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t’s been a month since Tropical Storm Irene blew through Vermont. In many northern Vermont towns, residents have moved on. There’s almost a sense that, if you’re talking about flood damage, “people think you’re morbid,” says Seven Days multimedia producer Eva Sollberger, who lives in Burlington. “It’s not in our daily life. It didn’t happen to us.”


Colchester is of many minds about whether the town should purchase waterfront property that used to be Camp Holy Cross. Let’s hope it’s easier to find consensus than “downtown.”

Sollberger had a different experience when she visited Wilmington last weekend. The picturesque southern Vermont town was hit hard by the storm; the flooding damaged about 40 businesses. Sollberger had dinner at Anchor Seafood, one of the only restaurants still open. All around her, she said, she heard diners talking about storm damage and rebuilding efforts.

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1. Fair Game: “President in Peril” by Shay Totten. Is Burlington College president Jane Sanders on her way out? Yep — Sanders announced her resignation Monday, as this issue of Seven Days was going to press. 2. “Jeff Chester Says Computers Are Spying on You” by Tyler Machado. Online privacy expert Jeff Chester warns that big corporations are using your personal data without asking. 3. “Shelter From the Storm” by Lauren Ober. Vermont’s second-home owners answer the governor’s call and open their doors to displaced Irene victims. 4. “Deadly Deeds” by Ken Picard. How do you go about selling property with a history of violent crime? 5. State of the Arts: “Two Decades in the Making, Stowe’s Tree House Combines ‘Craziness’ and Craft” by Amy Lilly. One of the houses on this year’s Stowe Home Tour redefines the “tree house.” Check it out in a photo slide show online.

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I was amazed to hear that people think Vermont did not receive enough national coverage about the damage done by Tropical Storm Irene [“Fifteen Minutes? How the National Media Reported on Irene in Vermont,” September 7]. Not only do I work in the hospitality industry here in Vermont, but I also am obtaining my degree in hospitality and tourism management at CCV. From this perspective, I would say that the media got out of


control with the coverage of the damage, and then failed to report on our cleanup and restoration progress. While the storm did do great damage, the media coverage is doing even greater damage by way of tourists that we need during fall foliage, our high season. They are canceling reservations and trips because they fear that their hotels are inaccessible or destroyed. While people may gripe about tourists during fall foliage, we need them — and their revenue. I don’t understand why the media can’t do a good-news news story for once. They only report the bad things because that is what gets ratings. Desiree Roberts BURLINGTON


Thanks for the fabulous article about John Rouleau [“Getting the Point,” August 17]! I’ve been lucky enough to work at Rock Point for five years, and his smiling face in Seven Days came as a wonderful summer surprise. The article completely captured John’s brilliance, humor and generous spirit. I’m impressed at how well you summed up what happens at Rock Point and grateful that you’ve helped make public one of Burlington’s best-kept secrets. Thanks! Abbey Baker BURLINGTON

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I read with dismay the letters Seven Days received [Feedback, September 14] with regard to the paper’s limited commentary on the “breakup” between the City of Burlington and Lockheed Martin. My dismay reflects the reality that America is a very polarized nation. Ask Vermont Progressives what they think of conservative Republicans who advocate reforming Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to make them sustainable, and they will scoff at you with malevolent disdain. Ask conservative Republicans what they think of Progressive calls for increased taxes on the very rich, and they will look at you as if you were a parasite. The central question we face at personal, local, state, national and global levels is: How do we find common ground? I personally have no enthusiasm for spending $125 million dollars for one F-35 fighter airplane, but many Americans do. Am I likely to change their mind by telling them they are wrong and only my view is correct? I think not. Will I have more success by working with them on nonmilitary endeavors in areas where we might have common ground, so as to establish some degree of trust and respect? Maybe. James Baldwin said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Applauding the breakup between B-town and Lockheed Martin, as liberal Progressives have done, is not a sign of victory but yet one more example of our polarized dysfunctional society.

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urlington College president JANE O’MEARA SANDERS resigned Monday after months of negotiations with the college’s board of trustees. The two sides failed to resolve ongoing differences about how best to chart the future of the quirky independent college. The rift, and her pending ouster, were first reported in last week’s Fair Game. There had been increasing concerns over her leadership and fundraising skills, sources tell Fair Game, that some board members believed could jeopardize the school’s ambitious growth plans. After seven years on the job, Sanders will officially step down as president on October 14. In recognition of her accomplishments at the helm of the 200-student school, the college is granting Sanders president emerita status, a distinction shared only by the founder of Burlington College, STEWARD LACASCE. Trustees announced Sanders’ resignation on Monday after a closed-door meeting at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center. The board kept in constant contact with Sanders and her attorney throughout the day — shuttle diplomacy via cellphone. The board said Sanders, who earns more than $165,000 a year, will get a yearlong sabbatical as part of her presidential parachute. During that time, she’ll research, advise and consult with the college on fundraising, site development and other matters as needed. Her current contract was good through the end of 2013. Unlike outgoing University of Vermont president DAN FOGEL, Sanders did not ask for a multiyear severance package. “I told the board I wouldn’t seek or accept a buyout of the contract,” Sanders told Fair Game. “We’re a small school, and we can’t afford that.” She also seems to have picked up on the very public recommendation Gov. PETER SHUMLIN had for Fogel: that he give up some of his $600,000 severance pay and plow the money into scholarships. While the UVM prez rejected the gov’s idea, Sanders liked it. “I suggested that they put any of the money remaining on my contract toward scholarships, and they said they’d consider that.” During Sanders’ tenure, the college added academic programs, boosted its annual fundraising efforts and, last year, bought the former Catholic diocese property on North Avenue for $10

million. The college trustees and Sanders have been at odds ever since. The new campus needs repairs to the tune of $2 million, and Burlington College has to double its student population just to stay solvent. In the next few weeks, the board is expected to establish an interim leadership plan and announce the search for a new president. Sanders said she was pleased with Monday’s outcome. “I feel it’s a good time to leave,” she said.



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Last week Fair Game broke the news that Burlington College and its president were on the verge of parting ways — a story that had been rumored for months, but no one close to the situation would discuss for attribution. But it was JONATHAN LEOPOLD’s connection to the story — especially the college’s $17,000 payment to his family’s Bahamian resort — that generated reaction. The first email came from Burlington College’s attorney, JOSHUA SIMONDS, who provided details that were not available by last week’s deadline: The Caribbean expenditure was an all-inclusive, sixnight stay at the Andros Beach Club and Nathan’s Lodge, both of which are owned by the Leopolds. Turns out it was a three-credit spring break course — for 14 students and two faculty members

— focusing on nature photography and marine and coastal ecosystems. The students maintained a blog describing their weeklong adventures on the island: snorkeling, eating with the locals, hiking and, you know, studying up on how life’s a beach. No wonder Newsweek recently ranked Burlington College No. 1 in the nation for its “freespirited” students. The expenditure was listed on the college’s 990 tax form on file with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. By law, the college must list any expenditures considered “related parties transactions” between the college and a business linked to a college official or officer. Payment was made to the Leopold Consulting Group as “reimbursement for six nights all-inclusive at Andros Beach Club and Nathan’s Lodge,” at $1090 per person. That included accommodations, meals, ground transportation, housekeeping, guided tours, sporting equipment and taxes for the whole group. “The cost to the college is at a substantial discount and represents a generous gift in kind from the family, which also pursuant to IRS guidelines was acknowledged to the donor,” Simonds wrote. After Simonds, Fair Game heard from Jonathan Leopold, the former chief administrative officer in Burlington who is at the center of the Burlington Telecom financing controversy. He is very unhappy about the way he and his family were characterized in last week’s column. He claims his new status — as a private citizen —  protects him from public scrutiny. Leopold demanded Seven Days issue a correction, clarification and apology: a clarification about the academic nature of Burlington College’s transaction with his son’s resort in the Caribbean; a correction that he was not a “key figure” in its $10 million purchase of the diocese property on North Avenue; and an apology to his wife for the “son of a beach” line at the end of the column — or else. We are sorry ROXANNE LEOPOLD felt targeted by what was intended to be a general comment on the situation. It was meant as a joke, not a jab. The contents of Simonds’ email should clarify the nature of the beach-club expenditures. And let it be known that Jonathan Leopold, who is treasurer of Burlington College’s board of trustees and sits on

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ike most Americans, Ondis Eardensohn didn’t know the U.S. had a prescription drug shortage — until she experienced it firsthand. On August 8, the retired postmaster drove two hours from her home in Plainfield to New Hampshire’s Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for an infusion of Doxil, one of the only viable treatments for her stage-4 breast cancer. Eardensohn was waiting for the medicine when her physician walked in. “I’m sorry,” the doctor told her, “but we don’t have enough Doxil to treat you.” “I drove home with no treatment. I was in shock,” recalls Eardensohn, 58, a warm and resolutely optimistic mother of two. “When you are at stage 4, your options get more and more limited. If you have one option taken away, it may have been your last.” Eardensohn does not fit the stereotypical image of a wasted cancer patient. She laughs easily, and her soft white curls have grown back after 16 years of on-and-off radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Nonetheless, she says, “I am not the same person I used to be.” A week after Eardensohn’s frustrating trip to Dartmouth-Hitchcock, a hospital staffer called her at home, where she lives with her longtime partner, state archivist Gregory Sanford. The hospital still hadn’t located any Doxil; the rescheduled treatment would also have to be canceled. Dartmouth-Hitchcock isn’t alone in lacking a number of life-saving and -sustaining drugs. Nor is it the only health-care institution that has turned to the “gray market” — the legal, but sometimes shady network of secondary suppliers — to find them. Doxil, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, is one of some 200 drugs that critically ill patients and their providers are discovering may be unavailable, rationed or scalped for stratospheric prices. The list of hard-to-find drugs ranges from chemotherapy agents to anesthesia and morphine. According to a survey by the American Hospital Association, 99.5 percent of U.S. hospitals reported at least one drug shortage in the first six months of this year, while 44 percent reported shortages of more than 20 drugs.

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Vermont Health Commissioner Harry Chen says drug shortages “have been a way of life for some time,” and the problem is getting worse. Five years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported 55 drugs in short supply. By 2010, there were 178 drugs on that list; this year there will be 350, predicts North Carolina-based Premier Inc., a major hospital drug-purchasing cooperative. The majority of those are generics, but brand-name pharmaceuticals are also affected, especially anesthesia and chemotherapy products. Premier Inc. spokeswoman Amanda Forster says pharmacists all over the country “are scrambling and desperate.” Vermont health care providers

are no exception. Karen McBride, Fletcher Allen Health Care’s director of Pharmacy Services, says scrounging for hard-to-find meds is a weekly occurrence. Several months back, one patient was nearly put at risk when a critical antibiotic called Bactrim ran out. After working the phones for several hours, McBride finally located a supply of Bactrim at another New England hospital — four hours away — and arranged for a courier to drive it to Burlington. “It’s 10 times more work than it used to be,” McBride says, adding, it helps that her buyer is on it “like a junkyard dog.” Drug shortages cost hospitals $200 million a year owing to the additional staff time required to source supplies, inflated

prices and the cost of treating side effects caused by alternate products. In February, the Wall Street Journal wrote about a Maryland oncologist who was desperately seeking hard-to-find leucovorin. He found the cancer treatment for $177 per dose; the normal cost is $7.41. But there is a deeper price — namely “adverse patient outcomes,” including death. The American Hospital Association survey revealed that shortages have resulted in negative outcomes at one in every five facilities. Eighty-two percent of hospitals reported delaying patient treatment due to drug shortages, and more than half were not always able to provide the patient with the recommended treatment. Three out of four hospitals report rationing or implementing restrictions for drugs that are in short supply. A 2010 survey of physicians by the nonprofit Institute for Safe Medication Practices found that drug shortages resulted in delayed surgeries, dosage errors and interrupted drug studies, as well as deaths linked to the use of substitute antibiotics to which patients were resistant. “No patient care has been compromised at Fletcher Allen” because alternatives to unavailable drugs are found, says Bruce Leavitt, head of the hospital’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Chen says he has not heard reports of compromised patient care due to drug shortages. As for solutions, Chen says fundamental fixes must originate at the federal level, though he adds, “We should look for ways to create a system in Vermont that would lessen the effect.” Eardensohn was supposed to be protected from Doxil shortages. In June, Johnson & Johnson warned hospitals: No new patients should start on Doxil, but current ones would be given priority for the life-extending chemotherapy. After their attempts to secure the drug proved unsuccessful, Eardensohn’s doctors apparently lost faith in the company’s ability to deliver a steady supply. On August 26, three weeks after they sent her home without treatment, Dartmouth-Hitchcock switched Eardensohn to a different medicine.


hat’s causing the drug shortages currently plaguing America’s hospitals? Quality

Ea Locat l problems, including potentially deadly microbial contamination, caused more than half of the recent shortages in injectable drugs, according to the FDA. Other factors impacting the supply chain, according to government and nonprofit researchers, as well as pharmaceutical trade publications, include: cost-cutting manufacture, lack of raw ingredients, just-in-time production, Medicare price controls, discontinuation of less lucrative products, domestic and foreign outsourcing, substandard ingredients, and so-called “pay to delay” deals, in which makers of brand-name drugs with patents about to expire pay generic drug makers to delay marketing of generic versions. Johnson & Johnson insists that the Doxil shortage is not due to “quality” or “safety” problems. Instead, company spokeswoman Monica Neufang blames

for larger drug companies. As supplies become less reliable, a network of gray marketers is stepping in to fill the gap. These wholesalers operate outside normal pharmaceutical distribution channels but, for the most part, within the law. Gray marketers buy drugs in bulk at discount prices and resell them to other wholesalers who may sell them again, with prices hikes and profits accumulating like undercarriage dirt in mud season. The San Antonio Express-News recently reported a gray market drug sale that carried an “astounding markup of 6213 percent.” By monitoring recalls, plant closings, trade and government websites, the gray marketers can anticipate the market in order to stockpile and hoard potentially scarce drugs. And providers often feel they have no choice but to buy them:

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id Burlington just miss out on a slice of $650 million from the Carbon War Room climate-change partnership? A recent New York Times story makes you wonder. Lockheed Martin announced last week that it is partnering with Barclays bank to help lead a $650 million investment to make commercial buildings Burlin gton Mayor Bo b Kiss more energy efficient in Miami and Sacramento. The investment is a product of Lockheed’s role in the Carbon War Room, an international effort that brought the defense contractor to Burlington in late 2010. A September 19 Times story calls the deal “the most ambitious effort yet to jump-start a national market for energy upgrades that many people believe could eventually be worth billions.” The news comes just weeks after Lockheed backed out of an agreement with the city of Burlington thanks, in part, to a lengthy and emotional debate over whether the progressive-minded Queen City should get into bed with one of the world’s largest weapons makers. Burlington was chosen as one of 15 cities from around the world to take part in a 30-month challenge to develop new, market-driven solutions to combat climate change that would benefit the environment and investors’ bottom line. Mayor Bob Kiss said it’s unlikely Burlington would have been part of that specific investment deal, but he said the deal is an example of the resources and expertise that Carbon War Room offers. The biggest opponents of the Lockheed-Burlington partnership said they have no regrets. 

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he 1000-plus people who biked, hiked and bused to Montpelier for a climate change rally on September 24 may have been asking one another afterward, “So, did the planet move?” It might well have, but Vermont’s mainstream media wasn’t on hand to report on it. By ignoring this spirited gathering on the Statehouse lawn — one of more than 2000 worldwide “Moving Planet” day events organized by a coalition of groups including, Oxfam, the Sierra Club and Greenpeace — the daily papers, wire services, and radio and television outlets missed at least two important stories: • Vermonters are accelerating the momentum on climate change activism that got going in August when Middlebury’s Bill McKibben led a series of civil-disobedience sit-ins at the White House gates against the Tar Sands pipeline project. • Peter Shumlin gave a tub-thumper of a speech that surely qualifies him as the most radical of the 50 governors on environmental and clean-energy concerns. Shumlin linked Tropical Storm Irene’s destruction to climate change and the failure to develop alternatives to fossil fuels. Jabbing his finger into the air, Shumlin warned that the floods unleashed by Irene are “an example of what lies ahead for us.” Shumlin praised the White House demonstrators, saying, “When our brothers and sisters from this great green state, whether it’s Bill McKibben or all the people next to him, stand in Washington and are willing to sit behind bars for our future, we stand with them.” 


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“I thought it would be fun,” says DeWees. Besides, he was already in the area setting up a booth for the Tunbridge World’s Fair. “I don’t care how many people are here,” he adds. For DeWees, each new gig is an opportunity to connect with his existing, and potential, fan base — and to sell his brand. “That is why my business works,” he says. “It’s not because I’m funnier than that guy, or you … I’m 50. I could be doing this when I’m 80.” DeWees has done a lot in front of an audience — including posing naked for the cover of this publication — but he’s never sat frozen for an extended period of time. “It was almost relaxing,” he says later. When his second 15 minutes under the fluorescent lights are up, DeWees treats his WRJ onlookers to more typical Logger action: singing, strumming the guitar and flirting expertly with one of the prettier artists. “You ever see a muscle burp?” he asks her, before letting out a belch the instant he flexes his chiseled biceps. He compliments her red toenails, and she blushes. The Pixie spends most of the evening prancing around in bare feet, a black tank top festooned with fake autumn leaves and a red lace skirt, through which her black underwear is visible. She doesn’t talk much, but giggles incessantly, especially when sitting on DeWees’ lap for one pose. On a break from the mic, Whitten heads to the bar, which has apple-pie and toastedalmond cocktails on special. He muses on his hometown’s unique character. “When you walk into a haunted house, you know there are ghosts there because you can feel it,” he says. “That’s how I feel about White River Junction. There’s been so much travel here. You aren’t the first spirit to walk these streets.” A song ends, and Whitten dashes back to his post. Plugging October’s Dr. Sketchy session (theme: “Zombie Attack!”), as well as the branch’s first-ever short-story-writing contest, he poses a hypothetical scenario to DeWees over the mic: You’re about to be eaten by zombies. How would you prefer to die? DeWees gives the nonsensical question some thought and finally offers, “A bunch of M-80s up my butt.” Chuckles ripple through the room. Later, DeWees gives in to Whitten’s on-mic pleading and shows a little skin, rolling up his shirt to expose a rockhard six-pack. But there’s no hootin’ and hollerin’ from this crowd; the sketchers get right to the task at hand, transforming the Logger into a work of art. m courtesy of Monica Lamoureux


et’s get one thing out of the way: Rusty DeWees, the writeractor otherwise known as the Logger, did not get naked under the fluorescent lights of the White River Junction American Legion during his recent stint as a life-drawing model for Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School. It was the only disappointment of the night. Given the urban bar-scene origins of this art get-together, which has branches all over the world, a newcomer might expect a dimly lit cabaret vibe. Instead, imagine this scene: an enormous meeting room and bar with about as much ambiance as a school cafeteria. The lights buzz at full blast. Brown-and-yellow, diamond-patterned carpeting climbs all the way up the side of the bar. In the center of the room, a makeshift stage draped in black fabric is adorned with pumpkins; a wooden stump (the theme of the night is “Fall Fantasy”); and a perfectly still DeWees, all done up in his logger gear: ripped jeans, a shredded flannel shirt, scuffed boots, a black baseball cap and an ax. He takes turns with Caitlin Christiana, aka the Pixie, posing in 15-minute installments in Rusty DeWees front of about 15 sketchers of all ages. Meanwhile, an emcee blasts tunes, including “She’s a Beauty” and “The Final Countdown,” both of which elicit cheers. The scene is slightly ridiculous, but that’s what makes it so fun. Phoebe Buskey — or Miss Phoebe, as she is known in this crowd — is responsible for the WRJ gatherings, which she’s hosted every six weeks since February. The 40-year-old mother of four is a huge fan of author Neil Gaiman (he wrote Coraline, which became a 2009 stop-motion film). When she found out he was into Dr. Sketchy’s, she decided to start her own branch. Currently operating in more than 100 cities worldwide, Dr. Sketchy’s began in a Brooklyn dive bar in 2006, the brainchild of a 22-year-old art school dropout who wanted to create an unstuffy, cabaret-style environment where anybody could try a hand at drawing models, who are often in burlesque outfits and poses. Each branch is autonomous, but they all share a common vision. “The seedier the location, the better,” says Buskey. Her first WRJ event drew five people. These days, she says, as many as 18 are likely to show. Students come from the nearby Center for Cartoon Studies. Monica Lamoureux, an art-school grad now working for Norwich’s Stave Puzzles, attended the most recent event (her drawing of DeWees is pictured). So did Buskey’s parents, Tom and Judy Hunt, who’ve never missed it. Buskey grew up in White River Junction, as did the evening’s emcee, Leigh Whitten, and the branch’s resident photographer, Jon Smith, who documents the events. Buskey finds some models through Craigslist and reaches out to others directly. As for DeWees, she says, “I kind of emailed him on a whim.” She was surprised when he said yes.

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n friendships today, emotional investment can fall on a sliding scale. Which is to say that friendships are nothing like full-on, committed, romantic relationships — until, of course, that’s what they become. In the University of Vermont production of playwright Diana Son’s acclaimed Stop Kiss, the depiction of a friendship between two young women in the big, bad Big Apple illuminates an intimacy that transcends such labels as “friend,” “girlfriend” and “lover.” That these two women, who don’t identify as lesbians, find themselves sexually attracted to each other complicates their relationship so poignantly that the play, like them, defies easy categorizing.

Yes, it’s a drama — never more so than when an act of harrowing brutality brings the fledgling romance between traffic reporter Callie and elementary school teacher Sara crashing to Earth. But Stop Kiss is also, at times, as effervescent and funny as a romantic comedy. These contrasting tones earned the show critical praise when it debuted in 1998. The UVM production, directed by Gregory Ramos, embraces this central complexity and presents it effectively through lead actors Kari Buckley, as Callie, and Rachel Warren, as Sara. It’s not spoiling the play to disclose that its flash of UVM Theatre

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gamPo WicKenHeiSer’s “Brothers From Machu Picchu” uses slate slabs projecting from a granite base to suggest an Incan headdress. “Key,” by Jerry WilliamS, is exactly what its title indicates: a gigantic granite key laid horizontally on a stone pedestal with sides chiseled into chunky undulations. In “Crumby Art,” carver JoHn HicKory riffs on the psychedelic cartoons of R. Crumb to create a set of angles and curves that, Higby says, evokes Crumb’s “Keep on Truckin’” cartoon. These pieces were painstakingly lowered into place by an octogenarian crane operator, FranciS taSH, and a younger volunteer, Joe calcagni, whose ancestors established the Granite Corporation of Barre more than a century ago. Like the carvers, these two men are rock stars who “would not want to do anything second rate,” Higby says. “People are really proud that this is happening here.” The sculpture garden is likely to be a temporary installation, however. The city now owns the 18,000-square-foot site, and its leaders want to construct a threestory, $8 million building that might house a grocery store, gym and offices. Higby, who is using the lot with permission from Barre officials, says it’s OK with her if the sculpture park move eventually gives way to a multipurpose structure, though she plans to keep adding pieces — perhaps including a monumental work — over the next year or two. The five pieces currently on display are for sale, but Higby isn’t taking commissions, so “all the money rolls back to the carving studios,” she says.

illiam Faulkner’s famous line — “The past is never dead. It’s not even past” — applies at least as well to Barre, Vt., as it does to the author’s fictional Yoknapatawpha County in Mississippi. Reminders of bygone eras are everywhere. Until last year, for instance, the downtown lot alongside Studio Place artS held a 120-year-old building, most recently the site of the Coins & Hobbies Shop and a Brooks Pharmacy. Before that, notes SPA director Sue Higby, the structure — torn down in 2010 — was the home of Gorman’s, a sweets and tobacco shop fondly remembered by Barre old-timers as a spot to court and spark. Directly across the street lies Depot Square. Now little more than a parking lot, it was once Barre’s version of a piazza, says Higby, where, 80 years ago, the mainly Italian “master carvers would sit smoking and critiquing one another’s work.” The SPA impresario is paying homage to this past — and helping ensure it remains in the present — by seeding the former Brooks lot adjoining the gallery with five granite sculptures made by contemporary Barre carvers. Prominent among them is “Daddy’s Chair,” a one-ton block of white stone that’s been perfectly contoured to a sitter’s back and buttocks by giuliano ceccHinelli ii. A sign invites visitors to the month-old sculpture park to take a seat and make themselves comfortable. Nearby lies “The Supplicant,” by SoPHie bettmann-KerSon. It’s a female form carved in a prone, prayerful position, hands extended and cupped to hold the birdseed that the artist considers an integral part of her piece.

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violence coincides with Callie and Sara’s public display of affection. A mark of this play’s excellence is Son’s choice to structure events out of linear sequence, avoiding the conventional buildup to a tragic high point. Instead, each scene — 23 in all — invites the audience to witness a new development in Callie and Sara’s relationship. In the process, the play becomes about something much deeper than gay bashing. The prospect of missing out on necessary human intimacy comes to seem even more dangerous than a homophobe’s fist. For Ramos, a professor of theater at UVM with a particular interest in bringing diversity to the stage, Stop Kiss sounds a warning against becoming “complacent,” as he puts it, in the face of civil rights gains. “We tend to go through the day,” he says, “especially in places like Burlington, Vt., thinking that everything is really good: ‘It’s all good now, because gay people and lesbian people can be married.’ But, in fact, we live in a society where there are still daily biased incidences and violence perpetrated against people based on sexual orientation.” Yet Stop Kiss, like the relationship at its center, transcends the “gay play” label. Ramos calls it a coming-of-age story in its depiction of two people discovering who they are in a city rich with possibility. It’s also, he says, “a story about love and human intimacy, and how surprising and complex we are as human beings.” He notes that the play stands apart in dramatizing an intimate relationship between two women. Stop Kiss offers Ramos’ UVM cast and crew the advantages of a simple set — the bulk of the action takes place in Callie’s apartment — and characters close in age to the student actors. Buckley and Warren are well cast. They achieve a credible chemistry from beat to beat, clinging confidently to their characters across varied emotional terrain and evoking the vulnerability that their director says he watched for during auditions.

To be “in the moment” so consistently is a daunting challenge, given the play’s unconventional structure, with its dizzying temporal shifts. The actors hardly face that challenge alone. Costume designer and UVM professor Martin thaler counts 22 costume changes — some on stage, some off — for which he and his team are responsible. “The costume is the strongest visual statement for who a character is and what they stand for,” Thaler says. He points out the irony inherent in this truism: “Our job is to make the clothes disappear.” And, in some cases, reappear — like the pair of shoes Thaler says must be moved from place to place at least three times backstage for different entrances. He praises his student assistants, Mia haiMan and Grace trapnell, for executing their duties with an air of competence and calm they can transfer to actors who have less than a minute before their next entrance. To help his crew prepare for these lightning-quick changes, Thaler initiated dress rehearsals four days ahead of a typical schedule. That emphasis on preparedness, Thaler says, is one approach he shares with Ramos, with whom he worked on the Euro-romp La Ronde in 2007. In Stop Kiss, dressing the characters while covering the costumer’s tracks will be crucial to telling the story clearly and inviting the audience into the experience. “I want people to see themselves in these characters,” Thaler says. “[This production] is about a group of people creating something together and then giving it away. I think this play and production is such a beautiful gift to give.”m

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hunters brings along a Continental .600, a Holland & Holland .500 and a Winchester loaded with .375 Magnum shells, the last of which proves crucially inadequate against a T. rex. Ray Bradbury’s “A Sound of Thunder” (1952), about a similar expedition, specifies only the use of rifles and steel bullets. In the cheesy 1977 film The Last Dinosaur an ordinary hunting rifle is employed. This will never do. Don’t fret. I’ve found an entire e-book devoted to selecting the optimal weapon. It’s called rexGun by Stephen W. Templar, who explains he’s spent countless hours since childhood dreaming about shooting a T. rex. This has enabled him to come up with the following guidance: • In view of the giant reptile’s speed, agility and



t a meta level, the research department was impressed with your question, Jeramie. What with tsunamis, tornadoes and looming sovereign debt default, Little Ed observed, the past year has taught us to be ready for anything. Sure, meeting up with a T. rex on the bike path ranks low on the likely crisis list. However, the risk associated with box cutters was historically underestimated, too. Maybe so, Una riposted, but this guy is still a walking meat snack. Seriously, taking out a T. rex with a 9mm pistol? You might as well try it with an ice pick. Even with a 12-gauge shotgun you’d be taking a chance. What you want is a rifle, the weapon of choice for really big game. Lions, cape buffalo, rhinos, hippos and elephants have been successfully bagged with rifles for more than a century. Handgun aficionados will make bold claims for the .44 magnum revolver, and I’ve heard that poachers in central Africa fabricate 12-gauge “elephant guns” — rudimentary homemade shotguns loaded with double-power shells bearing solid lead slugs. These are said to be effective but only at close range. Call me timid, but if I’m facing off against T. rex, I want a lot of room.

stopping power, Templar has developed a metric for ammunition effectiveness he calls “Terminal Medicine,” abbreviated “T.Rx.” To reliably kill an adult tyrannosaurus, he asserts, your ammo must have a T.Rx value of at least 93. If you think the animal might be in heavy bush, wounded, or otherwise pissed off, you may need something with a T.Rx value of 106 or more. Templar’s top-rated cartridge is a 4-bore Nitro, a bratwurstsized round with a T.Rx score of 362 that looks like it’d punch through a brick wall. If you’d rather not have the recoil dislocate your shoulder, you can get by with the venerable .460 Weatherby, number 32 on his list, which posts a respectable 113. Ed meanwhile was perusing rexGun on a Kindle. Una, he said, this fellow Templar soberly describes an encounter with a living T. rex as though it actually happened. I can’t tell if this book is a put-on or the product of a disordered mind. Either way, it doesn’t seem like the best source of scientific information. Besides, how much can we really know about this beast, given that it’s been extinct for 65 million years? Despite its intimidating appearance, it may have had the disposition of a pussycat. Sort of like Rahm, only reversed. Ed, Una said, try not to be a conspicuous ignoramus. I acknowledge Templar’s book involves ample guessing and supposition. But if we removed these weapons from the analytical arsenal, half the Straight Dope archive would be blank. All I can say is, his results look plausible. If you’d rather trust to spitballs, lawn darts, or a 9mm Beretta, that’s up to you.

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here’s a print shop on North Avenue in Burlington with a million-dollar view of Lake Champlain that keeps a profile so low it’s all but invisible — except for the big white letters affixed to the clapboard exterior that spell out “The Star Press.” Passersby may wonder about the antiquated window displays of name cards and wedding invitations. Perhaps some pause to peer into the dimly lit interior, which suggests a set for a “Twilight Zone” episode about a ghostly enterprise that hasn’t seen a customer for decades. But the Star Press, situated midway between Burlington Police Department headquarters and the former site of Burlington College, is actually open for business almost every weekday, as it has been for the past 80 years. Push through Ted George’s front door to discover the tools and décor of a bygone era: gray wooden consoles sit atop a well-worn gray wooden floor. Within them, thin printer drawers contain blank and inked paper. Ancient and more modern offset and letterpress printing machines occupy the space, which is adorned with rows of posters for long-ago local events. One advertises $2 tickets for a Four Freshmen concert at UVM’s Patrick Gym. The jazz group’s first big hit was in 1952. At the rear of the shop, small, dusty windows offer a panoramic view of the lake and Adirondacks. George keeps one of his most noteworthy pieces of equipment tucked in a corner in the basement: a dustcovered 1916 foot-pedal printing press

Simon George began tinkering with the printing press the same summer that Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs and Charles Lindbergh flew solo from New York to Paris. that belonged to his father. A friend of Simon George gave it to him in 1927. The friend bought the press for $2, but had no place to store it. At the time, Simon George was a junior at Burlington’s Cathedral High School, which has since been torn down. At first, George stowed his friend’s small iron press in the basement of his family’s home at 55 North Avenue. He began tinkering with it the same summer Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs and Charles Lindbergh flew solo from New York to Paris. Just as Gutenberg had done with his world-changing invention nearly 500 years earlier, the teenager arranged and inked rows of movable type. When Simon George started printing name cards for classmates, his son relates, it caught the attention of Cathedral’s principal, the Rev. Robert Joyce, who called George into his office one day. George feared he was in trouble, but the priest had a job for him: Print 500 copies of a 5” by 7” text. George had no idea how to fill such an order in just a couple of days. He didn’t have enough type to run the job all at once, so he

nervously printed one part of the page, then another. When it came time to bill Joyce for the job, George grossly undercharged for his work, his son says. Joyce later became Burlington’s Roman Catholic bishop. That job marked the start of Simon George’s career — one that allowed him the freedom of self-employment. He never had to work for anyone else. Ted George can make the same claim. He inherited the Star Press — the brand name of that original 1916 printing press — after his father moved the shop to the building next door, where it remains today. Ted George and his two siblings were raised in one of the two upstairs apartments. These days George prints posters for city departments and long-established local companies, such as McKenzie of Vermont, while also turning out wedding invitations and business cards. He works on offset, as well as letterpress, machines. The latter gives Star Press its cachet among cognoscenti. Not many print shops operate

letterpresses these days, notes Sean Melinn, a technician at Vantage Press on North Street, which doesn’t offer the service. Melinn likes the old-fashioned machines, though, because, he says, “they can do things offset and digital presses can’t do,” such as printing the perforated cardboard flyers that hang on residential door handles. Melinn likens the difference between digital and letterpress to that between CDs and vinyl records. The latter crackle with character, he says. George, a trim 71 year old of Lebanese-French descent, says he wants to continue working as long as he’s able. “I’ve got lots of retired friends who don’t know what to do with themselves,” he says. George and his wife, Joyce, who keeps the business’ books, constitute the Star Press workforce. When a visitor asks whether he’s tempted to sell the property, which is right next to $300,000-plus condos, George smiles. “Maybe, if I can get my price,” he replies. One of his upstairs tenants has asked for the chance to bid first on the building. “The views up there are even better,” he says. “But I’m not in any hurry to leave.” m

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arling Hill, in the Northeast Kingdom town of Lyndonville, is one of those places they call God’s country. But, judging from the way some of the hill’s residents are talking, God is a shortsighted steward of his kingdom and a homophobe, to boot. Across the nation, an increasingly tight coalition of the Christian and economic factions of the Right has installed that same mean deity in a new trinity, atop the freedom to hate and the holiest of holies, property rights. This Lyndonville story began in 2007, when Joan and Richard Downing built a 24-foot cross next to their Chapel of the Holy Family on Darling Hill. The cross was lit from inside — so brightly, neighbors complained, that it outshone the very stars in the sky. In 2008, Lyndon’s Development Review Board ordered the Downings to take the cross down, but allowed them to put up a more modest one — about half the size, without lights. This, however, was not acceptable. The couple’s was one of three “Crosses of Dozulé” in Vermont, and many more worldwide, named for a French town where Christ is believed to have appeared numerous times. According to the Downings, as quoted in an AP story, Jesus gave instructions about the crosses: They must “become lights in order to question hearts that are obscure.” Never mind the Stations of the Cross, the Rosary Garden and numerous other religious attractions on the Downings’ 800-plus acres, also home to a spa and beef-cattle farm. Without the voltage in the Dozulé Cross, God’s word would be flouted, they suggested — and their religious freedom as Catholics infringed. The Downings hired attorney L. Brooke Dingledine to appeal the board’s decision (that review was rejected) and, when the Agency of Natural Resources denied an Act 250 permit, to appeal that to the state environmental court. Dingledine — whose name shows up as counsel to every third company seeking to construct some giant thing in some unspoiled rural place — appears to be driven by a vision of her own: a state entirely obscured by immense, unsightly structures. Consistent with this mission, Dingledine recently introduced new evidence, along with the First

good. “It would be a holiday for the judge to go through the luscious green pastures of constitutional law,” Montpelier lawyer and former Deputy Secretary of State Paul Gillies told me. The holiday probably will end as soon as the clerk looks up the legal precedent, however. “The rule in zoning is equal protection,” a spokesman for Americans United for Separation of Church and State told me. “Whatever regulations apply to other structures also apply to religious structures.” If you can’t light the windmill on your minigolf course, you can’t light your replica of Noah’s Ark, either. This is unlikely to assuage the Downings’ feeling of religious injury. Judging from the comments on news sites that have covered the case, their supporters will continue to feel the pain — and a lot of anger — too. Nor will an affirmation of equal protection quiet the rhetoric sounding from the Right. In Citrus County, Fla., for instance, the federal designation of Kings Bay as a sanctuary for wintering manatees has drawn fury from the local Tea Party. Banning speedboats would contravene not only beachfront property owners’ rights, its members say, but also biblical and constitutional precepts. “We cannot elevate nature above people,” Edna Mattos, leader of the Citrus County Tea © Berg


On the public uses and abuses of emotion bY Judith Levine

God is a shortsighted steward of his kingdom and a homophobe, to boot.

Amendment argument, in the Downings’ appeal: that the Sheffield wind farm — 16 400-foot turbines, slated for completion by Thanksgiving — is in the same viewshed, and this should change the court’s consideration of the cross. In other words, the view got ugly. Let’s make it uglier. The Lyndon board and state Agency of Natural Resources ignored the freedomof-religion argument. But the e-court judge could choose to pay attention to it. Any Vermont court may consider state constitutional issues. It happens all the time in environmental court — where the case starts anew and the date of the judge’s ruling is anybody’s guess — though the articles usually at issue are the ones that treat the conflict between private property rights and the common

Party Patriots, told the St. Petersburg Times. “That’s against the Bible and the Bill of Rights.” The Left used to take heart from the fissure between the “moral” Right and the economic Right — Jerry Falwell on the one hand, say, and Grover Norquist on the other. But that split is more than healed. Now Scripture is routinely quoted to show that taxation impedes the family’s biblically ordained duty to care for its own, God is the protector of private property, and environmental regulation usurps man’s dominion over the Earth and its creatures. (The “evangelical environmentalists” show no sign of persuading their brethren on this last point.) Back in Lyndonville, religion is also being dragged out to bolster sexual discrimination. Up the road from the Chapel of the Holy Family is the Wildflower Inn. Its owners, Jim and Mary O’Reilly, go way back with the Downings: From the 1980s to 2002, the two families ran a real estate development firm turned innoperating corporation together,* and their websites still link. A person might surmise they’re conferring on their legal troubles. As you may remember, the Wildflower refused to host a wedding when the owners learned the betrothed were both women — and, it turns out, they’d done it before. The ACLU sued the inn for breaking Vermont’s Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Act, and the defense recently responded. The ACLU’s claim is moot, it said, because the statute itself is unconstitutional: It violates the O’Reillys’ “free-exercise” rights under both the Vermont and U.S. Constitutions. Free exercise, that is, of religion — they are Catholic — though the word religion isn’t used. Historically, God’s will has been invoked to justify all manners of evil, including slavery. This time, Vermont’s courts may reject the hallowing of hatred or land use by divine commandment. But if Darling Hill is God’s country, for democracy’s sake somebody should revoke God’s constitutional rights. m * Thanks to Jack Hoffman for the research.

