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en & Jerry’s has built its ice cream empire, in part, with some scandalous-sounding flavor names. Remember the controversy that followed the release of Schweddy Balls, when the group One Million Moms said, “The vulgar new flavor has turned something as innocent as ice cream into something repulsive”? Well, if moms thought Schweddy Balls was gross, just wait till they hear about “Ben & Cherry’s.” Last week, Ben & Jerry’s filed a lawsuit against the producer of the “Ben & Cherry’s” series of pornographic films. Each title in the X-rated series is, you guessed it, a parody of a B&J’s flavor, such as Peanut Butter D-Cup and Chocolate Fudge Babes. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and demands California-based Caballero Video take the movies off the market. On September 7, a federal judge in Manhattan handed the makers of “Vermont’s finest” an early victory when he ordered the porn makers to halt video sales for now. But will B&J win the underlying claim? As Seven Days digital media manager Tyler Machado wrote on our staff blog, Blurt, “One wonders if Ben & Jerry’s has a leg to stand on, given that some of their real-life flavor names are, well, kinda scandalous. (Yes, that includes Clusterfluff, which could probably have been the title of a very fascinating porno but was later changed to What a Cluster.) Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all, and those Häagen-Dazs people can only wish that there was anything sexy about their treats.” Just how sexy are Ben & Jerry’s actual flavor names? Machado made up a quiz to see if readers could tell the difference. He called it “Ben & Jerry’s flavor or porno flick?” Flip this page upside down for answers.

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[Re “In Montpelier, Empty Storefronts Could Be a Thing of the Past,” September 5]: So often the changes we want to see in Vermont downtowns come as the result of hard work, preparation and then ... I’d say the most important element is simply generational change.

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[Re “In Montpelier, Empty Storefronts Could Be a Thing of the Past,” September 5]: Has Seven Days considered also running a feature on the changes happening in Barre City? As someone who grew up here, and yes, prefers Montpelier over Barre, I am still very impressed with the effort Tom Lauzon is making and think it will do much for the city. Check it out! Rajan Frantz BERLIN


In response to the wind project article on Georgia Mountain [“Chittenden County’s First Wind Project Is Small, Local and, of Course, Generating Opposition,” September 5], I would just like to state that the “golf-ball-size” flyrock should be seen before one describes it. Flyrock that is larger than a football, closer to the size of a basketball, should


Cry me a river [“Chittenden County’s First Wind Project Is Small, Local and, of Course, Generating Opposition,” September 5]! Poor David Blittersdorf’s dream of Vermont being energy independent has a slim chance of driving him bankrupt, and we are supposed to feel sorry for him? How about the dreams of all the people who chose to call Georgia Mountain home, only to have those dreams become a living hell due to Blittersdorf and the Harrisons? Is this what makes Vermonters special, their ability to ruin the lives of their neighbors to fulfill boyhood dreams and profit opportunities? Any environmentalist who supports big wind in Vermont is a hypocrite. The Georgia project is an environmental disaster. The mountaintop has been totally reconstructed to accommodate an inefficient source of energy. There is now a road up the side of the mountain as wide as a two-lane highway. Not

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There was an incorrect clue in last week’s crossword puzzle. The capital of Maryland is Annapolis — not Baltimore. Whoops. to mention the carbon this project is producing. Yet no environmental organization in Vermont will dare speak out. Blittersdorf practically owns VPIRG. He’s got a government he helped pay for. Yet he wants our pity? Here’s an idea: If these developers are really not in this for the money, why don’t they funnel all profits into residential green energy systems for those who live on Georgia Mountain? This would support Blittersdorf’s goals and the Harrison’s stated goal of leaving a cleaner environment for the children. And it will cause no additional environmental destruction. Of course, this might mean Blittersdorf has to talk to the residents instead of having his lawyers sue them for using their own property. So that will never happen. Andy Thompson GeOrGia

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[Re Fair Game, September 5]: At this year’s Labor Day rally in Burlington, a speaker described Bernie Sanders as the best senator in Congress. I thought, Yes, Bernie really is the best senator. But during Bernie’s speech, I raised a sign that said, “Bernie Don’t Betray Us / No F-35.” The other side said: “F-35 = Military Industrial Complex.” Why isn’t Bernie defending people who live, work and go to school in the zone that the official Air Force report says will be unsuitable for residential use if F-35s are based here? Low- and moderate-income residential areas and industrial zones, where thousands of workers spend their days, are most affected. These are not affluent NIMBYs; they are the very constituents Bernie prides himself on defending. Why put F-35s here? The Air Force study acknowledges that jets increase air pollution, but since Vermont’s air quality is better than average, it’s OK to add more pollutants to our air. In other words, Vermont is under-polluted. Vermonters oppose war more than average. People in other places depend more on weapons factories and military bases for their livelihoods. They don’t oppose the military-industrial complex; they think they benefit economically from war. So maybe Vermont is undermilitarized. It’s risky for a senator to stand up to the military-industrial complex to defend constituents and to resist the state becoming more entangled in the war economy. Maybe a lone senator can’t stop the war machine from doing whatever the generals want. But it would be sad if even the best senator in Congress won’t try. Peter Lackowski burlinGTOn

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Had high expectations for this article [“Chittenden County’s First Wind Project Is Small, Local and, of Course, Generating Opposition,” September 5], but am disappointed. A lot of people spent a lot of time talking with reporter Kathryn Flagg. Some points were covered pretty well, but others were missed completely. “Golf-ball-size” rocks. Try basketball. It’s all well documented. Their blasting call was automated. Eight o’clock every day saying we will be blasting today sometime. Pretty useless. Don’t really care for Blittersdorf’s whining



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Thank you for Kathryn Flagg’s article on Georgia Mountain’s wind project. She really captured the project’s size and scope. For the many Vermonters who say they are for wind, just not industrial wind, this is the ticket: locally owned and locally sold wind power. Burlington Electric has agreed to buy all generation, thus keeping the lights on in 4200 Burlington homes. So one could call this your electric share of a power locavore movement. Winooski One will be our hydro share. Burlington Electric has been the leader in the state in building an energy portfolio on renewable sources and avoided use through conservation.   

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SEPTEMBER 12-19, 2012 VOL.18 NO.02 PERFORMING ARTS PREVIEW What does that little nip in the morning air mean to you? An excuse to buy a new sweater? Time to clean the grill? The college students are back? All that and … the new performing-arts season is upon us! And to anyone who loves the promise of a darkened theater — whether the experience to come is chamber music or beatbox, standup or avant-garde weirdness — it’s a thrilling time of year. In this issue, we sample the shows, in every genre and from venues around the area, and also investigate what’s new behind the scenes. In State of the Arts, we “review” the Flynn’s million-dollar seats, and take note of upcoming film series. Choose your magic — in 2-D, 3-D or HD.


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Ever After There’s no gingerbread house of sweets in James vogler’s oil paintings, but you’re not wrong to pick up on traces of “Hansel and gretel” in his abstract imagery. inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales, “A Trail of Breadcrumbs” is an imaginative exhibit of layered colors that evoke old folklore, movement and, yes, a little magic.

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f orget Black Swan — Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, which debuted in London in 1995, was the original twist on t chaikovsky’s soaring classic. “dance just got all sexypants,” wrote the New York Post of his gender-bending ballet, cast with a male lead and ensemble. see it for yourself at a broadcast screening in middlebury.

Slice of Life despite the name, r adical Cheese 2: A r adical puppetry Festival has nothing to do with dairy products. instead, festivalgoers sample the “thought-fermentation process” as puppeteers and street performers — from puerto r ico’s papel machete to glover’s Bread and puppet Theater — showcase their arts in rollicking acts, mostly under 20 minutes each.

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the super PAC — legally, Brooks is barred as soon run my own race and not have from coordinating with campaigns, any involvement from super PACs, but I though he can raise and spend as much guess they’re a reality.” as he’d like on them — even the lucky candidates appear to be clueless. Ads of Steele “I’m in the dark, just like you,” says In Vermont’s burgeoning super-PAC Wilton, who first learned about the arms race, the best hope for Pearce and 15-second spot calling her a “fiscal trail- Hoffer may be for liberal special-interest blazer” after Seven Days posted it online groups to swoop in. late last week. “I really don’t know what One such entity, Vermont Priorities, to think. I’m busy running my own cam- established the state’s first homegrown paign is really the bottom line.” super PAC in July, but the progressive Wilton’s opponent, Democrat BETH organization has since struggled to raise PEARCE, who was appointed to the post money. That changed Monday, when it in January 2011, seized on the mysteri- disclosed a $25,000 contribution from ous ad buy Monday, calling on Wilton to Shelburne developer and philanthropist insist that Vermonters disclose the super LISA STEELE. Of that largesse, $10,000 is PAC’s contributors and take its ad down. earmarked for the group’s super PAC, “I’m asking that Wendy request while the remainder must be spent disclosure of the donors on issue advocacy — not behind Vermonters explicit electioneering First, consistent with her efforts. calls for transparency,” “I personally think that Pearce said in an interwe need to end unlimited view Tuesday. “The good spending in campaigns, financial health of the but I also know that state is too important to will not happen without be decided by money that action,” Steele said in a is shielded from public statement explaining her scrutiny.” donation. “After careful VINCE ILLUZZI Yet Pearce refused to thought and analysis, I say whether she would have concluded that if accept the support of independents, liberals, super PACs herself, should any be eyeing Democrats and Progressives do not her campaign. participate in the process, critical policy “I’d have to take a look at the super decisions will be made by individuals PAC and understand what’s behind it,” who do not share my values.” she said, adding, “I’m not going to deal Cofounder and owner of Burlington’s with hypotheticals. Super PACs that do Main Street Landing, Steele has contribnot provide transparency are inconsis- uted at least $300,000 in recent years to tent with the message we’re trying to get Democratic political candidates and parout to Vermonters.” ties at the federal level, according to the Hoffer, the Democratic and Federal Election Commission. Steele is Progressive candidate for auditor, finds a member of the Bancroft family, which himself in a similar box as Pearce — but sold its controlling stake in the Dow Jones he says he’d rather super PACs steer Company — owner of the Wall Street clear of supporting him. Journal — to RUPERT MURDOCH in 2007. “I would prefer that nobody do such According to Vermont Priorities a thing. No one,” he says. “Having said board chairman BOB STANNARD, the group that, I disadvantage myself, because is “talking about” whether to use Steele’s Vince is from a very small club, which is contribution to counteract the conservaan old boys club, but that’s just life.” tive ad buy from Vermonters First — and Despite being on the receiving end of will meet this Wednesday to decide. Vermonters First’s ad buy, Illuzzi himself says he’s uncomfortable with it. But because he’s not legally allowed to co- Super-PAC Backlash ordinate with the group, he says there’s Attention may have turned to the general election, but Vermont Republican nothing he can do to stop it. “I guess I would rather not have the Party chairman JACK LINDLEY says he’s support of super PACs — or the opposi- still focused on the actions of a super tion, I might add,” he says. “I would just PAC that may have tipped the scales in



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the Democratic primary for attorney general. Lindley says his party plans to file a complaint next week alleging that Attorney General Bill Sorrell illegally coordinated with the Committee for Justice and Fairness, a Washington, D.C.-based super PAC that spent more than $184,000 backing Sorrell’s primary campaign. Lindley believes that former governor Howard dean, who told Seven Days he advised the super PAC on its media strategy, served as an intermediary between the two entities. “We need a full investigation,” Lindley says. Sorrell and Dean both denied illegal coordination last month, with Dean telling Seven Days, “I know the campaign laws.” With whom will Lindley file his complaint? Sorrell’s own office. “It’s going to be awkward for the attorney general probably, but they can’t have a double standard on that issue,” he says.

project — all of which the council sent to voters Monday night. Despite the lopsided vote in favor of Weinberger’s bonding proposal, councilors expressed plenty of grievances. The body’s three Progressives and independent councilor SHaron BuSHor (Ward 1) sought unsuccessfully to add $3 million to the bond to invest more in the bike path. “Everybody I spoke to was way more excited to spend money to get something more concrete than financial stability,” said Councilor racHel Siegel (P-Ward 3). “I feel that we can sell it better if the bike path is attached to it.” Bushor and Councilor Paul decelleS (R-Ward 7) expressed frustration that the process was rushed and that, as Decelles put it, the council had “no serious time to address this.” In the end, though, only Decelles voted against the bond, while Weinberger’s other proposals passed unanimously. Voters will have the final say in November — assuming they get past the pot question.

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Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reporter KeitH Vance quit his job last month, citing low wages and the rising cost of daycare. But barely a week later, he was back on the beat, reporting for a new media source: his own hyper-local, online news organization called Voice of Montpelier. “Financially, it made more sense for me to not work for the Times Argus anymore, stay home, watch my daughter during the day, freelance write and work for myself,” he says. Vance, who worked for the TA for a year and a half, hopes to fund the nonprofit through grants, donations and sustaining memberships — not unlike the model pioneered by fellow ex-TA staffer anne galloway at But can a town of just 7855 sustain another local news outlet? After all, it’s already got the Times Argus and the Bridge, a biweekly paper. “That’s the question! I don’t know. Talking to people, I think they’re looking for something fresh,” he says. “People seem to be really interested in a modern, 21st-century news organization for Montpelier.” m


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That hopey-changey guy won’t be the only thing on the ballot this fall in Burlington. By a vote of 13 to 1, the Burlington City Council on Monday night asked voters to approve a $9 million “fiscal stability bong” in November. Shit, bro, did I just say “bong”? Must’ve confused the council’s bond vote with another burning issue: its 11 to 3 approval of a nonbinding reeferendum asking Burlingtonians whether they support “the legalization, regulation and taxation of all cannabis and hemp products.” Don’t think we’ll need the Castleton Polling Institute to tell us where Burlington’s stoners, er, voters stand on that one! While the council spent plenty of time tittering over toking — Councilor ed adrian (D-Ward 1) went so far as to say he’d be “shocked to find out that the vast majority of the council hasn’t tried out marijuana at some point in their life” — the real debate Monday night centered around bonding. Two weeks ago, Mayor Miro weinBerger proposed the $9 million fiscal stability bond to shore up the city’s finances in the wake of the Burlington Telecom debacle and reduce its reliance on short-term borrowing, which could grow more expensive if the city’s credit rating continues to slide. Weinberger also proposed a half-cent tax hike to pay for bike-path repairs and a $7 million waterfront tax increment financing

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epublican attorney general candidate Jack McMullen wants to talk about serious issues such as crime and drug addiction — but first he’ll have to get past the teat jokes. “The jokes already have popped up,” McMullen says during a recent inter view in Burlington. “It was f unny. No question.” McMullen is referring to the gaffe heard ’round Vermont during the 1998 U.S. Senate campaign — his f amous flub about the number f o teats on a dairy cow. A recent transplant to Vermont, McMullen was running in a Republican primary against retired Tunbridge dairy f armer Fred Tuttle f or the right to challenge U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy. During a Vermont Public Radio debate, McMullen botched the teat question posed by Tuttle and also mispronounced the name of the town Calais, f eeding the perception of him as an out-of -state carpetbagger. Af ter sinking $300,000 of his own money into the campaign, the busi nessman lost the primary to Tuttle — whose U.S. Senate bid was an elaborate publicity stunt f or a Vermont movie with the same story line. McMullen lost to Leahy in the general election six years later. Now making his third run for public office, 68-year-old McMullen concedes the Tuttle episode may be the most memorable thing about him. But “I think Vermonters realize it’s been a long time since then,” McMullen says optimistically. “Having stayed here the f ollowing 15 years is testament to my affinity for Vermont and not my opportunism.” McMullen is challenging seventerm incumbent Attorney General Bill Sorrell, who barely survived a bruising Democratic primary with Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan. McMullen watched that race closely, and it shows. At times, his message seems torn directly f rom Donovan’s playbook: making drug crime his No. 1 issue, stressing that he’d be a “proactive” attorney general and promising to save taxpayers money by “advising lawmakers bef ore





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they pass legislation that may not pass constitutional muster.” McMullen says Democrats are “frac tured” postprimary and believes he can scoop up some of Donovan’s supporters. “There’s obviously a significant segment of the Democratic Party that thinks a change is in order,” McMullen says. A Republican beating a 15-yearincumbent Democrat in a presidentialelection year would seem unlikely at best in Vermont. In a recent op-ed for VPR, commentator Hamilton Davis argued that “McMullen’s shot is very long” be cause, so far at least, he lacks the money and organization to pose a serious threat to Sorrell. But Vermont Republican Party chair Jack Lindley believes McMullen could make the race competitive. “Sorrell is, in my judgment, very vul nerable,” Lindley says. “I think he’s vul nerable on the increase of drugs in the state. I don’t see any coordinated effort to take care of that problem, obviously

leaving an awful lot of Vermonters worried about their own safety and protec tion of property.” Lindley likes McMullen’s chances for another reason. There’s a Progressive candidate in the race, f ormer Vermont State Employees Union president Ed Stanak. “He’s a pretty well-known f ellow,” Lindley says. “That’s not going to help Sorrell.” If Sorrell and Stanak split left-leaning voters, Lindley believes McMullen could eke out a winning plurality. To do that, McMullen will have to convince voters he’s a real candidate — and that the Tuttle affair happened to some other guy. At his first press conference af ter the primary, McMullen laid out a three-point plan f or combating drug-fueled property crimes in Vermont. The first two prongs are well-worn ideas: creating more residential beds to divert addicts f rom jail into treatment programs; and the creation of a state wide task f orce to look at disparities in

drug-crime sentencing across Vermont’s 14 counties. But it was the third prong that lef t some scratching their heads. McMullen said that as attorney gen eral, he would pursue a compact with neighboring states to ship out-of -state criminals back to their home states to serve prison time — at the expense of taxpayers there. In return, Vermonters convicted of crimes in neighboring states would be sent back to Vermont to serve time — on our dime. “The idea would be: It’s your guy, you pay for it,” McMullen told reporters outside a home in Burlington’s South End, which has experienced a rash of burglaries this summer. Sorrell laughed off the proposal when asked about it in an interview. It’s a good idea in theory, Sorrell says, but no other state in its right mind would agree to it. “For one [party], that’s a very good deal. For the other, you’d have to have flunked elementary math to think that’s in your


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action to hold these officials accountable for their malfeasance.” On Vermont Yankee, McMullen believes the lawsuit to shut down the aging nuclear power plant is a legal loser. As attorney general, he says he would advise the governor to abandon the case and cut the best deal possible with plant owners Entergy. However, McMullen is less eager to discuss his personal views on whether the nuke plant should be shut down, saying, “I think my opinion on that is irrelevant.” Pressed on the question, McMullen says he favors nuclear power as a cheaper alternative to wind and solar, and said he has no concerns over the plant’s safety. He calls a 2007 cooling-tower collapse at VY a “totally peripheral issue” and downplays the plant’s radioactive leaks of 2010. “Yes, they have a tritium leak. So do 29 other reactors in the American nuclear fleet,” says McMullen, who worked as a technical manager of the Navy’s nuclear-power program. “You could drink a glass of tritium 30 seconds after it came out of the tap. It has a half-life of seconds, milliseconds.” Will McMullen be able to sell his ideas? Although he’s good-natured about his past mistakes, he still struggles to connect with average voters. At the South Burlington Farmers Market last weekend, McMullen made the rounds to the dozen or so vendors, sampling food and passing out business cards. At one booth, he met Jamie DePalma, who raises organic chickens and turkeys at Freshies Farm in South Burlington. McMullen chatted up the flannel-clad young farmer, who told him she works winters as “director of the ski and ride school” at Bolton Valley resort. “Ride? You mean horses?” McMullen asked. “Snowboarding,” DePalma replied, looking somewhat baffled. There, in the presence of a reporter, McMullen failed yet another teat test. m


best interest,” the attorney general said with a chuckle. Asked why a higher-population state would agree to an arrangement that would cost it more money, McMullen responded, “I don’t know. I think we could embarrass them into taking them back because we’re offering reciprocity. It’s worth exploration.” Another potential perception challenge for McMullen: He isn’t licensed to practice law in Vermont, which is not a legal prerequisite for becoming attorney general. McMullen points out that he graduated from Harvard Law School, now teaches there and is a member of the bar in three jurisdictions, including New York State. He also argues that attorney general is largely a manager’s, not a lawyer’s, job. “And I’m in the process of becoming a member of the Vermont bar,” he adds. In the meantime, McMullen is campaigning on his business experience, arguing that Sorrell’s aggressive enforcement of consumer protection laws has created a hostile environment for job creators. He’s also hammering on the Burlington Telecom fiasco — calling it the most “flagrant breach of fiduciary duty” in recent Vermont history — and criticizing Sorrell for not investigating possible criminal wrongdoing by Burlington city officials. Sorrell passed the criminal investigation to then-state’s attorney Keith Flynn of Orleans County because Sorrell had a conflict; decades ago, he was partner in a Burlington law firm that now represents Burlington Telecom. “What message has been sent to the city of Burlington by this nonaction?” McMullen says. “Next time somebody gets a wild idea, as long as they didn’t steal the money and put it in a Swiss bank account, they go free? At a minimum there should have been a civil


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hen news broke last week that an apparently deranged gunman tried to assassinate Québec’s newly elected premier at her victory party, many Vermonters probably had the same reaction: Québec had an election? Last Tuesday, Québecers tossed out the right-leaning Jean Charest and his Liberal Party af ter nine years in power, f or the lef t-leaning, prosecession Parti Québécois. The story got a mention on Vermont Public Radio, which noted that Gov. Peter Shumlin was quick to congratulate Pauline Marois on her victory. Most days, however, the Vermont press largely ignores the politics north of the border — unless a Hydro-Québec power contract comes up f or renewal or Canada’s politicians visit Vermont, as they did f or a big July conf erence that sparked a protest that turned violent. There’s no doubt Vermonters could be better informed about the state’s largest trading partner, beyond their reputation — deserved or not — for being lousy tippers. This week, Seven Days spoke to politics watchers on both sides of the border, including University of Vermont history prof essor David Massell, St. Michael’s College political science pro f essor Je˜ rey Ayres and Gordon Edwards of the Canadian Coalitionf or Nuclear Responsibility in Montreal. The goal was to glean some insight f rom last week’s election.

2. Marois and and the thePQ PQsupport support Québec’s Québec’s secession ffrom Canada,but but that’s rom Canada, that’s notnot likely to happen happen anytime anytimesoon. soon.Québec’s Québec’s last independence ref referendum, 1995, erendum, inin1995, shocked the nation nationwhen whensecession secessionlost lost by less than thanone onepercentage percentagepoint. point. Last Last week’s election gave the PQ only about 32 vote, not notenough enoughto to percent of the popular vote, form a majority in the National National Assembly of orbring bringthe the issue a vote of Québec or issue to atovote again. Ayres says saysthe the PQ’s PQ’s victory had less lesstotododo with with or the widespread support f for the sovereignty movement than than with voter dissatis dissatisfaction f action with Charest and his Liberal Party, Party, which were plagued by corruption scandals and and ear-eartheir handling ofofstudent studentprotests protests lier this year. year. Ayres Ayresattributes attributesthe theguard guard change to “normal pendulum politics.” Marois has promised promised to topursue pursueher her staunchly pro-Francophone agenda, agenda, including the expansion of of “Bill “Bill101,” 101,”to to require all companies companies —˛not — notjust justlarge large corporations —  to conduct conductbusiness businessinin —˛ to French as well wellasasEnglish. English. According According to Edwards, the thepremier-elect premier-electdoesn’t doesn’t speak English well and only debated her opponents in French. Edwards says new French-speaking mandates could could scare scare away some fforeign investorsand anddrive drive oreign investors some domestic ones to other provinces. Maybe the lady lady premier premierwill willinspire inspire Shumlin to improve improvehis hisweak weak French French translation: so he can talk ours noirs —  —˛translation: black bears —˛with — with Marois. Marois. Oui ou non, no one expects expects the thenew newgovernment governmenttoto upset the fl flow owof ofgoods, goods,services servicesor orwildwildlife across the border.

students when Charest Charestcracked cracked down on protests in in May Mayby byattemptattemptstudents could ing to restrict restrictwhere where students could demonstrate and proposing proposingfi nes fines of of $5000 to $125,000 $125,000f or forviolators. violators.Such Such draconian measures angered angeredcivil civilliblibertarians, strengthened the theprotesters’ protesters’

1. Marois, who has led the lef t-leaning Parti Québécois since 2007, is Québec’s fi rst-ever f emale premier. Her election is considered historic, notes Massell, in part because Québec was slow to grant women the right to vote, largely due to conservative pressure from the Catholic Church. It wasn’t until 1944 that Québec women started participating in elections. They were the last in Canada to earn the right to do so.

3. Marois’ win was aa victory victory for forstudent student protesters, but their their support supportdidn’t didn’tput put her over the top. For months, thousands of studentstook tooktotothe the streets of college students streets of and elsewhere elsewhereininQuébec, Québec, of Montréal, and to protest tuition tuitionincreases increases proposed proposed by Charest. The The proposed proposedtuition tuitionhike hike —˛just —— waswas modest by by — just $325 $325aayear year modest American standards. In In f fact, Ayresand and act, Ayres Edwards say the majority majorityofofQuébécois Québécois didn’t support the Occupy-like Occupy-like protests. protests. But public opinion opinion turned turnedininf avor favorof of

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4. A PQ PQ government governmentwill willlikely likely be more pro-environment than than its pro-business predecessor. predecessor. According to Edwards, Marois Marois ran on two twokey keyenvironmenenvironmental platforms. First, plat f orms. First, she she promised to end endCharest’s Charest’s multimillion-dollar bailout of Québec’s asbestos asbestos industry, which is isone one of world’slargest largest of the world’s suppliers of the hazardous material in inthe theworld. world. Edwards says that thatassociation association gave Canada “a “abig bigblack black eyeeye internationally.” internationally.”

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year merged with Central Vermont Public Service) and Vermont Gas Systems. GMP executives declined to comment publicly on the change in leadership in the province. But one energy consultant for the Montréalbased utility seemed unconcerned that Marois would do anything to roil energy markets on either side of the border. “As Bill Clinton once put it, ‘Do the math,’” he said. “There aren’t the numbers for her to do anything dramatic.”


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5. Vermonters shouldn’t expect any big changes at Hydro-Québec — yet. Hydro-Québec is one of Canada’s largest utilities and a major supplier of power to New England. In 2009, it provided more than a third of Vermont’s energy. The citizens of Québec own the utility, so its CEO serves at the pleasure of the premier. Marois probably won’t fire current president and CEO Thierry Vandal immediately. But Edwards suggests that he may be dismissed eventually, as other PQ members would like to see the utility put greater emphasis on solar power and energy efficiency, not just hydro dams. Either way, no one expects Vermont’s energy contracts with Hydro-Québec to be impacted by this election.

7. The Marois government holds a weak minority, which means it may not last long. Marois will likely find it difficult to carry out her legislative agenda in the National Assembly of Québéc. Her party has no obvious coalition partner because other political parties oppose much of her agenda. Ayres suggests Marois will need to show the electorate that she can govern on basic day-to-day issues, such as setting a budget and managing education. Coalitions are likely to be built issue by issue. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is one of the most ideologically conservative PMs in the country’s history, and Ayres suggests that Marois will try to endear herself to left-leaning Québécois by “driving Ottawa nuts.” As he puts it, “Anything she can do to provoke fights with the federal government can only work to her advantage.” In light of her recent assassination attempt, Marois could begin by tightening Québec’s already tough gun laws, Ayres says. Ultimately, few political observers see Marois’ controversial positions coming to pass unless — or until — she wins a majority. Massell doesn’t see any significant impact for Vermonters, and Ayres, a longtime Québec watcher, predicts her government won’t survive more than two years. 


the entire year it was leaking. It’s also the Canadian reactor that is closest to tens of thousands of Vermonters. Not refurbishing G-2 will also be seen as a major blow to Québec-based SNCLavalin, the company that builds and exports the CANDU reactor used in G-2. As Edwards puts it, “It will not look good if the CANDU reactor in their own backyard were not being refurbished.”



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f ears and acknowledges that scientific uncertainties about EMFs still exist. But after following the science for more than two decades, she says she believes such concerns are unwarranted. The exposure to magnetic fields from this project “is similar to what every body is exposed to every day in various places,” she says. “The idea that people who would go back and forth across this buried cable would be exposed to any thing unusual just doesn’t hold water.” In 1996, the World Health Organization launched its International EMF Project aimed at reaching scien tific consensus on the potential dangers of electromagnetic fields. After reviewing 25,000 scientific articles, the WHO concluded that the evidence “does not confirm the existence of any health consequences f rom exposure to low-level electromagnetic fields.” However, the WHO acknowledged “gaps in knowl edge about biological effects” and suggested the need for more research. Three years later, in 1999, the National Institute f o Environmental Health Sciences and the U.S. Department of Energy released the results of a six-year evaluation on EMFs. They concluded that the connection between child hood leukemia and EMFs was “weak.” Nevertheless, EMFs remain controver sial. Some opponents still blame them f or ailments ranging f rom chronic f a tigue syndrome to brain tumors. The PSB asked the Vermont Department of Health to weigh in on the EMF issue when the Vermont Electric Jeffrey Frost Power Company asked to upgrade its high-voltage transmission system be tween Rutland and Burlington in 2002. one, but it’s also closer to people. Frost an option. The Winooski River island “Given the present uncertainties notes that the new line would be buried that once hosted an electrical pole no about EMF and human health, Vermont’s less than 36 inches deep; overhead longer exists, and the Vermont Agency policy should strike a reasonable balance power lines are 30 f eet or more away of Natural Resources won’t let the utility between avoiding potential harm and from people. rebuild it. the attendant costs and risks,” the health Currently, Winooski gets all of its In its filing with the Public Service department advised in a report. electricity via a single transmission Board, Green Mountain Power laid out The health department recom line, according to GMP spokesperson five alternate routes for the transmission mended a policy of “prudent avoidance” Dorothy Schnure. As Schnure explains, line, which were presented to Winooski that calls on power companies to pursue GMP wants to build a backup line to residents at four public meetings. GMP’s alternatives that lower magnetic-field ensure that if the first line gets knocked pref erred route — overhead and under exposure when it can be done “at modest out or needs repairs, Winooski won’t go the parking lot — would be the most cost- cost.” Siting new or rebuilt power lines dark. Ideally, the two lines would share effective and least intrusive environmen- away from populated areas is one way to the city’s power load. tally and aesthetically, Schnure says. do that, health officials said. Reinstalling the old line is no longer She says she’s sympathetic to resident

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reen Mountain Power has f aced plenty of citizen oppo sition this year, from protesters at the Lowell Mountain wind farm to a well-funded advertising campaign demanding the utility refund ratepayers $21 million as part of its merger with Central Vermont Public Service. Now Vermont’s largest utility is facing blowback f rom Winooski, where some residents are worried about a high-volt age transmission line that would replace one washed away by Tropical Storm Irene. Instead of stringing the wire across the river, where it once was, GMP wants to run it along existing power lines and under the parking lot of a densely populated residential development. Canal Street occupants of the Millyard Condominiums are concerned about the possible health effects of electric and magnetic fields, or EMFs, emitted by the 34.5-kilovolt power line, which carries almost three times the voltage of a typical distribution power line. In the 1990s, some epidemiologi cal studies suggested a possible link between EMFs and increased risk of leukemia in children. For a time, public concern grew about the EMFs, which are emitted by everything that carries an electric current, f rom toaster ovens and computers to military radar and the planet itself. Representing the resident group is 65-year-old Jeffrey Frost, a greenhousegas accounting expert and treasurer of the nine-member condo association board. Frost, who is unemployed, has devoted all of his free time to research ing what’s known about EMFs. “There has never been a case like this in Vermont where a transmission-scale power line is being put underground through a property where 44 f amilies and numerous neighborhood groups will walk over it all the time,” Frost contends. “Many people think that if you bury a power line, you reduce exposure. It turns out that it’s diametrically the opposite.” Frost explains that EMF fields increase in strength the closer one gets to a power source. EMFs from a buried transmission line dissipate more quickly than EMFs f rom an overhead

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Frost contends that GMP isn’t abiding by those health guidelines and has put forward a sixth alternative, which would avoid routing the transmission line beneath the condo’s property. If GMP chose his route, Frost says, it would free up a large right-of-way along the riverbank to expand the Winooski Riverwalk south of the WinooskiBurlington Bridge. But Green Mountain Power’s Schnure rejects the idea, saying Frost’s proposal would increase the power project’s $1 million price tag by $750,000. That doesn’t qualify as a “modest cost,” Schnure says. Currently, there are no state or federal limits on EMF exposure. But in VELCO’s 2002 application for its Rutland-toBurlington transmission-line project, the health department recommended 8v-isabean091212.indd that power lines should not exceed 833 milliGauss, consistent with international health standards at that time. In a filing with the Public Service Board last week, Green Mountain Power estimated the maximum EMF exposure to adults and children passing over the buried power line would be just 205 milliGauss when the transmission line is operating at peak load — something that rarely happens. The Winooski City Council has yet to weigh in on GMP’s proposal but will take up the Millyard residents’ concerns at its September 17 meeting. One longtime Millyard resident, attorney Beth Danon, says her concerns are twofold. “There is some evidence that [EMFs] do cause health issues,” says Danon, who has lived at the condo complex for 14 years. “Of course, I’m concerned, too, about eventually selling my condo.” Danon also suggests that the socioeconomics of Winooski, with a large percentage of recent immigrants and low- and moderate-income households, could be a factor in GMP’s decision to run a transmission-grade line through a residential neighborhood. “I’d be hard-pressed to think they would do this in the Hill Section of Burlington,” she says. 


