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arol Irons, a 71-year-old Albany resident, opposes the Kingdom Community Wind project, which will install 21 wind turbines on Lowell Mountain. In May, state regulators approved the $163 million project; three-quarters of the people in nearby Lowell have supported it. But a group of protesters has been camped out near the construction site for weeks, trying to stall the project. Irons, a retired mental health caseworker, couldn’t climb the hillside to their campsite. Instead, she launched a hunger strike on October 13, hoping to draw attention to her opposition. As Ken Picard reported October 21 on Blurt, the Seven Days staff blog, Irons is consuming only juice and water “for as long as it takes” to stop construction. She told Picard that she’s less concerned with the visual impact of the project than with its impact on wildlife, public health and the environment. Irons drew on her Native American heritage in a statement explaining her hunger strike: “In the great circle around a mountain range, it is the healthy mountain with her forests and waters and clean air that nurture all life,” she wrote. “We are part of that Great Web. When you kill the Spirit of the Mountain, all the great circle around it will wither.”
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters announced a new Essex facility — and 400 more jobs. Meanwhile, founder Bob Stiller’s net worth hit $1.3 billion. Too bad he pays taxes in Florida.
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I pity Miss Johnson’s lack of vision [Feedback, “Irony on the Menu?,” October 19]. Her letter last week shows that when she looks at our ad featuring a 10-year breast cancer survivor — my wife, Betsy — she sees irony. I see more than that. I see happiness, gratitude, community, generosity and humor. Betsy’s diagnosis opened our eyes to the physical and emotional pain caused by the diagnosis of cancer. It also exposed us to the great people at the Breast Care Center at Fletcher Allen and the compassionate and professional care they provide. All of us at Leunig’s needed a way to show our appreciation and say thank you. In the restaurant business we don’t feel competent to cure cancer. Our focus is on the comfort and happiness of our neighbors. To that end we have been fortunate in being able to partner with Trinchero Family Estates, Farrell Distributing and many of the finest restaurants in Vermont. During the past 10 years we, as a group, have donated over $125,000 to the Breast Care Center and the Vermont Cancer Survivor Network. This money has been directed to the support of local patients dealing with cancer treatments. Patients and their families have been provided wigs, postsurgical brassieres, educational material and great mental health support. We
leave it to the caregivers to decide where the need is greatest, and we help them fill that need. Each year, the staff at Leunig’s volunteers one day’s work to host a fashion show and wine dinner with all proceeds donated. Local stores dress our models, and Stephen & Burns does hair and makeup. All our models are men and women who are breast cancer patients. We all feel that the recognition of the courage, determination and inner beauty all our models display is even more important than the money raised at this fashion show. We are proud of how our business community has come together in support of these patients. In our culture, “raising a glass” to toast success is tradition. We will not let the limited vision of one person stop us from celebrating, contributing and being grateful for the added time we have with our loved ones. We “raise a big glass” because our gratitude is so big. Bob Conlon WINOOSKI
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Ken Picard’s article on Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell [“Green Mountain Powell,” October 12] was a fluff piece glorifying an aggressive, cutthroat capitalist who smiles for the camera while facilitating the destruction of nature for profit. Powell calls GMP “fast, fun and friendly” while slapping lawsuits and restraining orders on people trying to save the mountain they love in Lowell. Wake up, everyone! Utility-scale wind projects are just more greenwashed industrial development, abetted by a complicit media that leads the public into stupefied complacency and blind us to what the corporate exploitation of nature really is: psychopathology. Join us on Lowell! Suzanna Jones Walden
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Over the past year I have seen Green Mountain Power and its CEO, Mary Powell, in the media a lot, but not until your “Green Mountain Powell” [October 12] story have all the pieces of the company’s success been so clear to see. Obviously, Powell deserves a ton of credit for all that she has accomplished since joining GMP in 1998. She has displayed the type of leadership we can only hope for from the rest of corporate America. The fact that the company’s headquarters were restructured to be more inclusive and less lavish speaks volumes about her business ethics — ethics that are seen far too
infrequently in our country’s current corporate culture. It also appears as though the staff at GMP is following her lead. The response to the very small but vocal minority objecting to the wind project in Lowell has been much more professional than the opponents’ use of personal attacks on Mary. It’s fair to say that Annette Smith and Lukas Snelling could learn a thing or two about real leadership from Powell. It just seems to me that she has a keen eye for making a good deal and knowing what the majority of Vermonters support, whether it be Kingdom Community Wind, the merger with Central Vermont Public Service, or the favorable contracts she negotiated with Hydro-Québec and Seabrook that will help keep utility rates low for businesses in our state. We should consider ourselves lucky to have such a well-run company in the Green Mountain State.
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Ge-eek! The Tech Issue It’S A gooD tImE to bE A computEr gEEk IN VErmoNt. While some local industries are shrinking — dairy farming, anyone? — companies in the tech sector are growing, and hiring. Even nontechie companies need a website, or a mobile app, or people to help them slice, dice and manage their data. It seems like every other employment ad these days is seeking an IT specialist or a web developer.
To help local companies fill these vacancies, Seven Days helped create the VErmoNt tEch JAm in 2008. This job fair and tech expo brings together some of the state’s most innovative companies under one roof; the fifth one is this Friday and Saturday, October 28 and 29, in downtown Burlington. In the process of organizing this event, we discover local businesses that Vermonters likely never knew existed, from student-inspired start-ups to multimillion-dollar Vermont corporations quietly selling to customers around the world. Each year before the Jam, Seven Days’ editorial staff explores the ways that technology is reshaping Vermont’s economic, education and cultural landscape. This year’s tech issue covers all of those angles — and then some. Andy Bromage profiles solar-powered DrAkEr LAbS, which has quadrupled its workforce — from 12 employees to more than 50 — in the past year, and moved to a new, expanded office in Burlington’s Maltex Building. Ken Picard investigates fledgling pwNIE ExprESS, a Barre company specializing in cyber security, founded just last year — by a white-hat hacker. Is Vermont a plus or a minus when it comes to hiring? Kevin J. Kelley talks with fastgrowing companies inside and outside of Chittenden County to find out. Some of their crEAtIVE rEcruItmENt tEchNIquES may surprise you.
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Freshly minted college grads are the best source of workers for Vermont tech companies, and Champlain College certainly does its part. For the past few years, the college’s popular e-gaming program has been working on cultivating a LocAL gAmINg INDuStrY. Pamela Polston interviews assistant professor DEV JANA, who specializes in the sonic side of the subject. Champlain students are also at the forefront of trends in newly emerging media, such as AugmENtED rEALItY. Ken Picard explains WTF that is. In the food section, Alice Levitt visits Burlington’s Rhino Foods factory to learn about
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Meanwhile, IBM fellow JohN cohN crisscrosses the state to spread the word that engineering is awesome. Megan James follows the SELf-DEScrIbED mAD ScIENtISt into the woods to see his pumpkin-headed monster robot.
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Is it real or computer generated? Well, it’s a little bit of both. This year’s tech issue happened to fall on the Wednesday before Halloween, so we wanted a cover that combined the two themes. Our first thought was to carve the Tech Jam spaceman logo into a pumpkin, but we took it a step further in the tech direction and had it laser-etched instead, thanks to Michael Perrault from ExactBuilt in Underhill. You can watch a short video of the process on the Seven Days website, or scan this QR code with your smartphone and it’ll take you there ... We went techie, too, in the way we lit up the pumpkin: with a refrigerator lightbulb instead of a candle.
OCTOBER 26-NOVEMBER 2, 2011 VOL.17 NO.08
iPads for All: Public Schools in Northwestern Vermont Make Education Interactive
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Tech Jam: Draker Laboratories’ moment in the sun BY ANDY BROMAGE
News on Blurt
Tech Jam: Vermont companies compete for tech workers
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A New Law Sponsored by Sen. Leahy Targets “Patent Trolls”
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Blood Countess Opera Premieres, 24 Years in the Making
Tech Jam: John Cohn turns kids on to science BY MEGAN JAMES
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Tech Jam: Vermont’s Pwnie Express sells a powerful new tool for cyber-security experts — and hackers
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Better Off Dead Looking for a Halloween fright fix? Death by Disco is one of the most entertaining options. Part trick-or-treat bash, part dance party, the all-ages affair centers on a concert with central Vermont’s disco freaks, Polyester. Come in costume and hit up the big screens for a dose of the original Frankenstein — plus It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, of course.
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Stomping Grounds Despite his place in the band’s name, Satan won’t be at work when Santa Cruz Americana-punk trio the Devil Makes Three play this Friday. With the help of indie-bluegrass outfit the Toughcats and Vermont folksters Wooden Dinosaur, the musicians work to Stomp and Smash Irene — by way of raising money for affected small farmers. We’ll pound our feet to that.
Fancy Footwork Skirts swirl, castanets clack and feet stomp in Gypsy Fire, the newest from Spain’s Ballet Flamenco José Porcel. The sizzling show, featuring strutting both sensual and aggressive, boasts all the drama and intrigue of a soap opera while giving a nod to the dance form’s Andalusian heritage. ¡Olé!
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The battle of the sexes is an old one — just look at Aeschylus, the ancient Greek tragedian who, around 470 B.C., penned The Suppliants. This tale of females thwarting their suitors gets an update in Charles Mee’s Big Love (and, no, it has nothing to do with polygamy). Fifty brides are on the run in this fanciful comedy from Middlebury College’s theater department.
In the market for new digs? Andrew Raftery knows all about the home-buying process; the New England printmaker spent more than six years considering the ordeal for a five-part series of copper-plate engravings all about house hunting. His preliminary studies, done in a variety of media, illuminate his painstaking attention to detail in “Open House,” on display at the Fleming Museum.
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Political satirist Lizz Winstead is taking a stand for women’s health the best way she knows how — with standup. As part of her “Planned Parenthood, I Am Here for You” tour, the cocreator of “The Daily Show” applies her pointed wit and political know-how to current events in a Burlington comedy show and after-party supporting local PP affiliates.
Who needs a dance floor? Choreographer Clare Byrne and nine UVM student dancers have been rehearsing among the trees at nighttime. Kneelings III: Dances in a Grove, which explores ritual and faith, premieres in three open-air performances on Saturday, complete with an original, live score for flute and harp.
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Concerns over the cozy relationship between Gov. PETER SHUMLIN and Green Mountain Power has driven a wedge between two powerhouse pols: the governor and state Sen. VINCE ILLUZZI (R-Essex/ Orleans). As noted in last week’s Fair Game, Illuzzi filed a last-minute petition asking the Public Service Board to appoint a special counsel to represent ratepayers, given the appearance of “conflicts of interest” between GMP and Team Shumlin. First, a GMP exec is working for Shumlin to help coordinate rebuilding efforts post-Irene; and second, the husband of Department of Public Service Commissioner LIZ MILLER is a managing partner in the law firm that represents GMP in regulatory matters. Miller’s department is supposed to represent ratepayers and the public interest in utility cases argued before the PSB. Shumlin spokeswoman SUSAN ALLEN said the governor is disappointed in Illuzzi’s petition. “Gov. Shumlin and Sen. Illuzzi have
a longtime and close relationship,” Allen told Fair Game. “The governor was astonished to learn that Sen. Illuzzi had decided to spearhead an effort to impugn the integrity of the administration in connection with the proposed merger.” “That’s ridiculous. No one is questioning their competency or integrity,” Illuzzi responded. “It’s a very simple concern that we believe there is an appearance of a conflict of interest.” Commissioner Miller and Gov. Shumlin said they wished Illuzzi had reached out to the administration with his concerns before going public with his petition. Guess what? He did reach out. Fair Game has learned that Illuzzi was scheduled to meet with Shumlin, Miller, several other top Shumlin aides and Rep. TONY KLEIN (D-East Montpelier), who, like Illuzzi, has concerns about the ownership of Vermont Electric Power Company, the state’s electric transmission network, post-merger. The meeting was scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday, October 17 — just hours before the deadline to file the intervention petition. Late Friday, the meeting was canceled. Emails obtained by Fair Game chalked it up to a scheduling conflict. But Allen said it had more to do with Illuzzi’s involvement in the petition — a petition, if you recall, backed by two former DPS public advocates who served under Democratic governor MADELEINE KUNIN. “Given Sen. Illuzzi’s political posturing, we determined that his presence at a meeting would be counterproductive,” said Allen. Or maybe they were hoping to run out the clock, given that the deadline to file the petition was less than five hours after the scheduled meeting with the gov? If that was the intent, it backfired. Illuzzi tells Fair Game he decided to file the petition after Team Shumlin canceled the meeting. “That very frankly tipped me toward moving ahead. I made the decision to file on Sunday. I filed Monday,” Illuzzi told Fair Game. “Had we held the meeting, I very well may not have filed the petition. It’s hard to say.” On Friday, just four days after Illuzzi filed his petition, the Shumlin administration officially opposed Illuzzi’s request. Responding for the Department of Public Service, public advocate JOHN
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he students in Jennifer Skerrett’s eighth-grade social studies class at Bellows Free Academy in Fairfax are taking a vocabulary quiz. The lesson is the American Revolution, and the terms are economic ones such as “supply,” “demand,” “import” and “entrepreneur.” In some Vermont classrooms, the students would be scratching out answers on paper with pencils. The quizzes would go home with the teacher, and the kids would get their grades in a day or two. But on a recent Monday morning, there isn’t a pencil in sight. Instead, each student is taking the quiz on a brand-new iPad supplied by the school. Students are working in groups, their iPads synched to the teacher’s, and each group’s score is projected onto a screen in real time. Skerrett calls it the “space race” because each group is represented by a cartoon spacecraft. The more answers they get right, the faster the ship zooms across the screen. The exercise gives Skerrett an instant read on how well the class understands the terminology so she can tailor her teaching accordingly and focus on the students who aren’t getting it. Plus, she says, the kids love the game. “I never would have thought spaceships going across a screen would be so exciting for eighth graders,” Skerrett remarks during a break in the action. Bellows Free Academy Fairfax, part of the Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union, is just one of several Vermont schools employing iPads in the classroom. The Vermont Department of Education’s technology coordinator, Peter Drescher, says he doesn’t know how many other schools are doing the same — and won’t until he gets results from an annual survey in December. But he’s certain the number is growing. At BFA Fairfax, iPads were issued to every seventh and eighth grader — and their teachers — at the start of this school year. In nearby Fletcher, fifth and sixth graders got them, too. The plan is to add a grade a year until all students in the district have their own iPads, says superintendent Ned Kirsch. Starting this week, students will be able to earn the privilege of taking their iPads home. “I love technology,” says Kirsch. “I see it in my own kids. Their whole world is a digital world. You walk into schools and it’s the opposite. I want to change that.” BFA Fairfax middle school principal Tom Walsh is equally jazzed about iPads and their power to get kids more
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excited about learning, in and outside the classroom. Walsh also believes iPads can level the socioeconomic playing field. “It doesn’t matter what kind of home you come from. Everyone has the same access. Everyone has the same tools,” he says during a tour of the school. “To me, public schools are the last bastion of equity in education.” Next door to Skerrett’s classroom, an eighth-grade language-arts class is engaged in iPad learning games. One student is playing “Words With Friends,” a crossword game similar to Scrabble. At a desk alone, a young boy is engrossed in “Math Ninja,” a game whose objective is to defend a treehouse using martial-arts weapons. Walsh asks the boy what he likes about the game. “You get to viciously attack cats and dogs with throwing stars and swords,” the kid says with a perfectly straight face.
To reach the next level, however, the player must answer basic math questions, such as 22 divided by 11. “Not really rigorous learning,” Walsh says, “but if you’ve got downtime, there’s worse things you could be doing.” Seventh grader Elizabeth Skerrett, the teacher’s daughter, is working on a script for a two-person movie she and a classmate are making about a job interview. They’re writing the script on the NotePad app, shooting it with the iPad’s camera and editing the final cut using iMovie. In the old days, the girls would probably perform their skit live in front of their peers. But now, “If we mess up, we don’t have to worry about embarrassing ourselves in front of the class,” Skerrett says. “We can just reshoot it.” Franklin Northwest dropped a chunk of change buying the iPads — around $125,000 for 200 tablets this year, or $500
apiece — and spent another $40,000 building a schoolwide Wi-Fi system. But the district did it without raising taxes by leaving vacant positions unfilled and making other cuts here and there, Kirsch says. Finding $125,000 every year — in order to bring additional grades online — will be harder. The district had been issuing Netbook laptop computers to students — and still does in lower grades — but Kirsch sees distinct advantages to the iPad, including longer battery life and less time required to boot up and log on. BFA students’ iPads come loaded with 90 apps, including email and an Internet browser, but no Facebook or Twitter. Rural Vermont might seem an unlikely place to find high-tech classrooms, but towns such as Enosburgh have been early leaders in the adoption of the socalled “1-to-1” iPad initiative. Enosburgh, which is part of the Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union, was the first town in the state to issue iPads to every student in the high school — about 350 — as well as 60 students in elementary school. Even kindergarteners in Enosburgh have access to iPads, which they use to learn the alphabet, says Robert Gervais, director of technology for town schools. Gervais says the “engagement factor” of iPads has reduced “gossiping” and other time wasters in the classroom. He even credits the iPad for a 67 percent drop in disciplinary actions at the high school this year. It’s worth mentioning: If a kid breaks a school-issued iPad through negligence, the student’s parents have to pay for it. “I’ve had discussions with administrators who handle the discipline issues, and they think a lot of it has to do with being responsible for a $500 device, and less of the ‘knock the book out of the hands of the kid walking down the hall’ kind of attitude,” Gervais says. Not all parents were thrilled about the idea — or the potential price tag — of entrusting their middle schoolers with iPads. Angela Baker, who was “a little hesitant” for her 11-year-old daughter, a seventh grader at Bellows Free Academy Fairfax whom her mother describes as a “good student,” to receive one. But Gracie’s enthusiasm for school has “skyrocketed” because of the iPad, her mother acknowledges. Still, she worries about her daughter’s safety. “I’m a state trooper, so I know a lot of things that most parents don’t know,” Baker says. “While an iPad — while technology — can be incredible, it can also get you in a lot of trouble.” In the 200-student Essex North Supervisory Union — serving the far-flung towns of Norton, Lemington, Canaan,
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A New Law Sponsored by Sen. Leahy Targets “Patent Trolls” B Y KEV I N J . K ELLE Y
echnological innovators in Vermont and other states are under attack from nefarious forces known as “patent trolls.” These entities don’t actually invent anything; instead, they’re often just bands of lawyers who buy up passels of patents — the broader the better — and then threaten to sue their prey for infringement. “It’s legalized extortion,” declares Jerry Tarrant, chief financial officer of MyWebGrocer. “It’s a huge injustice that’s killing jobs and stifling innovation.” Tarrant’s Winooski-based provider of digital services to retail grocers has been beset by four troll syndicates that claim the company has violated patents they hold. MyWebGrocer has had to lay out $40,000 in legal fees to beat back the pests. “I got off cheaply,” Tarrant says. His investments in defense have apparently persuaded three sets of trolls to back off. Two of them have had to focus their full attention on counterattacks launched by tech titans Google and Microsoft, Tarrant notes. The fourth plaintiff “actually listened to reason” and became convinced that it had no grounds for charging MyWebGrocer with patent infringement, Tarrant says. The trolls bank on finding a target’s “pain point,” explains Peter Kunin, a Burlington attorney with Downs Rachlin Martin who specializes in intellectual property law. That’s the dollar amount that a company is willing to pay as an out-of-court settlement in order to avoid the greater expense of lawyering up for a full-scale federal slugfest. Tarrant reckons that a patent troll might want a $250,000 payout to go away, which would be about half of what a mark might have to spend in court.
Trolls often aren’t bluffing about taking a company like MyWebGrocer to court. They know they can find a favorable venue for their lawsuits in the federal court system’s eastern district of Texas, where juries are “eager to grant huge damage awards” to parties claiming patent infringement, Kunin notes. Jurors typically are not well versed in the intricacies of patent law and may conclude that a claim does have merit, even when it covers an everyday process, such as internet shopping. Plenty of patents have indeed been issued for J E R RY TAR R ANT, inventions that are actually not unique and may have been devised by hundreds of different developers, notes Alan Coté, founder of Green Mountain Innovations, a patent advisory service. He offers the hypothetical example of “a guy who’s selling wood pellets out of his barn in Morrisville.” A troll who holds a patent on wood-pellet production might then threaten the Morrisville dealer with a lawsuit. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office did issue a large number of Internetrelated and software patents in the late 1990s that were probably not justified, Coté says. To many outsiders, the federal agency appears overwhelmed and ill
equipped to rigorously review the 500,000 patent applications it receives annually. It would cost many billions of dollars to ensure close examination of every claim. Plus, there’s no adversarial dimension in the patent-granting process. The only party represented in the proceedings is the legal team that’s filed an application on behalf of an inventor. Many patents are, of course, essential forms of protection for intellectual property. Without them, small-scale innovators would be systematically ripped off by tech conglomerates MYW E BGR O C E R — which is exactly what trolls often say they’re guarding against. Sen. Patrick Leahy has led a longrunning effort to improve the quality of patents issued by the federal agency and thus protect the rights of legitimate inventors. Leahy’s legislation finally became law last month, with President Obama signing the first comprehensive reform of the patent system in 60 years. The America Invents Act “will make it more difficult for patent trolls to harass the software industry and others,” Leahy said in a statement. “This will improve every sector of our economy, in Vermont and across the country.” But Vermont attorneys who defend
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fter more than a month of weekly rallies, the Occupy Burlington movement is finally going to occupy something. Starting at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 28, protesters plan a weekend campout at City Hall Park in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York City. Organizers have asked participants to come with tents, sleeping bags, food and other necessities to keep themselves “comfortable” — and bring extra gear for fellow campers if COURTESY OF SHAY TOTTEN they have it. They’ll be congregating on the south side of the park, so as not to interfere with the farmers market on Saturday. When asked about the purpose of the occupation, an organizer who identified himself as Will replied, “That’s a good question. We’re open to suggestions.” This is the status of the “Occupy” movement that is bringing together socialists and libertarians, peaceniks and labor activists, veterans and students. There is no one unifying message, platform or list of easy-to-recite demands. But in general, the crowd wants justice and fairness and for big government and big business to stop messing with little folk. What other spots invite occupation? The University of Vermont, Vermont Yankee and large out-of-state banks are all possible locations, according to people who attended last Sunday’s rally. “There are other places we are thinking to occupy that might get us into trouble,” said Will. “Because of that, we’re not saying where that might be in order to keep the element of surprise on our side.”
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ack in 1987, DENNIS BATHORY-KITSZ first told his father, Zoltán, that he was planning to write an opera about Erzsébet Báthory, the legendary Hungarian “blood countess.” Zoltán and his father had long whispered about the possibility that their family was descended from Erzsébet, who was widely known as the female equivalent of Romania’s Vlad Tepes, the inspiration for Dracula. She died imprisoned in a castle in 1614 at the then-advanced age of 54. Erzsébet had been accused of torturing and murdering hundreds of young women, then bathing in their blood to preserve her own youth. “That’s one of the things that intrigued me,” says Bathory-Kitsz, who lives in Northfield. He speaks quickly and with an impish smile that rarely fades. “It was one of those things talked about in very
shadowy kind of talk.” There was little proof of Erzsébet’s alleged crimes, but her interest in language and herbalism, and her successful defense of Hungary against the Ottoman invasion, are well documented. The Vermont composer’s work, Erzsébet: A Monodrama, finally premieres Dennis Bathory-Kitsz this week in Hyde Park, Plainfield and Burlington.
Decades of research, including visits to Csejte Castle in present-day Slovakia, where the countess died, inform the libretto, which Bathory-Kitsz’s completed in 2009. What took him so long? Oh, just cranking out more than 1000 other musical compositions, many articles and a book called Country Stores of Vermont. After researching and
outlining two previous versions of his opera, Bathory-Kitsz allotted himself only two months to write the score in the summer of 2010. “I’m very fast,” he explains, a fact he proved when he wrote 100 commissioned pieces in 2007 for his “We Are All Mozart” project. However, he did hit some speed bumps while composing Erzsébet. A team of roofers, who were supposed to finish work on Bathory-Kitsz’s house before he started scoring the opera, continued well past their original deadline. “They were pounding away,” he says. “My studio is upstairs and stuff is falling down on me as I’m trying to compose this thing. I just turned the fury into the score.” Anne Decker conducted the VERMONT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ENSEMBLE’s first rehearsal of the work last week at ELLEY-LONG MUSIC CENTER in Colchester. Screaming
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NDY MACDOUGALL loves 16-millimeter films — the kind that come on “bulky reels” and need to be threaded through projectors. In 1978, when he was in high school, the Plattsburgh, N.Y., native collected old newspapers to raise money to rent movies. He screened them for his fellow students after hours on school projectors. In the ensuing decades, movies got lighter, cheaper, more accessible — they became tapes, discs and finally just strings of streamable data. But to MacDougall, now 49, “movies” are still film reels. He collects 16-millimeter prints, screens them — these days, at Plattsburgh’s North Country Food Co-op — and advocates for them. For the past 20 years, MacDougall and a shifting cast of cohorts have called their film series Illegitimate Son of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (ISOMST3K). The name is an allusion to the geek-canon cable TV show where comedians offered sardonic running commentary on grade-Z films via puppets. Now, MacDougall says, he’s renaming his group the 16-Millimeter Shriners to reflect the serious side of its mission: giving locals a chance to watch movies the old-fashioned way, in a communal, analog experience. “We’re trying to create this
transformed a low-budget apocalyptic feature into “End of the World: The Special Addiction,” and added satirical title cards to archival footage of a woman speaking in tongues to “translate” her gibberish. Finally, MacDougall will seek feedback on a new project: gene splicing two
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throwback to the old days of what moviegoing was all about,” MacDougall says. The group’s Halloween-themed event on October 29, “Fear in Three Acts,” will offer fodder for ridicule but also genuine film appreciation. MacDougall will start the night with Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, the 1973 cult horror film that inspired Guillermo del Toro’s recent remake. “We don’t really want people showing up to
laugh at that movie,” says MacDougall — who, at one memorable screening of Hitchcock’s The Birds, promised to toss “guano” (actually oatmeal) at anyone who dared snicker. Laughter will be welcome in the remainder of the program, however, when MacDougall test-screens two shorts he’s altered, turning them into something far stranger than their creators intended. He
vintage trailers for The Towering Inferno and The Parallax View into a single commentary on 9/11 conspiracy theories. MacDougall doesn’t undertake these transformations with editing or animation software. Instead, he physically manipulates “disparate bits of film” into what he calls “collages of projected clip art.” To produce thought balloons above actors’ heads, he scratches the emulsion side of the print. For “special effects,” he exposes the emulsion to fluorescent light.
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clarinet and an animalistic drumbeat tore through the lush, folksy Hungarian melody that opens the opera. In 1999, soprano Lisa JabLow convinced Bathory-Kitsz to compose his piece as a monodrama. Under the direction of ann Harvey, the singer performs the entire 75-minute, intermission-less piece alone on stage, describing visits with Johannes Kepler, her children and ultimately the murder of a noblewoman that doomed her to imprisonment. The eight-piece arrangement includes a cimbalom, an eastern European string instrument similar to a hammered dulcimer, which Bathory-Kitsz says is key to invoking the opera’s time and place. Unfortunately, Vermont is something of a cimbalom wasteland, so Bathory-Kitsz built his own, digitally, by installing real cimbalom sounds into a keyboard. It wasn’t cheap, and neither were the musicians, lighting, costumes and sets, the combined cost of which added up to about $9000 per performance. A year and a half ago, Bathory-Kitsz tried his first Kickstarter campaign, then another,
but neither was successful. He ultimately relied on the opera’s own website, but as of last week, was still more than $4300 short. Bathory-Kitsz now has 140 sponsors in 23 countries. Very few are Vermonters. “I’m better known elsewhere,” he says with a shrug. Immediately following this weekend’s premiere in Vermont, Bathory-Kitsz will begin raising money for a performance already approved by the town council in Cachtice, Slovakia, home of Csejte Castle. If the early performances of Erzsébet are successful, Bathory-Kitsz hopes to one day convert it into a fully populated, three-act opera. With any luck, the wait next time won’t be as long. m
MacDougall’s group currently has four core members, but many other film enthusiasts have come and gone over the years, he says. They helped MacDougall write quips for ISOMST3K screenings. So did
his students in the now-defunct Inmate Higher Education Program — prisoners at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, whom MacDougall claims “were pretty witty writers.” MacDougall had a parallel career at the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, where he reviewed movies from 1985 to 1999. Now, some 25 film fans gather in the food co-op’s upstairs lounge to appreciate his favorite medium. Though high school and college students have participated over the years, today’s kids are “hard sells” when it comes to celluloid, says MacDougall. As for the movie-loving kid who became a preservationist, his affection for film hasn’t diminished, though MacDougall has “had two hernia operations, no doubt linked to years of hauling these projectors and shipping cases full of film around,” he says. He has no plans to join the digital revolution. “I’m really of another time, another place,” says MacDougall. “Through this film series, I’m trying to hold on to the little bit of that that remains.” m
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Blakely — and bought several of her prints. “We designed the dining room around her paintings,” Blasberg says. “I wanted it to feel a little like an art gallery.” It certainly feels arty on a recent afternoon. Blasburg has set out an art-opening-worthy cheese plate, from which Blakely nibbles while setting up her iPad on a small easel. She arranges a little orange-andgreen gourd on the white tablecloth and begins to create. At first glance, what she’s doing looks just like “painting” on the clunky old Microsoft Paint program from the 1990s. But as she works — quickly — the gourd’s subtle textures begin to emerge. Blakely uses a small stylus as a brush. Some iPad artists use their fingers, she notes, but “because I’m a painter, I like something in my hand.” Her finished iPad works — which she prints as giclées on canvas with a large-format archival printer — looks strikingly similar to her oil paintings. Her work is inspired by a childhood spent on her family’s Fairfax farm and inside her mother’s antique shop: a yellow pear on a marble surface; several jars of pickles arranged on a chipped white cupboard; a red pepper cut in half and floating in space. Blakely uses two apps, Procreate and ArtStudio, and wrote the manual for the latter after impressing its developer with one of the paintings she made with it. Painting on an iPad has some major advantages over traditional painting. For one, it’s cheaper. Blakely paid $499 for her iPad; the apps were $4.99 and 99 cents. She could spend that much on oil paints for a single painting, she says. Blakely loves that she can change the size and opacity of her brush with the touch of a button. She can zoom in to perfect minuscule details. And painting is quicker, too: While an oil might take three weeks, an iPad work is done in three hours. The only drawback, says Blakely, is that the screen is difficult to see outdoors. That’s why she sticks to still lifes these days. “Every once in a while, I do miss mixing color,” Blakely concedes. But the best part of working on the iPad, she offers, is this: “If you don’t like something, you just hit the back button.” m
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to the nearest coffeehouse, movie theater, sculptures around the bookstore or subway station. Once you Queen City. (Download the Layar app and grasp the basic concept of how AR works, you can see the fighter planes Brownell has it’s easy to imagine all the possibilities of “positioned” in Battery Park.) Brownell, 41, is a real-world sculptor by future applications. Many of those futuristic apps already training who now teaches 3-D computer exist and are instantly downloadable. For design. When he and his cohorts heard example, are you the kind of driver who about this year’s Tech Jam, they thought it chronically forgets where you parked? The would be cool to create an installation that’s Augmented Car Finder app records exactly virtually limitless in its artistic potential. “What inspired us was this idea of public where you leave your car, then leads you back to it later. (If you’ve lost your car keys, sculpture,” Brownell explains. “Could you have a whole show around you that’s invisyou’re on your own.) Do you ever gaze up at the night sky ible unless you have direct access to it?” Part of the appeal of AR is that a deand wonder, “WTF is that cloudy mess of stars?” An app called StarWalk allows the signer can create a 3-D model in virtual user to aim an iPad or iPhone at the sky and space that a viewer can walk around, view from different angles and then click on★to identify specific constellations, planets and New Vintage, & Custom Lighting ★ Lighting Restoration Custom obtain more information. stars. Metalworking ★ Delightful Home Accessories ★ For example, Brownell suggests that Other augmented-reality apps can show you the precise distance to the next golf the architect who eventually designs the View the augmented reality sculpture hole, the elevation of a distant mountain, or proposed Target store in Williston could installation by visiting the Vermont tech Jam, friday and Saturday, October 28 and the year that a gothic cathedral or Masonic potentially create a 3-D architectural ren29, at the Borders building, 29 church St., in dering of the building’s completed design temple was built. Burlington. don’t have a smartphone? take a Coberlin “Coby” Brownell, who’s that could be viewed at its proposed loguided tour at 2 p.m. on friday or 11 a.m. on both a student and adjunct professor at cation. Anyone with a smartphone or eSaturday. tours meet at the champlain college Mfa in emergent Media booth. Champlain College, is currently using that reader could then walk around, and even last app, called Layar. He’s working with inside, the store before a single shovel Outraged, or merely curious, about fellow Champlain instructor Ken Howell breaks ground. The potential for developsomething? Send your burning question to email@example.com. and Chris Thompson, curator of the BCA ment review boards — and environmental Center in Burlington, to create 3-D AR activists — is limitless.
