation are the often lurid, surprising and compromising situations into which he f orces characters so as to keep everyone somehow a˝ ected by, or engaged with, sexuality. For example, there is the nearly bludgeoning symbolism of Miss Frost, the librarian with a glaringly obvious secret, who gives young Billy a copy of Giovanni’s Room bef ore introducing him to an evening in her sub-library “bedroom and bathroom — f ormerly, the coal bin.” Overall, In One Person is a novel too focused on ambiguity. It’s neither he nor she, neither here nor there, with desire



being the only constant and the most ambiguous element of all. But that is damaging to the reader’s interest level, and, ultimately, to the book’s readability. The narrative never takes o˝ . Billy plods along in the dark f orest of lif e until he comes to a f ork in the road. Instead of choosing a tine, he opines, laments, considers and eventually ages while never moving f orward. Virtually every page o˝ ers repetitious heartbreak, but the ping-ponging between man and woman, hate and love, and other emotional dichotomies leaves the reader with a sense of anxious hand-wringing after the fi rst hundred or so pages. We somehow end up with a poorly drawn sketch of a man we know everything about. Even on the very last page, Billy Abbott remains a shadowy fi gure as he begs another character — if not the reader — to avoid “put[ting] alabel on me — don’t make me a category before you get to know me.” If we don’t know him on the last page of the novel, what hope is there? Given his allusions to Madame Bovary, Irving surprisingly didn’t take better notes on Flaubert’s methods of character development. Unf ortunately, the most interesting part of the novel is interesting for the wrong reasons. Toward the end, Irving attempts to cover every major event in gay history between Stonewall and AIDS. By the last page, he has extended the chronology to the creation and promotion of LGBTQ communities and, seemingly as an af terthought, quickly plopped Billy Abbott back into the plot, making him come f ull circle. In a rush to tie the narrative together, Irving stamps out any meaning that can be taken from the history, or the way it can be related to Billy’s life. It’s another in a series of asides or pedantic injections of knowledge — whether book titles, play synopses or chronologies. Overall, a catalog of quirks, details, family lineages and laments makes for a


ohn Irving’s latest novel, In One Person, is a densely packed book, the literary equivalent of a multicourse dinner served with a tiny fork. The novel displays plenty of ambition as it alternates between overcooked and underdone sections, but it ultimately goes past substantive into the land of too fi lling. These very busy but somehow still slow-moving 425 pages leave the reader f eeling gorged and dissatisfi ed. The eponymous Person of the title is William Abbott (Billy), the bisexual protagonist and youngest of the multigenerational Abbotts living in the ursmall town of First Sister, Vt. Located by the Favorite River, First Sister is ground zero f or the multitude of crises that pepper the novel’s pages. Think a chillier Winesburg, Ohio. Once again wearing the infl uence of 19th-century novelists on his sleeve, Irving painstakingly traces every particular of Abbott’s lif e (f rom birth to senior living), the lives of his Abbott forebears and those of sundryf riends, f amily members and f oes trying (with various degrees of success) to survive the latter half of the 20th century. The novel places so much emphasis on history that its pacing — or lack thereof — becomes a glaring defi cit. The narrative moves without momentum or even an occasional propulsive burst, eventually desensitizing the reader to the di˛ culties Abbott faces in his life. One could even call the authorial voice monotone. Statements such as “At the time, this was all I knew; it was not a lot to know” are painfully commonplace. That’s an unf ortunate register f or the mostly linear story of Abbott’s troubled childhood, his equally troubled sexual awakening and subsequent history. The novel begins with a dictum that will haunt Billy Abbott throughout his


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For budget diners, the “Go Big” section of the menu, devoted to family-size items f or sharing, is a godsend to the Burlington dining landscape. Take the $14.95 Betty’s Salad, named f or the 1.5ton Southern Pride smoker that lives in Bluebird’s parking lot. Despite the name, there’s no smoked meat in the huge bowl, only leaves, cucumbers and tomatoes drowned in creamy white (somewhat bland) dressing and piled with homemade croutons and shredded American cheese. Then there’s the fried chicken. Even without the pile of poultry, Betty’s Salad could feed a family of four, but the Herculean portion of chicken is something to behold. The thick breast is brined f or optimum moistness, with breading on either side close to a half inch thick. Overkill? It’s not. The crisp, boozy beer batter avoids breadiness and tastes so irresistible, you’ll be wondering if you can order it on its own. The name of another colossal dish, Barbecue f or Two, is misleading. The choice of three meats and four sides fed me and my boyfriend — both of us dedicated trenchermen — two big dinners LISTEN IN ON LOCAL FOODIES...

and a lunch. At $38.95, that comes to $7.79 per meal. The bargain wouldn’t matter if the meats and sides weren’t roundly excellent. Fortunately, they are. Baby back ribs are prepared with a spice rub and mopped with homemade Vermont maple barbecue sauce so dark that the ribs turn almost black as caramelized sugars fuse to meat. Readers may remember that I’m a stickler about rib texture. Meat should not fall o˜ the bone, but lightly adhere so it can be ripped away cleanly with each bite. At Bluebird Barbecue, pit master Paul Link achieves this precarious f eat ably. The ribs I tried were moist and tender but fi rm enough so that eating them involved little muss or fuss beyond sticky fi ngers. A telltale pink ring surrounding each rib betrayed the kiss of smoke on the meat. All too of ten in Vermont, pulled pork means a wet pile of braised muscle strands, more ropa vieja than smoked chunks. The Carolina-style pork butt at Bluebird Barbecue is just the opposite. Many of the chunky pieces display a dark, smoky bark. All the meat is


tender but not fl accid, and relatively free of excess fat. It comes dressed in a light shower of mustard-colored cidervinegar sauce. The tangy, slightly sweet drizzle is so delicious, it’s lucky that all three homemade sauces (cider vinegar, maple and tomato-based “red”) also sit in bottles at each table, along with a bowl of wet-naps. I couldn’t help but add more sauce to mine. The combination was even better when piled on one of the two slices of homemade, Wonder-style white bread that came with the meal. I f elt transported to deepest Cackalacky. But brisket means a trip to Texas. And the one at Bluebird has more subtlety than any other version I’ve tried. Instead of a spice rub similar to the one on the ribs, the beef is fl avored with a lightertasting, more herbaceous mix that sings with rosemary. It develops a somewhat unlikely but enchanting partnership with the red, tomato-based barbecue sauce. In the end, the melt-in-yourmouth meat tastes not unlike a smoky, more sophisticated version of my Jewish MEAT HERE

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result doesn’t taste particularly spicy, but it leaves behind a sensuous lip burn. As if that weren’t enough, the big, crispy wings and drumettes are also covered in a scatter of blue cheese and toasted pecans. The side of mild ranch sauce is far from necessary, but it adds a third note of cream to the butter and cheese. Also on the “Don’t Miss” menu are tamales ($7.95), which can be hard to come by in Vermont. While I generally travel to Waitsfield to get my fix at the Mad Taco, it’s nice to know there’s an option in Burlington. At Bluebird, the tender masa is wrapped in banana leaves instead of cornhusks. This method leaves an aromatic, tea-like flavor in the corn, creating a highly satisfying pairing with the smoked pork therein. Sides of mild but smoky tomato salsa and spicy mayonnaise only make the dish more appealing. Only at one meal did I muster the will to stuff dessert down my already-packed gullet. Sugar pie and banana pudding sounded appealing, but if I was going to digestive hell, I was doing it with fried dough. This is not the deepfried pancake served at county fairs. Instead, the five doughnut balls, served in a silver bowl, reminded me of Indian gulab jamun. In the place of rosewater syrup, a shallow pool of maple syrup sweetens the fried balls. Each is also coated with cinnamon sugar, which leaves a hint of spice on the palate along with sweetness that walks a very fine line between satisfaction and excess. Guiding diners along that line is the major selling point of Bluebird Barbecue. The place exists as a paean to gluttony. However, I never felt logy or bogged down after eating there. An orgy of meat with no immediate ill consequences? That’s dangerous. Dangerously delicious. m

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that are disrespectf ully and illegally reselling beer on eBay in order to gain a significant profit.” In response, Hill decided against releasing Ephraim imperial IPA in bottles, instead opting f or draf t only. Vermont brewers applaud as ebay shuts down black-market beer And he tried to contact eBay to let the site know such alcohol sales are illegal. (Transporting alcohol B Y c o r i N Hi r Sc H over state lines is illegal, and both f ederal and state laws require permits for alcohol sales.) But he got no response, and Hill Farmstead bottles kept popping up for auction. That is, until late July of this year. After a flurry of commentary in the online beer media, f ull bottles of beer on eBay suddenly vanished over the weekend of July 28. Their removal was as mysterious as it was swif t, coming without much explanation f rom the auction giant. Yet given that the cult status of Vermont microbreweries continues to grow — and Hill Farmstead and other breweries, such as Lawson’s Finest Liquids continue to rake in accolades — it’s worth asking whether eBay’s apparent policy reversal will end the illegal exploitation of our local brews. And why does it matter, anyway? Beer f orums such as BeerAdvocate and RateBeer are peppered with posts from people offering up rare bottles f or trade. Yet the phenomenon of craf t brews commanding high prices at auction is relatively new; it Sean Lawson started last fall and increased in step with the cultlike anticipation surrounding releases from Hill Farmstead, Belgium’s Cantillon and other artisanal breweries. Like Hill, Sean Lawson of Lawson’s Finest Liquids first noticed his beers for sale on eBay last fall. Worried that the practice was illegal, he tried to contact sellers with his concerns. “I would send them a message: ‘Hey, I’m the brewer. Please don’t illegally resell my beer,’” Lawson says. But he didn’t hear back from a single one. Bottles of Lawson’s Finest Liquids famously sell out quickly, and some ended up on eBay listed at f our or more times their sale price. In July, a pair of Lawson’s bottles (his Fayston Maple Imperial Stout and Seared Palate Barley Wine, the latter signed by the brewer) sold f or $129.66 through a reseller in Essex Junction. One intrepid vendor paired the Alchemist’s Heady Topper with Lawson’s Double Sunshine IPA for a $110 sale on July 12. Lawson says he was “slightly baffled” that people had that much money to spend on a bottle or two of beer. And he was bothered that profiteers circumvent the numerous taxes and fees that he must pay on every bottle sold. “As a small-business owner, I pay a lot of Shaun Hill money f or licensing and taxes,” Lawson points out. “There’s a layer of taxation at every turn.” Yet what seems so logical to Hill, Lawson and other hen Shaun Hill first noticed a bottle of go home empty-handed. Others, Hill says, are “buying brewers whose beers turned up on eBay — the illegality his beer for sale on eBay last fall, it was as much as they can simply for the sake of selling it all.” and disrespect inherent in the practice and the a jolt. “I was like, what? People are trying Hill makes beer on land that his family has owned potential quality loss involved in reselling improperly to sell our beer for $100?” recalls the Hill f or generations, and he names some of the brews stored beer — appears to be immaterial to buyers who Farmstead brewer. “Then it just started getting worse.” af ter his f orebears. That he sees the work as part of believe that, once they’ve purchased a beer, they can do his family’s legacy, and part of the resurrection of the In subsequent months, a bottle of Hill Farmstead whatever they want with it. Mimosa, a saison, sold f or $199.99, and bottles of Northeast Kingdom’s agricultural landscape, made One commenter wrote on RateBeer: “In the end Damon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout — named him resent the profiteering that much more sharply. who are we to tell or dictate to someone else what they for Hill’s childhood Labrador retriever — went for $154, In April, Hill went public with his concerns, writing can or cannot do with beer. If someone buys it at the $179 and even $249. The prices were inflated 10 to 15 on Facebook, “We encourage beer enthusiasts to look brewery or beer store its there [sic] beer to do with as within their own community — the community of times beyond those at Hill Farmstead’s limited bottle they see fit. If they want to sell it at an astronomical releases, events where f ans trek to the Greensboro enthusiasts — [and] stare at the folks that are hoarding beer until it is far beyond optimal, scowl at the people brewery and wait in lines to score a few bottles. Some premi Um HOps » p.41 File: an Dy br Omage 08.15.12-08.22.12 SEVEN DAYS




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Enjoy th E Won DErs of f ungi : f olks focus on the fungus among us as they learn to culture and grow mycelium into fungi with Eric s wanson of Vermush. Everyone brings home an oyster mushroom spawn. h unger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5-7 p.m. $10-12; preregister. info, 223-8004, ext. 202,

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Community Dinn Er : Diners get to know their neighbors at a low-key, buffet-style meal organized by the w inooski Coalition for a s afe and Peaceful Community. o ’brien Community Center, w inooski, 5:30-7 p.m. f ree; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult; transportation available for seniors (call 373-1955). info, 655-4565. opEn rot A mEEting : Neighbors keep tabs on the gallery’s latest happenings. Rot A Gallery, Plattsburgh, 8 p.m. f ree. info, 518-563-0494. t ropi CAl storm ir EnE support group : berlin-area residents affected by the flooding share their stories and learn coping skills. berlin Elementary s chool, 3:30 p.m. f ree. info, 279-8246.


Br EAD l oAf Writ Ers’ Conf Er EnCE: Lit lovers gather at the oldest conference of its kind. The 10day run includes workshops, lectures, classes and readings related to writing. bread Loaf Campus, Ripton, 8:15 p.m. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see for schedule. info, 443-5286 or 443-2700.

mAkE stuff! : Defunct bicycle parts become works of art and jewelry that will be sold to raise funds and awareness for bike Recycle Vermont. bike Recycle Vermont, burlington, 6-9 p.m. f ree. info, 264-9687.


summEr Arg Entin E tA ngo prá Cti CA: buenos Aires-born footwork graces the wooden floor. instructor Elizabeth s eyler is on hand to answer questions. Colibri Architects, burlington, 7:45-10:15 p.m. $3. info, 215-432-1023.


CAnin Es & Co Ckt Ails : Pooch pals lap up drinks, food and live music with their pups. h umane s ociety of Chittenden County, s outh burlington, 6-8 p.m. $5 donation; cash bar. info, 862-0135, ext. 15. puBli C ViEWing night : s targazers head to the College o bservatory to take in star clusters and s aturn. Call for a status report in case of inclement

VErmont tEC hnology Alli AnCE’s lA kE Ch Ampl Ain Cruis E: s upporters of Vermont technology companies sit down to dinner on a sunset tour of the lake. s pirit of Ethan Allen iii, burlington, boarding, 5:30 p.m.; departure, 6:30 p.m. $25-30. info, 735-0840,

VErmont fE sti VAl of th E Arts : A whoppin’ five-week festival boasts art exhibits, performances and workshops celebrating painting, poetry, crafts, culinary arts and everything in between. Visit for details. Various locations, Mad River Valley, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Various prices. info, 496-6682,


‘Chil Dr En of pAr ADis E’: Missed love connections flourish in Marcel Carné’s tragic 1945 drama, which centers on a theater mime and an actress. Catamount Arts Center, s t. j ohnsbury, 7 p.m. $6-8. info, 748-2600. ‘h yst Eri A’: t anya w exler’s 2011 romantic comedy, set in 1880, tells of one young doctor’s accidental invention of the vibrator. Catamount Arts Center, s t. j ohnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $5-8. info, 748-2600. ‘pEACE, l oVE, & misun DErst AnDing’ : A newly single, t ype-A lawyer takes her two teens on vacation to their grandmother’s house in w oodstock, N.y., where free spirits reign. Catamount Arts Center, s t. j ohnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. $5-8. info, 748-2600. ‘WE th E l iVing’ : A young woman revolts against a brutal regime in Goffredo Alessandrini’s 1986 adaptation of Ayn Rand’s classic novel. s paulding Auditorium, h opkins Center, Dartmouth College, h anover, N.h ., 7 p.m. $5-7. info, 603-646-2422.

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BArr E fA rm Ers mArk Et : Crafters, bakers and farmers share their goods in the center of the town. barre City h all Park, 3-6:30 p.m. f ree. info, Ch Ampl Ain isl AnDs fA rm Ers mArk Et : baked items, preserves, meats and eggs sustain shoppers in search of local goods. s t. Rose of Lima Church, s outh h ero, 4-7 p.m. f ree. info, 372-3291. Chur Ch supp Er : barbecue chicken and corn on the cob are among the edible offerings. Richmond Congregational Church, 5:30 p.m. $4-8. info, 434-2789. Col Ch Est Er fA rm Ers mArk Et : Vendors present passersby with fresh local produce, specialty foods and crafts. burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4-7:30 p.m. f ree. info, 879-7576.

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To members of the Vermont Playwrights Circle, a festival of short plays is like Vermont weather: If you don’t like it, wait a minute and it will change. But what’s not to like about TenFest? A fast-paced celebration of the written word, the organization’s signature event stages 10 plays penned by as many Vermont writers, each one clocking in at around 10 minutes in length. Audience members can expect to ride a roller coaster of emotions this year. The shorts range from poetic monologues to lighthearted farces — and there’s even a spoof on the murder-mystery genre. Write on.


Talk about painting the town: Artists and easels flank Route 100 at the Vermont Festival of the Arts’ second annual Great Vermont Plein Air PaintOut. Rain or shine, those Mad River Valley artisans re-create the local landscape in paint, pastel, or pen and ink while giving a nod to the early traditions of open-air artistic inspiration. Grab a map to observe art in action as 35 local participants — including Dotty Kyle, Carlyn Hass, Doug Hoppes and David Goodrich — capture everything from village storefronts to covered bridges. Then claim a canvas for yourself at an afternoon sidewalk art sale on Bridge Street.

gr EAt V Ermo Nt pLEiN Air pAiNt- o ut s aturday, August 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at various locations in w aitsfield. f ree. info, 496-6682.

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Wednesday, August 22, 8 p.m., at Akeley Memorial Building in Stowe. View website for future dates through September 8. $20; not recommended for children. Info, 2533961.







In a city known for its music scene, Samirah Evans stood out as “one of New Orleans’ premier jazz and soul vocalists,” wrote the Times-Picayune. She rose from her Crescent City haunts — the House of Blues and Sweet Lorraine’s among them — to share the stage with the likes of B.B. King and James Brown. Post-Hurricane Katrina, Evans has made a name for herself in the Northeast, too, via gigs in and SAMIRAH EVANS AND HER around her adopted hometown of HANDSOME DEVILS Brattleboro. Settle in on the lawn at the ˜ ursday, August 16, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at River Road Concert Series, where the Sherburne Memorial Library in Killington. Rain location: Church of Our Savior. Free; jazz diva and Her Handsome Devils bring your own chair or blanket; picnicking deliver the standards and swampy, welcome. Info, 422-3932. soulful originals.


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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. lawn Party & CHiCken BarBeCue: A feast from the grill comes with all the fixings: fried dough, a pie contest, a white elephant table and lawn games. Village Green, Bristol, 5 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 453-2488. middleBury Farmers market: Crafts, cheeses, breads and veggies vie for spots in shoppers’ totes. The Marbleworks, Middlebury, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 989-6012. newPort Farmers market: Pickles, meats, eggs, fruits, veggies, herbs and baked goods are a small sampling of the fresh fare supplied by area growers and producers. 246 Causeway, Newport, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, sargentsbearnecessities@ 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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CraFtsBury CHamBer Players miniConCerts: Little ones take in classical compositions with their adult companions. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-639-3443. eCHo Family-sCientist laB: Laboratory learners ages 10 and up explore the different systems of the human body through a short lecture and hands-on activity. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 1 p.m. $6-22.50; preregister. Info, 877324-6386, ext. 100.


CraFtsBury CHamBer Players: World-class musicians explore classical compositions by Haydn, Brahms and Elgar. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 8 p.m. $8-22; free for ages 12 and under. Info, 800-639-3443. Glenn miller orCHestra: A 19-member ensemble executes a swing-dance repertoire with a jazz twist. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 8 p.m. $22. Info, 518-523-2512. HinesBurG ConCerts in tHe Park: Vermont indie rockers Wolcott play on the green. Refreshments available for purchase; popcorn provided. Hinesburg Community School, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 482-2894. Jon Gailmor: The Vermont singer-songwriter performs original and irreverent tunes. Fairfax Town Office Green, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. live musiC: Local singer-songwriters and full-blown bands demonstrate pickin’ under the stars. B-Side Playground, Little River State Park,

Waterbury, 7 p.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103,

com. Burlington City Hall, 5 p.m. Free. Info, andy@

PerFumeman, irakus & Bez: Local and regional bands deliver cello-driven electronica, R&B, pop and hip-hop in the gallery. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $3-10. Info, 518-314-9872.


taJ maHal trio: Afro-Caribbean blues, hula blues or folk-funk? Who cares what you call it; a two-time Grammy winner and his partners whip up smooth, nontraditional bluesy sounds. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. $50-70. Info, 760-4634.


nature at niGHt: Musical insects? Good listeners keep an ear out for the “songs” of the swordbearing conehead, Texas bush katydid and Allard’s ground cricket. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $3-10. Info, 229-6206. waGon-ride wednesday: Riders lounge in sweet-smelling hay on scenic, horse-drawn routes. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355. wildFlower wander: Flora fans spy bloomers on a plant-identification walk. Little River State Park, Waterbury, 4 p.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103, greenwarbler@


attorney General Primary deBate: Candidates Bill Sorrell and T.J. Donovan field questions from media panelists Andy Bromage, Paul Heintz and Kristin Carlson at this event hosted by Seven Days and Channel 17. The debate will also be streaming live at and sevendaysvt.

keys to Credit: A class clears up the confusing world of credit. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 114.


mountain-Bike ride: Onion River Sports staff bring intermediate to advanced riders to different area trails each week. Carpooling is an option; call ahead for details. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 5 p.m. Free; riders under 15 must be accompanied by an adult; riders under 18 need signed parental permission; helmets required. Info, 229-9409. suP demo: Weather permitting, Canoe Imports experts help lake lovers plant their feet on standup paddleboards. North Beach, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $6-8 park admission. Info, 651-8760. tHe vermont CHallenGe: An inaugural cycling event sends pedal pushers on one-, three- or four-day rides throughout southern and central Vermont. Various locations statewide, 9 a.m. $159399. Info, 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.


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Marie Levesque Caduto: In “Irene Impacts and Recovery — Why, Where and When?” the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources’ watershed coordinator for Southeastern Vermont discusses the reasons certain areas were particularly affected by the storm. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 359-5000. YesterMorrow suMMer LeCture series: J.B. Clancy and Peter Schneider look at several superinsulated, low-energy buildings in “A Tale of Three Houses: Post-Occupancy Data and Performance Standards.” Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 496-5545.


