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urlington artist and former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh, 40, died on Saturday in a Chicago hotel room. Welsh performed with Weezer from 1998 until 2001, when he left the band after suffering a nervous breakdown. Afterward, he moved to Burlington, where he focused on visual art. His work appeared on a Burton snowboard, and on a wall mural at Maven on Cherry Street, as well as in numerous gallery shows.
So far, October looks more like high summer than peak foliage season. Two extra weeks of leaf peeping could be just what the economists ordered.
Seven Days editor Pamela Polston reported the news of Welsh’s death on Blurt, the Seven Days staff blog. Polston first interviewed the artist in 2004 (“Welsh’s Juice” 12/22/04). She visited his Burlington home; his canvasses were stacked everywhere. “Welsh’s paintings nearly reach out and grab you by the throat,” she wrote.
“I’m a real, live ‘tortured artist,’” Welsh told Polston back then. “My art is me; the pain and suffering is in my work — they’re one and the same and fuel each other.”
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Mikey Welsh 1971-2011
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Welsh had traveled to Chicago to attend a Weezer show at Riot Fest on Sunday. Police say they don’t suspect that his death was the result of foul play.
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[Re “Renewable or Retrograde? A Biomass Plant Proposed for Fair Haven Sparks Controversy,” October 5]: Fair Haven seems eager to have this facility built in their community, but town manager [Peter] Hathaway’s statement about pollution not being a concern is naïve to the extreme. McNeil is the state’s leading source of air pollution! Indeed it is not clearly visible, as many pollutants are not. Sadly, the state’s Bioenergy Working Group, mandated by the legislature to look at the state’s bio-energy “potential,” has decided to avoid looking at health impacts altogether. The American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and others have all stated concerns about biomass combustion impacts on health; Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League just put together a compilation called “Second Opinion.” Concerns about climate and forests are also very troubling. [Deputy Secretary Chris] Recchia [of the Agency
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Chris Richards wrote a story in the Washington Post in which he complained about the surplus of unimaginative band names. At this year’s SXSW music festival in Austin, he counted six different bands that used “Bear” and two with “Panda.” Seven bands had “Gold,” including Golden Bear. Marshmallow Ghosts was one of seven bands with “Ghost” in their names. You’re in a phase of your life when it’s especially important not to be a slave of the trends, Libra — a time when it’s crucial to your well-being to come up with original language, unique descriptions and fresh approaches. So what would your band’s name be? (tinyurl.com/ BadNamesForBands)
gemiNi (May 21-June 20): on the front of every british passport is an image that includes a chained unicorn standing up on its two hind legs. it’s a central feature of the coat of arms of the United Kingdom. i would love to see you do something as wacky as that in the coming week, gemini — you know, bring elements of fantasy and myth and imagination into some official setting. it would, i believe, put you in sweet alignment with current cosmic rhythms. (P.s. if you decide to invoke the archetype of the unicorn, unchain it.) caNceR (June 21-July 22): i’ve come across two definitions of the slang term “cameling up.” one source says it means filling yourself with thirst-quenching liquid before heading out to a hot place on a hot day. a second source says it means stuffing yourself with a giant meal before going out on a binge of drinking alcohol, because it allows you to get drunk more slowly. For your purposes, Cancerian, i’m proposing a third, more metaphorical nuance to “cameling up.” before embarking on a big project to upgrade your self-expression — quite possibly heroic and courageous — i suggest you camel up by soaking in an abundance of love and support from people whose nurturing you savor. leo (July 23-aug. 22): i love adele’s voice. The mega-famous british pop singer has a moving, virtuoso instrument — technically perfect, intriguingly soulful, capable of expressing a range of deep emotion, strong in both her high and low registers. and yet there’s not a single song she does that i find interesting. The lyrics are clichéd or immature,
the melodies are mostly uninspired, and the arrangements are standard fare. Does what i’m describing remind you of anything in your own life, leo? a situation you half-love and are half-bored by? an experience that is so good in some ways and so blah in other ways? if so, what can you do about it? you may be able to improve things if you act soon.
(aug. 23-sept. 22): There’s a good chance that you will soon find something you lost a while back. it may even be the case that you will recover an asset you squandered or you’ll revive a dream that was left for dead. to what do you owe the pleasure of this blessing? Here’s what i think: The universe is rewarding you for the good work you’ve done lately on taking better care of what’s important to you. you’re going to be shown how much grace is available when you live your life in rapt alignment with your deepest, truest values.
scoRPio (oct. 23-nov. 21): you’ve got to
cry one more tear before the pungent comedy will deliver its ultimate lesson and leave you in peace. you’ve got to make one further promise to yourself before you will be released from the twilight area where pain and pleasure became so tangled. you’ve got to navigate your way through one more small surrender before you will be cleared to hunt down your rebirth in earnest. but meanwhile, the catharses and epiphanies just keep on erupting. you’re growing more soulful and less subject to people’s delusions by the minute. your rather unconventional attempts at healing are working — maybe not as rapidly as you’d like, but still, they are working.
(nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Most people who profess a deep love of the bible have never actually read the book,” says religious writer rami shapiro. if they did, they’d know that satan is not implicated as the tempter of adam and eve. There’s no mention of three wise men coming to see baby Jesus, nor of a whale swallowing Jonah. Homilies like “This too shall pass” and “god helps those who help themselves” never appear in the scriptures. and contrary to the ayn rand-style selfreliance that evangelicals think is a central theme of their holy book, the bible’s predominant message is that goodness is measured
by what one does for others. i bring this up as a teaching about how not to proceed in the coming weeks, sagittarius. you really do need to know a lot about the texts and ideas and people and situations upon which you base your life. (tinyurl.com/bibleFog)
caPRicoRN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair, but to find an antidote to the emptiness of existence.” so says the gertrude stein character in Woody allen’s film Midnight in Paris. as an aspiring master of crafty optimism myself, i don’t buy the notion that existence is inherently empty. i do, however, wish that more artists would be motivated by the desire to create cures for the collective malaise that has haunted every historical era, including ours. in alignment with your current astrological omens, i invite you to take up this noble task yourself in the coming weeks, whether or not you’re an artist. you now have much more than your usual power to inspire and animate others. aQUaRiUs (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The world-
famous whiskey known as Jack Daniel’s is produced in Moore County, tenn., which prohibits the sale of alcohol in stores and restaurants. so you can’t get a drink of the stuff in the place where it’s made. i suspect there’s a comparable situation going on in your life, aquarius. Maybe something you’re good at isn’t appreciated by those around you. Maybe a message you’re broadcasting or a gift you’re offering gets more attention at a distance than it does up close. is there anything you can do about that? The coming weeks would be a good time to try.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): once you drive
your car into norway’s laerdal tunnel, you’re in for a long haul through the murk. The light at the end doesn’t start appearing until you’ve traveled almost 14 miles. Using this as a metaphor for your life in the here and now, i estimate that you’re at about the 12-mile mark. Keep the faith, Pisces. it’s a straight shot from here. Can you think of any cheerful tunes you could sing at the top of your lungs?
(March 21-april 19): if it’s at all possible, aries, don’t hang around boring people this week. seek out the company of adventurers who keep you guessing and unruly talkers who incite your imagination and mystery lovers who are always on the lookout for new learning experiences. For that matter, treat yourself to especially interesting food, perceptions and sensations. take new and different routes to familiar hot spots. even better, find fresh hot spots. Cultivating novelty is your mandate right now. outgrowing your habits would be wise, fun and cool. Changing your mind is a luxury you need and deserve.
(april 20-May 20): “My grandfather always said that living is like licking honey off a thorn,” wrote the slovenian american author louis adamic. That’s true enough. Here’s the thing, though: if you manage to get a smooth thorn without any prickles (like on certain hawthorn trees), the only risk is when you’re licking the honey close to the sharp end. otherwise, as your tongue makes its way up the sleek surface of the rest of the thorn, you’re fine — no cuts, no pain. according to my analysis, taurus, you have just finished your close encounter with the sharp point of a smooth thorn. now the going will be easier.
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Armed with a handgun and an assault rifle, Terry “T.J.” Newman, 25, and John “Pimp” Roberts invaded a home in San Antonio, Texas, and demanded money. Authorities said that when the homeowner’s son came out of a bedroom with his own assault rifle and started firing, the two robbers fled, leaving their getaway car idling in front of the house. They returned 15 minutes later for the car, by which time members of the household had armed themselves with a second assault rifle and opened fire. Police arrived, only to have Newman ram their patrol vehicle with a second vehicle. He was arrested and convicted of aggravated assault. (San Antonio ExpressNews) Authorities quickly identified three youths who broke into a house in Newton County, Ga., because they left behind pictures of themselves on the homeowner’s camera. (Atlanta’s WSB-TV)
Witnesses agreed Alvin Merriwell Lewis Jr., 67, made no threats while demonstrating how he would defend himself with a pocketknife, but Thomas Larry Bolds, 67, picked up a pistol anyway and shot Lewis eight times. Pensacola, Fla., authorities charged Bolds with murder. (Alabama’s Mobile Press-Register)
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Terrorists could start boarding airliners with surgically implanted explosive devices, a Department of Homeland Security senior official warned, adding that the agency has already informed foreign governments of the potential threat. “New intelligence indicated at least a fresh look at this possible tactic,” the DHS official said, linking the threat to Al Qaeda. Noting that scanning equipment used in airports can’t penetrate skin and couldn’t detect implanted devices, Transportation Security Agency official Greg Soule said the agency would rely on behavior-detection officers to help identify travelers with embedded body bombs. (New York Times)
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Police in Prince George’s County, Md., attributed the 12.1 percent decline in violent crimes during the first nine months of 2011 to paying off 67 known offenders. “We basically called them in,” police Chief Mark Magaw said, “and basically said, ‘What do you need?’” Magaw explained the targeted violent offenders, who were identified by parole and probation records, were offered everything from food stamps to job programs. Magaw said that since the initiative, none of the targeted offenders has been arrested. (Washington’s WUSA-TV) School officials in Camden, N.J., offered 66 high school students $100 apiece not to skip school. The program, dubbed “I Can End Truancy,” or “ICE-T,” is funded by a state grant. (Washington Times)
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Britain’s government has concluded that the best way to get the economy moving is to raise the highway speed limit. Noting the current limit of 70 miles per hour is 50 years old, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond declared, “Increasing the motorway speed limit to 80 mph would generate economic benefits of hundreds of millions of pounds through shorter journey times.” (Reuters)
Larger women are more likely than others to have sex on the first date, according to a survey of 10,000 members of a British dating website. Freedating. co.uk’s “Dating Profile Attributes vs. First Date Outcomes” revealed that men and women who don’t drink, don’t smoke and like bicycling are the least likely to have sex on the first date. The less education women have, the
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City officials in Chattanooga, Tenn., hired consultants from Birmingham, Ala., to come up with a new name for Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport that would create better brand awareness. Big Communications recommended calling it Chattanooga Airport. Deleting “Metropolitan,” the company said, creates simplicity. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Money is disappearing, according to the Treasury Department, which last year printed the fewest $1, $5 and $10 bills in 30 years. Two reasons for lower demand are the increased use of credit and debit cards, which people are using more instead of money, and the increased longevity of circulating bills. The average dollar bill lasts 2.2 times longer than 20 years ago, according to Federal Reserve estimates. Bucking the trend is the $100 bill, which is a leading American export and is hoarded like gold in unstable places. Last year, the Treasury Department printed more $100 bills than $1 bills for the first time, and the Federal Reserve estimates that foreigners hold two-thirds of the 7 billion $100 bills in circulation. (New York Times)
more willing they are to have sex on the first date, whereas better-educated men are the most willing to have sex on the first date. (United Press International)
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I’M NOT NO LIMBERGER Let’s see, how do I sell myself to the woman of my dreams? The one I count the moment to be with. The one I’ll share that happiness we all dream about. Unfortunately thats not for sale. But I still have hope. I am an honest man who would love to meet someone special for laughs, adventure and who knows. SanAndros, 53, l, #122253
Neat, Freaky and Classy Entrepreneur Here’s the deal: I’m a straightforward, where’s the fun at kinda guy. I love my work, and even more so I love to play... hard! I’m ready to meet the girl who’s ready for a long-term relationship, where we can get to know each other, do crazy things, lay low, travel, be who we are both together and separately. lightra802, 26, l, #122134
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watching sports; my teams are the New York Yankees (Boston fans are fine), Dallas Cowboys and Ohio State. I like doing a lot of outside actives and am always willing to try new things. yankeegirl425, 25, l, #122200
Lonely nice guy Well, here goes: I am a single guy looking for fun and a relationship. I am a firefighter, have been doing it for 8 years. I have worked for my family’s business for 12 years. It is called The Dock Docktors. I am very family oriented. Firefighterk4, 26, #122255
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Panty Fetish I have a secret: I have a pantie fetish and I would like to share it with you. I also like to do lots of phone play and pics.I am 27 yrs, married and very discreet. nikkisbox84, 26, l, #122205 stereotypical scorpio Petite blonde looking for a rough playmate. I’m needing to explore my wild side and want to share it with you ;]. stonerrose, 20, l, #122115
hungry In a committed relationship with a much less hungry man. He knows I am looking around but, out of respect, discretion is a must. I am looking for a man who wants discreet encounters to leave us breathless and wet. Laughter, playfulness, mutual respect a must. Into light bondage, oral play, etc.; mostly I want to get laid. penobscot, 42, u, #119855 HIGH STRUNG White women 5’ 1” tall. Well-manored, good habits. Clean and sober, looking for same. Also good humor counts. Would like to have laughs and giggles but must be mature and polite. 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
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Heavensangel for you I am a vibrant woman looking for 1x1c-mediaimpact030310.indd 3/1/10 1:15:57 PM that special man who is1loving, caring, honest and who likes to play sometimes. I am also D&D free. Heavensangel4u, 48, l, #120934 sweet, gentle hearted, funny Looking to make new friends and explore my options. TheGoddessFreya, 49, l, #120282 Skin-Deep Passion Freak Married to a man who is very supportive of my need for a woman; I’m dying to taste a woman. Have had innocent play with girlfriends but have never tasted or been tasted by a woman. I’m horny as hell for a hot femme but also need a connection and some emotional grounds to really let myself go. vtvegan, 32, l, #120509
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Bangin’ Nails and Bangin’ Gals I’m the backwoods, mountain-man type. I’d love to invite you out to the country and warm you over my woodstove before eating you alive, or venture to your apartment and maul you like a caged animal. Afterward we can get ice cream, pack a bowl and talk Freud. Generally dominant, love to be dominated. Your pleasure is mine. hardwood, 23, l, #122201 I want to pleasure you A long-term relationship just ended and I am looking for a physical relationship without emotional entanglements. My goal is to do whatever it takes to make you happy. I love to give back and foot massages and am willing to try anything once, maybe even twice. nekingdomguy, 52, #122193 Hungry man looking for dinner Somewhat good looking, stable, average Joe, not a John with unanswered desire for intimacy. Involved and prefer to stay that way. Looking to meet someone or more for safe, mutual satisfaction. Discretion would bring respect and appreciation. Tomatosoup, 48, #122188 looking for a sexy girl I’m looking for a sexy girl to play and have a good time with. new_latinboy, 24, #122187 Tall man seeking adventurous friends Tall, athletic guy seeking women and/ or couples to explore with. I am new to the area and wanting to meet fun friends that enjoy the sexier side of life. I can be very very dominant, soft; really a very versatile lover. I find nothing sexier than a woman wearing heels and stockings and a devious smile. mtnman77, 34, l, #122180
looking to fulfill your needs I’m 37, married, looking to be discreet. I’m looking for someone who knows what they want and isn’t afraid to ask for it, try new things, and doesn’t mind being pampered in any way they ask. Willing to try anything you want. shyguy00, 38, #122166 Seeking my pantyhose queen SWM, 30 YO, 5’8”, 140 lbs., seeking open-minded female that loves to wear pantyhose, tights, stockings, etc. Love sexy legs and feet. Looking to worship. I have other kinks as well. Will tell later. I’m looking to date as well, these are something I like on a woman. I’m very cute, outgoing. pantyhoselove, 30, l, #120081
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
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Extremely active, never dull, always pleasing I am always ready to be adventurous: hiking, camping, anything outdoors but it’s also so much fun to lay in bed and please the person I am with. That gives me the most satisfaction. fun2Bw, 21, l, #122244 FROM HER ONLINE PROFILE: My biggest turn on is... someone with confidence not afraid to tell me what they like; and willing to mess around any time of day or night anywhere. 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
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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
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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
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Price Chopper Shelburne Road Heather, you’re by far the most gorgeous girl at PC. I wish I had the nerve to talk to you. Who knows, maybe one day? When: Saturday, October 8, 2011. Where: Price Chopper. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909577 Stonehenge Man You were sitting by the water at Oakledge this afternoon. You took off on your bike but then returned only to sit closer. I kept trying to think of something to say but it all seemed lame (unlike this). I would like to see you again. When: Saturday, October 8, 2011. Where: Oakledge Park. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909576 The Dalai Lama in Muddy’s You were reading the Dalai Lama, your angelic face and lovely eyes framed by your long, wavy brown hair. I sat across the room from you, entering my thoughts into my laptop. I would love to hear your thoughts on Buddhism or anything else. Write to me? When: Saturday, October 8, 2011. Where: Muddy Waters. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909575 Critical Mass Bike Beauty Your curly black locks, enchanting smile and comically undersized backpack caught my eye as you biked by Ahli Baba’s. I’d love to get to know you and grind your gears. Coffee? When: Friday, September 30, 2011. Where: City Hall Park. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909574
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My lumberjack admirer Rusty Nail, 9/22/11, we danced, I was smitten, you called without leaving your number. I don’t have caller ID on that line. Call the 793 #. It’s been too long and your voice on the machine doesn’t cut it anymore. Anytime, St. Albans Price Chopper anywhere I will be there, let me know. I saw you in line wearing a pink fleece Anticipation is great, but this can get 1x3-cbhb-personals-alt.indd 1 wearing 6/14/10 and blue jeans. I was a grey 2:39:13 PM better. A hike, yes. When: Thursday, sweater and blue jeans. If it helps, September 22, 2011. Where: Rusty I have a goatee. Coffee sometime? Nail. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909564 When: Tuesday, October 4, 2011. Where: St. Albans Price Chopper. Grad student at Harvest Cafe You: Woman. Me: Man. #909557 We sort of met over a year ago at an EPSCoR conference during lunch. I Tiny Thai in Winooski see you often at the Harvest Café and I saw you at Tiny Thai in Winooski we have made eye contact several at lunch time on Oct. 4th. You were times. I don’t know your name but I wearing a blue dress shirt and beige think you’re a stud. When: Wednesday, slacks and have short gray hair. October 5, 2011. Where: Harvest Cafe. You were sitting at a round table You: Man. Me: Woman. #909563 with 6 other guys and you looked at me. Are you single? Let me know WEEZLE! by I Spying me back with the same I Spy a weezle bopping around headline. When: Tuesday, October 4, Burlington, dancing through the aisles 2011. Where: Tiny Thai in Winooski. at Healthy Living, making rad music/ You: Man. Me: Woman. #909556 art and other secretly amazing things. Figures that, yet again, we’re on opposite Eye-catching tattooed woman sides of the country as winter sneaks in. You were helping a customer at I love you like a rainbow loves the sun/ Tradewinds. You seemed very sweet. I rain and unicorns. I can’t wait to make couldn’t stop looking at you and your a weezle-nest with you. Heady crystals tattoos, both beautiful. I don’t want to and positive vibrations. When: Friday, seem like a stalker, but I think I’ll need September 11, 2009. Where: VT, NY, ME, some more incense soon. Maybe we NOLA. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909562 can talk. When: Sunday, October 2, 2011. Where: Tradewinds Church St. Colchester Prim Rd. Price Chopper You: Woman. Me: Man. #909555 You needed to pick up your son and I offered for you to check out ahead of Welcoming the Brits at Drink me at around 2:45 on Wed., 10/5. You I spied a great crowd of people and have dark hair and pretty blue eyes. two fab sisters at Drink on Thursday, Would love to hear from you. When: plus 2 lovely British ladies! BINGO! Wednesday, October 5, 2011. Where: When: Thursday, September 29, colcheater primm rd pricechopper. 2011. Where: The Cellar at Drink. You: You: Woman. Me: Man. #909561 Woman. Me: Woman. #909554
mistress maeve Dear Mistress Maeve,
So, I hooked up with a guy I’ve known for a while through friends. Sometime between stripping our clothes off and him giving me an orgasm (which was awesome!), he mentioned that he sometimes takes a long time to get off. He wasn’t kidding. We started having sex, and he just kept going … and going, and going, and going. I tried to tough it out, but my body was tired and sore. I tried to please him orally and with my hand, but after about 20 minutes of that, he asked me to stop. He insisted that everything was fine and that I didn’t do anything “wrong” — but I still have no idea why he didn’t orgasm. I’ve never been with a guy who didn’t finish, and I was feeling inadequate. So, I ended up not spending the night, and now I’m worried I ruined it — or that he thinks I’m weird or bad in bed.
Dear No Go,
News flash: Having an orgasm is not the be-all and end-all of sexual pleasure. This guy was thoughtful enough to tell you up front that it sometimes takes him a while to reach the finish line, and he most likely asked you to stop with the hand and oral action because he was feeling guilty for making you work so hard — not because he wasn’t enjoying your attention. It sounds like he was so preoccupied with getting off in a timely fashion that his anxiety sabotaged his orgasm. Listen, you were the one who bailed from his bed in a fit of awkward weirdness; therefore, if you want to continue seeing him, you should give him a call or text. He may be feeling like the awkward one, so keep the correspondence light. Tell him you’d like to hang out again when he has the time. If the subject comes up again, remind him about the story of the Tortoise and the Hare — slow and steady wins the race.
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Green Eyes & a Fleur d’lis Seem to have lost the path we used to walk together. Respect for each other will be the only compass needed to find our way back to one another. Missing you Puddin. M When: Monday, June 1, 2009. Where: Used to lay together. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909569
are you the “one”? I saw you at Bobcat in Bristol on Friday, Sept 30. You are the most incredible woman I have ever seen. You wore khakis and a low-cut V-neck black sweater with sandals. Me: jeans and
To Nikki W...my goddess You stole my heart a few years ago, and I don’t think I can take it back. Your face is angelic, your soul is warm like a campfire. I will wait for you for the rest of my life. I love you...sun moon and stars baby. When: Tuesday, February 5, 2008. Where: Motel 6. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909570
Ziggy Smalls You came into Charlie O’s on a recent Saturday afternoon. As much as I didn’t mind wiping up your beer, I would much rather sit next to you and have one.... When: Saturday, October 1, 2011. Where: Charlie O’s. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909565
polo. My heart skipped a beat when our eyes met. You seem to have stolen my heart. Hope to have many happy years together ;). When: Friday, September 30, 2011. Where: Bobcats in Bristol, Vt. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #909549
Burlington Smokeshow To Mr. Smokeshow, the sexy Nectar’s bouncer with the “new” handsome haircut: thanks for the gum =). When: Thursday, October 6, 2011. Where: Burlingotn. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909571
POSITIVE-ly Beautiful You work at my favorite Montpelier restaurant. I’m a regular customer that loves your smile, curly hair and kind demeanor. Let’s get to know each other. When: Thursday, October 6, 2011. Where: Montpelier. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909566
Dr’s office in South Burlington You: sitting in the SBFP waiting room using your phone. Me: dark blue striped shirt, dark jeans, walking up to the check-in desk to check-out. You caught my eye and I smiled at you. You smiled back, and it seemed like our smiles continued to grow. Maybe we can move up to laughing together over a drink or some coffee? When: Tuesday, October 4, 2011. Where: South Burlington Family Practice. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909558
Smitty’s pub Allison I think you’re amazing. Maybe one day I will get up the nerve to ask you for a drink. When: Saturday, October 1, 2011. Where: Smitty’s pub. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909551
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Page Turner Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner is something to talk about, whether it’s ingested in book, film or, now, theatrical form. American Place Theatre brings the best-selling story about redemption and class systems, told though the friendship of two boys in 1970s Afghanistan, to the stage in a hard-hitting, and largely verbatim, adaptation. Fittingly, discussion accompanies the performance.
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Mixing old-school gypsy-jazz with distinctly American country twang, Austin’s Hot Club of Cowtown (pictured across the page) produce a sound that’s downright sparkling. As it should be, considering the band stands at the intersection of the Illuminated City and the Lone Star State. Up for a hoedown? This one’s at the UVM Recital Hall.
Water, Water, Everywhere It’s obvious how Vermont Vaudeville came up with the title of its latest revue, When It Rains, It Pours. But the laugh-out-loud display of circus stunts and daredevilry also references the outpouring of community spirit we’ve seen since the flooding. Celebrate the latter at the show’s Northeast Kingdom debut — and find out what the “Toilet Paper Tightrope of Death” is all about.
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A Way With Words One woman. Several small screens. Appearances can be deceiving, and that’s the case for the initial low-tech vibe of Laurie Anderson’s Delusion. The performance artist shares vignettes — sometimes comic, other times profound — exploring the nature of words and stories through a mesmerizing multimedia blend of film, music, language ... and even electronic puppetry.
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Snitch, Please Calling all chasers and beaters and keepers and seekers ... the Quidditch World Cup may now be held in New York City, but the game gives a nod to its Middlebury College roots in the Middlebury Classic Quidditch Tournament. Potterheads try to defy gravity in this charmed festival complete with live music, dance performances and owls. All donations benefit the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. See this and other Irene benefits on page 53
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Talk about a solid body of work: Montpelier’s T.W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center currently offers an exhibit exploring, from head to toe, the human form. Paintings by Northfield’s John Hoag figure prominently in “The Body Human: Off the Wall and On.” Five other Vermont artists provide a different perspective in three-dimensional works, both real and abstract.
You know him as McKinley from Wet Hot American Summer, but actor/comedian Michael Ian Black has other funny business up his sleeve. In an interview that ran last week, music editor Dan Bolles grilled him on everything from cult fans to Black’s faux feud with writer David Sedaris. There’s no telling what will happen in Black’s standup gig at Higher Ground, coincidentally just a day before Sedaris reads at the Flynn ... Just sayin’.
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he recent war of words between Gov. PETER SHUMLIN and state employees isn’t really about whether those who worked at the flood-soaked Waterbury complex post-Irene deserve extra pay. It’s political posturing in anticipation of the two sides working out a new contract. Roughly 90 employees have filed a grievance seeking double pay for being called into work during an emergency situation. What that amounts to — less than $1 million — is a pittance compared to the estimated $1 billion price tag to clean up after Tropical Storm Irene. The real money is riding on whether the administration will restore the temporary 3 percent pay cut state employees took two years ago to help close Vermont’s budget gap. That could cost taxpayers an extra $9 million at a time when the shortfall for FY 2013 stands at close to $70 million. Shumlin’s response to the grievance — finger wagging and “dismay” — may be a strategy to get the public on his side as he prepares to hammer the union in private bargaining talks. To be clear: Most of the employees asking for double pay are folks who were called into work when other workers were told to stay home. In fact, more than one third of the workers listed on the grievance are Vermont State Hospital employees. Many of them spent days on the road, living out of hotels, in order to care for residents displaced from the state’s psychiatric hospital. According to their contract, state employees summoned to work during an emergency are entitled to hazard pay. For nearly a week after the storm, some department heads and supervisors led many workers to believe the Waterbury Complex would be under “emergency” closure for as long as a week. Then Shumlin retroactively changed the “emergency” to a single day — the Monday after Irene slammed the state. Some workers were upset by the retroactive change, and union leaders claim they tried, and failed, to work out a compromise with the administration. The union says the Shumlin team ignored its proposals. Shumlin officials deny that. Simply put, the gov asserts the union claim is indefensible and undermines the hard work of hundreds of other state employees during the crisis.
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“I can’t express enough my dismay at the 90 state employees who are doing an extraordinary disservice to the rest of our hardworking employees by asking for double time when they don’t deserve it,” Shumlin said last week. Clever, eh? On one hand, Shumlin praises hardworking state employees for their efforts post-Irene; at the same time, he’s perpetuating the myth that public union employees are greedy and only in it for themselves. The tension between the union and Team Shumlin is only likely to increase. Why? All signs indicate Team Shumlin will try to renege on the agreement the union reached with Republican then-governor JIM DOUGLAS to restore the 3 percent pay cut state workers absorbed, and that their contract says will be reinstated as of July 1, 2013. “As we are in the early stages of collective bargaining, I don’t believe it would be appropriate for us to comment,” said JEB SPAULDING, Shumlin’s secretary of administration. Spaulding may not want to comment, but the message is crystal clear in the budget instructions the administration issued last month to bean counters throughout state government: The base budget for FY 2013 should not include a restoration of the 3 percent pay cut. In addition, budget writers need to cut more to reduce spending by 4 percent in FY 2013. “Any changes to these salary levels, including any resumption of step increases, will be subject to state/ VSEA bargaining and are not part of the FY 2013 budget,” wrote Finance Commissioner JIM REARDON in a memo to budget writers. Isn’t this the same administration that spent about $400,000 more than its predecessors on top appointees and cabinet officials? Not sure that qualifies as leading by example. Most labor unions, including the Vermont State Employees Association, didn’t support Shumlin in the Democratic primary. Instead they backed his challenger, DOUG RACINE. The VSEA rallied behind Shumlin, though, in the general election and the governor promised them a seat at the table. He never said it would be a hot seat. As soon as he took office, Shumlin leaned on state workers to absorb more
cuts to help balance the state budget. VSEA members agreed to increase their retirement contributions, take unpaid furloughs, allow more job cuts through attrition and other measures that saved the state $12 million. All the while, the gov refused to raise taxes on Vermont’s wealthiest residents. For its part, the union remains open to working out an amicable solution rather than let the Vermont Labor Relations Board decide on the double-pay deal. “I would say that our door is still open if the administration does want to have discussions,” said CONOR CASEY, VSEA’s legislative director. “We have
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While state employees are in the budgetcutting crosshairs, workers in the state’s largest city are getting nervous, too. Growing concern about Burlington’s underfunded public pension system is beginning to become a political issue. As of press time, a city council subcommittee is working on a proposal to change the makeup of the city’s pension board that would decrease employee
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representation to a minority. Employees currently represent half the votes on the pension board. One Democratic mayoral hopeful is floating another idea: Let the voters weigh in on any proposal to fix the pension fund. Estimates suggest the city pension pot is underfunded to the tune of $50 to $75 million. Last week, mayoral hopeful Miro Weinberger issued a five-point plan to address the city’s financial woes. Point four was “Put Plan to Fund the Pension System to the Voters.” What is this, Wisconsin? It sure isn’t going to win Weinberger any endorsements from the city’s five major unions that represent police officers, firefighters, electrical workers, city staff and teachers. For what it’s worth, Weinberger believes pension promises made to current employees must be kept. After that, however, he said it’s time to reevaluate how pensions are funded and doled out to city workers. If elected, Weinberger would convene a summit of major stakeholders in the pension issue — unions, Burlington institutions, property owners and businesses — to negotiate a plan that benefits all constituencies by resolving the city’s largest financial uncertainty. Weinberger would then put that plan to the voters of Burlington for confirmation. While Weinberger isn’t going so far as to put all the details of a pension system up for a vote before the rabble, er, public, he does think voters should be given a chance to weigh in. “What I’m saying is that I expect that there will be issues regarding the funding of the pension system that voters will have a stake in, and they should get a choice in the resolution of it,” said Weinberger.