SCORE: Pro-choice advocates may view restrictions such as those Scott supports as a slippery slope toward outlawing all abortions — and may be rightly concerned about the slow erosion of abortion rights. But putting conditions on abortion such as parental notification for minors is not the same as categorically opposing a woman’s right to choose. It’s an oversimplification — and misleading — to say he is “against” a woman’s right to choose. A more accurate statement from the Gekas campaign might have read, “Phil Scott wants to restrict a woman’s right to choose.” For those reasons, we rate the claim “Mostly False.”



week, Ben & Jerry’s cofounder Jerry Greenfield served up some reasons to give money to Cassandra Gekas’ campaign for lieutenant governor. Most amounted to attacks on UDDER Phil Scott, the Republican TRUE BULL incumbent. In a fundraising email, SE V E N DAY S & V T DIGGE R Greenfield wrote, “Do you want Phil Scott to be Vermont’s next governor? ... He is against a woman’s right to choose.” Phil Scott served 10 years in the state Senate representing Washington County before he won election as lieutenant governor in 2010. He has consistently maintained a pro-choice stance — even when he cosponsored a parental notification bill during the 2003-2004 session that would require health care providers to alert parents before performing abortions on their minor-age daughters. For the 2010 campaign, Scott completed an issue position survey for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in which he described himself as “pro-choice but with restrictions.” “Because of my beliefs, I find it impossible to answer the question in your survey with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no,’” Scott wrote. “I do support a woman’s right to choose; however, I do not believe it needs to be a ‘blank check’ in order to be effective.” Scott wrote that he opposes “partial-birth” abortion “because I believe there are many options available to terminate a pregnancy well before that stage of development.” He also said he opposed government funding for abortions because using taxpayer dollars for something many people disagree with is “not an appropriate public policy.” He wrote that he supports a fetal homicide bill — as long as it’s a “wellwritten law that carefully defines the circumstances under which a fetal homicide ruling would apply; for example, a car accident caused by a drunk driver in which a fetus was killed.” The Vermont Right to Life Committee has listed Scott as a “preferred candidate” in past elections because of his support for parental notification. But the pro-life group has stopped short of endorsing him because of his prochoice views, says executive director Mary Hahn Beerworth. MOSTLY FALSE

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state of the arts The Seat’s the Thing: Testing the Flynn’s New Million-Dollar Chairs

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pretty intimate relationship with the seat we occupy over the course of a perf ormance. An uncomf ortable one can cast a pall on an otherwise enjoyable show. And if what’s on stage is lackluster, a luxurious seat can at least offer a nap. So I put the Flynn’s new seats to a test, assessing the sitting experience based on an inf ormal rubric. Note: I visited last week, before the new season began, so I didn’t sit as long as I would for a show. Nor did I experience sitting behind tall folks or big hair, or in front of a seat kicker. Those variables are left to the imagination…


f ter all the excitement about the anonymous $1 million donation toward “de-squeaking” the fLynn Center ’s worn-out, 65-year-old seats, I couldn’t wait to get my butt in one of them. The Flynn’s patron enhancement project wasn’t just about seats, of course. Since last f all, more than 400 donors have contributed $2.2 million — including the anonymous donation — toward a renovation that would update the aging theater without losing its art-deco charm. Improvements include a new paint job on the walls, floors and original kiosk; sleek new hanging lights, designed by Conant Meta L & Light , above the concessions bar; and a new screen above the theater doors that f ea tures a mesmerizing time-lapse video of the seat removal and installation. On perf ormance nights, the screen will capture the onstage action in real time, so latecomers won’t miss anything. In accessibility improvements, the orchestra and bal cony areas are now equipped with extra railings, there are six new handicap-seating stations, and a new wireless loop allows people with hearing impairments to simply flip a switch on their hearing aids to amplify onstage sounds. Back to those seats. As audience members, we form a

t he Look Stepping into the Flynn, I can’t figure out why I feel so calm — until I remember the old seats were a striking blood red. The new “lichen” ones give the theater a muted, seafoamy look. “We weren’t against the red,” says executive director John kiLLaCky . “The red was iconic.” But the idea was to complement the slate-green, pink and gold of the theater’s art-deco flourishes. Lichen was a good choice. Standing in the aisle, I feel like I’m floating in gentle ocean waves. Mmm… Oh, look! The seat numbers are actually affixed to each individual seat, rather than on the lef t (or was it right?)

armrest as they were before. Finding your seat just got a whole lot easier.

t he fee L When I first take a seat, I’m surprised to discover that I have a particular way of sitting down: First, I lower my

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hen you live in Vermont, it’s hard to read dispatches from the Toronto International Film Festival without feeling a certain f rustration. Those movies look amazing ... but when, oh when, will we get to see them around here? That’s why cinephiles who live within easy driving distance of the h opkins Center for the arts in Hanover, N.H., should count themselves lucky. Curious about Rust & Bone , the Cannes and TIFF hit in which Marion Cotillard plays a killerwhale trainer who loses her legs and finds love (I’m not kidding)? You can see it on September 18 at the Hop as part of a series called Best in Show: Dartmouth Salutes the World’s Film Festivals. Jacques Audiard’s film is in the Telluride at Dartmouth segment, which also f eatures Bill Murray playing FDR in Hyde Park on Hudson(September 14). Next year, look f or selections f rom the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and more. Tickets run $10 to $12. The Hop also runs concurrent film series that are worth checking out. The Saturday Arthouse Series ($7) has current theatrical fare such as Sleepwalk With Me. The Dartmouth Film Society mixes things up, presenting flicks as diverse as The Dark Knight Rises; Prometheus; Rififi; Oslo, August 31st; Groundhog Day and Safety Not Guaranteed — all linked by a fall semester

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theme of “the return” ($7). Most movies at the Hop are presented on 35-millimeter film; check their web descriptions at hop. Another film that hasn’t reached Vermont’s multiplexes, and very possibly never will, is Dark Horse, the latest from provocative

director Todd Solondz ( Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness). But you can see this story of two depressed thirtysomethings who find love (sort of) at Burlington’s Main street Landing f iLM h ouse on September 20, at 7 p.m., at a free screening organized by the Bur Lington f iLM soCiety . Look f or more upcoming screenings on the BFS’ Facebook page — and, if you want to get involved, come to a meeting on Wednesday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m. at theBCa Center . If you like seeing classics on the big screen in Burlington, keep an eye on the Movies at Main street Landing schedule (mainstreet Those f arther north should do the same with St. Johnsbury’s

, which plays nightly arthouse fare ( Look for Fernando Meirelles’360, with Jude Law and Rachel Weisz, on September 28.

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at Midd LeBury CoLLege is a great alternative to Netflix. These films tend to be a year or so old, with selections such as A Separation, the Dardenne brothers’ The Kid With a Bike and Wim Wenders’ Pina. But eight of the 10 are presented in 35-millimeter f ormat, and they’re all f ree. Look f or lectures f rom film scholars, too ( academics/fmmc/hirschfield). internationa

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Not to be outdone, the university of has its own film series — just four per year ($25 f or all), supplemented with lectures and united by a theme. This year, that theme is “the body,” which will take the audience f rom a transhistorical love story (Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain) to dystopian science fiction (Seconds) to the worlds of dance ( Dancing Across Borders) and sports (Ali) ( uvm-film-series). It’s not TIFF, but it’s heady stuff. m

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butt onto the edge of the chair, then I scoot back. I notice this because the new cushion’s synthetic-velour surface is so velvety, and provides so much friction, that I cannot smoothly execute the full butt scoot. This is not a failing of the chairs, but I will have to recalibrate my scooting. Let’s talk posture. The backs of these chairs make it nearly impossible to slouch. I feel like I’m sitting up just straight enough, and I swear I can feel some lowerback support. Can I get one of these for the office, please? Of course, I’ve only been sitting here about six minutes, but my lower half is practically melting into the floor.

Legroom Remember those weird, mushroom-cap things on the floor in some of the Flynn’s back rows? Leigh ChandLer, the Flynn’s marketing director, says that before the renovation, it was not unusual for people to accidentally kick their cellphones under the caps, and for the staff to find them in the ventilation system below. The mushrooms are now gone, replaced by circular, art-deco-inspired grates that look

cool and add even more legroom to those rows. Before leaving, I test out the widened back row of the balcony, which used to be pretty cramped. I stretch my legs — my knees just barely kiss the seat in front of me — and lean my head against the partition behind me. It’s like a cocoon up here. I’m ready for a nap.

The squeak faCTor One final test: seat squeakability. I shift from left to right, as if to lean over and whisper to my date. Then I take it up a notch, rocking back and forth. Finally, I go all out, bouncing around and shaking. No matter what I try, I cannot coax a squeak out of these chairs. m

The community is invited to check out the renovations at an open house at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington on Sunday, September 23, 1 to 3 p.m.

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a new, local theater group dedicated to sharing stories of the Jewish experience, premiered on September 9 and 10 with staged readings of The Chosen, Chaim Potok and Aaron Posner’s 1999 theatrical adaptation of Potok’s acclaimed 1967 novel. Company founder Wendi sTein, a longtime player on area stages, considers Chalie Yarwood and Adam Joselson the venture a “project,” not a company per se, pending formation of an official nonprofit stage, you might entity and a concerted fundraising effort. But the strong response to have mistaken the Theatre Kavanah’s premiere has given her event for a Jewish holiday gatherhope. “I think we needed some credibility,” ing of a large, not particularly observant she says. “The Chosen has allowed me to family. Under the direction of mark aLan go forward. sharon [PaniTCh] is the other company member. Now we’re reaching gordon, six thespians brought to life eight characters in Potok’s coming-of-age tale out to other people.” The norTh end sTudios venue was nearly set in Jewish enclaves of World War II-era full for the September 9 matinee, despite Brooklyn. Teen actors adam JoseLson and no paid advertising. Word of mouth took CharLie YarWood played two Jewish boys on new meaning in notices and press re- from opposite sides of the Orthodoxy leases promising homemade chicken soup whose fast friendship is challenged by at the show. Before the actors took the



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Lost Nation Tackles Death and Magical Thinking in a Challenging Play B y C O R i n Hi R SCH


hen Joan Didion’s husband and writing partner of 40 years, John Gregory Dunne, died suddenly at their dining room table, her world was turned upsidedown — f or the second time that week. Five days earlier, the couple’s daughter, Quintana Roo, had been admitted to the hospital and fallen into a coma. But, as was her reflex, Didion picked herself up and began to write (“Li f e changesf ast. Li fe changes in an instant...”). A year and one day later, she finished a 227-page book about the surreal stoppage of time and logic that can occur in the wake of a personal tragedy. The Year of Magical Thinking became a best seller. While arresting and masterf ul in its dissection of grief , it is at times a tedious read. And so it is a feat that Didion

could adapt such a cerebral work into compelling theater. Vanessa Redgrave first performed the one-woman monologue of the same title. This month, Montpelier’s Lost Natio N t heater stages The Year of Magical Thinking with veteran actress JaNis steve Ns in the starring role. Stevens, who has a crisp, classical presence, is no stranger to longform monologue: She appeared in 2007 in LNT’s Vivien, a one-woman show about British actress Vivien Leigh. This uninterrupted, 94-minute monologue on mourning demands a lot from both actress and audience. And Stevens employs a charged intensity as she moves among the hallmarks of grief: shock, fury, tears, denial, temporary insanity. LNT’s set is spare: A wooden bench, a white scarf and a bound manuscript


occupy a stage with a blue circle painted on the floor and a tapestry twisted overhead. The circular theme is intentional; director Kathleen Keenan says LNT took its cues f rom the play’s “circular nature” and “seeming lack of plot.” Shifting sound and lights suggest changes in mood, almost like turning the pages of a book. To the whoosh of an ocean tide, a sullen-looking Stevens steps on stage and intones, “This happened on December 30, 2003. That may seem a while ago, but it won’t when it happens to you. And it will happen to you.” She then narrates the surreal night when Dunne’s head fell with a thud on the table. Didion’s unraveling becomes clear as she begins to make calls to friends in California and suddenly wonders, might her husband still be alive in another time zone? (“Has it even happened there?” she asks.) With its clipped, droll tone and its

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ref erences to trips to Hawaii and the Malibu beach house; to Prada and the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Didion’s script is unintentionally suggestive of the limita tions a privileged lif e may place on emo tional expression. At the heart of both the book and the play is the belief that the rituals of lif e might somehow reverse its misf ortunes and gaping absences. The


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he latest dance-theater work f rom choreographers Lida WiNfie Ld and eLLeN smith aher N, Long Gone, springs f rom one simple concept: All of us come from a long line of dead people. In their evening-length piece, which debuts at fLyNNspace this weekend, the duo, who collaborated in Vermont for several years — and have continued to create work together after Smith Ahern moved to Long Island last year — use movement and storytelling to explore memory, lineage and death. “You know when you look at a pho tograph of people who maybe you never knew, who aren’t alive anymore?” Winfield says. “You have a story you make up in your head of what happened: where they were, who they were, what they said, how they stood.” The pair wanted to explore the effect of that phenomenon, how those thoughts about the people who came before us become part of our memories — and our identities. When Winfield and Smith Ahern began working on the piece a year ago, they looked to their own f amilies f or inspira tion. But soon they realized they needed to

broaden their perspective if they wanted to strike a more universal tone. So they held storytelling workshops in which they encouraged participants to dig into their own memories. Some of the result ing images and concepts made their way into Long Gone. So did audio recordings of Smith Ahern’s grandparents and an in triguing sequence the choreographers call the “death song.” It was important to both Winfield and Smith Ahern that this death-centric work wasn’t just doom and gloom. “We all know people who are dead who were terrible,” offers Winfield wryly. They took on the challenge with a sense of humor: “Could we make a piece about death that wasn’t exclusively about loss? And could it be not heart wrenching? Could it be f unny and awkward?” In one solo piece, Smith Ahern recreates a visit to a grieving friend’s house, armed with lasagna and an arsenal of so cially acceptable condolences. “But when the person opens the door and their father just died, and you say, ‘I’m so sorry f or your loss,’ the words can feel really flat, or weird,” Smith Ahern says. “They don’t begin to cover the loss.”

DANCE Another piece is inspired by Winfield’s own story of losing a loved one as a teen ager. The scene plays out, she says, af ter “the funeral is over and everyone’s gone.” Like many a tormented teen, she blares Led Zeppelin and decides she’ll never survive. And then she has an epiphany. “I wanted a bagel and a cup of coffee,” Winfield recalls. That simple craving “was a reminder of how good it is to be alive, how amazing it f eels to survive hardship, how powerful that is.” Long Gone looks back on those who have died, but it also celebrates the joy of living. Af ter all, f or most of the time the work was in development, Smith Ahern was pregnant. That offered poignancy — not to mention a whole new movement

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vocabulary — to the dances. “It was really interesting to make a piece about death while Ellen was making a baby,” Winfield observes. “My immediate thought was that it was going to be a real hardship in the creation of this piece,” adds Smith Ahern of dancing with a pregnant body. “Actually, it turned out it was kind of a gift.” m

Long Gone by Lida Winfield and Ellen Smith Ahern, at FlynnSpace in Burlington. Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16, 7 p.m. $16/20. The artists lead a dance and storytelling workshop at the Flynn’s Chase Dance Studio on Friday, September 14, 5:45 to 8:15 p.m. $25.

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narrator imagines that by “playing along” with the necessities of death — funeral arrangements, for instance — she may, in the end, see her husband return alive. This is the magical thinking of the title: The narrator even saves her husband’s shoes for his return. She ponders aloud whether she can consider death “as a first draft,” one that can be fixed through revision. This is cerebral stuff. The first captivating half hour gives way to a streamof-consciousness ramble that returns again and again to a central core. It’s not always about the narrator’s husband, surprisingly, but about the declining health and imminent loss of her daughter. The play is much more focused than the book on Quintana, for whom the narrator more palpably expresses a complex blend of love and regret than she does for her husband. This suggests a gnawing guilt on Didion’s part, one that Stevens portrays with knowing skill. Anyone who has seen a photo of the sunken, still-stunned Didion since her personal Armageddon may have a hard time imagining her cracking a smile, let

alone uttering a mirthful laugh. So it is somewhat at odds with Didion’s battered public persona that Stevens does both. Though she cries real tears, Stevens carries herself with a steely pride that does not suggest vulnerability. It’s difficult to feel sympathy for her, even as she delivers a visceral performance. Local audiences are fortunate that LNT chose to stage this challenging play. Stevens — while not quite portraying the writer most of us think we know — does forcefully convince us that, yes, it will happen to us, too. m

The Year of Magical Thinking, written by Joan Didion, directed by Kathleen Keenan, produced by Lost Nation Theater. Thursday, September 13, 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15, 8 p.m.; Sunday, September 16, 7 p.m.; Thursday, September 20, 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22, 8 p.m.; Sunday, September 23, 2 p.m. at the Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier City Hall Auditorium. $25-30.

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readings, a family show and a work to coincide with Yom Hashoah remembrance their respective families’ witness to his- of the Holocaust in the spring. While she tory — the revelation of the Holocaust looks to such Jewish theater companies as and the founding of the state of Israel. Theater J in Washington, D.C., for inspiEven though the actors were reading ration and ideas, she would like Theatre from scripts, Gordon elicited impassioned Kavanah’s productions to evoke distinctly Jewish themes while performances, especially “crossing boundaries from Mathew winston as beyond the Jewish comReb Saunders, a Hasidic munity,” she says. “I’m rabbi trying to prepare his not interested in someson, Danny (Yarwood), to thing so specific to the assume leadership of his Jewish community that flock. it might feel isolating for For Stein, who majored the broader community.” in theater at Brandeis Stein is also open to showUniversity, the decision to casing other types of perlaunch Theatre Kavanah formance, such as music was both personal and and poetry, around the communal. “I’ve been “backbone” of Kavanah’s looking to combine my theater offerings. love for theater and my The Chosen reading renewed interest in my was a complimentary heritage in Judaism,” she introduction to what says. “It seems to me that, WENDI ST EIN Stein calls “a bit of an exwhen I’m left on my own periment.” A script or two to learn about that stuff, have come her way, and it’s harder to fit into life. But when there’s a project involved, that’s solid audiences provided a foundation on which to build. Stein is encouraged. As she when I’m forced to focus on it.” A Chosen program note indicates that told the audience gathered for a postreadthe term kavanah derives from a Hebrew ing Q&A: “I’m kvelling now, is what I am.” word meaning “to direct with purpose and m intention.” Theatre Kavanah’s way forward is still Info, uncharted, but Stein says she’s ing a few projects, including more staged

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a factor of four while increasing its weight by a factor of eight. Simply put, strength increases with the square of height while bulk increases with the cube. This principle explains (among many other things) why people can’t fly like birds — our weight is too great in relation to our strength. Likewise, if a woman starts off at 5 feet and 100 pounds and then grows to 50 feet, she’ll have 100 times the bone and muscle area but weigh 1000 times as much — 50 tons. Far from being an avenging angel ready to smite her cheating husband, our heroine would barely be able to stand, and might snap a femur if she tried. Even more likely, she’d pass out. A 5-foot woman in good



ou might have expressed that more elegantly, Monk. However, you’ve put your finger on the problem. Though Attack of the 50 Foot Woman has attained a certain camp cachet, some still consider it the worst sciencefiction flick ever made. Even in 1958, audiences walked out of theaters muttering, “This movie lacks a plausible scientific basis.” Had the filmmakers had a better grasp of physics and instead made Attack of the Woman of Somewhat AboveAverage Height, their picture would surely rank among the classics of the cinema now. Who’s to blame? The film schools, of course. They spend way too much time on Hitchcock, Kurosawa, and Coppola while Galileo gets short shrift. Yes, Galileo. The Renaissance astronomer is justly renowned as a fearless champion of heliocentrism, but his rightful place in the filmic arts continues to be denied him. 

health has blood pressure somewhere around 110 over 60, which means each time her heart beats, it creates a pulse pressure of 50 mm of mercury (110 minus 60). If we assume the relative resistance of our 50-foot woman’s cardiovascular system stays constant, then for her heart to be able to pump blood to her brain and extremities, her pulse pressure would need to be 469 mm of mercury, or nine pounds per square inch. A heart of normal human proportions could never manage it. The entire cardiovascular system would need to be many times as large. So would everything else. There are basically two ways in which a 50-foot woman might cope with the stresses of size. The first is to live in the water, whose buoyancy would support her weight — one reason the largest extant animals are whales. If full-time residency in the deep is too restrictive, she might go the hippopotamus route and spend most of her day in the nearest river, lake or swamp. Not the world’s worst lifestyle, but perhaps not one that lends itself to an action-packed film treatment. Let’s assume our 50-foot woman had to spend most of her screen time on dry land. Given the physical realities, how would she be built? A brick shithouse doesn’t begin to capture it. In order to keep up with a doubling in body

size, you’d need to increase bone and muscle thickness by 2.8 times, which is to say, the square root of 8. This works up to a point, as in the case of thicklegged and heavily muscled creatures such as elephants and rhinoceroses. Our 50-foot woman, however, would need thighs 32 times as thick, making her a veritable grain elevator of flesh. One may object that some animals cope with large size by evolving to become relatively thin and light for their height, such as giraffes. True, but think what that approach would mean if scaled up to 50 feet. You’d need limbs the thickness of soda straws supporting a piano-size chest for the massive heart. Let’s not forget heat buildup. Since body mass increases with the cube but surface area — and thus cooling capacity — with the square, it’d be tough shedding excess heat. A 50-foot woman would want minimal clothing, which on the plus side provides a scientific justification for the skimpy bathing suit depicted in the iconic 1958 movie poster. But sustained exertion would result in overheating. Though the heroine might briefly rouse herself to swat a rival, she’d want to spend the rest of the film recuperating in the above-mentioned swamp. The ennui! Think what Godard might have done with it. Instead, mere cheesecake. It’s sad.

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“It wasn’t a towering shot that Wertz hit and Mays could run under,” Ross explains. “It was a line shot. So everyone is frozen watching this one guy running after a ball that no one thinks he can catch.” That improbability, he says, is why the Catch is more than famous: It’s symbolic. “Allegorically, the ball represents your dream, it’s the thing that you pursue that you could never get,” Ross says. “By Mays catching that one ball, he proves to the world, ‘If I can do this, you can do whatever you want to do.’” While perhaps not as profound as all that, the cutouts do elicit a range of reactions, Tarrant says, from passing drivers honking and yelling, “Say Hey Kid!” out their car windows to passersby asking, “Why do you have stupid baseball players in your yard?” Tarrant recalls one woman who showed up practically in tears. She used to watch Giants games sitting on her mother’s lap and wanted to thank him for reviving that memory. It seems that most people who notice the cutouts on the side of the road have some connection to them, even if they don’t know who Willie Mays is or what the Catch represents. “I got an email from a guy who passes it every day driving his kid to school,” says Tarrant, who only puts out the cutouts on sunny days. “One day his son said, ‘Hey dad, it’s going to be a good day.’ When he asked why, his son said incredulously, ‘Well, the baseball players are out.’” m

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incredible play, represent something larger than fandom. “As an artist, my passion has always been for folk heroes and events that, for some reason, remain immortal,” he explains. Mays has often said that his World Series catch wasn’t the best he ever made. But, given the magnitude of

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In a Romney-Ryan administration, Americans could expect the same. Under the Ryan plan to replace Medicaid with block grants to the states while shaving billions from the program and other public supports, low-income disabled people would be among the biggest losers. “Right now, the 8 million Americans with disabilities who rely on Medicaid are entitled to certain crucial services. Under block grants, they would be entitled to nothing,” wrote Mike Ervin, an organizer for American Disabled for Accesible Public Transit, in an editorial that ran in several newspapers. “State governments would be free to spend Medicaid money as they saw fit.” Already, states are doing just that. Washington’s Democratic governor, Christine Gregoire, recently signed a budget that so severely reduced the hours of home care for disabled people that many worried they’d be forced to move into institutions. Twelve people sued, claiming that the cuts violate federal law requiring governments to guarantee people with disabilities the highest degree of social integration. A federal court ruled in the plaintiffs’ favor, and now Gregoire is considering appealing to the Supreme Court. Activists are desperately trying to dissuade her, fearing that the conservative court might end up eviscerating the Americans With Disabilities Act itself. Asking the Supremes to rule on M.R. v. Dreyfus “could place at risk one of the most fundamental civil rights of individuals with disabilities: the right to avoid needless institutionalization,” says a letter to Gregoire signed by nearly three dozen civil-liberties and disability-rights organizations and charities. “Without that right, people with disabilities cannot be full participants in their communities and have the same kinds of lives as people without disabilities.” There’s a paradox here: In denying people with disabilities the means to live like people without disabilities, governments are denying the disability of people with disabilities. We are enabled by our abilities, but when we are disabled — as most of us will be someday — we need help. This denial is part of a broader, meaner politics undergirding both the Tories’ dismantlement of the welfare state and the Republicans’ proposed cuts to the measly welfare the U.S. provides: that is,

the belief that people who ask for help are fakers and malingerers. These are Ronald Reagan’s welfare queens. They’re the shiftless [read: African American] thieves suggested by the Romney campaign’s persistent — and multiply disproved — claim that the Obama administration has stripped the work requirement out of public assistance. In Britain they’re referred to as “scroungers.” And beneath that belief is the ever more widely held principle that each of us, like Olympian athletes, must strive to walk on our own two — or one, or no — legs. We must all be winners, and if we come in second, or last, we are not striving hard enough. New official language reflects this attitude. In the UK, the “disability living allowance” has been replaced with “personal independence payments.” In the U.S., welfare reform supplanted Aid to Families With Dependent Children with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). On the assumption that poverty is a fleeting and always surmountable problem, TANF imposes a five-year lifetime limit on benefits. But the name of the 1996 reform law says it all: the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act. The dozen or so fact-checking outfits that refuted Romney’s claim about Obama’s public-assistance policy pointed out that the tweaks in the rules simply allow states to implement plans that get people more efficiently into the workplace — and they have to prove the programs work or lose the waiver of federal regs. The Obama administration tolerates no shirking, either. What the fact hounds fail to say is that parents at home with their kids are taking personal responsibility. They are working. Other countries give them subsidies. Increasingly, autonomy is required not just of disabled people and single parents, but also of the aging, of teenagers, of the homeless — indeed, of everyone with frailties. Which is to say, everyone. After all, we are all dependent from our first breath to our last. Since taxpayers can no longer “afford” to take care of each other, however, we must purchase our own self-help. Thankfully, the market’s offerings are endless: exercise programs, diets, cosmetic surgery, vitamins, hormone replacements,

beta blockers, yoga — and, if there’s no current cure for your ailments, cryogenic preservation until there is. If you tread the Stairmaster and eat kale and still have a heart attack, you must be nursing a bad attitude. Why haven’t you taken up meditation? Are you getting in your RDA of laughter? Self-improvement is not a choice. If you can strive for perfection, then you must — or pay the consequences. After London, my partner and I flew to Berlin, where I am now writing. We visited the Topography of Terror, a museum on the site of the since-demolished headquarters of the Reich Security Main Office, the Gestapo and the SS, and some of their torture chambers. The exhibition recounts the methodical construction of the machinery to rid the body politic of parasites and breed a race of winners. The magnificent Olympic Stadium, at the west end of the city, is a monument to that race. Interestingly, years before the National Socialists got interested in exterminating Jews, they were concentrating on other “asocial” elements of society, and among the first they needed to unload were the “work-shy.” The party had come to power largely because Germany’s economy was in shambles. After the Wall Street crash of 1929, the U.S. withdrew loans; joblessness soared, wages fell. By 1932, 30 percent of Germans were unemployed. Incarceration of the “work-shy” in workhouses, where death was often a side effect of labor and starvation, would “relieve public welfare of any kind of benefit hunters and protect the people’s community from subversive influences and punishable offenses,” the Nazis promised. Among society’s other “useless eaters” were the physically and mentally disabled. The government’s Charitable Society for the Transportation of Sick Persons bussed these drags on the economy to “clinics.” There, the Charitable Society for Sanatorium Care administered lethal “medication.” But the Nazis were nothing if not meticulous bean counters. The families of the exterminated were sent the bill for the murders. m

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“BOTANICA,” MOMIX Moses Pendleton’s fi rst dalliance with showmanship was fairly unremarkable: A native of the Northeast Kingdom, he grew up exhibiting his family’s dairy cows at the Caledonia County Fair. It wasn’t until after he graduated from Dartmouth College that his ventures in the performing arts catapulted him into the international spotlight. In 1971, the recent grad helped launch the renowned Pilobolus dance theater; in 1980, he hit his stride as the founder and artistic director of the dancer-illusionist

troupe known as MOMIX. “If contemporary dance has a Renaissance man, it must be Moses Pendleton,” praised the Toronto Star. Indeed, the ingenuity displayed in use of light, shadows, props and the human body in MOMIX’s current touring production, “Botanica,” could put Cirque du Soleil to shame. ˜ e show is a fantastical exploration of Mother Nature, melding video projections, tricks of light and large-scale puppetry with good old-fashioned human power. In it, highly athletic dancers seamlessly morph

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volume, and more railings — a particular boon in the precarious balcony. Killacky remarks that he won’t mind too much if people don’t notice the changes at the Flynn — they weren’t meant to be intrusive. Still, he hopes you’ll note the stunning paint job that Burlington artists Mark Evans and Ethan O’Hara of Fauxliage did on the kiosk out front (who will remember it used to be whitewashed?). It’s matched inside the lobby and conces sions area by elegant, metallic tones that complement the art-deco details. Custom lamps suspended over the concessions counter, made by Burlington’s Conant Metal & Light, complete the sophisticated look. What does grab the eye at the Flynn is a high-tech addition: a lobby display screen above the doors to the MainStage. During a recent visit, the three panels showed a time-lapse video of the seat installation, a scroll of coming attractions and sponsors’ logos. On performance nights, the screen will capture the action on stage, so that anyone stuck in the lobby won’t miss a thing. Flynn staffers are deservedly proud of their historic f acility’s improvements, and they expect that regular subscribers will swoon as well. But, like other per forming-arts presenters, they’re not assuming that new seats or f ancy paint jobs will attract new customers, particularly that elusive, less-well-heeled younger de mographic — or, as MacQueen puts it, “new audiences who don’t know they’re Flynn f ans yet.” That’s why the Flynn and seven other local nonprofits are partnering, for the first time ever, in a new promotional venture called 6-Pack Onstage (f ull disclosure: Seven Days is a sponsor). It works like this: If you’re under 40, you can choose six shows from among those offered by the eight presenters — the Flynn, Higher Ground, the University of Vermont Lane Series, Lyric Theatre, Vermont Stage Company, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and Vermont Youth Orchestra, and the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival (winter season) — for a seriously reduced price. That is, six single tickets f or $90 (average $15 per show); or, f or couples, six pairs of tickets for $150 (average $12.50 per show). The presenters are hoping that this “sampler” will not only entice young people for whom ticket prices may be a barrier, but also help inspire next-generation aficionados of the perf orming arts. Af ter all, they are tomor row’s subscribers — and maybe even donors. The UVM Lane Series is going a step further. Like other arts-presenting organizations, the Lane offers discounts to subscribers, and to early-bird or multipleticket buyers, but this year the series has created the Music Lover’s Deal: Buy a ticket to every performance at the Recital Hall this season, and the total cost is $325. “That comes out to $15.50 per ticket,” notes executive director Natalie Neuert. “That’s outrageous.” It’s a radical but not particularly risky move; nothing is lost if no one buys in. But in fact, Neuert says with surprise, “We’ve actually sold a fair number of tickets” through the Music Lover’s Deal. Historically, the Lane Series has focused on classical performers — chamber groups and soloists who sound particularly thrilling in the acoustically stellar Recital Hall. But the series has expanded in recent years to

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ou’ve settled into your theater seat, scoped out your sight lines and turned off your cellphone. The house goes dark as the stage lights come up. The sense of anticipation is palpable. Whether you expect what happens on that stage to be just f or laughs, emotionally prof ound or utterly baffling, you know in advance that it will affect you in some way. What will it be? Here at Seven Days, those of us who love performing arts get excited just looking at the season brochures. Which is exactly what we’ve been doing these last few weeks of summer: scouring the schedules for beloved returning acts and f avored genres, and reading with intrigue about gotta-see-that new bookings. In this issue, we highlight a dozen or so upcoming shows, endeavoring to represent every form — theater, dance, jazz, pop and classical music, comedy, and more — and to make the rounds of Vermont’s presenting organizations. It’s a sampling from hundreds of offerings, meant to whet your appetite and encourage you to investigate the print and online calendars yourself. You’ll also find a sidebar with contact information for all the presenters on page 45. Of course, not all the novelties are under the stage lights. This f all, some organizations are introducing new leaders at their helm, updated technology or décor in their facilities, or innovative new ways to entice au diences. The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington can take a bow for all of the above. Artistic director Steve MacQueen arrived in Vermont on the first day of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival last June, f resh f rom his previ ous gig at the 7 Days of Opening Nights perf orming-arts f estival in Tallahassee, Fla. This year’s Flynn season had already been scheduled by his predecessor, Arnie Malina, which means MacQueen has a little breathing room before he starts making his own mark. And he has no complaints. “I’ve taken jobs in the past where I didn’t love the season, but that’s not the case here,” says MacQueen, who applauds the Flynn’s high quality and mix of popular and cutting-edge shows. He’s particularly excited about Chick Corea and Gary Burton (October 19). “It’s just brilliant chamber jazz,” MacQueen says. “Chick is finally getting his due — he’s one of the most influential people in jazz.” Meanwhile, the Flynn didn’tf ail to use last December’s million-dollar donation f rom a secret Santa, earmarked f or replacing the seats. Over the summer in the MainStage theater, the worn, red, squeaky fold-up seats were replaced with spiffy, lichencolored, non-squeaky ones in cozy faux velour. (See the seat “review” in State of the Arts, page 22.) Will sitters pick up on the chairs’ subtle difference in pitch? Probably not, but just so you know, Flynn seats will no longer tilt your gaze slightly upward, as they did when installed for moviegoers in 1946. Longlimbed theater patrons will especially appreciate greater legroom: The Flynn sacrificed 42 seats — going f rom 1453 to 1411 — to allow f or more space between the rows. Also new in the theater, notes executive di rector John Killacky, are accessibility improvements: six additional handicap-seating stations, a wireless gizmo that enables hearing-aid wearers to pump up the

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For a guy who likes to play up his schlubby qualities with self-deprecating humor, Mike Birbiglia sure seems to be winning these days. The comedian’s autobiographical monologue “Sleepwalk With Me” was a hit off-Broadway, in book form and excerpted on public radio’s “This American Life.” Now it’s a movie, starring Birbiglia and Lauren Ambrose, that drew crowds at the Sundance Film Festival last January. The indie film’s distribution is still limited, but theaters around the country have been bombarded with emails from fans participating in a “Bring Sleepwalk to Your Town” campaign. Among them is Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas in Burlington, which will kick off its run of Sleepwalk With Me this Friday, September 14, with a $20 benefit screening for the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. (See movie review, this issue.) That should whet fans’ palates for February’s appearance of the man himself. At the Flynn, Birbiglia will perform his latest solo show, “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” in which he recounts the travails of his love life. The New York Times says he’s “still ridiculously enjoyable to listen to,” while Time Out New York lauds the show for “balanc[ing] punch lines and pathos.” Sounds like a winner.