CirCus sMirkus Big top tour: Acrobatics, tumbling feats, high-wire high jinks and general clowning around come together in “Topsy-Turvy Time Travel!” Montpelier High School, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. $16.50-20; free for kids under 2. Info, 533-7443. ‘the eLixir of Love’: Love potions and intoxication figure prominently in Donizetti’s lighthearted comedy, presented by Opera North. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $32-88. Info, 603-448-0400.


authors at the aLdriCh: Young adult novelist Chris Tebbetts highlights Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. A concert in Currier Park follows. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 476-7550. 4t-smalldog081512.pdf



tovar CeruLLi: The Vermont author of The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance draws on his experiences as a hunter, a vegetarian and a vegan, not necessarily in that order. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail. com.

employee-volunteers spiff up rides at an annual benefit for Waterbury nonprofit Grounds for Health, an organization aiming to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer in coffee-growing communities. Free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream provided; live music by the Growlers. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Visitor Center, Waterbury, noon-4 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 882-2771.

reduction. St. Leo’s Hall, Waterbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 279-4670.


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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.

verMont artisans Craft gaLLerY opening: Patrons of the arts mingle with 70 area artisans and food producers at a gallery’s grand opening. Vermont Artisans Craft Gallery, Burlington Town Center, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 863-4600,




sex, poLitiCs & CoCktaiLs: Planned Parenthood activists, staff and friends honor community leaders instrumental in passing the patient safety zone and supporting reproductive health care. Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $25-100. Info, 448-9766.

Contra danCe: A caller organizes steps to tunes by the Turning Stile. 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.

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.

square danCe workshop: Spectators are welcome as Green Mountain Steppers Square Dance Club members do-si-do and swing their partners ‘round. St. John Vianney Parish Hall, South Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free to watch. Info, 879-7283.

vBsr networking get-together: Attendees learn about approaches to building sustainable community food systems at a Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility meet and greet. Intervale Center, Burlington, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 862-8347,



waterBurY MindfuLness series: Waterbury residents affected by Tropical Storm Irene practice foot reflexology, mandala making, guided meditation and other methods of stress

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.

BurLington suMMer evening BridaL show: Blushing brides-to-be scout out caterers, cake makers, photographers and more at a wedding-planning extravaganza with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $5-6; cash bar. Info, 459-2897.

suMMervaLe: Folks show farms and farmers a little love at a weekly educational gathering filled with food, Zero Gravity brews and music. Intervale Center, Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. Free; cost of food and drink. Info, 660-0440.

fairs & festivals

deerfieLd vaLLeY farMers’ daY fair: For the 95th year, folks gather for neighborly agricultural competitions, watermelon-seed-spitting contests, scavenger hunts and country-music jam sessions. Baker Field, Wilmington, 3-10:30 p.m. $2-6; free for kids under 6. Info, 319-0117. verMont festivaL of the arts: See WED.15, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

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‘Hysteria’ : See WED.15, 7:30 p.m. ‘Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding’ WED.15, 5:30 p.m.

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Projections: r eeL to r eaL conversation : Jon Bliss hosts a screening of Albert Lamorisse’s The Red Balloon, the deceptively simple — and beloved — children’s film. Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts, Chester, 8 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 875-1018. ‘r iff t rax Live: Manos — tH e Hands of f ate’ : Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett provide wisecracking commentary to a screening of “one of the worst films of all time.” Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $12.50. Info, 660-9300. tH ree f iLMs by j oHn Ki LLac Ky: The executive director of the Flynn Center for the Arts attends a screening of three of his short films on disabilities. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

food & drink

f ar M & f ood t our : 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. f ar Mers’ dinner : Farmers break bread with diners and share the story of the meal to celebrate the farmer-chef partnerships that are the foundation of the Vermont Fresh Network. Shelburne Farms, 6 p.m. $50; cash bar. Info, 985-8686. fL etc Her aLLen f ar Mers Mar Ket : 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 f ar Mers Mar Ket : 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. j eric Ho f ar Mers Mar Ket : 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 nort H end f ar Mers Mar Ket : 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, Peac HaM f ar Mers Mar Ket : 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. w aterbury f ar Mers Mar Ket : 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 grou P: Novice and expert players compete against real humans, not computers. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $2. Info, 324-1143.


health & fitness

f ive coMMon barriers to Hea Ling : Nutritionist Alicia Feltus introduces nutritionresponse testing, which can detect chemical or metal toxicity, immune imbalances, food sensitivities and scar tissues in the body. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free;

preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202,

Library, Killington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 422-3932.

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.

snow f ar M vineyard concert series : Picnickers take in live classical, jazz, swing, bluegrass and classic rock by the grapevines 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.


3rd annua L f aMiLy t ie-dye: Artistic types stain clothes with colorful swirls reminiscent of the peace-and-love era. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 388-4097.

suMMer concert series : Country band Thunder Road inspire toe tapping on the green. West Rutland Town Hall, 7 p.m. Nonperishable food donations accepted for the West Rutland Food Shelf. Info, 438-2263.

craftsbury cHaMber P Layers Miniconcerts : See WED.15, Fellowship Hall, Greensboro United Church of Christ, 2 p.m.

t en r od r oad : From ballads to rock songs, the local band helps raise funds for Brand-Aid, Brandon’s fund for business victims of Tropical Storm Irene. Central Park, Brandon, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 247-6401.

ear Ly-Literacy story t iMe: Weekly themes educate preschoolers and younger children on basic reading concepts. Westford Public Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-5639, westford_pl@vals. Music w it H r aPHaeL: 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. tH e cHiLdren’s f air t rade series : Weekly reading, craft and snack activities educate little ones about other cultures and the benefits of fair trade. Peace and Justice Center, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 863-2345.



getting tH ere f ro M Here : Are we there yet? Walkers master the art of orienteering, from reading maps and compasses to global positioning. Meet at B-Side Playground, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 2 p.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103, greenwarbler@gmail. com. MaKing t rac Ks & seeing sKins : Explorers look for signs of furry friends and make track casts to take home. Meet at the Nature Center, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 4 p.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103, greenwarbler@gmail. com.

big bLac K deLta w it H sna Kef oot : A solo performer mixes hip-hop, house, footwork and roots dubstep as the opener for John Bates’ indie-pop project. Burlington City Hall Park, 6:30 p.m. Free; cash bar. Info, 865-7166. brown bag concert series : Bring your own picnic to a concert in the courtyard with the Panhandlers Steel Band. Christ Church, Montpelier, noon. Donations accepted. Info, 223-9604.

tH ey Mig Ht be gyPsies : 1930s gypsy-jazz informs this father/son duo’s uplifting arrangements. Woodstock Village Green, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3981.









centra L ver Mont cHaMber Music f estiva L: Listeners hear festival musicians tune up at an open rehearsal. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 728-6464. cowboy j un Kies : Ontario’s alt-country band continues its nearly 30-year career. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. $30-45. Info, 760-4634. craftsbury cHaMber P Layers : See WED.15, Hardwick Town House, 8 p.m. giaco Mo gates : Heavily influenced by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Eddie Jefferson, the internationally acclaimed vocalist offers a modern take on the jazz and bebop traditions. Brandon Music, 7:30 p.m. $12; $22 includes early-bird dinner special; BYOB. Info, 465-4071, guy davis : The guitarist revives acoustic blues traditions in original and classic songs and stories. The Brick Box Gallery, Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $15. Info, 775-0903. r otary concerts in t He Par K: Greg Izor doles out a blues-harmonica blowout. Rain location: Thatcher Brook Primary School gymnasium. Rusty Parker Memorial Park, Waterbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 922-0100. saMira H evans and Her Handso Me deviLs: In an outdoor amphitheater, this jazz and blues vocalist shows why she’s shared the stage with legendary artists from B.B. King to James Brown. See calendar spotlight. Sherburne Memorial

sunset aquadventure : Paddlers of all abilities relish the serenity of the Waterbury Reservoir as they look for loons and beavers in an educational outing. Little River State Park, Waterbury, meet at the Contact Station by 6:30 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m. at A-Side Swim Beach. $2-3; free for kids under 4; registration required; call to confirm. Info, 2447103, w e w aLK t He stevenson broo K: Don your water shoes for a splish-splashy hike up a cool stream. Meet at the Stevenson Brook trailhead. Little River State Park, Waterbury, 10:30 a.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103,


tH e ver Mont cHaLLenge : See WED.15, 9 a.m. tH ursday nigHt nationa Ls: 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.


strafford t own House f oru M: Authors Jeffrey Sharlet and William Craig discuss creative nonfiction and first-person storytelling. Strafford Town House, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 765-4037.

who’s lost his touch — and will do anything to reclaim his fame. Dorset Playhouse, 8 p.m. $20-45. Info, 867-2223. Murder-Mystery dinner cruise : Thrills await on the lake as the Spirit of Ethan Allen Players present With This Ring, I Thee Dead, an interactive, fast-paced comedy of errors served with a three-course meal. Spirit of Ethan Allen III, Burlington, 6:30-9 p.m. $31.92-49.54. Info, 862-8300. ‘t enf est’ : The Vermont Playwrights Circle presents an annual lineup of 10-minute plays penned by local authors. See calendar spotlight. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 8 p.m. $8-10. Info, 583-1674. ‘tH e King and i’: An English schoolteacher in Siam clashes with the king in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s sweeping musical, presented by Opera North. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 2 p.m. $32-88. Info, 603-448-0400. ‘tH e Marve Lous w onderettes’ : Set at the 1958 Springfield High School prom, this popmusical romp by Depot Theatre includes such classic songs as “Stupid Cupid” and “It’s My Party.” Depot Theatre, Westport, N.Y., 5 p.m. $27. Info, 518-962-4449. ‘tH is verse business’ : Gordon Clapp, an Emmy Award-winning cast member from “NYPD Blue,” appears as Robert Frost in a new play by A.M. Dolan. Proceeds benefit for the Frost Place in Franconia, N.H. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $35-70. Info, 603-823-5510. ‘t we Lft H nigHt’ : The Adirondack Shakespeare Company stages a moving story of loves lost and found — and cross-dressing. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 518-523-2512.


oPen stage/Poetry nigHt : Readers, writers, singers and ranters pipe up in a constructive and positive environment. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-563-0494,

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bread Loaf w riters’ conference : See WED.15, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.


baLLroo M Lesson & dance socia L: 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. queen city t ango Mi Longa : No partner is required for welcoming the weekend in the Argentine tradition. Wear clean, soft-soled shoes. North End Studio B, Burlington, 7:30-10 p.m. $7. Info, 877-6648.


bar K for Life : Canines and their owners help fight cancer in a noncompetitive, 1.5-mile walkathon supporting the American Cancer Society. Technology Park, South Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $1025; fundraising encouraged. Info, 872-6316, amy. interva Le center t ours : Walkers wise up on the rich agricultural history that made today’s thriving community foods system possible. Intervale Center, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 660-0440, ext. 113, jarred@intervale. org.


circus sMir Kus big t oP t our : See WED.15, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

queen city gHostwa LK: dar Kness f aLLs: Chills and thrills await as paranormal historian Thea Lewis recaps the city’s dark and twisted past. Meet at the steps. Burlington City Hall Park, 8 p.m. $13.50; arrive 10 minutes before start time. Info, 863-5966.

‘deat Htra P’: Dorset Theatre presents Ira Levin’s thriller about a Broadway mystery playwright

tH e gHosts of t He oLd Posts : Brave souls follow the light of a lantern around the resting


place of more than 100 unknown soldiers and the Plattsburgh Barracks for spine-tingling ghost tales. Old Post Cemetery, Plattsburgh, 8-9:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 518-645-1577.

meats, infused olive oils, breads, salsa and more. Mill Street Park, Plainfield, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 454-8614.

Deerfiel D Valley f armers’ Day f air : See THU.16, 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

r iChmon D f armers market : An open-air emporium connects farmers and fresh-food browsers. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-620-3713, rfmmanager@

Green mountain Get Down : Southern Vermont’s two-day music festival and “wellness village” includes tunes by Zach Deputy, Kung Fu, Flabberghaster and Sara Lugo — plus an elevated ropes course, yoga workshops and disc golf. Magic Mountain, Londonderry, 5 p.m. $30-45. Info, 251-5115.

t hrou Gh the Gra Pe Vine : Fine Wine Cellars reps guide oenophiles through a selection of reds, whites and bubblies from around the world. Live music and local food pairings from the River House Restaurant round out the evening. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 6 p.m. $75. Info, 253-8358,

Vermont f esti Val of the 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

health & fitness

fairs & festivals

arts : See WED.15,


‘l ost Bohemia’ : Josef Astor’s 2010 documentary follows the battle to save the storied artists’ studio apartments located above Carnegie Hall, in which creatives such as Marlon Brando and Isadora Duncan once dwelled. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 748-2600. ‘t o r ome w ith l oVe’: Four interlocking tales unfold in Woody Allen’s 2012 comedy, set in the Eternal City. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 748-2600.

food & drink

aVoi D f alls w ith imPro VeD sta Bility : 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.


‘into the w oo Ds’: Twelve- to 17-year-olds of the Summer Musical Theater Production Camp stage an abbreviated version of Stephen Sondheim’s fairy-tale fave. Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. $5-10. Info, 229-0492. ‘l iBro Caly Pse’: Teens take murder-mystery stories in a new direction through theatrical chaos inspired by dystopian fiction. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.

Bellows f alls f armers 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.

‘oli Ver!’ : Eight- to 18-year-old cast members of the BarnArts Center for the Arts’ Summer Youth Theatre Institute sing, dance and ask for “some more” in an adaptation of the Dickensian novel. Town Hall, Barnard, 7 p.m. Info, 332-6020.

Bur Ger niGht : Live music 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. Info, 985-9200.


Chelsea f armers 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,

f oo Dways f ri Days : Historic recipes get a revival as folks learn how heirloom garden veggies become seasonal dishes in the farmhouse kitchen. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355.

l uDlow f armers 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.

Plainfiel D f armers market : Farmers, cooks, herbalists and crafters attract grocery-shopping locavores with a bounty of fresh veggies, berries,

t he manifesti Vus : Toubab Krewe, Diblo Dibala, Rootz Underground, Elastic Bond and many others steal the spotlight at this annual outdoor music fest. Pransky Farm, Cabot, 3-11 p.m. $65-85. Info, Villa Ge h armony : Teen singers pipe up with South African songs and dances, shape-note singing, village music from around the world, and new compositions. Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover, 7:30 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Info, 426-3210.


owl Prowl & niGht Ghost h ike : Flashlight holders spy denizens of dusk on a journey to 19thcentury settlement ruins, where spooky Vermont tales await. Little River State Park, Waterbury, meet at the History Hike parking lot. 7 p.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 2447103, r oCkin’ the l ittle r iVer : Visitors meet at the Waterbury Dam viewpoint and monument to explore a reforested encampment and learn about how the Civilian Conservation Corps saved the Winooski Valley from flooded ruin. Little River State Park, Waterbury, 10:30 a.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103,

Blue Grass Gos Pel Proje Ct : Acoustic-playing northeasterners cook up some bluegrassAmericana tunes. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $17. Info, 382-9222.


t he Vermont Challen See WED.15, 9 a.m.


Dan l iPtak, er Berk & Gok Berk eryilmaz : Turkish and Vermont musicians perform the music of Turkish CO composers in a concert for UR TE SY piano and clarinet. Richmond OF T OW Free Library, 8 p.m. Donations acN H AL L THEATER cepted. Info, 223-2424, ext. 224. j aCkson Gore out Door musi C series : The Chris Kleeman Band turn the lawn into an outdoor concert venue. Grill goodies or fullservice dining available. Jackson Gore Inn, Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 228-4041. l ewis f ran Co an D the missin G Cats : Music lovers tune in for mostly original blends of gypsy, jive, bebop, Dixieland, blues and ballads. Vendors serve up snacks and light suppers. Legion Field, Johnson, 6-8:30 p.m. Free; bring your own chair or blanket. Info, 730-5190, cal_05656@yahoo. com. PeaCham aCousti C musi C f esti Val : Celtic traditions, old-time fiddle tunes, blues and bluegrass merge at this bash featuring a band scramble, jam sessions, workshops and more. Various


Brown Ba G series : Tom McGrath of the Transportation Research Center hosts a discussion about “Certification for Sustainable Transportation and Green Coach.” Decision Theater. Farrell Hall, UVM, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3946.


‘Deathtra P’: See THU.16, 8 p.m.

‘Pants an D skirts’ : Playfully mashing together criminal intrigue, puppets and a TED Talk gone awry, Jean Taylor’s original theater piece explores identity. Phantom Theater, Edgcomb Barn, Warren, 8 p.m. $15. Info, 496-5997. ‘r osen Crantz an D Guil Denstern are Dea D’: The Adirondack Shakespeare Company turns the Prince of Denmark’s story inside-out in Tom Stoppard’s witty, modern take on Hamlet. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 518-523-2512. shakes Peare in the Park: ‘ t he t emPest’ : Vermont Shakespeare Company goes overboard for the Bard’s magically stormy last play. Oakledge Park, Burlington, 6 p.m. $20-25; free for kids under 12; $3 parking with ticket. Info, 877-874-1911.

‘t he kin G an D i’: See THU.16, 7:30 p.m. ‘t he mar Velous w on Derettes’ : See THU.16, 8 p.m. ‘t he Possi Bilitarians’ : Puppeteers present a show for adults in the Dirt Floor Theater. Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover, 7:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 525-3031.


Brown Ba G Book Clu B: Bookish types get verbal about Tatiana de Rosney’s Sarah’s Key. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:301:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Poetry slam : Competitive poetry, live music and literary festivity abound in the bandshell at this Young Writers Project event. Battery Park, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 324-9538.

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w alk to enD Chil D aBuse: mont Pelier : Concerned community members raise awareness and funds for Prevent Child Abuse Vermont through a downtown stroll and 5K run. Vermont Statehouse lawn, Montpelier, registration, 8 a.m.; walk, 10 a.m. $20; fundraising encouraged. Info, 229-5724. w alk to enD Chil D aBuse: norwi Ch : Concerned community members raise awareness and funds for Prevent Child Abuse Vermont through a downtown stroll. Village Green, Norwich, registration, 8 a.m.; walk, 10 a.m. Donations and fundraising encouraged. Info, 229-5724.


Cro P moB: Hale and hearty volunteers join a guerrilla act of agriculture, harvesting onions before kicking back with snacks and live music in the fields. Rain date: Sunday, August 19. Intervale Center, Burlington, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700. Growin G your own mushroom Gar Den: Noted mycologist Sue Van Hook presides over a daylong workshop of lectures, forays and fun with fungi. Mount Independence State Historic Site, Orwell, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $25; $40 per couple; preregister. Info, 759-2412. kin GDom f arm & f oo D Days : A celebration of regional food and agriculture includes farm tours, food workshops and a local foods showcase. Various Northeast Kingdom locations, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Most events are free or by donation; some small fees apply. Info, 472-5840,


Great Vermont Plein air Paint- out : Creative juices flow as participating artists paint, sketch or draw the village landscape. A sidewalk art show and sale follows. See calendar spotlight. Various locations, Waitsfield, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 496-6682. steamroller Printmakin G w orksho P: Artists ink up massive printing plates made from plywood, metal and found objects in order to create large-scale prints. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $25. Info, 253-8358. SAT.18

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

t aylor h askins Quartet : Drummer Jeff Hirshfield, bassist Joshua Davis and pianist Mark Shilansky join the Grammy-winning trumpeter in songs from his latest release, American Dream. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 863-5966.

‘t he f antasti Cks’ : Two neighboring fathers plot an elaborate ruse to trick their offspring into marriage in this comic musical presented by QNEK Productions. Haskell Free Library & Opera House, Derby Line, 7:30 p.m. $13-15. Info, 748-2600.


h ar Dwi Ck f armers market : A burgeoning culinary community celebrates local ag with fresh produce and handcrafted goods. Granite Street, Hardwick, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 533-2337,

summer Carillon series : Massive bronze bells ring out as George Matthew Jr. continues the 27th summer of these campus concerts. Mead Chapel, Middlebury College, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433.

‘t enf est’ : See THU.16, 8 p.m.


f ri Day niGht Cookout : Grill meisters serve up sausages, jumbo hot dogs, marinated portobellos, salmon cakes and “more ambience than you can shake a pound cake at.” Local cooks supply salads and desserts. Adamant Co-op, 5:30-7 p.m. $8-10. Info, 223-5760.

‘r oots to your soul’ : Vermonter Aaron Flinn launches a collaborative concert by Mississippi soul man Johnny Rawls and Blues Foundation award winner Dave Keller. Vergennes Opera House, 7:30-10:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 518-569-6836.

‘steel maGnolias’ : The St. Johnsbury Players presents Robert Harling’s beauty-parlor tale, a loving tribute to sisterhood in the South. Auditorium. St. Johnsbury School, 7:30 p.m. $710. Info, 626-3663.

f iVe Corners f armers 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.

BaCkwoo Ds Pon Dfest 2012 : Bring your own tent for a weekend of campfire tunes from Max Creek, Break Science, Kung Fu, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Twiddle, Spiritual Rez, and many others. Twin Ponds Campgrounds, Peru, 10 a.m. $30-80; free for kids under 5. Info, 518-3357911,

locations, Peacham, 1-11 p.m. Various prices. Info, 592-3140.

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the fountain, Battery Park, Burlington, 11 a.m. $13.50; arrive 10 minutes before start time. Info, 863-5966.

shoppers in search of local goods. St. Joseph Church Hall, Grand Isle, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 372-3291.

r abble in arms : Costumed reenactors abound in a living-history commemoration of the War of 1812, complete with naval engagements, illustrated talks and firearms presentations. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, 10 a.m.5 p.m. Regular admission, $6-10; free for members and kids under 5. Info, 475-2022.

middlebury Farmers a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Col Chester- milton r otary Club yard sale Fundraiser : Secondhand treasures support local food shelves, school athletic and music extracurriculars, programs for children with disabilities, and more. Creek Farm Town Center, Colchester, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; public donation of items is accepted. Info, 658-4182.

t he h idden h istory Walking t our : Folks follow in the footsteps of soldiers, sailors and patriots as they hear forgotten stories of the historic downtown, including tales of murders, hangings, the epic 1814 battle and the Great Fire of 1867. Trinity Park, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 6:30-8 p.m. $5-10. Info, 518-645-1577.

neWPort Farmers a.m.-2 p.m.

