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1. “Homeschooling Parents Cry Foul Over New Rules From the Department of Ed” by Ken Picard. Some homeschooling parents say the state is making a new attempt to limit their education rights. 2. “When Irene Came” by Hilary Mullins. A writer in Bethel remembers how the floodwaters affected her town on August 28, 2011. 3. Fair Game: “Closing Arguments” by Paul Heintz. Things got ugly between Bill Sorrell and T.J. Donovan in the homestretch of the attorney general primary race. 4. “Vermont State’s Attorney Workers Don’t Know Who’s Boss” by Andy Bromage. Barred from joining the state employees union, state’s attorney and sheriffs workers are left in limbo. 5. “Are Burlington Restaurants Discriminating Against Québécois Customers?” by Kathryn Flagg. Some Burlington restaurants admit they let servers add a tip to the bill of Québécois customers to combat a perceived problem of “stiffing” workers.

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ate last Friday, the Burlington Police Department police officers who are working hard to facilitate safe released its much-anticipated report on the July 29 assemblies and to enforce State law or City ordinances mélée outside a conference of New England govercreated by our legal system should not and will not be nors and Canadian premiers. The BPD has been under the condoned or tolerated.” microscope since officers fired pepper-ball projectiles into Even before the report was made public, four city couna crowd of demonstrators who were blocking buses loaded cilors sent a letter to Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger with VIPs from leaving the Hilton. demanding he convene an “independent/external review” of In the shooting’s aftermath, the questions have piled the violence and present findings to the city council. “Never up: Why weren’t arrests made before demonstrators were before had a demonstration in Burlington fired upon? Who gave the order to use force? Why did ended so violently, leaving more questions some officers remove their badges before the confrontathan answers,” wrote councilors Rachel tion? And perhaps most importantly, was the Burlington Siegel (P-Ward 3), Vince Brennan (PIn De PD capable of investigating itself? Ward 3), Sharon Bushor (I-Ward 1) and d In an exhaustive 83-page Max Tracy (P-Ward 2). Fr epe clar om n e report posted at, The mayor responded that d th en Burlington police Lt. Kris Carlson he was open to further review e P ce answers those and other quesbut not before the city police Pepper D! tions in a minute-by-minute commission — the for Salads, accounting of the hours before civilian panel and after the incident. Carlson appointed Not for Schirling compiled and reviewed by the city Protesters! Don’t hundreds of pictures and 75 council to Needs a Tase videos taken by police, oversee the Mike the public and security cop shop — Me, cameras. had a chance Check! M iro! Carlson’s concluto review the sion? That some report and protesters came hear public looking for a fight, and testimony. police responded by On its webshowing “exceptional site, Occupy Vermont professionalism under asserted that the adverse, complex report was marked by and rapidly evolving “many factual errors circumstances.” and misrepresentaThe way Carlson tion and a sheer lack explained it: “The acof accountability that tions of a few individumany feared would be als seeking conflict by the result of having an infringing on the rights organization with such of others to move freely a vested interest investiand by engaging in gate themselves.” aggressive verbal and What’s the hand gesphysical actions toward ture for that?


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When Paul Heintz describes Bernie Sanders as a socialist [Fair Game, August 22], one has to wonder what knowledge base is needed to be a Seven Days columnist. Sanders folded like a lawn chair when Obama bought out his support for the “public option” with some chump change for rural clinics. After that, one would have thought his self-proclaimed “socialist” moniker would be buried forever. Certainly following his immoral backing of the unnecessary F-35 — whose sole purpose is to perpetuate the racist and imperialist agenda of the 1 percent — even a UVM freshman would’ve known how incongruent Sanders’ actions were with his fraudulent self-description. More liberal than most of our braindead Senate? Absolutely. Socialist?


Please! Come on, Paul. How about, at least, a Poli Sci 101 class in your free time? Albert Petrarca BURLINGTON


Reading the article about the political divisions in Bethel [“Bridge Over Troubled Water,” August 22], I have to wonder about a peculiar phrase: “Town fathers” is used repeatedly, both inside and outside quoted comments. Each use has a pejorative connotation, as if Bethel had a graybeard “Town Fathers” council — a cast of curmudgeons with bad judgment. It sounds like Bethel has its share of female leaders. What’s behind the odd word choice here? Nate Awrich BURLINGTON


[Re “When Irene Came,” August 22]: What Hilary Mullins shared was poetic and had a Vermont-like resonance. I got a feel for “small town.” Bret Swain



I was outraged by the way Cecil Adams addressed transsexuality in his “Straight


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In [“Meat Here,” August 15], food writer Alice Levitt is right about almost everything — except for the super-sweet glaze on the ribs. In the rib-eating South, ribs are served with all of the sauces on the side or mopped with a savory mixture. (I learned BBQ from the famous Chris Schlesinger.) Why do chefs in Vermont pander to what they think everybody wants, instead of doing dishes the proper way? Also, I think the sauces they do serve on the side in squeeze bottles are borderline flavorless! We will go back again and see if we can get our ribs done without that glopitty mess that ruins perfectly good ribs. Just one good foodie’s opinion.

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One of my pet peeves is seeing French words slipped into articles [“Are Burlington Restaurants Discriminating Against Québécois Customers?” August 15; Last 7, August 22]. Just because Vermont is near Canada (and the “Queeb tax” article is about Canadians) doesn’t mean that readers know French. Some of us took Spanish in high school and don’t exactly speak it every day. Most Spanish can be deciphered enough to get the gist, but not French. If an article contains French words or phrases such as “Mon Dieu” (my gosh?) or “Zut alors” (who knew?), it would be helpful to have a translation.

I read this article with disbelief [“Are Burlington Restaurants Discriminating Against Québécois Customers?” August 15]. The idea that a subset of customers would be charged extra on their food bills because they might not tip — or might not tip enough — is incredible. In my opinion, a tip represents the quality of service I receive at an establishment and not —  as has obviously become the norm —  a means to  subsidize  the substandard pay of a restaurant’s employees. If a restaurant can’t afford to pay the minimum wage, it shouldn’t be in business. Also, the fact that some businesses leave the decision to add the extra charge up to the server is ridiculous. Whose business is it? If you have a policy, state it on the menu and don’t take the chicken way out.

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30 The Schools of Tomorrow

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Spin Cycle Why reinvent the wheel? Ask the artists of BigTown Gallery’s “BigBike Show.” ˜ e group exhibition celebrates pedal power by capturing tires, gears and frames in a variety of media, from drawings and paintings to sculptures and video installations. ˜ ere’s even a bike made out of bamboo.




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Doing the Herbal Vermont stinks! ˜ at’s the motto of the Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival. Serving up everything from garlic ice cream to garlic cocktails, this fragrant affair highlights the harvest season with hay-bale mazes, cooking demos and vegetable-growing workshops. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 50

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Point of Departure ˜ e monthlong Vermont Festival of the Arts goes out with a bang at the Mad River Valley Craft Fair. More than 100 juried artisans showcase handmade gemstone jewelry, painted silk and upcycled creations under a sprawling tent in Kenyon’s Field. Live tunes, kids games and local eats make it a sweet farewell.



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ur deadline came and went before the results of Tuesday’s primary were clear. So you already know what we don’t: namely, who won the spicy Democratic primary for attorney general. Did incumbent AG BILL SORRELL keep his job? Or did Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. DONOVAN depose him? Regardless of who won the day, here are seven lessons we’ve learned since Donovan announced his unusual, intraparty challenge:



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Incumbents Beware: Used to be the only threat to an incumbent holding statewide office in Vermont was the occasional challenge from another party. But after years of phoning it in politically and alienating Democratic heavies — from labor unions to state committee members — Sorrell found few party allies willing to help him ward off up-and-comer Donovan. The lesson here? Be a team player — or find yourself without a team.

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Super PACs Are Here: The question of whether super PACs — independent expenditure committees that can raise and spend unlimited funds on elections — will play a role in Vermont is no longer academic. By tossing more than $184,000 into television ads and mailers, the pro-Sorrell Committee for Justice and Fairness spent as much as either of the candidates themselves. Though pocket change for a national super PAC, the group’s investment was a game changer in Vermont’s AG race: It put one candidate on air, while the other remained mute. Consider the floodgates opened. Donovan’s a Player: Winner or loser, Donovan proved he’s got the appetite and aptitude to run a tough, smart, effective campaign. In his first statewide outing, Donovan managed to beat Vermont’s longest-serving constitutional officer at fundraising, earned media, organization and endorsements. His one failing? In the closing two weeks of the race, the sleep-deprived candidate appeared angry and unhinged at a couple debates — and his campaign forgot the difference between drawing a contrast and going negative. Regardless of the primary’s outcome, expect to see this 38-year-old political scion running for higher office in the not-too-distant future.

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Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks: For much of the race, it was evident that in his 15 years as attorney general, Sorrell had never before waged a serious campaign. Sorrell was slow to recognize the threat Donovan posed and struggled at first to articulate why voters should give him another two years. But somewhere along the line, the AG flipped a switch — appearing newly self-confident and, oddly, like he was having a good time. Fighting on the home turf of his 15-year record, Sorrell turned in solid debate performances — that few people probably saw — and closed the campaign like a pro. Maybe the dude should go into politics!



Vermont Has an Elected Attorney General: Who knew Vermont Law School professor CHERYL HANNA would become the state’s go-to electionseason pundit and debate moderator? Or that “Name all the divisions of the attorney general’s office” would be such a riveting debate question? Like a five-month civics lesson, the SorrellDonovan primary opened up the inner workings of the attorney general’s office and brought to the fore a host of legal and law-enforcement issues — from consumer-protection litigation to recidivism to, well, soda taxes. Ho-Ho’s Still Kicking Around: With apologies to JOE BIDEN, Sorrell’s campaign boiled down, at times, to a noun, a verb and the name “HOWARD DEAN.” Not only did the former governor serve as Sorrell’s highest-profile supporter, attack dog and all around best bro, he starred in the state’s first super-PAC ad. Ho-Ho clearly

drew the ire of Donovan, who intimated that Dean illegally coordinated the super PAC’s efforts with Sorrell’s campaign — without offering evidence to prove it. Guess Howard touched a nerve! McMullen’s Got Ammunition: Even if Sorrell and Donovan kiss and make up at Wednesday’s obligatory “unity rally,” you can bet that plenty of the loser’s supporters will be loath to rally around the Democratic flag this November. More problematic for Dems: By waging a knockdown, drag-out fight, Sorrell and Donovan provided a blueprint for Republican AG candidate JACK MCMULLEN to follow in the coming months. If the wealthy retired businessman opts to selffund, he could finance a raft of attack ads featuring the words of the loser aimed squarely at the Democratic nominee.

Truce and Consequences

A funny thing’s happening in the state to our south. As the Boston Globe recently reported, super PACs and other interest groups have dropped a cool $90 million in 16 states featuring competitive senate races — but nary a dime has gone to Massachusetts. Why? Because Republican Sen. SCOTT BROWN and challenger ELIZABETH WARREN signed an unprecedented pledge in January to discourage outside intrusion in Bay State ad wars. The terms of their truce are simple: If an outside group spends money on a candidate’s behalf (say $100,000), that candidate’s campaign has to donate half that amount ($50,000) to a charity of the other candidate’s choosing. Against all odds, the pledge has held — so far. Could the same thing happen in Vermont? Now that an out-of-state super PAC has arrived on our shores, are the state’s two gubernatorial candidates looking to limit outside spending in their race? Fat chance! That’s because Democratic Gov. PETER SHUMLIN and his Republican challenger, state Sen. RANDY BROCK (R-Franklin) have something in common: Both talk a big game about limiting the role of money in politics, but neither is willing to lead by example. Not only have both candidates pooh-poohed the idea of a Massachusetts-style truce, both have refused to state unequivocally that they don’t want super PACs supporting their candidacies.

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Brock says he “leans toward transparency and full disclosure” in campaign fundraising and would support a constitutional amendment limiting political contributions by corporations — “if drawn properly and thoroughly.” But the Franklin County legislator was one of just three senators in April to vote down a resolution calling for such an amendment, because, he says, “it was so ineptly drawn that it had all kinds of unintended consequences.” As for telling outside groups to stay out of Dodge, Brock says no way. “I’m not going to tie my hands behind my back. That’s suicidal,” he says. “Perhaps more importantly, it doesn’t matter what I say, because I can’t have any control over what they do.” Furthermore, Brock argues, diverting campaign cash to charities — as the Massachusetts pledge calls for — is “grossly improper,” because it does not respect the intent of the donor. Surely Shumlin, a staunch opponent of Citizens United, would tell super PACs he doesn’t want them to spend gobs of corporate money on his behalf, right? “The problem for candidates is that that’s against the law,” Shumlin said at a press conference two weeks ago, arguing that because super PACs and candidates are barred from coordinating activities, he can’t even preemptively say, “Thanks, but no thanks.” “Could you not send a general message, though: ‘Just FYI, I don’t want super-PAC money?’” Burlington Free Press reporter Terri Hallenbeck queried at the Pavilion presser. “I don’t believe a super PAC would listen to you,” Shumlin countered. Asked by VPR’s bob kinzel whether he’d consider a Massachusetts-style truce, Shumlin expressed skepticism that it would work and said, “All I can tell you is that I wish that Citizens United didn’t exist. I wish that we were back in the days where if campaign spending happens, it’s controlled by the campaign.” “Why not issue that statement?” Hallenbeck countered. “OK, maybe they won’t listen, but you will have made a statement to the world about super PACs.” “I thought I just did,” Shumlin said — even though he didn’t. “That you don’t want their money?” Hallenbeck asked. “I don’t have any control over their money, by law,” he clarified. Wait, what? It should come as no surprise that

both candidates are playing it safe, so as not to alienate any potential sugar daddies. In 2010, the Democratic Governors Association spent a whopping $1.1 million on Shumlin’s behalf. The Republican Governors Association invested close to $750,000 supporting his unsuccessful opponent, former lieutenant governor brian Dubie. Whether either organization will get involved this time remains to be seen — and probably depends on Brock closing the 34 percent gap measured last week by the Castleton Polling Institute. Then again, with Shumlin in line to become the next DGA chairman — and only 11 states featuring gubernatorial contests this year — both outfits might find a reason to throw money into the race. After all, a hundred grand in ads will buy you more in Vermont than just about any other state in the nation. DGA spokeswoman kaTe Hansen says that while Shumlin is “one of the strongest Democratic incumbents heading into November,” the DGA “is fully committed to ensuring his reelection this year.” As for whether it’d honor a Massachusetts-style truce, Hansen says, “we wouldn’t support any measure that hinders our ability to [reelect Shumlin].” As for the RGA? Spokesman Mike scHriMpf says, “We don’t publicly discuss or preview campaign strategy, so as not to tip our hands to our opponents.” Whew! That’s even dodgier than the candidates themselves!

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“In a perf ect world — if I could f ocus on this case, had the judge time I wanted f or it, get the court time I wanted f or it — maybe it would have been a different result,” Hughes says. “Maybe I would have decided this is a case where he needed to have a record of being cruel to animals.” But with Hughes and his two deputies each juggling more than 20 cases a day, the state’s attorney says he had to “triage.”




In March, a judge ordered Dietrich to f orf eit ownership of the malnourished horse — ruling the state had supplied sufficient evidence of cruelty to justif y the taking. But on August 14, Franklin County State’s Attorney Jim Hughes dismissed the charge in exchange f or Dietrich’s $500 donation to the local chapter of the Humane Society. Dietrich will also pay $2730 to cover the horse’s vet bills but will have no probation or restrictions on what animals he can own. Dietrich views the dismissal as “jus tice” f or a charge he viewed as bogus from the get-go. The chef says the horses were already weak and malnourished when he rescued them f rom a f arm in New York, and he was trying to nurse the animals back to health when he was ar rested for cruelty. “It was absolutely ridiculous charges, and as time went on, the state realized I was arrested for nothing,” Dietrich says. “I’m not an animal ... abuser or anything like that.” But f or animal-rights activists, the decision proves that Vermont’s criminal justice system doesn’t take animal abuse seriously. In Dietrich’s case, they say there was ample evidence f or a misde meanor conviction. “If the bar wasn’t met to get a guilty verdict in this case, I don’t know where the bar is,” says Deb Loring, a Vermont Humane Federation volunteer who worked alongside state police on this and numerous other animal cruelty investigations. Hughes explains that he dismissed the charge f or two reasons. First, he didn’t think the judge would have sentenced Dietrich to much more than restitution anyway, had the case resulted in a guilty verdict. Second, Hughes says his court’s docket is crowded with more serious cases involving human victims, and he had to make a judgment call about which ones to prioritize.

I assess to say, ‘Is there a need here f or a conviction?’” In this case, Hughes de cided there was no such need. “I know the courts are very busy and there are a lot of other crimes that are being prosecuted. But these cases need to be taken seriously, because animals are part of the community,” says Joanne Bourbeau, northeast regional and Vermont state director f or the Humane

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n November 2011, Kelly Dietrich was charged with animal cruelty after state police found one dead horse — its throat slit — and another one starving on his Highgate f arm. Dietrich, who owned the now-def unct Souza’s Brazilian Steakhouse in Burlington, was also allegedly depriving chickens, turkeys and calves of f ood and water on the property where he runs the Kids’ Culinary Academy of Vermont.

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Vermont’s animal cruelty statute doesn’t require intent — in other words, one doesn’t have to intentionally abuse an animal to be guilty of the crime. But Hughes believes he would have had trouble convincing 12 jurors to ignore that fact and convict Dietrich for failing to improve the horse’s health over the few months that he owned them. At one point, Hughes says he offered Dietrich a plea deal that would have put limits on f uture animal ownership, but the chef rejected it and demanded a trial. “When I can get to a place where the animal is safe and out of the hands of the abuser, then I look to make sure the bills are paid,” Hughes explains. “And then

Society of the United States. “Animal cases don’t take the same priority that we’d like to see them take in the court system.” What does a successf ul animalcruelty prosecution look like? Bourbeau and others point to the Bushway slaugh terhouse case, in which owner Frank Perretta was sentenced on felony animalcruelty charges, with a $2000 fine and 120 hours of community service. More importantly, he can never again work with animals. More of ten, as in the Dietrich case, Bourbeau says judges and prosecutors are reluctant to push for convictions — or to bring charges in the first place.

On the latter point, she cites an al leged puppy-drowning case in Barre that the state’s attorney has declined to prosecute. According to a police report obtained by Seven Days, Barre police pulled a plastic bag f rom a branch of the Winooski River on April 19 and f ound two dead, Rottweiler-mix puppies inside. A wit ness told police he had seen the man who lived next door carrying the same bag to the river the night bef ore, and gave of ficers the suspect’s name. The suspect was charged with animal cruelty and set for arraignment in June, but Washington County State’s Attorney Tom Kelly declined to prosecute because Barre police disposed of the dogs’ bodies bef ore a vet could determine cause of death. Outraged animal-welfare activists protested in downtown Barre — with their dogs — in the hope the publicity would pressure Kelly to bring charges in the case. “We didn’t think we could prove how the dog died,” Kelly says. “We can’t bring a charge we don’t think we can prove.” Another puppy-cruelty case — pros ecuted by State’s Attorney Hughes in Franklin County — did result in a sen tence but Bourbeau believes the penalty was “insufficient.” In June, Karen Maple pleaded no contest as part of a plea deal stemming from her operation of an illegal puppy mill at her home in Bakersfield. According to HSUS investigators, Maple kept 54 Labrador retrievers in cruel and unsanitary conditions, with many mal nourished or suffering from dehydration and untreated wounds. Maple received no jail time but is serving two years’ probation, during which time she is prohibited from breeding the dogs and is subject to inspections by a veterinarian. Bourbeau complains that Maple’s sentence permitted her to keep more than a dozen dogs that had not been spayed or neutered. “I’m concerned they will be right back in the same spot in a couple of years, with dozens of animals living in the same conditions,” Bourbeau says. Another animal-cruelty case — the alleged starving of six draf t horses in Jeffersonville — is also unresolved. State police seized the horses last January and charged owner Rick Fletcher with animal cruelty. Two of the horses are



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being fostered at the home of Keith Flynn, Vermont’s public safety commissioner. The others went to P.E.T.S. of the Kingdom, a volunteer-run animalrescue operation. But nine months after the seizure, the court has yet to hold a forfeiture hearing, leaving the animals in limbo. In the meantime, P.E.T.S. of the Kingdom is spending so much to care for the horses — almost $6000 to date — the Derby-based nonprofit is “teetering on the edge” of bankruptcy, says cofounder Renee Falconer. “We got handed the responsibility and the cost because we’re good people,” Falconer says, adding that each horse eats $50 worth of hay per day. “We are going to be so leery and hesitant about stepping in on another case like this.” Awarding permanent custody matters because until the seized horses have new owners, they cannot be ridden,


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have their tails or manes trimmed, or receive anything but the most necessary veterinary care, says Loring. Perhaps more importantly, the nonprofit rescue organizations housing them can’t seek restitution for the cost of caring for animals — up to $10,000 per horse — until a cruelty case reaches conclusion. And even a guilty plea doesn’t mean these organizations get paid back. In the Bakersfield puppy-mill case, the HSUS spent $60,000 caring for the dogs over seven weeks, according to Bourbeau. But Karen Maple’s plea agreement included no restitution for animal care; it only required she pay $248 to cover court costs. In the Dietrich case, Lisa Johnson, an experienced horse rehabilitator, says she spent almost twice the $1975 the court awarded for caring for Dietrich’s malnourished horse, a 22-year-old chestnut gelding she named Gambit. The Town of Highgate also incurred costs it couldn’t recoup, including $1300 for the animal-control officer to check up on Dietrich’s property following his arrest, according to town administrator Heidi Britch-Valenta. Dietrich says he’s facing his own money problems as a result of the nowdismissed cruelty allegations. He says that bad publicity from the case cost him $50,000 in lost business from canceled registrations at his culinary camp — and that he might have to shut down as a result. Dietrich says he’s still raising chickens, turkeys, ducks, pigs and sheep on his property, but no horses. “The charge is dismissed, but in the meantime my name has been smeared and I’ve lost a tremendous amount of business,” he says. “Trying to rebuild the goodwill and reputation of the camp is going to be quite a task.” m

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Philosophical exemption f or child hood vaccines? Vilaseca wants it eliminated. Extending the school day and aca demic year? He supports both. School choice? Vilaseca would like to make it available to all Vermont students, especially at the high-school level. This media-administered oral exam, officially billed as a back-to-school “meet and greet,” gave Vilaseca the op portunity to expound on his education philosophy while also subtly touting his record as commissioner. It was a well-timed bit of publicity for him. Just two days earlier, State Board of Education Chair Stephan Morse announced the start of a nationwide search for Vermont’s first secretary of education. Vilaseca has already thrown his hat in the ring f or the cabinet-level post, which will answer directly to the governor — rather than to the appointed state board of ed — and change who sets education policy in Vermont. After years of f ailed attempts, Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Democrat-led legislature suc ceeded this year in elevating the job of education commissioner to education secretary. Vilaseca, appointed in 2009, now finds himself in the awkward position of having to lobby f or his own job. For the next f ew months as Vermont’s last education commissioner, he’ll likely be viewed as a lame duck. Most education insiders say they’ll be surprised if Vilaseca — who is one of the longest-serving education commission ers in the country — doesn’t make the short list of candidates f rom which the governor will ultimately choose. But will he be the most qualified applicant in the running? Vilaseca is well liked at most levels of school governance, of ten described as a “highly respected” and “deeply com mitted” educator who rose through the ranks f rom entry-level teacher to the state’s highest education post.

meet regularly f or lunch and work col laboratively on projects such as reform ing how Vermont relicenses teachers. Whomever Shumlin picks as his education secretary will face a public school system with declining enrollment and ballooning costs. Student enrollment is down 25 percent over the last 13 years while per-pupil expenditures have climbed to $15,000 per year — higher than any state except New Jersey. Federal mandates pose another problem. This year, the Department of Education reported that f or the second year running, nearly three-quarters of Vermont schools did not meet bench marks in math, reading and science under the No Child Lef t Behind policy established by the George W. Bush administration. Vilaseca calls meeting those ever-rising f ederal standards “an unrealistic expectation,” noting that Vermont consistently ranks among the best states f or education. “It’s time f or NCLB to be changed to something else,” he says. At least one legislator — Sen. Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland) — suggests such large systemic change may need to come from someone who didn’t “cut his teeth” principal of the state’s largest high school in Vermont’s public school system. Vilaseca has spent his entire 30-year (the 1600-student Essex High School); and worked as superintendent of both a career in the Green Mountain State. “I think he will be a very strong single school district (Colchester) and a candidate,” says Mullin, who chairs the supervisory union encompassing several Senate Education Committee. “But I districts (Franklin West). also think the governor is smart to throw The state’s largest union, the 12,000it out there for a national search and see member Vermont-National Education what comes in.” Association, won’t have a formal role in Currently, the commissioner of edu the selection process, either, but clearly cation cannot dictate policy from the top views Vilaseca as one of its own — and would be happy if the governor offered down. That power still rests largely with local school boards. Changing the ed him the position. “Commissioner Vilaseca has certainly chief ’s boss and job title won’t change given us a very big seat at the table,” says that arrangement, but it will give the Vermont-NEA communications director new “secretary” the benefit of the governor’s bully pulpit. Darren Allen. “Given the f act that he “Everything depends on leadership,” was an educator, that he understands Mullin says. “If you have someone who’s what a teacher and support professional working closely with the governor’s go through, certainly makes him more accessible to our members. He under - office and working with the legislature and school boards around the state, stands where they’re coming from.” Allen also points to the close relation- people are willing to follow you.” Unless, of course, political winds ship between Vilaseca and Vermontshi f t. The story of Michelle Rhee NEA president Martha Allen (no rela — perhaps the boldest education re tion). While they don’t see eye to eye on former in the nation — is a cautionary every issue, Darren Allen says the two tale. Rhee got her job as chancellor of have a mutual respect f or one another, STEf An h ARd

ducation Commissioner Armando Vilaseca held court in his Montpelier office last week in what could be his last press con ference as the state’s top educator. Flanked by his two deputies, Vilaseca fielded questions f rom reporters f or more than 90 minutes:

“I think Armando brings a wealth of real education practices to the job,” says Rep. Johannah Leddy Donovan (D-Burlington), who chairs the House Education Committee. “I think he un derstands kids and I think he always keeps Vermont students in the forefront. I really admire that about him.” Jeff Francis, executive director of the Vermont Superintendents Association, agrees. “I have f ound Armando to be very engaged in his position as commissioner. I think he is enthusiastic and energetic about public education,” he says. Francis adds that in a system of ten slow and resistant to change, Vilaseca has “done a really good job of navigating the roily waters” where local, state and f ederal policies intersect. The Vermont Superintendents Association won’t formally endorse any of the finalists, but Francis points out that Vilaseca would bring a breadth of Vermont-centric experience to the job: Vilaseca taught in one of the smallest rural schools in the state (the 32-student Reading Elementary School); served as


public schools in Washington, D.C., Vermont School Boards Association from then-mayor Adrian Fenty, who and a member of the Wallingford promised to back any changes she School Board. “But I don’t necessarmade. Two hundred forty-one fired ily agree with how enthusiastic he teachers later, Fenty is about the whole failed to win reelecconsolidation thing. tion in what many He seems to bang considered to be that drum quite a referendum on loudly. It’s an imRhee’s performance. The controversial portant issue, but it’s not the only chancellor promptly resigned. issue.” On the subject of leadership, Mullin One of Vilaseca’s strongest selling thinks Vilaseca “could show more.” points may be the fact that a growing Without attributing that deficit to the number of Vermont students are like him structure of his job or the nature of the — that is, nonnative English speakers man, he adds, “I think he has the ability who weren’t born in the United States. to be a stronger leader than he’s been in Vilaseca, who now lives in Westford, arthe past.” rived in the United States in 1964 at age 8 Although he doesn’t court contro- with his sister and parents — part of the versy, Vilaseca doesn’t shrink from it, first wave of Cuban immigrants who fled either. Recently, the Castro’s Communist commissioner riled revolution. He grew up up homeschoolers and learned English in when he sent out a the urban city of West memo informing parNew York, N.J., one ents they must enroll of the “Miamis of the their children in North,” as he calls it. home study by Labor Perhaps more so Day or run the risk of than most, Vilaseca having them declared understands the diftruant. Many took the ficulties foreign-born memo as an effort to students face. And he usurp the power of recognizes that the SEN . KE VIN mu llIN homeschooling parpublic schools are ents to educate their playing an increasing own kids. Despite the criticism, Vilaseca role in the lives of students, providing refused to alter his position or withdraw two and sometimes three meals a day, as the memo. well as basic medical and dental services. Of broader consequence, Vilaseca “In order to close that achievement has made school consolidation a cen- gap, we need to provide a more level terpiece of his tenure. While Vilaseca playing field for those who do not have steers clear of saying Vermont should those opportunities,” Vilaseca says, close schools — “Those are local deci- suggesting that progression in school sions,” he insists — he agrees with his should be based not on age or days in the predecessor, Richard Cate, who argued classroom but on level of proficiency. “I for reducing the number of supervi- think it gives people hope to see me as a sory unions in order to save taxpayer minority who also came to this country,” money. Vilaseca says. “It tells them that things “The question is, do we really need will get better for them, too.” 60 supervisory unions in the state to What will Vilaseca do if he’s not ofmanage 82,000 students?” Vilaseca fered the job? Although he has no desire asks. “I don’t think so.” to leave Vermont, he admits without The commissioner’s emphasis on elaboration that he’s already gotten consolidation has put him at odds with “inquiries.” some schools boards around the state. “First and foremost, I always con“Armando is all about what’s best sider myself a teacher,” he says. “That’s for the kids. No question about that,” my love. My love is education. And I says Ken Fredette, president of the plan to stick with it.” m


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late 1800s, was my great-aunt. Her work is world renowned and we have two of her sculptures at Burlington City Hall: the deer and the bear with cub. They have been there for 70 years and, to my knowledge, there’s never been a plaque to commemorate her work. Our mayor thought the sculptures were brought there on the occasion of a recent renovation. City Hall seems to have no information about its much-viewed sculptures, but did say they would contact parks and recreation about a plaque. I am a retired sculptor and potter myself, just blowing off steam. I love Seven Days.