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ith 57 years of performances to its name, the Lane Series long ago established its solid reputation. In Stowe, a still-nascent arts organization with an equally spectacular venue — the nearly 2-year-old Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center — is trying to find its footing. The 420-seat theater is gorgeous, even if it does lack a professional loading dock out back, and it holds a lot of promise for culture vultures in the area. But it takes more than a great room to attract customers, never mind to build loyal audiences. Brand-new executive director Lance Olson has his work cut out f or him. For starters, the programming of Spruce Peak’s first couple of years met with a spotty reception: some hits, a lot of misses. Chalk some attendance problems up to the challenge of introducing the arts center to the community and getting folks to drive

up Mountain Road for something other than skiing. But Stowe itself presents a unique hurdle to an arts organization. How do you program for a potential audience that is highly diverse, comprising vacationers in the adjacent lodge, second-homers in nearby condos, and full-time residents of Stowe and surrounding Lamoille County? Olson, who comes to Spruce Peak from the Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College in Boston, is tackling that challenge head-on, starting with con ducting what he calls a “listening tour.” That is, he’s been meeting with Vermonters to find out what appealed in previous programming — comedy and the Shanghai Circus were winners, Olson notes. He’s also been connecting with just about every other presenter and arts writer, it seems, in northern Vermont. “A good programmer will go into the community to see what’s

important to them,” Olson explains, “and educate and explain and grow their tastes.” Olson concedes that the “22-year-old who’s coming to ski is probably not our demographic.” But his motto of “education, inspiration and fun” is likely to find purchase, in time, both with local f amilies and with sec ond-home owners who spend enough time in Stowe to seek out — and support — cultural entertainment. The facility’s staff has already reached out to area schools, and is looking at artist residencies, workshops and a future membership program. Spruce Peak currently has only two shows booked this fall — the popular sketch-comedy troupe Second City (September 21) and the Tex-Mex trio Los Lonely Boys (October 2). While adding to the mix over the On wi Th Th E sh Ow

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t h E NAtio NAl circu S of th E PEo Pl E’S rEP ublic of chi NA The roots of the Chinese circus go back at least as far as the Qin Dynasty in the 200s BC, but the ancient folk art evidently still has some firsts to celebrate. Take the n ational Circus of the people’s Republic of China. Founded in 1953, it’s practically peerless in both longevity and talent — and this year marks its inaugural coast-to-coast tour of the U.s . and Canada. To which we say, It’s about time. Based in Beijing and known for shifting the folk art away from the animal circuses of earlier times, the n ational Circus brings the jaw-dropping dancing and juggling once reserved for the imperial courts to stages across the globe. h aving earned more

than 20 top medals from international circus festivals, the troupe continues to raise the bar on the flying trapeze, group contortion and chair balancing — feats of strength and dexterity that are surely more strenuous than they let on. The 40-plus-member ensemble brings its ever-evolving art to the n ortheast Kingdom this season in Cirque Chinois. Kingdom county Productions at l yndon institute, November 7, 7 p.m. $22-53.

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While it’s not exactly a birthday party, the Mahaney’s marquee event for the 20th is the Clifford Symposium, a kickoff to the academic year that invites the entire winter, Olson says, he’ll go about the behind-the-scenes campus to participate in discussions f rom a variety job of creating “intricate cross-communication” within of perspectives. This year’s theme is Creativity and the community as well as building the board and en Collaboration. Scheduled for Thursday, September 27, visioning f uture shows. “I just f ound an apartment in the symposium presents an apt keynote speaker: Julie Stowe,” says Olson, who owns a home in Bridgewater. Burstein, author of Spark: How Creativity Works and “You have to be part of [a community] to understand it.” creator of a popular public-radio program, also called He assures: “We’ll have exciting programming for the “Spark.” Though her message may have particular resospring and summer.” nance on campus, the talk is open to the public. God knows we could all use a little more creativity. t Dartmouth and Middlebury colleges, what’s new Middlebury’s musical programming has always is … longevity. Middlebury’s Mahaney Center f or been strong on classical — and no wonder: The the Arts has reached its 20th year, and “the calendar is Mahaney building possesses another of the area’s most a little more packed than usual” with concerts, sympo exquisite listening halls. It helps that perf orming arts sia, dance, exhibits and more, says Mahaney director series director Paul Nelson is “passionate about solo Liza Sacheli Lloyd. “Rather than having one big party, piano artists and chamber music,” says Sacheli Lloyd. we’ve taken different tacks on how to celebrate.” The “He’s an amazing man with a brilliant mind and has an staff has come up with 20 new “audience-engagement incredible ear when it comes to musicians.” She also strategies,” says Sacheli Lloyd — including the whim points out that the sparsely populated Middlebury area sical approach of attaching Post-It notes to programs yields a “compact audience.” “Chamber music does that ask audience members questions about what they’re seeing.


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Zoë K EAti Ng, cElli St What happens when a solo cellist starts jamming with herself? Layers upon layers of music, in the case of improvisational wonder Zoë Keating. The cellist uses computer software hooked up to her instrument onstage and works with pedals as she plays. With a tap of her foot, the software records and begins looping each musical phrase Keating produces, leaving her free to play over its repeating line. The added phrase can be looped, too. The result eventually sounds like a dozen cellos playing together. University of Vermont Lane Series director Natalie Neuert says she learned of Keating through a nuclearphysicist friend. The cellist’s music appealed to his scientific mind, she says, and adds, “People find their way into music in lots of different ways.” Though she missed Keating’s appearance at Higher Ground last year, Neuert is amazed by what she’s seen of the musician’s work. “I mean, how does she know how the music is going to come together as she plays?” Neuert marvels. Lane Series at UVM Recital Hall, October 12, 7:30 p.m. $15-22.

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feisty Kate, is a tough girl to “tame.” And therein lies a tale — even if you know how it ends. The New Yorker has said Aquila’s “superb acting and clever staging” make the classics relevant. The company is on a mission to do just that as often as possible: With a full season in New York, performances at theater festivals worldwide and a rigorous touring schedule, Aquila seems headed for global domination. Attention, aspiring thespians:

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The company somehow finds time to run an educational program in New York, too. It’s the place to become, in the words of the New York Times, “classically trained and modernly hip.” Lane Series at the Flynn mainStage, September 21, 8 p.m. $15-42. $8 10:30 a.m. student matinee

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Soovin Kim is not the only Vermont Youth Orchestra alum to make it big. Sean Newhouse, who grew up in South Burlington and played violin in the VYO during high school, is now assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a position he took at the invitation of James Levine. When Newhouse, 30, returns to Vermont to guest conduct a UVM Lane Series concert with popular local group the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, he’ll have to switch gears a bit, says BCO violist Ana Ruesink. “Sean has been doing a lot of big, romantic things lately, like [Gustav] Mahler, but he was amenable to scaling down,” she reports. The program will feature a couple of “beautiful, lyrical pieces,” in Ruesink’s estimation (she’s on the BCO’s democratic musicians’ committee, which selects programming). They include 20th-century British composer Gerald Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto — a choice designed to set off the talents of guest clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois — and Leos Janáček’s Idyll for String Orchestra, his homage to fellow Czech composer Antonín Dvořák.


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London-bred and New York-based Aquila Theatre has visited Vermont before with its often staggeringly inventive productions of Shakespeare’s greatest works. This time, it’s a comedy featuring one of the Bard’s seemingly favorite themes: the battle of the sexes. In the story, Bianca, the lovely daughter of a lord, is eligible for courting, but cannot entertain suitors until her elder sister, Katherina, gets hitched. Of course the “shrew,”


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lend itself to a smaller, more intimate audience,” Sacheli Lloyd suggests. “It’s a good fit for us.” Accordingly, a college favorite, the Emerson String Quartet, will wrap up opening weekend with a concert on Saturday, September 29. Also big on dance, Middlebury offers a number of annual perf ormances f rom its own students. This year, Sacheli Lloyd points to some impressive acts f rom af ar, as well: Marylandbased company PearsonWidrig DanceTheater, which will perform a site-specific work in collaboration with the Dance Company of Middlebury on Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29; and an edgy ensemble arriving from Austin, Texas, the Rude Mechanicals, on Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19 (see spotlight). This year, Middlebury is launching the Perf orming Arts Series Society (PASS) to “deepen support” f or its programming, says Sacheli Lloyd. Since ticket prices only cover about a third of actual costs, she admits, “We’re trying to bring in more money.” To that end, membership won’t get you steep discounts to shows, but it will provide priority ticketing, re ceptions, deals on merchandise and invitations to special events with visiting artists. Like the Post-It notes, it’s all part of “a wonderful, grand experiment to engage people with the arts,” Sacheli Lloyd says. “It’s like throwing spaghetti to see what sticks.” Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center f or the Arts is celebrating its 50th year with a flurry of programming, including a number of artist residencies, films, talks and more. “Every year the Hop seeks to present very visible artists at the pinnacle of their careers, and emerging artists,” says programming director Margaret Lawrence. “That hasn’t changed, but this year we have even more.” She adds that the season will focus on “what we do best: intimacy.” No, not romantic relationships, but the Hop’s “commitment to helping people access these artists,” Lawrence explains. “One theme throughout is mentorship. On a college campus that’s important to us, but it also has to do with the intimacy [for audiences] the Hop has always had.” Lawrence notes that she asked perf ormers to think about what mentorship means, or has meant, to them. How will that play out for audiences? One example is jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who is bringing his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on January 24 (already sold out). “He has mentored so many, many people,” Lawrence observes. “He chose a jazz tap dancer from New York, Jared Grimes, who will perform with the orchestra. He actually calls Wynton ‘coach,’” she adds. “That’s one way of showing mentorship.” As always, Lawrence is brimming with en thusiasm about her upcoming season, which is sprinkled with cutting-edge shows. One of

On With the Show « P.37 morri SSEY Why do we love sad songs? Is there comfort in wallowing? Are we gluttons for punishment? Or are we simply preconditioned to respond to sadness after decades of lovesick pop music? (Let’s call it the High Fidelity paradox, as voiced in Nick Hornby’s novel: “Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?”) Whatever the answer, few albums in pop history have been so favored by lovelorn losers looking for solace as those made by Morrissey — whether he’s solo or fronting his 1980s modern-rock band the Smiths. The sharp-witted — and sharp-dressed — Brit has been the go-to songwriter for discerning-but-mopey music fans for more than 30 years. Credit his wry humor, dramatic flair and signature rich baritone. No one makes us blue quite like Morrissey. He is the soundtrack to modern sadness. And here’s the crazy thing: We love him for it. Higher Ground at Flynn MainStage, October 16, 8 p.m. $48-63.75.


the most unusual she calls “amazing, prof ound, no holds barred, absolutely unique in the world.” Australia’s Back to Back Theatre elicits that string of ac colades for its “Ganesh Versus the Third Reich” (January 18 and 19). The company consists of “normal and intellectually challenged actors,” Lawrence says, “and they tour nonstop, worldwide.” The play itself is a bit of a story within a story, she explains, that “shows a theater company struggling to work together under a dictatorial director, and imagines what if [elephantheaded Hindu god] Ganesh travels through time and space to the Third Reich” to reclaim the swastika — an ancient Hindu symbol of well-being. “It absolutely shows the power of religion and the terror of Hitler’s regime,” says Lawrence. “When it gets too intense, it toggles back to someone who can’t get a piece quite right — some of it is funny. It will leave you in tears,” she concludes. “I was overjoyed. I will never forget it.” On that note, let’s get on with the shows. m

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Shakespeare’s The Tempest opens on board a ship, where master and crew are frantically battening hatches. Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite’s dance-theater version, The Tempest Replica, takes a different perspective: A male dancer hands a female dancer a small, origami boat. “Shipwreck!” he shouts, and she shoves the paper vessel into her mouth. Thunder cracks, and the stage goes black. The lights come back up and flash like lightning. Dancers dressed in white, their heads and faces fully covered by angular, alien-like masks, appear behind a shimmering, translucent curtain, their bodies flailing against the fierce storm. Over the next two acts, the dancers of Pite’s Vancouver-based company, Kidd Pivot, explore the motifs of Shakespeare’s tale of magic, isolation, desire and revenge through emotive dance, inventive sets and the occasional projected quote from the original play. Pite formed her company in 2002, naming it “Kidd” for outlaw Billy the Kid and “Pivot” for a movement that requires skill and precision. A former company member with British Columbia’s Ballet BC and William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt, Pite infuses her street-style choreography with classical rigor. Wrote the Frankfurter Rundschau of The Tempest Replica, which debuted while Kidd Pivot was in residence in Germany earlier this year, “The seven performers danced for their lives.”

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Bor DEr mu Sic: DAViD HiDALgo AND mArc r iBot Border Music is a progressive collaboration between master guitarists David Hidalgo and Marc Ribot that revels in the unlikely intermingling of seemingly opposing cultural influences and sounds. The duo explores the nexus where East meets West, North meets South and urban chic coexists amiably alongside rural sensibility. Neither player is a stranger to border-hopping musical excursions. Hidalgo is the cofounding guitarist and vocalist of East LA mainstays Los Lobos and a member of the Latin Playboys, two bands that have long blurred the line, musically speaking, that runs along the Rio Grande. Meanwhile, Ribot, known since his days in groundbreaking jazz-punk band the Lounge Lizards, has played alongside musicians as varied as Tom Waits, Alison Krauss, Elton John, Cibo Matto and the Black Keys. You know, to name a few. Together, Hidalgo and Ribot craft an explosive, dynamic, Latin-flavored sound that is rooted in many styles and cultures but transcends any familiar definition. Except maybe one: melting pot. Flynn mainStage, January 26, 8 p.m. $15-36.


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This foursome is not the first to “reinvent” the string quartet, but listening to Brooklyn Rider, which has been called “stunningly imaginative,” could make you a true believer in messing with tradition. Since rising to renown in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, BR have performed with a broad spectrum of other artists, received accolades everywhere from public radio to the Huffington Post and earned a slew of awards. Brooklyn Rider derived their name from hometown Brooklyn, N.Y., and from the German pre-World War I artists’ collective Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). That group’s wild, crossdisciplinary creativity inspires violinists Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords, and cellist Eric Jacobsen. The Los Angeles Times said about them, “The dazzling fingers-in-every-pie versatility that Brooklyn Rider exhibits is one of the wonders of contemporary music.” The Hop commissioned a piece from the group, Brooklyn Almanac, which includes compositions by jazz and indie-rock greats such as Bill Frisell and Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier. Its world premiere will celebrate the performing arts center’s 50th anniversary.

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Do the words “gypsy jazz” instantly make you think of Django Reinhardt? Well, that’s cool, but the term has more recently been attached to “one of the most thrilling young acts on the planet.” So gushed the LA Weekly about Fishtank Ensemble. From hipster nightclubs to music festivals all over the world, the group has wowed audiences with its eclectic mix of Parisian hot jazz, flamenco, Serbian and Transylvanian gypsy anthems and quirky originals. Wait. Transylvanian? Yup. No doubt reflecting the influence of Serbian slap-bass player Djordje Stijepovic. Or maybe that of French violinist Fabrice Martinez, who reportedly spent a decade traveling Europe in a handmade, mule-drawn caravan. The two of them hooked up with vocalist Ursula Knudson — no ordinary California girl, she sang opera in the streets of Italy before falling in love with gypsy music — and guitarist Douglas Smolens, a jazz and flamenco whiz. Together the quartet make a riotous, worldly ruckus that redefines the genre, and would do godfather Django proud. Barre Opera House, September 28, 8 p.m. $10-26.


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he atmosphere is jovial at the open house for Mount Saint Joseph Academy — Rutland’s Catholic high school. Feisty, white-haired alumni tend the grills inside the athletic as sociation hut. The new principal, Sandra Wilkes, glad-hands with parents and teachers. Meanwhile, a volunteer is playing matchmaker with some of the new students. She steers one long-legged, wide-eyed teenager over to a pack of f our veteran classmates, and a f ew mo ments later the five girls lope off across the outfield of Saint Peter’s Field. But the lightheartedness of the summer open house is balanced by a weighty reality: MSJ is desperate to attract more students. In its heyday, the high school educated as many as 600 students a year and earned more Division I football championships than any other school in the state, including rival Rutland High. Three years ago, enrollment had sunk to a mere 65 students, almost a tenth of what it once was. The numbers have inched back up slightly as a result of recruitment ef forts, such as this one, on the part of parents, teachers and alumni. Around 80 “Mounties” were scheduled to show up for the first day of school — which has MSJ boosters breathing a bit easier than they were a f ew years back, when a letter from the diocese handed down an ultimatum: Cut the budget or close the school. School board chair Peter Giancola admits the

looming threat “lit a fire under us.” The school board slashed $100,000 f rom the school’s operating expenses, and today MSJ is still fighting tooth and nail to stay in the game. In a state where declining student enrollments threaten the future of both public and private schools, the Catholic high school faces the added challenge of convincing families that a faith-based education — to the tune of $5900 a year — is a worthwhile investment. “I wish we could get the enrollment up,” says Chris Thraska, a mother manning the refreshments table at the cookout. She frowns slightly. “It’s a wonderful place, and I think if people gave it a chance they’d see what I do.” That would include college scholarships totaling $1.3 million bagged by the 24 graduates in the class of 2012. For three out of the last four years, 25 percent of the senior class at MSJ passed the college-level Advanced Placement calculus exam. Harder to quantify: MSJ appears to be a close-knit community, in which everyone’s related, or darn close to it. The August barbecue feels more like a family reunion than a school f unction. Instead of the usual bellyaching about small towns and smaller schools, the students talk up their tiny classes and many friendships. “I love it,” says junior Grace Giancola, the daughter of the school board chair. “You’ve got to be f riends with everyone because you can’t avoid anyone,” says her pal, senior Shea McGee.

SJ is nestled in a residential neighborhood southwest of downtown Rutland, sur rounded by streets dotted with large, rambling old homes. Some blocks are in better shape than others. The brick high school, in the shadow of the hulking St. Peter Church, also neighbors two of the Catholic Church’s f our eldercare f acili ties in the state. The Sisters of St. Joseph started MSJ as an all-girls academy in 1882. They built a larger facility in 1927 and began educating boys as well. Jim Reardon, class of 1943, was one of 13 siblings to attend MSJ. Just look around, he says, at those big homes lining the nearby streets: They used to house the large Irish and Italian Catholic f amilies — many of whom migrated to Rutland following the discovery of rich marble deposits in the region — that swelled the high school’s ranks. There are f ewer Rutland residents today than there were in 1930. Talk to enough MSJ parents, and you start to get the f eeling that everyone’s grandparents went to school here, that everyone’s kids and grandkids will come up through the ranks. Dwindling enrollment is a “sign of the times,” says alum David Fucci, class of 1977, who paid $325 a year to attend MSJ as did each of his four siblings. “Today you can’t afford to have five kids,” Fucci says, let alone pay private school tuition f or all of them. At one point in recent years, Rutland had the highest unemployment rate in the state. Vermont’s other Catholic secondary school, Rice Memorial High School, is located in more prosperous Burlington, and draws most of its students f rom Chittenden County. Times aren’t quite so tough there. Rice’s student body will grow this year from 364 students to 377, despite the school’s yearly $8500 tuition fee. In a perf ect world, says Giancola, MSJ would enroll at least 100 students — but for the time being “we’ll take what we have,” he says. Some “local” students travel f rom as f ar away as Granville and Whitehall, N.Y., to attend the high

school. In the 1990s, the school began actively recruiting international students from China, Taiwan, Germany, France, Mexico and a host of other countries. They also attracted a handful of students from the Bronx — a number of them talented basketball players who helped the Mounties bag a Division II basketball championship last year. Hailing from a notoriously crime-ridden housing project, the students arrived in September 2010 and stayed with host families in the area. Their recruitment stirred some controversy — parents and students complained of losing out on playing time; outsiders accused the school of stacking the deck. Those unpopular sentiments — including nasty remarks traded on Facebook and directed at the host families of the Bronx students — landed the school in a New York Times story, headlined: “In Vermont, Bronx Players Help Team, but Stir Outcry.” Senior Matthew Sanborn, the tall, shaggy-headed captain of last year’s championship team, focuses on the positive. He says the team’s success sent a welcome jolt through the school. Having more talented players on the team “made everyone better,” he says. “After the Rutland game,” he says, referring to the school’s triumph over their one-time rivals, “I could see kids who were proud to put on an MSJ shirt. I saw a good sense of pride.” It was a galvanizing moment for a school that, for decades, was renowned for its athletic prowess. “My grandfather talks about it all the time,” says McGee, a fourth-generation Mountie. She drops her voice an octave in imitation: “‘Back when I went to MSJ, we used to win football games.’” Matchups against their hometown rivals were especially infamous. Kathy Aicher, class of 1977, remembers those cross-town games as a “huge deal” — great pep rallies, cheerleaders, games that brought the town to a standstill. “It was the red

and the green,” she recalls. “The rivalry was intense and fabulous and extreme.” Those days are over. The football team dropped down to Division III three years ago. Athletic Director Marty McDonough — who has worked at MSJ for 43 years — says the school just reached a point where it couldn’t compete anymore against larger schools with deeper teams. “There was a lot of emotion about it,” he admits. “Football has always been a draw for MSJ.” Last year’s basketball bonanza was a shot in the arm. McDonough describes MSJ’s victory as a “big bonus, a big plus” that brought a lot of old alumni back into the fold. Still, he’s reluctant to pin too many hopes on hoops. A few of the Bronx students graduated last year, and, while the school hopes to attract more, officials say that decision is less about athletics than it is about realizing its Catholic mission.

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hen the economy started declining four years ago, Vermont’s 13 Catholic schools felt the impact almost immediately. Hardest hit was MSJ, according to Mona Faulkner, the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington. It’s not because people don’t want a parochial education in Vermont, which ties New Hampshire as the least religious state in the nation. “It’s because they can’t afford it,” Faulkner says. In some ways, Catholic schools were better prepared for the crisis, because they had already gone through the process of consolidating and regionalizing — a prospect public schools could face in the years ahead. The last consolidation came in 2009, when schools in Barre and Montpelier combined.

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nimble than their public counterparts. “As a Catholic school, we’re able to make change happen very, very quickly,” says Paulette Thibault, the principal of Christ the King School in Burlington. There aren’t as many administrative hoops to jump through or state or federal restrictions to consider. No teacher unions, school boards or budget votes, either. Catholic school teachers tend to make less money than their public counterparts. “You just get more stuff done,” says Faulkner, adding that the flexibility extends to individualized learning. “We personalize that instruction as much as we possibly can with the resources that

anxious — about the change, but mostly about the cost. Now, a year after that decision, she’s singing MSJ’s praises. “I don’t think people realize how generous the school really is,” says Loeber. About 40 percent of the student body receives some form of financial aid. Last year the school drummed up nearly $250,000 in donations for the annual fund. The volunteer-staffed athletic association raised more than $100,000. This summer’s “Honor Our Past” fundraiser brought in more cash. At $75 a head, about 300 diners, mostly alumni, packed into the conference hall at Rutland’s Holiday Inn. The boisterous B.J. Costello III, chair of the development committee, played MC for the night, ribbing his old classmates from the podium and talking up the school’s recent achievements: that beloved basketball championship, the scholarship numbers, and the recent award from the “small and inspiring” grant program at the Vermont Community Foundation. By the time John Casella, class of 1968, stepped up to the podium to receive a distinguished award on behalf of himself and brother Doug Casella, spirits were high. At MSJ, the school community is hoping that it’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog. “It doesn’t matter whether there’s 600 students on Convent Avenue, or 80,” Casella told the crowd. “The values are alive and well.” Of course, the numbers do matter — but for now, on the razor’s edge of break-even, MSJ’s biggest supporters are cautiously optimistic. They’re hoping the rebound lasts. m


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When the CORNERSTONE PUB opens at 47 North Main Street in Barre in late October or early November, it will be the result of decades of planning. Local natives KEITH PAXMAN and RICH MCSHEFFREY, best friends since grade school, both grew up to be restaurateurs. Paxman worked in fine-dining establishments on St. John and Martha’s Vineyard before opening Warren’s THE COMMON MAN, which he sold last year. McSheffrey was more interested in the pub world, working as general manager for the 13-location British Beer Company chain and as owner of an upscale Massachusetts pizzeria. Now the friends are combining their skills for the joint venture they’ve always wanted. And the resto’s name doesn’t just reflect the fact that it’s a stone building on a corner, says McSheffrey. “We want to be a cornerstone of the community — really involved in the front lines of bringing Barre back to the Barre our parents remember,” he says. The pair hopes to appeal to both blue- and white-collar residents with a wide range of beers and foods to suit every palate. Twenty-eight beers on tap will include selections from LAWSON’S FINEST LIQUIDS and HILL FARMSTEAD BREWERY, as well as other hard-to-find cult beers from within and outside Vermont, and boutique wines. But there will be mass-produced suds, too. “We’re going to feature & KITCHEN

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1 ounce Fernet Branca 1 ounce Barr Hill Gin Ice cubes 1 teaspoon ginger syrup, such as Sumptuous Syrups Ginger beer Orange peel

Spicy Chai Rum Toddy

Last week, Horrigan was nursing a wicked cold, and toddies were on his mind. This one draws boozy depth from the rich, recently released Backwoods Reserve Rum from Dunc’s Mill in Barnet. He writes: “The balanced infusion of spices, citrus, bitters, heat and the aged rum [is a] perfect cure for what ails you. This cocktail will ensure that you enjoy your cold.”

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Fill a glass with ice. Add bourbon, vinegar and simple syrup. Stir to combine. Top with soda, squeeze in a bit of lime, and garnish with a lime wedge and a few fresh blueberries. (To make basil simple syrup: Bring one cup each of sugar and water to a boil and remove from heat. Add 10 basil leaves. Let sit for an hour, or longer for more saturation. Strain and refrigerate.)

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Ice cubes 1 ounce Jefferson’s Bourbon (omit for a nonalcoholic version) 1/3 ounce Adam’s Berry Farm Blueberry Vinegar 1/2 ounce basil simple syrup Soda water Lime wedge Fresh blueberries for garnish

Pour the Fernet and gin over ice, add syrup, and swirl well to combine. Strain into a short glass and top with cold ginger beer. Flame an orange peel by lighting a match and gently warming the outside of the peel for a few seconds to release the oils. Rub the warmed edge over the glass and drop the peel into the drink.



Prohibition Pig has one of the most apothecary-like bars around, heavy on bitters and digestifs. At a farmers market last year, head bartender Jeff Baumann picked up a bottle of blueberry vinegar from Adam’s Berry Farm and became “obsessed,” he says, with using vinegar in his drinks. This cocktail mixes it with lime, basil syrup, soda and bourbon for a breezy, pretty drink.

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Rich McSheffrey and Keith Paxman

Whatever the food turns out to be, it will be tailored to suit the demands of the residents of the revitalized Barre. “It would be great to be part of rebuilding the community one pint at a time,” says McSheffrey. — A. L.



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but also has experience cooking in pubs. Paxman calls Cornerstone’s cuisine “modern American pub with an upscale twist.” Though a

menu hasn’t been assembled yet, the owners hint at a concise mix of dishes that will include burgers, sandwiches and pizzas.

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Though not a restorative per se, this boozy milkshake — with vodka, yogurt and fruit — is quasi-nutritious, good for the soul and an insomniac’s friend. I used fresh Butterworks Farm Maple Yogurt, which I froze until hard. 2 ounces Vermont Spirits White Vodka 1/2 ounce aged cachaça (optional) 7 ounces maple yogurt, such as Butterworks, frozen 1 fresh peach or other fruit (optional)

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Caledonia Spirits Elderberry Cordial is beneficial to your immunity and digestion, but working it into anything other than a spritzer is a challenge — if only because its personality is so strong and sweet that it dominates other flavors. The slight smokiness of tequila seems to temper its treacle, however, and a splash of rosewater adds mood-lifting aromatics.

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Muddle a sprig of mint in the bottom of a glass and pour in cordial, tequila, bitters and rosewater. Stir to combine. Pour into a tumbler filled with ice, top with soda water and a spritz of fresh lime juice, drop wedge into the drink, and serve.

companies or products. In exchange for their capital and confidence, the sharks receive good karma and a return on their investment. “We are huge fans of the show and watch it every Friday,” says Dan Holtz. “One night, we were struck with the thought of applying and quickly sent a blind email to a casting director. Before we knew it, we were in Los Angeles.” Root for the local underdogs when the episode airs on Friday, September 28, at 8 p.m.


Steep chai black tea for four to five minutes in mug filled with hot water; stir in the rest of the ingredients, and enjoy.

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eople like Gordon Ramsay, but let’s face it,” Edna Sutton says. “British food doesn’t have a great

reputation.” Sutton knows her native fare is notorious for graying veggies and beyondrecognition meats. She admits that many of the customers who order English dishes at her Brandon Music Café either are Brits themselves or recall favorite meals from trips across the pond.

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winning converts with its blend of food and live performance. Yankee Magazine recognized Brandon Music as “Best Classical Lunch” in this year’s Best of New England issue. Now the 3-year-old business, owned South Royalton 12v-stowetheatreguild090512.indd 1 9/4/12 10:37 AMby two expatriates — Sutton and her husMarket band, Stephen — is poised to expand into downtown Brandon. In 2009, Stephen Sutton came to Vermont to start Brandon Music — which then encompassed a recording studio, performance space, store and tea room — while Edna finished overseeing Home of The Guru the building of a school in their native Advice, Ingredients Yorkshire. She joined him in the States & Equipment in the spring of 2011. Not long after, for All Levels of Stephen’s classical music label, Divine Brewers & Winemakers Art, had its first big hit, composer Paul Friend us on Facebook: Mealor’s “Now Sleeps the Crimson SoRo Homebrew Petal,” which climbed the classical charts after being played at the wedding 222 Chelsea St. of Prince William and Kate Middleton. South Royalton, VT 05068 It wasn’t food that initially brought convenient to I-89 exits 2 & 3 people to sit under the soaring, vaulted ceilings of the converted barn that once Best selection served as artist Warren Kimble’s studio. in the “We started because of the concerts,” UPper Valley * Special 6:30 p.m. show, Saturday, Sept. 22, followed by “Talk Back” session with cast and National Alliance on Mental Health representative.

tomatoes, juicy grapes, pink radish slices and strawberries brighten a pile of mixed greens and spinach. On her way to the table with the salad, Sutton grabs a plate holding three tall creamers, each containing a different homemade dressing. Perhaps in a nod to British salad cream, she recommends the tart and creamy ranch with the composition. I prefer the raspberry vinaigrette. The balance of sweet and acidic notes is perfect, but what really make the dressing memorable are the unbroken chunks of pulp, which pop with fresh, fruity flavor. “Dressings do make such a difference to the food. There’s no two ways about it,” Sutton says. “I do cardamom with balsamic and honey, too. A lot of people, I’m converting them as they go along. It just makes a nice change.” For a light lunch entrée, there’s Welsh rarebit. Usually, this dish is composed of toast in heavy cheese sauce, often made by blending cheddar and mustard into a thick, roux-based mother sauce such as creamy béchamel. At Brandon Music Café, the rarebit is more like the English muffin pizza you wish your mother had made. The base is two halves of l EV i t t puffy, chewy English muffin, both topped with ultra-fresh, flavorful tomatoes and melted, aged cheddar dusted with parsley. It’s simple but delicious. Other dishes are more traditional preparations of Brit classics. Just as Americans have a passion for pork, Limeys know their way around a cut of beef. In fact, most of the dishes on the British menu at Brandon Music contain cow in some form. These hearty offerings are no bull. Steak-and-ale pie is richly flavored with Guinness. At first bite, a cube of beef seems too tough, but then it surrenders in tender ribbons of meaty flavor. Mushrooms absorb the stout best, soaking up every bit of malt and just a hint of balancing vinegar. A layer of puff pastry on the tureen fits perfectly, ensuring that there’s never a bite without the buttery crust. Beef casserole with herbed dumplings is Blighty’s answer to American chicken and dumplings. The shimmering, caramel-colored gravy holds vegetables and meat cooked to perfection. Potatoes are crumblingly soft, while carrots yield just slightly to the tooth. The chunks of meat are even more tender than those in the steak-and-ale pie. But phOtOs: CaleB kenna


Edna Sutton says of the restaurant. “People wanted somewhere to eat before they heard the music.” Since her arrival, Sutton has been slowly adding dishes to the menu as she and her cook, Donna Towle, perfect them. On a recent Thursday afternoon, a glance around the tea-room loft reveals a grand piano facing my table; on my right, shelves hold some of the 300 albums Divine Art has released. Above my head hang stage lights and microphones. They

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are in place for Left Ear Trio, featuring Michael Smith, the New York City guitarist in town for that week’s BYOB Thursday-night jazz concert. Most Fridays or Saturdays, Brandon Music Café plays host to a classical artist, as well. Until recently, the café served only during the day, but demand from concertgoers arriving straight from work has spurred Sutton and Towle to add early-bird dinners that end an hour before the 7:30 p.m. shows begin. That helps make room in the hall, which only fits 50 seats, or 25 at tables. Sutton says they’re rolling out the dinner menu piece by piece; for now, options include pesto salmon, chicken cooked in Port with mushrooms and pork with caramelized apples. “We’re just gradually trying different things,” she explains. “Some English things I would [still] love to do — Yorkshire pudding and roast beef.” But diners who come earlier can already sample plenty of British fare. The café serves its full menu from noon to 5:30 p.m. each day but Tuesday, and there is nary a gray vegetable. In fact, most dishes come with a seasonal salad. Currently, halved cherry

food it’s the green-speckled dumplings that The pudding isn’t overly sweet. In give the dish its character. Starting as fact, much of its sugar comes from raiclumpy biscuits, they combine with sins and dried currants stashed at the the sauce as they soak in it, becoming a bottom. The golden, nutmeg-spotted moist starch that adds touches of herba- cube sits in a pool of double cream, ceous flavor to every mouthful. which intensifies the buttery flavors. Though Sutton oversees the kitchen, Diners seeking a stronger sugar the former social worker does not bear rush would be advised to try the warm the title of chef. That belongs to Towle, an treacle tart. Made of molasses-like sugar American cook who previously worked at syrup, the dish is strikingly similar to Green Mountain College and at the Iron Pennsylvania Dutch Shoo-Fly Pie. It’s Lantern Restaurant in Castleton. warm, soft and penetratingly sweet. The challenges of working together Fortunately, lemon slices and whipped are twofold. Towle is hearing impaired cream cut through the near-overload of and must read Sutton’s lips to get her sugar. Lunch q Dinner q Sunday Brunch cooking instructions and orders. “It’s not The combination of food and music a problem as long as I don’t talk to her has been such a hit that Brandon Music 27 Bridge St, Richmond back,” Sutton says. is growing. The café and performance Tues-Sun • 434-3148 For her part, Towle has had to learn space will remain in the former Kimble the recipes of a whole new culture. “It’s barn on Country Club Road, but Stephen been cool, very interesting,” she says Sutton’s phonograph museum and re12v-Pete'sGreens091212.indd 1 9/10/12 12v-toscano090512.indd 3:40 PM 1 8/31/12 2:07 PM of switching to British fare. “Even the cording studio will relocate to a building recipes are different. Ingredients have in downtown Brandon that the couple different names. has purchased It’s very exciting.” to open as the Towle has Compass Music brought her and Arts Center. Come try our expanded menu! own distinctly While part of that Now Open ALL DAY Saturday & Sunday! American conspace will become tributions. Her a community Always fres Dine In • Take Out • BYOB 24 Main St, Downtown Winooski: 655-4888 h & affordab award-winning center operated le! TINYTHAIRESTAURANT.NET M-F 11:30am-2:30pm / 4:30-9:30pm, Sa-Su 11:30am-9:30pm chili, topped through the non12h-tinythai020811.indd 1 2/7/12 2:55 PM with sour cream profit Compass and corn bread, Music and Arts has been a popuFoundation, other lar addition, says areas will house Sutton. Brandon Music’s Sunday-Thursday But Towle’s live-streaming baking skills may radio station — be her most valuup and running Mon Planet Burger $6 able asset. Meals by next summer, Tues Maura’s Salad $4 come with a petite, Edna Sutton hopes Massaman Red Curry $6 Beef casserole and herb dumplings three-headed roll — and a small Wed BBQ Chicken & Ribs $10 that tastes just slightly too savory to be a bistro serving coffee, sandwiches and n Live Bluegrass 7-9pm Di doughnut. The fluffy bread is a preview cakes. A 200- to 300-seat concert hall is ls a c Hardscrabble Hounds “ W h ere t h e lo of the desserts to follow. Towle’s special- also part of the long-term plan. ties include a chunky pear cake with pear This week, the Suttons are headed 15 Center St., Burlington (just off Church Street) sauce and Triple Ginger Pound Cake with back to England to renew their visas, reservations online or by phone • 862-9647 pineapple cream. which will allow them to stay in the There’s a range of British desserts, too. U.S. for two more years. If all goes well, 8h-DailyPlanet091212.indd 1 9/6/12 3:18 PM Sutton offers me a pot of black Assam tea they will open Compass — which they’d to go with a pair of sweets. The tea service hoped to inaugurate last March — comes with dollhouse-size portions of soon after. Towle will oversee the new lemon and sugar presented in a pot fitted eatery; as for hiring new culinary staff, with a spoon that ends in a G-clef. It’s just “demand will dictate how we’ll grow the one of the quirky bits of porcelain in the business,” Edna Sutton says. Join us on Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. room — Sutton also sells rare and vintage Judging by the current crowds at china tea ware and British brands of tea Brandon Music, the couple will need as we celebrate Teddy Roosevelt Day and biscuits. to keep renewing those visas — and There will be a special tasting of our ice ciders and She brings the bread-and-butter pud- preparing their home cooking for their new apple wine paired with cheeses from Boston Post Dairy! ding to the table fresh from the oven. adopted neighbors. m All will be available for purchase. As the name implies, the difference between this dessert and the bread pudding to which most of us are accustomed Brandon Music Café, 62 Country is that each slice of bread is buttered Club Road, Brandon, 465-4071. 4445 Main Street, Isle La Motte, VT before being added to the milk and egg (802) 928-3091• mixture that moistens and fluffs it.

