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ntiwind protesters returned to Lowell Mountain on Monday to block Green Mountain Power trucks carrying turbine parts up the mountain. A daylong, festive blockade — complete with a string band and squaredancing — ended when police arrested six people who refused commands to move off the private road. As reported by staff writer Kathryn Flagg on the Seven Days staff blog, Blurt, the blockade swelled to 45 people before the Vermont State Police and Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department broke it up. Civil disobedience is ramping up as construction of the Kingdom Community Wind farm shifts into high gear. The site of Monday’s protest was the same spot where police arrested six demonstrators and a newspaper reporter for trespassing last December. More recently, in July, two protesters were arrested for blocking Route 100, along which trucks were hauling windturbine parts to the ridgeline. The standoff tied up traffic for hours. One of those arrested at Monday’s protest was William Roddy, a 66-year-old stonemason from Irasburg. Roddy told Flagg that he wasn’t politically active before joining the Lowell protest. “I’ve never even spoken out at a town meeting,” he added. But after hearing about the Lowell wind farm, he says, “I knew right away in my heart it was a bad idea. I thought that by getting arrested, we could bring attention.” The protests and arrests have captured the local media’s gaze, but it’s not stopping the project. Two turbines have already gone sted up on the mountain, and the remaining 19 William Roddy being arre should be up and generating power by fall. Calling the protest “regrettable,” GMP spokeswoman Dorothy Schnure said demonstrators’ presence at the construction site “creates a safety hazard, adds cost to our customers and strains finite law enforcement resources in the area, putting local towns and citizens at risk.” Roddy and the rest of the Lowell Mountain Six face misdemeanor charges of unlawful trespassing.


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I found Judith Levine’s recent column [Poli Psy, July 18] to be perplexing and, frankly, disgusting. The “I Am Vermont Strong” initiative started out as a means to celebrate Vermonters uniting in the face of our worst disaster in memory, and it subsequently became a hugely successful fundraiser helping those impacted by Irene.

I, for one, was immensely proud of the initiative and resilience shown by Vermonters, both individually and as communities, in responding to the devastation. If Levine finds this rugged individualism somehow offensive, well, she’s certainly entitled to her opinion. But for her to defile the campaign as an excuse to rail about her views on health care and human rights is repugnant. Levine calls the campaign “a clever way to get working-class people to pay for the Irene cleanup and avoid taxing the rich.” Rather than celebrating the fact that so many Vermonters rallied behind this opportunity to help their neighbors, she chooses to smear the effort with negativity by politicizing it. Furthermore, her comment that the “only vehicles” with the plates are “bigguy pickup trucks” is nothing short of absurd. These plates are being sported proudly on thousands of vehicles, from Priuses to fire trucks. I wonder if Levine is aware that the creator of the “Vermont Strong” image is female?


I’d suggest that Levine save future comments for events that perhaps have not devastated so many of her neighbors across our state. Meanwhile, I’ll wear my “Vermont Strong” plate proudly ... on my Subaru wagon. Tracy Stolese COLCHESTER


[Re “Gas-Station Owner Skip Vallee: Competition Crusher or Creative Capitalist?” July 25]: There is another word that describes Skip Vallee: greedy. I have watched him become Vermont’s biggest robber baron. His business practices are anticompetitive and I will not patronize any of his establishments ever again. For him to have the gall to complain about Costco after he pulls crap like he has done in Plainfield is absolutely ridiculous. He doesn’t give a shit about the wetlands, and if he expects anyone to believe him, he’s fooling himself. Christopher Hill



As the former owner of 237 North Ave., I found it curious that now the 25-unit Packard Lofts condo project is planned for this .65-acre site [“Weinberger’s Condo Project Not the Fresh Start Some Neighbors Were Expecting,” July 3]. When I owned the property, it was zoned for 12 units maximum. A primary reason for the

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His Hartland Group, the current owner of the property, was successfully able to obtain a very valuable zoning variance to build double the number of units — to be priced from $150,000 to $400,000 apiece — than I would have been permitted in the ’80s. The end result of this new, favorable 2012 zoning permit has been to miraculously change a white elephant property into a moneymaker. When I bought the property, it was being used as a thriving 50-employee printing business with a stable state contract. Once I became the owner, the Progressive administration of Mayor Peter Clavelle altered the zoning away from commercial usage. The owner of the now-doomed Heritage Printing Company, Malcolm Donaldson, took this politically inspired “de-zoning” hard — so hard that he had a fatal heart attack during the endless court hearings over zoning.       I suppose I should be grateful for only having to endure a bankruptcy. I guess I didn’t have the “right stuff” to make it in the commercial real estate business in Burlington. If I had only known at the time how “adaptive reuse” really works in Burlington. It’s all about connections in the right places. Neal Graham


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This dilemma [“Rails or Trails? New Yorkers Clash Over the Future of an Adirondack Train Line,” July 18] is similar to the one we had here in the Laurentians with the “P’tit Train Du Nord.” Both camps should look into it. The train was crucial in the development of the region and brought flocks of tourists and skiers for decades until its ultimate decline in the mid-’80s. Harsh feuds ensued when the decision was made to convert it to a recreational trail. Two decades later, the success of this decision is still tangible: bike trail in summer, snowmobile trail in winter, beloved by locals and tourist industries. Plus, you guys already have enough scenic trains in the Adirondacks; having another one would be unhealthy competition.

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Against the Odds, a Burlington Housing Development Will Remain Affordable — Forever Attorney Richard Saudek Can’t Stop Wind Developers, But He Can Make Them Pay



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The Center for Cartoon Studies BY MITRA FARMAND

30 Heart of Barnard

Town: A Vermont town rallies to rescue its general store BY AMANDA ANDERSON

Architecture: Yestermorrow takes its annual Innovative Homes Tour up into the boughs

Theater: The Mystery of Edwin Drood


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Music news and views BY DAN BOLLES

62 Eyewitness

Taking note of visual Vermont

36 The Kingdom as Classroom

79 Mistress Maeve

Your guide to love and lust

Food Sterling College is attracting a new wave of foodies BY CORIN HIRSCH

Food: Seasoned Traveler: Thai Catering of Vermont

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Row Your Boat Skippers brave and sure prove their seaworthiness at a now-classic Champlain Islands competition, the Duct Tape Derby. Watch the patchwork parade of cardboardbox boats from the shoreline — or make a splash with your own handmade vessel. Bring a towel, just in case.




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Outfitted in jackets and bow ties, the Two Man Gentlemen Band look decidedly more buttoned-up than they actually are. At Glover’s Parker Pie Co., the vaudevillian duo recalls the high spirits of old-fashioned speakeasies with a blend of hot jazz and Western swing, and subjects ranging from pool parties to highballs.

When Pigs Fly Vermont’s largest agricultural fair boasts everything from bandstand music and midway rides to tractor pulls and cattle judging. But you can’t attend the Addison County Fair & Field Days without catching the warm fuzzies. For that, there’s the insanely cute Rosie’s Racing Pigs.




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Taking Note Stuart Eldredge and Marion Schumann’s love story is one for books — and the walls. Before they wed in 1933, the aspiring artists corresponded almost daily through letters and sketches. Now, their children have compiled their art and early missives in “A Love Story in Paintings and Letters,” on display in Springfield through October 8.




It ain’t summer without some open-air iambs — and the Vermont Shakespeare Company doesn’t disappoint. The shores of Lake Champlain make a fitting backdrop for Shakespeare in the Park: The Tempest, in which a sorcerer marooned on an island seeks epic revenge. The action plays out in North Hero and Burlington through August 19.

Taking a rare stance straddling the worlds of hip-hop and brass, New York City’s PitchBlak Brass Band create grooving rhythms and tongue-twisting rhymes that are both funky and fresh. The 10-piece ensemble storms Nectar’s with a full-on horns section next Wednesday.


The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival sails back into Burlington this week. By day, the waterfront is home to a vintage boat show, Pirate 5K Run and roving, kid-friendly entertainment. By night, it becomes a concert stage for Gogol Bordello, Old Crow Medicine Show and Citizen Cope, among others. Drop anchor and stay a while.

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he Democratic race for attorney general isn’t the only contest to be decided on August 28. After scouring the state, Fair Game has discovered plenty of other interesting — albeit under-the-radar — primary matchups that pit new against old, dynasty against dynasty. Here are the top five:

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Sen. MARK MACDONALD (D-Orange) knows a thing or two about the fickleness of voters. After two terms in the Senate, the retired schoolteacher, beef farmer and Vietnam vet was ousted in 2000 for supporting civil 10:27 AM unions. Two years later, voters sent him back to Montpelier to represent this rural, 20,000-person district that stretches from Thetford to Williamstown. Now the 69-year-old incumbent is facing the second political fight of his life — this one brought by a fellow Democrat. Opponent TIG TILLINGHAST, 41, is an internet entrepreneur, Dartmouth alum and Connecticut native who returned to the Upper Valley seven years ago to raise his family. While MacDonald says he’s knocked on nearly 2000 doors this year, Tillinghast is focusing on what he calls the “cheap and efficient targeting mechanisms” of the internet: Facebook groups, Google ads, even a custom-built iPad app. “It looks like an old-school incumbent and a digital-age challenger,” says Valley News editor and political columnist JOHN GREGG. Tillinghast’s argument? MacDonald, he says, is out of touch with the district’s town governments and puts too much energy into niche issues, such as the bottle bill, instead of what Tillinghast says is Orange County’s number one concern: high-speed internet access. “I don’t disagree with Mark on a whole heck of a lot, but a legislator can only raise and spend political capital on so much in the legislature, and I’d spend it on different things,” Tillinghast says. To that, MacDonald says, “He’s living in a dreamworld … They can say I haven’t gotten fiber to every road, but they can’t say I’m not working my butt off.” MacDonald, who sits on the Senate finance and natural resources committees, says his legacy over the years has been hammering away at “less sexy issues” such as school funding. And he cites his hardcharging political style — some might call it eccentric — as an asset to the district. “I think folks who know me say I’ve got a good crap detector,” he says.

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The retirement of five-term Rep. SARAH EDWARDS (P-Brattleboro) has launched a clash of local Democratic dynasties. In one corner is KATE O’CONNOR: political consultant, long-time aide to former governor HOWARD DEAN and daughter of former House Speaker TIMOTHY O’CONNOR and former Brattleboro selectboard member MARTHA O’CONNOR. In the other corner is TRISTAN TOLENO: professional caterer, son-in-law of DON WEBSTER — who once held the downtown Brattleboro House seat — and ex-stepson of Rep. Edwards.



“I like my dynasty because mine is quirky and Brattleboro-like,” Toleno says. O’Connor, who moved back home from Winooski last January, cites her experience in Montpelier as a key asset. Since she volunteered for her father’s unsuccessful 1980 gubernatorial campaign at the age of 16, O’Connor hasn’t been able to shake the political bug. In addition to her work for Dean — she stayed with Ho-Ho from the day he took office to the day his presidential campaign ended — she’s served as Gov. PETER SHUMLIN’s campaign treasurer and, more controversially, as an adviser to 2006 Republican senatorial candidate RICH TARRANT, who lost to U.S. Sen. BERNIE SANDERS. “I don’t understand her decision to work for Tarrant,” Toleno says. “In a district as progressive as Brattleboro, it’s likely something voters would have questions about.” But O’Connor says it’s a nonissue, arguing that as she’s knocked on doors in the district, “There’s not one person who’s asked me about Rich Tarrant, and I bet a bazillion dollars they don’t know who that guy is.” “I’m as liberal as you can possibly get. He hired me because I was a Democrat and he was like, ‘I want to know what issues are important to Democrats,’” she says. “Why would you pass up an opportunity to educate somebody?” Toleno used to run the now-defunct Riverview Café. While he’s heavily courted the Progressive vote, he says the differences between him and his opponent are “pragmatic and experiential.”

On that, at least, O’Connor agrees: “The one thing we differ on is our experience. But I don’t think we disagree on a single issue,” she says.

Room for Two

With the retirement of SARA KITTELL (D-Franklin) and RANDY BROCK (R-Franklin) running for governor, Vermont’s northwestern county is about to lose both of its senators. Seeking to fill the void are three Republicans, two Democrats, an independent and a Peace and Prosperity party member. The Rs —  Rep. DUSTIN DEGREE (R-St. Albans), Rep. NORM MCALLISTER (R-Franklin) and political operative and former lobbyist JOE SINAGRA — are vying for two slots on the general election ballot. Two of them — Degree and McAllister — are collaborating in their effort to secure the nomination and edge out Sinagra. “It’s the kid and the old guy,” says the 61-yearold McAllister about his alliance with Degree, a 27-year-old business consultant. McAllister, who calls himself “the last working dairy farmer in the Statehouse,” says he and Degree complement each other well. He knows the district’s rural stretches and concentrates on agriculture, while Degree focuses on issues more relevant to St. Albans city and town. “I thought my candidacy was unique in offering real experience in state government, real experience in the legislature,” says Degree, who worked as an aide to former governor JIM DOUGLAS before winning a seat in the legislature at the age of 25. “I’ve got a long runway. I can spend a good portion of my next years serving Franklin County.” Sinagra splits the difference age-wise, saying he’s the only one of 26 candidates vying for 13 House and Senate seats in Franklin County between the age of 30 and 50. “I’m the only candidate who represents a majority of people,” he says. Rather than shy away from his past as a lobbyist, Sinagra highlights his work representing the Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of Vermont. “Legislators rely on lobbyists to help out as de facto staff,” he says. “I think my time as a lobbyist shows my ability to work with both Republicans and Democrats.”

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Rep. BILL ASWAD (D-Burlington) may be a Burlington Democratic legend, but that doesn’t mean the 90-year-old is cruising unchallenged toward a 10th term

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representing Burlington’s New North End. The veteran House member, who served seven years on the Burlington City Council and 15 years on the city’s planning commission, is one of three Democrats vying for two slots on the general election ballot. The winners will take on Rep. Kurt Wright (R-Burlington) — himself a former city councilor and recent mayoral candidate — for one of two seats representing the district. Aswad’s competition? robert hooper, chairman of the Chittenden County Democratic Party and a former longtime president of the Vermont State Employees Association. And Joanna Cole, a retired chemistry and biology professor and twotime Democratic nominee for the district. “I think I have fresher ideas and am prepared to go down there and actually do some stuff,” says Hooper, who got to know the ways of Montpelier while lobbying for organized labor. Cole, who serves as a justice of the peace, says she’s eager to fight for health care access and better mental health services. “I don’t really like having to go through the campaigning part,” she says. “I really just want to go into the policy work.” While Aswad has one of the lowest voting attendance records in the House, he says that’s because his eyesight is deteriorating. “I don’t drive at night,” he says. “If the session is running late, I leave early because I don’t want to have an accident.” Nevertheless, Aswad says he’s still got a lot of fight left in him. And he’s hoping to direct it toward his long-held goal of extending passenger rail service from Albany, N.Y., to Burlington. “There are people who want to take my seat, and they’re welcome to try it in the election,” he says. “Compare their ability to contribute to my ability. I bring a lot of experience.”

Burlington City Councilor eD aDrian recently dropped out of the race, citing family and work conflicts. Their respective strategies? “If I can meet you, I can get your vote,” says Hunt, a former three-term House member from Essex, who hopes his work as a local school principal and business owner will help him carry his hometown. Hunt says he’s been spending eight hours a day, seven days a week knocking on doors around the district. Ingram, a Williston selectboard member and executive director of Vermont Interfaith Action, has been making the rounds too — though her travels keep leading her to the dump. “People are kind of held captive because they have to wait in line, anyway,” she says of the age-old Vermont tradition of stumping at the dump. She’s visited seven in Chittenden County. Ploof, a Burlington dog walker and filmmaker, says he has a backup plan in case he fails to finish in the top six: he’s asking Republicans he meets to write him for state Senate on their primary ballots. “If for some reason I get knocked out, I can still get on the ballot in November as a Republican,” says Ploof, who is campaigning on eliminating property taxes. Zuckerman, a former seven-term Progressive House member and organic farmer who recently moved from Burlington to Hinesburg, has been hitting up Burlington-area concerts and recently locked up the support of the Professional Firefighters of Vermont. He’s also found an issue that he says differentiates him from all the other candidates. “One of the things that uniquely helps me in this primary — especially in Winooski and South Burlington — is my public and longstanding opposition to the F-35,” he says, noting that he was one of five to oppose a 2010 House resolution in support of basing the fighter planes in Burlington. “The thing about primaries is people who are hot on an issue are the ones who are going to come out.” m



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In Raising Money From Legal Adversaries, Attorney General Candidates Write Their Own Rules







hould the Democratic candidates for attorney general raise campaign money from lawyers and corporations they battle in court? Or does it constitute a conflict of interest? Attorney General Bill Sorrell recently grabbed headlines for raising money from companies he investigated — entities that wound up writing the state sixfigure checks for defrauding Vermont consumers. As reported by VTDigger, Sorrell raised $2000 from Coloradobased DISH Network — which paid $250,000 to Vermont to settle two separate consumer-fraud cases brought by Sorrell’s office. The seven-term attorney general also accepted a $250 check from LifeLock, an Arizona-based company that paid Vermont $15,000 for deceptive advertising. Likewise, Sorrell’s primary opponent, Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan, has raised thousands of dollars from defense attorneys with active cases in his courtrooms — and thousands

more from lawyers whose clients have landed on Donovan’s docket in the past. The state’s attorney is even handling some of these cases personally. A computer search of public records at the Chittenden County courthouse in Burlington shows that 14 lawyers who donated to Donovan have active cases on his criminal docket. Together, these defense attorneys have contributed $4100 to Donovan’s bid to unseat Sorrell. Some donating lawyers, such as Lisa Shelkrot of Langrock Sperry & Wool and Robert Sussman of Blodgett, Watts, Volk & Sussman, have only a client or two facing charges in Donovan’s court. Others, such as Mark and Robert Kaplan, whose Burlington firm donated $500 to Donovan’s campaign, have half a dozen or more pending cases. The charges against their clients range from drunk driving and cocaine possession to domestic and sexual assault. Is it appropriate for candidates to be taking money from present — and potentially future — adversaries? “What you’re raising is a really

important ethical question for which I don’t think Vermont has provided any direct guidance,” says Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna, who has moderated two debates between the primary opponents. Guidance would most likely come from the Vermont Bar Association, which has issued hundreds of advisory ethics opinions pertaining to attorney conduct, including 264 alone on conflicts of interest. Those case-by-case opinions cover everything from whether a law firm may hire an associate who previously represented a party the law firm is currently suing (it may), to whether it is improper for a lawyer to work as a part-time prosecutor in one county while he or his partners practice criminal defense work in another (it is). But the Vermont Bar Association has been silent on whether it’s ethical for candidates running for attorney general — or state’s attorney, for that matter — to accept donations from legal adversaries. The issue has never come up.

“I’ve never, in my time in this office, been asked that question,” says VBA executive director Robert Paolini, who’s held the job for 16 years. “The question has come up in states that elect judges. Those states have faced this issue in terms of judicial ethics. But no question has ever been raised here about state’s attorneys [or attorneys general] to my knowledge.” Both candidates defend their contributions as appropriate. Donovan says he handles only “a handful” of cases personally; deputies who are empowered to cut deals without his OK prosecute most of them. Dovovan calls the lawyers in question “my colleagues, my friends,” and says he’s taken “great strides” not to personally handle cases involving donors during the campaign. “If there’s a question that arises on a case now or in the future,” Donovan says, “I’ll recuse myself.” Donovan says he recently did just that with a defendant represented by William Norful, a Winooski attorney who donated $500, reassigning the case to one of his deputies. He did the same thing before he was a candidate for attorney general, removing himself from the criminal investigation into Burlington Telecom because his uncle, John Leddy, works for the law firm representing the city of Burlington. But on other criminal cases, Donovan has remained involved. The state’s attorney supplied a list of cases on which he is the lead prosecutor. It shows that two defense attorneys who are donors — Jason Sawyer and John B. St. Francis, both of Burlington — represent clients Donovan is prosecuting. Charges against those four defendants include disorderly conduct, aggravated assault, drunk driving and forgery. Another of Donovan’s donors, Burlington defense attorney James Murdoch, is representing Jim Deeghan, the state police sergeant charged with felony timecard fraud. Though not the assigned prosecutor on the case, Donovan has been out front on the high-profile prosecution — heading a press conference that landed him on the front page of the Burlington Free Press on July 14 — and acknowledges he will continue to have a hand in Deeghan’s prosecution. Murdoch donated $250. “Look, that $250 political contribution is not going to influence me one way



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charges against DISH for “unfair and deceptive” sales practices. DISH mailed hundreds of fraudulent letters to Vermont consumers. Sorrell says he doesn’t recall the LifeLock case, but a press release from his office in 2010 says the company paid $15,000 to settle a charge that it engaged in deceptive advertising. “The fact that they ran afoul of our consumer-protection laws doesn’t mean that they’re permanently scarred,” says Sorrell, who is running on his record as a defender of consumer rights. “That’s not the nature of our system.” Sorrell says he suspects the companies donated to him because they’re both dues-paying members of the Democratic Attorneys General Association, a national political organization formed to elect Democrats to state attorney general offices and funded, in part, by corporations. Asked how he would handle future lawbreaking by DISH Network or another company that donated to his campaign, Sorrell responds, “I can guarantee you that if there were a problem in the future, and DISH said, ‘Geez, we contributed to your campaign,’ that would be the end of the conversation.” Sorrell says he has voluntarily returned $2500 in donations over potential conflicts of interest — specifically, individuals or firms with state contracts that Sorrell’s office “reviewed.” The AG says he sent back checks totaling $2000 to the Pennsylvania law firm of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check because his office approved the firm to handle certain legal work related to state retirement funds. The other returned check was a $500 donation from former assistant attorney general Barney Brannen, who left public service and now is contracted by the state as co-counsel in a civil lawsuit that Sorrell’s office has against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Nothing in the law prevents Sorrell from taking those funds, but the candidate says he has a self-imposed ban on accepting money from companies or individuals in active litigation against his office, or whose state contracts his office was involved in approving. “Someone could question whether I was showing some favoritism to a donor,” Sorrell reasons, “and I would want to avoid that.” m

or another on a case of that magnitude,” says Donovan, adding that he’s developed a reputation as being “fair and consistent with everybody” over five and a half years as state’s attorney. “I will not be the only prosecutor assigned to that case. There will be other people looking at this. But certainly if appearance becomes an issue, we’ll address it in the appropriate way.” Donovan stresses that the Deeghan case landed on his desk months after he received Murdoch’s donation. “It’d be a different story if there was a highprofile case, charges were brought and then contributions came,” Donovan adds. “And that’s not the case here.” But in another case, that is precisely the situation. The court-appointed defense lawyer for accused killer Jose Pazos, David Sleigh of St. Johnsbury, sent Donovan’s campaign a $500 check. Donovan explains that one of his deputies, prosecutor Mary Morrissey, is taking the lead in that trial. But “I’m going to be involved in that case no matter what,” Donovan says. “I can tell you, whether it’s a penny, whether it’s $100, whether it’s $500, it’s not going to influence in any way how we handle that case. I don’t care what anybody’s done for me, there will be no favors given to anybody who murders anybody in this state. Period.” Sleigh, one of Vermont’s best-known criminal defense lawyers, says he rarely gets involved in political races because “I don’t want to look like I’m paying a potential adversary.” But he says he was inspired to donate to Donovan’s campaign because “the AG’s office has sort of stagnated,” and he believes Donovan would make it more vibrant. “I don’t correspond or communicate with him in the course of litigation,” Sleigh says of the state’s attorney, adding that the money in question is “pretty insignificant.” For his part, Sorrell says he’s been tough on the corporations donating to his campaign when they’ve run afoul of the law — and insists he would be again if called upon. He maintains that accepting money from DISH Network was not unethical, because the company is no longer under investigation. Sorrell says he has “a history of being tough” on the company, having fought its proposed merger with DirecTV and subsequently pursuing consumer-fraud

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he fate of two low-income housing projects in Burlington hung in the balance last year when Pizzagalli Properties announced plans to sell the Wharf Lane and Bobbin Mill apartment buildings to the highest bidder. Almost 100 renters faced eviction until the Burlington Housing Authority swooped in with a deal that keeps the apartments subsidized for the indefinite future. There’s no such cliffhanger at South Meadow, a 148-unit mixed-income development off Pine Street between Home Avenue and Queen City Park Road in the city’s South End. Under a financing deal struck with the Champlain Housing Trust that is expected to be formally concluded next month, the development’s cheaper units will remain affordable permanently, and some market-rate units will convert to affordable apartments and condos. Bottom line: The total number of affordable units will grow from 40 to 88. Like Wharf Lane and the Bobbin Mill, South Meadow was built in the 1980s with federal funds that required

that a certain number of housing units loan from the city, which was making rent for below-market rate for a speci- use of the federal housing development fied period of time: 30 years for the first grant that helped build South Meadow. Since those funds can only be used two developments; for South Meadow, opened in 1987, it was 25 years. for affordable housing, the city has in turn agreed to “Many of my peers in real reinvest the money in the estate called project, helpme, asking if ing the trust I wanted to increase the sell the property,” says Rich number of afFeeley, managfordable aparting partner of ments from 40 to 64. Another the entity that 32 units presbuilt and owns South Meadow. ently rented at market rates “But Champlain Housing Trust will be graduBr enda T o r p y, Ch a mp l a in Ho u si n g T r us t ally converted seemed to me to be the natural into owner-occupied condos, buyers, and in a 24 of which will be made affordable for friendly way they were very persistent.” The Champlain Housing Trust has low- and moderate-income buyers. “At a time of declining federal asassembled a $14.4 million financing package to acquire South Meadow. That sistance for housing, it was very imporwill allow Feeley to repay the full $4.7 tant to preserve South Meadow,” says million in principal and interest on a Brian Pine, the housing specialist for

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the city’s Community and Economic Development Office. Champlain Housing Trust director Brenda Torpy adds, “This is a significantsized development that would be almost impossible to replace now.” News of the deal comes as a relief to Alison Marsh, a South Meadow resident who pays $1000 a month for a twobedroom apartment. That’s substantially less than what she paid to rent an inferior unit in Colchester, she says, where she lived until last year. “We really like living here,” Marsh says. “It’s pretty quiet and it’s well maintained.” Writer and Champlain College professor Tim Brookes noted, “I have a two-bedroom townhouse for less than many two-bedroom apartments I looked at.”  He moved to South Meadow on August 1. Pine and Torpy credit Mayor Miro Weinberger for helping to make the deal happen, saying his background as a developer of affordable housing enabled him to quickly gauge the stakes and the financing mechanisms. Feeley gets praise as well. “He’s a different kind of developer,” Pine says. Feeley made accommodations for disabled tenants at South Meadow that were exceptional for the period in which the project was built. “I kind of know what it’s like to depend on a place being accessible,” Feeley says. He lost his left leg below the knee as a result of an injury he sustained during a University of Vermont rugby match in 1970. As is the case in low-income housing units, many South Meadow residents are also disabled. The South Meadow project wasn’t always such a feel-good story. Many neighbors opposed the development when it was brought forth in the mid’80s. George Thabault, then a city councilor, recalls being one of only two South Meadow supporters at a meeting that brought out 200 local residents. Thabault, who lived in South Meadow with his family in the 1990s, says the development was designed to prevent the “stigma” of living in subsidized housing by making all the apartments — marketrate ones and affordable units — look the same from the outside. Children from South Meadow attend the same schools as kids on nearby streets and use the same neighborhood playground. “It’s proved to be a successful project,” says Thabault. m




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Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont called on local law enforcement agencies to disclose how they’re using, sharing and storing data gathered automatically from passing motorists on state highways. Joining chapters in 34 other states, the Vermont ACLU sent three public records requests to government agencies seeking information on automated license-plate readers, or ALPRs, the digital scanners To read the full mounted on patrol cars. The ACLU believes stories, go to that nearly a dozen Vermont cities and towns use the systems. An ALPR is capable of scanning several thousand license plates per hour, and uses that information to identify drivers who are runaways, have outstanding warrants, are driving under suspended or revoked licenses, or have recently fled the scene of an accident or crime. “The bigger question is, are we building a nationwide surveillance system based around the tracking of license plates?” says Vermont ACLU director Allen Gilbert. “It’s just one more way for the government to know people’s whereabouts.” 

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en months ago, the blades started turning at a 16-turbine wind farm in the hills above Sheffield. The Northeast Kingdom town of 700 people has since been collecting generous quarterly payments from the wind farm’s Bostonbased developer totaling $520,000 per year — enough to virtually eliminate property taxes for residents and build up a hefty rainy-day fund. Twenty-five miles away, the town of Lowell is set to collect even more money — $535,000 annually — from Green Mountain Power when the utility’s 21-turbine Kingdom Community Wind project is up and running. At town meeting next March, Lowell voters will decide how to spend their community cash, which is set to increase by $32,500 every five years. The town of Searsburg will get $240,000 annually from Iberdrola Renewables for its wind farm, while the same developer will pay neighboring Readsboro a minimum of $154,000 a year for the 15-turbine Deerfield Wind farm. The man responsible for those windfall sums is Richard Saudek, a Montpelier-based attorney who negotiates contracts with wind developments on behalf of Vermont towns. A former state regulator who is now in private practice, Saudek has carved out a niche as the go-to lawyer for towns in which big energy companies want to build large wind farms. He’s created the blueprint for talks playing out all over the state. Some view Saudek as a protector who helps win fair compensation for towns that could otherwise get steamrolled by big wind developers. Others believe he’s helping to sell out Vermont towns who might oppose ridgeline wind power projects if not for the lucrative payouts. “Had there not been any bribe money in the town of Lowell, this would have not gone through,” says Kevin McGrath, whose land abuts the wind site. “This is what happens when corporate America comes to a sleepy little town and dangles the carrot.” Saudek laughs at the suggestion that his deals are Faustian. “Ya think?” he says, before adding more seriously, “It’s a lot of money, and a judgment is made balancing whatever negative factors there are ... against the income that they bring in.”

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Saudek is uniquely positioned to broker these arrangements, having worked on almost every side of the utility industry: as chairman of the Public Service Board in the 1970s; as the first commissioner of the Department of Public Service; as author of the state’s first contract with Hydro-Québec; even as president of Hydro-Québec’s U.S. subsidiary. Today, the 72-year-old is a partner in Cheney, Saudek & Grayck. The Montpelier firm is tucked into a 200-year-old State Street house that 19thcentury governor Fletcher Proctor once eyed as a possible governor’s mansion. Stacks of papers cover his desk, and his bookshelves are an odd mix of legal tomes and whimsy, including a book about Circus Smirkus and a framed pencil drawing of the Mad Hatter signed by Walt Disney. Saudek uses the word “checkered” to describe his own career in energy and utility law. He was appointed to the PSB by former governor Richard Snelling and served as its chairman from 1977 to 1981 — the early days of Vermont Yankee. The nuclear plant, which came online in 1972, was plagued by start-up problems

and output issues. Meanwhile, the state’s contract for cheap power from New York State generating stations was about to expire. Vermonters, Saudek recalls in an interview, “were worried about safety with the nukes, and about cost, which was getting very expensive. They were worried about cost with oil, which was going all over the place and being artificially increased by the Arab oil embargoes.” It was in this energy environment that Vermont struck its first deal with Hydro-Québec, which had a surplus of power to sell as a result of huge hydro projects going online in the north of the province. Vermont was looking to buy. Lawmakers in 1981 created the Department of Public Service —  which is distinct from the politically neutral PSB — and Snelling named Saudek as its first commissioner. His first big job: negotiating a power agreement with Hydro Québec. “It was a good contract,” says Saudek, though he admits some Vermonters objected to the damming of rivers in northern Québec that flooded the ancestral grounds and villages of some indigenous people.