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Another possible application, Brownell says, is to create layers of history around a city. For example, he imagines that, one day, tourists visiting Burlington may be able to point their smartphones at a building on Church Street and instantly call up details of what once stood on that spot, or see an overlaid photo of the building taken 100 years ago. This “virtual Church Street” would allow visitors to interact with the environment and gather historic or architectural details about their surroundings. “We’re hoping from the Tech Jam that, by showing people a few simple explorations of the technology and ‘What would you do with this?’ people will suggest other cool ideas,” Brownell says. In the not-too-distant future, an AR facial-recognition app may be used by Burlington emergency personnel to, say, pull up the electronic medical records of an unconscious patient. Or Burlington police may use a similar app to check the rap sheet of a suspect in custody. To date, much of the AR in Burlington is far less exciting and mostly involves advertisements for local restaurants and stores. And there are plenty of whimsical uses for it. Brownell recalls finding one app that uses facial-recognition software to spot human faces, and then tacks red clown noses on them. “There’s no real life-changing value to it,” he admits, “but it was pretty entertaining.” m
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corpses, the victors soon realize they have no reason to celebrate: “We were in a trap… of our own making. If we stayed where we were, our dead would kill us… [we would be] made sick by the poisonous air bred by those dead thousands.” Hank’s nemesis, the wizard Merlin, shows up to gloat: “Ye were conquerors; ye are conquered!” He then blunders into a live wire and is killed. Riveting stuff, the more so because it was accomplished without computerized special effects. But it’s also double fiction, in terms not just of the story but the idea that cadavers emit toxic fumes. Decaying bodies are
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ark Twain would have said yes. Shopping-mall zombies don’t figure much in the Twainian oeuvre. However, a distantly comparable scenario may be found at the end of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889), in which the protagonist, Hank, and a small group of associates use dynamite, electrocution, drowning and Gatling guns to slaughter the massed chivalry of England — 30,000 knights. Surrounded by
Dear cecil, Zombies have so many disturbing traits, but my question involves only two: the stench of their decomposition, and their tendency to congregate in large numbers. A single dead body gives off a foul odor that is almost overpowering, certainly enough to make a normal person vomit if they were close enough. Now, say you’re one of those zombie-apocalypse survivors, barricading yourself inside a shopping mall, faced with dozens if not hundreds of undead shoppers. Putting aside the brain eating and all that, how dangerous is the combined smell of all those ambulatory corpses? I assume they’re giving off methane or ammonia or some other noxious gas. Would the aggregate stench of hundreds of walking dead make your mall sanctuary uninhabitable, even if you managed to keep from being bitten? Alex, White Post, Virginia
definitely stinky, but the toxic part is a myth. Belief in miasma, as the alleged emanations of the dead were known, dates back to the ancient Greeks. The 1797 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica soberly reported that the “putrid effluvia of dead bodies” was responsible for illness and death in the same way that marsh gas was. One man was reported to have suffered a “violent inflammation” of the throat after merely leaning over a rotting body. Today nobody talks about miasma, but the underlying fear persists, surfacing frequently after natural disasters, when the authorities hastily bury the dead in mass graves to prevent the spread of disease. Such measures are pointless. However funky their smell,
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dead bodies aren’t especially dangerous, setting aside those that are trying to eat your brain. Precautions may be in order when the cause of death is an infectious disease. (Tuberculosis is said to be especially problematic.) But for the most part toxic pathogens are waterborne, not airborne. True, some germs can be spread by aerosol droplets, but these are exhaled only by the living. The dead have stopped breathing, and one assumes the undead have, too. A dead body gives off a variety of gases as it decays. Two of them, aptly named cadaverine and putrescine, are primarily responsible for “dead body smell,” and are produced mainly during the bloat and putrefaction phase of decomposition. The two chemicals are
toxic, but only in large amounts; a 200-pound individual could ingest more than a quarter pound of either without getting a lethal dose. Other gases given off by decaying bodies, such as carbon dioxide, methane and hydrogen sulfide, can also be dangerous, particularly if encountered in a confined space. The first two can suffocate you, and the third is poisonous — every so often you hear of sewer workers being killed by a buildup of hydrogen sulfide in the pipes. Conceivably, therefore, if you were locked up for an extended period with a roomful of rotting zombies, the fumes might accumulate to a perilous degree. I will say personally, however, that if I were in that situation, the danger of hydrogen sulfide poisoning would not be uppermost in my mind. Still, while the stench of zombies probably won’t kill you, it may gross you out of existence. If you’re somewhere that makes you constantly want to throw up, that to me is a good working definition of an uninhabitable environment. A couple caveats, though. First, we’re assuming zombies are in an active state of decomposition, which is the time of peak reek. We don’t know for certain that’s the case, and since zombies are imaginary, we won’t soon find out. Second, as medical students know, you can get used to just about anything. A dab of Vicks VapoRub under the nostrils may disguise the scent of zombies, if there is one. Or you could just be a man and suck it up.
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his or her own brilliance stymies good decision making: it impedes the free and creative exchange of information and ideas. In OWS, being long winded doesn’t get you anywhere. Instead, the crowd spins its arms to say, “Thanks, we get it. Wrap it up.” The gesture is part of a clever sign lexicon that lets everyone be heard without everyone having to speak. If you do speak, you can’t dominate the discussion. You raise your hand, are put “on stack” and wait your turn. And the human mics repeat every speaker’s words, noisy or quiet. Said one protestor: “We amplify each other’s voices.” It’s not that no one ever takes leadership. It’s that anyone can, at any time — and in any way, no doubt informed by gender, class and origin. That many ways
enjoyment of all — and despite constant, shoulder-to-shoulder traffic, the chrysanthemums remain sprightly. The movement is nonpartisan. The Greenham women did not align with either side in the nuclear arms race. Similarly, the Occupy movement refuses to side with any political party. These commitments reinforce the movement’s integrity and garner wide respect. The means are also the ends. “You make the road by walking,” wrote the Spanish poet Antonio Machado. The principle that guides direct democracy — not only a feminist process but also an anarchist one — would seem selfevident: You cannot create a just, peaceful, egalitarian society through coercion, violence or oppression. This isn’t a matter only of doing poli-
Forget comparisons to the ’60s.
What this Occupy movement is emphatically not like is the old (prefeminist, male) New Left. tics. It’s one of daily life. The Greenham women lived on the Earth they wanted to save. Surviving without hot water, electricity or telephones reminded them hourly of the urgency of their cause. Life in Liberty Square is rustic, too. Still, the library is getting huge. The food is healthy, excellent and free to all. The right-wing webzine Newsmax huffed that while other Americans are subsisting on Hamburger Helper, the occupiers are being fed gourmet meals by celebrity chefs. True. So are the homeless participants. Like Greenham, OWS is a cry against
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can flourish together was a discovery of the early liberation movements. The practice is nonviolent. Every time those Berkshire cruise missiles left the base, either for exercises or to go to strategic locations during times of “international tension,” the peace campers dogged the transport. They painted peace signs on the truck windshields or hopped aboard. One woman disabled a vehicle by shoving a potato in its exhaust pipe. Every time, the demonstrators were arrested. Some Wall Street occupiers are itching for confrontation, and they get it. But they are few, and the police initiate most of the head bashing in response to nonviolent, if sometimes illegal, action. The second tenet of the Official Occupy Wall Street Good Neighbor Policy is “zero tolerance for violence or verbal abuse toward anyone.” The third is “zero tolerance for abuse of personal or public property.” Signs ask people to respect the flowers — the park is a public space for the
the commercialization of everything, including death. And politics — political power and political imagination. For 30 years, Americans have been purchasing the solutions to their problems. That has diminished not just the creativity of solutions but the perception of the problems themselves. If there’s no app for it, it doesn’t exist. At Zuccotti, there is nothing to buy — no T-shirts, no buttons, no signs. The 99 Percenters are cooking their movement from scratch. The complaints are many and the vision utopian. Noting that the criticisms of OWS — too many crazy grievances, no strategy — were also hurled at the women’s movement, longtime activist and writer Meredith Tax posted on her eponymous blog the leaflet for the 1970 Boston International Women’s Day march. The leaflet demanded a radical overhaul of everything — from a guaranteed living wage to children’s rights to abortion on demand. It was so long, wrote Tax, it had to be printed on legalsize paper. The occupiers’ grievances range from illegitimate mortgage foreclosures to “private contracts to murder prisoners.” There are famously no demands. That is as it should be, Jonathan Schell wrote in the Nation last week. “It was not a new set of policy ideas that was being born — the world was already overloaded with these, unacted upon — but a new spirit: a spirit of action, without which all the demands in the world are a dead letter.” In 1991, the Greenham women won. The missiles were sent back to the U.S. under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Signed in 1987 by the U.S. and USSR, the treaty began by affirming the peace camp’s position: “Conscious that nuclear weapons would have devastating consequences for all mankind…” Of course, the peace camp didn’t stop the war machine. The convoys are still rolling. Most of the 1970 Boston women’s demands haven’t been met. But feminism changed the world — including Liberty Square. If Occupy jams a potato into the workings of the humanity-devastating machine now, it will change the world again. m
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he closest ancestor of Occupy Wall Street was the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp in Berkshire, England. The encampment started in 1981, after some Welsh feminists called Women for Life on Earth marched from Cardiff to the RAF military base in Berkshire, asking to debate the siting of 96 U.S. cruise nuclear missiles there. Ignored, the women pitched their tents outside the fence. They were told to take their tents down. They slept under tarps or in the open. Over the years, thousands camped out, with as many as 70,000 showing up to link hands and encircle — or, as they put it, “embrace” — the base. Journalists arrived from everywhere. Other camps sprang up across Europe. The women conducted thousands of acts of nonviolent civil disobedience to slow the war machine. They were repeatedly evicted and arrested. But they stayed — for 10 years, until the missiles left, and nine years more, until a monument to their struggle was erected. Forget comparisons to the ’60s. What the current Occupy movement is emphatically not like is the old (pre feminist, male) New Left. The Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York’s Zuccotti Park (renamed Liberty Square) is a feminist phenomenon in both deep and quotidian ways — not just in the ubiquity of women protestors but in its group process, nonviolent ethos, aesthetic feel and emotional tenor. No one, and everyone, leads. “People ask all the time, like, who are the leaders? Well, none of us are leaders. And we’re all leaders. Exactly the same.” So says a woman at the beginning of a Meercatmedia video about consensus at Liberty Square. Early second-wave feminists rejected hierarchies, too. Having walked away from the meetings where the men (and it was always men) who talked the loudest and longest held the floor, 1970s feminists felt there had to be a more effective, and fun, way of working together. The way was leaderlessness. According to some University of Amsterdam psychologists, that intuition was right. Their study found that narcissists tend to rise in organizations, largely because other people think their qualities — confidence, dominance, authority and selfesteem — make them good leaders. In fact, the narcissist’s preoccupation with
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Panda Power Funds, and Con Edison Mountain Coffee Roasters headquarters Development have sunk $90 million into in Waterbury. An informational kiosk in the project. With that much money at the building and an accompanying website stake, Curtis says the developers want display exactly what the Draker sensors are assurances that their investment is paying detecting. On an overcast, 57.1-degree day off. last week, the system was generating 75.8 Privately held Draker appears to have kilowatts of power, enough to offsets up to the right product at the right time. But it 20 percent of the plant’s energy needs. has required smart business moves, hard More recently, Draker joined work and “tremendous effort on their part” Burlington-based Pomerleau Real Estate AND to get there, notes Jeff Wolfe, Y D to build what at the time UB AC CEO of the White River the largest solar K/ was CO UR Junction solar panel in Vermont: TE array company groSolar. the 1-megawatt Employing Ferrisburgh Solar a different Farm off Route metaphor to 7. Curtis says describe solar Draker would industry trends, love to do more Wolfe observes: business in “Rising tide Vermont, but certainly helps government get you the incentives opportunity, but are weak here you have to row compared with really, really hard.” those of other Since its founding states. A pilot Charles “Chach” Curtis in 1999, Draker Labs program called the has installed monitoring “standard offer,” which systems at 500 solar projects extended advantageous rates in the U.S. and Canada, including ones in to solar projects in 2009, attracted a vineyard in Sonoma County, Calif., in a many more applicants than it could Nevada gold mine and on the rooftops accommodate. of seven REI retail stores. When the “We hope the Vermont Legislature 20-megawatt New Jersey solar farm — expands the program,” Curtis said during the largest in the northeastern United a recent interview in his minimally States — went online last month, Draker decorated office. “Clearly the demand is was already knee-deep in an even bigger there.” project: a 30-megawatt solar array in A soft-spoken Connecticut native, Ontario. Curtis joined Draker Labs as CEO two Draker’s sensors are also monitoring years ago. Before that, he worked as chief solar projects in Vermont. The company financial officer and later as vice president partnered with groSolar to build the of sales and business development at 100-kilowatt rooftop array at the Green Northern Power Systems, the Barre-based SY
n a field in southern New Jersey, one of the nation’s largest solar farms is turning sunshine into clean energy with the help of high-tech instruments made in Vermont. The 100acre solar array in Pilesgrove Township uses a data-management system made by Burlington-based Draker Laboratories to track the array’s power output, weather conditions and technical problems in real time. Solar power was the fastest-growing industry in America in 2010, and Draker Labs has been enjoying a wild ride on the “solar-coaster,” as insiders have dubbed it. Company revenues are on track to grow 250 percent this year, and Draker has been on a hiring spree to meet the demand for its product. The company started the year with 12 employees and expects to end it with more than 50. It outgrew its solarpowered offices in Burlington’s Old North End and in April moved into more spacious digs, the former location of Dealer.com in the Maltex Building. At its new office — a bright, postand-beam space with hardwood floors and exposed brick walls — Draker manufactures what it calls “turnkey” monitoring systems for large commercial or utility-scale solar photovoltaic systems. CEO Charles “Chach” Curtis explains them as sensors and instrumentation that collect data about a solar system — amount of sunlight captured, ambient air temperature, kilowatts produced — so operators can tell whether it is performing properly and troubleshoot any problems that arise. That information has become increasingly important as solar power systems get bigger and their owners put more money on the line. For instance, the developers of the New Jersey solar farm,
manufacturer of wind turbines. He got two degrees from Dartmouth College: a bachelor’s in economics and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business. Curtis believes Vermont is a great place for tech companies to do business — though it might not seem that way to outsiders. He says one of the most frequent questions he gets from out-of-state investors is whether he can hire and recruit enough qualified employees in such a small, rural state. “Their vision of Vermont is not exactly high tech,” Curtis says. “The good news is that the technical people that want to work in renewable energy don’t necessarily want to be in New Jersey or metropolitan New York. They can work in this field and live in a beautiful place like Vermont and raise kids here. That’s a home run.” Curtis took over for company founder and chief technical officer A.J. Rossman, who parted ways with Draker this spring because of what he calls “a difference of opinion with a number of things internally, including how we go about sales and how we go after investments.” Rossman still maintains a minority stake in the company, but no longer serves on the staff or board. Rossman admits that he needed management help as the company grew — he’s an engineer, not a businessman — but says it was still hard to walk away from his “baby.” “I developed the technology platform, recruited the team, grew the company, satisfied the customer, grew the niche and essentially outperformed the competition to put Draker in a position to become a large company,” he says. “Now it’s up to the MBAs to grow the value.” Like so many entrepreneurs, Rossman started the company — building solar power systems — in his living room. He founded Draker Solar Design in 1999 when
“There was a time when I didn’t pay employees or myself for nearly three months. Out of the first seven employees I had, only one left — and he ended up coming back. We had a lot of good people who were very committed to what we were doing.” A turning point came in 2008, when Draker secured $1.3 million in venture capital to develop a next-generation energy-monitoring product from a consortium that included Shelburne-
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he moved to Burlington to study for a PhD at the University of Vermont. At first, he built and installed residential solar power systems, but he quickly recognized monitoring was a key niche. “It became apparent to me that people were spending money on systems and had no idea how well they were working,” Rossman says. So he set up a business, named it after his dog Drake and exhibited his product — a prepackaged data-management system
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with a user-friendly web interface — at a trade show. Within days, he had his first customer: a company that sold a commercial power system to a rice farmer in California. Initially, the company, later renamed Draker Laboratories, made monitoring systems for solar and small wind projects — “a little bit of everything,” Rossman recalls. He quickly realized the real growth, and the real money, were in solar. Still, the cash wasn’t exactly rolling in. Rossman says he charged everything on credit cards, then rolled that debt into a second mortgage. He purchased a solarpowered building on North Street and used his equity in it to secure a $200,000 loan from the Vermont Community Loan Fund. “I leveraged every asset I had along the way to meet payroll,” Rossman says.
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based FreshTracks Capital, Campbell Scientific, the Nathaniel Group and Vermont’s Clean Energy Development Fund. This past July, Draker completed another round of equity funding: $3 million from New Hampshire-based Harbor Light Capital Partners will propel research and development of its nextgeneration monitoring instrumentation. “If you start gaining traction and success, you outgrow funding sources in Vermont. You’re forced to look out of state,” explains Curtis. “That’s a double-edged sword in that you need capital to grow, but the more you take from out of state, [the more] you weaken your ties to Vermont. We’ve seen a number of successful tech start-ups acquired or moved out of state as they’ve grown. I don’t see that being a risk here.” Looking ahead, Draker’s goal is to launch internationally by the end of 2012. Curtis sees “huge potential” in Europe, particularly in solar-friendly Germany and Italy. The challenge, he says, will be to grow smart. “We’re conscious of not piling on too much, too fast,” he says. “Frankly, the challenge for us is execution.” m
Seeking Geeks Vermont companies compete to find qualified tech workers By Kevin J. Kelley
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ecruiters for Vermont tech companies wish they could find more job candidates like Anthony Urena. The computer information technology major at Champlain College says he hopes to find suitable work in either Vermont or his native New Hampshire. “I’m tempered by the cold weather and love the ecological friendliness of the residents,” Urena says of the Burlington area. Plus, he’s more focused on his prospects for career advancement than on getting the biggest possible paycheck as soon as he can. At a time when 14 million Americans are looking for work, many of the state’s tech firms are experiencing a labor shortage. That’s due, in part, to the sector’s rapid growth — in Vermont and elsewhere in the country. South Burlington-based Logic Supply, for example, had three employees in 2004; it’s got 34 today. MyWebGrocer has tripled its workforce in the past three years; all 130 of its employees will soon be toiling away in the company’s newly purchased and renovated corporate headquarters at Winooski’s Champlain Mill. But, while tech jobs pay more than most in Vermont — the average salary for a software developer was $77,150 in 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — they’re more lucrative elsewhere. A recent college graduate with the right skill set might earn at least a third more at an established tech company along Boston’s Route 128 than at a young digital business in the Burlington area, estimates Mark Heyman, human resources director for Logic Supply, which creates specialpurpose hardware for businesses. Even in Massachusetts, “Demand for high-tech talent is so great that workers are turning down six-figure salaries, and companies are offering five-figure cash bounties for successful referrals,” the Boston Globe recently reported. As long as American universities continue to turn out insufficient numbers of graduates in science, technology, engineering and math — aka STEM — wages will rise as the number of available workers falls, causing the cycle to spin ever faster. “We’re seeing powerful salary inflation again in the high-tech sector,” confirms Tim Kenney, chief operating officer of MyWebGrocer, which puts retail grocers on the web. “The cost of living here doesn’t square with the pay scale,” he adds, noting that the Burlington area’s expensive housing makes the lower local pay rates even less attractive. But money alone doesn’t account for the difficulty of filling vacancies in Vermont’s tech job market. “We pay nationally
competitive rates,” says Dealer.com marketing chief Eliza Kelly. Salary deficiency “isn’t an issue for us.” But because Dealer’s growth has been so swift — it has doubled to nearly 500 Burlington employees in the past three years — it’s constantly prowling for talent. And the company, which designs websites and software for car dealerships,
does much of its head-hunting far from its headquarters on Burlington’s Pine Street. Executives in charge of hiring point out that Vermont’s small population yields a shallow pool of technologically proficient candidates. “We almost always have to look elsewhere for engineering hires,” says Kathy Gendron, vice president for human
resources at BioTek in Winooski, which specializes in micro-instrumentation. Kelly says Dealer.com is more likely to find engineers near its Manhattan Beach branch in crowded southern California than in northern Vermont. To address the dearth of skilled candidates, some local tech companies have
cultivated relationships with potential feeder schools such as Vermont Technical College and Champlain College; some offer paid internships. Logic Supply seeded a scholarship fund for Champlain students who excel in their tech studies. The University of Vermont produces a few engineering grads equipped to excel in specialized positions, and MicroStrain in Williston has been quick to offer them jobs. Steve Arms, a UVM grad, founded the company, which makes tiny sensors for applications ranging from knee implants to drone navigation. “A lot of our people were hired locally,” notes Dave Churchill, MicroStrain’s vice president of engineering. Generally, though, the engineering school at UVM “isn’t at as high a level as some other places. We need the cream of the cream.” An insistence on hiring only the best
distance, says executive vice president Charlie Rattigan. And, since his two-year-old firm calls itself the market leader in wildlife and nature apps for mobile phones, it probably makes sense for Green Mountain Digital to stay put in a rural
area. But MicroStrain doesn’t like telecommuting, either. “You can’t build a team” when someone’s not physically in the workplace, Churchill says. MyWebGrocer and Dealer.com each have a few telecommuting employees, but neither company seems eager to enlarge their number. “You lose communications” when a worker doesn’t put in face time in the Champlain Mill, Kenney says. Dealer has “only a handful” of employees, including one of the company’s lead recruiters, who commute “via Skype and airplane,” Kelly adds. Dealer, she says, “has been testing this out in the past year.”
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Global-Z’s current opening for a marketing assistant “offers partial telecommuting options,” HR manager Balzer says, explaining that the right person for the job wouldn’t have to come into the office more than twice a month. The Benningtonbased company doesn’t have much choice about permitting telecommuting, given that it’s situated in an area with “a lower pay scale even compared to Burlington and Montpelier and definitely the [Albany] Capital District,” Balzer says. The lack of opportunities for lateral movement also handicaps Vermont companies that compete for employees with businesses in tech-dense areas. “Vermont has a reputation for not offering a lot of options,” says Logic Supply’s Heyman. “That hurts us.” A mid-20ish techie hired by a Burlington business may well be ready for new challenges — and higher pay — by age 30, but he or she will probably have to move out of state to find a comfortable fit. “Young employees do like having mobility,” notes Gendron at BioTek.
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can lead to a protracted and often frustrating recruitment process for many Vermont tech companies. “We look for a high level of passion and a deep knowledge of tech. Finding that is a real challenge,” says Heyman of Logic Supply. “It takes time to locate the right candidate.” MicroStrain spent seven months landing the most recent addition to its 55member workforce, Churchill reports. Same deal at Bennington’s Global-Z International, which manages other companies’ international mailing lists. “We’re very meticulous in our recruiting process,” says HR manager Aniko Balzer. “Matching up with the chemistry and culture of our company is very important.” Not surprisingly, most Vermont tech companies aren’t wild about allowing workers to live out of state — though some are starting to experiment with permitting telecommuting rather than making new hires relocate. Though it’s far from any sizable city, Woodstock-based Green Mountain Digital expects its employees to live within driving
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Engineering « p.29 Cohn does look cool — in a geeky kind of way — casually crafting code beside his pumpkin robot, its orange eyes glowing while its electronic innards hum and gurgle. Ever since he began his educational outreach, Cohn has fashioned himself as a mad scientist, and he looks the part: His longish white-grey hair and full beard encircle his face like a static halo. Why has this technical genius devoted so much time to education? Cohn reaches into his pocket and pulls out a small stone engraved with the name Sam. It’s a tribute to Cohn’s middle son, who was killed in a traffic accident in 2006 at age 14. Ever since, Cohn has poured most of his energy into engaging kids Sam’s age with the magic of science and engineering. “It’s the
example, you could pry off the back of a television set and find generic components wired together to make the thing work. The computer chip changed all that. Suddenly, people like Cohn and his colleagues at IBM started loading all those components onto specialized chips. You couldn’t see what was in there and how it was working, let alone take it apart and repurpose it. But Cohn says technology is swinging back to transparency, for one simple reason: “Geeky people invented the Internet,” he says. Cohn stops pacing for a moment and turns his attention to Stanton, who is struggling with the monster’s mouth. It is supposed to open and close when someone speaks into a microphone. It’s not working. Cohn takes the mic and tries a few booming hellos. Nothing. He tries a different pitch. mATThEw ThoRsEn
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thing that has made the most sense to me,” he says. “In some ways, it’s been healing.” Cohn gets up from his generator and begins pacing up and down the trail leading deeper into the Haunted Forest. When he was a child, Cohn says, he didn’t need any compelling character to convince him to pursue technology. Growing up in Houston, Texas, he was “completely surrounded by the space craze,” he wrote in a Huffington Post essay. By the time he saw Neil Armstrong’s feet touch the dusty surface of the moon, the 10-year-old Cohn had made up his mind to study engineering. Then again, he was “really geeky,” he admits. Cohn spent much of his early childhood tinkering with Heathkits, the do-it-yourself kits that provided electronics hobbyists with all the components — and instructions — they’d need to build their own TVs, radios or other gadgets. “It was uncool to begin with, but then over the next 20 years, it became decreasingly cool,” says Cohn. Why? Electronics were becoming steadily less accessible to hobbyists because “the technology became a little less transparent,” he says. In the ’60s, for
Nothing. He breaks into song: “Hello, I love you, won’t you…” Still nothing. He passes the mic back to Stanton, offers some words of encouragement and wanders back out to the trail to resume his thought. The Internet, Cohn says, made technology accessible again because it allowed people to share ideas — and, more amazingly, to share code and design files, giving way to the phenomenon that is “open source.” As a result, a new componentry was born, says Cohn. He gestures to the pumpkin robot and explains that it operates on an Arduino microcontroller, the open-source circuit board designed to make electronics more accessible to hobbyists and scientists alike. “The team has created a company based on giving everything away,” wrote Wired magazine of the Italian firm responsible for the board. “On its Web site, it posts all its trade secrets for anyone to take … Download them and you can manufacture an Arduino yourself; there are no patents.” Kinda like a high-tech Heathkit. Now that DIY technology is feasible — and relatively affordable — Cohn and other local tech educators want to make it available to Vermont communities. It’s one
thing to wow kids with an animatronic monster; it’s another to give them the tools to make something themselves. “I can tell you about riding a bike, but it’s pointless,” says Cohn. “You’ve got to do it.” To that end, for the last year or so, Cohn has been working with Essex High School and the University of Vermont to set up a network of so-called “makerspaces.” The labs would be equipped with tools such as 3-D printers and circuit-board cutters, staffed by students and other trained community members, and open to students and the general public. Essex High School received a $50,000 grant last summer to create its lab, which would be affiliated with another lab at UVM, says Joe Chase, the high school’s learning community leader for math, science and design technology. Chase was first introduced to the makerspace concept when he and some colleagues visited an engineering and science magnet school in Virginia. He approached Cohn to be on the advisory board. “The idea is to put state-of-theart equipment into the hands of students,” says Chase. They’re more likely to pursue a career in engineering, he adds, if they can make things that actually J ohN work, rather than wasting school hours on “projects made out of popsicle sticks.” Another bonus: Makerspaces would offer opportunities for people to work across disciplines — an artist may want to partner with a computer scientist, say, to design a template for a metal sculpture. Chase and Cohn agree this is likely to attract more girls and young women to the male-dominated field. According to Cohn, less than 20 percent of engineers are women. The field “hasn’t been very inviting,” he says, citing a recent study in which people were asked what they think about engineering. The top three answers were: “It’s difficult.” “You have to be really good at math and science.” “It’s not for everyone.” Still, Cohn believes that the public perception — at least among young people — is shifting. The kids he works with these days equate engineering less with nerdy computer programming and more with design and innovation. “It’s all about engaging people’s imaginations,” says Cohn, who has done some crazy things in the name of that goal. For 58 days in 2009, he lived in an abandoned Los Angeles warehouse with nine other cast members of the Discovery Channel show “The Colony.” The controlled living space was designed to simulate life after a global catastrophe. Cohn was the resident inventor, hacking together makeshift electronics and — what reality show would be complete without it? — eating rat meat.