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Improv N Ight : f un-loving participants play "Whose Line is it Anyway?"-style games in an encouraging environment. s park Arts, Burlington, 8-10 p.m. $7 suggested donation. info, 373-4703.


CIt Iz ENs INformat IoN mEEt INg: Concerned community members learn more about the proposed 90-foot town cell tower, sign petitions and discuss alternative technologies. Community Center, Jericho Center, 7 p.m. f ree. info, 899-3051. t rop ICal storm Ir ENE support group : Berlin-area residents affected by the flooding share their stories and learn coping skills. Berlin Elementary s chool, 3:30 p.m. f ree. info, 279-8246. WINoosk I Coal It IoN for a saf E aND pEaCEful Commu NIty : Neighbors and local businesses help create a thriving o nion City by discussing how to promote civic engagement. o 'Brien Community Center, Winooski, 6-7 p.m. f ree. info, 655-4565.


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gr EEN mou Nta IN Chapt Er of th E Embro IDEr Ers' guIl D of amEr ICa: t extile artists preserve the needle craft. Pines s enior Living Community, s outh Burlington, 9:30 a.m. f ree for first-timers; bring a bag lunch. info, 372-4255. kNIt N Ight : Crafty needleworkers (crocheters, too) share their talents and company as they spin yarn. Phoenix Books, Essex, 6-8 p.m. f ree. info, 872-7111. mak E stuff! : Defunct bicycle parts become works of art and jewelry that will be sold to raise funds and awareness for Bike Recycle Vermont. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. f ree. info, 264-9687.

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Cl Imat E Cha NgE & h uma N Cultur E: lE sso Ns f rom th E past for th E f utur E?: Archaeologist and climate-change expert David g. Anderson details how environmental shifts have affected cultures across the planet over the last 15,000 years. An expert panel weighs in after the talk. Auditorium, Pavilion Building, Montpelier, 7 p.m. f ree. info, 828-3050.


gIrls N It E out pro DuCt IoNs party : Theater lovers celebrate the local troupe and its upcoming fall performance of The Odd Couple (female version) with wine, noshes and prizes. A Little s omething, s helburne, 4-7 p.m. f ree; preregister. info, 985-9909, littlesomething.

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kIll INgto N h ay fE st Ival : More than 30 giant hay animals pop up through town at a five-week-long harvest party, which includes family-friendly events, a 5k walk/run and k illington Restaurant Week. Various locations, k illington, 8 a.m. f ree; see discoverkillington. com for details. info, 422-2185.


'lI f E IN ora NgE Cou Nty' : Created by Peregrine Productions' Vince f ranke and 11 students from s en. Bill Doyle's Vermont government and history class at Johnson s tate College, this very local documentary features resident interviews. k ellogg-h ubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. f ree. info, 223-3338. 'moNty pytho N aND th E h oly gra Il' : k ing Arthur and his knights brave everything from killer rabbits to mocking f renchmen in this classic 1975 satire. Catamount Arts Center, s t. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $6-8. info, 748-2600. 't ak INg r oot: t h E vIsIoN of Wa Ngar I maatha I': Alan Dater and Lisa Merton's 2008 documentary chronicles the life of the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Catamount Arts Center, s t. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. $5-8. info, 748-2600. 't h E QuEEN of vErsa Ill Es': Lauren greenfield's 2012 documentary follows two new billionaires as they build a 90,000-squarefoot mansion in this study on the pitfalls of the American dream. Catamount Arts Center, s t. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $5-8. info, 748-2600.


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Challenge: Pen an abridged life story. Do it in just six words. Urged by SMITH Magazine, people responded. The Six-Word Memoir Project grew. Since 2006: five best-selling books. “Will thrill minimalists,” praised Vanity Fair. On Thursday, meet editor Larry Smith. (“Big hair. Big heart. Big hurry.”) He’ll talk about the project’s roots. Rumor has it, Hemingway’s to thank. (Just check out his flash fiction... “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”) Then, live tweet your own tale. Or speak in a sextet slam. Less is more, as they say.

LArr Y Smith Thursday, s eptember 13, 8-9:30 p.m., at Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson s tate College. f ree. info, 635-1408.

SEPT.17-22 ART | Bern After Reading Got a pipe dream? Twelve glassblowers competing in the Bern Gallery’s seventh annual Pipe Classic do. Something of the nation’s superstars when it comes to whirling molten glass, artists hailing from as close as Burlington and as far as California fire up the torches for an epic five-day showdown. Each has 12 hours to complete a crazy — but totally functional — glass pipe. Drop by the gallery daily to watch the sizzling action in the on-site glassblowing stations — or buy a VIP judge’s pass to cast your vote for a winner in the wrap party at Nectar’s. Can you take the heat?

t h E pipE cLASSic Monday, s eptember 17, 4 to 10 p.m., and t uesday, s eptember 18, through f riday, s eptember 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 4 to 10 p.m., at the Bern gallery in Burlington. f ree to watch. ViP Awards Ceremony: s aturday, s eptember 22, 3 p.m., at Nectar’s in Burlington. $20 for judge’s pass (space is limited). info, 865-0994.

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2012 Nat IoNal Commu NIty l aND t rust CoNf Er ENCE: t ours, lectures, a film festival and a keynote address by J. o tis s mith energize participating housing practitioners to strengthen affordable housing organizations in communities across the world. s ee for details. Various locations, Burlington, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. $295-435. info, 503-493-1000, ext. 4.

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paint [flowers] because they’re cheaper than models and they don’t move!” painter georgia o ’Keeffe once told a reporter, rather sarcastically. o f course, plants do move — and a new exhibit at the Montshire illustrates just how much. “sLowlife,” a fascinating foray into “alternate perceptions,” uses time-lapse photography and video clips to speed plant life to a quicker pace, from the daily sun dance of a growing sprout to the final wither of an aging tulip. s et to an original score by composer John gibson, the multimedia display underlines the parallel life cycles of humans and their landscape.

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The British are coming! The British are coming! It’s not a battle cry, but a call to autos at this weekend’s British Invasion in Stowe. The East Coast’s largest English car show is a rip-roaring celebration of RollsRoyces, Aston Martins, Jaguars, Land Rovers and other sweet rides that have rolled out of the mother country over the years. Friday revs up with self-guided driving tours and a Main Street party — and things reach full throttle with the Concours d’Elegance and British Classic competitions on Saturday. However, we’re most intrigued by Sunday’s Backseat Drivers’ Competition, in which blindfolded drivers navigate a course based on the verbal instructions of a passenger. Vroom vroom.


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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, Champlain islands Farmers market: Baked items, preserves, meats and eggs sustain shoppers in search of local goods. St. Rose of Lima Church, South Hero, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 372-3291. ColChester Farmers market: Vendors present passersby with fresh local produce, specialty foods and crafts. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7576.

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highgate story hour: Gigglers and wigglers listen to age-appropriate lit. Highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970. montgomery story hour: Good listeners are rewarded with an earful of tales and a mouthful of snacks. Montgomery Town Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. moving & grooving With Christine: Twoto 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. musiC With mr. Chris: Rug rats raise their voices to original and traditional sing-alongs with local musician Chris Dorman. There are games to play, too. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 497-7217.



killington restaurant Week: Fork and knife at the ready! Eateries throughout the resort community offer prix-fixe menus showcasing a variety of cuisines and specialty foods. See discoverkillington. com for details. Various locations, Killington, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 422-2185.

girl sCouts inFormation session: Wouldbe scouts and their parents learn about this leadership-development program for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. Mallets Bay School, Colchester, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Allen Brook Elementary School, Williston, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 888-474-9686, ext. 302.




YO middleBury Farmers FC H RI S DO R M AN market: Crafts, cheeses, breads and veggies vie for spots in shoppers' totes. The Marbleworks, Middlebury, 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 989-6012.

noFavore soCial: Folks join NOFA Vermont to celebrate local, organic agriculture with fresh, wood-fired pizza. Attendees contribute to a discussion of its five-year strategic plan. Wellspring Farm, Marshfield, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 434-4122, neWport Farmers market: Pickles, meats, eggs, fruits, veggies, herbs and baked goods are a small sampling of the fresh fare supplied by area growers and producers. 246 Causeway, Newport, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, Williston Farmers market: Shoppers seek prepared foods and unadorned produce at a weekly open-air affair. Town Green, Williston, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 735-3860,

health & fitness

Feed your spirit, nourish your neighBors: tai Chi Course: Folks reap the health benefits of this Chinese martial art as they support the Vermont Food Bank. Mt. Philo State Park, Charlotte, 9-10 a.m. $75 for six-week course; preregister; space is limited. Info, 425-2390.


BaBy time playgroup: Crawling tots and their parents convene for playtime and sharing. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 658-3659. enosBurg playgroup: Children and their adult caregivers immerse themselves in singing activities and more. American Legion, Enosburg Falls, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. FairField playgroup: Youngsters entertain themselves with creative activities and snack time. Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

pajama story time: Evening tales send kiddos off to bed. Berkshire Elementary School, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. st. alBans playgroup: Creative activities and storytelling engage the mind. NCSS Family Center, St. Albans, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. storytelling With linda Costello: A seasoned wordsmith shares the legend of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and other classic tales. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.


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


monarCh ButterFly tagging: In 2007, a black-and-orange flyer identified at the nature center was recovered in Mexico. Folks catch, tag and release the migrating monarchs to help with future connections. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 3:30 p.m. $3-5; free for members. Info, 229-6206. Wagon-ride Wednesday: Riders lounge in sweet-smelling hay on scenic, horse-drawn routes. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355.


investing 101: the Foundations oF investing: Spenders and savers alike add to their understanding of bonds, stocks, mutual funds, asset allocation and inflation. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. 'listening to ConneCt' heart to heart: Participants practice positive communication methods with career-transition coach Glenda Otto. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:307:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202,


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Allen Gilbert: In "Privacy in the Digital Age," the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont considers the erosion of privacy due to social media, licenseplate readers, cellphone signal data and more. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. byron Kidder & HArry MclAM: The speakers travel down the "Old and Forgotten Roads and Pathways of Bradford." Bradford Academy, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4423. JAMes A. Welu: In "Built to Educate: The American Art Museum," the director emeritus of the Worcester Art Museum offers the first in a series of lectures about issues in the museum world. Twilight Auditorium, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. lAWrence HAyes: The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium and Lyndon State College meteorologist gives listeners the forecast in "Soil Moisture and Its Effect on Weather." Room 203, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 4-5:15 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1327.

40tH AnniversAry celebrAtion: Local vendors and co-op customers mingle at a milestone birthday party, made extra sweet with cake and ice cream at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and face painting, wine and beer from 3 to 6 p.m. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, info@

burlinGton Writers WorKsHop MeetinG: Members read and respond to the poetry and prose of fellow wordsmiths. Participants must join the group to have their work reviewed; see for details and to register (space is limited). Levity Café, Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 383-8104. JoHn Merson: The author of War Lessons: How I Fought to Be a Hero and Learned That War Is Terror delves into war crimes, conflictprevention strategies, and the effects of combat on soldiers and civilians. Burlington College, 6:15-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9616.




'Monty pytHon And tHe Holy GrAil': See WED.12, 7 p.m. 'tAKinG root: tHe vision of WAnGAri MAAtHAi': See WED.12, 5:30 p.m. 'tHe queen of versAilles': See WED.12, 7:30 p.m.

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JericHo fArMers MArKet: Passersby graze through locally grown veggies, pasture-raised meats, area wines and handmade crafts. Mills Riverside Park, Jericho, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, jerichofarmersmarket@ KillinGton restAurAnt WeeK: See WED.12, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. lActo-ferMented sAlsA & cHutney: Folk Foods' Jason Frishman goes beyond sauerkraut and kimchi as he helps participants whip up unique fermentations to be used in quick, easy meals. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700. neW nortH end fArMers MArKet: Eaters stroll through an array of offerings, from THU.13

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squAre dAnce club: Green Mountain Steppers Square Dance Club members do-si-do and swing their partners 'round at an evening of friendship and fitness. Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, South Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $5; free on September 13 and 20. Info, 879-1974.

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'MAttHeW bourne's sWAn lAKe': Filmed at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, this broadcast of Bourne's engaging reinterpretation of a classic ballet features a male lead and ensemble. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $8-15. Info, 382-9222.





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tunbridGe World's fAir: This old-fashioned agricultural extravaganza features working antique displays, 4-H exhibits, free shows and a midway. Tunbridge World's Fairgrounds, 8 a.m.9 p.m. $8-13; $30 season ticket. Info, 889-5555.



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verMont ArcHAeoloGy HeritAGe center GrAnd openinG & open House: History buffs tour the new space and its inaugural exhibit after digging into the arts of flint knapping and pottery reconstruction. Vermont History Center, Barre, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 828-3050.


Green MountAin club business sociAl: Long Trail brewmaster Matt Quinlan presents a spread of complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks, and State Senate Majority Leader Bill Carris and Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing commissioner Megan Smith speak about what it means to support local businesses. Long Trail Brewing Co., Bridgewater HE Corners, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. GR EE Info, 244-7037, ext. 124. N

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fletcHer Allen fArMers MArKet: Locally sourced meats, vegetables, bakery items, breads and maple syrup give hospital employees and visitors the option to eat healthfully. McClure Entrance, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 847-0797, tanya.mcdonald@


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

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sweet treats to farm-grown goods. Elks Lodge, Burlington, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-8072, Peacham Farmers market: Seasonal berries and produce mingle with homemade crafts and baked goods from the village. Academy Green, Peacham, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 592-3161. Waterbury Farmers market: Cultivators and their customers swap veggie tales and edible inspirations at a weekly outdoor emporium. Rusty Parker Memorial Park, Waterbury, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 522-5965,


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

health & fitness

Fitness hula-hooPinG: Hula-Hoopers wiggle their hips in a cardio workout aimed at improving coordination, balance and stamina. Union Elementary School, Montpelier, 7-8 p.m. $10. Info, 255-8699.


make your oWn herbal First aid kit: Folks combine a few herbal essentials to create cures for everything from Y OF BR sore muscles to bug bites. AN DO NM Hunger Mountain Co-op, USIC Montpelier, 5:30-7 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, info@ UR




montGomery inFant/toddler PlayGrouP: Infants to 2-year-olds idle away the hours with stories and songs. Montgomery Town Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. music With raPhael: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song and dance moves to traditional and original folk music. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


bacon thursday: maryGoround: Folks come for plates of bacon and creative dipping sauces, and stay for jazzy piano tunes and rowdy accordion. Nutty Steph's, Middlesex, 6 p.m.-midnight. Cost of food; cash bar. Info, 229-2090. countryman & the buFFalo band: Saxophonist Geoff Countryman leads this acclaimed ensemble of jazz improvisers into the funk, soul and electronica genres. Brandon Music, Brandon, 7:30 p.m. $12; BYOB. Info, 465-4071, euGene uman trio: Bassist Wayne Roberts and drummer Jon Fisher join the Vermont Jazz Center's artistic director in interpretations of familiar jazz standards, as well as original compositions. Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts, Chester, 7 p.m. $10-15. Info, 875-1018. Johnson state colleGe concert 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, 821-0504, mary chaPin carPenter: A Grammy-winning singer-songwriter presents the latest of her prolific folk/country career. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $38.50-48.50. Info, 775-0903.

PrePare For homeoWnershiP: Part 1: Ready to buy? Property virgins get acquainted with today's housing market in a presentation covering income, job status, credit history, closing costs and property types. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 879-8790.


caFé scientiFique: UVM College of Medicine speakers Jimmy Slauterbeck and Kalev Freeman discuss "Concussion and Brain Trauma in Sports" in a compelling ECHO Afterdark event for folks ages 21 and up. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation; cash bar. Info, 877-324-6386.


bill schubart: The author questions what it means to be a Vermonter in a conversation about his new novel Panhead. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 482-5189. book discussion: 20th-century Presidents, beFore & durinG WWii: History buffs examine the personal and political growth of one of America's most memorable leaders in Kathleen Dalton's Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. Jack mayer: The author of Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project tells the story of a Holocaust hero and

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Vermont indePendence Party: This statewide convention on political independence features PechaKucha presentations on finance, fuel and food; Bread and Puppet Theater performances; live music; and local fare. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 735-1235.


ballroom lesson & dance social: Singles and couples of all experience levels take a twirl. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; open dancing, 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269. cattle baron's ball: Yeehaw! Show up for a rollicking night of cowboy hats and dancing benefiting the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Burlington. The Barn at Lang Farm, Essex Junction, 6-10 p.m. $90; $175 per couple. Info, 872-6316.

'the year oF maGical thinkinG': Janis Stevens steals the stage in Joan Didion's theatrical adaptation of her bestselling memoir about grief and resilience, produced by Lost Nation Theater. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $10-30. Info, 229-0492.


larry smith: The cofounder of Six-Word Memoirs, a global phenomenon challenging autobiographers to tell their life story in that many words, discusses how the project grew. See calendar spotlight. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 8-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1408.

queen city contra dance: Soft-soled steppers move to calling by Rachel Nevitt and music by Atlantic Crossing. Edmunds Elementary School, Burlington, beginners’ session, 7:45 p.m.; dance, 8 p.m. $8; free for kids under 12. Info, 371-9492 or 343-7165. queen city tanGo milonGa: No partner is required for welcoming the weekend in the Argentine tradition. Wear clean, softsoled shoes. North End Studio B, Burlington, 7-10 p.m. Beginners’ session, 7-7:45 p.m. $7. Info, 658-5225. 'the temPest rePlica': Dance theater Kidd Pivot reinterprets Shakespeare's magical play through a combination of streetstyle and classical movement. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth


oPen mic niGht: Performers of all ages strut their musical stuff in a relaxed and supportive environment. ArtisTree Community Arts


the three Kansas teens who commemorated her years later. Phoenix Books Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.







yo-yo ma: Bringing to life works by Bach, O'Connor, Saygun and Crumb on the solo cello, the innovative virtuoso kicks off the Hop's 50th anniversary season. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Sold out. Info, 603-646-2422.


Fletcher tumble time: Exuberant youngsters find an outlet for all of that energy.

Franklin story hour: Lovers of the written word perk up for read-aloud tales and adventures with lyrics. Haston Library, Franklin, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.


Fall 2012 homeschoolinG series: Out-ofclassroom learners fuel their curiosity of the natural world by getting wet in an exploration of streams and rivers. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 10-11:30 a.m. $10-12; adults are free. Info, 359-5000.

Center & Gallery, Woodstock, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 457-3500.


alburGh PlayGrouP: Tots form friendships over music and movement. Alburgh Family Center of NCSS, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

Gymnasium, Fletcher Elementary School, Cambridge, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.


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math & Science alumni reunion: Vice president for academic affairs Karen Talentino gives an overview of the growth in these fields on campus, and professors John O'Meara and Mark Kubkowitz detail their major grant-funded research projects. Pomerleau Alumni Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536.


Bennington car Show: Auto enthusiasts scope out sweet rides at a weekend showcase of cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractor pulls and more, with a food and beer tent to boot. Friday is a vendor day with no cars; Saturday and Sunday admission includes the full car show. Willow Park, Bennington, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-8. Info, 447-3311, ext. 14.

the BritiSh inVaSion: Rule Britannia! Area driving tours, a Tailgate Picnic Competition and an Auto Jumble accompany judged contests at this three-day English automobile show. See calendar spotlight. Stowe Events Field, 5-9:30 p.m. $15 for two-day pass; $10 for Sunday only; free for kids under 12. Info, 253-7558.

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Vermont Swing Dance championShipS: World-class West Coast swing dancers move to the beat in three days of workshops, lessons, open dancing, demos and competitions. Hampton Inn, Colchester, 2:30 p.m.-midnight. $25-140. Info, 655-6177.

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'occupy hiStory': Offering a historical look at early strikes and protests, Paul McIsaac's short film is a call to action to today's Occupy Wall Street movement. Burlington College, noon1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9616. 'Sleepwalk with me': Comedian Mike Birbiglia stars in this autobiographical story about an aspiring standup whose relationship issues spur a rampant sleepwalking streak. Proceeds benefit the Flynn Center. Merrill's Roxy Cinemas, Burlington, 7 p.m. $20. Info, 863-5966. 'the BeSt exotic marigolD hotel': Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith star in John Madden's comedy, in which a group of English pensioners find their new retirement spot — in India — rather different than what the brochure advertised. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 748-2600. 'the Do-Deca-pentathlon': Jay and Mark Duplass wrote and directed this 2012 comedy about two brothers who compete in their own

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the ghoStS oF the olD poStS: Brave souls follow the light of a lantern around the resting place of more than 100 unknown soldiers for spine-tingling ghost tales. Old Post Cemetery, Plattsburgh, N.Y. 8-9:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 518-645-1577.


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Queen city ghoStwalk: DarkneSS FallS: Chills and thrills await as paranormal historian Thea Lewis recaps the city's dark and twisted past. Meet at the steps, Burlington City Hall Park, 7 p.m. $13.50; arrive 10 minutes before start time. Info, 863-5966.

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version of the Olympics during a family reunion. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 748-2600.

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BellowS FallS FarmerS market: Music enlivens a fresh-food marketplace with produce, meats, crafts and ever-changing weekly workshops. Waypoint Center, Bellows Falls, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 463-2018. Burger night: Live music lends a festive air to a local feast of grass-fed beef or black-bean burgers, hot dogs, fresh-baked buns, salads, and cookies. Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free; cost of food. Info, 985-9200. chelSea FarmerS market: A long-standing town-green tradition supplies shoppers with eggs, cheese, vegetables and fine crafts. North Common, Chelsea, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 6859987, FiVe cornerS FarmerS market: From natural meats to breads and wines, farmers share the bounty of the growing season at an openair exchange. Lincoln Place, Essex Junction, 3:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, FooDwayS FriDayS: Historic recipes get a revival as folks learn how heirloom garden veggies become seasonal dishes in the farmhouse kitchen. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355. granD point local: The Skinny Pancake curates this locavore showcase, held alongside the Grand Point North music festival. Vendors include the Mad Taco, Pirogi Union, ¡Duino! (Duende), Bluebird Barbecue and more. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 4 p.m. Grand Point North tickets, $45 on Friday; Saturday is sold out. Info, 540-0188. harDwick FarmerS market: A burgeoning culinary community celebrates local ag with fresh produce and handcrafted goods. Granite Street, Hardwick, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 5332337, killington reStaurant week: See WED.12, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. luDlow FarmerS market: Merchants divide a wealth of locally farmed products, artisanal eats and unique crafts. Okemo Mountain School, Ludlow, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 734-3829, lynDon FarmerS market: More than 20 vendors proffer a rotation of fresh veggies, meats, cheeses and more. Bandstand Park, Lyndonville, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, plainFielD FarmerS market: Farmers, cooks, herbalists and crafters attract groceryshopping locavores with a bounty of fresh veggies, berries, meats, infused olive oils, breads, salsa and more. Mill Street Park, Plainfield, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 454-8614. richmonD FarmerS market: An open-air emporium connects farmers and fresh-food browsers. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 603-620-3713, rfmmanager@gmail. com.

health & fitness

aVoiD FallS with improVeD StaBility: A personal trainer demonstrates daily practices for seniors concerned about their balance. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 10 a.m. $5. Info, 658-7477.


chilDren'S Story time: Budding bookworms pore over pages in themed, weekly gatherings.

fiND SElEct EVENtS oN twittEr @7dayscalendar Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Drop-In Story tIme: Picture books, finger plays and action rhymes captive kids of all ages. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. enoSburg FallS Story Hour: Young ones show up for fables and finger crafts. Enosburg Public Library, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. FaIrFax CommunIty playgroup: Kiddos convene for fun via crafts, circle time and snacks. Health Room, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

elDer eDuCatIon enrICHment Fall SerIeS: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's Richard Isenberg offers insight on "The War of 1812: Conflict and the Forging of Nations." Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516. mICHael DorFF: From Pixar researchers to Pentagon analysts, the math professor at Brigham Young University broadens horizons on "Careers in Mathematics." Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 3:15 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536.


'tHe FabulouS FortIeS revue': Channeling radio and film stars such as Hedda Hopper, Louella Parsons, Walter Winchell, Judy Garland and the Andrews Sisters, QNEK Productions revisit an earlier era. Haskell Free Library & Opera House, Derby Line, 7:30 p.m. $1315; free with military ID. Info, 748-2600.


Jeanne blaCkmore book launCH & paJama party: A children's author shares her picture book How Does Sleep Come? at a themed reading with cookies and milk for youngsters, and wine and cheese for adults. Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-3999,

Holland, 1942-1944." Room 338, UVM Waterman Memorial Lounge, Burlington, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-2789.



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Swanton playgroup: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Swanton, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.


teen movIe: 'tHe Hunger gameS': In a dystopian future, Katniss Everdeen takes her sister's place in an annual, televised fight to the death in this film adaptation of the book by Suzanne Collins. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

laura'S marCH: a 5k walk/run to enD vIolenCe agaInSt women: Pace-setters memorialize Laura Kate Winterbottom, a Burlington woman who died in 2005 following a violent assault, with proceeds going to Women Helping Battered Women and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program. Oakledge Park, Burlington, 9 a.m.-noon. Donations accepted.

'SounDS anD SIlenCe': Amber DeLaurentis, Brian Johnson and Adam Tendler perform minimalist masterpieces by John Cage in a celebration of his 100th birthday. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $16-20. Info, 863-5966.

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runnIng on empty In vermont: Concerned citizens put their heads together to enact change at a peaceful protest against the state’s fuel-assistance cuts. Live music, food and a petition round out the affair. Vermont Statehouse Lawn, noon-4 p.m. Info, 747-9944.

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anCIent pottery makIng: In celebration of Vermont Archaeology Month, creative clay workers learn Native American techniques from archaeologist Charlie Paquin. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-3338. wooD-CarvIng DemonStratIon: Visitors avid about avians see trees being whittled into models of various bird species. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 1-2 p.m. Free with regular admission, $3-6. Info, 434-2167,


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ten roD roaD: Rootsy Americana and alt-country rockers Wendy Fjeld, Carl Boss, Michael Smith and Mark Pelletier bring the vineyard's outdoor season to a close. Lincoln Peak Vineyard, New Haven, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; wine priced by the glass; bring a picnic or buy a cheese plate; bring a blanket or lawn chair. Info, 388-7368.

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granD poInt nortH FeaturIng graCe potter & tHe noCturnalS: The Vermontgrown band headlines two nights of music. Opening acts include Dr. Dog, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rich Robinson, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, Heloise & the Savoir Faire, Ryan Power, Brenda, and tooth ache. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 4 p.m. $45. Info, 652-0777.

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'tHe year oF magICal tHInkIng': See THU.13, 8 p.m.

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performing-arts venue. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Info, 382-9222. Oriental Carpet Bazaar: Shoppers peruse handwoven Kurdish kilims and vintage tribal carpets from Turkmenistan, Syria, Iran, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 877-3863. rummage Sale: More than 200 families contributed to this sale of books, household items, toys and more. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 985-2827.

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COmedyFix: Local yuksters Jason Lorber, Kathleen Kanz, Marc Bouchard, Ashley Watson, Hillary Boone and Vanessa Ament deliver standup material. Partial proceeds benefit Pride Vermont. North End Studios, Burlington, 9:30-10:45 p.m. $15. Info, 863-5966.

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traditiOnal CraFt 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.


'lOng gOne': Dancers Lida Winfield and Ellen Smith Ahern thread together movement and spoken word in an exploration of memory, imagination, present and past. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7 p.m. $16-20. Info, 863-5966. 'the tempeSt repliCa': See FRI.14, 8 p.m. VermOnt Swing danCe ChampiOnShipS: See FRI.14, 9 a.m.-midnight.




rOzalia prOjeCt: marine deBriS Cleanup: Volunteers pull on their gloves, pick up trash and collect data to further the understanding of water pollution in Vermont. Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, Burlington, 10 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 859-3413,



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BenningtOn Car ShOw: See FRI.14, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. BurlingtOn waterFrOnt walking tOur: 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. BurlingtOn-area COmmunity gardenS' 40th anniVerSary CeleBratiOn: Greenthumb enthusiasts mark four decades of tending and growing with garden tours, family activities, guest lectures, an anniversary video and a community potluck. Community Barn, Intervale Center, Burlington, 3-6 p.m. Free; bring a garden-inspired dish and your own tableware. Info, 863-0420. hiStOriC tOur OF uVm: Folks register online, then meet at Ira Allen's statue to tour the campus' modest early clapboards and grand Victorians, led by professor emeritus William Averyt. University Green, UVM, Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 656-8673.

kite FlierS meeting: Common interests soar as fans of tethered aircrafts meet like-minded peers. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 658-0030, info@prestomusic. net. nOrth end StudiOS anniVerSary CeleBratiOn: Morning fitness classes in forza, yoga, break dancing and more pave the way for a community potluck lunch and afternoon of music and dancing. North End Studio A, Burlington, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6713. preSerVatiOn BurlingtOn hiStOriC walking tOur: Walkers and gawkers see the Queen City through an architectural and historic perspective. Meet in front of Burlington City Hall, Church Street Marketplace, 11 a.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 522-8259. Queen City ghOStwalk: darkneSS FallS: See FRI.14, 7 p.m. Queen City ghOStwalk: twiSted hiStOry: See THU.13, 11 a.m. Sara hOlBrOOk COmmunity Center 75th anniVerSary CeleBratiOn: Vermonters celebrate the community center's social development, educational and recreational opportunities at an afternoon party with local food vendors, carnival-style entertainment, oldschool egg races and a "touch-a-truck" station. Battery Park, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 862-6342. Shred FeSt: Old documents get sliced into a thousand pieces by shred-happy owners in this event to protect against identity theft. Intended for individuals only, not businesses; bring no more than five boxes of documents. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 879-8790. teddy rOOSeVelt day: More than a century after the then-vice president visited Isle La Motte, locals commemorate him with presidential ceremonies, apple picking, music, hay rides, a corn maze and more. Various locations, Isle La Motte, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free; see for details. Info, 928-3364. the BritiSh inVaSiOn: See FRI.14, 9 a.m. the hidden hiStOry walking tOur: Folks follow in the footsteps of soldiers, sailors and patriots as they hear forgotten stories of the historic downtown, including tales of murders, hangings, the epic 1814 battle and the Great Fire of 1867. Trinity Park, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 6:308 p.m. $5-10. Info, 518-645-1577. VermOnt genealOgy liBrary Open hOuSe: Folks hunting for their heritage meet resident genealogists and explore the library's vast collections and computer databases. Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 482-3075. VermOnt haiti prOjeCt BeneFit party: Dancers groove to live bands at this silent-auction benefit for the organization, which seeks to develop healthier communities and culturalexchange opportunities through people-topeople partnerships. Proceeds benefit the building of a vocational school in Duchity, Haiti. North End Studio A, Burlington, 7-10:30 p.m. $25 suggested donation; cash bar. Info, 9893452, VermOnt puBliC teleViSiOn Family day: Public-television supporters score a free day at the science and nature museum. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free with VPT Family Club membership ($60). Info, 645-3665. 'SlOwliFe' exhiBit Opening: Up through November 25, this compelling multimedia exhibition uses time-lapse photography and film to explore the life cycle of our landscape. See calendar spotlight. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum




admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200.

fairs & festivals

Colors of the Kingdom Autumn festivAl: As the leaves change hues, townsfolk gather for a pancake breakfast, train rides, arts and crafts fair, live music, and a parade. Various downtown locations, St. Johnsbury, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 748-3678, enosburg hArvest festivAl: Revel in the season's bounty at an arts-and-crafts fair with live music, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, apple pies and more. Rain date: September 22. Lincoln Park, Enosburg Falls, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 933-4503. Killington hAy festivAl: See WED.12, 8 a.m. shelburne fArms hArvest festivAl: Celebrate autumnal abundance in style with hay rides, storytelling, fall foods and a hay-bale maze. Shelburne Farms, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5-8; free for members and children under 3. Info, 985-8686. tunbridge World's fAir: See THU.13, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.