Burlington Parks and Rec director Mari Steinbach has forestalled Segway tours in downtown Burlington for three years now because the city “has no obligation to allow commercial operations on the bike path” [“Waterfront Warrior Rick Sharp Wants One More Thing for the Bike Path He Blazed: Segways,” August 1]. Local Motion runs a bicycle rental operation and gift shop right next to the bike path downtown. Charlie’s Boathouse at the mouth of the Barbara Gail Winooski River is another commercial BURLINGTON operation that wouldn’t exist without the bike path. What about the OTHER OPTIONS marathon and the triathlon? I Re [“Are Burlington Restaurants support all these so-called “comDiscriminating Against Québécois mercial uses” of the path. They Customers?” August 15]: all add to the bike-path expeOutrageous! This is how rience. I think there should we treat visitors? Do they be more uses of the bike realize that it is easier for path, and I have proposed most Québeckers to go to Segway tours. Plattsburgh? Segway tours are currently available in over Christian Kruse UNDERHILL 200 American cities — 300 cities worldwide. Segway tours would allow visitors IT ALL ADDS UP to Burlington to see much After two weeks of discusmore of our beautiful watersion, this whole issue still front park and bike path, the seems to be framed largely downtown shopping district as a matter of cheap tippers. and UVM. And Segways Buried in the original article are particularly helpful [“Are Burlington Restaurants to, and will help attract, Discriminating Against aging tourists — the ones Québécois Customers?” with money to spend August 15] was the reshopping and dining vealing information that downtown. “Vermont restaurants pay Instead of autoRick Sharp servers as little as $4.10 matically rejecting new an hour,” with the rest personal transportation LEY FILE: KEVIN J. KEL of a server’s minimum technology without even wage being made up by tips. testing it, out of a prejudice against commercial use of the bike (Canadian restaurants, by contrast, pay path, the city should be embracing new more than twice that as a minimum.) technology and small commercial busi- In [Feedback, “Tipping Points,” August nesses connected to the bike path. Since 22] Alex Nief tells us this is “not true,” when has private enterprise become a but doesn’t identify which part of it is untrue. dirty word? If, in fact, Vermont restaurants pay so Welcome to the 21st-century, little and expect their customers to pay Burlington. half or more of their servers’ minimum Rick Sharp wage, then this seems scandalous to me. COLCHESTER (But then I’m a Canadian, transplanted here 12 years ago.) I love my Burlington restaurants, ANOTHER MYSTERY SCULPTURE and I wouldn’t want them to go out of Your [Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, August business because they can’t afford to 1] about the sculptor Clyde du Vernet hire waitstaff. But when I go out, I don’t Hunt (1861-1941) put a terrible twist want to feel like my waitress’s employer. on a lovely sculpture. Maybe you’d I just want to have a meal. Isn’t there like to connect with another, less something illegal about below-minicontroversial sculptor and her work. mum-wage jobs? I am a bit prejudiced, as Anna Hyatt Adrian Ivakhiv Huntington, who was also born in the BURLINGTON



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SD: t ell me about an adventure you’ve had with your students. TH: I had the kids out on a 100-foot cliff down in Royalton. They were setting up for a rope rescue. And one of my students who had a history of a heart condition had chest pains. So I’m on the radio down below. The kids are doing a medical evaluation, and they fill me in: Here’s her [blood pressure], here’s her pulse, here’s her respiration, here’s how she looks. Is she getting better or worse? Worse. OK, so I call 911. Royalton Rescue comes rolling up. And they’re like, “We’ve got to call Hartf ord

heavy rescue. We don’t do this stuff.” I say, “Give them two minutes, she’ll be down.” The radio comes on, and the kids are talking to me and being very pro f essional, very calm. And they’re like, “We’re over the edge, descending, 10-4.” I always tell them to alleviate the anxiety of the patient, act like you know what you’re doing. When you have an arterial bleeder, you say, “Oh, we deal with this all the time.” So as they’re coming down, the litter tender, this kid named Mason, says, “Don’t be nervous; we’ve done this 100 times.” And [the girl with the chest pains] goes, “You lying son of a bitch!” And ev erybody’s laughing. Anyway, we get her down and in the ambulance, and the fire chief is there and he’s watched this whole thing. He looks at me and goes, “Who are you people?” and I go, “Oh, we’re the tech center.”m


SD: How often do your students pursue careers in the field after graduation, and is that part of your mission? TH: What I hope we turn out is individuals who either make the decision that It’s not for me, but, boy, I liked the medical por tion; maybe I’ll go be an EMT . Or I didn’t really like the police stuff, but I really loved the fire stuff, so I’ll be a psychologist and a volunteer firefighter. What they’re learn ing are critical-thinking skills, problemsolving skills and adaptability.

om Harty wears a lot of hats. The inf ectiously enthusiastic instructor in the public-saf ety and criminal-justice program at Randolph Technical Career Center is also a Congregational minister, a funeral director and a father of two. Harty’s eclectic résumé is so jampacked with jobs, it’s hard to believe he’s only 56. He’s worked as a Vermont state trooper, a security guard, marketing director at Cabot Creamery and deputy secretary of agriculture under f ormer governor Howard Dean. Harty has been involved in the creation of Guinness World Records’ largest (12-by-12-f oot) grilled-cheese sandwich, the largest ice-cream sundae and the world’s biggest scarecrow. In his twenties, Harty took up skeleton racing and says he was one of the first licensed racers at the Lake Placid track. “Anything with adrenaline, I loved it,” he says. Harty also played an integral role in two of the region’s most devastating recent events. When Tropical Storm Irene tore through Rochester, he recovered and identified the bodies and personal belongings that surfaced from that the relative calm bef ore the school year town’s decimated cemetery. And in 2008, begins. he directed the f uneral of slain 12-yearSEVEN DAYS: What were your old Brooke Bennett. impressions of Rtcc when you first Harty never went to college. He took started? the Police Academy exam on a whim — and passed. Same with the national exam TOM HARTY: I f ell in love with this to become a funeral director. To become place, instantly. This is hands-on learn ing. These kids are here a licensed minister, he by choice, and they want opted for the low-residency Name to learn. And when some Vermont Academyf o Tom Harty body cares about them, Spiritual Training. This se they get it. mester, he’s finishing up his Tow N final teacher-certification SD: Is it strange to be class at Vermont Technical teaching, after skirting Randolph College. formal education pretty It’s fitting that this selfmuch your whole life? Job taught man, af ter substi TH: Deep down, I think Instructor, tute teaching at Randolph there’s a reasonf or it. Public Safety and My f ather went to high Union High School “on a whim,” would end up at Criminal Justice school, my mother went Randolph Technical Career to high school. But every Center, where for the past five years he day my father read the Boston Globe, the has taught his high-school-age students New York Times, the Rutland Herald, the — and, when possible, gotten them cer - Brattleboro Ref ormer and anything else tified in — everything from rope and ice he could get his hands on. There was rescue to writing traffic tickets. always something in our hands to read. Seven Days sat down with Harty in So the big thing I tell these kids is to read. his Randolph classroom last week in Read, read, read.


Sea Marks

Fable Farmers Deliver Drama, and Vegetables, in Abundance


really, with a spartan set. Overhead hang six lights in white paper globes. Beyond the stage, and adjacent concession stand o˛ ering sweet treats, lies a large, fecund garden, which attendees, once admitted, are welcome to roam bef ore dinner. That rather charming, round log structure with curtained windows? It’s a brand-new outhouse. The mosaic work inside is f resh; please sit carefully, we’re instructed. Called to eat at last, we f orm a line that snakes leisurely toward the cauldron — yes, the sort you’d see amid a huddle of witches in Macbeth. We each take a steaming bowl of soup and fl atware wrapped in a brown paper napkin, and then fi nd a seat at a table. Most of the diners seem to know each other, but strangers are quickly made welcome here. And invited to take a glass of home-brewed hard cider. The visitor from Burlington should have anticipated this would be a BYO a˛ air. In addition


to the soup, soup, each each table is given givena a of chewy, basket of chewy, wood-fi red bread credited to Manchester’s EARTH FARM,


platters of of ffat at sliced tomatomatoes “grown in in Barnard’s verdant hills,” and pesto. As the dinner hour draws to a close, Fable Farm’s JONAH

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emerges tototelltell an an embellished version of the classic stonesoup story — one involving three weary travelers, an impoverished, tightfi sted town, and a pot of rocks and water that, little by little, is fi lled with ingredients by previously ungenerous citizens. The moral, of course, is that when




s a warm Saturday wanes in Barnard, the air is moist and redolent of late summer. Knots of locals, and at least one visitorf rom Burlington, cluster around a makeshif t box o˜ ce, chatting amiably. We all await entrance to a broad lawn that’s festively covered by a yellow and blue tent. Underneath it, rows of picnic and f olding tables and motley chairs are set up, ready for diners. It’s to be a “stone soup” supper, courtesy of the young agrarians at Barnard’s FABLE FARM. That is, a large cauldron fi lled with black beans, vegetables and fragrant broth made from not rocks but bones. Af ter dinner, a play will be perf ormed — Sea Marks by Gardner McKay — also courtesy of the multitalented members of Fable Farm, a 5-yearold operation cof ounded by brothers CHRISTOPHER and JON PIANA. At the other end of the tent, more chairs are lined up facing a simple stage; it’s a platform,






everyone works together, a greater good is achieved. It’s an old story, this Grimm’s f airy tale, but Hankin-Rappaport’s lively delivery captivates the mostly adult listeners present. The story is resonant in this village, whose residents have

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Art. Hop. rallied to save their 180-year-old general store. And the stone-soup lesson is an apt ethos for Fable Farm, which provides weekly shares to some 100 members. While the labor of agriculture may be unglamorous, there’s a bit of enchantment, too, about this group: Among these new but devoted farmers are actors, writers, and musicians. Their collective artistic talent far surpasses simply tilling the soil. As we are about to find out. Suppers finished, the crowd settles into chairs and onto blanketed hay bales facing the stage. Lights come up, and the show begins. Sea Marks is a two-character play in which a poetic Irish fisherman named Colm Primrose — though ardent of speech and emotion, still a virgin — spots a woman at a wedding and eventually musters the courage to write her. Timothea Stiles, who works for a publishing company in Liverpool, receives Colm’s letters first with bemusement and then with eagerness. Mind you, this is decades before email, Skype and (Sea Marks premiered in 1971 and is ostensibly set in the preceding decade, but the primitive conditions on Colm’s remote Irish island are timelessly gothic. Let’s just say there is no whiff of the swinging ’60s here.) The slow courtship is conveyed as Colm (Andrew white) and Timothea (emily Fleischer) read each other’s letters aloud. Their growing intimacy on paper finally entices Colm to Liverpool to get to know his ladylove more personally, including in bed; his nervous-virgin scene is one of the funniest in the play. Timothea, enamored of Colm’s evocative writing, persuades her employer to publish his letters as “sonnets from

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ack in the 1970s, when Frog h ollow was still a ragtag op eration in an old mill building in Middlebury, f ounder allen Johnson envisioned a hub where local kids could work and learn side by side with prof essional artists and craf t ers. Within a year of opening, the Frog Hollow Children’s Program was offering f ree craf t instruction to 600 area children. Four decades later, af ter closing its onsite schools in Middlebury and Burlington, Frog Hollow is returning to its original education mission. This f all, the organization rolls out L.E.A.P. (Lessons Exploring Artisan Process) Frog, a pilot program that aims to integrate arts education into local classrooms. Here’s how it works: Frog Hollow trains parents, artists and other com munity members to visit elementary school classrooms and teach one of three hands-on classes exploring the history and contemporary application of a craft. So far, three area schools have signed up: Ferrisburgh and Williston central schools, and the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler in Burlington. The pilot program, which runs through the f all, is limited to f ourth grade. “We thought that would be a good grade level to come in, because we know we can make some progress,” says Frog Hollow director r oB h unter . “They’re old enough that they’re thinking f or themselves, but they’re not pushing the boundaries at that point.” Hunter says he was inspired to start L.E.A.P. Frog when he learned about several existing community-based education programs, including the Four Winds Nature Institute, which trains parents and community members to teach science classes in New England and New York classrooms. L.E.A.P. Frog f eatures three classes developed by Frog Hollow artists and education committee members Carol MaCDonal D, susan r aBer Bray and eliza Collins , each of whom designed a course based on a medium with which she has experience — printmaking, spinning wool and pinched-clay pottery, respec tively. Each class is designed to fit in the school’s f ourth-grade curriculum,

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helping to fulfill the state’s basic competency requirements. It’s important to Hunter that the onehour classes be held during the regular school day. “If we were to do it af ter school, there would be certain popula tions that wouldn’t be able to be part of it,” he explains. Hunter envisions eventually branching out f rom parent volunteers and enlisting seniors, high school and college students to teach classes, too. “Everything that we do, I try to make it mutually beneficial,” he adds. Recently hired L.E.A.P. Frog educa tional coordinator Jessi Ca h ill will oversee the program and train volunteers. A Vermont native, Hill, 35, worked as an art teacher in Virginia public schools for 10 years before returning to the Burlington area in 2009. Since then, she’s been part of the support staff at Williston Central School. The L.E.A.P. Frog opportunity “is like a dream job,” Hill says, noting that her

first job as a teenager was as an assistant to Jericho jeweler Bill Butler , a Frog Hollow artist at the time. “I’d go to his studio and polish his jewelry,” Hill says. “It feels like I’ve really come full circle.” Frog Hollow is in the midst of applying f or grants to cover the $20,000 cost of the pilot. “We want to keep the cost to a minimum,” says Hunter. “We don’t want to burden the schools, we want to get it into the schools.” The program will culminate in April with an exhibit of student work at Frog Hollow’s Church Street gallery. “I love the idea of having kids from different communities seeing their artwork on display in this beautiful place,” Hill says. “I can see this as the first step for some kids in realizing that this is a great way to make a living.” m


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Want a preview of the Vermont InternatIonal FIlm FestIVal (October 19 to 28)? Next Wednesday, head to the top of Burlington’s Church Street to watch trailers of films to be screened at VTIFF, plus a 40-minute movie called Green. It’s a narration-less documentary about an orangutan falling victim to deforestation in Indonesia. Formerly hosted by the Palace 9 in South Burlington, VTIFF has been establishing a stronger presence in Burlington’s downtown, where most fest films will be screened this year. This Wednesday, August 29, VTIFF wraps up its summer series of Global Films in the Park — that’s City Hall Park — with a program of short docs and narratives. Among them is “Living Juarez,” a portrait of a Mexican neighborhood blighted by the drug wars, directed by Vermont transplant alexandra HalkIn. She runs the Burlington-based amerIcas medIa InItIatIVe, a nonprofit that works with Cuban-resident filmmakers and screens their work in the States. Come October, VTIFF’s main venues will be maIn street landIng PerFormIng arts center, ecHo lake aquarIum and scIence center and nortH end studIos. Maglianero, the official festival café, will screen a VTIFF preview and bike-themed shorts continuously on September 7 and 8 as part of the upcoming soutH end art HoP. While the main action may be in the Queen City, this year the Northeast Kingdom — and nos amis Québécois — will also get a taste of VTIFF. To celebrate two centuries of friendship between the U.S. and Canada, the festival will host a special three-day showcase at the border-straddling Haskell Free lIbrary and oPera House in Derby Line, organized in partnership with the consulate general of Canada in Boston. VTIFF won’t announce its big-ticket opening and closing films until next week, but it has released a list of Vermont-made films to be featured. Among them are new works from george Woodard, elIzabetH rossano, mIcHael FIsHer, tIm Joy, alIson segar and mIra nIagoloVa — who chronicled local immigrant experiences in her documentary Welcome to Vermont. Talk about stories you’re unlikely to see at the multiplex. mArgot hArriSoN globAl FilmS iN thE PArk Wednesday, August 29, 8 p.m. in City Hall Park, Burlington. Free.


VErmoNt iNtErNAtioNAl Film FEStiVAl PrEViEw Wednesday, September 5, 8 p.m. at the top of Church Street, Burlington. Free; bring a chair if you can.


VTIFF previews and short films, mostly about cycling, will be screened every hour during the South End Art Hop, Friday and Saturday, September 7 and 8, at Maglianero, Burlington. VErmoNt iNtErNAtioNAl Film FEStiVAl ShowcASE. Friday to Sunday, September 28 to 30, at the Haskell Free Library and Opera House in Derby Line. For schedule and tickets, see

stateof thearts Regular readers of Seven Days have likely noticed that the cover of our pullout classifieds section frequently features a winsome cat or dog. The animals are up for adoption at the humane society of chittenden county, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy to say they usually find homes. Given the creature compassion in our office, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pin-ups, Pups & Pussycatsâ&#x20AC;? caught our eye. And not just because of the slightly suggestive name. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pin-upsâ&#x20AC;? is a new calendar â&#x20AC;&#x201D; yes, folks, for 2013 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from the HSCC, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a clever one. Many such fundraising cals illustrate the months with photographs of potential pets whose guilt-inducing eyes plead â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take me home.â&#x20AC;? This one features people (most of them HSCC staffers) and their animal friends in a variety of outfits and staged situations. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think Vargas Girls in lingerie. Only amanda BluBaugh (HSCC office manager) comes close to cheesecake in a fetching red and white polka-dot bathing suit. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ostensibly applying red nail polish to an accommodating boxer mix named gil. These pics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; professionally shot on a white stage by mountain dog PhotograPhy of Monkton â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are wholesome and good-


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Octoberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photo, titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Strings Attached,â&#x20AC;? features animal care and adoptions gal susie didonato and local musician Justin levinson with the latterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chihuahua, gigi. The image was recently accepted into an international competition and will be on display this winter at a photography conference in Atlanta. Credit for concept and direction of the calendar â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the first in HSCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 111year history â&#x20AC;&#x201D; belongs to megan stearns, director of development and outreach. The graphic designer was suzanne fay of Burlington studio oh!suzannah. Photographer Kelly schulze (Miss November, with dog molly) coaxed spirited poses from all of her human subjects. And the dogs, cats and leo the bunny? Natural hams. PA m EL A P o L S t o N

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his K9 colleague, andre, a German shepherd that, incidentally, has been Narcotic Detection Canine of the Year three times! Also in this photo is cara Weymouth, HSCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s small-animal coordinator, in a gam-revealing leather skirt.

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Dear cecil, According to the Humane Society, you can extend your dog’s life a couple of years by getting him neutered. Are testes really lethal? Does neutering your dog really extend his life? Would the same thing work for men? Dave Greenaway




ou’re not going to want to hear this, Dave. But according to one much-cited study, castrated men live nearly 14 years longer than their intact brethren, which if true means there’s some elective surgery you may want to think about. But first, let’s talk about dogs. It’s not hard to find statements in the veterinary literature that neutering — here meaning gonadectomy in either sex — prolongs the life of both male and female pets. To cite an obvious advantage, a neutered male dog is unlikely to get testicular cancer, while spaying female dogs virtually eliminates uterine disease and mammary tumors. Animal welfare groups promoting neutering have been happy to spread the word about these benefits. Researchers into human longevity have also been interested, although for a different reason. Life expectancy in the U.S. has increased sharply over the past century, but more so in women than men. In 1900, a newborn

boy could expect to live 46.3 years and a newborn girl 48.3 years, a difference of two years. By 1970, in part due to fewer maternal deaths during childbirth, baby girls could expect to live 74.7 years, baby boys 67.1 years, a difference of 7.6 years. U.S. males have caught up some since then; in 2007 a baby boy could expect to live 75.4 years, a baby girl 80.4. But the question remains: Why, despite ongoing advances in health care, do women still live considerably longer than men? A landmark 1969 study seemed to provide an answer. James Hamilton and Gordon

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Mestler compared the lifespans of 297 castrated inmates at a Kansas institution for the mentally retarded with those of 735 intact males at the same facility. The castrated males had gone under the knife at ages ranging from 8 to 59 years old, with the average age ranging from 12 (!) in 1898 to 30 in 1923. They didn’t vary markedly from intact inmates in terms of IQ, type of mental disability and so on, suggesting there had been no firm criteria for the operation other than possibly your getting on the hospital staff’s nerves — too bad if you were an inmate but lucky for science, since except for castration the two groups were indistinguishable. Result: The castrated

inmates on average lived 13.6 years longer than the intact ones (55.7 versus 69.3 years). What’s more, the earlier you were castrated, the longer you lived. Conclusion: Testosterone kills. OK, Hamilton and Mestler didn’t put it that dramatically. But they did believe their research applied to all males, not just the mentally retarded, in part because castrated animals in general were thought to live longer than those left intact. Their view has largely carried the day as the explanation for why women outlive men. My assistant Una found their paper had been cited at least 130 times by later researchers. You’re thinking: Come on. What toxic effects could male hormones possibly have that would account for a 14-year difference in lifespan? It wasn’t male predilections for smoking or violence, or male-only conditions like testicular cancer. Rather, according to Hamilton and Mestler, it was infections. I know, makes no sense to me either. One explanation I’ve seen is that castration was used to pacify the rambunctious. Troublemakers who didn’t get orchidectomized instead were bound to chairs or beds, making them more vulnerable to chronic urinary infections and such. In other words, it wasn’t so much castrated inmates living long lives, but rather intact ones dying young. Which gets us back to dogs. Remember, Hamilton and Mestler believed their

conclusions applied to everyone, not just the mentally retarded, because castrated animals in general lived longer. But it turns out the evidence for that is thin and contradictory. Research on Rottweiler longevity is instructive on this score. A 2003 study found that of 21 dogs that lived exceptionally long lives by Rottweiler standards — more than 13 years — two-thirds were female and 90 percent had been neutered, supporting the conventional wisdom. On looking closer, however, we see that whereas five of seven male dogs had been neutered, all 14 of the females had been. Implication: While neutering helps male dogs live longer, it helps females even more. So sex hormones of any kind mean an early grave? Not so fast. Matters may be confused by the failure to consider when in an animal’s life neutering is performed. More recent Rottweiler research indicates the longer a female dog has ovaries, the longer she lives. The supposedly lethal impact of testosterone may also be exaggerated. Browsing through the databases, we find a 1982 analysis of 2000 canine postmortems showing no significant difference between the lifespans of intact and neutered animals of either sex. Inquiry into this murky business continues. For now about all we can say is: Having sex organs doesn’t necessarily shorten your life. Whew.

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a specter called Sister Sara — a nun said to have died in her sleep at the Herrouet Theater. The year of her death is unknown, but SMC legend alleges that her ghost saved Herrouet Theater from a 1978 fire by ringing a phantom bell. She’s described as a friendly ghost who haunts the area out of love for the theater and chapel. Despite Sara’s kindly reputation, SMC editorial marketing director Caroline Crawford says that being in the buildings — now used for storage — “definitely gives me the creeps.” Vermont actor Rusty DeWees, on the other hand, claims that for him, the now-abandoned chapel is haunted only “with unbelievable joy.” Known as “the Logger,” DeWees got his start with the Vermont Repertory Theatre Company, a group that staged its productions in the empty chapel during the 1980s. DeWees speaks reverently about the chapel-turned-theater. Remembering

playwright David Budbill’s widely attended play Judevine, he says, “During the company bow, I’d look up into the upper left balcony and see Bob [Ringer, founder of Vermont Rep]’s standing silhouette. He’d be clapping, or wiping tears, or both. It was those reactions from Bob’s silhouette I worked all night to see. Of course,” DeWees admits, “these feelings … are common in theater — the atmosphere of the abandoned old chapel, for me, anyway, added to [their] depth.” Ironically, the theater group performed primarily in the chapel, because the theater next door was not amenable to the experimental productions they wanted to stage. Vermont Rep left in 1990, when SMC, which had donated the space to the thespians, reclaimed it for campus use. Now both buildings are used mostly as SMC closets. But they do see a few highadrenaline days every year, courtesy of

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eeling paint, broken glass and boarded-up windows make Fort Ethan Allen’s abandoned chapel, and the similarly dilapidated Herrouet Theater next door, the perfect setting for either an artsy photo shoot or a ghost hunt. Surprisingly, despite the rustic Instagram potential of both old buildings, a quick Google search is more likely to turn up allegations of paranormal activity there. Perhaps Sister Sara, the two buildings’ resident ghost, does not take kindly to smartphonewielding hipsters. But what’s the story behind these deserted relics? Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester, where they reside, was established in 1892 and served as a base for both the Army and the Air Force. After the base closed in 1960, Saint Michael’s College (SMC) purchased large chunks of Fort property — including both the chapel and theater. The latter was built by the U.S. government in 1933 for the amusement of service members; later, it was used by SMC students for films and theatrical productions. The chapel was built eight years later, in 1941. The Society of Saint Edmund, which founded SMC, provided chaplains to the military bases for a number of years, but SMC has never put the Fort to religious use. According to the Champlain Valley Ghost Hunters, who performed an investigation of the old chapel back in 2009, both buildings are haunted by

the SMC Fire and Rescue squad. Composed of SMC students, staff, faculty and alumni, the college’s Fire and Rescue squad was founded in 1969. The battalion of male and female volunteers serves both the campus and the surrounding area as part of the Colchester Fire Department. Peter Soons, chief of Fire and Rescue and director of public safety at SMC, says that when the old (“I wouldn’t call them abandoned,” he says) buildings aren’t being used as a space for the SMC theater department to build props, they’re made available to his squad for training. Before the start of the school year, SMC Fire and Rescue holds a “preseason,” similar to a preseason training session for a college sport. At this “boot camp,” as Soons calls it, participants run through controlled drills meant to simulate situations in a real fire. They learn how to put out a car fire, hack a roof prop for ventilation, and go through the motions of a real search-and-rescue mission. The squad has never set either the Fort Ethan Allen Chapel or the Herrouet Theater on fire, but during drills it does fill the buildings with fog, for example, to simulate the hazy smoke of a real fire so squad members can practice search and rescue, or navigation. Using the buildings is convenient, Soons says, as they’re not regularly used for anything else. Many observers think it’s a shame that these lonely buildings are essentially abandoned. But SMC has no concrete plans to revamp them, says facilities director David Cutler, and, without some serious TLC, both the chapel and the theater will continue their quiet decomposition. In the meantime, cue the Hipstamatic. m

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t’s back-to-school season in Vermont do more to help teachers take risks in the classroom. and around the country. But closely “Some of the best ideas that came observe classrooms around the state, and it’s hard not to notice that out of my o˝ ce were because a teacher school is beginning to look dramatically walked in, and yet, more of ten than di˜ erent f rom the institution we once not, we didn’t have the resources, or the teacher didn’t have the time, to knew. implement what they wanted to do,” he Twelve years into the 21st century, teachers and administrators are still says. Enter Wendy and Barry Rowland, fi guring out what the classroom of the f uture might look like. Their most the benef actors who had already given exciting ideas boil down to a few simple, the largest-ever donation to the Burr interconnected principles: Give students and Burton endowment — in f act, the largest gift to a secondary school in the a voice. Recognize the benefi ts of realstate. With the Rowlands’ support, the world learning. Let students’ interests drive educational inquiry. f oundation is able to give fi ve to seven Fueling these innovations in large Vermont teachers $100,000 apiece part are a f ew f oundations that pump each year, according to Scranton. Half of that money supports a semester-long independent money into Vermont sabbatical, and the rest goes toward schools. Chief among them is the implementing the program the teacher South Londonderry-based Rowland creates. f oundation, which f unds teacher sabbaticals and new programming. “The basic, underlying principle f o thef oundation is bottom-up Chuck Scranton became the foundation’s executive director in 2008, trans f ormation,” Scranton explains. “Real change is not going to take place in af ter 15 years as the principal at Burr and Burton Academy. Refl ecting on his schools without teacher-leaders.” time as a high school administrator, he But real change can be slow in recalls being frustrated that he couldn’t coming. From the outside looking

EDUCATION How Vermont classrooms are edging into the 21st century BY KATHRYN FLAGG

in, school systems may seem like unmovable behemoths, weighed down by regulations and bureaucracy and the yoke of test scores. But author and educator Tony Wagner, who will speak next month at the Rowland Foundation’s second annual conf erence on school transf ormation at the University of Vermont, told Seven Days that change is not only possible but “absolutely essential.” “The fi rst and most important thing … is to really defi ne more clearly, what does it mean to be an educated adult in the 21st century?” says Wagner, the author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators, among other critically acclaimed books. “The world no longer cares about how much our kids know. What the world cares about is what they can do with what they know.” Wagner calls f or nothing short of revolutionary change. “The most f undamental point is, we have f or 25 years been talking about the wrong problem,” he says. “We have formulated the problem as one of failing schools and the need for reform. Schools

are not failing. Our system of education is obsolete and needs reinventing.” Of course, that’s easier said than done. Wagner acknowledges that educators can be susceptible to the “reform du jour” or “fad of the month” — and that trends come and go. Even the ones with staying power face challenges. Some administrators are more fi red up than others about risk taking. Harried teachers can be wary of changes that seem like just one more to-do item on their long lists. And Vermont Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca points out that individuals can be wedded to their own memories of what school is. “Everybody’s been to school, and they have a perception of what school should look like and be, based on their experiences,” he says in an interview. “Those experiences will of ten be obstacles we have to overcome.” Many Vermont schools are trying, one step at a time. Seven Days set out to explore some of the current innovative theories reshaping education, ditching jargon in f avor of big, easy-to-grasp ideas. Here are four of them.

Plugged-in Pupils The Problem: For students who grow up with a computer or smartphone in hand, the classroom of yesterday is a snore. The Theory: “Meeting students on their turf,” as Penny Bishop, director of the University of Vermont’s Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education, puts it, means that students are more likely to be engaged in what they’re learning.

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Playing Hooky The Problem: The concept of “seat time” is a hallmark of education, as most former pupils remember it. Students show up, sit still for 45minute chunks of math or science or history, and, when the bell rings, they move on to their next activity. It’s the kind of mechanized schedule that’s great for training factory workers for an industrial society — less so for shaping critical thinkers and flexible problem solvers.

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Partnership for Change that’s remodeling Burlington and Winooski high schools — talks about the move away from this “sage on the stage” model of teaching. “That world where we’re these proprietors of knowledge is gone,” McConville says.

The Theory: More and more programs demonstrate that the classroom doesn’t have to be where all learning takes place. At some schools, students have more and more opportunities to take their studies outside the brickand-mortar institution. In Practice: At the Walden Project, an outgrowth of Vergennes Union High School, students leave the conventional classroom f or the wide-open woods of nearby Monkton. The idea behind this 20-student program f or sophomores, juniors and seniors is to make like Henry David Thoreau. Just as the Concord, Mass., author took to Walden Pond to investigate the world around him, so do the students of the Walden Project ditch

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In Practice: Jean Berthiaume, formerly a civics teacher at Harwood Union High School and a 2009 Rowland Fellow, wanted to give students a voice in how the high school was run. “Sometimes school is done to people, and not with them,” says Berthiaume. His plan? Bring students to the table. At Harwood, that eventually meant putting students on major committees. They could weigh in on how their school schedule would look, or what Harwood’s health and wellness policies might be. When the schools handed these stu dents the responsibility of designing and planning their own assemblies, teens designed what Berthiaume boasts are some of the best assemblies in the state. “They’re talking about their school, and they’re owning it.” But he stresses that these policies are more than just a nod to democracy, and that the idea goes well beyond


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The Problem: A top-down model of education doesn’t acknowledge the talents and curiosity that students bring to their own education.

students a say in how their schools are run. It’s not a case of the inmates running the asylum, but it does turn upside-down the Stand and Deliver model of education — in which the heroic, inspiring teacher singlehandedly leads the way — perpetuated by glamorous Hollywood representations. Burlington High School English teacher Peter McConville — a former Rowland Fellow, and one of the architects of the Winooski-Burlington

In Practice: Experts acknowledge that just dumping f ree iPads and netbooks into schools isn’t effective — Bishop says those “technology drops” don’t work unless they’re paired with extensive training and support. And she’s not talking about simply teaching instructors how to fire up devices. She means helping them rethink lesson planning so it’s not just the same old, same old with a dash of new gadgetry thrown in. What does that look like in practice? John Downes, the associate director of the Tarrant Institute, has a few favorite examples. There was the French teacher who wanted to test students’ verbal abilities in addition to perf ormance on written exams, so she equipped her kids with cameras and moviemaking software and asked them to narrate their homemade films en français. A physicaleducation teacher realized that students sometimes struggled to differentiate between winning a race and develop ing good fitness. That teacher equipped students with heart-rate monitors and graphing sof tware that allowed them to develop statistical portf olios of their cardio fitness. “The goal was not to run

faster, but [learn] how to maximize your time in your cardio zone,” Downes says. He says that teachers are also increasingly weaving social media into their lessons. At one school, a teacher of eighthgrade science set up Twitter feeds for his pupils and then interwove the Twitter streams of real-world scientists. “The teacher f elt it was compelling f or the kids to feel like they were connected to a larger scientific community beyond the eighth-grade classroom,” Downes says. That sense of connection is what Jill Prado, a French and Spanish teacher at Essex High School, hopes to provide the students in her classroom. A 2012 Rowland Fellow, Prado is working with schools in Belgium and France to de velop an online social network that links French-speaking students of English with Vermont pupils studying French. “We’re meeting the next-gen learner where they are,” says Prado. “They’re so technologically savvy.” To her knowledge, this would be the first tool of its kind in classrooms — but she’s more excited about the interaction than the innovation. “In a virtual exchange, we basically create a situation that’s independent of the barriers of affordability,” Prado says. “We can make this kind of experience, this immersive experience, more acces sible to more students.” Très bien!