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hen Japanese student Takahiro Mise came to Vermont this fall to see the work of Douglas Brooks, a Vergennes builder of traditional Japanese wooden boats, he became evidence of a trend. Vermont’s tourism promoters have their sights set on Asia — and especially on Japanese tourists like Mise. Long before Tropical Storm Irene complicated the business of selling Vermont, state officials, resorts and tour agencies had been striving to increase the number of visitors to the state by tapping huge new markets overseas. A growing percentage of those who come here to ski, hike, paddle, leaf-peep and shop are Asian. Tourism promoters aim to keep the Japanese interested, while attracting Malaysians, Koreans and increasingly affluent Indians. Meanwhile, the biggest of bonanzas
beckons in the form of the half-billion Chinese who have achieved middle-class status and are beginning to visit distant destinations, such as New England. But Vermont has yet to attract them in significant numbers. Tourist dollars are vital to the state’s economy. Visitors to Vermont spent a total of $1.4 billion in 2009, adding an estimated $200 million in tax revenues to state government coffers, according to a study completed in March of this year by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing and the Williston-based Economic & Policy Resources consulting firm. Tourist spending supports more than 10 percent of all Vermont jobs — a total of 33,500 — the study noted. Federal statistics show that Japan is the fourth-leading source of international tourism to the United
States, behind Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom, respectively. Vermont lacks data on where its own foreign visitors come from, but Shoko Hirao, a Boston-based Japanese travel consultant to the Vermont Tourism Department, estimates that about 6000 Japanese come to the state annually — just five years ago that figure may have been only 2000, she suggests. Mise says he was already familiar with the state before his visit; two fellow Japanese students had taken graduate classes at UVM. He adds that “almost all people in Japan know the name of Vermont” because of a curry sauce sold by the House Foods Corp. under the brand name Vermont Curry. “I do not know exactly why they named it that,” he says, noting that the sauce contains honey, apple and cheddar cheese.
Mise was dazzled by the leaves’ changing colors — the spectacle that brings busloads of visitors to Vermont in October. What else do the Japanese seek out? Shelburne Farms, Ben & Jerry’s, the Trapp Family Lodge, the Manchester outlet stores and the Tasha Tudor Museum. “Japanese really love The Sound of Music,” says Trapp Family Lodge marketing chief Paul Richey, who has made two promotional visits to Japan in the past five years. “They come here because of the Trapps’ heritage.” They’re also apparently big fans of children’s-book illustrator Tasha Tudor, who lived in West Brattleboro for 35 years before her death in 2008 at age 92. Tudor never visited Japan, the museum’s curator of collections, Leigh Branson, notes. “We really don’t know specifically what it is” that attracts scores of Japanese, Branson says. It could be the
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teahouse and gardens, she suggests. Or Japanese visitors to Vermont, it could be that Tudor’s drawings have however, don’t just come from Japan. appeared in more books published in Many come from the Boston and Japan than in the United States. New York areas, tour operators say. Hirao, Vermont’s Expatriate business Japan-focused executives, as well as marketing consultant, diplomats, take their expects even more families on foliage and ski Japanese tourists next trips. Of the 42 tourists year with the planned of Japanese origin on a start of nonstop flights bus at Quechee Gorge last between Tokyo and weekend, for example, Boston. In the past, over half hailed from the Asian tourists tended Boston area, according to to visit cities, but now tour guide Yumiko Fujita, they’re getting curious an English-speaking about rural New guide with Boston England, notes Gwendy International Travel. Lauritzen, vice president So far, however, of Notch Above Tours. Americans and Canadians Her Colchester agency of Chinese descent are has hired a Japanesetraveling in much larger speaking guide to numbers to upstate accommodate the New York than they are anticipated influx. to Vermont, laments PAu l RI chE Y, tRAPP Vermont’s natural Lauritzen of Notch Above FAmIlY lo DGE mARkEt IN G ch IE F beauty leaves some firstTours. Efforts in China time Japanese visitors to promote the state as a agape. “Not many of travel destination are also us realize what is in Vermont,” says lagging, Lauritzen adds, even though Hank Nakatsuka, president of Boston the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has International Travel. “I need to show been operating a trade office in Shanghai more Japanese how beautiful is your for the past eight years. state.” “Visas have presented challenges” Still, this year “has been a very for Chinese wishing to visit the United difficult time” for Japanese tourism States, Deputy Commissioner of to the U.S., observes Michi Yo Suzuki, Marketing and Tourism Steve Cook Boston branch manager for Tour points out. He remains bullish about that Operation Services. She says her market, however, suggesting that more company has brought only about 100 and more Chinese will come to Vermont Japanese to Vermont this year — about in the next few years, including parents half as many as usual. Some people of prospective students being recruited canceled trips due to concerns about by the state’s universities and colleges. Irene-related damage; others postponed Preethi Sehrawat, a Los Angelesbecause of the devastation wrought at based tour organizer, agrees. Her home by the earthquake and tsunami in agency is focusing on the Malaysia and March. Even though the dual calamites Singapore markets, but “I am sure there affected a relatively small part of Japan, will be many Chinese visiting Vermont “they put a cloud over the notion of in the future,” she says. “Chinese like having fun,” Lauritzen says. the landscapes you have there.” m
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im Doolin has worked an array of jobs in the course of his professional life: limousine chauffeur, ferryboat deckhand, forklift driver loading airfreight. But now the 46-year-old Essex resident would be happy for almost any job — anywhere. After five years without full-time work, several of which he spent caring for his ailing father, Doolin has expanded his job search nationwide. He’s applied to Delta Airlines in Kentucky and UPS in Iowa. Recently, he sent a résumé to Aloha Air Cargo in Hawaii, where Doolin has a cousin. “At least I’d have a sofa to surf on until I get on my feet,” says Doolin, who stopped by the Vermont Department of Labor job center in Burlington last week to check the bulletin board. “I can be packed up and ready to go in 24 to 36 hours. You just tell me where.” Doolin is not alone. After months of steady decline, Vermont’s unemployment rate has started ticking upward again. The number of jobless Vermonters has climbed for the last four consecutive months, from 5.4 percent in May to 5.9 percent in August. Vermont Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan says the number will likely rise again when the September report comes out, largely due to livelihoods lost to Tropical Storm Irene.
As of last month, 21,000 Vermonters after the storm, peaking at 1179 on lacked a full-time job. That number September 3. Hard-hit Killington Resort nearly doubles when you account for initially filed a mass claim for 300 disunderemployed people and those who placed employees but was able to put have stopped looking for work. While many of them back to work within a few that figure is far lower than the national weeks, Noonan says. unemployment rate of 9.1 percent — and On the other hand, the devastation well below the state’s high point of 7.3 created a surge in demand for construcpercent in the spring of 2009 — Vermont tion work — the industry hardest hit labor officials aren’t exduring the recession actly encouraged. in Vermont. Between “An upward trend is 2007 and 2010, almost not a positive one,” says a fifth of all construcMathew Barewicz, ecotion jobs in the state nomic and labor market disappeared. Labor information chief at the officials estimate 400 Vermont Department of workers are presently Labor. employed rebuildMATH E W BAR E W IC Z, Barewicz cautions ing roads, bridges VE R MO NT D E PAR TME NT O F L ABO R that monthly jobs figand flood-damaged ures are subject to revistructures. sion, and that Vermont’s “Having this inlow population can mean a few jobs creased activity is very important,” lost or gained will swing the rate more Barewicz says. “It’s unfortunate it had to dramatically than in bigger states. What come at the hands of a natural disaster.” the figures do illustrate, he says, is that Construction contractors sprang the national recovery has stalled — and into action post-Irene and were able to that Vermont is not insulated from the hire back scores of idle workers, says country’s economic gyrations. Cathy Voyer, executive vice president of “This was not the summer of recov- the Associated General Contractors of ery,” Barewicz observes. Vermont. Her organization served as a Irene’s floods have had a mixed clearinghouse for flood-battered towns impact on employment. Jobless claims in need of quick repairs, connecting nearly doubled in the first two weeks them with a network of 150 commercial
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firms in Vermont, New York and New Hampshire. The question now, Voyer says, is how and when the contractors will be paid for their work. “We’ve provided the manpower and all the supplies, and now we need to be paid,” Voyer says. “I’m not saying [towns] are slow in paying, but it may become a concern in the future if the payment is not as quick as the response was. Ultimately, it puts jobs at risk.” The prolonged economic downturn has forced many Vermonters to get creative about making ends meet. Mia Troy-Vowell had a mid-level public relations job at Burton before she was laid off in February 2010. Unable to find comparable work, she sold snowboard gear on eBay, consigned clothes at Plato’s Closet in Williston, and looked into selling her blood and eggs. She eventually hit the craft-fair circuit, selling Scrabble-tile pendants and mosaics made from broken plates. In between crafting art and cover letters, Troy-Vowell says she ends up watching a lot of daytime television in her Vergennes home. “I learned so much about the legal system thanks to Judge Judy and Judge Joe Brown,” she deadpans. “There’s this company out of Norway, their website is onepiece.com, and I’ve looked into them sponsoring me. It’s a one-piece sweat suit. I think it’s the perfect uniform for the unemployed because I don’t like to do laundry and I don’t like to shower.” Kidding aside, Troy-Vowell has searched far and wide for local work — even briefly taking a public relations job in Montréal before she was laid off at the end of July. “It’s tough because there really aren’t that many jobs in Vermont — at least for my skill set,” she says. “You can only apply to Green Mountain Coffee [Roasters], Vermont Teddy Bear and Ben & Jerry’s so many times.” So now Troy-Vowell is pursuing what she calls the “karmic route.” She’s spending her time volunteering on the board of All Breed Rescue, a dogadoption organization. That led her to a business idea — a doggy daycare she plans to open in South Burlington in the coming months. “I’m pretty sure I’m not going to get laid off this time,” she says, cracking up. “Here’s hoping.”
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espite the looming skyscrapers and fidgety cops, some Vermonters seemed right at home last weekend in New York City’s Liberty Plaza, the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street uprising. Ian Williams, a McGill University graduate from Enosburg Falls, came from a protest in Boston against Bank of America. The bearded 26-year-old said that he quit his temp job in a Williston warehouse because “I knew this is where I had to be.” TC Kida, a Japanese American from Essex, was in the process of moving to Brooklyn with his girlfriend, Keely Robinson, who had been camping out with him in Liberty Plaza for the past week. Kida has been doing disaster-relief work since Katrina leveled the Gulf Coast in 2005. He has also run a volunteer project in Haiti. With a “Ron Paul for President” sign bobbing not far from a crayoned piece of cardboard reading “Occupy Everything,” the participants seemed diverse in their ideologies. The sole conclusion they share may be the one offered by Williams: “Wealth in this country is being concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer institutions and individuals.” Almost everyone in the plaza might also agree with Williams’ observation that “our representatives in Congress don’t really represent us. They represent the lobbyists who pay them.” And does he think that’s the case in Vermont? “To some extent, yes,” Williams replied. “They’re also politicians who bring in pork whether it’s good or not.” What about Bernie Sanders, whose career-long anticorporate tirades appear to have finally struck a national nerve? “Bernie’s got the right message,” Williams said. “He should be here.” “No one can predict what’s going to happen,” Kida said. “That’s the magic of this.”
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he American Folk Art Museum in New York City, designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects and completed in 2001, ignited a critical battle that continues to this day. One New Yorker critic hailed the façade’s arrangement of white-bronze panels as ingenious, “like monumental origami.” Another, at the New York Times, called it “vaguely lunar”; a third, at New York Magazine, dismissed it as “a bronzed Kleenex box.” The architect-couple’s own website claims it evokes “an abstracted open hand.” At the very least, their creation has engendered wildly different opinions. “As good architecture tends to do,” asserts JOHN MCLEOD, program director of architectural studies at Middlebury College and partner, with STEVE KREDELL, in the Middlebury firm MCLEOD KREDELL ARCHITECTS. “That’s what’s great about architecture,” he adds. “Everyone has an opinion on it because we live with it.” McLeod selected Tsien (pronounced “Chin”) and another well-regarded architect, Koichiro Aitani, to visit the college this fall as Cameron Visiting Architects. Begun five years ago and funded by an alumni family, the program exposes architecture majors and the public to significant practicing architects who give talks and mount exhibitions on their recent work. Tsien and Williams’ firm is exhibiting materials related to its new Bennington College building, the Center for the Advancement of Public Action, which opened Friday. The newest addition to the campus — already architecturally significant — helped land Bennington in Architectural Digest’s top-10 “College Campuses with the Best Architecture” in August. Tsien describes the center as a series of three buildings, arranged around an interior glass-walled courtyard, that “unfold to the user slowly.” Their focus is a “miniature general assembly room ... where people could talk about issues that affect the world.” Two priorities for the design, Tsien says, were to give it a “connected relationship to the landscape” and make it “a building about Vermont.” The center’s three elements are faced in reclaimed Vermont marble that the architect says is cut from “an elephant’s graveyard of marble in a big yard with
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ARCHITECTURE Architecture Prize winner Tadao Ando before heading to the U.S. to study, architecture and work with the longestablished firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in San Francisco, among others. (He now lives in Japan.) Aitani’s exhibit and talk will use his own photos — he’s a photographer, too — to address a range of topics. They include large-scale projects such as his winning design, while at SOM, for the Oakland Cathedral; and the current post-tsunami situation in Japan, “to emphasize that architects need to consider not just design and beauty but safety issues,” says McLeod. The exhibit will also explore Japanese gardens as a way of addressing the historically different Eastern view of harmony between nature and humans. “He’ll be the first non-Western architect we’ve brought in,” notes McLeod of Aitani. Meanwhile, architecture fans can form their own opinions on Tsien and Williams’ Bennington College building, and hear from the source how such projects take shape. Billie Tsien lecture on Thursday, October 13, 7 p.m., Dana Auditorium; exhibition through October 19. Koichiro Aitani lecture on Thursday, October 27, 7 p.m., Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304; exhibition October 20 through November 3. Both exhibits in the Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College. middlebury.edu/arts
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Brookfield composer ERIK NIELSEN has a way with notes and words. But for an upcoming concert, he will hone a new skill: producing. “I’m a committee of one — from doing the posters to renting the space, and fundraising,” Nielsen says. “I’m used to doing publicity, but I’m not so comfortable with being the producer.” Still, frustrated by a dearth of performances of his many vocal and choral works, Nielsen decided to take matters into his own hands. He invited some of his favorite singers and musicians — “a wonderful group, almost all I’ve worked with in the past,” he says — and chose a time and place. “It’s something I’ve just been feeling the need to do for a long time,” Nielsen says, referring to an entire concert devoted to the voice. He gave a simple name to the show, “Choral and Vocal Works of Erik Nielsen,” but a much fancier one to his chamber chorus: VOCES DULCISSIMAE — in Latin, the “sweetest voices.” His soloist will be mezzosoprano WENDY HOFFMAN FARRELL. MARY JANE AUSTIN will be on piano, and the instrumental quintet is OCTOBER STRINGS. All will be under the music direction of LARRY HAMBERLIN. Once the concert begins, Nielsen notes,
all he has to do is sit and listen. “I’m most excited about hearing this music performed live,” he says. “It’s like having a number of my children get up on stage, as it were.” (His oldest daughter, CORA KELLEY, actually will be on stage, in the chorus.) Nielsen’s figurative children are five multifaceted pieces, four of them world premieres — meaning that the works have not been performed at all publicly, or not in their entirety. Two of them were written specifically for this concert. The first piece, “Time’s Shadow,” is a set of three songs with text by Nielsen’s ex-wife, poet BARBARA S. NIELSEN. The second, “The Trajectory of Flight,” is a six-song cycle based on poems by JEAN L. CONNOR. “Her poems were a revelation to me,” Nielsen says. “She is wonderful in how she can make a poem about existence even though it’s only concerned with the sound of a thrush at nightfall.” The second half of the concert presents the unaccompanied chorus singing another of Connor’s poems, “Summer”; then comes an older piece never fully performed, Nielsen says: “A Solitary Voice,” with lyrics by poet DAVID BUDBILL. And finally, three songs set to text from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Another first: Nielsen plans to record the performance both nights and make a CD. For that project, he may take encouragement from his success in fundraising for this concert: “I’ve reached my goal financially — which is very gratifying — a total of about $8000,” Nielsen reveals. “For a self-employed composer, that’s pretty good.”
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Lovecraft would eventually become known as one of the fathers of American horror writing, with his very own H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. That organization produced the new film version of “Whisperer,” which was shot partly in Landgrove, Chester and Bellows Falls and at the West River in Jamaica State Park over five packed days in the summer of 2009. “I’m willing to bet that stretch of West River is no longer there,” says legendary comicbook artist STEPHEN BISSETTE, who’s been instrumental in arranging the benefit. Native Vermonter Bissette teaches at the CENTER FOR CARTOON STUDIES in White River Junction. As floodwaters rose six feet on the night of August 28, students and faculty of the school saved the collection of its SCHULZ LIBRARY from the first floor of the Main Street Museum. The museum’s storage area and two tenants’ businesses on a lower level were destroyed, but the collections of books and ’zines all made it out safely. Afterward, Bissette, who was at home in Windsor during the flood, asked his colleagues what he could do. “Help David,” was their answer, says Bissette, referring to Main Street Museum owner DAVID FAIRBANKS FORD.
Bissette immediately called his close friend and book collaborator, Vermont horror novelist and folklorist JOSEPH CITRO. The pair had already been trying to entice the makers of The Whisperer in Darkness, Andrew Leman and Sean Branney, to hold a premiere in Vermont. When Bissette contacted them about connecting the floodbased film to a flood benefit, Leman and Branney consented to two screenings free of charge to the organizers. Even better,
FILM they made some very special donations to the Main Street Museum. Director Branney used several miniatures in the film, including tiny sets depicting the hills of Townshend, a New Hampshire barn and a Stonehenge-like structure built by the Mi-Go, a race of fungoid creatures who secretly populate rural Vermont in Lovecraft’s story. He has donated those miniatures to the museum. The models will be on display this Thursday, when The Whisperer in Darkness has its Vermont premiere at the Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction. Before the screening, over a dinner that Bissette anticipates may include Lovecraftian foods such as oysters and calamari, he and Citro will present an illustrated lecture on subjects ranging from the 1927 flood to Lovecraft’s reasons for visiting Vermont. The writers are also preparing a chapbook for the occasion, featuring essays, illustrations and film stills. A silent auction will include several props donated by the filmmakers. Looking back on the story spawned by the 1927 floods, Bissette hopes his benefit won’t be the only artistic boon to arise from the muddy waters Irene left. “I’m willing to bet that we end up with a little wave of post-flood literature, comics and films. I’m expecting to see some Vermont postapocalyptic fiction,” he says Bissette. The Whisperer in Darkness Vermont premiere, Thursday, October 20, at Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction. Benefit dinner and presentation begin at 6 p.m. $100. Movie screenings are at 8 and 10 p.m. $25 for first screening; $15 for second. mainstreetmuseum.org/wiki.
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eneath the place that is now Foley Square, in lower Manhattan, there was once a spring-fed pond. The pond sent out streams that flowed east and west to the East and Hudson rivers, which pour around the southern tip of Manhattan into New York Harbor, which in turn opens through the Narrows and across another bay to the wide Atlantic Ocean. Now, play that backwards — ocean through bay through straits to harbor, harbor to rivers, rivers to streams to pond. Skip to 2011, and you get a sense of last Wednesday’s march in support of Occupy Wall Street. It’s a confluence of people, a vast fluidity of feeling funneled into a small space, eddying and mixing, freshened by an underground spring: the kids camping a few blocks south in Zuccotti — renamed Liberty — Park, and their proliferating spawn across the nation (including in Burlington). The unions streamed into Foley Square — nurses and professors, bus drivers and janitors — along with the unemployed, students who walked out of their classes, babies in Snuglis, brass bands and spackle-bucket drummers, vegan freegans and (as one sign identified its holder) “meat-eating, sportsloving, car-owning, working professional father-husband”[s]. The laid-off Greeks were there in spirit, too, the fed-up middle-class Israelis, the Arab revolutionaries and — in the flesh, camping out with the Occupiers — the young “Indignados” of Spain. If you had to describe them all, OWS’ of-the-moment classconscious catchall did it best: the 99 Percent, who are struggling so the 1 Percent can get richer. Estimates put the number of protesters as high as 30,000. After weeks of dismissive, seemingly willful perplexity, the lamestream media (Sarah Palin’s phrase is apt) have managed to capture two of the dominant feelings: anger and frustration — at anything from onerous student loans to capitalism itself, or, as the New York Times put it, “whatever.” It’s no surprise that the beneficiaries of the kleptocracy
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is “a premeditated and staged event by Democrats to reinvent the party and liberal causes. The very convenient and deliberate escalation of this movement has been managed by professional PR personnel, funded by an established organization and orchestrated from a higher level from the beginning.” Ann Coulter is calling the Occupiers Nazis. In the park, OWS is trying to get its political act together while inventing an anarchist minibureaucracy. Everyone is fed, trash is cleaned up, compost collected. Committees — Comfort, Legal, Facilitation, Finance — meet, along with a nightly General Assembly (Finance to GA: “We’re trying to put in place the proper protocols...”). But the neighbors are complaining to the community board about disruption of their “quality of life.” The city, having struck a kind of truce by ceding the park to the Occupiers and setting the police on them when they stray, may be considering evicting them. And there are signs of fatigue among the diehards: They are wet, dirty and — in spite of a tarp-covered media center and live streaming of their activities — surprisingly cut off from the world. Only a few attend meetings regularly. (Considering they’re aiming for consensus, this may be a good thing.) And yet, they keep working at that perennial utopian experiment, described
by Monica Lopez, from Madrid, as she stood on a wall speaking through the ingenious human sound system by which each of the speaker’s phrases is repeated by a group so the crowd can hear. “It is a new kind of politics,” Lopez said. It is a new kind of politics (repeated the repeaters). “I don’t come here to affirm who I am already.” I don’t come here to affirm who I am already. “But to discover who I can be with other people.” But to discover who I can be with other people. She continued: “We make a city...” We make a city ... “... inside the city ...” ... inside the city ... “... to show the city ...” ... to show the city ... “... how the city can be.” ... how the city can be. Occupy Wall Street doesn’t have demands — yet. It has desires. Let the springs flow. m
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Dear cecil, About 20 years ago when I lived in Vancouver, I watched a tV local news segment about how the University of British columbia’s forestry department had created a system for injecting hormones into growing trees to produce a “square tree.” much was made of the advantages for the lumber industry: reduction of waste and so on. It seemed promising at the time, but I’ve never heard any more about it. So I’ve decided to ask the wise owl of the woods — cecil. Greg Kerr
trunks exposed to high winds had become less round in cross section — they’d grown thicker on their leeward and windward sides to buttress themselves. Falls theorized that flexing of the bark by the wind encouraged the cambium — the layer of growth cells just beneath the bark — to produce extra wood. To test his theory, Falls subjected trees to what he thought might be comparable stress by scarring them with surgical tools. Sure enough, more wood grew at the site of the scars. Hearing the news, a professor in the university’s wood science department suggested Falls try using this discovery to grow
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love this concept. Square trees! Another shining example of organizing the chaos of nature along more efficient industrial lines. (And no, I’m not talking about that public radio April Fool’s piece you can find with a little Googling. This was 100 percent legit.) As so often happens, inertia and distractions delayed implementation, and the fellow who came up with the original concept has moved on to other things. So it’s time for the Teeming Millions to pick up the ... eh, “torch” may not be the best metaphor when you’re talking about forests. Let’s just say there’s challenging work to be done. The genius behind the square tree was Robert Falls, who in the late 1980s was a PhD candidate in the U. of B.C. botany department. Falls noticed that some tree
trees with a square cross section. Square trees would be a boon to the lumber industry. Since boards are flat and trees are round, only 55 to 60 percent of the average log can be sawed into lumber — the rest winds up getting turned into paper pulp and the like, or just gets thrown away. So Falls obligingly scarred seedlings of several species (western redcedar, black cottonwood, and redwood) at 90-degree intervals around their trunks. The trees responded as hoped, becoming “unmistakably squarish,” he tells me. The beauty of the Falls system was its simplicity — despite what you remember hearing, no hormones were needed. Early attempts to produce square trees required growing them in square molds. Today the Japanese can
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Falls solved all these problems. His approach to lumbering preserved the cambium, in simplest form by slicing open the tree, harvesting the mature wood in the center and unrolling what was left — the cambium plus bark — into a more or less flat sheet. The roots would remain attached at the bottom, and the branches and leaves at the top, so the tree would continue to grow and the cambium would produce more wood, only in flat form. When the flat piece of wood got thick enough, you’d slice it off, like cutting a slice of bread from a loaf, and leave the tree to grow the next one. I grant you a forest of flat trees might look a little funky, but if you grew the trees hydroponically, you could leave the natural forests alone. Alas, Falls’s schemes for growing square trees and boards were ahead of their time. He had a doctoral thesis on another subject to finish, and the lumber industry showed little interest, so square trees didn’t get past the intriguing-idea stage. (The biggest was less than a centimeter across.) Likewise, the most he managed to do with his boardgrowing technique was a benchscale redwood. He says the process is best suited to making high-quality veneers. Board, veneers ... let’s not quibble about semantics. The point is, you can grow flat pieces of wood in the lab. Whether you can do so in the field, so to speak, remains to be demonstrated. That’s the challenge for some ambitious Straight Dope reader. I don’t care if the process is too complicated for mass production. I just want to live in a world where it’s been done.
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he receptionist at Green Mountain Power’s Colchester headquarters smiles warmly before buzzing the boss to say her nine o’clock has arrived. Photos of happy utility workers adorn the small waiting area. As with almost every room in the building, the walls are glass. Beyond the front desk, the floor plan is open; bright colors, high ceilings and low-slung cubicles are everywhere. GMP employees also meet in “virtual” conference rooms that have no walls whatsoever — just a table, chairs and lines on the floor where walls would be, like staging marks on a communitytheater set. The work space of Vermont’s secondlargest utility revolves around two prominent features: One is a floor-toceiling schematic of GMP’s energy grid, with video monitors, computer screens and LED readouts. The other major hub of activity is the kitchen, where employees can congregate or grab a piece of fruit, a bowl of granola or some other healthful snack. Just an apple’s throw from the kitchen, in the most heavily trafficked part of the building, is the desk of GMP president and CEO Mary Powell. Like everyone at GMP, she doesn’t have a private office or gatekeeper. She works at a stand-up desk that takes up minimal square footage. Powell’s egalitarian workstation, like all of GMP’s architecture, was designed to reflect her corporate credo of openness, efficiency and accessibility. Anyone who walks by Powell’s desk can see what’s on her computer and hear her phone conversations. “If I have to whisper,” she notes, “I probably shouldn’t be saying it.” The story of Powell’s rise to prominence at GMP is well known in Vermont business circles: how, in 1998, she joined a bloated utility on the verge of bankruptcy and, with no prior experience in the energy industry, transformed it into the lean, green corporate machine it is today. By the time she took over as president and CEO, in August 2008, she had become what David O’Brien, the former public service commissioner under Gov. Jim Douglas, calls “the standard-bearer for how to run a utility.” Powell is now poised to command more power than ever, figuratively and literally. Just months ago, she brokered the purchase of the state’s largest utility, Central Vermont Public Service, by GMP’s parent, Gaz Métro of Montréal. The merged CVPS and GMP will serve three out of every four electric customers in Vermont and oversee the rollout of smart-grid technology, an innovation
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that has the potential to redefine the role of “utilities” in our lives. The merger still needs final approval from the Public Service Board, but two facts are certain: The company’s new name will include the words “Green Mountain,” and Powell will be running the show. It’s been quite a year for Powell, who turned 51 on the day of our interview. In January, she chaired the inaugural committee for newly elected Gov. Peter Shumlin and threw him a “ball” that drew a crowd of more than 1000 supporters and dignitaries. In May, Powell announced that GMP had secured an agreement with NextEra Energy to buy power from its Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire. The contract, to provide about a fifth of GMP’s energy portfolio over the next two decades, barely got a reaction from antinuke activists, in stark contrast to ongoing public pressure to close down Vermont Yankee. Also in May, GMP got a certificate of public good to start construction on a 21-turbine, 63-megawatt wind project on Lowell Mountain in the Northeast Kingdom. When the Kingdom Community Wind project is completed, in late 2012, it’s expected to generate enough power to light more than 24,000 homes. The $156 million project brings GMP a giant step closer to fulfilling Powell’s goal, announced shortly before she took the reins three years ago: to get a 10th of GMP’s energy from wind by 2032. But 2011 hasn’t been a total breeze, either for Powell or GMP. The Lowell project faces resistance from detractors who denounce the ridgeline development as too large, destructive and out of character with Vermont’s environmental ethic. Critics include Steve Wright, the former Vermont Fish & Wildlife commissioner. In a September 29 op-ed published in the New York Times — where Powell’s brother, Michael, works as a columnist — Wright condemned the project as “ecologically disastrous” and “a desecration in the name of ‘green’ energy.” Just days ago, the Agency of Natural Resources temporarily halted work on the project, citing violations of the Clean Water Act. Yet few expect ANR’s latest action to be more than a speed bump in GMP’s ambitious drive to convert its energy portfolio from fossil fuels to cleaner renewables. Just weeks ago, Shumlin unveiled the state’s first comprehensive energy plan in more than a decade. In it, he proposed meeting 90 percent of Vermont’s total energy needs from renewable power by 2050. To reach that
goal, he and other state officials will be looking, in large part, to GMP and Powell to lead the way.