To Cohn, it was one more opportunity to connect with young viewers and get them psyched about science and engineering. So did it work? “I have 4100 Facebook friends,” he says proudly. “It got a lot of people talking. I can’t think of a better way to reach so many people all at once.” He reached another community that year at Burning Man, the annual art festival in the Nevada desert. Cohn and his friend Homer Wells, the Monkton sculptor and mechanical mastermind who devised and built Project-x’s pneumatic structure, constructed a massive self-powered, drivable ferris wheel for the event. On YouTube, you can watch their creation in action, the wheel blinged out with colorful lights, its rotating ski lift chairs filled with nearly naked festivalgoers grooving to a pumping bass. “It’s senseless beauty,” says Cohn. And then there’s his music video, “Engineering Paradise,” which has more than 158,000 hits on YouTube. Decked out in a tie-dye lab coat, the mad scientist spoofs rapper Coolio in a pretty successful effort — if the comments below the video are any indication — to make engineering cool. It doesn’t hurt that he throws down hilarious, cohN and often biting, rhymes such as, “If you be a gamer you can’t give me no lip ’cuz when you be fraggin’ yo homies, you be usin’ my chip.” Some say the open-source era has marked the end of the inventor; Cohn doesn’t buy it. Sure, the individual glory of Thomas Edison-style inventing might be gone, but Cohn is confident that kids today are excited by the prospect of using new technology to produce innovative and meaningful things, especially when it comes to facing down their generation’s big issues, such as climate change. “You don’t have to sell kids on the fact that technology might have gotten us into this mess, but technology might also get us out of it,” he says. Plus, these kids aren’t interested in creating stuff that will make them rich and famous. He believes what motivates kids to create is exactly what motivates him: the simple joy of creating and the desire to do good work. “Doing something good could mean saving the rainforest, or it could mean having a really good time at a rave,” he says, grinning. “Making gadgets isn’t that important to me. But making peace or art or music is.” m
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sold to security experts at major corporations, universities, and U.S. military and intelligence agencies. Porcello, 32, is a former IT security expert from Boston who spent five years at Vermont Mutual Insurance Group in Montpelier before leaving the company in June just as his business took off. He says the idea behind the Pwn Plug — a “drop
niche of the information security world known as “vulnerability assessment,” an umbrella term for various technical analyses of computer networks. Simply put, a vulnerability assessment looks for weaknesses or avenues that allow hackers to enter a network undetected. Once inside, a hacker may try to damage, disrupt or shut down an organization’s operations, as a hacker named “Codeine” did to the University of Vermont’s website in
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any a lucrative industry is born from antiestablishment roots. Hip-hop music tapped the gritty lifestyle of inner-city gangs and turned it into solid gold. Surfers and skateboarders turned once-maligned and often-illegal recreational pastimes into family-friendly, multibillion-dollar industries. Similarly, the cyber-security world has its share of entrepreneurs who wear the “hacker” label with pride. Hacker Jeff Moss, aka “The Dark Tangent,” founded two of the world’s largest hacker conventions, Black Hat Technical Security Conference and DEF CON Hacking Conference. In recent years, these annual events have morphed into recruitment grounds for cyber-security experts working at the FBI, CIA, NSA and Pentagon. Further evidence that the lines between the black hats and white hats can be blurry: In April, Moss was appointed chief security officer for the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the group charged with preserving the operational stability of the Internet. Vermont’s own Pwnie Express, founded in 2010, also embraces the hacker aesthetic. The company sells products that allow its clients to test for vulnerabilities in their computer networks. The name comes from the hacker term “pwn” — it rhymes with “own” — which means to control another person’s computer, often surreptitiously and for unscrupulous purposes. Despite the illicit-sounding moniker, company founder and sole employee Dave Porcello says Pwnie Express is one of the good guys. His clients are all “legitimate security professionals” who work to keep criminal hackers from breaching their firewalls and wreaking havoc on their organizations. Pwnie Express helps its clients play defense by providing a good offense. Porcello admits that the company’s hottest product, the “Pwn Plug,” is a very powerful offensive tool that can be dangerous in the wrong hands. Little wonder that since its release, in August 2010, hundreds of Pwn Plugs have been
box,” or tiny computer, that’s designed to give a user remote access to a computer network through covert channels — has been floating around for years. He was simply the first to commercialize it. “It’s something that hackers are actively using, so security professionals have to be aware of it, too,” Porcello explains. “And some of them are realizing they have to be using them themselves.” Mark Hughes, a former U.S. Army cryptographer who handles marketing for Pwnie Express, explains how the Pwn Plug fits into a previously unfilled
August. A hacker may plant malicious software, or “malware,” to harvest valuable data, such as credit card numbers and other personally identifiable information that can be used for fraud and identity theft. A hacker may also steal proprietary information for industrial espionage, state secrets for cyberterrorism, or classified information to shame or embarrass a government. “A lot of times you can be losing data and not know you’re losing [them], and still be held responsible,” Hughes
explains. “So, the question is, how can you get on to your own network and know whether data [are] leaking?” Security experts protect against such leakage, sometimes called “data exfiltration,” by conducting penetration testing, or “pentesting” for short. In effect, pentesting identifies those vulnerabilities, then exploits them in the same way a hacker would. Enter the Pwn Plug, a 1.2-gigahertz microcomputer that’s about the size of a battery charger and fits in the palm of your hand. It plugs into a wall outlet and connects to a network either wirelessly or via an ethernet cable. It runs a suite of open-source software familiar to all security professionals, but it’s the first device that lets a user operate it remotely. The Pwn Plug is small, portable and relatively inexpensive — it sells for $380 — and part of its appeal is its stealthy profile. Since the device can easily be mistaken for an AC adaptor or power brick, the Pwn Plug can be placed in an office surreptitiously and never attract suspicion. In fact, it even comes with decals that can camouflage it as another gizmo, such as a plug-in air freshener. Once connected, Hughes says, the Pwn Plug creates an “encrypted tunnel” through the firewall and out of the network. Essentially, this secure channel can then be used to control the device remotely. It’s at the discretion of the user to determine what software tools he or she decides to run — and for what purposes. Who’s getting the Pwn Plug? Porcello and Hughes won’t disclose the names of specific customers, but of the more than 400 devices that Pwnie Express has sold — the majority in the last three months — some have gone to Fortune 50 companies, the U.S. Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and Department of Defense. In fact, Pwnie Express now has the authority to sell to any agency of the U.S. government and has secured export certification, though the company can’t sell to foreign governments. (Porcello claims an order even came in from Iran; it was denied.)
One Pwnie Express buyer is a security professional who was tasked by his employer, a major national bank, with infiltrating 14 of the company’s branches. According to Hughes, the security professional would enter each branch and pretend to be a maintenance worker who was monitoring the building’s climate-control system. Each time he was allowed inside, he’d connect the Pwn Plug to a computer via an ethernet cable. One bank manager even got up from her chair and allowed him to climb under her desk to install it. The exercise demonstrated to the bank just how easy it would be to pierce its defenses. And just last week, Hughes was contacted by a state attorney general’s office, which ordered a “Pwn Phone” — a similar Pwnie Express product, which operates on cellphone and wireless
Stephenson, who is familiar with the Pwn Plug but hasn’t tested one himself, calls the device “a very dangerous tool, because it provides the ability to have a back door into the network.” As he explains, most computer networks are what he calls “candy networks: They’re hard and crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.” That is, in recent years firewalls have become sufficiently hardened to keep out most unwanted visitors. The far bigger threats these days are those that come from inside the firewall, where it’s far less common for data to be encrypted. How do hackers get to the “soft inside”? Stephenson likens today’s most serious computer threats to vampires: They can’t bite you in your own home unless they’re invited inside. Hackers do this in a variety of ways, such as by send-
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ing seemingly innocuous and legitimate emails containing attachments with malware or other hidden programs. The Pwn Plug, he adds, could be used as a security tool, or “like the vampire.” Once allowed inside, it can suck your network dry. Stephenson emphasizes that he’s not denigrating the product or its developer. “I have all the respect in the world for those folks [at Pwnie Express],” he adds. “What these guys have done with this thing is clever. The technology is good technology.” At the same time, Stephenson notes that when he mentioned the Pwn Plug to Norwich’s security engineer, “His immediate reaction was, ‘I’m glad that that won’t work on our network, because if it did, every student in here would have one.’” When asked about that remark, Porcello’s smile could almost be heard over the phone line. “I don’t know,” he says. “A lot of people think that. But in reality, I can pretty much guarantee that this would get through their network.” Let the cyber games begin. m
networks — to track an ethnic gang that traffics in children. As Porcello puts it, “Apparently, this is something people have been waiting for.” Although Pwnie Express was incorporated last year, Porcello says he sold fewer than a half-dozen Pwn Plugs in 2010 and did no marketing whatsoever on the product until recently. Porcello and several of his subcontractors (including Hughes) attended Black Hat in late July but didn’t even set up a booth. Nevertheless, as they arrived at the convention site, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Porcello recalls riding up the escalator and being surprised by a giant Cisco Systems banner on the wall that read, “Take our security challenge and win a Pwnie Express Pwn Phone.” The following week, at the DEF CON conference in Vegas, Pwnie Express set up a booth and sold more than 200 Pwn Plugs in three days. “It was extremely well received,” Porcello says. The potential for abuse of these devices is obvious. Peter Stephenson is director of Norwich University’s Center for Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics, and also serves as Norwich’s chief information security officer. He says Norwich is hit by about 13,000 cyber attacks per day, so he fully appreciates the nature of the risks out there.
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ou go online to play a new game called “Roy G Beats.” Immediately, you hear a rhythmic, industrial clank, and it picks up speed. Syncopated percussion on a muted high-hat adds an almost jazzy kick. A slightly twangy, electronic melody line bubbles up. All this coalesces into a bouncy soundtrack, and you find your toes tapping, head bobbing, your body moving in sync. And this is before “Roy G Beats” even begins. Click on the game’s introduction, and you hear an even sunnier riff, vaguely reminiscent of an old Allman Brothers tune. But start to play in earnest and the sounds turn edgier, slightly sinister, nudging up the adrenaline level as you try to defend a cute little 3-D robot named Roy against an invading horde of bugs. You become aware that your own moves elicit a variety of tones. “Roy G Beats” is an online towerdefense game created by Dev Jana, 35, a game designer and assistant professor at Burlington’s Champlain College. A multi-instrumentalist, he also composes the procedural music for his games.
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Recently, he’s helped to create a new specialty within Champlain’s nationally renowned Game Studio: sonic arts. The way a game sounds, he believes, is at least as important as how it looks. This weekend at the Vermont Tech Jam, Jana says visitors will be able to hear, and play, “Roy G Beats” on Mac and PC — “It will be about 98 percent done,” he promises. Versions for iPhone, and
Android platforms will roll out by early December. After that, the owner of Jana Media will begin production on his next two games. Jana doesn’t spend much time sitting still. “I’m extraordinarily active,” he declares in between bites of pizza at a recent lunchtime interview. “I hate sleeping.” Indeed. The speed at which Jana
moves is mirrored in the way his words should be able to name people who are tumble out, as if trying to keep up with making games here.” his thoughts. Check out his guitar playJana wants to help change that. ing on YouTube, and you can see his “The Tech Jam is kind of a coming-out fingers are equally nimble. party for me,” he suggests. He’s eager The son of immigrants — Indian to demonstrate that Vermont is exactly father, Filipina mother — Jana was the kind of place for small, start-up, born in Erie, Pa., and earned degrees technology-based business. in computer systems and game anima“I want to attract part of the billiontion. Over the decade before he came to dollar gaming industry here,” Jana says. Burlington, he taught at several schools “People get connected here; there’s around the country, worked for private camaraderie and community. There’s companies large and small, designed the kind of strong working environment games, created apps for the iPhone, and that can help sustain a gaming industry.” … apparently didn’t sleep much. Though he believes games are an Since arriving here just over a year important way to reach “young minds,” ago with his wife, Krystal, Jana has fully Jana points out that games aren’t just immersed himself in what he calls a for kids anymore. “Games are starting “very welcoming” community — both to mature,” he says. “It’s a great artisticacademic and musical. He plays in sev- experience medium and an enormous eral bands — Workingman’s Army, Phil industry. There is no reason to approach Yates and the Affiliates it as toys.” and his own Dragonfly Crispel agrees. “Games Physics — and has are becoming mainstream quickly become a popular communication media,” instructor at Champlain. she says, noting that some “We were very happy of Champlain’s gaming to find him,” says Amanda graduates work in public Crispel, game-program relations, business, edudirector and manager cation and other kinds of of the Game Studio, in instruction. “There are a phone interview. “He lots of arenas and learnhas an incredible skill ing environments.” She set. Students are fighting also agrees that Vermont DE V JANA over getting into his prois “an excellent place for duction class.” Crispel small, independent stuadds that Jana’s audio course has made dios” in the gaming industry. “My one Champlain’s game-design curricula gripe,” Crispel adds, “is the Vermont “even richer.” Department of Labor, which stands in Since it launched in 2004, the col- the way of success of small tech studios lege’s Game Studio — which offers because of the way they handle contract design, art and animation, production, labor. It drives contract work out of and programming in a “cohort,” team- state.” based structure — has grown dramatiThe growing number of technolcally. Jana is one of 15 teachers oversee- ogy businesses — and tech-minded ing a cohort of nearly 350 students. “It’s graduates — in Vermont may eventually now a fifth of our college population,” lobby for changes in that environment. Crispel notes. Meanwhile, Dev Jana keeps busy teachThis year, the Princeton Review ing design, making games and composranked it among the top 10 game-design ing music. “I’m trying to show people programs in the country. A bonus: how important sound is,” he says. Selected Game Studio students get Studies have shown, he adds, that “those cutting-edge, real-world experience who listen to or play music regularly working on outside projects with game- have less memory loss.” design professionals at the college’s Remember that when you’re defendEmergent Media Center. And they have ing Roy against the bugs. m an opportunity to study at Champlain’s Montréal campus; the Québec city is the world’s second-largest game development center, home to Electronic Arts Dev Jana is demonstrating his new and Ubisoft. game, “Roy G Beats,” at the Vermont Jana says he finds teaching at Tech Jam on Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29, at the Borders Champlain “very fulfilling.” But he’s less building, 29 Church St., in Burlington. effusive about the state of Vermont’s gamestudio.champlain.edu, general support for the gaming indusjanamedia.com try. “I can name 15 rock bands,” he says of the vibrant local music scene. “We
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Following two devastating floods this summer, HAlf PInt fArm in Burlington’s Intervale has found a way to make lemons into lemonade — or rather, green chiles into breakfast burritos. “After the flooding of the spring, I freaked out, and I was like, ‘This is going to be the shortest summer on record,’” says mArA WElton, who runs the farm with her husband, sPEnCEr. “I started canning and preserving and roasting and freezing. Then Irene happened, and I was like, ‘All right, it is the shortest season.’” Two weeks ago, the Weltons had their kitchen licensed for professional use. At this year’s BurlInGton WIntEr fArmErs mArkEt, the couple will sell all the peppers, tomatoes and onions they froze over the short summer — as burritos. Both grew up eating burritos in Colorado. “When tragedy strikes, I go to my comfort zone, which is cooking my grandma’s food,” says Mara. Earlier this month, Spencer’s mother lovingly carted pinto beans Mara and across the country Spencer Welton from a favorite Colorado farm to supply the couple. The Weltons will make their own tortillas on the eve of each market. The day will start with vegetarian or sausage-filled breakfast burritos. At lunch time, the couple will serve bean burritos topped with pork with green chile sauce, vegetarian red chile sauce or both, in a combination they call “Christmas.” And Christmas will come early this year for Mexican food lovers — the Winter Farmers Market starts on November 5.
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On some evenings when Amy or JEssE CArst brewed a cup of tea, one or more of their three children used to clamor for one, too. Rather than enjoying what their parents drank, though, the kids tended to turn up their noses at the intense flavors. “Sometimes I found excuses not to make it for them,” says Amy Carst, but she and her husband eventually realized they’d rather their kids drink tea than soda or hot chocolate. So the Warren couple began spending 10 minutes each night in their kitchen, finding blends their kids might like — a process that took more than a year. They also wove art and music into the new family tea-drinking ritual. “We wanted to incorporate all of these things to make it an interactive experience,” says Amy Carst. The Carsts have decided to spin the fruits of those labors — “organic, caffeinefree, sugar-free, artificial sweetener-free, fair trade” teas — into the GroovE tEA ProJECt, a line of teas for kids. Since all the flavors are named for songs from collaborating musicians, a music album is forthcoming, as well. Two of the flavors — the intensely aromatic A Little Night Music, which smells like warm apple pie; and the vanilla-mint Le Boogie à Velo — launched last week. A third berry flavor, BarengeburiBubuland, will follow in a few weeks. All are sweetened with Stevia leaves and boast
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When I first heard about the new Vermont Eats app from its originator, Dorian Yates, my curiosity was piqued. An app that truly covers the local food landscape would be worth twice this price, especially as it’s built with intel from Yates’ book of the same name. Unfortunately, getting this app onto your phone is cumbersome. First, you need to download the developer’s Sutro World app, then download the 300-plus megabytes of data for the Vermont Eats guide. The download kept pausing when my phone was asleep and ultimately took three days. (Yates says this bug is fixed with the most recent version of Sutro World, but it still didn’t work smoothly for me). The app itself is ambitious and impressive, though, with more than 400 listings for farms, cafés, farmers markets and food producers all over the state. Each has its own tiny thumbnail, which is probably what slows down the program. Once the kinks are worked out and users begin uploading comments, Vermont Eats will be a valuable resource for locals and agrotourists alike.
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For instance, I was recently seduced by some fresh trout filets in my local supermarket. The gourmet recipe clearinghouse Epicurious — gorgeous but sluggish to load — suggested I pair the fish with parsley pesto, orange-rosemary butter sauce, or pumpkin seeds and cabbagecilantro salad. All lovely ideas, but moves I would probably not attempt on a weeknight. When you enter your item into the more basic Allrecipes, it allows you to filter dishes with parameters such as “no dairy” or “low sodium,” and then lists dozens of simple — and user-rated — recipes. For trout, Allrecipes suggested techniques for grilling, glazing and pan sautéing with fiddleheads. I picked a simple amandine. If you don’t have a specific ingredient in mind, you can use the “spinner,” a set of dials with which you choose the dish type, main ingredient (e.g., lamb or shellfish) and amount of time you have to cook.
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appreciated,” writes Kulchak in an email. Winter is nearly upon us, but farmers recovering from Tropical Storm Irene may be busier than usual during the frigid months now that they have means to repair the damage. In its second round of grants, the VERMONT DISASTER RELIEF FUND awarded $237,500 to 49 farms damaged by flooding, bringing the total grants so far to $540,000. One hundred and one farmers have received aid. —C.H .
Hospitals don’t generally get kudos for feeding the public, but FLETCHER ALLEN HEALTH CARE is an exception. Last week, Health Care Without Harm, an international sustainable health care coalition, bestowed two first-place awards on the hospital: the Sustainable Food Procurement Award and the Sustainable Food Public Policy and Advocacy Award. Burlington’s hospital beat out more than 430 others for the honors by spending more than a third of its annual $3.5 million budget
content is limited, especially considering the price. Most damningly, neither of these two is searchable by ingredient. How to Cook Everything, on the other hand, offered numerous recipes for that glut of squash we face this time of year. The app is compatible with how many Vermont foodies cook: using whatever is local and seasonal. Also, nested within each recipe are graceful illustrations and techniques for tasks such as peeling garlic and filleting fish.
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This is another crowded category, but not all cheese apps are created equal, and some have nary a Vermont variety on their lists. Fromage, however, includes several local cheeses among its tasting notes — Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery Bonne Bouche, Cabot cheddars and Cobb Hill’s Ascutney Mountain among them. The app offers fun pairing suggestions — though some border on the obscure. A super-Tuscan Tassinaia with Spring Brook’s Tarentaise? Um, OK. Still, Fromage is a decent tool to have when navigating unfamiliar names at a cheese counter.
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Once I’d settled on a dinner of trout amandine and roasted butternut squash, I wanted to choose a wine that paired with both. More than a dozen wine-pairing apps currently jockey for users — I chose four — and each takes a different approach. With Wine to Match, a user is asked only broadly about ingredients — trout becomes “white fish,” for instance, and some foods, such as nuts, aren’t included. Enter Natalie MacLean, the saucy Australian wine author who recently launched her own wine-pairing app. Her marketing has been so intense that I was dubious it would amount to much. I was wrong. MacLean’s app is loaded with recipes for pairing, and can scan wine-bottle bar codes to generate tasting notes. For my meal, her app suggested an Old World Chardonnay; for the squash, a Viognier. At Fine Wine
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n his commute to Burlington’s Rhino Foods, Dale Conoscenti has a mantra that plays on a loop in his head. He’ll spend the day testing ice creams and cheesecakes at the factory best known for its Chessters ice-cream-cookie sandwiches, but the words that seize his brain each morning are less appetizing. “Glucose and sucrose make fructose,” he chants. “Monosaccharides, fructose, galactose, glucose…” Sound like the inner workings of a classically trained chef? Hardly. But despite earning his degree from the New England Culinary Institute during the strictly French-influenced 1980s, Conoscenti is not your average classically trained chef. Last week, he became the 76th professional to pass the international Research Chefs Association’s grueling test to become a certified research chef. That job title applies to cooks who carefully conceive and test food for fast-food chains and other food manufacturers. And Conoscenti is not the only one certified in Vermont. John Shaffer, a flavor guru at Ben & Jerry’s, is the other. Conoscenti, 57, also got his start in research and development at the Vermont ice cream superpower. Over eight years there, beginning in 1993, he developed flavors including Fossil Fuel; Pistachio, Pistachio; Holy Cannoli and Lemon Swirl sorbet. Through Ben & Jerry’s, he designed the Newman’s Own ice cream brand, hashing out ideas with its film-star owner over games of pool at Newman’s offices in Greenwich, Ct. Conoscenti’s gig as corporate research chef at Rhino Foods is the 54th job in his career, he says. Other stops on his wild ride included creating healthy gourmet lunches at Barre schools in the 1990s, for which he garnered national praise; and running his own critically acclaimed Montpelier restaurant, Conoscenti, at the start of the millennium. He left the stress of chef/ownership to take a job as corporate chef for the Indianapolis-based diner chain Steak ‘n Shake. Next, Conoscenti created gourmet cookies in Boston at Dancing Deer Baking Co. But the increasingly demanding schedule did not fit with his other job: raising his daughter, now four
and a half. So, in 2008, Conoscenti joined Rhino Foods, which has allowed him to spend more time with his family — and, for the past two and a half years, to study for the research-chef certification. He would rise at 4 a.m., seven days a week, to cram On Cooking: a Textbook of Culinary Fundamentals and Understanding Food Science and Technology. This may sound like the habit of a lifelong science geek, but Conoscenti says that the subject had terrified him in school. “I avoided all the sciences as
much as I could,” he admits. “I felt intimidated by it.” That changed at NECI, where Conoscenti realized he was a hands-on learner. “All of a sudden, science was different for me,” he says. “I wasn’t studying it out of a book. It was like being in a lab all the time.” Conoscenti had discounted math, too, until he began using often-complex formulas in his work developing recipes and making nutritional labels for products.
Despite more than two decades working in the milieu of emulsifiers and preservatives, Conoscenti had failed the test twice before he recently aced the proctored exam at NECI. “There’s a reason there are only 75 of us,” he says, citing officials at the Research Chefs Association. That number will likely increase, according to Conoscenti. When it comes to making nationally distributed food, companies look for someone with expertise not only in the principles of cooking and recipe development, but also in microbiology, heat transfer and packaging, he says. All of these skills are applicable as Conoscenti tests ice cream flavors, particulates (mix-ins) and baked goods. Rhino Foods’ branded products account for only a small portion of its business. The company’s bread and butter is copacking, which means creating, producing and, yes, packing products for other brands. Until recently, every Toll House chocolate-chip ice cream sandwich was made at Rhino’s Industrial Parkway factory. So were Ben & Jerry’s ’Wich sandwiches. Rhino still makes Hood’s ice cream sandwiches. Once through the factory door, visitors must don a hairnet and sanitize the bottoms of their shoes in a misting machine. Down the hall, the R&D office is labeled with a warning that nut products are used therein. What the warning doesn’t say is that every product inside is kosher and subject to surprise visits from a local rabbi. Inside, Conoscenti and his part-time assistant, fellow Ben & Jerry’s alum Rob Douglas, have finally perfected a graband-go cheesecake for Chicago-based manufacturer Prairie City Bakery. They started the process in July, when the company asked Conoscenti to create a cheesecake to its specifications. The single-serving dessert will be sold primarily at convenience stores, so ease was paramount. The cake needed to withstand freezing, be shelf stable for 10 days to two weeks, be simple to eat without utensils, be sturdy but not foldable — and it had to taste good.
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Conoscenti says they used the first 20 test batches to capture the desired taste. He sent each version to Prairie City executives to try, with instructions on how to properly thaw the samples for optimal flavor. No matter what he did, though, the tasters wanted more creamcheese flavor. The problem was, cream cheese is just too soft for the desired consistency of the product. Ultimately, Conoscenti settled on a combination of powdered natural cream cheese and yogurt flavorings. For 10 more batches, Conoscenti focused on getting the correct texture. Not only did the product have to feel good to the customer, it had to be sturdy enough to handle temperature changes, including blasts of warm air with the opening and closing of the refrigerator door, without leeching liquids. Prairie City approved both a plain and chocolate-swirl version of the product, each of which is dusted with graham-cracker crumbs. They’re firm enough to pick up, but have a creamy mouth feel and pleasant, yogurt-y tang. Once the folks at Rhino master the packaging, which utilizes a halfmoon-shaped hole for easy eating without touching the food, the cheesecake will be ready for sale. Prairie City has already ordered 500 cases. Conoscenti’s job also includes selling products that companies don’t even know they want. He grabs pints from one of the room’s several freezers to demonstrate: coconut cream pie with Rhino piecrust particulates and crunchy shredded coconut; mocha-malted-milk ice cream with chewy brownie bites; rich chocolate with “extruded brownie pieces.” They’re all delicious. Best of all is something Conoscenti calls “ginger snap,” which consists of ice cream, cookies and real ginger, all softened with a creamy caramel swirl. He created all of these flavors to present to the Kroger supermarket chain as potential products to develop. No word from the company yet on whether fresh ginger will soon be a frozen-dessert ingredient.
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DR. SKETCHY’S ANTI-ART SCHOOL: Artists ages 18 and up bring sketchbooks and pencils to a boozy life-drawing session. This month’s theme is “Zombie Attack,” featuring four terrifying models and lots of freaky fun. American Legion, White River Junction, 8-10:30 p.m. $10; cash bar. Info, 295-4479.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NORTHEAST REGIONAL COUNCIL SMALL-BUSINESS CONFERENCE & MATCHMAKER EVENT: Small businesses go on 10-minute “dates” with representatives of government agencies and prime contractors to learn about potential biz connections. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $75-150; preregister. Info, 865-6600.
EMERGENCY TOWN MEETING: University of Albany director of the Institute for Health and the Environment David Carpenter discusses scientific research on the health effects of electromagnetic radiation, and Deborah Kopald offers a perspective on electromagnetic pollution in “Smart Meters: Should You Opt Out?” Rutland Free Library, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 617-690-3426.
BIKE/PED BUSINESS FORUM: Government officials, biking enthusiasts, devout walkers and businesses gather with the mutual goal of encouraging more people to cycle, walk and run safely in Vermont. Chapel, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free; lunch is provided; preregister. Info, 225-8904, email@example.com. THE ART OF POSSIBILITY: LIVING & WORKING WITH A DISABILITY: Inspirational presentations and hands-on physical activities shine a light on the employment possibilities for those with disabilities. Sign-language interpreters provided upon request. St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 434-6600, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BAT AWARENESS WEEK: Just in time for Halloween, a slide-show lecture, bat social and fundraiser, reggae dance party, and costume initiative educate Vermonters about the white-nose syndrome affecting our nocturnal insect-eaters. Various locations statewide, 9 p.m. Various prices. Info, 279-5762, email@example.com.
INTERNATIONAL MOVIE NIGHT: The civil war in Chad forces a father to make a difficult decision in Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s 2010 drama, A Screaming Man. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. ‘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. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600. ‘MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD’: Peter Weir’s 2003 action drama follows a British ship’s pursuit of a mysterious French vessel during the Napoleonic Wars. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘THE WHISTLEBLOWER’: While spending six months in Bosnia as a UN peacekeeper, a Nebraska cop (played by Rachel Weisz) uncovers a humantrafficking scandal in Larysa Kondracki’s 2010 drama. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600. VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: This annual screen fest of independent, international and Vermont-made films thrills cinema nuts with a 10-day lineup. Various Chittenden Country locations, 1:30-10:30 p.m. Various prices; see vtiff.org for schedule and locations. Info, 660–2600, info@ vtiff.org.
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SERENITY YOGA: Gentle poses foster a sense of peacefulness in a deep-relaxation floor class. Unity Church of Vermont, Essex Junction, 6-7 p.m. $5 suggested donation; bring a pillow and blanket if desired. Info, 881-5210.
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SNOW NIGHT: It’s never too early for a snow dance. In addition to a choreographed rehearsal session, families anticipate the coldest season with snowflake arts and crafts, a “snow” fashion show, Nordic ski-waxing demos, and more. Commodores Inn, Stowe, 4-6:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 253-9911, ext. 202 or 253-9216.
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Real Vocal String Quartet is composed of the usual suspects: a cellist, a violist and two violinists. But the similarities to other string ensembles stop right there. For starters, the all-female foursome sings while they string, which can’t be easy with an instrument wedged between your shoulder and jaw. They dance. They stomp. They improvise. And they shun obscure works, preferring instead to leap from West African rhythms to bluegrass to Afro-Brazilian jazz. Having recently been featured on Feist’s Metals, the San Francisco Bay Area band has earned a rep as the artist’s “secret weapon,” according to Paste mPlayer. Well, the word’s out now ... and the quartet will take a bow in Vergennes on Saturday.
REAL VOCAL STRING QUARTET Saturday, October 29, 8 p.m., at Vergennes Opera House. $12-15; get half-price tickets at deals. sevendaysvt.com while supplies last. Info, 877-6737. vergennesoperahouse.org
OCT. 29 | MUSIC Spin City It’s no apparition: A whir of handlebars and spokes, monsters, and mariachi musicians wheeled its way through town last year, and the unusual procession is back for the second annual Burlington Halloween Bike Ride. Cyclists, runners, skateboarders and in-line skaters may masquerade as phantasmal creatures, but the costumed cavalcade celebrates conscientious riding and driving with a “shared streets, not scared streets” theme. Pedal pushers of all ages parade along an easy two-mile route through downtown and the Old North End before winding down with hot drinks, candy, music and costume prizes at Maglianero. Sounds like something worth spinning for.
BURLINGTON HALLOWEEN BIKE RIDE
COURTESY OF BEN SARLE
OCT. 30 | HOLIDAYS
WHEELS FOR WARMTH Tire drop-off: Thursday, October 27, and Friday, October 28, 3 to 7 p.m., at DuBois Construction in Montpelier; the Stowe Transfer Station; and Casella Waste Management in Williston. Tire sale: Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., at DuBois Construction in Montpelier. Tire donations accepted at no charge if accepted for resale; $4 tire recycling charge; $15 maximum to buy each tire at the sale. Info, 223-5288. wheelsforwarmth.com
OCT. 27-29 | ETC.
Lt. Governor Phil Scott knows his way around a car. In addition to his legislative work, the Barre native has a history as — wait for it — a race-car driver at Thunder Road SpeedBowl. In 2005, he took his tire talents and invented the wheel — er, Wheels for Warmth, a benefit for Central Vermont Community Action Council’s emergency and supplemental fuel-assistance program. Let’s break down this revolution: Folks donate used tires to the initiative. If they pass state inspection, those rubbers are resold for cheap. If not, they’re taken off the roads and recycled for a small fee. All of the proceeds help central Vermonters in need heat their homes this winter. So roll with it.
Circle of Life
Sunday, October 30, costume competition judging begins at 1:30 p.m.; ride departs at 2 p.m., at Burlington City Hall Park. Postride party, 3 to 5 p.m., at Maglianero in Burlington. Free; costumes encouraged. Info, 363-3804. localmotion.org/ halloween
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.
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. 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. Halloween Stories: Storyteller Abby Klein thrills kids in pajamas with trick-or-treat tales. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. 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.
Montgomery Playgroup: Little ones exercise their bodies and their minds in the company of adult caregivers. Montgomery Town Library, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. 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.
Preschool Storytime: Tots ages 3 to 5 read picture books, play with puppets and do math activities. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Spooky Stories: Ghastly tales read aloud by Linda Costello send shivers down kids’ spines. For grades 2 and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:15 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.
Italian Conversation Group: Parla Italiano? A native speaker leads a language practice for all ages and abilities. Room 101, St. Edmund’s Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 899-3869.
Credit Report Day: Credit counselors dole out financial advice in 30-minute personal appointments. Champlain Housing Trust, Burlington, 3-7 p.m. Free; preregister for an appointment slot. Info, 861-7342, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrew Chaikin: The science journalist goes starry-eyed over the future of space travel in “Space Exploration From Earth to Mars.” 1787 Room, Castleton State College, 7 p.m. Free; ticket required. Info, 468-1119.
‘Say No to Tar Sands’ Dirty Oil’: Folks educate themselves about the dangers of the proposed Keystone Expansion pipeline — and how to stop it — in an off-the-mat talk with people involved in Tar Sands Action. Tea and cookies provided. Evolution Physical Therapy & Yoga, Burlington, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-9642.
Behind-the-Scenes Lunch & Discussion: ‘Big Love’: Director Cláudio Medeiros introduces the upcoming comedy about 50 Greek brides-to-be, and cast and crew members share insights on their work. Wright Memorial Theater, Middlebury College, 12:30 p.m. Free to college ID cardholders; community donations accepted; lunch is provided. Info, 443-3168.