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uring the Great Flood of 1927, the Mad River turned furious and jumped its banks in Moretown, trapping scores of townspeople in low-lying houses. According to local lore, elderly residents too sick or frail to cross the swiftly moving current needed help with evacuation. However, most of the village’s horses were too spooked by the swirling eddies and floating debris to wade into the floodwaters. So a blind horse was led from house to house to ferry people to safety. “Something about that story just gets me,” says Moretown resident John Schultz, 62, as he surveys the remains of his family home on Main Street. He and his wife, Annette, bought the place where they live with their daughter, Megan, in 1972. Since then, the property has served as a bed and breakfast and a ski school; the adjacent garage housed Schultz’s machine shop. On August 28, the house underwent what Megan calls a “forced remodel” at the hands of Tropical Storm Irene. Within hours, floodwaters rose precipitously. Schultz says he knew they were in deep trouble when neighboring Doctor’s Brook, normally a docile rivulet that feeds the Mad River, began flowing backward and advancing up the lawn. Weeks later, piles of waterlogged furniture languish behind the house in the afternoon sun. Some can be saved, but most are destined for the landfill. The rest of the family’s salvaged belongings are stacked on shelves in the stand-alone garage. Others were accidentally discarded by well-intentioned volunteers, who threw away intact possessions along with ruined ones. “It hurt at the time, but a day or so later, you say, ‘Screw it,’” says Schultz. “You hate to lose even more to the chaos, but that’s life.” In the 1970s, Schultz launched his business Super Thin Saws in this garage. He later moved it to its current Waterbury location, which also flooded last month. Most recently, the garage housed Megan’s wedding- and event-planning business. That, too, was obliterated by water, mud and silt that reached the ceiling fixtures. Amid all the family’s anguish and tears, Schultz recalls a few surreal, even comical, moments. Days after the storm, and long after the road into Moretown was passable, a military helicopter landed, unannounced, behind the house. Its crew dropped off several cases of bottled water and some bandages, then flew off. Moretown wasn’t the most devastated place in Vermont, but it got its share of Irene’s wrath. In all, 65 homes

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SITTING inLIMBO were damaged or destroyed in this central Vermont town of just 1600 people. The historic town hall flooded, as did the firehouse, which was under eight feet of water. Now, Moretown is a microcosm of what’s happening all across Vermont, where state officials estimate that between 700 and 800 homes were destroyed or suffered major damage. Most of the rescuers and volunteers who descended on Moretown immediately after the storm are gone, leaving behind residents and town officials to pick up the pieces. Few here are openly critical of the initial disaster response from the state or the Federal Emergency Management Agency. But some residents embarking on the reconstruction process seem to feel like that blind horse in the ’27 flood, forging through the wreckage but not knowing where their next step will

As Moretown’s Irene victims rebuild, many fear the devil is in FEMA’s details b y K e n P i c ar d

land. They know enough to be anxious about the unknown, such as the conditions FEMA may impose on individuals, businesses and towns. They’re discovering that those conditions can vary from block to block, even house to house. And that unpredictability has left many on Moretown’s 100-year floodplain — those with or without flood insurance — wringing their hands as they await official word from FEMA. To make matters worse, FEMA assistance has for the past week hung in the balance as legislators bickered over the funding of federal agencies, threatening yet again to bring the government to a halt. But on Monday, FEMA indicated

that it could get through the rest of the budget year with the $114 million remaining in its coffers. The Senate was then able to agree to a deal that will provide a seven-week extension of financing for other government agencies. On the recent September day when I visit, reliable information is in short supply. Earlier this morning, Schultz heard from neighbors that if FEMA declares his house more than 50 percent damaged, he may be forced to fill in his basement with sand or concrete, perhaps even elevate the house and garage by several feet. Schultz estimates that would cost at least $200,000, more than he owes on the mortgage.

FEMA urges anyone whose home or business was affected by Tropical Storm Irene to register for disaster assistance by calling 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) or visiting Calling confers no obligation to register, but the deadline to do so in Vermont is October 31, 2011.

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An engineer friend who toured the house assured Schultz that FEMA would be hard-pressed to declare it even 15 percent damaged; aside from personal belongings, most of what got ruined was Sheetrock, flooring, wiring, insulation and a few kitchen appliances, including the oven and refrigerator. But even as he waits to receive word from FEMA, Schultz is already strategizing his next move. “If they say we have to lift the building and fill in the foundation, I’m going to fight it,” he says. “If you pay off the mortgage, that becomes equity. If you raise the building, you just pissed it down a rat hole.” FEMA’s damage-assessment team, due this morning, hasn’t arrived yet, so Schultz still has many unanswered questions. For example, he wonders whether the 50 percent damage estimate will be based on the house’s market value or its assessed value for tax purposes. (FEMA’s answer, I learn later: assessed value.) Schultz is also thinking of paying off his entire mortgage and not accepting any FEMA assistance. He reasons that, if the bank has no financial stake in the house, he can do with it as he pleases. But he wonders if FEMA, the state or the town can still require him to rebuild according to federal flood-hazard mitigation standards. (FEMA’s answer: yes.) Then there’s the issue of historic structures. Schultz, whose house was built in 1820, suspects that Moretown is a historic village, but it’s listed on neither the national nor the Vermont register of historic places. (That week, town officials offered conflicting answers about the designation.) Will FEMA still require Schultz to elevate a historic house, fill in the cellar or both? (FEMA’s answer: It depends.) “Some people in town are saying, ‘Let’s wait and see what happens,’” Schultz says. “I’m like, ‘No, let’s be proactive.’ We don’t really know what’s going to happen yet.” Across Main Street from the Schultzes’ home is a recently repainted house that, at first glance, seems largely unscathed. However, closer inspection reveals that the attached garage/mud room has separated from the main house and slid off its foundation. The steps to the covered front porch are gone, replaced by a rickety wooden stepladder. On the door, a sign-up sheet for disaster volunteers reads “Open House.” Only upon entering the house does one grasp the sign’s double meaning. The owner, John DiCarlo, 63, stands on a staircase leading to the second floor wearing a dust mask, scrubs and an exhausted expression. At the bottom of the 09.28.11-10.05.11 SEVEN DAYS 32 FEATURE

steps, nearly the whole floor is gone; only exposed crossbeams indicate where the living room, dining room and kitchen once were. Otherwise, it’s a sheer drop to the cellar below. DiCarlo, who has owned this house for 36 years, sweeps dust off the stairs in a tidying effort that, to an observer, seems akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. He and his wife, Pam Becker, spent much of the summer fixing up this 1870-vintage house: It had a hightank toilet, claw-foot tub, refurbished doors, two-level deck. “It was beautiful,” DiCarlo laments. Now he’s surrounded by an empty shell that, like a movie set, is all façade and no interior. The couple was lucky enough to have flood insurance coverage, but there’s little they can do yet. “Basically, we’re on hold until FEMA makes its determination,” DiCarlo says. A data-gathering team from FEMA stopped by earlier in the day, he explains, but a separate damage-assessment team is due back later to walk through the house, or what’s left of it. DiCarlo was told his home might be deemed more than 50 percent damaged, which could mean he must fill in the basement. However, one FEMA worker who came with the first group told him he won’t need to jack up the house, a spot of good news. Despite his flood insurance coverage, DiCarlo has been told he cannot begin construction yet, inside or out, without a building permit. Town officials won’t issue them until FEMA completes its damage assessments. “I hope it’s a fairly rapid decision,” DiCarlo sighs. Delays aside, DiCarlo expresses no bitterness toward the federal disaster agency. “I’ve actually been pretty impressed with how FEMA is responding,” he says. “We filled out their forms, and within a couple days they had an inspector here ... When you’re a homeowner, you’d love quick answers. But they’ve got a monumental job to do.” Such bonhomie isn’t shared by DiCarlo’s neighbor on the opposite side of Doctor’s Brook. There, a small house sits with one wall of its foundation fully exposed by the flood. It’s the home of Meriden Nelson, a 72-year-old native Vermonter who’s lived in the house for 37 years, much of it with his wife, who died six years ago. Nelson answers the door in a black baseball cap and gray T-shirt featuring an image of a deer in the crosshairs of a hunter’s scope. Built like a fire hydrant, Nelson offers the meaty handshake of someone who’s done physical labor most of his life. Indeed, for years before his

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It hurt at the time, but a day or so later, you say,

“Screw it.” J o h n S c h ultz

retirement, Nelson served as the custodian at Moretown Elementary School; he also plowed streets in the winter. The morning after the flood, as residents and volunteers slogged through mud and muck, Nelson fired up the town’s front-end loader and cleared the streets and sidewalks before attending to his own needs. Nelson sits down on an overturned bucket and offers me the only other seat in the house: a milk crate. The first floor is gutted and stripped to the subflooring. With all the insulation gone, a light breeze blows through what was once Nelson’s main living quarters. The house, built in 1841, has survived two earlier floods, Nelson reports. In ’27, the owners chained it to trees across the road to keep it from washing off its foundation. Afterward, it was raised three feet. This time, floodwaters rose nearly four feet up the first-floor wall, Nelson says, pointing to the high-water mark on a window screen.

Hours earlier, a FEMA representative told Nelson he’ll probably need to fill in most of the basement, leaving just a four-foot crawl space. Nelson shakes his head and smiles. He had homeowner’s insurance but no flood insurance, despite living in the 100-year floodplain. “Can’t afford it,” he says matter-of-factly. As a result, Nelson’s insurance won’t cover any of his losses. With only $30,000 in the bank, he expects he’ll exhaust it all rebuilding. Still, the retiree insists he won’t take a dime of FEMA’s money because he doesn’t want to play by its rules. “I only got four weeks to get in here before winter. I’m not gonna live with my son all winter long. That’s a burden on him,” Nelson says, arms crossed defiantly. “I’m just gonna keep going, whether I’m right or wrong ... I’ll rebuild and fight the consequences later.”


looding is the most common form of natural disaster in the United States, and the one that claims the most lives each year. In 1968, Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a division of FEMA that provides federally backed flood insurance to qualifying businesses and individuals. NFIP encourages smart development in flood-prone areas and provides affordable insurance to homeowners there. Areas that have at least a 1 percent chance of flooding each year are considered “special flood hazard areas,” more commonly referred to as the “100year floodplain.” Jim Bruni handles floodplain management and insurance for NFIP. According to him, about 80 percent of Vermont’s housing stock was built before federal floodplain maps were even made. Bruni can’t comment on particular cases, such as Nelson’s, but he can talk about the consequences of one

The magic number, Bruni elaborates, is 50 percent. If a home is in the 100year floodplain, and if it’s more than 50 percent damaged and if it’s not a historic structure, FEMA may require a homeowner to rebuild according to federal flood-hazard mitigation standards — or not at all. In some cases, homeowners may be asked to relocate out of future harm’s way to continue to qualify for federal flood insurance. Should that be necessary, Bruni says, the state will set up a buyout program. Scary as that sounds, Bruni stresses that such worst-case scenarios are surprisingly rare. Although he has no definitive numbers yet, he predicts that fewer than 5 percent of all homes damaged by Irene in Vermont will even reach the 50 percent threshold. Moreover, Bruni points out that FEMA’s damage assessments are by no means the last word. Homeowners are allowed to hire their own contractors to perform those assessments, provided that they’re deemed “reputable.” In this and virtually all other cases, homeowners have the right to appeal FEMA determinations. How is Moretown faring? Thus far, Bruni says, the preliminary numbers look promising. Though he’s not at liberty to disclose house-by-house data, he says FEMA assessment teams haven’t identified one house in Moretown that’s reached the 50 percent mark. Bruni qualifies his comments by noting that he’s referring strictly to stick-built houses. Mobile homes, he says, are an entirely different story.


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n Moretown, residents of the town’s small mobile-home park were spared major flood damage. The same cannot be said for those of Weston’s Mobile Home Park in nearby Berlin, most of whom experienced severe flooding. They include 64-year-old Sandra Gaffney, who says she just bought her trailer, the first home she’s ever owned, one year ago. Gaffney left her trailer on the day of the storm because she feared for her own safety and that of the developmentally disabled client with whom she lives. Only hours after evacuation, she saw photos of her trailer on Facebook, under eight feet of water. Like many mobile-home residents across Vermont, Gaffney feels as though she is being “left out of the loop” in the rebuilding process. A major concern, Gaffney says, is the expense mobile-home owners will face in disposing of wrecked trailers, which can run upward of $4000 per unit. Last week, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott

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homeowner ignoring FEMA rules, which can ripple through an entire community. Bruni, who’s from Portland, Maine, is based in FEMA’s Joint Field Office in Burlington but spends much of his time in the field assessing damaged properties, including those in Moretown. He’s eager to answer questions, dispel rumors and convey accurate information to those affected by the storm. Those are some of FEMA’s biggest challenges right now, he says, along with getting people to register with FEMA at all. In many cases, Bruni says, town officials are as much in the dark as their constituents. “Most of the flood administrators and zoning administrators are part-timers who’ve never experienced anything like this,” Bruni explains. “So, they’re totally out of their element, swamped and stressed out.” For the purposes of Irene rebuilding, Bruni isn’t dealing with anyone whose home lies outside the 100-year floodplain. As he explains, neither FEMA nor NFIP can impose conditions on rebuilding those houses when they were damaged by the storm, whether homeowners accept federal assistance or not. When one owner of a structure inside the 100-year floodplain decides to buck the system, however, and local officials look the other way, consequences can be grave. “[That owner] can jeopardize the whole town’s ability to be a member in good standing with NFIP,” Bruni explains. “If they’re sanctioned because they’re not enforcing the NFIP [rules], no one in town can get flood insurance. And that’s a biggie.” Bruni emphasizes that homeowners should not assume FEMA is condemning houses or telling people which ones cannot be rebuilt. As he puts it, “We don’t make that decision. We just run the numbers for the town.” But, for some homeowners, the conditions the agency can impose would make rebuilding cost prohibitive. Currently, FEMA’s “substantial damage assessors” are out surveying structures across the state. They’re like real estate appraisers, Bruni explains, evaluating the condition of each house based on 12 different criteria, including its foundation, utilities, plumbing, floors, roofing, kitchen cabinets, doors, windows and so forth. For each category, the assessors — like nuns, they always travels in twos — assign a value to the damage incurred, ranging from zero to 100 percent. “So we punch all this data into the software, press a button and boom! It spits out a number,” Bruni says.

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t’s 9:30 on a Sunday morning, and Brenda Hartshorn is putting the finishing touches on an evening meal. It’s odd timing, but Hartshorn has a date with a motorcycle and some fall foliage and wants to get this task out of the way. She grabs a chicken breast and slathers it with a knifeful of garlicky pub cheese. On top of the spread, Hartshorn adds a slice of Swiss cheese and a sliver of Black Forest ham. Then she rolls up the breast, dredges it in egg and coats it in bread crumbs. The kitchen in Hartshorn’s Duxbury home is like an assembly line, each chicken breast emerging identical to the one before it. Hartshorn, who’s been cooking for her family for years, chats as she works and doesn’t bother consulting a cookbook. She could prepare this dish in her sleep. It’s a skill that comes in handy when she’s supplying the Moretown

victims working to rebuild their lives and livelihoods. Most of these food donations are impromptu, much like the neighborly ones that arrive after a pregnancy or an illness. But in some communities, like Moretown, the meal trains are organized affairs, with scores of volunteers lined up to cook. Food is the most obvious way to sustain a community. The Moretown meal train is the brainchild of Michelle Beard, who became the town’s de facto food coordinator after the storm. In the immediate wake of Irene, the town gathered for big lunches and dinners, catered events featuring food donated by nearly 20 area businesses Beard helped to marshal. One night, a mobile pizza kitchen from Open Hearth Pizza rolled into town to make pies. Another night, the community gathered to indulge in a lobster dinner, with crustaceans




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donated by a Maine lobsterman who grew up in Moretown. Once things settled down and the pace of work slowed, the community meals tapered off. But, says Beard, there were people who still needed those meals — families whose kitchens had been destroyed, whose houses were uninhabitable, or who were just plain exhausted from all the gutting and hauling. So she set up a meal train, seeing it as the next logical step. Beard’s call for volunteers yielded more than 20 people willing to cook for the 11 families who needed help. “There’s no end to people who are willing to cook for another family,” she says. Hartshorn, a teacher at Moretown Elementary School for the past 29 years, volunteered to cook because it was a way she could help by doing what she loves, she says. She’s been cooking since she was a little girl, so doubling a recipe or making an extra pie is no trouble. In the beginning, Hartshorn cooked a



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living in Fayston. She tries to involve the pair in meal planning so they can get exactly what they want. If they’re tired of lasagna or dying for an apple pie, Hartshorn wants to know. Over the weeks, Hartshorn has prepared vegetable lasagna; stuffed zucchini squash with rice and wheat germ; and her version of chicken Cordon Bleu. She cooks with leftovers in mind. For dessert, she’s made an apple crisp drizzled in maple syrup, a honey cake with dried cherries and walnuts, and a couple of batches of chocolate-chip cookies. Each of the meals comes with a fruit plate, homemade bread and butter, and a few chocolate truffles. With the most recent meal, Hartshorn included a jar of her mother’s spiced currant jam. Hartshorn downplays her contribution, saying she would be making meals for herself and Wallace, anyway. Plus, she says, “I like to cook, and I figure they need the full meal from beginning to end.” Currently, the number of families still receiving meals from the

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Moretown meal train has dropped to six. Howland Brown’s family is one of those. Brown is just starting to put his house back together after Irene; he’s installing new insulation and has had workers come out to do electrical jobs. The long hours that he and his wife, Beki Auclair, devote to rebuilding make it difficult to cook anything beyond a meal from a box. But, with two children, eating well matters to them. “It’s taken off a burden,” Brown says of the meal train. “It’s a really nice feeling at the end of the day to come home to a nice meal.” So far the family, currently living in a neighbor’s house, has received hearty lasagnas with salad and garlic bread, Moroccan chicken with fresh mozzarella and sliced vegetables, lentil soup, and a whole roast chicken. Brown says he didn’t know a handful of the people who cooked for his family when they

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t is the dirtiest joke ever told. And it became famous in the immediate aftermath of one of America’s greatest tragedies. The Friars Club in New York City is renowned for its celebrity roasts. But the organization had understandable reservations about proceeding with a roast of Playboy magazine magnate Hugh Hefner that was scheduled to take place a mere three weeks after September 11, 2001. Would it really be appropriate to host a lowbrow comedy show celebrating the world’s most famous smut peddler while the city’s grief was so fresh? Showbiz axioms notwithstanding, must the show really go on? The answer was yes. By most accounts, the Hefner roast was palpably uncomfortable. Most of the comics were tentative about making jokes, and the audience was skittish about laughing at them. Even Hef himself, the living embodiment of laid-back American cool, seemed ill at ease on the dais — and not because of any bawdy comedic zings. It was probably the most awkward roast in history. That is, until Gilbert Gottfried stepped onto the stage. The squinty comic with the nailson-a-chalkboard voice was bombing, and an ill-conceived joke about the Twin Towers turned an already tense audience against him. Then something remarkable happened. Gottfried, realizing he was well past

the point of no return, changed course and delivered a transcendent version of “The Aristocrats,” a longtime standup comedy staple and, as documented in the 2005 film of the same name, widely regarded as the world’s filthiest joke. Whether out of awe or sheer revulsion at Gottfried’s cartoonishly blue telling, the audience turned its groans to guffaws, its boos to belly laughs. By the time he delivered the joke’s corny punch line, the entire mood of the evening had shifted. For at least one fleeting moment, the crowd remembered that, even in the face of unspeakable horror, it was still OK to laugh. This Friday, September 30, a group of local comedians hopes to evoke a similar response from audiences at Laugh-In for Brand-Aid. The comedy showcase at the Brandon Town Hall benefits BrandAid, a flood-relief fund for businesses in Brandon, one of several towns in Vermont severely affected by Tropical Storm Irene. Comedian Tony Bates, 52, organized the show and will serve as the emcee for the evening. He says comedy has a universal appeal other forms of entertainment simply can’t offer. “You and I can disagree about what kind of music we’d pay to see,” says Bates, a middle school teacher in Middlebury who owns rental properties in Brandon. “But everybody loves to laugh.” Colin Ryan agrees. The





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Burlington-based comedian, a runner- comedy is that you don’t necessarily up at this year’s Higher Ground Comedy have to address the room or any specific Battle, will close the Brandon showcase. moment,” he says. “You just have to be He says he hopes the show will remind funny.” those affected by the storm that it’s However, Ryan does have a typically important to maintain a good sense of awkward personal experience with humor, even or, perhaps, especially in Irene on which to draw. He spent the dark hours. storm stranded with strangers at, of all “It’s OK to laugh,” he says. Ryan is a places, a monastery in Weston where he storytelling comic whose jokes typically was taking a short vacation. evolve from awkward personal life ex“It was weird,” he says. “Shit got real.” periences. He says that comedy helped He’s unsure if he’ll use his experience as him embrace his own social inelegance. joke fodder for the show, however. “There is a transformative quality to Bates offers another viewpoint on humor,” he says. “It changes the experi- addressing Irene head-on. ence. Within pain, there is the possibil“Comedians, in a weird way, can say ity for humor.” that the emperor has no clothes,” says Ryan uses his most crippling per- Bates. “They can tell the truth, what sonal worry as an example. people are thinking, whether it’s a joke “As a single, childless man, my great- about your wife, or your job, or maybe est fear in society is a flood. I’m making you someone thinking I’m explore a dark place in being creepy,” he says. your head to make you “But I’ve found a lot of laugh.” humor in that and real“It’s always a fine ized, by talking about line,” says Lynch. He it, that I’m not the only observes that, ultione.” mately, any situation Pat Lynch is a vethas the potential for eran local comic who humor, provided the coliN RYAN , comEDi AN will perform at Friday’s comedian can put it in showcase. He sees a proper framework. comedy as the most effective means for “Context, with every joke, is imporhim to pitch in and help with the Irene tant. And Irene is certainly no exceprecovery effort. tion,” he explains. Then he adds, “But “Some people can build houses; this seems like an opportunity to talk others can build roads or bridges,” he about something that isn’t the hurrisays. “I’m not good at any of that stuff. cane, to remember the bigger picture.” But I can tell jokes.” Bates, who has Irene-related mateLynch agrees with Ryan that comedy rial planned for the show, cautions that can help put tragedy in perspective. an off-color joke is almost always a risk, “Comedy offers people a chance to and its success can depend on the crowd. get away and focus on the bigger pic- As an example, he points out that a joke ture, that there is life after all this,” he that goes over well in parts of the South says. “The cleanup will still be there might not elicit the same response from tomorrow,” he continues. “But I think a northern audience with more delicate people do get tired of being down on PC sensibilities. But how about a waterthemselves. So this is a chance to hope- logged, flood-weary crowd? fully turn that around, if only for an “You have to know your audience,” evening.” Bates concedes. Then, without skipUsing comedy as catharsis is one ping a beat, he quips, “By the way, did thing, but is there really anything funny you hear what Irene did to the city of about the storm? Rutland? “I don’t know that there is anything “Hundreds of thousands of dollars in funny about Irene,” says Ryan. “But the improvements.” fact that we’re getting together to laugh Too soon? m about what’s funny about life because of the hurricane … that creates the possibility for something great.” Laugh-In for Brand-Aid, featuring Tony Bates, Colin Ryan, Pat Lynch, Chad Ryan adds that the point of the Smith, John Lyons and Kit Rivers, is this Brand-Aid benefit is not so much findFriday, September 30, 7:30 p.m. at the ing humor in the storm, specifically. Brandon Town Hall. $10 donation. Info, Rather, it’s about finding humor, period. 989-8124. “One thing I’ve learned doing



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ast week in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy opened its Solar Decathlon, a biennial collegiate competition to design and build completely solar-powered houses. Twenty finalists from universities all over the world trucked their creations to the Mall and reassembled them into a futuristic neighborhood that’s open to the public for a week. A panel is currently judging the houses on a variety of measures, including market appeal, engineering and — new this year — affordability. The big news for Vermont is that Middlebury College made the cut. The team is currently exhibiting Self-Reliance, a 1000-square-foot dwelling styled in a streamlined version of the Vermont farmhouse vernacular, with a 7.2-kilowatt solar array on its gabled roof. Construction costs came in at just over $250,000, which will earn the house nearly full points in the affordability category. Featured on PBS’ “Nightly Business Report” this summer, Midd’s creation is rightly getting serious national attention. Meanwhile, a different solar house is coming to life on the Norwich University campus in Northfield, and not getting nearly as much press. The private military institution has a master’s in architecture program — the only nationally accredited one in Vermont, Maine or New Hampshire — but Norwich’s solar house, like Midd’s, is an undergraduate project. Sited on a back field, the unfinished structure is all flat roofs and industrial-chic design. Narrow-cut, rough-sawn pine boards sheathe a rectangular core. Two smaller modules attached to either side are clad in corrugated sheets of galvanized metal. Solar panels, when they are installed, will look entirely appropriate. Even the house’s name has an edgy, industrial feel: RAE[V]. Pronounced “rave,” the acronym stands for Renewable Adaptable Eco-Housing [Vermont]. RAE[V]’s first iteration didn’t make it into the 2011 Decathlon, so in November, the university team will resubmit it for the 2013 competition. Whether or not it ends up on the Mall that year, however, the house is noteworthy for calling into question the DOE’s definition of “affordable.” “This is not real estate. This is realistic estate,” says architecture professor Danny

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Sagan with a grin. He and two colleagues in the department, fellow assistant prof Matt Asked if the DIY touch might earn RAE[V] fewer market-appeal points, Lutz demurs. Lutz and adjunct Steve Kredell, have met on site to give a tour. The architects are “You’ve got your coffee mug in one hand, and you go out and turn the handle one revoluamong a panoply of professors across disciplines, including Edwin Schmeckpeper in tion each morning,” he says. “It’s a way for people to think about the power they use.” engineering and Michael Puddicombe in business and management, who are advising Choosing accessible, affordable materials hasn’t meant compromising on aesthetics. the democratically-led student team, which consists of architecture, engineering, con- On close inspection, for example, one notices that the pine boards don’t overlap but sepastruction-engineering-management and even public-policy majors. RAE[V] may not look rately line an outer exterior skin. Each board’s beveled top edge is painted brick red in “quintessentially Vermont,” the architects note, but it’s being designed and constructed contrast with the wood’s natural color. From a distance, the detail heightens the impresdown to the last detail with Vermonters — and their budgets — in mind. sion of texture. And, against their professors’ recommendations, the students voted to Bolstering this point, Lutz starts the tour by producing a copy of the “2010 Vermont spend countless hours mitering the corners where the boards meet rather than joining Housing Needs Assessment.” The report, drawn up by them with L-brackets — an easier but less elegant lookthe Vermont Housing and Finance Agency, focuses on ing technique. Vermont’s 55,000 “lower-income” households — that For a mass-produced version of the structure, though, is, households of renters or owners who make less than such labors of love will have to be eliminated in order to $41,000 a year. keep costs under $110,000 a house. The team has identiAccording to the report, these families’ housing costs fied three local builders who are willing to make a bid on eat up an untenable portion of their income: a third to, in the house, minus mitering and painted edges, for actual 20,000 cases, half. As Gina Fantoni, a junior architecture mass production once construction plans are finalized. major who worked on RAE[V] this summer, estimates, RAE[V]’s metal details signal more attention to “about half of Vermont residents can’t afford their housaesthetics. The windows’ minimal metal frames on the ing.” Whatever the stats, it’s clear that many Vermonters wood-clad core were left unsealed because the students can’t afford a $250,000 home, no matter how much it liked the look of rust-colored runoff from rain. And saves on energy costs. instead of a mundane downspout to drain the slightly Enter RAE[V], a house that embraces a different tilted roof, students chose a truncated metal spout that Vermont vernacular. That corrugated metal is ubiquiempties water at the roofline, where it travels down the tous on area barns and sheds, and it’s inexpensive. Plus, side of the house in an exposed metal channel. it has no maintenance costs. The rough-sawn pine is 50 “The ‘Vermont vernacular’ is gables for some,” Mat t L utz, No r w ic h Un ive r sity cents a board foot at a nearby lumber supplier, accordKredell offers. “We think it’s more about craft and ing to Sagan. The two “plug-in modules” attach to either heightening the beauty of local materials and products.” side of the house’s core with $10 lag bolts. Though the students are currently rethinking Craft — not just design — is integral to architecture undergraduates’ training at the modules for greater adaptability, the idea is that they can be added, subtracted or Norwich. The program is known for its hands-on approach. “We learned all kinds of switched around as the family within grows or shrinks. power tools; we basically learned how a house goes together,” Fantoni says of her work With the plug-ins, the house is 1000 square feet, the maximum for Decathlon houses. It’s on RAE[V]. The field experience gives students “a new appreciation for materiality,” says being designed to cost $110,000, which includes the cost of a four-kilowatt solar array, Lutz says. Kredell. “And water,” Sagan adds wryly: An earlier version of the roof leaked. Like all competition houses, RAE[V] connects to the grid, but energy costs will be low. If RAE[V] doesn’t make it to the next Decathlon, its destiny is similarly practical: It Heat will come from an electric pump, but, given the soy-based spray-foam insulation will be given to a local family. In case they live off grid, the house is being designed to take and heat-recovery ventilation unit, residents won’t need much. Excess energy produced a wood-burning stove that would require no more than a cord of wood a year, according during peak solar times will be fed back to the grid, resulting in net-zero, or better, energy to the students’ heat-loss calculations. use. That could even happen on sunny winter days, when south-facing insulated glass The Norwich solar team’s mission of true affordability resonates with Lutz’s own exdoors and windows reduce the need for heating. perience of moving to Vermont in 2007. The sole income earner in a family of four, Lutz RAE[V]’s core was designed with an integrated wooden chassis that further reduces found that he was able to afford a 950-square-foot house in Calais only because he had costs. The hidden frame allows the house to be erected on a minimal foundation: eight refurbished and made a profit on his previous house in Virginia. Without that stroke of helical piers, rather than the standard, fairly pricey, poured-concrete base. And, at 14 by luck, he says, “there’s no way we would have been able to afford this place. 52 feet, the core can be transported by truck without the costly special permit required “I sort of feel like, gosh, I’m a university professor and I can’t afford a 950-square-foot by the Department of Transportation for loads any wider. (In the inaugural Decathlon, house,” he adds. “How does a worker … making $14 an hour afford anything? It just makes Lutz, then at Virginia Tech, helped lead a much more unwieldy solar house to 4th place.) it a little easier for me to see it.” m The competition requires that solar features are building-integrated rather than, say, pole-mounted beside the house. But fixed roof panels ignore the angle of the sun, which changes seasonally, and not all sites have an optimal south-facing configuration, Lutz,, points out. So the team is looking into adjustable mounted panels that follow the sun by hand cranking instead of using electrical power.

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On the road to Rougemont is a bulbous hillock rising from the flatlands — Mont Saint-Grégoire. In 1980, Léo and Denise Boutin purchased an orchard along its southern flank and began selling apples and apple jelly. They took occasional trips down to New England to compare notes Léo Boutin with other apple growers, and soon their wares included apple butter, unfiltered apple vinegar and, since the early 1990s, apple wines and ice cider. Léo Boutin is one of Québec’s earliest artisanal hard-cider producers. The portly Boutin is still a stern but welcoming presence in his roadside café, shop and tasting room, where aromas from his wife’s pastries scent the air. Most of his gentle, rustic wines are low in alcohol and range from off-dry to very sweet; they’ve won 33 medals since 1993, with many of those given to the tartsweet, almost syrupy Mont de Glace, an ice cider made from McIntosh, Cortland and Empire apples. “It takes many apples for each bottle,” he says, pouring a sample; each slender, 375-milliliter bottle of ice cider is the concentrated essence of between 50 and 75 pieces of fruit. Highlights of Boutin’s ciders are the Mont Brume, a smoky elixir with hints of honey, and the off-dry, feather-light Cuvée Versant Sud. Boutin also presses wine from pears, cranberries and currants; the deep-ruby, powerful Titania, made from black currants, is akin to a cassis. Tastings are free, leaving visitors some dosh to buy one of Denise Boutin’s spongy apple doughnuts, a bottle of apple vinegar or a country-style lunch on the outside terrace.




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ping-pong around the province will find a high concentration in and around the village of Rougemont, less than 90 minutes north of Burlington: You can’t throw a frozen apple there without hitting a cidrerie. Autumn weekends in Rougemont involve plenty of hayrides, concerts and pick-your-own orchards to entertain children, while sipping options for the grown-ups range from light, rustic styles to more complex aged ciders. LISTEN IN ON LOCAL FOODIES...

If your French is rusty or nonexistent, like mine, expect to communicate in gestures. It doesn’t matter: Flavor is universal. Just bring a good map, since roads can get confusing, and, during warmer months, construction detours are commonplace. Here are four very different cidreries within 20 minutes of each other.





riving past a Québec apple orchard on a cold December day, one may notice what appear to be forgotten fruits hanging from the tree boughs, some covered in tiny icicles. But the shriveled pommes have not been left to rot; they’re destined for a noble end as cidre de glace, golden ice cider fermented from the dense, sweet juices pressed from frozen apples. Québec’s hard-cider industry may seem relatively new — the first craft licenses were issued in 1989 — but the alcoholic apple drink has roots in the province that stretch back to the 1700s. Commonplace in early northern settlements, hard cider had so fallen in popularity by 1921 that, when Québec enacted new rules to govern the production of alcohol, it was literally forgotten — and left out of the Alcoholic Beverages Act. Because cider wasn’t regulated, it was illegal to produce or sell in Canada until 1970, when the oversight was corrected. The first companies to revive the drink’s production made a terrible plonk that gave it a bad name; for a while, quality cider could be found only inside private homes and farmsteads, where people turned out small batches on the sly. In the early 1990s, artisanal producers made a concerted effort to pull hard cider back into vogue. Entrepreneurs such as Christian Barthomeuf, a French émigré who began making ice cider in the winter of 1990, helped develop an industry that now comprises 50 cider makers, a bona-fide cidrerie route and strict rules governing the drink’s production. The results speak for themselves. Served ice cold, Québec’s ice cider is perfectly matched with soft, aged cheeses and pastries; sparkling versions pair well with sushi. Cidre de glace can be produced in two ways. In cryoconcentration, fruit is picked in the fall, left outside to freeze and then crushed; in cryoextraction, apples hang on the bough until temperatures dip below 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Both methods yield the sweet, concentrated nectar of apples, though cryoextraction produces stronger flavors. The cidrerie route offers ample opportunities to try both styles. Cider producers are scattered throughout Québec. But day trippers from Vermont who don’t want to


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Mountain Road in Stowe. Next week, executive chef tom BIVIns is leaving his post to open a new restaurant. Crop BIstro will occupy the building that currently houses the venerable sHED rEstaurant & BrEWEry on Stowe’s commercial strip. Chef-owner Bivins says his new place will open in mid- to late December. He’ll still teach a class at NECI, where paul sorgulE, vice president of culinary education, will share leadership duties with vice president of food and beverage operations KEVIn o’DonnEll. “The goal is to really push the local-use envelope,” Bivins says of his restaurant. “It’s the perfect venue to show what Vermont does best.” Rather than landscaping Crop’s outdoor property, the chef plans to remake it into


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next Monday as general manager and sommelier. The Waterbury restaurant will close for renovations on October 22 and reopen on December 1. With McNeil back, the two owners will split the business — and the responsibilities — fifty-fifty. When the Hotel Vermont location opens, McNeil will step back as manager and function

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more as an owner. Part of the pair’s balancing act will be running two restaurants with very different focuses. Compared with Hen of the Wood, the Burlington restaurant “won’t be so special-occasion, not by a long shot,” says Warnstedt. That will give the chef room to play. With 4000 square feet in the Burlington space, Warnstedt says, “all the things we ever wanted to do, we have the staff to do and the space to do.” Though details are still sketchy, Warnstedt says that it will most likely include a wood-fired spit, oven and grill. Breads, and perhaps pizza and flatbreads, will emerge from the oven. Small plates will help draw the bar crowd Warnstedt hopes to attract with McNeil’s alcohol expertise. Canning plans to pair Warnstedt and McNeil’s restaurant with a downstairs establishment called Juniper Lounge. While Warnstedt’s eventual level of involvement in that project is up in the air, he’s helping Canning hammer out the details. The pair plans a fall visit to Portland, Ore., where the chef will show the developer some of his favorite all-purpose hotel eateries. What Canning does know is that Juniper Lounge will probably serve three meals a day, including a breakfast featuring pastries and “coffee art.” Lunch isn’t a certainty, though Canning expects that hotel guests and employees at the nearby courthouse will generate demand. Canning’s main focus at the lounge, however, will be to create a hip late-night scene. He has enticed another friend to consult on buzz-worthy cocktails. tIm DEmpsEy, perhaps best known for his culinarily focused drinks at the Inn at sHElBurnE farms, was behind the bar

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and hints of raspberries. The golden Cidre de Glace, a mélange of three apple varieties, is more traditional — punchy but buttery, too. Even more exquisite (and expensive) are Jodoin’s spirits. The clear Pom de Vie is a foil for vodka, with a crisp, subtly floral intensity; aged in oak for three years, it becomes Calijo, a deep amber liqueur with notes of caramel and vanilla. Out of this world is XO — an addictively smooth, 80-proof spirit aged in oak for at least eight years. The first batch, which has just been released, has a flavor similar to that of the smoothest Scotches and a finish that is both epic and ephemeral.