Barbara Grimes, general manager of the Burlington Electric Department, says that even before the legislature voted against relicensing VY, Powell was already traveling around Vermont talking about how GMP would “ramp down” nuclear as it “ramps up” renewables. “That’s something many Vermonters wanted to hear,” Grimes says. “Notice, she didn’t say ‘shut’ or ‘close down.’ She said ‘ramp down.’ “While Mary certainly understands her corporate responsibilities,” Grimes adds, “she also understands what it means to do business in Vermont and wants to do it in a way that works for Vermonters.”
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owell grew up on the Upper West Side of New York City, the youngest of three children. Her connection to Vermont was a seasonal one; the Powell family spent summers on Malletts Bay. Powell attended what was then Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and long assumed she’d follow in her actor father’s footsteps. But even as a child, she seemed more inclined to direct others and admits her siblings and friends described her as “bossy.” After earning a degree in arts and music at New Hampshire’s Keene State
reliable than Vermont Yankee — and Not in Our Backyard. And, because the agreement calls for gradually reducing GMP’s reliance on Seabrook from 60 to 40 megawatts over the life of the contract, Powell also fulfilled her 2008 promise to reduce GMP’s dependence on nuclear. Finally, by securing a purchase price that is several cents lower per kilowatthour than power from Vermont Yankee, Powell effectively made VY relicensing a nonissue for major GMP customers, including IBM, the state’s largest energy user.
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College, Powell returned to New York City, where she got a job as a technical writer at the Reserve fund. Seven years later, at age 28, she was promoted to associate director of operations. Despite her lack of a business education, the money-market fund grew from $200 million to $3.5 billion during her tenure. That kind of performance has become Powell’s pattern. In 1989, Powell and her husband, Mark Brooks, moved to Vermont, where they started four different companies. Among them is Spot the Dog, which sells reflective outerwear for pets. Brooks still runs it out of the South Hero home the couple shares with their 15-year-old daughter, Alexandra. Powell and Brooks are also landlords; they own the building that houses Blue Paddle Bistro. Powell came to GMP from a VP position at the Bank of Vermont in early 1998, a critical moment in the utility’s history. The company had recently spun off an unregulated subsidiary called Green Mountain Energy and in the process lost some key managers. Worse, GMP had just gotten hit with an “adverse order” from the PSB, which essentially prevented the utility from recouping $22 million from ratepayers to comply with its energy contract with Hydro-Québec. Simply put, GMP was in dire financial straits. Although Powell was hired as vice president of human resources and organizational development, “It was the ‘organizational development’ piece that I drove a truck through,” she says. Steve Terry, a former GMP vice president who worked there from 1985 to 2006, has a “long history” of watching Powell in action; as a partner at Worth Mountain Consulting in Middlebury, he still does consulting work for the utility. Terry says that neither he nor then-CEO Chris Dutton ever doubted Powell’s instincts. “It became very clear to Chris, and certainly to me, that Mary’s skill was in how to create and run an effective operation,” Terry says. Within six months, she completed a top-to-bottom efficiency review of the company. She also relocated GMP out of its lavish South Burlington headquarters, derisively called the “glass palace,” with its marble staircases and executive washrooms. “To me, the glass palace spoke to disconnection with customers,” Powell explains. “It spoke of disconnection from reality.” Powell also seized on the idea that GMP could boost its customer service by employing new technologies. She issued laptops and cellphones to line workers
owell perfectly embodies the company she has reinvented over the last 13 years: She’s trim, energetic and looks younger than her age. A frequent runner, she has a marathoner’s build, a perky haircut and outdoorsy good looks. Her easygoing style belies a tireless work ethic and the entrepreneurial spirit of a Silicon Valley techie. Powell describes herself as “hardwired for efficiency,” which is a recurring theme in virtually every project she’s undertaken. David Coates, the Democratic elder statesman from Colchester, says that’s why he and thengovernor Jim Douglas asked Powell to cochair the Vermont Institute on Government Effectiveness in 2003. The goal was to trim government waste and save taxpayers money. Powell may lack formal education in engineering or physics, Coates says, but she seems to have an instinct for moving “power” via the path of least resistance. That includes political power. Indeed, a number of recent news reports have commented on the direct line that seems to run between GMP headquarters and the governor’s office. As Shay Totten noted in his July 6 Fair Game column for Seven Days, the inaugural ball that Powell organized raised nearly $190,000 from private and corporate donors. Little wonder, Totten noted, that Shumlin spoke so enthusiastically about Gaz Métro’s bid to buy CVPS but extended a chillier reception to its Newfoundland-based suitor, Fortis. But while Powell may be on the short list of Vermont business leaders who can seriously influence policy in Montpelier — she claims the media have vastly overstated her ties to the governor — she doesn’t see herself as a “political person,” and certainly not an “ideological” one. “Not at all,” she insists. “My passion is getting important things done for this state. And my loyalty is always to people who, I believe, are doing things that excite me in terms of meaningful change. I just love Vermont.” Coates, who was recently appointed the new chair of the Vermont LongTerm Recovery Disaster Group, agrees with Powell’s self-assessment. “I don’t think she’s political,” he says. “With Mary, what you see is what you get.” Lawmakers who’ve watched Powell for years in the Statehouse echo that impression. “She’s a straight shooter,” says Rep. Tony Klein (D-Montpelier) who chairs
the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee. “I may not always agree with what she does ... but she tells it like it is, and I have a great deal of respect for that.” Indeed, Klein had harsh words for GMP last spring, after it announced its deal with Seabrook. At the time, he called it “hypocrisy” that GMP would counterbalance the serious environmental issues associated with nuclear waste by celebrating nuclear’s relatively low carbon footprint. Still, the Seabrook deal was a brilliant stroke. By securing a 23-year power purchase agreement, Powell appeased both sides of the nuclear debate: She secured for the forseeable future an energy source that’s safer, cheaper and more
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hen Gaz Métro first expressed an interest in buying GMP in 2005, Powell admits that, like most Vermonters, she had never even heard of Québec’s largest natural gas company. This, despite the fact that Gaz Métro had owned Vermont Gas Systems since 1986. But Powell’s interest was piqued by “how incredibly different their culture was from the classic American corporate utility culture.” Gaz Métro, Powell says, “felt different. And they are different.” In some respects, the $187 million deal, which closed in June 2006, has made Powell’s job easier. Rather than answering to thousands of shareholders, she now had just one. That means fewer board meetings. And, as Powell predicted, Gaz Métro allowed GMP management to run it as a “Vermont company.” “It’s deep in their DNA,” she says. “They have an incredible respect for local governance and local decision making.” Terry says Powell’s business savvy in negotiating the Gaz Métro purchase of
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GMP later proved invaluable in convincing Sophie Brochu, Gaz Métro’s current president and CEO, that the GMP/CVPS merger would be good for both companies. After all, without Gaz Métro’s financial resources, the merger would not be possible. Powell was hardly the first person to think of combining Vermont’s largest electric utilities under one roof. When she first suggested the idea — after a week on the job in 1998 — she says, “I was humbled to find out that people had been saying that for 40 years.” Nevertheless, Powell was the one to make it happen. “The theme of my whole career has been all about ... how you set a vision, how you set a strategy and then how you execute,” Powell says. “Good ideas are a dime a dozen. Implementation is rare.” Terry insists it wasn’t Powell’s political connections but her business savvy that allowed her to succeed where others had not. With a potential savings to Vermont ratepayers of $144 million in
the first 10 years, and almost $500 million over 20 years, Terry says the GMP/ CVPS merger is “a no-brainer.” “No question that Shumlin liked the savings potential,” he adds. “But it wasn’t because of politics. It was because of the numbers.” From his perspective, Rep. Klein sees the GMP/CVPS merger as a “lost opportunity” for Vermonters to own a public utility. “Having said that,” he adds, “out of all the companies in Vermont, the one that I would want buying the other ones and running the show today is led by Mary Powell.” Clearly, Powell has her work cut out for her as she merges two vastly different corporate cultures. From Klein’s perspective, CVPS is “stuck in the dark ages” and “very stodgy and resistant to change.” Understandably, Powell speaks more diplomatically about the 540 CVPS employees who will soon join her team. Compared with GMP’s more
“entrepreneurial” culture, she describes a joke, and made the scientists at the the Rutland-based utility as more Agency of Natural Resources no longer “formal,” “risk averse” and “attached to necessary.” process.” Smith points out that the PSB deciGMP and Gaz Métro have promised sion to approve the Lowell project, there will be no major layoffs or reloca- without a full investigation into the postions. But Powell sees opportunities to sible environmental damage, passed on streamline the new company. Within a 2-to-1 vote. In his dissenting opinion, five years, she notes, 40 percent of PSB member John Burke highlighted GMP/CVPS employees will have hit age some of the problems created by that 63 and have at least 20 years of service decision. Arguing for additional techunder their belts. nical hearings prior to deciding the “We have a once-in-a-lifetime op- adequacy of GMP’s remediation plan, portunity to make a transition to a more Burke wrote, “I understand that time cost-effective future without causing constraints exist in this matter … but any harm to people or existing jobs,” that does not legitimize the abrogation Powell explains. Already, her hard- of the parties’ constitutional rights.” wired efficiency switch is “on.” Sen. Ginny Lyons (D-Chittenden), Jeffrey Wimette is business man- who chairs the Senate Natural Resources ager at the International Brotherhood and Energy Committee, says she would of Electrical Workers have preferred to see a Local 300, which repbetter statewide plan resents 107 workers at for siting projects. “I GMP and 230 workers was never thrilled with at CVPS. He says that, the idea of that ridgedespite GMP’s assurline being given over ances, there’s “still a lot to industrial wind,” she of anxiety there” about notes. what the takeover will But while it’s “not a mean for CVPS jobs. perfect project,” Lyons Nevertheless, for a nevertheless contends union leader he has that GMP and Powell surprisingly positive “bent over backward things to say about to ensure that all the Powell’s management towns were included style. in the decision-making “I think Mary reprocess ... whether quires a lot out of her they’re for or against employees and, in turn, the project.” they do a lot for her,” Asked about the AN NEt tE Smith, VE rmoNtErS for Wimette says. “She Lowell controversy, A clEAN E NViroNm E Nt runs a tight ship, and Powell smiles and she’s very business sighs. She insists that savvy. But she’s fairly the project actually easy to get along with and is always reflects the desire of Vermonters, inlooking for the best possible route and cluding those who live in and around how to get there.” Lowell, to see more wind projects built Following her path, though, Powell in state. She notes a Department of has stepped on some toes. Annette Public Service poll finding that 90 perSmith is executive director of the en- cent of Vermonters support wind, “even vironmental group Vermonters for a if they can see it.” Moreover, 75 percent Clean Environment, which represents a of Lowell voters approved of the project small but vocal minority of people who in a town vote. live near and oppose the Lowell wind “My hope is that Vermonters will project, including residents of Albany, look on this with great pride one day,” Eden and Craftsbury. In recent weeks, Powell adds. “Would I like a perfect activists have been camped out on pri- world where Steve Wright and Annette vate land near the construction zone to Smith love this project? Who wouldn’t? protest what they say are miles of exces- But when you have the overwhelming sive road building, habitat fragmenta- majority of society saying they want tion and wetlands damage. something, you’ll still have some people “I am amazed by the power and saying, ‘Not here.’” m influence she has over the Shumlin administration,” Smith says of Powell. “I have watched her and Green Got a comment? Contact Ken Picard at Mountain Power make the public email@example.com. cess at the Public Service Board into
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another adult sport that has this much of a pull on people.” A little history about the Burly Girls: They were once the Silver Foxes, an offshoot of the men’s-only Burlington Rugby Club that began in 1978. “In the ’80s there was a brief period of time where the wives decided they were done just watching and wanted to play,” says Godleski, a former University of Vermont player. She says the women’s team was resurrected with a new name in 1997. Around the same time, women’s rugby was beginning to gain some national traction; an official U.S. under-23 team was formed, followed by new college teams and high school programs around the country. Still, recruiting and keeping solid players for the Burlington team was a struggle. “We don’t have the population to draw from, as compared to Boston or New York,” says 35-year-old Liz Royer, who joined the squad in 2001 after playing for Ohio Wesleyan University. She now heads up recruiting efforts. Royer adds that the Burly Girls also have had trouble retaining coaches, and had to combine with the Saranac Lake Mountaineers in order to field a full “side”; they were dropped to Division III for a year. But now, with coaches Tree Bertram and Tiffany Renaud on board, the team has not only earned back its
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ight is falling fast on South Burlington, and I find myself face to face with not one but two women with black eyes. Also, a hooker whose nickname sounds like “Poop,” and a tough-looking chick who’s laughing about separating some girl’s ribs three years ago. Are they going to beat me? Nope, they actually want me to join them — as a member of the Burlington Women’s Rugby Football Club. After years of dropping the ball, the so-called “Burly Girls” recently clawed back up to a Division II berth in the New England Rugby Football Union, and have now qualified for regional playoffs on October 23. We’re at Jaycee Park for one of the twice-weekly evening practices, and I’m here to chat with some of the players, who range in age from twenty- to fiftysomething. Some of them have been battling cancer and other adversities while helping the team win, and win again. Rugby is pretty rough and bawdy. But spend a little time with the Burly Girls, black eyes and all, and you start to see the appeal. “You smash somebody on the field, and you’re like, ‘No hard feelings’ or ‘Good tackle,’” explains club president Maria Godleski, 35, a supervisor for the Vermont Department of Corrections. “And then, 80 minutes later, you’re shaking the other person’s hand and sitting down for a meal and a beer together. I’m always amazed to think about how many other women in New England love this sport as much as I do, and I don’t know
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Division II spot but controls it, winning games this season and landing the playoff game, to be held on home turf. “It’s been incredible to be part of the upward swing,” says Winooski’s Emily Morgan, 27, who founded a rugby team at Lake Forest College and began playing for Burlington in 2009. “We’ve had more and more women coming out to practice. We’ve had to change the mentality of the team to a culture of fitness and passion for the sport.” Indeed, anyone who’s ever attended a collegiate rugby party can attest that rugby “fitness” often gives way to frothy beer and funny, profanity-filled songs. So, it’s not shocking to learn that the two main sponsors of the Burlington
men’s and women’s clubs are Long Trail Brewing and Essex Junction’s On Tap Bar & Grill. But while the postgame socializing of rugby is nearly as important as actually playing the game, the Burly Girls have tempered the traditional ribaldry to a family affair. There are moms with young kids, and jobs to attend the next day. The focus is instead on socializing with the other team. “I love rugby songs — they’re so awful,” says Eva Wermer, 23, of The Burlington Women’s Rugby Football Club plays in the New England Rugby Football Union Playoffs on October 23 at the Essex Tree Farm. burlingtonrugby.org
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Winooski. “But they come out very rugby player who owns Burlington’s El infrequently.” Gato Cantina and, with Renaud, also Godleski jokes that she works on coaches the South Burlington High her mental fitness, and others claim to School team. “Then they get in there, hit the gym only on “pizza Mondays,” learn to hit and drive, and realize, I’m but in fact the Burly Girls take their OK, I can do this. And then you go have a stamina seriously, running together or beer together. You build bonds for life.” playing other sports toSuch is the camaragether in the off-season. derie among the Burly “We have the full range of Girls that winning the body types, from 5-foot-2 New England playoffs to 6-foot-4, and 90 and making nationals in pounds to over 200,” says Virginia Beach — which Godleski. “But we’ve all, they fully intend to do as a group, gotten a little — seems like a nice perk bit fitter, a little bit more rather than the ultimate competitive.” goal. Morgan says that Coach Renaud, a chiroafter one team member practor, high school coach was diagnosed with and one of the original breast cancer last winter, team members in 1997, and another lost many says she got back in shape possessions in Tropical to play rugby by pushing Storm Irene, the club her infant son in a stroller. rallied behind them. mAriA GoDl ESki, Today, at Jaycee Park, the They plan to turn their clu b prE SiDE Nt women are undergoing 90 post-play-off social into minutes of conditioning, a fundraiser for flood drills and full-contact games in prepa- relief. Annually, the Burly Girls team is ration for their upcoming match. The one of the largest groups to participate Burly Girls, who are part of the “senior in the Special Olympics’ fundraiser the women” division of the New England Penguin Plunge. Rugby Football Union, play six regular “Whether it’s been giving rides to games in the fall season against clubs doctors’ appointments or babysitting from such cities as Hartford, Boston and someone else’s kids, the girls have come Portland. together on many different levels,” says “There are no pads, no protective Morgan. “And the best part of our team gear except for a mouth guard,” Renaud is that anyone is welcome at any time.” points out. It helps to think of rugby as a sport And so, yeah, there are some injuries, that began when someone just picked which can be burdens or badges. “I’ve up the ball and began running with torn both of my ACLs and broken my it. “There are a lot of misconceptions hand playing rugby,” says Royer. “The about rugby and the people who play it,” worst are the ones you can’t see — con- says 27-year-old match secretary Ashley cussions, sprains — and can’t show off to Poupore, nicknamed “Poup.” (Yes, she’s your friends.” the “hooker” — a forward position on But pushing boundaries (safely, for the field.) “But the determination and the most part) is important. “Girls don’t grit of the women I’m lucky enough to grow up knowing what their bodies can play with, and against, is incredible.” m do,” says Bertram, a former national
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elements that captivated her: one performer roughly brushing another’s hair; a woman standing “like a tree, screaming her head off ” and then falling to the ground, straight as a board. Are they faking this? Dennison remembers wondering. In “Dear Pina,” Dennison has incorporated some direct nods to Bausch’s harsh theatrics. At the audition, she gathers six dancers around her to participate in a vignette section. She asks the first dancer to hoist an unwieldy stool on her back and carry it that way down the length of the barn. “If it’s difficult and uncomfortable, that’s good,” she says. Dennison turns to the next dancer: “Would you like to fool around with suitcases?” She instructs the third to walk downstage with a ball of string, “and if you cry, that’s fine.” The string, Dennison explains, was used in her “Waterfront Project,” an art event that took place every Sunday of 1997. “This string has a lot of memory,” she says. “It’s been a long way.” She turns to the next dancer and asks, “How loud can you yell?” Finally, Dennison asks one of the few male dancers to undo a female dancer’s ponytail, sit her in a chair and brush her hair. “She may fall out of the chair,” suggests Dennison. The vignettes, all happening at once, create the emotionally tense and slightly hallucinogenic atmosphere for which Bausch was known.
Emily Boedecker, a dancer and June — to get this thing together. “I’m deputy state director for the Nature asking a lot of these performers,” she Conservancy, is working with Dennison admits. to promote the piece. When Boedecker If Dennison can meet her roughly first walked into the Breeding Barn, she $140,000 fundraising goal, she’ll pay says, she imagined staging a medieval the dancers for their work. “I feel really joust there. strongly that artists should be paid for What Dennison has planned is the training and skills that they bring to similarly imposing. As the dancers their job, just like plumbers and archimove in unison across the dirt floor, tects and executives,” she says. their sneakered feet make great scrapDennison began to fall in love ing sounds, enhancing the minimalist with Bausch even before she saw her music composed company, by Dennison’s Tanztheater partner, David Wuppertal, Severance. The perform. In barn is enorthe early ’80s, mous — 418 by Dennison 107 feet — and pored over the the choreograGerman dance phy is athletic magazines feaenough to fill turing Bausch, H ANNAH D E NNIS O N, it. The dancers unable to read C H O R E O GR AP H E R run, kick and the text but twirl with outmesmerized by stretched arms, the photos. At exhaling audibly in simultaneous bursts. 36, Dennison took a creative pilgrimage One vigorous sequence stirs up some to Germany to see the work of choredowny white feathers, which float down ographers who inspired her: Bausch, from the rafters and scuttle across the Reinhild Hoffmann and Susanne Linke. floor. Bausch moved her the most. In the past, Dennison built Dennison traveled to Bausch’s her works around untrained home theater in Wuppertal to community performers. Not see “Seven Deadly Sins” — a this time. “This is the piece I’ve work full of what the New been waiting to do my entire career,” she York Times called “colorfully harsh mosays. “I don’t feel like I need to compro- ments.” “I was floored,” says Dennison. mise.” Plus, she has exactly 17 rehears- The dancing was powerful, she continals — one a week between February and ues, but it was the startling theatrical
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Dennison’s friends Lisa Schamberg and Pat Robins of Burlington, who’ve pledged to support the project, look on from a row of folding chairs. The barn, Robins explains, was the largest freespan building in America until 1939. When Shelburne Farms acquired the Breeding Barn from Shelburne Museum in 1994, “it was in really bad shape,” says Shelburne Farms president Alec Webb in a later interview. The asbestos-shingle roof was replaced and the structure stabilized, but more work needs to be done. “It’s going to sit there for a bit while we get organized for the next step,” Webb says. In the meantime, Shelburne Farms is experimenting with the space, hosting one-time events there, such as Dennison’s work. The audition is the ensemble’s last chance to dance in the barn until dress rehearsals begin in June. They’re taking full advantage of it. Behind the row of onlookers, an older man and woman practice walking in slow motion on sneakers glued to wooden blocks. They are holding hands, and each carries a gnarled cane in the other hand. These dancers, Sharyl Green and Peter Lackowski, play Dennison’s “Tall, Dignified Couple.” For much of the work they sit at a banquet table that’s draped in a yellow cloth and adorned with a red plate of lemons. Green is dressed in a long, yellow dress and fur stole, which
once belonged to Dennison’s mother; Lackowski wears a navy-blue suit. The Tall, Dignified Couple, Dennison says, is what makes the piece her own. She never saw Bausch incorporate anything like it — an element that changes so slowly, you need look at it only intermittently. But in that enormous barn, Dennison wants a contrast to the big movement of the ensemble. And she wants height — in their block sneakers, Green and Lackowski are close to seven feet tall. In one dance, the entire ensemble moves slowly and sadly downstage, while the Tall, Dignified Couple progress in tiny steps upstage, their backs to the audience, until they disappear from view. Next to the couple, Dennison says, the other ensemble members are “mere mortals down there on the dirt with this huge space soaring above us.” The audition draws to a close. Sunlight through the giant clerestory windows casts long spotlights on the dirt floor. When the music ends, the eaves fill with the soft coos of roosting mourning doves. m
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Director Jim Gaylord’s cast drew the audience immediately and authoritatively into Photograph 51, as if we were idle lab assistants awaiting instructions. Four of the six players (those not playing Yanks) affect English accents, establishing an atmosphere of fussy propriety tempered with wry British wit. The accents are, by and large, convincing, although on opening night, Alexandra Hudson, who plays Franklin, sometimes required a beat or two at the top of the play’s later scenes to get her voice in tune. Otherwise, Photograph 51 began in confident midstride with the actors energetically embracing the trials before them. The pressure to maintain professional decorum while pursuing the Holy Grail of genetics adds a special layer of tension to otherwise ordinary exchanges in Photograph 51, and the VSC production quickly brings that tension close to boil. Hudson’s Franklin arrives at her new lab to learn that the details of her work have changed without her notice or consent. Her unflinching assertiveness fixes the play’s central conflict in place. Wilkins (Bruce Campbell), the senior fellow on the DNA dream team whom Franklin was hired to “assist,” finds himself suddenly on the defensive, blindsided by a woman of uncommon boldness. He quickly revises their working arrangement to an equal partnership. Campbell walks a fine line between conciliatory and
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In her VSC debut, Hudson carries the role with plausible British stoicism and offers only microflashes of emotion to illuminate the lonely human being inside this sphinx. Whether the role calls for more expressiveness is an acting and directorial choice, and Hudson has proved herself a versatile performer elsewhere. Her relentless guardedness in Photograph 51 conveys the challenges confronting a woman like Franklin, but it also leaves one wanting to become better acquainted with her. This desire to know Rosalind Franklin is precisely what drives Wilkins to distraction and — at least in the play — tacit betrayal of his lab partner. Campbell turns in a fully realized performance. As Wilkins’ ego takes a beating, he evokes sympathy for his character while personalizing the race to discover the structure of DNA in fascinating, infuriating ways. That one may feel sorry for the man who sold out Rosalind Franklin is a testament to Campbell’s acting skill. Supporting players round out this solid cast. Playing lab assistant Gosling, Gibson performs the role of lackey-narrator with charming, comical self-deprecation. As Francis Crick, John D. Alexander uses his stentorian voice to give his character an avuncular stodginess that stops just short of pompous. As James Watson, Benjamin Wiggins is the impetuous young prodigy out to make a name for himself in stereotypical American fashion — on someone else’s back, if need be. Wiggins’ portrayal may be a stroke too broad, his childlike fidgetiness a bit conspicuous, but he injects the play with humor that contrasts with his staid English colleagues. Playing Franklin’s admirer — and eventual assistant — Don Caspar, James Blanchard is the one person on stage to express unqualified appreciation of Franklin’s gifts. This is the smallest role in Photograph 51 but an important one, as Caspar bears witness to the story’s saddest conclusion. It doesn’t have to be Nobel Prize season for the VSC production of Photograph 51 to be poignant. For we know that, as surely as the fight for women’s rights rages on, the motivation to omit Rosalind Franklin from a momentous chapter in the history of science hasn’t disappeared from our collective DNA. The universe under the microscope in Photograph 51 reveals — in captivating detail — secrets of life that merit more rigorous reexamination. m
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Scene and Heard A new photo exhibit recalls the glory days of Vermont rock B Y D AN BOL L ES
f you were in a band in Vermont during the 1990s, there’s a good chance Matthew Thorsen captured your smiling — or maybe sneering — visage at some point. The quirky shutterbug was the local music scene’s equivalent of famed rock photographers such as Jim Marshall and Bob Gruen. He chronicled an entire generation of Vermont music in photos. It’s a role he continues to play to this day — including, it must be noted, through his regular work as a freelance photographer for this paper. This week, a unique exhibit featuring some of Thorsen’s finest print work from that earlier era opens at the Magic Hat Artifactory in South Burlington. Presented by Big Heavy World, “Sound Proof” combines the sights and sounds of the 1990s rock scene in Vermont into an immersive multimedia experience. Each of the exhibit’s 115 photos is accompanied by an audio component, accessible by cellphone or iPod, consisting of Thorsen describing the subject of the photo and the context in which it was taken. Many of the audio tracks also contain a sample of music from the artist. The exhibit opens with a reception at the brewery this Saturday, October 15. It features an outdoor beer garden, brewery tours, a barbeque and, fittingly, performances by local bands Funkwagon, Lendway, the Dirty Blondes and Champagne Dynasty. Magic Hat will host the exhibit through October. What follows is a sampling of images from “Sound Proof” and brief explanations of just who these folks are.
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67. Richard Haupt
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Burlington has a loud, proud tradition of punk rock. In the 1990s, no band embodied local punk like the Fags. Raucous and rowdy, they were among the most beloved bands of the era. Their lone full-length, No Fleas, Lunch Money and Gold Teeth, remains an all-time classic local record. Oh, and you might recognize the swarthy youngster in the middle here. That’s Eugene Nikolaev. Or, as he’s better known now, Eugene Hütz, the enigmatic front man of globetrotting gypsy punks Gogol Bordello.
Though other bands were more conventionally successful, the Pants were among the defining Burlington bands of their generation. Alongside such great B-town acts as Envy, Chin Ho! and Wide Wail, to name a few, they embodied the independent spirit of the vibrant 1990s Queen City alt-rock scene. Their final record, Eat Crow, is still a local classic.
100. Nectar Rorris
Does he really need an introduction? Ernest “Trey” Anastasio is, simply put, the most famous musician ever to call Vermont home. Here he is shredding on the stage at the original Higher Ground in Winooski.
Here it is. A picture of Nectar. (OK. Not the picture of Nectar. But you get the idea.) Though Rorris no longer owns his namesake rock club, it remains an iconic Burlington nightspot. That’s due in no small part to Phish putting the joint on the national map. But just as important to the club’s legacy was the man who made his bar available to virtually every local band of the era — a tradition that continues today. A tradition that doesn’t: late-night gravy fries at the front window.
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This is proof that Amanda Gustafson has pretty much always been the coolest woman in Burlington. At the time this picture was taken, she was the front woman for acclaimed local alt-rockers Wide Wail. She’s better known to current local audiences as the vocalist and keyboardist of art-rock trio Swale. We have no idea what became of the helmet.
Vermont is currently home to an active and diverse hiphop scene. It’s unlikely that would have been possible without the efforts of Fattie Bumbalattie — aka Kyle Thompson — in the 1990s. As both a solo artist and the front man for pioneering local funk-hop act Belizbeha, Fattie B became the undisputed godfather of Green Mountain hip-hop. Though live performances are rare now, he remains the scene’s elder statesman. And you can still catch him spinning records at his long-running Saturday dance party, Retronome, at Club Metronome.
If Burlington in the 1990s had a soundtrack, it probably would have been Richard Haupt, better known as “the Clarinet Man,” playing his version of “When the Saints Go Marching In.” The diminutive Haupt was a fixture on Church Street, where he busked until close to his death in 1998. Was he any good? Not really. But his typically off-key renditions of jazz standards and his almost daily presence downtown were an integral part of the Queen City’s offbeat character in the 1990s.