Wor Cester book sale : Literati of all ages thumb through an affordable selection of 6000 books, DVDs, videos and CDs. 8 Elmore Road, Worcester, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 839-8075.

fairs & festivals

Wood-Carving demonstration : Visitors avid about avians see trees being whittled into models of various bird species. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 1-2 p.m. Free with regular admission, $3-6. Info, 434-2167, museum@birdsofvermont. org.



bread l oa F Writers’ Con Feren Ce: See WED.15, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

deer Field valley Farmers’ THU.16, 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.


green mountain getdo Wn: See FRI.17, noon to midnight.

undergraduate Program oPen h ouse : Prospective students for programs in individualized studies, health arts and sciences, and sustainability meet faculty members and current students, tour the facilities, and have lunch in the newly renovated dining hall. Community Center, Goddard College, Plainfield, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 800-906-8312,


burlington Water Front Walking t our : Get the scoop on the architecture, industrial history and characters behind the Queen City’s oldest neighborhood on a stroll with Preservation Burlington. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 1-2:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 522-8259.



h istori C t our o F uvm : Folks register online, then meet at Ira Allen’s statue to tour the campus’ modest early clapboards and grand Victorians, led by professor emeritus William Averyt. University Green, UVM, Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 656-8673.


arts & Cra Ft Festival : More than 90 of New England’s finest artists and craftsmen display topquality pottery, paintings, carvings, scroll work and more. Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts, Ludlow, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 228-7402.

h onoring native Ways : Traditional dances, drumming, lectures, arts and crafts bring together many with Native American heritage at a celebration of those who walked this land long before its discovery by Samuel de Champlain. Shore Acres Inn & Restaurant, North Hero, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3; free for kids under 12. Info, 372-8889.

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‘l ost bohemia’ : See FRI.17, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. sunset & a movie : Cinephiles screen a feature film, as well as a short by a Burlington College student, in a tent on the north lawn. Bring your own seating; refreshments available for purchase; picnicking allowed. Burlington College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9616. ‘t ake t his Waltz’ : Chemistry with a neighbor confuses a happily married woman (played by Michelle Williams) in Sarah Polley’s fresh look at long-term relationships. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.Y., 6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘t he eConomi Cs o F h aPPiness’ : Folks screen the 2011 documentary about sustainable community development and responses to the impact of globalization. Discussion follows. Community Center Media Room, Goddard College, Plainfield, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 454-8311. ‘t o r ome With l ove’ : See FRI.17, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

food & drink

kite Fliers meeting : Common interests soar as fans of tethered aircrafts meet like-minded CO peers. Presto Music Store, UR TE South Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. SY OF ISL A Info, 658-0030, info@prestomusic. N D AR TS net. Preservation burlington h istori C Walking t our : 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. Queen City ghost Walk: darkness Falls See FRI.17, 8 p.m.

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Queen City ghost Walk: tW isted h istory : Haunted Burlington author Thea Lewis induces goosebumps with hair-raising tales of the city’s fascinating — and spooky — past. Meet at

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, 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, CaPital City Farmers market : Fresh produce, pasteurized milk, kombucha, artisan cheeses, local meats and more lure 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, manager@ Cham Plain islands Farmers market : Baked items, preserves, meats and eggs sustain

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mount t om 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, market : See WED.15, 9

north West 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. nor WiCh 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, r utland 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, t ea Class: unWra PPing the mysteries o F Pu’er : Tea devotee Ben Youngbear reveals the secrets of these leaves produced in China at a tea tasting and photo presentation. Dobrá Tea, Burlington, 9-11 a.m. $25. Info, 951-2424. vermont vineyard & Winery oPen h ouse Weekend : Oenophiles quaff locally made ice cider, honey mead and fruit wine at 20 participating locations throughout the state. Picnic lunches, live music, food pairings and winemaking demonstrations round out the weekend. Visit for details. Various locations statewide, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free; some wineries charge a small fee for tastings. Waits Field 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.

health & fitness

Community Wellness gathering : Area healers host workshops on brain health, stress, sexual health, yoga, guided meditation, reiki, homeopathy and more. A vegetarian potluck lunch, barter fair and kids activities round out the affair. Wheelock Mountain Farm, Greensboro Bend, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $10-30 suggested donation. Info, 533-9929.


‘into the Woods’ : See FRI.17, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. moonlit Cam PFire : Families share nonscary stories around a crackling bonfire before a live owl presentation. Shelburne Farms, 7-9 p.m. $10-12 per adult/child pair; $5-7 for each additional child. Info, 985-8686. musi C With r aPhael : See THU.16, 11:30 a.m. ‘oliver!’ : See FRI.17, 7 p.m. solar sCien Ce aCtivities For kids : Handson projects presented by SunCommon and the Vermont Energy Education Program illuminate how solar panels generate electricity. 152 Cherry Street, Burlington, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 882-8181.


baCkWoods Pond Fest 2012 : See FRI.17, 10 a.m.

brooke ostrander memorial Jam & beneFit Con Cert : Vermont country band Dark Horse, Nashville recording artist Jay Taylor and Missisquoi Valley Union High School alumni perform in honor of the school’s late, long-standing music director. Proceeds benefit the Brooke Ostrander Memorial Scholarship. The Abbey Casino/Pavilion, Sheldon, 3:30 p.m. $10-15; free for children under 12; cash bar. Info, 868-1085. Central vermont Chamber musi C Festival : Arturo Delmoni, Katherine Anderson, Peter Sanders, Randall Wolfgang and Thomas Schmidt perform Britten’s Phantasy Quartet, Françaix’s String Trio and Saint-Saëns’ Piano Quartet. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 8 p.m. $25. Info, 728-6464. dan l iPtak, erberk & gokberk eryilmaz : See THU.16, Bethany Church, Montpelier, 8 p.m. $20 suggested donation. l ake Cham Plain Chamber musi C Festival: First Festival saturday : Festival artists preside over master classes with aspiring young musicians, a screening of The Art of Violin and a discussion of the 20th century’s top violinists. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15-30. Info, 863-5966. PeaCham aCousti C musi C Festival : See FRI.17, 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m. t he deCoys & sneezeguard: ‘ dirty dan Cing on the l ake’ : Nobody puts Baby in a corner as two Vermont bands celebrate Patrick Swayze’s birthday. St. John’s Club, Burlington, doors, 7 p.m.; music, 8:30 p.m.-midnight. $2 for nonmembers; for ages 21 and up only. Info, 598-4093. t he dirty dozen brass band : Funk and bebop enliven the New Orleans’ brass band’s style at the Cooler in the Mountains concert series, which includes lawn games, a barbecue and a beer garden. Killington Grand Resort Hotel, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 422-2185. t he mani Festivus : See FRI.17, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.


mysteries o F bird migration r evealed : Good listeners learn about how songbirds, shorebirds, raptors and waddlers find their way on cross-country journeys each year. Little River State Park, Waterbury, 7 p.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103, on the t ra Ck o F Wild bolton : Tracking expert Mike Kessler reads signs of life in the Bolton backcountry, analyzing prints, scratches and claw marks. Bolton Valley Access Road, 9-11 a.m. Free; preregister for exact location. Info, 262-1241, r eli Cs & r eForested r uins : History buffs travel back through time on a guided archaeology hike up Dalley Road. Meet at the History Hike parking lot, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 10:30 a.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103, Water striders i: Don your water shoes for an exploration of water power and the creatures that reside along the ever-changing Stevenson Brook. Meet at the Nature Trail, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 2 p.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103, greenwarbler@gmail. com.


oPen media Worksho P: Professional or novice film editors learn about various programs for mixing and enhancing all of their video assets into a single project. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 651-9692. vCam aCCess orientation : Video-production hounds learn basic concepts and nomenclature at an overview of VCAM facilities, policies and procedures. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 651-9692.



Cage Wars 3 : Xtreme Combat Promotions presents a mixed-martial-arts showdown, including 14 amateur fights and one professional bout. Memorial Sports Center, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $2730. Info, 863-5966. Mini- golf Play Day : Families and friends tee off to help end childhood starvation worldwide. Proceeds support With Love From Vermont, a Feed My Starving Children MobilePack Event. Family Fun & Entertainment Center, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $5; $18 per team of four. Info, 497-3902. The Ver Mon T Challenge : See WED.15, 9 a.m.


Cir Cus sMirkus Big To P Tour : See WED.15, Circus Smirkus Barn, Greensboro, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. $15-20. Info, 533-7443.


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solar yi MBy Par Ty: Folks gather at a mini solar festival on the site of a community-scale solar-power system to say “yes in my backyard” to renewable energy. Highlights include free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and music by the Beerworth Sisters. 100 Ten Stones Circle, Charlotte, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 425-4628.


Musi C, ar T & Tea: Rick Ceballos and Matt Witten perform on the hour at an afternoon tea party featuring the landscape paintings of Eric Tobin. Fisk Farm Art Center, Isle La Motte, 1-5 p.m. Free. Info, 928-3364,

‘DeaDlies T CaTCh’ : The cast members of this Discovery Channel reality-TV show share adventures of crab fishing on the Bering Sea. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $54.50-74.50. Info, 775-0903.

r aBBle in ar Ms: See SAT.18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

‘DeaTh Tra P’: See THU.16, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Ver Mon T f esTiVal of The ar Ts: See WED.15, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

‘f oun Ders Proje CT’: Laura Flanders and Alex Lewin of the New York Theatre Workshop draw on writings and orations of the icons of American history in a dramatization of early debates, many of which continue today. Warner Bentley Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $5-13. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘h aMle T’: The Adirondack Shakespeare Company illuminates what’s rotten in the state of Denmark. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 518-523-2512. ‘Pan Ts an D skir Ts’: See FRI.17, 8 p.m. shakes Peare in The Park: ‘The Te MPesT’: See FRI.17, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. ‘song Tag: r eBorn’ : Performer Moe Angelos synthesizes poetic video and sound in an exploration of the writer, critic and cultural hero’s early private life. Warner Bentley Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 5 p.m. $5-13. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘sTeel Magnolias’

: See FRI.17, 2 p.m.

‘Tenf esT’: See THU.16, 8 p.m. ‘The elixir of

l oVe’: See WED.15, 7:30 p.m.

‘The j ourney of e: a j azz Musi Cal’ : Written and performed by Marcel and Beyond the Sun, with jazz vocalist Carolyn Raming, this anthology of jazz and homage to Édith Piaf captures the music scenes in New York and Paris from 1928 to 1945. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $15. Info, 382-9222. ‘The Mar Velous Won Dere TTes’: See THU.16, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

s.j . r iChar D: The author of The Peacemaker shares her historical novel about a new town marshal in late 1800s Colorado. Phoenix Books Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.

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‘h ys Teria’ : See WED.15, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘l os T Bohe Mia’ : See FRI.17, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Winooski f ar Mers Marke T: Area growers and bakers offer live music, ethnic eats, and a large variety of produce and agricultural products on the green. Champlain Mill, Winooski, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info,

Dinners Wi Th l oVe suMMer saMPler : Live music accompanies a spread of hors d’oeuvres and desserts made by local chefs. Proceeds benefit Dinners With Love, a nonprofit that facilitates the donation of quality restaurant meals to hospice patients and their families. Brandon Town Hall, 4-7 p.m. $20. Info, 247-8837. MiDsu MMer Marke T & iTalian sTree T-f oo DsTyle Dinner : Floating Bridge Food & Farms and Brookfield Community Partnership cohost a bustling farmers market with fresh produce, meats and sweet treats. Save some room for a supper of Italian street fare, wine and beer. Old Town Hall, Brookfield, noon-6:30 p.m. Market is free; food tickets needed for dinner. Info, 276-3539. sou Th Burling Ton f ar Mers Marke T: Farmers, food vendors, artists and crafters set up booths in the parking lot. South Burlington High School, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, sbfm.manager@ sToWe f ar Mers Marke T: Preserves, produce and other provender attract fans of local food. Red Barn Shops Field, Stowe, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027 or 498-4734, The Penny Wise Pan Try : On a tour of the store, shoppers create a custom template for keeping the kitchen stocked with affordable, nutritious eats. City Market, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700.

School Prep

Burling Ton Con Cer T Ban D: Community players unleash John Philip Sousa marches, light classical fare and Broadway favorites in the bandshell. Battery Park, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 598-1830. Calais Con Cer T: Hannah Beth Crary, the Zeichner Family, Esther Nemethy, Pete Sutherland, John Dunlop and members of the Irregulars perform in honor of Vermont native Helen Hartness Flanders, who was an internationally recognized authority on folk music. Old West Church, Calais, 4 p.m. $15. Info, 233-1015, CenTral Ver Mon T Cha MBer Musi C f esTiVal : The second annual Breakfast With Bach precedes a classical concert in Randolph’s Bethany Church featuring Sounding Joy! and soloists Marjorie Drysdale, Maria Lamson, Edson Gifford and Robert Eddy. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 11 a.m. $8 for breakfast; concert by donation. Info, 728-6464. CenTral Ver Mon T Cha MBer Musi C f esTiVal: Woo DsToCk: See SAT.18, Unitarian Church, Woodstock, 4 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 457-3981.

you Th aWareness sho W: Young musical acts Troy Millette, Alanna Freeman, Lauren Hall and A2VT perform at a concert highlighting the importance of healthy choices within the community. Vergennes Opera House, 4-8 p.m. Donations accepted for local youth service organizations and awareness programs. Info, 877-6737.


exPlore r eD r oCks : Nature enthusiasts young and old wander the woods with naturalist Sophie Mazowita, uncovering the mysteries of the park’s cliffs and groves. Meet by the entry kiosk. Red Rocks Park, South Burlington, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 825-8280.

sport COLCHESTER KINDERGARTEN GATHERING: Wednesdays, August 15, 22 and 29, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-0313,

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The Ver Mon T Challenge : See WED.15, 9 a.m.


j ohn Duffy : Drawing on more than 350 archival letters, the editor of Ethan Allen and His Kin: Correspondence offers insight on the family’s important role in early Vermont history and the Revolutionary War. Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 865-4556.


Brea D an D PuPPeT Cir Cus : The Complete Everything Everywhere Dance Circus and The Pageant of the Possibilitarians play out at an all-afternoon event. Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover, guided tours of the museum start at 1 p.m.; shows at 2:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 525-3031.


Wor CesTer Book sale : See SAT.18, 8:30 a.m.2:30 p.m.

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Village h ar Mony : See FRI.17, First Baptist Church, Burlington, 7:30 p.m.

When do we eat? What if I can’t tie my own shoes? Will I get lost? Three prep sessions for kindergarteners-to-be — and their parents — answer all of those questions and more. Attendees read books including COUNTDOWN TO KINDERGARTEN and Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? and get to know some of the kids they’ll soon see in homeroom. It’s a chance for mom and dad to prepare, too, for the big yellow-school-bus moment.

king DoM f ar M & f oo D Days : See SAT.18, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

‘oli Ver!’ : See FRI.17, 2 p.m.

l ake Cha MPlain Cha MBer Musi C f esTiVal : The opening concert celebrates Bach’s virtuosic side with the dazzling harpsichord of Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. Also on the program: Schubert’s Trout Quintet and a new work by young composer Gabriella Smith. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 3 p.m. $15-30. Info, 846-2175 or 863-5966.


f iel D Day : Visitors wander the trial gardens, attend grilling and vegetable-fermentation workshops and fill up at New England Culinary Institute’s Local Food Showcase as part of Kingdom Farm and Food Days. High Mowing Organic Seeds, Wolcott, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 472-6174.





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Deerfiel D Valley f ar Mers’ Day f air : See THU.16, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Ver Mon T Vineyar D & Winery oPen h ouse Weeken D: See SAT.18, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

‘The f an Tas TiCks’ : See FRI.17, 7:30 p.m.

fairs & festivals

‘To r oMe WiTh l oVe’: See FRI.17, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

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CirCus smirkus Big Top Tour: See SAT.18, 1 p.m. & 6 p.m. ‘DeaThTrap’: See THU.16, 3 p.m. shakespeare in The park: ‘The TempesT’: See FRI.17, 6 p.m. ‘TenFesT’: See THU.16, 2 p.m. ‘The marvelous WonDereTTes’: See THU.16, 5 p.m.


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summer reaDing series: Patrick Donnelly and Margaree Little have a word with listeners in the main gallery. BigTown Gallery, Rochester, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 767-9670, info@bigtowngallery. com.

mon.20 conferences

BreaD loaF WriTers’ ConFerenCe: See WED.15, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.


27 State Street, Montpelier, VT 802.229.2367 • Mon-Fri 10-6 Sat 10-5 • Sun 11-4



fairs & festivals a.m.-9 p.m.


‘Door To Door’: William H. Macy stars as a disabled man with dreams of becoming a traveling salesman in Steven Schachter’s 2002 drama. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘losT Bohemia’: See FRI.17, 5:30 p.m. ‘To rome WiTh love’: See FRI.17, 7:30 p.m.

food & drink

Burger nighT: See FRI.17, 4:30-7:30 p.m. pie & iCe-Cream soCial: Homemade pastries à la mode, served with a cold beverage and tunes by the Vergennes City Band, benefit the Champlain Valley Christian School. Vergennes City Park, 6-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 759-3311.

health & fitness

avoiD Falls WiTh improveD sTaBiliTY: See FRI.17, 10 a.m. herBal ConsulTaTions: Folks explore the art of “green” health care at a personalized, confidential clinic with faculty and students from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. City Market, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free; preregister by email. Info, 861-9700,


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

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so You WanT To BeCome a CerTiFieD TherapY Dog Team?: Steve Reiman, founder and president of Therapy Dogs of Vermont, shares information about the organization, its certification process and the healing qualities of participating pups. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


musiC WiTh raphael: See THU.16, 10:45 a.m.

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as Brazilian bossa novas and choros, art songs, and bilingual folk-pop. Lakeview Inn, Greensboro, 8 p.m. $10-18; free for children under 18. Info, 617-282-8605. lake Champlain ChamBer musiC FesTival: Artistic director Soovin Kim and friends pay homage to Bach in a program including his Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and Ricercar a 6, as well as Dohnányi’s Serenade for String Trio. Newman Center, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $1015. Info, 846-2175 or 863-5966. reCorDer-plaYing group: Musicians produce early-folk, baroque and swing-jazz melodies. New and potential players welcome. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0030, The Champlain eChoes: New singers are invited to chime in on four-part harmonies with a women’s a cappella chorus at weekly open rehearsals. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 6:15-9:15 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0398.

Wellness Co-op soCial: Eighteen- to 34-yearolds seeking support and connection from the community travel to the Intervale Center to work for food. Wellness Co-op, Burlington, 9 a.m.-noon. Free; rides provided, bring work clothes, water and snacks. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 300,


BreaD loaF WriTers’ ConFerenCe: See WED.15, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.


village harmonY: See FRI.17, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Rutland, 7:30 p.m.


fairs & festivals

War oF The WeeDs!: Plant pullers say goodbye to invasive honeysuckle shrubs. A-Side Beach parking lot, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 10 a.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103,

vermonT FesTival oF The arTs: See WED.15, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.


‘The man Who kneW Too muCh’: James Stewart and Doris Day star in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 thriller, in which a family on holiday in Morocco unwittingly uncovers an assassination scheme. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

BuilDing a holisTiC Farm enTerprise To FeeD ourselves & Those arounD us: Butterworks Farm’s Jack Lazor speaks from experience in this workshop on homesteading, self-sufficiency and sustainable agriculture. The Clockhouse, Goddard College, Plainfield, 2:45-4:45 p.m. Free. Info, 454-8311. hoW The loCal-FooD movemenT is TransForming hoW We live & Where We’re going: Martin Kemple, cofounder of Food Works at Two Rivers Center, leads this workshop on food security and sustainable communities. The Clockhouse, Goddard College, Plainfield, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 454-8311. spenD smarT: Those who struggle to save learn savvy skills for managing money. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 114.


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.


lesleY-ann DupignY-giroux: The Vermont state climatologist and University of Vermont associate professor focuses on “Revisiting Tropical Storm Irene One Year Later — The New Flood of Record for Southern Vermont.” Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 359-5000.


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.



Women Business oWners neTWork sToWe ChapTer: monThlY neTWorking: Speaker Connie Livingston explores common myths about women and money at a networking breakfast.

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Time-Travel TuesDaY: Visitors rewind to 1890 as they cook on a woodstove, churn butter, and lend a hand with old-school farmhouse chores and pastimes. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355.

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

Caspian monDaY musiC: Panayota Haloulakou Jazz Quartet focus on the jazz repertoire, as well

Golden Eagle Resort, Stowe, 8:30-10:30 a.m. $9-11. Info, 399-4210.



‘losT Bohemia’: See FRI.17, 5:30 p.m.

‘To rome WiTh love’: See FRI.17, 7:30 p.m.

food & drink

ruTlanD CounTY Farmers markeT: See SAT.18, 3-6 p.m. super-Cool FooDs: Learn to beat the heat with foods that help bodies acclimate to the weather, balance the constitution and heal chronic health conditions. City Market, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700.

health & fitness

laughTer Yoga: What’s so funny? Giggles burst out as gentle aerobic exercise and yogic breathing meet unconditional laughter to enhance physical, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing. Miller Community and Recreation Center, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 355-5129. 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.


kiDs Class: summer pizzas & Fresh salaD: Dough daredevils mix flour, water, salt and yeast for a summertime feast. Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700.


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


Bluegrass aT BaYsiDe: Special guest Will Patton joins the Missisquoi River Band, featuring Bill Gaston, Pat Murphy, and Jim and Cindy Weed. Bayside Pavilion, St. Albans, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 933-2545. lake Champlain ChamBer musiC FesTival: Arnold Steinhardt discusses and performs Bach’s Partita in D minor for solo violin. The second half of the concert features Charles Ives’ Sonata No. 3 for violin and piano with Soovin Kim and Ellen


Vermont. 152 Cherry Street, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 882-8181.

Lake ChampLain Chamber musiC FestivaL: baCh on ChurCh: Violinist Hyejin Kim performs Bach’s Sonata in C Major and Ysaÿe’s Sonata No. 4 at a lunchtime concert. Open tours of Vermont Violins follow. BCA Center, Burlington, 12:15 p.m. Free. Info, 846-2175 or 863-5966.


miLton Community band: A local ensemble plays rousing band standards at an end-of-summer concert. Bombardier Recreation Park, Milton, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 893-4922. open miC: Local talent step up to the microphone with short acts of music and comedy. Hot dogs and homemade pie available for purchase. Legion Field, Johnson, 6 p.m. Free; bring your own chair or blanket; sign up in advance to perform. Info, 635-7826 or 635-9094, shape-note sing: Singers of early American four-part hymns follow the “fa-sol-la-mi” tradition. Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 525-3031. viLLage harmony: See FRI.17, Pierce Hall Community Center, Rochester, 7:30 p.m.