Bulb Basics: Planning & Planting for Beautiful Spring Color: Green thumbs think ahead, learning to identify and choose healthy plants and pay attention to bloom time, color, and size. Gardener’s Supply, Williston, noon-12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2433.
Chris Cochran: The Division business of Historic Preservation and Department of Defense Department of Housing and te Northeast Regional sy Community Affairs representative of Council Small-Business Mi offers specifics in “How State and dd le b u Conference & Matchmaker ry College Federal Tax Credits Can Be Used to Assist Event: See WED.26, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown Rehabilitation Projects.” Welcome Pramodita Sharma: The coauthor of Center, St. Johnsbury, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, Entrepreneurial Family Firms and leading business 748-7121. scholar speaks on “Understanding Entrepreneurial ‘From Hiroshima to Fukushima to Vermont’: Behaviors in Family Business.” Hilton Hotel, Independent nuclear engineering and safety Burlington, 8:30-10 a.m. Free for Vermont Family expert Arnie Gundersen gives an overview of the Business Initiative members; $25 for nonmembers. laws of physics and how they make it impossible to Info, 656-5897. “shut down” nuclear-plant heat in “Nuclear Power 101.” Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 community p.m. Free. Info, 238-4927. Burlington Walk/Bike Council: Proponents of Paul Whalen: A noted expert in the field of neusafer transportation plan infrastructure improveroscience shares his research findings regarding ments and policy changes. Room 12, Burlington why some people are more prone to anxiety than City Hall, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 861-8700, ext. 103. others. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State ur
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.
through adult to channel their inner Atticus and fight for justice. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.
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.
Waitsfield, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 496-8994.
College, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1427, gina.mireault@ jsc.edu. Roland Batten Memorial Lecture: Landscape architect H. Keith Wagner illustrates how design meets art, nature and humankind through recent examples of his firm’s work in “Line, Form, Texture.” Room 301, Williams Hall, UVM, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2014.
An Evening of Short Plays: The Whitney Readers’ Theater breathes life into works by awardwinning Vermont playwright Jeanne Beckwith. Kimball Public Library, Randolph, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 728-9398.
An Evening With Gillian Welch: The singersongwriter executes simple back-porch Americana from this year’s album The Harrow & the Harvest. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $35.73-38.74. Info, 863-5966.
‘Laugh Lines’: Six offbeat one-act comedies, presented by Stowe Theatre Guild, explore themes of marriage, family and racism. Town Hall Theatre, Akeley Memorial Building, Stowe, 8 p.m. $10. Info, 253-3961.
Bat Awareness Week: Reggae for the Bats: Midnite, a roots-reggae band from St. Croix, Virgin Islands, perform. Partial proceeds support Vermont bat-awareness projects. Rusty Nail, Stowe, 9 p.m. $20; for ages 21 and up. Info, 279-5762, firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘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.
Electronic Music Improvisation Concert: Off-the-cuff compositions play prominently in this music-department-sponsored performance. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.
Book Discussion: Pilgrimage: Readers take a vicarious journey through Peter Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard. South Hero Community Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 372-6209.
NERO: London’s drum-and-base dubstep duo headline an electronic concert also featuring Porter Robinson, DJ Haitian and Chris Pattison. Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, 8 p.m. $23-33.50. Info, 863-5966.
Painted Word Poetry Series: A series highlighting established and emerging New England poets features Deborah Landau and January Gill O’Neil. Fleming Museum, UVM, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 656-0750.
Valley Night: 440hz let loose original folk, rock and blues in the lounge. Big Picture Theater & Café,
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Mock Trial: Harper Lee’s novel inspires participants in grades 9
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.
Town Hall Meeting: Sen. Bernie Sanders sparks a discussion of the issues facing college students today, including proposed cuts to higher-education funding, the recession and job market, climate change, and women’s rights. Sugar Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-339-8934.
Mastermind Group Meeting: Big dreamers build a supportive network as they try to realize personal and professional goals in an encouraging environment. Best Western Waterbury-Stowe, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7822. Wheels for Warmth: In this event created by Lt. Governor Phil Scott, Good Samaritans trade in tires to support Central Vermont Community Action Council’s emergency and supplemental fuelassistance program. See calendar spotlight. Tire drop-off, Thursday and Friday, 3-7 p.m., at DuBois Construction, Montpelier; Stowe Transfer Station; and Casella Waste Management, Williston. Tire donations accepted at no charge if accepted for resale; $4 tire recycling charge. Info, 223-5288.
‘Life in a Day’: See WED.26, 5:30 p.m. ‘The Whistleblower’: See WED.26, 7:30 p.m. Vermont International Film Festival: See WED.26, 1:30-10:30 p.m.
food & drink
A Mosaic of Flavors: Somalian Sambusas: Foodies follow a recipe for savory beef and vegetable treats and brew their own Somalian chai tea. Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 861-9700. Cacao, Coffee and Sugar Cane: Herbalist and food educator Sandra Lory explores “three sacred plants of the global south” in a multisensory presentation. City Market, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 861-9700. Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.26, 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Tasting: Oenophiles sip seasonal selections that would suit a holiday feast. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.
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
Tai Chi for Seniors: Folks over 50 increase flexibility, balance, strength, energy and stamina while reducing chronic pain, anxiety and falls. First Congregational Church, Essex Junction, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 865-0360, ext. 1028.
Burlington Psychotronic Research Film Series: Halloween Edition: Japanese snacks accompany a screening of Nobuhiko Ohbayashi’s 1977 psychedelic ghost story Hausu. Costumes strongly encouraged. Moose Lodge, Winooski, doors, 7:30 p.m.; show, 8:30 p.m. $6; for ages 18 and up; cash bar for ages 21 and up; space is limited. Halloween-Themed Open House: Costumes are optional, but treats and goodies are a definite at a celebration of Vermont Adult Learning’s new space, which includes a ribbon cutting with Gov. Shumlin, kids’ activities and more. Vermont Adult Learning, St. Albans, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 524-9233. The Haunted Forest: Good-natured thrills and chills await visitors at this spooky take on outdoor theater. Catamount Outdoor Family Center, Williston, 7-9 p.m. $8.50-12.50. Info, 879-9160.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Fletcher Playgroup: Little ones make use of the open gym before snack time. Fletcher Elementary School, Cambridge, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Franklin Story Hour: Lovers of the written word perk up for read-aloud tales and adventures with lyrics. Haston Library, Franklin, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Middlebury Preschoolers’ Story Hour: Tiny ones become strong readers through activities with tales, rhymes, songs and crafts. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Music With Raphael: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song and dance moves. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
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Post-Irene Fundraisers & Events Thu.27 house of horror: Chucky, Freddy, Jason and other gruesome characters come out to play at the Haunters Guild’s horror-moviethemed fright fest, which is not for the faint of heart. Evening shows are not recommended for kids under 13; daytime tours are for kids 12 and under. Proceeds benefit Vermont flood relief, the Barre Lions Club, National Guard Family Readiness Groups, Spaulding High School, Austine School for the Deaf, the Granite Museum and SAS, and the Vermont Foodbank. Vermont Granite Museum, Barre, 6-10 p.m. $8 for ages 13 and up. Info, 498-3740 or 793-9598. NighTmare vermoNT: The state’s creative and evil geniuses scare the socks off visitors to this interactive PG-13-rated haunted house. “Monster wards” and “monster teasers” customize the experience. Performances start roughly every 10 minutes. Proceeds benefit South Burlington Rotary charities, which include relief for neighbors affected by Tropical Storm Irene. Picard Circle, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $10-15. Info, email@example.com.
fri.28 house of horror: See THU.27, 6-10 p.m. sTomp aNd smash ireNe: The Devil Makes Three, the Toughcats and Wooden Dinosaur perform in support of the state’s flood-affected small farms. Proceeds benefit the Vermont Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief for Farmers Fund. Gymnasium, Vermont College, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. $20. Info, 229-9942.
house of horror: See THU.27, 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 6-10 p.m. NighTmare vermoNT: See THU.27, 6 p.m. 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.
sue morse: In “Keeping Track of Black Bears,” the natural history and tracking expert supplies info about their biology, habitats and importance to our ecosystems. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 7-9 p.m. $10-15; $35-50 with Saturday field trip. Info, 434-2167.
‘Laugh LiNes’: See WED.26, 8 p.m.
good Neighbor fuNd beNefiT: Folks support the victims of Tropical Storm Irene by tuning in for trivia, karaoke, and performances by Dave Riley and Sile and Sergio. All proceeds benefit the Good Neighbor Fund. Arvad’s Grill & Pub, Waterbury, 8 p.m. $25 includes hors d’oeuvres and two drinks; $10 for nondrinkers. Info, 244-8973. sTiCK a forK iN iT!: Hungry? Bring your own plate, and eight local chefs will serve a feast cooked over the fire. Proceeds benefit the Intervale Farmers’ Recovery Fund. Intervale Center, Burlington, 3 p.m. $100; preregister. Info, 660-0440. ‘[TiTLe of show]’: This R-rated Valley Players Theater production chronicles the making of a musical under a three-week time crunch. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 7:30 p.m. $18; all tickets sales will be donated to flood relief. Info, 583-1674.
‘big Love’: Fifty Greek brides unwillingly engaged to their American cousins stage an uprising in Obie Award-winning playwright Charles Mee’s colorful comedy, directed by Cláudio Medeiros. Wright Memorial Theater, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. $6-12. Info, 443-6433.
greeN mouNTaiN gLobaL forum: Ecological economist Joshua Farley ponders the correlation between economic activity and the Earth’s resources in “A Broken System: How Do We Move Forward and Thrive in a New Economic Paradigm?” Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 496-2111. James K. gaLbraiTh: The American economist and author delves into “Inequality, Instability and the Great Financial Crisis.” McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536.
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THE VALLEY PLAYERS THEATER presents seNior arT CLasses: Folks ages 55 and up 8v-BarreOperahouse101911.indd 1 10/17/11 11:57 AM 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. Book by Hunter Bell Music • Lyrics by Jeff Bowen
vermoNT TeCh Jam: More than 75 area businesses and entrepreneurs showcase successful startups on the cutting edge of cool. Expect exhibits, job opportunities, an augmented-reality sculpture tour and career tips. See techjamvt.com for a full schedule. Borders Building, 29 Church Street, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5684.
pauLa pouNdsToNe: The comedian cracks the smiles with razor-sharp wit and candid humor. See calendar spotlight. Barre Opera House, 8 p.m. $1034. Info, 476-8188.
speNd smarT: Vermonters learn savvy skills for stretching bucks and managing money. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 860-1414, ext. 104.
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‘sKiN deep’: See WED.26, 11:15 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Nobodies of Comedy: Hip and hilarious jokesters make a name for themselves. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 8 p.m. $16. Info, 518-523-2512.
Friday, October 28, 8 pm Barre Opera House
argeNTiNeaN TaNgo: Shoulders back, chin up! With or without partners, dancers of all abilities strut to bandoneón riffs in a self-guided practice session. Salsalina Studio, Burlington, 7:30-10 p.m. $5. Info, 598-1077. baLLroom LessoN & daNCe soCiaL: Singles and couples of all levels of experience take a twirl. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; open dancing, 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269.
Beneﬁt Show October 30 Ticket sales donated to the Mad River Community Fund Flood Relief This new Tony-nominated musical, “[title of show]” is perfect for anyone who’s dared to dream that they can actually get paid for doing what they love! Follow two young writers (Played by Kip Jones and Shane Mulcahy) who decide to create a new musical in just three weeks, navigating creative differences and commercial success in this meta-musical comedy laced with pop culture wit and infectious enthusiasm. Kip and Shane are joined on the stage by Emma Golebie and Avalon Kann.
Valley Players Theater
wheeLs for warmTh: See THU.27, 3-7 p.m.
Route 100, Waitsfield Tickets/Info: ValleyPlayers.com 802-583-1674
fairs & festivals
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faLL sampLer: Students in the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Kaleidoscopes and PitchPipes offer varied vocal works. Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont are the guest choir. Essex High School, 7 p.m. Donations accepted for the choir’s upcoming New York City trip. Info, 879-7121.
NaThaN shedroff: A leading designer and pioneer of experience design discusses his work before a cocktail reception. Alumni Auditorium, Champlain College, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 238-4560.
Coffeehouse NighTs: The New Nicolette deliver acoustic indie sounds. Stearns Performance Space, Johnson State College, 9 p.m. Free. Info, 635-2536.
LuNCh & LearN: UVM director of film and television studies Hilary Neroni discusses the role of women on camera. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, noon. Donations accepted; lunch is provided. Info, 863-4214, firstname.lastname@example.org.
freaKy foresT: See SAT.29, 6-11 p.m.
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KoiChiro aiTaNi: The well-traveled architect and professor at Kyushu University in Japan discusses his career in the Architectural Studies Lecture. Room 304, Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3186.
waTerbury sKaTes baCK To Life: Bring your blades to the Ice Center’s grand reopening, which honors Vermonters whose lives have been dramatically changed by the flooding and applauds those who have helped them get back on their feet. Events include a figureskating exhibition, a coed varsity hockey competition and free public skating. The Ice Center, Waterbury, 5-9 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7292.
CommuNiTy-wide spagheTTi diNNer: A spread of pasta, salad, breadsticks and desserts support disaster relief for Vermonters impacted by Tropical Storm Irene. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 5-7 p.m. $6-8; takeout available. Info, 860-7014.
Thea Lewis: There’s a Witch in My Sock Drawer!’s author reads a Halloween-appropriate tale over cupcakes and cider. Block Gallery & Coffeehouse, Winooski, 1-3 p.m. Free; call to confirm time. Info, 373-5150.
KiNgdom CouNTy produCTioNs’ The saLoN series: Filmmaker Bess O’Brien conducts a compelling live interview with actor and performer Rusty DeWees. August First, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $20-22. Info, 357-4616.
CommuNiTy harvesT fesTivaL: Folks of all ages celebrate local farms and foods by grinding grain, making corn cakes, dipping caramel apples, pressing cider and more. Proceeds benefit Richmond Elementary Farm-to-School’s farm partners that were impacted by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene. West Monitor Barn, Richmond, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 434-5853.
freaKy foresT: Terror and fright along the banks of the Otter Creek await those on a haunted hayride and spook walk. Proceeds benefit victims of Tropical Storm Irene. Sand Road, Ferrisburgh, 6-11 p.m. $5. Info, 373-9322.
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artwork. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, noon-7 p.m. $7; free for kids under 12 with an adult. Info, 878-5545.
‘One Day’: After meeting on the eve of their college graduation, Emma and Dexter are shown, together and apart, on that same date every year in Lone Scherfig’s 2011 drama starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600. ‘Toast’: The son of a hopeless cook has higher culinary aspirations in S.J. Clarkson’s 2010 coming-ofage drama starring Freddie Highmore. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600. Vermont International Film Festival: See WED.26, 1:30-10:30 p.m.
Pharma-Foodie: Food for Your Mood: Chef/ instructor Donna Vartanian and nutritionist Kim Evans explore delicious and healing ingredients that can minimize depression. On the menu: roasted-butternut-squash soup, Mediterranean lentil-and-couscous salad and more. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.
health & fitness
Tai Chi for Seniors: See THU.27, Pine Crest at Essex, 10-11 a.m. Women’s Strength & Conditioning Class: See WED.26, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Annual Haunted House: Thrill-seekers must hunt or be hunted at this frightful affair and charity benefit. Redstone Hall, UVM, Burlington, 7-11 p.m. Canned or nonperishable food donations accepted; recommended for teens and adults. Info, 413-652-1994.
Deadnberry Mortuary Haunted House: Death lurks behind every door on this bone-chilling tour of a condemned morgue and a freshly unearthed graveyard. Garden Time, Rutland, 7-10 p.m. $5-7. Info, 747-0700. Death by Disco: Polyester preside over a bloodcurdling Halloween bash, complete with dinner and drink specials, costume contests, scary movies, and a dance party. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 8-midnight. $5-10. Info, 496-8994. Family Halloween Dance: Folks of all ages don a disguise for a haunted house, spooky stories, a dance party, the limbo and more. Proceeds benefit FootWorks Studio of Dance’s performance team. Milton Grange, 6:30-9 p.m. $3. Info, 318-1694. Flashlight Nights: Twists and turns through a six-acre corn maze await when darkness falls. Fort Ticonderoga, N.Y., 7 p.m. $10-15. Info, 518-585-2821. Halloween Costume Ball: Hippie and flowerchild costumes should be a hit at this masquerade dance party with ‘60s cover songs by Mellow Yellow. Hardwick Town House, 8 p.m. $15; free for ages 16 and under. Info, 399-2589. Haunted Castle Fright Night: Hair-raising sights and sounds make this Halloween tour plenty spooky. Wilson Castle, Proctor, 7-11 p.m. $5-8. Info, 773-3284. Movie ScreamFest!: Gory and frightening film clips scare horror-movie hounds silly at a Halloween edition of “Name That Movie!” The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 9 p.m. $2.50. Info, 229-0598. Nightmares on College Street: A disturbed doctor performs gruesome operations at Central Vermont Community Players’ haunted house for the daring. Noble Hall, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 7-10 p.m. $7-10; kids under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Info, 249-0414.
Addison Central Teens Halloween Dance: Teens don clever disguises for a full-out fright frolic with nonstop tunes from DJ Dizzle. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8-11 p.m. $7; $5 with costume. Info, 382-9222. ‘Awesome Owls!’ Presentation: Listeners have a hoot as representatives from Shelburne’s Outreach for Earth Stewardship shed light on the natural history of native owls, and distinguish between factual and fictitious owl legends. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 6:30-8 p.m. $3-5. Info, 229-6206.
The Paul Dunton Quintet: Some of the UK’s leading string players back the pianist and vocalist in a medley of classical and modern popular music. Gate House Base Lodge, Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 7 p.m. Donations accepted for Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports. Info, 583-4283. Trio Gusto CD Release Party: Evoking the ambiance of a 1930s Parisian nightclub, the swingin’ ensemble performs brand-new songs with special guests Mike Martin, Jim Stout, Randal Pierce, Anne-Marie Humbert, Lois Trombley and the Spielpalast Cabaret Dancers. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10-12; ‘30s attire is optional. Info, 863-5966.
Philip Baruth: The state sy senator and professor of English of To expounds upon “The Brothers wn H al l Theater Boswell: Bringing 18th-Century London to Life.” Faith United Methodist Comics Club: Doodlers, writers and readers Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516. alike have fun with the funnies. Kellogg-Hubbard ur
Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.26, 2 p.m.
The Haunted Forest: See THU.27, 7-10 p.m.
Vermont. Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $15-20; space is limited. Info, 388-4964.
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The Darker Side of Home, Sweet Home: Haunted-house enthusiasts take a horrifying walkthrough at a benefit for Brookfield’s Old Town Hall and elementary school. A Halloween bake sale and storytelling for youngsters round out the affair. Old Town Hall, Brookfield, 7-9 p.m. $3-5. Info, 276-2110.
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. Harvest Carnival: Incognito 2- to 12-year-olds collect Halloween candy and play games. Tarrant Student Recreational Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 5-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 654-2536. Kids’ Movie: It ain’t easy being a supervillain in Tom McGrath’s 2010 animated action-comedy Megamind. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Montgomery Tumble Time: Physical-fitness activities help build strong muscles. Montgomery Elementary School, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Swanton Playgroup: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Swanton, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
Tertulia Latina: Latino Americanos and other fluent Spanish speakers converse en español. Radio Bean, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3440.
Christian Tetzlaff & Lars Vogt: A Germanborn violinist interprets the classical, romantic and contemporary repertoires with the help of his pianist collaborator. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $10-53. Info, 603-646-2422. Hugo Wolf Quartett: A sought-after string band soars through masterworks by Mozart, Schoenberg and Schubert. Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433. Music Show & Costume Party: Trapper Keeper, Spirit Animal and Ms. Fits perform at an all-ages rock show where festive disguises are strongly encouraged. The ROTA Studio and Gallery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $3-5. Info, 518-586-2182, email@example.com. Ravi Coltrane: Got sax? The jazz innovator delivers his modern interpretation of the genre. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15-40. Info, 863-5966. Red Heart the Ticker: Marlboro husband-andwife duo Robin MacArthur and Tyler Gibbons deliver traditional songs from their new album, Your Name in Secret I Would Write. Proceeds benefit the Vermont Folklife Center and Young Tradition
TEDxUVM: Eleven speakers spark small-group discussions with “ideas worth spreading,” which range from robot revolutions to measuring happiness. Speakers include Joshua Bongard, Mike Schmidt and Rob Axtell. Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center Pavilion, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 2-5 p.m. Registration is full; see uvm.edu/~tedxuvm for details on live streaming. Info, 656-3131.
‘Big Love’: See THU.27, 8 p.m. ‘Erzsébet: The Blood Countess Saga’: Dennis Báthory-Kitsz wrote and composed this original, gripping opera about Countess Elizabeth Báthory, who is said to be responsible for a reign of terror in 16th-century Hungary. Hyde Park Opera House, 8 p.m. $25. Info, 595-0787. ‘It’s a Scream’: Jim Bray directs David DeBoy’s “horrorbly” funny, Halloween-appropriate comedy. Enosburg Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $7-10. Info, 9336171, firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘Laugh Lines’: See WED.26, 8 p.m. Mad Science Theatre: ‘CSI Live!’: Audience members become witnesses, suspects and crimescene investigators in an interactive version of the show. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $15-20. Info, 760-4634. ‘Skin Deep’: See WED.26, 6:30 p.m. ‘The Elephant Man’: The St. Johnsbury Players produce Bernard Pomerance’s script about Joseph Merrick, a Victorian-era man known for his deformity. St. Johnsbury School, 7:30 p.m. $7-10. Info, 748-4002. ‘[title of show]’: This R-rated Valley Players Theater production chronicles the making of a musical under a three-week time crunch. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 7:30 p.m. $18; get half-price tickets to November 4 through 6 shows at deals.sevendaysvt.com while supplies last. Info, 583-1674.
Kate Whouley: The memoirist of Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words: Travels With Mom in the Land of Dementia shares an honest but uplifting account of facing her mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 362-2200.
Artists’ Lantern-Making Workshop: Under the guidance of Montpelier-based artists Gowri Savoor and Angelo Arnold, adults construct lamps for Waterbury’s River of Light Community Lantern Parade. Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 778-0334, email@example.com. Saturday Art Sampler: Adults and teens freshen up their home decor by carving reusable blocks for pillowcase prints. Davis Studio Gallery, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $24; preregister. Info, 425-2700. 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.
Vermont Tech Jam: See FRI.28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Lizz Winstead: The cocreator of “The Daily Show” and cofounder of Air America offers wry political commentary on her “Planned Parenthood, I’m Here for You” tour. Proceeds benefit local Planned Parenthoods. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. $20-35; $30-50 with after-party; $15-20 for after-party only (8:30 p.m.). Info, 800-287-8188.
Environmental Action Conference: Activists take their pick from more than 20 workshops covering today’s hottest environmental issues, meet experts in a dozen different fields and network with fellow Vermonters. Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $15-35. Info, 223-4099.
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.
Ballroom Lesson & Dance Social: See FRI.28, 7-10 p.m. Capital City Contra Dance: Feet in soft-soled shoes make the dance-floor rounds to tunes by Atlantic Crossing and calling by David Kaynor. Capital City Grange, Montpelier, 8 p.m. $8. Info, 744-6163. ‘Kneelings III: Dances in a Grove’: Clare Byrne and UVM students collaborate on this ethereal, site-specific piece exploring ritual and faith. Located between the Bailey/Howe Library and the Fleming Museum, UVM, Burlington, noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 793-8342, email@example.com.
Green Mountain Radio-Controlled Airplane & Helicopter Club: Zoom! A presentation about building and flying the aircrafts precedes in-the-air demonstrations. Fairfax Community Library, 1-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420. Historical & Architectural Tour of Downtown Burlington: Preservation Burlington guides illuminate interesting nooks and crannies of the Queen City. Meet at the southwest corner of Church and College streets, Burlington, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 522-8259.
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AnnuAl HAunted HOuSe 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, noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 310-467-5879.
Patrick McKenzie delivers the tunes. Burlington City Hall Park, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.
open House: While jack-o’-lanterns are being judged at Pumpkins in the Park, folks pop into this “castle-on-the-green” for hearty hellos and treats. Vergennes Residential Care, 6:45-8 p.m. Free. Info, 388-7951, ext. 2.
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.
open House & open studIo: Prospective Semester Programs at Yestermorrow students tour the campus, meet faculty, students, staff and alumni, and check out the construction of this semester’s tiny house design/build project. Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 496-5545, email@example.com. salomon superFIt event: Nordic skiers meet one-on-one with professional boot fitters, product experts and factory reps to ensure their gear gives them ideal performance. Skirack, Burlington, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 800-882-4530. tHe vermont WeddIng aFFaIr: Blushing bridesto-be take in enchanting decor, innovative floral and tabletop designs, mouthwatering foods, a runway of wedding fashion, and all the venue inspiration needed for planning and pulling off nuptials. Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, 3-7 p.m. $25. Info, 595-9221. West aFrIcan Juba dance & dJembe drum classes: Guinea’s Chimie Bangoura guides beginners and intermediates through traditional rhythms in an 11 a.m. djembe class and noon dance lesson. Burlington Taiko. Free. Info, 377-9721, firstname.lastname@example.org. WHeels For WarmtH: See THU.27, tire sale, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., DuBois construction, Montpelier. $75 maximum to buy each tire.
fairs & festivals
essex Fall craFt & FIne art sHoW: See FRI.28, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. tIbet FestIval: Food, traditional crafts, a yak dance, and interactive cultural, historical and political exhibits celebrate the land and people of the highest region on Earth. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 758-3296.
‘proJect nIm’: James Marsh’s documentary looks at a landmark nature-versus-nurture experiment in the 1970s, in which a young chimpanzee was raised like a human child. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.
‘toast’: See FRI.28, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. vermont InternatIonal FIlm FestIval: See WED.26, 1:45-11 p.m.
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burlIngton Farmers market: Dozens of vendors sell everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to ethnic cuisine to pottery to artisan cheese.
nIgHtmares on college street: See FRI.28, 7-10 p.m.
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.
pumpkIns In tHe park: Gourd carvers enter their masterpieces in a competition before a 6:45 p.m. “pumpkin glow” and costume parade. Vergennes City Park, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-7951, ext. 1, email@example.com.
learn to taste: Foodies heighten their edible experiences by using all five senses to identify chocolate flavor profiles. Lake Champlain Chocolates, Burlington, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 264-2146.
tHe darker sIde oF Home, sWeet Home: See FRI.28, 7-9 p.m. tHe Haunted Forest: See THU.27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (children’s matinee) & 6-10 p.m.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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nortHWest Farmers market: Stock up on local, seasonal produce, garden plants, canned goods and handmade crafts. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 373-5821. norWIcH Farmers market: Neighbors discover fruits, veggies and other riches of the land, not to mention baked goods, handmade crafts and local entertainment. Next to Fogg’s Hardware & Building Supply and the Bike Hub, Route 5 South, Norwich, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447, email@example.com. 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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drug take-back day: Piles of pills? Community members dispose of expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical-controlled substances and other medications. University Mall, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 863-7281.
annual HalloWeen basH: Masqueraders compete for a season pass at a spirited party with the Starline Rhythm Boys. Tamarack Grill, Burke Mountain Ski Resort, 8 p.m. $5 with a donation to the Lyndon Food Shelf; $10 otherwise; 21+. Info, 626-7300. annual Haunted House: See FRI.28, 7-11 p.m. deadnberry mortuary Haunted House: See FRI.28, 7-10 p.m. emmons Island Haunted traIl: For one night only, Vermonters discover Grand Isle’s scariest secret. 1 Island Meadows Lane, Grand Isle, 7-10 p.m. Seven canned- or nonperishable-food items, or $10; not recommended for kids under 13. Info, 372-4113. FlasHlIgHt nIgHts: See FRI.28, 7 p.m. HalloWeen costume ball: See FRI.28, Holley Hall, Bristol, 7:30 p.m. $12-15; free for ages 14 and under. Info, 453-2486.
Fall carnIval: Festively dressed little ones partake in fortune-telling, face painting and more. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 1 p.m. Free; bring a nonperishable food donation or come in costume for game tickets. Info, 223-3338.
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HalloWeen treasure Hunt: Revelers follow a treasure map to tricks and treats. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.
Vermont College of Fine Arts martIal arts & leadersHIp traInIng For teenagers: Thirteen- to 17-year-olds get an introduction to physical martial arts and community advocacy in “How Can I Change My World?” A pizza party follows. Aikido of Champlain Valley, 8v-centralvtplayers101911.indd 1 10/17/11 4:20 PM Burlington, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Donations accepted for the Samurai Youth Program; preregister; bring lunch. Info, 951-8900.
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boston strIng Quartet: Sliding from rock-androll inspirations to Latin grooves, the chamber ensemble performs a solo set before joining student choral and orchestra groups. Mount Mansfield Union High School, Jericho, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 858-1614.
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davId cassIdy: The pop singer and actor also known as Keith Partridge performs with his band as part of the New England Boomers & Seniors Expo. Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, Mass., 8 p.m. $25-125; get tickets for $39.75 at deals.sevendaysvt.com while supplies last. Info, 872-9000, ext. 11. FrançoIs scarborougH clemmons: Spirituals and songs recall “Hymns My Great-Grandmother Sang” in a commemorative concert by the Alexander Twilight artist-in-residence. Kate Gridley supplies piano accompaniment. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. ‘go For baroQue’: World-renowned cellist Ronald Leonard joins Camerata New England in Vivaldi, Haydn, Corelli, Handel and Mozart compositions. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $25-32. Info, 603-448-0400.
HalloWeen dance: Masqueraders move to tunes by the Adams. VFW Post, Burlington, 7-11 p.m. $6. Info, 864-6532.
JeH kulu dance and drum tHeater: In Woh Dinye Mahmadi, the high-energy ensemble shares a classic village story of redemption and forgiveness. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. $5-15; free for kids under 3. Info, 863-5966.
HalloWeen tour: A 19th-century-style funeral honors a Civil War veteran in the Victorian manner. Noyes House Museum, Morrisville, 1-5 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 888-7617.
marco benevento: An organ player and his trio accompany a screening of Roger Corman’s House of Usher with a spooky, indie score. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. $25. Info, 863-5966.
Haunted castle FrIgHt nIgHt: See FRI.28, 7-11 p.m.
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basIc butcHery: Chef/instructor Nina LesserGoldsmith and butcher Frank Pace wield knives as they demonstrate breaking down a whole chicken, deboning a leg of lamb, removing skin from a fish and more. Save your appetite for roasted pork tenderloin with orange-cranberry relish and other dishes. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.
nIgHtmare on Ferry road: Eerie haunted house happenings raise funds for the school. Lake Champlain Waldorf High School, Charlotte, 6:30-10 p.m. $8; appropriate for ages 12 and up; refreshments for sale. Info, 985-2827.
‘vIncere’: Before World War I, future Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini married and had a son with Ida Dalser. Marco Bellocchio’s award-winning drama tells their tragic story. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.
cHocolate-dIppIng demo: See WED.26, 2 p.m.
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‘tHe guard’: A slacker cop is paired with a straitlaced FBI agent to crack the case of an international cocaine-smuggling ring in John Michael McDonagh’s 2011 comedy thriller. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.
cHIcken-pIe supper: Poultry is prominent at a fundraiser for the congregation. United Church of Hinesburg, 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. $6-10; free for kids under 5; reservations recommended. Info, 482-2965.
mIddlebury spooktacular: Hay bales and flickering pumpkins decorate a civic stomping ground before an obstacle course, bouncy castle, witch toss and 3:30 p.m. kids’ sidewalk trick-or-treat parade. Town Green, Middlebury, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4126, firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘one day’: See FRI.28, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
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.