Saudek’s stint in public service was a mix of policy and politics. As Snelling’s public service commissioner, Saudek — a self-identified Democrat working for a Republican governor — found himself carrying out nuclear policies he didn’t support, a situation he recalls as “uncomfortable.” But that was inevitable, Saudek says: Strong governors tend to direct the public service department. The PSB is another matter. “I think it’s a tribute to the various people on the board over the years that the PSB has tried to divorce itself from the politics of the moment,” Saudek says. Not that the PSB hasn’t taken some politically unpopular stands. The PSB has provoked the ire of wind-power opponents — but Saudek says that these opponents “don’t take into account that the legislature has dictated an awful lot of this.” Saudek entered the wind debate eight years ago, when the town of Sheffield hired him to negotiate a contract with First Wind. At that time, the public furor over wind power — evidenced this week by another round of protests at the Lowell construction site — hadn’t kicked into high gear. Saudek himself was initially skeptical

Bernasconi Construction, Inc. about wind development in Vermont; he says he believed 400-foot turbines were too large for the state’s landscape. But after signing on as Sheffield’s attorney, he made several trips to wind farms in nearby states. He found the turbines weren’t as offensive as he expected. “I didn’t have the kind of personal, visceral reaction that some people do,” he says. So he found another angle. “I saw my purpose in part ... in telling people what the effect is likely to be of these machines. I basically said, ‘Your town is never going to be the same.’” Saudek warned town leaders in Sheffield that the upcoming construction would be like nothing they had ever seen. Unimproved dirt roads would need to be widened and shored up to support the heavy trucks haul-

“He has his own style: a little bit of bluff and bluster,” Terry says. “But that’s the way he’s been for all the years I’ve known him. It’s all part of the package.” Officials in the towns Saudek has represented speak highly of the lawyer. The complicated legal quandry surrounding wind developments is “just beyond some of these towns. You need legal expertise,” says Karen Jenne, a selectboard member in Derby, where Saudek stepped in to advise the town before plans for two turbines fell through. “You need an expert. You need legal advice right up front. Mr. Saudek served us well.” As for Saudek’s negotiations with GMP in Lowell, Terry remarks, “It took a while, but it was done with good spirit, and it was fair to both sides.” He characterizes those negotiations, and the

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eventual agreement, as one of the “foundation stones” that led three-quarters of Lowell voters to support the project in a 2010 town meeting vote. Of course, “fair” is in the eye of the beholder. Some wind opponents have questioned why only host towns receive Saudek-brokered financial compensation, when neighboring villages often have to look at, and hear, the turbines churning, too. In the case of Lowell, GMP is setting up a “Good Neighbor Fund” for surrounding towns. Annual payments, ranging from $10,000 to $60,000, will be calcuated based on what percentage of the town is located within five miles of the turbines. That isn’t enough for wind opponent Annette Smith of Vermonters for a Clean Environment. She describes Saudek as “no friend of the public,” saying that closed-door negotiations with selectboards and developers only help the “selectboard members who are so eager to sell our state heritage for money.” While he will continue to play a vital role in those transactions, Saudek is in no rush to entertain more wind proposals. Looking ahead, he predicts that Vermont “may want to take a deep breath” after the current crop of wind farms goes online. “It’s hard to know how we’ll look back on wind in 20 years,” he says. m 08.08.12-08.15.12 SEVEN DAYS LOCAL MATTERS 19

ing turbine parts up the mountain. Emergency personnel would need special training to deal with fires and other potential accidents at the wind farm. All that costs money — expenses Saudek argued that First Wind should pay. Saudek brings one especially crucial skill to negotiations: He knows enough about utilities to estimate the annual revenues of its various projects and makes his demands accordingly. This past March, Saudek attended a town meeting at which Sheffield voters decided how to allocate their windfall earnings from the First Wind development. He snapped photos on his digital camera, out of place in his suit and polished shoes, and stepped forward only when called upon to answer questions about Sheffield’s contract with the developer. Bottom line: The first half of First Wind’s payment cut municipal taxes in the town by roughly 80 percent. The rest is going into a savings account. “He’s certainly knowledgeable, and he understands the energy world from many perspectives,” says Steve Terry, a vice president with Green Mountain Power who helped broker the Lowell payments. Terry has known Saudek since the 1970s, and describes him as the kind of person who “gets his phone calls answered. That’s half the game.”

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as “a timely opportunity to bring the Savoy under the wing of the Focus on FIlm nonprofit.” Always a venue for the GMFF, the Savoy has held several public funding drives to address its financial vicissitudes in the past few years. Like many local independent theaters, it faces an uncertain future in the digital era. Is Youk taking this opportunity to rebrand the theater as a nonprofit

community resource with an educational mission? Watch this space or our staff blog, Blurt, for more news. Is it possible to fall in love in mere hours? That’s the premise of Falling Overnight, an indie drama making its Vermont premiere at Merrill’s Roxy Cinema in Burlington this Friday. The movie stars 25-year-old Shelburne native Parker Croft, who also shares writing credit with director Conrad Jackson and Aaron Golden. Croft plays Elliot, who is facing risky surgery for a brain tumor. Knowing he may have just one night to live, he decides to pursue his interest in Chloe (Emilia Zoryan), a young woman he met that afternoon when she served him a smoothie. As the two of them ramble through the nocturnal city, in and out of parties and shows, their chemistry is evident — but Chloe doesn’t know about Elliot’s morning appointment. While the plot

suggests a combination of Before Sunrise and last year’s 50/50, Falling Overnight is shot and acted in a low-key, naturalistic style that drew praise from the Village Voice during its New York run. Though he now lives in LA, Croft maintains connections to the greater Burlington arts community. His mom, Juliet McVicker, has sung with Pine Street Jazz and other groups locally; his sister, Lila Webb, also a musician, contributed a song to the film’s soundtrack. The young actor, who says he got his start performing with Very Merry Theatre and Vermont Stage Company, has plans to return to Burlington soon — for a film shoot. Croft says his next movie, still untitled, “begins just before Christmas in Vermont and centers around a poet who struggles to meet a life-changing deadline in the spring.” Also on tap this coming week at the Roxy is a showcase called Future

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ozart wrote his delightful opera The Marriage of Figaro in Italian, but this weekend audiences will have the chance to hear it sung in German. If that seems like an esoteric offering, it is — at least in this country. In Germany, a country with some 80 active opera houses — the highest number per capita of any nation — Figaro is performed in German “quite a bit,” says Bettina Matthias, director of German for Singers, a program within Middlebury College’s summer German-language immersion school that’s producing the opera. Because of Germany’s density of employment opportunities, many American opera singers choose to launch their careers there. German for Singers is the only program in the U.S. dedicated to preparing them for such a route. During seven intense weeks, it trains vocalists not only to sing in well-pronounced German but to understand what they’re singing. Matthias, who is also Midd’s German department chair and a pianist, will be directing the opera — her first — with help from Stephan Boving, of Komische Oper Berlin, and music director Stefan Rütter, from Cologne’s music university. The program’s 13 participants, aged 20 to 34, have all been precast, some two to a part; the performance has no chorus and will last only two hours, with recitatives being spoken instead of sung. At the beginning of the fifth week,

Matthias cheerfully reports of the participants, “It’s fabulous how they’re doing. They’re always in a good mood, which is really important in a program like this.” The daily schedule includes four hours of grammar in the morning followed by afternoon and evening rehearsals. And, though a few of the singers are more experienced — one covers at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City; another sings around the country — four entered the program knowing no German at all. Soprano Angela Gribble, 27, is among them. Breaking the program’s required pledge not to speak in English, the Kansas City, Mo., resident admits with a laugh, “The first week of class, I had no idea what the teacher was talking about. I was thinking, What am I doing here? Today, I didn’t understand every word, but I understood to the point where I could contribute to the conversation.” That makes a difference in performance, she says: “It’s so much easier to express what’s in the music if you know what you’re singing.” All singers sit down with a dictionary and work out word-for-word translations of a libretto or text when they don’t know its language, says Gribble. She did so with a Strauss song five years ago, but when she sang the same song at the Midd program’s recent lieder concert, she could grasp “the poetry in it.” Gribble will sing Susanna in the


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Got AN ArtS tIP? Shorts, billed as “the world’s biggest pop-up film festival.” The short films are curated by the UK-based creators of Secret Cinema, who stage film screenings-cum-happenings in London. They offer a new package of shorts to exhibitors each quarter, and Roxy owner Merrill Jarvis iii says he’s considering screening future installments. Lovers of shorts will find Future Shorts’ summer selection uneven but intriguingly diverse, with several global regions represented. The featurelength program includes a family drama from South Korea; a slice of street life from Brazil; a coming-of-age tale from South Los Angeles; and an absurdist UK comedy that suggests time travel could cause bloody culture-clash issues. Viewers of last year’s Oscarnominated shorts will recognize Grant Orchard’s animation “A Morning Stroll,” but this series of three parallel urban vignettes — set in three drastically different eras, with corresponding styles — is creative enough to warrant repeat viewing. Ornana Films’ “(notes on) Biology” is another fun animation, while Mihai Grecu’s experimental “We’ll

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translation of Susanna’s “Deh vieni” aria in the fourth act “kind of cheesy.” But, in another spot, the tongue-twisting consonants of a single line “help express Susanna’s panic” when her page is discovered hiding in her closet. “Italian is in some ways easier, because it’s so much about vowels,” Gribble says, “but German has so many consonants that can be so expressive.” Gribble and her fellow singers will learn as much from the program about singing in Germany as about

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riches, “a front porch often seems to be designed for appearance rather than for use,” Visser observes. Readers of Visser’s book may interpret the porch’s return to popularity as a historical inevitability. In addition to noting that indigenous peoples of North America were building “porch-like structures” long before the arrival of the Europeans, the book calls attention to “the open sheds on primitive houses recorded in Egyptian hieroglyphics … the grand porticos of ancient Greece, the ornamented colonnades and arcades of Rome, and the elaborate recessed porches of Renaissance cathedrals.” The porch, Visser attests, “is deeply embedded in the vocabulary and memory of human culture.” 


the history of a state or region while reflecting broad social and cultural trends, past and present. Visser’s book identifies the 1920s and ’30s as the Golden Age of porches in the United States. Homeowners of that period sought to convey “the symbolic social message of openness, leisure and welcome,” he writes. Before and after that time, Visser adds, house designs have tended to express “defensive, protective and exclusionary warnings.” By the 1950s, porches were seen as something only grandma or grandpa could appreciate, Visser comments with a characteristically professorial flurry of hand gestures and arched eyebrows. The rampant suburbanization and attendant atomization of that decade help explain the popularity of backyard patios. Today, porches appear to be resurging, Visser suggests. This turnaround reflects in part the “new urbanism” ethic that values neighborliness. But when it appears on the baroque suburban villas of the nouveaux


HOMAS VISSER had at least two motivations for writing his unexpectedly absorbing book Porches of North America. One was scholarly, as befits the director of the historic preservation program at the University of Vermont. “There are coffee-table books with delightful pictures of porches, but relatively few real studies of porches,” Visser explains. Seeking historical information on this architectural feature that graces millions of American homes, his graduate students found little of relevance, either online or in library stacks, Visser relates. The other source of inspiration was his childhood home in Moultonborough, N.H. Visser, 61, recalls its southeast-facing porch as “a magical place,” perfectly oriented for sunny breakfasts and shaded dinners. Despite their nostalgic associations and unique status as hybrid indoor-outdoor spaces, porches often go unappreciated or, worse, are renovated beyond recognition. Visser’s 304-page, richly illustrated book aims to rally respect for the porch by examining its long history and paradoxical roles as a stage, a retreat and an observation post. Many of the examples Visser offers can be found right here in Vermont. Cases in point range from the grand — the porches of the Statehouse in Montpelier and the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury — to the modest, such as those of Danville’s general store and a trio of duplexes in Burlington’s South End. “Burlington,” Visser says during an interview conducted — where else? — on his back porch, “is one of the best places in North America to discover a variety of porches.” Northern Vermont’s long winters have clearly not discouraged locals from including a porch in a home’s original design or adding one at a later point. Many of these porches, however, have been enclosed — an alteration that “fundamentally changes the character of the space,” Visser says with obvious disapproval. “On a hot day, it’s an oven. And what do enclosed porches wind up becoming? Mud rooms or catchalls.” Visser’s own home of 16 years is one of the many on Charlotte Street with a front porch. And though the houses were all built around the 1930s, they do present a riot of architectual styles. Porches that differ sharply in appearance from the rest of a home’s exterior can be perplexing to preservationists, Visser notes. When renovation becomes an option, should a porch out of sync with a home’s historical look be kept as is? Should an attempt be made to reproduce, say, a Queen Annestyle porch on a home built during that era? There are no pat answers, but Visser is certain of one thing: “Porches have a story to tell. And it may be separate from the story of the rest of a house.” In addition to forming part of the narrative of individual homes or families, porches can help elucidate

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As soon as the weather warmed, Burlington started resembling a mini Sturgis every weekend. While I am a fan of motorcycles and completely get why they’re fun to own and ride, I’m also a fan of quiet city streets and a good quality of life: another thing for which Vermont is justly famous. The problem is not at all with innovative business approaches like MotoVermont, but with unnecessarily noisy bikes, which seem to dominate motorcycle culture lately. I would ask not only that MotoVermont maintain noise-mitigating standards above those required by the state on all of their rental bikes, but that they also encourage their fellow motorcycle enthusiasts to do the same while in our fair state. Loud pipes don’t save lives; they just annoy neighbors. Alec Bauer


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[Re “Gas-Station Owner Skip Vallee: Competition Crusher or Creative Capitalist?” July 25]: Skip Vallee makes the snarky comment: “With Costco, I am glad Bernie has finally found a multinational he likes.” You never know who you’re going to find yourself in bed with, do you?  For instance, in the same article, it’s pointed out that Skip joined forces with those opposing the St. Albans Walmart.

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The thing is, though, Bernie is looking out for the interests of the Vermont consumer, while you, Skip, are just looking out for your own narrow, selfish interests. You do see the difference, don’t you, Skip? Dave Sherman Westford

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I think it’s about time our Vermont government put a price limit on how much a gallon of gasoline can be sold for [“Gas-Station Owner Skip Vallee: Competition Crusher or Creative Capitalist?” July 25]. Also, more investigating needs to be done on price gouging, raising prices before new deliveries, and gas and oil spills on ground. If Skip wants to close that station in Plainfield, the town select board should force him to dig up the tanks and remove them from the property. It’s an environmental problem for the future. The Department of Transportation needs to check into Skip’s trucks, log books and other equipment at his place of business. Fuel, propane, heating-oil companies — they all need to be checked out. I myself will not put my money in Skip’s pocket so he can live high on the hog and keep ruining our Vermont towns and cities. Wake up, people, and smell the roses, because the rich get richer and the hardworking Vermonters keep getting poorer. Time to get our Vermont agencies out there earning their pay.

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[Re “Gas-Station Owner Skip Vallee: Competition Crusher or Creative Capitalist?” July 25]: I thought Kathryn Flagg wrote a fair and balanced article, even if the accompanying, well-drawn illustration of Mr. Vallee portrayed him as “Count Vallee” or “The Evil Robber Baron!” Shame on Mr. Vallee for making more than a dollar in profit in running an honest, if at times arm-twisting, enterprise that creates jobs and wealth!




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After something is rescued from the clutches of the bad guys, it often has to be saved from the good guys [“Waterfront Warrior Rick Sharp Wants One More Thing for the Bike Path He Blazed: Segways,” August 1]. That is true for the proposal to allow Segways on the Burlington Bike Path. Before my time here, Rick Sharp spearheaded developing the bike path from a derelict railroad line. I am deeply grateful every time I’m on the path, which averages four to five round trips per week, year round. But allowing Segways or other non-human-powered vehicles is inconsistent with the intent of the bike path and dangerous for bikers and walkers. It also would likely be the first step in fully mechanizing bike-path traffic; why not electric or gasoline scooters, golf carts or go-karts? So thanks again to Mr. Sharp for a loving, lasting gift to Burlington, but no thanks on converting the bike path into a city street.   

months ago. (The error in the gas mixture was done from a gas shipment from Massachusetts.) To the credit of Mr. Vallee and General Manager Mr. Otto Hansen VI and Food Service Operations Manager Joe Sibley in St. Albans, these gentlemen took this problem by the horns and went above and beyond to resolve any car-repair issues — and provided rental cars during this mishap. Their decision could have been made to delay and hire a legal-eagle team to turn this problem into one even greater and create more expense for all.   Follow-up letters and phone calls from R.L. Vallee, Inc. made sure the entire issue was resolved as quickly and fairly as possible. I felt I was dealing with a responsible Vermont businessman concerned for his fellow Vermonters!

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much of the work. Nonetheless, notwithstanding the drier climate in LA, nobody in either city quarrels seriously with the logic behind don’t-waste-water campaigns: We didn’t spend zillions to transport this stuff hundreds of miles so mopes could, and I say this without excuse, piss it away. The purer case, in water as in so many things, is offered by Chicago. The city is located next to one of the Great Lakes, which collectively account for 84 percent of America’s surface

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fresh water and 21 percent of the world’s. No great feat of engineering was required to obtain drinking water in Chicago; in the city’s early days, you could just walk out to the shore and drop in a pail. The engineering challenge in Chicago was sewage disposal, since the thing about living by a lake is that while it’s easy to get water out, it’s just as easy to dump crap back in.  Chicago solved this problem by taking advantage of the fact that it was purposely built near the divide separating the Great Lakes from the Mississippi basin. Demonstrating the low cunning for which it was even

don’t have water meters, instead paying a flat fee, presumably to cover the upkeep on the pipes. The city is now installing meters at the leisurely pace of 20,000 per year, in part because its ticked-off neighbors got the courts to limit how much of Lake Michigan’s water it could hog for itself, and officials have now belatedly recognized the wisdom of elementary conservation measures. Still, setting aside meddlesome judges and looking at the big picture, could we not argue that due to Chicago’s unique circumstances, water really can’t be wasted there in anything but a trivial sense? The answer is no. While the water situation near the Great Lakes isn’t urgent at the moment, out in the hinterland it sucks. The central U.S. is experiencing its worst drought since the 1950s. All of the past 11 years (2001-2011) rank among the 13 warmest years on record. The rains will surely return eventually, but with global warming looking increasingly real, water shortages are likely to be more frequent and severe. Groundwater aquifers and rivers are already being drained dry; the Great Lakes are the only goodsized rain barrel we have left. If the drought keeps up, desperate farmers all over the midwest will be asking to tap in.  The states and provinces bordering the lakes have signed a series of pacts agreeing to hold fast against the parched masses. But currently 95 percent of Illinois and 87 percent of Indiana are in severe drought, and what governor is going to let his own state turn into a dust bowl? So while conserving water right now may not seem all that vital, consider it practice for the day when it is.

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used to think the same thing, Bob. However, I got over it. Let me lay out the facts and soon you will, too. Nothing against Halifax, but the fact that it’s next to an ocean doesn’t mean doodly. The ocean is salty. New York and Los Angeles are also next to oceans, but they still had to build vast aqueducts to haul in fresh water. Both systems are marvels of civil engineering and cost relatively little to operate — gravity does

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Dear cecil, Public service announcements admonish us to not “waste water,” with suggestions about five-minute showers, low-flow shower heads, fancy Euro-style toilets, turning off the tap when you brush your teeth, etc. I can understand this if you live in dry areas such as Reno or Vegas. But what if you live next to a big honking body of water like the Great Lakes or the Atlantic ocean? I currently live in Halifax, which has the ocean, lots of lakes and more than enough precipitation, and I still hear this stuff. As I understand it, if I take a shower for 25 minutes instead of five, the extra 20 minutes’ worth of water goes down the drain, into our filtration system, and eventually into the harbor. Some of it then evaporates and falls as rain, and the process starts over. How is water being wasted? or is it just energy for pumping and filtering that’s being wasted? Bob from Halifax

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t had been gray and raining all Saturday, which can be a little demoralizing. Not for us cabbies, because any kind of inclement weather boosts business. Still, I sympathized with the civilians; summertime weekends are precious, and the unrelenting sogginess was putting a damper on many a presumably sun-filled plan. I was cruising downtown at dusk when, over the Adirondacks, the setting sun burst through like a laser show at a Pink Floyd concert. With the conditions still drizzly in Burlington, the stage was set for Judy Garland’s signature song. I was not to be disappointed. Moments later, a vivid and fully arced rainbow manifested in the southeastern sky. There’s something about a first-class rainbow that stops even multitasking 21stcentury people in their tracks. Pedestrians stopped and gazed skyward. If a rainbow fails to make you smile, may I suggest a heart-to-heart talk with your nearest neighborhood leprechaun? Because your outlook, my friend, is seriously deficient in wonder and delight. The rainbow evaporated, the sun set, and the rains continued. From the Mr. Mike’s Pizza corner, a tall African man hailed me with his right hand; in his left, he held a pizza box balanced against his hip. Walking up to my cracked passenger window, he asked, “Do you mind if I eat this food in your car?” His English was clear and precise, with what sounded like a British accent. I said, “Sure, just don’t drop anything. Where am I taking ya?” Getting into the front seat, he replied, “Up to the Gutterson Fieldhouse, please.” I swung the cab around, and we headed up the Main Street hill, the windshield

wipers clicking at medium speed. My customer was making quick work of his remaining pizza slices, as if he wanted to finish up before we reached campus. “Hey, didja see that rainbow about an hour ago?” I enthused. “Wasn’t it unbelievable?” “No, I didn’t see a rainbow. I was napping. I’m going to my second job now. I already worked all morning and afternoon.” “What do you do at UVM?” The man swallowed a bite and said, “I am a custodian at Gutterson.” “Where are you originally from, brother? Sudan, I’m guessing?” He smiled and said, “Very good guess. It was Sudan when I came here 10 years ago.

granted some measure of self-rule under the terms of decolonization. That never happened, and the two sections have been more or less in a state of war since then. A UN-brokered settlement culminating in a plebiscite and the establishment of the separate country of South Sudan was supposed to end the strife, but the situation remains volatile and tenuous. “Did you know English when you arrived here?” I asked. “Because you speak real well.” “In my country, English is the official language. Many tribal languages are spoken, as well, but in school the lessons are all in English.” We quickly reached the college green, so

with my family when the phone service is working.” I have nothing — nothing — but respect for all of the immigrants who have arrived in the Queen City and surrounding towns over the last two decades. My ancestors came to America on a boat more than 100 years ago, and I passionately disagree with those who think now is the time to pull up the gangplank. Immigrants, I would argue, make our country great. The countries of origin change over time, but the hard work and sacrifice of new immigrants remains the constant story. Pulling up to the side entrance of the venerable old Gutterson barn, I said, “Could I ask you, do you send money home to your people in South Sudan?” Nodding slowly, he answered quietly, “Every month I do. Every month.” The man then paid the fare, plus a two-buck tip. I can’t explain how much the tip moved me — coming from a guy who might have a dozen family members or more dependent on every single dollar he’s able to wire back. “How was the pizza?” I asked before he left the cab. “It was food,” he said with a smile. “I am sorry I missed the rainbow.” “Hey, don’t sweat it,” I said with a chuckle. “There’ll be another one coming around soon enough. I guarantee it.” m

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tranquil during the student-free summer. If routine holds, in about a month the school will hang a huge white banner from the roof of the Royall Tyler Theatre that will read, “Welcome, Class of 2016.” Despite knowing this is coming, I’m certain it will stagger me the day it’s unfurled. Twelve years in, I remain entirely unprepared for the new millennium. This yearly banner just rubs it in. Turning onto Spear Street, I asked, “Have any of your family members moved to America, as well?” “No, I am the only one.” “Jeez, that’s got to be rough. Do you ever get back for a visit?” “No, there’s no money for that. Sometimes I am able to speak on the phone

Now it is South Sudan. We have our own country since last July.” “Yes, of course — I remember when that happened.” Political and historical junkie that I am, I knew something, at least, about the troubled history of Sudan. The southern part of the country is tropical, junglelike, and inhabited by black Africans. The north is mostly desert and dominated by Muslims of mixed African and Arab descent. As a British colony during the brutal centuries of the slave trade, these two regions were on opposite sides of the equation, with the north raiding the south for human chattel. Leading up to Sudan’s independence in 1956, the Brits reportedly made promises that the beleaguered south would be

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When I ask Scott about his reaction to those numbers, he answers wearily. “It’s frustrating. It’s very frustrating,” he says. “We’re the ones that investigate the crashes. We’re the ones that a lot of times have to let family members know that their loved one was killed.” Scott is especially saddened by the awareness that so many fatalities could have been avoided — by drivers wearing a seat belt, for instance, or making sure a child is properly buckled in. “I wish I didn’t have to go to another one,” he adds. State troopers and highway safety experts at the Vermont Agency of Transportation struggle to strike the

most crashes are occurring, relative to the amount of traffic on any given road. (See sidebar for a rundown of the most dangerous intersections and stretches of road.) “We’re trying to figure out the best bang for the buck,” says Schultz. Data-driven analysis can help AOT decide how best to allocate its funding. For example, statistics showed that the intersection of Routes 302 and 110 in East Barre was especially dangerous: Some crash victims there had to be airlifted out for treatment, and other crashes resulted in fatalities. AOT decided that a roundabout, while more expensive than additional signs or lights, was the best alternative. After its installation, the number of PHOTOS: KATHRYN FLAGG

’m standing in a turnoff on the weedy median of Interstate 89 in Winooski, a laser gun braced against my shoulder and pointed north at oncoming traffic. With one hand on the trigger, I gaze through the viewfinder, set my sights on a swift-moving sedan and wait for the machine to work its magic. Click! Like that, the gun displays a speed — 75 miles per hour — and the distance of the oncoming vehicle. I can hardly contain myself; this is fun. But I’m no pro, and the laser gun turns out to be more difficult to operate than I anticipated. So, reluctantly, I hand the gun back to Vermont State Police Sgt. Garry Scott, who has been graciously humoring my amateur attempts at law enforcement. “Hop back in,” he tells me, gesturing to the front seat of his sleek, unmarked cruiser. “We’ll get the next one.” Scott, a Massachusetts native, is easygoing and friendly, with a freckled, boyish face that offsets the straitlaced look of his trooper uniform and stiffbrimmed hat. He heads traffic operations in northern Vermont, overseeing a team of between 12 and 14 troopers who patrol this part of the state to discourage aggressive driving. They’re taking that task especially seriously this summer. In July, VSP kicked off a 63-day program called Operation Summer HEAT — short for “high enforcement area team” — in direct response to what a VSP press release called an “epidemic” of serious and fatal car crashes in 2012. The targeted operation will run through Labor Day weekend, placing more state, county and local police along stretches of road shown by crash data to be more dangerous. Meanwhile, illuminated signs along stretches of I-89 warn drivers: “Slow down. Focus on safety.” It’s been a bad year for Vermont drivers: To date, 50 people have died on Vermont roads in 2012, compared with 55 total in 2011. The increase in accidents appears to be random — exacerbated by alcohol and drivers’ decisions not to wear seat belts — but Scott says that excessive speed fuels the problem. Last year, high speeds were a factor in 42 percent of roadway fatalities in Vermont. The Summer HEAT program is a data-driven approach to law enforcement. One map on the wall of the Williston State Police barracks, where Scott is based, pinpoints this year’s roadway fatalities throughout the state. Another shows hot spots where crashes occur most frequently, with the greater Burlington area awash in telltale red and orange. But it’s hard to determine precisely why roadway fatalities are up this year, particularly after last year marked the lowest-ever number of deaths on Vermont roads.






right balance between reacting to obvious trouble spots — places where accidents occur frequently — and addressing potential future problems with more systemic changes. Juggling the two concerns is tricky — particularly for a department spread thin, as Scott says his is. Josh Schultz, a project manager focused on traffic design and safety projects for the AOT, says that, until a few years ago, the agency’s projects were almost entirely reactive. The state collects data on every reported crash, from fender benders to pileups. Then, every four years, analysts crunch those numbers to determine where the

crashes dropped dramatically. “We looked at the high-crash location, and we fixed it,” Schultz says. “I truly believed we saved lives with that project.” Increasingly, however, AOT is trying a more proactive approach to road improvement. “In the past, we’ve tended to chase dots,” Schultz says — meaning identifying and “fixing” high-crash locations, such as the intersection in Barre. Now the attitude is “Gee whiz, let’s fix the roadway before we get that dot on the map,” says Schultz. But in a small state with limited data, it’s hard to

predict where crashes will occur. For instance, officials tend to see crashes at tight curves. Is that because those roads are inherently more dangerous? Or are they simply noticing the trend because, given Vermont’s landscape, the state has a lot of curvy roads? Once a particularly dangerous area has been identified, though, a strategy such as Operation Summer HEAT can come into play: State troopers ramp up patrols in those locations in an effort to cut down on speeding and encourage safer driving. Out on patrol, Scott and I glide through morning traffic in the trooper’s unmarked black Chevy Impala. We’re on



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the lookout for aggressive drivers — those tailgating, cutting in and out of lanes and not using turn signals. Those are the behaviors that cause crashes, Scott warns, and they’re just as much cause for a ticket as blowing past a speed trap. In the meantime, Scott turns out to be a font of answers to questions I’ve always been curious about: Can I call and report someone driving erratically and dangerously? Absolutely, he tells me. “We want those calls.” What mistakes does he see drivers making? “Texting while driving.” I also learn that the motorist’s old standby — slamming



on the brakes when passing a speed trap — won’t do any as well as a small white lie, got me out of the encounter good. The cruisers are outfitted with radar that can catch with a warning. a speeder passing in any direction — though the radar isn’t I’ve always felt guilty for fibbing my way out of that used constantly — and those trusty laser guns can clock ticket. But, on my ride-along with Scott, I learn that state a driver’s speed well before he or she passes a parked police, at least, tend to give warnings more frequently than cruiser. tickets. After Scott pulls over the Honda, he punches the Our first stop of the day occurs after Scott tags a driver driver’s license into his database and learns that the only going 80 miles per hour in a 65-mph zone along I-89. He blemish on his record is a warning for defective equipjumps back into the car and hands me the laser gun, and ment in 2003. “He’s on his way to work,” Scott reports to suddenly we’re peeling me, having ambled back from out of the median and into the man’s driver-side window. southbound traffic — so Mr. Honda Civic drives off with HIGH-CRASH INTERSECTIONS a warning. 1. The Winooski traffic circle (US-7; Allen, E. Our next stop of the mornCanal and W. Center streets; and VT-15) ing is a white Jeep with out2. VT-127 Beltline in Burlington, between mile of-state plates going 79 mph. markers 3.3 and 3.4 That stop doesn’t result in a 3. Colchester Avenue and Barrett Street in ticket, either, albeit for a difBurlington ferent reason. Scott returns to 4. VT-12 and VT-64 in Northfield his cruiser almost immediately 5. S./N. Winooski avenues (Alternate US-7) and after approaching the driver, Main Street in Burlington with neither driver’s license 6. VT-127 Beltline in Burlington, between mile nor registration in hand. “He’s markers 1.3 and 1.5 a federal agent on duty,” he tells 7. US-7 and VT-36 in St. Albans City me, adding that law-enforce8. Berkshire Center, Richford and Water Tower ment officers on the job are roads in Berkshire legally allowed to speed. 9. S. Willard and Main streets in Burlington Scott does issue one ticket 10. VT-112 and VT-8A town highway in Halifax/ during our patrol together, Whitingham catching a driver without proper registration for his vehicle. The HIGH-CRASH SECTIONS three men crammed in the cab of a red F-150 truck hastily buckle 1. Lincoln Avenue in Rutland City up as Scott approaches. I wait 2. VT-100 in Stowe in the cruiser while Scott chats 3. Pearl Street in Burlington with the driver. 4. FAS 0138 (VT 140 TH) in Tinmouth After the ticket is written 5. VT-11 in Springfield and the truck has pulled back 6. VT-63 in Barre Town into traffic, we make for the 7. Dorset Street in South Burlington Williston barracks. Not ev8. Gage Street in Bennington eryone reacts calmly to being 9. VT-100 in Wardsboro pulled over, Scott tells me, and 10. US-7 in St. Albans Town he’s had his fair share of yellers and screamers. (I don’t ask Collision-course data from the Agency of about the criers.) Transportation collected between 2006 and 2010 “But, at the end of most of my pinpoint some of the most dangerous intersections stops, people thank me,” he says. and stretches of road in the state. While the rankings do not include severity of crashes, these locations So far, the heightened police experienced the highest numbers of crashes relative presence seems to be working to traffic flow. fast that my notebook — at least to drive down speeds flies out of my lap. When in targeted areas. “I used to we pull up behind a red be able to sit here and get cars Honda Civic, I feel a thrill going 90 right away,” Scott tells of self-righteous delight in this doling out of justice. me as we travel one stretch of I-89 north of Burlington. As a largely rule-abiding driver, my only “road rage” is Today, drivers on the morning commute slide by in the 60s my low-level — though constant — irritation with drivers and low 70s — not fast enough to trouble the trooper. He who tailgate or pass recklessly while I go a respectable just hopes the lesson outlasts the Summer HEAT program. three miles over the speed limit. I can brag that I have “We need to slow down,” Scott says. “I get it. I have two a clean driving record — though, in truth, I was pulled kids, I have daycare, and I need to get there. I understand over once for speeding. My profuse and genuine tears, [that stress]. But we just need to take a second to realize that it isn’t worth it.” 