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four walls in favor of a world of exploration and inquiry. “The idea is to ground them in the adult world,” says Matthew Schlein, Walden’s executive director. “I love

outsourcing Innovation It’s no secret that cash-strapped school districts — and busy administrators — don’t always have the time or resources to take risks. Enter outside private foundations, many endowed by wealthy benefactors, which have the financial resources and flexibility to underwrite new projects. Nationwide, private funding amounts to some serious change. According to the Foundation Center, about 20 percent of all foundation grants go to education, a share that came to roughly $55 billion in 2008. In Burlington and Winooski, the deep pockets belong to the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, which is backing a $3.7 million experiment in high school “transformation,” as the ed jargon puts it. The Tarrant Institute at the University of Vermont is funding tech innovations at middle schools throughout the state, thanks to a $5 million gift to the university from the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation. The Rowland Foundation has an even broader goal: It’s singling out passionate teachers with big ideas. “This is a foundation that is not simply looking to rearrange the chairs on the deck of the Titanic,” says Jean Berthiaume, formerly a civics teacher at Harwood Union High School, who was in the first class of Rowland Fellows and now serves as an adviser to current fellows. “It’s about redesign.” Now in its fourth year, the Rowland Foundation has sponsored 23 educators throughout the state. One perk, says 2011 fellow peter McConville of Burlington High School, is joining the professional network of motivated teachers that grows from the fellowship. Founder Chuck Scranton admits the grants aren’t a quick fix. The foundation administration learned after its first year that interviewing a teacher’s principal is every bit as important as vetting the teacher, because, without clear and enthusiastic leadership, “It doesn’t matter how much money you give the school,” Scranton says. Is change of the sort Rowland is after feasible without its brand of generous support? “Yes, to a degree,” Scranton says. Such change would take longer, he suspects, and fall more heavily on the shoulders of a school’s principal — a position he knows well — and the effort would sometimes be eclipsed by irate parents or burst pipes. “The money simply makes it more realistic,” Scranton says, and adds the caveat: “Millions of dollars can be put into a school, and if it’s not done correctly … it can be a waste.”

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teachers, but we really are a very small subsection of the adult population.” For a lesson on the legal system and criminal justice, that might mean field trips to local jails and courtrooms, as well as conversations with attorneys. Art class might turn into an artist’s residency in which students work alongside a professional sculptor. “We’re kind of culture vultures in terms of looking at people in the community to augment the curriculum,” Schlein says. A similar idea is gearing up in central Vermont, where Montpelier High School science teacher Tom Sabo — a former Rowland Fellow — heads the Center for Sustainable Systems. He started CSS with help from the Rowland Foundation, building on the idea he’d already developed in the classroom to use food systems as a vehicle for teaching the core curriculum. Sabo has

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since created a pilot project for summer programming that gives students both academic credit and a stipend for working on the CSS farm. The eventual goal is to bring this kind of service learning to all students — not just high fliers or low achievers. “We make the assumption that the rest of the kids, sitting quietly in their seats, are engaged and learning,” Sabo says. But give students a real-world classroom — where chemistry is reflected through a debate about pesticide use on fields, for example — and almost all can benefit from what Sabo calls an “authentic” learning environment. One big challenge? Real-world learning doesn’t necessarily take place on the kind of 9-to-3 schedule that the traditional school day follows. In fact, for teachers like Sabo, who are trying to merge farm work and homework, this

scheduling has an ironic drawback: It segregates the two. Schools originally ran between September and June so that students would be free to help out on their families’ farms during the busy growing season. “In the 21st century, does that work as well it did … when we were an agriculture-based country? Does that model still work in a more technological and information-based country?” asks Commissioner Vilaseca. Not necessarily.

Making the Grade The Problem: Secondary education today is largely measured in Carnegie units — a system of credit hours devised to standardize education. The idea is that time translates into achievement. Bank enough time, and you advance to the next grade level.

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The Theory: Schools such as Vergennes Union High are trying a new system of student assessment. They’re rolling out “performance-based graduation requirements” (PBGR) — a mouthful of a term that, in essence, means assessing students on ability instead of simply seat time. Aren’t graduation requirements already performance based? One would think so. After all, no matter how diligently a student shows up for math class, if he or she can’t parse quadratic equations, advancement is unlikely. But in many cases, students can slip through the cracks — working hard enough to pass without really demonstrating proficiency.

say, ‘We’re not really sure,’” Webbley admits. “We’re building the airplane we’re flying.” But it’s full speed ahead at VUHS, where an overhaul of the graduation requirements (coupled with a reinvented school schedule adding more flexible time) has been in the works for eight years. This year is the first that the new assessment system will be in place, and the class of 2016 will be expected to meet the new requirements for graduation. The system is in large part the brainchild of two VUHS Rowland Fellows, Kristine Kirkaldy and Matt DeBlois. “Essentially, with a performancebased system, the kid has to literally prove that they know what they say they know,” says Kirkaldy. The school, in turn, will offer students a chance to earn additional graduation honors in their best subjects. They’ll pull together elaborate portfolios over the course of their time at the high school, and then help build a jury of teachers and adult community members to evaluate their progress. The teachers envision a system that puts more weight on critical thinking and problem solving, and that recognizes the skills students acquire beyond the classroom. Webbley offers the example of a VUHS senior who, for several years, has owned and operated his own maple-syrup business. He’s drafted a business plan, tracked profits and losses, and reinvested some of his earnings in a new evaporator he trucked down from St. Albans. “There has been no avenue for him to be able to count that as one of his academic successes, even though he’s built a business plan and done all the math to assure his profit margins,” Webbley says. Of course, the school has run into some “uneasiness,” as the coprincipal puts it, coming from both parents and teachers. “People fear the unknown, and they don’t know how colleges will react,” Webbley says. But he’s blunt about the progress the school needs to make and the risks he’s willing to take to get there. When Webbley started at VUHS, just 51 percent of students went on to higher education. “That’s not a high threshold,” he observes. m






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n South Burlington’s tony Deer Field Drive near Overlook Park, the typical evening commute brings a f ew Priuses and SUVs nosing down the steep slope alongside gracious homes. But things are taking a di˜ erent turn on a recent Wednesday night. Jake Palmer, 26, hops on a skateboard and lets go, carving deep turns on the asphalt as he accelerates and eventually becomes a green-shirted speck at the bottom of the hill. One by one others follow: Will Deming, Tom Wilson, Peter DiFonzo, Neil Torpey, Izzy Moreno, all wearing helmets and gloves with pieces of plastic a° xed to them. Insane? Actually, it’s insanelyf un, according to a growing number of longboarders in the Burlington area. A natural complement to skiing and snowboarding, an easy way to get around college campuses, and, f or some, the only way to commute to and f rom work, longboard skateboarding no longer belongs just in California and other warm climates. Now, thanks to the Vermont Long Board Crew and an increasingly popular skating session on Wednesday nights, longboarding is gaining traction — and respect — in a city that turns out to be nearly ideal for zooming around on four tiny wheels. “Longboarding is at the point where it’s a community in Burlington,” says Wilson, who has been skateboarding for more than 20 and longboarding for some eight years. “It’s about the enjoyment and the experience of it … this is an opportunity to share with others the things I wish people had taught me.” That doesn’t necessarily mean ollies or bluntside grinds. Unlike f reestyle skateboarding (the domain of those who fl ock to Burlington’s waterfront skate park and the Burton Bowl), longboarding isn’t about learning to land the latest trick, explains Wilson. Longboards are, well, longer than traditional skateboards, with modifi cations added to suit the rider’s needs: commuting miles to work, racing downhill, or darting in and out of cones on a closed course — called slalom, as in Alpine skiing. The foothills rising from Lake Champlain toward the Green Mountains are ideal spots to experience a little gravity-f ed adrenaline. “The disciplines are very similar to skiing,” says Palmer, a New Hampshire native who now lives in Winooski and was a top collegiate ski racer for Colby-Sawyer College when he began longboarding as cross-training f or balance and core strength. He eventually started competing on dry land in slalom and downhill races. “It was being able to carve and go fast during the summer that attracted me to longboarding. And it’s a lot more f un than going to the gym,” adds Palmer, who works as a freelance graphic designer and merchandiser. Fellow racer and Winooski resident Deming, who grew up in Burlington

Read Books watching his uncle enter slalom skateboarding races on Spruce Street — and land in the Burlington Free Press for doing a handstand on a skateboard — fell naturally into the sport. He founded the Vermont Long Board Crew a few years ago as a way to gather like-minded riders and find strength in numbers. “It was just me and the college crowd at the time,” says Deming, now 26 and a ski technician for South Burlington’s Alpine Shop. “Burlington has had a pretty good scene for a long time, but the lifestyle of skateboarding is coming back around to the longboard, the cruiser side.”

skateboards of any kind, members of the Vermont Long Board Crew hope that by raising awareness, they’ll help to make longboarding more mainstream, and as acceptable as riding a bike. “We’re trying to encourage people away from downtown, away from traffic,” adds Wilson. “We rotate the places we go to on Wednesdays, and we know how traffic works so it can be done safely. A major part of it is, if we see a car, we’ll holler.” Case in point: “CAR!” screams Palmer to Moreno, in action, as an SUV turns off Spear Street down Deer Field Drive. As

aren’t super protective of their turf; in fact, they seem friendlier and more approachable than might a group of seniors playing tennis. And, remarkably, not a single driver seems annoyed by the crew of longboarders on Deer Field Drive. “A few weeks ago, one car went through honking their horn and making a scene,” Deming admits. “Sometimes people make an issue, but not really, for the large part. I like to think that it’s because of the way we approach it — being respectful, staying out of their way, not causing a holdup.” In fact, Wilson adds, often nearby resi-

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While Deming, Palmer and Wilson regularly travel to downhill skateboarding races — where they don full-face helmets and leather suits to tackle hairpin turns at high speeds — they’re committed to spreading the word about safe longboarding back home in Burlington. “There’s no set rules or handbook for people to learn things,” Palmer laments. Hence the Wednesday-night skate sessions, which can draw up to 20 riders at a time to forgiving grades not only near Overlook Park but also on Marble Island Road in Colchester and Milton’s Ritchie Avenue. It’s hard to top the view of the setting sun from Overlook Park. “But the great thing about Vermont is that all of the spots are really scenic,” Palmer says. While some cities’ ordinances prohibit

community med school dents will emerge from their garages with monDaYS, 8:30 Pm a board of their own after they spy the sinewy turns of the Vermont Long Board Channel 17 liVe@5:25 -- call-in Crew. “Even though we may not live in the talk shoW on community we’re riding in,” he says, “we’ve local issues made a lot of good connections — we want WeeKnIGhTS > 5:25 P.m. to have the rapport, the relationship, [so] get more info or Watch online at they understand we’re not the ones leaving vermont • ch17.tV trash on the hill. We’re here to contribute as much as we can.” That means teaching the basics 16t-retnWEEKLY.indd 1 8/27/12 12:04 PM to riders as young as 8 years old, encouraging helmets and proper Natural footwear, and touting the benefits of Beauty. commuting via skateboard. “It’s more affordable than a bike,” says Palmer, who says a complete rig costs about $150. “It’s less maintenance, and you don’t have to lock it up and worry about someone stealing the pin out of your back hub or your seat, or flattening your tires.” If you travel long distances, Palmer adds, “it doesn’t take a roof rack — you just throw it in your trunk.” Palmer guesses that as many as half of college students in Burlington now own a longboard. “Around here, definitely,” he insists. Tonight’s scene fails to back him up, as there’s not a single woman shooting down the hill — but, then again, school hasn’t quite begun. When it does, the Vermont Long Board Crew will still be out there, riding as long as the streets are dry. “For longboarding, all you need is a nice day,” Moreno says. “Not even a nice day — it can be 40 degrees, and we’ll be out there.” Darkening days just mean a chance for night cruises on the Burlington Bike Path with headlamps: fewer people, fewer dogs, more fun. “If I see someone else with a longboard, especially if I see Clothes for Women them riding downtown,” says Deming, 102 C hu rc h S t reet “I immediately feel a little bit more con864-0414 nected to them. I’ve probably taken that run 100 times. I know how it feels.” m 8/28/12 8:14 AM

Father to Be

The Society of Saint Edmund welcomes its newest brother in alms BY K E N P ic A r D


ichael Carter strides eagerly across the lawn at Saint Anne’s Shrine and greets his guest with a broad smile and an outstretched hand. I’ve traveled to this sleepy waterf ront hamlet on the western shore of Isle La Motte to meet the newest member of the Society of Saint Edmund. The all-male Roman Catholic order, which f ounded Saint Michael’s College in 1904 and still serves as its spiritual backbone, once numbered in the hundreds; today, its ranks have dwindled to 40. These days, it’s hard to find young American males willing to commit to a lif e of celibacy, poverty, communal living and unquestioning submission to a higher authority. As we climb a grassy hillside to find a quiet place to talk, Carter nods to a pair of French Canadians entering the small, open-air chapel. They cross themselves dutifully before an altar and kneel in silent worship while a gentle breeze sparks the meditative buzz of cicadas. It’s under standable that Carter has come to this serene pastoral retreat, which is owned and operated by the Edmundites, to reflect on his recent, lif e-altering decision to become a priest. Even to a nonbeliever, the place feels steeped in spirituality. A Burlington native, Carter graduated in May from St. Mike’s with a degree in religious studies. At 22, he is the youngest of the Edmundites, and a rare commodity. At a time when the Catholic Church and its religious orders are struggling to find new recruits, Carter is one of just f our young “brothers” to join the Society in as many years, breathing new life into an otherwise graying community. “It’s very unusual f or us,” says Father Mike Cronogue, the 63-year-old supe rior general of the Society. Although the Catholic Church experienced a huge re surgence of men entering the priesthood f ollowing World War II, f rom the 1970s until very recently, the Edmundites didn’t invest many resources in recruitment. And, as Cronogue puts it, “We’re a lot more selective now, for a variety of reasons.” Indeed, as the churchf ocuses on rebuilding its aura of legitimacy, its con gregations and its finances in the wake of multiple sex-abuse scandals, Carter admits that merely mentioning his desire to become a priest invariably raises eyebrows.

history.” Many classes and workshops are still to come. As a member of the Edmundite Society, Carter isn’t allowed to be alone with a young child, even a relative. “I have to be with another adult at all times,” he says, “just so there’s never a question and no ambiguity about it.” “Nowadays, a lot of our training has to do with child protection,” Cronogue explains. “We’re looking for warning signs in the candidates of inappropriate behav ior, weeding out some people and having people recognize the boundaries that we have to be careful about.” At first glance, Carter seems like an unlikely candidate to choose a life of abstinence. With dark, tousled hair, five-o’clock shadow and a handsome f ace, he bears more than a slight resemblance to Irish heartthrob Colin Farrell. “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t some thing I’ve struggled with,” Carter says about the f ormal vow of celibacy he’ll take one day and inf ormally lives by al ready. But, while he conf esses he’s had his “share of relationships” with women, he adds, “For me to be fulfilled, I don’t need to share my lif e with someone on that intimate a level.” Of course, Carter isn’t just relinquish ing pleasures of the flesh. The Edmundites live and work together “in common.” They share all their money and worldly posses sions, which they sign over to the Society upon their death. While it’s not a joyless, monastic existence, it’s also not a lifestyle to which most twentysomethings are accustomed. “It’s very much a soft sell. We want to make sure it’s right f or you,” Cronogue explains. “Because if it’s not right for you, then it won’t be right for us.”

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“That’s something you’re always cognizant of,” he says. “You realize that, even if people don’t say it out loud, if you’re walking around wearing the collar, that’s something that’s probably crossed their minds.” Actually, it’ll be at least five years bef ore Carter dons the collar and other priestly vestments. He’s only just begun his “novitiate,” or yearlong introduction to the Edmundites. Yet, even as he embarks on “formation,” or entry into religious life, Carter has already witnessed some of the

ways the church is coming to grips with its past demons and renewing itself. Under a 2010 state law, members of Vermont’s clergy and religious orders are now mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect. Just weeks into his formation, Carter underwent rigorous screening, which involved a criminal background check, a written psychological exam and a several-hour interview with a licensed psychologist who delved into his child hood, upbringing and “psychosexual


hat attracted Carter to the priest hood, given that he grew up in the most secular state in the country? As he does f requently, Carter pauses bef ore answering, closes his eyes and tents his fingers in an unconsciously priest-like way. From an early age, he explains, he was f ascinated by the ritual and mystique of the church. “But that can’t be the be-all and endall of it,” he emphasizes. “If you’re not caref ul, that can breed a haughtiness. It becomes more about the robes and the incense and the f anciness and less about the people who are coming to mass who need your help.”

Our Children-Our Future Carter describes himself as “introspective,” “philosophical” and a “big bookworm” who loves history. “But it’d be dishonest of me to say that I was always the most faithful and devout person,” he adds. “Certainly, there were times when the whole ‘religion thing’ wasn’t my cup of tea and I was just going through the motions.” At Burlington High School, Carter discovered a fondness for public speaking. He got involved in the drama program, developed an easiness before audiences and earned a reputation for his quirky sense of humor. At BHS, the valedictorian doesn’t give the graduation speech. Instead, the graduating class chooses a speaker from the student body. “For whatever reason, they voted for me,” he says. When he delivered the speech, rather than looking back and orating on the fun he and his classmates had in senior year, Carter says, he saw this as a rare opportunity to “say something more.” His speech, though not overtly religious, addressed the importance of community, social justice and making a difference in the world, both materially and spiritually. Later, Carter began wondering how he could continue speaking in public on social-justice issues. Ironically, considering his current path, Carter michAEl was a “spotty” student in high school and wasn’t sure he’d even attend college, he recalls. (Unlike some religious orders, the Edmundites will not accept any initiate without a college degree.) It wasn’t until his senior year at BHS, after an AdvancedPlacement teacher, who also coached the St. Mike’s swim team, agreed to “make some introductions,” that he applied. Carter was admitted so late in the process, there was no on-campus housing left or him. He commuted from home his first year. Unlike some who share his vocation, Carter says he never experienced a single, revelatory moment when he felt God called him to a clerical life. However, his senior year in college was bookended by a pair of personal tragedies: Someone close to him twice attempted suicide, which is considered a mortal sin in the Catholic faith. “That really colored my outlook on life,” Carter remembers. “I thought, In what way could we have reached out to help her?” At first, Carter didn’t discuss these experiences with friends or faculty. It wasn’t until he mentioned them to Father Brian Cummings, who heads the campus ministry, that the two men began discussing a

religious life as “a way to do the work I had always envisioned.” Upon graduation, Carter was invited to spend three months living in the Edmundites’ formation house near the airport in South Burlington. Soon thereafter, he began his novitiate. After “a year and a day,” he will return to Saint Anne’s Shrine and take his first vows. How did Carter’s family greet the news that he was entering the priesthood? His mother, a French Canadian raised Catholic, was thrilled, he says. His sisters, who “aren’t into the Catholic scene,” didn’t understand his decision, he continues, but knew it wasn’t one he’d make lightly. His father, neither a Catholic nor otherwise religious, was “very resistant” to the idea. “To this day, if he were able to write the book on my life, he would not choose or want this path for me,” Carter says. “He doesn’t understand it, but he’s become more interested in it.” Recently, Carter invited his parents to supper at the formation house, where he’ll live for the next year under the tutelage of Father Marcel Rainville, the novice director. According to Carter, it was a good opportunity for his parents to meet the Edmundites and realize that, in his words, “they’re just normal guys” — who happen to live communally and to have dedicated their lives to serving God. cArtE r When asked about the future, Carter seems less focused on the sacrifices he’ll make than on the rewards of joining the brotherhood. For the next year, he’ll go wherever his novice director goes and have few responsibilities other than praying and studying. During that year, and for years to come, nearly all of Carter’s financial needs will be covered, including his room, board and — if he remains in the order — tuition for seminary at Boston College. Eventually, he says, he hopes to return to St. Mike’s and teach. Perhaps most importantly, Carter says, he is excited to be part of a close brotherhood of men who share not only resources but common values. The Edmundites have a long history of working for progressive causes, including poverty relief, civil-rights advocacy, and the promotion of peace, nonviolence and social justice. He says he looks forward to opportunities to do missionary work in Selma, Ala., and New Orleans, where other Edmundites now serve. “When you become a priest, you never really know who’s going to call on you for help,” Carter says. “In this day and age, it’s good to know there still is a role and a place for this type of life, and it’s still something of value and relevance.” m

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Life Everlasting: ˜ e Animal Way of Death by Bernd Heinrich, Houghton Miffl in Harcourt, 236 pages. $25, hardcover. $15.95 paperback.


I found the moose a day or two after it had dropped in thick forest next to a small brook. Coyote tracks surrounded it, and the coyotes had chewed through its thick hide to make a hole in the throat. A raven had already fed there, leaving white droppings on the hide. Other ravens came to feed as the coyotes enlarged the hole. Later at least a dozen turkey vultures monopolized the carcass, and then the maggots “cleaned up” after them. A couple of weeks later, a pair of ravens remained after the coyotes and vultures were done; they came daily to turn the leaves surrounding the carcass, presumably picking up maggots, fl y pupae, or other insects. When all that was left was a skeleton with dried hide covering part of it, a black bear came and dragged the remains a short way downhill. After two weeks, I found little more than a pile of hair where the animal had fallen and the vertebral column and skull some distance from that. A porcupine was eating the still-fresh bone, gnawing it off in patterns that looked like a magnifi cation of the tooth marks mice might leave in cheese. No vultures remained despite a lingering smell. Why were the vultures no longer attracted? ˛ ere was no more meat, but how would they know that without checking? Do the maggots emit a scent that repels even vultures, or are they repelled by the scent from bacterial decay?


discusses living o° the German forest as a young World War II refugee — Heinrich takes a hands-on approach to his subject. Ever wondered what will happen if you leave a road-killed deer in your backyard? He’s done it so you don’t have to. Reading Life Everlasting is like listening to the lectures of a brilliant professor who sprinkles his science with vivid descriptions, personal anecdotes and callouts to topical controversies. The book is sometimes disorganized, as that passionate prof essor’s notes might be, but rarely dry. In his chapter on ravens, for instance, Heinrich strays from his ostensible focus on “undertakers” of the northern woods to tell the story of two of his personal “raven f riends,” Goliath and Whitef eather. The tale of human-animal communion is so appealing that no reader will mind the digression. Some of Heinrich’s excursions into Big Issues are highly e° ective: He repeatedly, and eloquently, decries the current “human-generated wave of animal extinctions,” many of them involving “undertaker” species whose value we don’t recognize. Other argumentative passages, such as one where Heinrich questions the conventional wisdom that it’s “green” to clear out dead wood and plant new trees, could use more development to become persuasive to the layperson. What about the philosophical issues involved in the recycling of dead fl esh? In Heinrich’s view, this is a process of metamorphosis and resurrection — lif e returning to life — that people of all faiths should welcome, not deny. Toward the book’s end, Heinrich takes a more radical turn, from the realm of quantifi able evidence into that of subjective experience, to make the bold argument that “we are an amalgam of past lives.” Not only do we humans recycle organic matter, as all animals do, he writes, but we recycle the belief s, ideas and infl uences of those who preceded us: “We are not just the product of our genes. We are also the product of ideas.” The book itself is the product of an idea placed in Heinrich’s mind by a severely ill f riend who wrote him to inquire about the possibility of having a “green burial” at the author’s camp. In turn, Heinrich’s powerful defense of the carrion crew could contribute to mutating some readers’ ideological “DNA” on the subject of our fi nal resting place. When you stop thinking of maggots as the lowliest of God’s creatures and start thinking of them as highly evolved recycling experts, perhaps it’s not quite as dreadf ul to imagine them crawling in, crawling out and playing pinochle on your snout. 


f there’s one thing that f reaks most people out more than dying, it’s the prospect of becoming carrion. Sophocles’ Antigone f aced death rather than let her brother’s body go to the scavenging beasts. Poets use gruesome imagery of worms and maggots feasting on our corpses to evoke our insignifi cance. Folklore — with an assist from Edgar Allan Poe — paints the raven and vulture as birds of ill omen. No wonder most of us get our deceased loved ones embalmed and interred in sealed caskets, or cremated so there’s nothing left to scavenge. Bernd Heinrich, a biology professor emeritus at the University of Vermont, wants us to think di° erently about what scavengers do to corpses — animals’, plants’ and ours. To a scientist, he writes, carrion eating is “recycling” that makes possible each creature’s “resurrection into others’ lives.” And the creatures that perform this vital corpse-processing f unction — including us — are “nature’s undertakers,” with all the dignity that term entails. Heinrich is the author of a score of acclaimed science books f or general readers, including Winter World and Summer World, colorful explorations of the northern ecosystem. He draws on a long career of outdoor observation, much of it at his cabin in the Maine woods, in Lif e Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death . Rather than investigating how animals die — as some readers may inf er f rom the title — the book f ocuses on their postmortem disposal. Most readers, Heinrich notes, will be familiar with platitudes about the circle of life, “But the devil, as they say, is in the details.” And what details this book o° ers. Each chapter is a case study in e˛ cient corpse (or waste) recycling. We learn why sexton beetles bury dead mice and, on the other end of the scale, what happens to whale carcasses in the deep. We learn how tiny beetles recycle great quantities of elephant dung, and how early humans evolved to hunt elephants and other large mammals on our way to becoming “the ultimate scavengers of all time.” Heinrich argues persuasively that ravens (which he has studied f or decades) are not, in f act, mournf ul or creepy birds; and notes that vultures enjoyed sacred status in some early cultures. Turning from animal to plant decay, he demonstrates through an intricate narrative why dead trees are precious forest resources and not litter to be hauled away. While he broaches big ecological issues, Heinrich always fi nds his way back to the down-and-dirty details most of us are secretly a bit curious about. A woodsman, hunter and scavenger f rom an early age — he

Private Stashes


A look inside three Vermont wine cellars B Y CORI N HI RSCH






or me, collecting wine started with a single bottle tucked away in the pantry. Then three. Then I stashed a few more at the back of a closet, until I bought a place with a stone-lined cellar crawl space. That’s where I’ve placed my tiny collection — a 10-year-old Barbaresco, some Chenin Blanc f rom the Loire — on a rack in the dust. I can’t recall what ignited my need to keep and age wine; it may have been a glass of “old” Bordeaux or Riesling, and the dawning realization that the young wines I drink every day could evolve into something more elegant and polished with time. When left alone for a few years, the tannins in a red wine soften and unravel; the bracing acid of a young white gives way to rounder fl avors; and top notes of fl owers or fruit can mellow into more complex fl avors of nuts, chocolate, earth or even leather. So I ignore the bottles undergoing a slow metamorphosis in my cellar, girded against both hot summers and icy winters. I have no idea what they’ll taste like when I open them, and that’s part of the thrill. Since my stash is so tiny, though, I’ve wondered: Who might have grander collections than I do, and what do they look like? It turns out many wine collectors are reluctant to expose their cellars to the prying eyes of a journalist. Three Vermonters tolerated my voyeuristic impulses — but a couple of pseudonyms are used here. The details of their cellars speak for all of them.

The trophy cellar

soft-spoken, modest executive in his fi fties, dismisses this as a “drinking cellar,” My fi rst stop is the Shelburne home of a a closer look at the bottles reveals a man — let’s call him Bob — whom I know f ormidable collection. Asked why he to have an amazing wine collection. In began collecting wine in the 1970s, Bob his basement, we pass a hodgepodge jokes, “It was that or Boone’s Farm” — of wine stacked beside a table. The apreferring to the get-drunk-cheap, appleparent disorder is deceptive: Bob, who fl avored wine product. recently picked up a f ew cases at the Like many American collectors, he annual Cheese Traders and Wine Sellers began with big French and Calif ornia sale, will catalog them on his computer reds — Bordeaux, Cabernet. Over the using a program called the Uncorked years, though, Bob’s palate became atCellar. Then he’ll open the heavy door a tuned to subtler fl avors. “I became a few yards away and slide the bottles into bigger fan of Pinot Noir, of Nebbiolo and an immaculate cellar. Sangiovese,” he says. Care went into every detail of this Some of his early acquisitions are room: dark-stained pine shelves, a cork worth name dropping: a 1992 Château fl oor to prevent breakage and a conLafi te-Rothschild f rom Pauillac; some stant temperature of 57 degrees. It’s Château Haut-Brions f rom 1988 and hard to f athom that 1800 bottles are ’89; and a case of Dominus Cabernet crammed into this 9-by-12-f oot room, Sauvignon f rom the Napa Valley. Bob fi tted into wide, diagonal slots that hold about 20 bottles each. Although Bob, a







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After 19 years, Mexican Caribbean restaurant Marsala salsa will serve its final meal at 15 Stowe Street in Waterbury on September 1. Owner Jan Chotalal was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, but even so had no plans to take a break. She says she was surprised to learn that her landlady would not be renewing her lease and had already made plans with another business to open in the space. But Chotalal is not one to go out quietly. The chef says that, even as she prepares to undergo radiation treatment, “this whole last week, it’s been standing room [only], with people waiting for tables for hours.” Fortunately, fans of her restaurant won’t have to wait long to taste her burritos and tacos again. toM sullIvan and JaMEs Dotson, owners of the CIDEr housE BarBECuE anD PuB, quickly invited Chotalal to join Sullivan in their kitchen. “We’re already a Southernstyle restaurant; Jan does Caribbean and Tex-Mex — it’s an easy fit with us,” Sullivan says. Mexican additions will replace many of the current entrée options, and Sullivan anticipates a weekly Caribbean food night. On the bar side, he expects to add infused tequilas to the range of ciders that gives the restaurant its name. Meanwhile, 15 Stowe Street will soon see the opening of the BluE stonE PIzzErIa & tavErn, a high-end pizza shop, bar and grill. Co-owner ChrIs FIsh says the name refers to the 18th-century Pittsford well stone that will serve as a central bar table in the 50-seat restaurant. Pizza specialist vInny PEtrarCa joins Fish, a nEw EnglanD CulInary InstItutE grad and former executive sous-chef at stowE MountaIn rEsort, as co-owner. Fish says he plans to have 12 local beers on tap to pair with “Old-World, hand-tossed pizza with fresh, seasonal Vermont ingredients.” The signature pie is topped with white garlic sauce, duck sausage, chèvre, roasted tomato, spinach, basil, red onion and balsamic reduction. Fish says he is shooting for an October 1 opening but realizes the end of October may be more realistic. Sullivan says October is also when the new Cider House, which may or may not modify its name, will finalize its menu.

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trim — were inspired by Raftery’s years as a chef on the Caribbean island of St. John. The siblings added a picket fence, solar lights and a garden gnome for some whimsy. The pair have applied for a permit to place their cart outside Higher Ground during events; they plan to weave some local catering into the cart’s schedule, too.