Hoots & HoWls: Jack-o’-lanterns line the trails for “unspooky” guided walks with stops for storytelling, live animals and skits. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 5:30-8 p.m. $3-7. Info, 359-5000, ext. 223.
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his birthday with a full-band show. Burnham Hall, Lincoln, 8 p.m. $15. Info, 453-5995. Real Vocal String Quartet: Classically trained musicians sing while playing folk-pop — no small feat with a violin under your chin. See calendar spotlight. Vergennes Opera House, 8 p.m. $12-15; get half-price tickets at deals.sevendaysvt.com while supplies last. Info, 877-6737. Srinivas Krishnan: An Indian master percussionist and James Marsh Professor-at-Large performs. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776.
Dead Creek Walk: Field trippers search out snow geese, raptors, and other migratory ducks and geese with the Green Mountain Audubon Society. Meet at the goose-viewing area on Route 17. Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area, Vergennes, 8:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2436, gmas@ greenmountainaudubon.org. 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. ‘Keeping Track of Black Bears’ Field Trip: Natural history expert Sue Morse leads a daylong tracking outing. Preregister for event location. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $30-40; $35-50 with Thursday presentation; Info, 434-2167.
Genealogy Workshop: Vermont FrenchCanadian Genealogy Society member Thomas Devarney shares “Tips for Translating Québec Genealogy Documents.” Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.noon. Donations accepted. Info, 238-5934.
Intermediate Excel: Students get savvy about electronic spreadsheets by creating a loan-payment schedule. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. $3 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 865-7217. Voice-Over Class: Would-be voice actors learn about ways to find work with voice-over artist Charlie Nardozzi, who introduces Such a Voice president Dan Lebine’s steps to success. Champlain College, Burlington, 9-11 a.m. $25. Info, 275-0153.
Plattsburgh Roller Derby: Night of the Rolling Dead: Crowds come incognito for a terrifying throwdown between Plattsburgh’s North Country Lumber Jills and central Vermont’s Twin City Riot, plus a halftime kids’ Halloween costume contest. Plattsburgh Gym Complex & Fitness Center, N.Y., 6 p.m. $5-12; free for kids under 6; cash bar with proper ID. Info, 518-578-7261.
James Fitzsimmons: Drawing from ancient texts and his current research project at Zapote Bobal, the assistant professor of anthropology offers an illustrated lecture, “Rethinking Power and Authority in the Classic Maya Lowlands.” Room 221, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.
‘Big Love’: See THU.27, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. ‘Erzsébet: The Blood Countess Saga’: See FRI.28, Haybarn Theater, Goddard College, Plainfield. ‘It’s a Scream’: See FRI.28, 7:30 p.m. ‘Laugh Lines’: See WED.26, 8 p.m. Mad Science Theatre: ‘CSI Live!’: See FRI.28, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Essex Fall Craft & Fine Art Show: See FRI.28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Catamount Arts: Mariusz Kwiecien stars in a broadcast screening of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. 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.Y., 1 p.m. $12-18. Info, 518-523-2512.
fairs & festivals
Vermont Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Series: From Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre to Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, a program with a Halloween theme features pianist Vassily Primakov. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $9-58; costumes encouraged. Info, 863-5966.
‘Skin Deep’: See WED.26, 6:30 p.m. ‘The Elephant Man’: See FRI.28, 7:30 p.m.
sy The Metropolitan Opera: Live of To in HD: Loew Auditorium: See above wn H al l Theater listing, Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1 p.m. $10-29.50. Info, 603-646-2422. film
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. $10-24. Info, 382-9222.
‘The Poe Spooktacular’: Lost Nation Theater’s hair-raising performance of Poe’s “Ligeia” combines modern dance, theater, music, poetry and shadow puppetry. A costume contest and dance party follows. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m. $2025 includes dessert; cash bar. Info, 229-0492. ‘[title of show]’: See FRI.28, 7:30 p.m.
Archer Mayor: The author of a Vermont-based mystery series starring detective Joe Gunther introduces his latest whodunit, Tag Man. Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 362-2200. Beach Conger: The Windsor doctor’s funny and poignant tales juxtapose practicing medicine in rural Vermont and in the suburbs of Philadelphia in It’s Probably Nothing: More Adventures of a Vermont Country Doctor. Phoenix Books, Essex, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111.
Artists’ Lantern-Making Workshop: See SAT.29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway Town Meeting: Stock-car competitors plot the future of “Vermont’s fastest half mile,” which is poised to come under new ownership. Holiday Inn, Rutland, 2-6 p.m. Free. Info, 236-9141 or 355-3282, devilsbowlspeedway@ gmail.com.
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, email@example.com.
Group Empowerment Drumming: Pounding percussionists give themselves permission to play. This wellness exercise uses drums as a tool for community connection and stress reduction. North End Studio B, Burlington, 3-4 p.m. $7-10. Info, 540-0181. Timber Frame Raising: Participants do some heavy lifting, fitting, pegging and high fiving as they finish the construction of the New Farms for New Americans barn, a summerlong building project. Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; bring food to share or musical instruments if desired. Info, 578-2286.
Fall Festival & Rummage Sale: An autumnal affair includes crafts for kids, a dog costume contest, a Zumba fitness demonstration, face painting and delicious treats. Wear Halloween garb to win a prize. Proceeds benefit the senior center. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 658-3585, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festivities begin at dusk. Smith Park, Winooski, 6:30 p.m. Free. Nightmares on College Street: See FRI.28, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Night-Before-Halloween Family Party: Trick-or-treaters visit stores instead of knocking on doors, and come early for spooky story time with Thea Lewis, haunted bingo, and music with Gigi and Joni. University Mall, South Burlington, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11. 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, email@example.com.
‘Ask Us Who We Are’: Bess O’Brien’s documentary puts a face to the foster care system, focusing on those young Vermonters’ search for family and a sense of belonging. O’Brien and Vermont Family Services’ Joan Rock lead postfilm discussion. Craftsbury Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 5869683, firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘Live and Become’: An Ethiopian boy is brought to Israel during Operation Moses in Radu Mihaileanu’s 2005 drama, which won a César Award for best writing. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 4:30-7:15 p.m. Free. Info, 382-1560. ‘One Day’: See FRI.28, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. ‘Psycho’: There’s more to a quiet motel proprietor than meets the eye in Alfred Hitchcock’s enduring horror story. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘Toast’: See FRI.28, 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Vermont International Film Festival: See WED.26, 1:30-8:30 p.m.
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Open Meditation Classes: Harness your emotions and cultivate inner peace through the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Laughing River Yoga, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $5-15 suggested donation. Info, 684-0452, email@example.com. Sjögren’s Walkabout: Folks learn the signs and symptoms of this autoimmune disease while helping to raise awareness on a stroll through the mall. University Mall, South Burlington, registration, 10 a.m., near the food court; walk, 11 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 800-475-6473, sdefruscio@sjogrens. org.
A Family Halloween: Old-fashioned festivities include pumpkin carving, doughnuts on a string, wagon rides and “not-too-scary” stories. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids 2 and under, as well as kids in costume. Info, 457-2355. Burlington Halloween Bike Ride: Costumed cyclists wheel their way through downtown and the Old North End, ending at Maglianero for a postride party. See calendar spotlight. Burlington City Hall Park, costume competition judging begins at 1:30 p.m.; ride departs at 2 p.m.; postride party, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 363-3804. Deadnberry Mortuary Haunted House: See FRI.28, 7-10 p.m. Festival of Pumpkins: Hundreds of glowing jack-o’-lanterns light the way for costumed characters at this Halloween and trick-or-treat kickoff.
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.
St. Petersburg String Quartet: Tchaikovsky and Borodin quartets soar in the hands of this trailblazing chamber ensemble. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 1 p.m. $20-25. Info, 656-4455. VSO String Quartet: A Symphony of Whales, with narration and music based on Steve Schuch’s book, is the highlight of this annual Halloween family concert, which also includes several spooky musical selections. Costumes encouraged; a parade follows. Bradford Academy, 3 p.m. $5-7; $15 per family of up to five. Info, 800-876-9293, ext. 10.
Heroic Corn Maze Adventure: See SAT.29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Women’s Pickup 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.
‘Erzsébet: The Blood Countess Saga’: See FRI.28, Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 4 p.m. ‘The Elephant Man’: See FRI.28, 2 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Catamount Arts: See SAT.29, 1 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Spaulding Auditorium: See SAT.29, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1 p.m. $10-29.50. Info, 603-646-2422. The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Town Hall Theater: See SAT.29, 3 p.m. ‘[title of show]’: See FRI.28, 7:30 p.m. All ticket sales will be donated to flood relief.
West Coast Swing Dance Lessons: Dancers do a twirl to blues, pop and funk tunes. No partner required. Middlebury Fitness, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 388-3744.
Bat Awareness Week: See WED.26, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
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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 the silver-screen presence of Cecile Starr. Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120. ‘one Day’: See FRI.28, 7:30 p.m. ‘ToaST’: See FRI.28, 5:30 p.m.
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genTle graTiTuDe yoga: Easy lying, sitting and standing poses improve balance, coordination and flexibility, and encourage an appreciation for life. Unity Church of Vermont, Essex Junction, 10-11:30 a.m. $5 suggested donation; bring a yoga mat. Info, 881-5210. Tai Chi for SeniorS: See FRI.28, 10-11 a.m. Women’S STrengTh & ConDiTioning ClaSS: See WED.26, 8:30-9:30 a.m. yoga ClaSS: Instructor Michelle Chasky facilitates an exercise session for fitness and relaxation. Cold Hollow Career Center, Enosburg Falls, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $5; bring a mat. Info, 933-4003, mchasky@ hotmail.com.
BaT aWareneSS Week: DreSS like a BaT: Creatively costumed bat lovers show solidarity for the species while handing out information about its importance to Vermont and the planet. Various locations statewide, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Info, 2795762, firstname.lastname@example.org. feSTival of pumpkinS: See SUN.30, 6:30 p.m. nighTmareS on College STreeT: See FRI.28, 6:30-9:30 p.m. TriCkS anD TreaTS: Candy seekers measure their costumes against the bears, bats and big cats on display in the museum. Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2372.
halloWeen CupCake DeCoraTing: Kids in grades K through 8 choose treats over tricks as they adorn holiday sweets. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3 p.m. & 4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. ‘henry anD muDge’: TheatreworksUSA’s musical follows the exploits of the kid-and-canine duo featured in Cynthia Rylant’s best-selling books. For grades K through 2. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 9:30 a.m. & noon. $8. Info, 863-5966.
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.27, 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.
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inTermeDiaTe inTerneT exploraTion: Master the art of the worldwide web by picking up tips and tricks for Google, learning about Internet Explorer and dabbling with library databases. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. $3 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 865-7217.
CoeD DoDgeBall: Players break a sweat chucking and sidestepping foam balls at this friendly pickup competition. Arrive early to form teams. Orchard School, South Burlington, 7-8 p.m. $5. Info, 598-8539.
JuDiTh BryanT: The Lincoln artist reflects on “Going to Pot: My Life With Clay.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.
lyDia DaviS: Fictional works are shared by this author and translator. Stearns Performance Space, Johnson State College, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 6351342 or 635-1343.
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. 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.
Champlain valley QuilTerS’ guilD: New members and guests are welcome at a sew-andtell meeting. Fabric artist Judith Reilly gives a presentation on “12 Life Lessons for Creativity.” North Avenue Alliance Church, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free for members; $5 for guests. Info, 878-8213.
Ballroom DanCe ClaSS: Take a swing and then a waltz with instructors Samir and Eleni Elabd. No partner or experience needed. Union Elementary School, Montpelier, swing, 5:30 p.m.; waltz, 6:30 p.m. $14 drop-ins. Info, 223-2921 or 225-8699.
‘meeT me in ST. louiS’: 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. ‘naShville’: Seedy corruption is slowly revealed as politicians and musicians get ready for a political convention in Robert Altman’s 1975 drama. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422.
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.
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muSiC & movemenT WiTh may: Caregivers and their charges lace up their dancing shoes for a fun and educational session with May Poduschnik. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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halloWeen organ ConCerT: A dramatic lights show and vocals from the University Concert Choir and Catamount Singers enliven organist David Neiweem’s spooky musical selections. Costumes encouraged. Ira Allen Chapel, UVM, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 656-7776.
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Chair Yoga & Tai Chi: Slow, gentle movements aid stress reduction, balance and flexibility. Unity Church of Vermont, Essex Junction, 10-11 a.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 881-5210. Natural Medicine for Teen Health: Doctor of naturopathic medicine Erica Koch explores anxiety, stress, fatigue, ADHD and other common teen-health issues, and how to remedy them with whole foods, homeopathic remedies and more. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, info@ hungermountain.com. Public Flu Clinic: High-risk adults immunize themselves against the infectious disease. Franklin County Home Health Agency, St. Albans, 9 a.m.noon. $35 for recipients without coverage. Info, 527-7531. Tai Chi: Easy, intentional poses for intermediates increase qì, or energy flow, in a four-week cycle. Unity Church of Vermont, Essex Junction, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 881-5210. Tai Chi for Seniors: See THU.27, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Alburgh Playgroup: Tots form friendships over stories, songs and crafts. Nonmarking sneakers/ shoes required. Alburgh Elementary School, 9:15-10 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Fairfax Story Hour: Good listeners are rewarded with folklore, fairy tales, crafts and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5246. Fall Story Hour: Picture books and crafts catch the attention of little tykes. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Frosty & Friends Therapy Dogs: Young readers share their favorite texts with friendly pooches. Preregister. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Grand Isle Pajama Story Time: Listeners show up with blankets for bedtime tales. Grand Isle Free Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
Highgate Story Hour: See WED.26, 10-11 a.m. Morning Playgroup: Astrologer Mary Anna Abuzahra leads storytelling inspired by seasonal plants, fruits and flowers before art activities, games and an optional walk. Tulsi Tea Room, Montpelier, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-0043. 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. 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.
Pause Café: French speakers of all levels converse en français. Levity, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.
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: Violist Liz Reid and pianist Alison Cerutti share a varied program of duets, including Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. St.
Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 864-0471.
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. American Cancer Society, Williston, 10 a.m. $12-14; preregister. Info, 372-8511 or 483-6335.
Chittenden County Philatelic Club: Stamp collectors of all levels of interest and experience swap sticky squares and stories about them. GE Healthcare Building, South Burlington, 6:15 p.m. Free. Info, 660-4817, email@example.com.
Spend Smart: See THU.27, 6-8 p.m.
Fall Career Fair: Employers fill their full-time or internship hiring needs by meeting with Norwich students. Plumley Armory, Norwich University, Northfield, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2125.
Lunch & Learn: A five-part series explores topics related to the theme of “Making the Most of Your Life in a Tough Economy.” O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, noon-1 p.m. Free; meals are provided. Info, 655-4565, kate.winooskicoalition@ gmail.com. Macrina Cárdenas de Alarcón: In “On the Edge of Reason: U.S.-Mexico Border Dynamics and the Spread of Violence,” the community activist and educator from Tijuana delves into the increasing turbulence along the southern border. Vermont Workers’ Center, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 540-2516. William Mierse: The professor of art and art history explores an intriguing textile find from Yingpan in “How Clothes Make the Man: Textile Art in Ancient Central Asia,” which serves as this year’s Fall Dean’s Lecture. Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 656-0756.
‘In the Heights’: Through a dazzling blend of hip-hop, merengue and old-school ballads, this Tony Award-winning musical, presented as part of the Broadway National Tour, focuses on a community of immigrants in Washington Heights. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $25-62. Info, 863-5966.
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, 876-7696, firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘extempo’ Live Original Storytelling: Amateur raconteurs deliver polished, 5-to-7.5minute-long true stories at an open-mic evening, sans note cards. The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free to participants (sign up in advance); $5 otherwise. Info, 229-0598.
Vermicomposting: Participants learn about using squirmy invertebrates in their gardens with Melissa Jordan of Wormpost Vermont. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, email@example.com.
Key4Women Forum: Speaker Cindy Solomon offers insight on “Creating a Culture of Courage: The New Leadership Challenge” at an educational and networking event for female business owners and leaders. Proceeds benefit the Vermont Women’s Fund. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 7:30 a.m. $30. Info, 660-4223, lesli_ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ballet Flamenco José Porcel: Eight dancers share fiery Andalusian traditions to tunes set by six musicians in Gypsy Fire. Lyndon Institute, 7 p.m. $20-44. Info, 748-2600.
‘Koyaanisqatsi’: A Phillip Glass score meets nonlinear images to create an ecological theme in Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 experimental film. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘One Day’: See FRI.28, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’: Gregory Peck took home an Oscar for his portrayal of Atticus Finch in this 1962 film adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 4263581, email@example.com. ‘Toast’: See FRI.28, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
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A Natural Approach to Eliminating Low Back Pain & Sciatica: Bye-bye, back pain. Wellness consultant and chiropractic physician Stephen Brandon addresses the roles of weight, exercise, posture and more. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Community Education Forum: Ways We Can Help: Those concerned about memory changes attend a workshop detailing the services provided by the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Grand Way Commons, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-6610, firstname.lastname@example.org. Serenity Yoga: See WED.26, 6-7 p.m. Women’s Strength & Conditioning Class: See WED.26, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Enosburg Playgroup: See WED.26, 9-11 a.m. Fairfield Playgroup: See WED.26, 10-11:30 a.m. Highgate Story Hour: See WED.26, 11:15 a.m.12:15 p.m. Kids in the Kitchen: Ambitious chefs yield tasty triangles in a cooking class all about apple turnovers. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Middlebury Toddler Story Hour: See WED.26, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Pajama Story Time: Kids up to age 6 wear their jammies for evening tales. Arvin A. Brown Library, Richford, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
Plauderabend: Conversationalists with a basic knowledge of the German language put their skills to use over dinner. Zen Gardens, South Burlington, 6 p.m. Free; cost of food. Info, 862-1677 or 863-3305.
Guy Davis: In “Stories and Songs of the Blues,” the acclaimed fingerpicker lays down a musicalhistory lesson of the black experience in America. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 10 a.m. $5-10. Info, 603-448-0400.
Spend Smart: See THU.27, O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 10 a.m.-noon.
Barry Estabrook: In “Slavery, Tomatoes and Social Justice on the Plate,” the investigative
journalist and food writer argues that eating winter tomatoes inadvertently supports migrant slavery. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. Christopher Spatz: Cougar Rewilding Foundation’s president sorts through fact and fiction about this elusive mountain cat in “Return of a Legend? Cougar Recovery in the Eastern United States.” Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 453-7880. Emily Bernard: In “Some of My Best Friends: The Power of Interracial Friendship,” the UVM professor considers the impact of race and history on meaningful bonds. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. George Dennis O’Brien: Exploring the promises and dangers of rock stardom, the former president of Bucknell University and the University of Rochester goes “In Search of Nirvana: Rock-andRoll Religion.” Rutland Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. James Heffernan: The Dartmouth College professor emeritus breaks down the social relations in Jane Austen’s writing in “In Want of a Wife: Romance and Realism in Pride and Prejudice.” Congregational Church, Norwich, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184. Jernigan Pontiac: Seven Days’ “Hackie” columnist reflects on “Combating Prejudice and ‘isms’ on a Personal Level.” Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. John Johnson: Looking at labor unions, industrialization, environmental changes and more, the historian gives a historical view of Vermont’s stone industries. Shoreham Historical Society, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 897-5254. Nancy Jay Crumbine: The Dartmouth College professor highlights the interconnection of “Words, Creativity and Spirituality” in the works of Emily Dickinson and Annie Dillard. Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 334-7902. Paul Bierman: Archival photographs depict the arrival of the interstate to the most rural state in the UVM professor’s talk, “Remaking the Landscape, 1958-1978.” Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Sienna Craig: Recounting years spent living in Nepal, the anthropologist speaks on “Horses Like Lightning: A Story of Passage Through the Himalayas.” St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. Woden Teachout: Refuting Henry Ford’s claim that “History is more or less bunk,” this author and professor sheds light on “What We Learn When We Learn About History.” Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
‘Boeing-Boeing’: A Don Draper-esque lothario skillfully juggles three flight-attendant fiancées at once until their plane schedules change in this jet-speed comedy by Northern Stage. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $30-60. Info, 296-7000. ‘Crimes of the Heart’: Men, morality and attempted murder are the subject of this Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, directed by professor Peter Harrigan. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. ‘Laugh Lines’: See WED.26, 8 p.m. ‘Playing Hard to Get: Short Works 2011’: Joanne Farrell and Kim Jordan codirect Champlain Theatre’s production of six short contemporary plays boasting themes of desire, misunderstanding and relationships. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5-15; free for Champlain students with ID. Info, 863-5966. The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Palace 9: Anna Netrebko stars in a broadcast screening of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. Palace Cinema 9, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $18-24. Info, 660-9300. m
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building TINY-HOUSE RAISING: Cost: $250/workshop. Location: Richmond. Info: Peter King, 933-6103. A crew of beginners will help instructor Peter King frame and sheath a 12 x 12 tiny house in Richmond, November 5 and 6.
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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,
craft MAD SCIENTIST WORKSHOP: Nov. 6, 4-9 a.m. Cost: $64/ workshop, incl. all materials, 4 hrs. of class & breakfast. Location: Brickels Gallery, Soda Plant, 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Brickels Gallery, John Brickels, 8258214, email@example.com, brickels.com. Create clay steampunk machines and robots under the direction of Dr. Brickelstein with other mad scientists. Combine vacuum tubes, vintage valve handles, faux meters and taxidermy eyes with extruded stoneware clay. Includes complimentary Frankenstein pancake breakfast at Handy’s and your own opening during First Friday Artwalk in the Brickels Gallery. 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, access@cvuhs. 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+.
dance BALANCE, HARMONY, BALLET: Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill St., suite 372,
DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: $50/4week class. Location: The Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington, St. Albans, Colchester. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757, email@example.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! UNRAVEL & DELSARTE IN ACTION!: You are invited to our birthday weekend celebration! UnRavel: Dance, Theatre, Song, and Laughter. Fri. Nov. 4, 7 p.m. Delsarte in Action with Joe Williams Sat. Nov. 5, 7 p.m. Choose your ticket prices from $10 to $100. Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 8633369, Info@BurlingtonDances. com, BurlingtonDances.com.
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.
Register online at flynnarts.org. Call 652-4537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
WRITING & PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP W/ BRIAN FREEMAN: Intermediate Adults & Older Teens, Tue., Nov. 8-6 p.m. Cost: $20/ class. Location: Flynn Center, Burlington. Brian Freeman is an award-winning playwright, director, performance artist and cofounder of San Francisco’s groundbreaking black queer performance troupe Pomo Afro Homos. In this workshop, he introduces participants to strategies for writing and performing original works, including techniques to prepare the body and voice for performance and strategies for developing monologues from personal narratives, found text and devised text. 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, FLYNNARTS
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 dropin program introduces young children to artistic explorations in a multimedia environment that is both creative and social. Participants will work with homemade play dough,
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.
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 twoday 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 considering bringing Transition to their community. It is recommended for communities wishing to become an internationally recognized Transition Initiative.
If you love moving, thinking, feeling, intuiting and sensing all at one time, save the whole weekend. Say “Burlington dances audiences and dancers are creating a thriving arts economy!” See a show, attend a Delsarte presentation, take dance workshops, have refreshments. Feel good, laugh! Dance with new friends!
DROP IN: GIVE IT A WHIRL: ADULT POTTERY: Fri., Sep. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 & Dec. 16,
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: 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.
Burlington. Info: 863-3369, lucille@naturalbodiespilates. com, NaturalBodiesPilates. com. Love ballet? Release unnecessary tension and connect with your inner dancer to shape, tone and align your body while experiencing 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.
DESIGN: ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR: Nov. 7-Dec. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $185/nonmembers, $166.50/BCA members. Location: Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, used to lay out and design posters and other single-page documents. Students will explore a variety of software techniques and create projects suited to their own interests. This class is suited for beginners who are interested in furthering their design-software skills.
DROP IN: LIFE DRAWING FOR ADULTS (16+): Sep. 12-Dec. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. 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: FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY CLAY: Fri., Sep. 16-Dec. 16 (no class Nov. 25), 5:307:30 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.
learn to use recycled materials to make your holiday a little greener. Ages 16 and up.
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 $20/25-lb. 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, ornaments and more. Ages 16 and up.
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 eight-week 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.
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!
classes THE FOLLOWING CLASS LISTINGS ARE PAID ADVERTISEMENTS. ANNOUNCE YOUR CLASS FOR AS LITTLE AS $13.75/WEEK (INCLUDES SIX PHOTOS AND UNLIMITED DESCRIPTION ONLINE). SUBMIT YOUR CLASS AD AT SEVENDAYSVT.COM/POSTCLASS. FLYNNARTS
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. HIP-HOP WORKSHOP W/ JEFFREY PAGE: Intermediate & Advanced Teens & Adults, Sat., Nov. 5, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $15/workshop. Location: Flynn Center, Burlington. An Emmy Award-nominated and VMA Award-winning director-choreographer in NYC and L.A., Jeffrey’s credits include choreography and staging for Beyonce, Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, R. Kelly, VH1, MTV, Cirque du Soleil, and more. He danced in Bill T. Jones’ Broadway production of Fela! and is a resident choreographer for reality sensation “So You Think You Can Dance!” Don’t miss out!
gardening BULB BASICS: PLANNING & PLANTING FOR BEAUTIFUL SPRING COLOR: Oct. 27, 12-12:45 p.m. Location: Gardener’s Supply Garden Center, 472 Marshall Ave., Williston. Info: 658-2433, email@example.com, gardenerssupplystore.com. We kick off our Lunch & Learn series with a talk on bulbs. Learn how to identify and choose healthy bulbs, proper planting techniques, tools, and how bloom time, color and size should play a part in where
you plant. Free to attend. No preregistration required. 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, master. 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!
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and photographic techniques such as composition, color theory and lighting. Limited to 6 students. Instructor: Leigh Ann Rooney. PAPER MARBLING FOR KIDS & ADULTS: Nov. 11, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $35/class (family discount of $10/person). Location: Helen Day Art Center, 5 School St., Stowe. Info: 253-8358, email@example.com, helenday.com. Learn the Italian art of paper decoration. The marbling process is as fun as it is easy for anyone to do. It involves floating paint on top of water and swirling designs that are then transferred onto specially treated paper. Every print is totally unique! Participants will create a number of marbled papers to use for stationery, collage, wrapping paper, scrap booking and more. Instructor: Natasha Bogar. TECHNIQUE & COMPOSITION: Nov. 5, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $115/class. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 5 School St., Stowe. Info: 253-8358, firstname.lastname@example.org, helenday.com. 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.
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DIGITAL ART: Oct. 27-Nov. 17, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Thursday. Cost: $150/course. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 5 School St., Stowe. Info: 253-8358, education@ helenday.com, helenday.com. 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 twodimensional design elements
EDIBLE/MEDICINAL PLANTS OF THE NORTHEAST: Cost: $20/session, $150/prepaid. Location: NatureHaven, 431 East Rd., Milton. Info: Laurie DiCesare, 893-1845, firstname.lastname@example.org. 10-session home study/field trip program. Includes botany, folklore, traditional, Native American and current uses; printed plant family handouts, hands-on herb projects, local park walks. Flexible scheduling, certificate. Individual or group nature walks, interpretive trails, species listing also available. LIP BALMS: A MINIWORKSHOP: Nov. 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $5/1-hr. hands-on mini-workshop. Location: Purple Shutter Herbs, 7 W. Canal St., Winooski. Info: Purple Shutter Herbs, Purple Shutter Herbs, 865-4372, email@example.com, purpleshutter.com. Everybody
uses and loses them, so learn to make your own. Join Laura in a one-hour class where together you’ll make all-natural lip balms. Each person will take home his or her own creations. This class is open to all ages; kids encouraged to attend (parents free, if assisting). WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: 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.
holistic health ENERGY SEX INTENSIVE: Nov. 13, 12-5:30 p.m. Cost: $95/ workshop, 20% discount if you register 2 or more people. Location: Burlington Dances Studio, 1 Mill St. (Chace Mill), suite 372, Burlington. Info: Intimates Arts Center, Carolyn Cooke, 363-4878, intimateartscenter.com. Turn on your erotic circuits! Learn how to play with your own sexual energy toolkit by using breath, sound, movement, vision, awareness, intention, imagination and more to access, enhance and channel your own erotic power. The workshop is clothes on, hands off for men, women, singles and partners.
language ABSOLUTELY TRUE! LEARN SPANISH: Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Ctr. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 5851025, 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.
martial arts 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: 9518900, burlingtonaikido.org. Aikido is a dynamic Japanese martial art that promotes physical and mental harmony through the use of breathing exercises, aerobic conditioning, circular movements, and pinning and throwing techniques. We also teach sword/staff arts and knife defense. The Samurai Youth Program provides scholarships for children and teenagers, ages 7-17. We also offer classes for children ages 5-6. Classes are taught by Benjamin Pincus Sensei, Vermont’s only fully certified (Shidoin) Aikido teacher. AIKIDO: Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 862-9785, vermontaikido.org. Aikido for Children (ages 6-12) at Vermont Aikido. Class starts October 29. Saturday mornings, 9:30-10:30. $50 monthly fee includes uniform you get to take home. Aikido trains body and spirit together, promoting physical flexibility with flowing movement, martial awareness with compassionate connection, respect for others and confidence in oneself. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 660-4072, Julio@bjjusa.com, 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 JiuJitsu 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.
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, 9859746, 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.
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! AnnuAL PiLAtes MeMbershiPs: If you love Pilates classes 3 times a week or more, you’ll love this membership program. Cost: $199/mo. (+ tax). Location: Natural Bodies Pilates, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369, lucille@ naturalbodiespilates.com, NaturalBodiesPilates.com. some form of daily exercise is essential for body, mind and heart! Your membership includes unlimited Pilates Mat and equipment-based classes, two private sessions per year, open studio program, and great discounts on series classes, workshops and studio performances. Imagine the feeling and benefits of daily exercise! call today!
tAi Chi eAsy: An introDuCtion: Nov. 2, 7-8:30 p.m. Cost: $10/1.5 hrs. of soft movement. Location: Purple Shutter Herbs, 7 W. Canal St., Winooski. Info: Purple Shutter Herbs, Purple Shutter Herbs, 865-4372, firstname.lastname@example.org, purpleshutter.com. Tai chi easy is a simple and profound way to cultivate Qi. It uses five of the traditional movements and performs them in a stationary, standing position or seated. It triggers key physiological and psychological health benefits. liz Geran has been practicing Tai chi and Qi Gong for 16 years.
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yoga eVoLution yogA: $14/ class, $130/class card. $5-$10 community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, Burlington. Info: 864-9642, email@example.com, evolutionvt.com. evolution’s certified teachers are skilled with students ranging from beginner to advanced. We offer classes in Vinyasa, anusara-inspired, Kripalu and Iyengar yoga. Babies/kids classes also available! Prepare for birth and strengthen postpartum with pre-/postnatal yoga, and check out our thriving massage practice. Participate in our community blog: evolutionvt. com/evoblog. 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!
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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/class. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. 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
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. 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.
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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, firstname.lastname@example.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
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, 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.
: Nov. 12, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $70/day. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga & Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. For women seeking a positive group experience, focusing on developing self-awareness and intuition around food. along with gentle yoga/meditation, shiatsu bodywork, Reiki and a shared, vegetarian meal, this workshop is a wonderful way to enter the colder months from a place of intention and consciousness. VHaP accepted.