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the first artisanal producers to obtain a cider license in the late 1980s. Jodoin traveled to France to perfect his craft; he also obtained a distilling license to turn out powerful spirits such as eau de vie, the fermented and double-distilled juice of apples. Now this cidrerie is one of the bestknown producers in Québec. Inside, bottles of sparkling cider, ice cider and spirits are elegantly backlit and displayed along brick walls. Visitors (including those spilling from tour buses) can wander on their own or take a tour through the dim cellar full of aging barrels and a room of fermentation tanks, then return to a long, metal bar for tasting. Jodoin’s sparkling and ice ciders have a polish and balance that suggest exhaustive attention to craft. The red tint of one of the apples grown here, Geneva, extends almost all the way through its flesh, lending a coral hue and unusual flavor to rosé ciders such as the effervescent Cidre Rosé Mousseux, with its notes of roses, berries and licorice. Geneva apples are also the star of the first rosé cidre de glace, a moody, tart drink laced with mouth-watering acid

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The wooden hut at Domaine LeducPiedimonte is a jarring contrast to the polished expanse of Cidrerie Michel Jodoin. You might have to flag down someone to unlock the door for a tasting. Have persistence, though, and be richly rewarded. The first liquid to splash into your glass is from the populist, eight-ounce bottle of McKeown dry cider, which comes in four-packs. The original version — made from McIntosh apples — is light, fizzy and crisp, and tastes of tart green apples. The rose tint in the Canneberge variation comes from cranberries, which add a pucker to its candy-like sweetness. Owners Robert McKeown and Andrée St-Denis, who called the orchard after their grandmothers’ surnames, also turn out a line of sparkling and ice ciders. The off-dry Cidre Mousseux, La Brunante, is a blend of ice and sparkling

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A meandering dirt road takes you past grapevines and gnarled apple trees to this cidrerie, whose size and kitschy interior make it feel like the most traditional tourist destination of the four. On weekends, live music, pig roasts and games encourage family visits. Adult treats are plentiful, too: A broad range

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makers let their Cortland apples hang on the trees until December, when they pick the frozen fruit and then press, ferment and age the juice in oak barrels for up to 18 months. The result is a layered, almost smoky cider, with notes of caramel, nuts and tropical fruit.

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who took charge of the Vermont chapter in 2008, seeks to make that mission fun and accessible, even to diners on a budget. “In the early days, [Slow Food Vermont] focused a lot on $100-a-plate fundraising dinners,” she says. “That’s a piece of the pie, but it’s not everything. Some people felt a little marginalized. People didn’t feel like they had access.” Now Welton makes sure most Slow Food Vermont events cost $25 or less. The potlucks are free, as are the weekly tastings the group hosts at the Intervale Center’s Summervale events from June through August. Among the $25 activities are cooking classes in the Jericho kitchen of Jessica Bongard, chef-owner of slowfood catering company Plumpest Peach. An upcoming series of farm visits combined

with classes by various experts will carry the same price tag. At the first, to be held at Family Cow Farmstand in Hinesburg on October 2, participants will make their own mozzarella from fresh, raw milk. The spirit of inclusion has been part of Slow Food Vermont from the beginning, says Jeff Roberts, one of its founders. In 1999, the Montpelier-based food historian, also a founding member of the Vermont Fresh Network, hosted Slow Food International founder Carlo Petrini on a whirlwind tour of Vermont food systems. Roberts established Slow Food Vermont before a Slow Food USA even existed. Now, every two years, Roberts, Mara Welton and other Vermont delegates attend the Slow Food International Terra Madre conference in Italy to learn about improving sustainable

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this evening’s theme as an excuse to says Welton. “We might as well put it explore molecular gastronomy with out there.” friends. An environmental science One of Welton’s major goals is professor at the Community College of to better serve members outside Vermont, Welton says he was attracted Chittenden County — which has been to the “chemistry-set aspect” of the difficult at times, she says, even though molecular kit. Since not everyone has Slow Food members are most heavily pipettes and xanthan gum at their dis- concentrated in central Vermont. One posal, this particular dinner isn’t a tradi- strategy is to help them replicate the tional potluck. Guests have been asked events she hosts. One of Slow Food to bring something to snack on, but the Vermont’s 10 board members hosted a real cooking is happening by the minute “Just Cook It” potluck at his Plainfield at the Weltons’ table. home last month, inviting locals to bring One of the guests — and cooks — is their homemade tomato sauces. Chris Wagner, a Slow In May, Slow Food Food Vermont board Vermont partnered with member, executive chef Chris the Big Picture Theater Wagner at the Willard Street & Café in Waitsfield for Inn and manager of the the first in an anticipated Burlington Farmers series called Reel Good Market. Wagner pushes Food, combining a famdroplets of warm, ily-style dinner and film sodium-alginate-infused showing. A Spanish feast balsamic vinegar from a and Pedro Almodóvar’s syringe into a vase he’s Women on the Verge of a filled with cold olive oil. Nervous Breakdown atThe resulting pearls are tracted members of the similar in texture to tiny Mad River Valley Film tapioca balls floating in Club as well as Slow bubble tea. They look Foodies. Next on the Slow like sturgeon caviar, but Food agenda: to provide taste like a sweet, fruity corresponding grub for balsamic reduction. food-themed films at the Wagner strains the Vermont International pearls from the oil and Film Festival in October. Mara Welton adds them If the organization’s mArA WE lt oN, to a plate of tomatoes. SloW FooD VE rmoNt schedule makes it sound They’re some of the last more like a college outing remaining after Tropical Storm Irene’s club than a single-minded, missionflooding devastated the Intervale’s driven group, Welton says that’s kind farms, hers included. She tops the plate, of the point. Under her guidance, Slow full of jewel-like colors, with her farm’s Food Vermont has become a meeting micro-basil greens. ground for food fans from all walks of Next, Spencer Welton pipes tomato life, from folks who attend tastings at purée into thin tubing provided with the Lake Champlain Chocolates to those kit. He leaves the tubes in calcium lactate who study up on the recipes of food scifor three minutes, solidifying the sodium entist Hervé This (to whom a previous alginate-infused mixture, then uses potluck was dedicated). While tonight’s an empty syringe to force red-orange molecular spread may seem esoteric, “pasta” from them. Each strand emerges the foodie mentality is increasingly with a climactic pop of air. They’re the mainstream — and Slow Food Vermont width of thin spaghetti and taste like a caters to it. pasta dinner — no sauce necessary. “People kind of find their tribe when Not all of the experiments work. they join Slow Food,” Welton says. “It Blue-cheese “foam” doesn’t whip up feels so good to have them find somebeyond a bubbly liquid. An attempt to thing they’ve been looking for in us. The gel freshly prepared coffee into balls to cool offshoot is, we’ve become very dear accompany apple pie fails because of friends with the people who participate. tiny bubbles in the liquid. But these mis- It’s as simple as just getting geeked out steps are all part of the learning process. about tomato sauce with somebody, and “Everyone’s going to be doing it for the they totally understand me.” m first time,” says Mara Welton. “No one’s an expert here … but we can talk about it and see if it works out.” The next “Just Cook It” potluck is October 17, 5 to 8 p.m., with a That experimental approach works charcuterie theme. Space is limited. for running Slow Food Vermont, as well. Register at “We’re the group that’s willing to try,”

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fairs & festivals




FALL FOLIAGE FESTIVAL: Leaf peepers greet the season in Walden, Cabot, Plainfield, Peacham, Barnet and Groton, which host church suppers, craft fairs, local history tours and entertainment. Various Northeast Kingdom locations, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Various prices. Info, 748-3678.


‘BLANK CITY’: Celine Danhier’s 2010 documentary looks back at the vibrant arts scene that emerged from New York City’s East Village in the 1970s. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600. ‘PROJECT NIM’: James Marsh’s documentary looks at a landmark nature-versus-nurture experiment in the 1970s, in which a young chimpanzee was raised like a human child. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600. TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: Film hounds get carried away in six sneak previews, including David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, Rodrigo Garcia’s Albert Nobbs and Lynne Ramsey’s We Need to Talk About Kevin. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. $6-12 per film; $30-60 all-film pass. Info, 603-646-2422.

food & drink

BARRE FARMERS MARKET: Crafters, bakers and farmers share their goods in the center of the town. Main Street, Barre, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, CHOCOLATE-DIPPING DEMO: Fans of cocoa-covered confectionery experience the tempering and dipping process. Laughing Moon Chocolates, Stowe, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 253-9591. EATING FOR ENERGY: Chow down ... while fueling up. Lindsay Ingalls sheds light on nutrient-packed edibles. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-7; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, WEB & WINE: Food, wine and web experts serve up savvy tips at this tasting event. 156 The Loft, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $25 includes wine and food samples. Info, 881-0556.

health & fitness

PROSTATE HEALTH: WHAT EVERY MAN SHOULD KNOW: UVM Medical Group’s Scott Perrapato covers the causes and prevention of prostate cancer, including general health and nutrition, keys to diagnosis, treatment options, and robotic surgery. Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center Pavilion, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 847-2115.

Claudio Villagra and Romina Levin

PUBLIC FLU CLINIC: High-risk adults immunize themselves against the infectious disease. Grange Hall, Montgomery, 1-3 p.m. $35 for recipients without coverage. Info, 527-7531. WOMEN’S STRENGTH & CONDITIONING CLASS: Female athletes work toward their fitness goals at the high school track. Mount Mansfield Union High School, Jericho, 8:30-9:30 a.m. $10 for drop-ins. Info, 922-5924.


AUTUMN STORY TIME: Fables and crafts provide endless amusement for lit-lovin’ kiddos. Snacks are a definite. Ainsworth Public Library, Williamstown, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 433-5887. BABY SIGNING: American Sign Language accompanies a read-aloud session for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. BABYTIME: Crawling tots and their parents convene for playtime and sharing. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 658-3659. CHESS CLUB: King defenders practice castling and various opening gambits with volunteer Robert Nichols. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. ENOSBURG PLAYGROUP: Children and their adult caregivers immerse themselves in singing WED.28

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Hips Don’t Lie Hips thrust forward in provocative promenades. Steamy, closed embraces. Devastatingly dramatic dips. One is definitely the loneliest number as dancing duos adopt sultry attitudes in this weekend’s I Tango, a sizzling ode to the Argentinean dance form and its music. The acclaimed Fabio Hager Sextet produce scorching syncopated rhythms in concert, then act as a live orchestra for three sets of top tango dancers: the smoldering Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo, the fiery Romina Levin and Claudio Villagra, and the playful Enrique and Guillermo de Fazio (aka Los Hermanos Macana). Saturday night’s milonga (dance party) is a surefire hit. Is it getting hot in here?




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SEPT. 30 & OCT. 1 | DANCE



Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1, 8 p.m., at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort. Workshops with the tango stars begin at noon on Saturday; milonga on the stage, 10:15 p.m. on Saturday. $35-150. Info, 917-373-7446 or 7604634.


Slow Like Honey If you could place the Honey Dewdrops’ music on a map, it would fall just where the duo calls home — in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. But you’d have to turn back the clock nearly a century for the setting to match the dusty towns and sagging front porches evoked in their old-school Appalachian melodies. Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish stitch together plaintive lyrics about love and lonesomeness with what the Saratogian calls “moonshine twang” in alluring ditties rife with guitar, banjo and mandolin picking. Hear these singular expressions of the human experience in Ripton and Tunbridge this weekend.

OCT. 1 & 2 | MUSIC

THE HONEY DEWDROPS Saturday, October 1, 7:30 p.m. (after an hourlong open mic set), at Ripton Community House. $3-9. Info, 388-9782. Sunday, October 2, 7 p.m., at Tunbridge Church. $15-20. Info, 431-3433, folkbloke@

Rhapsody in Bloom



The lotus flower grows in the mucky water of still ponds and lakes, but its petals, which unfurl one at a time, are clean and bright — unstained despite the environment. Su Lian Tan, a Middlebury College professor of music, and renowned flutist, draws on that metaphor of thriving through adversity in a brand-new chamber opera about the gender stereotypes Chinese American women, and perhaps women of all cultures, face. But don’t compare this opera to the works of Rossini or Donizetti. With a libretto by award-winning poet Anne Babson, Lotus Lives toys with the art form, overlapping elements of rap, Chinese folk music and dance-club beats with a stunning video set by Tim Bartlett.

‘LOTUS LIVES’ Friday, September 30, 8 p.m., and Sunday, October 2, 3 p.m., at Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. Free. Info, 443-6433. SEVENDAYSVT.COM


“It is my lady, O, it is my love!/O, that she knew she were!” Ah, young love. Nothing can quite match the winsome airiness of the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet — except perhaps a sweet and fruity summer wine. Forget cheese or chocolate; East Shore Vineyard wine is paired with iconic Shakespeare scenes in Vermont Shakespeare Company’s Vino and the Bard, a fundraiser for Shakespeare in the Park 2012. Roving actors mingle with the audience in a cabaret-style performance interspersed with tastings paired to match the essence of each scene. So, Kate and Petruchio’s spirited wordplay in The Taming of the Shrew? The slightly spicy, off-dry Traminette makes their saucy wooing decidedly full-bodied.



No Holds Bard



‘VINO AND THE BARD’ Saturday, October 1, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at North Hero Community Hall. $25; $10 for children under 12. Info, 877-874-1911. CALENDAR 51

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$10-12; preregister. Info, 224-7100,

activities and more. American Legion, Enosburg Falls, 9-11 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. Highgate Story Hour: Good listeners soak up classic fairy tales. Highgate Public Library, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Kids in the Kitchen: Snack time starts from scratch as kids learn the skills for making fresh chips and chunky salsa. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Lots of Leaves: Three- to 5-year-olds learn fun facts about foliage. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 10-11:30 a.m. $5. Info, 229-6206. Montgomery Playgroup: Little ones exercise their bodies and their minds in the company of adult caregivers. Montgomery Town Library, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Preschool Discovery Program: Nature investigators explore outdoor world. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 10-11:30 a.m. $5. Info, 229-6206.


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.


ME2/orchestra Rehearsal: Ronald Braunstein conducts this classical music ensemble composed of individuals with mental-health issues and the people who support them in its first rehearsal. All ages and ability levels welcome. North End Studio A, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 238-8369.

Contentment in Everyday Life: Participants build happiness by working daily meditation into their schedules through group practice, brief talks, guided exercises and discussion. Shambhala Meditation Center, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 223-5137. Spend Smart: Vermonters learn savvy skills for stretching bucks and managing money. Economic Services, Middlebury, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 8601414, ext. 104.


Osher Lifelong Learning Lecture: Vermont Astronomical Society member Ron Anstey shares “Images of Our Universe” captured by digital cameras and astro-camera telescopes alike. Town & Country Resort, Stowe, 1:30-3 p.m. $5. Info, 253-9011. Vaishali Patil: A women’s-rights and antinuclear campaigner discusses the massive opposition to the proposed Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant in India. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, potluck, 6 p.m.; talk, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 533-2296.


‘Not Just Another Pretty Face’: Performance artist Janice Perry recaps America’s socio/cultural history from 1981 to today in a mature political satire touching on war, fashion and censorship. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’: On the cusp of great breakthroughs in art and science, respectively, Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein debate genius and talent in a Parisian café in Steve Martin’s surreal comedy. Town Hall Theatre, Akeley Memorial Building, Stowe, 8 p.m. $10-22; donations accepted for Tropical Storm Irene relief, and Waterbury flood victims attend for free on October 1. Info, 253-3961,


‘Romeo and Juliet’: Teenage lovers roll around Open Mic Night: Liquid courage fubetween the sheets and face els folks seeking 15 minutes of fame. the opposition of their warring y of Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, ME families in Northern Stage’s take on 2/ o 7:30 p.m. Sign-up starts at 6 p.m. $5 sugrc h the Shakespeare classic. Briggs Opera e s tr a gested donation. Info, 496-8994. House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $15‘The Vermont Civil War Songbook’: Linda 60. Info, 296-7000. Radtke employs music and letters in a costumed ‘Skin Deep’: A blind date leads to a domestic rundown of Vermont’s Civil War period. Arthur Zorn meltdown in Jon Lonoff’s new comedy. Lake George provides accompaniment. Lincoln Library, 7 p.m. Dinner Theatre, N.Y., 11:15 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. $55-60 Free. Info, 453-3803. includes lunch or dinner, plus tax and tip. Info, 518ur






Monarch Butterfly Tagging: In 2007, a blackand-orange flier 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, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 229-6206. Shoreline Hike & Lake Champlain Land Trust Annual Meeting: Ramble from the lake’s edge to Lone Tree Hill with the Lake Champlain Land Trust and naturalist Matt Kolan. Bring a bag lunch for a meeting with a stunning view. Shelburne Farms, 10 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 862-4150, The Great Vermont Corn Maze: Weather permitting, an 8.5-acre maze of maize lures labyrinth lovers outstanding in their field. 1404 Wheelock Rd., Danville, 10 a.m. $9-12; free for ages 4 and under. Info, 748-1399,


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. Info, 457-2355.


Community Herbalism Class: Instructor Tim Blakley offers an informative session about the therapeutic uses of essential oils. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8:30 p.m.

668-5762, ext. 411.


Book Discussion: Pilgrimage: Readers take a vicarious journey through Hermann Hesse’s Siddartha. South Hero Community Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 372-6209. Book Launch: Former ABC news correspondent Barrie Dunsmore signs copies of his new collection, There and Back: Commentary By a Former Foreign Correspondent. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 985-3091. Lynn Bonfield: The archivist and author shares passages from her new book New England to Gold Rush California: The Journal of Alfred and Chastina W. Rix, 1849-1854. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. Painted Word Poetry Series: A series highlighting established and emerging New England poets features Kellam Ayres, Alison Moncrief Bromage, Rachel Daley, Kerrin McCadden and Alison Prine. Fleming Museum, UVM, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 656-0750. Seth Mnookin: The author of The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear draws on interviews with parents, public-health advocates, scientists and activists to get to the truth about

vaccines. Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, South Burlington, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 800-640-4374.

Free. Info, 828-3293,


‘You Are the Difference’ Awards Celebration: Milton Community Youth Coalition recognizes local “superstars” — groups and individuals making a profound difference in the lives of young people. Dinner provided. Eagles Club, Milton, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 893-1009.


PlanBTV Speaker Series: A public presentation illuminates the results of several months of research on Burlington’s retail and real-estate market analysis — and what that means for the future of downtown and the waterfront. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, noon & 7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7193.


International Comic Arts Forum: Comics scholars, educators, creators and publishers from around the world talk about the medium in three days of insightful lectures, discussions and presentations. Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Info, 295-3319.


fairs & festivals

Fall Foliage Festival: See WED.28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Weston Antiques Show: Vintage finds from nationwide dealers might include American and English furniture, folk art, oriental rugs, and jewelry at this gathering, first held in 1952. Weston Playhouse, 5-7:30 p.m. $50 gala preview on Thursday; $8 on Friday and Saturday; includes readmission. Info, 824-5307,


‘Blank City’: See WED.28, 5:30 p.m.

‘Swan Lake’: A Tchaikovsky score propels the plot about a battle between two swans in this Bolshoi Ballet production, starring prima ballerina Mariya Aleksandrova, broadcast to the screen. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $6-15. Info, 748-2600.


Brattleboro-Area Higher Education Fair: Not done with the classroom yet? Representatives from eight Brattleboro-area colleges and universities discuss their master’s- and doctoraldegree programs. Vermont Agricultural Business Education Center, Brattleboro, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 257-9411,


What Does Sustainability Mean to You?: See WED.28, Town Hall, Williston.


‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Law-Repeal Ceremony: Dean Jeff Shields, professor Jackie Gardina and a VLS graduate who was discharged under the former official U.S. policy offer words at a ceremony also marking the impending return of military recruiters to campus after more than 25 years. Yates Common Room, Debevoise Hall. Vermont Law School, South Royalton, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 649-2235. Essex Bike Night: Motorcyclists convene to talk about spinning their wheels over contests, obstacle courses and food. On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4778. Grow Your Own Mushrooms: Eric Swanson of Vermush leads an examination of the fungus among us as he teaches folks to culture and grow mycelia into fungi. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5-7 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 2238004, ext. 202, Historic Tours: See WED.28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mastermind Group Meeting: Big dreamers build a supportive network as they try to realize personal and professional goals in an encouraging environment. Best Western Waterbury-Stowe, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7822. Queen City Ghostwalk: Spirits of UVM Tour: Haunted Burlington author Thea Lewis shares chilling tales of school spirits. Meet 10 minutes prior at the Ira Allen statue. University Green, UVM, Burlington, 7-8 p.m. $14. Info, 351-1313. Vermont Arts Council Strategic Planning Forum: Cultural and civic leaders, artists, and arts advocates and educators make their voices heard on the development of the council’s next fiveyear strategic plan. Held at Vermont Interactive Television sites throughout the state, 9-11:30 a.m.

‘Korkoro’: Based on true events, Tony Gatlif’s 2009 French drama shares the plight of a gypsy family during World War II in Nazi-occupied France, where the nomadic life was deemed illegal. Prescreening talk with Lorely French. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation; free for JSC students. Info, 635-1476 or 888-1261. ‘Project Nim’: See WED.28, 7:30 p.m. Telluride Film Festival: See WED.28, 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.

food & drink

Change of the Season Wine Tasting: Oenophiles sample reds, whites and pinks from the wine-department aisle and learn about how to best pair them with food. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.28, 2 p.m. Cocktails Curing Cancer: Food and prizes augment a happy hour benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. BCA Center, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. $15-20; cash bar. Info, 223-0206. Fletcher Allen Indoor Farmers Market: Locally sourced meats, vegetables, bakery items, breads and maple syrup give hospital employees and visitors the option to eat healthfully. McClure Lobby Level L, Fletcher Allen Hospital, Burlington, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 847-0797, Hinesburg Farmers Market: Growers sell bunched greens, goat meat and root veggies among vendors of pies, handmade soap and knitwear. United Church of Hinesburg, 3:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, Jericho Farmers Market: Passersby graze through locally grown veggies, pasture-raised meats, area wines and handmade crafts. Mills Riverside Park, Jericho, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 3439778, New North End Farmers Market: Eaters stroll through an array of offerings, from sweet treats to farm-grown goods. Elks Lodge, Burlington, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-8072, newnorthendmarket@ Peacham Farmers Market: Seasonal berries and produce mingle with homemade crafts and baked goods from the village. Academy Green, Peacham, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 592-3061. South Royalton Farmers Market: Various vendors peddle locally grown agricultural goods and unique crafts. Town Green, South Royalton, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 763-8087. Waterbury Farmers Market: Cultivators and their customers swap veggie tales and edible inspirations at a weekly outdoor emporium. Rusty

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Post-Irene Fundraisers & Events WED.28 Big Buzz Chainsaw Carving Festival: Wood gets the chop as carvers from all over the country compete. A Saturday auction of the works raises money for Mackenzie Field, which suffered severe flood damage from Tropical Storm Irene. Mackenzie Field, Chester, 10 a.m. Free Wednesday; $5 on Thursday through Sunday; nonperishablefood donations accepted for the local food shelf. Info, Blueberry Jam III: Louie Brown, the Eames Brothers, One Over Zero, MeMaranda, Rising Tribe and Elephant play at a harvest dinner buffet benefiting the making of a compilation CD, Good Night Irene, which will aid post-Irene rebuilding efforts around the state. Blueberry Lake Retreat, Warren, 6-11 p.m. $5-20 suggested donation; free for kids under 10. Info, 583-1156.

THU.29 Big Buzz Chainsaw Carving Festival: See WED.28, 10 a.m.

FRI.30 Benefit Concert: The Beerworth Sisters, Lila Mae and Jeff Hahn, and notable local musicians play to raise funds for the Intervale Center, recovering after damage by Tropical Storm Irene. StudioThree, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $20; BYOB; seating is limited; reservations suggested. Info, 866-639-6577. Big Buzz Chainsaw Carving Festival: See WED.28, 10 a.m.

SAT.01 Big Buzz Chainsaw Carving Festival: See WED.28, 10 a.m.

‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’: On the cusp of great breakthroughs in art and science, respectively, Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein debate genius and talent in a Parisian café in Steve Martin’s surreal comedy. Town Hall Theatre, Akeley Memorial Building, Stowe, 8 p.m. $10-22; donations accepted for Tropical Storm Irene relief, and Waterbury flood victims attend for free on October 1. Info, 253-3961, tickets@stowetheatre. com. The Ladies’ Rally: Drivers — men, too — rev engines on a food and foliage tour of the Mad River Valley benefiting the Vergennes Opera House. Five percent of the proceeds go to the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund; additional donations accepted. Vergennes Opera House, 9 a.m. $250 per driver and navigator; $50 per each additional passenger; $125-250 per motorcycle; preregister. Info, 877-6737. Trey Anastasio Band: The man of Phish fame plays a show to benefit Vermont flood relief. Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 9 p.m. $40; for ages 21 and up. Info, 888-512-7469.



Early Literacy Story Time: Weekly themes educate preschoolers and younger children on easy literacy concepts. Westford Public Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-5639, Fletcher Playgroup: Little ones make use of the open gym before snack time. Fletcher Elementary School, Cambridge, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. 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. Lots of Leaves: See WED.28, 10-11:30 a.m. Music With Raphael: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song and dance moves. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Preschool Discovery Program: See WED.28, 10-11:30 a.m.


Aaron Larget-Caplan: The guitarist supplies strumming tips in an hourlong workshop at 1 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., he presents a recital of works by Thomas L. Read, J.S. Bach, Isaac Albéniz, Esteban de Sanlúcar and others. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington. Free. Info, 656-7776. Dana & Susan Robinson: Original songs meet old-time Appalachian traditions in a guitar, fiddle and clawhammer concert by this North Carolina duo. Stearns Performance Space, Johnson State College, 9 p.m. Free. Info, 635-2536. The Sky Family Celtic Revival: Rollicking fiddles and Riverdance-style step dancing blend in this high-energy production from Prince Edward Island. Crossett Brook Middle School, Duxbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 244-6100. Troubadours of Divine Bliss & Summer, Save Me!: A two-piece folk ensemble from Kentucky and an indie-rock act from Ticonderoga, N.Y., perform. The ROTA Studio and Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $5-10 donation. Info, 518-563-0494,

Anaïs Mitchell’s Transcontinental Revue: In a benefit concert for Vermont flood victims, the folk songstress performs with John Elliott and Jack Wilson. Haybarn Theater, Goddard College, Plainfield, 7:30-10 p.m. $10. Info, 322-1721.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra: Made in Vermont Music Festival: Colorful works by Mozart, Honegger, Robert Paterson, Sibelius and Haydn complement the changing of the leaves. Alexander Twilight Theatre, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, 7:30 p.m. $6-26. Info, 864-5741, ext. 10.

Big Buzz Chainsaw Carving Festival: See WED.28, 10 a.m.


The Concert for Killington Area: Fifteen musicians light up three stages to combat Tropical Storm Irene’s damage. Artists include Bow Thayer, Joey Leone, Jamie’s Junk Show, Rick Redington and more. All proceeds go to We Are K-Town/Irene’s Islands and the Pittsfield Hurricane Relief Fund. The Lookout Tavern and Outback Pizza (and parking lot), Killington, noonmidnight. $20; free for kids 12 and under. Info, 245-4106 or 369-0347. The Land of Milk & Honey: Enjoy the fruits of Vermont’s land — and Vermonters’ labor — in a cooking class benefiting the Intervale Center Farmers’ Recovery Fund. The Plumpest Peach, Jericho, 5-8:30 p.m. $25. Info, 858-4213.

Sunset Aquadventure: Paddlers of all abilities relish the serenity of the Waterbury Reservoir. Little River State Park, Waterbury, 6-8 p.m. Meet at the Contact Station by 5:30 p.m. $2-3 includes boat rentals; free for kids under 5; registration required; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103. The Great Vermont Corn Maze: See WED.28, 10 a.m.


Creating a Financial Future: Folks with basic money management under control learn how to build long-term wealth in a beginner’s course about investing. 294 North Winooski Ave., Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 104.

Jessica Weitz & Forrest Holzapfel: In “Porter Thayer and the History of the Town Photographer at the Turn of the 20th Century,” the speakers sum up the effort to digitize the Vermont photog’s 1300-piece portfolio. Town Hall, Wardsboro, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 254-5290. ‘The Civil War and You!’: Attendees share personal reflections of learning about the war between the states in this conversation facilitated by Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, Northfield, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2183.


‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’: One man’s romantic weekend away with his Parisian mistress becomes a hilarious collision of mistaken identities and lovers’ triangles in this Waterbury Festival Playhouse romp. Waterbury Festival Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. $25-27; free for those affected by flooding, and those who helped them, on September 30. Info, 498-3755. Flying Karamozov Brothers: A troupe of juggling juggernauts pulls off madcap physical comedy. Lyndon Institute, 7 p.m. $20-34. Info, 748-2600. ‘Inherit the Wind’: Creationism or evolution? That is the question in this thought-provoking courtroom drama based on the Scopes Trial and presented by the Lamoille County Players. Hyde Park Opera House, 7 p.m. $12-18; half-priced show on October 2. Info, 888-4507. ‘Of Mice and Men’: Middlebury Actors Workshop translates John Steinbeck’s tragic novella about two Depression-era ranch workers to the stage. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $20. Info, 382-9222. ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’: A musician without a gig signs on with two crooks in this slapstick comedy broadcast from London’s National Theatre. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7 p.m. $12-18. Info, 518-523-2512. ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’: See WED.28, 8 p.m. ‘Romeo and Juliet’: See WED.28, 7:30 p.m. ‘Skin Deep’: See WED.28, 11:15 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ‘Stop Kiss’: A violent attack shapes the lives of all involved as a friendship between two women turns to love in Diana Son’s poignant play. Royall Tyler Theatre, UVM, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $7-18. Info, 656-2094.


Saloma Miller Furlong: The author of Why I Left the Amish reflects on the two separate lives she has lived. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

FRI.30 art

Senior Art Classes: In two-hour morning and afternoon sessions, folks ages 55 and up explore drawing, pastels, oil and acrylic paints, printmaking, collages, and sculpture while discussing basic design concepts such as shape, texture and color. Shelburne Bay Senior Living Community, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $5; call for class time and to register. Info, 864-0604.


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Clothing Distribution for Flood Victims: Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel partners with Carhartt to distribute apparel to area flood victims. Northfield Fire Station, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Open Volunteer Day: Green thumbs tend to the Root Center’s half-acre site, from which organic produce will be donated to the Burlington Emergency Food Shelf and Tropical Storm Irene relief efforts. Vermont Garden Park, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 735-5122.

Chess Club: Checkmate! Board-game players try to attack the king with sly strategies. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $2-3. Info, 363-5803.


Richmond Farmers Market: Live music entertains fresh-food browsers at a melody-centered market connecting farmers and cooks. Pete and Karen Sutherland dole out fiddle tunes from 5 to 6 p.m. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3-6:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted for local farmers affected by Tropical Storm Irene. Info, 434-5273,

Moretown Restoration Pig Roast & Leaf Peepers’ Picnic: Dave Keller and the Phineas Gage Project serve up the tunes at a community meal with all the fixings — plus apple desserts and ice cream. Proceeds benefit the Moretown Community Fund to assist after the impact of Tropical Storm Irene. Moretown Elementary School, 2-5 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 496-5965.


Green Mountain Global Forum: Antinuclear campaigner Vaishali Patil speaks about the campaign to stop the construction of the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plan in India in conjunction with Gabriela Bulisova’s photography exhibit “Chernobyl Revisited,” which illustrates the human toll of nuclear fallout. Big Picture Theater & Café owner Claudia Becker discusses growing up in postChernobyl Germany. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 4968994 or 496-2111.


Laugh-In for Brand-Aid: Tony Bates emcees a standup comedy revue featuring Vermont comedians Kit Rivers, Chad Smith, Kane Ovitt, John Lyons, Pat Lynch and Colin Ryan. All proceeds go to Brand-Aid, a fund established by the Brandon Chamber of Commerce to aid businesses affected by Tropical Storm Irene. Brandon Town Hall, 7:309 p.m. $10 suggested donation; for ages 16 and up. Info, 989-8124.

Diana Fanning: The acclaimed Vermont pianist keeps it classical in a benefit concert for flood relief. Brandon Music, 7 p.m. $15; reservations recommended. Info, 465-4071.

Willoughby Lake Farmers & Artisan Market: Performances by local musicians join produce, eggs, gemstone jewelry, wind chimes and more to lure buyers throughout the warm months. 1975 Route 5A, Westmore, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 525-8842.


‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’: One man’s romantic weekend away with his Parisian mistress becomes a hilarious collision of mistaken identities and lovers’ triangles in this Waterbury Festival Playhouse romp. Waterbury Festival Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. $25-27; free for those affected by flooding, and those who helped them, on September 30. Info, 498-3755.

Community Dance: Toe tappers celebrate the neighborly spirit that got the community through Irene’s damage. Proceeds help benefit Rochester relief and the PTO scholarship fund. Pierce Hall Community Center, Rochester, 7-10 p.m. $8; $10 per family; donations accepted. Info, 767-4327.

Parker Memorial Park, Waterbury, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 279-4371,

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International Comic Arts Forum: See THU.29, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Vermont Art Teachers Association Fall Conference: Internationally renowned colorist Wolf Kahn keynotes this annual gathering with a lecture on art education at 1 p.m. on Friday. Artists Cami Davis, Melinda White-Bronson, Bethany Bond, Claudia Venon, Nan Hathaway and Andrew Raftery host workshops. Billings Hall, UVM, Burlington, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Keynote lecture is free; $35-170 for conference and workshop fees. Info, 338-8988.


Argentinean Tango: Shoulders back, chin up! With or without partners, dancers of all abilities strut to bandoneón riffs in a self-guided practice session. Salsalina Studio, Burlington, 7:30-10 p.m. $5. Info, 598-1077. Ballroom Lesson & Dance Social: Singles and couples of all levels of experience take a twirl. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; open dancing, 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269. ‘Dancing With Horses’: New York City’s Equus Projects collaborates with Vermont equestrian Stephani Lockhart and her Colonial Spanish horses in a highly physical choreographic work. The Center for America’s First Horse, Johnson, 5:30 p.m. $8. Info, 802–657-3227. I Tango: The Fabio Hager Sextet creates sensual rhythms for fiery dance-floor moves by Fernanda Ghi, Guillermo Merlo, Romina Levin, Claudio Villagra and Los Hermanos Macana. See calendar spotlight. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. $35-150. Info, 760-4634 or 917-373-7446. Salsa & Swing Dance: Movers and shakers learn to dance or bust out practiced steps at UVM Salsa and Swing Society’s monthly meet-up. UVM Patrick Gymnasium, South Burlington, 7-10 p.m. Swing lesson, 7-7:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 978-257-7234.




Center for Cartoon Studies Marketplace: During the International Comic Arts Forum, CCS faculty and alumni share comics and merchandise from the next generation of world-class cartoonists, as well as cool freebies from comics publishers. Colodny Building, Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction, noon-7 p.m. Free. Info, 295-3319. Dead North Vermont: Farmland of Terror: Thrill seekers show up for a night of fright in the cornfields. Wagon rides, a half-mile “walk of terror,” animatronics and spooky residents quicken pulses. 1404 Wheelock Rd., Danville, 7:30 p.m. $25-35; not recommended for young children. Info, 748-1399, Historic Tours: See WED.28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Name That Movie!: Cinemaddicts try to correctly title films by screening a barrage of short clips at happy hour. The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 5-6 p.m. $2.50. Info, 229-0598. Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls Tour: Haunted Burlington author Thea Lewis shares chilling tales of mystery and madness in a spooky look at Burlington’s history. Meet 10 minutes early. Burlington City Hall Park, 7-8 p.m. $14. Info, 351-1313. Sterling Weed Tribute Gala: Weed’s Imperial Orchestra perform in honor of their founder, Vermont’s “Music Man of the 20th Century,” at a benefit for the St. Albans Historical Museum with ballroom dancing, a cocktail reception and a threecourse dinner. St. Albans Historical Museum, 6-9:30 p.m. $30-35; cash bar. Info, 527-7933.


fairs & festivals

Fall Foliage Festival: See WED.28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Manchester Fall Art & Craft Festival: Shoppers find a “cornucopia of creativity” — from original art to designer leather bags to specialty food products — under massive Camelot-style

tents. Hildene Meadowlands, Manchester, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8; free for kids 12 and under. Info, 425-3399.

School, Ludlow, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 734-3829,

Market Fair: A fresh-food farmers market meets an art-in-the-park-style fair with live music and entertainment. Home Depot Plaza, Rutland, 3-8 p.m. Free. Info, 558-6155.

Lyndonville Farmers Market: A seasonal rotation of fresh fruit, veggies, meats, cheeses and more makes its way into shoppers’ hands, courtesy of more than 20 vendors. Bandstand Park, Lyndonville, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 533-7455,

Weston Antiques Show: See THU.29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Pharma-Foodie: Fighting Cancer With Food: Chef/instructor Donna Vartanian and nutritionist Kim Evans highlight ingredients that are key to a strong immune system. On the menu: roasted butternut squash soup, Mexican tomato salad, Thaiinspired chicken stir-fry and spicy apple-ginger crisp. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext 1.

‘Passione’: John Turturro’s 2010 film is a celebration of song and the rich musical history of Naples. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600.

Pittsfield Farmers Market: Villagers stock up on organic lamb, beef and goat meat, as well as Plymouth artisan cheese, fruits and preserves. Village Green, Pittsfield, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 746-8082.

‘Jurassic Park’: Dinosaurs roam the Earth again — or at least Isla Nublar — in Steven Spielberg’s epic adventure film, part of Dartmouth Film Society’s “Now Hear This!” series. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.

‘Prime Cut’: Freeskiing athletes explore the glades of Stowe, Mad River Glen, Jay Peak and other snowcovered peaks in Meathead Films’ latest East Coastbased ski film. Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5; people with mullets (real or fake) get in for free; $1 off admission if you bring ski apparel. Info, 871-5133. ‘Snow Flower and the Secret Fan’: Two young girls in 19th-century China send each other notes in the folds of a white silk fan, while two women in a parallel story set in present-day Shanghai try to cling to their ancestral connection in Wayne Wang’s 2011 drama. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600.

food & drink

Brewfest Kickoff Party: Rock out to the Pete Kilpatrick Band while sampling Vermont craft beers from Harpoon Brewery, Long Trail Brewing Co., Magic Hat Brewing Company, Northshire Brewery and more. Wobbly Barn, Killington Resort, 9 p.m. $15 includes two beer tickets; for ages 21 and up with proper ID. Info, 800-621-6867. Chelsea Farmers Market: A long-standing town-green tradition supplies shoppers with meat, cheese, vegetables and fine crafts. North Common, Chelsea, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 685-9987, Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.28, 2 p.m. Fair Haven Farmers Market: Community entertainment adds flair to farm produce, pickles, relishes and more. Fair Haven Park, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 518-282-9781, Five Corners Farmers Market: From natural meats to breads and wines, farmers share the bounty of the growing season at an open-air exchange. Lincoln Place, Essex Junction, 3:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-6701, 5cornersfarmersmarket@

Plainfield Farmers Market: Bakers, growers and specialty-food producers provide an edible banquet featuring fresh veggies, meat, eggs, cannoli and kombucha. Mill Street Park, Plainfield, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 454-1856. Richmond Farmers Market: Live music entertains fresh-food browsers at a melody-centered market connecting farmers and cooks. Pete and Karen Sutherland dole out fiddle tunes from 5 to 6 p.m. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3-6:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted for local farmers affected by Tropical Storm Irene. Info, 434-5273, cmader@ Vermont Brewmaster Dinner: Vermont brews are paired with locally sourced foods at a threecourse dinner at the Wobbly Barn. The Long Trail Pub, Snowshed Lodge, Killington Resort, 7-9 p.m. $79; for ages 21 and up with proper ID. Ticket price includes entrance into the Brewfest Kickoff Party, a commemorative pint glass and live music. Info, 800-621-6867. Westford Farmers Market: Purveyors of produce and other edibles take a stand at outdoor stalls. Westford Common, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 524-7317,

health & fitness

Women’s Strength & Conditioning Class: See WED.28, 8:30-9:30 a.m.