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also covets dessert wines. A selection of Sauternes and Hungarian Tokajis anchor one wall — including a 1993 Chateau Pajzos Tokaji Esszencia, which was voted one of the top bottles in the world when it was released in 1998. Another of his fetishes is Zinfandel — specifically from Turley, the benchmark California producer. “I love Turleys,” says Bob, who owns 50 bottles. “They have to sit for seven to 10 years, though.” His oldest bottle is a 1967 Maison Sichel from the Bordeaux region, where wines are notoriously costly. However, “These aren’t all million-dollar bottles,” Bob says. He points out a few Malbecs, some of which cost as little as $10, and other everyday wines that he thinks will improve with age just as gracefully as the pricier bottles. Of the 2005 and 2006






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One 1850s home in Johnson has a basement right out of the Old World: a humid room with gravel floors, stone walls and wooden crates filled with rare wines. The stairs are lined with dozens of empty Burgundy bottles to remind the homeowner of great decantings. This man, who has spent his entire career in hospitality, says he had a wine epiphany in the 1970s while he was working at a Boston restaurant run by an avowed oenophile. “I was extremely lucky,” recalls “Jeff” — and soon he was seeking out every tasting and wine dinner he could find. Later, while Jeff directed catering for a hotel outside Hartford, Conn., some friends invited him to join their monthly tastings. Since Jeff lacked a cellar at the time, the group enlisted him to “just bring the Champagne.” And so he became known as Mr. Bubbles, a nickname that sticks to the fiftysomething to this day.

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and Maryland. Many bottles have their on Wednesday country-of-origin names written on white neck tags. On a bottle of 2009 Apple Sticky Buns Château Moulin Delille, Saint-Estephe, on Saturday Rochefort has handwritten “2016” to encourage herself to wait. “I’m not a big All in the ‘aside-putter,’” she admits. “When I buy middle of our it, it doesn’t last long.” apple orchard! On a low shelf in the middle of the cellar are bottles of Rochefort’s WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT? own wines — Traminette, Marquette, AND NOW APPLE PIZZA ON SUNDAY! Frontenac Rosé. Nearby rests a copy 4445 Main St., Isle La Motte of Opus Vino as well as a bright-red 802-928-3091 box — the gorgeous Le Nez du Vin kit — containing 54 vials that proffer OPEN EVERY DAY 7:30-2:30 • SUN 8:30-2:30 wine’s various scents, from acacia to butter. Rochefort opens it, and a wave “Best Japanese Dining” 12v-southendcafe082212.indd 1 8/17/12 1:40 PM of floral and funky aromatics wafts into — Saveur Magazine the room. Another low shelf holds tulip glasses and a siphon. “This is where I blend,” Rochefort says. Sometimes she’ll mix drops of other wines into hers to see how they change. She pulls out a bottle of watermelonhued Crios de Susana Balbo Rosé of Malbec, made in Argentina by one of the most celebrated female winemakers in the world. “I felt a kindred spirit with 112 Lake Street fellow women winemakers,” Rochefort Burlington says. “It definitely makes my tasting biased.” She slides the bottle back on the shelf and offers me a bottle of her Louise from 11 am Swenson. “Let me know what you think,” she says. Chef-owned and operated. I take it home and place it in my own Largest downtown parking lot “cellar,” though I suspect it will not stay there for long. m Reservations Recommended



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a few bottles of Champagne there — has a specific purpose: They are samples Rochefort compares with the wines she makes herself. “I’m not a collector. I will never be a person who buys thousand-dollar bottles of wine,” says Rochefort. “I buy wine because I love it, or because I want to compare its style to the wine I want to make.” For instance, last year she began steering her Louise Swenson — a coldhardy white variety — toward a “crisper, fresher” style, much like that of the Graves Sauvignon Blanc in the French section of her cellar. Rochefort, a brunette with a warm demeanor, was working as an electrical engineer when, during some wine classes in Boston, she began asking instructors about the chemistry of the wines they were tasting. When the instructors encouraged her to learn about winemaking, it turned out to be a long and life-changing detour. She took, and passed, a Certified Specialist of Wine exam and is now about to graduate from the viticulture and enology degree program of the University of California, Davis. Rochefort says her biggest challenge as a winemaker is staying conscious of other people’s preferences. “You always want to make wine that you like,” she says, noting that her “desert island” wines would be Valpolicella and Amarone. Those are among the wines in her cellar, along with recent bottlings of Bordeaux, Rioja, and varieties from Argentina, California, and even Arizona

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The potential store’s organizers shy away from using the word “coop” too frequently; for some shoppers in economically diverse Barre, that’s synonymous with “expensive.” Instead, Kaminsky says the focus would be on healthy, affordable and convenient options, from bulk grains and local produce to cheaper conventional goods. The hope is that the market would appeal equally to shoppers who patronize the Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier and downtown residents with limited incomes or transportation options. “It would be great for the shopping aspect, but also just as an anchor for the downtown community,” says board member Hilary Schwoegler. The fledgling co-op raced to raise enough funding to qualify for a matching grant from the Food Co-op Initiative. To date, the group has drummed up $4300 from about two dozen donors, and this week unveiled a video that launches its independent crowd-funding efforts. But even if it earns the Food Co-op grant,

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food the group will have a long way to go. $1.75 million.) Nicknamed the “Big Dig” Kaminsky estimates some $57,000 will by Barre residents, the project was 30 be needed in the start-up phase. Most years in coming. Lauzon, 51, remembers of that will go toward a consultant to it first coming up for discussion at a city devise a business plan. A $9000 chunk council meeting when he was a high will pay for a project manager (for now, school senior. Complete with Victorianthe project depends on volunteers). style street lighting, new trees and “We have a lot of work to do in a benches, and granite curbs, the redo short period if we want to jump onboard should be finished by year’s end. the City Place train,” Kaminsky says. And then there’s City Place. In a DEW Construction of Williston aims stroke of savvy planning, the city used to begin work at City Place in late October a Neighborhood Stabilization Project or early November. The company is still grant to purchase the once-blighted finalizing the design, waffling between property — in a former life, a drug store a four-story building of 80,000 square that Mackenzie says an out-of-town feet and a five-story one of 93,000 landlord allowed to rot. The idea, he square feet. The final square footage says, was to “grease the skids” for future will depend on whether development. a few more key tenants It worked. The city sign on. DEW already has used part of the NSP grant some prominent renters to raze the building, and lined up, including the then put out a request Vermont Department of for proposals from Education, which has developers. The town committed to 42,000 even commissioned a square feet of office space. conceptual design for a With all these plans building, which included gaining steam, Dan Jones, office space, some firstexecutive director of Barre floor retail and the Partnership, a nonprofit grocery store for which dedicated to creating a Hil ArY ScHwoE glE r townspeople had long “thriving downtown” in been clamoring. the city, says the excitement is “palpable” Other projects are brewing, too. Last in the city. Schwoegler agrees. “I feel like week, Granite City Developers closed there’s definitely a renaissance coming,” on the Blanchard Block, which has she says. sat empty for 10 years; the developers That’s good news for Barre, are expected to pump $3 million into according to city manager Steve redevelopment. The Central Vermont Mackenzie, 64, a lifelong resident. He Community Action Council is moving its admits the city was “sort of down in campus — and 100 jobs — to downtown the dumps” in recent years. Besides Barre. And there’s talk of a new bike path stagnant economic development, Barre that would connect Depot Square to the was shouldering what residents thought Vermont Granite Museum. Meanwhile, to be a disproportionate number of Lauzon boasts that Barre has led probationers and parolees assigned Washington County in starter-home to the area by the Department of purchases for the past eight months. Corrections. “Everyone wants in on the action,” “For a while, Barre had developed Jones says. New businesses are starting a bad reputation, and that reputation to fill the once-empty storefronts, became frozen in time,” adds Mayor spurred by the prospect of an estimated Thom Lauzon. 500 new workers (many at City Place) Meanwhile, “We would hear all these in the downtown within a year and stories about back in the day, [when] a half. “It’s going to take a while for Barre was the downtown for central businesses to catch up with the demand Vermont — things were booming,” says that will bring,” Jones adds. “What a the Partnership’s Jones. Then came the great problem to have.” mall in Berlin, with a Walmart. “When we For the dreamers behind the Granite moved here [two years ago], there were a City Co-op, that influx of workers could lot of empty storefronts,” Jones notes. be the ticket for sustaining a downtown Today, city boosters will tell you the grocery store. malaise is lifting. “There’s a lot of work behind the First came the $17 million scenes on making Barre a livable reconstruction of Barre’s Main Street downtown,” says Jones. “A grocery store — a two-year, half-mile overhaul of the brings people to the downtown and downtown’s underground utilities and helps out the other businesses,” he says. aboveground services. (Barre’s share “It helps make the downtown more of federal and state funding is roughly vibrant and alive.” m

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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.

‘MOOnRiSE king DOM’: 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. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 748-2600.



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.


SAcRED ciRcl E DAncing : No experience and no partners are necessary for these ancient and modern movement patterns set to gentle, slow, international music. Suitable for all adults, including seniors. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; bring water. Info, 978-424-7968. SuMMER ARgEnTin E TAng O pRác TicA: 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.


BuRgERS WiTh Sh OuTpl AnS: Founders and supporters of ShoutPlans, a new Burlington-based web platform that helps friends make plans, give away swag, stickers and prizes on half-price burger night. Rí Rá Irish Pub, Burlington, 5 p.m.



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ch AMpl Ain VAll Ey fA iR: Parades, circus acts and talent showcases join top musical acts and a wealth of fried food at Vermont’s largest fair. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-midnight. $5-12; free for kids under 5; separate tickets required for grandstand concerts and events. Info, 878-5545. VERMOnT fEST iVAl Of Th E ARTS: A whoppin’ five-week festival boasts art exhibits, performances and workshops celebrating painting, poetry, crafts, culinary arts and everything in between. Visit for details. Various locations, Mad River Valley, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Various prices. Info, 496-6682,


‘Bill W.’ : From hopeless drunk to the cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous, William G. Wilson and his struggle for sobriety are documented in this 2012 film from Dan Carracino and Kevin Hanlon. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $4-8. Info, 748-2600.

‘TRiShn A’: Conflicting interests of rural traditions and bigger ambitions set a young woman on a tragic path of love and circumstance in Michael Winterbottom’s 2011 drama, based on Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 748-2600.

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BARRE fARMERS MARkET: Crafters, bakers and farmers share their goods in the center of the town. Barre City Hall Park, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info,

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NEw w or LD fES ti VAL Sunday, September 2, noon to midnight, at Chandler Music Hall, Bethany Church and along Main St. in Randolph. $5-37. Info, 728-6464.

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SEPT.02 | FAIRS & FESTIVALS Humor Me Curbing your enthusiasm might be impossible at the Waterbury Comedy Festival. Hosted by the town’s resident physical comedian, Tom Murphy, this af ternoon of vaudevillian entertainment has one goal: to make you laugh till you cry. The lineup of international artists should be able to f ollow through. Featured per f ormers include “certified lunatic and master f o the impossible” Tomás Kubínek — presenting a show cowritten with the Vermont Youth Orchestra — and aerialist, contortionist, juggler and hand balancer Melissa K. Knowles (pictured). Awardwinning choreographer Karen Montanaro merges dance and mime, and 16-f oot-tall stilt walker Rich Hughson takes funny to even greater heights.

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A celebration of New England goes far beyond its six-state confines on Sunday. Travel to Randolph for the 20th annual New World Festival, and you’ll get a dose of England, Ireland, Scotland and French Canada, too — because the flow of culture doesn’t stop at customs. Main Street closes to traffic to make wayf or six all-weather stages showcasing nearly 75 top Celtic and Québécois performers. “Rad trad” tunes by the Fretless, exuberant step dancing by Rapetipetam and ethereal vocals by the Nuala Kennedy Trio are just a small sampling of the joie de vivre in action.

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AUG.29-SEPT.01 |MUSIC Birds of a Feather When the Stray Birds huddle around a single microphone, they’re not just skimping on band equipment. The simple act underlines the acoustic trio’s “less is more” approach to traditional folk music — a tack that’s garnered them comparisons to f amously spare f olksters Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Artistic restraint defines the Lancaster, Pa., band’s original songs as much as their signature three-part harmonies. But there’s one thing members Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charles Muench don’t hold back on: touring. This week, the threesome live it up at four Vermont towns in as many days.

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The Band Perry : Easton Corbin opens for the country-pop trio of siblings at the Champlain Valley Fair. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. $26.75-48 includes gate admission to the fair when purchased in advance. Info, 863-5966. Vermon T Philharmonic chorus oPen sing- along : Interested singers lend their voices to Schubert’s Mass in G Major. Bethany Church, Montpelier, 7-9:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 424-1194.


monarch Bu TTerfly Tagging : In 2007, a blackand-orange flyer identified at the nature center was recovered in Mexico. Folks catch, tag and release the migrating monarchs to help with future connections. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 3:30 p.m. $3-5; free for members. Info, 229-6206. Wagon- r ide 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. Wildflo Wer Wander : Flora fans spy blooms 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,


su P 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.


greg guma : The Vermont historian shares stories and thoughts about the evolving nature of progressive politics in Vermont. Vermont History Center, Barre, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8505, tess.taylor@




sTeVe Badanes : One of the pioneers of the national design/build movement lectures on “Full Scale: Architect as Artisan and World Citizen.” East Room, Withey Hall, Green Mountain College, Poultney, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 287-8926. yesTermorro W summer l ecTure series : Spanish writer and painter Christian Tubau Arjona explores the importance of natural morphology in “Gaudi and the Shapes of Nature.” Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 496-5545.


‘deaTh Tra P’: Dorset Theatre presents Ira Levin’s thriller about a Broadway mystery playwright who’s lost his touch — and will do anything to reclaim his fame. Dorset Playhouse, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. $20-45. Info, 867-2223. KicKoff/ informa Tional meeTing for ‘ r enT’: Production-team members of Lyric Theatre Company’s fall show sum up the casting and audition process, as well as the need for a behindthe-scenes technical crew. South Burlington High School, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 658-1484. ‘r eal Women h aVe cur Ves’: Five full-figured Mexican American women try to keep their tiny sewing factory afloat, but one of them dreams of a different life in this coming-of-age comedy presented by Depot Theatre. Depot Theatre, Westport, N.Y., 8 p.m. $27. Info, 518-962-4449. ‘sWeeney Todd: The demon Bar Ber of f lee T sTree T’: Gothic gore and a dark score fuel this thrilling musical masterpiece about a barber’s bloody search for revenge, transported back in time to 1745 by the Stowe Theatre Guild. Akeley Memorial Building, Stowe, 8 p.m. $20. Info, 2533961,


Boo K discussion series: f arms & gardens : Readers rehash their impressions of Michael

Pollan’s Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education as part of a series about tending and growing. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 2545290, ext. 101. Burling Ton Wri Ters Wor Ksho P meeTing : Members read and respond to the poetry and prose of fellow wordsmiths. Participants must join the group to have their work reviewed; see meetup. com for details and to register (space is limited). Levity Café, Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 383-8104.

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


5:30 p.m. $10. Info, 355-5418, ‘Trishna’ : See WED.29, 5:30 p.m.

food & drink

disco Veries in Wine : Oenophiles explore the vineyards of Mendoza and beyond in a tasting tour of Argentina, paired with local foods. Phoenix Books, Essex, 6-7 p.m. $30; preregister; must be at least 21 years of age with valid ID. Info, 872-7111. f le Tcher allen f armers mar KeT: Locally sourced meats, vegetables, bakery items, breads and maple syrup give hospital employees and visitors the option to eat healthfully. McClure Entrance, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 847-0797, h ines Burg l ions f armers mar KeT: Growers sell bunched greens, herbs and fruit among vendors of fresh-baked pies, honeycomb, artisan breads and marmalade. United Church of Hinesburg, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 482-3904 or 482-2651.

square dance Wor Ksho P: 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.

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


nofaV ore social : Folks join NOFA Vermont to celebrate local, organic agriculture with fresh, woodfired pizza. Attendees contribute to a discussion of its five-year strategic plan. Cedar Circle Farm, East Thetford, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 434-4122, info@

green moun Tain college con Voca Tion : Mitchell Thomashow, director of the Second Nature Presidential Program and leading thinker on integrating sustainability principles into higher education, delivers the keynote lecture. Ackley Hall, Green Mountain College, Poultney, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 287-8926.


Killing Ton classic moTorcycle r ally : Hop on your hog! This motorcycle rally routes riders through the state’s famous valleys and covered bridges. Various locations, Killington, 4-10 p.m. Various prices; see for details. Info, 518-798-7888. queen ciTy ghos TWal K: TWis Ted h is Tory : 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. shou TPlans’ ‘The day Before Par Ty’: Founders and fans of ShoutPlans, a new Burlington-based web platform that helps friends make plans, give away shirts, stickers and prizes. Ruben James, Burlington, 10 p.m. summer Vale : 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. Winoos Ki naTural r esources conser VaTion dis Tric T l ocal Wor K grou P: Eco-friendly folks lend their voices to a conversation about naturalresources issues, from urban runoff to invasive species. Information gathered helps WNRCD set priorities for projects and funding. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-7895, ext. 104,

fairs & festivals cham Plain Valley a.m.-midnight.

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Vermon T f esTiVal of The ar Ts: See WED.29, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.


‘Bill W.’ : See WED.29, 7 p.m. ‘moonrise Kingdom’ : See WED.29, 7:30 p.m. ‘The seVenTh seal’ : A knight challenges Death to a fateful game of chess in Ingmar Bergman’s surreal drama from 1957. Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas, Burlington, 7 p.m. Reception at the BCA Center,

neW nor Th end f armers mar KeT: Eaters stroll through an array of offerings, from sweet treats to farm-grown goods. Elks Lodge, Burlington, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-8072, newnorthendmarket@ Peacham f armers mar KeT: Seasonal berries and produce mingle with homemade crafts and baked goods from the village. Academy Green, Peacham, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 592-3161. WaTer Bury f armers mar KeT: Cultivators and their customers swap veggie tales and edible inspirations at a weekly outdoor emporium. Rusty Parker Memorial Park, Waterbury, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 522-5965, info@waterburyfarmersmarket. com.


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

health & fitness

childhood Vaccines: Wha T are The r is Ks?: Classical homeopath Charlotte Gilruth covers the required vaccine schedule, individual vaccines and alternative ways to strengthen immunity in a slide-show presentation. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5-7; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, mediTaTion 101 : Folks enlighten up as Martha Tack focuses on the stress-relief benefits of this calming practice. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 6:30-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 633-4136.


early- l iTeracy 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.

gerry grimo & The eas T Bay Jazz ensem Ble : Standards from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey and others highlight this sizzling, swinging finale to the Brown Bag series. Woodstock Village Green, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3981. gre Tchen f arrar & f rancisco r oldán : From French operettas to German art songs, the soprano and guitarist seek to illuminate fundamental musical relationships across a variety of periods and places. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 6 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 253-8358. Johnson sTaTe college concer T Band : Community musicians join an ensemble of college students, staff and faculty members, and select high schoolers in weekly rehearsals of contemporary compositions. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 8210504, Josh Panda & The h oT damned : Country-soul originals flow from a marketplace stage. Top of Church Street, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. JuKeBox f erry : Robin Reid, Mary Provencher and Craig Anderson serenade shoppers at the farmers market. United Church of Hinesburg, 4-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 482-3904 or 482-2651. nor Th Branch Bluegrass f esTiVal : One year after the festival site was destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene, the outdoor music bash located by the Ottaquechee River is back. Bands include Big Spike Bluegrass, Woedoggies, Sweetgrass, Appalachian Uprising and Willoughby Gap. North Branch Bluegrass Festival Grounds, Bridgewater, 3 p.m. $520 per day; $20-50 weekend pass; free for children under 5. Info, 672-3042, sno W f arm Vineyard concer T 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. synco PaTion Vocal Jazz ensem Ble : Boston vocalists deliver four-part, a cappella harmonies in the jazz and pop genres. Brandon Music, Brandon, 7:30 p.m. $12; $22 includes early-bird dinner special; BYOB. Info, 465-4071,


geTTing There f rom h ere : 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, maKing Trac Ks & seeing sKins : Explorers look for signs of furry friends and make track casts to take home. Meet at the Nature Center, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 4 p.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103, sunse T aquad VenTure : 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, We Wal K The sTeVenson Broo K: Don your water shoes for a splish-splashy hike up a cool stream. Meet at the Stevenson Brook trailhead, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 10:30 a.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103,


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

f igure 8 r acing : Lightweight cars squeal around the track in an action-packed road race. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. $8-10; tickets do not include parking or gate admission to the Champlain Valley Fair. Info, 863-5966.



Bro Wn Bag concer T series : Bring your own picnic to a bluegrass concert in the courtyard with the Great Brook Blues Band. Christ Church, Montpelier, noon. Donations accepted. Info, 223-9604.

l arry sTeVens : The Baltimore artist reflects on 25 years of prolific painting in “Art for the People.”

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Eddie’s Lounge, Alliot Student Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. Michael Macleod-Ball : The legislative chief of staff and First Amendment counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union offers “An Insider Report on Civil Liberties: Expectations and Realities in an Election Year.” ACLU Vermont executive director Allen Gilbert also speaks. Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, 6-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 223-6304, ext. 114, ToM Jia Machello : The speaker displays vintage pieces in a detailed discussion of mid-century Italian pottery. Vintage Inspired, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 578-8304,


audi Tions for Ver Mon T acTors’ r eper Tory Thea Tre : Actors ages 18 and up hope to break a leg in tryouts for the season’s four main productions: God of Carnage, My First Time, The Dining Room and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. Brick Box Theater, Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 773-8038 or 353-0001, ‘deaTh Trap’ : See WED.29, 8 p.m. Murder-Mys Tery dinner cruise : Thrills await on the lake as the Spirit of Ethan Allen Players present With This Ring, I Thee Dead, an interactive, fastpaced comedy of errors served with a three-course meal. Spirit of Ethan Allen III, Burlington, 6:30-9 p.m. $31.92-49.54. Info, 862-8300. ‘r eal Wo Men h aVe cur Ves’: See WED.29, 5 p.m. ‘sca TTered sho Wers’ : A quiet cottage getaway is a more eventful weekend than planned for two couples in this original play written by Vermont’s Tom Blachly and performed by the Plainfield Little Theatre. Haybarn Theater, Goddard College, Plainfield, 7:30 p.m. $15; mature subject matter may not be suitable for children. Info, 426-3955. ‘sWeeney Todd: The deMon Bar Ber of f lee T sTree T’: See WED.29, 8 p.m.


open sTage/ poeTry nigh T: Readers, writers, singers and ranters pipe up in a constructive and positive environment. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-563-0494,

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Queen ciTy ghos TWalk: darkness f alls : Chills and thrills await as paranormal historian Thea Lewis recaps the city’s dark and twisted past. Meet at the steps, Burlington City Hall Park, 8 p.m. $13.50; arrive 10 minutes before start time. Info, 863-5966. Queen ciTy ghos TWalk: T Wis Ted h is Tory : See THU.30, 11 a.m. shou Tplans l aunch par Ty: Founders and fans of ShoutPlans, a new Burlington-based web platform that helps friends make plans, celebrate into the wee hours with DJ MIXX and Craig Mitchell. Red Square, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Teddy r oose Vel T Visi Ts Barre : A flash mob reenacts the former president’s 1912 Vermont visit. Events include a living-history speech, free ice cream and period music by the St. Johnsbury Band. Barre City Hall Park, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8505, The ghos Ts of The old pos Ts: 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.

St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 748-2600.

fairs & festivals

food & drink

cha Mplain Valley a.m.-midnight.

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l aWn f esT & craf T f air : Bargain hunters sift through a variety of slightly used items, from books to toys and linens to jewelry. Homemade chili, baked beans and hot dogs are for sale for lunch. Waterbury Center Community Church, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 244-8089. Ver Mon T f esTiVal of The ar Ts: See WED.29, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Ver Mon T sTaTe f air : Crowds converge on the midway for giant pumpkin contests, a 4-H fashion show, a demolition derby, a goat show and music on the Sugarhouse Stage. Vermont State Fair Grounds, Rutland, 5-9 p.m. $1-15; $1-3 parking; free parking and admission on September 5; additional price for grandstand entertaiment. Info, 775-5200.


‘safe Ty noT guaran Teed’: Three magazine reporters go undercover as they investigate a man who placed a personal ad seeking a partner for time travel in Colin Trevorrow’s quirky 2012 comedy. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 748-2600. ‘Take This Wal Tz’ : Chemistry with a neighbor confuses a happily married woman (played by Michelle Williams) in Sarah Polley’s fresh look at long-term relationships. Catamount Arts Center,

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f iVe corners f ar Mers Marke T: 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, f ood Ways f ridays : 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. h ard Wick f ar Mers Marke T: 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,

plainfield f ar Mers Marke T: 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. r ich Mond f ar Mers Marke T: An open-air emporium connects farmers and fresh-food browsers. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-620-3713,

health & fitness

aVoid f alls Wi Th iMpro Ved sTaBili Ty: A personal trainer demonstrates daily practices for seniors concerned about their balance. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 10 a.m. $5. Info, 658-7477.


f aMily Mo Vie: Young love inspires a boy to save the trees in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, an eco-conscious animation. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


an eVening Wi Th si kahn : The musician, author and activist speaks and sings on the green at the kick-off to the Vermont People’s Convention. Jerry Greenfield hosts and singer-songwriter Julie Winn also performs. Proceeds benefit the Vermont Workers’ Center and Migrant Justice. Burlington College, 7-9 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 861-4892. ‘Blue Moon concer T’: The White River Valley Players mark the month’s second full moon with a pie sale, music by the Blue Moon Singers and Izzy and the Catastrophics, physical comedy, and blue costumes. Pierce Hall Community Center, Rochester, 7:30 p.m. $6; $5 if you wear blue. Info, 767-3732.


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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 f ar Mers Marke T: 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,

l yndon f ar Mers Marke T: More than 20 vendors proffer a rotation of fresh veggies, meats, cheeses and more. Bandstand Park, Lyndonville, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info,

Talk about “once in a blue moon”: Birds of Vermont Museum allows visitors to revel in the light of the month’s second full moon at Blue Moon Owling. You’ll learn about the nocturnal birds of prey on this nighttime ramble through their natural woodsy habitat. Older kids will love listening BLUE MOON OWLING: Friday, August 31, 7:15-9 p.m., Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. for signs of forest $5 suggested donation. Info, 434-2167. nightlife on this door adventure designed to bring out the night owl in you. Make sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothing — and, if you bring a fl ashlight, cover it with red plastic to avoid disrupting the denizens of the dark. Preregistration is required, whether by phone, email or owl post.

Ballroo M l esson & 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.

Burger nigh T: 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.

l udlo W f ar Mers Marke T: 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,



Bello Ws f alls f ar Mers Marke T: 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.


people’s con VenTion : Vermonters discuss common struggles and how to take back our democracy at a weekend of workshops, kids activities, music, art, street theater and food. Burlington High School and Burlington College, 6-9 p.m. Various prices; see for schedule and details. Info, 861-4892.

killing Ton classic Mo Torcycle THU.30, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Old Post Cemetery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8-9:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 518-645-1577.


sTealing f ro M Work : The sketch-comedy troupe tickles audience members’ funny bones with silly and satirical skits at the store’s annual customer-appreciation weekend. Waterfront Video, Burlington, 8 p.m. Info, 660-5545.

BaTTle of pla TTsBurgh coMMeMora Tion : Over the course of nine days, concerts, history lectures, walking tours, reenactments and fireworks mark the bicentennial of the battle. See for details. Various locations, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 6-9 p.m. $10 button includes admission to most events; free for ages 18 and under.

suMMer r eading series : Joan Landis, Tracy Winn and Rebecca Goodwin have a word with listeners in the main gallery. BigTown Gallery, Rochester, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 767-9670, info@



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Hick Jam 2012 music Festival : Thirty-plus bands rock out on two stages at this spunky three-day affair, complete with vendors and booming fireworks. Common Acres Campground, Hyde Park, 6:30 p.m. $25 includes weekend camping; free for kids. Info, 888-5151. Jackson Gore outdoor music series : The Kind Buds turn the lawn into an outdoor concert venue. Grill goodies or full-service dining available. Jackson Gore Inn, Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 228-4041.


killin Gton Hay Festival : More than 30 giant hay animals pop up through town at a five-weeklong harvest party, which includes family-friendly events, a 5K walk/run and Killington Restaurant Week. Various locations, Killington, 8 a.m. Free; see for details. Info, 422-2185.

PeoPle’s convention : See FRI.31, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.


nobby r eed Pro Ject : Folks welcome in the weekend with guitar-driven blues grooves. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1500, ext. 253. nort H branc H blue Grass Festival THU.30, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.


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blue moon owlin G: Older children and adults tune in for a presentation about nature at night before an evening ramble under the full moon. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 7:15-9 p.m. $5 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 434-2167. once in a blue moon Paddle : Paddlers soak up celestial light on a tour of Island Pond, to the sounds of the village’s Friday Night Live Music series. Northwoods Stewardship Center, East Charleston, 8 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 723-6551, ext. 115. owl Prowl & niGHt G Host 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,


demolition derby : Got road rage? Drivers wreak havoc on the track until only one car is left running. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. $9-12; tickets do not include parking or gate admission to the Champlain Valley Fair. Info, 863-5966. l abor o F l ove r ail Jam : Snow in September?! Skiers and riders stretch their muscles before the real white stuff arrives. Bolton Valley Resort, registration and bib pick-up, 5 p.m.; jam session, 6 p.m. $10 to compete (space is limited; preregister online); free to watch. Info, 877-926-5866.


adam boyce : In “The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer,” the speaker intersperses stories of the performer’s life and career with live fiddling and humorous sketches. West Fairlee Congregational Church, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 333-4285.


‘scattered sHowers’ : See THU.30, 7:30 p.m.

‘tH e maGic Flute’ : A cast of up-and-coming and established opera singers bring Mozart’s enchanting love story to life in a production by Echo Valley Community Arts. Christ Church, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 225-6471.

auditions For vermont actors’ r ePertory tH eatre : See THU.30, 6:30-9:30 p.m. ‘deat Htra P’: See WED.29, 8 p.m. ‘r eal w omen Have curves’ : See WED.29, 8 p.m. ‘sweeney t odd: tH e demon barber o F Fleet street’ : See WED.29, 8 p.m.

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occu Py central vermont General assembly : Citizen activists incite the change they want to see in the world. At the park next to Charlie O’s, Main Street, Montpelier, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info,

battle o F Plattsbur FRI.31, noon-9 p.m.

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burlin Gton w ater Front w alkin G t our : Get the scoop on the architecture, industrial history and characters behind the Queen City’s oldest neighborhood on a stroll with Preservation Burlington. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 1-2:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 522-8259. Historic t our o F uvm : Folks register online, then meet at Ira Allen’s statue to tour the campus’ modest early clapboards and grand Victorians, led by professor emeritus William Averyt. University Green, UVM, Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 656-8673. killin Gton classic motorcycle THU.30, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

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kite Fliers meetin G: 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 burlin Gton Historic w alkin G t our : Walkers and gawkers see the Queen City through an architectural and historic perspective. Meet in front of Burlington City Hall, Church Street Marketplace, 11 a.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 522-8259. Queen city G Hostwalk: FRI.31, 8 p.m.