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he young vines growing at la garagista vineyard may seem incongruous in the forested hills above Barnard, with its long winters, copious snow and wild turkeys that like to nibble the fruit as they graze each fall. Yet that is precisely the terroir that winemaker Deirdre Heekin is hoping to capture in her first wines from the grapes she nurtures there. This week, the first fruit ever culled from these four-year-old vines was plucked, destemmed and crushed. The juice will soon begin gurgling inside teardrop-shaped demijohns as wild yeasts coax their sugars into alcohol. Heekin will eventually decant them to old oak barrels, and, within a year, she’ll get to see what the vines produce. The second vintage of the la garagista label will be the first to use solely her own grapes. Though she’s relatively new to wine making, Heekin, 44, is no stranger to libations. As the wine director at osteria pane e salute, the tiny Italian restaurant in Woodstock she owns with her husband, Caleb Barber, she’s finely tuned her palate. The interplay of the unusual Italian wines that Heekin pairs with her husband’s dishes since 1996 has earned them, and their restaurant, national acclaim. As Heekin’s passion for wine grew, so did her interest in spirits and liqueurs. She tried her hand at making amaro, the herb- and flower-infused Italian digestif; and rosalio, a rose-infused grain alcohol for which she used petals from her own beds. Five years ago, Heekin began experimenting with making wine, too, if only to understand the process better. She ordered Nebbiolo grape juice from Italy’s Piedmont and Sangiovese juice from California, then fermented them in 6-gallon buckets positioned inside a claw-foot tub. But Heekin, a petite woman with striking blue eyes and blond-streaked hair, found herself wanting to control what went into that juice. “I became a believer that what happens in the vineyard matters the most,” she says. So, after exhaustive research, soil sampling and planning, Heekin began planting neat rows of vines beside the
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Barnard home she and Barber share, a place they call “the Châteauguay” for the high ridge that lies west of their land. She acquired an array of equipment, from pruning shears and hydrometers to demijohns, barrels and bottles. She bottled her first winemaking efforts from the purchased juice — and later ones from Vermont grapes grown in Vergennes — under the label la garagista, named for the artisanal wine “garages” of France. And she waited for her own grapes to mature. “Wine and food go together naturally
and culturally. It’s a natural evolution of our agriculture,” says Heekin. “I think one thing about Vermont, we’re never going to have large-scale winemaking. The landscape dictates that it’s going to be very small and artisanal.” When Heekin and Barber purchased their home 13 years ago, they noticed that wild grapes thrived on their land — the first hint that wine grapes might be grown there. They eventually learned that their loamy soils were full of schist, limestone and clay. “Our soil is very much like Austrian soil,” says Heekin,
with an Alpine climate to match. “In order to understand these wines, people need to drink Austrian and German wines.” Heekin’s first plants were the coldhardy Vitis riparia hybrids pioneered at the University of Minnesota in the 1990s — Frontenac and its white counterpart, Frontenac Gris; Marquette, a cultivar partially derived from Pinot Noir; St. Croix, a mildew-resistant red; and the fragrant white grape La Crescent. “I think everyone is still figuring out how [these plants] behave and how they thrive. I decided to learn as I go along,” she says. Grape plants require patience; Heekin would have to wait at least three years for the new vines to bear fruit. Meanwhile, she and Barber also planted rows of more common Vitis vinifera varieties such as Riesling, Blaufränkisch and Melon de Bourgogne, using denser plantings — about four feet between each vine — in the manner of European vineyards. She enlisted Barber to design a barn — aka “cantina,” or winemaking area — where she could age, bottle and eventually offer tastings of her wines. And she kept busy: She wrote the memoir Libation: A Bitter Alchemy and collaborated with Eleanor and Albert Leger of Eden Ice Cider to develop and release an aperitif cider, Orleans. In 2009, Heekin was awarded a grant by the Vermont Farm Women’s Fund, which she used to travel to Burgundy for seminars on biodynamic wine making and botany. She learned there are no simple answers in grape cultivation, whether in France, Napa or central Vermont. “You need to respond to your own parcel,” she recalls realizing. The grandfather of biodynamic wine making is Nicolas Joly, a charismatic Frenchman who has pioneered its practices in his Loire Valley vineyard and written about his efforts. Though some of the practices can seem esoteric — synching various vineyard tasks to sun and moon phases, for instance — Joly insists that allowing grapes to express themselves fully, with minimal manipulation, should be the aim of any winemaker. European
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Chocolate butter and red wine were the talk of the memorial service, and Zack probably wouldn’t have had it any other way. In 2002, JON PAYNE “ZACK” ZACHADNYK closed ZACK’S ON THE ROCKS after 30 years. By that time, the quirky Montgomery Center restaurant had long enjoyed legendary status. The same can be said of the restaurant’s proprietor, who died on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at the Converse Home in Burlington. Mourners bedecked in purple packed the full-honors military memorial service, held Saturday at Unity Church of Vermont, says Rev. Lane Williams, who officiated. The garb was at Jon Payne “Zack” Zachadnyk the request of Zachadnyk, who had gained fame for the purple muumuus, crowns and ermine-lined robes that he wore at his restaurant. “Parking was at a premium, and the lawn was filled with all these people wearing purple, laughing and in tears about what a glorious life he lived,” says Williams. The reverend says this service stretched much longer than usual; after more than an hour and a half of remembrances, she had to ask friends and family to retire to the lawn to share their stories. Many longtime diners recalled Zachadnyk’s novel dishes, such as chicken banana, “mushrooms Monkey Center” — named for the chef-owner’s diminutive for Montgomery Center — and delicacies including escargots and veal kidneys. During his reign in the Kingdom, Zachadnyk ran not only Zack’s On the Rocks but also a bar called AFTER THE ROCKS, the single-room inn ’FORE THE ROCKS, and his home, “OFF THE ROCKS.” Following his Tuesday interment in the Montgomery Center Cemetery, Zack rests at his “Under the Rocks” location, on a hillside gravesite of 10 plots that he purchased for $5 apiece. In the style of a restaurateur who regularly opened his doors to Meals on Wheels, Zachadnyk shared the rest of the plots with friends. Montgomery Center will celebrate Zachadnyk’s life and contributions to the community with festivities at the town’s historical society on October 29 at 4 p.m. His longtime “companion,” LUCILLE MORIN, says to expect a fun evening featuring several of Zack’s specialties, including “mushrooms Monkey Center.”
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After the crush of foliage season, some Stowe restaurants close in November to recuperate before ski season begins. This year, though, others will usher in “stick season” with the village’s first-ever STOWE RESTAURANT WEEK, which will run from October 27 to 31. So far, 13 restaurants have signed on to offer $15, $25 or $35 three-course, prix-fixe menus, with items ranging from risotto al funghi to pumpkin-andcognac cheesecake. Jasmine Bigelow McLean, marketing director for the Stowe Area Association, hopes that the number of participating eateries — and menus — will grow before opening day. “I expect that we’ll have a few more trickle in,” she says. The event has been a few years in the making, adds McLean. After forming a committee in 2006, restaurant owners launched the Stowe Culinary Classic in June 2007. “In Stowe, there’s the busy time, and there’s the slow time,” says McLean, and those correspond with visitors hitting town for skiing, summer vacations or leaf peeping. “After October 15, [the tourist trade] kind of fizzles out, but restaurants are still open,” she continues. “Some restaurants wanted to carry the foliage season for one extra week.”
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many American wine consumers seem to prefer, but Heekin and Barber are optimistic that tastes are drifting toward wines that express a particular place. Understanding them will require drinkers to “shift their palate,” suggests Heekin. As for her first vintage from the Châteauguay, Heekin expects more delicacy. “I think the textures will be different,” she says, though she can’t know for certain until next year. For now, Heekin will pour the la garagista 2010 vintage at osteria pane e salute, and in her tasting room. “I started out wanting to learn for my own edification, and then it became a vocation,” she says. “I love making wine. I love the process from vineyard to glass.”
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ice sizzles when it hits the searing-hot black stone bowl. A crispy crust builds as it comes to the table. By then, it’s time for the diner to mix up the other ingredients: sweet and spicy pork, yellow squash, zucchini, bean sprouts, daikon, and carrots, to name a few. The bright colors are arranged over the rice like panes in a rose window, with an over-easy egg at the center. It feels like a shame to ruin the artwork, but the greatest pleasure of okdol bibimbap is, after all, its taste. This Korean classic’s closest cognate is paella. Instead of the Mediterranean dish’s saffron, its dominant flavor is gochujang, a fermented chile paste that’s almost as sweet as it is hot. Bibimbap is one of Ben Chen’s favorite dishes. “Hot and spicy. Way to go! Way to go!” he says in accented but clear English. Chen is excitedly discussing the addictive nature of the bibimbap, dukboki and yookgaejang he recently introduced at the Peking Duck House, the Winooski restaurant belonging to his father, Peter Chuong. “It’s very good. I like the spicy,” agrees Chuong. In 1987, the family, natives of the Guangdong region of China, purchased the 1840s building that once housed the Burlington Woolen Mill Company. Chen, 35, recalls the glory days of the Peking Duck House, when the many-chandeliered, two-floor dining room would fill up every day with IBM employees on their lunch break. He blames the current poor economy for drastically quieter hours in the traditional Americanized Chinese restaurant. The Winooski market has grown more crowded, too; Peking Duck was one of two dining options in town when it opened. Late this past summer, Chen moved from Boston back to South Burlington, leaving his wife and kids in the city, to save his family’s restaurant. It was clear to him that Peking Duck’s old breed of customer was dying out, he says. Chen’s own experience has convinced him that the Asian-restaurant customer of today wants authenticity, or at the very least novelty. “The menu is getting old; it’s time for some new blood,” he says of Peking Duck. “This place, everybody know it. Let’s
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bring some new customers, do something new.” Chen knows a thing or two about running a successful dining business. He’s co-owner of Kayuga, a popular Japanese and Korean restaurant in Boston known for its creative maki and late-night sake bombs. Before returning to Vermont, Chen sold off a small percentage of his stake in the business to a new partner. He says his staff is trained well enough that he’s comfortable spending most of his time in Vermont and checking a few days a month on operations in Beantown. That leaves Chen plenty of time to revive his family’s restaurant. At
present, the classic interior remains appealingly unchanged, as do the servers’ white shirts with black pants and bowties. Chen’s first step, on October 1, was to introduce an additional menu page. One side describes 10 Korean dishes, the other, 12 Thai specialties. To entice diners to try the less familiar dishes, the restaurant is letting them buy one new menu item and get the second one at half price until the end of the month. Chen admits that the new fare comes with a steep learning curve for many regulars. He estimates that, so far, the Korean and Thai dishes account for less than 20 percent of sales. “Not a lot of people order it,” Chen says. “This is
countryside. It’s not a big city; they don’t accept things so quickly. We’ve spent 25 years making our old traditional stuff like chicken chow mein. A lot of places don’t do it anymore, but we still have it.” Chen knows those classic dishes appeal to many longtime customers, so, while introducing the new menu, he’s kept Peking Duck’s expansive bill of oldschool fare firmly in place. Chuong says he has already seen some new faces come through the restaurant’s etched-glass doors. “People come in for lunch and dinner,” he says. “Not a lot of Korean around here. We have special for the customers.” Indeed, the only other restaurant serving Korean food in Chittenden County is another half-Chinese one, Naru, in Williston. Those who dare to order from the Korean menu at Peking Duck are immediately treated to four small panchan, dishes of pickled vegetables that start most Korean restaurant meals. Kimchi is probably the best known to Westerners, and this version is a humdinger. It’s unconventional in the sense that the cabbage is still crisp and fresh tasting (in Korea, the veggies ferment in pots buried underground), but the complex combination of sour, spicy and sweet is undeniably pleasant. Chen buys the kimchi at a favorite Korean market in Boston, but the rest of his panchan are homemade. Kongnamul, bean sprouts in light, nutty sesame oil; sugared and vinegared carrots and daikon; and hollowed-out, smile-shaped slices of fresh cucumber marinated in gochujang all augur well for the rest of the meal. When Chen brings out an off-menu plate of kimchijeon, it’s clear he means business. Imagine if a Chinese scallion pancake and a Dutch pannekoek procreated. The fluffy, eggy slices of savory pastry are that delectable. Flattened whole scallions are fried inside, but neither they nor the kimchi overpower the satisfying pancake itself. It’s an approachable first dish for Korean-food newbies. So is the duk manduguk, a comforting, beef-based soup that could be considered Korea’s answer to Vietnamese pho. Though the dish is usually flavored with bits of nori or even anchovy stock, the Peking Duck version gets none of its pungency from
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the sea. Instead, the light, beefy broth, Chen’s “twin curry” tastes anything eggs and mushrooms provide most of but simple, however. The orangethe taste. Chewy slices of rice cake add colored sauce gets its flavor from cocotexture, and pork dumplings filled with nut, specks of chile and tender chunks onions give the dish a meaty leading of mango. Basil leaves add their own player. footprint on the mix of shrimp, chicken “People here don’t know how to and seven vegetables. Variety is imporenjoy it yet,” says Chen of Korean food. tant to Chen, who says that his Korean He notes that when he first learned to “master” in Boston taught him to use at prepare the cuisine, it challenged him, least eight vegetables in his bibimbap, too: “I had to learn to eat spicy.” Chen and to never serve fewer than four panrealizes that customers may not be as chan at a meal. devoted to expanding their palates as Chen’s sure hand with vegetables he is. That’s why only a few of his dishes may prove useful this winter, when he are particularly hot. plans to introduce shabu-shabu at the One exception is the spicy pork Peking Duck. The beef hot-pot dish is bulgogi. Bulgogi, which translates di- designed for guests to cook their own rectly as “fire meat,” is a term applied to food at the table in a steaming bowl several varieties of broth, and of grilled meat, expertly sliced often prepared veggies are a at the table in major part of the Korean barbecue attraction. restaurants. In Eventually, addition to the Chen would pork, Peking also like to add Duck has a Kayuga’s trademilder option: mark sushi to the sugary, sesamemenu, though he marinated slices says that’s unof paper-thin beef likely to happen served on a hot any time soon. “I platter with caraneed [to] focus on melized onions my new Thai and and spinach. Korea food now, “Everybody and I need a good can eat bulgogi,” sushi chef with Chen says of the nice sushi bar,” comforting dish. he says. “I can’t Still, he finds it do everything all safest to assume Twin curry and okdol bibimbap by myself, but I’ll a certain lack of try my best.” sophistication in He seems his first-timers. to have been Despite warnings on the menu and from making it work so far. Since returning servers, Chen says, several customers to Peking Duck, Chen has been runhave been surprised to feel the heat of ning the front of the house and trainthe sizzling platters and bowls in which ing his father’s chefs to cook Korean many of the Korean dishes are served. and Thai food. But he’s also preparHe keeps plenty of “training wheel” ing dishes for guests himself. “I like chopsticks on hand, held together with it way better when I’m wearing my rubber bands for the inexperienced to chef hat,” he says. “When you see the use like tweezers to lift food from plate [plate] coming back and it’s all empty, to mouth. you so happy.” While Korean food is a new frontier Chen hopes he’ll eventually have the in Burlington, many locals are familiar new Peking Duck running smoothly with Thai food, thanks to restaurants enough that he can spend more time such as Tiny Thai, just a few blocks back in Boston. No matter where he is, from Peking Duck. That’s fine with the young chef says he’ll do whatever he Chen, who enjoys the ease of preparing can to keep his family restaurant cookThai cuisine. “It’s very simple,” he says. ing — and current. m “Curries, the only thing is the curry sauce. It’s very healthy — we don’t use oil, and you have all the coconut. With Peking Duck House, 79 West Canal basil chicken or basil beef, you put the Street, Winooski, 655-7475. basil in, and you’ve got all the flavor pekingduckhousevt.com there already.”
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conferences VERMONT RENEWABLE ENERGY CONFERENCE & EXPO: Bright minds discuss community energy committees, energy efficiency, renewable power and industry efforts in workshops, panel talks and keynote speeches. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $100275 for conference; additional workshop fees. Info, 865-5202.
KNIT NIGHT: Crafty needleworkers (crocheters, too) share their talents and company as they give yarn a makeover. Phoenix Books, Essex, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111.
film ‘13 ASSASSINS’: Unemployed samurai unite to bring down a sadistic lord in Takashi Miike’s 2010 battle-heavy action film set at the tail end of Japan’s feudal era. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. COMMUNITY CINEMA: A slam poet discovers the power of American Sign Language in Judy Lieff’s 2010 documentary, Deaf Jam. Rutland Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINÉMA: A longstanding big-screen affair boasts a lineup of independent flicks from around the world. Various locations, Montréal, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Various prices. Info, 514282-0004, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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, email@example.com. 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.
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LIVING HEALTHY ON A BUDGET: Ward off wallet woes by learning to create nutritious dishes on the cheap. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:306:30 p.m. $5-7; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, firstname.lastname@example.org. SUN TO CHEESE TOURS: Visitors take a behind-thescenes look at dairy farming and cheese making as they observe raw milk turning into farmhouse cheddar. Preregister. Shelburne Farms, 2-4 p.m. $15 includes a block of cheese. Info, 985-8686.
health & fitness CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME: PRESENTING A MULTIFACETED APPROACH FOR REPETITIVESTRAIN INJURIES: Typing too much? Wellness consultant and chiropractic physician Stephen Brandon suggests natural solutions to painful conditions. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:306:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. 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.
kids 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. 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. CRAFTY AFTERNOON: Homeschoolers fashion their own musical pan pipes from the invasive Japanese knotweed. Fairfax Community Library, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. ENOSBURG PLAYGROUP: Children and their adult caregivers immerse themselves in singing 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.
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Unfinished Business It’s likely a surprise that the portrait of George Washington printed on every dollar bill comes from an unfinished painting — artist Gilbert Stuart died in 1828 before its completion. Over the ages, countless other works of art, music and literature have met the same fate — including masterworks by Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Shostakovich. Brentano String Quartet tie up loose ends with Fragments, in which contemporary composers “complete” those classical works. That’s no easy assignment; in the program notes, participating composer Vijay Iyer says, “to be tasked with ‘finishing’ an unfinished piece by Mozart is to serve as a punchline to a joke.” Take a seat to hear what might have been.
BRENTANO STRING QUARTET Friday, October 14, 8 p.m., at Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. Postperformance discussion immediately follows. $10-40. Info, 603-646-2422. hop.dartmouth.edu
Chasing the Green It may sound like a “megachurch for the Prius set,” as the New York Times wrote in 2006, but the annual Bioneers Conference is the breeding ground for tomorrow’s top ecological, social-justice and environmental ideas. The three-day activist pep rally takes place in San Rafael, Calif., but local bioneers — biological pioneers, that is — head to Montpelier to get in on the action. One of only 20 screening sites, the Savoy Theater broadcasts live keynotes by big names such as Gloria Steinem and Philippe Cousteau. The Vermont College of Fine Arts adds a local perspective with an impressive lineup of presentations and workshops. Gov. Peter Shumlin, environmentalist Bill McKibben (pictured), ecologist Amy Seidl and others weigh in on everything from the future of food to lessons from Tropical Storm Irene.
BEAMING BIONEERS VERMONT CONFERENCE Friday, October 14, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, October 15, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, October 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Savoy Theater and Vermont College of Fine Arts, in Montpelier. $45-60 single-day registration; $130-175 three-day registration; some events open to the public by donation. Info, 229-0598. beamingbioneersvermont.com
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On one of Burlington’s First Friday Art Walks in 2007, filmmaker and ’97 UVM grad Sara Nesson stumbled upon the Combat Paper Project, in which veterans reconcile their service by turning worn uniforms into paper, books and art. While shooting footage of the project in Martha’s Vineyard for Iraq Paper Scissors,, a documentary still in progress, Nesson met Sgt. Robynn Murray (pictured) — and the 2011 Oscar-nominated short Poster Girl was born. An “intimate, heartbreaking film,” as the Huffington Post called it, the documentary follows this young Iraq War vet as she comes to terms with the realities of combat. Both Murray and Nesson discuss post-traumatic stress disorder after the film’s Middlebury premiere. OF
Friday, October 14, 7 p.m., at Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. $10-20; additional donations accepted. Proceeds benefit the Gailer School. Info, 382-9222. townhalltheater.org
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Armed with a stack of papers, satirist David Sedaris regularly approaches the lectern to fanfare normally reserved for rock stars. Few writers can command such expansive audiences — but, then, “Sedaris’ writing blurs into live comedy,” notes the Guardian. If you’ve read his best-selling memoirs — Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, among others — you’re already familiar with how the master humorist turns everyday eccentricities into laugh-out-loud observations. For the uninitiated, get a taste of the onetime Macy’s Christmas elf’s acerbic wit — “the narrative equivalent of Pepsi, or the PlayStation, or oxygen,” writes Toronto’s Globe and Mail — on Sunday.
Harvesting Time for All: Music, movement, stories and art teach 3- to 5-year-olds about wildlife survival. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 10-11:30 a.m. $5. Info, 229-6206. 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: Kids become cheese makers for the day, creating a creamy ricotta that goes on to top mini white pizzas in this culinary endeavor. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Marshfield Playgroup: Games, nature activities, songs and stories amuse youngsters. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, email@example.com. Middlebury Toddler Story Hour: Young children develop early literacy skills through stories, rhymes, songs and crafts. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Montgomery Story Hour: Good listeners are rewarded with an earful of tales and a mouthful of snacks. Montgomery Town Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Moving & Grooving With Christine: Young ones jam out to rock-and-roll and world-beat tunes. Recommended for ages 2 to 5, but all are welcome. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Pajama Story Time: Evening tales send kiddos off to bed. Berkshire Elementary School, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
language 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.
‘The Vermont Civil War Songbook’: Linda Radtke employs music and letters in a costumed rundown of Vermont’s Civil War period. River Arts Center, Morrisville, 7-8:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 888-7617. Valley Night: The Holter Brothers bring on rock, funk and pop favorites in the lounge. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 496-8994.
outdoors 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
seminars Community Herbalism Class: Light your inner fire as Betzy Bancroft discusses “Food as Medicine: Warming Foods for Winter.” Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 224-7100, email@example.com. 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.
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‘Just-in-Time Project Management: Electronic Health Records in Eight Weeks’: Carol Kulczyk, director of program implementation at Vermont Information Technology Leaders, discusses the critical success factors in installing electronic health records by presenting a case study. Doubletree Hotel, South Burlington, 5:308:15 p.m. $25-35. Info, 735-5359. 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.
talks Catherine Garland: Castleton State College’s associate professor of physics goes starry-eyed in “Using Luminous Compact Blue Galaxies to Study Galaxy Evolution.” Room 203, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 4-5:15 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1327. David Govatski: Slides offer a snapshot of the “Birds of the Boreal Forest” in this illustrated Audubon Society presentation led by a naturalist. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Henry Smith: Images and stories paint a portrait of the University of New Hampshire professor’s years of travel in “My Adventures on the Streets of Paris.” Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. ‘Mediator and Public Policy’: Three panelists explore the controversy, status and prospects of mediation in the public arena on the 30th anniversary of Vermont Law School’s Dispute Resolution Program. Chase Community Center, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 831-1106. Osher Lifelong Learning Lecture: Norwich University professor Raymond Zirblis shares fact, folklore and historic documents in “Friends of Freedom: Vermont’s Underground Railroad.” Town & Country Resort, Stowe, 1:30-3 p.m. $5. Info, 253-9011. Smart Grid Presentation: Central Vermont Public Service’s Amanda Beraldi and Green Mountain Power’s Brian Otley talk about upgrades that are bringing greater reliability and operational efficiencies to the electric grid. Q&A to follow. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 8 a.m. Free. Info, 3887951, ext. 2, firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘Wind Power in Vermont: What You Need to Know’: Annette Smith of Vermonters for a Clean Environment and Benjamin Luce of Lyndon State College evaluate the impacts of utility-scale wind development in the Green Mountain State. Room 427, Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 778-0660.
theater ‘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; Info, 498-3755. ‘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. ‘Romeo and Juliet’: Teenage lovers roll around between the sheets and face the opposition of their warring families in Northern Stage’s take on the Shakespeare classic. Briggs
Starline Rhythm Boys: The Vermont band sounds out swingin’ honky-tonk and rockabilly. Bayside Pavilion, St. Albans, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 524-0909.
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.
Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $1560. Info, 296-7000.
environment. Best Western Waterbury-Stowe, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7822.
‘Skin Deep’: A blind date leads to a domestic meltdown in Jon Lonoff’s new comedy. Lake George Dinner Theatre, N.Y., 11:15 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. $55-60 includes lunch or dinner, plus tax and tip. Info, 518668-5762, ext. 411.
Northeast Kingdom Beekeepers Club Meeting: Apiarists discuss the states of their hives in “This Month in the Bee Yard.” UVM Extension, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 584-3595.
words Fletcher Free Library/Flynn Center Book Discussion: Readers analyze works of literature that inspire or inform the Flynn Center’s performing arts season. This week’s pick: Alfred Lansings’ Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, in relation to Phantom Limb Company’s 69˚S. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. Greg Melville: Greasy Rider’s author recaps his adventures touring the country in a car converted to run on veggie oil. Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1476. Helen Benedict: The author of Sand Queen shares passages from her tale of love, courage and struggle in the Iraq War. Farrell Room, St. Edmund’s Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. Jeffrey Duke: In “The Time Has Come,” the speaker analyzes Goethe’s fairy tale The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 7:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 985-2827. Margot Lasher: Discussion follows a reading of “Stay,” the writer’s 10-minute play for person and dog. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, email@example.com.
Vermont Consultants Network Monthly Meeting: Terry Stone moderates an open forum about “Approaches to Dealing With the Uncertainties of the Consulting Industry.” Network Performance, South Burlington, 8 a.m. Free for firsttime guests. Info, 373-8379, firstname.lastname@example.org .
community Thursday Night Potlucks for Young Adults: Eighteen to 35-year-olds show up for fun and fellowship at a weekly dinner focused on spirituality and religion, peace and justice, and creating community. 25 Buell St., Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Free; bring a dish to share; feel free to bring a musical instrument or game. Info, 881-3768, email@example.com.
conferences Community Health Centers of Burlington Annual Meeting: Gov. Peter Shumlin keynotes a yearly get-together, and a new logo will be revealed. Emerald Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $25 includes lunch. Info, 264-8157. New England Conference on Gifted & Talented Education: Keynote lectures, breakout sessions and special presentations explore the “Journey to Belonging: Listening to the Voices of the Gifted.” Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 3-9 p.m. $100-200 per day; $315375 for two days. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
etc. Mastermind Group Meeting: Big dreamers build a supportive network as they try to realize personal and professional goals in an encouraging
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.
film Festival du Nouveau Cinéma: See WED.12, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
food & drink Autumn Harvest Wine Tasting: Oenophiles sample reds, whites and pinks from the winedepartment 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.12, 2 p.m. Fletcher Allen Farmers Market: Locally sourced meats, vegetables, bakery items, breads and maple syrup give hospital employees and visitors the option to eat healthfully. Held outside, Fletcher Allen Hospital, Burlington, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 847-0797, tanya.mcdonald@vtmednet. org. The Food Less Traveled 2: Area chefs prepare dishes low in “food miles” as bystanders enjoy locally sourced eats. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $30-35; cash bar; for ages 21 and up. Info, 877-324-6386. Waterbury Farmers Market: Cultivators and their customers swap veggie tales and edible inspirations at a weekly outdoor emporium. Rusty Parker Memorial Park, Waterbury, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 279-4371, email@example.com. 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.
games 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.
health & fitness Integrative Health Care Lecture Series: In “Tai Chi for Heart Health and Balance: Research Evidence and Clinical Implications,” Peter Wayne discusses how mind/body practices impact a variety of health conditions. Room 103, Rowell Building, UVM, Burlington, 8 a.m. Free. Info, 862-2333. Public Flu Clinic: High-risk adults immunize themselves against the infectious disease. Franklin County Home Health Agency, St. Albans, 2-5 p.m. $35 for recipients without coverage. Info, 527-7531.
kids Critter Construction: Little ones ages 3 to 5 and their adult companions hold onto their hard hats as they explore beaver lodges and bird nests before crafting their own hideaway. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 10-11 a.m. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per additional child; preregister. Info, 434-3068, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, email@example.com.
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Sat.15 green mountain college choir & We are the men: Vocal endeavors, presented in conjunction with Green Mountain College’s Welsh Festival, raise funds for the Slate Valley Museum, which was badly damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene. Ackley Hall, Green Mountain College, Poultney, 7:30 p.m. $10; free for GMC students and children; additional donations accepted. Info, 287-8926. 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.
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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.
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for Vermont. Milne Room, Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 476-7819. Billie Tsien: The cofounder of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects brings practical experience to the Architectural Studies Lecture. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. George Preti: Get a whiff of “Human Auxiliary Chemistry and Human Pheromones: Sniffing Around Human Odors” in a lecture by the Monell Chemical Senses Center member. Room 111, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 4:15 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. Public Meeting: Race & Recession: The International Socialist Organization discusses contemporary examples of racism and how we can end it. Community Room, Integrated Arts Academy, H.O. Wheeler Elementary School, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 490-3875. Royall Tyler Program: The Vermont Historical Society, in cooperation with the Chittenden County Historical Society and UVM Department of Theatre, takes a look at the fascinating life of this lawyer, UVM trustee, Vermont Supreme Court justice and early American playwright in a lecture and display of Tyler family artifacts. Royall Tyler Theatre, UVM, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8500. Stephen D. Houston: Brown University’s professor of anthropology and archaeology expounds on one of the top archaeological finds of 2010 in “Into Death’s Dark Night: Exploring a Royal Mayan Tomb at El Diablo, Guatemala.” Room 229, Axinn Center at Starr Library, Middlebury, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. Steven Strong: This solar pioneer, author and entrepreneur speaks about “Renewable Energy: Building the Bridge to the Postpetroleum World.” The Gorge, Withey Hall, Green Mountain College, Poultney, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 287-8926.
Stuart Liebman: A City University of New York media-studies professor specializing in the Holocaust and Jewish and post-WWII cinema considers “Kluge’s Yesterday Girl and Postwar German Identity.” Conference Room, Robert A. Jones House, Middlebury, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. Vincent Feeney: The historian chronicles the colorful life of Matthew Lyon in “Mad Matt the Democrat,” following the Vermonter’s role as an indentured servant, Green Mountain Boy, entrepreneur and congressman. Grange Hall, North Chittenden, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 483-6471. Visiting Artist & Writer Series: Slides illustrate a talk by artist Ed Smith. Lecture Hall, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8 p.m. Free; call to confirm. Info, 635-2727.
‘Metamorphoses’: Lost Nation Theater interprets ancient Greek tales of love and humanity in a PG-13 production. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $10-30. Info, 229-0492. ‘Once on This Island’: Aspects of Romeo and Juliet and The Little Mermaid thread into South Burlington High School’s one-act musical. South Burlington High School, 7 p.m. $5-8. Info, 355-6641.
‘Rumors’: Comic complications arise when four couples show up to a dinner party with an absentee
Gastronomy Book Discussion: Readers gobble up novels about food and culture, such as Diana Abu-Jaber’s Crescent. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. Joe Sherman: The Montgomery author offers sad, funny and inspiring true stories in a discussion of his latest book, Young Vermonters: Not an Endangered Species. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 3595001, ext. 219.