'beginners': Christopher Plummer took home an Oscar for his portrayal of a father who announces he's gay late in life in Mike Mills' 2010 drama. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. 'PlAying the moldovAns At tennis': After a drunken bet, British comedian Tony Hawks takes on every member of the Moldova national football team in a game of tennis in this 2012 comedy based on his bestselling — and true — book. Enosburg Opera House, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 933-6171, 'the best exotiC mArigold hotel': See FRI.14, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

'the do-deCA-PentAthlon': See FRI.14, 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,

CAledoniA sPirits & Winery oPen house: Visitors amble through the distillery, learning about the production of its mead, raw honey and honey vodka. Caledonia Spirits & Winery, Hardwick, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8000.








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grAnd Point loCAl: See FRI.14, 3 p.m. Killington restAurAnt WeeK: See WED.12, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. middlebury fArmers mArKet: See WED.12, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. mount tom fArmers mArKet: Purveyors of garden-fresh crops, prepared foods and crafts set up shop for the morning. Parking lot, Mount Tom, Woodstock, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 763-2070,

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neWPort fArmers mArKet: See WED.12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. northWest fArmers mArKet: Stock up on local, seasonal produce, garden plants, canned goods and handmade crafts. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 373-5821. norWiCh fArmers mArKet: Neighbors discover fruits, veggies and other riches of the land, not to mention baked goods, handmade crafts and local entertainment. Route 5 South, Norwich, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447, rutlAnd County fArmers mArKet: Downtown strollers find high-quality fruits and veggies, mushrooms, fresh-cut flowers, sweet baked goods, and artisan crafts within arms reach. Depot Park, Rutland, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 773-4813. shelburne fArmers mArKet: Harvested fruits and greens, artisan cheeses, and local novelties grace outdoor tables at a presentation of the season's best. Shelburne Parade Ground, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 985-2472, WAitsfield fArmers mArKet: Local entertainment enlivens a bustling open-air market boasting extensive farm-fresh produce, prepared foods and artisan crafts. Mad River Green, Waitsfield, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027.

health & fitness

hAnds-on heAling tAlK & demo: Using techniques such as therapeutic touch, reiki, acupuncture and homeopathy, medical intuitive Barbara Clearbridge helps participants experience healing energies. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 324-9149.

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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. tung tAi Chi ChuAn: Madeleine PiatLandolt offers instruction in the principles and practice of this civil and martial art, with emphasis on its benefits to well-being. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, introductory seminar, 9:30 a.m.-noon; demonstration, noon-1 p.m. $25 for seminar; demonstration is free. Info, 453-3690.


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burlington food tours: Green Mountain gourmands eat their way through tastings from local restaurants and food producers. Tours begin at East Shore Vineyards Tasting Room. Church Street Marketplace, Burlington, 12:30-3 p.m. $45. Info, 448-2379.



burlington fArmers mArKet: More than 90 stands overflow with seasonal produce, flowers, artisan wares and prepared foods. Burlington City Hall Park, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 310-5172, info@burlingtonfarmersmarket. org.

ChAmPlAin islAnds fArmers mArKet: Baked items, preserves, meats and eggs sustain shoppers in search of local goods. St. Joseph Church Hall, Grand Isle, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 372-3291.

'the CAmerAmAn': New Hampshire composer Jeff Rapsis single-handedly provides a live score to this silent Buster Keaton classic, in which a man gets behind a camera lens to impress the object of his desire. Brandon Town Hall, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 603-236-9237.


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University Mall, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $3 suggested donation. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11. Jo Knowles, Kate Massner & linda Urban: Three authors highlight books that stoke their creative fires — especially those that will inspire children and educators. Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 229-0774. MUsic with raphael: See THU.13, 11 a.m. tracey caMpbell pearson: The illustrator of Margery Cuyler's Guinea Pigs Add Up gives a page-turning presentation of the children's book about multiplying pet populations. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 482-5189.


anneMieKe spoelstra: Classical compositions by Hovhaness, Mussorgsky, Schubert and Liszt soar in the pianist's program based on nature and travel. Brandon Music, 7 p.m. $15. Info, 465-4071, atlantic crossing: At the 100th birthday of St. Johnsbury's Masonic Temple, the Vermont band strikes a joyous note with New England tunes rooted in Celtic and French-Canadian traditions. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7:30 p.m. $10. Info, 748-2600. grand point north FeatUring grace potter & the noctUrnals: The Vermontgrown band headlines two nights of music. Opening acts include the Avett Brothers, Galactic, Sam Roberts Band, Waylon Speed, Gregory Douglass, Bow Thayer and Bob Wagner. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 3 p.m. $45. Info, 652-0777. 'inside soUnd': New York sound artist Che Chen, Vermont artist Sherlock Terry and Burlington musician-composer Greg Davis collaborate in a multimedia evening of experimental music. Yoga Studio, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 7-9 p.m. $10 suggested donation; space is limited. Info, 718-938-0349.

taMMy Fletcher trio: The "Mountain Girl" headlines a blend of acoustic folk, jazz and rock benefiting the Jeudevine Memorial Library. Hardwick Town House, 8 p.m. $5-10; free for kids under 5. Info, 472-5948. texaco coUntry showdown: A live Nashville band backs up contestants in the

End Studios, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. $15. Info, 863-5966.

Killington restaUrant weeK: See WED.12, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.



pancaKe breaKFast: Early birds catch the scrambled eggs, sausage, flapjacks and maple syrup. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 8:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 878-8071.

walK the Mills oF springField: Rain or shine, Black River Action Team director Kelly Stettner turns back the clock in a foot tour of the town's earliest industrial mill sites. Springfield United Methodist Church, 10-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 885-1533.


genealogy worKshop: Ancestry sleuths rifle through primary and secondary sources — from diaries to letters to newspaper articles — to collect information about their family tree. Noyes House Museum, Morrisville, 10-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 888-7617.


'radical cheese 2: a radical pUppetry Festival': Puppeteers and street performers demonstrate and discuss their art in "a thought-fermentation event" taking place both indoors and out. Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover, museum tours, 1 p.m.; public showing, 2-6 p.m. Free. Info, 525-3031. 'sea MarKs': Fable Theatre's Emily Fleischer and Andrew White star in this play about the uniting and defining characteristics of love and land, staged after a locavore meal from the fields. Fable Farm Outdoor Theatre, Barnard, 6 p.m. $25 includes meal. Info, 234-5667. 'the cUrioUs incident oF the dog in the night-tiMe': Top-notch British theatrics, such as this stage adaptation of Mark Haddon's mystery novel, are broadcast around the world as part of the National Theatre Live series. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, 7 p.m. $10-16. Info, 518-523-2512. 'the FabUloUs Forties revUe': See FRI.14, 7:30 p.m. 'the very dicKens': Actor Neil Flint Worden channels the famous Victorian novelist, performing snippets of David Copperfield and Nicholas Nickleby. WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room, Bristol, 7:30 p.m. $10-15; additional donations accepted. Info, 453-3188, walkover@ 'the year oF Magical thinKing': See THU.13, 8 p.m.


realityFix: Raconteurs spin true tales, funny or serious, on the subject of "That's So Gay." Partial proceeds benefit Pride Vermont. North


bird's booK exchange: See SAT.15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


dried Flowers & herb wreaths: Crafters fashion garlands from dried peppers, garlic, blossoms and greens with Anne FlackMatthews. Flower Power VT, Ferrisburgh, 3-5 p.m. $20-25. Info, 861-9700.


'long gone': See SAT.15, 7 p.m. verMont swing dance chaMpionships: See FRI.14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.


bennington car show: See FRI.14, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. better l8 than never car show: Flashy rides attract deserved attention in this car competition for class trophies. Muffler raps, live tunes and food augment the auto amusements. Recreation Field, Bristol, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Donations accepted for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. Info, 388-7951, ext. 1. the british invasion: See FRI.14, 9 a.m. walK For wishes: Steppers take strides for past, current and future Make-a-Wish Vermont kids along an easy three-mile loop. Dorset Park, South Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 864-9393.

fairs & festivals

Killington hay Festival: See WED.12, 8 a.m. tUnbridge world's Fair: See THU.13, 8 a.m.-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, sbfm. stowe FarMers MarKet: Preserves, produce and other provender attract fans of local food. Red Barn Shops Field, Stowe, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027 or 498-4734, winoosKi FarMers MarKet: Area growers and bakers offer live music, ethnic eats, and a large variety of produce and agricultural products on the green. Champlain Mill, Winooski, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, winooskimarket@gmail. com.


French conversation groUp: diManches: Parlez-vous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual, drop-in chat. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.


choral celebration: Members of the All Souls Interfaith Choir, South Chorus Choir and Essex Children's Choir blend their voices to fill the cathedral-like barn with uplifting song. Breeding Barn, Shelburne Farms, 4 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 985-3819. 'My Favorite things' voice recital: Pianist Michael Halloran accompanies soprano Sierra Marcy in an hour of opera, art song, musical theater and jazz. Recital Hall, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 3 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 324-6047.


'the best exotic Marigold hotel': See FRI.14, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

steve vai: Beverly McClellan opens for the Grammy-winning guitar virtuoso. Lebanon Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $29-69. Info, 603-448-0400.

'the do-deca-pentathlon': See FRI.14, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.


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annUal chicKen barbecUe & salad sUpper: Baked beans, dinner rolls and homemade pies round out a yearly dinner party in support of the Huntington Public Library. Brewster Pierce Memorial School, Huntington, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $6-12. Info, 434-2690 or 434-2032.

birding the basin: Eyes try to spy migratory flyers and resident inland songbirds on a field excursion with herpetologist Jim Andrews and longtime birder Kris Andrews. Carpool to Orwell from the Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington,


'precocioUs prodigies': Artistic directors Sofia Hirsch and Michael Dabroski conduct the Burlington Ensemble in Mozart piano concertos as part of its 90/10 concert series. Ninety percent of the proceeds benefit nonprofit partners. College Street Congregational Church, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 598-9520.

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8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $20-25; preregister. Info, 434-2167, Reading the FoRested Landscape: Ecologist and author Tom Wessels ties the state's cultural and ecological history into a guided hike highlighting tree cuts, stone walls and other landscape markers "hidden" in plain sight. President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth, 1-5 p.m. $2-7.50 site admission. Info, 672-3773.


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John cRock: In "9000 Years Under the Bridge," the director of the UVM Consulting Archaeology Program shares remarkable findings from its excavations around the site of the new Champlain Bridge. Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 865-4556,


'the YeaR oF MagicaL thinking': See THU.13, 7 p.m.

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the pipe cLassic: Glass artists form functional pipes in a unique competition. Artists complete their piece in five heats on Monday through Friday. A VIP awards ceremony follows

'the do-deca-pentathLon': See FRI.14, 5:30 p.m.

health & fitness

avoid FaLLs With iMpRoved stabiLitY: See FRI.14, 10 a.m. heRbaL consuLtations: Folks explore the art of "green" health care at a personalized, confidential clinic with faculty and students from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. City Market, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free; preregister by email. Info, 861-9700, R.i.p.p.e.d.: See SAT.15, 7-8 p.m.


giRL scouts inFoRMation session: See WED.12, Library, Winooski School, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 888-474-9686, ext. 302.

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Music With RaphaeL: See THU.13, 10:45 a.m. shake YouR siLLies out: Tots swing and sway to music with children's entertainer Derek Burkins. JCPenney court, University Mall, South Burlington, 10:35 a.m. Free. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11.

Missing the Olympics? Check out the athletic feats at SHELBURNE MUSEUM GOES TO THE DOGS day. This year’s event includes DockDogs, a traveling showcase that bills itself as “the world’s premier canine aquatics competition.” Pro pooches and their people will vie for top honors in the big air, extreme vertical, speed-retrieve and iron dog events, all of which involve dogs leaping over a pool of water. Locals can take part, too — visit to sign up. Other hound happenings include talks at noon and 3 Shelburne Museum Goes to the p.m. by Luis Carlos Montalvan, author of Dogs: Sunday, September 16, Shelburne Museum, 10 a.m. to Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and 5 p.m. $5-10. Info, 985-3346, the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him; and the popular pet parade, in which owners of all ages and their dogs dress up for a stroll around the grounds. You pawsitively shouldn’t miss it.

south heRo pLaYgRoup: Free play, crafting and snacks entertain children and their grownup companions. South Hero Congregational Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. stoRies With Megan: Preschoolers expand their imaginations through tales, songs and rhymes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1111:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

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'the best exotic MaRigoLd hoteL': See FRI.14, 7:30 p.m.

buRgeR night: See FRI.14, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

'the FabuLous FoRties Revue': See FRI.14, 2 p.m.



'FReedoM WRiteRs': Oscar winner Hilary Swank stars in this 2007 drama about a new teacher who goes to great lengths to inspire her diverse students. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

food & drink

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touR de FaRMs: Cyclists get a taste of the region as they cover 10-, 25- or 30-mile loops through area farms, sampling a wide range of locally produced foods along the way. Village Green, Shoreham, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $13-50. Info, 223-7222.

at Nectar's on Saturday. See calendar spotlight. The Bern Gallery, Burlington, 4-10 p.m. Free to watch. Info, 865-0994.


sWanton pLaYgRoup: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Mary Babcock Elementary School, Swanton, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.


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


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. the chaMpLain echoes: New singers are invited to chime in on four-part harmonies with a women's a cappella chorus at weekly open rehearsals. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 6:15-9:15 p.m. Free. Info, 658-0398. MON.17

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preserVinG the harVest: CanninG toMatoes: Burlington food blogger Robin Berger demonstrates how to save the summer fruits for all seasons. Sustainability Academy, Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700.


rutland County FarMers Market: See SAT.15, 3-6 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, 9/11/12 10:34 AM



enjoy the Wonders oF FunGi: Folks focus on the fungus among us as they learn to culture and grow mycelium into fungi with Eric Swanson of Vermush. Everyone brings home an oyster mushroom spawn. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5-7 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, info@hungermountain. coop. 09.12.12-09.19.12

Now on exhibit A fanciful exploration of the art of time travel including robots from the Golden Age of sci-fi, the 1930s-1950s and steampunk. Featuring contemporary steampunk artists Bruce Rosenbaum, Christopher Conte, Daniel Ashby, Tom Banwell, Benjamin Harvey, Thomas Willeford and many more. M A J O R S U P P O R T:



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health & fitness

lauGhter yoGa: What's so funny? Giggles burst out as gentle aerobic exercise and yogic breathing meet unconditional laughter to enhance physical, emotional and spiritual health and well-being. Miller Community and Recreation Center, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 355-5129. r.i.p.p.e.d.: See SAT.15, 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.


aFtersChool CraFt proGraM: Kids ages 5 and up go on a foliage frenzy, learning to identify leaves while making crayon rubbings and sipping apple cider. Fairfax Community Library, 3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420.

exercises. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 633-4136. internet saFety: proteCtinG your hoMe netWork: Information-security manager Mike Stridsberg tackles protective measures and technical tips for defending your network from online hackers. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 879-8790.


Barrie dunsMore: The veteran ABC News foreign correspondent speaks on "Discerning Fact From Fiction: Navigating Political Campaigns and the Media." The Writers' Barn, Shelburne, 7-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-3091, leiGh hunt & jonathan Wahl: Photos, history and personal experiences inform the veteran hikers' program on "Hiking the Long Trail." Joslin Memorial Library, Waitsfield, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 496-4205.


Garret keizer: From Facebook to airport body scans, the author of Privacy considers what happens when we cannot escape scrutiny. Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 229-0774. ViCki hoeFle: The educator and author of Duct Tape Parenting: A Less Is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible and Resilient Kids shares her hands-on approach to child rearing. Phoenix Books Burlington, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.

Children's story tiMe: See FRI.14, 10:30 a.m.


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



FairFax story hour: Good listeners up to age 6 are rewarded with tales, crafts and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.

the pipe ClassiC: See MON.17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. & 4-10 p.m.

the pipe ClassiC: See MON.17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. & 4-10 p.m.

Time Machines: Robots, Rockets, and Steampunk

noFaVore soCial: See WED.12, Green Wind Farm, Enosburg Falls, 6-7 p.m.

Create a Vision Board: Big dreamers focus their intentions and motivations in a workshop with life coach Marianne Mullen. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $710; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, info@

niCk Fox-GieG: The award-winning animator and new-media artist discusses his work at a screening of short films. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1408.

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MarketinG on a shoe strinG: Gloria Bruce, director of the Northeast Kingdom Travel and Tourism Association, shares the latest tools and tactics for promoting small businesses. St. Johnsbury House, St. Johnsbury, 8-9:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 748-7121, stjchamber@


BallrooM & latin danCe: Samir and Eleni Elabd guide a dance social in waltz and salsa styles. Union Elementary School, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $14. Info, 225-8699 or 223-2921. Modern square-danCe Classes: Participants do-si-do and swing their partners 'round at a wholesome evening of stress-relieving dance. Cafeteria, Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, South Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 878-2485 or 985-2012.

fairs & festivals

killinGton hay FestiVal: See WED.12, 8 a.m.


'the Best exotiC MariGold hotel': See FRI.14, 7:30 p.m. 'the do-deCa-pentathlon': See FRI.14, 5:30 p.m. 'the WoMan in the WindoW': A college professor becomes entangled in a web of blackmail and murder after meeting a captivating femme fatale in Fritz Lang's 1944 film noir. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

Frosty & Friends therapy doGs: Young readers share their favorite texts with friendly pooches. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. hiGhGate story hour: See WED.12, 10-11 a.m. MusiC With roBert: Music lovers of all ages engage in sing-alongs with Robert Resnik. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. riChFord playGroup: Rug rats let their hair down for tales and activities. Cornerstone Bridges to Life Community Center, Richford, 1011:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.



Friends oF the rutland Free liBrary Fall Book sale: Eager readers help prune the shelves at a bargain benefit for library collections and activities. Rutland Free Library, 4-8 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860.


kelley MarketinG MeetinG: Marketing, advertising, communications, social media and design professionals brainstorm ideas for local nonprofits over breakfast. Nonprofits seeking help apply online. Room 217, Ireland Building, Champlain College, Burlington, 7:45-9 a.m. Free. Info, 865-6495.

suMMer story hour: Three- to 5-year-olds craft during tale time. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.




pause-CaFé FrenCh ConVersation: Francophiles of all levels speak the country's language at a drop-in conversation. Panera Bread, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.


FrenCh ConVersation Group: Beginnerto-intermediate French speakers brush up on their linguistics — en français. Halvorson's Upstreet Café, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.


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

iMproV niGht: See WED.12, 8-10 p.m.

CoMMunity dinner: Diners get to know their neighbors at a low-key, buffet-style meal organized by the Winooski Coalition for a Safe and Peaceful Community. O'Brien Community Center, Winooski, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult; transportation available for seniors. Info, 655-4565.

Make stuFF!: See WED.12, 6-9 p.m. 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.


'Rockin' Ron the FRiendly PiRate' dVd Release PaRty: Landlubbers in their pirate finery set sail for the mountain on International Talk Life a Pirate Day, where a film screening, songs, snacks and high-seas high jinks await. Meeting House, Smugglers' Notch Resort, Jeffersonville, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 585-9540.

fairs & festivals

killington hay FestiVal: See WED.12, 8 a.m.


'Peace, loVe, & MisundeRstanding': A newly single, Type-A lawyer takes her two teens on vacation to their grandmother's house in Woodstock, N.Y., where free spirits rein. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $6-8. Info, 748-2600. 'the Best exotic MaRigold hotel': See FRI.14, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 'the do-deca-Pentathlon': See FRI.14, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

food & drink

BaRRe FaRMeRs MaRket: See WED.12, 3-6:30 p.m. chaMPlain islands FaRMeRs MaRket: See WED.12, 4-7 p.m. colchesteR FaRMeRs MaRket: See WED.12, 4-7:30 p.m. MiddleBuRy FaRMeRs MaRket: See WED.12, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. newPoRt FaRMeRs MaRket: See WED.12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. williston FaRMeRs MaRket: See WED.12, 4-7 p.m.

health & fitness

when less is BetteR: ethical issues in the use oF health-caRe ResouRces: Medical ethicist and author Howard Brody sparks a conversation on his 2010 article about the top five least effective — but commonly performed — medical procedures. Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $50-100. Info, 828-2909.

BaBy tiMe PlaygRouP: See WED.12, 10:30 a.m.-noon. enosBuRg PlaygRouP: See WED.12, 10-11:30 a.m. FaiRField PlaygRouP: See WED.12, 10-11:30 a.m. highgate stoRy houR: See WED.12, 11:15 a.m.

Music with MR. chRis: See WED.12, 10 a.m. st. alBans PlaygRouP: See WED.12, 9-10:30 a.m.











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cReating a Financial FutuRe: Spenders and savers learn to build wealth over a lifetime. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 114.


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. Georgia Public Library, Fairfax, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 524-3996. ann Beha: The founder and president of Boston's Ann Beha Architects discusses her hand in a new year-round facility at Shelburne Museum in "Architecture as Art House: Museums for a New Generation." Twilight Auditorium, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. 'legends oF the line: the Past, PResent and FutuRe oF VeRMont's island line': Stories, video and photos bring alive the curious history of the Lake Champlain rail line (and, later, bike path). Held as part of the Big Fix, a campaign to repair the trail and relaunch expanded bike-ferry service. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; cash bar. Info, 8612700, ext. 105. VeRMont woRkeRs' centeR: A speaker briefs listeners on the statewide, grassroots network of individuals and families who take a stand for justice and real democracy. Burlington College, 6:15-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9616.


'next to noRMal': Stowe Theatre Guild stages the Tony Award-winning rock musical about mental illness. Town Hall Theatre, Akeley Memorial Building, Stowe, 8 p.m. $20-23. Info, 866-253-3961.


Forest, Farm & Traditional Arts Exhibits & Demonstrations  Children’s Activities  Children’s Farmyard  Locally Produced Food  Wagon Rides by Green Mountain Draft Horse Association & Green Mountain Miniature Horse & Donkey Association  Haybale Maze and more ...

performanCes by: Atlantic Crossing  Banjo Dan & the Mid-nite Plowboys  Haliana Burhans  Gary Dulabaum Jon Gailmor  Gigi and Joni  Green Mountain Cloggers  Lake Champlain Waldorf School Heather Morris Celtic Dancers  Toben & Tim Traver  Mary Ann Samuels & Susan Reit Social Band  Pete Sutherland & Rose Diamond  The Swing Peepers Very Merry Theatre (featuring Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods)  Will Dicker Boys ADMISSIon: Adults $8  Children $5  <Age 3 & Members Free InFoRMATIon: 985-8686 or DIRECTIonS: FoLLoW SIGnS FRoM RTE. 7 1611 Harbor Road  Shelburne, VT RAIn oR SHInE  Please no pets  ATM on PREMISIS

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Book discussion seRies: FaRMs & gaRdens: Readers rehash their impressions of Sue Hubbell's A Country Year as part of a series about tending and growing. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 254-5290, ext. 101. BuRlington wRiteRs woRkshoP Meeting: See WED.12, 6:30-7:30 p.m. hinda MilleR: The Vermont author and former state senator discusses her memoir, Pearls of a Sultana: What I've Learned About Business, Politics and the Human Spirit. Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-3999. m

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stoRy tiMe with Bill & his cRitteRs: Crafts, snacks and show-andtell revolve around tales — and, possibly, tails. Ainsworth Public Library, Williamstown, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 433-5887.

coMMunity Media MakeRs woRkshoP: Volunteer videographers learn about the best practices for Channel 17's community producers, who record a variety of neighborhood meetings and events for TV and web distribution. Channel 17 Studios, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-3966,


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WATERCOLOR WEDNESDAYS: Sep. 5-26, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $30/3-hr. class. Location: Studio Ginny Joyner, 504 B Dalton Dr., Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester. Info, Ginny Joyner, 655-0899,, ginnyjoyner. Advance your skill or come as a beginner. Paint in a relaxed, beautiful, nonjudgmental atmosphere with Ginny Joyner in her home studio. Ginny will help you develop your own style and provide gentle encouragement and advice. Paint your own projects or work from still lifes set up in class. Bring your own supplies. Sign up for one class or all. Dropins welcome! ART CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info, 482-7194, Watercolor with Ginny Joyner, Drawings, Zentangle, Colored Pencil, Fabric Collage Cartooning, Calligraphy. Culinary arts: Onenight, hands-on classes where you eat well! ˜ ai Vegetarian, Vietnamese,Turkish, Holiday Appetizers, Greek Coastal, Korean, Ethiopian, Balkan, Indian, Hot Tamale, Mile-High Apple Pie, Pasta Bene, Italian Cookies, Halloween Cookies, Goat-Cheese Making. Yum!

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body ACCESS BODY & MIND CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 fall offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info, 482-7194, Core Strength with Caroline Perkins (Tuesday and ˜ ursday), Weight Training, Weight Bearing and Resistance Training, Ski and Snowboard Fitness, Zumba, Zumba Gold, Yoga (four choices), Tai Chi, Swing or Ballroom with Terry Bouricius, African Drum, African Dance, Jazzercise, Jazz Guitar with Jim Stout, Voice-Overs, Guitar (two levels), Ukulele, Lullabies, Mindful Meditation, Winter Herbs, and Juggling. Low cost, excellent instructors, guaranteed. Materials included. Look for “Access, Community Education” link. Senior discount 65+.

building 72 CLASSES Workbenches, Hatchets, Knives, Spoons and More is a three-day, hands-on workshop that focuses on making the tools necessary to create a variety of hand-carved objects and will culminate in carving a wooden bowl or spoon. Designed for all levels of experience. FOREST TO FURNITURE: Sep. 21-23. Cost: $350/incl. all meals & materials; optional accommodations, $60/person/night + tax (double occupancy). Location: Shelburne Craft School, Shelburne. Info, 985-3648, With the Shelburne Craft School and Shelburne Farms, build a rustic table out of a slab of wood from a tree grown on the farm! Prior woodworking experience is helpful, but not necessary. Hand tools will be used extensively and, if the weather is good, a lot of the work will be done on outside workbenches.

BUILDING THE TOOLS TO CARVE: Oct. 12-14. Cost: $450/ residential tuition (incl. accommodations, 3 meals a day & materials); $375/nonresidential tuition (incl. 3 meals a day + all materials). Location: Knoll Farm, Fayston. Info, 496-5690,

CLAY: HOLIDAY GIFTS ON THE WHEEL: Oct. 16-Dec. 11, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $225/nonmembers, $203/BCA members. Clay sold separately at $20/25-lb. bag. Glazes and fi rings incl. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Handmade gifts for the holidays are the most fun to give and receive! Learn wheel and handbuilding techniques to create ceramic mugs, bowls, teapots, ornaments and more. No previous experience needed. Includes access to over 30 hours per week of open studio time to make gifts. Ages 16 and up. 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. 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+. 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! 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. DESIGN: GRAPHIC DESIGN BASICS: Oct. 10-Dec. 12, 3:305:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $225/person, $202.50 BCA member. Location: Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Learn the basics of graphic design principles and elements and how to use them in creating effective materials. ˜ is course will focus on development and execution of a concept. Whether you are interested in creating business cards, letterhead, brochures, greeting cards, calendars or just want to learn what makes a good design. 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. Mixedlevel class, open to beginners and advanced students, prior drawing experience is helpful. Includes fi gure drawing with a live fashion model. 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. DROP-IN: FAMILY CLAY:Sep. 14-Dec. 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. DROP-IN: LIFE DRAWING AGE 16+: Sep. 10-Dec. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $8/ session; $7/session for BCA members. Location: BCA Center (135 Church Street), Burlington. ˜ 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: POLLYWOG PRESCHOOL: Sep. 13-Dec. 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Weekly on ° u. Cost: $6/parent-child pair, $5 for BCA members. Location: BCA Center (135 Church Street), Burlington. Introducing young children (6 months to 5 years) to artistic explorations in a multimedia environment. Participants will work with homemade play dough, paint, yarn, ribbon, paper and more! Parents must accompany their children. All materials provided. No registration necessary. Purchase a drop-in card and get sixth visit free! DROP-IN: PRESCHOOL CLAY: Sep. 14-Dec. 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Weekly on Fri. Cost: $6/child, $5 for BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. ˜ 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. 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: 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. 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, water-soluble 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. 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. 865-7166, burlingtoncityarts. com. 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 BLACK & WHITE: Oct. 10-Dec. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $215/ person, $193.50/BCA member. Location: Community Darkroom, Burlington. No experience necessary! Explore the analog darkroom! Learn how to properly expose black-and-white fi lm, process fi lm into negatives, and make prints from those negatives. Cost includes a darkroom membership for outside-of-class printing and processing. Bring a manual 35mm fi lm camera 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 35mm fi lm or digital SLR camera and owner’s manual. PHOTO: MIXED LEVEL DARKROOM: Oct. 11-Dec. 6, 6-9 p.m., Weekly on ° u. Cost: $275/ person, $247.50/BCA member. Location: Burlington City Arts, Community Darkroom,

Burlington. Take your work to the next level in this eight-week class! Guided sessions to help you improve your printing and fi lm processing techniques and discussion of the technical, aesthetic and conceptual aspects of your work will be included. Prerequisite: Intro to Black and White Film and the Darkroom or equivalentexperience. 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 ° u. 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 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! 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. VIDEO: DIGITAL FILMMAKING: Oct. 15-Nov. 26, 6-9 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $250/person, $225/BCA member. Location: BCA Center, Burlington. Learn the basics of digital fi lmmaking, including HD videography, sound recording/mixing and video editing. Make a short narrative, experimental or documentary fi lm. Class involves aspects of photography, writing, composition, audio design, motion graphics, and video and sound editing. Taught in partnership with Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM).

business GETTING SERIOUS: INTRO TO BIZ: Oct. 4-25, 6-8 p.m., Weekly on ° u. Cost: $125/2 hrs./4 wks. Location: Mercy Connections Offi ce, 255 S. Champlain St., #8, Burlington. Info, Women’s Small Business Program, Mercy Connections, Gwen Pokalo, 8467338,, start-small-business-vermont. html. Have an idea for a business or wonder what it takes to own a business? Getting Serious can help you determine if starting and owning a business is for you. ˜ is four-week course will take you step-by-step through every facet of what’s involved

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computers ACCESS COMPUTER CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info, 482-7194, c omputer and internet Basics t utorial, iWant ipods & iphones, improve Your internet experience, Windows s ecurity: File and c ontrol panels, OpenOffice, Google s marts, powerpoint, publisher, ms Word Basics and more, s martphone Use, ms excel Basics, excel Up: The Next s teps, excel Data analysis, Website Design Fundamentals, Dreamweaver: Web essentials, Understanding Game Design, personalized l essons. l ow cost, hands-on, excellent instructors, limited class size, guaranteed. materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions online (look for “access, c ommunity education” link). s enior discount 65+.

craft CRAf T CLASSES AT CVU: 200 0fferings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 minutes from exit 12., 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info, 482-7194, pottery-seven choices, Woodworking, Basic machining, electrical, Wood c arving, Basket Weaving, r ug Hooking, Wool Dyeing, 3 Bag s ewing, pillows, Needle Felting, c rochet, Quilting, monot ype print, mosaic Garden Frame, mosaic Birdbath, c ake Decorating, Knitting-three choices, c artooning, Hand tool Workshop for kids. s enior Discount.


meals and multiple practitioners. For more info or to register go to r egistration closes on October 5. THE wAy Of THE wILL : Sep. 2930, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $60/wknd. class (incl. snacks & lunch both days & copy of e-book). Location: Jungian Center, 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info, Sue Mehrtens, 244-7909. l earn how you can strengthen, renew and direct your will via simple exercises and practical applications. Using the will, you will be able to work with shadow energies and create lasting change in your life. l ed by l ee Kear, writer, consultant and trainer, visiting the Jungian c enter from australia.



INTRODUCTION TO DREAMw ORk: Oct. 4-25, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $60/4-wk. class series. Location: Jungian Center, 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info, 244-7909. l earn how to work with your dreams, connect to your inner life and empower yourself in a safe, supportive setting. l ed by Dr. s ue mehrtens, teacher and author.

fELDEN kRAIS: Visit website for schedule information. Location: Ten Stones Common House, Charlotte. Info, 735-3770, The 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 fit, can benefit from the Feldenkrais method. c all or visit website for fall class and workshop schedule.


gardening fALL BULBS: Sep. 22, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $10/1.5-hr. class. Location: Gardener’s Supply, Burlington. Info, 660-3505, Our in-house expert on bulbs, ann Whitman, will talk about planting and landscaping with fall bulbs, plus demonstrate how to choose, pot up and prepare bulbs for winter bloom indoors. preregistration required. GROw ING GARLIC: Sep. 29, 9:3011 a.m. Cost: $10/1.5-hr. class. Location: Gardener’s Supply, Burlington. Info, 660-3505, l earn how to grow your own garlic! Join c harlie Nardozzi as he shares his knowledge of how to select the best seed garlic; how to grow, harvest and store it; and about the many different varieties and forms. preregistration required.

glass STAINED GLASS wINDO w S-LEAD CAME (NIGHT): Sep. 18-Nov. 20, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $395/nonmembers; $345 for members ($35 for materials). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info, 985-3648, instructor: ed Demler. Focusing on the traditional lead-came method of building stained glass windows, this class will teach you the basic process and techniques required to turn sheets of colored glass and strips of lead into beautiful works of art. This class is perfect for all experience levels.





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


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AIkIDO: Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info, 9518900, This Japanese martial art is a great method to get in shape and reduce stress. c lasses for adults and children ages 5-12. s cholarships for youth ages 7-17. c lasses are taught by Benjamin pincus s ensei, Vermont’s senior and only fully certified aikido teacher. Visitors are welcome seven days a week. AIkIDO CLASSES: Cost: $65/4 consecutive Tue., uniform incl. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info, Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, aikido trains body and spirit together, promoting physical flexibility and strong center within flowing movement, martial sensibility with compassionate presence, respect for others and confidence in oneself. Vermont aikido invites you to explore this graceful martial art in a safe, supportive environment. MARTIAL wAy SELf-D Ef ENSE CENTER: Please visit website for schedule. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, 3 locations, Colchester, Milton, St. Albans. Info, 893-8893, martialwayvt. com. Beginners will find a comfortable and welcoming environment, a courteous staff, and a nontraditional approach that values the beginning student as the most important member of the school. experienced martial artists will be impressed by our instructors’ knowledge and humility, our realistic approach, and our straightforward and fair tuition and billing policies. We are dedicated to helping every member achieve his or her highest potential in the martial arts. Kempo, Jiu-Jitsu, mma, Wing c hun, arnis, Thinksafe s elf-Defense. TRADITION CHINESE GONG fU !!: Sep. 5-Dec. 19, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $12/2-hr. class. Location: Tonkins Martial Arts, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info, Tonkins Martial Arts, Jason Carpenter, 871-3100, Our small group practices traditional c hinese Gong Fu: l ong Fist, White c rane, eagle c law, Qigong and Yang s tyle t aijiquan. We are looking for a couple more adults willing to train hard and respectfully with this great material. VERMONT BRAZILIAN j IU-j ITSU: 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,, c lasses for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and self-confidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. accept no imitations. l earn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, c BJJ and iBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under c arlson Gracie s r., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in


ACCESS LANGUAGE CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info, 482-7194, French (four levels), Beginning s panish (two levels), intermediate s panish (three levels), immersion s panish, italian for t ravelers (two levels), Beginning mandarin (two levels), German (two levels), l atin alive! l ow cost, hands-on, excellent instructors, limited class size, guaranteed. materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions online (look for “access, c ommunity education” link). s enior discount 65+. ANNOUNCING SPANISH CLASSES: Cost: $175/10 1-hr. classes. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Ctr. Info, Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025,, s panish classes starting s eptember 17-20. Our fifth year. l earn from a native speaker via small classes, individual instruction or student tutoring. You’ll always be participating and speaking. l esson packages for travelers. s pecializing in lessons for young children; they love it! s ee 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,, French at the alliance Francaise of the l ake c hamplain r egion in c olchester. New fall schedule of French classes with offerings at six levels, evenings for adults, beginning the week of s eptember 24 for 11 weeks. Full details and easy registration at shtml, or call.