Comics Club: Doodlers, writers and readers alike have fun with the funnies. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. 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.

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. Info, 457-2355.

Drop-In Story Time: Babies, toddlers and preschoolers enjoy stories from picture books accompanied by finger plays and action rhymes. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956,

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

Enosburg Falls Story Hour: Young ones show up for fables and occasional field trips. Enosburg Public Library, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 933-2328.

Hartland Farmers Market: Everything from freshly grown produce to specialty food abounds at outdoor stands highlighting the local plenitude. Hartland Public Library, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 4362500, Harvest Grazing Dinner: Hungry? Eat your way around the barn, sampling the autumn bounty at food and beverage stations hosted by local food providers. Proceeds benefit the Vermont Fresh Network and the Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce. Boyden Farm, Cambridge, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $35; cash bar; RSVP. Info, 598-5509, Ludlow Farmers Market: Merchants divide a wealth of locally farmed products, artisanal eats and unique crafts. Front lawn, Okemo Mountain

Montgomery Tumble Time: Physical-fitness activities help build strong muscles. Montgomery Elementary School, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. 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.


Tertulia Latina: Latino Americanos and other fluent Spanish speakers converse en español. Radio Bean, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3440.


Capital City Concerts: Paris’ Trio Pasquier kick off a chamber-music series with dazzling compositions by Roussel, Françaix and Mozart. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. $10-25. Info, 7939291, Dana & Susan Robinson: See THU.29. River Arts Center, Morrisville, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 760-6060, ‘In the Still of the Night’: Ditties such as “I Get a Kick out of You” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” fill a lighthearted revue of the music of American songwriter Cole Porter. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $10-12. Info, 518-523-2512. Joe Cribari: Listeners take in acoustic-guitar originals. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 482-5189. Lee Brice: Hits such as “Love Like Crazy” and “She Ain’t Right” fuel a country concert. Shapiro Field House. Norwich University, Northfield, 9 p.m. $10. Info, 485-2121. Pasatono Orquesta: Folkloric songs extend the culture of Mexico’s indigenous Mixtec people — and an American-jazz element marks the moment in history when the region caught up with the radio waves. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Preperformance talk, 6:30 p.m. $20-25. Info, 656-4455. Peter Yarrow: The folkster of Peter, Paul and Mary fame punctuates a narrative of his life with renditions of iconic songs. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $32-37. Info, 728-6464. Rock for a Cause!: Prana, Rusty Souls and Rock-N-Horse rock out at a benefit concert for the Milton Family Community Center. Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $1820; ages 18 and up. Info, 888-512-7469. Vermont Symphony Orchestra: Made in Vermont Music Festival: See THU.29, Bellows Falls Opera House. $10-45.


The Great Vermont Corn Maze: See WED.28, 10 a.m. We Walk the Colorful Woods: Autumn coats Vermont forests with flaming hues as people stroll along a different portion of the lost Little River settlement each week. Little River State Park, Waterbury, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103. Wildflower Wander: Flora fans spy late bloomers on a plant-identification walk. Little River State Park, Waterbury, 4-5 p.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103.


Dog-Training Classes: K9 handlers and people active with their dogs sign up to learn more about K9 first aid, tracking, basic obedience and basic land navigation a day before the Green Mountain Iron Dog. Colchester Center Fire Station and Camp Kiniya, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $20 per class; preregister; call for specific times. Info, 264-5555, ddewey@dps.


Alex Wolff: After traveling through South America and the Middle East, this Cornwall resident and Sports Illustrated senior writer considers sports as a tool for social good in “How Sports Are Trying to Change the World.” First Congregational Church, Cornwall, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 462-3111. Anne Babson: The award-winning poet and librettist of Lotus Lives opens up about “Cross-Cultural Commonalities: Women Working Collaboratively to Create Art That Speaks to Multiple Identities.” Chellis House, Middlebury College, 12:15 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

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Off the Wall: Discussions About Art: In “Site/Sight: Dan Graham’s Two-Way Mirror, Curved Hedge, Zigzag Labyrinth,” assistant professor of art history Eddie Vazquez discusses one of Middlebury’s public sculptures. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 12:15-1:30 p.m. Free to college ID card holders; community donations accepted. Info, 443-3168. Vaishali Patil: See WED.28, Oakes Hall, Vermont Law School, 12:45 p.m., and John the Baptist Episcopal Church, potluck, 6 p.m.; talk, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 533-2296.


‘69°S’: Phantom Limb’s dancer-puppeteers operate marionettes in a moving retelling of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-16 Antarctica expedition. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $10-40. Info, 603-646-2422.

of various bird species. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 1-2 p.m. Free with regular admission, $3-6. Info, 434-2167,


BCA Summer Artist Market: Local artisans display contemporary craft and fine-art objects as weather permits. Burlington City Hall Park, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166, kmacon@ The Vermont Antique Expo & Sale: Folks sort through a mixed bag of antiques and ephemera. Robert E. Miller Expo Centre, Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $6; free for kids under 12. Info, 878-5545.


International Comic Arts Forum: See THU.29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’: See THU.29, 7:30 p.m.

Vermont Art Teachers Association Fall Conference: See FRI.30, Fleming Museum, UVM, Burlington, 9 a.m.-noon.

Flying Karamozov Brothers: See THU.29, Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $25-45. Info, 863-5966.


‘Inherit the Wind’: See THU.29, 7 p.m.


Champlain Valley Quilters’ Guild: New mem‘Lotus Lives’: Rap, Chinese folk bers and guests are welcome music, dance-club beats and video proat a sew-and-tell meeting. jections collide in an exuberant chamber y o fM Fabric artist Judith Reilly offers ar opera about the stereotypes faced by kR aker “12 Life Lessons for Creativity.” Chinese American women. See calendar spotNorth Avenue Alliance Church, Burlington, light. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, 6:30 p.m. Free for members; $5 for guests. Info, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433. 846-7392. ‘Of Mice and Men’: See THU.29, 8 p.m. ur



‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’: See WED.28, 8 p.m. ‘Romeo and Juliet’: See WED.28, 7 p.m. ‘Rough Magic: A Shakespeare Quartet’: Brimming with sonnets, love scenes, tragic deaths and fairies, Champlain Theatre offers a mash-up of the Bard’s work in this play directed by Kerry Noonan. Presentation Room, Perry Hall, Champlain College, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15; $5 for Champlain faculty and staff; free for Champlain students with an ID. Info, 865-5494. ‘Skin Deep’: See WED.28, 6:30 p.m. ‘Stop Kiss’: See THU.29, 7:30 p.m.


Senior Craft Classes: In two-hour morning and afternoon sessions, folks ages 55 and up experiment with applied decoration — flower arranging, jewelry making, glass painting and more — while discussing design concepts and color. Shelburne Bay Senior Living Community, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $5; call for class time and to register. Info, 864-0604.


Auditions for ‘Vermont’s Own Nutcracker’: Skilled young dancers execute polished ballet steps to join the Vermont Ballet Theater’s annual holiday production. Vermont Ballet Theater and School, Essex, 1:30 p.m. Free; call ahead for details. Info, 878-2941. Ballroom Lesson & Dance Social: See FRI.30, 7-10 p.m.

Literature in Translation Forum: Poets and translators Patrizia Cavalli and Geoffrey Brock explore the art of translating literary works into other languages in a bilingual presentation followed by a Q&A session and reception. Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 635-2727, ext. 231,

I Tango: See FRI.30, 8 p.m.

SAT.01 24-Hour Comics Challenge: Artists ages 16 and up focus on the funnies, aiming to create a 24-page comic book in a single day. Bring your own supplies. Preregister. Montpelier City Hall, October 1, 10 a.m., to October 2, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 355-7461 or 522-3973,

Wood-Carving Demonstration: Visitors avid about avians see trees being whittled into models


Center for Cartoon Studies Marketplace: See FRI.30, noon-7 p.m. Dead North Vermont: Farmland of Terror: See FRI.30, 7:30 p.m. Green Mountain Iron Dog: Canines compete in athletic obstacles — including a water crossing and a 100-yard dash — in this annual challenge held by the Vermont Police Canine Association. Camp Dudley at Kiniya YMCA, Colchester, 9 a.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. $35 registration; free for junior category; free to watch. Info, 264-5555, 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, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 656-3131.

Woofstock: Annual Walk & Festival for the Animals: Pet owners and pooches pound the pavement to raise money for the Addison County Humane Society. A contest of silly tricks and other games make it a doggone good time. Recreation Park, Middlebury, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 388-1100.

fairs & festivals

2011 Harvest Festival: This “epic beer day” features the release of new brews, music by Jamie Masefield and Doug Perkins, and local edibles. Bring your own stemware or purchase a glass on the premises. Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro, noon-5 p.m. $10 entry includes two tasting tickets; $3 per additional tasting ticket, or $10 for four; $75 VIP admission. Info, 533-7450. Annual Harvest Festival: Traditional fall goodies accompany a petting zoo, corn maze, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pie-eating contests and a spooky greenhouse. Sam Mazza’s Family Farm, Colchester, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Most events are free; additional fee for some activities. Info, 655-3440. Fall Foliage Craft Fair: As the leaves change colors, shoppers browse through an annual array of pottery, jewelry, candles, quilts, specialty foods and more. Hardwick Elementary School, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Kiwanis chicken barbecue across the street at 11:30 a.m.; Hardwick Historical Society open house on Church Street, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 472-5906. Fall Foliage Festival: See WED.28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Manchester Fall Art & Craft Festival: See FRI.30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oktoberfest: Prost! This tented event is home to local lagers, live music by the Chad Hollister Band, children’s activities, and Austrian- and harvestinspired cuisine. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, 2-11 p.m. $10-25; free for ages 12 and under; food and beverage tickets sold separately. Info, 253-8511. Vermont Organic Festival: It’s all good at this all-natural celebration with performances by the Tammy Fletcher Band and Peter “Professor Fairbanks” Miller. Other fun includes a potato-sack fashion show, a carrot-peeling contest and hayrides. Valley Dream Farm, Cambridge, noon-4 p.m. $5 parking. Info, 644-6506. Weston Antiques Show: See THU.29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Bike-In Movie: Pedal pushers flip down their kickstands to screen The Triplets of Belleville. Bring snacks and blankets; popcorn provided. FreeRide Bike Co-op, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, ‘Buck’: Cindy Meehl’s documentary paints a portrait of American cowboy and original Horse Whisperer Buck Brannaman. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. Manhattan Short Film Festival: At one of more than 200 global venues, film lovers convene to screen the finalists — and vote for their top pick.

‘Snow Flower and the Secret Fan’: See FRI.30, 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, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 453-6796, bristolfarmersmarket@ Burlington Farmers Market: Dozens of vendors sell everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to ethnic cuisine to pottery to artisan cheese. Chelsie Henderson and Adam Brockway deliver the tunes. Burlington City Hall Park, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Caledonia Farmers Market: Growers, crafters and entertainers gather weekly at outdoor stands centered on local eats. 50 Railroad St., St. Johnsbury, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Capital City Farmers Market: Fresh produce, perennials, seedlings, home-baked foods and handmade crafts lure local buyers throughout the growing season. 60 State St., Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958, Chicken Pie Dinner: Nourishing pies cover tables at a family-style meal benefiting the Knights of Columbus scholarship fund. St. Pius X Parish, Essex Junction, 5:30 p.m. & 6:15 p.m. $5-9; take-out available. Info, 879-6989 or 878-8314. Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.28, 2 p.m. Eat Local VT: Edibles from local farms, restaurants and food providers shine in nine days of tastings, workshops, locavore menus and tours. Various locations, Burlington, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Various prices; see for details. Info, 861-9700, Enosburg Falls Farmers Market: A morethan-20-year-old bazaar offers herbs, jellies, vegetables and just-baked goodies in the heart of the village. Lincoln Park, Enosburg Falls, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 933-4503. Ham Dinner: A home-cooked meal of mashed potatoes, winter squash, homemade pies and baked beast brings together the community. Proceeds benefit the Meeting House restoration fund. Multipurpose Room, Robinson Elementary School, Starksboro, 5 p.m. $5-10; $25 family ticket for two adults and two children, with additional children at $3 each. Info, 453-2079 or 453-5227. Home-Cooked Chicken & Biscuits Supper: Coleslaw, vegetables and an assortment of pies augment a meal of comfort food benefiting various church missions. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $5-10; $30 for family of five; free for kids under 3; takeout available. Info, 862-5050. Isle La Motte Farmers Market: The small town’s big bounty includes flowers, fresh produce, baked goods, specialty foods, crafts and more. Hall’s Orchard, Isle La Motte, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, Killington Brewfest: Festival goers say “Cheers!” at a celebration of more than 75 regional craft beers, seasonal foods and live music. Snowshed Lodge, Killington Resort, 1-6 p.m. $25 includes 12 beer tickets; $1 for additional beer tickets; $5 for designated drivers; for ages 21 and up only. Info, 800-621-6867. Middlebury Farmers Market: Crafts, cheeses, breads and veggies vie for spots in shoppers’ totes. The Marbleworks, Middlebury, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-0178, Milton Farmers Market: Honey, jams and pies alike tempt seekers of produce, crafts and maple sat.01

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24-Hour Comics Day 2011: Artists of all abilities and styles put pencil to paper in a full day of cartooning. Artists’ Mediums, Williston, October 1, 9 a.m., to October 2, 9 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 879-1236,

Indian Music & Dance: A troupe of highly talented area artists share stories of Chitrangada, a warrior princess, in a dramatic dance. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5-12. Info, 860-9556.

Stowe Home Tour: Amazing examples of architecture and interiors include the 2011 HGTV Dream Home, an Adirondack-style camp known as the Tree House, an 1840s farmhouse and a ski getaway. Various locations, Stowe, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $2325 includes lunch. Info, 253-8358.

‘Potiche’: A factory owner is taken hostage by his striking factory workers, leaving his trophy housewife to run the operation in François Ozon’s 2010 comedy. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.



Belly Blast: Middle Eastern belly-dance moves tone the body from head to toe. South End Studio, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 540-0044.

Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls Tour: See FRI.30, 7-8 p.m.

‘Passione’: See FRI.30, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.


Christopher Penczak: Following a 6:30 p.m. meet and greet, the author of The Plant Spirit Familiar and other books offers a 7:30 p.m. talk on “Deepening Your Magickal Practice.” Spirit Dancer Books & Gifts, Burlington. Free. Info, 660-8060.

Historical Walking Tour: Architecture buffs ogle the capital city’s historic structures and learn about ongoing historic-preservation efforts. Meet at the kiosk on State and Elm streets, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Donations accepted. Info,

Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $1012. Info, 518-523-2512.

Book-Release Celebration: An unemployed marketing man taps into a large-scale government cover-up in Todd R. Lockwood’s debut novel, Dance of the Innocents. BCA Center, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; cash bar. Info, 865-7166.

Craft Demonstration: Artisan Annie Caswell shapes tiny balls of clay into goddess-inspired sculptures and stamped-image or sculpted necklaces. Art on Main, Bristol, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 453-4032.

Historical & Architectural Tour of Downtown Burlington: Preservation Burlington guides illuminate interesting nooks and crannies of the Queen City. Meet at the southwest corner of Church and College streets, Burlington, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 522-8259.

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goodies. Milton Grange, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 893-7734. Morrisville Farmers Market: Foodies stock up on local provender. On the green, Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy, Morrisville, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 888-7053, Mount Tom Farmers Market: Purveyors of garden-fresh crops, prepared foods and crafts set up shop for the morning. Mount Tom, Woodstock, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 763-2070, 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. Next to Fogg’s Hardware & Building Supply and the Bike Hub, Route 5 South, Norwich, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447, Pumpkin & Apple Celebration: Two quintessential fall crops are the theme for a harvest party boasting cider pressing, pumpkin ice cream, apple tastings and horse-drawn wagon rides. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355. 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 bands enliven an outdoor outlet for homegrown herbs, flowers and fruits, and handmade breads, cheeses and syrups. Mad River Green, Waitsfield, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027 or 498-4734.




Williston Farmers Market: Shoppers seek prepared foods and unadorned produce at a weekly open-air affair. Town Green, Williston, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 735-3860,

health & fitness

Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Supporters of the Alzheimer’s Association battle senile dementia and promote brain health by covering 2.2 miles. Taylor Park, St. Albans, registration, 10 a.m.; walk, 11 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 524-6534.


Berkshire Tumble Time: Provided snacks fuel exercise for tots. Gym, Berkshire Elementary School, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Creepy Comics Workshop: Vermont cartoonist Denis St. John leads an interactive class on sketching ghosts and ghouls. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free; for ages 6 and up; preregister. Info, 223-4665. Oh, Deer!: Little ones go on a hike to search for signs of these swift, graceful mammals. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 10 a.m.noon. $10-12 per parent/child pair; $4-5 per each additional child; preregister. Info, 434-3068.


A Concert of Art Songs & Arias: Baritone Arthur B. Zorn and concert pianist Diane Huling raise the curtain on songs by Carissimi, Stradella, Durante, Schubert and many others. Bethany Church, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Donations accepted for Bethany Center for the Arts. Info, 229-4431, Back Porch Blues Concert: New York City blues guitarist Bill Sims Jr. and Vermont harmonica man Mark LaVoie offer old-school crossroads blues. Big

Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 8 p.m. $12. Info, 496-8994.

session. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

The Honey Dewdrops: Sweet harmonies meet compelling Americana stories in the duets of this Virginia-based band. See calendar spotlight. Ripton Community House, 7:30 p.m. $3-9. Info, 388-9782.


Vermont Symphony Orchestra: Made in Vermont Music Festival: See THU.29, Chandler Music Hall, Randolph.

‘69°S’: See FRI.30, 8 p.m. ‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’: See THU.29, 7:30 p.m. ‘Inherit the Wind’: See THU.29, 7 p.m. ‘Of Mice and Men’: See THU.29, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’: See WED.28, 8 p.m.

Yefim Bronfman: Included in the piano powerhouse’s program are Brahms’ Sonata no. 3 in F Minor, op. 5; four of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes; and Prokofiev’s Sonata no. 8. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $10-53. Info, 603-646-2422.


Heroic Corn Maze Adventure: Test your Fort Ticonderoga history by solving a six-acre puzzle in the cornstalks. Fort Ticonderoga, N.Y., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $7-10. Info, 518-585-2821. Making Tracks & Seeing Skins: Explorers look for signs of furry friends and collect footprints with plaster-of-Paris track casts. Nature Center, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 4-5 p.m. $2-3; free for kids under 4; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103. Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike: Flashlight holders spy denizens of the dark on a journey to 120-year-old settlement ruins where cemeteryset ghost tales await. Little River State Park, Waterbury, 6-8 p.m. $2-3; call to confirm. Info, 244-7103. The Great Vermont Corn Maze: See WED.28, 10 a.m. We Walk the Colorful Woods: See FRI.30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Better Watchdog Workshop: Reporters, editors and producers from media outlets work with seasoned professionals to improve their skills conducting interviews, doing research and developing sources. Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $45 for professionals; $15 for student journalists; preregister. Info, 654-2442. Bridging the Gap: Understanding Intergenerational Financial Issues: Bob Mauterstock, author of Can We Talk? A Financial Guide for Baby Boomers Assisting Their Elderly Parents, helps members of the Boomer generation and their parents plan ahead. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 879-8790. Genealogy Workshop: Googling your greatgreat-grandparents? Instructor Ed McGuire presents tips to make the search more efficient and successful. Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Donations accepted. Introduction to Microsoft Windows: Want to be tech savvy? Get an overview of the operating system used by all Microsoft Windows software programs. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1011:30 a.m. $3 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 865-7217.


Faculty Chalk Talk 2011: Pregame with a prof? Associate professor of government Lucas Swaine speaks about “Moral Authority: What Should America’s Political Leaders Be Willing to Do?” in a popular presentation series taking place before a home football game. Room 105, Dartmouth Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2258, dartmouth.alumni.relations@ Tim Bartlett & Su Lian Tan: Lotus Lives’ video-set designer and composer outline the journey “From Idea to Art” while sharing images from the video set in an informal talk and Q&A

‘Romeo and Juliet’: See WED.28, 7:30 p.m. ‘Rough Magic: A Shakespeare Quartet’: See FRI.30, 8 p.m. ‘Skin Deep’: See WED.28, 6:30 p.m. ‘Stop Kiss’: See THU.29, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. ‘Vino and the Bard’: Toast iambic pentameter and sonnets as Vermont Shakespeare Company revisits the playwright’s most powerful scenes in an evening interspersed with East Shore Vineyard wine tastings and mingling. Proceeds benefit Shakespeare in the Park 2012. See calendar spotlight. North Hero Community Hall, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $25; $10 for children under 12. Info, 877-874-1911.


Book Reading & Reception: Bachelor of fine arts faculty members Ryan Boudinot, Walter Butts, Jocelyn Cullity, Jill Magi and Sara Michas-Martin recite their own fiction, poetry and nonfiction. Goddard College, Plainfield, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 454-8311. Donald H. Wickman: The author of A Very Fine Appearance: The Vermont Civil War Photographs of George Houghton discusses his subject. United Church, Cambridge, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 644-5675. Orah Moore: In her new book, Stowe: A Vermont Town for All Seasons, the Vermont photographer portrays the iconic New England village through breathtaking images and evocative essays. Stowe Kitchen, Bath & Linens, noon-3 p.m. Free. Info, 888-2309. Reality Fix: Participants spin true tales, funny or serious, on the subject of “Why I Love Burlington.” North End Studio, Burlington, 8-9:30 p.m. $5 donation supports Jason Lorber’s mayoral campaign. Info, 863-9429.

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24-Hour Comics Challenge: See SAT.01. 24-Hour Comics Day 2011: See SAT.01.


The Vermont Antique Expo & Sale: See SAT.01, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


West African Beginner Dance Class: Ghana native Bennicent Agbodzie shares his vast knowledge of traditional songs and drumming in a movement class. South End Studio, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 540-0044.


Plattsburgh Bridal Show: Blushing bridesto-be make decisions about the cake, dress and food, and enter to win prizes. Gilligan’s Getaway, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 11:30 a.m. $5-6; cash bar. Info, 459-2897.

fairs & festivals

Annual Harvest Festival: See SAT.01, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Autumn on the Green: Visitors roam among wares and displays from more than 100 vendors at this old-fashioned exhibition graced with bandstand music. Don’t miss the chicken-and-biscuit lunch. Town Green, Danville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 684-2528. Green Mountain Foliage Festival: Leaf peepers enjoy live music, food and drink concessions, conservation exhibits, free chairlift rides, and more on the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act, a landmark environmental law. Gate House Lodge, Lincoln Peak, Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 1-5 p.m. Free. Info, 747-6760. Manchester Fall Art & Craft Festival: See FRI.30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival: Homemade trebuchets catapult would-be jack-o’lanterns in a daylong throwing contest with music by Mike Dunn, John Smyth and the Honey Beez. Proceeds benefit the Lamoille Family Center and Cambridge Rotary. Boyden Farm, Cambridge, 11 a.m. $3-5. Info, 888-2910 or 644-5974, djordan@gmavt. net.


From Stonewall to Marriage: A Film/ Discussion Series: As part of LGBTQ History Month, RU12? Community Center screens Stonewall Uprising, a 2010 documentary tracing the events leading to the 1969 “riots” at Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn. Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 and 2’: The fate of the wizarding world rests on the shoulders of Harry, Ron and Hermione in the epic finale of J.K. Rowling’s saga. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 4 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘Passione’: See FRI.30, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. ‘Snow Flower and the Secret Fan’: See FRI.30, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

food & drink

Cheese & Apple Tasting: Apples and cheese. Cheese and apples. Savor these Vermont staples at a day filled with cheesemaking demonstrations, cider pressing, heirloom fruits, and the Antique Vegetable Exhibit and Contest. Old Stone House Museum, Brownington, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $8; free for kids and those over 90. Info, 754-2022. Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.28, 2 p.m. Eat Local VT: See SAT.01, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Harvest Celebration: Farmers, food producers and folks who like to eat squeeze in under a big white tent for edible samples, giveaways, face painting and old-time tunes by Mayfly. City Market, Burlington, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700. Preserving the Harvest: Keeping Our Food Dollars in Our Local Communities: Students of sustainability practice steam juicing and canning to make the garden haul last through the winter. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 1-4 p.m. $24-30; preregister. Info, 359-5000. Pumpkin & Apple Celebration: See SAT.01, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 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 “more than just wild leeks.” On the green, Champlain Mill, Winooski, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info,

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Open MeditatiOn Classes: Harness your emotions and cultivate inner peace through the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Laughing River Yoga, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $5-15 suggested donation. Info, 684-0452,


it’s Milking tiMe at the dairy: Brown Swiss cows stroll from the pasture to the milking parlor. Shelburne Farms, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-8686. Orienteering: Are we there yet? Kids learn to navigate with a map and compass. Shelburne Farms, clinic, 9-10 a.m.; beginner, intermediate and advanced courses, 10 a.m.-noon. $10-12 per parent/ child pair; $5-6 per additional child; $5 for just the course. Info, 985-8686.


diManChes: Novice and fluent French speakers brush up on their linguistics — en français. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.


nOrtheast Fiddlers assOCiatiOn: Stringedinstrument players gather for a monthly jam. VFW Post, Montpelier, noon-5 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 728-5188. the hOney dewdrOps: See SAT.01, Tunbridge Church, 7 p.m. $15-20. Info, 431-3433, folkbloke@ the sky FaMily CeltiC revival: See THU.29, Green Mountain Community Alliance Church, Duxbury, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 244-6463. verMOnt syMphOny OrChestra: Made in verMOnt MusiC Festival: See THU.29, Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock. Call for price.


herOiC COrn Maze adventure: See SAT.01, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. the great verMOnt COrn Maze: See WED.28, 10 a.m. war OF the weeds!: Plant pullers say goodbye to invasive honeysuckle shrubs. Service opportunities available; call for scheduling. A-Side Beach parking lot, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7103.

Better watChdOg wOrkshOp: See SAT.01, Room 142, Jeanmarie Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $30.


gOlF tOurnaMent: It’s tee time! Players work their way through 18 holes in a

verMOnt ravens vs. nOrthern Berkshire kings: The local semi-prop football team tackles its last game of the regular season, which could send it to the playoffs. Pendo Field, Spaulding High School, Barre, 1 p.m. $7. Info, 479-9002.


aMy gOOdMan: Democracy Now!’s host and executive producer delivers the keynote speech for the annual Peace Pledge Ceremony, celebrating the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Recital Hall, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. hOward COFFin: In “Vermont and the Civil War,” the historian and author offers a very local history. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, Northfield, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 485-4168.

aura-Clearing CliniC: Call to reserve an energyhealing session and investigation of the state of your field of radiation. Sessions start every 15 minutes. Golden Sun Healing Center, South Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 922-9090. herBal CliniC: Folks learn to improve their health with herbal medicines at a personalized, confidential consultation with faculty and students from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. Preregister. City Market, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700. MindFul parents: Parents of youth who are struggling with mental-health issues practice mindfulness strategies for everyday life while building an internal support network. Vermont Center for Yoga & Therapy, South Burlington, 5:45-6:45 p.m. Free. Info, 658-9440. wOMen’s strength & COnditiOning Class: See WED.28, 8:30-9:30 a.m.



‘inherit the wind’: See THU.29, 2 p.m. ‘lOtus lives’: See FRI.30, 3 p.m.; preshow talk, 2:15 p.m. ‘OF MiCe and Men’: See THU.29, 2 p.m. ‘rOMeO and Juliet’: See WED.28, 5 p.m. ‘the phantOM OF the Opera’: On its 25th anniversary, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lavish production about a musical genius in hiding is broadcast to movie theaters around the country. Palace Cinema 9, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $18-22. Info, 660-9300.


wOMen’s pOetry grOup: Writers give and receive feedback on their poetic expressions in a nonthreatening, nonacademic setting. Private home, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 828-545-2950,

isle la MOtte playgrOup: Stories and crafts make for creative play. Yes, there will be snacks. Isle La Motte Elementary School, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. MindFulness FOr teens: In a six-week program, adolescents learn skills to reduce stress. Vermont Center for Yoga & Therapy, South Burlington, 3:304:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-9440. stOries with Megan: Preschoolers ages 3 to 6 expand their imaginations through storytelling, songs and rhymes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. 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.


reCOrder-playing grOup: Musicians produce early folk and baroque melodies. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 6580030,

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puBliC hearing: Community comments are welcomed and encouraged at a meeting about the town’s Comprehensive Plan. Town Hall, Williston, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-5121.

steve BaughMan: Borealis Guitar Duo open for this Celtic guitarist renowned for his fingerstyle. Private home, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. $15; call for address. Info, 272-3203,


verMOnt syMphOny OrChestra: Made in verMOnt MusiC Festival: See THU.29, Fine Arts Center, Castleton State College.

‘snOw FlOwer and the seCret Fan’: See FRI.30, 7:30 p.m.


‘passiOne’: See FRI.30, 5:30 p.m.

food & drink

ChOCOlate-dipping deMO: See WED.28, 2 p.m. eat lOCal vt: See SAT.01, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

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patriCk Binns: The Canadian consul general to New England speaks about initiatives to promote security and support trade and economic growth in “U.S.-Canada Border Security and Enhancement,” a talk sponsored by the Vermont Council on World Affairs. Doubletree Hotel, South Burlington, 8 a.m. $10 includes breakfast; reservations required. Info, 861-2343. sarah karikO: The installation and mixed-media artist gets chatty about everything “From Buffalo Bones to Brain Scans.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.


Creative-nOnFiCtiOn BasiCs: MeMOir & persOnal essay writing: Writing prompts help scribblers turn journal or blog entries into publishable personal stories. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 7-9 p.m. Free; space is limited; preregister. Info, 878-4918. MarJOrie Cady MeMOrial writers grOup: Budding wordsmiths improve their craft through “homework” assignments, creative exercises and sharing. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 388-2926, cpotter935@comcast. net. shared MOMents Open MiC: Green Candle Theatre Company’s Recille Hamrell organizes an evening of spontaneously told true tales about pivotal life events. Cat got your tongue? Just sit and listen. Unitarian Church, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 863-1754.

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ChaMplain valley Quilters’ guild: New members and guests are welcome at a sew-and-tell meeting. National Quilting Association certified judge Beverly Fine shares her thoughts on what makes a prize-winning quilt. Essex Alliance Church, 6:30 p.m. Free for members; $5 for guests. Info, 878-8213.


west aFriCan Beginner danCe Class: See SUN.02, 6-7:30 p.m.


‘hellO, dOlly!’: The Catamount Community Film Series brings old Hollywood favorites back to the big screen. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. TUE.04

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the great verMOnt COrn Maze: See WED.28, 10 a.m.

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four-person-scramble format. Proceeds benefit Hinesburg Community School’s playground-renovation project. Cedar Knoll Country Club, Hinesburg, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. $60. Info, 482-6196.

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‘Passione’: See FRI.30, 5:30 p.m. ‘Singin’ in the Rain’: Gene Kelly stars in this beloved 1952 Hollywood musical about a pair of silent-film actors thrust into the world of sound. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘Snow Flower and the Secret Fan’: See FRI.30, 7:30 p.m.

food & drink

Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.28, 2 p.m. Eat Local VT: See SAT.01, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Johnson Farmers Market: A street emporium bursts with local agricultural products ranging from produce to herbs to freshly baked bread. United Church, Johnson, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1682. Old North End Farmers Market: Local farmers sell the fruits of their fields, and their labor. Integrated Arts Academy, H.O. Wheeler Elementary School, Burlington, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 324-3073. Rutland County Farmers Market: See SAT.01, 3-6 p.m.

health & fitness

Community Medical School: Sally Herschorn, associate professor of radiology and medical director of breast imaging at Fletcher Allen Health Center, offers “A Guide to Breast Imaging: The Latest Technology for Screening and Detecting Cancer.” Carpenter Auditorium, Given Medical Building, UVM, Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 847-2886. Public Flu Clinic: See WED.28, Fairfield Community Center, 10-11:30 a.m.


Auditions for ‘Mini Mud’: Seven- to 18-year-olds show they’ve got what it takes for this annual youth variety show. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 3:30 p.m. Free; call for an audition time. Info, 431-0204,

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 are rewarded with folklore, fairy tales, crafts and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5246. Fall Story Hour: Picture books and crafts catch the attention of little tykes. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Frosty & Friends Therapy Dogs: Young readers share their favorite texts with friendly pooches. Preregister. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Grand Isle Pajama Story Time: Listeners show up with blankets for bedtime tales. Grand Isle Free Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Highgate Story Hour: See WED.28, 10-11 a.m. Preschool Story time: Tots ages 3 to 5 read picture books, play with puppets and do math activities. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

Toddler Story Time: Tots 3 and under discover the wonder of words. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 9:30-10 a.m. Free. Info, 482-2878.



Green Mountain Chorus: Men who like to sing learn four-part harmonies at an open meeting of this all-guy barbershop group. St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 505-9595.



Get the Most From a Mac: A free workshop demonstrates the most efficient and effective ways to utilize a Mac in a business environment. Small Dog Electronics, South Burlington, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 888-723-8129, events@ ‘Me?! I Don’t Think I’m Right!’: Career-transition coach Glenda Otto helps folks explore the sides of right and wrong, good and bad. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, info@hungermountain. com.

‘Passione’: See FRI.30, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’: Gregory Peck took home an Oscar for his portrayal of Atticus Finch in this 1962 film adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel. Rick Winston facilitates a postfilm discussion. Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

Amy Miller: In “Cultivating True Happiness Through Establishing a Practice,” the director of the Milarepa Center offers a fun and relaxed approach to spiritual practice through meditation and discussion. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 633-4136. Chip Sawyer: In “Vermont By the Numbers: Census 2010,” the director of Planning and Development in St. Albans analyzes the state’s population trends. North Lounge, Billings Hall, UVM, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-4389.

health & fitness

Women’s Strength & Conditioning Class: See WED.28, 8:30-9:30 a.m.


Enosburg Playgroup: See WED.28, 9-11 a.m. Fairfield Playgroup: See WED.28, 10-11:30 a.m. Highgate Story Hour: See WED.28, 11:15 a.m.12:15 p.m. Kids in the Kitchen: The kitchen becomes a laboratory as youngsters mix vinegar and baking soda to make a volcano and find more fun in the science of food. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.

Preschool Story time: See TUE.04, 10-10:45 a.m.




‘Romeo and Juliet’: See WED.28, 7:30 p.m.

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Intro to Buddhism: Know what nam-myohorenge-kyo means? Find out at this primer on the Eastern religion. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 370-1738. Keys to Credit: A seminar clears up the confusing world of credit. 294 North Winooski Ave., Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 104.


Barry Genzlinger: Test your nocturnal knowledge as the bat advocate gives a 10-question quiz about the flying mammals. Milton Historical Society, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2598, Bill Mares: Photos, cartoons and drawings aid the author’s lecture on piscatorial pursuits in “Fishing With the Presidents.” Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 334-7902. Jane Carroll: In “Virtue and Vice: The World of Vermeer’s Women,” the Dartmouth College professor speaks about the encoded messages and stories of courtship and seduction contained in the Dutch painter’s works. Rutland Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860.

Reeve Lindbergh: The author sheds light on her mother’s marriage to Charles Lindbergh and her take on key world events in “Rowing Against the Wind and Tide: The Journals and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh.” Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

Eat Local VT: See SAT.01, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Pajama Story Time: Kids up to age 6 wear their jammies for evening tales. Arvin A. Brown Library, Richford, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.


Contentment in Everyday Life: See WED.28, 6:30 p.m.

Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.28, 2 p.m.

Autumn Story Time: See WED.28, 10 a.m.

Major Jackson: After conducting creative writing workshops in a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, the poet and professor offers a multimedia presentation about his experience, and recites new poems addressing war and resilience. Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3166.

Community Herbalism Class: VCIH student Jesy Joy explores the art of crafting naturally fermented herbal tonics by combining fruits and herbs from the local landscape. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 224-7100,

Peter Fox Smith: An opera expert delves into the reasons behind the tragic deaths in Anna Bolena and Don Giovanni Tenorio in “Morte! Morte!” St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291.

Auditions for ‘Mini Mud’: See TUE.04, 3:30 p.m.

Gregory Sharrow: Vermont Folklife Center’s director of education and folklorist highlights the vibrant cultures of Vermont’s immigrant communities, from family celebrations to foodways. American Legion, Rutland, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 775-1642.

The Great Vermont Corn Maze: See WED.28, 10 a.m.

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Barre Farmers Market: See WED.28, 3-6:30 p.m.


‘Skin Deep’: See WED.28, 11:15 a.m.

‘Das Boot: The Director’s Cut’: Wolfgang Petersen’s 1981 drama dives beneath the waves to tell a terrifying story about the world inside of a World War II German U-boat. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘Snow Flower and the Secret Fan’: See FRI.30, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Navigating the Senior-Care Maze: A five-part workshop series addresses emotional, practical, legal, financial and other aspects of caring for the elderly. Heineberg Community & Senior Center, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-3982.



Chittenden County Philatelic Club: Stamp collectors of all levels of interest and experience swap sticky squares, and stories about them. GE Healthcare Building, South Burlington, 6:15 p.m. Free. Info, 660-4817,

Computer Classes for Adult Learners: Folks ages 50 and up learn the fundamentals of computing, organizing folders, troubleshooting, Facebook and other newfangled technology. SeniorEd Center of Vermont, South Burlington, 9:30 a.m. $10 per workshop; $40 for full course. Info, 864-1502.

Linda Radtke: The musician gives a costumed rundown of major state benchmarks in “Vermont History Through Song,” with accompaniment by pianist Arthur Zorn. Shoreham Elementary School, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 897-5254.