Senior Art Classes: 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, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $5; preregister. Info, 864-0604.
bazaars Fall Rummage Sale: Secondhand treasures change hands. Richmond Congregational Church, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 434-2053.
conferences Beaming Bioneers Vermont Conference: Environmentalists learn practical solutions and innovative social strategies to restore the planet’s ecosystems through a broadcast of California’s 2011 Bioneers Conference and supplementary workshops and panel discussions held by local speakers. See calendar spotlight. Savoy Theater and Vermont College of Fine Arts, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $45-60 singleday registration; $130-175 three-day registration; some events open to the public by donation. Info, 229-0598. ‘Making, Meaning and Context: A Radical Reconsideration of Art’s Work’: A “forum and festival of unexpected intersections” explores the function of art and its role in cultures and communities through workshops, presentations, interactive displays, meditations and more. Goddard College, Plainfield, noon-9 p.m. $95. Info, 454-8311, firstname.lastname@example.org. New England Conference on Gifted & Talented Education: See THU.13, 7:45 a.m.-6:15 p.m. Voices for Vermont’s Children Annual Conference: In “Get to Yes in a Time of No,” Ellen Bravo, director of Family Values @ Work, keynotes a day of stimulating conversation about early care and education, paid sick days, oral health care, and more. Capitol Plaza, Montpelier, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $15-25. Info, 229-6377, email@example.com.
dance 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Murder Mysteries Live!: Guests become detectives when a killing occurs at this dinner-theater party held in a spooky, historic castle. Wilson Castle, Proctor, 6:30-10:30 p.m. $30; ages 18 and up only; formal or period costume preferred; preregister. Info, 773-3284, email@example.com.
Women’s Strength & Conditioning Class: See WED.12, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
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 at 6:50 p.m. Burlington City Hall Park, 7-8 p.m. $14. Info, 351-1313.
film Festival du Nouveau Cinéma: See WED.12, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. ‘Poster Girl’: Sara Nesson’s 2011 Academy Awardnominated documentary offers a look at the inner turmoil and external obstacles faced by returning war veterans. Nesson and Sgt. Robynn Murray, the subject of the film, lead a postfilm discussion. See calendar spotlight. Proceeds benefit the Gailer School. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $10-20; additional donations appreciated. Info, 382-9222.
food & drink Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.12, 2 p.m. Cooking With Jozef Harrewyn: The chef behind Chef’s Corner Café & Bakery prepares a few of his favorite dishes, including shrapnel pizza tart and classic French tart tatin with chantilly cream. All proceeds benefit the Williston Food Shelf. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. 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. Knights in Italy Spaghetti Dinner: The Knights of Columbus host a pasta party. St. Ambrose Parish, Bristol, 5-7 p.m. $4-8. Info, 453-2488. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Richmond Farmers Market: Live music entertains freshfood browsers at a melodycentered market connecting farmers and cooks. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3-6:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted for local
‘Romeo and Juliet’: See WED.12, 7:30 p.m.
David Lehman & Anna Maria Hong: Two award-winning poets send lines from the page straight to listeners’ ears. Stearns Performance Space, Johnson State College, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1342.
farmers affected by Tropical Storm Irene. Info, 4345273, email@example.com.
EaarthPeace Oratorio: As part of the Beaming Bioneers Vermont Conference, Cameron Davis and Sam Guarnaccia present a “collaboration of image, music, inner and outer space” at this combination of choral composition and visual set design. Chapel, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. $10 donation. Info, 229-0598.
‘Photograph 51’: See WED.12, 7:30 p.m.
Opera Night: Theatergoers screen a broadcast of La Fanciulla del West, Puccini’s Wild West opera brimming with cowboys and gunplay. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. $12. Info, 496-8994.
‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’: The Little Red-Haired Girl, Snoopy and other Peanuts favorites pop off the newspaper page in this 1960s musical. Randolph Union High School, 7:30 p.m. $4-8. Info, 728-3397.
‘Love Song’: Ten Middlebury College actors present the annual first-year show, an off-kilter comedy that flip-flops through reality and fantasy to explore love’s transformative powers. Hepburn Zoo, Hepburn Hall, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $4. Info, 443-3168.
‘Skin Deep’: See WED.12, 11:15 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
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.
‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’: See WED.12, 7:30 p.m.
hostess and a host with a flesh wound in this Little City Players romp. Vergennes Opera House, 8 p.m. $10-12; production contains adult language and may not be suitable for young audiences. Info, 877-6737.
Tai Chi for Seniors: Folks over 50 increase flexibility, balance, strength, energy and stamina while reducing chronic pain, anxiety and falls. Pine Crest at Essex, 10-11 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 8650360, ext. 1028.
kids 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. 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. 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. Toddler Yoga & Stories: Tykes up to age 5 stretch it out in simple exercise and reading activities. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:15 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
language Tertulia Latina: Latino Americanos and other fluent Spanish speakers converse en español. Radio Bean, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3440.
music Antje Duvekot: One of Boston’s rising singersongwriters plays it acoustic with folksy ballads. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 8 p.m. $15. Info, 518-523-2512. Brentano String Quartet: Today’s most creative composers “completed” unfinished works by Mozart, Schubert and Shostakovich for the renowned ensemble’s latest work, “Fragments.” See calendar spotlight. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $10-40. Info, 603-646-2422. Classic Albums Live: Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’: Cover musicians perform the King of Pop’s bestselling album “note for note” and “cut for cut.” Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. $38. Info, 760-4634. Heliand Consort: Exuberant 20th-century French music for winds and piano in “The Lightness of Being” brings the perfumes of Paris to the hills of Vermont. Celebrated composers include Debussy and Ravel. First Congregational Church, Lyndonville, 7:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 7353611, firstname.lastname@example.org. Hot Club of Cowtown: Austin’s Whit Smith, Elana James and Jake Erwin settle in with Texas-swingmeets-hot-jazz. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Preperformance talk, 6:30 p.m. $20-25. Info, 656-4455.
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Paul lewis: The respected pianist continues a two-year Schubert project, performing Wandererfantasie, Four Impromptus and Moments Musicaux. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $6-25. Info, 443-6433. C O U R T ES Y O
PainTinG DemonsTraTion: Underhill’s Mary Hill makes “everyday art for joyful people” — bright, playful strokes on canvas, embellished by yarns and fabrics. Art on Main, Bristol, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 453-4032.
saTurDay arT samPler: Adults and teens improve their observational figure-drawing skills by working from a clothed model. Davis Studio Gallery, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $24; preregister. Info, 425-2700.
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The GreaT VermonT Corn maze: See WED.12, 10 a.m.
talks BeaminG Bioneers VermonT ConferenCe KeynoTe PresenTaTion: Dot Maver and Amy Seidl speak about “Advancing Peace and Adaptation in the Age of Warming.” Chapel, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. $10 donation. Info, 229-0598. imaGinaTion Panel: Innovative thinkers ponder the role of creative ability in a society known for technology and globalization. VPR’s Jane Lindholm moderates the discussion; Laurie Anderson, Dave Finney, Tiffany Bluemle and Jostein Solheim weigh in. FlynnSpace, Burlington, noon. Free; reservations required. Info, 652-4508, jrobinson@flynncenter. org. lunChBox leCTure: Terry Tyler provides background information on his rare collection of Vermont firearms, featured in the “Lock, Stock and Barrel” exhibit. Pleissner Gallery, Shelburne Museum, 11 a.m.-noon. Regular admission, $10-20. Info, 985-3346. suzy wizowaTy: The Vermont legislator, educator and author opens up about “Life and Death, Kindness, and Taxes: Why We Need More Women in Government.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516. VisiTinG arTisT & wriTer series: Slides illustrate a talk by artist Angela Dufresne. Lecture Hall, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8 p.m. Free; call to confirm. Info, 635-2727.
theater ‘Don’T Dress for Dinner’: See WED.12, 7:30 p.m. ‘loVe sonG’: See THU.13, 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. ‘onCe on This islanD’: See THU.13, 7 p.m. ‘PhoToGraPh 51’: See WED.12, 7:30 p.m. ‘romeo anD JulieT’: See WED.12, 7:30 p.m. ‘rumors’: See THU.13, 8 p.m. ‘sKin DeeP’: See WED.12, 6:30 p.m. ‘you’re a GooD man, Charlie Brown’: See THU.13, 7:30 p.m.
fall rummaGe sale: See FRI.14, 9:30 a.m.-noon. GreaT BillinGs BooK sale: From trifles to treasures, classics of literature, history and the arts, unusual collectibles, and good reads set the stage for top-notch browsing. Billings Apse, UVM, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2138, email@example.com. inDoor flea & CrafT marKeT: Curious browsers and serious buyers eye the wares, with breaks for refreshments. VFW Post, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-0700. sTowe foliaGe arTisan marKeT: As the leaves turn, crafters supply fine-art prints, drawings and paintings, greeting cards, stained glass, spun wool, ceramics, and more. Main Street, Stowe, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 793-2101.
conferences BeaminG Bioneers VermonT ConferenCe: See FRI.14, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. ‘maKinG, meaninG anD ConTexT: a raDiCal reConsiDeraTion of arT’s worK’: See FRI.14, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. new enGlanD ConferenCe on GifTeD & TalenTeD eDuCaTion: See THU.13, 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m. VermonT Trail symPosium: Outdoorsy types focus on pertinent recreation-trail topics, such as “How to Build Trails in Wetlands” or “Trail Permitting 101,” in workshops and trainings. Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $30-35. Info, 496-2285, firstname.lastname@example.org.
crafts senior CrafT Classes: 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, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $5; preregister. Info, 864-0604.
etc. Blue-Jean Ball for home healTh: Denim is the fabric of choice at a casual dinner buffet and deejayed dance supporting Franklin County Home Health Agency. American Legion, St. Albans, 6 p.m. $45. Info, 393-6717, email@example.com. fashion show: Local and Canadian customers strut their stuff as models at a one-year anniversary show heavy on the winter-fashion inspiration. Lane Bryant Outlet, Essex Town Center, 1-2 p.m.
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. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Jazz imProVisaTion: Dancers, instrumentalists, vocalists, technicians, visual artists and enthusiasts convene to explore the heart of jazz in an improv session and dialogue with Melissa HamEllis. Town Hall, Warren, 12-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 310-467-5879.
Oct 21-23, 28-30, Nov 4-5 at 7:30pm; Nov 6 at 2pm Benefit Show October 30 Ticket sales donated to the Mad River Community Fund Flood Relief All Tickets $18
Valley Players Theater
Route 100, Waitsfield Tickets/Info: ValleyPlayers.com 583-1674 This show is rated R due to explicit language.
louisa howarD ChaPel oPeninG: Architecture buffs get a gander at the fully restored High-Gothic Victorian nondenominational landmark at Lakeview Cemetery. Louisa Howard Chapel, Burlington, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2075.
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Saturday October 22, 7:30 PM Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, VT Tickets: Advance $21, day of show $26
monTPelier home Tour: Peek into five remarkable houses on a self-guided tour benefiting the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, the Montpelier Rotary, Montpelier Alive, the Montpelier Activity Center and the Montpelier Public School Parents’ Group. Various locations, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $25. Info, 595-0087, email@example.com.
“Red Molly’s ...bluegrass and old-time gospel sounds and buoyant three-part harmonies are so down-home it’s as if their notes are carried to you on the crisp air of the Ozarks.” – The Boston Globe
omya miDDleBury Quarry oPen house: Guided bus tours into the quarry offer glimpses of mineral collecting, large trucks and loaders, a mineral show-and-tell with experts, and more. Omya Middlebury Quarry Road, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Final bus departs into the quarry at 3 p.m. Free. Info, 770-7217.
71-73 Main St • Randolph, VT Tickets: 802-728-6464 • chandler-arts.org
Queen CiTy GhosTwalK: DarKness falls Tour: See FRI.14, 7-8 p.m.
Sponsored by John Westbrook, DDS and The Point.
Queer youTh awarDs CeleBraTion & noT-sosilenT auCTion: Outright Vermont celebrates the accomplishments of LGBTQ youth across the state12v-chandlermusic101211.indd 1 in an audio-visual presentation with hors d’oeuvres and a self-serve candy bar. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-10 p.m. $20-25; free for ages 22 and under; cash bar. Info, 865-9677. sounD Proof: Funkwagon, Dirty Blondes, Champagne Dynasty and Lendway bust out the tunes at a reception for photographer Matthew Thorsen’s October exhibit. An outdoor beer garden with test-batch casks, a barbecue and brewer-led tours add to the festivities. Magic Hat Brewing Company, South Burlington, noon-5 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2739.
fairs & festivals CaBoT aPPle Pie fesTiVal: Fruit pies go headto-head for top accolades, and games and a craft show break up the feasting. Proceeds benefit Cabot Historical Society. Gymnasium, Cabot School, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 563-3396. oKToBerfesT: Bavarian food and beer go hand in hand at this autumn affair with a live soundtrack by the Rymanowski Brothers Orchestra. Historic Park-McCullough, North Bennington, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5. Info, 442-0380. SAT.15
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5th AnnuAl Vermont trAil SympoSium october 15th 8:30 am - 5:30 pm Vermont technical Collegered School house 248 South randolph road, randolph Center Full day of recreation trail workshops, presentations & mountain bike ride at three Stallions inn Coffee, snacks, and lunch included! $40 for public | $35 for VtGC members
For registration and schedule: vermonttrailsandgreenways.org
PlanTinG naTiVe shruBs: Volunteers help replace invasive burning bush with native chokeberry. Bring a shovel and work gloves. Lyman Park, Hinesburg, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 482-6312.
fall flea marKeT: Anything goes in this sale of closet extras and craft items. VFW Post 309, Peru, N.Y., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 518-578-2353 or 518-605-3023.
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.
Book by Hunter Bell Music Lyrics by Jeff Bowen Directed by Patten Harvey Music Direction by Michael Halloran Produced by Shannon Pitonyak
Joe roman: Challenging the belief that protecting biodiversity is too costly, the author and conservation biologists shares his latest book, Listed: Dispatches From America’s Endangered Species Act. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 482-5189.
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@ ci.burlington.vt.us.
‘GeT PaiD when PeoPle PumP Gas in VermonT’: Speaker Josh Zwagil offers solutions to rising fuel prices along with an exciting business model at the Xtreme Fuel Treatment grand opening. Courtyard Marriott Burlington Harbor, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 222-1325 or 558-1749.
arCher mayor: The author of a Vermont-based mystery series starring detective Joe Gunther introduces his latest whodunit, Tag Man. Dana’s by the Gorge, Quechee, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 2956066. Annie’s Book Stop, Rutland, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 775-6993.
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‘meTamorPhoses’: See THU.13, 8 p.m.
wooD-CarVinG DemonsTraTion: Visitors avid about avians see trees being whittled into models of various bird species. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 1-2 p.m. Free with regular admission, $3-6. Info, 434-2167, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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film Festival du Nouveau Cinéma: See WED.12, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. ‘Life in a Day’: Working from 80,000 YouTube submissions, filmmaker Kevin Macdonald edited 4500 hours of raw footage into a kaleidoscopic documentary of images about life. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. Silent-Film Night: New Hampshire composer Jeff Rapsis improvises a film score to the 1927 haunted-house thriller The Cat and the Canary. Proceeds support the town hall’s ongoing renovation. Brandon Town Hall, 7 p.m. Donations accepted; venue is unheated; dress appropriately. Info, 603-236-9237. ‘The Double Hour’: Speed dating leads to romance and a dark plot twist in Giuseppe Capotondi’s 2009 Italian crime drama. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘The Greenhorns’: The documentary digs into the lives of America’s young farming community. A panel discussion about the state of local farms follows. Proceeds benefit NOFA-VT’s Farmer Emergency Fund. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 496-8994. ‘Uncle Boonmee’: A dying man reflects on his days in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s 2010 Thai fantasy drama. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.
food & drink Burlington Farmers Market: Dozens of vendors sell everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to ethnic cuisine to pottery to artisan cheese. Sarah Stickler and Ebeneezer deliver the tunes. Burlington City Hall Park, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.
Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.12, 2 p.m. Cornwall Chicken Pie Supper: Served buffetstyle, festive fall foods highlight the bounty of Addison County. Cornwall Elementary School, Middlebury, 5-7 p.m. $5-10; $30 per family; takeout available by preorder. Info, 462-2781. 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. 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, email@example.com. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
kids Chess Club: King defenders practice castling and various opening gambits with volunteer Robert Nichols. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Destination ImagiNation Creativity Day: Kids and their parents tease their brains in a day of wacky problem-solving exercises. Burlington High School, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free; participants should bring a bag lunch. Info, 777-9408. Georgia Playgroup: Provided snacks offer an intermission to free play. Georgia Youth Center, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Music With Raphael: See THU.13, 11 a.m.
music Harlem Gospel Choir: The longstanding choral group founded by Allen Bailey delivers rich harmonies, uplifting lyrics and unfettered dance moves. Barre Opera House, 8 p.m. $10-34. Info, 476-8188. Heliand Consort: See FRI.14, Richmond Free Library. Homecoming Concert: The music department’s concert band, jazz ensemble and orchestra open the season with a gala concert. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776. Jars of Clay: The Grammy-winning Christianrock band mixes pop, folk, rock and elements of electronica. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $23.50-35.50. Info, 775-0903. Keith Murphy & Becky Tracy: A fiddler and a multi-instrumentalist take listeners to Newfoundland, Québec, Ireland, France and beyond with traditional music. Call for directions. Private home, Shelburne, 7 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Info, 985-1124. Mick McAuley, Winifred Horan & Colm O’Caoimh: Two members of Irish supergroup Solas join a guitarist and vocalist in a rousing house concert of traditional Irish music. 1253 Sanders Rd., Bethel, 7:30 p.m. $10-18. Info, 728-6351. Musica Viva Festival Trio: Cellist Norman Fischer, pianist Jeanne Kierman and violinist Curtis Macomber tackle works by Beethoven, Brahms and Vermont composer Pierre Jalbert. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $10-22. Info, 728-6464.
‘Photograph 51’: See WED.12, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
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. Saw-whet Owl Banding: Sharp-eyed birders scan branches at Snake Mountain for the seldomseen, soda-can-sized bird of prey. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7-10:30 p.m. Free. Info, 229-6206. The Great Vermont Corn Maze: See WED.12, 10 a.m. Worldwide ‘Hike a Mountain’ Day: Walkers crest a petite-sized peak to support the One Angel Foundation. Mt. Philo State Park, Charlotte, 10 a.m.-noon. $15. Info, 978-263-1180, abartlett588@ gmail.com.
seminars AARP Safe Driver Course: Motor vehicle operators ages 50 and up take a quick trip to the classroom — with no tests and no grades! — for a how-to refresher. Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $12-14; preregister. Info, 372-8511. Genealogy Research: Vermont State Archives’ Scott Reilly details the types of public records that can be found in Vermont, as well as what kinds of information they contain and where to find them. Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Donations accepted. Info, 238-5934. Genealogy Workshop: Related to a soldier? North Country residents master the tools to “Find Your War of 1812 Ancestors.” Battle of Plattsburgh Association, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 518-566-1814, email@example.com. Intermediate Microsoft Word: Students get savvy about the word processor by learning about advanced features and customization. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. $3 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 865-7217.
talks Ping Chong: As part of the college’s interdisciplinary arts conference, “Making, Meaning and Context: A Radical Reconstruction of Art’s Work,” the internationally acclaimed theater director, playwright, video-installation artist and media pioneer delivers the keynote speech. Haybarn Theater, Goddard College, Plainfield, 2-3:45 p.m. Free. Info, 454-8311.
theater 19th Annual Opera House Talent Search: Performers in two age divisions — 5 to 14 and 15 to 24 — wow the audience in pursuit of prize packages. Enosburg Opera House, 7 p.m. $7-10. Info, 933-6171, firstname.lastname@example.org. Auditions for ‘The Comedy of Errors’: Thespians try out for this Shakespearean farce, to be produced by Shakespeare in the Hills and Echo Valley Community Arts. Plainfield Community Center, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 225-6471. ‘Delusion’: Experimental performance artist Laurie Anderson’s riveting work incorporates film, music, electronic puppetry, photography and other devices to weave a layered tale about desire, memory and identity. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $37-57. Info, 863-5966. ‘Love Song’: See THU.13, 8 p.m.
Northwest Farmers Market: Stock up on local, seasonal produce, garden plants, canned goods and handmade crafts. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 373-5821.
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.
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, email@example.com.
Waffle Frolic: Chefs whip up iron-patterned breakfast cakes while diners watch retro Saturdaymorning cartoons. Proceeds benefit the ROTA Studio and Gallery. Great Adirondack Soup Company, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $5-10 donation. Info, 518-563-0494.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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.
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, email@example.com.
Vermont Christian er Rocktoberfest: Laura Story, Matt Maher and Andy Cherry deliver songs such as “Blessings” and “Your Grace Is Enough.” Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, 7-10 p.m. $15-30. Info, 223-9603.
‘Metamorphoses’: See THU.13, 8 p.m. ‘Once on This Island’: See THU.13, 7 p.m.
‘Romeo and Juliet’: See WED.12, 7:30 p.m. ‘Rumors’: See THU.13, 8 p.m. ‘Skin Deep’: See WED.12, 6:30 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Catamount Arts: Anna Netrebko stars as a queen driven mad in a broadcast of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $16-23. Info, 748-2600. The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Lake Placid Center for the Arts: See above listing, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.H., 1 p.m. $16-23. Info, 518-523-2512. The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Loew Auditorium: See above listing, Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1 p.m. $10-29.50. Info, 603-646-2422. The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Palace 9: See above listing, Palace Cinema 9, South Burlington, 12:55 p.m. $18-24. Info, 660-9300. The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Town Hall Theater: See above listing, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 1 p.m. $24. Info, 382-9222. ‘When It Rains, It Pours’: Vermont Vaudeville debuts a boatload of buffoonery, circus stunts and old-fashioned comedy inspired by a soggy summer and the community spirit seen following Tropical Storm Irene. A house band and special guests Dave Cox, Ben Matchstick and the Dolly Wagglers join in. Hardwick Town House, 7:30 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Info, 533-2589, vermontvaudeville@ gmail.com. ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’: See THU.13, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
words Archer Mayor: See FRI.14, Phoenix Books, Essex, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111. Kingdom Books, Waterford, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 751-874. J.C. Nusbaum: The author of The Mystic Travelogues transports listeners to a place “where animals know your destiny, where dangerous Nomes lurk in the shadows and where a stuffed bear can bring you to life.” Spirit Dancer Books & Gifts, Burlington, author meet and greet, 2-3 p.m.; presentation, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 660-8060. Judith Jones: Wine, hors d’oeuvres and conversation accompany the legendary food writer and editor’s talk about her memoir, The 10th Muse: My Life in Food, and her cookbooks, The Pleasures of Cooking for One and The Book of ‘New’ New England Cookery. Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne, 4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-3999.
agriculture Growing Fruit Organically in Your Backyard: In a hands-on workshop, plant caretakers learn about tending to pears, plums, northern kiwis and blueberries, as well as hazelnuts. Elmore Roots Nursery, Wolcott, 1-3 p.m. $10. Info, 888-3305.
bazaars WOKO Indoor Flea Market: Feeling thrifty? Bargain-hunters lose themselves in a sale of collectibles, antiques, crafts and household goods. Robert E. Miller Expo Centre, Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $2-3; free for kids under 12. Info, 878-5545.
comedy Bill Cosby: The veteran comedian weaves his humorous perspective into a talk about life.
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conferences Beaming Bioneers Vermont ConferenCe: See FRI.14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ‘making, meaning and Context: a radiCal reConsideration of art’s Work’: See FRI.14, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
sundays for fledglings: Youngsters go avian crazy in hiking, acting, writing or exploring activities. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 2-2:45 p.m. Free with museum admission, $3-6; free for members; donations accepted; preregister. Info, 434-2167, firstname.lastname@example.org. terrifiC traCtors & other Cool farm maChines: Little ones become farmers for the day as they check out heavy-lifting vehicles that get the job done. Shelburne Farms, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission, $5-8. Info, 985-8686.
film festiVal du nouVeau Cinéma: See WED.12, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
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from stoneWall to marriage: a film/disCussion series: As part of LGBTQ History Month, RU12? Community Center screens Last Call at Maud’s, a 1993 documentary about the world’s longest-running lesbian bar. Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812, brenda@ ru12.org. FD
M ‘full metal JaCket’: From basic ER ON training to street combat, Stanley Kubrick’s penultimate film looks at the ever-present culture of violence during the Vietnam War. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.
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.
music alash ensemBle: The Tuvan throat-singing group preserves one of the oldest forms of music making while incorporating songs with Western elements. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Info, 849-6968. paul orgel: Previewing his upcoming recital tour of China, the pianist offers compositions by Schubert, Chopin, Dvořák and Weber. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 3:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 482-3269.
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range roll: Rollerskiers tackle steep hills and sharp corners in a 6K race benefiting VTXC and Stowe Nordic Outing Club. Ethan Allen Firing Range, Jericho, registration, 9-9:30 a.m.; race, 10 a.m. $20. Info, 760-7966. Women’s piCk-up soCCer: Ladies of all ages and abilities break a sweat while passing around the spherical polyhedron. Miller Community and Recreation Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $3. Info, 862-5091.
theater auditions for ‘the Comedy of errors’: See SAT.15, 1-4 p.m. ‘metamorphoses’: See THU.13, 7 p.m. ‘oCtoBer’: Local actors Susannah Blachly, Clarke Jordan, Cerri McCaffrey and Vincent Broderick stage a reading of Vermonter Tom Blachly’s original play. Bethany Church, Montpelier, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3955. ‘photograph 51’: See WED.12, 2 p.m. ‘romeo and Juliet’: See WED.12, 5 p.m. the metropolitan opera: hd liVe: spaulding auditorium: See SAT.15, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1 p.m. $10-29.50. Info, 603-646-2422.
making strides against Breast CanCer: Breast-cancer survivors, their families and friends, and community members help build a world with more birthdays in a five-mile walk. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Dorset Park, South Burlington, registration begins, 11 a.m.; walk, 1 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 872-6398, strides_ email@example.com.
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‘What’s Cooking in West rutland’ tasting supper: The town’s Polish, Irish, French and Italian heritage adds ethnic flair to a spread of area delicacies, including pierogi, golabki, spanakopita and lasagna. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Town Hall Restoration Fund. Cafeteria, West Rutland School, 5 p.m. $5-10. Info, 438-2204.
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ChoColate-dipping demo: See WED.12, 2 p.m.
the pennyWise pantry: On a tour of the store, shoppers create a custom template for keeping the kitchen stocked with affordable, nutritious eats. City Market, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700.
heroiC Corn maze adVenture: See SAT.15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. the great Vermont Corn maze: See WED.12, 10 a.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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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outdoors fall fungi foray: Traipse through hemlock, oak, pine and mixed-hardwood forests while collecting and discussing fungal finds. Bring a pocket knife and container. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 1-4 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 434-3068, email@example.com.
food & drink panCake Breakfast: Stacks of flapjacks break the night’s fast. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, seatings at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 878-8071.
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israeli danCe: Movers bring clean, soft-soled shoes and learn traditional circle or line dances. Partners not required. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 7:25-9:30 p.m. $2; free to first-timers. Info, 888-5706, firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘almost a Bridge’ fundraiser & gathering: On the second anniversary of the Champlain Bridge’s closure, hopeful citizens look forward to the final push at an afternoon barbecue with a raffle and music by Loose Connections. Crown Point State Historic Site & Campground, noon-4 p.m. Free admission; $15 barbecue tickets in advance. Info, 759-2000.
Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Laughing River Yoga, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $5-15 suggested donation. Info, 684-0452, email@example.com.
words David Sedaris: The preeminent satirist known for his collections of memoirs such as Me Talk Pretty One Day and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary reads from his latest work and signs books. See calendar spotlight. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7 p.m. $49.50-60. Info, 863-5966. Reading & Book Signing: Authors M. Dylan Raskin and W. Tavish Costello offer insight to their penned expressions. The ROTA Studio and Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 5 p.m. Free. Info, 518-586-2182, firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Book Discussion: Readers dissect themes of racism and heroism in the Harper Lee classic. United Church, Warren, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 583-1935.
community Public Hearing: Got something to say? The Williston Selectboard takes comments on the proposed amendments to the existing dog-control ordinance. Town Hall, Williston, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-5121. Shelburne Road Public Meeting: At the American Institute of Architects meeting, community members pipe up about how the thoroughfare should function. Old Town Hall, Shelburne, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 985-5110. Village-Building Convergence Organizers’ Meeting: New faces are welcomed at a planning meeting for the fourth annual Village-Building Convergence, a celebration of sustainability and community to be held in June. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 276-3839 .
dance West Coast Swing Dance Class: Dancers of all ability levels twirl to the blues and a variety of other tunes at weekly lessons. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 388-1436, email@example.com.
film Ciné Salon: A series devoted to 16mm film seeks to enlighten with “100 Films to See Before It’s Too Late.” This week, viewers explore “Colorful Angles Approaching Difficult Perspectives.” Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120. ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead’: Filmmaker Joe Cross vows to lose weight and achieve a balanced lifestyle on a 60-day cross-country roadtrip in this 2010 documentary. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, firstname.lastname@example.org. Festival du Nouveau Cinéma: See WED.12, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
food & drink Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.12, 2 p.m.
health & fitness 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. City Market, Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 861-9700. Tai Chi for Seniors: See FRI.14, 10-11 a.m. Women’s Strength & Conditioning Class: See WED.12, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
kids 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. Marshfield Story Time: Read-aloud tales catch the ear of youngsters ages 6 and under. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 4263581, email@example.com. Music With Raphael: See THU.13, 10:45 a.m. 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. ‘Sylvester and the Magic Pebble’: A donkey in possession of a special rock discovers its ability to grant wishes in this charming production of puppets and digital projections by Enchantment Theatre Company. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 9:30 a.m. & noon. $8; for preschoolers to second graders. Info, 863-5966.
music Cemetry: Live metal music hits the mic. Burlington Resource Center, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 310-3770. Recorder-Playing Group: Musicians produce early folk and baroque melodies. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 6580030, firstname.lastname@example.org.
seminars Beginning Internet Exploration: Master the art of the search engine by learning how to visit various websites. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. $3 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 865-7217. Computer Classes for Adult Learners: See WED.12, 12:30 p.m.
sport Coed Dodgeball: Players break a sweat chucking and side-stepping foam balls at this friendly pickup competition. Arrive early to form teams. Orchard School, South Burlington, 7-8 p.m. $5. Info, 598-8539.
talks Christopher R. Browning: Examining a variety of Holocaust perpetrators, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor asks the question, “Why Did They Kill?” John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill Building, UVM, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 656-1438. Dianne Shullenberger: A textile artist introduces “The Multiple Personalities of Fiber.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.
words 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. Peter Godwin: The Zimbabwean author discusses his new book, The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe, at a reading and signing. Ira Allen Chapel, UVM, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 861-2343.