WiLd edibLe & mediCinaL pLant WaLk: Participants ID flora while learning about principles of sustainable wild harvesting and ways of offering gratitude to the plants. Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury, 6-7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 456-8122. Woodside WiLdLiFe WaLk: A Winooski Valley Park District environmental educator discusses the habitats of resident critters on an evening stroll through the park. Woodside Natural Area, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5744.




tammy greenWood: Born and raised in Lyndonville, the nationally known writer reads from her latest novel. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.


open rota meeting: See WED.15, 8 p.m.

conferences crafts

fairs & festivals

Lake ChampLain Chamber musiC FestivaL: Ninety-sevenCaLedonia County CO year-old pianist Frank Glazer Fair: The state’s oldest fair UR TE discusses and performs Bach SY offers amusement rides, a TY OF and more at a special Listening CIE C EN children’s barnyard, agricultural E SO TR AL N A M VER M ON T HU Club. Elley-Long Music Center, St. shows, hypnotism and musical acts. Michael’s College, Colchester, 1 p.m. $12. Info, Caledonia County Fair Grounds, Lyndonville, 7 846-2175 or 863-5966. a.m.-10 p.m. $10-15; free for children under 3. Info, Live musiC: See WED.15, 7 p.m.

vermont FestivaL oF the arts: See WED.15, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

viLLage harmony: See FRI.17, Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m.



‘the man Who kneW too muCh’: See TUE.21, 7 p.m. ‘to rome With Love’: See FRI.17, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. ‘À nous La Liberté’: An escaped convict, now a wealthy industrialist, fears exposure of his past in René Clair’s lighthearted musical comedy from 1931. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.

food & drink

health & fitness

herbaL inFused oiLs: Guido Masé shares simple solar and stove-top techniques for making salves and creams suitable for massage, cosmetic and therapeutic use. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $1012; additional $5 materials fee; preregister. Info, 224-7100, herbaL mediCine making: Herbal education coordinator Cristi Nunziata shares recipes for calendula- and lavender-infused oils, which can be used in topic treatments and massage oils. City Market, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700.



make stuFF!: See WED.15, 6-9 p.m.


soLar inFo session & Q&a: Eco-friendly folks come equipped with questions about financing options, government incentives and the process for harnessing local, renewable energy in

itaLian Conversation group: Parla Italiano? A native speaker leads a language practice for all ages and abilities. Room 101, St. Edmund’s Hall, St.

Information: 533-7487

mountain-bike ride: See WED.15, 5 p.m. sup demo: See WED.15, 6-8 p.m.

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yestermorroW summer LeCture series: Natural builders and authors Ace McArleton and Jacob Deva Racusin share case studies, research, building-science principles and philosophical arguments in “High-Performance Natural Building for Cold Climates.” Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 496-5545.


‘deathtrap’: See THU.16, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. ‘ohio, revisited’: Cara Scarmack and The Roadsters’ original, experimental music-theater piece is a gutsy meditation on loss set against the backdrop of 1950s America. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15. Info, 540-0773. ‘sWeeney todd: the demon barber oF FLeet street’: Gothic gore and a dark score fuel this thrilling musical masterpiece about a barber’s bloody search for revenge, transported back in time to 1745 by the Stowe Theatre Guild. See calenar spotlight. Akeley Memorial Building, Stowe, 8 p.m. $20. Info, 253-3961,


authors at the aLdriCh: Poet laureate Sydney Lea highlights Six Sundays Toward a Seventh. A concert in Currier Park follows. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 476-7550. m



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summer argentine tango práCtiCa: See WED.15, 7:45-10:15 p.m.

‘soLving the heaLth Care Crisis reQuires prevention’: Doctors Edwards and Janet Smith explore how transcendental meditation can prevent illness, promote health and longevity, and decrease medical expenditures. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 923-6248,

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WiLListon Farmers market: See WED.15, 4-7 p.m.

Play tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door or at Willeys Store, Greensboro Garage, Hazendale Farm or Connie’s Kitchen in Hardwick

WiLdFLoWer Wander: See WED.15, 4 p.m.

ChampLain isLands Farmers market: See WED.15, 4-7 p.m.

neWport Farmers market: See WED.15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

“Shakespeare in Love”

Wagon-ride Wednesday: See WED.15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Wednesday night WorLd Championships: See WED.15, 5:30 p.m.

middLebury Farmers market: See WED.15, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Tony nominated producer/actor Charlie Mc Ateer directs

monarCh butterFLy tagging: In 2007, a black-and-orange flyer identified at the nature center was recovered in Mexico. Folks catch, tag and release the migrating monarchs to help with future connections. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 3:30 p.m. $3-5; free for members. Info, 229-6206.

barre Farmers market: See WED.15, 3-6:30 p.m.

CoLChester Farmers market: See WED.15, 4-7:30 p.m.

Gourmet Dinner plus wine and mead One nIGht OnLy, AuG. 17 6 PM Cocktail • 6:30 PM Dinner 8 PM Show

(Selections from Shakespeare’s greatest love scene and sonnets) Alexander Romanul, Violinist will play music of the period


‘Lost bohemia’: See FRI.17, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.


Mountain View Country Club Country Club Road Greensboro, Vermont

end-oF-summer roCk ConCert: Burlington band the Beautiful Awakening perform original rock in the open air. Free ice cream and homemade treats provided. Rain date: Thursday, August 23. Bayside Park, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free; bring your own chair or blanket. Info, 878-9637.


bread LoaF Writers’ ConFerenCe: See WED.15, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

dog days oF summer: Canines make a splash at a pup-friendly swimming fundraiser, benefiting the animals of the Central Vermont Humane Society. Montpelier Public Pool, 5-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 476-3811.



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

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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.

Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 899-3869.

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Hwangbo. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $1530. Info, 846-2175 or 863-5966.

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acting ACTING I: Sep. 5-Dec. 12, 3-5:45 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Location: CCV-Winooski, Winooski. Info: 654-0505, An introduction to the craft of acting. Includes work in improvisation, monologues and dramatic scenes. ˜ ree-credit class. Instructor: Kimberly Jordan. Register now online or by appointment. Open registration begins Monday, August 20.





Burlington City Arts

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 DESIGN: ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS6: Sep. 18-Oct. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $205/ person; $184.50/BCA member. Location: Burlington City Arts Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Info: 865-7166. Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, a creative computer program used to create interesting graphics, clip art and more! Learn how to lay out and design posters. Explore a variety of software techniques and create projects suited to your interests. For beginners who are interested in furthering their design software skills. DROP-IN: ADULT POTTERY: September 14, 21, October 12, 19, November 9, 16, December 14 & 21. Cost: $12/participant, $11/BCA member. Location: BCA Clay Studio, Wheel Room & Craft Room, 250 Main St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. Curious about the pottery wheel? ˜ is is a great introduction to our studio. ˜ rough demonstrations and individual instruction, students will learn the basics of preparing and centering the clay and

making cups, mugs and bowls. Price includes one fi red and glazed piece per participant. Additional fi red and glazed pieces are $5.00 each. DROP-IN: POLLYWOG PRESCHOOL: Sep. 13-Dec. 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Weekly on ˜ u. Cost: $6/parent-child pair, $5 for BCA members. Location: BCA Center (135 Church Street), Burlington. Info: 865-7166. Introducing young children (6 months to 5 years) to artistic explorations in a multimedia environment. Participants will work with homemade play dough, paint, yarn, ribbon, paper and more! Parents must accompany their children. All materials provided. No registration necessary. Purchase a drop-in card and get sixth visit free! DROP-IN: PRESCHOOL CLAY: Sep. 14-Dec. 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Weekly on Fri. Cost: $6/child, $5 for BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. ˜ rough projects designed for early learners, young artists will hand build with clay to create pinch pots, coil cups, sculptures and more! Parents must accompany their children. All materials provided. Price includes one fi red and glazed piece per child. Additional fi red and glazed pieces are $5 each. No registration necessary. DROP-IN: FAMILY CLAY:Sep. 14Dec. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Weekly on Fri. Cost: $6/child, $5 for BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. Learn wheel and hand-building techniques while hanging out with the family. Make bowls, cups and amazing sculptures. Price includes one fi red and glazed piece per participant. Additional fi red and glazed pieces $5 each. No registration necessary. Purchase a $30 punch card for 6 drop-in classes; $25 for BCA members. PHOTO: DIGITAL PHOTO BASICS: Sep. 17-Nov. 19, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $225/ person; $202.50/BCA member. Location: Burlington City Arts Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Info: 865-7166, Learn the basics of digital photography. Camera functions and settings, white balance, composition, uploading and organizing images, making basic edits in Photoshop, printing, and much more will be covered. Any digital camera is acceptable! Bring your charged camera with its memory card,

cords and manual to the fi rst class. PHOTO: INTRO FILM/DIGITAL SLR: Sep. 19-Oct. 24, 6:308:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $160/person; $144/BCA member. Location: Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Info: 865-7166. Explore the basic workings of the manual 35mm fi lm or digital SLR camera to take the photographs you envision. Demystify f-stops, shutter speeds and exposure, and learn the basics of composition, lens choices and fi lm types/ sensitivity. Bring an empty manual 35mm fi lm or digital SLR camera and owner’s manual.

astrology BARBARA MARCINIAK CHANNELING: Aug. 17, 7-11 p.m.; Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $130/Fri. evening & all day Sat. Location: Shaman’s Flame facility, 78A Cady Hill Rd., Stowe. Info: Shaman’s Flame, Sarah Finlay/ Peter Clark, 2537846,, shamansfl Marciniak channels multidimensional entities from the Pleiadian star cluster. She also has a vast astrological knowledge, which informs her worldview. During the evening ($40) and full-day ($90) presentations, Barbara will speak from her perspective, and the Pleiadians will channel information through Barbara, as well as answer questions.

cooking CANNING: SALSA, RELISH & CHUTNEY: Aug. 25, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $10/1.5-hr. class. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: 660-3505, gardenerssuppply. com. Cookbook author Andrea Chesman will show you how to make delicious salsa, relishes and chutneys and teach you the basics of hot-water-bath canning. Plus you all get to sample some amazing relishes and chutneys! Andrea Chesman lives in an old farmhouse in Ripton; her most recent cookbook ise˜ Pickled Pantry.

dance BALLET FOR YOUR BODY & MIND: Weekly on Mon., 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost: $13/session (better monthly rates). Location: Burlington Dances Studio (upstairs in the Chace Mill), 1 Mill Street, suite 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, Lucille@Naturalbodiespilates. com, Challenge your memory, coordination and sense of humor: Ballet is diffi cult! Practice, get frustrated and improve, all because you are retraining your brain. Keep your synapses active, and slow down the onset of dementia (according to NEJM), not to mention lifting your body, mind and spirit! Experienced dancers welcome, too. BELLY DANCE: SILA ROOD: Weekly on Wed., 6:45-8:00 p.m. Cost: $14/

session (better monthly rates). Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill Street, suite 372, Burlington. Info: Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, lucille@, Discover the sisterhood of this dance that has brought women together to be in their power throughout history. By tapping into one of the oldest known forms of dance, we are carrying on movements that have been danced by women over the ages, inspired by nature and sacred geometry. DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 5981077, 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! FUNDAMENTALS OF JAZZ DANCE: Jul. 10-Dec. 17, 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Weekly on Monday. Location: CCVWinooski, Winooski. Info: 654-0505. An introduction to jazz dance techniques, aesthetics and theory. Also includes hip-hop, Latin and African dance. ˜ ree-credit class. Instructor: Karen Amirault. Register now online or by appointment. Open registration begins Monday, August 20. 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@fi, 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. NIA COMMUNITY CLASSES: Wed. in Aug, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Taught by Suzy Finnefrock, by donation, upstairs in the Chace Mill. Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill St. #372 (top fl oor, Chace Mill), Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 863-3369,, Join our community Nia classes, offered by donation all through August! Enjoy this movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance and healing arts, empowering you by connecting body, mind, emotions and spirit. Step into your own joyful journey, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live.

drawing DROP-IN: LIFE DRAWING AGE 16+: Sep. 10-Dec. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $8/ session; $7/session for BCA members. Location: BCA Center

(135 Church Street), Burlington. Info: Ashley Brunelle, 865-1020, ˜ is drop-in class is open to all levels and facilitated by local clothing designer and artist Amy Wild. Spend time with other local artists, drawing one of our experienced models. Please bring your own drawing materials and paper. No registration necessary. Purchase a drop-in card and get the sixth visit free!

drumming TAIKO, DJEMBE, CONGAS & BATA!: Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G; AllTogetherNow, 170 Cherry Tree Hill Rd., E. Montpelier. Info: Stuart Paton, 999-4255, spaton55@gmail. com. Burlington classes: Call for weekly conga and djembe lessons in Burlington. Burlington Beginners Taiko starts Tuesday, September 11, and October 30; kids, 4:30 p.m., $60/6 weeks; adults, 5:30 p.m., $72/6 weeks. Monday advanced classes start September 10 and October 29, 5:30 and 7:45 p.m. Cuban Bata and house-call classes by request. Call for Women’s Friday 5 p.m. Conga class. Montpelier classes: Djembe class starts ˜ ursday, July 12, 5:30 p.m. $45/3 weeks. ˜ ursday Conga, Haitian, Taiko and children’s drumming classes. Call with interest.

fim l INTRODUCTION TO FILM STUDY: Sep. 10-Dec. 17, 3-5:45 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Location: CCV-Winooski, Winooski. Info: Community College of Vermont, 654-0505, Topics include the fi lm industry, history, vocabulary, techniques and the aesthetics of fi lm. ˜ ree-credit class. Instructor: Matthew Parillo. Register now online or by appointment. Open registration begins Monday, August 20. INTRODUCTION TO FILMMAKING: Sep. 5-Dec. 12, 6:15-9 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Location: CCV-Winooski, Winooski. Info: Community College of Vermont, 654-0505, Hands-on intro to fi lmmaking focusing on technical and narrative structure. Students produce short individual and group projects. ˜ reecredit class. Instructor: William Simmon. Register now online or by appointment. Open registration begins Monday, August 20.

healing HAPPINESS IS THE BEST REVENGE: Sep. 25-Oct. 30, 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $270/6 90-minute group sessions. Location: JourneyWorks, 11 Kilburne Street, Burlington. Info: JourneyWorks, Michael Watson, 860-6203,, A 6-week arts-based psychotherapy group devoted to aiding members to build creativity, joy and play into their lives. Often hardship and trauma rob us of our joy and creativity. What

better revenge than to take them back? Led by Jennie Kristel and Michael Watson. Most insurance accepted.

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-to-three-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 September 15th. Yes, you can!

herbs WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122,, Wild Edible/Medicinal Plant Walk, Tuesday, August 21, 6-7:30 p.m., sliding scale, free to $10, preregistration appreciated. Wild Edibles Intensive: August 19, September 16 and October 14, 2012. VSAC nondegree grants available. Earth skills for changing times. Experiential programs embracing local wild edible and medicinal plants, food as fi rst medicine, sustainable living skills, and the inner journey. Annie McCleary, director, and George Lisi, naturalist.

jewelry JEWELRY CLASSES: Tue., 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m, also Sun. on a monthly announcement. Cost: $140/2.5 hrs. 4x/mo. Sun. class will be announced monthly. Location: Alchemy, 2 Howard St., A1, Burlington. Info: Jane Frank jewellerydesign, Jane Frank, 999-3242,, Learn how to make your own jewelery with Germantrained goldsmith (at Alchemy Jewelry Arts) in a fully equipped studio in town. You will learn basic and advanced techniques but also be able to focus on individual projects.

language LEARN SPANISH & OPEN NEW DOORS: Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Ctr. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025,, Broaden your horizons, connect with a new world. We provide high-quality, affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. Our fi fth year. Personal instruction from a native speaker. Small classes, private instruction, student tutoring, AP. See our website for complete information or contact us for details.

martial arts Aikido: Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 9518900, This Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape and reduce stress. c lasses for adults and children ages 5-12. s cholarships for youth ages 7-17. c lasses are taught by Benjamin Pincus s ensei, Vermont’s senior and only fully certified aikido teacher. Visitors are welcome seven days a week. 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. Aikido in B ALAnCE: 6-8 p.m., Weekly on Tue., Thu. Cost: $65/mo. or $10/single class. Location: Movement Studio, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: Aikido In Balance, Tyler Crandall, 598-9204,, c ome join a practice that studies how to manifest balance within physical, personal and interpersonal conflict. l ike aikido in Balance on Facebook or go to to learn about us. c ome try a class for free.

ASiAn Body Work t h Er Apy progr AM: Weekly on Mon., Tue. Cost: $5,000/500-hr. program. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, suite 109, Essex Jct. Info: Elements of Healing, Scott Moylan, 288-8160, elementsofhealing@verizon. net, This program teaches two forms of massage, amma and s hiatsu. We will explore Oriental medicine theory and diagnosis as well as the body’s meridian system, acupressure points, Yin Yang and 5-element Theory. additionally, 100 hours of Western anatomy and physiology will be taught. Vsac nondegree grants are available. Nc BTMB-assigned school. Cr Ani AL Work Shop 16 CEUS: Oct. 6-7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $275/16 CEUs ($250 when paid in full by Sep. 13). Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, Burlington. Info: Dianne Swafford, 734-1121,, This course focuses on the observation and exploration of movement within the cranial bones. The participant will learn how to work with the facial muscles and bones in addition to the bones and muscles of the cranium. Great for neck, headache and migraine work. No prerequisites required. Ethi CS & EMotion AL iSSUES: Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $130/ course, 8 CEUs. Location: TBA, Burlington or Essex area. Info: Dianne Swafford, 734-1121, swaffordperson@hotmail. com, DianneSwafford. Participants learn skills for addressing, in an appropriate and professional manner, emotional responses that may arise during a session. In addition, participants discuss the guidelines for professional conduct and review code of ethics. Includes content required for Nc BTMB recertification.

meditation LEArn to MEdit At E: Meditation instruction avail. Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appt. Meditation sessions on Tue. & Thu., noon-1 p.m. The Shambhala Cafe meets the 1st Sat. of ea. mo. for meditation & discussions, 9 a.m.-noon. An open house occurs every 3rd Fri. evening of ea. mo., 7-9 p.m., which incl. an intro to the center, a short dharma talk & socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795, 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 s hambhala c enter offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom. WiSdo MS@Work: nAt Ur ALBri LLiAnCE: Sep. 14-16. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 South Winooski Ave, Burlington, Vermont. Info: Five Wisdoms Institute, Irini Rockwell, 2795762,, fivewisdomsinstitute. com. awaken your natural brilliance and learn the wisdom of simple presence, clarity, richness, passion and action to use them for self-discovery. In this workshop, understand your ability to live a healthy, balanced life in your workplace and home. For more info, contact author of Natural Brilliance, Irini Rockwell at info@fivewisdomsinstitute. com.


BUr Lington CoMMUnity Choir : Sep. 5-Dec. 6, 7-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $55/ class. Location: CCV-Winooski, Winooski. Info: 654-0505, ccv. edu. explore a variety of music including spirituals, traditional and contemporary folk songs, classical, and world music. No auditions required; beginners and “shower singers” welcome! Non-credit workshop. Directed by amity Baker. MUSiC CLASSES At CCV!: Sep. 3-Dec. 14, Daily. Location: CCV-Winooski, Winooski. Info: 654-0505. c lasses include Fundamentals of s inging, Piano I, Guitar I, Intro to Technology in Music, and Intro to Rock and Roll. Music classes cover a variety of musical styles including jazz, rock, pop, traditional and world music. all classes are three credits. Register now online or by appointment.

parenting it’ S dUE t oMorro W?!: Oct. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $45/ seminar. Location: Stern Center for Language & Learning, 183 Talcott Rd., suite 101, Williston. Info: Stern Center for Language and Learning, Jenn Proulx, 878-2332, jproulx@sterncenter. org, This twoevening seminar will provide parents of middle- and highschool students with strategies to improve their adolescents’ time-management, homework, study and test-taking skills. Parents will be given techniques to try, and opportunities for discussion and feedback will be provided. Register today!

photography AUt UMn in V Er Mont photo t oUr: Sept. 30, 1:30 p.m., through Oct. 4, 11:30 a.m. Cost: $595/person. Location: Green Mountain Photographic Workshops, central Vermont. Info: Green Mountain Photographic Workshops, Kurt Budliger, 223-4022, info@, There’s no question that autumn in Vermont is a magical time to be an outdoor photographer. Join us for an intensive, five-day instructional photography tour (or “tourshop”) in Vermont. The emphasis of our time together, sunrise to sunset, will be on creating stunning images of the Vermont landscape.


reiki Jikid En rE iki Shod En SEMin Ar: Sep. 28-30, 12-6 p.m. Cost: $350/3-day seminar fee; deposit required. Location: LightWorks Reiki & Yoga, 4326 Main St., suite 1, Port Henry, NY. Info: LightWorks Reiki & Yoga, Luci Carpenter, 518-5726427, LightWorksReiki@gmail. com, LightWorksReiki-Yoga. Com. The first level in Jikiden Reiki is called s hoden. This 3-day seminar is presented in lecture, discussion and practice format. Theoretical and practical applications are taught. s hoden is taught in a way that is simple and easy to understand. anyone can learn and use Jikiden Reiki.

sports St And-Up pAdd LEBoArding: Weekdays by appt.; Sat. & Sun. Cost: $30/hour-long privates & semi-privates; $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,, l earn to standup paddleboard with Paddlesurf c hamplain! 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. l earn why people love this Hawaiian-rooted sport the first time they try it.

tai chi SnAkE-Sty LE tA i Chi Ch UAn: 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 s nake s tyle is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. yAng-Sty LE tA i Chi: Wed., 5:30 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m. $16/class, $60/mo. Beginners welcome. No class Aug. 1 & 4. Location: Vermont Tai Chi Academy & Healing Center, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Turn right into driveway immed. after the railroad tracks. Located in the old Magic Hat Brewery building. Info: 4342960. Tai chi is a slow-moving martial art that combines deep breathing and graceful movements to produce the valuable effects of relaxation, improved concentration, improved balance and ease in the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

SLoW yog A & Aging Mindf ULLy: Sep. 9-Oct. 14. Cost: $150/6 week series. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 6589440, This group is for senior women who wish to be alert to possible negative tendencies or habits that emerge as we age and support each other to develop in positive ways as we move into this phase of life. experience yoga, sharing and bonding exercises. With special guest Jill Mason. diALECti CAL BEh AVior t h Er Apy: Aug. 27, 6-7:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Location: Vermont Center for Intergrative Therapy, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, DBT s kills Group with adrienne s lusky. DBT teaches new skills that can be applied to current stressors to ultimately bring us the peace of mind we deserve. The philosophy behind this group is that mindfulness practice is an essential DBT component that enables us to fully utilize newly learned skills. Ongoing drop-in group.

yoga EVoLUtion yog A: $14/class, $130/class card. $5-$10 community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642, evolution’s certified teachers are skilled with students ranging from beginner to advanced. We offer classes in Vinyasa, anusarainspired, 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. yog A & nAt Ur E rE tr EAt: Sep. 14-16. Location: Common Ground Center, 473 Tatro Rd., Starksboro. Info: 825-1081. enjoy a weekend nourishing your inner self and connecting with nature. Join Martha for a revitalizing nature-based retreat. explore yoga from the inside out and inhabit your body with greater ease and pleasure. This mindful yoga invites integration of body, heart and mind, awakens your senses and play.


piLAt ES! Ch ACE MiLL!: 6 days/ wk. Location: Natural Bodies Pilates, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369,, s o many people love Pilates! Join

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Art of Motion: Mon., 6:45-7:45 p.m. Cost: $14/single class (better rates on studio class card). Location: Burlington Dances, Chace Mill, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 863-3369,, From subtle to extreme, this class will teach you nonverbal literacy in its most distilled forms. anybody who works with movement


in the fun in Reformer, c ircuit, and Mat classes. From gentle to vigorous, we have a class that is just right for you. Not ready for Reformer? Just sign up for our Pilates c ircuit class and learn as you go! Get strong, stay healthy!