College Admissions 101: From applications to preparation, independent educational consultant Nancy Milne answers burning questions about higher education. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

Art at the Coach Barn: Tea & Tour: Discover the inspiration and craft behind the artwork on display at an annual exhibition before enjoying afternoon tea and treats with artists at the inn. Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, 2:45-4:30 p.m. $18. Info, 985-8686.

The Great Vermont Corn Maze: See WED.28, 10 a.m.





Burlington, 6 p.m. Free; cost of food. Info, 862-1677 or 863-3305.

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


South Hero Playgroup: Free play, crafting and snacks entertain children and their grown-up companions. South Hero Congregational Church, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

Story Time for Tots: Three- to 5-year-olds savor stories, songs, crafts and company. CarpenterCarse Library, Hinesburg, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 482-2878.


Science & Stories: Fall Leaves: Kids have aha! moments regarding autumn foliage. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386.

Tony Eprile: The visiting writer and author of The Persistence of Memory and Temporary Sojourner: And Other South African Stories reads from his works of fiction, answers questions and signs books. Haybarn Theater, Goddard College, Plainfield, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 454-8311.

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Craftaculars: Creative kids get caught up in low-tech projects. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


St. Albans Playgroup: Creative activities and storytelling engage the mind. St. Luke’s Church, St. Albans, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

Plauderabend: Conversationalists with a basic knowledge of the German language put their skills to use over dinner. Zen Gardens, South

Robert Hager: Recounting stand-out moments from 40 years on the front lines, this retired NBC correspondent speaks about “Courting Disaster: From Vietnam to 21st-Century Terrorism.” Norwich Public Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184. Zirka Filipczak: The Williams College professor illustrates a master painter’s strongest suit in “Rembrandt: Emotion Through Pose and Gesture.” Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.


‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’: See THU.29, 7:30 p.m. ‘Photograph 51’: Vermont Stage Company produces Anna Ziegler’s play about the life of British scientist Rosalind Franklin, who first photographed the double-helix structure of the DNA molecule but may not have gotten due credit. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $24.30-32.50. Info, 863-5966. ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’: See WED.28, 8 p.m. ‘Romeo and Juliet’: See WED.28, 7:30 p.m. ‘Skin Deep’: See WED.28, 11:15 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ‘The Phantom of the Opera’: See SUN.02, 7:30 p.m. m



acting THE MOSAIC ACTOR’S LAB: Oct. 10, 12, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26 & 28, 6-9 p.m. each day; & October 16 & 30, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Cost: $425/52hr. lab. Location: The Off Center, 294 N. Winooski Ave., suite 116C, Burlington. Info: Theatre Mosaic Mond, Georgette Garbes Putzel, 735-7912, mosaicmond@gmail. com, A mosaic nonprescriptive approach to explore acting for adults, including body and space, space and stage, words and non-words, reaction and action, sounds and images, drop the mask, permanence and transience of the character, heart and spirit of the actor, in English and in French scene work.


ACCESS BODY & MIND CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 165 fall offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, Core Strength with Caroline Perkins (Tuesdays and Thursdays), Weight Training, Zumba (3 choices), Yoga (4 choices), Tai Chi, Swing or Ballroom with Terry Bouricius, African Drum, African Dance, Jazzercise, Fiddling with Pete Sutherland, Jazz Guitar with Jim Stout, Voice-Overs, Guitar (3 Levels), SongBasket with Karen Sutherland, Creative Dance (5-8 year olds), Mindful Meditation, Herbal Chocolate, Herbs Facial, and Juggling. Low cost, excellent instructors, guaranteed. Materials included. Full descriptions online. Look for Access, Community Education link. Senior discount 65+.

building TINY-HOUSE RAISING: Cost: $250/ workshop. Location: Bolton & Richmond, Vermont. Info: Peter King, 933-6103,. A crew of beginners will help instructor Peter King frame and sheath a 16 x 20 tiny house on Bolton, Oct. 15 & 16, and a 12 x 12 in Richmond, Nov. 5 & 6.

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your camera and memory card to the first class. SILKSCREENING POSTERS & MORE: Oct. 13-Dec. 8, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Thursday. Cost: $200/ nonmembers, $180/BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Learn to silkscreen hand-drawn images, written text, photos, and borrowed images onto a variety of materials. Create your own posters, stationary, invitations and more. Also learn to print on fabric for personalized tshirts and tote bags. Students will have use of a computer complete with Adobe Creative Suite. Ages 16 and up.

climbing COED/WOMEN’S CLIMBING CLINICS: Oct. 11-Nov. 17, 6-9 p.m., Weekly on Tue., Thu. Cost: $175/2hr. class, gear & additional visits. Location: Petra Cliffs Climbing Center, 105 Briggs St., Burlington. Info: The Petra Cliffs Group, Andrea Charest, 657-3872,, Coed (Tuesdays) and Women’s Clinics (Thursdays) develop and improve climbing technique, balance, movement, footwork, strength, belaying, lead climbing and more. Beginner or intermediate sessions run for six weeks and include gear and additional visits. Learn to climb in a controlled environment with AMGA Climbing Wall Instructors!

coaching HORSES, HERD & LEADERSHIP PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION & OPEN HOUSE: Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Cost: $20/person, $35/2 people. Location: Horses & Pathfinders Equine Guided Education, Leadership & Coaching, 6899 Route 100B, Moretown. Info: 2231903,, horsesandpathfinders. com. Includes a facility tour and services/programs overview, a brief presentation on social herd dynamics and leadership from the horse’s perspective, a herd dynamics demonstration and an optional hands-on equine-guided education activity. Experience what horses have to teach us from a fresh and profound perspective. No horse experience necessary, we do not ride the horses.



GOURMET FOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH!: Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $75/5-hour class. Location: Maya Center for Integrated Medicine, 2755 West Shore Road, Isle La Motte. Info: Maya Center, Jeanette O’Conor, 310-0942,, Join Chef Lisa Best for a gourmet cooking class featuring flavors of the Mediterranean. Foods prepared will be heart healthy, flavorful and fun! Leave with recipes, advice on healthy cooking and a full gourmet meal for two. Sponsored by the Maya Center. Tuition assistance available.

craft ACCESS CRAFT CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 165 fall offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, Wheel 7 Pottery and Clay Choices, Woodworking, Welding, Electrical, Wood Carving, Bead/Wire Jewelry Making, Metal Bracelet, Spindle and Knobs, Wooden Bowl Turning, Make a Hula-Hoop, Rug Hooking, 3 Bag Sewing, Hemming Skills, Aprons, Cross Stitch, Crochet, Felting, Quilting, Monotype Print, Mosaic Garden Frame, Cake Decorating (3 choices), Knitting (3 choices). Full descriptions online. Look for Access, Community Education link. Senior discount 65+.

dance 1-HR. ADULT BALLET BARRE: Mon. & Fri. 11 a.m., Wed. 5:45 p.m., Sat. 10:45 a.m. Cost: $13/drop-in per class (better rates for members & class-card holders). Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369,, Perfect for beginning-level students, our classes draw upon the teachings, techniques and sensations of inner beauty that you feel with regular ballet classes. Experienced dancers welcome! Experience elegance, personal growth and fun while shaping, toning and aligning your body to move with ease and grace. “Nothing else feels like ballet!” DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, info@,. Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Moving to 7:15 p.m. Oct. 5. Argentinean Tango class and social, Fridays, 7:30 p.m., walk-ins welcome. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! EQUUS: DANCING IN REAL TIME: Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $20/with preregistration by Sep. 30; $25 at the door, space permitting. Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill St., 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 863-3369,,


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ACCESS COMPUTER CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 165 fall offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, Computer & Internet Basics Tutorial, iWant iPods & iPhones, Improve Your Internet Experience, Windows Security: File and Control Panels, OpenOffice, Google Sketch Up, PowerPoint, Publisher, MS Word Basics and More, Smartphone Use,



TRAINING FOR TRANSITION: Nov. 5-6, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Cost: $140/person. Money must be paid in advance. Please call or visit website for details on payment. Location: Charlotte Senior Center, Charlotte. Info: 425-2111, Transition U.S. ( is offering the two-day Training for Transition course as developed by the Transition Network in England ( The course is an in-depth experiential introduction to Transition for those considering bringing Transition to their community. It is recommended for communities wishing to become an internationally recognized Transition Initiative.

MS Excel Basics, Excel Up: The Next Steps, Excel Data Analysis, Website Design Fundamentals, Dreamweaver: Web Essentials, Understanding Game Design, How to Buy a Computer, Technology From Caveman View, Personalized Lessons. Low cost, hands on, excellent instructors, limited class size, guaranteed. Materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions online, look for Access, Community Education link. Senior discount 65+.


ADOBE PHOTOSHOP: Oct. 13-Nov. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $195/person, $175.50 BCA member. Location: Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Prerequisite: Intro SLR Camera or equivalent experience Gain confidence working in Adobe Photoshop in this six-week class. Uploading images into Adobe Bridge, use of Camera Raw, imagecorrection tools such as color and white balance correction, layers, masks, selections, retouching and much more will be covered, as well as printing on our Epson 3880 printer. CLAY: WHEEL THROWING: Oct. 13-Dec. 8, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Thursday. Cost: $220/nonmembers, $198/BCA members (clay sold separately at $20/25 lb. bag. Glazes and firings incl. Location: BCA Clay Studio, Burlington. Students will be working primarily on the potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques, while creating functional

DROP-IN: PRESCHOOL CLAY: Sep. 16-Dec. 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Weekly on Fri. Cost: $6/parent & child pair, $5/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, Burlington. This popular drop-in program introduces your child to artistic explorations in a multimedia environment that is both creative and social. Through art projects designed for early learners, young artists will draw, work with clay, and create collages, paint murals and more! Parents must accompany their children. All materials provided. Ages 3 to 5. Get a free visit! Purchase a $30 punch card for six drop-in classes, $25 for BCA members. JEWELRY: SETTING STONES WORKSHOP: Oct. 22-23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $180/nonmembers, $162/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Want to know the ins and outs of setting a stone in copper or silver? This weekend workshop will cover the basics of making a bezel, to hold your stones in your jewelry. Learn tips and tricks on how to set your stone perfectly. Basic metalsmithing skills recommended. Ages 16 and up. PAINTING: ABSTRACT: Oct. 27-Dec. 8, 6:30-9 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $185/person, $166.50/BCA member. Location: Firehouse Center, Burlington. Students will be guided to explore the many exciting possibilities of abstract painting. Using the paint of their choice (water-soluble oils, acrylics or watercolor), students will learn from each other and discuss techniques and ideas in supportive critique. Bring some ideas or reference material to use as a starting place. PHOTO: AFTER SCHOOL: Oct. 18Nov. 8, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Weekly on Tuesday. Cost: $105/nonmembers, $94.50/BCA members. Location: Community Darkroom, Burlington. Learn the magic of black and white darkroom in this fun, hands-on after-school class for kids ages 9-12! Kids will go on guided photo shoots and will print their own work in the darkroom. All equipment and supplies provided. No experience necessary, ages 9-12. PHOTO: B&W DARKROOM BASICS: Oct. 12-Dec. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $195/person, $175.50 BCA member. Location: Community Darkroom, Burlington. Explore the analog darkroom! Learn how to properly expose blackand-white film, process film into negatives and make prints from those negatives. Cost includes a darkroom membership for outsideof-class printing and processing. Bring a manual 35mm film camera to the first class. No experience necessary. Instructor: Rebecca Babbitt. PHOTO: MIXED-LEVEL DARKROOM: Thu., Oct. 13-Dec. 8 (no class Nov. 24), 6-9 p.m. Cost: $250/person, $225/BCA member. Location: Community Darkroom, Burlington. Prerequisite: Black and White Darkroom Basics or equivalent experience. Take your work to the next level in this eight-week class! Guided sessions to help you improve your printing and film-processing techniques and discussion of the technical and aesthetic aspects of your work will be included. Cost includes a darkroom membership for outside-of-class printing and processing. PHOTO: PORTRAIT: Nov. 1-22, 6-9 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $125/ person, $112.50/BCA members. Location: Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Prerequisite: Intro SLR Camera or equivalent experience Improve your portrait-taking skills in this hands-on, four-week class. Camera techniques, composition, the use of studio and natural light, and more will be covered. Bring


ACCESS ART CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 165 fall offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, Two watercolor classes with Ginny Joyner, Drawing for Beginners, Monotype Printmaking, Calligraphy. Culinary arts: One-night, hands-on classes where you eat well! Thai Cuisine, Vietnamese Specialties, Turkish, Appitizers, Indian, Mile-High Pies, Malaysian Panang, Greek Coastal, Gnocchi, Pasta Bene, Adele’s Coffee Cake, Italian Cookies, Halloween Decorated Cookies, Eating Raw Foods: Desserts, Appetizers, Cheese Making: Chevre/Feta From Goat’s Milk, Mozzarella/Ricotta From Cow’s Milk. Full descriptions online. Look for Access, Community Education link. Senior discount 65+. ART & POTTERY IN MIDDLEBURY: Location: Middlebury Studio School, 1 Mill St., Middlebury. Info: Middlebury Studio School, Barbara Nelson, 247-3702, ewaldewald@, middleburystudioschool. org. Adult Pottery: Monday Night Wheel begins October 10; Bob Green Raku Workshop, October 29 and 30; Oil Painting on Copper, September 14; Wednesday Night Oils begins October 19; Wax Carved Rings begins October 20; Pastels, November 8 and 13; Watercolors begins November 15. Children’s Pottery: Hand Building & Wheel begins the week of October 11, Animation begins October 4. MONOTYPE WORKSHOP: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Sep. 28-30; Oct. 14, 15, 17, 18; Nov. 16-19; Dec. 8, 9, 12, 13. Cost: $90/5-hr. workshop. Location: Carol MacDonald’s Print Studio, 614 Macrae Rd., Colchester. Info: Carol MacDonald, 862-9037,, Come and work with master printer Carol E.S. MacDonald. Workshop includes a demonstration of different monotype techniques using a 30” x 60” etching press and fully supported studio time to work on your own images. No experience needed and all materials are included.


pieces such as mugs, vases and bowls. Students will also be guided through the various finishing techniques using the studio’s house slips and glazes. Ages 16 and up. DESIGN: ADOBE INDESIGN: Nov. 7-Dec. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $185/nonmembers, $166.50/BCA members. Location: Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, used to lay out and design posters and other single-page documents. Students will explore a variety of software techniques and create projects suited to their own interests. This class is suited for beginners who are interested in furthering their design-software skills. DROP IN: GIVE IT A WHIRL: ADULT POTTERY: Fri., Sep. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 & Dec. 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 3rd Fri. of the mo., 4 Fridays total. Cost: $12/person, $10/BCA member. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. This is a great introduction to our studio for those who don’t have time for an eightweek class, or who just want to try the wheel and have some fun with other beginner potters. Through demonstrations and individual instruction, learn the basics of preparing and centering the clay, and making cups, mugs and bowls. Ages 16 and up. DROP IN: LIFE DRAWING FOR ADULTS (16+): Sep. 12-Dec. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Monday. Cost: $8/session, $7/session for BCA members. Location: BCA Center, Burlington. This drop-in class is open to all levels and facilitated by a BCA staff member and professional model. Please bring your own drawing materials and paper. No registration necessary. Purchase a drop-in card and get the sixth visit for free! DROP IN: PAINTING FOR ADULTS (16+): Sep. 15-Oct. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $10/ session, $9/session BCA members. Location: BCA Center, Burlington. This drop-in class is open to all levels and facilitated by Linda Jones, an accomplished painter and BCA instructor for over 10 years. Come paint from a still life or bring something (abstract, landscape, mixed media) that you are working on. No registration necessary. BCA provides glass palettes, easels, painting trays and drying racks. Please bring your own painting materials. Purchase a drop-in card and get the sixth visit for free! DROP IN: POLLYWOG PRESCHOOL: Sep. 15-Dec. 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $6/parent & child pair, $5/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, Burlington. This popular drop-in program introduces young children to artistic explorations in a multimedia environment that is both creative and social. Participants will work with homemade play dough, paint, yarn, ribbon, paper and more! Parents must accompany their children. All materials provided. No registration necessary. Ages 6 months to 5 years. Purchase a drop-in card and get the sixth visit for free! DROP-IN: FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY CLAY: Fri., Sep. 16-Dec. 16 (no class Nov. 25), 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $6/ person, $5/BCA member. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Learn wheel and hand building techniques at BCA’s clay studio while hanging out with the family. Make bowls, cups and amazing sculptures. Staff will give wheel and hand building demonstrations throughout the evening. Price includes one fired and glazed piece per participant. Additional fired and glazed pieces are $5 each. No registration necessary. All ages. Get a free visit! Purchase a $30 punch card for six drop-in classes, $25 for BCA members.


« P.59 The Equus Project’s Dancing in Real Time with JoAnna Mendl Shaw is a studio movement workshop in which you will experience a warm-up that begins with deep imaging and ends with all-out moving, experience improvisation as dancing in real time, and reframe choreography as movement strategies. Chace Mill. LEARN TO SWING DANCE: Cost: $60/6-week series ($50 for students/seniors). Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: lindyvermont. com, 860-7501,. Great fun, exercise and socializing, with fabulous music. Learn in a welcoming and lighthearted environment. Classes start every six weeks: Tuesdays for beginners; Wednesdays for upper levels. Instructors: Shirley McAdam and Chris Nickl. LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Cost: $50/4-week class. Location: The Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington, St. Albans, Colchester. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757, kevin@firststepdance. com, Come alone, or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Three locations to choose from!





davis studio 425-2700 FALL CLASSES FOR ADULTS & TEENS: Location: Davis Studio, Howard St., Burlington. 12 weekly class options including Mixed Media Painting, Fused Glass, Beginning Drawing, Mosaic Mirror, Whimsical Chairs, Open Studio Painting, Make Friends With your Sewing Machine, Oil Painting for Beginners and more. Classes fill early: don’t delay. FALL CLASSES FOR KIDS: Classes start Oct. 3. Location: Davis Studio, Howard St., Burlington. 20 class options including Casting With Clay, Make Friends With Your Sewing Machine, Mad for Mythology, Passion for Fashion, Fused Glass, Making Musical Instruments, Stop Motion Animation, Art of India, Toy Designers Workshop, and more. Classes fill early: don’t delay.


ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, Lose Weight, Feel Great; Genealogy; Beekeeping; Creative Writing; History of the World Through Food with Chris O’Donnell; Donner Party Story; Be an Entrepreneur; Winter Camping; Solar Energy 101; Bridge (two levels); Cribbage; Grief Etiquette; Suburban Homesteading 101; Motorcycle Awareness; Map and Compass Basics; Backyard Astronomy. Guaranteed. Full descriptions online. Look for Access, Community Education link. Senior Discount 65+. EQUINE-GUIDED WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT CIRCLE: Oct. 4-Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $20/circle. Location: Horses & Pathfinders Equine Guided Education, Leadership & Coaching, 6899 Route 100B, Moretown. Info: 2231903,, horsesandpathfinders. com. Are you leading your life or is it leading you? In this confidential, adventurous small-group setting continue your personal growth, gain a fulfilling sense of meaning, purpose and direction in life and work and practice sustainable, effective self leadership skills, all with the guidance and feedback from horses. No horse experience necessary, we do not ride the horses. RELEASE FEELINGS FOR SUCCESS: Oct. 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $125/6-hr. workshop. Location: Magnificant private home on Shelburne Farms, TBA, Shelburne. Info: Advanced Hypnotherapy of Utah, Randy Shaw, 801-6715270,, Internationally known hypnotherapist Randy Shaw is coming to Shelburne to present a self-empowering workshop. Learn how to release negative feelings to be free of old reactions, habits and beliefs. Have more freedom to be fully present in daily life! Learning this new skill makes life easier and more enjoyable!

energy WEATHERIZATION SKILLSHOP: Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $50/ person, $75/pair. Lunch incl. Location: Center for Technology, Essex. Info: 888-514-2151, Cut energy costs and improve your home. Topics include attic air sealing and insulating, windows and doors, basement air sealing and insulation. Learn how to participate in the DIY Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program and be eligible for Efficiency Vermont incentives. Preregister. See website for additional skillshops this fall.


Burlington Dances, 863-3369,, TangoFlow! Explore the energy, sensuality and passion of Argentine tango while getting a great whole-body workout! Rhythmic, expressive, sweaty and fun! Join in on ongoing Belly Dance. Experience the movement, music and tradition of modern Egyptian belly dance, along with contemporary interpretations of this ancient dance form.

family ACCESS GENEOLOGY CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: Mon., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; starts Oct. 17. Cost: $50/4 wks. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, cvuhs. org. Genealogy: Tracing Your Family Tree. Covers how to start, where to look for resources, as well as record keeping, software, websites and lots more. Hands-on work on own family tree with genealogists from the Vermont French-Canadian Genealogy Society. Examples will focus on English, Irish and French-Canadian immigrants to New England but all techniques transferable to all nationalities. All materials included. Instructor: Ed McGuire and genealogy society members. Limit 20.

feldenkrais FELDENKRAIS: Tue., 9:30-10:30 a.m., & Wed., 7-8 p.m. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642,. The Feldenkrais method, a form of somatic education, will help you overcome aches and pains, reduce muscle tension, and increase your self-knowledge, flexibility and awareness of your body. Anyone young or old, physically challenged or physically fit, can benefit from the Feldenkrais method. For more information about Feldenkrais (including testimonials) and complete class schedule, visit or call Uwe, 735-3770.

fitness FORZA SAMURAI SWORD WORKOUT: Oct. 6-Dec. 8, 6-7 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $80/8 1-hr. classes (no class Oct. 27 or Nov. 24). Location: Perkins Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, 3060 Williston Rd., S. Burlington. Info: Tweak Your Physique, Stephanie Shohet, 578-9243,, FORZA is a unique, empowering, full-body workout that allows you to burn lots of calories, build lean muscles, and cultivate inner focus and self-esteem. No martial arts experience necessary; Forza is safe for any fitness level. Beginners welcome! Classes also in Burlington Mondays and Fridays. See calendar online.


free workshop, taught by physical acting teacher Jena Necrason and actor-combatant John Nagle (recognized by the Society of American Fight Directors), co-directors of Vermont Shakespeare Company. Discover the art of creating the illusion of violence in hand-to-hand unarmed combat while stressing safety and teamwork, and learn a short choreographed “fight” scene. En garde! TEEN ACTING 101: THE PROCESS BEHIND THE PASSION: Oct. 3-24, 4:45-6:15 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $85/4-wk. class. Location: Flynn Center, Burlington. So you got the part? Now the real work begins. Based on Uta Hagen’s Respect for Acting, this crash course on the process of a professional artist gives teen actors the tools to turn their passion into technique. Actors emerge with a dynamic arsenal of performance skills that help create compelling characters and make the strong artistic choices that every role demands. Students share their work with friends and family in a performance of scenes at the end of this four-week intensive. Grades 9-12. DANCE CLASSES AT THE FLYNN!: Location: Flynn Center, Burlington. Ballet, tap, modern, hip-hop, jazz (‘80s jazz, world jazz, cabaret, burlesque or Fosse) or the new Dance Composition Lab where students will develop original choreography. Drop-ins welcome! Children’s classes in ballet, creative dance or musical theater dance.

healing STORY, SYMBOL & CEREMONY: Oct. 5-Nov. 9, 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $300/6-wk. group. Location: JourneyWorks, 11 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: JourneyWorks, Michael Watson, 860-6203,, Shamanism looks to story, symbol and ceremony to aid patients to heal. Healing is a journey of growth and discovery. In this group, participants will plumb their lives for stories and symbols that promise renewal and healing. Dreamwork, creativity and group ceremony will support each person’s journey toward healing.

healing arts SOUND BALANCING LEVEL 1: Oct. 17, 18 & 19 or Oct. 21, 22 & 23, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $350/20-hr. training. Location: Thistledown Inn, 201 Park St., Morrisville. Info: Sound Balancing, Eileen McKusick, 730-4371,, Learn how to integrate tuning forks into your current bodywork practice or start the process of becoming a certified Sound Balancing therapist. Join master sound therapist and researcher Eileen McKusick, the originator of Sound Balancing, to learn to harness the therapeutic power of sound.

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TANGOFLOW & BELLY DANCE: 2 eve. classes: Belly Dance Tue. & TangoFlow! Wed. Location: Burlington Dances and Natural Bodies Pilates, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info:

EN GARDE! STAGE COMBAT W/ THE VERMONT SHAKESPEARE COMPANY: Adults & Teens; Friday, September 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Free. Location: Flynn Center, Burlington. Learn the fundamentals of stage combat in this

ACTION PAINTING: Oct. 8, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $115 Location: Helen Day Art Center, 5 School St., Stowe. Intimidated by a large, blank canvas or piece of paper? Afraid to make a big statement in paint? This workshop will help you to leap over that hurdle with big, expressive gestures that can open the door to a freer and more satisfying painting experience. Big is not necessarily better, but it is useful to push your limitations and to get comfortable working in a large format. We will spend the day drawing and painting with an emphasis on experimentation, freedom and fun. Instructor: Galen Cheney. CALLIGRAPHY: Oct. 5-Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Weekly on Wednesday. Cost: $125/class, $25/ materials fee. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 5 School St., Stowe. Learn the fundamentals and basics of calligraphy and the italic hand. Students will learn common terminology, new perspectives on the alphabet, the basic lettering applications for lower- and uppercase, how to use an assortment of tools, a brief history of lettering, basic layout and design. Instructor: Lydia Batten. DIGITAL ART: Oct. 27-Nov. 17, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Thursday. Cost: $150 Location: Helen Day Art Center, 5 School St., Stowe. Learn how to create original designs and enhance digital photographs. Students will work with the program Adobe Photoshop to create imaginative and dynamic images. There will be a focus on two-dimensional design elements and photographic techniques such as composition, color theory and lighting. Limited to 6 students. Instructor: Leigh Ann Rooney. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY I: Oct. 4-25, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $150/series of 2.5-hr. classes. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 5 School St., Stowe. Improve your digital photography skills in this beginning-level class. Students will learn the basics of digital photography, including camera operation, proper image exposure, file types, file editing, and preparation of photo files for web and print. Limited to eight students. Instructor: Paul Rogers. MONOTYPES: Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. Cost: $115 Location: Helen Day Art Center, 5 School St., Stowe. Experience the fun and spontaneity of creating monotypes without a press. Using water-based paints and plexiglass plates, learn to mix and layer colors, create textural variety using tools, objects and brushes, and how to handtransfer the image onto paper. You will have time to create, reflect on your process and learn to loosen up. Instructor: Lori Hinrichsen. WEARABLE ART: Sep. 30, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $115/6-hr. class. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 5 School St., Stowe. Experience the creative process of making a work of wearable art. In conjunction with the exhibit in the East Gallery, “Wylie Sofia Garcia: The Dress that Makes the Woman,” Wylie will present her work and lead a daylong workshop. Explore various techniques in manipulating surfaces to create a garment or small work of art that “makes the man or woman.” Participants are encouraged to bring an article of clothing or fabric that they would be willing to transform during class. Instructor: Wylie Garcia.


EDIBLE/MEDICINAL PLANTS OF THE NORTHEAST: Location: NatureHaven, 431 East Rd., Milton. Info: Laurie DiCesare, 893-1845,. 10-session home-study/field-trip program. Includes botany, folklore, and traditional, Native American

and current plant uses. Gentle park walks, flexible scheduling, reasonable rates. Individual or group nature walks, interpretive trails, species lists also available. WILDCRAFTING WITH THE SEASONS: Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $35/8-hour class and prepared extract. Location: Metta Earth, 334 Geary Rd. South, Lincoln. Info: Metta Earth, Brendan Kelly, 453-8111, info@mettaearth. org, With the cooling weather and diminishing light, fall is a traditional time for harvesting wild roots. This hands-on, outdoor-based workshop will include plant ID, wildcrafting, medicine making and a discussion of plant medicine. Each participant will take home the extract they prepare from their harvest. Taught by Brendan Kelly, acupuncturist/ herbalist. WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Open House will be held Saturday, October 22, 1-3 p.m. at Tulsi Tea Room, 14 Elm St., Montpelier. Monthly Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walks with Annie, $10, no one turned away, dates announced on our Facebook page, or join our email list, or call us. Dates for our 2012 Wisdom of the Herbs and Wild Edibles Intensive are now posted on our website. VSAC nondegree grants are available to qualifying applicants. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122,, Earth skills for changing times. Experiential programs embracing local, wild, edible and medicinal plants, food as first medicine, sustainable living skills, and the inner journey. Annie McCleary, director, and George Lisi, naturalist.

kids FRENCH, ART & MAGIC CARPET RIDE!: Tue., Oct. 4-Dec. 13. 3:154:45 p.m. (10 wks., no class Nov. 22). Cost: $200/incl. all materials and a healthy snack. Ages 4+. Location: wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. Info: wingspan Studio, 233-7676,, Join us in this interdisciplinary, fun adventure as we visit francophone cultures around the world and learn about their art, music, food, geography and wildlife. Along the way, you’ll learn French through games, songs, art projects and theater games. vas-y, vas-a!

language ACCESS LANGUAGE CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 165 fall offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, Beginner French (2 levels), Immersion French, Beginning Spanish, Intermediate Spanish, Immersion Spanish, Italian for Travelers, Beginning Mandarin (2 levels), German (2 levels). Low cost, hands on, excellent instructors, limited class size, guaranteed. Materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions online. Look for Access, Community Education link. Senior discount 65+. BONJOUR! INTERMEDIATE FRENCH: Tue., Oct. 4-Dec. 20, 5:30-7 p.m., (12 wks., no class Nov. 22). Cost: $175/person + cost of text. Ages 15+. Location: wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. Info: Maggie Standley, 233-7676,,. Using several language-acquisition techniques, you’ll cultivate your conversation, learn verb tenses, hone your accent and intonation and gain confidence to continue on your French journey! Instructor

class photos + more info online SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSES Maggie Standley is a fluent speaker and an encouraging yet challenging instructor who has lived and worked in Paris, France, and Younde, Cameroon. Allons-y! Japanese Language Classes: Beginning Japanese Language Classes, Levels 1 & 2 begin Oct. 4 (Tue., Level 2) & Oct. 6 (Thu., Level 1), continuing for 10 sessions w/ a break at Thanksgiving wk. Class time: 7-8:30 p.m. Cost: $195/10 1.5hr. classes. Location: St. Michael’s College, 1 Winooski Pl., Colchester. Info: Japan-America Society of Vermont, Larry Solt, 865-3113,, jasv. org. The Japan-American Society of Vermont is again offering Japanese language lessons. This class is an introduction to speaking, listening, reading and writing Japanese, with an emphasis on conversational patterns that occur in everyday life. Students will also be introduced to life in Japan and Japanese customs and culture. Learn French this Fall!: 5 10-wk. sessions, Sep. 26-Dec. 15 (note: no classes wk. of Nov. 21; Thanksgiving break). Classes meet 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $225/10 classes. Location: Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region, 304 Dupont Bldg., 123 Ethan Allen Ave., Colchester. Info: Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region, Micheline Tremblay, 497-0420, michelineatremblay@, shtml. Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region (AFLCR) announces its fall session of French classes. Five sessions: Beginning, Intermediate A, Intermediate B, Spoken French I, Spoken French II. Parlez-vous Francais?: Location: At your home or scheduled meeting place, Burlington, Mad River Valley, Stowe, Montpelier. Info: 496-7859, ,. Communication and vocabulary enrichment, some grammar review. Fun and useful. Taught by Yves Compere, French native.

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Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 So. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795, Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. The Burlington Shambhala Center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom.

organization Paper Organization Made Easy: 6-lesson online workshop. Starts Sun., Oct. 9. A new lesson will be released each Sun. for 6 consecutive weeks, ending Nov. 13. Cost: $59/course; ($45 pre-register by Aug. 27). Location: Online, Via Email (lessons will be a mix of text and audio). Info: The Organizing Maven, Kelly McCann, 881-2456, KellyJayneMcCann@, organizingmaven. com. Say goodbye to piles! This workshop will take you through the entire process of paperwork management, step by step. You will learn how to manage, organize and house all the paper that makes its way into your space. End result: Easily find what you need, when you need it.

photography ACCESS CAMERA CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 165 fall offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, Photoshop Basics, Digital Camera: Buttons/ Menus, Share Photos, Aperture Info, Shutter-Speed Skills, Digital Spectrum, Next Layers of Photoshop, Advanced Digital Photography: Blending/Filters. Full descriptions online. Look for Access, Community Education link. Senior discount 65+.


psychotherapy Healing Dance: Sep. 24-Nov. 12, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Weekly on Sat. Cost: $160/8-wk. session. Location: Chace Mill, 1 Mill St., suite 312, Burlington. Info: Turnstone Associates in Psychotherapy & Expressive Arts Therapy, Luanne Sberna, 863-9775, Luannesberna@,. A therapist-led class for women recovering from depression, anxiety, trauma, or food or other addictions. No previous dance

spirituality The Afterlife Journey of the Soul: Oct. 5-Nov. 2, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $75/ course. Location: 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909,. Where do we go after we leave the physical plane? Carl Jung and a wide variety of spiritual traditions are clear that the soul’s journey does not end at death. Learn why Jung felt it is essential to have a sense of what to expect after we die. Led by Sue Mehrtens.

tai chi Snake-Style Tai Chi Chuan: Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902, The Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. Yang-Style Tai Chi: Beginner’s class, Wed., 5:30. All levels class on Sat., 8:30 a.m. Cost: $16/ class. Location: Vermont Tai Chi Academy & Healing Center, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Turn right into driveway immediately after the railroad tracks. Located in the old Magic Hat Brewery building. Info: 318-6238,. Tai Chi is a slowmoving martial art that combines deep breathing and graceful movements to produce the valuable effects of relaxation, improved concentration, improved balance, a decrease in blood pressure and ease in the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Janet Makaris, instructor.

WRITING COACH: Location: Call for location info, Various locations. Info: 225-6415, tamarcole21@,. Are you struggling with beginning, continuing, finishing? Do you need tools and rules to keep you working from concept to completion? Art really is long, and life really short. Write now is what we have. Thirty years writing and coaching writers in all genres. Free consultation. Anxious Body, Anxious Mind: Oct. 5-Nov. 16, 6-7:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $105/series. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga & Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, Would you like to feel less anxious and more comfortable with yourself? In a supportive environment, participants will examine their own inner “critical” voice in order to find their way to a more compassionate and loving self. Gentle yoga postures, breathing exercises, journaling and guided meditation practices will be introduced. Healing Grief Through Mindfulness & Movement: Oct. 4-Nov. 15, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $135/ series. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga & Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, Many of us hold unresolved grief. Is there a disappointment or loss from your life that stands in the way of your happiness now? Having trouble letting go? If you feel ready to engage in your life in a new way or renew your faith in yourself, join us in Healing Grief Through Mindfulness & Movement. Special guests are Joey Corcoran and Susan Sassaman.

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Art & French Classes, Fine Art, Faux Finishes, Murals Maggie Standley, 233-7676 Arts infused, interdisciplinary, inspiring classes, camps and workshops for kids, teens and adults. Visit the classes section at for more details. Sliding scale available, all abilities welcome. Let your imagination soar! Art & French Classes: Location: wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. Would you or your child like to spread your wings and brush up on French or delve into Art in an encouraging environment? wingspan, a beautiful working studio in Burlington’s vibrant South End Arts District, offers group and private lessons. See details under “kids” and “language” headings for fall offerings.

yoga EVOLUTION YOGA: $14/class, $130/ class card. $5-$10 community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, Burlington. Info: 864-9642, yoga@, Evolution’s certified teachers are skilled with students ranging from beginner to advanced. We offer classes in Vinyasa, Anusara-inspired, Kripalu and Iyengar yoga. Babies/ kids classes also available! Prepare for birth and strengthen postpartum with pre-/postnatal yoga, and check out our thriving massage practice. Participate in our community blog: Laughing River Yoga: Classes $5-15. Discount packages avail. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: 343-8119, laughingriveryoga. com. Yoga changes the world through transforming individual lives. Transform yours with Jivamukti, Kripalu, Kundalini, Vajra, Yin, Vinyasa and Yoga Trance Dance taught by experienced and compassionate instructors. Meet spiritual radical Jill Satterfield, October 1 and 2, and internationally renowned Prana Flow yoga instructor Simon Park, November 11-13. Yoga at The Ayurvedic Center: Sep. 26-Oct. 17, Weekly on Mon., Thu. Cost: $14/drop-in rate, or pay by the series to save. Location: Ayurvedic Center of Vermont, 34 Oak Hill Rd., Williston Village. Info: The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont, Allison Morse, 872-8898, ayurvedavt@comcast. net, Two new classes. Hatha yoga with Allison Morse is a gently flowing class open to beginners and regular practitioners. Kundalini yoga with Sarab Kaur is a dynamic class utilizing pranayama, mantra, meditation and asana to cleanse and rejuvenate body and mind. See our website for exact dates and times. m

women Crafting the Feminine Container: Oct. 6-27, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $85/person, $15/supplies. Location: Seminary Art Center, Route 100, Waterbury. Info: Sara, 888-3802,. Using the metaphor of bowls as feminine

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LEARN TO MEDITATE: Meditation instruction available Sunday mornings, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., or by appointment. The Shambhala Cafe meets the first Saturday of each month for meditation and discussions, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. An Open House occurs every third Wednesday evening of each month, 7-9 p.m., which includes an intro to the center, a short dharma talk and socializing. Location:


shamanism Pachakuti Mesa Traditions: Cost: $255/weekend. Location: freespriritquest, 980 Elmore Rd., Rt. 12, Worcester. Info: The Heart of the Healer Foundation, Thomas Mock, 828-817-5034, thomas., Receive personal healing as participants are guided in the use of time-honored Peruvian shamanic rituals and ceremony. Learn how to create your own sacred altar for self-exploration, empowerment and transformation. Cultivate a relationship with the unseen world on your path of expanding possibilities. Sensing Our Way On the Path of the Horse: Oct. 10, 1-5:30 p.m. Cost: $75/person, $125/2 people. Location: Horses & Pathfinders Equine Guided Education, Leadership & Coaching, 6899 Route 100B, Moretown. Info: 2231903,, horsesandpathfinders. com. Connect to horses who have the ability to reflect and respond to our level of energy, intention, leadership presence and way of being. When we connect we can see and feel possibilities to live out what has true heart and meaning. Program includes a video presentation of the Path of the Horse and opportunities for 1-on-1 and group activities with the horses. No horse experience necessary, we do not ride the horses.

containers, we form ourselves into the women we want to be. No experience with pottery necessary. Led by Sara Waskuch and Natasha Bogar.