Shape & Share Life Stories: Prompts trigger true tales, which are crafted into compelling narratives and read aloud. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Visiting Artist & Writer Series: D.A. Powell, author of Tea, Lunch and Cocktails and other collections, reads excerpts of his work. Lecture Hall, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8 p.m. Free; call to confirm. Info, 635-2727.
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma: See WED.12, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. ‘Tabloid’: Errol Morris’ 2010 documentary tells the stranger-than-fiction story of a beauty queen who is accused of abducting the young Morman man with whom she falls in love. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live in Texas’: Never-before-seen concert footage captured in Texas in 1978 is interspersed with a 20-minute interview with Mick Jagger in this highdef broadcast. Palace Cinema 9, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $12.50. Info, 660-9300. ‘Young Frankenstein’: 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.
food & drink Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.12, 2 p.m. Get the Skinny on Fats: Butter? Oil? Instructors Marie Frohlich and Lisa Masé open up about which fats are best for your body in a workshop with handouts, food samples and recipes. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7 p.m. $10-12; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, info@hungermountain. com. 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.15, 3-6 p.m.
health & fitness Community Medical School: Michael Ricci, professor of surgery and director of clinical simulation at the Clinical Simulation Laboratory, discusses new ways to improve clinical skills in “Practice Makes Perfect: Aviation Training Techniques in Clinical Simulation.” Carpenter Auditorium, Given Medical Building, UVM, Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 847-2886. Public Flu Clinic: See TUE.13, Fire Department, Fairfax, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tai Chi for Seniors: See FRI.14, First Congregational Church, Essex Junction, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 865-0360, ext. 1028.
kids Book-Launch Party: Fans of beloved children’s author Tomie dePaola gather at a kickoff celebration for Strega Nona’s Gift. Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne, 4 p.m. Free; preregister; venue may change; call to confirm. Info, 985-3999. 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. Highgate Story Hour: See WED.12, 10-11 a.m. Kids in the Kitchen: Salty, sweet and ooey-gooey — oh, my! Kids get a little sticky making popcorn balls with chef/instructor Nina Lesser-Goldsmith. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Lego Club: Future engineers, urban planners and pirates sharpen their skills with a big bucket of building blocks. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Music With Robert: Music lovers of all ages engage in sing-alongs. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. North Hero Pajama Story Time: Listeners show up with blankets for bedtime tales. North Hero Public Library, 6-6:45 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Preschool Storytime: See WED.12, 10-10:45 a.m. Science & Stories: Pumpkins: Kids have aha! moments regarding the life cycle of these orange orbs. 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. 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. 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. 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. Teen Advisory Group: Library lovers help shape the development of new programs for middle and high schoolers. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. 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.
language Pause Café: French speakers of all levels converse en français. Levity, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.
music 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. Noontime Concert Series: Organist William Tortolano offers works by Coleridge-Taylor, Shearing, Utterback, Scott Joplin, Couperin and John Rutter. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 864-0471. Tedeschi Trucks Band With Scrapomatic: A band led by married couple Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks produces swampy and rootsy Americana traditions. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $44-75. Info, 863-5966.
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chocolAte-dipping demo: See WED.12, 2 p.m.
Brown BAg lunch history tAlk: Photographers Milo Schaefer and Max Kraus recap their detective work tracking down Addison County’s forgotten places for the “Vermont Landscapes Lost and Found” exhibit. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, noon. $2; bring a lunch; beverages and dessert provided. Info, 388-2117.
theater ‘romeo And Juliet’: See WED.12, 7:30 p.m. ‘skin deep’: See WED.12, 11:15 a.m.
onions, onions, onions: Foodies won’t be crying once chef/instructor Nina Lesser-Goldsmith whips up dishes like grilled red onions with blue cheese and smoky-bacon-and-shallot jam. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.
health & fitness discovering your inner stABility: Can’t find your core? Instructor Robert Rex integrates Kundalini yoga, tai chi, Rolfing Movement Integration and more in exercises designed to stabilize spines, strengthen muscles and maintain flexibility. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 12:301:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. women’s strength & conditioning clAss: See WED.12, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
‘the kite runner’: Fifteen minutes of discussion precede a dramatic retelling of Khaled Hosseini’s contemporary story about the relationship between two boys — and, later, men — in Afghanistan. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 9:30 a.m. $8; recommended for ages 14 and up due to mature content. Info, 431-0204, outreach@chandler-arts. org.
mArshfield plAygroup: See WED.12, 10-11:30 a.m.
highgAte story hour: See WED.12, 11:15 a.m.12:15 p.m.
moving & grooving with christine: See WED.12, 11-11:30 a.m.
lewis BlAck: ‘in god we rust’: The ticked-off comic sheds light on the world’s absurdities. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $48.50-78.50. Info, 775-0903.
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music vAlley night: Folk by Association let loose topnotch vocal harmonies in the lounge. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 496-8994.
seminars community herBAlism clAss: VCIH student Rebecca Dalgin covers the forest floor and the fungal kingdom in a discussion of “Three Local Mushrooms for Longevity and Immune Health.” Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $10-12; additional $8 materials fee; preregister. Info, 224-7100, email@example.com. computer clAsses for Adult leArners: See WED.12, 9:30 a.m.
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AdAm Boyce: In “The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer,” the speaker intersperses stories of the performer’s life and career with live fiddling and humorous sketches. United Church of Christ, Bradford, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4423. emily proctor: A Middlebury College math professor examines various two-dimensional surfaces in “Describing the Orbisurfaces.” Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. rowAn JAcoBsen: In a surprising talk, the awardwinning author sheds light on an environmental catastrophe more severe than the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in “Shadows on the Gulf.” KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
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‘thX 1138: the director’s cut’: Three people plot their escape from government control and a world run by technology in George Lucas’ debut film, set in a chilling futuristic society. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.
comedy in film: Silver-screen buff Rick Winston analyzes the laugh factor in 80 years of movies by showing clips of physical comedy, screwballs, satires, parodies and more. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Book study group: Scholars of humanity and spiritual nature analyze Robert Brumet’s Birthing a Greater Reality: A Guide to Conscious Evolution. Unity Church of Vermont, Essex Junction, 1-2:30 p.m. & 6:30-8 p.m. $10 suggested donation; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Info, 8767696, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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art 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, email@example.com, cvuweb.cvuhs.org/access. 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+.
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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: 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: GUIDED OPEN STUDIO: Nov. 9-Dec. 14, 6-9 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $160/nonmembers, $144/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Get help from the instructor, Rebecca Macomber, a professional jeweler, or just use the studio equipment to work on your own. In addition to fine metals, get help with your precious-metal-clay and enameling projects. A perfect time to work on gifts for the holidays! Ages 16 and up. 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: PORTRAIT: Nov. 1-22, 6-9 p.m., Weekly on Tuesday. Cost: $125/nonmembers, $112.50/BCA members. Location: Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Prerequisite: Intro SLR Camera or equivalent
PRINT: CARDS & GIFT WRAP: Nov. 14-Dec. 19, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $150/nonmembers, $135/BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Who doesn’t love receiving gifts with a homemade touch for the holidays? Learn to make your own cards, gift tags and wrapping paper using techniques such as stenciling, Turkish paper marbling, linocut and silkscreening. Plus, learn to use recycled materials to make your holiday a little greener. Ages 16 and up.
body 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, cvuweb.cvuhs.org/access. 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.
community 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, transitioncharlottevt.org. Transition U.S. (TransitionUS.org) is offering the two-day Training for Transition course as developed by the Transition Network in England (TransitionNetwork.org). The course is an in-depth experiential introduction to Transition for those
computers 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, cvuhs.org. 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, 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+.
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, access@cvuhs. org, cvuweb.cvuhs.org/access. 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+.
creativity LIFE AT PLAY: Zubin Mistri, M.Div., certified Hakomi therapist, Mon., 6:45-8:15 p.m., Oct. 10, 17, 24 & Nov. 7, 14, 21. Cost: $60/series ($12/ drop-in). Location: Burlington Dances studio, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, Lucille@NaturalBodiesPilates. com, BurlingtonDances.com. Improvisational acting requires us to be in our bodies, release the critical mind and say yes to the unknown. We will use games from theatrical improvisation to help us live with more aliveness and freedom, and learn about ourselves. Transform fear into laughter, and creative impulse to expression without inhibition.
dance BALANCE, HARMONY, BALLET: Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369, email@example.com, NaturalBodiesPilates. com. Love ballet? Release unnecessary tension and connect with your inner dancer to shape, tone and align your body while experiencing
DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, info@ salsalina.com. Salsa classes, nightclub-style, on-one and on-two, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m. 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! 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, 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! PHYSICALITY & EXPRESSION: Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill St., 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, Info@BurlingtonDances. com, BurlingtonDances.com. Reveal your individual movement preferences and expand your awareness, perception and creativity: Create choice. Redefine dance technique. Explore motion in connection with a system of geometry based on crystalline forms and the structure of the human body. Bartenieff Fundamentals, Ballet Technique, Pilates, and Laban Space Harmony at Burlington Dances.
empowerment 4 SOCIETIES W/IN THE COMMUNITY: WHICH 1 DO YOU BELONG TO?: Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $75/day; $200/weekend. Location: 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: Janet, 279-8554, handtales.com. Go from surviving to thriving as you learn how to connect, commune and contribute more successfully. Using techniques developed by the Okanagan Native Americans and the information in your fingerprints, you will experience a day full of information, play, community and discovery. Leave with a greater sense of where you belong and what you can do more of to truly make a difference.
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
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 your camera and memory card to the first class.
elegance, personal growth and grace. Classes include teachings of the masters of movement: Pilates, Delsarte, Balanchine, Vagonova, Laban and Bartenieff for balance and harmony in the mind, heart and body.
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: 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.
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CLAY: HOLIDAY GIFTS ON THE WHEEL: Nov. 21-Dec. 19, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $150/ nonmembers, $135 BCA members. Clay sold separately at $20/25lb. bag. Glazes and firings incl. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Bring your own ideas or let our expert potter Chris Vaughn guide you in creating special ceramic pieces to give as gifts or use for your own decorations. Work with the wheel and hand-building techniques to create ceramic mugs, bowls, teapots,
DESIGN: ADOBE INDESIGN: ILLUSTRATOR: Nov. 7-Dec. 12, 6:308:30 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.
experience. Improve your portraittaking skills in this hands-on, fourweek class. Camera techniques, composition, the use of studio and natural light, and more will be covered. Bring your camera and memory card to the first class.
ART & RAKU IN MIDDLEBURY: Location: Middlebury Studio School, 1 Mill St., Middlebury. Info: Middlebury Studio School, Barbara Nelson, 247-3702, ewaldewald@ aol.com, middleburystudioschool. org. Adult Pottery: Mon. Wheel begins Oct. 17; Bob Green Raku Workshop Oct. 29 & 30; Wed. Oils begins Oct. 19; Wax Carved Rings begins Oct. 20; Pastels Nov. 8 & 13; Watercolors begins Nov. 15. Children’s Pottery: Hand Building & Wheel begins week of Oct. 11; Children’s Class: Make it, Wrap it, Give it begins Nov. 12.
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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!
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ACCESS EMPOWERMENT 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, cvuweb.cvuhs.org/access. 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+.
energy YOGADANCE W/ NANCEY KINLIN: Oct. 11-Nov. 15, 7-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $79/series, $14/dropin single. Location: Burlington Dances Studio, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, Info@BurlingtonDances.com, BurlingtonDances.com. Combining the traditions of yoga with music and movement, YogaDance uses the chakra system as a template to explore and express our life energies. For all bodies of any age or ability, it is a sacred practice for a way of opening to the abundant riches of self-discovery.
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, email@example.com, cvuweb.cvuhs. org/access. 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.
652-4548 firstname.lastname@example.org Register online at flynnarts.org. Call 652-4537 or email email@example.com for more info. ADULT ACTING II: TECHNIQUE & IMPROVISATION: Teens & Adults, Thu., Oct. 27-Dec. 8, 5:45-7:15 p.m. Cost: $110/6 weeks. Location: Flynn Center, Burlington. This class expands participants’ abilities using time-tested approaches informing modern theater, from Stanislavsky to Uta Hagen. A variety of tailor-made exercises help individuals develop skills for vocal and physical expression, believability and theatricality. Improvisational exercises encourage spontaneity, quick thinking and free play with others. Learn to trust yourself and think on your feet, as you propel your confidence on stage and in life to a new level. DROP-IN EVENING DANCE CLASSES FOR TEENS & ADULTS!: Location: Flynn Center, Burlington. Ballet, tap, modern, hip-hop, jazz (‘80s jazz, world jazz, cabaret). Schedule available online at flynnarts.org. LAUGH ATTACK: STANDUP COMEDY W/ JOSIE LEAVITT: Adults, Mon., Oct. 17-Nov. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $165/7 wks. Location: Flynn Center, Burlington. Join the supportive and hysterically funny folks in this performancebased workshop. Learn the elements of comedy, work on guided writing exercises, and develop and practice your own standup material in every class. Class ends with the ultimate challenge: an optional live performance in front of a full house in FlynnSpace on Monday, November 28.
gardening MASTER GARDENER 2011 COURSE: Feb. 7-May. 1, 6:15-9 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $385/incl. Sustainable Gardening book. Late fee after Jan. 20. Noncredit course. Location: Various locations, Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Montpelier, Middlebury, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, Waterbury, White River Jct. Info: 656-9562, firstname.lastname@example.org, uvm.
edu/mastergardener. Learn the keys to a healthy and sustainable home landscape as University of Vermont faculty and experts focus on gardening in Vermont. This noncredit course covers a wide variety of horticultural topics: fruit and vegetable production, flower gardening, botany basics, plant pests, soil fertility, disease management, healthy lawns, invasive plant control, introduction to home landscaping, and more!
genealogy GENEALOGY: TRACING YOUR FAMILY TREE: Oct. 17-Nov. 7, 6:308:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $50/person. Limit: 20. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, email@example.com, cvuweb.cvuhs. org/access. 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 members of Vermont FrenchCanadian Genealogy Society. Senior discount 65+.
health RAW FOOD W/ RAWDACIOUS LIVING: Oct. 10-31, Weekly on Mon. Cost: $35/course. Location: Rawdacious Living, Burlington, Burlington Vt. Info: Rawdacious Living, Alyssa Brown, 603-9881913, alyssa@rawdaciousliving. com, rawdaciousliving.com. Rawdacious Living offers raw food classes, counseling, coaching and personal chefing. Raw foods have been known to eliminate illness and energize the body. Alyssa Brown, MSW, is a certified raw food chef offering information that you can use to elevate your life.
253-8358 firstname.lastname@example.org helenday.com TECHNIQUE & COMPOSITION: Nov. 5, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $115 Location: Helen Day Art Center, 5 School St., Stowe. Explore a variety of experimental techniques using either watercolor or acrylics. On different types of papers you will create textures, shapes, lines, colors and forms. These will then be applied to designing successful compositions focusing on abstract relationships. The compositions can be either abstract or have representational content. The importance of good design in structuring successful compositions will
be stressed. Instructor: Lisa Forster Beach.
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.
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, cvuhs.org. 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+.
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. STAINED GLASS: Weekly on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $240. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 5 School St., Stowe. Learn the old-world art of stained glass. Creating a simple first project will help you learn the techniques of cutting glass, the Tiffany method of copper foiling, soldering and finishing touches. Design, color and composition will also be covered. Materials included. Deadline for registration is Saturday, October 15. Instructor: Natasha Bogar.
herbs WILDCRAFTING W/ THE SEASONS: Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $35/8hr. class & prepared extract. Location: Metta Earth, 334 Geary Rd. South, Lincoln. Info: Metta Earth, Brendan Kelly, 453-8111, email@example.com, mettaearth. org. With the cooling weather and diminishing light, fall is a traditional time for harvesting wild roots. This hands-on, outdoorbased 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 non-degree grants are available to qualifying applicants. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122, firstname.lastname@example.org, wisdomoftheherbsschool.com. 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.
ABSOLUTELY TRUE! LEARN SPANISH: Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Ctr. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025, spanishparavos@gmail. com, spanishwaterburycenter. com. Broaden your horizons, connect with a new world. We provide high-quality, affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, teens and children. Personal instruction from a native speaker via small classes, private instruction or student tutoring, including AP. See our website for complete information or contact us for details. GERMAN: 2 LEVELS: German for Beginners, Wed., 5-6:20 p.m., 11 weeks, starts Oct. 26. German for Advanced Beginners, Wed., 6:30-7:45 p.m., 11-weeks, starts Oct. 26. Cost: $145/person. Limit: 18. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, email@example.com, cvuweb.cvuhs.org/access. Designed to have participants gain the ability to understand, speak, read and write simple German. Interactive, stimulating and comprehensive approach. Emphasis on comprehension and application in the dayto-day environment. All materials included in fee. Instructor: Robin Glore. Senior discount 65+. PARLEZ-VOUS FRANCAIS?: Location: At your home or scheduled meeting place, Burlington, Mad River Valley, Stowe, Montpelier. Info: 4967859, firstname.lastname@example.org. Communication and vocabulary enrichment, some grammar review. Fun and useful. Taught by Yves Compere, French native.
martial arts 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, vermontaikido. org. Aikido trains body and spirit together, promoting physical flexibility with flowing movement, martial awareness with compassionate connection, respect for others and confidence in oneself. AIKIDO: Join now & receive a 3-mo. membership for $190. This special rate includes a free uniform ($50 value) and unlimited classes 7 days a week. 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. KUNG FU IN THE PARK: Sat., 9-11 a.m. Cost: $30/mo. Location: Local parks, Burlington. Info: Carrie, 864-0692, abairacupuncture@ gmail.com. Strengthen your body, improve your health, learn to move with grace and power while learning an effective form of self-defense. Experience calmer emotions and a more focused mind. Classes meet weekly in local parks to train in Bajiquan (eight directional boxing) and Xingyiquan (form mind boxing). First class is free. 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, Julio@bjjusa.com, 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. 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. 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, email@example.com. 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.
massage 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
class photos + more info online SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSES 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.
meditation Introduction to Zen: Sat., Nov. 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $30/half-day workshop, limited-time price. Location: Vermont Zen Center, 480 Thomas Rd., Shelburne. Info: Vermont Zen Center, 985-9746, ecross@ crosscontext.net, vermontzen.org. The workshop is conducted by an ordained Zen Buddhist teacher and focuses on the theory and meditation practices of Zen Buddhism. Preregistration required. Call for more info, or register online. LEARN TO MEDITATE: Meditation instruction 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: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 So. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795, burlingtonshambhalactr.org. 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.
pilates ALL Wellness: Location: 128 Lakeside Ave., suite 103, Burlington. Info: 863-9900, allwellnessvt.com. 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! NBPilates New Circuit Training: Pilates Circuit Training: Thu. & Sat., Prime Time Pilates for Seniors; Feet!: Wed. 10:30, Pilates/Ballet: Mon. Wed. Fri. Get fit, feel great, stay healthy. Location: Natural Bodies Pilates, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369, firstname.lastname@example.org, NaturalBodiesPilates. com. Imagine the results! Designed the way Joe Pilates built his method, Circuit Training takes you through exercises essential for body, mind and heart! Seniors in your prime: Get your feet, body and mind moving Wednesday mid-morning! Love ballet? Shape, tone and align your body while experiencing elegance and personal growth.
religion Introduction to Judaism: Oct. 24, 31; Nov. 7,14,28; Dec. 5, 12. Location: Ohavi Zedek Synagoue, 188 N. Prospect St., Burlington. Info: Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Tari Santor, 864-0218, tari@ ohavizedek.com, ohavizedek.org. An introduction to the origins of Judaism in the religion of ancient Israel, including a description of the Jewish calendar, life cycle, and key concepts of Judaism, including Jewish prayer, contemporary Jewish life and Jewish ecology. Taught by Rabbis Joshua Chasan and Jan Salzman.
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. email@example.com, heartofthehealer.org. 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.
soap making The Art & Science of Soap Making: Nov. 10, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $40/person. Limit: 16. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, firstname.lastname@example.org, cvuweb.cvuhs. org/access. Create and make traditional, healthy handmade soap! Join Kelley Robie, of Horsetail Herbs, using herbs, spices, essential oils, plant-based oils and other natural and nourishing ingredients to make beautiful aromatic soap. Everyone leaves with a soap sample and handouts with detailed instructions. Please bring a quart-sized paperboard milk or soy container and an old towel. All materials included. Senior discount 65+.
spirituality Seth & Jung on the Nature of Personal Reality: Oct. 20-Nov. 17, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $75/ course. Location: 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909. In this student-generated course the focus is on a comparison of the views of Seth (the entity channeled by Jane Roberts) and Jung’s sense of personal reality. The books, Jung’s “The Undiscovered Self” and Seth’s “The Nature of Personal Reality,” will be supplied to the students. Led by Sue Mehrtens.
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.
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,
tarot Tarot for Life Workshop: Oct. 18-Nov. 29, 3-5 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $150/entire 6-wk. workshop. Location: Thrive By Design, 104 Main St., 2nd floor (stairs only), Montpelier. Info: Tarot Insights, Sherri Glebus, 224-6756, sglebus@ gmail.com, tarotinsights.vpweb. com. The Tarot deck is a powerful tool used for divination, guidance and self-awareness. This six-week workshop of one two-hour session per week will guide participants through learning the basics of the deck, how to use it for readings for oneself and others, developing intuition, and using Tarot for personal/spiritual development.
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Art & French Classes, Fine Art, Faux Finishes, Murals Maggie Standley, 233-7676 wingspanpaintingstudio.com Arts-infused, interdisciplinary, inspiring classes, camps and workshops for kids, teens and adults. Visit the classes section at wingspanpaintingstudio.com for more details. Sliding scale available, all abilities welcome. Let your imagination soar! Art & French Classes For Kids & Adults: Location: wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. Info: maggiestandley@yahoo. com. Would you or your child like to spread your/their 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 ongoing group and private classes. Contact Maggie for more details and allons-y!
support groups Grief Etiquette: Nov. 15, 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $20/person. Limit: 15. Location: CVU High School, 10 mins. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, access@cvuhs. org, cvuweb.cvuhs.org/access. Have you found yourself wondering what to say or write to someone who has experienced the death of a family member or a friend? Join grief educators Patty Dunn, director of Hospice Volunteer Services in Addison County, and Suzanne Richard, school counselor K-12, and learn helpful and practical ways to be supportive. Gain insight into and confidence in handling these inevitable and challenging situations. Senior discount 65+.
Self-Compassion: Taming the Inner Critic with Isabeall Logan, PHD, LCMHC: Nov. 8-Dec. 13, 5-6:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $90 Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., Suite 204, So. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, vtcyt. com. Often the first step on the path to healing, balance and growth is making peace with our own inner critic. This workshop will use presentations, meditation, readings, journaling and discussion to foster the natural self-compassion waiting to be discovered in each of us.
Yoga for Stress Reduction w/ Tisha Shull: Drop-in weekly yoga class, Thu., 10-11:15 a.m. Cost: $15/ class. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 6589440, vtcyt.com. There are many wonderful postures and practices in yoga that specifically attend to reducing stress, and bringing the individual to a place of calm, centered awareness. This group will help participants reduce stress and anxiety in their everyday lives in a way that is safe, supportive and empowering. Yoga for the Military w/ Suzanne Boyd: Oct. 17-Dec. 5, 5:45-7:15 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $120/series. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, vtcyt.com. Struggling with the transition home from your deployment? Having trouble sleeping? Are
Ancient Art of Letter Writing: Oct. 27, Nov. 10 & Dec. 1 Cost: $10/3 sessions. Location: Ohavi Zedek Synagoue, 188 N. Prospect St., Burlington. Info: Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Tari Santor, 864-0218, email@example.com, ohavizedek. org. Old-fashioned letter writing is still the best form of communication for certain purposes. We will meet three times with breaks in between sessions to allow participants to finish or revise letters undertaken in class. The only materials required are pen and paper, and of course a little bit of soul. WRITING COACH: Location: Call for location info, Various locations. Info: 225-6415, tamarcole21@ gmail.com. 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.
yoga David Williams: Ashtanga Yoga: Oct. 13-16. Cost: $250/12 hrs. Hrs. can apply to Instructor Course. Location: Yoga Vermont Studio, 113 Church St., 4th floor, Burlington. Info: Kathy, 238-0594, kathy@ yogavermont.com, yogavermont. com. A rare and wonderful opportunity to study yoga with the man who brought Ashtanga yoga to the West. Develop a lifelong daily practice based on this energizing system. David’s workshop will open your options within the Ashtanga tradition and inspire you to become physically, mentally and emotionally fit. EVOLUTION YOGA: $14/class, $130/ class card. $5-$10 community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, Burlington. Info: 864-9642, yoga@ evolutionvt.com, evolutionvt. com. Evolution’s certified teachers are skilled with students ranging from beginner to advanced. We offer classes in Vinyasa, Anusarainspired, Kripalu and Iyengar yoga. Babies/kids classes also available! Prepare for birth and strengthen postpartum with pre-/postnatal yoga, and check out our thriving massage practice. Participate in our community blog: evolutionvt. com/evoblog. Laughing River Yoga: Classes range from $5-15. Discounted packages are available. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: 3438119, 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. Vinyasa Yoga fans, do not miss the opportunity to study with internationally renowned Prana Flow yoga instructor Simon Park, Nov. 11-13. Slow Yoga w/ Jill Mason: 2 6-wk. sessions: Tue., Oct. 11Nov. 15, 11:15-12:15, & Thu. Oct. 13-Nov.17, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost: $10/class. Location: Burlington Dances , 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, Lucille@NaturalBodiesPilates.com, BurlingtonDances.com. Slow down in a speeded-up world. Explore what feels best, notice what’s going on and make adjustments, allow your muscles to relax, and find your own best expression of each pose in the moment. These classes are designed particularly for people age 50 and up, but everyone is welcome. studioM now open in Vergennes: Cost: $13/single class, $110/10-class card, $120/ unlimited mo. Location: studioM Yoga, 179 Main St., Vergennes. Info: Michelle LaJoice, 777-0098, mlajoice@studioMyoga.com, studioMyoga.com. Yoga for everybody and level of practice; our teachers offer a variety of creative classes, including Little & Afterschool Yogis, $5 Community Class, Vinyasa, Power Lunch Flow, Nosara, and more. Give yoga a try or restart your practice, and your first class is free! m
Fall Sewing Classes at nido: Oct. 5-Dec. 11. Location: nido , 209 College St. suite 2E, Burlington. Info: nido, 881-0068, info@nidovt. com, nidovt.com. Fall is here and nido is offering a whole new season’s worth of fantastic sewing classes! This month nido is offering free workshops on creating unique handmade costumes for Halloween. In November we begin our Apartment Therapy series,
you feeling anxious, depressed or stressed out? Come experience for yourself how yoga will help you feel better. Try yoga in a safe environment with other veterans and military service members.
Singing Voice Qualities: Oct. 23, 3-6 p.m. Location: Spotlight on Dance, 50 San Remo Drive, South Burlington. Info: Bill Reed Voice Studio, Bill Reed , 862-7326, firstname.lastname@example.org, theatricalsinger.com. A lecture/ demonstration by Bill Reed reviewing the singing techniques of various singing-voice qualities including opera/ classical and commercial singing-voice qualities, Broadway legit, Broadway belt, belt-mix, folk and rock. DVDs, audio recordings and live performances will be included, and the class will end with a group sing. Oct. 23rd. Time: 3:00-6:00pm. Location: Spotlight on Dance, 50 San Remo Drive, So. Burlington. Cost: Voluntary donation to the Bill Reed
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, access@cvuhs. org, cvuweb.cvuhs.org/access. 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+.
iptaichi.org. 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.
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Movement has Meaning: Oct. 11-Nov. 29, 7:30-8:25 a.m., Weekly on Tue. Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 863-3369, Lucille@BurlingtonDances.com, BurlingtonDances.com. Release accumulated tension from bodily misalignment and move freely with strength, endurance and enjoyment! Practice of Laban, Bartenieff Fundamentals and the Delsarte System of Expression promotes healthy movement for personal development and wholelife wellness, and sparks the simple enjoyment of how we are meant to move√¢??from the center.
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Singer-songwriter Joe Pug talks folk, fans and football B Y D AN BOL L ES COURTESY OF JOE PUG
SD: Messenger featured a lot of fullband work, as opposed to your EPs, which were mostly just you. Is the new one more in the band vein? JP: It is, but with different players and a different focus to make it less “parts and guitar solos,” and more kind of like a cinematic landscape for the songs to live in. Especially the ones that are more poems than songs, they really benefited from Brian’s production.
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SD: In the most recent one, you mentioned that you’re almost done with a new record. What can we expect on it? JP: Well, it was produced by Brian Beck [Josh Ritter, Iron & Wine, Modest Mouse]. And it was my first time working with a producer, and it went great. I thought it was an awesome creative partnership. The music feels like a very logical next step. It’s different, but I’m really glad we went in the direction we did on this one.
ollowing the release of his first two EPs — Nation of Heat in 2008 and In the Meantime in 2009 — Joe Pug became something of a critical enigma. Music scribes fawned over his straightforward yet slyly literate prose and gruff, hardscrabble vocals — which inevitably led to frequent Bob Dylan comparisons. Despite the acclaim, Pug remained largely overlooked by all but the most ardent songwriting geeks. Steve Earle, for example, counts himself among Pug’s biggest fans; the two toured together in 2009. Pug’s 2010 full-length, Messenger — his first for Lighting Rod Records and first with a full band — began to turn that tide, introducing him to a national audience and heralding his arrival among the next generation of great American songwriters. Seven Days caught up with Pug by phone from his home in Austin, Texas, where he was enjoying some rare down time before hitting the road with the Low Anthem, including a stop this Monday, October 17, at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge.
SD: You’ve been pretty DIY for most of your career. Was it difficult to work with a producer and put your baby in someone else’s hands? JP: Extraordinarily so. It was actually more difficult than I expected it to be. Luckily, Brian has done this a million times, and he knows how to steer the ship with a firm hand. But I was legitimately freaked out having someone else making decisions on things. But then you remember that’s why you came here, and this is exactly what I asked him to do with the music. So, it was a little jarring at first, but it was ultimately the push off the cliff I had asked for. SD: In addition to the frequent comparisons to Dylan, you are often described as a “’60s-style” folk musician. But it seems like you bristle at that description because you view folk as more of a continuum than era specific.