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usui reiki: 1st Degree: Nov. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $175/6-hr. class. Location: Vermont Center for Energy Medicine, Hinesburg. Info: Vermont Center for Energy Medicine, Cindy Carse, 985-9580, email@example.com, energymedicinevt.com. learn Reiki, a traditional Japanese healing art that facilitates health and transformation on all levels (body, mind and spirit). Reiki can be supportive of any life path or career. In this class, you will be attuned to Reiki and trained to practice Reiki for yourself, loved ones, plants and animals.
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Late Bloomer Songwriter Steven Leibman finally paints his masterpiece BY MAT T BU SHL O W
10.26.11-11.02.11 SEVEN DAYS 54 MUSIC
o you know Ry Cooder was 23 when he did that first album? Twenty-fuckingthree?” Steven Leibman is seated across the table in the dimly lit dining room of the Daily Planet in Burlington. His buddy, Brett Hughes, is seated next to him. The local country-music stalwart is all charming smiles, clad in stylish RayBans and a green-and-white trucker cap. But Leibman isn’t looking at Hughes. He asks his question to the air, marveling at how someone so young could possess Cooder’s uncanny brilliance on the electric guitar. It’s natural for Leibman to have age on his mind. The 63-year-old just completed his first album, I Know They’re There, after decades of writing and false starts. With his neatly trimmed salt-andpepper beard, wire-rim glasses, and glass of club soda, Leibman could be the poster boy for every artist who took a day job to pay the bills and start a family — and then struggled to get back to his art. Though most folks never make a late-period album — or finish that novel — with the release of I Know They’re There, Leibman has chased down his dream and made it real. As for the timing, he pauses before answering. “It was now or never,” Leibman says, with a dark chuckle, his eyes sparkling. “I could fucking drop dead at any moment.” He’s only sort-of joking. In December 2008, Leibman went under the knife for what he calls “unexpected” quadruplebypass surgery. Just a few months earlier, he had embarked on a new search to find the right partner to help him make his first album. Leibman has a decades-long history of recording demos and one-off songs in studios from Los Angeles to Montréal. But never an entire album. In his mind, he’s never been able to find the right musical collaborator. As recently as 2007, Leibman worked with a team at Montréal’s Hotel2Tango studio to record a one-song “test” of his song “I Know They’re There,” with the
intention of working on an LP. Though he says the experience was “wonderful,” it didn’t continue past the one song. The reason? “Creative differences,” he says. Enter Brett Hughes, recommended to Leibman by mutual friend and Swale keyboardist/singer Amanda Gustafson. Hughes had, in late 2008, just come off recording sessions for Surprise Me Mr. Davis, the constantly touring rock quartet built around the songwriting talents of Virginian Nathan Moore and Brad Barr of Montréal. After Leibman heard that band’s demos — plus Hughes’ recordings of his own trio, Monoprix, and his composing and arranging work for television — it was clear he had found his man. But something deeper bonded the two musicians. “It was a remarkably spiritual experience that we met,” says Leibman. “Right off with Brett, our sensibilities, the lexicon, the metaphors, the movie references, the literature references ... We were in sync right away. It was just heaven.” After working for more than a year to recover from his surgery and some post-op vocal injuries, Leibman holed up with Hughes in his barn-apartmentcum-studio, Mercurial Arts + Sciences. There they labored on and off for nearly 17 months to craft Leibman’s personal masterpiece. The songwriter readily admits that the dozen tunes on I Know They’re There are fashioned after Randy Newman’s classic 1970 album, 12 Songs. Like Newman, Liebman uses first-person, character-driven narratives and a variety of musical styles that always serve the album as a whole. As Hughes munches calamari and sips a pint of the Shed’s Mountain Ale, Leibman explains that the Newman reference is in line with a few basic principles the two agreed upon at the project’s outset: This album had to be about the songs. And those songs had to serve the greater narrative and flow of the album. And, within each song, the vocals had to be mixed up front. “We were referencing music from all different eras,” Hughes explains. “But
what we kept going back to [was] ’60s and ’70s singer-songwriter things, especially Dylan records, where the vocal is right up there.” “After all,” Hughes lays out in his slight Kansas drawl with a smile, “The vocal is the song.” And it shows. Throughout I Know They’re There, Leibman’s — the narrator’s — voice is high in the mix, leading the listener through tales of lust, nostalgia, lost love, broken people — tales of sketchy characters and sometimes sketchier situations. His vocals are clear and powerful, with a soulful vibrato on the long notes and a slightly weathered, honest feel. It’s a voice on par with that of early Newman, or Warren Zevon, and recalls the yearning and depth of Springsteen’s epic albums from the 1970s. And then there are the arrangements. Leibman and Hughes surrounded the vocals with an absolute musical dream team — and a deep bench. For fans of the Burlington music scene, reading the liner notes while listening to the album can elicit a constant stream of “oohs” and “aahs.” Veterans such as bassist Rob Morse, keyboardist Ray Paczkowski and electric guitarist Mark Spencer form the
backbone of several tracks. Brett Lanier lends soul to a few tunes on pedal steel. That’s Marie Claire playing the harpsichord. And who knew Tyler Bolles plays bassoon? (Seriously.) Then there are string players, including violinist Jane Bearden, violist Paul Reynolds and cellist Michael Hakim. And when Johnnie Day Durand’s singing saw shows up in the same arrangement as the strings, one can’t help but wonder who put this whole thing together. I Know They’re There is constantly mystifying like that. And yet there are no moments of novelty. All that talent adds heart and soul to each song — only where it’s needed. The string section, French horn, tuba, vibraphone, toy piano — even the old Edison cylinder recording of Italian tenor Enrico Caruso — all serve Leibman’s songs in a way that few producers could pull off. It’s the most quietly ambitious production ever recorded by two middle-aged dudes in a small, makeshift studio in Burlington. Better late than never. I Know They’re There, by Steven Leibman, is available now on iTunes, Amazon.com, Spotify and through stevenleibman.com.
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renaissance in Vermont in recent years, as a number of talented bands have emerged to sate our collective hunger for manouche. However, Trio Gusto stand out for their progressive approach to the genre and a willingness to not be bound by hothouse conventions. Their repertoire spans a variety of terrain, from serge gainsBourg-styled French lounge to georges Brassensinspired chanson and even a touch of cole Porter for good measure. But what makes Gusto unique is the pairing of Buck Maynard’s (ex-Buck & the Black cats) Telecaster guitar and geoff kiM’s slinky clarinet. As vocalist and acoustic guitarist Martin describes it in a recent email, they boast a “Django-meetsgeorge Wills” sound. Sold. In addition to their original material, Martin writes that the band is reworking a few genre standards, which is rare in gypsy swing. Oh, and the lovely ladies of the sPielPalast caBaret will serve as ushers for the evening. So there’s that. (Costume suggestion: duh. 1930s attire. Alternate suggestion: slutty 1930s attire.) Meanwhile, in Montpelier, the main event is arguably a costume party with ’80s New Wave revivalists hot neon Magic, at the Black Door on Saturday, October 29. This one’s pretty selfexplanatory: Just dress in anything remotely ’80s, which is inherently kind of slutty. Done and done.
What better way to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve than by raising the dead? After a monthlong layoff, Metal Monday at Nectar’s is resurrected this week, highlighted (lowlighted?) by what will unfortunately be the final performance of MM cofounders nefarious frenzy — a side project of lendWay’s Matt hagen, FYI. The band is losing its guitarist, sean Baggs, who is moving to Florida. However, Nefarious managed to record a new album, which should find our eager ears soon. Also on the Helloween Metal Monday bill: aBaddon, vaPorizer and Boil the Whore. (Costume suggestion: Metal Monday usually kinda looks like Halloween anyway, so dress like Lendway. Alternate suggestion: slutty Lendway.)
Happy birthday, Radio Bean! It’s hard to believe, but the Burlington-based arts hub turns it up to 11 this year. Where does the time go? The java joint will host its annual scene-wide birthday bash this Saturday, October 29. The lineup features just about every friggin’ band in town. And free coffee.
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FRI, 11/4 | $5 aDv / $10 DOS | DOORS 7:30, SHOW 8Pm | 18+
FRI, 11/4 | $20 aDv / $23 DOS / $34 2-Day | DOORS 7:30, SHOW 8 SaT, 11/5 | $20 aDv / $23 DOS / $34 2-Day | DOORS 7:30, SHOW 8
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Halloween falls on a Monday this year, which puts a damper on spooky shenanigans October 31. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any hell to be
raised that night. And who better to lead the party than the cool kids from DJ collective Bonjour-hi!? The crew takes over the Blue Room at Red Square on Monday, October 31, for an epic monster mash(up). Also, I’m told dj treatz will dress like a leopard. Rawr! (Costume suggestion: not a leopard. Alternate suggestion: um … a cheetah?)
Sticking with the FlynnSpace, this Friday, October 28, local gypsy-jazz ensemble trio gusto and Mike Martin celebrate the release of their new, self-titled record with a 1930s-style costume party in the versatile basement theater. French-styled swing has seen a
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Perhaps you’ve heard that renowned keyboardist Marco Benevento has been thrilling Radio Bean crowds these past few weeks during his ongoing residency. Well, in addition to his Friday-night sets at our favorite cozy hipster haunt, he’s also got a fascinating show coming up this Saturday, October 29, at the FlynnSpace. Benevento’s trio is performing an original score he composed to roger corMan’s 1960 film adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, starring vincent Price. Benevento’s moody score adds a new layer of diabolical creepiness to Corman’s cult classic. (Costume suggestion: hip-hop mogul usher. Alternate suggestion: slutty Usher.)
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Oh, I do love me some Halloween. It is, without question, my absolute favorite holiday. Unlike Christmas or Easter, there are no religious overtones — quite the opposite, in fact. Unlike Thanksgiving — my second favorite holiday — there are no family obligations. (Note to my family: love you!) Unlike Independence Day, there is no forced patriotism. And, unlike Kwanzaa, I actually know what Halloween is. Halloween is simple. It’s fun. It’s goofy. There’s candy. What’s not to love? If there is one drawback to Halloween, it’s that coming up with a good costume can be a challenge, especially if, like me, you put no thought into it whatsoever until the last minute. And with so much entertainment on the docket for the upcoming Halloween weekend, it’s important to dress the part. Of course, you could go the standard college-town route: Take an otherwise innocuous outfit — nun, priest, cop, nurse, etc. — and make it slutty. But you’re better than that, right? So what follows are some of the more interesting Halloween-themed options this week. And because our goal at Seven Days is to entertain and educate, we’re including costume suggestions for each show. You’re welcome. And happy Halloween!
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1/2 LoungE: Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (retro), 10 p.m., Free. CLub MEtronoME: Nero After party with 2K Deep (electronica), 11 p.m., Free/$3. Franny o's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free. HigHEr grounD baLLrooM: stephen stills, Josh Hisle (singersongwriters), 8 p.m., $30/45. AA. LEunig's bistro & CaFé: cody sargent Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. ManHattan Pizza & Pub: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free. nECtar's: Jeff Bujak, Lynguistic
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City LiMits: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free. Holcombe (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $10. on tHE risE bakEry: Open Bluegrass session, 8 p.m., Free.
bEE's knEEs: carol Ann Jones (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations.
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decidedly sophisticated brand of folk music. But the California-based cello and banjo duo is hardly stuffy. Think instrumental virtuosity balanced by a breezy, backwoods soul, music that is both intellectually stimulating and emotionally soothing. The songbirds fly northeast for three Vermont shows this week: Thursday, October 27, at Claire’s in Hardwick, Friday, October 28, at Radio Bean in Burlington, and Saturday, October 29, at the Skinny Pancake in Burlington.
rusty naiL: midnite (reggae), 9 p.m., $21.75.25.
o'briEn's irisH Pub: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free.
MonoPoLE: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free.
on taP bar & griLL: Open irish session, 8 p.m., Donations.
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.
CLub MEtronoME: Events Are Objects, DJ steal Wool (rock), 9 p.m., Free. Franny o's: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. HigHEr grounD baLLrooM: Yonder mountain string Band, the infamous stringdusters (newgrass), 8:30 p.m., $23/25. AA. HigHEr grounD sHoWCasE LoungE: Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights, the Happen-ins, stone Bullet (rock), 8 p.m., $10/12. AA.
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.
sLiDE brook LoDgE & taVErn: Open mic, 7 p.m., Free. DJ Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. tuPELo MusiC HaLL: Floodwood (rock), 8 p.m., $20. AA.
51 Main: Ben stilton (reggae-rock), 7 p.m., Free. tWo brotHErs taVErn: DJ Dizzle (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.
baysiDE PaViLion: Trivia with General Knowledge, 9:30 p.m., Free. bEE's knEEs: slick martha's Hot club (gypsy jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations.
oLiVE riDLEy's: Karaoke with Benjamin Bright and Ashley Kollar, 6 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. High Lighter Grafitti Party with DJ Deuces (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $2/5. 18+.
baCkstagE Pub: Karaoke with steve, 9 p.m., Free.
rí rá irisH Pub: Longford Row (irish), 8 p.m., Free.
broWn's MarkEt bistro: Alan Greenleaf & the Doctor (folk), 7 p.m., Free.
tHE skinny PanCakE: Phineas Gage (bluegrass), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.
CLairE's rEstaurant & bar: The Littlest Birds (folk), 8 p.m., Free.
CLub MEtronoME: No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5.
LiFt: DJ Josh Bugbee (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
VEnuE: Karaoke with steve Leclair, 7 p.m., Free.
riMroCks Mountain taVErn: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
Franny o's: smokin' Gun (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free.
nECtar's: Trivia mania with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free. Love in stockholm, Adam Ezra Group (soul, rock), 10 p.m., $5/10. 18+.
HigHEr grounD baLLrooM: soulive, Lettuce (soul-funk), 8:30 p.m., $16/18/25. AA.
LEunig's bistro & CaFé: mike martin & Geoff Kim (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.
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Speaking of new releases, I’m told the boys from FARM have been holed up in the Cave of Legends, hard at work on their next record. No word on when it might be done, but Farm’s BEN MADDOX writes that the band has been churning out final mixes. Stay tuned. Band Name of the Week: SPIT JACK. This local punk outfit is quickly gaining a rep as the baddest band in the land, having been kicked out of two Vermont venues in recent months for some unseemly behavior. Will they go for the hat trick
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Big doings in Montpelier this Friday, October 28, as acclaimed folk-punk trio the DEVIL MAKES THREE come to town to play “Stomp and Smash Irene” at the Vermont College of Fine Arts gymnasium to benefit the Vermont Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief for Farmers Fund. DM3 are also celebrating the release of a new live album called Stomp and Smash — get it? — which hit shelves on Tuesday, October 25. Also on the bill, honorary Vermonters the TOUGHCATS and actual Vermonters WOODEN DINOSAUR. Speaking of WD, the indie-folk outfit is fresh from an appearance with the LOW ANTHEM and JOE PUG in New Hampshire last week and are nearing completion on a new record. That’ll be released on their own label and may be pressed to vinyl.
Spit Jack also have a new EP on deck, Whiskey Eyes, slated for a December release. If any bars will still have them at that point, they might even have a release show. Fingers crossed.
when they play Manhattan Pizza & Pub in Burlington this Saturday, October 29? I have no idea. But it might be worth attending to find out. And if they are booted, at least two other solid bands are on the bill: SKULLS, who describe themselves as “struggling against the current of good vibes and happy hippies” in Burlington with a simple message of “senseless violence and drunken debauchery,” and the Queen City’s sons of DEATH, ROUGH FRANCIS, who reportedly have a full-length in the works for the new year. By the way, COURTESY OF THE DEVIL MAKES THREE
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Listening In Once again, this week’s totally selfindulgent column segment, in which I share a random sampling of what was on my iPod, turntable, CD player, 8-track player, etc., this week.
The Felice Brothers, Celebration, Florida The Lumineers, The Lumineers Gauntlet Hair, Gauntlet Hair The Devil Makes Three
M83, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.
Last but not least, safe travels to ALEXANDRIA HALL, aka TOOTH ACHE., who takes off on a lengthy national tour next week with MICHAEL COLLINS (ex-PRINCE RAMA). Before she goes, the lo-fi electropop tunesmith plays a tour-kickoff show this Friday at the BCA Center in Burlington with Collins, SON OF SALAMI and COSMIC MATRIX.
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HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Hot Mess Halloween with DJ Precious (house), 10 p.m., $9/12. AA. JP'S PUB: Dave Harrison's Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.
CHARLIE O'S: A Fly Allusion (funk), 10 p.m., Free. CORK WINE BAR: Ira Friedman & Gessikah Harris (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: Torpedo Rodeo (surf-punk), 10 p.m., Free.
LEVITY: Friday Night Comedy (standup), 8 p.m., $5.
TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Guitar Masters with Andy McKee, Stephen bennett and Antoine Dufour (acoustic), 8 p.m., $30. AA.
LIFT: Ladies Night, 9 p.m., Free/$3. DJ AJ (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. MARRIOTT HARBOR LOUNGE: Gabe Jarrett (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., Free.
MONKEY HOUSE: Anders Parker Cloud Badge (rock), 9 p.m., $8.
51 MAIN: The Move It Move It (Afro-pop), 9 p.m., Free.
NECTAR'S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. Wyllys & the NYC Hustler Society, the Edd (nu-disco), 9 p.m., $5.
CITY LIMITS: Dance Party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Hallowen Bash with the Horse Traders (rock), 9 p.m., $3.
PARK PLACE TAVERN: General Lee (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Project Organ Trio (funk), 7 p.m., Free. Tommy Alexander & Alanna Grace Flynn (singer-songwriters), 8 p.m., Free. The Littlest Birds (folk), 9 p.m., Free. Marco Benevento (solo piano), 10 p.m., $17.50/20/60.
THE BLACK DOOR: Hot Neon Magic (’80s New Wave), 9:30 p.m., $5.
BEE'S KNEES: Open Mic, 7:30 p.m., Free. RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
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RASPUTIN'S: DJ ZJ (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $3.
ROADSIDE TAVERN: DJ Diego (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free.
RED SQUARE: Paul Cataldo (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., Free. Akashic Record (funk), 9 p.m., $5.
RUSTY NAIL: Pleasure Dome (rock), 9 p.m., NA. Pleasuredome (rock), 10 p.m., $5.
RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Stavros (house), 10 p.m., $5.
MONOPOLE: Eat Sleep Funk (rock), 10 p.m., Free.
RUBEN JAMES: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free.
TABU CAFÉ & NIGHTCLUB: All Night Dance Party with DJ Toxic (Top 40), 5 p.m., Free.
RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Supersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Vandaveer, Jon Swift (indie folk), 7 p.m., $5-10 donation.
THERAPY: Beer Pong Tournament, 1 p.m., $25. Weekend Groove Halloween Bash (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5/7. 18+.
BAGITOS: Dan Liptak (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. BIG PICTURE THEATER & CAFÉ: Death By Disco with Polyester (’70s dance party), 8 p.m., NA.
THE BLACK DOOR: Apocalypse 5 & Dime (punk, indie folk), 9:30 p.m., $5. CHARLIE O'S: The Stereofidelics (rock), 10 p.m., Free. GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Jonny P (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2. THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: DJ Slim Pknz All Request Dance Party (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.
51 MAIN: Bobolinks (a cappella), 7 p.m., Free.
Jamaican Me Crazy In a career spanning more than two decades and some 45
But the St. Croix-based band’s new album, King’s Bell, has a distinctly Jamaican feel, as it was recorded
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albums, it is remarkable that reggae giants MIDNITE had never worked with a Jamaican producer until now. at Bob Marley’s iconic Tuff Gong Studios and helmed by legendary producer Andrew “Bassie” Campbell. The release features some of Jamaica’s finest reggae musicians — including Earl “Chinna” Smith and Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace. This Wednesday, October 26, the band brings its Virgin Islands — now by way of Jamaica — brand of irie grooves to the Rusty Nail in Stowe.
CITY LIMITS: Top Hat Entertainment Dance Party (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free. The Hitmen (rock), 9 p.m., Free.
RUSTY NAIL: John C Fraser (singersongwriter), 9 p.m., Free. The Move It Move It (Afro-pop), 9 p.m., NA.
ON THE RISE BAKERY: Open Jazz Session with Dan Silverman, 8 p.m., Donations.
SOUTH STATION RESTAURANT: Josh Brooks (Vermonticana), 6:30 p.m., Free. STARRY NIGHT CAFÉ: Spooky Blues with Left Eye Jump (blues), 8 p.m., Free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: DJ Benno (dubstep), 10 p.m., Free.
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RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Soulive, Lettuce (soul-funk), 8:30 p.m., $16/18/25. AA.
MONOPOLE: Capital Zen (rock), 10 p.m., Free.
HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: One Wicked Night (dance party), 8 p.m., $20. 18+.
OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Benjamin Bright (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., Free.
JP'S PUB: Dave Harrison's Starstruck
THERAPY: Pulse with DJ Nyce (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $5.
LIFT: DJ EfX (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
BACKSTAGE PUB: Justice (rock), 10 p.m., Free.
Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Rough Francis, Skulls, Spit Jack (punk), 9 p.m., Free. MARRIOTT HARBOR LOUNGE: The Trio (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., Free. MONKEY HOUSE: Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps (indie), 9 p.m., $5.
BANANA WINDS CAFÉ & PUB: in Kahootz (rock), 8 p.m., Free.
NECTAR'S: Adam King (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Dr. Ruckus, Thunderbody (funk), 9 p.m., $5.
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ON TAP BAR & GRILL: The Complaints (rock), 9 p.m., Free.
PARK PLACE TAVERN: Big Boots Deville (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Radio Bean's 11th Birthday Bash, 8 a.m., Free. RASPUTIN'S: Nastee (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. RED SQUARE: DJ Raul (salsa), 5 p.m., Free. Perry Nunn (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., Free. The Voodoo Fix (rock), 9 p.m., $5. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $5. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: The Blame (rock), 10 p.m., Free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE: The Littlest Birds (indie folk), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation. T BONES RESTAURANT AND BAR: Open Mic Prime Time with Kyle Stevens, 8 p.m., Free. VENUE: Darkhorse (country), 9 p.m., $3.
BAGITOS: Irish Session, 2 p.m., Free. Joel Meeks (acoustic), 6 p.m., Free.
1/2 LOUNGE: Funhouse with DJs Rob Douglas, Moonflower & Friends (house), 10 p.m., Free.
HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Tribal Seeds, E.N. Young (reggae), 8 p.m., $13/15. AA. MONKEY HOUSE: Comedy Night (standup), 8 p.m., $5. 18+. MONTY'S OLD BRICK TAVERN: George Voland JAZZ: Tom Morse, Colin McCaffrey and Dan Skea, 4:30 p.m., Free. NECTAR'S: Mi Yard Reggae Night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Old Time Sessions (old-time), 1 p.m., Free. Trio Gusto (gypsy jazz), 5 p.m., Free. Tiffany Pfeiffer (neo-soul), 8 p.m., Free.
BAGITOS: Dark Green Folk with Josh (folk), 11 a.m., Free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Vandaveer (indie folk), 6 p.m., Free.
BEE'S KNEES: Stephen Morabito and Friends (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations. SWEET CRUNCH BAKE SHOP: Mary Collins and Don Tobey (folk), 10:30 a.m., Free. SUN.30
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on the tune’s multilayered, a cappella intro is ambitious, to say the least. But Chamberlin struggle to do it justice. They can be credited for performing it au naturel, eschewing the overt AutoTune that Vernon employs to such unique effect on the original. However, while they nail the arrangement, they’re often frustratingly off-key. Fortunately, those issues are resolved once the band members strap on guitars. The remainder of the tune is a clever adaptation of West’s version and sets the stage for what comes next. The band’s version of “Little Secrets” by Passion Pit — originally released last year as a bonus track to their full-length debut, Bitter Blood — is striking, as the band turns the tune from danceable electro-pop into a sweetly brooding acoustic ballad. “Go Outside,” by Cults, takes on an almost classic R&B feel, which is a far cry from that tune’s original sing-song electro vibe. Vampire
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Weekend’s synth-pop scorcher “Giving Up the Gun” is transformed into a loping, alt-country weeper. And EP closer “Pumped Up Kicks,” by Foster the People, almost sounds as though it was meant to be acoustic chamber pop instead of a grainy indie-dance track. On their Cabin Covers EP, Chamberlin offer a collection of material that stands on its own simply as a great listen. But what makes this collection remarkable is the sensitivity paid to the source material and the cunning ingenuity with which the band personalizes the new versions. It’s quite an achievement, and one of the most enjoyable 20 minutes of “local” music you’re apt to hear this year. Cabin Covers EP is available at chamberlin.com. All proceeds from sales of the EP go to Irene flood-relief efforts in Vermont.
Cover songs present an interesting artistic opportunity in that they offer fans the chance to hear established songs in a new light. For example, take Bon Iver’s version of “Your Love” by the Outfield. In Justin Vernon’s hands — or rather his wounded falsetto — the song feels darker and more emotionally exposed. He lays bare the tune’s almost unseemly undercurrent of sexual yearning that the poppy arrangement of the 1985 original somewhat obscures. But toying with another artist’s intellectual property can also pose significant risk. In the wrong hands, the results can be disastrous (e.g., Sixpence None the Richer’s shameless slaughter of the La’s classic, “There She Goes”). The key seems to be maintaining the integrity of the source material while simultaneously imbuing the new version with a fresh perspective. Local rockers Chamberlin strike that balance on an intriguing new collection of cover songs, Cabin Covers EP. And speaking of Bon Iver, the EP gets off to an inauspicious start with “Lost in the World.” The song is a take on a Kanye West take on Bon Iver’s “Woods” that made the Internet rounds a couple of years ago. Taking
The title of Tommy Alexander’s latest recording, Maybe One Day, reveals much about the local “basement soul” songwriter. The six songs presented by this California-born and Burlingtonbased tunesmith bristle with cautious optimism. But it’s tempered by a palpable yearning, a sense of frustrated restlessness and unfocused wanderlust. Through a churning stream of mostly acoustic guitar and voice numbers, Alexander plays the part of the wounded troubadour, delivering an intimate and emotionally vulnerable treatise on love, life and loss and the dark, quiet corners where they intersect. Alexander is a gifted guitarist, blessed with nimble fingers, yet, refreshingly, he doesn’t overplay. His lines are often clean and clear. And when they’re not, they’re tastefully disjointed and ragged. The album’s introductory title cut is one such example. His lightly picked, rippling progression is pretty, but it carries a foreboding undercurrent. Fleeting, discordant strokes frame the searching ruminations that follow. As a lyricist, Alexander is less artful but no less effective. His verbal turns are generally brusque and straightforward, characterized more by direct musing than metaphorical wordplay — though he does offer choice allegorical nuggets here and there. Alexander seems taken with the idea of freedom, particularly emotional and spiritual. A wry exposition of twentysomething apathy, “Dear Fauber” is the most explicit example. Here,
Alexander pleads, “And so we walk the weighted path and let the sun become our skin / And so we talk all these jaded words, though we’ll never understand / That this train takes a lonely road, it rolls on and on and on.” Actually, the train probably takes a lonely track. But still. Even in lesser lyrical moments, Alexander is effective through sheer force of personality. His voice — which at times resembles the fractured, shaky croon of a young Conor Oberst — bursts with raw, emotional energy. Alexander’s performance is often dramatic and forceful, but never overbearing or melodramatic. His songs are intimate and emotionally honest, not pandering. It’s a fine line that Alexander walks confidently. That bodes very well for his future endeavors and suggests his “one day” is maybe closer than he thinks. Maybe One Day by Tommy Alexander is available at tommyalexander.bandcamp.com. He plays Radio Bean in Burlington this Friday, October 28.
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Affair, instrumental funk-soul trio sOulIve are taking their act on the road with a show they’re calling the Royal Family Ball. It is indeed a regal clan, as the band will be joined by Brooklyn-based brothers in funk lettuCe — one of the hottest up-and-coming funk bands in the realm. Both groups hold court with a two-night stand at the Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington on Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29.
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Home Work Andrew Raftery, Fleming Museum of Art
isitors seeking color and pop might peek in to Andrew Raftery’s exhibit in the Fleming Museum of Art’s East Gallery … and decide to give it a pass. (After all, there is plenty of pizzazz to be found in the African paintings of Wosene Worke Kosrof across the Marble Court.) But that would be a shame. Because, even if Raftery favors austere black and white, and his show extols a centuries-old medium — copperplate engraving — viewers who take the time to really look will find themselves captivated. There is a lot more than meets the cursory glance in the five-part print series called “Open House.” These are quietly astonishing achievements of technique, social observation and, not least, patience. Raftery’s vision is utterly unique. The professor of printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design uses an exacting, ancient process, and nods to genre-scene artists of the 17th and 18th centuries, while expressing fully contemporary concepts — in this case narratives based on that staple of real estate, the open house. In a slide lecture at the museum last week, Raftery explained that the inspiration for this series, completed in 2008, was taking his mother house hunting. Art historian Jonathan Weinberg, in his essay for the exhibition catalog, notes “an enormous gulf between the intensity of effort expended on the process and the banality of the subject matter.” And yet, this quotidian activity is inherently laden with richer meanings: the mind-sets of buyers, sellers and real estate agents; the material goods in the houses that tell stories about consumerism, values, taste and status (an Alessi teapot here, a Sub-Zero
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ANTONY GALBRAITH: Paintings by the Vermontborn artist; also, eerie and horror works in a variety of media by other artists. October 27 through 29 at Nightmare Vermont Dark Arts Gallery in South Burlington. Info, 355-3107. ‘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.
providing a rare glimpse into an artist’s mind and methods. That’s of value at an academic museum. Bearing witness to Raftery’s painstaking process has a more elemental advantage: It helps one truly appreciate his masterful engravings, to think about “how” as well as “what.” Today’s viewers might need reminding that, in engraving, every single line is made by hand, and each bears the heavy responsibility of precision. The relative weight and placement of lines creates patterns, forms, light, shadow, expression — meaning. And, imagine it: There is no delete button for mistakes. In his essay Weinberg notes that Raftery’s process is an excavation of Old Master prints, layer by layer, deconstructed and reassembled. But this, he suggests, “has as much to do with post-modern modes of conceptualism and appropriation as it does with the history of engraving.” It also has to do with the artist’s predilections. Raftery said he is capable of focusing on one thing for a long time without growing tired of it. “I really like making things with my hands and making objects that are very highly wrought,” he explained. “That is why I am so drawn to engraving.” In an age of throwaway printed materials and instant reproducibility, that alone is worth slowing down to admire.
“Scene Three” (detail)
Scale model for “Scene Three”
THESE ARE QUIETLY ASTONISHING ACHIEVEMENTS OF TECHNIQUE, SOCIAL OBSERVATION AND, NOT LEAST, PATIENCE. fridge there); the concept of home itself. For that matter, there are layers of connotation in the word “open.” There is voyeurism. And there is the temporal backdrop of the housing market — at a zenith when Raftery worked on this series, at a nadir now. Moreover, the artist wonders about the relationships of the figures he places in his scenes. Who among these men and women are married to each other? Is there tension between them? Do the two pairs of different-sized men’s shoes in the bedroom imply a gay couple? Whose baby is that? How do these individuals view each other? The artist had plenty of time to muse on all these considerations;
“Open House” was two years in conceptualization, four years in the making. Along the way, Raftery created architectural and figure models — small, nude maquettes of wax, gessoed white — and numerous, increasingly elaborate drawings of his scenes before even setting burin to copperplate. Fleming curator Aimee Marcereau DeGalan’s decision to include these meticulous preparatory steps in the exhibit was brilliant. Raftery admitted at his talk last week that he had not thought of his models and studies as “art.” His mother, who is also an artist, disagreed. So did DeGalan. Each of these stages reveals a gifted hand, and each is starkly beautiful. They are also educational,
‘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.
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.
CAROL CRAWFORD & ELLEN SPRING: "The Fell Line," colorful garments and other woven objects by the fiber artists. Through October 31 at Frog Hollow in Burlington. Info, 863-6458.