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Visceral Techniques, 16 CEUs: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., Oct. 29, & Sun., Oct. 30. Cost: $275/16 CEUS ($250 if paid in full by Oct. 1). Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, Burlington. Info: Dianne Swafford, 734-1121, swaffordperson@hotmail. com,. This ortho-bionomy class is taught only by advanced instructors. Learn about the relationship of emotions with internal organs. Areas covered in this class include liver, lung and gall bladder flushes, pelvic/uterus balancing, diaphragm and pancreas releases, as well as tips on dealing with hiatal hernias. No prerequisites required.

ALL Wellness: Location: 128 Lakeside Ave., suite 103, Burlington. Info: 863-9900, We encourage all ages, all bodies and all abilities to discover greater ease and enjoyment in life by integrating physical therapy, Pilates Reformer, Power Pilates mat classes, Vinyasa and Katonah Yoga, and indoor cycling. Come experience our welcoming atmosphere, skillful instructors and beautiful, light-filled studio-your first fitness class is free if you mention this ad! Natural Bodies Pilates: New. Cost: $20/drop-in drop-in per class (better rates for members & classcard holders). Location: Natural Bodies Pilates, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369,, Perfect for students new to Pilates exercise, this class combines Classical Pilates Mat, Cadillac and Reformer exercises, all in one class! Your Reformer introduction is included during this fun group class. Classes are small, so you get the attention you need for the most benefit and results. Call today!

experience is needed to engage in this process of integrating sensation, feeling, thought and action. Join us in freeing your authentic, expressive self, and uniting mind, body and spirit.

AIKIDO: Adult/Teen Introductory Classes begin on Oct. 4 at 6:45 p.m. and meet on Tues. & Thur. Children’s classes begin on Sat., Oct. 1 at 9 and 9:45 a.m. Join now & receive a 3-mo. membership (includes free uniform and unlimited classes 7 days a week) for $190. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal & Light), Burlington. Info: 951-8900, burlingtonaikido. org. Aikido is a dynamic Japanese martial art that promotes physical and mental harmony through the use of breathing exercises, aerobic conditioning, circular movements, and pinning and throwing techniques. We also teach sword/staff arts and knife defense. The Samurai Youth Program provides scholarships for children and teenagers, ages 7-17. We also offer classes for children ages 5-6. Classes are taught by Benjamin Pincus Sensei, Vermont’s only fully certified (Shidoin) Aikido teacher. AIKIDO: Tue.-Fri. 6-7:30 p.m.; Sun., 10-11:30 a.m. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, New Vermont Aikido Introductory Class: Beginning Aikido [adult]: Thursday evenings, August 25-September 15. Class time: 6-7:30 pm. $65 fee; free practice uniform included. Aikido trains body and spirit together, promoting physical flexibility with flowing movement, martial awareness with compassionate connection, respect for others and confidence in oneself. Martial Way Self-Defense Center: Please visit website for

schedule. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, 3 locations, Colchester, Milton, St. Albans. Info: 893-8893, Beginners will find a comfortable and welcoming environment, and a courteous staff that is dedicated to helping each member achieve his or her maximum potential in the martial arts. Experienced martial artists will be impressed by our instructors’ knowledge and humility, our realistic approach, and our straightforward, fair tuition and billing policies. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 660-4072,, vermontbjj. com. Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and self-confidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Accept no imitations. Learn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Vermont Ninjutsu: Tue. & Thu. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sun. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: $80/mo. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, suite 109, Essex Jct. Info: 825-6078,,. An ancient art with modern applications, Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu comprises nine samurai and ninja battlefield schools. Training includes physical conditioning, natural awareness, spiritual refinement, armed and unarmed combat. VING TSUN KUNG FU: Mon. & Wed., 5:30-7:30. Cost: $90/mo. Location: Robert Miller Center, 130 Gosse Ct., Burlington. Info: MOY TUNG KUNG FU, Nick, 318-3383, KUNGFU. VT@GMAIL.COM, MOYTUNGVT. COM. Traditional Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu. Learn a highly effective combination of relaxation, center line control and economy of motion. Take physical stature out of the equation; with the time-tested Ving Tsun system, simple principles work with any body type. Free introductory class.



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ob O’Dea is on a roll. He’s sitting on a couch at the Tank Studio, the Burlington recording studio he co-owns with Ben Collette, ranting about the harebrained shit musicians do throughout the process of making records. He’s practically yelling — his face bright pink, his hands waving in the air — but he’s not pissed off. He’s more, well, building to the punch line. Here’s the setup: A bunch of guys he worked with didn’t have the balls to tell their bandmate that his vocals sucked. Four of them listened in the control room with O’Dea, while the other guy, in the vocal booth, tried for the umpteenth time to nail some backup vocals. They all knew he sounded terrible, but they didn’t want to break it to their bro. They turned to O’Dea for advice. “So the guys ask me, ‘Please, we want your opinion. What do you think?’” says O’Dea, an incredulous expression on his face. “And what I think is, we should stop wasting an hour-and-a-half having the dude who can’t sing sing backups!” O’Dea, 36, erupts into a short, loud burst of laughter. Collette, 29, shares the sentiment. “Someone has to speak up when the drummer’s speeding up,” he says. “You can’t just all sit there, tight-lipped, pissed about the fact that you dumped seven takes and it’s not happening.” He sighs. “Really, it’s about dealing with clients, just like any business,” he says. That’s how it is with these two. They have a million funny stories about working with musicians, but they don’t name names. For O’Dea and Collette, each story seems to be about the same thing: figuring out the best way to get the job done. Neither is new to the music business. Collette manages Phish’s studio, the Barn, and oversees all the band’s gear. O’Dea works full time at Egan Media Productions, a video production, sound design and post-production studio in Colchester. He’s also played bass with everyone from Page McConnell to Deep Soda to Heloise & the Savoir Faire. Their goal with the Tank, which they opened in 2007, is to make recording accessible to the Burlington scene. They’re not a nonprofit, but intentionally run their business on a pretty slim margin. “We try to make it so it’s not about the money when people come here,” says Collette. “We’ve priced it very, very competitively for the local market.” Record-

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ing is $40 an hour, or $350 for a 10-hour day; mixing is $150 per song; mastering, $50. In the past few years, they’ve worked with anybody who’s anybody in the Burlington music scene, including Rough Francis, Lowell Thompson, Waylon Speed, Parmaga, Blues and Lasers, Lendway, the Smittens and the Pulse Prophets.

“Not to toot our own horn or anything, but we make a lot of records,” says Collette. “Every process is different, and it’s whatever works for the artist we’re working with.” The recording process can be a reality check for musicians who haven’t spent a lot of time in the studio, they note. A successful project usually starts with a thorough discussion with each band about

the role of the producer: How much do you want me involved? Do you want me to be the guy who tells your buddy that his singing/guitar playing/drumming isn’t working? Are you really going to listen to my feedback? OK, good. Now let’s discuss who’s going to manage the budget. Without that direction and planning upfront, a two-month project could turn into an eight-month project, warns O’Dea. Some bands prefer to record at the Tank but have someone else mix the album. Other bands want the opposite. It’s all fine with Collette and O’Dea; they offer recording, mixing, mastering and just about everything in between. Collette recently mixed local indiepop band Lendway’s new album, Giant Places, and passed it on for mastering to Fred Kevorkian, a nationally known mastering guru who’s worked with Willie Nelson, the White Stripes and Dave Matthews, among others. It’s not the only valuable connection Collette and O’Dea can offer their clients. Sometimes they bring bands to record at Egan, or even to the Barn, where Waylon Speed is heading to record their new album. “They want to record live to tape in one big room,” Collette explains. “And that space is perfect for them.” In addition to producing albums for local bands, Collette and O’Dea contribute to the long-running WRUV 90.1 radio show “Exposure,” which airs on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. The show promotes local music through live performances and interviews in the station’s University of Vermont campus. But for the past two years, Collette and O’Dea have prerecorded about half of the show’s performances at the Tank. It gives them a chance to create a higher quality recording. They also stream the performances live on their website on Monday nights, along with video shot and edited by their buddy Justin Gural of the local production company Cortex. “Exposure” helps achieve the Tank’s goal of accessibility: They do the show pro bono. “It does translate to work for us,” says Collette, though he says that’s not the main motivation. “It’s a nice way to give back to the local community and promote local music,” he says, “and purely just to make shit sound good, you know?”  WRUV’s “Exposure” airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. on 90.1 FM. For more on the Tank Studio, visit


TWIB (This Week in Benefits)

b y Da n bo ll e S

too soon? I know it’s easy to glaze over week to week as benefit shows dominate the local music news. But stay with me here. It’s important. I’ll get off my soapbox now. Where were we? Oh, right. Not talking about an Irene benefit. (Cool your jets, we will in a sec.) This Friday, September 30, the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge plays host to Rock for a Cause. Which cause, you say? So glad you asked! The show benefits the Milton Family Community Center. This is notable because it marks the first time in history I’ve written anything in this column about Milton. Also — and vastly more importantly — the MFCC does fantastic work with families in the Milton area, offering everything from earlychildhood programs tailored to the specific needs of individual children, to afterschool programs for teens, to adult-learning and general family-support programs. It’s a good lineup, highlighted by the increasingly impressive local rock outfit Prana, who were finalists in the Middlebury Battle of the Bands earlier this year. You can also catch local blues rockers rusty souls and Jeffersonvillebased bar band rock-n-Horse.


Burlap To Cashmere The aeroliTes WED, 9/28 | $10 aDv $10 DOS | DOORS 7, SHOW 7:30

The Gourds paT sweany THU, 9/29 | $15 aDv / $15 DOS | DOORS 7, SHOW 7:30Pm

TouBaB Krewe ZonGo JunCTion THU, 9/29 | $13 aDv / $15 DOS | DOORS 8, SHOW 8:30Pm

FRI, 9/30 | $18 DaB / $20 DOS | DOORS 7, SHOW 7:30Pm | 18+

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prana, rusTy soles, roCK-n-horse ConspiraTor alpha daTa, dJ haiTian FRI, 9/30 | $18 aDv / $20 DOS | DOORS 8, SHOW 8:30Pm

SaT 10/1 | $12 aDv / $15 DOS | DOORS 8, SHOW 8:30Pm THE mETaL BaND amaDIS PRESENTS

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SUN, 10/2 | $18 aDv / $24 DOS | DOORS 8:30, SHOW 9Pm

mON, 10/3 | $15 aDv / $15 DOS | DOORS 7, SHOW 7:30Pm

WED, 10/5 | $15 aDv / $17 aDv | DOORS 7, SHOW 8:00Pm | SEaTED SHOW

THU, 10/6 | $9 aDv / $12 DOS | DOORS 8:30, SHOW 9Pm

THU, 10/6 | $15 aDv / $20 DOS | DOORS 9, SHOW 9:30Pm DUBmacHINE vT PRESENTS


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Cas haley, roB draBKin SUN, 10/9 | $12 aDv / $15 DOS | DOORS 7:30, SHOW 8Pm THREE KINGS & FaRmER PRESENT

The mCloVins JaCKie Greene TruTh & salVaGe Co. TUE, 10/11 | $13 aDv / $15 DOS | DOORS 7:00 SHOW 7:30Pm


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alt-rockers louie Brown and Friends, mountain blues stalwarts the eames BrotHers, reggae outfit one over Zero and hip-hop act memaranda. The headliners are Bostonbased “funky Calypso” band rising triBe, and Colorado acoustic indie ensemble elePHant revival. Also, there’s a harvest dinner buffet. So there’s that. But the jam with the Jam is that it’s a fundraiser for an Irene benefit CD called — wait for it — Good Night Irene. Aside no. 4: OK. Enough. I’m officially declaring a moratorium on the use of the phrase “Goodnight Irene” in relation to all VT floodrelief benefit projects moving forward. It’s time to think of a new one, folks. “Come on, Irene!” perhaps? (Yes, I’m aware the song is called “Come On Eileen.” Thanks. One question though: How come no one ever thought to tell dexy’s midnigHt runners that the title really needs a comma?) The CD, planned for release this week features 15 songs from artists all over


Aside no. 2: I know I usually fawn over the names of hardcore and metal bands, but for sheer, shameless punnery, you really can’t beat bar bands. Moving on to our ongoing Irene benefit coverage: There’s a good one this Wednesday, September 28 — a.k.a. the day this paper hits newsstands — Blueberry Jam III at the Blueberry Lake Retreat in Warren. Aside no. 3: I know a lot of folks are organizing Irene benefits on the fly, and some are probably not used to approaching the press. But if I could implore you folks to hit us up as early as possible, it would be a big help. Come to think of it, that goes for those putting together regular shows, too. A good rule of thumb is two weeks in advance, at least. Help me help you. Blueberry Jam sounds fun and features an interesting mix of local and national talent. Vermonters include

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Another week, another round of benefit shows. This week, however, I’m tossing a nasty curveball — someone in New England has to be able to. Right, Red Sox fans? … sigh. We begin with a benny that has absolutely nothing to do with Irene. I know. Crazy, right? An aside: There is a welldocumented phenomenon called “donor fatigue,” in which the initial outpouring of goodwill after a major tragedy is followed by a swift decline in donations and volunteers. After a while, and usually well before the recovery is complete, charity all but dries up. I don’t have any stats to back myself up on this — I’m a music journalist, we don’t do numbers — but I’m concerned we may be nearing “Irene benefit fatigue.” It’s understandable. There have been dozens of such shows all over the state in recent weeks, and plenty more still to come. But don’t lose sight of the long view. Our state is only beginning to recover. There is a lengthy road ahead — you know, once the roads are fixed …

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HigHEr grounD sHoWcasE LoungE: Burlap to cashmere (folk rock), 7:30 p.m., $10. AA.

download on the band’s website — it’s not hard to see why. The duo plays in a deceptively simple

LEunig's Bistro & caFé: cody sargent Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.

contemporary folk. Find the Milk Carton Kids at the Monkey House in Winooski this Saturday,

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

style, evoking both the visceral appeal of back-porch Americana and the lyrical sophistication of October 1, and at the Skinny Pancake in Montpelier this Sunday, October 2.

nEctar's: Hillbilly Humpday: something With strings, Bear Pickins (bluegrass), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+. on taP Bar & griLL: Pine street Jazz, 7 p.m., Free. raDio BEan: Woeful Lonelies (folk), 6 p.m., Free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free. rED squarE: Dr. Ruckus (rock), 7 p.m., Free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free. tHE skinny PancakE: shannon

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Bagitos: Acoustic Blues Jam, 6 p.m., Free. gusto's: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

city LiMits: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free. gooD tiMEs caFé: mike Dowling (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., $15. on tHE risE BakEry: Open Bluegrass session, 8 p.m., Free.


BEE's knEEs: Troubadours of Divine Bliss (Americana), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Moog's: Jason Wedlock (singersongwriter), 8:30 a.m., Free.

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tHE sHED rEstaurant & BrEWEry: Eames Brothers Band (mountain blues), 8 p.m., Free.

o'BriEn's irisH PuB: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free.

nutty stEPH's: Extempo (storytelling), 8 p.m., $5.

on taP Bar & griLL: Tiffany Pfeiffer & the Discarnate Band (neo-soul), 7 p.m., Free.

sLiDE Brook LoDgE & tavErn: Open mic, 7 p.m., Free. DJ Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

raDio BEan: Jazz sessions, 6 p.m., Free. shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., Free. The unbearable Light cabaret (eclectic), 10 p.m., $3. Kat Wright & the indomitable soul Band (soul), 11 p.m., $3.

champlain valley

rasPutin's: 101 Thursdays with Pres & DJ Dan (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.



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

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The Vermont Artists’ Space Grant (formerly N.A.S.A.) curated by the Flynn is awarded twice annually, it provides Vermont artists the opportunity to create new work in a setting conducive to working deeply and exploring new territory. This grant is open to individual artists or a group of artists for projects in theater, dance, and music— or a combination thereof. Awards include 60 hours of creation time in one of our studios, culminating in an informal public showing of the new work in a studio or FlynnSpace. As well, awardees will be considered for inclusion in the Flynn’s Vermont-centric Deeply Here Festival in the 2012-13 season.

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burlington area

cLuB MEtronoME: The Brew, the macPodz, Buzz universe (jam), 9 p.m., $10/12. Franny o's: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. HigHEr grounD BaLLrooM: Toubab Krewe, Zongo Junction (Afro-rock), 8:30 p.m., $13/15. AA. HigHEr grounD sHoWcasE LoungE: The Gourds, Pat sweany (alt-country), 7:30 p.m., $15. AA.

rED squarE: DJ Dakota (hip-hop), 8 p.m., Free. A-Dog Presents (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. rED squarE BLuE rooM: DJ cre8 (house), 9 p.m., Free. rí rá irisH PuB: Longford Row (irish), 8 p.m., Free.

LEunig's Bistro & caFé: mike martin & Geoff Kim (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.

tHE skinny PancakE: Phineas Gage, Adam Reczek (bluegrass, singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., $5-10 donation.

LiFt: DJ Josh Bugbee (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

vEnuE: Karaoke with steve Leclair, 7 p.m., Free.

MonkEy HousE: Pooloop, the Toes (rock), 9 p.m., $5.


nEctar's: Trivia mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. Bluegrass Thursdays: shady Alley, 10 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.

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

Bagitos: Jane Boxall (marimba), 6 p.m., Free.

51 Main: Taylor smith (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., Free. tWo BrotHErs tavErn: DJ Dizzle (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.

BEE's knEEs: malicious Brothers (rock), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Moog's: The Hubcats (blues), 8:30 p.m., Free. ParkEr PiE co.: Butterbeans (bluegrass), 7:30 p.m., Free. riMrocks Mountain tavErn: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


MonoPoLE: Yeah Budd (rock), 10 p.m., Free. MonoPoLE DoWnstairs: Gary Peacock (singer-songwriter), 10 p.m., Free. oLivE riDLEy's: Karaoke with Benjamin Bright and Ashley Kollar, 6 p.m., Free. Karaoke with DJ Jon, 8 p.m., Free. Therapy Thursdays with DJ NYcE (Top 40), 10:30 p.m., Free.

taBu caFé & nigHtcLuB: Karaoke Night with sassy Entertainment, 5 p.m., Free. tHEraPy: Threesome Thursdays with DJ Deuces (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


burlington area

BackstagE PuB: Karaoke with steve, 9 p.m., Free. Banana WinDs caFé & PuB: Paul Douse (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., Free. cLuB MEtronoME: No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5. Franny o's: The Blame (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free. HigHEr grounD BaLLrooM: conspirator, Alapha Data, DJ Haitian (electro-rock), 8:30 p.m., $18/20. AA. HigHEr grounD sHoWcasE LoungE: Rock for a cause: Prana, Rusty souls, Rock-N-Horse (rock), 7:30 p.m., $18/20. AA. JP's PuB: Dave Harrison's starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. LiFt: Ladies Night, 10 p.m., Free/$3.


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offered patrons the chance to take over the stereo for the night. For a $5 donation, you could hook your iPod up and play a five-song set list. No idea how much they raised. I just hope some jerk didn’t monopolize the hi-fi with five extended-jam PHISH tunes, or IRON BUTTERFLY’s “Ina-Gadda-Da-Vida” on repeat.


Happy trails, Mars Pyramid Records. Last week, MP founder JAY BLANCHARD unceremoniously announced — on Facebook — that he is pulling the plug on his experimental music micro label. In an email to 7D, he says what was originally a labor of love had become a “labor of kinda like,” which wasn’t enough to justify the amount of work he was putting in to keep releasing records. Bummer. Blanchard says he’ll continue making his own music and helping his friends make albums — he was a driving force behind NUDA VERITAS’ most recent release. But what I want to know is, what becomes of the homebrew he included

with MP’s seasonal releases? That stuff was great. Good luck, Jay.

1, at the BCA Center in Burlington. The daylong affair features performances from Burlington acts JAMES KOCHALKA, BARBACOA, NYIKO, FRIDGE AND THE SPIN$, and EVIL PIT BASTARDS.

Innovative Intelligent Dance Music (IDM) producer JEFF BUJAK kicks off a monthlong Wednesday residency with Burlington hip-hop sensations LYNGUISTIC CIVILIANS at Nectar’s this Wednesday, October 5. I’m told a silent disco may be involved.

Band Name of the Week: MOUTHBREATHER. I don’t now why, but the name of BEN MADDOX’s (FARM) experimental-loop side project with ANDY FRAPPIER cracks me up. They’ll be at the Bee’s Knees in Morrisville on Friday, September 30.

In other local hip-hop news, Burlington-based promoters ASAP Entertainment are teaming with Boston’s Showoff Records for a monster showcase at Club Metronome this Sunday, October 2. True to their name, Showoff Records is bringing some serious talent, including 1982 — which features rapper TERMANOLOGY and DJ STATIK SELEKTAH — REKS, KALI AND JFK and DJ DEADEYE. Burlington will be well represented too, as local MCs COLBY STILTZ and Memaranda open the show with an assist from DJs TJ and OH-J FRESHHH.


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Last but not least, VT expat and monster keyboardist PARKER SHPER’s Montréalbased hip-hop-soul outfit GROUNDFOOD returns to Vermont for a pair of shows this week, featuring renowned rapper MC BLURUM 13: Friday, September 30, at the Black Door in Montpelier and Saturday, October 1, at Nectar’s. Welcome home, Parker. 

9/27/11 2:33 PM


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WRUV’s annual “Vinyl is Forever” record sale is set for this Saturday, October


Listening In

Blind Pilot, We Are the Tide

For more information and scheduling, leave your name, phone number, and a good time to call back.

Jens Lekman, An Argument With Myself


The Gourds, Old Mad Joy


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, 8-track player, etc., this week.

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the country — including Vermont, obviously — performing tracks inspired by our fair state. Rumor has it, the disc may even include a version of “Moonlight in Vermont” by WILLIE NELSON, as well as “Soulshine” by WARREN HAYNES. Awesome. For more info on the CD, check out In other benny news, Saturday’s Higher Ground Ballroom show with the TREY ANASTASIO BAND is, unsurprisingly, sold out, as is the October 9 benefit with GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS at the Flynn MainStage. However, I’m told there are still tickets available to Grace’s October 10 solo show at Sugarbush to benefit the Mad River Valley Community Fund. In the event that you have a cool grand burning a hole in your pocket — yes, you read that correctly: tickets are $1000 — contact SUSAN HEMMETER at Last but not least, the award for awesomest Irene benefit idea goes to beloved Burlington dive, the OP. Last Friday, September 23, the bar


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MARRIOTT HARBOR LOUNGE: Dan Skea Quartet (jazz), 8:30 p.m., Free. MONKEY HOUSE: AM Presents: Xela, high aura'd, Japanese Gum, Corridors, Toby Aronson (experimental), 9 p.m., $7. NECTAR'S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. Grippo Funk Band, 10 p.m., $5. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Paydirt (acoustic rock), 5 p.m., Free. Nightrain (rock), 9 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Tracy Thorne and Virtual Dave, 7 p.m., Free. Elanor Krause, Eric George & Mike Venman (acoustic), 9 p.m., Free. Blue Button (rock), 11 p.m., Free. Matt Koelsch and the Allies (rock), midnight, Free. RASPUTIN'S: DJ ZJ (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $3.

For more information, please call 802.734.7600

THE BLACK DOOR: Groundfood (funk), 9:30 p.m., Free. CHARLIE O'S: Sara Grace Band (rock), 10 p.m., Free. GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Jonny P (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2. PURPLE MOON PUB: John Martenis (acoustic), 8 p.m., Free. THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: DJ Slim Pknz All Request Dance Party (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free. SKUNK HOLLOW TAVERN: Sensible Shoes (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

51 MAIN: Dayve Huckett (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. CITY LIMITS: The Hitmen (rock), 9 p.m., Free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: DJ Jam Man (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.


ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Sideshow Bob (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Benjamin Bright (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., Free. Glass Onion (rock), 10 p.m., NA.

RADIO BEAN: Less Digital, More Manual: Record Club, 3 p.m., Free. Linda Bassick (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Free. Small Change (Tom Waits tribute), 10 p.m., Free. Guides for the Future (rock), midnight, Free.

MONOPOLE: Bounce Lab (rock), 10 p.m., Free.

THERAPY: Pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.

RASPUTIN'S: Nastee (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. RED SQUARE: DJ Raul (salsa), 5 p.m., Free. Shady Alley Duo (bluegrass), 6 p.m., Free. Mallett Brothers Band (rock), 9 p.m., $5. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $5.


burlington area

BACKSTAGE PUB: Sturcrazie (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Daniel Charness and the Treemeisters (folk), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

BANANA WINDS CAFÉ & PUB: Open Mic with Mike Pelkey, 8 p.m., Free.

VENUE: Red Stellar & the Workin' Man Band (country), 9 p.m., $5.

CLUB METRONOME: Retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5.


FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.


HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Trey Anastasio Band (jam), 9 p.m., $40.

THE BLACK DOOR: Live Music, 9:30 p.m., Free.

MATTERHORN: Nerbak Brothers (rock), 9 p.m., $5.

CHARLIE O'S: Moses Iron, White Zinfandel (Americana), 10 p.m., Free.

RUBEN JAMES: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Spectacle of sin VI: Beyond the Wasteland (metal), 8:30 p.m., $12/15. 18+.

THE MEETING HOUSE: Mellow Yellow (rock), 7:30 p.m., $15.

RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Supersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.

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

MOOG'S: Grand Opening Party: Eames Brothers Band (mountain blues), 9 p.m., Free.

PURPLE MOON PUB: Malicious Brothers (rock), 8 p.m., Free.

LIFT: DJ EfX (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: The Move It Move It (Afro-pop), 10 p.m., Free.

RED SQUARE: Split Tongue Crow (indie folk), 6 p.m., Free. Dave Keller Band (blues), 9 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ 9/27/11 3:55 PMStavros (house), 10 p.m., $5.

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THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Greg Evans, Johnson's Crossroad (gypsy jazz, bluegrass), 7 p.m., $5-10 donation.


BAGITOS: Eric Friedman (singersongwriter), 5 p.m., Free.

BEE'S KNEES: Mouthbreather (experimental), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

PARKER PIE CO.: The Willy Edwards Blues Band, 8 p.m., Free. RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. RUSTY NAIL: Goosepimp Orchestra (funk), 9 p.m., $5.

POSITIVE PIE 2: Mr. Yee & Tank (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., $3.

MARRIOTT HARBOR LOUNGE: Pine Street Jazz, 8:30 p.m., Free. MONKEY HOUSE: The Milk Carton Kids, Gaby Moreno (singersongwriters), 9 p.m., $8. 18+.

TUPELO MUSIC HALL: The Susan Brison Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., $15.

NECTAR'S: Andrew Parker-Renga (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Groundfood (funk), 9 p.m., $5.

CITY LIMITS: Dance Party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

GOOD TIMES CAFÉ: Ray Bonneville (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., $15.

Mad Men With the release of their rock- and zydeco-flavored Vanguard Records debut,

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Rehab Roadhouse (blues), 10 p.m., $3.

even after nearly two decades as one of the most eccentric and provocative Americana bands around

BEE'S KNEES: Wall-Stiles (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

— see their famous, boot-stompin’ roots cover of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin & Juice” — they continue to find

MATTERHORN: Gent Treadly (jam), 9 p.m., $5.

Old Mad Joy, Austin-based alt-country tricksters the GOURDS are now rollin’ nine albums deep. Yet,

new ways to challenge audiences, and themselves. Catch them this Thursday, September 29, at the

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Higher Ground Showcase Lounge with songwriter PAT SWEANY.

ROADSIDE TAVERN: DJ Diego (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free. RUSTY NAIL: Casio Bastard, Waylon Speed (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: Funhouse with DJs Rob Douglas, Moonflower & Friends (house), 10 p.m., Free.

Post-Show Discussion Following 10/6 Performance

CLUB METRONOME: ASAP Ent. Presents the Fall Showcase (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $7/10/15. 18+. Black to the Future (urban jamz), 10 p.m., Free.

Contains Mature Material


RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Glass Onion (rock), 10 p.m., NA.

A poignant and funny award-winning play about the ways, both sudden and slow, that lives can change irrevocably.


MOOG'S: Grand Opening Party: the Hamiltones (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

MONOPOLE: House on a Spring (rock), 10 p.m., Free.





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most of which predates the tunes found on Bad Dog. And like that album, it is notable for what it lacks — namely, bass guitar. There is nary a low-end note or rumbling bass throb to be heard. While on first listen, the sound spectrum feels thin, by addition through subtraction the Heckhounds shine a light on their true strength: succinct, clever songwriting. Lead vocalists Hal Mayforth and Michael Murdock share songwriting duties throughout and play off each other well. In fact, two of the songs they co-wrote, album opener “New New Driveway Blues” and “Boston Blues,” are true album highlights. Mayforth is the more direct tunesmith, favoring straightforward lyrics to metaphorical fancy. “Have You Heard the News?” is an apt example, as the singer ruminates on the reliable downer of reading the daily news. But as many a classic blues singer does, he offers a glimmer of hope in the chorus, singing, “We may be down, but we be down all day.” Murdock seems more taken with classic blues themes, especially women who done gone — and, often, left

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him cryin’. Though he’s unafraid to mine blues archetypes, he often puts a personal spin on the material that raises it above contrived mimicry. For example, “Cell Phone Woman” is a delicious lament about a lover more focused on her phone than her partner. “I got a cell phone woman, you know she’s always on the phone / Every time I take her out, you know I feel like I’m all alone,” he sings. Sparse and humble, the Heckhounds’ For the Price of a Haircut may not be as immediately impressive as some glitzier blues fare. But it’s nonetheless compelling and enjoyable.


On their 2009 album, Bad Dog,, central Vermont’s the Heckhounds introduced a lo-fi take on the blues that was as remarkable for what it offered as for what it lacked. The record featured a collection of homespun, mostly acoustic original blues tunes, cleverly written and ably performed. What it didn’t have was the over-the-top bombast in vogue among modern blues bands. No searing guitar solos, wailing harp runs or anguished blues howls, this was blues distilled to its bare essence. On their latest album, For the Price of a Haircut, the Heckhounds devolve even further, providing a glimpse of the genre’s roots and the band itself. Haircut is essentially a time capsule. It is a collection of material written and recorded over the last several years,


With Who Cares if We’re Dope? Vol. 4, the Aztext conclude one of the more innovative local recording projects to hit Queen City ears in recent memory. To recap, the longtime Burlington hip-hop stalwarts reemerged from a lengthy hiatus late last year with Who Cares if We’re Dope? Vol. 1, the debut installment of a four-part series of EPs released in three-month intervals over the past nine months. The brilliance of that approach was twofold. First, rather than unveil one full-length record that would likely have faded from memory after a few months, the Aztext remained relevant by reintroducing themselves to local audiences at the change of each season. Second, savvy marketing aside, it was also a cagey artistic maneuver. A different producer helmed each volume of Dope, allowing the Aztext to showcase their remarkable versatility. Vol. 1 featured the knob-tweaking talents of B-Town expat E Train, formerly of the Loyalists, and leaned heavily on a classic boom-bap hip-hop aesthetic. Vol. 2, produced by fellow ex-Loyalist Touchphonics, veered into up-tempo club-banging joints. On Vol. 3, the Aztext explored retro hip-hop with classic funk and R&B beats, courtesy of Romanian producer XPL. On the fourth and final installment, MCs Pro and Learic tab Dub Sonata. The renowned New York City-based producer imbues the Aztext’s finale with cinematic bombast, drawing the curtain to a close in celebratory fashion. The opening cut, “Moment in Rhyme,” is a multigenerational tour de force. It features rapper Craig G, who

is probably best known to mainstream audiences as the man who helped coordinate the battle rap scenes in the Eminem pseudo-biopic 8 Mile. The rappers trade verses expounding on their earliest experiences with hip-hop. Craig G ruminates on Run DMC in the 1980s, while his younger counterparts, Pro and Learic, recall jumping around to House of Pain in Reebok Pumps in the 1990s. Nostalgia is a theme throughout Vol. 4. One reason Aztext faded from view in recent years was that, well, they grew up. Jobs and families took precedence over rhymes and beats. Now older and wiser, the Aztext look back on their relationship with life and music. “Without You” examines artistic influence — as in, which bands shaped them and, now, as the 802’s elder hiphop statesmen, their role in influencing the next generation. “My Thoughts” and “Peace of Mind” touch on handling adult responsibilities while clinging to childhood dreams. EP and series closer “Say No More” is something of a retrospective, a clever, brash confrontation of the incongruities of being a hip-hop act from rural Vermont, something the band has had to deal with since their 2007 debut. Witty and cunning, it’s classic Aztext, and a fitting finish to a career-defining project. Who Cares if We’re Dope? Vol. 4 is available at

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on taP Bar & grill: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free.

crooked still (neo-bluegrass), 8 p.m., $15/17. AA. leunig'S BiStro & café: paul Asbell & clyde stats (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. manHattan Pizza & PuB: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free.

nectar'S: Turbine (rock), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. on taP Bar & grill: Open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., Free.

red Square: upsetta international with super K (reggae), 7 p.m., Free.

radio Bean: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free.

on taP Bar & grill: cooper & Lavoie (blues), 7 p.m., Free.

& Other

radio Bean: Old Time sessions (oldtime), 1 p.m., Free. Trio Gusto (gypsy jazz), 5 p.m., Free. Tango sessions, 7 p.m., Free.


red Square: DJ ZJ (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free.

red Square: Japhy Ryder (prog rock), 7 p.m., Free. industry night with Robbie J (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free.


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


rozzi'S lakeSHore tavern: Trivia night, 8 p.m., Free.

Slide Brook lodge & tavern: Tattoo Tuesdays with Andrea (jam), 5 p.m., Free.

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

champlain valley

Silver Surfer,

PurPle moon PuB: James mcsheffrey (acoustic), 7 p.m., Free. tHe Skinny Pancake: The milk carton Kids, Gaby moreno (singersongwriters), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation. tuPelo muSic Hall: shawn colvin (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., $55/65.

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Bee'S kneeS: Andrew parker-Renga (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Sweet cruncH Bake SHoP: John compagna (acoustic), 10:30 a.m., Free. John compagna (acoustic rock), 10:30 a.m., Free.

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ye olde england inne: corey Beard, Dan Liptak and Dan Haley (jazz), 11:30 a.m., Free.

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HigHer ground SHowcaSe lounge: pogo, That 1 Guy (eclectic), 7:30 p.m., $15. AA.

nectar'S: spit Jack (punk), 8 p.m., Free. shady Alley (bluegrass), 9 p.m., $3/5. 18+.

nectar'S: mi Yard Reggae night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., Free.



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HigHer ground SHowcaSe lounge: The Aristocrats (rock), 8 p.m., $20/40. AA.

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mic, 6 p.m., Free.

monkey HouSe: Gregory Evans Trio, jane Andra (singer-songwriters), 8 p.m., $3.



HigHer ground Ballroom: Zeds Dead (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $18/24. AA.


monty'S old Brick tavern: George Voland JAZZ: Jody Albright and Dan skea, 4:30 p.m., Free.


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radio Bean: stephen callahan and mike piche (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. Tim Brick (country-rock), 7 p.m., Free. nathan Reich (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., Free. Honky-Tonk sessions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3.

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cHarlie o'S: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.

51 main: Quizz night (trivia), 7 p.m., Free.

BagitoS: Open mic, 7 p.m., Free.

two BrotHerS tavern: monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.



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1/2 lounge: Turntable Tuesday with DJ Kanga (turntablism), 10 p.m., Free.

moog'S: Open mic/Jam night, 8:30 p.m., Free.

monkey HouSe: naked Gods (rock), 9 p.m., $7. 18+. nectar'S: Jeff Bujak, Lynguistic civilians (hip-hop, iDm), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+.

red Square: Justin Levinson Band (rock), 7 p.m., Free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free. tHe Skinny Pancake: Lac La Belle (indie folk), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.


BagitoS: Acoustic Blues Jam, 6 p.m., Free. guSto'S: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.

champlain valley

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



leunig'S BiStro & café: Dayve Huckett (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.

1/2 lounge: Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m.


monkey HouSe: Anecdote (storytelling), 7 p.m., Free.

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

monty'S old Brick tavern: Open

HigHer ground Ballroom:

cluB metronome: Bass culture with DJs Jahson & nickel B (dubstep), 9 p.m., Free.

burlington area

Bee'S kneeS: nathan Reich (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

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bEE’S kNEES, 82 Lower Main St., Morrisville, 888-7889. thE bLuE AcorN, 84 N. Main St., St. Albans, 527-0699. thE brEWSki, Rt. 108, Jeffersonville, 644-6366. choW! bELLA, 28 N. Main St., St. Albans, 524-1405. cLAirE’S rEStAurANt & bAr, 41 Main St., Hardwick, 472-7053. 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, Smuggler’s 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. thE ShED rEStAurANt & brEWErY, 1859 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4765. ShootErS SALooN, 30 Kingman St., St. Albans, 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, 6267394. WAtErShED tAVErN, 31 Center St., Brandon, 247-0100. YE oLDE ENgLAND iNNE, 443 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 2535320.


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giLLigAN’S gEtAWAY, 7160 State Rt. 9, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-566-8050. moNoPoLE, 7 Protection Ave., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-563-2222. NAkED turtLE, 1 Dock St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-566-6200. oLiVE riDLEY’S, 37 Court St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-324-2200. tAbu cAfé & NightcLub, 14 Margaret St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-566-0666. thErAPY, 14 Margaret St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-5612041.

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51 mAiN, 51 Main St., Middlebury, 388-8209. bAr ANtiDotE, 35C Green St., Vergennes, 877-2555. brick box, 30 Center St., Rutland, 775-0570. thE briStoL bAkErY, 16 Main St., Bristol, 453-3280. cAroL’S huNgrY miND cAfé, 24 Merchant’s Row, Middlebury, 388-0101. citY LimitS, 14 Greene St., Vergennes, 877-6919. cLEm’S cAfé 101 Merchant’s Row, Rutland, 775-3337. DAN’S PLAcE, 31 Main St., Bristol, 453-2774. thE fArmErS DiNEr, 99 Maple St., Middlebury, 458-0455.