MAnA LoMi hAWA iiAn MASSAgE: Sep. 7-9, 8:30 a.m.6:30 p.m. Cost: $495/course, before Aug. 10, $545 thereafter. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, 187 St. Paul St., Burlington. Info: Touchstone Healing Arts, 658-7715,, l earn full-body lomilomi! explore ways to use breath, posture and body weight to deliver effective work that is deep and gentle, and easy on the therapist’s body; the history of lomilomi; Hawaiian healing chants; and the concept of ho’oponopono, living in right relationship with all natural things. Optional

MASSAgE pr ACtition Er t r Aining: Sep. 11-Jun. 2, 9 a.m.4:30 p.m. Cost: $8,000/course, + supplies. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, 187 St. Paul St., Burlington. Info: Touchstone Healing Arts, 658-7715,, Touchstone Healing arts s chool of Massage offers a 690-hour program in Western-style (s wedish) and therapeutic massage. This course is a solid foundation in therapeutic massage, anatomy and physiology, clinical practice, professional development, and communication skills. s ince 1998 we have provided quality education in downtown Burlington. Join us!

(performing artists, therapists, conflict mediators, teachers) come to class prepared to move your body to investigate the meaning of movement and how to move your body with clarity.


VEr Mont Br AZiLiAn JiUJit SU: 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, Julio@bjjusa. com, c lasses 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.


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MArti AL WAy SELf- dEf EnSE CEnt Er: Please visit website for schedule. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, three 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 c hun, arnis, Thinksafe s elf-Defense.

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Manifestivus Destiny David Pranksy’s music-festival feats of strength







music-and-arts event called Heart f estival as inspirations. He says he Manifestivus, formerly Festivus “almost f elt a little obligated to the comf or the Restivus, has enticed munity” to sustain these traditions in a hordes of music lovers onto 93 similar vein. acres of family farmland in Cabot, Vt., for Music wasn’t always Pransky’s greatest each of the past 10 years. interest, though. He taught himself to play “My mom has been kind enough to let the mandolin after retiring his former inme have a couple thousand people here terest, basketball. once in a while,” says David Pransky, 36, “I was a closet musician,” he says. the Toubab Krewe bassist and Cabot naAfter meeting Dispatch drummer Brad tive who is principally responsible for orCorrigan in Costa Rica, Pransky was inganizing the shindig. vited to play with the revered indie band Pransky’sf estival developed out of for three months, which instantly ushered parties he and his sister, Jaime, would him into a life that included performing for throw on their f amily’s land. Originally a gigantic crowds and signing autographs. one-night event that drew a few hundred After their tour, Corrigan helped Pransky people, Manifestivus has since swelled to a record a demo with a new band, Sol Harvest, 2000-attendee, $80,000 monster. which brought him further notoriety. The festival’s original name hails from “He was like, ‘All right, here’s all my “Seinf eld,” though it wasn’t until several f ans. Good luck,’” Pransky remembers, years after launching the annual a˜ air that though he admits that being a lead singer an inquisitive interviewer hipped Pransky unnerved him. Af ter a f ew years with Sol to the connection. A f riend in BurlingHarvest, Pransky was ready to trade his ton had suggested the moniker, assuming mandolin for a bass and join the North CarPransky would catch the reference to the olina-based Toubab Krewe, whom he had now cult-status episode of the TV sitcom, met through Jaime. Though Toubab anchor in which George Costanza’s strange f amManif estivus with their Mali-infl uenced, ily tradition is revealed. Years later, af ter multi-instrumental groove, acts such as watching the episode — and fi nding it Common, Brett Dennen and Midnite have “f reaking hilarious” — Pransky decided all graced the festival stage. This year, more to “wean o˜ the name.” Jaime coined the than a dozen acts — from as far as Africa and term Manifestivus. as near as Burlington — will perform. “There’s a lot of manifestation that hapIn 2009, a writer f or National Geopens here,” Pransky explains. “People have graphic observed “While Frank Costanza dreams, and people want to make stu˜ won’t be there to oversee the Airing of happen. We try to do our best to manifest Grievances or the Feats of Strength, this that.” homegrown Vermont festival still manages Pransky cites the Vermont Reggae Fes- to punch above its weight by attracting top tival and Ben & Jerry’s One World One international talent.”

Pransky says he likes the mix of unknown locals and global acts he’s able to draw. “A lot of Af ricans in New York will come up to see performers that have never been to the States,” he says. “Mix that with the Northeast Kingdom people, the kids and the people that party to the wee hours.” Local artist and BCA screen-printing teacher George Gonzalez sold his pottery and hand-screened T-shirts at last year’s f estival. Due to the good sales and good times, Gonzalez says he plans to return for this year’s do. He cites the festival’s diminutive size as an asset. “It’s a small festival compared to other festivals that I go to,” he says, adding that Vermont’s charm and f riendly residents make for ideal circumstances. Pransky similarly recognizes the state’s allure as a signifi cant f actor in Manif estivus’ success. “I don’t know how we’d do in the middle of Hartf ord, Connecticut,” he says. “There’s defi nitely something di˜ erent about Vermont. We all know that. I don’t know if we know exactly what that is, but it’s something di˜ erent.” Pransky says Manif estivus has always been f amily oriented and as much f or kids as it is for adults, though he admits to growing pains the year “some crazy folks” showed up with “a vibe that we might not necessarily want here.” Over the last three years, Pransky and his fellow organizers have reestablished a f amily-f riendly f eel. This year’s Manif estivus will o˜ er kids’ workshops, including instrument building and painting, and a fully supervised area where parents can

leave their whippersnappers while enjoying more adult aspects of the festival. Pransky promises infl atable bouncy houses, too — though whether these are intended strictly for the youth is unclear. Other improvements this year include more campsites in wooded areas, a new water system f or one of the swimming holes, a late-night DJ set — usually an allnight party — in the middle of the woods, and renowned actor Luis Guzmán, who will handle MC duties for the fest. “Luis is actually a friend of the family,” Pransky says of the Vermont-based actor, best known for his roles in Steven Soderbergh and Paul Thomas Anderson fi lms and as a commentator on VH1. Guzmán’s children were attendees of Camp Laughing Turtle, the summer camp that Pranksy’s mother, Judy, runs on the festival grounds. In the past, Pransky took the MC duties himself, but he says he was always too busy to do the job justice. “Luis is a great guy, a real down-toearth cat,” he says. As he prepares the f estival grounds, Pransky says he’s never been more excited than he is for this year’s Manifestivus. “It’s been a lot of work,” he concedes, “But when I’m here and I’m seeing everybody having a good time, I f eel like I’m contributing to the history of Vermont and music festivals.” 

˜ e 10th Annual Manifestivus, in Cabot, runs from from 1 p.m. on Friday, August 17, through 6 p.m. Sunday, August 19. $65-85. AA.





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Earlier this year, Kaplan informed the Smittens that she no longer identified as female, was in transition and currently identifies as trans. Kaplan was not in transition when the band started recording, though Clary believes you can hear subtle clues that the decision was coming in Kaplan’s lyrics. “The album almost feels more current now than it did when we started,” he says. “A song like ‘Turn the Music Up!,’ where the lyrics are ‘You look so pretty when you feel free.’ It’s sort of a coming-out song, but it’s a whole new coming out than coming out as gay.” However, themes of freedom and identity have long been part of Kaplan’s songwriting. “We see the world through each of our own lenses,” says the musician, who eschews gender-specific pronouns. “So the question is always how you match your expression with how you see the world. So maybe you can hear that in my songs to some degree, whether it’s about identity or relationship stuff, I think my songs usually reflect that. But I think it’s safe to say that any time I write about feeling free, it’s probably about identity.”

Kaplan admits to worrying about how the decision would affect the band, specifically regarding vocal parts. After all, Kaplan has long been the “Lady Smitten.” But the addition of Bly helped ease the transition, for everyone. “I don’t know that we intentionally thought of it this way, but it’s good to have another female voice in there, especially with Dana transitioning,” says Clary. “It sort of covers our bases on harmonies.” “It turned out to be great timing,” adds Kaplan. “To be able to have somebody else come in who identifies as female and likes to sing in that register allowed some opportunity; it was really freeing for me. For a while I was like, ‘Fuck, I’m the Lady Smitten. How am I supposed to wrap my head around this?’” The guess here is by playing music with the Smittens. “The band is still the band,” says Kaplan. “And I’m still going to write the same kinds of songs that I write. And we’ve been a band for so long because we’ve always been able to adapt to all of our individual needs, whether that’s around me, or DAVID [ZACHARIS] living in England, or whatever, we really are committed to each other. And that means we get to grow and change, as we all do.”

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To say the least, so far it’s been an interesting 2012 for local twee-ty birds the Smittens. They’ve just returned from a lengthy jaunt across the pond, where they toured the UK and Scandinavia. And when they take the stage for a homecoming gig and album release party at the BCA Center in Burlington this Friday, August 17, the indie-pop band will do so in the midst of numerous, and in some ways profound, changes. For starters, the band has a new member, longtime Burlington songwriter MISSY BLY. Though as of this writing, she has yet to be given an official Smitten-ly cute nickname. Might I suggest “the newest Smitten”? Additionally, the Smittens have a new record out titled Believe Me. It’s the band’s first full album of original material since 2008’s The Coolest Thing About Love and, aside from a single or two, their first significant release since the 2010 remix EP Dancing Shoes. While that’s a relatively long time between records, what’s interesting (aside from the catchy pop on the disc) is that the band has left its longtime label, Happy Happy Birthday to Me, and will release the album on London-based imprint Fika Recordings. In a recent phone conversation, guitarist and vocalist COLIN CLARY says the decision to leave HHBTM, with whom the band had released its first three full-lengths, wasn’t easy, though it was mutual. And in a strange way, he says the Smittens leaving the Athens-based label boiled down to geography. “We do a lot of our distribution in Europe,” says Clary. “So it really made sense to go with a European label.” He adds that there are few indie-pop labels in the U.S. working at a similar size as the band. “They’re either much smaller or much larger than where we are,” he says. As for the record itself, Clary says it’s emotionally richer than the band’s previous work. “I think the songs feel a little bit deeper,” says Clary. “It’s a very honest record.” On the album’s cover, four members of the group, all drawn in classic Smittens cartoon style, stand on train tracks with their backs turned to the listener. A fifth Smitten, DANA KAPLAN, stands further down the tracks facing the band, balancing precariously on a rail.


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51 Main: Jon shain (singersongwriter), 10 p.m., Free.

BranDon MusiC Café: Giacomo Gates (jazz), 7:30 p.m., $12. 12v-review.indd 1

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

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on tHE risE BakEry: Gabe Jarrett & Friends (jazz), 8 p.m., Donations.

The Son Also Rises As the saying sort of goes, the coconut doesn’t fall far

from the palm tree. That’s certainly true in the case of up-and-coming Jamaican reggae star Junior toots, whose father is Frederick “Toots” Hibbert of reggae godfathers Toots and the Maytals.

Maybe you’ve heard of them? Toots the younger trades in an uplifting brand of socially conscious

August 18–26

dear ol’ dad — close at heart. Junior Toots plays Nectar’s this Wednesday, August 22, with support

ParkEr PiE Co.: Ron Kelley Quartet (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free.

from irie locals DuBstyLE.

riMroCks Mountain tavErn: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

1/2 LoungE: scott mangan (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. BrEakWatEr Café: shakedown (rock), 6 p.m., Free.

08.15.12-08.22.12 SEVEN DAYS

t BonEs rEstaurant anD Bar: chad Hollister (rock), 8 p.m., Free.


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


burlington area

BrEakWatEr Café: Live music, 6 p.m., Free. CLuB MEtronoME: spit Jack, Black Rabbit, Doll Fight!, Without (punk), 9 p.m., $3. DoBrá tEa: Robert Resnik (folk), 7 p.m., Free.

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

HigHEr grounD sHoWCasE LoungE: Northern Exposure: indecent Exposure, Dionysus, Jessica Prouty Band (rock), 8:30 p.m., $6. AA.

PurPLE Moon PuB: Last October (folk), 7 p.m., Free.

JP's PuB: Karaoke with morgan, 10 p.m., Free.

51 Main: Loose change (rock), 8 p.m., Free.

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

MagLianEro Café: summit of Thieves, sails (rock), 1 p.m., Free.

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

ManHattan Pizza & PuB: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free.

on tHE risE BakEry: John creech Jazz Trio, 7:30 p.m., Donations.

ManHattan Pizza & PuB: Hot Wax with Justcaus & Penn West (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

nECtar's: PitchBlak Brass Band, mcBFree & the ice-coast Band (hip-hop, brass band), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

tWo BrotHErs tavErn: summer Artist series: Honeywell (rock), 8 p.m., $2.

Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael’s College

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

There are events to attend every day of the festival. Details on our website!

on taP Bar & griLL: Kode 3 (rock), 7 p.m., Free.


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raDio BEan: Liptak/Evans Duo (jazz), 6:30 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: Aaron Flinn Band (rock), 7 p.m., Free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

Newman Center, Plattsburgh, NY

Aug. 21 | tues 7:30 pm FlynnSpace, Burlington

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skinny PanCakE: Ed Grasmeyer and Joshua Panda (bluegrass), 7 p.m., $5-10 donation.

franny o's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free.

Aug. 20 | mon 7:30 pm

Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael’s College

Aug. 26 | sun 3:00 pm

BEE's knEEs: Live music, 7:30 p.m., Donations.

island sounds with nods to modern reggae iterations, while always keeping the genre’s roots — and

burlington area

Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael’s College


Moog's PLaCE: Bob Wagner and D. Davis (singer-songwriters), 8:30 p.m., Free.


Aug. 19 | sun 3:00 pm

tWo BrotHErs tavErn: summer salsa series with DJ Hector, 10 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

BEE's knEEs: Flightless Buttress (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Moog's PLaCE: Tall Grass Get Down (bluegrass), 8:30 p.m., Free.


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

franny o's: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. HaLvorson's uPstrEEt Café: Friends of Joe: Dennis Wilmott (jazz, blues), 7 p.m., Free.

MonkEy HousE: Victim of metal, Filthy minutes of Fame, untapped (metal), 9 p.m., $5. 18+. nECtar's: Trivia mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. Bluegrass Thursday: Tall Grass Get Down (bluegrass), 9:30 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. o'BriEn's irisH PuB: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free. on taP Bar & griLL: 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.


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.


burlington area

BaCkstagE PuB: Karaoke with steve, 9 p.m., Free. Banana WinDs Café & PuB: The Hitmen (rock), 7:30 p.m., Free. BayviEW Eats: The Hardscrabble Hounds (Americana), 6:30 p.m., Free. BrEakWatEr Café: starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 6 p.m., Free. CLuB MEtronoME: No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5. HigHEr grounD sHoWCasE LoungE: saints of Valory, the summit of Thieves (rock), 8 p.m., $10/12. AA. JP's PuB: Dave Harrison's starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. LEvity Café: Friday Night comedy (standup), 9 p.m., $8. FRi.17

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Manifestivus in Cabot (see JOHN FLANAGAN’s piece on page 54). But there are a number of other, underthe-radar fests afoot, should you be seeking an alternative. For instance, the second annual Peacham Acoustic Music Festival, which runs this Friday, August 17, through Sunday, August 19, at various locations around the lovely little town of Peacham. As its name implies, PAMFest boasts a mix of folk, old-time and bluegrass, including performances from veteran local folkie PETE SUTHERLAND, pianist ANNEMIEKE SPOELSTRA with master accordionist JEREMIAH MCLANE, steel uke blues maven DEL REY and acoustic bluesman STEVE JAMES. And that’s just Friday. The remainder of the weekend features similarly excellent performances, contra dances and workshops, including an all-star jam on Saturday evening. Visit catamountarts. org for more details.

orgasm? And, point of order, I believe the technical term is actually eargasm. Either way, stay tuned.

there will be disc golf. You can check the full lineup at trivalleyproductions. com.

In other local comings and goings, VILLANELLES are reportedly back in the studio and working with — who else? — RYAN POWER on a new record they hope to release … sometime. I’m told they may even start playing out again. In the meantime, you can catch grunge-tastic Villanelles offshoot PHANTOM SUNS at the Monkey House this Friday, August 17, alongside VETICA and STONE BULLET.

In a related story, am I allowed near Plattsburgh yet? I’m guessing no, which means I’ll likely miss this year’s Backwoods Pondfest at Twin Ponds Campgrounds in Peru, N.Y. The twoday hootenanny runs Friday, August 17, and Saturday, August 18, and, like the Green Mountain Getdown, features a slew of regional and local acts mostly in the improvised rock, roots and reggae veins. This year’s headliners are SISTER SPARROW AND THE DIRTY BIRDS (Friday) and MAX CREEK (Saturday). There are some notable locals on the undercards both days, including SPIRITUAL REZ, the BLIND OWL BAND and TWIDDLE.

Master Class

with Menahem Pressler

August 15 at 2:00-5:00pm Open to members and the public at a cost of $50 per day. Tenderloin

Rehearsals begin June 11 Needed: Ensemble and Leads

Since 1996, QuarryWorks has been staging summer performances at the Phillips Experimental Theater, a 50-seat theater located on the grounds of the Adamant Music School.

Needed: Ensemble


The Importance of Being Earnest

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.

Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Now Here’s My Plan


Tenderloin July 14-17 & 21-24 The Little Mermaid July 29-31 & Aug. 5-7 The Mousetrap Aug. 11-14 & 18-21

(classic comedy)

August 16-19 Thursday Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm 2pm Matinees - Saturday and Sunday Publication: Seven Days Contact: Michael Bradshaw Due: Friday, March 4, 2011 4.75” x 3.67” (1/6 horizontal) All Dimensions: QuarryWorks performances are FREE. e-newsletter on March 16: pre-paid non-profit $170 Please call 802 for reservations. Ad Run on March 9:229-6978 pre-paid non-profit $276.25 Total cost: $446.25

For general info please call 802-223-3347 or visit our website at


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Dead Can Dance, Anastasis

To schedule an audition, or for further information, contact Julie Mueller, the Production Coordinator



Listening In

Auditions will be held at the

The Little Mermaid

Common in Adamant (non-musical) August 15 at 7:30pm Rehearsals begin July 9 1-2 males and 3-4 FREE females All Needed: concerts are for members, The GuestRehearsals areMousetrap $10, seniors/students are $6. begin July 18

Last but not least, last week I reviewed the latest album from JAMES KOCHALKA 12v-adamantusic081512.indd SUPERSTAR, I Am the Beast. But it turns out, I shouldn’t have. It was brought to my attention after the review ran that my younger brother, TYLER BOLLES, actually appears on the album. Somehow, I completely missed his name in the liner notes. He added backing vocals — really more of a shout among a chorus of other shouts — on one track. Not exactly a critical role, or a performance that would have colored my impression of the record either way had I realized it, but still. Reviewing anything a family member or close friend is involved with represents a conflict of interest for a critic, no matter how small the role. I should have paid better attention to the lineup of guest performers and passed the album off to another reviewer. My apologies. 

There’s gonna be a whole lotta loopin’ goin’ on at the Monkey House this Saturday, August 18, when FARM offshoots MOUTHBREATHER and DASHBOARD HIBACHI join MEGAFAUNA and NUDA VERITAS. Interesting note about the last act: Word is NV — aka REBECCA KOPYCINSKI — is teaming up with local MC and producer FACE ONE on an EP called Hits From the Sexx Kitchen. The idea is to blend Kopycinski’s looping and vocal talents with the MC’s noted linguistic flow and producing skillz to produce, and I quote, “a refreshing orgasm for ya ears.” As opposed an un-refreshing

By Appointment Only! Saturday, April 2 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Sunday, April 3 1:00-4:00 pm Participants Piano Concert


Meanwhile, at the Magic Mushroom, er, Mountain Ski Area in Londonderry, the hills are alive with the sound of jam bands at the Green Mountain Getdown. This two-day wiggle fest (Friday, August 17, and Saturday, August 18) features local and regional acts from across the overly hyphenated jam-oriented multiverse — jazzrock, reggae-rock, reggae-funk, jazzreggae-rock-funk, etc. — including FLABBERGHASTER, KUNG FU, ZACH DEPUTY, ROOTS OF CREATION and UK songwriter

SARA LUGO, among many others. Also,

Adamant Music School


Our 71st Session!


Niki and the Dove, Instinct Nude Beach, II Tom Waits, Frank’s Wild Years


Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds


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Lift: Ladies Night, 9 p.m., free/$3. Marriott Harbor Lounge: Bryan mccarthy New York Quartet (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. Monkey House: stone Bullet, phantom suns, Vetica (rock), 9 p.m., $5. nectar's: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Greg izor Blues Band, the Bob macKenzie Blues Band (blues), 9 p.m., $5.

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on tap bar & griLL: mitch & friends (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. The conniption fits (rock), 9 p.m., free.

radio bean: 7 p.m., free. Last October (folk), 8 p.m., free. 16t-crowbookstore011812.indd 1 1/16/12 6:06 PMLawrence Welks & Our Bear to cross (experimental pop), 1 a.m., free. Nico Dann's rhododendron, 4:30 p.m., Channel 15 free. Bill Burrell (singer-songwriter), CONVERSATIONS suncooked (folk rock), 9 p.m., free. WITH KAY cave Bees (rock), 10:30 p.m., free. monDaYS > 8:00 p.m.

Channel 16


red square: Ed Grasmeyer and Joshua panda (bluegrass), 5 p.m., free. Billy Wylder (rock), 8 p.m., $5. DJ craig mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5.

SunDaY 8/19 > 8 pm

red square bLue rooM: DJ mixx (EDm), 9 p.m., $5.

Channel 17

ruben JaMes: DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., free.


rí rá irisH pub: supersounds DJ (top 40), 10 p.m., free. skinny pancake: Grayson (singersongwriter), 9 p.m., $5-10 donation. VerMont pub & brewery: Gnarlemagne (rock), 10 p.m., free.