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ru 12? Family Pro Gram Picnic Potluck & Field day : LGBTQA families — with or without kids — revisit favorite elementary-school field games, such as tug-of-war, Hula Hooping and the egg toss. Proceeds support future RU12? Family Program events. Hubbard Park, Montpelier, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $10 suggested donation per family; bring a dish to share and your own nonalcoholic beverage. Info, 860-7812, sHoutPlans l aunc H Finale : ShoutPlans, a new Burlington-based web platform that helps friends make plans, debuts a video and gives away prizes and swag at the Vermont Lake Monsters vs. Tri-City ValleyCats game. Centennial Field, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free; preregister at Info, 516-659-2797. tH e Hidden History w alkin G t our : Folks follow in the footsteps of soldiers, sailors and patriots as they hear forgotten stories of the historic downtown, including tales of murders, hangings, the epic 1814 battle and the Great Fire of 1867. Trinity Park, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 6:30-8 p.m. $5-10. Info, 518-645-1577.

fairs & festivals cHamPlain valley Fair a.m.-midnight.

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Festival sHow t ent : From art to recorded performances, the Vermont Festival of the Arts comes to a close with a showcase of the month’s highlights. Kenyon’s Field, Waitsfield, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 496-6682. Guil Ford Fair : Horse and cattle shows run alongside circus arts and carnival-style entertainment, including an eclectic music lineup. Weatherhead

l awn Fest & cra Ft Fair : See FRI.31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. mad r iver valley cra Ft Fair : Artisans from the Northeast and beyond present their crafted jewelry, hand-painted silk clothing, knitwear, pottery and more under a sprawling outdoor tent. Kenyon’s Field, Waitsfield, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $4; free for kids. Info, 496-3409.

norwic H Farmers market : Neighbors discover fruits, veggies and other riches of the land, not to mention baked goods, handmade crafts and local entertainment. Route 5 South, Norwich, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447, r utland county Farmers market : Downtown strollers find high-quality fruits and veggies, mushrooms, fresh-cut flowers, sweet baked goods, and artisan crafts within arms’ reach. Depot Park, Rutland, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 773-4813. sHelburne Farmers market : Harvested fruits and greens, artisan cheeses, and local novelties grace outdoor tables at a presentation of the season’s best. Shelburne Parade Ground, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 985-2472, shelburnefarmersmarket@

sout Hern vermont Garlic & Herb Festival : Vampires are sure to shun this annual extravaganza featuring crafts and food from more than 100 vendors and growers, children’s games, live music, a beer garden, and more. Camelot Village, Bennington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $1-5; $8 for two-day pass. Info, 447-3311.

w aits Field Farmers market : Local entertainment enlivens a bustling open-air market, boasting extensive farm-fresh produce, prepared foods and artisan crafts. Mad River Green, Waitsfield, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027.

vermont Festival o a.m.-9 p.m.

health & fitness

F t He arts : See WED.29, 8

vermont state Fair : See FRI.31, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.


‘saFety not Guaranteed’ & 7:30 p.m.

: See FRI.31, 5:30 p.m.

‘t ake tH is w altz’ : See FRI.31, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

food & drink

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@ burlin Gton Farmers market : More than 90 stands overflow with seasonal produce, flowers, artisan wares and prepared foods. Burlington City Hall Park, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 310-5172, caPital city Farmers market : Fresh produce, pasteurized milk, kombucha, artisan cheeses, local meats and more lure buyers throughout the growing season. Live music and demos accent each week’s offerings. 60 State Street, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958, manager@ cHamPlain islands Farmers market : Baked items, preserves, meats and UR TE eggs sustain shoppers SY OF in search of local goods. St. JAM ES M Joseph Church Hall, Grand Isle, I NC HI N III 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 372-3291. CO



Hollow, Guilford, 1-3 p.m. Call for price. Info, 254-2228.

bird’s book exc Han Ge: Bibliophiles’ hearts soar at a used-book sale that caters to avian interests. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 434-2167.

t raditional cra Ft saturdays : Experienced artisans demonstrate their expertise in blacksmithing, weaving, cooperage and lace making. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355.




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

market : See WED.29, 9

mount snow brewers Festival : More than 30 breweries pour ales, lagers, porters, stouts and ciders at a weekend shindig with tunes and a horseshoe tournament. Mount Snow, West Dover, noon-6 p.m. $12-35. Info, 800-245-SNOW. mount t om Farmers market : Purveyors of garden-fresh crops, prepared foods and crafts set up shop for the morning. Parking lot, Mount Tom, Woodstock, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 7632070, new Port Farmers a.m.-2 p.m.

market : See WED.29, 9

nort Hwest Farmers market : Stock up on local, seasonal produce, garden plants, canned goods and handmade crafts. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 373-5821.

Herbal clinic oPen House : Folks interested in herbal consultations, local plant medicine and ecological education learn about the clinic over refreshments and herbal treats. Wild Heart Wellness, Waitsfield, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 552-0727. r .i.P.P. e.d.: An acronym for Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance and Diet, this class challenges participants’ determination and strength. North End Studio A, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. $8-10. Info, 578-9243.


nort HField l abor day celebration : Bathtub races, face painting, carnival rides, a pie-eating contest and a homemade-salsa competition converge at a three-day party with a street parade. Various locations, Northfield, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Donations accepted; see schedule at Info, 485-9206.


education r eForm : The Queens band delivers dreamlike melodies and crooning vocals. Local improv jazz group Doomf**k open. ROTA Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $3-10 sliding-scale donations. Info, 518-314-9872. Hick Jam 2012 music Festival : See FRI.31, 9 a.m. Jason aldean : Luke Aldean opens for this country hitmaker, who has topped charts with songs such as “She’s Country” and “Dirt Road Anthem.” Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Sold out. Info, 863-5966. nort H branc H blue Grass Festival : See THU.30, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Plymout H Folk & blues concerts : Hayrides, face painting and kids games accompany two days of folk and blues music at the birthplace of the 30th U.S. President. President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth, 2-5 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 672-3773. sierra l eone’s r eFuGee all stars : A band born out of West African refugee camps champions peace through world music. Haybarn Theater, Goddard College, Plainfield, 8 p.m. $15-20. Info, 454-8311 or 322-1685. tH e stray birds : Three-part harmonies soar in American folk music. See calendar spotlight. Ripton Community House, 7:30 p.m. $3-9. Info, 388-9782. t oward Freedom concert : Rick Davies and Salsa Norteña, Joe Hanzsum, and Afri-VT perform Latin jazz, progressive hip-hop and West African beats at a celebration of the 60th anniversary of this educational nonprofit organization. Battery Park, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 861-4892.



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, sunset > Moonlight AquAdventuRe: Paddlers of all abilities relish the serenity of the Waterbury Reservoir as they look for loons and beavers in an educational outing. Boat rentals and equipment available to campers only. 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, 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,

BuRke MountAin Bike RAce: Two-wheelers embark on a 3.7-mile hill climb to the summit of the mountain. Burke Mountain Ski Resort, 8 a.m. $50-70. Info, 626-7300. flying Pig footRAce: Several hundred runners lace up their shoes for a one-mile kids run at 9:30 a.m. and adult 5K and 10:30 a.m. Proceeds support Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports. Downtown Northfield. $15-25. Info, 485-5307. JAy PeAk tRAil Running festivAl: Racers of all ages stretch their muscles on 5-, 25- or 50K routes. Kids hoof it in a 2.62-mile mini-marathon. Jay Peak Resort, 8:30 a.m. $15-75. Run stRong veRMont 5k: disAsteR Relief tRAil Run: Sprinters hoof it along varied terrain and wooded trails to support ReBuild Waterbury and the victims of Tropical Storm Irene. All proceeds will be matched by the Stiller Foundation. Sports Center, Bolton Valley Resort, 10 a.m. $35. Info, 585-6301, runstrongvt@








chicken BARBecue & tAg sAle: Supporters of the school scope out eclectic offerings at a 10 a.m. sale before tucking into a barbecue feast with all the fixings at noon. St. Paul’s Catholic School, Barton, 10 a.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 525-6578.

‘sWeeney todd: the deMon BARBeR of fleet stReet’: See WED.29, 8 p.m. ‘the MAgic flute’: See FRI.31, 7:30 p.m.


BiRd’s Book exchAnge: See SAT.01, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


PeoPle’s convention: See FRI.31, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

New World Festival

lABoR of love cRuise: Charitable folks set sail with host George Mallet of WPTZ for a plated dinner and live jazz music by the Steve Blair Group. Proceeds support Ronald McDonald House Charities and the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge. Spirit of Ethan Allen III, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. $75. Info, 862-4943.

fairs & festivals

Concerts, music and dance workshop sessions, children’s activities, and open dancing

festivAl shoW tent: See SAT.01, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. guilfoRd fAiR: See SAT.01, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. killington hAy festivAl: See SAT.01, 8 a.m. MAd RiveR vAlley cRAft fAiR: See SAT.01, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. neW WoRld festivAl: Performers of Celtic and French Canadian music charm fiddles and other instruments at an annual community song-anddance gathering. See calendar spotlight. Chandler Music Hall, Bethany Church and along Main Street, Randolph, noon-midnight. $5-37. Info, 728-6464. Psychic fAiR: Folks follow their intuition and receive divine guidance through palm readings, chakra cleansings, aromatherapy workshops and more. Nature’s Mysteries Books & Beyond, Lyndonville, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 626-8466.

Chandler Music Hall • Main Street • Randolph Tickets: Adults $32 advance, $37 after August 31 • Students (13-18) $11 Children (2-12) $5 • After 6pm $21 All ticket prices include 6% VT sales tax. Advance discounted adult tickets available online or by calling the box office through August 31. 802-728-6464 Founding Sponsor: Randolph National Bank Media Sponsors: Vermont Public Radio, The Point, and Seven Days

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southeRn veRMont gARlic & heRB festivAl: See SAT.01, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. veRMont festivAl of the ARts: See WED.29, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. veRMont stAte fAiR: See FRI.31, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. WAteRBuRy coMedy festivAl: Tom Murphy, Melissa Knowles, Tomás Kubínek and other internationally acclaimed entertainers deliver knock-down, drag-out physical comedy in a daylong variety show. See calendar spotlight. Hope Davey Memorial Park, Waterbury Center, noon-9 p.m. Shows at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. $10-20; free for children under 2. Info, 244-5008.


‘sAfety not guARAnteed’: See FRI.31, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. ‘tAke this WAltz’: See FRI.31, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

food & drink

Mount snoW BReWeRs festivAl: See SAT.01, noon-6 p.m. 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 SUN.02

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isRAeli folk dAncing: Movers bring clean, soft-soled shoes and learn traditional circle or line dances. Partners not required. Ohavi Zedek

20th Annual

killington clAssic MotoRcycle RAlly: See THU.30, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.





‘ReAl WoMen hAve cuRves’: See WED.29, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Noon-Midnight An all-weather event

BAttle of PlAttsBuRgh coMMeMoRAtion: See FRI.31, 1-7:30 p.m.



‘deAthtRAP’: See WED.29, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.



chAMPlAin vAlley fAiR: See WED.29, 10 a.m.-midnight.


BReAd And PuPPet tRAveling ciRcus: The Dire Circumstance Jubilation Ensemble make some noise during The Circus of the Possbilitarians, a clownish satire addressing national and world issues. BigTown Gallery, Rochester, 2 p.m. $8; bring a blanket and picnic. Info, 767-9670.

Synagogue, Burlington, 7:25-9:30 p.m. $2; free to first-timers. Info, 888-5706,

Celebrating Celtic & French Canadian Music and Dance Sunday, September 2nd

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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@


hiCk Jam 2012 muSiC feStival: See FRI.31, 11:15 a.m. North braNCh bluegraSS feStival: See THU.30, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Plymouth folk & blueS CoNCertS: See SAT.01, 2-5 p.m. ZaC browN baNd: The American country band from Georgia perform in the Coca-Cola Grandstand at the Champlain Valley Fair. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. $70 includes gate admission to the fair when purchased in advance. Info, 863-5966.


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, 11 a.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103, greenwarbler@




Holistic School of Business founder and president Jason Pugliese to grow her business. The Holistic School of Business, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 225-5960.



ideameNSCh burliNgtoN: Speakers Will Raap of Gardener’s Supply, Richard Tarrant of MyWebGrocer, Michael Jager of JDK Design and Max MacKinnon of Pistou spark a conversation about turning ideas into realities. See for details. Champlain Mill, Winooski, 6-9 p.m. $12-15.

‘SCattered ShowerS’: See THU.30, 7:30 p.m.


Summer readiNg SerieS: R.C. Williams and Richard Hawley have a word with listeners in the main gallery. BigTown Gallery, Rochester, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 767-9670,

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battle of PlattSburgh CommemoratioN: See FRI.31, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. killiNgtoN ClaSSiC motorCyCle rally: See THU.30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. oNe year StroNger: regioNal driviNg tour: Vermonters follow a map on a self-guided tour highlighting the resiliency of the towns hit hardest by Tropical Storm Irene. Ramshead Lodge, Killington Resort, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 422-2185.

fairs & festivals

ChamPlaiN valley fair: See WED.29, 10 a.m.-midnight. guilford fair: See SAT.01, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. killiNgtoN hay feStival: See SAT.01, 8 a.m. lawN feSt & Craft fair: See FRI.31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. vermoNt feStival of the artS: See WED.29, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. vermoNt State fair: See FRI.31, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.


‘Safety Not guaraNteed’: See FRI.31, 7:30 p.m.

learN S’more about CamPiNg: A marshmallow roast caps a day of tent tutorials, camp cooking 101, gear clinics and outdoor activities for kids. Emerald Lake State Park, East Dorset, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 241-3665.


health & fitness

‘real womeN have CurveS’: See WED.29, 5 p.m.

Northfield labor day CelebratioN: See SAT.01, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

darN tough ride: True to its name, this cycling challenge pits pedalers against grueling rises and exhilarating descents on a journey from Stowe to

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Jay Peak to Smugglers’ Notch. Proceeds benefit Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy. Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy, Stowe, 7 a.m. $25-100. Info, 253-9216,

‘take thiS waltZ’: See FRI.31, 5:30 p.m.

food & drink

burger Night: See FRI.31, 4:30-7:30 p.m. ChiCkeN barbeCue: For the 57th year, folks fire up the grill at a benefit for the Underhill-Jericho Firefighters Fund. Browns River Middle School, Jericho, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $9.25-12. Info, 355-9919.

avoid fallS with imProved Stability: See FRI.31, 10 a.m.

Northfield labor day CelebratioN: See SAT.01, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.


reCorder-PlayiNg grouP: Musicians produce early-folk, baroque and swing-jazz melodies. New and potential players welcome. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0030, SambatuCada! oPeN rehearSal: New players are welcome to pitch in as Burlington’s samba street percussion band sharpens its tunes. Experience and instruments are not required. 8 Space Studio Collective, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017.

louis-PhiliPPe VéronneAu 9:00AM/sunday/september 2 People’s Convention Burlington high school Organizers explain how they launched the longest student strike in North American history resulting in Quebec having the cheapest college tuition on the continent.


‘Safety Not guaraNteed’: See FRI.31, 7:30 p.m. ‘take thiS waltZ’: See FRI.31, 5:30 p.m.

food & drink

rutlaNd CouNty farmerS market: See SAT.01, 3-6 p.m.

health & fitness

dixie ChoPPer graNd NatioNal traCtor/ truCk Pull: Souped-up tractors and trucks display impressive power at a thrilling motorsport competition. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 1 p.m. $8-15; tickets do not include parking or gate admission to the Champlain Valley Fair. Info, 863-5966.

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.


r.i.P.P.e.d.: See SAT.01, 5-6 p.m. 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.

‘real womeN have CurveS’: See WED.29, 8 p.m.


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.


Creative tueSdayS: Artists engage their imaginations with recycled crafts. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.


muSiC with robert: Music lovers of all ages engage in sing-alongs with Robert Resnik. Fletcher


graNd oPeNiNg & lauNCh Party: Cynthia June Christensen discusses her experience working with


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fairs & festivals

vermoNt State fair: See FRI.31, 12-9 p.m.


War & Peace

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battle of PlattSburgh CommemoratioN: See FRI.31, 7-9 p.m.

killiNgtoN hay feStival: See SAT.01, 8 a.m.

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.

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

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audiTions for ‘renT’: Thespians ages 16 and up hope to break a leg in tryouts for Lyric Theatre Company’s take on this revolutionary rock opera. The Schoolhouse, South Burlington, 5:45-11 p.m. Free. Info, 658-1484. ‘roCk of ages’: Classic-rock songs from the ‘80s shape the Broadway National Tour of this jukebox musical about a small-town girl and a big-city dreamer. See calendar spotlight. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $59.50-69.50. Info, 775-0903.

Wed.05 agriculture

field Walk: Professional growers and home gardeners take a peek at five acres of land dedicated to trialing and breeding in a workshop focused on choosing and producing seeds for disease resistance. High Mowing Organic Seeds, Wolcott, 4-6 p.m. $10-20; free for farmers and Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association members. Info, 472-6174, ext. 132.


happy hour WiTh monTpelier young professionals: Young Capital City workers network at a casual gathering in the downstairs bar. The Black Door, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 570-419-3124.

VBsr BurlingTon poliCy forum: Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility kicks off a series of informative and interactive policy forums featuring candidates for statewide office. Gov. Peter Shumlin and Sen. Randy Brock have been invited. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, forum, 4-5:30 p.m.; reception, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 862-8347.



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



make sTuff!: See WED.29, 6-9 p.m.

Champlain islands farmers markeT: See WED.29, 4-7 p.m. ColChesTer farmers markeT: See WED.29, 4-7:30 p.m. middleBury farmers markeT: See WED.29, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. neWporT farmers markeT: See WED.29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. WillisTon farmers markeT: See WED.29, 4-7 p.m.

health & fitness

mediTaTion healing & reading: Psychic medium Michele Nappi hosts a spiritual group session. Moonlight Gifts, Milton, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 893-9966.


moVing & grooVing WiTh ChrisTine: Two- to 5-year-olds jam out to rock-and-roll and world-beat tunes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. readers TheaTre rehearsals: Readers and actors of middle-school-age and up attend an informational session for an upcoming performance of Bull Run. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:308:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.


monarCh BuTTerfly Tagging: See WED.29, 3:30 p.m. Wagon-ride Wednesday: See WED.29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


speCial eduCaTion adVoCaCy Training: The New England Education Law Center helps parents and caregivers understand the basic legal rights of students with special needs in public schools. South Royalton Health Center, 5-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 291-7161.


alan Taylor: The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian revisits the War of 1812, as well as the history of battle in the Champlain Valley region. E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8 p.m. Free. Info, 518-473-7091. Charlie Thompson & Wendell noBle: Vermont Auto Enthusiasts members imagine a world without global-positioning systems and road signs in “Automobile Travel in Vermont in the Early 1900s.” Milton Historical Society, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2598.


audiTions for ‘renT’: See TUE.04, 5:45-11 p.m. ‘roCk of ages’: See TUE.04, 7:30 p.m. ‘sWeeney Todd: The demon BarBer of fleeT sTreeT’: See WED.29, 8 p.m.


geof heWiTT: In “Who Was Robert Frost and Who Are We?,” the poet explores how Frost viewed Vermont — and whether he might see it differently today. Shoreham Historical Society, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 897-5254. m

killingTon hay fesTiVal: See SAT.01, 8 a.m. VermonT sTaTe fair: See FRI.31, noon-9 p.m. 54 CALENDAR

Barre farmers markeT: See WED.29, 3-6:30 p.m.


fairs & festivals film

‘safeTy noT guaranTeed’: See FRI.31, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

8/28/12 9:50 AM

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open kniT & CroCheT: Stitch and tell: Fiber fans work on current projects in good company. Kaleidoscope Yarns, Essex Junction, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 288-9200.

BaTTle of plaTTsBurgh CommemoraTion: See FRI.31, 7-9 p.m.

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‘Take This WalTz’: See FRI.31, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

BurlingTon WriTers Workshop meeTing: See WED.29, 6:30-7:30 p.m.


burlington city arts

CLAY: WHEEL THROWING: Sep. 24-Nov. 12, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $240/person, $216/BCA member. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St. , Burlington. An introduction to clay, pottery and the ceramics studio. Work primarily on the potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques, while creating functional pieces such as mugs, vases and bowls. No previous experience needed! Class includes over 30 hours per week of open studio time to practice. Ages 16+.

DROP-IN: ADULT POTTERY: 2nd & 3rd Fri. of the mo.: Sep. 14, 21; Oct. 12, 19; Nov. 9, 16; Dec. 14, 21. Cost: $12/participant, $11/ BCA member. Location: BCA Clay Studio, Wheel Room & Craft Room, 250 Main St., Burlington. Curious about the pottery wheel? ° is is a great introduction to our studio. ° rough demonstrations and individual instruction, students will learn the basics of preparing and centering the clay and making cups, mugs and bowls. Price includes one fi red and glazed piece per participant. Additional fi red and glazed pieces are $5 each.

PRINT: ABSTRACT PRINT: Sep. 24-Nov. 12, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $230/ nonmember, $207/BCA member. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Experiment with a variety of printmaking methods, such as etching and linoleum cuts, to create uniquely expressive artwork. ° is is a great way to start creating your own art or explore printmaking and no experience is necessary! Cost includes over 30 hours per week of open studio hours for class work. PRINT: INTRO TO SILK SCREENING: Weekly on ˜ urs. Cost: $225/nonmember, $203/BCA member. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Torrey Valyou, local silk-screen legend and owner of New Duds, will show you how to design and print T-shirts, posters, fi ne

PHOTO: ADOBE LIGHTROOM 4: Sep. 20-Oct. 25, 6-9 p.m., Weekly on ˜ u. Cost: $250/person; $225/BCA member. Location: Burlington City Arts Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Upload, organize, edit and print your digital photographs in this comprehensive class using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Importing images, using RAW fi les, organization, fi ne-tuning tone and contrast, color and white balance adjustments, and archival printing on our Epson 3880 printer will all be covered. PHOTO: DIGITAL PHOTO BASICS: Sep. 17-Nov. 19, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $225/ person; $202.50/BCA member. Location: Burlington City Arts Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Info: Learn the basics of digital photography. Camera functions and settings, white balance, composition, uploading and organizing images, making basic edits in Photoshop, printing, and much more will be covered. Any digital camera is acceptable! Bring your charged camera with its memory card, cords and manual to the fi rst class. PHOTO: INTRO FILM/DIGITAL SLR: Sep. 19-Oct. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $160/person; $144/BCA member. Location: Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Explore the basic workings of the manual 35mm fi lm or digital SLR camera to take the photographs you envision. Demystify f-stops, shutter speeds and exposure, and learn the basics of composition, lens choices and fi lm types/sensitivity. Bring an empty manual

clay FALL POTTERY CLASSES: Sep. 4-Oct. 23, Weekly on Wed. 1.5to 3-hour classes. Location: Montpelier Mud, 961 Route 2, Middlesex. Info: Montpelier Mud, Montpelier Mud, 224-7000,, Fall classes for kids, teens and adults begin September 4. We welcome all levels of experience. Whether you are interested in hand building or the wheel, we have something for everyone. Pottery classes are the fun way to go back to school.

cooking CANNING: HOMEMADE PRESERVES: Sep. 8, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $10/1.5-hr. class. Location: Gardener’s Supply, Burlington. Info: 660-3505, Robin Berger, home canner and food blogger, will teach us how to make nopectin preserves using a truly unique recipe: tomato-orange marmalade. Everyone will take home the recipe along with a jar of marmalade. Preregistration required.

dance ATS BELLY DANCE LEVEL 1: Sep. 10-Oct. 15, 6:45-7:45 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $50/6 classes or $10/class drop-in. Location: Studio 3 Dance & Fitness, 65 Creek Farm Plaza, Colchester. Info: Aeshna Mairead, 603-860-4865, aeshna. ° is beginning-level American Tribal Style belly dance class introduces the basic slow and fast dance movements, including posture, body awareness, formations, fi nger cymbals and combining steps. Women of all shapes, sizes and ages are encouraged to attend. 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

DSANTOS VT SALSA: Mon. evenings: beginner class 7-8 p.m., intermediate 8:15-9:15 p.m. Cost: $10/1-hr. class. Location: Movement Studio, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: Tyler Crandall, 598-9204,, dsantosvt. com. Add some spice to your life by learning to dance salsa club style. We also touch on bachata, merengue and cha-cha-cha. Experience the excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world-famous dancer Manuel Dos Santos, we teach you how to dance and have a great time! LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!:Cost: $50/4-wk. class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Lessons also avail. in St. Albans. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757, kevin@fi, Come alone, or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary.

empowerment PREPARING FOR THE GREAT ATTUNEMENT: Nov. 9-11: Fri., 5:30-9 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Cost: $295/3-day conference. Location: Best Western, Waterbury. Info: 244-7909, Learn how you can prepare for the great shift coming on 12/21/12 in this three-day conference that includes 16 presenters, a keynote address, a peace concert, a trade show, fi ve meals and multiple practitioners. For more info or to register go to Registration closes on October 5.

evolution yoga

YOGA & NATURE RETREAT W/ MARTHA WHITNEY: Sep. 14-16. Location: Common Ground Center, 473 Tatro Rd., Starksboro. Info: 864-9642, Evolution Yoga presents a weekend nourishing your inner self and connecting with nature. Join Martha Whitney for a revitalizing naturebased retreat. Explore yoga from the inside out and inhabit your body with greater ease and pleasure. ° is mindful yoga EVOLUTION YOGA

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DROP-IN: POLLYWOG PRESCHOOL: Sep. 13-Dec. 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Weekly on ˜ u. Cost: $6/parent-child pair, $5

ILLUSTRATION: Sep. 26-Nov. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $200/person; $180/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, Burlington. Learn a variety of illustration techniques! Whatever your interest (children’s books, news stories, comics, sci-fi or political blogs), there’s a technique for you. Using traditional materials such as pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and watercolors, students will be encouraged to draw the human fi gure, likenesses, animals, landscapes, interiors and more.

PAINTING: OIL: Sep. 25-Nov. 13, 6:30-9 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $250/person; $225/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, Burlington. Ages 16+. Learn how to paint with nontoxic, watersoluble oils. With an emphasis on studio work, this class will consist of fun exercises. Discover a variety of painting techniques and learn how to apply composition, linear aspects, form and color theory to your work.

PRINT: NONTOXIC ETCHING: Sep. 25-Oct. 30, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $200/ person, $180/BCA member. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Learn how to print using ImagOn, a user-friendly, nontoxic etching process that reproduces a range of graphic techniques from line and gouache drawings to photographic imagery. Since etching is a drawing process, emphasis will be placed on drawing and pictorial composition. Includes 30 hours of open studio time per week.

desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout!


DROP-IN: LIFE DRAWING AGE 16+: Sep. 10-Dec. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $8/ session; $7/session for BCA member. Location: BCA Center (135 Church Street), Burlington. ° is drop-in class is open to all levels and facilitated by local clothing designer and artist Amy Wild. Spend time with other local artists, drawing one of our experienced models. Please bring your own drawing materials and paper. No registration necessary. Purchase a drop-in card and get the sixth visit free!

DROP-IN: FAMILY CLAY:Sep. 14Dec. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Weekly on Fri. Cost: $6/child, $5 for BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Learn wheel and hand-building techniques while hanging out with the family. Make bowls, cups and amazing sculptures. Price includes one fi red and glazed piece per participant. Additional fi red and glazed pieces $5 each. No registration necessary. Purchase a $30 punch card for 6 drop-in classes; $25 for BCA members.

PAINTING: CONTEMPORARY FIGURE: Sep. 26-Nov. 14, 1:304:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $320/person; $288/ BCA member. Location: BCA Center, Burlington. Ages 16+. Intermediate and advanced painters: Revitalize your painting practices with a contemporary approach to the fi gure. Work from live models each week, explore a variety of contemporary techniques with water-soluble oils and get supportive feedback in a small group environment. Figure-drawing experience is very helpful.

35mm fi lm or digital SLR camera and owner’s manual.


CLAY: WHEEL THROWING II: Sep. 27-Nov. 15, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on ˜ u. Cost: $240/person, $216/BCA member. Clay sold separately at $20/25-lb. bag, glazes and fi rings incl. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Wheel Room, Burlington. Learn individualized tips for advancement on the wheel. Demonstrations and instruction will cover intermediate throwing and beginning to intermediate trimming and glazing techniques. Students must be profi cient in centering and throwing basic cups and bowls. Over 30 hours per week of open studio time to practice!

DRAWING: FASHION: Sep. 27-Nov. 1, 6:30-9 p.m., Weekly on ˜ u. Cost: $215/person, $194/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St. , Burlington. Ages 16+. Learn the basics of fashion drawing! Draw and paint using gouache, watercolor and more. Illustrate your own designs and experiment with a variety of fashion drawing styles. Mixed-level class, open to both beginners and advanced students, prior drawing experience is helpful. Includes fi gure drawing with a live fashion model.

DROP-IN: PRESCHOOL CLAY: Sep. 14-Dec. 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Weekly on Fri. Cost: $6/child, $5 for BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St, Burlington. ° rough projects designed for early learners, young artists will hand-build with clay to create pinch pots, coil cups, sculptures and more! Parents must accompany their children. All materials provided. Price includes one fi red and glazed piece per child. Additional fi red and glazed pieces are $5 each. No registration necessary.

art and more! Learn a variety of techniques for transferring and printing images using handdrawn, photographic or borrowed imagery. Includes over 30 hours per week of open studio. No experience necessary!


CLAY: INTERMEDIATE/ ADVANCED WHEEL: Sep. 27-Nov. 15, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Weekly on ˜ u. Cost: $280/person, $252/ BCA member. Clay sold separately at $20/25-lb. bag, glazes & fi rings incl. Location: BCA Clay Studio, Wheel Room, 250 Main St., Burlington. Refi ne your wheelwork in this morning class for intermediate and advanced potters. Learn individualized tips and techniques on the wheel. Demonstrations and instruction will cover intermediate throwing, trimming, decorating, and glazing methods. Students should be profi cient in centering and throwing basic cups and bowls. Over 30 hours per week of open studio time included.

DESIGN: ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS6: Sep. 18-Oct. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $205/ person; $184.50/BCA member. Location: Burlington City Arts Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, a creative computer program used to create interesting graphics, clipart and more! Learn how to lay out and design posters. Explore a variety of software techniques and create projects suited to your interests. For beginners who are interested in furthering their design software skills.

for BCA members. Location: BCA Center (135 Church Street), Burlington. Introducing young children (6 months to 5 years) to artistic explorations in a multimedia environment. Participants will work with homemade play dough, paint, yarn, ribbon, paper and more! Parents must accompany their children. All materials provided. No registration necessary. Purchase a drop-in card and get sixth visit free!


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invites integration of body, heart and mind, awakens your senses and play.

fi tness FELDENKRAIS: Visit website for schedule information. Location: Ten Stones Common House, Charlotte. Info: 735-3770, ˜ e Feldenkrais Method, a form of somatic education, will help you overcome aches and pains, reduce muscle tension, and increase your self-knowledge of your body. Anyone, young or old, physically challenged or physically fi t, can benefi t from the Feldenkrais Method. Call or visit website for fall class and workshop schedule.


healing HAPPINESS IS THE BEST REVENGE: Sep. 25-Oct. 30, 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $270/6 90min. group sessions. Location: JourneyWorks, 11 Kilburne St., Burlington. Info: JourneyWorks, Michael Watson, 860-6203,, A six-week, arts-based psychotherapy group devoted to aiding members to build creativity, joy and play into their lives. Often hardship and trauma rob us of our joy and creativity. What better revenge than to take them back? Led by Jennie Kristel and Michael Watson. Most insurance accepted.




health STUDENT & APPRENTICE PROGRAM IN ENERGY WORK HEALING: Dates & times will be arranged to accommodate the schedules of participants. Location: TBA, Middlebury. Info: Barbara, 324-9149, Medical intuitive and energy work practitioner Barbara Clearbridge is now accepting students and apprentices for individualized one-to-three-year part-time programs. Study what you need for home or professional use. Love offering (you determine what you can pay). Register now, sessions begin September 15. Yes, you can!

herbs WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury.