JP: I don’t really bristle at the fact that people compared my first records to ’60s folk music, because, let’s face it, it was a pretty valid comparison. I don’t think that’s a comparison that will be made with this next record, though. But at the end of the day, writers are trying to get the message across to people who haven’t heard the music, and it’s totally understandable that they want to give some sort of touchstone for people to understand what’s going on. SD: I think you could make an argument that folk music is less about how something sounds than what the message is. Viewed that way, you could call a lot of underground hiphop “folk” music. JP: Totally. There was that song by Dead Prez in the ’90s where they rapped “Animal Farm.” To me, that’s folk music, because you’re taking this cultural touchstone and interpreting it through your own experience, your own life and family and community. SD: Before you turned to music, you were studying to be a playwright. What prompted you to drop out of school and pursue music? JP: I didn’t believe then and don’t believe now that the type of art I wanted to create could be taught to me by someone else. They were smoothing out warts in my work that I didn’t want smoothed out. And that’s literally what you agree to when you go to school. But I wanted to keep the idiosyncrasies that make your voice your voice. And you can only do that by teaching yourself. SD: You are a Washington Redskins fan, which has been tough in recent years. They’re off to a pretty good start this year. Are you surprised? JP: Don’t let them deceive you! They will be eight and eight by the end of the season. I’m having a really hard time getting behind them with this horse’s ass Daniel Snyder at the helm. But I guess it’s something we’re gonna have to live with, because he has no intentions of relinquishing the team. And he’s running it into the ground. It’s just awful.
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seems a little fishy to me, though. Wouldn’t that be like winning a rookie of the year award more than once? But I digress. As all things do, the band eventually met its end. Stone left in 1996 and was replaced by scott HoPKins. Greene called it quits in 1999, Sacher the following year, leaving the band utterly Andyless. Breakaway officially disbanded in 2001. In the years since, the musicians forged nice little individual careers. Greene is a member of the modern Grass Quintet and FairvieW avenue — the latter with Hopkins. Sacher plays with BoB deGree & tHe BlueGrass
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Continuing on a theme, the sPin doctors are (apparently) still at it. The band celebrates its 20th anniversary at the Higher Ground Ballroom this Sunday, October 16, and reportedly will play Pocket Full of Kryptonite in its entirety. OK, now I feel old.
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Following up on last week’s lead column item, just a reminder that Burlington’s brand-spankin’-new comedy club, Levity — formerly Patra Café — throws its debut showcase this Friday, October, 14. It’s a benefit for Revitalize Waterbury and features local comedians Kit rivers, Kyle GaGnon, oliver BarKley, colin ryan, and club co-owners ryan KriGer and carmen laGala — the last of whose mother recently wrote a very flattering letter to the editor about yours truly. Thanks, Carmen Lagala’s mom. But your talented daughter and her funny pals make it really easy to write nice things about local comedy. By the way, as of press time, tickets for the inaugural show were almost
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with the band when it plays Nectar’s this Saturday with local bluegrass outfit sometHinG WitH strinGs.
the X-rays, the WoedoGGies and elisaBetH von traPP. White is a fixture in the BlueGrass GosPel ProJect. And Gordon Stone is, well, Gordon Fucking Stone. This Saturday, October 15, Breakaway will reunite for the first time in a decade at Studio Three in South Burlington. Fans can expect healthy helpings of tunes from their three-album catalog, some fiery picking and sweet high harmonies
from Riley, Sacher and Greene. Welcome back, boys! In other reunion news, impossibly adorable Americana duo avi & celia — avi salloWay and celia WoodsmitH — will join forces again this week as their rocking-er alter-ego, Hey mama, for the first time since way back in … um, December 2010. OK, so maybe it’s not as dramatic as a decade apart. But it’s still pretty cool, right? If you’ll recall, the band played its farewell show late last year, as Salloway prepared to spend time in the Middle East and Woodsmith embarked on a career in women’s health. In a recent email, Salloway writes that his experience was transformative. He spent time working with Arab and Jewish artists trying to foster understanding and peace through music. He says it was a heavy endeavor, but worthwhile. In fact, the organization he works with, Heartbeat Jerusalem, is planning a stateside tour soon. Stay tuned. In the meantime, Hey Mama’s fans will undoubtedly be delighted to reacquaint themselves
It’s a big week for bands that don’t exist anymore, as two prominent, defunct local acts make their glorious return to Burlington stages. Frankly, it’s got me feeling all nostalgic an’ stuff. (Cue dreamy harp strums and a wavy fade to the late 1980s.) The year was 1988. GeorGe H.W. BusH was elected president of the United States. sonny Bono was elected mayor of Palm Springs, Calif. enzo Ferrari, JoHn Holmes and roy orBison died. micHael cera, adele and Kevin durant were born. And in Vermont, a band called BreaKaWay was about to embark on a 13-year career that would see them become one of the most successful bluegrass acts in the state’s history and launch the careers of several notable players. Breakaway got their start as the house band at a weekly bluegrass residency at Sneakers in Winooski. (Raise your hand if you remember when Sneakers had live music … congrats. You’re old.) It was a hot little ensemble that counted among its original members bassist Pete riley, guitarist andy Greene, mando player andy sacHer and some guy named Gordon stone on banjo. Wonder what ever happened to him… Anyway, what began as a casual jam session between friends evolved into a serious band. Eventually, fiddler Gene WHite Jr. joined the group, and they were off. In their decade-plus together, Breakaway released three acclaimed records, toured throughout the Northeast and were twice nominated as the “upcoming band of the year” by the prestigious International Bluegrass Music Association. That
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Wu Hoo The list of alumni who have matriculated from the Wu-Tang Clan reads like a who’s
who of modern hip-hop: the RZA, the GZA, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and, of course, the late, great Ol’ Dirty Bastard, to name a few. And that doesn’t even begin to count the legions of satellite artists who got their starts by cozying up to the Wu over the years. But perhaps the biggest star in the Wu Tang galaxy is the incomparable Method Man. Whether as a solo artist, teaming up with longtime collaborator Redman, or appearing in films (How High, Garden State) and television (“The Wire,”
PurPLe Moon PuB: Phineas Gage (bluegrass), 7 p.m., Free.
“Oz”), he is the most visible and versatile Wu-Tang grad. This Tuesday, October 18, catch Method Man
at the Higher Ground Ballroom with Curren$y, Big Krit, SMoKe dZa and the PriCKS.
City LiMitS: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free.
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neCtar'S: Trivia mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. snarky Puppy, Potbelly (jazz, funk), 10 p.m., $12/15. 18+.
Bee'S KneeS: Audrey Bernstein Quintet (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations.
o'Brien'S iriSh PuB: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free.
the huB PiZZeria & PuB: Am Presents: Arbouretum, Eternal Tapestry, Vultures of cult (rock), 8 p.m., $10. 18+.
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.
MonoPoLe: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free. oLive ridLey'S: completely stranded (improv comedy), 7:30 p.m., Free.
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red Square: Funkwagon (funk), 7 p.m., Free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free.
radio Bean: Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free.
neCtar'S: Jeff Bujak, Lynguistic civilians (iDm, hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+.
the SKinny PanCaKe: The Woeful Lonelies (folk), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.
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Franny o'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. higher ground ShoWCaSe Lounge: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (jazz), 9 p.m., $12/15. AA. mothership Tour Afterparty: Dillon Francis, J. Rabbit (electro), midnight, $15. AA. Leunig'S BiStro & CaFé: Ellen Powell & Billy Ruegger (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.
raSPutin'S: 101 Thursdays with Pres & DJ Dan (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. 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. the SKinny PanCaKe: steal Hearts (folk), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation. venue: Karaoke with steve Leclair, 7 p.m., Free.
green Mountain tavern: Thirsty Thursday Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
LiFt: DJ Josh Bugbee (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
PurPLe Moon PuB: Bruce Jones (folk), 8 p.m., Free.
MonKey houSe: While We can Booking presents: cobra skulls, Nothington, Trapper Keeper (rock), 8:30 p.m., $7.
SLide BrooK Lodge & tavern: Open mic, 7 p.m., Free. DJ Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
tuPeLo MuSiC haLL: The Panhandlers steel Band (steel drum), 7 p.m., Free.
51 Main: mamajamas (a cappella), 8 p.m., Free. on the riSe BaKery: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free. tWo BrotherS tavern: DJ Dizzle (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.
BaySide PaviLion: Trivia with General Knowledge, 6:30 p.m., Free. Bee'S KneeS: malicious Brothers (rock), 7:30 p.m., Donations. riMroCKS Mountain tavern: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
MonoPoLe: Albino Blacksheep (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, 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.
1/2 Lounge: The Peterman Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. BaCKStage PuB: Karaoke with steve, 9 p.m., Free. Brennan'S PuB & BiStro, daviS Center, uvM: Jazz After Hours, 9 p.m. CLuB MetronoMe: No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5. Franny o'S: The Hitmen (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free. higher ground BaLLrooM: stephen Kellog & the sixers, John mcLaughlin, Amy Lennard (altcountry), 7:30 p.m., $16/18. AA. higher ground ShoWCaSe Lounge: Rich Robinson, Dylan LeBlanc (rock), 8 p.m., $15/17. AA. JP'S PuB: Dave Harrison's starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. Levity: comedy Benefit for Flood Relief (standup), 8 p.m., $10. LiFt: Ladies Night, 9 p.m., Free/$3. DJ AJ (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. Manhattan PiZZa & PuB: The crack up, Villanelles (indie), 10 p.m., Free. Marriott harBor Lounge: Bruce sklar (jazz), 8:30 p.m., Free. MonKey houSe: coba stella, Radio underground (trip-hop), 9 p.m., $5. FRi.14
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in Burlington on Friday, October 14, and Radio Bean the following night, Saturday, October 15. Last but not least, rest in peace, MIKEY WELSH. The troubled ex-WEEZER bassist and Burlington-based visual
artist was found dead in a Chicago hotel room this past Sunday. He was 40. Welsh struggled with personal demons for most of his adult life, including drug addiction and mental breakdowns. But it seemed he had turned a corner in Burlington, thanks
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at least in part to immersing himself in his art. It’s too early to know if there is any validity to widespread rumors of an overdose — toxicology reports take weeks, as AMY WINEHOUSE fans know. Regardless of the cause, Welsh is gone too soon. Wherever you are, Mikey, I hope you’ve found peace.
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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.
Annie Williams, Midnight Window Nurses, Dracula Myra Flynn
Weezer, Weezer (aka The Green Album)
Band Name of the Week: THE FOUR LEGGED FAITHFUL. This quartet from Haverhill, Mass., trades in pretty acoustic folk and pop, wrapped in a rugged bluegrass aesthetic. And they like dogs, apparently. They’ll be at the Skinny Pancake
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COURTESY OF MYRA FLYNN
Happy trails, MYRA FLYNN! The neo-soul siren is heading for greener concrete pastures and moving to New York City at the end of the month, where she’ll be working as a songwriter for — wait for it — Universal Records. Flynn plays her farewell show at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge this Saturday, October 15, opening for her longtime musical partner and mentor, GREGORY DOUGLASS. Predictably, she’ll be going out in style, having enlisted a number of “special guests” to send her off, good and proper. (Full disclosure: I’m one of them. Flynn dared me to come out of retirement for one song — though I don’t think either of us expected me to say yes. But, please, don’t let that stop you from going. The other guests truly are special.) Best of luck, Myra.
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Local indie-rock band the CRACK UP return to the stage after a short layoff this Friday, October 14, with VILLANELLES at Manhattan Pizza & Pub in Burlington. Word is they’re armed with some new, more rockin’ material. Color me intrigued. As a semi-ironic side note, the Crack Up’s return will coincide with what is likely to be the last Villanelles show for a while, as that band prepares to take a hiatus to, um, do some grownup stuff. Good luck, gents.
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NECTAR'S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. MSR Presents: Floodwood (progressive bluegrass), 9 p.m., $10. PARK PLACE TAVERN: Ambush (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Joshua Glass (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Maryse Smith & the Rosesmiths (indie folk), 9 p.m., $17.50/20/60. Marco Benevento (solo piano), 10 p.m., $17.50/20/60. RASPUTIN'S: DJ ZJ (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $3. RED SQUARE: Tallgrass Getdown (bluegrass), 6 p.m., Free. Close to Nowhere (rock), 9 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Stavros (house), 10 p.m., $5. RUBEN JAMES: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Supersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE: The Four Legged Faithful (bluegrass), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.
Benefit, 3 p.m., Free. Pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.
BACKSTAGE PUB: Phil 'n' the Blanks (rock), 9 p.m., Free. CLUB METRONOME: Retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5. FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Michael Ian Black (standup), 9 p.m., $16/18. AA. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Gregory Douglass with Monique Citro, Myra Flynn (pop, neo-soul), 8 p.m., $10/13. AA. JP'S PUB: Dave Harrison's Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. LIFT: DJ EfX (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. MARRIOTT HARBOR LOUNGE: The Trio (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., Free. NECTAR'S: Sarah Jane Wilson (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., Free. Hey Mama, Something With Strings (bluegrass, Americana), 9 p.m., $5.
$5-10 donation. T BONES RESTAURANT AND BAR: Open Mic Prime Time with Kyle Stevens, 8 p.m., Free. VENUE: Goldrush (country), 9:30 p.m., $3.
BAGITOS: Michael Fullerton (bluegrass), 11 a.m., Free. Irish Session, 2 p.m., Free. THE BLACK DOOR: Funkwagon (funk), 9:30 p.m., Free. CHARLIE O'S: First Crush (indie), 10 p.m., Free. POSITIVE PIE 2: Madman3 (electronic), 10:30 p.m., $3. PURPLE MOON PUB: McBride & Lussen (folk), 8 p.m., Free. THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: Red Hot Juba (cosmic Americana), 10 p.m., Free. TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Nobby Reed (blues), 8 p.m., $15. AA.
CITY LIMITS: Dance Party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: The Aaron Audet Band (rock), 10 p.m., $3.
CHARLIE O'S: The Concrete Rivals, Barbacoa (surf), 10 p.m., Free.
RADIO BEAN: Less Digital, More Manual: Record Club, 3 p.m., Free. The Four Legged Faithful (bluegrass), 7 p.m., Free. Jeremy Harple and Victor Veve (singer-songwriters), 8:30 p.m., Free. The Touchdowns (rock), 10 p.m., Free. Imaginary & Friends: Extrava-Gone-za! (rock), 11:30 p.m., Free.
GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Jonny P (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2.
RASPUTIN'S: Nastee (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
KRISTY'S KORNER: Sturcrazie (rock), 8 p.m., Free.
PURPLE MOON PUB: James McSheffrey (folk), 8 p.m., Free.
RED SQUARE: DJ Raul (salsa), 5 p.m., Free. Shady Alley (bluegrass), 6 p.m., Free. Events Are Objects (rock), 9 p.m., Free. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $5.
MATTERHORN: Eames Brothers Band (mountain blues), 9 p.m., $5.
BAGITOS: Rebecca Padula (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., Free. THE BLACK DOOR: Sweet Mother Logic, Jesse Gile (indie), 9:30 p.m., Free.
THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: DJ Slim Pknz All Request Dance Party (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free. TUPELO MUSIC HALL: David Bromberg Quartet, Angel Band (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $40/45. AA.
RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Beantown Project (rock), 10 p.m., Free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Bohemian Blues Quartet (gypsy jazz), 7 p.m., $5-10 donation. The Mahlors (ska), 9 p.m.,
BEE'S KNEES: Rupert Wates (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. THE HUB PIZZERIA & PUB: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free.
RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. ROADSIDE TAVERN: DJ Diego (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free. RUSTY NAIL: Urban Sun (rock), 10 p.m., Free.
SWEET CRUNCH BAKE SHOP: Dale and Darcy (folk), 10:30 a.m., Free.
OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Chris Dukes Band (rock), 10 p.m., NA.
YE OLDE ENGLAND INNE: Corey Beard, Dan Liptak and Dan Haley (jazz), 11:30 a.m., Free.
MONOPOLE: Is (rock), 10 p.m., Free.
TABU CAFÉ & NIGHTCLUB: All Night Dance Party with DJ Toxic (Top 40), 5 p.m., Free.
CLUB METRONOME: SiN Sizzle & kampus Boyz present All of the Lights: From NYC to VT Part2 with MI-6 (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+.
1/2 LOUNGE: Funhouse with DJs Rob Douglas, Moonflower & Friends (house), 10 p.m., Free.
HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: The Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series: Kit DesLauriers, 7 p.m., Free/$8/20. AA.
CLUB METRONOME: The Toasters, Husbands AKA, Lord Silky (ska, punk), 9 p.m., $10. 18+. Black to the Future (urban jamz), 10 p.m., Free.
HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: The Low Anthem, Joe Pug (indie folk), 7:30 p.m., $15. AA.
HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: The Spin Doctors, James Maddock (rock), 8 p.m., $15/20. AA.
MONKEY HOUSE: MSR Presents: Nurses, Dominant Legs, Errands (indie), 8 p.m., $7. 18+.
MONTY'S OLD BRICK TAVERN: George Voland JAZZ: Judi Silvano, Dan Silvrman, Dan Skea (jazz), 4:30 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.
NECTAR'S: Mi Yard Reggae Night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., Free.
RADIO BEAN: Open Mic, 8 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: Old Time Sessions (old-time), 1 p.m., Free. Trio Gusto (gypsy jazz), 5 p.m., Free. Pete Bush (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., Free. Andrew Parker-Renga (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., Free. Super Birdman Birthday Special (reggae), 11 p.m., Free.
ROZZI'S LAKESHORE TAVERN: Trivia Night, 8 p.m., Free. RUBEN JAMES: Why Not Monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
PURPLE MOON PUB: James McSheffrey (folk), 7 p.m., Free.
BAGITOS: Open Mic, 7 p.m., Free.
THE SKINNY PANCAKE: The Littlest Birds (indie folk), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.
OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Lucid Unplugged (acoustic rock), 10 p.m., Free.
BEE'S KNEES: Forever Growing (jazzrock), 7:30 p.m., Donations.
PARKER PIE CO.: Tooth & Nail Puppet Cabaret, 8 p.m., Free.
1/2 LOUNGE: Turntable Tuesday with DJ Kanga (turntablism), 10 p.m., Free. COURTESY OF MARCO BENEVENTO
51 MAIN: Folk by Association (folk), 9 p.m., Free. SEVENDAYSVT.COM
CITY LIMITS: The Jesters (rock), 9 p.m., Free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: Judi Silvano with Dan Silverman (jazz), 8 p.m., Donations. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Happy Hour with Chuck Kelsey (acoustic), 4:30 p.m., Free. DJ Benno (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.
RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
LEUNIG'S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Cody Sargent Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. MONKEY HOUSE: David Berkley, Poor Ol' Jim, Justin Levinson (singersongwriters), 9 p.m., $10. 18+.
NECTAR'S: The Aerolites (rock), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free.
CHOW! BELLA: Carol Ann Jones Band (country), 6:30 p.m., Free.
PARKER PIE CO.: Acoustic Session, 6 p.m., Free.
HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Method Man, Curren$y, Big Krit (hip-hop), 8:30 p.m., $36/40. AA.
MONTY'S OLD BRICK TAVERN: Open Mic, 6 p.m., Free.
BEE'S KNEES: The Butterbeans (bluegrass), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Nuda Veritas (electro-acoustic), 8 p.m., Free.
THE HUB PIZZERIA & PUB: Woody and the Rainmakers (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free.
CLUB METRONOME: Bass Culture with DJs Jahson & Nickel B (dubstep), 9 p.m., Free.
FRI.14, FRI.21, FRI.28, FRI.04 // MARCO BENEVENTO [SOLO PIANO]
Keys to the City It is a rare thing to experience genius up close and personal. But that’s
exactly what is in store for those lucky enough to be in attendance when MARCO BENEVENTO (Benevento-
MONOPOLE: Tim Herron Corp. (rock), 10 p.m., Free.
Russo Duo, Surprise Me Mr. Davis) sets up shop for an intimate four-week residency at Burlington’s
OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Benjamin Bright (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., Free. Ten Year Vamp (rock), 10 p.m., NA.
diminutive Radio Bean this week. The pioneering keyboardist is widely regarded as one of the premier
THERAPY: St. Baldrick's Foundation
Friday appearances at the Bean this Friday, October 14.
players of his generation and a true artistic visionary. Benevento kicks off the first of four consecutive
RADIO BEAN: Stephen Callahan and Mike Piche (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. John Davey (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., Free. Honky-Tonk Sessions (honkytonk), 10 p.m., $3. RED SQUARE: Advance Music Singer-Songwriter Contest (singersongwriters), 6 p.m., Free. Upsetta International with Super K (reggae), 7 p.m., Free.
CHARLIE O'S: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. SLIDE BROOK LODGE & TAVERN: Tattoo Tuesdays with Andrea (jam), 5 p.m., Free. TUE.18
Duane Carleton, Rust (HIGHER ROAD RECORDS, CD)
Though it’s unlikely Al Qaeda operatives will catch wind of the record, or flee in defeat if they do, the eightsong sampler is a humble gem. It’s a woozy, bluesy — and almost certainly boozy — little collection that showcases talented performers indulging in artistic freedom, a concept your average suicide bomber would likely fail to grasp. From the easy, rambling opening notes of “Rocking Chair,” the album is appealingly laid back. It’s not sloppy, per se. But it’s definitely casual. Adler’s typically sturdy baritone is especially inviting in this regard — you can imagine his Cheshire grin as he gleefully harmonizes with Rozanski. She takes the lead on the following cut, “Will,” and reinforces the album’s
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bleary-eyed aesthetic with a sweet, plain alto. It’s a sad little ditty, but sad in the pleasantly melancholy way one might feel drinking a bottle of wine and listening to old Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen records. Sometimes, a little heartache is like visiting an old friend, a notion ably invoked here. Their individual turns are often engaging, but Adler and Rozanski are best together. Their breezy duet on the Springsteen tribute “Honey” is a highlight, as are the bouncy “Change in the Air” and the searching lament “A Quick Reveal.” Album closer “Windward” provides a rollicking, jazzy finish. The Wind Woods may not ward off any impending terrorist attacks. But who knows? If said terrorists gave Greetings From Tokyo a spin — ideally late at night with a bottle of hooch — it might just chill ’em out for a bit. Greetings From Tokyo is available for free download at joeadler.bandcamp.com.
Since September 11, 2001, the vague threat of terrorists “winning” has been the impetus for all manner of American activities, from resuming shopping at megamalls to playing football to, well, war. However, it’s a safe bet that the shadowy specter of victorious ne’er-dowells has rarely, if ever, been the driving force behind writing, recording and releasing an album in the span of one week. Well, maybe Toby Keith’s Shock’n Y’all. There’s no way that record could have taken more than seven days to crap out, right? But I digress. Burlington duo the Wind Woods is a collaboration of local songwriters Joe Adler and Emily Rozanski that grew out of a series of late-night jam sessions. “Seven days or the terrorists win,” they muse on their website. Their debut album, Greetings From Tokyo, was, in fact, intentionally created, from conception to birth, in a scant seven days earlier this summer. And, yes, according to the accompanying liner notes, terrorists may have been involved. Sort of.
The inside cover of Duane Carleton’s latest record, Rust, on the panel opposite the album credits, presents a curious little statement. It reads: “Save a farm. Eat a hamburger. Save two farms … make it a cheeseburger.” It’s a funny line, in a mildly un-PC, bumpersticker-wisdom sort of way. But it also illustrates the veteran songwriter’s distinctly homespun worldview. Over the course of his 14 albums, Carleton has forged a reputation as a workingman’s hero. He’s a blue-collar bard who fashions himself after the giants of the genre: Bruce Springsteen, James McMurtry and, in particular, early John Mellencamp — Cougar era, specifically. Heartland rock is welltraveled territory, to be sure. But the New England-born Carleton comes by his self-styled image honestly. And Rust is a ringing reminder that just because it’s been done before doesn’t mean it can’t still be done well. As a vocalist, Carleton boasts the requisite sandpaper growl one might expect from a journeyman countryrocker. I wouldn’t be the first to draw a comparison to Gov’t Mule front man Warren Haynes, and it’s apt. There are moments throughout Rust that suggest he and Carleton were cut from the same cloth, vocally speaking. But what sets Carleton apart from the majority of swaggering, denim-clad tunesmiths is a surprising and sometimes profound sensitivity. From the opening cut, “Walking Woodlawn,” and throughout the bulk of the album, it’s evident that beneath
Carleton’s gruff exterior beats the heart of a road-weary, lovelorn traveler. In particular, his searching ruminations in the title track are quietly beautiful, as he sings, “So go ahead, cry if you must. / Still, you’ll feel it. You’re losing your trust. / And everything is dying at the speed of rust.” Carleton is an equally impressive multi-instrumentalist, turning in tasteful performances on acoustic and electric guitars, lap steel, Dobro, mandolin, baritone guitar, glockenspiel, and percussion. And his ace backing band, particularly pedal-steel whiz John Briggs, adds gorgeous atmospheric lines throughout. A common failing in electric Americana, especially with so many instrumental toys to play, is to overthink and overproduce arrangements, and that can smoothe out the rough-hewn edges that define the genre. Carleton suffers no such lapses. While not exactly sparse, his arrangements are purposeful and focused, allowing his considerable songwriting talents to take center stage. Rust by Duane Carleton is available at duanecarleton.com.
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moN.17 // NUrSES [iNDiE]
True Blood In 2009, Seattle trio
Nurses earned the hard-won respect of
the fickle indie cognoscenti with a stirring freshman effort, Apple’s Acre. Now they’re back, and they’re after your soul. The band’s latest, Dracula, picks up where that debut left off. But it further explores the nexus where pop meets psych, then promptly blows it the hell up with dark, punishing grooves and a sinister, nocturnal elegance. This Monday, Nurses play the Monkey House in Winooski with DomiNaNt Legs and erraNDs.
51 maiN: Quizz Night (trivia), 7 p.m., Free.
Big PiCture theater & CaFé: Folk by Asscoiation (folk), 7 p.m., $5.
two Brothers taverN: monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
LeuNig's Bistro & CaFé: paul Asbell & clyde stats (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.
gusto's: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.
maNhattaN Pizza & PuB: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free.
Bee's KNees: paul cataldo (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations.
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higher grouND showCase LouNge: murs, tabi Bonney, ski Beatz & the senseis, mcKenzie eddy, sean O'connell & Da$h (hip-hop), 8:30 p.m., $15/17. AA.
the huB Pizzeria & PuB: Gt Duo (rock), 8 p.m., Free. moog's: Open mic/Jam Night, 8:30 p.m., Free.
FREE LUNCHTIME PERFORMANCE SERIES EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY AT 12:30PM IN CITY HALL PARK OCTOBER 13: THE MOVE IT MOVE IT (DANCEABLE SYNTH –POP) OCTOBER 18: SARA GRACE – SOULFUL SINGER/SONGWRITER OCTOBER 20: LOIS TROMBLEY DANCE PERFORMANCE
1/2 LouNge: Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m. CLuB metroNome: Bounce Lab with Dirk Quinn Band (live electronica), 9 p.m., $5.
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FraNNy o's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free.
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higher grouND BaLLroom: sts9, the polish Ambassador (live electronica), 9 p.m., $27/30. AA.
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moNKey house: The pork Brothers, Dusty Neutrals, matt townsend (rock), 9 p.m., $5 donation. NeCtar's: Jeff Bujak, Lynguistic civilians (iDm, hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5/10. 18+. raDio BeaN: ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free. Last October (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. peter Hochstedler (singer-songwriter), 11 p.m., Free. reD square: DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free. starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 7 p.m., Free. the sKiNNy PaNCaKe: paul cataldo (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., $5-10 donation.
Bagitos: Acoustic Blues Jam, 6 p.m., Free.
CharLie o's: poor Ol' Jim (bluegrass), 8 p.m., Free.
tuPeLo musiC haLL: stew and Heidi: songs from passing strange (singer-songwriters), 8 p.m., $30. AA.
51 maiN: Blues Jam, 8 p.m., Free. City Limits: Karaoke with Let it Rock entertainment, 9 p.m., Free. gooD times CaFé: mary mcGinnis (folk), 8:30 p.m., $10. oN the rise BaKery: matt schrag and Friends (bluegrass), 8 p.m., Donations.
Bee's KNees: The Littlest Birds (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., Donations.
moNoPoLe: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free. oLive riDLey's: mambo combo (Latin jazz), 10 p.m., Free. m
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thE fArmErS DiNEr, 99 Maple St., Middlebury, 458-0455. 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.
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“The Body Human: Off the Wall and On,” T.W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center
o visual-art subject has a richer history than the human form, and we seem endlessly fascinated by our outward appearance. Even a hundred years after Wassily Kandinsky championed nonobjective abstraction, figuration is all that resonates with many viewers. “The Body Human: Off the Wall and On” isn’t filled with realism, but works using the body as a point of departure do populate the show. The 22 paintings by John Hoag and sundry figurative sculptures by five other artists at T.W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center in Montpelier present the figure in many ways, from playful to melancholic. Hoag is the show’s headliner, and he’s a brilliant figurative painter. He has a tough, uncompromising style firmly rooted in contemporary figuration. Lucian Freud is an obvious influence on the fat-laden flesh in Hoag’s works, but subtle references to Alice Neel, and to Degas’ approach to composition, also appear. While he makes obvious allusions to art history, there’s nothing derivative about Hoag’s paintings. “Mother and Child” is a 48-by-36inch oil with a strong triadic harmony of sickly greens, blue and a variety of yellows. Purple and red are more sparingly used in the portrait of a heavy, haggardlooking woman holding a ferret. “Birdman” is the same size, presenting a guy in a sunny tropical town carrying two large parrots. Two more birds ride on the shoulder and head of the birdman,
ONGOING burlington area
ABBY MANOCK: Visitors can watch the artist, whose style ranges from drawings and sculptures to large-scale interactive and gamelike 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.
'ART FOR OCTOBER': Work by members of the Northern Vermont Artist Association. Through October 31 at Art's Alive Gallery in Burlington. Info, 660-9005.