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cross the street from shimmering Silver Lake in the bucolic village of Barnard, the Barnard General Store should be busy in August selling ice cream, beer and sandwiches to the many kayakers and swimmers who enjoy the lake. But financial difficulties caused the store to close its doors in May after 180 years of continuous operation — an economicdownturn story that even captured the attention of the New York Times. This summer, there is no ice cream to be had at this Route 12 landmark in east-central Vermont. There is, however, good news: The town of Barnard is not letting go of its store without a fight. Instead, a group of determined townspeople is trying to resuscitate it. Three days before the store closed last spring, local resident Hope Moffat used the town listserv to call a meeting in the basement community room of Barnard’s Danforth Library. Twenty-five people showed up on a Sunday morning

to discuss saving the store, which was also an important gathering place for this rural village with approximately 950 year-round residents. At the meeting, Rick Carbin informed the group that, three years earlier, he had formed the Barnard Community Trust (BCT) specifically to aid the store. In an interview conducted later, Carbin explained that the trust was his response to a letter that then-store operators Kim Furlong and Carolyn DiCicco posted in the town newsletter in late 2008, asking for financial help. Carbin connected the women with Paul Bruhn, the director of Preservation Trust of Vermont, who suggested buying the property from its owner, William TwiggSmith. Carbin said his rationale for forming the BCT in 2009 was “to have an entity to potentially buy the real estate.” The BCT at first offered Twigg-Smith a six-month leasing option, but he wanted to sell outright. The trust then countered his asking price of $795,000 with $450,000, which better reflected

the property’s appraised value, according to Carbin. Twigg-Smith declined. At an impasse regarding the “longterm problem of not owning the real estate,” as Carbin put it, the BCT focused on the “short-term problem of store finances”: It secured consultants to advise Furlong and DiCicco on product pricing and shelving, accounting systems, and other aspects of retail management. The store managed to stay afloat for a while. Then came Tropical Storm Irene. Carbin said the combination of Route 12’s closure after the flood and a slow winter without much snow — hence without the usual snowmobiler tourists — dealt a final blow to the store. Again, the BCT jumped into action. Carbin, now president of the trust, and fellow board member Tom Platner returned to Twigg-Smith with a sixmonth-leasing proposal, and this time the property owner accepted. Some $20,000 was required for that lease. Carbin said it materialized in the combination of a $7500 balance in the

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Barnard General Store account at the own the property. “Losing that store Preservation Trust, an additional $2500 rips out the heart of this community,” from the Preservation Trust’s revolving Bruhn noted sympathetically. fund and a $10,000 donation from an But Carbin conveyed a confident, anonymous community member. optimistic tone throughout the meetOn June 22, the BCT signed an ing. After announcing that $25,000 had agreement with Twigg-Smith. The trust been donated that day, he challenged has until the end of the year to raise an the community to match it within two additional $480,000 to buy the property weeks. What would happen to the outright. donations, someone asked, if the full The morning after the papers were $500,000 didn’t materialize by the signed, three dozen volunteers showed year’s end? “My goal is to raise all the up at the store to begin cleaning. They money we need by the end of the year,” hung up pots of bright-blue lobelia and Carbin said without hesitation. “That’s reclaimed the flowerbeds by the parking what we’ve got to focus on.” lot. When rain fell, they moved inside He added that the BCT did have the to continue their work — without elec- option to extend the leasing agreement tricity or running water. “But we still and that donations could be given with managed to get it done, because that’s the stipulation that they be returned if Barnard,” said Moffat, who is now a the store purchase fell through. member of BCT’s board. Carbin’s optimism On Saturday, June was contagious. “If 30 — one week after the people work together, cleanup and less than two they can do anything months after the closing they want to do,” opined — the Barnard General townsperson Ralph Store’s doors reopened. Ward. Although the BCT was That just might be still waiting for its vendthe case in Barnard. By ing licenses, volunteers mid-July, Carbin said, began collecting donathe BCT had $93,300 in tions for coffee, juice and hand and more funds homemade baked goods, pledged. which they served from 7 Other local groups Rick cARbiN to 10 a.m. If the operations have joined the cause. were skeletal, the turnout The Silver Lake was not. Moffat estimated that about 100 Association, the Barnard Historical people came through each morning that Society and BarnArts Center for the weekend, eager to learn about the store’s Arts, along with the BCT, will host a status as they sipped coffee donated by fundraiser, dubbed Festival on Silver the Vermont Coffee Company. Within Lake, this weekend. the first week of daily operations, Carbin “We’re moving fast,” said Carbin. reported, the “ongoing bake sale” netted Indeed. In just a few weeks, the non$3000 in donations. profit BCT has reopened the store And the numbers kept climbing. with an all-volunteer staff, launched a According to Carbin, a $5000 grant professional-looking website, acquired was quickly matched, bringing the 150 new members, and made plans for first week’s income to $13,000. In the a pledge drive and formal mailing to the second week of the “bake sale,” the BCT community. And, as soon as those vendbrought in $47,000. That bump resulted ing licenses arrive — any day now — the from a community-wide meeting about store will once again offer basic grocerthe store held at the town hall on July ies, including ice cream to eat by the 9, at which, Carbin said, the BCT col- lake before summer’s end. m lected more than $20,000 and received a $25,000 pledge. Festival on Silver Lake will be held in At that meeting, Carbin told the Barnard at Route 12 and Stage Road. community that, though the BCT was Saturday, August 11, will be Barnard Day, with games for children, a community boat currently running the store and owned race and history displays on the generalthe equipment — with the help of store porch from noon to 5 p.m. On Sunday, Preservation Trust — the group hoped a August 12, the festivities start with a Float third party might be enticed to run the Your Boat gathering on the lake at noon, store. Bruhn, also present, talked about followed by a community parade at 2 p.m, community art projects and live music all Preservation Trust, which has helped afternoon, and a street dance with Bow save numerous other village stores in Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck from 6 to 8 Vermont, including one in Putney. He p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. stressed that, for the store’s long-term sustainability, the community should


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bedroom and bathroom, plus plumbing and electricity, all supported by 10 different trees. Then there’s “Michael’s Memorial” tree house with its swooping roofline and suspended rope bridge. Local architect James “B’fer” Roth designed the playful structure for the children of his friend Michael, who was dying of cancer. Community volunteers joined in to construct the house atop a 12-foot pine stump. Local tree-house design/builders, including Roth, will join in the tour, answering questions and discussing their processes in depth. Proceeds from ticket sales — $50 each — will feed back into the Yestermorrow scholarship fund, ensuring that Vermont sees plenty more design/build students — and, probably, more awesome tree houses. “There’s obviously something very enticing about tree houses,” says Eckstein. “They’re people’s childhood dreams. They want to finally bring them to fruition.” m


Three of the tree houses were designed and built by Yestermorrow students. Each year, the school offers a class in sustainable tree-house building, which inevitably fills up months in advance, says Eckstein. Part of what makes these structures so appealing, of course, is that they’re difficult to get right. In the class, students discuss tree physiology with a visiting arborist, who stresses the importance of choosing the right species and attaching the house in a way that keeps the tree alive and healthy. There are engineering difficulties, too. “Trees sway in the breeze,” Eckstein notes. “What happens if they’re swaying in different directions? What happens if the tree house is torn apart? It’s a real design challenge.” Eckstein describes one of the houses Yestermorrow students built for a client as “Peter Pan-ish, frivolous … with lots of funny and crooked angles.” Another stop on the tour, he says, is an elegant, open-sided structure perched in a beech tree, its floor shaped like a beech leaf. The place has a sleeping loft for kids, says Eckstein, “Though I think the parents have used it, too.” The tour will head over the Lincoln Gap to visit two handicap-accessible tree houses at Zeno Mountain Farm. And it will stop by a local designer’s private home to take in what Eckstein calls “an absolutely immense” guesthouse, featuring a living room, dining room,


t’s not easy to build a house in a tree. After all, trees are living things; they grow, suffer damage and, ultimately, die. When you plop a house on — or around — one, “You’re building a structure that’s reliant on the tree that holds it,” says Dan Eckstein, curriculum director at Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren. “If you do it in a way that damages the tree, you jeopardize the house.” Still, most people can’t get enough of the leafy hideaways — and there are a whole lot more of them tucked away in the woods and backyards of Vermont than you might expect. “People love the concept of being up in the trees,” Eckstein says. For the past 10 years, Yestermorrow has raised money for its scholarship fund by leading an annual Innovative Homes Tour that lets people peer inside the wild, unusual structures of the Mad River Valley, famous for incubating the iconoclastic Prickly Mountain architects in the 1960s. This year, the school is trying something new: climbing into the trees. The daylong tour this Saturday, August 11 — with a lunch stop at Yestermorrow’s campus — will explore seven tree houses in central Vermont. And these aren’t your typical rigged-up backyard playhouses. The structures, some of which boast grand entryways, complex designs and even indoor plumbing, are much loftier.

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superficial portrayals to plumb greater emotional depths. As John Jasper, Sasser is especially deft at showing the mental anguish behind his steely, villainous glares. As Rosa, Wolfson affects convincingly the heavy emotional burden with which her particular romantic circumstances have saddled her. As the title character — performed by actress Miss Alice Nutting in the frame play — Wendy Fuller effectively plays against gender, though what Holmes was trying to achieve with this quirk of casting isn’t entirely clear. Fuller is strongest in a

range in the show’s demanding musical numbers — 21 in all. Holmes’ lyrics are cleverly wrought to convey character and dramatic situation. Sasser and Wolfson sing the haunting “Moonfall” in duet to describe John Jasper’s yearning for his nephew’s fiancée. “No Good Can Come From Bad” becomes a kind of anthem of the accursed, as sung by the dinner guests and staff on that fateful Christmas night. The all-cast number “Off to the Races” restores rollicking good cheer to the show over the interval between first and second acts. The show’s “orchestrette” provides solid musical backing despite being only a trio: musical director Jono Mainelli and Nate Venet on keyboards and Nick Detter on percussion. It may be all this cast needs to execute Holmes’ catchy tunes, and it may be all the Skinner Barn can take, given the size of the cast. The venue’s charms notwithstanding, the room is not great for sound projection. Some of Holmes’ quicker, more complex lyrics are difficult to decipher from solo singers. The challenge of vocal projection is no doubt compounded by that of wearing Victorian-era garb at the height of summer. But if the cast members’ physical exertions are, at times, apparent, they maintain unflaggingly high energy throughout this somewhat lengthy, two-hour-plus production. Some players, such as Sasser, even gain intensity toward the finale. One of the more high-spirited musical numbers, “Lover’s [sic] Duet,” features Milstein’s Puffer and a considerably younger male Deputy (Nick Caycedo) in a paupers’ pas de deux — and a romantic coupling chosen by the audience. The interactive gimmick adds a fun flourish to a musical that could probably work without it. In this creditable production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, it’s a reminder that, even in the face of murderous machinations, taking theater seriously — or not — is a matter of choice. m courtesy of David Garten



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pivotal scene with Wolfson and, later, in a comic bit that cannot be revealed without introducing a spoiler — a danger even in a review of a play with an unpredictable ending. In a supporting role, Halloran turns in a fully realized depiction of an anxious vicar in the midst of wickedness — quite possibly his own, should the audience make that choice. Although the sweat on his brow may have resulted from the heat (really, it’s the humidity) on the Skinner stage, he wore it as naturally as his clerical collar. As Princess Puffer, a fallen lady who runs an opium den, Judy Milstein earns laughs for her bawdy, streetwise persona — but also sympathy for her sad life story revealed in mournful song. Corley’s cast demonstrates laudable

t has been said that theater is among London’s Musical Hall Royale and the evethe most democratic of art forms. Its ning’s master of ceremonies, he extends roots are in ancient Greece, where the welcome by addressing the audience theater festivals were important civic directly. The Mystery of Edwin Drood is events. In today’s theaters, as playwright a play within the play, with Cartwright David Ives has written, one must negoti- introducing each actor in his company ate for the shared armrest with the person as he or she appears in the performance. sitting in the next seat. Democracy in Standing just to the respectable side of action! Audience members also have the raffish, he sets a mirthful mood, luring us freedom, should they wish to avail them- into the spectacle like a carnival barker. selves of it, to express their opinions of The story that ensues is, in some rethe performance while the show is under spects, familiar: In the city of Cloisterham, way — to players who just might register young Edwin Drood (a cross-dressing this response in real time. Hail the First Wendy Fuller) is betrothed to the comely Amendment! The Mystery of Edwin Drood takes this notion of democratic theater to a new level. A murder mystery set in Victorian England and adapted from Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel of the same title, the musical theater production allows audience members to vote on the resolution of a few plot points, including the most pivotal issue: whodunit. The players then enact the closing scenes that fit the audience’s choice. This Choose Your Own Adventure-esque gimmick engaged Broadway audiences when the show debuted in 1985, with book, music and lyrics by Rupert Holmes. In the charmingly rustic Skinner Barn, where the Commons Group is currently staging Drood, these interactive sequences take on the quality of a town meeting. The The cast of The Mystery of Edwin Drood moths and occasional tires crunching down the dirt road behind the barn add to the effect. These bursts of local color frame a piece of theater Rosa Bud (Laura Wolfson). Trouble is, marked by fully realized performances Edwin’s uncle, John Jasper (James Sasser), of generally high caliber. Coincidentally, who is also Rosa’s choral tutor, is madly in the show’s director, Nick Corley, will join love with her. With the arrival of two adult the cast of a Broadway revival of the play orphans from Ceylon, Neville and Helena this fall. While Waitsfield is a world apart Landless (Erik Freeman and Sharon from the Great White Way, Corley and cast Dube, respectively), the plot thickens, as have clearly set a high bar for their humble Neville also displays an attraction to Rosa. production. Jealousies flare when the group, along The cast’s eagerness to invite the with the Landlesses’ chaperone, Reverend audience into their theatrical world is Crisparkle (Michael Halloran), gathers at evident even before the mystery is set in John Jasper’s house for Christmas dinner. motion, as actors mingle with theatergo- It is a dark and stormy night — ideal for ers, making English-accented small talk a diabolical act. By sunrise, one has been and sometimes alluding to what is about committed. to take place. By curtain time, the room is Overall, the acting in The Mystery of raucous with chatter and laughter. When Edwin Drood strikes broad notes in conPeter Boynton steps onstage in the guise cordance with this melodrama. At moof William Cartwright, impresario of ments, however, the players push beyond


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he third Monday in July was a busy one at Sterling College. Staff and students impregnated a sow named Maple with sperm from Majestic Martini, a stud pig from Iowa — no easy task. In the afternoon, Hill Farmstead Brewery’s Dan Suarez arrived on campus to show students how to make beer. And in the campus kitchen, staff continued to break down and cook the 700-pound sow slaughtered the previous week into cutlets, pancetta, salami, bacon and sausages that they would dish out at campus meals.







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“She was really big, so she made it into a lot of things,” noted Anne Obelnicki, Sterling’s director of sustainable food systems. The next day, ominous skies compelled an instructor to cancel a learning session with the college’s two draft horses, Rex and Lincoln. Instead, a few students fanned out across the farm to cull ripe veggies and herbs; they later showed up at the kitchen’s back door drenched from the rain but laden with


boxes of chard, cilantro, scapes and broccoli. For two consecutive summers, the 130 acres of rolling fields in Craftsbury Common — along with the resident turkeys, pigs, hens, rabbits and cows — have provided both sustenance and teaching tools to Vermont’s Table, a two-session program in sustainable food systems. Each five-week session has a different focus: The first is devoted to animal-related skills such as butchering, sausage making, and dairy and cheese production; the second teaches students about everything from raising vegetables, fermentation and tractor skills to food writing and entrepreneurialism. “It’s very dense. It’s a lot to pick up in five weeks,” said Nina Vuoso, who traveled to Sterling from Davis, Calif., on a scholarship that covered the $7000-persession tuition. Her hair still wet from the rain, the 23-year-old biochemist said she’d been impressed with the intimacy of the farm-to-fork culture that many Vermonters probably take for granted. “[Local] is really taking off where I am. Every place in the Northeast Kingdom seems to feed into the food system,” she said. “People seem to need each other a lot; it’s like going back in time.” Vermont’s Table is a natural outgrowth of the college’s undergraduate program in sustainable agriculture and reflects a national trend toward the growth of academic programs in food studies and systems. In 1996, New York University introduced the first master’s degree program in food studies. Since then, schools including Indiana University, Chatham University in Pittsburgh and the University of Vermont have rolled out food-centric degree programs, as well. Concurrently, schools such as Yale University have started campus farms to fuel their kitchens and expose students to food production. Sterling combines both practices. The campus has maintained a farm for 30 years, ever since it housed an environmentally conscious prep school for boys. “Farms paired with institutions are typically absent” from higher education, THE KINGDOM AS CLASSROOM

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The Summer of Pizza isn’t over yet. On Thursday, August 2, the owners of panaDEro baKEry in Burlington welcomed locals to a soft opening of the eatery’s very first dinner service. This Thursday will be the official grand opening, with dinner served Thursday through Saturday every week from now on. “My husband has always been a pizza fanatic,” JEssIca buncE says of co-owner ryan. “His forte is the pizza thing. I’m the one who loves baked goods.” Pizza isn’t the only thing that distinguishes pIzza at panaDEro from the space’s daytime identity. Jessica Bunce is eager to note the new nighttime ambience of the bakery, with its low lighting at the bar and windows. In the area reserved for pastry during the day, the Bunces serve beer and wine at night to


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If you’ve ever swooned over a rich Valencia tomato, dipped into a creamy bagna càuda at a party or marveled at how much local food your favorite restaurant has on its menu, you may have tErra MaDrE to thank, at least in part. For the past several years, Vermonters have traveled to the biannual slow-food conference in Torino, Italy, and returned home with ideas that they seed across our landscape — from new varieties of heirloom vegetables to workshops on new ways to cook and taste (many of them organized by sLow fooD VErMont). This year, the five-person New England delegation to Terra Madre will include four Vermonters, including hugo Lara of a LIttLE pEruVIan and chef Jason tostrup of the Inn at wEathErsfIELD. This Friday, August 10, the staffs of several Addison County eateries will gather at LIncoLn pEaK VInEyarD in New Haven to cook up a feast to raise money for their airfare and other expenses. “We’ll be there [at Terra Madre] to represent Vermont and learn what’s happening with the rest of the world,” says Lara, a member of Slow Food Vermont’s board. The New Haven dinner will revolve around Italian, French, Peruvian and vegan tasting stations. Lara will

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Don’t let the Chinese name fool you. JIanfEng LI knows a thing or two about Japanese food. The chef has been cooking at the hibachi table at Koto JapanEsE stEaKhousE for 10 years. Before that, he worked in New York, where he went to school to learn to make sushi. Now, along with co-owner JErry LIn, Jianfeng is spreading his wings with a Japanese restaurant of his own. Through translator LILI fEng, Jianfeng says he expects hana JapanEsE rEstaurant (no relation to the defunct Hana Restaurant in Stowe) to open by the end of August. It will be a welcome addition to the Blue Mall in South Burlington, where 135 Dorset Street has stood empty since Eric’s Place closed in 2010. Inside the underconstruction restaurant, the kitchen is filling up with all-new equipment. A countertop is being fitted with a sushi bar. The offerings will include both traditional maki and hand rolls and original creations Jianfeng says he looks forward to sharing with Vermonters. The Spicy Crunch Roll combines spicy tuna with deep-fried avocado. The Lobster Roll features lobster tempura, cucumber, crab, avocado and shrimp, all wrapped in soybean paper. While the 60-seat restaurant has no hibachi tables, Hana will serve hibachi-style meals like the ones Jianfeng prepared at Koto until he left last month. They will range from lunch specials featuring veggies or chicken with fried rice and miso soup to multicourse dinners of filet mignon and lobster tail. The kitchen appetizers and entrées will offer a few surprises, including softshell crab katsu and yakisoba.

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food The Kingdom as Classroom « p.36 noted Tim Patterson, Sterling’s director of advancement Vuoso and her fellow students — who ranged in age from 20 to 62 — were rooming in the former digs of the Inn on the Common, which the college purchased two years ago. Outside the building, hydrangea bushes drooped low over the lawn. Inside, the first floor had became a veritable classroom: Curing guanciale could be found hanging inside a refrigerator. In the next room, numbers and prices covered a dry-erase board, left over from a lesson on the costs and potential profits of turning

student was studying the economic viability of cut flowers. “The farm is an excellent place to see how students make connections,” said Patterson. “It’s a farm and college where you can make mistakes.” Patterson grew up in Craftsbury but left Vermont for college and to work abroad; he recently returned to his home state, drawn in part by its food renaissance. The Kingdom’s wholesome rep has helped attract both full-time college students and career changers to Sterling. “Some are expressing dissatisfaction with their jobs now, or they jeb wallace-brODeur

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vegetables into sauerkraut. Down some creaky stairs in the basement, carboys of ale were fermenting after the previous day’s lesson, as were jars of week-old kimchi and sauerkraut. Each student arrives with individual goals, though these may shift over the course of the program, given its breadth. Vuoso, for instance, came to witness a tightly calibrated food system firsthand, as well as to discover ways to expand the reach of healthy produce. “I wanted to see where interventions can happen so that people can gain more access to fruit and vegetables,” she said. A week in, however, Vuoso admitted that her head was spinning from the classes and the pace of learning. Along with a rigorous schedule of classes, seminars, harvesting, food production, and visits to local farms and eateries, students are encouraged to explore their own interests. Accordingly, their projects dotted the campus — from the paddock where a pile of spotted piglets was dozing (student Sierra LeCroix was raising them for sale) to the halfacre flower garden where another 4T-depothome&garden080812 .indd 1

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want a career that’s more grounding,” Patterson said. Alia Dalal, a 26-year-old naturalfoods chef from Chicago, counted herself in the latter group. “I was at a crossroads in my career and wanted to learn more about the food system,” she said. “In Chicago, all of our ‘local food’ comes from Michigan. I wanted to see how a closed food system works.” Sterling’s staff would love its farmto-table program to be as self-sustaining as possible, but local food ebbs and flows with the seasons. One student study showed that, over the course of the past year, 12 percent of the food consumed by students and staff came from campus, while 60 percent was local to the Kingdom. In summer, that figure is close to 100 percent, said Patterson, barring such items as lemons and peanut butter. The simple act of eating well is at the heart of everything at Sterling. Obelnicki, who is also Vermont Table’s head instructor, arrived last year to ensure that the kitchen would exemplify that principle, and she was given


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with sunflower seeds; a beet salad; another salad of cucumbers and radishes; and a heaping bowl of lightly dressed, buoyant mizuna, a peppery green. In contrast to the abundance here, Vermont’s Table is not yet financially in the black. “It’s getting there,” said Obelnicki. Even so, the college is investing in the farm’s infrastructure — expanding gardens and building a new center that will include greenhouses, an icehouse, classrooms and a modified horse barn — to attract an ever-growing crop of students. Those who head back home this August will depart with plenty to think about. “How can we take this model back to more densely populated cities?” wondered Vuoso. “This is making me think it’s all possible.” m

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Obelnicki, assistant kitchen manager Jimmy Kalp and the rest of the staff are busy from early morning in their kitchen, baking bread or curing meats or thinking up menus incorporating whatever is on hand — such as the 50 pounds of cauliflower, four cases of chard, bunches of cilantro, trays of eggs and quinoa that filled the larder last week. “We’ll make some into pesto, and some we’ll steam with salt,” Kalp said of the pile of chard at his feet. At each communal meal, the hot and cold dishes — mostly vegetarian — are arranged on two long tables. Vuoso said she is “picky” about the meat she eats; Dalal was concerned about the offerings, as her diet is both vegetarian and dairyand gluten-free. Yet both have sailed smoothly through each meal. “Our plates are very colorful,” Vuoso observed. On this Tuesday, the meal consisted of almost creamy sweet-and-sour pork; a cauliflower-and-carrot salad sprinkled


free rein there. “We worked hard to take the kitchen to another level,” she said. Besides using what’s available on campus, the Sterling chefs draw from some 30 local producers, including Pete’s Greens down the road. “It’s not outside of the ethic, or driving the ethic. It is the ethic of the college,” Obelnicki said of the farm-to-table program. She’s no stranger to building food systems: After attending the Culinary Institute of America, Obelnicki worked in various roles to link farmers and restaurants, most notably as a project manager for the national nonprofit Chefs Collaborative. Still, she said, “I’ve reached something here I’ve never done in the past.” That is, she has deepened the campus’ self-reliance and extended it throughout the year. Sterling uses all the food it produces — including last summer’s glut of cucumbers, which staff and students turned into 125 pounds of pickles that lasted until March.

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She conducted her interview with Seven Days in a similarly tech-assisted manner, occasionally typing a Thai word into her tablet before sharing the English translation. A successful businesswoman who owned four homes, Kae Alexander was in no hurry to relocate to the U.S. from Thailand. But she was ready to start a family with the man she’d grown to love long-distance. She gave Bill an ultimatum: She would consider moving to Vermont if he would first spend some time living in Thailand. They purchased a Spanish-style home together on the coast in Samut Prakan, where she owned another restaurant. Kae Alexander still keeps a photo of the home in a frame labeled “Dreams.” Bill agreed to stay there for six months while Kae continued to work late nights, running her businesses and cooking. They visited temples and, as Kae describes it, “We build everything new. We live together, and we love so much. I tell him I need a strong family: heart for heart, not papers for papers.” After just three months in the house together, she was ready to join Bill in

Vermont. They wed on December 29, 2011, and relocated to a rental cottage in Castleton, where Bill had a consulting job. Almost immediately, the new bride was eager to start cooking again, frustrated by the required wait for a work permit and Social Security number. She started Thai Catering of Vermont in February with a clear goal: to expose her new neighbors to authentic Thai food without pandering to the American palate. “They very good people; like a lot,” Alexander says of her original customer base in Castleton. “They know Thai food more. They closer to New York.” Now, back in the couple’s permanent home in Shelburne, Kae Alexander is learning about the personality of Chittenden County diners. She usually cooks only Monday through Friday, while her husband works in southern Vermont, but her opening day was an exception. On the Saturday of the Shelburne Museum Art and Craft Festival, Alexander set up a small tent on her front lawn, right across the street from the museum. She cooked a limited menu in a wok on a hot plate. By late afternoon, a crowd had gathered to watch Alexander prepare her fried pad Thai. Alexander’s regular menu boasts more authentic takes on dishes familiar to Vermonters — such as that pad Thai — along with dishes rarely seen beyond the Gulf of Thailand. A number of those are Thai comfort foods more often cooked in homes than in restaurants. Pad nor mai woon sen, which Alexander pronounces as “pad nomee,” is chief among them. The sugary, soy-based stir-fry is the Thai equivalent of a meatloaf used to hide vegetables. Alexander says her own mother cooked it to trick her into eating garlic and other vegetables she didn’t ANDY DUBACK


picing things up has been a recurring theme in Kae and Bill Alexander’s relationship. The couple met three years ago in Thailand, when Vermonter Bill was in Bangkok as a freelance web designer. Kae prepared him basil-flavored pad krapow at her Chon Buri restaurant, one of three seafood eateries she owned in the Bangkok region. “I make it with same heat as for a Thai person,” Kae Alexander remembers. l oc al, fr es h, ori gi nal Despite Bill’s reddening face, “He not tell me about so hot. Then I said, ‘Next time you come to eat, I promise to make not so hot for you.’” Bill became a regular over his three-month tenure in the city, 1076 Williston Road, S. Burlington and a romance was born despite the 862.6585 pair’s mutual language limitations. Soon Vermonters may start a love affair of their own with Kae Alexander’s spicy cooking. She opened her takeout eatery, Thai Catering of Vermont, at the couple’s Shelburne home on 8v-windjammer-080812.indd 1 8/6/12 1:01 PM July 28. Disappointed with the lessthan-authentic Thai food she’d tried EXCULUSIVE DEALER OF in the United States, Alexander was determined to introduce Vermonters to the real thing. Now they can order from Thai Catering of Vermont’s moderately Sign Up to WIN sized menu and pick up weekday lunch A $200 PRIZE or dinner. Her life as an at-home caterer is a far cry from the one that Kae, née Pangthanamaneerat, was living when Only $1.7 she served her future husband that first 5 fo r a single dutc h!! krapow. The accomplished 30-year-old also has a degree in interior design and owned a real estate firm in Thailand. When Bill Alexander returned to Shelburne, he and Kae stayed in touch while he did a web redesign for her company. What Bill didn’t know was that the woman he was communicating with wasn’t Kae; it was her Englishspeaking older sister. “When we meet excluding vapes and tobacco together, I say ‘Yes, yes, yes.’ Everything yes! He think I can speak English, but no,” admits Kae Alexander, who has been studying the language at home since she arrived in the States. On a return visit, Bill Alexander learned of his lady love’s de facto “The tobacco shop with the hippie flavor” Cyrano. From then on, to guarantee 75 Main St., Burlington, VT 802.864.6555 he was talking to the right woman, the Mon-Thur 10-9; F-Sat 10-10; Sun 12-7 pair communicated via Skype, with Kae Alexander using Google Translater and a Must be 18 to purchase tobacco products, ID required Thai-to-English dictionary.

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cherry tomatoes and marbled green balls that turn out to be Thai eggplants. Though som tam is often used as a cooling side in American Thai restaurants, it’s really intended as a dish of its own. Alexander says she prepared the dish with a milder dose of heat than she would for a Thai person. Served with a quartered hard-boiled egg and a few slices of cucumber, it leaves a pleasantly prickly fire on my lips for almost an hour after I’ve finished it; the spice is perfect, and the flavors aren’t overbearing. Alexander says that next time I try the som tam, she’ll serve it the way she did at her restaurants in Thailand — with fried chicken, eggs and pork, a presentation all her own. She’s excited to introduce Vermonters to different regional types of Thai cuisine, including northernstyle delicacies from the Chiang Mai area. Alexander cooks four regional variations of tom yum soup, the Thai restaurant staple. Her rich, bright-red Bangkok version strikes a beautiful balance of sour and spicy with a little help from fat chunks of fresh galangal, a more complex relative of ginger. For now, most of Alexander’s customers are locals who happen to pass her home and see the makeshift sign advertising Thai food. But she’d like that to change; for four months, the Alexanders have been looking for a sit-down restaurant space in the Burlington area, with no luck. “We have to find somewhere we can open,” Kae Alexander says. “We need customer seat so they can really sit and have some music — I like music, too.” Until then, diners hungry for a taste of true home-cooked Thai food can head to Alexander’s home and pick some up. The man who inspired her move across the globe can attest to its quality: “That’s how I’ve gained 30 pounds,” Bill Alexander says with a groan. m

Thai Catering of Vermont, 5997 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, 363-2601, Available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; make special arrangements for delivery of large orders or weekend catering.


like when she was a young child. At her restaurants in Thailand, she pulled the same maneuver on young customers. “Kids come and say, ‘Ooh, very nice,’” she says, widening her eyes. It remains to be seen if the bamboo dish will play as well with American youngsters, but adults are sure to enjoy the tender shoots, sweet, roasted whole garlic cloves and chunks of scrambled egg, all mixed with carrots, mushrooms, scallions and cherry tomatoes. Kai jeow omelettes are often served as a side dish in American Thai restaurants. At Thai Catering of Vermont, they’re a main attraction. Alexander starts by taking a fist-size portion of lean pork from her big black refrigerator. On her marble countertop, she places the meat on a small cutting board and begins to chop frenetically. Once it looks coarsely ground, she buries a single carrot stick in the pile and chops until the pork is mixed with tiny flecks of orange. She breaks two eggs in a bowl and whips them with a squeeze of fresh lime, chopped onions and scallions until they’re foamy. Then she adds the pork mixture, soy sauce, Squid brand fish sauce and powdered chicken stock. She heats oil in her wok until it steams and quickly throws in the egg mixture, shaking it and making it dance across the pan. Once it’s finished cooking, Alexander tosses the omelette on a pile of freshly steamed rice. The crisp outside opens up to an airy, soufflé-like interior. The rich, slightly oily dish bursts with the meaty chunks of pork and sweet, slightly charred onion. One is barely enough. Next, Alexander prepares another dish often seen as a side or starter — som tam. The name of this green papaya salad translates into English as “sour pounded.” That’s because it’s made in an old-fashioned stone mortar and forced full of flavor with a matching pestle. Alexander starts by grinding a few cloves of garlic in the deep bowl. Bit by bit, she adds vegetable after vegetable, pounding fresh lime, bird’s-eye chiles, fish sauce and palm sugar into the mix. Completed, her version of the dish is uncommonly appealing to the eye, with a white base of papaya matchsticks dotted with bright-red


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BERRY BUSH OPTIONS: CANNING & PRESERVATION: Marijke Niles covers horticulture, canning, drying, preserving and freezing with everything from gooseberries to jostaberries. UVM Horticultural Research Center, South Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $10-20. Info, 864-3073.