Info: 456-8122,, Wild Edibles Intensive: August 19, September 16 and October 14, 2012. VSAC nondegree grants available. Earth skills for changing times. Experiential programs embracing local wild edible and medicinal plants, food as fi rst medicine, sustainable living skills, and the inner journey. Annie McCleary, director, and George Lisi, naturalist.

knitting KNITTING CLASSES: Classes starting in September (daytime & evening). Location: ˜ e Knitting Circle, 23 Orchard Terr., Essex Jct. Info: 238-0106, Learn to knit in a comfortable, helpful setting where you can purchase yarn and supplies. All ages and skill levels welcome!

language ANNOUNCING SPANISH CLASSES:Cost: $175/10 1-hr. classes. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Ctr. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025,, Spanish classes starting September 17-20. Our fi fth year. Learn from a native speaker via small classes, individual instruction or student tutoring. You’ll always be participating and speaking. Lesson packages for travelers. Specializing in lessons for young children; they love it! See our website or contact us for details. FRENCH CLASSES THIS FALL!: 11-wk. term begins Sep. 24 & continues through Dec. 14; all classes held 6:30-8:00 p.m. Cost: $245/11-wk. class. Location: Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region, 302-304 Dupont Bldg. (Fort Ethan Allen), 123 Ethan Allen Ave. , Colchester. Info: Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region, Micheline Tremblay, 497-0420, michelineatremblay@, afl shtml. French at the Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region in Colchester. New fall schedule of French classes with offerings at six levels, evenings for adults, beginning the week of September 24 for 11 weeks. Full details and easy registration at afl, or call.

martial arts AIKIDO: Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 9518900, ˜ is 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 certifi ed 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 fl oor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, Aikido trains body and spirit together, promoting physical fl exibility and strong center within fl owing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others and confi dence 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., ˜ u. Cost: $65/mo. or $10/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 confl ict. 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 fi nd 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, ˜ inksafe Self-Defense. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 660-4072, Julio@bjjusa. com, Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, fl exibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory fi tness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and self-confi dence.

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 certifi ed 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian JiuJitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian JiuJitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

massage 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,, ˜ is course focuses on the observation and exploration of movement within the cranial bones. ˜ e participant will learn how to work with the facial muscles and bones in addition to the bones and muscles of the cranium. Great for neck, headache and migraine work. No prerequisites required. 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, swaffordperson@hotmail. com, DianneSwafford. Participants learn skills for addressing, in an appropriate and professional manner, emotional responses that may arise during a session. In addition, participants discuss the guidelines for professional conduct and review Code of Ethics. Includes content required for NCBTMB recertifi cation. MANA LOMI HAWAIIAN MASSAGE: Sep. 7-9, 8:30 a.m.6:30 p.m. Cost: $545/course. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, 187 St. Paul St., Burlington. Info: Touchstone Healing Arts , 658-7715,, 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.

meditation INTRODUCTION TO ZEN: Sat., Sep. 22, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $30/half-day workshop, limited-time price. Location: Vermont Zen Center, 480 ˜ omas Rd., Shelburne. Info: Vermont Zen Center, 985-9746,, ˜ is workshop is conducted by an ordained Zen Buddhist teacher and focuses on the theory and meditation

practices of Zen Buddhism. Preregistration required. Call for more info or register online. LEARN TO MEDITATE: Meditation instruction avail. Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appt. Meditation sessions on Tue. & ˜ u., noon-1 p.m. ˜ e 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, ˜ rough 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. ˜ e Burlington Shambhala Center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom. LOVINGKINDNESS MEDITATION: 6 Wed. evenings: Aug. 29; Sep. 5, 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3. 7-8 p.m. 1st class will go until 8:30 p.m. Cost: $100/6 1-hr. classes. Location: Vermont Zen Center, 480 ˜ omas Rd., Shelburne. Info: Vermont Zen Center, 9859746,, Mettabhavana is a Buddhist meditation leading to the development of unconditional lovingkindness and friendliness. Metta helps us rid ourselves of internal and external confl icts; overcome lacerating guilt; be open to loving acceptance of ourselves and others. Includes lectures, meditation instruction, practice periods and discussion.

nature R.O.O.T.S. RENDEZVOUS: Sep. 14-16, 4:15 p.m. Cost: $40/ single day; $110/all three days. Location: Roots School, 20 Blachly Rd., E. Calais. Info: ROOTS School, Sarah Corrigan, 456-1253,, ˜ ree-day gathering of learning and in celebration of the natural world. Workshops all three days and night activities. Wilderness living skills, primitive technologies, weaving, tracking, bows and arrows, naturalist studies, ninjutsu, herbal medicine, hide tanning, strength training, fermentation, and so much more. All skill levels, ages and families welcome!

parenting IT’S DUE TOMORROW?!: Oct. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $45/ seminar. Location: Stern Center for Language & Learning, 183 Talcott Rd., suite 101, Williston. Info: Stern Center for Language and Learning, Jenn Proulx, 878-2332, jproulx@sterncenter. org, ˜ is twoevening seminar will provide parents of middle- and highschool students with strategies to improve their adolescent’s

time-management, homework, study and test-taking skills. Parents will be given techniques to try, and opportunities for discussion and feedback will be provided. Register today!

performing arts MOUNTAIN THEATRE RETREAT: Sep. 7, 6-9 p.m., Sep. 8, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sep. 9, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Cost: $225/ retreat, $195/registration before Aug. 31. Location: Dreaming Mountain Retreat, Johnson. Info: Majalehn, 646554-4914, theatre.nouveau@, events/400951033296905/. ACCELERATING THE CREATIVE PULSE An Innovative ImproviSATORI Performance Practice: ˜ is unique MOVEMENT THEATRE Workshop includes Interdisciplinary THEATRE. DANSE.VOICE Performance Practice Sessions. We co-create a cutting-edge theatre collective that gently broadcasts a new consciousness for humankind as a vital part of the global ‘PEACE in PROGRESS’ Project. An evocative evolutionary vision and passion.

photography AUTUMN IN VERMONT PHOTO TOUR: Sep. 30, 1:30 p.m., through Oct. 4, 11:30 a.m. Cost: $595/person. Location: Green Mountain Photographic Workshops, central Vermont. Info: Green Mountain Photographic Workshops , Kurt Budliger, 223-4022, info@, greenmtnphotoworkshops. com/. ˜ ere’s no question that autumn in Vermont is a magical time to be an outdoor photographer. Join us for an intensive, fi ve-day instructional photography tour (or “tourshop”) in Vermont. ˜ e emphasis of our time together, sunrise to sunset, will be on creating stunning images of the Vermont landscape. YOUR VISION, YOUR VOICE: Sep. 8, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Cost: $70/workshop. Location: Darkroom Gallery, 12 Main St., at Five Corners, Essex Jct. Info: Darkroom Gallery, Ken Signorello, 777-3686,, events/71231712/. Your photographic voice, or style, is based on recognizable commonalities. ˜ ese commonalities are more than just your preferred subject matter. Subject matter may not be the commonality at all. Let’s explore how to perceive and strengthen (or create) those commonalities in your work, and set your work apart.

pilates PILATES MAT & REFORMER CLASSES: 6 days/wk. Location: Natural Bodies Pilates, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369, lucille@, From

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gentle to vigorous, we have a class that is just right for you. Get strong; stay healthy! Not ready for Reformer? Just sign up for our private introductory series. Drop in for mat classes with Hermine, register for Nia, belly dance and modern dance, too! every body loves Pilates!

psychology Jung and uFOs: Wed., Sep. 5, 12 19 & 26, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $60/ class series. Location: 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: 244-7909. Jung’s longstanding interest in UFOs is not widely known; learn how he recognized the psychic reality of this phenomenon and understood the UFO as a sign of the end of the age of Pisces. The class will also discuss John Mack’s work with abductees. To register, call sue, 244-7909.

reiki Jikiden Reiki shOden seminaR: Sep. 28-30, noon-6 p.m. Cost: $350/3-day seminar fee; deposit required. Location: LightWorks Reiki & Yoga, 4326 Main St., suite 1, Port Henry, NY. Info: LightWorks Reiki & Yoga, Luci Carpenter, 518-572-6427,, LightWorksReiki-Yoga.Com. The first level in Jikiden Reiki is called shoden. This three-day seminar is presented in lecture, discussion and practice format. Theoretical and practical applications are taught. shoden is taught in a way that is simple and easy to understand. anyone can learn and use Jikiden Reiki.


snake-styLe tai Chi Chuan: Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902, The Yang snake style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. 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: 4342960. Tai chi is a slow-moving martial art that combines deep breathing and graceful movements to produce the valuable effects of relaxation, improved concentration, improved balance and ease in the symptoms of fibromyalgia. For more info: 7355465 or 434-2960.

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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.


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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.


baLanCe adhd With mindFuLness: Tue., Sep. 11-Oct. 16, 7:15-8:45 p.m. Cost: $140/series. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, With Joey corcoran,

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LeaRn tO skate: Sep. 15-Oct. 20, 9 p.m.-10 a.m. Cost: $90/ basic skills program; $50/Snow Plow Sam 5 & under-30-min. lesson; $90/5 & up 30-min. lesson w/ 30-min. practice time. Location: Gutterson Field House, 97 Spear St., Burlington. Info: Champlain Valley Skating Club, Jennifer Lupia, 309-0419,, Join our certified and experienced cVsc coaches for the fun of skating. learn a lifelong sport with our UsFs basic skills program. We offer snow Plow sam, Basic eights, Hockey (no sticks or pucks), adult and Freestyle classes. For ages 3 through adult, new and advanced skaters welcome!

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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.

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here are two people named Justin Gonyea in the Burlington music scene. Within one of them, the singer/guitarist f or Vultures of Cult (the other plays in the local hardcore band Hunger), there are even more Justin Gonyeas. “I have this thing where every six months I completely fl ip what kind of music I write,” he says. “I’m just completely schizophrenic.” Gonyea, 29, and Vultures of Cult — Steve Sharp (guitar), Keenan Bouchard (drums) and Logan Bouchard (bass) — have shapeshifted signifi cantly during their six years together. Their fi rst release, Cold Hum (2010), introduced the band as the Queen City’s desert rock enf ants terribles. Their latest, Fathoms, reintroduces VOC as a band with tighter-than-the-walls-of -Machu-Picchu writing and execution. Gonyea and Sharp formed VOC during the degeneration period of Gonyea’s previous band, Romans. At the Romans show where the pair fi rst met, Sharp remembers thinking, Holy shit, they’re not just, like, good f or a local band. They’re just a good band. “I didn’t know that was a possibility,” he says. The two musicians bonded that evening, and Sharp began playing at Gonyea’s now-def unct studio/venue in Colchester, Wasted City. Af ter two Romans members absconded to the hipster heights of Brooklyn f ollowing a national tour, Gonyea approached Sharp with a proposition. “Justin was like, ’Do you want to play some desert rock or Isis-y metal or whatever?’” Sharp recalls. He did. Romans played mostly loud, f ast, hard rock. With VOC’s Cold Hum, Gonyea changed directions abruptly, cutting back on distorted guitars and minimizing the screaming. The new band also spent part of the three years it took to write and record that debut craf ting a Dust Bowl-era narrative, turning Cold Hum into a concept album. “It’s this weird story about this Dust Bowl, Depression-era guy that sells his soul to the devil to help his f amily get ahead,” Gonyea says. “And then it’s all the retribution of that and trying to win back his integrity and be a better man … but then he dies.” Both Gonyea and Sharp drew inspiration for the album from Cormac McCarthy novels: All the Pretty Horses and The Road for Gonyea; Blood Meridian for Sharp. VOC recorded Cold Hum at another now-def unct Gonyea studio, uno˛ cially known as the Long Mustache. When asked about the f ate of that massive Flynn Avenue studio, Gonyea and Sharp sigh in unison, though Sharp punctuates his sigh with “bullshit.” Long story short: The space,

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collectively known as Burlington Factory mellower vocals. Gonyea doesn’t mind beStudios, closed suddenly under mysterious ing compared to Alice in Chains. circumstances. “I’m always listening to a lot of Alice “There was a sign on the door one day in Chains,” Sharp says. “ Dirt. Jar of Flies. that said, ’Be out by the end of the weekFuckin’ self -titled. Theirs is my personal end,’” Gonyea recalls. f avorite ’Unplugged’ perf ormance,” he The band dispersed to bedrooms and continues. “The fi rst is Eric Clapton … fuck basements around Burlington to fi nish the you, Nirvana.” album. And then the ADAT machine they’d Roughly half of Fathoms is instrubeen using to record destroyed their vocal mental, but Gonyea says he and Sharp and guitar tracks. Instead of rerecording, were meticulous with their lyric writing. Gonyea mastered the fi nal cut o˝ of a cas- “Eighty to 90 percent of this record is thesette tape onto which they’d bounced the matically introspective of specifi c things mix. Gonyea says he loves and still listens going on in our lives,” he says. “Or, if it isn’t to Cold Hum. Sharp was sick of the songs personal, [it’s about] contemporary society by the end of recording and says he prefers and whatnot … not to get too uppity.” Fathoms — which only took fi ve months to Gonyea adds that while many of his record. lyrics deal with personal f amily issues, With moments of vertigo and pits of “There are a few songs that are just fl at-out sludge, Fathoms evolves Cold Hum’s des- infl uenced by metal, just stu˝ about monert rock into a unique metal/post-rock sters and shit.” hybrid. “On the other record we were just VOC recorded Fathoms one song at a in the mood to write that kind of music, so time at KTR Recording on Howard Street, it was pretty laid-back,” explains Gonyea. where Gonyea is a recording engineer. “Whereas this one’s pretty dark, angry, in- Their unlimited — and free — studio access trospective stu˝ .” allowed the band to track thoughts as they There is no middle ground on Fathoms, occurred, an approach that encouraged vawhich opens with a sof t, acoustic intro riety in instrumentation and amplifi cation and doesn’t stop between any of the nine while nurturing each song to fl ow naturaltracks. Militant chugs, astronomical ri˝ s ly into its successor. and Einstein on the Beach-esque arpeggios During the writing process, Gonyea complement f requent screaming cut with created a password-protected Tumblr ac-

count through which each member could share audio fi les of ideas — many of which were discarded. “They can’t all be winners,” Sharp says. Instead of cramming into a van to tour Fathoms nationally, Gonyea and Sharp prefer to stick close to home. “I love Burlington,” Gonyea says. “That’s why we’ve been making music f or six years, and we will carry on. We are just content with creating. We lack the ulterior motive of trying to tour, trying to get signed or whatever. I feel like that’s a big help to our cause of just trying to make music.” Ever the artistic schizo, Gonyea’s recent projects with VOC include the upcoming release of Painted Manes, recorded by original Signal Kitchen mix master Mike Labita. “It’s heavy, caustic, but defi nitively booty shaking at all times,” Gonyea says. VOC is also considering plunging into surf , as well as revisiting the Cold Hum vibe for a potential grindhouse fi lm score. “I guess we’re not really concerned with what the next direction’s gonna be,” Gonyea says. “There just is gonna be a next direction.”  Trigger Effect, Without and Vultures of Cult play the Monkey House in Winooski this Sunday, September 2, at 9 p.m. $5. 18+.



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he seems excited for his next chapter, he says he’ll have mixed feelings when he sings his final note from the bar’s cramped corner stage. “I’m going to miss seeing people have fun at the shows I’ve hosted,” he says. “I’ll miss talking to them and enjoying the evening with them. I’m not sure how I’m going to feel after it’s done. Hosting has been a big part of my life for many years.”

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So remember a couple of months ago when the Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction was going to close? Then remember the month after that, when it wasn’t going to close? And then remember the month after that when it closed? Well, guess what? In a press release sent out late last week, TMH announced it would be — drumroll, please! — reopening in September. (By the way, that sound you’re hearing is me repeatedly slamming my head against my desk.) SoUnDbITeS


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karaoke while in the military when he was 18. He was a regular at a noncommissioned-officer club that had a weekly karaoke night. One night, the evening’s host stormed off the stage and quit. Harrison stepped up to finish the night and was soon hired as the regular host. He was hooked, and hasn’t looked back since. “I’ve met so many wonderful people over the years, and we all shared a common bond. I think it’s the reason I’d rather sing duets than solo,” Harrison says. “I’ve had the opportunity to sing with lots of people. It didn’t matter if they were good or bad, what mattered was enjoying a moment with another person who enjoyed something I found rewarding.” A lifetime of singing has taken a toll on Harrison’s booming pipes. He says it’s becoming increasingly difficult, if not impossible, for him to hit certain notes. So he’s walking away from a job he’s loved for more than 30 years. But that doesn’t mean he’s giving up performing entirely. “I’m thinking hard about standup comedy,” Harrison says. Hope he knows there’s no teleprompter in comedy clubs. In the meantime, Harrison will host one last karaoke night at JP’s. While



People enjoy karaoke for a variety of reasons. Incidentally, many of them are the same reasons other people hate karaoke, but I digress. Some folks get a kick out of catching the one or two ringers per night who offer impressive takes on Bonnie Raitt, Michael Jackson or Queen. Others — and I include myself here — have a morbid fascination with watching wannabe American Idols crash and burn, spectacularly butchering the latest Beyoncé single. But the vast majority of people who flock — or get dragged by boozed-up buddies — to karaoke bars do so for a far simpler, more innocent reason: It’s good, campy fun. For more than a decade, the crown cubic zirconia of karaoke bars in the Greater Burlington area has been JP’s Pub. And the man holding court there has been dave haRRison, who has hosted karaoke nights at the Main Street dive bar for the past 13 years. But this Friday, August 31, Harrison will hang up his mic and retire, ending an era in which the man became nearly synonymous with karaoke in Burlington. On the surface, that may seem a dubious distinction. But in talking with Harrison, it’s clear he sees it differently. The man genuinely loves what he does and values it for what it is: entertainment. And judging by the throngs of revelers who pack JP’s on the weekends to sing along with him, plenty of them agree with him. Harrison, 49, was born in New Orleans and grew up in a musical family, singing in church and school. Later, he regularly performed as the opening act for New Orleans varietyshow star chRis owens, whom he cites as a mentor. Owens, known as the “Queen of New Orleans Nightlife,” soon helped Harrison land some choice opening gigs. “lou Rawls saw a show … and said he’d never seen a white boy sing the blues so close to its roots,” says Harrison. He also claims to have drawn raves from the likes of MeRv GRiffin and al hiRt. Anyone who has seen Harrison at JP’s knows the man can sing. He’s rarely shy about taking a turn or three for himself on any given night. He’s got a great voice and a knack for performing. All of which begs the question: Why karaoke? Harrison started singing

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

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

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

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HigHEr grounD sHoWCasE LoungE: Northern Exposure: To Eat the monarchy, Bible camp sleepovers (rock), 8:30 p.m., $6. AA. JP’s PuB: Karaoke with morgan, 10 p.m., Free. ManHattan Pizza & PuB: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free. MonkEy HousE: Elephants of scotland, Nox Periculum (rock), 9 p.m., $5. 18+. nECtar’s: Jeff Bujak, manhattan Project, serotheft (electronic), 9 p.m., $5/8. 18+. onE PEPPEr griLL: Open mic with Ryan Hanson, 8 p.m., Free. on taP Bar & griLL: The Ryan Hanson Band (rock), 8 p.m., Free. raDio BEan: Grain Thief (folk), 7 p.m., Free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free. DJ Kaos (EDm), 11 p.m., Free.

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Bar antiDotE: John creech/cobey Gatos Duo (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.

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

about more than where you got your Ramones T-shirt. Wednesday,

on tHE risE BakEry: Keenan Villani-Holland (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., Donations.

September 5, Guttermouth play — and then will probably be asked to

roots tHE rEstaurant: Good Night irene Pig Roast (fundraiser), 5 p.m., Donations.

rivEr City rEBELs, HungEr and 10k voLt gHost open.

tWo BrotHErs tavErn: summer Artist series: Honeywell (rock), 9 p.m., $2/3. 18+.


leave — the Monkey House in Winooski. The sCanDaLs and locals the

CLuB MEtronoME: Electrode Entertainment’s summer school: midterm with sazon Booya, cRKN and more (EDm), 9 p.m., $8/10/12/15. 18+.

BEE’s knEEs: Girls Night Out (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

DoBrá tEa: Robert Resnik (folk), 7 p.m., Free.

Moog’s PLaCE: Jason Wedlock (rock), 8:30 p.m., Free.

franny o’s: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.


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

1/2 LoungE: Hannah Lebel (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Harder They come with DJs Darcie, chris Pattison, Nick J (dubstep), 10 p.m., Free.

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

BrEakWatEr Café: collette & the mudcats (rock), 6 p.m., Free.

on taP Bar & griLL: Left Eye Jump (blues), 7 p.m., Free. raDio BEan: Jazz sessions, 6 p.m., Free. shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., Free. Kat Wright & the indomitable soul Band (soul), 11 p.m., $3.

HigHEr grounD sHoWCasE LoungE: michael Graves, River city Rebels (punk), 8:30 p.m., $15/18. AA.

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

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

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

rí rá irisH PuB: Longford Row (celtic), 8 p.m., Free.

MonkEy HousE: Phil Yates & the Affiliates, Vedora, Black Rabbit (rock), 9 p.m., $5. nECtar’s: Trivia mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. Bluegrass Thursday, 9:30 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. o’BriEn’s irisH PuB: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free.

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when two full moons occur in the same month — until 2015. That means the next installation of MILDRED MOODY’s Full Moon Masquerade slated for Nectar’s the very same night stands to be among the rowdiest and most hedonistic as any in the series’ nearly two-year history. Given the evening’s generally raucous scene — rock bands and body paint and masks, oh my! — that’s saying something. Adding to the salacious mix, the party will feature the final performance of local R&B crew CRAIG MITCHELL & MOTOR CITY.

my favorite part — proceeds from the event are donated to local school-band programs. For more info, look to the 12v-socialclub.indd Hick Jam Facebook page.


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Burlington’s TRAPPER KEEPER have a new EP out, titled Names, which is a followup to last year’s thoroughly ripping debut, Deadass. The new three-song quickie is noticeably tighter than its predecessor but doesn’t sacrifice any of that record’s ragged pop-punk ferocity. I dig it. Catch TK with ska legends the TOASTERS at Club Metronome this Sunday, September 2.

In more wholesome news, the fourth annual Hick Jam is also this Friday, August 31, at the Common Acres Campground in Hyde Park. The threeday fest features a wealth of local roots, reggae and Americana acts, including CONSCIOUS ROOTS, the AEROLITES, GORDON STONE and the EAMES BROTHERS BAND, among many others. Also — and this is

Last but not least, congrats to the weekly Honky Tonk Tuesdays at Radio Bean, which celebrates its seventh anniversary this Tuesday, September 4. Yee-haw! (Note to my editor: I might be a little late on Wednesday, September 5.) 

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.

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According to the press release, Tupelo owner SCOTT HAYWARD has partnered with MIKE DAVIDSON, who owns the Freight House, the building in which TMH is housed. The dynamic duo are said to be adjusting the original TMH model of banking mostly on nationally touring acts, and switching the focus, at least to a degree, on more locally oriented fare. That’s not to say TMH will abandon national bands. Rather, the plan seems to be to use those bigger acts to augment a steadier calendar of events, which will feature more local and regional music, as well as regular DJ nights. A small food and beverage menu is also reported to be in the blueprint. So will it work? Certainly, a new approach is worth trying if it means TMH can be viable moving forward. And opening the door for more local acts to grace the club’s stage certainly seems to make sense from an economic standpoint. They’re generally less expensive to book, which should equate to lower ticket prices and, perhaps, more walk-up traffic. It’s also cool to have another legitimately nice outlet in which locals can be heard. But given the club’s recent strange chapter … we’ll see. In any case, welcome back, Tupelo Music Hall. And best of luck.



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51 MaiN: patrick Lehman (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., free. braNdoN MuSic café: syncopation Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., $12. city liMitS: trivia with top hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free.


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therapy: Therapy Thursdays with DJ NYcE (top 40), 10:30 p.m., free.


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1/2 louNge: Lily sickles & Joe redding (singer-songwriters), 7 p.m., free. refix with fattie B (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. backStage pub: Karaoke with steve, 9 p.m., free. baNaNa wiNdS café & pub: in Kahootz (rock), 7:30 p.m., free. breakwater café: hot Neon magic (’80s New Wave), 6 p.m., free. club MetroNoMe: 2K Deep presents: platinum with Destructo (EDm), 9 p.m., $10.

radio beaN: Jake smith (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. rose Lucas cD release (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. maryLeigh & the fauves (blues), 10 p.m., free. Education reform (rock), 11:30 p.m., free. Dukes county Love Affair (rock), 1 a.m., free. red Square: Kelly ravin (singer-songwriter), 5 p.m., free. Donkilo! Afrofunk Orchestra, 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. rí rá iriSh pub: supersounds DJ (top 40), 10 p.m., free. verMoNt pub & brewery: Kat Wright & the indomitable soul Band (soul), 10 p.m., free. cOurtEsY Of iZZY AND thE cAtAstrOphics


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pompadours. Touring behind a devilish new EP, Lucky Dragon Swing Buffet: Lunch Price — a follow-up to the full-length Lucky Dragon Swing Buffet: Dinner Price — the band plays a pair of Montpelier dates: Saturday, September 1, at the Black Door and Sunday, September 2, at the Skinny Pancake.


bee’S kNeeS: Danny ricky cole (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

Jp’S pub: Dave harrison’s starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. levity café: friday Night comedy (standup), 9 p.m., $8.

Moog’S place: Dave Keller (blues), 8:30 p.m., free.

lift: Ladies Night, 9 p.m., free/$3.

parker pie co.: The Dolly Wagglers (rock), 7:30 p.m., free.

MaNhattaN pizza & pub: funkwagon (funk), 10 p.m., free.

riMrockS MouNtaiN taverN: DJ two rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

Marriott harbor louNge: Eight02 (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.


MoNopole dowNStairS: Gary peacock (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., free. olive ridley’S: Karaoke, 6 p.m., free. tabu café & Nightclub: Karaoke Night with sassy Entertainment, 5 p.m., free.


greeN MouNtaiN taverN: DJ Jonny p (top 40), 9 p.m., $2.

champlain valley 51 MaiN: Va-et-Vient (francoAmerican folk), 9 p.m., free.

city liMitS: top hat Entertainment Dance party (top 40), 9 p.m., free.

Nectar’S: seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. mildred moody’s full moon masquerade: craig mitchell & motor city, Joe Adler & the rangers of Danger, the human canvas (r&b), 9 p.m., $5/7.

oN the riSe bakery: ulabalu (eclectic), 8 p.m., Donations.

oN tap bar & grill: Leno & Young (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. smokin’ Gun (rock), 9 p.m., free.

bee’S kNeeS: Zack dupont (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

park place taverN: Big Boots Deville (rock), 9:30 p.m., free.

two brotherS taverN: DJ Alex (top 40), 10 p.m., free. DJ Alex (top 40), 10 p.m., free.



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centerpiece “Mr. Michael the Sun Rises!” and crafty EP closer “Alchemy.” Losing the Fifth Business at precisely the moment they seemed to find themselves was a drag. But Kinky Creature are more than just a consolation prize. With Tiny Rooms, the band delivers on the late promise of its previous incarnation, and stakes a new claim as one of the area’s most exciting new acts. Kinky Creature release Tiny Rooms at the Monkey House in Winooski this Saturday, September 1. The album is available at

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honest-to-goodness group. They even enlisted a real, honest-to-goodness producer, Kyle “Slick” Johnson, to captain their freshman EP, Tiny Rooms. Where the Fifth Business favored comparatively straightforward indie jangle, Kinky Creature tread in a more danceable direction. Some credit for that may belong to Johnson, who produced Cymbals Eat Guitars’ critically lauded 2009 record, Why There Are Mountains. Production throughout Tiny Rooms is muscular and focused. But nifty knob tweaks aside, the real story is the evolution of Deane Calcagni and mates as a collective songwriting force. At times, he resembles the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas at his most rakishly disaffected; in others, perhaps a lesssilly version of the Japandroids’ Brian King. The band follows suit with razor-sharp pop hooks shot through a dirt-encrusted prism. Free of precious phrase turns that marked Fifth Business material, Calcagni plays the part of rock-club rogue to near perfection. He’s always been clever, but now he’s loose. The combination can be devastating, as on woozy opener “Ennui,” grimy



In 2009 — which seems like forever ago in local music time — Burlingtonbased indie rockers the Fifth Business released their debut album, Fiction Pilot. While not a groundbreaking effort, it was a solid first attempt. The band followed that up in 2011 with a superior sophomore record, Time of Year. On it, the band began to shed its formative influences and craft an identifiable personality and sound, which suggested these players would soon be an intriguing addition to a flourishing local scene. Aaaand … then they broke up. Following a short hiatus, three of the band’s members, vocalist and guitarist Deane Calcagni, bassist Ted Calcagni, and drummer Mike Healy, reconvened and began working on what they presumed would be a side project, Kinky Creature. Fortunately for the indie-loving masses in Burlington, they were wrong. So taken with their lean new sound were these Creatures that they decided to give it a go as a real,

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attempts to coax the tune toward a brighter horizon. It’s a nice idea. But Lalancette’s execution is off. The same thin delivery that strengthened the opening movement has the opposite effect here and feels meek. Grating lapses in pitch further sour the finish. While the flaws on “Red Moon” are symptomatic of the EP’s larger issues, other tracks fare better. “Bones” is similarly schizophrenic, vacillating between guitar-driven post-rock and acoustic reggae. But the consistent

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The debut solo release from Braden Lalancette, Let’s Have an Adventure, lives up to its name. But some of the adventures are a bit perilous. While Lalancette’s jam-informed, reggaeflecked EP is admirably ambitious, it sometimes suffers from the weight of its own lofty aims. Lalancette is the guitarist for local reggae-psych act Truman Coyote and was a member of the local high school jam band the Haps. Much like those heady ensembles, the young songwriter favors an unpredictable approach. EP opener “Red Moon” begins with shadowy guitar work that masks the tune’s otherwise bouncy acoustic jam. Lalancette’s watery vocals trickle into the foreground, and the song takes on a brooding atmospheric tone. That is, until the reggae breakdown, which

shimmer of reverb-y guitar and ghostly harmonica promide a link between the song’s Jekyll-and-Hyde personality. Here there is, at least, a suggestion of some method to Lalancette’s meandering madness. His folly may simply be a product of youth. Lalancette is clearly influenced by a variety of sounds and styles. Far more experienced songwriters struggle to focus unwieldy ambition and inspiration. When you’re in love with everything, it can be hard to truly love one thing. But certain moments, such as on EP closer “Fields,” suggest that Lalancette may be close to finding his voice. More mountain ramble than island breeze, the song synthesizes his proclivity for haunting psychedelic sounds and is an imaginative, cohesive whole. If that tune is a sign of things to come, Braden Lalancette will indeed have worthy adventures in his future. Let’s Have an Adventure by Braden Lalancette is available at

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r iMrocks Mountain t avern : f riday Night f requencies with DJ r ekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., f ree.

skinny pancake : Zack dupont (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., $5-10 donation.


splash at the Boathouse : modern Nature (rock), 6 p.m., f ree.

t herapy : pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.

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1/2 l ounge : s pace Echo with DJ Jahson & guests (house), 10 p.m., f ree. Backstage puB: Budda & the All s tars (rock), 9 p.m., f ree.