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bagitos: michael Jermyn & friends 8/10/12 2:43 PM (acoustic), 6 p.m., Donations. tHe bLack door: The Howling Kettles (old time), 9:30 p.m., $5.

champlain valley

city LiMits: toast (rock), 9 p.m., free. on tHe rise bakery: Dewey Drive Band (folk rock), 8 p.m., Donations. two brotHers taVern: DJ alex (top 40), 10 p.m., free.


bee's knees: collin craig continuum (blues), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Moog's pLace: red Hot Juba (cosmic americana), 9 p.m., free. parker pie co.: Barika (world music), 8 p.m., $5. riMrocks Mountain taVern: friday Night frequencies with DJ rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. rusty naiL: Last Kid picked (rock), 9 p.m., $5.


MonopoLe: professor chaos (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.


burlington area

backstage pub: area 51 (rock), 9 p.m., free. bayView eats: Dewey Drive Band (americana), 6:30 p.m., free. breakwater café: phil abair Band (rock), 6 p.m., free. cLub MetronoMe: retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5. franny o's: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

HigHer ground baLLrooM: N-Zones & friends Hunt's reunion (rock), 8:30 p.m., $20/25. aa.

VerMont pub & brewery: The Lynguistic civilians (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

HigHer ground sHowcase Lounge: myra flynn & sonya Kitchell (singer-songwriters, neo-soul), 9 p.m., $10/12. aa.


Jp's pub: Karaoke with megan, 10 p.m., free.

tHe bLack door: Yankee Bangbang, canadian Lesbian twins, Josh Lanney (folk), 9:30 p.m., $5.

LeVity café: saturday Night comedy (standup), 8 p.m., $8. saturday Night comedy (standup), 10 p.m., $8. Monkey House: Nuda Veritas, mouthbreather, Dashboard Hibachi, megafauna (experimental), 9 p.m., $5. nectar's: John smith (solo acoustic), 7 p.m., free. Dr. ruckus, Dr. Doom Orchestra, the Wondermics (fundraiser), 9 p.m., free. on tap bar & griLL: The Hitmen (rock), 9 p.m., free. radio bean: Less Digital, more manual: record club, 3 p.m., free. matt townsend (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Kelley mcrae (folk), 8 p.m., free. Hannah's field (rock), 9 p.m., free. persian claws (rock), 10 p.m., free. Hunnabee and the sandy tar Boys (rock), 11:15 p.m., free. sunshine riot (alt-country), 1 a.m., free. red square: Giovanina Bucci (singer-songwriter), 5 p.m., free. The folkadelics (folk rock), 8 p.m., $5. DJ a-Dog (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5. red square bLue rooM: DJ raul (salsa), 6 p.m., free. DJ stavros (EDm), 10 p.m., $5. rí rá irisH pub: Green Line inbound (rock), 10 p.m., free. skinny pancake: annalise Emerick (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., $5-10 donation. st. JoHn's cLub: The Decoys, sneezguard (rock), 7 p.m., free.

bagitos: mia cross (acoustic), 6 p.m., Donations.

cork wine bar: Brett Hughes (honky-tonk), 6 p.m., free.

champlain valley

51 Main: citizen Bare (americana), 9 p.m., free. city LiMits: Dance party with DJ Earl (top 40), 9 p.m., free. nd's bar & restaurant : ryan Hanson & mike (rock), 8 p.m., free. two brotHers taVern: The ryan Hanson Band (rock), 10 p.m., $3.


bee's knees: audrey Bernstein & the Young Jazzers (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations. MatterHorn: Lesley Grant and stepstone (country), 9 p.m., $5. Moog's pLace: cats under the stars (Jerry Garcia Band tribute), 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: Hot Neon magic (’80s New Wave), 9 p.m., $5.


MonopoLe: Dewey cotton Band (rock), 10 p.m., free. naked turtLe: Glass Onion (rock), 10 p.m., Na.

t bones restaurant and bar: Open mic, 7 p.m., free.


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Wandering Minstrel

If home is where the heart is, then annaLise


Blue Mall, Dorset St., So. Burlington

eMerick sure knows how to spread the love.

The well-traveled singer-songwriter and self-proclaimed gypsy claimed safe harbor in numerous cities from coast to coast before


recently settling in Boston — at least for now. Her 2011 debut EP, Starry-Eyed, is a

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wistful reflection on wanderlust and yearning for a place to be that’s drawn reasonable comparisons to Ingrid Michaelson and Brandi

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Carlisle, among others. This Saturday, August 18, Emerick makes herself at home at the Skinny Pancake in Burlington.

SAt.18 // ANNALiSE EmErick [SiNgEr-SoNgwritEr]

58 N. Main Street, Downtown St. Albans, VT 802-524-2800

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cOurtEsY Of aNNaLisE EmEricK

cHarLie o's: Kufui, Yacht rocket, 10K Ghost (punk), 10 p.m., free.

green Mountain taVern: DJ Jonny p (top 40), 9 p.m., $2.

Seven Days is so refreshing.


Local quartet Eight 02 melds two of the area’s better-known jazz combos, featuring keyboardist Peter Engisch and guitarist Jerome Monachino of Picture This, and drummer Lucas Adler and saxophonist Christopher Peterman of Kilimanjaro. Their self-titled debut CD delves into what the band members describe as “post-bop contemporary jazz fusion.” While generally trending more toward the latter, smoother end of that descriptor, the five-track EP showcases an immensely talented group with enough improvisational fortitude to justify their declared post-bop leanings. “As We Speak” kicks off the record with a bustling intro courtesy of Adler and guest percussionist Lenny Castro. As the band locks into an undulating groove, Peterman and Monachino commandeer the tune’s sprightly, melodic main theme. The guitar-sax pairing is clean and balanced, almost to a fault. At times throughout the record,

the general feel and atmosphere is Weather Channel smooth. Thankfully, Monachino obliges with a rapidly closing storm front in the form of jawdropping lightning strikes on guitar. His lines are fluid, fast and technically immaculate. Engisch follows with some impressive, and progressive, keyboard work before the tune resolves around the initial melody. “Elena” follows and continues the album’s generally upbeat, energetic mood before settling in to a lightly simmering 6/8 swing, which allows Peterman and Monachino space to amble. Both players take a tacit approach, baiting the listener with pretty, spare lines before stretching out. Engisch lays down a sparkling solo

section before Peterman returns with a fluttering counter and takes the lead to the outro. Of the EP’s five tracks, “All This Talk” is perhaps the most egregious example of smooth-jazz wanking. Over a funk-lite groove, the band indulges all manner of contemporary jazz clichés, from Cheez-Whiz synth to selfgratifying solos. Though a showcase of each player’s technical prowess, this does little to serve — or rescue — the larger piece. There’s no edge or daring here, which was sort of the point of the post-bop era. In contrast, the following cut, “In the Mind of a Wounded Swan,” offers a far riskier arrangement — despite the tepidly overdriven guitar and synth. Sharing more in common with jam-oriented rock than jazz — contemporary, post-bop or otherwise — the track is a surprisingly psychedelic trip that finds the band working in perfect concert. Eight 02 play Radio Bean on Tuesday, August 21.

I’m an information freak and I read the newspaper every week from start to finish. It’s the real buzz about what’s happening in our town. Seven Days is invaluable for restaurant reviews, entertainment, local news and the opinion columns are right on. It’s also responsible for my new home, job and social life. — Marge Mulligan South Burlington

[we love you, too.]

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Mark Struhsacker, Cold Outside


and gigging at hay barns, grange halls and juke joints throughout the Green Mountains. As such, Struhsacker’s original tunes fit seamlessly with covers such as Red Smiley and Don Reno’s “Little Mountain Road,” Mark O’Connor’s “Cat in the Bag” and Cindy Walker’s “Leona,” the last of which features a lovely guest turn by the always excellent Patti Casey on harmony vocals. Casey is not the only guest returning the favor and backing up Struhsacker for a change. Banjo Dan and the Mid-


Over the past 35 years, Morrisvillebased guitarist Mark Struhsacker has carved out a modest career as a busy sideman. The founder of the WDEV Radio Rangers — which he started some 26 years ago in an attempt to re-create the live country-music radio-show feel from the 1940s and ’50s — is a Vermont fixture who has played on innumerable local folk, country and bluegrass recordings. Oddly, though, he never produced an album of his own work. Until now. On Cold Outside, Struhsacker finally snags the spotlight for himself and delivers a collection of originals and old favorites that leaves the listener wondering what the hell took so long. Struhsacker plays and sings with an ease and familiarity that reflects his three-plus decades backing up the state’s finest Americana artists. He has tact and tastefulness honed over countless hours of rehearsing



nite Plowboys’ Will Lindner turns up on mandolin on a few tracks, as does multi-instrumentalist Bob Amo, who plucks a mean banjo on the Struhsacker original “Sad & Blue.” And fiddler Tony Washburn is a highlight on album closer “Cat in the Bag.” On “Your Actions Speak Louder Than Words,” the songwriter cedes lead vocal duties to Lesley Grant, whom he regularly backs as a member of Grant’s country band, Stepstone. It’s the only track on which he plays a backing role — and does so exceedingly well, of course. But the remainder of the disc is Struhsacker’s show. From start to finish, he shines with the same sort of quietly lovely, understated performances for which generations of local players have sought his services. Cold Outside by Mark Struhsacker is available at Haymaker Card & Gift and Green Top Market in Morrisville, Lackey’s Variety Store in Stowe and Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick.

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oN Tap bar & grill: Open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., Free.

Tabu Café & NighTClub: all Night Dance party with DJ toxic (top 40), 5 p.m., Free.

radio beaN: Brett Hughes & Lesley Grant (country), 6:30 p.m., Free. Open mic, 8 p.m., Free.


red Square: Zack dupont (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. industry Night with Robbie J (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free.

breakwaTer Café: Live music, 3 p.m., Free.

rubeN JaMeS: Why Not monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

burlington area

MoNkey houSe: Bible camp sleepovers, Wolcot (rock), 5 p.m., $5. aa. NeCTar'S: mi Yard Reggae Night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., Free. oN Tap bar & grill: Brunch with Wylie (acoustic), 11:30 a.m., Free. radio beaN: Records Listening party, 12 p.m., Free. saloon sessions with Brett Hughes (country), 1 p.m., Free. trio Gusto (gypsy jazz), 5 p.m., Free. Hannah & maggie (singer-songwriters), 7:30 p.m., Free. The Dwells (rock), 9 p.m., Free. DJ selecta p (soul), 10:30 p.m., Free. red Square: audrey Bernstein & the Young Jazzers (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


bagiToS: sunday Brunch with Eric Friedman (jazz), 11 a.m., Free. SkiNNy paNCake: The Blind Owl Band (string band), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.


river houSe reSTauraNT: stump! trivia Night, 6 p.m., Free. SweeT CruNCh bake Shop: tony and ted (soft rock), 10 a.m., Free.

burlington area

Club MeTroNoMe: WRuV & miss Daisy present motown monday (soul), 9 p.m., Free. NeCTar'S: metal monday: Filthy minutes of Fame, savage Hen, Kairos, Lord Earth (metal), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.

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Moog'S plaCe: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 8 p.m., Free.


burlington area

Club MeTroNoMe: The malah, Kloptoscope (electronic), 9 p.m., $6.

fri.17 // BArikA [worLD mUSic]

MoNTy'S old briCk TaverN: Open mic, 6 p.m., Free.


NeCTar'S: Ben Donovan and the congreagation with Eric George (rock), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. oN Tap bar & grill: trivia with top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. radio beaN: stephen callahan and mike piche (jazz), 6:30 p.m., Free. Eight 02 (jazz), 8:30 p.m., Free. Honky-tonk sessions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3. red Square: Joe moore Band (blues), 7 p.m., Free. craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., Free. red Square blue rooM: DJ Frank Grymes (EDm), 11 p.m., Free. T boNeS reSTauraNT aNd bar: trivia with General Knowledge, 7 p.m., Free.


baCk To verMoNT pub: John Gillette & sarah mittlefeldt (folk), 7 p.m., Free. Charlie o'S: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

Two broTherS TaverN: trivia Night, 7 p.m., Free. monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.

bee'S kNeeS: Rapscallion (irish), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Moog'S plaCe: Open mic/Jam Night, 8:30 p.m., Free.


burlington area

1/2 louNge: Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. breakwaTer Café: paydirt (rock), 6 p.m., Free. fraNNy o'S: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free. Jp'S pub: Karaoke with morgan, 10 p.m., Free. MaNhaTTaN pizza & pub: Open mic with andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free. MoNkey houSe: al moore Blues Band (blues), 9 p.m., $5. 18+. NeCTar'S: Junior toots, Dubstyle and more (reggae), 9 p.m., $7/10. 18+. oNe pepper grill: Open mic with Ryan Hanson, 8 p.m., Free. oN Tap bar & grill: Leno, cheney & Young (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., Free.

Grace Potter



is en route!

She’s got a

fueled by...



Polyphonic Spree Led by Kamel n’goni master Craig Myers, local

Afro-whatsit ensemble barika filter a kaleidoscopic array of funk, rock and psychedelia through a prism of West African rhythms and modes to create a, well, otherworldly take on world music that’s as fascinating as it is danceable — which is to say, a lot. This Friday, August 17, the band explores the outer reaches of world music in the outer reaches of Vermont, at the Parker Pie Co. in West Glover.



red Square: 7 p.m., Free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. teleport (rock), ShelburNe viNeyard: Jen crowell (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., Free.

guSTo'S: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.

Moog'S plaCe: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 8 p.m., Free.

champlain valley


SkiNNy paNCake: Ed Grasmeyer and Joshua panda (bluegrass), 7 p.m., $5-10 donation.

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

radio beaN: 7 p.m., Free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free. Robin Reid (folk), DJ Nickel B (reggae, downtempo), 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. Emma Bach (acoustic), 6 p.m., Donations.

51 MaiN: Blues Jam, 8 p.m., Free.

bee'S kNeeS: andrew parkerRenga (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

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

oN The riSe bakery: Open Blues session, 8 p.m., Free. Two broTherS TaverN: summer artist series: Zack dupont Duo (singer-songwriters), 9 p.m., $2/3. 18+.



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Drawing the Other Side D’Ann Calhoun Fago, Studio Place Arts


owntown Barre looks like a miniature Grand Canyon this summer. Instead of a main drag, a 20-f oot-deep ditch cuts through the city while crews install new sewers and make other improvements. But navigating the big dig is worth it, if your fi nal destination is D’Ann Calhoun Fago’s retrospective at Studio Place Arts. Considered one of the f ounders of Vermont’s arts-and-craf ts movement, Fago has devoted her lif e to art. Even now, at 94 and a half , the Bethel artist draws every day. Her artwork, created over 76 years, is on display at SPA through September 8. From Fago’s early paintings of rural Kentucky natives to recent drawings of her own backyard, the works o° er a glimpse into Fago’s compelling life story and vibrant spirit. Fago spent her youth in Lexington, Ky. — with the exception of one year, which she spent on the road with her f amily while her f ather, whom she describes as an “itinerant gambler,” looked for work around the country. Even as a child, Fago was a defi ant artist. “I used to get punished for drawing on the walls,” she says. A placard at the SPA exhibit reads, “A sensitive and of ten lonely child, she identifi ed with society’s marginalized people.” Fago describes Lexington as “a small town with big ideas about itself .” She wasn’t interested in its pretentious, wealthy residents; she was drawn to the bums who hung out in the public square. So she began hanging out there, too, drawing and painting them. “I was interested in ‘the other side,’” says Fago. In one 1936 piece at SPA, she depicts three men in a Kentucky brothel, guzzling booze and gesturing aggressively. When asked how she ended up in such an establishment, Fago answers frankly, “I went in for a drink.”

Fago studied art at the University of Kentucky and, shortly after graduation, took a teaching job at a Presbyterian junior college in a rural mining town that had Kentucky’s highest homicide rate. The school was academically rigorous and strict, says Fago, who recalls hiding in her closet to smoke cigarettes, which were forbidden on campus. “I was interested in the job because I love country people,” says Fago. But the experience was scary, too. She was practically the same age as her students, and she remembers her fi rst emergency call in the dorms: A girl had tried to perf orm an abortion on herself. Fago’s work f rom this time is primarily portraiture. In a 1936 drawing called “Stubborn Old Woman,” an African American woman wearing a cap gazes out at the viewer with a searing expression of displeasure. In the oil-on-board “Workers on a Truck,” f rom the f ollowing year, Fago renders two sturdy-looking men in gorgeous rusty browns and smoky greens and blues, their thick legs dangling o° the back of a vehicle. In her 1938 painting “Man on Porch, Hazard, Kentucky,” a middle-aged white man sits with his arms crossed and his sleeves rolled up, looking intently at the viewer, as if he’s ready to hear a story or tell his own. In the 1940s, Fago moved to New York City, where she earned her MFA from Columbia University and married Vincent Fago, editor at the time of Marvel Comics. She f ound new inspiration in her husband’s heritage. “His people were immigrants from Italy,” Fago says. “I was fascinated by them.” So she began painting her neighbors, New York’s Italian immigrants. In “Bronx Woman With Moon Through Window,” a 1968 watercolor, a round woman of indeterminate age is cloaked in a yellow dressing gown, her head tilt-


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REVIEW ed up toward a gleaming yellow moon. The Fagos lived in Greenwich Village and spent their evenings in the uptown jazz clubs, where they mingled with some of the era’s biggest stars. “Do you know Billie Holiday?” she asks a recent visitor to her Bethel home. “We used to have her over for dinner. She was magnifi cent.” When Fago interviewed f or the position that would bring her f amily to Vermont — director of the Arts & Crafts Service, a division of Vermont’s agriculture department — she was in her fi fties and feared she was too old for the job. But Fago was hired in 1969, and, until funding was abruptly cut in 1977, she worked to build a network of Vermont artists and artisans from the ground up. She traveled around the state, connecting artists to resources and materials, and laid the groundwork for institutions

“Man on Porch, Hazard, Kentucky”

such as Frog Hollow. When the service was eliminated, Fago and her husband retired, and she poured her energy into her own artwork. In her latest drawings, Fago has turned her f ocus to the landscape she can easily observe f rom her Bethel porch. Her most recent drawing at SPA was completed just months ago. “Garden View” is a simple sketch of a wellexamined patch of land rendered in graphite — overgrown grasses tangled over the curvature of the Bethel earth. These days, Fago does a lot of what she calls quick drawings. “I try to discipline myself to draw every day,” she says. “It’s a habit I don’t want to break.”  M EG A N J A M ES D’Ann Calhoun Fago, a retrospective. Studio Place Arts, Barre. ˜ rough September 8. Info, 479-7069. studioplacearts. com

Art ShowS

ongoing burlington area

AAron Stein: “Car Dreams,” license-plate creations, automotive furniture, map sculptures and other assemblages by the burlington artist. sponsored by the Automaster. Through August 31 at Frog hollow in burlington. info, 863-6458. AliSon Bechdel: “Dykes, Dads and Moms to watch out For,” artwork spanning the Vermont cartoonist’s career, including drawings from “Dykes to watch out For,” Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama. Through october 27 at Amy e. Tarrant gallery, Flynn Center, in burlington. info, 652-4510. ‘An outgrowth of nAture: the Art of toShiko tAkAezu’: Ceramic sculptures inspired by the poetry of the buddhist nun otagaki Rengetzu; 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. Annemie curlin: “Charlotte, a heavenly View,” colorful aerial-view oil paintings of the town. Through August 31 at Charlotte library in Charlotte. info, 425-3301, AuguSt Art Auction: A month-long silent auction celebrating the gallery’s fourth anniversary. Through August 31 at s.p.A.C.e. gallery in burlington. info, 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. 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.

deB wArd lyonS: “still life, landscapes and stuffed Animals,” impressionist-style paintings by the executive director of puppets in education. Through August 31 at north end studio A in burlington. info, 863-6713.

dr. Sketchy’S Anti-Art School: Artists age 16 and up bring sketchbooks and pencils to a cabaret-style life-drawing session. This month’s theme is “harajuku/Anime Fashion,” with modeling by Kirst Callahan. wednesday, August 15, 7-9:30 p.m., American legion, white River Junction. ‘Art on PArk’: local artisans sell their handcrafted products, artwork, specialty foods and more; musicians perform. Thursday, August 16, 5-8 p.m., park street, stowe. info, 793-2101. cArolyn ShAttuck: “Key west: inside/outside,” collages that celebrate the energy of Key west and its environs. The artist discusses her work. Thursday, August 16, 6 p.m., walkover gallery & Concert Room, bristol. ‘greAt vermont Plein Air PAint-out’: Artists spend the morning painting, drawing and sketching throughout waitsfield, then gather for a sidewalk show and sale on bridge street at 3 p.m. saturday, August 18, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans’ gallery, waitsfield. info, 583-2224. ‘through the grAPevine’: Art and wine lovers sample reds, whites and bubblies; nibble on seasonal snacks by River house Restaurant’s Chef Josh Anthony; listen to live music and mingle with artists featured in the “exposed” exhibit. Friday, August 17, 6-8 p.m., helen Day Art Center, stowe. info, 253-8358. duSty Boynton: paintings, works on paper and structured reliefs;

‘imPreSSed: vermont PrintmAkerS 2012’: work by Vermont artists in the print medium. Through september 9 at helen Day Art Center in stowe. Artists, including several from the “impressed” exhibit, create large-scale prints using a steamroller on pavement: saturday, August 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. info, 253-8358. Axel StohlBerg & John dAvid o’ShAughneSSy: “Capturing the unseen world,” abstract paintings; nicholAS gAffney: “12-A,” photographs; cArmelo midili: “The space beyond,” sculptures. Through september 7 at AVA gallery and Art Center in lebanon, n.h. Midili discusses his work. Thursday, August 16, 5:30 p.m. info, 603-448-3117. ‘red fieldS & yellow SkieS: the Art of the lAndScAPe’: work by 12 Vermont artists. Through september 2 at Chandler gallery in Randolph. lyme, n.h. artist Matt brown discusses his imagery and woodblock-printing process. Tuesday, August 21, 7 p.m. info, 431-0204.

recePtionS ‘Among treeS’: photographs celebrating the beauty and spiritual comfort found in trees. Through August 26 at Darkroom gallery in essex Junction. Reception: Friday, August 17, 6-8 p.m. info, 777-3686. henry kiely: large paintings of utilitarian objects on white, gessoed backgrounds. Through october 14 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Reception: Thursday, August 16, 5-7 p.m. info, 888-1261.

kAte longmAid: “Face Time,” contemporary portraits. Through september 18 at The gallery at burlington College. info, 862-9616.

gilliAn klein: “paintings big and small,” urban paintings in oil and watercolor. Through August 31 at August First in burlington. info, 922-6625.

kAtie grAuer: “works Revisited,” large-scale paintings of bright, patterned chairs. Through september 1 at The Firefly gallery in burlington. info, 559-1759.