OPEN ROTA MEETING: Neighbors keep tabs on the gallery’s latest happenings. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8 p.m. Free. Info, 518-563-0494.


KNIT NIGHT: Crafty needleworkers (crocheters, too) share their talents and company as they spin yarn. Phoenix Books, Essex, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111. MAKE STUFF!: Defunct bicycle parts become works of art and jewelry that will be sold to raise funds and awareness for Bike Recycle Vermont. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 264-9687.






PUBLIC VIEWING NIGHT: Stargazers head to the College Observatory to take in star clusters and Saturn. Call for a status report in case of inclement weather. McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury College, 9-10:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-2266.

fairs & festivals

ADDISON COUNTY FAIR & FIELD DAYS: Vermont’s largest agricultural fair hosts horse shows, tractor pulls, kiddie rides and live entertainment. Addison County Fairgrounds, New Haven, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. $5-12; $15-35 season pass; $10-15 ride bracelet; free for ages 5 and under. Info, 545-2557. VERMONT FESTIVAL OF THE 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,


‘THIS IS NOT A FILM’: Banned from making films, Jafar Panahi investigates the ontology of cinema while under house arrest in this documentary exploring artistic expression. Spaulding Auditorium,

Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.

food & drink

BARRE FARMERS MARKET: Crafters, bakers and farmers share their goods in the center of the town. Barre City Hall Park, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, CHAMPLAIN ISLANDS FARMERS MARKET: Baked items, preserves, meats and eggs sustain shoppers in search of local goods. St. Rose of Lima Church, South Hero, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 372-3291. COLCHESTER FARMERS MARKET: Vendors present passersby with fresh local produce, specialty foods and crafts. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7576. 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. NOFAVORE SOCIAL: Folks join NOFA Vermont to celebrate local, organic agriculture with fresh, wood-fired pizza. Attendees contribute to a discussion of its five-year strategic plan. Clear Brook Farm, Shaftsbury, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 434-4122, info@



It’s hard to put a finger on what’s so winning about Pearl and the Beard. Is it their penchant for posing in a hand-knit, three-person sweater? Is it the fact that the band “loves you the way you’ve always been,” as its website bio states? Charm factor aside, it’s probably the band’s endless three-part harmonies and whimsical indie rock that will earn it a spot in your favor. It’s impossible to tell where one voice stops and another begins in the Brooklyn trio’s dreamlike “campfire folk,” PEARL AND THE BEARD which kicks off a free concert series in Burlington City Hall Park. Thursday, August 9, 6:30 p.m., at Burlington City Hall Park. Free; cash bar. Info, 865-7166. Singer-songwriter Kayln Rock opens.

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@ SUN TO CHEESE TOURS: Fromage fans take a behind-the-scenes look at dairy farming and cheese making as they observe raw milk turning into farmhouse cheddar. Shelburne Farms, 2-4 p.m. $15 includes a block of cheese. Info, 985-8686. 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,

health & fitness

R.I.P.P.E.D.: An acronym for Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics and Endurance, this class challenges participants’ determination and strength. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $8-10. Info, 578-9243.



CHILDREN’S SUMMER MUSIC SERIES: Burlington duo Robert & Gigi inspire sing-alongs suitable for youngsters. Center Court, University Mall, South Burlington, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11. CRAFTSBURY CHAMBER PLAYERS MINICONCERTS: Little ones take in classical compositions with their adult companions. UVM WED.08

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SUMMER ARGENTINE TANGO PRÁCTICA: Buenos Aires-born footwork graces the wooden floor. Instructor Elizabeth Seyler is on hand to answer questions. Colibri Architects, Burlington, 7:45-10:15 p.m. $3. Info, 215-432-1023.

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Enchanted Island The themes of The Tempest are dark and stormy, but let’s hope the weather doesn’t match for Vermont Shakespeare Company’s upcoming run of Shakespeare in the Park. Helmed by Jena Necrason and John Nagle, the Bard’s magic-packed story gets a double dose of plein-air presentations SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: ‘THE TEMPEST’ in North Hero and Burlington this Friday, August 10, 6 p.m.; Saturday, month. The sorcerer Prospero’s plot August 11, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and Sunday, for revenge from his desert-island August 12, 6 p.m., at Knight Point State exile becomes all the more real when Park in North Hero. Grounds open one hour before curtain time for picnicking. it’s set against the shores of Lake View website for August 17 to 19 times Champlain. Romance, betrayal and at Oakledge Park in Burlington. $20-25; free for kids under 12. Info, 877-874-1911. wizardry abound at the hands of this professional troupe.


HARPOON POINT TO POINT Saturday, August 11, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 115-mile ride departs Williston at 7 a.m.; 50-mile ride departs Bethel at 11 a.m.; 25-mile ride departs Windsor at 1 p.m.; postride party at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, 1 to 6 p.m. $40-235. Proceeds benefit the Vermont Foodbank. Info, 477-4121.



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edal pushers spin through the state on Saturday with a twofold destination: Harpoon Brewery and the end of hunger. They’ll reach the former and go great lengths toward the latter at Harpoon Point to Point, the biggest fundraising event of the year for the Vermont Foodbank. (It’s raised nearly half a million dollars since 2002.) Hundreds of riders tough out demanding climbs, winding roads and some unpaved terrain on 25-, 50- or 115-mile routes, all converging in Windsor for a barbecue party. On the long journey there, cyclists can look forward to jazz guitar by Dave Keller, cold beer and — yes — hot showers.

Taj Mahal conquered the blues at an early age — and he’s been expanding the genre ever since. Called “both a spelunker and an astronaut in the musical world” by Puremusic, the 70-year-old borrows from reggae, jazz, gospel, R&B and zydeco to create an unparalleled sound. His most recent album, Maestro, definitively establishes him as a living legend. The Grammy-nominated collection features Los Lobos, Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Angélique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley, all major artists who cite Taj Mahal’s body of work as inspiration. Fall under the influence at Spruce Peak next Wednesday. Wednesday, August 15, 8 p.m., at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort. $50-70. Info, 760-4634.





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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, 877-324-6386, ext. 100. Exordium Adventure: Preschoolers to sixth graders explore the natural world in hands-on education programs at the park. Highgate Public Library, 10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 868-3970. Garden Story Time: Weather permitting, kids ages 4 and under park themselves in the grass for tall tales and tunes. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. ‘Into the Woods’: Bakers and witches are neighbors and there are giants in the sky in this Very Merry Theatre adaptation. Battery Park, Burlington, noon. Free. Rocket Launch: Youngsters with sky-high hopes build simple flying saucers and watch as the Champlain Regional Model Rocket Club counts down to a bigger liftoff. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.


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


Conscious Roots: Northern Vermont’s rootsreggae band mixes together Afro-beat rhythms, ska, jazz and rock. Fairfax Town Office Green, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. Craftsbury Chamber Players: World-class musicians explore classical compositions by Messiaen, Bunch and Brahms. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 8 p.m. $8-22; free for ages 12 and under. Info, 800-639-3443.

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, Town of Shelburne Summer Concert Series: The Rhythm Rockers grace the Farm Barn lawn — and fireworks follow. Shelburne Farms, gates open at 5:30 p.m.; performance at 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 985-9551.


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,


Create a Vision Board: Big dreamers focus their intentions and motivations in a workshop with life coach Marianne Mullen. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5-7; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202,

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. 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.


‘The F-35s in Burlington?’: In a public forum moderated by Sandy Baird, speakers Jared Carter, Maggie Frye, Suzi Wizowaty, Nora Kell and Michael Mahoney discuss how property values, affordable housing, air- and noise-pollution levels, and militarization of the region could be affected. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9616. Yestermorrow Summer Lecture Series: Author Sheri Koones shares case studies on the meeting point of efficiency and affordability in “Prefab and Sustainable.” Yestermorrow Design/ Build School, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 496-5545.


‘Beauty Shop Stories’: Vignettes of growing up in her mother’s small-town Texas beauty parlor set the stage for Faye Lane’s musical and comic tour de force. Phantom Theater, Edgcomb Barn, Warren, 8 p.m. $15. Info, 496-5997. ‘Forever Plaid’: 1950s boy-band members Sparky, Jinx, Smudge and Frankie sing songs of the era in this Saint Michael’s Playhouse musical. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 8 p.m. $31.50-40.50. Info, 654-2281. ‘The 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., 7:30 p.m. $32-88. Info, 603-448-0400. ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’: Audience members have a say in the ending of the Commons Group’s musical adaptation of the unfinished Dickens mystery. Skinner Barn Theater, Waitsfield, 8 p.m. $20. Info, 496-4422. ‘The Whore and Mr. Moore’: The Dorset Theatre Festival stages the world premiere of this drama by Michael Cristofer. Dorset Playhouse, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. $20-45. Info, 867-2223.


Swing Dance Lessons: Singles and couples practice East Coast swing footwork to country tunes. Perkins Fitness Consulting and Personal Training Studio, South Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $8; $15 per couple. Info, 233-0648.


Genealogy Day Get Together: A New Age family reunion with an open-house format encourages attendees to keep the communication channels open and share family histories. C.P. Smith Elementary, Burlington, noon-8 p.m. Info, 425-4929. Nagasaki Vigil: A vigil marks the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing in Japan. Meet at the bell tower on the corner of Cherry and St. Paul streets, Burlington, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 872-9972. Nonprofit Palooza: Attendees cruise booths manned by 50 not-for-profit organizations at this inaugural event with live music, local fare and door prizes, part of the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 863-3489, ext. 220.

Jump-Start Your Health: Experts help build a foundation for greater health and vitality as they cover exercise, stress, fatigue, diet, weight loss and cleanses in a weekly lecture series. Vermont Women’s Wellness, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7001. 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.

fairs & festivals

‘Into the Woods’: See WED.08, Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, 6:30 p.m.

Addison County Fair & Field Days: See WED.08, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Lake Champlain Maritime Festival: Nonstop music, boat displays, local fare and hands-on exhibits sail into the waterfront at a four-day bash. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 5-10 p.m. Free; admission charged for nightly concerts. Info, 482-3313. Vermont Festival of the Arts: See WED.08, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

food & drink

Fletcher Allen Farmers Market: Locally sourced meats, vegetables, bakery items, breads and maple syrup give hospital employees and visitors the option to eat healthfully. McClure Entrance, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 847-0797, Hinesburg Lions Farmers Market: Growers sell bunched greens, herbs and fruit among vendors of fresh-baked pies, honeycomb, artisan breads and marmalade. United Church of Hinesburg, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 482-3904 or 482-2651.


Peacham Farmers Market: Seasonal berries and produce mingle with homemade crafts and baked goods from the village. Academy Green, Peacham, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 592-3161. The Pennywise Pantry: On a tour of the store, shoppers create a custom template for keeping the kitchen stocked with affordable, nutritious eats. City Market, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700.


Mister G.: The award-winning musician delivers a tuneful interlude to the summer-reading program. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free; ticket required. Info, 388-4097. Music With Raphael: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song and dance moves to traditional and original folk music. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Summer-Reading Program Finale: Triumphant bibliophiles claim prizes, cake and ice cream at a morning of live entertainment. Middle School Gym, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. Teen Club: Adolescents stave off — yawn! — summer boredom with movies, snacks, games and more. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. The Children’s Fair Trade 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.


Bad Braids, Black Magic Family Band, Marco Polio, Alison Lutz: Local and regional bands deliver acoustic music in the gallery. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $3-10. Info, 518-314-9872. Brown Bag Concert Series: Bring your own picnic to a solo concert in the courtyard with singersongwriter Patti Casey. Christ Church, Montpelier, noon. Donations accepted. Info, 223-9604. Craftsbury Chamber Players: See WED.08, Hardwick Town House, 8 p.m. ‘From Opera to Broadway’: International opera soprano Helen Lyons and pianist Benjamin Savoie offer selections from Aida, Show Boat, Porgy and Bess, and more at a benefit for Fairlee’s Camp DartmouthHitchock. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $25; additional donations accepted. Info, 318-8555.


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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.

health & fitness

Early-Literacy Story Time: Weekly themes educate preschoolers and younger children on basic reading concepts. Westford Public Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-5639, westford_pl@vals.state.

New North End Farmers Market: Eaters stroll through an array of offerings, from sweet treats to farm-grown goods. Elks Lodge, Burlington, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-8072, newnorthendmarket@

‘Outside Eyes’: An unhappy homemaker’s attempts to bake a cake and a love duet at an old-fashioned filling station are some of the stories in this informal showing of dance works by the Montpelier Movement Collective and others. Phantom Theater, Edgcomb Barn, Warren, 8 p.m. $15. Info, 496-5997,

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

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.

Jericho Farmers Market: Passersby graze through locally grown veggies, pasture-raised meats, area wines and handmade crafts. Mills Riverside Park, Jericho, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info,

Hip-Hop Workout: Pop and lockers break a sweat with instructor Amia Cervantes. The Bridges Family Resort & Tennis Club, Warren, 5-6 p.m. $15. Info, 229-4676.


Craftsbury Chamber Players MiniConcerts: See WED.08, Fellowship Hall, Greensboro United Church of Christ, 2 p.m.

Authors at the Aldrich: Thriller novelist Jack Du Brul highlights his Charon’s Landing. A concert in Currier Park follows. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 476-7550.


Waterbury Farmers Market: Cultivators and their customers swap veggie tales and edible inspirations at a weekly outdoor emporium. Rusty Parker Memorial Park, Waterbury, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 522-5965, info@waterburyfarmersmarket. com.

Queen City Ghostwalk: Twisted History: Haunted Burlington author Thea Lewis induces goosebumps with hair-raising tales of the city’s fascinating — and spooky — past. Meet at the fountain, Battery Park, Burlington, 11 a.m. $13.50; arrive 10 minutes before start time. Info, 863-5966.


Spend Smart: Those who struggle to save learn savvy skills for managing money. 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.

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Hinesburg Concerts in the Park: The Hinesburg Community Band play on the green. Refreshments available for purchase; popcorn provided. Hinesburg Community School, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 482-2894.




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to Burlington to headline this Lake Champlain Maritime Festival concert with a gypsy-punk mix. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 6-10 p.m. $33-36. Info, 652-0777. N’goNi aNd Fula Flute Project: Traditional African instruments help create a cross-cultural musical style. Brandon Music, 7:30 p.m. $12; $22 includes early-bird dinner special; BYOB. Info, 4654071, Pearl aNd the Beard With KaylN rocK: A singer-songwriter opens for the New York City-born indie-rock threesome. See calendar spotlight. Burlington City Hall Park, 6:30 p.m. Free; cash bar. Info, 865-7166. ricK KleiN & Peter MacFarlaNe: Members of Vermont’s Atlantic Crossing draw inspiration from Celtic and French Canadian traditions. Woodstock Village Green, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3981. rotary coNcerts iN the ParK: Phil ’N’ the Blanks dole out slamming country tunes and new rock. Rain location: Thatcher Brook Primary School gymnasium. Rusty Parker Memorial Park, Waterbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 922-0100. sNoW FarM 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. suMMer coNcert series: Classic-rock band Carnival Hill 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. suMMer jazz WorKshoP Faculty coNcert: Instructors shine on vocals, sax, guitar, piano, bass and percussion. Michael S. Currier Center, Putney School, 8 p.m. $20. Info, 254-9088. sWiNg Noire: Recalling basement speakeasies and old-school cabarets, the gypsy-jazz band performs in a natural outdoor amphitheater as part of the River Road Concert Series. Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 422-3932. the Michele Fay BaNd: An acoustic quartet stirs up seamlessly blended folk, swing and bluegrass. Old Schoolhouse Common, Marshfield, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail. com.


MaKiNg tracKs & 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,



courageous coNVersatioNs: Panelists and members of the audience weigh in on the topic of disabilities. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.


‘cuBa today: chaNges, choices, challeNges’: Through presentations, dialogue and conversation, five distinguished guests from Cuba share their professional work and personal perspectives about the country. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations accepted to support the Vermont Caribbean Institute. Info, 864-4334,


iVaN McBeth: A member of the Green Mountain Druid Order teaches a dragon dance as he discusses the magical creatures of myth. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $8-10; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202,

Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency presents: A Gourmet Shakespearean Feast at Mountain View Country Club, Country Club Road, Greensboro, Vermont

straFFord toWN house ForuM: Veteran journalists David Shribman, Jack Beatty and Carin    &   Pratt spark a lively discussion about the gathering, dissemination and analysis of news over the past century. Strafford Town House, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 765-4037.


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‘the Mystery oF edWiN drood’: See WED.08, 8 p.m. ‘the Whore aNd Mr. Moore’: See WED.08, 8 p.m.


joshua Masters: The Essex-based speaker, artist and author discusses his new book, American Psalms. Phoenix Books Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.

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art iN the gardeN: A bus shuttles visitors to the area’s most beautiful flower patches, where local artists are stationed for inspiration. 5031 Main Street, Waitsfield, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $45. Info, 496-6682.


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BraNdoN sideWalK sales: New shops and businesses line the streets with antiques, gifts, clothing, jewelry, art and more. Various locations, Brandon, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 247-6401.



hecM reVerse Mortgages: Folks planning for their retirement wrap their minds around the basics of home-equity conversion mortgages at a Q&A-friendly session. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 879-8790.

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We WalK the steVeNsoN BrooK: 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,



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, 244-7103,

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

gettiNg there FroM 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,


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Ballroom Lesson & Dance Social: Singles and couples of all levels of experience take a twirl. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; open dancing, 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269. Queen City Contra Dance: Soft-soled steppers move to calling by Diane Silver and music by the Mean Lids. Shelburne Town Hall, beginners’ session, 7:45 p.m.; dance, 8 p.m. $8; free for kids under 12. Info, 371-9492 or 343-7165.

The Ghosts of the 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, N.Y., 8-9:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 518-645-1577.

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Addison County Fair & Field Days: See WED.08, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Danville Fair: This old-school country fair kicks off with a street dance. A parade, the Grand Horse Pulling, carnival rides and fried food galore follow on Saturday. Town Green, Danville, 6 p.m. Free admission; cost of rides and raffles. Info, 684-3352. Friday Night Live: Pedestrians take over a main thoroughfare through town for this weekly outdoor bash featuring beer gardens, two stages for live music and children’s entertainment, and a variety of shopping and eating options. Center Street, Rutland, 6-10 p.m. Free. Info, 773-9380. Lake Champlain Maritime Festival: See THU.09, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Vermont Festival of the Arts: See WED.08, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.


‘First Position’: Six young dancers try to raise the barre at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix competition in Bess Kargman’s award-winning documentary. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-8. Info, 603-646-2422.

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

Lyndon Farmers Market: More than 20 vendors proffer a rotation of fresh veggies, meats, cheeses and more. Bandstand Park, Lyndonville, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, Plainfield Farmers Market: Farmers, cooks, herbalists and crafters attract grocery-shopping locavores with a bounty of fresh veggies, berries, meats, infused olive oils, breads, salsa and more. Mill Street Park, Plainfield, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 454-8614. Richmond Farmers Market: An open-air emporium connects farmers and fresh-food browsers. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-620-3713, Slow Food Vermont Taste of Terra Madre Dinner: Nine restaurants participate in a food-and-wine tasting dinner with live music by Bob Recupero, Michael Corn and Emilie Savitri McDonald. Proceeds benefit the Vermont delegation to the Slow Food Terra Madre conference in Torino, Italy. Lincoln Peak Vineyard, New Haven, 6:30-9 p.m. $45. Info, 595-0058.

‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’: See THU.09, 8 p.m. w


Stowe Antique & Classic Car Meet: Auto enthusiasts hit the brakes for this display of more than 700 vintage cars, military vehicles and street rods, held in conjunction with a massive flea market and Saturday’s parade and evening street dance. Nichols Field, Stowe, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. $10; free for kids under 13. Info, 862-1733.

Ludlow Farmers Market: Merchants divide a wealth of locally farmed products, artisanal eats and unique crafts. Okemo Mountain School, Ludlow, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 734-3829,

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

‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’: See WED.08, 8 p.m.


Queen City Ghostwalk: Twisted History: See THU.09, 11 a.m.

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







Summer Jazz Workshop Student Concert: Numerous vocalists and several piano trios perform. Michael S. Currier Center, Putney School, 3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 254-9088.

Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra Auditions: Vermont’s oldest community orchestra seeks new players. School of Small Business Practice, Moretown, 5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,

Meditative & Improvisational Handprinting Workshop: Participants utilize found objects as they create six to 15 prints on rice paper with artist Nadia Korths. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 a.m.-noon. $20 plus $10 materials fee. Info, 518563-0490,


Kayak Wine & Dine: Adventure-loving adults paddle along the Connecticut River with two knowledgeable guides before a three-course meal. The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm, 6-9 p.m. $3645; $25 for rentals; preregister. Info, 359-5000, ext. 223. Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike: Flashlight holders spy denizens of dusk on a journey to 19thcentury settlement ruins, where spooky Vermont tales await. Meet at the History Hike parking lot, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 7 p.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103,



Dream Big! Youth Media Lab: Fledgling filmmakers create movies and explore related technology in a collaborative program cohosted by Middlebury Community Television. For kids entering fourth grade and up. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.

Earth-Centered Herbalism: Sage Mountain head gardener Micki Visten sheds light on the medicinal uses of plants in our local landscape. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 224-7100.

‘Into the Woods’: See WED.08, Staige Hill Farm, Charlotte, 6:30 p.m. Free.



‘Gypsy’: See THU.09, 7 p.m.

Marlboro Music Festival: A weekend concert series showcases international musicians performing diverse chamber music from all time periods. Persons Auditorium, Marlboro College, 8:30 p.m. $15-37.50. Info, 258-9331. Old Crow Medicine Show, the Lumineers, Milk Carton Kids: Mountain-music revivalists blend folk and bluegrass with rock-and-roll

‘The Whore and Mr. Moore’: See WED.08, 8 p.m.


Avoid Falls With Improved Stability: A personal trainer demonstrates daily practices for seniors concerned about their balance. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 10 a.m. $5. Info, 658-7477.

Jackson Gore Outdoor Music Series: Jamie Ward turns the lawn into an outdoor concert venue. Grill goodies or full-service dining available. Jackson Gore Inn, Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 228-4041.

‘The Shatterer of Worlds Over’: 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.

Vermont Jazz Ensemble: Students working in jazz composition collaborate with the 17-piece big band. Chapel, College Hall, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 828-8600.

Rockin’ the Little River: 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,

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‘The Marriage of Figaro’: Opera singers from all over the country stage Mozart’s opera buffa as part of the German for Singers program. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $15. Info, 382-9222.

PossumHaw: Colby Crehan fronts the Vermont bluegrass and folk band. Grace Episcopal Church, Sheldon, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 326-4603.


Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls: 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.

Friday 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.

‘The Fantasticks’: 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.


Montshire Unleashed: Adults embrace their inner child at a kids-free evening of laboratory learning and engaging exhibits. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 6-9 p.m. $12; free for museum members; cash bar. Info, 649-2200.

Foodways Fridays: 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.

Point CounterPoint: The faculty members of an annual music camp perform works by Beethoven, Bach and Brahms. Salisbury Congregational Church, 7:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 3524609 or 352-6671.

comedy, presented by Opera North. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $32-88. Info, 603-448-0400.



Five Corners Farmers Market: From natural meats to breads and wines, farmers share the bounty of the growing season at an open-air exchange. Lincoln Place, Essex Junction, 3:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 5cornersfarmersmarket@gmail. com.

sensibility as the headliners of this Lake Champlain Maritime Festival concert. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 6-10 p.m. $35-39. Info, 652-0777.

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Queen City Tango Milonga: 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.

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

‘Forever Plaid’: See WED.08, 8 p.m. Shakespeare in the Park: ‘The Tempest’: Vermont Shakespeare Company goes overboard for the Bard’s magically stormy last play. See calendar spotlight. Knight Point State Park, North Hero, 6 p.m. $20-25; free for kids under 12. Info, 877-874-1911. ‘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. $7-10. Info, 626-3663. ‘The Elixir of Love’: Love potions and intoxication figure prominently in Donizetti’s lighthearted



Antiques Appraisal Show: Wallingford’s Jim Marquis helps folks determine the value of their collectibles and ephemera. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 1-5 p.m. $2 general admission; $5 per appraisal or $10 for three appraisals. Info, 899-3379. Community Yard Sale: More than 100 tables hold household items, children’s clothing, books, vintage items and collectibles, tools, and furniture. Proceeds benefit the KidSafe Collaborative of Chittenden County. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Donation drop-offs accepted from August 8-10. Info, 863-9626. Town-Wide Lawn Sale: Bargain hunters road trip through the village, stopping at more than 16 locations, plus a craft and flea market. Various locations, Cabot, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; maps available at Cabot retailers. Info, 563-3338.


Justin Morrill Symposium: National leaders, historians and educators convene to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the senator’s Land Grant College Act. Justin Morrill Homestead, Strafford, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. $25-100 weekend admission. Info, 765-4288,


Choreography Forum With Polly Motley: Experienced choreographers and performance artists establish a network of support at an introduction to an in-progress performance project. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, Montpelier, 11 a.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Info, 229-4676,


Rozalia Project: Marine Debris Cleanup: Volunteers pull on their gloves, pick up trash and collect data to further the understanding of water pollution in Vermont. Casavant Park, Winooski, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 859-3413. sat.11

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Historic Tour of 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. Innovative (Tree)Homes Tour: Architecture buffs sneak a peek inside five hidden residential gems at Yestermorrow’s 10th annual tour, which includes talks with the owners or designers. Proceeds benefit Yestermorrow’s scholarship fund. Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Waitsfield, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $50 includes lunch. Info, 496-5545. Kite Fliers Meeting: Common interests soar as fans of tethered aircrafts meet like-minded peers. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 658-0030, Preservation Burlington Historic Walking Tour: Walkers and gawkers see the Queen City through an architectural and historic perspective. Meet in front of Burlington City Hall, Church Street Marketplace, Burlington, 11 a.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 522-8259. Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls: See FRI.10, 8 p.m. Queen City Ghostwalk: Twisted History: See THU.09, 11 a.m. Stowe Antique & Classic Car Meet: See FRI.10, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. 48 CALENDAR



Danville Fair: See FRI.10, 10 a.m. Festival of the Arts: Regional artists set up shop on the sidewalks, and gallery exhibits, live music, children’s art activities and street fare round out the artful affair. Main Street, Jeffersonville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 644-6438. Lake Champlain Maritime Festival: See THU.09, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. The Taste of Woodstock: Crowds eat up displays of Vermont specialty foods, wine and beer tastings, kids games, and live entertainment. Elm Street, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3555. Vermont Festival of the Arts: See WED.08, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.


New York Short-Film Concert: Asbury Shorts screens an acclaimed program of international short films. Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts, Chester, 8 p.m. $10-15. Info, 875-1018. ‘Polisse’: Real child-investigation cases inspired Maïwenn’s gritty 2011 crime drama, in which a unit is torn apart by gruesome daily realities and equally messy personal lives. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins

Champlain Islands Farmers Market: Baked items, preserves, meats and eggs sustain shoppers in search of local goods. St. Joseph Church Hall, Grand Isle, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 372-3291. Ham, Baked Beans & Salad Supper: Diners load up their plates at a buffetstyle meal, also featuring potato salad, blueberry crisp and ice cream. United Methodist Church, Vergennes, 5-6:30 p.m. $48. Info, 877-3150. Middlebury Farmers Market: See WED.08, 9 a.m.12:30 p.m.



Barnard General Store’s Festival on silver Lake: Kids games, boat races and town historical info figure prominently in Barnard Day on Saturday. Sunday follows with a boat float, community parade, live music and street dance. Various locations, Barnard, noon-5 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Info, 234-9688.

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,


Art in the Park Festival: Handicrafts and fine art attract buyers and gawkers, who can also sample diverse food and music. Main Street Park, Rutland, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 775-0356.

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,


Addison County Fair & Field Days: See WED.08, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

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


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Vintage Boat Show: The Lake Champlain Chapter Antique and Classic Boat Society presents more than 45 historic watercrafts during the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival. Burlington Boathouse, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 482-3313.

‘Wings’: Cinephiles screen William A. Wellman’s 1927 silent World War I epic. New Hampshire composer Jeff Rapsis provides live piano accompaniment. Brandon Town Hall, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 603-236-9237.

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The Hidden History Walking Tour: 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.

Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.


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American Red Cross Blood Drive: Healthy humans part with life-sustaining pints. University Mall, South Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Donors receive an admission ticket to the Champlain Valley Fair. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11.


‘Cinderella’: Ugly stepsisters, fairy godmothers and glass slippers abound in a production by and for kids, produced under the direction of the Missoula Children’s Theatre. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., noon. & 3 p.m. $5-7. Info, 518-523-2512.


August West Festival: Music lovers show their (tie-dye) colors at a Grateful Dead tribute event featuring tunes by Rick Redington & the Luv, a beer tent and free ice cream. Cedarwood Resort, Jay, noon-6 p.m. Free. Info, Callithumpian Consort: The ensemble-in-residence puts on a percussion performance of ensemble and solo pieces by Georges Aperghis, Wolfgang Rihm, Milton Babbitt, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Frederic Rzewski. Chapel, College Hall, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 828-8600. Christopher O’Riley: The internationally acclaimed pianist and host of NPR’s “From the Top” shows his keyboard command. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. $45. Info, 760-4634. Entrain: Genre jumpers take on rock, blues, ska and more 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.

pe ak Mount Tom Farmers Market: p er ter fo r m Purveyors of garden-fresh crops, in g a rt s c e n Marlboro Music Festival: See FRI.10, prepared foods and crafts set up shop for the 8:30 p.m. morning. Parking lot, Mount Tom, Woodstock, 9:30 Northwoods Kingdom Coffeehouse: Florida a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 763-2070, foxxfarm@ native Tim Lancaster matches vocals to the harmonica and guitar. Northwoods Stewardship New England Culinary Institute Tastings: Center, East Charleston, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 723-6551. NECI chef/instructors and students host a series PossumHaw: Colby Crehan fronts the Vermont of cooking demonstrations utilizing seasonal bluegrass and folk band. Private home, Grand Isle, ingredients available at the Capital City Farmers 7-9 p.m. $15 suggested donation; call for location. Market. 60 State Street, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. Info, 373-1698. Free. Info, 223-2958. Rebecca Landell: The Horse and Carriage Barn Newport Farmers Market: See WED.08, 9 offers excellent acoustics for an intimate cello a.m.-2 p.m. concert by this young Richmond native. Pianist Northwest Farmers Market: Stock up on local, Alison Cerutti provides accompaniment. Fisk Farm seasonal produce, garden plants, canned goods and Art Center, Isle La Motte, 7:30 p.m. $15-25. Info, handmade crafts. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 9 a.m.-2 928-3364, p.m. Free. Info, 373-5821. The Edge of Eden: Strangefolk Reunion: Norwich Farmers Market: Neighbors discover After a 12-year hiatus, the original bandmates refruits, veggies and other riches of the land, not to turn to their Vermont roots at the Lake Champlain mention baked goods, handmade crafts and local Maritime Festival. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 6-10 entertainment. Route 5 South, Norwich, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $35-40. Info, 652-0777. p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447, manager@norwichfarmTravis Tritt: The country-music star dips into bluesy, Southern rock at a concert full of hits. Rutland County Farmers Market: Downtown Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $49.50-59.50. strollers find high-quality fruits and veggies, Info, 775-0903. mushrooms, fresh-cut flowers, sweet baked goods, Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra: Music and artisan crafts within arms’ reach. Depot Park, director Lou Kosma leads the orchestra in a rousing Rutland, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 773-4813. Summer Pops Concert of popular and classical Shelburne Farmers Market: Harvested fruits favorites. Barre Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $5-15; $32 and greens, artisan cheeses, and local novelties per family. Info, 476-8188. grace outdoor tables at a presentation of the season’s best. Shelburne Parade Ground, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. outdoors Free. Info, 985-2472, shelburnefarmersmarket@ Bird-Monitoring Walk: Beginning and novice birders fine-tune their eyes and ears to recognize Waitsfield Farmers Market: Local entertainwinged residents as part of an e-bird database projment enlivens a bustling open-air market, boasting ect. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, extensive farm-fresh produce, prepared foods and 7-9 a.m. Donations. Info, 434-3068. artisan crafts. Mad River Green, Waitsfield, 9 a.m.-1 Bugged Out By Invasive Insects: Rhonda Mace p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027. of the Vermont Department of Agriculture discusses how individuals can help keep the state safe from tree-destroying bugs. Little River State Park,

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


Fuel-Savings Solutions & Opportunities: Eco-friendly folks learn how to save money on gas and reduce air pollution. Xtreme Fuel Treatment Training Center, Essex Junction, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 324-0170. Introduction to Digital Video Editing: Final Cut Pro users learn basic concepts of the editing software. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 651-9692. Open Media Workshop: Professional or novice film editors learn about various programs for mixing and enhancing all of their video assets into a single project. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 651-9692.