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horizon line, and the shirtless, corpulent artist seems agitated as he sits on a small chair beside a disheveled basket of laundry. The exhibition’s sculptures are fairly small. Sabrina Fadial fashioned steel wool into figures. Her three female nudes are playful, despite being dark colored and roughly textured. One reclines, another sits on the edge of a pedestal, and the third leans on her elbow. Proportions are abstracted, as in “primitive” figures, giving these an unrefined, organic presence. A wall piece by James Teuscher, “Iron Icon,” is a similarly distorted male form affixed to the bottom of an iron. The iron has a mandala-like shape and a disc of copper, similar to a solar disc, at its tip. Teuscher’s “Disturbance” is a disembodied ceramic chest on a weathered iron slab. Spirals are affixed to the chest, and long, vermiculate forms trail from the hollow torso like thick veins. The image is part surrealist and part science fiction. “Transitioning” by Georgia Landau is among the more melancholy works. The small nude ceramic lies on her side,
almost in a fetal position, in the process of decomposition. There’s nothing macabre about it, any more than leaves turning colors on a maple tree are scary. The resting figure is simply beginning to dissolve into a skeleton, as if she will soon fade into nothingness. In “Mirror Image,” Landau dredges up archetypal characters from what Lucian Freud’s grandpa Sigmund called the unconscious (although the notion of archetypes originated with Freud’s colleague Carl Jung). Landau produced two dozen ceramic figurines representing the various archetypes, like chess pieces, and placed them on a checkerboard inside a clear plastic box. On a corner of each white square, a small man stands watch. While every art-history student is familiar with the “Venus of Willendorf,” dating from about 23,000 BC, the lesser-known “Mask of La Roche-Cotard” may be the earliest representation of a human. The “mask” is a shaped piece of flint with a bone inserted to indicate eyes. Amazingly, it’s an objet d’art produced by a Homo sapiens neanderthalensis some 10,000 years older than our Homo sapiens sapiens’ chubby little Venus. Evidently, we’ve been looking at ourselves since before we actually looked like ourselves. Yet we seem to see something new with every figure.
the fiber artists. Through October 31 at Frog Hollow in Burlington. Info, 863-6458.
Burton snowboards. By appointment only. Through October 20 at Burton Snowboards, 152 Industrial Parkway, in Burlington. Info, 862-4500.
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'ART HOP ORIGINAL JURIED SHOW WINNERS EXHIBIT': Work by Violeta Hinojosa, Justin Hoekstra, David Woolf, Jesse Azarian, Joelen Mulvaney and Lorraine Reynolds. Through October 28 at SEABA Center in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. '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. BETH PEARSON: Abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through October 25 at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne. Info, 985-3848. CAROL CRAWFORD & ELLEN SPRING: "The Fell Line," colorful garments and other woven objects by
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CHRIS NEUHARDT & ELLEN GOODRICH: Watercolors and acrylics by Neuhardt; mosaic wall pieces by her sister, Goodrich. Through October 31 at Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Info, 865-7211. ERIN PAUL: Images of death and rebirth. Through November 1 at VCAM Studio in Burlington. Info, 651-9692. 'EVOLUTION': Original artwork by Burton's graphic artists, including Greg Gossel, Hush, Bigfoot, Mike Giant, Sharktoof and more, hung next to their 2012
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M A R C AWO D EY “The Body Human: Off the Wall and On,” paintings. T.W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center, Montpelier. Through November 13.
GRACE COTHALIS: Vibrantly colored paintings, monoprints and collage. Through November 28 at Vintage Jewelers in Burlington. Info, 849-6051. '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. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Chittenden County. Through November 30 at Luxton-Jones Gallery in Shelburne. Info, 985-8223. JEN KRISTEL: "Landscapes and Waterscapes," monoprints inspired by all the water falling in Vermont this year. Through October 31 at Block Gallery in Winooski. Info, 373-5150.
Johnnie Day Durand: A solo exhibit curated by SEABA. Through November 26 at Pine Street Deli in Burlington. Info, 862-9614. Julie Paveglio: Paintings by the Café Artist of the Month. Through October 31 at Barnes & Noble in South Burlington. Info, 864-8001. '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-and-white 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. Marc Awodey: "An Artist's View," mixed-media work. Through November 30 at Community College of Vermont in Winooski. Info, 654-0513. Marie LaPre Grabon: "Recent Landscapes/The Northeast Kingdom," mixed-media paintings and charcoal drawings. Through October 26 at North End Studio in Burlington. Info, 863-6713. Matt Thorsen: "Sound Proof: The Photography of Matt Thorsen, Vermont Music Images 1990-2000," chemical prints accompanied by audio recordings in which the photographer sets the scene and the bands play on. Through October 31 at Magic Hat Brewing Company in South Burlington. Info, 865-1140. Michael Smith & Ethan Azarian: Paintings by the Vermont artists. Through October 28 at Flynndog in Burlington. Info, 863-0093. Molly Davies: A retrospective spanning three decades and featuring three meditative underwater video works, one a collaboration with composer David Tutor, another featuring a swimming Polly Motley, the Vermont choreographer. Through December 31 at Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, in Burlington. Info, 652-4500.
Rolf Anderson: "Sweden: Going Home," photographs. Through October 29 at Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, in Burlington. Info, 865-7211. Sylvestre Telfort: Paintings by the Haitian artist who came to the U.S. after the 2010 earthquake destroyed his house. Through October 31 at Red Square in Burlington. Info, 318-2438.
'The October Podge': Work by Adrian Tans, Rob Root, Sage Tucker-Ketcham, Brooke Monte, Benjamin Barnes, Kristen L'Esperance and Alex Dostie. Through October 31 at Dostie Bros. Frame Shop in Burlington. Info, 660-9005.
Bobby Abrahamson: "One Summer Across America," photographs of a 2001 crosscountry bus trip. Through December 20 at Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College. Abrahamson discusses his book, in which the photos first appeared. Friday, October 14, 3 p.m., Stearns Performance Space, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469. 'The Sound Proof Showcase': Local bands Funkwagon, Dirty Blondes, Champagne Dynasty and Lendway, plus a barbecue and beer garden with test-batch casks, keep this reception rocking. Saturday, October 15, noon-5 p.m., Magic Hat Brewing Company, South Burlington. Ed Smith: The sculptor discusses his work. Thursday, October 13, 8 p.m., Lowe Lecture Hall, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson. Info, 635-2727. Angela Dufresne: The painter discusses her work. Friday, October 14, 8 p.m., Lowe Lecture Hall, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson. Info, 635-2727. D.A. Powell: The author of Tea, Lunch and Cocktails reads from his work. Monday, October 17, 8 p.m.,
'Lenses on the Land': Marshall Webb leads photography enthusiasts in an exploration of the grounds, demonstrating how a deeper knowledge of the subject and a more intimate relationship with the land inspires more dynamic photography. Tripod and digital camera with at least a two-megapixel capacity recommended. Friday through Sunday, October 14-16, Shelburne Farms. Info, 985-8686. Digital Photography Workshop: In three workshops, Bryan Pfeiffer teaches the universal rules of digital photography and how to take advantage of your camera to get a great shot. To register, call the gallery or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuesday, October 18, 5-8 p.m., Korongo Gallery, Randolph. Cuban Artists Talk: Three interns from the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba in Havana discuss their work and training in the arts as part of a visit sponsored by the Vermont Caribbean Institute. Friday, October 14, 7:30-9 p.m., Nuance Gallery, Windsor. Info, 674-9616.
receptions Cameron Schmitz: "Marks of Passage," paintings and drawings inspired by the Brattleboro Retreat
by Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, Rae Harrell, Aaron Stein, Ben Barnes, Shayne Lynn and Jonathan Young. Through November 12 at Gallery 388 at Burlington Furniture Company. Info, 862-5056. Vermont Photo Group Exhibit & Sale: Work by member photographers. Through October 29 at Uncommon Grounds in Burlington. Info, 434-5503. Women Artist Guild of Richmond Holiday Market: Work by seven local artists and craftspeople displayed in an old driving range. Through December 22 at 6180 Williston Road in Williston. Info, 238-7994.
Agathe McQueston: "A License to Stare," portraits; Zelde: Dolls made from recycled fabric, clay, sand and mohair. Through October 31 at The Drawing Board in Montpelier. Info, 223-2902. 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.
Ken Leslie: "Out There..." artist books, including some from his "Arctic Cycles" series and others in 3-D, plus paintings and drawings. Through November 5 at Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. Reception: Thursday, October 13, 3-5 p.m. Info, 635-1469. Rebecca Babbitt: "At Camp: Capsules in Time," photographs of family camps in the White Mountains and on Lake Champlain. Through November 4 at Living/Learning Center, UVM, in Burlington. Reception: Thursday, October 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Info, 656-4200. Leslie Parke: "Chrysalis," paintings that reimagine the Adam and Eve story, examining themes of shame, expulsion, interdependence and transformation. Through November 11 at Feick Fine Arts Center, Green Mountain College, in Poultney. Reception: Friday, October 14, 5-7 p.m. Info, 287-8926. 'Enduring Traditions: The Art of Memorials From Marble Valley': Historical photographs and modern reproductions of traditional carving patterns tell the story of Vermont's marble industry from the end of the Civil War to the early 20th century. Through November 13 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Reception: Sculptor Kerry O. Furlani gives a letter-carving demonstration. Friday, October 14, 5-8 p.m. Info, 775-0356.
Bryan Pfeiffer: "Wings," nature photography by the cohost of WDEV's "For the Birds." Through November 23 at Korongo Gallery in Randolph. Reception: Friday, October 14, 5-7 p.m. Artist talk: Saturday, October 15, 4 p.m. Info, 728-6788. 'Gifts of Justice': Studentmade tzedakah boxes — a Jewish box that holds coins for justice — alongside boxes by Vermont artist Emmett Leader. Through October 17 at Center for Cultural Pluralism, UVM, in Burlington. Reception: Saturday, October 15, 3-5 p.m. Info, 656-1145. 'Natural Playground, Imagery of Adventure': Work by adventure photographers around the world curated by Justin Gural. Through November 4 at Vermont Photo Space Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction. Reception: Friday, October 14, 6-8 p.m. Info, 777-3686. 'Ten Years of Stone Sculpting': Work by Heide Messing-McDonald and participants in her stone-sculpting workshops at the arts center. October 15 through 29 at North Country Cultural Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Reception: Saturday, October 15, 5-7 p.m. Info, 518-563-1604. Judith Rey: "Structures," oil paintings of Vermont, Oregon and New York City buildings. Through October 29 at American Flatbread in Middlebury. Reception: Friday, October 14, 5-10 p.m. Info, 388-3300. Lyna Lou Nordstrom & Amanda Vella: Prints by Nordstrom; paintings by Vella. Through October 31 at Wing Building in Burlington. Reception: Friday, October 14, 6-8 p.m. Info, 310-3211.
Brian Zeigler: "Untitled Composites," blackand-white ink works that find the humor in a fragmented civilization. Through October 30 at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, curator@ capitolgrounds.com.
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.
Candy Barr: Paintings alla prima that reflect the artist's immediate response to her subjects; also, works by Thea Alvin, Ria Blaas, Rob Hitzig, Steve Procter, Brian-Jon Swift and James Irving Westermann in the Sculpture Garden. Through October 31 at Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-3293.
Heather Ritchie: Acrylic paintings of ethereal dreamscapes. Through November 30 at The Shoe Horn at Onion River in Montpelier. Info, email@example.com.
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. 'Earth From Space': More than 40 views of the Earth as captured by orbiting satellites in an exhibit developed in collaboration with the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Through November 27 at Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. Info, 649-2200.
James Stroud: Work by the printer and publisher of contemporary prints. Through October 31 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Info, 295-5901. John Churchman: "Fall in Love," work by the Vermont photographer. Through October 31 at DaVallia Art & Accents in Chester. Info, 875-1203. ‘The Body Human: off the wall and on’: Paintings by John Hoag and three-dimensional work by Marie LaPre Grabon, Georgia Landau, Ann Young, Sabrina Fadail and James Teuscher. Through November 13 at T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-8743.
central vt art shows
Tracy H. Girdler: Paintings by the great-greatgranddaughter of the Crayola founder. Also, work
BCA Summer Artist Market: Juried artists sell their handmade, original fine art and crafts. Saturday, October 15, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Burlington City Hall Park. Info, 865-7166.
'Stowe Foliage Artisan Market': A variety of art and handcrafted products. Saturday, October 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Park Street, Stowe.
'Here, Now': Work in a variety of media by 10 New England Native American artists. October 14 through November 11 at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. Reception: Friday, October 14, 5-7 p.m. Info, 603-448-3117.
Barbara Baker-Bury: Abstract oil paintings. Through October 31 at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Reception: Friday, October 14, 5-7 p.m. Info, 458-0098.
'The Art of Horror': A variety of work exploring the beautiful side of decay, the finer points of bloodletting and that special something inside a depraved mind. Through October 29 at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington.
The Shelburne Artists Market: Local artists and artisans sell their work on the green. Saturday, October 15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Shelburne Town Offices. Info, 985-3648.
'The Mysterious Royall Tyler': Historian Marilyn Blackwell and Vermont Historical Society curator Jackie Calder discuss the Vermont lawyer and playwright, and the miniature painting by an unknown, but accomplished artist, that depicts him. Thursday, October 13, 5 p.m., Royall Tyler Theatre, UVM, Burlington. Info, 479-8519.
trails and Vermont's back roads. Twenty percent of proceeds benefit the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. Through November 6 at Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Reception: Friday, October 14, 5-7 p.m. Info, 382-9222.
'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.
Middlebury Arts Walk: More than 40 downtown venues stay open late for art openings, music and other events. For a map, visit middleburyartswalk. com. Friday, October 14, 5-7 p.m., Various locations, Middlebury. Info, 388-7951, ext. 2.
Lowe Lecture Hall, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson. Info, 635-2727.
'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.
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Dakota McFadzean used to be a little boy who lived in Saskatchewan. At some
point, he stopped doing both of these things. However, he has always liked to draw comics. You can read more of his daily comic strip at blog.dakotamcfadzean.com.
â€œDrawn & Paneledâ€? is a collaboration between Seven Days and the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, featuring works by past and present students. These pages are archived at sevendaysvt.com/center-for-cartoon-studies. For more info, visit CCS online at cartoonstudies.org.
caLL to artists Winooski HoLiday art Market: Kasini House seeks artists, artisans, crafters and other creative producers. November and December 2011. Deadline: The first selection of vendors will be made on October 15. Full details at kasinihouse.com/news. VerMont tHroWs itseLf togetHer: Mia Feroleto at the Green + Blue Gallery in Stowe is looking for donated works of art, preferably in media that can be easily shipped, that will be auctioned online to raise money for Vermonters impacted by Tropical Storm Irene. Please send your name, a jpeg of the work, title, medium, size, year created and retail value to greenandbluegallery@gmail. com. Art collectors are invited to donate, as well. Same email address for further info. neW exHibitor Jury session: Art on Main, Bristol, seeks submissions for new exhibitors; holidayonly contracts possible. Jury session Saturday, October 22,
CENTRAL VT ART SHOWS
cHandLer caLL to artists: Chandler Gallery in Randolph seeks artists for the upcoming exhibit “Art of the Chair: Process and Possibility,” January 21 through March 6, 2012. The subject is the chair; the concept is beyond the limits of sitting. It is about process, utility, history, sentiment, from representational to the obscure. Looking for innovative multimedia submissions (digital, conceptual, 2-D, 3-D). Deadline: December 31. Info, 431-0204, qpearlmay@ valley.net. 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 studioplacearts.com. Juried artist MeMbersHiP: Rutland’s Chaffee Art Center is accepting submissions for artists interested in becoming
Linda Maney: "Meditating on Movement and Stillness," abstract work on paper and canvas. Through November 4 at City Center in Montpelier. Info, 793-6038. Marcia HaMMond & robin Mix: Hammond's weavings and Mix's glasswork are presented as part of the gallery's "Vermont Living Treasures" showcase. Also, wooden toys by Michael Whitman, and jewelry by Lochlin Smith. Through October 31 at Collective — the Art of Craft in Woodstock. Info, 235-9429.
'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. Through November 5 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069.
'Wet: WasHes, energy and tecHnique': Juried work by Vermont Watercolor Society members. Through November 12 at Chandler Gallery in Randolph. Info, 431-0204.
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crafters Wanted: For 4th Annual Holiday Showcase & Craft Fair to be held at BFA Fairfax on Saturday, November 19. Info, 782-6874. 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, darkroomgallery.com/ ex22.
'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.
arcHitecturaL design exHibit: Work by the New York firm Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (Tsien is in residence at the college). Through October 19 at Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College. Info, 443-3168. 'autuMn Wood: a forest renga': Poetry, art, photography and eco-sculptures installed at the Class of ’97 Trail near Route 30. Through October 27 at Trail Around Middlebury. Info, 989-9992. '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. deanna sHaPiro: "Acrylic & Collage," a tribute to the moon, birds and trees. Through October 30 at Abel & Lovely in Charlotte. Info, 425-2345. 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. '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.
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The exhibition is curated by Program Chair, Matthew Monk and Founding Faculty member, Silas Munro, from the collection of designer Thomas Strong of New Haven, Connecticut, whose generosity makes this exhibition possible.
'WHo cares?': Artwork inspired by the word care, produced on 4-by-4-inch canvases distributed 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.
'tHe History of goddard coLLege: an era of groWtH, exPansion and transitions, 1960-1969': An exhibit of photographs, historical records, college papers, interviews and video recordings that focus on the college's response to the rapid growth of the 1960s, in the Eliot D. Pratt Library. Through December 20 at Goddard College in Plainfield. Info, 454-8311.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
'sWiss Poster design: 100+ Posters froM 50+ years': A range of iconic and influential posters from some of the most important designers of the 20th and 21st centuries. October 16 through 21 at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. Info, 828-8896.
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. Deadline: January 1. Info, email@example.com.
'odanaksis: Leaf PeePer exHibition': Work by the Upper Valley community art group. Through October 28 at Nuance Gallery in Windsor. Info, 674-9616.
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‘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 at Brandon Artists' Guild. Info, 247-4956. KrISta cheney & JudIth Bryant: "Ice Effect," Cheney's photographs of flowers locked in ice; Bryant's stoneware and porcelain pottery inspired by her brook in winter. Through November 15 at Art on Main in Bristol. Info, 453-4032. '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. lIn warren: Work by the artist who employs textural form and reflective surfaces to create rigorous contrast. October 17 through November 22 at Christine Price Gallery, Castleton State College. Info, 468-1119. 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. 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. 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. '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.
alan lamBert: "A Northern Perspective," photographs of Vermont landscapes. Through October 31 at Bent Northrop Memorial Library in Fairfield. Info, 827-3945. 'autumn In Vermont': Work by Elisabeth Wooden, Gary Eckhart and Thomas Torak. Through November 27 at Vermont Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-9653.
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‘Art at the Coach Barn’
The Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms has been home to many things: horses, carriages and sleighs in the early 1900s; the Webb family’s personal automobile collection in the 1910s; sheep and heifers through the ’70s. These days it hosts more refined affairs: a
cheese makers’ festival, elegant weddings and, each year, an exhibit of mostly pastoral
art. Catch the work of Matt Pardue, Carolyn Walton and Susan Harding Merancy, plus many more regional artists, at the 24th annual exhibit. Through October 23. Pictured: “A Frosty Morning on the Farm” by Pardue.
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BAILEY FARRELL: "Transitions," paintings inspired by the art student's summer job on Pomykala Farm. Through October 31 at Island Arts South Hero Gallery. Info, 372-5049. BARBARA WAGNER: "Something Ventured — Something Gained," abstract works in oil. Through December 31 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. 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.
JAMES LAUSIER: "Summertime," paintings. Through October 16 at Cosmic Bakery & Café in St. Albans. Info, 524-0800. JERICHO PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL EXHIBIT: Work painted at Barber Farm and Jericho Settlers' Farm, on the grounds of Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, and at the Jericho Center green during the July festival. Through November 30 at Jericho Center Town Hall. Info, 899-3211.
LORRAINE REYNOLDS: "Ghost Stories," haunting assemblages of found objects. Through October 31 at Townsend Gallery at Black Cap Coffee in Stowe. Info, 279-4239.
MAGGIE NEALE: Paintings and silk hangings. Through October 24 at Claire's Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053.
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.
ALISA DWORSKY: Drawings and prints by the Vermont artist. Through November 26 at Catherine Dianich Gallery in Brattleboro. Info, 380-1607. 'INTO THE MYSTIC': Six artists explore nature and conservation in a variety of media; VALERIE BUNNELL: Characters in clay and found objects. Through October 30 at Gallery in the Woods in Brattleboro. Info, 257-4777. SABRA FIELD: "Vermont Artist, World Vision," woodblock prints; ELIZABETH TORAK: "The Feast of Venus: An Exploration of the Artist's Process," paintings and drawings; 'THREE CONTEMPORARY SCULPTORS': Work by Duncan Johnson, John Kemp Lee and Gary Haven Smith. Through October 16 at Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, Southern Vermont Arts Center, in Manchester. Info, 362-1405.
‘NATIVE AMERICAN ART AT DARTMOUTH: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE HOOD MUSEUM OF ART’: More than 100 historical and contemporary works, many on view for the first time, make up an exhibit that explores continuity and change within North American indigenous cultures. Through March 11 at Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-2808. ‘THE ART OF WAR: TICONDEROGA AS EXPERIENCED THROUGH THE EYES OF AMERICA’S GREAT ARTISTS’: The museum’s 50 most important artworks, exhibited together for the first time. Through October 20 at Fort Ticonderoga, N.Y. Info, 518-585-6370.
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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.
LOUISE VON WEISE: "Stamp Print Paint," painting by the Vermont Studio Center’s founder. Through October 25 at Red Mill Gallery in Johnson. Info, 635-2727.
OCTOBER FEATURED ARTISTS: Shaker-style bentwood boxes by Carl Newton, paintings and jewelry by Kitten Ellison, and paintings by Tess Beemer and Martha Ohliger. Through October 31 at Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. Info, 933-6403.
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KELLY HOLT: "Rhythmics," paintings and mixed-media work. Through November 30 at Green Goddess Café in Stowe. Info, 253-5255.
MILTON ARTISTS' GUILD EXHIBIT & SALE: Work by guild members. Through October 31 at The Village Cup in Jericho. Info, 893-2480.
GAYLEEN AIKEN: "Music and Moonlight," work by the Vermont artist. Through December 31 at GRACE in Hardwick. Info, 472-6857.
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movies The Ides of March ★★★
was perplexed by George Clooney’s fourth directorial outing. Certainly not because he decided to tell a downer of a story about the dark side of American politics; rather, because he never gets around to telling us anything we don’t already know. This is a movie anyone who’s spent the past two decades in a cave might find enlightening. Those of us who read the papers, follow the news and are otherwise conscious of our surroundings, however, are likely to be left questioning the need for, and point of, a project as unrevelatory as The Ides of March. Spoiler alert: Big-time politics is a mean and dirty business. Operating on the assumption that we’re not aware of this already, the writing team (Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon) actually has one character inform another early on, “This is the big leagues. It’s mean.” Clooney plays Pennsylvania governor Mike Morris, a suave über-liberal and the front runner heading into the March Democratic primary in Ohio. All he needs to lock up the nomination is to hold on to his lead and secure the endorsement of a North
Carolina senator (Jeffrey Wright) who’s no longer in the race but has 350 delegates he’s happy to sell to the highest bidder. The behind-the-scenes machinations and deal making inseparable from a modern-day presidential contest initially appear to be the picture’s subject. The potential for all kinds of double-dealing fun is there: To start with, you’ve got Ryan Gosling as idealistic press secretary Stephen Myers, who thinks his boss is the second coming. Marisa Tomei plays a skulking New York Times reporter who warns him, “He will let you down. They all let you down sooner or later.” Most promisingly, the film features Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti as Paul Zara and Tom Duffy, the rival campaign managers of Morris and his faceless opponent, respectively. They’re supposed to be rumpled war-room vets who know every dirty trick in the book and relish nothing more than cooking up new ones. By acting standards, this is nothing short of a heavyweight bout. Too bad the screenplay comes off like the work of featherweights. The plotting is unexpectedly pedestrian and the dialogue, to be kind, uninspired. As becomes clear, what The Ides of March
ERECTION RESULTS Clooney’s latest unexpectedly shifts gears from beltway exposé to contrived sex scandal melodrama.
is really about isn’t the cutthroat nature of presidential politics at all, but something far less interesting and all too familiar: a powerful man who can’t keep it in his pants. The movie teases the viewer with intimations it’s going to comment on the whole landscape of the modern electoral process — from the back-room crafting of image and message to the role played by the 24/7 cable-news cycle. Just when it seems to be about to get around to all that, though, the story detours into stunningly mundane melodrama. I don’t want to say too much, so I’ll say just one word: intern. Don’t blame Willimon, on whose play Farragut North this film is loosely based. Whatever insider credibility it has is a result of the years he spent in his twenties
as an operative for Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Bill Bradley, Howard Dean and others. Blame Clooney and frequent collaborator Heslov. They made the decision to reshape the source material, changing plot points and adding characters until the original play became all but unrecognizable. Honestly, they would’ve been better off just updating The Candidate. In the end, The Ides of March offers everything that beltway exposé did nearly 40 years ago, and less. George is the man, and his rep surely will not suffer much from this misstep. But, for the moment, one of the very few things in his movie that ring true are the words of Tomei’s jaded journalist. I do indeed feel let down. RICK KISONAK
Real Steel ★★★
or a long while, characters in Hollywood movies never seemed to talk about money. They just had enough of it. Unremarked-on prosperity is still the norm in some genres, such as the romantic comedy. But the recession has finally brought back films that acknowledge income gaps and incite audiences to cheer for the cash-strapped underdog, even as they present fantasy outcomes and sidestep politics. What better proof than Real Steel, director Shawn Levy’s reasonably successful attempt to recapture the fighting spirit of Rocky with CGI robots? If I had to put money on one prediction for the next 10 or 20 years, it would be this: Assuming the necessary advances in robotics, robot boxing will be huge. Most cinematic visions of our near future are more intriguing than plausible, Blade Runner style. But the world depicted in Real Steel makes all too much sense, even as its plot is woven shamelessly from old-movie clichés. In 2020, Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) drives his truck across a heartland landscape dotted with wind turbines, looking for fairs where he can lay wagers on his battered fighting robot. He used to be a boxer, but around 2014, we’re told, machines replaced humans in the ring, allowing the crowd to
revel in “true, no-holds-barred violence” without guilt. Sounds like what computer graphics have done to movies in the past 10 years. Jackman’s character is one of those impulse-driven ne’er-do-wells who are lovable in movies and nightmares for law enforcement and social-service agencies in real life. When Charlie is offered custody of his 11-year-old son, Max (Dakota Goyo), from whose life he has been absent, he views his offspring primarily as a source of quick cash. But the kid wins Dad over when he reveals a more rational grasp of robot-boxing strategy than Charlie has yet displayed. Together, father and son groom and train a puny, outdated — yet unexpectedly skilled — humanoid machine rescued from the junkyard. Anyone who doesn’t know what transpires has never seen a boxing movie. Real Steel is not The Fighter, but it earns cheers from the audience honestly. It takes place in imaginatively realized settings, ranging from that classic Americana fair to an underground fighting club full of Mad Max extras to a sleek mega-arena. Considering that the robots are CGI, the boxing feels surprisingly explosive and real; unlike the cartoonish battles in Transformers, it respects the laws of physics, more or less. Finally, the
MACHINE DREAMS Jackman trains one of the robots that have replaced humans in the ring in Levy’s crowd pleaser.
filmmakers have mercifully refrained from involving the robot, Atom, in toilet jokes or other Short Circuit-style anthropomorphic shenanigans. He retains his robotic dignity. What the filmmakers didn’t refrain from was blatant pandering to the kid audience. Goyo isn’t quite up to his role — understandably, since it calls for him to be precocious, nerdy, exuberant and adorable, as well as to deliver tongue-twisting technical dialogue. Though his dances with Atom (they do the Robot, of course) are among the movie’s high points, it’s hard not to wonder what one of the more convincingly worldly-wise young
actors from Super 8 would have done with this part. While there’s nothing revolutionary about this film on any level, it’s still nice to see Hollywood acknowledge that someone’s struggling to make a living out there. When Max is asked whether Atom should be called the “people’s champion,” he embraces the title. Signs of robust populism in a robot boxing movie, or just more pandering to ticket buyers who like watching virtual hunks of metal get smashed? You be the judge. MARGOT HARRISON
tHE BiG YEAR: Three friends flee their real-life dilemmas to engage in a yearlong cross-country bird-spotting competition in this comedy from director David (Marley & Me) Frankel. Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Rashida Jones star. (100 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount) FootlooSE: Craig (Black Snake Moan) Brewer seems like an odd choice to direct a remake of the 1984 teen flick about a rebellious lad who introduces dancing to a repressed town, but that’s what he did. With Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid. (113 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Roxy, Stowe, Welden) loVE cRimE: A ruthless executive (Kristin Scott Thomas) steals ideas from the younger employee she’s mentoring (Ludivine Sagnier) in this French workplace thriller. Alain Corneau directed. (106 min, R. Savoy) SENNA: Asif Kapadia directed this highly acclaimed documentary about Brazilian Formula One star Ayrton Senna and his love of speed. (105 min, PG-13. Savoy) tHE tHiNG: A team of scientists in Antarctica find themselves attacked by a shape-shifting alien in this prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 horror remake. Matthijis van Heijningen Jr. directed. With Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. (102 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount)
50/50HHHHH Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt 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. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy)
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 Paltrow. (105 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Welden)
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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 bestselling novel. With Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard and Sissy Spacek. Tate Taylor directed. (137 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Majestic, Palace, Welden) tHE iDES oF mARcHHH1/2 George Clooney directed this behind-the-scenes presidential campaign drama, based on a play by former Howard Dean staffer Beau Willimon. He also plays the candidate; Ryan Gosling is his press secretary. With Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman. (98 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy) 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 twoweek run. (88 min, G. Capitol, Essex, Majestic) miDNiGHt iN pARiSHHHH 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)
moNEYBAllHHHH 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, Marquis, Palace, Roxy) moNtE cARloHH As we all learned from Taken, when American teen girls go to Paris, mayhem ensues. In this tween dream, it’s the comic kind, as a case of mistaken identity tosses nice-girl Selena Gomez into the life of a naughty British heiress. With Katie Cassidy, Leighton Meester and Cory Monteith. Thomas (The Family Stone) Bezucha directed. (109 min, PG. Big Picture) moZARt’S SiStERHHH1/2 Marie Féret plays Nannerl, the other Mozart music prodigy overshadowed by her younger brother, in this NOW PLAyING
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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. Palace, Roxy, Stowe)
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DREAm HoUSEHH 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)
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coURAGEoUSHH 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)
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, Welden)
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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. Big Picture)
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