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TAIkO, Dj EMBE, CONGAS & BATA!: Location: Burlington Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., suite 3-G, AllTogetherNow, 170 Cherry Tree Hill Rd., E. Montpelier. Info, Stuart Paton, 999-4255, spaton55@ Burlington classes: c all for weekly conga and djembe lessons in Burlington. Beginners t aiko starts t uesday, s eptember 11, and October 30; kids, 4:30 p.m., $60/6 weeks; adults, 5:30 p.m., HAPPINESS IS THE BEST $72/6 weeks. monday advanced REVENGE: Sep. 25-Oct. 30, classes start s eptember 10 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $270/6 90652-4548 and October 29, 5:30 and 7:45 min. group sessions. Location: p.m. c uban Bata and house-call JourneyWorks, 11 Kilburne St., The Flynn Center is a non-profit classes by request. please call1x1-FlynnPerfArts093009.indd 1 9/28/09 3:32:51 Burlington. Info, JourneyWorks, PM organization and believes the for Friday 5 p.m. c onga class, and Michael Watson, 860-6203, arts should be accessible to 6 p.m. Djembe class, as well as, everyone: financial aid and s aturday 10 a.m. Djembe class. journeyworksvt.wordpress. payment plans are available montpelier classes: Thursday com. a six-week, arts-based for all classes. c onga, Haitian, t aiko and chilpsychotherapy group devoted to dren’s drumming classes. aiding members to build creativity, joy and play into their lives. ADULT ACTING: Starts midOften hardship and trauma rob Sept. Location: Flynn Center, us of our joy and creativity. What Burlington. Info, 652-4509, better revenge than to take them ACCESS EMPOw ERMENT adult acting for back? l ed by Jennie Kristel and CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT bashful beginners, standup commichael Watson. most insurance CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 fall edy, and voice lessons start this accepted. offerings for all ages. Location: week at the Flynn. c ome build CVU High School, 10 minutes skills and find a creative release from exit 12, 369 CVU Road, in a supportive environment led Hinesburg. Info, 482-7194, by professional teaching artists. l ose Weight-Feel HERBAL wOR kSHOPS & OPEN DANCE CLASSES: Classes start Great, Beekeeping, c reative HOUSE: Open House Thu., Sep. mid-Sept. Location: Flynn Center, Writing, poetry Writing, mystery 20, 7:30 p.m. Workshops on Burlington. Info, 652-4537, Writing, c ampaign 2012 with Mon. & Wed. evenings, 6-8 p.m. Dance classes for c hris O’Donnell, c ontemporary Cost varies depending on class; teens and adults start at the mid-east l iterature, s olar energy open house is free. Location: Flynn this week. New r epertory, 101, Bridge (two levels), c ribbage, Vermont Center for Integrative c omposition and performance cpr /First aid, Grief etiquette, Herbalism, 250 Main St., suite class, as well as modern, Jazz eFt , s uburban Homesteading 101, 302, Montpelier. Info, Vermont (afro-modern, c abaret and varied motorcycle awareness, map and Center for Integrative Herbalism, styles), Hip-Hop (r eggae Fusion c ompass, Fly Fishing, astrology. Laura Litchfield, 224-7100, info@ and s assy l adies’ class), t ap and Guaranteed. Full descriptions, vtherbcenter. Ballet (including pointe). line. l ook for “access, c ommunity org. apply now for comprehensive kIDS CLASSES: Starting mideducation” link. s enior discounts: herbalist training programs at Sept. Location: Flynn Center for 65+. Vermont c enter for integrative the Performing Arts, Burlington. Herbalism. Visit website for PREPARING f OR THE GREAT Info, 652-4537, flynnarts@ course catalog and application ATTUNEMENT: Nov. 9-11: Fri.,, and come to our open house 5:30-9 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 9 a.m.-9 Kids’ creative drama, creative on Thursday, s eptember 20, at p.m. Cost: $295/3-day conferdance, fantasy ballet and musical 7:30 p.m. Join us for community ence. Location: Best Western, theater dance classes start at herbalism workshops. preregister Waterbury. Info, 244-7909, the Flynn this week. ages 4-5 and by email or phone. Workshop l earn how you grades K-1. Nurturing teaching descriptions online. can prepare for the great shift artists, imaginative journeys, coming on 12/21/12 in this threewISDOM Of THE HERBS SCHOOL: and social and emotional day conference that includes 16 Wild Plant Walk: Thu., Sep. 27, development! presenters, a keynote address, a 5-6:30 p.m., $0-10. Wild Edibles peace concert, a trade show, five 2-day program: Sep. 16 & Oct.

14. $200, $50 deposit. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info, 456-8122, annie@wisdomoftheherbsschool. com, wisdomoftheherbsschool. com. Wild edibles two-day program and Wild plant Walk, preregistration appreciated. Vsac nondegree grants available. earth skills for changing times. experiential programs embracing local, wild edible and medicinal plants, food as first medicine, sustainable living skills and the inner journey. annie mcc leary, director, and George l isi, naturalist.

BEGINNER Sw ING DANCE LESSONS: Sep. 19-Oct. 3, 6:30-8 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $30/ person for series. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info, Terry Bouricius, 864-8382,, vermontswings. com. s ix-count east c oast-style swing with instructor t erry Bouricius. Three Wednesdays. c all or email for info to register. DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info, Victoria, 5981077, s alsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. $13/ person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! 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, crandalltyler@, 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

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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,, Three-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!


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ECO-DHARMA: Sep. 27-Oct. 1. Location: Karme Choling, 369 Patneaude Lane, Barnet. Info, 633-2384, Eco-Dharma, a holistic approach for developing ecological awareness and making environmental care fully part of our daily practice, will be discussed by Jigme Rinpoche who is gladly known as a socially engaged Buddhist. This program offers exceptional discounts to students. 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 Thomas Rd., Shelburne. Info, Vermont Zen Center, 985-9746, ecross@, vermontzen. org. This 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.


WOMEN’S/COED CLIMBING CLINICS: Oct. 2-Nov. 6, 6-9 p.m., Tue. & Thu. Cost: $175/6 classes, rental gear, 6 additional visits. Location: Petra Cliffs Climbing Center, 105 Briggs St., Burlington. Info, Petra Cliffs Climbing Center, 657-3872,, Learn to climb or improve your skills this fall! Intro levels cover basic climbing skills: belaying, balance, footwork and route reading. Intermediate levels progress technique, endurance and strength. Clinics are a great way to learn with AMGA-CWI instructors and meet other climbers! Coed Clinics meet Tuesdays; Women’s Clinics meet Thursdays.


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,, This course focuses on the observation and exploration of movement within the cranial bones. The participant will learn how to work with the facial muscles and bones in addition to the bones and muscles of the cranium. Great for neck, headache and migraine work. No prerequisites required. 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 recertification.

Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appt. Meditation sessions on Tue. & Thu., noon-1 p.m. and Mon.-Thu., 6-7 p.m. The Shambhala Cafe meets the 1st Sat. of ea. mo. for meditation & discussions, 9 a.m.-noon. An Open House occurs every 3rd Fri. evening of ea. mo., 7-9 p.m., which incl. an intro to the center, a short dharma talk & socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info, 658-6795, Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. The Burlington Shambhala Center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom.

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

plants AUTUMN INTRIGUE: PLANTS FOR MAX. IMPACT: Sep. 22, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $10/1.5-hr. class. Location: Gardener’s Supply, Burlington. Info, 660-3505, Learn how to extend the flower season through the fall with plants that will make maximum impact in your yard. Expert designer Charlotte Albers will discuss what you can plant now to keep your garden going throughout the fall. Preregistration required.



INTRODUCTION TO GNOSTICISM: Oct. 3-24, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $60/4-wk. class series. Location: Jungian Center, Waterbury. Info, 244-7909. Want new insights into Jesus’ character, personality and love life? Want new perspectives on Christianity? This course introduces the gospels that Carl Jung appreciated so much. Led by Dr. Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author.

tai chi YANG-STYLE TAI CHI: Wed., 5:30 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m. $16/class, $60/mo. Beginners welcome. New Beginners Session starts Wednesday September 19th at 5:30. 8 classes $125. 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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HAND-BUILDING DAY: Sep. 28Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $270/nonmembers; $230 for members ($45 for materials). Location: Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Road, Shelburne.


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USUI REIKI: 1ST DEGREE: Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $175/6-hr. class (CEs avail. for NCBTMB). Location: Gathering Room, Hinesburg. Info, Vermont Center for Energy Medicine, Cindy Carse, 985-9580,, energymedicinevt. com. Learn Reiki, a traditional Japanese healing art that facilitates health and transformation on all levels (body, mind and spirit). Reiki can be supportive of any life path or career. In this class, you will be attuned to Reiki and trained to practice Reiki for yourself and loved ones.

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, cvsc_us@, 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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MENTAL CONFLICT: TRANSFORMATION & DEEP ACCEPTANCE: Sep. 28-Nov. 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Weekly on Fri. Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, South Burlington. Info, 658-9440, Does your mind fight with itself? With Wright Cronin and special guest Rebecca Weisman. This six-week workshop will use the simple teachings of Internal Family Systems therapy and Iyengar yoga to support participants in transforming their relationships to the parts of them that limit their ability to fully and deeply embrace life.


FAIRY TALES & THEIR DEEPER MEANING: Oct. 1-22, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $60/4-wk. class series. Location: Jungian Center, Waterbury. Info, 2447909. There is a lot more to Snow White and Cinderella than the Disney cartoons would have you believe. Discover the depth of wisdom in some not-so-familiar fairy tales. Led by Sue Mehrtens.

Info, 985-3648, Come explore the craft of hand-building in this eight-week clay class. With the use of pinching and coil work, you will adhere parts to create a sculpture. This course will walk you through the fundamentals of hand-sculpting clay, as well as demonstrate various innovation forming and decorating techniques.

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n their fi fth full-length album, ˜ e Errant Charm , released in 2011, San Francisco’s Vetiver continue to refi ne their kaleidoscopic approach to indie folk. ° ough the band occupies the same “freak folk” tree as Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom, it lives on a more delicate branch that bends and rustles amid warm, gentle breezes. Vetiver’s sound, more accessible than the music of their NoCal contemporaries, is rooted in pop-centric — and often charming — songwriting. Seven Dayschatted by phone with Vetiver front man and songwriter Andy Cabic from his home in San Francisco, in advance of the band’s show at Signal Kitchen in Burlington this Sunday, September 16, with Big Search and Paper Castles.

SEVEN DAYS: ˜ ere is a subtle evolution throughout the Vetiver catalog. Would you say you’re more concerned with process than end results? ANDY CABIC: I take each song as it happens, and when I have enough, then I make a record. I don’t know that I’m pulling back for a bigger picture. It’s not clear to me what a record’s feel will be like until I’m nearly done, until I’m mixing it. And even at that point, I’m really close to it, and I wouldn’t say I have a complete handle on what’s happened until sometime afterward. One thing is that I’ve worked with the same engineer [Thom Monahan] for all these records. So the records are a product of our relationship, of us thinking about what we’ve just done and what we’re looking forward to doing the next time. SD: So I’m basically just pulling out some music-crit BS here, then? AC: [Laughs] I don’t know about that. But, you know, I’m a person. I think my songwriting is just a continuum. Vetiver is a band that has a lot of di˜ erent people playing in it, but I’m the one writing all the songs. So there’s that continuity. SD: Synth is more prominent on˜ e Errant Charm than it is on previous records. Was it challenging to strike a balance between electronic

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and organic sounds, and still have it sound like a Vetiver record? AC: I wanted to have more keyboards on the record. This time around we began the process at [Monahan’s] home studio, where he has a great keyboard collection. The records that preceded The Errant Charm began by tracking the band live and then adding from there. The Errant Charm was started with just myself and Thom. So the fi rst things that went down, the basis for all the songs, were drum machines, acoustic guitars and keyboards. I was interested in creating a palette of sounds. I’ve been hinting at that for a while, and I had a lot of fun tweaking out with Thom on keyboards.

AC: It’s a line from a song, “Faint Praise.” I don’t think there’s any specifi c meaning to it. In fact, I think that’s the thing I like most about it. Both “errant” and “charm’ are words that have a variety of defi nitions. And I enjoy the way they can have di˜ erent meanings.

SD: Sense of place is a consistent theme in your songs. Can you talk a little about the role San Francisco plays in your writing? AC: Well, that’s where I live and work, so a lot of times the ideas get going here. A lot of times I’ll get some version of a song fi nished, and it needs lyrics. So when I’m at that stage of the process, I’m usually just walking through my neighborhood and working things out. So I’m literally walking through the city and taking things in.

SD: What are some of the other projects? AC: I’m doing work for a fi lm, the soundtrack to a movie called Smashed with Eric Johnson, who plays in a band called Fruit Bats. That comes out in a couple of months.

SD: I really like the title˜ e Errant Charm. Where did that come from?

SD: ˜ at record has been out for a little over a year now. Have you begun working on the next one? AC: I’m making a little headway. But I’m not ready to record yet. I’ve found myself enjoying a break. I’ve hit the pause button for the fi rst time in many years. So I’m working on some other projects and enjoying being home. But it’s coming up.

SD: What sorts of nonmusical things do you enjoy while you’re home? Any interesting hobbies? AC: I have no cool hobbies. [Laughs] Being home for me means touring around the city, playing tennis with friends, going to Giants games, cooking. Things like that.

SD: You and ˜ om Monahan coproduced Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion’s last record, Bright Examples. How do you know those guys? AC: I guess I know them through Gary Louris [the Jayhawks]. We [Vetiver] did a tour a few years ago as Gary’s backing band, and I met Johnny on that tour. We have a lot of friends in common. Anyway, he really liked one of the Vetiver records, Thing of the Past, and wanted that feeling on their record. SD: Did you learn anything that helped with ˜ e Errant Charm? AC: Well, no. Their record was kind of the exact opposite of The Errant Charm. On certain tracks there were, like, eight or nine people playing at once. So with each take, you get a little closer to the fi nished product. You play it back and there are nine parts happening, and it sounds almost done. Errant Charm started with just me and Thom, and it felt better to start more intimately. On the other hand, it’s always nice to have so many great musicians around to get the ball rolling. It’s a real powerful thing. 

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But wait, there’s more! Thanks to the curfew on the waterfront — because the folks who bought the condos adjoining the park apparently have really early bedtimes and also didn’t realize they bought homes next to a giant, friggin’ outdoor concert venue — there are a number of official and unofficial GPN after-parties. On Friday, September 14, Nectar’s and Higher Ground cohost a solo show by GPN guitarist Benny yurco in what’s kind of a homecoming for the former turKey Bouillon MaFia-oso. The following night, Saturday, September 15, Galactic reprise their earlier GPN performance with an all-star jam at the Higher Ground Ballroom featuring a number of special guests from the festival. Also on Saturday, live EDM trio Moon hooch, a sleeper hit at this year’s Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, play an unofficial after-party at Signal Kitchen with DJ Disco Phantom.


snagged some Pitchfork love — plus similar fawning elsewhere in the blogosphere — and produced roughly 3457 local indie-rock albums. If you’ve never seen Power live, do yourself a favor. Disco-rock diva heloise WilliaMs rounds out Friday’s electro-centric, locavore menu, backed by the estimable dj disco PhantoM. If you don’t already have tickets for Saturday, September 15, um … maybe look into kayak rentals to bob around in Burlington Bay? Likely owing to appearances by the avett Brothers and Galactic, Day 2 of GPN has been sold out for a while. If you’re lucky enough to have tickets, show up on time for once, OK? The local portion of the show takes a decidedly rootsy turn, beginning with preeminent BTV ginger-rocker BoB WaGner. Here’s hoping for an overcast day, Bob. With a pair of new albums in tow, alt-country songwriter BoW thayer is next. I’ve been a fan of Thayer’s since I saw him play with his old band, the Benders, at an Irish bar called the Burren in Somerville, Mass., some 10 years ago. He remains a personal favorite and, for my money, is one of the most underrated Americana songwriters in Vermont. Local pop prince GreGory douGlass follows. Given that Grace has appeared on Douglass records in the past, I wouldn’t be surprised if she makes a cameo here. That’s total speculation, but it would sorta make sense, right? (No pressure, Grace.)

Well, folks, this is it. With fall officially about a week away, the summer of 2012 — which felt both endless and all too brief — is set to expire. And with it, another remarkable season of live music in and around our cozy lakeside hamlet is about to fade like the evening light. But we’re not quite there yet. And thanks to Grace Potter and her gangly band of nocturnal emissaries, there remains one summertime blast to be had: Grand Point North. If you missed last year’s inaugural GPN (the festival), here’s a quick recap: It was fucking sweet. A slighty longer recap: From bigname headliners such as taj Mahal, Fitz and the tantruMs and the Wood Brothers to a cameo by country star Kenny chesney — who is surprisingly short — to impressive sets by GPN (the band) themselves, the fest was a banner weekend in a summer full of them. Part of what made the festival so uniquely enjoyable was the inclusion of local bands alongside the marquee acts. Say what you will about GPN’s music as they continue their ascent to pop stardom, the band’s interest in and commitment to Vermont music always has been genuine. They could have ignored the local scene and no one would have batted an eye. That Grace and company went out of their way to handpick and feature homegrown music at their signature event speaks volumes. This year’s fest, at Waterfront Park in Burlington again, features an intriguing cross section of local talent. The slate this Friday, September 14, begins with electro-pop ingenue tooth ache., who has generated a fair degree of blog buzz in the last year or so. Her songs are almost too understated, with ghostly vocals shimmering amid a haze of tremulous beats and loops. She makes you work. But if you pay attention — and I strongly recommend you do — tooth ache. rewards with beautiful, compelling, singular music in the Queen City scene. Following are Portland, Maine’s Brenda, a hook-centric indie band whose members spend enough time in Vermont to be considered honorary natives. Brenda are also a favorite of Wilco’s jeFF tWeedy, so they’ve got that going for them, which is nice. ryan PoWer is next. It’s been a good year for the local indie messiah: He

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1/2 LoungE: scott mangan (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., Free. Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free.

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Franny o's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free. HigHEr grounD sHoWcasE LoungE: Aer, Yonas, David Dallas, Jacon Es (hip-hop), 8 p.m., $12/14. AA. JP's Pub: Karaoke with morgan, 10 p.m., Free.

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LEvity caFé: movie Night: Spaceballs, 8 p.m., Free. ManHattan Pizza & Pub: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free.

MonkEy HousE: Am & msR 4/2/12 3:40 PMPresents: Lee Bains iii and the Glory Fires (rock), 9 p.m., $10. 18+.

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nEctar's: Dwight Richer Trio (blues), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+. onE PEPPEr griLL: Open mic with Ryan Hanson, 8 p.m., Free. on taP bar & griLL: Pine street Jazz, 7 p.m., Free.


raDio bEan: Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free.


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talent, to Burlington for a two-day rock-analia that exceeded lofty expectations. And they’re at it again this year. With headliners including the avEtt brotHErs, the caroLina cHocoLatE DroPs, Dr. Dog and gaLactic, and even more top-notch Vermont acts, the second annual GPN fest promises to

be even better. Check it out this Friday, September 14, and Saturday, September, 15, at Burlington’s Waterfront Park.

on tHE risE bakEry: Open Bluegrass session, 8 p.m., Free.


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


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1/2 LoungE: silent mind (rock), 9 p.m., Free. Throwback with DJ Fattie B (old skool hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free.

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

Dobrá tEa: Robert Resnik (folk), 7 p.m., Free. Franny o's: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.

t bonEs rEstaurant anD bar: chad Hollister (rock), 8 p.m., Free.

HigHEr grounD sHoWcasE LoungE: Jukebox the Ghost, the Demos (pop), 7:30 p.m., $10/12. AA. LEvity caFé: Open mic (standup), 8:30 p.m., Free.

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

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

PurPLE Moon Pub: Bill shafer (acoustic), 7 p.m., Free.

MonkEy HousE: Wilder maker, Near North (rock), 9 p.m., $5. 18+.

skinny PancakE: Funwaiser with Jay Ekis (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., Donations.

nEctar's: Trivia mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. Joshua Panda and the Hot Damned, Lendway (soul, rock), 9:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

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cLub MEtronoME: Funkwagon, the Lynguistic civilians (funk, hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5.

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

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

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anD tHE nocturnaLs (pictured), was, by all accounts, an unbridled success. Potter and her sleep-

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


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Fine Point Last year’s inaugural Grand Point North Festival, curated by

o'briEn's irisH Pub: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free. on taP bar & griLL: mono malo (rock), 7 p.m., Free.

raDio bEan: Jazz sessions, 6 p.m., Free. shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., Free. Kat Wright & the indomitable soul Band (soul), 11 p.m., $3. rED squarE: Drumhand (rock), 7 p.m., Free. Hop:Tronica (hip-hop, EDm), 8 p.m., Free. rED squarE bLuE rooM: Hop:Tronica (house, EDm), 8 p.m., Free. rí rá irisH Pub: Longford Row (irish), 8 p.m., Free. skinny PancakE: Phineas Gage (old time), 9 p.m., $5-10 donation. vEnuE: Thirsty Thursdays, 7 p.m., Free.


bagitos: James secore (acoustic), 6 p.m., Donations. cHarLiE o's: DJ crucible (metal), 10 p.m., Free. grEEn Mountain tavErn: Thirsty Thursday Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. nutty stEPH's: Bacon Thursday: mary Go Round (jazz piano, accordion), 7 p.m., Free. PurPLE Moon Pub: chicky stoltz (acoustic), 7 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

city LiMits: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. on tHE risE bakEry: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free. tWo brotHErs tavErn: DJ Dizzle (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.


bEE's knEEs: cosa Buena (Latin), 7:30 p.m., Donations. cLairE's rEstaurant & bar: Dale cavanaugh (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. ParkEr PiE co.: chickweed (rock), 7:30 p.m., Free. riMrocks Mountain tavErn: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


MonoPoLE: Dynomatics (rock), 10 p.m., Free. MonoPoLE DoWnstairs: Gary Peacock (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., Free. oLivE riDLEy's: Karaoke, 6 p.m., Free. tabu caFé & nigHtcLub: Karaoke Night with sassy Entertainment, 5 p.m., Free. tHEraPy: Therapy Thursdays with DJ NYcE (Top 40), 10:30 p.m., Free.

51 Main: mark Lavoie (blues), 8 p.m., Free. branDon Music caFé: countryman & the Buffalo Band (jazz), 7:30 p.m., $12. THu.13

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Sat, Oct 20 Fri, Nov 9 7:00/7:30 pm 6:30/7:30 pm $25 adv, $28 door $27 adv, $30 door Venue: Town Hall Theater, Middlebury


John Doyle is one of the most influential and important musicians in Irish music today. Oisin McAuley is renowned as having one of the finest fiddle traditions of the 21st century. Iris DeMent is one of the most celebrated country-folk performers of her day.

Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. Town Hall Theater $25 advance, $28 at the door P.O. Box 684 Middlebury, VT 05753 e-mail:

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Tickets now on sale at: Main Street Stationery or by mail. Waylon Speed

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by ex-MICROPHONES lead man PHIL ELVERUM — at North End Studio A in Burlington on Thursday, September 13. Last but not least, BTV expat JEFF

HOWLETT’s documentary on the

protopunk band DEATH, A Band Called Death, scored raves at the Los Angeles Film Festival this spring, shining more light on the group’s remarkable story. (If you’re unfamiliar, Google it. I’ll wait.) Since the band’s remaining members, BOBBY and DANNIS HACKNEY, live in VT — as do the sons of Death, ROUGH FRANCIS

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— we’d been wondering when local audiences would get a chance to check out the doc. Wonder no more. The film will make its VT premiere at the T-Rex Theater at Essex Cinemas on October 20 as part of the Vermont International Film Festival. Death will give a live performance, and a Q&A session, after the screening. No word yet on whether No. 1 Death fan MOS DEF will be there, but a guy can hope, right? Tickets are on sale now at 

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

Animal Collective, Centipede Hz


The xx, Coexist




We’ve been waiting for the new album from Burlington art-rockers SWALE for, well, about a decade now. In a recent email, Swale’s ERIC OLSEN confirms the band will finally release said record later this month with a blowout show at Radio Bean on September 28 — 10 years to the day after their debut show, also at the Bean. In the meantime, Swale warm up with a set supporting spooky indie-folk outfit MOUNT EERIE — fronted

John Doyle and Oisin McAuley


I had a blast at the Art Hop last Friday — thanks, WAVE OF THE FUTURE! Also, if you can believe it, I had some thoughts about improving our annual arty soirée. Here’s one of them: I know closing Pine Street to vehicle traffic is unpopular with a certain police department, but could we at least do something with the crosswalks — such as adding a few — so that navigating the street after dark doesn’t feel like a giant game of Frogger? Maybe hire a crossing guard or two if you’re going to have thousands of people — some of questionable sobriety — meandering through traffic at night? Or, even better, how about we artsy ’em up with glow paint and make them art installations? Just spitballing here … and trying not to get run over.


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burlington area

1/2 LOUNGE: Myra Flynn Video Viewing Party (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., Free. 2K Deep Presents: Good Times (house), 10 p.m., Free. BACKSTAGE PUB: Karaoke with Steve, 9 p.m., Free. Jimmy T's CD Release (rock), 9 p.m., Free. CLUB METRONOME: No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5. HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Dar Williams, Jill Sobule (singersongwriters), 8 p.m., $25/27. AA.


HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Made in Iron, Dino Bravo, the Concrete Rivals (rock, Iron Maiden tribute), 8:30 p.m., $10/12. AA. JP'S PUB: Dave Harrison's Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. LEVITY CAFÉ: Friday Night Comedy (standup), 9 p.m., $8.

BACKSTAGE PUB: Barbie & Bones (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

SKINNY PANCAKE: The Big Lonesome (alt-country), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Mixx (EDM), 9 p.m., $5.

BANANA WINDS CAFÉ & PUB: 12th Anniversary Party with In Kahootz (rock), 8 p.m., Free.

T BONES RESTAURANT AND BAR: Open Mic, 7 p.m., Free.

RUBEN JAMES: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Supersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free. SKINNY PANCAKE: Joe Moore Band (blues), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation. VENUE: Dewey Drive Band (rock), 9 p.m., NA.


BAGITOS: Theo Exploration & Tiger Swami (rock), 6 p.m., Donations. CHARLIE O'S: Doll Fight! (punk), 10 p.m., Free. GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Jonny P (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2.

MARRIOTT HARBOR LOUNGE: Pine Street Jazz, 8:30 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

NECTAR'S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. Grand Point North Afterparty: Benny Yurco, Floating Action, Natalie Prass (rock), 11 p.m., $10/15.

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RED SQUARE: Julie Winn (Neil Young tribute), 5 p.m., Free. Lucid (rock), 8 p.m., $5. DJ Craig Mitchell (house), 11 p.m., $5.

1/2 LOUNGE: IQ, 3 p.m., Free. Sin-Orgy (house), 10 p.m., Free.

PURPLE MOON PUB: James McSheffrey (acoustic), 8 p.m., Free.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Leno & Young (acoustic), 5 p.m., Free. Justice (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

for all.


LIFT: Ladies Night, 9 p.m., Free/$3.

MONKEY HOUSE: Patrick McCormick, Ryan Lee Crosby (singer-songwriters), 9 p.m., $5.


RADIO BEAN: Ian Fitzgerald (folk), 7 p.m., Free. Suitcase Junket (rock), 8:30 p.m., Free. Rusty Belle (rock), 10 p.m., Free.

trade in a high-octane brand of electro-fueled indie pop that

CITY LIMITS: Smokin' Gun (rock), 9 p.m., Free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: The Milo White Band (rock), 8 p.m., Donations. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: House Dance (house), 10 p.m., Free.


BEE'S KNEES: Collin Craig Duo (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations. PARKER PIE CO.: Celtic Acoustic Session, 6 p.m., Free. RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


MONOPOLE: High Peaks (rock), 10 p.m., Free. THERAPY: Pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.

adopts a perilous, breakneck namesake — NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. And he is This Saturday, September 15, the duo plays a rare DJ set at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge.



CLUB METRONOME: Retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5. FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Jam for Sam 2: North End Rhythm Kings, Secret Sam, High Mileage, the Relics (rock), 6 p.m., $15/20. AA. Grand Point North Afterparty: Galactic (funk), 11:30 p.m., $20/25. AA. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Dale Earn Earnhardt Jr. Jr. DJ Set (indie pop), 9 p.m., $10/12. AA. JP'S PUB: Karaoke with Megan, 10 p.m., Free. LEVITY CAFÉ: Saturday Night Comedy (standup), 8 p.m., $8. Saturday Night Comedy (standup), 10 p.m., $8. MARRIOTT HARBOR LOUNGE: Jake Whitesell (jazz), 8:30 p.m., Free. NECTAR'S: The Beerworth Sisters (folk), 7 p.m., Free. Pulse Prophets, Big Mean Sound Machine (reggae), 9 p.m., $5. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Nightrain (rock), 9 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Less Digital, More Manual: Record Club, 3 p.m., Free. Chris Lewis (pop), 6 p.m., Free. Mikaela N-C (r&b), 7 p.m., Free. Joe Young (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., Free. Josh Glass (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., Free. The Sinclairs (rock), 10:30 p.m., Free. RED SQUARE: Phil Yates & the Affiliates (rock), 5 p.m., Free. Doug Ratner & the Watchmen (rock), 8 p.m., $5. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul (salsa), 6 p.m., Free. DJ Stavros (EDM), 10 p.m., $5.

SIGNAL KITCHEN: Moon Hooch, DJ Disco Phantom (live EDM), 11:30 p.m., $10. 18+.

VENUE: 18 & Up Destination Saturdays, 8 p.m., Free.


BAGITOS: J Parker Compton (acoustic), 6 p.m., Donations. CHARLIE O'S: Township (rock), 10 p.m., Free. GUSTO'S: Ryan Hanson Band (rock), 10 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

CITY LIMITS: Dance Party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Barbed Wire Halo with Lauren Hall (country), 10 p.m., $3.


BEE'S KNEES: Z-Jaz (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations. PARKER PIE CO.: Rubber Belly (rock), 7 p.m., Free. RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. ROADSIDE TAVERN: DJ Diego (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free.


MONOPOLE: Timbre Coup (rock), 10 p.m., Free. TABU CAFÉ & NIGHTCLUB: All Night Dance Party with DJ Toxic (Top 40), 5 p.m., Free.


burlington area

1/2 LOUNGE: Pop, Rap Dance Party with Tommy & Jory (house, funk), 10 p.m., Free.

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RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Hot Neon Magic (’80s New Wave), 10 p.m., Free.