Banana Winds café & puB: Open mic, 7 p.m., f ree.


r ed square : DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5. r ed square Blue r oo M: DJ r aul (salsa), 6 p.m., f ree. DJ s tavros (EDm), 10 p.m., $5.

naked t urtle : s piritual r ez (reggae), 10 p.m., NA.

clu B Metrono Me: r etronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5. f ranny o’s: Karaoke, 9 p.m., f ree. Jp’s puB: Karaoke with megan, 10 p.m., f ree. l evity café : s aturday Night c omedy (standup), 8 p.m., $8. s aturday Night c omedy (standup), 10 p.m., $8. Marriott h ar Bor l ounge : c ooper & Lavoie (blues), 8:30 p.m., f ree. Monkey h ouse : Kinky c reature (indie rock), 9 p.m., $5. nectar’s : The Alchemystics, the Lynguistic c ivilians, s oulstice (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5. on t ap Bar & grill : The r hythm r ockets (rock), 9 p.m., f ree. The r hythm r ockets (rock), 9 p.m., f ree. r adio Bean : Less Digital, more manual: r ecord c lub, 3 p.m., f ree. Gordon Goldsmith (experimental acoustic soul), 6 p.m., f ree. f iona Luray (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., f ree. Jackson Tupper Art Opening with Jacob u ngerleider & f riends, 8 p.m., f ree. s helly s hredder (alt-country), 10:30 p.m., f ree. The Big Lonesome (rock), 12:30 a.m., f ree.

1/2 l ounge : r ewind with DJ c raig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., f ree. s cott mangan (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., f ree.


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

Monopole : Eat s leep f unk (funk), 10 p.m., f ree.

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clu B Metrono Me: Bass c ulture: Jahson & Nickel B (dubstep), 9 p.m., f ree. f ranny o’s: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., f ree. Jp’s puB: Karaoke with morgan, 10 p.m., f ree. Manhattan pizza & puB: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., f ree. Monkey h ouse : Guttermouth, the s candals, r iver c ity r ebels, Hunger, 10K Volt Ghost (punk), 7:30 p.m., $13. AA.

t Bones r estaurant and Bar : Open mic, 7 p.m., f ree.


t he Black door : izzy and the c atastrophics (rockabilly), 9:30 p.m., $5. Hymn for Her (indie folk), 9:30 p.m., $5.

nectar’s : Dwight r icher Trio (blues), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

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one pepper grill : Open mic with r yan Hanson, 8 p.m., f ree. on t ap Bar & grill : Kode 3 (rock), 7 p.m., f ree. Kode 3 (rock), 7 p.m., f ree.

charlie o’s: c hicky s toltz (rock), 10 p.m., f ree. purple Moon puB: The Woodshed Wailers (bluegrass), 8 p.m., f ree.

champlain valley

51 Main : Justin Levinson (rock), 9 p.m., f ree. city l iMits : Dance party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., f ree.


Bee’s knees : Loggerhead (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations. r iMrocks Mountain t avern : DJ Two r ivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., f ree. r oadside t avern : DJ Diego (Top 40), 9 p.m., f ree.


Monopole : Blind Owl Band (rock), 10 p.m., f ree. naked t urtle : Ten Year Vamp (rock), 10 p.m., NA. t aBu café & nightclu B: All Night Dance party with DJ Toxic (Top 40), 5 p.m., f ree.

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1/2 l ounge : Building Blox with DJs Y-DNA & Legotronix (house), 10 p.m., f ree. clu B Metrono Me: The Toasters, f ading f ast, Trapper Keeper (ska, punk), 8 p.m., $10/12. 18+. Monkey h ouse : Trigger Effect, Without, Vultures of c ult (rock), 9

Bee’s knees : Tom Gregory (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

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tW o Brothers t avern : Trivia Night, 7 p.m., f ree. monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., f ree.

Moog’s place : Open mic/Jam Night, 8:30 p.m., f ree.

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p.m., $5. 18+. Monty’s old Brick t avern : George Voland Jazz: Joe c apps and Dan s kea, 4:30 p.m., f ree. nectar’s : mi Yard r eggae Night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., f ree. on t ap Bar & grill : s unday Brunch with Zack dupont (singer-songwriter), 11:30 a.m., f ree. s unday Brunch with Zack dupont (singer-songwriter), 11:30 a.m., f ree. r adio Bean : s pinster s pins 78s, 11 a.m., f ree. s aloon s essions with Brett Hughes (country), 1 p.m., f ree. Joey Beltram (singer-songwriter), 4 p.m., f ree. Trio Gusto (gypsy jazz), 5 p.m., f ree. Tango s essions, 7 p.m., f ree. Eric s ommer (singersongwriter), 9 p.m., f ree. Hair Down with s amara Lark & Joe Adler (singer-songwriter), 11:30 p.m., f ree. r ed square : D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., f ree.


skinny pancake : izzy and the c atastrophics (rockabilly), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.

champlain valley

t ourterelle : f rancesca Blanchard (singer-songwriter), 5 p.m., $8.


Bee’s knees : matt Durfee (acoustic), 11 a.m., Donations. La Joder (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations. r iver h ouse r estaurant : s tump! Trivia Night, 6 p.m., f ree.

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1/2 l ounge : Booty Trap s tripper r ap with JJ Dante & Jordan (hip-hop), 10 p.m., f ree. h igher ground Ballroo M: Datsik, Delta Heavy, Bare Noise, Af K (EDm), 8:30 p.m., $25/30. AA. Monkey h ouse : Anecdote (storytelling), 7 p.m., f ree.

1/2 l ounge : f amily Night Open Jam, 10:30 p.m., f ree.

Monty’s old Brick t avern : Open mic, 6 p.m., f ree.

clu B Metrono Me: Wru V & miss Daisy present motown monday (soul), 9 p.m., f ree.

nectar’s : Live music, 9 p.m., f ree/$5. 18+.

nectar’s : metal monday: Jessica prouty Band, indecent Exposure, 9 p.m., f ree/$5. 18+. on t ap Bar & grill : Open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., f ree. r adio Bean : Jeremy Gilchrist (alt-folk), 6:30 p.m., f ree. Open mic, 8 p.m., f ree. r ed square : industry Night with r obbie J (hip-hop), 11 p.m., f ree. r uBen Ja Mes: Why Not monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., f ree.


Moog’s place : s eth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 8 p.m., f ree.

on t ap Bar & grill : Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., f ree. r adio Bean : Gua Gua (psychotropical), 6 p.m., f ree. Trevor mcs padden (country), 8:30 p.m., f ree. Honky-Tonk s essions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3. r ed square : c raig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., f ree. r ed square Blue r oo M: DJ f rank Grymes (EDm), 11 p.m., f ree. t Bones r estaurant and Bar : Trivia with General Knowledge, 7 p.m., f ree.


Back to ver Mont puB: John Gillette & s arah mittlefeldt (folk), 7 p.m., f ree. charlie o’s: Karaoke, 10 p.m., f ree.

r adio Bean : The c ommittee for Getting Attention (folk punk), 4:30 p.m., f ree. Jon Bell (singer-songwriter), 5:30 p.m., f ree. Jessica s mucker (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., f ree. Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., f ree. irish s essions, 9 p.m., f ree. mushpost s ocial c lub (downtempo), 11 p.m., f ree. r ed square : DJ c re8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., f ree. t Bones r estaurant and Bar : c had Hollister (rock), 8 p.m., f ree.


Bagitos : Acoustic Blues Jam with the u sual s uspects, 6 p.m., f ree. t he Black door : Happy Hour with montpelier Young professionals, 5:30 p.m., f ree. gusto’s : Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., f ree.

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city l iMits : Karaoke with Let it r ock Entertainment, 9 p.m., f ree. on the r ise Bakery : Open Blues s ession, 8 p.m., f ree.


Bee’s knees : Dale c avanaugh (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations.


Monopole : Open mic, 8 p.m., f ree. m

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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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“BigBike Show,” BigTown Gallery


he “BigBike Show” at BigTown Gallery lives up to its name, with 21 artists exhibiting bikerelated works, bike-themed events fi lling the calendar, an impressive collection of bicycles by a dozen makers on view and f our bike-related fi lms screening in the gallery. In its scope and organization, the exhibition aims to present artwork featuring the two-wheeled machines, to highlight the artistry in bicycles themselves and to honor the cycling culture that has played a formative role in Rochester’s development. Bef ore you enter BigTown Gallery, a hint of the artsy, bike-related works within greets you by the door. A brightred sculptural bike rack designed by Studio Tractor Architecture f or Connecticut’s Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is both a place to park one’s bike and a rhythmic progression of clean lines and smooth welds — a design piece that echoes the functional economy of the bikes it hosts. Inside the gallery, a diverse mix of custom and vintage bikes, posters, paintings, prints, glasswork, and sculptures makes f or a f estive, lighthearted atmosphere. Gallery owner Anni Mackay is married to Doon Hinderyckx, longtime proprietor of Green Mountain Bikes. In the shop right next door, Hinderyckx has a 25-year reputation as a bicycle guru. Hence, “BigBike Show” is both a family a° air and a public celebration. The family includes Zak Hinderyckx, whose lithe, custom-built white road bike — called Weg Eekhorn, Dutch f or “road squirrel” — hovers on a bike stand near the gallery door. The younger Hinderyckx grew up working in his f ather’s bike shop and now lives in Seattle, but he spends several months of the year in Rochester building custom bikes. He says the custom white bike is a hybrid of sorts, since it is welded with tungsten inert gas like new bikes but has the clean lines and lighter frame of older road models. Zak Hinderyckx, now 32, has built more than 25 custom bikes, an achievement in a fi eld where many give up after just a few. Trained to weld by a sculptor,

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Lithograph by Ed Koren

“Mike’s Bike 12” by Taliah Lempert

“Bike Tree” by Daniel Ladd

natural growth and texture of the trees to the steel spokes and rims of the bike wheels aligns with an underlying theme of this show: the relation of bikes, as machines, to the organic bodies of those who ride them. Taliah Lempert’s oeuvre centers on bikes and the diverse riders they suggest. Her painting “Mike’s Bike 12” is a headon view of a bicycle, its tire turned coyly at an angle. The bike’s creamy mustardyellow and dark-green body and brownwalled tires suggest an earlier era, while its narrow tubing and cleanly rendered machinery call attention to its elegant f unctionality. Lempert’s composition f rames the bike’s f orm as a shape. It’s compelling whether seen as an abstraction or as a bike. Nearby, a milk crate packed f ull of colorful plastic fragments of other milk crates perches on a low shelf , cleverly appearing to be held alof t by a kickstand. The work, titled “Peepers,” by Charles Spurrier, continues the artist’s use of recycled plastic. In this case he creates a sculptural work that recalls the motley milk crates strapped to the back racks of bike messengers as they deftly pedal through cities. In the back room of the gallery, two vintage Peugeot bicycles loaned for the exhibition by Burlington’s Old Spokes Hinderyckx puts his emphasis on creat- Home hang on the wall as artworks. ing bikes that fi t their intended riders One, f rom 1936, has elegant wooden physiologically, practically and visurims. An observer can’t help but wonder ally — a delicate and creative process who steered this bike along the road, of matching each cyclist to the perf ect and where the rider was headed. machine. The exhibition highlights the particA selection of other bicycles popuular intimacy of owning a bike. No matlates the BigTown Gallery, amid a viter where yours came from, who made it brant display of works that include lith- or where it takes you, there’s a thrilling ographs of cartoonist Ed Koren’s hairy immediacy to possessing it. “Big Bike creatures on two wheels, an intriguing Show” is a tribute to bike art, bike culwood assemblage by Varujan Boghosian ture and bikes themselves — as well as and April Surgent’s elegant relief -ena subtle statement on sustainable transgraved, wall-mounted glass pieces. portation and fi t lifestyles. But, most of In f ront of the gallery’s entry wall, all, it’s a tribute to the fondness we have “Bike Tree,” by Daniel Ladd, is ba˛ ing f or these deceptively simple machines at fi rst. An apple tree trunk grows in a and the memories they carry along with fi gure eight around two bike wheels ar- their riders. ranged vertically. Ladd created this work A M Y R A HN over 12 years by grafting apple trees onto the then-suspended bike wheels. Over time, the trunk grew around the wheels, “BigBike Show,” BigTown Gallery, and the piece was eventually “harvested” Rochester. ˜ rough September. f or exhibition. The relationship of the



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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. Abbey MeAker & AMAndA ZAckeM: “Chapters,” photographs that suggest a narrative, guest curated by Seven Days contributor Amy Rahn. Through september 18 at Furchgott sourdiffe gallery in shelburne. info, 985-3848. AliSon bechdel: “Dykes, Dads and Moms to watch out For,” artwork spanning the Vermont cartoonist’s career, including drawings from “Dykes to watch out For,” Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama. Through october 27 at Amy e. Tarrant gallery, Flynn Center, in burlington. info, 652-4510. ‘An outgrowth of nAture: the Art of toShiko tAkAeZu’: Ceramic sculptures inspired by the poetry of the buddhist nun otagaki Rengetzu. Through september 9 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, briAn collier: “The Collier Classification system for Very small objects,” a participatory exhibit of things big enough to be seen by the naked eye but no larger than 8 by 8 by 20 millimeters. Through october 15 at Durick library, st. Michael’s College, in Colchester. info, 654-2536. cArol MAcdonAld: “The Thread,” a mid-career retrospective of the Vermont artist, who has worked in many media but is best known as a printmaker. Through August 31 at VCAM studio in burlington. info, 859-9222.

dierdrA Michelle: “peep show,” tongue-incheek acrylic paintings celebrating the holiday marshmallows and the human form. september 1 through october 1 at black horse Fine Art supply in burlington. info, 860-4972. 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.

MAd river vAlley crAft fAir: handmade products by more than 100 juried artisans, craft demonstrations, live music and local food. saturday and sunday, september 1 and 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Kenyon’s Field, waitsfield. info, 496-4420.

chelSeA SpeAr & MArJorie krAMer: landscape, cityscape and self-portrait paintings by Kramer; landscape and floral paintings by spear. september 2 through october 8 at white water gallery in east hardwick. Reception: sunday, september 2, 4-7 p.m. info, 563-2037. dorothy MArtíneZ: “we the people,” more than 50 figurative paintings celebrating political change in America. september 1 through november 12 at green

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. JohAnne durocher yordAn: “Reflections,” abstract acrylic and mixed-media paintings. Through August 31 at studio 266 in burlington. info, 578-2512. kAt cleAr & Avery McintoSh: “Circus Remix,” steel sculpture by Clear and paintings by Mcintosh. Through August 31 at Vintage inspired in burlington. info, 355-5418. 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. ‘lAke StudieS: underwAter explorAtionS in conteMporAry Art’: paintings, photographs, fiber art, sculpture and a site-specific installation inspired by Daniel lusk’s book of poetry Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain. Through october 26 at Flynndog in burlington. info, 363-4746. lindA berg MAney: paintings, collages and prints. Curated by seAbA. Through August 31 at speeder & earl’s (pine street) in burlington. info, 859-9222. 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. MAriAn willMott: Monoprints, oil paintings and poetry by the Vermont artist. Through August 31 at pine street Deli in burlington. info, 859-9222.

art listings and spotlights are written by mEgAN jAmES. listings are restricted to art shows in truly public places; exceptions may be made at the discretion of the editor.

kAtie grAuer: “works Revisited,” large-scale paintings of bright, patterned chairs. Through september 1 at The Firefly gallery in burlington. Reception: Friday, August 31, 7-9 p.m. info, 559-1759. l. MichAel lAbiAk: “painter of light,” new england landscapes in watercolor or oils. september 2 through october 7 at emile A. gruppe gallery in Jericho. Reception: sunday, september 2, 1-4 p.m. info, 899-3211. ‘the world coMeS to plAttSburgh’: works by Maungo Judy seabenyane, from botswana, and gharan burton, from Dominica. september 1 through 15 at RoTA gallery in plattsburgh, n.Y. Reception: Refreshments by Riff Raff; music by DJ Adamdef, saturday, september 1, 6-8 p.m. info, 518-561-0634.

Music For Mental Health Ronald Braunstein, conductor

Debut! Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8:00 p.m.

UVM Recital Hall Music of Pärt, Grieg, Tchaikovsky

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Meryl lebowitZ: oil paintings of the Vermont landscapes. Through August 31 at pompanoosuc Mills in burlington. info, 862-8208. Meryl lebowitZ: “My love Affair with Venice,” 8V-ME2082912.indd 1 paintings of Venice beach, Calif. Through August 31 at Mirabelles in burlington. info, 535-9877.

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‘Mobile-o-grAphy’: photographs taken on smartphones. August 30 through september 23 at Darkroom gallery in essex Junction. info, 777-3686. ‘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.

pilAr: wall sculptures that evoke archaeological 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.

The Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit is seeking 13-18 year olds for a research study investigating ADHD and the brain. Study includes a brain scan.

‘rAiSed on pAper’: works by isKRA print Collective students who tapped into their childhood dreams and nightmares to create physical reminders that they might be the last generation raised on paper. Through August 31 at JDK gallery in burlington.

Compensation up to $50 gift certificate to Burlington Town Center.

philip hAgopiAn: paintings by the new england artist. Through August 31 at salaam and the Men’s store in burlington. info, 658-8822.

robert hitZig: “Don’t Tread on Me: wood for walls,” works in wood that celebrate the inherent quality of the medium. Through August 30 at brickels gallery in burlington. info, 825-8214. ‘ruMble And roAr: the hot rod SerieS’: Acrylic paintings of souped up T-buckets, deuce coupes, low riders and lead sleds by Robert waldo brunelle Jr. Through August 30 at Dostie bros. Frame shop in burlington. info, 660-9005.

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‘Art on pArk’: local artisans sell their handcrafted products, artwork, specialty foods and more; musicians perform. Thursday, August 30, 5-8 p.m., park street, stowe. info, 793-2101.

cAthie MeighAn: “evolving,” an MFA thesis exhibit of paintings. Through september 2 at Julian scott Memorial gallery, Johnson state College. Reception: Thursday, August 30, 3-5 p.m. info, 635-1469.

John cAggiAno: “Vermont: A Romantic Journey,” paintings by the plein-air artist. August 31 through september 26 at galleria Fine Arte in stowe. Reception: Friday, August 31, 5-7 p.m. info, 253-7696.

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gAllery grAnd opening: Artwork and artisan food and crafts by Kimberly bombard, Karen barry, Annalisa parent, Ann McFarren, Chantal lawrence, Tinka Teresa Martell, ben Thurber and others. Through December 31 at Vermont Artisans Craft gallery in burlington. info, 863-4600.

‘Art in the Alley’: Artists and vendors line the streets to sell their wares, exhibit their work and give demonstrations. This month features a public viewing of the community’s “After irene Floodgates Art project” at a pop-up gallery at 3 elm street. wednesday, August 29, 5-8 p.m., various locations, waterbury. info, 244-1912.

AuguSt Art Auction: A monthlong silent auction celebrating the gallery’s fourth anniversary. Through August 31 at s.p.A.C.e. gallery in burlington. Reception: wrap up your bids and vote on the artist you’d like to get a solo show next year, Friday, August 31, 5-8 p.m. info,

Mountain Fine Art gallery in stowe. Reception: saturday, september 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m. info, 253-1818.


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.


dAvid StroMeyer: “equilibrium,” a retrospective of the Vermont artist’s monumental-scale, steel-and-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.

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SEABA Exhi Bit : w ork by elizabeth n elson, Michael s mith, Ray brown and more. Curated by se AbA. Through August 31 at The innovation Center of Vermont in burlington. info, 859-9222. SiEnn A Font Ain E: “And i eat Meat,” a gluttonous exploration of meat cuts, and the art of butchery, through graphic-diagram-style paintings. s eptember 1 through 30 at Red s quare in burlington. info, 318-2438. ‘Snow Mo Bil ES: Sl Eigh S to Sl EdS’: early, experimental snowmobiles, machines from the ‘60s and ‘70s, and today’s high-powered racing sleds, as well as horse-drawn sleighs; ‘MAn-MAdE Quilt S: Civil wA r to th E Pr ESEnt’ : Quilts made by men; Eliz ABEth B Erd Ann : “Deep end,” miniature watercolor portraits on pre-ban and prehistoric mammoth ivory; ‘t iME MAChin ES: r oBot S, r oCkEt S And St EAMPunk’ : 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 o ctober 28 at s helburne Museum. info, 985-3346. SuMMEr Show : w ork by Joan h offman, l ynda Mcintyre, Johanne Durocher Yordan, Anne Cummings, Kit Donnelly, Athena petra Tasiopoulos, Don Dickson, Kari Meyer and gaal s hepherd. Through s eptember 30 at Maltex building in burlington. info, 865-7166. SunCo MMon Sol Ar Art gAll Ery : w orks by 23 Vermont artists, including Rebecca s chwarz, peter w eyrauch, s abra Field, Jackie Mangione and Amey Radcliffe, fill this pop-up gallery. Through August 30 at 152 Cherry s treet in burlington. info, 595-0338. tE rry A Br AMS: photographs of Turkey. s eptember 1 through 30 at n orth end s tudio A in burlington. info, 863-6713. tE rry Find EiSEn: s till-life and landscape paintings by the Vermont artist and architect. Through s eptember 29 at l eft bank h ome & garden in burlington. info, 862-1001.

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‘t h E dog And Pony Show’ : Artwork featuring our four-legged, furry friends. Through August 31 at backspace gallery in burlington. info, vEr Mont Photo grou P Annu Al Exhi Bit : l andscapes and images of nature by fine-art photographers. s eptember 1 through 29 at pickering Room, Fletcher Free l ibrary, in burlington. info, 434-5503. viol Et A h inojo SA: Collages and paintings by the Vermont artist. Through August 31 at Red s quare in burlington. info, 318-2438. w yli E SoFiA gAr CiA: “Dazzle Camouflage,” paintings, textile works and dresses inspired by the female body and the camouflage paint scheme used on w orld w ar i war ships. s eptember 3 through 28 at l iving/l earning Center, u VM, in burlington. info, 656-4200.


‘1861-1862: t ow Ard A h igh Er Mor Al Pur PoSE’: An exhibition exploring the experiences of n orwich u niversity alumni who fought in the Civil w ar, featuring photographs, artwork, weapons and equipment, including a cannon likely used by n orwich cadets. Through April 30 at s ullivan Museum & h istory Center, n orwich u niversity, in n orthfield. info, 485-2183. 26th Annu Al Quilt Exhi Bition : More than 50 quilts by w indsor County participants in a quilt challenge, plus ongoing quilting activities and demonstrations. Through s eptember 23 at billings Farm & Museum in w oodstock. info, 457-2355.

Dierdra Michelle Easter may be many months off, but Peeps are always in season. Westford artist Dierdra Michelle incorporates the marshmallow chicks into her tongue-in-cheek acrylic “Peep Show” paintings at Black Horse Fine Art Supply in

Burlington through October 1. Each painting depicts the same dark-haired woman, completely naked save for strategically positioned pink Peeps. Michelle paints her subject alternately smashing fistfuls of sweets into her mouth and striking sensual pinup poses. It makes for one sticky, sensual sugar high of a show. Pictured: “Peep Show Doll.”

and s aturdays. Through s eptember 29 at 3 elm s treet in w aterbury. info,

on the museum grounds. Through s eptember 9 at Montshire Museum of s cience in n orwich. info, 649-2200.

AnCi Slov Ak: “w hat w e Cannot s ay,” a retrospective of the late Vermont artist dedicated to the doctors, nurses and staff at CVMC. Through s eptember 9 at Central Vermont Medical Center in barre. info,

donn A B Fl At Mor An: “prozac Versus Feelings,” oil paintings exploring depression and the human spirit. Through August 31 at project independence in barre. info, 476-3630.

‘Big Bik E Show’ : An exhibition featuring new prints by edward Koren and custom bikes by Zak h inderyckx, in celebration of nearby green Mountain bikes’ 25 years in business. Through s eptember 30 at bigTown gallery in Rochester. info, 767-9670. ‘Big rE d BArn Art Show’ : Two- and threedimensional work by more than 30 Valley artists exhibited in this 15th anniversary show. Through s eptember 2 at l areau Farm inn in w aitsfield. info, 496-6682. ‘Bru Sh And lE nS t iMES Fiv E’: paintings and photographs by Karin gottlieb, Robin l ah ue, l inda Maney, Jack s abon and Missy s torrow. Through s eptember 7 at City Center in Montpelier. info, 793-6038.

‘A CEl EBr Ation o F uPPEr vAll Ey Arti St S’: w ork by 14 regional artists. Through s eptember 3 at pompanoosuc Mills in east Thetford. info, 800-841-6671.

Chri Sti An t uBAu Arjon A: “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 s eptember 21 at Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier. info, 272-0827.

‘AFt Er ir En E Floodg At ES Art Proj ECt’ : More than 250 6-inch square artworks made by community members in response to Tropical s torm irene. o pen to the public on w ednesdays

Chri Stin E dEStr EMPES: “s tream of Conscience: River of w ords,” a community art project in which participants write their thoughts and memories of water onto tiles, which are arranged like a river

Eliz ABEth dESlA uri Er S: “Random bits of n ature,” photographs by the Vermont artist. Through August 31 at Capitol grounds in Montpelier. info, ‘EMErg EnCE’: l arge-scale works by artists from Vermont and beyond make up the inaugural exhibit in the former Fellows gear s haper Factory building. Through n ovember 1 at The great h all in s pringfield. info, 258-3992. gEr Ard r in Aldi : “h omage to giorgio,” still lifes inspired by the italian artist giorgio Morandi. Through s eptember 28 at governor’s o ffice gallery in Montpelier. info, 828-0749. j oy h uCkin S-noSS: pastel landscapes by the Vermont artist. Through s eptember 8 at Contemporary Dance & Fitness s tudio in Montpelier. info, 229-4676. MiCh AEl t. jE r Myn : “n ew American impressionism,” photographs by the Montpelier artist. Through August 31 at s avoy Theater in Montpelier. info, 223-1570. ‘oFF th E wA ll’ : s culptural works in a variety of media; r oBErt Ch APl A: “baled to Abstraction,” paintings; d’Ann C Alhoun F Ago : A 75-year retrospective. Through s eptember 8 at s tudio place Arts in barre. info, 479-7069.

‘PAinting S Fro M SuMMEr Show S’: w ork by Frank w oods, Kelly h olt, Alison goodwin and galen Cheney. Through s eptember 3 at Quench Artspace in w aitsfield. info, 598-4819. PAM druh En: “Threadscapes,” landscape, floral and abstract thread-and-fabric works. Through s eptember 3 at Festival gallery in w aitsfield. info, 496-6682. ‘rE d FiEld S & yEllow Ski ES: t h E Art o F th E lA nd SCAPE’: w ork by 12 Vermont artists. Through s eptember 2 at Chandler gallery in Randolph. info, 431-0204. Stu Art Eldr Edg E & MArion S Chu MAnn : “A l ove s tory in paintings and l etters,” artwork and correspondence by the s pringfield couple, who met at n ew York City’s Art s tudents’ l eague in the 1930s. Through o ctober 8 at s pringfield Art and h istorical s ociety at the Miller Art Center. info, 885-4826. ‘t h E unCoMMon t hr EAd’: Contemporary quilts and fiber art by eight of the regions top fiber artists. Through o ctober 21 at Vermont institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester. info, 875-1018. viiu niil Er & tE rry j . All En: “Transformations,” abstracted landscape paintings and documentary photographs, respectively. Through August 31 at supreme Court l obby in Montpelier. info, 229-0303. ‘wA lt Er dorwin tEA gu E: h iS l iFE, w ork And inFlu EnCE’: Creations and artifacts from the man who designed numerous Kodak cameras, the bluebird radio, s teuben glassware and many other iconic objects. Through August 31 at Madsonian Museum of industrial Design in w aitsfield. info, 496-2787.

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cALL to Artists cALL to Artists: The Fletcher Free Library is looking for local, talented painters, photographers and sculptors for an October/ November exhibition. Info, 355-5485. cHAnDLer HoLiDAy bAZAAr: Chandler Arts seeks submissions of arts, fine crafts, food products and more to be juried on October 8 for the holiday bazaar. Info, PubLic Art ProJect: BCA Center and Redstone are accepting proposals for new public artwork to be the defining landmark for a hotel planned on St. Paul Street in Burlington. Deadline: October 19, 5 p.m. Info, burlingtoncityarts. org/uploadedFiles/ BurlingtonCityArts-org/ Community/Art_in_Public_ Places/StPaulSculptureRFP Reissue.pdf. 5tH AnnuAL AmAteur PHotogrAPHy contest: The theme of this year’s contest is “Portraits...” Deadline: September 19. Entry forms and rules can be found 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. Reception, October 13, 1-4 p.m. CD submission packet must be received by September 1. Info, Janet Bonneau, 849-2049,

‘reD’: A juried photography exhibition at Darkroom Gallery. Deadline: September 19. Jurors: LensWork’s Brooks Jensen and Maureen Gallagher. Info, crAFters WAnteD! Annual holiday showcase and craft fair, on November 17, is seeking crafters and demonstrators. Registration deadline: November 1. Info, 782-6874 or fairfaxcraftfair@ neW sPAce seeks Fine Art: Seeking 2-D art for Burlington location for one- to three-month rotation beginning in September. Please email three JPEG submissions, artist website and a brief description of the work to 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 644-5100. 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,, with at least two images of your work or your web address. No charge to hang; no commissions.

Dick & nAncy Weis: Large-scale acrylic paintings by Dick, small-scale encaustic paintings by Nancy. Through October 5 at Brandon Music. Info, 465-4071.

‘FuLL House’: Christine Holzschuh, Kitty O’Hara, Mareva Millarc, Meta Strick and Chikako Suginome each fill a gallery room with a completed body of work. Through September 29 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0356.

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cALL For DArk Art: The S.P.A.C.E. and Backspace Galleries are looking for artwork that best defines the “art of horror.” We accept 2-D, 3-D and photography. Deadline: September 17. To submit: cALL to crAFt venDors: South Burlington’s University Mall is holding its annual Fall Craft Fair, Saturday, October 13. There are 10-by-10-foot spaces at a reasonable rate. Info, 863-1066, ext.11. Lgbt AnD ALLy Art: ROTA Gallery is holding an open call for LGBT and ally artists to submit pieces that will help to further showcase the diversity of our community. Info, Matt Hall, 518-563-0494 or

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nini crAne: Vermont barn and landscape scenes in watercolors, oils, pastels and acrylics. September 4 through 30 at Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg. Info, 482-2878. ‘on tHe WAter’: Paintings by Rory Jackson, Janis Sanders, Mary Graham, Henry Isaacs and Homer Wells (through September 3); sArAH AsHe: Paintings and two-dimensional mixed-media pieces in response to Tropical Storm Irene, plus a 10-foot-long model rescue convoy made of Mardi-Gras-style floats from materials found in the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina (through August 31). At Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 458-0098. robert goLD: Large-scale, digitally manipulated, painted photographs of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Middlebury and Tortorelli. Through September 1 at Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury. Info, 388-4095. robert goLD & crystAL mAcmiLLAn: Pensive scenes of personal moments and country views on large painted canvases and paper prints. Through September 1 at M Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 377-0780.


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JAmes vogLer: “A Trail of Breadcrumbs,” abstract paintings inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Through November 2 at WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room in Bristol. Info, 453-3188.

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DonA Ann mcADAms: “A View From the Backstretch,” photographs and audio stories from the venerable Saratoga racecourse. Through September 8 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964.