Jeff Bruno & leigh Ann rooney: “subject/ object,” drawings and paintings of the human body. Through August 31 at Artspace 106 at The Men’s Room in burlington. info, 864-2088.

lindA Berg mAney: paintings, collages and prints. Curated by seAbA. Through August 31 at speeder & earl’s (pine street) in burlington. info, 859-9222.

JohAnne durocher yordAn: “Reflections,” abstract acrylic and mixed-media paintings. Through August 31 at studio 266 in burlington. info, 578-2512. kAt cleAr & Avery mcintoSh: “Circus Remix,” steel sculpture by Clear and paintings by Mcintosh. Through August 31 at Vintage inspired in burlington. info, 355-5418.

mAriAn willmott: Monoprints, oil paintings and poetry by the Vermont artist. Through August 31 at pine street Deli in burlington. info, 859-9222. meryl leBowitz: “My love Affair with Venice,” paintings of Venice beach, Ca. Through August 31 at Mirabelles in burlington. info, 535-9877. meryl leBowitz: oil paintings of the Vermont landscapes. Through August 31 at pompanoosuc Mills in burlington. info, 862-8208.

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gAllery grAnd oPening: Artwork and artisan food and crafts by Kimberly bombard, Karen barry, Annalisa parent, Ann McFarren, Chantal lawrence, Tinka Teresa Martell, ben Thurber and others. Through December 31 at 12v-StoweTheatreGuild080812.indd 1 Vermont Artisans Craft gallery in burlington. Reception: Thursday, August 16, 6-8 p.m. info, 863-4600. eric toBin: landscape paintings in oil. live bluegrass music by Rick Ceballos and Matt witten, August 17 through september 3 at Fisk Farm Art Center in isle la Motte. Reception: sunday, August 19, 2-5 p.m. info, 928-3364. ‘rAiSed on PAPer’: works by isKRA print Collective students who tapped into their childhood dreams and nightmares to create physical reminders that they might be the last generation raised on paper. August 17 through 31 at JDK gallery in burlington. Reception: Friday, August 17, 6-9 p.m. info,

‘owlS And other BirdS’: A traveling exhibit by the birds of Vermont Museum. Through August 31 at burnham Memorial library in Colchester. info, 434-2167.

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PhilliP hAgoPiAn: paintings by the new england12v-ThreeBros0812.indd 1 artist. Through August 31 at salaam in burlington. info, 658-8822. PilAr: wall sculptures that evoke archeological ruins; roBert SelBy: paintings by the Champlain College instructor of graphic design, game art and animation. Through August 31 at seAbA Center in burlington. info, 859-9222. roBert hitzig: “Don’t Tread on Me: wood for walls,” works in wood that celebrate the inherent quality of the medium. Through August 30 at brickels gallery in burlington. info, 825-8214. ‘rumBle And roAr: the hot rod SerieS’: Acrylic paintings of souped up T-buckets, deuce coupes, low riders and lead sleds by Robert waldo brunelle Jr. Through August 30 at Dostie bros. Frame shop in burlington. info, 660-9005. SeABA exhiBit: work by elizabeth nelson, Michael smith, Ray brown and more. Curated by seAbA. Through August 31 at The innovation Center of Vermont in burlington. info, 859-9222. buRlingTon-AReA ART shows

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lorin duckmAn: “street burlington,” portraits of people who hang out on Queen City streets. Through August 31 at new Moon Café in burlington. info, 989-3944.

ABBey meAker & AmAndA zAckem: “Chapters,” photographs that suggest a narrative guest curated by Seven Days contributor Amy Rahn. August 17 through september 18 at Furchgott sourdiffe gallery in shelburne. Reception: Friday, August 17, 6-8 p.m. info, 985-3848.


Jim moore: “eccentric Variety performers,” photographs of new York City’s fringe performers by the photographer who documented philippe petit’s 1974 wire walk between the world Trade Center towers. Through september 30 at Metropolitan gallery, burlington City hall. info, 865-7166.



eSSex Art leAgue: paintings and photographs by member artists. Through August 31 at The gallery at phoenix books in essex Junction. info, 849-2172.

kAthleen cArAher & erikA white: Art Affair by shearer presents acrylic paintings by the shelburne Community school art teachers. Through september 30 at shearer Chevrolet in south burlington. info, 658-1111.

John lAzenBy: “The portrait project,” photographs of people who participate in home share now, a central Vermont organization that facilitates affordable sharedhousing situations. August 16 through september 7 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Reception: Thursday, August 16, 5-7 p.m. info, 888-1261.

dAvid Stromeyer: “equilibrium,” a retrospective of the Vermont artist’s monumental-scale, steel-andconcrete sculptural works; ‘emergence’: Digital and traditional artwork by members of the first graduating class of Champlain College’s emergent media MFA program. Through september 28 at bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166.

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utilitarian objects — a telephone, a shovel, a wrench — blown out of proportion on white-gessoed backgrounds. Without the distraction of context, the objects become icons, which he arranges in meaningful, sometimes humorous, diptychs. In one, a run-of-the-mill compact fluorescent light bulb is positioned next to a tactical grenade, which can blind enemy soldiers with an explosion of light. Kiely began painting as a freshman at Wesleyan University. Since graduating last year, he’s been living in Philadelphia, but his paintings return to his hometown in a show at River Arts through October 14. Pictured: “Lightbulb” and “Telephone.”


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‘Snow Mobile S: Sleigh S to Sled S’: Early, experimental snowmobiles, machines from the ‘60s and ‘70s, and today’s high-powered racing sleds, as well as horse-drawn sleighs; ‘Man-Made Quilt S: Civil war to the Pre Sent’: Quilts made by men; Elizabeth Berdann: “Deep End,” miniature watercolor portraits on pre-ban and prehistoric mammoth ivory; ‘t iMe MaChine S: r obot S, r oCket S and Stea MPunk’: 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.

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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.

University alumni who fought in the Civil War, featuring photographs, artwork, weapons and equipment, including a cannon likely used by Norwich cadets. Through April 30 at Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield. Info, 485-2183. 26th annual Quilt exhibition : More than 50 quilts by Windsor County participants in a quilt challenge, plus ongoing quilting activities and demonstrations. Through September 23 at Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock. Info, 457-2355. ‘a Celebration o F uPPer valley arti St S’: Work by 14 regional artists. Through September 3 at Pompanoosuc Mills in East Thetford. Info, 800-841-6671. anCi Slovak : “What We Cannot Say,” a retrospective of the late Vermont artist dedicated to the doctors, nurses and staff at CVMC. Through September 9 at Central Vermont Medical Center in Barre. Info,

SunCo MMon Solar art gallery : Works by 23 Vermont artists, including Rebecca Schwarz, Peter Weyrauch, Sabra Field, Jackie Mangione and Amey Radcliffe, fill this pop-up gallery. Through August 30 at 152 Cherry Street in Burlington. Info, 595-0338.

‘big bike Show’ : An exhibition featuring new prints by Edward Koren and custom bikes by Zak Hinderyckx, in celebration of nearby Green Mountain Bikes’ 25 years in business. Through September 30 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670.

t erry Findei Sen: Still-life and landscape paintings by the Vermont artist and architect. Through September 29 at Left Bank Home & Garden in Burlington. Info, 862-1001.

‘big r ed barn art Show’ : Two- and threedimensional work by more than 30 Valley artists exhibited in the barn for the 15th year. Through September 2 at Lareau Farm Inn in Waitsfield. Info, 496-6682.

‘t he dog and Pony Show’ : Artwork featuring our four-legged, furry friends. Through August 31 at Backspace Gallery in Burlington. violeta hinojo Sa: Collages and paintings by the Vermont artist. Through August 31 at Red Square in Burlington. Info, 318-2438.


‘1861-1862: t oward a higher Moral Pur PoSe’: An exhibition exploring the experiences of Norwich

Call to arti Call to art owner S: Bryan Memorial Gallery requests the submission of privately owned fine art by deceased artists for exhibition and sales in its galleries this fall. Info, or call 644-5100. Call to arti St S: The Shoe Horn in Montpelier seeks large-format, retail-friendly art for bimonthly shows. Only inquiries with examples that meet criteria are considered. Info, old north end art Market : The Old North End Art Market

‘bru Sh and l enS t iMeS Five’: Paintings and photographs by Karin Gottlieb, Robin LaHue, Linda Maney, Jack Sabon and Missy Storrow. Through September 7 at City Center in Montpelier. Info, 793-6038. Chri Stian t ubau arjona : “Textures of the Earth,” photographs that invite the viewer to contemplate the transparencies of autumn leaves, the colors of a stone’s strata and the purple veils of light at dusk. Through September 21 at Tulsi Tea Room in

St S is seeking vendors for its fall/ winter shows. The market will run monthly, and dates and application are at re Staurant art : Hang your work in a fine-dining atmosphere. Chow!Bella Restaurant and Twiggs @ Chow!Bella are looking for artists to exhibit their work on a three-month rotation. Chow!Bella is located at 28 North Main Street in St. Albans. If interested, email Wendi Murphy, wcmurphy06@, with at least two images of your work or your

web address. No charge to hang; no commissions. Creative CoMPetition _004: Presented by the Root Gallery. $8 entry fee. People’s-choice vote; winner takes all (compounded entry money). Limit one piece, any size, media or subject. First Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m. Vote for your favorite piece until awards ceremony at 8:30 p.m. Location: RLPhoto, 27 Sears Lane, Burlington. Info, through the len S: Photographers are invited to submit photography reflecting life on and around Lake

Montpelier. Info, 272-0827. Chri Stine deStre MPeS: “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. Info, 649-2200. donna b Flat Moran : “Prozac Versus Feelings,” oil paintings exploring depression and the human spirit. Through August 31 at Project Independence in Barre. Info, 476-3630. elizabeth deSl aurier S: “Random Bits of Nature,” photographs by the Vermont artist. Through August 31 at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, curator@

paintings; d’ann Calhoun Fago: A 75-year retrospective. Through September 8 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069. ‘Painting S Fro M SuMMer Show S’: Work by Frank Woods, Kelly Holt, Alison Goodwin and Galen Cheney. Through September 3 at Quench Artspace in Waitsfield. Info, 598-4819. Stuart eldredge & Marion S Chu Mann : “A Love Story in Paintings and Letters,” artwork and correspondence by the Springfield couple who met at New York City’s Art Students’ League in the 1930s. Through October 8 at Springfield Art and Historical Society at the Miller Art Center. Info, 885-4826.

‘eMergen Ce’: Large-scale works by artists from Vermont and beyond make up the inaugural exhibit in the former Fellows Gear Shaper Factory building. Through November 1 at The Great Hall in Springfield. Info, 258-3992.

‘t ol’ko Po r uSSky, Pozhalui Sta ( r uSSian only, Plea Se)’: 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.

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

‘unbound, vol. 2’ : Book art by New England and New York artists presented in collaboration with Pentangle Arts Council. Through August 25 at ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery in Woodstock. Info, 457-3500.

j eanne evan S: “Wowie Maui,” watercolors, oils and acrylics. Through August 24 at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Info, 223-3338. j oy huCkin S-noSS: Pastel landscapes by the Vermont artist. Through September 8 at Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio in Montpelier. Info, 229-4676. MiChael t. j er Myn : “New American Impressionism,” photographs by the Montpelier artist. Through August 31 at Savoy Theater in Montpelier. Info, 223-1570.

viiu niiler & t erry j . allen : “Transformations,” abstracted landscape paintings and documentary photographs, respectively. Through August 31 at Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier. Info, 229-0303. ‘walter dorwin t eague: hiS l iFe, w ork and inFluen Ce’: Creations and artifacts from the man who designed numerous Kodak cameras, the Bluebird radio, Steuben glassware and many other iconic objects. Through August 31 at Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design in Waitsfield. Info, 496-2787.

‘oFF the wall’ : Sculptural works in a variety of media; r obert Cha Pla: “Baled to Abstraction,”

Champlain. Deliver your ready-to-hang entries to Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, August 11-19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. river art S Call to arti St S: Display your work at River Arts in Morrisville, which is an Open Studio Weekend hub site, October 6 and 7. Juried. Info,, 888-1261. vt arti St S’ SPaCe grant : Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is accepting applications until August 27 for the Vermont Artists’ Space Grant: 60 hours of studio time, a work-in-progress showing and possible inclusion in the Deeply Here Festival.

Call For dark art : The S.P.A.C.E. and Backspace Galleries are looking for artwork that best defines the “art of horror.” We accept 2-D, 3-D & photography. Deadline: September 17. To submit: MJtn1K. Call to Cra Ft vendor S: South Burlington’s University Mall is holding its annual Fall Craft Fair, Saturday, October 13. There are 10-by-10-foot spaces at a reasonable rate. For more information, call 863-1066 ex.11. lgbt and ally art : ROTA Gallery is holding an open call for LGBT and ally artists to submit pieces that will help to


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‘10 for 10’: Work by 10 member artists who have been with the gallery since it opened a decade ago. Through August 16 at Art on Main in Bristol. Info, 453-4032. 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.

‘on thE WatEr’: Paintings by Rory Jackson, Janis Sanders, Mary Graham, Henry Isaacs and Homer Wells; sarah ashE: Paintings and two-dimensional mixed-media pieces in response to Tropical Storm Irene, plus a 10-foot-long model rescue convoy made of Mardi-Gras-style floats from materials found in the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina (through August 31). At Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 458-0098.


robErt golD: Large-scale, digitally manipulated, painted photographs of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Middlebury and Tortorelli. Through September 1 at Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury. Info, 388-4095. robErt golD & crystal MacMillan: Pensive scenes of personal moments and country views on large painted canvases and paper prints. Through September 1 at M Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 377-0780.

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‘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. toM MErWin & DianE lafontainE: “Maui Artist in Residence,” Merwin’s Vermont landscapes paired with LaFontaine’s mixed-media works depicting Hawaiian plants. Through November 1 at Merwin Gallery in Castleton. Info, 468-2592. VErMont WatErcolor sociEty aWarDs Exhibition: Work by member artists. Through August 18 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0356. ‘What’s hatching in branDon?’: Artist-enhanced roosters, hens and other barnyard fowl fill the gallery and appear in various downtown locations as part of the annual town-wide art project; kathryn Milillo & susan shannon: “Double Vision,” oil paintings by Milillo; Su Chi pottery by Shannon (through August 28). At Brandon Artists’ Guild. Info, 247-4956.


august shoW: Works by woodturner Michael Fitzgerald, painter/photographer Natalie LaRocque Bouchard and painter Kristan Doolan. Through August 31 at Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. Info, 933-6403. cathErinE M. Elliott: “Flower Impressions,” paintings by the world-renowned practitioner of contemporary impressionism. Through August 28 at Galleria Fine Arte in Stowe. Info, 253-7696. ‘DirEctions: linE, spacE & color’: Work by Lois Eby, Paul Gruhler and Kathy Stark. Through August 19 at White Water Gallery in East Hardwick. Info, 563-2037. ElizabEth nElson: “Symbolic Landscapes,” oil-onwood-panel works. Through August 16 at Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. Info, 525-3366. ‘EngagE’: A juried exhibition of artwork by Vermont artists with disabilities. Through August 31 at Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. Info, 655-7772.

Art ShowS ‘ExposEd’: This annual outdoor sculpture exhibit includes site-specific installations by 17 regional and international artists around the gallery grounds, along the bike path and throughout town. Through October 13 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358. ‘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. Through August 31 at The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover. Info, 626-4409. larry goldEn: Plein-air paintings by the Vermont artist. Through August 31 at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. Info, 748-8291. ‘nEwporT: an imagEd pErspEcTivE’: Historic photos, postcards and memorabilia, plus new artworks depicting local landmarks, people and Lake Memphremagog. Through September 3 at MAC Center for the Arts Gallery in Newport. Info, 334-1966. ricHard brown: “Vintage Tasha Tudor,” photographs of the Vermont illustrator’s earlynineteenth century lifestyle. Through September 25 at Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. Info, 467-3701. ‘summEr fun!’: Artwork celebrating the season by Maurie Harrington, Diane David, Megan Humphrey, Ellen A. Thompson, Nancy Jacobus, Mags Bonham and Jim Holzschuh. Through August 31 at Grand Isle Art Works. Info, 378-4591. ‘THE pasTElisTs’: A juried exhibition of 80 works by 42 artists working in the medium; paul goodnow: Landscape oil paintings by the New England artist who died last January. Through September 3 at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Info, 644-5100. ‘THE vErmonT landscapE’: Work by self-taught Vermont artists Merrill Densmore, Lawrence Fogg and Dot Kibbee. Through October 9 at GRACE in Hardwick. Info, 472-6857.

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oe Kazan knows a little something about creative types. Her mother, Robin Swicord, cowrote the screenplay f or The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Her father, Nicholas Kazan, authored the script for Reversal of Fortune. Her grandf ather, Elia Kazan, directed On the Waterfront. If her debut screenplay is any indication, the 28 year old is going to be a contender. A double threat, in f act, because she’s a promising actress, as well. She plays the title role in Ruby Sparks , a romantic comedy about creative types. Real-life paramour Paul Dano (is there an actor you associate less with the term?) costars as Calvin WeirFields, an introverted Los Angeles writer whose fi rst novel made him a star at 19 and whose second is now 10 years overdue. His writer’s block is so bad that he sees a shrink (Elliott Gould) for help. In one session, Calvin describes a beautif ul woman who appeared in one of his dreams. In an effort to get the literary juices fl owing, the old guy suggests he write a page about her. The exercise proves unexpectedly productive. One morning shortly thereaf ter, Calvin

awakens to fi nd the woman of his dreams — whom he’s named Ruby Sparks — whipping up breakfast in his kitchen. He assumes he’s going crazy. That she’s a pleasant hallucination. So he leaves a message for his psychiatrist and departs f or a date with a f an. His world is turned upside down when Ruby presents herself at the café and demands an explanation. Far f rom embarrassed, Calvin is thrilled by the fracas. The possibility that other people can see Ruby hasn’t occurred to him. As written by Kazan, the girlfriend written and miraculously brought to lif e by Calvin is anything but sketchy. She’s a f ully conscious being with dimension, depth and history. She’s a painter. Her heroes are Humphrey Bogart and John Lennon. She likes zombie movies and is in love with Calvin. This makes sense in the fi lm’s context, of course. She’s his f antasy made fl esh, everything he ever wished for in a woman. For a while they fulfi ll one another. Both Ruby and Calvin have the time of their lives — of course, she doesn’t have much experience with which to compare any of this. And there’s the rub: From the moment she’s made

CHICK LIT Dano plays a lonely writer who creates a female character who’s just his type.

real, Ruby has real feelings and real thoughts of her own. It isn’t long before she develops interests in the world beyond the self -contained universe of her insecure creator. This puts Calvin in the uncomfortable position familiar to many a god. Does he write the path he’d prefer for Ruby, or does he grant her f ree will? Consider where the movie might have gone if it were the work of , say, one of Judd Apatow’s followers. Hmm, young guy can make cute girl do anything he wants simply by typing. Where do you think Seth Rogen/Adam Sandler/pre- Muppets Jason Segel would’ve taken a premise like that? Kazan doesn’t just keep things clean; she keeps them buoyant and thoughtful. Not bad for an exercise in magic realism that’s equal parts Stranger Than Fiction and Weird Science. Did I mention Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris directed the movie? It’s their fi rst

since the 2006 Oscar winner Little Miss Sunshine. Not that you’d guess in a million years if the ads and trailer hadn’t announced that f act in bold caps. Aside f rom being quirky and good hearted, Ruby Sparks bears zero resemblance to the earlier fi lm. It’s Kazan’s show all the way. Dayton and Faris clearly understand their job is to step back, point the cameras in the right direction and suggest the occasional clever touch. Which they do, with style. Bonus points f or the sequence in which Calvin tests his power by typing that Ruby is fl uent in French, she instantly switches to that language, and we cut to the couple dancing at a club to the ecstatically blasting strains of “Ça plane pour moi.” A scene like that spells meta-rom-com fun in any language. RICK KISONAK





REVIEWS The Bourne Legacy ★★★★


ome f ranchises live or die with their stars, but the Bourne thrillers, their name aside, were never really about Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. They were about blurry-f ast, adrenalin-revving, chase and fi ght scenes; exotic locations; intricate conspiracy plots with vaguely topical implications; and longdistance battles of wits between the hero and his low-key, desk-bound adversaries. James Bond has catch phrases, cocktail pref erences and personal magnetism; Bourne was just Bourne. Brain-wiped by the government into the perfect assassin, he was less a character than a vector of f orce, like the Terminator endowed with one compelling motive: to regain his humanity. In The Bourne Ultimatum , that story reached its natural conclusion. So it isn’t particularly jarring to be thrown back into the Bourne world without Bourne. (Legacy actually takes place concurrently with the previous fi lm, with Bourne mentioned but remaining o˛ screen.) Under the direction of Tony Gilroy, who scripted the fi rst three Bournes and directed Michael Clayton, Legacy is a smart, tense thriller, and

Jeremy Renner fi lls Damon’s shoes just fi ne. The problem is pacing. Although the fi lm fl ies by, it somehow ends up feeling like two thirds of a movie. Perhaps Gilroy should have cut down on the picturesque prologue in which Renner’s character demonstrates his action-hero credentials by wild-manning it across the Alaskan wilderness like Liam Neeson in The Grey. He’s Aaron Cross, a participant in Outcome, the covert super-assassin program that succeeded Treadstone. The U.S. government, it appears, is using your taxes to fund a potentially unending series of such schemes, but rogue agent Bourne has exposed enough of its malfeasance to render Outcome a dangerous liability. The damage control f alls to cold-eyed bureaucrat Edward Norton, who quickly and ruthlessly goes about eliminating the program’s participants, super-soldiers and scientists alike. Cross escapes and fi nds his way to a f ellow survivor, microbiologist Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz), who he hopes can continue to supply him with the medication the program used to keep him mentally and physically “enhanced.”

BOURNE THIS WAY With Bourne nowhere to be found, Renner demonstrates that he, too, can be lethal.