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Michael Chorney and Dollar General, Dispensation of the Ordinary (AHDISK, CD, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD)

Summer’s long days are soon to leave us. You can see it in the fallen crab apples and failing light; September is next to surrender. It’s a bittersweet adieu, ideal for wistful reflection if you’ve got the right soundtrack. So pour the last of the lemonade, find a shady porch and spin Michael Chorney’s lonesome Dispensation of the Ordinary. The not-quite-native Vermonter chaperones his band, Dollar General, through a folksy narrative that’s as sweet as a lake sunset. Fronting vocals for the first time, Chorney’s dusky lyrics hint at a melancholy that long lay hidden behind his saxophone. Gone are the hot viperHouse jams of Chorney’s youth. Instead, he trades baritone blows for placid guitar lines, dropping a quiet, impressive set of originals far afield from his former funk. Backed by drummer Geza Carr (Anaïs Mitchell) and veteran bassist Robinson

Morse (Vorcza), Dollar General are less thrifty than their name suggests. Rounding out the bones are pedal-steel player Asa Brosius and classical violinist Caleb Elder — confederates who reflect their bandleader’s eclectic pedigree. An accomplished player, composer and producer, Chorney’s curriculum vitae has legs. He moonlights in folk opera and chairs music for Dance at Middlebury College. Some say he invented melody. With Ordinary, the triple threat proves that not only is there plenty left in the tank, but the tank is hitched to an entirely different vehicle. From its languid opening, “Bewildered” bends like a willow tree, swinging easily around Brosius’ slide guitar. A plaintive whistle rings out as trumpet, bass and brushed snare fold into the mix, each new texture drawing the


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from the get-go. A handful of feedback precedes a crunchy yet direct lead guitar, which begins the build into a full-on rocker (“Projector”). Guitar comes and goes while Andrew Melnicki’s prominent bass lines and Jared Clement’s vocals effortlessly hold the song together and drive it forward. The song might pass through you a little quickly, but it feels good. The second track, “Can’t Feel It,” is the most directly derivative of the aforementioned bands. For this reason — oddly, perhaps — I find it the EP’s strongest. Two guitars, from Clement and Luke Awtry, intertwine throughout,


Vetica are something of an anomaly within the Burlington scene. For all of the diversity contained within this small city’s ever-shifting musical spheres, I can’t recall having come across a band that plays songs quite like this band plays ’em. What sets Vetica apart — and leads me to use the lit-word “anomaly” — is that they appear to have drawn inspiration from a wide variety of rock-and-roll acts (local and not-so-local) and come up with a formula for something that no other band in town is doing: writing and recording their very own mid-’90s, post-rock hits. Vetica’s debut EP, Signal Path, richly illustrates what the terrain might look and sound like at the exact point where Sunny Day Real Estate, the Promise Ring (minus the lisp), the Replacements and the Gin Blossoms (“Hey jealousy-ah”) all converge. This is meant as praise and not lazy smart-mouthing. Signal Path is a quick, well-selected five songs long, and the tone is right

ear. And though Chorney’s vocals come in a hush, they find graceful purchase under this canopy of sound. The ponderous ballad “Carry Water” rolls along absently, while its dreamy companion piece “Non Nun” conjures the subtle, six-string work of Bill Frisell. With “Raft,” Chorney waxes Americana, channeling Amos Lee alongside breezy chords. Horns Sept 28th - 7:30pm surface, midway, scoring the track’s Enjoy a 3 course meal only $45 epic crescendo: “We will all feel better Optional wine pairing available! when the morning comes! We will all take shelter in each other’s arms!” It’s a REsERvatiOns groundswell moment, when a winning mandatORy chorus peaks over Elder’s viola. Call tOday Just as the album’s slow crawl sedates, tO REsERvE percussive numbers such as “Wake Me” yOuR spaCE! and the electrifying “Run to My Jesus” jump-start the tempo. Carr struts and shuffles around the kit, while Brosius rips through dirty Delta blues licks. Best of all, Chorney’s unmistakable timbre recalls a 12v-lakeViewHouse091212.indd 1 9/11/12 11:02 AM soulful Tom Waits. These whiskey-soaked cuts are right in the band’s wheelhouse. And yet it may just be Dollar General’s closer that trumps the bunch. With its upbeat rhythm and clean harmonics, “Guitar” gives Dispensation of the Ordinary a sanguine finish, catching the Presents the 2012/2013 season... same late-season nostalgia that hangs in Short Works 2012: the air after Labor Day. Serial Lovers – flakes we have known Dispensation of the Ordinary by Performances November 1-3 • 8pm Michael Chorney and Dollar General is ∑ available at



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Club MetronoMe: mama's Love, Big Daddy Love (rock), 9 p.m., $5. Monty's old briCk tavern: George Voland JAZZ: Fred Haas, paul Asbell, Dan skea (jazz), 4:30 p.m., Free. neCtar's: mi Yard Reggae night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., Free. on tap bar & Grill: Brunch with Bob Young (acoustic), 11:30 a.m., Free. radio bean: penombrasound, 11 a.m., Free. The Big Lonesome, 12:30 p.m., Free. pete sutherland and Tim stickle's Old Time session, 2 p.m., Free. Trio Gusto (gypsy jazz), 5 p.m., Free. suzanne Friedman (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., Free. Tom Gregory (folk), 9 p.m., Free. Dux Erik Bachman (singersongwriter), 10 p.m., Free. Jude Demers (singer-songwriter), 11:30 p.m., Free. red square: Jaw Gems (rock), 7 p.m., Free. D Jay Baron (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. siGnal kitChen: Vetiver, Big search, paper castles (indie), 8:30 p.m., $12. 18+.


baGitos: sunday Brunch with Tenika Bruleigh (jazz), 11 a.m., Donations. purple Moon pub: sunday night surprise, 7 p.m., Free.


bee's knees: Rebecca padula (singer-songwriter), 11:30 a.m., Donations. Tony & Bill Ellis (bluegrass), 7:30 p.m., Donations.


summoning sludgy, doom-laden riffs with rotting roots in San Francisco Bay-area thrash and Scandinavian black metal. Oh, and pure evil. Darkness — and Skeletonwitch — descend upon the Monkey House in Winooski this Tuesday, September 18. havoC, early Graves and local thrashers s’iva open.

on tap bar & Grill: Open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., Free. radio bean: point of consensus, 6 p.m., Free. William Borg schmitt (singersongwriter), 6:30 p.m., Free. Open mic, 8 p.m., Free. red square: Bob Wagner Trio (rock), 7 p.m., Free. industry night with Robbie J (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free. ruben JaMes: Why not monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


burlington area

1/2 lounGe: Family night Open Jam, 10:30 p.m., Free.

skeletonwitCh saw what God had made and said,

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

Club MetronoMe: WRuV & Two sev present motown monday (soul), 9 p.m., Free.

burlington area

1/2 lounGe: Booty Trap stripper Rap with JJ Dante & Jordan (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. hiGher Ground ballrooM: Vibesquad, Opiuo, heRobust (EDm), 8:30 p.m., $15. AA. hiGher Ground showCase lounGe: The sheepdogs, Black Box Revelation (rock), 7:30 p.m., $12/15. AA. levity Café: Live music Open mic, 7:30 p.m., Free. Monkey house: skeletonwitch, Havok, Early Graves, s'iva (metal), 8:30 p.m., $12. 18+. Monty's old briCk tavern: Open mic, 6 p.m., Free. neCtar's: Roster mccabe (rock), 9 p.m., Free. on tap bar & Grill: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. radio bean: Lokum (Turkish gypsy), 6:30 p.m., Free. strangled Darlings (Americana), 8:30 p.m., Free. Honky-Tonk sessions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3.

red square: Krag'll Rock (rock), 7 p.m., Free. craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., Free. red square blue rooM: DJ Frank Grymes (EDm), 11 p.m., Free. siGnal kitChen: Hundred Waters, Thelonius X (indie), 9:30 p.m., $8/10. 18+. t bones restaurant and bar: Trivia with General Knowledge, 7 p.m., Free.


baCk to verMont pub: John Gillette & sarah mittlefeldt (folk), 7 p.m., Free. Charlie o's: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

two brothers tavern: Trivia night, 7 p.m., Free. monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.


burlington area

1/2 lounGe: Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. scott mangan (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., Free. Club MetronoMe: The Bumping Jones (rock), 9 p.m., $3/8. 18+.

baGitos: Acoustic Blues Jam with the usual suspects, 6 p.m., Free. Charlie o's: The strangled Darlings (stomp-grass), 8 p.m., Free. Gusto's: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free. skinny panCake: Funwaiser with Jay Ekis (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., Donations.

champlain valley

51 Main: Blues Jam, 8 p.m., Free. City liMits: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free. on the rise bakery: preston murphy and Blue smoke (blues), 8 p.m., Donations.

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

two brothers tavern: mid-week music melodies with William Borg schmitt (folk), 9 p.m., $2/3. 18+.

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


levity Café: movie night: Back to the Future, 8 p.m., Free. Manhattan pizza & pub: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free. Monkey house: The Engine Ear presents Breakin' Bread: An All night soul stomp (soul), 8:30 p.m., $5. 18+.


bee's knees: Lesley Grant (country), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

neCtar's: Dwight Ritcher Trio, Dave Grippo and Thunderbird Research (blues), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

MooG's plaCe: Open mic/Jam night, 8:30 p.m., Free.

one pepper Grill: Open mic with Ryan Hanson, 8 p.m., Free.

bee's knees: Andrew parkerRenga (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations.


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



river house restaurant: stump! Trivia night, 6 p.m., Free.


“What the fuck is this?” Promptly, the Ohio-based metal band set about the task of scouring away the brightness by

neCtar's: metal monday: From the Gallows, Among the Living, Terraform, sanguine sun (metal), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.

red square: proud Women play music (rock), 7 p.m., Free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

t bones restaurant and bar: chad Hollister (rock), 8 p.m., Free.

Witch’s Brew In the beginning, there was light. And


radio bean: 7 p.m., Free. irish sessions, Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. Lora-Faye (singersongwriter), 9 p.m., Free.

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

tUE.18 // SkELEtoNwitch [mEtAL]

Monkey house: Dale cavanaugh (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $5. 18+.

on tap bar & Grill: The Woedoggies (blues), 7 p.m., Free. The Woedoggies (blues), 7 p.m., Free.

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Saturday, Sept. 29th 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Shelburne Farms 4h-champlainfaire-090512.indd 1 CFM-004-12; Makers Faire

- 9/29; 7 Days; 4-color; 1/4 page (9.72˝) × 2.72” Make, craFt, deSign, develop with 40+ MakerS. Keynote speaker Dean Kamen 9/4/12 9:56 AM

venueS.411 burlington area


big PicturE thEAtEr & cAfé, 48 Carroll Rd., Waitsfield, 496-8994. thE bLAck Door, 44 Main St., Montpelier, 225-6479. brEAkiNg grouNDS, 245 Main St., Bethel, 392-4222. thE cENtEr bAkErY & cAfE, 2007 Guptil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-7500. cAStLErock Pub, 1840 Sugarbush Rd., Warren, 5836594. chArLiE o’S, 70 Main St., Montpelier, 223-6820. ciDEr houSE bbq AND Pub, 1675 Rte.2, Waterbury, 244-8400. cLEAN SLAtE cAfé, 107 State St., Montpelier, 225-6166. cork WiNE bAr, 1 Stowe St., Waterbury, 882-8227. ESPrESSo buENo, 136 Main St., Barre, 479-0896. grEEN mouNtAiN tAVErN, 10 Keith Ave., Barre, 522-2935. guSto’S, 28 Prospect St., Barre, 476-7919. hoStEL tEVErE, 203 Powderhound Rd., Warren, 496-9222. kiSmEt, 52 State St., Montpelier, 223-8646. kNottY ShAmrock, 21 East St., Northfield, 485-4857. LocAL foLk SmokEhouSE, 9 Rt. 7, Waitsfield, 496-5623. mAiN StrEEt griLL & bAr, 118 Main St., Montpelier, 223-3188. muLLigAN’S iriSh Pub, 9 Maple Ave., Barre, 479-5545. NuttY StEPh’S, 961C Rt. 2, Middlesex, 229-2090. PickLE bArrEL NightcLub, Killington Rd., Killington, 422-3035. thE PizzA StoNE, 291 Pleasant St., Chester, 875-2121. PoSitiVE PiE 2, 20 State St., Montpelier, 229-0453. PurPLE mooN Pub, Rt. 100, Waitsfield, 496-3422. thE rESErVoir rEStAurANt & tAP room, 1 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-7827. SLiDE brook LoDgE & tAVErN, 3180 German Flats Rd., Warren, 583-2202. South StAtioN rEStAurANt, 170 S. Main St., Rutland, 775-1736. tuPELo muSic hALL, 188 S. Main St., White River Jct., 698-8341.

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.

Never a cover. Last week, Seven Days mistakenly implied in an ad for a singles event that Three Needs would be charging a cover at the door. This was incorrect and the singles event has been moved to another location. Three Needs never charges a cover. Never has. Never will. Seven Days apologizes for any confusion. Hope to see you soon!

185 Pearl Street, Burlington • 497-0119 4t-threeneeds091212.indd 1

9/11/12 6:08 PM

Celebrate the Harvest at The Black Door!

New Seasonal Menu Featuring: Delectable stews, hearty meats, home-style desserts including many vegan and gluten-free dishes made with the freshest, local ingredients available! Sample our inspired wine list and seventeen drafts on tap. Early Dining Specials begin at 5pm Wednesday - Saturday


After Dinner... Stay for the best live music in the region!

Winner 2012

44 Main Street Montpelier • 225-6479 Dinner 5pm Wed-Sat Bar & Tapas ’til closing 4T-Blackdoor091212.indd 1

9/11/12 11:36 AM


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


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



champlain valley

StArrY Night cAfé, 5371 Rt. 7, Ferrisburgh, 877-6316. tWo brothErS tAVErN, 86 Main St., Middlebury, 388-0002.

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

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

Trail Finder James Vogler, WalkOver Gallery


nless a viewer knows a bit of James Vogler’s bio, it won’t be clear why he chose “A Trail of Breadcrumbs” as the title f or his seductive show of abstract paintings at Bristol’s WalkOver Gallery. But an interview reveals that the artist has had other, f ood-f ocused careers. He f urther explains that his landscape-inspired compositions at WalkOver contain references to clearings and culs-desac. Now consider a bread crumb trail fi gures prominently in “Hansel and Gretel” by the Brothers Grimm. It’s a f oodie f antasy — breadcrumbs are the least of it — with a plot that pivots on the protagonists’ fi nding their way out of a dark forest. Understanding all of this is not a precondition f or enjoying Vogler’s vision. The large-scale canvases upstairs in the gallery-cum-law o° ce, as well as the more intimate paper works downstairs, can be readily and deservedly appreciated without any clues about what inspired the art or infl uenced the artist. Most of Vogler’s paintings derive their energy f rom an interplay — or clash — between transparency and opacity, light and dark, emerging and receding f orms. The shapes resulting f rom those contrasts and transitions are usually amorphous but occasionally geometric. In a f ew of the works, such as “Clear Shot,” Vogler establishes a vanishing point, even without the kind of representational imagery that helps create the illusion of perspective. All the pieces in the show rely primarily on color harmonies to entice the eye. Pastels predominate, with blacks and bright hues playing important supporting roles. Indeed, an outburst of vermilion on a Vogler canvas has an effect similar to that of a superstar cameo on a Broadway stage: unexpected and thrilling. These are lyrical paintings that project a cheerful, reassuring aura — the visual equivalent of the happy ending to “Hansel and Gretel.” Vogler works hard, however, to achieve that e˝ ect. He builds his compositions by layering f orms one over another and using all manner of markings. Streaks, squiggles, slashes and





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COLOR HARMONIES TO ENTICE THE EYE. splotches frequently appear, as do blocky and blurry passages. Straightf orward brushstrokes are sometimes visible, but soaking, dripping and scumbling also seem to be among this artist’s techniques. Vogler says his works may start f rom inspirations such as a view f rom a window in his Charlotte home, or an association triggered by a radio commentary, but at some point in his creative process, the referent is supplanted by the need to solve a formal art-making challenge. Then the painting becomes more about the qualities of paint and less about expressing a thought or conveying a mood, he says. “One of the things I’m a bit obsessed with in my work is that the viewer sees the whole process of how I got there,” Vogler adds in an email message. “I don’t want to hide anything — from the

sketching to the layers of paint.” The aim, he writes, is to “give the viewer a better understanding of the process and how I have come to the end result.” That’s an interesting but unnecessary bit of information; again, the paintings speak eloquently f or themselves. “Swept Away,” f or example, evokes a sense of wonder by means of its pink and yellow splashes, jagged cross-cuts resembling dark lightning bolts, and fl oating shapes of mauve, white and gray. It looks like a scene from the birth of the universe. The 23 compositions at WalkOver are varied enough not to feel repetitious. The pieces upstairs di˝ er in size and strategy from an eight-part suite of paintings on paper displayed downstairs. Graphite or oil paint has been applied to every

square inch of the large, unframed canvases hung on the walls of a second-fl oor conference room. The smaller, uniformly sized works in the reception area haven’t been given the same all-over treatment. Instead, Vogler produces a double-framing e˝ ect for them by leaving their outer edges bare and mounting them on white poster board. One element does remain constant throughout the show: a palette incorporating the colors of springtime, when all these works were completed. This gives the artist a strong stylistic identity, but it may make some viewers wish f or a break from all the softness. It’s hard f or any abstract painter to make works that look entirely original. A viewer f amiliar with the modernist tradition will inevitably see, or read in, similarities to one or more of the big names of the 20th century. In Vogler’s case, Willem de Kooning seems to be an important infl uence. Richard Diebenkorn and Helen Frankenthaler may also a˝ ect his choices of color, spatial arrangement and technique. Vogler is certainly well acquainted with the history of art. He worked f or 10 years as an installer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He also studied cooking in France and worked for some years as a chef in restaurants in his native New Jersey. Vogler moved to Vermont in 1991 and became focused on vegetable farming and developing a part-time business that he and his wif e, designer Marcia Vogler, dubbed Pizza on Earth. They prepare gourmet pizza pies in a commercial-style kitchen in their Charlotte home and sell them once or twice a week, depending on the season, to legions of locals. The couple have two college-age sons, one of whom, Vogler says, is a big fan of speed metal. In fact, he cites that genre of music as an incongruous source of inspiration for his art. “I often listen to it when I’m painting,” he notes. “I’m really into Buckethead.” K EV I N J . K EL L EY “A Trail of Breadcrumbs,” abstract paintings by James Vogler, WalkOver Gallery in Bristol. ˜ rough November 2.

Art ShowS

ongoing burlington area

'20 MediuMs': local artwork in 20 different mediums curated by s.p.A.C.E. gallery in honor of the 20th Annual south End Art hop. Through september 29 at soda plant in burlington. 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. 'Artists FroM howArdcenter': work by self-taught artists presented by gRACE. Through september 28 at howardCenter Developmental services in burlington. info, 472-6857. 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. 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. dierdrA Michelle: "peep show," tongue-in-cheek acrylic paintings celebrating the holiday marshmallows and the human form. Through october 1 at black horse Fine Art supply in burlington. info, 860-4972. dok wright: "The love of light," photographs. proceeds benefit Vermont CAREs. Through october 31 at Artspace 106 at The Men's Room in burlington. info, 864-2088.

gerrit göllner: "Voiceovers," paintings and a transmedia exquisite-corpse narrative by the design firm's artist in residence. Through october 5 at JDK gallery in burlington. info, 864-5884.

Middlebury Arts wAlk: More than 30 downtown venues stay open late for art openings, music and other events. For a map, visit Friday, september 14, 5-7 p.m., various locations, Middlebury. info, 3887951, ext. 2. 'the uncoMMon threAd': Contemporary quilts and fiber art by eight of the region's top fiber artists. Through october 21 at Vermont institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester. Karen Kamenetzky discusses her work: saturday, september 15, 7 p.m. info, 875-1018. opening cereMony: A new wall sculpture by renowned abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly is dedicated at the inauguration of Dartmouth's new arts district. Friday, september 14, 4:30 p.m., black Family Visual Arts Center, Dartmouth College, hanover, n.h. info, 603-646-3661. Figure drAwing And coMpositionAl study session: instructor Mark Merrill provides live models and still-life compositions suitable for any medium. Artists bring their own supplies and equipment. Thursday, september 13, 7-9:30 p.m., Main street Museum, white River Junction. $20. info, 356-2776. victoriA blewer: The artist known for her handpainted photographs discusses her artistic journey. The slide-show presentation is part of Middlebury studio school's "Vermont women in the Arts" series. Friday, september 14, 7 p.m., Edgewater gallery, Middlebury. info, 388-1827.

'built to educAte: the AMericAn Art MuseuM': Director emeritus of the worcester Art Museum James A. welu delivers the first in a series of talks about issues in the museum world. wednesday, september 12, 4:30 p.m., Twilight Auditorium, Middlebury College. info, 443-5258. 'Architecture As Art house: MuseuMs For A new generAtion': Ann beha, founder and president of the boston-based Ann beha Architects, which is working on shelburne Museum's new Center for Art and Education, discusses the current state of museum architecture. wednesday, september 19, 4:30 p.m., Twilight Auditorium, Middlebury College. info, 443-5258. 'An outgrowth oF nAture: the Art oF toshiko tAkAeZu': Ceramic sculptures inspired by the poetry of the buddhist nun otagaki Rengetzu. Through september 12 at Fleming Museum, uVM, burlington. hoyt barringer, a uVM art and art history lecturer, discusses the exhibit: wednesday, september 12, 6 p.m. info, 656-0750. pechA kuchA burlington, vol. 8: Artists, businesspeople and other community members share ideas through rapid-fire slide-show presentations. Thursday, september 13, 6 p.m., Fleming Museum, uVM, burlington. info, 656-0750.

receptions conrAd bAkker: “untitled project: seasonal Economies,” hand-carved and -painted facsimiles of objects related to maple sugaring, fall foliage tour packages and vintage Vermont collectibles.

group exhibit: Diverse artwork by the tenants of the new studio collective. Through september 29 at studio 266 in burlington. info, 266studios@ 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


terry AbrAMs: photographs of Turkey. Through september 30 at north End studio A in burlington. Reception: Friday, september 14, 5-7 p.m. info, 863-6713. '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. Reception: Friday, september 14, 5-7 p.m. info, 382-9222. 'chinA Modern: designing 20th-century populAr culture': A touring exhibit developed by California's pacific Asia Museum that explores the rich tradition of Chinese designs in advertising, packaging and promotional art for cinema, music, comic books, pulp fiction, fashion, games and toys. september 14 through December 9 at Middlebury College Museum of Art. Reception: Maggie Clinton, who teaches Chinese and history at Middlebury, discusses the seismic historical changes revealed by the commercial products in the exhibit, Thursday, september 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m. info, 443-3168. 'in our nAture': paintings, sculpture, monoprints and photography by Katy schneider, Tom Cullins, Jim sardonis, sky hoyt, idoline Duke, henry isaacs, bunny harvey, Don Ross, Joe salerno, Jane parkes and sharon wandel. september 14 through october 14 at Comfort Farm in stowe. Reception: Friday, september 14, 6-9 p.m. info, 793-8372.

rebeccA Merrilees: "A lifetime Retrospective Exhibit," more than 70 years of work by the longtime northfield artist. september 13 through 16 at studio place Arts in barre. Reception: Friday, september 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. info, 479-7069. 'Artists oF the Forest': Abenaki baskets, Acadian wood carvings, birch-bark canoes, dog sleds, snow shoes, furniture and more by 13 traditional artists from the northern Forest Region. september 14 through December 22 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Reception: Friday, september 14, 5-7 p.m. info, 388-4964. 'MAde in the shAde: the design oF suMMer vAcAtion': Examples of design excellence in swimsuits, sunglasses, fishing gear, surfboards and more. september 16 through november 16 at Madsonian Museum of industrial Design in waitsfield. Reception: gawk at classic boats and travel trailers while enjoying live entertainment, sunday, september 16, noon-6 p.m. septeMber exhibitions: paintings by Aline ordman, laurie sverdlove, Kate Emlen, Marrin Robinson and grace Ellis. september 14 through october 12 at AVA gallery and Art Center in lebanon, n.h. Reception: Friday, september 14, 5-7 p.m. info, 603-448-3117. sidney delevAnte: "The whimsical world of Delevante (1894-1984)," paintings by the American artist, educator and poet. september 15 through november 3 at nuance gallery in windsor. Reception: saturday, september 15, 4-6 p.m. info, 674-9616.

towers. Through september 30 at Metropolitan gallery, burlington City hall. info, 865-7166.

september 30 at shearer Chevrolet in south burlington. info, 658-1111.

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

kAtie grAuer: "Chairs," large-scale paintings of bright, patterned chairs. Through september 30 at The Firefly in burlington. info, 559-1759.

kAthleen cArAher & erikA white: Art Affair by shearer presents acrylic paintings by the shelburne Community school art teachers. Through

'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.

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september 14 through november 24 at bCA Center in burlington. Reception: Friday, september 14, 5-8 p.m. info, 865-7166.

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.

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'Landscape aLternatives': work by Vermont members of the American society of Media photographers including Carolyn bates, Raj Chawla, Caleb Kenna, brett simison, berne broudy, Andy Dubak, Don Ross and natalie stultz. Through september 30 at Draker labs in burlington. 'MobiLe-o-Graphy': photographs taken on smartphones. Through september 23 at Darkroom gallery in Essex Junction. info, 777-3686.


'oceanic art and the perforMance of Life': intricately crafted objects, including masks, textiles and weaponry, from indigenous cultures of the pacific islands. september 18 through May 24 at Fleming Museum, uVM, in burlington. info, 656-0750.





phiLip haGopian: paintings by the new England artist. Through october 3 at salaam and the Men's store in burlington. info, 658-8822.


'represent': An annual exhibit featuring examples of work by artists near and dear to the gallery; '5 and diMe': Artwork priced between $5 and $100, in the backspace gallery. Through september 29 at s.p.A.C.E. gallery in burlington.



robert WaLdo bruneLLe Jr.: "what i have painted so Far," a 30-year retrospective featuring 185 works. Through october 21 at winooski welcome Center & gallery. info, 399-2670. roLf KieLMan: "Architecture: 1972-2012," a retrospective featuring drawings, photographs and models. Through september 30 at TruexCullins Architecture & interior Design in burlington. info, 658-2775.

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'shots!': photographers Jon olsen, Fred stetson, Tom way, Victoria blewer and John Churchman interpret the same five themes to create 25 pictures. Through september 30 at Frog hollow in burlington. info, 863-6458. 5/1/12 9:55 AM

HENRY’s latest talking tour offers not so much a voting guide as an outside viewpoint – and an unflinching quest for truth that’s sadly lacking in the profit-driven American mass media. On the Capitalism tour, HENRY will continue to dish anecdotes gleaned and perspective gained from the road less traveled – sharing experiences that include recent visits to North Korea, Mongolia, Bhutan, Vietnam, India, Tibet, Sudan, Uganda, Haiti and Cuba. And in the spirit of the season, of course, expect both pointed commentary and wry observations about the American democratic process as it unfolds.

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sienna fontaine: "And i Eat Meat," a gluttonous exploration of meat cuts, and the art of butchery, through graphic-diagram-style paintings. Through september 30 at Red square in burlington. info, 318-2438. 'snoW MobiLes: sLeiGhs to sLeds': Early, experimental snowmobiles, machines from the ’60s and ’70s, and today’s high-powered racing sleds, as well as horse-drawn sleighs; 'Man-Made QuiLts: civiL War to the present': Quilts made by men; eLizabeth berdann: "Deep End," miniature watercolor portraits on pre-ban and prehistoric mammoth ivory; 'tiMe Machines: robots, rocKets and steaMpunK': Toys, textiles and art representing the golden age of sci-fi, the 1930s to ’50s, as well as work by contemporary artists and designers. Through october 28 at shelburne Museum. info, 985-3346. suMMer shoW: work by Joan hoffman, lynda Mcintyre, Johanne Durocher Yordan, Anne Cummings, Kit Donnelly, Athena petra Tasiopoulos, Don Dickson, Kari Meyer and gaal shepherd. Through september 30 at Maltex building in burlington. info, 865-7166.

vioLeta hinoJosA: “All That glitters is not gold,” paper cutouts representing a delusional vision of female glamour by the peruvian artist. Through october 14 at Chop shop in burlington. info, 660-4343. WyLie sofia Garcia: "Dazzle Camouflage," paintings, textile works and dresses inspired by the female body and the camouflage paint scheme used on world war i war ships. Through september 28 at living/learning Center, uVM, in burlington. info, 656-4200.


'1861-1862: toWard a hiGher MoraL purpose': An exhibition exploring the experiences of norwich university alumni who fought in the Civil war, featuring photographs, artwork, weapons and equipment, including a cannon likely used by norwich cadets. Through April 30 at sullivan Museum & history Center, norwich university, in northfield. info, 485-2183. 26th annuaL QuiLt exhibition: More than 50 quilts by windsor County participants in a quilt challenge, plus ongoing quilting activities and demonstrations. Through september 23 at billings Farm & Museum in woodstock. info, 457-2355. 'after irene fLoodGates art proJect': More than 250 6-inch-square artworks made by community members in response to Tropical storm irene. open to the public on wednesdays and saturdays. Through september 29 at 3 Elm street in waterbury. info, sarahlee@revitalizingwaterbury. org. anne schaLLer: Recent paintings by the northfield artist. Through november 2 at Tunbridge public library. info, 889-9404. 'biGbiKe shoW': An exhibition featuring new prints by Edward Koren and custom bikes by Zak hinderyckx, in celebration of nearby green Mountain bikes' 25 years in business. Through september 30 at bigTown gallery in Rochester. info, 767-9670. chris Jensen: An installation of colorful fluorescent lightbulbs incorporated into the interior architecture of the vacant storefront, illuminated daily, noon-12:30 p.m. and 6-9:30 p.m. Through september 26 at 54 Main street in Montpelier. christian tubau arJona: "Textures of the Earth," photographs that invite the viewer to contemplate the transparencies of autumn leaves, the colors of a stone's strata and the purple veils of light at dusk. Through september 21 at Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier. info, 272-0827. dan barLoW & scott baer: "green Mountain graveyards," photographs of Vermont's historic, artistic and spooky cemeteries. Through september 30 at big picture Theater & Café in waitsfield. info, 496-8994. 'eMerGence': large-scale works by artists from Vermont and beyond make up the inaugural exhibit in the former Fellows gear shaper Factory building. Through november 1 at The great hall in springfield. info, 258-3992.

terry findeisen: still-life and landscape paintings by the Vermont artist and architect. Through september 29 at left bank home & garden in burlington. info, 862-1001.

eriKa LaWLor schMidt: "Rock paper scissors," artwork by the performing artist. Through october 2 at Feick Fine Arts Center, green Mountain College, in poultney. info, 287-8398.

uvM staff art exhibit: work in a variety of media, in honor of staff appreciation week. Through september 27 at livak Room, Davis Center, uVM, in burlington. info, 656-2060.

Gerard rinaLdi: "homage to giorgio," still lifes inspired by the italian artist giorgio Morandi. Through september 28 at governor's office gallery in Montpelier. info, 828-0749.

vanessa coMpton: Mixed-media works, shown in conjunction with the 20th Annual south End Art hop. Through november 7 at petra Cliffs in burlington. info, 657-3872.

Laura shaW: "whimsical watercolors," new works by the Vermont artist. Through september 30 at Capitol grounds in Montpelier. info, curator@

verMont photo Group annuaL exhibit: landscapes and images of nature by fine-art photographers. Through september 29 at pickering Room, Fletcher Free library, in burlington. info, 434-5503.

Lynn neWcoMb: new works in a show titled "Anvils, bridges and steel." Through october 31 at Vermont supreme Court lobby in Montpelier. info, 828-3278. MeLissa KniGht: "The ballerina series," batik-fabric collage and designs. Through october 11 at Contemporary Dance & Fitness studio in Montpelier. info, 229-4676.

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call to aRtists eXhiBition pRoposals: The Gallery at Burlington College is accepting exhibition proposals for 2012-2013. Deadline: October 5. Info,

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.

open call foR aRtists: Selection and application for art events in Basel, venice and London. visual artists will have their own stand in Basel or venice. Info, galeriazero. info/program.html.

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

VendoRs needed: Artists and crafters needed for the Old North End Art Market on September 22. An 8-by-6-foot space is only $30, and a table and chair are provided. Info,  

‘Red’: A juried photography exhibition at Darkroom Gallery. Deadline: September 19. Jurors: LensWork’s Brooks Jensen and Maureen Gallagher. Info,

VeRMont hs photogRapheRs: 3rd Annual vermont HS Student Photographer Exhibition. Darkroom Gallery: Personal Style. Free entry deadline: September 26. Juror: St. Michael’s photography instructor Jordan Douglas. Sponsored by

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@

call to aRtists: The Fletcher Free Library is looking for local, talented painters, photographers and sculptors for an October/ November exhibition. Info, 355-5485.

new space seeks fine aRt: Seeking 2-D art for Burlington location for one- to threemonth rotation beginning now. 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.

puBlic aRt pRoJect: BCA Center and Redstone are accepting proposals for new public artwork to

RestauRant aRt: Hang your work in a fine-dining atmosphere. Chow!Bella Restaurant and Twiggs @

‘slowlife’: Time-lapse photography and videos set to an original musical score exploring the growth and movement of plants. September 15 through November 25 at Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. Info, 649-2200.

VictoRia heRzBeRg & sheRyl tRainoR: "Following the Muse," new hand-pulled monoprints and collagraphs. Through September 30 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Info, 295-5901.

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cReatiVe coMpetition_004: Presented by the Root Gallery. $8 entry fee. People’s-choice vote; winner takes all (compounded entry money). Limit one piece, any size, media or subject. First Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m. vote for your favorite piece until awards ceremony at 8:30 p.m. Location: RLPhoto, 27 Sears Lane, Burlington. Info, publicartschool@ RiVeR aRts call to aRtists: Display your work at River Arts in Morrisville, which is an Open Studio Weekend hub site, October 6 and 7. Juried. Info, or 888-1261. 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: 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, 518-5630494 or rotagallery@gmail. com.

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Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and Paul Strand — and featuring issues of Steiglitz's pioneering journal Camera Work, which was published between 1903 and 1917. Through October 28 at Middlebury College Museum of Art. Info, 443-3168. 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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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. 'liVing poRtRaits': Oil paintings and ceramic sculptures depicting people who have made a difference in the student artists' lives. September 18 through 25 at Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College. Info, 443-3168.


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'caMeRa woRk: stieglitz, steichen, stRand, and coMpany': An exhibit highlighting three luminaries of American photography — Alfred



stuaRt eldRedge & MaRion schuMann: "A Love Story in Paintings and Letters," artwork and correspondence by the Springfield couple, who met at New York City's Art Students' League in the 1930s. Through October 8 at Springfield Art and Historical Society at the Miller Art Center. Info, 885-4826.



Ria Blaas: Large-scale sculptures and installations, puppets, furniture, paintings, and tableware. Through October 23 at Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction. Info, 295-0808.

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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,

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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.

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Liza Myers: "Nesting Instincts," acrylic paintings depicting ancient stone engravings paired with the wild creatures they represent. Through October 31 at Brandon Artists Guild. Info, 247-4337. NiNi CraNe: Vermont barn and landscape scenes in watercolors, oils, pastels and acrylics. Through September 30 at Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg. Info, 482-2878. 'sCuLptFest2012': An outdoor exhibition of sculptural installations by artists responding to the postindustrial landscape. Through October 21 at Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland. Info, 438-2097. '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.

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'the deLight oF deCoys': A bird decoy for each of the 25 years the museum has been open. Through October 31 at Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. Info, 434-2167. toM MerwiN & diaNe LaFoNtaiNe: "Maui Artist in Residence," Merwin's Vermont landscapes paired with LaFontaine's mixed-media works depicting Hawaiian plants. Through November 1 at Merwin Gallery in Castleton. Info, 468-2592.

'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.


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. CheLsea spear & Marjorie kraMer: Landscape, cityscape and self-portrait paintings by Kramer; landscape and floral paintings by Spear. Through October 8 at White Water Gallery in East Hardwick. Info, 563-2037. dorothy MartíNez: "We the People," more than 50 figurative paintings celebrating political change in America. Through November 12 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818. '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. heNry kieLy: Large paintings of utilitarian objects on white, gessoed backgrounds. Through October 14 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261.

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Artists, Merrilees traveled extensively, always aiming to better understand the natural world. Her work — more than 70 years’ worth — makes up a retrospective at Studio


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human hands,” she writes in an artist statement, “a narrative, perhaps a supplication, perhaps a celebration.” Pictured: “Golden.”

L. MiChaeL Labiak: "Painter of Light," New England landscapes in watercolor or oils. Through October 7 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Info, 899-3211.

otto: "A Need for Space," oil paintings. Through September 29 at Montgomery's Café in Newport. Info, 323-4998. PauL gruhLer: Paintings that explore line, form and color. Through November 5 at Brown Library at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common. Info, 586-7711, ext. 124.


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.


'CroSSing CuLtureS': A survey of Australia's contemporary indigenous art movement from the 1970s to the present drawn from one of the world's largest collections of aboriginal art. September 15 through March 10 at Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-2095. '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.

SePteMber artiStS: Work by fiber artist Jan Brosky, photographer David Juaire, printmaker Lyna Lou Nordstrom and potter Susan Delear. Through September 30 at Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. Info, 933-6403.