20th Annual 5K Scholarship Race: Rolling dirt trails through the woods offer excellent overlooks of Lake Champlain. Proceeds benefit the Green Mountain Athletic Association Scholarship. Red Rocks Park, South Burlington, 9 a.m. $8-12; additional donations accepted. Info, 598-5959. Duct Tape Derby: Paddlers hope to float in DIY watercraft. Proceeds benefit the North Hero Historical Society. North Hero Community Hall, registration, 8:30 a.m.; race, 10 a.m. $25 per vessel; donations accepted to watch. Info, 372-8400. Harpoon Point to Point: Cyclists depart from various locations around the state for 25-, 50- or 115-mile journeys to hot showers, live music, fresh beer and a barbecue at the brewery. Proceeds benefit the Vermont Foodbank. See calendar spotlight. Harpoon Brewery, Windsor, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. $40-235; see website for starting points and schedules. Info, 477-4121. Plattsburgh Roller Derby: That ’70s Bout: The North Country Lumber Jills defend their flattrack turf against New Hampshire’s Elm City Derby Damez. U.S. Oval, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7-9 p.m. $5-12; free for kids under 6. Info, 518-578-0645. The Great Up & Over: Bikers wheel through the woods at a fundraising ride to the cabin for lunch, followed by fun at the Matterhorn. Proceeds support GOOD FUN-D, a nonprofit working to establish educational projects around the globe. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, registration, 10 a.m.; ride, 11 a.m. $35; $60 per family of two or more; additional donations welcome. Info, 253-7088.


‘All the Rage’: Broadway veteran, Obie Award winner and two-time Drama Desk nominee Martin Moran presents his in-development one-man show about the ancient riddle of human nature. Warner Bentley Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 5 p.m. $5-13. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘Forever Plaid’: See WED.08, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. ‘Gypsy’: See THU.09, 7 p.m. ‘Listening for Our Murderer’: New York theater professionals present a reading of Jordan Seavey’s work-in-progress play, which examines how far we have — or haven’t — come as our country begins to legalize gay marriage. Warner Bentley Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $9-13. Info, 603-646-2422. Shakespeare in the Park: ‘The Tempest’: See FRI.10, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. ‘Steel Magnolias’: See FRI.10, 7:30 p.m. ‘The Fantasticks’: See FRI.10, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

fiND SElEct EVENtS oN twittEr @7dayscalendar ‘The King and i’: See WED.08, 7:30 p.m. ‘The Marvelous WondereTTes’: See THU.09, 2 p.m. ‘The MysTery of edWin drood’: See WED.08, 8 p.m. ‘The Whore and Mr. Moore’: See WED.08, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.


PoeTry in The Barn: Bard of the Northeast Kingdom David Budbill and award-winning author Michael Collier offer a special evening of spoken word. Phantom Theater, Edgcomb Barn, Warren, 8 p.m. $15. Info, 496-5997.

cash for the museum’s education programs — or take a guided museum tour for an extra fee. The Vergennes City Band accompanies the eating. Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, 1-4 p.m. Cost of food. Info, 877-3406. souTh BurlingTon farMers MarKeT: 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, sToWe farMers MarKeT: Preserves, produce and other provender attract fans of local food. Red Barn Shops Field, Stowe, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027 or 498-4734,


WinoosKi farMers MarKeT: 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,

CoMMuniTy yard sale: See SAT.11, 10 a.m.-noon.

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ToWn-Wide laWn sale: See SAT.11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


fireWorKs! enTerTainMenT indusTry Mixer: Theater, film, television and commercial professionals convene to forge friendships, collaborate on artistic projects and share ideas. Oakledge Park, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free; BYOB. Info, 373-4703.




anTique TraCTor day: Folks ogle dozens of vintage agricultural vehicles dating from the 1930s to ’60s at a tractor parade. Tractor-drawn wagon rides and hand-churned ice cream round out the day. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355. sToWe anTique & ClassiC Car MeeT: See FRI.10, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

arT in The ParK fesTival: See SAT.11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Barnard general sTore’s fesTival on silver laKe: See SAT.11, noon-8 p.m. laKe ChaMPlain MariTiMe fesTival: See THU.09, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. verMonT fesTival of The arTs: See WED.08, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

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MarlBoro MusiC fesTival: See FRI.10, 2:30 p.m. salT river revue: Two Vermont bands, the Salt Ash Serenaders and the Cold River Band, come together in everything from old-time blues and gospel to Grateful Dead covers. Brandon Music, 4 p.m. $15. Info, 465-4071, verMonT PhilharMoniC orChesTra: Music director Lou Kosma leads the orchestra in a rousing Summer Pops Concert of popular and classical favorites. Rain location: Thatcher Brook Elementary School. Moose Meadow Lodge, Duxbury, grounds open for picnicking, 3 p.m.; concert, 4 p.m. $5-15; $32 per family. Info, info@vermontphilharmonic. org. voCal ConCerT: Drummer Karri Barrett, bassist Ben Green, pianist Rip Jackson and seven vocalists accompany theater grad Natalie Brierre in a performance of Broadway, jazz and popular music. Grace Congregational Church, Rutland, 2 p.m. Donations accepted for the HEAL the Children Foundation. Info, 775-4301.

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CiTizen CoPe, dirTy dozen Brass Band: The American singer-songwriter melds acoustic blues with laid-back rock, folk and soul at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 6-10 p.m. $35-38. Info, 652-0777.

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‘Moonrise KingdoM’: Preteen “lovers” run away together in Wes Anderson’s directorial return, and a colorful cast of characters — played by Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton and Tilda Swinton — follow them in hot pursuit. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.

BurlingTon ConCerT Band: 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.

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BoB Murray, JereMiah MClane & graCe ChePTu: Soulful singers bring on a festive outdoor dinner and concert on the shores of Post Pond. 70 Orford Road, Lyme, N.H., 6 p.m. $8-18 includes dinner. Info, 603-795-2141.

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Tal Birdsey: The cofounder and head teacher of Ripton’s North Branch School focuses on what makes a good school and how kids learn in “The School(s) of Infinite Possibility.” Tourterelle, New Haven, 5-8 p.m. $25. Info, 453-6309.

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yoga on ChurCh sTreeT: Yogis bring their own mat for a guided session benefiting Prevent Child Abuse Vermont. On the top block by the fountain, Church Street Marketplace, Burlington, 9-11 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 318-5570.

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



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Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament for Epilepsy: Preregistered players try to spike the ball while slipping and sliding to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont. Chapin Road, Essex Center, registration, 8 a.m.; games begin at 9 a.m. $225-300 per team (preregister); free to watch. Info, 800-565-0972 or 318-1575, epilepsy@ Get Your Rear in Gear 5K: The physically fit — or those who’d like to be — hoof it on a walk or run along the Colchester bike path. Proceeds support the Colon Cancer Coalition. Bayside Park, Colchester, 11 a.m. $12-30. Info, 878-2077.


Michele Pagan: The textile conservator shares her findings on what a furniture expert thought might be the oldest-known wingback chair in the nation. Middletown Springs Historical Society, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 235-2376. Patricia Gray: The writer and former researcher at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress discusses the “Paintings and Sketches of Addison and Rutland Counties by Frederic Edwin Church, 1848-1865.” Community Church, Ripton, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 388-1634.


Bread and Puppet Circus: The Complete Everything Everywhere Dance Circus and The Pageant of the Possibilitarians play out at an allafternoon 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. ‘Gypsy’: See THU.09, 2 p.m.

‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’: See THU.09, 5 p.m. ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’: See WED.08, 8 p.m.




A Moth in the Barn: Tales from the principal’s office and being saved by the bell pervade an evening of true storytelling on the theme of “School Daze.” Phantom Theater, Edgcomb Barn, Warren, 8 p.m. $10. Info, 496-5997. Summer Reading Series: Elaine Terranova has a word with listeners in the main gallery. BigTown Gallery, Rochester, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 767-9670, Women’s Poetry Group: Writers give and receive feedback on their poetic expressions in a nonthreatening, nonacademic setting. Call for specific location. Private home, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 828-545-2950,

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Book Sale: Readers get their hands on tomes for their nightstands. Rutland Free Library, 4-8 p.m. Free to attend; visit to print out a coupon for one free book. Info, 773-1860.

R.I.P.P.E.D.: See WED.08, 7-8 p.m.


Spend Smart: See WED.08, 10 a.m.-noon.




Music With Raphael: See THU.09, 10:45 a.m.

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.

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,




Magic Show: Triumphant summer readers rejoice in their accomplishments at a comedy-and-tricks act by Tom Joyce. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

Caspian Monday Music: Pianist Artem Belogurov charms the ivory keys in “The American Chopin: Music of Frédéric Chopin and Ethelbert Nevin.” Lakeview Inn, Greensboro, 8 p.m. $10-18; free for children under 18. Info, 617-282-8605.

‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’: See THU.09, 8 p.m.

Snack & Sew: Hungry for creative sustenance? Crafty types make use of the cutting tables, irons and other tools in a relaxing environment with potluck eats. Nido Fabric & Yarn, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free; bring a dish to share. Info, 881-0068.


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,

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.

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

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


English Country Dance Class: Teens and adults form social lines, squares and circles from the 18th century and earlier. Bring clean, flat-heeled shoes with smooth soles. Richmond Free Library, 7-9:30 p.m. $3 suggested donation. Info, 899-2378.


Green Drinks: Activists and professionals for a cleaner environment raise a glass over networking and discussion. Skinny Pancake, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 262-2253.


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,

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 Vermont. 152 Cherry Street, Burlington, noon-12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 882-8181.



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Tractor lovers will dig the ADDISON COUNTY FAIR & FIELD DAYS, Vermont’s largest agricultural fair. Kids can watch the big machinery gear down to ADDISON COUNTY FAIR & FIELD DAYS: pull super-heavy loads or Tuesday through Saturday, August 7-11, try “pedal pulls” of their 1790 Field Days Road, New Haven. $10 own. Looking for warm and admission for ages 12 and older, $5 ages 6-11, free for kids 5 and under. Info, 545-2557. fuzzy? The children’s barnyard showcases sheep, cows, horses and “Rosie’s Racing Pigs,” which compete three times a day. A dinner with Vermont products kicks it all off, but at this fair, you’ll taste Vermont all week long.

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Shakespeare in the Park: ‘The Tempest’: See FRI.10, 6 p.m.

Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free; preregister by email. Info, 861-9700,

Avoid Falls With Improved Stability: See FRI.10, 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,

Winter in August Celebration: A preseason street party in recognition of the ski industry’s contribution to the regional economy features food from local restaurants and DJ’d tunes. 50 Merchants Row, Rutland, 5-8 p.m. $9-10; cash bar. Info, 773-2747.

fairs & festivals

Vermont Festival of the Arts: See WED.08, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

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Relishes & Chutneys: Overwhelmed by latesummer fruits and veggies? The Pickled Pantry author Andrea Chesman helps home cooks make creative condiments, such as classic hot-dog relish with cucumbers or zucchini. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700. Rutland County Farmers Market: See SAT.11, 3-6 p.m.

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

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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.

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Story Time in the Nestlings’ Nook: Preschoolers take flight in bird-themed craft, book, music and nature activities. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 10:30 a.m. Free with regular


admission, $3-6. Info, 434-2167,

stories and learn coping skills. Berlin Elementary School, N.H., 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 279-8246.

Summer Story Hour: Kids craft during tale time. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.



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. CaStleton Summer ConCertS: Pine Street Jazz make a scene on the green. Old Chapel Green, Castleton, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 468-1206.

Bread loaf WriterS’ ConferenCe: Lit lovers gather at the oldest conference of its kind. The 10-day 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!: See WED.08, 6-9 p.m.


Summer argentine tango PráCtiCa: See WED.08, 7:45-10:15 p.m.


Human, irradiated Beef, CuttHroat logiC: Local and regional bands deliver music in the gallery. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $3-10. Info, 518-314-9872.

CanineS & CoCktailS: Pooch pals lap up drinks, food and live music with their pups. Humane Society of Chittenden County, South Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $5 donation; cash bar. Info, 862-0135, ext. 15.

leSley grant & StePStone: Carrie Cook and Mark Struhsacker join the bluegrass performer at an outdoor concert featuring goods from the grill and slices of homemade pie. Legion Field, Johnson, 6-8:30 p.m. Free; bring your own chair or blanket. Info, 635-7826.

PuBliC VieWing nigHt: See WED.08, 9-10:30 p.m.

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. Summer muSiC from greenSBoro: “Czech Mate” features viola virtuoso Vladimír Bukač of the Talich Quartet, flutist Karen Kevra and pianist Jeffrey Chappell in works by Dvořák, Martinů, Stamitz and Brahms. United Church of Christ, Greensboro, 8 p.m. $20; free for ages 17 and under. Info,


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.

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.



Bernd HeinriCH: In Life Everlasting, the internationally recognized scientist and author explores how the animal world deals with death. Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 472-5533.


oPen rota meeting: See WED.08, 8 p.m. troPiCal Storm irene SuPPort grouP: Berlinarea residents affected by the flooding share their

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Barre farmerS market: See WED.08, 3-6:30 p.m. CHamPlain iSlandS farmerS market: See WED.08, 4-7 p.m. CHurCH SuPPer: Barbecue chicken and corn on the cob are among the edible offerings. Richmond Congregational Church, 5:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 434-2789. ColCHeSter farmerS market: See WED.08, 4-7:30 p.m. 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: See WED.08, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. neWPort farmerS market: See WED.08, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. WilliSton farmerS market: See WED.08, 4-7 p.m.

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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, N.Y., 8 p.m. $22. Info, 518-523-2512.

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. See calendar spotlight. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. $50-70. Info, 760-4634.


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nature at nigHt: Musical insects? Good listeners keep an ear out for the “songs” of the sword-bearing 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.

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mountain-Bike ride: See WED.08, 5 p.m. SuP demo: See WED.08, 6-8 p.m. 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: See WED.08, 5:30 p.m.


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’: See FRI.10, 7:30 p.m.


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, 4767550. m

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Community dinner: Diners get to know their neighbors at a low-key, buffet-style meal organized by the Winooski Coalition for a Safe and Peaceful Community. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 655-4565.

‘We tHe liVing’: A young woman revolts against a brutal regime in Goffredo Alessandrini’s 1986 adaptation of Ayn Rand’s classic novel. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.

liVe muSiC: See WED.08, 7 p.m.




Jon gailmor: The Vermont singer-songwriter performs original and irreverent tunes. Fairfax Town Office Green, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.


annie mCCleary: The director of the Wisdom of the Herbs School discusses Vermont’s natural bounty in a slide show and discussion of “Wild Edibles.” Old Town Hall, Brookfield, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 276-3535.

Vermont feStiVal of tHe artS: See WED.08, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

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.


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

art WATERCOLOR CLASSES: Location: TBD, Jericho/ St. Albans. Info: 899-4628, Beginner and Intermediate Watercolor classes in Jericho and St. Albans beginning in early Sept with Vermont artist Kathleen Berry Bergeron. 8 weeks. Come and join the fun! Call soon 802 899-4628 or 802 238-5147 for details. Space is Limited! One day workshops are also available.





bodywork BODYWORK SELF-CARE & WELLNESS: 10 Tuesdays, Oct. 2-Dec. 4, 7-9:30 p.m. Cost: $475/course, $450 if paid in full by Sep. 4. Location: Universal Institute of Healing Arts, 90 Three Mile Bridge Rd., Montpelier. Info: The Universal Institute of Healing Art, Bob Onne, 229-4844,, universal-institute. com. Beginner level, instructed by Bob Onne of the Universal Institute of Healing Arts in Montpelier. Ten Tuesday classes covering General Concepts, Basic Practice and Focus, to include yin/yang energy, chakra

system, meridians, wellness, self-care, awareness development, anatomy, physiology, massage techniques and strategies, more. Payment plan available. Limited to 12 students.

building TINY-HOUSE RAISING: Cost: $250/workshop. Location: Hyde Park. Info: Peter King, 933-6103. A crew of beginners will help instructor Peter King frame and sheath a tiny house at Hyde Park, August 11 and 12. Local housing available.

business WOMEN’S SMALL-BIZ STARTUP: Aug. 23-Dec. 14. Every Thu., 5:30-9 p.m., every other Sun. noon-6 p.m. for semester. Cost: $2195/15 wks., 120 classroom hrs. Incl. all materials. Application required (download from website). Location: Mercy Connections Office, 255 S. Champlain St., #8, Burlington. Info: Women’s Small Business Program, Mercy Connections, Gwen Pokalo, 846-7338,, Make your business idea a reality! This intensive, 15-week course functions like a mini-MBA, with a comprehensive curriculum taught by experienced instructors with visiting experts, guest lecturers and WSBP alumni. Far more than just business theory, you’ll spend 120 hours completing a bullet-proof business plan, doing feasibility studies and becoming fluent in the language of business.

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 is The 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 difficult! 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 p.m. Cost: $14/session (better monthly rates). Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill Street, suite 372, Burlington. Info: Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, lucille@naturalbodiespilates. com, 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. Info: 654-0505. An introduction to jazz dance techniques, aesthetics and theory. Also includes hip-hop, Latin and African dance. Threecredit class. Instructor: Karen Amirault. Register now online or by appointment. Open registration begins Monday, August 20. LEARN HIP-HOP W/ NYC DANCERS: Aug. 13-17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $375/workshop. Location: Green Mountain Performing Arts, 37 Commercial Dr., Waterbury. Info: 244-8600, GreenMountainPerformingArts. org. Learn the latest hip-hop choreography and technique

from top New York City choreographers during this intensive workshop. Instructors: Charlene “Chi Chi” Smith, Val “Ms. Vee” Ho, Todd Shanks and “E-Knock.” For students ages 10-adult with at least one year of hip-hop experience. Two classes offered: intermediate and advanced. LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Cost: $50/4-wk. class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Lessons also avail. in St. Albans. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757,, Come alone, or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. MODERN DANCE: MARLY SCHNEIDER: 7-wk. series: Wed., Aug. 8-Sep. 19., Intermediate/ Advanced Technique: 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Improv & Choreography: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost: $78/1 class/wk.; $120/2 classes/ wk. Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill St. #372 (top floor, Chace Mill), Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, info@, Learn to dance phrases that explore movement with ease and specificity while challenging your strength, endurance and artistry. Students are expected to have some previous moderndance experience and feel capable of keeping up with the challenge of an intermediate to advanced class. Class culminates with an informal showing.

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 Thursday, July 12, 5:30 p.m. $45/3 weeks. Thursday Conga, Haitian, Taiko and children’s drumming classes. Call with interest.

film INTRODUCTION TO FILM STUDY: Sep. 10-Dec. 17, 3-5:45 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Location: CCV-Winooski. Info: Community College of Vermont, 654-0505, Topics include the film industry, history, vocabulary, techniques and the aesthetics of film. Three-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. Info: Community College of Vermont, 654-0505, Hands-on intro to filmmaking focusing on technical and narrative structure. Students produce short individual and group projects. Three-credit class. Instructor: William Simmon. Register now online or by appointment. Open registration begins Monday, August 20.

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 first 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, info@, Learn how to make your own jewelery with German-trained 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 fifth year. Personal instruction from a native speaker. Small classes, private instruction, student tutoring, AP. See our website for complete information or contact us for details.

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. Classes for adults and children ages 5-12. Scholarships for youth ages 7-17. Classes are taught by Benjamin Pincus Sensei, 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 BALANCE: 6-8 p.m., Weekly on Tue., Thu. Cost: $65/mo. or $15/single class. Location: Movement Studio, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: Aikido In Balance, Tyler Crandall, 598-9204,, Come join a practice that studies how to manifest balance within physical, personal and interpersonal conflict. Like Aikido in Balance on Facebook or go to to learn about us. $10 per class if not paying monthly, and come try a class for free. MARTIAL WAY SELF-DEFENSE CENTER: Please visit website for schedule. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, 3 locations, Colchester, Milton, St. Albans. Info: 893-8893, martialwayvt. com. Beginners will find a comfortable and welcoming environment, a courteous staff, and a nontraditional approach that values the beginning student as the most important member of the school. Experienced martial

artists will be impressed by our instructors’ knowledge and humility, our realistic approach, and our straightforward and fair tuition and billing policies. We are dedicated to helping every member achieve his or her highest potential in the martial arts. Kempo, Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Wing Chun, Arnis, Thinksafe Self-Defense. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian JiuJitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 660-4072, Julio@bjjusa. com, Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and self-confidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Accept no imitations. Learn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


in addition to the bones and muscles of the cranium. Great for neck, headache and migraine work. No prerequisites required. Ethics & Emotional 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,, 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 NCBTMB recertification. Mana Lomi Hawaiian 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, touchvt@gmail. com, touchstonehealingarts. com. Learn 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 shoulder-treatment class offered.

movement 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, Lucille@BurlingtonDances. com, From subtle to extreme, this class will teach you nonverbal literacy in its most distilled forms. Anybody who works with movement (performing artists, therapists, conflict mediators, teachers) come to class prepared to move your body

MUSIC CLASSES AT CCV!: Sep. 3-Dec. 14, Daily. Location: CCV-Winooski. Info: 654-0505. Classes include Fundamentals of Singing, Piano I, Guitar I, Intro to Technology in Music, and Intro to Rock and Roll. Music classes cover a variety of musical styles include jazz, rock, pop, traditional and world music. All classes are three credits. Register now online or by appointment.

pilates Pilates! Chace Mill!: 6 days/ wk.. Location: Natural Bodies Pilates, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369,, So many people love Pilates! Join in the fun in Reformer, Circuit 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 Circuit class and learn as you go! Get strong, stay healthy!

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

tai chi Snake-Style Tai Chi Chuan: Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao

Yang-Style Tai 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: 434-2960. 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.

training Wisdoms at Work: Sep. 14-16. Location: Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington, Vermont. Info: Five Wisdoms Institute, Irini Rockwell, 2795762,, fivewisdomsinstitute. com. Awaken your natural brilliance and get to know the wisdom of simple presence, clarity, richness, passion and action to use them as a tool for self-discovery. Understand your ability to live a healthier, more balanced life in your workplace and home.

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Slow Yoga & Aging Mindfully: Sep. 9-Oct. 14. Cost: $150/6-wk. series. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, 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

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Aug. 27, 6-7:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Location: Vermont Center for Intergrative Therapy, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, DBT Skills Group with Adrienne Slusky. 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 YOGA: $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. Yoga & Stone-Building Retreat: Sep. 14-16. Cost: $399/wknd. Location: Common Ground Center, 473 Tatro Rd., Starksboro. Info: 864-9642,, In this weekend workshop, we will be constructing, from start to completion, a beautiful culinary herb spiral. This weekend workshop focuses on the basic techniques of working with stone including site selection, ground prep, stone shaping, the art of fitting stones together, design and building strategies.

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Buddhist Wisdom and Eco-Dharma: Sep. 27-Oct. 1. Location: Karme Choling, 369 Patneaude Lane, Barnet. Info: 633-2384, Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche visits Karme Choling! This enriching retreat will offer practical applications of Buddhist wisdom and values toward creating a compassionate society. Rinpoche will talk about EcoDharma, a holistic approach for

Shambhala Training Levels 1-3: Sep. 14-21, 9 a.m. Location: Karme Choling, 369 Patneaude Lane, Barnet. Info: 633-2384, Awaken your inner compassionate warrior! Shambhala Training is a series of contemplative workshops, suited for both beginning and experienced meditators. The simple and profound technique of mindfulness and awareness is the basis of a secular path of meditation, which can benefit people of any spiritual tradition.

BURLINGTON COMMUNITY CHOIR: Sep. 5-Dec. 6, 7-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $55/ class. Location: CCV-Winooski. Info: 654-0505, 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.

of life. Experience yoga, sharing and bonding exercises. With special guest Jill Mason.



LGBTQ Retreat: Confidence & Compassion: Sep. 7-9, 9 a.m. Location: Karme Choling, 369 Patneaude Lane, Barnet. Info: 633-2384, Come together both as a LGBTQ individual and a community! Meditation, tai chi and yoga, discussion and celebration. Explore confidence and compassion and connect more fully to your naturally wakeful heart and mind.


Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902, The Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill.


Cranial Workshop 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,, http:// DianneSwafford. 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

LEARN TO MEDITATE: 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 Shambhala Center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom.

to investigate the meaning of movement and how to move your body with clarity.

Asian Bodywork Therapy Program: Weekly on Mon., Tue. Cost: $5000/500-hr. program. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, suite 109, Essex Jct. Info: Elements of Healing, Scott Moylan, 2888160, elementsofhealing@, This program teaches two forms of massage, Amma and Shiatsu. We will explore Oriental medicine theory and diagnosis as well as the body’s meridian system, acupressure points, Yin Yang and 5-Element Theory. Additionally, 100 hours of Western anatomy and physiology will be taught. VSAC nondegree grants are available. NCBTMB-assigned school.

Massage Practitioner Training: Sep. 11-Jun. 2, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $8000/ course, + supplies. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, 187 St. Paul St., Burlington. Info: Touchstone Healing Arts, 658-7715,, Touchstone Healing Arts School of Massage offers a 690-hour program in Western-style (Swedish) and therapeutic massage. This course is a solid foundation in therapeutic massage, anatomy and physiology, clinical practice, professional development, and communication skills. Since 1998 we have provided quality education in downtown Burlington. Join us!

developing ecological awareness and making environmental care a part of our daily practice. Visit or call 633-2384



File Under “?” Four local albums you probably haven’t heard BY D A N BOLLES

Harry J. Anslinger

Rick Lincoln

Afterbirth of the Cool

The Great American Drum Solo

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We’ll be honest: This one is a total mystery. The namesake for this project, the late Harry J. Anslinger, served as the commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics from 1930 to 1962. Aside from that and the group’s pair of appearances in the 2012 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, we have almost no information about it. Anslinger, an ardent crusader against marijuana, was renown for reefer-maddening statements like this one: “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.” Preach on, brother. The often-grating, narcotic sounds found on Afterbirth of the Cool would likely make Anslinger’s head explode, if he weren’t, you know, dead. The CD — apparently the side project of BTV expat Otis Cleveland, formerly of Joe Adler and the Big Benson Beaver Band — features a septet of jazz standards seriously effed up. Tunes such as “How High the Moon,” Miles Davis’ “Budo” and the standard “Willow Weep for Me” are so maniacally deconstructed with tinkling chimes, feedback, distortion and — cue bong rip — digeridoo that they bear little resemblance to their source material. And that, apparently, is the point. This just may be the “devil music” about which Anslinger warned us.

You know how you’re always looking for an album composed solely of some random dude wailing away on the drums but can never find one that doesn’t have all those pesky guitars, basses and keyboards? Well, you’re in luck. On The Great American Drum Solo, drummer Rick Lincoln (the Wards, Gas and Oil) has delivered a five-“song” opus that is, as its title implies, pretty much a 20-minute drum solo. Just a guy and his skins. In the CD’s liner notes, Lincoln claims influences from a number of 1960s- and ’70s-era rock bands, including Deep Purple, Sir Lord Baltimore and Iron Butterfly. In essence, the album is an extension of the last band’s classic “In-A-GaddaDa-Vida” and that song’s famed epic drum solo. Here’s the thing, though. Contrary to popular belief, that solo is actually just two and a half minutes long. So if you’re the kind of person who loops Ed Gallagher’s solo five times to get your percussion fix, The Great American Drum Solo might be the record for you.

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Nat Res + Mo Na + Man (The Moo Group, CD, digital download) So many records, so little time. Seven Days gets more album submissions than we know what to do with. And, especially given the ease of record making these days, it’s growing increasingly difficult to keep up with the flood of requests for review — there’s only so much space in the paper. Still, we do try to get to every local album, no matter how obscure, that comes across the music desk. To that end, here are four albums that likely flew under the radars of most Vermont music fans. (Most were under ours, too.) Some represent the outer boundaries of local music; others simply slipped the through the cracks. Each deserves a listen.

Long before there was a green movement, Vermont composer and percussionist Donald Knaack, aka the Junkman, was recycling trash into treasure, building musical instruments out of garbage. A disciple of famed American composer John Cage, the classically trained Junkman crafts provocative, ecothemed suites befitting his makeshift tools. On his latest album, Nat Res + Mo Na + Man, released in 2011, the Junkman traverses the littered landscapes (landfills?) of pop, rock and avant-garde and finds beauty in discarded sounds. While the album presents a challenging and often-rewarding trove of ear candy, an urgent message runs to the core of Knaack’s compositions. Namely, that the world as we know it cannot survive unless we find ways of using the resources at our disposal — like, say, trash — in a more thoughtful and sustainable manner.

Panhandlers Steel Band Live! at the Tupelo (Self-released, CD) You know how you’re always looking for a record composed solely of 11 steel drummers playing pop and reggae covers but can never find one without all those pesky guitars, basses and vocals? Well, have we got a band for you! Live! at the Tupelo, the debut record from Panhandlers Steel Band, is a collection of some 17 popular tunes, rearranged for an 11-piece steel-drum ensemble — with an assist from a traditional kit drummer — recorded live at the late Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction. Selections range from the semipredictable — “Jump in the Line,” “Hot Hot Hot” — to complete curveballs such as George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun” (oddly reassuring amid a cacophony of ringing steel) and Todd Rundgren’s “Bang the Drum All Day.” There’s plenty of island sway, too, including Bob Marley’s “Could This Be Love” and Lord Burgess’ “Jamaica Farewell.” Sure, the album is something of a novelty and, in moments, the performances are uneven. Still, there are worse records you could turn to once the winter comes howling.