Unlike Bourne, Cross hasn’t been robbed of his memory, and he wants nothing to do with his former identity — for reasons that, as they unf old, put a welcome twist on the other fi lms’ formula. Like the soldier Renner played in The Hurt Locker , he’s chillingly businesslike about violence, but not impervious to its e˛ ects. The fi lm spends so much time exploring the dehumanizing corporate culture of the Outcome program that, when the typical Bourne action arrives, it feels almost like an af terthought. A lengthy chase scene in Manila is exhilarating enough to satisf y action f ans — but by that time the movie is nearly

over. Some of its most promising plot threads remain unexplored, such as the tension between Aaron and Norton’s puppet master, who trained him to kill and now plots to destroy him like a piece of defective hardware. Gilroy makes less use of shaky-cam than his predecessor, Paul Greengrass, but his story is all over the place: The movie’s climax feels like its fi rst big setpiece, and its ending is more like an exhausted pause. Early hints of deeper intrigues never pan out. A great sequel could redeem The Bourne Legacy — but, for now, it feels like a hastily aborted mission. M A R G O T HA R R I S O N

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DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS★★1/2 Hasn’t he grown up yet? The titular weakling (Zachary Gordon) returns for a summer adventure wherein he attempts to pass himself off as the employee of a swanky country club in the third installment in the kid-aimed comedy series. With Steve Zahn, Robert Capron and Devon Bostick. David Bowers directed. (93 min, PG. Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Sunset, Welden) HOPE SPRINGS★★★1/2 A long-suffering wife (Meryl Streep) drags her husband (Tommy Lee Jones) to a famous couples therapist in this comedy-drama from director David (Marley and Me) Frankel. With Steve Carell and Jean Smart. (100 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy)

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN★★1/2 Just a decade after Tobey Maguire first played this web-shooting comic-book superhero, Andrew Garfield takes on the role in a reboot directed by Marc (500 Days of Summer) Webb. With Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy

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SPARKLE: In this remake of the 1976 film inspired by the careers of the Supremes, three singing sisters form a Motown group and face the pressures of their own success. Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston and Derek Luke star. Salim (Jumping the Broom) Akil directed. (117 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic)


BRAVE★★★1/2 In the latest Pixar animation, set in ancient Scotland, a feisty princess decides to defy standard female roles and go all Hunger Games with her bow and arrow, then must face the consequences. With the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters and Emma Thompson. Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman directed. (100 min, PG. Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace; ends 8/16)

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN: Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton play a childless couple who, instead of adopting, bury their wishes for their ideal child in their backyard — only to find said kid sprouting there. Peter Hedges directed this Disney drama. (104 min, PG. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace)

RUBY SPARKS★★★1/2 A blocked novelist (Paul Dano) invents the woman of his dreams (Zoe Kazan), only to find she has come to life and he can script her every action, in this offbeat romantic comedy from Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. (95 min, R. Palace)


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wednesday 15 — thursday 16 The Dark Knight Rises 8 (Wed only). The Amazing Spider-man 5. Ice Age: continental Drift 5:30. to 8/14/12 11:43 AMRome With Love 7:30.


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wednesday 15 — thursday 16 The Bourne Legacy 1:15, 6:40, 9:15. The campaign 1:15, 7, 9:15. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 1:15. total Recall 1:15, 6:50, 9:15. The Dark Knight Rises 7:10. friday 17 — thursday 23 *The Expendables 2 Fri: 1:15, 6:50, 9:15. Sat: 1:15, 3:45, 6:50, 9:15. Sun: 1:15, 3:45, 6:50, 9. Mon & Tue: 1:15, 6:50, 9. Wed & Thu: 6:50. The Bourne Legacy Fri: 1:15, 6:40, 9:15. Sat: 1:15, 3:45, 6:40, 9:15. Sun: 1:15, 3:45, 6:40, 9. Mon & Tue: 1:15, 6:40, 9. Wed & Thu: 6:40. The campaign Fri: 1:15, 7, 9:15. Sat: 1:15, 3:45, 7, 9:15. Sun: 1:15, 3:45, 7, 9. Mon & Tue: 1:15, 7, 9. Wed & Thu: 7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 1:15 (Fri-Tue only), 3:45 (Sat & Sun only). total Recall Fri & Sat: 6:45, 9:15. Sun-Tue: 6:45, 9. Wed & Thu: 6:45.

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wednesday 15 — thursday 16 *The odd Life of timothy Green 1:30, 6:20, 9:05. The Bourne Legacy 1:15, 6:10, 9:15. The campaign 1:30, 6:15, 9:20. Hope Springs 1:15, 6:20, 9:10. total Recall 9:15. The Dark Knight Rises 1:15, 6:05.

friday 17 — tuesday 21 *The Expendables 2 Fri & Mon-Tue: 1:15, 6:25, 9:10. Sat & Sun: 12:45, 3:35, 6:25, 9:10. *The odd Life of timothy Green Fri & Mon-Tue: 1:30, 6:20, 9:05. 6v-UVM-Deptof Med091411.indd 1 9/2/11 11:45 AMSat & Sun: 1:15, 3:40, 6:20, 9:05. The Bourne Legacy Fri & Mon-Tue: 1:15, 6:10, 9:15. Sat & Sun: 12:40, 3:30, 6:10, 9:15. The campaign 70 MOVIES

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movies 9:25. The Bourne Legacy 12:40, 3:40, 6:45, 9:40. The campaign 1:20, 4:10, 7:10, 9:20. Hope Springs 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 9:10. Nitro circus 3D: The movie 1, 9:30. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 12, 4:25. total Recall 3:20, 6:40. The Dark Knight Rises 12:30, 6:10, 9:35. Ice Age: continental Drift 2:10, 3:50. moonrise Kingdom 6:35. ted 8:45.

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Bourne Legacy 12:45, 3:45, 6:40, 9:30. The campaign 12:15, 2:25, 4:40, 7:10, 9:25. Hope Springs 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1:05, 3:30, 6:50, 9:15. The Queen of Versailles 1:15, 3:50, 6:35, 8:45. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 12, 4:20, 6:30 (Wed only). total Recall 1, 3:40, 6:55, 9:35. The Dark Knight Rises 12:30, 4:15, 8. Ice Age: continental Drift 2:15, 8:40 (Wed only). magic mike 7. Safety Not Guaranteed 4:50, 9:20. Brave 12:10, 2:30. friday 17 — thursday 23 *The Expendables 2 1:10, 3:50, 6:50, 9:35. *The odd Life of timothy Green 12:50, 3:35, 6:45, 9:10. *ParaNorman 12:05, 2:20, 4:35, 6:55, 9:05. *Ruby Sparks 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40. The Bourne Legacy 12:45, 3:45, 6:40, 9:30. The campaign 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 12:15, 2:25, 4:40, 7:10,

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wednesday 15 — thursday 16 The Queen of Versailles 6, 8. The Intouchables 6:30, 8:45. friday 17 — thursday 23 *Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry 1:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6, 8. The Intouchables 1 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 8:45.

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wednesday 15 — thursday 16 The Bourne Legacy at 8:40, followed by ted. The campaign at 8:40, followed by The Dark Knight Rises. total Recall at 8:40, followed by The Watch. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days at 8:40, followed by Ice Age: continental Drift.

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wednesday 15 — thursday 23 The Bourne Legacy 1:20, 4:05, 6:40, 9:10. Hope Springs 1:15, 3:30, 7, 9:25. Beasts of the Southern Wild 1:05, 3, 7:20, 9:20. The Intouchables 1:25, 4:10, 6:50, 9:05. The Dark Knight Rises 1, 6:15, 9:15. moonrise Kingdom 1, 3:05, 5, 7:20. to Rome With Love 4, 9:15. The Best Exotic marigold Hotel 5.


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9:25. Hope Springs 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1:05, 3:30, 6:30, 9:15. The Queen of Versailles 4:30, 7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 12. The Dark Knight Rises 12:30, 4:15, 8. Ice Age: continental Drift 2:15. Safety Not Guaranteed 9:20. ***See website for details.

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wednesday 15 — thursday 16 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 6:30. The Dark Knight Rises 9. Ice Age: continental Drift 6:30. ted 9. friday 17 — tuesday 21 *ParaNorman 1:15 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only; 3-D), 6:30 (3-D), 9. The Dark Knight Rises 9. Ice Age: continental Drift 1:15 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30.

friday 17 — thursday 23 *The Expendables 2 at dusk, followed by total Recall. *ParaNorman at dusk, followed by Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. The Bourne Legacy at dusk, followed by ted. The campaign at dusk, followed by The Dark Knight Rises.

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eye-candy parade, a comedy-drama inspired by star Channing Tatum’s earlier stint as a male stripper. Also featuring the abs of Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer. Steven (Traffic) Soderbergh directed. (110 min, R. Palace; ends 8/16) MOONRISE KINGDOM★★★★1/2 Writer-director Wes Anderson returns with this whimsical period drama, set in the 1960s, in which two kids on a bucolic New England island decide to run away together. With Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray. (94 min, PG-13. Majestic, Roxy) NITRO CIRCUS 3D: THE MOVIE★★ The band of extreme-sports enthusiasts led by Travis Pastrana and featured on MTV bring their daredevil stunts involving dirt bikes and other vehicles to theaters. Gregg Godfrey and Jeremy Rawle directed. (88 min, PG-13. Majestic) THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES★★★1/2 A nouveau riche family struggles to adapt to recession living in this Sundance award-winning documentary from director Lauren Greenfield. (100 min, PG. Palace, Savoy) SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED★★★1/2 Journalists pursue an eccentric big-box-store employee who claims to be a time traveler in this offbeat comedy from Vermont-based director Colin Trevorrow. Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake M. Johnson star. (94 min, R. Palace) STEP UP REVOLUTION★★ An aspiring dancer tries to join a Miami crew whose members aren’t happy about her wealthy dad’s development plans in the fourth installment in the dance-film series. Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman and Cleopatra Coleman star. Scott Speer directed. (99 min, PG-13. Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace; ends 8/16) TED★★1/2 A Christmas miracle brings a boy’s teddy bear to life — and, as an adult, he can’t shake the fluffy, obnoxious companion in this comedy with Mark Wahlberg, Joel McHale, Mila Kunis and Giovanni Ribisi. Seth (“Family Guy”) MacFarlane wrote, directed and voice-starred. (106 min, R. Majestic, Paramount, Sunset) TO ROME WITH LOVE★ Woody Allen explores another postcard-perfect European capital, this

time through four interlocking stories of Italians, Americans and others in the “eternal city.” With Allen, Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. (95 min, R. Big Picture, Marquis, Roxy) TOTAL RECALL★★ A blue-collar worker’s vacation in virtual reality turns into a thrill ride that makes him doubt everything about his life in this remake of the 1990 sci-fi flick based on a Philip K. Dick concept. Colin Farrell plays the Arnold Schwarzenegger role. With Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bokeem Woodbine. Len (Underworld) Wiseman directed. (118 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)

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THE WATCH★★★1/2 A bumbling batch of suburban neighborhood watchers find themselves facing a real menace — from extraterrestrials — in this comedy. Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, Rosemarie DeWitt and Billy Crudup star. Akiva (Hot Rod) Schaffer directed. (R. Essex, Majestic, Sunset; ends 8/16)


THE HUNGER GAMES★★★★ A teenager (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to replace her sister in a televised gladiatorial combat to the death in this adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling young-adult novel, set in a dystopian future. With Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson and Stanley Tucci. Gary Ross directed. (142 min, PG-13) KILL LIST: A hitman gets more than he bargained for when he takes a new assignment in this UK horror film from director Ben (Down Terrace) Wheatley. With Neil Maskell and MyAnna Buring. (95 min, NR. Read a review this Friday on our staff blog, Blurt.) THE RAID: REDEMPTION★★★1/2 The action is reputedly nonstop in this Indonesian martial-arts movie about a cop raiding an apartment building in search of a ganglord, from director Gareth Evans. Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Doni Alamsyah star. (101 min, R)


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REAL free will astrology by rob brezsny august 16-22

aries (March 21-april 19): These days you have a knack for reclamation and redemption, aries. if anyone can put fun into what’s dysfunctional, it’s you. you may even be able to infuse neurotic cluelessness with a dose of erotic playfulness. so be confident in your ability to perform real magic in tight spots. be alert for opportunities to transform messy irrelevancy into sparkly intrigue. by the way, how do you feel about the term “resurrection”? i suggest you strip away any previous associations you might have had, and be open to the possibility that you can find new meanings for it.

exam. but just in case, i’ll provide you with a mini cheat sheet. Here are the right answers to five of the most challenging test questions. 1. People who never break anything will never learn how to make lasting creations. 2. a mirror is not just an excellent tool for self-defense, but also a tremendous asset in your quest for power over yourself. 3. The less you hide the truth, the smarter you’ll be. 4. The well disciplined shall inherit the earth. 5. you often meet your destiny on the road you took to avoid it.




(april 20-May 20): The game of tic-tac-toe is simple. even young children can manage it. and yet there are 255,168 different ways for any single match to play out. The game of life has far more variables than tic-tac-toe, of course. i think that’ll be good for you to keep in mind in the coming weeks. you may be tempted to believe that each situation you’re dealing with can have only one or two possible outcomes, when in fact it probably has at least 255,168. Keep your options wide open. brainstorm about unexpected possibilities.

geMiNi (May 21-June 20): let’s turn our at-

tention to the word “mortar.” i propose that we use it to point out three influences you could benefit from calling on. Here are the definitions of “mortar”: 1. a kind of cannon; 2. the plaster employed for binding bricks together; 3. a bowl where healing herbs are ground into powder. now please meditate, gemini, on anything you could do that might 1. deflect your adversaries; 2. cement new unions; 3. make a container — in other words, create a specific time and place — where you will work on a cure for your suffering. “smells like teen spirit” was a megahit that sold well and garnered critical acclaim. but it had a difficult birth. When the band’s leader Kurt Cobain first presented the raw tune to the band, bassist Krist novoselic disliked it and called it “ridiculous.” Cobain pushed back, forcing novoselic and drummer Dave grohl to play it over and over again for an hour and a half. in the course of the ordeal, the early resistance dissolved. novoselic and grohl even added their own touches to the song’s riffs. i foresee a similar process for you in the coming


CaNCer (June 21-July 22): nirvana’s song

One of history’s most notorious trials took place in Athens, Greece, in 399 BCE. A majority of 501 jurors convicted the philosopher Socrates of impiety and of being a bad influence on young people. What were the impious things he did? “Failing to acknowledge the gods that the city acknowledges” and “introducing new deities.” And so the great man was sentenced to death. This is a good reminder that just because many people believe something is true or valuable or important doesn’t mean it is. That’s especially crucial for you to keep in mind. You are in a phase when it might be wise and healthy to evade at least one popular trend. Groupthink is not your friend. week, Cancerian. give a long listen to an unfamiliar idea that doesn’t grab you at first.


(aug. 23-sept. 22): With all the homework you’ve done lately, you’ve earned a lot of extra credit. so i’m thinking you’ll get a decent grade in your unofficial “crash course” even if you’re a bit sleepy during your final

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sCorPio (oct. 23-nov. 21): to some people, sweating is regarded as an indelicate act that should be avoided or hidden. but there are others for whom sweating is a sign of health and vigor. in egyptian culture, for example, “How do you sweat?” is a common salutation. in the coming weeks, scorpio, i encourage you to align yourself with the latter attitude. it won’t be a time to try to impress anyone with how cool and dignified you are. rather, success is more likely to be yours if you’re not only eager to sweat but also willing to let people see you sweat. exert yourself. extend yourself. show how much you care. sagittarius (nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Whatever i take, i take too much or too little; i do not take the exact amount,” wrote poet antonio Porchia. “The exact amount is no use to me.” i suggest you try adopting that badass attitude in the coming days, sagittarius. be a bit contrarian, but with humor and style. Doing so would, i think, put you in sweet alignment with the impish nature of the vibes swirling

CaPriCorN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): What is the longest-running lie in your life? Maybe it’s a deception you’ve worked long and hard to hide. Maybe it’s a delusion you’ve insisted on believing in. or perhaps it’s just a wish you keep thinking will come true one day even though there’s scant evidence it ever will. Whatever that big drain on your energy is, Capricorn, now would be a good time to try changing your relationship with it. i can’t say for sure that you’ll be able to completely transform it overnight. but if you marshal a strong intention, you will be able to get the process under way. aQuarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): you may have heard the theory that somewhere there is a special person who is your other half — the missing part of you. in D.H. lawrence’s version of this fantasy, the two of you were a single angel that divided in two before you were born. Personally, i don’t buy it. The experiences of everyone i’ve ever known suggest there are many possible soul mates for each of us. so here’s my variation on the idea: any good intimate relationship generates an “angel” — a spirit that the two partners create together. This is an excellent time for you to try out this hypothesis, aquarius. as you interact with your closest ally, imagine that a third party is with you: your mutual angel. PisCes (Feb. 19-March 20): in the coming

weeks, you’ll be wise to shed your emotional baggage and purge your useless worries and liberate yourself from your attachments to the old days and the old ways. in other words, clear out a lot of free, fresh space. and when you’re finished doing that, Pisces, don’t hide away in a dark corner feeing vulnerable and sensitive and stripped bare. rather, situate yourself in the middle of a fertile hub and prepare to consort with new playmates, unexpected adventures and interesting blessings. one of my readers, reya Mellicker, sums up the right approach: “be empty, not like the bowl put away in the cupboard, but like the bowl on the counter, cereal box above, waiting to receive.”

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(sept. 23-oct. 22): The Hubble space telescope has taken 700,000 photos of deep space. because it’s able to record details that are impossible to capture from the earth’s surface, it has dramatically enhanced astronomers’ understanding of stars and galaxies. This miraculous technology got off to a rough start, however. soon after its launch, scientists realized that there was a major flaw in its main mirror. Fortunately, astronauts were eventually able to correct the problem in a series of complex repair jobs. it’s quite possible, libra, that you will benefit from a Hubblelike augmentation of your vision in the next nine months. right from the beginning, make sure there are no significant defects in the fundamentals of your big expansion.

in your vicinity. if you summon just the right amount of devil-may-care jauntiness, you’ll be likely to get the most out of the cosmic jokes that will unfold.

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British authorities uncovered a terrorist plot to bomb Jewish sites after the couple planning the attacks got into an argument that resulted in police being called to intervene. Prosecutor Bobbie Cheema said Shasta Khan, 38, told officers Mohammed Sajid Khan, 33, was “a home-grown terrorist” and proceeded to “spill the beans” about his terrorist activities while denying any involvement herself. Officers then searched the home and found beheading videos, al-Qaeda propaganda, bombmaking guides and addresses in Manchester’s Jewish community. Mohammed Khan pleaded guilty, and Shasta Khan was convicted on three terrorism-related counts. (Associated Press)

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Zookeepers at Indonesia’s Taru Jurug Zoo moved a female orangutan out of sight of visitors to stop her from smoking lit cigarettes that people throw into her cage. Zoo official Daniek Hendarto said the orangutan has been smoking for 10 of her 15 years, aping humans by holding cigarettes casually between her fingers and puffing away while visitors watch and photograph her. (Associated Press)

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After his girlfriend refused to shoot a .380-caliber, semiautomatic handgun in his family’s backyard in Alamo, Texas, Israel Torres, 17, grabbed the weapon and fired at a butane tank. The bullet ricocheted, fatally hitting him in the head. (Associated Press) Adaisha Miller, 24, died from a gunshot by an off-duty police officer who was dancing at an outdoor party in Detroit after she hugged the officer from behind, causing the holstered weapon to accidentally discharge and strike her in the chest. (Detroit Free Press) An unidentified 32-year-old man accidentally shot himself in Teaneck, N.J., when the .45-caliber gun he was carrying in his waist-

band slipped. Police said that when the man tried to grab the gun, he accidentally pulled the trigger, shooting himself in the leg and rupturing an artery. (Bergen County’s Record) Charles Robert Kimball, 19, died at a gun range in Livingston County, Mich., while his 19-year-old friend was firing an AK-47 assault rifle. Sheriff Bob Bezotte said the friend was applying lubricant after the weapon jammed when he accidentally engaged a bullet, which fired and struck Kimball, who was standing about 12 feet down range. (Detroit Free Press) Federal authorities blamed Craig Shiflet, 23, with starting a wildfire that burned more than 18,000 acres of Arizona’s Tonto National Forest by firing a shotgun at a bachelor campout with four other men. The round was an “incendiary shotgun shell” whose packaging promises, “Shoots 100 feet of fire, setting everything in its path ablaze. Warning: Extreme FIRE HAZARD.” (Smoking Gun)

Not-So-Great Escape

When sheriff’s deputies approached a man they found lying in a motel parking lot in Modesto, Calif., he ran behind the motel and disappeared. A deputy noticed a hole in the ground, 18 inches in diameter, leading to a septic tank, where the man was hiding up to his

shoulders in liquid. Deputies and fire rescue crews spent 30 minutes trying to coax the man from the tank. He remained “verbally combative,” Battalion Chief Bryan Hunt said, until agreeing to leave the tank if his mother told him to. After she spoke with him by phone and sent his stepfather to the scene, he emerged from the hole, lit a cigarette and refused to be hosed off. When deputies asked the unidentified man why he jumped into the tank, he answered he’d seen people make similar moves on TV. (Modesto Bee and Sacramento’s KTXL-TV)

Unclear on the Concept

Police arrested Shannon White, 36, in Belleville, Ill., for calling 911 six times on a Saturday night to complain that her boyfriend wouldn’t give her more beer. (St. Louis PostDispatch) After Tonya Ann Fowler, 45, spotted her police mug shot on the front page of a local publication that circulates pictures of recently arrested people, she called 911 to complain “about how she looked” in the photo. Police in Winder, Ga., responded by arresting her and taking a new mug shot when she was booked at the Barrow County Detention Center for unlawful use of 911 and disorderly conduct. (Smoking Gun)

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I’m something of a beer connoisseur and I like to go out and enjoy all the fine microbrews Vermont has to offer. The problem is that my sex life pays the price. I can have one or two beers and still get it up (and keep it up) for sex with my girlfriend. However, after a night of really partying, I can’t stay hard, no matter how much we both want it. It’s starting to have an effect on our relationship. I can tell I’m disappointing her, and yet we keep going out drinking and perpetuating the same issue. I’ve heard tequila is a stimulant like caffeine — will that help? I would hate to give up the beer, but I’m open to any solutions.


Dear Hops,

You, my beer-loving friend, are experiencing what they call “whiskey dick.” Too much alcohol of any kind can depress the body’s systems and numb nerve endings, making a hard-on hard to come by. While the popular belief is that tequila is an upper (probably because of its reputation for making people act a fool), it’s actually a nervoussystem depressant, just like beer. Why not have sex before hitting the town? Your stiffy won’t be stifled by alcohol, and you’ll spend the rest of the night enjoying the lingering effects of lovemaking. On nights when an early romp in the sheets isn’t possible, you’ll simply have to choose: Do you want to drink to the point where your penis won’t function, or would you prefer to get your rocks off? Loop your girlfriend into the conversation, too. Let her know that sexual performance is important to you, and you’d like to work intimacy into your schedule when alcohol isn’t on the menu. Remember, heavy drinking over a long period of time can contribute to more serious erectile dysfunction issues (and other health complications). If you think you might have a problem with alcohol, talk to a trusted friend and consider chatting with your doctor. It’s great to love Vermont brew, but if it’s not loving you back, it might be time to sever that relationship.


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