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ArVAD’S griLL & Pub, 3 S. Main St., Waterbury, 2448973. bAgitoS, 28 Main St., Montpelier, 229-9212. big PicturE thEAtEr & cAfé, 48 Carroll Rd., Waitsfield, 496-8994. thE bLAck Door, 44 Main St., Montpelier, 223-7070. brEAkiNg grouNDS, 245 Main St., Bethel, 392-4222. thE cENtEr bAkErY & cAfE, 2007 Guptil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-7500. chArLiE o’S, 70 Main St., Montpelier, 223-6820. cJ’S At thAN WhEELErS, 6 S. Main St., White River Jct., 280-1810. grEEN mouNtAiN tAVErN, 10 Keith Ave., Barre, 522-2935. guSto’S, 28 Prospect St., Barre, 476-7919. hEN of thE WooD At thE griStmiLL, 92 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-7300. hoStEL tEVErE, 203 Powderhound Rd., Warren, 496-9222. kiSmEt, 52 State St. 223-8646. L.A.c.E., 159 N. Main St., Barre, 476-4276. 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. 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. SkuNk hoLLoW tAVErN, 12 Brownsville Rd., Hartland Four Corners, 436-2139. 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. WhitE rock PizzA & Pub, 848 Rt. 14, Woodbury, 225-5915.

gooD timES cAfé, Rt. 116, Hinesburg, 482-4444. oN thE riSE bAkErY, 44 Bridge St., Richmond, 4347787. South StAtioN rESAurANt, 170 S. Main St., Rutland, 775-1730. StArrY Night cAfé, 5371 Rt. 7, Ferrisburgh, 877-6316. tWo brothErS tAVErN, 86 Main St., Middlebury, 3880002.

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., 8790752. thE bLock gALLErY, 1 E. Allen St., Winooski, 373-5150. bLuEbirD tAVErN, 317 Riverside Ave., Burlington, 428-4696. 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. frANNY o’S, 733 Queen City Park Rd., Burlington, 8632909. thE grEEN room, 86 St. Paul St., Burlington, 651-9669. 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. Lift, 165 Church St., Burlington, 660-2088. thE LiViNg room, 794 W. Lakeshore Dr., Colchester. mANhAttAN PizzA & Pub, 167 Main St., Burlington, 864-6776. mArriott hArbor LouNgE, 25 Cherry St., Burlington, 854-4700. miguEL’S oN mAiN, 30 Main St., Burlington, 658-9000. 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. NEW mooN cAfé, 150 Cherry St., Burlington, 383-1505. o’briEN’S iriSh Pub, 348 Main St., Winooski, 338-4678. oDD fELLoWS hALL, 1416 North Ave., Burlington, 862-3209. oN tAP bAr & griLL, 4 Park St., Essex Jct., 878-3309. oScAr’S biStro & bAr, 190 Boxwood Dr., Williston, 878-7082. PArimA, 185 Pearl St., Burlington, 864-7917. 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. thE ScuffEr StEAk & ALE houSE, 148 Church St., Burlington, 864-9451.

ShELburNE StEAkhouSE & SALooN, 2545 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-5009. thE SkiNNY PANcAkE, 60 Lake St., Burlington, 540-0188. VENuE, 127 Porters Point Rd., Colchester, 310-4067. thE VErmoNt Pub & brEWErY, 144 College St., Burlington, 865-0500.

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Never-Ending Story Beth Pearson, Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery


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“Drama With Consequences”


ike paintings by Paul Klee and William Baziotes, the biomorphic abstractions of Burlington artist Beth Pearson are rooted in the natural world while fluently speaking the language of formalism. Her spaces tend to be defined by horizons and strong figure/ground relationships. Her colors, while generally simplified, are often legible as skies, a beach or even a field of green grass. Textures — sometimes built up, sometimes scratched on a panel’s surface — are another dominant force in her paintings. Pearson’s current exhibition, “Recent Paintings,” at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne, brings to life a range of shapes and spaces that transcend the boundary between a world of objects and a less easily defined visionary space. Pearson’s 24 paintings on display range from 5-by-5-inch images up to the vertically oriented 60-by-36-inch “Shadow of Protection.” That large work uses a simplified approach to color in conjunction with a fairly flat linear composition, consisting of broken iterations of geometric shapes. Rectangles buried in the magenta field at left are echoed by a rectangle in a light-blue field in the upper-right-hand

corner. Curves swoop through pale yellow in central areas of the composition. At the top of the painting resides a rugged, circular blue form that seems to be hanging on a red line. Technically, that blue form is the “figure” of the composition, and the background of overlapping planes of yellow and crimson is the “ground.”


LEGIBLE AS SKIES, A BEACH OR EVEN A FIELD OF GREEN GRASS. “Drama With Consequences” is another of the exhibit’s larger paintings at 30 by 40 inches. It possesses a broad spectrum of lights and darks, ranging from cream and pale-blue textural details to deep fields of blackness. Edges of the lighter-valued forms stand out crisply over the tenebrous space in which ev-

“When Summer Rolled Around”

erything floats. At the lower left, small details appear — dots and raised textures that contrast with the large brushstrokes dramatically sweeping over central areas of the composition. Perhaps the most literal of Pearson’s abstractions is the 18-by-24-inch “When Summer Rolled Around.” It has a high horizon line where gray and steely blue meet, like water and sky. A series of vertical lines undulates between them, and a sandy-colored area at lower left, containing a circular form, reads as a beach. It’s a peaceful abstraction, with a clean and uncluttered color harmony. Two small, red elements, like tiny feathers, appear inside the circle on the “beach,” but they’re mere grace notes in the broader rounded design element. Pearson has included many small and playful pieces in her show. “Mirror Mirror” is one of several 5-by-5-inch pieces on display, while “Garden of Riches” is just 9 by 10 inches. “Mirror Mirror” almost resembles an aboriginal form. Coiled red lines rise to a striped red oval that seems to have grown like a flower at upper left, over a deep blue-black sky. Three rows of dots radiate from the oval.

A pair of wings suggestive of a stamped print appears in “Garden of Riches.” Tiny squares dance over the fields of the highly textured composition, as if a checkerboard had exploded on the painting. It’s festive compared with some of Pearson’s more reserved, or at least more simply composed, works such as “Mirror Mirror.” In her artist’s statement, Pearson describes her process this way: “It’s like writing a story without knowing the plot. Mistakes are made, shallow ideas played out, thoughts trashed and rehashed and reborn.” Her process leads her to discover narratives as she goes along, she explains, saying, “Watching whatever emotional content or narrative message take root in a composition is the final reward.” That process is rewarding for Pearson’s viewers, as well.



“Recent Paintings by Beth Pearson,” Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, Shelburne. Through October 25.

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'5 and Dime': A variety of artwork priced between $5 and $100. Through October 1 at Backspace Gallery in Burlington. Info, Abby Manock: Visitors can watch the artist, whose style ranges from drawings and sculptures to large-scale interactive and game-like performance projects, work in a "Fish Bowl" studio as part of a two-month residency. Through October 31 at Shelburne Art Center. Info, 985-3648. Alice Murdoch: "Private Pleasures," oil paintings that focus on the complicated role of food in women's lives. Through October 1 at Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, in Burlington. Info, 652-4500. Amanda Schirmer: Acrylic paintings by the South Hero artist. Through September 30 at Vintage Jewelers in Burlington. Info, 862-2233. 'Art at the Coach Barn': Work by more than 40 artists in a spectacular lakeside setting. Through October 23 at Shelburne Farms. Info, 985-8686. 'Art's Alive 2011 Festival of Fine Art Winners' Exhibition': Work by the winners of the June festival: Benjamin Barnes, Stephen Mease, Kristen L'Esperance, Brooke Monte and Cricket. Through September 30 at Union Station in Burlington. Info, 310-3211. Beth Pearson: Abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through October 25 at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne. Info, 985-3848. Carl Rubino: "In the Spirit of a Tree," color photographs manipulated to present the artist's interpretation of the majesty, beauty, sensuousness — as well as "the very soul" — of trees. Through October 2 at Designhaus in Burlington. Info, 518-946-7302. Christopher J. Harrington: "Selected Works 2008-2011," work in pen, pencil, Sharpie, paint, tape and newspaper, created with the aid of extreme heavy metal and other musical influences. Through September 30 at Red Square in Burlington. Info, 318-2438. Erin Paul: Images of death and rebirth. Through November 1 at VCAM Studio in Burlington. Info, 651-9692.

'Fine Art at Home With Furniture': Work by Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, Rae Harrell, Anne Cady, Rory Jackson, Tracy H. Girdler, Brook Monte, Aaron Stein, Ben Barnes, Shayne Lynn and Jonathan Young. Through October 15 at Gallery 388 at Burlington Furniture Company. Info, 862-5056.

Instructors Showcase: Oil paintings by Kim Bombard and Lydia Littwin, and millinery specialties by Wylie Sofia Garcia; 'Teen Fashion Showcase': Work from this summer's fashion camps. Through September 30 at Davis Studio in Burlington. Info, 425-2700.

BCA Summer Artist Market: Juried artists sell their handmade, original fine art and crafts. Saturday, October 1, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Burlington City Hall Park. Info, 865-7166. 'Off the Wall: Informal Discussions About Art': Assistant professor of art history Eddie Vazquez discusses the public sculpture on the Mahaney Center for the Arts plaza, in a talk called, “Site/Sight: Dan Graham’s Two-Way Mirror Curved Hedge Zig-Zag Labyrinth.” Light lunch provided in the lobby. Friday, September 30, 12:15-1:30 p.m., Middlebury College Museum of Art. Info, 443-3168. Quarry Hill School Art Auction: Paintings, drawings, quilts and ceramics by artists connected to the school, from children to professional artists such as Anne Cady and Marty Fielding. They Might Be Gypsies perform; a three-course meal is served. Wednesday, October 5, 5-9 p.m., American Flatbread, Middlebury. Info, 388-7297. 'Big Buzz Chainsaw Carving Festival': Carvers from across the country compete in hourlong events followed by an auction of their work on Saturday. Daily through Sunday, October 2, 10 a.m. to dusk, Mackenzie Field, Chester. Info,

'Foliage Open Studio Weekend': Artists and craftspeople throughout the state open their studios to the public. For a map of participating studios, visit Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., various locations statewide. Info, 223-3380. '4th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk': Rob Strong leads photographers of all skill levels on a picture-taking walk around White River Junction, while similar groups participate in gatherings around the world. Sunday, October 2, 4:30-6:30 p.m., PHOTOSTOP, White River Junction. Info, 698-0320. 'Vermont Plein Air Octoberfest': Artists capture the landscape in a two-day paint-out followed by a reception on Sunday. Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, October 2, 5-7 p.m., Galleria Fine Arte, Waterbury Center. Info, 244-7288. Center for Cartoon Studies Marketplace: Students, faculty and alumni sell their comics and merchandise, sign books, and offer freebies during the International Comic Arts Forum. Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1, noon-7 p.m., Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction. Info, 295-3319. 'Art at the Coach Barn': Exhibiting artists lead a tour

Laura Baum: Watercolors, in the dining room; Julie Paveglio: Oil paintings, in the bar; Tony Scarpinato: Paintings, in the greenhouse. Through September 30 at The Daily Planet in Burlington. Info, 862-9647. 'Lock, Stock and Barrel: The Terry Tyler Collection of Vermont Firearms': The 106 firearms on display represent a lifetime of collecting and document the history of gunmaking in Vermont from 1790 to 1900; 'Paperwork in 3D': Work by 25 contemporary origami, cut-paper and book artists; 'Behind the Lens, Under the Big Top': Black-andwhite circus photography from the late 1960s by Elliot Fenander; 'In Fashion: High Style, 1690-2011': Costumes from the museum's permanent collection, plus borrowed works from today’s top designers, including Karl Lagerfeld, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Balenciaga, among others. Through October 30 at Shelburne Museum. Info, 985-3346. Lyna Lou Nordstrom & Amanda Vella: Printmaking and mixed-media work by Nordstrom; oil paintings by Vella. Through September 30 at Wing Building in Burlington. Info, 310-3211.

Johnnie Day Durand: A solo exhibit curated by SEABA. Through November 26 at Pine Street Deli in Burlington. Info, 862-9614.

Marc Awodey: "An Artist's View," mixed-media work. Through November 30 at Community College of Vermont in Winooski. Info, 654-0513.

Karen Dawson: Paintings, drawings and mixed-media work of Vermont and regional motifs. Through September 30 at Brownell Library in Essex Junction. Info, 878-6955.

Marie LaPre Grabon: "Recent Landscapes/The Northeast Kingdom," mixed-media paintings and charcoal drawings. Through September 30 at North End Studio in Burlington. Info, 863-6713.

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

Myrna Harrison: The painter discusses her work. Monday, October 3, 8 p.m., Lowe Lecture Hall, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson. Info, 635-2727.

Lorraine Reynolds: "Ghost Stories," haunting assemblages of found objects. October 1 through 31 at Townsend Gallery at Black Cap Coffee in Stowe. Reception: Monday, October 3, 2-4 p.m.Info, 279-4239

Nina Katchadourian: The artist discusses her work, which includes photography, sculpture, video and sound. Tuesday, October 4, 8 p.m., Lowe Lecture Hall, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson. Info, 635-2727. 'Revitalize Rutland's ArtHop': Community members gather to brainstorm how to make the monthly art walk flourish. Wednesday, October 5, 8-9:30 a.m., Chaffee Art Center, Rutland. Info, 775-0356.

receptions James Gardner & Karen Faulkner: Paintings by Gardner and photographs by Faulkner. October 1 and 2 at Towle Hill Studio in Corinth. Reception: Saturday, October 1, 4-6 p.m. Info, mjnart. 'WET: Washes, Energy and Technique': Juried work by Vermont Watercolor Society members. September 30 through November 12 at Chandler Gallery in Randolph. Reception: Sunday, October 2, 3-5 p.m. Info, 431-0204. Gallery Grand Opening: The bookstore launches its new gallery with work by Rick Evans, Jonathan

Matthew Thorsen: "Sound Proof: The Photography of Matthew Thorsen, Vermont Music Images 1990-2000," chemical prints accompanied by audio recordings in which the photographer sets the scene and the bands play on. October 1 through 31 at Magic Hat Brewing Company in South Burlington. Info, 865-1140. Melissa O'Brien: "People Doing What They Love to Do," photography by the owner of the Charlotte vintage shop Abel & Lovely. Curated by Art Affair by Shearer. Through September 30 at Shearer Chevrolet in South Burlington. Info, 658-1111. Mona Agia: Paintings by the Cairo-born artist. Through September 30 at Uncommon Grounds in Burlington. Info, 865-6227. 'Outdoor Excursions': Work by 13 internationally acclaimed artists — including sculpture, video and wall works made of thousands of Icelandic lava chips — curated by Art in America writer Gregory Volk, who aimed to transform the First, Second and Fourth Floor Galleries into his version of a wilderness adventure. Through December 3 at BCA Center in Burlington. Info, 865-7166. Patty Sgrecci: Mobiles by the Middlebury artist. Through September 30 at Opportunities Credit Union in Burlington. Info, 865-3404 ext. 130. Paul Boisvert: Color photographs of Burlington, in Gates 1-8; Kit Donelly: Abstract acrylic and watercolor paintings, in the Skyway; Carolyn Hack: Mixed-media work at the Escalator. Curated

'Make Yourself at Home: Locally Crafted Fine Furnishings': Work in wood, metal, glass, ceramics and fiber by 25 area artists. October 1 through 9 at The Kent Tavern Museum in Calais. Reception: Saturday, October 1, 3-5 p.m. Info, 229-2306.

'Impressions of the Four Seasons': Paintings by Carolyn Walton, Gail Bessette, Athenia Schinto, Susan Bull Riley and Charles Townsend, plus jewelry by Tineke Russell, exhibited in celebration of the gallery's 25th anniversary. October 1 through November 30 at Luxton-Jones Gallery in Shelburne. Reception: Saturday, October 1, 2-7 p.m. Info, 985-8223. 'Odanaksis: Leaf Peeper Exhibition': Work by the Upper Valley community art group. September 30 through October 28 at Nuance Gallery in Windsor. A reception features live music and a raffle to benefit Windsor flood-relief efforts: Friday, September 30, 5-7 p.m. Info, 674-9616. Justin Hoekstra & Grace Weaver: "Double Cousin," paintings by the UVM senior art students. Through September 30 at Colburn Gallery in Burlington. Reception: Wednesday, September 28, 5-7 p.m. Info, 656-3131.

by BCA. Through September 30 at Burlington Airport in South Burlington. Info, 865-7166. 'Persona': More than 40 juried photographs depicting uncanny, parodied, distorted and in-yourface portraits. Through October 7 at Vermont Photo Space Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction. Info, 777-3686. Philip Herbison: "Plastic Personae," close-up photographs of dramatic tension in plaster faces. Through September 30 at Artspace 106 at The Men's Room in Burlington. Info, 864-2088. 'Represent II': Work by artists who have been near and dear to the gallery over the past year. Through October 1 at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. Info, September Exhibit: Work by Brooke Monte, Benjamin Barnes, Kristen L'Esperance and Alex Dostie, among other Vermont artists. Through October 1 at Dostie Bros. Frame Shop in Burlington. Info, 660-9005. September Show: "Food for Thought," a video created by Ren Walden and Ethan O'Hara; photos by Kimberly Hannaman Taylor; and jewelry, prints, paintings and drawings by Maya Urbanowicz. Through September 30 at The Firefly Collective in Burlington. Info, 660-0754. Stephen Gorman: "Arctic Visions," nature and wildlife photography, in the Pickering Room. Through September 30 at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Info, 865-7211.

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visual art in seven days:

Patrizia Cavalli: The Italian poet reads from her work. Thursday, September 29, 8 p.m., Lowe Lecture Hall, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson. Info, 635-2727.

Russell, Daphne Tanis, Joshua Mower and Karen Dawson at The Gallery at Phoenix Books in Essex Junction. Reception: Saturday, October 1, 6-8 p.m. Info, 872-7111.


James Vogler: "Real Estate Listings," paintings. Through October 7 at UVM Living/Learning Center in Burlington. Info, 656-4200.

through the barn, followed by tea and snacks at the inn. Wednesday, October 5, 2:45-4:30 p.m., Shelburne Farms.


'How Soon is Now?': Artwork by more than 20 Burton employees. Through October 7 at Burton Flagship Store in Burlington. Info, 862-4500.

The Shelburne Artists Market: Local artists and artisans sell their work on the green. Saturday, October 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Shelburne Town Offices. Info, 985-3648.

24-Hour Comics Challenge: Artists 16 and up have 24 hours to produce a 24-page comic book. Register by e-mailing organize@ Saturday, October 1, 10 a.m. through Sunday, October 2, 10 a.m., Montpelier City Hall. Info, 223-4665.

'Evolution': Original artwork by Burton's graphic artists, including Greg Gossel, Hush, Bigfoot, Mike Giant, Sharktoof and more, hung next to their 2012 Burton snowboards. By appointment only. Through October 20 at 152 Industrial Parkway, Burton Snowboards, in Burlington. Info, 862-4500.

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CaLL to artiStS Join the art Safari: Looking for a fun, new venue for your artwork this holiday season? Studio Place Arts pulls out all the stops with a three-floor holiday show of high-quality, affordable crafts and fine art. Contact SPA by October 14 at 479-7069, or Juried artiSt memberShiP: Rutland’s Chaffee Art Center is accepting submissions for artists interested in becoming juried artist members. Deadline, October 30. Info, 2012: Women in the artS: Rutland’s Chaffee Art Center is accepting submissions from Vermont women artists interested in being featured during a festival for women in the arts. Info, oPen art ShoW: A formal evening of art, music and words. Seeking artists of any medium. Register by October 10; event October 21. Info,


CaLL for entrieS: Annual juried exhibit in the Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, November 11 through December 31. Seeking Champlain Valley artists. Deadline, October 15. Info, CrafterS Wanted: For 4th Annual ‘Holiday Showcase & Craft Fair’ to be held at BFA Fairfax on Saturday, November 19. Info, 782-6874. iart Wanted: Contribute your iPad or iPhone art for a show at Village Frame Shoppe and Gallery in St. Albans. Deadline: October 13. Reception: October 21, 6-8 p.m. Info, 524-3699, pictureframer. ChandLer’S hoLiday bazaar SeekS artiSanS: The 10th Annual Chandler Artisans’ Bazaar will be held November 17 through December 21. The committee is accepting submissions of art, crafts and quality food products. A jury process will be held on Tuesday, October 11. Interested artisans are asked to contact the Chandler Gallery for more information and an application form: outreach@ or 431-0204.

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SuSan Larkin: Oil paintings of landscapes in and around the Champlain Islands and northern Vermont. Curated by BCA. Through September 30 at Metropolitan Gallery, Burlington City Hall. Info, 865-7166.

tatiana yakuSheva: New paintings by the Burlington artist. Through September 30 at Speaking Volumes in Burlington. Info, 540-0107.

'uPCyCLe vermont': Artwork made from recycled, reclaimed or repurposed materials. Sponsored by Switchback and cohosted by Nightmare Vermont. Through September 30 at Block Gallery in Winooski. Info, 373-5150.


agathe mCQueSton: "A License to Stare," portraits. October 1 through 31 at The Drawing Board in Montpelier. Info, 223-2902.

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CaLLing for entrieS: Four Corners of the Earth. Juried photography exhibit. Show us your version of this heaven we call Earth. Deadline: November 1. Info, ex22. red SQuare needS art! Artists needed to display at a very busy establishment on Church Street in Burlington. Please contact Diane at creativegeniuses@burlington

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bunny harvey: "Listening/Vermont," paintings of the Vermont landscape. Through October 12 at Korongo Gallery in Randolph. Info, 728-6788. CaLeb kenna: "India: Ten Years of Color and Light," photographs reflecting the country's frenetic economic growth and development. Through September 30 at Feick Fine Arts Center, Green Mountain College, in Poultney. Info, 287-8926. CaroL maCdonaLd: "Line/Structure/Pattern," prints and mixed-media works exploring patterns created from a single line. Through October 28 at Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749. CentraL vermont art reSourCe aSSoCiation exhibit: Work in a variety of media by more than 20 member artists. Through September 30 at City Center in Montpelier. Info, 279-6349. CLaire van vLiet: "Paper Works," pulp paintings by the renowned Vermont printmaker. Photo ID required for admission. Through September 30 at Governor's Office Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749. Corrina thurSton: "Magic of Colored Pencil," images of animals, people and flowers by the 21-year-old artist who began drawing after she was diagnosed with a chronic illness. Through October 1 at Espresso Bueno in Barre. Info, 760-8206. david garten: "Cuba & Beyond," photographs of Cuba, as well as of the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in the Mad River Valley. Through October 10 at Valley Art Foundation Festival Gallery in Waitsfield. Info, 496-6682. emma Jane Levitt: Photographs and prints. Proceeds go directly to the Seattle artist, whose home and artwork were recently damaged in a fire. Through October 31 at PHOTOSTOP in White River Junction. Info, 698-0320. gWynyfier: "Coming Out," digital photography on canvas. Through September 30 at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, heather ritChie: Acrylic paintings of ethereal dreamscapes. October 1 through November 30 at The Shoe Horn at Onion River in Montpelier. Info,


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aLexiS kyriak: "Martha Stewarts," work by the Vermont artist who is inspired by crisp, clean still-life photography. Through October 31 at Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio in Montpelier. Info, 229-4676.

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vermont Photo grouP exhibit & SaLe: Work by member photographers. October 3 through 29 at Uncommon Grounds in Burlington. Info, 434-5503.

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'torChed!': Torch-worked glass, including earrings, kaleidoscopes and sculptural paperweights, by Eric Nelson, Chris Sherwin, Michael Egan, and Howard and Elizabeth Smith; flame-inspired abstract paintings by Tom Merwin. Through September 30 at Frog Hollow in Burlington. Info, 863-6458.

engage: touring exhibit by artiStS With diSabiLitieS: VSA Vermont invites established and emerging Vermont artists with disabilities, ages 18 and older, to participate in this touring showcase. Deadline: September 30. Info, engage.

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'SyStemS in art': An exploration of the systems that artists use to establish parameters for their work, to explore spatial relationships, and to invent new grammars and rationalities, on the occasion of IBM's centennial anniversary; ‘WoSene Worke koSrof: PaintingS from the PauL herzog and JoLene tritt CoLLeCtion’: An exhibit exploring the role of language and graphic systems in the Ethiopian-born artist's work. Through December 16 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750.

vt high SChooL Student exhibit: Call to Vermont high school photographers: “Ways of Seeing” photography exhibit juried by Shane Lavalette and sponsored by PhotoGarden. Deadline: October 12. Info,

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NaNcy SilliMaN: Paintings and drawings of nature and the landscape, as well as personal reflections on love and the spiritual world; caMdeN aNd SaMaNtha JarviS: "Childlike Wonder," block prints on cards and T-shirts by the Windsor youngsters. Through October 2 at Nuance Gallery in Windsor. Info, 674-9616. oWeN BiSSex: Sculpture, mixed-media works and drawings of realistic and allegorical figures, including what the artist calls "whimsical monster stuff." Through September 30 at Blinking Light Gallery in Plainfield. Info, 454-7334. 'rock Solid iN & out': Stone sculptures and assemblages, in the Main Floor Gallery and the temporary outdoor Sculpture Park; N WaSko: "Auto World," in the Second Floor Gallery; JuliaNa caSSiNo Fechter: Paintings, in the Third Floor Gallery. October 4 through November 5 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069. 'Who careS?': Artwork inspired by the word care,

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by Montpelier's Reach Care Bank, a network of individuals and organizations who provide preventive care and support for each other. Through November 21 at Montpelier City Hall. Info, 262-6043. 'Wild thiNgS: coNteMPorary art iNSPired By Nature': Work by 22 artists chosen as part of the annual "Art in the Round Barn" exhibit. Through October 14 at Joslyn Round Barn in Waitsfield. Info, 496-7442.

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'BackStage at the raiNBoW cattle co.: the drag QueeNS oF duMMerStoN, verMoNt': Folklife Center audio interviews paired with the photographs of Evie Lovett, who spent two years documenting the queens at the Rainbow Cattle Co., a gay bar on a rural strip of Route 5 just north of Brattleboro. Through December 4 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964.



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caMeroN SchMitz: "Marks of Passage," paintings and drawings inspired by the Brattleboro Retreat trails and Vermont's back roads. Twenty percent of proceeds benefit the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. September 30 through November 6 at Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. Info, 382-9222.

'hoW did i get here?': Recent acquisitions presented within the context of how they came to Middlebury by art history students; 'PaiNted MetaPhorS: Pottery aNd PoliticS oF the aNcieNt Maya': Nineteen Chamá polychrome ceramics accompanied by more than 100 objects illustrating Maya daily life, religious ritual and shifts in rulership. Through December 11 at Middlebury College Museum of Art. Info, 443-3168. 'icoNic SilhouetteS: NeW eNglaNd BarNScaPeS': Classic rural imagery reimagined in colorful paintings by Woody Jackson, Michele Dangelo, Suzanne Crocker, Peter Batchelder, Kathryn Milillo and Jean Jack. Through November 6 at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 458-0098. JoaN curtiS: "Greener Grass," colored-pencil drawings that conjure up the feeling that a quest is taking place (through November 2); 'art MakeS BraNdoN tick': This year's townwide art project features artist-created, functional clocks, which will be auctioned off in October to benefit the BAG (through October 8). At Brandon Artists' Guild. Info, 247-4956. 'lake chaMPlaiN through the leNS': An annual juried show including work by photographers Colin Bristow and Stephen Beattie, among many others. Through October 15 at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes. Info, 475-2022. laurel cleMeNt FultoN: Giclée prints of summer and fall landscapes by the Vermont artist. Through September 30 at Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg. Info, 482-2878. Michael goodhart: Photographs of found natural and synthetic elements arranged in a way that forces the viewer into a new perspective of the so-called mundane. Through October 21 at WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room in Bristol. Info, 453-3188. rachi FarroW: "XXXL," sculptures of really big women made from recycled material. Through October 7 at Christine Price Gallery, Castleton State College. Info, 468-1119. roBert Black: "The Memory Chamber," an architectural installation; 'PhotograPhic MeMory': An exhibition by photographers of all ages. Through November 4 at Gallery in the Field in Brandon. Info, 247-0125. 'SculPtFeSt 2011': Site-specific sculptural installations — created in response to the theme "Forces of Nature" — by 11 regional and national artists for the annual outdoor exhibition. Through October 16 at The Carving Studio in West Rutland. Info, 438-2097.

deaNNa ShaPiro: "Acrylic & Collage," a tribute to the moon, birds and trees. Through October 30 at Abel & Lovely in Charlotte. Info, 425-2345.

toM MerWiN: "Drawing Water," central Vermont's waterfalls and gorges depicted in sumi ink, watercolor and oil on canvas. Through November 30 at Merwin Gallery in Castleton. Info, 468-2592.

deBorah SharPe-luNStead & elizaBeth SaSlaW: "Textures," paper-pulp paintings by Sharpe-Lunstead; pottery by Saslaw. Through September 30 at Art on Main in Bristol. Info, 453-4032.

'verMoNt laNdScaPeS loSt aNd FouNd': Historic landscape photographs from the museum's collection contrasted with present-day snaps of the same locations. Through October 22 at Sheldon Museum in Middlebury. Info, 388-2117.

doN roSS: "Stone, Water, Metal," photographic works inspired by the historic marble quarries of West Rutland and their current use by contemporary artists. Through October 16 at Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland. Info, 438-2097. elliot FeNaNder: "Three Rings, One Camera," 20 of the Lincoln photographer's black-and-white circus photographs as he processed them in the darkroom in the 1960s. Through September 30 at Mary's Restaurant at the Inn at Baldwin Creek in Bristol. Info, 453-2432. FraN Bull: "8.15.11," a series of drawings executed in a single day using computer scanning and enlarging techniques, in the Calvin Coolidge Library. Through October 7 at Castleton State College. Info, 468-1266.


alaN laMBert: "A Northern Perspective," photographs of Vermont landscapes. Through October 31 at Bent Northrop Memorial Library in Fairfield. Info, 827-3945. BoBBy aBrahaMSoN: "One Summer Across America," photographs of a 2001 cross-country bus trip. Through December 20 at Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469. 'BrotherS oF the BruSh: the verMoNt iMPreSSioNiStS': Work by some of New England's best-known landscape artists: Charles Movalli, T.M. Nicholas, Donald Allen Mosher, Tom Hughes and Eric Tobin. Through September 29 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818. catheriNe 'catchi' childS: "A Retrospective," portraits, still lifes and landscapes by the Vermont painter. Through November 7 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261.

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Dohrn Zachai: Paintings and drawings that explore the Sisyphus myth in mountains and clouds. Through November 6 at Winding Brook Bistro in Johnson. Info, 635-7776. Dorothy M. Warren: "All Seasons," watercolor landscapes. Through October 16 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Info, 899-3211. 'echoes of VerMont's LanDscapes': Work by Sean Dye, Corliss Blakely, Henry Trask Reilly, Jim Gallugi and Peter Miller. Through September 30 at Village Frame Shoppe & Gallery in St. Albans. Info, 524-3699. 'exposeD': Helen Day Art Center's 20th annual outdoor sculpture exhibition features local and international artwork, video screenings, and performances. Through October 8 at various locations in Stowe. Info, 253-8358. JaMes Lausier: "Summertime," paintings. Through October 16 at Cosmic Bakery & Café in St. Albans. Info, 524-0800. KeLLy hoLt: "Rhythmics," paintings and mixed-media work. Through November 30 at Green Goddess Café in Stowe. Info, 253-5255.

The Vermont Crafts Council’s firstever fall open studio weekend offers a chance to peek into the workspaces of foliage, and some Irene disaster-relief benefits, to boot. In Hinesburg, artist Jean Carlson Masseau is raffling off a limitededition giclée print to benefit the United Way’s Disaster Relief Fund. At the Kent Museum in Calais, “Make Yourself at features




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Maggie neaLe: Paintings and silk hangings. Through October 24 at Claire's Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053.


more than 150 years. At the reception Saturday afternoon, the original nude models from the “Men of Maple Corner” calendar, which got national attention

MiLton artists' guiLD exhibit & saLe: Work by guild members. Through October 31 at The Village Cup in Jericho. Info, 893-2480. nancy e. schaDe: "The Tree of Life Whose Leaves Heal the Nation," paintings and bronze sculptures. Through September 30 at Townsend Gallery at Black Cap Coffee in Stowe. Info, 279-4239. orah Moore: Work by the Vermont photographer. Through September 30 at Vermont Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 279-0332. peter arthur Weyrauch: "Rodz Series: The Brits," black-and-white photographic prints of cars. Through September 30 at Ye Olde England Inne in Stowe. Info, 253-7558. richarD erDMan & caroL o'MaLia: Sculpture by Erdman; paintings by O'Malia. Through October 31 at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe. Info, 253-8943. septeMber featureD artists: Work by wildlife and landscape painters Frank Tiralla and Henry Trask-Reilly, quilter Kathleen Patrick, tie-dye artist Andrew Wooten, and knitter Jan Brosky. Through September 30 at Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. Info, 933-6403.

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torin porter: "Anthrobotanicals," biomorphic sculptures in steel. Through October 9 at White Water Gallery in East Hardwick. Info, 563-2037. Wayne LinD: Watercolors by the artist who splits his time between Greensboro, Vt., and his sailboat in Key West. Through October 31 at Hangman Framing & Art Gallery in Hardwick. Info, 525-4405. m



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'ManhooD: MascuLinity, MaLe iDentity anD cuLture': Artwork that examines the gap between culturally constructed expectations of maleness and the identities developed and living choices made by all men (through November 13); 'WyLie garcia: the tuLLe DiD her in': Dresses from the artist's yearlong project in which she creates and wears one dress per month, embellishing and modifying it during that time (through October 23). At Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358.