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Dos Equis commercials knows, the after-party is the party you want to attend — though the before party should be pretty OK, too. Chamberlin have a new EP, Look What I’ve Become, set to drop on Tuesday, September 4. This comes on the heels of a period during which the band essentially split up, with songwriters Mark daly and ethan west parting ways with the band’s other three original members. It was not a pleasant breakup. The duo recorded the EP with session players in Nashville, but, as they dug in, they realized that the themes of jealousy and betrayal that characterize the new songs cut awfully close to the bone. They came home to VT, intent on mending fences, which it seems they did. The original lineup is back together and reportedly working on a full-length, set for release in 2013. On a down note, local rockers theproper are calling it quits and will play their final show this Saturday, August 11, at the Monkey House with vetiCa, we are SoUnDbITeS



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Speaking of the LCMF, local rockstars-in-training ChaMBerlin will host an after-party at Signal Kitchen following Old Crow Medicine Show’s Waterfront Park set on Friday, August 10. And as anyone who has seen those “Most Interesting Man in the World”






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(Aside No. 2. To the woman who I-Spied me at the Lumineers’ Higher Ground Showcase Lounge show in April: Sorry I didn’t respond. But I really was flattered. Pretty awesome show though, right?) Then there’s dirty dozen Brass Band, opening for Citizen Cope. Given how much people seemed to dig all the great N’awlins sounds from this year’s Jazz Fest, the chance to see one of the Crescent City’s legendary brass bands is too good to pass up. And finally, I’d be remiss not to mention all of the free, and mostly local, music happening around the waterfront all weekend long, including the lynGuistiC Civilians, zaCk dupont Band, Justin levinson and the valCours, the aMida BourBon proJeCt, lendway, Joshua panda and the hot daMned and many, many more. For the full schedule, visit


The big news on the local music front this week — which, for once, has nothing to do with nightclubs closing under weird-ass circumstances — is the return of the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival, which gets under way this Thursday, August 9, and runs through Sunday, August 12, at locations around the Burlington waterfront. There are all kinds of happenings associated with the LCMF, from boat shows and an air show to a piratethemed 5K run. But I’m told this is a music column, so we should probably focus on that stuff. Though I be sorely tempted to write this entire column in pirate-speak, so I be. Yar. Anyhoo, as usual, the fest boasts a nice lineup of marquee headliners at Waterfront Park, including gypsy punks GoGol Bordello (Thursday, August 9) old Crow MediCine show (Friday, August 10), reunited acoustic-jam dudes stranGefolk (Saturday, August 11) and reggae-rock songwriter Citizen Cope (Sunday, August 12; see spotlight on page 58). While big names are impressive, the undercards feature some intriguing acts well worth showing up early for. To wit: Opening for Gogol Bordello are the devil Makes three, an absolutely raucous punk-tinged Americana band that actually has local roots — at least two members are native Vermonters. They put on a hellacious live show, pardon the pun. (As an aside, if I could chat with Gogol front man euGene hÜtz for a sec. Eugene, remember back when you were jung and crazee in BTV and there were always rumors about how your band, the faGs, was going to play a show with the Queers, usually at Club Toast or 242 Main, but then it never happened? Well, it turns out the Queers are playing Club Metronome on Tuesday, August 14, with surf-punk godfathers aGent oranGe, rouGh franCis, the flat tires and Murder weapon. Just sayin’…) Moving on, I’ve already openly professed my love for the luMineers in this column. If you’re going to Old Crow, make sure you’re there in time to catch them. You’re welcome. But you’ll also want to see the Milk Carton kids. Their last record, Prologue, has been a personal favorite for about a year now and is a stunning example of how much emotive power can be divined from a mere two guitars and two voices.

CoUrTeSy of The DevIl MakeS Three

Rock the Plank


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Brassed Off Fusing hip-hop beats, Afro-Caribbean rhythms


and a certain riotous Crescent City-inspired charm, NYC’s PitChBLak Brass BanD is a 10-piece wrecking ball of danceable energy. The ensemble has

thrilled audiences up and down the East Coast, and recently drew raves for bombastic performances at NXNE in Toronto. On Wednesday, August 15, they’ll roll into Nectar’s in Burlington.

Performances Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. August 22 through September 8 Stowe Town Hall Theatre 67 Main Street Tickets and information: 802-253-3961 12v-StoweTheatreGuild080812.indd 1

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burlington area

1/2 LoungE: scott mangan (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. BrEakWatEr Café: Radio Flyer (rock), 6 p.m., Free. CLuB MEtronoME: Rock for cass: Wave of the Future, Teleport, Pariah beat (rock), 8 p.m., $5. 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: Eric Nassau, Quiet Lion (singer-songwriters), 9 p.m., $5. 18+. nECtar's: Pooloop, Dino Bravo, Lendway (rock), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+. onE PEPPEr griLL: Open mic with Ryan Hanson, 8 p.m., Free. on taP Bar & griLL: Pine street Jazz, 7 p.m., Free.


raDio BEan: Killbillies (folk punk), 5 p.m., Free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free.

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burlington area

1/2 LoungE: DJ Dan (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. BrEakWatEr Café: Funkwagon (funk), 6 p.m., Free. DoBrá tEa: Robert Resnik (folk), 7 p.m., Free.

thE BLaCk Door: Old Time Night with the New Appocalypsians, 9:30 p.m., $5. CharLiE o's: The Killbillies (altbluegrass), 10 p.m., Free.

PurPLE Moon PuB: Dan Liptak Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.

franny o's: Nightrain (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

highEr grounD BaLLrooM: umphree's mcGee (jam), 9 p.m., $25. AA.

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

franny o's: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. highEr grounD BaLLrooM: God Forbid, Battlecross (metal), 8:30 p.m., $13/15. AA.

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

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


nECtar's: Trivia mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. 17th Annual Jerryfest with Blues for Breakfast (Grateful Dead tribute), 9:30 p.m., $5. o'BriEn's irish PuB: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free.

BEE's knEEs: Francesca Blanchard (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Moog's PLaCE: max Weaver (singersongwriter), 8:30 p.m., Free. riMroCks Mountain tavErn: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


MonoPoLE DoWnstairs: Gary Peacock (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., Free.

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

oLivE riDLEy's: Karaoke, 6 p.m., Free.

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

rED squarE: Japhy Ryder (prog rock), 7 p.m., Free. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

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

champlain valley

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

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


BEE's knEEs: max Weaver (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Moog's PLaCE: Eames Brothers Band (mountain blues), 8:30 p.m., Free.

thE skinny PanCakE: Jeremy Harple (rebel folk), 9 p.m., $5-10 donation. vEnuE: Karaoke with steve Leclair, 7 p.m., Free.


Bagitos: mark cain (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., Donations.

BrEakWatEr Café: Wolfpack (rock), 6 p.m., Free. CLuB MEtronoME: No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5.

on thE risE BakEry: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free.

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

Banana WinDs Café & PuB: Nerbak Brothers (blues), 7:30 p.m., Free.

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

on taP Bar & griLL: Dave Keller Band (blues), 7 p.m., Free.

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

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

rED squarE: serotheft (rock), 7 p.m., Free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


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taBu Café & nightCLuB: Karaoke Night with sassy Entertainment, 5 p.m., Free.


burlington area

1/2 LoungE: Rock Rodge Presents: Jerad Finck, Ken Yates, sarah miles (singer-songwriters), 7 p.m., Free. 2K Deep Presents: Good Times (house), 10 p.m., Free. BaCkstagE PuB: Karaoke with steve, 9 p.m., Free. Nomad (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free.

JP's PuB: Dave Harrison's starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. LEvity Café: Friday Night comedy (standup), 9 p.m., $8. Lift: Ladies Night, 9 p.m., Free/$3. MagLianEro Café: Open mic, 10:30 a.m., Free. Manhattan Pizza & PuB: Hot Waxx (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. MonkEy housE: New Beard (rock), 9 p.m., $5. nECtar's: mike Weyrauch (solo acoustic), 5 p.m., Free. seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. Lowell Thompson (alt-country), 7 p.m., Free. Lucid, midnight spaghetti and the chocolate G-strings (funk), 9 p.m., $5. on taP Bar & griLL: Burwick and Abair (acoustic rock), 5 p.m., Free. The Real Deal (&), 9 p.m., Free. raDio BEan: AJ Edwards (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Tuba skinny (blues), 8 p.m., Free. marygoround (piano), 9 p.m., Free. Emily Peal and the Band of skinny men (rock), 10 p.m., Free. Lhasa Tribute with miriam Bernardo (Latin), 10 p.m., Free. ONEoverZERO (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., Free. rED squarE: seven Days up Your Alley: sarah Blacker (singer-songwriter), 5 p.m., Free. Watkinsonics (rock), 8 p.m., $5. DJ craig mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5. rED squarE BLuE rooM: DJ mixx (EDm), 9 p.m., $5. ruBEn JaMEs: DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free. FRi.10

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debut album, tulip/tsunami, was among the more enjoyable local records I’ve heard this year, lean pop-rock with few frills and even fewer pretenses. I’m kinda bummed that’s all we’ll get from them. So I’m glad the band was kind enough to leave us with a parting gift, a new single called “#1 Loser,” recorded at KTR Recording in Burlington. Though I have to say, as a genuine redhead, I’m not a fan of the tune’s opening line, “She says she doesn’t like ginger kids.” WTF? Anyway, you can check out a video for the song on YouTube. Or go catch ’em live at the Monkey.

In chatting with Cumbancha honcho JACOB EDGAR recently, I learned that he’d discovered the quiet brilliance that is FRANCESCA BLANCHARD, who now goes to school in Boston but grew up in Charlotte, where Cumbancha is based. Edgar is taking Blanchard under his wing and hopes to expose the songwriter’s music to wider audiences. What’s more, he said he’s got his eye on a few more worldly local acts, to boot — Blanchard was born in France and often sings en français. Given that Edgar typically travels the globe in search of cutting-edge world music, casting his gaze in his own backyard will certainly save on travel expenses. I became enamored with Blanchard’s music last year, when I reviewed her roundly excellent debut, Songs on an Ovation. It turns out I wasn’t alone. I’m guessing you’ll feel similarly should you catch her show at the Bee’s Knees in Morrisville this Thursday, August 9, or the barn show at her Charlotte home on Saturday, August 11.

Master Classes

with Menahem Pressler

August 11-15 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

Auditions will be held at the

The Little Mermaid

(non-musical) August 14 & 15 at 7:30pmCommon in Adamant 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

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

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


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 9-12 and 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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Joey Pizza Slice

toward completing TRC’s ongoing dome project, which is part of a larger effort to grow food for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Last but not least, this just in from the Department of Corrections: Last week’s column stated that BLACK CROWES cofounder CHRIS ROBINSON would be appearing at next month’s Grand Point North Festival at Burlington’s Waterfront Park. It seems we got our Robinsons mixed up. It’s actually Chris’ younger brother, RICH ROBINSON, who will rock the GPN-curated fest. Apologies for the slip. 

Note to Edgar: I might also suggest keeping an eye on local songbird MIRIAM BERNARDO, who is eternally among my favorite local vocalists. She’ll be appearing alongside MICHAEL CHORNEY AND DOLLAR GENERAL at the Old Meeting House in East Montpelier this Saturday, August 11, playing a tribute to the late songwriter LHASA DE SELA, who died of breast cancer in 2010. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Patient Fund at the Cancer Center of Central Vermont Medical Center. In a related story, go fuck yourself, cancer.

Listening In

The high-minded cats from agri-socio crusaders the Root Center are joining forces with the Jenke Arts Crew to present a sizable local showcase/ benefit, Seedz of Change, at the Monkey House this Thursday, August 9. Among the roughly 20 acts slated to appear are NUDA VERITAS, AUSTIN SIRCH, TOMMY ALEXANDER WITH SET UP CITY and GRETA FROST. All proceeds will go


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. Chuck Prophet, Temple Beautiful


tUnE-yArDs, WHOKILL Apache Dropout, Bubblegum Graveyard Sean Bones, Buzzards Boy (Best. Vacation music. Ever.) Wilco, Being There




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

April 3 1:00-4:00 pm Participant PianoSunday, Concerts


We haven’t heard from local trash-pop auteur JOEY PIZZA SLICE in a while. It seems he’s been a touch busy recording absurd amounts of new material, including a new tape, Deli Days, out now on Night-People Records — also home to Brattleboro’s BLANCHE BLANCHE BLANCHE, BTW. Actually, BBB’s ZACH PHILLIPS is in the process of digitizing a bunch of his personal favorite Pizza slices for a compilation to be released on his own label, OSR. But wait, there’s more. Goaty Tapes is also putting out a new JPS tape, and Feeding Tube Records has a new JPS 12-inch vinyl in the works. And no, I’m not making up any of those label names. Anyway, dude has clearly had a full plate lately. But this Sunday, August 12 — which happens to be his birthday — Joey Pizza Slice will find time to play a BTV show at Club Metronome, alongside SHY HUNTERS and OTHER CITIES.



Adamant Music School


Our 71st Session!


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Rí Rá IRIsh Pub: supersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., free.


sIgnal KItchen: chamberlin (rock), 9:30 p.m., $10. VeRmont Pub & bReweRy: myra flynn Duo (neo-soul), 10 p.m., free.


bagItos: ricky powell (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., Donations. the blacK DooR: Tritium Well (roots), 9:30 p.m., $5. chaRlIe o's: starline rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 10 p.m., free. esPResso bueno: stroke Your Joke (standup), 8 p.m., Donations.


gReen mountaIn taVeRn: DJ Jonny p (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2.

champlain valley

51 maIn: Jen crowell & sarah stickle (singer-songwriters), 9 p.m., free. cIty lImIts: Top Hat Entertainment Dance party (Top 40), 9 p.m., free. on the RIse baKeRy: Loose Association (acoustic), 8 p.m., Donations. touRteRelle RestauRant: shane Hardiman and John rivers (jazz), 7:30 p.m., free.


two bRotheRs taVeRn: flashback friday with DJ mixwell (Top 40), 10 p.m., free.


bee's Knees: The Hardscrabble Hounds (roots), 7:30 p.m., Donations. matteRhoRn: funk collection with cam cross (funk), 9 p.m., $5. moog's Place: slick martha's Hot club (gypsy jazz), 9 p.m., free.

monKey house: majuscules, Vetica, We Are fauna, theproper (rock), 8 p.m., $5. nectaR's: Dan Lavoie (blues), 5 p.m., free. AJ Edwards (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Lifted, Japhy ryder (prog rock, hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5. on taP baR & gRIll: Joe mcGuinness & Longshot (rock), 9 p.m., free. RaDIo bean: michael nelson (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., free. Dustin carlson (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Wayfarer state (folk), 8 p.m., free. Elizabeth Lorrey (singersongwriter), 10 p.m., free. Daniel oullette and the shobjin (rock), 10:30 p.m., free. The Toes (punk), 11 p.m., free. The Haps (jam), 1 a.m., free. 08.08.12-08.015.12

Rusty naIl: funkwagon (funk), 9 p.m., $5.

PosItIVe PIe 2: mr. Yee (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., $4.


PuRPle moon Pub: mcBride & Lussen (acoustic), 8 p.m., free.

monoPole: Yeah Bud (rock), 10 p.m., free. naKeD tuRtle: pleasureDome (rock), 10 p.m., nA.

cIty lImIts: Dance party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., free.

tabu café & nIghtclub: All night Dance party with DJ Toxic (Top 40), 5 p.m., free.


burlington area

1/2 lounge: colin Lenix & friends (singer-songwriters), 7 p.m., free. pop up Dance party with Tommy & Jory (house), 10 p.m., free. bReaKwateR café: Live music, 3 p.m., free.

island vibes with down-and-dirty soul and rock sensibilities,

club metRonome: shy Hunters, other cities, Joey pizza slice (electronic), 9 p.m., $5.

cItIzen coPe delivers the perfect music for warm, late-summer

evenings spent grooving by a lake. Here’s hoping we get one this Sunday, August 12, when the songwriter closes out the 2012 Lake Champlain Maritime Festival with a headlining appearance at

naKeD tuRtle: slick Bitch (rock), 10 p.m., nA.

hIgheR gRounD showcase lounge: Jc Brooks & the uptown sound (soul), 8:30 p.m., $13/15. AA. monKey house: Tuba skinny (ragtime), 8:30 p.m., $5. 18+.

Burlington’s Waterfront Park. The DIRty Dozen bRass banD open. courTEsY of ciTizEn copE


RoaDsIDe taVeRn: DJ Diego (Top 40), 9 p.m., free.

D's Dog house anD taVeRn: spit Jack, Gang of Thieves (rock, punk), 9 p.m., free.

Coping Mechanisms Blending easy

nectaR's: mi Yard reggae night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., free. on taP baR & gRIll: Bob Young (acoustic), 11:30 a.m., free. RaDIo bean: Queen city Hot club (gypsy jazz), 11 a.m., free. saloon sessions with Brett Hughes (country), 1 p.m., free. randal pierce (piano), 5 p.m., free. Grayson (country-rock), 7 p.m., free. Girls rock Vermont, 8 p.m., free. Jason Belcher (singersongwriter), 11:30 p.m., free. ReD squaRe: pariah Beat (rock), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

theRaPy: pulse with DJ nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.



bagItos: James mcsheffrey (singersongwriter), 11 a.m., Donations.

burlington area

sKInny PancaKe: The old fashioneds (folk), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.

1/2 lounge: shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 3 p.m., free. Live DJ (house), 10 p.m., free.


bee's Knees: David Langevin (piano), 11 a.m., Donations. The rhubarb freckles (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

club metRonome: retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5. fRanny o's: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

RIVeR house RestauRant: stump! Trivia night, 6 p.m., free.

JP's Pub: Karaoke with megan, 10 p.m., free.

sweet cRunch baKe shoP: Don, Tobey and mary collins (folk), 10 a.m., free.

leVIty café: saturday night comedy (standup), 8 p.m., $8. saturday night comedy (standup), 10 p.m., $8. 58 music

RImRocKs mountaIn taVeRn: DJ Two rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

the sKInny PancaKe: shelly fraley & Heather Bond (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., $5-10 donation.

monoPole: Yeah Bud (rock), 10 p.m., free.

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moog's Place: The Butterbeans (folk), 9 p.m., free.

chaRlIe o's: concrete rivals, Elephants of scotland (prog rock, surf-punk), 10 p.m., free.

two bRotheRs taVeRn: crazyhearse (rock), 10 p.m., $3.

bReaKwateR café: Joe moore Band (blues), 6 p.m., free.

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chow! bella: The Best Little Border Band (jazz), 7:30 p.m., free.

the blacK DooR: The Aerolites (rock), 9:30 p.m., $5.

ReD squaRe blue Room: DJ raul (salsa), 6 p.m., free. DJ stavros (EDm), 10 p.m., $5.


manhattan PIzza & Pub: metameric (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.


champlain valley

RImRocKs mountaIn taVeRn: friday night frequencies with DJ rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

maglIaneRo café: open mic, 2:30 p.m., free.

bee's Knees: mark struhsacker and carrie cook (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

VeRmont Pub & bReweRy: Jenni & the Junketeers (funk), 10 p.m., free.

ReD squaRe: The Wall-stiles Band (folk), 5 p.m., free. Torn shorts (rock), 8 p.m., $5. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5.

PaRKeR PIe co.: Village Hall concert: Two man Gentleman Band (Vaudeville, old time), 8 p.m., free.

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t bones RestauRant anD baR: open mic, 7 p.m., free.

regional SUN.12 // citizEN copE [rock]

monoPole: pat Gallagher spcA fundraiser: Lucid, sincure, mike pedersen (rock), 10 p.m., Donations. mon.13

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Robert Resnik, Playing Favorites

and say you saw it in...


You may recognize Robert Resnik — or, more specifically, his voice — as the host of Vermont Public Radio’s “All the Traditions.” Or you may recognize him as one of the Fletcher Free Library’s familiar faces — he’s worked there for more than 20 years as a reference librarian. Or as an occasional music reviewer for this paper. In one way or another, if you are at all tuned into Vermont culture, you are somewhat acquainted with this guy. What you may not know is that Robert Resnik is a musician and interpreter of folk ballads in his own right, and that when he uses the word “traditions,” he means traditional. On his new album, Playing Favorites (I do love clever wordplay), Resnik faultlessly demonstrates both his supreme knowledge of the folk canon and his skill as a multi-instrumentalist. While I can imagine that Resnik would

and could do justice to your typical folk standards — I’m looking at you, “Barbara Allen” and “Silver Dagger” — the lack of familiarity on the majority of Playing Favorites is refreshing. If there is any one song on this album that you might know, it’s likely the cover of Donovan’s “Sand & Foam.” And, while it is beautifully executed, you get the feeling that Resnik is kinda just trying to throw you a bone with its inclusion here. Elsewhere on Playing Favorites, Resnik sticks to the real-deal traditionals. “Twa Corbies” is an old Scottish ballad into which Resnik breathes fresh life with his perfectly lonesome clarinet




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On “Down in the Basement,” producer Neil Cleary crafts a sinister, grinding beat over which Kochalka implores us at the chorus to get “Down in the basement where the beats are sicker / Down in the basement where the hearts beat quicker.” At the verse, however, he adopts a bombastic delivery while playing up the hypersexualized aspects of underground club culture, intoning, “You gotta shake your rump / ba-dump-ba-dump / You gotta let me fill your cup. Ah!” The EP closes on the title track, and here Kochalka serves up another curveball. Rooted in mid-tempo electronic dance beats, the song bears a chilling quality, as synth strings arc around dark musings on lust and predation. “There was a girl / She taste the best / I eat the flesh right out her dress / I eat the feast / I am the beast,” he sings. Then, “Look in the mirror, what do I see? / I am the monster and the monster is me.” Surprise, surprise. I Am the Beast by James Kochalka Superstar is available at kochalka.



fascination with — and perhaps disdain for — pop culture. While not a satirist, precisely, he frequently makes a target of pop trends and icons — Britney Spears and Beyoncé, to name a couple. So while the penetrating throb of EP opener “Kochalkalaka Boom” and the reggaeton-ish bounce of “Double Jump” certainly assault unwitting ears, given the rise of Skrillex et al., is it really any wonder Kochalka might have a take on the latest wave of club music crossing into the mainstream? Probably not. Nor is it a wonder he might pointedly tease the genre and its fans, but do so with a gleefulness that somehow suggests a twisted yet genuine affection for it.

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James Kochalka Superstar, I Am the Beast Say this about James Kochalka: He rarely fails to surprise. His is an absurd yet reliable unpredictability. But in a way, that actually makes him strangely, well, predictable. Because Kochalka is so capricious, you always know what you’re going to get with him, which is to say that you never really know. You following? Kochalka calls his latest EP, I Am the Beast, a profound departure from his recent work. And he’s (mostly) right. Where his last full-length record, 2009’s Digital Elf, found the Superstar exploring the outer sonic possibilities of creating pop music using the sound card from a Nintendo Game Boy Advance video-game system, Beast finds Kochalka wading into waters that even the most ardent fan might hesitate to follow. Namely, brostep. Raise your hand if you saw that coming. Then again, maybe we should have. One of the consistent hallmarks of Kochalka’s musical oeuvre is a

playing (Kristina Stykos takes guitar duty on this one). “O’Carolan Medley” is a song credited to Turlough O’Carolan, who was, in Resnik’s words, “practically the Irving Berlin of Irish instrumental music.” “Boys of Bedlam” is a traditional dating back to the early 1600s. It documents the lives of mentally ill patients at the St. Mary Bethlehem Hospital in London. You get the point. Traditional folk music might not 4/24/12 be your personal cup of tea, but then 16t-shoplocal-guy.indd 1 again, perhaps you just haven’t heard it in the right light. Here’s your chance. Resnik’s interpretations of this oft-dark genre’s offerings are both mesmerizing and therapeutic. He shows respect for the songs he plays and accompanies his selections gently with whatever cool, old-time instruments he has at hand. And whatever instrument that may be, you can bet Resnik knows how to play it. Robert Resnik plays at Dobra Tea Blue Mall, Dorset St., So. Burlington every Thursday.

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1/2 LOuNge: Family night Open Jam, 10:30 p.m., Free. CLub MetrONOMe: WRuV & miss Daisy present motown monday (&), 9 p.m., Free. MONkey HOuse: The Old Fashioneds, streak of Lean (folk), 9 p.m., $5. 18+. NeCtar's: metal monday: Vaporizer, Vektor, s'iva, Boil the Whore, 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.

red square: Aaron Flinn Band (rock), 7 p.m., Free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

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

t bONes restauraNt aNd bar: chad Hollister (rock), 8 p.m., Free.


1/2 LOuNge: sofa+Kings with DJs J Dante & Jordan (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. CLub MetrONOMe: Agent Orange, the Queers, Rough Francis, Flat Tires, the murder Weapon (punk), 8 p.m., $15. 18+. MONkey HOuse: Joe Redding, Lily sickles, nick Losito (singersongwriters), 8 p.m., $5. 18+.

MONty's OLd briCk taverN: Open mic, 6 p.m., Free. NeCtar's: pat Ormiston Group (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. Ben Donovan and the congreagation (rock), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. ON tap bar & griLL: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free.

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NeCtar's: pitchBlak Brass Band, mcB-Free & the ice-coast Band (hip-hop, brass band), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

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: Zack dupont Band (indie folk), 7 p.m., Free. industry night with Robbie J (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free.

burlington area

MaNHattaN pizza & pub: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free.

ON tap bar & griLL: Kode 3 (rock), 7 p.m., Free.

radiO beaN: Freak Teeth Owls, 6:30 p.m., Free. Open mic, 8 p.m., Free.


Jp's pub: Karaoke with morgan, 10 p.m., Free.

ONe pepper griLL: Open mic with Ryan Hanson, 8 p.m., Free.

ON tap bar & griLL: Open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., Free.

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

HigHer grOuNd sHOwCase LOuNge: northern Exposure: indecent Exposure, Dionysus, Jessica prouty Band (rock), 8:30 p.m., $6. AA.


SUN.12 // Jc BrookS & thE UptowN SoUND [SoUL]

Soul Power Chicago’s

JC brOOks & tHe uptOwN sOuNd represent a wailing maelstrom of deep-soul howl

and snarling punk-rock swagger equally informed by Sam Cooke and the Stooges. That lively combination has drawn

bagitOs: Acoustic Blues Jam with the usual suspects, 6 p.m., Free. gustO's: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.

raves from coast to coast — not to mention a blessing from Jeff Tweedy for the band’s cheeky 2010 R&B cover of

purpLe MOON pub: Last October (folk), 7 p.m., Free.

Wilco’s “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.” On Sunday, August 12, the band returns to Vermont for the first time in

champlain valley

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

more than two years for a show at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge.

City LiMits: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free. radiO beaN: Flightless Buttress (folk), 8:30 p.m., Free. HonkyTonk sessions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3. red square: Ellen powell (jazz), 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. 1



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: The Old Fashioneds (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., Donations. MOOg's pLaCe: Open mic/Jam night, 8:30 p.m., Free.


burlington area

1/2 LOuNge: scott mangan (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free.

twO brOtHers taverN: summer Artist series: Honeywell (rock), 8 p.m., $2.


bee's kNees: Flightless Buttress (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

breakwater Café: shakedown (rock), 6 p.m., Free.

MOOg's pLaCe: Tall Grass Get Down (bluegrass), 8:30 p.m., Free.

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


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

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big PicturE thEAtEr & cAfé, 48 Carroll Rd., Waitsfield, 496-8994. thE bLAck Door, 44 Main St., Montpelier, 225-6479. brEAkiNg grouNDS, 245 Main St., Bethel, 392-4222. thE cENtEr bAkErY & cAfE, 2007 Guptil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-7500. cAStLErock Pub, 1840 Sugarbush Rd., Warren, 5836594. chArLiE o’S, 70 Main St., Montpelier, 223-6820. ciDEr houSE bbq AND Pub, 1675 Rte.2, Waterbury, 244-8400. cLEAN SLAtE cAfé, 107 State St., Montpelier, 225-6166. cork WiNE bAr, 1 Stowe St., Waterbury, 882-8227. ESPrESSo buENo, 136 Main St., Barre, 479-0896. grEEN mouNtAiN tAVErN, 10 Keith Ave., Barre, 522-2935. guSto’S, 28 Prospect St., Barre, 476-7919. hoStEL tEVErE, 203 Powderhound Rd., Warren, 496-9222. kiSmEt, 52 State St., Montpelier, 223-8646. kNottY ShAmrock, 21 East St., Northfield, 485-4857. LocAL foLk SmokEhouSE, 9 Rt. 7, Waitsfield, 496-5623. mAiN StrEEt griLL & bAr, 118 Main St., Montpelier, 223-3188. muLLigAN’S iriSh Pub, 9 Maple Ave., Barre, 479-5545. NuttY StEPh’S, 961C Rt. 2, Middlesex, 229-2090. PickLE bArrEL NightcLub, Killington Rd., Killington, 422-3035. thE PizzA StoNE, 291 Pleasant St., Chester, 875-2121. PoSitiVE PiE 2, 20 State St., Montpelier, 229-0453. PurPLE mooN Pub, Rt. 100, Waitsfield, 496-3422. thE rESErVoir rEStAurANt & tAP room, 1 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-7827. SLiDE brook LoDgE & tAVErN, 3180 German Flats Rd., Warren, 583-2202. South StAtioN rEStAurANt, 170 S. Main St., Rutland, 775-1736..

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bEE’S kNEES, 82 Lower Main St., Morrisville, 888-7889. bLAck cAP coffEE, 144 Main St., Stowe, 253-2123. thE brEWSki, Rt. 108, Jeffersonville, 644-6366. broWN’S mArkEt biStro, 1618 Scott Highway, Groton, 584-4124. choW! bELLA, 28 N. Main St., St. Albans, 524-1405. cLAirE’S rEStAurANt & bAr, 41 Main St., Hardwick, 472-7053. coSmic bAkErY & cAfé, 30 S. Main St., St. Albans, 524-0800. couNtrY PANtrY DiNEr, 951 Main St., Fairfax, 849-0599 croP biStro & brEWErY, 1859 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4304. grEY fox iNN, 990 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-8921. thE hub PizzEriA & Pub, 21 Lower Main St., Johnson, 635-7626. thE LittLE cAbArEt, 34 Main St., Derby, 293-9000. mAttErhorN, 4969 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-8198. thE mEEtiNghouSE, 4323 Rt. 1085, Smugglers’ Notch, 644-8851. moog’S, Portland St., Morrisville, 851-8225. muSic box, 147 Creek Rd., Craftsbury, 586-7533. oVErtimE SALooN, 38 S. Main St., St. Albans, 524-0357. PArkEr PiE co., 161 County Rd., West Glover, 525-3366. PhAt kAtS tAVErN, 101 Depot St., Lyndonville, 626-3064. PiEcASSo, 899 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4411. rimrockS mouNtAiN tAVErN, 394 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-9593. roADSiDE tAVErN, 216 Rt. 7, Milton, 660-8274. ruStY NAiL bAr & griLLE, 1190 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-6245. ShootErS SALooN, 30 Kingman St., St. Albwans, 527-3777. SNoW ShoE LoDgE & Pub, 13 Main St., Montgomery Center, 326-4456. SWEEt cruNch bAkEShoP, 246 Main St., Hyde Park, 888-4887. tAmArAck griLL At burkE mouNtAiN, 223 Shelburne Lodge Rd., E. Burke, 626-7394. WAtErShED tAVErN, 31 Center St., Brandon, 247-0100. YE oLDE ENgLAND iNNE, 443 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-5320.

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FUN! GRAND OPENING Saturday August 11th Noon-5pm Live music by The Patricia Julien Project Sample Drop-In Brews and food made by our neighbor —The Grapevine Grille

GREAT GIVEAWAYS! The Grapevine will also be celebrating their new location and will be open with their full menu!

610 Route 7 South, Middlebury (Across From G Stone Motors)

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Outpatient Clinical Research Study Help us develop a vaccine against Dengue Fever.

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Yellow Fever vaccine? Japanese Encephalitis vaccine? Dengue Fever? We are looking for healthy Adults aged 18-50 for a one-year study. Participation includes a screening visit, two doses of vaccine or placebo, and follow-up visits. Volunteers are eligible for up to $2120 in compensation.

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

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51 mAiN, 51 Main St., Middlebury, 388-8209. bAr ANtiDotE, 35C Green St., Vergennes, 877-2555. brick box, 30 Center St., Rutland, 775-0570. thE briStoL bAkErY, 16 Main St., Bristol, 453-3280. cAroL’S huNgrY miND cAfé, 24 Merchant’s Row, Middlebury, 388-0101. citY LimitS, 14 Greene St., Vergennes, 877-6919. cLEm’S cAfé 101 Merchant’s Row, Rutland, 775-3337. DAN’S PLAcE, 31 Main St., Bristol, 453-2774. gooD timES cAfé, Rt. 116, Hinesburg, 482-4444. ND’S bAr & rEStAurANt, 31 Main St., Bristol, 453-2774. oN thE riSE bAkErY, 44 Bridge St., Richmond, 434-7787. South StAtioN rEStAurANt, 170 S. Main St., Rutland, 775-1730. StArrY Night cAfé, 5371 Rt. 7, Ferrisburgh, 877-6316.

tWo brothErS tAVErN, 86 Main St., Middlebury, 388-0002.