'the worLd CoMeS to PLattSburgh': Works by Maungo Judy Seabenyane, from Botswana, and Gharan Burton, from Dominica. Through September 15 at ROTA Gallery in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Info, 518-561-0634.


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.

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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'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.


Mathew Pardue: Paintings in oil of the Shelburne Farms area. Through September 23 at Claire's Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053.

wiLLard boePPLe: "Tower, Temple, Shelf, Room and Loom," work by the sculptor known for his use of common utilitarian objects. Through October 13 at Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469.

John Caggiano: "Vermont: A Romantic Journey," paintings by the plein-air artist. Through September 26 at Galleria Fine Arte in Stowe. Info, 253-7696.

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ike Birbiglia’s fi rst fi lm project isn’t so much the story of a struggling comic and his dreams of fame as it is the story of a now-f amous comic and his struggle with dreams. Bad dreams. The kind that end with him jumping through a second-story hotel window. The kind that are no joke. Birbiglia is the low-key, instantly likable star, cowriter and codirector of the low-key, instantly likable Sleepwalk With Me. The picture won the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and has gone on to earn a reputation as one of 2012’s most original screen creations. Birbiglia has a condition called REM behavior disorder, and, unfortunately for him, it doesn’t involve getting rowdy at alternative-rock concerts. It’s a rare neurological dysfunction that causes su° erers not merely to walk in their sleep but to act out their dreams, a compulsion that, the movie demonstrates, can prove variously dangerous and darkly comic. Recently named one of the “23 Funniest People in America” by Rolling Stone, the comedian has built a modest multimedia

empire on his somnambulistic misadventures. Birbiglia is a regular on public radio’s “This American Life” (Ira Glass cowrote the screenplay) and the author of a best-selling memoir, as well as the star of a TV special, a live comedy album and a 2008 o° -Broadway solo show, all of which f eed into this fi lm. (Birbiglia will appear at the Flynn Center for the Perf orming Arts this February; see “On With the Show” in this issue.) Despite its title, Sleepwalk With Me mines just as many laughs f rom the deep-seated problems Birbiglia has f aced while awake. Playing his alter ego, Matt Pandamiglio, he’s eight years into a relationship with his college sweetheart, Abby (Lauren Ambrose), and no closer to asking her to marry him than he was on their fi rst date. He realizes she’s such a peach this makes him look like a jerk, and hence reminds the audience at one point, “Remember, you’re on my side here.” Matt feels guilty and grapples with his fear of commitment. Being a comedian, he also gets great material out of it. “I never thought of marriage as a goal,” he explains to the viewer. “I never looked at my parents’ marriage — or really anyone

OPEN MIKE Birbiglia offers an endearingly candid account of his years climbing the comedy ladder.

who’d been married more than 30 years — and thought, I got to get me some of that.” We see his point when we meet his mother and f ather, a pair of well-meaning basket cases played by James Rebhorn and Carol Kane. But perhaps it’s Matt’s apprenticeship in the less-than-glamorous world of minorleague standup that provides the fi lm’s most satisf ying thread. It’s f ascinating to f ollow his evolution from a comedy-club bartender who fi lls in for no-shows and fl ops with lame bits. In one, he asks the crowd whether they think Cookie Monster might have an eating disorder. Over long months driving from gig to lowpaying gig (one in Burlington, Vt.), living on pizza and crashing in zero-frills motels, Matt gradually fi nds his voice. He discovers to his amazement that his best subject is himself ; that he connects most successfully by shap-

ing his quandaries, neuroses and o˝ eat enlightenments into self-deprecating monologues. After all we’ve seen him go through, it’s hard not to take pleasure in watching as a star is born. I took pleasure in watching every minute of this movie. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen, sort of Funny People crossed with Annie Hall by way of Lost Highway. The dream sequences are a surreal hoot. And you’ve got to love Mike Birbiglia. On the road to fame and f ortune, he screws up and occasionally acts like a jerk. At the same time, he’s painf ully honest, unassuming, insightful and funny as hell. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be glad you went along for the ride. From the fi rst frame to the last, I was on his side. RICK KISONAK





REVIEWS The Words ★★


oward the end of The Words, a celebrated young author named Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) su° ers a crisis of confi dence. “What do you love about me?” he asks his wif e (Zoe Saldana), who has been blandly adoring and supportive throughout the fi lm. She hesitates a few too many beats before coming out with his best trait: “Your beautiful eyes.” First-time directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal (who also coscripted) seem to like Cooper’s blue eyes, too. They make them the f ocus of numerous dramatically lit scenes in which his character languishes in bed with Saldana, looking picturesquely guilt ridden. If only someone had lavished this much a° ection on the script — or on any other aspect of this interminable-f eeling, 87-minute movie. It’s not that Cooper is wrong for the role. The premise is that Rory Jansen isn’t really a great writer: He just looks the part. After failing to sell his own novels, our hero happens upon a crumbling sheaf of pages in a battered valise in a Paris antique store. Liking what he reads, he succumbs to temptation and passes the mislaid manuscript o° as his own. Fame and fortune follow in short order — until the

true author of the Hemingway-esque novel (Jeremy Irons) makes his appearance. Meanwhile, in a f raming narrative, we learn that Rory’s story is actually the plot of a novel that celebrity author Clayton Hammond (Dennis Quaid, unbearably hammy and smug) is reading to a rapt crowd. Later, Clayton tries to seduce an eager graduate student (Olivia Wilde) by continuing the story in private. There’s potential in this metafi ctional structure, and in the fi lm’s central questions: What turns a mere collection of “words” into a story so compelling it makes readers weep? And does it matter whose byline is attached to those words? In the hands of a screenwriter with an intimate knowledge of the business of literature, The Words might have been a clever, even moving exploration of the paradoxes of fame. But Klugman and Sternthal appear to have drawn their notions of the writing lif e f rom junior-high English class. While they’re f uzzy on the distinction between agents and editors, the fi lm depicts all the literary world’s gatekeepers as stern, suspender-clad white males, as if the story were set in the “Mad Men” era. There’s no discussion of marketing, nor is Rory ever asked how a

TALK LITERARY TO ME Cooper demonstrates his prowess with prose in Klugman and Sternthal’s stale drama.

gen X’er like him managed to channel the voice of an American GI in 1944. In short, Hammond’s book doesn’t take place in a world where Fifty Shades of Grey dominates the best-seller lists, or in any recognizable world. Perhaps that’s why Wilde’s character grows progressively more hostile, interrogating Clayton Hammond about his oeuvre with such intense, creepy focus that you half expect her to rip o° her too-perfect face and reveal a lizard alien sent to Earth to kidnap our most blowhard wordsmiths. Sadly, this doesn’t happen, and viewers hoping for any unexpected twist f rom the f raming story will be likewise disappointed.

Literary plagiarism and fabulism are fascinating subjects, but di˙ cult to depict on fi lm, because the writing process is so internal. (One of the better movies in this vein, Shattered Glass, f ocused less on the culprit than on his editor.) In The Words, however, Klugman and Sternthal barely even try to get under the skin of a plagiarist; Rory and the other characters are so fl at and generic that it’s hard to believe anyone would read a word written by any of them. Pretty eyes are nice, but sometimes they’re not the window to anything. M A R G O T HA R R I S O N

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BACHELORETTE: Three grown-up “mean girls” (Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan) who are still single are asked to be bridesmaids for a woman they used to mock in high school in this dark comedy from first-time director Leslye Headland. (94 min, R. Roxy) FINDING NEMO (3D): Pixar’s 2003 animated fish story about a clownfish on an oceanic odyssey to find his son gets —you guessed it — a new dimension. With the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen Degeneres and Alexander Gould. Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich directed. (107 min, G. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic) LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE: A war veteran is inspired by the death of his soldier son to combat the secular folks who apparently have a problem with his community celebrating Christmas in this message drama from directors Darrel Campbell and Kevin S. McAfee. With Fred Williamson and Jennifer O’Neill. (101 min, PG. Majestic, Paramount) RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION: In the fifth film based on the zombie apocalypse video games, Milla Jovovich continues to try to save the world from an evil corporation’s virus, and if you avoided the previous installments, you don’t care what happens in this one anyway. With Michelle Rodriguez and Sienna Guillory. Paul W.S. Anderson directed. (97 min, R. Bijou, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace, Paramount [3-D], Sunset)


2016: OBAMA’S AMERICA★★ Dinesh D’Souza takes a run at being the Right’s answer to Michael Moore as he explains where he believes four more years of the president will put the country. It’s already the top-grossing conservative documentary of all time. D’Souza and John Sullivan directed. (89 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis)


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THE CAMPAIGN★★1/2 Two schemers plot to run a naïf (Zach Galifianakis) against an established incumbent (Will Ferrell) for a seat in Congress in this comedy from director Jay (Meet the Fockers) Roach. With Jason Sudeikis and Dylan McDermott. (97 min, R. Bijou, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Sunset, Welden) CELESTE & JESSE FOREVER★★1/2 Actress Rashida Jones cowrote this relationship drama, in which she stars as an alpha female who divorces her slacker husband (Andy Samberg) but then finds herself needing his friendship. Lee Toland Krieger directed. (91 min, R. Big Picture, Roxy) THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY★ In this long-shelved action thriller, Henry Cavill plays a young financier who discovers that his dad (Bruce Willis) is entangled in CIA shenanigans after part of his family is kidnapped during their vacation in Spain. Sigourney Weaver gets to shoot a gun. Mabrouk (JCVD) El Mechri directed. (93 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic, Palace) THE DARK KNIGHT RISES★★★★ Having defeated urban chaos and violated about a million civil liberties at the end of The Dark Knight, Batman went underground. What kind of threat will it take to make him Gotham City’s protector again, eight years later? Christian Bale returns as the Caped Crusader, and Christopher Nolan again directs. With Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Tom Hardy. (165 min, PG-13. Majestic)

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THE EXPENDABLES 2★★1/2 The team of mature male action stars is back for another go-round, this time on a revenge mission in enemy territory. Butts are liable to be kicked by Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, while Liam Hemsworth is the token millennial. Simon (Con Air) Green directed. (103 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Paramount)


FAREWELL, MY QUEEN★★★1/2 One of Marie Antoinette’s servants fears for her beloved mistress as the French Revolution heats up in this costume drama from director Benoît Jacquot. With Diane Kruger, Léa Seydoux and Virginie Ledoyen. (97 min, NR. Palace)




HIT AND RUN★ And we have a winner for Most Generic Film Title of 2012. In this action-comedyroad-movie, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell are lovers on the run; Bradley Cooper and Tom Arnold stand in their way. David Palmer and Shepard directed. (85 min, R. Essex, Paramount, Stowe, Sunset)

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HOPE SPRINGS★★★1/2 A long-suffering wife (Meryl Streep) drags her husband (Tommy Lee Jones) to a famous couples therapist in this comedy-drama from director David (Marley and Me) Frankel. With Steve Carell and Jean Smart. (100 min, PG-13. Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Stowe, Welden) ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT★★ In their fourth anachronistic animated adventure, the breakup of a continent sends the Paleolithic critters on marine adventures. Could it all be an excuse to introduce pirates? With the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Peter Dinklage and Jennifer Lopez. Mike Thurmeier and Steve Martino directed. (93 min, PG. Majestic, Sunset; ends 9/16) NOW PLAYING

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BRAVE★★★1/2 In the latest Pixar animation, set in ancient Scotland, a feisty princess decides to defy standard female roles and go all Hunger Games with her bow and arrow, then must face the consequences. With the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters and Emma Thompson. Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman directed. (100 min, PG. Majestic; ends 9/13)



THE BOURNE LEGACY★★★1/2 Tony (Michael Clayton) Gilroy directs the fourth in the conspiracythriller series, in which Jeremy Renner (playing a new character) takes over Matt Damon’s punching and kicking duties. With Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen and David Strathairn. (135 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace)


THE AVENGERS★★★1/2 Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk team up to form a super-group and battle yet another global threat in this Marvel Comics extravaganza. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson. Joss Whedon directed. (140 min, PG-13. Majestic, Sunset; ends 9/16)

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


SLEEPWALK WITH ME★★★★1/2 Standup comic Mike Birbiglia brings the autobiographical tale he told on “This American Life” — about his problems committing to his girlfriend (Lauren Ambrose) while struggling with a sleep disorder — to the screen. With Carol Kane and Kristen Schaal. Birbiglia and Seth Barrish directed. (91 min, NR. Roxy, Savoy)



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wednesday 12 ParaNorman 5. moonrise Kingdom 6. total Recall 7. The Bourne Legacy 5, 8. friday 14 — thursday 20 celeste & Jesse Forever 7 (Fri-Wed), 8 (Thu only). ParaNorman 3 (Sat & Sun only), 5 (except Thu). The Bourne Legacy 2 (Sat & Sun only), 5, 8 (except Thu).

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wednesday 12 — thursday 13 The Words 4, 7. 2016: obama’s America 3:50. Hope Springs 3:30, 6:40. Lawless 3:40, 6:50. The campaign 7:10. friday 14 — thursday 20 *Finding Nemo (3D) 1 & 3:40 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 8:30 (Fri & Sat only). *Resident Evil: Retribution 1:20 (Sat & Sun only), 4, 7, 9:10 (Fri & Sat only). The Words 1:30 (Sat & Sun only), 3:50 (except Fri), 4:10 (Fri only), 6:50. Lawless 1:10 (Sat & Sun only), 3:50 (Fri only), 4:10 (except Fri), 6:40, 9:10 (Fri & Sat only). The campaign 9:10 (Fri & Sat only).


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wednesday 12 — thursday 13 The Words 6:30, 9:05. 2016: obama’s America 6:25, 9:05. Lawless 6:30, 9:10. The Possession 6:30, 9. The Bourne Legacy 6:10, 9:15. friday 14 — thursday 20 *Finding Nemo (3D) 12:45 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:25, 9. The Words 1 & 3:15 (Sat & Sun only), 6:15, 9:05. 2016: obama’s America 1:10 & 3:35 (Sat & Sun only), 6:25, 9. The Possession 1:15 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9:05. The Bourne Legacy 12:40 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:10, 9:10.

ESSEX cINEmAS & t-REX tHEAtER 21 Essex Way, #300, Essex, 879-6543,

wednesday 12 — thursday 13

The cold Light of Day 10 a.m. (Thu only), 1, 3:05, 5:10, 7:15, 9:20. The Words 10 a.m. (Thu only), 1:05, 3:15, 5:25, 7:35, 9:45. 2016: obama’s America 10 a.m. (Thu only), 12:45, 2:50, 4:55, 7, 9:20. Lawless 10 a.m. (Thu only), 1, 4, 7, 9:30. The Possession 10 a.m. (Thu only), 1:30, 3:35, 5:40, 7:45, 9:50. Hit and Run 10 a.m. (Thu only), 12:50, 5:10, 9:30. Premium Rush 3:05, 7:25. The Expendables 2 10 a.m. (Thu only), 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45. The odd Life of timothy Green 10 a.m. (Thu only), 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50. ParaNorman 10 a.m. (Thu only), 12:50 (3-D), 3, 4:50 (3-D). The Bourne Legacy 6:50, 9:35. Hope Springs 10 a.m. (Thu only), 1:05, 3:15, 5:25, 7:35, 9:45. friday 14 — thursday 20 *Finding Nemo (3D) 10 a.m. (Tue & Thu only; 2-D), 12:35 (2-D), 2:50, 5:05, 7:20, 9:35.

movies wednesday 12 — thursday 13 The cold Light of Day 1:15, 3:45, 7, 9:10. The Words 1, 3:30, 6:45, 9:05. 2016: obama’s America 1:25, 4:05, 6:30, 8:45. Lawless 1:05, 3:50, 6:35, 9:15. The Possession 1:10, 3, 5, 7:10, 9:20. Premium Rush 6:40, 8:50. The Expendables 2 7:15, 9:35. The odd Life of timothy Green 1, 6:25. ParaNorman (3-D) 1, 3:05, 5:10. The Bourne Legacy 6:10, 9:10. The campaign 4:15, 6:25. Hope Springs 1:30, 4. The Dark Knight Rises 1, 8:35. Ice Age: continental Drift 1:30. The Avengers 3:35, 8:40. Brave 3:40. friday 14 — thursday 20 *Finding Nemo (3D) Fri-Sun: 12:30, 1:30 (2-D), 3, 4, 5:45, 6:30, 9. Mon-Thu: 1, 1:30 (2-D), 3:40, 4, 5:45, 6:30, 9 *Last ounce of courage 12:45 (Fri-Sun only), 1:20 (MonThu only), 3:25, 6:40, 9:05. *Resident Evil: Retribution (3-D) 1, 3:40, 7, 9:25. The cold Light of Day 8:45. The Words 1:20, 3:50, 6:45, 9:05. 2016: obama’s America 3:50, 6:35. Lawless 12:55 (Fri-Sun only), 1:05 (Mon-Thu only), 3:40, 6:35, 9:15. The

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Possession 1:30, 4, 7:10, 9:20. The Expendables 2 6:50, 9:15. The odd Life of timothy Green 1. ParaNorman (3-D) 1:15, 3:30. The Bourne Legacy 8:15. The campaign 4 (FriSun only), 4:15 (Mon-Thu only), 9:35. The Dark Knight Rises 12:35 (Fri-Sun only), 1 (Mon-Thu only), 6:15.


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wednesday 12 — thursday 13 2016: obama’s America 7. ParaNorman 6. The Words 7. Hope Springs 7:30. Full schedule not available at press time.


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wednesday 12 — thursday 13 Where Do We Go Now? 1:15, 6:40. The Words 12:55, 2:55, 4:55, 7:05, 9:05. celeste & Jesse Forever 1, 3, 5, 7:10, 9:10. Beasts of the Southern Wild 1:10, 3:05, 5:05, 7, 9:20. The Intouchables 1:25, 4, 6:50, 9:25. moonrise Kingdom 1:05, 3:10, 5:10, 7:20, 9:15. The campaign 3:45, 8:45. friday 14 — thursday 20 *Bachelorette 1:15, 3:10, 5:05, 7:05, 9:20. *Sleepwalk With me 1:05, 3, 4:55, 7, 9:10. monsieur Lazhar 1:20, 3:20, 6:30, 8:30. The Words 5:10, 9:15. celeste & Jesse Forever 1:25, 3:30, 7:20, 9:25. Beasts of the Southern Wild 1, 2:55, 4:50, 6:55, 9:05. moonrise Kingdom 1:10, 3:15, 7:15, 9:30.


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wednesday 12 — thursday 13 The cold Light of Day 12:55, 3:35, 6:35, 9:15. trishna 12:45, 9. The Words 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1:20, 4, 6:50, 9:20. Farewell, my Queen 3:45, 6:45. Lawless 1:15, 4:10, 6:40, 9:30. The Possession 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 9:35. Premium Rush 1:25, 4:05, 7, 9:30. The odd Life of timothy Green 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1. ParaNorman 1:35. Ruby Sparks 3:50, 6:55, 9:25. The Bourne Legacy 9:05. The campaign 3:55, 7:05, 9:10. Hope Springs 1:05, 3:30, 6:30. friday 14 — thursday 20 ***Glenn Beck: Unelectable 2012 Thu: 8. *Resident Evil: Retribution 1:45, 4:25, 7:15, 9:30. The cold Light of Day 9:05 (except Thu). The Words 1:20, 3:50, 6:50, 9:15. Farewell, my Queen 3:45, 6:45. Lawless 1:15, 4:10, 6:40, 9:15. The Possession 4:20, 7:10, 9:25. Premium Rush 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1:25, 4:05, 7, 9:20. The odd Life of timothy Green 1. ParaNorman 1:35. Ruby Sparks 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1:10, 3:40, 6:35 (except Thu). The Bourne Legacy 8:50. The campaign 1:40, 4, 6:55, 9:10. Hope Springs 1:05, 3:30, 6:30, 9.

Hit and Run 9. Premium Rush 6:30. The Expendables 2 6:30, 9:05. friday 14 — thursday 20 *Last ounce of courage 1:15 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9. *Resident Evil: Retribution (3-D) 1 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9:10.

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wednesday 12 — thursday 13 Robot & Frank 6, 8. Beasts of the Southern Wild 6:30, 8:30. friday 14 — thursday 20 *Sleepwalk With me 1:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6, 8. Ruby Sparks 1 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 8:30.

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wednesday 12 — thursday 13 Lawless 7. Hit and Run 7. Hope Springs 7. Full schedule not available at press time.

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friday 14 — sunday 16 Screen 1: *Resident Evil: Retribution at dusk, followed by Premium Rush. Screen 2: The campaign at dusk, followed by ted, followed by Hit and Run. Screen 3: Ice Age: continental Drift, followed by The Avengers, followed by ParaNorman.

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wednesday 12 — thursday 13 Lawless 7. The campaign 7. Hope Springs 7. Full schedule not available at press time.

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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; ends 9/13) LAWLESS★★ Tom Hardy and Shia Labeouf play bootlegging brothers in 1930s Virginia in this gangster epic based on Matt Bondurant’s book The Wettest County in the World. With Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain and Jason Clarke. John (The Road) Hillcoat directed. (110 min, R. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Stowe, Welden) MONSIEUR LAZHAR★★★★ A Montreal teacher (Mohamed Fellag) tries to inspire his sixth-grade classroom in the wake of a tragedy in this acclaimed Québécois film from director Philippe Falardeau. (94 min, PG-13. Roxy) 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, Roxy) 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. Essex, Majestic, Palace) 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. Big Picture, Capitol, Essex, Majestic [3-D], Marquis, Palace, Sunset) THE POSSESSION★★1/2 A family makes the classic mistake of bringing a haunted box into their home in this horror flick. Kyra Sedgwick, Natasha Calis, Madison Davenport and Jeffrey Dean Morgan star. Ole (Nightwatch) Bornedal directed. (93 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace)

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

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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. Sunset; ends 9/16) 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; ends 9/12) TRISHNA★★★ Freida Pinto plays a young woman of modest means who becomes dangerously entangled with a wealthy man in this loose adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles, relocated to modern India. With Riz Ahmed and Roshan Seth. Michael (The Trip) Winterbottom directed. (117 min, R. Palace; ends 9/13) WHERE DO WE GO NOW?★★★ A group of women in a small Lebanese town try to stop a brewing religious war by distracting their men in this drama (with musical interludes) from director Nadine Labaki. Starring Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Leyla Hakim, Nadine Labaki and Yvonne Maalouf. (110 min, PG-13. Roxy; ends 9/13) THE WORDS★1/2 What is it with casting Bradley Cooper as an aspiring Great American Novelist? In Limitless, he used a drug to give himself supercreativity; this time around, his character just plain plagiarizes, then feels guilty while enjoying fame and the company of Zoe Saldana. With Olivia Wilde, Jeremy Irons and Dennis Quaid. Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal make their directorial debuts. (87 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Roxy)

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ROBOT & FRANK★★★1/2 Frank Langella plays a retired burglar who enlists his robot companion in a new caper in this fest favorite set in the near future. With Susan Sarandon, Liv Tyler and Peter Sarsgaard voicing the robot. Jake Schreier directed. (90 min, PG-13. Savoy; ends 9/13)

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éna (Chiara Mastroianni, pictured) has at least 99 problems, and she herself is the biggest one. The moment we see this dark, glamorous woman in the middle of a busy Paris train station, towing one small child and yelling for another, we know she’s in over her head. Léna quit her job to stay home with her kids after she decided to divorce her cheating husband, Nigel (Jean-Marc Barr). But her parents and sister worry that Léna isn’t stable enough to be the custodial parent, so they arrange for Nigel to show up at the family’s summer retreat in Brittany, hoping for a reconciliation. Things do not go as planned...


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Louisiana State Police charged Joshua Adam Carter, 25, with trying to steal a car stopped at a traffic light in Shreveport, La., around 4:30 p.m. The unmarked vehicle turned out to be occupied by a state police detective and two members of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force. According to the police report, Carter pulled on the driver’s door handle but then, “after realizing that the doors were locked and the vehicle was occupied by police officers, Carter fled the scene. The officers quickly gave chase and apprehended Carter without incident.” (New Orleans’s WVUE-TV) A man who robbed a bank in Shrewsbury, Pa., made off with more than $15,000 in cash, but a dye pack inserted with the money exploded, forcing the robber to drop the loot in the parking lot. Police who recovered the money also found a dye-stained loan statement with the name of Luis Rafael Cruz, 32. After a bank teller identified Cruz’s photo as that of the robber, investigators issued a warrant, and Cruz turned himself in. (Associated Press)

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Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee used his syndicated radio program to put a positive spin on Rep. Todd Akin’s remarks about rape and pregnancy by pointing out that rapes, though “horrible tragedies,” have produced admirable human beings. “Ethel Waters, for example, was the result of a forcible rape,” Huckabee said of the American gospel singer, as was televangelist James Robison. (Los Angeles Times) Nine out of 10 undergraduates taking part in a study by Indiana UniversityPurdue University Fort Wayne reported experiencing “phantom vibration syndrome,” causing them to feel their cellphone vibrating when it wasn’t. On average, they felt the nonexistent buzzing about twice a month, although some said they felt it more often. This and a previous study indicated the most persistent phantom buzzing victims fall into two categories: extraverts, who check their phones a lot because keeping in touch with friends is a big part of their lives, and neurotics, who worry a lot about the status of their relationships. (Slate) 4t-offmessageh.indd 1

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Three different electronic sensing devices designed to alert parents who’ve left their babies in the car are unreliable, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In some instances, spilled liquids caused malfunctions, cellphone use interfered with device signals, devices turned off and on during travel, and an improper-

ly positioned child caused seat pads to malfunction. “While these devices are very well intended,” NHTSA administrator David L. Strickland said, “we don’t think they can be used as the only countermeasure to make sure that you don’t forget your child behind in a car.” (Washington Post)

Doomsday Preppers

Citing increasing threats to civilization from nature and humankind, developer Larry Hall, 55, is converting abandoned missile silos below the Kansas prairie into luxury apartments where people can survive chaos in comfort after civilization crumbles. Protected by 9-foot-thick concrete walls that reach 174 feet underground, Hall’s complexes have giant underground water tanks, an indoor farm to raise fish and vegetables for as long as survivors need to stay inside, a swimming pool, a movie theater, and a library. Complex life-support systems rely on power from stockpiled fossil fuels, as well as from sun and wind. An elaborate security system and hired staff will keep out marauding hordes. Units sell for $2 million a floor. Having studied the spread of doomsday culture, University of Kansas anthropology professor John Hoopes concluded from Hall’s enterprise, “Fear sells even better than sex.” (Britain’s Daily Mail)

Standing His Ground

Kenneth Roop, 52, fatally shot a man selling frozen steaks and lobsters door to door who made him “more than a little nervous,” he told police in Cape Coral, Fla. Nick Rainey, 30, had just knocked on the door of Roop’s home when Roop pulled into the driveway. As Rainey walked toward him and got within four feet, Roop pulled out his 9mm Glock and shot Rainey in the shoulder. Rainey fell to the ground, screaming, “You shot me,” in what Roop described as an “antagonistic” manner, so he shot Rainey once more in the back of the head “for effect.” Roop told detectives Rainey should have respected his three “No Trespassing” signs. (Fort Myers News-Press)

Doesn’t Take Rejection Sitting Down

A woman at a bar in Boulder, Colo., accused Timothy Paez, 22, of urinating on her leg after she rejected his advances. According to the police report, the woman felt some sort of liquid hitting her leg and thought Paez was spilling beer on her, but when she turned around, she saw him with his penis exposed urinating on her leg. Witnesses corroborated the woman’s account. The bar’s staff escorted Paez outside and contacted a nearby police officer. (Boulder’s Colorado Daily)

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want you to know that the coming weeks will be an excellent time to see yourself better than ever before.


(april 20-May 20): i’ve got four related pieces of advice for you, taurus: 1. The most reliable way for you to beat the system is to build your own more interesting system. 2. The most likely way to beat your competitors is not to fight them, but rather to ignore them and compete only against yourself. 3. to escape the numbing effects of an outworn tradition, you could create a fresh tradition that makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning. 4. if you have a problem that is not only impossible to solve but also boring, find yourself a fascinating new problem that will render the old problem irrelevant.


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Arthur Turner, a Virgo reader from Austin, is upset with my recent horoscopes. In his email, he wrote the following: “You’re making me mad with your predictions of nonstop positivity, Brezsny. I need more dirt and grit and muck. I’ve got to have some misery and decay to motivate me. So just please shut up with your excess projections of good times. They’re bringing me down.” Here’s my response to him and to any other Virgo who feels like him: I’m afraid you’re scheduled to endure even more encounters with cosmic benevolence in the coming week. If these blessings feel oppressive, try to change your attitude about them.

aRies (March 21-april 19): you will never be

(May 21-June 20): “Dear Doctor of love: My heart is itchy. i’m totally serious. i’m not talking about some phantom tingle on the skin of my chest. What i mean is that the prickling sensation originates in the throbbing organ inside of me. is this even possible? Have you heard of such a crazy thing? Could it be some astrological phenomenon? What should i do? — itchy-Hearted gemini.” Dear gemini: i suspect that it’s not just you, but many geminis, who are experiencing symptoms like yours. From what i can tell, you have a lot of trapped feelings in your heart that need to be identified, liberated and dealt with.

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conscious decision to combine plaids with stripes or checks with floral patterns or reddish-purples with greenish-oranges, i will wholeheartedly approve. if, on the other hand, you absentmindedly create combinations like that, doing so because you’re oblivious or lazy, i will soundly disapprove. The same holds true about any hodgepodge or hybrid or mishmash you generate, Cancerian: it’ll receive cosmic blessings if you do it with flair and purpose, but not if it’s the result of being inattentive and careless.


(July 23-aug. 22): should we boycott the writing of edgar allan Poe because he married his 13-year-old cousin when he was 26? should antidrug crusaders stop using their iPhones when they find out that steve Jobs said that “doing lsD was one of the two or three most important things i have done

sleeping beauty will get married, win the lottery, and devote their fortune to fostering your spiritual education until you are irrevocably enlightened. (i confess there’s a slight chance i’m misinterpreting the signs, and everything i described will be true for only a week or so, not months.)

libRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): The humorous science journal Annals of Improbable Research published a paper entitled “The effects of Peanut butter on the rotation of the earth.” signed by 198 PhD physicists, it came to this conclusion: “so far as we can determine, peanut butter has no effect on the rotation of the earth.” if possible, libra, i suggest you summon a comparable amount of highpowered expertise for your own purposes. but please make sure that those purposes are weightier than the question of peanut butter’s role on our planet’s movements. round up the best help you can, yes; call on all the favors you’re owed and be aggressive in seeking out brilliant support; but only for a truly important cause.

capRicoRN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): a reader named Marissa begged me to insert a secret message into the Capricorn horoscope. she wanted me to influence Jergen, a guy she has a crush on, to open up his eyes and see how great she is. i told her i wouldn’t do it. Why? For one thing, i never try to manipulate people into doing things that aren’t in alignment with their own desires. For another, i faithfully report on my understanding of the tides of fate, and refuse to just make stuff up. i urge you to have that kind of integrity, Capricorn. i suspect you may soon be invited or coaxed to engage in what amounts to some tainted behavior. Don’t do it. Make an extra effort to be incorruptible.

scoRpio (oct. 23-nov. 21): september 16

is the first day of rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. so begins 10 days of repentance. Whether or not you’re Jewish, scorpio, you are entering an astrological phase when taking stock of yourself would be a brilliant move. That’s why i invite you to try the following selfinventory, borrowed from the Jewish organization Chadeish yameinu. 1. What would you like to leave behind from the past 12 months? 2. What has prevented you from living up to your highest standards and being your very best self? 3. What would you love to bring with you into the next 12 months? 4. Who served as a teacher for you in the past year? 5. Were you a teacher for anyone? 6. is there anyone you need to forgive? 7. How will you go about forgiving?

sagittaRiUs (nov. 22-Dec. 21): if i’m accurately interpreting the astrological omens, the coming months will be a soulful feast in which every day will bring you a shimmering revelation about the nature of your soul’s code and how best to activate it. reasons for grateful amazement will flow so freely that you may come to feel that miracles are routine and naturally occurring phenomena. and get this: in your dreams, Cinderella and

aQUaRiUs (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “The far away, the very far, the farthest, i have found only in my own blood,” said poet antonio Porchia. let’s make that thought your keynote, aquarius. your assignment will be to search for what’s most exotic and unknown, but only in the privacy of your own heart, not out in the great wide world. For now, at least, the inner realm is the location of the laboratory where the most useful experiments will unfold. borrowing from novelist Carole Maso, i leave you with this: “Make love to the remoteness in yourself.” pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): it would be an

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no W those are legs Lean beauty at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. Light brown, glasses, dress, sandals. Couldn’t keep my eyes off you. You were waiting a long time at the register. Care for a drink with an older guy? When: f riday, august 31, 2012. Where: Winooski Beverage Warehouse. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910608

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Dancing at Blues for Breakfast You: Beautiful woman in a dress, out with her friends. Totally grooving to the tunes. Me: Bearded guy with glo-sticks on his wrists. Also grooving quite a bit. I know you saw me checking you out, but you left before the end of the show and I didn’t get the chance to talk to you. Care to meet up sometime? When: f riday, september 7, 2012. Where: nectars. You: Woman. Me: Man. #910623

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I have been with my boyfriend for almost four years, and everything is great. I feel like we are on the same page most of the time, except when it comes to our sex drives. My boyfriend is a straight-up sex animal who wants it all the time. This can be really, fun but at the same time, a girl can get tired! If I want to take a couple of days off from sex, he goes crazy. He immediately resorts to porn, and I can tell he doesn’t feel as connected to me. I also notice he gets aggravated more easily, and I feel like he doesn’t understand why I need a break. I know watching porn is normal and healthy, but sometimes I feel inadequate, like I can’t perform enough for him. We usually have sex once or twice per day with a day or so of rest in between here and there. I feel like that is a healthy amount. What should I do?

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It’s not unusual for couples to be on different speeds when it comes to sex drive. But if he’s in overdrive, you’re certainly not in neutral. Having sex once or twice per day with a break here and there is a respectful amount of hanky-panky. You say you “can tell” he doesn’t feel as connected to you on days when you don’t have sex. You also say you “feel like he doesn’t understand” why you need a break. You have a lot of ideas about what he’s thinking, but have you actually talked with him about it? It’s time for a chat with your man. Let him know how much you love being intimate with him, and also that you sometimes feel pressure to perform more than you’d like. Assure him that you support his masturbation habits, but that you’d like him to make more of an effort to connect with you emotionally on the days when you don’t connect physically. You should not be punished for needing recovery time. Above all else, know this: You should not feel pressured to do anything you do not want to do. You have to decide what a “healthy” sex life means for you and work to find a happy medium with your partner. If he’s worth his salt, he’ll take your physical and emotional needs into account and act accordingly.


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