ERIN PAUL: Images of death and rebirth. Through November 1 at VCAM Studio in Burlington. Info, 651-9692.
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‘FALL: SOMETHING MUST BE DRAWN ABOUT IT’: Drawings by Ida Ludlow. Through November 17 at Healthy Living in South Burlington. Info, 863-2569. GRACE COTHALIS: Vibrantly colored paintings, monoprints and collage. Through November 28 at Vintage Jewelers in Burlington. Info, 849-6051. IDA LUDLOW: "Grotesqueria," work inspired by the depths of Lake Champlain and the Day of the Dead. Through October 31 at The Daily Planet in Burlington. Info, 917-287-9370.
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‘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. Jessa GIlbert: Boldly colored paintings that investigate movement and time; also, work by Tracy h. Girdler, Rae harrell, Aaron stein, Ben Barnes, shayne lynn, Jonathan Young and Jeanne carbonetti. november 1 through 30 at Gallery 388 at Burlington Furniture company. Info, 862-5056. JohnnIe Day DuranD: A solo exhibit curated by seABA. Through november 26 at pine street Deli in Burlington. Info, 862-9614. Jonathan KlIne: "ecliptics," salt prints by the Bennington college professor. Through november 4 at colburn Gallery in Burlington. Info, 656-2014. JulIe paveGlIo: paintings by the café Artist of the Month. Through october 31 at Barnes & noble in south Burlington. Info, 864-8001. Kate lonGmaID: "small offerings," contemporary still lifes. Through november 16 at village wine & coffee in shelburne. Info, 985-8922. KatherIne taylor mcbroom: "paranormal hollow," mixed-media work inspired by life in a haunted vermont home. october 31 through november 27 at Uncommon Grounds in Burlington. Info, 865-6227. ‘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.
lyna lou norDstrom & amanDa vella: prints by nordstrom; paintings by vella. Through october 31 at wing Building in Burlington. Info, 310-3211. marc awoDey: "An Artist’s view," mixed-media work. Through november 30 at community college of vermont in winooski. Info, 654-0513.
mIchael smIth & ethan azarIan: paintings by the vermont artists. Through october 28 at Flynndog in Burlington. Info, 863-0093.
‘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. Info, 777-3686.
paInteD metaphors: pottery anD polItIcs of the ancIent maya’: nineteen chamá polychrome ceramics accompanied by more than 100 objects illustrating Mayan daily life, religious ritual and shifts in rulership. Through December 11 at Middlebury college Museum of Art. Assistant professor of anthropology James Fitzsimmons examines how the Maya viewed power and the boundaries of their kingdoms: saturday, october 29, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Mahaney center for the Arts, Middlebury college. Info, 443-3168.
lIsa forster beach: work by the stowe painter recently named ‘people’s choice Artist’ at the Taste of stowe Arts Festival, in the east Gallery. Through november 27 at helen Day Art center in stowe. Reception: Friday, october 28, 6 p.m. Info, 253-8358.
JuDIth bryant: The potter gives a talk titled "Going to pot: My life with clay": Monday, october 31, 2 p.m., Faith United Methodist church, south Burlington. Info, email@example.com. Jane s. morGan: "light and Mood," landscapes in oil. Through november 27 at emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. The painter demonstrates her technique: Thursday, october 27, 10 a.m.-noon. Info, 899-3211. wIllIam mIerse: The UvM art history professor gives a talk titled "how clothes Make the Man: Textile Art in Ancient central Asia." Tuesday, november 1, 5 p.m., Memorial lounge, waterman Building, UvM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0756. ‘here, now’: work in a variety of media by 10 new england native American artists. Through november 11 at AvA Gallery and Art center in lebanon, n.h. photographer Brian Miller, a senior lecturer of studio art at Dartmouth, discusses his work in the
James Bond and Martin luther King, Jr. Through January 1 at nunyuns Bakery & café in Burlington. Info, 861-2067. ‘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. 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. Info, 656-4200. 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. ‘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
helen rabIn: "still Rising," landscapes and still lifes in oil. Through november 13 at Blinking light Gallery in plainfield. Reception: Friday, october 28, 4-6:30 p.m. Info, 454-1275.
Janet freDerIcKs: "Minute particulars," drawings and paintings that recognize the infinite in the small. Through october 29 at Furchgott sourdiffe Gallery in shelburne. Reception: Friday, october 28, 6-8 p.m. Info, 985-3848. ‘DIscovery In our everyDay worlD’: photographs taken by howardcenter adults participating in vsA vermont’s can Do Arts program. october 30 through november 27 at pickering Room, Fletcher Free library, in Burlington. Reception: wednesday, november 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Info, 865-7211. ‘lIfe DrawInG lIfe DrawInG lIfe’: work by participants of the center’s summer open drawing class. october 28 through november 11 at north country cultural center for the Arts in plattsburgh, n.Y. During the reception, visitors participate by drawing or posing as a live model; local artist Gharan Burton raffles off one of his oil paintings. Friday, october 28, 5-7 p.m. Info, 518-563-1604.
exploring the role of language and graphic systems in the ethiopian-born artist’s work; anDrew raftery: "open house," a five-part print series, as well as the artist’s preparatory drawings and models, depicting moments in the process of shopping for a new home. Through December 16 at Fleming Museum, UvM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750. ‘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. Info, spacegalleryvt.com. ‘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.
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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.
cenTRAl vT ART shows
nIcholas heIlIG: "pop Up people," stencil-inspired portraits of icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Bob Ross,
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 at 728-6788 or email bryan@wingsphotography. com. Tuesday, november 1, 5-8 p.m., Korongo Gallery, Randolph.
KoIchIro aItanI: Designs by the architect and professor at Japan’s Kyushu University who is in residence at Middlebury for the fall semester. Through november 3 at Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury college. The architect discusses his work: Thursday, october 27, 7-9 p.m. Info, 443-3168.
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.
‘wet: washes, enerGy anD technIque’: Juried work by vermont watercolor society members. Through november 12 at chandler Gallery in Randolph. A powerpoint presentation and painting demonstration: saturday, october 29, 10 a.m.-noon. Info, 431-0204.
show: Thursday, october 27, 4 p.m. Info, 603-448-3117.
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. november 1 through 30 at Maglianero café in Burlington. Info, 865-1140.
Dr. sKetchy’s antI-art school: Artists age 16 and up bring sketchbooks and pencils to a cabaret-style lifedrawing session. This month’s theme is "Zombie Attack!," featuring four undead models. costumes encouraged. wednesday, october 26, 8 p.m., American legion, white River Junction.
patrIcK DouGherty: The artist who created "so Inclined," the structure made of intertwined sticks at the entrance to the Mahaney center for the Arts, gives an illustrated lecture before the installation is deconstructed. Friday, october 28, 4:30 p.m., Mahaney center for the Arts, Middlebury college. Info, 443-3168.
lorIn DucKman: "God Faces the street," photographic street portraits. november 1 through December 4 at st. paul’s cathedral in Burlington. Info, 864-0471.
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WeAthering it out: In recent months, we’ve experienced pelting rains, hurricanes, unrelenting blizzards, flash floods and mudslides. Artists are urged to explore how they are weathering the weather, using a variety of media and perhaps incorporating items salvaged from a weather event. Show dates: January 24 to February 25, 2012. Deadline: December 9, 2011. Info, studioplacearts.com.
BURLINGTON-AREA ART SHOWS
cAll for entries: Four Corners of the Earth. Juried photography exhibit. Show us your version of this heaven we call Earth. Deadline: November 1. DarkroomGallery. com/ex22. seeKing Artists for shoW: Seeking fine artists to participate in an upcoming multiday show, the Vermont Artisan Festival. Info, vtartisanfestival.com. holidAy hoP: SEABA is now taking registrations for the South End Holiday Hop! South End businesses and studios may open their doors for holiday sales of art and other goods during the weekend of December 9 to 11. SEABA will promote the Hop in posters, maps, print and online media. Call the SEABA Center at 859-9222 or go to seaba.com for details and registration.
AgAthe McQueston: "A License to Stare," portraits; Zelde: "Doll House," dolls made from recycled fabric, clay, sand and mohair. Through October 31 at The Drawing Board in Montpelier. Info, 223-2902.
Arthur B. Zorn: "Fall Dances & Autumn Hues," paintings. Photo ID required for admission. Through November 30 at Governor’s Office Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 662-0376. 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.
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. 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.
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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.
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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.
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8v-dailyplanet102611.indd 1 10/20/11 11:11 AM leslie PArKe: "Chrysalis," paintings that reimagine the Adam and Eve story, examining “Everyone Forgive Mahmadi” themes of shame, expulsion, interdependence and transformation. Through November 11 at Feick Fine Arts Center, Green Mountain College, in Poultney. A Performance of Traditional Info, 287-8926.
lindA MAney: "Meditating on Movement and Stillness," abstract work on paper and canvas. Through November 4 at City Center in Montpelier. Info, 793-6038.
West African Music, Dance and Song
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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. ‘odAnAKsis: leAf PeePer exhiBition’: Work by the Upper Valley community art group. Through October 28 at Nuance Gallery in Windsor. Info, 674-9616. ‘PArAdise lost/PArAdise found’: Paintings, assemblages and sculpture created in response to climate and social-justice issues. Through November 7 at Plainfield Community Center. Info, 223-6805. PAt AdAMs & BhAKti ZieK: "Geomancer," paintings by Adams; textiles by Ziek. Through November 21 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670. ‘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.
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‘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 & Arts Center in Montpelier. Info, 828-8743. CENTRAL VT ART SHOWS
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heAther ritchie: Acrylic paintings of ethereal dreamscapes. Through November 30 at The Shoe Horn at Onion River in Montpelier. Info, email@example.com.
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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.
BryAn Pfeiffer: "Wings," nature photography by the cohost of WDEV’s "For the Birds." Through November 23 at Korongo Gallery in Randolph. Info, 728-6788.
Juried Artist MeMBershiP: Rutland’s Chaffee Art Center is accepting submissions for artists interested in becoming juried artist members. Deadline: October 30. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
cAll to Artists: ‘sMAll WorKs’: All artists are encouraged to apply to the annual “Small Works” exhibit at the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. To participate, your work of any medium must measure 12 inches or less in all directions, excluding the frame. The show will run from December 2 to January 28, with two First Friday receptions and participation in the South End Holiday Hop. Application and drop-off dates are online at spacegalleryvt.com.
thinK outside the Box: Seeking local, talented artisans’ work for our holiday show, preferably art under $50 to counter the big-box store purchases. Deadline: October 30. Info, email@example.com and Facebook.
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art central vt shows
‘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. ‘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.
‘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. Cameron Schmitz: "Marks of Passage," paintings and drawings inspired by the Brattleboro Retreat trails and Vermont’s back roads. Twenty percent of proceeds benefit the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. Through November 6 at Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. Info, 382-9222.
Deanna Shapiro: "Acrylic & Collage," a tribute to the moon, birds and trees. Through October 30 at Abel & Lovely in Charlotte. Info, 425-2345. ‘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. Info, 775-0356. ‘How did I get here?’: Recent acquisitions presented within the context of how they came to Middlebury by art history students. Through December 11 at Middlebury College Museum of Art. Info, 443-3168. ‘Iconic Silhouettes: New England Barnscapes’: Classic rural imagery reimagined in colorful paintings by Woody Jackson, Michele Dangelo, Suzanne Crocker, Peter Batchelder, Kathryn Milillo and Jean Jack (through November 6); Barbara Baker-Bury: Abstract oil paintings (through October 31). 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. Judith Rey: "Structures," oil paintings of Vermont, Oregon and New York City buildings. Through October 29 at American Flatbread in Middlebury. Info, 388-3300. Kelly Funk: "Post Cards From Red Rocks," photographs of the Nevada canyon by the co-owner of the gallery. Through November 15 at Gallery 160 in Richmond. Info, 434-6434.
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. Lin Warren: Work by the artist who employs textural form and reflective surfaces to create rigorous contrast. Through November 22 at Christine Price Gallery, Castleton State College. Info, 468-1119. Robert Black: "The Memory Chamber," an architectural installation; ‘Photographic Memory’: An exhibition by photographers of all ages. Through November 4 at Gallery in the Field in Brandon. Info, 247-0125. 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.
Alan Lambert: "A Northern Perspective," photographs of Vermont landscapes. Through October 31 at Bent Northrop Memorial Library in Fairfield. Info, 827-3945. Althea Freeman-Miller: "Childish Things," work by the Stowe printmaker honoring the parts of us that will never grow up. November 1 through 30 at Townsend Gallery at Black Cap Coffee in Stowe. Info, 774-521-6373. ‘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. 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. Bobby Abrahamson: "One Summer Across America," photographs of a 2001 cross-country bus trip. Through December 20 at Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469. 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. Gayleen Aiken: "Music and Moonlight," work by the Vermont artist. Through December 31 at GRACE in Hardwick. Info, 472-6857. Hal Mayforth: "Conversations With a Blank Page," 24 paintings, each accompanied by a page from the artist’s sketchbook that shows the genesis of the idea. Through October 31 at Quimby Gallery, Lyndon State College, in Lyndonville. Info, 626-6413.
In the old North
Ferrisburgh house where they once lived, Taylor-McBroom and her family often heard footsteps that didn’t belong to them. Then would come the sound of knocking and voices. A magnet once flew right off the fridge. Another time, when Taylor-McBroom was home alone, she felt someone pull her hair. After her 2-year-old son told her he could see and talk to the spirits, the family finally called in the Green Mountain Paranormal Society, which picked up eight different EVPs (electronic voice phenomena), proof that ghosts were among them. “I was terrified most of the time,” writes Taylor-McBroom in an email.
“Worried for my child. I never really slept.” They moved out after a year, but the experience inspired Taylor-McBroom’s chilling mixed-media works, titled “Paranormal Hollow,” at Uncommon Grounds through November 27. Brave it if you dare. Pictured: “Baby.”
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. Kelly Holt: "Rhythmics," paintings and mixed-media work. Through November 30 at Green Goddess Café in Stowe. Info, 253-5255. 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. Info, 635-1469. ‘Manhood: Masculinity, Male Identity and Culture’: Artwork that examines the gap between culturally constructed expectations of maleness and the identities developed and living choices made by all men. Through November 27 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358.
The found objects that make up Reynolds’ assemblages
dolls, a yellowed page from an anatomy book, a wooden box. But after Reynolds is finished arranging them, the pieces become portals to past lives. A Fashion Institute of Technology graduate who now runs the technical design department at Burton Snowboards, Reynolds uses her keen eye for composition to channel bygone spirits, breathing new life into the discarded objects of long-forgotten people. Her show “Ghost Stories” is at Townsend Gallery at Black Cap Coffee in Stowe through October 31. Pictured: “Proportion of a Man’s Heart.”
Milton Artists’ Guild Exhibit & Sale: Work by guild members. Through October 31 at The Village Cup in Jericho. Info, 893-2480. 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. 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. Scott & Kelly Funk: Photographs of Vermont by the owners of Richmond’s Gallery 160. Through November 30 at Deborah Rawson Memorial Library in Jericho. Info, 434-6434. Wayne Lind: Watercolors by the artist who splits his time between Greensboro, Vt., and his sailboat in Key West. Through October 31 at Hangman Framing & Art Gallery in Hardwick. Info, 525-4405. m
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movies Paranormal Activity 3 ★★★
ince the creators of The Blair Witch Project struck it rich in 1999, attempting to replicate their success by replicating their foundfootage formula has become an increasingly normal activity among filmmakers. This week’s case in point is a three-quel jobbed out to codirectors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the big-screen pranksters behind the fake documentary Catfish. I’m not sure which I find more difficult to comprehend: the fact that numerous reputable reviewers and media outlets insist to this day that Catfish was on the up and up, or the credit Joost and Schulman have widely received for revitalizing a franchise that had begun to slump. Don’t be fooled by its record-breaking box office: Any way you cut it, the third in this series isn’t any more unsettling, cleverly crafted or entertaining than its predecessors. Paranormal Activity 3 is simply more of the same. By some means that screenwriter Christopher B. Landon (son of the late actor Michael) doesn’t even pretend to explain, the viewer is witness to the playing of a series of home videos shot in 1988. They are presented in the order in which they were
filmed and follow a young Carlsbad, Calif., household consisting of a wedding photographer named Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith); his girlfriend, Julie (Lauren Bittner); her two preteen daughters, Katie (Chloe Csengery) and Kristi (Jessica Tyler Brown); and an invisible, malevolent entity whom Kristi addresses as Toby. If some of the names ring a bell, that’s because we met the grown-up versions of these girls in the previous films. Katie Featherston starred as Katie, one half of the couple who got unwanted company, in Paranormal Activity. Sprague Grayden played Kristi in the follow-up, a prequel to the first film, which had Toby dropping in on the adult sister and her family. This second prequel, set even earlier, reveals that the relationship between the evil presence and the two women goes way back. One might expect it to shed new light on the purpose of all the paranormal pop-ins, but no such luck. Even after the theater lights come up, the audience remains in the dark. So, back to late-’80s Carlsbad: As is customary in the series, the first half of the movie establishes characters, teases the audience with things going bump in the night and fails
VIDEO GAMES A California family tapes a mischievous, invisible visitor whose mood takes a turn for the malevolent.
to explain why an evidently haunted house’s residents would consider setting up video cameras a preferable alternative to hauling ass. In the second half, as is his way, Toby becomes increasingly less playful. There are indeed jolts here for the patient, but none that are particularly inventive or can be said to break new ground. The introduction near the film’s end of a witch’s coven, of all things, feels ill advised and semidesperate. Like its predecessors, Paranormal Activity 3 ultimately raises more questions than it answers. Who’s treating us to this homemade film festival? Who edited the miles of video? When they’re fast-forwarded to indicate the passage of time, who’s at the controls? For that matter, who’s loading the tapes into the
VHS player in the first place? I have a further question I haven’t seen raised anywhere else. Think about this story’s essential elements: You’ve got a suburban family whose home has been invaded by a supernatural force. That force expends much of its supernatural energy on rearranging furniture — particularly in the kitchen — and young kids are placed in harm’s way. Sound familiar? That’s because what we’ve got here is basically Poltergeist minus the weird old short woman. The only significant difference is that one relies on the foundfootage gimmick, and one doesn’t. My question is, what’s gained? RICK KISONAK
REVIEWS Local Films at VTIFF: Soul Keeper, The Dragon Wall, Circus Dreams
equins! Stunts! Derring-do! Things that go bump in the night extremely loudly! No, I’m not playing carnival barker for The Three Musketeers or Paranormal Activity 3 — just describing three accomplished local films that screened last weekend at the Vermont International Film Festival. For more, check out vtiff.org. Carl has hit rock bottom. He goes for a booze-fueled joyride in the Northeast Kingdom, hits a tree and wakes up in Purgatory. Or is that dude in the white robes, who urges Carl to repent, really just a psychopath? Based on a Joseph Citro story, Middlebury director Tim Joy’s half-hour film “Soul Keeper” unfolds like a “Twilight Zone” episode. While the plot is minimal, Joy and his crew pull out all the resources of light, set design, music and editing to convey Carl’s fraying sanity as he starts to wonder whether he has, in fact, entered a Dantean afterlife. They’re aided by strong performances from Andrew Butterfield as Carl and Paul Schnabel as his deceptively soft-spoken captor. The film’s final twist is so abrupt it loses
some of its impact, but, overall, “Soul Keeper” is an impressive production that looks and sounds as good as any recent TV horror anthology. (Stunts? Aerial shots? It has ’em.) The script never delves deeply into its issues of faith and guilt, but the film delivers a chilly blast of cerebral terror anyway. It screens again on Sunday, October 30, at 2:30 p.m. at the Palace 9 Cinemas in South Burlington. A quest fantasy with an outdoor setting and a cast of four kids. Most low-budget filmmakers who tried to combine those unwieldy elements would get, to put it bluntly, a mess. But Mark Freeman and Brandon St. Cyr, both of Lamoille County, made it work in their 27-minute film “The Dragon Wall.” That’s partly because director of photography Christian Clark — who’s made local ads for Mount Mansfield Media — gives vibrant detail to the autumn woodland setting. And it’s partly because Freeman and St. Cyr have the sense to ground their fantasy in the real scenario of kids using imagination to create adventure in their own backyard. The filmmakers may not have million-dollar
HELL HOST Schnabel tends to, and torments, his captive in “Soul Keeper.”
effects, but they do have a light touch that’s lacking in too many recent Hollywood family films. Speaking of wonders that happen in our own backyards — they can be easy to take for granted. In Vermont, one of those wonders is the youth troupe Circus Smirkus, which tours New England each summer from its Greensboro base. When filmmaker Signe Taylor brought her kids to a Smirkus show in Massachusetts, she was amazed by the joy of the young troupers — a stark contrast with the high schoolers she’d been teaching, she said at a VTIFF Q&A. In 2006, Taylor — who has since moved to Norwich, Vt. — went on the road with Smirkus and a camera crew. The result is Circus Dreams, a feature-length documentary that weaves the kids’ stories into a surprisingly dramatic narrative. The film’s narrator is Joy Powers, a high
schooler who auditions for Smirkus as a “girl clown” — still a rare phenomenon. As Joy strives to prove that females can be funny, we meet other new troupers, including a theater geek hoping to find his people under the big top; and a 13-year-old chasing her circus dream all the way from Hawaii. Taylor had access to auditions, performances, backstage adolescent shenanigans and the adult directors’ bouts of anxiety about weathering the recession. Her teen subjects clearly trusted her, and their personalities give Circus Dreams its charm. After sweating through a show on a 100-degree afternoon with the graceful, Spandex-clad aerialists, you’ll never take Smirkus for granted again. M A R G O T HA R R I S O N
new in theaters
El BUlli: cooKiNG iN pRoGRESS: Gereon Wetzel’s documentary gives foodies a look behind the scenes at Spanish chef Ferran Adrià’s pioneering restaurant. (108 min, NR. Savoy) iN timE: Writer-director Andrew Niccol, who made Gattaca, returns with a new dystopian thriller about a world where the aging gene has been switched off and everyone looks 25 until death, just like in Hollywood. Justin Timberlake (30), Cillian Murphy (35) and Amanda Seyfried (actually 25) star. (109 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy) lE HAVRE: Set in the French port city, this drama from Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki tells the story of a shoeshine man who aids a young undocumented immigrant. With André Wilms, Kati Outinen and Blondin Miguel. (93 min, NR. Starts 10/31 at Palace) pUSS iN BootS: The swashbuckling, fearsome feline goes after the goose with the golden eggs in DreamWorks’ animated prequel-slashspinoff of the Shrek films. With the voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis. Chris Miller directed. (90 min, PG. Bijou, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace, Paramount [3-D], Stowe, Welden) tHE RUm DiARY: In this adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel, Johnny Depp plays a journalist who takes a job in Puerto Rico for the easy life but soon finds intrigue and corruption. With Aaron Eckhart, Richard Jenkins and Amber Heard. Bruce (Withnail and I) Robinson directed. (120 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy)
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. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy)
H = refund, please HH = could’ve been worse, but not a lot HHH = has its moments; so-so HHHH = smarter than the average bear HHHHH = as good as it gets
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. Roxy; ends 10/27) FootlooSEHHH 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) tHE GUARDHHHH An FBI agent (Don Cheadle) reluctantly teams up with a corrupt local cop (Brendan Gleeson) to chase drug dealers in western Ireland in this unusual twist on the buddy movie. Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, brother of playwright Martin. (96 min, R. Savoy) 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, 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)
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JoHNNY ENGliSH REBoRNHH1/2 In a sequel to the 2003 comedy many of us have forgotten existed, Rowan Atkinson plays Britain’s most confident — but not most competent — secret agent. With Gillian Anderson, Rosamund Pike and Dominic West. Oliver Parker directed. (101 min, PG. Majestic) tHE lioN KiNG (iN 3D)HHHH The 1994 Disney animation about a cub’s coming of age returns to theaters with an added dimension for a two-week run. (88 min, G. 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)
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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)
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; ends 10/27)
BoBBY FiScHER AGAiNSt tHE WoRlDHHHH Liz Garbus’ documentary chronicles the troubled life of the chess champion, from victory to scandal to mental illness. (90 min, NR. Savoy; ends 10/27)
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)
tHE BiG YEARHHH 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; ends 10/27)
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PARAmoUNt tWIN cINEmA 241 North Main St., Barre, 4799621, www.fgbtheaters.com
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BIG PIctURE tHEAtER
48 Carroll Rd. (off Rte. 100), Waitsfield, 496-8994, www. bigpicturetheater.info
wednesday 26 — thursday 27 moneyball Wed: 5:30, 8. Thu: 8. The Help Wed: 6. Thu: 5:30. The Debt Wed: 8:30. Full schedule not available at press time. Times change frequently; please check website.
BIJoU cINEPLEX 1-2-3-4 Rte. 100, Morrisville, 8883293, www.bijou4.com
wednesday 26 — thursday 27 Paranormal Activity 3 7. The Three musketeers 6:50. Footloose 6:40. Dolphin tale 6:30. friday 28 — thursday 3 *Puss in Boots 1:15 & 3:45 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 8:15 (Fri & Sat only). Paranormal Activity 3 1:15 & 3:45 (Sat & Sun only), 7, 9:10 (Fri & Sat only). The Three musketeers 1:15 & 3:45 (Sat & Sun only), 6:50, 9:10 (Fri & Sat only). Footloose 3:45 (Sat & Sun only), 6:40, 9:10 (Fri & Sat only). Dolphin tale 1:15 (Sat & Sun only).
93 State St., Montpelier, 2290343, www.fgbtheaters.com
wednesday 26 — thursday 27 The Three musketeers (3-D) 6:30, 9. Footloose 6:30, 9. The Ides of march 6:30, 9. Real Steel 6:30, 9. 50/50 9. moneyball 6:15. friday 28 — thursday 3 *In time 1:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9. *The Rum Diary 1:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9. The Three musketeers (3-D) 1:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9. Footloose 1:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9. The Ides of march 1:30 (Sat & Sun only), 6:30, 9.
Essex Shoppes & Cinema, Rte. 15 & 289, Essex, 879-6543, www.essexcinemas.com
wednesday 26 Paranormal Activity 3 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:20, 9:40. The Three musketeers (3-D; T-Rex) 1:10, 4:10, 6:50, 9:45.
The Big Year 3:50, 9:40. Footloose 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:30. The Thing 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:35, 10. The Ides of march 1:15, 3:50, 6:30, 9:10. Real Steel 1, 4, 7, 9:45. 50/50 12:30, 9:40. courageous 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:30. Dolphin tale (3-D) 12:35, 7. moneyball 1, 6:40. The Lion King (in 3D) 3, 5, 9:25. thursday 27 ***Ghostbusters (T-Rex) 8. Paranormal Activity 3 1:10, 3:05, 5, 7:20, 9:40. The Three musketeers (3-D) 1 & 4:05 (T-Rex), 7, 9:25. The Big Year 9:40. Footloose 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:30. The Thing 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:35. The Ides of march 1:15, 3:50, 6:30, 9:10. Real Steel 1, 4, 7, 9:45. 50/50 12:30, 2:45. courageous 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:30. Dolphin tale (3-D) 12:35, 7. moneyball 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:45. The Lion King (in 3D) 3, 5, 9:25.
wednesday 26 — thursday 27 Paranormal Activity 3 6:30, 8:45. The Big Year 6:30. The Thing 8:45. The Big Year
190 Boxwood St. (Maple Tree Place, Taft Corners), Williston, 878-2010, www.majestic10.com
wednesday 26 — thursday 27 Johnny English Reborn 1:20, 4, 7, 9:20. The Three musketeers (3-D) 1, 3:30, 6:45, 9:15. Paranormal Activity 3 12:40, 2:50, 5:05, 6, 7:15, 8:10, 9:25. The Big Year 4:10, 9:10. Footloose 1:05, 3:40, 6:20, 9. The Thing 1:15, 7:10, 9:40. The Ides of march 1:40, 4:20, 7:05, 9:45. Real Steel 12:50, 3:50, 6:35, 9:35. 50/50 1:30, 6:40. Dolphin tale 12:45, 3:25. moneyball 12:55, 3:45, 6:30, 9:30. The Lion King (in 3D) 5:55.
friday 28 — monday 31, wednesday 2 — thursday 3 ***Dish: Women, Waitressing and the Art of Service Sat: 6 (21+). ***Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey Sun: 4 (21+). *In time 1:15, 4:10, 6:45, 9:30. *Puss in Boots 12:30 (3-D; T-Rex), 1:20, 2:40 (3-D; T-Rex), 4, 5 (3-D; T-Rex), 6:30, 7:10 (3-D; T-Rex), 8:45, 9:15 (3-D; T-Rex). *The Rum Diary 12:50, 3:50, 6:45, 7 (Fri only; 21+), 9:50. Paranormal Activity 3 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:20, 9:40. The Three musketeers (3-D) 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:45. Footloose 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:30. Real Steel 1, 4, 7, 9:45. Dolphin tale (3-D) 12:35, 7. moneyball 12:45, 9:45. The Lion King (in 3D) 3, 5, 9:25.
friday 28 — thursday 3 ***twilight Tue: 7. *In time 1:25, 4:10, 7:10, 8:35, 9:40. *Puss in Boots 12:35 (3-D), 1:30 (except Thu), 2:40 (3-D), 3:45 (except Thu), 4:55 (3-D), 6:30, 7 (3-D), 9:20 (3-D). *The Rum Diary 1:40, 4:25, 7:05, 9:50. Johnny English Reborn 9:15 (except Tue). The Three musketeers (3-D) 1:15, 4, 6:50, 9:25. Paranormal Activity 3 12:45, 3, 5:10, 7:20, 9:30. Footloose 1, 3:35, 6:25, 9. The Ides of march 1:20, 3:40, 6:40, 9:05. Real Steel 12:50, 3:55, 6:45, 9:35. Dolphin tale 1:05. moneyball 3:35, 6:25 (except Tue).
tuesday 1 ***twilight 8. *In time 1:15, 4:10, 6:45, 9:30. *Puss in Boots 12:30 (3-D; T-Rex), 1:20, 2:40 (3-D; T-Rex), 4, 5 (3-D; T-Rex), 6:30, 7:10 (3-D), 8:45, 9:15 (3-D). *The Rum Diary 12:50, 3:50, 6:45, 9:50. Paranormal Activity 3 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:20, 9:40. The Three musketeers (3-D) 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:45. Footloose 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:30. Real Steel 1, 4, 7, 9:45. Dolphin tale (3-D) 12:35. moneyball 12:45, 9:45. The Lion King (in 3D) 3, 5.
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wednesday 26 — thursday 27 ***Vermont International Film Festival Through October 30. Paranormal Activity 3 12:50, 2:50, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30. The Three musketeers 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1:25, 4, 6:55, 9:25. The Big Year 1:15. Footloose 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:10. The Ides of march 1:20, 4:05, 7, 9:30. The Thing 3:55, 9:15. Real Steel 12:55, 3:40, 6:35, 9:25. 50/50 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1:10, 6:50. moneyball 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 9:20. friday 28 — sunday 30 ***Vermont International Film Festival Through October 30. *In time 1:10, 3:50, 6:50, 9:25. *Puss in Boots 12:35, 2:45, 4:50, 6:55, 9:05. *The Rum Diary 12:55, 3:35, 6:40, 9:20. Paranormal Activity 3 12:45, 2:50, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30. The Three musketeers 1:25 (except Sat) , 4:10, 6:45, 9:15. Footloose 1, 3:40, 6:30, 9:10. The Ides of march 1:20, 4:05, 7, 9:20. moneyball 12:30. monday 31 — thursday 3 ***The met opera: Encore: Anna Bolena Wed: 6:30. Thu: 1. ***National Theatre Live: The Kitchen Thu: 7. *In time 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1:10, 3:50, 6:50, 9:25. *Le Havre 1:30, 3:45, 6:45, 8:45. *Puss in Boots 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 12:35, 2:45, 4:50, 6:55, 9:05. *The Rum Diary 12:55, 3:35, 6:40, 9:20. Paranormal Activity 3 12:45 & 2:50 & 4:50 (except Thu), 7:10, 9:30. The Three musketeers 1:25, 4:10, 6:45 (except Thu), 9:15. Footloose 1, 3:40, 6:30 & 9:10 (except Wed). The Ides of march 1:20, 4:05, 7, 9:20 (except Thu). moneyball 12:30, 3:30, 6:25, 9:10.