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hat I’d like to know is why they let her keep doing it. Did the suits responsible for greenlighting this derivative dreck not see Sex and the City 2? If a movie ever offered irrefutable proof that the time had come to pull the plug on the Carrie Bradshaw character, that one did in spades. And yet here we are, 13 years after Sarah Jessica Parker first voice-overed her way into the public consciousness, still expected to find the same tired, manic tics endearing. Sure, the name has been changed. The city, too. But virtually every aspect of the actress’ performance here recycles every rendition she’s given of the role that brought her fame. This time around, Parker is a fortysomething 10:43 AMBoston wife and mother of two by the name of Kate Reddy. A time-warp factor afflicting the script by 27 Dresses scribe Aline Brosh McKenna doesn’t help matters. The film’s creators seem to be under the impression that Kate is the first movie mom to confront the challenge of juggling career and family. Where have these people been for the past 20 years? Not in megaplexes, obviously. It’s jaw dropping to watch Parker pretend this stuff is fresh. Not to mention funny. She brings a palpable desperation to please into scenarios that would have gotten sitcoms canceled several administrations ago. For example: Early on, a typical day of mul-

titasking finds Kate arriving home late from a business trip, clocking face time with her direct-from-Central-Casting brood and flirting with her understanding, underemployed architect husband (Greg Kinnear in his thinnest role to date). When he steps out of the shower, he finds her adorably fast asleep in her business suit on their bed. Cue the laugh track. Things only get staler and more slapsticky when Kate becomes involved with a generic Manhattan tycoon played by Pierce Brosnan in his thinnest role to date (and, yes, I own a copy of Mamma Mia!). He’s a suave widower with the power to give Kate her big break in the financial management game. How lowbrow is the writing? The first time they confer, it’s by video feed, and — wouldn’t you know it? — Brosnan signs on just as Parker is hiking up her skirt to adjust her pantyhose with her back to the camera. Cue adorable, flustered blushing. You can see where all this is headed 15 minutes into the film. The single surprise along the way is the performance given by the usually winning Olivia Munn in the role of Kate’s assistant. She is not winning this time around. Admittedly, Munn’s not given a lot to work with, but that doesn’t account for the disconcerting Kristen Wiig impression she appears to do for most of the movie. A) It’s not particularly amusing; and B) It has the unintended effect of reminding you that you could be at home watch-

SUCKS IN THE CITY The name has been changed, but Parker recycles the same old Carrie shtick as a woman juggling career and family in McGrath’s laugh-free festival of clichés.

ing Bridesmaids on DVD. There’s so much not to enjoy: cutesy dialogue; cliché overload; pointless “Office”-style mockumentary interviews with characters; Douglas McGrath’s (Emma) style-free direction; the fact that players actually say, “I don’t know how she does it” over and over again; wasted talent (Kinnear, Seth Meyers, Busy Philipps, Jane Curtin); and, perhaps most of all, Parker’s gratingly peppy, relentlessly insipid voice-overs. There comes a not-surprising moment when Kate commits to refocusing on her family. “Somehow, some way, someday,” she gushes, “things have to change.” I couldn’t agree more. For starters, Parker might try playing a character other than Carrie Bradshaw.  RI C K KI S O N AK

Moneyball ★★★★


he real test of a sports movie is whether it hooks viewers who couldn’t care less about the sport in question. Sure, baseball is America’s national pastime, but most films devoted to it still hedge their bets with compelling off-the-field plots, such as the romance in Bull Durham. Or they simplify the travails and triumphs of the game so much that even baseball ignoramuses can cheer. Moneyball does neither of those things. It features no off-the-field steamy liaisons and, for that matter, not much on-the-field action. Most of its scenes consist of men arguing in poorly lit rooms, with jargon flying thick and fast. The one time we see an underdog player hit a homer, our protagonist deflates the moment by reminding us, in voice-over, how tempting it is to romanticize something that’s really just a fluke. Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) isn’t in the game for those bursts of cinematic excitement. He’s in it for the long haul. The movie’s biggest surprise is that he takes even baseball-indifferent viewers along with him. The film is based on Michael Lewis’ nonfiction book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, which follows the A’s through the 2002 season. Unable to match the salaries offered by richer teams, Beane turned to unorthodox techniques of statistical analysis to assemble his team — and won. His success was a watershed moment in baseball management. The film makes it something with broader rel-

evance to the average recession-era American: a tale of what money can and can’t buy; and of the thin line that can separate winners from losers. Winners are what the A’s scouts seek early in the film, and, like most of us, they think they can identify them by “intangibles”: charisma, confidence, star quality. Beane, we learn in flashbacks, has personal reasons to doubt those assumptions. Facing an unworkable budget, he scouts himself an out-of-the-box thinker with an economics degree (Jonah Hill), who instructs him to snatch up undervalued players with a history of getting on base. The counterintuitive strategy enrages Beane’s scouts and puts him in an ongoing, slow-burn conflict with the A’s’ manager (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Directed by Bennett Miller (Capote), Moneyball isn’t far from a faux documentary. It seldom departs from Beane’s perspective, even though that means we see most of the on-field moments as pixelated replays (he doesn’t attend games). Beane is the only one whose personal life impinges on the narrative, and then only in restrained scenes with his young daughter (Kerris Dorsey), seemingly his sole confidant. Pitt is a natural choice for this tarnishedgolden-boy role. His bluster contrasts amusingly with the social sheepishness of Hill’s character, which merely camouflages the latter’s massive geek pride. Their odd-couple interplay is the heart of the film. Moneyball actually has more in common with The Social Network than with other sports

FIELD OF SCHEMES Far from the action, Pitt monitors his team and contemplates his next move in Miller’s sports drama.

movies: It strives to make numbers, software and stats — and the people who love them — interesting. No surprise, then, that Aaron Sorkin contributed the screenplay (with Steve Zaillian). Their juicy lines carry us through otherwise static scenes: Describing the A’s’ budget, for instance, Beane says, “There are rich teams, there are poor teams, there’s 50 feet of crap, and then there’s us.” The film’s dialogue never gets as mannered or thesis driven as it does in Sorkin’s solo efforts, however. While we all know the facts of this underdog story — and baseball fans are no doubt still debating the implications — the film doesn’t push us to conclusions about why “winners” don’t always win. But it does raise doubts about whether “winner-take-all” compensation works, and not just in sports. What’s the true value, it asks, of someone who just knows how to play ball?  MARGO T HARRI S O N

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50/50: Seth Rogen and Joseph GordonLevitt play two good friends grappling with the discovery that one of them has cancer in this serious comedy from director Jonathan (The Wackness) Levine. With Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anjelica Huston. (100 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy) coURAGEoUS: Four cops who are also dads strive to maintain law and order on the streets and at home in this inspirational drama from director Alex (Fireproof) Kendrick. With Kendrick, Ken Bevel and Kevin Downes. (130 min, PG-13. Essex) DREAm HoUSE: Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz play a couple who move into an idyllic New England house only to discover its dark history in this thriller whose trailer appears to set a new bar for gratuitous plot spoilage. Jim Sheridan directed. With Naomi Watts. (92 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount) mAGic tRip: Raw footage from Ken Kesey’s 1964 road trip with the “Merry Pranksters” forms the basis of this counterculture documentary directed by Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood. (90 min, R. Savoy) WHAt’S YoUR NUmBER?: In this comedy, Anna Faris plays a young woman who becomes obsessed with the question of how many sexual partners are too many on the road to true love. With Chris Evans, Joel McHale and Zachary Quinto. Mark Mylod directed. (106 min, R. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Welden)

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BRiGHtoN RocKHHH Director Rowan Joffe has updated Graham Greene’s novel about a young criminal rising in his town’s seedy underground to the swinging ’60s. With Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough and Helen Mirren. (111 min, NR. Savoy)

tHE DEBtHHH Two retired Mossad secret agents find themselves revisiting one of their successful Nazi-hunting missions in this thriller from director John (Shakespeare in Love) Madden. Starring Jessica Chastain, Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington and Tom Wilkinson. (114 min, R. Palace; ends 9/29) DolpHiN tAlEHHH A marine biologist and a young boy fight to save a dolphin caught in a trap in this family drama based on a true story. With Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble and Morgan Freeman. Charles Martin Smith directed. (112 min, PG. Bijou, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Marquis, Palace, Paramount [3-D], Stowe, Sunset, Welden) DRiVEHHHH1/2 Ryan Gosling plays a Hollywood stunt man who finds himself driving for his life in this festival-favorite action flick from director Nicolas Winding Refn. With Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks and Bryan Cranston. (100 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Stowe, Sunset) tHE GUARDHHHH An FBI agent (Don Cheadle) reluctantly teams up with a corrupt local cop (Brendan Gleeson) to chase drug dealers in western Ireland in this unusual twist on the buddy movie. Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, brother of playwright Martin. (96 min, R. Palace; ends 9/29) tHE HElpHH1/2 In 1960s Mississippi, a reporter (Emma Stone) joins forces with the servants who wait on her privileged class in this adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel. With Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard and Sissy Spacek. Tate Taylor directed. (137 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Stowe) i DoN’t KNoW HoW SHE DoES it1/2H Sarah Jessica Parker plays a working mom trying to balance her kids and high-powered career in this comedy from director Douglas (Infamous) McGrath. With Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan and Olivia Munn. (95 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy; ends 9/29) tHE KillER ElitEHH Jason Statham plays a former special-ops agent drawn back into the field in this action thriller. With Clive Owen and Robert De Niro. Gary McKendry wrote and directed. (100 min, R. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Sunset, Welden) liFE iN A DAYHHH Director Kevin Macdonald solicited video footage of a single July day from people all over the world and collaged together this record of 24 hours on Planet Earth. (90 min, PG-13. Savoy; ends 9/29)


tHE lioN KiNG (iN 3D)HHHH The 1994 Disney animation about a cub’s coming of age returns to theaters with an added dimension for a two-week run. (88 min, G. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis)

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mANHAttAN SHoRt Film FEStiVAl 2011: Watch 10 shorts from around the world, then choose your favorite. This year, subjects range from “Sexting” (a mini-infidelity drama from director Neil LaBute, starring Julia Stiles) to bank robbery. (120 min, NR. Roxy)

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coNtAGioNHHHH A deadly airborne virus menaces a star-studded cast — and the rest of the globe — in this thriller from Steven Soderbergh. With Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard and Gwyneth



BUcKHHHH Cindy Meehl directed this documentary about Buck Brannaman, the Cesar Milan of the horse world, whose special empathy with equines has impressed, among others, Robert Redford. (88 min, PG. Big Picture)


Paltrow. (105 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Sunset)

ABDUctioNH1/2 In which we learn whether Taylor Lautner, of “Team Jacob” fame, can carry a movie. He plays a teen who uncovers disturbing truths about his parentage in this thriller from director John Singleton. With Lily Collins, Alfred Molina and Sigourney Weaver. (106 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Stowe, Welden)


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wednesday 28 — thursday 29 Abduction 6:50. Dolphin tale 6:40. Killer Elite 7.

7:40, 10. Dolphin tale (3-D) 12:35, 3:30, 6:40, 9:20. Killer Elite 1:15, 4:10, 7:10, 9:50. moneyball 1, 4, 6:50, 9:40. Drive 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30. I Don’t Know How She Does It 1:10, 5:25, 7:30, 9:35. The Lion King (in 3D) 12:45, 2:45, 5, 7, 9:15. Straw Dogs 12:30, 5:20, 9:45. contagion 12:40, 3, 7:40, 10. The Help 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30. Spy Kids: All the time in the World in 4D 3:15. friday 30 — thursday 6 *50/50 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7 (Fri only; 21+), 7:25, 9:40. *courageous 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:30. *Dream House 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:30. *What’s Your Number? 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50. Abduction 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10.

movies contagion 1:20, 3:50, 6:40, 9:20. Spy Kids: All the time in the World in 4D (3-D) 1:05, 3:20. The Help 1:10, 4:30, 8. friday 30 — thursday 6 *50/50 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 9:35. *Dream House 1:20, 4:20, 7, 9:30. *What’s Your Number? 1:40, 4:40, 7:15, 9:40. Abduction 1:15, 4, 6:30, 9:15. Dolphin tale 12:40 (3-D), 1:30, 3:30 (3-D), 4:30, 6:20 (3-D), 9 (3-D). Killer Elite 1, 9:45. moneyball 12:50, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30. Drive 7:05, 9:25. The Lion King (in 3D) 12 (2-D; Fri-Sun only), 12:30, 2:10 (2-D), 2:40, 4:45, 6:55, 9:10. contagion 4:15, 6:50, 9:20. The Help 3:40, 6:45.

mARQUIS tHEAtER Main St., Middlebury, 388-4841.

wednesday 28 — thursday 29 Dolphin tale 7. The Lion King (in 3D) 7. contagion 7.

friday 30 — thursday 6 *50/50 1:25, 4, 7, 9:10. Killer Elite 3:25, 6:10. manhattan Short Film Festival 2011 3:15, 6. moneyball 1:05, 3:40, 6:40, 9:15. Drive 1:15, 3:30, 7:10, 9:20. contagion 1:10, 3:20, 6:50, 9:25. midnight in Paris 1, 8:15. tabloid 1:20, 8:30.

PALAcE cINEmA 9 10 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 864-5610,

wednesday 28 — thursday 29 Abduction 1:05, 3:35, 7:05, 9:30. Dolphin tale 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1:10, 3:45, 6:40, 9:10. Killer Elite 1:25, 3:55, 7:10, 9:35. moneyball 12:35, 3:30, 6:30, 9:25. Drive 1:15, 4:05, 6:55, 9:20. I Don’t Know How She Does It 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 12:45, 2:50, 4:50, 7, 9:05. contagion 1, 3:40, 6:45, 9:15. The Debt 1:20, 3:50. The Help 12:30, 3:25, 6:20, 9:15. Warrior 8:30. The Guard 6:15. 09.28.11-10.05.11 SEVEN DAYS

friday 30 — thursday 6 *50/50 1:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9. *What’s Your Number? 1:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9. Abduction 1:30 (Sat & Sun only) 6:30. Killer Elite 9. moneyball 1:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:15, 9. The Lion King (in 3D) 1:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9.

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wednesday 28 — thursday 29 Abduction 12:40, 3, 5:20,

wednesday 28 — thursday 29 Dolphin tale (3-D) 6:30, 8:45. Drive 8:45. contagion 6:30. friday 30 — thursday 6 *Dream House 1:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 8:45. Dolphin tale (3-D) 1:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 8:45.

tHE SAVoY tHEAtER 26 Main St., Montpelier, 2290509,

wednesday 28 — thursday 29 ***The tree Wed: 6, 8. Life in a Day 6:30, 8:40. friday 30 — thursday 6 *magic trip 1:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6 (except Wed & Fri), 8 (except Wed). Brighton Rock 1 & 3:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 8:40.

StoWE cINEmA 3 PLEX Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4678.

wednesday 28 — thursday 29 Abduction 7. Drive 7. The Help 7. friday 30 — thursday 6 Abduction Fri: 7, 9:10. Sat: 2:30, 7, 9:10. Sun: 4:30, 7. Mon-Thu: 7. Dolphin tale Fri: 7, 9:10. Sat: 2:30, 7, 9:10. Sun: 4:30, 7. Mon-Thu: 7. Drive Fri: 7, 9:10. Sat: 2:30, 7, 9:10. Sun: 4:30, 7. Mon-Thu: 7.


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wednesday 28 — thursday 29 Abduction 6:30. Killer Elite 6:30, 9. moneyball 6:15, 9. The Lion King (in 3D) 6:30, 9. Straw Dogs 9. The Help 6:15, 9.

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wednesday 28 — thursday 29 Abduction 1:25, 4:10, 7:10, 9:35. Dolphin tale (3-D) 12:50, 3:30, 6:30, 9:10. Killer Elite 1:30, 4:20, 7:15, 9:40. moneyball 1, 4, 6:45, 9:30. Drive 1:15, 3:40, 7:05, 9:25. I Don’t Know How She Does It 7, 9:15. The Lion King (in 3D) 12:30, 2:35, 4:40, 6:50, 9:10. Straw Dogs 12:40, 6:10.


friday 30 — thursday 6 Dolphin tale Fri: 6:30, 9. Sat: 1:30, 6:30, 9. Sun: 1:30, 7. Mon-Thu: 7. The Lion King (in 3D) Fri: 6:30, 8:30. Sat: 2, 6:30, 8:30. Sun: 2, 7. Mon-Thu: 7. contagion Fri: 6:30, 9. Sat: 2, 6:30, 9. Sun: 2, 7. Mon-Thu: 7.

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wednesday 28 — thursday 29 Killer Elite 1:20, 3:50, 6:30, 8:45. manhattan Short Film Festival 2011 1, 4, 7, 9:30. moneyball 1:05, 3:40, 6:40, 9:15. Drive 1:15, 3:30, 7:10, 9:20. I Don’t Know How She Does It 1:25, 6, 8. contagion 1:10, 3:20, 6:50, 9:25.

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friday 30 — thursday 6 ***The Phantom of the opera: 25th Anniversary Live in HD Sun: 2. Wed & Thu: 7:30 (encore). *50/50 1:25, 4, 7, 9:25. *Dream House 1:30, 4:10, 7:10, 9:30. *What’s Your Number? 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1:05, 3:55, 6:50, 9:15. Abduction 1:05 & 3:35 (except Sun), 7:05, 9:30. Dolphin tale 1:10, 3:45, 6:40, 9:05 (except Wed). Killer Elite 12:55, 9:35 (except Thu). moneyball 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 9:25. Drive 1:15, 4:05, 6:55, 9:20. contagion 1, 3:40, 6:45 (except Wed), 9:10. The Help 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 3:25, 6:35 (except Thu). ***See website for details.

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friday 30 — sunday 2 Dolphin tale at 7:30, followed by contagion. Killer Elite at 7:35, followed by Drive.

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MIDNIGHT IN PARIS★★★★ An American screenwriter (Owen Wilson) vacationing in Paris discovers another side of the city after dark — namely, shades of its artistic past — in the latest from Woody Allen. With Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard and Tom Hiddleston. (98 min, PG-13. Roxy) MONEYBALL★★★★ Brad Pitt plays the Oakland A’s’ general manager in this drama loosely based on Michael Lewis’ best seller about how to assemble a winning baseball team. With Jonah Hill, Robin Wright and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Bennett (Capote) Miller directed. (126 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy) SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D★★ In the fourth franchise entry, Jessica Alba plays a spy mommy whose intrepid tween offspring (Mason Cook and Rowan Blanchard) battle a villain who wants to “steal time.” With Joel McHale and Jeremy Piven. Robert Rodriguez, still not bored of these films, wrote and directed. (89 min, PG. Big Picture, Capitol, Essex, Majestic [3-D]) STRAW DOGS★★1/2 Was it really necessary to remake the 1971 thriller about an intellectual who rediscovers his manhood when he and his wife are threatened in their rural home? Apparently. Rod (Resurrecting the Champ) Lurie directs. With James Marsden, Kate Bosworth and Alexander Skarsgard. (105 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic; ends 9/29)

TABLOID: The latest from documentarian Errol Morris examines the “Case of the Manacled Mormon,” an incident that fixated British scandal sheets in the 1970s, in which a beauty queen was accused of raping a missionary. (81 min, R. Roxy) WARRIOR★★★1/2 The Fighter in the world of Mixed Martial Arts, or just a festival of faux accents? Londoner Tom (Bronson) Hardy and Australian Joel Edgerton play two Pittsburgh brothers fighting for the same trophy. With Nick Nolte and Jennifer Morrison. Gavin O’Connor directed. (139 min, PG-13. Palace; ends 9/29)

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NEWS QUIRKs by roland sweet Curses, Foiled Again

When Colby Wade Cardoso, 20, came upon a car crash that killed two people in Hillsborough County, Fla., authorities said he parked his vehicle near the scene and tried to steal a pickup truck belonging to a witness. The truck wouldn’t start, however, so he ran, only to be chased by sheriff’s Deputy Carl Luis, 53, and arrested. (Tampa’s WFLA-AM) Dionette L. Price, 26, jumped on the hood of a car in Kansas City, Mo., pointed a gun at driver Rayna Garrett and ordered her to “drive, or I will blow your head off,” according to Jackson County prosecutors. She headed to the Kansas City police station, nearly two miles away, and honked to alert officers. The suspect leapt off the hood and fled, but police soon spotted him waiting at a bus stop. (Reuters)

Schlemiel, Shemozzle, Hasenpfeffer Incorporated

When Principal Traci Williams banned miniskirts at Piedmont

The City Council of Gould, Ark., adopted an ordinance making it illegal to form any kind of group without its permission. (New York Times)

Love on a Collision Course

Pilots Kristen Sprague, 26,

Enhancement Follies

After a 26-year-old woman’s silicone breast implant burst when she was shot in the chest by a paintball, UK Paintball, which operates 50 paintball

centers, began asking “surgically enhanced female participants” to identify themselves when making reservations so they can sign a disclaimer and be issued extra padding to protect their implants while paintballing. “We want as many people to enjoy paintball as possible, regardless of whether their breasts are fake or real,” a company official said. Noting that paintball bullets travel “at around 190 mph,” the official added, “Part of the fun of paintball is that it hurts a bit when you get shot.” (Britain’s Daily Mail)

apparently had failed, then continued driving, using his feet outside the car door as brakes. He wasn’t able to stop in time to avoid running a red light at an intersection and hit two cars. He drove off, still using his feet as brakes, and hit two more cars at another intersection. He then stopped and was arrested, according to Deputy Chief James Berlin, who said the man would face a judge “to explain his moronic decision making.” (Detroit Free Press)

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Police in Roseville, Mich., said a 26-year-old roofer stopped to check his brakes, which

REAL free will astrology by rob brezsny

Sept. 29-Oct.05 overweening “Batman”? This would be an excellent time to free yourself of that dynamic.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)


LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “Enigmatology” is an infrequently used word that means the study of puzzles and how to solve them. I’m invoking it now to highlight the fact that you need to call on some unusual and idiosyncratic and possibly even farfetched resources as you intensify your efforts to solve the puzzles that are spread out before you. The help you’ve called on in the past just won’t be enough for this new round of gamesmanship. The theories and beliefs and strategies that have brought you this far can’t take you to the next stage.

hen I was born,” said comedian Gracie Allen, “I was so surprised I didn’t talk for a year and a half.” I suspect you will soon be experiencing a metaphorical rebirth that has some of the power of the event she was referring to. And so I won’t be shocked if you find it challenging to formulate an articulate response, at least in the short term. In fact, it may take you a while to even register, let alone express, the full impact of the upgrade you will be blessed with.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): I’ve got a chal-

lenging assignment for you. In accordance with your current astrological omens, I am inviting you to cultivate a special kind of receptivity — a rigorously innocent openness to experience that will allow you to be penetrated by life’s beauty with sublime intensity. To understand the exact nature of this receptivity, study Abraham Maslow’s definition of real listening: to listen “without presupposing, classifying, improving, controverting, evaluating, approving or disapproving, without dueling what is being said, without rehearsing the rebuttal in advance, without free-associating to portions of what is being said so that succeeding portions are not heard at all.”

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Government





GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You have cosmic clearance to fall deeply, madly and frequently in love, Gemini. In fact, it’s OK with the gods of fate and the angels of karma if you swell up with a flood of infatuation and longing big enough to engorge an entire city block. The only stipulation those gods and angels insist on is that you do not make any rash decisions or huge life changes while in the throes of this stupendous vortex. Don’t quit your job, for instance, or sell all your belongings, or dump your temporarily out-of-favor friends and loved ones. For the foreseeable future, simply enjoy being enthralled by the lush sexy glory of the liquid blue fire. CANCER

(June 21-July 22): Among the surprises spilled by WikiLeaks some months back was the revelation that U.S. diplomats think Canadians feel “condemned to always play ‘Robin’ to the U.S. ‘Batman.’” If that’s true, it shouldn’t be. While Canada may not be able to rival the war-mongering, plutocrat-coddling, environment-despoiling talents of my home country, America, it is a more reliable source of reason, compassion and civility. Are you suffering from a similar disjunction, Cancerian? Do you imagine yourself “Robin” in relationship to some






SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “During a game of Apocalypse against the Witchhunters,” reports Andrew_88 in an online forum, “I authorized my Chaos Lord to throw his vortex grenade at the oncoming Cannoness and her bodyguard. Safe to say he fluffed it and the vortex grenade scattered back on top of him. Then he proceeded to take out my allies, the Havocs, Land Raider and Baneblade, before disappearing, having done no damage to my opponent.” I suggest you regard this as a helpful lesson to guide your own actions in the coming days, Scorpio. Do not, under any circumstances, unleash your Chaos Lord or let him throw his vortex grenade at anyone. He could damage your own interests more than those of your adversaries. SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): According to my analysis of the astrological omens, it’s high time for you to receive a flood of presents, compliments, rewards and blessings. You got a problem with that? I hope not. I hope you are at peace with the





CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I like how

astrologer Hunter Reynolds encapsulates the Capricornian imperative. If you “can manage your ego’s erratic moods and uneven motivations well enough to offer a service with consistent quality,” he says, “the world confers social recognition and its accompanying material advantages on you.” The members of other signs may appear warmer and fuzzier than you, but only because you express your care for people through a “strictness of focus” and “disciplined work,” and by being a “dependable helpmate.” This describes you at your best, of course; it’s not easy to meet such high standards. But here’s the good news: The omens suggest you now have an excellent opportunity to function at your very best.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Not being omniscient is a really big drag for me,” says poet Charles Harper Webb. I sympathize with him. My life would be so much easier and my power would be so much more graceful if only I knew everything there is to know. That’s why I’m going to be a little jealous of you in the coming weeks, Aquarius. You may not be supremely authoritative about every single subject, but you will have access to far more intuitive wisdom than usual, and you’ll be making extra good use of the analytical understandings you have. Bonus: You will also be absorbing new lessons at an elevated rate. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): John Tyler was

president of the United States from 1841 to 1845. Believe it or not, two of his grandsons are still alive today. They’re Lyon Gardiner Tyler and Harrison Ruffin Tyler, born late in the life of their father, who was born late in John Tyler’s life. I invite you to find some equally amazing connection you have to the past, Pisces. How is your destiny linked to the long ago and far away? I suspect you might find that distant history will be more vital and important than usual in the coming weeks.



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officials in south Sudan are proposing to build cities in fantastic shapes. They say that the regional capital of Juba would be re-created to resemble a rhinoceros, as seen from the air. The town of Yambio is destined to look like a pineapple, and the city of Wau will be a giraffe. I’m confused by all this, since I know that most of the people in south Sudan live on less than a dollar a day. Is that really how they want their country’s wealth spent? Please consider the possibility, Taurus, that there are also some misplaced priorities in your own sphere right now. Hopefully they’re nothing on the

scale of what’s happening in south Sudan, but still: Allocate your resources with high discernment, please.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): This would not be a good time for you to read the book called The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Enhancing Self-Esteem. In fact, it will never be the right time to read it. While it’s true that at this juncture in your life story you can make exceptional progress in boosting your confidence and feeling positive about yourself, you’re not an idiot and you don’t need idiot-level assistance. If there was a book called The Impish Guide to Accessing and Expressing Your Idiosyncratic Genius, I’d definitely recommend it. Likewise a book titled The Wild-Eyed Guide to Activating Your Half-Dormant Potential or The Brilliant Life-Lover’s Guide to Becoming a Brilliant Life-Lover.

fact that you deserve more than your usual share of recognition, appreciation, flirtations and shortcuts. Please, Sagittarius? Please don’t let your chronic struggles or your cynical views of the state of the world blind you to the sudden, massive influx of luck. Pretty please open your tough heart and skeptical mind to the bounty that the universe is aching to send your way.


Hindered by the world’s most expensive real estate prices and strict zoning laws that forbid changing the perimeter of a house or adding to its height, well-to-do Londoners eager to enlarge their homes have begun excavating beneath them. Extending as many as four levels, underground expansion includes not just swimming pools, but also home theaters, fitness centers, gyms, wine cellars, bowling alleys, squash courts, climbing walls, servants’ quarters, saunas, waterfalls, Jacuzzis, hair salons and multicar garages with elevators to move

Mayor Ray Alborn of Ruidoso, N.M., issued an executive order prohibiting anyone from entering a village building with a firearm. When citizens protested that the gun ban is unconstitutional, Alborn refused to change his mind, declaring, “I don’t care where they carry the guns, they just don’t need to carry them in village buildings.” (El Paso’s KVIA-TV)

and her boyfriend, Scott Veal, 24, were talking to each other while flying separate planes, when they collided in midair over Nightmute, Alaska. “They meet up in the air,” National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson said. “The next thing she knows is his airplane strikes her right wing and nearly severs the right wing.” Veal’s Cessna 208 crashed and burned, killing him, while Sprague managed to land her Cessna 207 and escaped injury. (Anchorage Daily News)


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Hills High School in San Jose, Calif., she explained the policy meant cheerleaders would have to cover their newly shortened uniform skirts with sweat pants except at games. Some cheerleaders objected, insisting that not being able to wear their uniforms to classes would dampen school spirit, but Williams defended the dress code, declaring, “Cheeks are hanging out.” (San Jose Mercury News)

After the Australian Defense Force took 12 years to complete the purchase of MU90 anti-submarine torpedoes, ADF officials admitted they have no idea how the European-designed weapons work because secret technical documents pertaining to them are written only in Italian and French. As a result, Australia’s Defense Materiel Organization now has to hire a translator, at a reported cost of $110,000 (US$114,000). “They’ll be having to look for somebody who has the technical ability to translate technical documents, and that is not straightforward,” Andrew Davies, director of operations and capability for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, said, adding, “I believe the technical term for this project is a shemozzle.” (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

vintage car collections to and from the surface. Projects involve hauling away as many as 400 truckloads of dirt. (New York Times)




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love sex Would like to find a good man; willing to give relationships a try. Unafraid to be honest. Have fun in life; no downers. Can be fun if you give it a chance to work out. In need of a relationship w/ one who cares. Will put in lots of feedback & lots of attention. CA2001, 43, #106992 Need more fun I usually don’t do this, but I need a little spice in my life. Tired of the same old stuff every day! I am willing to try new things, so give me a shout! lookn4fun, 23, #118014 sexy, naked, sun, sports, hot tubs Looking for some summertime playmates! Love going to Bolton Falls. mashelle29, 29, l, #109076

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Sexually frustrated! I’m 37 and very active. I’m physically fit and seeking others who are as well. I’m looking to have some fun with another woman or another couple. I have been with another woman and man in the past. P.S. I’m not bi. Testingthewater, 37,l, #122118 Seeking sexy sensual women Looking to have some fun and meet some new friends. Open minded, laid back guy who enjoys a good time and like-minded women. Up for anything. Let’s enjoy the fall and get naked! Mtnmanfun, 36, #122090 Horny and looking to please I’m great at giving oral, so I would love to give it to a girl that likes to receive it, and I really love to get a girl off. Luvs2GivePleasure, 37,l, #122081 Hungry for what YOU want Looking for NSA sex. Not enough contact at home so looking for it elsewhere. wild9453, 41, #121904 LOVE to give oral Looking for sexually aware women who like to be pleased orally. It is something I love to do. I love to please and would love to make you cum! Love lots of foreplay and anything else you desire. Clean and discreet. 6’ average build. Blue eyes. Like to have fun and laughs. homer3369, 37,l, #122053 looking for some excitment Hey there, I’m a divorced, self-employed male looking for someone to have some fun with. I’ll try anything. I love to tie you up and pleasure you until you can’t stand it. Let me know if you’re interested. vtoutdoorguy, 36, #122052 Let’s play together I’m single, tall, attractive, healthy, a professional, creative, highly intelligent, high and unsatisfied sex drive. Love to find a partner for some relaxed, discreet fun. To me, the core of any pairing is complete comfort and mutual respect, where we can relax and let our natural playfulness out. Let’s see what comes up as we discover what we enjoy

Foreplay is half the fun Looking for casual and real. Taking it slow and attention to detail. Anticipation is half the fun and making out for hours into the night. Affectionate and experienced and eager to please. Attractive, slender and athletic build. jacksonjesse, 43, u,l, #122009 hungryman I’m looking for NSA woman to use me up and send me on my way! systemman, 47,l, #121977 Single, Good-looking, Welladjusted Freaker for you! I’m a good-looking, relatively athletic,

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Lookin to play Looking for a woman to have a good time with. lacey, 23, #122109 Hot, Fun To Be Had! Looking for a hot man to play with, must be open minded and willing to experiment with me and my boyfriend. Must be clean and discreet. Within the ages of 25-40. want2explore, 39, #122055 HempRopedCouple We are a couple looking for that extra girl to pamper. We have mild boundaries: he only wants hands, mouths and tongues exchanged with other woman. She has more exclusive desires. We are laid back and want to chat, if you are the right girl, maybe we’ll have you over and both give you a full-body massage. We are 420 friendly, drink ocassionaly. PjbKsj, 26,l, #122025

Kink of the w eek: Adventurous Man Seeking Answers 49 YO single bi male seeks adventurous lovers for exploration. Open minded, clean, safe, discrete and respectful. Lives alone in the Rutland area. Can host or travel. Males, females or couples. Don’t pass this up. Adventurous and experienced both in and out of bed! Likes to try new things and wants to try it all. nekjack, 49,l, #122110 FROM HIS ONLINE PROFILE: Describe your wildest fantasy. To join a loving couple in their bed. mostly straight but occasionally bi dude. I have friends and a life that I’d feel weird exposing to my kinkier side. So I happily keep the two separate and only occasionally foray into this kind of freaky shit. But now is one of those times! I’m intelligent, professional, 5’10”, 165 lbs. and super creative. StraightEdgeTaboo, 33, #121984 carpenter, rough hands, smooth tongue Looking for women who enjoy a talented tongue. I am hardworking, no time for dating, and love going down on a good woman. I miss the feeling of making my lady shiver over and over again. This is for some no strings, just want to eat some pussy fun. Lots of foreplay and other tasks performed upon request. Ican32, 57, #101269 Mr. good time Down-to-earth country boy. Just moved to Burlington from New York. Looking to have fun and meet new people. Not looking for a relationship of any kind, just looking to party and mess around. biggazz21, 21,l, #121932 naughtyscotty Looking for some fun for these long days/nights in VT. I’m active, healthy with a great imagination. Not much I’m not willing to try in the right situation. Can you give me a reason to smile when I think of a memory? vermontyscotty, 40, u,l, #115472

straight but curious, turned on Clean, in great shape, healthy sexual appetite, great imagination, aboveaverage package. I have many fantasies and would love to have a few become realized with the right person(s). I would like it to be a surprise to my wife, at the right time. Would like to include oral and anal sex with a male, also couples get together for hot play. 106568, 50,l, #106568 Couple seeking Female for Fantasy/Fun Goth Grrl, young-looking professional, in early 40s and her S.O., 30-ish, in a committed relationship but seeking a female companion to live out our fantasies. We are skilled and attentive lovers, D&D free. We are both slender and fit and are seeking someone who is also weight-proportionate to height, D&D free, interested in sharing mutual pleasure with no complications/strings attached. GothPrincess, 42,l, #118172 Paper or Plastic? Now that we’ve got your attention! We are an attractive, respectful and fun couple! We are looking for a bi-female to enjoy some fun with us! We are both clean, D&D free and professionals in the community so discretion is a must. Looking forward to hearing from you! SexyVTCouple, 28,l, #121887

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Dr. Sam, Milton Family Practice To the doctor who took care of my ear infection: I am mesmerized by your hotness. Your blonde hair, quirky personality and tunning fork really pushed my buttons in the best way possible. Stay good, hot doctor. Stay good. Also, you have the best name ever. Love, a woman who is not worthy of your beauty. When: Thursday, September 22, 2011. Where: Milton Family Practice. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909511 Bagel shop I’ve never been attracted to a man like I am to you. I know you’re my superior, but I can’t help myself around you. It would be nice to someday see you outside those four walls. Even if the answer is no, I love the attention you give me. When: Thursday, September 22, 2011. Where: Burlington. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909510 Run Away with Me I am impressed by your fortitude - on the hills or between them. Your mind intrigues me, too. I cannot wait to fall asleep in your arms and wake up in them again and again and again :). When: Wednesday, September 21, 2011. Where: Mt. Ethan Allen and beyond. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909509

September 20, 2011. Where: Bristol. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909503 The great yogurt debate This beautiful girl was wearing a white shirt. Tall, athletic. I encountered her in Price Chopper when debating which Stonyfield yogurt to pick up. I mentioned how yogurt is such a tough choice to make. If you get this we should talk about more than yogurt. When: Wednesday, September 21, 2011. Where: Price Chopper. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909502

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Is it just me? Things I remember: Finnegans; INXS, What You Need; Cockroach; Motorcycle lights on a soccer field; Golds Gym; North St., leather jacket, shades, ‘butts; Intimateness; Flirtatious playfulness; Death of a friend; The fact I’ve thought about you almost every day for over a decade. A brief encounter, thinking of excuses for more, and hesitating for fear of being wrong. Starbucks again? When: Friday, July 15, 2011. Where: Starbucks. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909496 Lady in gray, Drink Monday You were at Drink with your friends on the couch wearing a gray sweater. I was sitting at a table with my friends. You looked like you weren’t having much fun. We made eye contact a couple times. You left before I could say hello. Perhaps next Monday we can try and make the night a little more enjoyable. When: Monday, September 19, 2011. Where: Drink. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909495 cabbie I hope you’re well. I think about you often, and would love to meet over coffee if you’re up for it. I know things were complicated, and I surely don’t want to fuddle things up. I’d really like to have your friendship. Still have your number. When: Saturday, September 3, 2011. Where: Burlington. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909494 Jessica, let’s meet for coffee Met you outside the library and then at East Montpelier Hardware. Enjoyed meeting and talking to you. Let’s get together and talk some more like we said. Your friend Sam. When: Thursday, September 8, 2011. Where: East Montpelier hardware. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909493 homes

mistress maeve Dear Mistress Maeve,

My husband is an avid gardener, and I’ve reaped many benefits from his bountiful harvests over the years. This summer, he expressed interest in me getting my vegetables in a new way; rather than preparing meals with his veggies, he wants to use them on me sexually. We have always had a wonderful sex life (we’ve been together over 15 years and still make love regularly). I want nothing more than to please him, but I’m a little concerned about the safety of using vegetables — is thoroughly cleaning cucumbers and carrots enough before using them on me?


Dear Mrs. McGregor,

Mrs. McGregor



Eating her veggies,


Kudos to you and your farmer! It’s not always easy to keep a sex life interesting after 15 years, but it sounds like you’ve found ways to keep things spicy — just be careful things don’t get too spicy, in the literal sense. When it comes to using produce in the bedroom, make sure to weed out any irritants; ginger, mint and various other herbs grown in the garden can aggravate the sensitive tissue of the vulva or anus. (Unless you’re into that kind of thing — in which case, Google “how to use ginger for sexual play.”) If done thoughtfully and safely, inserting vegetables into your openings can be as satisfying as eating them. The first order of business is choosing the best piece of produce for the job. When possible, choose a veggie that has grown a natural base. Most dildos are created with one wide end to ensure they don’t get lost in the body — I would hate to see you rushed to the ER with a zucchini stuck where the sun don’t shine. If none of your garden’s spoils has a natural base, choose one that’s large enough not to be lost (but not so large that it’s uncomfortable). Just as you do before eating them, wash your veggies thoroughly before play to remove any excess dirt (or pesticides that may be lingering on store-bought items). Even though you washed it, still use a condom to cover the implement before inserting. The condom will protect you should the vegetable snap during vigorous play, and it will help smooth any rough edges for easy insertion. And, please, don’t forget the lube!

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Red-Headed Henry Maglianero You’re cute and I like seeing you To the 80’s chic. With all the beauty around town. Just thought I’d let you and style the world wished it hadn’t know. When: Monday, September forgotten, and the blue-ribbon latte 19, 2011. Where: Around Burlington. skills that win many-a-heart. I think You: Man. Me: Woman. #909491 I love You. Do you like PIRATES? VTGreenBuilder Blonde at Three Penny Taproom Yarrr. When: Thursday, September You build? I build. You seem outgoing 1x3-cbhb-personals-alt.indd 1 6/14/10 2:39:13 PM 22, 2011. Where: Burlington. You: Beautiful blonde, black sweater, sitting and driven. I’m intrigued. Beer? Coffee? Woman. Me: Man. #909508 and laughing at the bar with friends. Extra hand on site? When: Wednesday, Tried to catch your eye all night but September 21, 2011. Where: Two 2 My love will endure was unsuccessful. Never seen anyone Tango. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909501 Married for eight years and now apart like you in this state. Odds are against for over two. There isn’t a day that goes Shelbure Rd. Mini Cooper Beauty this, but are you single? When: Friday, by that I don’t think of being in love with September 16, 2011. Where: Montpelier. I saw a beautiful woman driving south you. I miss you. M When: Monday, June You: Woman. Me: Man. #909490 on Rt. 7, September 20th. You: Driving a 1, 2009. Where: Used to lay beside white Mini Cooper s with black stripes. Making Out in the Corner you. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909506 I was in a blue Highlander checking It was hard to keep my hands off you out. Expressed how beautiful Hello CAT you then, and really hard to keep my you looked in the mirror. We waved Haven’t seen you in a while it seems. mind off you now. In my mind I can as I pulled into Ford dealer. Maybe I know we had some tough times and still feel you, smell you. I’m guessing we could pull into a coffie shop or you’re doing what you have to right now, you might know how I feel. We had a resturant together? When: Tuesday, but I’ll always be here for you and will great time. Let’s do it again. At least a September 20, 2011. Where: Shelburne always love you. Remember that! I hope hike. I know you’d love to call me. Do Rd. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909499 you find everything you’re looking for. I It! When: Friday, September 16, 2011. love you. When: Thursday, September spiral staircase on elm street Where: Moog’s Place in Morrisville. 15, 2011. Where: Haven’t in a while. You: Woman. Me: Man. u #909489 It was my 5th birthday. You were You: Woman. Me: Man. #909505 snorkeling at Bahia Honda key when I Beauty on the Ferry Nexteled to ask if there was an auxiliary Blue vs. Crush You: Dark hair, green eyes, lovely smile. door for the handtrucks hung up on Met you at Marshvegas, Wed., Sept. I saw you looking out over the water the spiral staircase. I love you too. 21. You: Policing your prices. Me: and was instantly smitten. You visited Right into the 1.3 miles of Elm Place Gawking at the personals. Enjoyed our the bathroom a lot and you had a (renamed Lafayette in 1900). Essex conversing. Share more opinions over a little black kitten in your jeep. I would corridor construction. Good answer. drink? When: Wednesday, September love to spend the rest of my life with Probably. When: Saturday, September 21, 2011. Where: Marshvegas. You: you. When: Saturday, September 17, 2011. Where: Wish I could be there. Woman. Me: Man. #909504 17, 2011. Where: Grand Isle Ferry. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909498 You: Woman. Me: Man. #909487 Script Writing Beautie Red-Haired Parking Attendant Bibens Ace Hardware cashier You were filming a commercial in I used to see you at F.A. when my Dad Bristol. I couldn’t help thinking I wanted Your smile brightened my day when had heart surgery. I told you I loved to get to know you as you worked. We I saw you on Saturday afternoon. your gorgeous red hair. Now I have no talked briefly about making movies Thanks. Wish I had said more. excuse to park there, and wish I hadn’t before your dinner came. I never When: Saturday, September 17, wimped out on asking you out! When: got your name. Wish I had taken the 2011. Where: Ace Hardware. You: Monday, June 20, 2011. Where: Fletcher chance to ask you out. When: Tuesday, Woman. Me: Man. #909486 Allen. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909497

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