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‘Autumn LeAves’: Monoprints by Casey Blanchard, jewelry by Bruce Baker and collage by Linda Durkee. Through September 30 at Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. Info, 382-9222.

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The 25-year-old brings her two loves together in her butchery series, “And I Eat Meat,” at Red Square in Burlington during the month of September. Carnivores can be forgiven for drooling at the sight of Fontaine’s paintings of juicy, raw steaks alongside enticing, chalkboard-inspired diagrams of cuts of meat. “The blackboard surface of the canvases produces a surface so smooth, I feel as if I am painting on butter,” she writes. “Or sliding a searing, grass-fed steak on the bottom of a hot, hot pan.” Pictured: “Lil Pig.”

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‘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.

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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. ‘whaT’s haTChing in Brandon?’: Artistenhanced depictions of 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 at Brandon Artists’ Guild. Info, 247-4956.





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ann young: Oil paintings of landscapes and people. Through September 4 at Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. Info, 525-3366.

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dusTy BoynTon: Paintings, works on paper and structured reliefs; ‘iMpressed: VerMonT prinTMakers 2012’: Work by Vermont artists in the print medium. Through September 9 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358. ‘engage’: A juried exhibition of artwork by Vermont artists with disabilities. Through August 31 at Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. Info, 655-7772. eriC ToBin: Landscape paintings in oil. Through September 3 at Fisk Farm Art Center in Isle La Motte. Info, 928-3364. ‘exposed’: This annual outdoor sculpture exhibit includes site-specific installations by 17 regional and international artists around the gallery grounds, along the bike path and throughout town. Through October 13 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358. ‘healing engine oF eMergenCy: The inCrediBle sTory oF The saFeTy pin’: A visual history of the safety pin, including a miniature menagerie made from safety pins, a collection of ancient Roman fibula, the precursor to the safety pin, and other oddities. Through August 31 at The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover. Info, 626-4409. henry kiely: Large paintings of utilitarian objects on white, gessoed backgrounds. Through October 14 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261.

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.

John lazenBy: “The Portrait Project,” photographs of people who participate in Home Share Now, a central Vermont organization that facilitates affordable shared-housing situations. Through September 7 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261.

Charlie hunTer & susan aBBoTT: “Vermont: A Place Apart,” new paintings of the Vermont landscape. Through October 31 at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe. Info, 253-8943.

larry golden: Plein-air paintings by the Vermont artist. Through August 31 at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. Info, 748-8291.

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Mathew Pardue: Paintings in oil of the Shelburne Farms area. Through September 23 at Claire’s Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053. ‘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 early-19th century lifestyle. Through September 25 at Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. Info, 467-3701. ‘suMMer FuN!’: Artwork celebrating the season by Maurie Harrington, Diane David, Megan Humphrey, Ellen A. Thompson, Nancy Jacobus, Mags Bonham and Jim Holzschuh. Through August 31 at Grand Isle Art Works. Info, 378-4591. ‘the PastelIsts’: A juried exhibition of 80 works by 42 artists working in the medium; Paul goodNow: Landscape oil paintings by the New England artist who died last January. Through September 3 at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Info, 644-5100. ‘the verMoNt laNdscaPe’: Work by self-taught Vermont artists Merrill Densmore, Lawrence Fogg and Dot Kibbee. Through October 9 at GRACE in Hardwick. Info, 472-6857. vaNessa dIMoFF: Gypsy- and flamenco-inspired jewelry. Through September 10 at Townsend Gallery at Black Cap Coffee in Stowe. Info, 279-4239.


KatherINe JohNsoN: Nature-themed works made from found materials such as wood and stone. Through September 30 at VINS Nature Center in Quechee. Info, 359-5001 ext. 219. sally aPFelBauM: “Photographs, Photograms and Paintings,” a 25-year retrospective of the Vermont artist, whose subjects range from New York’s Ellis Island and upstate forests to Monet’s garden in Giverny, France. Through September 2 at Vermont Center for Photography in Brattleboro. Info, 251-6051.


axel stohlBerg & JohN davId o’shaughNessy: “Capturing the Unseen World,” abstract paintings; NIcholas gaFFNey: “12-A,” photographs; carMelo MIdIlI: “The Space Beyond,” sculptures. Through September 7 at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. Info, 603-448-3117. late suMMer show: New work by Frank Owen; paintings by Rebecca Purdum; and charcoal drawings and mixed-media sculpture by Charles Ramsburg. Through September 8 at Atea Ring Gallery in Westport, N.Y. Info, 518-962-8620. ‘star wars: IdeNtItIes: the exhIBItIoN’: An interactive investigation into the science of identity through Star Wars props, costumes, models and artwork from the Lucasfilm Archives. Through September 16 at Montréal Science Centre. Info, 514-496-4724.

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toM wesselMaNN: “Beyond Pop Art,” a retrospective of the American artist famous from the early 1960s for his great American nudes and still lifes. Through October 7 at Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. Info, 514-285-2000. m


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BIKE PATH Gordon-Levitt plays a Columbia dropout who chooses life as a bicycle messenger over the law.

Premium Rush ★★★★


ometimes good things come in completely ridiculous packages. That’s the case with Premium Rush — 91 minutes of over-the-top nonsense that miraculously succeed in proving deliriously dumb fun. Reason No. 1 is the fi lm’s refreshing twist on the tradition of the chase movie. This time, the vehicles speeding from one end of Manhattan to the other — through, up, down, inside, under, around and over all manner of gridlocked obstacles — aren’t cars. Welcome to the high-velocity, high-risk world of the New York bicycle messenger. Reason No. 2 is Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the role of Wilee, a Columbia Law School dropout who somewhere on the road of life decided the wheels of justice didn’t turn f ast enough f or him. The pay isn’t great (“Eighty bucks on a good day,” he narrates), but the thrills and challenges are. Favoring a stripped-down fi xie with neither gears nor brakes, Wilee is fearless, the best of the best. “Goin’ down Broadway at 50 with no brakes — what could be better than that?” The answer, it turns out, is not having a wack-job NYPD detective on your tail. That would be o° cer Bobby Monday, a psycho with a badge who could have graduated from

the same police academy as Nicolas Cage’s Bad Lieutenant. He’s played by Michael Shannon, reason No. 3 why this picture is so much better than it should be. The bug-eyed actor was born to rivet, and has a freaky fi eld day with the part of a cop in the grip of a serious gambling problem. Monday is in over his head with loan sharks, which is why his life depends on intercepting the package Wilee is rocketing toward a mysterious Chinatown address. Sources have informed the messenger that it contains a ticket worth $50,000. Initially, the cop fi gures his car gives him the advantage. Then director/cowriter David Koepp (Secret Window) starts pulling pulsepounding stunts out of his bag of tricks. The chase scenes are expertly shot, with the audience often sharing the cyclist’s perspective as Wilee eludes his pursuer by riding against tra° c on one-way streets, shooting through impossibly narrow spaces between streetclogging autos, soaring over fences, pedaling across roofs and hoods, and blowing through red lights. Koepp minimizes the use of CGI. Virtually all the riding in the movie is real, though he employs a digital e˛ ect that’s a pip: As our hero nears busy intersections, the fi lmmaker

f reezes the scene, and we look on as Wilee instantaneously projects the outcome of potential routes through the maze of cars and pedestrians. An animated arrow shows the result of this twist or that turn, and watching Wilee think f ast is a blast. He’s got the instincts of a Generation Y Neal Cassady. There’s not a lot more to the story. Sometimes keeping it simple is a good thing, and Premium Rush is a case in point. It’s a raceagainst-the-clock thriller that boasts an appealing lead, a villain who’s more fun than a barrel of Christopher Walkens, bigger laughs than you might expect and action sequences as breathtaking as they are brashly original. Uh, unless they’re not. Original, that is. Columbia Pictures, Koepp and cowriter John Kamps are currently def endants in a

copyright inf ringement suit fi led by author Joe Quirk, who claims the picture is a rip-o˛ of the screenplay he presented to the studio based on his 1998 novel, The Ultimate Rush. It’s about a San Francisco messenger who runs into trouble similar to Wilee’s. Last month, a f ederal judge declined to dismiss the claim. Holy Fareed Zakaria, Batman! It’ll be a while bef ore all the f acts are known. No point in a Rush to judgment, so to speak. Until proof positive to the contrary arrives, I’ll continue to make the case that the latest from Koepp & Co. is one of the summer’s wildest, most inventive rides; a lovably loopy adrenaline fest that defi nitely delivers. RICK KISONAK





REVIEWS Hit and Run ★


movie with a small budget can be good. A movie with a stupid script can be good, if it o˛ ers enough eye candy or visceral thrills to compensate f or its lack of brains. But a movie with a small budget and a stupid script cannot be good. Such is the sad, soonto-be-forgotten case of Hit and Run. It’s sad for the audience, and sad because this action comedy is clearly a labor of love f or comedian Dax Shepard, who scripted, codirected (with David Palmer) and stars with his real-lif e girlf riend, Kristen Bell. Unf ortunately, Shepard seems to have expended most of his loving labor on craf ting a hyperactive screenplay that will give you fl ashbacks to the worst Quentin Tarantino imitators of the 1990s. What this means is that plot progression, such as it is, halts f requently f or characters to engage in lengthy, would-be clever dialogues on unrelated topics. Playing a pair of lovers on a dangerous road trip through the American Southwest, Bell and Shepard bicker unceasingly about his un-PC language and choice of vehicle — a souped-up ’67 Lincoln Continental. At least their grating fi ghts and cutesy

reconciliations could pass as characterization. But what about the long scene where two cops discuss a gay social app called Pouncer? (It becomes a running gag, though not a particularly f unny one.) Or the even longer scene in which the fi lm’s villain (Bradley Cooper, with dreadlocks) establishes his bad-assery by terrorizing a stranger he sees buying cheap dog f ood at the market? Cooper’s concern f or canines might be darkly amusing if he ever managed to terrorize anyone else in the fi lm — or the audience. Shepard plays “Charlie Bronson,” a f ormer getaway driver in the witness protection program. (The name he chose f or his new identity is f odder f or another gabf est that spells out what we already know: Dude is immature.) Cooper is the bank-robbing buddy on whom Charlie ratted; and Bell is Annie, a high-minded academic ignorant of her boyf riend’s seedy past. When she spies a great job opportunity, Charlie agrees to drive her to LA for the interview. Annie’s disgruntled ex (Michael Rosenbaum) wastes no time in telling the recently f reed Cooper where his nemesis is headed, putting all the characters on a four-lane-blacktop collision course. Annie has a doctorate in violent-confl ict

ROAD QUIP Viewers of this talky comedy may fi nd themselves growing as disengaged as Bell’s character appears here.

resolution — a joke that never pans out. Bell’s usual comic fl intiness goes soft as she moons over Shepard, while he makes liberal use of his puppy-dog eyes and “What, me worry?” demeanor. They’re cute together, but not cute enough to sustain an 85-minute movie. And much of that movie feels like a comic setup with no payo˛ . As the nation’s most incompetent U.S. marshal, Tom Arnold o˛ ers unremitting, unf unny klutziness. Cooper’s perf ormance as a sensitive sociopath with poor f ashion sense is the fi lm’s most overthe-top element and the source of its funniest scene — most of which, if you’re curious, you will fi nd in the red-band trailer. But he’s

ultimately a f ootnote to a movie where the only other real laughs happen during the credits. Some critics have lauded Hit and Run for its on-the-cheap car-chase scenes, which recall the golden, predigital days of Smokey and the Bandit. I’m the fi rst to agree that oldschool action deserves a comeback. But if that’s what you crave, you’re better o˛ renting Tarantino’s Death Proof , or a genuine ’70s exploitation fl ick, than sitting through this mess. MARGOT HARRISON

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2 DAYS IN NEW YORK★★★ In the followup to her refreshing relationship comedy 2 Days in Paris, writer-director Julie Delpy plays a woman whose life gets chaotic when her French family comes to stay with her and her American boyfriend (Chris Rock). With Albert Delpy and Aleksia Landeau. (96 min, R. Savoy; ends 8/30)

this Marvel Comics extravaganza. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson. Joss Whedon directed. (140 min, PG-13. Majestic, St. Albans)


THE OOGIELOVES IN THE BIG BALLOON ADVENTURE: Billed as “From the marketing visionary who brought you Teletubbies,” this musical fantasy about bright-colored humanoids was designed to appeal to tots who have trouble keeping quiet in theaters — and their parents. All others: Be warned. Toni Braxton, Cloris Leachman and Christopher Lloyd star. Matthew Diamond directed. (83 min, G. Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Palace)





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only), 1:05, 3:10, 5:15, 7:20, 9:35. The Expendables 2 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only), 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45. The o dd Life of t imothy Green 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only), 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50. ParaNorman 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only), 12:50 (3-D), 3, 4:50 (3-D). The Bourne Legacy 6:50, 9:35. The campaign 9:20. Hope Springs 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only), 12:50, 3:05, 5:20, 7:35, 9:50. Ice Age: continental Drift 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only), 2:35. ***See website for details.

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wednesday 29 — thursday 30 The Expendables 2 7. The Bourne Legacy 7. Hope Springs 7. Full schedule not available at press time.


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friday 31 — thursday 6 *2016: o bama’s America 1:10 & 3:35 (Sat & Sun only), 6:25, 9:05. *Lawless 1:10 & 3:45 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9:10. *The Possession 1:15 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9. The Expendables 2 12:45 & 3:35 (Sat & Sun only), 6:25, 9:10. The Bourne Legacy 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 9:15. Hope Springs 1 ( Sat & Sun only), 6:20.

friday 31 — thursday 6 *Lawless 2:30 & 4:40 (SatMon only), 7, 9:10 (Fri-Mon only). Hit and Run 2:30 & 4:30 (Sat-Mon only), 7, 9:10 (Fri-Mon only). The campaign 2:30 & 4:30 (Sat-Mon only), 7 (Tue-Thu only), 9:20 (Fri-Mon only). The Dark Knight Rises 6:30 (Fri-Mon only).


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wednesday 29 — thursday 30 *Lawless 6:30, 9:10. The Expendables 2 6:25, 9:10. The o dd Life of t imothy Green 6:20, 9:05. The Bourne Legacy 6:10, 9:15. Hope Springs 6:20, 9:10.

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2:30, 4:40, 6:55, 9:05. The Expendables 2 1:05, 3:35, 7, 9:35. The o dd Life of t imothy Green 1:15, 3:50, 6:30, 8:55. ParaNorman (3-D) 12, 2:10, 4:25. The Bourne Legacy 12:35, 6:35, 9:25. The campaign 7:15, 9:25. Hope Springs 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 9. The Dark Knight Rises 12:30, 4, 7:30. Ice Age: continental Drift 3:35. t ed 8:35. friday 31 — thursday 6 *2016: o bama’s America 12, 2:10, 4:20, 6:30, 9. *Lawless 12:45, 3:30, 6:40, 9:20. *The o ogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure 12, 2, 4. *The Possession 12:15, 2:30, 5, 7:20, 9:40. Hit and Run 12:35, 9:05. Premium Rush 12:15, 2:30, 7:05,

wednesday 29 — thursday 30 Hit and Run 1:10, 3:15, 7:10, 9:15. The Bourne Legacy 1:20, 4:05, 6:40, 9:10. Hope Springs 1:15, 3:30, 7, 9:25. Beasts of the Southern Wild 1:05, 3, 7:20, 9:20. The Intouchables 1:25, 4:10, 6:50, 9:05. moonrise Kingdom 1, 3:05, 5, 7:20, 9:30. friday 31 — thursday 6 *celeste & Jesse Forever 1, 3, 5, 7:10, 9:10. Peace, Love & misunderstanding 1:20, 6:30. Hit and Run 3:20, 8:40. The Bourne Legacy 3:30, 8:30. Hope Springs 1:15, 6:20. Beasts of the Southern Wild 1:10, 3:05, 5:05, 7, 9:20. The Intouchables 1:25, 4, 6:50,

friday 31 — thursday 6 *Farewell, my Queen 1:10, 3:45, 6:50, 9:10. *Lawless 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1:15, 4:10, 6:45, 9:20. *The o ogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 12:45, 2:40, 4:40, 6:35. *The Possession 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 9:30. Premium Rush 1:25, 4:05, 7, 9:30. The o dd Life of t imothy Green 1, 3:35. ParaNorman 3:55, 6:25. Ruby Sparks 6:55, 9:25. The Bourne Legacy 12:55, 8:40. The campaign 12:50, 2:50, 4:55, 7:05, 9:15. Hope Springs 1:05,

Beasts of the Southern Wild 6:30, 8:30. friday 31 — thursday 6 *celeste & Jesse Forever 1:30 (Sat-Mon only), 6, 8. Beasts of the Southern Wild 1 & 3:30 (Sat-Mon only), 6:30, 8:30.

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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)

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

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. Big Picture, Majestic, Roxy)

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SPARKLE★★★ In this remake of the 1976 film inspired by the careers of the Supremes, three singing sisters form a Motown group and face the pressures of their own success. Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston and Derek Luke star. Salim (Jumping the Broom) Akil directed. (117 min, PG-13. Essex; ends 8/30)

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN 1/2★ Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton play a childless couple who, instead of adopting, bury their wishes for their ideal child in their backyard — only to find said kid sprouting there. Peter Hedges directed this Disney drama. (104 min, PG. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace)

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. Big Picture)

PARANORMAN★★★ A boy who can communicate with the dead seeks a productive use for his ghoulish talent in this stop-motion animation from Laika, the studio behind Coraline. With the voices of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Chris Butler and Sam (The Tale of Despereaux) Fell directed. (92 min, PG. Bijou (3-D), Capitol, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace, Sunset, Welden)

TED★★1/2 A Christmas miracle brings a boy’s teddy bear to life — and, as an adult, he can’t shake the fluffy, obnoxious companion in this comedy with Mark Wahlberg, Joel McHale, Mila Kunis and Giovanni Ribisi. Seth (“Family Guy”) MacFarlane wrote, directed and voice-starred. (106 min, R. Majestic, Sunset)

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

PREMIUM RUSH★★★ Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a bike messenger who finds himself delivering a dangerous package in this thriller from director David (Secret Window) Koepp. With Michael

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t starts as a one-night stand. Russell (Tom Cullen), a burly, quiet lifeguard, thinks Glen (Chris New), a wiry, volatile art student, is “out of his league.” They meet at a bar and go to Russell’s place and, the next morning, they start talking. At first, Glen is just recording Russell’s impressions of their hookup for a very conceptual art project he’s doing. But over the course of one weekend, the two young men get to know each other well. Ostensibly, they don’t have much in common. Russell is out, but only to his close friends. Glen is prone to getting in shouting matches with homophobic strangers. Russell, who grew up in foster care, believes in long-term relationships. Glen “doesn’t do boyfriends.” ...



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Litigation Nation

Larry Laugen, 37, went to the police station in Turlock, Calif., as required to register as a sex offender. Also at the station was a woman giving details of her confrontation with a man who broke into her apartment the day before. As she was leaving, she recognized Laugen and told the officer with her, “Hey, that’s the guy.” He was arrested on a burglary charge. (Modesto Bee)

We’re Against Us

When a taxi arrived at its destination in Bowie, Md., the passenger demanded money from the driver, then “struck him in the head and then threw some kind of liquid on him,” Police Chief Chuck Nesky said. The passenger then ignited the liquid. As it caught fire, the driver escaped, but the passenger didn’t. Firefighters who extinguished the blaze found the would-be robber’s body in the backseat, burned beyond recognition. (Washington Post)

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Mark Simmons, 40, was piloting a single-engine aircraft towing a banner for a customer that read “Michelle, will you marry me? Mike,” when he experienced engine trouble and had to ditch off Rhode Island’s Block Island. Rescuers said the pilot’s 8-year-old son, Ethan, heard his dad’s emergency call and alerted authorities, who rescued Simmons from Block Island Sound. He “did not appear to have any serious injuries,” Coast Guard Lt. Bryan Swintek said. The next day, Simmons climbed back in the cockpit of another plane and completed the marriage proposal flight that had been cut short. Mike, who hired Simmons to tow the banner, reported that Michelle said yes. (Westerly Sun)

Fired Up

Police responding to reports of a man setting fire to a toilet seat at a convenience store in Louisville, Ky., said suspect James Crittenden, 36, told store workers who confronted him that he lit the fire for religious reasons. Several news outlets accompanied their report with a photo showing what a burning toilet might look like. Police noted they had arrested Crittenden two weeks earlier for huffing 10 cans of Reddi-wip at another convenience store without paying. He asserted that the U.S. Constitution gave him the right to huff Reddi-wip. (Louisville’s WAVE-TV)

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Dale Whitmell, 40, told Ontario Provincial Police he was using the butt of a rifle to kill a mouse at a camp at Anjaigami Lake when the weapon accidentally fired. Noting the bullet grazed his forehead, Constable Amanda Huff said Whitmell insisted he didn’t know the weapon was loaded. (Sault Ste. Marie’s Sault Star)

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After Atlantic City’s Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino lost $1.5 million in a Mini Baccarat game, it filed a lawsuit against the 14 players and Gemaco, which makes pre-shuffled cards. The casino claims Gemaco certified the cards dealt in the game as pre-shuffled, but they were later determined not to have been and repeated a pattern. As a result, the casino insisted, “The gamblers unlawfully took advantage of the Golden Nugget when they caught onto the pattern and increased their bets from table minimums to table maximums and by placing bets for others.” (Philadelphia’s KYW-TV) The United Nations General Assembly voted, 133 to 12 with 31 abstentions, to condemn the UN Security Council for failing to end the unrest in Syria. (BBC News)

Second-Amendment Follies

Police investigating the shooting death of Xavier L. Cooper, 20, in Racine, Wis., concluded that Arsenio R. Akins, 23, was using a .357-caliber revolver to pistol-whip another man during a fight when it inadvertently fired, killing Cooper. A witness told Investigator Don Nuttall that Cooper looked like he “was trying to break up the fight.” (Racine’s Journal Times) The weekend after the Aurora, Colo., movie shootings, police in Cookeville, Tenn., received a call from an employee of a movie theater showing the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises. He said a man with a holstered pistol walked into the theater, despite a posted sign prohibiting weapons. Police responded but couldn’t identify the man, so they stopped the movie and asked whoever the man was with a gun to stand up. Three separate people stood up. Officers asked them to return their guns to their vehicles and advised the theater that the sign prohibiting weapons needed to be bigger. (Nashville’s WSMV-TV)

Who’s Left?

When the rock band the Who announced it would end its Quadrophenia and More tour in Providence, R.I., next Feb. 26, Lawrence Lepore, general manager of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, said the venue will honor tickets for a 1979 show canceled by then-Mayor Buddy Cianci, who cited safety concerns after 11 fans were trampled to death and several dozen others injured before a Who concert in Cincinnati. The top ticket price at the 1979 show was $14, Lepore said, adding that refunds were given but people sometimes save tickets as souvenirs. (Associated Press)

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not being too forward here — your charmingly cluttered spots are spiraling into chaotic sprawl, and your slight tendency to overreact is threatening to devolve into a major proclivity. as for that rather shabby emotional baggage of yours: Would you consider hauling it to the dump? in conclusion, my dear ram, you’re due for a few adjustments.



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(June 21-July 22): i dreamed you were a magnanimous taskmaster nudging the people you care about to treat themselves with more conscientious tenderness. you were pestering them to raise their expectations and hew to higher standards of excellence. your persistence was admirable! you coaxed them to waste less time and make long-range education plans and express themselves with more confidence and precision. you encouraged them to give themselves a gift now and then and take regular walks by bodies of water. They were suspicious of your efforts to make them feel good, at least in the early going. but eventually they gave in and let you help them.

libRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): When novelist James Joyce began to suspect that his adult daughter lucia was mentally ill, he sought advice from psychologist Carl Jung. after a few sessions with her, Jung told her father that she was schizophrenic. How did he know? a telltale sign was her obsessive tendency to make puns, many of which were quite clever. Joyce reported that he, too, enjoyed the art of punning. “you are a deep-sea diver,” Jung replied. “she is drowning.” i’m going to apply a comparable distinction to you, libra. These days you may sometimes worry that you’re in over your head in the bottomless abyss. but i’m here to tell you that in all the important ways, you’re like a deep-sea diver. (The JoyceJung story comes from edward Hoagland’s Learning to Eat Soup.) scoRpio (oct. 23-nov. 21): no false advertising this week, scorpio. Don’t pretend to be a purebred if you’re actually a mutt, and don’t act like you know it all when you really don’t. For that matter, you shouldn’t portray yourself as an unambitious amateur if you’re actually an aggressive pro, and you should avoid giving the impression that you want very little when in fact you’re a burning churning throb of longing. i realize it may be tempting to believe that a bit of creative deceit would serve a holy cause, but it won’t. as much as you possibly can, make outer appearances reflect inner truths. sagittaRius (nov. 22-Dec. 21): in Christian lore, the serpent is the bad guy that’s the cause of all humanity’s problems. He coaxes adam and eve to disobey god, which gets them expelled from Paradise. but in Hindu and buddhist mythology, there are snake gods that sometimes do good deeds and perform epic services. They’re called nagas. in one

Hindu myth, a naga prince carries the world on his head. and in a buddhist tale, the naga king uses his seven heads to give the buddha shelter from a storm just after the great one has achieved enlightenment. in regard to your immediate future, sagittarius, i foresee you having a relationship to the serpent power that’s more like the Hindu and buddhist version than the Christian. expect vitality, fertility and healing.

capRicoRN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): in lewis Carroll’s book Through the Looking Glass, the red Queen tells alice that she is an expert at believing in impossible things. she brags that there was one morning when she managed to embrace six improbable ideas before she even ate breakfast. i encourage you to experiment with this approach, Capricorn. Have fun entertaining all sorts of crazy notions and unruly fantasies. Please note that i am not urging you to actually put those beliefs into action. The point is to give your imagination a good workout. aQuaRius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): i’m not nec-

essarily advising you to become best friends with the dark side of your psyche. i’m merely requesting that the two of you cultivate a more open connection. The fact of the matter is that if you can keep a dialogue going with this shadowy character, it’s far less likely to trip you up or kick your ass at inopportune moments. in time you might even come to think of its chaos as being more invigorating than disorienting. you may regard it as a worthy adversary and even an interesting teacher.

pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): you need more

magic in your life, Pisces. you’re suffering from a lack of sublimely irrational adventures and eccentrically miraculous epiphanies and inexplicably delightful interventions. at the same time, i think it’s important that the magic you attract into your life is not pure fluff. it needs some grit. it’s got to have a kick that keeps you honest. That’s why i suggest that you consider getting the process started by baking some unicorn poop cookies. They’re sparkly, enchanting, rainbow-colored sweets, but with an edge. ingredients include sparkle gel, disco dust, star sprinkles — and a distinctly roguish attitude. recipe is here: UnicornPoopCookies.

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aRies (March 21-april 19): i’m afraid your vibes are slightly out of tune. Can you do something about that, please? Meanwhile, your invisible friend could really use a tarot reading, and your houseplants would benefit from a dose of Mozart. Plus — and i hope i’m

gemiNi (May 21-June 20): i’ve got some medicine for you to try, gemini. it’s advice from the writer Thomas Merton. “to allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns,” he wrote, “to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to the violence of our times.” it’s always a good idea to heed that warning, of course. but it’s especially crucial for you right now. The best healing work you can do is to shield your attention from the din of the outside world and tune in reverently to the glimmers of the inside world.

street,” i’m happy to announce that this week is brought to you by the letter t, the number 2 and the color blue. Here are some of the “t” words you should put extra emphasis on: togetherness, trade-offs, tact, timeliness, tapestry, testability, thoroughness, teamwork and Themis (goddess of order and justice). to bolster your mastery of the number 2, meditate on interdependence, balance and collaboration. as for blue, remember that its presence tends to bring stability and depth.

In the creation myths of Easter Island’s native inhabitants, the god who made humanity was named Makemake. He was also their fertility deity. Today the name Makemake also belongs to a dwarf planet that was discovered beyond the orbit of Neptune in 2005. It’s currently traveling through the sign of Virgo. I regard it as being the heavenly body that best symbolizes your own destiny in the coming months. In the spirit of the original Makemake, you will have the potential to be a powerful maker. In a sense you could even be the architect and founder of your own new world. Here’s a suggestion: Look up the word “creator” in a thesaurus, write the words you find there on the back of your business card and keep the card in a special place until May 2013.

(april 20-May 20): is happiness mostly just an absence of pain? if so, i bet you’ve been pretty content lately. but what if a more enchanting and exciting kind of bliss were available? Would you have the courage to go after it? Could you summon the chutzpah and the zeal and the visionary confidence to head out in the direction of a new frontier of joy? i completely understand if you feel shy about asking for more. you might worry that to do so would be greedy, or put you at risk of losing what you have already scored. but i feel it’s my duty to cheer you on. The potential rewards looming just over the hump are magnificent.

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I am in a fairly new relationship with a guy, and things have been going wonderfully. I belong to a fitness community that has been part of my life for much longer than my current relationship. It’s a huge part of my social life, and it just so happens that my friends from this community are extremely fit — especially the men. My boyfriend has no interest in being part of it, which is totally fine with me, but he gets insanely jealous of the fit men I hang out with. He makes unfair comments to me, claiming that I must not like his body because he’s not in shape. I’m at my wit’s end with having to reassure him that I’m happy with him as he is. What should I do?


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pLanet f itness r unnin G Gir L You: attractive running girl with awesome “girl next door” quality. Me: running next to you Tuesday night (8/21). See you often, long, light-brown hair, always up, running, earphones, reading a magazine. I’ve hoped to meet you on the way in/out, or see you around town so I could strike up a conversation. I’d love to know if you’re single/available for coffee/ drink. w hen: t uesday, august 21, 2012. w here: planet f itness. you: w oman. Me: Man. #910569

Your guy is intimidated by the men in your fitness community and is obviously struggling with his body image. But while he’s worried that his body is turning you off, it’s actually his jealousy and insecurity that are bothering you. Fear of the unknown might be the culprit here. You say your fitness community is a big part of your social life, so it’s time to integrate. While your guy shouldn’t feel pressured to work out with you, he does have an obligation to get to know your friends. Presumably, the more time he spends with your fitness friends, the less intimidated he will become. Of course, do your best to steer the conversation away from the gym — you might even give your friends a heads-up to lay off the workout talk when they meet him. More than anything, it’s time to communicate. Tell him that fitness is a choice you’ve made in your life, and it has no bearing on your lust for his body. Just because your friends have six-pack abs doesn’t mean that you don’t love his keg-like belly. By the same token, let him know that you want him to feel his best. If he wants to work out, you’ll help him. If not, you’ll help him finish off a pint of Ben & Jerry’s instead. If his jealousy persists, you might have a bigger problem on your hands. If his words or actions escalate, seek the help of a trusted friend or counselor. For now, see how far you get by taking the kind and understanding route.


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incredib Ly beautifu L birthday Gir L To the stunning woman with piercing periwinkle eyes and blond hair, hello woman of my dreams, this is not the way it seems. The first time I saw you from across the street, you took my breath away and so to this day. Thanks for showing me to appreciate the rainbow not cursing the rain. You’re forever my shining star! w hen: f riday, august 24, 2012. w here: h ome. you: w oman. Me: Man. #910571

badass u G barista There’s something familiar about you. We knew each other in a past life perhaps? I can’t put my finger on it. I’ve been fascinated since the first time I saw you. Dinner? w hen: sunday, august 19, 2012. w here: corner of pearl and n. w inooski. you: w oman. Me: w oman. #910563

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Seven Days, August 29, 2012  

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