1/2 LouNgE, 136 1/2 Church St., Burlington, 865-0012. 242 mAiN St., Burlington, 862-2244. AmEricAN fLAtbrEAD, 115 St. Paul St., Burlington, 861-2999. AuguSt firSt, 149 S. Champlain St., Burlington, 540-0060. bAckStAgE Pub, 60 Pearl St., Essex Jct., 878-5494. bANANA WiNDS cAfé & Pub, 1 Market Pl., Essex Jct., 879-0752. thE bLock gALLErY, 1 E. Allen St., Winooski, 373-5150. brEAkWAtEr cAfé, 1 King St., Burlington, 658-6276. brENNAN’S Pub & biStro, UVM Davis Center, 590 Main St., Burlington, 656-1204. citY SPortS griLLE, 215 Lower Mountain View Dr., Colchester, 655-2720. cLub mEtroNomE, 188 Main St., Burlington, 865-4563. DobrÁ tEA, 80 Chruch St., Burlington, 951-2424. frANNY o’S, 733 Queen City Park Rd., Burlington, 863-2909. hALVorSoN’S uPStrEEt cAfé, 16 Church St., Burlington, 658-0278. highEr grouND, 1214 Williston Rd., S. Burlington, 652-0777. JP’S Pub, 139 Main St., Burlington, 658-6389. LEuNig’S biStro & cAfé, 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759. LEVitY cAfé , 9 Center St., Burlington, 318-4888. Lift, 165 Church St., Burlington, 660-2088. mAgLiANEro cAfé, 47 Maple St., Burlington, 861-3155. mANhAttAN PizzA & Pub, 167 Main St., Burlington, 864-6776. mArriott hArbor LouNgE, 25 Cherry St., Burlington, 854-4700. moNkEY houSE, 30 Main St., Winooski, 655-4563. moNtY’S oLD brick tAVErN, 7921 Williston Rd., Williston, 316-4262. muDDY WAtErS, 184 Main St., Burlington, 658-0466. NEctAr’S, 188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771. o’briEN’S iriSh Pub, 348 Main St., Winooski, 338-4678. oN tAP bAr & griLL, 4 Park St., Essex Jct., 878-3309. oNE PEPPEr griLL, 260 North St., Burlington, 658-8800. oScAr’S biStro & bAr, 190 Boxwood Dr., Williston, 878-7082. PArk PLAcE tAVErN, 38 Park St., Essex Jct. 878-3015. rADio bEAN, 8 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 660-9346. rASPutiN’S, 163 Church St., Burlington, 864-9324. rED SquArE, 136 Church St., Burlington, 859-8909. rEguLAr VEtErANS ASSociAtioN, 84 Weaver St., Winooski, 655-9899. rÍ rÁ iriSh Pub, 123 Church St., Burlington, 860-9401. rozzi’S LAkEShorE tAVErN, 1022 W. Lakeshore Dr., Colchester, 863-2342. rubEN JAmES, 159 Main St., Burlington, 864-0744. SigNAL kitchEN, 71 Main St., Burlington, 399-2337. thE SkiNNY PANcAkE, 60 Lake St., Burlington, 540-0188. t.boNES rESturANt AND bAr, 38 Lower Mountain Dr., Colchester, 654-8008. VENuE, 127 Porters Point Rd., Colchester, 310-4067.

thE VErmoNt Pub & brEWErY, 144 College St., Burlington, 865-0500.

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Still Lively B Y KEV I N J. K ELLE Y

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anet Fish is known for her wildly colorful paintings of jars, decorative glassware, patterned textiles and floral bouquets, often all on the same canvas. “So,” she is asked by a visitor to her Middletown Springs farm, “was it the 17thcentury Dutch still-life painters who influenced your work?” No, Fish replies. It was the 1950s abstract expressionists. Fish’s unexpected answer offers deep insight into her art. “I use objects as a way of organizing colors and shapes,” she explains. Her work can also be seen as a meditation on the properties of light, with vessels and their contents serving as vectors or filters for luminescence. Fish strives, she says, to imbue her still-life works with movement — an aim that her gestural brushwork helps her to achieve. “You also fill the frame, Janet,” Fish’s husband, painter Charles Parness, calls from another room. “The big scale is like the abstract expressionists — that and the shallow space.” Although everything in Fish’s paintings is readily recognizable, the odd juxtapositions and the pulsating colors create what critic and artist Robert Berlind has described as “a hallucinatory experience of the everyday.” Crowded canvases filled with bright reds, deep blues,

“Monkey Business”

Janet Fish

sunny yellows and watery greens give the work a cheerful quality, which is in keeping with the painter’s personality. Arthritis of the back and hips keeps Fish, 74, in a wheelchair much of the time. But physical limitations and their attendant frustrations haven’t dimmed her broad smile or abraded her aristocratic good looks. With a freckled face

tan’s Lower East Side in the early ‘60s. The New York art world still revolved, in those years and for many to come, around the abstract eruptions of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell and other artists who became certified culture heroes. Working in an untrendy genre has presented some challenges, Fish acknowledges. “I can’t get into the ultrafashionable galleries,” she says. “But I’ve never had trouble getting into good galleries.” Fish had a show this past winter at Chelsea gallery DC Moore that included a couple of works featuring children and adults. And, in one amusing piece, a monkey who is exiting stage left after having knocked over a vase and other items in the tabletop scene. The figures are rendered as expertly as the objects. The show drew an admiring review from the online magazine Artcritical, which described Fish as “a meticulous, if organic, art director.” A New York Times critic has credited Fish with having “helped resuscitate realism in the 1970s.” But the strongest appreciation of her work may come from her contemporaries, or younger artists she has inspired. “Her work is a touchstone and tremendously influential,” said Eric Fischl, a painter of darkly realistic tableaux, in an interview published earlier this year. “Anyone who deals with domestic still life has to go through her. She’s very important.”




topped by straight white hair, Fish presents a striking preview of what Meryl Streep could look like a decade hence. Fish hasn’t been painting much this summer, she says apologetically, adding that she still manages to work while seated on a high stool. In the spacious studio she shares with Parness, a halfcompleted composition rests on an easel in the area illuminated by morning light; pencil sketches are all that can be seen on a canvas in a corner that catches the afternoon light. Still lifes have been the focus of Fish’s career, which began on Manhat-

The scion of an artistic family that included the American impressionist Clark Greenwood Voorhees, Fish spent most of her childhood in Bermuda. Asked why her palette has such a summery aura, Fish responds, “It’s always summery in Bermuda.” She earned an undergraduate degree from Smith College and an MFA from Yale. A remarkable collection of future art stars were attending Yale in those years. Monumentalist sculptor Richard Serra was studying there at the same time as Fish, as were photorealist portrait painter Chuck Close, calligraphy-inspired minimalist Brice Marden and painter-filmmaker-sculptor Nancy Graves. After graduate school, Fish began showing large paintings of vegetables at an artists’ cooperative gallery called Ours in lower Manhattan’s SoHo district. But, as often occurs with ventures of that sort, conflicts among the participants led to the gallery’s quick demise. Fish and Parness were also pioneers in the conversion of disused SoHo warehouses into living-space lofts. The couple still maintains a place there, but it goes unused much of the year. SoHo is now a carnival of consumption, Parness complains. A specialist in weirdly funny self-portraits, he lives with Fish on their 120-acre hill farm about eight months of the year. It’s a lovely, comfortable setting, complete with a stocked koi pond, a free-range herd of heifers soon to become beef and a rambunctious Labradoodle named Bella. There’s also that bespoke studio any artist would envy. It contains shelves of glassware that Fish has picked up at lawn sales and auctions for prices ranging from 50 cents to $500. She arranges these objects into groupings that she then renders as still lifes. “I like to have something tangible in front of me,” Fish explains. She says she paints only what she sees and not “what a camera sees.” As her frequent local foraging suggests, Fish claims residency in Vermont, not New York; she has taught at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson. Even so, she cautions, “I’m not trying to paint Vermont. I’m obviously here, though, and what I see out my window might get into my paintings — the landscape, the colors, the light.” Vermont’s light, which she describes as blue and green, is very different from New York City’s, which is more beige, Fish notes. “Light matters a lot to me,” she says. 

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. ‘Among Trees’: Photographs celebrating the beauty and spiritual comfort found in trees. Through August 26 at Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction. Info, 777-3686. ‘An Outgrowth of Nature: The Art of Toshiko Takaezu’: Ceramic sculptures inspired by the poetry of the Buddhist nun Otagaki Rengetzu (through September 9); Shahram Entekhabi: Happy Meal, a film featuring a young Muslim girl eating a McDonald’s Happy Meal, in the New Media Niche (through August 26). At Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750. Anne Cady: “Into the Hills, High Flying,” paintings of the Vermont landscape. Through August 31 at Shelburne Vineyard. Info, 985-8222. Annemie Curlin: “Charlotte, a Heavenly View,” colorful aerial-view oil paintings of the town. Through August 31 at Charlotte Library. 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, ‘Bird’: Four Vermont artists explore the avian kingdom in an exhibit guest-curated by Adelaide Tyrol: photographer Don Hanson, painters Tyrol and Valerie Hird, and doll maker Beth Robinson. Through August 14 at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne. Info, 985-3848.

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.

Essex Art League: Paintings and photographs by member artists. Through August 31 at the Gallery at Phoenix Books in Essex Junction. Info, 849-2172. Gillian Klein: “Paintings Big and Small,” urban paintings in oil and watercolor. Through August 31 at August First in Burlington. Info, 922-6625. 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.

‘Art on Park’: Local artisans sell their handcrafted products, artwork, specialty foods and more; musicians perform. Thursday, August 9, 5-8 p.m., Park Street, Stowe. Info, 793-2101. Middlebury Arts Walk: More than 30 downtown venues stay open late for art openings, music and other events. For a map, visit middleburyartswalk. com. Friday, August 10, 5-7 p.m., various locations, Middlebury. Info, 388-7951 ext. 2. Vermont Festival of the Arts: Regional artwork, food vendors and live music fill the street courtesy of the Cambridge Arts Council and the Smugglers’ Notch Area Chamber of Commerce. Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Main Street, Jeffersonville. Info, 644-6438.

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. McAdams discusses her collaborative, community-based approach to documentary photography: Thursday, August 9, 7 p.m. Info, 388-4964. ‘Impressed: Vermont Printmakers 2012’: Work by Vermont artists in the print medium. Through September 9 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. In a panel discussion, artists Bill Davison, Mickey Myers and Lynn Newcomb explore trends in Vermont printmaking. Thursday, August 9, 6 p.m. Info, 253-8358. Pop-up Group Show: Work in a variety of media by Rachel Baird, Lily Hinrichsen, Kirsten

receptions ‘Waves of Revelation’: Paintings and prints from more than a dozen of the world’s leading surf artists, including Wade Koniakowsky and Pablo Ugartetxea, plus unique surfboards from all eras. Through August 10 at JDK Gallery in Burlington. Auction: Sales of original prints and paintings from the exhibit benefit Iskra, JDK’s silkscreen facility, and Mission Possible, a local nonprofit that identifies education, income and health needs in the community. Friday, August 10, 6-9 p.m. Info, 864-5884. ‘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. Reception: Saturday, August 11, 5-7 p.m. Info, 767-9670. Dusty Boynton: Paintings, works on paper and structured reliefs. Through September 9 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Reception: Friday, August 10, 6-9 p.m. Info, 253-8358. Sarah Ashe: A 10-foot-long model rescue convoy made of

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.

Marian Willmott: Monoprints, oil paintings and poetry by the Vermont artist. Through August 31 at Pine Street Deli 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.

Meryl Lebowitz: “My Love Affair With Venice,” paintings of Venice Beach, Ca. Through August 31 at Mirabelles in Burlington. Info, 535-9877.

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. Kate Longmaid: “Face Time,” contemporary portraits. Through September 18 at the Gallery at Burlington College. Info, 862-9616. 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. Katie Grauer: “Works Revisited,” large-scale paintings of bright, patterned chairs. Through September 1 at the Firefly Gallery in Burlington. Info, 559-1759.

Meryl Lebowitz: Oil paintings of the Vermont landscapes. Through August 31 at Pompanoosuc Mills in Burlington. Info, 862-8208.

‘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. Phillip Hagopian: Paintings by the New England 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.

Linda Berg Maney: Paintings, collages and prints. Curated by SEABA. Through August 31 at Speeder & Earl’s (Pine Street) in Burlington. Info, 859-9222.

‘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.

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.

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.

Mardi-Gras-style floats from materials found in the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina. Through August 31 at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Reception: Friday, August 10, 5-7 p.m. Info, 458-0098. ‘Paintings from Summer Shows’: Work by Frank Woods, Kelly Holt, Alison Goodwin and Galen Cheney. August 9 through September 3 at Quench Artspace in Waitsfield. Reception: Thursday, August 9, 5-7 p.m. Info, 598-4819. Vanessa Dimoff: Gypsy- and flamenco-inspired jewelry. August 10 through September 10 at Townsend Gallery at Black Cap Coffee in Stowe. Reception: Friday, August 10, 4-6 p.m. Info, 279-4239. ‘Walter Dorwin Teague: His Life, Work and Influence’: 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. An open house includes a 2 p.m. talk by Teague’s granddaughter Allison and a raffle of the Bluebird Radio, a replica of the designer’s 1934 design. Saturday, August 11, noon-6 p.m. Info, 496-2787. Axel Stohlberg & John David O’Shaughnessy: “Capturing the Unseen World,” abstract paintings; Nicholas Gaffney: “12-A,” photographs; Carmelo Midili: “The Space Beyond,” sculptures. August 10 through September 7 at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. Reception: Friday, August 10, 5-7 p.m. Info, 603-448-3117.

‘Snow Mobiles: Sleighs to Sleds’: Early, experimental snowmobiles, machines from the ‘60s and ‘70s, and today’s high-powered racing sleds, as well as horse-drawn sleighs; ‘Man-Made Quilts: Civil War to the Present’: Quilts made by men; Elizabeth Berdann: “Deep End,” miniature watercolor portraits on pre-ban and prehistoric mammoth ivory. Through October 28 at Shelburne Museum. Info, 985-3346. 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. SunCommon 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. Terry Findeisen: Still-life and landscape paintings by the Vermont artist and architect. Through September 29 at Left Bank Home & Garden in Burlington. Info, 862-1001. ‘The Dog and Pony Show’: Artwork featuring our four-legged, furry friends. Through August 31 at Backspace Gallery in Burlington. Info,


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.

‘Time Machines: Robots, Rockets and Steampunk’: Toys, textiles and art representing the golden age of sci-fi, the 1930s to ‘50s, as well as work by contemporary artists and designers. Through October 28 at Shelburne Museum. “A Mechanical Affair,” a fanciful steampunk-inspired evening: Thursday, August 9, 5:30-7 p.m. Info, 985-3346.

Hoving, Kate Longmaid, Daniel Suska and Brian Zeigler, among others. In a performance piece called “Continuity Installation #2,” Brian Ziegler deconstructs and reconstructs his large-scale collages to live music, Friday, August 10, 5-8 p.m. at POP-UP! ArtStudios in Middlebury. Info, 388-7951.


David Stromeyer: “Equilibrium,” a retrospective of the Vermont artist’s monumental-scale, steeland-concrete 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.

‘ART IN THE PARK’: The Chaffee Art Center’s annual festival features Vermont-made art and crafts, plus demonstrations in jewelry making, spinning, knitting and woodworking, and local foods. Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Main Street Park, Rutland. Info, 775-0356.

Brick House Open House: Visitors explore the Lake Champlain home where museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb experimented with displaying her collections of folk, fine and decorative arts. Saturday, August 11, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Shelburne Museum. Info, 985-3346.

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.

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Violeta Hinojosa: Collages and paintings by the Vermont artist. Through August 31 at Red Square in Burlington. Info, 318-2438.

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rEstaUraNt 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 workor 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, publicartschool@

5tH aNNUal aMatEUr PHotoGraPHY CoNtEst: The theme of this year’s contest is “Portraits...” Deadline: September 19. Entry forms and rules,

PHoto CoNtEst: Gov. Shumlin has started an initiative to showcase photography in Vermont in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. Info,

Call to artists: The Shoe Horn in Montpelier seeks large-format, retail-friendly art for bimonthly shows. Only inquiries with examples that meet criteria are considered.  Info,

art oN tHE FENCE: Stowe Vibrancy invites artists to participate in the 3rd Annual Art on the Fence, an outdoor art show on Saturday, August 25. Info, 253-1818 or

olD NortH END art MarKEt: The Old North End Art Market is seeking vendors for its fall/winter shows. The market will run monthly, and dates and application are at

BarN PaiNt oUt: Art will be on exhibit at the Jericho Town Hall from October 8 through December 28. Each painting must include a Vermont barn. Artists’ reception, October 13 at the Jericho Town Hall, 1-4 p.m. CD submission packet must be received by September 1. Info, Janet Bonneau, 849-2049,

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sKiN art ENtriEs: Squing & Oup Curatorial Platform is seeking submissions for “Skin Ego,” a juried online exhibition of artwork relating to skin. Apply at Call to art oWNErs: 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 For art: 20 MEDiUMs Have your artwork seen by thousands at the 20th South End Art Hop! The Soda Plant is hosting an exhibit featuring “20 Mediums” of art. Submissions: iD: tHE oBjECt oF sElF Calling for submissions. The self-portrait: Is it your compulsion? We want to see. Deadline: August 22, midnight. Juror: You and Cig Harvey. darkroomgallery. com/ex33.

roCK soliD This annual exhibit showcases stone sculptures and assemblages by area artisans. While the emphasis is on sculptural works, the show includes a small number of 2-D works. Deadline: August 10. Show dates: September 25 through October 27. Info, stoWE VErMoNt PlEiN air Calling all plein-air artists for September 27 and 28. At Galleria Fine Arte, Stowe. Info, 253-7696, galleria@myfairpoint. net. CUltUrEHall NEW artists: Culturehall, a curated online resource for contemporary art, invites artists to submit work to an open application call. Info, HailiNG stEaMPUNK artists! Shelburne Museum is calling for steampunk artists to vend at an event on August 9. No fees. Info, pfeeser@ Call to artists: The Firefly Gallery in downtown Burlington is seeking submissions of 2-D art for our gallery spaces. Details at MaGiC Hat: Magic Hat and SEABA are calling on local Vermont artists to create a label for Art Hop Ale, a limited-edition, 22-ounce beer that will be available in 2013. Info, Deadline: August 15.

strUt Call to DEsiGNErs! Are your designs ready to hit the runway? Break into the world of fashion by watching your creations walk down the catwalk at the annual fashion STRUT put on by SEABA and Seven Days. Apply at seaba. com/art-hop/strut-registration. Call to artists: The Great Vermont Plein Air Paint-Out in historic Waitsfield Village is a festival within the Festival of the Arts! August 18. Info and registration, or 496-6682. tHroUGH tHE lENs: Photographers are invited to submit photography reflecting life on and around Lake Champlain. Deliver your ready-to-hang entries to Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, August 11-19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. riVEr arts Call to artists: 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 artists’ 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 workin-progress showing and possible inclusion in the Deeply Here Festival.

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‘A Celebration of Upper Valley Artists’: Work by 14 regional artists. Through September 3 at Pompanoosuc Mills in East Thetford. Info, 800-841-6671.

Christine Destrempes: “Stream of Conscience: River of Words,” a community art project in which participants write their thoughts and memories of water onto tiles, which are arranged like a river on the museum grounds. Through September 9 at Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. Info, 649-2200.

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

‘ARTISTS | EXPRESSIONS’: Work in a variety of media by New England artists. Through August 11 at Nuance Gallery in Windsor. Info, 674-9616.

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.

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,

Elizabeth DesLauriers: “Random Bits of Nature,” photographs by the Vermont artist. Through August 31 at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, ‘Emergence’: 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.

Jeanne Evans: “Wowie Maui,” watercolors, oils and acrylics. Through August 24 at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Info, 223-3338. Joy Huckins-Noss: Pastel landscapes by the Vermont artist. Through September 8 at Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio in Montpelier. Info, 229-4676. Michael T. Jermyn: “New American Impressionism,” photographs by the Montpelier artist. Through August 31 at Savoy Theater in Montpelier. Info, 223-1570.

‘Red Fields & Yellow Skies: The Art of the Landscape’: Work by 12 Vermont artists. Through September 2 at Chandler Gallery in Randolph. Info, 431-0204. Stuart Eldredge & Marion Schumann: “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. ‘Tol’ko Po Russky, Pozhaluista (Russian Only, Please)’: Russian School photographs, Slavic festival costumes and Russian Imperial badges make up this exhibit chronicling the history of Norwich’s Russian School, which operated from 1968 to 2000. Through September 2 at Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield. Info, 485-2183. burlington-area art shows

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‘Big Red 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.

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

‘Off the Wall’: Sculptural works in a variety of media; Robert Chapla: “Baled to Abstraction,” paintings; D’Ann Calhoun Fago: A 75-year retrospective. Through September 8 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069.


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.

First Anniversary Exhibition: Charcoalon-paper landscapes by Ailyn Hoey; metalwork sculptures of wildlife by Mark Goodenough; oil-onpanel landscapes by Judith Carbine; and abstract paintings by Scott Morgan. Through August 15 at WaterMusicArt Gallery in Chester. Info, 875-2339.



Christian Tubau 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 Montpelier. Info, 272-0827.

Downtown Waitsfield was still recovering from Tropical Storm Irene last winter when

art ‘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-on-wood-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. ‘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. Gail Salzman: “Undercurrents,” monotype/ collages exploring energy and movement in the natural world. Through August 12 at Bent Northrop Memorial Library in Fairfield. Info, 827-3945. ‘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. Henry Kiely: Large paintings of utilitarian objects on white, gessoed backgrounds. August 15 through October 14 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261.

Stuart Eldredge and Marion Schumann “If I could put my love for you in the paint and on the paper, it would feel so good, and the picture would be real to me, and I would be satisfied,” wrote Stuart Eldredge in a letter to his sweetheart Marion Schumann more than 80 years ago. “I feel you can do that and I envy you so.” The couple met in an evening class at the Art Students League in New York City in 1931. Before they wed in 1933, during the three summers they lived apart, Eldredge and Schumann wrote letters nearly every day, encouraging each other not to give up on their artistic endeavors. Recently, in the attic of their Springfield home, their children discovered those letters, many of which included sketches, and decided to turn them into an art exhibit. “A Love Story in Paintings and Letters” is at the Springfield Art and Historical Society at the Miller Art Center through

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October 8. Pictured: portraits the artists painted of each other.

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‘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. Viiu Niiler & Terry J. Allen: “Transformations,” abstracted landscape paintings and documentary photographs, respectively. Through August 31 at Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier. Info, 229-0303.

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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. Carolyn Shattuck: “Key West: Inside/Outside,” collages that celebrate the energy of Key West and its environs. Through August 24 at WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room in Bristol. Info, 453-3188.

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. ‘Take Me to the Fair: An Addison County Tradition’: Photographs of the 2011 fair by Markham Starr, plus 19th- and early-20th-century fair posters, ribbons, photographs and other ephemera from the Sheldon collection. Through November 10 at Sheldon Museum in Middlebury. Info, 388-2117. ‘The Delight of Decoys’: A bird decoy for each of the 25 years the museum has been open. Through October 31 at Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. Info, 434-2167.

‘What’s Hatching in Brandon?’: Artistenhanced roosters, hens and other barnyard fowl fill the gallery and appear in various downtown locations as part of the annual town-wide art project (through September 30); 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. ‘White on White With Touches of Color’: Work in a variety of media by members of the North Chittenden Women’s Art Collective. Through August 13 at Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. Info, 388-1827.


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.

‘Emerging Sculptors’: Work by Amy Boemig, Erica Johnson, Persi Narvaez and Meghan Rigali. Through August 19 at The Carving Studio in West Rutland. Info, 438-2097.

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.

Bill Brauer & Margit J. Füreder: “The Observer,” new sensual paintings of women by Brauer; “Queen of Heart,” paintings by Füreder inspired by images from Austrian television and film. Through August 15 at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe. Info, 253-8943.

‘On the Water’: Paintings by Rory Jackson, Janis Sanders, Mary Graham, Henry Isaacs and Homer Wells. Through September 3 at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 458-0098.

Vermont Watercolor Society Awards Exhibition: Work by member artists. Through August 18 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0356.

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.

Jericho Plein Air Festival Exhibit: Work by more than 80 artists produced during the annual outdoor painting festival. Through August 12 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Info, 899-3211. John Clarke Olson: “Pastoral Vermont,” landscapes in oil on panel. Through August 15 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818. Larry Golden: Plein-air paintings by the Vermont artist. Through August 31 at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. Info, 748-8291. Louise Von Weise & Marcia Vallette: “Critters,” mono prints by the Vermont artists. Through August 10 at Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469. ‘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. Ted Zilius: A retrospective exhibit encompassing 70 years of work, from childhood drawings through distinctive recent collage/paintings. Through August 10 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261. ‘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.


Phyllis Chase: “Inns and Outs of Vermont,” oil paintings of the Grafton Inn, the Inn at Weston, the Four Columns Inn, the Inn at Sawmill Farms and Windham Hill Inn. Through August 12 at Gallery North Star in Grafton. Info, 843-2465.

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The Queen of Versailles ★★★★


he very rich,” F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote, “are different from you and me.” One thing photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield accomplishes with her latest documentary is to give us good reason to be glad that’s the case. For all their paper billions, the subjects of this picture are among the unhappiest people I’ve ever seen on screen. The Queen of Versailles isn’t the family portrait David and Jackie Siegel signed on for. He’s a seventysomething Florida time-share mogul. She’s a surgically enhanced former beauty contestant 30 years his junior. When Greenfield met the pair in 2007 and expressed an interest in filming them, they jumped at the chance. The two were in the process of building the largest residence in the United States. What better way to immortalize their rise from humble beginnings? There’s no place like home. At least not like the Siegels’: Modeled after the French palace of the film’s title, its plans called for 13 bedrooms, 30 bathrooms, 11 kitchens, a sushi bar, two movie theaters, a bowling alley, a wing for their eight kids, a spa, two

tennis courts, three swimming pools, an iceskating rink and a full-size baseball field. A 90,000-square-foot monument to themselves. Then 2008 happened. The economic collapse hit David Siegel’s business, Westgate Resorts, hard. Faster than you can say “subprime mortgage,” all his properties were underwater, and construction on his dream home ground to a halt. Siegel attempts to persuade the viewer that greedy bankers suckered him into borrowing cheap money he couldn’t repay. It’s an ironic gambit, considering that the promise of cheap money is the same one Siegel’s sales force made to his customers for years. Who can say what story this picture would have told if fate hadn’t provided that twist? It did, though, with cameras rolling, and the result is a can’t-look-away cross between a Bergman drama and a “Real Housewives” spin-off. As her increasingly distant husband broods over his reversal of fortune, Jackie continues to spend like there’s no tomorrow, hamming it up for the cameras as though auditioning for her own reality series. Little by

little, Greenfield’s cautionary tale turns into “The Jackie Siegel Show.” I lost count of Siegel’s pants-on-fire moments, scenes she attempts to pass off as real life that were clearly staged. There’s the Christmas shopping trip to Walmart. (The pretense is she’s trying to be more budget conscious. The punch line is she buys so much junk it takes a motorcade of SUVs to haul it home.) Then there’s the time she goes through a McDonald’s drive-through in her limo, or the trip to her hometown where she asks the clerk at a Hertz counter for the name of her “driver.” Siegel grew up in a middle-class home in that very town. Who does she think she’s kidding? And why does she expect audiences grappling with economic hardships to be amused by the spectacle of her conspicuous and clueless consumption? Her husband wasn’t. By the time the credits roll, Greenfield has

chronicled the collapse of not just Siegel’s business but, for all practical purposes, his marriage. The tragedy is so thick, it’s like Shakespeare with Botox. David Siegel ended up so ticked off he sued Greenfield for making the movie and Magnolia Pictures for distributing it, claiming its portrayal of Westgate’s troubles is misleading. I guess those 7000 employees he laid off are just imagining they don’t have jobs. The Queen of Versailles has much to offer — a rare glimpse of the lifestyles of the rich and freaky and a case study in denial as colossal as its subjects’ empty castle. And, last but not least, confirmation that money — even mountains of it — can’t always buy happiness. RICK KISONAK





REVIEWS Beasts of the Southern Wild ★★★★


eldom has an American film dared to put as much dirt on the screen as Beasts of the Southern Wild. Benh Zeitlin’s feature debut takes place in the Bathtub, a dilapidated Louisiana bayou community located on the wrong side of the levees, in a coastal area that mainstream America has abandoned to its fate. The Bathtub’s inhabitants are diehards, living in stilted trailers and ramshackle huts among overgrown vegetation and piles of salvage and debris. The film’s heroine and narrator, 6-year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis), has no interest in princesses, pink or sparkles. After her loving but frequently drunk dad (Dwight Henry) disappears, she’s too busy cooking her own dinner with the aid of a blowtorch. It’s the type of scenario we’re used to seeing on screen only in well-meaning documentaries, but Beasts is fiction — technically, speculative fiction. While the setting is just barely futuristic, with climate change producing apocalyptic floods, the film really takes place in the space of fable. Educated by her community’s equivalent of a wise woman, Hushpuppy sees the world in mystical

terms; she imagines primeval beasts called Aurochs emerging from melting polar ice as humanity returns to its “caveman” roots. Whether those beasts really exist in the film’s world doesn’t matter, because we virtually never leave Hushpuppy’s perspective, a jumble of fractured logic, passed-down lore and self-mythologizing fantasy. Zeitlin conveys that perspective with naturalistic camera work, saturated colors and Wallis’ fierce, natural acting. He achieves scenes of intense beauty by simply showing us what Hushpuppy sees and feels, without explanation. Yet this narrow focus can grow wearying over the long haul. Because Hushpuppy already knows the other members of her community, we never get to know them. A sequence set in a disaster-relief center serves to underline just how alien the mainstream world is to her, yet it also raises questions the film can’t answer, such as Why do these people proudly insist on living in a place that will eventually kill them? As a result, a few critics have tried to interpret Beasts as a libertarian manifesto. But you might as well say the same of Huckle-

WILD CHILD Wallis gives a stunning debut performance in Zeitlin’s indie.

berry Finn, because the film’s real roots are there, and in hundreds of other American children’s stories about growing up in the wilderness and defending the family homestead. Hushpuppy’s unquestioning loyalty to her home and daddy make sense in kid logic, even when one is flooded and the other on the brink of dementia. Like all children — and, perhaps, all adults on some level — she trusts the known and fears the unknown. (That said, Beasts is definitely not a movie for young children; they’re likely to find it scary and perplexing.) Some may see Beasts as a triumphant coming-of-age tale; others may view it as more of a Peter Pan for the climate-change

era, with a heroine who has yet to grow up and leave Neverland. (A stunning sequence in a brothel, toward the end, suggests one dark possibility for Hushpuppy’s future.) But, whatever its merits as a story, Beasts holds its own as a rebuke to the oppressive tidiness of American movies these days, from the blockbusters with their overdesigned CGI landscapes to the romantic comedies with their pastel dreams of suburban affluence. Zeitlin’s vision of people living close to nature is unabashedly, sometimes absurdly, romantic, but its unruly energy has been sorely missing from Hollywood fare. Here’s to more filmmakers who aren’t scared of dirt. M A R G O T HA R R I S O N

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THE BOURNE LEGACY: Tony (Michael Clayton) Gilroy directs the fourth in the conspiracy-thriller series, in which Jeremy Renner (playing a new character) takes over Matt Damon’s punching and kicking duties. With Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen and David Strathairn. (135 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Roxy, Stowe, Sunset, Welden) THE CAMPAIGN: Two schemers plot to run a naïf (Zach Galifianakis) against an established incumbent (Will Ferrell) for a seat in Congress in this comedy from director Jay (Meet the Fockers) Roach. With Jason Sudeikis and Dylan McDermott. (97 min, R. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Sunset, Welden) FALLING OVERNIGHT: Shelburne native Parker Croft stars in this indie drama about a young man who spends what could be his last night alive falling in love with a girl he just met (Emilia Zoryan). Conrad Jackson directed. (88 min, NR. Roxy. See “State of the Arts,” this issue.) FUTURE SHORTS: A program of seven short films from around the world, including animated and live-action narratives. (Roxy. See “State of the Arts,” this issue.) HOPE SPRINGS: 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 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)

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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES★★★★ Having defeated urban chaos and violated about a million civil liberties at the end of The Dark Knight, Batman went underground. What kind of threat will it take to make him Gotham City’s protector again, eight years later? Christian Bale returns as the Caped Crusader, and Christopher Nolan again directs. With Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Tom Hardy. (165 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)


DARK SHADOWS★★1/2 Johnny Depp plays Barnabas Collins, a vampire who pops up in the Nixon era to find his ancestral home full of polyester, in this dark-comedy adaptation of the cult 1966-71 TV soap from director Tim Burton. With Chloe Moretz and Helena Bonham Carter. (120 min, PG-13. Sunset; ends 8/9) 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)

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FOR GREATER GLORY: Peter O’Toole, Bruce Greenwood, Andy Garcia and Eva Longoria star in this epic about Mexico’s Cristero War of the 1920s. Dean Wright makes his directorial debut. (120 min, PG-13. Palace; ends 8/9) ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT★★ In their fourth anachronistic animated adventure, the breakup of a continent sends the Paleolithic critters on marine adventures. Could it all be an excuse to introduce pirates? With the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Peter Dinklage and Jennifer Lopez. Mike Thurmeier and Steve Martino directed. (93 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol, Essex [3-D], Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Sunset, Welden) THE INTOUCHABLES★★★ In this hit from France, a young daredevil from the Paris slums (Omar Sy) brightens the life of a wealthy quadriplegic (François Cluzet) when he becomes his personal assistant. Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano directed. (112 min, R. Roxy, Savoy) MAGIC MIKE★★★1/2 “Tell your boyfriend that you’re going to book club,” advises the trailer for NOW PLAYING

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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)

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THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL★★★1/2 Aging folks of limited means find themselves living in a ramshackle hotel in India in this seriocomic showcase for some of the UK’s best actors, including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy. John (Shakespeare in Love) Madden directed. (124 min, PG-13. Roxy; ends 8/9)


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. Opens 8/15 at Majestic)

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD★★★1/2 This Sundance hit is a near-future fantasy about a delta community grappling with radical environmental change, told from the perspective of a 6-year-old girl (Quvenzhané Wallis). With Dwight Henry and Levy Easterly. Benh Zeitlin makes his feature directorial debut. (93 min, PG-13. Roxy)

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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 — Peter Parker’s pre-Mary Jane love — as well as Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen and Sally Field. (136 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Essex, Majestic [3-D], Sunset)

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wednesday 8 — thursday 9 The Dark Knight Rises 8. The Amazing Spider-Man 5. Ice Age: Continental Drift 5:30. To Rome With Love 7:30. Full schedule not available at press time. Schedule changes frequently; please check website.