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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. Big Picture, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Roxy, Stowe) pARANoRmAl ActiVitY 3HH1/2 Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish) directed the third installment in the found-footage horror trilogy about a supernatural entity working out its unresolved issues with a suburban family. With Katie Featherston, Sprague Grayden and Chloe Csengery. (81 min, R. Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Welden) REAl StEElHHH Robots! Boxing! Those two words should guarantee a good take for this near-future action flick about a down-on-hisluck boxer (Hugh Jackman) who gets replaced by fighting machines, then decides to make his own. With Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly and Anthony Mackie. Shawn (Date Night) Levy directed. (127 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Stowe) tHE tHiNGHH1/2 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; ends 10/27)
tHE tHREE mUSKEtEERSHH Proving that there is no adventure story that cannot be “rebooted,” bullet-timed and 3-D-ified, director Paul (Resident Evil: Afterlife) W.S. Anderson offers his take on the Alexandre Dumas tale of swordplay and intrigue in 17th-century France. With Logan Lerman, Matthew MacFadyen, Milla Jovovich and Orlando Bloom. (100 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol [3-D], Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace, Welden)
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(March 21-april 19): “life is not just a diurnal property of large interesting vertebrates,” poet gary snyder reminds us in his book The Practice of the Wild. “it is also nocturnal, anaerobic, microscopic, digestive, fermentative: cooking away in the warm dark.” i call this to your attention, aries, because according to my astrological reckoning, you’d be wise to honor all the life that is cooking away in the warm dark. it’s the sun-at-midnight time of your long-term cycle; the phase when your luminescent soul throbs with more vitality than your shiny ego. Celebrate the unseen powers that sustain the world. Pay reverence to what’s underneath, elusive and uncanny. Halloween costume tips: Draw inspiration from the shadow, the dream, the moon, the depths.
taUrUs (april 20-May 20): speaking on behalf of the cosmic powers-that-be, i hereby give you permission to make your love bigger and braver. raise it to the next level, taurus! Help it find a higher expression. Wherever your love has felt pinched or claustrophobic, treat it to a liberation. if it has been hemmed in by a lack of imagination, saturate it with breezy fantasies and flamboyant dreams. Cut it free from petty emotions that have wounded it, and from sour memories that have weighed it down. What else could you do to give love the poetic license it needs to thrive? Halloween costume suggestion: the consummate lover. geMiNi
CaNCer (June 21-July 22): some doors are
almost always locked. on those infrequent occasions when they are ajar, they remain so for only a brief period before being closed and bolted again. in the coming weeks, Cancerian, i urge you to be alert for the rare opening of such a door. Through luck or skill or a blend of
(July 23-aug. 22): Microbiologist raul Cano managed to obtain a 45-million-year-old strain of yeast from an ancient chunk of amber. it was still alive! Collaborating with a master brewer, he used it to make a brand of beer. one critic praised Fossil Fuel pale ale for its sweetness and clove aroma, while another said it has a “complex and well-developed taste profile.” i regard their successful project as a good metaphor for the task you have ahead of you in the coming weeks, leo: extracting the vital essence from an old source, and putting it to work in the creation of a valuable addition to your life. Halloween costume suggestions: a friendly ghost, a polite and helpful mummy, a cloned version of buddha, the person you were as a child.
Virgo (aug. 23-sept. 22): “When i read a
book on einstein’s physics of which i understood nothing, it doesn’t matter,” testified Pablo Picasso, “because it will make me understand something else.” you might want to adopt that approach for your own use in the coming weeks, Virgo. it’s almost irrelevant what subjects you study and investigate and rack your brains trying to understand; the exercise will help you stretch your ability to master ideas that have been beyond your reach — and maybe even stimulate the eruption of insights that have been sealed away in your subconscious mind. Halloween costume suggestion: an eager student, a white-coated lab researcher, Curious george.
liBra (sept. 23-oct. 22): “sit, walk or run, but don’t wobble,” says the zen proverb. now i’m passing it on to you as advice worthy of your consideration. Maintaining clarity of purpose will be crucial in the coming weeks. achieving crispness of delivery will be thoroughly enjoyable. Cultivating unity among all your different inner voices will be a high art you should aspire to master. Whatever you do, libra, do it with relaxed single-mindedness. Make a sign that says, “no wobbling,” and tape it to your mirror. Halloween costume suggestion: be the superhero known as no Wobbling.
Scorpio (oct. 23-nov. 21)
You could preside over your very own Joy Luck Club in the coming days. According to my reading of the astrological omens, the levels of gratification possible could exceed your normal quota by a substantial margin. You may want to Google the Chinese character that means “double happiness” and use it as your ruling symbol. And it might be time to explore and experiment with the concepts of “super bliss,” “sublime delight” and “brilliant ecstasy.” Halloween costume suggestions: a saintly hedonist from paradise; a superhero whose superpower is the ability to experience extreme amounts of pleasure; the luckiest person who ever lived.
sagittariUs (nov. 22-Dec. 21): For over
a hundred years, an englishwoman named lena Thouless celebrated her birthday on november 23. When she was 106, her daughter found her birth certificate and realized that her mom had actually been born on november 22. i’m guessing that a comparable correction is due in your own life, sagittarius. something you’ve believed about yourself for a long time is about to be revealed as slightly off. Halloween costume suggestion: a version of yourself from a parallel reality or another dimension.
is a genius at least once a year,” said scientist georg lichtenberg. according to my reading of the astrological omens, Capricorn, the coming weeks will be your time to confirm the truth of that aphorism. your idiosyncratic brilliance is rising to a fever pitch, and may start spilling over into crackling virtuosity any minute now. be discriminating about where you use that stuff; don’t waste it on trivia or on triumphs that are beneath you. Halloween costume suggestions: einstein, Marie Curie, leonardo da Vinci, emily Dickinson.
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): you’re ready to shed juvenile theories, amateurish approaches or paltry ambitions. i’m not implying you’re full of those things; i’m just saying that if you have any of them, you’ve now got the power to outgrow them. your definition of success needs updating, and i think you’re up to the task. Why am i so sure? Well, because the big time is calling you — or at least a bigger time. try this: Have brainstorming sessions with an ally or allies who know your true potential and can assist you in formulating aggressive plans to activate it more fully. Halloween costume suggestions: a head honcho, big wheel, fat cat, top dog.
PisCes (Feb. 19-March 20): i know a woman who claims on her Facebook page that she speaks four languages: english, elvish, Mermish and Parseltongue. (For those of you who don’t read tolkien or Harry Potter, elvish is the language of the elves, Mermish of the mermaids and mermen, and Parseltongue of the serpents.) My Facebook friend probably also knows Pig latin, baby talk and glossolalia, although she doesn’t mention them. i’d love for you to expand your mastery of foreign tongues, Pisces, even if it’s just one of the above — and the coming weeks and months will be an excellent time to begin. you will have a greater capacity for learning new ways to talk than you have since childhood. Halloween costume suggestion: a bilingual bisexual ambidextrous expert in reciting tongue twisters.
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(May 21-June 20): you’ve heard the old platitude “if life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” The owner of a pizzeria in Mildura, australia, updated that sentiment in 2010 when the area was invaded by swarms of locusts. “They’re crunchy and tasty,” he said of the bugs, which is why he used them as a topping for his main dish. it so happens that his inventive approach would make good sense for you right now, gemini. so if life gives you a mini-plague of locusts, make pizza garnished with the delectable creatures. Halloween costume suggestion: pizza delivery person carrying this novel delicacy.
CaPriCorN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “everyone
both, you may finally be able to gain entrance through — or perhaps exit from — a door or portal that has been shut tight for as long as you remember. Halloween costume suggestion: the seeker who has found the magic key.
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Authorities trying to collect delinquent property taxes in the India city of Bangalore dispatched workers to beat drums outside the homes and offices of people who owe money. “The more the noise, the more the embarrassment,” city corporation Commissioner Siddaiah said, explaining the city is owed nearly $40 million in unpaid taxes. “In a way, this is shock treatment.” (BBC News)
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Italian authorities charged seven scientists with manslaughter for failing to warn residents of a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that killed 308 people in and around L’Aquila in 2009. The seven defendants are accused of giving “inexact, incomplete and contradictory information” after smaller tremors occurred in the six months leading up to the quake. (Associated Press)
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Pittsburgh public television station WQED announced it’s devoting a new channel to airing pledge drives from its archives of “several hundred hours,” dating back to 1993. Besides its own pledge shows, WQED Showcase intends to broadcast ones from other public stations. “A lot of people really like pledge programming,” station president Deborah Acklin insisted. (Current)
Chaz Ursomanno, 22, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after he accidentally shot himself in the head while showing his girlfriend a handgun. Naomi Ensell, 24, told Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies she asked Ursomanno to put the gun away, but he insisted the weapon was safe. To prove it, he held the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. The gun didn’t fire.
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Brandon Kelly, 31, admitted to throwing a hot dog at golfer Tiger Woods during a tournament in Santa Clara County, Calif., and explained he was inspired by the movie Drive, about a stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver. “As soon as the movie ended, I thought to myself, ‘I have to do something courageous and epic. I have to throw a hot dog on the green in front of Tiger,’” Kelly said. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council promptly condemned Kelly for “a violation of hot dog etiquette.” “Hot dogs are meant to be enjoyed,” council President Janet Riley pointed out, “not weaponized.” (Santa Rosa Press Democrat, National Hot Dog and Sausage Council)
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Live Simply, Love Extensively Life has a tendency to reveal to us exactly what we need right when we need it. Love is a gift life brings, and with love, life evolves. We are all destined for a soul mate, but one must be open to enduring the many challenges life faces us with and with another those challenges may seem less simple. When two.hearts.merge.simplicity.begins. like2knowmore, 39, l, #101859 King and Queen want you Young, established couple looking for a female companion ages 21-35 that is educated and career-oriented to share new home and life with. There is no room for jealousy or head games; we are looking for a longterm relationship. Must be clean, healthy and determined to succeed. Looks not important because beauty comes from within. Only serious lover wanted. 3forlove, 29, #122144 Small town girl, big dreams Hey, I’m working on it. Loves: music (yes, even country), musicians, Marilyn Monroe, redheads, sarcasm, tattoos, piercings, traveling, Disney, open minds, open hearts. Hates: bubble popping/open mouth gum chompers, yippie dogs, lack of motivation, nonoptomists. HeyRed, 22, l, #122119 Heart, Hands and more I love this life, seek to share learning, listening, just love. Am healthy, fit, blonde, blue,love pottery inclusively,science too. Love happens when it’s meant to be. Ya never know til acquainting.I’m a morning girl,candles and cuddles, open minded and easygoing. I’m 53 earth years, 28 spirit, have a heart of many lights and a passionate ear that wants to give. xtalgirl, 53, l, #108439
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girl with freckles like stars Just moved back to the state. Looking for a butch girl to wine-and-dine with. Let’s hang, go apple picking or meet for coffee, and see where things go! freckleslikestars, 22, l, #122208 FROM HER ONLINE PROFILE: Quote a line from your favorite movie. “You know, going back in time, changing history... that’s cheating.” that enjoys new things, as long as we are having a good time. I am a sports nut who is working on a personal training degree. I do love athletics, but I also enjoy a good friendly debate. drabcam84, 27, l, #122357 sexylover69 I am looking for a LTR because I am lonely. I just went through a divorce two years ago. I have no family. I like to go to a nice dinner, cuddle at night. I am working on a Civil War book in my spare time. Please e-mail me if interested in me. Bobby42, 41, #122336 sun-loving snowboarder, needs accomplice Looking for a somewhat younger, full-of-life hottie to spoil. I hit Teluride every year and make a music (Phish) festival. Like to hike, snowboard, rollerblade, wakeboard. Would love get to know someone, and if we are attracted to each other it will open the door to a lifetime of traveling, Harley riding, exciting, spontaneous, all-around body-worshipping love. Boardinvt, 47, l, #122293 fun guy Hard-working guy looking for someone who’s not lazy and not a cheater! Dog, 29, l, #120284 outgoing, romantic, caring, loving I’m a fun, romantic man who knows how to care for a woman. I take pleasure in pleasing a woman in every way. Sorry, I just don’t have sex, I make love, and pleasing the woman is all that matters really, and I do. Holding a woman in my arms, laughing, smiling, is the world to me. Happiness and pleasure mean everything. 122281, 42, l, #122281
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Wishing on a Star! I guess I am what most people would call a super chub? I guess I don’t really care what people call me, I am who I am and hopefully you will like me. I’m looking for friends, friends w/ benefits or a LTR. I am attracted to slim, athletic, muscular type chasers. So, if that describes you, we might get along!! eqmychael, 35, l, #122264 Ready for Fun Kids are raised, it is my time! Make me laugh, let’s have some fun, the rest will unfold. I am young at heart looking for laughter and adventure. Who’s ready? Vtswimski, 55, l, #122012 Nice Guy Next door I’m the nice guy who lives next door. I like to experience life, whether it’s hiking a mountain or boating on Lake Champlain. I enjoy drives in the country and trips to Boston. I’ve been looking for love in all the wrong places. I’m now making a conscious decision to find the right guy. Could that be you? Dex, 44, #121900 bi now gay later Bi married male seeking other gay or bi men for fun times andfriendship. biguy69, 33, u, l, #117616
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artistic, grounded, Curious and insightful I’m either “eccentric” or “neurotic”, depending on who is being asked. I’m pretty. Intellingent and curious. I laugh easily and find myself intrigued by what others think is mundane. I crave honest and unpretentious contacts with persons who are freely
Searching for balance 60 Words or less? Um, I love lots of music and hikes and yummy-tasting beers. People seem to like to be around me. I can be shy and nerdy at times. I like smart conversations and silly conversations, too. I am pretty good at making women smile and that is, seriously, like my most favorite thing in the world. phlseb, 38, l, #122274
Enthusiastic, Adventurous, Chivalrous, Curious, Inquisitive I am a simple man that’s spontaneous and adventurous. Back from the Peace Corps, I have just finished my Master’s degree and am currently working out of Burlington on a deployment. I am caucasian, medium build, openedminded and looking to meet some interesting people in the area to hang out with on the weekends. travelinshow, 29, l, #122298
Looking for adventure Tall, attractive, scottish lass, adventurer and athlete. Current favorites are rock and ice climbing, alpine skiing, cycling, scuba diving and running. I also enjoy reading, art, hanging out with that special man at home and cooking dinner together. Looking for an optimistic, easy going, sensual man that is athletic. gingergurl, 53, l, #116435
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3 to tango hi I’m 34 and he’s 27. We hope to find a woman between 20 and 40 whom we mutually are attracted to and respect who wants to be an active and valued part of both our lives for the long term. Hope you’re out there :). Lavender, 34, u, l, #111029
Curious I would like to meet some smart, interesting, funny and preferably good-looking men :). CJH0766, 45, l, #122326
Smile! I am a very honest and trusting person. I enjoy life. I enjoy many things in life and will try everything once. I love travel and new adventures. Taking chances in life is what I do. I am looking for someone who will have fun and who enjoys life and doesn’t mind an open-minded girl. readyvt, 40, #122321
vtgirl returns from long hibernation I have returned to my native Vermont after living out of state for 12 years and am looking for someone interesting who can make me laugh and who can help me get reacquainted with all that VT has to offer. I’d like to meet someone chivalrous, funny and smart who is family and animal oriented. vtgirl110, 34, l, #122299
Funny, open-minded and new Vermont “Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine” -Mario Fernandez. I recently moved here and I am new to the area. Looking to meet someone who I can laugh with, shows me around and we will see what happens. NewinVT, 29, #122157
Personal-ad dating scares me Divorced with children, not desperately seeking someone, 43-49, who is kind, smart, sane, even-tempered and emotionally solid. Financial and emotional stability, generosity and self-awareness are important, as well as warmth, adventurousness and a good sense of humor. ilny1, 47, #122339
Redheaded chemist seeks woodsman I’m a full-time student, lover of puppies and hikes, and a pretty good cook. I’d like to meet an intellectual equal who can hold his own during a battle of wits and still keep up on a 40-mile bike ride. redgiveaway, 22, l, #122323
work, volunteer, and enjoy whatever else time allows - perhaps to include you, if you’re thoughtful, smart, tactile, spirited, physically fit. Bonus points if you’re funny! sheinvermont, 59, l, #121412
woman who wants Hi. I’m a mom, a student, a very busy person who loves sex and romance. I can never seem to find the time! Not sure what I’m looking for. I’m bisexual, and I am very cautious and selective. I promise it’s worth it! I am looking to meet other single people for fun or love. littlelady, 32, #113183
star wars nerd Am looking for first time and to get experience. Am willing to try anything not involving other guys or pain once. Please be the Leia to my Han Solo. starwarsdude, 28, l, #122277
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little secret Cute bohemienne searching for the Marcus Mumford to my Laura Marling. Let’s meet for coffee and conversation and see where it goes from there. gyroscope, 26, l, #121450
Bi-Sexual Femme Seeks Same I’m looking for open-minded friends to create fun, quality relationships with. If you like to go out on the town or enjoy a wild time at home, then look no further. You must be STD- drug-free, respectful and discreet. If you are a woman/women, or a “couple” (man/ woman) and are interested in the wilder side of life, let’s get together! whynotbeyourself, 42, #122313 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
Hot Phone Fantasies Woman Couple I am an experienced 70’s, hot, sexy woman looking for a woman, man or couple to talk with and enjoy phone fantasies. Someone who will talk with me and my man. We enjoy good, hot sex, lots of kissing and touching, oral sex. Bring in your toys and dildo. Fantasies from you and us together. mymamadoll, 73, l, #121297 What’s your horoscope? Did you know Scorpio is the most sexual of signs? Looking for some NSA summer fun. Don’t be afraid to contact me for a walk on the wild side! sexiscorpio69, 25, l, #121339 sweet, gentle hearted, funny Looking to make new friends and explore my options. TheGoddessFreya, 49, l, #120282
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
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being bad Sexy grad student looking for hot girls 1x1c-mediaimpact030310.indd 1 #122013 3/1/10 1:15:57 PM to play with. yourgirl, 23, Shy, funny and creative I am looking to meet a lady (butch or femme, does not matter) to start a friendship, with the possibility of a relationship. vttat2bigrl, 26, l, #121924 Aged to Perfection Like a fine wine, some things just get better with age! I am a mature, sexy woman looking to start over. I was married to my late husband all my life and am looking for new excitement-it’s never too late! Teach me how to, as the kids say, “dougie.” silverfoxx, 63, #121512
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Skin-Deep Passion Freak I’m horny as hell for a hot femme but also need a connection and some emotional grounds to really let myself go. Once the cap is blown.....you’re in for pleasure that will only end when you want it too ;). vtvegan, 33, l, #120509 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
Horny, Fit, Hung I’m back in town for the time being and looking for some fun. I’d be down for pretty much anything. I’m fit, active and love the outdoors. I’m looking for some NSA fun that stays between us :). Trackbody, 24, l, #122361 Game on Let’s see what’s on tonight. I am good looking and looking to have fun. jason30912, 29, #122358 Kinky Male Seeks Discrete I am new to VT and looking for discrete, exciting, safe, mutually beneficial encounters. I do not have a preference, as long as you love to laugh, love sex and occassionally like have a good time in a social/group setting. I am not seeking anything in particular, so please get back to me to know more. Take care! GoodTimes11, 34, #122351 Just looking for fun Mature guy looking for some fun. redips, 66, #122215 sexylover I like to find a women to play with in bed and in the shower. I am horny and want to get laid because I haven’t had it in four years. I am fun to be with. I like to find a LTR because I went through a divorce about two years ago. I am 42 yrs old. Please contact me at bobby69. Bobby69, 41, #122329 Woof? OK, We’re like puppies! Delightful playmates, but the minute you adopt we start chewing furniture, barking and wheedling everywhere. So why buy trouble when you really want just an occasional game of fetch the bone, with some nice warm wiggles? I’m house trained, know lots of tricks and am ready to play. Sound like fun? You? F45>70 with Libido/Humor Me? Woof! Ticon1, 59, u, l, #122279 hard worker Looking to find someone to have fun with and see where it gos from there. hardworker, 50, #122247
NeoLover, Collegeboy, Roused Hey, I’m a college student looking for a female, or group of females, for a good time. Ages up to 35. I have plenty of energy and imagination. Ananta, 20, l, #122275 Love to talk dirty I’m look for someone who stricly wants to talk dirty in a polite and sweet way always, and of course all sorts of things besides. The things you might have thought about doing but never dared to speak about. I’m not looking for any kind of relationship, just to have some fun times talking while on this web page. pathfinder802, 43, #122273 man for Like giving anal, like a woman who likes all kind of play spanking, etc. stuffed, 49, #122259
Seeking sexy couple for poly-play Deeply committed couple seeking man and woman for exploration and uninhibited sexual play. Us: fit, fun, STD-free professionals with full-time jobs and diverse sexual fantasies. You: stable, sane, sexy, STD-free, open to polyamorous possibilities. We are looking to meet an adventuresome couple to have fun with in many different positions. Replies must include recent pics. creative_connections, 45, l, #122302 Massage, Connection, Comfort, Kissing, Orgasms Massage explores pleasure with or without stepping into the sexual. We’d like to massage a woman, man or couple at your level of comfort. Softness of skin, the bliss of massage. We offer nonsexual, sensual massages, or ones that progress to orgasmic bliss. Four-hand massage is an amazingly sensuous path to sensual bliss, or all the way to orgasm. Lascivious, 57, l, #117437
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Little Goth Girl I am newly single and looking for someone to have casual sex with. I like slightly older men, like in their late twenties and thirties. MissGracie, 20, l, #122301 FROM HER ONLINE PROFILE: Great sex calls for lots of... sounds! Talking, moaning, slapping, etc. BikerBoy76 I’m looking for a lady, or ladies, 21-40 for some NSA fun. Tired of posting on CL and getting nowhere. I like mountain biking, hiking and the outdoors. Want to go out for dinner, movie, and then jump in the sack for a snack. Clean and DDF, you be too. BeanTownBoy, 35, #122254 canadian south of the border Hi, I’m a Canadian living here in VT and looking for something new. Very open to new things, will try anything once! Would like to share my skills with the right people or group of people. Life is short, live it to the fullest. dave662, 44, #111887 Looking for friends Looking for discreet fun, NSA, FWB, we will see where it goes. Looking for women between ages 18 and 24. Damian6606, 20, #122202 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
Young Sexy Intelligent Couple Sexy bi-sexual 26 yo F and gorgeous, athletic 28 yo M looking for energetic, attractive female, experience a plus. We are STD free looking for the same. Check us out! Send us a message! NaughtybutNice, 26, l, #122237 Hot, Fun To Be Had! Looking for a hot man to play with, must be open minded and willing to experiment with me and my boyfriend. Must be clean and discreet. Within the ages of 25-40. want2explore, 39, #122055 Cum Play With Us We are a fun, attractive couple who like to play with others from time to time. We have played together and alone with both singles and couples. Our lives have been over-the-top interesting with travel, outdoor recreation and a wide circle of friends. Join us! TwoForYou2011, 56, #121917 Seeking Temptress Buxom woman wanted to fulfill longtime fantasy. Curious man/woman ready to orally explore all the options and more. Discretion a must! Would you like to cum play? Waiting for you. Letusplaytogether, 49, l, #121766
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Lewis Black in Paramount balcony We were both in the balcony last Wednesday. You’re handsome, with a tattoo on your right forearm. We were both with our dads and made eye contact more than once. I was in the right section, row L seat 10. You were one row down, left section, aisle seat. I’d love to take you out to another show. When: Wednesday, October 19, 2011. Where: Rutland, VT. You: Man. Me: Man. #909603 Re: Four Hours in S.B. I was looking for a slinky sex vixen, and I found it in you! Who would have guessed that a proper soccer mom would be so...voracious? You are so much more than a fantasic lover, and I am enjoying everything about being with you. Be careful about saying you will match any dare, I have a few ideas… When: Monday, October 17, 2011. Where: My Bed. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909602 Jon (John?) C’mon This is actually really uncomplicated. We obviously care about each other and will have a fun and beautiful life together. Let’s not miss this opportunity. We can go as slow as you need to. Please let me love you with all of my heart. When: Wednesday, January 20, 2010. Where: All the places we’ve laughed. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909601
about getting a coffee, cider or maybe a drink sometime? When: Saturday, October 15, 2011. Where: Front St. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909597 Hottie in a Silver Top Two hot girls sat at the DP bar. You: long dark hair, sparkling silver top. Me: bright green T-shirt, short hair, sat at end of bar. Exchanged one or two glances. You came back in to pick up your umbrella. Will you come back and
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beautiful beyond belief, long, black hair. Me: shortish, dark brown hair, blue sweatshirt. Wish I had said something, but had to keep it professional. Single? When: Wednesday, October 12, 2011. Where: Colchester Ave. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909589 Matty McKibben I finally found you at Radio Bean and you took my and my friend’s breath away. Has anyone ever told you you looked like him? You’re so handsome. Hope to see you again! When: Friday, October 7, 2011. Where: Radio Bean. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909588 RE: Brave at Winooski/Main st This might have been me. Coffee sometime sounds great! When: Sunday, September 25, 2011. Where: Crossing the street at Winooski/Main. You: Man. Me: Woman. u #909587 Cutie at self checkout I was picking up some Sunday morning groceries when I was greeted with your friendly smile. I saw you first at the corner store and then again at the Shaws check-out line in Williston. I was fortunate enough to share a second one with you as you got into your Escape and drove off. Would love to exchange more! Interested? When: Monday, October 10, 2011. Where: Williston Shaws. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909586 Find me downtown taking photos I saw your I Spy last week. We should meet up for a drink. Find me DT. When: Saturday, September 24, 2011. Where: Ri Ras/Metronome. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909585
mistress maeve Dear Mistress,
I am in a wonderful relationship with a wonderful woman. We’ve been together for three and a half years, and we were really good friends for many years before that. We share many values and ideas about life, we work and live well together, we enjoy spending time together doing lots of different things, and we’re both still very much physically attracted to each other. We’re pretty sure we want to be together for many, many years, but I have one reservation: neither of us has ever been in a relationship with — or slept with, or even kissed — another person. Is it important to have multiple sexual/relationship experiences (to give you something to judge your current, wonderful relationship by, or just so you know what other people are like) before you settle down with one person? Or is it a dumb idea to jeopardize a wonderful relationship just because you think you ought to sleep with other people?
Dear No Comparison,
Your one and only,
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. No matter how much sexual experience two people have had, physical attraction waxes and wanes throughout the life of a relationship. You and your partner will have periods of time when you can’t keep your hands off of one another, and other times when you can’t get far enough away — it’s par for the course and has nothing to do with previous sexual activity (or lack thereof). In the grand scheme of things, you’re not unique; you still have to do what we promiscuous-turnedmonogamous folks have to do — be open and honest with your partner, ask her for what you desire, and do your best to fulfill her fantasies. Your sexual predilections are sure to change over time, but if you both commit to honoring those changes, you have as much of a shot at staying together as the rest of us sluts. That said, maybe don’t rush into things. Remember, you can be together for many, many years without making traditional commitments of marriage or homeownership, both endeavors that legally bind you to one another. You know... just in case you can’t live without tasting someone else’s forbidden fruit.
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tongue-tied at Perry Hill trails We chatted briefly at the start of our rides in Waterbury about the trails. You asked if I wanted a guide to the top. You caught me off guard. You’re cute, nice, athletic and I am kicking myself for not joining you on your ride. It was a beautiful day to be out Four hours in South Burlington in the woods. Would love a second pick me up sometime? When: Thursday, To the most attractive, sexy, interesting chance. When: Sunday, October 9, October 13, 2011. Where: Daily Planet. 1 6/14/10 2:39:13 PM man in North America (in the Northern1x3-cbhb-personals-alt.indd 2011. Where: Perry Hill trails. You: #909595 You: Woman. Me: Man. Hemisphere, but it’s hard to be certain Man. Me: Woman. #909584 about China). You were probably Black and white striped shirt! Long Trail Almost There? Sunday seeking a young, sexy vixen; I’m so You: in the Black and white striped glad you settled for me. You have the You: guy, Boston hat, SDI shirt, shirt. We were in Crash together. You stamina of a racehorse, and you dared gorgeous eyes and great smile. With called me a ‘bronze god’ at one point. me to take out a newspaper ad saying a woman, w/gf/s/f? One can never You said you wished someone would so. Ta-Dah! When: Monday, October assume. Me: alone, blonde, dk blue Ispy you. I should have got your number 17, 2011. Where: South Burlington. shirt with red leaf in hand. You both before the class ended. We could have You: Man. Me: Woman. #909600 asked if you were almost there. If you’re some fun. You should call me. When: available, I could show you the short Friday, July 15, 2011. Where: Crash I’ll be your Mustang Sally way to the summit. When: Sunday, class. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909594 You have the sweetest and friendliest October 9, 2011. Where: Long Trail. Alaskan Malamute puppy. You walk You: Man. Me: Woman. #909583 Hungry Man him every day on Church Street. He’s Thanks for getting me through the curiousity at Hunger Mountain almost as cute as you. I see you around day! When: Saturday, October 15, co-op town in your old yellow Mustang... 2011. Where: Essex Center. You: take me for a ride? Maybe I can pet Monday noon in the check-out lane Man. Me: Woman. #909593 your puppy too. When: Monday, at Hunger Mountain Co-op. you October 17, 2011. Where: Church commented on my pants and went At astonishingly busy Williston Street and ridin’ out into the sun. outside to have your lunch. You are Starbucks... You: Man. Me: Woman. #909599 most curious with those sultry eyes Swoopy-haired new guy at the cash and uber-European behavior. I am a register. So cute! Making mornings Mornings, 89, Williston, grey sucker for a good story. Do you have brighter for a lot of people, I’m sure. coupe one for me? When: Monday, October 10, When: Thursday, October 13, 2011. You drive a grey two-door foreign car, 2011. Where: Hunger Mountain Co-op. Where: Williston Starbucks. You: dark blond, look like late 30’s to 40. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909582 Man. Me: Woman. #909592 I’ve been next to you at lights a few Landfill Rd SB times and we have made eye contact. Spied Two Volvos You are very good looking. I’m usually Haven’t seen you in four months. You The answer was: “I see you your in a black sedan with out-of-state were really nice back then and I’m Subaru and raise you two Volvos.” plates. When: Monday, October 10, hoping you still are. Young guy always What’s love got to do with it? 2011. Where: Willston area 89 north. wearing that smile and blue eyes I think. When: Tuesday, August 30, 2011. You: Woman. Me: Man. u #909598 Can’t wait to see you again. You will Where: Second hand emotion. know me when I stop by and just say hi You: Man. Me: Woman. #909591 Cider to you. Let’s see if you remember. And To the raven-haired girl grinding apples YES, this time it’s me! When: Friday, Amazing Beauty on Colchester into cider, I really enjoyed your smile and June 17, 2011. Where: SB Landfill Rd. Avenue would love to get to know you better. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909580 I’m a Wings Over Burlington delivery You introduced yourself and said that driver and I delivered to your house you live a few houses up the street. How on Colchester Ave. You: Ayana,
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