ESSEX CINEMAS & T-REX THEATER 21 Essex Way, #300, Essex, 879-6543,

wednesday 8 — thursday 9 *Hope Springs 10 a.m. (Thu only), 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 10 a.m. (Thu only), 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:25, 9:30. Total Recall 10 a.m. (Thu only), 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:40. Step Up Revolution 10 a.m. (Thu only; 3-D), 12:45 (3-D), 3, 5:15 (3-D), 7:30 (3-D), 9:45. The Watch 10 a.m. (Thu only), 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50. The Dark Knight Rises 10 a.m. (Thu only),

movies Revolution 3, 7:30 (3-D), 9:45 (3-D). The Watch 10 a.m. (Tue only), 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50. The Dark Knight Rises 10 a.m. (Tue only), 12:40, 2:15, 4:10, 5:45, 7:40, 9:15. Ice Age: Continental Drift 10 a.m. (Tue only), 12:45 (3-D), 3, 5:10 (3-D), 7:20 (3-D), 9:30. Brave 10 a.m. (Tue only), 12:45 (3-D), 5:15.


190 Boxwood St. (Maple Tree Place, Taft Corners), Williston, 878-2010,

wednesday 8 — thursday 9 *Hope Springs 1:15, 3:55, 6:40, 9:20. *Nitro Circus 3D: The Movie 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:10, 9:25. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 12:45, 3:15, 4:45, 6:50, 9. Total Recall 1, 3:45, 6:45, 9:30. Step Up Revolution (3-D) 12:20, 2:35. The Watch

6:30, 8:45. Total Recall 12:55, 3:40, 6:50, 9:40. Step Up Revolution (3-D) 12. The Watch 9:35. The Dark Knight Rises 12:20, 2:45 (except Wed & Thu), 6, 8:15 (except Wed & Thu), 9:25. Ice Age: Continental Drift 12, 2:10, 4:20 (3-D), 6:05 (except Wed & Thu; 3-D). The Amazing SpiderMan (3-D) 6:35. Moonrise Kingdom 2:15, 6:50. Ted 4:30, 9. Brave 12:25 (except Wed & Thu), 3:45.


Main St., Middlebury, 388-4841.

wednesday 8 — thursday 9 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 2, 6, 8:30. The Watch 6:30, 9. The Dark Knight Rises 1:30, 6, 9:15. Ice Age: Continental Drift 2. friday 10 — thursday 16

9:10. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 1, 6:35. friday 10 — tuesday 14 *The Bourne Legacy 1:20, 4, 6:40, 9:10. *Falling Overnight 6:10. *Future Shorts 12:40, 4:30. *Hope Springs 1:15, 3:30, 7, 9:25. Beasts of the Southern Wild 1:10, 3:10, 5:05, 7:15, 9:20. The Intouchables 1:25, 4, 6:50, 9:15. The Dark Knight Rises 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30. Moonrise Kingdom 2:20, 8.


10 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 864-5610,

wednesday 8 — thursday 9 ***DCI 2012: Big, Loud & Live 9 Thu: 6:30. *Hope Springs 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1:05, 3:30, 6:50, 9:15. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 12, 2:10, 4:20, 6:30,

Campaign 12:15, 2:25, 4:40, 7:10, 9:25. *Hope Springs 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, 2:10, 4:20, 6:30, 8:40. Total Recall 1, 3:40, 6:55, 9:35. The Watch 6:45, 9:10. The Dark Knight Rises 12:30, 4:15, 8. Ice Age: Continental Drift 12:05, 2:15, 4:30. Magic Mike 7. Safety Not Guaranteed 4:50, 9:20. Brave 12:10, 2:30. ***See website for details.

PARAMOUNT TWIN CINEMA 241 North Main St., Barre, 479-9621,

wednesday 8 — thursday 9 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 6:20, 9:05. The Dark Knight Rises 6:05, 9:20.

Rte. 100, Morrisville, 888-3293,

wednesday 8 — thursday 9 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 1:15, 6:40, 8:30. Total Recall 1:15, 6:50, 9. The Watch 8:30. The Dark Knight Rises 1, 7:15. Ice Age: Continental Drift 1:15, 6:30. 08.08.12-08.15.12 SEVEN DAYS 70 MOVIES

wednesday 8 — thursday 9 Take This Waltz 6, 8:15. Safety Not Guaranteed 6:30, 8:30. friday 10 — thursday 16 *The Queen of Versailles 1:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6, 8. The Intouchables 1 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 8:45.

STOWE CINEMA 3 PLEX Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2534678.

wednesday 8 — thursday 9 Total Recall 7, 9:10. The Watch 7, 9:10. The Dark Knight Rises 7. friday 10 — thursday 16 *The Bourne Legacy 2:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9. Total Recall 2:30 (Sat & Sun only), 7, 9:10. The Dark Knight Rises 2:30 (Sat & Sun only), 7.

155 Porters Point Road, just off Rte. 127, Colchester, 8621800.

wednesday 8 — thursday 9 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days at 8:40, followed by Ice Age: Continental Drift. Total Recall at 8:40, followed by The Amazing Spider-Man. The Dark Knight Rises at 8:40, followed by Dark Shadows. Ted at 8:40, followed by The Watch. friday 10 — 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.


93 State St., Montpelier, 229-0343,

friday 10 — tuesday 14 *The Bourne Legacy Fri & Mon-Tue: 1:15, 6:10, 9:15. Sat & Sun: 1, 3:30, 6:10, 9:15. *The Campaign Fri & Mon-Tue: 1:30, 6:15, 9:20. Sat & Sun: 1, 3:30, 6:15, 9:20. *Hope Springs Fri & Mon-Tue: 1:15, 6:20, 9:10. Sat & Sun: 1, 3:35, 6:20, 9:10. Total Recall Fri & Mon-Tue: 1:30, 6:20, 9:15. Sat & Sun: 12:45, 3:20, 6:20, 9:15. The Dark Knight Rises Fri & MonTue: 1:15, 6:05, 9:05. Sat & Sun: 12:45, 6:05, 9:05.

26 Main St., Montpelier, 2290509,


friday 10 — thursday 16 *The Bourne Legacy 1:15, 3:45 (Sat & Sun only), 6:40, 9:15. *The Campaign 1:15, 3:45 (Sat & Sun only), 7, 9:15. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 1:15, 3:45 (Sat & Sun only). Total Recall 1:15, 3:45 (Sat & Sun only), 6:50, 9:15. The Dark Knight Rises 7:10.

wednesday 8 — thursday 9 *Hope Springs 1:15, 6:20, 9:10. Total Recall 1:15, 6:20, 9:10. Step Up Revolution 1:30, 6:15. The Watch 9:05. The Dark Knight Rises 1:15, 6:05, 9:20. Ice Age: Continental Drift 1:30, 6:30. Ted 9.


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WELDEN THEATER 12:40, 1:40, 4, 5, 7:20, 8:20. Ice Age: Continental Drift 10 a.m. (Thu only), 12:45 (3-D), 1:45, 3 (3-D), 4, 5:10 (3-D), 7:20 (3-D), 9:30 (3-D). The Amazing Spider-Man 4, 9:25. Ted 7:10, 9:35. Brave 10 a.m. (Thu only; 3-D), 1:30, 7:10 (3-D). friday 10 — tuesday 14 *The Bourne Legacy 10 a.m. (Tue only), 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45. *The Campaign 10 a.m. (Tue only), 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:20. *Hope Springs 10 a.m. (Tue only), 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 10 a.m. (Tue only), 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:25, 9:30. Total Recall 10 a.m. (Tue only), 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:40. Step Up

7, 9:20. The Dark Knight Rises 12:30, 4, 6:15, 7:30, 9:35. Ice Age: Continental Drift 12, 2:10, 4:25. The Amazing Spider-Man (3-D) 3:30, 6:30, 9:25. Moonrise Kingdom 12:10, 2:25, 7. Ted 1:10, 3:35, 6:25, 9:15. Brave 1, 4:35. Magic Mike 8:40. friday 10 — thursday 16 *The Bourne Legacy 12:30, 3:30, 6:25, 9:30. *The Campaign 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:15, 9:35. *Hope Springs 12:45, 3:35, 6:40, 9:15. *Nitro Circus 3D: The Movie 12:30, 2:40, 4:55, 7:10, 9:20. *The Odd Life of Timothy Green Wed & Thu: 1, 3:30, 6:30, 9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 1:15, 3:40,

*The Bourne Legacy 2, 6, 9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 2, 6. The Dark Knight Rises 8. To Rome With Love 2, 6, 9.


222 College St., Burlington, 864-3456,

wednesday 8 — thursday 9 Beasts of the Southern Wild 1:10, 3:10, 5:05, 7:15, 9:20. The Intouchables 1:25, 4, 6:45, 9:25. The Dark Knight Rises 1, 3:15, 4, 7:20, 9:05. To Rome With Love 1:20, 3:50, 6:55, 9:15. Moonrise Kingdom 1:05, 3:05, 5:05, 7:10,

8:40. Total Recall 1, 3:40, 6:55, 9:35. For Greater Glory 12:45, 6:30 (Wed only). The Watch 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1:10, 3:45, 7, 9:20. The Dark Knight Rises 12:30, 2:30, 6, 8:30, 9:25. Ice Age: Continental Drift 12:05, 2:15, 4:35, 6:45, 8:50. Magic Mike 3:50, 9:30 (Wed only). Ted 8:45. Safety Not Guaranteed 12:15, 2:20, 4:25, 6:40. Brave 12:10, 4, 6:15.

friday 10 — tuesday 14 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Fri & Mon-Tue: 6:30. Sat & Sun: 1:15, 3:30, 6:30. The Dark Knight Rises 9. Ice Age: Continental Drift Fri & Mon-Tue: 6:30. Sat & Sun: 1:15, 3:30, 6:30. Ted 9.

friday 10 — tuesday 14 *The Bourne Legacy 12:45, 3:45, 6:40, 9:30. *The

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ST. ALBANS DRIVEIN THEATRE 429 Swanton Rd, Saint Albans, 524-7725,

104 No. Main St., St. Albans, 527-7888,

wednesday 8 — thursday 9 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 2, 4, 7. Total Recall 2, 7, 9. The Watch 4, 9. The Dark Knight Rises 4, 7. Ice Age: Continental Drift 2. friday 10 — thursday 16 *The Bourne Legacy 2, 7, 9:30. *The Campaign 2, 7, 9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 2, 4, 7. Total Recall 4, 9.

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this 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. Majestic, Palace) 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) 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, Savoy) 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. Capitol, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace) TAKE THIS WALTZ★★★1/2 Michelle Williams and Luke Kirby play a pair who have instant chemistry. Only problem is, she’s married and not eager to leave her husband (Seth Rogen). Director Sarah (Away From Her) Polley explores the gray areas of romance in her second film. (116 min, R. Savoy; ends 8/9) 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. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, 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) 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. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)


DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX★★1/2 Dr. Seuss’ contribution to eco-consciousness becomes a computer animation in which a boy in a sterile suburb (voiced by Zac Efron) takes up the cause of the trees to impress a girl (Taylor Swift). With Ed Helms and Danny DeVito voicing the Lorax. Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda directed. (94 min, PG) MARLEY★★★★ Kevin (Touching the Void) Macdonald directed this documentary about the life of the Jamaican music legend. (144 min, PG-13)

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t’s 1815. Anne Lister (Maxine Peake, of the UK show “Shameless”) is the heiress to a great Yorkshire estate, where she lives with her aged aunt and uncle. Like all eligible single ladies in Regency England, she has love on her mind — but only for the “fairer sex,” as she puts it in her diary. Anne’s passion is for the lovely Mariana (Anna Madeley), but their relationship ends when the latter accepts the proposal of a portly gentleman with a ton of money. Anne courts a cute tradesman’s daughter she meets at church, but finds her “stupidish.” She takes to wearing black and accepts amorous consolation from her loyal friend Tib (Susan Lynch), for whom she feels nothing. But then Mariana reappears in Anne’s life...


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aries (March 21-april 19): apollo astronaut russell schweickart had a vision of loveliness while flying through outer space in his lunar module. “one of the most beautiful sights is a urine dump at sunset,” he testified. He said it resembles a “spray of sparklers,” as 10 million little ice crystals shoot out into the void at high velocity. as you feed your quest for a lusty life, aries, i urge you to be as quirky and resourceful as schweickart. Come up with your own definitions about what’s gorgeous and revelatory. take epiphanies any way you can get them. taurus (april 20-May 20): at the heart of

this horoscope is a quote from Maya angelou. While it may seem schmaltzy, i assure you that its counsel will be essential to your success in the coming weeks. “i’ve learned that people will forget what you said,” said angelou, “people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Can you see how valuable this principle might be for you, taurus? if you hope to get what you desire, you should turn your empathy on full blast. if you’d like to supercharge your vitality, hone your skills as a judge of character. if you want to get the love you think you deserve, be a master at making people feel good in your presence.

geMiNi (May 21-June 20): The coming week will be prime time to celebrate your eccentricities and cultivate your idiosyncrasies. Do you like ketchup on your bananas? is heavy metal the music you can best relax to? Do you have a tendency to break out in raucous laughter when people brag about themselves? i really think you should make note of all the qualities that make you odd or unique, and express those qualities with extra intensity. That may grate on some people, true, but it should have a potent healing effect on you.

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(June 21-July 22): Here are my questions: Will you thrust your foot across that imaginary line, or will you back away from it, scouting around for an escape route? Will you risk causing a commotion in order to scratch the itch in your ambition? or will you shuffle on back to your comfort zone and caress your perfect daydreams? Personally, Cancerian, i’m hoping you will elect to do what’s a bit unsettling. but that doesn’t necessarily mean you

should. if you make a bold move, make sure you’re not angling to please or impress me — or anyone else, for that matter. Do it as a way to express your respect for yourself — or don’t do it.

will be prime time to boost your efforts to a higher level.

Virgo (aug. 23-sept. 22): “and if nothing is repeated in the same way,” says poet antonio Porchia, “all things are last things.” That’s a good principle to adapt for your own purposes, Virgo. a few weeks from now, i bet you’ll be enmeshed in an orgy of novelty, creating yourself from scratch and exploring experiences you’ve never heard of before. but in the meantime, as you bring this cycle to a close, be equally inventive about how you finish things off. Don’t imitate the approach you used in tying up loose ends in the past. Don’t put stale, boring karma to rest in stale, boring ways. nothing repeated! all things last things!

liBra (sept. 23-oct. 22): all of us feel bad

sometimes — sad, discouraged, helpless, unloved and all the rest. it’s a natural part of being human. Here’s the good news: i am not predicting you will go through a phase like that anytime soon. Here’s the even better news: The coming week will be an excellent time to come up with effective strategies for what to do in the future when you go through a rough period. For example, instead of wallowing in self-pity or berating yourself for your weakness, maybe you can resolve, next time, to amble aimlessly out in nature, dance to cathartic music for three hours, or go to the gym and smack around a punching bag.


(oct. 23-nov. 21): When a domesticated weasel captures some treasure or beats out a competitor for food, it performs a celebratory dance that’s referred to as the “weasel war dance.” During this triumphant display, it might hiss, arch its back, fluff out its tail and hop around madly. i encourage you to come up with your own private version of this ritual, scorpio. it can be more dignified if you like: snapping your fingers, singing a magical phrase or raising your arms in a V-for-victory gesture. Whatever you choose, do it after every accomplishment, no matter how small: buying groceries, arriving at an appointment on time, getting a good new idea or any other success.


(July 23-aug. 22):

When Tchaikovsky wrote the musical score for his famous 1812 Overture, it included 16 cannon shots. Literally. These blasts weren’t supposed to be made by, say, a sledgehammer pounded against a wooden mallet, but rather by the detonation of an actual cannon. As crazy as that is, you’ve got to admire Tchaikovsky’s creative gall. He was going way out of the box, calling on a source of sound no other composer had ever done. In accordance with the astrological omens, I invite you to be inspired by his example, Leo. In your own chosen field, mess with the rules about how to play in your chosen field.


(nov. 22-Dec. 21): one out of every four of us is afraid that we have missed our calling — that we have misread our soul’s code and failed to identify the labor of love that would provide our ultimate fuel for living. if you’re among this deprived group, i have good news: The next six weeks will be an excellent time to fix the problem — to leave the niche where you don’t belong and go off to create a new power spot. and if you are among the 75 percent of us who are confident you’ve found your vocation, the next six weeks

CaPriCorN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): you can take this as a metaphor if you like, but i’m getting a psychic impression that you will soon be drawing on the energy of one of your past lives. Will it be a 13th-century Chinese lute player or a kitchen maid from 15th-century France? Will you be high on the vitality you had when you were a yoruba priest living in West africa 300 years ago or when you were a 16th-century guarani herbalist in what’s now Paraguay? i invite you to play with fantasies like these, even if you don’t believe they’re literally true. you might be surprised at the boost you get from imagining yourself alive in a different body and historical era. aQuarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The italian mattress company sogniflex has created a bed with features designed to facilitate lovemaking. it has straps and handles, plus a trench that helps you get better traction. The extra-strong springs produce an exceptional bouncing action. you might consider buying one for yourself. The astrological omens suggest it’s time to play with more intensity in the intimate clinches. you could also try these things: 1. Upgrade your licking and sucking skills. 2. Cultivate your ability to listen receptively. 3. Deepen your sincere appreciation for what’s beautiful about anyone you’re attracted to. 4. Make yourself even more lovable than you already are.

PisCes (Feb. 19-March 20): My $10-anhour counsel only requires a few seconds to deliver. Here it is: “never try to be someone you’re not. Discover what you were made for, and do it with all of your passionate intensity.” on the other hand, Pisces, my $100-a-minute wisdom is more complicated, subtle and hard to impart in less than an hour of storytelling. Here’s a hint of it: There are times when you can get interesting and even brilliant results by experimenting with being something you’re not. going against the flow of your instinctual urges and customary tendencies might tweak you in just the right way — giving you an exotic grace and wild depth when you ultimately return to the path you were born to tread.

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Police who cited California trucker Ashwin Kumar, 28, for trying to avoid paying a toll to cross New York’s George Washington Bridge reported that Kumar parked on the highway shoulder at daybreak, just shy of the Fort Lee, N.J., toll plaza but right beside a police parking lot. An officer spotted him and assumed he had a problem. “So he thinks, ‘I’m going to go down and help this guy,’” Port Authority Police official Al Della Fave said. “But then he sees the driver, who’s crouched down at his license plate with duct tape.” The officer watched him cover his plates and drive through the E-Z Pass lane without a transponder, then pulled him over. “I guess he thought nobody was around at that time,” Della Fave said. (Newark’s Star-Ledger) Dylan T. Hankewycz, 18, pulled a pocketknife on a 34-year-old man and demanded his cellphone, according to police in Hanover, Pa. The victim later purchased a new phone and was downloading photographs from his carrier’s server when he found pictures of the man who robbed him. Police identified Hankewycz from the pictures and arrested him. (Harrisburg’s WHTM-TV)

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The Transportation Security Administration fired eight screeners at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport after surveillance cameras caught them sleeping or violating other standards. TSA added they’re reviewing photographs of screening supervisors who appear to be sleeping in front of monitors used for detecting explosives and other threats. (Newark’s Star-Ledger) An organization of former NASA astronauts and scientists proposed launching a privately funded space telescope so it can locate and track small asteroids capable of wiping out a city or a continent. NASA and astronomers currently scan space routinely, monitoring near-Earth objects at least two-thirds of a mile across that are considered major killers. But the nonprofit, Mountain View, Calif.-based B612 Foundation warned more attention should be paid to the estimated half million smaller asteroids, such as the one that exploded over Siberia in 1908, leveling more than 800 square miles of forest. “We’re playing cosmic roulette,” B612 chairman and former shuttle astronaut Ed Lu said. “The laws of probability eventually catch up to you.” (Associated Press)

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Potting soil caused a porch fire in Wheeling, W.Va., according to fire officials, citing spontaneous combustion caused by potting soil’s ingredients and the right combination of high humidity, extreme heat and dry soil. Although there’s no fire-hazard warning on potting-soil bags, Assistant Chief Ed Geisel said he has been a firefighter for 33 years “and within the past four to five years, I’ve seen more instances.” He noted most fires are small and quickly contained by homeowners or passers-by, “but this particular one got a little further along before anyone noticed or we were able to get there.” (Steubenville, Ohio’s WTOV-TV)



After North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue vetoed a measure to legalize fracking in the state, the Senate overrode her veto. The House seemed likely to sustain it, however, especially after Rep. Becky Carney spent the day lobbying fellow Democrats to uphold the veto. The House did override the veto, however, by just one vote: Carney’s. She pushed the wrong button on the voting machine. She realized her mistake but couldn’t correct it because House rules don’t permit members to correct a mistaken vote if the change would affect the bill’s passage. Fracking is now legal. “I feel rotten about it,” Carney said, “but I take responsibility for my vote.” (Raleigh’s WRAL-TV)

Twenty-one people attending a motivational event in San Jose, Calif., suffered second-degree and third-degree burns while walking across hot coals. Three needed treatment at hospitals, and one witness reported he “heard these screams of agony … like people were being tortured.” The 10-foot-long walk over coals heated to up to 2000 degrees aims to helps participants “understand that there is absolutely nothing you can’t overcome,” according to the website of motivational speaker Tony Robbins, 52, who hosted the four-day event, titled “Unleash the Power Within.” Explaining, “We have been safely providing this experience for more than three decades,” Robbins Research International said 6000 attendees made it safely across the coals. (Associated Press)

A Government Accountability Office review of the current military Base Realignment and Closure program found that its estimated implementation cost had risen from $21 billion when it was approved in 2005 to $35 billion by September 30, 2011. Most of the 67 percent bump “was largely due to increased construction costs,” the GAO said while attributing some to miscalculations and misjudgments. One example is adding $347 million to the estimated cost of realigning supply and storage facilities around the country after one request for a 20,000-square-foot Georgia facility turned out to be a misprint. It should have been 200,000 square feet. (Washington Post)

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Supercharged Libido Attractive guy looking for submissive girl for fun times:o). pl47, 47 AlphaMale I am an alpha male looking for a woman who likes to be told what to do. I love to take control and see to it that all needs are met. I would like to find a woman that needs to relinquish control and be instructed on how to perform. ImurDaddy, 37, l On Beyond Useful Lady’s Manservant Handy/handsome, gentle, loving heart seeks strong, brilliant beautiful mistress to serve faithfully, used for her pleasure, so long as I’m not taken for granted. I seek spiritually inspired domination. My sexuality is an adventure that has many twists and turns...I wish to explore it with a compassionate and confident woman guiding my way. iWork4Spanks, 39, l live life to the fullest I am a very relaxed person who just generally goes with the flow. I am looking for a beautiful girl who shares the same interest as me and wants to get down to some music :). bluesofallah, 21, l Sauce Pot I’m looking for fun with anyone! You only live once! Mjr07070, 24 Wild Lover Ying Yang. This intelligent, successful worldly male with a deep wild streak seeks an equal partner. Looking for someone to explore the wild side in and out of the bedroom and maybe settle down for a LTR and lifetime of adventure. Please only respond if you love life and enjoy delicious sexual adventures. freeinbtv, 44, l

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Cycle around You: black and some kind of bright orange/ yellow... almost tangerine:). I’ve seen you all over town. Beautiful, sleek, well put together. I’m just a beat-up old frame, but some people think I’m sweet. Want to go for a ride down the bike path? When: Saturday, July 28, 2012. Where: ONE Ramble. You: Man. Me: Man. #910493

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I try... I have a crush on you, but I’m shy. I see you most Wednesdays. Some days I think I’m being too obvious, but other days not so much. You’re really sweet either way, so thank you. I wish I knew you better. When: Wednesday, August 1, 2012. Where: Burlington. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910505

greenmtn158 I think I saw you at Breakwaters on Friday. You were wearing a white T and sunglasses on your head. Your friend was dressed the same. I was standing a few tables away and couldn’t take my eyes off of you. When: Friday, July 27, 2012. Where: Breakwaters. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910496

My aspiring med student friend I believe that you are truly exceptional, and have the innate capacity to inspire others. But you must learn to allow for things to happen to people, most of all to yourself. If you are very brave and willing to bear disillusion, you will be able to see sheep through the walls of boxes. Please don’t ever lose touch. When: Friday, August 3, 2012. Where: Swimming holes, OPG, TRuggs, etc. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910504

Woman in uniform in Williston You came into the place I work today with questions. I was the guy at the front desk who offered you water while you waited. You were saying how hot it was outside when we got cut off. We didn’t get the chance to speak again but if you should read this I’d love to buy you a drink sometime. When: Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Where: Williston. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910495

Jules from Ladies Night I waited on you and your lovely friends last Saturday and then you came back yesterday to leave an additional tip. Just wanted to say thank you! You made my day and I appreciate it. When: Saturday, July 21, 2012. Where: Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #910492

Glo Thursday Night at Metronome You were gorgeous and sad. I saw tears as you stole away to the bathroom. I was with friends and was not there long. I offered to buy you a drink before I left, but could not find you. I’ve been thinking of you since. Why were you sad? I’d like to make you smile. When: Thursday, July 26, 2012. Where: Metronome. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910494

Screaming Wheelies We couldn’t help but scream every time you did one. Or anything else. You were daring and sexy; it drove us wild! Hoping to see you on the ave. again; we’ll never get enough! (hope you caught those kisses xoxo) When: Friday, August 3, 2012. Where: North Ave to Church Rd. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910503 Goodbye My Sexy Ram You have moved on and I am sincerely happy for you. I will always love you, my soul mate, my one true love. Perhaps, if we are lucky, the fates will smile on us and bring us back together. Have a great life darling, and congratulations on your upcoming wedding to her. Love always, Your Little Lamb When: Friday, August 3, 2012. Where: in my memories. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910501



Dear Mistress,

My friend is getting married in a few months, and I recently got the invitation in the mail. It was addressed only to me, with no indication of a plus one. My friend has also made several comments that confirm she expects me to attend her wedding alone. That would be fine with me, except I have a new boyfriend whom she has met — twice! I know it’s a new relationship, but she definitely knows he’s my boyfriend, and I’m insulted that she didn’t include a guest on my invitation. How can she just ignore the fact that she has met my significant other?


Dear Plus None,

Plus None

Whether or not you like it, your friend has absolute power over her guest list, and it looks like you’ll be going stag to her wedding. That said, given that she has met your new beau on two separate occasions, she is sidestepping proper etiquette by not reaching out to you to explain your singular invite. Before you start thinking that your girlfriend is hating on your new man, consider that she may be experiencing any of a variety of pressures that commonly befall a bride to be. She may be over budget or capacity and unable to extend plus-one invites — have you inquired with any other guests about their invitations? Keep in mind that the guest list is generally created early in the wedding-planning process. Chances are she had solidified the list before meeting your boyfriend. It’s likely that there’s nothing malicious about your solo invitation to the wedding. Planning a wedding can take a toll on one’s sanity, and it’s possible that your friend is too engrossed in the process to realize she has made a faux pas. You have two options: Have a conversation with the bride, or suck it up and do the Electric Slide by yourself. If you choose to chat with her about bringing along your boyfriend, be sensitive so as not to awaken her inner bridezilla. Try something like, “It’s not a big deal either way, but I wanted to inquire whether my invitation includes a plus one. If not, I completely understand, but I wanted to be sure before I RSVP.”

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Skylar from Poultney I met you in Williston last week and I thought you were BEAUTIFUL. I think you said you work at Koto so you must be a foodie like me. Would love to do dinner sometime or even lunch. When: Thursday, July 26, 2012. Where: Williston. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910497

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Julie? at Three Needs We ran into each other in the bathroom and you asked if you were in the men’s room. I explained that they were all co-ed and you gave me two high fives. I also saw you sing karaoke at JP’s about a month ago. Something jazzy like Ella or Louis. You have a beautiful voice. And are beautiful in general. When: Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Where: Three Needs. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910498

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Fiddlehead night at the Farmhouse You had just returned from eating sushi in Seattle and came to the Farmhouse bar to drink some Fiddlehead and sport your Tribe Called Quest T-shirt. After sitting next to us for awhile, you headed out early to catch up on sleep. I think your beard is cute! When: Wednesday, August 1, 2012. Where: Farmhouse. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910499

bike rider from winooski I just want to thank you again for the ss info you shared with me on the Shelburne Rd. bus ride. In a few years, it will change my life. Happy bike riding! When: Friday, July 6, 2012. Where: Shelburne Rd. bus. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910469

Dark-Haired Breakwater Beauty You were wearing the classic blue Breakwaters shirt. The color made your eyes pop! So beautiful! When Side Show played “you sexy thing” you walked past me. Sexy indeed! I have seen you there before and you always wear cool/ stylish earrings. Flirty with the bartender... is he your guy? Hope not. When: Thursday, August 2, 2012. Where: Breakwater Bar and Grill. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910500

vermontskunk The thing that you learned from the last person you dated is very funny. I enjoyed it immensely. Thanks for a good laugh. When: Friday, August 3, 2012. Where: Seven Days. You: Man. Me: Woman. #910502

Short-haired Athletic Stunner Your close-cropped hair first caught my eye when smiling at each other. I let you cross first on S. Willard, Wednesday. I was cycling in a blue Middlebury jersey with friends, you ran in a white tank top. I then saw you at Drink next the Sat. You cut quite a different character all dressed up. Fancy a running/ drinking partner sometime? When: Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Where: South Willard and Spruce Streets. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910491

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